Not Just for Kids

 Vol. 9, No. 48
November 29 - December 5, 2001 
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The How-To Cowboy
Secret, Magic How-To Fun Tricks

How to Play the Hand Trumpet

  1. Cup hands as if to hold a buzzing firefly

  2. Left hand on top, right hand wrapped around back.

  3. Thumbs up, pressed together.

  4. Blow in thumb hole, softly, then hard. Ah! sound! And on the first try, too!

  5. Narrow hand cup. Blow a high note.

  6. Widen hand cup. Blow a low note.

  7. Stick right hand out. Blow hard. Hit high note.

  8. Vary right right hand position, out halfway, say. Blow a soothing, mellow tone.

  9. Note that air volume and embrochure affect pitch. Practice making different sounds.

  10. Use tongue to articulate, blow smart, clipped notes.

  11. Flutter tongue to make a police whistle sound.

  12. Hum while blowing to play a chord.

  13. Put it all together. Play a tune. Play, “Yes Sir, she’s my baby.” Or how about Prokofiev’s “March of the Three Oranges?”

  14. Practice every day. On the way home from school. In your room. Don’t bug your parents.

  15. When ready, form a band (drums, bass, piano or guitar), book gigs at local venues. Play dances, weddings. Become famous.

The How-To Ranch Hand Challenge:

Send your unique How-To Trick to IM Press, Box 5346, Takoma Park, MD 20913 with step-by-step instructions. If accepted, you will see your trick published in this space, receive a LITTLE NED STORIES book and a $10 check.

Meet the How-To Cowboy, aka Edward Allan Faine at Glen Burnie Mall
December 10-23 or visit his website:

Autumn Paradise

Falling, swirling
Like butterflies caught in the wind.
Bats out of season.
White caps on the water.
Like fish bellies.

– Lauren Haines of Annapolis

Kids’ Stuff

Friday, November 30
Blue Moon Campfire - Gather beneath November’s second full moon (the blue moon) and celebrate w/stories, treats and fun during the Once in a Blue Moon Campfire Program. Dress for weather; bring lawn chairs or blankets. 7-8pm @ Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown. $3; rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Saturday, December 1
Three Ways to Spend a December Day - Make tasty no-bake snacks w/holiday themes; design and create your own crafts or jewelry. Ages 6-8. 9:30-10:30am @ Southern Community Center, Lusby. $6 each workshop; rsvp: 410/586-1101.

Birds, Birds, Birds - Get to know our feathered neighbors and make a bird ornament. Ages 2-3 w/adult. 10-10:30am @ Battle Creek Nature Center, Prince Frederick. $3 w/discounts; rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Sunday, December 2
Winter Wilderness Survival - Learn to make fire, construct a shelter, track wildlife and find food and water in the winter wilderness at Ranger Brian’s Outdoor Survival Skills program. Ages 8+; parents welcome. 1-3pm @ Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. $2; rsvp: 410/222-6115.

Tuesday, December 4
Make Holiday Paper - Make wrapping paper w/evergreens, seeds and holiday stamps. Ages 6-12 w/adult. 4-5:30pm @ Tawes Bldg., Lobby Conference Rm., Annapolis. $3; rsvp: 410/260-8189.

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