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Always Remember to PAWS and THINK!

Local author Miranda Mittleman teaches valuable life lessons as seen through the eyes of her rescue dog, Weaver, in her children's book series, "Paws and Think!" All three books in her series have received the Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal for Children's picture books. Mittleman has created a Charity of the Quarter program to benefit non-profit organizations in the community. Her current charity is Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the launch party will be held August 11th at Greetings & Readings in the Hunt Valley Towne Center. Her books are available online wherever books are sold. pawsandthinkbooks.com

Help Students Fulfill Their Dreams

Donate to Our College Access Fund These teens are on a challenging journey to achieve their dreams. As participants in an invaluable nonprofit youth development program, they benefit from strong mentorship and support and set goals for achievement. In pursuit of their college dreams and scholarship opportunities, they'll face $100 application fees which can become an early barrier for college access. Our small "College Access Grants" make a big difference. All Out for ChangeĀ® gives everyone with a desire to help less fortunate youth succeed a place to act on that desire. Learn how an aspiring opera singer achieved scholarships with a grant, and donate to alloutforchange.org

Project Sweet Peas

Project Sweet Peas is a national non-profit organization that acknowledges the importance of parental involvement in caregiving and decision-making in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and seeks to promote family-centered care (FCC) competencies in hospitals nationwide. Care packages, hospital events, peer-to-peer support, financial aid, educational materials and other Project Sweet Peas services support the cultural, spiritual, emotional and financial needs of families as they endure life in the NICU. projectsweetpeas.com

Sensory Bounce Therapy Launching in Silver Spring, MD

It's called Sensory Bounce Therapy and it's changing the ground rules for developing skills in special needs children. Sensory Bounce Therapy combines the stimulating, kid-friendly environment of an indoor inflatable bounce facility with the expertise of an occupational therapist. The program helps children with autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and any motor or social difficulties develop sensory processing, gross motor and social skills. The new venue is at Pump It Up; 12210 Plum Orchard Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20904. sensorybounce.com

SWIGSAFE - Not Just Another Tumbler!

Going out to parties and events, you have to stay in control of the amount you drink and what's in your drink, as well. That's where SWIGSAFE comes in. With clear, easy-to-read measurements along the side (showing not only ounces but equivalents to various standard drink sizes), a secure spill-proof lid and a convenient lanyard carry strap, SWIGSAFE allows you to maintain greater control of your beverage. SWIGSAFE also allows you to customize your party tumbler with added charms. swigsafe.com