Family Time: ‘High School Musical’ fun for all

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Family Screening Room

“High School Musical 3: Senior Year”

Rated: G

Length: 1:40

Synopsis: Disney’s “High School Musical” phenomenon leaps onto the big screen in the third installment, in which America’s favorite high school students (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman) hit senior year. Amidst a basketball championship, prom and a big spring musical featuring all the Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella vow to make every moment last as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question. A crew of sophomore Wildcats (Matt Prokop, Justin Martin and Jemma McKenzie-Brown) joins in the fun as the film’s new music and exciting dance numbers take maximum advantage of the big screen.

Violence/gore rating: 1.5

Sexual-content rating: 2

Profanity rating: 1

Scary/tense-moments rating: 1

Drugs/alcohol rating: 1

Family Time rating: 1. A fantastic movie for the whole family, and the best part is, your kids probably are dying to see it.

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

Tip of the Week: Take great holiday photos of your kids

Here are five cool tricks to make your holiday photos a treat:

- Use the flash indoors and out

- Take plenty of candid shots to capture the real magic

- Use imaginary lines – i.e. imagine two horizontal and two vertical lines in your viewfinder, position the subject at one of the four points where the lines intersect.

- Organize your photos on a photo-sharing Web site

- Make photo sharing effortless by adding wireless to the camera you already own (ARA)

Kids Kitchen: Pink Party Punch

1 (46-oz.) can cranberry juice cocktail

1 (64-oz.) carton orange juice (for a more tart drink, use grapefruit juice)

1 (46-oz.) can pineapple juice

1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale

Mix and float a frozen ring of the mixture to keep it chilled. Makes 1 gallon. (CDKitchen)

Book Report

“Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out,” by various authors and illustrators

Ages: 9 to 12

Pages: 256

Conceived and co-created by the National Children's Book and Literary Alliance, this collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction and poetry melds with a stunning array of original art to offer a multifaceted look at America's history through the prism of the White House. Starting with a 1792 call for designers to plan a presidential mansion and continuing through the present day, “Our White House” takes in everything from the amusing antics of presidents' children and pets to the drama of the White House ablaze and the specter of war. These highly engaging writings and illustrations, expressing varied viewpoints and interwoven with key historical events, are a vital resource for family sharing and classroom use — and a stirring reminder that the story of the White House is the story of every American.

Pet Tip

Do you own or are you considering getting a pet rabbit? One thing you should be aware of is that bunnies need more than just pellets. The House Rabbit Society suggests 2 to 4 cups of fresh vegetables each day. Some acceptable veggies are carrots, collard greens, dandelion greens and romaine lettuce. For a more thorough guide to what veggies rabbits should and shouldn’t eat, go to

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