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ed note THE GUIDE 2018 MARKS 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BIRMINGHAM PARENT Hard to believe this is our 6th issue of the yearly guide, and it may be our biggest ever! We’re also celebrating 15 years of Birmingham Parent! We hope it will be helpful to you, our reader, as a “parent handbook” to have to help you all year long, whether you need a website, phone number, address or an idea for a pediatric dentist or place to have dinner. You can pick The Guide up all year at most of the locations where our magazines are distributed. We printed extra copies so that we can distribute The Guide all year as a companion to our regular issues of Birmingham Parent. You can also read it online at www.birminghamparent.com. What goes into making this issue? Well, our staff of editors, Bethany Hunley, Lori Pruitt and myself, have worked hard to double check times, addresses, phone numbers and websites until press time, but please remember these things are subject to change. We discontinued listing the library hours last year for this very reason, but we have given you the necessary resources to find out. Please be sure to thank your sponsors and advertisers for making it possible to bring this “book of lists” to you, and if you have an idea for the next Guide, we’d love to hear it! Don’t miss our upcoming events: Birmingham Parent’s Camp Expo Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the McWane Science Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Birmingham Parent’s Special Needs Expo at the Exceptional Foundation Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; our Happy Healthy Kids Fair on Aug. 24, 2018 at the Riverchase Galleria from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and our newest event, Birmingham Parent’s Sunsational Summer Kick Off at Alabama Splash Adventure on Saturday, May 19, times TBD. Save the dates – you don’t want to miss them! Thanks for reading, and have a terrific 2018. We are so grateful to all of you for another year in Birmingham and the blessings of celebrating our 15th anniversary with you.

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editorial PUBLISHERS David & Carol Evans EDITOR Carol Muse Evans ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lori Chandler Pruitt OFFICE ASSISTANTS Bethany Adams Hunley, Kate Hankins CALENDAR Lori Chandler Pruitt E-BLASTS Lacey Updegraff CONTRIBUTORS Alexandra Ditoro, Lynn Grisard Fullman, Dr. Corey Hartman, Stephanie Rodda, Paige Townley, Kerrie McLaughlin

sales SENIOR MARKETING CONSULTANT Kayla Fricks MARKETING & SPECIAL EVENTS CONSULTANT Amy Phillips WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Bethany Adams Hunley

art & production ART DIRECTOR Hilary Moreno

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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). Evans also serves on the board of directors of Childcare Resources. Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. This award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children. 4 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2018

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BIRMINGHAM PARENT IS A PUBLICATION OF EVANS PUBLISHING, LLC. Publishers: Carol Muse Evans, David K. Evans Sr. Birmingham Parent (EIN200694149) is published monthly by Evans Publishing LLC. www.birminghamparent.com or editor@birminghamparent. com. Birmingham Parent is © 2017 by Evans Publishing LLC. Family Connections Media ©2018 by Evans Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Editorial submissions are welcome. For back issues, please send a self-addressed 10” x 13” envelope with $4 for postage and handling.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) keeps families like the Hoffmans together when they need it most. The family lives 172 miles away from Birmingham so when baby Jeb was born prematurely, they suddenly needed a place to stay close to him. Mom and Dad are happy to report Jeb is now growing and doing great! “I will never forget the blessings we received by being a Ronald McDonald House family.” - April Hoffman, Jeb’s mother And just like Jeb, RMHCA is growing! In 2018, we will be able to support 73 guest families at our expanded Ronald McDonald House, plus many more through our Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAB Women & Infants Center. It’s the perfect time to get involved and change a family’s life.

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Local emergency authorities in any area

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American Association of Poison Control Centers www.aapcc.org 800-222-1222 Alabama Emergency Management Agency disaster, bad weather, etc. www.ema.alabama.gov 205-280-2312 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.org 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.org/ crisis-intervention-prevention/ teen-link.htm

205-328-5465 • Text Counseling services are now available every day from 10am until 10pm at 205-3285465. Kids Help Line Ages 6-12. Call about anything friends, school, family, feelings Any day from 3-10 p.m. www.crisiscenterbham.org/ crisis-intervention-prevention/ kids-help-line.htm 205-328-5437 • Text Counseling services are now available every day from 3pm until 10pm at 205-328-5465.

Senior Talk Line Free, confidential telephone reassurance service for senior citizens, caregivers, retirees, widowed persons, grandparents and others www.crisiscenterbham.org/ crisis-intervention-prevention/ senior-talk-line/ 205-328-8255 Rape Response Available 24/7 www.crisiscenterbham.org/ sexual-assault-services/raperesponse/ 205-323-7273

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 334-242-4445, DPS Headquarters, Montgomery. Veteran’s Crisis Line Free, confidential support. Services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals offered. Available 24/7 1-800-273-8255 (then press 1) or text 838255

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meet our front cover sponsors GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH TOURISM Paradise: Only a Short Drive Away Do you realize how close you are to sitting in your beach chair with the wind lightly whipping through your hair, enjoying the feel of the beautiful fine, white sand between your toes, and the smell of the salty air as you listen to your children laugh and splash in the waves? Birmingham is just a few hours away from the Alabama’s Gulf

Coast so you’ll be relaxing in paradise in no time at all. Springtime in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is when the area comes alive with fun things to see and do, scrumptious dining and one-of-a-kind events. While planning your trip, check out all the charming accommodations available from beautiful beach rentals to luxury hotels to one of the many well-equipped campgrounds. The Alabama Gulf

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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.

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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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

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CHILD’SPLAY THERAPY CENTER Child’sPlay Therapy Center provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy services, along with counseling/ play therapy, nutritional therapy, and music therapy. Our incredible 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. Our licensed counselor uses play therapy to help children who have experienced trauma, or are currently struggling with depression, anxiety, behavior problems, bullying, and other social challenges. If your child suffers from ADD/ADHD, Focal Point is our highly successful intensive treatment program that

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produces results! Our special programming includes Orton Gillingham reading therapy, the “SOS” approach to feeding therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Metronome, and Integrated Listening. We have two beautiful locations in Chelsea and in Hoover. Call us today to schedule a tour! Make sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay informed!

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meet our front cover sponsors 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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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

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 113 years.

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Advancements in dental technology and techniques, combined with Dr. Johnson’s gentle touch, ensure that your child will receive the safest, most comfortable experience achievable. Entrust your child to a dental team that is specially trained to educate your child about his or her dental health, while helping to alleviate any fear or anxiety your child may have.

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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.

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KIDS LOVE US… PARENTS TRUST US. Experience a fun, supportive, non-fearful, and caring environment that allows your child to

develop a positive and healthy outlook on dentistry and oral health. Feel great knowing our team is trained to meet the unique needs of children. Each child is one of a kind, so we promise to do everything possible to ensure your child’s dental experience a positive one. If needed, explore with us various sedation options and behavior management techniques tailored to your child’s specific needs.

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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meet our front cover sponsors THE DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama’s marine research and educational institute. The DISL covers education and outreach for all ages through its University Programs, Discovery Hall Programs, and the Estuarium, a public aquarium. Discovery Hall Programs includes academic year classes for K-12 students, summer overnight and day camps, professional development workshops,

and public outreach. The BayMobile, DISL’s traveling science classroom, visits underserved schools throughout the state of Alabama which do not have the opportunity or the means to visit the DISL on a field trip. The Estuarium, the DISL’s public aquarium, highlights the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

University programs at DISL consists of two parts: summer undergraduate programs and year-round graduate programs. The summer undergraduate program consists of three summer sessions with 24 courses offered. The graduate program offers a variety of disciplines for PhD and master students to choose from as they continue their studies.

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.

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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

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JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF

The Jefferson County Sheriff ’s Office headed by Sheriff Mike Hale provides multiple services with the goal of keeping our neighborhoods, communities and schools safe. Beside the important duty of providing law enforcement services to the

unincorporated areas of Jefferson County, we maintain full law enforcement jurisdiction in all cities and townships within the county to include criminal investigations. In addition, we offer services such as School Resources, Citizen’s Academy, and Presentations to Churches, Businesses, Groups and Organizations about personal safety, organizational safety, crime prevention and other related topics of interest. We also help

Birmingham Headquarters 2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd Birmingham, AL 35203 Phone: 205-325-5700 Emergency: 911 or 205-325-1450

gram, Kumon accelerates your child’s learning – from as young as three years old all the way through high school. Kumon goes beyond tutoring, by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum. Kumon’s time-tested self-learning program uses engaging worksheets and guidance from an on-site instructor to present new concepts and materials, giving children

an academic advantage in the classroom – and throughout life. As a result, many Kumon students study above grade level. Parents are encouraged to attend a free orientation at the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Hoover to find out more about enrolling their children in the Kumon Program. For a limited time, enjoy 50% OFF REGISTRATION! Call for details: 205-444-9485, visit our website, www.kumon.com/hoover-al or email hoover_al@ikumon.com.

citizens set up Neighborhood Watch Groups, provide displays and vehicles for educational purposes/special events, and special youth programs. See our ad for more information.

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KUMON OF HOOVER Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 50 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. As the world’s largest after-school math and reading pro-

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meet our front cover sponsors BRADFORD & HOLLIMAN, LLC Bradford & Holliman, LLC is an estate planning law firm with offices in Pelham, Alabama (Birmingham) and Scottsboro, Alabama. With a combined 39 years of estate law experience, Melanie Bradford Holliman 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 plan-

ning, Medicaid 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.

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!

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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know about the disadvantaged children we teach to swim for free or the after-school care we provide to families who have no other options. You may not know the Y that provides summer camp to kids who’ve never seen a lake, never been off “the bricks,” or the Y that helps senior folks who have no access to good healthcare look after their bodies. We’re the Y. And we’re The WHY Behind the Y.

www.ymcabham.org

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

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

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THE DANCE FOUNDATION

YMCA OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM

You know the Y. You know us as the place where you played team sports. You know us as the place where you work off stress and those

extra pounds you don’t need. You know us for our personal trainers who urge you to do just one more rep, or for our group exercise classes like Barre and Zumba®, Pilates, and yoga that help keep our hearts and minds in shape. You know us as a place where 50 laps in the pool is morning therapy and ten minutes in a sauna after a hard workout is pretty near a perfect moment. But you may not know The WHY Behind the Y. You may not

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“I developed a strong sense of identity as an artist and a dancer, and that has given me a sense of my own place in the world.” – Amy Wilkinson, senior lecturer of dance, Loyola University Chicago

The Benefits of Artistic Pursuits

THE ARTS IMPROVE CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SKILLS, EDUCATION, AND CREATIVITY By Alexandra Ditoro Growing up, dance was always part of my life. From ages 3 to 19, I was dancing. Dance gave me an outlet for my energy and emotions. It also taught me discipline, patience, and more things about myself than I could ever list. It led me to study dance in college and to pursue a professional career. All forms of art influence children and help shape them as they grow. As a dancer, journalist, and researcher, I recently reached out to professionals in education to gain more insight into how this artistic journey affects children as they develop. SOCIAL SKILLS One of the many benefits of being involved in the arts is improved social interactions. According to Francie Gardner, theatre teacher at Chelsea High School, students involving themselves in something like theatre provides a stronger sense of self. “Students…want to be themselves and discover who they are, but they don’t want to alienate themselves from their peer group,” she 12 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2018

says. “Finding a niche where they can safely express themselves is so important.” Participating in the arts allows children to develop a stronger sense of self and understanding of what they are capable of. “Students who participate in dance develop skills in multiple areas beyond physical domains,” says Amy Wilkinson, senior lecturer of dance at Loyola University Chicago. “Students develop self-knowledge, resilience, an incredible work ethic, a sense of community, and empathy among many other things. These attributes can be applied powerfully in all kinds of life situations outside the studio/stage.” Other important skills that can be developed by participation in the arts are public speaking and adjusting to being in front of an audience. During dance or musical performances, children often lose the fear of being in front of a group of people at an early age, which can make presenting to a conference room full of coworkers easier when they are adults. In theatre, strong public speaking skills are gained.

“Public speaking and personal communication skills are critical to the success of any individual in the workforce and arguably in life,” Gardner says. “Developing confidence in performance, clarity in speech, and improvisation skills are practical and can be fun. It helps them feel comfortable around others, and a lot of times with art, you have to work with other people.” EDUCATION Tami Moran, special education program specialist for Shelby County Schools, finds that art can also be used to teach. “Students use art to build fine motor skills, from starting with larger objects such as play dough and things they can manipulate and doing a lot of hand over hand activities to help guide and show them how to build and use those fine motor skills, up to physical therapy and adaptive PE,” she explains. “You can use art to teach and also to maintain a certain sensory because then you start thinking, ‘OK is my classroom too noisy, is


it too loud, is it too busy on the walls?’ We build in brain breaks, where it might be that you spin and do a dance on a brain break or that you listen to music or you sing a song.” The arts can carry students outside the studio or band room, and translate to the classroom. For example, Jon Bubbett, band director at Thompson High School, and 2015 Bandmaster of the Year from the Rho chapter of the Phi Beta Mu international bandmasters fraternity, finds that engaging in music can contribute to students’ success in the classroom. Music and other art programs can help improve learning skills and grades. “I like to tell parents who are concerned about their children’s grades that they need to get their kids in band to improve their grades,” Bubbett says. “Music programs have the highest number of students with the highest GPAs in the school. Who do you want your children to be around? I would want my child around others who have the highest GPAs and can still be involved in activities that are going to shape and mold their lives for years to come.” Bubbett sees music eventually leading students to and helping them succeed in a university setting. “It defines you. It has given many, many students the opportunity to go to college on scholarship or on partial scholarships. By the time students get to be seniors, they are pretty much set in terms of their high school career and ready to move on to college!” Students can receive scholarships because of their involvement in the arts but can also pursue a career in the art that they are interested in. Wilkinson describes college as a transition time, where students “really begin to hone their aesthetic as much as technique, and if they aren’t getting nourished by what they’ve been fed in the past, they have the freedom to make new choices.”

“[Art] gives you a place to belong. That’s where I helped to develop some relationships and friendships, and it was always a place I could come back to.” – Tami Moran, Shelby County Schools

CREATIVITY & EXPRESSION The arts also serve as an outlet for self-expression. Bubbett recognizes this in his students. “It has opened their eyes to new ways of creativity and expression to themselves and to others,” he says. “It gives them a chance to be a part of something that is bigger than they are as individuals.” For example, in Bubbett’s classroom, songs may be assigned, but students can also choose and play music that speaks to them and reflects their feelings and emotions. Art is also, for the most part, a uniquely human trait. As Bubbett explains, “Art creates! Art gives us a way to express how we feel and to touch others in ways that can’t happen otherwise. It gives us a way of expressing our sense of being and our place in the world. Art needs no justification more than we exist….and so does art. It is who we are.” HOW TO INSPIRE YOUR CHILD Encouraging and inspiring children to experiment in the arts can begin as early as birth, even though they may not remember those first experiences. Making footprint pictures, listening to music, and watching dance or theatrical performances are all ways that infants and young children can participate in the arts. As they get older, they may gravitate toward one art type or another. Parents’

continued encouragement can help them adopt a life-long ability or hobby and develop social skills, further their education and stimulate creativity.

Resources National Endowment for the Arts arts.gov Reinvesting in Arts Education pcah.gov/sites/default/files/photos/ PCAH_Reinvesting_4web.pdf Children’s Music Network childrensmusic.org Birmingham Children’s Theatre bct123.org Alabama Shakespeare Festival asf.net

Alexandra Ditoro, a native Alabamian, is a freelance writer and student attending Loyola University Chicago where she studies dance and journalism. She may be reached at aditoro@luc.edu.

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Cooper Green Mercy Health Services 1515 6th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233 205-930-3200 www.coopergreen.org Grandview Medical Center 3690 Grandview Pkwy Birmingham, AL 35243 205-971-1000 www.grandviewhealth.com Shelby Baptist Medical Center 1000 1st St N Alabaster, AL 35007 205-620-8100 www.brookwoodbaptisthealth.com

Children’s of Alabama 1600 7th Ave. S Birmingham, AL 35233 205-638-9100 www.childrensal.org

St. Vincent’s Birmingham 810 St. Vincent’s Drive Birmingham, AL 35205 205-939-7000 www.stvhs.com

Children’s South Pediatric Outpatient Center 1940 Elmer J Bissell Rd Birmingham, AL 35243 205-638-4800 www.childrensal.org/childrens-south

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

UAB Hospital 1802 6th Ave S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-3411 www.uabmedicine.org UAB Women & Infant Center 1700 6th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233 205-934-3411 www.uabmedicine.org/women UAB Medical West 995 9th Ave SW Bessemer, AL 35022 205-481-7000 www.medicalwesthospital.org

St. Vincent’s East 50 Medical Park E Dr. Birmingham, AL 35235 205-838-3000 www.stvhs.com/east St. Vincent’s Blount 150 Gilbreath Dr. Oneonta, AL 35121 205-274-3000 www.stvhs.com/blount Brookwood Baptist Health 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-877-1000 www.brookwoodbaptisthealth.com

UAB Highlands 1201 11th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35205 205-934-3411 www.uabmedicine.org

Birmingham VA Medical Center 700 S 19th St. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-8101 www.birmingham.va.gov

UAB Callahan Eye Hospital 1720 University Blvd Birmingham, AL 35233 205-325-8100 www.uabmedicine.org/

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center 3701 Loop Rd. E Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000 www.tuscaloosa.va.gov

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Princeton Baptist Medical Center 701 Princeton Ave SW Birmingham, AL 35211 205-783-3000 www.brookwoodbaptisthealth.com Walker Baptist Medical Center 3400 Hwy. 78 E Jasper, AL 35501 205-387-4000 www.brookwoodbaptisthealth.com Citizens Baptist Medical Center 604 Stone Ave Talladega, AL 35160 256-362-8111 www.brookwoodbaptisthealth.com Cullman Regional Medical Center 1912 AL Hwy. 157 Cullman, AL 35058 256-737-2000 www.cullmanregional.com Northport Medical Center 2700 Hospital Dr. Northport, AL 35476 205-333-4500 www.dchsystem.com DCH Regional Medical Center 809 University Blvd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-759-7111 www.dchsystem.com Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center 3701 Loop Rd. E Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000 www.tuscaloosa.va.gov


Watch Alabama Cable Network programming on Spectrum Channel 80 STATEWIDE, online at www.alabamacablenetwork.com and even on your smart phone. We are your home for local programming, since 1981! Check our website for dates and times for programming. ACN SHOWS

Alabama Justice, Lawyering Up from the firm of Jaffee, Henle, Whisonant & Knight Legal Speak with Thomas Carmichael and Kim Davidson Scott Beason’s Reality Check The Joe Lockett Show

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Valley Happenings daily at 9 a.m. with Susie Wiley Alabama Car Show featuring clubs from all over Alabama Special People and Places with Margaret Lee

The Time of Your Life with Bob and Janie Mosca Forgotten Treasures with Kendall Benson

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SPORTS The Locker Room from our studios in Sylacauga GAMEDAY with Max Howell and Jerry Young In the Huddle with Coach Reginald Ruffin Miles College Football On the Sidelines from our studios in Sumiton Simply Fishin’ with Lowell Anderson Jacksonville State Home LIVE football games Dora High Football Replays Cullman County Football Replays


meet our back cover sponsors MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofi t, 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.

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

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MICHAEL S. ANGLIN, D.D.S., P.C. OUR 25TH YEAR IN HOOVER! 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

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Birmingham Parent’s Family Favorites 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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PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY OF ALABAMA The doctors and staff of Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama seek to provide the best care available in the most compassionate and effi cient 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.

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

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APPLAUSE DANCEWEAR Applause Dancewear, a retail dancewear store has just celebrated its 37th 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.

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meet our back cover sponsors 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

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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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RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF ALABAMA Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) has opened a new wing of the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham and now serves 73 families every night, providing them with a “home-away-from-home” while their children receive medical care in Birmingham. In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom with a private bathroom, we surround families with love and support from volunteers, staff and other guest families who share the

same hopes and fears. We provide home-cooked meals, family program and activities, indoor and outdoor play areas, laundry facilities, WiFi and much more so that our guest families can concentrate on what is most important – their child’s health. Our two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located at UAB Women & Infants Center and DCH Regional Medical Center (Tuscaloosa), provide an inviting oasis of calm for families, while increasing

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HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Established in 1974, originally as Shades Mountain Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy has a rich heritage in Christian education. The “Heritage” name plays tribute to the legacy of the school founder, the late Richard Vigneulle. Pastor Vigneulle had a vision to start a Christian community school. Since our inception the school has served families in Birmingham for over 40 years, and has graduated over 1,000 alumni. HCA is an independent, community,

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Heritage Christian Academy is conveniently located on the beautiful campus of Shades Mountain Community Church. Our faculty is composed of highly qualified and committed teachers who provide a rigorous academic program within a nurturing and supportive environment. Our class sizes are small to provide the opportunity for individualized attention for every student. At Heritage, your children are seen as uniquely gifted and created in the image of God.

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Camp Expo Comes to McWane Science Center February 24th Birmingham Parent has worked with the McWane Science Center and sponsors to bring you a new destination version of the long-running Camp Expo, a day for parents to find out what their kids might want to do during the summer, whether it be day camp, away camp or something in between. Birmingham Parent’s 2018 Camp Expo, presented by the YMCA of Birmingham and sponsored by 93.7 WDJC, Alabama Cable

Network and Camping World, will be Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at McWane Science Center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the event is FREE through the EVENT ENTRANCE. Those who want to also enjoy the McWane Center Adventure Halls that day can register online at www.birminghamparent.com beginning January 1, and the first 200 to register will get into McWane that day for FREE.

This year’s event will feature an entertainment stage with local entertainment throughout the event, great camp and summer program exhibitors and big prize giveaways every hour. Birmingham Parent is seeking additional sponsors and vendors for this event. It’s not too late! For more information, call 205-9877700; email info@birminghamparent.com or visit http://birminghamparent.com/directory/ camp-expo-exhibitors.

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APPLEBEE’S NEIGHBORHOOD BAR & GRILL, all Birmingham locations. All day on Tuesday with each adult entrée kids 10 and younger eat for 99 cents from the children’s menu. BAUMHOWER’S WINGS, Patton Creek (205-403-7474) and Lee Branch (205-9955151). On Tuesday, one child (younger than 11) eats free from the children’s menu with one adult spending a minimum of $10. BEEF O’ BRADY’S, Helena. 205-624-2333: On Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m., with each adult meal, one child eats free from the children’s menu. Dine in only.

CAPTAIN D’S, various locations. All day on Thursday, a 99-cent kid’s meal is available with each adult meal. CICIS, HOMEWOOD. 205-582-8098 and U.S. 31/Hoover: Daily children age three and younger eat for free from the bountiful buffet. For ages 4 to 10 the cost is $3.49. The restaurant’s buffet includes a salad bar, pasta, an assortment of pizzas and several desserts.

BEEF O’BRADY’S, Hoover. 205-987-9464: On Tuesday, with each adult entrée, one child (12 and younger) may eat for free from the kids’ menu.

COWBOY CHICKEN. Inverness.  637-5400. On Monday evenings from 4 until closing, with each adult entrée, one child 10 and younger may eat free from the kids’ menu which has the options of pb&j, a veggie plate or The Cowpoke (choice of two drumsticks or a half breast).  Dine in only.

BRUSTER’S, Vestavia Hills. 205-978-2347: Every day, children shorter than 42 inches get a free baby cone or cup of ice cream. No adult purchase is required.

DALE’S SOUTHERN GRILL, The Plaza at Riverchase. 205-987-4757: On Monday, one child (age 12 and younger) eats for 99 cents with each adult entrée.

DENNY’S, 224 Daniel Payne Dr., N. 205-214-3987: On Tuesday and Saturday evening from 4 to 9, two children ages 10 and younger get free kids meals with each adult entrée. DONATOS, Montgomery Highway. Vestavia Hills. 205-824-1112: Every day, kids’ meals ($6.99) include a choice of a 7-inch pizza and four boneless wings; both with drinks included. Be sure to check out the eatery’s collection of sports memorabilia on the walls. FIREHOUSE SUBS, Alabaster. 205-6644664: All day on Monday and Wednesday, one child (12 and younger) gets a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult medium sandwich and combo. GOLDEN CORRAL, Center Point Parkway. 205-856-6170:  Every day children age 3 and younger eat free. For ages 4 to 8 the buffet cost is $5.99; for ages 9 to 12, $6.99. Unlike adult buffet prices, the kids’ buffet includes a drink continued on page 24

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GOLDEN CORRAL, Lorna Road/Hoover. 205-822-1314: Every day children age 3 and younger eat free. For two children per paying adult, the all-day buffet cost is $4.99 for ages 4 to 8; $5.99 for ages 9 to 12. Drink is included for children. IHOP, 5242 U.S. 280 S. (205-991- 4871) and 7748 Crestwood Blvd. (205-956- 5502): Children age 12 and younger eat free all day, every day, with the purchase of an adult entrée. Dine in only. IHOP, Wildwood/Homewood. 205-290-0995: With the purchase of each adult entrée, one child (12 and younger) eats free from the children’s menu Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Dine in only. IRON SKILLET, McCalla. 205-477-4280: Every day during the summer, children 10 and younger eat free with each adult meal. MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR-B-QUE, four Birmingham-area locations: On Tuesday after 5 p.m., with each paying adult, one child 10 and younger may order free from the children’s menu.

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O’CHARLEY’S, Alabaster (205-621-7453); Fultondale (205-849-6401); Homewood/Wildwood (205-942-8001): Every day one child (age 10 and younger) with each paying adult may order free from the kids’ menu. ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL, Summit Boulevard. 205-298-7998: All day on Monday and Tuesday, children (12 and younger) may eat free from the children’s menu.      RUBY TUESDAY, various locations including the Riverchase Galleria. 205-985-0218: As you might expect from a restaurant with Tuesday in its name, on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with each adult meal, a child may eat free with the kids’ menu. Dine in only. STEAK ‘N SHAKE. Hoover (205-982-5789) and Alabaster (205-620-5233): All day on Saturday and Sunday, children younger than 12 get a free kid’s plate with each adult paying a minimum of $9. Drinks and shakes are excluded. Dine in only. ZAXBY’S, U.S. 280. 205-995-1055: On Monday evenings from 5 to 9, two kids may eat for 99 cents with each adult meal.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENTS 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.alabamapublichealth.gov Chilton County Health Department 301 Health Center Dr. Clanton, AL 35046 205-755-1287 www.alabamapublichealth. gov/chilton Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm

Cullman County Health Department 601 Logan Ave. S.W. Cullman, AL 35055 Monday-Friday: 7am-5pm www.alabamapublichealth. gov/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 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

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Morris Health Center 586 Morris Majestic Road Morris, AL 35116 205-933-4242 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 205-338-3357 www.alabamapublichealth. gov/stclair Satellite Clinic: 31675 U.S. Highway 411 Box 249 Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-4919

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LIBRARIES 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

Graysville 315 S Main St., Graysville, AL 35073 205-674-3040

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

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

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

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Hoover 200 Municipal Dr., Hoover, AL 35216 205-444-7800 Hueytown 1372 Hueytown Rd., Hueytown, AL, 35023 205-491-1443 Inglenook (BPL) Temporarily located in Inglenook Recreation Center 4100 40th Terrace N. Birmingham, AL 35217 205-849-8739 Irondale 105 20th St. S, Irondale, AL 35210 205-951-1415 Leeds 8104 Pkwy. Dr., Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-5962

North Birmingham (BPL) 2501 31st Ave. N, Birmingham, AL, 35207 205-226-4025 Pinson 4410 Main St., Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-9298 Pleasant Grove 501 Park Rd., Pleasant Grove, AL 35127 205-744-1731 Powderly (BPL) 3301 Jefferson Ave. SW, Birmingham, AL 35221 205-925-6178 Pratt City (BPL) 509 Dugan Ave. Birmingham, AL 35214 205-791-4997 Smithfield (BPL) #1 8th Ave. W, Birmingham, AL 35204 205-324-8428


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trussville 201 Parkway Dr., Trussville, AL 3517 205-655-2022

SHELBY COUNTY LIBRARIES www.shelbycounty-al.org

Vestavia Hills 1221 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-978-0155 Walter J. Hanna 4615 Gary Ave., Fairfield, AL 35064, 205-783-6007

Roy Downs Memorial Library 9700 Hwy. 25, Calera, AL, 35040 205-668-3514 Chelsea Public Library 41 Weldon Dr., Chelsea, AL, 35043 205-678-8455 Columbiana Public Library 50 Lester St., Columbiana, AL, 35051 205-669-5812 Harpersville Public Library 39414 Hwy. 25 Harpersville, AL 35078 205-672-8336

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

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

Mt Laurel Library 111 Olmsted St. Birmingham, AL 35242 205-991-1660

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 Pelham Public Library 3160 Pelham Pkwy., Pelham, AL, 35124 205-620-6418 Vincent McGraw Public Library 42850 Hwy. 25, Vincent, AL, 35178 205-672-2749 Westover Public Library 3312 Westover Rd., Westover, AL, 35147 205-678-3375 Vernice Stoudenmire Public Library 9905 N. Main St., Wilsonville, AL, 35186 205-669-6180

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Bessemer Courthouse 1801 Third Ave. Bessemer, AL 35020 Hours: 8am-4:30pm 205-426-7958

Chilton County Courthouse 500 2nd Ave. N. Clanton, AL 35045 Hours: 8am-3:30pm 205-280-7207

Birmingham Trooper Post 908 Bankhead Hwy. W. Birmingham, AL 35201 Hours: 7am-4pm 205-252-7445

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Cullman County Courthouse 500 2nd Ave. S.W. Cullman, AL 35055 Hours: 8am-4:30pm Lunch: 12-1pm 256-775-4822 St. Clair County St. Clair County Courthouse 1815 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 Hours: 8am-4:30pm Lunch: Noon-1pm 205-338-0526 Ashville 48 Court St. Ashville, AL 35953

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Shelby County Public Libraries www.shelbycounty-al.org Southern Museum of Flight 4343 73rd St. N., Birmingham. 205-833-8226, www.southernmuseumofflight.org Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla. 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org

McWane Science Center 200 19th St. N., Birmingham. 205-714-8300, www.mcwane.org. Moss Rock Preserve Preserve Parkway, Hoover. 205-739-7141, www.hooveral.org.

Vulcan Park 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham. 205-933-1409, www.vulcanpark.org

Oak Mountain State Park 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham. 205-620-2520, www.alapark.com.

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PB&J SANDWICHES: Small Kindnesses Matter By Stephanie Rodda Simple kindness is on the verge of becoming a lost art in our society and yet, there are still those who remind us what a big difference a small kindness can make. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by all that needs doing in the world and become paralyzed, doing nothing instead of doing what we can and making a real difference. When Charla Brown was first contacted about the need for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, she could hardly have imagined the long-lasting impact such a seemingly small kindness would have. The coach that year at Woodlawn High School recognized a need and that need was brought to Brown’s attention. She began to do what she could and what she could do was to see that 80 or more PB&J sandwiches were faithfully delivered to the athletes each day that sports practices were in session so they could participate without hunger pangs. 42 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2018

The coach that year at Woodlawn High School recognized a need and that need was brought to Brown’s attention. She began to do what she could and what she could do was to see that 80 or more PB&J sandwiches were faithfully delivered to the athletes each day that sports practices were in session so they could participate without hunger pangs. This outreach has now continued for more than five years and tens of thousands of sandwiches have been prepared and provided. But Brown is quick to point out that she could have never accomplished such a task on her own. As word spread over time, a wide variety of groups, families and individuals have participated. Girl Scout troops have volunteered. Small groups from Brown’s church, Church of the Highlands, as well as other

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and graduated from Woodlawn herself, and realizes that for many of these students, exceling at sports will encourage them to stay in school and possibly lead them to opportunities for higher education. Although sports practices at WHS are the primary focus of this community outreach, there are times when the WHS Band has received sandwiches and also, the student athletes at Hayes K-8 School. One thing is for sure, a small kindness can make a big difference and this is a good example of that. Brown recalls when one of the participating groups included inspirational quotes and scriptures with the sandwiches on small note papers. Many of the students taped them onto their gym lockers so they would continue to see them daily. It is moments like these that remind those who are involved, why they are involved. One of my favorite quotes by Mother Teresa, one of the greatest humanitarians of our time, is, “Do small things with great love.” She herself was small at under five feet tall and less than 100 pounds. But her impact was enormous. As I’m sure you have, so many times, I have seen the smallest of gestures make a real difference in the lives of people. Most of us have witnessed it and many of us have experienced it. During our years as foster parents, 44 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2018

we had the opportunity to witness the impact that kindness can have. Children who felt overlooked were convinced that they were finally noticed when their Santa list was noticed. That gift under the tree was worth far more than the money that was spent on it. I recently read about a group that passes out small white cards about the size of a business card. There are only two simple words printed in bold black ink upon the white card stock. YOU MATTER is all it says and yet it is having a big impact. The goal for the organization behind the cards is to pass out 1,000,000 cards in 2017. Why? Because the people these cards are given to are so touched by such a simple kindness, sometimes even to the point of tears. Whether it is a senior in a nursing home, a child in foster care, or a stranger in line behind you in the drive-thru, small kindnesses truly do matter. Sometimes we make mistakenly think that unless our contribution is large, it isn’t significant. It was Aesop who said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” I believe that. It may not always be appreciated, but it is never wasted. Brenda Braxton, an RN who serves on the Mercy Ship as a medical missionary, shared two needs she was aware of with a group of friends. And now, dozens of the simplest pillowcase dresses are ready to accompany

Alone, you or I could never meet the need, together, small kindnesses can meet a great need. All around the world other people are contributing the dressing gowns and cuddly bears. A child will be greatly comforted because of a small kindness.

her to serve as hospital gowns for the children being treated. Others handcrafted the small crocheted or knitted bears that each child receives once they are admitted. Alone, you or I could never meet the need, together, small kindnesses can meet a great need. All around the world other people are contributing the dressing gowns and cuddly bears. A child will be greatly comforted because of a small kindness. The holiday season is an ideal time to reach out to others with random acts of kindness. I recall one shopping day when all of my seven children were small. The store was crowded and maneuvering the buggies and my crew was quite a challenge. A young couple walked by and they held fragrant cups of coffee that I commented on. I just said, “That smells so good.” In the parking lot, they approached me as we were loading up and gave me a $5 gift card to a local coffee house. Their small kindness brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. I enjoyed that treat as I drove home with a van full of children. For more information on the PB&J outreach, contact Charla Brown at Brownchar@bellsouth.net. The web address for Mercy Ship is www.mercyships.org.


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grieves us because a birth mother gave the gift of their child,” Harmon says. “They should feel like a superhero, not shameful.” Slowly, over the past 10 years or so, that viewpoint has shifted. Today, more and more adoptions are actually open adoptions, and at Lifeline, almost every adoption facilitated today is an open adoption or a semi-open adoption. An open adoption means that there is correspondence exchanged between the birth mother and the adoptive parents through a mutually agreed upon plan. A semi-open adoption means that the agency facilitates the communication so, for example, the adoptive parents send the birth mother photos and letters through the agency and the birth mother will not know the adoptive parents last name or address. Both open and semi-open adoptions oftentimes include visits between the adoptive parents and child and the birth mother. “More and more people have started to see the benefit of open adoptions to all parties in the adoption triad, which is the child, the adoptive parents, and the birth parent,” says Christie Mac Segars, Lifeline’s vice president of domestic services. “The birth mother can be affirmed in the decision she made after seeing that her child is growing up in a stable family. The child can feel that he or she wasn’t abandoned and that being placed for adoption was a loving plan by their birth mother. And for the adoptive parents, they are able to better understand their child by knowing the birth mother.”

By Paige Townley With most open adoptions, Lifeline recommends birth mothers and adoptive parents to start out with a semi-open adoption, mainly to allow both time to adjust. “The birth mother needs some space and time to heal,” Harmon explains. “Everyone needs time to adjust when an adoption takes place. We don’t want it to be too much all at once for anyone involved. Starting off as a semi-open adoption helps build trust in the relationship on both sides, and that typically leads to more openness in most cases.” Oftentimes, building the relationship slowly between the birth mother and the adoptive parents can lead to a very close, open relationship. That is the case for Mark and Shannon,* who turned to Lifeline in 2014 hoping to adopt after struggling with infertility issues. Mark and Shannon’s contact with their child’s birth mother started early on – they were even able to go to an ultrasound appointment with her – and the relationship quickly grew. “The nature of our relationship changed over time,” Shannon says. “Initially, we exchanged emails back and forth, then those changed to phone conversations. Now, we see each other in person, and texting is much more fluid. For example, when our daughter first started walking, my first thought other than telling my husband is that I wanted to call her birth mom to share.” Sometimes, however, a closer relationship can actually reveal the need for less communication between the two parties. “We have one birth mother who actually goes and visits the


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adoptive parents and the child once a month or so, even going on family vacations with them sometimes,” Harmon says. “But then sometimes with a very open relationship the birth mother can actually see that she needs to pull back and have less communication and more boundaries because it’s too painful. It is definitely different case by case, so that’s why we recommend starting off with minimal communication and try to let it grow organically.” That growth in openness and communication can typically happen organically when everyone involved stays focused on the child’s best interests, Harmon adds. “That’s what everyone is really working toward,” she says. “That’s why the birth mother made the adoption plan, because she loves the child dearly and wants a stable family for the child. And that’s why the adoptive parents are adopting, because they want to be able to care for and provide a stable home for the child. So when both parties are looking at the child’s best interest, it’s easy to come to an agreement. And while the child needs to know their adoptive parents as mom and dad, it’s good for them to know their birth parents and to have that connection. That’s a huge piece of their identity.” The child understanding that he or she was adopted also allows the child to see adoption as a positive factor. “There are a lot of children that didn’t find out they were adopted until they were older, and that’s hard news to find out that the parents who raised you aren’t your biological parents,” Harmon says. “When adoption is celebrated as part of the child’s story from the time they were born, they can see adoption as a place of joy and celebration.” Harmon understands the significance and need for openness than perhaps most others. She was adopted as a newborn, and her parents celebrated it with her from the start. “I’m so thankful my parents are incredible people and never wanted to keep the adoption a secret from me,” she says. “They always called me their darling adopted child. They were intentional in telling me how thankful they were that my birth parents chose them.” While Harmon’s adoption was originally closed, her parents understood the benefit to finding her birth mother, which they eventually did. Today, she has a positive relationship with both her birth parents. “When I think of adoption, I think of the word ‘redemption,’” Harmon says. “For the family struggling with infertility, for the birth mom who feels alone and is scared, and for the child – it’s a redemption story for them all. It’s a beautiful picture of redemption.” For more information, visit pregnant.lifelinechild.org or lifelinechild.org.

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schoolers to form a tribe where we all feel relaxed and comfortable. Must just naturally hit it off, and if our kids get along, that’s even better. Must share ideas, field trips, encouragement, tears, laughs, rides, curriculum, coffee, playdates and frustrations. Future possibilities include starting a small learning co-op, holiday parties, book clubs for different ages, sports and more. Sound too good to be true? It can be your awesome reality! If you are new to homeschooling and haven’t yet found your tribe, taking the leap could lead you (and your kids!) to Homeschool Zen. Everybody talks about homeschool socialization for your kids, but what about for you? And why can’t you have both at the same time? Homeschooling mom Angie Pemberton says, “My tribe is our little group with all kids about the same age. I think it gets a little harder to homeschool as kids get older and they start 48 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2018

feeling like they are missing out on some of the school stuff. This group helps us get the good stuff without the drama. We have our own little summer co-op and field trip group and love the support we get from each other.” So where can you find – or how can you start – your own homeschooling tribe? Lots of places!

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To me, this is the easiest way to find and maintain your tribe. Start with Yahoo Groups, Meetup and Facebook. If you Google “homeschool groups [your city]” you will also find some great options. You can start your own group online, as well, if you aren’t finding what you want or if you just want to do your own thing. Invite tribe potentials and then they can invite friends they like. Your group might be full of homeschoolers from all over the country (or world!) or maybe you connect with a handful with whom you can meet locally.

Locally: Join an existing group

Of course, it’s a great help to find a local tribe as well. Most states have a list of homeschool groups, so check that out. Start with some large support group meetings to see if it’s a good fit for both you and your children. You may find you gel with a few moms, and you can then branch off into your own weekly meetup and bring others in as you make connections. Also, during school hours go to places where homeschoolers hang out – libraries, parks, indoor play areas, zoos, children’s museums, indoor trampoline parks. Some libraries have homeschooler lunch bunch, and you can also Google for local coops and classes. Maybe you meet someone at the library who you think would fit into your group very well, and you invite him or her to your next park date or book club meetup. Unless you are a total social butterfly, heading into a group of homeschooling


parents might seem a little scary. Take a deep breath and do it anyway – it’s for you and for your kids, after all, and you deserve to find that special supportive set of people.

Locally: Start your own group

Host a book club, art show, nature hike or field trip and invite a bunch of different people you’ve collected from using the methods above. People will start showing up and you’ll get to know them. Some will never come, some will come religiously, but soon enough you’ll start to figure out who your tribe is. My experience has always been that the kids will follow your lead and, if you get a large enough group going, they will find at least one person they also connect with. Don’t forget you can have more than one tribe! I put together a great tribe of hippie-ish unschooling friends (moms and dads) that met at a coffeehouse/gym combo for a long time, but then I also found a fantastic group of structured homeschooling women when my family started at a co-op. You can, conversely, have one tribe that’s entirely online and one that only meets for field trips! The sky’s the limit where your tribes are concerned! What about disagreements and problems? It’s true that there are going to be

“My tribe is our little group with all kids about the same age. I think it gets a little harder to homeschool as kids get older and they start feeling like they are missing out on some of the school stuff. This group helps us get the good stuff without the drama. We have our own little summer co-op and field trip group and love the support we get from each other.” — Angie Pemberton

disagreements in any group. Sometimes you just need a break after a sticky situation with another mom or between the kids; sometimes there needs to be a full-on break-up with the entire group. Sometimes you just change and maybe outgrow the tribe and slowly and politely make your exit with no hard feelings. People in your tribe will move away, stop homeschooling altogether, have drama over things non-homeschool related and more. Your tribe will grow, shrink and change. Be open to the tribe concept and I promise it will enrich the homeschooling experience for both you and your kids! Keep an open mind and collect your wonderful homeschool

friends wherever you can find them. Then nurture those relationships, because you’re going to need the support on your homeschooling journey!

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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 K3-8th grades. SACS accredited. The Altamont School 4801 Altamont Rd. S. Birmingham, AL  35222 205.445.1232 tgoldsmith@altamontschool.org www.altamontschool.org The Mission of the Altamont School is to improve the fabric of society by graduating compassionate, well-educated students capable of independent thinking and innovative ideas. The Hillsboro School 73 Elvira Rd. Helena, AL 35080 205-864-7330 admissions@thehillsboroschool.com www.thehillsboroschool.org The Classroom Reimagined. Nestled on 30 acres, Hillsboro attracts independent thinkers and prepares them to create purposeful lives. Students learn to think critically & creatively, and engage in real world problems. Pre-K - 12th grade.

PRESCHOOLS & DAYCARE Odyssey Early Schools • 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. Saint Stephen’s Preschool 3775 Crosshaven Dr. Birmingham, Al 35223 205-967-6317 http://ssepreschool.org Saint Stephen’s Preschool is a ministry of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. We are a half day preschool for ages 6 months to 5 years old.

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EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Kumon of Hoover River Oaks Village 3744 Lorna Rd. Birmingham, AL 35216 205-444-9485 hoover_al@ikumon.com www.kumon.com/hoover-al Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children in preschool through high school. Students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills that last a lifetime. The Tutoring Center 2804 John Hawkins Pkwy. Suite 100 Hoover, AL 35244 (near Academy Sports) 205-987-9577 isaaczeidan@tutoringcenter.com www.hoover.tutorcenter.com One-to-one tutoring designed to help your child develop stronger academic skills, earn better grades, score higher on standardized tests, while gaining confidence, motivation and focus.

DENTISTS, ORTHODONTISTS & ORAL SURGEONS Angelica Rohner Pediatric Dentistry            2045 Brookwood Medical Center Dr. Suite 21 Birmingham, AL 35209 205-870-0892 www.drrohner.com office@drrohner.com Dr. Rohner is a mother of four and has been a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist for almost two decades. With a background in education, she understands that each child needs individualized care. McCalla Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry 4814 Bell Hill Rd. Bessemer, AL 35022 205-477-8004 mccalla.orthodontics@yahoo.com www.mccallasmiles.com Dentistry for children, adolescents and patients with disabilities. Orthodontics for children and adults. We offer traditional metal brackets as well as the clear Invisalign option. Dr. Michael Anglin Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Erin Nelson Family Dentistry 3825 Lorna Rd., Suite 206 Hoover, AL 35244 205-988-9800 www.BirminghamKidsdentist.com Dr. Michael Anglin has provided

quality pediatric dentistry to the Hoover and surrounding communities since 1993. With Dr. Nelson, they offer excellent care for children, adolescents & adults. Celebrating our 25th year in Hoover! Ortho South Dr. Brandon Boggan 2705 Pelham Pkwy. Suite 200 Pelham, AL 35124 205-642-8505 ander@orthosouth.com www.orthosouth.com Ortho South, Dr. Brandon Boggan, provides braces and is Alabama’s top provider of Invisalign. Located in Pelham and Calera, convenient to Jefferson, Shelby and Chilton counties. Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry Dr. Lauten Johnson 1015 Brocks Gap Pkwy. Hoover, AL 35244 205-982-0112 www.alpediatricdentistry.com hoover.info@alpediatricdentistry.com Your child’s path to optimum dental health starts here with our kid-friendly staff. Options for in-office sedation or general anesthesia at Children’s Hospital. Kids love us, Parents trust us!

Pediatric Smiles, LLC Dr. Tabitha Jarman Gatrey 4823 Promenade Pkwy. Suite 101 Bessemer, AL 35022                                       205-230-9000 tabgat@psmilesal.com www.psmilesal.com Our top priority is helping your child achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile! Providing dental care for children of all ages, including those with special needs. Now accepting new patients and most insurance accepted. Sarver Orthodontics 1705 Vestavia Pkwy. Birmingham, AL 35216 205-979-7072 www.sarverortho.com Creating beautiful smiles since 1979! We are committed to providing you and your family exceptional orthodontic care in a fun and comfortable environment. Thomas Pediatric Dentistry 721 Montclair Rd. Birmingham, AL 35213 205-879-6150 info@thomaspediatricdentistry.com www.thomaspediatricdentistry.com As one of Birmingham’s most trusted children’s dentists, Dr. Thomas offers a safe, nurturing environment in a state of the art oral health facility for infants, children, teenagers and those with special needs.


HEALTH & WELLNESS Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center Homewood | Hoover Chelsea | Alabaster Trussville | Cullman 205-871-9661 www.alabamaallergy.com Our board certified allergists/ immunologists provide specialized diagnosis and treatment for pediatric and adult patients with allergies, asthma, skin conditions, sinus issues and immunological disorders. Alabama Department of Public Health www.alabamapublichealth.gov Promote, protect and improve the health of individuals and communities of Alabama. Brookwood Baptist Health  Primary & Specialty Care Network  205-877-2726 bbhcarenetwork.com  Our Primary & Specialty Care Network is devoted to caring for patients in locations all over central Alabama—and backed by all the resources of Brookwood Baptist Health. 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. Clinical Research Center of Alabama Homewood | Hoover 205-209-4100 www.alclinicalresearch.com Since 1998, our center has conducted hundreds of clinical studies in adult & pediatric patients, and contributed to the development of new therapies for asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, hives, other skin conditions, HAE and COPD. Day Eye Center 2122 Old Montgomery Hwy. Pelham, AL 35124 205-987-2308 www.dayeyecenter.com A premier eye care facility whose office and eye doctors are dedicated to providing excellence in patient care, clinical education and optical services. Our doctors are leaders in clinical eye care involving eye and vision disorders.

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama 3929 Airport Blvd. STE 3-310 Mobile, AL 36609 800-626-1582 or 251-3410170 www.efala.org Strives to improve the quality of life for individuals with seizures.  Services include: information,  emergency assistance, advocacy, epilepsy awareness, community and professional education,  Camp Evoked Potential, summer camp.  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 or adding to your family - our dedicated team at the new Grandview Medical Center will make your experience memorable. Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama, P.C. 1425 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. S. Suite 206 Birmingham, AL 35205 205-558-3200 www.pednephal.com With over 25 years of experience in caring for children with kidney disease, Dr. Mark Benfield established Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama in 2010. Accepting new patients. Shades Valley Dermatology 813 Shades Creek Pkwy. #205 Birmingham, AL 35209 205-578-1799 www.shadesvalleyderm.com We focus on healthy skin and individualized patient care at Shades Valley Dermatology. We are a small practice who wants to know our patients – knowing our patients help us take better care of them.

Skin Wellness Center 1920 Huntington Rd. Birmingham, AL 35209 205-871-7332 CHELSEA 398 Chesser Dr., Suite 6 Chelsea, AL 35043   205-678-7518  info@skinwellness.com www.skinwellness.com/ Offering a full range of dermatology services including medical evaluations and treatment for conditions such as acne, rashes and skin cancer, elective cosmetic & laser procedures. Small Steps Pediatrics Dr. Shameza Boyd St. Vincent’s East Professional Bldg. 52 Medical Park Dr. E. Suite 201 Birmingham, AL 35235 205-868-3486 www.smallstepspediatrics.com Providing exceptional health care and compassionate service to the families we serve. We offer a full range of pediatric care including prenatal visits for expecting parents, well–child check–ups, immunizations and sick appointments. UAB Medical Center West 985 Ninth Ave. S.W. Birmingham, AL 35022 www.medicalwesthostipal.org We pride ourselves in providing quality compassionate care to each and every one of our patients. Women’s Health Specialists of Birmingham 3686 Grandview Pkwy. Suite 300 Birmingham, AL 35243 205-536-7676 www.whsbham.com Our physicians have created an environment for women that is calm, respectful and supportive. Visit whsbham.com for more information.

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Autism Society of Alabama 4217 Dolly Ridge Rd. Birmingham, AL 35243 1-877-4AUTISM 205-951-1364 205-967-8244(fax) 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. Boost Kids Occupational Therapy & Yoga 1623 Second Ave. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-767-9207 https://boostbirmingham.com/ Specializing in feeding delays and picky eating, developmental delays, handwriting issues & more! Child’s Play Therapy Center LLC Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services 205-978-9939 www.childsplaytherapycenter.com Occupational, physical, speech and music therapy, along with academic tutoring. Experienced loving staff and facility just for kids. Dance Without Limits 7154 Cahaba Valley Rd. Birmingham AL 35242 251-610-4969 www.dancewithoutlimitsfoundation.org Dance Without Limits is a 501c3 Non-Profit organization that provides a dance program for children and young adults with special needs who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy of dance. Easterseals Pediatric Therapy 205-314-2165 www.eastersealsbham.org Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children with special needs ages birth to 21 regardless of ability to pay for services. Elrod Mobility 1930 Third Ave. N Bessemer Al 35020 205-823-8181 www.myelrodmobility.com Elrod Mobility delivers the very best in the sale and service of mobility products, making your life simpler and easier.  Focal Point Child’sPlay Therapy Center 205-978-9939 www.childsplaytherapycenter.com

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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.

The Dance Foundation 1715 27th Court S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-870-0073 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.

Ronald McDonald House Alabama 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.

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 & circus arts, trampoline, cheer, Ninja classes plus fantastic camps & birthday parties!

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The Academy of the Arts at Samford University 1939 South Lakeshore Dr. Birmingham, AL 35229 205-726-2739 www.samford.edu/academy-ofthe-arts Offering a variety of noncredit courses & workshops in the arts for all ages: calligraphy, drawing, photography, painting, pottery, creative writing, and summer camps. Music lessons in piano, strings, theory, voice, woodwinds & harp.

DANCE, RECREATION & FITNESS Alabama Ballet 2726 First Ave. S. Birmingham, AL 35233 205-322-4300 information@alabamaballet.org www.alabamaballet.org Providing the highest quality training to aspiring artists of all ages that is developmentally appropriate both physically and artistically. The school’s instruction is based on the syllabus provided by the Royal Academy of Dance. Birmingham Dance Theatre 1694 Montgomery Hwy. Suite 200 Hoover, AL 25216 205-822-3012 Bdtdance.com BDT is devoted to aspire all ages to excel in dance. We nurture, educate, guide and encourage

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham 10 Branch Locations Alabaster, Downtown, Greystone, Hoover, Mt. Brook, Northeast, Pelham, Shades Valley, Trussville and Vestavia Contact: Rhonda Elmore relmore@ymcabham.org www.ymcabham.org At the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, it’s about your community, your family, and your health. With a mission centered on balance, the Y encourages good health, brings families closer together and fosters personal connections.

RETAIL & SERVICES 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.

YMCA Camp Cha La Kee 4380 Cha-La-Kee Rd. Guntersvile, AL 35976 256-428-9622 www.ymcahuntsville.org We are an overnight and day camp set on beautiful Lake Guntersville.  We offer traditional overnight  camping to ages 6-16 with emphasis on promoting the four core values of the YMCA: Honesty, Respect, Caring, and Responsibility.   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 3- July 28 Ages: girls 7-17 Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship since 1922! An independent, residential camp for girls that fosters self-confi dence, independence, teamwork, and leadership. Located on Lookout Mountain, just 2 hours north or Birmingham. Highlands School  Summer Camp 4901 Old Leeds Rd. Birmingham, AL  35213 205-956-9731 www.highlandsschool.org gmccool@highlandsschool.org June 4th –July 27th (except July 4th week) Ages: 4K-8th Arts, sports, science and more for elementary-8th grade. Campers continue to learn while having a great time! Traditional day camps.  Morning and afternoon extended care. Check out our Counselor-in-Training program!

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FLORIDA Ahh, Florida. It’s a Traveling Mom favorite. Sure, we have a whole directory devoted to Walt Disney World (https:// www.travelingmom.com/disney/) as well as Universal Studios. But there’s much more to the Sunshine State outside of Orlando. You can visit the great resorts in St. Pete Beach and Naples, see the manatees at Blue Spring State Park and Cuban cafes in Miami, or if you crave the sun and sand, investigate Mexico Beach and Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The Sanibel Thriller speed boat tour brings out friendly dolphins to play in its wake. Love luxury? Then this Sarasota County guide (https://www.travelingmom.com/family-vacation-destinations/southeast-destinations/ sarasota-county-florida-guide-for-the-luxury-loving-family/) shares where to stay and 56 | birminghamparent | THE GUIDE 2018

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OUR CITIES 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 659,521 City of Adamsville Population: 4,360 4828 Main St. Adamsville, AL 35005 205-674-5671 www.cityofadamsville.org City of Bessemer Population: 26,511 1800 Third Ave. N. Bessemer, AL 35020 205-424-4060 www.bessemeral.org City of Birmingham (county seat) Population: 212,157 710 North 20th St. Birmingham, AL 35203 205-254-2079 www.birminghamal.gov City of Center Point Population: 16,496 2209 Center Point Pkwy. Center Point, AL 35215 205-854-4460 www.thecityofcenterpoint.org City of Clay Population: 9,587 2441 Old Springville Rd. Birmingham, AL 35215 205-680-1223 www.clayalabama.org

City of Fairfield Population: 10,807 4701 Gary Ave. Fairfield, AL 35064 205-788-2492 http://fairfieldal.us City of Fultondale Population: 9,084 1210 Walker Chapel Rd. Fultondale, AL 35068 205-841-4481 www.cityoffultondale.com City of Gardendale Population: 13,783 925 Main St. Gardendale, AL 35071 205-631-8789 www.cityofgardendale.com City of Graysville Population: 2,107 246 South Main St. Graysville, AL 35073 205-674-5643 www.graysvillecity.com City of Homewood Population: 25,613 2850 19th St. S. Homewood, AL 35209 205-332-6100 www.homewoodal.net City of Hoover Population: 84,978 100 Municipal Lane

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Hoover, AL 35216 205-444-7500 www.hooveral.org City of Hueytown Population: 15,561 1318 Hueytown Road Hueytown, AL 35023 205-491-7010 www.hueytownal.org City of Irondale Population: 12,359 101 20th St. S. Irondale, AL 35210 205-956-9200 City of Leeds Population: 11,940 1040 Park Dr. Leeds, AL 35094 205-699-2585 www.leedsalabama.gov City of Moody Population: 12,823 670 Park Ave. Moody, AL 35004 205-640-2528 www.moodyalabama.gov City of Mountain Brook Population: 20,590 56 Church St. Mountain Brook, AL 35213 205-802-2400 www.mtnbrook.org

City of Pinson Population: 7,426 4410 Main St. Pinson, AL 35126 205-680-5556 www.thecityofpinson.com City of Pleasant Grove Population: 10,177 501 Park Rd. Pleasant Grove, AL 35127 205-744-1720 www.cityofpg.com City of Vestavia Hills Population: 34,688 1032 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205-978-0100 www.vhal.org City of Tarrant Population: 6,268 1604 Pinson Valley Pkwy. Tarrant, AL 35217 205-849-2800 www.cityoftarrant.com City of Trussville Population: 21,422 131 Main St. Trussville, AL 35173 205-655-7478 www.trussville.org


SHELBY COUNTY: Population 210,622 City of Alabaster Population: 32,948 1953 Municipal Way Alabaster, AL 35007 205-664-6841 www.cityofalabaster.com City of Calera Population: 13,489 7901 Highway 31 Calera, AL 35040 205-668-3500 www.cityofcalera.org City of Chelsea Population: 12,341 1611 Chelsea Rd. Chelsea, AL 35043 205-677-2040 www.cityofchelsea.com City of Columbiana (county seat) Population: 4,539 107 Mildred St. Columbiana, AL 35051 205-669-5800 www.cityofcolumbiana.com

Town of Harpersville Population: 1,680 83 Town Hall Lane Harpersville, AL 35078 205-672-9961 www.townofharpersville.com City of Helena Population: 18,673 816 Hwy. 52 E. Helena, AL 35080 205-663-2161 www.cityofhelena.org Town of Indian Springs Village Population: 2,544 2635 Cahaba Valley Rd. Indian Springs, AL 35124 205-982-1755 www.indianspringsvillage.org

Vincent, AL 35178 205-672-2261 www.townofvincent.com

Clanton, AL: 35046 205-755-1105 www.clanton.al.us

Town of Westover Population: 1,542 3312 Westover Rd. Westover, AL 35147 205-678-3375 http://westoveralabama.org

City of Jemison Population: 2,616 14 Padgett Lane Jemison, AL 35085 205-688-4491 www.jemisonalabama.org

Town of Wilsonville Population: 1,987 9905 N. Main St. Wilsonville, AL 35186 205-669-6205 www.wilsonvilleal.com

Town of Maplesville Population: 703 9400 AL Hwy. 22 Maplesville, AL 36750 334-366-4210 www.townofmaplesville.com

Town of Wilton Population: 682 100 Depot St. Wilton, AL 35187 205-665-2021

City of Montevallo Population: 6,723 541 Main St. Montevallo, AL 35115 205-665-2555 www.cityofmontevallo.com

Town of Thorsby Population: 2,052 21060 U.S. Hwy. 31 Thorsby, AL 35171 205-646-3575 www.thorsbyal.com

------------------------------CHILTON COUNTY: Population 43,941 City of Clanton Population: 8,846 505 Second Ave. N.

Town of Vincent Population: 2,118 25 Florey St.

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Birmingham Parent Magazine - The Guide - January 2018  
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