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Shopgirl: Family-friendly fun, summer shopping and the Travel Channel app

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WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

The Kroc Center has a great selection of activities and events geared towards kids and families this summer. If you don’t keep up with the program calendar, take a look at www.krocaugusta.org or stop by the front desk to get a copy.

The next thing you might want to attend is the Family Movie Night on June 28, a free showing of a family-friendly film in the center’s excellent performing arts theater. It’s first-come, first-served, but if you’re a member you can reserve seats. Call (706) 364-KROC for more info.

WHAT’S TRENDY

It’s farmers market and picnic season, both of which are made a lot easier with a good strong tote bag. You could use the one from your credit union or the sandy one last taken to the beach, but why do that when West Elm has some really cute alternatives?

In 100 percent cotton canvas, their Market Totes come in a wide variety of creative designs (and it’s made in the USA!). My personal favorite is the “Love Thy Farmer” design, but “Carry On” and “Totes Ma Goats” are really cute as well. The bags are only $18, and you can find them on www.westelm.com. Hurry, though, because I have a feeling these will be popular.

WHAT’S NEW

Summer usually holds an exciting trip or two for me, but this year somehow all of my adventures got pushed to September or later. So instead of flying off to Santorini or exploring the Mayan ruins, I’m relegated to watching the Travel Channel for now.

Don’t cry for me, though, because the brand-new Travel Channel iPhone app is a beauty. Enjoy all the colorful programming the Travel Channel has to offer when you’re getting your oil changed or playing some other waiting game, and the best part is that it’s free.

Just enter your television provider info, and full episodes and video clips will be right there. Check it out in the App Store.


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