Kids jazz, the inside story on farming and much more.

Jazz Arts group expands PBJ family series

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park: Jazz for Kids and Families has a new summer home. The Jazz Arts Group's fall/winter PBJ series will be relocated to the Jazz Academy in the newly-restored Lincoln Theatre. The summer series is a collaborative effort between JAG, Friends of the Topiary Park and Friends of the Library.

Summer series dates are June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19 - all Saturdays - from noon to 1 p.m. at the Topiary Park adjacent to the Main Library.

Each concert will feature local professional musicians or youth jazz musicians, as in the case of the September 19 Youth Jam performance. The concerts are free and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket. The Topiary Park concert themes are tied into the themes presented at family storytime at the Main Library from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

The Topiary Park is located at 480 E. Town St. in downtown Columbus. The Main Library is located at 96 S. Grant Ave. In the event of rain, concerts will be held inside the Main Library.

This new summer series is presented by Friends of the Topiary Park and sponsored by the Jennifer M. Keefer Memorial Fund at the Columbus Foundation, and Friends of the Library.

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The inaugural summer 2009 schedule:
June 20 - Get a Clue: Listen - Guest artists: Matt and Natalie Adams July 18 - Tools - Guest artists: Eric Payton and Yumbambe August 15 - Beaches - Guest artists: Derek DiCenzo and Friends September 19 - Youth Jam - Guest artists: Young Columbus Jazz Musicians
COSI brings the farm to the city
Experience big farm fun at COSI! The 5th annual Farm Days: Little Seeds, Big Tractors runs from Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19. More than 20 pieces of farming equipment, including a huge combine, will be on display downtown on COSI's English Plaza and Washington Blvd.

Visitors can climb into the cabs of tractors, lawn and garden equipment and more. And you can see how equipment has changed over the years as antique John Deere tractors will also be on display.

Meet the farmers that grows your food and find out how it makes its way from farm to the store to the table. And new in 2009, come enjoy the best produce Ohio has to offer! COSI is partnering with the Pearl Alley Grower's Association to bring you a Farmers Market, Friday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m.

Kids can test their driving skills on a pedal tractor obstacle course, milk a fiberglass cow, and make a seed necklace to take home. Visitors also can conduct a soil test and view bio-diesel and ethanol demonstrations.

Play the "Path of a Farmer" game. Try to manage your own farm as you travel the "Path of a Farmer" and learn about the partners and resources needed to be a successful farmer. And don't miss collecting a set of free Farm Days trading cards. Each card represents equipment, crops and more, that an Ohio farmer would use.

Did you know?
Food and agriculture is Ohio's top industry, contributing $93.8 billion to Ohio's economy. There are 75,700 farms in the state, with the average farm size being 188 acres. Ohio has a total of 14.3 million acres of land in farms.
Math Monkey introduces preschool programs
While most parents expose their children to story books at an early age to promote literacy, fewer do the same with mathematics. Introducing children to mathematics at an early age increases the likelihood that they will gain an affinity for math and problem solving.

"Many people equate mathematics with arithmetic, but it is so much more than that. Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships that requires logical thinking and reasoning; skills that will be crucial to a child's future success even if they don't become an engineer, a scientist or a mathematician," said Dr. Raj Shah, owner of Math Monkey of Powell.

Math Monkey, a math enrichment center, teaches elementary-age children powerful methods that can be used to make mathematical problem solving easy and fun. Math Monkey's game-based environment ensures that kids have fun while they learn.

Recently, Math Monkey introduced classes for preschool-age children. The classes offer hands-on experiences to help them understand numbers and mathematical concepts like patterns, sorting, charting, measurement and estimation. "The introduction of preschool classes allows us to further our mission of having every child experience the joy and pride that comes from mastery of the world's universal language - mathematics," said Shah. The preschool program has become very popular for parents looking to ensure that their children are prepared for school and beyond.

The preschool program has become very popular as parents increasingly recognize how essential math proficiency will be for their children since they will have to compete for jobs in a global, 21st century economy.

For details about Math Monkey of Powell, call (614) 792-MATH, or go online to

Monkey see, monkey do, the Wiggles tour is coming to you
The most beloved family entertainment band in the world, the Wiggles, are setting out on their wildest adventure to date. The fab four from down under are back with a brand new lineup of songs from their latest album, The Wiggles Go Bananas, including the smash hit Monkey Man featuring Australian pop sensation Kylie Minogue. The Wiggles, Captain Feather-sword, Dorothy the Dino-saur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers invite their fans to join them as they Go Bananas Live! in Columbus. The Wiggling commences at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, August 27 for shows at 3 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and are available through all Ticketmaster locations (, or by calling (800) 745-3000 and at the Palace Theatre box office. Prices range from $15 - $38 (additional facility fees and service charges may apply). Seating for tickets purchased at the $38 level will take place in the "hot potato seats" and will include an exclusive Wiggles giveaway.