Family Time: Don’t let youngsters go to this ‘Prom’

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Family Screening Room

Movie: “Prom Night”

Rated: PG-13 (for violence and terror, some sexual material, underage drinking and language)

Length: 90 minutes

Synopsis: Donna's senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life, one of magic, beauty and love. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns from magic to murder, there is only one man who could be responsible -- the man she thought was gone forever. Now Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer and survive their prom night.

Violence/gore rating: 5

Sexual-content rating: 2.5

Profanity rating: 3.5

Scary/tense-moments rating: 5

Drugs/alcohol rating: 3.5

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Pet Tip: Petiquette for the Modern Pet Owner

Some pet etiquette – petiquette – tips from Charlotte Reed, pet expert and author of "The Miss Fido Manners Complete Book of Dog Etiquette."

- Keep it clean: One of the first issues that many pet owners have with their pets is that they can be very messy, but just because you have a pet doesn't mean you should let your house go. To eliminate odors, Reed advises to wash or groom your dogs monthly. If you find it difficult to give your cat a bath, brush your pet at least once a week to remove loose hair and debris from the feline coat. Additionally, scoop feline litter boxes daily. And for dogs, she says to train them to use one area outdoors so that waste is confined -- that area should be cleaned regularly.

- Travel planning: "Always call ahead to where you are staying to verify their pet policy. Bring plenty of food, supplies and toys so that your pet feels comfortable. Try to keep your pet on his regular food and exercise schedule to eliminate stress for both of you. And make sure that your pet practices its best obedience," Reed says.

- Balance: You might love your little critter, but not everyone wants to hear every detail about your pet, especially a date. Balance is important to understand and implement at work and at home. For example, one picture of your pet on your desk or in your wallet is perfectly fine. But make sure that your office doesn't become a shrine to your furry companion.

- Keep it clean, part 2: Besides keeping your home clean, it's important to keep your clothes clean as well. "There's no need to go to work looking like your cat or dog slept on your clothes all night. A quick swoop with a vacuum or sticky roller should do the trick," Reed says.

For more of Reed’s pet tips, go to (ARA)

Book Report

“The Penderwicks on Gardam Street,” by Jeanne Birdsall

Ages: 9 to 12

Pages: 320

The Penderwick sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure -- but the adventure they get isn’t quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick’s sister has decided it’s time for him to start dating — and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan — a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It’s high jinks, big laughs and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return. (Knopf)

Kids Kitchen: Cheese Calzones

Easy Pizza Dough

3/4 cup quick marinara sauce

1 1/2 cups grated cheese

1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli crowns or 1 1/2 cups sliced precooked sausage

Make a batch of Easy Pizza Dough and prepare a large baking sheet. Divide the dough in half. With floured hands, press each half into a large oval, then switch to a rolling pin and roll it out until it measures about 6 by 9 inches. Now your child can spoon sauce across the bottom half of each oval, leaving a 1-inch border uncovered. Then she should sprinkle on the cheese, followed by the broccoli pieces or sausage, dividing the toppings equally between the 2 calzones. (Tip: Cut the broccoli into small pieces -- the steam in the baking calzone will cook it to just the right tenderness.) Use a fingertip to lightly moisten the entire edge of the dough with water, then fold the top over the side that's piled with toppings, matching up the edges. Pinch together the edges, making sure the layers stick. Transfer the calzones onto the baking sheet, spacing them well apart, and use a knife to poke 3 or 4 small steam vents in the top of each one. Let the calzones rest for 10 minutes while you heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the calzones on the center oven rack for about 30 minutes, until dark and crusty on the top and bottom. Slide the calzones onto a wire rack and let them cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Be careful the steam inside can be very hot. Serves 4 to 6. (Recipe from

Play Inside: “Time’s Up”

Players: 4 or more recommended

Ages: 12 and older

The fast-paced party game of multiple personalities! More than 800 famous people crammed into a little box, and it’s up to you to let them out. The idea of this game is to race through the Deck of Fame and get your teammate(s) to guess who's on your card. Each team gets only 30 seconds per turn, and the deck passes from team to team until it's empty. Most cards collected wins the game. Sounds pretty fast and easy? Ah, but there are three rounds, and you've only made it through the first. Rounds two and three are played with the same deck but place limits on what you can say and do. It's a bit more challenging and absolutely hilarious. Has won multiple awards, including being one of Mensa’s top 5 games of the year. (R&R Games)

Tip of the Week: How to Make Spring Cleaning Quicker, Easier

- Spread out the work: Don’t clean the entire house at once. Divide your home into zones and attack them one at a time. And instead of trying to tear through your entire home in a day, spend a certain amount of time on each zone.

- Health and safety come first: Prioritize spring-cleaning projects that will make your family and home more comfortable and healthier. For instance, consider replacing any chemical-filled household cleaners with natural, multipurpose cleaners. This could include using half vinegar and half water for cleaning glass or using baking soda and water for an inexpensive and chemical-free way to scrub bathtubs and sinks.

- Stay on task: Distractions, of course, are inevitable. But take measures to prevent them as much as possible. Don’t answer the phone, refrain from checking e-mails or put on a movie for the kids so that you can have at least one or two uninterrupted hours.

- Seek help: Nothing saves time better than increasing your workforce. Pick up the phone and invite some friends over for a spring-cleaning party. After all, it’s always more fun to clean up someone else’s home. You provide the food and drinks, and your friends can help you attack a cleaning project. Of course, keep in mind your friends will likely ask you to return the favor! (ARA)

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