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The Multiplex at Cramton Bowl The recently constructed

immense indoor sports facility,

volleyball courts or six basketball

Multiplex was built primarily

which opened in June of 2012.

courts, two indoor soccer fields

to accommodate large sporting

The 20,000 square foot bottom

or five indoor tennis courts as

events. In addition, it may also

floor is on the same level as the

well as seating for various events.

be the site for large community

Cramton Bowl field and houses

events which require a vast

two football dressing rooms

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amount of space such as the

along with two locker rooms.

sporting events as well as large community events have been

Holiday Market. Because of all of the events the building can

Other features of the building

scheduled for the Multiplex

accommodate, its name was

include a banquet area which

at Cramton Bowl. The River


overlooks the field of Cramton

Region is excited about having

Bowl, a hospitality area on the

the opportunity to host large

Constructed adjacent to the

South Mezzanine, and the main

events that will make an

newly renovated Cramton

floor with 57,600 square feet

enormous economic impact on

Bowl, the new Multiplex is an

which can accommodate 15

our area.


A Word from our Mayor Greetings! 2013 will be a year of continued great progress and excitement in the Capital of Dreams! We are undertaking multiple efforts to ensure Montgomery is one of the most livable cities in the country. The Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with neighborhood crime watch programs, has lowered crime rates for a second consecutive year. Crime figures are at their lowest point in more than 20 years. Our response times to fires and medical emergencies are also superb. The City’s ISO rating of fire safety is the best in Alabama and keeps insurance premiums low for families and businesses.

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange

This year, we’ll continue our trend of new development. The Westside Initiative will bring retail, commercial and residential opportunities to the West Fairview Avenue corridor. The former Montgomery Mall will be re-purposed to restore vitality along the South and Eastern Boulevards. The opening of Park Crossing High School in East Montgomery will coincide with the development of new business and residential properties. Maxwell Boulevard, Madison Avenue and downtown Montgomery will also be locations for dynamic growth.

Our Parks and Recreation Department and the Alabama Sports Commission will host numerous events, further cementing our reputation as the Sports Capital of the South. Cultural happenings will continue to attract tourists and entertain River Region residents every week of the year. Economically, we are proud to have the State’s highest business confidence index for the past six quarters. We hope to extend the streak by vigorously pursuing new jobs in manufacturing, aerospace, corporate headquarters and another downtown hotel. We will continue to work with the military and existing businesses to boost their stability. 2013 will see Montgomery embrace its historic past as it positions itself for a future filled with unlimited promise: a Capital of Dreams and City for Success.






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Editor Virginia Saunders Creative Director Emily Cobern Operations Manager Allie Manzari Advertising Representatives Donna Ellis Virginia Saunders Contributing Photographers Dreamers Photography by Adrienne Quick Adrian Freeman Photography Nick Drollette Photography Front Cover PhotograpHY Nick Drollette Photography Contributing Writers Pastor Phil Bevilacqua Dr. Wendy Coleman Holli Driver Rebekah Edwards Corey & Donna Ellis Henry Hernandez Kasey Hope Allie Manzari Dr. Kalai Mugilan Dr. Frank K. Rho Yvonna Richardson Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM JT & Leanne Geoff Stough

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Lynda Jackson-Taylor, the owner of The Shoppes of My Kids Attic, started her business in the spring of 2004 by hosting two consignment sales a year. On October 1, 2006, she opened the current location of The Shoppes of My Kids Attic. With her father’s encouragement, she was able to achieve her goal of hosting the annual consignment sales as well as following her dream of owning a boutique. The Shoppes of My Kids Attic is no ordinary boutique. It is a variety of individual shops whose products are sold through Lynda’s store curtailed to newborns up to those young at heart. It gives these individuals an outlet without total full time commitment. Over the six years The Shoppes of My Kids Attic has been in their current location, the store has increased from twentyseven individual shops to about fifty-five shops. Lynda loves her shop, says it is a dream, and is thankful for all of the relationships it has built. The Shoppes of My Kids Attic currently hosts three consignment sales a year. The annual consignment sale in February has a variety of children’s spring and summer clothes, and the sale in September contains a variety of fall and winter clothes for children. This year, the store will host the 2nd annual women’s and home decor consignment sale in April. Check out for more information on the consignment sales in our upcoming issues!

In This Issue Departments Sights To See 8 Health & Fitness 14 Life Lessons 20 Good Taste 24 Faith 32 Education Station 38 Kid’s Corner 44 Meow Woof & Chirp 48 Insurance 101 52 Shopping Spree 54 Worth A Look 56 Datebook 58 Map It Out 62 Advertisers Alabama Shakespeare Festival 13 American Forest Management 35 Artistic Expressions 39 Auburn University Montgomery 39 Carrabba's Italian Grill 27 Chick Fil A RSA Tower 26


Child Evangelism Fellowship 33 Churchill Academy 43 City of Montgomery 311 4 Doug's 2 Salon 57 Eastside Grille 12 Filet & Vine 29 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 55 Fitzgerald Museum 13 Green Gate School 40 Holy Cross Episcopal School 38 Hue Studio 54 Jim ’n Nicks 24 Lee & Lan Florist 11 Line-X 36 Looney’s SuperSkate 47 Lush Makeup Art 56 Marquirette's Fine Jewelry 7 Mary Kay 57 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 59 McQuick Printing 33 Mela's Boutique 55 Midtown Pizza 25

Montgomery Humane Society 51 Montgomery Multisport 59 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 61 Montgomery Spine Center 17 Nick Drollette Photography 21 NY Gold & Diamond Buyers 9 Old Alabama Town 45 Pediatrics at Twilight 14 Primary EyeCare 15 Prissy Paws 51 Resolution Fitness Camps 19 River Region TV 23 Riverfront Park/Harriott II 6, 11 Sa Za Italian Back Cover State Farm, Henry Hernandez 53 Steak ’n Shake 31 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 49 The Look Boutique 55 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 45 Tonya Speed’s Dance 14 Triton Performance Apparel 19

Sights To See

The Founding of Montgomery by Geoff Stough


he town of Montgomery was established on December 3, 1819, the same year Alabama became a state. How did Montgomery have its beginning? Who hasn’t driven the streets of downtown Montgomery and wondered why the streets are so oddly drawn? The best place to start is always at the beginning. Two men purchased land located in Montgomery County, which was organized out of the Mississippi Territory in 1816. The land auctions in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1817. One man was Andrew Dexter and the other was John Scott. Dexter founded “New Philadelphia” in the eastern section of the new counaty and Scott first founded “Alabama Town” on the bluff of the river in the western part of the same county, but moved the town closer to New Philadelphia, which included the river area, and renamed it “East Alabama.” There was a bitter rivalry between the two towns and the streets in each town were drawn so the towns would not touch.


ndrew Dexter believed his town would grow and profit from new settlers as they entered the area via the Federal Road. John Scott believed his town would profit from river traffic. Unfortunately, neither man was absolutely correct and economics forced the two towns to join in 1819. The junction of Market Street (now Dexter Avenue) and Commerce Street was chosen to bring the two towns together and is known today as Court Square. It was the site of the first Court House, slave auctions, land auctions, and other important events. The well at Court Square, which would later be known as “Big Basin,” was just a small spring in 1819 and not dug-out to its present size until many years later.


nce the two towns joined, the new town needed a name. A local businessman, Walter Lucas, who owned Lucas’ Tavern on the Federal Road along with a general merchandise store in East 8

Alabama, offered the name of Montgomery after the Revolutionary hero, General Richard Montgomery. Montgomery County was named for Major Lemuel Purnell Montgomery who was killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814.


evertheless, what became of the city founders? Andrew Dexter was a prospector and always on the lookout for a new or better business venture. He moved to Mobile where he died of Yellow Fever and buried in an unmarked grave in that city. His wife and son are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery. John Scott outlived Andrew Dexter by two years and died at his plantation home outside the city of Montgomery with his grave being lost to history, although there is a head-stone with his name in the Scott burial plot in Oakwood Cemetery. It is ironic that neither of the city founders is buried in the city they helped found and are in unmarked graves.


he city of Montgomery did benefit from the Federal Road as well as river traffic. Andrew Dexter and John Scott both had a vision, which eventually propelled Montgomery to become one of the leading cities of the growing South as the country expanded westward.

Sights To See

W.A. Gayle Planetarium Space exploration is alive and well despite the end of the era for the space shuttle fleet. NASA is adjusting not ending. Robotic probes such as Curiosity which is currently studying the surface of Mars, is one of nearly a hundred space missions currently under way. Sharing the information gleaned from these missions is but one of the roles of the W.A. Gayle planetarium.

The state of Alabama has a rich legacy in its contribution to space exploration. Montgomery’s W.A. Gayle Planetarium is the major nexus for sharing that legacy with central and south Alabama. In that role the W. A. Gayle Planetarium, operated by Troy University, Montgomery Campus has served over one million patrons since opening in 1968, presenting educational programs specifically designed for school grades to meet science curriculum objectives throughout the state of Alabama.

First and foremost, we strive to educate, in ways ranging from curriculum-based school lessons to popular-level programs. We also strive to enlighten, which I think is not quite the same as to educate; we want people not just to know but to understand and to incorporate this understanding in their lives. And yes, we also try to entertain-on the principle that you catch more flies with honey, that learning ought to be fun, and that people probably learn more when they're enjoying themselves. And not least, we strive to inspire. Our time with people is brief, and it is perhaps less important that someone remembers the diameter of Jupiter than that he or she remembers Jupiter as a neat planet, and buys a book or enrolls in a class or comes to the next star party to learn more-or takes time to look for it on the next clear night.

The planetarium is nestled within Montgomery’s first public park Oak Park; one of the largest (40 acres) most beautiful and historic parks in the city. It is often said that a community is judged by the quality of its institutions. The planetarium is to the community of Centennial Hill what Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Museum of Fine Arts is to Blount Park and its community. However the value and impact of the city’s planetarium in terms of education and tourism reaches far beyond just the community or park in which the planetarium resides. This planetarium is an invaluable educational tool as well as a community and tourism attraction. The W.A. Gayle Planetarium creates environments that encompass the audience, bringing them into the experience in a way that classrooms, books, televisions or computer screens cannot. They combine and effectively use audiovisual technology to help create these experiences. It's an important role and one that we continue to play-ever changing as times, technology, education, and our view of the universe change. 10

The W.A. Gayle Planetarium may too be nearing the end of an era. It takes a dream and a vision, and then it takes the support of its community to make that dream come true. I encourage you to please support Montgomery’s W.A. Gayle Planetarium.

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Health & Fitness


Walk Talk

Therapy by Holli Driver

It’s that time of year, where we reflect on past accomplishments and make new goals! As you begin to think about your goals for 2013, do you feel stuck, stagnate, unsure of your next step or like your own worst enemy at times? Walk & Talk Therapy maybe a perfect fit for you! Walk & Talk Therapy provides traditional counseling in a nontraditional setting: the outdoors! Why combine therapy with exercise? Exercise is a natural combatant for anxiety and depression. Additionally, with adult obesity rates around 24% in the River Region as reported by the CDC, it’s easy to find a correlation between the lack of activity and the cycle of I eat because I’m depressed, I’m depressed because I over eat. Initially introduced to Walk & Talk Therapy by private practitioner Dr. Jeanell Norvell of Montgomery, I was instantly excited about providing clients with a new way of addressing concerns in a natural setting. Walk & Talk Therapy is not a vigorous workout. It consists of a 50 minute walking session at a comfortable pace. Clients are encouraged to physically and emotionally walk their way through an issue and leave behind the heavy baggage that has been a barrier to personal and professional fulfillment. TODAY you are one step closer to a newly empowered you. If you're looking for extra support through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

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

Helping You Keep Dental Costs


I miss my brother and my sister. Both of them live in California. My sister and her husband, Dan, are dentists so a lot of times we end up talking shop. When I told her what the dental fees are in this area, she was absolutely astonished. The cost of dentistry in Alabama is half of what the costs are in California. I’m astonished too. Every day people walk into my office who are raising a family, keeping them healthy and putting food on the table through a down economy. To all of us, we’re not excited that our costs are half that of California. To us, cost is cost. When it comes to dental care or anything, less is better. I’ve spent hours and hours talking with my office manager and financial coordinator on ways to help people to get the dental care that they need without flattening their wallets. Beverly, my office manager, is a mom, a wife and one of the most amazing human beings I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Kathy, my financial coordinator, also a mom and wife, has one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever been around and her nurturing spirit wants to take care of everyone. Even with with this dream team of people, making dentistry affordable for today’s family is a challenge. I know I’m not alone. All the dentists I know do tens of thousands of dollars worth of pro bono work every year. So how can you keep dental costs down? I’ll tell you the best way. A typical general dentist has his or her practice arranged in two departments. Preventative and Restorative. Preventative dentistry is when you are in good dental health and we do all 16

we can to keep you that way. Every six months when you come to visit us, we will clean your teeth to remove tarter buildup that will cause periodontal disease, take all the necessary radiographs and do an exam to look for and prevent any potential problems. We also take that time to discuss things that helps to prevent problems like proper brushing (good) and flossing (very good!). By doing this, we monitor and keep you healthy. Restorative dentistry is when there is a dental problem. We restore the problem with fillings, crowns, root canals, periodontal deep cleaning and all the other procedures necessary to fix and restore a problem that already exists. We then can move you back to preventative care and keep you there. The procedures that we do to restore the problem depends on the condition of the problem. This is where the cost effectiveness ties together. For example, You go to your dentist for your six month check up. He or she catches a small cavity and says “you have a cavity and we should do a filling there to fix it.” The cost: about $120. You groan and are disappointed, but you get it done and six months later your dentist says, “Your teeth are great! See you in six months.” Here’s example number two. You have the same small cavity and don’t know it. (Just about every dental problem, like cavities and infected teeth are painless and undetectable without an exam until they reach their final stages.) The small cavity penetrates the hard enamel and has become much larger but its still feels fine and is undetectable. It has also spread to the adjacent teeth and

they are starting to decay. You’re busy and more time goes by. Now, finally, it tells you its there. You feel pain, or the tooth has broken or both. You go to your dentist and he or she says “You have one tooth that is abscessed and needs a root canal and a crown and the teeth beside it are so broken down, you’ll need crowns on them in order to restore them.” The cost: $3000. What was once a small cavity over time has become painful and much more expensive to restore. Keep ignoring it and it just keeps getting worse. So how do you keep your dental costs down? Prevention, prevention, prevention! If you haven’t been for a while, that’s fine. Get it fixed, get it healthy then see your dentist regularly so you can prevent any potential problems. Not only will your dental visits be more enjoyable, your smile, your breath, your general physical health AND your purse will be happier for it. Have a great new year. I hope this year’s blessings bring you joy, its challenges bring you grace and together they bring you true fulfillment. And for all of us dentists, I hope we see you twice before the next one! 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

I Commit to a

Healthier Lifestyle by Corey & Donna Ellis

Happy New Year to everyone! The end of one year has come, and the start of the year 2013 is upon us. This is the time when many of us begin self-analysis, and make New Year’s Resolutions. How many of you have honestly been consistent with a New Year’s Resolution? I’m willing to guess not too many, including myself! This new year, we are going to approach our fitness resolution in a different way. I want you to attack your weight loss or fitness level month by month. You have to conquer one month before you can even fathom dissecting twelve. Take it one day at a time. As simple as this sounds, this is the mindset you need to begin your journey to a healthier lifestyle . Most of us have new year’s goals of eating healthier, exercising more consistently, or just living a healthier lifestyle. Trying to keep up with your workouts or making healthier eating choices is an everyday struggle and process. Your patience is truly tested, but taking it one day at a time is the simplest way to approach your goal. That is to say, if your personal schedule happens to conflict with your workout schedule 2 or 3 days within one week, it’s ok! Just start back the upcoming week on the routine that you have established for yourself. Setbacks are part of the process of being and becoming a healthier individual. You may take one step back to take two steps forward. That goes for healthier eating and lifestyle change also. So, this year, let’s approach losing weight, toning, and muscle-building one day at a time! Your process to a healthier lifestyle is NOT going to be easy, and it will be a challenge...but stay focused on each month’s results, then evaluate your progress at the end of the 12th month. The results you will have obtained then, will be the resolution to your new year!


Starting An Exercise Program

Start off SLOWLY. If your instructor tells you to go at your own pace, then go at your own pace. Do not worry about the people around you. You have no idea what their fitness level may be, but you need to know where you are. Starting off slowly will keep you from getting too sore. It is ok to be sore the next day, but if your soreness last for more than 3 days, you OVERDID it.

The main reason we never start is because we don’t know how. First, you must find out what works for you. Working out by yourself, taking group exercise classes indoors at a gym, group classes outdoors with fitness trainers, working out with a personal trainer, or group personal training are all great options. What works for one person does not work for everyone.

Please remember that exercise is not all or nothing. Something is better than nothing. Don’t start off like a professional athlete. Start off at your level and build from your starting point.

So the holiday season is over, and I completely blew it. It’s time to get focused and take off the extra weight from the holidays, the extra weight I meant to lose the year before, or begin that exercise program I meant to start for the past, umm, how many years? There is only one problem. I don’t know where to begin.

Be cautious when starting an exercise program without any professional help. All exercises are NOT made for everyone. Now, don’t take this the wrong way and say exercise is not for you, because, EXERCISE is for EVERYBODY! However, performing the wrong exercises, using the wrong form or technique, or performing the wrong type of workout can cause injuries and/or lack of results. It’s always a good idea to seek professional/medical guidance before you start. Exercising can be intimidating. Too many times, people don’t know what to do when they join a gym. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out all the different machines. Even getting a treadmill started puts people on edge, not to mention the strength training machines. No one wants to walk around aimlessly wondering what to do first. Remember, quality is more important than quantity. Whether it is ten minutes or two hours, make every minute count. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

Always, always, always make goals. Your goals must be realistic and directly related to your starting point. Be sure that your goals are measurable. You need to track your progress. Seeing your progress will keep you motivated. Let’s make a citywide goal to become healthier. If we get up and get moving, the weight will drop, along with the blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. Last but not least, we will FEEL better!!! The hardest part about beginning an exercise program is not starting it, but committing to the lifestyle change. Don’t expect results overnight. Take small steps. Please know that you may take a step or two back, but do not let it be a landslide. Bounce back and keep moving forward and success will follow. For any health and fitness questions, comments, or ideas that you may have, please feel free to write us at resolutioncamp07@ and/or become a part of our Facebook family @ keyword (Resolution Fitness).

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Life Lessons

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

Humility or being humble is very often confused with generosity. We sometimes think when somebody gives much of what they own to a good cause i.e. charity or church that the person is humble. No, that person is generous not necessarily humble. A proud and haughty person could also give much because the giving often brings attention to them. Humility is also not the act of functioning out of our defects or shortcoming, but of our strengths. We often people with some form of defect who act with tremendous amounts of kindness, smiling and gentle even in the face of adversities because. They do so, because they have no choice. They are bound by their shortcomings. That is survival, not humility. For instance, we are used to super smiling immigrants who will nod yes, even when they may not have a bit of clue of what is being asked or said about them. That is survival, nor humility. In fact, we have come to expect people to be super nice to us, by those with short comings. To the point, when we are kind to a person bound to a wheel chair for their mobility, we expect a smile and acknowledgement of our kindness, not once wondering if the person wanted or needed our assistance. Awareness and behavior based on our shortcoming is not humility, but survival. A show of humility is not humility. For example, a poor man or woman driving a beat up old Pinto is not being humble; he or she has no choice in that matter, if they did, they would not be driving that car without heat in the winter, I promise. These folks are not humble, they have no choice. However, a financially able man or woman driving a well working vehicle without the “bling-bling” may be humble, because he or she could be driving a very expensive car that depreciates, yet, chooses that a basic sedan serves his or her purposes well beyond his or her needs; this person is humble. While it is true, “the opposite” of humility happens when a person becomes aware of their access to “things.” Sometimes, people fear of whatever the access to these “things of value” may be taken away by other people, therefore these individuals sometimes hide. For instance, I know of individuals who could own a nice sedan for their transportation purposes, but will continue to drive an old beat up car that is more trouble

than it is worth. They do this in fear of losing whatever they think they have access to, “what if anyone else happens to know about it, they may want it too, they may be jealous of me,” therefore I shall hide it. Therefore, I shall deprive myself of my basic need even when I can. Sometimes, we fear letting people know of our access to these things, because we have people wanting a little bit of what we have, and we do not know how to say no. We are afraid to be perceived as not as kind as we like to be, so, we hide. We hide, so we do not have to say no. Humility is to become aware or our strengths; that one has something that people around them are less likely to have. For someone to be humble, the hardest aspect of this transformation is that they must realize they have something of great value to them and people around them, and most people around them do not possess the same thing. What is this thing? This thing may be education, power, beauty, awareness or religiosity; and “it” of course could also include money, income or wealth. This awareness or realization brings the person’s choice not to rub in somebody’s face of their advantages due to that value is humility. Humble people know enough to simply realize all of these “things” are fleeting, meaning these advantages may or may not be with them or guide them forever, or these “things” is not the reason for us to experience peace or happiness. While these “things” may bring us comfort and physical or financial illusion of safety, they are not the reason for our inner peace, thus we behave accordingly; that is humility. I think, a truly humble person knows and owns their access, perhaps calls their access a blessing, and knows they do right by their blessing, and know when, why and to whom to say no and have no fear of losing the blessing because their self-worth is not pegged on these “things.” In conclusion, humility is not generosity, fear of a defect, or show of humility; it is simply awareness that one has an advantage to the people around them and the choice not to declare ourselves greater or lesser is humility.

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.


Life Lessons

By Leanne: 2013 is here! We are tackling the challenge of taking down the all the Christmas decorations and getting our house back to normal. It's time to make those New Years Resolutions, go on a diet & get the kids back in school. JT and I are also excited to be back together on MIX 103 - Married with Microphones never to be separated again! JT missed me! I know it is cheesy but this year I am making an actual list of resolutions and I will be checking them off one by one. Either that or blacking them out with a Sharpie because I changed my mind. I have decided that THIS is the year that I lose that last 10 pounds! I am on a mission with the help of The Weight Clinic in Prattville! I have such a busy work schedule and a busier household that I need the help because I don't have a lot of time to work out. I want to do it the right way and eat healthy, too! JT and the kids love the fact that I have NO junk food or candy in the house! Don't you, honey? JT: Of course, this is great! No junk food rocks! Ok, it's a struggle, but we are trying to do better. It really doesn't matter anyway, because anything that resembles snack food is eaten by the kids well before I have a chance to get ahold of it. So this should be a pretty easy transition for me! I am really looking forward to a great year and getting out in the community like we did the first time around when Leanne & I were on the air together doing mornings. We will be coming to a school or event near you! We love meeting listeners and viewers and hope to see you soon. Another resolution is to make more time for family and date nights with 22

my hubby and also taking time to be thankful. Our kids are growing up fast (Kim will be a senior this August and will graduate in 2014) and I don't want to look at each other and not know what to do because our off time is 100% dedicated to the kids. They will be out of the house before we know it and I want to cherish every moment with them, but also want to make sure that JT and I can survive once they are gone! JT: I feel confident that with our furkids around, our house will never feel empty. Perhaps just a few more hours of sleep will be coming my way when the girls are gone. But hey, that's still YEARS away. We want to enjoy the time we have with them now and are trying to make that a resolution in 2013 as well, keeping family time sacred. With our crazy schedules, it is sometimes hard to do and the kids just aren't as excited about coming to work WITH us like they used to be. Looking back at 2012, don't we all wish we had hind sight? When Ashlee decided to live with her dad in Texas for this school year, it made me reflect on "What did I do wrong?" I have come to the conclusion that all kids are different and need and want different things. We are a blended family. I am the Stepmom to Rebeccah and JT is the Stepdad to Kim and Ashlee. But they are all ours! We have overcome so many things this past year - hormones, emotional ups and downs, boys, drama and facebook fights that I have lost count. Boy, I wish there was a simple instructional manual for all of this! But you sometimes just have to let them be, make their mistakes and be thankful that they have the guts and respect to speak their own mind and ask for what they want. I miss my Ashlee and sometimes don't like the fact

that she is doing well without me, but JT reminds me that she is with her dad and we will all get through this together! Some days it is day to day, others it's minute to minute! JT: Parenting is hard work. Step Parenting is even harder work. But we seem to make it work 90% of the time. It's always a challenge. Leanne and I talk about when we were kids and there were not all of the distractions (Computer, Iphone, Ipod, IPad). It was just I. And that was it. Kids grow up quick, are always connected, and harder to shelter these days. And I've got 3 girls - so pray for me! JT and I are both very excited to continue in 2013 with our TV Show, The River Region TV Show. We are also thankful that Cumulus gave us the opportunity to be back together on MIX 103 in Morning Drive and it completes the puzzle! We have met so many great folks and we know that we will meet new friends this year! JT has learned so much, he films and produces the entire show, handles an emotional and crazy wife and 3 teenage girls and 4 furkids and oh yea, runs a radio station! I am so proud of him. I am excited that the kids think it is still sort of cool that their parents are on TV. We are looking forward to all the exciting things that 2013 will present and we hope that you and your family have a prosperous, blessed and happy 2013! Contact JT & Leanne Mix 103 Radio Personalities River Region TV Show (CW & WSFA12) Direct Cell: (334) 380-1950 Email: Websites: and www.RiverRegion.TV

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Steak Out 3271 Malcolm Dr 334-270-0747 2930 Carter Hill Rd 334-269-1800 Stop & Sip Coffee 981 Adams Ave 334-230-9989

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

Sundown East 3416 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-0501

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

Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547

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

Scott St. Deli 412 Scott St 334-264-9415

Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898

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

Shoney’s 850 Eastern Blvd 334-396-8533

Wishbone Café 61 Bridge St 334-356-4175

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

Montgomery’s Café at Embassy Suites 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055 Panera Bread

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

Wishbone Café 7028 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-7270


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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 Asian/Indian

Ala Thai Classic 963 Ann St 334-240-2549

Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888

Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685

Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450

East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779

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

Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026

Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654

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

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

India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200

Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510

Kabuki Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885

Buffet City 5461 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1678

King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883


Lek’s Taste of Thailand 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994 Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754 Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188 Miyako Japanese 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275 Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921

Shogun Japanese 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-6999 St. Café 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232 The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055 Sushi Café 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060 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 St. 334-625-0999 Louisa's Bakery 1039 Woodley Road 334-356-1212 Barbeque

Country’s Barbecue 2610 Zelda Rd 334-262-6211 5761 Atlanta Hwy 334-270-0126 Dreamland BBQ 101 Tallapoosa St 334-273-7427 K&J Rib Shack 4255 S Court St 334-356-1368


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Good Taste Sa Za Serious Italian Sophisticated Dining Without The White Tablecloth Walking into SA ZA is an absolute feast for your senses. SA ZA is set in a hip atmosphere with bold colors, exposed brick walls, historic hardwood floors and eye-catching artwork. With the energy from the music, the open kitchen, and the local artists creating masterpieces right in the dining room, you know in a moment that this experience is gonna be great.

Attention to detail is the focus at SA ZA and it begins at the front door and continues right into the kitchen. The chef uses only the freshest ingredients and specialty items. For example: San Marzano tomatoes, pizza dough made in New York, wild salmon from Ireland and Norway, and scallops from Georges Banks, Massachusetts. The quality of food ensures a menu guaranteed to create a symphony in your mouth.

The food at SA ZA is a unique fusion of old and new. While its authentic and 28

traditional Italian food, it is also new and inventive. This eclectic blend stems from the fact that about 80% of SA ZA’s menu is made up of recipes from Chef Joe DiMaggio Jr.’s grandmother. Chef Joe is renowned for creating fresh and innovative food. He describes SA ZA’s menu as “extreme peasant cuisine.” The atmosphere at SA ZA may be what initially draws you in but it is the food that will keep you coming back. With the diversity found on SA ZA’s menu there is definitely something to excite every palette, like “Eggs in Purgatory,” made with fresh organic eggs poached in marinara with extra virgin olive oil, chilies, reggiano cheese, fresh herbs and served with SA ZA’s garlic styx for dipping.

Our stuffed “Anaheim Hot Peppers” are truly a choice treat, made with veal, beef, pork, carrots, onion, fresh mozzarella, and cognac, all stuffed into Anaheim chilies, slow roasted and topped with more fresh mozzarella. Traditional pastas are also a favorite choice including amazing touches such as our number one seller, angel hair served with Maine lobster meat, chopped shrimp and spinach in a chardonnay, exploded garlic and olive oil sauce.

As for the pizza, Chef Joe promises traditional toppings but also offers specialty pizzas. Guests can create their own pizza from a choice of 40 toppings. The menu includes the “Purgatory Pizza”, which is topped with San Marzano tomatoes, Reggiano cheese, fresh basil and four eggs oven-poached. The “Wild Mushroom Pizza” calls for the mushrooms to first be sautéed with whole garlic, thyme, cognac and veal demiglace before being spread on the crust. It’s then topped with ricotta cheese, and put in the oven to bake. Another favorite is the Kafta Lamb Pizza, which has lamb and Cardamom curry, feta cheese, mint oil and curried yogurt sauce. SA ZA’s crispy pizza crust originates from their special dough made with spring water in Utica, New York by Dioro’s bakery. Tired of being disappointed at restaurants? Try Sa Za, where you will find exceptional food at exceptional prices.


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

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 Chili’s 7355 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1973


City Limits Bar & Grill 3585 McGehee Rd 334-239-9130

Ruby Tuesday 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285

Dreamz 511 E Edgemont Ave 334-239-7303

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

The Exchange at Renaissance Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165 Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041

Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621 Smoothies & Things 109 S Court St 334-241-0770

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

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

True 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814

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

Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224

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

The Tipping Point 5015 Hampstead High 334-260-9110 Fine Dining

The Chophouse at Vintage Year 405 Cloverdale Rd 334-264-8463 City Grill & Next Door 8147 Vaughn Rd 334-244-0960 Garrett’s 7780 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-9950 Ham & High 5251 Hampstead High 334-239-9982 The House Restaurant at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166


Good Taste 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 Greek

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 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

Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509

Olive Garden 2700 Eastern Blvd 334-260-9220

Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339

Pizza Perfect 428 Coliseum Blvd 334-244-7721

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

Sa Za’s Serious Italian 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

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 Ixtapa Bar & Grill 7157 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7600 Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

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

Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840

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

La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153

Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224

Las Salsas Mexican 7921 Vaughn Rd 334-260-9096

Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780

Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571

Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140

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!

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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

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

Red’s Little School House 20 Gardner Rd 334-584-7955

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

Wagon Wheel Café 1961 Maxwell Blvd 334-265-9979

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 Peyton’s Place 5344 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-3630 Piccadilly Cafeteria 2610 Eastern Blvd 334-271-6189

Rock Bottom American Pub 2430 Eastern Blvd 334-239-7625 Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379

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


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





For The



by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman

Here we are again entering another new year. If you're like me, you're looking around wondering where 2012

went and how the days passed so quickly! But regardless of whether we feel ready or not, 2013 is here. So let's see if there are some REVELATIONS, not resolutions, that can help us move forward and create a blessed, productive year.

Revelation #1

You've made it to 2013 on PURPOSE. It's not an accident that you're living, breathing, and reading this article right now. For reasons you may already know and for those that will become clear as the year progresses, God has ushered you into a new year full of new opportunities. That truth should be the motivating force for you everyday this year. Even when those days are challenging and cause you to draw on your deepest faith, rest in the fact that you are still here on purpose.

Revelation #2

You've made it to 2013, so you need a PLAN. Many times we go through life just "going with the flow." There's little planning in anything we do. I don't mean things like going to work, eating dinner, or attending church. Those things usually plan themselves. The type of planning I'm referring to involves the more weighty often overlooked areas of our lives. For example, do you have a plan to improve yourself this year? Do you have a plan to help you grow spiritually this year? Do you have a plan to help you be a blessing in someone's life this year? What's your plan for 2013?

Revelation #3

You've made it to 2013, and it's time to establish some PATTERNS. My mother made a lot of our clothes when we were growing up. She's a wonderful seamstress, but the one thing she always said she wished she could do was make patterns from scratch instead of having to buy them from McCall's or Butterick. My mother seemed to understand that there's just something powerful about being able to create something new & fresh, something no one else can say they had done before. That's what each new year, each new day offers us the chance to do: establish some new patterns. We can create new habits, birth new ideas, manifest new blessings in the lives of others.

Revelation #4

You've made it to 2013, and it's surely a PRIVILEGE. This final revelation is simple. I'm sure each of us can remember someone who passed away during 2012. Some had lived long, rich, full lives and while we despaired to see them go, we thanked God for their life's journey. Others seemed to have barely made entrance into this world and were all too soon snatched back into eternity. They are no longer here. They did not see the drop of the 2013 New Year's ball in Times Square. They did not celebrate the New Year with a warm cup of hot chocolate or glass of sparkling champagne. But, my friends, WE ARE HERE. ALIVE. BREATHING. SEEING. FEELING. BEING. And that is an indisputable, immutable, and immense privilege.

May 2013 be the best year of your life . . . thus far. 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.



What is

GRACE? by Pastor Phil Bevilacqua


was a former drug dealer and drug abuser in the Tampa Bay area. I was a person who had thought about giving up on life more than one time but chickened out, who thought he was too far from the reach of God . . . little did I know about his endless Grace!


race is free. Grace is a gift. Grace is freedom. Grace is Love. Grace is the unmerited blessing. Grace is forgiveness. Grace is favor. And grace came through Jesus Christ.

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17


hen I was at my lowest point, the only thing grace meant to me was something my mom would say before dinner. But now I know it is much, much more. Everything God has offered me can be summed up into this one word: GRACE. The Bible says it is the grace of God that brings complete wholeness to our lives. God’s grace sets us free from the power of sin; God’s grace sets us free from guilt and condemnation; God’s grace sets us free from the fear of judgment and punishment; and God’s grace sets us free to live radical lives of favor, blessing, and freedom.


nd all of this was accomplished when God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to become flesh and make His dwelling among us. He lived a perfectly obedient life so that we could be made right with God. He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for sin, taking all the punishment for our sin so that we could have peace with God.


t the cross Jesus accomplished everything for you that you could never do for yourself. He knew you could never be good enough to earn God’s favor and blessings. So He willingly came and purchased God’s goodness for you and has offered it to you as a gift. God wants to rest His favor and blessing on you ... not because of anything you do or don't do, but because of what Jesus did for you. Your work is to believe.


od extended His love to you before you were ever born through the sacrifice of His Son. He is not mad at you. He loves you, and all He wants in return is for you to believe in that love.

So what is grace? Grace is a person, and His name is Jesus. Pastor Phil Bevilacqua attended Canaan Land. He and his wife, Johnna, then attended Rhema Bible Training Center, where they graduated in 2003. They returned to Alabama in 2003 and served at Canaan Land Ministries and Voice of Victory Church for 8 years. Now God has promoted Phil and Johnna to start Grace Life Church in Prattville, AL. GLC is a church full of the grace and love of God.


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Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base is a vital part of the fabric of Montgomery. It is truly something Montgomerians should be proud of, owing a large part of the city’s growth and prosperity to the base and playing host each year to hundreds of families from all over the country and the world. On a personal level, chances are good that someone you know works on base. Maxwell is the headquarters of Air University; it is the center for Professional Military Education; and it also hosts the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, which oversees two of three Air Force officer commissioning programs.

Within Air University, three of the major schools are: 1. Squadron Officer School (SOS) is for Captains in the Air Force. The school is currently five weeks, but will soon extend to eight weeks. 2. Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) is a 40-week course for Air Force officers, civil servants, as well as select officers from other U.S. and Allied armed forces in the rank of Major, Lieutenant Commander, Squadron Leader or equivalent. 3. Air War College (AWC) is a 44-week course for Lieutenant Colonels and their civilian and international officer equivalents. It is the senior school in the Air Force Professional Military system.

History Maxwell Air Force Base had an exciting beginning in February 1910 as a flying school begun by Orville and Wilbur Wright. It was then used in World War I as an aviation repair depot, but after the war, repair activity sharply declined. In fact, all the postwar military activity declined and several facilities around the country, including the one in Montgomery, were scheduled to be closed. Even then, the closing would have had a substantial financial impact. In 1919, the approximate civilian payroll was $27,000 per month. The field remained open in 1919 only because the War Department was slow to close facilities. In 1922, and still awaiting closure, the War Department redesignated the repair depot “Maxwell Field” in honor of Second Lieutenant William C. Maxwell, a native of Atmore, Alabama. Maxwell was landing a plane in a sugarcane field in the Philippines, and died trying to maneuver the plane in order to avoid hitting a group of children playing below.

In 1925, Congressman J. Lister Hill, a WWI veteran, recognizing the historic significance of Maxwell Field as the Wilbur Brother’s first military flying school, and realizing the economic impact Maxwell had on the capitol city, affixed an amendment to a military appropriations bill to provide $200,000 for building construction at Maxwell. This amendment was not approved by the War Department or the Army Air Corps, but as a result of the heavy investment, the War Department kept Maxwell open. Congressman Hill lobbied for an attack group to be placed at Maxwell, in order for Maxwell Field to have a larger function, and remain necessary. This attack group eventually went to Shreveport, Louisiana, but Hill discovered another Air Corp group that needed a home: the Air Corps Tactical School. In 1929, after much planning and preparation, the school was to be based in Montgomery and became much larger than anticipated, costing over 2.5 million dollars for construction and land acquisition. In 1931, the first Air Corps Tactical School training was held at Maxwell Field. Maxwell’s importance was established as it evolved into the Air Force’s first tactical center and pilot-training center for the United States’ imminent involvement in WWII. Air University was established in 1946, and today it remains the main focus of base activities. Until 1992, Gunter Air Force Station was independent of Maxwell, but to guard against future base closure, Gunter was consolidated under Maxwell AFB to form a combined base known as Maxwell-Gunter AFB. Gunter has always been a technological hub, serving as a network linking the Air Force into a central Air Defense, including an early warning system for nuclear attacks in the 50’s. Today, Gunter Annex is mostly known for the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems, which provides and supports secure combat systems and networks for the Air Force and Department of Defense components.

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

Everyone has gifts and talents. The challenge is turning them into an exciting career. AUM is the place where students begin to live out their dreams and develop the skills they need to move forward. There’s a future out there that’s full of promise. Make it your own.


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Green Gate School Children grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually in a warm, child and family friendly environment.

Children thrive in a loving and interactive environment.

Our teachers are eager and willing to challenge each child on their level and facilitate learning.

All of our classrooms are friendly with students participating in learning activities that are challenging, engaging, and relevant.

Hands-on activities are incorporated throughout the curriculum to encourage students to think critically and become creative problem solvers inside and outside of the classroom.

Current openings in 12 month through age 4. Limited openings in Kindergarden through Elementary grades. SACS Accredited.

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Green Gate School

Green Gate School is an independent private school founded on the belief that education is a significant influence in the life of a child. Our mission is to create a school community that inspires children to realize their full potential, while providing a safe and nurturing school environment. To support our mission, we bring together other principals, teachers, and parents who are passionate about education. Together, we provide the best possible learning environment for our students. Green Gate is operated by husband and wife directors, Kenneth Richardson and Yvonna Nail Richardson. Mr. Richardson is a retired Air Force officer with degrees in Engineering from Purdue, MBA from Indiana University and a Master’s in Education from Auburn University in Montgomery. He has served as Headmaster for 20 years. Mrs. Richardson is a Troy University graduate in Education and Theater. She has spent her career in Education at Green Gate serving both as a teacher and as Director of Education for 30 years. Both of their daughters are successful young professionals living in Atlanta, GA and Washington DC. Their experience and approach to teaching and strong family values make Green Gate the best program of its kind. Both Mr. and Mrs. Richardson are available to give a school tour or review school curriculum, policy,and future plans for the school whenever it is convenient for your family. Our program for children ages 12 months to Grade 8 is the perfect solution for working families. We offer convenient hours and educational experiences that will have your children wanting to come back day after day. For years, Green Gate has created a caring family environment for the students. The school has less than 200 students in order to provide individual attention to each student and family. At Green Gate, we believe that each student deserves the best possible program. That’s why we select only the best teachers, and treat our students with respect and honor them as tomorrow’s future. Some have the impression that children play all day, come home with sand in their pockets, stories about their friends, the teacher and naturally, there is a picture in their bag. But is this what really happens throughout the course of a typical day? Green Gate has qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers who love children and are able to provide a superior service to the families in the school. Children are given a variety of directed learning experiences to prepare. Our offer to spend the day with us helps a family better understand our school before joining in. Teachers are the key to a great educational experience. Through every experience and activity they demonstrate enthusiasm, honesty, dependability, creativity and encouragement. At Green Gate we are proud to say that our teachers show these qualities every day! Your child deserves the best education possible given by people who care. Call today for a tour and meeting to discuss your child’s future.


Education Station

It's About a Spirit: Choosing the Right University for You.

Whether you are attending college for the first time, returning to complete your education, or pursuing a specialized degree, there are opportunities that accommodate just about every learning style and scheduling preference imaginable. As a result, the search for the right educational fit can be an overwhelming task. So why not start at the beginning - the foundation of the university. Every university has a mission on which it was founded, a set of core beliefs that define its educational philosophy. Some universities emphasize social or athletic strengths, some center around a particular teaching methodology, while others foster a culture based upon religious or social mores. Alabama’s public Troy University believes that its founding principles continue to shape its students today. Founded in 1887, with the motto “Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act,” the University sees its continuing mission as one of preparing future leaders through teaching the importance of service to the community. According to TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., “TROY is not trying to be all things to all people, but what we promise in preparing tomorrow’s leaders through service, ethics, and patriotism, we do very well.” 42

As universities have grown and extended their learning options through remote teaching locations and even online learning, it is important to make sure that their founding principles remain steadfast whether on campus in a dorm or taking classes online thousands of miles away. “At Troy University, we saw the need to provide distance learning options to our students in the military more than 60 years ago, so we committed to developing programs that maintained the same quality and the same spirit of an education obtained on the Troy, Alabama campus in a traditional classroom,” says Dr. Hawkins, who is a Marine Corp veteran himself. “Today as we teach more than 28,000 students in teaching sites and online across the globe, the importance of maintaining our servant leadership principles, academic excellence and reputation is paramount to the TROY promise to each student.” Buddy Starling, dean of enrollment management at TROY, reiterates the Chancellor’s message “from our curriculum, to our professors, to our student services, the TROY promise is alive and well.” In addition, TROY’s programs continue to stay current and forward thinking in order to best prepare students for the opportunities ahead. With programs in fields like business, education, nursing,

computer science, and criminal justice – some of the world’s most in-demand career fields – students can pursue an education in professions with predicted job growth. In a time when job security is a concern for many, knowing that your education is and will be relevant in the future justifies the pursuit of the degree. It appears that Troy University is doing something right, as accolades from the nation’s top financial and educational publications validate the university’s core mission. Recognized by the Princeton Review as “one of the best in the Southeast,” by U.S. News & World Report as “one of the top universities in the South,” and by Military Times as “a top university for troops,” the TROY promise to students is quality. To find out more about Troy University’s on campus, in class, and online degree programs visit or call 1-800-473-0975 today.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

Churchill Academy “Educating Bright Children With Unique Learning Differences” 395 Ray Thorington Road Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 270-4225 Our daughter used to have a rough time with schools that didn’t understand her. When she started Churchill, everything changed. Because they do understand her, we feel extraordinary gratitude to the excellent teachers and staff at Churchill. We could list a hundred examples, but in particular, the reading curriculum has been perfect for her learning style. Caroline has flourished under their care! Jessie Powell and Scott Merriman Daughter: Caroline

Since our son has attended Churchill Academy he has made incredible progress. The small classrooms, low distraction environment, and individualized lessons are just what our son needs to thrive. The teachers are so talented at targeting our son’s ideal learning styles and teaching him the way he learns best. We have been most impressed with the kindness and compassion of the staff. We are proud to be parents at Churchill Academy and grateful that our child gets to experience education at its best. Martha and Jeffrey Rutherford Son: Thomas

Kid's Corner

Paper Twirls

by Kasey Hope

If you have never tried your hand at paper quilling... you just must! It's fun for all ages. You can do this with supplies that you probably already have laying around the house... construction paper, scissors, a pencil, and glue! This book that will give you tons of ideas but I have also found a few ways to make it easier for little hands.

You simply cut strips of colored construction paper. The thicker the strips the more they will stand off the page! Then wrap the strips around a pencil to give them some curl. From there you can bend and shape as desired!

To apply them to the page we poured some glue onto a paper plate, dipped the edge of our twirled paper into the glue, and then applied to the page! It only takes a small bit of glue. Wait a few hours and then it's ready to hang!

Kasey Hope is an Auburn University graduate and the owner of P'zazz Art Studio in Prattville, where she has been teaching art lessons to adults and children for 5 years. 44

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Kid's Corner

How to Really LOVE a Child! by Yvonna Richardson

Be there . S ay yes as often as possible.    Let  them  bang  on  pots  and  pans.  If  they’re  crabby,  put  them  in  the  water.    

If they’re unlovable, love yourself.   Realize how important it is to be a child.

Go to a movie theater in your pajamas . Read books out loud with joy.  

Invent pleasures together. Remember how  really  small  they  are.     Giggle a lot.  Surprise them.  Say no when necessary.  Teach  feelings.    

Heal your own inner child.  Learn  about  parenting.    

Hug trees together.    Make

loving safe.    Bake  a  cake  and  eat  it  with  no  hands.    

Go find elephants and kiss them.

Plan to build a rocket ship.  

Imagine yourself  magic. Make lots of forts with blankets.

Let your angel fly. Reveal your own dreams. S earch out the positive.  Keep the gleam in your eye.  M ail letters to God.    

Encourage silly.  Plant

licorice in your garden. Open  up.    

Stop yelling. Express  your  love.    Speak  kindly.     Paint their tennis shoes.  Handle  

with caring.

Children are Miraculous …

For many of us, the New Year means fixing what we don't like in ourselves. Whether it's our diet, exercise routine or tendency to procrastinate, even relationships. We believe there is always room for improvement in the coming year. We not only benefit from New Year's resolutions; our children can also learn a lot about selfdiscipline and the value of setting and making goals. So take time out and sit down with your family to write New Year’s resolutions that will enhance your family life. Happy New Year!



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The “Itching” Question That’s More Than Skin Deep..... by Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM

Does your pet’s constant scratching drive you crazy? Skin allergies continue to be the most common dermatological problem affecting both cats and dogs. As a matter of fact, allergic dermatitis accounts for roughly 75% of all the skin cases seen in my practice each year. For veterinarians our challenge in relieving the itching is trying to find the right balance between costs, benefits, and safety with the therapeutic options available. To understand the problem, pet owners first need to understand the cause. There are three broad categories that can cause an allergic reaction in your pet. These categories are insect saliva- mainly flea and mosquito, food allergies- normally to certain proteins, and inhaled or transdermal allergies.

“Would You Like One Test or Two with That?” Most owners want a quick test to find the problem. Unfortunately, a “one test fits all” is not going to determine the allergen causing the scratching. The answer usually lies in ruling out other diseases of the skin such as parasitic or fungal infections. If an allergic dermatitis is expected, veterinarians must then determined what type of allergen is causing the problem. Is the problem caused by insect saliva, a food allergen, or is it being inhaled or passed through the skin? It can take time to properly diagnose the problem. This means owners must be patient.

Solutions That Fit The “Itch” To be so tiny, fleas can cause huge problems for your pet. Pets that itch and lose hair at the base of the tail are assumed to have flea allergies. Usually using a good flea parasitic recommended by your veterinarian should improve this condition. It can be more difficult to differentiate between a food allergy and an inhaled or transdermal allergy. Often, veterinarians will place pets on


a dietary food trial by recommending foods the pet should be less allergic to. Food trials require patience as it takes a minimum of 8 weeks to determine if the pet may be allergic. During this time it is critical that the pet owner ONLY feeds the recommended diet. There are diagnostic tests available to diagnose inhaled allergens. However, these test can be expensive and may not be necessary for all dogs.

Scratch Scratch Fizz Fizz Oohhh . . . What a Relief It Is! There are things pet owners can do that may help alleviate the itching and discomfort allergies can cause pets. Knowing what needs to treated and how severe the diagnosis is will be the key to a pet owner’s success with easing the itching problems. There are four options available to help treat skin allergies. Many are used exclusively and some are used in combination with others. Options include: supportive therapy, corticosteroids, cyclosporine and allergy shots. For the purpose of this article, the focus will be on supportive therapy, which generally is used in junctions will drug therapy. Supportive therapy can offer relief when treating mild forms of skin allergies. Options of supportive therapy include antihistamines, essential fatty acids (diet), bathing, restoring the epidermal barrier, controlling secondary infections, and using anti inflammatory products. Of course ANY pet’s therapy should come with a veterinarian’s guidance.

Antihistamines Your veterinarian may suggest this as part of the ongoing maintenance control. Acute intense flairs may require stronger medications and pet owners should always consult with the veterinarian when flares are noticed in their pet.

Diet Most good quality diets contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which help maintain the skin barrier. A strong transdermal “repellant” will help keep allergens from passing through the skin causing irritation. *Baths Improving the epidermal barrier has many benefits for a pet with skin allergies. Baths physically remove the antigens, reduce bacterial and yeast populations, and help repair skin barrier defects. It also can provide relief to the pet’s hot inflamed skin. Many pet owners believe baths dry out their pet’s skin. But, most researchers now believe that baths are essential for pets suffering from skin allergies. Using a veterinarian approved shampoo will certainly enhance the benefits of bathing.

*Baths + Grooming + Clothes = Relief. A combination of baths with regular grooming should provide better results. Keeping pet’s hair short reduces the “dust mop” effect associated with longer coats. Also, maintaining a practice of gently wiping down your pet with a damp cloth each day will help. The latest research even shows that “pet clothes” can also aid in keeping allergens from reaching the skin. Pet T-shirts are a great light weight option for the southern climate. For pets with severe allergy problems on their feet, owners may consider pet “boots” or pet “socks” when walking outside. Skin allergies are common in pets. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all cure. Trusting your veterinarian to provide you with proper test and diagnostic options is key to establishing a treatment plan that will hopefully relieve Fido’s discomfort and restore your sanity.

Dr. Philip Mitchell has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital.

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The Montgomery Humane Society is an open admission shelter that accepts any type of animal no matter the age, condition or reason. Yearly, the shelter receives on an average basis over 11,000 unwanted pets. Approximately 25% of these animals are pure bred. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered before being put up for adoption. These pets are provided the necessary immunizations along with worming and flea treatment. Considering adopting a pet? We ask you to think about: Do you have room for a big dog or a small pet? Do they want an active pet or a couch potato? Do they have the means of taking care of the pets? Do they like a certain breed?

Introducing Pets to Each Other Whether or not your pets get along depend on their personalities. Your current pet may view a new pet as a threat; there may be a few scuffles as each animal establishes his "place in the pack". Do not interrupt them if there is no danger of injury, and provided they are supervised at all times.

the dog to chase or corner the cat - even if it's out of playfulness or curiosity.

Some pets will merely tolerate each other. Others will become great companions (like my own two dogs and cat). Here are a few tips for introducing a new pet into your home.

Allow your new pet to familiarize itself with its new home. Temporarily confine existing pets to a room to give your new pet a chance to feel more comfortable with its surroundings.

Always supervise your pets until you are absolutely sure they get along. Until then, separate your pets by confining at least one of them to its own room. Only allow them to interact with each other with your supervision. It may take them hours, days, weeks, or even months for your pets to adjust fully to one another. Introduce your pets indoors in controlled situations. Keep your dogs on a leash and do not tolerate any aggressive behavior. If you are introducing a cat to a dog, do not allow


When introducing a cat to a dog, do NOT hold the cat in your arms. A frightened or nervous cat may scratch.

Give your pets separate food and water bowls. If you are introducing cats, also provide separate litter boxes. Feed your new and existing pets in different locations. Be especially careful when introducing dogs or cats to caged animals. Dogs and cats can live in harmony with rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc... but please introduce them under strictly controlled supervision. Keep in mind that cats are very agile, so placing a cage high up on a shelf doesn't necessarily protect the caged pet. Don't take any chances - one mistake could be fatal to your caged pet. Give them time. Do not try to force your pets together; allow them to adjust at their own pace. Give all your pets particularly the new one - time to gain confidence and decide when to face his or her new housemates.


Declutter Your Financial Life

by Henry Hernandez, State Farm™ Insurance Agent Misplaced bills, late payments and forgotten invoices can cause plunging credit scores, penalties and unnecessary stress. Protect your money—and prevent a headache—by ringing in the New Year with a resolution to organize your finances.

File as you go. It’s tempting to stack mail and other documents in an “I’ll get to it later” pile. Break this habit. Open your mail the day you receive it and determine if the contents need to be filed or can be tossed. Take the appropriate action. This will only take a few minutes each day. Store important documents properly. Hard-to-replace documents such as vehicle titles, stocks and bond certificates, and property deeds should be kept in a safe-deposit box. Store other files in a filing cabinet or box for easy access and organization. Arrange the files alphabetically by category, and separate them into “permanent” and “active” sections. Keep documents that are completed but need to be accessible—such as tax records—in the permanent section. Items that still need action—such as bills—go in the active section. Discard old documents. Sort through your files at least once a year and dispose of or shred any unnecessary documents. Move paperwork that is inactive but needs to be retained to the permanent section of your files. Learn more about which financial records you should keep and which you can toss at http://urbanext.illinois. edu/clutter/financial_tax.html. Cut down on mail. Reduce the number of statements that arrive in your mailbox by signing up for as much paperless billing as you can. Also consider cutting

back on the number of credit cards you have and consolidating financial accounts, if possible. The fewer individual bills you have, the less time you will spend organizing and writing checks to settle them. Pay bills online. Clear your desk and improve your recordkeeping by shifting payments from paper to electronic. Online account and banking services allow you to track activity, pay bills and transfer funds on your own time, wherever you are. And many online banking services let you download your transactions to your financial management software. State Farm Bank® offers many ways to access accounts and pay bills, including online and with a smartphone. Find worksheets, calculators and other tools that can help you organize your financial life at The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. The information is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made. Got QUESTIONS? Henry Hernandez has ANSWERS! Find Henry's State Farm Agency on Facebook to ask any questions YOU may have about insurance. Henry Hernandez State Farm Agency

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Shopping Spree In the Spotlight...

Fine Line Engravers

Fine Line Engravers & Gifts has a reputation of excellence, both in their quality wares and customer service. Kim Tomberlin, "The Daredevil Engraver", has been running her own business since 1985. Fine Line Engravers & Gifts had humble beginnings, as most good stories do. Kim worked out of her home and was quite successful. Soon, a larger space was needed to keep up with the demand, thus the first Fine Line location on Debbie Drive in the LeCroy Village shopping center was opened. Kim engraves on metal and wood. She etches on glass. She even does leather embossing. Her skills turn simple items into memorable pieces for years to come. Fine Line Engravers & Gifts also specializes in restringing pearls. Kim and her business moved to their Perry Hill location in April of 2010. " The shopping center was almost empty, but I felt like it was the perfect place for Fine Line Engravers & Gifts." The business has undergone many changes but Kim stands firm on one thing, "We want to help you!" The store features gifts ranging from photo frames and wine glasses to jewelry and and handbags. Fine Line Engravers & Gifts, "Where an engraved gift becomes a treasure."


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Worth A Look

Happy New Year! It's a brand new year and that means festive activities are in full swing!

Here are some great glamour tips for before and after your holiday parties: Don't forget those lashes! False lashes ad flare to every outfit! It's a great way to glam up even the simplest look. Give a darker shadow and a brighter lip a try! You will be surprised how well you can pull it off! Need a pick me up the next day from having to much fun the night before? Take your eye cream and put it in the fridge over night and apply on tired eyes in the am! It will be a little cold at first so rub the cream around with a Q-tip to warm it up it will be absolutely refreshing on tired eyes. Make sure you drink plenty of water! It not only hydrates your body but your skin as well. Vitamin C supplements are great during the holidays as well to keep skin healthy through out the parties and help eliminate any blemishes from popping up. Finally, make sure you keep your skin moisturized, it's cooler weather which means it will dry your skin out quicker.


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Datebook Winter Warmth Tour of Old Alabama Town January 1-31 Old Alabama Town 301 Columbus St. 334-240-2400 How did early Alabamians keep warm? Take a Winter Warmth tour of Old Alabama Town and discover their methods for combating the elements.

Hank Williams 60th Memorial Celebration January 1; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hank Williams Museum 118 Commerce St. 334-262-3600 Cemetery Annex and Hank Williams Museum—Commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Hank Williams' death with a wreath laying service held at Oakwood Cemetery Annex at 10 a.m., where the singer is buried, followed by live music until 2 p.m. at the Hank Williams Museum on Commerce Street

Resolution Run: A 5K Run/Walk Benefitting Brantwood Children's Home January 5; 8:30 a.m. Paterson Field 1201 Madison Ave. 334-265-0784 Resolution Run: A 5K Run/Walk Benefiting Brantwood Children's Home. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the, up to 36, children who call Brantwood their full-time home. This event is happy to offer chip timing, goodie bags, massages, warm-up and multiple awards categories. The course was designed with the help of Montgomery MultiSport. The route will start at Patterson Field and take you through a scenic journey through the downtown Montgomery area. The race will conclude with a challenge to "conquer the hill" leading up to the finish line at Brantwood Children's Home. Water stations will be available.

Ekphrasis: A Monthly Book Club about Art Featuring Camille Claudel: A Novel by Alma H. Bond January 9; 12:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Dr. 334-240-4369 Ekphrasis is a monthly book club 58

devoted to the history of art. Each month, we offer a presentation and lively discussion about the featured book of the month. Lunch is available upon request. For reservations call Charlene Boykin at 334.240.4365. Alma H. Bond, author of Camille Claudel will join us for an online discussion about her research into the life and career of Camille Claudel.

Chandra's London and Rosa Parks' Montgomery: A Dual Journey January 10-February 28 Rosa Parks Museum & Children's Wing 220 Montgomery St. 334-241-8701 This exhibit is the product of two inspirational journeys, one taking place in London, England and one in Montgomery, Alabama. Both journeys celebrate the commonality of the human experience and resulted in the photo documentary "Chandra's London and Rosa Parks' Montgomery: A Dual Journey." The images feature historic landmarks and communities in a modern day world and were captured by Heartstone photographer, Nick Sidle and Montgomery photographer Bridget Kohler. The exhibit opening took place in London and was featured as part of the 2012 London Cultural Olympics.

The Foreshortened View (a drawing class) January 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28; 6:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 During the Italian Renaissance, artists and architects developed many methods or ways of seeing to create the illusion of a heightened space in their paintings and drawings. In this series of classes, students will be encouraged to enlarge certain parts of their drawings and to shorten other parts to create a more powerful illusion of depth. Students will work from still life set-ups as well as live models. Most supplies are provided. The instructor is Russell Everett. $150 members/$195 non-members for the series of six classes.

Montgomery Recreational Support Group: Appetizers Galore January 10; 6:00 p.m. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 4465 Narrow Lane 334-290-0646 Alabama Head Injury Foundation invites anyone with a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or any disability & their family to attend our support groups.

Cultural Crossroads Symposium January 12; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Alabama Department of Archives 624 Washington Ave. 334-240-2400 Join some of Alabama’s top historians for a day of lectures and workshops on Alabama history. The event will be held at the Department of Archives & History. Reservations required. Call 1-888-240-1850 for more information, or visit our website at www. Reservations required.

The Amazing Race 10K / 5K / 1 Mile Run/Walk January 12; 8:00 a.m. St. James United Methodist Church 9045 Vaughn Road The registration closes on January 12 at 6:00 a.m.

The Extra Mile - Hope Inspired Ministries 5k + 1mile January 12; 8:30 a.m. The Armory 1018 Madison Avenue; 334- 649-4330 The first annual The Extra Mile Run on January 12, 2013 is a 5K+1 mile race that supports Hope Inspired Ministries. The race is supported through the River Region Runners Club (R3). With the extra mile added on to an already challenging 5K, runners are pushed to prove their commitment to "Going the Extra Mile". The course will wind its way through scenic downtown Montgomery starting at the Armory on Madison Avenue. The Extra Mile Run registration can be made by visiting any Adams Drugs location and picking up a registration packet or by visiting Entry fees are non-refundable.


Datebook Saturday Jam Sessions January 12 & 26; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 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, call 1-888-240-1850 or visit

Tales for Tots January 16; 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 Preschool (ages 2 to 6 with an adult partner). This FREE program for young children and their families combines storytelling, books, and art in the Museum. Instructors include the Education Staff and Docents.

George B. Tindall Professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Herman is the exhibition curator and catalog editor.

The Kevin Turner Foundation – “American Man” Sports Documentary by Jon Frankel, correspondent for HBO Real Sports January 18; 7:00 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St.; 334-481-5100 Join us for an evening with hometown here, NFL and Crimson Tide Legend, Kevin Turner, at the screening of American Man, a documentary by Jon Frankel, Correspondent for HBO Real Sports. Kevin Turner is a gentle but broken man of 42, a football superstar forced to reflect on the price he paid for his glory years. Doctors told him in May 2010 that his once elite body was withering, consumed by ALS, a fatal disease. Scientists began to believe at about the same time that the concussions of contact sports were to blame for many traumas of the brain. In the decade since he retired, he lost his job, his money, his marriage and even, he thinks, his mind. But he refused simply to fade away. With a final and painful burst of ambition, he invested himself in a charitable enterprise that would sound the alarm about concussive sports and teach a football-loving nation to protect its sons and future generations. Facing death, Kevin Turner believes he still has time to fashion a proud legacy.

Alabama Horse Council Horse Fair January 19-20; 8:00 a.m.

Teacher Workshops January 17 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 Art Ed Central, a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association, meets monthly during the school year at the Museum, offering an opportunity for teachers and guest artists to share lesson plan ideas, view art in the Museum’s galleries, create hands-on art projects, network with other professionals, and earn certification credit hours. The guest teacher is Bee Lee Tullos. Mixed-media and textured surfaces in connection with Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper.

Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper January 17; 7:00 p.m. Wilson Auditorium Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 Join us for a lecture following the exhibition opening of Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper. Dr. Bernard L. Herman of Chapel Hill will explore Dial’s dynamic figurative drawings, including recent work beyond the scope of show. The 60

Garrett Coliseum 1555 Federal Drive; 205-678-2882 Show with vendors, lectures, education seminars, silent auction, drill team, kid's activities, and more. Admission charged.

Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration January 21; 11:00 a.m. First White House of the Confederacy 644 Washington Avenue; 334-215-0078 Come out to celebrate Robert E. Lee’s birthday with guest speaker and birthday cake.

After School Art I (ages 6 – 9) January 23, 30; February 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20; April 10, 17; May 1, 8; 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

After School Art II (ages 10 to 14) January 24, 31; February 14, 21, 28; March 7, 21; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9; 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 Students explore different elements of art and principles of design, drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques related to art in the Museum in this weekly class.. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 12 students. Instructors include Donna Pickens and Education Staff. $145 members/$205 non-members for the series of 12 classes.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 These weekly classes offer specific techniques for improving skills in drawing, painting and sculpture for upper elementary and junior high students, in connection with art in the Museum. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Instructors include Donna Pickens and Education Staff. $145 members/$205 non-members for the series of 12 classes.

Art Play January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 These fun classes for preschoolers with an adult partner help increase hand-eye coordination and creativity. Class limit: 10 children with parents. Instructors include Gloria Simons and Margaret Barber. $8 members/$12 non-members for each class; $40 members/$60 non-members for the series of six classes.

Evening With the Curator: Rembrandt, Master Printmaker January 24, 5:30 p.m. Weil Print Room Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 Join Curator Michael Panhorst in exploring the great Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt’s evocations of the human spirit, fluidity of line, and enveloping light and shadow are nowhere more evident than in his prints. These selections from the MMFA permanent collection are a few of the many artistic treasures donated by the Weil family, for whom the Print Room is named.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare January 25- February 9 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Dr. 800-841-4ASF The shadow of three witches dominates this supernatural tale of ambition’s twisted path. Set for higher glory, star couple Macbeth and his lady become trapped in a cycle of murder, deceit and treachery. A thrilling new staging of this ultimate quest for power. Recommended for ages 13+.



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Painting Skyscapes January 26 & 27; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 1 Museum Drive; 334-240-4369 Learn to paint luminous skies with a limited palette, taught by one of the region’s most recognized landscape artists and teachers. This two-day workshop will focus on composition, value, color, and observation skills. The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register early! The instructor is Barbara Davis. $200 members/$245 non-members for the two-day workshop.


has ever seen a guest list like this!

Thursday, January 31 • 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

Kontras Quartet January 27

at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts $8.00 per person

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts One Museum Drive; 334-277-3505 Young, dynamic musicians of international renown perform as part of the Montgomery Chamber Music Organization series.

Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

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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 6 Chick Fil A RSA Tower

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47 Churchill Academy 8 Dougs 2 Salon 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 43 Hue Studio 16 Jim ’n Nicks


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19 Looney’s SuperSkate 25 Lush Makeup Art


39 Marquirette’s Fine Jewelry 20 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 24 Mela’s Boutique 21 Montgomery Humane Society

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17 Lee & Lan Florist 18 Line-X

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22 Montgomery Multisport 23 Montgomery Museum of Fine Art



37 Montgomery Spine Center 49 Midtown Pizza

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40 NY Gold & Diamond Buyers 46 Old Alabama Town 5 Pediatrics at Twilight


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 January 2013  

The Pride of Montgomery January 2013

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