ArtyPants K through 2nd grade students Saturdays 10-11:30 am May 26: Drawing June 2: Collage shapes June 9: Weaving June 16: Portraiture June 23: Mosaics July 1: Telling stories July 14: Textures July 21: Artistic Science July 28: Sculpture August 4: Painting
stART! 3rd through 6th grade students Saturdays 12:30-2 pm May 26: Drawing June 2: Collage
June 9: Weaving
ART CLUBS Art Clubs at JCSM are an open studio that offer the opportunity to K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. The open studio format allows students to finish early, or take the entire time to finish their creations. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334.844.3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. STATE OF CREATE AND SATURDAY ART CLUBS ARE FUNDED THROUGH A CITY OF AUBURN K-12 ARTS EDUCATION OUTREACH GRANT. Jule Collins Smith Museum Auburn University 901 South College Street Auburn, Alabama 36849
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June 16: Portraiture June 23: Mosaics July 1: Landscapes July 14: Making & Breaking Rules July 21: Artistic Science July 28: Sculpture August 4: Painting
State of Create Teenagers Fridays, 1-2:30 pm May 25: Pewter casting June 1: Papercraft June 8: Drawing realism June 15: Portraiture June 22: Mosaics June 29: Painting July 13: Jewelry July 20: Sculpture July 27: Utilitarian designs August 3: Drawing madhouse
Contents June 2012 Volume 3 Number 4
Features 28 I Just Wanna Be Skinny!
Learn 6 ways to reduce your child’s risk for eating disorders.
32 2012 Summer Activities Guide
It’s the perfect time to sign your kids up for summer fun and learning in Lee County. See all the opportunities here!
38 Raising a Water Confident Kid
Even the most reluctant children will enjoy the water eventually. Discover how to warm your kids up to the fun of swimming.
2 From One Parent to Another Kendra Sumner
5 Living With Children John Rosemond, Ph.D.
10 Kids Health
On The Cover
Ellen Royal, M.D.
Departments 6 Bits and Pieces
12 School Bits
Paige Gardner Smith
30 A Page in a Book
42 Family Calendar
Paige Gardner Smith
31 Dave Says
48 Parent Previews
40 Crafting & Cooking w/ Kids Dana Moonan
41 Parenting on the Plains Polly Dunn, Ph.D.
Aliyah Carry is the five-year-old daughter of Ainsley and Jessica Carry. She attends school at The Children’s House in Auburn. Aliyah enjoys tap, jazz, and ballet, as well as gymnastics. Her favorite mascot is Aubie. War Eagle!
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From One Parent to Another... According to my kids, summer can not officially begin until their first day of swimming lessons has arrived. Beginning after Spring Break, they start their constant questioning about this year’s lessons... “How many more weeks?” “Who will be my swim teacher?” “Do I have to put my face under?” No matter my answer, the questions will continue through the last weeks of school and until the swimsuits are pulled out of winter storage and my pool bag is packed with goggles and towels. My oldest is a great swimmer, however, she is excited to learn new swimming techniques and being coached to swim with more precise accuracy. My middle two children love to be in the cool pool water, but dread the idea of putting their heads under. And the youngest is not going into the water unless mom goes with him! It is interesting to see that even among children in the same household, their level of comfort and overall view of swimming can have a vast range. Of course, even with new adventures, like learning to swim, the pace and their interest in learning new skills has to be looked at individually. My oldest, who loves the water, has always been very cautious, yet self-motivated and determined. So, for her, she knows that slow entry into the pool and a day-by-day approach would lead to another year of successful lessons. On the other hand, my oldest son can feel the stress of trying anything new and turns that into a self-fulfilling prophecy. He will start asking about having to put his head under the water the moment anyone brings up this year’s approaching lessons. It seems the fear of water getting in his nose overshadows the main focus of learning and having fun in the pool. My larger than life, Ryley, who too gets worried about putting her face in, tends to push that aside and go to her imaginary place! Each swim lesson she turns into a sparkly mermaid or a high jumping dolphin where her positive and ‘I can do this because my big sister can’ personality proves to outweigh any caution she once had. Of course, then there is my baby. He has been a mommy’s boy since day one. Regardless of the situation, he wants to be with me, next to me, and not happy if that does not happen. So, because he is less independent and a bit timid, I simply do not push him. With all my kids, they will let go, branch out and splash those fins and flippers in their own time. While researching this month’s feature article, it was reassuring to read ideas and other parents’ experiences regarding swimming lessons. Raising a Water Confident Kid, by Michele Ranard, seems to agree with not pressuring kids and letting them pace themselves. She also suggests that keeping the experience fun and stress free is key. Also, the first step to helping with that strategy is to do your own research and find the best swimming lessons to fit your family. Don’t worry, we have helped in that department. Check out our Summer Activities Guide for the many local swimming facilities, lessons offered and swim camps. Whether looking for an outdoor or indoor pool is your priority or working out a schedule where all your kids can have lessons at the same time, you are sure to find something that will meet your needs. While you are at it, we have included other summer fun to help keep your kids learning, focused and healthy during their school break. Your kids might enjoy a local book club, learning a new talent such as musical theatre, or enjoy a more physically challenging camp such as soccer or track. Summer is here! Our kids are ready for fun in the summer sun! From one parent to another, here’s to summer 2012!
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This test is covered by many health insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Be healthy and celebrate your life!
Ask your doctor about screening options for colorectal cancer, including the new take-home test called FIT or iFOBT. If you are at high risk for colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened more frequently.
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Living With Children
By John Rosemond
Can Older Kids Set Their Own Bedtime? Q: My 12-year-old
daughter thinks she’s old enough to set her own bedtime. We told her that we want her in bed, lights out, by 9:30 on weeknights and 10:00 on non-school nights. This really isn’t working, however, as she continues to try to stay up later. In one of your books, you describe a system for letting teenagers earn their curfew. Can we use a similar system for bedtime?
A: Curfew and bedtime are horses of two
different colors. The former involves safety, peer group, maturity, and responsibility issues that are not involved, or as involved, as regards bedtime. For that reason, I would not advise using an approach similar to the curfew system that I describe in my book Teen-Proofing. I generally recommend that parents set no specific bedtime for a child 12 years of age or older; rather, they simply insist that after a certain time—say, 9:00 p.m.—the child is on non-punitive restriction to her room. Assuming that she does not make it difficult for other family members to get a decent night’s sleep, the youngster can stay up as late as she wants. However, if getting up in the morning and getting ready for school, church, or whatever become prob-
lematic, then the parents go back to enforcing a specific, and relatively early, bedtime. In that unfortunate event, they also remove distracting electronic devices—cell phones, computers, and the like--from the child’s room so that she can fall asleep more easily and get the sleep she obviously needs. If that step needs to be taken, then the child’s room is cleansed and the “old” bedtime is enforced for at least a month, but no more than two months. Then parents replace the distractions and let the child determine her own bedtime again. My experience is that the “punishment” doesn’t have to be used more than twice before the problem is solved. This approach helps the pre-teen or young teen see the life-long relationship between freedom (what this age child wants most) and responsible behavior (what parents want most from this age child). To maintain or gain more freedom, the child begins to act more responsibly. Win-win!
Our 4-year-old daughter goes to the bathroom frequently during the day. Sometimes, she will go into the bathroom, pee, come out, and go back in again within minutes. Her need—if that’s the right word— increases when we put her in her room for time-out, during nap time in the afternoon, and after we put her to bed at night. Her pediatrician has ruled out a urinary tract problem. How do you recommend handling this?
I’m glad you told me her physician has ruled out a urinary tract problem because I wouldn’t have given you advice otherwise. This isn’t the first time parents have described this problem with a girl this age. Odd, for sure, but nearly all young children do odd things of one sort or another, and one or two odd things does not make a odd child. The somewhat selective nature of the problem tells me this is a tad manipulative. Tell your daughter that if she has to go to the bathroom more than once during her nap time, that you have to move her bedtime back one hour that evening (notice the margin of error). Otherwise, I recommend that you completely—and I mean COMPLETELY—ignore her need to be in frequent contact with white porcelain during normal waking hours. With dispassionate enforcement on your part, the naptime urges should disappear within a couple of weeks. When you think that part of the problem has been solved, use a similar approach concerning her bedtime urges. Tell her that if she goes to the bathroom more than once after being put to bed, you will move her bedtime back an hour the next night. If my experience serves me well, that approach— ignoring and a mild consequence—should clear up her urinary tract hyperactivity in short order.
Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his web site at www.rosemond.com.
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bits & pieces Martha’s Trouble Produces Folk Lullaby Album
Literacy Fun Run 5K Walk/Run
Indie folk duo Martha’s Trouble (Rob and Jen Slocumb) has completed its album of lullabies for children, entitled A Little Heart Like You. Featuring 10 songs, the album includes four original songs, four traditional songs, one “mash-up” (of You Are So Beautiful and Brahm’s Lullaby, dubbed “Slocumb’s Lullaby”), and one song that includes three bedtime prayers put to music. Where can you buy? Southern Crossing - Opelika, Make Your Move Dance Studio - Opelika, Cornerstone Family Chiropractic Office - Auburn, Spa Auburn, or online at www.marthastrouble.com.
Town Creek Park, Auburn. Help Support Literacy in Lee County with the 1st annual Literacy Fun Run June 9 in the beautiful Town Creek Park in Auburn. Proceeds from this event benefit the Lee County Literacy Coalition. 5K Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Males and Top 3 Females. $20/person. T-shirt guaranteed for registration received by May 25th. Runners can go to Big Dog Running Company in Auburn to register and receive a discount.
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Shop Late on First Friday of Each Month
First Fridays "Shop Late, Eat Local" to be held June 1 in beautiful Downtown Opelika. On the first Friday of each month, downtown Opelika shops will stay open until 8 p.m. so that diners of our downtown restaurants can shop before or after they eat. This is a great opportunity for those that work during retail hours to see what the Downtown shops have to offer. There will also be entertainment on street corners for everyone's enjoyment.
22nd Annual Alexander City Jazz Fest
Visit A Park for National Get Outdoors Day
Join us for Lake Martin's biggest musical event of the year! The free twoday event, June 8-9, will be held at Strand Park downtown Alexander City on Friday night and Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday. Musicians being featured include Boneroma, Bibb City Ramblers, Guitar Shorty, Jonathon Bloom Band, Nelo and more! Art contest, food, vendors and more. Visit their website at www.alexcityjazzfest.com.
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June 16 is National Get Outdoors Day! National Parks and Forests encourage healthy, active outdoor fun through several events. Visit Tuskegee National Forest or Talladega National Forest for some recreation sites that offer swimming, fishing, picnicking and camping. 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 6
Voyage of Adventure!
Hot Air Balloon Festival to be Held in Valley
The City of Valley, Al will be hosting this year's Hot Air Balloon Festival. On June 1-2, the sky at Shawmut Airport, in Valley will be filled with all the colors of the rainbow! Hosted by the City of Valley and the Valley Historic Preservation Council, this event will kick off with a balloon glow on Friday, with the balloon launch following on Saturday. For more information, visit www. cityofvalley.com.
Be part of an experience that will take you anywhere! Register your adventurer today for one of the three camps: July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27. Camp ‘Voyage of Adventure’ will begin your summer fun at Cary Woods Elementary School, 12:00pm-5:30pm, where lunch will be provided along with participation in creative play. The highlight of the camp is traveling by bus to the Auburn High School aquarium for hands on science inquiry based activities, arts and crafts. Then, back to Cary Woods for more creative play. Parents are invited to an end of the week celebration. Each summer camp fee is $150.00 which includes a snack and lunch. For more information or to receive a registration packet, please call Cyndi Czerkawski at 887-4949.
Art Fest at Lake Martin to Raise Money for Fire Department
Mark your calendars for June 9 and spend a day at the lake, during the Tenth Annual Lil’ Calypso Art Fest at Chuck’s Marina on Lake Martin. There will be all kinds of art: folk art, gallery level art in oil acrylic & watercolor, pottery, jewelry, metal, birdhouses, wood and Live Music on Deck. Chuckwalla's Pizzeria will be serving gourmet pizza. Hot Dog Tent. Donations for admission for Union Volunteer Fire Dept. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Enterprise, Alabama will host this exciting music festival on June 14-16. This year's headliners are Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock! Don't miss this 3 day/3 night music extravaganza created to celebrate the human spirit through music! Other artists include Daryl Worley, Willie Nelson, Third Day, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, and Uncle Kracker. For tickets, visit www.bamajam2012.com.
AtlantaFest 2012 Christian Music Festival
This annual event will be held June 14-16 at Stone Mountain Park, Ga. Join us for a 3 day celebration of worship, concerts and speakers, including TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Mark Richt, Scott Dawson, Jay Strack and much more! There is also a talent search for local artists! Get your tickets early, with prices starting at $30. www.atlantafest.com.
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Summertime is Well Check-Up Time!
If you haven’t been in to see your pediatrician in a while, chances are, it is time for a well check-up. The summer months are a good time to think about coming in as schedules are more flexible and offices have less sick visits at this time of year. So, who needs a checkup? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends well child visits beginning at 1 week old, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, and yearly checkups for children age 3 years and older. A Well-Child Care visit should include growth assessment, a development assessment and scheduled immunizations. Also, it is a great time to bring up questions and concerns about your child’s behavior and wellbeing as well as discuss any chronic medical issues he/she may have. Pediatricians are commonly asked to discuss eating habits, toileting, sleeping issues, attention problems and other behavior/social issues. A well check is a great time to discuss these concerns!
What vaccines are needed? A detailed schedule is available online at www. cdc.gov/vaccine. We begin vaccinating babies at birth, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months. Then booster shots are given at 5 years (the kindergarten shots) and again at 11-12 years (before entering 6th grade). Also don’t forget, teenagers are encouraged to be immunized for Human Papilloma Virus and Meningococcal meningitis. The Gardisil vaccine for HPV is now recommended for boys and girls and can be given at age 12 years and older. Menactra for meningitis is recommended for ages 11 years and up. Just a word about why vaccines are so important: Fortunately, most of us have grown up in an era free of diseases like polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and measles. We are a generation removed from the experience of children dying from these once common diseases. Make no mistake though, these illnesses are still out in the world and could come back if we don’t continue to immunize. Vaccinating your child is one
of the best and most important decisions you can make to keep your child healthy. It is important to get all the facts so that you can make an informed decision. Some websites I recommend include: www.aap.org and www.cdc.gov/vaccines. Talk with your doctor about your concerns, and keep your child’s well check up appointments. Prevention is truly our best ally in the fight against infectious disease. Pediatricians and parents are a team with the common goal of keeping your child healthy. Well Care visits are the perfect time to develop a plan with your pediatrician to help best serve the needs of your child.
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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Dancing the Night Away at Auburn High School
Auburn High School's junior and senior class celebrated Prom 2012 in style. What a great night to remember!
Beauregard High School Participates in Special Olympics
The Achievement Class from Beauregard High School participated in the 2012 Special Olympics on April 12 and received multiple gold medals for various track and field events. Pictured (front row L to R) are: Tyler Quinton, Melvin Frazier, Debra Carlson, and Terri Capps. Back Row (L to R) are: Crystal Grant, Dalton Manning, Montarius Willis and Caroline Goode.
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Opelika H.S. Students Present Civil War History Lessons to 5th Graders
Miss Skelton's 5th grade history classes at Morris Avenue Intermediate and Don Shirley's history classes at OHS have been studying the Civil War. As a part of their culminating activity, Miss Skelton's classes traveled to OHS to work with Mr. Shirley's history classes. The high school students were divided into groups that covered the Emancipation Proclamation, Major Battles, Causes of the Civil War, Flags of the Civil War, Maps and Battle Locations, and Facts about the Civil War. Each high school group presented information to the 5th graders and the 5th graders were responsible for asking questions to each group.
Farm Day at Jeter Primary
Students in the Pre-K classes at Jeter Primary School recently had Farm Day. They rotated through different stations and were able to see a horse and pony from H&G Horse Quarters, a cow and calf from Mr. Larry Humphrey and a goat from Melanie Payne at Bulger Creek farm. The students enjoyed petting the animals and learning about life on a farm.
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Lee-Scott Academy Track Teams Win State Championship
The Lee-Scott Academy JV Boys and Girls Track teams both won the State Championship in April. The teams are coached by Franklin Smith and Chad Prewett.
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Richland Student Receives Character in Action Award
Richland Elementary School 4th grader, Elizabeth Jordan, was nominated for a Character In Action Award. Elizabeth used her life saving skills to help a family friend in need. Elizabeth was awarded at the Justice Center with her family there to support her!
Yarbrough Students Taught Volleyball and Sportsmanship
The upper grades at Yarbrough Elementary School participated in a successful Volleyball Sport Education Unit led by AU Intern Coach Kelly. Students were divided into teams, assigned jobs, and selected their team names and colors. While wins and losses were recorded, our unit was designed foremost to teach the importance of responsibility and sportsmanship. The top teams that reflected these characteristics throughout the tournament were chosen to play in a championship playoff series.
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Cary Woods Elementary Tours DeSoto Caverns
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What a fun day of learning while touring the great DeSoto Caverns and caves! 3rd grade students learned about the history of the DeSoto site and walked through winding caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Other adventures included a human size maze run and panning for gold! One of the highlights for the students was riding the chartered buses with all their friends.
Auburn Preschoolers Visit AEEC
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Local Auburn preschool programs, including Parkway Baptist Preschool and Lakeview Baptist Preschool, visited the Auburn Early Education Center in preparation for the upcoming Fall 2012 school year. Each student toured classrooms, the lunchroom, the playground, and the media center. One of the highlights of the tour was being able to hear story time in the media center. These preschoolers are ready and excited about being Kindergartners this fall!
45 Opelika Middle Schoolers Qualify for Duke TIP
In the 2011-12 7th Grade Duke University Talent Identification Program, Opelika Middle School had 45 students qualify to take the college level ACT or SAT. The students who qualified are: Allen Alcantara, Rachel Bailey, Devin Bell, Tanner Bennett, Tristan Black, Austen Blackmon, Austin Blaschke, Sarah Brewer, Peyton Brown, Logan Buchanan, Abbey Burns, RaKavius Chambers, Megan Cook, Jacob Davenport, Vashti Davis, Hope Harris, Samantha Herring, Brantley Hill, Braden Holloway, Adia James, Quirio Johnson, Nicholas Johnston, Olivia Leonard, Jordan Lovelace, Ryan Lux, Mikaela Moates, Kaleigh Murray, Sarah Noon, Will Overstreet, Billy Sanders, Jackson Schwantes-Barreto, Emma Grace Scullen, Rachel Sharma, Keyshawn Shaw, Natalie Simpkins, Henry Smith T, Kayla Smith, Rachel Strock, Rebecca Strong, Neely Stutts, Alyson Tyson, Jessica Whatley, Georgia White, Rodney Williams and Frank Wright. According to the 7th Grade Duke University Talent Identification Program, a Duke Scholar is an academically gifted student who has shown exceptional potential on their SAT-10 test scores. In order to be eligible as a Duke Scholar a student must be a current 7th grader and scored 95% or higher on their SAT-10 on in at least one of the acceptable composite or subtest areas or scored above a 125 on the OLSAT. Qualifying as a Duke Scholar provides students with the opportunity to take the college level SAT or ACT. Twenty-three students took the assessment and seven of those students have been invited to the State Recognition Ceremony at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The state ceremony will be held on June 3 and celebrates the outstanding achievement of the 7th Grade Talent Search Participants who meet the scoring criteria. Opelika Middle School is proud to announce that the following students met or exceeded the scores needed to be invited to the State Recognition Ceremony: Rachel Bailey, RaKavius Chambers, Megan Cook, Samantha Herring, Nicholas Johnston, Henry Smith T and Neely Stutts. Students must achieve at least a 20 or above on English and Math and a 21 or above on Reading and Science on the ACT. For the SAT, students must achieve 520 or above in Math, 510 or above in Critical Reading or 500 or above in Writing. The Duke Tip program at Opelika Middle School is coordinated by OMS Counselor Emily Finck. Congratulations OMS students!
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Drake Middle School Drama Club Presents “Annie, Jr.”
The J. F. Drake Middle School Drama Club presented Annie Jr. on April 30. The cast of Annie Jr., led by Sydney Hardin and Chase Bradley, dramatized the story of the feisty red-headed orphan who trades her hard-knock life at the orphanage for a life filled with sunny tomorrows in the mansion of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. The 77 member strong drama club filled roles ranging from orphans to servants to the outrageous Miss Hannigan. Students were also involved in the set design and construction, lighting, sound and costume design. The J. F. Drake Drama Club is directed by teachers Lauren Allgood, Stacy Early, Erin Kimbro, Allyson Petrone and Silvia Scaife.
Dean Road First Graders Attend Southern Union Health Fair Dean Road first graders recently attended the annual Southern Union Childrens’ Health Fair. The SUCC students create a health fair type atmosphere so that young students will be able to see and be comfortable around hospital rooms, x-ray machines, dentists, ambulances, etc. The boys and girls got to sit in an ambulance, lay on a stretcher, go in the dark room where the x-rays are developed, ride a hospital bed, have all of their stats taken, dress like a doctor in a emergency room, lay on an emergency room bed, and lay on an x-ray table. The trip was full of non-stop excitement. Pictured from Mrs. Shiver’s first grade is Yewon Bang who is dressed for the emergency room.
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Auburn Classical Academy Student Wins Silver Medal in Latin
Exam Auburn Classical Academy junior Thomas Snead received a Silver Medal and Maxima Cum Laude award for his score on the 2012 National Latin Exam. Ten ACA Latin students took part in the exam, joining over 148,000 students from all 50 states and 13 foreign countries including Australia, Canada, Taiwan, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and China. ACAâ€™s director of Classical Studies Mr. Loxley Compton enthused â€œWe at Auburn Classical Academy are very proud of Thomas. To have done so well on this internationally recognized examination is a considerable accomplishment. He has demonstrated exceptional skill in Latin and possesses quite a gift for classical languages. We look forward to his future success in whatever field of study he pursues." Of the ten ACA students who took the exams, all but two scored well above the national average and four received certificates of merit. Besides Snead's silver medal for the Latin Exam, 7th graders Jackson Aldridge, Sophie May, and Margaret Tucker all received Achievement Certificates for the Introductory Latin Exam. Pictured from left to right are: Mr. Loxley Compton and Thomas Snead.
Yarbrough International Parents Hard at Work Around School
Yarbrough Elementary School helped facilitate an International Parent Group within our school. Yarbrough is so lucky to have such a large group of parents willing to help. The International Parent Group put up 2 bulletin boards in our school. We appreciate their hard work.
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Psi Gamma Zeta’s Youth Auxiliaries Have Informative Meeting
The youth auxiliaries of Auburn’s Psi Gamma Zeta monthly chapter meeting in March was filled with several informative topics. The materials presented ranged from subjects relating to: “Disaster Preparedness” which was presented by Archonette advisor, Sandra Stately; “HIV/AIDS Awareness” which was presented by Pearlette advisor, Sola Papoola and “Steppin with Knowledge” presented by Tron Heard of TKO-Total Knock Out and four TKO members Robert Glover, Shakari Cunningham, Markeyla Williams, and Ashley Alvis.
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Opelika H.S. Snipes Signs with Birmingham Southern
OHS Senior, Quin Snipes, recently signed a football scholarship with Birmingham Southern. Pictured with Quin are his family members. Front Row (l-r): Jasper Snipes, father; Quin; Lillian Snipes, mother. Back Row (l-r): Jaylen Snipes, sister; Mattie Clark, grandmother; Jackson Snipes, nephew; JaMarcus Snipes, brother; and Coach Brian Blackmon, OHS Athletic Director Congratulations!
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Lee-Scott Academy Announces Innovative Technology Initiative for Students
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Students at Lee-Scott Academy will soon be on the leading edge of 21st century learning thanks to the new technology initiative “iConnect to Excellence.” Beginning this fall, each student will connect, discover and explore using Apple’s iPad and other hand-held or notebook devices. “iConnect to Excellence” was begun as a part of LSA’s strategic planning process, and has been developed and readied for implementation for the past year. Through the initiative, mobile technologies will be incorporated into instruction at every level beginning with the iPod touch in Lee-Scott’s earliest grades (PreK-K), iPads on shared grade-level carts for elementary students (1st-6th grades), and a one-to-one iPad learning environment for students in grades 7-12. In addition, new mobile labs equipped with MacBook Air laptops will be stationed in each division for checkout by academic and enrichment teachers. Desktop PCs will also be used for instruction in both the elementary and secondary technology centers and the library media center. The first phase of the project began this past winter with the installation of fiber optic cable on campus, providing the necessary foundation for the introduction and use of mobile technologies. Faculty members were each issued an iPad 2 in January to begin evaluating and testing the classroom applications that will become a part of the curriculum in August.
Wrights Mill Road Students Participate in Auburn Schools Art Show
Richland Students Participate in Shamrock Run
Richland Elementary students and teachers ran the Kappa Delta Shamrock 5k run despite the rainy weather!
5th graders Lily A., Abby W. and Anna F. from Wrights Mill Road take a picture in front of their artwork at the Auburn City Schools annual art show.
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Wrights Mill Road Places 4th at Science Olympiad Competition
Congratulations to Wrights Mill Road Elementary for taking 4th place at the Science Olympiad Competition.
Fishing Rodeo Winners
Winners of the 2012 Fishing Rodeo, sponsored by Evans Realty were: Biggest Fish Caught – Nicole Bledsoe (age 9). The prize-winning fish was a 28 1/8” long Carp. In addition to reeling in the biggest catch of the day, Nicole won a rod and reel, courtesy of The Bait Shop, and a tackle box full of fishing gear. The Smallest Fish was caught by Holly Bass (age 5), who reeled in a 4 1/8” Bluegill. Holly took home a rod and reel, courtesy of The Bait Shop, and a tackle box full of fishing gear to help reel in the big catch next year.
Wrights Mill Road Wins First Place at Exhibit Design Challenge Wrights Mill Road students competed in the McWane Science Center Exhibit Design Challenge. They came home with a first place! Their exhibit compared the digestive system of a worm to a human’s.
Martial Arts Student Earns Black Belt
There are only a handful of legit BJJ black belts in the entire state of Alabama...and the number has just been increased by one. Auburn MMA's Randall Phillips earned his black belt under Shawn Hammonds recently, following a seminar at the gym. Shawn Hammonds is a Lloyd Irvin black belt. It's been a long time coming, but Alabama is slowly climbing in the BJJ ranks. Congrats to Randall Phillips on his well-deserved promotion. Also promoted were Kelly Tubbs to Blue Belt; and Timberly Thomas and Seth Thomas to Green Belt. Pictured are Kelly Tubbs, Keith Johnson, Timberly Thomas, Seth Thomas, Andy Roberts, Shawn Hammonds and Randall Phillips. Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
Lee County Special Olympics Basketball Brings Home Gold Medal
Congratulations to the Lee County Special Olympics Basketball Team for their gold medal at the State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in Montgomery in March. The team practiced weekly at the Frank Brown Recreation Center during the winter months in preparation for the state-wide tournament. Lee County Special Olympics athletes compete in a variety of athletics programs each year, including basketball, bowling, golf, gymnastics, swimming, and track & field. Auburn Parks and Recreation is proud to sponsor these athletes in their quest to represent the citizens of Lee County in the spirit and integrity of the national Special Olympics program. Athletes will compete at the state-wide summer games in Troy, the weekend of May 18 - 20. Pictured: Top Row, L-R: Dana Stewart, Co-Director, Dominque Macon, Gideon Weigel, Alison Hall, Co-Director; Second Row, L-R: Richard Haynes, Eijah Dunn, Ben Crowell, Donald Lee; Third Row, L-R: Cynthia Caldwell-Jackson, Volunteer, Elizabeth Stewart, Coach, Kasey King, Head Coach, Paul Walker, Volunteer; Bottom Row, L-R: Wiley Crowell, Ann Finlen, Sherrell Caldwell, Gwen Janigan, Coach.
AEEC Visits The Forest Ecology Preserve
Mrs. E. Jones' class enjoyed a day at The Ecology Preserve learning in the outdoors. The students climbed into the Eagle's Nest to get a bird's eye view!
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Auburn High School Junior Recognized by US Achievement Academy
Maggie McCollum, a junior at Auburn High School, has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence. She is a member of the school’s varsity volleyball team, was nominated for this achievement by varsity volleyball coach Jan Vaughn and will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s annual yearbook, which is published nationally. Some of the standards for selection include academic performance, attitude, responsibility, leadership dependability and recommendation from a qualified sponsor.
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Auburn U10 Boys Soccer Team is Undefeated
The Auburn Thunder U10 boys team kept their undefeated win streak alive when they won the Carolina Elite Soccer Association's 2012 Interim Healthcare Spring Challenge in Greenville, SC. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Andrew Corette, Jordan Matthews, Mitchell DeWeese and Daniel Wesche. Back row: Sullivan Britnell, Cole Arrington, Aidan Heaton, Jackson Smith, Cody Nichols and Coach Dan Garber.
Richland Elementary Joins Lee County Master Gardener’s 2012 Tour
Every even-numbered year the Lee County Master Gardeners Association holds a public tour of local gardens for the purpose of educating and entertaining garden enthusiasts. How can gardening enrich education? Come see for yourself how linking school subjects with the joy of gardening can provide a fun & memorable way to reinforce classroom learning, plus teach children more about the foods they eat. The garden was created by students, teachers, parents & community business partners.
Lee-Scott Academy Technology Team Competes in Selma The LSA Elementary Technology Team recently competed at the AISA Technology Fair in Selma. To prepare, the 5th and 6th graders practiced multiple days a week after school in the areas of applications, multimedia, web pages and computer graphics. They also competed individually. Michael Clardy won 3rd place in multimedia. Back row (l-r): Holli Hendrick, Ashley Davis, Garland Grace Welsh, Cooper Kennelly, Daniel Kennedy, Peyton Oas; Front row (l-r): Henry Shields, Landon Nutter, Sawyer Ray, Cody Blalock, Elizabeth Whittelsey, Michael Clardy.
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S OHS Seniors Awarded Killgore Scholarships
Congratulations to the OHS Seniors who received a 2012 Killgore Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship was established by James and Ophelia Killgore and is awarded each year to the graduating seniors with the highest GPA. The recipients and their parents recently attended a reception to honor their accomplishments. Pictured front row (l-r) are: Jonathan Kittle, Peter Strickland, Taylor Sasser, Shelley Campbell and back row (l-r): Dr. Mark Neighbors, Superintendent, Daniel Cason, Trevor Pigg, Andrew Overstreet, Alana Jones, Meagan Wade and Dr. Farrell Seymore, Principal. Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
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Trinity Student to Be a Page in D.C.
Chloe Colquitt, a junior at Trinity, has been accepted to work as a page for the United States Page Program in Washington, D.C., during the summer. This prestigious position involves meeting senators and sitting in on sessions of Congress. Pages run errands between offices of senators and between the House of Representatives and the Senate among other duties. Colquitt heard about the program from a church friend and was interested enough to ask about the application process while visiting Washington, D.C., with her family. Applicants are required to complete an online application as well send a packet of documents including a cover letter, a resume, and academic transcript, and three letters of recommendation to the program coordinator. After this was completed, Colquitt received a phone call from Alabama Senator Richard Shelby’s office informing her that she was one of thirty Pages accepted to the summer program. Colquitt said she was impressed by the professionalism of the people who work at the Capitol and thought it would be a “great learning experience” to spend some time there as a Page as well as an “adventure to meet Pages from all over the country.” The application process itself was educational for Colquitt: “I’ve now experienced writing a resume, cover letter, and getting recommendations.” As she looks forward to the summer, she says she hopes to gain “a better understanding of how our country is run” as well as simply “good working experience.”
Dean Road Elementary Students Celebrate Earth Day
Second grade classes at Dean Road Elementary School participated in an Earth Day celebration at Town Creek Park. The classes visited six stations where they learned various ways to help the earth such as recycling, water purification, animal control, and erosion control. Each student took home a flower pot with a seed they planted. Pictured is Zhixin Xiong from Ms. Newman’s class. Zhixin planted a sunflower seed. Visit www.AuburnOpelikaParents.com
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Cary Woods Students Pan for Gold
Auburn Track Teams Win First at Georgia Track Meet
Mrs. Stewart's third grade class took a field trip to the DeSoto Caverns this past April. The students toured the caverns, caves
Auburn takes first overall for boys and girls at the Heard County (GA) Middle School track meet on St. Patty's day. With a stout 285 points, the Auburn team consisting of Drake Middle School and Auburn Junior High School, took home the trophy in front of Carrolton who came in second, followed by Opelika Middle School in third.
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Yarbrough Students Visit Colonial Times
5th Graders at Yarbrough Elementary enjoyed a trip back in time when they traveled to Westville in Lumpkin, GA. The students dressed in colonial life clothing. Students experienced the colonial era life to culminate their learning about this era of American History.
Dean Road Second Graders Make the Most of St. Patrick’s Day
Mr. Newman’s reading class at Dean Road Elementary School researched a variety of topics on Ireland as part of a special study during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Boys and girls worked in cooperative learning groups and learned about St. Patrick as well as customs and symbols of Ireland. They also learned about dance styles of Ireland and foods from Ireland. Each group presented their information to the class. To celebrate what they learned the students enjoyed an assortment of “green” food at the end of the study. One of the groups is pictured below with part of their presentation: John Asheton Benefield, Ashley Chase, Sophie Snyder, Abby Bowling, and Hamilton Rankin. Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
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Dr. Seuss Celebrates Birthday at Dean Road
The spring book fair was held recently at Dean Road Elementary School. Good books and the exciting world of reading were topics throughout the week. On the last day of the fair, students celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Several classes entertained guest readers, many wrote “seuss-like” stories of their own, and one class even made Oobleck after reading Seuss’ Bartholemew and the Oobleck. Pictured are Anderson Grimes and Todd Clay enjoying the oobleck experiment.
Yarbrough 2nd Graders Visit Callaway’s Butterflies
Yarbrough Elementary 2nd grade took a field trip to Callaway Gardens to help introduce our unit on butterflies. We had a phenomenal time seeing what was to come in our classrooms and enjoying the Birds of Prey show. Our students truly love interacting with nature!
Lee-Scott Academy Student Signs with Mercer University
Congratulations to Thomas Dunbar, who has signed with Mercer University to play football. Pictured, sitting (L to R): Greg Dunbar, Thomas Dunbar, Kathy Dunbar; Standing (L to R): Coach Robert Maddox, Shelby Dunbar, Athletic Director, Bobby Samford, Headmaster, Don Roberts. Visit www.AuburnOpelikaParents.com
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Bug Your Kids, They’ll Love It!
Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
As the smallest members of the human race, children are quick to discover the charms and wonders of the world of even-smaller-than-they-are…insects. From fireflies and butterflies to roly-poly bugs and ants (ouch!), insects are some of the most accessible and interesting animals that share our habitats. They are plentiful, easy to find and educational on almost every level. The following items help bring insects into view so kids can overcome any aversion to the alien appearance of bugs and can develop an appreciation for the creatures that pollinate our plants, fertilize our soil and light up our lives.
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Once curiosity overcomes hesitation when handling insects, kids are quick to pick up crawling creatures with fewer and fewer reservations. However, the insects on the receiving end don’t always fare well with enthusiastic handling. Enter the Popup Port-A-Bug, a soft-sided springsupported mesh container that is ideal for collecting and studying everything that creeps, crawls or flies. Lightweight, escape-proof and collapsible, insects fare well in this temporary environment while children get the close-up exposure they seek. Perfect for filling with fireflies on summer nights or caterpillars in the afternoons – both kids and creepers benefit from this bouncy boundary!
Here’s the dirt on ant farms: Dirt is out and gel is in. Based on a 2003 NASA experiment to study ants in zero gravity, AntWorks uses a clear nutrient gel that creates the matrix for ants to explore, alter, inhabit, and ingest! The ants need no food or water as both are provided in the gel nutrient they are tunneling through. With an LED illuminated base, the AntWorks ant habitat also becomes a beauty of its own when the ants’ activity is gently lit with a cool blue light permeating the gel. Study tools and instructions for ordering the ants are included so kids can soon look forward to a glowing glimpse into the world of ant interaction.
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Bugs World Blocks (Wild Creations)
Before moving to the living examples of the insect world, Wild Creations’ Bugs World Blocks offer an ideal opportunity to handle and examine specimens of various insects in great detail without fear or discomfort. Encased in transparent blocks of resin, this kit includes six real insects preserved for study along with colorful cards on each bug that relate interesting facts and peculiarities about them. The blocks themselves are perfects for handling, make excellent displays and will likely be the first thing your child want to share at show-and-tell!
The best way to really get to know an insect is to observe it in its natural habitat, but getting that close can be a challenge even for kids (who are much closer to the ground than adults). The Backyard Safari Field Scope offers a solution for the intrepid entomologist. A hand-held viewing scope with a concave end ‘traps’ an insect temporarily in-situ letting the viewer magnify its image up to six times the actual size. LED lights allow for better viewing in dark or shady environs. The first real field study tool for kids, this scope gets up close and personal with the insects right at your feet.
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I Just Wanna Be Skinny!
parents we can play a major part in lowering their risk. The National Eating Disorders Association reports the onset of eating disorders is usually in adolescence, but even KINDERGARTENERS can exhibit symptoms! So from an early age, parents should engage children in discussions of healthy bodies and healthy eating.
Anorexia Nervosa is a refusal to maintain a minimally normal weight for height, fear of gaining weight, and preoccupation with weight and body shape. Consequences of anorexia are muscle loss, weakening of the heart, osteoporosis, dehydration, and hair loss. Bulimia Nervosa is over-eating in secret followed by compensatory behavior (self-induced vomiting or use of diuretics). Bulimics often fast, exercise compulsively, and become overly concerned with weight and shape. Consequences include heart irregularity due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal issues, ulcers, and tooth decay. Binge Eating Disorder involves binge eating with an absence of compensatory behaviors. Consequences for health are the same as for obesity and include risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
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6 Ways to Minimize Your Child’s Risk for Eating Disorders by Michele Ranard, M.Ed.
Seated on the floor with legs stretched out before her, my perfectly proportioned and petite eight-year-old niece recently gazed at her bare legs and sighed, “My thighs are fat!” Eileen’s son is thirteen with washboard abs from swimming but asks his mother far too often for the number of calories on his dinner plate. Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
Eating Disorders on the Rise
Such everyday scenarios reflect our children’s growing sensitivity to body image and weight issues. The media is saturated with unrealistic and unattainable body shapes, and our children are more vulnerable than ever to such images. Unfortunately, the incidence of eating disturbances is increasing among children and teens across America. However, as 28
Who Develops an Eating Disorder?
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eating disturbances in adolescence, identifies three types of risks for developing an eating disorder: 1. Poor body image/low self-esteem. 2. Messages in the environment that thin bodies are most attractive. 3. Dieting or binging. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer suggests eating disorder prevention should begin at a very young age and writes “early messages can be as simple as learning to feel good about your body.”
Six Prevention Strategies
1. Stress health, not weight. Help your child develop a better body image by consistently stressing health, not thinness. In my niece’s case, her mother explained her thighs were “just right” and how not everyone’s legs look quite the same. 2. Explain the big payoff for sports. Talk to your kids about the importance of exercise, and encourage them to participate in team sports. Current research indicates athletes about 1/8/12 their bodies andPM Final feel LPA better Ad 1/12 3:42 weight than non-participants.
3. Model healthier behaviors yourself. Do not call yourself fat or talk negatively about your own body. If you are trying to lose weight, let your child know you are doing so to improve your health. You should avoid skipping meals and diet pills and instead model healthy eating and good exercise habits. Eileen realized her adolescent son was influenced by hearing her count points for the Weight Watchers program. It was necessary to educate him about the program and the reasons he needed to consume many more calories than weight watching adults. 4. Teach your child self-respecting strategies for coping with negative emotions and stress. Talking it out, exercise, meditation, music, counseling, or prayer are a few healthy alternatives to overeating. 5. Eat healthy meals at home. Dr. Neumark-Sztainer writes “family meals can play a major role in preventing eating disorders, especially in adolescent girls.” 6. Discuss images in magazines and on Page 1 television that present unrealistic bodies.
We need to help boys and girls understand (and laugh!) at these unattainable images in the media. Adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to fashion magazines. A study by Kimberly Vaughan and Gregory Fouts actually linked the relationship of decreased eating disorder symptoms to decreased magazine reading! Explain to your child that professional athletes and actresses like Halle Berry or Keira Knightley often workout for many hours daily to maintain such low weight. Help your child to understand genetics and the fact that healthy bodies are not one size fits all. If your child’s poor body image or low self-esteem concerns you, talk to a counselor or medical professional. For more information about eating disorders, contact the National Association of Eating Disorders (http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/) toll-free helpline at 800-931-2337. Michele Ranard is a professional counselor, an academic tutor, and a freelance writer. Visit her blog at cheekychicmama.blogspot.com.
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A Page in a Book
by Paige Gardner Smith
Gardening Books from the Ground Up Whether they are working on green thumbs or just dirty fingers, kids are natural helpers in the garden. Their contribution to gardening can be large (helping plant or weed) or small (offering to eat the first strawberries), but their participation in any measure is worthwhile. Sharing the power of planting, the importance of gardening and pleasure of harvesting with a child is a big step toward helping them understand the natural world they live in. Grow an appreciation for gardening from the ground up with these garden-themed titles just in time for spring!
by Kevin Henkes (Green Willow, HarperCollins) Working side-by-side with her mother in their garden, a young girl’s imagination takes flight as she ponders the type of garden she would cultivate if left to her own ends. What results is a child’s unbound vision of a garden with no weeds, replenishing flowers that change colors with a wish, and chocolate bunnies (that don’t eat the lettuce because you eat them!). She imagines tomatoes as big as beach balls and invisible carrots (because she doesn’t like carrots). Henkes’ watercolor and ink illustrations render these magical ideas with a colorful simplicity that makes the girl’s impossible musings a visible reality. Perhaps the best garden of all is one that exceeds its natural limits and spreads beyond its borders, and meanders about the landscape of a child’s imagination.
by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook) ‘Grandpa Green’, Lane Smith’s lush tale of remembrance and regeneration, derives from a small boy’s ramblings in his great-grandfather’s topiary-filled garden. He remembers the stories told of grandpa’s own childhood; how he got the chicken-pox (not from the chickens), that Grandpa went to war, how he married and was happy. The memories are magically mirrored in the fancifully shaped shrubs and plants that populate Grandpa’s garden. The boy remembers, even though Grandpa is starting to forget some things. Poignant, in both word and image, ‘Grandpa Green’ is a perfect appreciation of prior generations and an inspiration to cultivate new memories with older family members.
Tops & Bottoms
by Janet Stevens (Harcourt) ‘Tops & Bottom’ cleverly turns a traditional trickster tale on its ear in more ways than one. Bear is a wealthy landowner with no inclination to work. His neighbor, Hare, is destitute, but clever and energetic. Hare approaches Bear with an offer to plant his land with vegetables, doing all the work himself, but splitting the produce with Bear. Hare lets Bear choose tops or bottoms of the plants each year, but then plants vegetables that favor Hare’s own “half”. When Bear chooses ‘tops’, Hare plants root crops (carrots, turnips). The next year Bear chooses ‘bottoms’, Hare plants cabbage and celery, leaving Bear with the roots. What Hare plants when Bear insists on getting the tops AND bottoms is the final flourishing trick in the rabbit’s favor! Bound to be read spine to edge, the lavish illustrations cover each page from top to bottom!
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Dave Says... Don’t Stay Down After Layoff
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By Dave Ramsey
I just lost my job due to companywide layoffs. I have an emergency fund, but I’m losing my health insurance. Our state has a program that covers children’s healthcare in these kinds of situations. Would it be okay to accept this for my kids until I find another job and things get better?
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with accepting help when you’re down or struggling. On the other hand, to define yourself as being down or struggling is a really bad thing. By this, I mean you should never just sit there, consider yourself helpless, and expect someone else to take care of you. Remember this: everyone falls down. Loser’s stay down, but successful people get back up! If I woke up one morning and realized I had no insurance or couldn’t feed my family because I’d lost my job, I’d be out looking for work all day long, every single day. If that didn’t work, I’d pack everyone up and go find another place to work and live. At the very least I’d map out a plan to work and make money somewhere else during the week, then come home weekends. You sound like a good dad, and I love the fact that you’re thinking about your kids. Do what’s necessary to take care of them right now, even if it means getting help from the state. Make sure you’re out there busting it, and trying to make something happen in the job market, too. You shouldn’t still be living this way six months from now!
don’t have with them like you can with a credit card, but you’ve still got to budget carefully and give a name to every single penny of your income. Otherwise, you can still overspend. When I made the decision to get intentional with my money, I just used cash. It’s hard to spend it when you don’t have any on you. It’s a tough thing, I know, but you have to make a conscious decision to start living differently. You have to get mad at the things that steal your money a dollar or two at a time, and you have to put your foot down. Enough is enough! Try looking at your life as a whole, not a moment at time. All the moments you’re living right now will have either a positive or negative effect on your future. I decided I wanted the greater, long-term good, so I gave up
on the short-term stuff. No discipline is pleasant when you’re doing it, but as the Bible says, it yields a harvest of righteousness. Trust me, the greater good is worth the sacrifice. But until you make that decision for yourself, you won’t do it.
Dave is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Financial Peace. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated The Dave Ramsey Show. You can hear Dave online at www.daveramsey. com. Send your questions to askdave@ daveramsey.com. He resides with his wife Sharon and their three children, Denise, Rachel, and Daniel, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Summer Activities Guide Arts/Crafts
Auburn Parks and Recreation
Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center - 501-2963 Art for Young Children- 3 Sessions: June 12-14; July 10-12; July 24-26. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 10:00am-12:00noon. Ages: 4 - 6 years; Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Fee: $40.00 per week per child (Price includes cost of all materials and snack). Ceramics Studio- Dean Rd. Rec. Center, 501-2944 Creating with Clay- Session 1 and 3 are six 2-hour classes for $85. Session 1 is June 28- July 13 on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Session 3 is July 11 to July 22 on Monday Wednesday and Friday from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Sessions 2 and 4 are four 2-hour classes for $65. Session 2 is June 29- July 8 on Wednesday and Friday from 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Session 4 is June 29-July 28 on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Visual Art Workshops- 4 Sessions: June 4-8; June 25-29; July 16-20; July 30-Aug 3. ; Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Ages: 7 years and older. $60 per week per child / $50 for each additional child. Young Artist Atelier -July 18-July 22; July 23-27.; 10:00am – 2:30 pm; Ages: 12 – 15 years. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Payment is required at the time of registration. Fee: $75 per week per child
Jule Collins Smith Museum
Friday & Saturday Art Clubs 901 East University Drive, Auburn. 844-1484, www.jcsm.auburn.edu Friday & Saturday Art Club Summer Programs (May 25-August 4) welcomes kindergarten through high school students. Activities are designed for younger students (K-2nd grade), middle students (3rd-6th grade) and older students (7th-12th grade). We invite parents to spend some time with our education specialist to learn techniques for making art part of your family fun. Materials, lesson plans, and ideas will be available at each event for parental consideration. 10:00 am-2:30 pm
Opelika Parks and Recreation
All classes, call 334-705-5560 or for pottery classes, call
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for more info. 334-705-5558. Beads – Beads – Beads- June 12. 3:00-4:00pm. Age 6-12. Fee: $10. Learn to make necklaces, bracelets and other cool items with beads. Summer Crafts-June 13. 3:00- 4:30 p.m. Ages 4-7. Fee $10. Make fun crafts with a summer theme. I Love Art- July 16-20. 9:15- 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Fee $30. Explore art through color studies and by using various types of paint, clay, drawing and mixed media. Art Gallery showing on the last day of class. Parents aren’t required to stay, but are welcome. Crazy, Cool Crafts- July 16-20. 10:45- 12 noon. Ages 9-12. Fee $35. Not your usual arts and crafts! This class will create all things cool, including bottle cap jewelry, tye-died t-shirts, duck tape creations, photography and more! Craft show the last day. All supplies included except a freshly washed and dried t-shirt (no fabric softener). Cerami Kids I- Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm (8 weeks). Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up. Fee: $30/8 weeks (includes supplies) Cerami Kids II – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm (8 weeks). Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up. Fee: $30/8 weeks (includes supplies) Cerami Kids III (Homeschoolers) – Mondays 1:002:00pm. Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up. Fee: $30/8 weeks (including supplies) Cerami Kids IV- Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm. Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up. Fee: $30/8 weeks (including supplies) Creations in Clay- Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm. Ages 6-8. Fee $50/8 weeks. Homeschool Handbuilding- Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am. Fee $50/8 weeks. Pastels for Kids- Thursdays, begins June 4th. 4:305:30pm. Ages 8-12. Fee $50/8 weeks. Sit-N-Spin Wheel Class- Fridays 3:30-5:00pm. Ages 9&up. Fee $50/8 weeks.
Uptown Art Uncorked
2408 East University Drive, Auburn and 127 South 8th Street, Opelika. 209-1188 www.uptownart.com/auburn__al Adult, family and kids classes offered. Classes include all supplies. Prices starting at $25.00 . Kids classes are for 5-12 year olds and classes up to 25 kids per session. Birthday, bridal, girls night out parties too. Calendar available on line for class and party registration.
Book Clubs Auburn Public Library- 749 East Thach Avenue,
Auburn. 501-3190; www.auburnalabama.org/library American Girl Club- Grades K- 5th grade students. Girls, be sure to sign up at the Youth Services desk and come meet with everyone on the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm; Magic Tree House Club is for K - 5th grade students. Be sure to sign up at the Youth Services Desk. The first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm-4 pm. Adult book clubs, too.
Gnu’s Room- 414 South Gay Street, Auburn.
821-5550, www.thegnusroom.com. Book clubs, live music, film screenings, and other events.
Lewis Cooper Junior Memorial Public Library
204 South Sixth Street, Opelika. 705-5380 www.opelika.org, Kids programs and book clubs offered throughout the year.
850 Stage Rd, Auburn; 887-7250 www.nixdancestudios.com Summer 6 week session: VIP Preschool class, ballet, hip hop, turns & leaps, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, baton, and company auditions prep class.
Make Your Move
116 Columbus Parkway, Opelika; 705-0205 Valley Sportsplex, Valley; 705-0205 www.makeyourmovedance.com
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2140 E. University Drive, Auburn; 209-1464 or 498-0308; www.risingstarzofauburn.com
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Flint’s Crossing -1550 Opelika Road, Auburn; 501-8586, www.ikumon.com It is the job of our Kumon Center to encourage each individual child to want to learn, to enjoy learning, and to be capable of studying successfully in the future. Kumon method includes free placement testing, Kumon math and Kumon reading, improving concentration and study habits, empower through self-motivation, and test prep. Junior Kumon for preschool and kindergarten, too.
CPR-South Child and Babysitting Safety Courses
All classes are held at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Pre-registration required at www.auburncpr.com. May 8th CPR/First-Aid May 19th CPR/First-Aid, Child and Babystting Safety May 21st CPR/First-Aid June 12th CPR/First-Aid June 16th CPR/First-Aid, Child and Babysitting Safety June 28th CPR/First-Aid July 7th CPR/First-Aid, Child and Babysitting Safety July 9th CPR/First-Aid July 23rd CPR/First-Aid
Office of Education- ( 334) 844-6934 Summer Reading Program features twelve 45-minute tutorial sessions. The Monday-Wednesday program will accommodate kindergartners, first grades, and some second graders. It runs from June 6 until July 18. The Tuesday-Thursday program will work with struggling readers in grades 3-6. It runs from June 5 to July 17. 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. $80.00, with fee to be paid on acceptance to the program. For an application form, call (334) 844-6934, or write to Dr. Bruce Murray, Summer Reading Program, 5040 Haley Center, Auburn University, AL, 36849.
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College of Science and Math, Auburn Campus. 844-7449. www.auburn.edu/cosam/outreach 7 Sessions: June 4-8; June 18-22; June 25-29; July 9-13; July 16-20; July 30-Aug 3. Rising 1st-6th graders. Day and Extended day hours available. Prices: $170-$235 per week/child. Explore the world of science with real experiments, field trips, technology and art projects, and hands on activities.
467 North Dean Road, Auburn; 745-8737 www.froglegsparty.com Come jump in the indoor playground and party center featuring giant interactive inflatables all in one clean, safe, climate-controlled facility. You can bring your children to play during our OPEN PLAY time or better yet, host his/her next birthday party at our location. 3, 6, and 12 month passes available. Don’t forget your SOCKS!!!
Carmike Wynnsong Movie Theatre
2111 East University Drive, Auburn. 501-0401. Kids’ Summer Movie Series:$1.00 per person every Thursday, 10:00am, throughout the summer. Kid’s snack tray $4.00, too. More details about which movies to follow.
Forest Ecology Preserve
2222 N. College Street (Hwy 147) near Hwy 280 and the AU Fisheries. firstname.lastname@example.org; 334-844-8091
1683 Whittlesey Road, Columbus, GA; 706-571-3456; www.carmike.com 125,000 square feet of state-of-the-art entertainment with movies, amusements, attractions, games, food and fun!
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Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum
2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery; (334) 240-4900; www.montgomeryzoo.com; 9:00 am -5:00 pm. Tickets range $7.00 -$14.00; toddlers 2 years and under- Free; Senior citizens, military and group discounts
3768 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika (Midway Plaza); 749-4040; www.sportsacademyauburn.com Auburn/Opelika’s premiere indoor sports training and conditioning facility! We cater to athletes of all sports, skill levels and all ages!
Surfside Water Park
2780 S College Street, Auburn; 821-7873; www.surfsidewaterpark.com; Friday Nights in JulySwim Under the Stars! Join us on Friday night, August 12th at 7:00pm and swim until midnight! For just $12 per person plus tax, you can swim under the stars!
The Skate Center
1221 Commerce Drive, Auburn; 821-1128 Tuesday-Thursday 6:30 – 9:00 pm; Friday 6:30-10:00 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
USA Mini Golf
1220 Fox Run Avenue, Opelika, 439-4914; www.usaminigolf.com Monday-Thursday, 12:00-10:00pm; Friday, 12:00pm2:00am; Saturday, 10:00am-10:00pm; Sunday, 1:006:00pm. Indoor mini-golf where our theme is “Road Trip Across America”.
Gymnastics/Cheer Premier Spirit Academy
923-B Stage Road, Auburn; 821-7300 www.premierspiritacademy.com Kids Cheer & Tumbling Camp - Ages 3 & 4; June 4-6; 10:00-11:30am. $45 if registered by May 25; $55 after May 25. Premier Youth Cheer and Tumbling Camp - Ages 5 & 6; June 11-14; 10:00am-12:00noon. Register by June 1- $60 per student; $70 after June 1. Premier Tumbling Camp - Ages 7-18; June18-21; 9:00am-12:00noon. All Tumbling Skill Levels. $80 if registered by June 8; $90 after June 8th. Regular Monday- Thursday classes offered throughout the summer too! Mom and Tot, Preschool, Youth, Level 1-3, Advanced Tumbling and Cheer Classes.
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Denson Road Recreation Center. 1102 Denson Drive. Ben White, 705-5547 or email@example.com. Power Tumbling and Trampoline- Fees: $60 for classes meeting 1 day per week. Every additional class is $35.00 Level I: Monday-Thursday; 3:30pm, 4:40pm, 5:30pm. Learn to stretch, tumble and condition in a fun environment. An opportunity to learn and polish basic skills and coordination. Use of tumbling and trampoline equipment. Level II: Monday-Thursday; 3:30pm & 4:30pm. Must have coaches recommendation. Back roll, handstand and round-off required. Learn to connect skills and increase difficulty. Level III: Monday & Wednesday; 5:30pm. Cheerleader Prep-Monday-Thursday; 6:30-7:30pm. Age 6th grade & up. If you need help getting ready for cheerleading tryouts, this is the class for you! Come and learn motions, jumps, tumbling and how to create your entrance. Cheer Camp- June 27-28; Covington Center, Ages: 4-12; Cost: $15 Team- Tuesday & Thursday, 5:30pm. Must have coaches approval and become registered with USA Gymnastics
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Parent and Me Tumbling-Class options: Monday6:00pm; Wednesday-10:00am or 6:00pm; Thursday10:00am. Age: 2-3; Parent must participate in helping child with activities. A great class for kids to learn coordination and have fun. Fee: $45/8 weeks. Tumble Tots- Tuesday- 6:00pm; Wednesday- 10:30am. Age: 4; Children will have fun learning new skills and coordination activities. Fee: $45/8 weeks.
Horseback Riding H & G Horse Quarters
943 Lee Road 57, Auburn; 887-0026 www.hghorsequarters.com An equestrian center located in Auburn offering lessons, boarding, showing, and camp sessions. Joey Camp- May 28-June 1. 8:00am-1:00pm. Beginner riders ages 5-8: No experience necessary. Students learn safety, grooming, tacking-up and mounting, Walk & trot in balance with their mounts. Fun, informative, hands-on activities follow riding each day, with materials that are designed to be age and skill appropriate. $300 Crocodile Camp-June 18-22. 8:00am-3:00pm. For riders who can at least walk/trot on the rail and beginning over cross rails. Riders increase their knowledge on horsemanship, safety, and riding awareness. Expand their knowledge on equitation and what is expected in the show ring. On the last day of camp, campers will show off their skills in a Camp Show! $350 Kangaroo Camp- June 25-29. 8:00am-3:00pm. Beginner riders ages 9-13. No experience necessary. Students learn to groom, tack-up and mount and walk, trot, and possibly canter in balance with their mount; Experience riders deepen their skills in horsemanship, flatting, and over fences Giraffe Camp- July 30-Aug. 3. 8:00am-3:00pm. For advance riders who can Walk, Trot, Canter, and jumping 18”. Loading, clipping, show grooming, wrapping, first aid, and daily management. Jumping lessons everyday! Seminar with Local Vet and Farrier- Open to public.
Morton Show Horses
Southern Springs Equine, in the heart of Auburn, Alabama (off Donahue), nestled on 150 acres 3 miles from Auburn University. Tracy Morton-334.401.0234 or email Tracy@MortonShowHorses.com Like Us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Morton-Show-Horses/293991863991531 Morton Show Horses, offers horseback riding lessons for the beginner through advanced rider, ages 6 & Older. We gear our lessons to each individual’s needs and skill level. Lessons: $45 for a single 45 min Private Lesson; $180 for a block of 5 Private Lessons (prepay for 4 get the 5th free)
www.sandysstables.net; 334-741-0020 firstname.lastname@example.org; Day Camp- Monday through Friday 8:00am-2:00pm; 6 Camps: June 4-8; June 11-15; June 25-29; July 9-13; July 16-20; Day camp will include: 2 mounted lessons a day, 2 unmounted lessons a day, English riding, Western riding, bareback riding, trail rides, grooming, horse safety, horsemanship, horse care, tack, driving a pony and cart etc...Students will also enjoy cooling off on our water slide. Riders are able to set their own goals and accomplish them. $450
The Stables at Shiloh Farms
730 Lee Road 71, Camp Hill, AL; 246-896-2663 www.stablesofshilohfarms.com Offering boarding, sales/leases, training, shows, and lessons. Accepting beginner to advanced students.
cream, sherbet, sorbet, Italian ice and no sugar added fat free items, cakes and pies. Free baby cone for toddlers.
2019 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika; 742-9500 Frozen treats including Dilly Bar, ice cream cones, dip cones, the Original Blizzard, DQ Sandwich, Buster Bar, Peanut Buster Parfait, sundaes, waffle bowls and cones, banana splits, ice cream cakes and more.
Marble Slab Creamery
2340 Tiger Town Parkway, Opelika. 745-0033; “The freshest ice cream on Earth.” Fresh baked waffle cones, yogurt, smoothies, sundaes, shakes, malts, cookies, brownies, apple pies, pies and cakes.
119 B South 8th St. Opelika; 749-0012 Tuesday-Saturday,12:30-8:30 pm; Sunday 3:00-6:00pm. Railroad Creamery is an old-fashioned ice cream shop in Historic Downtown Opelika. We serve Blue Bell ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and other desert treats. We host birthday parties and other private groups. We also offer gift certificates. Call for more info!
SnowBiz Shave Ice
1625 East University Drive, Auburn; 319-0739 & 1607 S. College Street, Auburn; 742-0371 Sno Biz shave ice, snow cones, Hawaiian, italian ice and their tropical flavors have fans around the world dreaming of their next big chill.
Toomers Corner® on the corner of Magnolia Ave and College Street; 887-3488; www.toomersdrugs.com “Preserving an Auburn Tradition.” Old fashion specialties including the world famous fresh squeezed lemonade, banana split, floats, shakes, malts, hot fudge brownie sundae, ice cream cones and sodas, sundaes, and more!
131 South College Street, Auburn www.tuttifruttiyogurt.net; Frozen yogurt -About 45 different flavors are offered and rotated about every three to four days. Enjoy coffee blends like espressos and cappuccinos and still be able to cool down with smoothies and frozen coffee with light bakery snacks, too.
Auburn First Baptist Child Development Center
128 East Glenn Ave. Auburn. Milissa, 821-8125 or email@example.com; Field-Trip based Summer Camp Program begins Wednesday, May 23 - Friday, August; 7:00am to 5:30pm Monday - Friday; Drop-Ins Welcome. Summer Camp Enrollment starts Monday, April 2nd for Kindergarten-5th grades (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 in physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual growth.
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Chill Yogurt Cafe
2486 Enterprise Drive, Tigertown Opelika; 745-7715 & 234 West Magnolia Ave, Downtown Auburn; 502-1114. www.chillyogurt.com Pure frozen yogurt, yocakes, custards and sorbets. Nonfat, low fat with many toppings to choose.
2172 East University Drive, Auburn; 821-9988; Monday-Sunday 11:00 am-10: 00pm; Homemade ice
Camp Kaleidoscope- Auburn High School; Melissa Weldon, 501-2946;. Session A: June 4-8; Session B: June 11-15; Session C: June 18-22; Session D: July 9-13; Session E: July 16-20; Session F: July 23-27; 8:00am5:00 pm. Each week of camp will be filled with games, activities, special guests, and field trips. 6-12 years; $125 per week, $100 per week for each additional sibling and $675 for the entire summer. Junior Camp Counselor Program- Ages: 13-17 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
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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. For more information, please contact Melissa Weldon at 501-2946. The deadline for participants to register is May 18. Small Fry Camp- Frank Brown Recreation Center; Melissa Weldon, 501-2946. June 4-19 and July 11-27. Ages: 3-5 (child must be 3 years by the first class); MondayFridays, 8:00-11:00am. Preschoolers will enjoy hands-on activities, music in song and dance, and many other age-related activities. Field trips may be offered. Child must be toilet trained to participate. Fee: $125. Summer Therapeutic Day Camp- Alison Hall, 501-2930, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7 week summer day camp designed for young adults with various disabilities (e.g., autism, cerebral palsey, down syndrome, developmental delays, hearing impairments, vision impairments). Program includes lifeskills training such as handling money, team work, social skills, square dancing, swimming, and other physical recreation activities (e.g, basketball, bowling, volleyball). The campers also participate in field trips. Fee: $150.00, each additional sibling $95.00.
644 North Dean Road, Auburn. 334-501-2044; www.growingroomusa.com. The Growing Room Wacky Summer Camp Road Trip begins on May 21. This year we’ll be taking a trip across the country “visiting” a different state each week! Our 3 & 4 year olds will enjoy bi-weekly field trips, while our School campers 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. Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm.
1221 Commerce Drive, Auburn. 821-1127 www.theskatecenterauburn.com/learningcenter.nxg Monday-Friday 5:15am-6:00pm; Ages newborn to 12. Nonstop summer fun and learning!
Milestones Learning Center
1811 East Glenn Ave. Auburn. 887-4391 www.milestoneslc.com Summer camp- June-July; different theme each week: summer fun, summer safety, under the sea, vacations, America the beautiful, creepy crawlers, wild west, summer sports, let’s go fishing, and much more!
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Covington Day Camp- Session I: June 4-15; Session II: June 18- 29; Session III: July 2-13; Session IV: July 1627. 8am-3pm. Ages 1st-7th grade (completed). Fee: $50 +$25 activity fee. 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. Sportsplex Day Camp- Session I: June 4-15; Session II: June 18- 29; Session III: July 2-13; Session IV: July 16-27. 8am-3pm. Ages 1st-5th grade (completed). Fee: $80 +$50 activity fee. 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. The Plex Camp Compound is located in the amphitheater. Space is limited. Plex Kids Camp- June 4- July 27. Monday-Friday; 8 weekly sessions. 3:30-5:30pm. Ages 5-7 and 8-11. Fee $50/week. Enjoy a wide variety of activities including wii station, movies, kids in the kitchen, swimming and crafts. Art Camp- July 30-Aug 1. Covington Center. Fee: $20; Age: 8-12 years. 8am-12noon. Basketball Camp – June 20-22. 9:00am-12:30pm. Covington Rec. Drills and Skills with the emphasis on Fun! Fee: $20. Ages 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. Basketball Camp- July 23-27. 9:00am-12:00noon. SportsPlex. Ages 1st-8th grade. Fee $45.
Baton Camp-June 25-29. Ages 5-7 and 8-11. 3:305:30pm. Fee $50 (includes snack and tshirt). Ceramics Camp- August 6-8. 3:30-4:30pm. Fee: $15; Age: 7 & up. Denson Drive Rec. Cheerleading Camp –June 18-19. 9:00am-12:00noon. Covington Center. Ideal for Youth and Midget League Cheerleaders. Learn Cheers, Chants and basic stunts. Fee: $20; Age: 3-12 years Football Camp 8th Annual Back to the Doghouse –Saturday Date TBA. Opelika High School Field. Spend Saturday morning with former OHS alumni learning basic football skills through fun activities and motivational reflections. FREE! Racquetball Camp- July 31-Aug 3.11:00am-2:00pm. Fee: $40. Playing strategy clinic. Space is limited. Eye guards required. Space limited. Racquetball Camp (Advanced)- July 18-21. 5:307:00pm. SportsPlex. Age: 16 yrs & up. Fee: $45. Eye guards required. Space limited. Sports Camp- Session I & II: Ages 5-7 years: June 11-15; June 25-29. 9am-1pm. Session III- July 2-6; 9am-3pm. SportsPlex. Come for a fun week of sports based activities. Bring lunch , water bottle, bathing suit, towel and lots of energy! Fee: $ 35 Soccer Camps -July 16-20; Three age groups: Ages 3-4 years, 8:00-9:00am. Fee: $50. Ages 5-7 years, 9:0011:30am. Fee: $80. Ages 7-14 years, 9:00am-4:00pm. Fee: $135. All Camps will train for age specific skills. 7-14 year old camps include a midday swim. For more information: email@example.com Advanced Soccer- July 16-20. Age 8-18. 5:00-8:00pm. Fee $100. Training for competitive players for the upcoming season. Tumbling Camp- August 6-7 & 9. 3:30-5:30pm. Denson Rec. Center. Age 7 & up. Fee: $30 includes t-shirt. Participants must be enrolled in an OPR tumbling course prior to Summer Camp. Tennis Camps – June 4-8; June 18-22; July 16-20. Age 4-7, Fee: $50.
Auburn Academy of Martial Arts
323 Airport Rd, Suite J, Auburn; 502-7221 www.auburnacademy.com; 4 Camp Sessions: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27. Hours: 9:00am12:00noon.$125 per week (includes summer uniform). Camp themes may include: Padded Weapons, Board Breaking, Bully Buster Techniques, Tournament Sparring. Camps will certainly include: 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.
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts
2515 East Glenn Commerce Park #204 - Auburn, 887-0818; www.auburnmma.com Camp for Champs!- 5 Sessions: June 4-8, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27. Space Limited! Register Today! Includes camp tshirt. 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. No experience necessary!
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Karate- All beginner classes are non-competitive and non-contact. Tues and Thurs. Ages 5-7: 4:30-5:15pm; Ages 8-12: 5:15-6:00pm; Ages 12-adult: 6:00-6:50pm. Fee $65/12 weeks.
Shane Pope’s TKD
1914 Opelika Rd. Auburn, firstname.lastname@example.org (334) 821-0299- Offers classes of all skill levels: Tiger cubs (3-6 year olds), Juniors & Adults (6 years and up) and Yoga classes.
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Musical Theatre Camp- Jan Dempsey Community Arts
Center. Trisha Oliver, 559-8224; email@example.com June 11-16; 9:00am-12noon; Performance will be held Saturday, June 16 at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Ages: 8-12 years.. Do you love GLEE? Then you’ll love our theatre camp! Young actors will learn music, staging and choreography for several Broadway numbers and then have two opportunities to show off what they have learned at the end of the week! Fee: $180 per child (includes $10 t-shirt fee) Musical Theatre Camp for Teens - Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center; Kim Hirt; 501-2963; kimhirt@ gmail.com; July 11-16; Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm. Performance will be held 10 and 11:15 a.m. Fee: $150 per child (includes a t-shirt). Ages: 13-18 years; Campers, of all skill levels, improve theater-related skills in voice, dance, and acting while meeting new friends and most important, having fun! There will be a performance at the end of the week for family and friends.
Auburn Guitar Shoppe
758 East Glenn Ave. Auburn. www.auburnguitar.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. 334-821-6818
Auburn University Band Camp
www.band.auburn.edu June 10-13- Marching Percussion and Auxiliary, Drum Major & Leadership; June 13-16- High School Symphonic Bands; June 16-19- Drumline; June 19-22- Jr. High & Middle School Symphonic Bands
Kindermusik at Auburn UMC
Michelle Stearns, 826-8800; www.aumc.net June 20-24; Peek-A-Boo, I Love You -9:00am; Creatures in My Backyard -10:00 am; Tell Me a Tale-11:00am; Ages newborn to 7 yrs.
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EZ Way Guitar- June 6 (8 weeks). SportPlex. Wednesday: Beginner: 11:00-11:30am; Intermediate:11:30am-12:00 noon; Advanced: 12:00-12:30pm. Fee: $60 ($6 materials). Learn to play guitar the easy way through simple chords. Fun and economical. hiddentalentmusic.com I Can Sing!!!- June 6 (8 weeks). SportsPlex. Wednesdays- 10:00-10:30am. Fee: $60. This fun and entertaining format is guaranteed to have an immediate impact. Kids will learn vocal skills that will last a lifetime. Topics include posture, breathing, tone and warm-ups. Piano Summer Fun- June 6 (8 weeks). SportsPlex. Wednesdays:10:30-11:00am. Fee: $60. Age: 7-15yrs (1st-9th Grade). Chord style Piano. Learn to play popular songs on the piano using both hands. “Popular Chord Style Piano” $25 (available from instructor).
Spicer’s Garage Band Camp
Tom & Jean Spicer 334-319-1884; www.spicersgaragebandcamp.com; We are a familyoperated summer music camp designed to provide young people and adults with opportunities for improving their musical skills, experience being a part of a band, and developing a life-long creative hobby. Campers receive individualized lessons in their instrument of choice while also learning how to play with other musicians. They are placed in a band with other campers and work together to choose a band name and develop a band logo. $300 per session; Includes 20 hours of instruction, t-shirt, water bottle, daily snack, and Friday night concert. Rock Band Camp- Ages 8-18; June 4-18 and June 11-15; 8:00am-12noon; 1:00-5:00pm Praise Band Camp- Ages 12-18; June 4-8; 1:00-5:00pm.
Lee Scott Academy, Auburn. Summer Show-Offs is great for self-esteem, coordination, and confidence. We teach children that singing, dancing, and speaking on stage can be fun! Ages K-12th grade. Camp: July 9-13. Monday-Thursday, 9am-2pm. On Friday we will have a dress rehearsal and then a grand performance for friends & family. $210 fee.
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Sports Camp- Ryan Molt at 501-2943 or email@example.com 2 camps: June 11-15; 9:00am-12:00noon. Registration deadline June 6. July 9-13; 9:00am-12:00noon. Registration deadline July 3. Ages 9-12 year olds. Campers will
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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. Limit 40 participants per week. $50/camp.
Auburn High Youth Cheerleading Camp
May 29-31; 887-4970; firstname.lastname@example.org
Auburn University Sports Camps
Baseball Academy- email@example.com Basketball- firstname.lastname@example.org Brett Hawke Swim- www.auburnswimcamps.com Equestrian- email@example.com Football- firstname.lastname@example.org Gymnastics- email@example.com Soccer- firstname.lastname@example.org Tigers Golf- www.auburntigers.com Tiger Softball- email@example.com Tennis- www.gteamtennis.com Volleyball- firstname.lastname@example.org
Auburn Wrestling Camps
Auburn High School Gym. 887-4970 auburntakedown.com; email@example.com Camp Session: June 11-14. Ages K-6th graders will learn the fundamentals of wrestling in a fun and nurturing environment. 8am-12noon. $50 fee.
1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn; 887-5666 www.healthplusfitness.com Youth Swim for Fitness- This is a chance for kids to learn a lifetime fitness activity. Our hour-long 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. A package of 12 sessions costs $55 for HealthPlus members and $70 for non-members. Family discounts are available. Monday & Wednesday; 4:30p. Fitness Fun Camp- May 23-August 8; Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 12:00pm (extended day is available through 5:00pm). Ages 5-14 years. Cost: $50 registration fee; Prices per day start at $35 (sibling discounts). A safe and fun-filled camp environment that will promote fitness, health, creativity and friendship. Ages 5-12 and is open to members and non-members. Includes games of all kinds, swimming, art, music, science, field trips to the movies, Bruster’s, fishing, and more! 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.
Lee-Scott Basketball Camps
251-239-0517; firstname.lastname@example.org Offensive Skill/Shooting Camp- June 4-5- boys and girls; grades 4th-11th; 9:00am-12:00noon. Skill developmentbalance/footwork, hand placement, release point, follow through, shooting drills, and more. Camp Cost is $60.00 (Non-refundable) Lee Scott Fundamentals Camp-June 25-27. Grades 1-6; 9:00am-12:00pm. Grades 7-10; 1:00-4:00pm. Fee $75. Community is welcome!
Opelika Parks and Recreation- SportsPlex
1001 Andrews Road, Opelika; 705-5560 Hoops N Healing- Ages 11-17. Children who have attended Camp Good Grief due to a death related loss. We will combine basketball skills with healing conversation. Jenny Filush at 502-0216 or email email@example.com. Mini Kickball League- Monday & Thursday, July 9-26. Ages 7-13. Fee $20. Fun mini league to peak interest in a classic pastime. Opelika Crush Club Soccer- Opelika’s Competitive Soccer Team. Player evaluations June 12 & 14 for all ages. Registration forms at the Sportsplex June 4-8. www.opelikacrush.dsquare.org/ T-Ball- Registration May 7-18; Season: Begins June 4. Ages 4-6 yrs (age on April 30, 2011). West Ridge Park. Fee: $35 (Includes jersey & cap). Supplies needed: Small starter glove. Coaches needed.
Plains Junior Golf- Moore’s Mill Golf Club, Auburn. Will Blackmon , 319-0051 or Elizabeth Rodgers, 821-6533; firstname.lastname@example.org Offering girls, boys and co-ed golf camps. Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
3768 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika (Midway Plaza); 749-4040; www.sportsacademyauburn.com Lee Scott Summer Baseball Camp- June 4-7. Lee Scott Academy Field. Ages 7-12. 8:00am-12:00pm. $100 per student. Only 75 slots- Register early. OHS Baseball Summer Training Camp- May 29-June 1. Opelika High School Field. Ages 7-12; 8:00am-12:00pm. $100 per student. Only 75 slots- Register early.
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Auburn University. Mike Babul at (334) 844-9737 or email@example.com
Auburn Parks and Recreation
Summer Swim Lessons and Teams-May 1-11; May 14-24; Swim lessons, Auburn Aquatics Swim Team, and Auburn Dive Team. Participants should wear appropriate swimwear, as testing may be required. For more information, visit auburnalabama.org/pools or pick up a copy of Auburn Parks and Recreation’s Summer Brochure. Please note the minimum age for swim lessons. Participants must turn four (4 yrs) on or before the first day of the swim session. Parent and Tot- Early Bird Afternoon: Tuesdays, May 1 22, 5:30 - 6 p.m., $40.
1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn 887-5666; www.healthplusfitness.com Infant Swimming Resource- nationally recognized survival swimming program which teaches infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 6 years using the ISR SelfRescue™ 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, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration, and more. This is not a Learn-to-Swim class. Learn To Swim- Beginner to advanced sessions. $65 for 8 30-minute classes; $50 for HealthPlus Members.
Tiger Swim Lessons
737-4427 or firstname.lastname@example.org Auburn University Aquatic Center- $65.00 / 2 week sessions with 30 minute classes Registration to be held on April 21, 8:00-11:00am (First come, first served). Session A: May 14-18, 21-25. 3:00 pm -7:00 pm classes/ Adult class at 7:00 pm Session B: May 28-June 1, & June 4-8. 9:00 am -11:00 am classes Session C: June 11-15 & 18-22.. 9:00 am -11:00 am classes
Opelika Parks and Recreation
CovingtonYouth Swim Lessons- Ages 4 years and up. All levels welcome. 3 Sessions: June 4-15; June 18-29; July 9-20. Classes meet daily for two weeks 9:00-9:50am. Fee $45. A separate registration form must be completed for each child registered. Lifeguard Challenge Course- May 19. 9:00am-12:00pm. Fee $70. This challenge course is offered for those needed to get recertified for CPR, First Aid and Life guarding. Sportsplex Youth Swim Lessons- 3 Sessions: June 4-15; June 18-29; July 9-20. Classes meet for 2 weeks. 9:00am12:45pm (45 min. classes times/ time depends on Level). Ages 4 and up. Fee $50. All registrations must be made in person at the SportsPlex. No registrations will be accepted without required fee. Only one session per swimmer. Sportsplex Parent and Me Swimming Class- June 4-18. Monday & Wed 8:00-8:30am. Ages 6 months-3 years. Fee $45. Designed for parents interested in acquainting their young children to the water in a fun and safe environment. Teaches infants, toddlers, and preschoolers’ water adjustment, blowing bubbles, underwater exploration and many other skills. Swim diapers are required for children who are not potty-trained.
Opelika SeaDawgs Summer Swim Team- Fee: $50 per swimmer. ($5 dollar discount for siblings). Parent Meeting May 3, 6:00pm. SportsPlex. Practice begins May 1. Sportsplex Member Family Swim Night- Every Thursday night (beginning June 7-Aug 2) from 6:00pm9:00pm; will be SportsPlex member families only swim. Parents must remain in the pool area with children. Family night is for parents and children under age 15. Float-In Movie – June 8 & July 13; Come enjoy a movie while floating in the SportsPlex Pool. Bring your float and your family and watch a kid-friendly movie! Movie starts at 7:00pm. Free to SportsPlex members; $5 to non members. Child under 6 free.
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City of Auburn Public Pools
Drake Pool- 653 Spencer Ave. next to Drake Middle School; 501-2958 Samford Pool- 465 Wrights Mill Road / 328 Samford Ave.; 501-2957 Auburn City pools will open on May 25, 2010. Auburn City Pool Season passes will be sold at the Dean Road Recreation Center. Individual passes are $50.00 and Family passes are $125.00. Daily admission is $2.00 per person (Children 1 year old and younger are free).
Opelika Parks and Recreation
Covington Pool-213 Carver Ave. 705-5550. $1 SportsPlex Pool- 705-5560. Monday-Friday 5 am-8 am- Member Lap Swim Only 1:00 pm-8:00 pm Open Swim Saturday 8:00am- 10:00 am -Member Lap Swim Only 10:00am-12:00 pm Family Swim 12:00pm- 5:00 pm Open Swim Sunday 1:00pm- 5:00pm Open Swim Splash Park Summer Hours: Monday- Friday 10:00am- 8:00pm Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm
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Auburn Univ. Yarbrough Tennis Complex; 501-2920 Tennis Camps- May 29-June 1; June 25-28; July 9-12; July 23-26. These are fun filled tennis camps for the extreme beginners to intermediate to players for all ages and genders. Fun learning of the tennis strokes, rules and most of all fun games. All participants will receive a t-shirt, instruction and a pizza party on the last day of camp. All campers will need to bring a packed lunch but daily snacks and drinks will be provided. We will provide loaner racquets or can order one of your own. Bring proper shoes, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, and an extra pair of clothes as we may cool down in water activities. $96 per session.
Opelika Parks and Recreation
Calhoun Tennis Center; 1102 Denson Drive; Opelika. 705-5556 Pee Wee- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:45-3:45pm. Designed to introduce the game to children with fun drills and instruction. Fee $50/month. $10 off each additional child. Ages 4-5yrs. Tennis: Beginner-Intermediate- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:45-4:45pm. Work on basic tennis skills with instructive and fun drills. Work match play, score keeping and court etiquette. Fee $50/month. $10 each additional child. 1st-5th grade. Tennis: Junior High- Monday & Wednesday, 3:304:30pm. Develop tennis skills. Fun, fair play and proper court etiquette will be stressed. Fee $50/month. $10 off each additional child. 6th-8th grade. Tennis: High School- Monday & Wednesday, 4:305:30pm. Designed for intermediate/ advanced tournament players. Instruction with skill building drills along with match play to fine tune young players. Fee $50/month. $10 off each additional child. 9th-12th grade.
Vacation Bible Schools Eagle Pointe Church of the Nazarene
1975 Mall Boulevard, Auburn, Al. 334.466.8277; www.eaglepointechurch.com/EPIC Summer Long Vacation Bible School program. Every Wednesday in June from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 beginning June 6-August 1. Pre-Register for your T-shirt $8.00ea/ 10.00 for T-shirts if not preregistered.
Lakeview Baptist Church
1600 East Glenn Ave., Auburn. 887-7094 www.lakeviewbaptist.org “Amazing Wonders Aviation”- “Hold on tight as we blaze through the wild blue yonder of God’s Creation”June 11 - 15. Rising Kindergarten-6th grade. 8:00am12:00noon. On-line registration will begin May 5th
Auburn Church of Christ
712 South College St., Auburn; 887-5891 www.auburnchurch.org June 10-12; 6:00-8:00pm. Dinner served each night from 5:15-5:45pm. Classes for rising grades K-6.
Auburn United Methodist Church
Saturday with a family serve day (9-11 am). Thursday and Friday are kids’ only nights (6-8:15 pm). Camp Cornerstone serves current 4 year olds through 5th graders. Cost is $10 per child which includes a t-shirt, activities and refreshments. Space is limited, so register early!
Farmville Baptist Church
Hwy 147, Auburn. 887-7361 June 24-28. “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. 6pm-8pm. Ages birth-Adult
First United Methodist Church of Opelika
702 Avenue A; Opelika; 745-7604; www.fumcopelika.org; June 4-6; 9 AM to 12 Noon.
Liberty Baptist Church
2701 West Point Pkwy, Opelika. June 4-8. “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. 5:30-8:45pm. Ages 3yrs-6th graders.
Opelika First Baptist Church
301 South 8th Street, Opelika. 745-5715 www.fbcopelika.com; June 11-15. “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. 9am-12noon. Ages 4yrs-6th grade.
Parkway Baptist Church
766 East University Drive, Auburn; 887-3782 www.parkwayauburn.org; June 4-8. “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. 8:30am-12:00noon. Ages 4yrs-5th grade.
137 South Gay St; 826-8800; www.aumc.net June 11-14; Day and evening sessions: 8:30 am-12:00 noon: 4 year old-4th graders and 5:30-8:00 pm -2nd-6th graders. Dive in and discover God’s underwater universe! Explore the depths of God’s Word at AUMC’s VBS 2012 with Operation Overboard - Dare To Go Deep With God.
Purpose Baptist Church
4647 Tallapoosa St., Notasulga June 24-29. “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. 5:30-8pm. Ages 3yrs -5th grade.
2123 Hamilton Road, Auburn; 887-1152 www.cornerstonebuzz.org Camp Cornerstone-June 6-9; “Adventures on Promise Island”. Camp Cornerstone is family-focused, beginning on Wednesday night with a family worship service, Kids’ Luau, and Parent Talk (6-8:15 pm), and ending on
3211 Waverly Parkway, Opelika. 703-0302 June 24-28. “Amazing Aviation Wonders”. 6-8:30pm. Ages birth-adult.
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Union Grove Baptist Church
4009 Lee Rd 391, Opelika; 749-0461 July 16-20 “Amazing Wonders Aviation”. 5:30-8:40pm. All ages 2 yrs to adult. •
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Raising a Water Confident Kid by Joanna Nesbit
When my daughter, Leah, was six, I signed her up for a month’s worth of swim lessons, every day for half an hour, because, well, it worked for another mom’s kids. This mom had told me her kids’ skills didn’t progress until the third week, and a four-week block was the only way to go. Leah had taken lessons in previous summers but with little obvious success, and I fell for the mom’s advice. What I didn’t account for was my daughter’s persistent (read: stubborn) temperament or her willingness to wage silent battle by simply not getting into the pool. Oh, sure, some days she did, when the planets were aligned, but other mornings she sat on a deck chair Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
and watched her toddler brother dabble with his perky swim teachers. Even when she did get in the pool, Leah steadfastly refused to dunk. Indeed, she didn’t dunk until a year later while in a hotel pool during a summer vacation. The key? It was her own idea. Swim lessons often feel non-negotiable to parents because we care about our children’s safety. And there’s that pesky idea that because all our friends’ kids love swimming, ours should, too. But not all kids take to water like dolphins. First step: relax. Then keep in mind the following tips for developing water confidence in even the most reluctant youngsters, and chances are you’ll avoid poolside battles. 38
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Go to the pool often. Taking your kids early and often to the pool is the single biggest factor for helping them love water, says Ken Erickson, general manager of Bayside Swim Club, a Washington-based organization. Regular visits make water normal. Sign up for parent/baby classes or plan to take your toddler to your local pool to play. Keep it fun. Young children progress quicker when parents interact with them in the pool, so make water play a family experience. A warm pool, 85 degrees or more, is especially important for reluctant swimmers and will help kids relax. Confront your own fear. If you’re a reluctant swimmer yourself, you may convey to your kids that water is Advertising: 334-209-0552
something to be afraid of, even if you try to hide your fear. Consider taking lessons so you can comfortably join your children in the pool (you’re never too old to learn to swim), says Lance Romo, program director at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. Don’t pressure kids. Avoid pressuring or tricking your kids into skills they’re not ready for. Praise their baby steps and trust they will progress when the time is right. If your child is fearful or timid, try a swimsuit with a built-in flotation device for extra fun and buoyancy. She’ll move beyond it when she’s ready, says Erickson. Note on flotation aids: Avoid water wings because they move the center of buoyancy to the arms, and noodles can slip out from under a child. Never leave your child unattended even with a flotation aid. Once your child is confident with pool play, he’s ready to try lessons. For any child, but especially the reluctant child, swim experts offer the following suggestions for a successful experience.
Shopping for lessons: * Look for a pool with a high ratio of instructors to students, as well as instructors skilled with working with kids. * Look for a pool that provides a non-threatening environment, emphasizes fun, and doesn’t force skills such as dunking or jumping off the diving board. * Find out how instructors engage reluctant swimmers. Interaction should be positive and fun. * Ask whether instructors allow goggles. For some kids, goggles can make all the difference for going underwater. When lessons begin: * Prepare your child for lessons by describing what to expect (check the pool’s website or talk with instructors in advance). * Allow your child to interact with the instructor without hovering to distract her (but don’t force separation). * Keep in mind that not all kids progress at the same rate. It’s normal
for kids to repeat lessons at the same level multiple times and then suddenly leap ahead. * Try private lessons if your child isn’t progressing due to the group setting or her own fear. Some kids experience performance anxiety in a group and do better in a one-on-one scenario. * For age 6 and under, take time off between sessions to avoid burn out. For age guidelines on lessons, talk to the pool staff or refer to their website for recommendations but keep in mind each child’s individuality. My daughter was one of the oldest children in her level primarily because she wasn’t willing at a younger age to follow directions. Most importantly, keep it light and fun. Once your child gets past his reluctance, he will be splashing across the pool with the rest of the kids. Joanna Nesbit lives in Bellingham, WA, where fun summer swimming is a challenge because the water is cold and the only public pool is indoors.
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Craft ng & Cook ng with Kids
by Dana Moonan
Celebrate Dad with Easy to Make Gifts Playing ball, catching fish, games, nighttime snuggles and big hugs. Yes, that’s Dad! This year, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 17. Take some time to make a gift from the heart to show Dad how much you care.
Gifts to cherish
Walking in Dad’s shoes. Using a washable paint, paint your child’s foot with a brush or have older children step onto a paper plate of paint. Then place child’s foot on a piece of white or colored card stock. Some basic color choices include black paint on white paper or white paint on black paper. After the footprint dries, have your child copy the poem beside it. Type or write for smaller children. For a family with several children, line the footprints up in age order towards the bottom of the paper, writing the poem in towards the top.
Here is my little footprint One day is will fit your shoe I watch what you are doing Because Daddy, I want to be like you! OR “Walk a little slower daddy,” said a child so small. “I am following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.” Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see. So walk a little slower Daddy, For you are leading me. Someday when I’m all grown up, You’re what I want to be, Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
Then I will have a little child Who will want to follow me. And I want to lead just right, And know that I was true So walk a little slower, Daddy For I must follow you.” For Dad’s Office. Using black paint let your child paint onto a white canvas. A picture of daddy, scene or just a unique design are all wonderful ideas. Even little ones with assistance can do this. Frame or hang these art pieces in daddy’s office. A group of four, or two side by side, looks wonderful. Using a rock bought or found, paint it a color. Sprinkle glitter on while the paint is wet. Present dad with his desk paperweight. Make a picture frame. Using an old puzzle, turn colored side down and spray paint the pieces a color. Glue onto a wood or foam frame. Attach or write the message, “I Love you to pieces!” T-Shirts. Purchase a white shirt from a retail or discount store. Check local craft stores for iron on transfers. Kits can be purchased that allow you to transfer children’s artwork onto the front of a shirt for dad. Paint a handprint. Write the message, “ Hands down you’re the best, Dad!” Or paint two handprints on the back and write the message, “My dad deserve a pat on the back.” Aprons. Solid color aprons can be purchased at craft stores. Decorate with fabric paint or drawings of hot dogs or hamburgers. Write on “King of the Grill” or “Dad’s the Name, Cooking/Burning’s 40
My Game”. Aprons can also be monogrammed at local embroidery stores. Paired with a spatula, oven mitt or other barbeque accessory, it makes a wonderful and useful gift.
Store bought gifts with a flare
Homerun! Purchase Montgomery Biscuits tickets for the family. Put inside a baseball glove. Here fishy fishy. Decorate a gallon bucket or pail with dad’s name or fish. Fill will hooks, gummy bait, a pole or towel. These make great seats while waiting for the fish and even better take home containers! Fore! Buy dad a gift certificate for a round of golf. Decorate or wrap it in hand-painted golf towels (Use hand towels) or pair with a golf glove.
Father’s Day Dessert
Don’t forget the dessert! Choose your father’s favorite dessert to give him on his special day or try one of these “old favorites”. Smore’s, Rice Crispy treats, or ice cream sundaes are a few easy favorites to pick from. Or make a cake in a 9x12 pan and decorate with your father’s or family’s favorite activity. You can tint vanilla icing with any color food coloring for your background. Blue makes a great ocean-add goldfish, Swedish fish and crushed vanilla wafers for the sand. Green or brown tinted icing will help you make an outdoors background. You can use pretzel sticks to make a tent, add teddy graham “bears” and Twizzlers peeled apart and stacked up to make a fire for your camp grounds. A green tint will make a great golf course cake. Or let your children get creative by writing a message with icing colors or with candy. You can spell out “#1DAD” with dad’s favorite candy-M&Ms, Skittles or even gumballs! Dana Moonan is a former first grade teacher and current stay-at-home mom of three, Emily and Matthew, and Abby.
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Photo Books for Tough Times, Too In life things happen that are hard to explain, especially to children. Divorce. Death. Moving. Unemployment. Illness. The list goes on and on. It’s hard as parents to know how to talk to our kids about these tough situations. We want to say the right thing, but sometimes it seems impossible to get the words out. At times like these, a book is often the best way to get the conversation started. Kids are used to being read to at home and at school, and books are used to teach them all sorts of good stuff. So why not use them when times are tough? That sounds simple enough, but I’m sure you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to find the perfect book that fits your needs? Your local bookstore is full of great books, of course, but sometimes the story line isn’t quite right for your situation. So, what’s a parent to do? Make one! Nowadays it’s incredibly easy for you to pen your own story for your child. Scrapbooking enthusiasts have been making photo books for years, and they’ve become so readily available, cheap, and easy to make that you could put one together either online or at the kitchen table. While photo books are normally promoted to document vacations, weddings, or other life celebrations, there’s no rule that says they can’t be about loss or other situations that are difficult for children to grasp. To get started, select an online photo book or purchase a small scrapbook. Next, gather one to two pictures per page to illustrate your story line. For example, if you’re writing about moving to a new town, start with a few pictures of your current house, school, and city. Then take some pictures of packing boxes and a moving truck. Finally, include several photos of your new home, school, and town. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough pictures to fill an entire book or if your child isn’t in every picture. You can always do an online image search Visit www.AuburnOpelikaParents.com
to find stock photos to put in your book right alongside your personalized photos. Remember, the goal for your book is to convey a message about a tough situation and encourage conversation. The pictures don’t all have to be perfect! After gathering your pictures, it’s time to write captions for them. Keep it simple and aim for one or two sentences per page. Write your sentences in the same style that you would use if you were talking to your child in a conversation about the topic. In our moving example, you could focus the beginning of the book on your child’s current home, the middle describing the moving process, and the end on your new home and things to look forward to in your new town.
Got a situation that needs a book? Then get creative and put one together. It will help you get the conversation started with your child about a difficult situation, and your child will have something tangible to hold onto during tough times that was made just for them.
Dr. Polly Dunn received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1999. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently serves as the Director of the Auburn University Psychological Services Center, a position she has held for over ten years. Dr. Dunn is also the founder of www.ChildPsychMom.com where she blogs about what works and what doesn’t in her hectic life as a child psychologist, wife, and mom of four.
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Family Calendar Ongoing:
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: email@example.com. Alabama Mentor’s Foster Parent Training Classes Offered in the Opelika Auburn area. Call 334-705-8877 x 18 to register or email: Deanna.Hand@thementornetwork.com. Alabama Shakespeare Festival • A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through May 20. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery. www. asf.net. Birmingham Children’s Theatre Three Billy Goats Gruff. Birmingham Children’s Theatre. June 5-16. www.bct123.org. Bosom Buddies (a breast cancer support group) Meets at The Health Resource Center the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (334) 528-1260. www.eamc.org. DeSoto Caverns God and Country Light Show. DeSoto Caverns Parks, Childersburg, Al. This special light show celebrates America’s courageous past and will be shown on every caverns tour. June 14-July31. www.desotocavernspark.com. Expressions of a BraveHeart Program A fine arts program for teens and young adults with special needs (ages 11-21), sponsored by Opelika Parks and Recreation, utilizing Auburn University faculty and students, as well as community volunteers. Two 30-minute sessions of art, dance/creative movement and music will be offered and participants will select 2 of the 3 classes. Expressions meets every 2nd and 4th Monday twice a month for 1.5 hours. Opelika Sportsplex, 334.705.5560. www.opelikasportsplex.com. Lee County Parents of Chinese Children helps children understand, see and grow up with other families that look like their family (white parents/Asian child). The group is 100% free! We try to eat out at Asian establishments monthly and have playdates. Families that are waiting to adopt are welcome! We accept any families with adopted children from all Asian countries. Contact Melody at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. McWane Science Center • Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore Exhibit The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s preschool Dora series, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for children to explore as they learn and play along. May 26-Sept. 4. Birmingham. www.mcwane.org. 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. 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.
Parents Support & Moms Groups
Auburn Mommies, a fun group of moms in the Auburn/ Opelika area that meet weekly for playgroups and
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Mommy and Me walking twice a week. We also have a Mommies Night Out once a month. Http://groups.yahoo. com/group/auburnmommiesinalabama/. Auburn Moms and Tots, a playgroup for stay-at-home moms in the Auburn/Opelika area with weekly activities for both moms and tots. www.auburnmomsandtots.com/. 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. La Leche League, a support group for nursing moms, meets the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. @ Holy Trinity Episcopal in Auburn. For more information call Josie at 257-3950. Lee County Autism Support Group meets every other month. Call Julie Brown 887-3903 or Florence Evermom 887-5005. Covenant Presbyterian Church on Shelton Mill Road in Auburn. MOMS Club of Auburn, a group of stay-at-home moms that meets about twice a week to provide support for each other and fun interaction for kids. New website is www.auburnmoms.com. Moms In Touch. Do you worry about your children? Come experience how you can replace your anxiety and fear with peace and hope by praying with other moms. Moms In Touch International gathers moms together for one hour, once a week, to pray specifically and scripturally for our children and school. Won’t you join with us in prayer for this next generation? Please contact Julia Farrow at email@example.com for information about our local groups. For more information about Moms In Touch International, visit www. MomsInTouch.org. Teen Moms (for moms under 20) is a ministry that connects trained adults with pregnant girls and teenage moms. Support meetings, classes, job preparation, devotions and games. Call Laura Fuller at laura@ insideyfc.com or 334-501-5637. www.insideyfc.com.
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Auburn United Methodist Church, 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. Trinity United Methodist Church (Opelika) Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45-12. $10 per child.
Care N’ Share Group Caring for a family member or friend can be rewarding, but it is not easy. Whether you are the caregiver for your grandchildren, provide care to your parents or spouse or a dependent child, this group is for you! Learn from each other, ways to cope with the everyday stresses of caring for someone you love. We will also give you tools and resources to help you on your journey. Last Monday of each month through November. 7 a.m., or Noon CST (choose the one that works best for you). Registration preferred but not required. This program is supported by the Opelika SportsPlex, Lee-Russell Area Agency on Aging, and Hospice Advantage EAMC. Food Allergy Support of East Alabama The Food Allergy Support of East Alabama group offers support through the sharing of information and resources. We are also working to increase awareness of food allergies in the state of Alabama. For more information, visit our website at www.foodallergysupporteastal.org or call Barbara at 334-826-3082; firstname.lastname@example.org. GRACE - Post-Abortive Support Group Are you struggling with feelings of regret or sadness from having a pregnancy termination in your past? Do you feel like you can’t share these struggles with anyone? Would you like to find healing and forgiveness? You are
not alone. Women’s Hope Medical Clinic wants to help you! You are invited to take part in our GRACE abortion recovery group. This confidential group gives you the opportunity to process the grief of your termination in a safe and non-judgmental setting. If you would like more information about the times, dates and location for this group, call or e-mail Sherry at Women’s Hope: 334.502.7000 or email@example.com Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help.
Motown in O’Town Event Center Downtown, Opelika. 7:30 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at the doors. www.eventcenterdowntown.net. Culinary Boot Camp At the Hotel at Auburn University. A hands-on weekendlong event showcasing the best of Alabama culinary products and talent. Two top dining locations – Ariccia Trattoria & Bar and Piccolo – will mix gourmet meals with educational experiences. For additional details or to reserve a place, please call Allison Duke at (334) 821-3181. Friends of Children’s Harbor Live and Silent Auction Alexander City. Event to raise money and awareness for Children’s Harbor. Tickets are $75 per person, corporate sponsorship available. Silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m., live auction at 8 p.m. www.childrensharbor.com. 3rd Friday in Forest Park and South Avondale Dine, Wine and Shop in Birmingham’s Hippest Neighborhoods. Restaurants will have specials, wine tastings etc. Shops and galleries will be open late (5-8 p.m.). Music activities at the Pink House. 205-595-3553. Jubilee Cityfest Downtown Montgomery. Music, entertainment, shows, riverboat rides, KidsFest and more! www.jubileecityfest.org. Joel Osteen: A Night of Hope BJCC, Birmingham. 7:30 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com. Barbecuing Hamlet Sponsored by Phenix City Parks and Rec. Central Activity Center, Phenix City, Al. 1:30 & 7 p.m. Phenix City’s first community theatre production! This is a farce of a troupe of eccentric actors in a small town who decide to portray the five-act tragedy in an old west setting. Tickets $10 adults; $5 students & CAC members. BBQ Dinner & pre-show entertainment extra. The dinner preshow will be a highly entertaining BBQ dinner filled with music, stunts, gags, and table competitions. 334.291.4743. Uptown Friday Night Concert ‘10:30 Band’ Uptown Columbus. 7 p.m. 706-596-0111. Cows n’ Canvas @ Chick-fil-A Bradley Park Dr., Columbus. 4 p.m. Bring out your innerartist with an instructor on-site to teach you how to paint many different animals. $10 reserves your spot, a canvas, and all the supplies! RSVP 706-660-8914. AACT Presents On Golden Pond Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn. 7 p.m.
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Auburn University Baseball May 18, 19. For tickets to all Auburn University Sporting Events, www.auburntigers.cstv.com. Columbus Lions Semi-Pro Football May 14. June 9, 16. Columbus Civic Center, Ga. www.columbuslions.net. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball May 23-27. June 2-11, 26-30. Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, Al. www.biscuitsbaseball.com. Lee County Therapeutic Sports Events: • The Miracle League: May 19. www.miraclefield.org. • State of Alabama Special Olympics Games Troy University, May 18-20.
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H & G Horse Show 943 Lee Road 57, Auburn. Visitors welcome. www.hghorsequarters.com. 2012 Auburn Jazz & Blues Festival Benefiting the Auburn Arts Association. Pebble Hill. 6-11 p.m. Tickets will be $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Kids free. www.auburnarts.com/jazzfest. East Coast Offroad Racing Series The Great American Park, Exit 51. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ECORS is an endurance 4x4 race series of UTVs, jeeps, trucks, and custom buggies. Music, camping and more. $10 per person, kids free. www.ECORS.com. Tour of Homes The Ridge, Alexander City. Friend’s of Children’s Harbor offer you the opportunity to tour the beautiful homes in The Ridge on Lake Martin, a Russell Lands Development, as 4 homeowners open their doors to help raise funds for Children’s Harbor. $25 advance tickets and $30 day of the tour. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.childrensharbor.com. Reptile Rendezvous Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. 8 a.m. www.alabamawildlife.org. 7th Annual Mayor’s Ball Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. 6 p.m. Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County. Hosted by mayors Bill Ham and Gary Fuller. Cocktails and heavy appetizers starting at 6 p.m. Live music by Bobby Moore and Rhythm Aces. $75 individual seats. Corporate tables and sponsorships available. Black tie invited. www.bgleeco.org. Railyard Arts Exhibition N. Railroad Ave, Opelika. 7-11 p.m. The Railyard presents an art exhibition featuring internationally known artists Jonathan Simon, Ian Stewart, and Conan Scalan with an evening of gourmet food and live music. 7504951. Alabama Nature Center Public Weekend Millbrook. Enjoy hiking five miles of scenic ANC trails while learning about the fascinating natural history of central Alabama. www.alabamawildlife.org. Sheep Brain and Eye Dissections McWane Science Center, Birmingham. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Just how do we see? How does our brain work? What are they made of on the inside!? This lab will give us a hands-on look at the eye with a cow eye dissection, and dissect a sheep brain and trace neuronal sensory pathways. It’s an eye opening experience! www. mcwane.org. 4th Annual Family Safety Day Georgia Aquarium. With a special focus on child safety, the day will feature educational information and demonstrations with police, fire and public safety personnel and equipment. Children can enjoy special arts and crafts, learn about fire safety from Smokey Bear and get autographs and photos with their favorite mascots. www.georgiaaquarium.com. Dino Dig 2012 Montgomery Zoo. 10 a.m.-noon. A real archeological dig. Discover bones from the past. Learn about dinos and make new discoveries of species of the past. Geared for kids 4-10 years old, parents encouraged to participate. Pre-Registration Required. www.montgomeryzoo.com. Pocahontas RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. $20 tickets. www.rivercenter.org. 7th Annual Zoo Run. Birmingham Zoo 5k race, 4 kid races and more. www.birminghamzoo.com. Imagination Movers
Cobb Energy Performance Centre, Ga. www.ticketmaster.com. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day Georgia Aquarium. During the week of May 19-27, Georgia Aquarium is proud to recognize and show appreciation for our Everyday Heroes through a special discount offer. By presenting a police, fire, EMS or security badge or ID, all of our Everyday Heroes and their families will receive this special thank you. www. georgiaaquarium.com. Jubilee Cityfest See May 18 for details. Culinary Boot Camp See May 18 for details. Barbecuing Hamlet See May 18 for details. AACT Presents On Golden Pond See May 18 for details.
Sunday, May 20
RTJ Golf Trail Celebrates 20th Anniversary Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National, Opelika. On the 20th day of each month in 2012 you can play a round of golf on the Trail for just $20 (cart not included). The Trail also has a loyalty program in which Trail card holders will get their seventh round of golf free. www. rtjgolf.com. 16th Annual Arts in the Park The Bandshell at Weracoba/Lakebottom Park, Columbus. Noon-6 p.m. Features the works of area artists as well as performances by local musicians and children’s entertainment. Free. Culinary Boot Camp See May 18 for details. Barbecuing Hamlet See May 18 for details. Alabama Nature Center Public Weekend See May 19 for details. Pocahontas See May 19 for details. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details. AACT Presents On Golden Pond 2 p.m. See May 18 for details.
Monday, May 21
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Tuesday, May 22
Dailey & Vincent Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. www.eastalabamaarts.org. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details.
Wednesday, May 23
NoonTunes Martha’s Trouble, sponsored by Opelika Parks and Rec. Courthouse Square in Opelika. 12:00-1:00 p.m. 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. www.opelika.org. Bluegrass On the Plains University Station RV Resort. Enjoy an all-star line-up of entertainers, arts and crafts, horse drawn wagon rides, a wide variety of food vendors and much more. To order your tickets please see our website at www. bluegrassontheplains.com or call 334-821-8968. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details.
Thursday, May 24
Farmers Market at Ag Heritage Park Auburn. 3-6 p.m. An open-air farmers’ market offering locally produced fruits, vegetables, honey, ornamental plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, goat milk, soaps, baked goods and more! In addition, it often features the work of local artisans, educational booths, and musical entertainment. 334.321.1603. Sundown Concert Series Pangea, presented by Auburn Parks and Rec. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 5 p.m. The community is welcome and encouraged to bring a blanket, chairs, and picnic and enjoy an evening of FREE musical entertainment. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Noon. www.jscm.auburn.edu. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details. Bluegrass On the Plains See May 23 for details.
Friday, May 25
Auburn City Pools Open Splash into summer with Auburn City Pools! Pools will open for the season. www.auburnalabama.org/pools for daily hours and information on special events, programs, swim lessons, and more! Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament Callaway Gardens, Ga. The world’s greatest water-skiers converge on beautiful Robin Lake for a weekend of intense competition to discover who is the best male and female water skier in the world. For further details visit www.masterswaterski.com. Uptown Friday Night Concert ‘Peggy Jenkins and The Bizness’. Uptown Columbus. 7 p.m. 706-596-0111. Art Club ‘Pewter Casting’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Ages 7th-12th grade. 1 - 2:30 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-8443486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Cows n’ Canvas @ Chick-fil-A Bradley Park Dr., Columbus. 4 p.m. Bring out your innerartist with an instructor on-site to teach you how to paint many different animals. $10 reserves your spot, a canvas, and all the supplies! RSVP 706-660-8914. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details. Bluegrass On the Plains See May 23 for details.
Saturday, May 26
Art on the Lake Children’s Harbor Mariners’ Adventure Camp, Lake Martin. More than 50 artists from the Southeast display and sell their wonderful art. Canvas, wood, pottery and jewelry. Silent auction and kids art all day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.childrensharbor.com. Tuskegee Memorial Day Fly-In Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. www.nps.gov/tuai. Tannehill Civil War Reenactment Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla, Al. Camp opens at 9 a.m.; battles 2 p.m. www.tannehill.org. Teen Scene Field Trip – Let’s Go Paddling Meet at Dean Rd Rec Center, Auburn. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ride the rapids venture down the Coosa River. The course is six miles long and consists of moving flat water with Class I and II rapids. All paddlers must be able to swim and should wear appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and footwear that will stay on during a swim. Bring a light lunch and drink in a soft-sided, waterproof
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Family Calendar container. $30. Pre-registration required by May 18. 501-2946. Saturday Art Club ‘Drawing’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. K-2nd graders 10-11:30 a.m. & 3rd-6th graders 12:30-2 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stone Mountain park honors our troops and their families, in a three-day celebration of American spirit at Atlanta’s largest Memorial Day Weekend celebration. Kid events, Sky Hike/Ride, Yogi Bear 4D, Lasershow, and more! www.stonemountainpark.com. Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012 Piedmont Park, Atlanta. Free and open to the public. www.atlantafestivals.com. Young Eagles Day FREE Airplane Rides for Kids! Columbus Airport, 1000 Airport Thruway, Columbus, Ga. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 8-17 yrs. Most flights last 20 minutes. The goal is to provide a fun and educational aviation experience for children ages eight to seventeen. The Young Eagles program is an international effort, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, and implemented by the local EAA chapters. (706) 322-6565. Lowe’s Build-and-Grow Kid’s Workshop “Build an Ice Cream Truck”. 10 - 11 a.m. Free hands-on learning clinic. Opelika. A great way to give your child the opportunity to participate in these pint-sized “How-to Clinics.” These clinics are designed specifically for kids from ages 5 through 12. An adult will need to bring the child and stay with him or her for the entire length of the workshop. Staycation Weekend Riverfront Park, Montgomery. US Watercross Tour, Motorcycle show, Free Hunter Lawley concert and a fireworks show immediately following. www.funontheriver.net. School’s Out Party Frog Legs Inflatable Party Zone, Auburn. Dance and party to celebrate the end of school. Ages middle school. Call for time, 887-3764. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details. Bluegrass On the Plains See May 23 for details. Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament See May 25 for details.
Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Weekend Concert Lake Martin Amphitheater. Kick off the summer season with the annual Memorial Day concert at The Amp sponsored by Russell Lands On Lake Martin. Previous headliners include the Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas, The Atlanta Rhythm Section and more. Watch on FACEBOOK (Lake Martin Amphitheater) or www.lmat. org for information. Memorial Day Weekend Festival Callaway Gardens, Ga. Beach fun, farmers market, cookouts, live music, Masters rounds, ski show, boat demos, low country boil and more! www.callawaygardens.com. Everyday Heroes Appreciation Day See May 19 for details. Bluegrass On the Plains See May 23 for details. Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. See May 25 for details. Tannehill Civil War Reenactment See May 26 for details.
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Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park See May 26 for details. Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012 See May 26 for details. Staycation Weekend See May 26 for details.
Monday, May 28
LJCC Memorial Day Triathlon & Off Road Triathlon Levite Jewish Community Center, Birmingham. www. team-magic.com. William Bray Memorial Checker and Domino Tournament Tuskegee Municipal Complex. 334-727-3249. Memorial Day Dedication Ceremony National Infantry Museum: Heritage Walk, Columbus. 10 a.m.-noon. Ceremony to honor Soldiers, Veterans and civilians that have recently dedicated a paver, tree or flag. Additional activities to follow. lpastwik@ nationalinfantryfoundation.org. Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park See May 26 for details. Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012 See May 26 for details. Memorial Day Weekend Festival Callaway Gardens. See May 27 for details.
Tuesday, May 29
Memorial Day Weekend Festival Callaway Gardens. See May 27 for details.
Wednesday, May 30
NoonTunes Muse. See May 23 for details. 2nd Annual Journalism Advisers Workshop Sponsored by Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. To register for the workshop, contact Jennifer Wood Adams at (334) 844-2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Couponing 101 with Jackie Tutoring and Test Prep of Auburn, N. Dean Road. 6:308:30 p.m. Got coupons? Learn how to save at least 50% each week on your grocery, household, and personal care expenses. During this class, you will learn the basics of couponing with a few savvy secrets that will make you a pro at saving money! This class will cover all local grocery store policies and explain the specific types of store sales and how to take advantage of them. To learn more or to register for the class, email Jackie at WATERSGJ@KNOLOGY.NET.
Thursday, May 31
Farmers Market at Ag Heritage Park Auburn. 3-6 p.m. An open-air farmers’ market offering locally produced fruits, vegetables, honey, ornamental plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, goat milk, soaps, baked goods and more! In addition, it often features the work of local artisans, educational booths, and musical entertainment. 334.321.1603. Sundown Concert Series Dave Potts, presented by Auburn Parks and Rec. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 5 p.m. The community is welcome and encouraged to bring a blanket, chairs, and picnic and enjoy an evening of FREE musical entertainment. World’s Widest Yard Sale U.S. Hwy. 80—From Phenix City in East Alabama, follow U.S. Hwy. 80 West throughout Alabama’s Black Belt region for the first-ever “World’s Widest Yard Sale,” featuring more than 350 miles of great bargains. Look for an abundance of antiques, collectibles, one-of-a-kind treasures, arts and crafts, food, and other items from vendors in designated Black Belt counties and small towns. Organized by the Alabama Rural Development Office/ Black Belt Commission’s Marketing and Tourism Committee, this back roads tour will provide visitors with three fun-filled days of adventure, combining their love of treasure hunting with the many historical and cultural
amenities found along the route. www.widestyardsale.com. A Night Out with Dora & Diego McWane Science Center, Birmingham. Bring your own backpack and collect clues on a very special scavenger hunt! Be sure to bring your camera to capture all of your adventures. Refreshments provided. Reservations are required and space is limited. www.mcwane.org. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Noon. www.jscm.auburn.edu. 2nd Annual Journalism Advisers Workshop See May 30 for details.
Friday, June 1
Farmers Market Robin Lake Beach Dome, Callaway Gardens. 4-7 p.m. $5 admission. A variety of local and regional vendors selling fruits and vegetables, including those grown right in Callaway Gardens’ own Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden; meats and dairy products; baked goods; soaps, sauces and other specialty items; and flowers and plants. Additionally, demonstrations and children’s activities ensure a fun and interactive learning environment for all ages. www.callawaygardens.com. Opelika Unplugged Event Center Downtown, Opelika. 7 p.m. A new performance platform for songwriters and musicians. Free, doors open at 4 p.m. Sundilla Acoustic Concert Series ‘Storyhill’ Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Auburn. 7:30 p.m. admission is $12, $10 in advance at The Gnu’s Room. www.sundilla.org. Art Club ‘Papercraft’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Ages 7th-12th grade. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. First Fridays “Shop Late, Eat Local” Downtown Opelika. On the First Friday of each month, downtown Opelika shops will stay open until 8 p.m. so that diners of our downtown restaurants can shop before or after they eat. This is a great opportunity for those that work during retail hours to see what the Downtown shops have to offer. There will also be entertainment on street corners for everyone’s enjoyment. Hot Air Balloon Festival Shawmut Airport, Valley, Al. Hosted by the City of Valley and the Valley Historic Preservation Council, this event will kickoff with a balloon glow on Friday and the balloon launch will follow on Saturday. www. cityofvalley.com. Coosa River Whitewater Festival Wetumpka. Whitewater event for competitors and spectators. Includes kayaking rodeo, sit on top events, stand up paddle board events, river board events, canoe events, big air ramp event. Beginners to Pros. Events for children and land lovers too. All Day every day and into the night on Friday and Saturday night with live bands. www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com. First Friday Night Tennis Mixer Join the Auburn Community Tennis Association (ACTA) for the First Friday Night Tennis Mixer at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Yarbrough Tennis Center. Citizens ages 19 and up are encouraged to play. All levels of play are welcome. No partner is necessary. The event will be held rain or shine. Yarbrough Tennis Center non-member court fees apply. For more information, visitauburnalabama.org/tennis or Yarbrough Tennis Center at 501-2920.
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Market Days on Broadway Columbus, Ga. 9 a.m. - 12 noon. 706-596-0111. Grab your recyclable grocery bag and head down to Broadway to pick up locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, artwork, flowers, plants and handcrafted items! Broadway Boogie Uptown Columbus, Ga. 5 p.m. - 12 midnight. Dance the night away with a party dedicated to the patrons of The Loft who have supported the bar, restaurant, concert and comedy venue for more than 20 years. Two Navies, One Ship: The Story of the USS Water Witch Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum. 1-4 p.m. Lion Tamers Kids Fun Day Covington Rec. Center, Opelika. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. All ages; Free day filled with food, fun and swimming. 705-5560. Saturday Art Club ‘Collage Shapes’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. K-2nd graders, 10-11:30 a.m., and 3rd-6th graders, 12:30 - 2 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Hydrangea and Photography Fest Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. Bring your Hydrangea gardening questions and your digital camera to learn tips and techniques about these two great hobbies. While here you can talk to professional photographers, view the Hydrangeas or just walk all or part of the 5 miles of trails that the ANC has to offer. www.alabamawildlife.org. Art in the Gardens Aldridge Botanical Gardens, Hoover. Talented artists from all over the state will exhibit their works of art in this juried open-air show that features only Alabama artists. Food and drink available for purchase. 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. www.aldridgegardens.com. 39th Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show Tannehill Ironworks State Historical Park, McCalla, Al. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.lapidaryclub.com. Home Depot’s Kid’s Workshop “Build an Organizer”. 9 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Free ‘how-to’ workshops designed for children ages 5-12 years. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Juneteenth Culture Festival Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Free. www.bcri.org. Hunter/Jumper Horse Show 943 Lee Road 57, Auburn. Visitors invited. www.hghorsequarters.com. National Trails Day Talladega National Forest. 7:30 a.m. - noon. 256-3622909. National Trails Day Tuskegee National Forest. 7:30 a.m. - noon. 334-7272652. National Trails Day Russell Forest Trails, Alexander City. 7:30 a.m. - noon. 256-212-1479. Hot Air Balloon Festival See June 1 for details. Coosa River Whitewater Festival See June 1 for details.
Sunday, June 3 Hunter/Jumper Horse Show See June 2 for details. The Preserve Jazz Festival Hoover, Al. 4-10 p.m.
Vulcan’s 108th Birthday Bash Vulcan Park and Museum, Birmingham. A festive outdoor community celebration offering fun activities for the whole family. Entrance fee includes admission to the party, Vulcan’s Observation Balcony, Museum and special exhibition. Log on to www.visitvulcan.com for additional party details. Noon-4 p.m. Brothers of the Sun Tour featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Georgia Dome, Atlanta. www.ticketmaster.com. 39th Annual Tannehill Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show See June 2 for details. Art in the Gardens See June 2 for details. Coosa River Whitewater Festival See June 1 for details.
Monday, June 4
Summer Astronomy Nights at Callaway Gardens 9 p.m. Free! The astronomers from Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will help you navigate the summer sky. The array of telescopes is fascinating, and you’ll be able to rub shoulders with true space enthusiasts. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! dutch@ ccssc.org. Uptown Friday Night Concert Uptown, Columbus, Ga. 7 p.m. Free concert. Bring your lawn chair. email@example.com. Jefferson Davis Birthday Commemoration State Capital, Montgomery. 10 a.m.-noon. Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City. Annual week-long workshop for children going into grades 1 through 6 offering participation opportunities in drama, music, mixed media, mosaics, drawing, painting and creative movement. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. www.alartcolony.org.
Tuesday, June 5
Kids in the Kitchen Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 3-4 p.m. Ages 4-7 yrs. $15 fee. Hands on fun making delicious and childproof foods! 705-5560. Summer Swing Concert Neil Diamond Tribute Artist, Conner Lorre, sponsored by Opelika Parks and Rec. Municipal Park, Opelika. Bring blankets and chairs for an evening of concerts in the park. 705-5560. Opelika Farmer’s Market The Courthouse Square. 2-5 p.m. The Market will open each Tuesday this summer, rain or shine, provides fresh regional produce, homemade ice cream, and fresh baked goods. For more information, contact Pam PowersSmith, 745.0466. Alabama Nature Center Public Weekend Millbrook. Enjoy hiking five miles of scenic ANC trails while learning about the fascinating natural history of central Alabama. www.alabamawildlife.org. Food Drive Sponsored by Life Savers Mission Thrift Store, Auburn. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Life Savers will give a dollar off any item in the store for each can donated. Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp See June 4 for details.
Wednesday, June 6
Alabama Nature Center Public Weekend See June 5 for details. Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp See June 4 for details.
Thursday, June 7
Covington Movie Club Covington Rec. Center, Opelika. 3:30-5:00 p.m. Ages 6-12. $5 fee. Come and enjoy a movie and popcorn! 705-5560.
Farmers Market at Ag Heritage Park Auburn. 3-6 p.m. An open-air farmers’ market offering locally produced fruits, vegetables, honey, ornamental plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, goat milk, soaps, baked goods and more! In addition, it often features the work of local artisans, educational booths, and musical entertainment. 334.321.1603. Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp See June 4 for details. 4th Annual Jr. Open Bass Tournament Sponsored by Anglers for Kids. Wetumpka. open to all girls and boys ages 7 to 18 years. Thursday will begin the tournament with a dinner and a credential meeting. The Junior open will consist of 1 adult/1 youth on Day One and youth only on Day Two. There is a guarantee of $3000 in scholarships for this event. This is a Triton Gold event, as well, and there will be $13,000 in additional prize money available. 2012 Carmike Summer Kid Series ‘Puss and Boots’. Wynnsong Theater, Auburn. 10:00am. Celebrate the summer with movie and popcorn! Every Thursday this summer, bring the kids to see a favorite kid flick for $2.00. This includes the movie, popcorn and a drink!
Friday, June 8
Farmers Market See June 1 for details. FSU Flying High Circus at Callaway Gardens www.callawaygardens.com. The Happy Together Tour RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Ga. 7:30 p.m. www. rivercenter.org. Float-In Movie 7 p.m. Come enjoy a movie while floating in the SportsPlex Pool. Bring your float and your family and watch a movie with us. Free for members, $5 nonmembers. 705-5560. Art Club ‘Drawing Realism’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Ages 7th-12th grade. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. 22nd Annual Alexander City Jazz Fest Strand Park (Friday night) and Lake Martin Amphitheater (Saturday). Jazz, food, entertainment and children events. Animal Adventures Landmark Park, Dothan. Guest speakers teach about native and exotic animals. 10 a.m. Uptown Friday Night Concert See June 4 for details. Kitty Dark Kids Art Camp See June 4 for details. 4th Annual Jr. Open Bass Tournament See June 7 for details.
Saturday, June 9
National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day Help promote firearms safety and education, as well as participate in an exciting and fun sport! For more information or to locate a shooting range, visit http:// nationaltakeyourdaughtertotherangeday.com/. Saturday Art Club ‘Weaving’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. K-2nd graders, 10-11:30 a.m., and 3rd-6th graders, 12:30-2 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Market Days on Broadway See June 2 for details. Sensory Sensitive Movie: Madagascar 3 Carmike Ritz 13, Columbus, Ga. 11 a.m. These movies
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Family Calendar are geared towards families with children on the Autism Spectrum (and others with sensory issues). Some special features will include turning on the lights about halfway, turning down the sound, and throwing out the “no noise” restriction. Families may choose to bring in their own special dietary food or purchase from the concession stand. www.mcasg.net. Greater Valley Juneteenth Celebration Lanett, Al. Children’s games and rides, food vendors, slave cabin, health fair and live entertainment. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (EST). Tenth Annual Lil’ Calypso Art Fest at Chuck’s Marina Lake Martin. All kinds of art- folk art, gallery level art in oil acrylic & watercolor, pottery, jewelry, metal, birdhouses, wood, etc.- Live Music on Deck. Chuckwalla’s Pizzeria serving gourmet pizza. Hot Dog Tent. Donations for admission for Union Volunteer Fire Dept. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tallassee Now! BBQ & Music Fest Historic Tallassee, Al. Literacy Fun Run 5K Walk/Run Town Creek Park, Auburn. Help Support Literacy in Lee County with the 1st annual Literacy Fun Run! Proceeds from this event benefit the Lee County Literacy Coalition. Awards: 5K Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Males and Top 3 Females. Registration: $20 / person. T-shirt guaranteed for registration received by May 25th. Runners can go to Big Dog Running Company in Auburn to register and receive a discount. Second Saturday @ Lee County Historical Society Museum 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month, a group of history re-enactors gather at the LCHS Museum in period attire to demonstrate their arts and crafts. Blacksmiths are working at the forge, spinners and weavers are in the textile room, the gardeners are in the gardens, crafts and seasonal activities are scheduled, and someone is always cooking up a meal in the fireplace or outdoors. www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org. Sea Doo Rumble and Poker Run Kowaliga Marina, Lake Martin. www.russellmarine.net. 22nd Annual Alexander City Jazz Fest See June 8 for details. 4th Annual Jr. Open Bass Tournament See June 7 for details.
Sunday, June 10
Night to Honor Israel RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Ga. 6 p.m. www. rivercenter.org.
Monday, June 11
Summer Astronomy Nights at Callaway Gardens See June 4 for details. Therapeutics’ Monday Madness at the Sportsplex Popcorn and a Movie. 705-5560. Free Family Film Festival Cats & Dogs Rave Motion Theatre, Montgomery. 9:30 a.m. 7925 Vaughn Road. www.ravemotionpictures.com.
Tuesday, June 12
Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes Columbus Civic Center, Ga. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Beads-Beads-Beads! Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 3-4 p.m. Ages 6-12. $10 fee. Learn to make necklaces, bracelets and other cool items with beads. 705-5560. Summer Swing Concert Route 66, sponsored by Opelika Parks and Rec. Municipal Park, Opelika. Bring blankets and chairs for an evening of concerts in the park. 705-5560. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure Riverside Theatre Complex, Columbus, Ga. 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. 705-507-8444. Opelika Farmer’s Market See June 5 for details.
Wednesday, June 13 Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes
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Columbus Civic Center, Ga. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Summer Crafts Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 3-4:30 p.m. Ages 4-7. $10 fee. Make fun crafts with a summer theme. 7055560. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Thursday, June 14
AtlantaFest Stone Mountain Park, Ga. A 3 day celebration of worship, concerts and speakers, including TobyMac, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Mark Richt, Scott Dawson, Jay Strack and much more! www.atlantafest.com. BamaJam 2012 Enterprise, Al. A 3-day / 3-night music extravaganza created to celebrate the human spirit through music. Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock will be headlining the festival! www.bamajam2012.com. Girls’ Night Out Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 6-9 p.m. Come hangout with the girls. Enjoy food, a movie, jewelry making and makeovers (wear your pjs). Ages 8-12. $15 fee. 705-5560. 2012 Carmike Summer Kid Series ‘Chicken Run’. Wynnsong Theater, Auburn. 10:00am. Celebrate the summer with movie and popcorn! Every Thursday this summer, bring the kids to see a favorite kid flick for $2.00. This includes the movie, popcorn and a drink! Children’s Matinees Monsters vs Aliens Capri Theatre, Montgomery. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. www.capritheatre.org. Farmers Market at Ag Heritage Park See June 7 for details. Covington Movie Club See June 7 for details. Free Family Film Festival Cats & Dogs See June 11 for details. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Friday, June 15
Farmers Market See June 1 for details. FSU Flying High Circus at Callaway Gardens www.callawaygardens.com. Summer Night 2012: Downtown Art Walk Downtown Auburn. 6-9:30 p.m. Local artists and musicians display their talents to the backdrop of music, entertainment and shopping in the downtown area. Children’s activities, parade and Aubie! Free! 501-2963. Rain date: June 16. Art Club ‘Portraiture’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Ages 7th-12th grade. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. AtlantaFest See June 14 for details. Uptown Friday Night Concert See June 4 for details. BamaJam 2012 See June 14 for details. Animal Adventures See June 8 for details. Children’s Matinees Monsters vs Aliens See June 14 for details. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Saturday, June 16
Market Days on Broadway See June 2 for details. Sweet Corn Festival at The Rock Ranch The Rock, Ga. Enjoy the attractions of The Rock Ranch and take home freshly picked sweet corn! This celebration of the sweet corn harvest offers train rides, pony rides, zip lines, paddle boats, corn hole and other corn themed games and treats. www.therockranch.com.
Teen Scene Field Trip “Let’s Go Paddling” Sponsored by Auburn Parks and Rec. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Venture down the Coosa River’s six mile course of rapids. Ages 12-15 yrs; Must be able to swim. Wear appropriate clothing, shoes, sunblock and bring a lunch and drink. $30 fee. Pre-registration required. 501-2930. Hands On Gardening with Kids Using Worms to Make Compost. Auburn Parks and Rec. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 6 and up. Come dig in the dirt with the Master Gardeners! Children ages 6 and older will garden with Master Gardeners using simple rules for great success. Plants, worms, and containers will be provided. Participants should wear comfortable, casual clothing that can get dirty. $5. 501-2930. Alabama Blueberry Festival Brewton, Al. Original arts and crafts, antique car show, motorcycle show and ride, live entertainment, childrens area, blueberries, blueberry bushes, cookbooks, t-shirts & more. Food court with blueberry desserts. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.alabamablueberryfestival.com. Father’s Day Limited Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera, Al. Dad rides for ½ regular coach fare when accompanied by one or more of his children. The round trip from Calera to Springs Junction will take approximately one hour. Visit the museum to see railroad artifacts, memorabilia, and books in restored depots, and visit the Railroad Signal Yard. Train departures at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. www. HODRRM.org. 5th Annual East Alabama Women’s Council of Realtors Tour of Homes Auburn/Opelika area. Free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to tour our community and see what our local real estate market has to offer. Currently 20 homes in Auburn and Opelika scheduled to be in the tour. Tour books will be available at both the Auburn & Opelika Chambers of Commerce prior to the event. 559.4005. Turtleneck Turtle Races Airport Pavilion, Alexander City. This decades-old community event is delightful to watch as the area’s fastest reptile takes the checkered flag. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer Research Foundation. 256-234-6464. National Get Outdoors Day Tuskegee National Forest. Forests encourage healthy, active outdoor fun through several events. Some recreation sites offer swimming, fishing, picnicking and camping. 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Kathy Griffin Live Fox Theatre, Atlanta. www.ticketmaster.com. Saturday Art Club ‘Portraiture’ K-2nd graders. 10-11:30 a.m. See June 15 for details. AtlantaFest See June 14 for details. BamaJam 2012 See June 14 for details. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
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Sunday, June 17
Father’s Day! 5th Annual East Alabama Women’s Council of Realtors Tour of Homes See June 16 for details. Father’s Day Brunch at Ariccia Auburn. 11 a.m. www.auariccia.com. Father’s Day Celebration @ DeSoto Caverns Park Childersburg, Al.. Come and treat dad to a free caverns tour. Dad gets a free ticket with the purchase of one regular price adult or child ticket. www.desotocavernspark.com. Father’s Day at the Montgomery Zoo All Fathers get in FREE to the Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, for a relaxing outside activity. Show your Dad you care by bringing him to an exciting place to spend quality time with him. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.montgomeryzoo.com. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Monday, June 18
Summer Astronomy Nights at Callaway Gardens See June 4 for details. Police Academy at the SportsPlex
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9:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 6-11 yrs. Spend the morning with members of the OPD. Great opportunity to go behind the scenes. Snack is included. $10 fee. 705-5560. Free Family Film Festival Legends of the Guardians Rave Motion Theatre, Montgomery. 9:30 a.m. 7925 Vaughn Road. www.ravemotionpictures.com. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Tuesday, June 19
Firefighters Academy at Denson Drive Rec. Center 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ages 6-12 yrs. Fee $20. Transportation is provided to training center. Experience firsthand what it takes to be a firefighter. Explore the trucks, try on the uniform and hold the hoses. Prepare to get wet! Lunch and t-shirt provided. 705-5560. Summer Swing Concert Crossroads, sponsored by Opelika Parks and Rec. Municipal Park, Opelika. Bring blankets and chairs for an evening of concerts in the park. 705-5560. Opelika Farmer’s Market See June 5 for details. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Wednesday, June 20
Light and Power Academy at the SportsPlex 9:30 - 11 a.m. Ages 6-11 yrs. Fee $10. Join members of the Light and Power Department as they demonstrate their skills and invite participants to have “hands on” fun. Snack is included. 705-5560. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Thursday, June 21 Covington Movie Club See June 7 for details.
Farmers Market at Ag Heritage Park See June 7 for details. Lady Antebellum Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham. www.ticketmaster.com. Children’s Matinee Puss and Boots Capri Theatre, Montgomery. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. www.capritheatre.org. 2012 Carmike Summer Kid Series ‘Over the Hedge’. Wynnsong Theater, Auburn. 10:00am. Celebrate the summer with movie and popcorn! Every Thursday this summer, bring the kids to see a favorite kid flick for $2.00. This includes the movie, popcorn and a drink! Free Family Film Festival Legends of the Guardians See June 18 for details. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
Friday, June 22
Farmers Market See June 1 for details. Rediscover the Rails: Southwest Georgia’s Tourist Train Located inside Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele, Ga. 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. www.SamShortline.com. Free Outdoor Movie Series Sponsored by Auburn Parks and Rec. Hugo. Bring your blankets and chairs to Duck Samford Park, Field 1, Auburn. Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset (approx 8:30 p.m.). 501-2930. Animal Adventures Landmark Park, Dothan. Guest speakers teach about native and exotic animals. 10 a.m. www.landmarkpark.com. Art Club ‘Mosaics’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University. Ages 7th-12th grade. 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Art Clubs are an open studio that offers the opportunity for
K-12 students to be creative while learning about art. Sessions are free, but require preregistration by calling 334-844-3486. Parents are asked to stay at the museum for the session.www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Crenshaw County Rodeo Tom Harbin Farm Center, Luverne, Al. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association sanctioned rodeo. Sponsored by the Luverne Kiwanis Club and Crenshaw County Saddle Club. 334-335-4468. Culinary Boot Camp At The Hotel at Auburn University. a hands-on weekendlong event showcasing the best of Alabama culinary products and talent. Two top dining locations – Ariccia Trattoria & Bar and Piccolo – will mix gourmet meals with educational experiences. For additional details or to reserve a place, please call Allison Duke at (334) 821-3181. 30th Annual State Games and Alabama Sports Festival Birmingham. Alabama’s largest multisport, Olympicstyle event showcases 25 sports and is open to all residents of Alabama. Kristin Chenoweth in Concert Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta. www.ticketmaster.com. Children’s Matinee Puss and Boots See June 21 for details. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure See June 12 for details.
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: C Sexual Content: B+ Language: C Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Battleship PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction and for language. Hasbro Inc. has entered the entertainment business on a whole new level. After the Transformers trilogy grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide, the toy maker has joined forces with Universal Studios to adapt the board game Battleship for a theatrical staging in a cinema near you. Considering the US military’s significant involvement in the production of this movie, the film might also be mistaken for a kind of promo ad -- except that thousands of soldiers die when several ships and a military base are blown to bits. Still the story pays homage to the fighting skills of past war veterans and combat amputees. In the story, Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) may have read the Chinese treatise Art of War several times but the badly behaved sibling of Naval Commander Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) hasn’t learned a thing about getting his life in order. After committing a stupid stunt to impress a girl (Brooklyn Decker), Alex gets a harsh dressing down from his older brother who forces him to join the Navy. (In reality, he probably should have been doing jail time.) Yet despite Alex’s continued aversion to discipline that has him headed for a dishonorable discharge, he appears to skyrocket his way up through the ranks. This questionable officer’s status suddenly propels him into the commander’s chair after his ship’s captain is killed in a face-off with aliens. Like in so many alien movies, these extraterrestrial ships are monstrous, with technology seemingly light years ahead of earthlings’. It’s a plot with a glut of special effects that requires a universal suspension of reason. Although the script’s salty language along with enormous explosions and frequent attacks will dissuade some viewers from buying tickets, Lt. Alex Hopper is the real problem. Of necessity the military prides itself on discipline. However, Alex continually goes off half-cocked, getting into scraps with fellow and foreign officers and making decisions that threaten the safety of other soldiers. While the glamorization of his disorderly conduct might be okay in the pretend world of movie war, it would no doubt cost lives on the real battlefront.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: CViolence: BSexual Content: CLanguage: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated What to Expect When You’re Expecting PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language. Borrowing the look and feel of recent films from Garry Marshal (director of Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve), What to Expect When You’re Expecting is chock full of characters who exist in a plot no deeper than a kids’ wading pool. Topping the famous faces list in this cast is Jules (Cameron Diaz), a TV fitness guru married to a celebrity husband (Matthew Morrison). Running a small business devoted to “breast is best” is natural pregnancy advocate Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) who gets a taste of her own advice when faced with the hormonal onslaught of growing a baby. Meanwhile her husband Gary (Ben Falcone) struggles with pregnancy-stress-induced weight gain after appearing on a “Biggest Loser”-style TV show. Gary’s “need to feed” may also be the result of the competition he is constantly engaged in with his wealthy father (Dennis Quaid) who’s expecting twins with his twenty-something wife (Brooklyn Decker). Not able to get access to the expecting club quite as easily are photographer Holly and her husband Alex (Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro), so the infertile couple looks to Ethiopia to arranged an adoption. However Alex isn’t so sure he’s up to the task of being a dad -- a problem that’s aggravated by his parenting-inept group of male friends. And at the bottom of this film’s social ladder is Marco and Rosie (Chace Crawford and Anna Kendrick). Proprietors of competing food truck businesses, they engage in an impulsive rendezvous that redefines fraternizing with the competition. Frequent discussions surrounding conception, breastfeeding, circumcision and pregnancy result in explicit sexual discussions and innuendo using both anatomical and crude terms. Scatological slang, names of deity and profanities, including a full sexual expletive (along with a couple of abbreviated ones) are frequently heard. The movie shows characters drinking alcohol too. And a couple of the pregnancies experience realistic complications that create perilous and sorrowful situations. While hardly recommendable for any viewers, this film is perhaps even more unsuitable for anyone considering becoming a parent.
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Violence: Alien attacks result in huge explosions that destroy ships, roadways, buildings, a military base and much of a downtown area. It also causes thousands of deaths and injuries. Numerous bloody wounds and dead bodies are seen. Soldiers return fire, resulting in more explosions. Aliens make threatening gestures to children and adult characters. A character breaks into a business and is later shot repeatedly with a Taser (injuries are shown). A man is kicked in the face during a soccer game. Characters engage in hand-to-hand combat. War amputees in a military hospital undergo rehabilitation. One character deals with anger issues. Gory and often grotesque images are depicted. Sexual Content: A couple kisses on several occasions. A woman wears a bikini top and other low cut clothing. Language: The script contains numerous profanities, scatological slang, terms of Deity and some slurs. Alcohol / Drug Use: A man drinks numerous bottles of beer and other liquor in a bar, and then acts irresponsibly.
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Violence: Characters experience complications with pregnancy. Sexual Content: Use of anatomical and crude terms for sexual body parts. Some discussions include sexual innuendo. Sexual activities leads to implied sex between married and unmarried men and women. Women are seen in bikinis and other abbreviated clothing. Language: The script contains frequent profanities, crude anatomical and scatological slang, a single full sexual expletive and two partial expletives, as well as terms of deity used as expletives. Drugs/Alcohol: Many characters frequently consume alcohol. One unmarried couple drinks to the point of inebriation, and later we learn they have had sex that results in a pregnancy. A man laughingly talks about his child eating a cigarette. Auburn-Opelika Parents I June 2012
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