Not Just for Kids

 Vol. 10, No. 14

April 4 - 10, 2002

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The How-To Cowboy™ Rides Again,
Bringing You Another Secret, Magic How-to Fun Trick:
How to Teach a Cat to Roll Over

1. Befriend a nice cat.

2.Give it good scritchies every day. Scritch the neck and belly while on its side or back.

3.Mimic the cat’s voice (meow, whine, gurgle) while scritching.

4. Do this every day for a month.

5. Train the cat to expect a healthy round of scritchies after you call to it in its meow or purr-gurgly voice.

6. This is the first step in teaching a cat to roll over on command.

7. If you follow this regimen for a month, the cat will come to you when you call, flop at your feet, on its back, ready for scritchies. Cats are pretty smart, you know.

8. Now comes the second step. Call the cat. Don’t give scritchies. Instead, point your finger to the left at cat’s eye level; move it to the right. In time, the cat will follow finger and eventually roll to the right.

9. Reward with generous scritchies every time the cat rolls.

10. Next step: The rollover. Repeat steps 8-9, but this time, make a left to right (clockwise) circle.

11. Cat will eventually understand and roll over completely. Reward with a double dose of super scritchies.

12. Call your friends, show them your trick. They’ll be wowed! Be humble. Reward cat.

Meet the How-to Cowboy™

Meet the How-to Cowboy™ himself at the Bay Country Boat Show April 13 & 14 in Hollywood, MD or at the Sandy Point Water Festival April 27 & 28 at Sandy Point Park.

The How-to Ranch Hand Challenge: Send a unique how-to trick to IM Press, PO Box 5346, Takoma Park MD 20913. Include step-by-step instructions and, if accepted, you’ll see your trick published in this space and receive a Little Ned Stories book and a $10 check.

Visit the How-to Cowboy™, aka Edward Allan Faine, at this website:

Kids’ Stuff

Friday, April 5
Dr. Suess Day
Listen to Dr. Suess stories and meet the Cat in the Hat. 10am @ Barnes & Noble, Harbour Center, Annapolis: 410/573-1115.

Saturday, April 6
Paws For Thought
Kids 2 & 3 learn about animals with unusual feet. 10am @ Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center. $3 w/discounts; rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Pee Wee Free-Throw Shootout
Kids 4-7 continue March Madness, shooting from the free-throw line. 5pm @ Southern Community Center, Lusby: 410/586-1101.

Mermaids and More
At the opening of the new Sirens and Sirenians exhibit, families enjoy tours, games, face painting, Polaroid portraits and cake and punch served by mermaids: 2-5pm. Then at 3 & 3:35, Dr. Daryl Domning and Brian Beatty talk sea cows. @ Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Mostly free: 410/326-2042.

Sunday, April 7
Go Fly a Kite Contest
Kids 14 and under fly kites, w/ribbons for the highest flying, most acrobatic or fanciest kite in Chesapeake Country. 1pm @ Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. $2: 410/222-6115.

Monday, April 8
Spring Has Sprung
Kids 5-7 explore nature’s changes as spring banishes winter. 3–4pm @ Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract, on Rt. 198 between Rt. 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway: 301/497-5887.

Tuesday, April 9
Make a Book
Listen to Anita Jeram’s latest story, I Love My Little Storybook, and make a book of your own. 10am @ Barnes & Noble, Harbour Center, Annapolis: 410/573-1115.

Wednesday, April 10
Wildlife Wonders Story Time
Join Ranger Susan in exploring spring. Look at birds, reptiles and amphibians, animal babies, wildflowers and trees in bloom. Take a hike, listen to a story and take home a craft. Kids 3-5 w/adult. 10am @ Kinder Farm Park, Millersville: 410/222-6115.

Thursday, April 11
Preschool Nature Hour
Preschool kids w/adult follow Ranger Lisa Wolfe on a wildlife adventure nature hike. 11am @ Earleigh Heights Ranger Station on the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail in Severna Park. Rsvp: 410/222-6244.

Nest Sweet Nest
Learn about nests used by different critters. Kids 3-5. 10am & 1pm @ Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center. $3 w/discounts; rsvp: 410/535-5327.

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