On the Calendar
New experiences: African culture will be celebrated during the 18th annual African Culture Fest Jan. 18-20 at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Part of the museum's Passport to the World series, the yearly event features vendors selling authentic African wares in the Rotunda. Activities include storytelling, performances by the Khamisi Dance Theater and Afrikan-American Drum and Dance Ensemble, among others. New this year is an African village with full-size huts representing several African cultures and "villagers" demonstrating traditional crafts and activities. Hours are noon-5 p.m. daily. Free, except for museum special activities. 287-7000 or (800) 733-2077 or www.cincymuseum.org.
Great gift: Here's the ideal baby shower present for the mother-to-be. Your Baby Planner (Creative Publishing; $24.95) by Joanne Trevelyan and Lauren Floodgate is a hardcover organizer. Sections include a pregnancy timeline, a pregnancy and childbirth planner, a project portfolio and fold-out wall chart. Each section has plenty of space for Mom to write her thoughts as she waits for her bundle of joy and to record the first year of life.
While you're gone: When parents have a job that requires them to travel, children sometimes have difficulty with the absences. The Magic Box: When Parents Can't Be There to Tuck You In by Marty Sederman and Dr. Seymour Epstein (Magination Press; $8.95) is a colorful book for children ages 3-7 to help them cope with their feelings. Casey is a little boy who always dreads when his father's job takes him away from home. Casey's dad makes him a keepsake box to make plans for when he returns. The book also includes a "Note to Parents" with techniques to help children prepare for absences.
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