Kindermusik begins in September

PLATTSBURGH -- North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is once again offering Kindermusik classes for area infants and toddlers and their caregivers. There will be an informational open house this morning, beginning at 9:30.

Children and adults alike share laughter and friendship as they dance, sing, play instruments and enjoy bouncy lap rides, creative play, playful puppets, circle dances and a weekly Music & Movement Story Time.

Village, Our Time and Imagine That will be offered for ages up to 5 years old. Classes will begin in September and run through the spring.

NCCCA is located at 30 Brinkerhoff St. in downtown Plattsburgh. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information regarding Kindermusik, call Colleen Lutinski at 563-1604 or e-mail the center at

Little Mermaid' tryouts scheduled

LAKE PLACID -- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is holding open auditions for area children for its annual Fall Children's Theater production: "The Little Mermaid," directed by Jessica Deeb.

All children in grades 1 thru 8 are invited to attend the auditions. Each child should prepare a song ("Happy Birthday" is a great one) and be dressed for moving and dancing. Auditions are Sunday and Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. All children should enter the LPCA through the back door marked "Performer's Entrance."

Approximately two dozen children will be cast. Rehearsals will be held at the LPCA after school and on weekends. Participation in this program is free.

The Little Mermaid will open on the LPCA stage on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Additional performances are Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students under 18.

For more information about auditions, contact the Arts Center at523-2512.

Marvelous Math on tap in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE -- Marvelous Math (& Science) Mondays! will be held Monday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Sept. 10, 10:15 to 11 a.m., in the Children's Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St., for children 3 to 5 years old.

Call 891-4190 for information.

Workshop deciphers explosive child'

SARANAC LAKE -- On Saturday, Sept. 8, there will be a full-day workshop on The Explosive Child -- Collaborative Problem Solving: Parenting, Teaching and Treating Kids with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges, by J. Stuart Ablon.

Explosive/noncompliant children and adolescents exhibit intense temper outbursts, oppositionality, and verbal and physical aggression.

Conventional reward and punishment approaches to treatment have been shown to be useful. However, such approaches have also been found to be ineffective for a substantial percentage of such youth.

Dr. Ablon provides an alternative of a model of treatment called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), articulated in two books. The CPS model helps adults teach lacking cognitive skills while reducing the frequency and intensity of explosive/noncompliant episodes.

For further information contact Diane Lagree at Parent to Parent of NYS at 359-3006 or visit the organization's Web site at www.parenttopa

Battle of Plattsburgh adds bike parade

PLATTSBURGH -- The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration committee is asking kids to decorate their bikes in a patriotic theme and ride in its annual parade.

There will be a special section just for kids set aside in the line of march. They will join marching bands, floats, horses, clowns and lots more who are already signed up for the Sept. 8 parade. To ensure safety, it is required that small children be accompanied by an adult throughout the parade.

Kids and their bikes can be dropped off at the parade start on Cumberland Avenue by 1:30 p.m. and picked up at Broad and Margaret streets. Adults are encouraged to walk along with the bikers for the entire length of the parade.

Children must be able to handle their bikes in a safe manner and, of course, helmets will be required of all riders.

While it isn't a requirement, kids are encouraged to dress in period costume. A prize will be awarded to the best decorated bike.

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