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Keeping the kids engaged on vacations


Magic of language, fun in Southbridge



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Magician Steve Rudolph gets help from Ayden Dobson, 5, of Southbridge at his “Going Green Magic Show” at the Jacob Edwards Library during Christmas vacation week. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
January 03, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Kids had no reason to be bored this holiday vacation and more are planned for February and April vacation.

The Jacob Edwards Library had a variety of different events happening last week, from an environmental magic show to crafts to Wii games.

Magician Steve Rudolph performed his "Going Green" Magic Show on Tuesday. Due to a large amount of shyness from the audience, two young volunteers aided Rudolph with the majority of his tricks.

Rudolph, a former junior high and high school music teacher from Norwood, constantly emphasized the three R's during his show (reduce, reuse and recycle.) For one of his tricks, he placed a stained handkerchief and powder soap into a bag and asked Makena Pentony, 4, of Holland to help him shake up the bag as he played "Twist and Shout" in the background. He explained the benefits of water conservation while he "magically" took out a clean handkerchief.

"These programs have been a great way for us to stay busy during this vacation," said Melissa Trinidad, who brought her son, Ayden, 5, to the magic show. "We also get passes to go to the Eco Tarium in Worcester from the library.

The library also has discounted and free passes to the Mystic Aquarium, Roger Williams Zoo, the Tower Hill Botanical Garden, the Fruitlands Museum, the Higgins Armory Museum and the Worcester Art Museum.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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