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Book about feelings St. Albert resident Cathy McLennan strongly believes young children need to be encouraged to express their feelings.

Book about feelings

St. Albert resident Cathy McLennan strongly believes young children need to be encouraged to express their feelings.

To that end, the community health nurse has written and independently published a 24-page picture book titled Feelings That Don’t Come Out. McLennan is celebrating her local book launch today at St. Albert Chapters from 1 to 4 p.m.

Geared for children aged four to seven, this book is penned in a poetic rhyming scheme and accompanied by Calgary illustrator Virginia Boulay’s animated characters.

“It’s a tool parents, teachers and doctors can use as a catalyst to talk to children about feelings,” says McLennan who plans to market the book to Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education.

McLennan’s beliefs and insights dovetail from her own experiences. “I worked with kids at a child psychiatric unit and observed that talking about their feelings was good for them.”

She wrote the book for a young age group “because that’s where you have to start moulding them.”

Feelings That Don’t Come Out retails for $10.95.

Ammar's Moosehead Open Jam hosted by Mark Ammar and Noel (Big Cat) Mackenzie has a reputation for cultivating older bluesmen, warriors who have been around the block more than a few times.

But in a goal of keeping the jams fresh, Ammar is shifting the spotlight to the energy and raw talent of youth. Two young women, Zara Dowie and Ammar’s daughter Kate, are the featured guests next Tuesday, and they’ll be playing a broad range of musical styles from blues and folk to rollicking rock.

Kate, a choir trained vocalist and former Bellerose High student, dabbles in guitar and keyboards while partnering with Dowie in writing songs. “Zara is a music prodigy. This 21-year-old plays like a 40-year -old. She is a fabulous bass and guitar player. She also trained at Bellerose high school and comes from a musical family,” says Ammar.

The upcoming spirited Tuesday night jam is at LB’s Pub, 23 Akins Drive, and runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover charge.

Singing contests are popping out of the woodwork as Canadian audiences just can’t get enough of struggling unknowns suddenly being propelled into stardom.

The latest local competition comes from 101.7 World FM Edmonton, Canada’s Multicultural Radio Station of the Year, as they kick off a showcase to find the greater Edmonton area’s best vocal talent.

Between now and the end of June, the station is accepting entries from wannabe singing sensations in any of their 18 broadcast languages or in English.

With user-friendly computer technology, entrants simply need to turn on their equipment, belt out a favourite tune and email an mp3 file or drop off a CD.

Rules are available online at Singers can drop off their CDs at World FM headquarters, 5915 Gateway Boulevard.

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