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Happy Feet Two: Movie Review

IN THE November 21 ISSUE

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by Sheryl Wall



Happy Feet Two is the sequel to the original Happy Feet movie. It is about the emperor penguins Julia and Mumble who have become a family. Their son Erik is unsure about dancing so he and his friends run away.

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by Tom Sims



Brandi Gant is a woman of vision. It is a vision born out of personal pain and triumph. She found a brighter future and now she dreams of providing brighter futures for the youth of Clovis.

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The Smurfs: Movie Review

IN THE August 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andContributors,
andMovies,
andSheryl Wall
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by Sheryl Wall



The Smurfs was a popular cartoon when I was a kid and I was excited to see them come out with a current movie. It was a fun introduction to Smurfs for my 2 year old daughter as well. The movie is about how Clumsy Smurf accidentally leads Gargamel into their village. As they try to run away Clumsy Smurf and a few others, including Papa and Smurfette, fall through a portal that is only open on a Blue Moon in which Gargamel and his cat Azrael follow.

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Winnie the Pooh: Movie Review

IN THE July 18 ISSUE

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andContributors,
andSheryl Wall
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by Sheryl Wall




The Winnie the Pooh movie is preceded by a short animated film about Nessie. It’s a cute story about the Loch Ness Monster and her best friend MacQuack, who is a rubber duck. Their home in a pond is overtaken by a golf course and so they set out to find a new home. I always enjoy it when they have the short films before the movie. They are a fun addition.

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by James Garcia Jr.



In January of 2010, Artistic Director and driving force, Lissa Engstrom, founded The E & e Performing Arts Center in Kingsburg. One of its intents was to bring theater and instill a love of performing into the community, which was home to her and her husband, Corey.

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Help Me, My Child is A Vegan!

IN THE June 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andGoing Green,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham



So your teenager just came home from school and announced to you they are becoming vegan/vegetarian. What are you supposed to do? What does this even mean? What will you feed them? Will they be healthy? So many questions. Often a parent’s first response is to get angry. Your child is going against your way of living and you feel like it’s just a form of rebellion.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



With summer weather finally approaching everyone will be trying to find ways to stay cool and to have some fun. For those of us who don’t have our own pools the City pool has always been a great, inexpensive option for both staying cool and having fun. Unfortunately, due to the current economy some of those pools will either not be open this summer or will be cutting back on hours.

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Kung Fu Panda 2: Movie Review

IN THE May 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andSheryl Wall
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by Sheryl Wall



The sequel to Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, is set in China and stars a Panda Bear named Po who becomes a Kung Fu Dragon Warrior and protects their Valley of Peace with the other five Dragon Warriors. In this sequel they must defeat the evil Peacock Shen and stop his new weapon that is supposed to destroy all of the Kung Fu traditions. For this mission they go to Gongmen City where the Peacock Shen and his forces, the wolves, have taken control.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



With gas and ticket prices what they are now you practically have to take out a loan to go to a Major League baseball game to see the Giants, Dodgers, or whoever your favorite team is. And with the current economy, it’s hard to even consider spending that kind of money. So if you have an itch to attend a baseball game, why not try Minor League baseball and check out the Visalia Rawhide. They are right here in our own backyard and far more affordable.

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by Diana Bulls



Any child can tell you that Moms know everything there is to know about anything, and Moms have been reinforcing this belief for eons. Up until now, the big file vault of Mommy information has been a well kept secret. That is all about to change. This reporter and Kings River Life are actually going to let the world know the whereabouts of a potential mom information stash!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



E & e Performing Arts Center in Kingsburg is opening their fifth show, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, on May 21. They are relatively new to the area, producing their first show in the spring of 2010.

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Fright Night Scream Park

IN THE October 30 ISSUE

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andTeens
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by Shane Stoll



Everyone loves a good scare for Halloween, and Fright Night Scream Park in Clovis is the perfect place for it! Due to Satterstroms in Kingsburg closing down a couple years ago, and Hobb’s Grove in Sanger not opening for business this year, many people are at a loss as to where to go for some Halloween fun.

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Enchanted Playhouse In Visalia

IN THE October 9 ISSUE

FROM THE Arts & Entertainment,
andCommunity,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andTheatre
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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Formed in Visalia in 1991 by Susan Sluka, The Enchanted Playhouse Theatre Company is beginning its 19th season this month as a theater company dedicated solely to children’s theater. They produce four to five shows a year all based on family/children’s literature.

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ICarly: TV Show Review

IN THE September 18 ISSUE

FROM THE Books & Tales,
andJessica Ham,
andTeens,
andTV
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by Jessica Ham



Television is all about sex and scandal these days and the kids’ shows are melting our children’s brains. It’s almost impossible to find a middle ground, but if you look hard enough you just might find one in ICarly on Nickelodeon. ICarly is clean, educational, and entertaining.

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