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And the Winners Are… Our 2016 Family Favorites Award Winners are Here

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Each year, our Birmingham Parent Family Favorites awards are more and more popular, we have more participation, more votes, and add more categories. Now in our 10th year, our awards are often emulated by other publications, but as the original local Favorites Awards, we remain true to our process – you, the reader, are in charge of the nominations and the votes – and YOU choose all the winners. Nothing is quite as valuable to a shopper than a personal referral, and that’s a big part of what the Family Favorites Awards are all about. Some winners this year have never won before, and some are repeat winners. If a business received an Honorable Mention, it’s no consolation prize – it means the voting was very close! It is a great honor to be named an Honorable Mention in our awards. Just like last year, we’ve organized the categories again to make the announcements more reader friendly. And you can reference it all year long in the digital edition at Be sure to save the date for our Happy Healthy Kids Fair, coinciding with our August Back-to-School issue, on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Riverchase Galleria. Admission is FREE. Great giveaways, local entertainment, terrific vendors and sponsors – and did I mention it’s a tax-free shopping weekend too? Vendor booths and sponsorships are still available for this popular event. Happy July 4 – enjoy it safely!

editorial Publishers David & Carol Evans Editor Carol Muse Evans Associate Editor Lori Chandler Pruitt Office Assistant Bethany Adams Hunley Calendar Lori Chandler Pruitt Contributors Charles Ghigna, Dr. Vivian Friedman, John Phillips, Greg Kaplan, Natalie Tibbets, MD

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Carol Muse Evans, Publisher/Editor

ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is an award-winning publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area. Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA). Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. This award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children. 4 | birminghamparent | july 2016

BIRMINGHAM PARENT IS A PUBLICATION OF EVANS PUBLISHING, LLC. Publishers: Carol Muse Evans, David K. Evans Sr. Birmingham Parent (EIN20-0694149) is published monthly by Evans Publishing LLC. or Birmingham Parent is © 2016 by Evans Publishing LLC. Family Connections Media ©2016 by Evans Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Editorial submissions are welcome. For back issues, please send a self-addressed 10” x 13” envelope with $4 for postage and handling.

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KIDS LOVE US, PARENTS TRUST US! Welcoming children 6 months & older DR. CLARK THOMAS, DMD Dr. Thomas is a 2007 graduate of the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Alabama/Birmingham, where he developed expertise in treating patients with special needs. Dr. Thomas is certified in the use of oral sedation and when needed can take a child to general anesthesia. With Board Certification in Pediatric Dentistry, he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Thomas grew up in Montgomery and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi. He completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at UAB and was Chief Dental Officer for the Indian Health Service providing dentistry for Ignacio, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico area Indian tribes. During this time, Dr. Thomas realized his gift for working with children and decided to return to his home state and enter the UAB Pediatric Residency Program. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. He resides in Vestavia with his wife, Pate, and their daughters, Ashby and Myers.

DR. LAUTEN JOHNSON, DMD Dr. Johnson completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at UAB in 2006 and completed his residency in pediatrics in 2008. Dr. Johnson is certified in the use of oral sedation and has privileges at Children's Hospital and when needed can take a child to general anesthesia. In 2006, he won two clinical awards in excellence at UAB. First, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Pre-doctoral Student Award which is given to the student with the greatest proficiency and interest in Pediatric Dentistry. Secondly, the Birmingham District Dental Society Award for outstanding clinical ability. Dr Johnson also leads a team of dentists and staff to Mexico where they provide dental services to the underprivileged. The team goes annually to the Yucatan Peninsula. He founded The Smile Foundation to help promote awareness and to raise money for supplies. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Dr. Johnson is married to Betts Johnson and is the father of Callie, Sanders, and Mary Carmen.

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Who are Your

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Family Travel Visit Southern California with CityPASS


Family Fun Take the Kids Fishing

Parenting with Dr. Friedman


Short Stuff

the Specialist 40 Ask Be Safe This Summer with These Safety Tips

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College Corner Creating a Standout Summer for the College Application Process

ON THE COVER: Rylea, age 5, of Clanton, is an award winner, just like our Family Favorites Award winners this month. Dress courtesy of Glitz and Gowns by Missy, Alabaster. Photo by Visual Arts by Jessica,, 205-396-9090.

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Parenting with Dr. Friedman


My seven-year-old daughter is in a school play to be performed for the parents at an end-of-the-school-year assembly. She is very worried about appearing in front of an audience and is having stomach aches on rehearsal days. She didn’t have this fear a

few years ago when she was in preschool. Why does she suddenly have stage fright? What can I do to help her calm down? School-age children are in a developmental phase where mastery of skills is the basis of their self-esteem. The seven-year-old is afraid of missing lines or entrances and of looking silly to peers and parents. Stage fright is, in part, a fear of failure. Rather than the fear of failure that an older child has, the younger child’s fear is a fear of separation from the parent. For the younger child, performing involves being away from mother, up on a stage, separated from the audience. He is not afraid of forgetting his lines. He is afraid of being unable to get to mom when he needs her. Teachers can make the separation between actor and audience less by not putting young children up on a stage. Preschool performances work better when they are in the child’s classroom than when the whole school performs at the same time in an auditorium which the child does not use during his regular school day.

To reduce stage fright in the older child, use an approach that minimizes the “big moment.” Making the performance just a continuation of rehearsals, rather than an end point, will help to lessen the pressure. Broaden the experience for your child to take the focus off performance. Introduce your child to making costumes and stage sets and teach her that this is an important part of the production. Make the rehearsals an end point in themselves without emphasizing that they are just preparation for one special performance. Not all children will experience stage fright. Many children just love to be in front of an audience and hear the applause. You can reassure a fearful child that the audience is not there to criticize or even to watch her. Remind her that each parent is there to see his or her own child. Most children worry about not remembering their lines. You can lessen this anxiety with

adequate preparation. Help your child to rehearse, but don’t put too much pressure on them or you will give the message that perfect memory is important. Give your child alternatives. Tell her that if she can’t remember her lines exactly to just tell the story in her own words. Most teachers have people backstage to cue children who forget. Tell your child that she can listen to the person cuing her if she has trouble. If a child is severely anxious about stage performance, it might be best to give her a choice about taking an onstage role or not. This choice needs to be made before rehearsals start if at all possible, so that a decision to drop out does not hurt the whole group. Ask her teacher to let her make the stage sets or the costumes so that she feels like a part of the group effort. While not all children grow up to love public speaking as adults, most do get over the intense shyness that some chil-

dren experience in the early grade school years. As with most things, growth and development are on the child’s side. Fear is likely to decrease with increasing age. Vivian K. Friedman Ph. D. is a child and family psychologist at UAB, Department of Psychiatry. Send questions for response in this column to Viviankf@gmail. com. No personal replies are sent.



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Is Your Car Ready for Summer Vacation? It’s that time of the year when families are planning their road trips and vacations. Nothing is more frustrating or potentially dangerous than car problems while traveling. Here are a few suggestions to identify and fix potential problems and ensure your trip is trouble free. Check your tires. Visually inspect them for good tread wear and condition. Correct tire pressure ensures safe operation, longevity of your tires and better gas mileage. Inspect your headlights. Make sure they are bright and both high and low beams are in proper working condition. If they are dim or hazy, you might need to replace the light or repair the lens.


Don’t sweat it! If your air conditioner goes out, your vacation might too! Do a thorough job of inspecting the A/C belts. If they are worn and

frayed, replace them. If the air is not blowing cold, you might need to recharge the system. Don’t let your car overheat. If your car tends to overheat, the problem could be a faulty thermostat. Replacing it is a fairly simple fix. You’ll also want to check the fan and alternator belts. Check the oil and coolant. This preventative maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to reduce potential problems. If you’re handy with tools, you can save some money and do these things yourself. Drive safely and enjoy the summer and your trips.

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Children’s Reminds Caregivers to Never Leave a Child Alone in a Vehicle Experts at Children’s of Alabama remind caregivers to “ACT” to prevent future deaths from happening this summer. ACT stands for:


Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving a child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep vehicles locked when it’s not in use to keep children from venturing inside. 

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of vehicle near child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone. This is especially important when not following a normal routine. T: Take action. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle. Emergency personnel want these reports and are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life. Additional prevention information can be found at and

Ronald McDonald House Reaches Destination 205.822.7277


Includes a FREE take-home tray and belaching gel for maximum results. Offer valid for all new patients. Must complete a teeth cleaning and exam to receive offer. Some restrictions may apply.

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Over the past year, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama has been hard at work trying to get a specialty car tag supporting their mission into production in the state of Alabama. They are proud to announce that destination has now been reached! Starting this month, you can proudly purchase your Ronald McDonald House Specialty Car Tag at any state DMV office. The tag will cost $50, but of that cost, $41.25 will go back to the charity. Ronald McDonald House supports families who travel to Birmingham for pediatric medical treatment. Each car tag purchased will help cover the cost to keep families close to each other and the care they need. It costs RMHCA about $95 per night per family, and with 41 rooms and a 97 percent occupancy rate, costs add up quickly. All of the funds go toward the annual budget of $1.8 million to continue offering the much needed services. Learn more at

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Seventh Grader Marlie Thompson Wins National Writing Contest

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This year, Upper School students participated in the Better Together program which is an intergenerational visitation program with Collat Jewish Family Services’ CARES program.

CARES (Caring for Adults through Respite, Enrichment, and Socialization) is a program that provides cognitive, social, and physical stimulation to people with memory and movement disorders. Sixth through eighth graders attended the CARES program monthly throughout the year. Not only did students strengthen their leadership skills as they planned and facilitated activities for the CARES participants, but also they internalized the stories they heard as they developed relationships with the participants. As part of the Better Together program, students entered their reflections about senior citizens, the elderly, growing old, and intergenerational experiences in a national writing contest. Throughout the year, students reflected through their writing, and these thoughtful reflections allowed students to acknowledge the significance of this experience. Seventh grader Marlie Thompson’s essay was selected as the national middle school winner, and the N.E. Miles Jewish Day School was awarded $25,000 for scholarships.  Marlie also won a scholarship for 50 percent off her tuition to URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp.

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Oates Named a Green Scholar

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Mina Oates, an eighth-grader from Advent Episcopal Day School in Birmingham has been named a Greene Scholar at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., in recognition of her academic promise and leadership potential. As a Greene Scholar, Mina will begin her St. Paul’s education this September and will receive full funding for her attendance at the New England boarding school that seeks talented

students from across the country and around the world. Established in 2006, the Greene Scholarship is underwritten by John K. Greene, an Alabama resident who graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1947. Greene describes his time at St. Paul’s as “transformational,” and with this scholarship hopes to provide a similar experience to other Alabama students. The Greene Scholarship awards full tuition and fees to its scholars and is designed to ensure a complete student experience, including travel and equipment expenses as well as college application fees. Finalists for the award are selected by the school and submitted for interviews to the Greene Scholarship Board. Founded in 1856 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s School is a co-educational college preparatory  high school  in Concord, N.H.  The 2,000-acre grounds  are home to approximately 525 young men and women from 35 states and 22 countries.  All students and the  nearly 100  full-time faculty members live on  the grounds.  The School  is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Those interested in learning more about the educational opportunity at St. Paul’s School and the Greene Scholarship should visit www.


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ANNOUNCING THE BIRMINGHAM PARENT 2016 FAMILY FAVORITES AWARD WINNERS Compiled By Lori Pruitt, Bethany Adams Hunley & Carol Muse Evans We’re all about favorites, especially our children. Whether it’s a favorite color, ice cream place, place to have a birthday party or your favorite dentist or orthodontist, every kid and parent knows just what they like and why. Sometimes as a parent we rely on friends and family to tell us what is the best of the best. Many times you are introduced to a favorite by word of mouth. Or you see an ad for a spot, go there, and then share with everyone else how great it is. This is what the Birmingham Parent Family Favorites Awards is all about. The longest running contest of its sort in the Birmingham area, we do it totally with you and for you. You nominate and choose the winners. This year we’ve added a few new categories, too! It’s an open forum – we didn’t give you the choices, you made them yourselves. We’ve tallied the numbers and here are the results. In cases where voting was close, we also chose an “honorable mention” or two. Know they were close in the running to get this honor – it’s no consolation prize! And like last year, we’ve grouped the winners into easy categories for you. We hope you will keep this article all year as a reference to things to do and places to go in Birmingham, and if you have a favorite that didn’t make it this year, be sure to vote for them in 2017. This article will always be available at www.birminghamparent. com as an easy reference, and our winners’ websites are hot-linked for easy use. And be sure you tell the winners that you read about them in Birmingham Parent! And congratulations to our random prize winner, Alaina Morgan of Birmingham, who won a trip for 4 to Sevierville, TN.


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Family Fun

Birmingham parents know how to have fun. Maybe that’s because there are so many great places right here to enjoy a family outing. Whether it’s indoors, outdoors or something in between, there are great places for our families to play here in central Alabama. And when it comes to vacationing, great beaches, mountains and more are just a day’s drive away.

FAVORITE IN-STATE VACATION DESTINATION Gulf Shores/Orange Beach This repeat winner should come as no surprise. Aside from the gorgeous beaches, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also offer golf courses, deep sea fishing, exciting water adventures, great seafood, and historical attractions like Fort Morgan, the site of the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Honorable Mention: Mentone,

FAVORITE ALABAMA BEACH DESTINATION Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Why travel out of state for beautiful beaches with incredible activities and attractions for vacationers? Aside from the gorgeous beaches, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also offer golf courses, deep sea fishing, exciting water adventures, great seafood, and historical attractions like Fort Morgan, the site of the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Honorable Mention: Dauphin Island,

FAVORITE FLORIDA BEACH DESTINATION Destin, Florida This repeat family favorite is part of our piece of the country’s tropical paradise with its white, sandy beaches and crystal blue water. Although Destin was once a sleepy fishing village, it has now transformed into a bustling tourist destination. Honorable Mention: Panama City Beach,



Sloss Fest (Sloss Furnaces) Everyone can find something to enjoy at Sloss Fest. Whether you enjoy live music from popular bands, art vendors, or local brews and foods, you will certainly enjoy this fun-filled festival, usually held in July. Honorable Mention: Zoolight Safari,

Walt Disney World Who doesn’t dream of traveling to the happiest place on earth? Disney World in Orlando, Florida is where fairy tales come alive and dreams come true. Also a repeat winner. Honorable Mention: Florida,

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FAVORITE FAMILY ATTRACTION IN BIRMINGHAM McWane Science Center The McWane Science Center was created in 1988 to inspire a love of learning in its visitors. Guests of all ages will discover something of interest to them inside these interactive and engaging exhibits. Everyone can explore and enjoy the world of science at the McWane Science Center. www. Honorable Mention: Birmingham Zoo, and Vulcan Park,

FAVORITE MUSEUM FOR KIDS IN BIRMINGHAM McWane Science Center This repeat winner should come as no surprise. This interactive learning environment will be the most fun your children will have while exploring the fascinating world of science. Honorable Mention: Birmingham Museum of Art,


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FAVORITE MOUNTAIN RETREAT Gatlinburg, Tennessee Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the scenic Smokey Mountains is the ultimate mountain getaway for visitors of all ages. Whether you are seeking romance or adventure, Gatlinburg has something for you. Gatlinburg attracts more than 11 million visitors a year, and it is easy to see why. www. Honorable Mention: Mentone, Alabama, | 15

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Parties, Activities & Learning

Central Alabama families love a celebration. They also have a high regard for education. Whether it’s finding that great extracurricular activity for your child, a great birthday party venue, enrolling in a new school or getting a little help with studies, our readers selected great places for all.

FAVORITE LOCAL GYM OR EXERCISE FACILITY YMCA With several locations throughout the Birmingham area, you do not have to look far to find a YMCA facility that is convenient to your family. Whether you are looking for fitness activities for all ages or after-school and summer care for your children, you can find them all at your local YMCA. Honorable Mention: Planet Fitness, and Life Time Fitness,

FAVORITE BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACE Pump It Up It is no secret that Pump It Up has become a local favorite for birthday parties! Your children can have a blast playing together on the larger-than-life inflatables provided in this facility. Guests can then have refreshments and open presents in a private party room that even has a throne for the birthday boy or girl. www. Honorable Mention: Chuck E Cheese’s,

FAVORITE TUTOR Mathnasium Mathnasium is a math-only learning center where children can receive additional assistance understanding math in a way that makes sense to them. Mathnasium will provide children with a personalized learning program that can either assist students in reaching their full math potential or continue to challenge students who are already ahead in their mathematical abilities. www. Honorable Mention: The Tutoring Center,

FAVORITE PRIVATE SCHOOL Briarwood Christian School Briarwood Christian School promotes excellence in education through a Christ-centered learning environment. This school strives to prepare students to live in a Godly manner in a contemporary world. Honorable Mention: Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy, and Odyssey Early Schools,





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Odyssey Early Schools With two facilities in the Birmingham area, Odyssey Early Schools has quickly become a local favorite. By choosing to base their curriculum around the age-appropriate and individual needs of the children in its program, it is no wonder that Odyssey has become a favorite among Birmingham Parent readers. Honorable Mention: Covenant Classical Schools,

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Head Over Heels Gymnastics Head Over Heels offers fitness and gymnastics classes for children who love learning and being active. This facility also offers competitive programs and birthday parties. Visit one of their locations in one of their 30+ satellite gymnastics classes. http:// Honorable Mention: JamJev Gymnastics, and American Cheerleading Center,



Liberty Pals is a Christ-centered program that strives to nurture young children to become well-rounded and Godly individuals. If a child completes their preschool program for four year olds, they will be more than prepared to successfully enter kindergarten.

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The Bell Center The Bell Center strives to provide children who are at risk for developmental delays with the most effective early intervention services available. The center is for children from birth to three years of age. Honorable Mention: The Exceptional Foundation,

The state rivalry is always neck and neck, and your favorite college or university was a really tight race. Auburn University pulled out top honors this year, followed by it’s biggest rival, The University of Alabama. Honorable Mention: University of Alabama,

FAVORITE PARENT/CHILD CLASS Kindermusik This research-based music-and-movement curriculum is committed to bringing the power and excitement of music to children and families around the world. This program is available to babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. www.kmwithmichele.

BIRMINGHAM’S PREMIER DAYCARE AND PRESCHOOL From our state-of-the-art facilities to our nurturing teachers (many have 4-year education degrees), our comprehensive curriculum and activities provide your child with age appropriate exploration into the world of learning. Odyssey represents an exciting early childhood educational experience!

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Parties, Activities & Learning FAVORITE ART CLASS Sips and Strokes Bring your favorite beverage and paint along with one of our talented instructors as they guide you step by step from blank canvas to finished masterpiece! Click on the calendar link to find a location in your area. Birmingham has multiple locations at Highway 280 and Trussville. Ask about kids’ classes. www. Honorable Mention: Painting with a Twist,

FAVORITE MARTIAL ARTS CLASS Tiger Rock This repeat winner with multiple locations should come as no surprise. Tiger Rock programs combine modern sports science, the latest research, and hundreds of years of tradition to provide its members with the most effective experience available. Honorable Mention: Master Scarsella’s World Class Tae Kwon Do, www.

FAVORITE DANCE CLASS The Dance Foundation The Dance Foundation strives to inspire a love of dance in all of their students. Children, teens, and adults are invited to attend this program that builds confidence, encourages collaboration, and cultivates creativity. Honorable Mention: The Pointe Dance Arts Studio,

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We’re for Youth Development The YMCA of Greater Birmingham believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, youth throughout Birmingham are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

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Red Mountain Theatre Company This repeat winner is a nonprofit theatre that fosters artists, inspires youth, and engages audiences through quality theatre productions and educational programming. Over the last four decades, the Red Mountain Theatre Company has worked to build one of the finest arts education centers in the South. Honorable Mention: Birmingham Children’s Theatre,

Hoover Library Visit the Hoover Library with your child, and attend one of their exciting events that your child is sure to love. Story time, theatre, crafts and fitness can all be enjoyed here.

FAVORITE MUSIC CLASS Samford University Academy of the Arts This program offers something for everyone with classes in piano, voice, Kindermusik, strings, creative writing, drawing, photography, painting, and much more. Call to learn more or register. Honorable Mention: Mason Music,

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S SECTION IN BOOK STORE Barnes and Noble This repeat winner is a definite family favorite. Whether you are looking for the perfect bedtime story or nonfiction text to help your child with a research project, there is a good chance of finding it in the children’s section at Barnes and Noble. Honorable Mention: Books-A-Million,

FAVORITE DAY CAMP Odyssey Early Schools This program has won multiple categories this year! The popularity of Odyssey Early

Schools should be evidence enough that this wonderful, child-centered program should be considered as the day camp for your child. Honorable Mention: YMCA, and Camp Straight Street,

FAVORITE SLEEP AWAY CAMP YMCA’s Camp Cosby Camp Cosby offers safe and exciting adventures for local youth. Located near Lake Logan Martin, this camp is one that your child will be sure to enjoy and look forward to attending each year. www.ymcabham. org/camp-cosby Honorable Mention: Camp Winnataska,

FAVORITE PARTY RENTAL Fun Source Fun Source carries the largest variety of licensed Disney moonwalks, bouncers, and inflatables in the state of Alabama. They also carry a full line of tents, tables, chairs, linens and accessories to accommodate weddings, corporate events, tailgating functions and large gatherings. Honorable Mention: Parties on the Move,

FAVORITE BIRTHDAY SUPPLIES/INVITATIONS Party City This repeat winner is a favorite among Birmingham parents and their children. Whether you are looking for the perfect party supplies, holiday decorations, or costume accessories, you will find it all at your local Party City.

FAVORITE BIRTHDAY PARTY ENTERTAINER For most parents who responded, they believe THEY are the entertainment at their child’s party. When push comes to shove, Mom or Dad will fill in and do about anything to make their child’s day a hit.


FAVORITE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM Odyssey Early Schools This is a popular repeat winner, and its students’ families are very enthusiastic about the school. Visit one of the two campus options in the Birmingham area to learn more about their age-appropriate curriculum that is personalized to the individual needs of each child in its program. Honorable Mention: YMCA, 20 | birminghamparent | july 2016

Edgar’s Bakery This repeat winner has become a local favorite for their delicious and creative birthday cakes. In addition, Edgar’s also creates standard and themed cakes, gourmet lunch and breakfast, pastries and desserts, and catered foods for any occasion. Honorable Mention: Pastry Art, and Olexa’s,

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Our readers rate these stores, restaurants and services as their favorite! From auto service to frozen yogurt to haircuts to shoes, this list has everything you need to know.

FAVORITE AUTO REPAIR SERVICE Franklin Automotive Since 1992, Franklin Automotive has provided quality, service and convenience, all at an exceptional value. Its service department has won national awards. Honorable Mention: AutoZone,

FAVORITE CAR DEALER Hoover Toyota Hoover Toyota has served the Birmingham area for more than 20 years, offering sales, service and parts expertise. A repeat Family Favorites winner, it is known not only for great service from start to finish, but it also is very active in the community, working with several local charities and events. Honorable Mention: CarMax,, Tameron Honda,

FAVORITE TIRE CENTER Estes Warehouse Tires Estes is locally owned and operated since 1975 by two brothers committed to providing high-quality products and superb customer satisfaction. Along with several brands of quality tires, Estes also offers other services that include brakes, batteries and air conditioning repair/service. Find out more at

FAVORITE REALTOR/REAL ESTATE COMPANY Jeff Richardson, Brik Realty Jeff Richardson has more than eight years of real estate experience with more than 400 successful transactions in his career. He specializes in several areas, including Forest Park, Crestwood, Mountain Brook, Highland Park, Vestavia Hills and Homewood. He has received many awards throughout his career including nine national recognitions. www.brikrealty. com/agents/59577-Jeff-Richardson/ Honorable Mention: Amy Stump, ARC Realty,

FAVORITE HOME/AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY FAVORITE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama is the state’s number one healthcare benefits provider, covering more than 2.1 million members in Alabama. This company is one of the most efficient health insurers in the entire industry, investing more than 92 cents of every premium dollar on medical care. Honorable Mention: VIVA Health, Inc.,

State Farm State Farm, a repeat winner, is a local favorite among Birmingham Parent readers. Founded in 1922, it offers a variety of insurance options that include home, renters, motorcycle, life, and car. It’s a one-stop shop for all your insurance needs. Honorable Mention: Allstate,

FAVORITE BANK Regions Bank A repeat winner, Regions Bank is a leader in the world of banking and a favorite among Birmingham locals. With convenient locations and helpful staff, Regions provides customers with a full spectrum of banking services. Honorable Mention: Wells Fargo, | 21

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FAVORITE CREDIT UNION America’s First Federal Credit Union A repeat Birmingham Parent winner, America’s First is tops among readers when it comes to checking and savings accounts, loans, credit cards, investments and insurance or online banking services. There are several convenient locations.

FAVORITE FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ FINANCIAL PLANNING John B. Norris, Oakworth Capital Bank Norris, managing director, head of wealth management at Oakworth Capital Bank in Birmingham, is this year’s Family Favorite for financial planning/advising. He has more than 23 years of experience in the financial services industry.

FAVORITE MAID SERVICE The Maids Readers who love a clean house love The Maids, a leading residential cleaning company. The locally owned and operated franchise is easily recognizable by their yellow cars with blue lettering seen all over

the area. Each team member is professionally trained in the company’s 22-step home cleaning system. Honorable Mention: Merry Maids,

FAVORITE MOM’S SALON OR SPA Ross Bridge This repeat winner is a huge favorite among Birmingham moms. This salon and spa is set in the middle of a Four Diamond Resort and offers many ways for moms to relax and rejuvenate from their hectic schedules by providing an opportunity to escape from the demands of everyday life.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR DAD’S HAIRCUT Sport Clips Sport Clips is the perfect place for men with busy schedules to stop in for a nice haircut and feel right at home. With sports on the television, a neck and shoulder massage, and guy-smart hair stylists, any man is sure to enjoy this unique hair cutting experience. Honorable Mention: Great Clips,

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FAVORITE SHOPPING CENTER OR MALL The Summit Families love to shop in style at the most unique shopping destination in the area! With dozens of stores, restaurants that range from fine dining to family favorites, a movie theater and great special events, The Summit has it all. www.thesummitonline. com/birmingham/ Honorable Mention: Riverchase Galleria,

FAVORITE MATERNITY SHOP The Swanky Stork The Swanky Stork is one of the South’s top maternity boutiques, featuring fashion forward, high quality clothing, denim and accessories for pregnancy and beyond. Keep your baby bump looking fabulous! www.

FAVORITE HAIRCUT FOR KIDS Great Clips Great Clips, the world’s largest salon brand, offers convenient locations, evening and weekend hours, walk-in service and an online check-in service – the industry’s first. That’s a big plus for busy families. Just log on to add your name to the wait list of your

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favorite salon, or drop in for a great haircut. Honorable Mention: Sport Clips,

FAVORITE CONSIGNMENT STORE Kid’s Market and Mom This repeat winner is a twice yearly sale that has grown over the years and is now the largest consignment store in Birmingham dedicated to children’s and maternity items with nearly 50,000 square feet of organized shopping space. You can buy and sell a multitude of products including children’s clothes, maternity clothes, toys, and accessories. Honorable Mention: Kidz Closet & More,

FAVORITE STORE FOR KIDS CLOTHES The Lili Pad The Lili Pad in Cahaba Heights is a children’s clothing store that offers a full selection of wonderful clothing and accessories. Readers love this store, too, for the special events, great sales, monogramming, baby registry, birthday club and a play area!

Sikes Children’s Shoes This repeat winner located in Homewood has been a longtime favorite of Birmingham families. With quality products and sales associates who know how to properly fit a child’s foot, Sikes is the place to go for great shoes. Honorable Mention: Little Soles Shoes,, Kicks Shoes for Kids, www.facebook. com/childrensshoesbirmingham

FAVORITE TOY STORE Homewood Toy & Hobby If there’s a toy you want, Homewood Toy & Hobby will likely have it! Great quality toys and hobby brands include Playmobil, Blade, Lionel, Melissa & Doug and too many more to list. This store in downtown Homewood has served the Birmingham area since 1950. Honorable Mention: Snoozy’s Kids, www.shopmountainbrookcom/snoozys

viding a variety of quality toys, expert staff, exceptional customer service and community support. Honorable Mention: Parent-Teacher Store USA,

FAVORITE BOOK STORE Barnes & Noble With two locations in the Birmingham area, Barnes & Noble is a Family Favorite for not only books, but hobby and collectible items, special story times, toys and games, movies and TV, music, gifts and much more for all ages.

FAVORITE GROCERY STORE Publix This repeat winner is obviously a favorite among shoppers. From clean stores and merchandise to friendly clientele, you are sure to leave Publix satisfied with your grocery shopping experience. Don’t miss their great bakery, deli, and pharmacy.



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FAVORITE FROZEN YOGURT Yogurt Mountain With several locations in the Birmingham area, Yogurt Mountain is the ultimate self-service frozen dessert experience! Explore your creative side with 16 rotating flavors and more than 50 toppings.

FAVORITE DATE NIGHT “Dinner and a movie” Our readers’ favorite date night choice is a great combo for parents to have a little time to themselves. Call your favorite babysitter!

FAVORITE KIDS MEALS Chick-fil-A This repeat winner is a longtime hit among parents and their children. With fast, friendly service and a clean, inviting dining area, parents and children love eating at Chick-fil-A. There are also several healthy meal options on the menu, as well as educational toys that come with each kid’s meal.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A FAMILY DINNER Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A is also the go-to for family dinners out, because there is truly something for everyone in the family – salads, soups, its famous chicken sandwiches and much more. And with all the healthy meal options on the menu for all ages, it’s a win-win.


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FAVORITE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Christy Pierce Photographer, LLC Christy Pierce connects easily with people and wants them to feel comfortable getting photos taken for every occasion and any age. Call her for your next special occasion, from births to graduations to family photos to weddings. Honorable Mention: Ann Wade Photography,

FAVORITE BABY GIFTS Swaddle Swaddle selects quality, safe products that are parent-tested and peer reviewed. The shop carries organic cotton clothing and bedding, strollers, car seats and high chairs, along with the newest in care and feeding. Stop by for your baby’s needs or for a wonderful gift. Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time, www.facebook. com/OnceUponATimeLLC/

FAVORITE BABY FURNITURE STORE Storkland Storkland, offering quality baby and youth furniture since 1947, is our readers’ favorite. Storkland has a beautiful showroom boasting more than 7,000 square feet of unique baby furniture, bedding and accessories, and design specialists are available to help create the perfect nursery.

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We are fortunate to live in a part of the state that is known for world-class health care, doctors, hospitals and services. But you still have your favorites. Here are your selections for 2016.

FAVORITE PEDIATRIC DENTIST Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry is a leading pediatric dental practice with two locations in the Birmingham area. Clark Thomas, DMD and Lauten Johnson, DMD and their staff are committed to making your child’s first visit a pleasant and comfortable one, and to help keep your child’s teeth healthy. Honorable Mention: Dr. Michael Anglin,; Pediatric Smiles,

FAVORITE FAMILY DENTIST Dr. Paige Lester, Healthy Smiles of Birmingham Dr. Lester and her team aim to provide a place where patients can feel safe and confident that they are receiving the most attentive, gentle and modern dental care they have ever experienced. Healthy Smiles offers a wide array of family dentistry services, from preventive to restorative to cosmetic, and readers rate her at the top. Honorable Mention: Inverness Family Dentistry, www.invernessfamilydentistry. com; Vital Smiles,

FAVORITE ORTHODONTIST PT Orthodontics PT Orthodontics is once again Birmingham Parent readers’ family favorite, and it’s easy to see why. Convenient to most everyone – with locations in Hoover, Mountain Brook, Leeds, Pell City, Hueytown, Oak Mountain/280, Gardendale and now Tuscaloosa, the orthodontists at PT Orthodontics treat patients of all ages with a variety of orthodontic needs. Honorable Mention: Birmingham Orthodontics,

FAVORITE PEDIATRICIAN Birmingham Pediatric Associates Birmingham Pediatric Associates is a Family Favorite this year, because pediatricians and staff work together to provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through adolescence. With

FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE A BABY St. Vincent’s It stands to reason that with wonderful birthing suites, great doctors, nurses and staff, readers want to welcome their new little bundle of joy at St. Vincent’s. Honorable Mention: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center,

caring, professional doctors and staff, it’s an excellent choice for your family.

Honorable Mention: Dr. Rebecca Doss, Vision First Eye Center,

Honorable Mention: Greenvale Pediatrics (all locations),


FAVORITE PHARMACY CVS CVS has many locations throughout Birmingham and nationwide, and many are open 24 hours every day. Our readers like CVS for its convenience and selection of anything from medicine to school supplies. Honorable Mention: Walgreens,

FAVORITE OPTOMETRIST OR OPTHALMOLOGIST Schaeffer Eye Center With 15 clinics across Alabama, it’s easy to see why Schaeffer Eye Center is a Family Favorite. Each eye care center is equipped with the latest technology and offers the latest fashions in frames and sunglasses. Find a location near you.

Dr. Carrie Huner Dr. Carrie Huner of the Brookwood Care Network is this year’s Family Favorite family doctor. Huner is board certified with a specialty in family medicine. Go online or call the Brookwood Care Network to schedule your appointment. Honorable Mention: Dr. Jody Gilstrap,

FAVORITE BIRTHING SUITES St. Vincent’s Health System The St. Vincent’s Health System, “Where Babies Come From” is the Family Favorite for this category for the third consecutive year. It is easy to see that parents love the birthing suites at St. Vincent’s. Honorable Mention: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center,; UAB Women’s & Infants Center, | 25

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Alabama Fertility Specialists The doctors at Alabama Fertility Specialists are dedicated to helping couples cope with the often complex problems that can affect reproduction. The practice offers the most upto-date methods of diagnosis and treatment, all in the confidential atmosphere of a private practice. Honorable Mention: ART Fertility Program of Alabama,

Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham This practice at Grandview Medical Center began when two physicians wanted to provide their patients with an improved healthcare experience and a truly “patient centered” practice that includes high-quality, evidence-based care. The practice has grown to four physicians. www. Honorable Mention: OB/GYN South,, Henderson & Walton Women’s Center,



Dr. Ashley Przybysz (Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology P.C.) Dr. Ashley Przybysz is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She practices at Birmingham Obstetrics & Gynecology, offering professional, expert and courteous healthcare with a touch of personal and caring attention. Honorable Mention: Dr. Bill Hudson, Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham,

FAVORITE GYNECOLOGIST Henderson & Walton Women’s Center Henderson and Walton Women’s Center, P.C. specializes in women’s health and has been providing care to the Birmingham area for more than 30 years. The OB/GYN physicians at Henderson and Walton are board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and offer a variety of services to their patients.

St. Vincent’s Health System St. Vincent’s serves the needs of women of all ages with maternity care, mammography, wellness programs, exercise classes, cancer screenings and more. Honorable Mention: Brookwood Baptist Health,

FAVORITE ALL AROUND HOSPITAL St. Vincent’s Health System With comprehensive medical services, a topnotch emergency room and much, much more, St. Vincent’s is tops among our readers. Honorable Mention: Brookwood Baptist Health,

FAVORITE HOSPITAL NICU St. Vincent’s Health System St. Vincent’s Birmingham Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for babies who require further medical care is the Family Favorite this year.

Our readers also like…. FAVORITE RADIO STATION WZZK Not only is WZZK the largest radio station in the state, it’s the home base of Rick and Bubba’s syndicated radio show and Alabama’s home to the best country music. Tune into 104.7 FM. Honorable Mention: WDJC,, Magic 96, http://magic96/

FAVORITE TV STATION ABC 33/40 Central Alabama’s ABC affiliate offers comprehensive news coverage with a professional staff –and, of course, they have meteorologist James Spann. ABC 33/40 is our readers’ Family Favorite for their daily news, traffic and weather. www. Honorable Mention: NBC 13,

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FAVORITE CHILDREN’S HEALTH FACILITY Children’s of Alabama Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. It has ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation and has provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries. Children’s offers specialty services provided at several locations, and its new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services and care. 26 | birminghamparent | july 2016


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Lock & Learn Program’s Operation Backpack Giveaway 2016 NEEDS YOU! WYDE’s Joe Lockett Show, in partnership with its listeners, media and local business, will be donating 1,001 backbacks filled with supplies to area students. The giveaway is part of the show’s Lock & Learn program to ensure children and families in need of financial support enter the school year with the necessary supplies —and encouragement.

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Welcome to the Academy of the Arts at Samford University where we offer the best of continuing education programs in art and music. Take a moment to explore the course offerings, workshops and previews available on our website at samford. edu/go/aota. Bring a friend and come help us celebrate this wonderful center for learning as we prepare today’s artist to shape tomorrow’s world. Class offerings include piano, voice,




lasting first impressions. We believe that you deserve the best; that is why our commitment to the highest quality sets us apart. At our office, you’re more than a number – you’re part of our dental family. We create personalized, individual treatment plans for each patient so that we deliver only the best results. We offer flexible payment solutions to help keep the cost of braces within your budget!

We offer a full range of braces to meet your individual needs and desires, including metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear braces. We offer free initial consultations, no down payment options, and payments starting at $129. We make braces easy and affordable! Call us today at 205-9799480 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at

THE DANCE FOUNDATION Dance is a joyful, transforming experience for all ages, abilities, and circumstances. It speaks to the spirit and invites exploration. Our curriculum nurtures creativity, engages the imagination and promotes social and developmental skills. Our students gain a strong technical foundation in dance, as well as the confidence, maturity and self-awareness essential to mastering the art of dance. Classes are held in Downtown Homewood in our five state-of-the art studios, featuring observation areas with two-way glass. Classes




At PT Orthodontics we know that a smile can change a life! We have been providing affordable, state-of-the-art orthodontic care since 1990. We have 10 convenient locations in Hoover, Homewood/ Mountain Brook, Greystone, Leeds, Pell City, Hueytown, Gardendale, Jasper, Tuscaloosa and our newest location, Cahaba Heights. Our doctors work together to help you achieve a beautiful, confident smile that will make


strings, Kindermusik, photography, painting, creative writing, drawing, ceramics, stained glass and much more. The Academy of the Arts location is located at 1939 South Lakeshore Drive conveniently between Covenant Presbyterian Church and Homewood High School. We are now registering for the 2016 Fall Semester. If you have any questions or would like more information about our classes and programs, please call 205-726-2739.

through 2nd grade are accompanied by a musician. Hand in hand with our Studio Program is our Community Partnership Program, with classes taught at more than 27 social service agencies, child-care centers and schools throughout the metro area. More details may be found on our website. The Dance Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by generous corporations, foundations and individuals. A schedule of classes for ages one to adult can be found on our website. The Dance Foundation… a place of discovery.

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Dr. Paige Reynolds Lester is a native of Jasper, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama, where she received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Biology. She is a 2002 graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, where she studied in the Esthetics Honors Program. While at NYU, she was awarded the Sigma Epsilon Delta Fraternity Award for Outstanding Ability in Esthetics. Dr. Lester is a member of the following organizations:

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members of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists. Dr. Lester enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd, and her two young children, Caroline and Ryan. Her pastimes include boating, attending Alabama athletic events, traveling, reading, and charitable work. Dr. Lester says that what she loves most about dentistry is the great feeling she gets when she can truly help a patient in need of care.

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Since 1898, St. Vincent's Health System has provided exceptional, compassionate care to the greater Birmingham area. From our state-of-the-art OrthoSports Center to our Center for Robotic Surgery, St. Vincent’s offers a variety of programs and services to fit individual, corporate, and community needs. We are proud to have been chosen as a 2016 Family Favorite winner in five categories.St. Vincent’s

Health System is made up of St. Vincent’s Birmingham, St. Vincent’s Blount, St. Vincent’s East, St. Vincent’s St. Clair, St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness, and the St. Vincent’s Ambulatory Healthcare Network which includes a wide range of additional services and entities from family care locations to home health. Together, we provide a special brand of high-touch, high-tech quality care to people in

more than 40 different zip codes. Our healthcare family has an extensive network of skilled physicians and associates, as well as the most advanced technologies available. As part of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, we are committed to providing healthcare that works, healthcare that is safe, and healthcare that leaves no one behind.

WINNER & HONORABLE MENTION ODYSSEY EARLY SCHOOLS Odyssey was created by educators who dreamed of opening an early learning center where children could be nurtured and taught by a highly trained and loving staff. That dream was realized when our Inverness school opened in 1995, and then again in 2001, with the opening of our second school in Trace Crossings. Odyssey’s goal is to create a life-long love of learning. We have developed our own age-appropriate curriculum, specifically

designed to introduce each age grouping to language, reading, math, science and more, so that your child will possess a strong foundation for Kindergarten and beyond. Additionally, we guarantee teachers with four-year education degrees in all preschool classrooms and offer exceptional child-to-teacher ratios. At our schools, you can watch your child’s entire day in live, streaming, HD video over the Internet, through an individual, secure connection linked directly

to your child’s classroom. We want our parents to know what happens during their child’s day, and Odyssey is the only Overthe-Mountain daycare to offer this service. Our team works tirelessly to earn its reputation as the best childcare option for Birmingham parents, and we invite you to visit today to witness for yourself what so many other families have known since 1995! Visit for more information. INVERNESS CAMPUS 205-991-0039 TRACE CROSSINGS CAMPUS 205-988-8829


To prepare our students to serve Christ faithfully and effectively in the 21st century, Briarwood Christian School, a ministry of  Briarwood Presbyterian Church,  provides a comprehensive college preparatory educational program of uncompromising quality within a stimulating and nurturing Christian environment. We serve nearly 2,000 students on two beautiful campuses.

From our research-based instructional programs to our advanced placement classes, engineering, robotics, classical and foreign languages (Latin, French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese), the innovative Learning Unleashed 1:1 iPad program, comprehensive and competitive athletics, and extraordinary fine arts programs, we provide our students with a world-class

Christian education that develops the mind, nurtures the soul, and shapes the character… for today and for the future. North Campus -Grades K4-6 2204 Briarwood Way Birmingham, AL 35243-2900 South Campus - Grades 7-12 6255 Cahaba Valley Rd Birmingham, AL 35242 205-776-5812

HONORABLE MENTION ALABAMA CHEERLEADING Exciting things are happening for American Cheerleading Center Home of Bama All Starz! ACC was founded by Britten Blackburn in 1996. It is the longest standing cheerleading facility in the state of Alabama! The main corporate facility is located on Morgan Road in Bessemer. The other location is on Valley Road in Trussville. We have over 1200 students that come from several surrounding Birmingham towns. ACC provides a great Chris-

tian facility for children wanting to learn or improve their tumbling and cheerleading skills. Their instructors are USASF Certified to coach all levels. American Cheerleading Centers also offers competitive cheerleading teams for ages 3-18 years old. The Bama All Starz have been successful locally as well as nationally. Their next tryout/evaluation will be held on Friday, July 29th & Saturday, July 30th. For more information about ACC Bama All Starz their

website: ACC would like to announce that they will be opening the first American Ninja Training Centers in Alabama! ANT will be opening in their Trussville facility. This training center will provide a great facility for those adrenaline junkies that want to get to the next level! Check out American Cheerleading Centers for your child’s tumbling and cheerleading skills training! Don’t wait to learn from the best!

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us weekly or every other week. Monthly, deep spring cleanings and move in/move out cleanings are also offered. The Maids is the service you can trust to take care of your housecleaning needs. Locally owned and operated since June 1987! Our team of cleaning professionals is ready to help you fulfill your dream of a cleaner and healthier home. Remember The Maids by our brightly marked YELLOW CARS! 205-871-9338 or


WINNER CHRISTY PIERCE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC Hi and thank you so much for voting me, Christy Pierce Photography, LLC your Birmingham Favorite Family Photographer for 2016!!! You deserve something special when it comes to your photos. I am someone who connects easily with people, and I want you to feel comfortable getting your photos taken. After all, I believe that the best smile is a natural smile. I capture all different genres of photography including but not limited to: Families, Newborn, Children, Pho-






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WINNER CHICK-FIL-A For over 70 years, Chick-fil-A has built a foundational commitment to service – service to our customers, our franchised Restaurant Operators and Team Members, and to our communities. This begins in the restaurant – one customer at a time. We firmly believe in treating every person who comes through our doors with honor, dignity, and respect. We teach it to everyone who comes to work at Chick-

fil-A, and it’s something that they take with them throughout their careers. But to us, service goes beyond our restaurant doors through volunteerism and giving. We are committed to taking care of the people who take care of our communities. For example, by giving sandwiches to first responders in times of crisis, we honor the commitment they make to serve all of us. And our philanthropic giving reinforces that commitment to

service by helping children and families in need. This summer we are excited to launch our Chick-fil-A One mobile app that gives customers the ability to customize their meal, order and pay in advance and skip the line at the register, speeding up the process of waiting at the counter or drive-thru. Our Birmingham area Chick-fil-A locations invite you to use this new mobile app on your next visit!


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For more than 19 years, CityPASS ticket booklets have been a product for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings of up to 50 percent. The CityPASS card, when purchased, will get you into a number of local attractions, usually good for use within a 14-day time period, at great savings. The prepaid card is available at, as well as directly at the ticket office of the attractions included. (You can purchase one on the spot!) On our trip to Southern California in May, we used our CityPASS card to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California. Our CityPASS gave us a 3-day hopper admission to the Disney parks and one day admission to LEGOLAND and Sea World. Estimated savings: $136 per person, a significant sum of money times the number of folks in your party. One of the wonderful things about a trip to Disneyland with young children (versus the closer by Disney World) is that the park is smaller, and the walking is less. The Disneyland hotels are very close by (we stayed at The Disneyland Hotel, disneyland-hotel) and easy to get back to for a nap, a little pool time, etc. You can easily visit the Disneyland and California Adventure parks in two to three days, and build in a little rest time, too. Downtown Disney is right between several of the hotels and on the path to the parks, which sit right across from each other. Downtown Disney offers great shops, movies, entertainment and restaurants, as well as Disneyland souvenir shops. The walking for young children and older family members is much less, and you still have all the charm of the “magic kingdom” in the Disneyland Park, the original Disney theme park, and great things you cannot see anywhere else at Disneyland’s California Adventure. There are many opportunities for character encounters, as well. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Disney is LEGOLAND California Resort in San Diego. We stayed at the LEGO-

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Pencils are down, the final bell has rung and school is officially out for the summer. It’s time for some summer fun! But before you round up the family to enjoy your vacation, make sure you are taking the proper precautions to keep your kids safe this summer.

Natalie Tibbetts, MD, is board-certified in pediatrics and is located at Simon Williamson Clinic in Birmingham.

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Kids are built for action. They don’t want to just go fishing – they want to catch fish. The species caught isn’t nearly as important as the number of fish caught. Don’t forget the rules for taking kids fishing: go to a place where they can catch numbers of fish in a short time, and don’t “overfish” them. Younger children only may want to fish for 30 minutes to an hour and then prefer to wade, throw rocks in the water or just have a good time. Older children will want to catch more fish, their attention spans are longer, and they often want to take their fish home, clean and eat them. Preteens may enjoy a four-hour trip, and teenagers and college students may fish all day. But remember, they want to catch fish the entire time. Here are several ways to ensure that youngsters catch fish. 44 | birminghamparent | july 2016

Bluegills - the Easiest Fish for Any Age to Catch Bluegills are abundant in ponds, rivers and lakes, particularly if you fish where there’s a fish feeder on the dock. If a lake owner has fed his fish regularly, you simply can throw some fish food in the water, and the bluegills will start biting. Or, go with a guide who knows where the bluegill beds are and can take you and your youngsters on a bluegill fishing trip of a lifetime. When I take my grandchildren fishing with a guide, I explain to him before the trip that the main reason we’re coming is for the children to be at a place where they are able to catch plenty of fish. Preteens and Teenagers Enjoy Fishing for Catfish and Crappie Preteens and teenagers generally like to catch bigger fish and extend the joy of the trip by taking fish home to eat. The two species that can supply this need and keep poles bent most of the day are catfish and crappie, both very abundant in Alabama. For a fun way to catch catfish, use a Yo-Yo, also known as a Mechanical Fisherman. You tie this device to a tree limb hanging out over the water and bait with any catfish bait. When the catfish takes the bait, the coil spring inside the Yo-Yo uncoils, setting the hook and keeping the catfish right there. You also can set out trotlines for daytime or nighttime fishing and catch catfish on rods and reels. Today’s modern catfish fishers often use side-scanning sonar like bass anglers do to identify schools of catfish near the bottom or around logs. Trolling for catfish produces plenty of fish too. During the summer months, catfish are actively biting. By concentrating on fishing where you know catfish congregate or going with a guide, your group may catch 50 to 100 pounds of catfish in a couple of hours.

When a parent takes a youngster crappie fishing, they should enjoy a good time together, catch plenty of fish and not stay too long and wear out the child.

To take your grandchildren on an adventure this summer they’ll always remember, go offshore deep sea fishing.

A family offshore fishing trip at Alabama’s Gulf Coast will be a family adventure with memories that will last for years.

My grandchildren like to use jugs or noodles. You simply tie a line to each jug or noodle, it floats with the current, and the jug or the noodle starts bobbing once the catfish takes the bait. The youngsters help chase down the floats from a boat, pick up the floats and pull in the cats. Especially around spillways and dam sites, your group may catch 50 to 100 pounds of cats in a half-day trip. A catfish catching adventure can take place by day or at night. Fun to catch and delicious-tasting crappie this summer will be seeking deep holes and drop-offs on lakes and rivers. You can fish for crappie at day or night yourself or hire a guide to take children on this adventure. All Ages Will Love Saltwater Fishing My goal for taking children fishing always is to give them an adventure and have them remember the fishing trips we’ve gone on together, and the fun we’ve had outdoors. Some charter boat captains and party boat captains specialize in taking families offshore fishing. Teenagers and college students will find nothing more exciting than catching and releasing sharks and big fish. Although red snapper season closes the end of July, plenty of red snapper are available to be caught, photographed and released off Alabama’s Gulf Coast or to keep some to eat. Deckhands will help children learn how to fish.


GUIDES WHO SPECIALIZE IN FAMILY FISHING TRIPS Brian Barton (catfish) 256-412-0569,, Billy Blakely (bluegills) 877-258-3226, Randy Boggs (saltwater party boat) 251-981-7173,

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The big news is the Fourth of July! Everywhere you look, there are celebrations of the birth of American independence, with fireworks, barbecue, picnics and more. July brings even more outdoor activity with events that bring people out for festivals, shopping, music, family fun and more, and farmer’s markets are in full swing, too. Enjoy the peak of summer!

The UAB Fourth of July Concert at 7pm on the Bartow Arena lawn is a great place to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs and stake out a great place to not only enjoy a free, family-friendly patriotic concert under the stars, but also to watch Thunder on the Mountain 2016, Birmingham’s popular fireworks show at 9pm atop Red Mountain at Vulcan Park. For great viewing tips, go to


Alabama’s Oldest BBQ Festival has been a part of the Homewood community for 67 years – and it never fails to please. From 10am-3pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, there will be three tons of slowcooked BBQ and more than 1,500 plates sold over five hours, bulk BBQ presales (8am-4pm July 3); games, cash prizes and more! Raffle tickets, giant rummage sale and more. Music by Bobby “T” Tanory, karaoke, inflatable jumpers, and family games for a nominal fee.


The American Veterans Traveling Tribute: Vietnam Wall will be at the Fultondale Promenade, 3321 Lowery Parkway, through July 10. This 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Wall is 360 feet long and includes every name found on the permanent wall in Washington, D.C. Flag dedication 10am July 9. Public invited; staffed from 8am to 8pm each day; open 24 hours a day. FREE.

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JULY 4TH Don’t miss the annual 4th of July Russell Marine Boat Parade starting at Kowaliga Marina at 10am, and then at 6:30pm, enjoy a concert and fireworks show at the Russell Lands at Lake Martin Town Square Amphitheater.

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1 FRIDAY Independence Day Bash at CHOM! 9am-4:30pm, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Tuscaloosa. Dance with DJ Chuckie from 10am-2pm; Civil Air Patrol demos, art activities, Zeigler hot dogs and lemonade! Activities included in admission. 205-349-4235, www. Rocky Ridge First Fridays 5-8:30pm, Rocky Ridge Square/Rocky Ridge Plaza, Vestavia Hills. This monthly event offers arts and crafts, bands, demonstrations, games, kid zone, outdoor family movies, specialty foods and more. Parking available at Vestavia Hills High School with shuttle service. Wicked Through July 3, BJCC Concert Hall. In Munchkinland, two girls meet in the Land of Oz. One is born with emerald green skin and is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. The story of how these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. 205-458-1022, 800-7767469, Birmingham Barons vs. Biloxi Shuckers 7:05pm, Regions Field. Used car night. www.

2 SATURDAY Pepper Place Market 7am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. South. Fresh produce, vendors and more. Rain or shine. Valleydale Farmers Market 8am-noon. Mt Laurel Market and Craft Fair 8am-noon, Manning Place, Hwy. 41, Mt Laurel. Local fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, crafts. 205-408-2717. Indian Springs Village Farmers Market 8am-noon, Indian Springs First Baptist Church. Southeastern Outings River Float 9am, Locust Fork River (Blount County); depart from Hayden/Corner Park and Ride. Easy river float! Bring picnic lunch, drink, towel, sunscreen and something to float on such as an inflatable vinyl float or air mattress. Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 8 and up welcome, but parents are responsible for all risks to their children. Information, Dan Frederick, 205-6314680,

PLEASE NOTE: Events may change after publication deadline; please phone ahead to confirm important information. The deadline for submitting calendar items for the August 2016 print issue is July 6. Mail calendar items to: Calendar, Birmingham Parent, 3590B Hwy 31 S #289, Pelham, AL 35124; fax to 987-7600; e-mail to calendar@BirminghamParent. com; or enter directly to the online calendar at Entries added online after the print deadline will not appear in the print version. Information cannot be accepted over the phone. Birmingham Parent publishes a calendar 11 times a year. January events are included in the December issue. Guidelines: Birmingham Parent’s calendar is intended to be a resource and service to the community and our readers. Events which are open to the public, fundraisers, free classes, etc., are events that may be included in our monthly calendar. We reserve the right to reject any event or listing due to rules or space restrictions. For questions regarding calendar entries, call 987-7700 or e-mail 48 | birminghamparent | july 2016

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Arti Gras 9am-5pm, Russell Lands on Lake Martin, Alexander City. The Town Green will host this two-day annual event with more than 40 artists will set up on the lawn with displays of jewelry, paintings, birdhouses, food and more. Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A hands-on program for preschool children and their families. Make leaf boats with Miss Anwen! FREE. Birmingham Barons vs. Biloxi Shuckers 6:30pm, Regions Field. Fireworks.

3 SUNDAY Arti Gras 9am-4pm, Russell Lands on Lake Martin, see July 2. Birmingham Barons vs. Biloxi Shuckers 6:30pm, Regions Field. Patriotic fireworks show.


INDEPENDENCE DAY Alabama’s Oldest BBQ Festival 10am-3pm, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Homewood. This festival celebrates its 67th year with three tons of slowcooked BBQ and more than 1,500 plates sold over five hours, bulk BBQ presales (8am-4pm July 3); games, cash prizes and more! Raffle tickets, giant rummage sale and more. Music by Bobby “T” Tanory, karaoke, inflatable jumpers, family games for a nominal fee. Russell Marine Boat Parade 10am, Kowaliga Marina. Decorate your boat for a chance to win prizes! Entry is free. Register at any Russell Marine marina or call 334-857-2111. Fourth of July Blast 5pm gates open, Lake Martin Amphitheater. Gather on the lawn for the annual concert and fireworks show! The Bank Walkers will take the stage at 6:30pm, followed by Sweet Tea. Fireworks at 9pm. Visitors may bring blankets, chairs, coolers and snacks. Food for purchase available from Firetruck Bar-B-Que. No pets.

We provide a multi-sensory environment enabling students to learn at their maximum potential. Spring Valley School knows that for young people with a language-based learning disability, like dyslexia, school can be frustrating and overwhelming. For our students, grades 2-12, school is about experiencing an individualized academic program every day, building skills to make learning beneficial and meaningful, playing sports, exploring visual arts, theater... and feeling confidence for the first time ever.

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UAB Fourth of July Concert 7pm, Bartow Arena lawn, UAB. Bring picnics, blankets and chairs and enjoy a free, family-friendly patriotic concert under the stars. Sue Samuels, UAB Director of Bands, conductor. Stay afterward and watch Birmingham’s fireworks show! FREE. Thunder on the Mountain 2016 9pm, Vulcan Park. The city of Birmingham’s popular fireworks show has been hailed as one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state, with fireworks illuminating the sky above Vulcan. For safety reasons, Vulcan Park will be closed; find your favorite spot to watch. For viewing tips, go to FREE.

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5 TUESDAY Ronald McDonald 10:30am, Homewood Library. He’s back to sing songs, tell stories and spread red-nosed cheer! Lego Play Day! Roy Downs Memorial Library, Calera. Play with Legos all day!

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prepare for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Refreshments. 205-444-7840. FREE. Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns 7:05pm, Regions Field. YP night.

12 TUESDAY Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns 7:05pm, Regions Field. 50-cent hot dog night.

13 WEDNESDAY Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns 7:05pm, Regions Field. AAA night.

JULY 4TH FOURTH OF JULY BLAST 5pm gates open, Lake Martin Amphitheater. Gather on the lawn for the annual concert and fireworks show! The Bank Walkers will take the stage at 6:30pm, followed by Sweet Tea. Fireworks at 9pm.



The American Veterans Traveling Tribute: Vietnam Wall Fultondale Promenade, 3321 Lowery Parkway. This 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Wall is 360 feet long and includes every name found on the permanent wall in Washington, D.C. Through July 10. Flag dedication 10am July 9. Public invited; staffed from 8am to 8pm each day; open 24 hours a day. FREE.

Pepper Place Market 7am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. South. Fresh produce, vendors and more. Rain or shine.

8 FRIDAY Alagasco Fox 6 Free Friday Flicks 6:30pm, Veterans Park, Hoover. Family-friendly film series! Enjoy the Benton Nissan FREE kid zone. Families can bring picnics or purchase food and drink. Movie: Shaun the Sheep. Birmingham Parent is a sponsor. Information, Oklahoma! Leeds Theatre & Arts Center. The 60th anniversary of this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic! Shows from July 8 on weekends through July 24. Tickets, information, 205699-1892, leedsartscouncil@ 50 | birminghamparent | july 2016

Valleydale Farmers Market 8am-noon. Mt Laurel Market and Craft Fair 8am-noon, Manning Place, Hwy. 41, Mt Laurel. Local fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, crafts. 205408-2717. Indian Springs Village Farmers Market 8am-noon, Indian Springs First Baptist Church. Southeastern Outings Kayak/ Canoe Trip 9am, Elk River (near Elkmont, AL). An easy section to paddle. Novice canoeists are welcome, but must be partnered with an experienced canoeist. Information, Dan Frederick, 205-631-4680, Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A hands-on program

for preschool children and their families. Make leaf boats with Miss Anwen! www.freshairfamily. org. FREE. Where’s Waldo? 10am, Children’s Hands-On Museum, Tuscaloosa. Find the Waldo characters hidden throughout the museum! Dress like Waldo for a special surprise! All activities included in admission. 205-3494235, Doctor Who Comics Day 10:30am, Homewood Library. Celebrate the day with time-traveling! Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns 6:30pm, Regions Field. Ghostbusters night.

10 SUNDAY Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns 3pm, Regions Field. Salute to Armed Forces.

11 MONDAY Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey 2pm, 6:30pm, Hoover Library. This powerful, uplifting documentary follows the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team as they

14 THURSDAY iTween – Star Wars 3pm, Homewood Library. Open to 4th through 7th graders! Online registration required.

15 FRIDAY Alagasco Fox 6 Free Friday Flicks 6:30pm, Veterans Park, Hoover. Family-friendly film series! Enjoy the Benton Nissan FREE kid zone. Families can bring picnics or purchase food and drink. Movie: The Peanuts Movie. Birmingham Parent is a sponsor. Information,

16 SATURDAY Pepper Place Market 7am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. South. Fresh produce, vendors and more. Rain or shine. Valleydale Farmers Market 8am-noon. Mt Laurel Market and Craft Fair 8am-noon, Manning Place, Hwy. 41, Mt Laurel. Local fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, crafts. 205-408-2717. Indian Springs Village Farmers Market 8am-noon, Indian Springs First Baptist Church. Pelham Palooza! 9am, Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena. Celebrate the city with this fun family event! Outside activities include a free bungee trampoline, shaved ice and more! Inside activities include vendors, demonstrations, children’s activities and free ice skating! The



The Alabama Theatre every Thursday morning in July

Throwback Thursday Kids Club

9 AM kids’ activites, photo booth, face painting, prizes & pre-show fun


July 7 Aladdin (G)


July 14 The Land Before Time (G)


July 21 Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (G)


10 AM Mighty Wurlitzer sing-along & TBT classic film ENJOY Free kid’s admission to The Birmingham Zoo after each movie (with full-price adult admission) when wearing your Throwback Thursday Kids Club sticker!

July 28 Pocahontas (G)

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Catch a Birmingham Barons game at Regions Park downtown! Check out this month’s schedule in our calendar. Tickets,

event wraps up with a FREE “Just Show Up Show” at Oak Mountain Amphitheater. FREE. Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A hands-on program for preschool children and their families. Make leaf boats with Miss Anwen! www.freshairfamily. org. FREE. Superhero Saturday 10am-4pm, McWane Science Center. McWane becomes the Hall of Justice and the Legion of Doom! Meet some of your famous superheroes and villains! 205714-8300, American Ninja Warriors 2pm, Hoover Library. Ever wonder what it takes to be an American Ninja Warrior and compete in one of the world’s toughest obstacle courses? Get the inside scoop from Jo Jo Bynum, Jimmy Bogle and Eddy Stewart, all of whom made it to last year’s national finals in Las Vegas. 205444-7840. FREE.

20 WEDNESDAY Flicks Among the Flowers 6pm gates open; 8pm movie, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Couples and friends invited to watch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Cash bar and movie snacks by Kathy G. and Company. Free admission; $5 donation encouraged to support gardens education programs. Bring a 52 | birminghamparent | july 2016

blanket and find a spot on the lawn! Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 7:05pm, Regions Field. AAA night.

21 THURSDAY Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 7:05pm, Regions Field. Thirsty Thursday.

22 FRIDAY Alagasco Fox 6 Free Friday Flicks 6:30pm, Veterans Park, Hoover. Family-friendly film series! Enjoy the Benton Nissan FREE kid zone. Families can bring picnics or purchase food and drink. Movie: Kung Fu Panda 3. Birmingham Parent is a sponsor. Information,

Mt Laurel Market and Craft Fair 8am-noon, Manning Place, Hwy. 41, Mt Laurel. Local fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, crafts. 205408-2717. Indian Springs Village Farmers Market 8am-noon, Indian Springs First Baptist Church. Hikes for Tykes 10am, Birmingham Botanical Gardens. A hands-on program for preschool children and their families. Make leaf boats with Miss Anwen! www.freshairfamily. org. FREE. Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 6:30pm, Regions Field. Kids backpack giveaway, Star Wars night.


Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 7:05pm, Regions Field. Fireworks.

Birmingham Barons vs. Montgomery Biscuits 3pm, Regions Field. Salute to Armed Forces.



Pepper Place Market 7am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. South. Fresh produce, vendors and more. Rain or shine. Valleydale Farmers Market 8am-noon.

STARS presents Beauty and the Beast Jr. Virginia Samford Theater. This classic story directed and choreographed by Carl Dean. Performances Thursdays through Sundays through August 7. Information, tickets,

29 FRIDAY Alagasco Fox 6 Free Friday Flicks 6:30pm, Veterans Park, Hoover. Family-friendly film series! Enjoy the Benton Nissan FREE kid zone. Families can bring picnics or purchase food and drink. Movie: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13). Birmingham Parent is a sponsor. freefridayflicks.

30 SATURDAY Pepper Place Market 7am-noon, 2829 2nd Ave. South. Fresh produce, vendors and more. Rain or shine. Valleydale Farmers Market 8am-noon. Mt Laurel Market and Craft Fair 8am-noon, Manning Place, Hwy. 41, Mt Laurel. Local fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, crafts. 205408-2717. Indian Springs Village Farmers Market 8am-noon, Indian Springs First Baptist Church.

31 SUNDAY Birmingham Barons vs. Chattanooga Lookouts 6pm, Regions Field. Salute to Armed Forces.

events & attractions n Aldridge Botanical Gardens 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover. 205-682-8019, n Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham. 205-254-2731, n Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. n Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 2150 Richard Arrington Blvd. N., Birmingham. 323-6665, n Alabama Wildlife Center 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-663-7930. n Albert L Scott Alabaster Public Library Story Times: Tunes & Tales: Wednesdays at 3:30pm in Library Meeting Room, all ages Toddler Tales: Fridays at 10:30am in the Library Meeting Room, 2 and 3 year olds. Summer Reading program! Check with the library for fun events from Iron Percussion to Skin & Bones Comedy Circus! 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL, 35007. 205-664-6822, n American Village Highway 119, Montevallo. 205-665-3535, n Barber Motorsports Park 6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Leeds. 205-298-9040, n Birmingham Botanical Gardens When visiting the Gardens, be sure to download the treasure map to take with you.

documents/treasuremapforweb.pdf 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham. 205-414-3900, n Birmingham Children’s Theatre 1001 19th St. North, Birmingham, AL, 35203, 205-458-8181,

Predator Zone, Saturday & Sunday 11:30am & 3:30pm. Children’s Zoo Goat Show, 2pm daily. 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham. 205-879-0409,

n Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 6th St. N., Birmingham. 205-328-9696,

n Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum 1919 Ninth St., Calera. 205-668-3435,

n Birmingham Museum of Art Bart’s Art Cart! Free drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from galleries and art activity each month. Saturdays from 11am-1pm. All the Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the collection of Peggy Slappey. The BMA has hosted and originated many Asian art exhibitions over the years, but never one about Central Asia and Uzbekistan. See the beautiful colors and workmanship of these garments. Through July 10. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565,

n McWane Science Center Hall of Heroes: Discover Your Super Powers. Learn the circumstances that create superheroes, discover the ideals that heroes uphold and push boundaries as to what it truly means to be heroic! Exhibit features the five disciplines that are the basis for all super powers: body, mind, mastery, gadgets and the elements; and a half scale replica of the 1960s Barris Kustoms’ Batmobile and much more.

n Birmingham Zoo Dino Discovery! The zoo’s newest exhibit features 12 life-sized, North America-native animatronic dinosaurs at heights of nearly 20 feet, weighing almost seven tons and measuring 85 feet in length! Explore a trail filled with these magnificent creatures. Additional fees apply. Through July 31. Giraffe Feedings, 9:30-11:30am; 1-3pm, daily. $3. Train Rides, 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday, $3. Children’s Zoo Fountains daily. Carousel Rides, 9am-5pm daily. Sea Lion Training, Daily 10am & 2pm Lorikeet Feedings, 10am-4pm, daily. $1.50.

Member Mondays. Every Monday, McWane Science Center members receive extra perks while visiting! Includes a special gift for kids when checking in, 30 percent discount on gift shop purchases, $1 small popcorn at IMAX concession stand and a free members-only evening event each month. Also, on the second Monday of each month, McWane opens its doors from 5-8pm for its members.

comes the ultimate off-trail adventure. Narrated by Robert Redford. Wild Africa. Come on a spectacular ride across, over and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth. Robots. Today’s robots are nothing short of astonishing. Get a sneak peek into the future. Through September 30. 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300, n Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-620-2520, n Roy Downs Calera Library Story Times: *Family Story Time: Tuesdays at 10am *Sweet Pea (0-2 years old): Thursdays at 9am *Calera Kids (3 and up): Thursdays at 10am Summer Reading Program: Tuesdays at 5:30pm 9700 Highway 25, Calera. 205-668-7200. n Ruffner Mountain Nature Center 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham. 205-833-8264,

IMAX Movies: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Mankind faces a new threat as Batman embarks on a personal vendetta against Superman. In the meantime, “Doomsday” is created by Lex Luthor, and it’s up to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to stop them from destroying Metropolis.

n Southern Museum of Flight The Jennys to Jets: Birmingham’s Military Aviation History. In conjunction with the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, this exhibition commemorates and pays tribute to 100 years of worldwide aviation service by the men and women of the Alabama (Air) National Guard. Through August 1. 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226,

National Parks Adventure. A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places be-

n Vulcan Park 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. 205-933-1409, | 53

poetry party

by Charles Ghigna


Moon unblinking eye of night earth’s head light

The City Sleeps

Moon Tree

Above the stoplights Made of steel Where concrete buildings Scrape the sky A single cloud Goes drifting by

Moon tree stares up at the night, wishes upon her passing stars, holds darkness in her leaves like a secret, waits for morning to come hear her whisper of light.

It casts a shadow In the street That climbs the wall Into my room And tucks me in Beneath the moon

Air Ships

NOW YOU TRY IT! Look up into the summer sky. What do YOU see? What do you DREAM? 54 | birminghamparent | july 2016

Like silver sails on silver ships, A fleet of clouds floats by then slips Into its Milky Way lagoon Beneath the lighthouse of the moon.

cyclops’ heavenly sight perfect coin of white crystal ball in flight keep us safe tonight

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And the Winners Are ... Find out who you picked as our Family Favorites for 2016 in this month's issue, along with much more.

Birmingham Parent Magazine July 2016 Issue  

And the Winners Are ... Find out who you picked as our Family Favorites for 2016 in this month's issue, along with much more.