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May 2012

The Harriott 2

Enjoy All The Riverfront Has To Offer This Season

Treating TMJ p10 Dressing for your Body Style p46 Protecting Your Pet this Spring p38-40

Inspirational Life Stories

Iraqi Vet Brian Hicks p28 Christian Singer Ashley Swift p30 Women of Distinction Award Winner Liz Sadie Sutton p48


A Word from our Mayor

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

My vision for 2012 is that we’ll have a vibrant and growing city. Outsiders will continue to be impressed with our place in history. While we have had pivotal roles in the Civil Rights Movement and the Confederacy, Montgomery also has the distinction of having the Wright Brothers’ First Civilian Flight School, the first electric street car line, the first air-

conditioned theater and many other unique firsts. Outsiders will see the bold steps we are taking to sustain a safe, vibrant and growing community that we are proud to call home. A place where individuals, families and businesses flourish, and revitalization projects come together, such as the West Fairview Initiative beginning at Montgomery Mall, and the plans for downtown Montgomery and Maxwell Boulevard. Our care about our children will be evident as we pursue charter schools, continue to support career academies and move forward in constructing new schools, ensuring the best future possible for our students. Our crime statistics, which are at a 20-year low, show Montgomery is safe. We will advance the public success, to ensure perception reflects this reality.





Publisher Frank K. Rho

Editor Virginia Saunders Creative Director Emily Cobern Operations Manager Allie Manzari

May 2012 Departments Sights To See 6 Health & Fitness 10 Good Taste 18 Faith 26 Education Station 30 Kid’s Corner 34 Meow Woof Chirp 36 The Parking Lot 40 Insurance 101 42 Shopping 44 Datebook 50 Map It Out 54 Advertisers Adrian Freeman Photography 49 American Forest Management 40 Artistic Expressions 31 AUM 33 Biscuits Baseball 11 Chick Fil A Prattville 21 Chick Fil A RSA Tower 18 Child Evangelism Fellowship 27 City of Montgomery 311 37 Cool Beans Café d’Art 19 Cupcakes by Tish 21 Dougs 2 Salon 47 Dreamers Photography 13 Eastern Hills Baptist Church 27 Eastside Grille 25 Filet & Vine 23 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 47

Increased tourism numbers prove that outsiders know Montgomery is a place for fun. Continued tourism investments will heighten this view and reap economic dividends. Montgomery’s reputation as a place that is progressive and innovative will be maintained as we nurture the partnerships that are attracting new jobs and leading to re-development and improvements in neighborhoods across the city. In short, outsiders will see we’re not just the Capital Of Dreams, but also the City For Success.

Fitzgerald Museum 41 Green Gate School 30 High 5 Productions 43 Holy Cross Episcopal School 31 It’Za Gift & Interiors 45 Jim ’n Nicks 22 Lee & Lan Florist 13 Line-X 40 Looney’s SuperSkate 35 Marquirette's Fine Jewelry 7 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 15 Montgomery Humane Society 39 Montgomery Multisport 17 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 30 Montgomery Spine Center 12 Montgomery Veterinary Assoc. 37 NY Buyers 9 Painted Pink 46 Resolution Camps 15 Riverfront Park 29 Sa Za Italian Back Cover State Farm, Henry Hernandez 42 Steak ’n Shake 20 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 39 The Look Boutique 47 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 34 Tonya Speed’s Dance 34

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Sights to See

On the Cover Montgomery’s Harriott II riverboat was constructed in 1981 to cruise the Tennessee River between Decatur and Huntsville. It was later operated by The Riverboat Company in Savannah, Georgia under the command of Captains Jim Kittrell and John Allen who relocated to Montgomery with the Harriott II in 2009.

In addition to regularly scheduled cruises, the Harriott II is also available for private event and custom cruises for family and corporate outings. The Harriott II is truly an exciting and unique venue that Montgomery can be proud of. For more information go to www.harriott2. com or call 334.625.2100.

Upon arrival, the Harriott II was extensively refurbished. It now calls Montgomery’s Riverfront Park home. It was renamed in honor of the historic riverboat Harriott, the first paddlewheel boat to steam from Mobile to Montgomery in 1821 opening up the regions vast trade in cotton to world markets. At 96 feet in length with two climate controlled decks and an open air third deck patio, the Harriott II can accommodate up to 300 passengers. Under the City’s Parks and Recreation Department management, the Harriott II offers a variety of cruising options which include dining, dancing, live entertainment and educational programs for children and adults alike. Throughout the year special themed and event cruises are offered including the upcoming “Mother’s Day ”, “Parrot Head ” and “Father’s Day “ cruises. 5

Riverfront Box Office 200 Coosa Street Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Sights to See

In the Spotlight

Proud of... Alabama Shakespeare Festival The Alabama Shakespeare Theater is a truly unique theater, attracting visitors from all over the country and the world. Fourteen plays are presented each year, including three Shakespearean plays. The theater itself is set within a 250-acre park, a gift from the Blount family, and is the seventh-largest Shakespeare festival in the world. The beginnings of the ASF were very humble. ASF started in 1972 in Anniston, AL, by Martin Platt. The theater ran for six weeks during the summertime in a high school auditorium, and would most likely have shut down due to lack of funding. Carolyn Blount saw the importance of this tiny theater and soon after, work was begun on the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as we know it today. The move to Montgomery was necessary, as the land itself was donated by the Blount family, as well as the funding for this $21.5 million park. This was and still is the largest single donation in the history of American theater. For ticket or other information, call 800.841.4ASF, or visit the website at


1 Festival Dr., Montgomery, AL

Sights to See


Sights to See

Spotlight on... Arts Gone Wild!




The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Montgomery Zoo are proud to announce that they will open a new shared retail space in Downtown Montgomery. The store will be called Arts Gone Wild. The space will feature merchandise from each organization and serve as a satellite box office for tickets to ASF productions, admission to the zoo and tickets to special events at the museum. The new store will be located at 200 Tallapoosa Street, across the street from the Renaissance Hotel, in one of the City’s new retail incubators. The big public opening was Saturday, April 28 and the official ribbon cutting will be held Thursday, May 3. The hours of operation will be 11am – 5pm Monday through Friday and 11am- 4pm on Saturdays. Arts Gone Wild will invite visitors to Montgomery lodging in downtown hotels inside to find out more about these world class attractions which are located outside of the downtown area. 8


Health & Fitness DR. RHO KNOWS... GUMS & TEETH I spent Easter find him or her in a fatigued trance or with a very good all out asleep. friend of mine this year. Chris We’re busier. A LOT busier. and his wife, Jennifer have We have a hundred things to do and four children. less time to do it. It’s beyond most The oldest is 18. of our comprehension to even think The youngest about the possibility of slowing down is a year and a few minutes to spend some quality a half. They are remarkable kids, down time. In fact, a lot of medicine, talented and intelligent. Every year supplements, energy drinks and even they go to Chris’ parent’s house in the some procedures and products in country where they get together and dentistry are geared and marketed to eat amazing food and hide Easter eggs keep us going so that we can meet our for his younger kids and their cousins. “Every day at my office when I come

blind, white coat and clipboard studies. So that being said, I say that it’s TOTALLY related to stress. Of course there is trauma and anatomical abnormalities, but that shows up pretty obvious and is comparatively rare. What we don’t talk about as often is that we’re just darn stressed. TMJ disorder is just one relatively benign manifestation of stress when we line it up next to immune, cardiac, neurological, psychological and other problems associated with stress.

Our bodies have an amazing survival mechanism, which is capable of relieving pent-up in One way is basically to ... check my patient ..., I’ll often find him or her tension. When I arrived, to store the tension in the Grandpa and Grandma in a fatigued trance or all-out asleep.” muscles, and then expel it at were sitting in their a later time when we are no easy chairs side by side holding hands: demands and treat the wear and tear longer in a high stress situation. There the matriarch and the patriarch on those demands leave with us. is a rodent - and I can’t remember the their thrones. Surrounded by their name of it in spite of Google search adult children, who are talking, In the last ten years, I’ve found that - but when it escapes death from a laughing and diving for falling I’m recommending a TMJ guard to predator it HAS to shiver for a period objects as their kids climbed around more and more people as they show of time or it will die. At one time we like spider monkeys, giving in to up with signs bruxism. needed it in a daily life of running their curiosity and imaginations. away from something that wanted to It was brilliant watching the three Bruxism is the medical term for eat us. Today it is more commonly a generations playing, talking, annoying grinding or clenching our teeth. Most daily high stress life of juggling kids, each other and laughing together. It of our English medical terms are jobs, school, keeping food on the was even more enlightening to watch borrowed from the Latin or Greek table and meeting our daily demands. all of them talk about and deftly language. In this case, the “brux” in What we don’t do as much is take time navigate the normalcy of their lives “bruxism” was inspired by the Latin and opportunity to release the stored and seeing how vastly different that word “bruxis” and the Greek word tension from the stress. Like the “normalcy” is from one generation to “brukein” which means, “gnashing.” shivering rodent. So our bodies do it another. So bruxism means you’re in some somewhat on its own. way gnashing your teeth. This almost Times for adult generations and always happens when you are sleeping One way is to clench your teeth the emerging generations have gone or subconsciously when you are doing when you’re sleeping. This can, in through so many changes over the last activities that allow your subconscious and of itself, cause other problems 20 years. It’s staggering to me to think to be more on line such as driving or to manifest too. A non-clenching about the difference between the on the computer. person can bite down with about comforts and conveniences along with 100lbs of pressure per square inch. the new challenges and stressors that Most of the studies say that it may Pretty impressive. We chew up some we live with in our normal daily life. be associated with stress. I’m going good food. A person who chronically Every day at my office when I come out on a limb. I’m a clinical dentist, clenches their teeth is essentially at the in to one of my hygienists rooms to not a researcher so I can’t make a gym every night, 7 days a week, for 5-7 check my patient in the chair, I’ll often claim based on peer reviewed, double hours in his or her bed sleeping and 10

Sights to See working out the muscles that close your jaw to Arnold Schwarzeneggerlike proportions of up to 1000lbs of pressure per square inch directly on their teeth and indirectly on the jaw joint. Enough to start cracking teeth (which needs a crown to repair it), killing nerves in the teeth (which needs a root canal and crown to repair it and prevent an acute infection) and

many forms and can be quite small and relatively comfortable to wear at night. When I suggest a TMJ splint to my patients, I tell them that it will save them a TON of dentistry in their future because it’s true. I’ve seen it and unfortunately, I’ve had to do the dentistry many times over the years to treat and repair the damage of bruxism. I don’t need a Mercedes, people. It makes “In the last 10 years, I’ve found that I’m me egotistical. recommending a TMJ guard to more and more If you are a people as they show up with signs of bruxism.” bruxer, get a custom TMJ wearing your teeth prematurely and splint from your dentist. Please. putting additional stress and wear Today’s busy lifestyle isn’t going to your jaw joint (which can involve away any time soon for most of joint reconstructive surgery and full us. It’s inspiring, though, to see mouth rehabilitative dentistry). an emerging trend of renewed A TMJ splint relieves the pressure spirituality, relationships and lifestyle on your jaw, loosens the tension in choices people are beginning to your jaw muscles and doesn’t allow make to relieve their stress and the teeth to wear. They come in make new decisions based on what

they really want in their life. As we bump and bounce our way along our individual paths, I’m thankful in my own personal life that we’re in this together. I’d be a crazy man if I had to navigate my life without people to learn from, love and lean on . . . and in the process, I’ll probably be wearing a TMJ splint every night for the rest of my life! Have a great day and take good care of yourself. You are so worth it...

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.

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Health & Fitness

No Excuses!

by Corey and Donna Ellis

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me know that there is time for anyone to fit exercise into a busy schedule.

Man to Man I just don’t have the time! How many times have you found yourself making that statement? Men, in the fitness world, we call that an excuse. When we are approached with an invitation for a party, cookout, or if we're just something leisurely that we enjoy doing, we can find some empty time in our busy schedules that really wasn’t there? I know that it takes a lot out of us while we are trying to make a living for ourselves or our family. You work long hours to make sure that the life that you are trying to provide actually manifests itself. But how can you continue to provide the type of lifestyle you want for yourself or your family, if your body isn’t strong or you have no cardiovascular endurance? In some way, form, or fashion, you have got to exercise! You have to make time for it. I was working in town personal training with a husband and wife other day. The husband had gone to work the previous day at the 6:30 am and didn’t get home until 6:30 pm. (I hear that he’s one of the best chefs in town. I’ll have to go to Carrabba’s to find that out.) Working as a chef requires being on your feet for hours and expending large amounts of energy over hot temperatures. After putting in twelve long hours of standing and preparing delicious meals for others, he still found the time to go home and exercise with his family. As his wife is telling me, I immediately turned around and told him how proud I was of him. It’s individuals like him that let 14

Just because you can’t get to the gym as frequently as you would like, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your exercise regiment altogether. If you have to do sprints or suicides in the backyard with push-ups and crunches between sets, but you only have 15 minutes to spare, then do it. You may only have time for a quick 20-minute run. Well, do it, and run it faster than you normally would if you were going on that 4 or 5 mile jog. At some point, we have to realize the need to exercise. To live a long productive life, we have to stop using the “I don’t have the time” excuse. Make the time! Set aside a designated time slot that you know you really have nothing to do, and just do it. You will feel so much better about the self discipline you have just exercised. It’s all mental. The only person that controls your mind is you. Find the time!

Woman to Woman I want to exercise, but I don’t have time. I want to eat right, but I don’t have the time to think about something healthy to eat. I want to live a healthier lifestyle, but I don’t have…well, you can’t say time. Everything is about time, time, time now. We don’t have time to exercise, but what do we have time to do? Let me think: watch tv, fix my hair and nails, go shopping, go out on the town, and of course, talk on the phone. I do understand that life is filled with other obligations. Trust me, I know. I

work, I am a wife, and I am a mother of a 1-yr-old and a 1-month-old. So, yes, I have to cook, clean, take care of the kids, run a business and be a wife. While my job does make it easier for me to work out, I still have to make time to have my own workout where I focus just on ME. Time tends to be the biggest barrier that we face when it comes to exercising. With all the hours in a day, I think that everyone can devote at least 3 hours a week to work out. It will make you want to do more. There is a misconception that you have to dedicate a huge amount of time at once to see results. Lucky for us all, that is not the case. It's ok to break up your exercise bouts into smaller time periods and see and benefit from the results. All of us have 10 minutes to spare a few times during the day. I tell people to do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 in the middle of the day, and 10 in the evening. If your excuse is work, it would probably help to move around for a few minutes. Exercise will help you free your mind. Since exercise just isn't fun for most people, try to find an activity you like and excel. You may find out that you have more time that you thought. Don’t let time get away. It’s never too late. Make a change today to save yourself tomorrow. The choices we make today affect our tomorrow. You will thank yourself later. For those individuals that may be seeking an avenue to fulfill his or her fitness goals, come and join us at Resolution Camp! See p15 in Health and Fitness section to view our ad and see camp dates.

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Health & Fitness Lawnmower Injuries by D. Michael Andrews

As expected, lawnmower accidents always increase dramatically in the spring and summer months. An estimated 9,400 children are injured each year. Many of the accidents result in amputations of legs, hands, fingers, feet and toes. Experts say that the most serious accidents occur when operators back up riding mowers with the mower blades engaged and run over small children they can’t see. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, back-over accidents alone account for 560 injuries to children each year. As a result of numerous studies, the lawnmower industry has known for years of the very real problem of riding mower back-over injuries. When back-over cases occur, the consequences are very serious for young children. In 2003, the lawn mower industry adopted a voluntary industry safety standard requiring new rider mowers to have a “no-mow-in-reverse feature” to prevent the mower from backing up with powered blades. But the safety standard allows manufacturers to install a device that overrides that feature. It has been pointed out that the override device defeats the purpose of the nomow-in-reverse system. A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the rate of lawnmower related injuries to children remained constant


from 1990 through 2004. The study concluded: Current safety features on these products are not adequate to prevent lawn mower-related injuries.

D. Michael Andrews

Most override switches are located on the front control of the mower. The academy recommended that manufacturers locate the override switches on either the posterior wheel well or behind the seat, which would force the operator to look behind the mower before disengaging the no-mow-in-reverse feature. The manufacturers of lawnmowers have an obligation to incorporate the needed safety features on their products. Protecting children has to be considered by the design engineers in their decision-making.

Our firm has handled cases arising out of incidents where young children were horribly disfigured and suffered amputation injuries as a result of being backed over with a riding lawnmower. Unfortunately, during the course of those investigations we have also learned of many similar instances. Today every consumer riding mower sold in the United States is REQUIRED to be equipped with such a switch. Many other manufacturers redesigned their mowers years ago and included “no-mow-in-reverse” (NMIR) switches to prevent such tragedies, but again many of those devices include overrides which allow the operator to defeat the safety purpose of the switch. Sadl,y there are also many mowers still in use that are not equipped with this simple device which are proven to prevent life-altering injuries.

Sights to See

Our vision is to be the premier swim, bike and run facility in the southeast by exceeding the expectations of the beginner to the elite, inspiring athletes of all ages.

Back in 2004, a group of local triathletes organized to start the Montgomery Multisport website and club. On September 1st, 2010, five club members opened the doors of Montgomery Multisport, the Triathlon Store. By March 2011, our store expansion allowed us to deepen our investment in the running community, while adding new diagnostic equipment and four additional shoe manufacturers. Currently the club has over 200 members, a masters swim group, and various racing subteams.

“Motion Pro” software is used to coach people in the “Endless Pool.” Our coaching services help swimmers and triathletes improve their form in open water.

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We use “Motion Pro” software Gait Analysis and an “iStep” machine to properly fit clients in the best shoes and orthotics. We sell the following brands of shoes and running apparel: Asics, Brooks, K-Swiss, Mizuno, Newton, and Saucony and more.

8107 Vaughn Road Peppertree Shopping Center


Good Taste

Restaurant Guide American/Deli

American Deli 971 Ann St 334-262-6122 Chick Fil A EastChase 6921 Eastchase Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334-271-1095 Chick-Fil-A at RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334-293-4773 Chick-Fil-A Prattville 1967 Cobbs Ford Rd. Prattville, AL 36066 334-365-8222 Chris’ Hotdogs 138 Dexter Ave 334-265-6850

Hamburger King 547 S Decatur St 334-262-1798

Courthouse Café 100 S Lawrence St 334-832-1684

Honey Baked Ham 2816 E South Blvd 334-284-9100

El Paso Chili Company 539 N Eastern Blvd 334-244-0118 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220

Jason’s Deli 1520 Eastern Blvd 334-409-9890 Lunde’s 201 Montgomery St 334-265-3663

Flames Grill 142 Montgomery St 334-264-0100

Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go 21 S Perry St 334-265-5554

Flips Uptown Grill 3900 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8833 7900 Vaughn Rd 334-270-5559 Guthrie’s 5376 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-8300 7216 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-3331

Montgomery’s Café at Embassy Suites 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055 Panera Bread 2775 Eastern Blvd 334-272-2122 Panera Bread 7224 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-9170 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 7005 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1078

Shoney’s 850 Eastern Blvd 334-396-8533 Steak Out 3271 Malcolm Dr 334-270-0747 2930 Carter Hill Rd 334-269-1800 Stop & Sip Coffee 981 Adams Ave 334-230-9989 Sundown East 3416 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-0501

Ruddle’s Pub Grill 3133 Bell Rd 334-277-8710

Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547

MiMi’s Café 6814 EastChase Pkwy 334-271-0124

Schlotzsky’s Deli 5055 Carmichael Rd 334-409-9993

Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898

Momma Goldberg’s Deli 7960 Vaughn Rd 334-517-1071

Scott Street Deli 412 Scott St 334-264-9415

Wishbone Café 61 Bridge St 334-356-4175

Chick-Fil-A at RSA Tower Minutes away from Maxwell AFB!

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Sights to See

Recipe of the Month Farmers Market Sauteé Try this recipe for a fresh from the garden dinner. In the 20-25 minutes it takes to cook the Quinoa, this delicious grain (much like couscous but gluten free and high in protein) you can prep and cook all the vegetables. Start to finish, that’s about 20 minutes to table. Your meal will be healthful (full of legumes for fiber, olive oil, beets, greens and garlic, which are anti-inflamatory) and beautiful.. I guarantee you won’t feel hungry or heavy after this meal!

2 cups Quinoa 4 cups water 1 red onion, julienned 1 red pepper, julienned 2 cups of Lady or Cream Peas 2 green garlic, bulb and green stalks, chopped 4 cups fresh arugula, washed, left whole (spinach may be supstituted) 1 bunch baby beets (2 cups fresh baby beet greens, stemmed) and beet root sliced 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for sautéing 2 oz. Asiago cheese, coarsely grated (Aged Parmesan Regianno may be substituted) Bring water to a boil in a pot or rice steamer. Add the Quinoa, cover and cook for about 20 minutes until the Quinoa is cooked (but don’t let those beautiful little globes get mushy!) In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium. Add the onion and sautee about 2 minute until they just begin to get tender. Add the sliced beet root, Lady Peas, red peppers and garlic or green onions. Sautee an additional two minutes, stirring all the ingredients so they don’t stick to the pan. Add the arugula or spinach,, baby beet greens and saute another minute or so until the greens just begin to wilt. Serve about a cup of quinoa per plate and cover with vegetable mixture. Grate fresh cheese over the top. The cheese will provide a nice saltiness to spark the dish! 19

Where in the world can you find heart healthy Grilled Salmon with Lemon Olive Oil Sauce served with Quinoa? Or Eggplant Parmesan made with grilled eggplant instead of fried? As well as smoothies or espresso frappes that are actually good for you? Cool Beans at the Café d’Art, of course. Owner/Entrepreneur/Chef, Shari Rossmann started with a mission to help inspire a downtown revitalization. Her means: providing Montgomery with a fun, sophisticated downtown place to eat. Now that dream is becoming a reality so Shari has shifted her primary focus to bringing healthy eating awareness and options to her customers. Whatever her focus, Shari is passionate about what she does, and her cooking reflects this! Proponents of the slow food movement, Cool Beans is committed to serving organic and locally grown foods whenever possible! “Having a restaurant to teach lessons of healthy eating and lifestyles is a joy. People try all kinds of new foods here and learn to love the new flavors, combinations and means of preparation. Our customers try new things because they look, smell and taste so good. Nothing is more convincing than a great meal!”

Good Taste Wishbone Café 7028 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-7270

Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510

India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200

Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188

Zaxby’s 3130 Taylor Rd 334-481-0406 6453 Atlanta Hwy 334-277-8066 2923 Eastern Blvd 334-420-3500 2675 Zelda Rd 334-293-9933

Buffet City 5461 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1678

Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885

Miyako Japanese Steak & Sushi 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275

Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888

King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883

Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921

East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779

Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685

Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450

Ala Thai Classic 963 Ann St 334-240-2549

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654

Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026

Ala Thai East 6663 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-3141

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 6561 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-7799 181D Eastern Blvd 334-260-6111

Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station 300 Water St 334-269-0708


Asia Bistro & Seafood 7839 Vaughn Rd 334-213-3628


Lek’s Taste of Thailand 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994 Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754

Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-6999 Street Café 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232

Café M One Museum Dr 334-240-4333 Cool Beans at Café De Art 115 Montgomery St 334-269-3302 The Deli at Alley Station 130A Commerce St 334-263-2922

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The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055

Country’s Barbecue 5761 Atlanta Hwy 334-270-0126

Sushi Café 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060

Dreamland BBQ 101 Tallapoosa St 334-273-7427

Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800 Thai Gratiem 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-215-9960 Top China 9160 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1668 Bakery

Cupcakes by Tish 1940 Mulberry Street 334-625-0999 Barbeque

Country’s Barbecue 2610 Zelda Rd 334-262-6211


Shashy’s Fine Foods 1700 Mulberry St 334-263-7341 Casual Dining

All City Coney Island 701 Madison Ave 334-819-4100 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 3001 Carter Hill Rd 334-264-9064 3195 Taylor Rd 334-274-0009 6601 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1902

California Yogurt Kraze 3010 Zelda Rd 334-356-3716 7730 Vaughn Rd 334-215-9135 Chappy’s Deli 1611 Perry Hill Rd 334-279-7477 2055 E South Blvd 334-286-9200 8139 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1226 Chili’s 7355 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1973 City Limits Bar & Grill 3585 McGehee Rd 334-239-9130 Dreamz 511 E Edgemont Ave 334-239-7303 The Exchange at Renaissance Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165

Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q 6415 Atlanta Hwy 334-213-0046 K&J Rib Shack 4255 S Court St 334-356-1368 Sam’s Bar-B-Que 3510 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-0008 Sophia’s BBQ 1055 Adams Ave 334-269-1177 Varsity BBQ 5471 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-5444 Café

Café Louisa 1034 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241


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M I R RO R S ? N O WAY. At Jim ‘N Nick’s our trick to serving the most authentic Southern food is to avoid the tricks altogether. Everything is made fresh. Nothing is frozen. Ever. So from the slow-smoked ribs to the garden fresh vegetables you can taste the deep respect for Southern tradition in every bite.


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Check out our new Bottleshoppe & Banquet Room, with plenty of seating!



Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041

Smoothies & Things Café 109 S Court St 334-241-0770

City Grill & Next Door 8147 Vaughn Rd 334-244-0960

Nancy’s Italian Ice 7976 Vaughn Rd 334-356-1403

Sommer’s Grill 9188 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-0275

Garrett’s 7780 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-9950

Roux 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814

Sommer’s Place 7972 Vaughn Rd 334-279-5401

Ham & High 5251 Hampstead High 334-239-9982

Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224

Steak ’n Shake Prattville 2313 Cobbs Ford Rd. 334-290-0036

Ruby Tuesday 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285

32 Degrees Yogurt Bar 7030 EastChase Pkwy 334-272-4773

Sinclair’s 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654

The Tipping Point 5015 Hampstead High 334-260-9110

Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621


Fine Dining

The Chophouse at Vintage Year 405 Cloverdale Rd 334-264-8463

The House Restaurant at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166 La Jolla Restaurant & Bar 6854 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-2600 Michael’s Table 2960 Zelda Rd 334-272-2500 Olive Room 121 Montgomery St 334-262-2763


Mr. G’s 6268 Atlanta Hwy 334-356-4662 Zoe’s Kitchen 7218 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-9115 Zoe’s Kitchen 2960C Zelda Rd 334-395-4698 Italian

Carrabba’s Italian 1510 Eastern Blvd 334-271-7500 Cheezie’s Pizza 8125K Decker Ln 334-244-9496 2762 Bell Rd Bldg B 334-365-5423 1113H Perry Hill Rd 334-239-9263 CiCi’s Pizza 981 Ann St 334-386-3086

Good Taste Corsino’s Italian 911 S Court St 334-263-9752

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

Taqueria El Cantaro 1130 Ann St 334-356-7361

Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 1712 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-8988

Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

Tipico De Mexico 3441 Malcolm Dr 334-356-0459

Marco’s Pizza 3171 Taylor Rd 334-356-6000

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840

Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770

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

Mellow Mushroom 7915 Vaughn Rd 334-213-6443

La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153

Farmhouse Kitchen 5251 Hampstead High St 334-284-8989

Midtown Pizza Kitchen 2940 Zelda Rd 334-399-0080

Las Salsas Mexican Cuisine 7921 Vaughn Rd 334-260-9096

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

Olive Garden 2700 Eastern Blvd 334-260-9220 Pizza Perfect 428 Coliseum Blvd 334-244-7721 Sa Za’s Serious Pizza 130 Commerce St 334-495-7292 Stevi B’s Pizza 5411 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-3112 Tomatinos 1036 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241 Mexican

Cantina 130 Commerce St Suite 103 334-262-2339 Cuco’s 11123 Chantilly Pkwy Suite A 334-271-3528 Cuco’s Express 31 S Court St 334-832-0081 El Rey Burrito Lounge 1031 E Fairview Ave 334-832-9688



Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224

Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438 Eastside Grill 6667 Atlanta Hwy 334-274-1200

Filet & Vine 431 Cloverdale Rd 334-262-8463 Fried Tomato Buffet 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162

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

Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571

Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780

Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509

Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140

Gail’s Down the Street Café 2739 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009

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

Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339

Wintzell’s Oyster House 105 Commerce St 334-262-4257

Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020

Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198 Moe’s Southwest Grill 7028 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-3333

Young Barn Pub and Oyster Bar 5331 Young Barn Rd 334-819-7423

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

Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000

No Way Jose 5338 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-2222 No Way Jose 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

Southern Style

A Social Event/Bandanas 301 Jefferson St 334-265-9113 Blue Moon Café 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543 Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449 Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085 Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015

Mamma Nem’s 1200 Eastern Blvd 334-420-6262

Buffalo Wild Wings 7971 Vaughn Rd 334-215-7977

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

Martin’s Restaurant 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767

Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911

Mary B’s Buffet 3428 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-7890

Longhorn Steakhouse 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555

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

Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495

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

Texas Roadhouse 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774

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Brian Hicks A Hero and an Inspiration by Halee Harrelson

Brian Hicks, an Alabama native, loves to run. Not just a few miles here and there, but in triathalons, half marathons, and other long distance races as well. While that’s not unusual, here’s the tricky part. Brian also uses a prosthesis. In 2003, Brian was serving in Iraq when he sustained major nerve damage to his spine and already-injured leg. His leg was beyond repair, thus leading to his amputation. He became more comfortable with his new limb during physical therapy. This therapy eventually evolved into running. As his condition improved, Brian gradually began increasing the distances he ran. In 2009, Brian ran in the New York Marathon and in 2010, he made Team USA. If he makes the team this year, he will be traveling to New Zealand. “It’s interesting,” he says, “ I never thought I would be traveling to all these places.” These competitions have kept Brian running. “I have to be working towards a goal to stay motivated.” Not only does the thrill of crossing a finish line keep his head up, but so does the opportunity to witness to others. “People not only ask me how I do it, but why. It’s a great opportunity to share my faith and my experiences. God gives me strength. I can be in the middle of a race and I’m tired, but I ask God for the strength go continue, and I make it through.” On May 19, Brian will be participating in Cross Triathalon World Championship. Brian is looking forward to the challenges that Oak Mountain has to offer. This is one runner who will be sharing those winding trails with God.



Dr. Rick Marshall, Pastor Sunday Morning Services 8:15 and 10:45 Sunday School 9:30 Sunday Evening Service 6:00

3604 Pleasant Ridge Road Montgomery, AL 36109 334-272-0604

A place to

Believe, Belong, Become 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.

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Army


Ed Solomon, Director CEF Military Children’s Ministry™ (334) 233-0133


Ashley Swift

Ministering Though Music by Allie Manzari

Ashley Swift is a wonderful Christian singer from Montgomery. Inspired at an early age by her mother and grandfather, she’s shown a passion for singing all her life. Ashley’s first public performance was at a church at age six, and by age thirteen, she felt God guiding her toward Christian ministry to others through her music. She feels that the reason she lost her job was so she could concentrate on her music ministry. Her main focus is now on opportunities. Having heard Ashley’s soulful voice, Ashley truly has a gift that should be shared! Ashley Swift belongs to Capital City Church of the Nazarene and is busy preparing to sing at a Christian women’s conference next year, as well as upcoming retreats. The 34-year-old sings whenever and wherever she is led. Ashley sang the National Anthem at the Riverwalk Stadium for the Biscuits in 2004 and will be singing there once again on May 14, 2012. She has recorded an album called Peace Be Still. “Not Guilty” is her favorite song on the album, which is beautiful and truly touching. Her album is available now on iTunes. You can contact Ashley Swift Ministries at 334546-0479 or Ashley Swift Ministries 28

Coming up on the Riverf ront Second Saturdays at the

Riverfront Park

April 14th - Sept. 8th, 5-8 p.m.

Free event and open to the public. Live entertainment, interactive activities for all ages, food vendors, cocktails from the SandBAR and Firework Show on April 14th For more info: 334-625-2100 or Vendors: Cantina, Dreamland, Peppertree Steaks and Wine, Cheezies Pizza, Nancy’s Italian Ice, Spacewalker, Bruster’s Ice Cream and Nathan’s Hotdogs.

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Education Station Public Schools Montgomery Public Schools 334-223-6700

Lighthouse Christian Academy 334-271-4200

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437

Faulkner University 334-272-5820

Private Schools Alabama Christian Academy 334-277-1985

Macon-East Montgomery Academy 334-277-6566

Success Unlimited Academy 334-819-8005

Fortis College 334-272-3857

Calvary Christian 334-281-9633

Montessori Academy 334-262-8685

Trinity Presbyterian School 334-213-2100

Huntingdon College 334-833-4497

Churchill Academy 334-270-4225

The Montgomery Academy 334-272-8210

Jones School of Law 334-386-7495

Eastwood Christian School 334-273-1164

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School 334-272-7220

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

Evangel Christian Academy 334-272-3882 Frazer Memorial 334-279-0271

SafetyNet Academy 334-277-1334 Saint James School 334-277-8033

Green Gate 334-281-3300

St. Bede 334-277-8551

Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222

St. Jude Educational Institute 334-264-5376

We believe childhood lasts a lifetime ... children learn valuable life lessons while playing. Playing is the foundation for learning. Our teachers focus on building each child’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. We offer multicultural and developmentally appropriate materials and equipment. We offer an exciting pre-school curriculum full of discovery and hands-on learning. We make the effort to enhance your child’s learning opportunities and environment.

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

Prince Institute of Professional Studies 334-271-1670 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

In the Spotlight . . . Green Gate School

Director of Education: Yvonna Richardson Headmaster: Ken Richardson History Green Gate School is celebrating their 39th year. Since 1972, Green Gate has been educating children with the ongoing goal of preparing students Pre School through Elementary to become successful, contributing and compassionate citizens of the world. Seven years ago the Middle school was added to provide a challenging educational environment, for students in a small supportive environment without pressure. Green Gate has the right learning environment for ages 12 Months to Grade 8. Staff Dedicated teachers encourage students to help build their selfesteem as well as provide an unparalleled educational journey.


Green Gate is eager and willing to challenge children on their level and facilitate learning. Handson activities are incorporated throughout the curriculum in all classes. They encourage students to think critically and become creative problem solvers inside and outside of the classroom. Mission Green Gate School is committed to providing a warm, loving, nurturing, secure and challenging environment for the development of its students’ intellect, character, social skills, physical health and appreciation for the arts. Green Gate is an independent school for children ages 12 Months through Grade 8 with a homelike atmosphere that respects and responds to the needs of children and parents. By providing affordable, private school tuition with payment options, families are given greater opportunities for their children’s education. Philosophy Green Gate truly helps children shine. All children have diverse gifts and educational needs that should be met by knowledgeable, caring teachers. Green Gate students use their resources to help

students reach their full potential by encouragement and supporting all efforts. Distinguishing Factors Low student-teacher ratios enable Green Gate’s experienced, and skilled teachers to offer students individualized, personal attention. The average tenure of a Green Gate teacher is eighteen years. Elementary and middle school students score on the average two grades above level on their Standardized testing in the STANFORD 10. Green Gate combines the best of many curriculums to create a customized learning environment. Students can be cross taught up to the next grade in subjects they prove their proficiency and given extra support

in weak areas. Teachers have a thorough understanding of how children learn and develop, and they capitalize on the children’s areas of interest to create a self-confidant learner. Parents feel welcome and play an important role in their students’ education. Accreditations Green Gate is accredited by ADVANCED ED formerly known as SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Activities Extracurricular activities include dance, guitar, piano, arts and both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

A world-class education is closer than you think. Outstanding Academics

Auburn Montgomery was ranked as one of the top 100 universities in

the Southeast for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report and consistently receives recognition for academic excellence. We make sure your education will be relevant by constantly striving to provide programs that meet the needs of today’s workplace. That’s why we have recently added programs in in-demand fields including homeland security and emergency management, and cybersystems and information security.

Supportive Environment With an unbeatable student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, you will receive personal attention and support from your instructors. AUM has all the amenities and first-rate academics you might find on a larger campus, but here, you will be much more than just another face in the crowd.

Amazing Recreational Opportunities At AUM, you’ll exercise more than your brainpower. Our new state-ofthe art, 73,000-squre-foot Wellness Center will open in August, giving AUM students everyday access to an indoor pool, running track, rock climbing wall, extensive team sports facilities, and fitness classes of all kinds. It’s a great time to join the Warhawk nation!

Apply by August 1- no undergraduate application fees!



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Meow, Woof & Chirp

Heartworm Disease by Charles T. McLemore, D.V.M.

Heartworm disease is a preventable, serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets. The first published article of heartworm disease in dogs was written by T.C. Osborne in 1847 and in cats in the early 1920’s. Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a parasitic roundworm that is spread from host to host through the bites of mosquitoes. The heartworm is a type of filaria, a small thread-like worm. The definitive host is

a blood meal, the mosquito becomes infected with the heartworm microfilariae. The mosquito does not die due to this infection. The microfilariae, inside the mosquito, mature during the next ten to fourteen days to their infective larval stage. Then the mosquito bites another dog, cat, or other susceptible animal, and the infective larvae are deposited into the bite wound during that blood meal. These infective larvae continue to mature for about 6 months, into adult heartworms, both male and

Prevention of heartworm disease is always safer and less expensive than treatment. the dog but it can also infect cats, wolves, foxes, coyotes, and other animals, such as ferrets, sea lions and even, under very rare circumstances, humans. This disease is especially important here in the southeastern states because of our warm humid climate which results in mosquitoes being prevalent virtually year round. Mosquitoes play a VERY important role in heartworm transmission. In the United States, heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states. It is believed that up to 45% of dogs that are not on some form of heartworm preventative medicine living within 150 miles of the Gulf coast are infected with heartworms. Heartworms are always spread through the bite of a mosquito. The dog is the definitive host, meaning that the worms mature into adults, breed, and produce offspring while living inside a dog. The mosquito is the mandatory intermediate host, meaning that the worms must live inside a mosquito for a short period in order to become infective and then cause heartworm disease. The worms are called “heartworms” because the adults live in the heart, and lungs of an infected animal. The life cycle of the heartworm begins when a female heartworm gives birth to her young, which are called microfilariae, and releases them into the bloodstream of the host. If the animal is bitten by a mosquito taking 36

females, and live inside the second host for up to 7 years. The clinical signs of heartworm disease vary between cats and dogs, depending on the stage of the disease and the number of actual heartworms in the host’s body. Cats with a small number of heartworms may show general, non-specific symptoms that may resemble other feline cardiac or pulmonary diseases. It is common for a cat to shows signs similar to asthma, bronchitis, and other breathing issues. As the disease progresses, clinical signs worsen, and do not respond to conventional treatments. Dogs may show no signs of disease, or may have a slight to very harsh cough, feel badly, exhibit weight loss, or have fatigue after slight exercise. The diagnosis of heartworm disease is also slightly different in cats and dogs. Because a cat is smaller in size than a dog, and often infected with a very small number of heartworms, diagnosis is difficult. The tests that we use today have limitations, and a negative heartworm test does not necessarily rule out the disease. Veterinarians may also do a physical exam, X-rays, echocardiography, antigen/antibody tests, microfilaria tests, and even necropsy results to detect heartworm disease in cat patients. In dogs, many different tools can be used, but in-house antigen tests have proven to be very reliable. An antigen test uses a very small amount of blood drawn from a dog, and results are known in a few minutes. If a dog has heartworm disease, the veterinarian may recommend treatment of the disease, which will

completely kill all microfilariae and all adult heartworms in the patient. There is only one approved drug, labeled for dogs, that is used to kill the adult heartworms. Dogs that have mild to no signs of the disease, usually tolerate the treatment very well, with few or no side effects. Dogs that have severe signs are potentially more difficult to treat and complications may occur. If a patient has severe heartworm disease, complicated with other life –threatening problems, successful treatment may not be possible or recommended. In cats, there is no drug approved for the treatment of heartworm infection. Mild infections may be symptomatically treated, and spontaneous cure can occur with time. For cats with severe signs, other more aggressive treatments may be indicated. Prevention of heartworm disease is always safer and less expensive than treatment. Pet owners have several different products to prevent heartworm infection in dogs and cats. Heartworm preventatives are available in oral or topical products. There is also an injectable product for dogs only. These products should be given


year –round and are safe, inexpensive, and effective in preventing heartworm disease. Please make an appointment with your local veterinarian to discuss all of your pet’s health needs, and talk about your options for preventing heartworm disease in your pets. Dr. McLemore graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration in 1976, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Central Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, the College of Veterinary Medicine Centennial Club, and a lifetime member of the Auburn University Alumni Association. Charles is married to the former Catherine Ross of Montgomery. Together they have 3 dogs and 5 cats.

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and many more adoptable pets at the Montgomery Humane Society. Open Daily 10 - 5 (adoptions also made by appointment) All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. Didn’t find the pet you were looking for? Complete a Wish List Application


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FORD: The Sleeping Giant Ford has dominated the domestic truck sales since trucks began selling. They consistently sell more units than their closest competitor, and almost as much as the rest of the field put together. For that reason, the economy did not bankrupt them, but allowed them to continue to invest in their science while their competition had to tighten the purse strings. Ford has new technology in the works to better align themselves to compete in other markets, while the rest of Detroit is going to play catchup for several more years. They are unveiling a new Taurus SHO model this year that, with an EcoBoost option, puts out over 365 hp. This will finally have Ford on a competitive playing field with some of the midsize German and Japanese counterparts. Ford may be in a position to climb the ever changing landscape of the automotive world. With the little economical Fusion smoking the compact class in sales and with over 40 mpg it is a great buy for amenities and economy. Having seen many of the newest trucks on the road the Ford is selling more, evolving more and becoming more luxurious by the day it seems. Not sure what is exactly next out of these guys, but expect to see many more upgrades to an already solid line of American ingenuity.

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Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum

Willie Thompson, Executive Director The Fitzgerald Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the life and works of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.


The Fitzgerald House was the residence of F. Scott, Zelda and their daughter, Scottie, from 1931 to 1932. The Fitzgerald House was saved from demolition in 1986, making it the only remaining residence of the famous couple.

919 Felder Avenue Montgomery, AL 36106 334-264-4222 Museum Hours: Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 2pm Saturday & Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

Insurance 101

The Do’s And Don’ts of A Minor Car Accident by Henry Hernandez, State Farm™ Insurance Agent

The fender bender you were just in appears to be minor. No one looks injured and there is minimal damage to the vehicles. First, breathe a sigh of relief – then take these precautions to help prevent your small accident from becoming a big problem. Don’t drive away. Do stay at the scene and move your vehicle to a safe place out of traffic even if there appears to be no damage. If the other car is parked and the owner isn’t around, leave a note with your name and contact information. Don’t assume there aren’t injuries. Do assess yourself and your passengers. Even low-impact collisions can cause injuries, some not appearing until days after the accident.

Don’t sign any documents and avoid accepting or offering cash for repairs. You may end up paying out-of-pocket to repair damage to your car that only appears minor, or you could pay the other driver more than necessary. Do stay calm. Take notes and photos, and exchange information with the other driver, including your name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance company, and policy number.

Don’t assume an accident is too minor to be reported. Do call the police or file a report on your own. This will help your insurance agent handle your claim. An accident report could also help protect you from issues that may arise later about the extent of damage to your vehicle or injuries to you and the other driver. Don’t forget to notify your State Farm agent. Do discuss your options for handling potential claims.

Because you never know what you might run into. We’ve got an agent for that.

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Flattering Fashion for the 40-plus Woman by Sherry DeBray

Are you finding after Spring has sprung you’re in need of a little refreshing? At some point, every closet needs a good spring cleaning. Just because we, the mature women, are no longer in the “Spring of Life” doesn’t mean we want to look like “Winter.” I realized a few years ago how far removed I had become from a Spring body type when I shared a dressing room with my, then twenty-two year old, daughter. My younger daughter and I are told quite often how much we look alike. As true as this may be, those people weren’t in the dressing room with us. What once looked great on me no longer flattered this mature aging body. That was the day I decided I needed my own private dressing room.

So what’s a Woman to do? First take a good look at your body type. Have someone close to you take your picture from every angle. Pictures give you a truer look compared to a mirror. From your photo shoot, you will learn if you are dressing too young, too old, or if you’re just stuck in a past decade. After you have a true picture, then focus on your best features. If you have great legs then spotlight that strong area. (This doesn’t mean short skirts or short shorts. A knee-length skirt or dress with a higher heel will bring the eye to this strong area.) The worst thing a mature woman can do is to dress like her teenage daughter. This will only make you look older and a bit foolish. Dressing your age doesn’t mean you need to look like your grandmother either. The shoulders are another strong area for the woman over 40. A great look for the 44

mature woman is the cold-shoulder top. This style allows you to feel as if you are wearing a sleeveless top, yet allows you to cover the not-soflattering upper arm. As a fiftyyear-old, and add a few years, it has become one of my favorite styles.

Gravity is not a mature woman’s friend! Not to worry. There are a few fashion tricks to camouflage the not-so-flattering areas of our bodies. If you have a thick middle, add jackets or other pieces to layer and give the appearance of shape. If you’re short, add pieces that “elongate” you. A necklace that hits you just above your waist is a good example. Maybe your problem is the wrinkled neck. Turn up your collar, add a scarf or jewelry to hide those undesired gravity problems. Another “no-no” for the mature woman is cut outs in other areas besides the shoulders. No one wants to feature back fat or back wrinkles. So girls, hide it if you’ve got it! I recommend that you wear longer shorts or leggings with longer tops and cute sandals with a little heel. Add new colors when refreshing your closets. What once worked with younger skin doesn’t always work as our skin ages. Adding lighter colors around the face such as a bit of white, light blues and other hues that bring light to the face. Also don’t be afraid to use bright colors, just remember trendy fashion is not always a good match for the mature woman. Be careful that you don’t follow trends that are unflattering to the woman over forty. A good example of this is the orange jeans. The bright color will draw the eye to your hips.

Inner beauty is spiritual - what’s on the inside shows on the outside. If you feel good about who you are, it shows. In the past year, I’ve learned this lesson from a new prospective. Working with my customers at It’Za Gift, I’ve seen it firsthand. I’ve put the same fashion on the same body type and one woman wore it well, while the other didn’t. Why? It wasn’t the outfit, it was the spirit of the woman. Who we are and how we wear something starts with the mind. Staying young starts with how we view ourselves. If you tell yourself “I’m old” long enough, you start behaving old. Embrace your age, just don’t age your age by wearing apparel that holds your personality back. God created you in His image. He’s a God of life and joy. Dress to let your life shine and your joy show. The Proverbs 31 woman dressed with style and grace. Taking care of herself was part of the package that made her so desirable and successful. And last on my list to dressing and feeling good about yourself: get your own dressing room. We are not our younger counter parts. That ship has sailed, but I’m okay with that. Be beautiful in the body you have today by learning to dress for you. And ladies, let’s let our daughters and granddaughters see us embrace our bodies by letting our joy be our number one piece of spiritual clothing we wear well. You will find great fashion, gifts and home décor at It’Za Gift in the Pepper Tree Shopping Center at 8127 Vaughn Road. Let us help you dress to be the best you can be. (You can learn more about dressing your age with stylish Kim Johnson Gross from Style Channel Guide.) Column by Sherry DeBray, Author/ Columnist and Owner of It’Za Gift.

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Proud of... Liz Sadie Sutton Winner of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama’s

2012 Women of Distinction Award

Ms. Liz Braswell presenting the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama’s 2012 Women of Distinction Award to Ms. Liz Sadie Sutton.

Last month, I was invited to attend the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama’s 2012 Women of Distinction luncheon. The luncheon was fun, the food was great, the company at my table was enjoyable and the guest speaker was fabulous. The highlight of my day was meeting Liz Sadie Sutton, the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award. I was immediately drawn to her bright smile and joyous spirit and decided I wanted to find out more about this remarkable woman. I read a list of her accomplishments, achievements, honors, and the organizations to which she belongs. Liz Sadie Sutton holds a very impressive resume. She is president of both Alabama World Travel and Sutton & Associates, and has accomplished more locally and nationally than I could imagine, but when I went to her office and sat down with her, I was amazed at how quickly I went from interviewer to interviewee. I was doing all the talking. Liz was interested in me. Her success has come because she is genuinely interested in other people.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Ms. Liz Sutton with local Girl Scouts, who were hosting and participating in the luncheon.

Her desire to help others has been seen in many ways, one of which is Partners in Catholic Education. Ms. Sutton saw an opportunity for local businesses to partner with schools to sponsor a classroom, and the huge impact this could have on an individual classroom. Partners in Catholic Education has worked toward the goal of funding every classroom in Montgomery’s Catholic schools. Through the group’s annual golf tournament, they cleared over half a million dollars last year for many upgrades including a computer lab, security system, and band uniforms. Another of Ms. Sutton’s passions is to teach the younger generation how to behave in the business world: how to carry themselves, how to shake someone’s hand, the benefits of a thank-you note, and how to be encouraging. She wants young people just entering the work force to realize that situations can be a win-win for everyone. Getting ahead doesn’t mean leaving someone else behind, a value she exemplifies in her own career.

Liz Sutton and her husband Bill Sutton, who recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary.

Ms. Sutton's businesses also give her the opportunity to help others by creating their dream vacation. Her travel businesses are “architects of dreams” and are geared toward helping families and friends create wonderful memories together. “Giving a gift of travel gives moments of joy that you will have forever. It’s not like anything else that you can give. Your greatest investment is family.” As many awards and honors as Liz Sadie Sutton has achieved, her biggest blessing has always been her family. Liz was one of nine children born to Jim and Edna Sadie. She is married to Bill Sutton, and they have three children: Kristen, 22 years old, who is in graduate school at Notre Dame; Thomas, 20 years old, who is studying at UAB; and Joseph, 17 years old, who will graduate from high school this year. “After my first baby was born, my children became everything to me.” Ms. Sutton’s success in her personal and professional life has not slowed her down. “There’s still so much I want to do,” she says, “My prayer is that I’ll have time to do it. I’m finding my spiritual life deepening as I realize what’s expected of us in the world.” by Emily Cobern


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Datebook Arts Gone Wild Opening April 2012 Monday-Friday: 11am – 5pm Saturday: 11am - 4pm 200 Tallapoosa St., 334-240-4369 The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Montgomery Zoo are proud to announce that they will open a new shared retail space in Downtown Montgomery. The store will be called Arts Gone Wild. The space will feature merchandise from each organization and serve as a satellite box office for tickets to ASF productions, admission to the zoo and tickets to special events at the museum. See p8 for more information. The Merry Wives of Windsor Through May 18 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Women rule and the knight’s the fool in this hilarious Shakespearean yarn. Sir John Falstaff is down on his luck and out of cash, so he concocts a scheme to woo two married women in an attempt to get at their husbands’ money. The merry wives get wind of Falstaff’s intentions and hatch their own plan to thwart the wayward knight. Henry VIII Through May 20 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF So you thought The Tudors on Showtime was juicy? Then check this out. The conniving Cardinal Wolsey maneuvers money and power his way, and sends his rivals to the chopping block - all while keeping favor with the king. But when Henry VIII seeks to divorce his queen so that he can marry the beautiful Anne Boleyn, Wolsey finds himself playing on both sides of the executioner’s axe. 50

The 39 Steps Through May 19 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Richard Hannay’s dull life is transformed by a meeting with a mysterious female spy. When she is murdered in his home, he is forced to become a fugitive. But who really done it? And what are the 39 steps? Don’t miss the chase of a lifetime and a death-defying finale! Travels with My Aunt Through May 19 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF In this delightful comedy, Henry Pulling’s careful life is turned upside down at his mother’s funeral when he reunites with his disturbingly eccentric Aunt Augusta. The two begin an around-the-world adventure in which they encounter spies, thieves, smugglers, and unearth a long-held family secret. A comical tour de force! Admission charged. Brown Bag Concert Through May 25 Gold Star Park Wetumpka 334-567-4811 An hour of entertainment and relaxation with different vocalists or instrumentalists each week. Admission is free. www. Kid’s Night May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 5:30-7:30 pm Chick-Fil-A, 6921 Eastchase Loop 334-271-1095 Kid’s night every Tuesday! For the month of May, kids night crafts are: May 1st come decorate pots for your mother, May 8th is Mother Son Date Knight, May 15th is Golden Book night, May 22nd is Berenstain Bears night, and May 29th is cake night.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 4, 12, 20 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF Uncertain love is in the air as two couples find themselves lost in a mystical forest on an unforgettable midsummer’s night. Caught in a tug of war between fairies and foes, the four become engaged in a delightful game of “she/he loves me, she/he loves me not.” A plot that only the Bard could devise. This ASF Intern Acting Company abridged one-hour production is available to tour in schools. Scenic Lunch Cruise May 2, 11am - 12:30pm Harriott II Riverboat, 200 Coosa Street (334) 625-2100 Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 11 am and Cruise from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Ticket Prices are $19/person (with lunch), $9/Adult (Ride Only), and $7/Child (Ride Only). http://www. scenic-lunch-cruise-3

Anthony Hamilton plus Special Guest Ruben Studdard May 3, 7pm Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 Anthony Cornelius Hamilton is an R&B and soul singer-songwriter who rose to fame with his platinumselling second studio album "Comin’ from Where I’m From." He earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration”. It's been almost a decade since 2003 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard became a household name. In the years since, the Velvet Teddy Bear has produced a string of gold and platinum albums. Chick-Fil-A Leadercast May 4, 8am Vaughn Forest Church 8660 Vaughn Rd. 334-279-5433 You will be empowered with lifechanging insights from worldrenowned leaders. You will learn how to improve your own leadership skills and also have the opportunity to network with other leaders in your area. You will see just how far your own choices could take you. Please see Vaughn Forest Church’s website for more details. http://vaughnforest. com/news-and-events. Relay For Life of Pike Road May 4, 6pm - 9pm Town Square at The Waters 3 Crescent Park, Pike Road 334-612-8177 Relay For Life is a great way to get together with friends, family and coworkers, while raising money for the American Cancer Society. Join us and you’ll help create more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back. Register your team today! For more information contact the American Cancer Society office at (334)612-8177 or visit www. 51

FLIMP Festival May 4 & 5, 10am - 2pm Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts One Museum Dr. 334-240-4333 A day of imagination, creativity and art for the whole family. There will be artists, art making, chalk art, entertainment, food, and many other family activities. The fun begins at 10 AM. Special group rates are available. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s education programs.

Handprint Tile Event May 5, 10am - 2 pm The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 401 Coliseum Blvd. Eastbrook Shopping Center 334-270-1456

FLIMP Chalk Art Competition May 4 & 5 Montgomery Museum of Fine ArtsOne Museum Dr. 334-240-433 The annual FLIMP Chalk Art Competition will be held all day May 4 and the morning of May 5, 2012 before the FLIMP Festival begins. Chalk artists of all ages are invited to create vivid works of art on the Museum’s parking lot, and the MMFA provides materials to all who register on time. Please contact edsecy@ or visit for an application.

One-day only. Heather Pierce Designs will be on-site Saturday, May 5th 10am-2pm. No appointment necessary. Perfect gifts for Mother’s Day. Christy Lou’s Hand Stamped Jewelry Event May 5, 10am - 2pm The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 401 Coliseum Blvd. Eastbrook Shopping Center 334-270-1456 Christy Lou will be on-site to create the perfect Mother’s Day Gift.

Prattville Cityfest May 4 & 5 Historic Downtown Prattville Prattville, AL, 334-365-7392 Arts and crafts show with food, fun, and entertainment. Children’s Area. Admission charged. Free Concert on Friday.

Getaway Cruise May 5, 12, 19, 26; 4:30 - 7pm Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 The cruise will board at 4:30 pm and cruise from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Ticket Prices are $20 per adults and $15 per child. Live Entertainment will be provided.

Harriott II Dinner Cruise May 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30 - 9pm Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 6:30 pm and Cruise from 7:00 pm – 9 pm T There will be Live Entertainment (Entertainers TBA). Cash Bar and Concessions will be available. For more information please visit announcements/harriott-ii-dinnercruise-9.

Saturday Jam Sessions May 5 and 19, 9am - 12pm Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street, 334-240-4500 If you like music and a good time, you’ll love Old Alabama Town’s Saturday Jam Sessions from 9 til noon the 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at the 1840s Rose House. Bring your acoustic instruments and join in the fun! Tickets are free. Tickets to tour Old Alabama Town are available in the Reception Center.

Datebook Old House Expo May 6, 1 - 5pm Various locations in Montgomery, 334-834-1500 Various locations--Offered by the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors as part of National Historic Preservation Month. Houses on tour and a printable map provided on the web site the week before the tour. Admission is free. www. Blues Cruise May 6, 13, 20, 27; 5:30 – 8pm Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 5:30 pm and cruise from 6 pm - 8 pm. Live Entertainment (Entertainers TBA) and the Cash Bar and Concessions will be available. http://www.funontheriver. net/announcements/blues-cruise-12. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball May 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 The Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosta St. 334-323-0362 The Montgomery Biscuits (AA Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) play in beautiful Riverwalk Stadium located in downtown Montgomery. Enjoy MAX Fireworks, Thirsty Thursdays, Dollar Dog Tuesdays and other great promotions throughout the season.

Transporter Sprint Triathlon May 12, 8 am The Waters, 55 Bridge St. Pike Road, 334-356-7271 300 yard lake swim (individual start), 12 mile bike on an open course, 3 mile run on closed course. This race will be managed by Montgomery MultiSport,, the Swim/Bike/Run experts in central Alabama. 21st Annual Pancake Run for Missions May 12, 8am First United Methodist Church 2416 W. Cloverdale Park 334-834-8990 All participants of the 5k run are invited to a complimentary pancake breakfast immediately following the race in the Fellowship Hall. Nonracers may enjoy pancakes for a $3.00 donation. For more information, please e-mail pancakerun@ Agape’s 2nd Annual Run for a Mom 5k and Fun Run May 12, 7:30 am for 5K Race, 8:30 am for 1 Mile Fun Run Vaughn Park Church of Christ, Family Life Center 3800 Vaughn Road, 334-272-9466 Dedicate your run/walk to a special woman. Maybe it’s your mom or maybe it’s that dear lady who always knew just what to say. Whomever you choose, carry her name or picture with you as you run/walk. We can’t wait to see you all! Contact Emily at Herb Day May 12, 8am - 3pm Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus Street, 334-240-4500 FREE. Learn how to grow and use herbs through Demonstrations - Vendors - Expert Gardeners Entertainment.


Hampstead Institute Spring Food Festival May 12, 12 - 5pm Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm, 425 Moulton St. 334-422-9331 Festival celebrationg the taste of local food in central Alabama. Admission charged. wwww.hampsteadinstitute. org. Riverfront Park Free Event May 12, 5pm - 8pm Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosta St. 334-625-2100 Riverfront Park will be offering a FREE Event on the second Saturday of every month that will be perfect for the entire family! Actvities Include: Live Entertainment, Interactive Activities for all ages (Bocce Ball & More), Food Vendors and Cocktails. http://www. riverfront-park-free-event-1. Girls Night Out May 12, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Artistic Expressions, 2481 Pinnacle Way, High Point Shopping Center, Prattville 334-285-7878 Let loose on ladies night! Paint, hang out, relax, and have some girl time! Bring in your favorite beverage and munches and enjoy a fun night out with the girls. Reservations required. A $10 deposit is due at registration, and this goes toward the piece you paint. Ronnie Dunn May 13, 8pm Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 So when Brooks & Dunn decided to hang up their boots while they were still on top, Dunn finally had the time to call upon all his skills as one of music’s finest voices and storytellers to tell his own story in a way he’s never done before. http://www.

Ashley Swift Singing the National Anthem May 14, 7:05pm The Biscuits’ Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosa St. 334-323-2255 Come out to see the amazing singer, Ashley Swift, sing the National Anthem at Montgomery Biscuits. ArchiTreats: Food for Thought: William Bartram in Alabama May 17, 12 -1 pm Department of Archives & History 624 Washington Ave. 334-353-4726 Alabama Department of Archives and History--Program presented by John Hall as part of the ArchiTreats Third Thursday Lecture Series. Admission is free. www.archives. The Black Jacket Symphony presents Eagles Hotel California May 18, 8 pm Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, 201 Tallapoosa St. 334-481-5100 Black Jacket Symphony presents Eagles album “Hotel California” performed live in its entirety. The Black Jacket Symphony recreates memorable music moments from famous bands such as Led Zepplin, U2, Pink Floyd etc. http://www. Jubilee CityFest May 18-19 Riverfront Amphitheatre & other Downtown Areas 334-834-7220 Jubilee Cityfest presents Bama’s Big Bang, the state’s largest musical pryo show. Activities include: 100,000 sq. ft.—KidsFest, 8k run, entertainment, culinary contest for Best Fried Chicken and riverboat rides. http://


2012 Jubilee CityFest 8K and 2 Mile Runs for Cancer May 19, 7:30 am Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus St. 334-558-6587 The 8K & 2 mile USATF Certified routes can be viewed through the Jubilee CityFest website. The runs are chip timed events. Dress in your wackiest running ensemble and be eligible for a unique award for your wackiness! There will be an award for the both the 8K and 2 mile participants. Judging will occur after the conclusion of each event. Water, sports drinks, fruits, and snacks will be available at the finish line and at the awards ceremony. 5th Annual AUM School of Education Luau May 19, 6 pm-11 pm Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin 1 Our Children’s Highway, Alexander City, AL. 334-244-3425 Held at Children’s Harbor on beautiful Lake Martin, the event will feature live music and dancing, casting lessons, outdoor games, line dancing lessons, a live auction, and photo opportunities with Curtiss the Warhawk and Aubie. Admission is $75 and proceeds are used to fund scholarships and special programs in the AUM School of Education. Sponsorships are also available. Learn more at Adult Art Class May 19, 6:30 - 9:30pm Artistic Expressions, 2481 Pinnacle Way, High Point Shopping Center, Prattville 334-285-7878 Our in store artist will be here to teach this month’s technique, “Layered Dots!” The only cost is the piece you paint. There is a $10 fee to hold your space, however it goes toward the piece you paint. Spaces are limited so call to register.

Alabama Nature Center Public Weekends May 19-20, call for other dates Alabama Nature Center 3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook, AL, 800-822-9453 Enjoy hiking five miles of scenic ANC trails while learning about the fascinating natural history of central Alabama. From distinguishing between a white oak and a red oak to observing the natural processes of a seasonal pond, you get more than just a walk in the woods when you pause to study the interpretive signs along the trails. You can even add to the outdoor experience with a tasty picnic under or around the ANC pavilion. Alabama May Meltdown Run May 28, 7:30 am 5K, 8:30 am Fun Run Camellia Baptist Church 201 Woodvale Rd. Prattville, AL 334-365-0231 Food & Beverages will be provided to participants at the finish line. Music will be provided. Boston Butt Sale will also be held in conjunction with the race for $25. http://www. Winshape Camps For Communities June 4-8 Hunter Hills Baptist Church 330 Old Farm Lane North, Prattville, AL, 334-285-2700 Come out for the ultimate day camp experience, and you will experience best week ever. Choose activities such as Painting, SecretOps, FlagFootball, and more! Check out our website for more information:

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