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Page 15 of 57 n Hudson Valley Parent 15 During a recent trip to Brunei, Linda Freeman found these gluten-free goodies made with tapioca and rice flour. Cruise ship I recently traveled with Holland America and notified them of my gluten-free diet before leaving home. The dining room wait staff is trained on dietary restrictions and there is a dedicated chef. Each night the waiter brought me the next day's menu for my selections, which the chef prepares gluten free. If your child is picky with cereal, pack his or her favorite. It's better to avoid the buffet option because choices are limited as to what is naturally gluten-free, and contamination issues are a concern. Even with all this diligence, it's easy to "get glutened." Like the time I dug into what looked like a simple plate of vegetables only to find they had been stir-fried in soy sauce. An- other time I didn't notice the cous- cous in my pre-ordered "gluten-free" meal till it was in my mouth. Bottom line: do not simply trust what you are told, check your child's food and taste anything that looks suspicious. Question everything. Sometimes I long for the freedom to munch wherever it strikes me like I used to in my pre-diagnosis days, but those times are gone. Gluten-free eating requires diligence and prepa- ration. But armed with the right tools and attitude, you and your kids can travel far and safely. Linda Freeman is a gluten-free writer living in Marlboro. Does your child love to fi nger paint? Or do you have a serious teenage art student who may want to develop a college portfolio? Either way, the Dutchess Arts Camp@Mill Street Loft offers something for everyone. Their full-day, weekly summer camps for ages 4 – 14, offer a smorgas- bord of opportunities in the visual and performing arts – with plenty of time for outdoor fun and making friends. Founder Carole Wolf explains, "The camp philosophy is about building self-esteem while learning through the arts." "Here, children experi- ence art in action. Kids discover, create, explore and have fun, whether they want to throw a pot, paint a portrait, shoot fi lm, or be a clown or dancer." For example, in one session called Take a Bite Out of Art week, campers create artistic masterpieces inspired by the art of eating. 2014 Camps run weekly from July 7th through August 8th. For teens and tweens, the Art Institute @ Mill Street Loft offers two-week summer intensives on the campus of Vassar College in Pough- keepsie from June 30th to August 1st. Two 2-week sessions, with a 2 week residential option available for the second session. Students concentrate on digital and traditional photog- raphy or the visual arts, and work in a variety of media including charcoal, pastel, wa- tercolor and acrylic. "This is a pre-college portfolio develop- ment program for motivated students who are moving towards a career in the visual arts," explains Wolf. Whether they choose a combination of drawing, painting, sculpture or photography, students begin to develop an impressive art portfolio for college admissions. The Art Institute @Mill Street Loft is an impressive program. $30 million dollars in merit-based scholarships to leading colleges, universities and art schools have been offered to their students. Summer creativity for the artist in your home Carole Wolf, Founder & Executive Director For more information about Summer Programs@Mill Street Loft Poughkeepsie * Millbrook * Beacon * Red Hook call 845.471.7477 or visit

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