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32 Columns



Publisher’s Note Kendra Sumner


Living With Children John Rosemond

Kids Health Watch

10 Benefits of Summer Camps

Why visiting “Dr. Google” is not the best way to diagnose yourself or your children.

The gift of sending kids off to camp pays dividends for years.



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Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston



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Get This!

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Choosing the Right Day Camp

2018 Summer Camps

How to pick the perfect camp to fit your kid’s interests!

Day, residential, sports camps and more! Our listing starts you planning your kids’ summer!

On The Cover Hugh Bodiford was born in Birmingham and now resides in Auburn. He is the 11-year-old son of Joel and Lisa Bodiford and a fifth grader at Pick Elementary School. Hugh is an avid Auburn fan and enjoys playing travel baseball with East Alabama Baseball, as well as baseball and football through Auburn Parks and Recreation. He likes to travel, hunt, fish, swim, ride his bike, and play with friends. During the summer Hugh will be attending Auburn University football and baseball camps, Auburn High School football and baseball camps, City of Auburn D.A.R.E. Camp, St. Michael’s Catholic Church VBS, and Camp Winnataska as a fourth generation camper.


A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith


Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

Departments 6

Bits and Pieces 10

School Bits 52

Family Calendar 60

Movie Reviews


Auburn Opelika Lee County’s Foremost Parenting Source

It’s our most anticipated edition of the year...Summer Camps 2018! And it is going to be a summer to remember with numerous camps locally and regionally for you and your family to choose from. With so many overnight and day camps, how will your family decide which ones are best? My best advice is to start by assessing your children and determining what they are ready to handle in a summer camp. Some children are more assertive, self-driven and confident enough to pack their bags, be dropped off at camp and spend a week or more away from home. Other kids may not want to be away from their parents at night. Or, you may find that your child is somewhere in between and might be ready to test those independent waters. So how do you know which stage of development your children are in? By looking at all the camp options with them and asking open ended questions, you may get your answer if day or overnight camp is best. Maybe this year is your first time to look at a summer program for your elementary school aged kids. If so, a great option is to try a few day camps. In our article, Choosing the Right Day Camp For Your Child, the author suggests that matching up their interests is a smart way to start, but to be open to trying new activities. Also, trying before buying can be a smart way to get a glimpse of different types of camps without paying out a ton of money for a long week or two week camp. To help you get started, check out the 2018 Summer Camps Guide and find many great camps right here in the Auburn and Opelika area. Once you land on which direction to go, and if your child is interested in a week long camp or overnight camp, then it’s time to research those camps and find the perfect fit. Are they interested in a sports camp, where they learn new techniques and skills to enhance their talent? How about the arts? Does your actress want to star in a play, sing in the band or dance on stage? Or, are you looking for a way to get them unplugged and back into nature? How about keeping them engaged in math or reading to prevent some academic sliding of their newly learned school lessons. In this month’s feature article, 10 Benefits of Summer Camp, the author has research-based positives for kids who experience a summer program. Camps are designed to get them moving, playing and learning in an environment that may be out of their comfort zone. In doing so, they may discover new adventures, interests or talents. Self confidence will not only help in these early developmental years, but will make an overall impact on how they grow into young adults. No matter the benefits that steer your decisions about which camps to try, the best part about summer fun is all the friendships kids make along the way. Some of the reasons my children like to join in on summer camps and activities is because of the friends they made last time and reconnecting with them again. They say they can’t wait to see their ‘dance friends’ or their ‘baseball friends’, the ones they don’t hang out with everyday during the school year. If you are like me, it is hard to narrow down which camps to sign up for. The best part is that there are ten or so weeks of summer days and nights! Pick a few that your child may want to revisit again this summer, and also try a few more that might peak a new interest in your campers. But don’t delay...summer might just sneak up on you and you’ll find that all the camps are booked up! Start planning now and surely your family will be able to agree on a few summer camp options. A summer filled with fun, learning and memories made will not be a summer wasted. From one parent to another, a happy camper makes for a happy summer!


Editorial Correction: The website for Potty Training with Pinky Bear in last month’s Baby & Toddler Guide was misprinted. The correct website is Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018


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

Publisher Kendra Sumner Editor DeAnne Watson Associate Editor Kelly Watson Contributing Writers Andrew Buckelew Mark Gregston Christa Melnyk Hines Carolyn Jabs Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Gerry Paige Smith Cover Photography Candy Avera

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

Visit us online at Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: 475 Bennington Ct, Auburn, Alabama, 36830. The phone number is (334) 209-0552 and fax is (334) 826-7303. Auburn-Opelika Parents is copyrighted 2018 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.



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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Establish Good Eating Habits Q: Our son is two-and-one-half and for the most part eats very well. We make up his plate for each meal and he has to eat what is on his plate, or at least try each food on the plate before he can get more of something that he really likes. We also make sure that he remains seated during the entire meal. Sometimes he will request fruit before he is finished with his dinner. We tell him he first has to finish what’s on his plate. Should we be forcing him to eat his main meal before being able to have fruit or a cookie?

A: It sounds like he’s doing reasonably to very well as things now stand, which means you’re doing a good job of helping him establish good, pro-social eating habits. You’re obviously not allowing him to dictate what he eats, which is what produces the so-called “picky eater”—really nothing more than a child who has been

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given power over food choices. Someone recently asked me what the harm is of giving a toddler food he likes and will readily eat at mealtimes. My answer was that a young child is no more capable of making good choices about food than he is of making a good choice of playthings. Given the choice in either category, a child will choose based on what appeals to his tongue or his eyes. As such, he will choose junk, which is why so many of today’s kids (where food is concerned) are overweight and have health issues related to their diets and (where playthings are concerned) have great difficulty entertaining themselves. Simply put, if children made good choices, parents would be unnecessary. It is also good manners to eat what you are served, especially if you are a guest at someone else’s table. Turning up one’s nose at a certain food is insulting to the person who took time to prepare it. My wife and I used to tell our kids that they had


to eat what was on their plates because they were in training to be good guests in other people’s homes. The only exception to that, of course, is when the child has a food allergy, in which case the host should be informed in advance. “I don’t like it” was not an acceptable excuse at our table. We told our kids that they could eat what they chose when they were old enough to prepare their own meals. Before they had turned double-digits, they were eating sushi. It is not “forcing” to use your son’s fondness for fruit as incentive to eat what you serve as his main meal. It’s obviously time to tell him about the Universal, Intergalactic Rule of Fruit: Fruit is what we eat when we’ve finished what’s on our plate. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding!” (If you’re familiar with the song “Another Brick in the Wall,” you know that’s as far as the analogy extends.) Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at





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Auburn Chili Cook-Off Benefiting Storybook Farm

Walk 4 Life 2018

Walk 4 Life is an annual fundraiser and family fun day to raise awareness about Women's Hope. Walk 4 Life mile walk and 5k race will take place on March 24 starting at 9 a.m. at Town Creek Park, Auburn. Bring your whole family and invite friends to a morning of fun, filled with face painting, a bounce house and more! Contact elle@womenshope. org if your business would like to sponsor this event or you are a vendor seeking to participate. Visit to sign up to walk, sponsor a walker or sign up for the 5k!

March 3 at the Ag Heritage Park, Auburn. 10:30 a.m. Guests will have a fun time sampling chili while sponsors have a fun time competing and team building! Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 online at www.auburnalchilicookoff. com or day of the event tickets can be purchased at the entrance for $15. Kids under 12 get in FREE!

Zoo Weekend: March 10-11

Montgomery Zoo. This two-day event features a festival-style environment with live entertainment, rides, games, inflatables, animal presentations, and tasty treats. The family friendly event also features a rock climbing wall and the Jo Don Petting Zoo where guests can touch and feed animals as well as ride ponies and camels. Representatives from the City of Montgomery Fire and Police departments will be on site with a fire truck, rescue boat, and smokehouse tower for guests to view up close. The event also serves as a membership drive for the zoo with discounted annual membership rates that are too good to pass up.

“Take a Walk in Her Shoes”

Flashlight Egg Hunt at Moore Stadium in Opelika

March 22 – 25. Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn University. After a year off to accommodate the facilitation of the highly successful American College Dance Association regional conference, the annual dance concert returns with “Take a Walk in Her Shoes”. Drawing specific inspiration from the 125th anniversary of women on Auburn’s campus, “Take A Walk in Her Shoes” weaves together a variety of pieces from tap to aerial silks to highlight the multidimensional, daringly diverse experiences of women.

On March 29, bring your basket and flashlight to Moore Stadium, Opelika. Egg hunt at night begins at 7:30 p.m. Fun for ages 3rd-5th grades. Look for special prizes and the golden egg. 334-705-5560.

Easter On the Square in Downtown Opelika

Come enjoy unique and spectacular Egg-tivities for children second grade and under. Come out for an old fashioned good time on March 31. Egg-tivities, 10 a.m. Arts and craft fun for ages 2nd grade and under. Make parade decorations, hat, Bunny-ears, vest, tie or bonnet. Have picture made with the Easter Bunny; enjoy cotton candy, lemonade, cookies and storytellers on Courthouse Square. The Easter Parade, 10:45 a.m. Join the Easter Bunny, the Easter Egg, the Baby Egg and the Easter Chicken for an old fashioned parade around Courthouse Square. Show off bonnets and other Easter crafts as you take this traditional stroll while anticipating the Egg Hunt! An adult must accompany all parade participants. Giant Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. Children 2nd grade and under are invited to join the fun and search for eggs at Courthouse Square. Sections are provided for Toddlers, Pre-School and School age children. Over 25,000 eggs to be gathered! 334-705-5560. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018



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37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Wells Fargo and Auburn Parks and Recreation will be hosted at beautiful Kiesel Park on March 31st. This is one of the biggest Easter egg hunts in the area with more than 35,000 eggs hidden over a four-acre area. Four “hunting grounds” are available for the following age groups: 3 & under, 4-6, 7-9, & 10-12 years of age. Come join us for some great musical entertainment, free sodas and balloons, and a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Please remember to arrive early to find parking and your child’s correct age group. The first age group will start at 10:30 a.m. sharp! Egg Hunt start times will be staggered by age group.

Auburn Area Community Theatre Young Performers Presents “Animal Fables” by Aesop

March 1 - 3, 5, 8 - 10 at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn. We are swept into a peaceful kingdom where the players at a county fair musically weave together many of Aesop’s enchanting fables, learning classic morals of “slow and steady wins the race” and “practice makes perfect” along with the more obscure “shun the quack” and “fancy dress cannot change the body inside” and are rewarded in real life lessons in a fun and exciting setting. $10/adults, $8/students and seniors.

Family Discovery Hike

Join us March 13, as we learn more about Alabama’s geology. We will take a quick hike through the preserve to see our geology first hand. Explore the preserve and learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration, and exercise! Discovery Hikes are offered the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for families with children ages 5 to 12. Each month features a new seasonal theme. Groups meet at the pavilion. Guided tours are free. Donations are welcomed. Cancelled in the event of rain.


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Dr. Google Nearly everyone with a smart phone has done it. Why not type your symptoms into a website to see what it says, right? Or why not post a picture or medical question on social media asking for advice? Google has all the answers waiting at our fingertips, and truly there is some good information on the internet, but sorting through the information can be difficult. In our culture, most people get their daily news and information from their phones or tablet devices. Some of this information is from accurate and reliable sources and some is not. Discerning which sources are reliable can be difficult. Even websites that give accurate information can also give misleading or irrelevant information that can be confusing or anxiety provoking. For example, if you were to search “causes of nausea” you would get results listing everything from minor illnesses such as a virus or even a hangover to serious illnesses like brain injury or certain cancers. This information can cause unnecessary anxiety for the patient. It may lead to an expensive trip to the ER or urgent care. Doctors will tell you it can be hard

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to “undiagnose” someone who is certain that they have the disease they read about on the internet. This may result in them demanding expensive testing for what is actually a routine problem. Healthcare professional are trained to listen to a patient’s problem, formulate a list of potential causes of the problem, and judge if the diagnosis is correct through further investigations, physical exam finding and/or lab testing. This process is something that an online symptom checker is incapable of doing. An interesting research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Intern Med. 2016:176 [12]) put doctors to the test against 20 plus “symptom checkers”. Not surprisingly, the doctors were found to give the most accurate diagnosis. No one should claim that healthcare professional don’t make mistakes, nor should they claim that all online medical resources are worthless. However, when comparing a search-engine (or advice from Facebook friends) to an experienced primary care team consider this: the doctor has an established relationship with you, knows your


full history and has the advantage of being able to do a physical exam on you. There really is no comparison. A doctors job is to give advice based on years of education and experience. Giving the patient reliable information and encouraging them to ask questions is an important part of treating the patient. The more information a patient can learn about their illness, the better their compliance with treatment will be, which ultimately leads to improved recovery. The doctor-patient relationship should be a team effort based on communication. It’s up to both the patient and the doctor to listen and learn from each other. Avoid the excessive anxiety that can be caused by surfing the internet for your diagnosis and instead, ask a doctor! By: Andrew Buckelew, 3rd year medical student at Virginia College of Medicine-Auburn Campus. Edited by: Dr Ellen Royal. For reliable pediatric information visit or 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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West Smiths Station Elementary Scholar’s Bowl

Congratulations to the Scholar's Bowl team at West Smiths Station Elementary School who has been cleaning up recently. On January 6, they won first place in the tournament in Russellville. Then on January 13th, they won second place in the competition in Montgomery!

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World Read Aloud Day at Cary Woods Elementary

Several special guests stopped into Cary Woods Elementary School for World Read Aloud Day to read to students including Aubie the Tiger! Well, since Aubie doesn't talk he had a friend read for him while he acted out the book being read, but every year, on February 1 (World Read Aloud Day), people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. Thank you to all the community members that took time out of their day to spend with our students!

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Warriors of the Week

Congratulations to Destiny Presley a recent lower school "Warrior of the Week," and Laird Landers, upper school “Warrior of the Week Students are nominated throughout the week by teachers for noticeably exceptional behavior. All students nominated are recognized during the Friday morning announcements, and all nominees are entered into a drawing to be selected as the "Warrior of the Week!" Way to go, Destiny and Laird!

District Attorney to Speak to Parents About Dangers of Cell Phones for Children

If you are a parent of a child with a cell phone, it is critical that you understand the apps your children are downloading and using. Social media apps not only attract cyber predators, but the misuse of them can lead to criminal charges for children. The Lee County District Attorney's office is hosting a one-hour event to discuss these topics and more. March 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Smiths Station High School (4228 Lee Road 430, Smiths Station, AL).


Auburn HS Soccer Team Takes the Plunge

The Auburn High School Boy’s soccer team raised $2,170 in February at the 6th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Lee County Special Olympics! Way to go guys!



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Learning about the Development Cycle

Mrs. Sanders’ kindergartners are learning about egg to chick development, and have eggs incubating in their classroom! As they learn about the development cycle, they are journaling in class and using math skills to count the number of days in incubation as well as adding together the number of new chicks each day. Today they were excited to have 11 chicks with a few more waiting to hatch!

Mr. and Miss OHS

Congratulations to Mr. OHS Jamie Lowe and Miss OHS Savannah Karl.



Geography Bee Winners

Congratulations go out to all the representatives from 5th-8th grades who participated in the National Geographic School Geography Bee. This year’s winner was 8th grader, Jackson Ledbetter, and the runner-up was 5th grader, Jackson Lee. Jackson Ledbetter will now take an online qualifying test to see if he can represent our school at the Alabama State Bee.


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Learning Spanish at St. Michael Catholic Preschool and Kindergarten Mrs. Carmen Park at St. Michael Catholic Preschool & Kindergarten teaches Spanish weekly to our students. We learn Spanish words, read Spanish versions of familiar stories, and learn about the Spanish culture. Last month the children were excited to learn about the piñata and how to make one!



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Auburn Fencing Club Demonstration at Opelika Middle School

Opelika Middle School students saw “The Princess Bride” novel study come to life with a hands-on demonstration from the Auburn Fencing Club!

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Dean Road Elementary 100th Day of School

Boy, did our students age over the snow break! Happy 100th Day of School.

Castle Wars at Trinity Christian School

While studying Medieval times, Mrs. Carpenter's 5th graders made castles and catapults. These four students won the Castle Wars and will be added to the Castle Wars Wall of Fame!

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Springwood Math Team Named Top Scorers and Overall Winners at AISA District Competition

On Tuesday, February 6, the Springwood Middle and High School Math Teams competed at the AISA District Math Contest. Jesilyn Mabrey was the Top Scorer for the Middle School with a score of 44/50 and a team score of 157-143 over Lee-Scott. Glenwood, Macon-East, and Edgewood also participated. Harrison Spivey was the Top Scorer for the High School with a score of 43/50. The team score was 187-181 over Glenwood. Both teams will compete at the State Competition at Faulkner University on February 23. Middle School Team: L-R Chase Carithers, Jesilyn Mabrey, Bailey Morrison, Kaitlynne Eastlick, and Caroline Kersey. High School Team: Harrison Spivey, Kari Sims, Cole Hoiness, Ting Ting Tsai, and Katherine Tran.

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Winter Olympics at Morris Avenue Intermediate

Morris Avenue Intermediate celebrated the Olympic season with hosting their very own Winter Olympics. Students worked within their Teambuilding teams to research the geography and culture of eight countries that are represented in the 2018 Winter Games. The students then displayed their team colors during the Opening Ceremony which included team flags, banners and the lighting of the Olympic flame. After the ceremony, students competed within their PE classes in 6 different events to qualify for the medal finals, which took place later that week in front of the entire school at the Closing Ceremony. Congratulations to the medal winners and to winning team Achieve for their character and skill throughout the Olympic Games!

Solving Mysteries at Pick Elementary

5th graders in Strickland/Maggard’s classes have gone back in time to the year 1770 to solve a mystery in Boston MA. Using clues and working together, they are putting their readings skills to work!

Auburn HS Baseball Signing

Auburn High had the privilege of hosting a baseball signing! Teddy Benda signed to play baseball at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. Pictured are seated: Tom Benda (father), Teddy Benda, Brenda Benda (mother), Cecilia Kaye (aunt) and standing: Thomas Benda Jr (brother), Coach Hunter Vick, Coach Matt Cimo, Athletic Director Clay McCall.


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Auburn City Schools Honors Teachers of the Year

Auburn City Schools honored the two educators that will move onto the District Level Competition of the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year program sponsored by the Alabama State Board and Department of Education! At the secondary level, Dr. Blake Busbin from Auburn High School, and at the elementary level, Dr. Brittney Duncan from Wrights Mill Road Elementary were named the ACS System Teachers of the Year! Thank you to all 12 teachers of the year from each campus for representing Auburn City Schools and the profession of educating young minds to the fullest. They make our school the system proud to have them on our team!


Basketball Shooting Champions To conclude the third grade PE basketball shooting unit, students participated in a double elimination shooting tournament. “Team Five� was the third grade shooting league champion! Members of the team pictured left to right are: Audrey Edwards, Brooklyn Forbus, Harper DeWitt, Braxton Cox, and Eron Bridges. Way to go!


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Scholarship Signings Congratulations to Opelika HS Senior Callahan Saggus on signing a football scholarship with University of West Alabama!

Congratulations to Opelika HS Senior Jamias Presley on signing a football scholarship with Jacksonville State University!



Congratulations to Opelika HS Senior Deandre Butler on signing a football scholarship with Jacksonville State University!

Congratulations to Opelika HS Senior Justin Lewis on signing a football scholarship with the University of Massachusetts!

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Fruit and Veggie Challenge at Beauregard Elementary

Students at Beauregard Elementary School participated in the Fruit and Veggie Challenge and were encouraged to try new healthy food items.

Beulah Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the Beulah Elementary School spelling bee winners: 1st place winner Hunter Duval, 2nd place winner Sydney Jansen, and 3rd place winner Zakari Hardy!

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Lee-Scott Academy Students Participate in Honor Band

Congratulations to those members of the LSA Warrior Band who participated in the Auburn Symphonic Middle School Honor Band: Thomas Handley - 2nd Chair Trombone, Symphonic Band; Olivia Wilbanks - 1st Chair Flute, Eagle Band; Maddie Spoor - 4th Chair Trumpet, Eagle Band; Anna Jones - 5th Chair Percussion, Tiger Band. We are so proud of you!



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Lee County Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Shivani Babu, a 7th grader at East Samford School, for winning the 2018 Lee County Spelling Bee! Josh Kim, 5th grader at Pick Elementary, took 2nd Place! ACS is proud of all students who competed and look forward to celebrating our winners!

Fossil Presentation at Pick Elementary


w Students at Pick Elementary enjoyed a presentation on fossils from Dr. George Martin! Martin, of Auburn, has been donating fossils to The University of Alabama Museums since 2005 when he first brought in a partial fossil sea turtle shell and pelvis from the late Cretaceous of Alabama. A retired soil scientist from the US Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), George says that he has been interested in geology and paleontology his entire life. His job as a soil scientist has taken him all over the southeast, including Alabama and Louisiana, and has allowed him the opportunity to learn the local geology while keeping his eyes peeled for fossils.


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There were more than 300 students and 36 employers including three from the education community and three branches of military represented at the employment fair, which was held during Tiger Time at Auburn High in February. Students were presented with the option to register to be eligible for prizes; however, the fair was open to all students and faculty. Teachers were encouraged to bring students 30 minutes before Tiger Time and 30 minutes after if they wanted additional time to cruise through the venue to visit employers. Krispy Kreme provided free donuts to all staff members and the first 500 students who attended the fair. Olive Garden hosted the luncheon (for the 3rd year in a row), Chick-fil-a (Auburn Mall) provided coffee for employer breakfast, Auburn Electrical Construction Company, Harris Funeral Home, and Lyons HR also donated items for this fair. We are fortunate to live in a community that supports hiring our graduates!

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Lee Scot Science Class Visits Granite Quarry

Mrs. Lowrey’s Environmental Science class took a field trip to the Vulcan Materials Granite Quarry in Loachapoka. The field trip gave students a first-hand look at an actual mining operation as part of their mineral resources and mining lesson. Students were given a tour of the facilities and learned about company operations to commitment to safety. They got to tour the bottom of the rock quarry where they saw a demonstration of how they load and haul away the blasted granite. Their tour ended with a look at the conveyer system that transports rock away from the pit and the railway system used to transport from the quarry to customers all over the south and eastern parts of the United States. 19

100th Day at Lee-Scott Academy

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Such a fun day on campus as students in the Lee-Scott lower school celebrated "100 Days of School!" Students participated in activities involving counting, exercising, glueing, painting, and mixing snacks using increments of 100! We even had guests in the administrative office building who dressed up like 100-year olds. What a fun day for our students to celebrate this special day!

Opelika HS Baseball Players Visit OCS Students

Opelika HS baseball players greeted Opelika City Schools elementary students on February 9 to kick off baseball season. The first home game is February 26th.

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Lee-Scott Students Named to All-State Band

Congratulations to those members of the Lee-Scott Warrior Band who auditioned for and were chosen to participate in All-State Band: Margaret Mattson, Red Band Flute; Raleigh Williams, White Band Flute; Sam Kinsaul, Red Band Baritone; Grant Bagley, Red Band Alto Sax; Mary Helen Miller, White Band Clarinet; Thomas Handley, MS All-State Band Trombone; and Olivia Wilbanks, All-District Flute. Way to go!

Google Certified Educators

Congratulations to the newest cohort of Google Certified Educators for Opelika City Schools. #OpelikaEdTech: Rebecca Lindsey - Jeter Primary School, Anna Maze - Carver Primary School, Alex Keller - Carver Primary School, Amy Cutts - West Forest Intermediate School, Amy Parker - West Forest Intermediate School, Ashley Fuller - Opelika Middle School, Erin Beaver - Opelika Middle School, Joanna Flannagan - Opelika Learning Center, Veronica Hubbard Opelika Learning Center, Betsy Lewis - Southview Primary School, Autumn Medlin - Northside Intermediate School, Jenny Lane - Northside Intermediate School, Hannah Purtle - Morris Avenue Intermediate School, Haley Thomas - Morris Avenue Intermediate School, Jessica Battle - Morris Avenue Intermediate School, Jessica Whatley Opelika High School, Kelli Fischer - Opelika High School, Claudette Tennent - Opelika High School, Russ Hardwick - Opelika High School. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018


Richland 2nd Grader Honored in Montgomery


The Alabama State Department of Education honored the 2018 State Superintendent's Visual Arts Exhibit and Alabama Bicentennial Celebration winners including Richland Elementary's very own JaNylon Riley (2nd grade)! Attached is look at JaNylon's day in Montgomery with his mother Gabby, his art teacher Rebecca Wall and his principal Jeff Johnson, where he was honored at an ALSDE State Board meeting, visited the Capitol to see his artwork on display and having lunch with State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson (Richland 1st grader, Faith Cho, was also honored as a bonus winner, but was unable to join for the day's activities).

Lee Scott Class Gets Visit from 4H

Mrs. Stewart from 4H visited Mrs. Bryant's class and led the students in a leadership activity. She will be visiting once a month and having class activities with the seventh graders through the end of school. Thank you, Mrs. Stewart!

Warriors Win AISA Championship

Congratulations to Coach William Johnson and the varsity boys basketball team for winning the AISA Class AAA Region 1 Championship! Senior Jacob Carson was named the tournament MVP and Haynes Waid was named to the AISA Class AAA Region 1 All-Tournament Team.

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Congratulations to the 2017-18 Opelika City Schools Teachers of the Year! These awesome teachers were honored at the OCS Board of Education meeting. Pictured (l-r): Amanda Vaughan-OMS (OCS Secondary Teacher of the Year), Sammi Knowles-Southview, Tanya Brown-West Forest, Rebecca Lindsey-Jeter, Brooke Hipp-Northside (OCS Elementary Teacher of the Year), Taveta Debrow-Carver, Elizabeth McFarling-Morris Avenue, and Betsy Gore-OHS.


Basketball Player Named to AISA All-Tournament Team Congratulations to senior Sara Young for being named to the AISA Class AAA Region 1 AllTournament Team!

Virus Presentations at Trinity

9th grade Biology presented their viral posters in class. The students researched a specific virus and created a poster which they had to answer questions about during class.

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Drake Middle Schoolers Participate in Great War Traveling Exhibit

6th graders at Drake Middle School invited guests to visit “Remembering the Great War,” a traveling exhibit on Alabama and World War One. The Leopards, a team of 6th grade students at Drake MS, researched various aspects of the war and were on hand to offer additional information on the panels, artifacts, and themes of the exhibit. "Remembering the Great War" is a traveling exhibit created by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, with assistance from Associate Professor Shu-Wen Tzeng and Industrial Design students in the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction. This was made possible through a partnership with Auburn University as well as a FACES grant written by Leopard teacher Beverly Helm. For more information on the traveling exhibit, visit

The 2018 State Superintendent's Visual Arts Exhibit

Out of the dozens of pieces of student artwork that was judged locally at the start of the new year, here are the top 12 entries from Auburn City Schools that were submitted to the 2018 Superintendent's Visual Art Exhibit sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education. The statewide exhibit was held in Montgomery February 2-23, with artwork from all over the state on public display in the Old Supreme Court Library. Congrats to these students and be sure to wish them luck at the next level! Pictured…."The Unordinary" by Stella Weigel - Fifth Grade, Wrights Mill Road Elementary, Teacher: Sharon Goodman.

Lee-Scott Students Participate in Auburn Math Puzzle Challenge

Students from Lee-Scott Academy participated in the Auburn Math Puzzle challenge at Auburn University!


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Cary Woods Class Spotlight

This month’s Cary Wood’s class spotlight is on Mrs. Smith and her Second Grade Explorers. Mrs. Smith’s motto is that learning must be fun! She states that in her experiences in the classroom, she has discovered that the best students are those who WANT to learn. If learning is fun, then students give their best effort. A room full of individuals trying their best equals a room of cooperative, innovative students that are enjoyable to teach. It is her desire to make every student in her class one of these individuals. Her teaching methods produce a fun, hands-on environment for children. She is a three-time graduate of Auburn University (B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S.). She has called Cary Woods “home” for the past fifteen years. What Mrs. Smith’s class is saying: Several students used the words (very) nice, kind and awesome, along with one super-duper fun to describe their teacher. An exchange between two of the girls: one said “she doesn’t get mad at anyone” and the other one quickly said “and if she does, she forgives you as soon as she does”. When asked what sets their class apart from the other 2nd grade classes, they mentioned free choice centers, iPads and conducting cool science experiments.

Wacoochee Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Wacoochee Elementary School held a Spelling Bee with a fantastic group of participants! Congratulations to the winners!

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Auburn HS Performers Named Grand Champions

Both the Auburn High School Varsity Singers and Elan are celebrating being named Grand Champions at the 2018 Capital City Classic for best vocals, best choreography and best overall show!

Southern Union Students Provide Vision Screenings at Lee-Scott Academy Thank you to Southern Union and their students who collaborated with Lee-Scott Academy to provide vision screenings in the lower school! Their students gained valuable experience from being on our campus and working with our students. We are thankful for these partnerships in our community!

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Character Counts at Lee Scott Academy!

So proud of the lower school students who were recognized as the Character Counts Students of the Week for exhibiting the attributes of the words of the week: Honesty (right photo) and Courage (left photo). Way to go, Warriors!





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Northside Intermediate School Students’ Poetry Published in “Treasured”

The American Library of Poetry Contest recently published the 2017 edition book of poetry titled “Treasured”. Four works from Northside students were included in the publication. This year’s winners were Keonta Torrence, LaDiamond Maddox, Tristan Tatum, and JaQuavian Johnson. Each year, students in Dr. Emily Grace’s fourth grade class submit poems to the contest at the conclusion of their unit on poetry. Dr. Grace and her students found out their poems would be included in the book over the summer and received copies of “Treasured” just before Christmas. The group of students were very excited when they found out their poems had been published. In fact, Tristan Tatum said he was “too much excited!” Three of the four poems were “All About Me” poems, and one was about “Tigers”. “I’m extremely proud of my class for submitting the poems and especially proud of these four students for being published,” stated Dr. Grace. “They are a wonderful group of kids and I’m glad that their poems were selected.” When asked if it was hard to write a poem, the students overwhelmingly said “no”. They seemed to like talking about themselves and describing their personalities. They also described their families and places they would like to travel. The students also talked about their future aspirations such as donating to people who have cancer. The poems were a delight to read and the students were extremely proud of having their work published. Congratulations again to Keonta, LaDiamond, Tristan, and JaQuavian!

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Behavioral Warning Signs in Teens There is much in the news these days about cars accelerating out of control, leaving the driver and passengers helpless to know how to slow down or stop their runaway vehicle. That’s kind of what it is like in a family with a teenager who is out of control. The whole family gets swept along for the not so joyful ride. Typical adolescent behavior includes moodiness, hyper-sensitivity and irrational thinking — no cause for much alarm. But there are other behaviors that are warning signs of a bigger problem than you may realize. These attitudes and behaviors are often triggered by a child’s feeling of being disrespected or abandoned in some way at some point in their life, and the level at which those feelings impact their actions, relationships and decisions in the teen years becomes abnormal. Do you understand the difference between normal and abnormal teenager behavior? If not, here’s a handy tool we’ve developed to describe the behaviors that may mean that there is more going on than the normal bumps of adolescence:

Behavioral Warning Signs

Instructions: Enter how often the behavior is experienced: 0=Never 1=Sometimes 2=Frequently 3=All the Time [___] Your teen refuses to abide by anything you say or request. These behaviors may put your teen or your family in danger or high risk, and lead to constant fear or stress in the home. [___] Your teen displays behavior that is a marked change from what has been normal for them in the past (slipping grades, sleeping too little or too long, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, aggression, depression, anxiety, hating what they once loved or loving what they once hated, always wanting to be with friends away from home, or avoiding friends altogether and spending too much time alone). [___] Your teen is increasingly disrespectful and dishonest and no longer veils his or her feelings nor cares about the consequences of misbehavior. Seemingly a loss of a conscience or moral compass. [___] There is a blatant ignorance or profound rebellion toward the boundaries and rules of your home. This can be shown in passive aggressiveness or open defiance that is unusually excessive for your teen. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018

[___] Outright or veiled threats of suicide; participation in self-mutilation or eating disorders or cutting (Important: Get immediate professional help!) [___] Excessive risk-taking, running away, dangerous drug or alcohol use (confirmed by drug tests); blatant sexual promiscuity, or same-sex relationships. [___] Threatening or out-of-control treatment against people, pets, or belongings, or your teen exhibits a vengeful spirit and destroys things to “pay back” a perceived mistreatment by others. Disrespect for all forms of authority. [___] Your teen thinks he or she is the center of your family, while at the same time showing a growing hatred for the family, evidenced by a blatant disregard for their feelings, time and possessions. Demands for money or outright theft of money or family possessions, or using things without permission and then claiming they were lost. [___] You cannot keep your teen away from peers who are obviously leading a lifestyle counter to your beliefs, and your teen is buying into their destructive behavior and attitudes. SCORE: ______ (total of the numbers you entered)

If the score is 15 or more, there is probably more going on in your teen’s life than you can handle on your own or through the normal tools of parenting. Your child needs some professional help, and things have escalated to the point that it could even mean that your child needs to be treated for a time away from your home, at a therapeutic facility like our Heartlight program. If the score is less than 15, it doesn’t mean that you are off the hook. Things can escalate quickly and the errant behaviors will expand to other areas; so if you’ve written a “2” or “3” next to any of these warning signs, you need to work hard to do to get that particular area under control before it spreads. Keep in mind that misbehavior in teenagers is usually nothing more than a flag they are waving high in the air to tell the adults in their life that something is wrong. Their actions are likely being sparked by something in their past, like: abuse, a split in the home, a death of a loved one, a mental illness, or a chemical or hormonal imbalance. They could also be the result of hidden substance abuse, excessive feelings of guilt, or bullying by peers. Sometimes the causes are so tragic and personal that a child would never 28

think of telling anyone about them, but they bubble or explode to the surface through their actions instead. Or, they may not even know why they are acting the way they are. In those cases, it is best to get a professional counselor involved, who can deal with these issues privately and skillfully.

Other Signs

Some teens act out their issues and stresses in less apparent ways, but these are warning signs as well. Those include: frequent sadness, crying for no reason, withdrawal from friends and activities, refusal to eat or over-eating, sleeping too much, feelings of hopelessness, loss of energy, talk of death, suicide or ending it all are all signs of depression. A depressed teen may not be making a fuss in the family, but the issues and outcomes can be just as serious. Another type of warning sign is your own feelings. Pay attention to them. If you’ve caught yourself thinking: “Our family cannot live like this any longer,” or “I can’t put a finger on it, but something is wrong with that kid,” or “I can’t sit by and watch him destroy himself,” then you already know that something needs to change. And if you have the feeling that something is going on that you just can’t put your finger on, you’d be wise to put on your detective hat and get to the bottom of it, because your gut feeling is probably right. You may be able to stop the problem well before it gets out of control. Sadly, every day, I meet good kids from great families with wonderful parents who are dismayed by their teen’s journey down the wrong road. The stress of it has torn their family and even their marriage apart in the process. I trust you will not allow things to get that far before you deal with the problem, or seek the right kind of help, if that is needed.

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



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Quit Job for School? Q. My wife and I have $72,000 in debt from student loans and a car loan. We’re trying to pay off our debt using the debt snowball system, and we each make about $45,000 a year. She’s a teacher, and she’s planning on going back to school for her master’s degree, but she’s thinking about quitting her job to do this. She’ll be able to make more money with the additional education, and she would only be unemployed for two years. The degree program will cost us $2,000 out of pocket per semester for two years. Does this sound like a good idea? A. There’s no reason for your wife to quit her job to make this happen. Lots of people — especially teachers — hold down their jobs and go back to school to further their

education. I’m not sure trying to make it on one income when you’re that deep in debt is a good idea. Whatever you do, don’t borrow more money to make this happen. Cash flow it, or don’t do it. We’re talking about $8,000 total, and you’ve got $72,000 in debt hanging over your heads already. My advice would be to wait until you’ve got the other debt knocked out, then save up and pay cash for school. You could slow down your debt snowball, and use some of that to pay for school, but I’d hate to see you lose the momentum you have when it comes to getting out of debt. The choice is yours, but don’t tack on anymore student loan debt. I know her income will go up with a master’s degree, so from that standpoint it’s a good thing to do. But if you do a good thing a dumb way, it ends up being dumb!

Rent-to-own Ok? Q. Is it okay to buy something using a rentto-own plan?

A. I advise against rent-to-own deals. Rentto-own places get people in the door with promises of low monthly or weekly payments. But when it comes to rent-to-own furniture, washer and dryer sets, and that kind of thing, you’ll end up paying much, much more than if you saved up and bought item outright. The amount you’ll pay out of pocket is even more ridiculous if you compare it to buying the same item, slightly used, somewhere else. I don’t recommend rent-to-own scenarios when it comes to buying a home, either. Most of those offerings are listed at full retail price and then some. Plus, the contracts are tilted toward the seller’s side of the equation. When it comes to real estate deals, the only thing I would consider is leasing with an option to buy. That’s different than rentto-own, because in a rent-to-own situation you’ve committed to purchase. On a lease with an option to buy deal, you have the right to purchase, but not the obligation.


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Goofy Games That Get in Your Head

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Outside the regular rotation of traditional board games, there is a subset of brilliant games that thrive on the absurd. Tossing aside all decorum and dignity, these head-themed entertainments blaze their own trail into the realm of the ridiculous. Employing the tools of slapstick and physical comedy, players face hilarious challenges with no shame and all the exuberance of youth. Ideal for breaking the ice, party gaming or injecting family game night with fresh hilarity, the following games go to the head of the class for comic competition.

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Speak Out: Kids vs Parents

Moustache Smash (Spin Master)


Selecting and memorizing your false moustache is just the beginning of this fast-paced match game, as players seek to smash their ‘stache onto the turning cards that duplicate the style or color of their own. If you’re first (and correct) on the smash, you keep the card. But when the Moustache Pass card turns, all players pass their moustache style to the left and that’s when things really get hairy. Despite having the answer right under your nose, keeping up with the changing style and color of your own moustache adds a farcical challenge to this fast-paced smackdown. The player with the most cards when the pile is gone, wins the smash. Keeping in mind that sudden and silly facial hair makes everything better,the mounting tension of this game make it an easy pick for fast fun from the gaming shelf!

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Pie Face Showdown

Dignity is the first thing to go in this popular game that challenges our most basic speech abilities. Wearing clear plastic mouthpieces players draw a phrase card and try to speak coherently enough to be understood by their teammates. Racing against a timer, the challenge to form words without the use of your lips takes on a desperation that is both maddening and hilarious. Designed for joint play between parents and kids, this version employs to delightful effect 200 doublesided phrase cards that echo the speech of parents (“This place is a pig sty”) and kids (What a bummer, brother”). There’s a fair amount of drool that comes along with the struggle to make yourself understood during game play. But the sheer physical comedy of this celebration of miscommunication is worth every single spoken word.


It takes a bit of bravery to offer up your own face as a target for pie. But the two-player Pie Face Showdown makes it a bit easier as the risk and reward is shared between two players. With two bright cut-outs for players’ faces, the ‘pie’ (watered sponge) is loaded on the throwing arm. Then each player, face exposed, begins frantic button mashing that will unpredictably launch the pie into one player’s face. The throwing arm is also adjustable so that young children can enjoy a more balanced game against faster, more advanced players. The game includes the pie sponge that can be moistened, but whipped cream (not included) is a sweet option, too. There’s no strategy, no long game, no sedate pacing here. Just the excitement and suspense of knowing a pie is incoming, and the destination face is a mystery...until it hits.


Ten eggs in a plastic carton and you must pick one. Some eggs are safe, but some are full of water. With a spinner to direct the choosing, the game play is simple. Players take turns picking plastic refillable eggs from the carton and smashing them on their head. Once you acknowledge that the players are enjoying a juvenile pleasure of smashing eggs on heads, the fun is free to flow. Best played with the under-ten set, this slapstick entertainment maximizes childlike glee as eggs are gently smashed, cracked and tapped on heads to reveal their secret. The amount of water is really small, so the mess is minimal. Ideal for the energetic kids who need an ‘active’ game to keep them engaged, this egg roulette offers up a cracking good time!

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As 14 million children across the country head off to day and overnight camps this summer, they’ll return home with more than just a cute camp t-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Here’s how camp benefits kids: Nurtures social skills. Camp is a community away from home and school where kids learn to work with each other and adult mentors, build relationships and manage conflict. “You learn to navigate through group dynamics, to barter, to keep one another happy, to be sensitive and support a friend who’s sad,” says James Spearin, YMCA senior vice president of youth development. “These skills transfer and build adults with strong character and leadership.”

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cording to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled, and in teens has quadrupled, in the last 30 years. Thanks to the many activities camp offers, kids stay busy and physically active. More camps are also working to offer healthier food choices for their campers. According to 2014 study in the American Journal of Health Behavior, camps that offer wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers who eat more fruits and veggies. Many resident and day camps now offer cooking and gardening tracks where kids learn how to prepare nutritious meals.

96% say camp helped them make new friends 92% say people at camp make them feel good about themselves 74% did something they were afraid to do at first

Eases the summer slide. You know that old saying, “if you snooze, you lose”? In the absence of regular enrichment over summer break, research

Source: finds that kids typically lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in math. Reading comprehension and spelling skills also take a hit during the summer. To help curb summer learning loss, many specialized camps offer educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive. Also look for camps geared toward reading, writing and the arts.

Provides a sense of achievement.

From rock climbing to whitewater rafting and horseback riding, summer camp gives kids a chance to try activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily get to try. “Trying new things in an encouraging environment creates a greenhouse for growing young leaders,” says Garret Perkins, director of Camp Kanakuk, a faith-based camp that offers overnight, day and family camps.

Enhances self-confidence. According to an extensive study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Whether they work through homesickness or tackle an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, kids walk

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away feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and self-reliance. “We use our activities and facilities as platforms to encourage kids in who they are and equip them to grow in confidence in who God has created them to be,” Perkins says. “With this newfound perspective, they become influencers in their own communities.”

Helps them unplug. In a distracting digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus. “At Kanakuk, we remove the distraction technology offers and give campers the chance to plug into the great outdoors, try new sports and activities, make friends through shared experiences instead of shared social media platforms-and we see them come alive,” Perkins says.

Builds friendships. Away from the pressures, labels and social structure of school, one of the best parts of camp is the opportunity for kids to make new friends. “Some of the biggest benefits we saw from sending our children to Kanakuk were their new friendships, spiritual growth

and just the opportunity for them to spend time with like-minded people away from worldly distractions,” says Dianne Shadwick, whose three, now grown, children began attending Camp Kanakuk at age 9.

Reintroduces them to nature. According to a nationwide poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy, only about 10 percent of children spend time outdoors everyday. Why? Kids say they aren’t interested, they lack access and are uncomfortable outside. In the meantime, they’re growing more and more attached to life in cyberspace and further detached from the natural world. “To connect with our woods and forests, our wildlife, our lakes and streams and oceans, our stars in complete darkness, all while depending on other campers and adults to keep one another safe is an experience unlike most others in life,” Spearin says.

Fosters teamwork. Camp facilitates an environment where kids learn that to succeed they must work together with their peers and their camp leaders. Whether they’re working to build a

campfire together, playing a game, or preparing a meal, campers learn to problem-solve to accomplish their goals. Through teamwork, kids learn that they are each an integral part of the camp community where they feel a sense of acceptance and belonging.

Encourages personal growth. While camp may simply seem like a quintessential summer pastime for kids where they might learn to swim, sleep in a cabin and sing around a campfire, they’re rewarded with personal development skills that will help them in the classroom, in their relationships and eventually, the board room- or whatever their calling. “Those tangible experiences lead to building the foundations of stronger children who can lead others, show empathy, navigate through difficult group dynamics, value the differences in everyone, and give of oneself for the benefit of others,” Spearin says. “These are skills that the best in our society show throughout life.” AOP Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two sons who love to attend camps each summer. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.


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Families with kids often have a front row seat to the unwelcome surprises that can come out of nowhere to disrupt an otherwise normal day. When plans go awry and things spiral out of control, sometimes a lighthearted response is the best approach as we work to reassemble our expectations. The following titles recast catastrophe as comedy, taking readers through the mayhem toward hopeful and humorous outcomes on the other side of unexpected chaos!


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Georgie’s Best Bad Day

by Ruth Chan (Roaring Brook / Macmillan) After getting up on the wrong side of the bed and slipping on a banana peel, George seeks out his friends to help turn his bad day around. Unfortunately, his friends are all having their own difficult mornings. They agree that doing their favorite things is guaranteed to turn the bad day around. But as they explore each friend’s choice hobby, gardening gets clipped, knitting knots up, and cooking becomes chaos. When the friends are about give up on the bad day, one final insult to their efforts lets them laugh at the chaos and make the most of what’s left. Delightfully illustrated slapstick moments in George’s Best Bad Day offer kids a bit of humorous perspective for the day that challenges them at every turn.

And The Robot Went...

by Michelle Robinson, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion / Houghton Mifflin) The discovery of a box launches an odyssey of catastrophic reactions as a versatile cast of characters try to restore the disassembled robot inside it. With so many hands on the repairs the result teeters between cascade failure or robot readiness, until one hand with a key turns the chaos around. Filled with fantastic sound effects, readers enjoy a mounting tension as switches flick, screws twist, and levers pull in the effort to put the robot back in action. This title also benefits from the repeating patterns of cumulative storytelling which support predictive thought, memorization, and speech therapy. Guaranteed to be a read-aloud favorite, And The Robot Went goes to the top of the bookshelf!


by Andrea Tsurumi (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When Lola ruins a chair with a massive juice spill, running away to the library (because books and bathrooms) seems like the best plan. In her dash away from the accident, Lola runs right into other friends’ messes. A broken swing and chopped water hose spur her frightened friends to join Lola’s escape. As the running entourage of unlucky friends swells, their frantic flight is surrounded by edge-to-edge illustrations of mistakes, mayhem, calamity, and errors throughout their community. Chaos follows the fleeing friends into the library and while they don’t escape the day’s catastrophe, they do find a single word in the library that can help them revisit their troubles and set them right. Filled with hilarious background imagery of everything that can go wrong, Accident is a cheerful reminder that not every misfortune happens on purpose.

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Getting a Grip on the “Internet of Things” It’s no secret that things are getting smarter. Devices let parents check in on sleeping babies and keep track of kids. Home management systems turn on lights, lock doors and monitor use of water or electricity. Entertainment apps notice what we like so they can offer similar products. Even little kids have apps and toys that learn their preferences by interacting with them. Taken together, all these smart, app-driven devices are called the Internet of Things (IoT). By 2020, there will be 50 billion of these intelligent devices according to one report from the Federal Trade Commission ( IoTpolicy). Proponents promise that this technology will integrate seamlessly into our lives, anticipating our needs and simplifying many chores. Beguiling as that scenario is, it comes with a price. All of these devices are “smart” because they are collecting information about our families—what we like, where we go, what we do and even what we say. It’s not paranoid to wonder who has access to all that information. The first line of defense is purchasing from reputable companies that make the extra effort to build security into their products. Before buying anything that claims to be smart, find out whether there is a procedure for updating security if the device is hacked. Second, figure out exactly what information the device collects. Devices and the apps that run them often sweep up information that isn’t essential for their mission. A step counter, for example, needs to keep track of how many steps you took, but not necessarily where you went. Give permission only for information needed to make the device functional. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018

Third, understand what use is made of the information. Many companies collect anonymous information to spot trends that help them improve their products. Some companies use data to determine what you like so they can recommend other things you might want to buy. And some companies share information with government agencies or sell it to other unrelated companies. Depending on the situation, these policies may seem perfectly OK or highly intrusive. You can’t make an informed decision unless you understand the company’s policy. Hacking, of course, is a risk even for products purchased from a reliable company that handles information responsibly. Many security experts are concerned that the Internet of Things is highly vulnerable to manipulation. Unlike computers and cellphones which come with elaborate security systems and update procedures, devices are not required to have protection. As a result, they may give hackers backdoor access to wireless systems and sensitive data on other devices. Consumers can defend themselves by taking these precautions. Install updates. Hackers are constantly testing systems to see if they are vulnerable. Responsible companies develop fixes as soon as they are aware of problems, but those solutions won’t help if you don’t install updates. Keep track of the smart devices your family uses. Set up software so updates are downloaded automatically if possible. Or designate one day a month as Security Day. Log into the apps and websites that control your smart devices and install any updates. Delete apps controlling devices that aren’t being used. 36

Take passwords seriously. Many experts recommend a unique password for each device. That way, even if one device is compromised, hackers won’t have access to other information. Of course, it’s not easy to keep track of dozens of passwords. A password storage program like Last Pass will generate and keep track of truly random passwords, but are vulnerable to hackers. Another alternative is to develop your own system for creating unique but memorable passwords. Start with a ten or twelve word phrase that has meaning for you. It could be a song lyric, a favorite quote, the punchline to a family joke, something cute one of your kids said, or a simple fact about your family. Pay special attention to microphones and cameras. Devices with microphones and cameras can eavesdrop on your family, so they require extra supervision. Learn how to disable cameras and mute microphones when they aren’t in use. If you don’t have confidence in the controls, think twice about purchasing the device. Or cover lenses with privacy stickers, available from companies like Consider a separate Wifi connection. As smart devices proliferate, some experts suggest having two password protected Wifi connections for your home. One provides access to computers, tablets and cellphones and the other allows communication among things—toys, toasters, thermostats and home management systems like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home. Some routers make this easy by providing a guest network option, but most families will need a professional to make sure everything is configured properly. Although smart devices have the potential to make family life more convenient and entertaining, they can also be an expensive distraction. Ultimately, parents have to be the smart ones, evaluating each product to decide whether it’s useful enough—and secure enough--to deserve a place in your home. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Day camps come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to a range of interests and ages. Here’s how to find a camp that invests in your youngster by creating an unforgettable experience where they’ll meet new friends, gain self-confidence and learn new skills --all while giving you peace of mind.



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Begin with basics. First determine your schedule needs. Some camps are only a few hours a day while others are structured to work well with a working parent’s schedule. Figure out if you’ll need to arrange before or after care. From there, seek a camp with “caring staff, fun programs and a dedication to the health and safety of the campers,” says DD Gass, a director of camps and school-age services for a faith-based community center. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018


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Match the camp with your child’s interests. From computer coding to robotics and sports, day camps offer kids the opportunity to try all kinds of new activities. If your child isn’t interested in a camp that specializes in one activity, choose a more traditional camp that offers a wide range of activities throughout the session. “Make sure there’s a healthy balance between structure and choice,” says Jim Spearin, senior vice president of Youth Development for the YMCA.

Consider the culture. Ask for referrals from trusted family and friends.”Choose a camp that welcomes parents as partners in their experience,” Spearin says. “Parents should always feel welcome to come visit during camp. There should be planned activities for both parent and camper to enjoy together such as special events or campouts.”

Seek qualified, organized staff. Camp employees should be licensed, certified and trained in sexual/child abuse prevention, first aid and CPR. Find out how camp leaders are supervised and how they plan for emergencies, including natural disasters, intruders and other threats. Also consider the child-to-staff ratio. Will your child feel lost in a group that’s too big, even if it meets state criteria? “It’s vitally important for staff to have child development knowledge and experience to ensure that appropriate, engaging and enriching activities are offered,” says Katrina Ball, a childcare resource and referral director.


Try it before you buy. Attend a camp expo or camp fair to find out what options exist in the area. Some organizations feature their own camp fairs and mini-camps during the spring for families to try. “As a parent you know your child best and what program would be best for them. Trust your instincts,” Ball says.


Calm butterflies. Many youngsters have a hard time adjusting to new situations and people and may feel scared or intimidated. Include them in the process of choosing a camp. Discuss the schedule of activities and what a typical day will look like. “Children can help pack their lunch (if needed) and pack their backpack with the items they’ll need for camp. This helps them know what they have in their backpack and know what they will need to bring home,” Gass says. Find out if one of your child’s friends would like to attend the camp with him. Attending orientations, visiting the camp site and meeting the staff prior to the beginning of camp can also help reduce any pre-camp jitters. AOP

Mixed Media Mania

1st – 6th Grade | June 4 - 8

Draw & Paint

1st – 3rd Grade | June 11 - 15 The Art Studio provides high quality art instruction taught by  experienced artists and educators. We value collaboration, creativity, and community in order to provide a supportive and inspiring learning environment.  We offer camps, en classes, and workshops in a variety mediums and techniques.

Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two happy day campers. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

Fun with Fiber

4th – 6th Grade | June 25 - 29

Summer Studio

6th Grade & up | July 9 - 13

Draw. Paint. Print.

4th – 6th Grade G | July 16 - 20

Sculpt It!

1st – 3rd Grade | July 23 - 27

WWW.THEARTSTUDIOAUBURN.COM | (334) 332-5275 118 N. ROSS ST. SUITE 2, AUBURN, AL 36830 39

Whether you want them to experience day or overnight camp, sports or fine arts, our listing has details on these and many more. It’s time to get your campers ready for summer fun!


Auburn University Academic Auburn Summer Robotics Camps ad on page 25

Auburn University, Al 36849 Computer Science for All Girls: June 3-8, This camp aims to foster interest in computer science among girls by providing an engaging and active programming development experience using CS Unplugged kinesthetic activities and Microsoft Kodu to teach basic computer programming skills in a fun environment. This camp is for rising 4th — 8th grade girls. Mentoring Alabama Girls in Computing (MAGIC): June 3-8, MAGIC, located in Computer Science, and Software Engineering laboratories aims to inspire high school girls to pursue competing academic majors and careers using Computer Science Unplugged kinesthetic activities, and App Inventor curriculum. Participants will spend 24 hours of programming and programming related activities. This camp is for rising 9th — 12th grade girls. Robotics & Game Development Camp: June 17-22, This program, located in Computer Science, and Software Engineering laboratories, introduces advanced computer science and computational thinking concepts through hands-on application of game design and development and robotics. This camp is for rising 6th - 11th grade students. 334-844-4760

Auburn University Science Matters ad on page 34

Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics, Auburn, Al 36849 Science Matters is a summer enrichment program for elementary students in rising grades 1-8 offering youngsters a supercharged science experience. The program allows participants to explore the world of science through real experiments, technology and art projects, and hands-on, make-n-take activities. During this action-packed program, kids can design and build, dabble in the art of chemistry, become a flight specialist, see amazing critters, and more! Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 16-20, July 23-27 Ages: 1st-8th grade 334-844-5769

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Kreher Preserve & Nature Center ad on page 15

2222 North College Street, Auburn, Al 36830 The camp’s theme will be ‘Unhuggables’ and will focus on those species that aren’t so cute and cuddly but have amazing and unique characteristics. Campers will learn about and visit with lizards, snakes, frogs and turtles along with other ‘unhuggable’ species through nature crafts, games, activities, hikes, and more. Camp lasts from 8:00am-12:00pm and includes a snack each day. Registration is $110/student (KPNC Members). To register, go to ‘Purchase Tickets/Register’ on the KPNC Homepage. Ages: Rising 1st-7th grade 334-502-4553

Summer Band Camps

Goodwyn Music Department, Auburn, Al 36849 Summer Symphonic and Marching Band Camps: Drum majors and section leaders will benefit from our Marching Leadership program, which emphasizes leadership training and conducting, as well as marching and music pedagogy. Colorguard, dancers, and majorettes will enjoy our Marching Auxiliary program, which includes basic and advanced technique development and group routines. This year, a separate track will be added for auxiliary captains, addressing teaching skills and choreography development. Lastly, high school percussionist can take advantage of our Marching Percussion program, which includes master classes, section rehearsals, and large ensemble rehearsals. Dates: June 5-6, June 10-13, June 13-16, June 21-23 334-844-4166

Auburn University Extracurricular/ Sports Soccer Camps ad on page 26

650 Lem Morrison Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 Hosting the following camps: Goalkeeper & Striker Camp, Residential and Day Soccer Camps and Soccer Elite Camps Dates: June 8-9, June 10-13, July 9-12, July 13-15 and July 15-18 Ages: Ages 5-18 334-884-9637


Volleyball Camps ad on page 4

250 Beard Eaves Court, Auburn, Al 36849 High School and Youth All Skills Camps, Serving Clinic, Position Camp, and Team Camps: Offers training in passing, setting, hitting, serving, and defense. Learn the proper technique for a float serve, jump float, and a top spin serve through an intensive look at serving prep, contact, and finish. Dates: July 6-8, 9, 11, July 12-15, and July 20-22 Ages: 4th-12th grade

Baseball Camps

Auburn Campus, Auburn , Al 36849 Team Camps, Pitcher/Catcher/Infield Camps, Showcase Camp and Youth Camp Dates: June 11-14, July 6-8, July 10-13, and July 16-19 Ages: K-12th grade 33-844-4975

Basketball Camps for Boys

650 Lem Morrison Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 Bruce Pearl Fantasy Camps and Elite Camps Dates: August 18-19, 27 Ages: 8th-12th grade/adults 334-844-9737

Basketball Camps for Girls

650 Lem Morrison Drive, Auburn , Al 36849 Elite Camps, Team Play Day and Day Camps Dates: June 8, 9, June 11-13 Ages: 3rd-12th grade

Equestrian Camps

1235 Wire Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Spring Clinic, 20 Hunt Seat Camps, Western Camp, Elite College Prep Camp and Elite Camps Dates: April 28-29, May 5-6, June 11-14, June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12 Ages: Middle/High School 334-844-1570

Football Camps

Auburn Campus, Auburn, Al 36849 Dates: June 4-6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 23 and July 21 Ages: Youth/HS Tiger Camps, Tiger Night Camps, Kicking Camps, Quarterback Camps, Half Day Camps and Women’s Camp 334-844-8855

Gymnastics Camps

703 West Samford Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 June Premier Camps and July Premier Camps Dates: June 10-13, June 14-15 and July 13-15 Ages: Ages 6-18 334-844-5047

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Tennis Camps

777 S Yarbrough Farms Blvd, Auburn, Al 36849 Residential and Day Camps, Mini Kid Camp and Half Day Dates: June 10-14, June 11-14, June 17-21, June 18-21 Ages: Ages 5-18 334-750-3854

Women’s Golf Camps

Men’s Golf Camps

1477 North Donahue Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 Spring Kickoff Camps and Tiger Golf Camp Dates: March 10, June 5-8 Ages: Ages 8-12/9-18 334-844-9497

Softball Camps

795 West Samford Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 Spring Hitting and Pitching Instructional Camps Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2,16, 23 and 30 334-844-9515

1477 North Donahue Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 Aim Point Express Clinic, Auburn Tiger Short Game Academy, Auburn Tiger Junior Golf and Elite Golf Academy. This Camp is open to any and all entrants limited only by number, age, grade, level and/ or gender. Dates: March 11, 25, June 2, June 3-5, November 1011 and December 1-2 Ages: Ages 7-18 334-844-9497

Auburn University Summer Youth Programs

Swim and Diving Camps

664 Biggio Drive, Auburn, Al 36849 Offering Overnight Camps, Speed & Power Day Camps, & Starts, Turns and Breakout Camps Dates: May 27-31, June 1-2, June 3-7, June 8-9 334-844-4182

Auburn University Summer Youth Programs

Auburn, Al 36849 21st Century: The week long residential camp is designed to train high school students as tutors for 21st CCLC after-school and summer programs.

Other camps include: Advanced and Intermediate

Photography, Architecture Camp, AU Brain Camp, Aviation Camp, Birmingham Design, Creative Writing Studio, Cyber Security, Dance Intensive, Exploring Agriculture and Gaining Leadership (EAGLE), Fisheries & Aquaculture Camp, Food Science Camp, Forestry Camp, Mini P.E.E.P.S. (Poultry and Egg Experiences for Prospective Students, Musical Theatre Camp, Nursing and Healthcare Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, Pharmacy Camp, Sports Science Camp, Summer English School, Veterinarian Camp, Wildlife Camp, World Affairs Youth Seminar, ACT Boot Camp, Chef Tech Academy, Vex IQ Challenge, Advanced Chef Tech, Speed Agility& Conditioning Camps for Sports, Industrial Design Workshop, Tiny Chef, Building Construction, Camp iCare, Drone Camp, Junior Vet Camp. Find details about camp dates, ages and what’s included on the website below.


Fine Arts Camps Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 11, 47

425 Perry Street, Auburn, Al 36830 Visual Arts Workshops for Children: Art Camps Presented by the Auburn Arts Association: We are an ART workshop with emphasis on art appreciation and the process of creating art. Students are given the opportunity to choose two lessons per day where they create original art pieces incorporating the elements of art in a variety of age-appropriate lessons using age appropriate materials. An exhibition of the children’s artwork is held at the end of each session. Art for Young Children: Pre-school children will explore a variety of age appropriate art materials including but not limited to clay, paint and fabric. Price




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includes cost of all materials and snack. We are an ART workshop with emphasis on art appreciation and the process of creating art. Students create original art pieces incorporating the elements of art in a variety of age-appropriate lessons using age appropriate materials. An exhibition of the children’s artwork is held at the end of each session. Dance 101, A Tiny Workshop for Tiny Dancers: Just enough to give the youngest dancers an introduction to dance class. Students are encouraged to express themselves creatively while learning and practicing left/right orientation and simple movement skills that are the basis for ballet techniques taught in a formal ballet class (bending, stretching, jumping, turning, leaping, galloping and skipping. Pirates, Princesses and Gypsies: A dance, theatre and art workshop for both boys and girls! Children will

learn dance skills, make costumes and props and play theatre games. We will prepare a small production built around the Pirates, Princesses and Gypsies theme to be shared with parents on the final day. Adventure to Atlantis: A dance, art and theatre workshop. Children will learn dance skills, make costumes and props and play theatre games. We will prepare a small production built on the Venture to Atlantis theme to be shared with parents on the final day. Joy’s Music and Singing Summer Camp: Do you like music? Do you enjoy singing? You will learn professional vocal techniques for singing, piano skills, sight singing (i.e. read music scores & write music notes), music theory and some movements to improve your stage presence. Musical Theatre Camp I, II and III: Love to sing, dance and act? Whether you have been on stage many times, or never, this camp is for you. You’ll learn music, choreography and do character development activities for several Broadway Musical numbers. Each year, we choose new songs and different musicals, so you always have a fresh experience. You will have a chance to shine on stage for family and friends at the end of the camp! AACT Summer Intensive: This is a theatre skills and techniques camp appropriate for all levels of experience. Whether you are a beginning or experienced actor, you will be able to learn something new. It is fun and fast paced. We will focus on improvisation, voice and movement and scene studies. Dates: Visual Arts: July 9-13, July 23-27 and July 30-August 8. Art for Young Children: June 26-28 and July 17-19. Dance 101: May 29-31 and August 14-16. Pirates, Princess & Gypsies: June 4-8.

Joy’s Music and Singing: June 4-8. Musical Theatre: June 11-15. Summer Intensive: June 18-22 and July 23-27 Ages: Ages 3-18


Ballet Academy ad on page 23

1703 Westend Court, Opelika, Al 36801 Once Upon a Time Summer Camp, ages 4-6, Second week of June. 2 Sumer Sessions: June 5-June 28 and July 10-26. Summer Intensive: July TBA on website. 334-737-5551

Nix Ballet Studio ad on page 43

850 Stage Road, Auburn, Al 36830 6 week Summer Fun Dance Camps! Enroll Now! VIP (very important princess class) 3-4yr olds, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical / Contemporary, and Turns, Leaps, & Technique. Dates: June-July Ages: 3 and up 334-877-7250

Spirited Art ad on page 26

116 South 8th Street, Opelika, Al 36801 FUNdamentals, Meet the Masters: May 29-June 1, July 9-13, or July 30-August 2; 4 days, 10am-12:30 pm, $115. Ages 5 and up. FUNdamentals, Adventure Camp: June 4-7, or June 25-28, 4 days, 10am-12:30pm, $115. ages 5 and up. Calendar Camp: June 11-14, or July 23-26 4 days, 10am-1:30pm, $155. ages 5 and up. All-Girls Camp: June 18-20, or July 16-18 3 days, 10am-2pm, $155. Ages 7 and up. Ages:Ages 5 -13 334-363-5257

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The Art Studio ad on page 39

118 North Ross Street, Auburn, Al 36830 Summer Art Camp offers students a unique experience with a wide variety of mediums in fine art, learning about artists from around the world, art concepts and innovative techniques. Camp provides a thorough and comprehensive learning experience that includes independent work as well as hands on instruction. Rising 1st Graders and up. Monday - Friday 9am to Noon. $150. Mixed Media Mania: June 4-8, 1st-6th grades. Draw and Paint: June 11-15, 1st-3rd grades. Fun with Fiber: June 25-29, 4th-6th grades, Summer Studio: July 9-13, 6th grade and up, Draw. Paint. Print: July 16-20, 4th-6th grade, Sculpt It: July 23-27, 1st-3rd grades. Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27. Ages:1st-6th grade 334-332-5257

Tiger Twirlers ad on page 19

189 East University Drive, Auburn, Al 36832 Baton twirling lessons beginning June. Classes meet inside Max Fitness. 601-630-6994

Auburn Pointe

1100 South College St. #202, Auburn, Al 36832 Summer Dance Classes: full summer dance program all summer! Precious Princess Dance Camp: Dance instruction from teachers specifically trained for young children, Story time with role play activities incorporating dance, Art projects that can be used during dance time (theirs to keep), Dress up in real ballet costumes every day with photo sessions, Photo book of your dancer with pictures from the week for you to keep Dates: July 16-19 Ages: Ages 3-6 334-740-5118

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

901 South College Street, Auburn, Al 36849 Family Studio: Come see the exhibition, view the temporary studio in JCSM to see artist’sa work, and create your own art. Family Studio is recommended for children kindergarten through sixth grade and their families, but older and younger children are always welcome. Parents and guardians are asked to participate with their child during the program. Dates: May 19, June 6 and July 8 Ages: Kindergarten-6th grade 334-844-1463

Make Your Move Performing Arts

1220 Fox Run Ave, Ste 212, Opelika, aL 36801 Offers summer classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and more! 334-705-0205

Opelika Parks and Recreation

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Spring Break Camp: Structured fun games and activities during your break from school. Summer Camps: TBA Dates: March 19-23 Ages: Ages 5-12 334-705-5560

Rising Starz

2140 E University Dr Ste H, Auburn, Al 36830 Island Princess Camp Dates: July 17-20 334-209-1464

Spicer’s Band Camps

2140 E. University Dr. Suite K, Auburn, Al 36830 Garage Band Camp: family-operated summer and after-school camp designed to provide young musicians an opportunity to improve their skills while experiencing the thrill of playing music with their peers. Camp Kazoo: This fun-filled, positive camp introduces children wonderful world of music. Campers will beat on drums,


Ukulele Camp for Kids

Grace UMC, 915 E Glenn Avenue, Auburn, Al 36830 Led by certified music teacher, Dr. Rob Lyda, and other certified staff. $110.00 - for camp if you already own a ukulele; $160.00 for camp and ukulele For more information and registration visit Auburn Ukulele Band on Facebook. Dates: June 4-7, 3;30-5:00pm Ages: Rising 4th-7th grade

Variations Dance Studio

323 Airport Road, Suite F, Auburn, Al 36830 Check website for upcoming Summer information.


shake tambourines, tap the keys, strum guitars, sing and of course toot KAZOOS! Rock Band Camp: They will experience various musical genres (think reggae, bluegrass, rock’n roll) and learn about melody and rhythm. Dates: TBA Ages: Ages 3 and up

Local Day and Overnight Camps

Summer Showoffs

Auburn First Baptist Church Child Development Center

205 470-4945

128 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn, Al 36830 Summer Camp is a Field-Trip based Program; All summer, 7:00am to 5:30pm Monday - Friday. DropIns Welcome (space permitting). Summer Camp Enrollment is currently taking place for Kindergartencompletion of 5th grade (child must have completed Kindergarten). The Child Development Center is a ministry of Auburn First Baptist Church in which we pro-


Auburn High, 405 S Dean Rd, Auburn, Al 36830 Now Showing! Summer Showoffs is a music day camp that uses music and performance to build confidence and character. We help students develop their talents on stage! Everyone gets a solo Dates: June 25-29 and July 9-13 Ages: 1st-12th grade

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vide safe, loving, quality care for children in a Christian environment. We strive to provide the best in early education by providing hands-on learning so that each child may develop to his or her highest potential cognitively, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Ages: Kindergarten-rising 6th grade 334-821-8125

Bonnie’s Kids Childcare Center ad on page 12

2314 Enterprise Drive, Opelika, Al 36801 When your schedule says, “You can’t be there”, place your kids in Bonnie’s Care. Bonnie’s Kids Child Care can lovingly step in when your busy schedule takes you away from your young, preschool children, when you naturally want them cared for and watched over with the same love, attention, protection and nurturing that you would provide yourself. Serving the Opelika region for over 25 years, Bonnie’s Kids Child Care has been helping working families with attentive, conscientious and supportive child care in times of need, providing young children with guidance, confidence, nutrition, emotional and physical exercising and support, and honest to goodness love. Summer camp includes 3 field trips per week for school age children including swimming, bowling, area parks, movie theater, Auburn University, Callaway Gardens and more! Also offering Premier Spirit Academy tumbling, dance, music, computer and more! 334-745-6248

City of Auburn Parks and Recreation ad on page 11, 47

425 Perry Street, Auburn, Al 36830 CAMP KALEIDOSCOPE: Join us for lots of fun this summer at day camp! Each week of camp is filled

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with games, activities, swimming, art projects, special guests, and field trips. Campers can expect to discover new talents and abilities, make new friends, and have a blast! $130/week; $100/week for each additional sibling. $680/person for the entire summer. Summer Therapeutic Camp: offered from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. New to camp this year are a variety of educational activities and programs! We are continuing our weekly theatre and art programs, and we are adding a library reading program and a functional skills group. We will also have special guests and visitors such as Master Gardeners and the Raptor Center! Our Friday outings are also geared toward educational opportunities both locally and within a two-hour radius. Applications must be completed by Friday, May 4th. Superhero Training Camp: Calling all superheroes! Wear your favorite costume and come get strong with an obstacle course, get smart with science experiments and get creative with art projects – all superhero themed! $75/child. Payable to INST first day of camp. Science Camp: At science camp, kids will be hands on with experiments, explosions and explorations. They will watch awesome demos, work with partners and groups to conduct science experiments and learn safe and easy experiments they can perform at home! Join us for partner science experiments, cool demos and friendly building competitions daily! Action packed fun guaranteed to please your favorite Einstein! $85/ child. Auburn Robotics Camp: Ever dream of building a robot? Now’s your chance! The provided kits will need to be assembled, soldered, wired up and programmed. You will learn it all and keep the robot for future tinkering. No prior experience needed but a willingness to learn and strong math, science and critical thinking skills are beneficial. On Friday, please bring a lunch and snacks. $135/child. Dates: Therapeutic Camp: June-July, Camp Kaleidoscope: June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27. Superhero: June 4. 6, and 8. Science Camp: June 23, 25 and 27. Robotics Camp: June 1516. Ages: Ages 4 and up

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Growing Room Child Development Center ad on page 50

644 North Dean Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Growing Room’s Fun To Be Fit Summer Camp Kicks off May 29, 2018. Our Summer Camp includes exciting events and activities for every age group, from Infants to our School Agers. This year our Summer Camp is all about being fit and healthy and having fun doing it! Each week our campers will participate in unique crafts and special events with themes related to our healthy theme. Our 4 year olds will enjoy bi-weekly field trips, while our School Age kids will enjoy fun & exciting field trips every week! Our summer curriculum continues to include educational concepts such as literacy, math, science, and character education. Children enjoy warm nutritious meals and the safest play possible on our state of the art playground. Give your child the best summer ever at the Growing Room. We’re open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm. Come by today for a tour. Summer Camp registration opens to new enrollments on March 26, 2018. Dates: Year round Ages: Birth through grade school 334-501-2044

Kumon Math and Reading Center ad on page 27

1550 Opelika Road, Suite 36, Auburn, Al 36830 Be prepared for the new school year. Research shows that without academic practice during the summer, children typically lose two months of math computational skills and the same may occur for reading. Doing a little bit every day – even in the summer – is one of


be regularly scheduled outings for our school aged children to exciting destinations and also opportunities for them to learn about their local community. We plan to incorporate some volunteer service projects as we feel it’s important to teach them that they can make a positive impact on the world around them. In addition to fun activities, our educational curriculum will continue throughout the summer. The children will enjoy nutritious, homemade meals using fresh, local ingredients. This service is provided by our partner food service, Greens and Beans. Dates: May-August; year round Ages: Birth through grade school 334-203-1234

Opelika Parks and Recreation

the cornerstones of the Kumon Method, and leads to long-term success. Our free Parent Orientation can help you learn more about how the Kumon Program can give your child an academic advantage in school and beyond. Dates: Year round Ages: 3 and up 334-501-8566

My Gym Auburn ad on Inside Front Cover

300 North Dean Road, Auburn, Al 36830 My Gym camp is simply the best! Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same. Week of 6/5: Ocean • Week of 6/12: Super Heroes • Week of 6/19: Pirate/Princess • Week of 6/26: Sports • Week of 7/10: Camping/Outdoors • Week of 7/17: Ninja • Week of 7/24: Space • Week of 7/31: Circus Dates: June 5th thru August 2nd Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am-12am Wednesdays 1pm-4pm Ages: Birth-10years 334-249-0987

The Montgomery Zoo ad on page 22

2301 Coliseum Pkwy, Montgomery, Al 36110 Mission Zootopia: Make summer vacation a wildlife adventure that you will never forget. Join kids of similar ages and interests for a fun-packed, educational experience themed around the animals of our planet. See daily live animal presentations; get up close and personal with some of the Educational animals at the Montgomery Zoo; enjoy scavenger hunts; craft time; classroom time; playtime, splash time, and games at our playground; train, pedal boat, and sky lift rides; participate in animal encounters with the giraffes, river otters, parakeets and our collection of petting zoo animals; see behind the scene tours and visits with our zookeepers and other staff members. Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27. Ages: Ages 5-12 334-240-4900

University Daycare ad on page 41

2900 Waverly Parkway, Opelika, Al 36801 University Daycare’s Summer Camp starts May 28, 2018 and is sure to be an adventurous, educational and enjoyable time for children of all ages. There will Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2018

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Registration begins in May and sessions begin in June, dates TBA. Be on the lookout for: Art Camp, Firefighter Academy, Police Academy, Power Services Academy, Back to the Dawghouse Camp, Basketball Academy, Baton Camp, Cheer Camp, Racquetball Camp, Soccer Academy, All Sports Camp, Tumbling Camp, Tennis Camp and Plex Kids! Dates: June-July TBA Ages: Ages 5-and up 334-705-5560

Regional Day and Overnight Camps Alabama School of Math and Science

Adventures in Math and Science ad on Inside Back Cover

1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Al 36604 Don’t waste your summer! Spend it at The Adventures in Math and Science summer camp at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, AL. Learn while you have fun! Kayak Mobile Bay. Design a maze. Build a smart phone app. Solve a crime. Prepare for the ACT. Learn how to make jewelry. Build a robot. Launch a rocket...and much more! Dates: Week 1 (June 4-8), Week 2 (June 11-15), and Week 3 (June 18-22) Ages: Rising 6th-10th grade 251-441-2100

Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 24

757 County Road 614, Mentone, al 35984 We’ve planned carefully everything you’re looking for in a perfect camp setting. Located just off Desoto Parkway on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama and nestled in a bend of beautiful Little River. We are a Christian environment promoting Adventure, Inspiration, Character, and Confidence-Building. You’ll be amazed at what you can do! Dates: May-July Ages: Ages 6-16 800-882-0722

YMCA Camp Chandler ad on page 18

1240 Jordan Dam Road, Wetumpka, Al 36092 One of the largest camps in the south with over 1,000 acres of lake front property. Conveniently located 25 miles from Montgomery, AL on beautiful Lake Jordan. Whether you are looking for individual, small group, or camp-wide fun, we definitely have something for you! Campers are grouped according to age and gender. They live in cabins with up to 13 other campers and at least 2 counselors. Friendships grow as they live, share meals, laugh,


and play together during a full week of fun! Campers are given the opportunity to participate in more than 20 different activities like horseback riding, skiing, archery, sailing, the high ropes course, and more. Dates: May 27-July 27 Ages: Age 5-15 334-229-0035

Activ8 Summer Camps

Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, 31907 10 weeks, 3 age groups and over 200 classes covering Music to Science to Sports to Media and Beyond! Parents, help your budding Genius Kids discover the exciting Summer Camp opportunities that Continuing & Professional Education has for youth in Columbus, GA to improve their knowledge and skills. Great Summer KIDS CAMPS and teen programming keep area youth engaged in education while having fun. You will find quality programs that promote leadership and youth development through enrichment activities, unique experiences, and opportunities to develop relationships with adults and peers. Dates: June-August Ages: Ages 4-18 706-507-8070 activ8-summer-camps/

Alabama Museum of Natural History

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Al 35487 Work side-by-side with scientists in the field of archeology and paleontology. Enjoy the natural wonders of Alabama while having fun and forging friendships. Dates: July 7-8, July 10-11, July 13-15, July 17-21, July 22, July 24-27 and July 29. 205-348-7550

Alabama School of Fine Art

1800 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., Birmingham, Al 35203 Our ASFA Summer Programs meet the needs of the young sketch artist to the young scientist. Programs are designed to educate, inspire and enrich the student in a fun, casual, and collaborative environment. Campers may choose to build their dance technique, their confidence on the stage, or even an app. The choice is theirs. Come experience the magic of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, where education is our passion. Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22 Ages: 2nd-9th grade 205-252-9241

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

1 Festival Drive, Montgomery, Al 36117 It’s time to think about camp in the Capital City. With acclaimed New York professionals and master theatre artists at the helm, ASF theatre camps are fun, informative and unforgettable. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is committed to recognizing the accessibility needs of our patrons and strives to make our productions and facilities accessible to any patron who wishes to enjoy the magic of live theatre. Dates: Camp Shakespeare Junior: June 4-8 or June 11-15. Camp Shakespeare Extreme: June 18-22 or June 25-29. Broadway South Musical Theatre Camp: July 9-13. Camp Shakespeare: July 16-20 or July 2327. Weekend Warrior: July 27 (6:00pm – 9:00pm) and July 28 (10:00am – 4:00pm). Ages: Age 5 years-12th grade 334-271-5393

Alabama Wildlife FederationExpedition Lanark Day Camp

3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook, Al 36054 Expedition Lanark is a full day summer camp that provides hands-on, outdoor educational activities that teach natural resource stewardship, develop leadership skills, and build character. Dates: June-August Ages: Ages 5-15 800-822-9453

Camp Alamisco

1771 Camp Alamisco Road, Dadeville, Al 36853 At Camp Alamisco, you see Jesus in nature, in the staff, and in all the activities we do. Come and be a

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5278 Camp ASCCA Dr, Jackson’s Gap, Al 36861 A nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities. Providing weekend and week long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad”, outdoor adventure elements like the zip-line, and much more. Dates: July 1-August 17 256-825-9226

Camp Cosby

2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road, Alpine, Al 35014 At Camp Cosby, boys and girls have the opportunity to build self esteem, grow, learn, and challenge themselves. Campers also learn to develop values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Pool, lake adventures, horses, trials, team building, zip line, and much more! Specialty camps include bmx camps, wakeboarding and ski camps, and wrangler. Dates: June-July Ages: Ages 6-16 1-800-85COSBY

Camp Jam

Brenau University, 500 Washington Street Southeast, Gainesville, Ga 30501 Why not spend a week of fun jammin’ out in their very own rock band, designing their own marketing packet, and participating in team building activities - all while learning from the best professional musicians in your area. That’s what Camp Jam Kidz is all about ‘ a bunch of kidz, having a good time while learning how to rock out! Day and overnight camps. Dates: June 18-22


Camp Joy

2903 Second Avenue, Columbus, Ga 31094 Camp JOY operates 6 weeks during the summer months and can accommodate up to 75 children per week. There is no fee for the children to attend camp; instead, their camping experience is underwritten by generous donors at the rate of $50 per child per week. For most of the kids, the week at Camp JOY is definitely the highlight of their summer, as they come off the city streets and into nature at its finest. They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, crafts, recreational time, singing, Bible studies and guest speakers. Dates: Girls’ Weeks: June 11 – 15 | June 18 – 22 | June 25 – 29; Boys’ Weeks: July 9 – 13 | July 16 – 20 Ages: Ages 7-11 706-322-8267

Camp Juliette Low

321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, Ga 30731 A private, non-profit summer camp for girls ages 7

to 17, accredited by the American Camp Association. CJL provides campers with fun and exciting ways to become more confident and competent, individually and in groups, through one-week and two-week outdoor residential programs. Dates: June-July 706-862-2169

Camp Lookout Mountain for Boys

1465 Eleanore Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 A traditional summer camp. Our program includes: water sports (swimming, diving, canoeing, and our famous zip line), horseback riding, rifle marksmanship, archery, tennis, arts and crafts, even fly-fishing with much more...all under the supervision of excellent staff. Dates: June 3-15, June 17-29, July 1-13 and July 13-28 Ages: Age 7-15 504-861-1534

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Offering a week long session for weight management. Campers learn healthy eating habits while preparing meals. Campers also have opportunities to participate in swimming, canoeing, hiking, arts & crafts, dance and many other activities. Ages: Ages 12-15

Camp Skyline Ranch

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P.O. Box 581, LaFayette, Al 36862 From sunrise to after sunset, every camp day is packed with fun. Campers will swim, shoot archery, make crafts, eat s’mores around the campfire, and play games on the game field. They explore a huge maze, ride the cable car and crazy swing and are challenged by various rope and climbing activities. And there is a one-of-a-kind Bible Time with skits and drama. When the campers arrive, the counselors are ready to build relationships and to share the love of Christ through these relationships. Dates: June 3-July 27 Ages: 1st-9th Grade 334-864-7504

4888 Alabama Hwy 117, Mentone, Al 35984 A Christian Summer Camp for Girls: Since 1947, Camp Skyline has been the summer home for generations of campers. A summer camp for girls, Skyline offers one and two week sessions where campers make new friends, honor old traditions, and strengthen their faith. Camp Skyline accepts girls of good character. Dates: Mini Camp Dates: Mini A - June 3 - June 9 Mini B - June 17 - June 23 Mini C - July 15 - July 21 Two Week Camp Dates; 1st Session: - June 3 - June 15 2nd Session: - June 17 - June 29 3rd Session - July 1 - July 13 4th Session: - July 15 July 27 Ages: Ages 6-16

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Camp Victory

363 Victory Circle, Samson, Al 36477 A non-denominational, non-profit organization. We are part of Children’s Bible Ministries (CBM), which is ministering in nine states and has its national office in Townsend, Tennessee. Camp Victory exists to help young people experience the victory that comes from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and walking with Him. We do this by working alongside

local churches in providing opportunities for Christian camping, Bible classes for local schools and Bible correspondence lessons. Activities include Bible Classes, Singing, Missionary Presentations, Volleyball, Riflery, Horseback Riding, Ping-Pong, Swimming Pool, Tetherball, Good Food, Archery, Mini Golf, Canoeing, Basketball, Foosball, Crafts, Carpet ball, Outdoor Education, Boating, Fishing, Tournaments, Low Ropes Challenge Course and Climbing Wall. Dates: June 4-July 28 Ages: 3rd-12th grade 334-898-7948

Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Camp Walkabout is the no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors. Campers will climb the world renowned Tennessee wall sandstone one day, explore the amazing underground world of a cave the next and paddleboard the mighty Tennessee River Gorge another. Camp Walkabout optimizes every day to find new adventures, leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Walkabout truly is the most fun a camper can have in the summer! Dates: June-July Ages: Ages 5 and up 423- 757-2616

Camp Winnataska

260 Winnataska Drive, Pell City, AL 35128 Offering a wide variety of quality programs for boys and girls. Each camp session will provide campers the opportunity to experience aspects of outdoor life such as swimming, canoeing, arts, crafts, nature study, sports, archery, ropes course, hiking and camping, and horseback riding full week sessions and mini-camp. Dates: June 10-July 28 Ages: Age 6-15


Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 30731 Located on 170 acres of beautiful North Georgia

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McWane Science Center

200 19th Street North, Birmingham, Al 35203 Hands-on educational programming with themes such as Mini-Meteorologists, Dino Discoveries, Super Hero Science, Science of Harry Potter, Rumble in the Jungle, Animation Station, Chemical Concoctions, Robotics and more! Camps are ½ day or full day. Dates: June 4-August 8 Ages: Rising 1st-7th grade 205-714-8300


Huntingdon College, 1500 E Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Al 36106 The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and Huntingdon College offers a summer music camp to serve as a preparatory program for students of violin, viola, cello and bass, this six-day residential music camp will focus on building the musical skills necessary for success on one’s instrument. Ages: Rising 7th-9th grade 334-240-4004

The Bedford School “Squirrel Hollow Camp”

5665 Milam Road, Fairburn, Ga 30123 The summer program of The Bedford School, serves children with academic needs due to learning difficulties. Two sessions available. which is held on the beautiful 46-acre campus of The Bedford School in Fairburn, GA. Campers participate in an individualized academic program as well as recreational activities (swimming, team games, Challenge Course elements and a variety of other games and activities). Academic instruction in the areas of reading, reading comprehension, math, auditory discrimination and writing skills through a variety of structured, multi-sensory techniques and materials. Dates: Session 1: June 11 - June 22; Session 2: June 25 - July 6 (no classes on July 4) Ages: Age 6-14 770-774-8001

Valley View Equestrian Camp for Girls

606 Valley View Ranch Rd, Cloudland, Ga 30731 Valley View Ranch has been to help each rancher have the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having her own horse, all atop beautiful Lookout Mountain. We offer several riding programs and encourage each camper to participate in all of them: English and Hunt Seat; Western Stock Seat and Barrels and Vaulting. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite horse during her stay. Located on 600 acres of lush pastures, wooded trails, and panoramic views. One or two week sessions. Dates: June 10-August 3 Ages: Age 8-17 706-862-2231


lunch options). The afternoon will contain warmup, stretching, games and fencing and stretch-down. There will be a competition as well towards the end of each camp session with rewards/prizes. Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13 and July 16-20. Ages: Ages 8-15 334-203-1989 administration@

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Sports Camps Auburn Fencing ad on page 5

229 South 8th Street, Opelika, Al 36801 Camps are for beginner and intermediate level fencers. All fencing equipment is provided. Come learn and participate in this wonderful Olympic and NCAA sport! The morning portion of the camp (9am-12pm) will include many different games. Students will learn fencing technique and practice through drills and fencing games, they will practice footwork and do various physical and coordination training exercises. The students will break from 12pm-1pm for lunch (students provide their own or bring money for catered

425 Perry Street, Auburn, Al 36830 Thunder Tyke: Camp 1: June 19-21, Camp 2: July 24-26. Age 4-5. Rising Tiger Camp: Camp 1: June 4-7, Camp 2: July 9-12. Age 6-8. Junior Camp: Camp 1: June 4-7, Camp 2: July 9-12, Age 9-12. Advanced Camp: August 6-9, Ages 10-18. Summer Tennis Camps: Campers will learn ground strokes, volleys, the serve, and how to put it all together to play a match and keep score. Campers will have free time from 11:30am-12pm MondayWednesday (Thursday’ free time is the pizza party.) Free time will consist of the option to play hand ball, soccer, or fun tennis games. Campers will need to bring sunscreen and wear proper clothing and shoes. Water will be provided along with a snack. Ages/Level: 6-18 Beginners-Intermediates Camp I: 6/25-28; Camp II: 7/23-7/26; 9am-12pm Dates: June-July Ages: Ages 6-18

Also, 2018 swim lessons registration is available online 334-332-1680

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Grand National Junior Golf Camps ad on page 50

3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Al 36801 Take your swing to the next level! Grand National is offering golf clinics this summer for junior golfers, ages 7-17, taught by PGA Certified pros. $100 per session; 8:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch and a free Par 3 round are included each day. Dates: SESSION 1: June 11-14 · SESSION 2: June 25-28 SESSION 3: July 9-12 · SESSION 4: July 23-26 Ages: Ages 7-17 334-749-9042

SportsPlex Kids Triathlon & Small Fry Tri ad on page 23

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika, Al 36801 Participants will compete based on their age as of 12/31/18. 5-year-olds may participate in the Kids Tri or the Small Fry Tri. In order for a 5 year old to compete in the Kid’s Triathlon they will need to do a paper registration. Paper registration deadline is 7/20/18. All participants will wear tri tags. Race Krewe will be doing timing for the event. Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age group. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and medal. Ages 6-8: Swim 50 yds, Bike 1.5 miles, Run 500 yds Ages 9-11: Swim 100 yds, Bike 3 miles, Run 1 mile Ages 12-15: Swim 150 yds, Bike 6 miles, Run 2 miles. Dates: August 4 Ages: 6-15 Kids; 5 years Small Fry

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World Championship Taekwondo ad on page 11

2701 Fredrick Road, Suite 308, Opelika, Al 36801 Combining traditional and modern teaching techniques and principles to fit all ages and all physical levels - we focus on character development in young children, teens, and adults. At World Champion Taekwondo we use Martial arts as a tool to teach students discipline and respect for themselves, parents, friends and others around them. The uniqueness of Martial Arts is that it’s an individual sport, where a student is judged solely on their own performance and not compared to others in class. Dates: Summer TBA Ages: Preschool through adult 334-737-5617

Auburn Academy of Martial Arts

323 Airport Road, Suite J, Auburn, Al 36830 offering a complete system of martial arts; to include all ranges of defense, weapons and internal development and producing competent Black Belts who embody the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do; Integrity, Courtesy, Self-Control, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit. Dates: TBA Ages: Ages Preschool and up 334-502-7221

Auburn Mixed Martial Arts

2515 East Glenn Avenue, 205, Auburn, Al 36830 Our martial arts summer camps offer an amazing combination of martial arts instruction, life skills, self defense skills, team work, fitness and lots of fun. No martial arts experience necessary. Our summer camps will keep your kid active while teaching them Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, MMA, Wrestling, Karate and Taekwondo. Dates: TBA Ages: Preschool-adults 334-887-0818

Auburn Thunder

Auburn Thunder (part of the Auburn Soccer Association) is an elite soccer club for boys and girls. Ages: Ages 9-18

H & G Horse Quarters

943 Lee Road 57, Auburn, Al 36830 Designed to develop each student in a fun safe environment; teaching horsemanship, care, barn etiquette, along with varying levels of riding skills. Camps are offered throughout the year and compliment our weekly lesson programs. Be sure to check back often for upcoming camps being offered. Dates: March 13-15, May 23-25, June 4-8, June 18-22, July 16-22 and July 31-August 2 334-887-0026

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Sports Academy

3716 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, Al 36801 Baseball and Softball Skills Clinic: $80 per camper – Limited spots available – Please register early! Campers should bring their own glove, bat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks & lunch. Water will be available throughout the camp. Dates: March 24 Ages: All baseball and softball players of any skill level, ages 7-12 334-749-4040 or 334-559-4575


For a Concussion Clinic appointment, call 205.934.1041 In case of medical emergency, call 911 or go directly to your local ER

Premier Spirit Academy

923 Stage Road, Auburn, Al 36830 Premier Spirit Academy offers a wide variety of services including: Pre School Classes, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced tumbling, Private Lessons, Squad Lessons,PSA Knights Competitive Cheer Teams. Call about Summer Camps. Ages: Preschool and up



Tiger Tracks Cheerleading Camp

Auburn High, 405 S Dean Rd, Auburn, Al 36830 Team building, skills-learning, craft making and snack gobbling. Teaching our campers cheers, chants, dances, jumps, crafts and the importance of community involvement. Dates: TBA June Ages: Preschool-8th grade

Will Blackman Plains Junior Golf

1958 Fairway Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Offering girls, boys and co-ed golf camps Dates: TBA Ages: Preschool and up


WinShape Camps for Communities

Cornerstone Church @ Lee Scott Academy 1601 Academy Drive, Auburn, Al 36830 Whether you like soccer, science, or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape


Camps for Communities! Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’llSPORTS find MEDICINE anywhere... right at home in your own community! Dates: June 25-29 Ages: Completed grades 1 through 9 334-887-1152

Xtreme Athletics

3732 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, Al 36801 Our focus is to develop happy, healthy, responsible and respectful kids through gymnastics and cheer. Dates: Camps TBA Ages: Ages Preschool and up 334-759-7030 AOP


FamilyCalendar Saturday, February 24 Zumbathon 2018 Boykin Community Center, Auburn. 120 minutes of fun-filled dancing designed to get you in shape! 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. This event is FREE and open to the public. Children ages 8 and older are welcome with parent participation. activeauburn@auburnalabama. org. Kappa Delta Shamrock 5K Auburn Campus. AORTA club is open to anyone who wants to jog, run, or race regardless of age, sex, or running ability. AORTA holds weekly group runs, provides training programs from beginners to marathoners, conducts bi-monthly meetings with programs on running, fitness-related topics and organizes various racing events in and around the Auburn-Opelika area. CSO: Super Hero & Villains RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. This rollicking Pops concert searches film scores and television sound tracks to present music that pits the most virtuous super heroes against the most vile, evil super villains. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and all the rest will do battle with their arch nemeses. Young Eagles Day Columbus Airport, 3250 W. Britt David Road, Columbus, Ga. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). All kids ages 8-17 are invited to take a Free airplane ride over Columbus! Most flights last 20 minutes. The goal is to provide a fun and educational aviation experience. 706-324-2453. Saturday STEM Storytime Auburn Public Library. Preschoolers–2nd grade children and their caregivers are invited to join us for a storytime on Saturday mornings that is all about STEM. 10:00-11:00 a.m. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format Please note: Some activities may involve messy fun! (334) 501-3296. Legomania Auburn Public Library. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Show off your engineering skills and join us at the Auburn Public Library every Saturday for Legomania! Bring your friends, and build anything your imagination can invent! All ages. Crazy 8’s Math Club Auburn Public Library. Grades K-2. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join Bedtime Math’s® Crazy 8s Club®, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, and create a mess… it’s a totally new kind of math club! Join us as we explore, create, and learn! Register early! Space is limited to 16 participants per age group Please register by emailing libraryevents@ auburnalabama org. Russell Forest Run Fee for participants only. Russell Crossroads—Check website or call for details. Benefit for the Alexander City Schools Education Foundation. 7:45 a.m.

arts demonstration, manga-style art contest/exhibit, Japanese calligraphy, cosplay contest, costume construction workshop, gaming, and special guest panels. Please visit the website for additional info.

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

Monday, February 26 Sensory-Friendly Reading Hour Auburn Public Library. Join us for story time! This story hour is sensory-friendly, and kids are invited to move around as they wish throughout the session. Ages 6 and up. Story Time Opelika Public Library, Opelika. Join us for an interactive and engaging preschool program that is sure to delight and entertain. They won’t even know they are learning! Meets weekly. Ages 0-5 years. 10:00 a.m.

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

and Math. This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format Please note: Some activities may involve messy fun! (334) 501-3296. Mnozil Brass Concert for Band Students Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world’s premiere brass ensembles. Their videos have garnered millions of YouTube views and their fans have travelled countless miles to hear them play.

Thursday, March 1 Bridge Crossing Jubilee This weekend is a commemoration of the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma to Montgomery March. Activities include a pageant, a dance, women and youth conferences, a parade, festival, interfaith service and National Voting Rights Hall of Fame induction. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:00 p.m. An informal, come-and-go performance presented by JCSM and coordinated by Patrick McCurry. It features national and international performers as well as professionals and students from Auburn University and the surrounding areas.

Gamers Society Auburn Public Library. The Programming Room will be open every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m. for Yu-GiOh, Pokemon, and video games Gamers must bring their own materials The Auburn Public Library will provide materials for video game play. Games must be rated E, E10, or T; no rated M games. Ages 10-18 years. Brick Builders Opelika Public Library, Opelika. 3:30 p.m. All ages. If you love creating with Lego bricks, then this is the place to be! Open to all ages, but geared towards school-aged children, your creativity will take the spotlight as you build whatever you can imagine. Lego bricks provided. Code Club Opelika Public Library, Opelika. 4:30 p.m. Code Club at the Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library is going to teach your kids how to make website, apps, and games in a fun environment. Bring your own laptop if you have one, but it is not required. Meets Thursdays.

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

Frostbite Open Opelika SportsPlex. The Tumble Tree Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole course that crosses bodies of water, travels over inclines and hills and follows trails through the woods. The Tumble Tree Disc Golf Course is FREE for anyone to play, but players are encouraged to bring their own discs and plenty of water when playing the course.

STEM Story Lab Preschoolers-2nd grade children and their caregivers are invited to join us for a storytime on Saturday mornings that is all about STEM. 3:30-4:30 p.m. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering,

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

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FamilyCalendar Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show Many of the familiar exhibitors from Christmas Village Festival switch gears to create a spring shopping experience for their customers. Original art, handcrafted soaps and unique jewelry, created by artisans from across America, fill the BJCC for this annual event. Bridge Crossing Jubilee See March 1 for details. “National Geographic” Photographer, Joel Sartore Foy Hall Ballroom, #258, Auburn University. 4:00 p.m. Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to “National Geographic” magazine. Seating is first come, first serve beginning at 3:30 p.m. Launch & Learn: Featuring Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 9:00 a.m. A complete set of the bound volumes of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, a publication John James Audubon began working on almost immediately after he completed his more well-known project, The Birds of America. The Quadrupeds was published in three volumes between 1845 and 1848, though work on the project began in the early 40s. Read Across the Preserve Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. Our own special version of Read Across America. Enjoy stories being read every 20 minutes at our tree house in the Nature Playground, by the campfire at amphitheater, the dock at the pond or at Reptile Rest. Enjoy our Story Walk for our younger readers, where you walk the trails to find the next page in the story! Bring a book to place in the Little Free Library. Free Admission.

have graduated from Auburn or are from the Auburn area that are currently deployed! Moscow Festival Ballet “Cinderella” RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. 4th Annual IDA-AL Dyslexia Dash of East Alabama Moores Mill Road, Auburn. 8 a.m. The Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA-AL) will use the funds from the Dyslexia Dash to help support those with dyslexia and dyslexic characteristic by promoting activities that involve dyslexia awareness, dyslexia resources, and professional development. Travis Meadows at the Standard Deluxe Waverly. 7:30 p.m. Auburn Chili Cook-Off Benefiting Storybook Farm Ag Heritage Park, Auburn. 10:30 a.m. Guests will have a fun day of sampling chili while sponsors will have a fun day competing and team building! Register your team online at www. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 online at or day of the event tickets can be purchased at the entrance for $15. Kids under 12 get in FREE! Fit as a Fiddle Sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation Dean Road Recreation Center. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Members of the community will have an opportunity to visit with doctors, fitness experts, senior communities, therapeutic program representatives and volunteer organizations offering products and services tailor made for them. This event is FREE.

Story Time and Craft Opelika Public Library, Opelika. 10 a.m. Ages 0-5years. The story time you know and love, with a craft! Each week you will hear a new story with a related craft. Meets weekly.

Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 24 for details.

Alabama Ballet presents “Swan Lake” BJCC, Bham.

Crazy 8’s Math Club See Feb. 24 for details.

Saturday, March 3

Alabama Ballet presents “Swan Lake” BJCC, Bham.

Boda Getta BBQ University Station RV Resort, Auburn. Join us as professional BBQ teams from across the southeast descend upon University Station RV Resort in their decked out cooking rigs to compete for $12,500 in cash! Join us for a weekend of live music, food, vendors and good times. www.bodagettabbq. com.

Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show See March 2 for details.

Auburn Army ROTC 5K Run/Walk Nichols Center Lawn, AU Campus. 9 a.m. This year the Auburn Army ROTC department will be hosting a 5K run/walk with all proceeds going to soldiers that

Legomania See Feb. 24 for details.

Sunday, March 4 BPPAC (Ball Players Play Against Cancer) 5K Auburn High School. 2:00 p.m. The 5K is a fundraiser sponsored by Baseball Players Play Against Cancer (BPPAC). It is sponsored by Varsity, JV and Junior High Baseball and Softball teams from Auburn & Opelika Schools. This event is to raise money for our local Cancer Center at East Alabama Medical Center. Dale Watson at the Standard Deluxe Waverly. 7:30 p.m. Community Films and Conversations Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 1 p.m. This series brings our community together for


conversation and greater understanding. Each screening is followed by a discussion led by its host organization, and at the conclusion of the program, a coffee reception in the café. Alabama Ballet presents “Swan Lake” BJCC, Bham. Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show See March 2 for details.

Monday, March 5 Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn. competitive show of graphic design projects by Auburn University students. www.auburnalabama. org/parks. Open Auditions for “‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” March 5-6. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn. Auburn Area Community Theatre open auditions for our spring 2018 production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged”. Three adult actors are needed to portray the Bard’s characters from all 37 plays in 97 minutes! Please note: although the script traditionally calls for three male performers, casting for this production will be gender (and color) blind.

Tuesday, March 6 Open Auditions for “‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” See March 5 for details. Color for a Cause Auburn Mall. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Participating organizations are provided a mural to color. Judges will select the most creative mural to win a donation. The murals will then be uploaded to Color for a Cause website for voting. The winner will be displayed in the mall. to register. 53rd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage Eufaula hosts Alabama’s oldest tour of homes and has more than 700 structures listed on the National Register. Each spring, the city of Eufaula opens its doors to share this historical wealth. Visitors can take guided tours of homes and sites and also enjoy an art show, concerts, a wax museum and much more. Spring Forest Friends Preschool Playdate and Registration Kreher Preserve and Nature Center, Auburn. Forest Friends is an award winning educational experience for pre-school children and their parents that incorporates hands-on activities with nature and environmental awareness. This six-week session begins Tuesday, 3/27 and Friday, 3/30 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Playdate and registration at 10 a.m. on March 6th at the Nature Playground. Registration at playdate or online starting on March 6th. (334) 7076512 • Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition See March 5 for details.

Wednesday, March 7 East Alabama Arts: National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. Concierto, produced by WDAV Classical Public Radio, is America’s first nationally distributed bilingual


FamilyCalendar (Spanish-English) classical music program that calls special attention to the contributions to the art form by Latin-American and Spanish composers and performers. Toddler Time See Feb. 28 for details. STEM Story Lab See Feb. 28 for details. Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition See March 5 for details. 53rd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage See April 6 for details.

Thursday, March 8 DIY @ JCSM: Candle Making Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 5 p.m. Drop in and make art with our 901 Collective, a university student group, and then stay for our evening program during late night hours. These workshops are open to visitors of all ages. Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 6:00 p.m. JCSM brings in contemporary filmmakers to meet with students and museum guests for a special screening of their film. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required. Blake Shelton: Country Music Freaks Tour Atlanta. Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition See March 5 for details. 53rd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage See April 6 for details. Code Club See March 1 for details. Brick Builders See March 1 for details. Preschool Time See March 1 for details. Gamers Society See March 1 for details.

Friday, March 9 Story Time and Craft See March 2 for details. Opera Gala 2018 Birmingham. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, seated dinner, and a concert of opera favorites featuring the cast of Romeo & Juliet. Black tie optional. Tickets are $200 per person. Reservations must be made by March 2 by calling (205) 322-6737. NAC Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show Gardendale. Arts and Crafts Show Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. FREE admission and parking. Over 60 arts and craft vendors, Door prizes

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given every hour, Musical Entertainment, Easter Bunny Pictures Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. just $10.

Crazy 8’s Math Club See Feb. 24 for details.

Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition See March 5 for details.

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Saturday, March 10 Alabama Bass Trail Fishing Tournament Alexander City. Get Hooked with the first stop of the Alabama Bass Trail 2018 Tournament Series. For details, visit Mardi Gras Parade and Gala Talladega. “Alabama’s largest Mardi Gras party north of Mobile” begins with a parade that morning and dinner, a great band, and silent and live auctions that night.

Alabama Wildlife Center & Exploring Natural Alabama - Carnivorous Plants of Alabama Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients (but not energy) from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods. Weather permitting, an informal nature walk follows the program so be sure to bring your camera, binoculars & field guides. (Free after paid admission to Oak Mountain State Park.)

Second Saturday at Pioneer Park Loachapoka. 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, spinners and weavers, gardeners are in the gardens, crafts and seasonal activities, and more. www.leecountyhistoricalsociety. org. Second Saturday at Columbus Museum 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Free Admission. Drop by the art cart with your children and grandchildren each month to explore various mediums of art, enjoy art related stories, and participate in gallery hunts at the Museum. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate. Alabama Bass Trail Fishing Tournament Alexander City. Get Hooked with the first stop of the Alabama Bass Trail 2018 Tournament Series. For details, visit Mardi Gras Parade and Gala Talladega. “Alabama’s largest Mardi Gras party north of Mobile” begins with a parade that morning and dinner, a great band, and silent and live auctions that night. Steven Curtis Chapman Buckhead. NAC Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show See March 10 for details. Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 24 for details.

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Monday, March 12 Story Time See Feb. 26 for details.

Tuesday, March 13 Kids in the Kitchen Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Easy hands on spring treats! $10/resident, $11/non-resident. Ages 5-8, 3:30 p.m. Baby Time See Feb. 27 for details. Adult Nature Hike: Heart Healthy Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. Join our guides for a peaceful morning walk as you take in the many sights and sounds of the preserve. Nature Hikes offer excellent opportunities to socialize and learn, while enjoying fresh air and exercise in our beautiful outdoors. Hikes are for adults only and offered the second Thursday of each month from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Free, but donations are welcomed. www.auburn. edu/preserve. Family Discovery Hikes - Geology Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. We will take a hike through the preserve learning how the outdoors are beneficial to your overall health. Discovery Hikes are offered the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for families with children ages 5 to 12. Each month features a new seasonal theme. Groups meet at the pavilion. Guided tours are free.

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FamilyCalendar Thursday, March 15 61st Annual Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo Garrett Coliseum. The SLE Rodeo proudly features the top bucking stock in the country through 2016 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year Frontier Rodeo Company. Our rodeo will have more cowboys and cowgirls who competed in the National Finals Rodeo than any other rodeo within 200 miles! Code Club See March 1 for details. Brick Builders See March 1 for details. Preschool Time See March 1 for details. Gamers Society See March 1 for details. Human Rights New Works Festival Red Mountain Theatre, Birmingham. With panel discussions, dramatic readings of new works, lectures from prominent advocates, and even a workshop-version of a curated piece, RMTC will lead our city in a human rights’ experience unlike any other. From a national call for submissions, our committee will select eight new works to be read at the festival. Audiences vote for their favorite during the weekend, setting the winner on a path to a workshop in 2019 and full production in 2020.

Friday, March 16 Story Time and Craft See March 2 for details. Sip & Savor Robin Lake Beach, Callaway Gardens, Ga. 7 p.m. An interactive culinary and beverage event, featuring tastings under the Ski Pavilion and on the beach. Join in the fun with live music along with some wellknown Southern celebrity guest and local chefs. $59 per Person. The Birmingham Ghost Walk The Tutwiler Hotel. The first of the two parts of our dark and interesting history is the Hotels, Churches and Riots tour.

Troupe for shows full of laughs, wonder, and puppets sure to delight every one of all ages! Each show will feature TWO performances for your entertainment. All ages. libraryevents@auburnalabama org. (334) 501-3296. 61st Annual Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo See March 15 for details. Human Rights New Works Festival See March 15 for details.

Saturday, March 17 Fishers of Men Bass Tournament Lake Martin. One of many fishing tournaments held at Wind Creek State Park, the Fishers of Men tournament is held annually. Call 256-329-0845 or visit for more information. Restoration Ride 2018 Kymulga Grist Mill & Covered Bridge, Childersburg. Register at Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/groups/1554657618098598/ Restoration Ride is a non-competitive cycling event, being held in order to raise money for the restoration and daily operation of the Kymulga Grist Mill and Park. Dothan Gem & Mineral Show Annual Gem & Mineral Show in Dothan. Vendors from across the country will be selling gemstones, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry and lapidary equipment. Rock exhibits, flint knapping and cabochon cutting demonstrations and special activities for the kids. Free admission and parking. Saturday, 9 - 5 and Sunday, 10 - 4. For more information, contact Jeff DeRoche at 334-673-3554.

Crazy 8’s Math Club See Feb. 24 for details.

Sunday, March 18 Cedric Burnside at the Standard Deluxe Waverly. 7:30 p.m. Family Studio: Exploring Audubon Quadrupeds with the Lizard Lady Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Dr. Nicole F. Angeli joins us to read her book “The Lizard Lady” and answer questions about taking care of animals and the work she does as a scientist, then we will create our own scientific illustrations. Family Studio is recommended for children kindergarten through sixth grade and their families. A five-dollar donation to the museum is appreciated. www.jcsm.auburn. edu. Dothan Gem & Mineral Show See March 17 for details. Human Rights New Works Festival See March 15 for details.

Monday, March 19 Spring Break Camp Covington Rec Center, Opelika. Structured fun games and activities during your break from school. $35/ resident, $39/non-resident. Ages 5-12. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Story Time See Feb. 26 for details.

Tuesday, March 20

Southeast Alabama Highland Games Dothan. The Twisted Kilt Society is proud to be the host of the Southeast Alabama Highland Games, a celebration of UK food, music and culture, family and fun!

Baby Time See Feb. 27 for details.

Spring Farm Day Landmark Park, Dothan. Turn back the clock 100 years and experience living history demonstrations of sheep shearing, blacksmithing, plowing with mules, basket weaving, quilting and other traditional springtime farm activities. Entertainment will include two stages of traditional music. www.landmarkpark. com.

Wednesday, March 21

Super Saturdays at LaGrange Art Museum 112 Lafayette Pkwy, LaGrange, Ga. 1 - 4 p.m. Free family art day! Spend the afternoon at the Museum. Families, neighbors, and friends can tour the current exhibit and explore an art activity. Toby Mac BJCC, Bham. The Birmingham Ghost Walk See March 16 for details.

Historic Selma Pilgrimage Spring Pilgrimage offers visitors a chance to experience hands-on history through guided tours of homes in many architectural styles including Antebellum and Victorian, four museums, an operating 1860s grist mill, historic church, art shows and more. SelmaPilgrimage.

Historic Selma Pilgrimage See March 16 for details.

The Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe 10:30 a.m. Join the Auburn Public Library Puppet

Legomania See Feb. 24 for details.

Human Rights New Works Festival See March 15 for details. Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 24 for details.

Spring Break Camp See March 19 for details.

Toddler Time See Feb. 28 for details. STEM Story Lab See Feb. 28 for details. Spring Break Camp See March 19 for details.

Thursday, March 22 Third Thursday Poetry Series Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 6:30 p.m. The spring semester group of poets visit JCSM for the spring 2018 installment of the Third Thursday Poetry Series. A Little Lunch Music See March 1 for details. Spring Break Camp See March 19 for details. Code Club See March 1 for details. Brick Builders See March 1 for details.



FamilyCalendar Preschool Time See March 1 for details. (334) 501-2930 •

Gamers Society See March 1 for details.

Astronomy Night Join Kreher Preserve & Nature Center staff and the Auburn Astronomical Society at Kiesel Park for a short astronomy program, educational space movie, powerful telescopes, laser constellation program and some out-of-this-world snacks. Bring a flashlight. This program is NOT recommended for children under 5. $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Kiesel Park, 520 Chadwick Ln, Auburn. (334) 7076512 • preserve@auburn.ed

Friday, March 23 Story Time and Craft See March 2 for details. John Paul White Standard Deluxe, Waverly. 7:30 p.m. Angelique Kidjo Alys Stephens Center, Bham. Angelique Kidjo is a GRAMMY Award-winning Beninese singer, noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. On top of her music is her activism and her passion for Africa’s women and girls. www. Spring Break Camp See March 19 for details.

Saturday, March 24 Eggs On the Plains Watson’s Backyard Living, Auburn. 10:30 a.m. Sample delicious foods cooked on the Big Green Egg. Eggs on the Plains will raise funds to benefit the Exceptional Foundation of East Alabama. Demo Eggs are available for pre-sale at a deeply discounted price. For more information contact Watson Brothers Hearth and Patio, Walk 4 Life 2018 Sponsored by Women’s Hope Medical Clinic Town Creek Park, Auburn. 9:00 a.m. Mile walk and 5k race with prizes for the top finishers! Bring your whole family and invite friends to a morning of fun filled with face painting, bounce house and more! Visit to sign up to walk, sponsor a walker or sign up for the 5k! Vulcan Park and Museum’s Spring Walking Tour Series Join Vulcan Park and Museum and friends for an educational and fun walking tour series of Birmingham’s neighborhoods. Tour locations will be announced in early 2018. Reservations must be made to learn the starting point. www.visitvulcan. com. March Gourd Madness The annual event is moving to Clanton Performing Arts Center for more space for classes, demonstrations, display, selling of tools, raw gourds, supplies, and other items needed to get you started on crafting of gourds. www.chiltoncountyartscouncil. com. RPG Day in Auburn Dean Road Rec Center, 10 a.m. Join us for a day of role-play strategy games (RPGs). We will be playing Magic: The Gathering, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Dungeons and Dragons, and more. Game Time Hobbies will be co-hosting and providing instruction and coaching. Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or canned goods for the EASE House or pet food for Lee County Humane Society.

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East Alabama Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony Auburn High School, 6 p.m. Join us this upcoming National Vietnam Veterans Day as we celebrate, honor, and reflect on the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans in East Alabama. Guest speakers, Vietnam veterans will be presented with the official 50th anniversary lapel pin and certificate, choral performance, light reception and Vietnamera military vehicles on display. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Blake Busbin

Legomania See Feb. 24 for details.

Out of the Box: Artist Talks Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 6 p.m. Hye Yeon Nam, who received an honorable mention at the juried outdoor sculpture exhibition Out of the Box, will be the featured speaker at the final installment in a series of public lectures shedding light on the evolution of their work, their studio practice, and the conceptualization of the work.

Crazy 8’s Math Club See Feb. 24 for details.

Code Club See March 1 for details.

Monday, March 26

Brick Builders See March 1 for details.

Story Time See Feb. 26 for details.

Preschool Time See March 1 for details.

Tuesday, March 27

Gamers Society See March 1 for details.

Monthly Market See Feb. 27 for details.

Friday, March 30

Baby Time See Feb. 27 for details.

Story Time and Craft See March 2 for details.

Wednesday, March 28

Underwater Egg Hunt Opelika SportsPlex Pool. 6 p.m. Ages 6-10. Free for members, $4 per guest. 334-705-5560.

Atlanta Blues Festival Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 24 for details.

Performance by Mosaic Theatre Company Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:30 p.m. The primary purpose of MTC is to foster dialogue about diversity through performance. You will not want to miss this thought-provoking, dynamic presentation by Auburn University students. www. Toddler Time feb. 28, mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Auburn Public Library. Toddlers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Toddler Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages 18 months-3 years. 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. library.

Thursday, March 29 Flashlight Egg Hunt Moore Stadium, Opelika. 7:30 p.m. Ages 3rd-5th grades. Hunt for eggs in the dark. Bring a flashlight and basket. Look for special prizes and golden egg. 334-705-5560.

Saturday, March 31 Easter On the Square Downtown Opelika. Ages 2nd grade and younger. 10 a.m. Easter Egg-tivities, 10:40 a.m. Easter Bonnet Contest, 10:45 a.m. The Ultimate Parade and 11 a.m. Super Spectacular Egg Hunt. 334-705-5560. 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Wells Fargo Kiesel Park, Auburn. 10:30 a.m. More than 35,000 eggs hidden over a four-acre area. Musical entertainment, free sodas and balloons, and a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Egg Hunt start times will be staggered by age group. Ages 12 and under. Rain date is April 1, 2:00 p.m. (334) 501-2930. Young Eagles Day Columbus Airport, 3250 W. Britt David Road, Columbus, Ga. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). All kids ages 8-17 are invited to take a Free airplane ride over Columbus! Most flights last 20 minutes. The goal is to provide a fun and educational aviation experience. 706-324-2453. Darren Knight: Southern Momma Comedy Tour Atlanta. Saturday STEM Storytime See Feb. 24 for details.

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April April 2 - 8: Scale Back Alabama WeighOut Week The weigh-out is for participants of Scale Back AL as they end the 10 week program. A detailed list of times for each of these locations will be listed at and on the Scale Back Alabama-Lee County Facebook page. 334-501-2940. April 7 - 8: Auburn/Opelika Gun and Hunting Show Village Event Center, Opelika. www. Entry is $10 for ages 10+. Open for general admission on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. General Admission is $10. April 7: A-Day Autism 5K Downtown Opelika. Be a champion for Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy (LCARA) and join us on A-Day to support the families affected by autism in Lee County. All proceeds from the race go directly to our families in the form of events, educational programs, outings and free camp. April 7: 12th Annual Ozark Crawdad and Music Festival Grab a chair and listen to the sounds of wonderful music while biting into savory delights! Crawfish! Shrimp! Cheese Steaks! Plenty for the children to do. Come and celebrate the 12th Annual Ozark Crawdad & Music Festival in beautiful downtown Ozark, AL! April 7: Auburn Football A-Day Jordan-Hare Stadium. The stadium games open at 11 a.m. and the game starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased online or call (855) 282-2010. Auburn students get in free with a valid Ignited Card. April 7 - 8: 2018 Piney Woods Arts Festival Enterprise. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Enterprise State Community College (at the running track) in Enterprise. One of the oldest juried arts and crafts shows in the area, it features original art and crafts, a children’s fun center, food and entertainment. Special events include a Civil War Living Display and the Weevil City Cruisers Car and Truck Show (Saturday only). Free admission. Call 334-406-2787 or visit April 12: DIY@ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art 5:00 p.m. Wire Sculptures: You will find plenty of inspiration for sculpture in our galleries and on the grounds. Use wire to create your own art creation, and try learning something new! April 12: Stuffed Animal Sleepover Drop off your fuzzy friends by 6 p.m. for a library

sleepover they’ll never forget! Pick them up the following day at 10 a.m. story time and you might be surprised by what they got into when you weren’t around. Photos of library shenanigans will be posted to the Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library Facebook page. For more information, call 334-7055380 or visit

Auburn’s largest free outdoor festival with live music, arts & crafts and fine arts vendors, children’s activities, food, and more! CityFest is FREE to the public and is a rain or shine event. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

April 13: Trolling: An Evening with George Hardy Dr. George Hardy – a 1977 Auburn graduate and native resident of Alexander City, Alabama, actor, dentist and cast member of “Troll 2” (which achieved unprecedented fame as the best worst movie of all-time) – as he discusses his experiences working on the film, subsequent fame and everything in between, and then stick around for screenings of “Troll 2” and “Best Worst Movie.” This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Hardy will provide a brief introduction at 6 p.m., with “Best Worst Movie” beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a Q&A session following the movie from 8:15 – 9 p.m. and “Troll 2” will begin at 9 p.m.

Audubon’s Last Wilderness Journey: The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America Jan. - May 26. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The three-volume set of the Viviparous Quadrupeds consists of 140 hand-colored lithographic prints produced by J.T. Bowen in Philadelphia between 1845 and 1849.

April 14: “A Rocket in a Railroad Town” Documentary Premier 5 p.m. Municipal Park, Opelika. Opelika Park and Recreation is celebrating the return of the Rocky Brook Rocket miniature train with the premiere of the “A Rocket in a Railroad Town” documentary. The 45-minute film tells the story of the Rocket’s history and the restoration process that brought it back to its current condition. Prior to the event, Opelika Parks and Recreation will give free train rides to the public from 3-4:45. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to City Hall. April 14: Dufner Dash 5K Plainsman Park, Auburn. Run, walk or jog the streets of Auburn University and cross home plate to help finish childhood hunger in Lee County. April 20: On the Tracks Spring 2018 Downtown Opelika. On The Tracks draws hundreds to Historic Downtown Opelika to enjoy a fun night on the town enjoying all that Opelika has to offer. Food vendors line the streets as live music is performed from a stage in the middle of Railroad Avenue. Purchase individual tickets or tables by visiting www. April 21: 19th Annual Bike Bash Richland Elementary School, Auburn. 8:00 a.m. Bicycle rides of varying distances will be offered, along with great live music, bicycle inspections, helmet fittings, exhibits, activities for children, and a cookout. Visit for more information. 334-501-2940. April 21: Alpha Psi Rodeo 2018 Ingram Farm, Auburn. Rodeo is an all-day party that starts at the crack of dawn! Once you get to the property, there will be professional bull riding and other rodeo activities. You can even ride a bull! As we get into the afternoon, the opener will kick off the concert at around sunset. After that, the headliner wraps up the night with a kickass show under the stars! It’s a full day of fun that you don’t want to miss! April 21: 18th Annual Old 280 Boogie Waverly. Multi-Cultural Music & Arts Festival.


Chick-fil-A Family Night at Tigertown Every Thursday night. Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour April 8. BJCC, Birmingham. Disney Presents “The Lion King Touring” March 14 - 31. Birmingham. Enjoy the Wonders of Spring March 2 - 25. Enjoy the wonders of spring at Jasmine Hill during the peak blooming season. Japanese Cherries and Azaleas create spectacular views in “Alabama’s Little Corner of Greece”. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Expressions of a BraveHeart Program A fine arts program for teens and young adults with special needs (ages 11–21), sponsored by Opelika Parks and Recreation, utilizing Auburn University faculty and students, as well as community volunteers. Two 30-minute sessions of art, dance/creative movement and music will be offered and participants will select 2 of the 3 classes. Expressions meets every 2nd and 4th Monday twice a month for 1.5 hours. Opelika Sportsplex, 334.705.5560. www.opelikasportsplex. com. Festival of Tulips Feb. 19 - March 31. Bring your family and friends and stroll through over 100,000 tulips in every color of the rainbow. Pick the ones you want to purchase, and take home armfuls of beautiful blooms. www. Harlem Globetrotters March 2 an 10. Atlanta. 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.

April 21: Royalty Run 5K USA Town Center, Opelika. 7:30 a.m.

Photo XIX Juried Photography Exhibition March 23 - April 27. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn. A competitive exhibition open to area artists and photographers. www.

April 28: Auburn CityFest Kiesel Park, Auburn.

School House Rocks Live! April 28 - 29. BJCC, Bham.



FamilyCalendar Sylacauga Magic of Marble Festival April 3 - 14. A showcase of Sylacauga’s beautiful white marble, featuring sculptors in action at Blue Bell Park. Scavenger Hunt, 5-K run, Tours to the marble quarries, and more. Festival activities are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Marble Festival website www.bbcomerlibrary. net/marblefestival or call Chairperson, Ted Spears at 256-267-6655. UnvierSoul Circus March 1 - 18. Turner Field, Atlanta.

Performances Alabama Ballet Presents “Swan Lake” March 2 - 4. Birmingham. Swan Lake is one of the greatest works in ballet history, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. With the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. “Animal Fables” by Aesop March 1 - 3, 5, 8 - 10. Auburn Area Community Theatre Young Performers. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. $10/adults, $8/students and seniors. “Bear Country” March 9 - 25. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Meet the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant as he reminisces about the career that turned him into an icon and dispenses his particular brand of life coaching, which made him a champion to his players on and off the field. “Big Fish: A New Broadway Musical” March 13 - 17. Southeast Alabama Community Theatre Dothan. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton. The Carnival Live! March 24. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 3:00 p.m. Some of the members of this bizarre ensemble have been seen on television shows like “America’s Got Talent” and in the pages of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” and the “Guinness Book of World Records.” Mind-blowing stunts, jaw-dropping sights and thrills you have to see to believe will captivate audiences young and old. CSO: “Sleeping Beauty” March 16. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 6:30 p.m. The CSO and the dancers of The Columbus Ballet join together for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty”. Special preconcert activities all around the RiverCenter will make this a delightful evening for the whole family. “Dragons Love Tacos” March 6 - 7. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m. Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Stage adaptation of “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin! www. “Jackie & Me” March 9 - 11, 16 - 18. Springer Opera House, Columbus. Unlike every other kid in his class, Joe has a special talent: with the help of old baseball cards, he can travel through time. So for his report, Joe decides to go back to meet one of the greatest baseball players ever, Jackie Robinson, to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball’s color barrier. www.

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“The Miracle Worker” March 3 - 6. Montgomery. This classic is based on the true story of Anne Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller, who grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama. “Motown: The Musical” March 20 - 21. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. The true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. “The Sound of Music” April 18. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” March 22 - 25. Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn University. The annual dance concert returns, weaving together a variety of pieces from tap to aerial silks to highlight the multidimensional, daringly diverse experiences of women. “West Side Story” March 2-4, 8-11, 15-17. Springer Opera House, Columbus. The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice! March 1 - 4. Columbus Civic Center, Ga.

Support & Parenting Groups A2Z Local Homeschooler’s Association For homeschooling families in the Auburn/Opelika Lee County area of Alabama. A2Z Loop is an all-inclusive support group open to all homeschool families in the Auburn/ Opelika area regardless of differences in beliefs, cultures, nationality, race, religion, or method of home schooling. For more information call 334-728-1162 or email:

Opelika. Meetings open to moms with preschool children ages 5 years and under. $5 per meeting; childcare $5 per child. $25 yearly membership dues. Weekly playdates, monthly moms night out, resources, and more. AuburnOpelikaMOPS; Bible Study Fellowship Held at Parkway Baptist Church, Thursdays at 10 a.m., (334) 546-1386. Bosom Buddies (a breast cancer support group) Meets at The Health Resource Center the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (334) 528-1260. Breast Feeding class meets the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon on EAMC’s third floor. Call 528-1260 to register. Caregiver Support Group Caring for a family member or friends can be rewarding, but it’s not easy. Whether you are the caregiver for your parents, spouse or a dependent child, this group is for you! Learn ways to cope with every day stresses of caring for someone you love. Gain tools and resources to help you on your journey. This program is supported by the Opelika Sportsplex, Lee-Russell Agency on Aging and HomeInstead Senior Care. This group is open to the public. Meets the last Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at Opelika Sportsplex AAC. Instructors are: Valeri White (Sportsplex), Bridgette Sager (Home Instead Senior Care), Lisa Askew (Lee-Russell Council of Gov). Food Allergy Support of East Alabama The Food Allergy Support of East Alabama group offers support through the sharing of information and resources. We are also working to increase awareness of food allergies in the state of Alabama.

Alabama Mentor’s Foster Parent Training Classes Offered in the Opelika Auburn area. Call 334-705-8877 x 18 to register or email: Auburn UMC Children’s Day Out Program Every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.–12 noon. $10 per child for the entire morning, $2 each additional child. Attendance will be on a first come-first served basis. Contact Barbara Dawsey at 826-8800 for more information. Auburn United Methodist Church. Auburn Mommies, a fun group of moms in the Auburn/Opelika area that meet weekly for playgroups and Mommy and Me walking twice a week. We also have a Mommies Night Out once a month. Http:// auburnmommiesinalabama/. Auburn Mommy and Me Big Dog Running Co, Auburn. 10–11 a.m. Social time, story time, music/movement, arts & crafts. Ages 9 months–3 years. Free! 334-209-2580. Auburn MOPS 1st Wednesday of each month, September-May. 9–11:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church,


For more information, visit our website at www. or call Barbara at 334826-3082; 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:

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FamilyCalendar 334.502.7000 or Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help. La Leche League, a support group for nursing moms, meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. @ Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, Airport Plaza, 323 Airport Road Suite E, Auburn. For more information call LLL of Auburn/Opelika, Leader, Josie Ettinger (h)334257-3950 or (c)334-740-8780. Lee County Department of Human Resources Now recruiting foster/adoptive families. To learn more about fostering and adoption please call our office at 334-737-1100. Please join us in this endeavor to help our foster children. Lee County Parents of Chinese Children helps children understand, see and grow up with other families that look like their family (white parents/Asian child). The group is 100% free! We try to eat out at Asian establishments monthly and have playdates. Families that are waiting to adopt are welcome! We accept any families with adopted children from all Asian countries. Contact Melody at for more information. Miracle League To volunteer or for more information, www.miraclefield. org or 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 MOPS of Auburn We meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at

Auburn United Methodist Church from 9:30 - 11:30. Childcare is provided, although we ask that you make reservations if possible. Meetings are open to mothers with children ages 5 and under. mopsofauburn Opelika-Auburn Newcomers Club A club for new women in town which offers fun social activities, meets for lunch on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Call Joan at 501-4974. Parent Educational Workshop - Autism Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy. 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 800 2nd Avenue, Opelika. Parent Support Group - Autism Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy meets the 1st Monday (unless national holiday), 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the next evening (Tuesday) from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit for complete information. Email or call 334-740-0716. Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama offers 2nd Saturdays, group classes, and more. Contact Penny Messer at 334-444-6827. Email Website Teen Moms (for moms under 20) is a ministry that connects trained adults with pregnant girls and teenage moms. Support meetings, classes, job preparation, devotions and games. Call Laura Fuller at laura@ or 334-501-5637. Therapeutic Foster Care Program Foster a Child’s Future Today - Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent! Certification classes are free. Please

call Joanna Fisher Champagne at Lee County Youth Development Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program. (334) 749-2996, Ext. 311 - You can make an eternal difference in a child’s life! Trinity UMC (Opelika) Mom’s Morning Out Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45–12. $15 per child, $5 each additional. Trinity United Methodist Church.

Sports Auburn Baseball Feb. 24, 25. Mar. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 31, 31. April 1, 2, 13, 14, 15, 17. Auburn Men’s Basketball Mar. 3. Auburn Tennis Feb. 25. Mar 9, 11, 15, 23, 25. Apr. 6, 8. Auburn Softball Mar. 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25. April 4, 6, 7, 8. Auburn Equestrian Feb. 24. Mar. 3, 10. Auburn Golf Mar. 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20. Auburn Track and Field Apr. 13, 14, 20, 21.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B+ Violence: B Sexual Content: B Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Early Man PG for rude humor and some action. Using stop-frame techniques, Aardamn Animation sets out to prove what many Brits have believed all along: Football is in their blood because the history of their involvement with the sport goes back to prehistoric times. According to this account, the game kicked off after a meteor struck the earth (in the vicinity of present-day Manchester). It continued to evolve, and by the Bronze Age, both playing and spectating had become almost a religion. Unfortunately, a small tribe still stuck in the Stone Age is unaware of the wildly popular pastime. It isn’t until their metal-seeking neighbors trespass into their valley that the group discovers there is a more advanced civilization. The primitive band is promptly cast off their turf by the greedy Lord Nooth. After the foul treatment, they are unsure how to reclaim their valley. That’s when Dug accidentally stumbles into their modern city, discovers the football arena and witnesses the competitive sport. He challenges the home team to a high stakes game where the champions will win the right to the contested land. The comedy in the film comes from watching these unmatched rivals prepare for battle on the field, along with portrayals of ancient materials adapted into modern-day conveniences. It is all a bit silly, with a whole lot of slapstick thrown in. With the exception of some evil intentions and mild sports violence, the film will be appropriate for most ages of viewers. However, the humor will likely be best appreciated by audiences that are avid football fans and/or those who get it’s distinctly British nuances.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. After the death of his father (John Kani), which was depicted in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) succeeds to the throne of a small, mysterious (and fictitious) African state called Wakanda. After defending his right to rule in a gladiator-style, ceremonial ritual, T’Challa also inherits the role as protector of the realm, along with some big moral decisions and deep rooted family baggage. But T’Challa has some help with these responsibilities. Thanks to a the powers of an indigenous herb, he is endowed with superhuman strengths as the Black Panther. And he will need these abilities to maintain the secrecy of Wakanda’s greatest treasure, a shiny metal called vibranium. T’Challa hopes to honor his father’s legacy by keeping Wakanda safely isolated from the unrest of the world surrounding it. Yet, a bad guy named Ulyssess Klaue is already aware of the secret resource. Klaue is determined to grasp more of the mighty metal and sell it to the highest bidder. From a parent’s perspective, Black Panther comes with ample violent portrayals. However, the complex ethical issues presented propel the script far above other superhero films too. When it comes to considering the needs of others first, the Black Panther sets a high bar. One that I hope continues in the many Marvel adventures sure to include this character in the future.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: CSexual Content: B Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated The 15:17 to Paris PG-13 on appeal for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language. Heroic events deserve to make the news but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the makings of a good movie. Sadly, that’s the situation with Clint Eastwood’s retelling of the quick spirited actions of three American men (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler) after an armed terrorist began shooting on a French train in 2015. The first problem with creating a film about an actual conflict, that is barely five minutes long, is finding something to fill the other hour and a half of runtime. Perhaps it was wrong to feel a sense of “finally” when the pivotal action begins. But, at last, there’s a story to tell (albeit a short one) and Eastwood directs the bloody sequence with finesse. Spenser leads the charge to subdue the attacker and ends up with slashes across his neck and face. Alek and Anthony follow as backup. Moments later Spenser attends to another passenger, (Mark Moogalian also playing himself) who is shot in the neck, and uses his military medical knowledge to save the injured man’s life. Whether Eastwood is an artistic genius or a rushed director who didn’t anticipate that his movie would feel like a pilot for a reality TV series, is beside the point. The final destination of The 15:17 To Paris illustrates to teen and adult audiences that you don’t have to be someone special to do something that can make a powerful difference.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: B+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated Wonder PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language. It’s as plain as the nose on your face that Auggie Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay) is no ordinary ten-year-old. Born with a genetic defect, the boy has a face only a mother could love. Consequently, the youngster has been sheltered from the outside world and home schooled – until now. Auggie’s mother (Julia Roberts) has decided that he should attend a real institution as he begins the first year of middle school. She logics that most of the other students will be new too, so it should ease the transition. Despite all the pep talks, and the support of his father (Owen Wilson) and sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), the whole family is secretly quite concerned about how Auggie’s facial deformities will be seen by his peers. Much of this movie follows the quiet child as he tries to establish himself in a new environment that is less hospitable than the walls of his of own home. Watching Aggie navigate the challenges of his situation would provide enough material for a good plot, yet this thoughtful script takes the story into unexpected territory by examining the feelings of jealousy, neglect and isolation as the perspectives of his sister and other friends are shared. In a subtle way, it exposes the fact that we all carry scars – even if they aren’t as visible as the nose on Auggie’s face. And it demonstrates the power that’s unleashed when ordinary people doing kind things.

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