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Yakima Family Medicine’s Back To School Fair This Saturday

August is knocking and the start of school is closing fast.  Are your kids ready? 

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Category: Families, Medical
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Get Serious Sooner, Babytalk Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Moms and dads, grandma and grandpa listen up.   How you talk to that baby can make a huge difference in the kind of person they become.

I went to a meeting at the Yakima School District last night for parents of kids in the Highly Capable program.  I’m so happy to say that the “gator”, Katelyn is off to a great start in school.  She has a pretty sophisticated vocabulary for a 6 year old. She breezed through kindergarten and we hope she’ll be challenged by the program and pushed to reach her true potential as a student.

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Category: Education, Families
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More US Kids In Poverty Now Than Before The Recession

 The current “great” recovery has more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation child advocacy group said that 22 percent of American children were living in poverty in 2013, compared to 18 percent in 2008.

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Cook Out With A Cop Tonight -Dave’s Diary

Safe Yakima Valley and the Yakima Police Department invite you and your family to a neighborhood picnic from 8 to 9 pm tonight.   YPD  will be blocking off the streets at Fairbanks Ave (Near Garfield Elementary) so folks in the neighborhood can spend time talking to theofficers and getting to know them

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Road Trip – Your Best Bet For A Summer Vacation — Dave’s Diary

National Lampoon’s 1983 hit movie Vacation  made Walley World and the Griswold family part of the fun conversation for practically every summer vacation plan since.

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Why Do We Close Schools For Summer Vacation? – Dave’s Diary

  Summer is now in full swing and facebook is awash in coast to coast photos of fun family vacation trips.  But in the middle of all the postcard smiles, Mickey Mouse ears and the are-we-there-yet selfies, the question is raised

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Category: Education, Families
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Washington State Ready To Help Downsized Military Families – Dave’s Diary

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says our state is ready to help as the military begins its latest round of downsizing. 

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Over the River and Through the Woods For the Fourth — Dave’s Diary

 Are you heading out of town for the Fourth of July weekend?  Maybe looking to beat the predicted 104-degree heat? With a three-day weekend to play, you won’t be alone.   

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2015: The Year of the Gender Neutral Baby Name … WHAT? — Dave’s Diary

The picture in this post is of my handsome 1-year-old grandson, Jackson.  I mention this because Jackson is a good strong boys name. 

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Category: Families
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Beware Of Summer Vacation Scams – Dave’s Diary

Don’t let the hot summer sun melt your good judgment when it comes to discernment of what is a good deal and what is a scam!

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