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editor’s note

Thanks for Picking Up the Guide 2017 This is our fifth annual issue of the yearly GUIDE, and it’s our largest yet! We hope it will be informative and helpful to you, the readers, as a “parent handbook” all year of things in the Birmingham area that may be important to you. In fact, you can pick it up in select locations all year. It replaces our regular January issue, and we printed more copies so that we may include it as a complement to our monthly issues throughout 2017. We hope you enjoy it. For the parent, grandparent or caregiver, this GUIDE offers easy access to all sorts of important names, numbers, addresses and website in our area all year. It’s in print and online at www. birminghamparent.com for you. Just like in years past, we’ve worked hard to double check times, addresses, phone numbers and websites until press time, but please remember any of these items are subject to change. In fact, we did not include library hours this year for that very reason, as some libraries have seasonal hours. Many thanks go to Associate Editor Lori Chandler Pruitt and Office Assistant Bethany Hunley for their hard work, fact-checking, and last-minute editing in what is a very tedious job. Please be sure to thank our sponsors and advertisers for this issue, and making it possible for us to bring it to you all year. And please email us and let us know what you’d like to see in the 2018 issue of the GUIDE at info@birminghamparent.com. This year also marks the beginning of Birmingham Parent’s 14th year in publication. Don’t miss our upcoming events, too: Camp Expo on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Riverchase Galleria; the Special Needs Expo on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Pelham Civic Complex and our Happy Healthy Kids Fair on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Riverchase Galleria (tax-free shopping day in Alabama). Don’t forget our online birthday party giveaways monthly (http://birminghamparent.com/ content/birmingham-parents-birthday-kids.html), and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook. com/BirminghamParent) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/bhamparent) for great information, conversation and fantastic giveaways. And yes, people really do win! Thanks for reading, and have a terrific 2017! We are so grateful to all of you for another year in Birmingham. Carol Muse Evans, Publisher/Editor carol@birminghamparent.com

ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is the 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.

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editorial Publishers David & Carol Evans Editor Carol Muse Evans Associate Editor Lori Chandler Pruitt Office Assistant Bethany Adams Hunley Calendar Lori Chandler Pruitt Contributors Christa Melnyk Hines, Sarah Lyons

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Editor’s Note: Thanks for Picking up The Guide 2017 Alabama’s 529 Offers Savings Opportunities and Even Scholarships A Page in Book: The Trouble with Toys How To Make Time for Family Dinner Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?

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emergency numbers Regional Poison Control Center - Children’s of Alabama www.childrensal.org/rpcc 800-222-1222 Alabama Emergency Management Agency Disaster, bad weather, etc. www.ema.alabama.gov 205-280-2200 Parenting Assistance Line – PAL Stressed out parents, child abuse, etc. www.pal.ua.edu 866-962-3030

SERVING THE COUNTIES OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Crisis / Suicide Line 24 hours / 7 days www.crisiscenterbham.com/ 205-323-7777 Teen Link Call about anything, 3-10 pm during the school year, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in the summer www.crisiscenterbham. com/teen-link.php 205-328-5465 Kids Help Line Ages 6-12. Call about anything—friends, school, family, feelings Any day from 3-10 p.m. www.crisiscenterbham. com/kids-help-line.php 205-328-5437

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911 Senior Talk Line Free, confidential telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, caregivers, retirees, widowed persons, grandparents and others www.crisiscenterbham. com/senior-help-line.php 205-328-8255 Rape Response 205-323-7273 Available 24/7 www.crisiscenterbham. com/rape-response.php Highway Emergencies Using Cellular Phones *HP (*47) The program is operational in most areas of the state, and other providers are expected to participate in the future. If your cellular phone company is not a part of this valuable service, please ask the company to call 334-2424445, DPS Headquarters, Montgomery.

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Meet Our Front Cover Sponsors 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 class-

room. 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 www.odysseyearlyschool. com for more information.

Honors. While serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Gatrey also completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. During residency Dr. Gatrey completed training with special needs persons and medically compromised children at the Sparks Dental Clinic. Visiting the dentist at Pediatric

Smiles is a fun adventure. We like dental visits to be a positive experience for future visits that last through adulthood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

vices and supports including diagnostic evaluations, applied behavior analysis therapy, speech and language therapy, dyslexia and academic tutoring, cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills groups, parent training, and family counseling. Behavioral ONE provides families with a single team of professionals to work with from the initial concern, through the assessment and diagnostic process, treatment plan development, and the provision of services and therapy.  All of our service providers

work collaboratively in order to offer the highest quality of integrated services to our children and families. Behavioral ONE is a team of professionals with a unique and specialized level of experience, expertise, and knowledge in the assessment, treatment, and support of children with disabilities. Our clinical staff includes licensed clinical psychologists, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, board certified behavior analysts, and special education teachers.

Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors from Alabama, the country, and across the world. Guests enjoy the lush grounds of the park, the iconic statue and its observation tower, and the only museum referencing Birmingham’s history making it an ideal initial stop for anyone visiting the area for the first time. Vulcan Park and Museum is home to fun family events such as Vulcan’s Birthday Bash, Thunder on the Mountain, Vulcan Aftertunes, and many

educational programs designed to carry out the mission of Vulcan Park Foundation: To preserve and promote Vulcan as the symbol for the Birmingham region, to advance knowledge and understanding of Birmingham’s history and culture, and to encourage exploration of the region. Come meet the “Original Iron Man” and have fun learning about how he has stood for Birmingham for more than 112 years.

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Dr. Tabitha J. Gatrey, a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry with Research

​ 823 Promenade Pkwy. 4 Suite 101 Bessemer, AL 35022 205-230-9000

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BEHAVIORAL ONE Behavioral ONE is an assessment and treatment center for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. At Behavioral ONE, we focus on providing the highest quality of services and supports to our children and their families. We believe that children are most successful and likely to make meaningful progress when all services and service providers work together. Our assessment and treatment center offers comprehensive ser-

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VULCAN PARK AND MUSEUM Vulcan, Birmingham’s colossal icon, is the world’s largest cast iron statue and one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian sculptor Giuseppi Moretti in 1904, Vulcan has overlooked Birmingham from atop Red Mountain since the 1930’s. After the statue’s massive restoration at the turn of the century, Vulcan Park Foundation reopened Vulcan Park and the new museum in 2004. Since then, Vulcan Park and

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Meet Our Front Cover Sponsors PT ORTHODONTICS At PT Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile! We have been providing affordable, state-of-the-art orthodontic care since 1990. We have 10 convenient locations in Hoover, Homewood/Mountain Brook, Greystone/Oak Mountain, Leeds, Pell City, Hueytown, Gardendale, Jasper, Tuscaloosa and Cahaba Heights. Our doctors work together to help you achieve a beautiful,

confident smile that will make 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 www.PTortho.com.

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GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM Hit the road for an educational adventure to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The sugar-white sand beaches, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of this coastal community make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the perfect place to combine quality family time with experiential learning your children will always remember. Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive learning experiences that are sure to spark

ah-ha moments for children of every age. When you enter a region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap off the page into vibrant sensory experiences. Step back in time and ask questions of a historian wearing the uniform of a Civil War soldier, or ponder marine life in a hands-on setting and feel the smooth gray skin of a southern stingray. Dive into oceanography at scuba camp, witness the

coastal ecosystem aboard a relaxing dolphin cruise, or step into the shoes of a World War II sailor aboard the USS Alabama Battleship. Whether planning a weekend fieldtrip or month-long learning spree on the coast, you will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to choose from. Visit www. gulfshores.com today to plan your trip and enter a whole different state of discovery.

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MOBILITY CENTRAL Mobility Central is a local, family-owned medical equipment provider offering state-of-the-art equipment and therapies to improve the quality of life for both children and adults with special needs. We are dedicated to helping each patient regain and secure freedom and independence for daily living; as well as fostering development in our younger patients. Mobility Central employs a team of caring professionals who are thoroughly

trained and highly skilled in the services they provide. The staff works with medical personnel, the patient, the family and the caregiver to evaluate the home environment, assess equipment needs, and customize solutions that support the patient’s functional needs and therapeutic goals while addressing activities of daily living. At Mobility Central, we strive to build relationships with our customers by adhering to a “customer-centered, needs

based” philosophy that ensures a perfect equipment fit every time and exceptional customer service for the life of the equipment. Mobility Central was founded in Birmingham, Alabama in 2004 to serve the people of Alabama with medical equipment needs while demonstrating the utmost care and professionalism. When the simple act of living becomes really complex, trust Mobility Central to help you every step of the way!

400 Old Towne Road Vestavia, Alabama 35216 205-942-2534 www.mobilitycentalinc.com

ANGELICA ROHNER PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Dr​. Angelica Rohner is ​​ a specialist in the field of Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry. What’s so special? Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, dedicated to the oral health of children, ranging from infants to teens. Dr.​Rohner and​her highly trained staff work hard to make each child’s dental visit fun and exciting, resulting in a great attitude toward dentistry and, ul-

timately, oral health. On a daily basis we hear our patients say, “I love the dentist!” We take pride in great clinical and conversational experiences with our patients. We realize that taking care of our patient’s guardian is equally important. Our office works with you to schedule appointments that work best for your child and their schedule. Our convenient location makes a trip to the

dentist easy. We also supply text, email and/or phone confirmations and communication pathways. It is an honor for our patient’s parents to trust us with the well being of their children. This is never taken lightly and is evident in the time that the doctor takes to speak with each parent at every dental visit. Let Dr. Rohner ​and her dental team take care of you​and your child.

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Meet Our Front Cover Sponsors CHRISTY PIERCE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC You deserve something special when it comes to your photos. I am someone who connects easily with people and I want them to feel comfortable getting their photos taken. After all, I believe that the best smile is a natural smile. Photography should capture the individualism of a person. I am very creative, have photo editing expertise, integrity and high energy to capture and preserve your moments for years to come. Every

family, couple and child is different and I value the time, patience and energy that goes into your photography session. I have flexible options to help you select the best collection of services for you and your budget. Contact me today for a consultation. I look forward to meeting and working with you and I look forward to helping you preserve this special moment in your life and capturing your memories to make them last forever!

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planning, Medicaid applications and appeals, probate, retirement planning revocable trusts, veterans benefits, wills, among many other topics. As an Alabama law firm, we see many personal family struggles such as blended family problems with ex-spouses and children from different marriages, older adults who must solve elder care health and financial challenges, a special needs child with parents who sweat to pay for expensive

health care, aging men and women fending for themselves with little strength and few resources to solve long-term care problems. We provide common sense legal resolution to help people overcome the setbacks that life gives them. We enjoy being problem solvers. Our focus is on meeting personal needs, creating harmony and obtaining the best possible outcome. Most importantly, we treat you like family in a relaxed, hometown, casual atmosphere.

Melanie Bradford & John Holliman (205) 663-0281 www.bradfordholliman.com

BRADFORD & HOLLIMAN LLC Bradford & Holliman LLC is an estate planning law firm with offices in Pelham, Alabama (Birmingham) and Scottsboro, Alabama. With a combined 37 years of estate law experience, Melanie Bradford and John Holliman are here to assist you with matters such as asset protection planning, special needs trusts, estate tax planning, family trusts, gift tax planning, irrevocable trusts, legal guardianship, conservatorship, living trusts, long-term care planning, Medicaid

PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT DENTISTRY At Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Drs. Thomas and Johnson are committed to making your child’s first dental visit a pleasant and comfortable one. We understand the importance of establishing a good oral hygiene regimen early in a child’s life, and we provide children with the necessary knowledge and treatment to maintain a healthy smile. We recommend seeing your child for the first time around his/

her first birthday. With two locations, in Hoover and Mountain Brook, we have plenty of room for all of our friends! Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry strives to make this new journey for your child a fun and rewarding experience by providing multiple gaming systems including a Wii and overhead TVs with Disney movies for your enjoyment. There is no doubt...your child’s path to optimum dental health starts here!

www.alpediatricdentistry.com 205-982-0112 Hoover 205-879-6150 Mountain Brook

CHILD’SPLAY THERAPY CENTER Child’sPlay Therapy Center provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy services, along with nutritional therapy, music therapy, and psychological testing and counseling. Our experienced staff uses play and “kid approved” activities to help children reach their goals. We can help your child succeed in the areas of speech/ language development, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory processing, attention/concentration,

feeding concerns, and academic delays. Focal Point is our highly successful intensive treatment program for ADD/ADHD. Our brightly colored, beautiful Hoover facility consists of 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space designed just for kids! It includes two sensory motor gyms, kid-friendly and adult waiting areas, feeding therapy room, multi-purpose toddler/ preschool room, numerous private therapy rooms, and a space just

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for teens and pre-teens. Our special programming includes Orton Gillingham reading therapy, the “SOS” approach to feeding therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening. We are also excited to announce a new location now open in Chelsea, AL, located at 48 Chesser Crane Road, just off of highway 280. Make sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for regular updates!

www.childsplaytherapycenter.com Hoover: 205-978-9939 Chelsea: 205-618-8095


Meet Our Front Cover Sponsors ORTHO SOUTH Dr. Brandon Boggan at Ortho South is Alabama’s top Invisalign provider and is in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers worldwide. With his high level of Invisalign experience, he has been able to help patients achieve the smile they always dreamed of while reaping the many benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces. These benefits include being easier to clean, more comfortable, no dietary restrictions

and more aesthetic. Dr. Boggan strives to provide his patients with the most technical orthodontic advances available. Our digital iTero scanner provides the quickest, most accurate records and allows us to give a simulation of your future smile. We are proud of our 5 star Google reviews! Our patients consistently describe us as friendly and fun, while having high customer service, pro-

fessionalism, and orthodontic knowledge. Call 205.642.8505 today or visit www.orthosouth. com for your FREE CONSULTATION, DIGITAL SCAN AND SMILE SIMULATION to determine the best orthodontic option for you. We have two locations, Pelham and Calera. Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign, we can help you get a smile you love!

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sakes for families all over the world. Babies grow up quickly, so don’t miss the opportunity to preserve this precious moment in time with an heirloom treasure from Patty-Cakes. All Patty-Cakes products are crafted by artisans here in Alabama and our bronzing is guaranteed for life. Start your family tradition today by contacting

one of our many consultants, http://www.patty-cakes.com/ consultants.html, or contact us at our corporate studio for appointments, kits or more information. info@patty-cakes. com or call 334-272-2826. Take a few minutes to visit our website for pictures and more information on Patty-Cakes and Patty-Paws products. www.patty-cakes.com

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The Dance Foundation’s unique approach to teaching the art of dance inspires imaginative learning in young dancers and cultivates technique and artistry as they mature. They offer classes for ages one to adult including Movement-to-Music, “just for boys,” dance especially for children with special needs, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Acting. The Dance Foundation also has extensive

outreach programs that go far beyond their studios in Downtown Homewood. Their community Partnership Program serves children at dozens of social service agencies, child care centers and schools throughout Birmingham. Visit thedancefoundation.org to register for classes and summer camps and to take a virtual tour of their studios and theatre.

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symptom-free as possible. A board certified allergist’s extensive and specialized training allows them to find the cause of your child’s symptoms through their medical history, a physical exam, and accurate testing. Based on their specific diagnosis they will make an individualized treatment plan for your child. No other physician is as qualified to treat your family’s allergy, asthma, and immunologic diseases as a Board-Certified Allergist and Immunologist.

Homewood | Hoover | Chelsea Alabaster | Trussville | Cullman One easy number: 205.871.9661 alabamaallergy.com

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ALABAMA ALLERGY AND ASTHMA CENTER Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center has been a leading caregiver in the state for pediatric and adult allergy, asthma, and immunologic disorders for over 50 years. Home to seven board certified allergists and with six convenient locations, we provide specialized diagnosis and treatment for food, environmental, drug, and insect allergies, asthma, chronic infections, and skin conditions like eczema and hives. Your child’s immune system is designed to fight infections. An allergy

is when their immune system mistakenly reacts to things that are usually harmless. An allergic reaction may cause a child’s body to respond with health problems such as asthma, hay fever, hives, eczema (a rash), or a very severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Allergies and asthma are the number one reason for missed school days, and can have a dramatic impact on your child’s quality of life. Our allergist’s goal is to give them a life that is as normal and

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Alabama’s 529

OFFERS SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES AND EVEN SCHOLARSHIPS By Carol Muse Evans

You likely have already heard of Alabama’s CollegeCounts 529 College Savings Fund, a popular savings account that replaced the PACT fund in Alabama and offering more flexibility. In fact, the 529 College Savings Fund is also available in many other states. But did you know there are also scholarships available through the plan? CollegeCounts is offering more than $1 million in scholarships to eligible recipients pursing higher education in institutions in Alabama. The online application is available now through March 1, 2017, at www.CollegeCountsAlabama.com. It is designed to provide funding assistance to students who demonstrate a financial need and a desire to make a difference in their future, says Young Boozer, treasurer for the State of Alabama and board chair of College Counts. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors or first-time college freshmen in fall 2017 and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 with an ACT score of 26 or below, along with financial need. Range of scholarships per student is $2,000-$4,000. THE COLLEGECOUNTS ALABAMA 529 SAVINGS PLAN But the CollegeCounts 529 savings plan itself is NOT just limited to schools in Alabama. It can be used for in-state college, out-of-state college, public, private, technical schools, non-profit and for profit, Boozer explains. It can even be used at overseas schools in certain instances. 12 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2017

“This is the best way to save for a college education for a child or grandchild, bar none,” Boozer adds. “It offers terrific investment options and administration of the plan. “The 529 Plan offers a great structure and benefit for the student, what I like to call the three T’s,” Boozer says. “There are significant tax advantages associated with the account, both tax deductions and savings, it covers tuition, as well as fees, supplies, room and board, and timing can be from the day a child is born to offer the most value and a way to give gifts to the child throughout their growing up…the more you save, the less you may have to borrow.” Unlike its predecessor, the Alabama PACT plan, which closed in 2008, it allows much more flexibility, Boozer says. It is your account, and you own it. You don’t have to use it just in Alabama schools, and if a child decides not to go to school, it can even be used for a parent returning to school or getting an advanced degree, Boozer explains. Today, the CollegeCounts 529 Plan has more than $1.4 billion in investment savings and more than 81,000 accounts all over the country. While it is available in most states, Boozer says to look at your own state first, as you will likely receive the most tax deductions by purchasing in the state in which you live. For more information about College Counts, Alabama’s 529 Fund and how to open an account, visit www.CollegeCounts529.com. Carol Muse Evans is publisher of Birmingham parent.


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area hospitals Birmingham VA Medical Center 700 S. 19th St. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-8101 www.birmingham.va.gov Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center 3701 Loop Rd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000 www.tuscaloosa.va.gov Cooper Green Mercy Health Services 1515 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-930-3200 www.coopergreenmercy.org Grandview Medical Center 3690 Grandview Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-1000 www.grandviewhealth.com Shelby Baptist Medical Center 1000 First St. N. Alabaster, AL 35007 205-620-8100 www.bhsala.com

Children’s of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama/ Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children 1600 Seventh Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100 www.childrensal.org Children’s South Pediatric Outpatient Center 1940 Elmer J. Bissell Rd. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-638-4800 www.childrensal.org

UAB Callahan Eye Hospital 1720 University Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-325-8100 www.uabmedicine.org St. Vincent’s Birmingham 810 St. Vincent’s Dr. Birmingham, AL 35205 205-939-7000 www.stvhs.com

Princeton Baptist Medical Center 701 Princeton Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211 205-783-3000 www.bhsala.com Walker Baptist Medical Center 3400 US 78 Jasper, AL 35501 205-387-4000 www.bhsala.com

St. Vincent’s St. Clair 7063 Veterans Pkwy. Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-3301 www.stvhs.com/stclair/

Citizens Baptist Medical Center 604 Stone Ave. Talledega, AL 35160 256-362-8111 www.baptisthealthalabama.org

St. Vincent’s East 50 Medical Park Dr. E. Birmingham, AL 35235 205-838-3000 www.stvhs.com

Cullman Regional Medical Center 1912 Alabama 157 Cullman, AL 35058 256-737-2000 www.crmchospital.com

UAB Medical West 995 Ninth Ave. S.W. Bessemer, AL 35022 205-481-7000 www.medicalwesthospital.org

St. Vincent’s Blount 150 Gilbreath Dr. Oneonta, AL 35121 205-274-3000 www.stvhs.com

Northport Medical Center 2700 Hospital Dr. Northport, AL 35476-3360 205-333-4500 www.dchsystem.com

UAB Highlands 1201 11th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35205 205-934-4011 www.uabmedicine.org

Brookwood Baptist Health 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-877-1000 www.bwmc.com

DCH Regional Medical Center 809 University Blvd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-2029 205-759-7111 www.dchsystem.com

UAB Hospital 1802 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-4011 www.uabmedicine.org UAB Women & Infants Center 1700 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35249 205-934-3411 www.uabmedicine.org/women

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PEDIATRICS 24/7, 365 IT MATTERS When a patient goes in for a surgical procedure at either of our two locations, that child receives worldclass care from board-certified pediatric professionals: l surgeons l anesthesiologists l nurse anesthetists l OR nurses l OR scrub technicians l respiratory therapists l recovery room nurses and l support staff. Everyone on our staff made the choice to work with children and their families.

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Meet Our Back Cover Sponsors PEDIATRICS NEPHROLOGY OF ALABAMA The doctors and staff of Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama seek to provide the best care available in the most compassionate and efficient way possible. When children have kidney disease it is sometimes scary and stressful. We provide you and your child with prompt care and a consistent team of providers who know you, your child and their illness. We will spend whatever time necessary to help you understand their kidney problems and treat-

ment. Our highest priority is to provide care in a compassionate, personalized, family oriented way that is convenient for your child, family, and referring physicians with offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery. Dr. Benfield worked at UAB/Children’s Hospital for 20 years, eventually becoming the Director of Pediatric Nephrology. Under his direction the division developed programs in dialysis, transplantation, chronic kid-

ney disease and general nephrology that garnered national recognition being named as one of the top 25 programs in the country. In 2010 he opened Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama. He brought the same energy and pursuit of excellence to the private practice and has received national and local recognition being named to Best Doctors in America, Birmingham Best Doctors, Birmingham Super Doctors, and Parents’ Choice Award.

Dr. Stephanie Whitehead has been creating beautiful smiles for over 25 years. She is a mother of four, and knows how to meet the needs of her patients in a caring, and nurturing enviroment. Dr. Whitehead recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist when their first molars begin to erupt, which is normally around the age of 7. At that time, she can check the growth and development of the teeth, and surrounding bone. Her

office is conveniently located in the heart of Hoover on Stadium Trace Parkway, near several schools and neighborhoods. Each patient’s care is carefully costumized to achieve a beautiful smile they can be proud of. She also offers a variety of payment options to accomodate anyone’s needs. Come smile with us! Call today for an intial, no cost evaluation. 205-988-9678, or visit us at our website www.Whiteheadorthodontics.com.

when he developed the system. We offer Free Diagnostic Assessments and a variety of programs that fit all students’ needs. We help struggling children as well as advanced children in math, reading, writing, Algebra I and II, Geometry, AP math, enrichment and study skills, and SAT/ACT prep courses. The Tutoring Center offers tutoring sessions Monday-Friday 3:30 PM7:30 PM. We also offer ACT/SAT tutoring on weekends and conduct

Free Diagnostic Assessments all week. Our prices are surprisingly very low and our results are guaranteed or we tutor at no charge (call for details). You can visit our national website www.tutorincenter.com to know more about us. You can also find us on Google search to read customers’ reviews. Located in Hoover on Hwy 150 near Academy Sports. Call us at (205) 987-9577 to schedule a Free Diagnostic Assessment today.

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THE TUTORING CENTER At The Tutoring Center, an individualized, direct, one-to-one instruction combined with the Rotational Approach To Learning (RATL) is used very successfully. Children move through differentstations during their tutoring sessions working on different tasks at each station. Children withADD or ADHD benefit greatly from this system, which is what Dr. Thalheimer, a child psychologist and founder of the Tutoring Center, had intended to do

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MICHAEL S. ANGLIN, D.D.S., P.C. Your child deserves a bright, healthy smile that will last for the rest of their life. Dr. Michael Anglin has provided high quality pediatric dentistry to the Hoover and surrounding communities since 1993. We have a reputation for excellent care in a family-oriented, welcoming environment. By providing individual care to our patients, we design treatments around your child’s unique needs. We offer state-of-the-art dentistry in order

to cut down on treatment time and cost to you, including digital X-rays, Lumineers®, fillings, teeth cleaning, space maintainers, and hospital dentistry. Dr. Anglin’s experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. Dr. Anglin is a multiple winner of Birmingham Parent’s Family Favorites

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for favorite dentist. In 2012 Dr. Erin Nelson, who specializes in Family Dentistry, joined our team and offers parents the opportunity of one convenient location for the entire family’s dental needs. Dr. Anglin and Dr. Nelson look forward to welcoming children, adolescents and adults to our dental family and we cannot wait to help create a beautiful, healthy smile for everyone in your family!

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Meet Our Back Cover Sponsors APPLAUSE DANCEWEAR Applause Dancewear, a retail dancewear store has just celebrated its 36th year in business, located in the same place it opened in 1981, and still family owned and operated since the first day. They carry everything a dancer could possibly want for any kind of dancing. Applause also carries liturgical wear for church groups, amazing gymnastics leotards for every age, and batons, boots and rhinestones for dancelines and majorettes.

The store was originally opened by Buddy and Cindy Wade when Cindy was the choreographer of The Star Spangled Girls at Homewood High School. After managing the store while receiving her marketing degree at UAB, their daughter Katie set her sights on owning Applause and building the business. With her parents’ permission, Katie took over the store in 1992. She has continued to staff the store with dancers, knowing that

having employees who have practical application in the items they are selling and the experience to back the products will always make a customer more comfortable and secure when purchasing specialty items. She knows as a mom, how overwhelming it can be to purchase items for your children that you may not have had your own experience with. 1629 Oxmoor Road Homewood, AL 35209

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Open their world to the Arts!

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COLLEGE The Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2015. The Conservatory has a long tradition of excellence and makes available to students of all ages the same opportunities in the arts that are available to college students at Birmingham-Southern. Lessons are available in piano, voice, violin, guitar and band instruments.

Preschool classes available for 18 months-five years. With several different satellite locations throughout the Birmingham area, the Conservatory is able to provide quality instruction to students in their own communities. In addition to on-campus instruction, lessons are also available in Cahaba Heights, Hoover, Mountain Brook and Gardendale. If you or your child are not already a student at the Conser-

vatory, we invite you to join us this year. You can become a part of the proud tradition at the Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts.

Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder —you can play tunes with your feet on the Giant Piano, learn about gravity with a daring ride on the High Cycle or pet the sharks and stingrays in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank – there is a new discovery around every corner. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX® Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and

sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers. For 18 years, McWane Science Center has stayed true to its mission – to change lives through science and wonder. As a cornerstone of the downtown community, McWane opens its doors to young and old alike for laughter, learning and an experience like no other.

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home-cooked meals, family programs and activities, indoor and outdoor play areas, laundry facilities, computers, WiFi, and much more so that our guest families can concentrate on what is most important—their child’s health. In Tuscaloosa, our Family Room at DCH Regional Medical Center is an inviting oasis of calm for families, while increasing their ability to advocate for their child. They are able to find comfort,

care and support without leaving their child’s side. By keeping families close to each other and the care they need, we may not be able to make the medicine taste better or take away the painful treatments, but with the help of our supporters we can lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to get and keep their child healthy and happy. www.rmhca.org

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MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX® Dome Theater. This state-of-the-art museum is located in the heart of Birmingham’s downtown revitalization district. McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors— from ages 1 to 100 — year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama cares for 41 families every night, providing them with a home away from home while their children receive medical treatment in Birmingham. In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom with a private bathroom, we surround our families with love and support from our volunteers, staff and other guest families who share the same hopes and fears. We provide

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Meet Our Back Cover Sponsors ESCAPE DAY SPA

Escape Day Spa is a family-owned therapeutic day spa located in Homewood. Created by Carrie Wheelock, a massage therapist, and Alicia Liddon, a skin care therapist, Escape offers a peaceful, relaxing retreat. At Escape, we use a variety of

spa treatments that calm, soothe, and heal. Our staff believes in offering luxurious treatment to those looking for their own private escapes, and seeks to create a deep sense of contentment and relaxation in each guest through our therapeutic treatments. We believe in the power of healing through touch and meditation. You will find rest and solace through our therapeutic and cosmetic services – all designed to offer the epitome of

luxurious comfort. Some services include therapeutic massages, facial and skin care, body wraps, hair removal & waxing, manicures & pedicures and much more. Spa packages are available. We invite you to step into your own private retreat. Relax and rejuvenate yourself in a peaceful setting. Unite your mind, body and spirit as you allow yourself to get away from it all. You do enough – immerse yourself in tranquility.

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MCCALLA ORTHODONTICS & PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY At McCalla Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Olga Sanchez Hernandez and staff, provide dental care for patients from the ages of 1 to 18 years of age, and handicapped patients. Our services include preventive, restorative, and emergency treatment. Dr. Sanchez Hernandez also provides orthodontic treatment for children and adults. We combine pediatric dentist-

ry and orthodontics to allow for all the dental needs of our patients to be met under one roof. The dental services needed are provided, while at the same time the development of an adequate occlusion is monitored closely. This allows for orthodontic treatment to be provided in a timely manner increasing the quality of service. Our staff operates as a team and is committed to high

quality service with emphasis on individual needs in a comfortable environment. Our hygienists are especially qualified to deal with children and adolescent specific needs. All of our personnel are kept abreast of the latest developments through continuing education courses. Come visit our website at www. mccallasmiles.com and take a virtual tour of our office.

When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. Our formula for teaching kids math, the Mathnasium Method™ has transformed

the way kids learn math for over a decade across 500+ centers in the US and Canada. Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting – our unique approach enables us to effectively explain math concepts well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn!

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Mathnasium of Inverness Corners is your neighborhood math-only learning center. We help kids in grades 2-12 understand math by teaching the way that makes sense to them.

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GOLD’S GYM Gold’s Gym has been the authority on fitness since 1965. It was then that fitness legend Joe Gold took the knowledge and expertise he gained from training at the world famous “Muscle Beach” and opened up the first Gold’s Gym on Pacific Avenue in Venice, California. Today Gold’s Gym is the most recognized name in fitness serving more than three million

members in 38 states and 22 countries around the world. Always at the forefront of the fitness revolution, Gold’s Gym has continually evolved its profile by equipping gyms with the best amenities and the latest in cardio and strength training equipment as well as the most dynamic group exercise programs including Zumba, yoga, group cycling, mixed martial arts, muscle en-

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durance training, and Pilates. At Gold’s Gym, you’ll find an energetic, supportive environment full of all kinds of people who are committed to achieving their goals and reaching their potential through fitness. For more information please visit www.goldsgym.com,www.facebook.com/goldsgym or www. twitter.com/goldsgym. 6

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Meet Our Back Cover Sponsors SKYZONE Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and flying. We are ded-

icated to providing you with pure joy. We are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. We believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. We are Sky Zone. We’re different after dark! Freedom takes on a whole new meaning when the lights go out and we get in the Glow Zone!

Black lights and laser beams will keep you jumping. If that were not enough, we offer SkyFit workout classes, 3D Dodgeball Tournaments, Special Programs for Toddlers, Home School and Special Needs. We also love to partner with schools, teams and other organizations in the community by giving back. Let us host your Birthday, Group, or Corporate Event. We will build a custom package just for you!

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MASTER SCARSELLA’S WORLD CLASS TAE KWON DO Master Scarsella’s World Class Tae Kwon Do is the leading provider of martial arts instruction in the Birmingham, AL area. For over 15 years we have been teaching the martial art of Tae Kwon Do to children, adults, and families. This World Class school is one of the most premier training facilities in the nation. We want our students to enjoy a clean, safe and spacious facility. We use Olympic level flooring, modern equipment,

and custom design our centers with the comfort of our students and their families in mind. When we state that our goal is to teach the highest quality martial arts, it refers not only to high standards of technical skills, but to the character development and leadership skills that are an essential element of truly learning Tae Kwon Do. Therefore, our training includes skills valuable in daily life: cooperation, respect, self-control, focus,

and confidence. We know from experience that training in Tae Kwon Do helps students in their personal and professional life. The positive character traits that develop will help them at work and school, at home and on the playing field.

and take home one of our gender poppers to tell everyone! Our highly-trained sonographers use the same safe equipment used in your doctor’s office to show you your baby on our 55-inch screen. Our large, comfortable scan room allows friends and family to join you for this once in a lifetime experience. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and are sure you won’t be disappointed!

Open Monday and ThursdaySaturday by appointment. Gift certificates available by phone or online. Call today to book your appointment: 205- 326- BABY.

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4D MOMMIES See the miracle of your unborn baby in Live 4D motion at Birmingham’s first 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio. 4D Mommies provides a positive bonding experience between mom, dad, family members and the unborn baby. Watch in 4D as baby moves, dances, and even smiles, and take home color 3D pictures to cherish forever. Even find out the gender of your baby as early as 15 weeks,

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thoughts to upon waking, the items that demand their attention throughout the day, and often the objects of comfort that join them in bed as they fall asleep. But like any constant companion, toys can also have their moments when they become vexing. Toys get lost, sometimes they break, they collect underfoot (see: Lego TM) making us unhappy for a little while. The following titles touch on both the moments when toy frustration peaks as well as solutions that bring our beloved toys back into the fold.

Finding Monkey Moon

By Elizabeth Pulford, Illustrated by Kate Wilkinson (Candlewick) Michael’s bedtime is on approach but his constant companion Monkey Moon is missing. As he and his dad turn the house upside down searching, Michael’s worries for this lost friend begin to amplify. Father and son retrace their steps through a darkening park on their mission to find Monkey Moon. The park at night reveals new sights, but no sighting of Michael’s missing friend. When the discouraged pair turn toward home the last bit of light glints upon something hidden in the bushes, something that could be a sight for sore eyes. A testament to teamwork and tenacity when an important friend goes missing, Finding Monkey Moon is a hopeful and uplifting journey from lost to found.

Stuck

By Oliver Jeffers (Philomel / Penguin) Floyd’s simple plan to fly his kite barely gets off the ground when his kite gets stuck in a tree. Throwing his favorite shoe at the stranded kite doesn’t knock it down, but instead it gets stuck with the kite in the branches. His second favorite shoe soon joins the group aloft. Maddened with frustration, Floyd begins launching anything he can find up into the tree to get his kite unstuck. A ladder, a can of paint, a cat, the milkman, and an orangutan join an increasingly more ridiculous progression of things – all hurled into the tree to knock the previous (now stuck) items from the high branches. But when Floyd approaches the tree with one final thing – it may be just the ticket to getting his kite released. Readers will appreciate Jeffers’ sublimely absurd illustration of a boy’s escalating mission to retrieve his special kite. 20 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2017

Too Many Toys

By Heidi Deedman (Candlewick) Lulu was gifted with a very special toy when she was just a baby, her one-and-only teddy bear Jupiter, whom she loved very much. But as more birthdays and holidays arrived, so did more toys. By the time Lulu is five years old, toys are overflowing her shelves, crowding her at bath time and making it impossible to actually play with every one of them. After discarding several creative ideas, Lulu crafts a plan that will relocate her toys and give her more time with her one-and-only, Jupiter. One solution solves the problems of both a child with a surplus of toys and a host of children who may have a deficit of playthings. A delightful exploration of generosity from both ends, Too Many Toys highlights the importance of balance between too much and just enough.


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How to Make Time for Family Dinner By Sarah Lyons

BENEFITS OF FAMILY DINNER Kids are more open to trying new foods, even veggies Portion control Opens communication Improved family dynamics

Families are faced with the challenge of balancing school and homework, careers, chores, errands and multiple extracurricular activities. The busier we become, the more difficult it becomes to make time for traditional family dinner. Many families fall into the habit of eating dinner on the go, leaving little time for the family to sit down together and catch up on each other’s day. As family dinner becomes less of a priority, families are missing out on the many benefits. Families who eat together enjoy quality time together, eat healthier meals overall, and even save a few dollars as compared to dining out. How do families make dinners a priority? Here are some tips. SET A TIME Review everyone’s scheduled activities and set a specific time for dinner each evening. Deanna King, mother of two, says “Family dinner time at the table is very important to me. I will communicate with my husband about what time he will be home to make sure dinner is ready for us to sit down together.” When everyone in the family understand that dinner 22 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2017

time together is a priority and the set time is communicated, it is easier for everyone to make sure that time is available for the family. WATCH THE SCHEDULE Be careful not to overschedule your children with activities in the afternoon and evening. Try not to schedule late afternoon meetings or activities during dinner. Family dinner, even if only a few times a week, is equally as important as sports and enrichment for kids. PLAN AHEAD AND SIMPLIFY MEALS Families are not only trying to work around busy schedules, but the simple question of what to serve at dinner can be a challenge. Keep dinners simple on busy weeknights so that family dinners can be a success. Follow a set meal plan and prep as much in advance as possible to make the evening run smoothly. Slow cooker meals or pre-made casseroles are a good solution. Keep in mind that meals do not have to be complicated. Serving something quick like cold sandwiches or leftovers still creates the opportunity for your family to sit down together and visit.

Saves money Kids are more likely to have higher self-esteem, lower risk of depression, and less likely to develop eating disorders (www.thefamilydinnerproject.org)

PUT DOWN THE PHONE Turn off digital distractions during dinner. Put down the smartphones and turn off the TV. Make the most of the time together, even if it is only for a few minutes a day. DO YOUR BEST Family dinner every night may not be realistic for all families. Start by incorporating one family dinner per week. Over time, increase the frequency to several times per week. Do your best to make family dinner a priority and you will see the lasting benefits for each family member over time. Sarah Lyons is a stay at home mom to six children.


Provides caring, quality services that affect all communities and every person in the state — not just those who walk through health department doors.

Increases access to health care for eligible, uninsured children ages birth through 18 with the ALL Kids Children’s Health Insurance Program. In 2013, ALL Kids served nearly 85,000 Alabama children.

Provides nutrition assessment, education, and nutritious foods at no cost to a monthly average of 139,000 limitedincome pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 at nutritional risk through WIC.

Investigates disease outbreaks, maintains surveillance of notifiable diseases, and answers queries about disease control and other health-related events including communicable disease outbreaks and rabies case investigations.

Protects patients/ residents of health care facilities from abuse and neglect. Works to ensure facilities provide a level of care that complies with state and federal standards. Requires corrective action when surveys find facilities are noncompliant.

Protects the public from foodborne illnesses and the spread of disease by ensuring standards in environmental health, regulates onsite sewage disposal systems, and oversees treatment and disposal of septage and other permitted wastes.

Offers home care services that include skilled nursing, physical therapy, medical social work, and personal care services through Medicare-certified home health agencies.

Provides health education to modify behavior to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, heart disease, and overweight/obesity.

Offers a tobacco Quitline.Thirty-nine percent of tobacco users who complete the telephone or online program stop using tobacco.

Issues certified copies of all Alabama birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates in every county health department on a while-you-wait basis regardless of where in the state the event occurred.

Provides a wide range of confidential and professional family planning services, regardless of income, to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortion through education and contraceptive services.

Administers the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to provide screening to uninsured and underinsured women age 40-64, and ensures treatment is provided.

Screens newborns for genetic or metabolic conditions, thereby reducing morbidity, premature death, intellectual and other developmental disabilities through early detection and follow-up.

Provides clinical nursing services such as immunizations, and STD and TB screening and treatment. Administers the Alabama Drug Assistance Program for HIV medication assistance.

Assists rural and medically underserved areas by working with health care providers and organizations to prepare grants and provide workforce development.

Assures that emergency medical services meet or exceed established standards.

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Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone? By Sarah Lyons

Giving kids the responsibility to stay home alone can be a positive and confidence building experience, a rite of passage. Every parent will reach the point where they are faced with the decision whether their child is ready to stay home alone. How do you know they are ready? Children must have the skills and maturity to handle being on their own safely. There is no magical age that determines a child is ready to be home alone but kids who are ready show the following signs: • Desires to stay home alone and is not fearful being alone in the home • Exhibits good decision making • Shows that he is aware of others and his surroundings • Proves herself to be responsible and trustworthy • Knows home address and phone number as well as how to get in touch with parents • Can make a snack for themselves • Knows how to use a phone, call a neighbor for help, and dial 911 • Follows simple rules and instructions • Knows basic first aid

Leaving kids home alone for the first time is a big step. Even if kids are not planning to babysit, consider enrolling them in a babysitting class because the skills taught there can be very useful for kids who are beginning to stay home alone. If you believe your child is ready, how can parents prepare them for success? Go over the rules. Are friends allowed to come over? Is the child allowed to leave the house? Are there cable channels the child is not permitted to watch? Go over these and any other family rules and make it clear that your child understands. Discuss possible situations. If someone comes to the door, what is the child to do? If the phone rings is the child to answer? How will they respond if someone asks to speak to the parent? “She is busy right now. Can I take a message?” is a good response. Kitchen safety. Make sure the child knows how to use kitchen appliances and tools and discuss what they are allowed to make in the kitchen. Only cold snacks? Can they use the microwave? Emergency preparedness. Does your child know what to do in case of smoke or a fire? What should he do if there are severe storms? Does she know basic first aid? Post emergency phone numbers and contact information so your child has it in case of an emergency. Discuss who to contact if parents are unreachable (a neighbor, family member or friend). Create a list of “Dos” and “Don’ts.” Don’t play with matches or lighters. Don’t let anyone in the house. Don’t leave the house, except an emergency situation. Do call and check in when you get home from school. Do work on homework and chores. Each family is different and will have their own list of what is expected. Role play. Act out different scenarios that may arise. Pretend that the child needs to reach you, what will they do? How would they call 911? What would they do in case of a fire? Pretend the phone rings, how will they answer? By walking through different situations kids will be better prepared if the unexpected happens. Start slow. Begin by leaving the child for a short 15-30 minutes at a time and slowly increase. Talk about any questions or problems that may have arose. Ask your child about their feelings when home alone. If the child is fearful, they may not be ready to be on their own. Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer.

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Alabama Department of Public Health The RSA Tower 201 Monroe St., Montgomery, AL 36104 General Information 334-206-5300 (8am-5pm) 800-252-1818 Emergency Preparedness Information 866-264-4073 Hours of Operation Central Office: Weekdays 8am-5pm County Health Departments: weekdays 8am-5pm in most locations www.adph.org Chilton County Health Department 301 Health Center Dr. Clanton, AL 35046 205-755-1287 www.adph.org/chilton Cullman County Health Department 601 Logan Ave. S.W. Cullman, AL 35055 Monday-Friday: 7-5pm

www.adph.org/cullman Main Office: 256-734-1030 Environmental Office:  256-734-0243 Home Health Office:  256-734-0258 Jefferson County Department of Health 1400 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-9110 24-hour emergency reporting 205-933-9110 www.jcdh.org JCDH Health Center Locations: Central Health Center 1400 Sixth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-9110 Eastern Health Center 601 West Blvd. Roebuck, Birmingham, AL 35206 205-591-5180 Morris Health Center 586 Morris Majestic Road, Morris, AL 35116 205-933-4242

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Western Health Center 631 Bessemer Super Hwy., Midfield, AL 35228 205-715-6121 Shelby County Health Department 2000 County Services Dr. P.O. Box 846 Pelham, AL 35124 Clinic Phone: 205-664-2470 Environmental Phone: 205-620-1650 St. Clair County Health Department 1175 23rd St. N. Pell City, AL 35125 http://adph.org/stclair Satellite Clinic: 31675 U.S. Highway 411, Box 249 Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-4919 Tuscaloosa County Health Department 2350 Hargrove Road E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 Office: 205-562-6900 www.adph.org/tuscaloosa

24-Hour contact number for reporting public health emergencies 205-933-9110

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JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARIES (Birmingham Public Libraries indicated as BPL) www.jclc.org Adamsville 4825 Main St. Adamsville, AL 35005 205-674-3399 Avondale (BPL) 509 S 40th St. Birmingham, AL 35222 205-226-4000 Bessemer 400 N 19th St. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-428-7882 Botanical Gardens 2612 Lane Park Rd. Birmingham, AL 35223 205-414-3950 Central (BPL) 2100 Park Pl. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-226-3600 Clay 7257 Old Springville Rd. Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-3812 East Ensley (BPL) 900 14th St., Ensley Birmingham, AL, 35218 205-787-1928

East Lake (BPL) #5 Oporto-Madrid Blvd. S. Birmingham, AL 35206 205-836-3341

Homewood 1721 Oxmoor Rd. Homewood, AL, 35209 205-332-6600

North Birmingham (BPL) 2501 31st Ave. N, Birmingham, AL 35207, 205-226-4025

Eastwood (BPL) 4500 Montevallo Rd. Birmingham, AL 35210 205-591-4944

Hoover 200 Municipal Dr. Hoover, AL 35216 205-444-7800

Pinson 4410 Main St. Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-9298

Hueytown 1372 Hueytown Rd. Hueytown, AL, 35023 205-491-1443

Pleasant Grove 501 Park Rd. Pleasant Grove, AL 35127 205-744-1731

Inglenook (BPL) Temporarily located in Inglenook Recreation Center 4100 40th Terrace N. Birmingham, AL 35217 205-849-8739

Powderly (BPL) 3301 Jefferson Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35221 205-925-6178

Emmet O’Neal 50 Oak St. Mountain Brook, AL 35213 205-879-0459 Ensley (BPL) 1201 25th St., Ensley Birmingham, AL, 35218 205-785-2625 Five Points West (BPL) 4812 Ave. W. Birmingham, AL 35208 205-226-4013 Fultondale 500 Byrd Ln. Fultondale, AL 35068 205-849-6335 Gardendale 995 Mount Olive Rd. Gardendale, AL 35071 205-631-6639 Graysville 315 S Main St. Graysville, AL 35073 205-674-3040

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Irondale 105 20th St. S. Irondale, AL 35210, 205-951-1415

Pratt City (BPL) 1100 Hibernian St. Pratt City, Birmingham, AL 35214 205-798-5071

Leeds 8104 Pkwy. Dr. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-5962

Smithfield (BPL) #1 8th Ave. W. Birmingham, AL 35204 205-324-8428

Midfield 400 Breland Dr. Midfield, AL 35228 205-923-1027

Southside (BPL) 1814 11th Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35205 205-933-7776

North Avondale (BPL) 501 43rd St. N. Birmingham, AL 35222 205-592-2082

Springville Road (BPL) 1224 Springville Rd. Birmingham, AL 35215 205-226-4081


libraries Tarrant 1143 Ford Ave. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-841-0575

West End (BPL) 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211 205-226-4089

Titusville (BPL) #2 6th Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211 205-322-1140

Woodlawn (BPL) 5709 1st Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35212 205-595-2001

Trussville 201 Parkway Dr. Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-2022

Wylam (BPL) 4300 7th Ave. Wylam,, AL 35224 205-785-0349

Vestavia Hills 1221 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-978-0155

Roy Downs Memorial Library 9700 Hwy. 25, Calera, AL, 35040 205-668-3514

North Shelby Library 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd. Birmingham, AL, 35242 205-439-5500 Parnell Memorial Library 277 Park Dr. Montevallo, AL, 35115 205-665-9207

Chelsea Public Library 41 Weldon Dr. Chelsea, AL, 35043 205-678-8455 Columbiana Public Library 50 Lester St. Columbiana, AL, 35051 205-669-5812

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Harpersville Public Library 39414 Hwy. 25 Harpersville, AL 35078 205-672-8336

Walter J. Hanna 4615 Gary Ave. Fairfield, AL 35064 205-783-6007

Mildred B. Harrison Library 50 Lester St. Columbiana, AL, 35051 205-669-3910

Jane B. Holmes Library 230 Tucker Rd. Helena, AL, 35080 205-664-8308

Warrior 10 1St.St. Warrior, AL 35180 205-647-3006

Albert L. Scott Library 100 9th St. N.W. Alabaster, AL, 35007 205-664-6822

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Every county in the state has its own office that issues tags for vehicles, boats, trailers and other vehicles that are required to be registered. Go to the office in the county where you live to buy tags, or renew tags online through your county’s website. For more information, go to http://revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle/index.html.

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As to driver’s licenses, the following is a list of locations in Birmingham Parent’s circulation area that give the written and road test for a driver’s license. Many courthouses throughout the state also have driver license division offices, but they are for license renewals or replacements only. Some are only open certain days of the week. We have listed days and times at publication, but please check in advance for possible changes.

Birmingham Trooper Post 908 Bankhead Hwy. W. Birmingham, AL 35201 Hours: 7am-5pm Open for Lunch 205-252-7445

Contact your county’s driver license office for further information. Information can be obtained at www.dps.alabama.gov.

Bessemer Courthouse 1801 Third Ave. Bessemer, AL 35020 Hours: 8am-5pm Lunch Hour: Noon-1pm 205-426-7958

Chilton County Chilton County Courthouse 500 2nd Ave. N. Clanton, AL 35045 Hours: 9am-4pm Tues, Wed, Thursday Lunch: Noon-1pm 205-280-7207 Cullman County

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Aldridge Botanical Gardens 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover. 205-682-8019, www.aldridgegardens.com Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1631 Fourth Ave. N., Birmingham. 205-327-9424, www.jazzhall.com Alabama School of Fine Arts 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd. 205-252-9241, www.asfa.k12.al.us Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 2150 Richard Arrington Blvd. N., Birmingham. 323-6665, www.ashof.org Alabama Wildlife Center 100 Terrace Dr., Pelham. 205-663-7930. www.awrc.org Albert L Scott Alabaster Public Library 100 9th Street N.W., Alabaster, AL, 35007. 205-664-6822, www.cityofalabaster.com/departments/library American Village Citizenship Trust 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo. 205-665-3535, www.americanvillage.org Barber Motorsports Park 6040 Barber Motorsports Pkwy., Leeds. 205-699-7275, www.barbermotorsports.com Birmingham Botanical Gardens When visiting the Gardens, be sure to download the treasure map to take with you! www.bbgardens.org/documents/treasuremapforweb.pdf 2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham. 205-414-3950, www.bbgardens.org Birmingham Children’s Theatre 2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. , Birmingham, AL, 35203, 205-458-8181, www.bct123.org Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 520 16th St. N., Birmingham. 205-328-9696, www.bcri.org Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565, www.artsbma.org Birmingham Zoo 2630 Cahaba Rd,, Birmingham. 205-879-0409, www.birminghamzoo.com Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum 1919 Ninth St., Calera. 205-668-3435, www.hodrrm.org Jefferson County Library Cooperative www.jclc.org to find a public library near you. McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300, www.mcwane.org.

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area attractions Moss Rock Preserve 617 Preserve Way, Hoover. 205-444-7777, www.hooveral.org. Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Dr., Pelham. 205-620-2524, www.alapark.com. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center 1214 81st St. S., Birmingham. 205-833-8264, www.ruffnermountain.org. Shelby County Libraries www.shelbycounty-al.org to find a public library near you. Southern Museum of Flight 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226, www.southernmuseumofflight.org Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park 12632 Confederate Pkwy., McCalla. 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org Vulcan Park 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham. 205-933-1409, www.vulcanpark.org

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JEFFERSON COUNTY Jefferson County Board of Education 2100 18th St. S. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-379-2000 205-379-2311 Fax # www.jefcoed.com Bessemer City Schools Board of Education 1621 5th Ave N. P.O. Box 1230 Bessemer, AL 35021 205-432-3000 www.bessk12.org Birmingham City Schools 2015 Park Place N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-231-4600 www.bhamcityschools.org Fairfield City Schools 6405 Avenue D Fairfield, AL 35064 205-783-6850 205-783-6805 Fax # www.fairfield.cyberschool.com Homewood City Schools 450 Dale Ave. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-4203 205-877-4544 Fax # www.homewood.k12.al.us

Hoover City Schools 2810 Metropolitan Way Hoover, AL 35243 205-439-1000 205-439-1003 Fax # www.hoovercityschools.net Leeds City Schools 1404 8th St. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-5437 www.leedsk12.org Mountain Brook City Schools 32 Vine St. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-871-4608 www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us Tarrant City Schools 1318 Alabama St. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-3700 205-849-3728 Fax # www.tarrant.k12.al.us Trussville City Schools 113 N Chalkville Rd. Trussville, AL 35173 205-228-3000 www.trussvillecityschools.com Vestavia Hills City Schools 1204 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-402-5100 www.vestavia.k12.al.us

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Shelby County Board of Education 410 E College St. P.O. Box 1910 Columbiana, AL 35051 205-682-7000 205-682-7005 Fax # www.shelbyed.k12.al.us

Cullman City Schools 301 1st St. N.E. Cullman, AL 35055 256-734-2933 www.ccboe.org St. Clair County

Alabaster City Schools Board of Education 1953 Municipal Way Suite 200 Alabaster, AL 35007 205-663-8400 205-663-8408 Fax # www.alabasterschools.org Pelham City Schools Board of Education 3113 Cummings St. Pelham, AL 35124 205-624-3700 205-624-3980 Fax # www.pelhamcityschools.org

St. Clair County Schools 410 Roy Dr. Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7131 205-594-4441 Fax # www.sccboe.org Pell City School System 3105 15th Ave. N. Pell City, al 35125 205-884-4440 205-338-7999 FAX # www.pellcityschools.net TUSCALOOSA COUNTY

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Chilton County Schools 1705 Lay Dam Rd. Clanton, AL 35045 205-280-3000 www.chilton.k12.al.us

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The Greatest Show on Earth

HITS THE ICE IN BIRMINGHAM By Carol Muse Evans

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus has been around for many years, but in 2017, it takes a big step – onto the ice. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s XTREME will come to Birmingham’s Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Jan. 19-22, 2017, in several performances, and the entire circus has been revamped around an ice and an intergalactic theme sure to amaze and entertain all ages. Gone are the elephants, but ice skaters will ramp up the excitement with more dynamic, unique talent, according to Johnathan Lee Iverson, the 18-year-veteran ringmaster of the show. “We’ve never used ice before, but we have some extraordinary skaters….and many of the regular staff have learned to skate,” Iverson says. “The ice is exciting, and has increased the pace of the show,” says Birmingham native and orchestra conductor Wages Argott, who has 40 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2017


been with the circus for 11 years. “It is a fascinating, huge new element and all acts are involved with the ice except for the very center ring, mostly for animal acts.” The Intergalactic Circus Odyssey takes patrons to fictitious planets in different parts of the galaxy when some of the circus acts have been abducted. Each planetary stop means adventure as the ringmaster goes to find the abducted acts, and we see each planet, the act, and so much more – on ice. The video screen and projection onto the ice is fantastic, Argott adds. “And this is our most successful theming of music for a show – it is big, cinematic and epic.” Back are the flying trapeze artists, the globe of steel, Clown Alley, and the greatest menagerie of lions, tigers, horses, mini donkeys, alpacas, goats and rescue dogs, Iverson adds. “We also have ice skaters from all over the world, Argott says. “With the combination of ice, the circus, and the music, this is the best line of entertainment value for a family,” he says. Visitors can see high-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew for

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s XTREME will come to Birmingham’s Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Jan. 19-22, 2017, in several performances, and the entire circus has been revamped around an ice and an intergalactic theme sure to amaze and entertain all ages. Gone are the elephants, but ice skaters will ramp up the excitement with more dynamic, unique talent, according to Johnathan Lee Iverson, the 18-year-veteran ringmaster of the show.

2½ hours of thrilling entertainment. The circus animal walk the day before is gone, but there is an animal open house 90 minutes before each show, where visitors can learn about the care and training of the animals, talk with trainers and see some acrobats, Iverson adds. This usually takes place outside the arena, near the stables. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills – like juggling – from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, your family receives more than three hours of

family fun with your ticket purchase. “The circus isn’t for everybody, but the circus welcomes everyone,” Iverson adds. Tickets start at $15 for the show, and all seats are reserved. Tickets are available at the BJCC box office and at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www. Ringling.com. Carol Muse Evans is publisher and editor of Birmingham Parent.

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All locations are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. You may also visit our web site at www.jeffcosheriff.net and print out an application and mail to any of the locations. Pistol permits can now be obtained for one year up to five years. For information about Shelby County gun permits, visit www.shelbyso.com. 42 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2017


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Coloring With Your Child – Or Alone? THE POPULARITY OF ADULT COLORING BOOKS GROWS By Bethany Adams Hunley

Do you color with your child? Do you find you really enjoy it, beyond the fun of sharing the activity with your child? Have you colored alone? One of the top selling books on Amazon.com is Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book. What makes this notable? Secret Garden is a coloring book for adults. Over the past three years, Johanna Basford, a Scottish artist and illustrator, has sold more than two million copies of her detailed black and white coloring books. The idea of adults coloring may sound strange, but psychological research backs up the appeal. According to Medical Daily, doctors and therapists cite lowered stress and greater concentration after patients participate in coloring sessions. Art therapy and coloring areas have been set up within libraries, as well as in some coffee houses. In fact, The Birmingham Public Library has hosted adult coloring workshops in the past. According to The New Yorker, adult coloring books have created a new industry category that is worth millions. “I think that coloring books are a good way for certain people to manage anxiety,” says Dr. Vivian Friedman Ph.D., a child and family psychologist at UAB, Department of Psychiatry. “It is calming and diverts upsetting thoughts” However, Friedman warns that people should not worry about the task of choosing colors and staying in the lines. The idea is to de-stress. Of course, there will always be a market for children’s coloring books. Coloring is a simple way for a child to explore their creativity and create their own works of art. According to Color Psychology, coloring promotes many positive

COLOR ME! traits in young children, such as improved focus and hand-toeye coordination, color awareness and recognition, and better handwriting skills. Allowing children to color is also believed to help children relax, focus, and express any pent-up emotions that they may be feeling. Many reputable sources, including CNN and Scholastic, praise coloring books and recommend encouraging your child to express themselves through art. “Coloring is a pre-writing skill that teaches eye-hand coordination,” Friedman adds. “Teachers have used coloring outlines in the lower elementary school grades for decades.” The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, popular with adults, has several follow ups: Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean, and Magical Jungle, which rival the success of the original. Many different styles and themes are now on the market depending on a person’s particular interests. There are coloring books tailored to everyone from animal lovers to zombie fans. And they make great holiday gifts. Adult coloring books are typically made of high quality paper and contain only front sides. The price point definitely reflects this as most adult coloring books cost between less than $10, to $15 and up. These books have so much detail and extraordinary design that a traditional box of crayons simply is not enough. Most avid fans use fine-point colored pencils or gel pens. The variation of colors and variety of effects provided by gel pens in particular make them ideal for elaborate projects. There are matte finishes, glitter, and neon to name a few, the idea being that no pictures need ever look the same. One of the biggest trends in gift giving is to gift an adult coloring book with a nice set of coloring pens or pencils. A gift idea that has been traditionally geared towards preschool and elementary students is now aimed towards nurses, accountants and many other professionals. College art classes have started using the idea of designing adult coloring books as heavy weighted graded assignments. The Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and many other adult coloring books can be purchased everywhere from arts and crafts stores to high-end women’s boutiques. Be assured that women are not the only ones picking up colored pencils. There are many coloring books geared towards men’s interests as well. Everything from hunting and fishing to car and tractor coloring books can be found. It is quite fascinating that adults are still so charmed by one of the first activities we did as children. The ability to let go and zone out is rare in today’s multi-tasking focused world. The chance to turn off and just create for our own pleasure seems to have really hit a chord with stressed out Americans. When every news story that comes on causes tension and fear it is nice to know that adults have an activity that can easily carry them back to a time before mortgages and terrorism clouded their minds. Bethany Adams Hunley is a Birmingham based writer and mother.

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Have a Happy Birthday (Without the Party): BUDGET-FRIENDLY BIRTHDAY IDEAS THAT MAKE YOUR CHILD FEEL SPECIAL By Sarah Lyons

The day your child was born is a day to celebrate and make them feel special. Birthday parties are fun, but they can be a lot of work and the costs can quickly add up. If you decide to skip the birthday party, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate big. Here are some ideas to make sure your child’s birthday is special. CREATE ANTICIPATION As the birthday approaches, build anticipation by talking about it and planning what the day will hold. You can create a special countdown by making a paper chain and tearing off one chain per day or even just counting down the number of days on a chalkboard in your home. Explain that although there will not be a big birthday party this year, there will still be a lot of fun things planned. MAKE THE CAKE A great way to save money on a birthday celebration is to make the cake yourself. Choose flavors and colors or themes your child loves and get siblings involved in the preparation. Kids typically don’t care about whether the cake is perfectly decorated, they are happy with a cake that is made just for them. BALLOON AVALANCHE When your child goes to sleep the night before their birthday, decorate the house with balloons or birthday decor. Try taping a disposable tablecloth to the outside of the door jamb and fill the space between with balloons. When your child opens the door, they 46 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2017

will be greeted with a balloon avalanche that is sure to put a big smile on their face. KIDS CHOICE When you are planning the day, consider your child’s favorites. Plan the day’s meals around your child’s favorite foods. Choose things that you typically do not serve to make the day more special. If you will go on an outing or if you will be dining out, let the child choose the location. DOCUMENT THE DAY Create a list of questions to ask your child on their birthday such as “Who is your best friend?” or list TV shows, songs, foods, etc. Record the answers in a safe place and repeat each year. It’s fun to look back and see how your child has changed and matured over the years. TELL THEIR STORY Kids love to hear stories about the day they were born, the cute things they did as a baby, or how you prepared for their arrival. Spend part of the day telling favorite stories about your child, they are sure to love it. HAVE OTHERS REACH OUT Ask friends and family to wish your child a happy birthday with calls, texts, messages, or cards. Consider talking to family members via Skype. This will help your child know that others are celebrating them even if you aren’t hosting a big birthday party this year.

MORE BIG WAYS TO CELEBRATE WITHOUT A PARTY Go to the movies Visit an amusement park Have dinner out at a favorite spot Go bowling Take a day trip to a neighboring town Attend a sporting event Be a tourist for the day in your hometown, visiting the zoo or other local attractions Let your child pick a place they would like to visit

As parents, we often feel like we have to spend a lot to make our child’s birthday special when this is truly not the case. With a little extra planning, your child’s day can be just as special as any expensive party. Sarah Lyons is a stay at home mom to six children. Some years her kids celebrate their birthday with a party, and other years they choose to celebrate in other ways.


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HOW TO SUPPORT PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN By Christa Melnyk Hines

When Tracy Glock’s 13-month-old daughter Kira was hospitalized with acute myeloid leukemia, she was touched by the outpouring of support she and her husband received. During those eight difficult months, the community rallied around the family. Friends and acquaintances babysat Kira in the hospital while her mom and dad worked, and many others helped by delivering meals and even mowing the family’s lawn. “Words cannot express the gratitude you feel when someone you barely know does so much for you,” Glock says, who was also pregnant at the time with Kira’s sister Allina.  Although Kira, now seven, has recovered from the frightening ordeal, she still faces many daily challenges. As a child with Down syndrome and autism, learning and development takes longer and requires more patience compared to the typically developing child.  Like many parents who have children with special needs, Glock says finding time for herself is difficult. While many of us know how to help a family in crisis, how do we support parents who often put their own needs last as they focus on the daily challenges of caring for special needs youngsters?

OFFER TO BABYSIT Finding trustworthy, alternate caretakers is a huge relief for parents who regularly juggle doctor’s appointments, school issues and therapy, not to mention jobs and other children. “Every special needs parent’s needs are different, but most just love a little rest,” Glock says. Because special needs children require more attention from their parents, healthcare providers and therapists, other youngsters in the family may feel slighted.  “Children always struggle and this is the case whether they’re special needs or not,” says Nancy Masannat, mom to two children, including Emy, 16, and Kyle, 14, who is on the autism spectrum. “There’s going to be sibling jealousies.”  When her children were younger, Masannat would often schedule her son’s appointments during times when her daughter was in preschool. “In my daughter’s mind, it wasn’t fair that someone was coming to the house and playing with her brother and not her.”  Having access to a qualified babysitter you can trust with your special needs child can give you an opportunity to spend much-needed, one-on-one time with your other children too.  LISTEN Ask your friend how she’s doing and then simply listen. Avoid offering platitudes or suggestions to help her fix problems. “We all just like to be heard. Everybody likes to vent,” Masannat says. “Just listen to what the issues are without judgment. That’s

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a huge help for everybody, but primarily when you’re dealing with something that someone else might not understand.” Educate yourself. Get to know your friend’s child, including her disability, her personality quirks and her individual needs. And ask your friend about her specific parenting challenges. “It shows that you care and will help you provide more effective support,” says Heather Trammell, mom to two special needs children, including Beth, 14, who has Down syndrome and Marie, 11, who has high-functioning autism. Both girls also have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. SUGGEST RESOURCES Support groups help parents feel less alone and provide valuable resources for assistance in childcare, school issues and navigating healthcare. “The biggest thing for me was to know that I wasn’t in this by myself – that I wasn’t the only person who had a child who didn’t sleep well; that I wasn’t the only one with a child who was now three and not talking,” Masannat says. To find support groups in your area, consult with the therapists and teachers your child already works with, your library, your church and online. For example, www.autismspeaks.org, which includes resources for families or the National Down Syndrome Society, www. ndss.org. Also check out Facebook and MeetUp.com for local support groups.

OTHER IDEAS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR FRIEND’S DAY: ✱ Purchase a gift certificate for a massage or manicure ✱ If you plan to have the family over, ask your friend if you should be aware of any food sensitivities or specific ground rules to ensure a successful visit ✱ Offer to babysit and/or help with siblings ✱ Help with getting kids to practices ✱ Deliver a meal ✱ Mow their lawn ✱ Send a bouquet of cheerful flowers ✱ Arrange for a house cleaning crew ✱ Ask if you can pick up anything while running errands ✱ Mail an encouraging card

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two sons. She is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.


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resource guide PRIVATE SCHOOLS Highlands School 4901 Old Leeds Rd. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-956-9731 205-951-8127 (fax) frontdesk@highlandsschool.org www.highlandsschool.org Birmingham’s progressive 4K-8th grade independent school, committed to preparing and motivating students to thrive and make positive differences in a constantly changing, global world. Hilltop Montessori School 6 Abbott Square Birmingham, AL 35242 205-437-9343 admissions@hilltopmontessori.com www.hilltopmontessori.com Only Alabama private school with 3 accreditations- American Montessori Society, Southern Association of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Independent Schools. Spanish, individualized learning, technology. Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy 5509 Timber Hill Rd.  Birmingham, AL 35242 Phone: 205-995-8709 Fax: 205-995-0517 www.jbma.org For over 30 years JBMA has equipped children with the essential skills and knowledge they need to thrive as a successful adult. Enrolling toddlers - 8th grade.  N.E. Miles Jewish Day School 4000 Montclair Rd. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-879-1068 205-879-6183 (fax) LChessin@nemjds.org www.nemjds.org The N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, a SACS accredited K-8 program, features a low student-teacher ratio, high academic standards, and a values-based, creative, and collaborative learning environment. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School 1720 Oxmoor Rd. Homewood, Al 35209 205.879.3237 office www.olsschool.com Fostering a Christ-centered environment that includes strong academics, technology, and enrichment opportunities. Educating young minds in K3-8 grades. SACS accredited.

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PRESCHOOLS & DAYCARE Odyssey Early Sch​ools • Inverness Campus 104 Heatherbrooke Park Dr. Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-0039 • Trace Crossings Campus 401 Emery Dr. Hoover, AL 35244 205-988-8829 www.odysseyearlyschool.com Created by educators featuring ​state-of-the-art facilities​, nurturing teachers ​with Education degrees, and comprehensive curriculum ​that provides your child with age appropriate exploration into the world of learning.

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Children’s of Alabama 1600 Seventh Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100 www.childrensal.org Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services throughout Alabama. Grandview Medical Group OB/GYN 3686 Grandview Pkwy. Suite 320 Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-5499 www.grandviewmedicalgroup.com Our board certified OB/GYNs are passionate about helping women achieve their goals and offer care that is compassionate and personal. Grandview Medical Center Women’s and Children’s Center 3690 Grandview Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-1000 www.grandviewhealth.com Whether becoming a new parent

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resource guide SPECIAL NEEDS Abrams Intensive Occupational Therapy, LLC P.O. Box 26062 Birmingham, AL 205-482-8967 205-582-8339 abramsintensiveot@gmail.com www.abramsintensiveot.com Innovative in-home Constraint Induced Movement Therapy or Intensive Occupational Therapy for children with CP, Stroke, Hemiparesis, TBI, etc. aged 14 months to 18 years.  Call for availability. Alabama Family Trust 2820 Columbiana Rd. Suite 103 Vestavia, AL 35216 205-313-3915  844-238-4630 sbrubaker@alabamafamilytrust.com www.alabamafamilytrust.com A nonprofit special needs trust that holds and administers money for the disabled so they are able

to become eligible and maintain government benefits for which they would otherwise be financially ineligible. Autism Society of Alabama 4217 Dolly Ridge Rd. Birmingham, AL 35243 1-877-4AUTISM 205-951-1364 Fax: 205-967-8244 info@autism-alabama.org www.autism-alabama.org The Autism Society of Alabama is a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to improve services for persons with ASD and their families through education and advocacy. Behavioral One 1025 Montgomery Hwy. Suite #214 Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-233-1414 (Cell) 205-703-8103 (Office) wfrichardson@behavioralone.com www.behavioralONE.com Behavioral ONE is an assess-

ment and treatment center offering evidence-based services in Behavior Analysis, Speech Pathology and Clinical Psychology for children with Autism, Developmental & Learning Disabilities.  Camp Discovery 400 Camp Discovery Lane Gainesboro, TN 37135 615-504-1729 www.jayceecamp.org A camp for mentally and physically challenged individuals. We specialized in areas such as swimming, music, arts & crafts for our campers. Capstone Medical Resource, LLC  Vestavia, Trussville, Gardendale, Bessemer, Cullman, Jasper 205-305-6108  Services include Psychological Evaluations and Therapeutic Services for children and adults, as well as ADHD Testing, Counseling

Services, Medication Management, Speech Therapy, Court Evaluations and Co-Parenting classes.   Child’sPlay Therapy Center • Hoover: 205-978-9939 • Chelsea:  205-618-8095 www.childsplaytherapy.com Occupational, physical, and speech therapy, along with a variety of special programs. Two beautiful, fully equipped facilities. Our experienced, loving staff will exceed your expectations! Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area Pediatric Therapy Services 240 Commerce Pkwy. Pelham, AL  35124 205-621-6503 www.eastersealsbham.org The therapy program at Easter Seals offers an interdisciplinary team approach to treating the whole child. 

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resource guide Mobility Central 400 Olde Towne Rd Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-916-0670 www.mobilitycentralinc.com Mobility Central employs a team of highly trained and caring medical equipment professionals dedicated to the wellbeing of our patients. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama 1700 Fourth Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-7263 www.RMHCA.org RMHCA keeps families close to each other and the care they need at area hospitals by providing them with the comforts of home and resources for the entire family. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham 100 Oslo Circle Birmingham, AL 35211 205-944-3939 www.ucpbham.com Early Intervention * Inclusive Early

Learning * Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation * Outpatient Therapy – UCP is here to help from birth through an individual’s lifetime.

ART, DRAMA & MUSIC BSC Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts 900 Arkadelphia Rd. Birmingham, AL 35254 lvictory@bsc.edu www.bsc.edu/academics/music 205-226-4960 Lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar. Preschool classes available. Christy Pierce Photography, LLC 231 Blackberry Terrace West Blockton, AL 35184 205-902-0385 Christypiercephotography@gmail.com www.christypiercephotographyllc.com Memories fade but photos last forever! No sitting or session fees! Outdoor and in studio available. Ask about my pricing magazines. Book your session today!

Jonathan Fuller – Acting Coach 205-532-2967 jonathan@jonathanfuller.info www.jonathanfuller.info. Private acting and monologue coaching for teens (and adults) in preparation for auditions and competitions; for stage and firm. By appt. only. Reasonable rates. Kindermusik with Michele Mulder Available at two locations: • Dawson Music Academy 1114 Oxmoor Road   Homewood, AL 35209   • Canvas Academy of Music & the Arts 2250 Blue Ridge Blvd. Hoover, AL 35226 205-568-6702 www.kmwithmichele.com Kindermusik classes help children develop language, social, emotional, and physical skills...ALL in the context of joyful, musical rich play! Ages birth to 7 yrs. old. 

Painting with a Twist 701 Doug Baker Blvd. Suite #106 Hoover, AL 35242 205-637-7777 paintingwithatwist.com/ birmingham-hoover Invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced & enthusiastic local artists. Leave with a one-of-akind creation to cherish for years! The Academy of the Arts at Samford University 1939 South Lakeshore Dr. Birmingham, AL 35229 205-726-2739 www.samford.edu/academy-ofthe-arts Art & Music for Children and Adults; Photography, Languages, ESL, & other classes for Adults.

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resource guide DANCE & FITNESS Birmingham Dance Theatre 100 Olde Town Rd. Ste. 100 Vestavia, AL 35216 205-822-3012 Bdtdance.com BDT is devoted to aspire all ages to excel in dance. Our purpose is to nurture, educate, guide and encourage all to their personal best. Gold’s Gym  • 1090 Montgomery Hwy. Birmingham, AL 35216 8 3427 Colonnade Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35243 • 2244 A Pelham Pkwy. Pelham, AL 35124 205-823-4653 www.goldsgym.com Check out our full-service complete with a running track, basketball and racquetball court, women’s only area and more deluxe amenities in Vestavia, Colonnade and Pelham. 

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Head Over Heels Gymnastics 500 Caldwell Trace Birmingham, AL 35242 205-981-2720 www.headoverheelsgyms.com Helping children gain fitness, gymnastics skills, confidence and self-esteem for over 20 years! Offering gymnastics, tumbling, aerial silks, trampoline, cheer, acro, Ninja classes plus fantastic camps & birthday parties! The Dance Foundation 1715 27th Court S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-0073 info@thedancefoundation.org www.thedancefoundation.org Our non-competitive dance education nurtures creativity, engages the imagination, and promotes social and developmental skills in a safe and enriching environment for self-expression and collaboration. Master Scarsella’s World Class Tae Kwon Do 268 Inverness Center Dr. Birmingham, AL 35242

205-981-9636 AlabamaTKD.com MSWCTKD is the leading provider of Tae Kwon Do instruction in Birmingham, AL to children, adults and families, ages 4 and up. YMCA Birmingham Downtown Location 2101 Fourth Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-324-4563 www.ymcabham.org Since 1884, the YMCA of Birmingham is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility with 15 local facilities.

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Applause Dancewear 1629 Oxmoor Rd. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-871-STEP www.appausedancewear.net Applause has the largest selection of dancewear in the Southeast. Clothing, shoes and accessories for all types of dance that fit toddler to plus size, teams and individuals.

4D Mommies • 200 Office Park Dr. # 216 Mountain Brook, AL 35223 ​205-326-2229 • 100 Jefferson St. S.​#100​ Huntsville, AL 35801

Becky’s Gifts 205-994-5982 www.facebook.com/beckysgiftsAL A ladies’ boutique with stylish and affordable fashion. Check out our baby clothes & gifts!

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resource guide BirthdaysinBirmingham.com Since 1997, Birthdays in Birmingham has been Birmingham’s local birthday party resource. It is a collection of businesses that provide a birthday party service for children’s parties. Bundles of Hope 205-607-2112 info@bundlesdiaperbank.org www.budnlesdiaperbank.org Helping families in need with diapers.

facebook.com/kimlancasterbrantley www.kimbrantleyphotography.com Patty-Cakes International 1726 West Third Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334-272-2826 info@patty-cakes.com www.patty-cakes.com Delivering handcrafted bronzed keepsakes for families world-wide since 1946. Babies grow up quickly, so don’t miss the opportunity to preserve moments in time with an heirloom treasure. 

Escape Day Spa 100 Broadway St. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-414-6062 www.theplacetoescape.com theplace2escape@gmail.com We truly believe in the power of healing through touch and meditation. You do enough! Come immerse yourself in tranquility. Hours of Escape just minutes away.

Spotless Cleaning 205-937-1153 www.spotlesstrussville.com Professional Cleaning services, the most professional and dependable housecleaning, maid and carpet cleaning service serving Birmingham, Trussville, Argo Moody and Odenville. Insured/ Bonded.

Kim Brantley Photography 615-812-6427 kimlancaserphotography@yahoo.com

Visual Arts by Jessica 205-396-9090 visualartsbyjessica@gmail.com

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SUMMER CAMPS Camp Discovery 400 Camp Discovery Lane Gainesboro, TN 37135 615-504-1729 www.jayceecamp.org A camp for mentally and physically challenged individuals. We specialized in areas such as swimming, music, arts & crafts for our campers. Camp Juliette Low 321 Camp Juliette Low Rd. Cloudland, GA 30731 770-428-1062 info@cjl.org / www.cjl.org Dates: 1&2 wk. sessions June 4-July 29 Ages: girls 7-17 Platform tents, outdoor adventure,

traditional camping, fun and friendship since 1922! CJL is an independent, residential camp for girls that fosters self-confidence, independence, teamwork, & leadership. Located on Lookout Mountain. Deer Run OVERNIGHT CAMPS 615-794-2918 or 888-794-2918 Contact@DeerRun.camp DeerRun.camp/camps Engaging outdoor adventures and challenges. Long-remembered. Life changing. Genuinely impacts your child through growth in character, confidence, respect, leadership, faith. One or two week sessions for grades 3-12. Highlands School  Summer Camp 4901 Old Leeds Rd. Birmingham, AL  35213 205-956-9731 www.highlandsschool.org gmccool@highlandsschool.org Ages: K-8th Arts, sports, science and more for elementary-8th grade. Campers concontinued on following page

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LEGAL SERVICES Bradford & Holliman, LLC www.bradfordholliman.com 205-663-0281 john@bradfordholliman.com melanie@bradfordholliman.com Estate and long-term care planning for young families, blended families, the disabled, empty nesters & the elderly.

ENTERTAINMENT Feld Entertainment www.feldentertainment.com Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories. Sky Zone Trampoline Park 1694 Montgomery Hwy. Hoover, Alabama 205-637-JUMP (5867)

www.skyzone.com/hoover Indoor trampoline park designed for high flying fun! Join us for an incredible 3D trampoline experience! Birthday Parties, Group Events, Dodgeball, Fitness, and more! Ultra Blast Laser Combat Center 157 Resource Center Pkwy., Ste. 107 Birmingham, Alabama 205-968-1740 www.lasercombatcenter.com Ultra Blast is Birmingham’s newest and largest Laser Tag venue. With 4 private birthday party rooms, a new arcade, an observation deck, and snack bar.

ATTRACTIONS & TRAVEL Birmingham Museum of Art 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-254-2565 www.artsbma.org Bart’s ArtVenture combines high tech art-making tools with hands-on creation stations to let kids and families develop their art education in a creative, communal environment.

Birmingham Zoo 2630 Cahaba Rd. Birmingham, AL 35223 205-879-0409 www.birminghamzoo.com Approximately 900 animals of 230 species call the Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, zebras, rhinos and endangered species from six continents. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism P.O. Drawer 457 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 877-341-2400 info@gulfshores.com www.gulfshores.com  Find your memorable family vacation with time to relax, explore and enjoy our 32 miles of uncrowded white-sand beaches, variety of attractions/accommodations and great seafood. McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-714-8300

info@mcwane.org www.mcwane.org Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum with aquarium and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder. The Travel Voice by Becky thetravelvoicebybecky.com Catch The Travel Voice by Becky on Saturdays in Shelby Count y on FM 99.9 APH Radio at 11 a.m. and anytime on iHeart Radio. Vulcan Park and Museum 1701 Valley View Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-933-1409 www.visitvulcan.com Birmingham’s beloved icon, Vulcan, is the world’s largest cast iron statue. Featuring breathtaking views of the city, an interactive history museum and a beautiful public park.

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FEBRUARY Camp Directory Going to Camp Black History Month National Dental Month Valentine’s Day EVENT- CAMP EXPO Virtual Camp Expo

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MAY College & Career Planning Guide Teens & College Destination Guide (March-June) Mother’s Day Kids & Sports

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SEPTEMBER Special Needs Guide We’re Back in School! First report card, tutors, education & more Pumpkin Patch & Fall Event Guide

OCTOBER National Orthodontic Month Pumpkin Patch & Fall Event Guide

NOVEMBER National Adoption Month Private School Directory & Advertorial Holiday Gift Guide Holiday Travel

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An Overview of Area Municipalities The following is a listing of most of the cities in the Birmingham Parent circulation area of Jefferson, Shelby and Chilton counties. The information below is a resource for anyone needing to get in touch with city services and information where they live. JEFFERSON COUNTY: Population 660,367 City of Adamsville Population: 4,448 4828 Main St. Adamsville, AL 35005 205-674-5671 www.cityofadamsville.org City of Bessemer Population: 26,730 1800 3rd Ave. N. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-424-4060 www.bessemeral.org City of Birmingham (county seat) Population: 212,461 710 North 20th St. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-254-2079 www.birminghamal.gov City of Center Point Population: 16,655 2209 Center Point Pkwy. Center Point, AL 35215 205-854-4460 www.thecityofcenterpoint.org City of Clay Population: 9,655 2441 Old Springville Rd. Birmingham, AL 35215 205-680-1223 www.clayalabama.org

City of Fairfield Population: 10,907 4701 Gary Ave. Fairfield, AL 35064 205-788-2492 http://fairfieldal.us

City of Hoover Population: 84,848 100 Municipal Ln. Hoover, AL 35216 205-444-7500 www.hooveral.org

City of Mountain Brook Population: 20,691 56 Church St. Mountain Brook, AL 35213 205-802-2400 www.mtnbrook.org

City of Fultondale Population: 9,048 1210 Walker Chapel Rd. Fultondale, AL 35068 205-841-4481 www.cityoffultondale.com

City of Hueytown Population: 15,710 1318 Hueytown Rd. Hueytown, AL 35023 205-491-7010 www.hueytownal.org

City of Pinson Population: 7,132 4410 Main St. Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-5556 www.thecityofpinson.com

City of Gardendale Population: 13,711 925 Main St. Gardendale, AL 35071 205-631-8789 www.cityofgardendale.com

City of Irondale Population: 12,423 101 20th St. S. Irondale, AL 35210 205-956-9200

City of Pleasant Grove Population: 10,260 501 Park Rd. Pleasant Grove, AL 35127 205-744-1720 www.cityofpg.com

City of Graysville Population: 2,120 246 South Main St. Graysville, AL 35073 205-674-5643 www.graysvillecity.com

City of Leeds Population: 11,936 1040 Park Dr. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-2585 www.leedsalabama.gov

City of Homewood Population: 25,708 2850 19th St. S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-332-6100 www.homewoodal.net

City of Moody Population: 12,593 670 Park Ave. Moody, AL 35004 205-640-2528 www.moodyalabama.gov

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City of Vestavia Hills Population: 34,174 1032 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-978-0100 www.vhal.org City of Tarrant Population: 6,210 1604 Pinson Valley Pky. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-2800 www.cityoftarrant.com


City of Trussville Population: 21,023 131 Main St. Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-7478 www.trussville.org ________________

City of Columbiana (county seat) Population: 4,208 107 Mildred St. Columbiana, AL 35051 205-669-5800 www.cityofcolumbiana.com

SHELBY COUNTY: Population 208,713

Town of Harpersville Population: 1,676 83 Town Hall Ln. Harpersville, AL 35078 205-672-9961 www.townofharpersville.com

City of Alabaster Population: 32,707 1953 Municipal Wy. Alabaster, AL 35007 205-664-6841 www.cityofalabaster.com City of Calera Population: 13,213 7901 Highway 31 Calera, AL 35040 205-668-3500 www.cityofcalera.org City of Chelsea Population: 12,059 1611 Chelsea Rd. Chelsea, AL 35043 205-677-2040 www.cityofchelsea.com

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City of Helena Population: 18,264 816 Hwy. 52 E. Helena, AL 35080 205-663-2161 www.cityofhelena.org Town of Indian Springs Village Population: 2,500 2635 Cahaba Valley Rd. Indian Springs, AL 35124 205-982-1755 www.indianspringsvillage.org

City of Montevallo Population: 6,648 541 Main St., Montevallo, AL 35115 205-665-2555 www.cityofmontevallo.com Town of Vincent Population: 2,082 25 Florey St., Vincent, AL 35178 205-672-2261 www.townofvincent.com Town of Westover Population: 1,387 3312 Westover Rd. Westover, AL 35147 205-678-3375 http://westoveralabama.org Town of Wilsonville Population: 1,939 9905 N. Main St. Wilsonville, AL 35186 205-669-6205 www.wilsonvilleal.com Town of Wilton Population: 687 100 Depot St. Wilton, AL 35187 205-665-2021

CHILTON COUNTY: Population 43,943 City of Clanton Population: 8,844 505 2nd Ave. N. Clanton, AL: 35046 205-755-1105 www.clanton.al.us City of Jemison Population: 2,248 14 Padgett Ln. Jemison, AL 35085 205-688-4491 www.jemisonalabama.org Town of Maplesville Population: 705 9400 AL Hwy. 22 Maplesville, AL 36750 334-366-4210 www.townofmaplesville.com Town of Thorsby Population: 2,023 www.townofthorsby.com/

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