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With summer approaching here are a few things you might want to enjoy during your free time.

1) Relax and learn something fun from all sorts of how-to, travel and cooking shows on LPB 3, the Create Channel http://beta.lpb.org/index.php?programs/. You can receive this channel over the air with a digital antenna if your television provider does not carry it. Or you may want to catch up on a PBS series online that you may have missed during the school year at PBS at http://video.pbs.org .

2) Cool off this summer with an online professional development course from PBS TeacherLine. Registration is now open for summer courses which start June 12th and a second session starting July 10th. For a full listing of summer courses being offered, go to http://pbsteacherline.org. Try some of these new courses!
• Leveraging Smart and Social Digital Media in the Classroom
• Developing Understanding with Dynamic Media and Digital Storytelling

3) Taking a trip to a foreign country? Encounter foreign words when you are reading? Listen to how native speakers pronounce over 1 million words in 299 languages at FORVO http://www.forvo.com/. The website is free. There is a charge for the app.

4) Interested in art?

• Read up on what’s happening in art through ARTnews http://www.artnews.com/.

• Read an art blog http://blogs.com/topten/top-10-art-history-and-museum-blogs/.

• Take a tour of the Web Gallery of Art from medieval time through Impressionism http://www.wga.hu/ with biographies of the artists.

• Travel through art across time and countries through Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/.

• Watch an interesting documentary of a great museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/world-art-metropolitan-museum/.

• Watch an amazing example of storytelling on Britain’s Got Talent through shadow dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvvkJrKKYF8. A dance troupe portrays the entire life span of a man through dance and modeling of shadows.

5) Listen to an inspiring talk at TED: Ideas Worth Spreading at http://www.ted.com. There are some intriguing talks on wide range of topics, all covered in under 20 minutes.

6) If you are more interested in fashion review the online collections from the 18th century to 2010 at http://www.fitnyc.edu/13666.asp.

7) Even if you cannot afford to bid, you can review beautiful and important pieces of art, furniture, jewels, etc., being auctioned at Sotheby http://www.sothebys.com/en/catalogues/buybrowse.html. Be sure to look at the Magnificent and Noble Jewels.

8) If you’d rather be outdoors

• Explore many options at http://www.louisianatravel.com/. Pick from fishing, nature, culture, birding, camping and others. This site is filled with information and articles to get you to the right place for your outdoor experience.
• Enjoy a fair or festival one weekend. Check the monthly calendar at http://laffnet.org/Calender_Fairs_and_Festivals/june_fairs_and_festivals.htm.
• Hike a good trail http://www.trails.com/stateactivity.aspx?area=10059 or explore a park or historic site http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iparkmap.aspx.
• Look up and enjoy the sky, stars, and planets. The Go Astronomy website tells you how to get started, has free observing and equipment guides, and lists clubs, observatories, and planetariums statewide http://www.go-astronomy.com/.

9) Maybe you are interested in antique cars? Many are held this summer in Louisiana. Check out the events at http://www.festivals-and-shows.com/louisiana-car-shows.html.

10) Cook a new ethnic food http://allrecipes.com/recipes/world-cuisine/.

11) Want to read?

• Wander through your local library and find new areas of interest or download e-books that you have wanted to read.

• Download free e-books at Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/. These are books in the public domain, but you will find some great reading there.

• Search through the online resources at the Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/div/subject/ divided by subject area.

• Browse online US newspapers and magazines http://www.allyoucanread.com/ or newspapers and magazines worldwide http://www.ipl.org/div/news/.

We at LPB wish you a safe, restful, and fun summer. We’ll be back with you when school starts again.

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