NEW RELEASE #BookReview of The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (@CNHolmberg )#UrbanFantasy #NetGalley

 

Review

The Plastic Magician

(The Paper Magician Series #4)

by Charlie N. Holmberg

Release date: May 15th, 2018

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Plastic Magician by CN Holmberg Cover


I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4 Spin-Off) by Charlie N. Holmberg from NetGalley and 47th North

New to the world of Charlie N. Holmberg I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by The Plastic Magician. This book although a spin-off of the popular YA Paper Magician Series (which I have yet to read) this book definitely works as a stand-alone.

The Plastic Magician treats us to twenty-year-old Polymaker (Plastic Magician) Alvie Brechenmacher’s adventures apprenticing abroad.  Down to earth, intelligent and highly enthusiastic, Alvie leaves her German-American family in the states to apprentice for the world-renowned inventor and Polymaker, Magician Praff in London England.

Enroute she meets a rather rude gentleman who causes her to get off at the wrong train station and this is where her adventure begins. Along her journey, Alvie meets wonderful friends, a kind-hearted love interest and a mentor who respects and believes in her.  Magician Praff and Alvie work on a life-changing invention to not only help a friend but to present at a world-famous convention(contest) for Magicians.  Magician Praff has already won the elite contest and it helped establish him as one of the best Polymakers in the world.  When word gets out to rivals that they are presenting a groundbreaking device that will help many people,  their work and lives are put in peril.

Holmberg does a fantastic job crafting this fantastical cozy mystery. She creates a unique, fun magic system and her characters are interesting, quirky and downright loveable. Although the mystery is fairly predictable, I really didn’t mind because I liked the sweet story that unfolded along the way.  There is a bit of adventure, a bit of romance and a great story that keeps you interested in Alvie’s journey.  

All in all a fantastic, fun read that I would highly recommend for young and old alike.

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Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ May, 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the May issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Rising concerns over literacy rates in Canada

Most of us often take reading for granted as an everyday practice for most families but according to the latest statistics from First Book Canada a quarter of Canadian households don’t even own a single book.

There are a number of reasons and barriers for kids that just don’t get that kind of day-to-day exposure to books.”

On Sept. 8, Canada marked International Literacy Day. The day highlights the need of getting children to read and the importance of getting them access to books inside the classroom and at home.

Recent statistics show:

  • 25 %, is a big number and it has nothing to do with the digital revolution. It has to the with the inability of parents to be able to afford books,” Tom Best from First Books Canada told Global News.
  • Figures also show around 30 % of Grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills.
  • According to Statistics Canada, 29 per cent of individuals with low literacy levels are from low-income households compared to eight per cent of individuals who are ranked in the highest two categories of literacy.
  • In May 2018, First Books Canada partnered up with McDonald’s Canada to distribute over two million books with Happy Meals across the country to help give kids access to books.
  • Little free library helps build a sense of community
  • “That’s a fantastic opportunity for parents to sit down, read at McDonald’s or back at home, and to sit down and read with kids because that is really what is missing,” Best said.

For those who follow Professor Owl will have noticed that we have tried to give the message that all children and young adults need to be encouraged to read and the best place to learn is at home while they are still young. Parents introduce them to books on the sports they play or crafts or activities they enjoy.

The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores..

If you would like to see more on the interview between Angie Seth and Tom Best, follow the link below:

https://globalnews.ca/news/3748748/rising-concerns-over-literacy-rates-in-canada/

Š 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

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How to Teach Yourself How to Read

With YouTube and Professor Owl

 

 

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True Storm

By L.E. Sterling

 

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.

Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

True Storm’ is the third and final book in the ‘True Born’ dystopian trilogy. ‘True Born’ does an excellent job introducing readers to the characters, their societal hierarchy and history, and the overarching plot of the series. Excellent storytelling, non-stop action, gripping conclusion which is full of plot twists and surprises for Lucy and for readers.

The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great read.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores  and Libraries.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than grey matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”

~Jack London

I love to journal and find when I have no idea what to write about I turn to quotes. Do you have a favourite quote or saying that resonates with you?  Take your quote, write about how it applies to your life and what it means to you.  Don’t have one? Check out websites such as http://www.brainyquote.com/ or http://www.thinkexist.com/ and find one that speaks to you!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Macro Tulip II

Spring is here and so are new beginnings! What new beginning do you want?

Creating A Creativity Corner!

Whether you journal with pen and paper or use a computer or tablet, journaling is an excellent way to express yourself. Journal about anything that matters to you, it can be anything from real-life, about your life, your hopes and dreams, drawings, doodles, collages or a fictional story you make up. But to do this often it helps to have a small little corner that you keep just for journaling, reading and being creative.

Make sure you try to make a time to journal every day. Perhaps after school before dinner or before you go to school in the morning so choose a place that won’t interfere with other family members and a place where can sit and just be creative. Turn on music if you like or keep it silent, whatever works for you and helps you make this time special.

Set up your workspace. Choose a space which feels comfortable and where you won’t have to move your stuff all the time. Using bright index cards or post-its and write different affirmations or inspirational sayings and post them in your workspace.  Place inspirational pictures, your favourite books, plants or objects to motivate you. Keep all of your supplies so that they are easily within reach. If you choose to use pen and paper, a trip to the local dollar store can help you find some nice journals, pens, markers, washi tape or scrapbooking materials to decorate it and make it unique.  Try to make this area yours!

May 2018


 

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Variety Village

 Variety Village2

upcoming events

 for May,2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
11am-9:00pm
WALK-IN ONLY
While supplies last.
Limit 2 per customer.
Not valid with specials or coupons.

Tag us in your PIZZA SELFIES!

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KYRA , Age 6
Variety Member Since age 3. Loves to dance & read. Fave colour is red!

Pierce , Age 5
Variety Member for over a year. Fave sport: Hockey!

Pizza Nova’s association with Variety Village spans over 30 years.
This association has resulted in more than $1 million for our organization via the Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day which started in 1999.

The professionalism and passion that staff and volunteers display for children with physical and mental challenges sustains the ongoing partnership between Pizza Nova and Variety Village. It goes hand-in-hand with Pizza Nova’s passion for its product, its employees and its community.

36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

Join us for the 36th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games here at Variety Village! Participants with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games.  This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams lead by Toronto Police volunteers.

EVENT SCHEDULE

9:00-9:30am – Registration (Fieldhouse)
9:30-10:00am – Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse)
10:00am – Opening Ceremonies
10:30am-12:30pm – Activities (Sports and Games)
12:30pm – Closing Ceremonies and Awards

For more information on these events or Summer Camps and Programs, please contact/ www.varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~  May, 2018

Don’t miss Opening Doors for Accessibility in Barrie!


If you are an individual living with a disability, health professional, service provider, caregiver /partner or family member, you should attend this FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCE SHOWCASE.  

Opening Doors for Accessibility Barrie​

RSVP TODAY!

 

Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:   Liberty North
100 Caplan Avenue, Barrie, Ontario
Cost:  Free
(Donations to March of Dimes Canada are welcome)

Sessions Include :

  • Home Modifications​
  • Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
    Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul endorsed
    Author | International Keynote Speaker |
    Paralympic Trialist | Accessibility Advocate |
    Award Winning Humanitarian​
  • Caregiver Strategies
  • Adaptive Cooking
  • Inspirational Talk by Aaron Lillie
  • Aging in Place** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.     RSVP by May 11, 2018 at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca.RSVP** In the subject line, please be sure to identify the city where you wish to attend. 
  •  Please RSVP at 1-800-263-3463 or by email at ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. / RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 ou par courriel à ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca. ​
  •  * Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance.
 

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 21st. April, 2018

Sanctuary

by Caryn Lix
series A Sanctuary Novel

Synopsis:

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways, and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

This story was well written with a great storyline, the characters were also amazing. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down until it was finished. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book it was a great read.

Available at http://www.kobo.com, http://www.amazon.ca, and http://www.amazon.com

 

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.
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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ 14th April, 2018

Codename: Freedom – The Goblin Siege

By Apollos Thorne (Author)


After surviving the onslaught of week one, Lucius has something to prove. He seeks to train under a living legend in hopes of being ready for the goblin siege.

He isn’t the only one looking to train. As his competition grows in strength, he must push himself harder than ever before.

Then, he unexpected happens. Players start to unlock abilities…

There is only one thing to do when facing impossible odds. Train harder!

This book is creative and a great break from typical fantasy. It adds a growth element and tracks the hero well. This  book is light hearted and fun! If you enjoy a traditional fantasy this is a must read for young adults.

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About Author ~ Apollos Thorne (Author)

Visit Amazon’s Apollos Thorne Page
Find all the books, read about the author, and more.

Available at http://www.amazon.com, http://www.amazon,ca  and other good book stores.

The Great Big Story ~ Defying the Odds at any Age.#WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  

Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti and Belinda Witzenhausen

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here! 

The following  quote defines to me, many stories about the young people at Variety Village, who strife to be the best they can be, despite any health challenge they have ~ continuing to excel and follow their dream.

“When the world says give up ~ Hope says try one more time!”
(unknown)

Defying the Odds at any Age.

The video below tells the story of five more young people who have definitely shown that they too defied the odds.

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~April, 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the April issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Positioning the adult literacy rate in context

An international adult literacy survey results dispelled the old notion that
Individuals are either literate or illiterate.
There are no uniformed standards distinguishing whether adults do have skills or not. Instead, skills use the information to function in society.

Adult surveys showed a strong link between literacy and a country’s economic potential

For most, this is the IALS survey, but for Canada, Norway, Switzerland, and the U.S., the results are from the ALLS survey.
Three categories of literacy were tested:

1. Prose literacy: the ability to understand and use information from texts such as editorials, news stories, poems, and fiction.

2. Document literacy: the ability to locate and use information from documents such as job applications, payroll forms, transportation schedules, maps, tables, and graphs.

3. Quantitative literacy: the ability to perform arithmetic functions such as balancing a cheque book, calculating a tip, or completing an order form.
An average of the results from these three literacy categories is used in the Conference Board’s ranking system.

Participants’ skills were rated on a continuous scale from level 1 to level 5.

Those at levels 1 and 2 literacy had low literacy skills. The easiest task in level 1 asked the participant to look at a medicine label and determine the “maximum number of days you should take this medicine.” The participant had to go to the label and locate the phrase “no longer than 7 days.”

Level 2 participants could deal only with material that was simple and clearly laid out; they may have adapted their lower literacy skills to everyday life but would have difficulty learning new job skills requiring a higher level of literacy.

 
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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note at professorowl@outlook.com

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Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month

Adolescent and adult reluctant reader

English Language and Literature:
Queen’s University Library provides subject, course, and how to guides to help you connect with the best tools, resources, and strategies for research.
The liaison librarian for English Language and Literature is available for research consultation and can help you design research strategies, access key databases, effectively use the information resources of Queen’s University Library and beyond and stay current in your field. Tailored research skill instruction can be provided for specific classes. We also evaluate, purchase, and make available teaching and research materials, including books, journals, and databases to support the discipline.

Publication Date: 2011-09-01

The Terry Fox Story

By Terry Barber

Terry Fox is specifically written to meet the needs of adolescents and adults who are reluctant readers. The photographs, maps, and illustrations reflect the text, making the words easy to decode. This high-interest, low-vocabulary biography is ideal for English as a Second Language or adult basic education students. Terry Fox (1958-1981) was an active teenager involved in many sports. He was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. His right leg was amputated 15 centimeters’ (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the Marathon of Hope. It was a journey that Canadians never forgot.

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

 

 

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Blue Window Kindle Edition

by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (Author)

Five siblings fall through time and space into a strange, unkind world — their arrival mysteriously foretold — and land in the center of an epic civil struggle in a country where many citizens have given themselves over to their primal fears and animal passions at the urging of a power-hungry demagogue.
When siblings Susan, Max, Nell, Kate, and Jean stumble one by one through a glowing cobalt window, they find themselves outside their cozy home — and in a totally unfamiliar world where everything looks wrong and nothing makes sense. Soon, an ancient prophecy leads them into battle with mysterious forces that threaten to break the siblings apart even as they try desperately to remain united and find their way home. Thirteen-year-old twins Max and Susan and their younger siblings take turns narrating the events of their story in unique perspectives as each of the children tries to comprehend their stunning predicament — and their extraordinary new powers — in his or her own way. From acclaimed author, Adina Rishe Gewirtz comes a riveting novel in the vein of C. S. Lewis and E. Nesbit, full of nuanced questions about morality, family, and the meaning of home

The story is told in interchanging points of view about five siblings discovering a new world where nothing is what it seems. A magical book with relatable characters. I found the book a little vague around the building of the world. However, the concept of magic was unique and there were times I found it hard to put the book down. It did have an enjoyable ending.  The book was very much like the stories, I read in my teens,  it is the type of book that is very popular these days with the young adult reader.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores.

We would love to hear about your favourite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being.”

~Henri Frederic Amiel

Spring usually signifies new beginnings and renewal.  In what area of your life would you like to “start-over”?

Reflect and write!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Pink Gerber Daisy

Spring is in the air…..write about something coming back to life!

Attention all aspiring authors: 

APRIL 1st, 2018

CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂

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Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better…

CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up.

Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories.

So sign up today!  See you at camp!

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” ~William Faulkner


 

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Variety Village


Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and
Variety Village2at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

EVENTS ~ April 2018
AQUAFITATHON

Join the movement! Join us for Variety Village’s Annual Active Aging Fundraiser. This two-hour event challenges and tones your whole body and is safe for any fitness level.
Active Aging members help raise funds for Aquatics programming by collecting pledges offline or by creating their own personal fundraising page online and encouraging friends and family to make a contribution.

Top Fundraiser wins a 2-month free Active Aging Membership!

DATE: Thursday, April 5, 2018
TIME: 1:00-3:00pm
Refreshments: Barall Centre, 3:00-4:00pm
Registration (member’s only): $25.00

For more information contact:
Tara Colby
416 699 7167 x268
tcolby@varietyvillage.on.ca
Carly Cookman
416 699 7167 x254
ccookman@varietyvillage.on.ca

DATE: April 15th.2018

VARIETY VILLAGE MARLIES EVENT

Don’t miss this opportunity to cheer on the Toronto Marlies and skate at the Ricoh Coliseum!
Bring the family out and cheer on the Marlies hockey team as they play against the Belleville Senators on Sunday, April 15 at 4pm. Once the game is done, you and your family will have the chance to skate on Ricoh Coliseum ice with some of the Marlies’ players!
WHEN
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 4pm
WHERE
Ricoh Coliseum
45 Manitoba Drive, Toronto, ON
Ticket Price Includes:
– Tickets to the Marlies vs. Senators game
– Post-game skate with members of the Marlies

TICKETS $15
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, VISIT
FEVO.ME/VARIETYVILLAGE

DATE: April 26th,2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
COCKTAIL RECEPTION

 

Please join us as we toast our past successes and our bright future.

Variety’s In The Spotlight Cocktail Reception is a dedicated event that recognizes outstanding community service which has contributed to the success of people with disabilities. These contributions ensure the delivery of vital community services and the promotion of a healthier tomorrow for children with disabilities and their families.

DATE
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30-9:30pm
LOCATION
Variety Village
3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough
DETAILS
Dress: Business
Parking on-site
TICKETS: $40 Individual | $75 Couples
NOTE: Tickets are open to Variety members and their guests only.

In the Spotlight Award Recipient

Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist, author and advocate for people with disabilities, including our Paralympic athletes. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report.
MORE INFORMATION: Zoe Pagazani, Events Coordinator zpagazani@varietyontario.ca

Watch Rick Mercer’s Report at Variety

Rick spends a day checking out our programming and state-of-the-art equipment at our facility dedicated to people of all abilities.

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca
EVENTS ~ April  2018
An American In Paris by Mirvish

Wednesday April 4, 2018
Join March of Dimes Canada Recreation department at the new Tony AwardÂŽ-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability
When: Wednesday April 4, 2018
Time: 1.30 pm
Location: The Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King Street West, Toronto ON M5V 1J2
Price: $75.00 per person (for seats in the dress circle) OR $ 55.00 per person (for seats in the balcony)
*Includes ticket to An American in Paris show, accessible and non-accessible seating available

Transportation details:
Transportation is not available for this trip

Space is Limited – Register Early!
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

A non-refundable payment of $75.00 or $55.00 must be included with the application form.
Application forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.

Email : recreation@marchofdimes.ca
Fax: 416-425-1920
Mail: Attention MODC Recreation
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto ON M4H 1A4

For more information or to purchase a ticket with a credit card please contact:

Rubby Nwaluka Keith Rashid
rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca krashid@marchofdimes.ca
416-425-3463 ext. 7212 416-425-3463 ext. 7213
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213

April 24th

Legends in Concert
Wednesday April 25, 2018
Join March of Dimes Canada recreation as we experience a stunning performance at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. With incredible costumes and award-winning performers, discover the unbelievable tributes to Roy Orbison, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, George Michael and Frank Sinatra. A truly legendary experience!
For: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability
When: Wednesday April 25, 2018
Time: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Location: Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort 6380 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7X5
Price: $125.00 per person
*Includes ticket to Legends in concert show, lunch at a local eatery, accessible and companion seating available.

Transportation details:
Round trip transportation included on our wheelchair accessible bus: Departure from 10 Overlea Blvd March of Dimes Canada at 9.00 am Return to 26 Overlea Blvd Toronto (Tim Hortons/Wendy’s) at 8.00 pm

Space is Limited – Register Early!
(Registration may close earlier if event capacity is reached)

A non-refundable payment of $125.00 must be included with the application form.
Application forms can be submitted via email, fax or mail.

Email : recreation@marchofdimes.ca
Fax: 416-425-1920
Mail: Attention MODC Recreation
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Boulevard
Toronto ON M4H 1A4

For more information or to purchase a ticket with a credit card please contact:

Rubby Nwaluka Keith Rashid
rnwaluka@marchofdimes.ca krashid@marchofdimes.ca
416-425-3463 ext. 7212 416-425-3463 ext. 7213
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7212 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7213

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Weekly Book Review ~ Wednesday, March 7th. 2018

 

The Legacy Builder
(The Chronicles Of Lincoln Hart Book 1)
By Ember Lane.

Barakdor, a virtual fantasyland packed with elves, dwarves, gnomes, and trolls.
Barakdor, a world sliding helplessly to war.

Lincoln wanted to be a warrior, a rogue or a mage, but he’d made a promise to himself, so he chose a builder. He wasn’t supposed to play the game on his own, but now he wanted to build a legacy for Joan, a sanctuary in a virtual world.

It was supposed to be a place where folk could come to get away from the terrors that the land held, a utopia he would create with his bare hands. It was supposed to be Joan’s legacy. But as the growling thunderheads of war gather, he begins to think it might be the last refuge. He begins to think it might be the land’s only hope.

I found this book to be well written with great characters and story structure. With lots of action that made it hard to put the book down until I finished reading it. Since this is book one I feel there will be a sequel. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Available from www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca

This Fencer Won Gold with No Hands or Legs #WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. 

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

This Fencer Won Gold with No Hands or Legs

For more than ten year’s Professor Owl’s Book Corner has followed the wonderful young athletes from Variety Village and the Special Olympics who have overcome their physical challenges with determination to follow their dreams of excelling in the sport they loved so much.

This month we are featuring a very special young lady who did follow her dream and won a gold medal.

Beatrice “Bebe” Vio is a fighter in more ways than one. At just five years old, she showed incredible promise at fencing. But, at age 11, her dreams were threatened after she contracted a severe form of meningitis that cost her both her hands and legs. Still, Vio remained undeterred and returned to fencing within a year. She began fencing from a wheelchair using a special prosthesis to hold her foil. Her fighting spirit paid off when she won the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Beatrice Vio wins 2017 Laureus Award – IPC
https://www.paralympic.org/news/beatrice-vio-wins-2017-laureus-award

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here! 

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter March, 2018 ~ Edition

 

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Welcome to the March issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you are enjoying our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Let this be the month you set your reading goals.

Professor Owls Newsletter is here to help you achieve them all.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney

Professor Owl’s Book corner with help you learn how to read, to assist you with problems and learning challenges and give you a bigger choice of books to choose from. We will be restarting our weekly book reviews again next Wednesday and our usual monthly books of the month in our monthly newsletter. We will also give you information where you can get the books you want to read.

Literacy and Reading

By Sylvia McGrath

When I was very young I was lucky enough to have a father, who loved to read books and, also living next door was a dear old man named Sheppy (Mr. Sheppard) who had large library of old books which he encouraged me to read and shared with me his love of books. When I was around ten he gave me a full set of classic books and soon had me reading Little Women, Treasure Island etc. at a young age. When I was old enough my father would take me to the library with him several times a week each of us would bring home three or four books each time.
Over the years my love for books never changed and when I was older and married, I had a daughter who I shared this love with. She is now all grown up but also has the same unquenchable thirst for books and reading, as I have.
Everyone probably has told you how important reading is, but have you ever asked yourself why. With television, computers and iPads you probably wonder why all the fuss.
Over the years I have had so much pleasure reading but I have also found it to be very necessary when it was time to go out into the working world.
Through my literacy tutoring I have met young people who had challenges with reading although in your young years you can get by. However, as you get older the need becomes sometimes quite urgent. One lady student I had just wanted to read stories to her children and help them with their homework. You may want to drive, get a good job, there are a few jobs available, but as one gets older, some are a lot harder to do. I saw how much these older people now want to learn to read. They realize now how important it is.
Below I will list out seven reasons why reading is important to me and to the students I taught. I hope you too can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can follow some of your dreams.
1.Introduce Yourself to New Ideas
When reading, you introduce yourself to new information, new things, you discover new ways to solve a problem, and new ways to succeed at things you love.
• Learning begins from reading and understanding.
• You may also find new hobbies to try.
• You might truly explore one thing you really like, and it may end up in your dream career and success in the future.
2. Self-Improvement
• Reading does help you form a better you, doesn’t it?
• When reading, you begin understanding the world more.
• Through reading, you begin to have a greater understanding of a topic that interests you; for example: how to build self-confidence.
• How to make the plan better before acting.
• How to memorize things better and more.
• All these self-improvements start with the reading; through reading, you create an organized path towards a better understanding and better actions to take in the future.
3. Improve Understanding
• The more you read, the more you understand things’.
• Reading allows you learn more about the things in your everyday life.
• You may learn what you need to be aware of when a place can be hazardous to your health.
• The purpose of staying away from being harmed or bitten.
• Or perhaps you can learn by reading about real-life experience or special sport.
• It can also help you find out how things work or the truth about something.
• Reading also increases a better understanding on the rules of life, to help you to adapt, adopt and adjust into the society better.
• You first need to read and understand the rules well. To play well in a game whether it be a sport or on the computer.
4. Ready for Action
• Before acting on anything, where should you seek help and guidance?
• Reading is an essential way which can help you out. In today’s world, getting reviews and feedback from other people can make a big impact on your next decision, and the pros and cons of each choice.
• Read about how to cook a meal, how to play a game, which place is nice for a holiday trip, read the menu before ordering food, read the manual before using a new gadget. These all can help you become more prepared before you really get into activities.

5. Learning Tools for Communicating
• Communicating is the most vital tool which can be conveyed through reading.
• As you communicate through reading, you understand more, and therefore you can connect better with people.
• A person that knows nothing, has not had anything to share, and probably doesn’t even understand what people are sharing.
• Through reading, you build a more solid foundation for communication.
• It is one of the most important tools we use every day to connect with each other.
• However, if you don’t read, you can’t even connect with the world and what people are talking about out there.
• Reading really does connect you with the world.
6. Your Brain
• When reading, you are in full silence because reading connects directly to your brain.
• In the silence, you seek for more information; in silence, your brain can focus, it is clear and ready to gather further data about the things you love.
• Therefore, you learn and grow, and you feel and see from the point of view of other people about everything in life. In the future you shape a better self.

We hope you will look at the lessons given in our Laubach section, and to help you find other help on line, please find below some of my favorite websites and news letter I think you will find fun and helpful.

Boys and Books | Reading Rockets
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/boys-and-books
Boys and Books. By: Jane McFann. … Canada, says in one of her … and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.

ABC Fast Phonics – learn to read online. Fun for kids or …
http://www.abcfastphonics.com/about.html
What Is ABC Fast Phonics? As a child struggling to learn to read, … Young children and other beginning readers of all ages can navigate the site just by using …the above link.

Home – Canada.ca
https://www.canada.ca/en.html
Programs and services for teenagers and young adults. … for measuring the performance of Canada.ca and … Young Canadians building a better Canada

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Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss

Available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, and www.kobo.com

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!


‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’ ~ Unknown

Write about the most perfect moment in your life.  It can be one that has already occurred or one you hope will happen.

 

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

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Write about a moment when you felt you were in the spotlight. Was it a fun experience? Was it embarrassing? What if anything did you learn from the experience?


APRIL is around the corner and CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂Attention all aspiring authors: 

Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up. Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories.

So sign up today!  See you at camp!

WANT TO START A BRAND-NEW NOVEL BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN?  Check out this book: No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty

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Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure. Via Goodreads


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Variety Village


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Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.
Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.
Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

 

 

For more information and to register, please contact:
Erica Mugan
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7758
emugan@marchofdimes.ca

 >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.

www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note – mail to: professorowl@outlook.co

New Technology that will amaze you! #WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Code:Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!

Those who have followed my blogs know that Professor Owls Book Corner  strives to  follow and promote Variety Village and March of Dimes who both help, show and teach both children and adults how to use  their exceptional abilities not disabilities.

In my life time there have been so many wonders to help people live a full life, but now in the age of technology we are coming into a very exciting future.

In this blog you will find new technology that will amaze you I certainly am impressed with these new devices..

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https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Firefly+Wheelchair+Attachment&id=61C1EF2C3B15E1999F7A77B400E0BAC26DD14A87&FORM=IDBQMV&adlt=strict
Robotic legs get wheelchair users walking
 https://www.cnet.com/news/robotic-legs-get-wheelchair-users-walking/

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