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One of the best things about putting together this magazine is getting to know interesting people who make up the unique fabric of this community. Christina Peregrym is one of those people. She’s taking the plunge into business ownership with Jabz, a new women’s boxing-inspired fitness studio. Don’t be fooled by all the pink, Jabz gals work hard for their fitness. Read more about this local dynamo starting on page 22.
Meanwhile, can you believe it’s August? Aside from being seasonably hot outside, this month signals the start of a new school year for area children. Heading back to class should be cause for celebration, at least according to party stylist Kimberly Hufford. You won’t want to miss her take on a festive and fabulous art party to celebrate a fresh school year on page 30.
To further get the family back into school mode, we have a host of fun content to get your children ready for the classroom. First up is local crafty mom and photographer Shannon Fisher. She offers a number of creative craft projects to help young minds prepare for a fresh year of learning on page 34. Next up is child therapist Natasha Daniels, she’s here with handy tips on how to calm the stress that comes with a new school year on page 29.
The month of August also heralds another occurrence––although one of a far more unpleasant sort. As local meteorologist Shelley Sakala explains in her latest column, “It’s that magical time of year where this fine city actually finds a way to get hotter. Yes, dear readers, the dog days of summer are upon us. While that fact probably hasn’t escaped you, Shelley is on hand to offer up the humorous backstory on why the dog days refer to the warmest, most uncomfortable part of the year starting on page 12.
Now, get down to reading this issue. We hope you enjoy it.
Jabz owner Christina Peregrym
Photo by Chadwick Fowler