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40th Annual CDC Talent Show

40th Annual CDC Talent Show

If you don’t have plans this Friday, consider dropping in to the North Peace Cultural Centre for the Talent Show.


Click here for more info about the show and about the Child Development Centre.  CDC Talent Show

I can’t believe it’s the 40th annual CDC Talent Show.  I remember dancing in this show as a child and being ridiculously nervous and excited. I remember being there as a spectator, soon after its inception, when it was hosted in the Mackenzie Inn ballroom.

It’s a brilliant event for many reasons.  The show brings us together as a community to enjoy fabulous entertainment.  It offers a venue for performers, young and older to showcase their talents. Lastly, this event raises a lot of money for valuable programs for young children.   I look forward to it every year.

Yet this year, in my current position, it occurred to me that I love this show, for yet another reason.  The entire evening has flexible entry and exit from the performances.  How often can you take children into the North Peace Cultural Centre and then leave when you need to, without judgment or disruption?  The Talent Show is chaotic and fabulous.  You can come and go.  So it’s a perfect opportunity for parents of young children to introduce their children to live entertainment in a safe, fun way.

Hope to see you there!


Parenting Series: Seeing Children as Researchers

Parenting Series: Seeing Children as Researchers

Our monthly parenting series continues this month with a fresh look at early learning.

When:  Thursday, February 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm   $10/participant

Where:  Whole Wheat and Honey 10003 100 St

Pre-register at CCRR – 10411 100th, 250-785-5701

Seeing Children as Researchers

Discover how natural environments and materials encourage young children to explore, questions and discover. In this approach, children express interests and ideas while educators help them research for further information, reflect on their experiences and form conclusions. This is a drastic shift from a curriculum driven style. Developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy, after WW2, this methodology has become famous all over the world.

Come and learn about this shift in early childhood education through film, photos and discussion. This session is for parents, early childhood educators, teachers and community members.

parent_session-2014-feb-27-01-web To print, click Children as Researchers

To learn more about our presenters, Kim Atkinson and Danielle Davis, click Images of Learning Project

Year of the Snake celebration

Year of the Snake celebration


Once again Morgan Peltier, the children’s librarian, has partnered with a community group to use the FSJ Library as a venue for intriguing, literacy and cultural opportunities for children and families.  This month the Library is hosting the team from S.U.C.C.E.S.S for a celebration of the Chinese calendar Year of the Snake.  There will be food and stories, songs and FUN!

I find that my family visits the Library much more frequently than did in the past.  I am certain it is a result of attending these special events.  Being involved with the Library in new and exciting ways has helped nurture our relationship with the institution.  I hope to see you there this Saturday.

Year of the Snake

To download and print this poster, click Year of the Snake at the FSJ Library

Illustration Station and Crafternoons

Illustration Station and Crafternoons

These activities are for kids aged 6 – 12. It’s older than my target group but it’s such a series of events that I had to spread the word.  Anything that brings art and self-expression into our lives is worth pursuing.

To print this poster, click here Illustration Station, Nov. 10 with Louise Ruddell

At Illustration Station, a featured artist, Louise Ruddell will be working hands-on with kids to use a combination of ink and water-colour materials to bring their sketches and drawings to life.

This free, drop-in program is for kids aged 6-12 … Parents are encouraged to join in on the fun as well!  Hoping to see you and your imagination there.

Saturday Crafternoons are open to all 6 – 12 year olds, EVERY Saturday at the Library in October and November from 1 – 2 pm.

For more information, contact

Morgan Peltier – Program Coordinator/Children’s Librarian

Check out the Library on Facebook and Twitter.  Just click below for a link.


250-785-3731     mpeltier@fsjlibrary.ca

Imaginative Play

Imaginative Play

We are all getting the message that play is essential to optimal human development.  Here Vivian Gussin Paley, celebrated author of multiple books about story telling and imaginative play with young children, speaks about the essential survival skill of creating story and navigating relationships.  I found it inspirational and motivating.

“They (children) are inventing and reinventing themselves as thinking people, before the world tells them what to think.”

Fort St. John loves Families Week – Oct. 13th – 20th

Fort St. John loves Families Week – Oct. 13th – 20th

Only 7 sleeps until Family Week starts!  If you don’t measure time between exciting events in sleeps you might be on the wrong website. But Fort St. John loves Families Week has something for all ages from infants to seniors.  Check out the special events all around town, as well as the special deals at restaurants and businesses.  Celebrate with us!

To download and print this booklet, please click here Family Week 2012 booklet

Summer Library Club is for kids of all ages

Summer Library Club is for kids of all ages

There is more information about the Summer Reading program.  The Library is partnering with SD60 to expand the summer options for kids.  Strange but True!


10 Reasons to Enrol your Child               Summer Reading Program 2012

Summer Reading Program 2012 Press Release

Check out the Library Facebook page for updates over the summer.

artsyfARTsy – FREE family art activities

artsyfARTsy – FREE family art activities


The Totem Mall is being invaded on Saturday, April 28th with everything artsyfARTsy.  Our theme this month is ECO and DIGITAL art.

FREE activities for whole family include:

T-Shirt Painting, Jackson Pollock style painting, Wearable Art Fashion Show, Permanent mural on the wall between Orange Julius and Coles, Face Painting, Interactive Story Time and the Words on Wheels Bus.

There is someting for everyone and it’s FREE!

Applications for the Wearable Art Fashion Show are being accepted until Wednesday, April 25th.

artsyfARTsy April 28th – Totel Mall

artsyfARTsy April 28th – Totel Mall

The next artsyfARTsy event in April 28th at the Totem Mall.  Our project is evolving and developing into something AMAZING.  April’s event is BIG!  Eco-art activities, wearable art fashion show and multi-media demonstrations.  It’s going to be exciting.  Download the entry form for the fashion show and start creating now!


artsyfARTsy Wearable Art Poster

Entry Form for wearable art fashion show

Here are a few links with ideas for Wearable Art.






April Early Learning Calendars

April Early Learning Calendars

Early Learning programs will close from March 23rd to April 9th for spring break. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday.  There are some exciting events starting up again in April.

Important dates in April:

Tuesday, April 10th             Early Learning programs re-open after Easter

Wednesday, April 11th        Daddy and Me StrongStart Gym Night, Robert Ogilvie Elementary 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Friday, April 13th                 Families in Motion, Bert Ambrose Elementary 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 21st            Parent Conference – FREE event with childcare for ages 3 – 12 years

Saturday, April 28th             artsyfARTsy Family Art event, Totem Mall 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Duncan Cran StrongStart APRIL 2012

Robert Ogilvie StrongStart APRIL 2012

April WOW Bus Schedule 2012

April 2012 Outreach StrongStart

Hudson’s Hope StrongStart APRIL 2012

Virtual StrongStart April 2012

Daddy and Me StrongStart Gym Night 2012

Families in Motion

  Register online or download forms at the PRN website.

Parent Conference 2012

  Check out artsyfARTsy on Facebook!