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Publisher’s Note Kendra Sumner


Living With Children John Rosemond

Video Game Addiction John Rosemond discusses the worsening of this problem with American teens.

Let It Go!


Explore seven of the most common worries parents have and why you should stop.

sponsored by Pediatric Associates of Auburn


A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith



Kids Health Watch


Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston


Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

A Meaningful Thanksgiving

Holiday Happenings

Family traditions to help your children count their blessings.

From parades to tree lightings to musicals and more, these events make your season bright!


Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith


Dave Says Dave Ramsey

On The Cover Molley Lynn Jenkins is the daughter of Chris and Tracy Jenkins and sister to Ryan Jenkins of Auburn. She is the granddaughter of Dave

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senior at Auburn HS, where she is a member of Elan show choir, as well as the Spanish and National Honor Society. She graduates this May and plans to attend college out of state and start her journey toward her dream of being a Human Rights Attorney.



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Publisher’sNote This morning’s crisp breeze reminded me that winter is on its way! It seems I was just settling into fall to now have to quickly transition into colder weather, shorter daylight hours and heavier clothing. Time to break out the long sleeves, fleece pajamas, boots and thick coats. Each year, digging through the attic to find the winter wardrobe brings a sense of the ‘clean out dread’ and a longing for warm summer days in flip flops and shorts. It’s inevitable that while having the kids try on the clothes, I will find that the stored up jeans, sweaters and jackets now look like capri pants, halter tops and vests. How in the world did the kids’ clothes shrink so much while in storage? Of course, the truth I don’t want to admit is that all the swimming, running and playing during those long summer days resulted in growing children. I swear they grew two feet taller and doubled their shoe sizes! As they walk back and forth, modeling their high-water pants and too tight shirts, I can’t help but smile, and feel grateful to have these healthy and happy children. Grateful to experience all of their seasons in this ever fleeting time known as childhood. Thankful that I can provide the clothing and shoes they outgrow each year. And thankful that the food and doctor checkups we take for granted have contributed to my current clothing crisis. In the world, and more specifically our own community, there are many families that find themselves in need of more clothing, shoes, food and health care for their children. Due to differing circumstances in their lives, they may be unable to provide for the basic needs of their children. Clothing needs can be hard to buy. Their pantries and refrigerators are bare, and sometimes, kids go without food on weekends. I am sure that if you look around your child’s school, you will see others in need. On a cold day, while dropping the kids off in the car line or at the bus stop, observe those who are without a heavy coat. Most of the time, it is not because they chose not to wear it or that they forgot it at home, it’s that they outgrew it or never had one to begin with. How about their shoes? Do some classmates or neighbors have on shoes too small or with holes in them? Buying shoes for the family can cost as much as a week’s paycheck for some. More than likely, if they don’t have the proper clothing for the season, they probably don’t have a pantry full of healthy food choices either. Grocery prices are on the rise and the most expensive are the healthier options. In pondering these needs in our community, I am encouraged to know that there are wonderful resources to help. In November we are reminded to be thankful and, most of all, to appreciate by giving back to others. Our feature article, Make This Thanksgiving Meaningful, does just that…suggesting some great ways to teach our children about giving to others by starting at home. Donating to a local charity is one of the best ways to give back to our community. Since we are already cleaning out our attic and finding clothing and shoes that we no longer need, having my kids help with the sorting and donating to others teaches them gratitude and giving. Another good idea is to come up with a family service project. This year, my family decided to reach into the neighborhood by collecting food items to be donated to the local food bank. My children wanted to ask neighbors to donate to the cause and then, as a family, take the supplies to the food bank in hopes that other families will have a plentiful Thanksgiving dinner too. This year, let’s turn Thanksgiving into a verb by showing what thanksgiving is to our family, neighbors and community. The positive impact can be contagious. Those who receive, in turn, will give thanks. From one parent to another, Happy Thanksgiving to all!


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Auburn Opelika Lee County’s Foremost Parenting Source

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

Publisher Kendra Sumner Editor DeAnne Watson Associate Editor Kelly Watson Contributing Writers Mark Gregston Carolyn Jabs Sarah Lyons Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Ellen Royal, M.D. Gerry Paige Smith

Cover Photography Candy Avera

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

Visit us online at Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: 475 Bennington Ct, Auburn, Alabama, 36830. The phone number is (334) 209-0552 and fax is (334) 826-7303. Auburn-Opelika Parents is copyrighted 2016 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in Auburn-Opelika Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.


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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Video Game Addiction Worsening Responding to my recent columns on video games and smart phones, a reader asks what the problem is, thus proving that these devices can and do cause serious harm to one’s cognitive hardware. He, the father of two boys and a gamer himself, in effect claims that parents are imagining things and researchers are not finding what they are finding. He proposes that video games and smart phones do not make people play them or stare at them obsessively; rather, that some parents are simply not providing proper supervision. That’s true, as far as it goes. He then offers that nothing is bad in moderation, which is one of the stupidest adages ever conceived. The list of things that are bad/evil in moderation include pornography, heroin, cocaine, arsenic, assault, murder, rape, armed robbery, lying, cheating, child abuse, and cruelty to animals. Need I go on? Furthermore, if an addiction is defined as a self-destructive obsession over which an individual seems to lack control, then video games and smart phones do indeed “make” some people play them and stare at them as if their very lives depended upon it. Furthermore,

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the force of that effect appears to be inversely proportional to the age of the individual in question. As such, what a 40-year-old may be able to do—that is, fit playing video games into an otherwise responsible and richly varied life—a 13-year-old boy may not be able to do. One of my grandsons is a case in point. After I expressed concern to his parents that his obsession with playing video games bordered on unhealthy, they took his game controller away. A year later, at age 14, he told me that he realized in retrospect that he had indeed been addicted. If his parents had not stepped in, he said, his adolescence would have been a disaster. I’ve lost count of the number of parents who have asked me what to do about unemployed 20-something male children who live at home, sequestered in the slums that are their rooms, playing online video games day and night. Most of said adult children do not engage in meaningful conversations with their parents, participate in family meals, or even leave the house unless there is no option but to do so. A few years ago, a convention center manager told me that many of the young males who


participated in a gaming convention at his facility wore adult diapers so they would not have to get up from their consoles to use the bathroom. To get them to eat and drink, he had to threaten to unplug them. The mother of a 25-year-old man-child who fits the above description recently asked if there are “resources for parents” who are dealing with adult video game addicts. I have figured out that in this context the word “resources” is a euphemism for “stuff we can read or meetings we can attend to convince ourselves that we’re doing something when we have no real intention of doing anything but complaining endlessly to anyone who will listen.” When I suggest the “resource” of involuntary emancipation, these parents come up with one excuse after another, demonstrating that where there is an addict, there is often an enabler or enablers. Would that these parents had employed the very resourceful word “no” when these males first asked for a video game console. What America is discovering, and most painfully so, is that a lost adolescence often precedes a lost life. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at


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Chambers Country Fair

Chambers Country Fair (formerly known as White Plains Country Fair) is set for November 11-12, at our new location, The Oaks/ Jack-O-Lantern Lane, 18151 Veterans Memorial Parkway in LaFayette. Delicious food, kids’ activities, inflatables, arts and crafts vendors with candles, jewelry, home decor, furniture, and much more! Live music and entertainment throughout both fair days. Logging and soap demonstrations. $1 Admission (12 and older)! Come out for two days of family fun! 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Christmas at Crossroads

Christmas at Crossroads is a great event for the entire family! In its fourth year Christmas at Crossroads is a great way to get out with the family and friends, do some shopping, take a carriage ride, check off items on your Christmas list and let the kids visit with Santa. Our Naturalist, Marianne typically has a presentation that will interest everyone. Stop by for a visit and bring the kids! November 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Russell Farms Road - South Of Alexander City on State Highway 63.

Blue Friday Blitz

Join us at 7 a.m. for a quick jog through downtown Auburn to work off those Turkey Day calories! Beginning at Toomer’s Corner, we will run through downtown, the Davis Arboretum and back to downtown. Afterwards, enjoy doughnuts and coffee and then spend the morning shopping the Blue Friday specials in downtown Auburn. Visit for details.

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A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration

Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s 2012 musical “A Civil War Christmas” weaves together a range of different stories in 1864 Washington, D.C., on the coldest Christmas Eve in recent memory. President and Mrs. Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Ely Parker, Mary Surratt, and Clara Barton join a cast of over fifty characters to craft a tale of holidays, home, and heart. November 9 – 17, 7:30 p.m. (Sunday Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m.) Join us after the November 16 performance on “Talkback Thursday” for a discussion with the director and company members. Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn. 334-844-4154.

Polar Express Holiday Event 2017

Two Events: Christmas Wreaths and Crafts for Kids Children ages 5-12 are invited to decorate wreaths with all your favorite things and hang them on your door to display at Christmas. Join the Opelika Parks and Recreation at Covington Rec Center at 3:304:30 p.m. There is a $15 fee for all participants. Opelika Parks and Recreation invites children ages 6-10 years to join in fun crafts for the holidays. Come to Covington Recreation Center, December 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. There is a $15 fee for all participants. 334-705-5560.

Davis Arboretum Fall Native Plant Sale

Children ages 12 and under are invited to hop aboard the Polar Express on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. The “train” will depart at 9 a.m., Noon and 2:30 p.m. Activities include arts & crafts, sweet treats, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more! Children are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday pajamas while they participate in indoor and outdoor activities. Tickets for the event will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. $12 for adults and $6 for children 13 months and older. Children under the age of 12 months are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. Children under 7 are required to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets may only be purchased in person at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. For more information, visit or contact the Arts Center at 501-2963.

The Davis Arboretum is gearing up for its annual Fall Native Plant Sale. This plant sale is a PRE-ORDER ONLY sale. The deadline to turn in orders is October 25 by 5:00 p.m. Order forms are available now and can be requested via email at arbinfo@auburn. edu. Pick up dates for the sale will be November 15-17 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the South end of the Arboretum near the Old Cotton Rotation. If you need further help or instructions please call 334-844-5770 or email us at

Veteran's Appreciation Week:

The Montgomery Zoo & Mann Museum

November 5-11, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily at The Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway, Montgomery. Join the Montgomery Zoo in thanking the proud men and women of the armed forces. During Veteran's Appreciation Week, all veterans, active duty military and their immediate family members receive a 50% DISCOUNT on regular daytime admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Participants must provide a valid military identification to receive discount. Thank you for your service and dedication to this proud nation. (334) 240-4930. Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017



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The Auburn Arts Association and Auburn Parks and Recreation Department will host the 11th annual Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Frank Brown Recreation Center and Harris Center. Get in the holiday spirit by attending this festive shopping experience! The Holiday Art Sale is a great place to get a head start on your Christmas shopping while meeting local artists selling their own unique handmade work. Admission is free and open to the public! The event features local and regional artists selling handmade works, including pottery, paintings, personalized items, photography, handmade soap, jewelry, gourmet food items, scarves, hats, candles and more! For more information regarding the 11th annual Holiday Art Sale, please contact Cari Cleckler, Art Education Specialist, at

The 29th annual Daddy Daughter Date Night is expanding! This year we will hold FIVE nights of dancing and fun. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, December 4. All dance nights will be held at the Clarion Inn & Suites on S. College Street. Daughters, dads, granddads, and uncles are invited to dance the night away and enjoy refreshments, door prizes, dance contests, keepsake photos, and an evening of memories. Special guests will also be in attendance! 2018 event dates are as follows: Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, February 2, 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, February 9, 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are only valid for the night they were purchased. Tickets are nontransferable and cannot be resold or given to another family. All ticket sales for the event are final. For more information contact Elizabeth Kaufman at 334-501-2939.

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Is My Child’s Sore Throat Strep? Sore throat is a common complaint in the pediatrician’s office. The most common cause is viral infection resulting in a sore throat, low grade temperature and usually accompanied by a runny nose or cough. Strep throat usually presents with a triad of symptoms: fever between 101 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, sore red throat and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Children with strep throat are often more ill appearing than those with viral infection. It is important to differentiate between viral throat infection and Strep throat because antibiotics are needed to treat Strep. Group A Streptococcus is the name of the bacteria causing the infection. Strep throat infections occur most commonly in school age children. Winter and spring seasons tend to be when we see the most Strep infections, though we do see it throughout the year. Common viral causes of sore throat are Coxsackie virus which causes Hand Foot and Mouth illness and adenovirus which can cause conjunctivitis or “pink eye” along with the sore throat. A variety of other viruses and cause sore throat as well. Strep throat and viral throat infections are spread through contact with the infected person’s saliva or other secretions that are expelled when coughing or sneezing. This transmission is aided by kids being close together while at school or day care centers. The

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rate that the infection is passed is about 35% of the time when close contact occurs between infected and non-infected people. We all know how frequently kids come into close contact with each other, so it does make it easy for the infection to spread. Signs of infection occur 2-4 days after contact with the infected person. The symptoms of Strep throat are most commonly sore throat, fever, headache, and difficulty swallowing. Kids often complain of stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting as well. When we check the throat it is often a “beefy” red with or without pus on the tonsils. The lymph nodes in the neck are also swollen and sometimes a rash may be present. When the rash is present it often feels like running your hand over sandpaper and is called the “scarlet fever rash”. Symptoms of runny nose, cough and diarrhea are less likely to be related to a strep infection and more often a result of a virus. Diagnosing Strep can be done quickly and easily with a swab of the throat and a rapid strep test. This can be done in the office in about 10 minutes. Sometimes it may be necessary to send a throat culture to the lab to verify strep infection. Throat culture takes about 48 hours to be resulted. Treatment of strep throat with antibiotics is necessary to both shorten the course of illness and to prevent complications. We use either


a Penicillin type antibiotic, such as Amoxil, or a Cephalosporin, such as Keflex, as first line treatment. In spite of using these antibiotics for many years, they are still effective in killing Strep germs the majority of the time. These antibiotics should be taken for a full 10-day course. An injection of long acting penicillin can be given as an alternative to oral medication. One penicillin shot equals 10 days of oral antibiotics. Penicillin allergic patients can be given Azithromycin or clindamycin instead. If a viral infection is suspected as the cause of the sore throat, symptom care is all that needs to be done. Antibiotics are not helpful in the treatment of viral infections. Finally, here are some tips to help avoid infections this fall and winter: wash your hands frequently and especially before meals, cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet. Also make sure to get a flu vaccine! We wish you the very best health this fall. Dr. Ellen Royal attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for her medical degree and graduated in 1994. She returned to Alabama the summer of 1998 to join the pediatric practice of Dr. Richard M. Freeman. Dr. Royal is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, Medical Association of the State of Alabama, American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Royal is married to Dr. Kevin Royal who practices Internal Medicine in Opelika and they have three children.



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Special Visitor Speaks to Auburn Jr. High Students

Justin Murphy, a frontend service employee at the Moores Mill Publix and all-around good guy/ local celebrity, came to Auburn Junior High School today to speak to Valerie Carson’s self-contained students about his day job and winning gold medals for power lifting at the Special Olympics in his spare time! As a graduate of Leadership Lee County, a Dancing with the Stars of East Alabama contestant and this past year’s Auburn Chamber of Commerce Spirit Award winner Justin is a shining example of how inclusive our community is; proving that the key to life is a kind and giving heart.

Tiger Mochas

Tiger Mochas opened in front of the Dean Road Rec Center during the Page Turner Pottery Sale! Thank you to Cari Cleckler for reaching out to Dr. Schiffer to make this opportunity happen for our students. If you or your business is interested in having Tiger Mochas at your next community event reach out to Dr. Betty Schiffer at


Alabama Shakespeare Festival Actors Visit Auburn HS

Actors from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival were at Auburn High School doing a workshop with 50 AP 10 English students! The entire 10th grade class was able to see a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” earlier in the day.

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Trinity Class Studies “Peter Pan,” Creates Personal Neverland

Wrights Mill Road Egg Crack Ceremony

Over 180 new eggs were cracked at Wrights Mill Road's annual "Egg Crack Ceremony," where new students and all 3rd graders find out their EAGLES team. Teams meet throughout the year for friendship, teamwork, and relationship-building. We are proud to be EAGLES!

Ms. McCarn's 11th grade literature and rhetoric class at Trinity Christian School finished out their study of “Peter Pan” by creating their own "Neverland." Students brought in all kinds of representations of their perfect imaginary places, from project boards to maps to in-depth worlds complete with languages, characters, and artwork.

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Rocket Launchers is a program that builds community within the school and ensures that every DRES student has an adult advocate in addition to their homeroom — that knows their name, says hello in the hall, compliments them for being a good citizen and shares encouraging words. All groups are led by a certified teacher along with other adult staff in the building. The groups will meet for 30 minutes several times a year. Students will engage in team building activities that promote belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage and hope.

Pineapple People

The Pineapple is the traditional symbol of welcome and hospitality. Teachers throughout Auburn City Schools placed pineapple signage at their classroom doors to encourage other teachers within their building to visit during their planning periods in an effort to share ideas and get to know one another better in general. So often educators gets caught up in the daily routine of managing their lesson plans and keeping students engaged that the teacher-toteacher relationships are not enriched to their fullest potential for the overall enhancement of the education being provided in the classroom!

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Read Anytime, Anywhere

The Digital BookMobile powered by Overdrive visited Auburn High School! AHS was the first school to host this version of the new high-tech vehicle on its national tour. Students toured the Bookmobile for handson gaming, support in signing up for and checking out ebooks and audiobooks! There are a variety of titles and settings with various font options, speeds at which audio books are read and note-taking capability to attract all kinds of readers. This was an effort to encourage reading at the high school level showing students that they can access literature with ease on any device whether it be a cell phone, iPod/iPad, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Auburn High's designated digital library can be viewed at

Helicopter Science at Trinity Christian School

Mrs. Carpenter's 6th grade science class applied the scientific method to answer the question, "What will make a paper helicopter stay in the air the longest?" Each student made a basic paper helicopter and then made a change to the helicopter to see if it would stay in the air longer.



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Yarbrough Third Graders Perform “Surgery”

Third graders at Yarbrough took off their student hats to put on their scrubs and surgical mask. Mrs. Gaston's, Mrs. Mooty's and Mrs. L. Tapley's students became “doctors” as they performed surgery on arrays and applied the distributive property in a concrete way. They also dissected an article to determine the main idea. They then cut out the details and bandaged it all back together!



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Aubie at Opelika Middle School

Aubie surprised Opelika Middle School students during the first FCA meeting of the year!

Opelika High Theater Society Performs “Peter Pan” for Local Schools

The Opelika High Theatre Society opened the 2017-18 season with “Peter Pan” and performed for record crowds! All OCS students in Kindergarten-5th grade attended the performance during the week. It was a magical experience for all!


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Opelika HS Community Pep Rally

A community pep rally was held prior to the OHS vs. Central football game to cheer on the Bulldogs and to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The players carried yellow balloons during the DawgWalk to honor those fighting cancer.

Bat Studies at Cary Woods Elementary!

The BAT LADY visited Cary Woods Elementary School. She taught the kids all about bats. They were even able to see a real live bat!

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Cary Woods Elementary Classroom Spotlight

loves her students more than Charma Allen. She holds high expectations for her students and does whatever it takes for each student to rise and meet their potential.”

Our weekly CWES class spotlight is on Ms. Allen and her Second Grade Explorers. Ms. Allen holds degrees from both Tuskegee University and Auburn University. This is her 19th year teaching. Ms. Allen believes that teaching is a calling. She is excited each day to mold the minds of her students and shape them in becoming productive citizens. She feels that each child is unique and she gets the chance to unlock each package and reach each student. Ms. Allen’s students stated that they love to learn in both Reading and Math. Their favorite book that they have read this year is “Ms. Yonkers in Bonkers”. When asked what makes their class special, the children noted that Ms. Allen helps them learn new things and even learn from their mistakes. One child noted that Ms. Allen helps them to do their best. Another student said that she makes school fun. Fellow teachers described Ms. Allen by saying that “no one

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Writing Specialist Visits Morris Avenue

Mr. Darren Butler, writing specialist and host of Weekly Writer, visited students at Morris Avenue Intermediate School. Mr. Butler completed model lessons in classrooms and met with teachers to discuss the lessons. It was a wonderful learning opportunity for both students and teachers to have Mr. Butler in the elementary schools.

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Auburn Fire Department Visits AHS Special Needs Class

Members of the Auburn Fire Department visited Auburn High School to give a fire safety class to students with special needs! They discussed the fire apparatus and its many tools/ functions as well as what to do in the event of an emergency when a first responder seeks to assist them. We are fortunate to live in a community where safety is paramount and practiced often.

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Opelika High School Homecoming Court

Members of the Opelika High School Homecoming Court were presented at a school-wide assembly. The Homecoming Queen was announced during halftime at the OHS vs. Helena football game. Congratulations to the 2017 OHS Homecoming Queen, Cori Baldwin! Members of the court include (l-r): Daysia JonesFreshman, Lalia Heard-Sophomore, Madison Rush-Junior, Ghania Warren-Senior, Murphy Waller-Senior, Cori Baldwin-Senior, Casie Baldwin-Junior, Jailyn Dixon-Sophomore, and BenĂŠt Harris-Freshman.

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Opelika City Schools Technology Coordinator Wins State-Wide Award

Congratulations to Stacy Royster, Technology Coordinator for the Opelika City Schools, for being awarded the 2017 Sally Moore Memorial Technology Award. This state-wide award was presented to Mrs. Royster for her dedication and service in educational technology at the Alabama Leaders in Educational Technology (ALET) fall symposium in Orange Beach.

Technology in Jeter Classrooms

Jeter Primary School 2nd graders use ChromeBooks and ClassWorks to advance their learning and reading skills.

Wrights Mill Road Holds Dad’s League Breakfast

Special dads, grandparents, uncles, brothers, and friends joined Wrights Mill Road students for breakfast during Dad's League. It was a time of encouragement and fun for everyone.



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Northside Intermediate School Leadership Kickoff Celebration

Wrights Mill Road Welcomes New Teachers

Students at Northside Intermediate School dressed as superheros for the Leadership Kickoff Celebration this fall. As a Leader in Me school, students and teachers focus each year on the Seven Habits and work to encourage leadership throughout the year.

Wrights Mill Road welcomes 4 wonderful new teachers to their faculty. Ms. Black, Ms. Yancheng, Ms. Thrailkill, Ms. Griffin. Welcome home Eagles!

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AHS Students Receive Offers to Play Football for West Point

Auburn High's Ted Wages (Class of 2017) hosted Garrett Morris (AHS RB pictured far right), Avery Atkins (AHS Safety/Kicker pictured far left) and LTC Anthony Benitez at the United States Military Academy at West Point recently! Both Morris and Atkins have received scholarship offers from West Point to play football.

Auburn HS Girl’s CrossCountry Wins Jesse Owens Invitational

The Auburn High Girl's Cross-Country team won the Jesse Owens Classic Invitational in Decatur, Alabama, which is the largest Alabama meet of the season with teams from all over southeast attending to compete! The AHS girls were in the Gold Division (championship division) with three ladies placing in the top 10 and the team earning a Championship Win! They remain undefeated in all meets this season so far! Samantha Rogers came in 4th, Harper McGowan in at 8th and Sarah Pacer in at 10th overall.

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Cary Woods Supports AHS in Homecoming Parade

Our CWES Ambassadors were thrilled to support Auburn High School in the Homecoming Parade! Check out the fun! We loved seeing friends, families and teachers along the route! Thanks for the support!


Talk Like a Pirate Day at Opelika Middle School

Students in Patricia Skelton's class at Opelika Middle School had a blast celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate Day." They used latitude and longitude to find the location of hidden treasures.



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Richland Students Celebrate National Walk to School Day

Southview Primary Students Attend “Peter Pan” Performance

To celebrate National Walk to School Day, students at Richland made the journey together with many parents joining in on the fun!

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Students at Southview Primary had a great time watching “Peter Pan” at Opelika High School. They even met the crocodile!


Wrights Mill Road Reading Spirit Night

Keep Carver Beautiful Awards

Pictured are the Carver Primary Students who received the "Keep Carver Beautiful" awards. They were awarded with certificates, t-shirts, and water bottles. Great job by these Carver students!

Wrights Mill celebrated reading with a Reading Spirit Night at the Auburn Mall. Families enjoyed games, prizes, book drawings, and more!

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Drake Middle School Holds Book it for Books 5K

Drake Middle School's inaugural "Book It For Books" 5K was a huge success at Town Creek Park in Auburn! More than 500 runners came out to support the effort to supply classrooms at DMS with a variety of books for their student book clubs. Thank you to all the administrators, parents, sponsors, students, teachers and volunteers that made this event possible.




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Second Graders Study Surface Tension at Trinity

It is free choice day in PE at Jeter Primary!

This month, Trinity Christian School second graders learned about surface tension this month by experimenting with pennies and water.



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Auburn City Schools is proud to present the 2017 Auburn High School Homecoming Court! (Pictured L to R): Sophomore Representative Anna Marie Carter, Sophomore Representative Kate Graham, Sophomore Representative Tia Hughley, Sophomore Representative Teddy Grace Jackson, Junior Representative Reagan Dykes, Junior Representative Madison Knuth, Junior Representative Caroline Snow, Junior Representative Anna Grace Wilburn, Senior Representative Blakeley Humphries, Senior Representative Anna Claire Little, Senior Representative Cammy Smith and Senior Representative Madelyn Swanson.




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Ballet Hispanico at West Forest

Prior to their East Alabama Arts Association performance in Opelika, members of Ballet Hispanico met with 4th and 5th grade students at West Forest Intermediate School. The students enjoyed learning about creative movement and dance from the members of the dance company.

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Auburn HS Cadet Major Receives Letter of Appointment to Attend West Point

AHS's Cadet Major Cammy Smith received her letter of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point and was also named a member of the 2017-2018 State Superintendent Student Advisory Council! The State Superintendent Student Advisory Council is a group of 16 middle or secondary school students who will discuss how decisions are made at the state level and affect students throughout Alabama. These students will directly provide student voice to the State Superintendent of Education on issues that affect them in our state.

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Local Cheerleaders Perform During Auburn University Halftime Show

Making Connections in the Community

1st graders in Ms. Mitchell's class have been learning about people in our community. They had special guests such as a firefighter, a scientist and even Mayor Ham come to speak to them about their roles in the community of Auburn. Earlier in the week the 2nd Graders in Mrs. McBride's class were learning about agriculture, so they got to hear how farmers use equipment and machinery to plant their crops.

The 8th grade cheerleaders performed during the Auburn University halftime show of the AU vs. Miss. State game with 500 of the best cheerleaders from all over the southeast!

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National Night Out Fosters Relationships between Community and Law Enforcement

AEEC Family Math and Science Night

On Thursday, September 28, AEEC held a Family Math and Science Night with more than 200 students, parents, siblings and other family members in attendance. Activities were set up in the Blue, Green, and Purple pods where math/ science standards were posted near the activities. - In Blue Pod, students were able to build ramps to study incline, force and motion, and play a variety of counting games using number, one-to-one correspondence, and addition/ subtraction skills. - In Green Pod, students measured lengths of yarn with nonstandard measurements such as giant’s feet and made “straw” houses with toothpicks and jelly beans or pumpkins as the connecting points. - In Purple Pod, students played with Widget building blocks and build marble mazes on paper plates with a variety of materials.

The Auburn Housing Authority hosted its National Night Out event at the Ridgecrest Community Apartments in a continued effort to foster relationships between residents and law enforcement. National Night Out, an annual communitybuilding campaign promoting partnerships between local police officers and the community, takes place across thousands of communities nationwide.

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Auburn Jr. High Classes Visit Spicer’s Music Store Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Holder’s classes from Auburn Junior High recently attended a music class with Tim Spicer at Spicer's Music Store and it was awesome!


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Prehistoric Picks for Dinosaur Fans Almost every child goes through a dinosaur phase. While some enter and leave the window of saurian fascination, other kids really drill down into the topic. They learn every dinosaur name, they know the difference between theropods and sauropods, and their toy box is populated with multiple examples of each. Regardless of a child’s intellectual investment in dinosaurs, these prehistoric juggernauts retain a strong grip on every kid’s imagination. The following titles celebrate dinosaurs’ larger-than-life status in the landscape of our lives and our literature.


by Johnny Duddle (Templar / Candlewick) Before they strike out for a day of adventure, four young herbivores are warned by their parents of the greatest danger in their Cretaceous world...Gigantosaurus. As they make their way through the lush undergrowth, little Bonehead turns the elders’ warnings into a chance to frighten his playmates. His false shouts of ‘Gigantosaurus!’ and ‘Hide!’ send his companions scrambling for cover again and again. Tired of Bonehead’s pranks, the other dinosaurs go their own way, leaving their friend behind...until a crashing in the forest tests their bravery and their friendship. With a role call of creatures that will impress die-hard dino fans and comic illustrations that delight, this title offers gigantic fun for the littlest readers!

How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?

by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press / Scholastic) Highlighting the fearless aplomb that impulsive kids are famous for, Yolen and Teague are back with another burning question on how youthful dinosaurs will conduct themselves in a moment of decision. This new ensemble of dinosaurs answers the title question with a parade of unlikely candidates for pets. From exotic zoo animals to mythical beasts, readers will delight as each impossible pet suggestion appears. Traditional pets observe these choices from the background as they wait for calmer heads to prevail. A bright addition to the popular ‘How Do Dinosaurs’ series, this title doubles down on adorable with a brilliant range of outlandish pets to join their prehistoric counterparts.

Dogosaurus Rex

by Anna Staniszewski, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Henry Holt / Macmillan) After meeting all the pets available for adoption at the local shelter, Ben chooses Sadie, a bigger (more prehistoric) breed than his mother had envisioned bringing home. Sadie is so big that Ben uses a garden hose to craft her first leash. Eager to show off his new pet, Ben demonstrates the tricks that Sadie can do. But his commands to Sadie have unintended consequences. ‘Sit’ crushes a car, ‘Roll Over’ destroys a fruit stand and ‘Fetch’ brings back unhappy results. Just when it seems that Sadie’s size could be her undoing as a proper pet, her special tricks may be just the thing that saves the day. Celebrating the resilience of pet owners who worry they may have bitten off more than they can chew, Dogosaurus Rex turns disadvantage into the biggest of positive outcomes.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Someone to Look Up To Who are the worst role models for teens right now? One website recently asked around 2,500 parents that exact question. For girls, moms and dads claimed that Miley Cyrus was the worst role model for teen girls, followed closely by Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Amanda Bynes, and Rihanna. On the boy’s side, parents shared that Chris Brown was the worst role model for their young men. Also included were Kayne West, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, and Charlie Sheen. But these celebrities might not be as influential as you think. As parents, I think that we often believe that the rich and famous are the primary role models our children respect. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to read a study by The Barna Group. Barna asked a wide range of teenagers who they see as their primary role models. Guess what? It wasn’t celebrities. And it wasn’t athletes. It wasn’t even youth ministers or friends. It was you! Overwhelmingly, 13-to-17-year-olds identified their parents as the people they look up to the most! Though it might be daunting to be in that position, aren’t you glad to hear that you’re the main role model, rather than some random, and not-too-upright, celebrity? Teens need healthy role models, and they’re looking to mom and dad to fill that role in their lives. Here are some tips on how to be a good role model for your kids:

pulled back, and we get an inside peek into the private lives of stars, we often don’t like what we see. That’s why teens are looking to imitate people they interact with on a daily basis. They are searching for models that can show them how to have a good marriage relationship, how to handle finances, ways to deal with stress and difficult circumstances, and how to talk with other people. They need models of faith and good character. Here’s the truth; you may have a lot of qualities your teen can respect, but they cannot see those qualities play out in your life if you don’t have a solid relationship with them. For teens, wisdom is gathered through observation, reflection, and experience. In that sense, as we strive to be good role models for our kids, there are three questions we must ask:

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Ask Questions / Discover Answers

In that same Barna Group study, the large majority of teens polled indicated that the people they most admire are those with whom they maintain a personal connection to, or have a relationship with. Sure, our kids may envy people with the talent to hit a baseball out of the park, or act in a blockbuster movie, but the people dominating the headlines are really just strangers. For the most part, teens realize that the stars of stage, screen, and stadium are simply names and faces. They can see what these people do, but teens don’t really know what these people are like. Unfortunately, when the curtain is Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017

What do my teens see me doing on a daily basis? (observation) What am I asking my kids to think about regularly? (reflection) What am I exposing to my kids consistently? (experience) It’s only within the boundaries of a secure and healthy relationship that your kids can look up to you as a model to follow. So if there is distance between you and your teen, dedicate some time to closing that gap. A good role model is someone that your teen is comfortable with – someone he can ask any question that’s on his mind. Now, if you’re like most parents, a question free-forall scares you! We may be nervous about answering questions from our teens about delicate issues like drugs, sex, or suicide. The topics and subjects that we whispered about in dark corners when we were growing up are no longer taboo conversation pieces. The questions we wouldn’t dream of bringing up to our parents are now being openly asked by our teens. And they deserve an honest responses from us. 30

But maybe it’s not the awkwardness of the questions that bothers you. Maybe it’s the fear of not having the answers your teens are looking for. Look, being a role model is not about having all the answers. Because you won’t. You can’t! However, your kids will respect you for not shying away from those tough questions. Work on finding an answer with them. Don’t worry about always having the perfect response. If your teen stumps you, say, “You know, that’s a really good question. Let’s see if we can find the answer together.” A role model hears and responds to the tough questions in a way that engages teens.


When asked one of the reasons why they choose a particular person as a role model, many teens in the Barna Group study said, “because they help me be a better person” and “they are really interested in my future.” Makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s because encouragement plays a key part in being a role model. It starts with supporting your son and daughter when they try new things, or explore new areas of life. It continues as you help and guide your teen towards maturity and solid character qualities. Being a model of encouragement also means praising your teen when she gets it right, and not shaming her when she makes a mistake. A good role model would never say, “I’m not surprised you messed up in this area. I could see that coming before you even started.” Nor would they ignore a child’s achievements. Instead, a role model intentionally points out a teen’s gifts and abilities; “This dinner is excellent! You really know what you’re doing in the kitchen.” Or “You really care about people, and I love that about you.” Encourage your child, and they will, in turn, look up to you. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit or



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Worrying, it’s something all parents do. I am guilty of it, especially when I lie awake at 3 am, with the silence of the house ringing in my ears. I worry about what I forgot to do, what I need to do, what I should have done, and what I already did. Parenthood is hard. There is always something to be done, someone who needs assistance, and multiple things to worry about. The list is endless but may include everything from feeding your kids healthy foods, to your child’s friendships, to what others think about your choices. Some worries are valid, but many are not worth the time and effort. What if we could learn to let them go?

Personal Expectations

Before I became a parent, I had high expectations for myself as a mother. I had things I wanted to do and things I declared I would never do. After my first child was born, I quickly realized that I would change my perspective on most pre-child declarations. “Let go of the idea that you will be the perfect parent because it won’t happen.” says twin mother Aly Ridgeley of Kansas City. When parents accept that they are doing the best they can, at that moment, for their kids, they will be able to cross this worry off their list.


Do you worry that you don’t spend enough time with your child? Do you feel guilty you were not able to breastfeed your child or that you missed a soccer game? Do you feel bad you forgot to remind your son to grab his lunch on the way out the door? The guilt of these things and more can weigh heavily on a parent but you have permission to let it go. It is okay if you miss a game or a school party. We all have to make choices and sometimes those choices cause unnecessary guilt. Once a decision is made, move forward and let go of the feelings of guilt. They will only rob you of enjoying the present. Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017



Outward Appearances

A tidy house, a perfectly decorated home, an amazing wardrobe, all organic, home-cooked meals, the perfect marriage, smart, athletic, creative children, and a partridge in a pear tree. We want it all and we want it to be perfect, or at least appear that way. This picture is lovely but it is not a realistic, reachable goal. It is easy to get caught up in what our families looks like to others. It does not matter if your children wear perfectly coordinating outfits. Is your child dressed in weather appropriate clothing? Great. Does it match? It’s your lucky day. Social media puts so much pressure on us to keep up with what we believe others are doing. I have a secret for you, Pinterest is not real life and what is posted on Facebook is typically the best of what is going on in reality. Embrace the fact that no one is perfect and nobody’s expecting you to be.

What If’s

Parents often worry about things that haven’t even happened yet. What if he gets sick? What if she falls and gets hurt? What if I forget something important? What

if he doesn’t make the team? What if’s are not worth the energy they use. Acknowledge they are unnecessary and decide not to waste time on them. Face the problems in front of you rather than worrying about issues that do not exist.


“Don’t compare yourself to other parents. Your family is unique. Your circumstances are unique. It would be like comparing apples and oranges.” says Lacey Rodriguez of Leavenworth, KS, “Do the best you can for your family and forget the rest.” Comparing yourself to other parents is never a good idea. Your parenting style for your children will always be different from others, but that doesn’t mean it is bad. Another pitfall is comparing your children to their siblings or other children their age. Each child has their own unique personality and will develop at their own rate. If you feel your concerns are valid, consult your child’s doctor for peace of mind.


Every parent makes mistakes and it is easy to spend time worrying about what should have been done differently. The


past cannot be changed and although not easy to do, we must let go of things we cannot change. We can learn from our mistakes and continue to do our best in the future. Parents have permission to let go of past mistakes and teach their children to do the same.


I am a recovering control freak. With each child we added to our family, I was worn down a little more. When our triplets arrived, it finally dawned on me that I am not in control. Once I realized (and accepted) this fact, a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Yes, my husband and I are still in charge of the household, but I cannot control what happens in life. It’s a roller coaster, instead of trying to steer, throw your arms up in the air and enjoy the ride. Learning to let go of these worries usually leads to feelings of relief. Remember that each family is unique and each parent handles situations differently, it is easier to relax and enjoy your family more. AOP Sarah Lyons, mother of six, has learned to let go of many things over the years to maintain a happy and functioning household.

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Tech Gifts -- For People Who Truly Need Them These days gift-giving holidays are all about gadgets—cellphones, educational toys and smart devices for the home. Families lucky enough to take technology for granted have a big advantage. Not only do they have the fun of giving the latest techno-gizmos, they are also more comfortable figuring out how things work, navigating virtual spaces and doing the inevitable problem-solving. Since technology plays such a big part in education as well as adulthood, it would be great if everyone had easy, early access. Instead, we face what’s often been called a digital divide. Families that don’t have ready access to technology often fall behind, creating a bigger gap between haves and have nots. During the holidays, when people who have more look for opportunities to share with people who have less, it’s worth thinking beyond warm mittens and turkey dinners. Consider participating in one of these efforts to make the digital divide less of a chasm.

1. Donate money. The simplest way to get technology into the hands of kids who wouldn’t otherwise have it is to donate to wellrun organizations. • One Laptop Per Child has an ambitious goal—get a rugged, connected low-cost computer into the hands of every child in the world. The laptops weigh less than a lunchbox and come equipped with simple software that allows children to read, write, record, measure and make music. With partners around the world and in low-income regions of the US, they have already distributed over 2.5 million computers. ( • The Rural Technology Fund was founded by a tech executive who had limited access to computers when he was growing up in rural Kentucky. His organization helps out-of-the-way schools get equipment and books that will ignite a “spark” for studying electronics, programming Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017

or engineering. The organization also gives scholarships to students from rural communities who hope to pursue careers in technology. (

2. Adopt a classroom. Public schools

are another way to give kids access to technology. Teachers usually know what would make a difference in their classrooms, and playing Santa can be very rewarding. • Your local school district. Find out if teachers at your child’s school have technology on their wishlists. Or make a gift to your local school foundation. If your district is affluent, consider reaching out to a school in a community that has more challenges. • Donors Choose is one of several websites that give teachers a chance to explain how they would use specific pieces of equipment. The site makes it possible to search by location or curriculum. In many cases, a relatively modest donation will put current technology in the hands of teachers eager to use it with their students. (

3. Donate Equipment. If family members get tech gifts during the holidays, you may have used equipment to donate. Or share the joy by giving another child a game your child loves. • The Non-Profit Locator helps donors identify local organizations that might need equipment they aren’t using anymore. Enter a zip code to get a list of local agencies and detailed information about the kinds of equipment they could use. ( • Child’s Play gets video games to children’s hospitals and shelters for kids who have experienced domestic violence. A map on their website shows the organizations in their network. Each group has an Amazon wishlist 34

which usually features popular video games and systems. The website also includes a helpful guide to “therapeutic games” that help children cope with pain, boredom and anxiety. (

4. Volunteer. The holidays are also an excellent time to make resolutions about doing good in the new year. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a geek, there are ways to help children learn about technology. • hopes to make computer science a standard part of the curriculum just like biology or chemistry. The group provides lesson plans for grades K-12 and organizes an annual Hour of Code campaign which has reached 10% of all students in the world. They actively recruit volunteers to help with the Hour of Code and equip them with a helpful toolkit. ( volunteer/guide.) • Community Corp identifies volunteer opportunities for people who have more technical expertise. Their search engine allows you to find virtual or in-person projects in a variety of areas (

5. Set up passive donations. Perhaps

the easiest way to support these (and other) charities is registering with a site that makes a microdonation every time you do something simple like searching or shopping online. • Goodsearch is an ordinary search engine powered by Yahoo that makes a tiny donation to a chosen charity each time you search. For families that do a lot of research, the numbers add up. Their sister site, GoodShop, makes it easy to donate a fraction of every of every online purchase to good causes. • Giving Assistant is a coupon marketplace that offers discounts from big retailers like Best Buy, Kohl’s and Bed Bath and Beyond. A percentage of what you save goes to the charity you designate. Whatever you decide to do, involve your kids as much as possible. Encouraging them to imagine life without their beloved devices may very well be the gateway to a lifelong habit of empathy and generosity. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.


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Make a list One way to remember your blessings is to acknowledge them. Go around the dinner table and have each person name something they are thankful for. This could be done each night at dinner during the month of November or for the week leading up to it. On Thanksgiving Day, have all your guests do the same. It is heartwarming to give thanks for the blessings we have. Looking for a more concrete idea? Have everyone write down or draw a picture of what they are thankful for. After everyone shares their paper, place them all in a three ring binder. Each year add to the binder and reflect on all the blessings of the past. “We do a Thankful Tree throughout November.” says Stephanie Loux, mom of three. “I draw a tree to tape on our pantry door and the kids cut out leaves from construction paper. Each night we all write one thing we are thankful for on a leaf and tape it to the tree. Kids can be grateful for a variety of things from butterflies to Elsa. We look forward to this tradition every year.”

food, football, and getting together with family and friends come to mind. The original purpose of Thanksgiving was to show gratitude and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Now as we celebrate Thanksgiving it is easy to get caught up in distractions like football games, Black Friday shopping, and the quest to create the perfect meal and table setting. We tend to forget all about stopping to give thanks for all of our blessings. Make this Thanksgiving meaningful by starting some family traditions that help everyone in the family stop and count their blessings. Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017


Donate to charity

Christmas is right around the corner and many kids will receive new items as gifts. In anticipation, have the kids help clean their closets and toy boxes and set aside items they no longer need. Donate gently used toys and clothing to a local charity or family in need. This process will not only reduce clutter around the house but it will teach the kid to be generous to those who are less fortunate than they are. In the same spirit, talk with your kids about how some people may not have coats, hats, and gloves to keep them warm during the cold winter months. As a family, collect hats, coats, scarves, gloves, and blankets to donate to a homeless shelter. Gather items you may have in your home that you are no longer using and ask friends and family to do the same. Go to the store and have the kids pick out items they would like to give to another child their age.

Take a break

Have each family member take a break from a luxury they enjoy. Ideas may include dessert, manicures, coffee, soda, or a favorite video game or TV show. This exercise

reminds us to be grateful for the luxuries that are otherwise taken for granted.

Family service project

Set aside time to do a service project as a family. Ideas may include cleaning up trash in a local park, raking a neighbor’s leaves, working at a food pantry, purchasing items for a Thanksgiving meal and delivering them to a family in need, organizing a book drive for a local children’s hospital, or adopting a family for the holidays. When you volunteer as a family, kids see you helping others and are more likely to continue serving as an adult. Serving in an area that your children are already interested in helps create excitement for the project. If your child loves singing, go caroling at a senior center. If your child loves to play at the park, plant flowers or pick up litter to help maintain it’s beauty. If they love crafts, make blankets for a homeless shelter. There are many possibilities for children of any age and skill level.

Gather together

Encourage the kids to think of friends and neighbors who may not have any-

where to go on Thanksgiving and invite them to come over for dinner. Discuss the importance of hospitality and welcoming others into your home. If you are not hosting Thanksgiving, consider hosting a brunch the following day and opening your home to friends and family.

Little helpers

Thanksgiving dinner preparation is a lot of work. Having the kids help prepare dinner and clean up for company will teach them how much work really goes into preparing a large meal like Thanksgiving dinner. This will teach them appreciation for the work that goes into a holiday meal and also encourages a good work ethic at a young age. This Thanksgiving take time to remember what Thanksgiving really means. It’s not about Black Friday deals or endless football. It’s about giving thanks for what we have, sharing with and serving others, and celebrating with those we love. AOP Sarah Lyons is a busy mom of six kids, including two year old triplets. Her family enjoys doing service projects together.










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7th Annual Christmas Made in the South

October 27-29 Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue Columbus, Ga 31901 The show is unique, featuring hundreds of artists & master craftsmen. Everyone attending the show will have the opportunity to meet & talk with talented craftsmen & artists. The show goers enjoy interacting with the craftsmen, learning their techniques and the inspiration behind their work. Picking out decorative objects and designs that add unique interest to the home is a common practice at Christmas Made in the South® as well as gift buying for that hard to shop for friend or family member. 704-847-9480


November 11 RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway Columbus, Ga 31901 ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. 706-256-3620

Stone Mountain Christmas

November 11-January 3 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd Stone Mountain, Ga 30083 Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. Rudolph The RedNosed-Reindeer 4-D! Skylights Spectacular: A Musical Walk-through Experience. Clarice the Reindeer joins Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and Bumble™ the Abominable Snow Monster at Rudolph’s Merry Little Meet and Greet. Kids of all ages can meet these heartwarming characters or catch them in the nightly Christmas parade! Enjoy live performances that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. All aboard the Singalong Train to hear your favorite Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017

Christmas tunes as well as the heartwarming story of the first Christmas in The Gift. Wander through the Wonderland Walkway, a dazzling tunnel of lights guiding you to the Snow Angel® Palace, where YOU are a part of the experience as we tell the story of Angelina the Snow Angel in A Wish For Snow. Bring your Christmas wishes and visit with Santa Claus. 800-401-2407

STARS presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

November 16-19 1116 26th Street South Birmingham, Al 35205 When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas 205-251-1228

The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum’s North Pole Express

November 17-19, 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10 and 15-16 1919 9th Street Calera, Al 35040 “All Aboard” says the conductor, and your family’s journey begins to the North Pole! Through the dark night, the magical train makes its way to the top of the world! Upon arrival at the brilliantly decorated North Pole, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves board the train to visit with your family and give each child a keepsake! Be sure to bring your camera to get a photo of your family with Santa and Mrs. Claus! You’ll enjoy chocolate milk and cookies, sing Christmas songs, and listen to a special Christmas Story! The North Pole Express will make lasting Christmas memories for you and your family! For even more fun, be sure to wear your pajamas! 205-668-3435

Magical Night of Lights

November 17-January 3 Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway Buford, Ga 30518 As drive through our holiday inspired front gate, you crossover the magnificent snowflake bridge, through the 12 Days of Christmas, pass the illuminated diamond wonder light, under the blanket-lit bridge, all through the dancing Holiday House, Santa’s Workshop, Winter Carnival and more! Your magical


night does not stop with the lights. Santa’s Village is a must for guests of all ages. Roast marshmallows on the bonfire, treat your tastes buds to delicious holiday treats, do some holiday shopping at Bucky’s Gift Shop or the many concessions that abound. Children of all ages will enjoy the many rides in our Winter Carnival. Tis’ the season to be jolly with Old St. Nick. You will find Santa taking pictures and discussing holiday wish lists with children at Santa’s Workshop. 770-945-8787

26th Annual Fantasy in Lights

November 17-January 6 17800 Us Highway 27 Pine Mountain, Ga 31822 Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights, in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler. Follow the links below for complete details on 2017 Fantasy In Lights. Specialty Nights Saturday, Nov. 11 - March of Dimes Night Walk - 25th Anniversary! Sunday, Nov. 12 - Bicycle Night    Monday, Nov. 13 - Photography Night  Sunday, Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve Party at Fantasy In Lights 800-898-4868

Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents “A Christmas Carol”

November 19-December 24 1 Festival Drive Montgomery, Al 36117 A heartwarming must-see that will get you into the spirit of the holiday season with Scrooge’s search for redemption and a spectacular, magical evening of ghosts, spirits, festivity, and goodwill. Under new direction this season, there are sure to be a few extra surprises in store for all who love Alabama’s favorite holiday tradition. “God bless us, every one!” Recommended for ages 5+, Run time: approximately 2 hours* with intermission 800-841-4273

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Construction Program presents the 2017 Auburn Gingerbread Village. The date will be determined soon, so check the website for updates. Thanksgiving Dinner -Ariccia will feature four-course dinner in addition to the a la carte menu on Thanksgiving. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling, 334-844-5140. Christmas Dinner- Let our culinary team do the cooking for you and enjoy a delicious four course holiday meal in Ariccia, on December 24. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling, 334-844-5140. New Year’s Eve Celebration- Ring in 2018 with a five course sharing menu in Ariccia, a champagne toast at midnight and live jazz band in Piccolo, December 31. Reservations are required, by calling, 334-844-5140.

Christmas at Crossroads

November 24 Russel Farms Road Alexander City, Al 35010 Christmas at Crossroads is a great way to spend the day after Thanksgiving with your family at Russell Crossroads. The Holiday Bazaar is moving from The Stables this year to make it easier for all to see Santa and do some Christmas shopping too! The Holiday Bazaar will run from 9 until 4 and will be under the big tent on the Town Green! Santa will arrive at 11 by horse-drawn wagon and the Jolly Ol Elf will spend time with the kids until 2. There will be games and crafts for the kids and lots of other fun stuff too. Come be a part and grab the Christmas Spirit! There is no charge, except what you choose to spend at the Bazaar! 256-496-4232 www.russelllandsonlakemartin,com

12th Annual Interfaith Christmas Nativity Exhibit

November 29-December 3 3460 Carter Hill Road Montgomery, Al 36111 Help your family keep the true meaning of Christmas in

their hearts from the start by attenging this Community Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. This spectacular event features nativities from around the world and special music by local performers. This display is sure to warm the hearts of the young and old alike.

LaGrange Christmas Parade

November 30 111 Bull Street LaGrange, Al 30241 The floats begin at 6:00pm. Start the holiday season off right with this spirited Troup County tradition. Each year hundreds of businesses, community groups, schools and churches create floats for the annual parade that makes its way through downtown city streets. Marching bands, live animals, clowns and a variety of novelty entries complete the festive environment. And, much to the delight of both the young and young at heart, Santa always manages to make a special guest appearance on the top of a fire truck. 706-844-8671

Night of Lights

November 30 Join us for Night of Lights at the Phenix City Amphitheater and witness a magical stage performance, concluded with a magnificent fireworks show! The Queen of Christmas and her royal staff have been planning to transform the amphitheater into a magical Christmas wonderland in honor of Santa, who make also make cameo! There will be dancing and singing and lots of surprises, however, it is anyone’s guess what the GRINCH will have up his sleeve this year! The show begins at 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time, followed by a fireworks show. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served for our guests to sip on while enjoying the performance. Admission is free. Make this part of your holiday tradition for your family!

26th Annual Christmas Light Festival at the Montgomery Zoo ad on page 15

November 30-December 3, December 7-10 and December 14-31 The Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway Montgomery, Al 36110 See the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland sparkling with thousands of lights and festive decorations. Take a leisurely stroll, a brisk train ride or see the lights from atop the Zoofari Skylift Ride.  Visit Santa, enjoy the live nightly entertainment and no winter’s night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies.   334-625-4900

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

November-February 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd Stone Mountain, Ga 30083 Snow tubing in GA? Yep, we have it! Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park is a winter wonderland of fun. With a 400-foot tubing hill and 2 moving sidewalks to take you back to the top, your Snow session will be packed with fun. Snow Mountain offers single tubes, double tubes, and family-sized tubes that can accommodate up to 8 guests at a time. New!!!! Galactic Snow Tubing! Experience LED Lights, Lasers, Music and more on all sessions starting 6pm and later. 800-401-2407

Christmas Holidays at Hills & Dales Estate

December 1916 Hills and Dales Drive LaGrange, Ga 30240 Experience our circa 1940’s, tinsel-laden Christmas tree, brilliant Poinsettias and other seasonal decoratoins during the holiday season. The Fuller E. Callaway









family home and the visitor center will be decorated for the holidays this December, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Regular tour prices apply. Also offering wreath workshops, family tabletop luminaries workshop, mixed green Christmas wreath workshops and Children’s Christmas Celebration. 706-882-3242

Broadway Parade and Tree Lighting

December 1, 6:30pm 1100 Broadway Columbus, Ga 31901 Christmas lovers rejoice as Santa is escorted in by his entourage, including special guest appearances from Santa, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. Sing along to traditional Christmas carols at the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and play in the SNOW! There will be hot chocolate, candy canes and lots of fun for the entire family. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday attire and to bring their camera to partake in the many photo opportunities! For the third year, Columbus State University’s Servant Leaders have partnered with Uptown Columbus on the Uptown Tree Trail, a trail of ornately decorated trees in the median of Broadway to shine all holiday season! Bring a toy or $2 donation and play in Santa’s Castle of Fort Benning Bouncy House. 706-596-0111

Holidays on the Harriott

December 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 Downtown Riverfront, 213 Commerce Street Montgomery, Al 36104 Full Holiday Meal, Live Entertainment and Cash Bar

“The Nutcracker” presented by Southeast Alabama Dance Company

December 1-3 Dothan Civic Center, 126 North Andrew Street Dothan, Al 36303 36th annual performance of this holiday classic. Watch as snowflakes dance, flowers waltz, dolls come to life and the Nutcracker turns into a charming prince.

us in December to experience the true story of the first Christmas. In the atmosphere of an outdoor walking trail, you and your guests will be part of live drama that is set during the Roman Empire. As decreed by Caesar, everyone must be counted in the census. As you make your way to Bethlehem, you will visit the field where shepherds received the angel’s message and news of the Messiah. Then visit the wise men as they journey in search of the New Born King. You too shall be counted. Reservations highly recommended. 334-578-4846

Holiday Spectacular’

December 1-17 301 19th Street North Birmingham, Al 35203 Celebrate the holidays with a spectacular display of all your favorite music of the season! RMTC Conservatory students perform alongside Birmingham’s best local artists to warm your heart and set the stage for a magical holiday season! 205-324-2424

12th Annual Eufaula’s Christmas Tour of Homes

December 2 Historic Downtown Eufaula Eufaula, Al 36027 Stroll through history and witness the magnificance of Eufuala’s finest homes aglow in holiday splendor. This delightful tour boasts lovely, unique homes decorated for Christmas as only Eufaulians can do. Experience Christmas as never before in some of the South’s finest homes! 888-383-2852

December 1-3 331 Cotton Avenue, Southwest Birmingham, Al 35211 A beautiful event held right before Christmas which showcases the home in period decor. 205-780-5656

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

December 1-3 Columbus State University at Riverside Theatre, Bay Avenue and 10th Street, Columbus, Ga 31901 What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way! 706-507-8400

An Ecletic Christmas

December 1-9 Falk Farm, 1733 Claude Road Eclectic, Al 36024 It was the night that saved the world. The star shone so bright in the night sky. There was not room in the inn. Forced out into the cold night air surrounded with animals, Christmas was born in a stable. Come join Auburn Opelika Parents I November 2017

December 2, 10:00am Downtown Opelika, 1032 South Railroad Avenue Opelika, Al 36801 This year theme: Christmas Showcase and is sure to be a lot of fun. If you would like to participate in the parade, please complete an application form. The form and guidelines can be found on the Chamber’s website. 334-745-4861

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December 2, 10:00am-2:00PM Louise Kreher Forest Preserve & Nature Center, 2222 North College Street Auburn , Al 36830 Come hike the preserve for a fun “santa-hunt” where we look for this elusive visitor in red! Later we return to the amphitheater where we will gather for a cup of hot cocoa and warm fire. Admission is $3 per person. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the East Alabama Food Bank. Cancelled if rain. 334-502-4553

Atlanta Children’s Christmas Parade

December 2, 10:30am Peachtree and 16th Street Atlanta, Ga 30308 With floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands, the Children’s Christmas Parade will be the largest holiday parade in the southeast. Thousands of spectators will be lined up along the streets eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa and the official beginning of the holiday season in Atlanta.

Santa Cluas 10K at Callaway Gardens

December 2 Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27 Pine Mountain, Ga 31822 This run course travels through the Callaway Gardens lit “FANTASY IN LIGHTS” and includes marshmallow, chocolate, and candy cane miles. Stick around after the race for your picture with Santa!


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21st Annual Cookie Walk

December 2, 8:00am-1:00pm Grace UMC, 915 E Glenn Avenue Auburn, Al 36830 Benefiting Habitat for Humanity. It has been 22 Successful years! Habitat for Humanity Annual Fundraiser is still a unique way to welcome in the Holiday Spirit of generosity and celebration. Folks from the Lee County community come out to buy fresh and delicious holiday-decorated cookies. The big event is sponsored by the Auburn WeHelp Coalition of 12 local churches. Our guests “Walk” the aisles lined with tables displayed with thousands of home-baked holiday Cookies and goodies while they select their favorites. After generously filling their boxes, shoppers happily pay only$6 per pound. 334-887-7003

Auburn UMC Christmas Market

December 2, 8:30am-2:00pm 137 South Gay Street, Auburn, Al 36830 Free admission, community-wide Christmas Market. Shop for arts, crafts, foods, decorations and more. 334-826-8800,,

Bi-City Christmas Parade

December 2, 10:00am Broad Street and Broadway Columbus, Ga 31901 The Bi-City Christmas Parade will begin on Colin Powell Parkway, go down Broad Street in Phenix City and end on Broadway in Columbus. The parade will consist of holiday themed floats, horses, motorcycles, clowns, marching units and much more!. 334-448-2701


Port Columbus’ Victorian Christmas

December 2-3 National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive Columbus, Ga 31901 Santa Claus is coming back to town, and he’s setting up shop at the National Civil War Naval Museum! On December 3rd and 4th, the museum will hold it’s annual holiday event, The Victorian Christmas Open House. Families can enjoy special programming on the Victorian-era roots of many of our modern Christmas traditions. The weekend will feature a host of community entertainment, museum tours, shopping in the Museum store, and refreshments. As always, Santa will be available during this event to visit with children and pose for photos. This event is FREEand open to the public, as a token of appreciation from the museum to the amazing supporters in Columbus, Georgia and surrounding areas. 706-327-9798

Santa Claus Special at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum

December 2, 9 and 16 1919 9th Street Calera, Al 35040 Take a train ride filled with Christmas Cheer as you ride the Santa Special! Board our vintage train decorated for the season and take a train ride where Santa will visit with all the boys and girls! Talk with Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas! Santa will have a treat for every boy and girl! Make sure to bring your camera to get a photo of all the sights and make a picture of your family with Santa! The Santa Special train ride lasts approximately 1 hour. Please arrive 1 hour prior to your departure time to pick up your tickets 205-668-3435

Annual Hometown Christmas Parade

December 4 Comer Street Alexander City, Al 35010 Join us as we light up the night, when Alexander City’s Annual Hometown Christmas Parade winds its way through the streets of Alexander City the first Monday

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of each December. Spectators are invited to line the parade route to watch bands and dancers perform, see the festively decorated floats, and wait for the much anticipated arrival of Jolly Old St. Nick himself.

Holiday Festival

December 4-16 Selma Performing Arts Center, 1000 Selma Avenue Selma, Al 36701 A community celebration of the holiday season. A two week long craft show and bake sale with Santa in attendance some afternoons. The event is held annually on the first 2 full weeks of December. 334-412-8550

Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Open House and Tour

December 4, 11 and 18 1142 South Perry Street Montgomery, Al 36104 Each Monday before Christmas, the Candlelight Tour serves as an opportunity for the public to view the Governor’s Mansion holiday decor, enjoy live choir performances and sample Alabama-made goods at the gift shop. 334-834-3022

Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour

December 6-10 Opelika Historic District, 8th & 9th Streets The tour began in 1993 with just a few homes participating, but has grown to include 60 homes on North 8th and 9th street. The homes are decorated with life size Santas, angels, toys, carousel horses and Christmas themed figures. The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour has been voted one of the southeast’s top rated tourism events and featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living.

The event is a self directed driving tour. However, on Saturday night North 8th and 9th streets will be closed to traffic to encourage visitors, neighbors and friends to stroll through the neighborhood. This enables everyone to leisurely enjoy the homes up close, listen to the carolers, and talk with residents dressed in Victorian costumes. This tour begins on North 8th street and 2nd Avenue and includes over ten city blocks. Admission to this spectacular production is free. On the Friday night of the tour the City of Opelika sponsors Chirstmas in a Railroad town which includes wagon rides through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas tour which includes tour guides who take you back in time while enjoying the festively decorated homes. Lighted Driving Tour: December 6-10, 5:0010:00pm, Walking Tour: Saturday December 9, 6:00-9:00pm. Tree lighting with Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and his wife Laura at 6L00pm at the corner of North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue. (weather permitting).

Montgomery Ballet presents the 42nd Annual Performance of “Nutcracker”

December 8-10 Davis Theatre, 251 Montgomery St Montgomery, Al 36104 Join the Montgomery Ballet as it presents the 42nd annual performance of The Nutcracker.  The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman.  Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same..the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”

December 8-10 and 15-17 2726 1st Avenue South Birmingham, Al 35233 Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. 205-322-4300

Sounds of the Season

December 8-10 and 15-17 3601 Sixth Avenue South Birmingham, Al 35222 Kick off the holidays with Sounds of the Season, a concert of favorites both sacred and secular. Featuring surprise guest artists and familiar faces, the concert will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances to set the perfect mood for the holiday season. Opera Birmingham is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps to provide toys for less fortunate children in the community this season through their TOYS FOR TOTS program. To participate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to Sounds of the Season, and let’s make sure EVERYONE has a Merry Christmas! 205-322-6737

23rd Annual Christmas in a Railroad Town

December 8, 6:00-9:00pm Historic Downtown Opelika, 1032 S Railroad Ave Opelika, Al 36801 Whether you’re a young child or simply a child at heart – there will be activities for everyone at this great night out in historic downtown Opelika. Join us for Christmas in a Railroad Town. Visit with friends and enjoy a variety of food vendors and restaurants. Bring the kids to write


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letters to Santa, enjoy pony rides, caroling, entertainment and other new activities! Guaranteed fun for adults includes Loft Tours, personalized gifts made on site and bundles of sweet treats for sale. Local retail shops will be open late for all your Christmas needs. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for family photos! Be transported back in time and take a wagon ride through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Leave straight from Christmas in a Railroad Town and be delivered back once you’re done. Enclosed trolley rides also available at the Museum of East Alabama. 334-745-0466 www.

Christmas On the Coosa ad on page 5

December 9 Gold Star Park, Ready Street Wetumpka, Al 36092 Wetumpka’s Christmas on the Coosa continues to bring people from all over the state to enjoy Wetumpka’s family atmosphere and unique heritage. Called the “City of Natural Beauty” Wetumpka is a quaint, historic town nestled along the banks of the Coosa River and is home to the annual Christmas on the Coosa celebration. The event features activities and events for the whole family. The day-long Christmas on the Coosa celebration features a car show, children’s character breakfast, entertainment for children and a show case for local talent. The annual street parade features over 100 entries and passes along the area for arts & crafts vendors. The evening continues with a ski-in by Santa and the ends with a grand fireworks finale. 334-567-5147

Christmas at The Alabama Nature Center

December 9 3050 Lanark Road Millbrook, Al 36054 Join us for our 10th annual Christmas at the Alabama Nature Center. Enjoy hayrides, Christmas crafts, decorating cookies, a movie special and much more! Learn how to create your own nature ornament, get pictures with Santa, enjoy our Christmas movie special, and make sure to go on the hay ride!  Christmas is always fun here at the ANC, we will have hot chocolate for sale and plenty of activities to keep you warm. This Christmas is sure to be filled with holiday fun at the NaturePlex! Bring your camera and take a picture with jolly Ol’ Saint Nick! 800-822-9453

Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run

December 9 Toomer’s Corner, 100 N College St Auburn, Al 36830 The fun run/walk kicks off at 4 p.m. and will begin and end at Toomer’s Corner and venture onto campus. The 5k race will start at 4:30 p.m. and also begin and end at Toomer’s Corner after circling the Auburn University campus. On the race course, participants can expect to see hidden jingle bells and Santas of all shapes and sizes! Participants are encouraged to come in their best Christmas attire because Active Auburn will also host the Best Dressed Runner/Walk Contest and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, with awards presented after the races are complete.

“Back in Time”- A Historical Holiday Celebration

December 9, 5:00-8:00pm Pioneer Park, 6500 Stage Rd Loachapoka, Al 36835 The 4H “History Seeker” will provide for guests an evening of historically-accurate dining and entertainment within the preserved buildings of Pioneer Park. All proceeds from the evening will serve to benefit The Lee County Historical Society. All participants will be in costume, the dinner will be one typical of the season and era, the entertainment will involve 4H club memAuburn Opelika Parents I November 2017

bers partnered with community leaders and educators performing skits, choral pieces and band performances.This celebration is recognized as an Alabama Lee County 200 Bicentennial Event and will serve to teach, inspire, and entertain all participants involved.

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December 14, 15, 16; 5:00-8:00pm 1001 Andrews Road Opelika, Al 36801 Christmas Crafts: Make and take your own Christmas crafts. December 19, 2:00pm. Ages 6-10years, Fee $15. Christmas Wreaths: Decorate wreaths with all your favorite things and hang them on your door to display at Christmas. December 5, 3:30pm. Ages 5-12years. Fee $15. Rocky Brook Reindeer Express: Come take a train ride through the lights at Municipal Park! Enjoy food, hot chocolate, face painting, entertainment, pictures with Santa and more! Ages 2nd grade and younger.

Auburn Christmas Parade

December 10, 5:00pm 122 West Magnolia Avenue Auburn, Al 36830 The entire community is invited to celebrate the season with the Auburn Chamber Christmas Parade in downtown Auburn. The parade will include Aubie, Santa, Christmas characters, live music and lots of other favorites! For float entry forms, contact Auburn Chamber.

Columbus Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”

December 11-12 RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway Columbus, Ga 31901 Join us for The Columbus Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker at the River Center for the Performing Arts.Featuring a full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, professional sets, costumes, and a company of national and local dancers. 706-507-8367

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Concert “Embrace the Spirit of the Seaseon”

December 12 301 Church Street LaGrange, Al 30240 Drive into a light display set to music like none other… over 155,000 lights! Featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”. 706-882-0662

Messiah Sing-a-long with the Montgomery Chorale

December 12, 7:00-9:00pm Church of the Ascension 315 Clanton Avenue Montgomery, Al 36104 Join the Montgomery Chorale in this community sing-along of Handel’s Messiah. This free community event. 334-265-3737

“Gifts of the Magi”

December 14-16 New Horizon Community Theatre, 411 West 8th Street West Point, Ga 31833 heart-warming, captivating musical treat, drawn from two short stories by the immortal O. Henry. It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. Their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. 706-643-7529

“A Tuna Christmas: The Next Generation”

December 14-17 & 19-23 Springer Opera House, 103 10th St Columbus, Ga 31901 Putting the fun in DisFUNction, a brilliant new cast of master comedians continues the legacy of Columbus’ legendary Holiday cult favorite. Springer favorites Jim Pharr and Ben Redding will play all 24 citizens of Tuna, the tiny Texas town that erupts in holiday mayhem every year with a disastrous production of “A Christmas Carol,” yard displays vandalized by the Christmas Phantom and a Humane Society overrun with iguanas, coyotes, sheep and myna birds. 60,000



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Birmingham Ballet presents ‘The Mutt-cracker’

December 15 BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N Birmingham, Al 35203 The Mutt-cracker, a new twist a “classic tail”, is essentially Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the addition of dogs performing along side the dancers. The holiday favorite is brought to life with masterful story-telling and exciting dancing by professionals as well as local talented aspiring youth. Exciting dancing, beautiful costumes, magical surprises, and of course... the DOGS, make this production delightfully fun! 205-979-9492

Christmas at the Cave

December 15-16 and 22-23 5181 DeSoto Caverns Pkwy Childersburg, Al 35044 Come walk in a Winter “Underland” for a family-fun event for all ages. Will holiday treats, classic Christmas movies, caroler and sing-a-longs, as well as a special visit from St. Nicholas himself, Christmas at the Cave at the majestic DeSoto Caverns is the best way for your family spend the most wonderful time of the year. 256-378-7252

Variations Dance Studio Presents “Nutcracker” ad on Inside Front Cover

December 15-17 Opelika Performing Arts Center, 1700 Lafayette Parkway Opelika, Al 36801 This holiday season, enjoy the magic and beauty of our premiere performances of “Nutcracker”. Follow Clara into a dream-like world of dancing snowflakes and see all the colorful treats found in the Land of Sweets! Whether it is a first time experience or an annual holiday tradition, don’t miss your chance to reserve a seat at this beautiful holiday ballet. 334-275-5013

21st Presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet:

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December 15, 16, 17 Telfair Peet Theatre, 350 West Samford Avenue Auburn, Al 36849 Since 1995, the East Alabama Community Ballet has brought the magic of The Nutcracker to the Auburn/Opelika area. There is no more festive

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way to start the holiday season than by experiencing this ballet classic. Follow Clara, as she visits the Land of Sweets and meets a prince, mouse king and queen and dances her way into your heart! Buy your tickets online.

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December 16, 10:00am-12:00pm Telfair Peet Theatre, 350 West Samford Avenue Auburn, Al 36849 You are invited to a Tea Party with Clara! Ideal for children ages 10 and under, Clara’s Tea Party gives children an opportunity to watch a shortened version of The Nutcracker Ballet, meet the dancers, and take memorable Christmas photos. Light snacks and sweets will be provided. For adults, Clara’s Boutique, a unique collection of Christmas and Nutcracker themed gifts, will also be open.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

December 18-19 RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway Columbus, Ga 31901 A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. 706-256-3620

Cantus Christmas & Vega Quartet

December 19 RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway Columbus, Ga 31901 In its eighteenth annual holiday concert, the professional chorus CantusColumbus, directed by William J. Bullock, recounts the Christmas story with classical masterpieces and audience carols. The chorus is assisted this year by the renowned Vega String Quartet and the Legacy Hall concert organ and piano. This beautiful holiday tradition is the perfect way to prepare to receive the true message of the season. 706-256-3620

Annual Christmas Tree Recycling

December 30 1032 South Railroad Avenue Opelika, Al 36801 A project of Opelika Tree Commission and Keep Opelika Beautiful. This takes place the Saturday after Christmas at the Opelika Chamber from 8am-12pm. Citizens receive a tree seedling in exchange for the tree. 334-749-4970 www.keepopelikabeautifulcom

Christmas In Camelot Lighted Tour

Throughout December, 4:30-10:00pm Camelot Way Opelika, Al 36801 The magic of Christmas comes alive throughout Camelot with the many large Christmas Cards, painted under art teacher, Roslyn Stern, by Opelika High art students. The neighborhood lights are adorned with lighted wreaths and all the houses are decorated with the wonders of Christmas. This drive-through event begins at sundown.

Santa On the Corner

TBA Toomer’s Corner, 100 N College St Auburn, Al 36830 Santa Claus will be in downtown Auburn on select

December weekends. Bring your family! Donations will be accepted to The United Way.

The Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve 5784 Ironstone Drive Columbus, Ga 31907 Drive into a light display set to music like none other... over 155,000 lights! Featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight”. 706-443-6975

Follow the Shepards Christmas Walks & Under the Bethlehem Star Light Show

Weekends December 1-23 Explorations in Antiquity Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Dr LaGrange, Al 30240 Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story. These walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas multi-media presentation in the evening. Reservations required. 706-885-0363

Christmas Village at the Historic Langdale Mill

Weekends in December US Hwy 29 at Fob James Road Valley, Al Beginning the first weekend in December, experience the spirit of the season in Historic Valley. There is a lifesize nativity scene in the meadow, the Madonna lightsculpture, and the Christmas Merry-go-Round that has given over 1,000,000 FREE rides to families. As you take a walk through history, you will be greeted with caroling and much more festive fun. Also, don’t miss the “A Cotton Mill Christmas” production at Langdale

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425 Perry Street Auburn, Al 36830 13th Annual Poloar Express Holiday Celebration: All aboard the Polar Express! Children ages 12 and under are invited to hop aboard the Polar Express on Saturday, December 3 at Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. Children under the age of 12 months are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. The “train” will depart at 9 a.m., Noon and 2:30 p.m. Activities include arts & crafts, sweet treats, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more! Children are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday pajamas while they participate in indoor and outdoor activities. Tickets for the event will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. The cost per ticket is $12 for adults and $6 for children 13 months and older. 11th Annual Holiday Art Sale: December 9, 9:00am4:00pm at Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Frank Brown Rec Center and Harris Center. The Holiday Art Sale is a great place to get a head start on your Christmas shopping while meeting local artists selling their own unique handmade work. Admission is FREE and open to the public! The event features local and regional artists selling handmade works, including pottery, paintings, personalized items, photography, handmade soap, jewelry, gourmet food items, scarves, hats, candles and more! A portion of the proceeds from sales support the Auburn Arts Association and their many art education programs. 29th Annual Daddy Daughter Date Night: Tickets go on sale December 4. Extra night this year! Five dance nights will be held at the Clarion Inn & Suites on S. Col-

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lege Street. Daughters, dads, granddads, and uncles are invited to dance the night away and enjoy refreshments, door prizes, dance contests, keepsake photos, and an evening of memories. Special guests will also be in attendance! 2018 event dates are as follows: February 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Lighting and the Christmas Lights and Music show. The annual Millbrook Spirit of Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 2. The theme for this year’s parade is “A Peaceful Christmas”.


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Junior League of Lee County’s Annual Hoilday Poinsettia Sale

Auburn, Al 36830 Poinsettias are available in two sizes and three colors (red, white, and marble.) Prices are $12.00 for 6.5-inch and $22.00 for 10-inch plants. Orders may be placed with any JLLC member or online at Orders may be picked up on December 5th or 6th at the Elks Lodge in Opelika. Delivery options are available on November 21st and December 5th for businesses or residences in the Lee County area ordering 10 or more plants.

Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House

301 Columbus Street Montgomery, Al 36104 Our annual Holiday Open House, often the first week of December. We open up the Living Block and Ordeman House, and feature live holiday music, storytelling, costumed villagers, cookies and hot cider, pioneer tree ornaments for kids, and even photos with Father Christmas. Free to the public. 1-888-240-1850

City of Millbrook Spirit of Christmas

3113 Park Court Millbrook, Al 36054 The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be November 30, 6:00 p.m. on the Village Green. There will be caroling, a live Nativity, refreshments for sale, the Tree


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Gold Star Park, Ready Street Wetumpka, Al 36092 Lighting of the tree will be December 5, 6:00pm. Luminaria/Nativity and Open House will be December 8. 334-567-5147

Winter Wonderland

17th Street Plaza Birmingham, Al 35233 Take a spin on the ice with the cityscape as your backdrop. The ice rink is open through January 16. The boxcar is fully stocked with hot chocolate and other winter treats. 205-521-9933

Magic Christmas in Lights

Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, Al 36582 In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. Magic Christmas in Lights includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home on Sundays through Thursdays. In addition, guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to warm the heart and soul. 251-973-2217 | AOP





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Cooking Up Kitchen Fun

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

The kitchen is often described as the heart of a home, the nexus of food and family that nourishes our bodies as well as our spirits. Kids are early inhabitants of this familiar space, first as passengers in our arms, later as diners in high chairs and eventually as explorers making their first forays into ‘helping’ with food prep. Children are eager to take an active role in the processes that bring their favorite foods to the table and, with supervision and patience, kids benefit socially and cognitively from inclusion in cooking tasks. From discovering measurement to learning basic chemistry, kitchen play is an ideal learning landscape for little ones to explore. The following items offer appetizing opportunities for junior chefs to cook up a versatile menu of food fun.

by Gerry Paige Smith

MasterChef Jr. Baking Set

3-Piece Nylon Knife Set

Warming up for real cooking is a snap with the Kitchen Baking Set from MasterChef Jr. Complete with mixing bowl, liquid measuring cup, rolling pin, spatula, 4 silicone cups, and 4 dusting guards, this kit assembles all the tools kids need to get started with their first baking adventures. Parents provide the ingredients, children provide the enthusiasm and everyone tastes the rewards of freshly prepared warm food. With easy recipes for every appetite, kids can craft egg cups, mac and cheese, cupcakes or even develop their own recipes with adult guidance. Cooking up a host of delicious outcomes, the MasterChef Jr. Baking Set is an easy and versatile start for kids with culinary ambitions and a taste for the good stuff.

For parents of kids who really want to take a hand in the chopping and dicing of food, Curious Chef’s Nylon Knife Set provides the means for young chefs to safely take food prep into their own hands. This assemblage includes three (small, medium and large-sized) nylon knives that feature serrated cutting edges, blunt tips and ergonomically designed grips for smaller hands. With real cutting ability, children can lend a hand as they slice and chop real vegetables and fruit with cutlery made just for them. Dishwasher safe and made with food-friendly materials, these tools are ideal confidence builders for the youngest aspiring chef. Best for kids aged five years and up, Curious Chef’s Nylon Knife Set is the (safe) cutting edge in culinary exploration.

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Stainless Steel Pot and Pans

Green Toys Tea Set (Green Toys)

Just the right size for little hands, Green Toys’ food-safe tea sets gives kids the perfect resources to host their own tea any time of the day. Less cumbersome than standard size cups and teapots, this scaled down version is not only easier to manipulate but also offers more opportunities for repeat pouring (the fun part!). While adult supervision is always recommended with any heated liquids, the fitted lids and sturdy construction of the Green Toys Tea Set offers the best tea time experience for young servers. Combining the pleasure of crafting an ancient beverage with the social benefits of sharing tea, this set rewards both body and spirit as kids explore the fine tradition of tea service.

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Pretend play in the kitchen gets real with Melissa & Doug’s Stainless Steel Pots and Pans. Mirroring the metal cookware used by adults, these child-sized kitchen tools are solidly constructed and offer the look and feel of their grown up counterparts. Including a colander, a lidded pot, two pans, and two wooden utensils this set comes with its own rack which not only keeps it stored neatly between ‘cooking’ sessions, but also builds problem-solving skills as kids must discover the best way to hang and stow their chefs tools. While not geared toward real food prep, the stainless steel medium does allow for cold finger food contact (followed by the opportunity to teach kids about clean-up).

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him to help start his life after school. Is there a better place to put this other than a traditional savings account? A. First of all, you should not invest in gold. Gold is a very volatile, very dangerous investment. I don’t have a dime invested in gold, and I would strongly suggest that you not invest in it, either. If

you take a look at the life-long track record on gold it will scare you to death. For the time being, you can leave it all in a traditional savings account. But if he’s not going to use it for many, many years you could move it into a conservative mutual fund. In fact, you started when he was at such young age, a nice, conservative mutual fund might be a really good idea. When he gets a little older, he can start adding to it himself from the money he makes from odd jobs and chores and such. After 15 years or so, thanks to your foresight and his contributions, he’ll probably wind up with a pretty nice chunk of cash.

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FamilyCalendar Friday, October 20 The Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe Join the Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe for shows full of laughs, wonder, and puppets sure to delight every one of all ages! 10:30-11 a.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m. (334) 501-3296. Fright Nights at the Arboretum Donald E. Davis Arboretum, Auburn. 6-10 p.m. On select Fridays in October, enjoy special screenings of your favorite monster movies! Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy movies. The event is FREE and open to the public. Theatre Production: “God of Carnage” Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. A skirmish on a school playground results in a loss of teeth and bruised egos. As two sets of parents gather to resolve the conflict initiated by their children, the guise of civility threatens to dissolve in a rage of primal instinct.

Saturday, October 21 MainStreet Alexander City Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings at the fountain on Broad Street, 7:00 to 11:00. Local Growers, craftsmen and craftswomen present their goods. Fresh vegetables, fruits, soaps, honey. Call ahead for weather-related changes. 256-329-9227 Coldwater Mountain Fat Tire Fest See Oct. 20 for details. Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival See Oct. 20 for details. Super Saturdays at LaGrange Art Museum 112 Lafayette Pkwy, LaGrange, Ga. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Free family art day! Spend the afternoon at the Museum. Families, neighbors, and friends can tour the current exhibit and explore an art activity. Saturday STEM Storytime Auburn Public Library. Preschoolers—2nd grade children and their caregivers are invited to join us from 10:00-11:00 a.m. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format. Some activities may involve messy fun! (334) 501-3296. Crazy 8’s Auburn Public Library. Join Bedtime Math’s® Crazy 8s Club®, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, and make a mess… it’s a totally new kind of math club! Join us as we explore, create, and learn! Ages K-2nd grade, 3:30-4:40 p.m. Space is limited. Please register by emailing libraryevents@ auburnalabama org. Saturday Stroll Participants will be led on walks through the historic Auburn Pine Hill Cemetery by members of the Auburn Heritage Association and learn about Auburn’s rich history and some uniquely Auburn points of interest. Walks will begin every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. – noon. Each tour will take approximately one (1) hour. Free. Visit activeauburn. org for details.

Monday, October 23 Young Writer’s Club Auburn Public Library. Do you love to write and tell

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stories? We will do one hour of fun writing exercises and sharing our work in a safe environment. Grades 2-5, 3:30-4:30 p.m. libraryevents@auburnalabama. org. (334) 501-3296. Expressions of a Braveheart Opelika SportsPlex. Braveheart is a fine arts program offering art music, and dance classes to youth and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities. Schedule will be given out on the first day. For more info please contact John Huling at 705-5560 or Conversations Prompted by Art Fall 2017 Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn. 12 p.m. A series of timely conversations about diversity and greater understanding prompted by objects in JCSM’s collections.

Tuesday, October 24 Monthly Market Join Auburn Parks and Recreation as we partner with our local growers on the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning in September 2017! Visit the Harris Center from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to find the best produce, jams, jellies and bounty of Lee County! Vendors will be set up in the lobby and Activity Room during warmer months to prevent products from becoming overheated and the Market may move outdoors in cooler months for space. This event is FREE and open to the public. Baby Time Auburn Public Library. Babies and their favorite adults enjoy 20 minutes of stories, songs, bounces, and tickles during Baby Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages birth-24 months. 9:30-10:15 a.m. or 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25 Toddler Time Auburn Public Library. Toddlers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Toddler Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! Ages 18 months-3 years. 9:30-10:00 a.m. or 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. library.

Thursday, October 26 East Alabama Arts: Vienna Boys Choir 7:30 p.m. Opelika Center For the Performing Arts. Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn. 5:00 8:00 p.m. JCSM brings in contemporary filmmakers to meet with students and museum guests for a special screening of their film. After the Internet: Live Clarion Inn and Suites University Center, Auburn. After the Internet: Live will include performances from local Auburn band Trent in the Trees, DJ Xer0h!, DJ Malbis, and Nashville hip-hop artist CAMM. Jonathon Eley is the headlining act. www.


jonathoneley. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at This event is all ages. Teen Writer’s Club Auburn Public Library. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Grades 6-12. Do you love to write and tell stories? Each week will explore storytelling and writing through exercises, author advice, and sharing our work Bring your imagination, laptop, pen, paper, and create something new! Preschool Time Preschoolers and their favorite adults enjoy 30 minutes of interactive stories, songs, movement rhymes, and a fun craft during Preschool Time. Stay afterwards to socialize and play! 3 – 5 years. 9:3010:00 a.m., 10:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Friday, October 27 The Great Pumpkin Splash Opelika SportsPlex Pool. Join us as we turn into the Great Floating Pumpkin Patch! 6:00-8:00 p.m. Ages 6-12. Pick your pumpkin from the pool. Kids can enjoy Harvest Relay Races, the pumpkin roll, prizes and more! Must pre-register by October 24th. Pumpkins and Poker Downtown Auburn. Sponsored by Auburn Downtown Merchants Association. Casting Crowns: The Very Next Thing Tour Columbus Civic Center, Ga. Opp Fest Downtown Opp. The Opp Cultural Arts Council displays adult and children’s art. There are many arts and craft booths, food vendors, musical entertainment, merchant sidewalk sales, car show, soapbox car derby race, children’s activities, and much more. For more info Fright Nights at the Arboretum Donald E. Davis Arboretum, Auburn. 6-10 p.m. On select Fridays in October, enjoy special screenings of your favorite monster movies! Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners to enjoy movies. The event is FREE and open to the public. Alabama National Fair Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. www.alnationalfair. org. Christmas Made in the South Columbus Convention & Trade Center, Ga. You’ll find pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, woodworking, glass, Christmas ornaments, photography, fine art, delicious gourmet delights and so much more! P.S. Old Saint Nick will be there so bring your gift list.

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FamilyCalendar Masquerade Ball Fundraiser The Bottling Plant Event Center, Opelika. Theatre Company is hosting its Inaugural Masquerade Ball Fundraiser to include dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Opelika Theatre Company, The Southside Center for the Arts, and Expressions of a BraveHeart. Dress is Sunday attire to formalwear. Montevallo Art Walk Walk around historic downtown Montevallo and purchase one-of-a-kind arts and crafts goods from our Artwalk vendors. You will find jewelry, paintings, pottery, mixed media, and much more. Vendors will have a variety to offer: gift items, items for your home and accessories to wear. www. Magic City Classic Legion Field, Birmingham. The game features Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, and it’s the longest continuous rivalry in the state of Alabama.

Young Eagles Day Columbus Airport, 3250 W. Britt David Road, Columbus, Georgia. 8:30-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). All kids ages 8-17 are invited to take a Free airplane ride over Columbus! Most flights last 20 minutes. The goal is to provide a fun and educational aviation experience. 706-324-2453. Saturday STEM Storytime See Oct. 21 for details. Crazy 8’s See Oct. 21 for details. Christmas Made in the South See Oct. 27 for details. Not So Spooky Halloween at The Rock Ranch Costume contests for people and dogs on a leash, trick-or-treating, Frisbee dog shows, magic shows, and balloon twisting by Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, and meet and greets with Pete the Cat.

Owl-O-Ween Alabama Wildlife Center, Pelham. Features children’s activities, live owl guests, bird of prey programs, an owl release, and complimentary candy. Meet Alabama’s native owls and the world’s largest owl species! Free after paid admission to Oak Mountain State Park.

Uptown’s Spooktacular Halloween Festival Woodruff Park, Columbus. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus located at 1000 Bay Avenue!

Cotton Pickin’ Celebration at Old Baker Farm Harpersville. 205-672-7209. Admission charged. Old Baker Farm--Living history, arts, crafts and pumpkin festival. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Campus Green Space by JordanHare. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. followed by the Walk at 2:15 p.m. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

MainStreet Alexander City Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings at the fountain on Broad Street, 7:00 to 11:00. Local Growers, craftsmen and craftswomen present their goods. Fresh vegetables, fruits, soaps, honey. Call ahead for weather-related changes. 256-329-9227 Fall Family Festival Russell Crossroads, Alexander City. Dress the kids in their favorite costume or let them come as they are and join us for face painting, pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, see a real grist mill in action and more. or call 256-3971019. Peanut Butter Festival & Nutter Butter Parade Burndidge. On the grounds of the historic Bass House. Admission is free. Features peanut butter and everything, old-time demonstrations, including a working cane mill, 5-K Peanut Butter Run, non-stop entertainment, games, contests, arts, crafts, festival foods cooked on the grounds. Free Admission. 334-685-5524 or 334-670-6302, 334372-1001. 36th Annual Spinners Pumpkin Patch Arts & Crafts Show Prattville. Exhibitors of original arts and crafts from throughout the southeast will display their wares under shade of pine and magnolia trees. Free entertainment plus games, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables and many other children and youth activities. Special events: 5K & 5 mile run, Motorcycle & car show & Jack-o-lantern contest. Opp Fest See Oct. 27 for details. Halloween Masquerade On the Harriott II Riverfront Montgomery. Boarding at 8:00 p.m. Ticket includes live band and cruise. Cash bar available. Live entertainment and costume contest. (334) 625-2100.

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Cotton Pickin’ Celebration at Old Baker Farm See Oct. 28 for details. 36th Annual Spinners Pumpkin Patch Arts & Crafts Show See Oct. 28 for details.

Monday, October 30 Tour De Fright Opelika Sportsplex. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bicyclers beware! Parents and children 12 and under are invited to take a ride on the haunted walking trail! Young Writer’s Club See Oct. 23 for details.

Tuesday, October 31 Downtown Trick-or-Treat Auburn. The City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department hosts Downtown Trick or Treating in Auburn’s downtown area. 334-233-8402. 17th Annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat Auburn. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join the City of Auburn for this spooktacular alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating on in downtown Auburn. There are treats provided by the downtown merchants, visits from characters and area celebrities, musical entertainment from DJ Ozz and costume contests! Parents must accompany children to this event. FREE to the public and will be held rain or shine.


Baby Time See Oct. 24 for details.

Wednesday, November 1 Alabama Frontier Days Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park, Wetumpka. Demonstrations of frontier life in the southeast during the period 1700-1820. Frontier trades and crafts are demonstrated by living historians in period correct costumes. The event takes place over four days, from 9 - 4 each day. www.fttoulousejackson. org. Toddler Time See Oct. 25 for details.

Thursday, November 2 Christmas Village Festival Arts, Crafts, & Gifts Show BJCC, Birmingham. Christmas Village Festival sets up over 600 exhibitor booths inside the B.J.C.C. Photo sessions with the Christmas Village Santa are a long lasting memento now passed along to the next generation. Mommy and Me Christmas Ornament Workshop Mommy and Me classes are designed for parent and child to work together to create beautiful works of art. Projects are intended for the toddler/preschool age group. In this class we will be designing beautiful Christmas ornaments to adorn your tree or to have as a keepsake! $20/ Mommy and Child pair ($5 each additional child) + $10 materials fee, Cari Cleckler • (334) 501-2944 • A Little Lunch Music Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn. 12 p.m. Make a lunch date with the finest musicians from our region. Join us for an informal come-and-go performance. Highlight Tours Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn. 2 p.m. Experience a public tour that focus on collection highlights. Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn. 6 p.m. Meet with filmmakers for a special screening and discussion. Preschool Time See Oct. 26 for details. Alabama Frontier Days See Nov. 1 for details.

Friday, November 3 Anime and Manga Art Club Auburn Public Library. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Ages 10-18. Have fun drawing and socializing at this fun new club! Bring your own art supplies and creativity and share your love of all things Anime and Manga! Alabama Frontier Days See Nov. 1 for details. Christmas Village Festival Arts, Crafts, & Gifts Show See Nov. 2 for details.


FamilyCalendar Saturday, November 4 Touch a Truck Chick-fil-A, Auburn Mall. 11:00am-1:00pm. Come check out the vehicles that keep our community safe, and see what it is to be a hero for the day! Find us in the back parking lot between Dillards and Belk. Call 334-887-5429. Fredonia Heritage Day Five Points, Al. A wide range of stage entertainment, vintage crafts and demonstrations, special children’s activities, a historical theme and good food. National Pumpkin Destruction Day The Rock Ranch, Ga. Bash it – smash it – chunk it – drop it off a 50 ft. fork lift! We’ve even got monster trucks, airplanes and a full sized fire truck cannon to help demolish pumpkins!

Saturday STEM Storytime Auburn Public Library. Preschoolers-2nd grade children and their caregivers are invited to join us for a storytime on Saturday mornings that is all about STEM. 10:00-11:00 a.m. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math This storytime will focus on these concepts in a fun, interactive, story-driven format Please note: Some activities may involve messy fun! (334) 501-3296. Crazy 8’s See Oct. 21 for details. Home Depot Kids Workshop Opelika. First Saturday of every Month 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. FREE hands-on workshop designed for children ages 5 – 12. All children get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair Taking place on the grounds of the historic Marks house in Pike Road, there will be over 250 vendors selling beautiful and unique arts and crafts just in time for Christmas. Special activities for the children 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Alabama Frontier Days See Nov. 1 for details.

Eye Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park Pine Mountain, Ga. Team up for our on-site scavenger hunt with your camera or phone. Pick up checklist/rules at the park office any time. Pictures must be brought to park office with checklist by 4 p.m. Winners notified by phone to pick up prize.

Sunday, November 5

Market Days on Broadway Columbus. The Market features over 200 local vendors selling homemade and homegrown products, including local and organic produce, home goods, jewelry, crafts and yummy baked goods. Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Ga. A Callaway Gardens tradition on the first Saturday of every November, the Steeplechase features thoroughbreds racing through woodland surroundings, plus pony rides, a foxhound parade, a hat contest and much more. Infield spectators will want to bring tailgate supplies (coolers, lunches, blankets and chairs). Terrace Box spectators will have a chair provided. 1.800.852.3810. Moss Rock Festival Hoover. Explore Nature, SmartLIVING, and Art + Design at Alabama’s premier eco-creative festival. MRF features 100 exhibiting artists inspired by nature; special exhibitions; tiny homes; SmartLIVING ideas and marketplace for food, home, body, and health; live music and so much more! Lineville Heritage Day Festival Lineville. 256-396-6143. Free. Downtown Lineville. Join us in Lineville for an old-fashioned street festival. Other activities include an antique tractor show and parade, a juried vintage quilt show, an old-fashioned costume contest, historical displays and live music featuring local talent, Mr. and Miss Heritage Day, horseshoe and domino tournaments and more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Women’s Club Art Walk 712 Sanders Street, Auburn, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be 23 artists with work on display from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Women’s Club located at 712 Sanders Street in Auburn.

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Christmas Village Festival Arts, Crafts, & Gifts Show See Nov. 2 for details.

Highlight Tours Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn. 3 p.m. Experience a public tour that focus on collection highlights.

Wednesday, November 8


Polar Express Holiday Event Tickets On Sale Tickets for the Polar Express (for Sat., Dec. 2 at Jan Dempsey Comm. Arts Center) will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. The cost per ticket is $12 for adults and $6 for children 13 months and older. For more information, please visit parks or contact the Arts Center at (334) 501-2963.

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LitWits Book Club: Awesome Book Covers Auburn Public Library. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ages 13-18. LitWits is a genre based book club. Read any book within that genre and bring it with you for group discussions and themed activities.

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Toddler Time See Oct. 25 for details.

Thursday, November 9 The Hospitality Gala The Hotel at Auburn University.

Moss Rock Festival See Nov. 4 for details.

Polar Express Holiday Event Tickets On Sale See Nov. 8 for details.

Auburn University and University of Alabama Gospel Choir Concert White Street Baptist Church, Auburn. Free. 3:00-4:00 p.m.

A Little Lunch Music See Nov. 2 for details.

Christmas Village Festival Arts, Crafts, & Gifts Show See Nov. 2 for details.

Monday, November 6 Percussion Ensemble Concert Goodwin Recital Hall, AU Campus. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior. Conversations Prompted by Art Fall 2017 Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn. 12 p.m. A series of timely conversations about diversity and greater understanding prompted by objects in JCSM’s collections. Young Writer’s Club See Oct. 23 for details.

Tuesday, November 7 Baby Time See Oct. 24 for details.


Preschool Time See Oct. 26 for details.

Friday, November 10 Charis Crafters “Home for the Holidays” Craft Show Wetumpka. A wide variety of handmade (quilted, sewn, crocheted, knitted, etc.) crafted items and homemade (cakes, pies, jams, etc.) delights perfect for gift giving or for decorating your home. The event is held annually on the second weekend of November. Football, Fans and Feathers Southeastern Raptor Center, Auburn. During the show, hawks, falcons, eagles and other birds of prey are free-flown from towers and around the amphitheater, enabling visitors to see these raptors flying close. $5 per person; free for children age three and under. The hour-long program begins at 4 p.m. at the Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater, located at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive off Shug Jordan Parkway. Gates open at 3 p.m. www. Come Home to the Corner Downtown Auburn. Come downtown to enjoy live music, shopping and dining! From 4 - 10 p.m., downtown streets will remain open for all Come Home to the Corner events. Highlight Tours Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Auburn. 2 p.m. Experience a public tour that focus on collection highlights.

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entertainment throughout both fair days. $1 Admission (12 and older)!

Monday, November 13

Columbus Hockey Association Try Hockey For Free 8:00-10:30 a.m. This event is designed to provide kids, between the ages 4 and 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. A limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. No previous skating or hockey experience required.

Second Saturday at Pioneer Park Loachapoka. On the second Saturday of every month, a group of history re-enactors gather at the LCHS Museum in period attire to demonstrate their arts and crafts. Blacksmiths are working at the forge, spinners and weavers are in the textile room, the gardeners are in the gardens, crafts and seasonal activities are scheduled, and someone is always cooking up a meal in the fireplace or outdoors. The Whistle Stop Pickers dulcimer group meets at the Museum at 1 p.m.

East Alabama Arts: “Dirty Dancing: The Musical” Opelika Center For The Performing Arts.

Market Days on Broadway The Market features over 200 local vendors selling homemade and homegrown products, including local and organic produce, home goods, jewelry, crafts and yummy baked goods. becca@ 5th Annual Uptown Columbus Fall Food Truck Festival Woodruff Park, Columbus, Ga. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 25 Gourmet food trucks will set up in our backyard with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon! Admission is $5 per person; children 12 and younger are free. CASH ONLY admission. Credit cards and cash will be accepted by the vendors. Star Light, Star Bright at FDR State Park Pine Mountain, Ga. 6:00 p.m. Join the Columbus Coca-Cola Space Science Center staff for an evening of star talks, star maps, and night sky viewing. Bring a chair or blanket for sitting on grassy field. Meet at the baseball field across from the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy 354. 706-663-4858. Eye Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park See Nov. 4 for details. Talisi Arts and Crafts Fair & Battle Reenactments Tallassee. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. Battle reenactments Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Come see a live portrayal of a Civil War battle, hosted by the 53rd Alabama Cavalry re-enactors, as well as handmade clothing, accessories, weapons, toys, and even soap making; giving our viewers new insight into day to day life during the 1860s. 25th Anniversary March of Dimes Night Walk Walk through Fantasy In Lights® to benefit the March of Dimes. There will be no vehicles on this night. The walk begins at Robin Lake Beach. Walkers who choose to ride the shuttle bus back at the end of the light show will be at the five mile mark. Some guests choose to walk the entire route back to the beach. This would be a total of seven miles.


Charis Crafters “Home for the Holidays” Craft Show See Nov. 10 for details.


Free Fee Day - Tuskegee National Forest Tuskegee. The National Forests in Alabama offers a “Free Fee” day. Any fees necessitated for either camping, fishing, trail riding, shooting, or horse-back riding will be waived. Annually the free fee day has been set aside in honor of our veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their family members.




Chambers Country Fair (Formerly known as White Plains Country Fair). Oaks/ Jack-O-Lantern Lane in LaFayette, AL. Delicious food, kids activities, inflatables, arts and crafts vendors with one of a kind goods, candles, jewelry, home decor, furniture, and much more! Live music and

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

Young Writer’s Club See Oct. 23 for details.

Tuesday, November 14 Family Discovery Walk Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. 3:30 4:30 p.m. for families with children ages 5 to 12. Explore the preserve and learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration, and exercise! Groups meet at the pavilion. Guided tours are free. Cancelled in the event of rain. www.auburn. edu/preserve. Auburn University and Community Orchestra Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior.

Saturday STEM Storytime See Nov. 4 for details.

Baby Time See Oct. 24 for details.

Crazy 8’s See Oct. 21 for details.

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Toddler Time See Oct. 25 for details.

Bicycle Night at Fantasy in Lights Callaway Gardens. Want a different way to see the lights? Try riding your bicycle through the most spectacular holiday light and sound show!

Thursday, November 16

Talisi Arts and Crafts Fair & Battle Reenactments See Nov. 11 for details. Annual Holiday Open House Alexander City. Annual Holiday Open House has our local shops opening up during the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to emphasize the beginning of the shopping season. 256-234-3461.

Gamers Society Auburn Public Library. The Programming Room will be open every Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., for Yu-GiOh, Pokemon, and video games. Gamers must bring their own materials. The Auburn Public Library will provide materials for video game play. Games must be rated E, E10, or T; no rated M games. Ages 10-18 years. ‘Alice in Wonderland!’ November 16-19: Auburn High School Auditorium. Presented by the AHS Theatre department/students. For tickets, 334-8872120.

Chambers Country Fair See Nov. 11 for details. K-6th Family Studio Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn. 1:30-3:00 p.m. Register online to reserve your space. Parents and guardians are asked to participate with their child during the program. A $5 suggested donation is appreciated. www.jcsm. Highlight Tours See Nov. 5 for details. Fall Choral Concert Auburn United Methodist Church. 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior. Talisi Arts and Crafts Fair & Battle Reenactments See Nov. 11 for details.


Adult Nature Hike Kreher Preserve & Nature Center, Auburn. 8:30 a.m. Join our guides for a peaceful morning walk as you take in the many sights and sounds of the preserve. Hikes are for adults only, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Canceled in the event of rain. Hikes are free. A Little Lunch Music See Nov. 2 for details. Third Thursday Poetry Series Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn. 6:30 p.m. Preschool Time See Oct. 26 for details.


FamilyCalendar Friday, November 17 The Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe Shows full of laughs, wonder, and puppets sure to delight every one of all ages! Each show will feature TWO performances for your entertainment. All ages, 10:30-11 a.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m. (334) 501-3296. Come Home to the Corner Downtown Auburn. 4:00-10:00 p.m. Football, Fans and Feathers See Nov. 10 for details. Come Home to the Corner See Nov. 10 for details.

Saturday, November 18 Eye Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park See Nov. 11 for details. Market Days on Broadway The Market features over 200 local vendors selling homemade and homegrown products, including local and organic produce, home goods, jewelry, crafts and yummy baked goods. becca@ Homegrown Cornbread Festival Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy. Join in for some finger-licking, foot-stomping good times. Cornbread competition, pageant, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, kid’s activities and more. Saturday STEM Storytime See Nov. 4 for details.

booths for crafts, quilts, and other keepsakes. www. Preschool Time See Oct. 26 for details.

Friday, November 24 Blue Friday Blitz Join us at 7 a.m. for a quick jog through downtown Auburn to work off those Turkey Day calories! Beginning at Toomer’s Corner, we will run through downtown, the Davis Arboretum and back to downtown. Afterwards, enjoy doughnuts and coffee and then spend the morning shopping the Blue Friday specials in downtown Auburn. Those who preregister by October 1st will be guaranteed a t-shirt! Visit for details. 47th Annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow See Nov. 23 for details. Christmas At Crossroads Alexander City. In its fourth year Christmas at Crossroads is a great way to get out with the family and friends, do some shopping, take a carriage ride, check off items on your Christmas list and let the kids visit with Santa. www.russelllandsonlakemartin. com. Football, Fans and Feathers See Nov. 10 for details. Come Home to the Corner See Nov. 10 for details.

Crazy 8’s See Oct. 21 for details.

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Eye Spy Camera Scavenger Hunt at FDR State Park See Nov. 11 for details.

Young Writer’s Club See Oct. 23 for details.

Tuesday, November 21 Baby Time See Oct. 24 for details.

Wednesday, November 22 Toddler Time See Oct. 25 for details.

Thursday, November 23 Turkey Day Classic Montgomery. Traditional rivalry featuring Alabama State University Hornets of Montgomery against Miles College. 47th Annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow Atmore. Each Year, Poarch Creek Indian tribal members gather on this original Creek land for their annual Pow Wow. You’re invited to join the festivities. Enjoy a brilliant display of authentic dress and exhibition dancing by Tribes from throughout the country. Watch the crowning of the Poarch Creek Indian Princesses and shop from numerous

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Young Eagles Day See Oct. 28 for details.

Monday, November 27 Hip Hop Nutcracker Birmingham. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. Faculty Recital: Alina Windell, flute and Jeremy Samolesky, piano Goodwyn Recital Hall, AU Campus. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior. Young Writer’s Club See Oct. 23 for details.

Tuesday, November 28 Auburn Parks and Rec Monthly Market Visit the Harris Center from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. to find the best produce, jams, jellies and bounty of Lee County! Vendors will be set up in the lobby and


Activity Room during warmer months to prevent products from becoming overheated and the Market may move outdoors in cooler months for space. This event is FREE and open to the public. Baby Time See Oct. 24 for details.

Wednesday, November 29 Kansas—The Band Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. 8:00 p.m. Concert Band Concert Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn Campus. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior. Toddler Time See Oct. 25 for details.

Thursday, November 30 A Little Lunch Music See Nov. 2 for details. Auburn High School and Symphonic Winds Concert Julie and Hal Moore Center for Excellence, Auburn. 7:30 p.m. Preschool Time See Oct. 26 for details.

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December Dec. 1-31: cANDYland: Snow in South Alabama Andalusia. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December join us for Christmas in cANDYland! Surrounding the 60 foot tall Christmas tree in the center of Court Square, 8 snow machines will pump out tiny clusters of sheer joy for a magical experience. Children can dash in and out of the cANDYland Cottages while awaiting the snow flurry - child-sized playhouses custom built just for them! Dec. 1: A Chili Country Christmas We Piddle Around Theatre, Brundidge. Pots of piping hot chili with all the fixin’s are served family-style at the historic theater. Preshow, musicians strum dulcimers, fiddles and banjos, bringing to you the songs of the season. Then master storytellers from across the country take center stage and weave their magic with the spoken word. Dec. 1: Shelia Jackson & Company Holiday Concert Troy. The Troy Arts Council is pleased to present the Shelia Jackson and Company Holiday Concert featuring the vocal stylings of our own Shelia Jackson and her talented friends from throughout the Wiregrass! Dec. 1: Letters to Santa Auburn Public Library. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Choose from an array of festive stationery, markers, and pencils and enjoy cookies, cider, and a little music

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Dec. 5: Christmas Wreaths Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Decorate wreaths with all your favorite things and hang them on your door to display at Christmas. $15, ages 5-12. 334-705-5560.

Dec. 1 - 3: South’s BEST Robotics Competition Auburn University. BEST stands for Boosting Engineering Science and Technology, and is a national program with fifty local competition sites in eighteen states. Each year, middle and high school student teams are tasked with building a robot to compete against other schools in that year’s challenge.

Dec. 5 - 8: A Colonial Christmas at the American Village Montevallo. Christmas is a wonderful time to visit the American Village. Enjoy a catered lunch in Liberty Hall, patterned after the East Room of The White House; visit the Colonial Chapel; experience Valley Forge with Continental Army soldiers; and hear from their wives back home.

Dec. 1 - 3: 47th Annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show Admission: Adults $2 or weekend pass $3, Youth 18 and under FREE with student ID and paid adult admission. FREE parking, FREE door prize ticket with each paid adult admission. $1 Wheel of Fortune for the kids and young at heart! Everyone that spins... Wins! www.

Dec. 6 - 10: Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour Opelika Historic District. The tour includes 60 homes on North 8th and 9th street. The event is a self-directed driving tour. However, on Saturday night North 8th and 9th streets will be closed to traffic to encourage visitors, neighbors and friends to stroll through the neighborhood. This enables everyone to leisurely enjoy the homes up close, listen to the carolers, and talk with residents dressed in Victorian costumes. Admission to this spectacular production is free. Bike Tour—Dec. 7. Walking Tour—Dec. 9th 6-9 p.m. Tree lighting with Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and his wife Laura at 6 p.m. at the corner of North 8th Street and 2nd Avenue. (weather permitting).

Dec. 2: Eufaula Christmas Tour of Homes 2017 An enchanting tour of the South’s finest homes draped in holiday cheer! Event is held annually on the first Saturday of December. Dec. 2: This Magic Moment. 5K Walk to Fight for a Cure! 6091 Stage Road, Loachapoka, Al. 7:00am-12:00pm. Come fight cancer and raise awareness with the Loachapoka Life Changers. Contact loachapoka5KWalk@ Dec. 2: Opelika Christmas Parade Downtown Opelika. 10:00 a.m. Dec. 4: Hometown Christmas Parade Alexander City. Join us at 6:00 p.m. Marching bands, dancing troupes, musical guests and dozens of floats and parade entries. The Parade winds through downtown with elaborate floats, horses and our special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Review and judging stand at the Chamber, 120 Tallapoosa Street. Dec. 4: Tiger Strings Youth Orchestra Concert Telfair Peet Theatre, AU Campus. 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior. Dec. 4: Guitar Ensemble Concert Goodwin Recital Hall, AU Campus. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online until the day of the show or they can be purchased at the box office one hour prior. www.cla. Dec. 4: Daddy-Daughter Date Night Tickets Go On Sale 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tickets sold online. www. Girls, get ready to dress up and enjoy and evening of dancing, refreshments, pictures and other surprises with your Dad. Five nights are available...please make your reservations early, as space is limited. $35 per couple and $5 per additional child. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Kaufman at or 334-5012930. Dec. 4, 11, and 18: 2017 Governor’s Mansion Christmas Candlelight Tours 1142 S. Perry St., Montgomery. Each Monday before Christmas, the Candlelight Tour serves as an opportunity for the public to view the Governor’s Mansion holiday decor, enjoy live choir performances and sample Alabama-made goods at the gift shop. 334-834-3022.

Dec. 8: Christmas in a Railroad Town Downtown Opelika. 6:00-9:00 p.m. www. opelikamainstreet. org. Visit with friends and enjoy a variety of food vendors and restaurants. Bring the kids to write letters to Santa, enjoy pony rides, caroling, entertainment and other new activities! Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for family photos! Be transported back in time and take a wagon ride through the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour. Dec. 9: Christmas on the Coosa Wetumpka. Christmas extravaganza with arts & crafts, parade, food, classic car show, entertainment and activities on the Coosa River culminating with a spectacular fireworks exhibition at dusk. Dec. 9: Annual Holiday Art Sale Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and Harris Center, Auburn. This event features a variety of handmade goods from over 60 artists. Handmade items available for purchase include pottery, paintings, photography, pet goods, jewelry, wood-turned items, gourmet foods, embroidered and appliquéed goods, candles, and more. Dec. 9: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Christmas Open House Montgomery. Come join us as we celebrate Christmas with our Christmas Open House! There will be hot and cold drinks, warm music, Christmas cookies and rumors of sugarplums. The perfect event for a family outing. www.thefitzgeraldmueumorg. Dec. 9: “Back in Time”: A Historical Holiday Celebration Pioneer Park, Loachapoka. 5:00-8:00 p.m. The 4H “History Seeker” will provide for guests an evening of historically-accurate dining and entertainment within the preserved buildings of Pioneer Park. All participants will be in costume, the dinner will be one typical of the season and era, the entertainment will involve 4H club members partnered with community leaders and educators performing skits, choral pieces and band


performances. Contact or Steve Crannell, Treasurer Lee County Historical Society, 334-750-1834 for ticket information. Dec. 9: Jingle Jog 5K and Santa Stroll Fun Run Downtown Auburn. 4:00 p.m. The fun run and 5K will begin and end at Toomer’s Corner and venture onto campus. Participants are encouraged to come in their best Christmas attire because Active Auburn will also host the Best Dressed Runner/ Walk Contest and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, with awards presented after the races are complete. ActiveAuburnJingleJog5kandSantaStrollFunRun. Dec. 10: Auburn Christmas Parade Downtown Auburn. 5:00 p.m. Dec. 10: Victorian Christmas Dothan. Holiday open house. Sample turn-of-thecentury desserts, sip hot chocolate or mulled cider and try your hand at making traditional Christmas decorations. A circuit riding preacher will deliver a Christmas message at the church. Dec. 14 - 16: Rocky Brook Rocket Reindeer Express Municipal Park, Opelika. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Children 2nd grade and younger. Come take a train ride through the lights! enjoy food, hot chocolate, face painting, entertainment and pictures with Santa! 334-705-5560. Dec. 15: The Auburn Public Library Puppet Troupe See Nov. 17 for detail. Dec. 16: Cookie Swap Auburn Public Library. 2:00-4:00 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of sharing sweet treats and their recipes Please bring three (3) dozen of your favorite holiday treats to share, along with copies of the recipe You may send your recipe ahead of time, and we will make copies for you. Send the recipe to: libraryevents@ auburnalabama org, with the subject line, Cookie Swap Recipe. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided Registration is required, please register by Wednesday, December 13. Dec. 19: Fun Time/Juice Party with Teddy Covington Rec Center, Opelika. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bring Teddy or your favorite toy to play games with! $15, ages 5-10. 334-705-5560.

Ongoing 74th Annual National Peanut Festival Nov. 3 - 12. Dothan. Amusement rides, animal shows, agricultural displays, concerts, beauty pageants, arts and crafts displays, contests, food, a two-hour parade and tons of peanuts. Fri. 5-11 p.m.; Sat. noon until; Mon. 5-10 p.m.; Tues. 3-10 p.m.; Wed. 5-10 p.m.; Thurs. 4-10 p.m. Alabama National Fair Oct. 27 - Nov. 5. Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery. Midway rides, main stage entertainment, food, information and commercial booths, kids area, livestock and other competition, family faith day and more! For details, visit Autumn Flower Show Oct. 1 - 29. Jasmine Hill, Wetumpka. Flower Show featuring colorful leaves of unusual blooming shrubs that fill this 20 acre garden as the weather cools. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.


FamilyCalendar Ballet with Brenna A community service project, which began in February 2017, that provides free ballet lessons to families with financial need. Brenna is 17 years old and began this project to obtain community service credit hours for school and to share her passion for ballet. Class meets every Saturday at 6 pm for boys and girls ages 10 18 years of age. Classes are held at Ballet Academy in Pridgen’s Five Points Plaza in Opelika. For more information you can visit Facebook - Ballet with Brenna or call 334-750-2468. Chick-fil-A Family Night at Tigertown Every Thursday night. Discovery Hikes Explore the preserve and learn something new each month about plants, wildlife and nature with a trained naturalist who will offer your family fun opportunities for hands-on learning, exploration, and exercise! Discovery Hikes are offered the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. For families with children ages 5 to 12. Free admission. Forest Ecology Preserve & Nature Center is located at 2222 N. College Street, Auburn. 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. Greater Columbus Fair Nov. 9 - 19. Columbus Civic Center, Ga. Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Through October 2018. The exhibition is juried by Jean Shin. Ms. Shin is an internationally recognized artist who works with multiples of objects to transform the everyday into decadent interpretations of identity and community. She uses materials that range from prescription pill bottles to sweaters, and often obtains them as second-hand objects from people in participating communities. 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.

Performances “Bob: A Life in Five Acts” Nov. 2 - 5 and 9 - 12. Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center. This comedy, spans America in its scenes and tells the life of an orphan Everyman, Bob. Bob, the child of circus performers, was abandoned at a White Castle diner. We follow Bob across America from infancy to middle age, from boxcars to mansions, in a quest for happiness and wisdom – involving dozens of crazy characters and thousands of hard highway miles. $10/Adults, $8/Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased and reservations made at ”Christmas Belles” Nov. 30 - Dec. 3. Red Door Theatre, Union Springs. It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hotflash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world! “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 19 - Dec. 24. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. A heartwarming must-see that will get you into the spirit of the holiday season with Scrooge’s search for redemption and a spectacular, magical evening of ghosts, spirits, festivity, and goodwill. “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” Nov. 9 - 17. Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn University. Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s 2012 musical A Civil War Christmas weaves together a range of different stories in 1864 Washington DC on the coldest Christmas Eve in recent memory. President and Mrs. Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, Ely Parker, Mary Surratt, and Clara Barton join a cast of over fifty characters to craft a tale of holidays, home, and heart. Telfair Peet Theatre, Auburn. 334-844-4154. “An Eclectic Christmas” Dec. 1- 8. Eclectic. Come experience the true story of the first Christmas. In the atmosphere of an outdoor walking trail, you and your guests will be part of live drama that is set during the Roman Empire. As you make your way to Bethlehem, you will visit the field where shepherds received the angel’s message and news of the Messiah. Then visit the wise men as they journey in search of the New Born King. Walking tours begin December 1 - 8 at the Falk Farm, 1733 Claude Road, Eclectic. The 6 and 8 o’clock time slots each night are reserved for Handicap accessible. Reservations

may be made by calling 334.578.4846 Or by visiting Admission is free. www. “The Glass Menagerie” Oct. 13 - Nov. 5. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. At the behest of his mother, Tom brings home a gentleman caller for his painfully shy sister. The themes of how family, the power of memory, and our perception shape reality are as impactful today as when this Tennessee Williams masterpiece premiered 70 years ago. “Million Dollar Quartet” Nov. 2 - 5, 9 - 12, and 16 - 19. Springer Opera House, Columbus. The Tony Award Winning musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for The greatest impromptu recording session of all time. “A Tuna Christmas: The Next Generation. Dec. 14 - 17, 19 - 23. Springer Opera House, Columbus. A brilliant new cast of master comedians continues the legacy of Columbus’ legendary Holiday cult favorite. Springer favorites Jim Pharr and Ben Redding will play all 24 citizens of Tuna, the tiny Texas town that erupts in holiday mayhem every year with a disastrous production of “A Christmas Carol,” yard displays vandalized by the Christmas Phantom and a Humane Society overrun with iguanas, coyotes, sheep and myna birds. “Newsies” Dec 1 - 3, 8 - 10, 14 - 17, and 21 - 23. Springer Opera House, Columbus. Fresh from Broadway, this exhilarating song and dance sensation from Disney tells the captivating story of the 1899 New York newspaper boy strike. Led by 17 year-old runaway Jack Kelly, an army of orphan street kids takes on the world’s most powerful publishing empire and shuts it down.

Support & Parenting Groups A2Z Local Homeschooler’s Association For homeschooling families in the Auburn/Opelika Lee County area of Alabama. A2Z Loop is an all-inclusive support group open to all homeschool families in the Auburn/Opelika area regardless of differences in beliefs, cultures, nationality, race, religion, or method of home schooling. For more information call 334728-1162 or email:

Olympic Sport of Fencing Opelika Rylan DeLap or Tatiana Gitcevich, (334) 462 6377, An official US Fencing Association fencing club opened on South 8th Street in Opelika this month. Auburn Fencing Club offers private and group classes, open fencing on Saturdays and discounted equipment.

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.

Veteran’s Appreciation Week at the Montgomery Youth Fitness /Homeschool PE Build your child’s confidence through activity and education. Certified Personal Trainer Megan Meisner provides individual or group classes that cover the importance of exercise, nutrition and a positive outlook. Contact Megan for more information or to schedule an initial assessment. Rates vary. 708-341-3411 or

Auburn UMC Children’s Day Out Program Every Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.–12 noon. $10 per child for the entire morning, $2 each additional child. Attendance will be on a first come-first served basis. Contact Barbara Dawsey at 826-8800 for more information. Auburn United Methodist Church.

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FamilyCalendar Auburn Mommies, a fun group of moms in the Auburn/Opelika area that meet weekly for playgroups and Mommy and Me walking twice a week. We also have a Mommies Night Out once a month. Http:// auburnmommiesinalabama/. Auburn Mommy and Me Big Dog Running Co, Auburn. 10–11 a.m. Social time, story time, music/ movement, arts & crafts. Ages 9 months–3 years. Free! 334-209-2580.

information about the times, dates and location for this group, call or e-mail Sherry at Women’s Hope: 334.502.7000 or Don’t let the regret of the past rob you of the joy in the future. Call us today. We are here to help. La Leche League, a support group for nursing moms, meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. @ Cornerstone Family Chiropractic, Airport

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 or 334-501-5637. Therapeutic Foster Care Program Foster a Child’s Future Today - Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent! Certification classes are free. Please call Joanna Fisher Champagne at Lee County Youth Development Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program. (334) 749-2996, Ext. 311 You can make an eternal difference in a child’s life!

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

Breast Feeding class meets the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon on EAMC’s third floor. Call 528-1260 to register. Caregiver Support Group Caring for a family member or friends can be rewarding, but it’s not easy. Whether you are the caregiver for your parents, spouse or a dependent child, this group is for you! Learn ways to cope with every day stresses of caring for someone you love. Gain tools and resources to help you on your journey. This program is supported by the Opelika Sportsplex, Lee-Russell Agency on Aging and HomeInstead Senior Care. This group is open to the public. Meets the last Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at Opelika Sportsplex AAC. Instructors are: Valeri White (Sportsplex), Bridgette Sager (Home Instead Senior Care), Lisa Askew (Lee-Russell Council of Gov). Food Allergy Support of East Alabama The Food Allergy Support of East Alabama group offers support through the sharing of information and resources. We are also working to increase awareness of food allergies in the state of Alabama. For more information, visit our website at www. or call Barbara at 334826-3082; GRACE - Post-Abortive Support Group Are you struggling with feelings of regret or sadness from having a pregnancy termination in your past? Do you feel like you can’t share these struggles with anyone? Would you like to find healing and forgiveness? You are not alone. Women’s Hope Medical Clinic wants to help you! You are invited to take part in our GRACE abortion recovery group. This confidential group gives you the opportunity to process the grief of your termination in a safe and non-judgmental setting. If you would like more

Parent Support Group - Autism Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy meets the 1st Monday (unless national holiday), 9:00-11:00 a.m. and the next evening (Tuesday) from 6-7:30 p.m. Visit for complete information. Email or call 334-740-0716. Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama Single Moms Outreach of East Alabama offers 2nd Saturdays, group classes, and more. Contact Penny Messer at 334-444-6827. Email smoea@bellsouth. net. Website or find us on facebook.

Auburn MOPS 1st Wednesday of each month, September-May. 9–11:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, Opelika. Meetings open to moms with preschool children ages 5 years and under. $5 per meeting; childcare $5 per child. $25 yearly membership dues. Weekly playdates, monthly moms night out, resources, and more. www.facebook. com/AuburnOpelikaMOPS;

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.

Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 800 2nd Avenue, Opelika.

Plaza, 323 Airport Road Suite E, Auburn. For more information call LLL of Auburn/Opelika, Leader, Josie Ettinger (h)334-257-3950 or (c)334-740-8780. Lee County Department of Human Resources Now recruiting foster/adoptive families. To learn more about fostering and adoption please call our office at 334-737-1100. Please join us in this endeavor to help our foster children. Lee County Parents of Chinese Children helps children understand, see and grow up with other families that look like their family (white parents/ Asian child). The group is 100% free! We try to eat out at Asian establishments monthly and have playdates. Families that are waiting to adopt are welcome! We accept any families with adopted children from all Asian countries. Contact Melody at for more information. Miracle League To volunteer or for more information, www. or MOMS Club of Auburn, a group of stay-at-home moms that meets about twice a week to provide support for each other and fun interaction for kids. New website is MOPS of Auburn We meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at Auburn United Methodist Church from 9:30 - 11:30. Childcare is provided, although we ask that you make reservations if possible. Meetings are open to mothers with children ages 5 and under. www. mopsofauburn@gmail. com. Opelika-Auburn Newcomers Club A club for new women in town which offers fun social activities, meets for lunch on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Call Joan at 501-4974. Parent Educational Workshop - Autism Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy. 2nd


Trinity UMC (Opelika) Mom’s Morning Out Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45–12. $15 per child, $5 each additional. Trinity United Methodist Church.

Sports Auburn Men’s Basketball Nov. 2, 10, 24. Dec. 3, 6, 9. Auburn Woman’s Basketball Nov. 16, 19, 29. Dec. 9. Auburn University Volleyball Oct. 18. Nov. 1, 9, 12, 19. Auburn University Football Nov. 11, 18, 25. Auburn University Equestrian Oct. 21. Nov. 10. Auburn University Soccer Oct. 22. Auburn University Swimming & Diving Dec. 1, 2, 3.

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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My Little Pony

Happy Death Day

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated My Little Pony: The Movie PG for mild action. Our hero is Princess Twilight Sparkle. Tasked with planning the kingdom’s all important Festival of Friendship, she is understandably stressed out. In this land of energetic ponies, there’s apparently nothing to pass the time besides impromptu musical numbers and snacking on a wide selection of baked goods. No wonder her peers are brimming with excitement; it’s about time someone broke up the monotony. With her reputation riding on this, Twilight comes close to panic over the event. Fortunately, her loyal friends have her back. But as preparations for the big day continue, the happy herd is delivered a rude awakening. An airship descends out of nowhere and an army is deposited in their peaceful city. From thence, the tireless team embark on a quest to find help in throwing off their oppressors. While the team may be tireless, the audience isn’t. As our protagonists journey across deserts, oceans and mountains, acquiring new friends through the charm of lengthy song and dance numbers, the tedium is only punctuated by the occasional pun. More concerning for families are the frightening bad guys and their minions who lock helpless citizens in cages and force them to pull heavy loads like... well, ponies. All the while, the main characters face perils of their own. This will only be troubling to the very youngest of viewers. For all its faults, the movie is full to bursting with moments of trust and friendship. Not half bad messages for kids to hear.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: D+ Sexual Content: C+ Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Happy Death Day PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity. She wakes up in a guy’s dorm room. She can’t recall how she got there. Pulling on her pants and sequined tank top, Tree (Jessica Rothe) says goodbye to Carter (Israel Broussard) -- although she can’t quite recall his name -- and makes a hasty retreat across campus. Today is Tree’s birthday, and the narcissistic young woman does her best to ensure the remainder of the day revolves around her. She heads out for the evening’s festivities, walking alone in the dark and wearing a skimpy white dress. It’s a moment that screams, “something bad is about to happen”. And it does. Murdered by a person dressed in black whose face is covered by a bizarre baby-face mask, Tree’s horrifying end is brief. Then in a moment she awakes, back in Carter’s room, and back at the start of her birthday. It seems this is a day she will live again, and again, and again. Her hope for escaping the daily grind lies in her ability to uncover the murderer’s identity. And the process of eliminating the suspects provides ample opportunities for Tree, and the audience, to relive her horrible demise over, and over, and over. Adding to the reasons to reconsider this film as a choice for teen viewing is Tree’s reputation for using her womanly ways to get what she wants from men, including a married professor. As well, a female is seen naked in public (partially seen from the rear). Also featured are infrequent profanities and crude anatomical terms.

Only the Brave


MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: BSexual Content: BProfanity: D Alcohol / Drug Use: CThe MPAA has rated Only the Brave PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug. During June of 2013 a lightning strike started a wildfire. With winds whipping the flames toward the community of Yarnell, Arizona, various fire crews were called upon to bring it under control and to protect civilians. One of these was the Granite Mountain Hotshots. This elite group of firefighters held the unique certification of hotshots, meaning these men and women are trained to meet demanding physical standards and to undertake complex fire mitigation methods. Even though they worked within the fire department of the City of Prescott, Arizona, they are considered an “interagency” resource, and could be called to serve anywhere in the US. Only The Brave takes a great deal of time introducing many of the twenty members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on a personal basis. Being a memorial film (yes, this is a true story with a very tragic ending), this approach is not only appropriate but also provides an effective dramatic backdrop. An exceptional film that uses its long running time effectively, Only the Brave also unleashes a torrent of profanities in what seems to be an attempt to convince us the men we see on the screen are the real deal. Although it would be unrealistic to believe their language wouldn’t include a variety of four-letter words, the generous peppering of profanity and sexual remarks may cause parents to rethink this title for family viewing -- and that’s unfortunate.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated Geostorm PG13 for destruction, action and violence. In the year 2019, Earth’s increasingly extreme weather conditions reach such a severe state that the leaders of the world are forced to come together to find a solution. Using the best scientific minds available, a large network of satellites is created to control the environment. The miraculous machine is a collaboration of 17 countries and managed from the International Space Station. But the US leads the effort and an American named Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) heads up the team of experts. Instead of willingly transferring The Dutchman over to a multi-national council, it appears the US Senate wants to stay in charge of the device. Fast forward two years and 49 weeks. With 21 days left before the US hands over their administration of The Dutchman, a malfunction occurs. Worried about passing on damaged goods, the US President (Andy Garcia) gives the problem to the Secretary of State (Ed Harris), who enlists Max, who in turn recruits Jake to give the complex system a check-up and cure whatever is ailing it. Yet once onboard the Space Station he stumbles into something more suspicious than a mechanical failure. Meanwhile Max untangles some Washington red tape that appears to be covering up a sinister plot. And at the same time, various freak weather incidents are killing unsuspecting civilians. Parents should be aware that this may be too much for young children. All in all, Geostorm offers everything a disaster film is supposed to.

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It's that time of the year...the Holiday Happenings Guide is in this issue!

Auburn Opelika Parents November 2017  

It's that time of the year...the Holiday Happenings Guide is in this issue!