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February2018

Volume 8 Number 12

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Publisher’s Note Kendra Sumner

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Living With Children John Rosemond

Show Your Love!

The affection effect on marriage is important, and needs special attention during parenting years.

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Budgeting After Baby

Find tips for saving on new baby expenses and other ways to trim your monthly budget.

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Kids Health Watch

sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Auburn

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Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

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Dave Says Dave Ramsey

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Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith

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Baby & Toddler Guide Sing to Your Baby Our local guide will help meet your “new parent” needs.

How music affects your baby’s brain development.

Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

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A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

On The Cover Autumn Gamston (6 months) is the daughter of Courtney and Ryan Gamston. The youngest of five, Autumn enjoys watching and playing with her four older brothers. She also likes to be held and to snuggle. She is a sweet and happy baby that brings joy to everyone she meets. 1

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Bits and Pieces 11

School Bits 44

Family Calendar 52

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Auburn Opelika Lee County’s Foremost Parenting Source

It’s baby and toddler time again! February is Auburn Opelika Parents’ annual ‘all about babies & toddlers’ issue! In this month’s issue you will find helpful tips for new parents, as well as, second or third time around pros. From birthing and infant preparedness classes to local pediatric physicians…we’ve got you covered. It’s our goal to make the transition into parenting and taking on the daily demands of raising your children as stress free as possible, by providing research based articles, a guide to local resources and support groups and a way to stay connected in our community. We are fortunate enough to live in a community where the health, education and well-being of our children are placed in the forefront. In the 2018 Baby & Toddler Guide, you will find local dental and health professionals dedicated to pediatric care, infant classes and playgroups, as well as, parenting preparedness and support groups. Don’t forget about all the boutiques to register for your little bundle of joy’s clothing, gear and even maternity needs. Also, this month, included are two great articles on how to budget now that there is a new baby in the family and the importance of music for your baby’s brain development. In the feature article, Budgeting After Baby, the author gives some great tips on ways to reduce costs associated with new baby items and needs. Baby gear can be a huge expense. Car seat, stroller, swing, high chair and a baby bed are just a few of the basic items that all new parents need to plan for when a baby is on the way. The cost can add up quickly if not planned with purpose. Instead of the most expensive brand stroller, how about looking at ones that may serve the same need, but are on clearance or have a coupon this month? How about checking out consignment stores that have a great selection of gently used items. If this is baby number three, clean up the baby gear that worked so well with the first two babies and reuse those items. Maybe start a sharing program in your mom group where new moms can share swings, play mats, changing tables and toddler toys. Finding new ways to stretch your dollar, in these early years, will help with the budget in the long run. Speaking of mommy and me play and support groups, there are many active groups to get involved with in East Alabama. Our area offers prenatal and parenting classes too. Check out that section in our guide and reach out to a group and get plugged in. This is the best way to meet other parents like you and get helpful advice and tips on parenting in the infant and toddler years. Also, try a few mommy and me classes and see if this is for you and your baby. A great first class to take would be anything that includes music and movement like Kindermusik or Tiny Tykes at My Gym. In the article, Sing To Your Baby: How Music Affects Brain Development, the author suggests that singing to your children helps both mom and child in many ways. The crucial years for brain development are between ages 0-6 and musical interaction can help with memory, attention/focus, language development and emotions. So, sing at home, in the car and even in a toddler play group! The interaction, so simple, yet so important, will be an invaluable bonding time for you both. I hope you enjoy this month’s magazine and find encouragement and support in the articles and 2018 Baby & Toddler Guide! From one parent to another, have a great year with your little one and surround yourself with other parents who can be supportive along the way.

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Auburn Opelika Parents Magazine is founded on the principle that parenting is an exciting, diverse, challenging, and significant role in our community. Auburn Opelika Parents Magazine is a community advocate for families and the parenting process.

Publisher Kendra Sumner Kendra@auburnopelikaparents.com Editor DeAnne Watson Associate Editor Kelly Watson Contributing Writers Rian Anglin, M.D. Mark Gregston Christa Melnyk Hines Carolyn Jabs Sarah Lyons Jan Pierce Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Gerry Paige Smith Cover Photography Candy Avera www.pictureperfectbycandy.com

President Jason Watson Director of Sales Justin Sumner (334) 209-0552 Ad Design Tim Welch

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

The “Ticket” System Q: I’ve been trying for two months with little

to no success to get your “ticket” system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and blatantly refusing to do what I tell her to do. She has three tickets a day. When she loses one, she has to sit in a chair for 15 minutes, and if she loses all three before the day is done, she spends the rest of it in her room. One problem is that she waits until the end of the day to lose all of her tickets, meaning that she really doesn’t spend any “punishment” time in her room because it’s time for bed anyway. The biggest problem is that losing a ticket and time-out doesn’t seem to faze her. Any ideas?

A: I disagree. Losing a ticket obviously fazes her. Otherwise, she would not be cleverly waiting until the end of the day to lose most of her tickets. That tells me that she not only doesn’t want to sit in the time-out chair but also doesn’t want to spend any significant amount of time in her room.

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Before we go any further, I should explain the “ticket” system to those readers who are a tad late to the game. First, several (no more than three) misbehaviors are clearly spelled out on a “target behavior list” that’s affixed to the refrigerator door. Second, three to five “tickets” are cut from construction paper and put up on the refrigerator, next to the misbehavior list, using a magnetic clip. When a targeted misbehavior occurs, the parent closest to the scene of the crime removes one of that day’s tickets from the clip. Each time the child in question loses a ticket, she must sit in time out for a certain length of time. When all the day’s allotment of tickets is gone, the child spends the rest of the day in her room, which has been stripped of most of its “entertainment value,” and goes to bed at least one hour early. Over the years since I developed it, lots and lots of parents have told me that the ticket system has helped them solve many a discipline problem. It seems to work best with children 3 through 12. I generally do not recommend its use with a teenager. Also, as

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I have said before in this column and in several of my books, if the parents’ attitude is not proper, no discipline method is going to work for long. An improper attitude includes impatience, frustration, anger, anxiety, and any other manifestation of stress. Whatever the method, discipline should be delivered dispassionately. If there’s emotional “pressure” behind it, the method in question is very likely to fail. Circling back to your question, the fact that you don’t feel you’ve made significant headway in two months with your daughter leads me to believe that your delivery is the problem. Granted, some kids are more stubborn than others, but a determined but calm enforcement style will bring even the most strong-willed child into line in a relatively short period of time. One more thing: the fact that a child acts unfazed by a consequence does not mean it’s not having any effect. Children are clever, and acting like being thrown into the proverbial briar patch is a vacation is one form their cleverness sometimes takes. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Be My Valentine

Design a Valentine at the Auburn Public Library. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Roses are red, violets are blue, let The Auburn Public Library help you send a valentine to a loved one or two! Join us for an afternoon of DIY valentines on February 9. We will provide the materials, you provide the creativity. This program is open to all ages. libraryevents@auburnalabama org. (334) 501-3296.

Dads and daughter dances are filled with princess dress and fun with dad. Moms, grab your favorite jeans and enjoy a night just for your and your son! The ball will be at Covington Recreation Center, Opelika on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. $25 Per couple, $5 for each additional son. Must pre-register by February 12. www.opelikasportsplex.com.

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Family Discovery Walk: Heart Healthy

Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day learning how we can become “heart healthy.” We will take a hike throughout the preserve learning how the outdoors are beneficial to your overall health. Explore the preserve and learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration, and exercise! For families with children ages 5 to 12. Groups meet at the pavilion. Guided tours are free. Donations are welcomed. Cancelled in the event of rain. www.auburn.edu/preserve.

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Hunt for Prizes! Tiger Town Scavenger Hunt

From February 4–18, The Tiger Town businesses will be holding a Rock Scavenger Hunt. Businesses will paint a rock with a message and hide it somewhere in Tiger Town for shoppers to find. If you find a rock, take it to the designated store for a prize! Happy hunting!

The Hot Sardines to Perform February 12

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. In the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom and more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London, and have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves and a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally. February 12. For more info, visit www.eastalabamaarts.org/ Auburn Opelika Parents I February 2018

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The Mystical Arts of Tibet

RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus, February 13-16, 7:30 p.m. In this world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India are traveling to promote world peace and healing through the sharing of Tibet’s authentic sacred performances and visual arts. Over the course of four days the monks will complete musical demonstrations and a sacred ceremony in celebration of purification, positive energy, and life. They will create a large, intricate mandala of colored sand in the RiverCenter lobby before ceremoniously disassembling the mandala and releasing sands into the Chattahoochee River, symbolizing the impermanence of life. Audience members will also receive sand from the mandala as keepsakes to promote wellbeing in their own lives. Don’t miss this rich cultural experience of Buddhist tradition during The Mystical Arts of Tibet. The monks will be here from February 13 to 17. The performance will be Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a mandala ceremony on Saturday the 17th following market days. www.rivercenter.org.

Code Club @ the Opelika Public Library

Maybe the next Zuckerberg sleeps in your house. Code Club at the Lewis Cooper Jr Memorial Library is going to teach your kids how to make website, apps, and games in a fun environment. Give them much needed exposure to STEM education and let them get ahead of the crowd. Not only could they become the next tech billionaire, but they’ll learn valuable critical thinking skills at the same time. Bring your own laptop if you have one, but it is not required. Meets weekly. 3rd and 4th graders meet Wednesdays from 3-30 - 4:30 PM. Ages 10 and up meet Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. library@opelika-al.gov.

Family Studio: Thinking Outside the Box with Stacey Rathert

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art invites families to meet this year’s Out of the Box first-place winner, Stacey Rathert, February 3, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Come listen to Stacey talk about her work and create your own artwork to take home. Family Studio is recommended for children kindergarten through sixth grade and their families, but older and younger children are always welcome. Parents and guardians are asked to participate with their child during the program. A five-dollar suggested donation is appreciated in continued support of programs. www.auburn.edu.

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In March, our community will gather together to help support kids with dyslexia, a specific type of reading disability. Let’s learn more about dyslexia together. Reading is a complex interplay between seeing letters, putting sounds to letters, and putting those sounds in the right order to decode written words and sentences. People with dyslexia have trouble matching the letters they see with the sounds they make and organizing them into words. This can make reading and writing very difficult and make it challenging for a student to succeed in the structure of a typical classroom. Children with dyslexia are often quite bright and talented in fields in which reading written language is not required: spatial perception, mathematics, etc. Dyslexia is not due to lack of intelligence or desire to learn and with appropriate teaching methods students with dyslexia can be incredibly successful. International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as follows: “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically

result from a deficit in the phonologic component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” In more scientific terms, dyslexia is a language based learning disability in which affected people (not just children) have difficulties in specific language skills, in particular reading, spelling, writing. Phonological awareness is a particular area of struggle for many people living with dyslexia. Phonological awareness refers to the specific ability to focus on and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. Phonemes are the smallest units comprising spoken language that when put together form syllables and more complex words. Phonological awareness is a critical component to reading. One in seven members of our community struggles with a form of dyslexia. I urge you to learn more about this and to get involved. On Saturday March 3rd, Pediatric Associates of Auburn will be joining several local agencies for the annual Dyslexia Dash. This year’s theme is “Donut give up!” Imagine the

tasty treats associated with this event! The event will start at All For Children Auburn Language and Learning Center in Ogletree Village and will consist of a 1 mile fun run as well as a 5K. The 1 mile run beginning at 8 am is a great opportunity for the anyone to get out and get active! The 5k will begin at 8:30 am. There will be prizes for each age group and for the overall winners. There will also be themed treats and fun activities for everyone! Proceeds from the run will be put towards a new technology bank full of games, books and other resources that children with dyslexia will be able to utilize to help strengthen their language skills. The proceeds will also go towards a Dyslexia 101 seminar for families struggling with dyslexia in our community. We look forward to seeing a large turnout from the Auburn and Opelika communities and hope to make this event the biggest it’s been yet. We hope to see you on March 3rd!

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Contributed by Melina Alexander, OMSII VCOM-Auburn and Dr. Rian Anglin, a board certified pediatrician, was raised nearby in Valley, AL. She attended Auburn University were she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Molecular Biology. Despite her strong allegiance to Auburn, Dr. Anglin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2007 with her MD. Her passions in practice include promoting early childhood literacy, reducing toxic stress in childhood, and improving the practice of pediatric medicine through office based research. She resides in Auburn with her husband and their two sons.

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So proud of the lower school students who were recognized as the Character Counts Students of the Week for exhibiting the attributes of the word of the week: Tolerance! Way to go, Warriors!

Wacoochee Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Emily Jennings was recently selected as Teacher of the Year at Wacoochee Elementary School! She graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University and then got her M. Ed in Reading from the University of West Florida. Mrs. Jennings has five years of teaching experience and currently teaches fourth grade. This is her favorite grade to teach because she loves Alabama History. Her hobbies include crafting and quilting. The principal, Mrs. Senn, and Mrs. Jennings’ husband, Chris, surprised her with the good news of being selected. Congratulations, Mrs. Jennings!

Auburn Gymnasts Visit Pick Elementary

AU Gymnastics team came by to share their talents and encourage students to always give their Pick best!

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Christmas Fun at Wrights Mill Road

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Wrights Mill Road students gave a fabulous performance of the Jingle Bell Juke Box- Flip Side, complete with a rock and roll Santa and Mrs. Clause. Multicultural holiday hits, a 1950’s malt shop, and plenty of hand jive put the audience in the holiday spirit!

Cup of Joe Coming Right Up‌

The Tiger Mochas crew served hot chocolate and coffee to Dean Road Elementary teachers and staff! The DRES PTO was honored to gift their school with a warm treat while watching Auburn High students in action learning life skills through service to others.

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Super Heroes Appear at AEEC

Second Graders at AEEC had a surprise visitor recently for their Super Hero assembly!

East Samford Band Performs for Drake

The East Samford School Band played a recruitment concert at Drake recently. Mrs. Chenier and the band did a fabulous job!

Opelika HS Grad Signs Football Scholarship

Inter-School Competition

Students from Ogletree, Pick and Yarbrough enjoyed friendly competition as they played an inter-school tournament on the campus of Auburn University! Congratulations to all the students and coaches involved for their hard work and excellent sportsmanship.

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Auburn HS Student Wins Local Essay Contest

Congratulations to AHS's John Pace for winning the Richard Henry Lee chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Oratorical Contest and essay contest! He will now advance to the State competition.

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Senior Scores 1000th Career Point

Congratulations to senior Chauntel Kriel who recorded her 1,000th career point at home game vs. DeerfieldWindsor! She was presented a commemorative game ball by head of school Dr. Stan Cox and head coach Corye Ivatt.

Wrights Mill Road Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Wrights Mill Road’s Spelling Bee Winner, Layla (right) and alternate Stella (left), pictured with Mrs. Mason. We are P-R-OU-D of you both!

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Kindergarten Pajama Day at St. Michael Catholic School

Ms. Lindsey's Kindergarten class at St. Michael Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten enjoyed a pajama day to celebrate that last day of school before Christmas break. The Kindergarten students had fun playing reindeer games and writing letters to Santa.

Opelika Middle School Parents Experience Virtual Field Trips

At a recent Opelika Middle School PTO meeting, parents were able to experience our Google Expeditions kit and learn how we are incorporating them and Chromebooks into the curriculum. The parents thoroughly enjoyed the virtual field trips.

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John Rice Speaks to West Smiths Stations Elementary

On October 26, John Rice graciously visited the fourth graders at WSSES. Mr. Rice shared his vast knowledge of Lee County's history to eager students who are learning about Alabama History.

Wacoochee Spelling Bee Winners

Wacoochee Elementary School held its annual spelling bee on January 16. The winner of the spelling bee was sixth grader Libby-Kate Posey. Second place winner was Ariana de la Cruz, another sixth grader; and Justin Brasfield, third grader, came in third place. Congratulations to all three winners. We are very proud of you! Pictured with the students is Wacoochee’s principal, Mrs. Tammy Senn.

Child Nutrition Field Trip

Child Nutrition Managers visited the Pharmavite Plant in Opelika recently. The visit included a tour of the facility, processing, and production of Nature Made vitamins. CNP wishes everyone a happy and healthy new year in 2018!

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Second Graders Perform Storybook Skits at Trinity

Mrs. Blackstock's second graders wowed family and friends with their storybook skits! Stories included were "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Very Tall Mouse and Very Short Mouse," "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Frog and Toad and the Lost Button," and "The Three Little Pigs."

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School Board Member Recognition Month

Auburn City Schools join school systems throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Alabama’s annual School Board Member Recognition Month in January. The commemorative month is designed to recognize the contributions made by Alabama's more than 800 local school board members, including the members of the ACS Board of Education, who are charged with governing public education under state law. Alabama school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 744,930 Alabama schoolchildren. Your local school board members are part of a statewide team that supervises 91,277 employees, including 46,539 teachers, 3,110 administrators, and 35,712 support workers and others in 1,467 schools. These volunteer leaders are also responsible for formulating school system policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues. Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute these public servants of the Auburn City Schools Board of Education whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible: Mrs. Tracie West, Board President, Mr. Charles Smith, Board Vice President, Mrs. Melanie Chambless, Dr. Bill Hutto and Dr. Terry Jenkins. Please join us by saying “thank you” to our school board members during Alabama’s 25th School Board Member Recognition Month.

Trinity Seventh Graders Study Teddy

7th Graders spent a week studying The Spanish American War and Teddy Roosevelt. They also made mustaches like TR!

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Yarbrough Classes Get iPads

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Yarbrough teachers and students are loving our new iPads! Thanks to your generosity during our Emoji Run fundraiser, every homeroom now has 5 iPads. We are excited about the innovative opportunities these devices will

Iron Bowl STEM at Wrights Mill Road

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Mrs. Chavis, Mrs. Neighbors, and Mrs. Goolsby had a mini Iron Bowl STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenge for students to design, build, test and analyze the perfect conditions to score field goals considering factors like distance, angels, and force. Science, football and fun is a WINNING combination!

Oh, the Drama!

Congratulations to Mrs. Oliver and the drama students who took 1st place in musical theatre and 3rd place in ensemble at the AISA District Competition in Montgomery!

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Trinity Starts New Tradition with First Annual Christmas Chapel

The first annual Trinity Christmas Chapel was such a blessing! Friends and family joined our students in the singing of carols and the sharing of the Christmas story from scripture.

Wacoochee Elementary Painting Night

On November 30, Wacoochee Elementary School held a “Painting with Me� night. Students were able to invite a parent or grandparent to join them in painting a twocanvas Christmas-themed painting. Refreshments were served and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Springwood Theatre Society Competes at AISA Drama Festival

Wednesday, January 10th, the Springwood Theatre Society competed in the AISA Regional Drama Festival held at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. The Drama Ensemble performed a 7-minute scene from Cynthia Mercati's “Faces of Freedom” and received 1st place. The Musical Drama performed a selection from “Seussical!” and received 3rd place. Kitty Key performed a monologue from “PUSH”, and received 1st place. Pictured, left: “Faces of Freedom” Cast – Front Row: Andrea Albertson, Kelsey Knight, Hallie Miller, Kitty Key, James Dorminy, Cole Hoiness, Back Row: J.

Hart, Brittany McDaniel, Mallory Steenbergen, Sophia Shrewsbury, Madison Kimbrough. Not Pictured: Maya Battle, Lillie Hoats, Curry Hoats, J.P. Moore. Pictured, right: “Seussical!” Cast – Front Row: Carson Champion, Brady Spradlin, Hallie Miller, Kitty Key, James Dorminy, Cole Hoiness, Garner Dorminy, Back Row: Mary Beth Brown, TZ Perkins, Mallory Steenbergen, Sophia Shrewsbury, Madison Kimbrough, Grace Easterwood, Not Pictured: Lillie Hoats and Curry Hoats. Pictured, top right: Kitty Key won First Place for her monologue from “PUSH”.

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Auburn HS Bowlers Named AHSAA Area 5 Champions

The AHS Boys currently stands at 37-5 and 8-0 in area play, which makes them the 2017/2018 AHSAA Area 5 Champions! They have bowled a very competitive schedule as well, having participated in two bowling tournaments along with bowling a total of 3 matches with both last season's State Champion (Spain Park) and State Runner-up (Vestavia)! The AHS Girls currently stand at 22-11 and are 6-0 in area play, which also makes them the 2017/2018 AHSAA Area 5 champions! They too have bowled a very competitive schedule, having participated in two bowling tournaments along with bowling 3 matches with last season's State Champion (Southside), twice falling short by less than 5 pins.

Please send school news to:Kendra@ auburnopelikaparents.com. Lee-Scott Basketball Team Wins State Tournament Congratulations to the junior varsity basketball team for defeating Tuscaloosa Academy, Glenwood School, and The Lakeside School to win the AISA JV State Tournament! Go Warriors!

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Community Partners

Cisco King, of Briggs and Stratton, presented Laura Bailey, ACS Career Technical Education Director, with a check for $500. Briggs and Stratton’s generous sponsorship will provide the support needed to recognize our Career and Technical Education (CTE) students’ success through Auburn High School’s CTE Spring Awards Night in May. Briggs and Stratton understands how important this event is to our students, their families, our school and community!

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Mrs. Pate’s English 12 students, currently reading and analyzing “The Best of Sherlock Holmes”, had an observation exercise. At Mrs. Pate’s request, several different LSA faculty members provided “shoes with a story” for the students to practice their own observations skills upon. Like Holmes had Dr. Watson, the students observed and then discussed what they noticed before trying to match them to the appropriate faculty members. In addition, there was one "red herring" that belonged to no one from LSA. Of the 52 seniors, six matched the shoe to the owner; eleven correctly discerned the red herring, and only two students matched both the shoe with the correct teacher and figured out the red herring. www.auburnopelikaparents.com


Opelika High School Career Prep Day

Pictured, left, Opelika High School career tech students visited War Eagle Productions and the Auburn Office of Information technology. Pictured, right, Opelika High School Career Prep students toured the Center for Integrated Manufacturing at Southern Union State Community College.

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AHS Cross-Country and Swim/Dive Teams Recognized by Mayor

Mayor Bill Ham along with the City of Auburn Council congratulated the Auburn High School's Girls’ Cross-Country and Swim/Dive Teams for their recent state championships! The girls’ State Champion team members are: Maggie Casey, Annie Francis Dallas, Hadley Dowdle, Peyton Dowdle, Taylor Harwell, Erin King, Anna Kate McGinty, Elley Parker, Clara Ragan, Megan Roach, Lulu Smith, Ava Talorico, Ansley Wells.

Auburn High girls finished the meet with 339.5 points, Huntsville High was second with 263 and Vestavia was third with 176. Ava Talorico started the meet off with a State Championship on 1 meter diving and set a new State record with 401.25 points. Auburn High won the 200 Medley Relay with Maggie Casey, Annie Francis Dallas, Hadley Dowdle and Anna Kate McGinty. The 200 Free Relay Auburn was 2nd with Annie Francis Dallas, Taylor Harwell, Erin King, Peyton Dowdle. The 400 Free Relay was 1st with Anna Kate McGinty, Peyton Dowdle, Maggie Casey, Hadley Dowdle. Maggie Casey finished 3rd in the 200 Free and 3rd in the 500 free. Annie Francis Dallas was 2nd in the 200 IM and 3rd in the 100 Breast. Anna Kate McGinty was 1st in the 50 Free. Peyton Dowdle was 3rd in the 50 free and 3rd in the 100 free. Hadley Dowdle was 1st in the 100 Butterfly and 2nd in the 100 free.

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Wrights Mill Road Running Club Participates in 5K

Congratulations to members of our WMR Running Club who participated in the Toys for Tots 5k. Thank you Mrs. Agerton and all the running club teachers for working with our students for so many weeks after school.

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Auburn HS Wrestlers Win at Senior Night

The Auburn High Varsity wrestlers beat Ben Russell during the Senior night competition, 31-27. Six seniors were recognized: Charlie Friedenreich, Drimitri Anderson, Connor McCormack, Marcus Boler, LaMichael Frazier, and early grad Ken Martin. The Junior High team also defeated both Ben Russell and Opelika.

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Wrights Mill Road Teacher of the Year Wrights Mill Road proudly announces Dr. Brittney Duncan as their Teacher of the Year. Dr. Duncan was surprised with the announcement at a school assembly, by her family and students. We are so proud of our “Super Teacher�!

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Congrats to Recent Warriors of the Week

Congratulations to Delaney Faison and Hadley Fields, recent lower school "Warriors of the Week!" and Kate Spoor and Matthew Peak, recent upper school “Warrior of the Week!�

Students are nominated throughout the week by teachers for noticeably exceptional behavior. All students nominated are recognized during the Friday morning announcements, and all nominees are entered into a drawing to be selected as the "Warrior of the Week!"

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

When Your Teen is in the Wrong Crowd If you swim with the sharks, you’re bound to get bit. One bad apple spoils the whole bushel. Bad company corrupts good character. Many parents have added these phrases to their lexicon, because they illustrate the dangers of running with the “wrong crowd”. As moms and dads, we know how susceptible kids are to peer influence. You’ve likely spent many sleepless nights worrying about the people your child is hanging around. What are they teaching my son? What are they pressuring my daughter to do? Are these friends that will give needed support and encouragement to my teen, or are they the type of people who will bring my child down? These are valid concerns if you suspect your child is hanging out with the wrong crowd. But let’s pause for a moment and ask just who is the “wrong crowd?” Here’s a simple definition we can use: The “wrong crowd” includes anyone who influences your child in ways that are contradictory to your values, systems, and beliefs as parents. When parents observe changes in their teen and note the actions and attitudes of their friends, they may arrive at the conclusion, “my teen is in league with some bad seeds.” When this happens, how do we gently guide our teens away from negative influences? My advice may not be what you might expect.

mature enough to make wise decisions on their own. It would be foolish to let young children spend time with people who have serious hang-ups. But at some point, we must stop protecting our kids and start preparing them to make wise choices when choosing friends. If all we are doing is holding our kids back from this or that person, we are not equipping them to make smart decisions once they are free of our control. While every child is different, here is a basic guideline for starting that relational training: 0–13 years old: Get to know and closely monitor your child’s friends. If your son or daughter is running with the wrong crowd this early, change schools, move houses, or pull your child from certain activities. At this age, they still need to have their innocence protected.

good idea? Do you?” Or you can ask, “Has anyone offered you drugs? What crossed your mind in that moment?” These types of questions are effective because they help your child articulate their values, beliefs, and convictions. And if they ever get into a situation similar to the one you have discussed, chances are they will remember, “Hey, I remember telling my mom (or dad) that I don’t believe in drinking and driving. I’m going to pass.” By asking good questions, you are helping your child build up those decisionmaking muscles that will serve them well, whether they have good friends or not.

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18+ years old: At this age, young people must be responsible for their own choices, including their choices in friends. If they are living with you, they must follow the rules of the house. But if they are on their own, all you can do is let them know you are available to talk and give advice if they ever feel they need it.

Instead of running from the wrong crowd, let’s run towards them! Turn your home into a safe, loving, and fun place where teens can hang out and interact. Provide alternatives for your kids and their friends. Invite them to watch a ball game. Pack up enough supplies, and take a group fishing. Let them set up their band in your garage. Set aside a weekend, and go camping with your kids and their friends. In this way, not only will you be providing a healthy outlet for teens to have fun, but they will be under your watch and protection. Rather than cautioning your teen to side step the problem kids, take initiative and be the mentor, leader, or life coach they need. Maybe your son or daughter has some friends with emotional, physical, or spiritual issues. Are there hurting and needy kids in your teen’s circle of friends? Open up your arms, and embrace that “wrong crowd.” Start influencing the “bad kids” yourself. And teach your teen to do the same. In that way, you won’t avoid the wrong crowd, you will change them!

As parents, part of our job is to protect our kids. We try to shield them from negative influences as much as possible. We’re not going to let our 12-year-old daughter hang around 18-year-old girls who smoke pot and sleep with their boyfriends. We have to shield our child’s innocence until they are

As you train your teen to use discernment when choosing friends, you can help them along by asking good questions. For instance, you can ask, “I’m curious; would you ever drink and drive? Do you know someone who has? Did they think it was a

Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

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14–17 years old: Continue to monitor your child’s friends, but begin to slowly back off from controlling their relationships. If you have concerns about the people they are spending time with, talk with your kids about the problems you see. Also, set personal and family boundaries regarding the kind of behavior that is acceptable among friends and the kind that is not.

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To do this, simply make half a monthly payment every two weeks. By the end of the year you’ll have made 13 payments instead of 12. This will knock years off the length of your loan. Remember, your income is your largest wealth building tool. It’s so much easier to save, invest, and give when all your money isn’t flying out the door to make payments!

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market is extremely volatile. In addition to the market being wildly volatile, the prices on commodities isn’t based on actual production. It’s based largely on a supply and demand curve. If there’s a shortage on one of them, the price shoots up. For example, when you’re talking about gold and silver, there’s more demand than supply when the economy is bad. In this kind of scenario, people are fearful and lots of them run to buy gold. This drives up the price to unrealistically high levels. Again, the price on a commodity isn’t based on anything other than fear or greed, and a supply and demand curve. The prices aren’t based on an actual production of income, like it is with stocks or real estate. I don’t buy commodities at all, especially gold and silver. I don’t recommend you buy them, either.

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“They must still be dating,” my friend whispers to me. As we stand shivering at my son’s soccer game, my brother-in-law and his fiancee cuddle together sharing a warm blanket and a chair. “No married couple would be that affectionate toward each other,” she says. Her assessment seems a bit pessimistic to this romantic. Must the spontaneity and sweetness of courtship die as we move out of the “shout from the roof-tops” kind of young love into the demands of young parenthood?

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17 Simple Ways to Rekindle That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hold hands. Hug and kiss. Look each other in the eyes. Get involved in a hobby together. Listen when your spouse talks about his or her interests. Flirt with each other. Laugh together. Pen a love note and leave it on your spouse’s pillow. Send a flirty text message. Email a link to a sweet love song to your mate. Give your spouse a back rub. Offer a sincere compliment. Help each other around the house and with the kids. Call each other during the day just to check in. Court each other. Tell your kids what you love about your spouse. Say “I love you”.

Growing complacent about displaying affection isn’t unusual as a marriage is peppered with children, crises, celebrations and day-to-day routine. Nonetheless, simple expressions of love like hand-holding, hugs and kisses, and compliments are an important component to the health of a marriage and the family unit. “Without intimacy, people can and often do begin to feel isolated, alone, bitter, depressed, used and simply uncared for,” says Amanda Deverich, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “All the happiness that was amplified by the physicality in the early part of the marriage is no longer there to grease the wheels of family life. What remains is grinding drudgery, financial stress and short tempers.”

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wind of sleepless nights and the general challenges of new parenthood. “This is a natural phenomenon in the family life cycle as parents devote their energies to the newborn,” Deverich says. After the initial adjustment period, nurture your relationship to avoid resentment and a sense of neglect. Such feelings can quietly chip away at the positive family dynamic that your kids rely on to feel safe and secure.

Why affection is healthy. “Couples believe affection is simply an inspired by-product of a feeling,” Deverich says. “However, it can be the other way around. Love, connectedness, and caring can be sparked by physical touch.” While excessive public displays of intimacy can cause discomfort for those around you--including your kids--showing warmth toward one another gives children a sense of well-being, that all is well in their family unit. “When children see this model behavior where affection is easily expressed, that is a skill set that can translate into other arenas of their life,” says psychiatrist Dr. Bela Sood. “They learn how to be kind, gentle, as well as, be happy with other people as they watch their own parents.”

When affection doesn’t come naturally. Not everyone was raised in affectionate homes and others simply aren’t wired to display warmth toward others, including the ones they love the most. “Understand the uniqueness and differences in the other person without being judgmental about that,” Sood says. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work on meeting your spouse’s needs for affection. Recall what attracted the two of you in the first place. Physical touch and tenderness toward each other can reaffirm your love and create instant connectedness. “We forget that we have control over many things that go on in our lives if we are willing to make that sacrifice,” Sood says. “And why are we willing to make that sacrifice? Because we love that person.” AOP

Freelance writer, Christa Melnyk Hines, and her husband of 18 years are the parents of two boys. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World. Visit her at www.christamelnykhines.com.

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The familiar sphere is a perfect shape constantly reflected in nature. Our hands are naturally designed for grasping round objects and kids instinctively make the best use of this partnership. Depending on their material and design, balls can bounce, loft, and roll with a versatility that makes them the centerpiece of most major sports. With multiple opportunities throughout their lives to handle a ball, the field is wide open for ways children can engage with this marvelous shape. The following items celebrate the round wonder in ways that help little ones get the ball rolling.

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Laugh & Learn Singing Soccer Ball

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Round, plush and reactive, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singing Soccer Ball offers a range of function and activities that keep little ones rolling forward developmentally. With audio prompts to guide the way, the ball encourages babies to crawl, roll and follow as they nudge the ball along. In addition to teaching numbers and colors, this toy also introduces beginning sportsmanship with the concept of taking turns. Easy to grasp (with mutable sound function), this ball is also washable once the electronics are removed. Introducing the basics of ball momentum, the Laugh & Learn Singing Soccer Ball is the ultimate engagement for toddlers ready to have a ball.

Sized for the kindergarten and pre-school set, this game center features a variety of play options including basketball hoops and skee-ball. But the real beauty of this item’s design is the clever ball return which keeps the game rolling without the distraction of tracking down errant balls. Playhut’s patented twist-and-fold technology ensures easy pop-up assembly and portability, making it ideal for parties, playdates and other group gatherings as kids take turns playing through the versatile challenges on offer. Part exercise, part arcade and all active play, the Playhut Game Center rounds up the top score for entertaining ball games.

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With its simple goals and guidelines bowling seems ready-made for little ones who like to roll balls. But slippery lanes and heavy balls can preclude the youngest children from trying out this sport. Enter the Kidoozie Bowling Set with its six brightly colored pins and foam ball, all cleverly portable in a clear plasic carry-all that mimics the shape of a real bowling bag. Crafted with soft foam that’s weighted on the bottom, soft strikes are in the cards as caregivers are spared the crash and bang associated with standard bowling. Perfect for cultivating hand-eye coordination and gross motor development, this bowling set serves as an entertaining solo play outlet and a fun game for groups of children. Get ready for solid strikes when this engaging game gets on a roll!

Before they age up into team soccer play, the Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer set is an excellent primer for kids who want to work on their aim unobstructed. Ideal for building strength, developing large muscle coordination, and teaching basic aim this goal-oriented set offers constant reward. Lightweight, portable and adjustable for height, this goal is a quick set up for kids ready to start kicking the ball around. The inflatable ball comes with a pump so not a minute of soccer training will be lost. For the youngest kickers, the Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer is the first choice to help them reach their World Cup goal, every time.

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Teaching Kids to Be Kind Online No parent plans to raise an unkind, much less a cruel, child. In fact, most of us put considerable effort into polishing our children’s manners and teaching them to respect other people. Unfortunately, many of those lessons are being undercut online. Our culture, as a whole, is going through a rude and disrespectful era, a problem that seems to be amplified in and by online communication. Recent research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that one in four adults have experienced online harassment and 66% have witnessed it. The numbers are even higher for young people. The Pew Study also pointed out that there’s widespread disagreement about what kinds of speech are unacceptable and what kinds of responses are appropriate. Some argue that in a free society, people have to be able to say whatever is on their minds, no matter how vile, and other people should just “shake it off.” Plenty of others feel that the culture itself is being degraded when citizens mock, deride and attack each other. They favor more involvement by service providers and even law enforcement. Many people oscillate, defending strong language when it’s used in defense of ideas that matter to them and criticizing it when it’s used by opponents. Civility in the culture isn’t likely to be restored unless individuals commit themselves to respectful communication regardless of the venue. Parents can play a part by helping kids think through what they experience and do online. Sometimes that that may mean encouraging kids to protect Auburn Opelika Parents I February 2018

themselves by disengaging from conversations and even communities in which abusive language is the norm. Other times parents may want to support children who want to take a stand on behalf of peers who are being mistreated. (Iwitnessbullying.org and kindness.org provide specific ideas and kid-friendly materials that can be deployed in the battle against online harassment in all its many forms.) Before they can engage in that kind of advocacy, kids need to be grounded in the fundamentals. These principles may seem a little old-fashioned, but they aren’t obsolete. They survive because they are the basis for healthy, respectful relationships at home, in school and eventually in the workplace and the larger community. No slurs of any kind---ever. Make it clear through your rules and your own habits that you have zero tolerance for words that denigrate people because of their race, sex, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. The pain of others isn’t funny. Steer kids away from television shows, movies and online videos that ask them to override their natural feelings of compassion and laugh at someone else’s misfortune. Don’t spread rumors. Teach kids not to repeat—or forward--unkind things they hear about other people. This is rule is especially important if, for some reason, they don’t especially like the other person. Appreciate privacy. Help your child understand that a message or photo sent by a friend should be treated as confidential. Online communication should not be forwarded or posted without permission from the person who sent it. 34

No tantrums. Offline, if your child doesn’t like something another person does or says, they can express their opinion but they aren’t allowed to scream and curse. A dispute online is no different. No ranting. No offensive language. No personal attacks. Be careful about humor. Offline, sarcastic comments are often accompanied by a smile or a laugh so the other person knows you’re not serious. Online, it’s much harder to differentiate between a comment that’s meant to be funny and one that should be taken seriously. Emoticons and other visual cues may help but they, too, can be misinterpreted. Think twice about insults. Everyone seems to use them as a way of being clever. Some parents even tease their kids with putdowns. The question we all have to consider is why it’s amusing to undermine another person’s self-esteem. Online, especially, it may be time to revive the old-fashioned rule: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Perhaps the most helpful thing parents can do is help children visualize the person on the other end of online communication. Imagine saying the same thing face to face. What feelings would the other person have? What expressions would be on his or her face? Now, ask your child to turn the conversation around. What if another person said to you what you were thinking about writing in a text or posting on Snapchat? How would you feel? What would you want to do? These questions are, of course, a new way of getting kids to think about the very ancient and universal moral rule—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This simple principle survives because it helps people recognize cruelty and practice kindness--two capabilities that are crucial in every human interaction regardless of where it occurs online or in the three dimensional world. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Some families find that with the cost of child care or reducing to a single income makes the adjustment even more difficult than expected.

Here are some tips to cut down on spending.

Baby gear

Car seat, stroller, high chair, bouncer, swing and more. There sure is a lot of gear for someone so small and it seems each item costs $100, often more. It’s wise to buy a new car seat that meets current safety standards but all the other items can be purchased gently used and later sold again when your family no longer needs them. Be sure to check for any recall information on used gear.

Diapers

To save on diapers, consider switching to cloth. Modern cloth diapers are easy to use and come in cute designs. The initial cost is typically $10-20 per diaper, but they can be reused for years. If cloth diapers aren’t for your family, there are still ways to save money on disposable diapers. Check manufacturer websites for high dollar coupons and combine with store sales. Auburn Opelika Parents I February 2018

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Child care

To save money on childcare, you have to get creative. Ideas include having a family or friend watch the baby at a lower rate, trading babysitting with another family, or alternating shifts with your partner to reduce time in child care. Some companies offer flexible spending plans to pay for child care with pre-tax money.

Trimming Other Areas Wardrobe

The key to saving money on adult clothing is to shop for versatile pieces that can be worn many different ways. A solid color top can be worn with jeans, slacks, or a skirt and paired with a scarf, necklace, jacket or worn alone for a variety of looks. Once you have your key pieces, only buy clothing when you really need them.

Food

There are several ways to cut costs in this area. Purchasing groceries with coupons, on sale, or generic brands can save money. Also, consider making items from scratch and eating out less to help trim your food budget. A quick Google search will provide you with several $5 meals ideas.

Entertainment

Just because a new baby is in the house doesn’t mean that you have to stop enjoying entertainment, but you might need to approach a night out in a new way. You do not have to go without movies, concerts, or area attractions but you should check deal sites to see if there are any options available to you. This will require planning ahead to make sure it fits into the budget and that you have childcare covered, if necessary. Also consider if items like cable or streaming subscriptions are necessary. Choose to pay for the entertainment you use and enjoy.

Reduce

Our homes are filled with items we rarely use. Consider selling these items to put extra cash in your hand that can be used for all those new baby expenses. Have a garage sale, utilize consignment sales, or sell items in online marketplaces.

Trim expenses

Look at the family budget and evaluate where you can easily trim expenses. Do you belong to a gym, have club memberships, subscriptions, or other monthly bills that you do not use enough to justify the expense? Discuss with your partner whether some of these items can be cut to free up the money for other expenses. Bringing home a new baby is an adjustment in many ways and financial priorities may have shifted in your family. In time, you will adjust to your new lifestyle and budget and you will feel comfortable with budgeting after baby. AOP Sarah Lyons is a stay at home mom of six children, including two year old triplets. She has learned to cut costs and save money in a variety of ways over the years as they added to their family.

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125 South 8th Street, Opelika Upscale children’s consignment boutique in downtown Opelika. Fringe Fringe Kids clothes are AWESOME! We carry amazing brands for infants and kids, sizes NB to 16.  Come shop our seasonal collections of new and gently used items, and find everything you need from back-to-school styles to holiday outfits at prices fit for play.  We have hundreds of new items arriving daily, so come see what you can find today! 334-705-6727 www.fringeofopelika.com

Fun & Fancy

724 North Dean Road, Auburn We can help you with gift, clothing & shoe needs from expectant mother to baby to child and beyond. 334-745-2237 www.funandfancyopelika.com

Kids Clothes Connection

808 Columbus Pkwy, Opelika Twice a year consignment sale (Spring and Fall) for the Auburn/Opelika area. Offering gently used clothing, shoes, baby gear, baby furniture, toys, books, household items, and more. 334-521-0606 www.kidsclothesconnection.com

Kidz World

1220 Fox Run Avenue, Opelika Huge selection of name brand children’s clothing and accessories, featuring Little Me, Bailey Boys, Rosalina, Duck Head and more. 334-705-8098 www.usatowncenter.com

One Eighty Wellness Spa

1100 South College Street and 824 Avenue A, Auburn/Opelika Prenatal Services include prenatal facials, massages and skincare products. We are proud to be the first in the area to carry Pretty Mommies™ Skincare Products, which are safe for both pregnant and nursing women and we use them during our Prenatal Facial Treatments and Massages. We are committed to promoting wellness during pregnancy through massage therapy. Our massage therapists are licensed with the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy and have received special Certifications in Prenatal Massage. 334-887-1180 www.oneeightywellnessspa.com

The Breastfeeding Boutique

East Alabama Medical Center, 2000 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika Offering the convenience of being able to purchase breastfeeding items such as pumps and replacement parts/accessories, bra pads, storage bags, and more. 334-749-3411 www.eamc.org Auburn Opelika Parents I February 2018

The Mother’s Nook

East Alabama Medical Center, 2000 Pepperell Pkwy,3rd Floor, Opelika Breast pumps and supplies, nursing pillows, gowns for mom, bras and nursing camisoles, infant and preemie clothes, gift registry and so much more! It also features a special private room for nursing moms. 334-528-3600 www.eamc.org

Infant and Toddler Playgroups Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 15 & 25

425 Perry Street, Auburn Mommy and Me Music Class- Ages 6 months-4 years. Be ready to sing, dance, play instruments, move around and have fun! This interactive class for babies and young children with their caregivers uses the research-based “The Music Class” curriculum. We use a large variety of musical rhymes and styles to create a fun experience while unleashing the musical potential of young children. Fee includes book and CD. Sea Babies (6 months – 3 years): This course is designed for parents interested in acquainting their young children to the water in a fun and controlled environment. Participants will be oriented to the water through games, songs and introductory skills. Parents are directly responsible for their child’s instruction while under the guidance and supervision of a swim instructor. One class will be dedicated to informing parents of the efficient ways to help the kids continue to progress. No prerequisite required. To advance to the next level, the child must be: age 4 or older AND able to participate without parent involvement. Mommy & Me Playtime- Join us for some play time and socialization! This is an opportunity for your child to socialize with other children while you socialize with other parents. There will be a craft or activity each week, along with various play stations. Light refreshments will be served. Guardian must remain with the child. FREE to the public. Mommy & Me Fitness- Interact with your child as you exercise together! These classes are lowimpact in nature, but you will still break a sweat! Involving both cardio and conditioning exercises, this condensed True40 class incorporates a lot of fun & will keep your child engaged. All classes are taught by a certified True40 instructor. $5 drop-in fee per class. 334-501-2930 www.auburnalabama.org/parks

Auburn Public Library

749 East Thatch Avenue, Auburn Baby Time- Meets each Tuesday, 9:30am, 10:30am and 1:00pm, for ages birth-24 months and their caregivers.

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Toddler Time- Meets each Wednesday, 9:30am, 10:30am and 1:00pm, for ages 18 months-36 months and their caregivers. 334-501-3190 www.auburnalabama.org/library

HealthPlus Fitness Center

1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn Infant Swimming Resource™ - a nationally recognized survival swimming program which teaches infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 6 years using the ISR Self-Rescue™ method. ISR also provides parents with drowning prevention resources. Water Babies - Baby’s first swim lesson. American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children class; eight 30-minute sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration, and more. Children must be at least 6 months old to participate. 334-887-5666 www.healthplusfitness.com

Kindermusik

Auburn United Methodist Church, 137 South Gay Street, Auburn Kindermusik is the world’s leading music and movement program for children from birth to 7 years old. Offering all types of music, storytelling, movement, sign language and more. Ages newborn -7 years. 334-826-8800 www.aumc.net

Lewis Cooper Memorial Library

200 South 6th Street, Opelika Storytime- Mondays 10:00am. Join us for an interactive and engaging preschool program that is sure to delight and entertain. They won’t even know they are learning! 334-705-5380 www.cooperlibrary.com

MOPS

800 2nd Avenue, Opelika A faith-based organization geared towards mothers of preschoolers! It was created and continues to be encouraged to help mothers come together to allow them fellowship time with one another and time for their children to have fellowship, meet new friends, socialize and give mom a break. www.mops.org/groups/auburnopelika-mops

My Gym Auburn

300 North Dean Road, Suite 5, Auburn This program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We offer structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Our state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind. 334-246-0987 www.mygym/auburn.com

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1001 Andrews Road, Opelika Parent & Me Swim- Designed for parents interested in acquainting their young children to the water in a fun and safe environment. Teaches infants, toddlers, and preschoolers’ water adjustment, blowing bubbles, underwater exploration and many other skills. Ages 6 months-3 years. Parent and Me Tumbling- Parents must participate in helping child. Max of 5 per class. Ages 2-3 years; $45/8 weeks 334-705-5560 www.opelikasportsplex.com

Premier Spirit Academy

923 B Stage Road, Auburn Mighty Movers- Preschool classes are designed to provide an enjoyable way for children 3 and 4 years old, to develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. The program also emphasizes development of the child’s overall muscle tone, balance, flexibility and perceptual skills as well as listening, self-discipline and social interaction. The pre-school students exercise on balance beam, tumble-track and floor. Skills are incorporated into obstacle courses so the children can have as much movement as possible. Skills that are taught are forward-roll, back-roll, handstands and chartwheels. 334-821-7300 www.premierspiritacademy.com

Parenting Programs & Support Potty Train with Pinky Bear ad on page 37

Take the stress out of potty training with Pinky Bear! Bring fun and excitement into your child’s potty training experience. When your toddler is ready, Pinky Bear is here to help make the experience FUN by rewarding your child with hugs, praise, and prizes as you embark on this journey together. Find us on Facebook and visit our website for ordering information. www.pottytrainingwithpinkybear.com

Alabama Department of Public Health

201 Monroe Street, Montgomery All Kids Children’s Health Insurance Program- A lowcost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for children under age 19. Benefits include regular check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, mental health and substance abuse services, and much more. Women, Infants and Children (WIC)- supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who had a baby within the last six months, infants, and children under the age of five. One must meet income requirements and have a nutritional risk that proper nutrition could help to improve. Plan First Family Planning for Women- Alabama’s Plan First Program is a family planning program for women ages 19 to 55. Family planning can help you and your family have a better life. 1-888-737-5437 www.adph.org

Baptist Medical Center East

400 Taylor Road, Montgomery Small Wonders- Having a baby is an exciting time for parents and families. However, it can also be a time filled with many questions about labor and delivery, parenting and safety. To help prepare expecting parents, new parents and their families, Baptist Health provides a comprehensive parent/family education program. Childbirth Preparation Class-This comprehensive four-week series covers all aspects of the labor and delivery experience, admission process, medication and anesthesia options including epidurals, Cesarean sections, coping and comfort measures including breathing and relaxation techniques. Postpartum care and newborn characteristics are included. A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class. All of

our classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education. Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp- A fast paced one day class that includes the same information offered in our weekly series. Maternity Area Tour is also included as a part of this class. Prenatal Breastfeeding Class-This class provides expectant mothers with information about breastfeeding including various factors influencing lactation and advantages of breastfeeding. Infant Safety/CPR Class -Teaches parents and grandparents the American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR for infants and children including care of the choking infant, infant rescue and breathing with hands on practice using ACTAR CPR dolls for class participants. Caring For Your Newborn- Helps new families become familiar with the basics of caring for your infant in the first six weeks after birth. This interactive class covers routine hospital newborn procedures along with bathing, diapering, swaddling and soothing, normal infant behavior, appearance and sleep patterns. Partners are encouraged to attend. 334-273-4444 www.baptistdelivers.com

Birth Village

425 Perry Street, Auburn A revolutionary, comprehensive childbirth preparation course combining principles from Lamaze, Childbirth International, and Birthing From Within 334-521-2082 www.birthvillageclass.com

East Alabama Medical Center

2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika Prepared Childbirth Class- 6 week program that helps parents-to-be prepare for the birth of their baby, both physically and emotionally. Discussions in pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum, initial newborn care, and breastfeeding. Registration for this class should take place during the 6th month of pregnancy. Breastfeeding Preparation- FREE class for new mothers or pregnant women and their partners. The class includes information about breastfeeding, including techniques, storing milk, weaning, and helpful hints for working mothers. Breastfeeding Support Group- group provides a comfortable place for breastfeeding mothers to share ideas as well as seek emotional support. Infant weight scale available. Small Wonders Program- designed to ensure that every Medicaid-eligible pregnant woman has access to medical care, with the goal of lowering Alabama’s infant mortality rate and improving maternal and infant health. Baby Walk- Come spend an hour with us and learn about what you can expect when delivering in a baby-friendly environment. We will discuss

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The Parenting Assist Line (PALS)

A collaborative service of the University of Alabama Child Development Resources and the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund. When callers call the toll-free number, a parenting resource specialist will answer the phone, listen to you, then offer helpful information and support .Parenting is tough! Call for FREE confidential help. 1-800-962-3030 www.pal.ua.edu

Women’s Hope Medical Clinic

820 Stage Road, Auburn All classes are free, plus you can earn free baby items! Earn While You Learn- offers individualized video lessons for expecting parents as well as families with children of all ages. Topics include baby’s development during pregnancy, SIDS, single parenting, discipline and emergency first aid. 334-502-7000 www.womenshope.org

Pediatric Care Auburn Pediatric Dentistry ad on page 32

841 North Dean Road, Auburn We do preventative services including sealants and mouthguards. Restorative work including space maintainers. 334-826-6651 www.auburnpediatricdentistry.com

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742 North Dean Road, Auburn Dentistry for children and teenagers. 334-321-0780 www.gatergrins.com

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Women and Children First Chiropractic and Wellness Center

2200 Gateway Drive, Suite A, Opelika Chiropractic care can reduce pain and discomfort related to pregnancy without harmful medication. We can provide you with home exercises to strengthen and stretch muscles to help ease pain. We offer after-hours emergency care for our patients; and, if you are having a home birth, we can provide care during the birthing process in the comfort of your home. After your baby is born, we can help if your child is having problems with breastfeeding, colic, torticollis, sleep, or digestive issues. Chiropractic care has been proven to help people struggling to conceive a child. So, whether you are trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or you have already given birth, we can help you and your child. 334-759-7414 www.wcfirstchiro.com

Liles Pediatric Dentistry

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2320 Moores Mill Road, Suite 250, Auburn Offering dental services for children and adolescents. 334-887-0099 www.lilessmiles.com

Picture Perfect by Candy

Pediatric Associates of Auburn

Auburn Professional photographer specializing in contemporary professional portraiture for all your life’s milestones! Make your photo sessions and memories Picture Perfect! 334-663-6643 www.pictureperfectbycandy.com

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2901 Corporate Park Drive, Opelika Come see us in our New Location! After hours on call emergency service: 334-821-4766 or 334-737-2364. Services offered- prenatal consults, newborn care, routine physicals, immunizations, acute care, laceration treatment, hospital care, in house laboratory and more. 334-203-1766 www.auburnpediatricassociates.com

Auburn Pediatric and Adult Medicine

2353 Bent Creek Road, #110, Auburn Services offered- sick visits, newborn care, well child visits, immunizations, sports physicals and more. 334-887-8707 www.auburndoc.com

Pediatric Clinic

2401 Village Professional Drive and 260 East Glenn Avenue, Opelika/Auburn After hour clinics available. Provide primary care health services for infants, children and adolescents. 334-749-8121 www.thepedsclinic.com

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Prenatal Physicians Auburn University Medical Clinic & Women’s Health

400 Lem Morrison Drive, Auburn Professional services include routine gynecologic care, counseling and prescribing of birth control methods, morning after contraception, referral for pregnancy alternatives and diagnosis and treatment of STDs. 334-844-5204 www.auburn.edu

Baptist Medical Center East

400 Taylor Road, Montgomery Our brand new maternity rooms, are as big as they are beautiful- with more space to accommodate family and friends. You’ll find high-end finishes and modern amenities including comfortable furnishings, soothing color schemes, a special area for the bassinet, flat

screen TV’s with ports to accommodate all your digital devices. And when you add the best team at the region’s #1 choice for maternity care, every new mother should feel even more comfortable. 334-273-4444 www.baptistdelivers.com

East Alabama Women’s Clinic

502 East Thomason Circle, Opelika If you are in need of an annual exam, are having a baby, or are experiencing menopause, our experienced doctors are ready to assist you. In addition to quality care, you’ll find information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions that affect women of all ages. 334-749-0390 www.eawomensclinic.om

Gynecology & Wellness Center

2290 Moores Mill Road, 200 , Auburn Specializing in women s health. Gynecology and Obstetrics. Prenatal and Postnatal appointments. We take most private health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, as well as private pay. 334-502-9888 www.facebook.com/gynecologyandwellness

Lee Obstetrics & Gynecology

121 North 20th Street and 986 Drew Lane, Opelika/ Auburn Obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, ultrasound, bone density, and childbirth classes. 334-737-0000 www.leeobgyn.com

Premier OB/GYN

2505 Village Professional Drive, Opelika Our mission is to provide exceptional, compassionate, comprehensive, cost effective quality of care to women of all ages. 334-705-2900 www.thepremierobgyn.com

Women’s Hope Medical Clinic

820 Stage Road, Auburn Walk-ins are welcome. 24 Hour Hotline- 800-395HELP. All services are free and confidential includingPregnancy testing, STI testing & referral for men and women, limited ultrasound and prenatal care, education on all pregnancy options, education on sexual integrity & building healthy relationships, parenting education to earn FREE baby supplies, adoption education and referral, abortion recovery and support, emotional support, resource and referral network for medical care, housing, and other social services. 334-502-7000 www.womenshope.org AOP

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by Hallie Durand, Illustrated by David Small (Penguin Books for Young Readers) After a week of reading about runaway gingerbread men in class, Marshall was still not buying it. Taking a stand against the notion that a cookie can run, he pronounces his disbelief to the teacher and students alike. With a knowing smile, Marshall’s teacher lets him take the lead as the class bakes their own gingerbread men cookies. Through the slow-as-molasses dough prep to the long wait by the cooking oven, Marshall remains convinced that there is nothing fast about these cookies. But when an empty oven and a series of tantalizing notes sends the class in hot pursuit of missing cookies, young Marshall may have to revise his opinion of runaway gingerbread men. Delicious reading for cookie lovers, this imaginative title is worth chasing down.

Shh! We Have a Plan

by Chris Haughton (Candlewick Press) Dressed for stealth as they walk through the woods, a foursome of friends spy a colorful bird in the branches. Rather than chasing it forth, three of the group craft a plan of pursuit that may net their prize. Shushing the smallest fourth member of the team who randomly chirps “Hello, Birdie”, the group exhausts various strategies as they creep and climb after their target. After repeat attempts, the team is no closer to their target. But when the littlest one produces crumbs, the elusive bird is drawn in, along with dozens of his feathered friends. As hunters become the hunted, the pursuers may need to find another plan, or easier prey in this digitally-rendered winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Book award.

Naked!

by Micheal Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster) Fresh from the bath, unencumbered by clothes and free from inhibition, one child’s bedtime prep becomes a race around the house as he eludes his parents by bare inches. Running around at top speed, the child streaks from room to room decrying the need for shirts, pants, shoes and capes. Wait, capes? Capes are cool and back on the menu. As his fire burns lower and he begins to feel the chill, his mom is slowly able to coax him into pajamas (with cape) and nudge him toward his bed. Illustrated with the best of strategic perspective, posing and product placement, Naked is brilliant bedtime reading for every child who has attempted a clean getaway.

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Music and Brain Development By Jan Pierce

The sweet interaction between a mother and her baby when the mother sings to the infant is a universal behavior. And researchers now know that this simple, most natural activity is mutually beneficial to both mother and child. Singing provides the sensory stimulation that helps baby to focus attention enabling learning, and the mother feels empowered as she creates a positive bond with her baby. Auburn Opelika Parents I February 2018

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Studies are showing that a broad array of musical experiences can build connections in the brains of young children aged 0-6 and these connections are vitally important for later learning of all kinds. Incorporating music into the fabric of your daily family life can bring social and educational benefits to your children in surprising ways. • Soft music can calm and soothe children from fussy babies to high-strung older children, serving as a stress-reducer. • Music can help children focus attention, a necessary skill in any learning process. • Hearing music and responding to it accelerates brain development, especially in language acquisition, reading and math skills. • Music provides healthy ways to interact with others, both adults and peers. • Moving to music builds motor skills and allows healthy self-expression. • Music interactions build memory skills. • Music provides a vehicle for the expression of many emotions, especially joy.

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Neuroscientists now believe that crucial brain development takes place in the early years between ages 0-6. These years offer a window of opportunity to build connections in the brain that will serve the child throughout a lifetime. New connections are made in the brain based on what the child sees, hears and touches. Music is a key way to introduce new learning experiences to your child in both fun and productive ways. We now know that children who engage in musical activities from birth to age six have a head start on social competence, cognitive skills and emotional well-being. Besides, music is fun! Here are some games and activities to bring more music into the culture of your family life: • Play music for babies and toddlers. Encourage them to sway, bounce, clap and otherwise respond to the rhythms. • Make up songs as you go about your daily routines. They might relate to bath or nap times, meal times or play times. “It’s time for your bath, bath, bath,” to the tune of a favorite song. • Sing familiar songs and insert silly words. “Mary had a little ____.”

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• Play music and provide household items or simple rhythm instruments for your children to play. • Learn songs to sing together as a family. These work wonders during commute times in the car. • Sing “movement” songs to build simple dance routines. “Wiggle, hop and turn around.” Let music of all kinds form a backdrop to your daily family life. Have some musical fun with your kids and build their brainpower. AOP Jan Pierce, M.Ed., is a freelance writer specializing in education, parenting and family life topics. She is the author of Homegrown Family Fun and Homegrown Readers. Find Jan at www.janpierce.net.

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FamilyCalendar Monday, January 22 Scale Back Alabama Jan. 22 - 28. (SBA) is a free, statewide weightloss contest designed to encourage Alabamians to have fun while getting healthy. Auburn Parks and Recreation is proud to host Scale Back Alabama (SBA) for the fifth year! Weigh-ins for the 2018 Scale Back Alabama program will be held Jan. 22-28. A complete schedule of weigh-in days and times will be available online at facebook.com/ scalebackleeco. www.auburnalabama.org/parks or call (334) 5012930.

Tuesday, January 23 Baby Time Auburn Public Library. Babies and their favorite adults enjoy 20 minutes of stories, songs, bounces, and tickles during Baby Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages birth - 24 months. 9:3010:00 a.m., 10:00-10:30 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/library. Scale Back Alabama See Jan. 22 for details.

Wednesday, January 24 Toddler Time Auburn Public Library. Toddlers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Toddler Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages 18 months-3 years. 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/ library. Scale Back Alabama See Jan. 22 for details. STEM Story Lab Auburn Public Library. Preschoolers—2nd grade children and their caregivers are invited to join us for a storytime on Saturday mornings that is all about STEM. 3::30-4:30pm. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format Please note: Some activities may involve messy fun! (334) 501-3296.

Thursday, January 25 “Freedom Train” RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. The thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. www.rivercenter.org. Gamers Society Auburn Public Library. It’s Game On at the Auburn Public Library The Programming Room will be open every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., for Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and video games Gamers must bring their own materials The Auburn Public Library will provide materials for video game play. Games must be rated E, E10, or T; no rated M games. Ages 10-18 years. www.auburnalabama.org/library

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Brick Builders Opelika Public Library, Opelika. 3:30 p.m. All ages. If you love creating with Lego bricks, then this is the place to be! Open to all ages, but geared towards school-aged children, your creativity will take the spotlight as you build whatever you can imagine. Lego bricks provided. library@opelika-al.gov. Book Talk by Author Emily Blejwas Pebble Hill, Auburn. 4 p.m. Join the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities and the Auburn Public Library for a book talk by Emily Blejwas, author of “Once You Know This”. The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. Code Club Opelika Public Library, Opelika. 4:30 p.m. Code Club at the Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library is going to teach your kids how to make website, apps, and games in a fun environment. Give them much needed exposure to STEM education and let them get ahead of the crowd. Bring your own laptop if you have one, but it is not required. Meets weekly. library@opelikaal.gov. Preschool Time Preschoolers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Preschool Time Stay afterwards to socialize and play! 3 – 5 years. 9:3010:00 a.m., 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/library. Scale Back Alabama Jan. 22 - 28. (SBA) is a free, statewide weightloss contest designed to encourage Alabamians to have fun while getting healthy. Auburn Parks and Recreation is proud to host Scale Back Alabama (SBA) for the fifth year! Weigh-ins for the 2018 Scale Back Alabama program will be held Jan. 22-28. A complete schedule of weigh-in days and times will be available online at facebook.com/ scalebackleeco. www. auburnalabama.org/parks or call (334) 501-2930.

Friday, January 26 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival Jan. 26 - 27. Troy. The festival begins at 6:30 on Friday night with supper and stories at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge and continues with three storytelling concerts on Saturday (10 a.m., and 2 and 6:30 p.m.) at the Trojan Center Theatre (Troy University) in Troy. Call 334-685-5524 to find out more. www.piddle.org. East Alabama Arts: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Opelika Center for the Performing Arts, Opelika. Tine Thing Helseth is a Norwegian trumpet soloist specializing in classical repertoire. For more info, visit their website www.eastalabamaarts.org. Scale Back Alabama See Jan. 25 for details. Story Time and Craft Opelika Public Library, Opelika. 10 a.m. Ages 0-5 years. Each week you will hear a new story with a related craft. This is a GREAT way for preschoolers to practice those fine motor skills so vital in school. Meets weekly. library@opelika-al.gov.

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Saturday, January 27 Eye Spy 20 Camera Scavenger Hunt Pine Mountain, Georgia. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 p.m. Saturday. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

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Shen Yun Jan. 27 - 28. BJCC, Birmingham. www.shenyunperformingarts.org. Callaway Gardens Marathon/ Half Marathon/5K Enjoy the marathon and half marathon entirely within Callaway Gardens on one of the most beautiful courses that you’ll ever run! 5K is around Robin Lake - flat and very fast! www.callawaygardens.com. Birmingham Feline Fanciers CFA Allbreed Cat Show Jan. 27 - 28. Birmingham. Annual CFA Allbreed and Household Pet Cat Show at the beautiful Zamora Shrine Temple, located at 3521 Ratliff Rd in Irondale, Alabama. 9-5 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday. $8 Adults, $5 Seniors (60 and up), $4 Children under 10. Look for coupons online, at our website and in newspapers. www.birminghamfelinefanciers.com. Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival See Jan. 26 for details. Young Eagles Day Columbus Airport, 3250 W. Britt David Road, Columbus, Ga. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). All kids ages 8-17 are invited to take a Free airplane ride over Columbus! Most flights last 20 minutes. The goal is to provide a fun and educational aviation experience. 706-324-2453. Saturday STEM Storytime Auburn Public Library. Preschoolers–2nd grade children and their caregivers are invited to join us for a storytime on Saturday mornings that is all about STEM. 10:00-11:00 a.m. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format Please note: Some activities may involve messy fun! (334) 501-3296 5th Annual Alabama Oyster Social Alfa Pavilion (Big Red Barn) in Auburn. www. alabamaoystersocial. com. Sip and Paint Pottery For adults 21 years and older, sit back, sip a BYOB beverage and enjoy painting a watercolor version of our lovely state of Alabama using underglazes on a bisque mug. Fee includes all supplies needed to create a ceramic mug, snacks and firing fees. Ceramic work will be available for pick up two weeks after the class. Participants must provide a valid ID to confirm age when the class meets. $35/participant.ccleckler@ auburnalabama.org.

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Public Library every Saturday for Legomania! Bring your friends, and build anything your imagination can invent! All ages.

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East Alabama Art: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. www.eastalabamaarts.org.

Shen Yun Jan. 27 - 28. BJCC, Birmingham. www.shenyunperformingarts.org. Birmingham Feline Fanciers CFA Allbreed Cat Show Jan. 27 - 28. Birmingham. Annual CFA Allbreed and Household Pet Cat Show at the beautiful Zamora Shrine Temple, located at 3521 Ratliff Rd in Irondale, Alabama. 9-5 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday. $8 Adults, $5 Seniors (60 and up), $4 Children under 10. Look for coupons online, at our website and in newspapers. www.birminghamfelinefanciers.com.

Tuesday, January 30 Baby Time Auburn Public Library. Babies and their favorite adults enjoy 20 minutes of stories, songs, bounces, and tickles during Baby Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages birth - 24 months. 9:3010:00 a.m., 10:00-10:30 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/library.

Preschool Time Preschoolers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Preschool Time Stay afterwards to socialize and play! 3 – 5 years. 9:3010:00 a.m., 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/library.

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Scale Back Alabama See Jan. 25 for details.

Toddler Time Auburn Public Library. Toddlers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Toddler Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages 18 months-3 years. 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/ library.

Story Time Opelika Public Library, Opelika. Join us for an interactive and engaging preschool program that is sure to delight and entertain. They won’t even know they are learning! Meets weekly. Ages 0-5 years. 10:00 a.m. library@opelika-al.gov.

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Thursday, February 1 Brick Builders See Jan. 25 for details. Code Club See Jan. 25 for details. The 29th Annual Daddy Daughter Date Night All dance nights will be held at the Clarion Inn & Suites on S. College Street. Daughters, dads, granddads, and uncles are invited to dance the night away and enjoy refreshments, door prizes, dance contests, keepsake photos, and an evening of memories. This year’s theme is “A Night with Pops”. Visit www.auburnalabama.org/parks. Classic Albums Live: Creedence Clearwater Revival Classic Albums Live brings back the 20 greatest hits ever performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. www.rivercenter.org. Gamers Society See Jan. 25 for details. Preschool Time See Jan. 25 for details.

Friday, February 2 Family Discovery Walk: Heart Healthy Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. Learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for handson learning, exploration, and exercise! Discovery Hikes are offered the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. For families with children ages 5 to 12. Free, donations are welcomed. Cancelled in the event of rain. www.auburn.edu/preserve. The Illusionists Present The Magic of Adam Trent RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. An immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music perfect for the entire family. www.rivercenter.org. Adult Nature Hike: Heart Healthy Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. Join our guides for a peaceful morning walk as you take in the many sights and sounds of the preserve. Nature Hikes offer excellent opportunities to socialize and learn, while enjoying fresh air and exercise in our beautiful outdoors. Hikes are for adults only and offered the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Canceled in the event of rain. Free, donations are welcomed. www.auburn.edu/preserve.

related craft. This is a GREAT way for preschoolers to practice those fine motor skills so vital in school. Meets weekly. library@opelika-al.gov. Runa in Concert AUUF, 450 Thach Ave. Auburn. 7:30 p.m. Admission at the door will be $15, but a limited number of advance tickets will be available for just $12 at Spicer’s Music, Blooming Colors, and online at www. sundillamusic.com. Employees of Auburn University and Auburn-Montgomery can pay just $12 at the door. Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available for all, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.

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Troy University’s Leadership Conference: Celebrating African American History Month This conference’s mission is to bring individuals together to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration to strengthen relationships and empower diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organization and community. www.trojan. troy.edu.

Brick Builders See Jan. 25 for details.

The 29th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night See Feb. 1 for details.

Design a Valentine Auburn Public Library. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Roses are red, violets are blue, let The Auburn Public Library help you, send a valentine to a loved one or two! We will provide the materials, you provide the creativity. This program is open to all ages! libraryevents@auburnalabama org. (334) 501-3296.

Saturday, February 3 Brookshire Memorial 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run Kiesel Park, Auburn. The Auburn Firefighters Association is putting on a 5k to honor Auburn Fallen Firefighter Capt. Roger L. Brookshire. Brookshire died Jan. 23, 1977, after responding to a medical call where a man had been electrocuted after a HAM radio antenna was stuck in a power line. www. firehero.org. Saturday STEM Storytime See Jan. 27 for details. Troy University’s Leadership Conference: Celebrating African American History Month See Feb. 2 for details. Crazy 8’s Math Club See Jan. 27 for details. The 29th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night See Feb. 1 for details. Legomania See Jan. 27 for details.

Monday, February 5 Story Time Opelika Public Library, Opelika. Join us for an interactive and engaging preschool program that is sure to delight and entertain. They won’t even know they are learning! Meets weekly. Ages 0-5 years. 10:00 a.m. library@opelika-al.gov.

Tuesday, February 6 Baby Time See Jan. 30 for details.

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AU Leadership Series: Danny Butler Everyone hears about the importance of planning. A big part of one’s success as a leader is found in one’s personal values. This session will be one of theory and application. www.auburn.edu/ outreach.

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Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend Downtown at Linn Park—Event features five running events including the full marathon, half marathon, 5K, Kids Marathon. Other weekend activities include a Health and Wellness Expo and a post race party. Birmingham. www.mercedesmarathon.com. Fee for participants only. World of Wheels World of Wheels is an indoor custom car show with 350 cars, trucks and bikes in competition for trophies and cash prizes. Dozens of categories include antique, custom and classic vehicles and hot rods, plus entertainment, TV celebrities and special attractions. This event offers the most exciting and unique collection of the nation’s most beautiful vehicles along with one-of-a-kind displays. Birmingham. www.worldofwheels.net. The 29th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night See Feb. 1 for details. Story Time and Craft See Feb. 2 for details.

Saturday, February 10 Mardi Gras Parade Downtown Auburn. 4:00 p.m. www. krewedetigris.com. Unforgettable Footsteps Mardi Gras 5K Opelika Municipal Park. AORTA club is open to anyone who wants to jog, run, or race regardless of age, sex, or running ability. AORTA holds weekly group runs, provides training programs from beginners to marathoners, conducts bi-monthly meetings with programs on running, fitness-

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World of Wheels See Feb. 9 for details.

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DIY @ JCSM: Image Transfers Jule Collin Smith Museum of Fine Art. Drop in and make art with our 901 Collective, a university student group, and then stay for our evening program during late night hours. These workshops are open to visitors of all ages. Learn different methods of transferring images onto surfaces. www.jcsm. auburn.edu.

East Alabama Arts: The Hot Sardines Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. For more info visit www.eastalabamaarts.org/ Story Time See Feb. 5 for details.

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Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 3 for details.

CSO: Baroque Suites and Sweets RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 6:30 p.m. Hear the best music of the two greatest Baroque composers, enjoy champagne and delicious desserts at intermission, and fulfill your Valentine’s Day obligations all in one evening. www.rivercenter. org.

Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend See Feb. 9 for details.

Family Discovery Walk: Heart Healthy See Feb. 2 for details.

World of Wheels See Feb. 9 for details.

Baby Time See Jan. 30 for details.

Legomania See Jan. 27 for details.

Wednesday, February 14

Alabama Wildlife Center’s Wild About Chocolate Birmingham. The 14th annual Valentine Gala benefits the Alabama Wildlife Center and features a variety of chocolate concoctions from Birmingham’s best restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Appetizers and beverages (including complimentary wine) are also served. Participants can enjoy a silent auction, live auction and music at the event, which is held at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. Dress is cocktail attire. www.awrc.org.

Valentine’s Day Heart Hike Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. Bring your special someone out for a unique interactive hike in the forest to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Walkers will share sweet memories and make some new ones. This self-led hike will be set-up by 10 a.m. preserve@auburn.edu.

Super Saturdays at LaGrange Art Museum 112 Lafayette Pkwy, LaGrange, Ga. 1:00-4:00 p.m. Free family art day! www.lagrangeartmuseum.org.

Valentine’s Day Dinner 2018 at Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens Birmingham. Seating at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $100/ Couple; includes admission into the house museum. Wine & hors d’oeuvres served before dinner. Reservations Required. Heart Behind the Music Linda Davis has 3 Grammy Awards for Country Music and Contemporary Christian. Teddy Gentry is co-founder of the band ALABAMA, the most awarded band in country music. www.troyartscouncil.com. Animal Enrichment Day More than 20 species will take part in the semiannual event, including the sloth bear, lemurs, cheetahs, and elephants. Presented in the form of special toys, unique scents, puzzles, boxed goodies or food treats, the enrichment items provide Zoo animals with both mental and physical exercise. www.montgomeryzoo.com. Crazy 8’s Math Club See Jan. 27 for details. The 29th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night See Feb. 1 for details.

Sunday, February 11 Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend See Feb. 9 for details.

Southern Fried Chicks-Cage Free Comedy Tour RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. Think Blue Collar Comedy Tour with better hair and bigger attitude! Join the Chicks for a night of free-range comedy starring Etta May, Sonya White, Mia Jackson and Style Network’s Trish Suhr. www.rivercenter.org. Toddler Time See Jan. 31 for details. STEM Story Lab See Jan. 24 for details. I Do With A View Once again, Vulcan Park and Museum is offering couples the chance to marry or renew their vows on the most romantic day of the year with Vulcan as their witness. Packages include an intimate 30-minute, outdoor ceremony performed by a licensed officiate, a keepsake bridal bouquet and boutonniere, professional photographs, and a champagne toast for the bride and groom. www.visitvulcan.com. Killer, Cash, and the King Take a walk down memory lane to the greatest era of rock ‘n’ roll music with three iconic legends: Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. You’ll be all shook up when these electrifying tribute artists bring legends to life for a one-night-only musical spectacular. www.asf.net

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Adult Nature Hike: Heart Healthy See Feb. 2 for details. Gamers Society See Jan. 25 for details. Preschool Time See Jan. 25 for details. Brick Builders See Jan. 25 for details. Code Club See Jan. 25 for details.

Friday, February 16 Mother/Son Blue Jean Ball Opelika. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Covington Recreation Center. $25 PER couple $5 for each additional son. Must pre-register by Feb. 12. www.opelikasportsplex.com. Dandy Dads Dinner Dance Opelika SportsPlex. A special night out for fathers and daughters. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Admission is $30 per couple, $10 for each additional daughter. Registration required by Feb. 11th. Includes meal, corsage, boutonniere, activities and entertainment. If any tickets are available after the registration deadline registration will reopen, but the fee will increase to $50. www.opelikasportsplex.com. The Mystical Arts of Tibet RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. In this world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India are traveling to promote world peace and healing through the sharing of Tibet’s authentic sacred performances and visual arts. There will be a mandala ceremony on Saturday, the 17th following market days. www. rivercenter.org. The Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe 3:30 p.m. Join the Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe for shows full of laughs, wonder, and puppets sure to delight every one of all ages! Each show will feature TWO performances for your entertainment All ages. libraryevents@auburnalabama org. (334) 501-3296. Story Time and Craft See Feb. 2 for details.

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FamilyCalendar Dandy Dads Dinner Dance See Feb. 16 for details. Girls, Glitz and Glamour Covington Rec Center, Opelika. All things girly! Nails, makeup, hair and lunch! $15 residents, $17 nonresidents. 10 a.m. PLipscomb@opelika-al.gov. Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 3 for details. Anniston Museum’s Black Heritage Festival Student Oration competition, live music and song, vendors, and food. Admission to the Black Heritage Festival is free. www.annistonmuseum.org. Crazy 8’s Math Club See Jan. 27 for details. Legomania See Jan. 27 for details.

Monday, February 19 Story Time See Feb. 5 for details.

Tuesday, February 20 Baby Time See Jan. 30 for details. Rosa Parks Auburn Public Library. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us at the library to celebrate Black History Month and learn about legendary Alabama Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks with fantastic African-American Storyteller Roz Thomas. All ages. (334) 501-3296.

Wednesday, February 21 Toddler Time See Jan. 31 for details. STEM Story Lab See Jan. 24 for details.

Thursday, February 22 Trout Fishing in America in Concert, Dana Louise Opens AUUF, 450 Thach Ave. Auburn. 7:30 p.m. Admission at the door will be $15, but a limited number of advance tickets will be available for just $12 at Spicer’s Music, Blooming Colors, and online at www. sundillamusic.com. Employees of Auburn University and Auburn-Montgomery can pay just $12 at the door. Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available for all, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer. Gamers Society See Jan. 25 for details. Preschool Time See Jan. 25 for details. Brick Builders See Jan. 25 for details. Code Club See Jan. 25 for details. Birmingham Revealed: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois The latest commissioned performance by Vulcan

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Park and Museum will highlight the lives of two early Civil Rights activists, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. This two-man play will compare the differences in philosophy between these two historical figures as well as how they came to respect each other. www.visitvulcan.com.

Friday, February 23 Story Time and Craft See Feb. 2 for details.

Saturday, February 24 Zumbathon 2018 Boykin Community Center, Auburn. 120 minutes of fun-filled dancing designed to get you in shape! 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. Children ages 8 and older are welcome with parent participation. activeauburn@ auburnalabama.org. Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K Auburn campus. AORTA club is open to anyone who wants to jog, run, or race regardless of age, sex, or running ability. AORTA holds weekly group runs, provides training programs from beginners to marathoners, conducts bi-monthly meetings with programs on running, fitness-related topics and organizes various racing events in and around the Auburn-Opelika area. www.auburnrunning.org. CSO: Super Hero & Villains RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. This rollicking Pops concert searches film scores and television sound tracks to present music that pits the most virtuous super heroes against the most vile, evil super villains. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and all the rest will do battle with their arch nemeses. www.rivercenter.org. Young Eagles Day See Feb. 27 for details.

Sunday, February 25 CSU Guitar Symposium Concert RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. The CSU Guitar Symposium is an annual event bringing together guitarists from around the world for education and artistic stimulation. This two-day festival consists of guest artist concerts, master classes, lectures, and an international competition with divisions for middle school through professional levels. www.rivercenter.org. Jewish Food Festival & Treasure Market In addition to purchasing delicious food or finding some very unique treasures, visitors have an opportunity to attend a short session to learn more about Jewish customs. This is event is free to attend and there is no charge for parking. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 334-262-3314

Monday, February 26 Sensory-Friendly Reading Hour Auburn Public Library. Join us for story time! This story hour is sensory-friendly, and kids are invited to move around as they wish throughout the session. Ages 6 and up.

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Tuesday, February 27 Monthly Market Visit the Harris Center from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to find the best produce, jams, jellies and bounty of Lee County! Vendors will be set up in the lobby and Activity Room during warmer months to prevent products from becoming overheated and the Market may move outdoors in cooler months for space. This event is FREE and open to the public. www. facebook.com/cityofauburnal Baby Time See Jan. 30 for details.

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Russell Forest Run www.russellforestrun.com. Fee for participants only. Russell Crossroads—Check website or call for details. Benefit for the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation. 7:45 a.m.

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Anni Con Celebrate spring Japanese style with manga and anime! Events include: over 50 vendors, martial arts demonstration, manga-style art contest/exhibit, Japanese calligraphy, cosplay contest, costume construction workshop, gaming, and special guest panels. Please visit the website for additional info. www.annicon.com. Crazy 8’s Math Club See Jan. 27 for details. Legomania See Jan. 27 for details.

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March 1-4: Disney On Ice Columbus Civic Center, Ga. www.columbusciviccenter.org. March 1-5: Bridge Crossing Jubilee This weekend is a commemoration of the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma to Montgomery March. Activities include a pageant, a dance, women and youth conferences, a parade, festival, interfaith service and National Voting Rights Hall of Fame induction. www.selmajubilee.com.

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FamilyCalendar March 3-6: “The Miracle Worker” Montgomery. “Interesting, absorbing and moving.” – The New York Post. This classic is based on the true story of Anne Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller, who grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama. www.asf.net. March 2: Frostbite Open Opelika SportsPlex. The Tumble Tree Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole course that crosses bodies of water, travels over inclines and hills and follows trails through the woods. The Tumble Tree Disc Golf Course is FREE for anyone to play, but players are encouraged to bring their own discs and plenty of water when playing the course. wjackson@opelika. net. March 2-4: Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show Many of the familiar exhibitors from Christmas Village Festival switch gears to create a spring shopping experience for their customers. Original art, handcrafted soaps and unique jewelry, created by artisans from across America, fill the BJCC for this annual event. www.christmasvillagefestival.com. March 3: Boda Getta BBQ University Station RV Resort, Auburn. Join us as professional BBQ teams from across the southeast descend upon University Station RV Resort in their decked out cooking rigs to compete for $12,500 in cash! Join us for a weekend of live music, food, vendors and good times. www.bodagettabbq.com. March 3: Auburn Army ROTC 5K Run/Walk Nichols Center Lawn, AU Campus. 9 a.m. This year the Auburn Army ROTC department will be hosting a 5K run/walk with all proceeds going to soldiers that have graduated from Auburn or are from the Auburn area that are currently deployed! March 3: Moscow Festival Ballet “Cinderella” RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. www.rivercenter.org. March 3: 4th Annual IDAAL Dyslexia Dash of East Alabama Moores Mill Road, Auburn. 8 a.m. The Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA-AL) will use the funds from the Dyslexia Dash to help support those with dyslexia and dyslexic characteristic by promoting activities that involve dyslexia awareness, dyslexia resources, and professional development. March 7: East Alabama Arts: National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. Concierto, produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio, is America’s first nationally distributed bilingual (Spanish-English) classical music program that calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers. www.eastalabamaarts.org.

March 8: DIY @ JCSM: Candle Making Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 5 p.m. LDrop in and make art with our 901 Collective, a university student group, and then stay for our evening program during late night hours. These workshops are open to visitors of all ages. www.jcsm.auburn. edu. March 10: Alabama Bass Trail Fishing Tournament Alexander City. Get Hooked with the first stop of the Alabama Bass Trail 2018 Tournament Series. For details, visit www.alabamabasstrail.org. March 10: Mardi Gras Parade and Gala Talladega. “Alabama’s largest Mardi Gras party north of Mobile” begins with a parade that morning and dinner, a great band, and silent and live auctions that night. www.talladegaritz.com. March 10-11: Zoo Weekend The two-day event features a festival-style environment with live entertainment, rides, games, inflatables, animal presentations, and tasty treats. The family friendly event also features a rock climbing wall and the Jo Don Petting Zoo where guests can touch and feed animals as well as ride ponies and camels. Representatives from the City of Montgomery Fire and Police departments will be on site with a fire truck, rescue boat, and smokehouse tower for guests to view up close. www. montgomeryzoo.com. March 13: Kids in the Kitchen Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Easy hands on spring treats! $10/resident, $11/non-resident. Ages 5-8, 3:30 p.m. PLipscomb@opelika-al.gov. March 16: Sip & Savor Robin Lake Beach, Callaway Gardens, Ga. 7 p.m. An interactive culinary and beverage event, featuring tastings under the Ski Pavilion and on the beach. Join in the fun with live music along with some well-known Southern celebrity guest and local chefs. $59 per Person. This event will also feature a Live Auction to benefit the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. www.callawaygardens.com. March 19-23: Spring Break Camp Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Structured fun games and activities during your break from school. $35/ resident, $39/non-resident. Ages 5-12. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. PLipscomb@opelika-al.gov. March 24: Eggs On the Plains Watson’s Backyard Living, Auburn. 10:30 a.m. Sample delicious foods cooked on the Big Green Egg. Eggs on the Plains will raise funds to benefit the Exceptional Foundation of East Alabama. Demo Eggs are available for pre-sale at a deeply discounted price and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Eggs will be sold prior to “Eggs on the Plains” at a substantial discount. For more information about competing or sponsoring, please contact Watson Brothers Hearth and Patio, www.eggsontheplains.com. March 29: Flashlight Egg Hunt Moore Stadium, Opelika. 7:30 p.m. Ages 3rd-5th grades. Hunt for eggs in the dark. Bring a flashlight and basket. Look for special prizes and golden egg. 334-705-5560. March 30: Underwater Egg Hunt Opelika SportsPlex Pool. 6 p.m. Ages 6-10. Free for members, $4 per guest. 334-705-5560. March 31: Easter On the Square Downtown Opelika. Ages 2nd grade and younger. 10 a.m. Easter Egg-tivities, 10:40 a.m. Easter Bonnet

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Contest, 10:45 a.m. The Ultimate Parade and 11 a.m. Super Spectacular Egg Hunt. 334-705-5560. March 31: 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Wells Fargo Kiesel Park, Auburn. 10:30 a.m. Save the date and plan to celebrate Spring with Wells Fargo, Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Easter Bunny at the 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at beautiful Kiesel Park. More than 35,000 eggs hidden over a fouracre area. Ages 12 and under. Rain date is April 1, 2:00 p.m. (334) 501-2930.

Ongoing Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America Jan. - May 26. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The three-volume set of the Viviparous Quadrupeds consists of 140 hand-colored lithographic prints produced by J.T. Bowen in Philadelphia between 1845 and 1849. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Big Apple Circus Jan. 26 - Feb. 26. Alpharetta, Ga. www.ticketmaster.com. Chick-fil-A Family Night at Tigertown Every Thursday night. Enjoy the Wonders of Spring March 2 - 25. Enjoy the wonders of spring at Jasmine Hill during the peak blooming season. Japanese Cherries and Azaleas create spectacular views in “Alabama’s Little Corner of Greece”. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. www.jasminehill.org. Expressions of a BraveHeart Program A fine arts program for teens and young adults with special needs (ages 11–21), sponsored by Opelika Parks and Recreation, utilizing Auburn University faculty and students, as well as community volunteers. Two 30-minute sessions of art, dance/creative movement and music will be offered and participants will select 2 of the 3 classes. Expressions meets every 2nd and 4th Monday twice a month for 1.5 hours. Opelika Sportsplex, 334.705.5560. www.opelikasportsplex.com. Festival of Tulips Feb. 19 - March 31. Bring your family and friends and stroll through over 100,000 tulips in every color of the rainbow. Pick the ones you want to purchase, and take home armfuls of beautiful blooms. www. americanvillage.org. Live Jazz at Ariccia Trattoria The Hotel at Auburn University. 8 p.m. Jan. 26-27, Feb. 2-3, Feb. 9-10, Feb. 16-17, Feb. 23-24. www.auhcc.com. Meditation Garden and Labyrinth Come and Find the Quiet Center... in the Meditation Garden and Labyrinth, provided as a community service by Village Christian Church, 700 East University Drive, (across from Auburn Early Ed.). 334-887-5111. Try the practice of walking meditation or simply sit and enjoy the sights and sounds. The garden and labyrinth are always open and guests are always welcome.

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FamilyCalendar Tiger Town Scavenger Hunt Feb. 4- 28. Tiger Town. The Tiger Town businesses will be holding a Rock Scavenger Hunt. Business will paint a rock with a message and hide it somewhere in Tiger Town for shoppers to find. If you find a rock, take it to the designated store for a prize! Happy hunting! Winter Show Feb. 2 - 25. Jasmine Hill Gardens, Wetumpka. Winter Flower Show, includes camellias and winter blooming azaleas. Enjoy statuary which is nestled into the flowers. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. www.jasminehill.org.

stage. Children will be spellbound as Gerda struggles to free her friend Kai from the clutches of an evil queen with a frozen heart. With the help of faith and loyalty, Gerda proves that love can triumph over evil. Recommended for ages 4 and up. www.asf.net. “West Side Story” March 2-4, 8-11, 15-17. Springer Opera House, Columbus. www.springeroperahouse.org.

Auburn Mommy and Me Big Dog Running Co, Auburn. 10–11 a.m. Social time, story time, music/movement, arts & crafts. Ages 9 months–3 years. Free! 334-209-2580. Auburn MOPS 1st Wednesday of each month, September-May. 9–11:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika. Meetings open to moms with preschool children ages 5 years and under. $5 per meeting;

Performances “Animal Fables” by Aesop March 1-3, 5, 8-10. Auburn Area Community Theatre Young Performers. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. $10/adults, $8/students and seniors. www.auburnact.org. Atlanta Ballet 2’s “Beauty & The Beast” Feb. 8 - 11. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta. www.ticketmaster.com.

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“Chicago” Feb. 15 - 24. Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn University. www.auburn.edu. “Chicago” Jan. 25 - Feb. 11. Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham. 7:30 p.m. www.virginiasamfordtheatre. org.

“Fly” Jan. 26 - Feb. 11. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery. www.asf.net “The Great Gatsby” Jan. 25 - 28, Feb. 1 - 4. Springer Opera House. www.springeroperahouse.org. “Jackie & Me” March 9-11, 16-18. Springer Opera House, Columbus. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball’s color barrier. www.springeroperahouse.org. “Much Ado About Nothing” Feb. 22 - 25. “Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, men were deceivers ever…” The delightfully antagonistic relationship of Beatrice and Benedick is at the heart of this Shakespearean comedy. www. asf.net. “Snow Queen” Jan. 6 - Feb. 3. Alabama Shakespeare Theatre, Montgomery. The fairy tale that inspired Disney’s “Frozen” and the White Witch character in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, comes to life on

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“Bear Country” March 9 - 25. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Meet the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant as he reminisces about the career that turned him into an icon and dispenses his particular brand of life coaching, which made him a champion to his players on and off the field. www.asf.net.

“The Color Purple” Feb. 2 - 18. Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham. www.redmountaintheatre.org.

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Support & Parenting Groups A2Z Local Homeschooler’s Association For homeschooling families in the Auburn/Opelika Lee County area of Alabama. A2Z Loop is an allinclusive support group open to all homeschool families in the Auburn/Opelika area regardless of differences in beliefs, cultures, nationality, race, religion, or method of home schooling. For more information call 334-728-1162 or email: momofpnk@ gmail.com. Alabama Mentor’s Foster Parent Training Classes Offered in the Opelika Auburn area. Call 334-7058877 x 18 to register or email: Deanna.Hand@thementornetwork.com. Auburn UMC Children’s Day Out Program Every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.–12 noon. $10 per child for the entire morning, $2 each additional child. Attendance will be on a first come-first served basis. Contact Barbara Dawsey at 826-8800 for more information. Auburn United Methodist Church. Auburn Mommies, a fun group of moms in the Auburn/Opelika area that meet weekly for playgroups and Mommy and Me walking twice a week. We also have a Mommies Night Out once a month. Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ auburnmommiesinalabama/.

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childcare $5 per child. $25 yearly membership dues. Weekly playdates, monthly moms night out, resources, and more. www.facebook.com/ AuburnOpelikaMOPS; AUMOPS@yahoo.com.

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Bible Study Fellowship Held at Parkway Baptist Church, Thursdays at 10 a.m., (334) 546-1386.

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Bosom Buddies (a breast cancer support group) Meets at The Health Resource Center the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (334) 528-1260. www.eamc.org.

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Caregiver Support Group Caring for a family member or friends can be rewarding, but it’s not easy. Whether you are the caregiver for your parents, spouse or a dependent child, this group is for you! Learn ways to cope with every day stresses of caring for someone you love. Gain tools and resources to help you on your journey. This program is supported by the Opelika Sportsplex, Lee-Russell Agency on Aging and HomeInstead Senior Care. This group is open to the public. Meets the last Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at Opelika Sportsplex AAC. Instructors are: Valeri White (Sportsplex), Bridgette Sager (Home Instead Senior Care), Lisa Askew (Lee-Russell Council of Gov).

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FamilyCalendar Food Allergy Support of East Alabama The Food Allergy Support of East Alabama group offers support through the sharing of information and resources. We are also working to increase awareness of food allergies in the state of Alabama. For more information, visit our website at www. foodallergysupporteastal.org or call Barbara at 334826-3082; bkg2007@bellsouth.net. GRACE - Post-Abortive Support Group Are you struggling with feelings of regret or sadness from having a pregnancy termination in your past? Do you feel like you can’t share these struggles with anyone? Would you like to find healing and forgiveness? You are not alone. Women’s Hope Medical Clinic wants to help you! You are invited to take part in our GRACE abortion recovery group. This confidential group gives you the opportunity to process the grief of your termination in a safe and non-judgmental setting. If you would like more information about the times, dates and location for this group, call or e-mail Sherry at Women’s Hope: 334.502.7000 or sherry@womenshope.org Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help. La Leche League, a support group for nursing moms, meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. @ Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, Airport Plaza, 323 Airport Road Suite E, Auburn. For more information call LLL of Auburn/Opelika, Leader, Josie Ettinger (h)334-257-3950 or (c)334-740-8780. Lee County Department of Human Resources Now recruiting foster/adoptive families. To learn more about fostering and adoption please call our office at 334-737-1100. Please join us in this endeavor to help our foster children. Lee County Parents of Chinese Children helps children understand, see and grow up with other families that look like their family (white parents/ Asian child). The group is 100% free! We try to eat out at Asian establishments monthly and have playdates. Families that are waiting to adopt are welcome! We accept any families with adopted children from all Asian countries. Contact Melody at mmhilyer@bellsouth.net for more information. Miracle League To volunteer or for more information, www. miraclefield.org or eamiracleleague@gmail.com. MOMS Club of Auburn, a group of stay-at-home moms that meets about twice a week to provide support for each other and fun interaction for kids. New website is www.auburnmoms.com. MOPS of Auburn We meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at Auburn United Methodist Church from 9:30 - 11:30. Childcare is provided, although we ask that you make reservations if possible. Meetings are open to mothers with children ages 5 and under. www.facebook.com/mopsofauburn mopsofauburn@gmail.com. Opelika-Auburn Newcomers Club A club for new women in town which offers fun social activities, meets for lunch on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Call Joan at 501-4974. Parent Educational Workshop - Autism Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy. 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 800 2nd Avenue, Opelika. Parent Support Group - Autism

Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy meets the 1st Monday (unless national holiday), 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the next evening (Tuesday) from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit www.leecountyautism.com for complete information. Email info@leecountyautism.com or call 334-740-0716. Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama offers 2nd Saturdays, group classes, and more. Contact Penny Messer at 334-444-6827. Email smoea@bellsouth. net. Website www.smoea.vpweb.com or find us on facebook. Teen Moms (for moms under 20) is a ministry that connects trained adults with pregnant girls and teenage moms. Support meetings, classes, job preparation, devotions and games. Call Laura Fuller at laura@insideyfc.com or 334-501-5637. www.insideyfc.com. Therapeutic Foster Care Program Foster a Child’s Future Today - Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent! Certification classes are free. Please call Joanna Fisher Champagne at Lee County Youth Development Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program. (334) 749-2996, Ext. 311 - You can make an eternal difference in a child’s life! Trinity UMC (Opelika) Mom’s Morning Out Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45–12. $15 per child, $5 each additional. Trinity United Methodist Church.

Sports Auburn Baseball Feb. 23, 24, 25. Mar. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18. Auburn Men’s Basketball Jan. 27. Feb. 3, 7, 14, 21. Mar. 3. Auburn Women’s Basketball Jan. 28. Feb. 8, 12, 15, 25. Auburn University Gymnastics Jan. 26. Feb. 2, 16, 23. Auburn University Swimming & Diving Feb. 2, 3, 4. Auburn Tennis Feb. 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 23, 25. Auburn Softball Feb. 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18. Mar. 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25. Auburn Equestrian Feb. 17, 24. Mar. 3, 10. Auburn Golf Mar. 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20.

Please send your calendar events to Kendra@ auburnopelikaparents.com! We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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The Commuter

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: A Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Paddington 2 PG for some action and mild rude humor. Paddington Bear returns to the big screen in this sequel, which is even more enjoyable than his charming first adventure. As this film opens, we see the lovable marmalade-eater (again voiced by Ben Whishaw) is now right at home in Britain with Mr. and Mrs. Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), and their children Judy and Johnathan (Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin). Still, the bear’s thoughts often turn to his Aunt Lucy back in his childhood home. With her 100th birthday just a few weeks away, Paddington wants to do something special for this motherly caregiver, who sacrificed her own dreams of travel while tending him as a young cub. And he finds the perfect gift in Mr. Gruber’s Antique Shop: A pop-up book featuring London’s famous landmarks. Unfortunately, the unique book is rather expensive. Not dissuaded, Paddington undertakes a series of odd jobs to earn the cash needed to buy the present. Yet before his coin jar is full, a scoundrel breaks into the store and steals the rarity. Paddington’s attempt to catch the thief instead have him mistaken as the criminal. Arrested in handcuffs, charged and tried in court, the defenseless bear ends up behind bars. The story may be a bit too emotional or frightening for the youngest of cubs, especially when they see the loneliness of a locked-up Paddington or watch his often-perilous plight. Yet older children will likely be fine and even adults are sure to be amused in the engaging scavenger hunt that unfolds. With messages of love and looking for the best in people, Paddington 2 is as sweet as marmalade.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: AProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated The Commuter PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. Liam Neeson’s character, Michael MacCauley, is a former cop turned insurance salesman. And he has just had a very bad day at the office. After a decade of successful service the 60-year-old is suddenly handed his walking papers. The bad news in compounded by the fact that he already lost his nest egg in the 2008 recession and is barely able to keep up with bills and paying his kid’s university tuition. After downing a few beers with Alex (Patrick Wilson), his buddy and former partner in law enforcement, Michael boards the homebound train, still not sure how to break the news to his wife (Elizabeth McGovern). But one thing is certain, when Liam Neeson hops on your usual ride home from work, the trip is bound to be anything but mundane. Ripping a page from the Alfred Hitchcock school of filmmaking textbook, The Commuter uses confinement within an always moving train to generate tension and suspense. And, if you can forget about a few cracks in the plot, the setup delivers a typical thriller product that involves an unstoppable vehicle, a ticking clock and a herd of innocent people who should have run screaming from the carriage the moment they saw Neeson’s face. This trip may offer a fun ride for older teens and adults thanks to virtually no sexual content and fewer profanities -- although a sexual expletive and crude finger gesture still make their way into the scant script. Action violence is the only other concern.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: B+ Sexual Content: BProfanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Forever My Girl PG for thematic elements including drinking, and for language. Usually when the small-town boy leaves, becomes famous, and returns home, he’s greeted with streamers, handshakes and kisses. Sadly, Liam Page (Alex Roe) didn’t understand the importance of first making a graceful departure from his tiny Georgia community. And nobody was more surprised with his sudden exit than Josie (Jessica Rothe), his grade school sweetheart who was about to walk down the aisle with him when she was informed her groom had gone AWOL. When Liam returns home for a friend’s funeral, Josie’s initial anger toward Liam fades fast and we discover she has a seven-year-old daughter named Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson) who has never met her dad. Thankfully, for Liam, his father is the town pastor. With this support, Liam begins to work through some momentous issues and embraces the opportunity to be a dad. Although Billy was the result of a pre-marital sexual relationship and we see Liam wake up with one of those aforementioned fans in his hotel room, there is no other sexual content in the film. And mild profanities, terms of deity and name-calling are also infrequent. Mid-January romances are rare in movie theaters and so are PG ratings. Although sentimental and predictable, this story may be just the ticket to please teens and adults looking for a little love to warm up their winter.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall AViolence BSexual Content B+ Profanity B+ Substance Use B+ The MPAA rated Goodbye Christopher Robin PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language. Like many children in the twentieth century, I grew up listening to the tales of Winnie the Pooh. The lovable Teddy Bear and his human companion Christopher Robin were a delight. I was well into adulthood before I learned that the stories and poems were based on author A.A. Milne’s own son. That made the writing even more charming. But it appears that was not the case for the real family. Despite the reference to of one of the world’s most popular children’s characters in its title, this film is aimed at adults, not kids. Although the script takes some artistic license, it does accurately depict many issues that fame and fortune brought upon the Milnes’. It presents a sobering picture for parents who might also become blinded by career ambitions and financial stability—especially when those seemingly worthy goals are gained at the expense of building loving family relationships. Beautifully shot, with powerful performances, this real-life cautionary tale is a reminder that it is not childish to cherish the important aspects of childhood. www.auburnopelikaparents.com


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Auburn Opelika Parents February 2018  

Welcome to the 2018 Baby/Toddler issue!

Auburn Opelika Parents February 2018  

Welcome to the 2018 Baby/Toddler issue!