Free Movie Tickets to See BANDSLAM & Honor Society Plays Acoustic Show After

UPDATE: All 30 Tickets have been taken.I have 30 Admit 2 passes for parents and kids to attend a free pre-screening of BANDSLAM, a PG teen-targeted film starring Disney Channel superstars Vanessa Anne Hudgens (High School Musical) and Alyson Michalka (pop duo Aly and AJ) and more actors your kid will recognize. Quickie synopsis: When gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte asks new kid in town Will to manage her fledgling rock band, she appears to have just one goal in mind: go head-to-head against her Read more...

Washington Kastles: See Wimbledon Winners Right Here in DC

AP Photo/Nick WassSo you didn't make it to Wimbledon, don't fret. You can see 2009 and three-time Wimbledon Ladies' Singles winner Serena Williams and her Washington Kastles teammates all this month in the second season of Advanta World TeamTennis (WTT). You can also see sister Venus Williams, Anna Kournikova and John McEnroe when their own WTT teams are in town.Check out the schedule and purchase your tickets here (they're going fast.) The matches take place in the intimate Kastles Stadium at Read more...

Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten (& a little blog bling)

Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten is a great website, and not just because she included me in her Best Mommy Blogs for Parents list and bestowed the cute blog bling button on APISS. Teens Today gives parents the teenager's perspective on real issues so families can develop better communication and live healthy, positive lives. Van Petten is an author, entrepreneur and life trainer for teens and is dedicated to helping parents and teenagers mend their relationships. She also has eight teen writers Read more...

Opportunities for local teens

I'm currently consuming Twilight, the teen vampire romance series taking the country by storm, and I can't get the song "Papa Don't Preach" out of my head when pundits wax on about Bristol Palin. I definitely have teenagers on the brain, so I'll try and do something constructive with that for local parents of teens.Here are two opportunities for students to gain service hours, help their communities and learn valuable skills.MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIBRARIES TEEN ADVISORY GROUPApplications are being Read more...

Free Concerts at Fort Reno

Thursday and Monday summer nights feel like a weekend when you take in a family-friendly, free outdoor concert at Fort Reno in NW DC. Bring a picnic, the kids, your dog and sit back and enjoy the sweet sounds of the best local bands.Located at Fort Reno Park in Tenleytown, right across the street from Woodrow Wilson High School, the location is great for urban and suburban families alike. The time is also good for those with set bedtimes - all shows begin at 7:15 and are over by 9:30.This Thursday Read more...

Teen Events in April

Teen Poetry Workshop Taught by poet Anne BeckerTwo poetry workshops for high school students in grades 9-12 will be led by Takoma Park's poet laureate Anne Becker. Beginners or experienced writers are welcome and writers should come prepare to have their creations published by the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission. Call 301.891.7224 to register.Tuesday April 1 and Tuesday April 8 from 2:45-4:15pm Takoma Park Community Center7500 Maple Ave, Takoma ParkYouth Leadership Montgomery Applications Read more...

Teen Thursday: The Shakes and more

Take the teens to hear The Shakes & other local young bands for awesome indie rock on Friday night This trio of rockers from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School are not only veterans of the garage band scene, they've played at The Black Cat and tomorrow they take the stage at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC. Other bands include Greenland, Bellflur and The Coats. The crowd will be young, sedately alternative and the venue will be heavily carding. All ages are welcome, those under 18 must be accompanied Read more...

Tech Savvy Mama: Become Tech Savvy!

You too can be a Tech Savvy Mama or Tech Savvy Daddy! Take advantage of the following free workshops to brush up on your skills, learn something new, or just get out of the house for an evening. Long Branch Library is offering one-on-one tutorials on subjects including e-mail, basic internet, introduction to internet browsers, typing, and others. These free one hour sessions are a great way to brush up on your skills. One on One Computer TutorialsAppointments begin at 10 am Monday-SaturdayLong Read more...

Mid-week mentionables

Thursday9:30-11:30am Fairland Community Center Open Gym, in Burtonsville Another awesome open gym! The days and hours are Mondays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings until the end of March, after which times may change. More information. 10am Whole Foods Half-Pint Club in downtown Silver SpringJoin Chef Egg for a story and help make a healthy snack. Free, no registration required.7-9pm Ending Power Struggles Between Parents & Teens Without CasualtiesFree at the Bethesda Library, sponsored by YMCA Read more...