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December 2012





What's Going On This Season? Dreaming in December p39 New Year's Eve Night of Lights p2-3

JT & Leanne's Holiday Traditions p22 The Truth: Is Santa Claus Real? p36 How did Montgomery Become the Capital City? p10 Great Gifts for Little Artists p38

Valerie Pittman

The Look Boutique

Connecting you to the Capitol City

New Year’s Eve Celebration Downtown Festivities will start at 9:30 p.m. in the

Wonderful Entertainment District of Downtown Montgomery on Commerce Street between Bibb and Tallapoosa Groove Merchants will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. Creativity will take the stage at 11:15 p.m.

At midnight, say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in 2013 with an amazing Virtual Rise! The Crowds will be surrounded with Confetti and, of course, stay for the Amazing Fireworks brought you by Creek Casinos Montgomery and Wetumpka. The band will continue to rock the night away until 1:00 a.m. All of the events this evening are free to the public. Celebrate this wonderful New Year with all your friends and make new ones while wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Sponsored by Bama Budweiser and Regions Bank, Presented by WSFA 3

A Word from our Mayor Welcome to the Capital of Dreams! Montgomery is a city that combines deep roots in history with a dynamic future. As Mayor of Montgomery, I have personally seen the progressive economic growth and development in our great city. Whether it is the amazing and diverse architecture, great weather, or friendly and talented people, Montgomery is a fantastic setting for film production.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

In addition to the iconic residential and civic architecture, there is much to offer in our Capital City: the Alabama Shakespeare Theatre, Hank Williams Museum, Rosa Parks Museum, the Maya Lin-designed Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Parsonage, the First White House of the Confederacy, the State Capitol, Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Biscuits Baseball at Riverwalk Stadium and much more. Best of all, we’ve made it easy to see all of these sites through our Film Montgomery production location photo album.

Whether you’re filming a movie, television show, or a commercial, the City of Montgomery Film Office is ready to work with you to make your production a success. Add in the State of Alabama’s tax incentives and you will find that the City of Montgomery is a film-friendly community committed to making production here efficient and economical.






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In This Issue Departments Sights To See 8 Health & Fitness 14 Life Lessons 20 Good Taste 24 Faith 32 Education Station 34 Kid’s Corner 38 Meow Woof & Chirp 42 The Parking Lot 46 Insurance 101 48 Shopping Spree 50 Worth A Look 54 Datebook 56 Map It Out 62 Advertisers Alabama Shakespeare Festival 61 American Forest Management 33 Artistic Expressions 6 Auburn University Montgomery 35 Carrabba's Italian Grill 24 Chick Fil A Prattville 25


Chick Fil A RSA Tower 31 Child Evangelism Fellowship 33 Churchill Academy 34 City of Montgomery 311 4 D'livia Boutique 52 Doug's 2 Salon 55 Eastside Grille 7 Filet & Vine 27 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 53 Fitzgerald Museum 13 Green Gate School 37 Holy Cross Episcopal School 35 Hue Studio 52 It’Za Gift & Interiors 51 Jim ’n Nicks 28 Lee & Lan Florist 13 Line-X 46 Looney’s SuperSkate 40 Louisa's Bakery 25 Lush Makeup Art 54 Marquirette's Fine Jewelry 9 Mary Kay 55 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 17

McQuick Printing 47 Mela's Boutique 53 Midtown Pizza 31 Montgomery Humane Society 44 Montgomery Multisport 17 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 59 Montgomery Spine Center 16 Nick Drollette Photography 21 NY Gold & Diamond Buyers 11 Old Alabama Town 39 Primary EyeCare 15 Prissy Paws 45 Resolution Fitness Camps 19 River Region TV 23 Riverfront Park/Harriott II 39, 41 Sa Za Italian Back Cover State Farm, Henry Hernandez 49 Steak ’n Shake 26 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 43 The Look Boutique 53 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 41 Tonya Speed’s Dance 39 Triton Performance Apparel 19

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where six blocks of authenticallyrestored 19th- and early 20th-century structures beckon you to step back in time to the days of one-room schoolhouses, grist mills, and cotton gins--all without leaving the heart of downtown Montgomery. The 19th century village features completely authentic 19th-and early 20th-century homes and buildings that have been saved from demolition, carefully restored, and reopened to the public as a history museum in 1967. Jimmy Loeb and Millow Howard worked closely with the city with a vision to save the historic value. Their vision was to preserve and rent their houses and keep the history in Montgomery. Today, there are over thirty preserved structures at Old Alabama Town with six blocks of historic value. From lavish antebellum mansions to humble log cabins and slave quarters, at Old Alabama Town you will learn how early American of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama. Old Alabama Town is an outdoor history museum managed by the non-profit Landmarks Foundation for the City of Montgomery. The 19th century village is open yearround and its mission is to preserve, interpret and present Central Alabama's architecture, history and culture. Old Alabama Town is opened from Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m - 4 p.m. with their last tour ticket sold at 3 p.m. They are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information and to see a full calendar of events, visit








Health & Fitness Dr. Rho Knows... Gums & Teeth

You do WHAT for a Living? Often when I meet someone for the first time and they find out what I do for a living, the expression on their face looks like they just realized the peanut they ate was actually a live cockroach. “How can you look at other people’s mouths all day?” they ask. It’s actually a good question. For fifteen years I have looked at, examined and worked on other people’s mouths. If I do some fuzzy math, that means that I have looked in approximately 86,400 mouths. Many of my colleagues and mentors have been doing this for decades longer than I have. They’ve seen even more. Our human body is so amazing that if you took one cubic millimeter of any random part of it, you can take a lifetime studying it and still never come even close to fully understanding the complexity and wonder of just that small piece of the miracle each of us are. Today’s western medicine has come leaps and bounds compared to the bloodletting and goose grease of just a century ago, but we’ve still only scratched the surface of knowledge when it come to the intricacy and mystery of what makes us. Take our mouths. Our mouths do amazing things. It helps us to communicate to each other by forming the words to speak and express how we are. The ends of our lips turn up to form a smile or down to frown, communicating without words. With words, our lips and tongues move in perfect synchronicity to form the sounds of our languages. We touch our lips to the forehead of our children to show them how much we love them. We touch them to each other to express our love and passion for the significant one in our lives. You’d think just that would be enough. Mouths are the physical space to the pleasure of eating. We taste delicious foods with it. Savor the texture and flavors of that perfectly baked pie as we chew it and release the burst of sweet, gooey filling and crisp tender crust. Meanwhile, our mouths excrete more saliva which has enzymes to help start break down the food as our tongues manipulate the food to our teeth to chew it into something we can swallow. Digestion has already begun before you can even say “Mmmmmmmm.” Mouths are a window to our health. Dry mouth, irritated gums, bad breath, broken or decayed teeth, and fuzzy 14

tongues are indicators of our general health. What does your mouth feel like when you’re sick? Different right? Uncomfortable. It’s pasty and dry. The taste of food is pale and muted. Textures feel scratchy. How about on the other end of the spectrum when you feel especially alive and healthy or when you feel blissed out like when you first fall in love. Your lips actually become fuller. Food tastes especially amazing. Your teeth even in and of themselves are live organs. They have blood and fluid coursing through them in the movement of your beating heart. They flex when they chew. Each tooth has a specialized function when you’re biting off a piece of the food, tearing it and chewing it. When you smile, they take in light and reflect and refract the beams much like a crystal prism to literally give you the gleam in your smile. They frame your smile and give you the character and characterizations that people remember about you when they think about you. In my work, I get to help to maintain the health of your mouth and I get to enhance the beauty of your smile. Today, I treated a 27 year-old woman who had been ashamed of her teeth and her smile for years. When she was finished and looked at herself in the mirror she burst into tears because she’d never seen her smile look so pretty. My assistant, Kristy, cried along with her sharing the joy and relief of the end of years of embarrassment. She’ll smile more now. Smiles are contagious. She’ll make other people smile more too. The gift goes on. These are just a few examples to illustrate just how cool your mouth is. I’ve only skimmed through just a small part of just a small part of what makes you the amazing human being you were created to be. When people ask me “How can you look into other people’s mouths all day?” I still think it’s good question! Have a merry Christmas and remember what a fantastic gift you already are! Dr. Frank K. Rho received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University in 1997. He has worked with numerous dentists and specialists and has lectured in communities on the subject of dental care throughout the United States. He is an active member of a number of organizations composed of dentists who keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques in dentistry. Dr. Rho practices general dentistry in Prattville, Alabama.

Montgomery Spine Center Timothy A. Holt, M.D.

Specializing In: • Cervical, Thoracic & Lumbar Surgery • Nerve and Disc Problems • Back, Neck, Shoulder, Arm, Leg Pain Dr. Timothy Holt is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and is fellowship trained in Orthopedic Spine Surgery. He completed his fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Inglewood,CA in 1991. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopedic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Prior to that he attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and completed his undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfeesboro, TN. Dr. Holt specializes in the treatment of low back pain including degenerative disc disease, instability and spinal stenosis of the lumbar and cervical spine. He offers a variety of treatment plans ranging from a conservative approach to a surgical approach.

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Health & Fitness

Beating the

by Corey & Donna Ellis Most people have a tendency to gain weight during the holiday season, and unfortunately, most of us do not lose the weight gained during this time. Not only do we gain weight, but we gain body fat. How many of you feasted for Thanksgiving, and will be feasting for Christmas and New Years? Whether it be through a business party, social gathering, or a family function, I'm more than sure that we all have, and will be, coming in contact with large amounts of delicious food within this string of holidays. You've been pushing yourself within your workouts consistently week in and week out this year, and staying disciplined with your food choices and intake. DON'T allow the holiday bust to derail your progress this year. Of course for most individuals, including us, the choices of food within this period of the year are not the best by any means, but you can definitely control how much food you're allowing yourself to consume. Let's make a conscious effort to try and make the better selection of foods at the time that you're in the presence of it, and control the amount of food that goes on to your plate, or better yet, in your mouth. Beyond that, you have to continue to exercise, and push your body to decrease calories and burn off body fat.


Holiday Bulge Preventing Weight Gain

First of all, make a plan to NOT gain weight. Yes, there is a difference. Set it in your mind that you will work on not putting on the pounds. Forget about trying to lose weight: it just may add extra stress to a season that is already stressful for most. Second, do not stop exercising. Let me stress that again, DO NOT STOP EXERCISING. Trying to maintain some type of physical activity will help prevent packing on the pounds. Exercise is your most effective method to not gain weight. If you cannot find enough time to exercise all at once, break it into small 10 minute bouts. Third, it is OK to say “No!” Do not eat out of obligation. I am not telling you not to eat at the holiday parties, but don’t feel pressured to eat something that you don’t want. Be aware of what and how much you put into your mouth. Portion control is the key. If you blow it one day, get back on track the next day. One slip up is no reason to start on a downward slope. Workout a little harder the next day and be more aware of what you eat. Fourth, be a little more scaleconscious. I will be the first to tell my clients to stay off of the scales everyday. However during the holiday season, I recommend to

weigh twice a week. If your scale starts to creep up, you will be able to notice it sooner and take action. Please keep in mind that it takes 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. Last but not least, and now I am talking to the ladies, wear a snugfitting outfit that does not easily expand. This will be a conscious reminder not to stuff yourself. Also, pair your outfit with a cute clutch. You won’t have two easily accessible hands to eat. We’re not going to stay away from the parties this Christmas, and you shouldn’t either. However, we will still exercise, exercise, exercise. Don’t fall into the holiday trap and gain weight that usually does not come off. Make it a priority to stay active and your New Year’s Resolution won’t be to lose the weight you gained during the holiday season.

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Life Lessons

On Respect Dr. Kalai Mugilan, MA, MPH, PHD

I believe respect is greater than love! I know most of you would disagree. Every time that thought is introduced, people around me become upset. Some would even wonder if I love my wife! If love is greater, then how is it that the people who claim to love you can be disrespectful to you? Or, how do husbands who claim to love their wives become physically violent toward them? I know many people who claim to love their siblings or their children, but act or speak disrespectfully to them. Maybe they are not experiencing love for their “loved” ones, but confusing love with ownership or dependence. I am here to tell you maybe respect matters, and maybe respect is greater than love. Conversely, if I have respect for you, but not love, I will be respectful even when you are not around. If that is the case, I think I’d rather earn your respect than your love. Respect continues even in your absence, while speaking or acting disrespectfully to you also disrespects me. I am not sure if the same can be said for love. It is easier to love you even in your absence, because not loving you also means not loving myself. Respect is often mistaken and confused with power. Respect is never earned by exerting power over another. I may be fearful or mindful of you; but that behavior doesn’t mean I am respectful of you. I may have “respect” for you because you are able to punch my teeth out. That translates

to fear. I may even be kind and smile at you, yet I may not respect you. I may act respectfully to someone with a bigger gun, but, really, I just do not care for you or your gun and simply do not want trouble. However, the fearful behavior can be confused for respect and sometimes even misconstrued as love. Respect demands introspection so that we notice our own shortcomings and strengths. Respect demands that we notice the other people’s strengths as well: intellect, attitude, perspective and anything that the other person does to contribute to life. Respect is earned over time. Respect is gained through hard work and diligence. The observer develops respect for the person they have observed. Respect for oneself is what brings about respect from others. As respect is earned and developed; trust and loyalty may follow. Love does not necessarily evoke trust, but love certainly insists trust without evidence. Love does not necessarily insist loyalty, but respect wants you make up your own mind if I am trustworthy or worthy of loyalty. One may argue, perhaps, that with love, respect is born. I say the other way around: with respect, love is born. To my young friends who argue that love is greater, I tell them to find a person you respect, and a person that respects you in return, develop a friendship, and if the rest of the pieces fit, you just might find your greatest love.

Dr. Kalai Mugilan received his Doctorate of Health Promotion/Medical Sociology. He is an Assistant Professor at South University and the co-founder of Varietas LLC Diversity Training, Certification, Staff Augmentation, which is located in Montgomery. He had workshops in New Orleans after Katrina and currently works with local veterans. To contact him, please call 205-243-7747.


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Good Taste Cupcakes By Tish is owned and Tish’s grandmother inspired her love of baking. operated by Quincy and Tish When Tish was thinking about things that she Leonard. It is coming up on their enjoy doing, she began to think about all the time first year anniversary. Even though her grandmother Sweetnin' spent teaching her to their bakery has only been open for bake. So, that joy they got from baking, inspired her a short period of time, this business to keep that passion going. Tish even named a cupcake has been in their heart for a long time. after her! Since they have opened on December 9, 2012, they have been successful in meeting the needs of the Cupcakes By Tish has a special cupcake, the public. Cupcakes By Tish has won several awards, Pink Velvet Cupcake. When you purchase the including "Best Dessert" in the city (Montgomery Pink Velvet Cupcake, all the proceeds go to the Advertiser) and the latest being one of the Top Ten American Cancer Society. The idea of the Pink cupcake shops in Alabama ( They have also Velvet Cupcake was actually an accident. Tish was baking some partnered with several schools, and they have been Red Velvet Cupcakes for her sister-in-law and ran out of red food involved with various charity groups. Cupcakes coloring! Fortunately, Tish had some pink food coloring on hand. By Tish’s history is short but strong. Tish says her The cupcakes came out so pretty in pink that she immediately came favorite part of owning Cupcakes By Tish is “the up with the idea for the Pink Velvet Cupcake in support of breast pleasure of seeing my customers leave my shop with cancer. Tish says she has had friends that have been diagnosed and  delight.” Her passion comes from her love of baking, one of her family members was diagnosed with breast cancer. What  and her favorite part of owning Cupcakes By Tish better way to show them that she is helping them and is in the fight is being able to meet and greet the customers with them! that come to her shop. Tish continues to say her customers always make her feel like Cupcakes By Tish is located at 1940 Mulberry Street and is what she is doing matters. opened Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.


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Recipe of the Month: Pasta E Fagioli from SaZa Here's a quick & simple recipe for you that would make a great weeknight dinner for this time of the year. 1/4 pound bacon, (feel free to substitute with pancetta, ham or proscutto ) 1 medium onion chopped, about 1 cup 1 carrot peeled & chopped, about 1/2 cup 1 stalk celery chopped, about 1/2 cup 4-5 cloves of garlic 1/2 cup sherry (optioinal) 2 quarts chicken stock 1 small can diced tomatoes

2 cans of cannellini beans, drained & rinsed 1/2 pound spaghetti, broken in to 1 inch pieces 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil Salt & pepper Parmesan cheese Crusty bread

Heat a large pot, 6-8 quarts, over medium high 1-2 minutes or until hot. Add the oil & bacon & saute for 2-3 minutes or until some of the fat begins to render out of the bacon. Add the onion, carrot, celery & garlic. Season with 1 tablespoon salt & 1-2 teaspoon pepper or to taste. Cook 3-4 min until the vegetables begin to soften. Deglaze with sherry if using & reduce until almost gone. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes & beans. Bring to a boil & reduce the heat to simmer. Cook uncovered for 5-6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the pasta & stir to keep it from sticking together. Cook for 3-4 minutes & check the pasta for doneness. You want the pasta to be a little under cooked since it will continue to cook as the soup cools. Serve with lots of crusty bread & parmesan. If you want to crank up the flavor, feel free to add a 2-3 inch sprig of rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon thyme & a bay leaf to the vegetables just before you add the sherry or chicken stock.


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Carrabba’s Italian 1510 Eastern Blvd 334-271-7500


Corsino’s Italian 911 S Court St 334-263-9752 Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 1712 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-8988 Marco’s Pizza 3171 Taylor Rd 334-356-6000 Mellow Mushroom 7915 Vaughn Rd 334-213-6443 Midtown Pizza Kitchen 2940 Zelda Rd 334-399-0080

Olive Garden 2700 Eastern Blvd 334-260-9220

El Rey Burrito Lounge 1031 E Fairview Ave 334-832-9688

Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339

Pizza Perfect 428 Coliseum Blvd 334-244-7721

Ixtapa Bar & Grill 7157 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7600

Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

Moe’s Southwest Grill 7028 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-3333

Sa Za’s Serious Italian 130 Commerce St 334-495-7292

Stevi B’s Pizza 5411 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-3112

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840

Tomatinos 1036 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241

La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153


Cuco’s 11123 Chantilly Pkwy Suite A 334-271-3528 Cuco’s Express 31 S Court St 334-832-0081

Las Salsas Mexican 7921 Vaughn Rd 334-260-9096 Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571 Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509

No Way Jose 5338 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-2222 8844 Minnie Brown Rd 334-819-7363 Salsaritas 8015 Vaughn Rd 334-356-5430 San Marcos Mexican 61 N Burbank Dr 334-279-6680 Santa Fe Express 15 Commerce St 334-262-7676 Taqueria El Cantaro 1130 Ann St 334-356-7361

Tipico De Mexico 3441 Malcolm Dr 334-356-0459 Seafood

Southern Style

A Social Event/Bandanas 301 Jefferson St 334-265-9113

Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770

Blue Moon Café 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543

Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina 617 Shady St 334-288-4217

Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449

Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224 Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780 Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140 Wintzell’s Oyster House 105 Commerce St 334-262-4257 Young Barn Pub 5331 Young Barn Rd 334-819-7423

Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085 Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015 Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438 Eastside Grille 6667 Atlanta Hwy 334-274-1200

Farmers Market Café 315 N McDonough St 334-262-1970

Farmhouse Kitchen 5251 Hampstead High St 334-284-8989 Filet & Vine 431 Cloverdale Rd 334-262-8463

Fried Tomato Buffet 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162 Gail’s Down the St. Café 2739 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009 Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020 Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000 Martin’s Restaurant 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767 Mary B’s Buffet 3428 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-7890

Odessa’s Blessings 726 Forest Ave 334-265-7726

Key Largo Bar & Grill 1343 Dalraida Rd 334-272-1402

Peyton’s Place 5344 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-3630

Rock Bottom American Pub 2430 Eastern Blvd 334-239-7625

Piccadilly Cafeteria 2610 Eastern Blvd 334-271-6189 Red’s Little School House 20 Gardner Rd 334-584-7955 Wagon Wheel Café 1961 Maxwell Blvd 334-265-9979 Sports Pub

Baumhower’s Restaurant 2465 Eastern Blvd 334-271-1831 Baumhower’s Restaurant 201 S Union St 334-263-8800 Buffalo Wild Wings 7971 Vaughn Rd 334-215-7977

Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379 Steakhouse

Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911 Longhorn Steakhouse 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555 Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495 Texas Roadhouse 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774


The purpose of CEF Military Children’s Ministry™ is to serve alongside military chaplains, chapels and churches in military communities to specifically meet the spiritual needs of military children. We strive to establish them in the Word of God and in the local military chapel or church for Christian living. Our programs bring continuity, consistency, and positive reinforcement of each child’s value to God, family, and the military community.

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The Wheel


by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman

One of my favorite Bible passages is Jeremiah 18:1-4. God sent Jeremiah down to the potter's house to watch the potter work on a vessel. A piece of clay was on the wheel, but it was damaged and didn't quite take the shape the potter planned. So he started over again and worked with the clay until it held the shape the potter had in his mind. I love this story about the potter's wheel because it's so applicable to us today. If we put God in the place of the potter and our lives in the place of the clay, we can begin to understand why it's important to stay on the wheel while God works some things out. He might have to reshape us, remake us, fold us back down to just a plain lump of clay, but when He's done, look out world! We'll be Anointed, dynamite, powerful vessels that He'll use for His Glory. The best thing about it is HE ALREADY KNOWS WHAT THE FINISHED PRODUCT WILL LOOK LIKE! We can get caught up in how we feel while we're on the wheel and what we'll look like when He's done, but I encourage you to stay on the wheel and trust Him while He remakes you. I promise you'll be beautiful when His work is complete. This holiday season as we go about our lives at work, home, school, the mall, or wherever we find ourselves, let's try to focus on the fact that God does still have us in His hands. He is still working on each and every one of us. He is still molding and shaping us into His image and His likeness. It's true for us and true for those we encounter.

I know you might think some folks just don't act like they even know God, much less being in His hands! That might be true, but let me deposit this revelation into your spirit: even if they say they don't know God and don't care to know Him, as long as YOU ARE THERE, God is working on them. Our witness and our testimony are the tools God uses to work on those around us. We don't have to shout or preach or even point out their flaws. All we have to do is be there and "let our light so shine" (Matthew 5:16). Understand that ours are the only hands God has to do His work in the earth. Ours are the only voices He has to speak life into those who are lost. Ours are the only hearts He has to connect with the hearts of all mankind. Ours are the only tears He has to shed when others are going through trials and just need somebody to be there for them. The fact that you allow yourself to stay on the wheel allows God to shape and mold you, yes. But it also allows Him to use you because He knows if you trust Him to make you into what He wants and needs you to be, He can trust you to be a blessing to someone else. When you trust His work in your life, He can use you to work in someone else's life. So the wheel is not just for you. It's for him and her and them and them and him and her and them . . . Stay on the wheel, my friends, somebody is watching God work on you.

Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman serves as Pastor of First Congregational Christian Church, UCC, and as Chair for the Department of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University.


Education Station Public Schools Montgomery Public Schools 334-223-6700 Private Schools Alabama Christian Academy 334-277-1985 Calvary Christian 334-281-9633 Churchill Academy 334-270-4225

Lighthouse Christian Academy 334-271-4200

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437

Fortis College 334-272-3857

Macon-East Montgomery Academy 334-277-6566

Success Unlimited Academy 334-819-8005

Huntingdon College 334-833-4497

Trinity Presbyterian School 334-213-2100

Jones School of Law 334-386-7495

Special Needs Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind 334-262-0824

Prince Institute of Professional Studies 334-271-1670

Montessori Academy 334-262-8685 The Montgomery Academy 334-272-8210

Eastwood Christian School 334-273-1164

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School 334-272-7220

Evangel Christian Academy 334-272-3882

SafetyNet Academy 334-277-1334

Frazer Memorial 334-279-0271

Saint James School 334-277-8033

Green Gate 334-281-3300 Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222


St. Bede 334-277-8551 St. Jude Educational Institute 334-264-5376

Sylvan Learning Center 334-262-0043 Universities Alabama State University 334-229-4100 Amridge University 334-387-3878 Auburn Montgomery 334-244-3000 Faulkner University 334-272-5820

South University 334-395-8800 Trenholm State Technical College 334-420-4200 Troy University 334-241-9537 Virginia College 334-277-3390

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Education Station Saint Nicholas , Pere Noel, Santa Claus, Papai Noel, Father Christmas , Ded Moroz ,

Babbo Natale, Sinterklaas , K r is K r in g le ,

and simply " Santa "

by Yvonna Richardson Green Gate School Fifty-five years ago, I became really fascinated by this man with many names. When I was five years old, I sat in his lap, explaining how “good” I had been and how much I deserved the Chatty Cathy doll I wanted so badly. As the first talking doll, Chatty Cathy was at the top of every little girl’s list. My mother had told me that due to her popularity, Santa would need to make substitutions. I looked deep into Santa’s eyes and assured him that should he choose me, Chatty Cathy would be loved forever, and I didn’t want any other toys. As the elf finally had to gently remove me from Santa’s lap, he laughed his “Ho!Ho!Ho!” and reminded me to believe. So I believed with all my heart and Santa delivered. Our Christmas tree seemed to have a special glow on Christmas morning because Chatty Cathy was sitting there in her red velvet party dress waiting for me. I ran to her and immediately pulled her talking string. Her first words were “I love you.” I promised to believe in Santa forever. I never understood why every year during my childhood, there was always some “kook” that would ask my teachers, scout leaders, and other adults the same question, “Is Santa real?” The answer was always the same: “Yes, Santa is real.” I mean, come on already. Why keeping asking, “Is Santa real?” That’s like asking, “Is love real?” Just because you can’t see him doesn’t make him less real. Sure he is surrounded by stories and legends, but that doesn’t make him less real.


Remember, Santa chose Christmas Eve to deliver his love to the children of the world. Each time I asked my mother and daddy the question, their answer was always the same, “If you believe in love, you then you believe in Santa.” Since that time, the question, “Is Santa Real?" has crossed my mind. Through the years I have kept my eyes open and I am happy to report: Yes, Santa is real!!! Proof ? I have it; my daughter Karoline’s face when she discovered the Molly doll she wanted so badly under our tree. She cried with joy. When Emily, my daughter, noticed Santa had freckles she suddenly loved her freckles and announced freckles must be magic. When I asked my new son-in-law where he stood on the Santa question Eddie told the story about how his mom had set a trap to catch Santa, only to find a piece of red velvet and a note to “Believe,” so he believes too. My husband’s voice changes when he describes the stockings stuffed with simple and exotic Christmas goodies he and his brother shared. This year was my first year without my parents, yet Santa still came and Chatty Cathy is still with me. I believe… so, “You better watch out ‘cause Santa Claus is coming to town!" . . . and I will always believe in love and Santa.

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Kid's Corner

What Should I Get For the Young Artist in My Life? by Kasey Hope

This book has lots of ideas that can keep your child busy throughout the holidays!

A low-cost super-fun drawing book. This can be found at Michaels or online!

This year skip buying the art sets with hundreds of poor quality supplies. Instead make your own art kit. This craft paint from Michaels works great with bright colors and good coverage. It's not washable but lets face it...washable paint just isn't pretty. So put on a smock and get painting!

Another low-cost drawing book for boys.

Your artist will feel super special if you can splurge on some big canvases! I prefer these blank canvases and paints to any craft kit. This lets your little artist simply be an artist! You can find these at your local craft store!

Bubble art is a favorite art project for all ages. You can get some really cool results with this technique.

Parents, you are gonna want to hijack your kid’s bike with this fun chalk! www. uncommongoods. com

My all-time favorite book for kids. It teaches them to not try to be perfect but to get creative with their mistakes!


No need to for a kiln with this air dry clay!

Make your own snow globe straight from the MOMA in NYC.

Yes, we know these are for cooking but why not ART! Love these mom and daughter matching aprons from!

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Meow, Woof & Chirp

Don’t Let Separation Anxiety Take the “Jingle” out of Your “Bells” by Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM

As the holidays approach, separation anxiety becomes more common in dogs. During the holidays pet owners travel, attend holiday functions or act as host to holiday festivities. All require subtle changes to a pet’s regular routine causing signs of separation anxiety or worsening of an already existing anxiety problem. Nothing can be more frustrating than returning home to find your sofa shredded, door scratched, house soiled, or belongings destroyed. Understanding what causes separation anxiety can help pet owners cure the problem. It just takes a combination of “human” and “pet” conditioning. First, pet owners must understand the signs of “separation anxiety.” It often consist of persistent howling, barking or whimpering when you leave, even if your absence is for a short time. The behavior manifest to destruction of property and even house soiling. In some cases, excessive drooling will occur. Without behavior intervention, separation anxiety can develop into other anxiety problems in dogs including noise phobias and body destruction including excessive chewing of the feet or tail. It is the most common anxiety disorder I see, but fortunately easy to prevent and treat. The treatment is not difficult, if the “human” is willing to change some bad habits they have created. It is important for all pet owners to realize, our pet is an animal and has certain “dog instincts” which we will never be able to remove no matter what our dog’s pedigree.


NO EMOTIONAL FAREWELLS. Any excitement created before you leave transforms into anxiety for your dog. This means do not get your dog worked up with your emotional farewell. You should treat your departure exactly like to you treat every day activities like laundry, preparing meals or opening the mail. I doubt pet owners make a big deal about these activities. The best farewell is done when you get your keys and leave. Believe it or not, this type of “good by” is healthier for you dog’s psyche than the “emotional” farewell many dog owners give. PROVIDE A SPECIAL TOY. Before your departure, leave a “special” time consuming treat like a food filled kong toy. This distracts your pet from your departure and gives him/her something to do while you are away. NO EMOTIONAL RETURNS. Ignore your dog when you return if he/ she meets you with uncontrollable excitement. Ignoring your pet can be tough, but it is needed in order to confirm to him/her that it is a normal activity when you return. Once your dog has settled down then give him/her attention. DOGGIE DAYCARE. Consider a fun and interactive doggie daycare if you will be leaving for long periods of time during the day. A good program should provide a safe and loving environment that emphases exercise and socialization. ALONE TIME. Encourage your dog to play with his/her toys without you. This gives them the security of knowing they can still have fun when you are away.

EXERCISE. A build up of stored energy can cause multiple behavior problems in a dog. When owners leave, their dog acts out because he/she does not know what to do with built up energy. If you do not have time to exercise your dog daily, consider enrolling him/her in a reliable doggie daycare program. MEDICATION. If your dog suffers from severe separation anxiety your veterinarian may suggest a medication that increases serotonin production. However, medications is meant to facilitate a behavior modification program not replace it.

Holidays are a time for you and your family to enjoy each other. This often means normal day to day routines change. Pets must understand this change is temporary and not a big ordeal. To ensure a smooth transition exist when separation is necessary remember leaving and returning without emotion is critical. Also, provide several bouts of exercise daily to offset a build up of excess energy. For many pet owners, doggie daycare programs provide an excellent option for exercise and socialization. By providing a little “human” and “pet” behavior modification, hopefully you can prevent separation anxiety in your companion friend and keep the “jingle” in your “bells” ringing this holiday season. Dr. Philip Mitchell has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital.

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How To Make the Most of a New Car Purchase

by Brett Richardson


hen we sit and think about the costs involved in a new car purchase, we know several things. 1) When we purchase a new car, it depreciates twenty percent as soon as it leaves the lot. 2) Three weeks after that, it will have several scratches. 3) Heaven forbid it has been in a wreck, because now, it’s only worth 60 percent of the amount you owe. Very few vehicles ever appreciate in value, especially when they are produced by the millions. What we, as educated consumers, need to know is how to make lemonade out of lemons and create a positive out of a notoriously negative investment.


ow, companies like Ford offer a lifetime warranty on powertrains. When you figure out the costs involved in owning a vehicle for 3-4 years, the number is quite different when compared to owning a vehicle 10-20 years. To make the best in a down economy, take advantage of some of these offers. Maybe we should change our views on vehicles and look at a vehicle as an investment for the future.


et’s say you have a child that will be driving in a few years. You know that you have the new car itch every couple of years, so look at one with an outstanding warranty. Find a car that you can finance for 4-6 years with a lifetime warranty.


fter the burden of a car payment is removed, you’ll have a dependable, reliable vehicle without a car payment and you won’t have to worry about a huge repair, such as replacing an engine or transmission that can cost thousands of dollars. So our current ten-year-old will have a car that is paid for when they run off to college spending all your money.... to the tune of $20,000 a year or more (most likely more by that time). Or maybe a reliable car without a payment can be the difference in pursuing your long-term goals... such as retirement, buying a boat or taking that great trip.


ow back to the original point, if we purchase a new car without the worries of what is going to happen within the next few years or, heaven forbid, the next few decades, how does that affect what we spend or why we buy? When the housing market is in shambles, and the market is completely and utterly volatile, the consumer needs every competitive advantage.


t is a simple fact that the reward for being in business is profit, but how can the consumer get the most bang for their dollar? How can a vehicle actually be a good investment? No time ever in history have such offers been on the table. For once, the educated consumer can make a good investment by purchasing something that will stand the test of time. So, maybe, just this once, a vehicle can be a decent investment.


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Christmas Ornaments Lollia – Hand creams, lotions, soaps, bath salts and bubble bath. (Sold exclusively at It’Za Gift. ) Lux Candles – Beautifully packaged candles that fill a room with a lasting aroma. (Sold exclusively at It’Za Gift. )

Gerson’s Serving Pieces (GG’s) – Beautiful decorative iron and stoneware. K Hall soaps – These olive oil and shea butter soaps cleanse, soften, and smooth stressed skin.

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D’livia Boutique It all started out with a hair bow.

Once upon a time, Voncile Anthony, the owner of D’livia Boutique, worked for Hancock Fabrics. While working at Hancock, she was stunned by a hair bow she saw on a little girl. The little girl’s grandmother taught Voncile how to make the bow. Voncile started out doing arts and crafts shows and hair bows. She started to travel and started to do shows: the Junior Leaque, the Christmas Village in Birmingham and the Cotton Tail in Birmingham. In 1999, she opened D’livia Boutique on Mulberry Street. She then moved to her current location at 1915 Mulberry Street in 2003. She makes all of her clothing except for the smocked outfits. She still hand-makes the hair bows today!



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Datebook A Christmas Carol December 1-23 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF A Magical New Twist on the Holiday Favorite! The snowy London streets ring with carols that set the stage for Dickens’ magical tale of hope and redemption. Join us as the ghosts of the past, present and future reawaken Scrooge’s conscience. A great fa.m.ily outing to brighten your holiday. Recommended for ages 6+. Appropriate for most audiences.

Old Alabama Town Holiday Celebration Monday-Saturday, December 1-31 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus St. 334-240-2400

Join Old Alabama Town in December to celebrate the holiday season. Our house museums will be authentically decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a special exhibit in the Reception Center. Individual self-guided tours offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours available by reservation only, and only for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit our website: 56

2012 Jingle Bell Run and Walk December 1; 8:30 a.m. Huntingdon College 1500 E. Fairview Ave. 334-557-1577 Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Breakfast with Santa December 1, 8, 15; 9-10 a.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 Santa is coming to visit all the good boys and girls. Breakfast for the children will be included: milk, juice, muffins, pastries, doughnuts, etc. They will be painting an ornament for the tree. Parents are welcomed to bring their cameras. Make your required reservation early: in past years it fills up very fast! The cost is $20.00, and is nonrefundable; it includes everything to make a wonderful Christmas memory! Registration is now open.

Polar Express Night December 1, 8; 6:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 ALL ABOARD for the Polar Express! Back by popular demand, we have our engineer coming in to read the Polar Express to the children. During the story, they will enjoy a yummy snack of hot cocoa and cookies. When story time is over, the real fun begins! Every child will paint a train bank, when the banks have a new coat of paint our custom artist will be putting their names on each bank! Reservations are required for this event and they will fill up fast. The fee is $35 per child, and is due upon registration, which is non-refundable. The fee includes everything to make a great memory, and don't forget to wear your P.J.'s! Call today for reserve your little ones a spot on the train! Dwight Yoakam December 2; 8 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100

Dwight Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, and is most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.

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Montgomery Co-Owners Virginia Saunders & Dr. Frank Rho

What a wonderful year it’s been! As we celebrate our first year of publishing The Pride of Montgomery, we are able to really appreciate the relationships we’ve built and strengthened with our clients, our friends, our families. Thank you Montgomery, for a great first year and we wish you a blessed 2013! - The Staff of The Pride of Montgomery


Datebook Governor's Mansion Candlelight Tours & Open House 2012 December 3, 10, 17; 5-7 p.m. Governor’s Mansion 1142 South Perry St. 334-241-8824

The 1907 Governor’s Mansion will be aglow with lights and filled with the spirit of the season. Pick up tickets at the Gift Shop across the street. Joe Bonamassa December 5; 8 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic bluesrock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, and his new album, Black Rock, brings that energy to his recorded music more powerfully than ever before. The tenth solo album and eighth studio release of his career – as well as his fifth consecutive with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, etc.) – the disc adds an enlivening dose of ‘world’ vibes to Bonamassa’s virtuoso mix of ‘60s-era British bluesrock (à la Beck and Clapton) and roots-influenced Delta sounds.


Holiday Open House & Old Alabama Town Revue December 6; 4 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus St. 334-240-2400 See how the holidays looked in the early 19th century at the Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House. Enjoy old-style decorations, cookies and hot cider, visit with 19th century “locals,” and listen to the music of Karren Pell’s Old Alabama Town Revue. Open house starts at 4 p.m. and Revue at 7 p.m. Christmas Lights Festival December 6-9, 13-31 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum 2301 Coliseum Pkwy; 334-240-4900 A River Region tradition for over 20 years, the Montgomery Zoo's Christmas Lights Festival is part of Christmas in Central Alabama. See the Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland sparkling with thousands of festive lights and decorations. Stroll the many pathways or enjoy a brisk ride on the Santaland Express train ride. No Christmas Lights Festival experience would be complete without a visit with Santa. Santa appears nightly through Dec 23 when he must leave to deliver presents to all the children around the world. The Zoo also has a Santa Craftshop where you can make last minute gifts for that someone special. Enjoy live entertainment nightly at the Overlook Cafe. Take a ride on a Haflinger horse at the Horse Trail Rides. And don't forget to check out all the snacks and treats at the Overlook Cafe...mmmmmm, hot chocolate.

AUM Holiday Market December 7; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Auburn University at Montgomery Taylor Center 230 7440 East Dr. 334-244-3642

Come complete your holiday shopping at the annual AUM Holiday Market, featuring quality local and handmade goods from area vendors. Items will include candles, jewelry, body products, knitted goods, pet supplies, arts and crafts, and much more. Admission is free. AUM classes will not be in session, so parking will be free and plentiful. City of Montgomery Christmas Parade December 7; 6 p.m. 1022 Madison Ave. 334-241-2726 Outside the Cramton Bowl Depart from Cramton Bowl and Parade downtown from Capitol Steps to the Court St. Fountain. Diamond Princess Ball December 7; 6 p.m. Capital City Club 201 Monroe Street #2100 334-834-8920 Every little girl is a princess in her father’s eyes and the 8th Annual Diamond Princess Ball will allow fathers to escort their daughters to a royal event. The Capital City Club will be transformed into a palace fit for princesses, and fathers & daughters will enjoy food, music and dancing while moms stay at home.


Cruising with Santa December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22; 6:30 p.m.9:00 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa St.; 334-625-2100 Cruising with Santa boards at 6:30 p.m. and cruises from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. There will be live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available. Yes‌Santa WILL be cruising!

Open HOuse Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1 to 4 PM

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Performances by local choral groups Festive studio activities Visit with Santa Take a horse and carriage ride

Saturday Jam Sessions December 8 & 22; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus St. 334-240-2400 Pick and grin at Old Alabama Town’s Saturday Jam Sessions, held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the historic Rose House, circa 1840s. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and join the fun! Admission to the jam sessions is free; tickets to tour Old Alabama Town are available at the Reception Center. For more information, visit our website at





encouraged to bring canned goods for a donation to the Montgomery new, Area Food Bank or a unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots are


Miss Alabama USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants December 7 & 8; 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 The Miss Alabama competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the U.S. state of Alabama in the Miss America pageant. Miss Alabamas have performed strongly at the Miss America pageant, particularly in the early 21st century, when the state produced their third Miss America, a first runner-up, a second runner-up, a fourth runner-up, two semi-finalists, and one quarterfinalist.

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Datebook Dream in December December 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Downtown Montgomery at the Corner of Tallapoosa and Commerce

Come Downtown for a Fun Family Event! Children’s Area with Children’s Activities including Giant Movie Screen with Holiday Movies, S’mores, Hot Chocolate. Also Horse Drawn Carriage Rides; Market Place with Trees, Garland, Wreaths, Baked Goods and Candies; A Christmas Carol Scene; Santa Claus and his Sleigh (photo op); Beautiful Lights in Downtown Entertainment District; Tacky Lights Trolley Rides; and Christmas Village with Large Lighted Christmas Tree and Snow. Cookies with Santa! December 9 & 16; 4:30 p.m. Artistic Expressions 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 334-285-7878 Come have cookies and cocoa with Santa! The cost is $20 per child. This includes cookies, hot cocoa, an ornament for them to paint, and all the pictures you want to take! Reservations are required for this event, and the fee is due upon registration. You can come by the studio or call and reserve your little ones a space with a credit card over the phone. Last year ALL the Cookies With Santa's Filled up very fast so call today to get your little ones a space to make a wonderful Christmas memory! R3 Annual Christmas Party! December 13; 6 -8 p.m. Bonnie Crest Country Club 1410 Federal Dr. 334-273-8249 The cost is $10 per person. This includes tax and gratuity! Must be in the R3 post office box no later than Saturday, December 8th. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Montgomery Symphony “Holiday Pops” December 17; 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 Make a holiday memory with someone you love at the Montgomery Symphony’s Holiday Pops. Join Maestro Thomas Hinds and special guest Millinee Bannister for an evening of holiday “classics” with everything from Deck the Halls to Sleigh Ride. Special "Buy One, Get One Free" prices in the Mezzanine, Loge and Balcony. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Christmas Open House December 15; 1 - 5 p.m. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 919 Felder Ave. 334-264-4222 Come join us as we celebrate Christmas with our Christmas Open House! There will be hot and cold drinks, warm music, Christmas cookies and rumors of sugarplums. This is the perfect event for a family outing!

Jokers Gone Wild Comedy – Featuring “Sommore” and Tommy Davidson, with special guest, “Special K” December 28; 8:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 Sommore has appeared on various shows including HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Showtime at the Apollo, Comic View, and BET Live from L.A. She has also done guest appearances on television sitcoms The Hughleys and The Parkers, and she has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Tommy Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian in the mid-1980s, performing in various comedy clubs throughout the Washington Metropolitan region, Baltimore and Philadelphia. His first major exposure came on the variety show In Living Color, where he played various characters, including his impersonations of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard, and Homey D. Clown.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Oct. 6–20 A Christmas Carol Nov. 23–Dec. 23 Macbeth Jan. 25–Feb. 9; May 10 & 18 Ethel Feb. 8–March 3

To Kill a Mockingbird March 8–24; May 12–18 Twelfth Night March 28–30; April 23 & 30; May 9 Around the World in 80 Days April 19–May 19 God of Carnage April 18–May 19 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash July 11–Aug. 4

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Jamey Johnson in concert New Years Eve December 31; 8:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 Jamey Johnson, Montgomery native, country music artist. Well known for his top–10 hits “In Color” and “High Cost of Living.” New Year’s Eve December 31; 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. Downtown Montgomery Commerce St. This year Downtown Montgomery will help you bring in the New Year! Join us as we ring in the year of 2013 with Live Music along with participation from all of your favorite downtown spots. The festivities will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Commerce Street with Groove Merchants taking the stage. Creativity will follow when they take the stage at 11:15 p.m. When the clock strikes midnight, we will close 2012 with a virtual rise and ring in 2013 with confetti and fireworks, brought to you by Creek Casinos. The band will continue to play until 1a.m. All of these events will be FREE to the public, with the exception of

food and beverage purchases. Make your plans to be in Downtown Montgomery to ring in the New Year! For more information, see p2-3. New Year’s Eve Party Cruise December 31; 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will begin boarding at 10 p.m. and will cruise from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Only 21 and over are allowed. Concessions and Cash Bar will be available. Live Entertainment will be provided. 61

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1 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2 American Forest Management 3 Artistic Expressions 36 Auburn University Montgomery 4 Biscuits Baseball 38 Carrabba's Italian Grill 5 Chick Fil A Prattville

6 Chick Fil A RSA Tower 7 Chick Fil A Eastchase 47 Churchill Academy 34 Cupcakes by Tish 8 Dougs 2 Salon 51 D'livia Boutique 9 Eastside Grille

10 Filet & Vine 11 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 35 First Cong. Christian Church 12 Fitzgerald Museum 13 Green Gate School 14 Holy Cross Episcopal School


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16 Jim ’n Nicks 17 Lee & Lan Florist


18 Line-X 19 Looney’s SuperSkate

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43 Hue Studio 15 It’Za Gift & Interiors

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48 Louisa's Bakery 25 Lush Makeup Art 39 Marquirette’s Fine Jewelry 20 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP



24 Mela’s Boutique 21 Montgomery Humane Society


22 Montgomery Multisport 23 Montgomery Museum of Fine Art

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37 Montgomery Spine Center 49 Midtown Pizza


40 NY Gold & Diamond Buyers 46 Old Alabama Town


45 Primary EyeCare 50 Prissy Paws





26 Resolution Camps 27 Riverfront Facilities 28 SaZa Italian 29 Steak ’n Shake 30 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 31 The Look Boutique 32 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 33 Tonya Speed’s Dance 41 State Farm - Henry Hernandez 42 Triton Sports Apparel 44 Troy University

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The Pride of Montgomery December 2012  
The Pride of Montgomery December 2012  

The December issue of The Pride of Montgomery