Volume 5 Number 1
Publisherâ€™s Note Kendra Sumner
Living With Children John Rosemond
Preparing Happy Campers
Find advice for choosing the right camp for your child.
2014 Summer Camp Preview
Get all the details on local day camps, nearby overnight camps and everything in between.
Kids Health Watch sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Auburn
A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith
Dave Says Dave Ramsey
The FlyLady Marla Cilley
You Can Do This!
Help your child gain greater autonomy with these practical ideas.
Dr. Polly Dunn shares advice for handling your childâ€™s next public outburst.
On The Cover Jack, Whit, and Finn Carter are the children of Matt and Nicole Carter of Auburn. Jack is a fourth grader at Ogletree Elementary and loves baseball, basketball, and soccer. Whit, a kindergartener at AEEC, loves soccer and anything to do with outer space. Finn, who loves playing and keeping up with his older brothers, is a preschooler at Indian Pines. He also enjoys swimming and dressing up in superhero and Disney costumes.
Get This! Gerry Paige Smith
Parenting on the Plains Polly Dunn, Ph.D.
Bits and Pieces 10
School Bits 44
Family Calendar 52
Movie Reviews www.facebook.com/auburnopelika.parents
Publisher’sNote Have you seen the Barbie commercial about summer fun and camping with all her friends? The little girls are pretend camping with outdoor fun, and roasting marshmallows by the fire, when the narrator says, “Glamping! Barbie girl and nonstop Glamour fun!” The camper is hot pink, comes with a full kitchen, bathroom, flat screen TV and all the glitter and sparkle needed to be a glamour girl… while camping in the outdoors. Now that is my kind of camping! All the outdoor experiences with your family, but with all the girly conveniences of home. You get running water, air conditioning, no bugs and a real bed! (Seriously…YouTube it!) While daydreaming about how I might just be able to do the camping thing, because even Barbie has figured it out, my daughters bring me back to reality with “Where are the horses and fishing poles?” and “It wouldn’t be any fun without the sleeping bags and flashlights!” And just like that, all my ‘glamping’ dreams poofed away in a hot pink cloud of smoke. My ideas of camping and the kids’ ideas about it are two very different visions. I guess the nail polish and hair dryer will have to stay home if we are going to get out and experience a summer filled with adventure the old fashioned way. To help with your camping and summer planning, March’s issue is our annual Summer Camp edition featuring all things camp! It’s that time of year again to start thinking about how the summer months will be filled for our families. Will this year be a new adventure of a first time, overnight camp for your preteen? How about a new direction focusing on their newly sparked interest in science and computers? Or, you may have a preschooler who could benefit from a day camp making new friends while learning songs and creating crafts. In this month’s feature article, Preparing Happy Campers, the author gives great tips on how to narrow down your choices to fit your camper’s needs and interests. For example, she reminds us to always think about the child’s level of camp readiness. In my house, we have an 11 year old whose idea of summer camp is a full week of fun without her parents! So, we decided to sign her up for an away camp (but not too far because it will be her first time) at Riverview Camp for Girls in Mentone, Al. There, she will hopefully gain independence and self confidence that comes from being away from home, while exploring the great outdoors on horses, among nature trails and splashing in the pool. On the other hand, my four year old will not let Mom out of his sight. So for him, a Mommy-and-Me art class at Parks and Rec is in store. We can always pop a tent in the living room and watch Bubble Guppies for our camp out! Another tip in the article is to consider your children’s interests and abilities. From forestry to interior design, there is a camp for everyone and many are right here in the Auburn/Opelika area! Auburn University alone could keep both your athlete and your scientist busy from June to August! Check out the 2014 Summer Camp Preview to find the perfect fit for your campers! The excitement for kids when thinking about summer experiences includes doing something new, meeting new friends, exploring nature and their interests. Not so much a comfy bed or access to the internet, huh? I guess my dreams of ‘glamping’ just won’t be in our near future so I am thinking that rolling up my sleeves, putting the IPhone away and getting back to nature would make for family fun and lasting memories. Because summer adventure for the Sumner family (and yours) awaits!
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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond
Don’t “Psychologize” Your Child’s Behavior...Apply Discipline Q:
My 5-year-old is the youngest of my three children. Her older boy/girl twin siblings clearly outshine her athletically. They’re already very skilled at wakeboarding and snow skiing, for example. I think my youngest has decided that because she doesn’t measure up to her siblings, she will simply give up. All she wants to do is hang out with me. (I’m not athletic either, but everyone in the family except this one child is physically active.) Furthermore, she is disrespectful to anyone who tries to interest her in trying something new. She ignores the person, acting as if they weren’t even there. When I suggest activities, she becomes whiny and makes everyone miserable. I don’t know where to begin to start with helping her but something has to change before we all go crazy!
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You’re obviously “psychologizing” your daughter’s behavior and responding more to your interpretation than to what she is actually doing—actually, a common tendency in today’s parent culture. From my ironically non-psychological perspective, the problem is not that because she can’t keep up with her older siblings your daughter has “just decided to give up;” the problem is that she’s often rude and disrespectful. She completely tunes out people who are talking to her, for example. You think you need to “help” her. i think you need to discipline her. However unwittingly and with good intentions, you’re making excuses for and therefore enabling her misbehavior. Her rehabilitation begins with treating people with respect. I recommend that you put her on my celebrated “Three Strikes You’re Out!” program. When she is disrespectful toward others or whines disruptively, she receives a strike. Each of the first two strikes of the day result in 15
minutes of time-out. The third strike of the day results in her spending the remainder of the day in her room and going to bed immediately after supper. The second phase of her rehabilitation involves a change in your behavior. Stop “suggesting” activities to her. Find something you would like to do with her, and tell her, declaratively, “This is what I’ve decided you and I are doing today.” If she objects, tell her she has no choice in the matter. The activities in question should not involve her siblings and should not be things they already excel at. That will prevent unfavorable comparisons. I’m talking about mother-daughter things. Start slow. Take walks through parks or on nature trails, for example. Graduate from there to leisurely bike rides. The key is finding activities she can enjoy without having to compete. By the way, there’s an “odd duck” child in nearly every family. The challenge, always, is helping the child find a pond she feels comfortable swimming in. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.
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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! Who can enroll? Students entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Applications, more information, and course descriptions are online at www.asms.net. This year, AIMS will run for two sessions! Session 1 (June 9-13) is an overnight or day camp. Session 2 (June 16-20) is an overnight or day camp.
TuiTion Tuition for overnight camp is $375 per week and is all-inclusive. Tuition for day camp is $275 and includes lunch. The cost to stay the weekend between Sessions 1 and 2 is an additional $175 (includes trip to water park).
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Short Session Spring Break Camp to be Held at Forest Ecology Preserve
During this short session, children will learn all about our blossoming Alabama plants, busy honey bees, fish and native animals through hiking, fishing, gardening and other fun activities around the preserve. Spring Break Camp is designed for current 1st-6th graders. March 25-26, Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration is $20 for members and $25 for non-members per child, per day. Membership is not required for registration. Visit www.auburn.edu/preserve to learn more about camps and preschool programs or contact the Forest Ecology Preserve at (334) 844-8091 or e-mail (email@example.com).
Thunder in the Valley Air Show
Spring Farm Day at Landmark Park, Dothan
Plowing, Fiddlers’ Convention, Sheep Shearing, Soap Making, Quilt Display, Plenty of Food. March 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Landmark Park, Dothan, Al. Admission Adults $8, Seniors and Active Military $6, Children $4, Park members Free!
Thunder in the Valley Air Show will be held March 15-16 in Columbus, Georgia. This year’s events include The Imortals, Franlin’s Flying Circus, Pemberton Aerosports, Indy Boys Jet Powered School Bus and Jet Outhouse, Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division, Silver Wings, and more! Fun for the whole family at the Columbus Airport, Ga. For more information or to volunteer, visit www. thunderinthevalleyairshow.com.
2014 Kid’s Camp and Summer Fun Fair in Columbus
Kid’s Camp & Summer Fun Fair will be held Sunday, March 9, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Hosted by National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA. Spring Break and summer camps, attractions, activities and more, featuring scavenger hunt and other games, crafts, prizes, demos, etc. Special guests Super Why and Curious George. Check it out on Facebook. www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org.
Disney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival
RiverBlast 2014 will be held March 22 in Port Columbus, Ga. The Outdoor Program will be held from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the museum's 9-acre grounds. There will be a full-scale replica of the USS Water Witch: drills, encampment, cannon firings, and shipboard programming by uniformed Living History Interpreters. The Indoor Program will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Rivers to the Past, the theme of this year’s History Now! Museum Theatre Festival presents the seldom told personal stories of the Sailors, Soldiers, and Civilians, both Free and Enslaved who lived, worked, and served along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus GA and the greater Chattahoochee River Valley during the American Civil War. www.portcolumbus.org. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
Renditions of Disney's most famous songs have been made for this great production, with an attractive combination of the original music and modern hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock or country music. Delightful characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and the Genie, Woody, Buzz and Jessie are some of the 25 Disney stars who put on a great show for adults and children. March 14-15, Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center.www. bjcc.org 6
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Friends of the Auburn Public Library to Hold Book Sale
Friends of the Auburn Public Library will be sponsoring a Book Sale on March 22, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Friends of Auburn Public Library work in partnership with the library staff to enhance library services, collections, and special activities. The Friends provide financial support to fund special needs and requests of library patrons. Join us and be an active supporter of your library. The Friends of Auburn Public Library with active community participation and financial support have been able to add to the library’s collections and programs, including purchasing furniture, music compact discs, and children’s books, supporting Summer Reading Program activities, sponsoring storytellers for special events, participating in programs to encourage new library patrons and holding used book sales.
Nix Dance Studio Inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Nix Dance Studio’s Company Dance Teams are hosting it’s first ever Golf Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Indian Pines Golf Course. Registration is 9:00 a.m./Tee Off at 10:00 a.m. This event’s proceeds will fund the semiannual trip to New York for students to be able to participate in intensive training, classes and other dance/ theatre related activities while in New York. Nix is looking for Corporate Sponsors, golf hole sponsors, t-shirt sponsors or donation of prizes/gift certificates for the top 3 teams in the tournament. Ways to help are: Corporate Sponsorships; $50 Golf Hole Sponsorships; $50 T-shirt Sponsorship; Gift Certificates or Merchandise; Golfer: Either Teams (3 or 4 person) or Individual— $100 per person. Entry Deadline is April 1, 2014. Contact Dody Caddenhead, 334-444-9701 or Paula Nix, 334-887-7250, for more information.
Empty Bowls Event Benefits Food Bank
The ceramics studios from both the Auburn and Opelika Parks and Recreation Departments teamed up to present Empty Bowls, an event benefitting the Food Bank of East Alabama, on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Denson Drive Recreation Center in Opelika. For a $10 donation to the Food Bank, participants had their choice of a handmade bowl created by an artist from the Dean Road Ceramics Studio in Auburn or the Denson Drive Ceramics Studio in Opelika, and then dined on soups and bread courtesy of donations from local restaurants.
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Tweens, Teens and Vaccines As infants, we give our children vaccines that prevent many communicable illnesses. But over time, immunity to some of these infections begins to wane and booster injections are required. Also, tweens and teens are more likely to get infections caused by certain bacteria and viruses they have previously not been vaccinated against. Thankfully, we have vaccines that prevent some of these illnesses. Let’s talk about the vaccines that tweens and teens need. Tdap Vaccine: The Tdap vaccine provides protection from three different illnesses all rolled into one shot. These include tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). This vaccine was previously referred to as the “tetanus booster,” but also contains a booster to help prevent pertussis. This is very important because pertussis causes a persistent cough that can lead to weeks of missed school and can cause infants to stop breathing (apnea). Unfortunately, we have seen a significant increase in pertussis outbreaks in the United States recently, which has led to an increase in infant deaths related to this illness. Alabama is not immune to these outbreaks. Most adolescents will need the Tdap vaccine at 11 years of age. A booster dose is recommended every 10 years, but pregnant women should receive a dose with each pregnancy and those around infants (dads, grandparents, daycare and healthcare workers) should consider more frequent boosters. Varicella Vaccine: The Varicella zoster virus causes chicken pox. To help prevent this
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illness, a series of two vaccines is given, one at age one and another at age five. The recommendation to give a second varicella vaccine was made within the past several years, so many children in the teen/tween age range need to receive a second varicella vaccination. Hepatitis A Vaccine: The Hepatitis A virus attacks the liver just like Hepatitis B and C do. Hepatitis A is easier to contract, however, because it is spread in contaminated food. About 100 people die in the United States per year due to infection caused by Hepatitis A. To prevent this illness, two shots are given six months apart. This vaccine is recommended for children ages 12 months and 18 months, but older children should be given this vaccine as well, especially if they are planning to travel internationally. Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4): MCV4 works to prevent infections caused by certain strains of Neisseria meningiditis, a bacteria that causes infection around the brain and spinal cord. This type of infection is very serious and can result in death within 48 hours of the onset of illness. Even with treatment, about 15% of those infected will die. Among the survivors, about 20% will have long term disability such as hearing loss, neurological deficits, or amputation of extremities. To help prevent this illness, two shots are given five years apart starting at age 11 for healthy adolsecents. This vaccine is required for those attending college or entering the military.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV): The HPV virus is the primary cause of genital warts in both men and women and cervical cancer in women. HPV results in about 4000 deaths per year in the United States. The vaccine against HPV can prevent about 80% of cervical cancer. This vaccine is one of two vaccines available that prevents CANCER. (The other is the Hepatitis B vaccine.) Recent research suggests that this vaccine may also help prevent certain cancer of the head and neck. Immunity is achieved via a series of three doses of this vaccine spaced two and six months from the first dose. Despite recent media reports, this vaccine is very safe and effective. A major multiyear study was recently completed and revealed NO major adverse events associated with this vaccine. Vaccination is a great way to prevent illness and keep your tweens and teens healthy. Talk with your child’s doctor about which vaccines are right for him or her. Attending a yearly check up with your child’s doctor will help you and your child stay up to date with these lifesaving immunizations. Dr. Rian Anglin, a board certified pediatrician, was raised nearby in Valley, AL. She attended Auburn University were she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Molecular Biology. Despite her strong allegiance to Auburn, Dr. Anglin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2007 with her MD. Her passions in practice include promoting early childhood literacy, reducing toxic stress in childhood, and improving the practice of pediatric medicine through office based research. Dr. Anglin is married to her high school sweetheart, Paul. She is delighted to reside in Auburn with her husband and their two sons.
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The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University will host the Robotics Academy this summer for rising 7th-9th grade students interested in robotics. Students will engage in real-world science and math as they work in small teams to design, construct, program and test a functional robot using VEX Robotics systems. Progress of conceptual learning will be gauged each afternoon through mini-challenges. The week will culminate in a Robot Competition that will test the creativity, functionality and robustness of each teamâ€™s robot. Robotics Academy will take place at Auburn University during the week of June 24th and will be taught by the Technical Team of our well-established BEST Robotics program. The four-day, non-residential program will meet from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day and will cost $300. Register by April 4th to get the discounted early-bird registration of $260. The program will fill on a first-come-first-serve basis, so register today! The deadline to register is May 9, 2014 For more information or to download a registration form visit our website at:
For more information contact Erin Percival at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 334-844-7449
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Lee-Scott Math Teams Place First in District Math Competition
Lee-Scott Academy's Middle School and High School Math Teams placed first in the District Math Contest. High School Team, left photo: Ms. Katie Wilson, Mrs. Michele Dean, John Whittlesey, Maddie Schuster, Caroline Walker, Tommy Britt, Christian Allen. Middle School Team, right photo: Magraget Mattson, Avery Nutter, Andrew Lyle, Abby Esco, Townsend Kaak, Mrs. Dean. Back (L-R):Ms. Wilson, Doris Lee, Garland Grace Welsh, Jackson Eaton, Grant Hilyer, Brooks Martin.
Congratulations to Auburn City Schools 2013-14 Teachers of the Year!
Beth Antoine – Auburn High School; Valerie Bennett – Wrights Mill Road Elementary School; Joanna Boyd – Dean Road Elementary School; Gail Dunn – Ogletree Elementary School; Karin Fuller – Auburn Junior High School; Beverly Helm – J.F. Drake Middle School; Kelly Hollingsworth – Cary Woods Elementary School; Seth House – Pick Elementary School; Marie King – Richland Elementary School; Amanda Morley – Yarbrough Elementary School; Carolyn Wilson – Auburn Early Education Center; Kelly Hollingsworth – Elementary Teacher of the Year; Beth Antoine – Secondary Teacher of the Year.
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“Walking Wednesday” a Big Hit at Dean Road Elementary
As part of the physical education program, students at Dean Road Elementary School participate in a weekly activity known as Walking Wednesday. The class consists of an inner training circuit of six different activities and an outer lane for jogging, skipping, sidestepping and walking. Throughout the program music is played enhancing the rhythm of the activity. The circuit activities consist of sit-ups, bouncing on big red hoppy balls, a series of balancing poses, lacing cards to enhance small hand coordination, Children’s Tai Bo DVD on a 55” flat screen TV, which was received from a grant, and jumping jacks. The circuit activities are fast paced with each station lasting two minutes. During the walking portion students will often respond to the music with movement and singing. Some students will move energetically while others will relax and walk with a friend taking a break from their busy day. Walking Wednesday is a popular activity often met with cheers when announced and one that students look forward to each week. Shown are second graders, Christopher Stevens and R.J. Berry, enjoying a balancing activity.
AHS Choral Company Ranked 15th in Nation
Auburn High School Choral Company competed in the Mississippi Show Choir Contest the weekend of February 8, 2014. In the Finals, Élan placed third runner up while the Varsity Singers won Grand Champion winning Best Vocals, Best Visual Effect, and Best Show Design. Students were also awarded the River Road award which goes to the most respectful, helpful, and class group in the entire competition. Auburn City Schools is very proud of their accomplishments.
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Cary Woods Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Cary Woods Elementary Teacher of the Year, and the Auburn City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year, Kelly Hollingsworth. Kelly has over ten years of experience teaching elementary and early childhood music. Her music education degrees are from the University of Mobile and Auburn University. She has completed through the Master level of Orff-Schulwerk training and level one Kodaly training and is an active member of NAfME, AOSA, Alabama Music Educators Association, and the Alabama Orff chapter.
Lee-Scott Academyâ€™s Spelling Bee Winner
Lee-Scott Academy's Isaac Hayes, 7th grader, won 1st Place at the district Spelling Bee and will advance to the state competition. Congratulations, Isaac!
Wrights Mill Road 5th Graders View Priceless American Document
Wrights Mill Road Elementary Schoolâ€™s fifth grade class was honored to view the Articles of Association on Friday, February 7th. Few Americans have heard of this priceless document created prior to the American Revolutionary War and Declaration of Independence. Mr. Bill Stone, member of the Sons of the American Revolution from Montgomery, shared the history of the Articles with the fifth grade students and teachers on Friday.
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Olympic Celebration Day at Cary Woods
Students in Kindergarten through second grade at Cary Woods Elementary school had an Olympic Celebration Day! Local community leaders, volunteers and parents with differing backgrounds and cultures helped to teach the students about other nations through hands-on learning and fun! Some of those featured were South Korea, China, and Russia.
RES Class Gets Visit from Litter of Piglets
Mrs. E. Jones’ Class at RES recently hosted a litter of piglets that were visiting from Missouri! We learned all about how to care for a pet miniature pig and the life of a farmer! This was a great time to learn more about caring for animals as we are transforming our Dramatic Play center into a Vet’s office, complete with books, diagrams, doctor’s tools and clothing, animals, x-rays, and more!
Parent Math Night a Success at Wrights Mill Road Elementary Thank you for a great Parent Math Night at Wrights Mill Road Elementary. We had 111 families here, which is wonderful! Over 150 students!
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Miss Auburn Opelika Area Winners
Congratulations to all of the contestants who competed in Miss Auburn Opelika Area! Ashley Willis is our new Miss Auburn Opelika Area 2014. 1st runner up- Carson Smith, 2nd runner up- Jill Vinzant, 3rd runner up- Beth Milam, 4th runner up-Victoria Luchner. Ashley Willis and Jill Vinzant tied for talent.
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The Beulah High School Varsity Cheerleaders took time during their holiday break to visit and perform routines for the residents at the Lanier Nursing Home. The girls took great pride in making the effort to visit residents at the nursing home. The girls concluded the fellowship at the nursing home with a get together for a holiday party. Pictured are BHS cheerleaders Tiffany Messer, Kinsey Brown, and Ashley Alexander posing for a group picture with many of the Lanier residents who attended their performance.
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TO THE NEXT LEVEL Grand National is offering golf clinics this summer for junior golfers, ages 7-17, taught by PGA Certified pros. The clinics will be held in three, Monday – Thursday sessions from 8:30-11:30 a.m. SESSION 1: June 9-12 · SESSION 2: June 23-26 SESSION 3: July 28-31 · $100 PER SESSION Lunch and a free Par 3 round are included each day. » FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, CALL 334.749.9042. «
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100th Day at Auburn Early Education Center
Lee County Spelling Bee Winners
Mrs. Danley's 2nd grade class celebrated 100 days in school at Auburn Early Education Center. They dressed like they were 100 years old and wrote stories titled "If I had $100.00..." Students also participated in 100 day rotation activities which included making 100 day necklaces out of Cheerios, counting/sorting 100 day Trail Mix, a 100 Hershey Kiss treasure hunt, and read various 100 Day stories. It was an eventful day at AEEC in 2nd grade!
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The 2014 Lee County Spelling Bee took place on Friday, January 31st at Cornerstone Church in Auburn. Lee-Scott Academy was the host school and invited guest judges: Sheriff Jay Jones, Laura Cooper (executive director of Lee County Youth Development Center), and Cathy Gafford (director of Jean Dean RIF/ Kiwanis). The returning pronouncer was Dr. Vikki Miller (retired educator and former president of the East Alabama In Service Center). Even Aubie made an appearance! The 2014 winner was Bryant Ingram, 4th grader from Ogletree Elementary. (Runner-up was Swati Baskiyar, 8th grader from Auburn Junior High.) Bryant will represent Lee County at the Alabama State Spelling Bee in March. Congratulations to Bryant and all the Lee County School Winners! Pictured are (left to right) Swati Baskiyar (runner-up) and Bryant Ingram (winner).
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AutaugaGeographic County Schools Lee-Scott Academy National Geography Bee Winners
The Lee-Scott Academy National Geographic Geography Bee was held on Tuesday, January 14th. Students who won their grade-level bee participated in the school-wide bee. Runner-Up winner was Austin Roberts, and the 2014 LSA Geography Bee Champion was Landon Nutter. Contestants were as follows: Fourth Grade: Tate McKelvey, Julie Oas. Fifth Grade: Maddy Donald, Austin Roberts. Sixth Grade: Olivia Davis, Kevin Knight. Seventh Grade: Landon Nutter, Jordan Tucker. Eighth Grade: Brady Meadows, Thomas Meagher.
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Auburn MMA Kidsâ€™ Competition Team Shines Again at NAGA Atlanta
The kidâ€™s competition team from Auburn MMA competed in Atlanta on February 1st, 2014. The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) tournament brings together the best grapplers from the Southeast to challenge themselves in the martial arts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling and Submission Grappling. The kids that competed are: Olivia Foster, Sean Squiers, Calvin Fenn (not pictured), Caleb Hightower, Conner Barber, Jacob Williams, Taylor Birmingham (not pictured) and Curt Johnson. Pictured are instructors Randall Phillips, Andy Roberts (not pictured), Jose Torres, Elisabethe Dorning and Raven Skieff.
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Dean Road Elementary Celebrates 100 Days of Learning Dean Road Elementary School recently celebrated the 100th day of school. Students and teachers dressed as they will look when they are 100 years old. The days were filled with reading, writing, and math activities that coordinated with “100.” Pictured are Kindergarten teachers Nicki Donahoo and Emily Lett with their student, Henry Crowdus.
Richland Student Creates Bird Observatory for Scout Project
This is a collage of pictures from the future bird observatory created by John Thornton for his Eagle Scout project. The funds were provided by grants received through the ACS FACES program titled, “Fine Feathered Friends”. Students will be able to observe many native birds thanks to the bird feeders, bird houses, informational signs, and binoculars provided by this grant and John’s planning and leadership skills.
AutaugaBeulah County High Schools School Scholars Shine at Scholar’s Bowl
Beulah High School’s Scholar’s Bowl Team excelled at the Auburn University Mathematical Puzzle Challenge competition on Saturday, January 25th. Beulah’s academic team placed fourth overall out of 13 school teams competing. The team missed coming in first place by just one test question as each answer was worth 500 points. The faculty and administration are very proud of the Beulah Scholar’s Team for their exceptional showing. Congratulations to their sponsors Mrs. Lisa Lishak and Mr. Ricky Howard on a job well done. Pictured left to right are (front row) Beulah High School Scholar’s Bowl Team Sponsor Mrs. Lisa Lishak, Autumn Moore, Dustin Howard, Ali Sanders and Breanna McGhee. (Back row) Left to right are Austin Holley, Tyler Cobb, Savannah Marshall and Chip Cone. Beulah’s academic team shined in comparison to teams representing much larger 6A schools from across the state.
Zeta Youth Jump Start Their Hearts with Zumba
“Jump Start Your Heart with Zumba” was the theme of the youth of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Psi Gamma Zeta Youth auxiliary during their February meeting. The youth group helped promote February as being Heart Disease Awareness month by participating in a fun and energetic Zumba demonstration led by Zumba Fitness instructor Ms. Ashley Atkins of the Opelika Sportsplex.
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Boy Scouts Appoint Local District Committee Chair
Saugahatchee District, one of four districts that comprise the Boy Scouts of America’s Chattahoochee Council, has appointed local volunteer Randy Smith as its 2014 district committee chair. He succeeds Joel Moore, who has served two terms in the position and was recently appointed to the Chattahoochee Council Executive Committee as vice president for council programs. In his new capacity, Smith oversees the efforts of the locally based, volunteer-led district committee, which includes a myriad of functions focusing directly on Lee County-based Scouting programs and activities, camping, Scout advancement, membership, volunteer training, communications, and finance and fundraising. He also represents the district on the Chattahoochee Council Executive Board, and is a member of the district’s Key 3 leadership along with the district executive (a professional Scouting position) and district commissioner (a volunteer position). The Saugahatchee District, which encompasses most of Lee County, Ala., includes nearly 850 youth members and 200 volunteer leaders in 22 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venture crews. Smith’s volunteer Scouting service spans nearly 20 years and two councils — the Greater Pittsburgh (Penn.) Council in addition to the Chattahoochee Council. He has served in a variety of unit-based positions in Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops. His district volunteer experience includes a variety of district committee roles, most recently those that assist Scouts as they progress in rank toward Eagle Scout, including as an Eagle Scout Board of Review panelist and Advance-a-rama merit badge counselor. He has attended, and later staffed, a number of council-level Boy Scout training programs and has been honored for his service with awards that include the Distinguished Commissioner Service Award and Wood Badge Gilwell Award, as well as the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver — the highest awards bestowed on a volunteer by a district and council, respectively. The Saugahatchee District Committee meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Committee meetings are open to area Scouting volunteers and others in the community who wish to support Scouting programs. For more information about district activities, contact Saugahatchee District Executive Alan Spencer at 706.593.7056 or visit www.saugahatchee.org.
Wrights Mill Road Holds Sock Hop for Great Behavior
5th Grader Lucy H. is having a fun time at the Wrights Mill Road sock hop. Students celebrated the first nine weeks of great behavior at this celebration.
Morris Avenue Science Class Performs Skits About Elements
Students in Dr. Becky Hendrix's science class at Morris Avenue Intermediate School wrote and performed science skits as part of their investigation into the Periodic Table of Elements. Elements are all around us—even inside of us! Most of our body's mass is oxygen at 65%, while Calcium is 1.5 %.
Autauga County Schools Beulah HS Powder Puff Event Pays Off
event. The proceeds were dedicated to purchase Christmas gifts for families in need.
On Tuesday, November 19th, the high school students at Beulah High School gathered for their annual Girls Powder Puff Football game. The matchup traditionally pairs the two girls football teams comprised of Juniors & Freshmen taking on the Seniors and Sophomores. This yearâ€™s game was a huge success with the Seniors and Sophomores winning. However, more importantly the BHS Student Council raised $1450 from the
Speaker Teaches Cary Woods Students How to Make Healty Food Choices
Mrs. Handley's first grade class at Cary Woods Elementary was treated to a guest speaker. Rosa Cantrell, the President of Real Food Challenge group, here at Auburn University. Her goal is to educate adults and children on how to make healthy food choices. The students were very engaged and excited about learning how to pick healthy food and how those choices effect your body's growth and development.
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Richland Elementary Students Walk to School
Richland Elementary students celebrated Walk To School Day on October 9th.
Trinity Christian School Band Students Accepted into All-State Band and District Honor Band
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Trinity Christian School band students recently competed in the Alabama Honor Band competition. After much hard work and many long practice sessions, the students put forth their efforts in the audition process. Mr. Cornelius, our band director, states: â€œthe best way to describe this particular audition is--grueling.â€? This being said, we are incredibly proud of our students who advanced. Accepted into Alabama All-State Band are Kayla Dean, Wyatt Dean, Jacob Babbitt, Michael Key, Josh Hartsell, and A.J. Torbert. In addition, these students as well as Denson Gould, Gray Walker, Clay Odom, Carson Hoffman, Nathan Sellers, Brady Watts, and Jeremy Dean have been admitted to the District Honor Band. We are incredibly proud of our talented band members and look forward to their future accomplishments.
Auburn Mixed Martial Wins Kids/ Teens Division in Atlanta
Auburn MMA Kids Competition team brought home the 3rd place trophy from NAGA tournament in Atlanta October 26th, 2013. Auburn MMA is proud of all the kids who competed!
Three Cheers forAutauga County Schools 1st Graders Perform at Auburn Volunteers! Cary Woods PTO Meeting
Thank you Auburn High School Varsity Cheerleaders for coming and loading our truck with the toys the community donated to the BigHouse Foundation!
Cary Woods Elementary School's first graders performed during the February PTO meeting. They sang many songs in honor of Black History Month and President's Day. Before each song, some students spoke of the song's meanings and historical points. After the musical event, parents were invited to view artwork on display from each of the students and visit the book fair.
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Auburn Jr. High and High School Performers Compete at Show Case
Auburn Junior High School and Auburn High School Elan competed this month at the Southern Show Case.
Richland Elementaryâ€™s Cloverbud Club Grows Tomatoes
Pictured are Richland 1st grade Cloverbud Club members holding tomato seeds they have just planted. During this meeting they learned about the life cycle of the tomato plant, how to start plants from seeds, why we start some plants from seeds, and how to use artificial light for seed starting indoors.
Pick Elementary Competes at Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a club for 4th and 5th graders with a regional competition held at Auburn University. We practice on a weekly basis starting in October and compete in February. Pick Elementary took two teams to the competition this year with 20 students on each team. We competed in 21 events and placed in the top 10 in 17 of those events. We are very proud of our Pick Science Olympiad teams!
A Page in a Book by Gerry Paige Smith
Discovering Friendship As very young and open-to-anything social creatures, children are typically quick to discover friends. But it’s less common for them to think about the dimensions of a special friendship, to look at their friendship through a different lens. While this concept is easier for adults who have the experience behind them to plumb the depths and dimensions of various friendships, children are just beginning to navigate the landscape of having a special friends and understanding how their buddy connections work. The following titles are sweet introductions that gently explore the layers of friendship that give them depth, meaning and hopefully longevity.
Ten Things I Love About You
by Daniel Kirk (Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin) Rabbit is so happy that Pig is his best friend that he decides to make a list of ten things he loves about Pig. He makes a special trip to Pig’s house to announce his plan, and show off his first entry on the list (“I love Pig because he is very pink.”). Rabbit also asks for help with his list, but Pig is very busy. As Pig leads him to the door, Rabbit gets more good ideas to add to his list. As Rabbit returns for more help, Pig gently tries to send him elsewhere to work. But each nudge away just generates more ‘Things’ for Rabbit’s list. Just when it seems that Pig is about to lose patience, Rabbit discovers why Pig was so busy – he finds a list of “Ten Things I Love about Rabbit”. Their lists are very different, yet perfectly paired for two special friends. When children read the lists side-by-side, the yin and yang, the balance found in good friendships is clear to even the youngest hearts.
Ollie and Claire
by Tiffany Strelite Haber and Matthew Cordell (Philomel / Penguin) Ollie and Claire are almost inseparable friends. They do everything together; from yoga and running to picnics and swimming. Their daily routines are perfectly synchronized for bosom buddies, until Claire spots an advertisement for a “travel friend” to seek adventure and explore new places. She knows Ollie would never be bold enough to go, so she plans to arrive alone at the appointed time to meet a new friend and go on bold adventures without her best friend. But sometimes there are surprising layers to be discovered in a best friend. This comically illustrated picture book highlights the missed connections even good friends can have while it shares the joy of discovering new dimensions in an old friendship.
When Edgar Met Cecil
by Kevin Luthardt (Peachtree Publishers) Edgar had the best friend in Quincy. They loved to watch scary movies and to build things together. But when Edgar’s family has to move far away, he’s sad to leave Quincy behind and he worries about making new friends. Edgar’s fears seem to be coming true when he finds his new school populated by kids who are very different from him. All the kids seem strange…and the biggest, weirdest kid in his class won’t stop staring at him. Edgar’s anxiety grows as this big, scary kid stalks him around the school. But when they inadvertently startle each other on the playground, the big kid introduces himself as Cecil – and they quickly find common ground for a new friendship. Celebrating the ease of making a new friend even when the landscape changes, “When Edgar Met Cecil” is a great read for kids on the move. Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at www.PageBookReviews.com.
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Q. I’m a little worried about investing in the market due to volatility. Are there safer investments?
A. You’re right; the market is volatile. It’s not a volatile as some things, but you have to remember that anywhere there’s money to be made—including long-term investing—there are ups and downs. For instance, I like real estate. It’s not as volatile as the stock market, but there are no guarantees. We experienced that big dip over the last few years, and it was probably one of largest dips ever in the real estate market, except for the Great Depression. Aside from real estate, I also like mutual funds. When it comes to these, one way to smooth out the volatility of the market is through diversification. That means you spread your money around instead of investing in one or two things. That’s how I handle my mutual funds, and I recommend others do the same. Spread your investments across these four types of mutual funds: growth, growth and income, aggressive growth and international.
There are no guarantees when it comes to long-term investing. But diversification can help make the ride a little bit smoother!
Q. My parents co-signed on government loans so I could go to college. Would my forbearance or non-payment affect their credit if I don’t pay? A. Yes, it would. I’m not trying to lay
a guilt trip on you, kiddo, but you’ll be trashing your mom and dad’s credit if you don’t pay the bills on time. If they co-signed for you, they’ll start getting phone calls, too, if you don’t do the right thing and pay back these loans. The truth is, your mom and dad shouldn’t have co-signed for you in the first place. There’s only one reason lenders want a co-signer, and that’s because they’re afraid the person taking out the loan won’t be able to pay back what’s owed. My goal here isn’t to beat you up. It’s to give you information that you—and your parents—need in order to make different, smarter decisions in the future.
We all do dumb things sometimes. In the past, I did some really dumb things with very large numbers attached. The goal is to grow, learn, and try to use what we learn in order to do fewer dumb things in the future.
Q. I’m 26, and I just started a new job making $50,000. I’ve also been offered a 401(k) with no match. Should I put money into the 401(k) or open a highyield CD? A. I’ve got another idea. I’d open a
Roth IRA with good growth stock mutual funds inside and fund it up to $5,500 a year. Make sure these mutual funds have been open at least five years— preferably 10 years or more—and have performed well. Mathematically, this investment, growing tax-free, will be superior to a non-matching 401(k). Then, if you want to invest more than $5,500, you could put some additional money into the 401(k) offered by your company. Again, make sure you’re invested in good growth stock mutual funds with long, successful track records.
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Summer camp is a timehonored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your childâ€™s camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
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S’more Than Just Fun According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. Camp also enhances a child’s physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities. “I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at camp... about how they seem older and more mature,” says Doug Berkel, senior program director of Youth Development Services with the Kansas City YMCA.
Avoid Camp Run Amok First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain and choose a camp that fits her needs and interests, as well as your family’s values. Check out safety guidelines in the camp’s parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). “ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program,” Berkel says. Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication and safety procedures, behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness), and child abuse prevention.
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Camp Sunshine Day camps are a practical way to introduce children, ages five to 12, to the camp experience. Most center on a theme, like sports, science, nature, technology and the arts. Ann Bowley says that when her stepson, Trevor, was younger, he enjoyed planning out the day camps he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week. “We talked to him about it and he never changed his plans. We just looked for school mates that might be in camp with him to help him be more comfortable,” she says.
Visitors to Trinity Christian School are impressed by the culture of mutual respect that permeates our school both in and out of the classroom.
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Camp Ability Specialty camps center around one activity like music, art, sports or science. These camps provide children the space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them.
Camp Starlight Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages 7 and up. If you aren’t sure your child is ready, allow him to spend the night at friends’ houses occasionally. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the fall and spring to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff.
Conquer Camp Blues Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she will need. Pack a physical connection to home like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal or pillow. Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing her camp stories, but avoid saying how much you miss her which can trigger homesickness and worry. Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band and weeklong scout camps. Initial nervousness isn’t unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation, but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time. “Tell him ‘Yes, today was hard, but I think it will be better tomorrow’ and usually tomorrow is better,” he says. While your child may struggle at first, chances are he’ll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories and a passel of new friends to boot. AOP Camp neophyte and freelance writer, Christa Melnyk Hines, expects the camp experience will be easier on her children than it will be on her.
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21st Century- Chris Groccia- 334.844.5781; email@example.com June 8-13-.The camp focuses on providing students with information and skills that will allow them to work successfully in 21st CCLC programs. The week long residential camp is designed to: Train high school students as tutors for 21st CCLC after-school and summer programs, encourage careers in education, provide field experiences in life sciences: fisheries, horticulture, forestry, etc., provide enrichment activities incorporating nature into literature, art, music, etc., & provide positive experiences on a university campus. Architecture Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Sessions: June 22-27 & July 13-18, Offered to prospective students who are interested in the field
of architectural design. The program is an intensive, exciting, week-long workshop that begins with basic design concepts and ends with an architectural design project. The cost of the program is $645 and covers lodging, meals, instruction, and organized social activities. The camp is designed for rising 11th and 12th grade students. Art Studio Intensive- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; email@example.com June 22-27. Rising 10th-12th grade. an in-depth look at how art is taught at Auburn, and give students individual attention as they participate in a series of exercises and projects. $670 per person and covers all instruction, housing, meals, and recreational activities. Building Construction Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org June 15-20, Students in the camp will initially learn how to choose the sustainable technologies and building techniques that best suit the homeowner’s goals and budget, as well as the site, design, and climate of the house, and integrate these factors into a whole house system. The cost of the program is $645 and covers lodging, meals, instruction, and organized social activities. 29
COSAM Summer Bridge Program- Bianca Evans, 334.844.4663; email@example.com Intensive, 4 week residential program for talented and motivated minority students interested in science and math. Design Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Sessions: June 15-20 & July 6-11: A unique program for creative young men and women who are interested in a professional career in design. The program is an intensive and exciting week-long workshop that begins with basic design fundamentals and progresses to more advanced design concepts. The camp is designed for High School Students. The cost of the program is $680 and covers lodging, meals, instruction, and organized social activities. Engineering TIGERS Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; email@example.com Senior camp: June 22-27, (10th-11th); $685.00; Engineering Women: June 15-20. $685. Teams and Individuals Guided by Engineering Resources (TIGERs) Camps are resident summer camps designed to expose students in grades 8-11 to the world of engineering. The registration fee includes a $25.00 non-refundable registration charge, campus housing, all meals, all materials and supplies, organized social activities, a camp t-shirt and 8x10 matted camp photo. A “Welcome Event” is scheduled on Sunday from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss the fun! Fisheries & Aquaculture Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org; June 22-27; ages 15-18; Intense fun and hands-on activities blended into a creative learning experience that provides the broadest possible exposure to natural resources careers with an emphasis on aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic ecology. Camp participation will be limited to 25 students so register early. Students will have the opportunity to make their own lures, fish for a trophy size bass in the AU fisheries research ponds, kayak the Coosa River, seine a fish pond and much more. Food Science Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; email@example.com June 8-11. If you’ve ever wondered what makes sour candies so sour or why your soda goes flat-our 3-day residential camp is for you! Campers will have the opportunity to learn elements of food safety, participate in sensory experiments, study candy chemistry, and tour campus and industry facilities. Open to science-loving, rising 10th-12th graders. $409 per person and covers all instruction, housing, meals, transportation fees, and recreational activities. Limited to 20 campers. Forestry Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org July 13-18. Ages 15-18yrs. This hands-on camp will give students an opportunity to get outdoors and learn about forestry in Alabama and the importance of forestry field measurements in making forest management decisions. Students will learn how to take forest tree measurements, sample forests for inventory information and use a professional grade GPS for a geocaching adventure around Auburn’s campus. Camp will conclude with a fun forestry conclave activity where students have the opportunity to compete in technical events such as compass and pacing, and tree diameter and height estimation to showcase their newly acquired skills. $605; limited to 25 campers. www.facebook.com/auburnopelika.parents
Loachapoka Explore Auburn Days (LEAD) Camp- Chris Groccia- 334.844.5781; email@example.com June 8-13; Students must be a Loachapoka high school student entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2013. Camp includes physical and social activities such as sports, swimming, games, movies; Creative writing, team building, arts, field trips, computer, ropes course, study skills and more. Musical Theatre Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org July 6-11, Provides a residential summer camp opportunity for students interested in the exciting field of musical theatre, which incorporates music, dance, movement, and acting, and show choir. The camp will culminate with a musical theatre revue presented on the final day of the week. For students 9 - 12th grade. $635 covers lodging, meals, instruction, and organized social activities. Project Design Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; email@example.com July 13-18; Are you thinking about a future as a Fashion Designer, Interior Designer, Retail Buyer, Fashion Forecaster or Journalist? How about a career in Apparel or Interiors Product Development? Camp for rising 9th-12th grade students. $645 per person and covers all instruction, housing, meals, and recreational activities. Scholarships or financial assistance for this type of educational program are sometimes available through schools, arts associations, or civic organizations. Real Cents, Real Change- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org June 15-20; empowers teens (ages 13-18) through education, leadership and philanthropy. Throughout REAL Cents – REAL Change Summer Camp, teen participants will learn the basic skills of financial management and how to maximize their philanthropic impact. $559 per person and covers all instruction, housing, meals, and recreational activities. Science Matters- Kristen Bond, 334.844.5769; email@example.com 6 Week Long Sessions: May 27-30, June 2-6, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 14-18, and July 28-August 1. Science Matters is a summer enrichment program for elementary students in rising grades 1-6 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! Regular Day option from 8am-3:30pm or the Extended Day option from 8am-5pm. Prices range from $170 –$235 per week/child. Multiple week discounts are available. Veterinarian Camp- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Sessions: Senior Camp (rising 9th-12th graders)June 1-6; Junior Camp (rising 6th-8th graders): June 15-20; Participants will learn about veterinary medicine first-hand in classrooms, laboratories, and outdoor facilities that include Auburn’s raptor, equine, dairy, beef, and swine units. Students will learn about public health, food animals, wildlife, anatomy, imaging, and first aid, as well as gain valuable mentoring about veterinarian careers. $695. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
World Affairs Youth Seminar- James Birdsong, 334.844.5817; email@example.com July 6-11, In cooperation with the Lee County Sunrise Rotary Club. Invites students who have completed at least one year of high school prior to the camp to participate in the Annual World Affairs Youth Seminar. Tuition is $574 and covers all instruction, housing, meals, and recreational activities. Participants will experience college-level classes; reside in Auburn University residence halls; eat at campus dining facilities; and have 24/7 counselor supervision. Tuition sponsorship may be available by contacting your local Rotary Club.
The Forest Ecology Preserve
Jennifer Lolley, 844.8091; firstname.lastname@example.org March 25-26- Spring Break Camp: Spring Into Nature! 8:00am-2:00pm. Ages 1st-6th graders. June 2-6: Young Naturalists- rising 1st-2nd graders. June 9-13: Hunger Games Training Camp- rising 5th-7th graders. June 16-20: Young Naturalists II- rising 1st-2nd graders. June 25-29- Explorers- rising 1st-6th graders. All Summer Sessions: 8am-12noon. Drop off begins at 7:45am. Membership is required for camp registration. Registration is $100 and includes a daily snack, all activities and projects and a camp t-shirt.
Auburn Summer Band Camps
334.844.4166; www.band.auburn.edu Enjoy learning from prominent instrumental music educators, making music with musicians around the nation, and working with the outstanding summer camp faculty. All Summer Marching Camp participants will take part in a combined Finale Concert at the end of the weekend, open to parents and the Auburn community. Residential and commuter camp options. High School Symphonic Band - June 18-22. Marching Auxiliary, & Drum Major- June 22-25. Middle School Symphonic Band- June 25-28. Leadership- June 15-18.
P.E.E.P.S. (Poultry and Egg Experiences for Prospective Students) Codi Plaster, 334.844.2881; email@example.com Camp is designed to educate students in the areas of agriculture, food, science and poultry. $25 camper fee (includes materials for activities, tours, lunch and snack, t-shirt, and certificate) Poultry Science Building, Auburn Campus.
Strings and Chamber Music
Lisa Caravan, 334.844.8192; lrc0013@auburn. edu; June 11-14; open to musicians aged 10-18 who play violin, viola, cello, and string bass. The camp will offer a wide range of musical experiences including chamber music, orchestra, and jazz improvisation, as well as a movement awareness session taught by a certified Alexander Technique instructor. $349 and includes all instruction, housing, meals, recreational activities or commuter rate $349 and does not include lodging or breakfast.
Auburn University Extracurricular / Sports Auburn Volleyball Camps April Zech, firstname.lastname@example.org All-Skills Evening Camp: March 3-5. Discovery Day Camp: July 8-9. Ball Control Day Camp: July 8-9. Position Camp: July 10. Team Camp: July 11-13. Team Tournament: July 11-14. All-Skills Camp: July 18-20.
Women’s Soccer Camps
334.844.4166; www.band.auburn.edu July 26-28. Ages 8-18yrs. Open to guitarists of all levels and beginners are welcome. Workshop offers a wide range of musical experiences including group and individual instruction, ensemble coaching, a variety of presentations, and evening artist’s recitals.
844.9637; www.auburnsoccercamp.com June 6-8- Elite Camp, 9th-12th graders July 18-20- Elite Camp II, 9th-12th graders June 8-11- Residential Camp, Girls ages 9-17yrs July 20-23- Residential Camp, Boys & Girls ages 9-17yrs July 21-24- Day Camp, Boys & Girls ages 6-15yrs July 23-25- Team Camp, Girls U14-U18 Club & HS Teams
Camp ROC (Reaching Our Children)
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Cheryl Seals, 334.844.6319; email@example.com 6 week summer day camp-Provides instruction in the areas of reading and reading comprehension, math, science, financial and computer literacy for students from at-risk populations in grades 5 to 12. During the camp, students are exposed to personal productivity software (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), introductory programming in HTML and web page design, and computing and keyboard fundamentals. They also learn how to use these tools in the workplace and in their personal lives.
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Scott Duval, 844.4975; Scott@Throw90.com; www.inthestikezone.com 5 Camps: Team camp: June 13-15; Youth All-Star Overnight Camp: July 11-13; Elite Camp: July 1317; High School Exposure Camp: July 20-23;
Boy’s Basketball Camps
Mike Babul, 844.9737. Overnight: June 9-12, July 28-31. Little Tigers: June 10-12, June 24-26, July 29-31; Father/Son Camp: June 15-16; Elite: June 22; Day Camp: June 24-26.
Carolyn Williams, 844.9426; email@example.com Spring Clinic: May 3-4 and May 10-11; Select 20: June 9-12, Elite: July 7-10; Elite College Prep: June 16-19 and June 23-26. www.auburnopelikaparents.com
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Girl’s Basketball Camps
Terri Flournoy, 844.9645; firstname.lastname@example.org Team Play: June7-8; Overnight Camp (grades 4th8th): June 15-18; Elite Camp (grades 8th-12th): June 27.
844.5047; email@example.com Elite Commuter or Overnight: June 9-11; Day Camp: June 12-13.
Jay Card, www.xceleratelacrosse.com June 22-25.
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703.1672; www.gteamtennis.com Kids Camp- boys and girls 10 and under; 10-14yrs Girls: age 14-18 Boys: age 14-18 Co-Ed Tiger: age 10-18
Tiger Golf Camp
Nick Clinard, 844.9497; www.auburntigers.com Spring Kickoff Golf Camp: March 29. Tiger Camp: June 15-18. Women’s Camp: June8-10.
Fine Arts Camps Auburn Pointe
740.5118; www.aupointe.com Fairytale Dance, Junior Dance, Intermediate Dance, and Advanced Ballet Intensive.
Celtic Traditions School of Irish Dance
2705 Frederick Road, Suite 3, Opelika. 705.0303; www.celtic-traditions.net Celtic Traditions School of Irish Dance is the only studio in the area to teach Irish dance. Beginners: Ages 5-7-June 3-5, June 24-26, and July 15-17. 9-11am; $75 per session. Beginners: Ages 8-12- June 3-5, June 24-26, and July 15-17. 12-2pm; $75 per sesssion. Céili Camp: Ages 6 and up- June 10-12 and August 5-7. 12-2pm. $75 per session. This camp is appropriate for all levels, Beginners through Championship level. Céili dances are performed with a partner, in groups of up to 16 dancers. Softshoe Camp: Ages 6 and up- June 10-12 and August 5-7. 9-11:30am. 100 per session. 31
Hardshoe Camp: Ages 6 and up- June 17-19 and July 22-24. 12-2:30pm. $100 per session.
City of Auburn Parks and Recreation
A Day In Clay- Cari Philen 501-2944. June 21, 1-4pm. Dean Road Rec Center. During this one day open house, we encourage the whole family to visit our fully-equipped studio, enjoy beverages and snacks as well as watch demonstrations by studio members. Visitors who want to have the experience of working in clay can pay $10 per person and select either an adult or kids project to create. All projects are led by Dean Road Ceramic Studio instructors and will be taught at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm. Art for Young Children - 501-2963. Jan Dempsey Community Art Center. Pre-school children, ages 4-6yrs, will explore a variety of age appropriate art materials including clay, paint, and fabric. The first session will focus on bilingual (English/Spanish) workshops conducted by Auburn University Professor Chichi Lovett. Price includes cost of all materials and snack. Some projects may be repeated throughout the summer with variations in accordance with sound educational pedagogy. We are an ART workshop with an emphasis on the process of creating art, elements of art, experience using a variety of age appropriate materials and art appreciation. An exhibition of the children’s artwork is held at the end of each session. Musical Theatre Camp- Melanie Brown, 502-9326. Ages 5-18yrs. Singing, dancing, acting, character development, and more! Visual Art Workshops-501-2963 Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Ages 7yr and up. These workshops are organized by Auburn University Professor Chichi Lovett. A variety of age appropriate classes will be taught by area artists and art educators. The first two sessions will focus on bilingual (English/Spanish) workshops. Price includes cost of all materials and snack. Some projects may be repeated throughout the summer with variations in accordance with sound educational pedagogy. We are an ART workshop with emphasis on the process of creating art, elements of art, experience using a variety of age appropriate materials and art appreciation. An exhibition of the children’s artwork is held at the end of each session. . $70 per week per child / $65 for each additional child. Young Artist Atelier -501-2963. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Ages 1115yrs. This program will offer studio and museum experiences to young artists. This program is a collaborative art program provided by the City of Auburn/Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, the Auburn Arts Association and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Limited number of need-based scholarships will be available. $100 per week per child.
City of Opelika Parks and Recreation
Art Camp - Ages 5-12 years; Call for more info, 705.5560.
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
901 South College Street, Auburn. 844.1484; www.jcsm.auburn.edu Saturday Art Club-March 2, March 16, April 13 & April 27, 10am. Spring is here, and we’ll usher in the new season with Food Fight, Write Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
Art, Stuff for Pets, and Arbor Day. Saturday Art Clubs are an open studio format, meaning you can use the full hour to work on your creations or leave when finished. For this reason, parents are encouraged to stay for the entire session and visit our galleries while they wait. Art Clubs are funded through a City of Auburn K-12 Arts Education Outreach Grant.
Nix Dance Studio
Paula Nix, 887.7250. 850 Stage Road, Auburn. 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! Camps begin June 10.
Spicer’s Garage Band Camp
www.spicersgaragebandcamp.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Rock Band Camp, Praise Band Camp and Advanced Camp: June 2-6 and June 9-13. Morning and afternoon sessions each week. Attention aspiring musicians, ages 8 - 18! If you love music, and want to play in a rock band, this camp is for you! At Spicer’s Garage Band Camp, you will have a blast as you jam daily with your bandmates. You will receive individualized instruction on your instrument, work with other musicians to choose a band name and logo, write your own song, and learn several current songs. After a fun-filled week of jamming, you and your band will perform on stage with professional lights and sound equipment in front of family and friends. Spicer’s Garage Band Camp....It ROCKS! Also offering: Advanced Camp, Singer-Songwriter Camp, Blues Workshop, Jazz Workshop, Percussion Workshop, Youth Jam Nights and MORE!
363.5257, email@example.com; www.myspiritedart.com/auburn Matisse Camp: June 2-5 and July 14-17, 10am, Ages 5-8yrs Van Gogh Camp: June 9-11 and Aug 4-6, 10am, Ages 7-12yrs O’Keefe Camp: June 23-25, 10am, Ages712yrs Santa’s Workshop: July 21-25, 10am, Ages 5-12yrs
Variations Dance Studio
323 Airport Road Suite F, Auburn. 275-5013; www.variationsstudio.com
Make Your Move Dance Studio
Mandy Moore, 705.0205; 116 Columbus Parkway, Opelika.
www.summershows.com; firstname.lastname@example.org July 7-11: Providence Baptist Church, Auburn. July 14-18: Lee-Scott Academy, Auburn. Now Showing!!! Summer Showoffs is a music day camp for ages 1st-12th graders that uses music and performance to build confidence and character. We help students develop their talents on stage! Everyone gets a solo!
Local Day & Overnight Camps Auburn First Baptist Church Child Development Center
Summer Camp is a Field-Trip based Program running Tuesday, May 27-Friday, August 8; 7:00am to 5:30pm Monday - Friday. Drop-Ins Welcome (space permitting). Summer Camp Enrollment begins Friday, April 4 for Kindergarten-completion of 5th grade (child must have completed Kindergarten). The Child Development Center is a ministry of Auburn First Baptist Church in which we provide safe, loving, quality care for children in a Christian environment. We strive to provide the best in early education by providing hands-on learning so that each child may develop to his or her highest potential cognitively, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. 128 E. Glenn Ave. Auburn. Please contact Milissa Clowers, Director or Joyce Grisham, Office Assistant @ 334.821.8125 or afbcdc@gmail. com for info.
Bonnie’s Kids Childcare Center
745.6248; www.bonnieskidschildcare.com 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.Also offering, dance, music, computer and more!
City of Auburn Parks and Recreation
Camp Kaleidoscope- Auburn Parks and Recreation, 501-2930. Six Sessions: June 2 - 6, June 9 - 13, June 16 - 20, July 7 – 11, July 14 – 18, July 21 - 25. Auburn Junior High School. 8am-5pm. Ages 6-12 years. Join us for lots of fun this summer in day camp. Each week of camp will be filled with games, activities, special guests, and field trips. Campers can expect to discover new talents and abilities, make new friends, and have a blast. Junior Camp Counselor Program- Auburn Parks and Recreation 501-2930 Ages 13-17 years. Offering teens the unique opportunity of participating in our Summer Camp program…Camp Kaleidoscope. The Junior Camp Counselor position is a volunteer position that teaches teens responsibility and allows them to mentor younger campers. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn invaluable skills necessary for their first “real” job and provides a great atmosphere to socialize with other junior camp counselors in a fun and exciting setting. Also, this is a chance for teens to earn community service credit hours and give back to their community. The deadline for participants to register is May 16. www.auburnopelikaparents.com
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Small Fry Camp- Melissa Weldon, 501-2946. June 2 - 27 and July 7 - 25. Monday, Wednesday, & Friday; 8-11am. Ages 3-5 (child must be 3 years by the first class). This camp is designed especially for preschoolers. Children will enjoy hands-on activities, music in song and dance, and many other agerelated activities. This program reinforces preschool readiness and promotes socialization skills. Field trips may be offered. Child must be toilet trained to participate. Summer Therapeutic Day CampDana Stewart, 501-2939 Applications Available Beginning March 31. June 2 – 13, June 23 – July 25 (no camp Friday, July 4): seven week summer day camp designed for young adults with various disabilities. The Summer Camp is a joint project created and sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Exceptional Outreach Organization with a curriculum program that includes life skills training such as handling money, team work, social skills, Zumba, swimming, and other physical recreation activities. The campers also participate in cultural experiences such as attending the Shakespeare Theatre in Montgomery and the Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, GA. Fee $150/ $95 each additional sibling. Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class- April 14 - 17. The course will be taught at Samford Pool. Course fee of $225 includes training manual, rental fees, and necessary equipment. Participants should provide their own swimsuit, change of clothes, pen & paper. Lifeguard notes will be distributed and should be brought to EVER Y class unless otherwise instructed. Auburn Dragonflys Swim Team Auburn Parks and Recreation is now forming a NEW City swim team! Glide across the water with the Auburn Dragonflys this summer. A parent information meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Frank Brown Recreation Center. Come find out more about this new opportunity from swimmers ages 6 and up. Participants must be able to swim across the pool. Team evaluations and registration will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. – noon at Samford Pool. Practices will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in May from 4 – 6 p.m. at Samford Pool. June and July practices will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:30 – 10 a.m. at Samford Pool. May registration is $25 and June and July registration is $50/month. For more information, visit auburnalabama.org/pools or contact Dee Watson at 334-5012948. Swim team instruction will be provided by Coach Lee Ann Wright. Auburn Swim Lessons Registration for early bird swim lessons begins March 3. Early bird lessons will be held May 5 – 15 and May 20 – 30 at Drake Pool for ages 6 mos. – 10 yrs. Lessons are $40/session. Sign up weekdays at the Harris Center, 425 Perry St. Summer swim lessons will be offered for ages 6 mos. – adult beginning in June and continuing in July. A full schedule of summer swim lessons will be available March 31 in the summer brochure.
City of Opelika Parks and Recreation
705.5560. Opelika Spring Break Camp– March 24-28, Covington Center. Structured activities, games and outdoor fun! Fee: $25; Age: 5-12years; 8:00am-12 noon. 33
Spring Break “Blow-Out”- March 28; Covington Center. Games fun and lunch to wrap up your spring vacation. No Charge! 10:0am-1:00pm. Police Academy- June 23 from 9:30-11:30 at the Sportsplex. Ages: 6-11. Fee: $10. Go behind the scenes with the OPD. Get finger printed and explore a police cruiser. Snack is included. Firefighter Academy- June 24 from 8:30-2:00 at the OFD Training Center. Ages: 6-12. Fee: $20, $10 discount for siblings. Kids report to Denson Rec. Transportation is provided. Explore trucks, try on a uniform, hold the hoses and prepare to get wet! Lunch and tshirt provided. Power Services Academy- June 25 from 9:3012:00 at the Sportsplex. Ages: 6-11. Fee: $10. Hands on fun with the Power Services Dept. Help them set a pole and ride in the bucket truck! Snack is included. Summer Day Camps- Locations at the Sportsplex and Covington Center. Monday-Friday from 8:003:00. Registration begins in May and sessions begin in June, dates TBA. Be on the lookout for: Art Camp, Back to the Dawghouse Camp, Basketball Academy, Baton Camp, Cheer Camp, Karate Camp, Racquetball Camp, Soccer Academy, All Sports Camp, Tumbling Camp, Tennis Camp and Plex Kids!
Growing Room: Exploring the Great Outdoors
Summer Camp 2014! 501.2044. Summer Camp kicks off May 27, 2014. Our Summer Camp includes exciting events and activities for every age group, from Infants to our School Agers. This year we’ll be Exploring the Great Outdoors! Each week our campers will participate in unique crafts and special events with themes related to the outdoors such as camping, fishing & a few surprises! Our 3 & 4 year olds will enjoy bi-weekly field trips, while our School Age travelers will enjoy fun & exciting field trips every week! Our summer curriculum continues to include educational concepts such as literacy, math, science, and character education. Children enjoy warm nutritious meals and the safest play possible on our state of the art playground. Give your child the best summer ever at the Growing Room. We’re open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm. Come by today for a tour at 644 North Dean Road, Auburn, Al. Summer Camp registration opens to new enrollments on April 1, 2014.
email@example.com Little Language, LLC is proud to announce our 2014 Summer “World Tour” camp. This program is designed to teach children grades completed 1st5th about the cultures, customs, and languages of the countries along our tour. This year’s journey will include: Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, and Korea. The campers will have a chance to “step inside” each country and learn about the people, places, and things that make that area of the world unique. Camps will be 9:00am-12:00pm. Monday-Friday during select weeks in June/July.
Milestones Learning Center
887.4391; www.milestoneslc.com Childhood is a Journey, Not a Race! Join us this summer for fun and learning. Ages six wks-school age. Our program strives to provide a balance between group and individual activities, child-directed Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
and teacher-directed activities, and more highly and more loosely structured activities. We believe that a child’s “work” is play. Children are given many opportunities in art, music, science, home living, blocks, puzzles/other manipulative activities and large motor skill activities to encourage their growth.
The City of Montgomery Zoo Camp
334.240.4900; www.montgomeryzoo.com Montgomery Zoo Education Department- Children ages 5-12 can enjoy learning more about animals, conservation and more all while having fun at the zoo. Full day camps: June 2-6, June 16-20, July 7-11; Half day camps: June 9-13, June 23-27, July 14-18, July 21-25. Advance Registration Required.
Women’s Philanthropy Board, 844.3524. July 7-10; Campers, ages 6-12, will learn the basic skills of being money smart and philanthropically engaged. Activities will include lessons on how to be money smart, creating ways to care for others and our world, meeting with special guests who will share how they are making an impact, participating in leadership and team building games, creating and producing a video about a favorite cause, assembling care packages, and visiting a local helping organization.
Kindermusik at Auburn UMC
826.8800. Music and movement classes for ages baby to grade school.
Sew-thern Belles Sewing Studio
Stage Road, Auburn; 229.869.6775; firstname.lastname@example.org “Kids Can Sew” program for children 3rd grade and up. We offer a structured, fun environment where children learn while having a blast! Students learn all aspects of sewing including how to thread a sewing machine, how to read a pattern, and how to make clothing and accessories. The classes culminate in a fashion show at the end of the year in which the children are able to model their creations. We guarantee you will amazed at what these children are able to do in a very short time!
Sports Camps City of Auburn Parks and Recreation
Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Class- Dates TBA. The course will be taught at Samford Pool. Includes training manual, rental fees, and necessary equipment. Participants should provide their own swimsuit, change of clothes, pen & paper. Lifeguard notes will be distributed and should be brought to EVERY class unless otherwise instructed. Swim Lessons and Teams- Dates TBA, Samford Pool, Auburn. 501-2958 or 501-2930 Swim lessons, Auburn Aquatics Swim Team, and Auburn Dive Team. Morning and evening classes offered. Ages 6 months and up. Participants should wear appropriate swimwear, as testing may be required. For more information, visit auburnalabama. org/pools or pick up a copy of Auburn Parks and Recreation’s Summer Brochure. Sea Babies- Ages 6 34
months-3 years; Sea Turtles- Ages 3-5yrs; GuppiesAges 6-10 yrs; Dolphins- Ages 11-15yrs; OrcasAges 16-18yrs; Big Fish- Ages 19 and up. Soccer- Dates TBA. Tennis- Travis DeBardelaben, 501-2921. Dates TBA. Ages 6rs and up. Open to players of all levels. Learn tennis strokes, rules of the game, and fun games. Proper shoes, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, and a change of clothes are required. Water activities will be part of our daily cool down.
City of Opelika Parks and Recreation
American Red Cross Lifeguard CourseMandy Johnson, 705.2488; email@example.com 2 Sessions: April 3-6 and May 1-4. Fee: $230. Want a fun and exciting job for the summer or year round. Get certified to be a professional lifeguard. This 30 hour course covers lifeguard skills, first aid, and CPR. Opelika SeaDawgs Summer Swim TeamMandy Johnson, 705.2488; firstname.lastname@example.org. al.us; Begins in May. Fee: $55/swimmer, $5 sibling discount. Swimming Lessons- Mandy Johnson, 705.2488; email@example.com Spring Session- May 1-24; Ages 4 and up (beginner through advanced classes) Tennis- Drew Clevenger, RClevenger@ci.opelika. al.us; Ages 4-high school grades. $50/month.
Grand National Golf Clinics
3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika. 749.9042; www.rtjgolf.com; Facebook.com/rtjgrandnational 3 Sessions: June 9-12, June 23-26 and July 28-31. 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.
H&G Horse Quarters Summer Riding Camp
887.0026; www.hghorsequarters.com Joey Camp- June 23-27, July 28-August 1, and August 4-8: Beginner ages 5-8yrs. No experience necessary. 8:00am-1:00pm. Students learn safety, grooming, tacking-up and mounting, walk/trot in balance with their mounts and more! $300 Crocodile Camp- June 2-6: For riders that can at least walk/trot on the rail and beginning overcross rails. 8:00am-3:00pm. Increase knowledge on horsemanship, safety, and riding awareness, expand knowledge on show ring expectations. Camp Show on the last day! $350. Giraffe Camp- June 16-20: Advance riders who can walk, trot, cantor, and jump 18”. 8:00am3:00pm; Loading, clipping, show grooming, wrapping, first aid, daily management, jumping lesions every day, seminar with local vet and farrier.
Premier Spirit Academy
821.7300; www.premierspiritacademy.com PSA Kids Summer: Ages 3-6 yrs: 3 & 4 year old – tumbling, games and Lots of Fun; 5 & 6 Year old – tumbling, motions, jumps and Lots of Fun. PSA Tumbling Camp: Ages 7-18- Tumbling skill levels through tucks.
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Auburn Academy of Mixed Martial Arts 323 Airport Road, Suite J, Auburn. 502.7221; www.auburnacademy.com; Camps begin in June.
Auburn High School Cheer Camp
Rachel Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org; May 27-29th, 8:30am-11:30noon. Auburn High School Gym.
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts
‘Super Summer Camps’- 887.0818; www.auburnmma.com June 9-13, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, and July 28-August 1. 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.
www.auburnthundersoccer.com Auburn Thunder (part of the Auburn Soccer Association) is an elite soccer club for boys and girls ages 9-18yrs.
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Sandy’s Stables Summer Day Camp
741.0020; www.sandysstables.net June 2-6, June 9-13, and July 21-25. Camp includes, two mounted lessons a day, Eastern, Western and bareback riding, trail rides, horsemanship, horse safety, driving pony and cart and much more. $450 per week.
www.sportsacademyauburn.com Pre-Season Baseball and Softball Skills Camp -March 8; 9 am- 3 pm; Duck Samford Park, fields 4 & 7, Auburn (behind Mikata’s off Glenn & Airport Road). Ages 7-12. $75 per camper. Pre-registration required. Each camper will receive a Sports Academy camp t-shirt. Campers should bring their own glove, bat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks & lunch.
Youth Wrestling Camp by Auburn High School Nick Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.auburntakedown.com
Regional Day & Overnight Camps Alabama Museum of Natural History
Tuscaloosa, Al. 205.348.7550; www.amnh.ua.edu Museum Expedition 36: Three sessions: Middle School: June 9-14, High School: June 16-21, and Public Camp: June 23-28. 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 that will last a lifetime.
Alabama School of Math and Science: Summer Fun Camp Mobile, Al. 251.441.2128; www.asms.net
Don’t waste your summer! Spend it at AIMS Summer Camp and learn while you have fun! Kayak in Mobile Bay. Build a smartphone app. Investigate a crime. Prepare for the ACT. Design and make metal sculpture. Speak German. Create a hologram. Launch a rocket...and much more! There is something for everyone! Who can enroll? Students entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades as well as incoming ASMS students. Non-Alabama residents are also eligible to apply. This year AIMS will run for three sessions. Students can sign up for one or all three weeks. Session 1 (June 9-13) is an overnight camp. Session 2 (June 16-20) is a day camp. Day camp is 8am-3:15pm. $375 per week.
256.825.9226; www.campascca.org Camp ASCCA is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is 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.
www.childrensal.org/TeamTeen 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 12-15; Limited space available; Located at YMCA Hargis Retreat and made possible through a partnership with Birmingham YMCA.
Samson, Al. 334.898.7948; www.campvictoryal.org Camp Victory is 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. Camp sessions weekly June 2-Aug 2. Ages 3rd grade-12th grade.
Riverview Camp for Girls
1.800.882-0722; www.riverviewcamp.com An all girl’s overnight camp in Mentone, Alabama. River View offers many sessions all summer long for girls ages 6-16 years. Horse riding, swimming, nature trails, ropes, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! There are also weekend retreats for motherAuburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
daughter adventures. June-August. $1,300-$2,400 rates. 10% discount is allowed for 2nd or more sisters of the same family.
Active8 Summer Camps
Columbus State University, Continuing Education706.507.8070; www.activ8er.com Genius at Play! 10 weeks of active summer fun! Half day and full day options, before and after care available, new camps to choose from every week. Camps begin June 3-Aug. Early Bird saves you 5% through April 16th. Fees $65-$185 per camp. Activ8 Academy: Ages 4-7yrs: Disney Dayz, Space Explorers, Crazy Carnival, Mission Impossible, Summer Olympics and more! Activ8ers: Ages 8-11yrs: Braintraining, Creat-a-Lots, iTech, Just 4 U, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports & Dance. BeTween 2 Teen: Ages 11 and up: Braintraining, Creat-a-Lots, iTech, Just 4 U, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports & Dance. Dance Conservatory: Ages 8 and up: Preballet, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe. Ballet Intensives: June 2-6; ages 10 and up. University Arts and Music Experience Oxbow Meadows: Ages 0-14; Nature Commander, Wild About Animals Sports Camps: Ages 4-up; Cheerleading, Basketball, Rifle, Soccer, Baseball, Dance, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball and more! Columbus Regional Mathematics Collaborative: Ages 8-14yrs; Problem Solving Investigators, POWER and PRIME.. Coca Cola Space and Science Center: Ages 5-10yrs; So You Want To Be An Astronaut, Space Extravaganza, RocketBoosters, LightSpeedsters, and more!
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Birmingham, Al. 334.252.9241; www.asfa.k12.al.us Programs in creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts, math/science, and visual arts.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Greta Lambert, 334.271.5393; email@example.com. Camp Shakespeare (grades 4-6)- A week of acting, stage combat, movement/dance, voice training and technical theatre. Students perform an abridged Shakespeare play in a setting that emphasizes teamwork and creative discovery. Camp Shakespeare Extreme- (grades 7-12); Advanced middle and high school students dig deeper into the world of Shakespeare -- his text, his complex characters. Discover new levels of theatrical expression. Behind the Curtain- Technical Theatre Camp(grades 9-12); When directors and actors need sets, lights, sound and costumes so they can look good, who do they turn to? You! Learn from the best master theatre artists and designers in the business! Broadway South: ASF Musical Theatre Camp(grades 9-12); Acclaimed ASF singers and dancers teach an intensive week of classes in voice, choreography and acting skills for the aspiring musical star. Weekend Warrior: Introduction to Stage Combat- (grades 7-12); Work with a professional fight choreographer and learn the skills and techniques of the masters of stage combat! 36
Alabama Wildlife FederationCamp Lanark
1.800.822.9453; www.alabamawildlife.org Millbrook, Al. 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. Camps: Nature Navigators, Heritage Explorers, Survivor Week, and Fishing Academy; Ages: Campers ages 6-15.
334.272.7493 Ext: 123; www.gscsda.org “#SWAG: Saved With Amazing Grace”. At Camp Alamisco, you see Jesus in nature, in the staff, and in all the activities we do. Come and be apart of a group who believes that Jesus is the One who has shown the “Crazy Love” for each of us and we can be with Him for all eternity. Purpose is to provide high quality Christian camping and retreat facilities. We are a year round camp and we are open to church and school groups as well as corporate functions. We are located one 55 acres on beautiful Lake Martin near Dadeville Alabama. Ages 7-16 years.
Alpine, AL. 1.800.85.COSBY; www.campcosby.org 8 Sessions throughout the summer. Ages 6-16yrs; 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.
McCalla, Al, 205.428.1059; www.campfire-al.org Utilizes outdoor activities to stimulate curiosity and the desire to learn. Programming is age specific and gives children and youth the chance to live, learn and share with others; the opportunity to discover and build their own individual skills; and a chance to become closely involved with the natural environment. Offering Residential Camps and Day Camps & Counseling In-Training and Leader-In Training Programs. Ages 1st-9th graders.
Camp Jam Atlanta
www.campjam.com 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.
Camp Juliette Low
Cloudland, Ga. 706.862.2169; www.cjl.org Cloudland, Georgia: Camp Juliette Low is 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. www.auburnopelikaparents.com
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Hendersonville, NC, 828.692.9136; www.kanuga.org/camps-and-outdoor-education Our campers are boys and girls ages 7-15. They come for 9- or 13-day sessions to swim, climb, paddle a canoe, tie dye a t-shirt, hike and, most of all, to enjoy Godâ€™s creation away from the distractions of everyday life. Activities include outdoor education, archery, arts and crafts, climbing, performing arts, sports, aquatics, music and more!
Lafayette, Al. 334.864.7504; www.marannook.com From sunrise to after sunset, every camp day is packed with fun. Campers will swim, shoot archery, make crafts, eat sâ€™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 oneof-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.
Camp New Song
205.877.2224; www.alfoundationforoncology.org If you have a child who has experienced a loss, Camp Newsong can be a valuable resource for you and your family. Losing a loved one is always traumatic, and for a child, especially. Camp Newsong is there to help you help your child during this difficult time. Camp Newsong is a free program open to all grieving children in Alabama. Camp sessions are held at the YMCA Hargis Retreat in Chelsea, Alabama for children ages 6-18. Sessions April- December; Alabama Foundation for Oncology, P.O. Box 660833, Birmingham.
Camp Skyline Ranch
800.448.9279; www.campskyline.com. Mentone, AL. 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, between the ages of 6 and 16. A camper may enroll for 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks of camp.
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Pell City, Al. 205.640.6741; www.winnataska.org 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-camps; Ages 6-15 years old.
www.campwoodmont.com A traditional overnight summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-14. Located on 170 acres of beautiful North Georgia woodlands on top of 37
Lookout Mountain. Your summer camp experience provides cabin living, moderate summer daytime temperatures, cool evenings around the campfire, creative counselors, new friends, talent/skit nights, and a close family-like atmosphere. Counselor/camper ratio averages 1:5. One week and Two week camps offered.
Lookout Mountain Camp for Boys
Mentone, Al. www.lookoutmountaincamp.com 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.. 2 week8 week sessions.
McWane Science Center
Birmingham, Al. 205.714.8300; www.mcwane.org 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. Spring Break Camp: March 24-28; Summer Sessions beginning June 2-August 8.
800.718.2267. Shocco Springs Conference Center gives the feeling of being tucked comfortably away in a secret place that allows for focus, fun and relaxation centered around Christian worship. It’s located just outside Talladega, Ala.,
an hour’s drive from Birmingham and two hours from Atlanta, in the middle of beautiful, pristine forestland.
334.240.4004; www.montgomerysymphony.org 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 sixday residential music camp will focus on building the musical skills necessary for success on one’s instrument. Rising 7th - 9th graders are eligible to attend. Camp enrollment will be limited to the first 30 applicants accepted.
The Bedford School “Squirrel Hollow Camp”
Fairburn, Ga. 770.774.8001; www.thebedfordschool.org/summer.htm The summer program of The Bedford School, serves children with academic needs due to learning difficulties. The program, which has been held each summer since 1981, is for students of ages 6 to 16. Between 55 and 65 students attend the 5-week day camp, 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.
Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp
Cloudland, Ga. 706.862.2231; www.valleyviewranch.com Valley View Ranch helps 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.
YMCA Camp Chandler
334.269.4362; www.campchandler.org One of the largest camps in the south with over 1,000 acres of lake front property. It is conveniently located just 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. Ages 5-15 years old. AOP
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Parents Should Do Their Best, Recipe Pie” But Not Expectfor Too“Peace Much in Return We all start each day with a whole pie to call our own. During the day we make the choices that give away our pieces of Peace Pie. This is a special pie that nourishes you as well as feeds your soul. I am going to give you the recipe for this pie! It starts with the desire to have a “Peace” of Pie! This peace has to come from a whole pie. Every pie I have ever made has a crust. This pie has a top crust and a bottom crust! This crust is made from the finest ingredients for a great foundation. These are the habits you put together to make up your routines. We start this pie the night before we want it with our before bed routine. This is the bottom crust that holds our Pie of Peace together. It only takes a few minutes to make this crust. • Lay out your clothes for tomorrow • Check your calendar • Shine your sink and clean up after dinner • Put things on your launch pad so you won’t forget them • Brush your teeth • Wash your face
• Go to bed at a decent hour and sleep This crust is a pleasure to make when you think about the joy it is going to give you tomorrow morning when you put together the rest of this glorious Pie of Peace. That alone is a great incentive. The top crust we will put together when we first get up in the morning. It starts with getting up a few minutes before the flow of the rest of the family. This enables you to get dressed in peace. The rest of your morning routine of checking your calendar, putting on your shoes, seeing what’s for dinner on your calendar, making your bed, eating breakfast and starting a load of laundry help to make this top crust fit with the bottom crust. Now we have to put together the most luscious filling for this Pie of Peace. This filling is made of our basic weekly plan and having the ingredients readily available each day we start our pie. A weekly home blessing, staying on top of Mount Washmore, planning our meals, grocery shopping, getting rid of our clutter 15 minutes at a time and taking time for YOU are the ingredients that make this pie melt in
our mouths. Without them the crust is very hard to put together. Think about this. You can’t lay out your clothes if you have no clean laundry. You can’t pull out something for dinner in the morning if there is no plan and you have not gone shopping. Your habits put this Pie of Peace together every day. Your lack of effective habits makes it impossible to sit down and enjoy this pie. You have a choice...build your pie and enjoy it or give away the ingredients. Once your pie is made then you have the ability to share this peace with others and not feel deprived. This pie is dusted with granulated sugar that is your attitude of love. You no longer feel that someone is stealing your pie when your buttons get pushed by family or a simple mistake. You find yourself enjoying the day instead of dreading what’s next. This Pie of Peace becomes the nourishment for your body and soul. It blesses all around you and you made it with your own two hands! For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, see her website and join her free mentoring group at www.FlyLady.net. Also check out her books, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2014 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.
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or we overprotect and hover in the name of love. For autonomy to develop, parents must be intentional about providing opportunities. As children gain experience and successfully (or unsuccessfully) practice independence, they learn personal responsibility. They figure out how to negotiate bumps in the road, bullies, stressful circumstances, and everyday frustrations. They make mistakes. They grow up
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Early Childhood Autonomy Builders Founder of The Conscious Parenting Alliance, expert Shelly Birger Phillips believes autonomy building can begin simply with a home inventory. She suggests the following tips to help preschool-aged kids develop a sense of autonomy at home: 1. Do kids have an easily accessible place to put their coats and shoes when they get home? (The easiest place to put a coat is on a low hook near the front or back door.)
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2. Is there a place (such as a kid-sized bench) for putting shoes on and off? 3. Can toys and books be reached in the living room? 4. Are they able to access art supplies, dishes, water, and snacks in the kitchen? 5. Is there a stool in the bathroom that makes using the toilet and washing hands easy? Can she reach the towel to dry her hands? 6. Is there easy access to drinking water? 7. A childâ€™s bedroom should be the most accessible and easy to navigate. Your child should be able to access clothes, a hamper, full length mirror for grooming, toys, books, games and other supplies she enjoys. 8. For toy storage, small bins containing a few items each provide easier to access than huge overfilled bins.
is an injury caused by a blow to the head in which the brain moves rapidly and may collide with the inside of the skull. Even a minor fall or collision may be of concern, so be alert to symptoms such as headaches, unsteadiness, confusion or other types of abnormal behavior.
Any athlete with a suspected concussion: l Should be IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM PLAY/ACTIVITY l Should be urgently assessed medically l Should not be left alone l Should not drive a motor vehicle
9. Your child should have a reading chair that fits his body. 10. Your child should be taught practical life skills such as pouring, spooning, cutting, and cleaning up.
Autonomy Builders for Older Children It is likely that these ideas for increasing independence are already a part of your parenting repertoire. However, it never hurts to take stock. Embrace the Future is an organization in Australia working with teachers, families, and schools to increase resiliency in children. The program suggests these tips to promote an older childâ€™s autonomy:
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1. Encourage age appropriate responsibilities such as caring for a pet. 2. Help them think up their own solutions to problems rather than solving for them. 3. Expect them to rise to small challenges like making a phone call for themselves. 4. Encourage them to make their own choices. 5. Model and teach good coping skills for coping with stress: *Be able to ask for help and know where to seek it. *Have a sense of humor. *Negotiate and be assertive. *Exercise, play, and have hobbies. *Be optimistic.
Avoid Overprotecting Author Nadine Descheaux writes, “Parents often tend to do things for their children in order to help them, to hurry things up or because they are under the misconception that their child will not be able to accomplish the task alone.” Descheaux identifies attitudes and behaviors which may be detrimental to the development of autonomy: • Overprotecting your child • Constantly repeating instructions • Constantly attending your child’s extracurricular activities • Constantly supervising your child’s group activities • Having difficulty letting your child work in his own fashion • Having a tendency to solve problems between your children • Worrying when your child is away from you Bear in mind, children make many mistakes on the road to developing autonomy. Parents must also be mindful of how to respond when these wrinkles happen. Author of Raising Children Who Can Think for Themselves (2001), Dr. Elisa Medhus reminds us “To never nag, threaten, or label when they don’t come through on their responsibilities” and to be sure to remark when they do so successfully. AOP Michele Ranard has a husband, two children, and a master’s in counseling.
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Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
Even when the lights go down, there’s still plenty of play left in kids. Offering them opportunities to continue learning, exercising and thinking through light-up toys is a great way to avoid the sundown blues. Since fire first captivated the attention of early man, our eyes and minds still want to track on that light in the dark. As such, the following illuminated toys will delight children as they light up the night, creating a new chapter of brilliant experiences to be discovered in the dark!
by Gerry Paige Smith
Light Up Football
This set of 81 clear connecting components can be snapped together to assemble many different models which can then…light up! Your child’s model (or individual creation) can be a static build or it can connect with the power base to illuminate it in soft, glowing colors. Included with the set are 57 illustrated plans for models, but the versatility of the ‘pegs’ offer great room for creative and original constructs as well. The brightly colored LEDs have a vast life of over 100,000 hours which can illuminate countless evenings of entertaining building. There’s no limit to the brilliant creations that can emerge from the Laser Pegs Building Construction Set to light up the night!
It’s hard to “go long” in a front yard football game when the porch light only shines so far. Enter the Tealco Light Up Football. This full-size football weighs, plays, punts, kicks and throws just like a regulation ball. But when night falls or lighting is limited, the TealCo ball lights-up with bright internal LEDs that carry the game play way past dusk. More rugged and durable than some other similar products, this football is game for the same rough handling that a standard football endures. The difference is that the football game doesn’t have to end at sunset – and this bright ball won’t get lost in the bushes after dark!
Going far beyond the normal night light for kids, the Twilight Lady Bug is equally loveable and illuminating. The soft plush body is huggable all day long, but when the lights go down, the smooth plastic shell reveals its secrets in the dark. Pressing on the ladybug’s wings turns on a light that shines through strategic perforations in the shell, projecting a glowing star field on the ceiling. The star field includes seven major constellations that can be identified using the included Star Guide. The ladybug, available in red, green and blue, also comes with a sweet story about being lost and finding your way home using the stars as a guide. Whether you’re navigating the wonders of the night sky or just relaxing under a heavenly stellar landscape, the gentle glow of the Twilight Ladybug is a shining addition to any child’s lights-out company.
As more children discover the road on two wheels, the drive to bike doesn’t always have to end with the sunset. Making sure that they can see (and be seen) is a priority for parents of kids who roll on past dusk. Bike Brightz are a revolutionary new light accessory that utilizes six powerful wide beam LEDS to project a light field about a bicycle. This vivid halo of illumination not only adds really cool style to the ride, but enhances the bike’s visibility to others sharing the roadway. Bike Brightz are easy to install and feature settings that allow for constant light projection as well as slow, medium and fast flash. Bicycle enthusiasts – young and old - can take back the night with this wildly illuminating addition that adds visibility for a safer drive.
Paige Smith is a freelance writer and syndicated columnist living in Alabama. More on GET THIS! at www.PageBookMedia.com.
Family Calendar Ongoing:
A2Z Local Homeschooler’s Association For homeschooling families in the Auburn/Opelika Lee County area of Alabama. A2Z Loop is an all-inclusive support group open to all homeschool families in the Auburn/Opelika area regardless of differences in beliefs, cultures, nationality, race, religion, or method of home schooling. For more information call 334-7281162 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alabama Mentor’s Foster Parent Training Classes Offered in the Opelika Auburn area. Call 334-705-8877 x 18 to register or email: Deanna.Hand@thementornetwork.com. Alabama Shakespeare Festival • “Twenty Seven”. Through March 2. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery. www.asf.net. Bellingrath Gardens and Home Camellia Mini Show. Through February 20. Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Mobile. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Birmingham Children’s Theatre “Little Miss Muffet and the Lost Sheep.” Through April 26. BJCC. www.bct123.org. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Helen Keller Student Art Show of Alabama. Through Feb. 23. www.bcri.org. Bosom Buddies (a breast cancer support group) Meets at The Health Resource Center the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (334) 528-1260. www.eamc.org. Center for Puppetry Arts “Weather Rocks!” Through March 23. Atlanta. www.atlanta.net. Cloverdale Playhouse “Into the Woods”. Through February 23. Cloverdale Playhouse, Montgomery. www.cloverdaleplayhouse. org. Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts Alabama Dance Theatre’s “Spring Concert”. Feb. 28 Mar. 2. Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. www.alabamadancetheatre.com. Expressions of a BraveHeart Program A fine arts program for teens and young adults with special needs (ages 11–21), sponsored by Opelika Parks and Recreation, utilizing Auburn University faculty and students, as well as community volunteers. Two 30-minute sessions of art, dance/creative movement and music will be offered and participants will select 2 of the 3 classes. Expressions meets every 2nd and 4th Monday twice a month for 1.5 hours. Opelika Sportsplex, 334.705.5560. www.opelikasportsplex.com. “I Hate Hamlet” March 13-23. Virginia Samford Theatre. www. virginiasamfordtheatre.org. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition. Feb. 24-28. Auburn. 501-2946. Jessie Clinton Arts Centre Motion, A Moment of Crisis, The Story of the Creation of the VA Hospital for Negroes in Tuskegee. Through March 2. www.tuskegeerep.com. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art • Commemorating 50 Years of Integration at Auburn University: Exhibit Opening. Through Feb. 23. • Ganado La Vida (Making a Living): Images of Labor in Modern Mexican Art. Through April 19. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. 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 email@example.com for more information. Mardi Gras Through Mar. 4. Mardi Gras in Mobile. www.mobilebay.org. McWane Science Center • Robots + Us Exhibit. Through May 11. • Tornado Alley. March - May 31. Birmingham. www.mcwane.org. Meditation Garden and Labyrinth Come and Find the Quiet Center... in the Meditation
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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. Montgomery Ballet www.montgomeryballet.org. Montgomery Performing Arts Montgomery Performing Arts. www.mpaconline.org. Old Alabama Town Holiday Celebration Black Heritage Tour. Through Feb. 28. www.oldalabamatown.com. Opelika-Auburn Newcomers Club A club for new women in town which offers fun social activities, meets for lunch on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Call Joan at 501-4974. Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theater: Sock Hop Homicide Through March 22. Uptown Historic Marriott Hotel, Columbus. 7 p.m. Springer Opera House • “Les Miserables”. Feb. 27-Mar. 15. Springer Opera House, Columbus. www.springeroperahouse.org.
Parents Support & Moms Groups
Auburn Mommies, a fun group of moms in the Auburn/Opelika area that meet weekly for playgroups and Mommy and Me walking twice a week. We also have a Mommies Night Out once a month. Http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/auburnmommiesinalabama/. Auburn Mommy and Me Big Dog Running Co, Auburn. 10–11 a.m. Social time, story time, music/movement, arts & crafts. Ages 9 months–3 years. Free! 334-209-2580. Auburn MOPS 1st Wednesday of each month, September-May. 9–11:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika. Meetings open to moms with preschool children ages 5 years and under. $5 per meeting; childcare $5 per child. $25 yearly membership dues. Weekly playdates, monthly moms night out, resources, and more. www.facebook.com/ AuburnOpelikaMOPS; AUMOPS@yahoo.com. Breast Feeding class meets the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon on EAMC’s third floor. Call 528-1260 to register. La Leche League, a support group for nursing moms, meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. @ CORNERSTONE Family Chiropractic, Airport Plaza, 323 Airport Road Suite E, Auburn. For more information call Josie at 257-3950. Lee County Autism Support Group meets every other month. Call Julie Brown 887-3903 or Florence Evermom 887-5005. Covenant Presbyterian Church on Shelton Mill Road in Auburn. MOMS Club of Auburn, a group of stay-at-home moms that meets about twice a week to provide support for each other and fun interaction for kids. New website is www.auburnmoms.com. Moms In Touch. Do you worry about your children? Come experience how you can replace your anxiety and fear with peace and hope by praying with other moms. Moms In Touch International gathers moms together for one hour, once a week, to pray specifically and scripturally for our children and school. Won’t you join with us in prayer for this next generation? Please contact Julia Farrow at julia@cornerstonebuzz. org for information about our local groups. For more information about Moms In Touch International, visit www.MomsInTouch.org. Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama offers 2nd Saturdays, group classes, and more. Contact Penny Messer at 334-444-6827. Email smoea@bellsouth. net. Website www.smoea.vpweb.com or find us on facebook.
Teen Moms (for moms under 20) is a ministry that connects trained adults with pregnant girls and teenage moms. Support meetings, classes, job preparation, devotions and games. Call Laura Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-501-5637. www.insideyfc.com.
Mom’s Morning Out
Auburn United Methodist Church, Children’s Day Out Program, every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.–12 noon. $10 per child for the entire morning, $2 each additional child. Attendance will be on a first come-first served basis. Contact Barbara Dawsey at 826-8800 for more information. Trinity United Methodist Church (Opelika) Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45–12. $15 per child, $5 each additional.
Caregiver Support Group Caring for a family member or friends can be rewarding, but it’s not easy. Whether you are the caregiver for your parents, spouse or a dependent child, this group is for you! Learn ways to cope with every day stresses of caring for someone you love. Gain tools and resources to help you on your journey. This program is supported by the Opelika Sportsplex, Lee-Russell Agency on Aging and HomeInstead Senior Care. This group is open to the public. Meets the last Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at Opelika Sportsplex AAC. Instructors are: Valeri White (Sportsplex), Bridgette Sager (Home Instead Senior Care), Lisa Askew (Lee-Russell Council of Gov). Food Allergy Support of East Alabama The Food Allergy Support of East Alabama group offers support through the sharing of information and resources. We are also working to increase awareness of food allergies in the state of Alabama. For more information, visit our website at www. foodallergysupporteastal.org or call Barbara at 334826-3082; email@example.com. GRACE - Post-Abortive Support Group Are you struggling with feelings of regret or sadness from having a pregnancy termination in your past? Do you feel like you can’t share these struggles with anyone? Would you like to find healing and forgiveness? You are not alone. Women’s Hope Medical Clinic wants to help you! You are invited to take part in our GRACE abortion recovery group. This confidential group gives you the opportunity to process the grief of your termination in a safe and non-judgmental setting. If you would like more information about the times, dates and location for this group, call or e-mail Sherry at Women’s Hope: 334.502.7000 or sherry@ womenshope.org Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help.
Columbus Cottonmouths Feb. 21, 23, 28. March 7-8, 13-14, 16. www.columbusciviccenter.org. Auburn Baseball Feb. 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28. March 1-2, 7-9, 12, 14-16, 18-19, 25-29. Auburn Basketball Men’s: Feb. 26. Mar. 5. Women’s: Feb. 16, 22, 23, 27. Auburn Equestrian March 8. Auburn Gymnastics Feb. 21. March 7. Auburn Softball Feb. 21-22, 26. March 7-9, 12, 14-16, 19, 21-23. Auburn Tennis March 7, 9, 28, 30.
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ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival 2014 Montgomery. www.clefworks.org. Extraordinary Women Lecture: Gloria Steinem Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. 4 p.m. www.cla.auburn.edu. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Built to Amaze Philips Arena, Atl. www.ticketmaster.com. Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/preserve.
Wednesday, February 19 ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival 2014 Montgomery. www.clefworks.org. Lunch and Learn Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu.
Thursday, February 20 29th Alabama Clay Conference www.alclayconference.org. Black History Month Program Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. www.bcri.org. ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival 2014 Montgomery. www.clefworks.org. “Mama Won’t Fly” presented by The Hallelujah Girls Red Door Theatre, Union Springs. www.reddoortheatre.org. “California Dreamin” Benjamin Russell High School Auditorium, Alexander City. 7 p.m. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12-1 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org.
Friday, February 21
Apollo’s Mystic Ladies Mardi Gras Parade Daphne. 6:30 p.m. www.ESchamber.com. 29th Alabama Clay Conference www.alclayconference.org. Shelby County Cattlemen’s Rodeo 6 p.m. Shelby County Exhibition Center. ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival 2014 Montgomery. www.clefworks.org. “Mama Won’t Fly” presented by The Hallelujah Girls Red Door Theatre, Union Springs. www.reddoortheatre.org. Monster X Tour Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. www.thegarrettcoliseum.com. Midland Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Murder On The Love Boat”. Midland, Ga. 706-5056702. iGlow For Hope 5K Fun Run & Walk Benefiting Hope Harbour. Lake Bottom Park, Columbus, Ga. 7 p.m. www.bigdogrunning.com. Demi Lovato: The Neon Lights Tour Philips Arena, Atl. www.ticketmaster.com. The Bassmaster Classic BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org. “Honoring the Past, Charting the Future” Luncheon Ballroom at The Hotel at Auburn University. For information contact Janet Bryant at 334-844-1150. Nature Walk Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/ preserve.
Saturday, February 22
Knights of Ecor Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Fairhope. 7 p.m. www.ESchamber.com. The Haven’s Mystic Mutts Mardi Gras Parade for Dogs www.havenforanimals.org. 29th Alabama Clay Conference www.alclayconference.org.
Shelby County Cattlemen’s Rodeo 6 p.m. Shelby County Exhibition Center. Millbrook Revelers Mardi Gras Festival and Parade Millbrook. www.millbrookrevelers.org. 5th Annual Russell Forest Run Alexander City. www.russellforestrun.com. Southeastern Songwriters Festival Weogufka Authors and Writers Festival www.weogufkacenter.com. Arts Festival Monroe County Old Courthouse Museum and Square. ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival 2014 Montgomery. www.clefworks.org. Animal Enrichment 2014 The Montgomery Zoo. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.montgomeryzoo.com. “Mama Won’t Fly” presented by The Hallelujah Girls Red Door Theatre, Union Springs. www.reddoortheatre.org. Kooky! Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org. Monster X Tour Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. www.thegarrettcoiseum.com. VIP Bed Race Uptown Columbus. www.valleyinterfaithpromise.com. Midland Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Murder On The Love Boat”. Midland, Ga. 706-5056702. Art Museum: Paintings, Photography and Sculpture Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. 25th Annual Love Your Heart Run and 7th Annual Crank Your Heart Ride Chewacla State Park, Auburn. www.LoveYourHeartRun.com. Girls, Glitz and Glamour Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Ages 5-13 years. Fee $15. 705-5560. Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. www.rivercenter.org. Dinosaur Train Live Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta. www.ticketmaster.com. The Bassmaster Classic BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org. Young Eagles Day–FREE Airplane Rides for Kids! Columbus Airport. Ages 8-17. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). 706-324-2453. Concert Nights ‘Marc Kenney’ The EventCenter Downtown, Opelika. 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 23
21st Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival and Antique Car Show Orange Beach Sportsplex. 29th Alabama Clay Conference www.alclayconference.org. Jewish Food Festival Montgomery. www.templebethor.net. “Mama Won’t Fly” presented by The Hallelujah Girls Red Door Theatre, Union Springs. www.reddoortheatre.org. Docent Tour and Sunday Hours Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 1-4 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. The Bassmaster Classic BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. Bill Maher BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org.
Monday, February 24 Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Auburn. 501-2946.
Auditions for “Don’t Tell Mother!” Adults ages 18 years and up. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Auburn. 6-9 p.m. 559-0807.
Tuesday, February 25
Great Expectations Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org. Jonathan Bastiste The Opelika Center for Performing Arts. www.eastalabamaarts.org. Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Auburn. 501-2946. Auditions for “Don’t Tell Mother!” Adults ages 18 years and up. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Auburn. 6-9 p.m. 559-0807. Aladdin and Other Enchanted Tales RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. www.rivercenter.org. Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/preserve. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org.
Wednesday, February 26 Lunch and Learn Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:15-12:30 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Auburn. 501-2946. Imagine Dragons: Into the Night Tour Philips Arena, Atl. www.ticketmaster.com. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org. Great Expectations Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org.
Thursday, February 27 A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12-1 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition Jan Dempsey Community Center. Auburn. 501-2946. UniverSoul Circus The Green Lot at Turner Field, Atl. ticketmaster.com. Nature Walk Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/preserve. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org. Great Expectations Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org.
Friday, February 28
Maids of Jubilee Mardi Gras Parade Fairhope. 6:30 p.m. www.ESchamber.com. Annual Graphic Design Juried Exhibition Jan Dempsey Community Center. Auburn. 501-2946. Ron White: 100 Proof VIP Experience RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. www.rivercenter.org. “9 to 5, The Musical” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org. Alabama Dance Theatre’s “Spring Concert” Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, Montgomery. www.alabamadancetheatre.com. Great Expectations Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org.
Saturday, March 1
Junior League of Lee County Rummage Sale USA TownCenter, Opelika. Astronomy Night Sponsored by Forest Ecology Preserve. Kiesel Park, Auburn. 6:30-8 p.m. 2nd Annual 80’s Party Sponsored by Junior League of Lee County Supper Club, Auburn. 7-10 p.m. www.juniorleagueofleecounty.com.
Family Calendar 4th Annual Spinal Muscular Atrophy 5K ‘Eat ‘n Run’ Hardaway High School. Kari Merriken at (706) 7185580 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 24th Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast Dauphin Island. www.dauphinisland.org. Krewe of Mullet Mates Mardi Gras Parade Fairhope. www.eschamber.com. Shadow Barons Mardi Gras Parade Daphne. www.eschamber.com. Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show BJCC. www.christmasvillagefestival.com/cottontails. 2nd Annual Masquerade Shoppes of Queens Attic. Alex City. 256-234-3461. Alabama Dance Theatre’s “Spring Concert” Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, Montgomery. www.alabamadancetheatre.com. Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Talladega. www.Talladegaritz.com. Great Expectations Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org. Home Depot Kids Workshop ‘Build a Trojan Horse Bank Home Depot, Opelika. 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Free. www.homedepot.com. Hawk Walk Callaway Gardens, Ga. 2 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. Keep Opelika Beautiful Citywide Cleanup Gather your coworkers, civic club or neighborhood together to cleanup Opelika. Bags, gloves & lunch provided. Register with Keep Opelika Beautiful.
Sunday, March 2
Empty Bowl to Benefit Feeding the Valley Northside Recreation Center. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 706-653-4196. Loyal Order of the Fire Truck Mardi Gras Parade Daphne. www.eschamber.com. Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show BJCC. www.christmasvillagefestival.com/cottontails.
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1st Annual Collaborative Concert Series Presented by the Birmingham Boys Choir and Patty McDonald www.birminghamboyschoir.com. Alabama Dance Theatre’s “Spring Concert” Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, Montgomery. www.alabamadancetheatre.com. Mardi Gras Gala & Auction Talladega. www.Talladegaritz.com. Great Expectations Center for Puppetry Arts, Atl. www.puppet.org. K-12 Art Club ‘Food Fight’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 1:30-3:00 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu.
Monday, March 3
Cottontails Village Arts, Crafts and Gifts Show BJCC. www.christmasvillagefestival.com/cottontails.
Tuesday, March 4
Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve.
Wednesday, March 5
“Romeo and Juliet” Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Lunch and Learn A Little Lunch Music. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:15 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu.
Thursday, March 6
“Romeo and Juliet” Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Alabama River Festival and Family Day Franklin. www.tokillamockingbird.com. Bridge Crossing Jubilee National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma. www.bcjubilee.org.
Nature Walk Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve.
Friday, March 7
Birmingham Ballet presents “Hansel and Gretel” BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. “Romeo and Juliet” Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Festival of Art at Waterfront Park Orange Beach. www.coastalartcenter.com. Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Columbiana. www.outdooralabama.com. Alabama River Festival and Family Day Franklin. www.tokillamockingbird.com. Bridge Crossing Jubilee National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma. www.bcjubilee.org. First Fridays ‘Satin Soul’ Event Center Downtown, Opelika. 7 p.m. www.eventcenterdowntown.com. First Fridays “Shop Late, Eat Local” Opelika shops will stay open until 8 p.m. www.opelikamainstreet.org. ‘One Foot In Heaven’ Columbus. www.familytheatre.com.
Saturday, March 8
Birmingham Ballet presents “Hansel and Gretel” BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. “Romeo and Juliet” Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Read Now Character Run Ogletree Village, Auburn. Benefiting the Alabama Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (ALIDA). 8 a.m. Either Tortoise or Hare.....You’ll want to be there!!! www.AORTA.com. East Alabama Home & Garden Show Event Center Downtown, Opelika. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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Family Calendar Symphony of Hope Honoring Cancer River Mill Event Centre, Columbus. Ga. 7 p.m. www.acsrystalball.org. The 2nd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance: The Enchanted Forest Columbus Convention & Trade Center. 6:30 p.m. www.dddcolumbus.com. Second Saturday at Columbus Museum Free admission. email@example.com. Festival of Art at Waterfront Park Orange Beach. www.coastalartcenter.com. Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Columbiana. www.outdooralabama.com. 3rd Annual Spring Home & Garden Show Alexander City. www.alexandercitychamber.com. Alabama River Festival and Family Day Franklin. www.tokillamockingbird.com. National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma. www.bcjubilee.org. SEADAC’s Wine-Dine Auction Dothan. www.southeastalabamadancecompany.org. Youth Turkey Hunt Silver Wings Golf Course, Fort Rucker. www.ftruckermwr.com. Hawk Walk Callaway Gardens, Ga. 2 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. Birmingham Ballet presents “Hansel and Gretel” BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. Professional Bullriders BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Second Saturday: Family Fun Day at the Columbus Museum Ga. www.columbusmuseum.com. Second Saturday Lee County Historical Society Museum. Loachapoka. www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org. “One Foot In Heaven” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com.
Sunday, March 9
Birmingham Ballet presents “Hansel and Gretel” BJCC, Birmingham. www.bjcc.org. “Romeo and Juliet” Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. 2014 Kid’s Camp Fair National Infantry Museum, Columbus. www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org. Festival of Art at Waterfront Park Orange Beach. www.coastalartcenter.com. March Fantasy Doll and Toy Show and Sale Fairhope. 251-980-5958. Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Columbiana. www.outdooralabama.com. Bridge Crossing Jubilee National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma. www.bcjubilee.org. 5K Trail Run, Tot Trot & Sunday Stroll Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 1:30 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve.
Monday, March 10
“Romeo and Juliet” Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Bridge Crossing Jubilee National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, Selma. www.bcjubilee.org.
Tuesday, March 11
Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. Widespread Panic BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Imagine It! Atlanta’s Hands On Children’s Museum Target Free Second Tuesdays. Free tickets available 1-7 p.m., first come, first served as capacity allows. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Wednesday, March 12
Lunch and Learn A Little Lunch Music. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:15 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu.
Thursday, March 13
57th Annual Southeastern Livestock Expo Rodeo Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. www.slerodeo.com. Nature Walk Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. “One Foot In Heaven’” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com.
Friday, March 14
Spring Kidz Kloset Sale Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Columbus. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 62nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Fairhope. (251) 928-6387. NAC Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show Gardendale. www.northartscouncil.webs. Lakepoint State Park Open House Eufaula. www.alapark.com/lakepointresort. 8th Annual Alexander City Rodeo Alexander City Sportsplex. www.achrc.com. 57th Annual Southeastern Livestock Expo Rodeo Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. www.slerodeo.com. 39th Annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage Selma. www.selmapilgrimage.com. Dothan Eagle Home & Garden Expo Dothan Civic Center. www.dothanciviccenter.org. Disney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival BJCC. www.bjcc.org. “One Foot In Heaven” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com.
Saturday, March 15 “Beauty and the Beast RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. www.rivercenter.org.
Family Calendar Harlem Globetrotters Phillips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com. Thunder in the Valley Air Show Columbus Airport, Ga. www.thunderinthevalleyairshow.com. 62nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Fairhope. (251) 928-6387. Fairhope Outdoor Art Show Fairhope. www.esartcenter.com. Semmes Azalea Festival www.friendsofsemmes.org. NAC Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show Gardendale. www.northartscouncil.webs. Rumpshaker 5K Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Birmingham. www.rumpshaker5k.com. 2nd Annual City of Troy Spring Fling www.troyal.gov. 8th Annual Alexander City Rodeo Alexander City Sportsplex. www.achrc.com. Alabama Wildlife Get Outdoors Weekend Millbrook. www.alabamawildlife.org/anc-general-publicweekends Fishers of Men Bass Tournament Wind Creek State Park, Alexander City. www.outdooralabama.com. 57th Annual Southeastern Livestock Expo Rodeo Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. www.slerodeo.com. 39th Annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage Selma. www.selmapilgrimage.com. Coosa Fest Childersburg Kiwanis Park. www.childersburg.com. Dothan Eagle Home & Garden Expo Dothan Civic Center. www.dothanciviccenter.org. Spring Farm Day Landmark Park, Dothan. www.landmarkpark.com. Hawk Walk. Callaway Gardens, Ga. 2 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. Disney Live: Mickey’s Music Festival BJCC. www.bjcc.org.
February/March 2014 Tuesday, March 18
Elton John and His Band www.bjcc.org. Alabama Nature Center Public Weekend Lanark Park, Millbrook. www.alabamawildlife.org. “One Foot In Heaven” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com. “Beauty and the Beast” RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. www.rivercenter.org. Saturday Train Excursions Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. www.hodrrm.org.
Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. Forest Friends 6 week Session Begins Tuesdays and Fridays at the Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 9:30-11 a.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. “Warhorse” BJCC. www.bjcc.org.
Wednesday, March 19
Sunday, March 16
“Beauty and the Beast” RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. www.rivercenter.org. Thunder in the Valley Air Show Columbus Airport, Ga. www.thunderinthevalleyairshow.com. 62nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Fairhope. (251) 928-6387. Fairhope Outdoor Art Show Fairhope. www.esartcenter.com. Alabama Wildlife Get Outdoors Weekend Millbrook. www.alabamawildlife.org/anc-general-publicweekends Artemis Quartet presented by Montgomery Chamber Music Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. www.montgomerychambermusic.org. Alabama Nature Center Public Weekend Lanark Park, Millbrook. www.alabamawildlife.org. K-12 Art Club ‘Write Art’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. “Beauty and the Beast RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus. www.rivercenter.org.
Zac Brown Band Columbus Civic Center. www.ticketmaster.com. CSU’s Department of Theatre Presents the Musical “The Secret Garden” Columbus. www.theatre.columbusstate.edu. “Warhorse” BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Lunch and Learn A Little Lunch Music. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:15 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu.
Thursday, March 20
Disney on Ice Presents: Princess & Heroes Columbus Civic Center. www.columbusciviccenter.org. Dancing Stars of East Alabama AU Hotel and Conference Center, Auburn. www.dsoea.com. Storytelling Festival 2014 White Hall. www.nps.gov/semo. Nature Walk Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. “Warhorse” BJCC. www.bjcc.org. “One Foot In Heaven” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com.
Friday, March 21
An Evening with Steve Forbes sponsored by Auburn Conservatives for Tomorrow Auburn Arena. 7-9 p.m. For tickets, William
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Family Calendar Cody Garton, 256-698-5836 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Disney on Ice Presents: Princess & Heroes Columbus Civic Center. www.columbusciviccenter.org. Springer Children’s Theatre presents “James & the Giant Peach” www.springeroperahouse.org. Atlanta Ballet presents Modern Choreographic Voices Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.ticketmaster.com. Storytelling Festival 2014 White Hall. www.nps.gov/semo. “Warhorse” BJCC. www.bjcc.org. “One Foot In Heaven” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com. An Evening with Steve Forbes sponsored by Auburn Conservatives for Tomorrow Auburn Arena. 7-9 p.m. For tickets, William Cody Garton, 256-698-5836 or email@example.com. Will Kimbrough in Concert at Sundilla AUUF, 450 Thach Avenue, Auburn. 7:30 p.m. $12 tickets. www.facebook.com/sundilla.
Saturday, March 22
Disney on Ice Presents: Princess & Heroes Columbus Civic Center. www.columbusciviccenter.org. Springer Children’s Theatre presents “James & the Giant Peach” www.springeroperahouse.org. 2014 Mud Mania Auburn. www.mud-mania.com. Atlanta Ballet presents Modern Choreographic Voices Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.ticketmaster.com. S’MORES for Kids presented by Columbus Symphony Orchestra www.csoga.org.
RiverBlast! Port Columbus, Ga. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.portcolumbus.org. Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Auburn Public Library 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hardbacks $1; soft $.50. Paws in the Gardens Aldridge Botanical Gardens, Hoover. www.aldridgegardens.com. Hawk Walk Callaway Gardens, Ga. 2 p.m. callawaygardens.com. “Warhorse” BJCC. www.bjcc.org. SEC Gymnastics Championships BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Quad Cities Wild Game Cook-Off Longhorn Arena, Tuscumbia, Al. (800) 822-9453. “One Foot In Heaven” Columbus. www.familytheatre.com. Electronics Recycling and Document Shredding Saugahatchee Square, Opelika. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday Train Excursions Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. www.hodrrm.org.
Sunday, March 23
Disney on Ice Presents: Princess & Heroes Columbus Civic Center. www.columbusciviccenter.org. Springer Children’s Theatre presents “James & the Giant Peach” www.springeroperahouse.org. Atlanta Ballet Modern Choreographic Voices Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. ticketmaster.com. Music in the Forest The Forest Ecology Preserve and Auburn University’s Department of Music will present the 3-week concert series. 3:30 p.m. Free. Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/preserve. “Warhorse” BJCC. www.bjcc.org.
Tuesday, March 25
Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 3:30 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. Kids In the Kitchen Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 5-8 years. $8. 705-5560. Spring Break Camp Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve.
Wednesday, March 26
Spring Break Camp Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. Lunch and Learn A Little Lunch Music. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 12:15 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu.
Thursday, March 27
Disney Jr. Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. 6 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com. The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show Orange Beach. www.wharfboatshow.com. The Women Gather Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. www.bcri.org. Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend Daviston. www.nps.gov/hobe. Nature Walk Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. www.auburn.edu/preserve. Joyce Meyers Ministries BJCC. www.bjcc.org.
Friday, March 28
Springer Children’s Theatre presents “James & the Giant Peach” www.springeroperahouse.org.
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Young Eagles Day–FREE Airplane Rides for Kids! Columbus Airport. Ages 8-17. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). 706-324-2453. Day Out With Thomas! Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. www.hodrrm.org.
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Sunday, March 30
Springer Children’s Theatre presents “James & the Giant Peach” www.springeroperahouse.org. The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show Orange Beach. www.wharfboatshow.com. Lake Martin 100 Alexander City. www.lakemartin100mile.homestead.com. Music in the Forest The Forest Ecology Preserve and Auburn University’s Department of Music will present the 3-week concert series. 3:30 p.m. Free. Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. www.auburn.edu/preserve. Day Out With Thomas! Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. www.hodrrm.org.
Spring Break Blowout Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. 705-5560. The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show Orange Beach. www.wharfboatshow.com. Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend Daviston. www.nps.gov/hobe. 75th Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visit to Tuskegee University www.nps.gov/tuin. Joyce Meyers Ministries BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Day Out With Thomas! Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. www.hodrrm.org.
Saturday, March 29
Keep Opelika Beautiful Garden in the Park Municipal Park, Opelika.
Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
Springer Children’s Theatre presents “James & the Giant Peach” www.springeroperahouse.org. The Wharf Boat & Yacht Show Orange Beach. www.wharfboatshow.com. Elberta German Sausage Festival www.sausagefest.elbertafire.com. Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend Daviston. www.nps.gov/hobe. Lake Martin 100 Alexander City. www.lakemartin100mile.homestead.com. Fountain City Arts Festival Pratt Park, Prattville. www.prattvilleal.gov. Hawk Walk Callaway Gardens, Ga. 2 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. Joyce Meyers Ministries BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Natural Hair and Health Expo BJCC. www.bjcc.org.
April 4: First Day of Kids Clothes Connection Sale 1625 East University Drive, Auburn (behind McAlister’s Deli). 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.kidsclothesconnection.com. April 5: Bark In the Park Kiesel Park, Auburn. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.auburnalabama.org/parks. April 5-6: Day Out With Thomas! Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera. www.hodrrm.org. April 6-7: Zoo Weekend 2014 Montgomery Zoo. www.montgomeryzoo.com. April 10-12: ‘Oops! I Tweeted Again!’ Springer Opera House. www.springeroperahouse.org. April 11: Night Eggstravaganza at FDR State Park Pine Mountain, Ga. 7:45 p.m. 706-663-4858. April 11: On The Tracks Opelika. www.onthetracks.org. April 12: 17th Annual LaFayette Day for Valley Haven www.valleyhavenschool.org. April 12: Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival Lanark Park, Millbrook. www. alabamawildlife.org. April 18: Light Up Columbus 1K/5K/10K Benefiting Autism Speaks Columbus. www.strollerstrongmoms.com. April 18: Underwater Egg Hunt Opelika Sportsplex Pool. 705-5560. April 19: Chewacla State Park 75th Anniversary Bike Race Auburn. www.alpark.com/Chewacla. April 19: Waverly Old 280 Boogie www.facebook.com/waverlyboogie. April 19: Auburn Football A-Day Weekend April 19: Easter On the Square Downtown Opelika. 705-5560. April 22: Earth Day Safari The Montgomery Zoo. www.montgomeryzoo.com. April 26-28: Russell Marine In Water Boat Show The Ridge Marina, Lake Martin. www.russellmarine.net
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ParentingOnThePlains by Dr. Polly Dunn
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in parenting, it’s that young children are going to throw temper tantrums at some point or another. At home, the grocery store, in restaurants, in the car, really anywhere is fair game. Given my profession (and the fact that I have parented four children), you’d think I’d be pretty good at handling these outbursts. But somehow, each temper tantrum still leaves me struggling to get a grip on my child’s behavior and my own parenting skills. I’ve dealt with two temper tantrums in public that I recall vividly. I handled each one differently and learned from both. Hopefully my play by play will help you the next time you’re faced with your child’s outburst. The first of the two will definitely go down in my book as what NOT to do when your child is throwing a tantrum. I had taken my youngest daughter to have her portrait made with a local photographer at his studio. When we arrived, she immediately started crying and screaming. I tried to tell her what was expected, reason with her, ignore her, bribe her, whatever it took! But nothing I did worked. Finally, I gave in and gave her some candy in the hopes that it would distract her long enough from her crying jag to have her portrait taken. Am I kidding? No! I actually gave my child candy while she was having a screaming crying temper tantrum. Did it work? Of course not! Why? Because I had committed the ultimate temper tantrum parenting sin. I gave in! I rewarded her misbehavior. If the child psychology Ph.D. police had been there, they would have surely taken mine away! What should I have done? Well, for starters I should have prepared her better ahead of time for what was expected from her during the session. And then, if I promised her a reward for her good behavior, I should have only given it to her AFTER she had good behavior, not in the midst of a full blown temper tantrum.
Temper tantrum two happened during the lunch hour at an area restaurant. When our food arrived, there was a cookie on the plate that came with the meal as dessert. I told my daughter she could only have her cookie after she finished her lunch. But after a few minutes, she started screaming for the cookie. This was no quiet scream, but one that caused all of the other patrons of the restaurant to turn and look to see what was causing all the commotion. Before I could even think about what I was doing, I carried my flailing and screaming angel out to the car and buckled her in her car seat and then buckled myself into the driver’s seat. She
kept crying for the cookie, but I held firm to my word that she would only get the cookie if she ate her lunch. After a few minutes, low and behold, she stopped crying, ate her whole lunch, and said she was sorry. And then, true to my word, she got her cookie. That time, I felt like I got it right. Children are going to have tantrums, of that I am sure. As parents, we can only try to learn what works and what doesn’t in controlling these outbursts and try to apply our skills the best we can. If you get it wrong, you can be sure that like me you’ll get another try! Dr. Polly Dunn received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1999. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently serves as the Director of the Auburn University Psychological Services Center, a position she has held for over ten years. Dr. Dunn is also the founder of www.ChildPsychMom.com where she blogs about what works and what doesn’t in her hectic life as a child psychologist, wife, and mom of four.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: CViolence: C Sexual Content: D+ Language: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: D+ The MPAA has rated Endless Love PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying. In Endless Love, Bruce Greenwood plays a dad so bad that all his apprehensions are negated --even if there is truth to them. Unable to put the untimely death of his son behind him, he domineers the lives of his other children, Keith (Rhys Wakefield) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde). He detaches from his marriage leaving his wife Anne (Joely Richardson) pretending to be a devoted wife in a loveless union while he carries on an affair. In reality Hugh’s (Greenwood) worries would be justified. His daughter Jade has spent all four years of high school with her nose in a book or glued to her parents’ side. Then after graduation, the late bloomer decides to act like a teenager when she falls in love with classmate David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer). In an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (complete with the balcony scene), this rich-girl and poor-son-ofa-mechanic stay out late, sneak into an establishment after hours to get high, and have sex on the floor of her family’s living room. They call it endless love. But Dad sees trouble written all over the face of the brooding teen boyfriend. However Alex Pettyfer, at 23, hardly looks like a teen. And while the ethereal Gabriella Wilde could pass for someone much younger than her 24 years, playing these characters as young adults would have made the story more believable -- but not necessarily less painful. Unlike the 1981 original of Endless Love starring a young Brooke Shields, this movie doesn’t have the creepy, dark obsessive emotion. It’s sexual passion. Jade’s gauzy, see-through nightgown and the teens’ steamy tryst on the floor confirm this story is more about libido than love. But when confronted about what could easily be called a summer fling, the star-crossed lovers defend the depth of their infatuation. They spout the kind of arguments you’d expect -- silly things like, “all we need is love.” That’s easy to say when you still live at home. And although it’s a beautiful sentiment, it shows this couple hasn’t thought through the realities and responsibilities of a mature union. Unfortunately, this is probably the kind of tale every teen who feels misjudged will embrace. After all, both sets of parents in this movie aren’t exactly models of longterm commitment themselves. In addition to the sexuality, this script employs profanities (including a strong sexual expletive) and implied illegal drug use. There are also repeated depictions of punching. It’s the way David resolves issues and though he always does it in defense of others, it is still an action that lands him in jail more than once. True, there are moments when the characters rise above themselves and show a shred of sensibility. But for the moment, their definition of endless love looks a lot more like inexhaustible lust.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: D+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: CLanguage: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Vampire Academy PG-13 for violence, bloody images, sexual content and language. One could only hope the obsession with vampires is coming to an end -- but apparently not yet. Instead, the Vampire Academy gives us a whole new take on the bloodsuckers and the class system among the undead. At the top of the caste are the Moroi, the bluebloods of this world. Unlike your typical vampires, these royals have a limited lifespan and eventually die. Their bite isn’t deadly so they feed on willing donors, often in a cafeteria-like setting where the givers get a seemingly erotic pleasure from being a feedbag. With enough good sunscreen or an umbrella, the Moroi can even tolerate the sunlight and, fortunately, indoor mall lighting. On the opposite end of the scale are the Strigoi, bloodthirsty, savage, immortal vampires that have gone to the dark side. They can’t abide the sun, attack to kill and can only be done in with a silver dagger. Between these two are the Dhampir--half human/half vampire guardians assigned to protect the Moroi from the Strigoi. Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) is one of these. Her job is to safeguard Princess Vasilisa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), the last remaining royal in her family line. If ever a film tried to encapsulate every teen stereotype, this would be it. High school at St. Vampire Academy feels like something straight out of Mean Girls with bullying, catfights and romantic angst. But the script takes it even further with suggestions of a lesbian relationship, attempts to lose one’s virginity and a flirtation between a teacher and student that gets down to the characters’ black underwear. The movie delves into even more dangerous depictions when it shows characters slitting their wrists and using their own blood to write threats on the wall. Cutting is also a way one of the characters deals with emotional pain. In an attempt to be funny, the script uses flippant, silly dialogue and takes a few lowball jabs at Twilight. Vampire Academy tries too hard to be both a comedy and a drama with disastrous results.
What Parents need to know about Vampire Academy...
Violence: A car crash results in death for some characters and bloody injuries for others. A bike explodes injuring men. There are frequent scenes of hand-to-hand battles, beatings, kicking, stabbing and some other weapon use. Dead animals are hung outside a girl’s dorm room. Characters slit their wrists and then write threats on the wall with their own blood. A girl licks the blood on the wall. Several characters are shown with cut marks on their wrists. A girl attacks a man in the mall. A character attempts to inject a student with a sedative, but is injected herself. Guards use taser-like weapons, guns and other pain inducing tactics. A man is forced to jump out of a window and he falls to his death. A female character is tortured. A man’s neck is broken. Dogs are set on fire. A vampire savagely kills a man and drinks his blood, equating it to a sexual act. Sexual Content: Sexually suggestive scenes and dialogue are shown involving teens. Crass sexual comments are made about anatomy, wet dreams, homosexual relationships and other sexual activities. Characters repeatedly talk about fornication. Characters kiss, sometimes passionately, on several occasions. A teacher and student begin to engage in sexual activity. Characters are seen in their underwear. A teen girl wears cleavage baring tank tops and shirts. Language: The script contains infrequent mild profanities, curses, crude sexual references and other vulgar comments. Alcohol / Drug Use: A teacher attempts to inject a student with a sedative, against her will. Characters drink at a party.
What Parents need to know about Endless Love...
Violence: A man treats a valet rudely. Teens take a joy ride in a customer’s car. Several characters are punched in the face, resulting in bloody lips, facial bruising and jail time for the perpetrator. A man makes cruel comments and threatens a young man. There are discussions of domestic violence. A character is involved in a car accident. Characters are caught in a house fire. Sexual Content: A character makes a crude sexual comment about a young girl. A sex scene involving teens depicts partial breast nudity, passionate kissing and bare backs and shoulders. A couple is caught making out in a closet. They kiss passionately on numerous occasions including in the public library. A married man is involved in an affair with a colleague. Language: The script includes scatological slang, terms of Deity, profanities and a strong sexual expletive, along with some sexual references, dialogue and comments. Alcohol / Drug Use: Numerous characters, including teens, are shown drinking. Teens plan to get high on illegal drugs. Auburn Opelika Parents I March 2014
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