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Speech 4 Kidz


July 2014 Issue




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Fourth of July Event in Wilmington, NC
Friday July 4, 2014
Along Water St
Fireworks:  9:05 pm 
Food and Entertainment:  5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music provided by the 440th Army Band in Riverfront Park
Live television coverage of the fireworks begins at 9:00 pm on WECT
Click HERE for more information.


Battleship Blast-Wilmington, NC

July 4, 2014

USS North Carolina Battleship

9:05 PM


Zambelli Fireworks, one of the largest pyrotechnics company in the world, is making their debut in Wilmington, North Carolina. Bring the entire family and enjoy a spectacular show!

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Downtown Market-Swansboro, NC

Every Wednesday and Saturday June 11-September 20
Olde Towne Square
Located in the heart of Swansboro, join the market and enjoy crafts, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and so much more!
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Friday Free Flicks- Emerald Isle, NC
July 11, 2014
Second Friday at 7pm
Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation: 7500 Emerald Drive in the gymnasium
Movies are family friendly and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You are able to purchase popcorn and a drink for $1.00. Bring chairs and/or blankets. No outside beverages or snacks at the event. The featured movie this month is "Frozen." 

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Know Your Family's Swimming Strengths and Skill-Levels 
Swimming in the ocean requires more strength and skill than swimming in a pool. So some swimmers may struggle when confronted with waves and currents, so unless you feel confident that your or a member of you family can handle the surf, stick to the shoreline! 
2) Use the Buddy System   
The old chestnut your day camp counselor preached before every free swim session still holds true. Never let your children go swimming alone, especially in the ocean.

3) Stay in Sight of the Lifeguard
Lifeguards are there for a reason...when swimming at the beach, go where there's a lifeguard on duty and stick to the area between the flags. 

4) Learn the Meaning of Beach Warning Flags
Double Red: The beach is closed to the public 
Single Red: High Hazard (high surf and/or strong currents) 
Yellow: Medium Hazard (moderate surf and/or currents)
Green: Low Hazard (exercise caution)
Purple: Dangerous marine life (but not sharks) flown with either red or yellow.


5) Understand Rip Currents
Rip currents, often mistakenly referred to as "rip tides" or "undertow," are very strong currents of water that can be as long as 2500 feet but generally no wider than 30 feet. These powerful narrow currents move along the surface of the sea and usually occur at the points of the shoreline where the ocean is deepest. Rip currents can sometimes be seen from shore, when they interfere with the ebb and flow of a wave. Once you get caught in one, it can be extremely difficult to get out, especially for a weaker swimmer. To escape a rip current, curb your instinct to swim against it and head to shore. Instead, swim parallel to the beach rather directly toward it. Eventually, you'll swim out of the current and will be able to turn and swim to shallower water.

6) Pack a Cell Phone in your Beach Bag
Should your or someone nearby be in need of help, it's always a good idea to be connected. Stick the phone in your bag along with your SPF! 

Star Wreath


Tools and Materials: 
Blue, red and white paper or card
Paper plate
String or ribbon and stapler if you would like to hang your wreath. 


Cut the middle from the plate so you are left with a ring.

Cut stars from the paper.

If you are planning to hang the wreath, staple a loop of ribbon to the paper plate ring.

Glue the stars onto the ring of paper plate to cover it, overlapping them as you go.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • A heaping 1 3/4 cup rice flour or gluten-free flour mix
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick butter or non-dairy alternative
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 package gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Nuts, optional


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix sugars and butter until creamy.

2. Beat in egg, then add the dry ingredients except chocolate chips and nuts, if using.

3. Once smooth, add chips and nuts, and roll into balls.

4. Flatten slightly.

5. Bake 8-10 minutes.

6. Let cool on cookie sheets.

7. Remove and eat or store in airtight container.

Note: You can replace the egg with egg replacer or applesauce to make them vegan.


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