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Make your own holiday wreath, build a succulent Christmas tree: 40 classes for plant parents to try in December | Food + Living

If you want to make a holiday wreath, learn about pruning or how to start beekeeping, there are dozens of classes to check out, online and in-person throughout December.

Throughout the Lancaster County region, there are hands-on classes that teach things like how to make a kokedama string garden, a holiday terrarium or a centerpiece arrangement.

There also are virtual events to learn how to design a great garden and how to make a Christmas tree with succulents.



17 places to find Santa in Lancaster County in 2020

There are 40 events to help your houseplants and improve your landscape and some are free.

The in-person events are limited to small groups and some of the virtual events have early deadlines for materials delivery so don’t wait to sign up.

If you have any additional events or talks to share, email [email protected]

(Update: Sold out) Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. Christmas Mantle Garland workshop at Flourish Flowers, East

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  • December 1, 2020
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Make your own holiday wreath, build a succulent Christmas tree: 39 classes for plant parents to try in December | Food + Living

If you want to make a holiday wreath, learn about pruning or how to start beekeeping, there are dozens of classes to check out, online and in-person throughout December.

Throughout the Lancaster County region, there are hands-on classes that teach things like how to make a kokedama string garden, a holiday terrarium or a centerpiece arrangement.

There also are virtual events to learn how to design a great garden and how to make a Christmas tree with succulents.



17 places to find Santa in Lancaster County in 2020

There are more than 30 events to help your houseplants and improve your landscape and some are free.

The in-person events are limited to small groups so don’t wait to sign up.

If you have any additional events or talks to share, email [email protected]

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. Christmas Mantle Garland workshop at Flourish Flowers, East Earl. $115, includes materials. Register online. 

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon. Elegant Winter

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  • November 30, 2020
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4 myths about online safety that parents should know

Isolated for months now, tweens and teens are actively searching for online friends, often describing them as IBFs (Internet best friends), via TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and online games. The #IBF hashtag has more than 670 million views on TikTok, and variations of that hashtag on Instagram contain hundreds of thousands of posts.

Those who aren’t totally comfortable putting themselves out there on games, TikTok or Snapchat can turn to Reach – Internet Best Friends, a new app that received more than $5 million in funding. Reach connects anyone between the ages of 13 and 55 looking for an Internet best friend.

Others have met on somewhat new sites designed to connect people based on interest. Discord, for instance, is a site created five years ago for people to chat primarily about gaming, though its 100 million monthly active users also chat about everything from art to hiking.

Lily Wells, 15,

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  • November 24, 2020
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The Best Video Games Kids & Parents Will Both Want to Play

Contrary to popular belief, there are benefits for kids who play video games. We know, it’s kind of a shock, considering people have been saying video games have been rotting brains for decades. But what are the benefits? Improved coordination and problem-solving skills, to name a couple. Plus, games can even help with ADHD.

Of course, studies have also found negative effects linked to excessive levels of video-gaming, such as one that found high levels of gaming linked to poor social adjustment. In other words, it’s probably a fool’s errand to figure out, once and for all, if video games are Good or Bad. Rather, they’re just a part of life today, like TV, smartphones, and other forms of technology. While there’s reason to not give your kids unfettered access to screens, gaming can be part of a kid’s “balanced diet” of free time and play.

But, of course, parents

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  • November 21, 2020
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First-time buyers in the UK moving back in with their parents to save for house deposit

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Shift Into 5G Could Fuel a Rally in These 3 Stocks

The tech world is in the midst of a shake-up. Since the end of 2017, the new 5G wireless technology has been moving forward, bringing with it a combination of faster connection speeds and lower latency, and the promise of great changes in how we connect to the online world. New technologies – connected automobiles and agile IoT come to mind – would not be possible without 5G.Investment research firm HSBC Global, in a recent report on the advent of 5G tech, takes up the questions of whether the new networking is a boom or a bust. Specifically, HSBC asks why 5G has been underwhelming – so far. Industry expert Professor William Webb notes that 5G’s rollout has not lived up to the hype, even in Asia where networks are more extensive and better integrated. He describes the

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  • November 19, 2020
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What parents need to know about recent movies

Available via PBS Kids streaming.

Age 6+

Animated alien adventure has learning, empathy, teamwork.

“Terra Willy” (also known as “Astro Kid”) is a French animated space adventure (dubbed into English) that’s full of positive messages with a bit of mild peril. After his family’s ship is destroyed by asteroids, Willy (voiced by Landen Beattie) crash-lands on an uncharted planet. Despite the fact that he’s separated from his parents, the movie has a reassuring tone, with no significant danger or upsetting situations lingering or hindering the fun. When they crash, Willy’s robot companion, Buck (Jason Anthony), calmly explains the situation, how they’ll survive and how they’ll be found, with Willy constantly learning and adapting to his new environment. Exciting action scenes include regular run-ins with big, dinosaurlike rock monsters. Friendship, teamwork and empathy are key themes, with Willy forming strong bonds with Buck, an alien pet and some giant alien beetles.

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  • November 7, 2020
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COVID-19 prevented new parents from meeting their baby born via surrogate. Then, the birth mother stepped in to care for the child.

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Jennifer Parson, who served as a gestational surrogate for a couple, cared for the child she carried until the parents could travel to the United States. Jennifer Parson/@jennparson/TikTok
  • Jennifer Parson, a teacher’s assistant and mother from Arizona, recently went viral on TikTok after sharing her unique experience as a gestational surrogate. 

  • Parson, who chose to be a surrogate as a way to help a couple complete their family, gave birth to a baby girl on June 9th.

  • However, thanks to COVID-19 and international travel restrictions, the new parents were unable to make the trip to Tucson from Shenzhen, China — so Parson and her family cared for the newborn for nearly three months. 

  • On August 30, the new parents finally traveled to the United States and met their daughter, who they named Jennifer, in honor of Parson. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When Jennifer Parson signed on to be

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  • October 27, 2020
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Vijay Deverakonda and Storm’s reaction after meeting each other will make all dog parents tear up; WATCH



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We all know that Vijay Deverakonda became a dog parent a couple of months back. He has been constantly sharing photos and videos of his dog baby Storm Deverakonda. Photos of Vijay from his Europe trip surfaced online. Now, he has returned home after his vacation and seeing him at home after a long time, Storm had the perfect reaction. Just after hearing Vijay call out his name, Storm started jumping and running all over the home waiting to see Vijay.

 

As soon as he saw Vijay, they both cuddled and hugged each other, all the while sharing kisses. Taking to his Instagram space, Vijay Deverakonda shared the video. Well, it goes without saying that the video has come as a treat to the fans of Deverakonda. Meanwhile, on the work front, he will be next seen in an action film titled Fighter. Directed by Puri

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  • October 26, 2020
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Joint Committee on Education hears from Columbia students and parents

Roger McKinney
 
| Columbia Daily Tribune

Columbia students and parents struggling with online learning offered heartfelt testimony during a Friday hearing of the Joint Committee on Education held at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center.

In Columbia, elementary students returned to classrooms four days a week on Monday, with Wednesdays for online check-ins. Middle school students and high school students continued with online learning.

The Columbia Board of Education decided Thursday to take a vote Nov. 9 with options of returning middle school and high school students to classrooms four days a week; implementing a hybrid plan, with students in class two days and online two days; or continuing online learning. Return dates in November and December were discussed, but nothing was settled upon.

It’s hard to focus on school online and he can’t practice Spanish in person, said Rylan Wagner, an eighth-grader at Gentry Middle School. Football is the

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  • October 24, 2020
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Parents plan logout protest amid frustration with virtual learning | Coronavirus

Following some in-person protests outside of Frederick County Board of Education meetings in recent weeks, some parents of Frederick County Public Schools students have planned an all-day logout protest that is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. 

Sarah Steinberg, a mother of four FCPS students and one homeschooled student, is one of the lead organizers of Tuesday’s planned protest. She and other parents are hoping to show strength in numbers and show the school system and the board of education how many families are unhappy with virtual learning.

The protest in execution is simple, Steinberg said.

“[Students] will just simply not go to school that day. They will not go for their meetings, they will not go into Schoology,” she said.

Families who choose to participate in the protest are being encouraged to contact their school’s attendance office ahead of time and give notice that their child will be using

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  • October 18, 2020