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Asparagus: Speedy spears

Make the asparagus eating conditions great at your house by sharing facts about this spear-shaped vegetable with your kids. Plus, try the recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce! >More
 Marshal the martial: Martial arts for kids

"There's no such thing as a bad martial art," says Jeff Christensen of Karate America in Verona. "They're all different." And all of them, devotees agree, can change young lives for the better. The trick is matching a school, a style and a discipline to your child. >More
 A guide to Madison-area martial arts styles

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 Culture bin: What's hot for tots in June 2008

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 Shooting to the top

Fourteen, 17 and 19 may seem young, but these are the ages at which members of the Jam, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones formed the most iconic bands in rock 'n' roll history. And how about Waukesha, West Allis and Milwaukee - just Wisconsin bergs? More like the birthplaces of music legends Les Paul, Liberace and Al Jarreau. Clearly, musical aptitude has no age requirement or designated zip code. >More
 A short trip to loving spinach

Although it's early in the growing season, there are products at the farmers' markets to make a trip with the kids worthwhile. While you know kids will eat frosted cow-shaped cookies, spring vegetables may be another matter. >More
 Calendar for May 2008: May dates

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 Can you dig it?

When I asked my boys, ages 7 and almost 9, to describe their experience at our garden plot, here's what they said: "Hot. Endless toil. Mouse-eaten cantaloupe. Backbreaking, sun-scorching labor. Tomatoes going black." >More
 Culture Bin: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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 Calendar for April 2008: Earthy and arty

When the late Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson proposed the first Earth Day for April 22, 1970, the intent was to raise environmental consciousness through rallies, symposiums and discussions nationwide. Almost 40 years later, it has evolved into something far greater. >More
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