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Contents May 2013 Volume 4 Number 3

Features

30 Bunking Up! Strategies for Shared-Room Success Learn about the benefits that can come when your children share a bedroom, from creating a stronger bond between them to giving you more space in your home.

34 Best Summer Ever!

Your kids won’t be complaining about summer boredom when you explore these nine ways to amp up creative family fun.

36 Summer Activities Listing

Summer fun abounds in Lee County with special classes and camps for almost any age and interest.

Columns

46 Foster Parenting: Opening Your Home and

Your Heart

2 From One Parent to Another Kendra Sumner

4 Living With Children John Rosemond, Ph.D.

10 Kids Health

Discover why Auburn University athletic director Jay Jacobs, and wife, Angie, have such a passion for fostering children. And find out if your family might want to follow suit.

On The Cover

Richard Freeman, M.D.

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Departments 6 Bits and Pieces

Get This!

12 School Bits

Paige Gardner Smith

29 Dave Says

48 Family Calendar

Dave Ramsey

32 A Page in a Book

56 Parent Previews

Paige Gardner Smith

33 The FlyLady Marla Cilley

55 Parenting on the Plains Polly Dunn, Ph.D.

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Harrison Powell is the son of Greg and Kathy Powell of Auburn and is a great big brother to William (4). Harrison is a kindergartener in Mrs. Misty Sanders class at Auburn Early Education Center. Harrison is enjoying his second season of soccer on the Kathy Powell State Farm team. Harrison also enjoys playing with Legos, reading books, and riding his bike. Harrison is a sweet friend to everyone he meets.

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Auburn-Opelika Parents Lee County’s Foremost Parenting Source

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

Publisher Kendra Sumner kendra@auburnopelikaparents.com

Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@auburnopelikaparents.com

Associate Editor Kelly Watson

Director of Sales Justin Sumner justin@auburnopelikaparents.com or (334) 209-0552

Contributing Writers Marla Cilley Polly Dunn, Ph.D. Richard Freeman, M.D. Malia Jacobson Christie del Amo Johnson Christina Katz Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Paige Gardner Smith

Cover Photography Candy Avera www.pictureperfectbycandy.com

President Jason Watson jason@auburnopelikaparents.com

Visit us online at www.auburnopelikaparents.com Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: 1204 Owens Road Auburn, Alabama, 36830. The phone number is (334) 209-0552 and fax is (334) 826-7303. Auburn-Opelika Parents is copyrighted 2013 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

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From One Parent to Another... My family is going to get dirty this summer! Yes, even me, the ‘not too crazy about the outdoors, the bugs and the clean up afterwards’ gal. I am far from the mom who enjoys getting down in the dirt with the kids just for the sake of exploring and playing. However, with having four kids it comes with the territory, and I must say they have helped me warm up to the idea...one kid at a time. You know how it is. With your first child you may have kept the home, the shopping cart and his hands all sanitized to avoid even one single germ from attacking his little system. But then oneby-one, with each new sibling, my fear of the germs and mess slowly calmed. I am not sure if it is the gained parenting experience that comes along with having multiple children, or the lack of time you have to clean everything they touch because you have more kids and more going on. Either way, I have moved from the panic of a dress getting grass stained to now seeing those stains as the reminder of the amazing picnic in the park we shared on that sunny, Sunday afternoon together. With summer quickly approaching (the kids remind me of this a couple of times a day now) and that last school bell getting ready to ring, it is time to think about how we are going to get dirty! If your kids are like mine, it will be about three days into summer break, the house will look like a toy factory that has exploded, their favorite shows are now the reruns, and they have run out of synonyms to use to make the ‘I’m bored’ speech. This summer, I am hopeful that I can get ahead of them and have a plan in place to keep them engaged, excited and learning. In the feature article, Best Summer Ever! Amp Up Creative Family Fun, the author reminds us that allowing the creative juices to flow and not worrying about the messes it may leave behind will not only make for a fun experience, but will spark creativity that could last a lifetime. Forget about telling them to not make a mess; instead, she suggests helping them create by setting up an art area in the home or designing a spot for gardening and bug exploring. Of course, get in there with them...just put a little bug spray and sunscreen on and know you can get a quick shower soon enough! Also included is our 2013 Summer Guide to Family Fun! Check it out! You may find a new park to hike, a museum to tour, and a few classes the kids can sign up for. On the top of our family’s list is VBS is June, fishing at the lake in July, trying a new class at Parks and Recreation and a wild animal safari! Don’t forget the good old-fashioned fun of tree climbing, lemonade selling, and cannon ball competitions! I am sure that along with these adventures there will be mud splashes, scraped up knees, and yucky worms touched! Shower them off, Band-Aid them up and keep the Purell close by, but take the photos, make the memories and worry about the messes later. In that muddy puddle is your brighteyed boy who may have caught his very first fish with that slimy worm. Never again will a first fish be caught by him! The joy and learning that comes from that exploring, ‘getting your hands dirty’ moment will become more than just a memory! Where will your family get dirty this summer? Camp, vacation, or in your own backyard? Make it a summer to remember, full of family fun. From one parent to another, roll up your sleeves, lead the way and get dirty!

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Living With Children

By John Rosemond

Deal With Discipline Issues One Problem at a Time One of the reasons—it’s probably in the top three reasons, in fact— that parents fail at solving discipline problems is they try to solve too many at once. In so doing, they scatter their disciplinary energy too thinly and end up solving none. The only thing they accomplish is getting more frustrated and more convinced that there is something about their child that renders discipline ineffective—a gene perhaps, inherited from the father (who else?), that causes a biochemical imbalance. If a corporation manufactures ten products that are all losing money, its managers do not try to rehabilitate all ten products at once. Instead, they focus their marketing energy and dollars on one. They are fairly certain that the renewed success of that one item will have a positive effect on the other nine. And they’re right! Shortly after bingobangos

begin showing a profit, whatchamas and humperdoos begin operating in the black as well. Pretty soon, all ten products are doing well. Mind you, if management had tried to jump-start all ten at once, the corporation would have gone bankrupt. And so it is when dealing with discipline problems. No matter how many there are, pick one—it doesn’t really matter which one—and deal with it in a very organized way. When you have solved that one problem, you will almost surely notice that one or two other problems have spontaneously vanished. I call it “disciplinary math.” If you start with ten discipline problems—tantrums, disobedience, disrespect, teasing the dog, leaving clothes all over the house, and so on—and you solve one, you are likely to find that you only have seven problems left. Solve one of those and you have only four left. Four problems minus one is one and that goes the way of the other nine as soon as your child sees you focusing on it. During this process, which may take several months from start to finish (time well spent), just muddle through the problems you

haven’t yet targeted. Their day will come. I once consulted with a couple whose early-elementary-age son was giving them fits. In addition to speaking disrespectfully, ignoring instructions, and interrupting conversations, he was not getting ready for school on time in the morning. The parents took turns haranguing, hectoring, and hassling until he was finally ready to leave the house. Because their day almost always got off on the wrong foot, they were eager to solve that problem. Instead, I helped them develop an organized approach to the disrespectful statements that flew out of his mouth whenever things didn’t go his way. A few weeks later, the parents told me that the disrespect had all but completely stopped. Oh, and by the way, their son was getting ready to leave for school in the morning without being harangued and so on. And other problems were showing improvement as well! “Disciplinary math” may defy the rules of arithmetic, but it works! Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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bits & pieces Derby Day at the Stables

Ladies bring your hats and guys dig out your seersucker for Derby Day, Saturday, May 4. This annual event benefits Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. Pick your favorite horse during the “Run for the Roses” and enjoy some great bluegrass music. Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (256) 212-1479, or www.RussellLandsOnLakeMartin.com.

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Mother's Day at the Montgomery Zoo

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, all moms will receive free admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum! Show mom how 'Wild' you are about her! www.montgomeryzoo.com.

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Annual May Sundown Concert Series

Enjoy a night (or several nights) of entertainment! Town Creek Park is the perfect setting to listen to the enchanting sounds of local and regional musicians. Bring the family, a picnic, and your lawn chairs and enjoy a free, relaxing evening of entertainment before the dog days of summer set in. Speaking of...don’t forget to bring your favorite four-legged friends! Join us every Thursday evening, 6-7:30 p.m., in May! FREE to the public. May 2: Soulco, May 9: Crossroads, May 16: Destiny Brown, May 23: Martha's Trouble, May 30: Dave Potts. 501-2939.

21st Annual Fishing Rodeo

Cast into summer as Auburn Parks and Recreation and Evans Realty present the 21st Annual Fishing Rodeo, sponsored by Evans Realty, on Saturday, May 18 from 8 -11 a.m. at Lake at Auburn Technology Park South. Bring your lucky fishing pole and we will supply the bait. Over $300 worth of door prizes will be given out to lucky participants and prizes will be awarded to the biggest fish and smallest fish caught! The first 100 children to register will receive a rod and reel courtesy of Evans Realty. This event is a great chance to bring kids and their parents together with America’s favorite pastime...Fishing! $5 per child. (Limit of 5 fish per child). A parent must accompany the child at all times. 501-2930. Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

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George Washington Carver Commemorative Festival

For the past nine years, thousands of festival goers have gathered on the historic downtown square of Tuskegee, AL, for the FREE George Washington Carver Commemorative Festival. This year’s festival, one of the top events in the State of Alabama, will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in downtown Tuskegee. The parade, vendors, fun, entertainment, food and musical/stage entertainment all offer an atmosphere of festivities. www.carverfestival.org. Advertising: 334-209-0552

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Wetumpka Crater at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn

On Saturday, May 25, from 10-11 a.m., enjoy a program by Dr. David King, Auburn University professor of Geology, about the 5-mile-wide crater in Wetumpka left behind by the 1,100-foot meteor from millions of years ago. Wetumpka is the site of the only authenticated impact crater in the eastern United States and one of only 200 such craters worldwide. We are hoping to have a meteor for you to look at. Children's activities will be available. $2 members, $3 for non-members. 2222 N. College Street (Hwy 147) near Hwy 280 and the AU Fisheries. www.facebook.com/auburnpreserve.

Project Graduation 2013 Offers Safe, Fun Graduation Party for Seniors

Graduation night is statistically the worst night of the year for DUI fatalities. Project Graduation is a drug / alcohol-free party given by the parents of seniors to provide our seniors with a safe and incredibly fun Graduation Party, held after graduation, Thursday, May 23rd, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Auburn High School Field House. Any person suspected of drinking or using drugs will not be admitted. Police and parent security will be on duty at all times. 12 p.m. is the cut-off time for entry – NO RE-ENTRY! The number of parents at the party will be kept to a minimum. Only those parents actually needed to work will be allowed in the party. Food, Entertainment, Prizes, and Fun! In the past, this project has brought new friends together and old friends back together, not to mention the wonderful memories we will make for our children and ourselves. Each senior is asked for $45 for themselves and $15 for one guest. This fee includes admittance for the senior (and a guest), T Shirt, food, fun, and eligibility for prizes. Any additional donations will be accepted. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the ticket price. This event is by invitation only – each senior will receive an invitation and be allowed to invite one guest whose name must be submitted to the invitation committee prior to that night.

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bits & pieces Summer Swing Concert Series at Municipal Park, Opelika

Every Tuesday evening beginning May 7, the Opelika Parks and Recreation Department hosts a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. May 7: Bill J. Brooks, Elvis Lives, May 14: OHS Symphonic, Concert and Jazz Bands, May 21: Lee-Scott Academy Jazz Band, May 28: S.E. Alabama Community Band, June 4: Adam Hood, June 11: Conner Lorre, Neil Diamond Tribute Artist, June 18: Route 66, June 25: Crossroads, July 2: Soul Coalition of East Alabama, July 9: Kidd Blue, July 16: Fedoras, July 23: Muse, July 30: Martha's Trouble, August 6: Fred Jones and the James Brown Trio, August 13: Back to School Bash. The Opelika Band Boosters will prepare hamburgers and hotdogs in the park for a nominal fee from 6:15-7:30 p.m. These are ideal for a family picnic. RBC Bank of Opelika will provide complimentary lemonade during the concerts.Kona Ice will have shaved ice for sale at each concert as well. The Rocky Brook Rocket, a vintage train with a long, rich history, has been restored and is back on the tracks for complimentary train rides. Come out early! Bring the whole family, a quilt or lawn chair and relax on the bank of Rocky Brook Creek for an evening of musical fun, fellowship and relaxation. 705-5560

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28th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival

The 28th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival in Wetumpka will be a weekend full of fun, fellowship, competition, and whitewater! May 31-June 2. Register online at www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com.

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Miracle League Needs Volunteers

Miracle League Baseball has begun, and we need volunteers! All games are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Billy Hitchcock Miracle League Complex located in West Ridge Part at 1600 Covington Avenue, Opelika. The Miracle League is for individuals with special health needs. Baseball Buddies need to be 12 years old or older. If you are interested in being a buddy please contact buddy coordinator AMY ROLAND @ arowland10@aol.com. For more information check us out on facebook @ The Miracle League of East Alabama and at miraclefield.org.

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32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt Prize Winners

The City of Auburn’s 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Wells Fargo, was held Saturday, March 30, at Kiesel Park. Golden egg prize winners received a $25 Visa gift card, courtesy of Wells Fargo, and a Wells Fargo stuffed pony. Pictured are the prize winners from the following age groups: Ages 3 & Under: Erin Zhang & Family; Ages 4 – 6: Taylor Hefferon; Ages 7 – 9: Sophia Willingham; Ages 10 – 12: Josie Evans.

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Sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Auburn

Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a major health problem in the United States and other parts of the world today. Generally speaking, obesity starts in infancy and childhood in many patients. There is certainly a genetic influence but there are other environmental/cultural factors as well. Obesity in childhood is increasing at an alarming rate today. In the past 30 years, the percentage of obese children has tripled in children ages two to five and quadrupled in children ages six to eleven. This parallels the documented increase in the consumption of fast food, e.g., French fries, chicken fingers/nuggets, foods fried in trans fats and soft drinks made with high fructose corn syrup. There is no doubt according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, that (fast food) “advertising directed toward children is inherently deceptive and exploits children under eight years of age�. How can one know if their child is obese/overweight? The BMI, (body mass index) is probably about the best we can use to answer the question. The BMI is not perfect and is not absolute. A child who is well-developed and muscular might well have an elevated BMI. A BMI >95th percentile usually means obesity. Visit this link to determin the BMI for children: http://kidshealth.org/parent/food/weight/ bmi_charts.html

In adults, a BMI of 25 or less is considered normal. A BMI of over 25 and less than 30 is characteristic if someone who is overweight. A BMI of 30 or greater defines obesity. Why are we concerned about obesity? Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, (heart attack), type 2 diabetes or adult onset diabetes which was often not diagnosed until patients were in their 40s or later. Currently, we are seeing young children and teenagers with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes puts children at risk for a much shorter life span and decreased quality of life because of the diseases that are resultant of type 2. Such diseases are kidney failure, eye disease (decreased vision and blindness), limb amputations, stroke, etc. So, what are we to do to protect our children from the diseases which are the result of obesity? Clearly, our culture, love of fast foods, sedentary life style, watching TV, playing on the computer (computer games), and overall lack of physical activity are significant traits of obesity. If one takes in more calories than one burns, weight gain (addition of fat) results. Permanent life style changes are required to prevent and/or reverse obesity/overweight in children. This is not rocket science.

What to do:

1. Avoid all foods with high fructose corn syrup. This means about all soft drinks, juices, crackers, cookies, etc. Even catsup contains a lot of high fructose corn syrup. We no longer recommend juices for infants or children, or, for that matter, any age. 2. Just one soft drink daily is a risk factor for obesity. Drink water in place of these sugary drinks. 3. Broil, grill or steam foods instead of frying them. Avoid food which is fried. 4. Use healthy sources of protein such as lean meat, nuts (preferably raw), and eggs. 5. Five to six servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. 6. Thirty minutes of outdoor exercise most days of the week.

Dr. Richard Freeman completed medical school in 1973 and started in private practice in 1975 in Opelika, before practicing in Auburn. Dr. Freeman has served as Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer for the Medical Association for the State of Alabama, was a member of the Medicaid DUR Board, member of the Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutic Board and is on the Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Alabama. He is married to Sherry Spann Freeman and they have two children and six grandchildren.

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Dean Road First Grader Receives Art Award

The annual Opelika High School Horticulture Spring Plant Sale was a huge success. The sale featured various types of ferns, hanging baskets and assorted annuals and perennials. Pictured are Kevin Lasaath and Emily Erlandson.

Dean Road Elementary School is proud to announce that Sidney Crim was recognized at the April 6th ACS Board Meeting for winning 1st place in the Auburn City Schools Superintendent’s Art Show. Sidney is in Mrs. Shiver’s first grade class and Mrs. Hames is her art teacher. She is the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Crim. Her artwork is displayed in the Auburn City Schools’ Central Office.

Cary Woods Elementary Trip to Callaway Gardens

Lee County Teens on the Catwalk

Two local residents recently modeled during Birmingham Fashion Week. Tiara Baker, 17, of Opelika is a junior at Beauregard High School. She modeled for retailer Marella, Project Runway All Stars and Season 9 winner Anthony Ryan and New York based company Tibi. Justin Robinson, 18, of Auburn is a freshman at Auburn University. He modeled for retailer Vineyard Vines and Project Runway All Stars and Season 9 runner-up Joshua McKinley.

Students in 2nd grade traveled to Callaway Gardens for a day of fun and learning among nature. A birds of prey presentation included lots of interesting bird facts and flights overhead of beautiful birds. Birds swooped very close overhead, creating a few gasps and excitement from students, teachers and parents. The next stop on the Callaway field trip was the butterfly house and exhibit. Each 2nd grade student walked through the enclosed butterfly sanctuary where butterflies were free to fly overhead. Students searched for many different species hidden among the trees, plants and waterfall. Pictured are Mrs. McHugh's students.

Jump Rope for Heart Top Fundraisers at Richland Elementary

Congratulations to the top fundraisers for Richland Elementary School's Jump Rope for Heart event. Our school raised $4,349.50 for the American Heart Association this year. Pictured are Sara Lipe, Jay Redfearn, Elizabeth Jordan, Ethan Schwab (overall Champion) Megan Lipe, Simon Brown, and Emmalee Jordan. Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

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Lee-Scott Academy Math Team Wins First Place at Competition

The Lee-Scott 8th grade Math team won 1st in the Algebra Division at the Southern Union Community College Mathematics Competition. Team members are Emily Stone, William Vansant, Brice Hilyer, and Anna Esco. The competition was held at the Wadley campus and included both public and private schools. The team is directed by Mrs. Michele Dean.

Wacoochee Elementary Moms and Sons Enjoy Movie Night Together

Wacoochee elementary school held its first annual PTO-sponsored Mother-Son Movie Night on March 21. Moms and sons watched a movie, chomped on theater popcorn, and enjoyed some time together. The event was a Broadway Hit with everyone! Left photo – Braxton and Mom; Right photo – Dylan, Joshua, and Mom.

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Healthy Eating at Cary Woods Elementary

The Child Nutrition Department provided a laminated menu with a focus on MY PLATE for each student and used some Auburn students studying nutrition to talk about eating properly and choosing the right foods for meals during lunch at Cary Woods.

U11 Soccer Team Wins Tournament in Mississippi

The Auburn Thunder U11 boys’ team won the Mississippi Fire Spring Classic in Jackson, Mississippi. They outscored their opponents 17-2 to take home the championship. Pictured (front row, from left) are: Aidan Heaton, Jordan Matthews, Andrew Cornett, Mitchell DeWeese and Daniel Wesche. Back row: Coach Bill Ferguson, Sullivan Britnell, Connor Barron, Drew Goines, Jackson Smith, Cody Nichols, Will Arnall and Cole Arrington.

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Opelika City Schools Students Write Essays to Win Lunch with Tony Dungy

Students from the Opelika City Schools wrote essays to describe how they were UNCOMMON in preparation for last week’s visit by Coach Tony Dungy, the author of the book, Uncommon. Essay winners from each grade level at each school were selected and joined Coach Dungy at the Uncommon Leadership Luncheon at the Marriott at Grand National on April 5. The winners, pictured with Dungy, were as follows: Carver Primary School: Tyra Deshaun Pitts, Essence Collins, Jordan Sheeley; Jeter Primary School: Haleigh Mansfield, Ronald Reese, Jr., NyLah Ausborn; Southview Primary School: Jaycie Segrest, De’Andre Harris, Jr., McKay Yountz ; Northside Intermediate School: Orah Preston, Anna Seymore, Zeriauna Jackson; Morris Avenue Intermediate School: Andrew Jacob (A.J.) Johnson, Brayden Bell, Zach Pierce; West Forest Intermediate School: Farrtavious Hardnett, Benet Harris, Evita Debrow; Opelika Middle School: Destiny Buchanan, Ghania Warren, Adia “Ja’Nea” James; Opelika High School: William McKee, Luis Alcantara, Laderius Edwards, and Jared Gentry.

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Dean Road Fifth Graders Graduate from DARE Program

Fifth grade classes at Dean Road Elementary School participated in the DARE program led by Officer Keith Horne of the Auburn Police Department. DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a ten-week program and teaches skills such as resisting peer pressure and good decision making. Students also learn the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. A graduation ceremony is held each year at the end of the program. Parents are encouraged to attend and the students are able to share information that they’ve learned. Pictured is Mrs. Bass’ fifth grade class on graduation day.

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Boy Scout Troop Collects 802 Pounds of Food for Food Bank

Local Boy Scout Troop 858 and Cub Scout Pack 858, both chartered by Opelika First Baptist Church, recently participated in Scouting for Food. They collected 802 pounds of food that they turned in to the local food bank.

Beulah Chemistry Students Test Soil for Community Beulah High School Chemistry teacher Rachel Brown directed her classes last week in their annual soil testing project. Students solicited administrators, teachers, staff, and members of the community to collect soil samples for testing purposes. Students conducted laboratory tests for the soil samples. After testing samples students then reported their recommendations on what could be added to the soil to produce the best possible growing conditions for gardens and flower beds. The chemistry classes conducted the service free of charge and provided beneficial feedback for all those who submitted samples for the soil test. The project proved to be most useful and gave students an opportunity to provide worthwhile assistance for their community. Pictured is junior Madison Austin.

Where Learning Begins

From the moment you enter our million dollar, state-of-the-art facility, you realize that Milestones Learning Center is more than a daycare. Established in 2007, we are proud to offer our award-winning services to the children and families of the Auburn/Opelika area. As a private academically focused program that specializes in early childhood education, we cater to those families that want the best for their child. We offer year round educational programs for full and part-time childcare for children six weeks to Pre-Kindergarten. In addition we provide a full menu of enrichment classes onsite which saves our parents valuable time. Come by today and tour our facility and see the Milestones difference.

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Opelika High School Business Students Earn Awards and Certification

Opelika High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members recently competed in the annual Southern Union State Community College Business tournament held at the Wadley Campus. Jeremiah Ingram placed 3rd in Business Calculations and Tiara Nelms placed 3rd in Business Communications.

Drake Middle School Student a Finalist in State Pageant

Ashlyn Weaver, a 6th grader at Drake Middle School, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Alabama pageant to be held June 6 - 8 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel. Ashlyn will be participating in the 10-12 year age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the state. The pageant program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and all activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and will compete in the National Pageant in California.

Auburn Gospel Choir Performs at Dean Road Elementary

A Black History Month Celebration was presented by Dr. William Powell and the Auburn Gospel Choir recently at Dean Road Elementary School. The group did a super job of singing and sharing the history of some Negro Spirituals during the assembly program. The program included the students as well. This made for a great performance and lots of fun! Pictured is Dr. Powell working with Zakell Flowers, second grader, on the tambourine. Also pictured: Jaedyn Easterling, first grader.

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Blue Pod Performs for AEEC PTO Meeting

The students in the blue pod at AEEC have been learning all about France this year. To show off their hard work and talents, they sang songs that reflect their year's learning.

Beulah High School Agriscience Students Build Picnic Tables with Donated Lumber

Beulah High School students recently concluded an Agriscience project using donated lumber to build four picnic tables. The tables will be placed in the new outdoor picnic area adjacent to the school lunchroom. Pictured is BHS Agriscience teacher Matt Johnson with the following students: Austin Smith, Josh McEachern, Bobby Truitt, Seth Danford, Justin Smith, Brad Lowery, Trevon Brown, and Chasitie Brown.

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BHS Boys State/Girls State Representatives

Jeb Spence and Madi Dwyer were selected to represent Beauregard High School at the 75th Annual American Legion Alabama Boys State and Girls State. Madi attended Girls State on the campus of Troy University and Jeb attended Boys State on the campus of University of Alabama.

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Congratulations to Lee County’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year. The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Beth Keeshan, and the Secondary Teacher of the Year is Debra Byrd.

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Dean Road Elementary Hosts “Bowls for a Cause”

Alicia Hames, art teacher at Dean Road Elementary School, recently received a grant for a creative service learning project at her school. The project was called “Bowls for a Cause.” Students submitted applications to participate and 25 were chosen. Students made bowls and hosted a dinner which earned money for the East Alabama Food Bank. About 125 bowls were painted and over 100 people attended the dinner. Homemade soup/ chili, made by parents, was served. Emilee Williams, Miss Chattahoochee Valley, spoke about hunger, which is her platform, and the Auburn University Organization Committee talked about their War on Hunger campaign. Donations at the dinner exceeded $1400. Pictured is Chandler Martin, second grader, with his bowl.

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Opelika High School Students Receive Microsoft Office Certifications

The state of Alabama recently partnered with Microsoft to offer certifications to high school students in Microsoft applications. By earning a Microsoft certification, students validate the technical knowledge and skills they have learned, gain a competitive edge in the job market, demonstrate their commitment to the Information Technology profession, and enable a career development path for ongoing advancement of Microsoft technology skills. Opelika High School's Commerce and Information Technology department would like to recognize the following students for obtaining certifications in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel: Dasjah Lilly, Carter Neighbors, Jessica Ramos, Silvester Walker, Terry Williams, II, Nathaniel Ryden, Ivan Ramos, Kevin Lazenby, Matthew Worthy, Mallory Veasey, Keaton Hightower, Tilak Patel, Lofton Wheeles, Taylor Watson, Dakota Pugh, Aleah Herring, Logan Joiner, Eden Newell, Marquavious Gaffney and Asia Ramsey.

Loachapoka Balloon Release Honors Memory of Loved Ones

Students at Loachapoka Elementary and High schools honored deceased family members and loved ones in a commemorative balloon release recently at the elementary school. Right before she counted the students down to release their balloons, those gathered heard the following quote from Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is my light. Of whom shall I be afraid?�. Then the students released the pink, purple, green, orange, and yellow balloons and watched as they floated up and out of sight.

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4th grade Alabama History Classes at Lee-Scott Academy

Lee-Scott Academy recently held "Pioneer Week", a hands-on, active learning experience. Students assumed the identities of reallife pioneer children who emigrated with their families from South Carolina to newly-formed Chambers County in 1836. Activities included: laundry day at the washtub; quilting; carding cotton; weaving on a hand loom; churning butter; constructing a "dogtrot" cabin with Lincoln Logs; children's games.

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Local Student Wins Bike at Bike Bash

Alexis Ezell (age 10) of Auburn was the winner of the drawing for the kid’s bike, courtesy of James Bros Bikes, at Bike Bash 2013 on Saturday, April 13 at Chewacla State Park. Pictured with Alexis are her mother and two members of the Auburn Police Division’s Bicycle Patrol Unit. Bike Bash is an annual event presented by the City of Auburn and the Auburn Bicycle Committee to promote bicycling as a fun and healthy leisure activity. This year’s Bike Bash featured 3, 9, 24, and 30 mile rides highlighting the new mountain biking trails at Chewacla State Park. Other activities included bicycle safety inspections, live music, demonstrations, and informational booths. For more information on bicycling in Auburn, visit www.auburnalabama.org/cycle.

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Constructing our Dolphin for the Mediterranean Sea

Students in the orange pod at AEEC worked together to create a dolphin. First, the stuffing crew members stuffed bags. The students measured them to be sure they were close to four feet, the size of the dolphin calf. Then they used packing tape to shape the bags to create the tail, fins, and other parts of the dolphin. Next step, we paper mache and paint. Learning about animals that live in Italy is fun! Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

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Beulah Holds “A” Honor Roll Breakfast for Students

Beulah High School’s Continuous Improvement Plan Committee sponsored a breakfast to honor all students in grades 7-12 for making the ALL “A” Honor Roll for the third nine weeks grading period. CIP Chairperson Heather Boyd with Math Department Chairperson Jennifer Cleiland organized the breakfast recognizing fifty students. Lee County Schools Assistant Superintendent Stan Cox is pictured with Beulah High School Principal Joey Biddle and the distinguished students. The breakfast was held on Thursday, April 11th during first period. 7th grade: Lora Bozeman; Justin Brown; Tahj Collins; Carson Guyton; Coleman Poss; Autumn Pressley; Nathaniel Sheppard; 8th grade: Abby Brumfield; Madison Green; Austin Hudmon; Autumn Moore; Morgan Pepper; 9th grade: Emilee Chandler; Alaina Dorsett; Nicholas Sorrell; Kaylynn Williams; 10th grade: Hayley Adams; Mary Brown; Daniel Buffington; Brooklyn Burdette; Kendall Cofield; Dalton Harper; Caroline Jacob; Brandon McClelland; Chandler Parton; Amanda Remmel; Ashley Remmel; Madison Sanders; Sherida Sumner; Samuel Taylor; 11th grade: Brana Booth; Haley Bowman; Ty Cobb; Katherine Griffith; Allis Hamby; Breanna Herbert; Alani Hodge; Dustin Howard; Brad Hurst; Chelsey McCormick; Tiffany Messer; Brandon Prince; Karmien Stallworth; Brandon Waido; Sydnee Williams; Faythe Windsor; Ansleigh Yancey; 12th grade: Levi Fitzwater; Steven Kerr; Savanna Sims.

We Appreciate Our Teachers at AEEC!

Much work went into Teacher Appreciation Week 2013 at AEEC. Teachers were greeted with lots of hugs and love from their kindergarten students. Other activities included a special classroom gift from each teachers' group of students. Pictured is Mrs. Shope in the orange pod. Her students presented her with a director's chair filled with a handprint from each of her students. The kids yelled, "We Appreciate You" as she received her secret, surprise gift.

Congratulations to Lee-Scott Academy’s Winning Track Teams

Lee-Scott Academy's Girls JV Track Team was named State Champions at the AISA State Track Meet held at Escambia Academy. LSA's Boys JV Track Team was named State Runners-Up. Congratulations to Mitchell Lewis for setting a new state record in discus. Girls track team: Anna Lynn Starr, Tyler Langford, Hannah Grace Wood, Emily Stone, Lauren McLeod, Sara Young, Claudia Tucker, Annsley Cerovsky; Christy Garner, Anna Esco, Claire Milton, Lauren Wilhite, Kathryn Young, Holly Grace Robinson, Christy Britt, Chauntel Kriel, Lauren Newman, Jamey

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Beauregard Student Performs at Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

Beauregard Elementary is proud to announce that Deano Martichuski, 4th grader, performed as Jack in the production of Into the Woods at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center! Deano is a hard working student! The show ran from March 7, 8, 9, 11. Visit www.AuburnOpelikaParents.com

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Opelika High School Theatre Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

In multiple shows, the theater was filled with 'our guests'! With a sold out house, students in the Opelika High School Theatre program presented Beauty and the Beast with all the flair and fun that only Disney shows can bring. Characters from Belle, the Beast, to Mrs. Potts and dancing forks and spoons entertained and thrilled as the story of love, inner beauty and good overcomes evil was told.

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Congratulations to the Nix Company Dancers who competed in Atlanta with their jazz, hip hop, ballet, and lyrical dance routines. The Nix Dancers took top honors in multiple categories. Pictured are dancer members from the Senior Company.

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Opelika High School Theatre Hosts Mrs. Potts’ Tea Party

The Opelika High School Theatre Society hosted Mrs. Potts’ Tea Party on Sunday, just prior to the afternoon performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. More than 280 guests attended the tea and met the characters. Children were also given the opportunity to have their photo made with “Belle” and “Beast” in the enchanted castle. Shown, from left to right, are Marquavious Gaffney as Chip’s assistant, Scot Carpenter as Chip, Mary Grace Sasser as Mrs. Potts, Acton Cole as Maurice, Erin Slay as Babette, Paxton Moeller as LeFou, Jason Jones as Gaston, John Sasser as Cogsworth, Auburn Terry as Madame de la Grande Bouche and Demond Moore as Lumiere.

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Beulah Health Occupation Students Assist Red Cross with Blood Drive

On April 3rd, students in Beulah High School’s Health Occupations program volunteered to assist the American Red Cross with a blood drive at Beulah High School. The blood drive effort was a huge success as students gained valuable experience and insight by working with Red Cross team members in carrying out the blood drive. Nine students belonging to the HOSA (Healthcare Occupations Students of America) organization volunteered their time to assist the blood drive efforts which ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A total of 61 pints of viable blood was donated to the American Red Cross. The blood drive is an annual event sponsored by Beulah High School’s Healthcare Science & Technology Teacher Keith Fender. The blood drive effort was a great job by the Beulah HS HOSA organization. Pictured, Jonathan Anderson checks on BHS Senior Kristen Berry as she donates blood while Justin Smith looks on.

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Volleyball Players Sign Scholarships

Breanda Cobb has signed a scholarship to play volleyball at Southern Union State Community College. She ended her Senior season with 132 kills, 34 aces, and 22 blocks. She will be joined in the Bison volleyball program by high school teammate Brittany Lumpkin, who also signed to be a part of the S.U. volleyball program as a manager. Congratulations and Go Hornets!

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Glenwood senior Alryk Perry signs a football scholarship to Syracuse. Congratulations!

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Opelika Turns Fountain Blue for Autism Awareness Month In support of and continued awareness of Autism Awareness Month, Opelika turned the downtown fountain blue.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Auburn Floral Trail

Members of the Auburn Beautification Council (ABC) and City of Auburn (COA) staff held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 12 to officially kick off the 2013 Auburn Floral Trail. ABC members and COA staff are pictured at the Welcome to Auburn sign on South College Street. Those pictured include: Back Row (L - R): ABC members Maury Matthews and Alice Crittenden; Front Row (L - R): ABC member Mary Lou Matthews, Right of Way Coordinator Mike Marshall (COA), ABC member Robert Crittenden, Assistant Environmental Services Director Catrina Cook (COA), Parks and Recreation Director Becky Richardson (COA), ABC member Peggy McDonald, and Environmental Services Director Tim Woody (COA).

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The 8th annual Garden in the Park was another huge success with lots of local support. Tipi Miller, Opelika Beautiful executive director, said they had 3,788 people attend and 51 vendors at this year's Garden in the Park. Along with vendors such as the preservation league and arts and crafts booths, the day was filled with entertainment by dance groups and musicians. Kids enjoyed a treat of riding the Rocky Brook Rocket train, having their faces painted and tasting sweet treats!

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Boats Go With the Flow

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

In a world that’s mostly water, it makes sense that children want to explore and navigate the waterways. From discovering how cups float in their first bath to watching a paper boat rush away in a flooded street gutter, kids have a natural fascination with water and the crafts that move upon it. Whether they want to power-up a fast ship creating wakes of wonder or just go with the flow, the following watercraft are ideal ways for your children to explore whatever floats their boat!

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Ideal for hitting the water in the ‘old school’ way, the classic My Toy Boat is a water-worthy flat-bottomed boat that replicates those used by New England fishermen in the 19th century. Handcrafted from sturdy buoyant pine and painted with real boat paint to weather the effects of maritime action, these are ideal boats for the wading set who like to wander shallow creeks and inlets. These boats come in two sizes, a two-foot red and a 14” long blue, so skippers can choose the best vessel for their voyages. Designed to be a lasting heirloom toy, My Toy Boat is built to withstand years of shore-side play and sailing the inner seas.

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Pretend-play hits the imaginary high seas as the Sprig Dolphin Explorer sets sail. With its own wee captain (whose hat and backpack are removable), a durable dinghy, and dolphin figures (who can join the journeys), the Sprig is waterproof and ready to ride the waves in the bathtub or swimming pool. As a play set the Dolphin Explorer is ideally suited for land lubber adventures as well. Crafted from Sprigwood, which is made from re-purposed plastic from milk jugs, the Sprig Explorer is also the ‘greenest’ boat to voyage upon the ‘big blue’. This is the boat that will have kids looking forward to bath time as they cast away the anchor lines on their imagination and embark on fresh journeys in the water!

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One of the coolest things that children can discover about boats is how important they are in our everyday lives. We see truck and trains carrying goods every day, but it’s the often out-of-sight big container ships and barges that move the bulk of our freight from place-to-place. The Tug Boat and Barge demonstrates boats as transportation, moving about lightweight foam blocks that can be used to build floating piers, towers and bridges in the bath. The water tension on the blocks helps them “stick” together when wet. The flat barge is big enough to carry plenty of constructible blocks, while the tug moves the barge around the bath, so the youngest sailors can build their own waterways and navigate the world they create!

For the older maritime adventurer (ages 10 and up), the Double Horse remote-control speed boat takes the action to broader outdoor waterways like pools, small ponds and freshwater lakes. It’s almost a perfect scale model of a real racing craft, with slick speedboat design in a range of colors. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the controls allow for forward, backward, stop, left and right turn direction for the launched boat on the water. This very responsive RC speedboat flies across the water with a range of about 100 feet and makes sharp turns with ease. The balance is good, too, so it doesn’t flip easily. The high-power takes a toll on the battery, so the run-time is limited until the battery re-charges, but WOW, the waves and wakes are worth it!

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family or friends nearby, you might not have to figure baby-sitting expenses into the equation at all. Keep in mind, too, that going out on a date doesn’t have to mean spending money. Years ago, when my wife and I were broke, we did tons of stuff that didn’t cost a dime. Picnics in the park or a pretty hike through the woods are great ways to spend time together while keeping the pocketbook in your pocket. Be creative and make sure you find ways to have “us” time on a regular basis. But you’re right on this one. You can go out and have plenty of fun together without spending a lot of money!

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Corey and Katey Hage’s second son, Josiah, was destined for a shared bedroom from day one. The Hages wanted him to bunk up with his older brother, Ezra, to conserve space in the family’s modestlysized home and help the boys build a lasting bond. But reaching the goal wasn’t easy. Sleeping near a sibling took some getting used to for both boys, and the Hages spent several months moving Josiah in and out of Ezra’s room. In the end, it took three tries for the new sleeping arrangement to finally take hold. “There were times when I wondered if it would ever work,” says Katey. Their persistence paid off—Josiah and Ezra, now 3 and 5, have been happy roommates for two-and-a-half years. As bunkmates, the boys enjoy sharing a bedtime routine and chatting about their days as they drift off to sleep. They’ve learned to compromise and resolve conflict. Most importantly, they’ve learned to cherish their relationship, says Hage. Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

“The idea of each child having his or her own bedroom is a fairly recent phenomenon in history,” says James J. Crist, Ph.D., psychologist and co-author of Siblings: You’re Stuck With Each Other, So Stick Together. People have shared habitats forever, so parents shouldn’t feel bad if kids need to share bedrooms, he says. In fact, sharing a bedroom with a sibling can be an irreplaceable bonding experience. And the early childhood years can be a great time to try a shared-room arrangement, because young kids haven’t had time to get used to having their own bedroom. “The younger kids start sharing a bedroom, the more normal it feels,” he says.

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are prioritized over square footage, according to a recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens. Room sharing is a fact of life for families choosing smaller houses, or those staying put in smaller homes as their family grows, like Anna and Aaron Petersen. The family hopes to eventually add a third bedroom to their 100-year-old bungalow. But for now, 5-year-old Ephraim and 2-year-old Shiphrah share a bedroom. Though many families put kids in shared bedrooms out of necessity, it’s not a matter of making do, says Crist. Shared bedrooms can be a benefit to siblings, helping anxious kids sleep better and fostering cooperation, negotiation, and close family bonds. Some children don’t like sleeping alone and would actually prefer a shared bedroom over a solo bedroom, he notes.

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brothers’ move to a shared room. Ezra is an early riser; Josiah still needed multiple daytime naps. Ultimately, the boys were able to bunk up after Katey worked to get their sleep routines in sync. Success was all about timing, she says. “We had to get them getting up, napping, and going to bed at the same time. Everything works much better that way.” When one boy goes to bed after the other, the Hages play a “quiet game,” getting him ready for bed and tucking him in as noiselessly as possible. To keep earlyrising Ezra from waking his brother before dawn, he has a special clock that tells him when it’s time to get up. To keep Ephraim from barging into the bedroom during Shiphrah’s naps, the Petersens moved the kids’ toys to the den. Aside from this small accommodation, having the kids in one bedroom has been remarkably easy, says Anna. “We thought they’d wake each other up, but they don’t— kids are deeper sleepers than we realize.”

Making it work

When kids share rooms, discipline requires some parental creativity. The time-honored tactic of sending each child to their bedroom for time-out doesn’t work in shared-room scenarios. But bedrooms aren’t the only place that kids can cool off

or take a break, notes Crist. Kids who need solo time can chill in the bathroom, the den, or even a parents’ room. What about opposite-sex bunkmates? Crist says the arrangement can work well in the early years, before kids approach puberty and develop a sense of modesty about their bodies. Kids who feel self-conscious can dress and undress in the bathroom or another room in the home. Opposite-sex room-sharing generally works better when siblings are close in age, he notes—kids at vastly different developmental stages may not feel as comfortable sharing close space with an opposite-sex sibling.

Siblings now, friends forever

After getting off to a bumpy start, room-sharing has been smooth sailing for the Hage family. It’s not about splitting the room down the middle or diving things up 50-50, says Katey. “We don’t want them to see this as an obligation— this something exciting that they get to do. This is their special time together, and it won’t last forever.” Malia Jacobson is a freelance writer who specializes in sleep topics. She’s in the process of transitioning her two children to a shared bedroom.

Happy Roomates: Making Shared Rooms Work Validate Feelings

Ask the child how they feel about sharing a room, and validate their feelings. Instead of telling kids “Too bad, you have no choice,” let them know that you understand this might bring up lots of feelings for them.

Prepare The Room

Before transitioning a sibling into a child’s bedroom, physically prepare the bedroom for its new inhabitant. Moving a crib or bed into the room in advance helps the older child get excited about the new arrangement.

Create Sacred Space

Give each child a private space within the a shared bedroom, whether it’s their own bed, a bookshelf, or a bulletin board. Let each child help decorate their private space, and designate it off-limits to sibs.

Pick Cool-Down Spots

Designate “cool-down” places in other rooms in the house where kids can take a solo break without their sib. Source: James J. Crist, Ph.D.

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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

Princesses of Every Kind

Every little girl is entitled to her measure of royal treatment as a little princess, but not all young ladies are cut from the same royal purple cloth. Some may want to wear the ermine-trimmed gown, while others prefer to chase the ermine through the woods, catch it and tame it. The following titles introduce princesses who break the mold (a bit) from the gently-reared stereotypes of pampered, gently-spoken damsels in distress. Introduce your young reader to princesses who cut through the princess fluff and make their own way, on their own terms with royal flair!

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

by Tony Wilson and Sue deGennaro (Peachtree Publishing) Prince Henrik knows he must someday marry a princess, but he doesn’t know how to find the right one. His married brother suggests placing a pea under layers of mattresses and inviting candidates to sleep upon them. He says only the most sensitive and delicate of princesses will detect the pea underneath. But Henrik’s brother’s princess wife appears to be merely thin-skinned and touchy. Henrik wants to find someone who is just the opposite; a princess who likes camping and hockey, a girl who smiles and is resourceful and kind. So Henrik tries his own variation on the “pea” method on visitors to the castle. With a thin sleeping bag and a packet of frozen peas, Henrik hopes his test may just weed out the ‘delicate’ princesses from the one who is tough enough to be a real princess. Whimsically illustrated with collage, gouache and pencil, this light-hearted approach to match-making will delight princes and princesses alike.

You Can’t Eat a Princess

by Gillian Rogerson and Sarah McIntyre (Price Stern Sloan / Penguin) Every kind of amazing chocolate dessert is being laid out for Princess Spaghetti’s party when she discovers that her father, the King, has been abducted by aliens from outer space! She asks for the royal guards to help with a rescue mission, but they are not brave enough to go. The princess takes matters into her own hands, going after her father with a plan to get him back before he becomes the aliens’ main course. Using every bit of the authority and diplomacy that comes with her role, Princess Spaghetti takes the lead on the King’s rescue, finding a sweet solution that will keep him off the aliens’ menu in the future. Putting the lie to the damsel in distress, ‘You Can’t Eat a Princess’ is a delicious addition to every little girl’s book menu.

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by Dashka Slater, Illustrated by Valeria Docamp0 (Dial / Penguin) From pet scorpions and brakeless bicycles to her collection of broken glass and daggers, Princess Amanita’s tastes are a bit edgy among young royalty. Her garden is lush with stink lilies, swinging mace vines (look out!) and needled cacti. But when young Prince Florian rolls by on his bike, he’s not put off by her dangerous garden. He wants to make friends, so he gifts her with a lovely bouquet of roses from his own garden. Without a terrible odor or razor-sharp leaves, Princess Amanita puzzles over the roses… until she discovers the thorns. She asks Prince Florian for rose seeds to plant in her own garden, but instead of roses, Princess Amanita gets a crop of ‘noses’ that sniffle, snore and disturb the whole castle. Hitting the road to return the troublesome blooms to Florian, Amanita gets lost and only something that ‘smells good’ can help her find her way. With lush and capricious illustrations, ‘Dangerously Ever After’ is a delightfully unconventional princess story! Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at www.PageBookReviews.com.

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Why do we save our good stuff for a special occasion? Make memories with your pretty things so your children will know they are special to you! 1. Good China 2. Nice glasses 3. Linen table cloths 4. Pretty night gowns 5. Good purses 6. New towels 7. Special bottles of bubble bath and soap 8. Cloth napkins 9. Candles 10.Good silverware 11.Fancy tea pots or silver tea services 12.Stationery cute notepads We all have some of these things stashed in our cabinets, linen closets and our dresser drawers. They are just sitting there unloved and collecting dust. We got them for wedding presents or our parents handed them down to

us. You may have purchased them for yourself. They are all waiting to we unpacked and used to bless us and our families. Let me tell you why I think they are unloved and why we don’t use them. We have put them in a place that we can’t easily get to them. They are in a box in the garage, on a shelf in the basement, stuck so far back under our cabinets that it would take two hours to pull them out, or they are on the very top shelf and you need a ladder to get to them. Then if you do get them out, they are filthy dirty and need to be washed. We don’t have time to enjoy our pretty things. So we hide them away. We don’t have to see them and feel guilt about not using them or we really don’t love them at all. If we will get rid of the clutter that is in our kitchen, our linen closets and our china cabinets, we will have more room for the things that we love. When we take the time to get them clean, they will be ready to use. There is another benefit. When we set a formal table, we can teach our children proper table manners. Many times we eat with our fingers, when we have sandwiches and pizza. Our children have no clue which fork to use first or how to use a butter knife or cut meat. If we are going to help our children feel comfortable in these types of situations, they need practice. This

is a good time to let them practice, setting the table and using their best table manners. This has become a lost art. They will need this one day, when a boss asks them over for dinner or at their own wedding. As for the other items you have stashed in dresser drawers, don’t wait until your family buries you in them; then is too late for you to feel sexy wearing them. Get them out and wear those pretty undies. You will be so surprised at how good you will feel, and no one will know. This goes for those night gowns you have stashed, too. If you are not going to use them, then you might as well give them to someone who will. If you never liked them, then release them and have no guilt about it. Give them away...someone will love them and you will be blessed by your gift. Make every day a celebration by treating your family like they are company! This is what FLYing is all about. Loving yourself enough to enjoy your pretty things now while you can. For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, check out her website at www.FlyLady.net or her book, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2012 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.

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Are you simultaneously excited about and dreading the approach of summer? If so, you might want to start preparing now to make the most of all of the unstructured, non-scheduled time your kids will soon be spending at home...or the summer may not end up nearly as relaxing for you as it is for your kids! Take a cue from ‘The Artful Parent,’ blogger Jean Van’t Hul. She says, “When a child explores, learns, and creates, the side effect is often a mess. To say no to the messes inhibits the exploration and the creativity that can take place. That should take place. It’s a child’s job to explore the world around him, to experience it and learn as much about it as possible. If the adults in his world continually say, ‘Don’t make a mess, be quiet, sit down, be still, leave that alone, do it this way, color within the lines, don’t get your clothes dirty,’ that inhibits the exploration and the learning.” Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

To make sure you are ready for a summer that is as creative as it is easy, take a few tips from this list. You’ll be ready to squeeze as much fun as you can out of every lazy summer day.

Test-drive The Art Supplies: Where

do you keep your arts and craft supplies? If stored where they are easy to access, your kids will be more likely to use them. Give your arts and crafts storage area a quick overhaul before the vacation months arrive. Check markers. Sharpen pencils. Melt old crayons into new bigger ones. Restock your finger paint and drawing pads. Get enough clipboards or pads for each member of the family. Whatever kinds of projects your family likes to indulge in, make sure you’ve got all the supplies on hand and ready to roll!

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Become Project-oriented: Creating a garden, a tree house, or a worm box are all examples of outdoor projects the family can undertake together this summer. If you have a rainy day or prefer to stay indoors, why not get a jump on next season’s holiday gifts or cards? If everyone in the house prefers to work on his or her own projects at his or her own pace, why not make sure that each person has their own craft area, where they can leave a project out while it’s in process, until its completed? You’ll find that projects are more likely to get finished when they are easily accessible. Advertising: 334-209-0552

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Bring On The Color: Painting your

walls, your furniture, your fence or your home is one of the cheapest and most fun ways to get a fresh look at home. Even a toddler can paint primer on a wall. Tweens and teens might enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from getting an entire house painted. Mom and Dad might be able to swing in a hammock and sip a cold drink while each school age child paints one piece of furniture from their bedrooms a favorite new hue.

Garden with Themes: Why have

a regular old garden when you could have a fairy garden or a pizza garden or a found objects garden? For ideas and inspiration, consult the illustrated gardening books for children by author Sharon Lovejoy: Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots (Workman 1999), Trowel & Error (Workman 2002), and Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars (Workman 2010). Why not give each member of the family their own garden plot so they can nurture the harvest of their choice?

Take an Unexpected Adventure:

When you set out as a family towards an unfamiliar destination, your senses come alive with all the possibilities. Instead of planning every summer family outing, consider just grabbing some snacks and water bottles, hopping in the car, and surprising yourselves. Perhaps there is a city nearby you can explore. Perhaps you are just an hour from a state park or wildlife sanctuary. Target a quaint small town you can traverse from end to end on foot. Keep an ongoing list of ideas on one of your whiteboards, take a quick family vote to decide on a destination, and you’re off!

Host A Backyard Extravaganza:

Older children might like to put on plays or puppet shows for younger children in the summer. Let them play the roles of producer, director, marketing spokesperson, etc. and get the whole neighborhood involved. Fun can really start to catalyze when you pool the neighborhood dressup clothes, create an impromptu story, and start casting parts...even if only to while away a long afternoon.

Get a Little Wild: Maybe during the school year you don’t welcome the extra mess that body paint, mud, glitter, bathtub crayons, clay, or temporary hair dyes can bring into your hallowed home. But during the summer months, why not? Kids experience a lot of pressure to conform when they are in school, so let them get wild while the days are long, the nights are short, and homework is nothing more than a distant memory. Make Multimedia Memories: Keep a camera or a video recorder handy so you can document your colorful, creative summer and share it with your distant friends and relatives. And don’t worry about what to do with all your images and film clips. The long cold winter is coming just as sure as you are fully enjoying every minute of your fleeting summer. You’ll be so happy making memories that neighbors you haven’t seen in ages may invite themselves over to join the fun. Happy creative summer, everyone! Christina Katz is a freelance writer who loves summer family fun. Her latest book is The Writer’s Workout from Writer’s Digest Books.

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Arts/Crafts

The Columbus Museum

1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus. www.columbusmuseum.com; 706-748-2562, ext. 652 Art Making Summer Camps: Get hands-on with art during the week-long art making summer camps! Summer camps give your child the opportunity to learn about art through lessons in the Studio, hands-on projects, and tours of the Museum’s galleries. Each camp cost $100 for Museum members and $120 for Non-members. Classes are full-days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and campers must bring their own lunch. Camps: June 10-14- Exploring Nature and Art. Ages 5-7yrs, June 17-21-Passionate about Painting. Ages 8-10yrs, June 24-28- Mad About Modern Art. Ages 11-13, July 8-12-Exploring Modern Art. Ages 5-7yrs, July 15-19- Sensational Sculpture.

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Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center - 501-2963 Art for Young Children- 3 Sessions: June 25-27; July 23-25; Aug 6-8.. 10:00am-12:00noon; Ages: 4 - 6 years; Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Fee: $50.00 per week per child (Price includes cost of all materials and snack). Smart Art-Mondays in June; Ages 18months-3yrs. 10am. Numbers, Discoveries, and Paintings, Oh My!- June 10, 12, 14; 3-5pm. Ages 5K-2nd grade. Math, science, and art camp specifically designed for rising kindergarteners-2nd grade. Kids Can Draw: Wild Animals-June 10-14, 3:305:00pm; Ages: 4-8yrs. Fee: $55 includes supplies. Monster Art- June 3-6; 12:00-1:00pm; Ages: 5-12yrs. Fee: $50. Paint a Story- June 17-20; 2:00-3:30pm; Ages 7-12yrs; Fee: $60. Kids Can Draw: Basic Drawing- May 28-31; 3:305:00pm; Ages: 8-12yrs; $45 includes supplies. A Summer Full of Drawing Techniques- June 3-6; 10:00-11:30am; Ages: 8-12yrs: Fee: $60. Kids Can Draw: Pets- June 3-7; 3:30-5:00pm; Ages: 8-12yrs; Fee: $55 includes supplies. Perspective Drawing- June 10-13; 1:00-2:30pm; Ages: 8-12yrs; Fee: $60. Kids Can Draw: Cartoon Animals- June 17-21; 3:305:00pm; Ages: 8-12yrs; Fee: $55 includes supplies. Anime Drawing: Manga Monsters- June 24-28; 3:305:00pm; Ages: 8-12yrs; Fee: $55 includes supplies. Teens Can Draw: Real Horses- July 8-12; 3:305:00pm; Ages: 10-15yrs; Fee: $55 includes supplies. Teens Can Draw: Real Cats & Dogs- July 15-19; 1:00-3:00pm; Ages: 10-15yrs; Fee: $75 includes supplies. Anime Drawing: Shojo Wonderland- July 22-26; 3:30-5:00pm; Ages: 10-15yrs; Fee: $55 includes supplies. Fantasy Drawing: Faeries- July 29-Aug 2; 3:305:00pm; Ages: 10-15yrs; Fee: $55 includes supplies. Visual Art Workshops- 5 Sessions: June 17-21; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 29-Aug 2; Aug 12-16 ; 9:30am12:30pm; Ages: 7 yrs and older. $70 per week per child. Young Artist Atelier- June 24-28; July 22-26.; 10:00am – 2:30 pm; Ages: 11-15 yrs. Fee: $100 per week per child. Ceramics Studio- Dean Rd. Rec. Center, 501-2944 Summer Safari Clay Camp- June 17-21; 9:00-10:30am; Ages: 7-14yrs; Fee: $95.

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Ages 8-10yrs, July 22-26- Pop & Op. Ages 11-13yrs. Artventures: May 3, 10, 17, & 24. 11am-12noon. Come explore animals in art though a variety of games, story time, and art making activities in the Studio! The class is open to children ages 3-4 with a care giver and includes four forty-five minute sessions. $30 Museum members/$40 Non-members. Pre-register: sworley@ columbusmuseum.com.

Opelika Parks and Recreation

All classes, 705-5560 or for pottery classes, 705-5558. I Love Art- July 15-19. 9:15- 10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Explore art through color studies and by using various types of paint, clay, drawing and mixed media. Art Gallery showing on the last day of class. Parents aren’t required to stay, but are welcome. Crazy, Cool Crafts- July 15-19. 10:45- 12 noon. Ages 9-12. Not your usual arts and crafts! This class will create all things cool, including bottle cap jewelry, tye-die tshirts, duck tape creations, photography and more! Craft show the last day. Cerami Kids I- Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm (8 weeks). Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up. Cerami Kids II – Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm (8 weeks). Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up.

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Cerami Kids III (Homeschoolers)-Mondays 1:002:00pm. Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up Cerami Kids IV- Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm. Denson Art Center. Ages 6 & up. Creations in Clay- Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm. Ages 6-8. Homeschool Handbuilding- Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am. Pastels for Kids- Thursdays, begins June 4th. 4:305:30pm. Ages 8-12. Sit-N-Spin Wheel Class- Fridays 3:30-5:00pm. Ages 9&up.

Sew-thern Belles Sewing Studio

923-J Stage Road, Auburn. sewthernbelles@gmail.com; 229-869-6775. “Kids Can Sew” program for children 3rd grade and up. We offer a structured, fun environment where children learn while having a blast! 7 camps: American Girl Doll Camp- June 17-21 & July 22-26; Craft Camp- June 24-28 & July 29-Aug 2; Doggie Camp- June 10-14 & July 15-19; Sewing Good Deeds- July 8-12. Spaces are limited....Registered today!

• Jule Collins Smith Museum

Friday & Saturday Art Clubs 901 East University Drive, Auburn. 844-1484

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www.jcsm.auburn.edu; Friday & Saturday Art Clubs: State of Create, ARTy Pants, and StART Summer Programs (May 24-August 10) welcomes kindergarten through high school students. Activities are designed for younger students (K-2nd grade), middle students (3rd-6th grade) and older students (7th-12th grade). We invite parents to spend some time with our education specialist to learn techniques for making art part of your family fun. Materials, lesson plans, and ideas will be available at each event for parental consideration. 10:00 am-2:30 pm

• Uptown Art Uncorked

2408 East University Drive, Auburn and 127 South 8th Street, Opelika. 209-1188, www.uptownart.com; Adult, family and kids classes offered. Classes include all supplies. Prices starting at $25.00 . Kids classes are for 5-12 year olds and classes up to 25 kids per session. Birthday, bridal, girls night out parties too. Calendar available on line for class and party registration.

Book Clubs • Auburn Public Library

749 East Thach Avenue, Auburn. 501-3190; www.auburnalabama.org/library American Girl Club- Grades K- 5th grade students. Girls, be sure to sign up at the Youth Services desk and come meet with everyone on the third Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm; Magic Tree House Club is for K - 5th grade students. Be sure to sign up at the Youth Services Desk. The first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm-4 pm.

• Gnu’s Room

414 South Gay Street, Auburn. 821-5550, www.thegnusroom.com. Book clubs, live music, film screenings, and other events.

• Lewis Cooper Junior Memorial Public Library

204 South Sixth Street, Opelika. 705-5380; www.opelika.org; Kids programs and book clubs offered throughout the year.

Dance Celtic Traditions School of Irish Dance 2705 Fredrick Road, Opelika; 705-0303. www.celtic-traditions.net; Camps: June 17-21, July

15-19. Classes offered for boys and girls, ages 3 to adult, beginner to championship level.

Day Trips

Columbus State University Dance Conservatory

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www.ColumbusState.edu/Ballet; 706-507-8070. Ballet- Session 1: June 17–July 5; Session 2: July 15–Aug 1. Ballet Intensive- June 3-7, 9am-3:30pm. Ages 10 and up. Improve your technique this summer! Study Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Choreography, Contemporary and Modern. Princes and Princesses Dance Camp- June 3-6, 9-11:30am; Ages 4-6 yrs. Have fun learning dance and making crafts in this Creative Movement summer camp. Kids will also study music, enjoy story time and show off with a special end of camp performance for parents and friends.

Make Your Move

116 Columbus Parkway, Opelika; 705-0205 Valley Sportsplex, Valley; (334) 705-0205; www.makeyourmovedance.com

• Auburn Pointe

1100 S. College Street, 202. Auburn. 740-5118. www.aupointe.com Fairytale Camp: June 10-14, Ages 3-6yrs. Junior Dance Camp: June 17-21, Ages 6-10yrs. Intermediate Dance Camp: June 24-28, Ages 10-14yrs. Intensives: July 8-12, Ages 10 and up; July 15-19, Ages 14 and up; July 22-26, Ages 14 and up. Classical dance programs for boys and girls in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, lyrical and more.

• Nix Dance

850 Stage Rd, Auburn; 887-7250; www.nixdancestudios.com Summer 6 week session: VIP Preschool class, ballet, hip hop, turns & leaps, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, baton, and company auditions prep class.

• Rising Starz

2140 E. University Drive, Auburn; 209-1464 or 4980308; www.risingstarzofauburn.com

• Variations

323 Airport Road, Auburn; 275-5013; www.variationsstudio.com

US Hwy 18, Pine Mountain, GA; 706-663-2281; 1-800-Callaway; www.callawaygardens.com Summer hours- 9:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Callaway Gardens is a great location for family vacations in Georgia. Your family will love hiking in our gardens, swimming in Robin Lake, exploring the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, golf, spa and more. The FSU Flying High includes acrobats, juggling and more, teen activities, tennis clinics, water skiing & tubing, camp crafts, nature and wildlife adventures, fishing, archery, beach fun, cookouts, and more!

• Chewacla State Park

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

• DeSoto State Park

13883 County Road 89, Fort Payne, AL; 256-845-0051; www. alapark.com/DeSotoResort Nestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this 3,502-acre park provides Mountain Chalets, Log & Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, Meeting Rooms, and also has both improved & primitive campgrounds. Also features a picnic area with playground, olympic-size swimming pool, nature center with interpretive programs and live animals, & over 19 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails.

• Georgia Aquarium

225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA; (404) 581-4000; www.georgiaaquarium.org With more than eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! Admission rates start $18.95 (toddlers 2 and under Free); annual, premium, combo, and group rates.

• Horseshoe Bend Military Park

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(256) 234-7111; Monday-Sunday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Tour the free museum and view the 22 minute film, “The Battle of Horseshoe Bend”. Then enjoy hiking the trails, a picnic, canoe the Tallapoosa River, and go fishing. Children (6 to 12 years old) with families are encouraged to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. Program booklets are available free at the Visitor Center. Children completing the required activities will be awarded a Certificate and Junior Ranger Badge. The program must be completed while in the Park and not available for groups.

• Imagine It! Children’s Hands on Museum

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

• Lake Lanier Islands-Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark

7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier Islands, GA; 1-800-840-LAKE; www.lakelanierislands.com With more than a dozen exciting rides and attractions, Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark at Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers summer fun for the entire family. The Beach & WaterPark is a multi attraction interactive family environment that offers endless fun while getting drenched. Come experience Wild Waves, Georgia’s largest wave pool, or take a ride down one of our many water slides. The Kiddie Lagoon and Wiggle Waves are perfect for pint-sized guests and relaxing is easy on our half-mile of sandy white beach!

• McWane Science Center

200 19th Street North, Birmingham; (205) 714-8300; www.mcwane.org; Rates range $9.00-$17.00; Children under 2 Free; Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm; May-August- Race: Are We So Different? Exhibit; June 3-August 9- Summer Camps- half and full day camps available.

• Port Columbus- National Civil War Naval Museum

1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA; 706-327-9798; www.portcolumbus.org Rates $5.00-$6.50; Sunday-Saturday 9:00 am -5:00 pm. Guided tours, self-guided tours, and group tours available.Cool History Events: June 15- Ship Stories. July 13- The Medical Navy & Aug 17-Technology.

• Stone Mountain

U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, GA; 1800-401-2407; www.stonemountainpark.com Park admission- $22.00- $28.00; Toddlers 2 and under Free, Discounts and annual passes available Summer at the Rock! June 1- Aug. 4; 10:00 am -8:00 pm NEW for 2013, Georgia’s first 4-D theater introduces Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience! Lots of fun and activities including the Geyser Towers, Sky Hike, laser shows, hiking, musical entertainment, kids’ foam pit, Summit Skyride, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, the Antebellum Plantation and Great Barn. May 25-27- Memorial Day Weekend June 1-Atlanta’s Family Soul Fest. June 12-15- Atlanta Fest. contact Atlanta Fest at 800.783.8839 for additional details. July4-6- 46th Annual Fantastic Fourth. July 28- Sheep Shearing Day

• Windcreek State Park

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

Education/Tutoring Kumon

Flint’s Crossing -1550 Opelika Road, Auburn; 501-8586, www.ikumon.com It is the job of our Kumon Center to encourage each individual child to want to learn, to enjoy learning, and to be capable of studying successfully in the future. Kumon method includes free placement testing, Kumon math and Kumon reading, improving concentration and study habits, empower through self-motivation, and test prep. Junior Kumon for preschool and kindergarten too.

Science Matters

College of Science and Math, Auburn Campus. 844-7449. www.auburn.edu/cosam/outreach 7 Sessions: June 3-7; June 17-21; June 24-28; July 8-12; July 15-19; July 29-Aug 2. Rising 1st-6th graders. Day and Extended day hours available. Prices: $170-$235 per week/child. Explore the world of science with real experiments, field trips, technology and art projects, and hands on activities.

S.E.E.P. Summer Educational & Enrichment Preparation

Greater Peace Community Development Corporation, Opelika. 334-749-9487 Are you ready for the summer? You may be thinking about what your child will do for activities while school is out. I have great news!!! Greater Peace Community Development Corporation will offer a Summer Educational Enrichment and Preparation Program (SEEP) for children entering grades 1 through 8. The SEEP program is taught by certified teachers who cover reading comprehension, science, technology, engineering, arts and math concepts. Tuition for SEEP is $60 per week ($55 per week for returning students). Weekly tuition includes: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, weekly field trips, and a t-shirt. SEEP will be in session from June 3rd until August 2nd from 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Please note a before and after care program will be available at an additional cost. To register your child for the program, please complete and return the form below along with your $25.00 per child registration fee. Keep in mind that space is limited to only 40 students! We’re ready! Get set! Let’s go have a great summer!

• Auburn University Summer Reading Program

5040 Haley Center, Auburn University, 844-6934. Twelve 45-minute tutorial sessions; Monday-Wednesday; accommodates kindergartners, first grades, and some second graders: June 5-July 15. Tuesday-Thursday program works with struggling readers in grades 3-6: June 4-July 16. Most sessions will be scheduled between 8:00 and 8:45 AM. Tutors will contact parents at the beginning of June to confirm specific lesson times. $80.00, with fee to be paid on acceptance to the program. For an application form, contact Dr. Bruce Murray.

• Tutoring and Test Prep of Auburn

www.facebook.com/TutoringTestPrepOfAuburn; 502-3459. Partnering with parents to help students achieve success. Instruction in reading, math, writing, study skills, penmanship; Tutoring for Specific Subjects as Needed, ACT Prep, SAT Prep, ASVAB Prep, MCAT Prep; Call for more information about other programs.

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The Skate Center

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

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• AMF Bowling

719 Opelika Hwy. Auburn. 887-6573 www.amf.com/auburnlanesal Free bowling for kids all summer long! Kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program can bowl two games per day, every day, all summer long! (Shoe rental not included.) www.freebowling.amf.com

• Butts Mill Farms

2280 Butts Mill Road, Pine Mountain, Ga; 703-6637400; www.buttsmillfarm.com Discover the farm! We have train rides, go-carts, horseback and pony riding, paint ball games, discovery zone, bounce house, inner tube river float, playground, fishing pond, mini golf and more! Open daily. Call about hours and party reservations. Rates start at $13.95 and up; Toddlers 2 and under Free. Groups and birthday parties welcome!

• Carmike Wynnsong Movie Theatre

2111 East University Drive, Auburn. 501-0401. Kids’ Summer Movie Series:$1.00 per person every Thursday, 10:00am, throughout the summer. Kid’s snack tray $4.00, too. More details about which movies to follow.

• Frog Legs

467 North Dean Road, Auburn; 745-8737; www.froglegsparty.com Come jump in the indoor playground and party center featuring giant interactive inflatables all in one clean, safe, climate-controlled facility. You can bring your children to play during our OPEN PLAY time or better yet, host his/her next birthday party at our location. 3, 6, and 12 month passes available. Don’t forget your SOCKS!!!

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• Hollywood Connection

For more information, visit:

1683 Whittlesey Road, Columbus, GA; 706-571-3456; www.carmike.com 125,000 square feet of state-of-the-art entertainment with movies, amusements, attractions, games, food and fun!

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• Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum

2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery; 334-240-4900; www.montgomeryzoo.com 9:00 am -5:00 pm. Tickets range $7.00 -$14.00; toddlers 2 years and under- Free; Senior citizens, military and group discounts.

• Sports Academy

3768 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika (Midway Plaza); 749-4040; www.sportsacademyauburn.com Auburn/Opelika’s premiere indoor sports training and conditioning facility! We cater to athletes of all sports, skill levels and all ages! Party space available; teams welcome.

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• USA Mini Golf

1220 Fox Run Avenue, Opelika, 439-4914; www.usaminigolf.com Indoor mini-golf where our theme is “Road Trip Across America”. Each one of our 18 holes is a place of interest or historic landmark located in the U.S. ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge and Redwood Forest, to Carlsbad Caverns and Cape Cod. At each one of the holes there is a fun little book of trivia and information about the landmark which provides an educational tool that is entertaining. We even offer blacklight capability some evenings and parties which provides another unique feature.

• Wild Animal Safari

1300 Oak Grove Road, Pine Mountain, GA; 706-663-8744; www.animalsafari.com Sunday-Saturday 10:00 am -7:30 pm all summer You can drive your own vehicle (or take the complimentary bus tour- seasonal) thru our Drive-Thru safari and get to experience hand feeding the animals. On the safari the exotic animals will literally come up to your car and eat right out of the palm of your hand. You also get to enjoy our walk-about section (both parts included in your ticket price), here you will find some of our other animals in pens for you to see. Scattered through our entire park we have approx. 650 animals, (and counting!)

• Zoo Atlanta

800 Cherokee Avenue, SE; Atlanta, GA; 404-624-WILD Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ticket booths close at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., ticket booths close at 5:30 p.m.

Unique Activities Camp Alpaca

drkimwest@yahoo.com; Auburn. Have an Alpaca Summer!Camp Alpaca invites children

ages 9-12 out to the farm for a herd of fun and learning. Discover the joy and daily management of barn life. Explore the challenges of animal healthcare. Attend one or more sessions: Alpaca 101: June 3-7; June 17-21. Alpaca 102: June 10-14; June 24-28. Each session Monday - Friday, 8 am - 11:00 am.$195 per session.

Opelika Parks and Recreation

A Day in the Life of…Police Academy –June 10, 9:3011:30am. Ages 6-11 yrs. Fee: $10. Spend the morning with members of the Opelika Police Dept. Great opportunity to go behind the scenes. Snack included. A Day in the Life of…Firefighters Academy- June 11, 8:30am-2:00pm. Ages 6-12yrs. Fee: $20. Report to the Denson Drive Rec Center-transportation provided to Opelika Fire Dept. training center. Experience firsthand what it takes to be a firefighter. Explore the trucks, try on the uniform and hold the hoses! Prepare to ‘get wet’. Lunch and T-shirt included. Adventure Day- August 13, 1:00-4:00pm. Ages 5-12yrs. Fee: $10. Fun activities! You are invited to go on an adventure of food & fun. Beads, Beads, Beads- June 11, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 6-12yrs. $10. Make fun items using beads! Boys Night Out- June 27- 6:00-9:00pm. Ages 8-12. Fee $15. Come hangout with the guys. Enjoy food, a movie, basketball and a video games. Girls Night Out- June 13, 6-9pm. Ages 8-12yrs. Come hangout with the girls and enjoy food, a movie and jewelry making, plus makeovers including hair, makeup and nails! And don’t forget to wear your pjs! $15. Summer Crafts- June 12, 3:00-4:30pm. Ages 4-7yrs. $10. Have fun making crafts with a summer theme! Covington Movie Club- Every Thursday, June 13-July 18. 3:30-5:00pm. Ages 6-12. $5. Hot summer day with nothing to do? Come in and enjoy a movie and popcorn! Goofy Games- July 2, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 6-12yrs. Fee: $10. Enjoy relays, group games, board games & computerized games.

Green Thumb Gardening- June 26, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 5-12. Fee $12. Get ready to bring a new life into this world..plant life that is! Come ready to decorate a pot to plant your new flower in! Junior Bakers- July 9, 3:00-4:30pm. Ages 9-12. Fee $15. Junior bakers will experience baking dishes with a surprise baker! Class max: 6 Kids in the Kitchen- June 4, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 4-7. $15. Hands on fun making delicious and child-proof foods! Lion Tamers - Kids Fun Day- June 1, 10:00am-1:00pm. All ages. Free to public! Games, prizes, food, fun and Free Swim! Messy Madness- July 25, 3:00-4:00pm.All Ages. Fee: $10. “Messy Projects and Slimy Creations”. Wear old clothing. Pizza Pizzazz – July 11, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 6-11. Fee: $10. Learn to create various pizzas using bagels, French bread, English Muffins. Wacky Water Games- July 23, 3:00-4:00pm. Ages 6-10yrs. $10. Have fun with bubbles, balloons and water. PLEX Kids- June 3- July 26(8 weekly sessions)- Ages 1st Grade (completed)- 5th Grade; Enjoy a wide variety of activities at the PLEX Station. Fun could include Wii station, movies, kids in the kitchen food fun, games, swimming and crafts. 3:00-5:30pm. Fee: $50/week. Pre-registration required. Back to School Bash- July 26, 10:00am-1:00pm. Free Back to School Ice Cream Social- Aug 9, 1:00-2:00pm. Ages 5-12yrs. $5. Cool off from the heat with ice cream sundaes you decorate, while meeting new kids right before school starts! Etiquette Factory- June 17-20, June 24-27, July 15-18, July 22-25. Ages 6-9yrs & 10-12yrs. 9:00am-12:00pm. $129. Discover the art of using common courtesy in a fun and innovative way. Students will be motivated to learn and use 40 different age appropriate etiquette skills through games, songs, role playing, props and discussions that focus on integrity, empathy and the value of others. Call 705-5560.

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• The Big Green Bus of Auburn

www.mybiggreenbus.com; 332-0833. Mobile gymnastics: balance beam, horizontal bar, tumbling, vault, and rings. In addition to the basics, you child will build coordination, strength, and agility on the mini tramp, rock climbing wall, zip line, monkey bars, and obstacle courses. Ages 18 months to 7 yrs.

Horseback Riding H & G Horse Quarters

943 Lee Road 57, Auburn; 887-0026; www.hghorsequarters.com

• Sandy’s Stables

www.sandysstables.net; 741-0020; sandysstables@ bellsouth.net Day Camps- 4 Camps: June 10-14; June24-28; July 8-12; July 15-19. 8:00am-2:00pm. Day camp will include: 2 mounted lessons a day, 2 unmounted lessons a day, English riding, Western riding, bareback riding, trail rides, grooming, horse safety, horsemanship, horse care, tack, driving a pony and cart etc... Students will also enjoy cooling off on our water slide. Riders are able to set their own goals and accomplish them. $450

• Bruster’s

2172 East University Drive, Auburn; 821-9988; Monday-Sunday 11:00 am-10: 00pm Homemade ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, Italian ice and no sugar added fat free items, cakes and pies. Free baby cone for toddlers.

• Chill Yogurt Cafe

2486 Enterprise Drive, Tigertown Opelika; 745-7715 & 234 West Magnolia Ave, Downtown Auburn; 502-1114. www.chillyogurt.com Pure frozen yogurt, yocakes, custards and sorbets. Nonfat, low fat with many toppings to choose.

• Kona Ice

konaiceauburn@gmail.com; 707-3650. Mobile shaved ice for events, parties, schools, churches and more!

• Marble Slab Creamery

2340 Tiger Town Parkway, Opelika. 745-0033; “The freshest ice cream on Earth.” Fresh baked waffle cones, yogurt, smoothies, sundaes, shakes, malts, cookies, brownies, apple pies, pies and cakes.

• SnowBiz Shave Ice

1625 East University Drive, Auburn; 319-0739 & 1607 S College Street, Auburn; 742-0371 Sno Biz shave ice, snow cones, hawaiian, italian ice and their tropical flavors have fans around the world dreaming of their next big chill.

• Toomer’s Drugs

Toomers Corner® on the corner of Magnolia Ave and College Street; 887-3488; www.toomersdrugs.com “Preserving an Auburn Tradition.” Old fashion specialties including the world famous fresh squeezed lemonade,

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An equestrian center located in Auburn offering lessons, boarding, showing, and camp sessions. Joey Camp- May 27-31 & August5-9. 8:00am-1:00pm. Beginner riders ages 5-8: No experience necessary. Students learn safety, grooming, tacking-up and mounting, Walk & trot in balance with their mounts. Fun, informative, hands-on activities follow riding each day, with materials that are designed to be age and skill appropriate. Crocodile Camp-June 10-14. 8:00am-3:00pm. For riders who can at least walk/trot on the rail and beginning over cross rails. Riders increase their knowledge on horsemanship, safety, and riding awareness. Expand their knowledge on equitation and what is expected in the show ring. On the last day of camp, campers will show off their skills in a Camp Show! Kangaroo Camp- June 17-21. 8:00am-3:00pm. Beginner riders ages 9-14. No experience necessary. Students learn to groom, tack-up and mount and walk, trot, and possibly canter in balance with their mount; Experience riders deepen their skills in horsemanship, flatting, and over fences Giraffe Camp- July 29-Aug. 2. 8:00am-3:00pm. For advance riders who can Walk, Trot, Canter, and jumping 18”. Loading, clipping, show grooming, wrapping, first aid, and daily management. Jumping lessons everyday! Seminar with Local Vet and Farrier- Open to public.

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Ice Skating • Columbus Civic Center

400 4th Street, Columbus, Ga- (also known as Victory Drive & US 280); 706-653-4472, www.columbusciviccenter.org Rink available for parties and groups.

• The Ice Palace

Eastdale Mall, 5501 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery; 334277-2088; www.shopmalls.com Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am - 8:30pm. Alabama’s only ice skating rink in a mall. Public skating, ‘cool’ parties, after hours skating, and broomball teams.

Local Camps Active8

Columbus State University, Continuing Education Summer Camps; www.activ8er.com; 706-507-8070. 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: Fairy Tale Adventures, Science, Pirates, Super Heros, Sports 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, Creata-Lots, iTech, Just 4 U, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports & Dance. 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. CocaCola Space and Science Center: Ages 5-10yrs; So You Want To Be An Astronaut, Space Extravaganza, RocketBoosters, LightSpeedsters, and more!

Auburn First Baptist Child Development Center

128 East Glenn Ave. Auburn. Milissa, 821-8125 or afbcdc@gmail.com Summer Camp available for children who have completed Kindergarten - 5th grade (entering 6th). The Child Development Center is a ministry of Auburn First Baptist Church in which we provide safe, loving, quality care for children in a Christian environment. We strive to provide the best in early education by providing hands-on learning so that each child may develop to his or her highest potential in physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual growth.

Auburn Parks and Recreation

Melissa Weldon, 501-2946. Camp Kaleidoscope- Auburn High School. Session A: June 3-7; Session B: June 10-14; Session C: June 17-21; Session D: July 8-12; Session E: July 15-19; Session F: July 22-26; 8:00am-5:00 pm. Each week of camp will be filled with games, activities, special guests, and field trips. 6-12 years; $125 per week, $100 per week for each additional sibling and $675 for the entire summer. Junior Camp Counselor Program- Ages: 13-17 years; The Counselor position is a volunteer position that teaches teens responsibility and allows them to mentor younger campers at Camp Kaleidoscope. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn invaluable skills necessary for 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 17. Small Fry Camp- Frank Brown Recreation Center; Monday, Wed, and Friday: June 3-July 26. Ages: 3-5 (child must be 3 years by the first class); 8:0011:00am. Preschoolers will enjoy hands-on activities, music in song and dance, and many other age-related activities. Field trips may be offered. Child must be toilet trained to participate. Summer Therapeutic Day Camp- Alison Hall, 5012930, ahall@auburnalabama.org, 7 week summer day camp designed for young adults with various disabilities. Program includes lifeskills training such as handling money, team work, social skills, square dancing, swimming, and other physical recreation activities. The campers also participate in field trips.

Auburn Summer Youth Programs at Auburn University

www.auburn.edu/summercamps; Outreach Program Office, 844-5100 21st Century- June 9-14 Architecture Camp- 2 Sessions: June 23-28 & July 7-12 Building Construction Camp- June 9-14 Creative Writing Studio- July 14-18 Design Camp- 2 Sessions: June 9-14 & July 7-11 Digital CSI Camp- June 14-19 (day camp only); Engineering TIGERS Camp- Senior camp: July 14-16, (10th-11th); Junior camp: June 23-28, Women: July 7-12 Fisheries Camp- June 23-28 Loachapoka Explore Auburn Days Camp- June 9-14 Musical Theatre Camp- July 14-19 Project Design Camp- July 14-19 Real Cents, Real Change-June 16-21 Veterinarian Camp- 3 Sessions: Senior Camp- June 1621; Junior Camp-June 2-7 World Affairs Youth Seminar- July 7-12

Growing Room

644 North Dean Road, Auburn. 334-501-2044; www.growingroomusa.com. Welcome Aboard the USS Growing Room! Each week activities and adventures related to under the sea and beach. Field trips too!

Learning Center

1221 Commerce Drive, Auburn. 821-1127 www.theskatecenterauburn.com/learningcenter.nxg Monday-Friday 5:15am-6:00pm; Ages newborn to 12. Nonstop summer fun and learning!

Milestones Learning Center

1811 East Glenn Ave. Auburn. 887-4391 www.milestoneslc.com Summer camp- June-Aug; different theme each week: summer fun, summer safety, under the sea, vacations, America the beautiful, creepy crawlers, wild west, summer sports, let’s go fishing, and much more!

New Horizon Theatre

411 West 8th Street, West Point, Ga. 706-643-PLAY. www.nhct.org 2013 Performing Arts Camp: June 10-14. 9:00am4:00pm ET. Showcase Performance Friday night. Interested in acting, singing, and dancing, stage productions and techniques? Register for professional performer, Julia Langley’s Summer Intensive Performing Arts Camp! Boys and girls ages 6-16 years. Family/sibling discounts available. For more info, log on or call!

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Summer Ecology Camps!

The Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn 2222 N. College Street (Hwy 147) near Hwy 280 and the AU Fisheries. preserve@auburn.edu; 844-8091 “Our Wonderful Woods”. Activities will include tree, leaf and bark identification, wood working, goods from the woods, forestry practices, paper-making and a study of wildlife who make the woods their home. 8:00am12noon. Sessions: May 28-31: Camp Discovery (rising 3rd-4th grades); June 3-6: Young Naturalist I (rising 1st-2nd grades); June 17-21: Young Naturalist II (rising 1st-2nd grades); June 10-14: Eco Rangers (rising 5th-6th grades); June 24-26: Explorers (rising 1st-6th grades).

• Camp Shakespeare at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

334-271-5393; www.asfeducation.com; A week of acting, stage combat, movement/dance, voice training and technical theatre. June- July. Grades 4-12.

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

Poultry Science Building, AU Campus. Amanda Martin - 844-2881; amartin@auburn.edu; 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)

Martial Arts • Auburn Mixed Martial Arts

2515 East Glenn Commerce Park #204 - Auburn, 887-0818; www.auburnmma.com; Teach realistic, but safe, fighting techniques in the martial arts of: Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Kickboxing, Anti Bully Techniques and Submission Grappling. We also teach classes in Fitness Kickboxing and Kettle Bell. No experience necessary! 323 Airport Rd, Suite J, Auburn; 502-7221; www.auburnacademy.com; Camp themes include: Padded Weapons, Board Breaking, Bully Buster Techniques, Tournament Sparring. Learning, discipline, and FUN! All levels-beginners and advanced. We welcome all interested students to come by to observe a class or just jump right in and try it out.

Jr. Musical Theatre Camp- June 17-22; Ages 5-7 yrs Musical Theatre Camp II- June 17-22; Ages 8-12yrs Musical Theatre Camp for Teens - June 17-22; Ages 1318 yrs Summer Intensive- July 29-Aug 3; Ages 5-18yrs Campers, of all skill levels, improve theater-related skills in voice, dance, and acting while meeting new friends and most important, having fun! There will be a performance at the end of the week for family and friends.

• Shane Pope’s Tiger Rock

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• Auburn Academy of Martial Arts

2301 Enterprise Drive Suite E, Opelika; 745-5330. Offers classes of all skill levels.

Auburn Parks and Recreation

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. 501-2963

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Music classes include: EZ Way Guitar, I Can Sing! and Piano Summer Fun. 8 weeks, beginning, intermediate and advanced levels offered. Call 705-5560. 2140 E. University Drive, Auburn. 329-7529 www.spicersmusic.com 2 Rock Camps: June 3 - 7 , morning session: 8am-

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12noon; afternoon session: 1-5pm. June 10-14, afternoon session : 1-5pm. Praise Band Camp: June 10- 14, morning session: 8am12noon; 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. Also offering lessons on an incredible variety of instruments, including but not limited to: guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, keyboard/piano, voice, harp, drums, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, violin, cello, harmonica, tin whistle, oboe, didgeridoo, mandolin, dulcimer, clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and french horn.

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• Auburn Guitar Shoppe

758 East Glenn Ave. Auburn. www.auburnguitar.com; 821-6818

• Auburn University Band Camp

www.band.auburn.edu June 9-12, June 12-15, June 15-18, June 18-21.

• Kindermusik at Auburn UMC

Michelle Stearns, 826-8800; www.aumc.net

Opelika Parks and RecreationSportsPlex

1001 Andrews Road, Opelika; 705-5560. All sports registration now: Football, basketball, soccer, cheer, t-ball, baseball, racquetball, tumbling and more!

• Auburn High School Cheerleading Camp

Nikki@atkins.net; 275-2662. May 28-30; 9am-12noon. AHS Gym. Ages 4yrs-7th grade.

• Auburn University Sports Camps

Sports/Fitness

Baseball Academy- sctt@throw90.com Basketball- mbabul@auburn.edu Brett Hawke Swim- www.auburnswimcamps.com Equestrian- carolyn031@centurytel.net Football- wbolt@auburn.edu Gymnastics- kurth@auburn.edu Soccer- khoppa@auburn.edu Tigers Golf- www.auburntigers.com Tiger Softball- deeseti@auburn.edu Tennis- www.gteamtennis.com Volleyball- cwc0004@auburn.edu

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• Summer Showoffs

www.summershows.com; mary@summershowoffs.com July 15-19; 9am-2pm at Lee Scott Academy. 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!

Sports Camp- June 10-14, July 8-12. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a different sport each day. Sports include baseball, soccer, tennis, track, basketball. Camp will be at a different location each day. Soccer Camp- June 3-6, July 8-11, Aug 5-8.

Auburn Thunder

www.auburnthundersoccer.com; 256-655-4448. Auburn Thunder (part of the Auburn Soccer Association) is an elite soccer club for boys and girls ages 9-18yrs. To learn more about the program, join us for a parent meeting, May 15. Paperwork deadline: May 31; Team Tryouts: June 3-5; makeup tryouts June 10.

1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn; 887-5666; www.healthplusfitness.com Youth Swim for Fitness- This is a chance for kids to learn a lifetime fitness activity. Our hour-long workout will improve endurance; perfect technique and help children learn advanced swimming skills. Children must have completed Snappers Level 3 or be at least 8 years old to participate. Fitness Fun Camp- May 28-August 16; Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 12:00pm (extended day is available through 5:00pm). Ages 5-12 yrs. A safe and fun-filled camp environment that will promote fitness, health, creativity and friendship. Open to members and non-members. Kids’ Gym- Ages 5-12. Members free; non-members $2.00 per visit. Activities include climbing wall, scoot-

2013 Auburn University Summer Camps auburn.edu/summercamps

Programs that educate and inspire youth in academic and extracurricular endeavors.    Learn more and  register online or call 334.844.5100.

 

ers, basketball, relays, kickball, tag games, dodgeball, jump rope and much more. At the pool, children may swim or play quietly on the pool deck.

• Plains Junior Golf

Moore’s Mill Golf Club, Auburn. Will Blackmon, 319-0051 or Elizabeth Rodgers, 821-6533; golfhouse. mooresmill@gmail.com; Offering girls, boys and co-ed golf camps.

• Sports Academy

3768 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika (Midway Plaza); 749-4040; www.sportsacademyauburn.com

Swimming Auburn Parks and Recreation

Summer Swim Lessons and Teams- Beginning June 13, 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 months-3 years; Sea Turtles- Ages 3-5yrs; Guppies- Ages 6-10 yrs; Dolphins- Ages 11-15yrs; Orcas- Ages 16-18yrs; Big Fish- Ages 19 and up. Float-In-Movies- June 21, July 19, August23; Samford Pool, gates open 8:15pm. $2. Friday Night Splash- June 28, July 26. 6-8pm. Samford Pool. Free swim, games, music, cookout and more. $2. End Of the Year Luau- August 24. 1-6pm. Samford Pool.

Opelika Parks and Recreation

Covington and SportsPlexYouth Swim LessonsAges 4 years and up. All levels welcome. Classes meet daily for two weeks. A separate registration form must be completed for each child registered.

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• Healthplus

1171 Gatewood Drive, Auburn; 887-5666; www.healthplusfitness.com Infant Swimming Resource- nationally recognized survival swimming program which teaches infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 6 years using the ISR Self-Rescue™ method. Water Babies- Baby’s first swim lesson. Parents and children participate in eight 30-minute guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration, and more. This is not a Learn-to-Swim class. Learn To Swim- Beginner to advanced sessions.

• Tiger Swim Lessons

737-4427 or asmutjc@auburn.edu Auburn University Aquatic Center- $70/ 2 week sessions with 30 minute classes; Session A: May 13-17, 20-24. 3-7pm/ Adult class at 7:00 pm Session B: May 27-31, & June 3-7. 9 -11am. Session C: June 10-14 & 17-21. 9-11am.

Swimming Pools City of Auburn Public Pools

Drake Pool- 653 Spencer Ave. next to Drake Middle School; 501-2958 Samford Pool- 465 Wrights Mill Road / 328 Samford Ave.; 501-2957 Auburn City pools will open on May 25. Auburn City Pool Season passes will be sold at the Dean Road Rec-

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reation Center. Individual passes are $50.00 and Family passes are $125.00. Daily admission is $2.00 per person (Children 1 year old and younger are free).

Opelika Parks and Recreation

Covington Pool-213 Carver Ave. 705-5550. SportsPlex Pool- 705-5560. Monday – Friday 5:00 am-8:00 am- Member Lap Swim Only; 1:00 pm-8:00 pm Open Swim; Saturday 8:00am10:00 am -Member Lap Swim Only; 10:00am-12:00 pm Family Swim; 12:00pm- 5:00 pm Open Swim; Sunday 1:00pm- 5:00pm Open Swim; Splash Park Summer Hours: Monday- Friday 10:00am- 8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Tennis Auburn Parks and Recreation

Auburn UniversityYarbrough Tennis Complex; 501-2920 Tennis Camps- Four Sessions: June 3-6, June 17-20, July 8-11, July 30-Aug 2. Yarbrough Tennis Center. 9am-1pm. Ages 6rs and up. Open to players of all levels.

Opelika Parks and Recreation

Calhoun Tennis Center; 1102 Denson Drive; Opelika. 705-5556; Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Vacation Bible Schools • Auburn Church of Christ www.auburnchurch.org; June 9-12. • Auburn United Methodist Church www.aumc.net; June 3-6. • Cornerstone Church www.cornerstonebuzz.org; June 5-8. • Eagle Pointe Church of the Nazarene www.eaglepointechurch.com; Summer long VBS • Farmville Baptist Church www.farmvillebaptistchurch.org; June 23-27.

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• First Baptist Church of Auburn www.auburnfbc.org; June 5-9. • First Presbyterian Church of Auburn; www.fpcauburn.org • First United Methodist Church of Opelika www.fumcopelika.org; June 10-13. • Lakeview Baptist Church www.lakeviewbaptist.org; June 17 - 21 • Liberty Baptist Church- 749-9632; June 3-7. • Opelika First Baptist Church www.opelikafbc.org; June 10-14. • Parkway Baptist Church www.parkwayauburn.org; June 3-7. • Pleasant Grove Baptist Church- 749-8507; June 17-21. • Providence Baptist Church www.providencealive.com; June 3-7. • Purpose Baptist Church www.purpusechurch.net; June 3-7. • Rock of Ages Baptist Church-727-4179; June 9-11. • Trinity United Methodist Church www.tumcopelika.org; June 17-20. • Union Grove Baptist Church www.ugbcopelika.com; July 15-19.

Watersports • Lake Eufaula

Vacation Rentals- Baker Realty; www.bakerrealty.com; 334-585-0748 Lakepoint Resort State Park- The park has a lodge, convention center, modern campground, vacation cabins and lakeside cottages, picnic areas, 18-hole golf course and a marina complete with launch facilities and boat slips. 334-687-8011; www.alapark.com/LakePointResort

• Lake Martin

Lakeside Marina- Rentals: boats, watercraft, tubes, boards and skis; Dadeville, Al; 256-825-9286; www. lakesidemarinallc.com; Pleasure Point Marina Cabin Rentals; Dadeville, AL; (256) 825-9400; www.pleasurepointmarina.com AOP

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To say Auburn University athletic director, Jay Jacobs, is busy would be an understatement. Besides managing some of the top athletic teams in the nation, he is also a father of three. “Who’s not busy? Everybody is busy, but you do the things that are important to you,” he says. Jacobs and his wife, Angie, found that helping children was important to them. They decided becoming foster parents would be the best way to do that. “Until we got into this, I had no idea of the depth and the need for foster parents,” he says. “As soon as we got into it, we realized that there are so many children who need help.” In the last four years, they’ve fostered three children and have done short term respite care for another three. The children have varied in age from newborn to six-years-old. “This is our ministry as a family. Since February 2009 we’ve probably not had foster children for only four months,” says Angie Jacobs. It’s a ministry Wetumpka mother, Dawn Acosta, and her family have also taken on. While she doesn’t receive national exposure in her job, her duties Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

as a parent of two girls, ages 13 & 15, is also demanding. But she’ll tell you, there’s always enough time to care about others. The Acosta family has cared for three infants in the foster care system. “The thought of a parent and child being separated is difficult,” she says. “If this is encouraging the child’s parent to get their lives right and do what they need to do we’re glad to have been a part of that.” Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner, Nancy Buckner, says there are roughly 6000 children in state foster care right now. Which is why, she says, they need more people willing to care for them. “It is so important for them to go on with a normal life. This is a very traumatic thing for children. As much as we can do to normalize it, the better that child’s well-being is going to be,” Buckner adds.

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interest in foster parenting, two will end up taking it on. “Not everybody is cut out for it and that’s okay. We don’t want to force fit, we want people who are naturally inclined for it,” says Renahan. The state guidelines for becoming a foster parent are simple: • You are at least 19 years of age. • You can provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for the child. • Your home conforms to Alabama Minimum Standards for Foster Family Homes. • Your home has enough space for the child and his or her belongings. • All members of your family are willing to share their home with a child who needs care. • All members of your family are in good health. • All adults in the home are willing to undergo a thorough background check, including criminal history. • Once approved, foster parents are also required to complete a 30-hour preparation course and receive information to help prepare them for a rewarding family experience. Advertising: 334-209-0552

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Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner says a great avenue for adoption is through foster care. There are several hundred children in Alabama’s foster care system waiting to be adopted. If someone is fostering a child that comes up for adoption, she says, foster parents do get priority. To see a list of children awaiting adoption in Alabama, visit www.heartgalleryalabama.org or www.adoptuskids.org. But, experts say it takes more than that to become SUCCESSFUL foster parents. You need to be: • Realistic: The families that do foster care and continue to do foster care have realistic expectations. They don’t think of saving the world or rescuing the child. “The foster families that go the distance say we’re having a positive impact by showing these children positive interactions. You have to go into it knowing that you may not see the end result. The foster families have said they feel that they are making a difference just by sharing their families and their lives with these children and knowing that one day they will have made a difference,” says Renahan. • Understanding: It’s a big adjustment having someone new come into your home, but remember this is a traumatic time for these children as well. Many children come from different backgrounds and life experiences. Buckner says, “They’re not perfect. They’re going to make mistakes just like any child. They need someone to guide them.” • Non-Judgmental: The ideal goal of fostering is to, eventually, have the child reunite with their parents. In the end, it’s what’s best for the child. For that reason, you need to be willing to not only accept the child, but accept their parents despite the mistakes they’ve made. “They need to love their birth family and have them respected,” says Renahan. “These children need to want to go back home because about six out of ten of them will go home. What I hope is the child comes and stays so their next move is their last move. I want that to be the birth family because that’s what the child wants.” • Loving: Don’t be afraid to open your Visit www.AuburnOpelikaParents.com

heart. They need more than just a place to stay. They need love and support. “I want to stress the importance of taking them in and making them a part of your family. If you plan a family vacation, take them with you. Seek to involve them and make them a part of your family life,” says Acosta. Buckner says, for someone who loves children and wants to help, it’s not a difficult process. She adds, “I truly believe it is one of the most rewarding things an adult can do. Children come into foster care through no fault of their own. They need someone who is going to be there and care for them. They’re just like other children.” The Jacobs and Acosta families couldn’t agree more. Dawn Acosta always looks forward to the day when her foster children are reunited with their families. “In the time we have them, we want them to see an intact family that loves them,” says Acosta. “To have them see that this cycle, the one their family is completing, does not have to be the one they live in. I want to give them the opportunity to break that cycle and see that they can go on to be whole mothers and fathers and grow a family that’s intact.” Meanwhile, the Jacobs’ recently finished an 18-month placement with a child who was adopted by someone in the community. “When I look at them, especially

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when they’re sleeping, and their little sweet innocent baby faces, it just warms my heart to know that for a time, they are in a safe place. They’re being nurtured, loved, and provided for,” says Angie Jacobs. “There is such a shortage, there’s such a need for foster families. It’s an easy choice for us. We can do this for someone for a little while.” Jacobs adds, “You don’t have to jump into the deep end. You can wade into the water and see what it’s like.” For more information on becoming a foster parent: Alabama Department of Human Services www.dhr.alabama.gov Agape of Central Alabama www.agapeforchildren.org Foster Care: Change a Lifetime www.fostercaremonth.org Christie del Amo Johnson spent more than 10 years as a television news reporter in several cities including Birmingham, Alabama before she decided to tackle her toughest job yet...motherhood. She now spends her days raising her inquisitive daughter, Mia, and her nights and naptimes as a freelance writer. Photo by Todd Van Emst, Auburn Athletics Department.

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Family Calendar Ongoing:

A2Z Local Homeschooler’s Association For homeschooling families in the Auburn/Opelika Lee County area of Alabama. A2Z Loop is an all-inclusive support group open to all homeschool families in the Auburn/Opelika area regardless of differences in beliefs, cultures, nationality, race, religion, or method of home schooling. For more information call 334-728-1162 or email: momofpnk@gmail.com. Alabama Mentor’s Foster Parent Training Classes Offered in the Opelika Auburn area. Call 334-705-8877 x 18 to register or email: Deanna.Hand@thementornetwork.com. Alabama Shakespeare Festival • God of Carnage. April 19-May 19. • Around the World in Eighty Days. April 19-May 19. • Macbeth. Through May 18. • To Kill a Mockingbird. Through May 18. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery. www.asf.net. ArtsRevive Through April 28. 11th Annual ArtsRevive Art Show and Exhibition. Selma. www.artsrevive.com. 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. 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. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Through May 4. Bauhaus Twenty-21 Exhibition. Through May 18. Auburn Collects: Works from the Collection of Dwight and Helen Carlisle May 18-Aug 17. Tamarind Touchstones 50 Years of Lithographic Prints. 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 mmhilyer@bellsouth.net for more information. Liberty Theatre I’ve Got the Music In Me 2. April 28-May 10. Columbus. www.musicinme2.eventbrite.com. McWane Center • The Ice Age in IMAX. Through May 11. • Animal Grossology. A new exhibit that is oozing with science as you meet some of the slimiest and yuckiest creatures on Earth! Through May 31. Birmingham.www.mcwane.org. Meditation Garden and Labyrinth Come and Find the Quiet Center... in the Meditation Garden and Labyrinth, provided as a community service by Village Christian Church, 700 East University Drive, (across from Auburn Early Ed.). 334-887-5111. Try the practice of walking meditation or simply sit and enjoy the sights and sounds. The garden and labyrinth are always open and guests are always welcome. Montgomery Ballet www.montgomeryballet.org. Montgomery Performing Arts Montgomery Performing Arts. www.mpaconline.org.

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Newnan Theatre Company On the Razzle. May 9-19. Newnan, Ga. www.newnatheatre.org. 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. Rosa Parks Museum Through April 30. Against the Odds: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and Mildred Carter. Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery. www.troy.edu. Student Life Youth Camp May 27-June 30. Shocco Springs Conference Center, Talladega. www.studentlife.com.

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 yrs. Free! 334-209-2580. Ongoing Calendar addition: 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 yrs 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 laura@ insideyfc.com or 334-501-5637. www.insideyfc.com.

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Auburn United Methodist Church, Children’s Day Out Program, every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 noon. $10 per child for the entire morning, $2 each additional child. Attendance will be on a first come-first served basis. Contact Barbara Dawsey at 826-8800 for more information. Trinity United Methodist Church (Opelika) Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45-12. $15 per child.

Support Groups

Care N’ Share Group Caring for a family member or friend can be rewarding, but it is not easy. Whether you are the caregiver for your grandchildren, provide care to your parents or spouse or a dependent child, this group is for you! Learn from each other, ways to cope with the everyday stresses of caring for someone you love. We will also give you tools and resources to help you on your journey. Last Monday of each month through November. 7 a.m., or Noon CST (choose the one that works best for you). Registration preferred but not required. This program is supported by the Opelika SportsPlex, Lee-Russell Area Agency on Aging, and Hospice Advantage EAMC. Food Allergy Support of East Alabama The Food Allergy Support of East Alabama group offers support through the sharing of information and resources. We are also working to increase awareness of food allergies in the state of Alabama. For more information, visit our website at www.foodallergysupporteastal.org or call Barbara at 334-826-3082; bkg2007@bellsouth.net. GRACE - Post-Abortive Support Group Are you struggling with feelings of regret or sadness from having a pregnancy termination in your past? Do you feel like you can’t share these struggles with anyone? Would you like to find healing and forgiveness? You are not alone. Women’s Hope Medical Clinic wants to help you! You are invited to take part in our GRACE abortion recovery group. This confidential group gives you the opportunity to process the grief of your termination in a safe and non-judgmental setting. If you would like more information about the times, dates and location for this group, call or e-mail Sherry at Women’s Hope: 334.502.7000 or sherry@womenshope.org Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help.

Sports

Auburn University Baseball May 3, 4, 5, 8, 14, 16, 17, 18. Auburn University Softball April 19, 20, 21, 27. www.autigers.com Columbus Lions Arena Football Columbus. April 20, 27, May 18. Cottonmouths Hockey Columbus Civic Center. www.columbusciviccenter.org. Miracle League of Lee County Baseball Billy Hitchcock Miracle Field, Opelika. April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18. Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Riverwalk Stadium. April 18, 19, 25-29. May 7-11, 2326. www.biscuitsbaseball.com.

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Parents Night Out Sports Night at Opelika SportsPlex. 7-9:30 p.m. Ages 8-12 years. 705-5560. Friday Night Drop-In Opelika SportsPlex. 7-9:30 p.m. 6th-8th graders. $20 registration, $5 per visit. 705-5560.

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Tiger Trail of Auburn Induction Ceremony Toomer’s Corner. 5 p.m. Every fall during the height of football fever in Auburn, a new class of honorees is inducted into the Tiger Trail during a breakfast induction ceremony. Each inductee is presented with an engraved granite plaque to be placed in the sidewalk of downtown Auburn among the plaques honoring other Auburn greats. 96 of Auburn’s athletic elite are now part of the Tiger Trail. www.auburnchamber.com. Beth Wood and Kyle James Hauser in Concert at Sundilla 7:30-9:30 p.m. Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. www.sundillaconcert.com. AU Jazz Band Concert Goodwin Music Building, AU Campus. 7:30-9 p.m. 844-4165. Chamber Music Recital Goodwin Music Building, AU Campus. 7:30-9 p.m. 844-4165. Elephants Graveyard Telfair Peet Theatre. AU Campus. www.auburn.edu. Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale Callaway Gardens, Ga. Watch world-class painters in action, then browse and purchase their finished works at the weekend Art Show and Sale. www.callawaygardens.com. Museum Theatre Festival presents History Now! Port Columbus. www.portcolumbus.org. Movie Under the Stars Ft. Benning, Ga. family friendly outdoor movie Wreck it Ralph, 8 p.m., Safari Zoo 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. & Builder Bob at 7 p.m. www. benningmwr.com. 6th Annual Frogtown Hollow Music Festival Woodruff Park, Columbus. www.facebook.com/frogtownhollowjam1. Let There Be Art & Bloom Celebration of Art and Botanicals Columbus Museum. www.columbusmuseum.com. Montgomery Theatre Weekend www.montgomerytheatreweekend.com.

Saturday, April 20

A-Day & Auburn Oaks Celebration Jordan-Hare Stadium and Toomer’s Corner. Each year Auburn gives students, alumni, parents, and friends a sneak peek at the upcoming football season by holding a spring football game. A-Day as we’ve always known it but also the last time the Auburn Family will ever be invited to roll the existing oaks at Toomer’s Corner. Do not miss this full day of activities, scheduled to include a parade, special appearances by former Auburn athletes, and concert & street dance! Coloring Africa 5K Color Run Martin Luther King Park, Auburn. 8 a.m. www.fourcorners.org. Veterinary Medicine Open House Wire Rd, Auburn. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free fun for the whole family. www.vetmed.auburn.edu. 8th Annual Mayor’s Ball: Jeans & Jackets Marriott at Grand National, Opelika. Hosted by Gary Fuller & Bill Ham. 6:30 p.m. Music by Bobby More & The Rhythm Aces, Silent Auction, Dinner, and more. 334-502-1311. Lee County 2013 Walk for Autism Town Creek Park, Auburn. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Elephants Graveyard Telfair Peet Theatre. AU Campus. www.auburn.edu. Spring Home & Garden Show Alexander City. 8 a.m.-noon. Free. www.alexandercitychamber.com. 12th Annual Charity Car Show ‘Klassic Kruisers’ New Site City Hall, Alexander City. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. 256-234-6024. Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale

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Callaway Gardens, Ga. Watch world-class painters in action, then browse and purchase their finished works at the weekend Art Show and Sale. www.callawaygardens.com. Museum Theatre Festival presents History Now! Port Columbus. www.portcolumbus.org. 6th Annual Frogtown Hollow Music Festival See April 19 for details. Let There Be Art & Bloom Celebration of Art and Botanicals Columbus Museum. www.columbusmuseum.com. Market Days on Broadway Columbus, Ga. 9 a.m.-noon. Pick up locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, artwork, flowers, plants and handcrafted items! www.uptowncolumbusga.com. Guinness World Records Great Cloth Diaper Change Indianhead Village Center, 109 Lavoie Ave., Fort Benning. 10 a.m. Free to participate and every participant will receive a certificate from Guinness of their participation in the event. Yatta Abba Day Abbeville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.cityofabbeville.org/community/yatta-abba-day. Joy to Life Foundation Walk of Life Montgomery. 7 a.m. www.joytolifeorg. Vizzini Farms Wine & Jazz Calera. 6-10 p.m. www.vizzinifarmswinery.com. The Alabama Book Festival Old Alabama Town, Montgomery. Free. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. www.alabamabookfestival.org. Dixie Reptile Show BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Alabama Flora & Fauna Arts Festival Alabama Nature Center, Millbrook. Free. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.alabamawildlife.org. 13th Annual Old 280 Boogie 1015 Mayberry, Waverly, Al. Multicultural arts and music festival for families. 12 noon. www.facebook.com/old280boogie. Riverfest Gold Star Park, Wetumpka. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. www.wetumpkachamber.com. Ozark Crawdad & Music Festival www.ozarkalabama.org. Mountain Brook Art Association’s 32nd Annual Spring Art Festival Crestline Village. www.mountainbrookartassociation.com. French & Indian War Encampment Fort Toulouse, Wetumpka. www.preserveala.org. Bloomin’ Festival St. Bernard Abbey Prep School, Cullman. www.bloomingfestival.com. Astronomy Nights sponsored by Coca-Cola Space Center 8 p.m. www.ccssc.org. Montgomery Gun Show Garrett Coliseum. www.montogomerygunshow.com. Montgomery Theatre Weekend www.montgomerytheatreweekend.com. Day Out with Thomas Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera, Al. www.hodrrm.org.

Sunday, April 21

AU Community Concert Jule Collins Smith Museum. 4 p.m. 844-4165. Elephants Graveyard Telfair Peet Theatre. AU Campus. www.auburn.edu. Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale Callaway Gardens, Ga. Watch world-class painters in action, then browse and purchase their finished works at the weekend Art Show and Sale. www.callawaygardens.com.

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Let There Be Art & Bloom Celebration of Art and Botanicals Columbus Museum. www.columbusmuseum.com. French & Indian War Encampment Fort Toulouse, Wetumpka. www.preserveala.org. Bloomin’ Festival St. Bernard Abbey Prep School, Cullman. www.bloomingfestival.com. Montgomery Chorale Spring Concert presents Gloria First Baptist Church, Montgomery. 2:30-4:30 p.m. www. montgomerychorale.org. Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Stephen McCullough. Cloverdale Bottom Park, Montgomery. 4-6 p.m. Montgomery Gun Show Garrett Coliseum. www.montogomerygunshow.com. Montgomery Theatre Weekend www.montgomerytheatreweekend.com. Day Out with Thomas Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera, Al. www.hodrrm.org.

Monday, April 22

Earth Day AU Indian Music Ensemble Goodwin Music Building, AU Campus. 6 p.m. 844-4165. Rihanna Diamonds Tour Philips Arena, Ga. www.ticketmaster.com.

Tuesday, April 23

Spring Discovery Hike Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 5-12 years. www.facebook.com/auburnpreserve. SNAPS: Auburn Circle Artist Expo Student Center, AU Campus. 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/ theauburncircle. Spring Treats Covington Rec Center. 6-7:30 p.m. $10 fee. 705-5560. Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers presents Strong! Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 6 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Cheap Skate! Columbus Ice Rink Skate for $3 and free skate rental! 5-7 p.m. www.columbusicerink.org. Twelfth Night Alabama Shakespeare Festival. www.asf.net.

Wednesday, April 24

AU Chamber Music Society Quartet Goodwin Music Building, AU Campus. 7:30 p.m. 8444165. The Big Friendly Giant The Springer Opera House, Columbus. www.springeroperahouse.org.

Thursday, April 25

Quatuor Ebène Opelika Center for the Performing Arts. www.eastalabamaarts.org. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum. 12-1 p.m. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. AU Percussion Ensemble Concert Goodwin Music Building, AU Campus. 7:30 p.m. 8444165. 9th Annual Auburn City Fest Juried Art Preview Exhibit and Reception Nunn-Winston House, Kiesel Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 501-2963.

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Family Calendar Lee-Scott Academy Drama presents The Wizard of Oz Shows at 6:30 p.m. and a matinee on April 27 at 2 p.m. Contact toliver@lee-scott.org for more info. The Big Friendly Giant See April 24 for details. The Hallelujah Girls Red Door Theatre, Union Springs. www.reddoortheatre.org. Cheap Skate! Columbus Ice Rink Skate for $3 and free skate rental! 5-7 p.m. www.columbusicerink.org. 4th Annual Bama Coast Cruise Orange Beach. www.bamacoastcruise.com. Battle of Selma Battlefield Park. www.battleofselma.com. Spring Nature Walk See April 18 for details.

Friday, April 26

Relay for Life Lee County Southern Union Track, Opelika. 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. Fun Night Drop-In Covington Rec, Opelika. 6-8:45 p.m. Ages 3rd-5th graders. $15 registration, $5 per visit. 705-5560. Friday Night Drop-In Opelika SportsPlex. 7-9:30 p.m. 6th-8th graders. $20 registration, $5 per visit. 705-5560. Movie Under the Stars Ft. Benning, Ga. family friendly outdoor movie, Life of Pi, 8 p.m. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Pie throwing contest at 7 p.m. www.benningmwr.com. Bash on the Banks BBQ and Music Festival Columbus, Ga. www.musgogeemoms.com. 15th Annual Georgia Strawberry Festival www.ga-strawberry.org. TroyFest 2013 Troy. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free! Arts, crafts, food, art show, children’s events and more. www.troyal.gov. The Big Friendly Giant See April 24 for details. The Hallelujah Girls See April 25 for details. Russell Marine In Water Boat Show The Ridge Marina on Lake Martin. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.russellmarine.net. 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party www.florabama.com. 11th Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament Valley Grande, Selma. www.valleygrande.org. Battle of Selma Battlefield Park. www.battleofselma.com. 4th Annual Bama Coast Cruise Orange Beach. www.bamacoastcruise.com. Symphony on the Sand with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Callaway Gardens, GA. 8 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. Spring Into Fashion Show Montgomery. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. www.capitalmontgomery.com. On the Road Capri Theatre, Montgomery. www.capritheatre.org. Annual Sheriff’s Rodeo and Concert Chambers Country Agricultural Arena Highway 431, LaFayette, Al. www.greatervalleyarea. com. Brit Floyd-The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Lee-Scott Academy Drama presents The Wizard of Oz Shows at 6:30 p.m. and a matinee on April 27 at 2 p.m. Contact toliver@lee-scott.org for more info.

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Saturday, April 27

Auburn CityFest Kiesel Park. www.auburncityfest.com. Slow Art Day Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. 10 a.m. JCSM is a participating venue in this global all-volunteer event. The mission is to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Relay for Life Lee County Southern Union Track, Opelika. 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. Auburn 10K, 5K & 1M Finish on the 50 Toomer’s Corner, Auburn. 8 a.m. 332-0327 or on facebook. 5th Annual Derby Day Dinner Storybook Farm, Opelika. 5:30 p.m. Kentucky Derby Auction and Dinner featuring “Chefs down the home stretch” and Distinguished guest speaker: Tommy Newberry, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best selling author of The 4:8 Principle. During the evening guests will dine on specialties from local restaurants, meet our equine therapists and amazing children, and bid on live and silent auction items.www.hopeonhorseback. org. AU Singers Concert 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Telfair Peet Theatre. 844-4165. Expressions of a BraveHeart Opelika Parks and Rec. Program for youth and adults with disabilities. 5:30 p.m. 12th Annual Reptile Fest Oxbow Meadows Learning Center, Columbus. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A day dedicated to the awesome world of reptiles! Enjoy a reptile show hosted by Jason Clark of SnakesRUs, kid-friendly crafts, an alligator feeding, the Hiss American Pageant, and much, much more! $5 per person. Children three and under get in free. www. oxbow.columbusstate.edu. Market Days on Broadway Columbus, Ga. 9 a.m.-noon. Pick up locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, artwork, flowers, plants and handcrafted items! www.uptowncolumbusga.com. Capital of Dreams Triatholon and Kids’ Duathlon Montgomery. www.teammagic.com. Bash on the Banks BBQ and Music Festival Columbus, Ga. www.musgogeemoms.com. 15th Annual Georgia Strawberry Festival www.ga-strawberry.org. Lee-Scott Academy Drama presents The Wizard of Oz Shows at 6:30 p.m. and a matinee on April 27 at 2 p.m. Contact toliver@lee-scott.org for more info. TroyFest 2013 See April 26 for details. The Hallelujah Girls See April 25 for details. Spring Festival & Auto Show Shelby Iron Works. www.shelbyironworks.com. Russell Marine In Water Boat Show See April 26 for details. 11th Annual Open Buddy Bass Tournament Valley Grande, Selma. www.valleygrande.org. Earth Day at the Gardens Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Free. www.bbgardens.org. Dothan Gem & Mineral Show Westgate Park Recreation Center Gym, Dothan. door prizes, a silent auction, rock exhibits, and flint knapping demonstrations, along with the fossils, minerals, gemstones, beads, jewelry and lapidary equipment offered for sale. Free admission and parking. www. wiregrassrockhounds.com.

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Corks & Chefs: Food & Wine Tasting Event Linn Park, Birmingham. 1-4 p.m. www.magiccityart.com. 34th Annual Chunnenuggee Fair Union Springs. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Juried arts and crafts fair with live entertainment, food and crafts vendors, children’s games, door prizes, BBQ competition and more. www.chunnenuggeefair.com. Battle of Selma Grand Military Ball Sturdivant Museum, Selma. Experience a step back in time as the Battle of Selma reenactors and their ladies dress in their finest and enjoy a ball in the courtyard. Civilians (in period dress) are welcome. Dancing (waltz, Virginia Reel) and light refreshments. 7-11 p.m. www. sturdivanthall.com. Young Eagles Day–FREE Airplane Rides for Kids! Columbus Airport. Ages 8-17. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). 706-324-2453. Battle of Selma Battlefield Park. www.battleofselma.com. 4th Annual Bama Coast Cruise Orange Beach. www.bamacoastcruise.com. Whippoorwill Wine Tour Whippoorwill Vineyards, Notasulga. www.capitalmontgomery.com. Capri Theatre Presents: Beth Neilsen Chapman www.capritheatre.org. Jokers Wild Comedy Show Featuring Lavell Crawford. Montgomery Centre for Performing Arts. www.mpaonline.org. 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party www.florabama.com. Rapunzel and the Rabbit Birmingham Children’s Theatre. www.bct123.org. Charlotte’s Web Birmingham Children’s Theatre. www.bct123.org. Allan Jackson Oak Mountain Amp. Birmingham. www.ticketmaster.com. Annual Sheriff’s Rodeo and Concert See April 26 for details.

Sunday, April 28

AU Singers Concert 2:30 p.m. Telfair Peet Theatre. 844-4165. Party on the Lawn Wynnton Arts Academy & Spring Midtown Bike Around. Wynnton Arts Academy, 2303 Wynnton Road, Columbus. 706-494-1663. TroyFest 2013 See April 26 for details. The Hallelujah Girls See April 25 for details. Russell Marine In Water Boat Show See April 26 for details. Dothan Gem & Mineral Show See April 28 for details. Corks & Chefs: Food & Wine Tasting Event See April 27 for details. Battle of Selma Battlefield Park. www.battleofselma.com. 29th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party www.florabama.com. Capital of Dreams Triatholon and Kids’ Duathlon Montgomery. www.teammagic.com. Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Zig and Ben. Cloverdale Bottom Park, Montgomery. 4-6 p.m. Family Art Affairs: Jazz Jams and Printmaking Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. 2-4 p.m. Free. www. mmfa.org.

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Monday, April 29

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Season Closing Performance 7:30 p.m. www.montgomerysymphony.org.

Tuesday, April 30

Homeschool Day at Columbus Museum www.columbusmuseum.com. Cheap Skate! Columbus Ice Rink Skate for $3 and free skate rental! 5-7 p.m. www.columbusicerink.org. Twelfth Night Alabama Shakespeare Festival. www.asf.net. Spring Discovery Hike See April 23 for details.

Wednesday, May 1 The Big Friendly Giant The Springer Opera House, Columbus. www.springeroperahouse.org. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy The Arena at Gwinnett Center. www.ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, May 2

A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum. 12-1 p.m. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Spring Nature Walk See April 18 for details. The Big Friendly Giant See May 1 for details. The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy Davis Theatre, Montgomery. www.trojan.troy.edu/ community/davistheatre/shows. Mayor’s Annual Prayer Breakfast First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Alexander City. 7-8:30 a.m. www.alexandercityonline.com. Sundown Concert Series at Town Creek Park Soulco. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 6 p.m. Free. Lakebottom Prime Springer Opera House, Columbus. 7:30 p.m. www.springeroperahouse.org. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy See May 1 for details.

Friday, May 3

Opelika Unplugged The Event Center Downtown, Opelika. 7 p.m. Performance platform for singers and songwriters. $5. www.eventcenterdowntown.net. Prattville CityFest Downtown Prattville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.prattvillecityfest.com. RUSH 2013 at The Rock Ranch The Rock, Ga. With speakers Tony Nolan, Brad Jones, Mark Pritchett and more!The Worship leaders will be Christian Standfill and RUSH WORSHIP! And this year, Switchfoot and Willi and Si from Duck Dynasty. www. therockranch.com. Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall Montgomery Performing Arts Center. www.ticketmaster.com.

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ZooBrew 2013 Montgomery Zoo. 6-11 p.m. www.montgomeryzoo.com. FLIMP Chalk Art Competition Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.mmfa.org. Race Fever Dinner & Auction International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Talladega. www. racefever.org. Spring Plantin Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy. 9-5. 334-566-3597. Rock of Ages BJCC. Birmingham. www.ticketmaster.com. MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama Annual Pow Wow Enterprise. www.machistribe.com. Aaron’s Dream Weekend Talladega. www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. Artventures for Children Columbus Museum. Children ages 3-4 and parent. 11 a.m. – noon. www.columbusmuseum.com. Uptown Friday Night Concert Big Woody and the Splinters. Springer Opera House, Columbus. 7 p.m. Free.www.springeroperahouse.org. The Big Friendly Giant See May 1 for details. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy See May 1 for details.

Saturday, May 4

Home Depot’s Kids Clinic Epic World in Own Backyard-Build an Herb Planter. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Opelika. www.workshops.homedepot. com. Derby Day at the Stables The Stables at Russell Crossroads, Alexander City. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fundraising event for Children’s Harbor. www. russelllandsonlakemartin.com. Dino Dig 2013 Montgomery Zoo. 10 a.m. - noon. www.montgomeryzoo.com. FLIMP Chalk Art Competition Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.mmfa.org. George Washington Carver Arts & Crafts Festival Downtown Tuskegee. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. www.tuskegeeareachamber.org. Children’s Festival in the Park Enterprise Recreational Complex. www.cityofenterprise.net. Free. Touch A Truck Landmark Park, Dothan. www.landmarkpark.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Teen Scene: Field Trip to USS Alabama Battleship Mobile. Ages 12-16. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Meet at Dean Rd Rec Center, Auburn. Registration required. 501-2946. Blessing of the Fleet Bayou La Batre, Al. Free. www.fleetblessing.org. FODAC Run, Walk ‘N’ Roll Friends of Disabled Adults and Children. Stone Mountain Park. www.stonemountainpark.com. Prattville CityFest See May 3 for details. RUSH 2013 at The Rock Ranch. See May 3 for details. Rock of Ages BJCC. Birmingham. www.ticketmaster.com. Southern Makers Montgomery. Southern Makers will explore Alabama based food and design with panel discussions, artist

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talks, cooking demonstrations and tastings, workshops, meaningful self-guided tours and a Market Place Bazaar featuring wares and goods from talented southern artisans and chefs. www.southernmakers.com. 37th Annual Hike-Bike-Run at Valley Haven Valley, Al. 7 a.m. 334-756-2868. Birmingham Ballet presents Artist’s Palette BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Schaeffer Crawfish Boil BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Market Days on Broadway See April 20 for details. Spring Plantin Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy. 9-5. 334-566-3597. Kiwanis Star Weekend/Clay Shoot Five Star Plantation, Alexander City. 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 256-329-7445. Aaron’s Dream Weekend Talladega. www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. Grits Festival Kymulga Grist Mill & Park. Childersburg. www.kymulgagristmill.com. Redneck Regatta Waldo Covered Bridge, Talladega. Redneck Regatta. 256-362-3092. MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama Annual Pow Wow Enterprise. www.machistribe.com. Art Fest in the Park Dauphin Island. www.dauphinislandcoc.com. Free. Uptown Friday Night Concert Big Woody and the Splinters. Springer Opera House, Columbus. 7 p.m. Free.www.springeroperahouse.org. Mozart & Mahler RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Columbus. 7:30 p.m. Fort Benning’s Post-Wide Yard Sale Ga. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Buyers will be able to access the post via I-185 and Benning Boulevard. No vehicle access pass is required to enter the installation. 706-545-2787. 2013 Beastly Feast Gala Atlanta Zoo. 6:30 p.m. www.zooatlanta.org. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy See May 1 for details.

Sunday, May 5

Blessing of the Fleet Bayou La Batre, Al. Free. www.fleetblessing.org. Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Caribbean Chrome. Cloverdale Bottom Park, Montgomery. 4-6 p.m. Spring Plantin Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy. 9-5. 334-566-3597. Art Fest in the Park Dauphin Island. www.dauphinislandcoc.com. Free. Old House Expo Montgomery. www.oldhouseexpo.com. Free. Aaron’s Dream Weekend Talladega. www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama Annual Pow Wow Enterprise. www.machistribe.com. Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy See May 1 for details.

Monday, May 6

Auburn Area Community Theatre Auditions Raisin In the Sun. Adults and children are needed. For times, www.auburnact.org.

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House United Building Project AuburnServes and the Office of Public Service. www. auburnserves.com. Auburn Area Community Theatre Auditions Raisin In the Sun. Adults and children are needed. For times, www.auburnact.org. Summer Swing Concert Series Municipal Park, Opelika. Free. 7 p.m. 705-5560. Wildlife Explorers: Flower Power Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Columbus. 9:45 a.m. www.oxbow.columbusstate.edu/ WildlifeExplorers Spring Discovery Hike See April 23 for details.

Wednesday, May 8

Noon Tunes Courthouse Square, Opelika. 12-1 p.m. Free. 705-5560. Bass Masters Elite Series Alabama Charge www.visitingmontgomery.com.

Thursday, May 9

Sundown Concert Series at Town Creek Park Crossroads. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 6 p.m. Free. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum. 12-1 p.m. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Mother’s Day Ceramics Special Denson Dr. Rec Center, Opelika. 3:30 p.m. $10 fee. Vega String Quartet RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Columbus, Ga. www.rivercenter.org. Spring Nature Walk See April 18 for details. Bass Masters Elite Series Alabama Charge www.visitingmontgomery.com.

Friday, May 10

Annual Greek Food Festival Greek Orthodox Church, Montgomery. 334-462-7285. Artventures for Children Columbus Museum. Children ages 3-4 and parent. 11 a.m. – noon. www.columbusmuseum.com. Uptown Friday Night Concert DSOS. Springer Opera House, Columbus. 7 p.m. Free. www.springeroperahouse.org. Bass Masters Elite Series Alabama Charge www.visitingmontgomery.com.

Saturday, May 11

Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic Mother’s Day Sweetheart Frame. 11 a.m. Free. Opelika. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com. Auburn Opelika Air Show Auburn University Municipal Airport. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.auburnopelikaairshow.com. Second Saturday @ Lee County Historical Society Museum Loachapoka. 1-3 p.m. www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org. Walk for Life Women’s Hope Medical Clinic, Auburn. Second Saturdays @ Riverfront, Montgomery 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Vendors, entertainment, Harriott Riverboat and Firework finale. (334) 625-2100. 41st Annual Art in the Park Foley Park, Gulf Shores. www.foleyartcenter.com. Free. 2013 Montgomery Street Fair www.helicitymgm.org.

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Herb Day Old Alabama Town, Montgomery. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. www. oldalabamatown.com. Quidam by Cirque du Soleil Columbus Civic Center. www.ticketmaster.com. Atlanta Ballet presents Love Stories Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.ticketmaster.com. Springfest in Brundidge 334-735-9191. Blooming With Excitement Family Day Columbus Museum. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. www.columbusmuseum.com. 11th Annual Boll Weevil 100/Ride to Recovery Southeast Downtown Enterprise. enterpriselionsclub.com/ bollweevil100.htm. Grand Opening of the Audubon Bird Park at Oxbow Meadows www.columbusstate.edu/oxbow. 1st Annual Red Show Run Uptown Columbus. 8 a.m. www.calendarcolumbusga.com. Mayfest with Booker T. Washington Magnet School Montgomery Zoo. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.montgomeryzoo.com. Ladies Night Out Tour BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Annual Greek Food Festival See May 10 for details. Market Days on Broadway See April 20 for details. Bass Masters Elite Series Alabama Charge www.visitingmontgomery.com. Pride and Prejudice Presented by Faulkner University’s Dinner Theatre.www. faulkner.edu.

Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day Montgomery Youth Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert www.montgomerysymphony.org. 41st Annual Art in the Park Foley Park, Gulf Shores. www.foleyartcenter.com. Free. Mother’s Day at the Montgomery Zoo All moms receive Free admission. www.montgomeryzoo.com. Quidam by Cirque du Soleil Columbus Civic Center. www.ticketmaster.com. Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Cloverdale Bottom Park, Montgomery. 4-6 p.m. Atlanta Ballet presents Love Stories See May 11 for details. Bass Masters Elite Series Alabama Charge www.visitingmontgomery.com. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Monday, May 13

Atlanta Ballet presents Love Stories See May 11 for details. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Tuesday, May 14

Atlanta Ballet presents Love Stories See May 11 for details. Summer Swing Concert Series Municipal Park, Opelika. Free. 7 p.m. 705-5560. Imagine It! Atlanta’s Hands On Children’s Museum Target Free Second Tuesdays. Free tickets available 1-7

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p.m., first come, first served as capacity allows. www. childrensmuseumatlanta.org. Celtic Women RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Columbus, Ga. www.rivercenter.org. Spring Discovery Hike See April 23 for details.

Wednesday, May 15

Noon Tunes Courthouse Square, Opelika. 12-1 p.m. Free. 705-5560.

Thursday, May 16

Sundown Concert Series at Town Creek Park Destiny Brown. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 6 p.m. Free. A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum. 12-1 p.m. www.jcsm. auburn.edu. Sundilla Concert: Sonia. Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 7:30 p.m. www.sundillaconcert.com. Open Adult Studio ‘Printmaking’ Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn. 5 p.m. www.jcsm.auburn.edu. Spring Nature Walk See April 18 for details. Kids Fishing Derby at Lake Howard Sylacauga. www.sylacaugachamber.com. Free.

Friday, May 17

Performing Arts Series-Cowboy Envy Central Activity Center, Phenix City. 7-9 p.m. www.phenixcityal.us. The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores Beach. www.hangoutmusicfest.com. Artventures for Children Columbus Museum. Children ages 3-4 and parent. 11 a.m. – noon. www.columbusmuseum.com. Columbus Music Festival Uptown Columbus. www.uptowncolumbusga.com.

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21st Annual Fishing Rodeo Sponsored by Evans Realty and Auburn Parks and Rec. AU Tech Park South Lake. 8-11 a.m. $5 fee. Bring own fishing pole. Seasonal Artist Showcase Rumbling Water Studios & Gallery, Wetumpka. www. facebook.com/RumblingWater. Free. Touch a Truck Pratt Park, Prattville. www.prattvilleal.gov. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Safe Kids Day Bike Rodeo & Festival Hollywood Connection, Columbus. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. www. calendarcolumbusga.com. 4th Annual Bald Eagle Bash Fairhope. The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores Beach. www.hangoutmusicfest.com. Market Days on Broadway See April 20 for details. Columbus Music Festival Uptown Columbus. www.uptowncolumbusga.com. Mystery Dinner Theatre @ Callaway Gardens www.callawaygardens.com. Great Southern Gun Show BJCC. www.bjcc.org. Dixie Reptile Show BJCC. www.bjcc.org.

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Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Blackbird Pickers. Cloverdale Bottom Park, Montgomery. 4-6 p.m. The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores Beach. www.hangoutmusicfest.com. Seasonal Artist Showcase See May 18 for details. Great Southern Gun Show BJCC. www.bjcc.org.

Monday, May 20 Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Tuesday, May 21

Summer Swing Concert Series Municipal Park, Opelika. Free. 7 p.m. 705-5560. Georgia Aquarium’s 8th Annual Fish & Chips Golf Tournament East Lake Golf Club, Ga. www.georgiaaquarium.org. Spring Discovery Hike See April 23 for details. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Wednesday, May 22

Noon Tunes Courthouse Square, Opelika. 12-1 p.m. Free. 705-5560. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Thursday, May 23

Sundown Concert Series at Town Creek Park Martha’s Trouble. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 6 p.m. Free. The Market at Ag Heritage Park Auburn University Agricultural Heritage Park. 3-6 p.m. Free. 334-321-1603. Project Graduation 2013 Auburn High School Field House. Parents providing our seniors with a safe and incredibly fun Graduation Party. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Spring Nature Walk See April 18 for details. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Friday, May 24

Crosby, Stills and Nash Montgomery Performing Arts Center. www.ticketmaster.com. Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s Memorial Day Weekend Pops Concert www.montgomerysymphony.org. 5th Annual Spirit of the Wolf Pow Wow and Annual Kiowa Gourd Dance Ashland. www.wolfgardens.org/pow-wow. Mary Poppins presented by The Montgomery Ballet Davis Theatre, Montgomery. 7 p.m. www.montgomeryballet.org. Artventures for Children Columbus Museum. Children ages 3-4 and parent. 11 a.m. – noon. www.columbusmuseum.com.

Uptown Friday Night Concert Classic Addict. Springer Opera House, Columbus. 7 p.m. Free. www.springeroperahouse.org. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Saturday, May 25

35th Annual Jubilee Run for Cancer Old Alabama Town, Montgomery. 7:30 a.m. www.jubileerun.org. Dreamgirls - The Musical Davis Theatre. www.trojan.troy.edu/community/davistheatre/shows. 5th Annual Spirit of the Wolf Pow Wow and Annual Kiowa Gourd Dance Ashland. www.wolfgardens.org/pow-wow. Memorial Day Fly-In Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. www.nps.gov/tuai. Free. Young Eagles Day–FREE Airplane Rides for Kids! Columbus Airport. Ages 8-17. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). 706-324-2453. Memorial Day Weekend Festival Callaway Gardens. Featuring the 54th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament. www.callawaygardens.com. Summer Market at Callaway Gardens 4-7 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. Brew at the Zoo Atlanta Zoo. Ages 21 and up. www.zooatlanta.org. Wetumpka Crater Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. Presented by Dr. David King, professor of Geology. 10-11 a.m. $2 members, $3 others. www.facebook.com/auburnpreserve.

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Thursday, May 30

Sundown Concert Series at Town Creek Park Dave Potts. Town Creek Park, Auburn. 6 p.m. Free. The Market at Ag Heritage Park Auburn University Agricultural Heritage Park. 3-6 p.m. Free. 334-321-1603. The Del McCoury Band www.eastalabamaarts.org. Bluegrass on the Plains See May 29 for details. The Adams Family RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Columbus, Ga. www.rivercenter.org. Spring Nature Walk See April 18 for details.

Friday, May 31

The Black Jacket Symphony presents The Rolling Stone’s Some Girls Montgomery Centre for Performing Arts. www.mpacoline.org. Hank Williams Festival Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum, Georgiana. www.hankwilliamsfestival.com. 28th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival Wetumpka. www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com. Sundilla Concert: Dan Navarro. Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 7:30 p.m. www.sundillaconcert.com. Bluegrass on the Plains See May 29 for details.

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Memorial Day Weekend @ Stone Mountain www.stonemountainpark.com. Market Days on Broadway See April 20 for details. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Sunday, May 26

Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Ed Pickett. Cloverdale Bottom Park, Montg. 4-6 p.m. Southern Music Fest The AMP at Lake Martin. www.lmat.org. 5th Annual Spirit of the Wolf Pow Wow and Annual Kiowa Gourd Dance Ashland. www.wolfgardens.org/pow-wow. Memorial Day Weekend Festival See May 25 for details. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

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Monday, May 27

Memorial Day Weekend Festival See May 25 for details. Memorial Day Weekend @ Stone Mountain www.stonemountainpark.com. Pride and Prejudice See May 11 for details.

Tuesday, May 28

Summer Swing Concert Series Municipal Park, Opelika. Free. 7 p.m. 705-5560. Spring Discovery Hike See April 23 for details.

Wednesday, May 29 Bluegrass on the Plains AU Station RV Resort, Auburn. www.bluegrassontheplains.com.

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June 1. Hank Williams Festival Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum, Georgiana. www.hankwilliamsfestival.com. June 1. Summer Market at Callaway Gardens 4-7 p.m. www.callawaygardens.com. June 1. Kiss 104.1 Family Soul Fest Stone Mountain Park, Ga. www.stonemountainpark.com. June 1-2. 28th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival Wetumpka. www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com. June 1-2. Bluegrass on the Plains AU Station RV Resort, Auburn. www.bluegrassontheplains.com. June 4. Opelika Farmer’s Market The Courthouse Square. 2-5 p.m. www.opelikamainstreet.org. June 4. Summer Swing Concert Series Municipal Park, Opelika. Free. 7 p.m. 705-5560. June 7. First Fridays Downtown Opelika. Until 8 p.m. www.aotourism.com. June 8. Wolves! Forest Ecology Preserve, Auburn. 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. www.facebook.com/auburnpreserve. June 8-9. 6th Annual East Alabama Women’s Council of Realtors Tour of Homes 334-559-4005. June 14. 7th Annual Summer Night and Downtown Art Walk Downtown Auburn. www.aotourism.com. June 15. Asian Heritage Day Zoo Atlanta. www.zooatlanta.org. June 21. Float-In Movie Auburn City Pool.

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Parenting

on the Plains by Dr. Polly Dunn

Make It Seem Awesome Despite what you might guess, I don’t use reverse psychology to trick my kids into things too often. Instead, one of my most favorite parenting tricks is what I call the ‘Make it seem awesome’ technique. I’m pretty sure you won’t find it on Wikipedia, but if you think about it you’d probably have to admit that you utilize this little trick all the time at your house, too! Here’s how it works. When explaining what I want my kids to do, I highlight all of the positives about the chore, task, or activity. I mean I really make it sound good! Sometimes I embellish a little. I don’t lie, I just accentuate the good and downplay the bad. By the time I’m done, my enthusiasm naturally rubs off on my kids and they are just as excited as I am! See, sounds like a pretty magical parenting technique. Right? Now, the real question you probably have is does this ‘Make it seem awesome’ parenting technique actually work? I’m sure you have your suspicions, so I’ve got a few case studies to share with you from the trenches. Case One – Kids under 10. My two younger kids are totally on board with me turning dull and mundane tasks and activities into fun. In fact, recently I was able to turn picking up sticks in the yard into a spectacular adventure for my five and eight year old daughters by excitedly talking it up and then keeping their enthusiasm going during the task. That night at dinner they both talked about it being one of the highlights of their day. Wow, mission accomplished! Based on my success, one would think that I could turn just about any blah task into something awesome with a little mom directed enthusiasm. Case Two – Kids 10 and up. And that’s where this ‘Make it seem awesome’ parenting technique meets its match. Older kids are not so easy to fool. My thirteen and fifteen year old have clearly fallen for this trick one time too many times and now they’re onto me. They are old enough to know that if something is awesome you don’t have to play it up. They know what’s wonderful and what’s not. One of them even said to me recently, “Mom, if you said let’s go to Disney Visit www.AuburnOpelikaParents.com

World or let’s go get ice cream, we’d know that was awesome, you wouldn’t have to convince us of it. But if you have to work so hard to make it sound good, then we probably won’t like it.” This mom was busted. Case Three – The mom. I’ve been a parent now for almost fifteen years. I’ve learned a thing or two along the way, and I’ve certainly got a whole lot left to learn. But one thing I do know is that there are countless boring, mundane and downright blah tasks in parenting. Don’t get me wrong, there are great joys too, but there’s still a TON of work! Picking up sticks in the yard doesn’t sound that exciting to me either, but when I talk it up with my kids the enthusiasm that I intended for them starts to rub off on me. I have more fun at parenting when I reframe things from the negative to the positive, when I focus more on the good aspects

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of the job instead of the bad ones. You see, what works with my kids works for me, too! So, what’s the final verdict? Does this ‘Make is seem awesome’ parenting trick actually work? Well, from my experience the answer is sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. And as with most parenting tricks, sometimes is about as good as you’re gonna get. Dr. Polly Dunn received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1999. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and currently serves as the Director of the Auburn University Psychological Services Center, a position she has held for over ten years. Dr. Dunn is also the founder of www.ChildPsychMom.com where she blogs about what works and what doesn’t in her hectic life as a child psychologist, wife, and mom of four.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Time: 128 min. Overall: A Violence: B Sexual Content: C+ Language: C Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated 42 PG-13 for thematic elements including language. Director and screenwriter Brian Helgeland hits one out of the ballpark with his movie 42. The tale of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson scores across the bases with strong messages and stellar performances by an impressive cast. While 42 isn’t suitable for all family members, the historical drama will play well to both baseball fans and general movie audiences. Veteran actor Harrison Ford stars as the pioneering, cigar-chomping general manager Branch Rickey who signs Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. John C. McGinley portrays Red Barber, the team’s colorful commentator with a bat bag full of sporty colloquialisms. Both performers create convincing characters that are a far cry from Hans Solo or Dr. Perry Cox. But it is small screen actor Chadwick Boseman that rockets this script into orbit like a squarely hit pitch. Without the distraction of other big theater roles on his resume, Boseman brings a fresh face to this sound depiction of the famous rookie. Following the details of the true story, the trail-blazing Branch questions the Major League Baseball’s color barrier during a shameful period when African American soldiers returned from fighting in World War II only to face racial discrimination and Jim Crowe laws at home. Luckily for Robinson, the audacious executive is willing to challenge this prejudice on the ball diamond. While capturing the virulent hostility Jackie faces on the field, the movie also shows the support he receives from his wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie), African American sportswriter Wendell Smith (Andre Holland) and teammates Eddie Stanky (Jesse Luken) and Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black). The script includes a deluge of racial slurs, infrequent profanities and a tirade of offensive sexual comments along with racial discrimination. Bullying and an adulterous relationship also rack up errors against this film’s content. However for older teens and adults, number 42’s journey to the big league is more impressive than even his stats. Credited with helping to spark the civil rights movement, his stance against racial barriers continues to serve as an example today. Choosing to deal with his agonies in private, his gentleman demeanor and unwavering love of the game in public inspires even his Dodger teammates to face their prejudices and become a real team. In a current era where various sports leagues are confronted with labor disputes, bloated egos and performance-enhancing drugs, Jackie Robinson remains a role model to young players ready to pick up the bat and play ball.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: D Violence: D Sexual Content: D Language: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: D The MPAA has rated Scary Movie 5 PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some drug material, partial nudity, comic violence and gore. Seven years after its last installment, the Scary Movie franchise is back with a new offering, Scary Movie 5. The blonde female lead is played by Ashley Tisdale who may be best know for her recurring role in the TV series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody or the High School Musical movies. Like the spoofs Date Movie and Epic Movie that take stabs at romantic comedies and Hollywood hits, the Scary Movie films purport to parody horror films. But what Scary Movie 5 ends up being is little more than an excuse for disgusting depictions of bathroom humor, the comedic portrayal of illegal drug use and ongoing crude sexual content (including Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan wrestling under the sheets, a lesbian encounter involving food items and a vacuum cleaner used as a sexual stimulator for an animal). Parodies, at least clever ones, require intelligent writing and creative use of the original content. Neither of these is apparent in this script that involves flying excrement and a baby with his head on fire. A spoof also needs audiences to be acquainted with the material it is lampooning. As neither Mama or Evil Dead have released to home video yet, it is likely fewer viewers may be familiar with the story lines that dominate this script. While the first two films in the franchise earned R-ratings, the next three have all made it under the PG-13 wire, giving even more young audience members access to them without parental approval. But after setting through 89 painful minutes of crude, lowbrow jokes, one has to wonder what perverse messages these films send to teens about sexuality, relationships and quality humor. And why a new generation of young people will line up at the box office and pay to see them.

What Parents need to know about Scary Movie 5...

Violence: A woman unintentionally smashes a baby’s head against the wall. Later the baby’s head catches fire. Characters point guns at one another. A child pushes a popsicle stick up her rectum. A child uses water-boarding tactics on her doll. A character rips a chicken’s head off and the blood sprays around a room. A character is hit in the head with a heavy pan and electrocuted. He falls from a window and chokes on a small item. A man is hit and run over by a car. A man is run over by a lawn mower. Apes escape and attack people in the street. Blood spews as characters cut off their own arms and legs with a saw. A character slices her tongue in half. A shark attacks a person. Sexual Content: A character prepares to make a sex tape. Frequent jokes about male anatomy, sexual stimulation, lesbian sexual activity and sexual movements are used throughout the film. Crude comments are made about sex acts. A character urinates on her phone while taking a home pregnancy test. Pole dancing and other suggestive dance moves are shown. A man’s bare buttocks are shown. Incest is implied. A character’s crotch catches fire. Crass depictions of fondling are shown along with exaggerated portrayals of female anatomy. Characters visit porn sites. Language: The script includes one use of a sexual expletive, frequent mild and moderate profanities, racial slurs and pervasive crude sexual language. Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters talk about being “stoners.” Women are high after taking pills at a club. Characters snort drugs.

What Parents need to know about 42…

Violence: Black characters are bullied and discriminated against throughout the film. A man is intentionally hit in the head with a baseball bat and slashed on the leg with cleats. Characters receive threatening letters and hate mail. A group of men’s verbal argument escalates into pushing and shoving. Sexual Content: A couple, engaged in an adulterous relationship, is shown in bed together. A man makes crude and offensive comments about sexual activity to another character. Brief kissing and embracing are portrayed along with brief and mild sexual references. Language: The script includes numerous racial slurs in a historical setting, as well as scatological slang, terms of deity and mild and moderate profanities. Alcohol / Drug Use: A character is frequently shown smoking a cigar. Auburn-Opelika Parents I May 2013

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