Professor Owl’s Book for the Week January 28th 2013

My friend with Autism

My Friend with Autism: Enhanced Edition with FREE CD of Coloring Pages! By Beverly Bishop and Craig Bishop (Mar 25 2011)
* CDN$ 11.64 Paperback

This book’s colourful pictures and delightful storyline will encourage acceptance and understanding among children, while the printable coloring pages will explain and connect learners!

My Friend with Autism is the special result of parent Beverly Bishop’s determination to educate her son’s classmates about autism. This enabled her son to fit in at school. A child narrator explains that his friend with autism is good at some things and not so good at others—just like everyone else!
In an informative, positive tone, he addresses issues such as:
* Sensory Sensitivity
* Communication Differences
* Unique Ways of Playing
* Insistence on Routine

At the end of the book are Page-by-Page Notes for Adults, which supplement the text with facts and explanations to further educate teachers and classmates’ parents.
The FREE companion CD contains a printable coloring page for every page of the book, including the Page-by-Page Notes for Adults and other features such as:
* 18 Signs and Symptoms of an Autism Spectrum Disorder
* 10 Quick Strategies for Helping a Child with Autism
* Recommended Reading

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Professor Owl’s Hero of the Week January 27th. 2013



I want to be a Zoo Keeper!
I wish to be a Zoo Keeper!

My name is Mark and I had a wish to be a zookeeper because I live and breathe animals and dinosaurs.  On the 21st of July we drove to the Toronto Zoo where I got to be a zookeeper for the day! I got to feed river hippos, and touch them; they feel slimy to the touch. I then was able to see and feed Pezwalski horses; they are the only true wild horse that is still in existence. Their keeper Gavin also looks after the camels so I got to see and feed the camels, I was ecstatic, but the day wasn’t over yet, I went to Stingray Bay and got to touch an actual stingray, they feel as soft as velvet. It was an exciting and fun day. Thank You Make-A-Wish! YOU ROCK!

To find out how you can help other children’s get their wishes granted visit:


Professor Owl’s Book Corner – Book of the week January 21st 2013

The Voyageurs

The Voyageurs (A North Woods Canoe Adventure)

by Bruce Stacy

Available – $8.95 US.$ Paperback

A thirteen year old boy named Ben is invited by his Uncle Jake to accompany him and their French-Canadian guide on their annual canoe-camping and fishing trip into the North Woods.

They fly to Duluth, Minnesota where they were met by their voyageur-like guide Mike, Mike then drives them to the outer edge of civilization and they launch their canoes into the wilderness.

The trip is a new beginning for Ben, who overcomes his lack of self-confidence while learning outdoor knowledge, the culture of a voyageurs, and solves a longstanding family mystery

This story is part educational, part history and part mystery wrapped in the magic of the Northland . . .

Professor Owl’s has read the book and this is his review on it:

Bruce Stacy’s writing paints this book with dense color. His characters are so well developed that I felt I knew them all very well and that I was actually on the trip myself fishing and camping. I don’t want to give anything away here, but it was a thoroughly satisfying and exciting read.

Variety Village – NEWS –


Saturday February 9th 2013 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

$100.00 team $25 per person – minimum 4 people on team

Contact Katie Morrison 416-699-7167 ex 283 for registration

Prizes to we won!!!

Other ongoing programs:

paralympics wheelchair basketball olympics green-md

For the past 25 years, Variety Village has run an integrated Wheelchair Basketball Team. With the focus on teaching athletes the skills necessary to play wheelchair basketball, the club also provides competition opportunities by attending local and regional games. Over the years the team has won several  Canadian Titles with the newest title being the 2011 Canadian Champions!

About Coach Stephen Bialowas: He brings to the team 25 years of expertise and his level 4 NCI coaching credentials.

Wheelchair Basketball

7:00-9:00 pm
7:00-9:00 pm
11:00 am-12:00

The Wheelchair Basketball Program offers the following options when joining:

1) Development Team
2) Junior Team
3) Mini Team (under 16 years of age)
4) House league

For more information contact Stephen Bialowas,

Olympic Weightlifting trains the athlete for functional strength and utilizing the body’s major muscle groups. Students are taught the two lifts of Olympic lifting: the snatch and the clean & jerk. Training involves learning technique and building body strength necessary to perform the two Olympic lifts mentioned above.

Athletes can choose to join the Variety Village

  • Weightlifting Team and compete in Olympic
  • Weightlifting or use the benefits of training to help excel in other sports.

About Coach Abdalah Alsabai: is an Olympic and world champion. He has been coaching since 1989 bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the sport of Weightlifting.

Weightlifting Club

5:00-8:00 pm
5:00-8:00 pm
5:00-8:00 pm
5:00-8:00 pm
5:00-8:00 pm
10:00 am-1:00 pm

For more information contact Abdallah Alsebaai,
For more information on all VarietyVillage’s programs visit

Health Awareness January 2013

January 20 to 26 Canada is holding its National Non-Smoking Week.

“Weedless” Wednesday: January 23rd, 2013.


“Weedless” Wednesday has been a most important point of National Non-Smoking Week almost from the start, focusing media and public attention on the benefits of stopping and the community resources available to help smokers quit.

The plan behind Weedless Wednesday is to encourage a “one day at a time” approach to quitting smoking, an idea appealing to many smokers who may be disheartened at the thought of an entire week — or lifetime — without cigarettes, but who may be able to cope with one smoke-free day.

Besides being terrible for your health, did you know?

1. Smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable home fire deaths?
2. Good thing National Non-Smoking Week takes place from January 20 – 26!
3. National Non-Smoking Week was started about 30 years ago in Canada by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control.
4. The goals of National Non-Smoking Week are:-

* To educate people about the dangers of smoking.
* To prevent non-smokers from picking up the habit.
* To help people quit smoking.
* To promote the right of every individual to breathe clean, unpolluted air.
* To help make our society smoke -free.
Why is smoking so bad?
* Tobacco use is the main cause of preventable disease, disability and premature death in North America.
* If you’re exposed to second-hand smoke (smoke from a smoker’s cigarettes), you may also have risks to your health, including a greater chance of getting bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and asthma.
How to help someone quit smoking
If someone you know needs to quit smoking, there are things you can do to help them:
* Tell them how much you love them and how proud of them you’ll be if they stop.

Read more: National Non-Smoking Week

Professor Owl’s Book Corner – Book for the week of January 14th, 2013

Mary Lamb Enters the World of Maze
By Frances Botham

Price: CDN$ 25.36 Paperback

Mary Lanb and the world of the Maze

Mary Lamb thinks her strange power of contact with animals and all creatures not human to be quite normal.

She is beginning on the most exciting and dangerous adventure of a lifetime! What will happen when she travels to the hidden world of Maze far beneath the surface of the earth? Will she understand the unbelievable complicated people and their rare surroundings? How will she stay alive with the creepy dangers that lie in wait for her there?

Professor Owl really enjoyed reading “Mary Lamb Enters the World of Maze” once I started reading it, I just could not put it down. It was so beautifully written with the writer’s descriptions; one could easily imagine what the World of the Maze really looked like. I would highly recommend this book.