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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it? Christmas holidays are almost here, children get a couple of weeks away from school, and the food... oh, the food! What are your favorite memories of Christmas? Maybe it was a present you didn’t expect to receive, or listening to a church choir sing the Hallelujah Chorus, or maybe searching for the best Christmas lights in town. One of our favorite traditions is watching our local Christmas parade. On page 19, check out our list of thirty-one local Christmas parades around the Birmingham area. There are a lot of really good ones, so take your pick! Have you had trouble with a child who is a picky eater? Read about a Hoover mom who has developed an app to help on page 15. And on page 23, read about our new feline friend, Socks, who lives at the Pinson Public Library. This holiday season, we are especially thankful for you, our readers, and to the advertisers you see throughout this magazine. I wish you all the best this season and especially in the new year.

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What is Myopia? Myopia is nearsightedness. Nearsighted eyes are usually too long, which makes far away objects seem blurry. Just like feet get bigger and children get taller, the nearsighted eye gets longer over time, and children often need stronger glasses every year as their eyes continue to grow. Myopia tends to grow between ages 7-18 My Child already wears glasses or contact lenses. Why control myopia? Controlling myopia only prevents it from getting worse, as it can’t be cured. When the eye becomes more myopic, a person is at greater risk for serious complications like cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachments. These serious conditions cannot be fixed with glasses or contact lenses, so preventative measures are critical. Facts About Myopia • Myopia grows at a rate of 0.50D per year – enough to need new glasses • Myopia is associated with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachments • For about 75% of children, myopia progression will stop by age 18 What are my choices for myopia control? • Corneal Reshaping Contact Lenses. Similar to braces or a retainer from an orthodontist, these are worn at night to change the cornea’s shape so the patient can have clear vision all day without vision aids. They slow myopia down by bending light. • Soft Bifocal Contact Lenses. These lenses, usually worn by those age 40+ to help with distance and near vision, are also shown to help slow down myopia. • Atropine. Using this eye drop once a day helps to slow down the progression of myopia.

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Just for Dads On Sunday, November 3, Alabaster City Schools dedicated its new Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand Piano with a concert in its state of the art Performing Arts Center. During the intermission, the superintendent of schools WARD asked me, “Who would have WILLIAMS thought Thompson High School would host a concert like this in a facility like this?” I looked at Dr. Vickers and truthfully answered, “You did. You are the one who set the goals and high expectations for Alabaster schools.” If you Google the definition of high expectations, you are bound to get a wide array of definitions. It seems to be a phrase that most everybody thinks is important, but there are many different definitions and meanings. The most common consensus is that it’s about attitudes and expectations that are forward thinking. Someone has to dream, set goals, and determine the direction and vision, or people pay a price. High expectations seem to be a common

denominator between every successful, family, team, company, church, and government organization I have studied or been a part of. High expectations are an important part of protective factors of strong families. A mistake parents may make is believing they can have high expectations for their children, but not have high expectations for themselves as parents. Many parents stop thinking about ways that they can improve as adults and get stuck and settled in their ways. There is always room to grow and be forward thinking as you enter a new year, to learn new skills, to be an encouragement for others. The advantage to having high expectations on yourself is that you are continually improving, continually staying engaged to those around you, and continuing to seek ways to see a future no one else has thought of before. My family and community are better for the high expectations and vision set by the Alabaster school leaders who saw Alabaster as a place that could be better. You and your children will benefit when you decide that you will never stop learning and never settle. Ward Williams is the founder and executive director of Vineyard Family Services. Contact him at ward@vfsdads.com.

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Review: Farm Bowl + Juice Co. If your kids don’t like to eat veggies, well, you aren’t alone! It’s a challenge that has persisted through the generations. Why not get them to Farm Bowl + Juice Company in Homewood for JOY some healthy fruit?. The eatery KING specializes in fresh local fruit bowls, smoothies and juices. They have lots of options, but one of the more popular bowls for kids is “Mighty Oats.” It has a blend of strawberries and bananas topped with an oat blend, with peanut butter drizzled with local honey. Tip: get a small version of any adult bowl for your little one. Most bowls have açai or oatmeal as a base. From there, they are topped with many tasty ingredients such as berries and melons. It’s not only good for you, but also filling which will surely hit the spot for the young — and the young at heart. These bowls are great for breakfast, a light lunch, or even dinner. Joy King, a local foodie and all-around funny woman, embarks on a new monthly feature for Birmingham Fun and Family. Joy owns and operates Eat.Drink.Ride, a local food tour company. Learn more at diningoutwithcomediennejoy.com.

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PICKY EATERS? There’s an app for that. By Matthew Allen

Raise your hand if one (or more) of your children is a picky eater. Just like with many situations in life, there is now an app for that, thanks to a Hoover mom. “We wanted to build a one-stop tool that aided kids and their parents to develop healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime, and to help parents end the meal time battle,” said Kassady Gibson, CoCreator of the Food Explorer Club App. Gibson and her husband were tired of the battle that accompanied nearly every meal, so they put their more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry to work and created this new app. Those picky eaters, now 8 and 5 years old, helped aid in the development of the app. The Food Explorer Club App uses gamification, so that kids can earn badges and get points, which can be redeemed for rewards when they make a variety of healthy food choices. The app awards kids with badges and points when they make healthy food choices, however, when kids are consistent with better food choices, bonus badges are earned. In addition, kids can trade in their points for better prizes, which are established by the parents – based on their family traditions and beliefs. Over 100 families tested the app over the summer, and they all gave rave reviews. “Spending time with family creates lasting memories,” said Gibson. “We wanted to help parents end the meal time battle.” The Food Explorer Club App is available in Google Play and the App Store. For more information, visit www.foodexplorerclub.com.

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When Sara Franklin became executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama in August of this year, the organization’s premier fundraiser was less than three months away. The Walk to END EPILEPSY, an event held by affiliates of The Epilepsy Foundation throughout the United States, brings together families affected by epilepsy and similar seizure disorders, medical partners, sponsors, and other supporters. Participating affiliates host a walk in their community, with participants who raise money to benefit medical research around the disorder. Birmingham’s event, held November 2 at Railroad Park, was already on the schedule and plans were underway. Franklin, with her background in public relations and event planning, wasted no time.

“We have a very strong network of families and partners throughout the state,” Franklin said. “Our board of directors and sponsors were ready to do what was needed to make this event more successful than it had ever been.” And successful it was. In 2018, the walk raised about $13,000. The 2019 walk brought in more than $65,000, with donations continuing to come in following the event. At the walk on November 2, more than 700 people from all across the state came together to share laughs, meet vendors, and make the ¾-mile walk around the park’s outer loop. Birmingham Fun and Family was proud to help sponsor the event and promote it to our readers. To those of you who made financial donations or walked at the event — or both! — we offer our sincere thanks for helping the more than 54,000 people in Alabama living with epilepsy and similar disorders. Shop local and support our advertisers! 17


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Santa Claus is coming

Birmingham area is packed with parades Adamsville Saturday, December 14, 6pm ­– Parade starts at City Hall and ends at Main Street Plaza Alabaster Saturday, December 7, 10am – Parade starts at Ernest McCarty Ford on Hwy 31, then right on 2nd Place NW at police station and ends at Southbrook Village on 1st Street SW Bessemer Saturday, December 14, 2pm – Downtown Bessemer. This year’s theme is “Teaming up for Christmas.” Come dressed in your favorite college or professional team’s attire! Birmingham Sunday, December 8, 4:30pm – The parade will start at the intersection of 5th Avenue South and 15th Street South. The route will pass Children’s of Alabama, Ronald McDonald House, Railroad Park, and the downtown loft district before finishing at Linn Park, where the city’s Christmas tree will be lit afterward.

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Clay Saturday, December 14, 3:30pm – Parade starts at Clay Chalkville High School parking lot, proceeds down Deerfoot Parkway, Old Springville Road, Trussville Clay Road, and back to the high school

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Saturday, December 7, 10am – Parade will begin and end at the park adjacent to Shades Cliff Pool

Thursday, December 5, 5:00-8:30pm – Activities begin on Main Street at 5pm, and the parade starts at 7pm

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Gardendale

Saturday, December 7, 6pm – Parade starts on Highway 31 at the Calera Community Center and ends on 8th Avenue. Christmas Village from noon-4pm at Calera City Hall; food vendors, local artisans, and more will be available at this free event.

Thursday, December 5, 6pm – Parade will start on Mt. Olive Road near the library and turn right on Fieldstown Road, left on Grubbs Road, and circle back to Main Street to Gardendale High School.

Center Point Saturday, December 14, 11am – Parade will begin at Cathedral of the Cross and proceed down Roebuck Parkway Chelsea Saturday, December 21 9am – Entertainment at grandstand [behind Winn-Dixie] 10am – Parade, starting at Chelsea Middle School and ending at Winn-Dixie Noon-3pm – Jingle Mingle at Chelsea Community Center

Graysville Saturday, December 7, 10am – Parade will proceed from North Main Street to South Main Street and end near Dollar General Helena Saturday, December 7, 1pm – Parade can start as early as 12:30pm if floats are ready early. Route follows Helena Road [Highway 261] and ends in Old Town Helena CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

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Thursday, December 5, 6:30pm – Parade begins at the Homewood Library and proceed on Oxmoor Road, left on 18th Street, right on 29th Avenue, left on 19th Street, and left on 28th Avenue to 18th Street.– Festivities at City Hall Plaza afterward including Homewood High band, Christmas tree lighting, and Santa Claus.

Thursday, December 5, 6:30-9pm– Pelham Civic Complex. Santa visits from 5:30-6:15; tree lighting is at 6:30. Free ornaments passed out to 1,000 guests, and free ice skating from 7:30-9pm. Community church choir will sing Christmas music.

Hueytown

Pinson

Saturday, December 14, 10am – Parade starts at Hueytown United Methodist Church and goes down High School Road, to Hueytown Road, left on Dabbs Avenue, left on Forrest Road, left on Allison-Bonnett Memorial Highway, and left on High School Road back to the church.

Saturday, December 7, 10am – Parade starts at Pinson Valley High School and end at Triangle Park.

Irondale Saturday, December 7, 10am – Parade starts near Irondale Community School and proceeds through the downtown area. Leeds Friday, December 13, 7pm – Join the parade festivities along Parkway Drive through downtown Leeds. McAdory/McCalla Saturday, December 14, 4pm – Parade route normally follows a route from the McAdory High School area, through Letson Farms, left on Bell Hill Road, and back toward the high school. Midfield Saturday, December 5, 10:30am – Parade starts at Midfield Community Center. Immediately following, the city’s Christmas tree will be lit. Montevallo Thursday, December 5, 6pm – Parade follows Main Street through downtown Montevallo Moody Saturday, December 14, 5pm – Parade begins at ADESA on Moody Parkway and ends at the Moody Municipal Park near the intersection of Moody Parkway and Park Avenue. Morris/Kimberly Saturday, December 14, 5pm – Parade starts at Bryan Elementary School in Kimberly and proceeds down Stouts Road to the park. Mountain Brook Sunday, December 8, 3-4pm– Parade will start at Office Park and travel to Mountain Brook Village down Cahaba Road, turn right on Culver Road and continue back to Cahaba Road and back to Office Park.

Pleasant Grove Saturday, December 7, 9am – Parade starts near the intersection of Park Road and Pleasant Grove Road and ends near First Baptist Church Tarrant Saturday, December 14, 5:30pm – Parade starts on Commerce Circle and ends at Tarrant City Hall. Following the parade, light refreshments will be available, and Santa will meet children for pictures. Trussville Saturday, December 14, 3pm – Parade will begin on Parkway Drive, turn right on Gadsden Highway, right on Chalkville Mountain Road and end at the Trussville Mall. The city’s Christmas tree lighting will be held immediately afterward on the Mall, with Santa on hand to meet children. Vestavia Hills Sunday, December 8, 2-4pm – Parade will start at the Liberty Park Sports Complex and proceed to Alston Meadows. Following the parade, the Liberty Park Christmas Celebration will include kids’ activities, music, refreshments, and pictures with Santa. Warrior Thursday, December 12, 6pm – Parade will take place on Main Street, with a tree lighting ceremony to follow at Warrior City Hall. Westover Saturday, December 14, 10am – Park along Old Highway 280 between City Hall and County Road 55 to view the parade. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be held Thursday, December 19 at 5pm. Shop local and support our advertisers! 21


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Purr-fect addition Visitors come from all over to see Socks, the library cat

PHOTO COURTESY OF ALLISON SCANLAN, PINSON PUBLIC LIBRARY

By Lauren Dowdle

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book for a catnap, which is literally what Socks does every day, thanks to one family’s love for animals. During the fall of 2015, Pinson city councilor Robbie Roberts’s wife and daughter were driving down Tapawingo Road and spotted kittens that had been dumped, says Allison Scanlan, director of the Pinson Public Library. “The Roberts family loves cats, so they rescued all six kittens,” Scanlan says. After caring for the cats for a few weeks, they brought them by the library, hoping to find them homes. Scanlan says the library director at the time, April Wallace, had talked about having a library cat. “Of the kittens, Socks was the most laid-back and friendly, so we tentatively made plans for him to be our new library cat,” Scanlan says. “In January 2016, we decided to let him stay at the library for a few days to see how he felt about being there — and he’s been at the library ever since.” While library pets have become popular across the country, Socks is the first one for the Pinson Library. Patrons got to help name the new addition during a voting contest and chose Socks, although his full name is Socrates Prints Hugo.

“Socks won because he looks just like the illustration of ‘Socks’ from the Beverly Cleary book, and he has white feet,” Scanlan says. “Socks is short for Socrates — since he’s a highly educated cat.” Not only is he smart, but Socks is also laid back, likes people and is always up for a good cuddle, Scanlan says. “Sometimes, if patrons stay in the library for a while, he will want to catnap on or near them,” she says. “Most people, especially children, are very excited to see Socks. Many people ask specifically to see him when they visit the library,” she says. If anyone is scared of or allergic to cats, Socks will spend time in his room or Scanlan’s office during their visit. But even some who have been afraid of cats in the past have really warmed up to him. “Socks has a lot of fans,” Scanlan says. “Some people drive from other parts of the county to use our library just to see Socks.” She says he’s met people from Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia who were visiting the area and made a point to come see him. He even has his own Facebook page, Socks the Library Cat. “We love being known as the cat library,” Scanlan says. “Several people have told us they were having a bad day or dealing with struggles, and spending time with Socks helps them to feel better.” Shop local and support our advertisers! 23


Product Recalls Few things are more frustrating than researching and shopping for items that we need for our children -- cribs, strollers, clothes, shoes, baby monitors...the list goes on and on -- and finally making the purchase, only to find out later that the item is being recalled. Product recalls can be mildly inconvenient, but they serve a good purpose by informing us of potential issues with the products that we have purchased. BFFM wants to keep you in the loop about products that have been recalled that you might have purchased for your family. The list below is up to date as of November 10. For more recent recalls, visit recalls.gov. Hooey children’s sweatshirts with drawstrings POTENTIAL HAZARD: A drawstring in the sweatshirt hood poses a strangulation hazard to children. Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, handrails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation hazard to children. REMEDY: Repair CONSUMER CONTACT: Call Hooey at (833) 847-0829 from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, email at info@getyourhooey. com, or visit online at www. getyourhooey.com and click on Product Safety for more information

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How Chamber membership works for me. “The Shelby County Chamber is more than just people it is relationships and friends. The Chamber, to me, is my family and has helped me reach people that ordinarily I would not be able to meet. I was welcomed with warmth and hospitality and I have grown my business exponentially with the Chamber’s help. The Chamber is a great investment for any business!”

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BIRMINGHAM’S MAGAZINE

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