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by Melissa Jones

wfaa.com

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 8:01 AM

 

MEMPHIS
 
 
MEMPHIS, the 2010 Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical, and the show that’s currently blowing the roof off Broadway, opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park May 15-27, 2012 for a limited engagement, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.
 
Single tickets are on sale now, priced from $15-$75, at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in the Preston/Royal Shopping Center. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
 
 
AUTHOR KAY WILLS WYMAN/ “CLEANING HOUSE”
 
Cleaning House began when self-described enabling mother Kay Wills Wyma kicked off an unusual one-year experiment to introduce her five children to the basic tasks of independence.
 
Along the way not only did her kids change…but the task of un-enabling five twenty-first century American kids opened her eyes to valuable insights…available to all parents seeking to rid their children of youth entitlement.
 
While today’s well-intentioned parents are doing all they can to facilitate their children’s rise to greatness, parents are realizing that the hovering is backfiring. Now, if or when, kids even leave home—they are increasingly helpless and dependent. Parents’ attempts to boost their kids’ success are instead enabling their failure with the unspoken message: “I’ll do it for you because you can’t.”
 
Wyma has found that what kids really need to hear is, “I believe in you, so I’m going to make you work.” From making beds to grocery shopping to disinfecting a bathroom, her family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others.
 
Cleaning House not only chronicles Wyma’s fami
ly’s journey to independence, but also offers insight, humor, and practical steps to parents desiring to overcome youth entitlement in their own households.
 
Author Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. Before she transitioned to stay-at-home mom, she earned an MBA, worked at the White House, and dabbled in international finance. Happily married to Jon, this recovering enabler is committed to equipping the next generation to achieve great things in the future by piling on the responsibility today. Kay enjoys inspiring other parents of adolescents and teens through her blog TheMoatBlog.com. She lives in Highland Park.
 
 
 
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY / “RISK” EXHIBIT
 
 
Why would the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History put its visitors at risk? For the sheer fun of it, of course! Risk!, developed by the Museum, will return to Fort Worth for a summer run, May 5 – September 3, 2012. The exhibit offers a playful and informative look at risk and risk assessment.
The 5000-square foot exhibit presents some extraordinary, eye-opening situations that emphasize our perception or misperception of risk. Imagine crossing a 7” wide steel beam 17 stories above the ground. A little risky? Now add wind and blaring construction noises. Would you go forward or slowly skirt around the perimeter of the structure? Or would you avoid even taking the first step?
 
Math, science, and probability can play a significant role in risk assessment. This is best illustrated in the Bed of Nails where you can discover that lying on thousands of nails may not be the sticky situation you expected! As you lie on the Plexiglas bed, a geared system slowly raises nails through the bed, lifting you, too. Will you escape harm or be punctured like a pincushion? Physics can provide the answer!
 
Ball of Danger combines probability concepts with non-quantitative factors like emotion and intuition. Two containers filled with red and white balls are presented, the red balls representing poison. One contains 100 balls – 91 white, nine red. The second container has ten balls – nine white and one red. Can you tell which container is most dangerous? Other hands-on exhibits in the Gambling and Probability Area further illustrate probability with coin flipping, dice tossing, and visual examples of the odds.
 
Risk! Cinema presents engaging and powerful taped interviews with Mt. Everest survivor Beck Weathers, auto racer Johnny Rutherford, astronaut Barbara Morgan, bullfighter Rob Smets, and other risk takers. The 12-minute video puts a personal face on risk and highlights different opinions about risk. What’s riskier -- racing around an oval track at 200 miles per hour or driving to the grocery store? The answer depends on who you ask!
 
Do you consider yourself a risk taker? You might be surprised to find out you’re more or less of a risk taker than you thought in We Dare You to Take This Quiz. Your score in a series of 20 true-false questions shows your comfort level with risk. The How Old Are You Really? computer program shows us that the lifestyle choices we make – daily risk management decisions – can affect our quality of life. A series of lifestyle questions like “Do you exercise?” and “Do you eat fatty foods?” show that behavior influences our true “health age.”
 
Switches reinforce the highly personal nature of risk assessment. In classic game show fashion, you put yourself in the hot seat and test how far you’re willing to go to be a “winner.” Choose one of eight switches to earn points. Flashing lights, cheering, and double points reward “good” switch choices. But watch out! One of the eight switches is a “bad” switch that immediately ends the game and eliminates all earned points.
 
The element of risk is present in everything we do. The Extreme Gallery focuses on the response of science, technology, and engineering to risk through objects developed in response to particular types of risk. Some objects, like a firefighter’s helmet and bulletproof vest, are familiar, while others such as a steel mesh shark tunic and demining boots require explanation.
 
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History created Risk! in 2002 for the Science Museum Exhibit Collaboration and continues to tour the country.
Admission to Risk! is included with Museum exhibit admission: $14 adults; $10 children (2-12) and seniors (60+); Museum members are free. Purchase tickets online at www.fortworthmuseum.org or by phone at 817-255-9540. The Museum is located at 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
 
COOK CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
 
 
 
INNOVATIONS MEDICAL
 
 
 

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