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Publisher’s Note Kendra Sumner


Living With Children John Rosemond

What Dads Do Best

Be reminded of how fathers offer a perfect balance to moms in their parenting style.



Homeschooling Mistakes to Avoid

A veteran homeschooler helps you start out on the right foot.


Kids Health Watch

sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Auburn


A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith




Dave Says Dave Ramsey


Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs


2017 Summer Fun

Our listing leads you to fun activities throughout Lee County this summer!

Co-Parent Successfully Find out how to work as a team with your ex-spouse for the benefit of your kids.

On The Cover Campbell is the youngest son of Antavious and Patrice Lipscomb of Opelika. He is a vibrant three year old who enjoys singing, playing with his older brothers, Tyler and Braxton, and riding his bike. Campbell loves Mickey Mouse and Paw Patrol and his favorite animal is a horse. He looks forward to attending Covington Preschool in Opelika this fall.


Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston


Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith

Departments 5

Bits and Pieces 10

School Bits 46

Calendar 52

Movie Reviews

Publisher’sNote Mother’s Day is my favorite day of the year. Following as a close second is Father’s Day. After being showered with breakfast in bed, handmade gifts to cherish forever and lots of hugs and kisses, I find myself feeling as if I have had another great year of being their “Best Mom Ever”! Then, along comes Father’s Day, where the celebration begins with the kids running behind him, longing to help with the yard work, build a cool structure out of Legos (just like dad’s garage project) and toss the baseball with “The World’s Greatest Dad” for a few hours. His day swoops right in to remind me that I’m not parenting on my own and that both parents can play an important part in their children’s lives. Each year, I am taken aback by how different we parent and how our differing styles help to form unique relationships in our home. In that wonderful uniqueness comes a well rounded child, where learning and character building takes shape because of the different parenting styles. I tend to be more nurturing, disciplined, structured and literal. Their dad is quite the opposite, bringing the fun, explorative, empathic and risktaking moments. In this month’s feature article, What Dads Do Best, the author shows that each parent can parent in a way that balances the home. For example, many moms can be very cautious and try to think ahead to all the possible problems that might arise in any given situation. On the other hand, dads tend to give kids more freedom to explore and push aside the what-ifs. It is true in my own home. It is just my nature to think about the worst possible scenario no matter what we are doing. It can be a simple trip to the neighborhood pool and I’ve already pictured someone running, slipping and cracking their head open, and another child being in the sun too long and getting second degree burns. The next day, when dad takes them to the pool, he is letting the 10 year old drive the golf cart down neighborhood streets, encouraging a game of who can make the biggest splash and forgetting to apply sunscreen for the first hour. At the end of the day, they all survived, had fun, and their two pool days were experienced differently with various life skills learned. Their dad can lead them through a more active play allowing them to grow, while taking risks, that otherwise might have been stifled by me being a helicopter mom. We balance each other, allowing the kids to learn and try new things, yet be cautious and careful along the way. With Father’s Day right around the corner, this is a great time to show him how much his co-parenting is needed and valued. Get the children involved too. Dads do love handmade art projects and sweet cards too, but time spent with the kids is what they really want. For some great outing ideas, check out the June calendar where some fun Father’s Day events can be planned. A trip to the park or zoo with dad is a great way to spend time with him on his day. Or, put the tool belt on both dad and his helpers to work on a project at the Home Depot or Lowe’s Kid Project Saturdays. Want to spend a relaxing day by the water? Kids feel bonded to dad when they get to engage in an activity they know their dad loves, like boating or fishing. There’s nothing like sitting on the dock, fishing pole in hand, and sharing a memory that will last a lifetime with their dad! Happy Father’s Day to my childrens’ dad…the best dad I know…and to all the dads in Auburn and Opelika!


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Auburn Opelika Lee County’s Foremost Parenting Source

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 Editor DeAnne Watson Associate Editor Kelly Watson Contributing Writers Mark Gregston Carolyn Jabs Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D. Kerrie McLoughlin Dave Ramsey Laura Lyles Reagan, MS John Rosemond Gerry Paige Smith Katie Wolter, M.D. Cover Photography Candy Avera

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Visit us online at Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: 1204 Owens Road Auburn, Alabama, 36830. The phone number is (334) 209-0552 and fax is (334) 826-7303. Auburn-Opelika Parents is copyrighted 2016 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.


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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Summer Expectations For An 18-Year-Old Q:

What can we reasonably expect of our 18-year-old daughter when she comes home on weekends from her summer job? She usually heads straight to her boyfriend’s family’s home and rolls in around 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night. We’d love to have a family meal with her. Do we say, “Dinner is at 6 o’clock and it would mean a lot to us if you’d join us,” and let it go at that or should we insist that she have at least one evening meal with us? Finally, she comes through like a hurricane, runs around seeing all her friends and departs leaving her room a mess—dirty clothes on the floor, items that could pose a danger to our dog; and just basically inconsiderate all around. We’ve spoken to her but it’s gone in one ear and out the other.


In a perfect world your daughter would come home on Friday evening, have dinner and spend the evening with you, pick up

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with her boyfriend on Saturday after lunch, come home that evening before midnight, do her own laundry, and leave behind a tidy room when she tearfully departs on Sunday. In other words, in a perfect world your daughter would not be a somewhat typically self-absorbed young adult. She would be grateful, respectful, considerate, and have her priorities in proper order. In an even more perfect world, you would be able to gently persuade your daughter to your point of view and if that didn’t work, enforce your expectations upon her with some combination of consequences. She would then see the error of her ways, apologize, promise to be more sensitive, and never give you a moment’s problem ever again. But as you are well aware, the perfect world of the previous two paragraphs does not exist. Furthermore, a case could be made (therefore, I will make it) for selfabsorption being a normal reaction to the


combined excitement of freedom, some degree of financial independence, adult legal status, and young love. Based on her entrepreneurial bent, I predict that unlike more than one-third of her generation (millennials), your daughter will not come back home to live with you after college. That deserves a great big “Hoo-Hah!” if anything ever did. You have to decide what sort of relationship you want with your daughter from this point on. It can either be tense, bumpy, and conflict-ridden or relaxed, smooth, and peaceful. I will assume you’d prefer the latter, so here are two things to consider: First, the behavior you’re seeing from your daughter at this point in her life is temporary. She is justifiably intoxicated with the novelty of her new life situation. Given that she is obviously not a wild, irresponsible person, that will all settle down in due time. Second, whether the relationship from this point on is bad or good is pretty much up to you. You can make a big deal of her self-absorbed behavior or you can roll with it and let it run its course. I strongly recommend rolling with it. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at

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June 18 - Father's Day Limited

Make great memories with your Father and treat him to a day of fun this Father's Day on the Father's Day Limited! Take Dad on a relaxing one-hour train ride through the scenic forests of Shelby County aboard our restored historic train cars. Father's ride at ½ regular coach fare when accompanied by one or more of his children in coach class! Want to give Dad the ultimate railroading experience? Then purchase tickets to ride in the locomotive with the engineer or in the caboose with the brakeman! The Father's Day Limited will be an experience you'll remember with Dad for years to come! Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera.



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Tallassee Now! BBQ Festival

The annual “Tallassee NOW!”, June 9-10, is our chance to show off our town. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our past and show our plans for the future, but it’s mostly about the HERE and NOW. Tallassee is blessed with an abundance of the natural resources necessary for industry, recreation, and comfortable and fruitful daily living. Civic and religious organizations, arts councils, our schools, our medical facilities—all generously supported by city government, business, and industry—are working daily to improve the quality of life in Tallassee and the surrounding areas…not just for the future, but for right NOW. Delicious BBQ will be served up on Saturday, June 10, as part of the Tallassee NOW! celebration. To ensure you get what you want, you should pre-order, buying tickets at the following locations: Segrest Law office, Chamber of Commerce office, and the WACQ radio station. Pre-orders must be placed by June 7. Festival includes a 5K run, live music, petting zoo, car show, arts & crafts, book signings and more!

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Starting Line Party and Parade! 5 p.m. at Pebble Hill

Friday, June 9 6 - 10 p.m. Rain or Shine

Please join us for the SummerNight Downtown Art Walk!

Downtown Auburn Entertainment District Event For more info., visit or contact the SummerNight Headquarters at 334.501.2963. hosted by:


Family Float-n-Movie: “Atlantis, The Lost Empire”

Join the Aquatics Staff, June 8, for a movie under the stars…while relaxing and floating on a tube or lounging on the pool deck! Auburn City Pools will host our annual Float-N-Movie series in the 2017 pool season. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite inflatable from home, as none will be provided. Concessions will be available throughout the evening. 2017 Float-N-Movies will not be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Doors Open: 8:15 p.m. Movie Begins: 8:30 p.m. Doors Close: 8:45 p.m. (334) 5012957 •

The Market at Ag Heritage Park

The Market is an open-air, growers-only farmers market that operates each Thursday, May-August, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Ag Heritage Park on the Auburn University campus. Hosted by the College of Agriculture, The Market features area vendors offering fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants and cut flowers as well as locally produced jams and jellies, baked goods, soaps, honey, goat cheese and more. The market is held on the grounds of Ag Heritage Park’s Edward L. Red Barn and Farm Implement Museum, 580-B South Donahue Drive. www.

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10th Annual Touch-A-Truck

At the 10th Annual Touch-A-Truck, held in downtown Opelika, there will be trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes for children, under adult supervision, to touch and explore. Check out the Touch-ATruck Facebook page to see what vehicles will be present. There is no admission fee to the event. Touch-A-Truck is presented by City of Opelika, Keep Opelika Beautiful and Opelika Main Street. June 3, 9 a.m. – 12 noon in historic downtown Opelika.

Covington Movie Club @ Covington Recreation Center


Hot summer day with nothing to do? Come in and enjoy a movie, popcorn and drink! June 8: “Secret Life of Pets”, June 22: “Moana”, and July 6: “Finding Dory”. Movie begins at 3:30 p.m. $3 per movie for children ages 6-12 years. Covington Recreation Center, Opelika.

Make Music Day Event

Make Music Day is a one-day event where free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year – June 21. We invite ALL MUSICIANS to come play, listen and enjoy! June 21 is the perfect day to stop in to a local music store for some gear or to go out and play–whether it’s for the first time or the thousandth. Music has been shown to strengthen social connectivity, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, stimulate memory, and is integral to a wellrounded, enjoyable life. By participating in Make Music Day, Spicer’s Music and the Auburn-Opelika community encourage every form of music making. Event will be held in the Gay Street Municipal Parking Lot, Auburn, at 6:00 p.m. 6

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June 9: Annual SummerNight Downtown Art Walk in Auburn

The SummerNight Downtown Art Walk is an arts festival that transforms downtown Auburn into its very own arts district, featuring the work of local and regional artists, live musicians, street performers, great food and children's activities. Each year, the Auburn Arts Association, City of Auburn, Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) and Auburn Downtown Merchants Association host this event to highlight the many talented artists in our community in addition to promoting our unique downtown area. During this event, downtown merchants and restaurants remain open after regular business hours and people of all ages are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to shop, dine and relax while enjoying the arts in downtown Auburn. Artists have works on display and live musical entertainment is provided. Make sure to bring your children too as they have an opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, as well as enjoy other attractions that change each year! This year's SummerNight Downtown Art Walk will kick off with a starting line party and parade beginning at Pebble Hill! Individuals, local organizations and local groups are invited and can show off their creative side with costumes and participate in this exciting new addition to SummerNight! In addition to the arts festivities, SummerNight Downtown Art Walk also includes a culinary contest. SummerNight is free to the public and open to all ages. For more information, contact the JDCAC at (334) 501-2963.

Summer Swing 2017

Every Tuesday evening, beginning in May, the Opelika Parks and Recreation Dept. hosts a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Park in Opelika. This 13-week concert series offers a wide variety of musical entertainment including Gospel, Soul, Jazz, R&B, Oldies, Country, Big Band Swing, Folk and Community Band music. The Opelika Band Boosters prepare hamburgers and hotdogs for a nominal fee from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Charter Bank of Opelika provides complimentary lemonade during the concerts. The Rocky Brook Rocket, a vintage train with long, rich history has been restored and is back on the tracks for complimentary rides. Bring the whole family, a quilt or lawn chair and relax on the bank of Rocky Brook Creek for an evening of musical fun, fellowship and relaxation. 334-7055567. Schedule: May 23: East Alabama Community Band; May 30: Crossroads; June 6: Bill Brooks, ELVIS Lives Concert; June 13: Route 66; June 20: Martha's Trouble; June 27: Conner Lorre, Neil Diamond Tribute Artist; July 11: James Brown Trio; July 18: Muse; July 25: The Fedoras; Aug. 2: Back to School Bash. Municipal Park, Opelika. 6:15 p.m.

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Swimming Safety Swimming is a great way to get exercise. It keeps you cool in the hot months, has a low incidence of injury and is fun. I want to review some safety aspects of being around the water for kids and adults so everyone can enjoy swimming and continue a healthy lifestyle.


First, never swim alone. This goes without saying for younger children, but even teens and adults need a swim buddy. Supervision by a lifeguard is ideal. Also remember to supervise young children when they are not supposed to be in the water. All pools should be enclosed by a fence on four sides to prevent young children from getting in the water accidently. Second, open water swimming (swimming at the beach, lake or other natural body of water) is really fun, but it is smart to be careful of water currents, heavy surf and submerged objects in the water. Also, wear a lifejacket in the ocean or lake. Other flotation devices may suffice for the pool, but open water swimming requires a coast guard approved personal flotation device (life jacket). Third never swim or boat while drinking alcohol. Alcohol affects balance, coordination

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and judgment. These affects are heightened by exposure to the sun and heat. This unfortunately is a deadly combination for many adults and teens.

the water and to keep the water clean for all swimmers.

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Another health issue for pools and open water is water quality. By checking chlorine levels at home pools and checking pool inspection scores at public pools, you can know that the water is safe. The CDC‘s website lists these six steps to prevent water illness.

1) Don’t swim when you have diarrhea. 2) Don’t swallow pool water. 3) Practice good hygiene- shower with soap before swimming and wash hands after using the bathroom. 4) Parents should have kids take frequent bathroom breaks. Urinating in the pool will lower chlorine levels and therefore make it less effective. 5) Change diapers in a bathroom, not poolside. and wash hands after. 6) Wash children with soap before swimming. With these steps the goal is to avoid getting potentially infected fecal material into


Hot tub folliculitis is a rash resulting from exposure to bacteria in the water of hot tubs. Checking the chlorine level in spas and hot tubs is the best way to prevent this infection. Also, entrapment can occur when children use hot tubs unattended. They can be held underwater by the strong intake valve’s suction. Be aware of this danger and know where the emergency shut off is located. The CDC recommends that children under five years be excluded from hot tubs. Swimmer’s ear is another common problem connected to swimming. This is an ear canal infection that causes a painful and swollen ear. Swimmers ear or otitis externa needs to be treated with prescription ear drops. To prevent swimmer’s ear, make sure that swimmers clear water from their ears and use a few drops of alcohol in the ears after swimming.

Dr. Ellen Royal attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for her medical degree and graduated in 1994. She returned to Alabama the summer of 1998 to join the pediatric practice of Dr. Richard M. Freeman. Dr. Royal is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, Medical Association of the State of Alabama, American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Royal is married to Dr. Kevin Royal who practices Internal Medicine in Opelika and they have three children.

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Northside Hosts School-Wide Leadership Celebration

Auburn HS Girls Receive National Awards for IT Aspirations

Northside Intermediate School students displayed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and discussed leadership traits and their individual accomplishments during the school-wide Leadership Celebration.

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(L to R with Mr. Russel Johnson): Vani Mittal, Sydney Macdonald, Brice Hodges, and Jiwon Woo (not pictured) received National and State awards from the National Center for Women & IT Aspirations in Computing. AHS had the greatest number of award winners, and these young ladies attended an awards banquet in Tuscaloosa to accept the honor. Also, Mr. Russel Johnson was awarded the first ever Dr. Albert Lilly Award for Excellence and Commitment to K-12 Computer Science Education in Alabama!

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Auburn HS Student Competing in National Art Contest

AHS Senior, Campbell Anderson, recently won first place in the state for her drawing titled "Provide for the Common Defense" in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest put on by VFW Auxiliary. Her art will now be transported to St. Louis for the National Contest where scholarships are offered to the top 8 submissions. We wish Campbell the best of luck!

Wacoochee ES Holds School’s First Talent Show Wacoochee Elementary held its first ever talent show on April 28. Students entertained faculty and other students by singing, dancing, doing magic tricks, and one student even did bicycle tricks. We didn’t know that we had so many talented students!

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Springwood Wears Caps in Support of Teacher Fighting Cancer

Students, staff, and parents joined together to show support for one of Springwood School's high school English teachers, Susan Oswalt, who is currently in an ongoing treatment process fighting cancer. Across the Springwood campus on May 10th, students and staff at Springwood put their Caps on to support the fight for a cure for cancer, not only in support of Mrs. Oswalt, but also in support of all the cancer patients who lose their hair during treatments to fight this disease. Student leaders from the Student Government Association took up donations for the “Caps on 2 Cure Cancer� cause during first period classes. During the morning high school Sessions assembly program, students from K4-12 joined together to honor Mrs. Oswalt with a show of solidarity in all kinds of caps. After lunch a group of students gathered to present Mrs. Oswalt with a mock check on her behalf for the American Cancer Society totaling $1,066.00.

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Trinity Students Practice Being Doctors

Trinity Christian School 1st graders spent the day as doctors on April 21st. They practiced their surgery skills by creating contractions. As the "patients" healed in the recovery room, Nurse Battles ensured that everyone was getting the care they needed!

Lee-Scott Academy Teacher Named AISA 3A Elementary Teacher of the Year Lee-Scott Academy is pleased to announce that Mrs. Amory Reeves, first grade teacher, was selected as the AISA 3A Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Reeves has been teaching at LSA for 9 years. She was recognized during the AISA SGA Convention on May 1st at Faulkner University in Montgomery. Lee-Scott Academy is thankful and blessed that Mrs. Reeves has chosen to touch the lives of first graders and fellow educators at our school.

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Auburn HS Young Leaders

On April 25, five Auburn High Schools students graduated from the 2016-2017 Class of the Lee County Young Leaders program! Modeled after Leadership Lee County, as well as some youth leadership programs across the state, the Lee County Young Leaders program (LCYL) is a program of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. One of the goals of the Chamber is to help grow leaders in our community to meet future challenges that arise in our city, county and state. The program serves as a vehicle to help cultivate the potential in our young people to assume positions of responsibility in their communities at an early age. Twenty-five juniors in high schools, home schools and private schools in Lee County are chosen for the program through an application process. The 9-month program requires one full day out of school which is an excused absence. The student also receives a 1 hour Leadership credit to Southern Union. (L to R): Tiffany Pitts, Ashleigh Torrance, Cameryn Smith, Sydney Alexander, Ashley Kim, Marissa Tanaka and Dr. Karen DeLano.

Multicultural Day at Carver Primary School

Carver Primary School students celebrated Multicultural Day in April. Students, teachers, and parents dressed in clothing to represent their native countries or ones they studied such as Mexico, Guatemala, Laos, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia, China, and Nigeria. They also presented a fashion show for the students. The students watched a Mexican food cooking demonstration and tasted food donated by Laredo, Wright's Grocery, and La Poblanita. They also learned about the saxophone and how to play an Indonesian board game. Many thanks to all of the students, teachers, and parents for making the event such a success! Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017


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Rocket Reads Tutor Program at Dean Road Elementary

Dean Road Elementary celebrated the conclusion of the 2nd Annual Rocket Reads Tutor Program! Under the leadership of Dr. Ann Willett and the help of five parents, a version of this program actually started four years ago when the grade configuration at DRES changed from K-5 to K-2. At that time Dr. Willett made the connection with one of the parents, Dr. Jim McKelly, who happens to be a professor at Auburn University. Ever since then Dr. McKelly has recommended college students to Dr. Willett to be mentors for this program and DRES now has 46 weekly mentors/tutors from AU and AU's Federal Credit Union that spend 45 minutes a week one-on-one with a DRES student September through April. During these weekly meetings students have the opportunity to work on their social skills in addition to sharpening their skills in the classroom by practicing the alphabet, reading books, solving math problem and learning new words. Not all mentors/tutors are necessarily studying education; some are studying journalism, biomedical sciences, psychology, human behaviors, etc.

OHS Senior Signs Basketball Scholarship

OHS Senior Diamond Buchannon signed a basketball scholarship to play with Coastal Alabama Community College on May 5. Pictured front row (l-r): Ivy Webb--father, Buchannon, Abril Hodge--sister. Back row (l-r): Erik Speakman--OHS Athletic Director, Devin Booth--OHS Head Girls Basketball Coach, Mandy Armstrong--Head Women's Basketball Coach-Coastal Alabama Community College, Allison Gregory, Morris Lockhart, and Farrell Seymore--OHS Principal.

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Annie Moses Band at Opelika Middle School

Jeter Primary School Plants Tomatoes


D Kindergarten students at Jeter Primary School had fun working with Opelika High School students planting tomatoes in a culminating activity of the study of plant life. Students from Opelika Middle School and Northside Intermediate School enjoyed a special school performance by the extremely talented musical group, The Annie Moses Band, who was in town for a performance with the East Alabama Arts Association in May.

Auburn HS Students Present at Symposia in San Diego

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Chambers Academy Art Show Winner

AHS's Rahul Lall and Alexis Jones presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) in San Diego, CA! JSHS is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Department of Defense and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers -- conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress. Great job, Rahul (red tie) and Alexis (pictured far right)!

Beth Landrum is Chambers Academy’s 2nd - 3rd grade division art winner for photography. She also placed first in the District Art show held at Edgewood Academy. Her photo went on to compete at the State level. Congratulations to Beth for advancing and placing at these levels!

Trinity Girls’ Tennis Team Runners Up in State Championship The Trinity Christian School girls tennis team were runners up in the GICAA Team state Championship! Congratulations girls!

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Auburn HS Student Named Carson Scholar

Auburn High School junior, Hayden Burch, was named a 2017 Carson Scholar and selected to present the Scholar Reflection at the Annual Chattanooga/ Atlanta Awards Banquet at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sunday, April 23. Each year, the Carson Scholars Fund, founded by Dr. Ben Carson and wife Candy, recognizes a select group of high achieving students in 4 – 11 grades who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities. Students receive a $1,000 college scholarship award and the coveted honor of being named a Carson Scholar. This year, 33 talented students from the Southeast region (AL, MS, GA, TN, KY, OK, SC) were named to join the 483 students nationwide. Hayden was one of only two Alabama recipients. Dr. and Mrs. Carson promote literacy through the Ben Carson Reading Project and invited Hayden to share highlights of his Pages from Pam Elementary Book Campaign during his Scholar Reflection speech. Hayden established Pages from Pam to honor his late aunt by providing a bag of 10 books to every 2nd grade student in the Talladega, Alabama City School system. Although his aunt, Pam Reaves Peters, spent her career primarily teaching 2nd grade at Graham Elementary in Talladega, all four elementary schools receive the gift of books through Hayden’s endeavor. The project is recurring and efforts are underway for next year’s 2nd grade classes. More information can be found at Pictured are Hayden and Mrs. Candy Carson.

Lunchroom Hero Week

Do you know any superheroes? What if we told you Auburn City Schools was full of them? "School Lunch Super Hero Day" was Friday, May 5. To kick off this celebration of our Lunch Heroes, CNP Director Ashley Powell and ACS Superintendent Dr. Karen DeLano surprised the cafeteria managers with ribboned spatulas along with Lunch Hero shirts for them and their staffs to wear.


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Lee-Scott Golf Wins 6th Consecutive State Championship

For the 6th consecutive season, the Lee-Scott Academy golf team has won the AISA state championship. The tournament was held at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika on April 24 and 25. Turk Pettit, a Clemson signee, was named Low Medalist for the tournament. Turk, along with Davis Thompson, a Georgia signee, and Connor Reid were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Lee-Scott golf team is coached by Todd Thompson and Ricky Smallridge.

Opelika Middle School Receives 2016 Safe School Initiative Award

Congratulations to Opelika Middle School on receiving the 2016 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence! Attorney General Steven T. Marshall presented Mr. Keith York, OMS Principal, with the award on April 20. OMS was one of 10 recipients in Alabama to receive the award. Pictured with Attorney General Steven T. Marshall are Officer Brian Hipp, Dr. Mark Neighbors-OCS Superintendent, Officer Kyle Burdette, Keith York-OMS Principal, Marshall, Mayor Gary Fuller, Police Chief John McEachern, Officer Patrick Rickabaugh, and Matthew Kendrick-OMS Assistant Principal.

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Auburn City Schools Agriscience Students Visit Lazenby Farms

Auburn City Schools Nurses Participate in Diabetes Walk

High schoolers studying agriscience at Auburn City Schools visited Lazenby Farms to learn more about cover crops, irrigation, crop rotation, soil health, technology, machinery and cattle. Thanks to Mitch Lazenby for hosting the students and to teacher Noel Welch for organizing the trip!

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ACS Nurses participated in the Camp Seale Harris Diabetes Walk on Saturday, April 22nd at Opelika SportsPlex and raised $1,760 that will send two students with Diabetes to summer camp! This is a great opportunity for our school nurses to promote a healthy lifestyle while giving back to the community.


LSA Tech Teams Win First at State Competition

The Lee-Scott Academy Jr. High and Senior High Technology Teams received 1st Place at the State Technology Competition at Faulkner University in Montgomery on April 21st.

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DAR Contest Winners from Northside Intermediate School

Congratulations to the following Northside Intermediate School students who won state, regional and national awards in the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizen poster, poem and short story contests. The winners include pictured (l-r): Liliana Aleman (short story-1st place state), Shundre Scott (short story-1st place state and southeast, 3rd place national), Dylan Golden (poem-1st place state and southeast, 2nd place national), Patrick Seymore (poster-2nd place state), and Sierra Clark (poster-1st place state). Not pictured Peyton Weston (short story-2nd place state). Pictured with the winners are Kathy Penton-DAR representative, and Northside teachers Teresa Ponder, Principal Laura Hartley, Bobby Owen, Nisa Guice, and Marcia Frank.

Google Expeditions at West Forest Intermediate

West Forest Intermediate School students visited Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, and a candy factory all in one day with the new Google Expedition kits!

Richland ES First Grade Field Trip

First graders from Richland Elementary School recently took a field trip to North Ross Street to learn more about the men and women that keep our community safe! These students were able to get some face time with the Mayor, pet the K-9 Officers, visit the 9-1-1 call center as well as learn the ins-and-outs of a squad car and fire engine. This was a great opportunity to develop community relations by familiarizing our students with our first responder.

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Auburn HS JROTC Annual Awards Ceremony

With veterans, parents and administrators on hand, the Auburn High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps held their annual awards ceremony recognizing cadets for excellence in academics, leadership, military bearing, community service and athletics. AHS JROTC Instructors Lt. Col. Tony Benitez and Sgt. Maj. Keith Entwistle led the celebration of these students. Auburn City Schools is proud of its JROTC program as it continues to flourish under Benitez and Entwistle's direction. While JROTC is a career-tech cohort at Auburn High, many of the cadets do go on to careers in the United States Armed Forces!

Chambers Academy’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Our Valedictorian this year is Melissa Milford. She is the daughter of Calvin and Sharron Milford. She has attended Chambers since kindergarten and is very active in many of our activities around campus. She is an AISA All-Star cheerleader and will be pursuing a degree in elementary education. Our Salutatorian is Kristina Stewart, daughter of Jimmy and Jody Stewart. She is our current SGA President and also involved in many activities around campus. Congratulations, ladies!

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Opelika HS Boys Track Wins State Meet

Opelika HS Girls Track Wins State Runner-Up

Congratulations to the Opelika High School Boys Track team for winning the AHSAA 6A State Track and Field State Championship! Individual championship winners included Ben Garner--State Champion in the 1600 Meter and 3200 Meter, CJ Jordan--State Champion in the Triple Jump.

Congratulations to the Opelika High School Girls Track team for winning the state runner-up trophy in the AHSAA 6A State Track and Field Meet. Ghania Warren won an individual state championship medal in the long jump.




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Trinity 6th Graders Recite Psalm 23 in Latin

Local Students Receive Scholarships to Attend Space Academy Program

Trinity Christian School sixth graders dressed as Romans to recite Psalm 23 in Latin! They were terrific!

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8th graders, Seth Walker and Ryan Koerper, will be heading to Huntsville this summer for Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (S.A.L.S.A.). This program is funded by the State of Alabama Legislature that awards a male and female student between the ages of 12 to 14 a scholarship to attend Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama. The program will take place May 28th to June 2nd. The scholarship includes room, tuition, and board for the Space Academy Program.

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Happy Earth Day From Auburn HS

The self-contained students as well as the AHS Environmental Action Committee (AHSEAC) posed for a drone photo with student's Earth Day sidewalk chalk art! Then the AHSEAC picked up trash on campus and planted flowers in the beds.

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Opelika HS Student Wins 3rd Congressional District Art Competition

Congratulations to Opelika High School junior, Alex Howard, for winning the 3rd Congressional District Art Competition! Pictured is Howard with Congressman Mike Rogers at the award ceremony.




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Trinity Christian School’s 3rd Graders Walk Like Egyptians

Trinity Christian School's 3rd graders brought Ancient Egypt to life this month by presenting a play recounting the Exodus out of Egypt. Parents and friends were welcomed, and after the play, food was served. What a great day!

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Yarbrough Teachers Tutor Auburn City Schools Students

This month teachers from Yarbrough Elementary School are tutoring ACS students after school twice a week at Our House! Whether it be math, reading or spelling words, after a game of hoops to get oxygen to their brains, these students are going the extra mile to stay on top of their studies while having fun with their peers. Thank you to those giving of their time this month to make an impact on our community!

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Opelika Middle Principal Receives Honor

Keith York, principal of Opelika Middle School in the Opelika City School System, has been named 2017-2018 Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP). York has 25 years of experience in the field of education with 16 of those years in administration. Since 2011, York has led Opelika Middle School as its principal. Previously, he served as an assistant principal at Opelika Middle School. Principal York works collaboratively with all stakeholders to determine programs and procedures that will be most effective in the classroom. Through his efforts, Opelika Middle School implemented the Be Nice initiative to develop positive character and behavior among students. Through advisory periods, all staff members are assigned to small groups of students and use this time to discuss positive character, build rapport, and guide students’ academic needs. This initiative has created a culture of respect and tolerance along with a safe learning environment, thus leading to the 2016-2017 Alabama Safe School Award. Also a Skills/Enrichment period was created to ensure students are provided instructional opportunities to be successful. This unique learning opportunity involves every teacher on staff and provides reading and math enrichment as well as mini project-based learning groups. This program has fostered students’ growth of 21st Century learning skills and resulted in yearly increased proficiency results on the ACT Aspire. “Congratulations to Keith York on his selection as Alabama’s Middle School Principal of the Year,” states Dr. L. Earl Franks, CAE, AASSP executive director. “His accomplishments as a school principal are well documented and worthy of this state-wide recognition. His tireless and highly successful efforts on behalf of the students he serves have not gone unnoticed. We are excited to have Mr. York as Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year.” The Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year Award is sponsored by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. York will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon during the CLAS Convention on June 13, 2017, at the Mobile Convention Center. The CLAS Annual Summer Convention is the largest gathering of school leaders in the state of Alabama. He will also be recognized at the AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November 2017. 23

A Page in a Book Reading for Fans of Felines Whether they enjoy a pet kitten or the occasional cat encounter, children are quick to recognize a common world view with their feline friends. Both are masters of testing boundaries, mastering hide-and-seek, climbing into laps to snuggle or serving as unofficial alarm clocks for adult sleepers. The shared experience of kids and cats easily fosters a unique kinship between them. The following titles explore the ways cats model independence and confidence while celebrating the unconditional love that connects felines and their fanciers.

I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat

by Simon Philip, Illustrated by Ella Bailey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When a stray cat shows up on a young girl’s front steps, welcoming it into her life and home is easy. But finding the right name is a bit harder. The name “Kitty” calls every cat within ear shot. ‘Betty’ and ‘Ethel’ sound good until a vet visit changes the focus more toward ‘Butch’ and ‘Arnie’. Before the girl can decide what to call him, her cat escapes. But their journey back toward each other may just provide the perfect name for adventurous cat. Don’t know what to call your cat? Give it time, they practically name themselves.

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The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon

by A. N. Kang (Disney/Hyperion) He’s not just fluffy. Like the butterfly he’s named for, Papillon is so fluffy that he floats around lighter than air. Worried that he could just drift away, his companion Miss Tilly contrives a variety of ways to hold him down to earth. Pizza, costumes, hats and eye patches help keep him grounded, but Papillon is having no part of it. When an open window and a beautiful day lure the fluffy cat outside, a blue sky adventure quickly turns frightening. Floating past the wilder side of the great outdoors, a scared Papillon uses Miss Tilly’s ideas and the help of a friend to find his way back home. With physical comedy and adorable expression, Papillon strikes a delightful balance between living the high life and keeping your feet on the ground. Find more reading recommendations at


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Don’t Be House Poor! Q. I read where you recommend having your house payment or rent at an amount that’s 25 percent or less of your monthly take-home pay. Does this figure include taxes and insurance too? A. Yes, it does. I’m trying to keep you from being “house poor.” Did you know you can qualify for a house payment, with taxes and insurance, that’s close to half of your take-home pay? That’s ridiculous! When you don’t have room in your budget to do anything else that matters because your house payment is so large, that’s what we call house poor. When your income minus your basic living expenses equals almost nothing, it means your basic living expenses are way too high. Being in this kind of situation keeps

you from saving for really important stuff like investing, retirement, and college for your kids. I’m trying to position you where you can get the house and everything paid off so you can become wealthy. When we talk about driving a crappy car, not going out to eat, or not going on vacation — those are temporary things. It’s all about living like no one else, so that later you can live and give like no one else!

How late is too late? Q. How late is too late to get life insurance? A. It’s pretty easy to get term life insurance – the only kind of life insurance I recommend – up until around age 70. Depending on your overall health situation, there are a few affordable policies available past that point. But once you get into your seventies and beyond it can be difficult to find reasonably priced coverage. I recommend that most people have 10 to 12 times their

Family and Business Q. My husband and I own a small business. One of our relatives asked for a job recently, and we have reservations about hiring him because there are several dysfunctional relationships within our extended family. Are we being mean? A. Having a small business doesn’t give relatives a free pass to employment. As entrepreneurs, you have the right and responsibility to do what’s best for your company. Ask yourself a few questions: Would you hire this person if they weren’t part of the family? Would you hire this person because they would make a good team member? If the answers are no, then you don’t hire them — period. Be kind about the situation, because there may be some bruised feelings. But the bottom line is you have to do what’s best for your business, your immediate family, and your team.

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Pop culture doesn’t appreciate dads. Sitcoms make fun of their diapering (in)abilities or portray dads as irresponsible babysitters who feed the kids pizza, ice cream and sugary soda while mom is out for the evening. Personal experience tells me there may some truth in this. My own husband shows our kids zombie movies then acts surprised when they refuse to sleep with the lights out. Really. Stereotypes aside, it can be hard to move past the momknows best mentality and make room for dads’ different style of parenting. Mom of four Tsara Shelton of Teague, Tex., says parenting together with her boys’ dad has been the biggest challenge in their happy, 13-year marriage. “I always want to be the one with the answers and insights! But in truth, it’s been coparenting that’s blessed my boys with the best of what both mom and dad have to offer.” All moms can learn valuable lessons from watching what dads do best. Here’s how. Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017

Dads are good with good enough Most moms I know struggle to drown out the nagging inner critic who says we aren’t good enough. We feel intense pressure to keep the house (and kids!) clean and to respond cheerfully to every social obligation. Our to-do lists never get done. And it’s stressful. Researchers at Auburn University found women are more likely to feel inadequate at home and at work than men because we’re more perfectionistic. Dads recognize the 80% solution is often good enough. They can walk away from a sink full of unwashed dishes – without feeling guilty – to spend time playing with the kids before bedtime. Moms can’t deny there is wisdom in this approach. Dishes don’t grow up and go off to college. Kids do. Being good with “good enough” doesn’t mean dads deny their shortcomings. Tina Bushman, co-author of the family discus26

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sion-starting book Table Talk, says she has learned from watching her husband, John, address his missteps. “When it has been a rough parenting day, he will sit on the edge of our child’s bed and explain that even though parents try hard, we aren’t perfect. He apologizes if he got upset or said the wrong thing and asks forgiveness. It takes a humble dad to do that and I love him for it.”

Dads encourage active play Mud pies, snow forts and do-it-yourself science experiments are dads’ domain, says Wendy Valderrama of Denver, Colo., “They do messy fun really well.” Valderrama watches her 3-year-old daughter’s princess wedding ball with prince Daddy every night. “He lets her take the lead and follows right along with her in the imaginative play,” she says. Dads’ passion for play is a joy to behold. When they aren’t entertaining kids on their own level, dads expose kids to grownup tasks and topics. A dad might teach a child how to mow the lawn or talk about financial matters during informal apprenticeship sessions. Since dads aren’t focused ages and stages of development, they may share information that is over kids’ heads. There is an upside to this, Valderanna says. “The conversations I overhear between my daughter and her dad are amazing! I see her processing concepts I wouldn’t have thought possible because I am stuck in a preschool mentality all day.”

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Dads encourage risk-taking While moms’ protective instincts lead us to discourage kids from taking physical risks, studies show dads give kids more personal space to explore the environment, even if there is risk involved. “At the park, I’m nervous about my 2-year-old going down the big slide, and, at home, I protect my baby from face-planting very time he attempts to crawl,” says San Diego, Calif., mom Anna Crowe. Dads often push kids to go outside their comfort zones. Physical challenges help kids develop strength, coordination and confidence. And, by testing their physical prowess, “kids learn valuable skills that could prevent them from getting into serious trouble in the future,” Crowe admits. Dads allow kids to learn by doing when moms might be more likely to teach by talking. During the anxious moments in parenting, dads maintain a calm composure moms admire. Stacy Lewis of Long Beach, Calif., says her husband changed her perspective on parenting forever during one

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intense encounter with their three kids. He said, “I don’t get it! You are the mom. Why are you hollering?” And something clicked for Lewis. “He keeps things insanely balanced, and I love him for that.”

take it personally. That means they step in and confront interpersonal issues headon. Shelton’s two youngest sons – who had symptoms of autism at early ages – learned to be comfortable in their own bodies and brains because of their dad’s black-and-white boundaries. “If my husband didn’t bring everything down to its simplicity I would get lost loving my boys in the gray,” she says. The key to parenting well is to figure out which situations require a firm, rule-based response and which ones call for deeper conversation. Dads seem to know this intuitively.

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Dads don’t fret

Because women are focused on preserving social connections, we may avoid family conflict. The mental and emotional effort of peacekeeping can lead to emotional exhaustion for women, according to research by psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University. Over time, minor frustrations can grow into deep, simmering resentments. Shelton admits she struggles to establish clear, firm rules for her kids. She sees most issues as gray areas and enjoys discussing the connections between kids’ behaviors, social expectations and cultural pressures. “If my hubby didn’t bring everything down to its simplicity I would get lost loving my children in the grey,” Shelton says. While moms might see kids’ behavior in shades of gray, dads can take a more black-and-white view. Men are less likely to shy away from conflict because they don’t

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Women often wish men would listen to our problems without trying to solve them, but that’s not how men are wired. When things go wrong, dads jump into problem-solving mode and determine what steps they can take to change the situation. If the first attempt isn’t successful, dads try another approach. Women are more likely to focus on feelings, which can actually amplify distress. We may commiserate with girlfriends or replay worst-case scenarios in our minds. C. Lee Reed of Beachside, Florida recalls her father often told his kids to “suck it up” in the face of disappointment. “It sounds crazy but we learned to put on our big girl panties when things didn’t go our way,” Reed says. Now she uses the same phrase with her own daughter. It lightens the mood when emotions run high.


Dads’ emotional balance allows them to keep parenting problems in perspective. Crowe says she often panicked at her son’s inability to sleep through the night or the fact that he didn’t crawl when other babies did. But her husband took a longer view. “He taught me not to worry so much about the little things, unless they become a bigger concern,” says Crowe. A calm response is both comforting and practical.

Dads are present

Moms take pride in our super-human ability to do five things at once, but there is an undeniable downside. Multitasking prevents us from seizing the joys of the present moment. Lauren Nichols of Farmingdale, NY, praises her husband’s ability to be in the moment with their 4-year-old son. “I admire his ability to slow down and listen to everything our son has to say. It is as if he really remembers what it was like to be a little kid. They are two peas in a pod.” Reed is inspired by her husband’s presence as well. While Reed, who calls herself “Helicopter Mom” is busy multitasking, her husband, “Just Plane Dad,” knows how to be fully present in the moment, she says. “When he spends time with our daughter, he’s not worried about the laundry or paying the bills. He is all there.” Tuning in completely allows dads to see children as growing, loving little people. And it reminds us all that we’re blessed by our children – and their dads – in big and small ways every day. AOP

Heidi Smith Luedtke is a personality psychologist who has gleaned many practical parenting strategies from her husband’s more laid-back approach. She is the author of Detachment Parenting.



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What Parents Need to Know Now About Mobile Social Apps It was probably inevitable. Now that 70% of teens are friends with their parents on Facebook, some are looking for less supervised places to socialize. A recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that even though most teens feel obligated to maintain a presence on Facebook, many expressed “waning enthusiasm”. Their reasons? The site has been “colonized” by adults, and there’s too much drama. “Teens are looking for a place they can call their own,” observes Danah Boyd, a fellow at the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard University. “Rather than all flocking en masse to a different site, they’re fragmenting across apps.” Having teens on a variety of social media apps makes supervision more difficult. The classic advice—“keep the computer in a public space”—is hopelessly quaint, especially for teens who socialize on cellphones. One response is to use monitoring software that will alert parents anytime a child sends or receives a message that’s inappropriate. (Ten of these programs are reviewed by Mobile Independent Phone Reviews at Although surveillance may be a good short term fix for some kids, it can obscure the long-term goal—raising kids who use good judgment about social media. These kids resist the temptation to behave poorly just because they are online, and they know how to protect themselves when they encounter bullies, trolls and other online Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017

predators. How do you equip your child with those essential life skills? Here are a few suggestions: Limit social networking of any kind for middle school students. Pre-adolescents are learning how to manage relationships and the process isn’t always pretty. Middle school kids are very aware of themselves and not very aware of others. Even the nicest kids say mean things-- and are devastated if someone says something mean to them. Being part of social media compounds the damage by making clumsy comments, ill-advised fashion choices and failed attempts at humor permanent and more widely available. Check the apps on your child’s phone. Review the apps on your child’s phone every time you pay the phone bill. Ask questions that will help your child think critically about social apps: How did you find out about the app? Does it do what you want it to do? What information does it collect about you? Does it broadcast your location? How much time do you spend with it? How could it be improved? What kind of community does it create? Be aware of the connection between social media and self esteem. For many young people, social media intensifies the pressure to be popular. They may obsess about how many followers they have, how many likes a particular post attracts or parties they didn’t attend. Parents can’t micromanage this part of a child’s life— teens learn by making social mistakes. At the same time, they can buffer the impact 30

of social media by giving kids plenty of positive attention, supporting healthy off-line friendships and pointing out the limited shelf life of popularity. Teach self-protection strategies. Talk to your child about how they can respond to mean or crude comments with tactics similar to those they would use offline. If possible, ignore bad behavior. The other person may just be having a really terrible day. Don’t respond in kind because that is likely to escalate the problem. Whenever possible, use humor to defuse conflict. Take advantage of privacy settings to block people who are always mean or negative. If a post is threatening, save a copy and share it with a trusted adult. Be sure your child knows you have his back. Many teens don’t talk to their parents about social media problems for fear that parents will overreact. Let your children know that you have confidence in them to handle most situations but you want to know about any online interactions that feel scary or overwhelming. If a child comes to you with an online problem, resist the urge to take charge. Instead, help your child think through how he or she wants to handle the situation. What is motivating the person who is causing the problem? Is this a relationship that matters to your child? Does he or she have offline contact with the person? Most important, listen! When you think about it, the social skills young people need to succeed with social media aren’t all that different from the ones that they will need in the offline world. As a parent, you can help your children stay focused on the big picture—what kind of people do they want to be and what kind of friends will support them in becoming those people? For kids who keep those goals clearly in mind, the particular app they are using at the moment won’t much matter. 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 @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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1. Trying to make home like school. No need to try to recreate every

nuance of a public or private school, complete with desks, chalkboard or smartboard, uniforms and a never-changing, rigid schedule. When we first start homeschooling, there is definitely that temptation to do things the same way they were done when we were growing up. But the point is you are doing it at home and the teacher is a parent … things are going to be much more flexible and very different.

2. Thinking you need to homeschool all day and night. No need

to spend 7+ hours a day doing school with your elementary school child. Consider shorter chunks of teaching/learning time for each child then take a day off every now and then and go to the zoo to learn, go on a nature walk, hit the library for a few hours, watch some documentaries, and just snuggle up and read. For older kids, a parttime job and volunteering certainly count as real-world education!

3. Trying to keep your kids sitting at desks all day. No need for

kids and teacher to sit in a chair all day for learning. We all learn and teach differently, that’s for sure. Sometimes I’ll read to my kids while one is doing art and another is playing Minecraft and I’m doing squats! I also include my kids in real-world things like errands, cooking, chores, finances and more.

4. Trying to keep up with everyone else. Don’t try to keep up with other

homeschoolers or other families with kids in school. I personally started each of my kids a year “late” for school and they definitely haven’t suffered. I always wondered what the rush was for our kids to grow up and knew one measly year wouldn’t make a difference. To me, that was one extra year to let them be kids without the “job” of school and an extra year to let them play and explore on their own.

5. Paying an arm and a leg for curriculum. According to this info-

graphic, homeschoolers already spend a fraction of what is spent on public school kids or what they would spend at a private school. With so many free options like, Khan Academy, and the public library, there’s no reason elementary school, at least, has to cost anything at all. Also, check into virtual school through your state. With the virtual school option, you could get $2,000 of curriculum paid for by your state for free or only a small price per child, and the lesson plans are already done for you! 33

6. Not following your child’s lead. I’m not talking about going the

unschooling route here, if you aren’t comfortable with that, but it certainly works for many families. I know families who unschooled up until high school and then the kids picked up what they needed to know with little effort and sailed into college with no problems. It was a sad day when I was in a homeschool store and heard a kid ask his mom if they could learn about a certain topic he was excited about and she said, “No, these are the books right here that we are working on this year and we aren’t going to stray from those.” Keep in mind we all learn best in different ways and are all interested in different things.

7. Sticking with something that isn’t working. Switching curriculum

halfway through the year is not uncommon. If a certain workbook makes you and your child cry and want to throw it across the room, don’t power through until the end of the school year! Find something else that works. That’s the beauty of the freedom of homeschooling.

8. Doing everything with and for your child. There is definitely a place for independent learning.

9. Comparing yourselves to everyone else. It’s funny how, as I’m beat-

ing myself up because my kids don’t know cursive yet and my neighbor’s kids have been doing it for years, she is also beating herself up because she doesn’t think she does enough educational outings with her kids like I do. It’s great to have a homeschool tribe of people you can bounce ideas off of and vent to, but comparing and competition do no good to anyone, least of all your child!

10. Trying to be perfect. The

longer I homeschool, the more I enjoy telling newbies about random mistakes I’ve made on my journey. The relief I see on their faces when they realize they don’t need to be “perfect” is priceless and so worth it to share my stories with them. As a homeschooler, you are a pioneer of sorts and, as such, you need to do what works for your family. Of course you are going to make mistakes along the way, but if you realize that is perfectly normal, you might go easier on yourself … and have more fun on this shorter-than-you-think journey with your kids! AOP

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Video Games Controlling Your Teen? Americans spent more than 10 billion dollars in video game equipment last year. Video game sales have now surpassed sales of both music and movies. What that means is that for millions of kids and young adults, playing video games has moved beyond a hobby and into an obsession. Now, before you label me as anti-fun, hear me out. I find nothing wrong with most videos games. In fact, playing them together with your teen is a great way to connect. But some kids and young adults are being consumed by them, and that’s where the problem lies. For some kids, what was once a fun pastime has quickly turned into an addiction. So where is the balance? If your teenager is obsessed with video games, how can you limit, but not eliminate, their interest? First, I think it’s important for moms and dads to know why teens are so easily addicted to games.

The Draw of Video Games Boys love playing video games because they provide challenge and adventure. There’s a sense of accomplishment when they beat a level, achieve a high score or complete a mission. Video games scratch an itch every guy has–to conquer dragons and rescue princesses. What’s more, teenage boys find a sense of value and esteem in playing these games. Even the dorkiest kids can become virtual sports stars, rock stars, cool secret agents or Rambo-like warriors in these games. It’s one thing they can do better than their parents and maybe even their friends, so they relish it. And it’s one place — maybe the only place — where they feel totally in control. So in order to pull your teen away from the screen, you have to offer them an adventure to take its place. I know this is hard when both parents come home tired at night, or for the single mom working hard to make ends meet. But if all a family does is go to work, go to school, watch TV, sleep

and repeat, then your teen is going to say, “life is boring,” and they’ll look for adventure through another means. It might require some changes and rethinking, but it doesn’t take a lot of time to have an adventure with your child. Build something in the garage. Go to the batting cages. Take him to a concert. Go for a night hike. Shoot hoops at the playground. Eat at a new restaurant you’ve never tried before. If you find your home is a boring place, inject some excitement into your family. Get out and live real life.

When It Becomes All Consuming Playing video games is a good way to spend time with friends. But kids who are addicted will tell you that they started playing video games with their friends, but then moved on to playing online–against people who they don’t even know. In this scenario, gaming moves from a social pastime to a very isolating addiction.How can parents tell if their teen is developing a gaming obsession? The book, Playstation Nation, provides a checklist of traits parents should watch for. Does your child: • Play almost every day? • Play for extended periods (more than three or four hours at a time)? • Play for excitement? • Get restless and irritable if he or she can’t play? • Sacrifice social and sporting activities to play? • Play instead of doing homework? • Try in vain to limit playing time? • Seem to be losing interest in real-life activities? If your teen is spending way too much time playing video games, or if the games are affecting their motivation or personality, then it’s time to act. Cut back the number of hours they play daily. Shut down the unit and take away the power cord after a certain hour in the evening. Require that they match the time they play video games with equal amounts of other, more productive, non-digital activities. Anything that takes over a child’s time and attention for many hours every day should be moderated. 35

Getting It Under Control

Video gaming can be a great way for moms and dads to stay connected with their kids. I’ve played through many a game with my teens and, especially in my son’s case, it has been a great way to connect, compete, communicate, and laugh (because he usually destroyed me quickly). And along the way we’ve created some of those fun bonding moments that are felt and remembered, if never quite defined. But if gaming takes over your kid’s life, it’s time to take action. Here are some quick tips to help get gaming under control: • Discourage children from retreating into games when they are stressed or upset. Don’t let a gamepad become that emotional coping mechanism. Talk honestly about challenges and work through them together. • Encourage moderation. Set an egg timer. When it goes off, so does the game console. • Limit temptations. Move electronic gaming hardware out of your teen’s bedroom and into a common area. • Spend time playing together. Take turns, ask questions and keep interaction going so teens won’t disappear into the game environment. • Capitalize on your child’s fascination with games to channel energy in a more productive direction. One gamer was challenged by his parents to figure out how his favorite games worked, technologically. Today, he’s a computer wiz who recalls, “I think my first meaningful C++ app came just from trying to get a graphic display of all of the internal components and their capabilities.” The bottom line is to implement these restrictions for your child, not against them. Tell your kids that you’ll stand beside them through thick and thin, but you’ll stand in front of them when it comes to blocking anything unhealthy, immoral or antisocial that is influencing their life. And that includes controlling their use of video games that might be controlling them. 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 or



Arts/Crafts Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, 222 East Drake Avenue, Auburn, Al 36830 Kids Can Draw Basics- May 30-June 2, 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Kids Can Draw: Wild Animals- June 13-16. 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Kids Can Draw: Baby Animals- June 20-23, 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Kids Can Draw: Garden Creatures –June 27-30, 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Kids Can Draw: Ocean Creatures- July11-14, 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Kids Can Draw: Fantasy Creatures - July 18-21, 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Kids Can Draw: Fantasy Characters- July 25-28, 4:00-5:30pm, Ages 8-12; Fee $45. Creative Kids: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, 9:00-10:30am, Age 5-8; Fee $100 plus materials. Chinese Watercolor: June 26-30, 2:30-4:00pm, Ages 9-15; Fee $100 plus materials. Origami: June 26-30, 1:00-2:30pm, Ages 6-12; Fee $100 plus materials. Sketching with Pencils: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, 10:30am-12:00pm, Ages 8-14; Fee $100 plus materials. Teens Can Draw: Basic Drawing- June 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Ages 12-18; Fee $12. Teens Can Draw: Handsome Hands- June 16, 6:00-8:00pm, Ages 12-18; Fee $12. Teens Can Draw: Fleet Feet- June 30, 6:00-8:00pm, Ages 12-18; Fee $12. Teens Can Draw: Puzzling Portraits- July 14, 6:00-8:00pm, Ages 12-18; Fee $12. Teens Can Draw: Heavenly Hair- July 18, 6:00-8:00pm, Ages 12-18; Fee $12. Visual Arts Workshop for Children- July 10-14, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 7-12; Fee $80 per week. Art for Young Children- June 27-29, July 18-20, 10:00am-12:00pm; Ages 4-6; Fee $60 per week. Day in Clay: June 24, 1:00-4:00pm. Fee $10. Mommy & Me Christmas in July Ornament Workshop- July 19, 9:30-11:00am; Ages 3-6; Fee $20 plus materials. By the Book: I Love Letters- Tuesdays, June 13-27, 2:00-3:30pm; Ages 4-6. Fee $65 plus materials. By the Book: Animal Cuties- Mondays, June 5-19, 9:30-11:00am; Ages 4-6. Fee $65 plus materials. Make it in Clay for Father’s Day- June 5 and June 12, 1:3o-2:30pm; Ages 7-12, $25 plus materials. Fill ‘Er Up: Marvelous Mugs Handbuilding ClassJune 1 and June 8, 9:30-11:00am; Ages 7-12, $75 plus materials. 334-501-2963

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1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Summer Crafts- June 6, 3:00-4:30pm; Ages 4-7, Fee $10. Art Camp- July 25-27. 8:00am-12:00pm; Ages 8-12, $25. Kids Pottery- Thursdays, June 3- August 3, 3:30-5:00pm OR Mondays, June 3-August 3, 1:00-3:30pm; $60/8 weeks Beginner Korean Pottery- Mondays throughout the summer, 10:00am-12:00pm, $100. Exploring Creativity- 3 sessions to choose from, Parent and Me Pottery- Wednesdays, June 5August 3, 10:00-11:30am; $60/8 weeks. 334-705-5560

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Columbus Museum

1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, Ga. 31906 June 12-16: Amazing Animals. Ages 4-5yr s. June 19-23: Art Passport. Ages 5-7yrs. June 26-30: Mad Art Scientist. Ages 5-7yr s. July 24-28: Passionate About Painting. Ages 5-7yrs. July 17-21: Art Time Machine. Ages 8-10 yrs. July 10-15: Mad Art Scientist. Ages 5-7yrs. Second Saturday- May 13, June 10, July 8, and August 12; 10am-12noon, Free. 706-748-2562

Sew-thern Belles Sewing Studio 923-J Stage Road, Auburn, Al 36830 “Kids Can Sew” program for children 3rd grade and up. We offer a structured, fun environment where children learn while having a blast! Summer Camps offered; Spaces are limited.

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, 222 East Drake Avenue, Auburn, Al 36830 Pirates, Princesses and More! June 5-9, 9:30am12:00pm, Ages 5-7. $125. Learn dance skills, play theatre games, make props and costumes and prepare for a small production on the final day. Dance 101: A Tiny Workshop for Tiny Dancers. May 30-June 1, 9:00-10:00am. Ages 3-4; Fee $35. 334-501-2963


Spirited Art

3051 Fredrick Road, Suite 8, Opelika, Al 36801 Decide where your young artist fits best and then choose your date for summer camps! Fundamentals: May 30-June 2, June 5-8 and July 10-13, 10:00am-12:30pm, Ages 5 and up, $115. Beyond the Basics: July 21-Aug 2, 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 7 and up, $155. All Girls Camp: June 19-21, July 17-19, 10:00am-2:00pm, Ages 7 and up, $155. Calendar Camp: June 12-15, July 24-17, 10:00am-1:30pm, Ages 5 and up, $155 334-363-5257

The Art Studio

118 North Ross Street, Auburn, Al 36830 Summer Art Camp offers students a unique experience with a wide variety of mediums in fine art, learning about artists from around the world, art concepts and innovative techniques. Camp provides a thorough and comprehensive learning experience which include independent work as well as hands on instruction. Space is limited so you are encouraged to register early. $150/wk. Young at Art- June 12-16, July 10-14. 1st-3rd grades, Emerging Artists- June 19-23 and July 17-21. 4th-6th grades. Art for Teens- June 26-30. 7th grade and up. Art for All- July 24-28. 1st-6th grade. 334-332-5275

Book Clubs 749 East Thach Avenue, Auburn, Al 36830 American Girl Club- Grades K- 5th grade students. Girls, be sure to sign up at the Youth Services desk and come meet with everyone. Magic Tree House Club-K - 5th grade students. Be sure to sign up at the Youth Services Desk. 334-501-3190

Lewis Cooper Junior Memorial Public Library

204 South Sixth Street, Opelika, Al 36801 Kids programs and book clubs offered throughout the year. 334-705-5380




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1703 Westend Court, Opelika, Al 36801 Summer Camps - Please note the ages have changed. June 13-17: Ballet Academy’s Ballet Wonderland, 2-5pm, Ages 3-6 yrs July 11-15: Ballet Academy’s Young Dancers Summer Intensive, 9am-12:30pm, Ages 7-10 yrs, $140 and $15 Registration Fee. July 11-15: Ballet Academy’s Young Dancers Summer Intensive, 1-5pm, Ages 11-13 yrs, $160 and $15 Registration Fee. July 11-15: Ballet Academy Master Class Series, Ages 14 and up. 334-737-5551

Opelika Parks and Recreation ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Creative Dance- Mondays beginning in May, 5:00-6:00pm. Ages 5 and up. Explore a combination of dance styles from hip hop to contemporary! FEE: $30/month 334-705-5560

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Columbus State University Dance Conservatory

4225 University Avenue Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center Columbus, GA 31907 Princess Ballet Camp- June 5-9. 9:00am-12:00pm. Students will utilize music and story concepts to improve large and fine motor skills. Students will take a classes in ballet and improvisation. There will story time, arts and crafts, proper dance etiquette, musical games and lots of fun! This is a terrific opportunity for your child to have fun and build self-esteem. Dreams

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Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio

1220 FOX RUN AVE, SUITE 212 OPELIKA, AL 36801 Classes include: Acro, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Strength and Conditioning, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Stretch/Leaps/ Turns, Tap, and more! 334-705-0205

Nix Dance Studio

850 Stage Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Summer 6 week sessions begins June 5. $85/ session. VIP (Very Important Princess)- Ballet/Creative Movement. Preschool class ages 3-4yrs, Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm OR 5:30-6:30pm. Kidz Jazz/Hip Hop- 3rd grade and up. Wednesday 4:30-5:15pm. Hoppin & Boppin-(Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop)- 5-7 years, Wednesday 3:45-4:30pm. Sumer TLC (Turns, Leaps and Choreography)Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm. Company Audition Prep Class- Rising 3rd grade and up. Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm. ballet, hip hop, turns & leaps, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, baton, and company auditions prep class. 334-887-7250

Tiger Twirlers with Gail Hammitt

189 E University Dr, Auburn, AL 36832 Baton twirling lessons. Classes meet inside Max Fitness, Auburn 601-630-6994

Day Trips

Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 With more than eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! Admission rates start $18.95 (toddlers 2 and under Free); annual, premium, combo, and group rates available.

Callaway Gardens

17800 Us Highway 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 Summer hours- 9:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Callaway Gardens is a great location for family vacations in Georgia. Your family will love hiking in our gardens, swimming in Robin Lake, exploring the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, golf, spa and more. The FSU Flying High includes acrobats, juggling and more, teen activities, tennis clinics, water skiing & tubing, camp crafts, nature and wildlife adventures, fishing, archery, beach fun, and more!


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Chewacla State Park

124 Shell Toomer Pkwy, Auburn, AL 36830 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins. Weekdays: $2 for Adults; Weekends: $3 for Adults; Children 6 to 11 years of age and senior citizens: $1. 334-887-5621

DeSoto Caverns

5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway Childersburg, Al 35044 Nestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this 3,502-acre park provides Mountain Chalets, Log & Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, Meeting Rooms, and also has both improved & primitive campgrounds. Also features a picnic area with playground, olympic-size swimming pool, nature center with interpretive programs and live animals, & over 19 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails. 256-378-7252

11288 Horseshoe Bend Road Daviston, AL 36256 Tour the free museum and view the 22 minute film, “The Battle of Horseshoe Bend”. Then enjoy hiking the trails, a picnic, canoe the Tallapoosa River, and go fishing. Children (6 to 12 years old) with families are encouraged to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. Program booklets are available free at the Visitor Center. Children completing the required activities will be awarded a Certificate and Junior Ranger Badge. The program must be completed while in the Park and is not available for groups. 256-234-7111

Imagine It! Children’s Hands on Museum

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA Atlanta’s only children’s museum, is the perfect place for children age eight and under and their families to learn and explore together in a safe and fun hands-on environment. 404-659-5437

Lake Lanier Islands-Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark

7000 Holiday Rd, Buford, GA 30518 With more than a dozen exciting rides and attractions, Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark at Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers summer fun for the entire family. The Beach & WaterPark is a multi




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attraction interactive family environment that offers endless fun while getting drenched. Come experience Wild Waves, Georgia’s largest wave pool, or take a ride down one of our many waterslides. The Kiddie Lagoon and Wiggle Waves are perfect for pint-sized guests and relaxing is easy on our halfmile of sandy white beach! 1-800-840-LAKE

LegoLand Discovery Center

3500 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30326 Explore our indoor attractions! 15 rides and attractions including LEGO® rides, soft play area, 4D cinema, MINILAND, guided tours, DUPLO® Village, LEGO® Friends Olivia’s House, LEGO® Ninjago Laser Maze and more, all ideal for children aged 3-10 years. 404-848-9252

McWane Science Center

200 19th Street N Birmingham, AL 35203 McWane Science Center has a number of permanent exhibits that are a regular part of the science education experience. These include Itty Bitty Magic City, Explore! Collections Center, Alabama Dinosaurs and Sea Monsters, NatureScope, Fox 6 Weather Lab, Science on a Sphere, High Cycle, World of Water Aquarium, Shark and Ray Touch Tank, the John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater. 205-714-8300

Port Columbus- National Civil War Naval Museum

1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, Georgia 31901 The National Civil War Naval Museum tells the story of the Sailors, Soldiers, and Civilians, both Free and Enslaved as affected by the Navies of the American Civil War and provides a repository for relevant archives and artifacts on the subject, for all generations of the public. The Museum uses all available media systems/distribution platforms and live interpretation in furtherance of this mission. 706-327-9798

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Lots of fun and activities including the Geyser Towers, Sky Hike, laser shows, hiking, musical entertainment, kids’ foam pit, Summit Skyride, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, the Antebellum Plantation and Great Barn. June 10-July 30- Summer at the Rock May 26-29- Memorial Day Weekend July 1-4- Fantastic Fourth Celebration Sept 2-4- Labor Day Weekend 1- 800-401-2407

Wind Creek State Park

4325 Al Hwy 128, Alexander City, AL 35010 This park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, that is a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. Park facilities include the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites. 256-329-0845

Education/Tutoring Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

Frank Brown Recreation Center, 235 Opelika Rd, Auburn, AL 36830 Handwriting Without Tears Camp: Squiggly Scribblers-June 5-8, June 12-15 and June 19-22. Ages 5-7; The camp combines handwriting building activities and direct instruction from a certified veteran teacher. The fun creative camp utilizes Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017

the amazing Handwriting With-Out Tears Curriculum, which emphasizes a hands-on, multisensory approach. Squiggly wiggly writers will focuses on review of upper case letters, correct use of lowercase letters in words and sentences, spacing and letter alignment of different styles of line. With lively games and activities, each day will focus on a different Dr. Suess book while providing a positive adventure with handwriting progress. Price includes a workbook and Rock, Rap, Tap and learn CD. $140/week. 334-546-2353

Auburn University Summer Reading Program

Haley Center. 351 W Thach Ave Auburn, AL 36849 Twelve 45-minute tutorial sessions; accommodates kindergartners, first grades, and some second graders: June 7-July 17. Tuesday-Thursday program works with struggling readers in grades 3-6: June 4-July 14. Most sessions will be scheduled between 8:00 and 8:45 AM. Tutors will contact parents at the beginning of June to confirm specific lesson times. For an application form, contact Dr. Bruce Murray.

Summer Movie Releases: May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy 2; May 19: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul; May 26: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies; June 2: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie; June 2: Wonder Woman; June 16: Cars 3; June 23: Transformers: The Last Knight; June 30: Despicable Me 3; July 7: Spider-Man: Homecoming; July 28: The Emoji Movie; August 18: Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature; August 30: Leap! 334- 364-9959

Carmike WynnSong Movie Theater

2111 East University Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Kids’ Summer Movie Series: Tuesday/Wednesday and Wednesday/Thursday, 10:00am, throughout the summer. $4.00 admission for all includes kids snack tray.

719 Opelika Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Free bowling for kids all summer long! Kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program can bowl two games per day, every day, all summer long! (Shoe rental not included.) www.freebowling.amf. com

Auburn Escape Zones

1234 Commerce Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Escape rooms are a fun, interactive game experience new to the Auburn/Opelika area. You and a small group up to 8 people will be immersed in a room with a specific theme and problem. You must work together as a team to solve puzzles, uncover clues and unlock locks in order to solve the problem or “escape the room.” But your team must work quickly because you only have 60 minutes. Can you escape? 205-410-8141

Carmike Tiger 13 Movie Theater

1900 Capps Landing, Opelika, Al 36801 Kids’ Summer Movie Series: Tuesday/Wednesday and Wednesday/Thursday, 10:00am, throughout the summer. $4.00 admission for all includes kids snack tray.


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1550 Opelika Rd Ste 9, Auburn, AL 36830 This summer, put your child on the path to a lifetime of learning. With the school year fresh in your child’s mind, summer is the perfect time to join Kumon. The Kumon Method lets children learn at their own pace, so they can grasp any concept regardless of age or grade level. Here, your child will gain confidence that will last a lifetime. Now’s the time for Kumon. Schedule a free placement test today!

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107 North 9th Street, Opelika, Al 36801 Whether its lasertag, state-of-the-art arcades in The Grind, BounceZone, nostalgic retro games, or getting your snack on at the CyberCafe, we’re bound to have something to keep you entertained for hours! Host your birthday party, event, lock-in or family reunions. Private party rooms available. 334-737-5000

Hollywood Connection

1683 Whittlesey Road, Columbus, Ga, 31909 125,000 square feet of state-of-the-art entertainment with movies, amusements, attractions, games, food and fun! 706-571-3456

Kreher Preserve and Nature Center

2222 North College Street Auburn, Al 36830 May 12 & 13- 3rd Annual S’more Fun With Mom! 6:00-8:30pm. $20 couple/ $5 each child. May 11-12- S’more Fun with Mom May 9- Family Discovery Hike June 3- Science on Saturdays-Bogs June 24- Science on Saturdays- Geology. Summer Ecology Camps: Ages 1-7 graders; 8:00am-12noon. Membership is required. May 30-June 2: Summer Ecology Camp-Camp Discovery


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Rockin’ Jump

5544 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117 Our Parties Are Rockin! Rockin Jump is a place where you can soar in open jump arenas, dive into pools of soft foam cubes, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. Areas for play include Open Jump Arena, Dodgeball Arena, Stunt Bag Arena, Slam Dunk Zone, X-Beam, and Vertigo Climbing Tower. We also wanted a new alternative for birthday parties and family gatherings, where quality food and private party rooms were guaranteed, and our kids could safely play while we socialized with other parents. 334-239-2587

Science Matters

249 Sciences Center Classroom, Auburn, Al 36849 6 Week Long Sessions: June 5-9; June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26-30; July 17-21, July 24-28. A summer enrichment program for rising 1st-6th graders offering youngsters a supercharged science experience. The program allows participants to explore the world of science through real experiments, technology and art projects, and hands-on, maken-take activities. During the week, kids design and build, dabble in the art of chemistry, become a flight specialist, see amazing critters, and more! Day and Extended day hours available. 334-844-5769

Sports Academy

3716 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika. Al 36801 Auburn/Opelika’s premiere indoor sports training and conditioning facility! We cater to athletes of all sports, skill levels and all ages! Party space available; teams welcome. 334-749-4040

Surge Trampoline Park

2506 Pepperell Pkwy Opelika, AL 36801 Surge Trampoline Park in Opelika Alabama is a cutting-edge entertainment, fitness and sports facility unlikne anything you have ever experienced. We have created a venue for active social  outings, intense workouts, and awesome birthday parties. 334-737-5599

The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum

2301 Coliseum Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36110 May 14- Mother’s Day Zoo Camp: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30 July 10-14, July 17-21, and July 24-28. June 18- Father’s Day July 22- Animal Enrichment 334-240-4900

The Skate Center

1221 Commerece Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Friday 6:3010:00 pm; Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and 6:30-10:00 pm; Sunday 2:00-5:00 pm and 7:30-10:30pm. Prices range from $4.00-$6.00 includes skate rentals. Birthday Parties, Church Parties and Civic Groups, Parties, School Fundraisers, Sorority/Fraternity Socials 334-821-1128

Wild Animal Safari

1300 Oak Grove Rd, Pine Mountain, Ga 31822 You can drive your own vehicle (or one of our vans) thru our Drive-Thru safari and get to experience hand feeding the animals. On the safari the exotic animals will literally come up to your car and eat right out of the palm of your hand. Scattered through our entire park we have approx. 650 animals, (and counting!) 706- 663-8744

Zoo Atlanta

800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 Monday-Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm, ticket booths close at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am.6:30pm., ticket booths close at 5:30pm.Tickets$14.99-$19.99; 2 and under Free; Military, senior citizens discounts. Season passes available. 404-624-WILD

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Denson Road Recreation Center, 1102 Denson Drive, Opelika, Al 36801 Parent and Me Tumbling- June 5-Aug 3, 6:30pm. Ages 2-3 years with parent participation. $45/8 weeks. Tumble Tots- June 5-Aug 3, 3:00pm or 6:00pm. Ages 4 years. $45/8 weeks. Level I Tumbling- Level III Tumbling. Cheer Prep Tumbling- June 5-Aug 3. Cheer Camp- June 12-13. 1:00-3:00pm. Ages 3-12. $25 fee. 334-705-5547

Co. Athletics & Wellness

1006 Opelika Road, Auburn, AL 36830 Offering All-Star Cheer, Preschool Tumbling, Beginner-Advanced Tumbling/Cheer and private lessons. 334-649-3306

Premier Spirit Academy

923-B Stage Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Each camp features physical activities, games, crafts, special guests, snack time, organized play, free play and much more! Full day is 8:30am-3:30pm or Half day is 8:30-11:30am OR 12:30-3:30pm. Full days $75/day, Full week/full days $280/week, Half days $40/day, Full week/half days $140/week June 5-8: Under the Sea Week June 12-15: Western Week June 19-22: Beach Week June 26-29: USA Week July 10-13: Dinosaurs Week July 17-20: Superheros Week July 24-27: Jungle Week TCLM Stunt Clinic: June 10. 334-821-7300

Xtreme Athletics

3732 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, Al 36801 Competitive cheer and gymnastics, camps and kids night out programs. 334-759-7030

Horseback Riding H & G Horse Quarters

943 Lee Road 57, Auburn, Al 36832 An equestrian center located in Auburn offering lessons, boarding, showing, and camp sessions. Camps: June 5-9, June 12-16, and July 24-28. H&G Camps are designed to develop each student


in a fun safe environment; teaching horsemanship, care, barn etiquette, along with varying levels of riding skills. Camps are offered throughout the year and compliment our weekly lesson programs. $325/week.


Local Camps Auburn First Baptist Child Development Center ad on page 4

128 East Glenn Ave, Auburn, Al 36830 Summer Camp is a Field-Trip based Program; All summer, 7:00am to 5:30pm Monday - Friday. DropIns Welcome (space permitting). Summer Camp Enrollment is currently taking place for Kindergarten-completion of 5th grade (child must have completed Kindergarten). The Child Development Center is a ministry of Auburn First Baptist Church in which we provide safe, loving, quality care for children in a Christian environment. We strive to provide the best in early education by providing hands-on learning so that each child may develop to his or her highest potential cognitively, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. 334-821-8125

Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

425 Perry St, Auburn, AL 36830 Camp Kaleidoscope- Auburn Jr. High School. Session A: June 5-9; Session B: June 12-16; Session C: June 19-23; Session D: July 10-14; Session E: July 17-21; Session F: July 24-28; 8:00am-5:00 pm. Each week of camp will be filled with games, activities, special guests, and field trips. 6-12 years; $130 per week, $100 per week for each additional sibling and $680 for the entire summer. Junior Camp Counselor Program- June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, July 10-14, July 17-21 and July 24-28. Ages: 13-15 years; The Counselor position is a volunteer position that teaches teens responsibility and allows them to mentor younger campers at Camp Kaleidoscope. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn invaluable skills necessary for their first “real” job and provides a great atmosphere to socialize with other junior camp counselors in a fun and exciting setting. Also, this is a chance for teens to earn community service credit hours and give back to their community. The deadline for participants to register is May 19. Small Fry Camp- June 5-August 31. Ages: 3-5 (child must be 3 years by the first class); 8:00am12:00pm. Preschoolers will enjoy hands-on activities, music in song and dance, and many other age-related activities. Fieldtrips may be offered. Child must be toilet trained to participate. $905/entire quarter; $300/ June only; $300/July only; $345/ August only. Summer Therapeutic Day Camp- Alison Hall, 5012930,, 7 week summer day camp designed for young adults with various disabilities. Program includes lifeskills training such as handling money, team work, social skills, square dancing, swimming, and other physical recreation activities. The campers also participate in field trips. 334-501-2930

Bonnie’s Kids Childcare Center ad on page 45

2314 Enterprise Drive, Opelika, Al 36801 When your schedule says, “You can’t be there”, place your kids in Bonnie’s Care. Bonnie’s Kids Child Care can lovingly step in when your busy schedule

takes you away from your young, preschool children, when you naturally want them cared for and watched over with the same love, attention, protection and nurturing that you would provide yourself. Serving the Opelika region for over 25 years, Bonnie’s Kids Child Care has been helping working families with attentive, conscientious and supportive child care in times of need, providing young children with guidance, confidence, nutrition, emotional and physical exercising and support, and honest to goodness love. Summer camp includes 3 field trips per week for school age children including swimming, bowling, area parks, movie theater, Auburn University, Callaway Gardens and more! Also offering Premier Spirit Academy tumbling, dance, music, computer and more! 334-745-6248

Growing Room Child Development Center ad on page 17

644 North Dean Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Kicks off May 30, 2017. Our Summer Camp includes exciting events and activities for every age group, from Infants to our School Agers. This year our Summer Camp will be a Beach Blast by the Sea! Each week our campers will participate in unique crafts and special events with themes related to different beach experiences. Our 4 year olds will enjoy bi-weekly field trips, while our School Age kids will enjoy fun & exciting field trips every week! Our summer curriculum continues to include educational concepts such as literacy, math, science, and character education. Children enjoy warm nutritious meals and the safest play possible on our state of the art playground. Give your child the best summer ever at the Growing Room. We’re open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm. Come by today for a tour at 644 North Dean Road, Auburn, Al. Summer Camp registration opens to new enrollments on March 27, 2017. 334-501-2044

Opelika Parks and Recreation ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Covington Day Camp- June 5-16, June 19-30, July 3-14, and July 17-28. Monday-Friday, 8:00am3:00pm. Ages Kindergarten-7th graders. This camp will have a wide variety of sport activities, swimming, and weekly field trips both in and out of town. Cook outs and a staff-camper water day featuring a 30 ft. water slide highlights an active summer planned with your child in mind. On rainy days your camper will have a variety of activities inside the gym and game room. Camp includes snack, daily swimming and a t-shirt. $125/session. PlexCamp- June 5-16, June 19-30, July 3-14, and July 17-28. Monday-Friday, 8:00am-3:00pm. Ages 1st-5th grade (completed). This camp will include a wide variety of activities including arts & crafts, swimming, field trips, water day, wacky day, color day and sports. Many activities will have special emphasis on nature and science. $160/session. Plex Kids Camp- June 5-28. 3:00-5:30pm. weekly sessions. Ages 1st-5th grade (completed). After a full day of camp, kids will have a snack, some down time and enjoy the many activities the Sportsplex has to offer. $50/week. Covington Kids Camp- June 5-July 28. 3:005:30pm. Ages K-Rising 7th grade. $30/week. 334-705-5560

Active8- Columbus State University, Continuing Education Summer Camps 4225 University Avenue, Elizabeth Bradley Turner Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017

Center Columbus, GA 31907 Genius at Play! 10 weeks of active summer fun! Half day and full day options, before and after care available, new camps to choose from every week. Camps begin June-Aug. 706-507-8070.

Auburn University Summer Youth Outreach Programs

213 Samford Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849 21st Century- June 4-9. Architecture Camp- June 18-23 & June 25-28. AU Brain Camp- July 16-21. Art Studio Camp- June 18-23. Automotive Design- June 5-9. Aviation Camp- June 25-30 and July 9-14. Birmingham Design- July 17-21 and July 24-28. Creative Writing- July 16-21. Computer Science for Girls- June 4-9. Cyber Security Engineering Camp- July 16-21. Dance Intensive- June 26-30. Design Camp- 2 Sessions: June 18-23 and July 9-14. Engineering TIGERS Camp- Senior camp: June 18-23. Exploring Agriculture & Gaining Leadership-July 16-19. Empowering Girls Through Leadership and Exercise- June 19-22. Fellowship of Christian Athletes- June 27-30. Fisheries and Aquaculture Camp- June 11-16. Food Science Camp – July 23-28. Forestry Camp- June 25-30. Global Youth Camp- June 12-16. Irish Dance- June 19-23. Korean Cultural Experience Camp- July 23-28. Loachapoka Explore Auburn Days Camp- June 4-9. Musical Theatre Camp- July 16-21. Nursing and Healthcare Camp- June 4-9. Photography Camp- July 23-28 and June 25-30. Outdoor Adventure- July 23-28. Pharmacy Camp- June 4-9. Real Cents, Real Change-June 18-23. Robotics & Game Development- June 18-23. Sports Science Camp- June 11-16. Summer English School- June 5-30. Veterinarian Camp-Senior Camp- June 11-16 and July 9-14. Wildlife Camp- July 23-28. World Affairs Youth Seminar- July 9-14. Youth Digital App Design- June 19-23 and July 10-14. 334-844-5700

Martial Arts Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

Dean Road Recreation Center, 307 South Dean Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Yoshukai Karate- June 1-Aug 31. 6:00-7:00pm. Ages 5-12. $125/quarter. Karate is a martial art that emphasizes self-confidence, personal worth and physical fitness. This class teaches basic strikes, blocks and kicks. Tournament sparring and selfdefense fighting is in a controlled setting. 334-703-2402

Opelika Parks and Recreation ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Karate- Ages 6-adult. Begin as a new student or advance your skills in traditional style Japanese Karate taught by certified Black Belt level instructors. Traits of discipline, self-control, & respect are woven into each training session. An advancement exam will be held Sat., July 1 for those who meet training and performance requirements. Uniforms can be purchased the 1st week of class. FEES: $75. 334-705-5560

World Champion Taekwondo ad on page 23

2701 Fredrick Road, Suite 308, Opelika, Al. 36830 Prepare your child for success in the classroom. Learn a Korean form of martial arts that focuses on discipline, concentration, respect, balance and coordination., Students should expect to have fun while learning basic kicking and punching techniques as well as beginning self defense. Birthday parties available on weekends. 334-737-5617

Auburn Academy of Martial Arts

323 Airport Rd, Suite J, Auburn, Al 36830 June 5-9, June 19-23, July 10-14, and July 31- Aug 4. 9:00am-12:00pm. Summer Camp themes include: Padded Weapons, Board Breaking, Bully Buster Techniques, Tournament Sparring. Learning, discipline, and FUN! All levels-beginners and advanced. We welcome all interested students to come by to observe a class or just jump right in and try it out. 334-502-7221


5278 Camp Ascca Dr, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Easter Seals Camp ASCCA is a year round camp for people with disabilities located in Jackson’s Gap, Al. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad”, outdoor adventure elements, like the zip-line, and much more!

Auburn Mixed Martial Arts

2515 E Glenn Commerce Pk #204, Auburn, 36830 Teach realistic, but safe, fighting techniques in the martial arts of: Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Kickboxing, Anti Bully Techniques and Submission Grappling. We also teach classes in Fitness Kickboxing and Kettle Bell.



P.E.E.P.S. (Poultry and Egg Experiences for Prospective Students)


Auburn University College of Agriculture 107 Comer Hall Auburn, AL 36849 Camp is designed to educate students in the areas of agriculture, food, science and poultry.


Springwood School

1814 Cherry Drive, Lanett, Alabama 36863 Offering Art, Theatre, Basketball, British Soccer, Football , Softball and Cheer Camp 334-644-2191


Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. 222 East Drake Ave, Auburn. Al 36830 Musical Theatre Camp I, II, and III- June 12-16, Ages 5-18 yrs; $150-$170. Whether you have been on stage many times, or never, this camp is for you. You’ll learn music, choreography and do character development activities for several Broadway Musical numbers. Summer Intensive- June 19-23 and June 24-28. Ages 5-18yrs; $150. Whether you are a beginning or expe-

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rienced actor, you will be able to learn something new. It is fun and fast paced. We will focus on improvisation, voice and movement and scene studies Joy’s Music and Singing Summer Camp- Camp will bring your music appreciation and singing skills to the next level, by teaching students how to read music scores, write music notes, know classical composers, apply professional vocal techniques and sing songs together. There will also be a lot of fun. Session I- June 19-23. Ages 5-7. 8:30-11:30am. Fee: $155. Joy’s Music Session II- June 26-30. Ages 8-11. 1:30-4:30pm. Fee: $175. Session III- July 10-14. Ages 12 and up. 1:304:30pm. $195. Rhythm Guitaring Lessons- June 1-Aug 31, 9:3010:15am; Ages 8-17, $35/month. B Flat Clarinet Lessons- June 1-Aug 31, 10:3011:30am; Ages 8-17, $35/month. 334-501-2963

Auburn University Band Camps

Goodwin Music Building, Auburn, Alabama 36849 June 8-10, June 10-13, June 19-22 and June 23-25. 334-844-4156,edu

Spicer’s Music

2140 E. University Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Garage Band Camps: June 5-9 and June 12-16, morning and afternoon sessions. Attention aspiring musicians, ages 8 - 18! Camp Kazoo: June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13 and July 24-27, 9:00-10:30am. This fun-filled, positive camp introduces children ages 3 to 7 to the wonderful world of music. Camp Kazoo campers will beat on drums, shake tambourines, tap the keys, strum guitars, sing and of course toot KAZOOS! Rock Band Camp Junior 1- June 26-30 and July 24-28. 12:00-2:00pm. Rock Band Camp Jr is an exciting, week-long summer music camp for kids ages 6 & 7 years old who want to rock out! This fun camp was designed to be a bridge between Camp Kazoo, our exploratory music camp for young children, and Garage Band Camp, our premium rock band camp for kids ages 8 to 18. At Rock Band Camp Jr, our experienced staff will provide an introduction to guitar, ukulele, drums, bass, keyboard and vocals. 334-329-7529

Summer Showoffs

Auburn High School, 405 South Dean Rd, Auburn, AL 36830

Sports/Fitness Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

425 Perry St, Auburn, AL 36830 Sports Camp- June 6-24, July 18-22, 9:00am12:00noon; Ages 9-12years, $50. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a different sport each day. Sports include baseball, soccer, tennis, track, basketball. Camp will be at a different location each day. Academy of Starz Basketball Training - June 1-Aug 31, Ages 5-18, Fee $15/session. ASA Thunder Tykes Camp- June 20-22 and July 25-27, 5:00-6:30pm; Age 4-5. Fee: $50. ASA Rising Tiger Soccer Camp- June 5-8 and July 10-13, Age 6-8. Fee: $75. ASA Junior Soccer Camp- June 5-8 and July 10-13,

Ages 9-13. Fee: $85. ASA Goalkeeper Soccer Camp- August 7-10, Ages 10-18. Fee: $100. ASA Advanced Soccer Camp- August 7-10, Ages 10-18. Fee: $100. Tots Tennis and Fitness - May 31-Aug 23. 9:009:30am. Ages 2-3. Tennis Camps- June 5-8, June 26-29, July 17-20 and July 24-27. 334-501-2930

Auburn Tennis Academy Racquet Camps w/ Francois Bosman ad on page 13

Moore’s Mill Club, 1957 Fairway Dr, Auburn 36830 Camps for ages 5-13 years and all skill levels welcome. June 26-30 and July 24-28, 7:30am-3:00pm. Tennis instruction & games, pickle ball instruction & games, lunch, snacks and drinks included, camp gifts, free swim & games. $295 per camper. 334-887-5655

Opelika Parks and Recreation ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 August 5- SportsPlex Tri for Kids: Register now! Swim, Bike and Run! Basketball Camp- June 15-16. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. $25. MJ Basketball Camp- July 13-15. Ages 7-18. $40. Lardarius Webb Football Camp- June 1-3. 8:0011:00am. Ages 7-18. Fee: Free. OHS Girls Basketball Youth Camp- June 5-7. 8:00am-12:00pm. Fee: $30. Ages k-9th grade. EYG Basketball Academy- June 5-July 27. Ages 10-14. Fee: $50. Tennis- June 5-July 26. Ages Beginners 4-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-13. Fee: $50/month. Mini Tennis Clinic- June 20-22 and July 18-20, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 6-12. Sports Camp- June 26-29. 9:00am-1:00pm. Ages 5-7. Fee: $40. A fun week of high energy sports based activities. Bring a lunch, water bottle, bathing suit, towel and lots of energy. Finish the day with play in the Splash Park (5-7) or pool (8-11). Wrestling Camp- June 7-8, 4:00-6:00pm, Ages 5-12, $20. T-Ball- Begins June 5. . Ages 4-6. $45. 334-705-5560

Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf Clinics ad on page 15

3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Al 36801 3 Sessions: June 5-8, June 19-22 and July 31-3. Take your swing to the next level! Grand National is offering golf clinics this summer for junior golfers, ages 7-17, taught by PGA Certified pros. $100 per session; 8:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch and a free Par 3 round are included each day. 334-749-9042

Age 9-15. $375-$475.


Auburn Thunder Soccer

Auburn, Al 36830 Auburn Thunder (part of the Auburn Soccer Association) is an elite soccer club for boys and girls ages 9-18. 256-655-4448

Auburn University Volleyball Camps

Auburn Athletics Complex, 392 S Donahue Drive, Auburn, AL 36849 July 7- Position Camp I July 11- Position Camp II July 7- Serving Clinic I July 11-Serving Clinic II. July 8-10- High School All-Skills Camp July 15-17- Youth All-Stars Camp. July 12-13- Team Tournament July 13-15- Team Camp July 12-15- Team Tournament and Camp 334-844-4750


1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Youth Swim for Fitness- This is a chance for kids to learn a lifetime fitness activity. Our hourlong workout will improve endurance; perfect technique and help children learn advanced swimming skills. Children must have completed Snappers Level 3 or be at least 8 years old to participate. Fitness Fun Camp- May 30-August 4; Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 12:00pm (extended day is available through 5:00pm). Ages 5-12 yrs. A safe and funfilled camp environment that will promote fitness, health, creativity and friendship. Open to members and non-members. Kids’ Gym- Ages 5-12. Members free; non-members $2.00 per visit. Activities include climbing wall, scooters, basketball, relays, kickball, tag games, dodgeball, jump rope and much more. At the pool, children may swim or play quietly on the pool deck. 334-887-5666

My Gym

300 North Dean Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Monday & Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm, Wednesday, 1:00-4:00pm. Drop the kiddos off at My Gym for 3-hours of non-stop indoor fun. We’ll be doing games, relays, gymnastics, sports skills, arts and crafts and much more! Snack Included! Summer Camp is great for children ages 2.5yrs to 9yrs! Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Members $30per day/ Non-members $35per day. Farm Day: June 5 Pirates and Princess: June 12 Camping/Outdoors: June 19 Super Heros: June 26. Ocean: July 10 Music Dance: July 17 Circus: July 24 334-246-0987

Auburn University Soccer Camps

Auburn Athletics Complex, 392 S Donahue Drive June 9-10- Soccer Goalkeeper & Striker Camp. Age 11-18, $250. June 11-14- June Residential and Commuter Camp. Age 9-18. $375-$475. July 7-9- Elite Camp. Age 13-18. $425. July 10-13- Day Camp. Age 5-12. $130. July 16-19- Residential and Commuter Camp.


Plains Junior Golf

Moore’s Mill Golf Club, 1957 Fairway Dr, Auburn, AL 36830 Offering girls, boys and co-ed golf camps. 334-319-0051

Sports Academy

3768 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, Al 36801


Swimming Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 3

Samford Pool, 465 Wrights Mill Rd, Auburn, Al Summer Swim Lessons and Teams- Samford Pool, 465 Wrights Mill Road, Auburn. 501-2958 or 501-2930 Lessons- Morning and evening classes offered. Ages 6 months and up. Participants should wear appropriate swimwear, as testing may be required. For more information, visit or pick up a copy of Auburn Parks and Recreation’s Summer Brochure. Sea Babies- Ages 6 months-3 years; Sea Turtles- Ages 3-5yrs; Guppies- Ages 6-10 yrs; Dolphins- Ages 11-15yrs; Big Fish- Ages 19-older Saturday Stroke Clinics- May 6, May 13, and May 20. The Aquatics Staff will be offering Saturday Stroke Clinics in the month of May for children ages 7 – 18. Each Saturday will focus on two strokes or skills, with one hour devoted to each skill. Saturday Stroke Clinics are led by a USA Swimming certified coach and trained staff. Participants will be divided into age-appropriate groups after registration. Some participants may be moved into higher aged groups based on skill level. These clinics are designed to help children master strokes previously learned in Auburn City Pools swim lessons, the City of Auburn Swim Team or with another swimming program. Auburn Dragonflies Swim Team- First time team members’ evaluations: May 15, 4:00-5:00pm. Team practice: May 15-25, 4:00-5:00pm. Auburn Diving and Learn to Dive- Ages 7 and up. Red Cross Lifeguard Certification- May 5-13. Scuba- June 7, 14, 21 & June 28, July 5, & 12. 6:009:00pm. Ages 12 and up. 887-8005. Float-In-Movies- May 4: May the Fourth Be With You, May 12: Treat Your Mom Event, June 8: Atlantis The Lost Empire and July 13: The Incredibles, July 25: Teen Night- The Giver. Friday Night Splash- June 30 and July 21. 6-8pm. Samford Pool. Enjoy free swim, games, music, cookout and more. $2. Back to School Pool Party & Movie- Drake Pool: July 30, 1:00-6:00pm. $2. Samford Pool: August 5, 10:00am-6:00pm. $2. 334-501-2958

Opelika Parks and Recreation ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Opelika SeaDawgs Summer Swim Team –Mandy, Parent Meeting: May 1, 5:30pm. Practice May 2-25. Fee $65/swimmer. SeaDawgs Pups- Begins May 2. Age 4-5. Fee: $60. Summer Swimming Lessons Covington Pool: Ages 4 and up (beginner through advanced classes). $50 fee. Session I: June 5-16; Session II: June 19-30; Session III: July 3-14; Session IV: July 17-28. 9:00-9:50am. Youth Swim Lessons SportsPlex- Ages 4 and up. Session I:June 5-16; Session II: June 19-30; Session III: July 10-21. 55 fee. Parent and Me- May 9-23; Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00pm or 5:30pm. Or May 30-June 27, Tuesday, 5:00pm or 5:30pm. $30. American Red Cross Lifeguard Challenge CourseMay 6, May 8-11, May 20. SportsPlex Member Family Swim Night- June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6. For Members Only. 6:00-9:00pm. Float in Movie- June 23. 7:00pm. Free for members, $5 for non-members. 334-705- 2488


1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Infant Swimming Resource- nationally recognized survival swimming program which teaches infants and toddlers using the ISR Self-Rescue™ method. Water Babies- Baby’s first swim lesson. Parents and children participate in eight 30-minute guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017

including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, and more. This is not a Learn-to-Swim class. Learn To Swim- Beginner to advanced sessions. 334-887-5666

Tiger Swim Lessons

James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn University2 week sessions with 30 minute classes 334-737-4427

Swimming Pools Auburn Parks and Recreation Drake Pool ad on page 3

655 Spencer Ave. Auburn, Al 36830 Auburn City pools will open on May 27. Auburn City Pool Season passes will be sold at the Dean Road Recreation Center. Individual and Family passes available. 334-501-2958

Auburn Parks and Recreation Samford Pool ad on page 3

465 Wrights Mill Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Auburn City pools will open on May 27. Auburn City Pool Season passes will be sold at the Dean Road Recreation Center. Individual and Family passes available. 334-501-2957

Opelika Parks and Recreation Covington Pool ad on Inside Back Cover

213 Carver Ave. Opelika, Al 36801 Daily- 2:00-5:00pm.


Opelika Parks and Recreation Sportsplex Pool & Splash Pad ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Pool: Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am- 4:45pm, Sunday 1:00-4:45pm. Splash Pad: Monday- Friday 9:00am- 8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am4:45pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:45pm 334-705-5560

Unique Activities Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 5 and 22

425 Perry St, Auburn, AL 36830 Superhero Training Camp- June 5-9. 3:00-5:00pm. Ages 5-7. Fee: $75. Your heroes will get strong in the gym, build super smarts with science experiments and use art to create superhero identities! Non-stop, action packed fun for all! (Children are welcome to dress in their favorite Superhero costumes!). Science Camp- July 24-28. 3:00-5:00pm. Ages 7-9. Fee: $75. Join us for partner science experiments, cool demos and friendly building competitions daily! Action packed fun guaranteed to please your favorite Einstein! World Language Day Camp: German- June 5-9. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 9-12. Fee: $125. Join us for lots of fun this summer at World Language Day Camp. The week will be filled with games, music, food and other fun activities that will help us discover the lan-


guage and culture of the German-speaking countries. $125/child. World Language Day Camp: Spanish- June 12-16. 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 9-12. Fee: $125. Join us for lots of fun this summer at World Language Day Camp. $125/child. Auburn Robotics Camp- June 23. 8:00am-4:00pm. Ages 10-14. Fee: $125. Ever dream of building a robot but didn’t know where to begin? Now’s your chance! The provided kits will need to be assembled, soldered, wired up and programmed. You will learn it all and keep the robot for future tinkering. No prior experience needed but a willingness to learn and strong math, science and critical thinking skills are beneficial. Entomology Camp- May 30-June 2. 8:00am-12:00pm. Ages 9-18. Fee: $80 plus materials. A science-based day camp where campers will learn about insects in an outdoor setting. In this five-day outdoor camp, participants will learn to collect, identify and pin insects. 334-501-2930

Opelika Parks and Recreation ad on Inside Back Cover

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 A Day in the Life of Police Academy- June 19. 9:3011:30am. Ages 6-11 yrs. Fee: $10. A Day in the Life of Firefighters Academy- June 21. 8:30am-2:00pm. Ages 6-12yrs. Fee: $10. A Day in the Life of Power Service Academy- June 209:00-11:00am; Ages 6-11yrs. Fee: $10. Adventure Day- July 26. 1:00-4:00pm. Ages 5-12yrs. Fee: $10. Fun activities! You are invited to go on an adventure of food & fun. Back to School Bash- July 28. 10:00am-1:00pm. All Ages, Free. Back to School Ice Cream Social- July 21. 1:002:00pm. Ages 5-12, Fee $5. Boys Night Out- June 23. 6:00-9:00pm. Ages 7-12. Fee $20. Enjoy food, basketball and video games. Covington Movie Club- June 9: Secret Life of Pets, June 22: Moana, July 6: Finding Dory, and July 20: Storks. 3:30-5:00pm. Ages 6-12. Fee $3 per movie. Hot summer day with nothing to do? Come in and enjoy a movie and popcorn! Girls Night Out- June 9. 6:00-9:00pm. Ages 6-12. Fee $20. Come enjoy food, a movie, jewelry making and makeovers. Don’t forget to wear your pj’s. Goofy Games- July 13. 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 6-12yrs. Fee: $10. Enjoy relays, group games, board games & computerized games. Green Thumb Gardening- June 21. 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 5-12. Fee $12. Junior Bakers- July 11. 3:00-4:30pm. Ages 9-12. Fee $15. Class max: 6 Kids in the Kitchen- June 6. 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 4-7. Fee $15. Hands on fun making delicious and childproof foods! Lion Tamers -June 3. 10:00am-1:00pm. All ages. Free! Games, prizes, food, and Free Swim! Messy Madness- July 5, 3:00-4:00pm. All Ages. Fee: $10. “Messy Projects and Slimy Creations”. Wear old clothing. Summer Crafts- June 6. 3:00-4:30pm. Ages 4-7. Fee: $10. Have fun making summer crafts with a summer theme. Toddler Drive-In Movie- May 19, June 16 and July 14. 5:30-8:00pm. Get out of the house and get artistic with your toddler. Ages: 2-5. Fee: $10. Wacky Water Games- July 18. 3:00-4:00pm. Age 6-10. Fee: $10. 334-705-5560

Watersports/Lake Martin

Lakeside Marina, Dadeville, Al, 36853 Pleasure Point Marina Cabin Rentals; Dadeville, A Rentals: cabins, boats, watercraft, tubes, boards and skis 256-825-9286; 256-825-9400; www.lakesidemarinallc. com; AOP




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As a destination of every important document, photo or artwork related to your child, the refrigerator remains a central feature in the home. Gearation magnets are an intriguing opportunity to turn the kitchen’s crossroads into a site for play/ learning experience. This set comes with one central magnetic gear with a switch that starts rotation, and five accessory gears that can be placed in a variety of combination. One flip of the switch and the interlocking gears begin to turn with a mesmerizing effect. The pieces are sturdy and the magnets are strong enough to hold the gears in place as they move. Combining the strength of magnets with the mechanical marvels of gears, this Gearation set will set young minds in motion as well.

With brightly colored, environmentally friendly blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes, kids can explore the power and versatility of magnets as mortar for an endless stream of construction. The Magfun set includes thirty-two pieces that feature squares, wheels, balls, caps and more 3D shapes. The strong diversity of elements will quickly inspire small hands to craft their own masterpieces. The magnetic connections on all sides make quick assembly easy and intuitive. Whether children are taking their lead from the included instructions or designing their own builds, creating the shape of things to come is a magnetic snap with this Magfun set.

Bellz! A Positively Magnetic Game

Brain Power Magnetic Blocks

With the goal of channeling magnetic attraction through multiple objects to collect a player’s designated bell colors, the simple elements of this game camouflage real dexterity and strategy challenges. Players must choose which end of the magnetic wand (strong pull or weak) to use as they attempt to lift their color from the game surface without attracting other player colors. Delicate manipulation and forward thinking come into play as kids and adults navigate the wand among forty bells of various colors and sizes to gather their own. Neatly gathered in a zippered pouch that opens up to become the playing surface, the challenge of manipulating magnetic force can go anywhere.

Combining the basic shapes of plane geometry with the powerful pull of magnetic connections, Brain Power’s Magnetic Blocks open a wide vista of tactile play and mental exploration. The sixty-five translucent tiles not only support three-dimensional thinking as the build progresses, but also add a colorful artistic aesthetic that keeps kids engaged with their construction. Much like tangram shapes, the tiles’ basic elements of geometry encourage mathematical thinking and problem-solving as little fingers manipulate the pieces into structures of their own design. Whether kids are making architecture or art, these beautiful elements all come together through the invisible power of magnetism.





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I divorced sixteen years ago. Being a child of divorce myself, I knew the depths of pain that divorce can bring. I never expected to divorce myself, much less see my children go through it. Nonetheless my journey has been one of growth. While everyone’s experience is different, there is something universal about how we grieve and heal from divorce. While everyone’s experience of parenting is different, there is something universal about how we parent. Co-parenting is, the process by which unmarried parents resolve to parent as

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No one is born with these skills. We have to learn them. As a clinical sociologist, I facilitate co-parenting education groups with David Saavedra, a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist. We share the following steps with group participants.

1) Begin a new relationship with your Ex Co-parenting requires setting the old relationship aside and dealing with the grief of that old relationship outside of co-parenting. The new relationship of co-parenting is about the business of raising children. It is not about resolving old issues in the marriage that can no longer be resolved. It is about the nuts and bolts of raising children. It is about doctor appointments, transportation to ball games, homework and who will attend the parent teacher conference. Some ex-spouses can eventually be friends. The key to that friendship is the death of the old relationship.

2) Establish boundaries For me, it has been easier to keep boundaries clear. In the beginning of the co-parenting relationship, I used several guidelines to avoid conflicts when communicating with my co-parent face to face, by text or by email. • I only talk about our daughters. • I keep my language and tone respectful. • I keep communication short. (Hint: When an issue is heated, I email or text to keep the opportunity for disrespecting one another to a minimum.)

3) Resolve conflict Conflicts are part of life. Therefore, conflict is part of coparenting. If I keep my communication short, respectful and focused on the business of raising children, conflicts are fewer and farther between. When there are disagreements, I remind my daughters (and myself) that moms and dads are different and we don’t always do things the same way. I say something like this. “When you are with Dad you need to do what he says. When you are with me, you need to follow my rules.” I am careful to share with them, “One thing dad and I have in common is that we love our girls.” It is absolutely imperative that I never speak ill of their father. Half of their DNA comes from their father. To criticize him in their presence is to criticize my daughters.

4) Make a parenting agreement Agreements prevent disagreements. Some co-parents find that written co-parenting agreements are helpful. Co-parenting agreements have more details than a visitation agreement inside a divorce decree. It can be developed by a lawyer, mediator or counselor/ therapist. To involve a professional however, requires a fee. Faith based divorce recovery groups or non-profit services for co-parenting may be able to assist co-parents in writing parenting agreements without charging. If there is some level of cooperation between the co-parents, you may be able to write your own parenting agreement. Sample agreements can be found in many co-parenting books or co-parenting online resources. Co-parenting is a learned set of skills that benefit everyone, especially our children. AOP Laura Lyles Reagan is a child advocate, sociologist and free lance writer. She is a mother of two daughters. She can be reached for co-parenting sessions through her website at



FamilyCalendar Tuesday, May 23 Summer Swing: East Alabama Community Band Every Tuesday, beginning in May, the Opelika Parks and Recreation Dept. hosts a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Park in Opelika. This 13-week concert series offers a wide variety of musical entertainment. Burgers and hotdogs available for purchase from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Complimentary lemonade during the concerts. Rocky Brook Rocket complimentary train rides. Bring a quilt or lawn chair and enjoy the evening! 334-705-5567. Baby Time Auburn Public Library. Two times to choose from, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 Noon Tunes: Muse Courthouse Square, Opelika. 12:00 noon. Celebrate the arrival of summer as you join us every Wednesday in May on Courthouse Square in Opelika for a free lunchtime concert. Bring a brown bag lunch (or purchase lunch from a local restaurant), a quilt or lawn chair and relax by the fountain for an hour of unforgettable musical entertainment. Concert Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. 334.705.5567. Toddler Time Auburn Public Library. Two times to choose from, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 Preschool Storytime Auburn Public Library. Two times to choose from, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Market at Ag Heritage Park AU Campus 3:00-6:00 p.m. The Market is an open-air, growers-only farmers market that operates each Thursday, MayAugust, at Ag Heritage Park on the Auburn University campus. The Market features area vendors offering fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants and cut flowers as well as locally produced jams and jellies, baked goods, soaps, honey, goat cheese and more. Chris Rock: Total Blackout Tour 2017 Fox Theatre, Atlanta. May 25 - 28.

Friday, May 26 Toddler Drive-In Movie at the SportsPlex Opelika. Decorate a “cardboard cruiser”, and watch a movie afterwards. Supplies for cardboard cars will be provided. Bring your car home to continue the fun! Older siblings are welcome to attend. Refreshments during the movie. 5:30-6:15 p.m. - Make Your Car. 6:208:00 p.m. - Watch Movie. $10, Ages 2-5 years. Memorial Day Weekend at Callaway Gardens Our Memorial Day Weekend Festival features the 58th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® and a host of other fun attractions at Robin Lake Beach including live music, the beach activities, kids zones, great food, drink specials and much more. Come early and stake out your spot on the beach to soak up rays and take in all the action. For more information, visit Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park. Join us for a special salute to the troops, extended fireworks finale, and the Lasershow

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Spectacular in Mountainvision® with jaw dropping fire effects now for 4 nights! Marvel as the skies above light up in a specially choreographed musical tribute honoring the brave men and women who protect our country. The special patriotic fireworks finale will immediately follow the Lasershow every night May 26-29! All active and retired military personnel will receive one FREE Adventure Pass with valid ID and will save up to 30% off per person for immediate family members, and will receive 20% off food and merchandise. Friday On The Green Russell Crossroads, Alexander City. Join us Friday evenings from 6:30 until 8:30 on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, your coolers, your pups (on a leash) and enjoy your family and friends and music provided by local musicians. It’s a great way enjoy a slower pace on Friday. Come join us! RXR Fest Alexander City. Beginning on Friday you are invited to bring your cooler, your lawn chair, your pup (On A LEASH PLEASE) your friends, family, or come alone and make new friends to Russell Crossroads for the RXR Fest. It’s FREE and you’ll hear great music from local musicians, regional musicians and some national acts may happen along too! Friday Night Concert Series: Hillbilly Trucking Join us for an amazing line up for the Friday Night Concert Series for May at 7:00 p.m.! The concert is FREE and open to all ages. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and your family for a night of great music and fun! Outside food and beverages are allowed. However, glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Jurassic Quest The Largest Exhibition of Lifesize, Moving, Museum-Quality Dinosaurs in North America! The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. There will be dino-related activities for kids. May 26 - 28. Montgomery Convention Center. www.

Saturday, May 27 Memorial Day Weekend at Callaway Gardens See May 26 for details. Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park See May 26 for details. RXR Fest See May 26 for details. Art on the Lake Children’s Harbor, Eclectic. More than 40 artists from across the Southeast will be on hand to display and sell their beautiful artwork. Canvas art, pottery, jewelry, rock work and more. Come by land or boat. Kids activities. Music and concessions. Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park Pine Mountain, Ga. 4:00 p.m. Team up (1-6 people) and complete in our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office


anytime. Pictures must be brought to office with checklist by 4 p.m. Winners notified by phone that day to pick up prize. No charge. Parking fee $5.

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Bluebirds and Butterflies FDR State Park, Pine Mountain, Ga. Help us monitor our bluebird nest boxes and check our butterfly garden. There is a short walk to five boxes and a demonstration pollinator garden. We talk briefly on what it takes to attract both bluebirds and butterflies to your yard. Parking $5. 706-663-4858. FDRoosevelt. Red, White and Cool Blue Summer Splash FDR State Park, Pine Mountain, Ga. Come splash with us in the Liberty Bell Pool. Food, fun, music and contests with prizes for the whole family. $2-$5. 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. 706324-2453. Saturday STEM Auburn Public Library. For ages 4-7 years. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Preschoolers-2nd grade and their caregivers are invited to join us for a new storytime that is all about STEM…Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format.

Sunday, May 28 Memorial Day Weekend at Callaway Gardens See May 26 for details. Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park See May 26 for details. RXR Fest See May 26 for details. Art on the Lake See May 27 for details.

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day at the Alabama National Cemetery Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery at 9 a.m. The Flag Placement Ceremony will be held on Saturday May 27, at 9:00 a.m. The general public is encouraged to attend both of these moving events. Memorial Day at the American Village Montevallo. We remember the fallen, and salute veterans and those currently serving our nation in the Armed Forces. The day’s events include musical tributes, historical reenactments, wreath laying ceremonies and special tours. Experience the National Veterans Shrine and Register of Honor, and learn how you can honor the veterans in your family. Memorial Day at The Georgia Aquarium At 12:00 p.m. please join us in the Aquarium’s main Atrium for the presentation of colors, playing of “Taps” and a Moment of Silence. Amongst our café seating, you’ll find the Table of the Fallen Comrade. This table, set for one, is a way to acknowledge that members of our armed forces are missing. In our Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot gallery in front of the large viewing window, you’ll find the Battlefield Cross. The Battlefield

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FamilyCalendar Cross plays a part in many memorial ceremonies as a visible reminder of the fallen soldier. www. Bluegrass On the Plains May 29-June 4. University Station RV Resort, Auburn. Bluegrass fans will be gathering together on the Auburn Plains to hear music, eat from the many food vendors, and celebrate the Memorial Day week. The music event will also include a memorial day BBQ, brush fires, a potluck, arts & crafts, vendors and workshops for festival goers to participate in. www. Memorial Day Weekend at Callaway Gardens See May 26 for details. Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park See May 26 for details.

Tuesday, May 30 Summer Swing: Crossroads See May 23 for details. Baby Time See May 23 for details. Bluegrass on the Plains See May 29 for details.

Wednesday, May 31 Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Verizon Amp, Atl. Noon Tunes: Strawberry Whine See May 24 for details. Bluegrass on the Plains See May 29 for details.

Thursday, June 1 Bluegrass on the Plains May 29 through June 4. See May 29 for details. Family Fun Night Eastdale Mall, Montgomery. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Family Fun Nights provide local families an exciting evening filled with hands-on activities, story time, and performances by community attractions, and discounts by participating merchants. The best part? It’s all FREE! Make sure to check in at the Customer Service Centre to receive your wrist band to participate in all of the activities. (334) 277-7380. The Market at Ag Heritage Park AU Campus See May 25 for details. Preschool Storytime See May 25 for details.

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5th Annual Crawfish Bash June 2. Bay Minette. You will find crawfish, corn, potatoes, sausage, hot dogs, locally brewed beer from Fairhope Brewing - along with other non alcoholic beverages, live music, kid’s activities and a lot of fun! Tickets are available through the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, and kids 10 & under are free! Tickets include all food and beverages. Hank Williams Festival June 2 - 3. Georgiana. This tribute to native son Hank Williams includes country music, arts, crafts and food. Date Night Movie On the Green: “Dirty Dancing” 7:30 p.m. A date night movie will be played on the big blow up screen down in Montgomery’s Riverfront Park starting at dark on the first Friday in May and June. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Food vendors and a cash bar will be available for purchase or you may bring your own food. No outside alcohol allowed. Must be at least 18 years or older. Pets welcome. Tickets are $5 per person. First Friday On the First Friday of each month, downtown Opelika specialty shops will be open until 8 p.m. with music and entertainment on the street corners, and several restaurants in the downtown area to make the evening a great way to relax and enjoy the atmosphere!

Saturday, June 3 Bluegrass on the Plains May 29 through June 4. See May 29 for details. 10th Annual Touch-A-Truck June 3. Opelika. There will be trucks and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes for children, under adult supervision, to touch and explore. Free admission. Touch-A-Truck is presented by City of Opelika, Keep Opelika Beautiful and Opelika Main Street. Summer on Main Street Festival June 3. Roanoke. Arts, Craft and Food Vendors, Live Entertainment, Games, and Fun for the Entire Family. National Trails Day and Youth Fishing Derby June 3. Tuskegee National Forest. The National Forests in Alabama offers a “Free Fee” day. Any fees necessitated for either camping, fishing, trail riding, shooting, or horse-back riding will be waived. Annually the free fee day has been set aside in honor of our veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their family members to encourage veterans and active military personnel to spend their holiday enjoying the outdoors in one of Alabama’s national forests. Alabama’s Children’s Classic Bass Tournament June 3. Lake Point State Park, Eufaula. Fundraising Bass Tournament that supports childhood disease research plus Children’s of Alabama cause at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama. Purse is $10,000.00 pay back to top 15 anglers plus big fish and smallest legal fish. We support adults fishing with youth and spouses. Jeff Davis Birthday Celebration with Guest Speaker & Birthday Cake June 3. Montgomery. 334-215-0078 or 334-315-7266. Free. First White House of the Confederacy. 11 a.m. Guest Speaker and cake will be served. 44th Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show June 3 - 4. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla. The show is free with paid admission to the park. We will have door prizes, children’s games and


demonstration classes. Gate Admission: Adults $5.00 Seniors $4.00 (62+) Children $3.00 (6-11) 5 & under FREE. Burger Wars 2017 Opelika. www. burgerwarsopelika. com; Both professional chefs and amateur tailgate grillers will bring their Best Burger recipes to see who will win BURGER WARS 2017... And the best part is that you get to taste as much as you can handle! Join in on all the food and fun, June 3, 2017 in Downtown Opelika, and if you think you can take home the trophy you are invited to fire up your grill and let our judges decide. Science On Saturdays “Beautiful Bogs!” Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. 10:00 a.m. Alabama was once covered with beautiful bogs. Join us to learn all about the amazing carnivorous plants and other interesting species that are found there with Angela Underwood, the Education Coordinator at Weeks Bay Nature Preserve and Interpretive Center in Fairhope. Admission is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Children 3 and under are free. Canceled in event of rain. 334-844-8091. Hank Williams Festival See June 2 for details. Annual Lion Tamers Day Covington Rec Center, Opelika. A day filled with food, fun and free swim! All ages. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park See May 27 for details.

Sunday, June 4 Bluegrass on the Plains May 29 through June 4. See May 29 for details. 44th Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show See June 3 for details.

Tuesday, June 6 Summer Swing: Bill J. Brooks - ELVIS Lives June 6. See May 23 for details. Scandalous Hair June 6. Alabama Theatre, Bham. The Capitol Sounds Concert Band Saint James United Methodist Church, Montgomery. The concert band will perform selections from “The Planets” by British composer Gustav Holst, and the Slavonic March by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky. In addition, the band will perform a medley from the Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess”, as well as a Symphonic Suite from “Star Trek”. Another highlight of the concert will be a tribute to the legendary songwriting duo of the Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Free event. 334-6254661. Kids in the Kitchen Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Ever wanted to try your hand at cooking? Hands on fun making delicious and child-proof foods! $15 Ages 4-7. 3:00-4:00 p.m. Baby Time See May 23 for details.


FamilyCalendar Wednesday, June 7 Toddler Time See May 24 for details.

Thursday, June 8 Float-N-Movie: Atlantis: The Lost Empire” June 8. Samford Pool. 8:15 p.m. Join the Aquatics Staff for a movie under the stars… while relaxing and floating on a tube or lounging on the pool deck! Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite inflatable from home, as none will be provided. Concessions will be available throughout the evening. (334) 501-2957. www. Covington Movie Club: “Secret Life of Pets” Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Hot summer day with nothing to do? Come in and enjoy a movie, popcorn and drink! $3 per movie, ages 6-12. Family Fun Night See June 1 for details. The Market at Ag Heritage Park AU Campus See May 25 for details. Preschool Storytime See May 25 for details.

Friday, June 9 Friday On The Green See May 26 for details. Alexander City Jazz Fest For 27 years the Alexander City Jazz Fest has been a draw to music fans from all of the nation. June 9 - 10. SummerNights Downtown Art Walk Downtown Auburn. Arts festival that transforms downtown Auburn into an arts district, featuring the work of local and regional artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors, culinary contest, and children’s activities. SummerNight Downtown Art Walk will kick off with a pre-parade party and walking parade beginning at Pebble Hill and ending at Toomer’s Corner.

Kayaking and recreational paddlers. The event is for competitors and non-competitors to have a great time on whitewater in central Alabama. The Coosa River can be easily paddled by the first time spectator. There are kids events and expert events too. Three days of activities with camping and goodie bags given to everyone who registers. June 9 - 11. Wetumpka. Tallassee Now! BBQ Festival This barbecue festival and cook-off features arts and crafts, a car show, three music stages, a 5K run, children’s activities and tours of the historic Confederate Armory, a collection of big-game trophies from South Africa, Thurlow Dam and a local artist gallery. June 9 10. Girls Night Out Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Girls just wanna have fun! Come hangout with the girls and enjoy food, a movie and jewelry making, plus makeovers including hair, makeup and nails! And don’t forget to wear your pjs! $20, ages 6-12. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Remarkable Reptiles Get a close look at some of our scaly park inhabitants like lizards, snakes and turtles. Live animals will be used in the program. Learn about their natural history and how to identify them. Meet at the covered shelter next to the Trading Post in the campground. $3 ages 4 and up $5 parking. FDR State Park, Pine Mountain, Ga. 9:30 a.m. 706-663-4858.

Saturday, June 10 2017 Lee County Tour of Homes See June 9 for details. 6th Annual Caribbean Day in Linn Park Caribbean Day in Linn Park is a joyous celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. Visitors can enjoy Caribbean music, face painting, dancing and food. If you like jerk chicken this is the place to get your fill so come hungry. Birmingham. www. Miss Alabama Pageant A celebrated tradition since 1921, the Miss Alabama Pageant will determine Alabama’s representative for the Miss America Pageant. The Pageant preliminary events take place June 7-9. Homewood, Al. www.


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30th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival See June 9 for details. Adult Discovery Hike & Nature Walk Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. 8:30 a.m. No registration required. FREE to the public. (334) 8448091 •

Tuesday, June 13 Huey Lewis and the News June 13. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Baby Time See May 23 for details. Family Discovery Hike & Nature Walk Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. FREE to the public. (334) 8448091 •

Wednesday, June 14 Family Fun Day June 14. Ham Wilson Park, Auburn. 1:00-4:45 p.m. Activities for children include Little Pirates, face painting, spin art and a bounce house. Older children and adults can enjoy bungee trampoline jumping, a money machine, bingo and other games shows and contests. Basketball shootout, quarterback toss, an archery range, Giant Jenga, a rock climbing wall and miniature golf. Toddler Time See May 24 for details.

Thursday, June 15

Fuse Project’s 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival Teams of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer, and an experienced steerer will rock the water in a 46 foot authentic Hong Kong style Dragon Boat at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. A family-friendly, alcohol free event. Food trucks, fashion trucks, a petting zoo, a trackless train, a gyro gym, jumpies, and pony rides! Admission into the festival is $5 and children under the age of 3 get in FREE! Mobile.

Family Fun Night See June 1 for details.

Second Saturday at Columbus Museum Drop by the art cart with your children and grandchildren each month to explore various mediums of art, enjoy art related stories, and participate in gallery hunts at the Museum. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Free Admission. www.

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2017 Lee County Tour of Homes June 9 - 11. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sponsored by East Alabama Women’s Council of Realtors. One of our goals is to offer consumers a snapshot of the latest trends in new construction homes available in our Auburn-Opelika market. Proceeds from the Tour support a scholarship endowment for a student in the fields of Building Science and Architecture.

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The Market at Ag Heritage Park AU Campus See May 25 for details. Military Appreciation Day at The Montgomery Zoo All military personnel and their immediate family members receive FREE admission to the Zoo and the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Food, drinks and assorted refreshments are also provided. Military ID required. Preschool Storytime See May 25 for details.

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Friday On The Green See May 26 for details.

Father’s Day Limited June 18. Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. Take Dad on a relaxing one hour train ride through the scenic forests of Shelby County aboard our restored historic train cars. Father’s ride at ½ regular coach fare when accompanied by one or more of his children in coach class!

Friday, June 23

Toddler Drive-In Movie at the SportsPlex Opelika. Get out of the house and get artistic with your toddler! Decorate your “cardboard cruiser”, and watch a movie afterwards. Supplies for cardboard cars will be provided. Bring your car home to continue the fun! Older siblings are welcome to attend. Refreshments during the movie. 5:30-6:15 p.m.: Make Your Car 6:20-8:00 p.m.: Watch Movie $10, Ages 2-5 years.

Saturday, June 17 Juneteenth Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the ending of slavery in Texas, but is used to mark the overall ending of slavery in the United States. We are blocking off Montgomery Street between Lee and Molton for our first annual Juneteenth celebration. This free event will have local food and merchant vendors, performances, and free tours of the museum. (334) 241-8615. Juneteenth Birmingham An Annual free, family-oriented event that features music, food vendors, contests, free admission to BCRI galleries and other special activities. Birmingham. LOCAL 2017 Presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, LOCAL is a free event designed to share the best of Alabama, set up outdoors on the ASC’s Engel Plaza. Shop, eat, visit and listen to music — it’s a perfect event for families, groups and anyone who calls Alabama home. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Birmingham. Chilton County Peach Festival June 17 - 24. Clanton. Join in as Chilton County celebrates Alabama peaches. Pageants and tournaments are held throughout the week, along with the Peach Run, art exhibitions, a cook-off, fishing tournament, live music, parades, live and silent auctions, barbecue and much more. Call 205755-2400 for more information. Alabama Blueberry Festival This festival has arts and crafts, a car show, live entertainment, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks and food. There is also a free children’s section. Home of the “original” blueberry ice cream (made especially for the festival). Brewton. Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park See May 27 for details. Super Saturdays at LaGrange Art Museum 112 Lafayette Pkwy, LaGrange, Ga. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Free family art day! Spend the afternoon at the Museum. Families, neighbors, and friends can tour the current exhibit and explore an art activity.

Father’s Day at The Montgomery Zoo Celebrate Father’s Day at the zoo. FREE admission to zoo and museum for all fathers. Children do not have to be present.

Monday, June 19 Bee Auburn June 19-23. Bee Auburn will feature educational workshops, walks and activities all themed around pollinators and culminating in the Bee Auburn main event, a street festival - styled block party in the Gay Street parking lot on Friday, June 23 from 6 - 10 p.m. Activities during the week will be held at Bee Spots, which are locations around Auburn that feature high instances of pollinator activity. Visit parks for more information and up-to-date information about Bee Auburn. 334-501-2948.

Tuesday, June 20 Summer Swing: Martha’s Trouble See May 23 for details. Summer Swing: Conner Lorre, Neil Diamond Tribute Artist See May 23 for details. Baby Time See May 23 for details.

Wednesday, June 21 Make Music Day Free, live musical performances, opportunities to make music and other musical events take place around the world on the longest day of the year – June 21. We invite ALL MUSICIANS to come play, listen and enjoy! Auburn. Green Thumb Gardening Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Get ready to bring a new life into this world…plant life that is! Come ready to decorate a pot to plant your new flower in! $12 Ages 5-12. 3:00-4:00 p.m. Toddler Time See May 24 for details.

Thursday, June 22 Family Fun Night See June 1 for details.

Friday On The Green See May 26 for details. Boys Night Out Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Boys will be boys! Come hang out with the guys and enjoy food, a movie and basketball and much more! $20, ages 7-12. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Remarkable Reptiles See June 9 for details.

Saturday, June 24 8th Annual Day in Clay Hosted by the Dean Road Ceramics Studio. Visit our fully-equipped studio, enjoy beverages and snacks as well as watch demonstrations by studio members. Visitors who want to have the experience of working in clay can pay $10 per person and select either an adult or kids project to create. All projects will be taught at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Stop by the Harris Center located at 425 Perry Street to reserve your spot by Thursday, June 22! (334) 501-2944. Science On Saturdays “Geology of Alabama” Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. 10:00 a.m. Dr. Jim Lacefield will present a fascinating program on the complex geology of Alabama. You’ll never look at Alabama rocks the same way again. Admission is $5 for non-members and $4 for members. Children 3 and under are free. Canceled in event of rain. 334-844-8091. Birmingham Heart Walk Designed to promote physical activity and hearthealthy living, the Heart Walk creates a family-friendly environment that’s fun and has a lasting impact on our community. Learn more at BirminghamHeartWalk. org, and participate on social media using the hashtag #BhamHeartWalk. Cycling for Sight Cycling for Sight is a 20-mile, 45-mile, 65-mile, and 100-mile fun ride to benefit the Montgomery Lions Club Community Foundation charities (501(c)(3). The ride commemorates Helen Keller, a native Alabamian, who courageously challenged Lions Club members to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. Montgomery. 18th Annual Denim & Diamonds Concert This year’s performers feature MCA Nashville recording star, Josh Turner and Martina McBride, the four time winner of the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year. All proceeds will benefit Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama. Columbus Civic Center. 7:00 p.m. Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park See May 27 for details. Young Eagles Day See May 27 for details. Gun and Knife Show June 24 - 25. Multiplex, Cramton Bowl, Montgomery. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Market at Ag Heritage Park AU Campus See May 25 for details.

Sunday, June 25

Covington Movie Club: “Moana” See June 8 for details.

Standard Deluxe: In-The-Round With Brett McDaniel, Dallas Dorsey and Ben Sutton June 25. Waverly, Al. 334.826.6423.



FamilyCalendar Gun and Knife Show See June 24 for details.

Tuesday, June 27 Summer Swing: Conner Lorre, Neil Diamond Tribute Artist See May 23 for details. Baby Time See May 23 for details.

Wednesday, June 28 Toddler Time See May 24 for details.

Thursday, June 29 Family Fun Night See June 1 for details. The Market at Ag Heritage Park AU Campus See May 25 for details. Preschool Storytime See May 25 for details.

Friday, June 30 Friday Night Splash Samford Pool, Auburn. Join the Aquatics Staff for Friday Night Splash! Enjoy music, a cookout, games and fun at the pool! 6:00-8:00 p.m. (334) 501-2957 • Friday On The Green See May 26 for details. 14th Annual Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo Wedowee Bull riding, calf roping, clowns, barrel racing, food, games and family entertainment. 7:30 p.m. 256-3574545. An Evening with Rock Killough and Rick Carter Standard Deluxe, Waverly. Remarkable Reptiles See June 9 for details.

July July 1. 14th Annual Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo Wedowee See June 30 for details. July 1. Jax Fest Jacksonville. 256-435-8115. www.jacksonville-al. org. Jacksonville Community Center and High School Stadium--A celebration of the 4th of July with fun activities at the community center and concluding with fireworks at the high school stadium. All day, with fireworks approx. 9 p.m. July 1-2. Arti Gras Alexander City.; Featuring dozens of artists from throughout the south. You can see the juried work of all of our exhibitors that includes but isn’t limited to paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. On the Town Green at Russell Crossroads. Come early and stay late! July 4. Annual Fourth of July Celebration Sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Enjoy great food, live music, free goodies, and THE

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best fireworks display in the entire area! So grab your picnic basket, blanket, and the family and join us for a fabulous night of entertainment! Gates open at 6 p.m. Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. The rain date is Wednesday, July 5th. The FREE Celebration will be held behind the Home Side of the Duck Samford Football Stadium. (334) 501-2930. July 4. 4th Of July Blast Lake Martin. Find your place on the grassy lawn at The AMP for the largest 4th of July Fireworks Display in the Southeast. Gates open around 5. Music generally starts around 6 and the Fireworks light the sky following the National Anthem at 9., or for the line up of bands and tickets go to The or call 256-397-1019. July 4. 4th Of July Boat Parade Lake Martin. Decorate your boat and join the patriotic crowd at Kowaliga Marina as boats of all sizes, shapes and decoration will “parade” from Kowaliga Marina to Children’s Harbor circling just past the lighthouse. Spectators line the shoreline along the parade route to applaud their favorite patriotically decorated boats and contestants. 334-857-2111 for times and info! July 4. Thunder on the Mountain Fireworks Show Birmingham. 9 p.m. Thunder on the Mountain 2016 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances. July 4. Fourth of July Lakepoint State Park Marina, Eufaula. 4:00 p.m. until Fireworks end. Fun, Food, Live Music & FIREWORKS. July 5. Family Fun Night See June 1 for details. July 6. Covington Movie Club: “Finding Dory” Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Hot summer day with nothing to do? Come in and enjoy a movie, popcorn and drink! $3 per movie, ages 6-12.

Free family art day! Spend the afternoon at the Museum. Families, neighbors, and friends can tour the current exhibit and explore an art activity. July 20. Covington Movie Club: “Storks” Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Hot summer day with nothing to do? Come in and enjoy a movie, popcorn and drink! $3 per movie, ages 6-12. July 20-23. Barbasol PGA Championship Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National. The PGA golf tournament will return for the third year to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, Opelika. www. July 21. Friday Night Splash See June 30 for details. July 30. Back-to-School Pool Party Drake Pool, Auburn. 1:00-6:00 p.m. All-day games, music and fun at the pool! There will be special concessions for sale and back-to-school giveaways all day at the pool, from backpacks to notebooks and more. Please note: Drake Pool’s Back-to-School Pool Party coincides with the July Aqua-Basketball tournament. $2 per person or FREE with Splash Pass. (334) 501-2957. July 30-31. Alabama Dance Theatre presents Stars On the Riverfront Riverwalk Amp, Montgomery. 7:00 p.m. Local Food Vendors will be on site for each performance. Free Admission.

Ongoing: Discovery Hikes 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 admission. Donations welcomed. Cancelled in the event of rain. Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn, and is just north of the AU Fisheries complex. 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.

July 8. Family Discovery Hike & Nature Walk Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. 3:30 p.m. No registration required. FREE to the public. (334) 844-8091 •

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July 10. Adult Discovery Hike & Nature Walk Kreher Preserve & Nature Center. 8:30 a.m. No registration required. FREE to the public. (334) 844-8091 •

XBAR Fitness For Youth For all fitness levels. Mondays 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. $65/6 weeks.

July 11. Summer Swing: James Brown Trio See May 23 for details. July 13. Teen Float-n-Movies: ”The Incredibles” See June 30 for details. July 14-15. The Velcro Pygmies Bottling Plant Event Center, 614 North Railroad Ave, Opelika. $12 advanced/$15 at door. July 15. Build a Boat Festival RiverFront Park, Montgomery. July 15. Super Saturdays at LaGrange Art Museum 112 Lafayette Pkwy, LaGrange, Ga. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


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 Disney’s “Mary Poppins” Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery. July 6 23. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins showcases some of the most memorable songs ever sung on the silver screen or stage including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Recommended ages four and up. “Dreamgirls” Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham. May 12 - 28. Celebrate the advent of R&B in the 1960s with a Motown-inspired score and dynamic performances in the powerhouse musical Dreamgirls. Experience onstage joy and backstage drama as an up-and-coming girl group learns hard lessons about love, trust, and making it to the top. Don’t miss the Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning musical sensation! www. “Fiddler on the Roof” Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham. June 9 - 25. Birmingham. When Jewish milkman Tevye’s daughter falls in love with a poor tailor rather than the middleaged butcher chosen for her, the father strives to maintain “Tradition” in one of Broadway’s most beloved stories. “Peter Pan” The Cloverdale Playhouse, Montgomery. July 20 - 30. “Peter Pan” is the story of three siblings who follow Peter Pan and the fairy Tinker Bell into Neverland, where children never grow old. Captain Hook and his pirates, Tiger Lily and her tribe, mermaids, and a dozen other adventures await the children in this timeless tale of eternal youth. (334) 262-1530. “Wizard of Oz” Alabama Theatre, Birmingham. June 11.

Support & Parenting Groups A2Z Local Homeschooler’s Association For homeschooling families in the Auburn/Opelika Lee County area of Alabama. A2Z Loop is an all-inclusive 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:

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; childcare $5 per child. $25 yearly membership dues. Weekly playdates, monthly moms night out, resources, and more. AuburnOpelikaMOPS;

that are waiting to adopt are welcome! We accept any families with adopted children from all Asian countries. Contact Melody at for more information.

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

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

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. Breast Feeding class meets the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon on EAMC’s third floor. Call 528-1260 to register. 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). 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. or call Barbara at 334-8263082; GRACE - Post-Abortive Support Group This confidential group gives you the opportunity to process the grief of your termination in a safe and nonjudgmental 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 Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help.

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.

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.

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://

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.

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.

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

Alabama Mentor’s Foster Parent Training Classes Offered in the Opelika Auburn area. Call 334-705-8877 x 18 to register or email:


Miracle League To volunteer or for more information, www.miraclefield. org or

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. mopsofauburn 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 for complete information. Email 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 Website 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@ or 334-501-5637. 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 Columbus Lions June 3. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball May 30-31. June 1-3, 9-13, 22-28.

Please send your calendar events to Kendra@!

Everything, Everything

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:

The Long Haul MPAA Rating: PG Overall: BViolence: BSexual Content: BProfanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul PG for rude humor. Anyone watching this latest entry in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise will have to admit it is aptly named, because getting through it (even though the runtime is only 91 minutes) feels like a Long Haul. Trading in the cast that starred in the first three films (Dairy of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) for younger models, Jason Drucker now plays Greg Heffley, the journal keeper. This tale picks up just as the family prepares for a long drive to attend the 90th birthday of Meemaw (Mimi Gould). Sadly, the only one looking forward to the party and extended family reunion is Mom (Alicia Silverstone) -- until Greg realizes they will be traveling near the location of a video game convention that he would love to attend. Using a little stealth, the tween boy figures he can sneak away from the gathering and return before anyone even knows he’s gone. With this ulterior motive, Greg straps on his seatbelt ready to endure the four-day journey. And that’s when Mom launches her next unpleasant surprise. Hoping for some family bonding time, she has decided the holiday will be techfree. As expected, she meets with flak from her oldest son Rodrick (Charlie Wright) and her cranky toddler Manny (Dylan and Wyatt Walters). But even Dad (Tom Everett Scott) really isn’t committed to handing over his devices. After being forced to comply, plus accept mom’s hand-packed lunch full of nutritious snacks, the Heffley men hit the freeway, certain things cannot get any worse. Of course, they’re wrong. From beginning to end, this road trip features one disaster after another. Highlights include adopting a pet pig, vomiting on an amusement park ride, being attacked by birds, getting stuck in the mud, and offending another family that then follows the Heffleys with angry threats. Slapstick kerfuffles, along with diaper and bathroom gags are abundant. And so are the lies the characters tell one another (children and parents alike). Unfortunately, none of the silly antics are very funny. Nor do they ever feel authentic. Gone is the charm that occasionally glimmered in some of the earlier adventures in this franchise. And although the script does eventually attempt to redeem itself with scenes of reconciliation and teamwork, it just feels like too little, too late. So, unless you’re an avid fan of the movies, or book series by Jeff Kinney upon which the script is based, you might want to steer clear of this Heffley vacation.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: B Sexual Content: C Profanity: BAlcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Everything, Everything PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality. Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) is a young woman with SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency), a medical condition that renders her body unable to fight off any infections. Although the illness means she must live in isolation in order to avoid contact with germs or viruses, she still enjoys stimulation through books and the internet. Her protective single mother (Anika Noni Rose), who is also a physician, provides medical care plus a state-of-the-art home to keep her environment sterilized. And she has the loving company of full-time nurse Carla (Ana de la Reguera). Really, the eighteen-year-old doesn’t want for anything, anything. However, her resignation toward having no contact with the outside world is tested when she notices the family moving in next door has a son about her age. Olly (Nick Robinson) may dress in bleak black and wear his shaggy hair with a rebellious attitude, but he has a bright smile when he sees her peering from the window. Within days the two are making eye contact as often as possible, and then begin texting back and forth. As the interaction and attraction grows, Maddy desires more. Eventually, she is even willing to risk everything, everything. What follows is a sentimental sequence of bashful meetings, facilitated by Carla, puppy-love style frolicking, and secret romantic gestures that catch the attention of Mom. When the cautious parent threatens to put an end to any more flirting with the forbidden fruit, Maddy and Olly run away together. Based on a book by Nicola Yoon, this story has all the cute and kitsch ‘tween girls swoon over – and that is exactly the biggest problem with the movie. This target audience will likely be just as naïve as the main characters presented here, and fail to recognize the negative consequences associated with Maddy and Olly’s behaviors. And it doesn’t help that the film never shows the dangers of lying, using a credit card irresponsibly and engaging in an “unprotected” sexual relationship (implied after a steamy scene of passionate kissing). In fact, the plot suggests it’s the adults who are out of touch with reality. Other content of concern is a few swear words and scatological slang, reference to a father with a drinking problem, the depiction of a squabble that ends with punches being thrown, and domestic abuse. While it is natural for young adults to want to exert their independence, the 18-year-old couple depicted here are reckless, even if the script calls their actions brave. After reflecting on the film’s messages and trying to come up with something positive to say, I really could think of nothing, nothing.

What Parents Need to Know...

Violence: Slapstick antics are pervasive in this script about family discord. A character is frequently mocked and shamed in a video that goes viral on social media. Prankster kids get reprimanded by a police officer. Rats and cockroaches are seen in a shabby hotel. Birds attack people and they get covered in droppings. A van gets stuck and splatters mud all over a group of characters. Luggage falls off the back of a trailer causing road hazards. A boat trailer falls of the hitch of a moving vehicle while a person is aboard the vessel. Sexual Content: The movie is full of crude bathroom humor, including diapers, smelly bowel movements, urinating into a bottle (with sound effects), and eavesdropping on a stranger using the bathroom. Mild sexual innuendo is heard. A character gets sick and his vomit lands on another man’s face. Women are seen in revealing clothing. A boy is seen wearing only his underwear. A mom shows off pictures of her naked babies. Profanity: Terms of deity are used as expletives. Sexual slurs and name-calling occurs. Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted. Auburn Opelika Parents I June 2017

What Parents Need to Know...

Violence: A father and son have a quarrel, including an exchange of punches and muffled discussion. A medical emergency is depicted without any explicit detail. References are made to marital discord and abuse. Characters lie to one another, and when these deceptions are discovered they feel betrayed. Sexual Content: An unmarried young couple (both are just 18) are seen undressing each other and getting into bed, unplanned sexual relations are strongly implied, no consequences relating to this decision are included. A young man and woman kiss passionately. A young man and woman are seen in swimwear. Profanity: A single scatological term is heard, and other mild profanity is used infrequently. Alcohol / Drug Use: A father’s alcohol problem results in a scene of domestic abuse and other family strife. Injections in a medical context are depicted. 52


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Auburn Opelika Parents June 2017  

The 2017 Summer Fun Guide is here! Plus, What Dads Do Best, informative articles about mobile apps and video games, and much more!!

Auburn Opelika Parents June 2017  

The 2017 Summer Fun Guide is here! Plus, What Dads Do Best, informative articles about mobile apps and video games, and much more!!