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Meet 'Peter Panda Melts Down' author in Manhasset

Children's book author Artie Bennett will be at

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Children's book author Artie Bennett will be signing his new book, "Peter Panda Melts Down!" in Manhasset on Sunday.

Hailed as the "Dr. Seuss of your caboose," Bennett will also be reading his two other picture books"Poopendous!" and "The Butt Book."

"Peter Panda Melts Down!" follows Peter, a 3-year-old who throws tantrums -- in the car, in the library and in the supermarket -- when...

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Autism on the rise: 1 in 68 children diagnosed

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 kids

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Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.

The new statistic is based on the number of 8-year-olds diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This represents a 30 percent increase in the prior two years (in 2008 it was 1 in 88), according to the CDC. "The number of children identified with autism...

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Weekend family fun on Long Island: Eric Carle favorites, Ocean Week and more

See three Eric Carle favorites -- "The Very

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Looking for things to do with the kids this weekend? From "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to Ocean Week and more, there's plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are my top five picks for family-friendly activities this weekend:

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites' at Tilles Center (Route 25A, Brookville). Three performances for children ages 3 and up include...

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Autism-friendly performance of 'Aesop's Fables' Friday in Garden City

An autism-friendly performance of 'Aesop's Fables' is scheduled

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An “autism-friendly” performance of “Aesop’s Fables” will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday at The Long Island Children’s Museum Theater, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. The live performance has been adapted to create a supportive environment that addresses the needs of those on the autism spectrum and with other sensory sensitivities, according to the museum.

Sound and light levels will be modulated...

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Feeding the kids: Strawberry cream brunch cake

The Strawberry cream brunch cake can be found

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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a delicious cake, perfect for a Sunday brunch or a sweet dessert. I found the recipe in “The Big Book of Bread" (Betty Crocker; $19.99).

Strawberry Cream Brunch Cake(Makes 16 servings)

Ingredients(For filling)- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened- 1/4 cup sugar- 2 tablespoons...

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'Free to Be You and Me' for special needs on Long Island

A new program for teens of varying degrees

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A new program for teens of varying degrees of special needs and spectrum disorders is culminating in their modified performance of the play "Free to Be You and Me" on Sunday in Commack.

The five kids in the "In The Spotlight" program have been rehearsing for 12 weeks, and the performance is low-pressure, says Rochele Seskin, co-artistic director of the Theater Arts Center of the Suffolk Y...

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Babies and pets: Tips for making the first introduction

Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, a

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New baby on the way? As you prepare your house and family members to welcome its new addition, you may also want to help your pet -- specifically a dog -- acclimate to the little one.

To get started, Heidi Ganahl, founder of Camp Bow Wow, a North American pet care franchise, offered these tips:

1. Start early. Get your dog prepared for the little one's arrival as soon as you know you're...

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Stroller Strides has new owner in Nassau County

Cara Winer of Woodbury is the new owner

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The Stroller Strides franchise that spans most of Nassau County has a new owner — Cara Winer, 39, of Woodbury.

Winer did the exercise program with her daughter when the baby was about 6 months old. When she heard that former owner Beth Kichel of Bellmore was ready to sell, the then-stay-at-home mom approached her husband, Keith, with the idea of taking on the territory, and he loved it. “He...

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New Sky Zone indoor trampoline park open in Deer Park

Sophia Tackett, 2, of Lindenhurst, plays at the

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Jacqueline Auer of Babylon watches her son, J.T. Ging, 2, bounce around the trampoline court at the new Sky Zone indoor trampoline park in Deer Park. “He is so excited,” she says. “We’ve been cooped up all winter. He gets to burn off that energy.”

Auer organized a trip to toddler open play at Sky Zone for The Moms Club of Babylon Township. Member Christina Tackett of Lindenhurst brought daughters...

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'Muppets Most Wanted' fun facts revealed

"Muppets Most Wanted" starring Kermit the Frog, Miss

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"Muppets Most Wanted" hit the big screen last weekend, living up to the Disney standard of entertaining both children and adults.

Filmed in London and Hollywood, the movie has Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and the rest of the Muppet gang heading on an overseas tour and finding themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine -- "the World's No....

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