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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST- 30, 2013 Page 7 - East Boston Main Streets Announces 13 th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade On Friday, September 6% East Boston Main Streets will hold its 13th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade. East Boston Main Streets and Countdown to Kindergarten along with Boston Main Streets, the East Boston Social Cen- ter, YMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police and the MBTA will host the 13 th Annual Countdown to Kinder- garten parade. With the help of many groups and individuals and the generosity of local merchants every child in East Boston who is entering kindergarten will receive school supplies, a brand new backpack and enjoy a festive day de- signed to provide a positive experience as they begin their education. Beginning in Central Square at 10:30 am Parade Marshals Angela Amoroso, Mikki DeSisto-Falcone, Alexsandra Curty and Kelly Benetiz will march with children and their par- ents along Meridian Street to receive school supplies. Upon returning a DJ will play music and food will be supplied along with face painting and special programs from volunteers including the Suffolk County Sheriffs Department and the Boston Public Library. For more info contact Sonia Gomez- Banrey at 617-635-6816 or the East Boston Main Street of- fice at 617-561-I044. Also visit the Countdown to Kinder- garten website at http://www.countdowntokindergarten.org/ or visit them on facebook. Appian Club of Stoneham to Offer Italian Language Classes Adult Italian classes will be offered by the Appian Club of Stoneham starting on Tuesday evening, September 104. A beginner's class will start with the basics (pronunciations, phrases, vocabulary build up, etc.) and give you a firm foun- dation for the language. A more advanced class will also be available on Tuesday evenings for those with knowledge of Italian. The eight week classes will be held on Tuesday evenings for ninety minutes in Stoneham with instructor Tiffany Bistocchi Murphy. The class is casual, interesting and the experience will be enjoyable. If you are traveling to Italy or just want to relive your heritage roots, this class is for you. Children Italian classes will be offered by the Appian Club of Stoneham. Entering our 20 th year, children Italian classes are held on Saturday mornings, starting on September 14 m, with registration the week before on Saturday, September 7 m from 9-12 noon at the Appian Club on 42 Pleasant Street, Stoneham. Registration is necessary to plan for class size. Contact me now so I can answer your questions and pre- register your child. With 20 weeks of instruction that is both fun and enjoy- able, your child will be introduced to the language along with some Italian culture. Classes are one hour long and youngsters must be at least six years old. Instructor is Sandra DiRenzo, formerly of the Medford school system. Class size is small, conversational and informal -- a truly great learning environment. Each year they can progress to the next level. Contact coordinator John Nocella at 781-438-5687 or pref- erably by email, at jnocellO7@yahoo.com. These classes are sponsored by the Appian Club of Stoneham, a non-profit social, charitable 501(c)(7) organi- zation whose mission is to promote Italian culture and heritage. NEMPAC to Offer Theater Acting Program NEMPAC is adding a theater acting program for Friday af- ternoons and Saturday mornings. This program is for teens, ages 14-17. They're trying to reach a new demographic with students in the neighborhood and keep them involved in the arts and theater. Our hope is that this will give children the opportunity to stay involved in the community and meet new peers. Fundamentals of .Acting -- Class 1: Friday, 4:00-5:00 pm. Ages: 14-17. One hour class. Location: TBA. Instructor: Courtney LaFlamme. Teens, ages 14-17, will be challenged to use their acting skills of focus, emotional expressiveness, memorization and team work to create both dramatic and comedic scenes. This acting program allows teenagers to discover the joy of acting and develops important every day skills such as public speaking, confidence, courage, .leader- ship and creativity. Fundamentals of Acting -- Class 2: Saturday, 10:00-11:30 am. Ages: 14-17. 90 minute class. Location: TBA. Instructor: Courtney LaFlamme. This 90 minute acting course is for students who wish to have a more intensive acting study. In addition to the scene work listed in the above class descrip- tion, teens, ages 14-17, will explore movement, vocalization, and character development through the focus of monologues. Students will begin to develop acting skills needed to portray truthful characters as well as learn the basic fundamentals of acting. Audition preparation skills and technique will also be covered in this intensive class. For more details call 617-227-2270 or log on to the website at www.nempacboston.org. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not c +,et, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Understanding the Lan- guage of Cats. Do you speak "cat"? These simple tips can help you understand what your kitten's trying to tell you. Some cats are talkers. Harry for instance, is a big complainer. Whenever he's frustrated or annoyed, I have to listen to his loud lament. He also tells me when he's pleased or scared and some- times he lets me know that he just wants my company and a good chat. Have you come to visit me Harry? I ask, "Meow" as he rubs his head against my face. Would you like a good scratch behind the ears? "Meow." He half closes his eyes, in complete bliss and I am rewarded by the loudest, most contented "purr." Of course, when I stop petting him, he complains. "Meow, meow, meow[ And butts my hand with his head, or gen- tly digs a claw into my arm. "Me..OWI" CAT-SPEAK Owners who talk to their cats a lot tend to have chat- tier kittens. Communication begins in kittenhood when newborns learn to interpret their mother's sounds and respond by mewing or purr- ing expressing distress or contentment. A cat's vocabu- lary increases as it matures and adapts to the sounds and actions of its human com- panions: cats respond to our tone of voice, attentiveness and responsiveness as well as to the behaviors that mean something to them. "Good kitty" followed by a treat or "Does kitty want to play? And we produce a cat toy. In return, we respond to the tone and type of mewing our cats make as they tell us to please feed them, open the door, or pet them. What they say, is accompanied by body language and facial expressions. For instance, a cat will run back and forth between its owner and the door, then sit and look up at the door, look back at its owner and "Meow." This "meow" could be either a polite. "Please let me out or an annoyed. "Open the door!" THE PROBLEM CHILD Usually we're happy to have our cats talk to us, tell- ing us what they need. But too much vocalizing espe- cially in the middle of the night, quickly becomes too much of a good thing. Hyper vocalizing can hap- pen for many reasons. Frustration for instance, an outdoor cat becoming an indoor cat Boredom when a cat is not stimulated enough Aggression triggered by another cat or animal Anxiety, stress or fear Depression from the loss of a companion * Coming into heat (estrus cycle) WHAT TO DO The first thing to know is that yelling, shushing and scolding are responses that : i ....  ::?:::++I' :  : :i? ' ii Here I am pinning my donation on St. Lucy with the assistance of the Post-Gazette's Pam Donnaruma. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) only encourage the cat's problematic behavior. To the feline brain, it's like atten- tion on steroids. Unusual and excessive vo- calizing can mean that your cat is in pain or is suffering from an undiagnosed medi- cal condition. If your older cat begins yowling and meowing more than usual, going to the vet is the first course of ac- tion to rule out a medical problem. If there are any behavioral changes along with the vocalizing wanting to be fed more often, peeing outside the litter box, or hiding under the bed a trip to the vet is warranted. Therefore, it's always best, as a first response, to have your cat thoroughly checked out by your vet. If you're confident the cause is not medical, there are some practical steps you can take to deal with the problem. The best way to discourage unwanted behavior is, first, not to react to the vocalizing while it's happening and then to provide extra atten- tion when the cat is quiet. If you notice that your cat is racing around the house and meowing, the explana- tion may simply be pent up energy. Adding some extra playtime every evening, be- fore going to bed, will give your cat the exercise and attention it needs. If the issue is your cat coming into your bedroom and jumping on the bed and meowing, use earplugs and close your door for as many nights as it takes to discour- age this behavior. Neutering your cat will curtail the caterwauling, which is loud wailing and yowling, intended to attract a mate. The pleasure we take in communicating with our cat companions takes many forms: vocal, physical, behav- ioral and psychological. In fact, we teach each other human to cat and cat to human what we need, like, and dislike, as we live to- gether, bond and grow famil- iar with each other's person- alities. Vocalizing is one of the pleasures, although it can sometimes also prove to be a behavioral challenge. Of course, when you and your cat understand each other perfectly, then enjoy the chat and give kitty a nice pat on the head and a scratch under the chin. "Who's my good boy? Who's the best kitty in the whole world?" "Meow" I hope all my readers enjoyed this article, I am only a pooch and I enjoyed it. That's all for nowl LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 61 7.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 19,,ivote Function [ooms lop onq C)ccasion Chrisltnincl B,il,l Show+ Bal u Show+,, Bi,4hclc,+ B+,+++c,v+m+nl, Etc. Donald Frattaroli donato @ luciaboston.com www.luciaristorante.corn