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Volume 13 Number 6

Columns 4 Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

Therapeutic Parenting Why trust moves at the speed of relationship with your kids.

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Go a Little Rogue for Thanksgiving

Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Ideas to make it more gratifying.



12 Kids Health Watch sponsored by Magnolia Springs Pediatrics

38 Parenting, Media & Everything in Between Common Sense Media

How to Show Support for Local Businesses Creative ways to “shop” local.

Our guide shares what’s going on around town and nearby to fill the holidays with joy and memories!

60 Dave Says Dave Ramsey

Departments On The Cover Lizzie Jewel Noble (9), daughter of Shannon and Jon Noble and little sister to Shelby and Jon Wesley. Lizzie loves to dance and create daily. She keeps her older Sissy and Bubs coming home and is everyone’s biggest fan!



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School Bits 54

Movie Reviews


Book Reviews


Publisher’sNote The Eastern Shore’s Foremost Parenting Source

As I have mentioned in years past, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is the one holiday a year that my parents, my family, my brothers and their families all get to spend together. As our families have expanded, we have had to be a bit flexible with this special day. Some years we spend the time together on Thanksgiving Day eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and some years we take a more laid back approach with BBQ and bowling. Who knew that our radical flexibility with the holiday would be preparing us for Thanksgiving 2020?! Maybe this year we will have a picnic outside, or maybe it will be a family game night over Zoom. Who knows? One thing I do know... whatever we do it will be full of laughs and great family time. What does your Thanksgiving look like? Are you looking at new options this year? Whether you are looking at alternatives to your traditional Thanksgiving due to the pandemic and travel limitations, or the kids just won’t eat cranberries and dressing, flip to page 36 where Christa Melnyk Hines gives us some inspiration for changing things up in, Go a Little Rogue for a More Gratifying Thanksgiving. A big Thanksgiving tradition for many families is shopping on the days following. So much so that I have friends who spend weeks planning their shopping strategy. It is so festive getting out and hearing the holiday music and seeing all the decorations. While I am not really a Black Friday shopper, I do love the ambiance of strolling local shops. Not only are they are much less crowded, they tend to have wonderful holiday charm. As you start to plan your holiday list and shopping trips, I urge you to shop your local small businesses as much as possible. We have seen up close and personal how much the pandemic and Hurricane Sally have affected our area shops, and many are counting on the local support this holiday. As I have worked with and watched many of these businesses over the last several months, it is incredibly impressive how resourceful these resilient shop owners have become. Many who did not offer online shopping before now do, along with curbside pickup, and even gift wrapping! How awesome is that! Prefer to shop in person? Then you will love the personalized attention and unique gift items local shops offer. It is a win/win for everyone! Looking for more ways you can support your local businesses? Check out page 40 where Janeen Lewis expands on how we can show our appreciation in her feature, How to Show Support for Small Businesses this Holiday Season. As you are making your holiday plans, make sure you check out our annual Holiday Happenings event listing on page 44. In the guide, you will find ideas for outdoor activities like a Christmas tree farm and tree lightings, along with many other events, and even including virtual activities. As a reminder, please check with the venue before attending any event, as things may change from day to day due to the current circumstances. Most importantly, just remember to take the appropriate precautions to keep you, your family and your community safe. While the holidays may looks a little different this year, take some time to focus on your blessings and enjoy this beautiful season. Happy Thanksgiving!

Publisher Lynn Knighton lynn@easternshoreparents.com Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@easternshoreparents.com Associate Editor Kelly Watson Research Editor Christa Weinberg Contributing Writers Christa Melnyk Hines Janeen Lewis Sarah Lyons Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP Dave Ramsey Robert L. Rux, M.D. Gerry Paige Smith

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TherapeuticParenting by Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Trust Moves at the Speed of Relationship As a mother of many, I certainly do love it when the words, “Yes, Ma’am” come out of the mouths of my children. When they were young, that first time obedience, and their willingness to signal and show respect to me and to the entirety of the family, was important. And that is certainly still true. However, as they are now grown or nearly grown, I have realized that there are a handful of words that mean even more to me than “Ma’am?” followed by their immediate compliance. I was standing in the kitchen last week, cooking yet another casserole to feed a crowd, when one of them walked in and said, “I was thinking about what you said the other day…” And that was the moment. I put down the stirring spoon, turned around, looked him full in the face and let the impact of those words wash between us. “I was thinking about what you said…” That’s big. That’s powerful. And that’s exactly what we want to strive for as we seek to love, lead, guide, disciple, discipline and teach our children. In between the parental lectures on cleanliness and not driving above the

speed limit, in the midst of the day to day battles of chores and homework, we want the underlying current of our presence to have a lasting impact. Clearly we want our astute wisdom to begin to sink in and start to take root; we want them to “… think about what we said,” but it’s so much bigger than a “Go to your room and think about what I said” moment. It’s more foundational than that. It’s systemic, but above all else, it is relational. And I think that is where we miss the mark sometimes. We argue, we yell and we punish in the name of us being “right”, and often at the cost of the relationship. Should we discipline? Yes. Should we teach and train their hearts? Yes. Should we continually seek to point them in the way they should go? Absolutely, yes. But it is the way we do it that will either destroy the relationship or strengthen it. Because at the end of the day our kids have to trust us enough to understand that we are actually in their corner. It simply must be understood that trust moves at the speed of relationship.


Trust doesn’t move ahead, nor does it lag behind the relationship. They are one. They are concurrent and congruent with one another. Trust in friendship is essential. Trust in marriage is essential. Trust in parenting… yep, you guessed it – also essential. When our kids can get to the point wherein they trust that we are really for them, we can know we also have a healthy relationship, and so much good can come from that. It is through relationship that we get that obedience, it is through relationship that we get compliance, it is through relationship that we can share in the joys and sorrows of life together, both now and when they are 23, and 33 and 47. So hang in there, and remember that in the midst of all of the encouraging and correcting you will do today – they are actually listening. Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to mitigate negative behaviors. She is the Director of Central Alabama for Lifeline Children’s Services and is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of which were internationally adopted and she is a foster parent.

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Original Oyster House Honors Military with a Free Meal on Veteran’s Day

The Original Oyster House restaurants will serve a free lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 11 AM to close at the Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway locations. Please show your military ID or wear your uniform so we can salute you in person and thank you for your sacrifice. “We want to thank all military personnel who served our country and who sacrifice so much in protecting our freedom. One way we can honor them is by providing a Gulf Coast seafood meal on Veteran’s Day. We also pay tribute to our service men and women with Military Mondays, providing military a 10% discount every Monday,” said Jim Harrison, general manager of the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Gulf Shores Parkway on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. www.originaloysterhouse.com

Turkey Trot for Hope 2020

Rapahope would like to invite you to join us in the area’s largest Thanksgiving Day tradition – Turkey Trot for Hope. Held at Battleship Memorial Park on November 26, the 5K and fun run ‘Gobble Wobble’ have quickly become a festive way to start the holiday season. In our 11th annual race, Turkey Trot is projected to have more than 1,700 racers, including virtual runners. You don’t want to miss out! We have in-person and virtual registration options. For more information, please visit raceroster.com/ events/2020/32789/turkey-trot-for-hope.

Children’s of Alabama’s Boots & BBQ Barn Bash

Children’s of Alabama’s Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off Sunday, November 15, 2020 to benefit the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music and dinner provided by Moe’s Original BBQ at O’Daly’s Irish Pub located at 562 Dauphin Street. Festivities start at 5:00 PM, with live music from Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats. Guests will enjoy live music and join us for award-winning barbecue and sides for dinner and are encouraged to wear their best pair of cowboy boots and come out to support a great cause for local children suffering from autoimmune disorders. http://give.childrensal.org/barnbash

4th Annual Wine & Wishes

Join us at our 4th annual Wine & Wishes benefiting Make A Wish Alabama on December 3! Our goal this year is to grant the wishes of 2 local wish kids with critical illnesses. Tickets will include gourmet heavy hors-d'oeuvres, an amazing open wine and beer bar, and live music to dance to all night long! Be prepared for another shot at our wine wall that has been a sellout every year! We will be taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including electronic bidding from your mobile devices. Many of the Make-A-Wish Alabama fundraisers had to be cancelled this year losing funds for wishes. Let's get out of quarantine to celebrate these brave kids and help support their wishes coming true! Wine and Wishes will be held at Ezell House Corporation at 407 Conti Street, Mobile, from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-wishes-2020-tickets-121729330705 for tickets and contact Laurel Flowers for partnership opportunities at Laurel@SFAgentFlowers.com.

Iron Bowl Legends Benefit Gala

Palmer Williams Group is hosting their fourth annual benefit gala on November 23, 2020, at the Battlehouse Hotel in Mobile. You will have the opportunity to meet and greet former Iron Bowl players from both Alabama and Auburn Universities such as Antonio Langham, John Copeland, Derrick Lassic, David Palmer, Sherman Williams and many more from Alabama and some tigers like Willie Anderson, Robert Johnson, Stephen Davis, Brent Fullwood, Gerald Donaldson, Angelo Wheeler and many others. During the event there will be a live auction performed by the former Legends and silent auction available throughout the event. A full course dinner will be served with a chance to hear encouraging words from a former NFL Iron Bowl Legend as the Keynote Speaker and cash bar is stocked with your favorite beverages. The funds raised will go towards our continuous efforts to offer free youth development programs such as LifeSync Academy life skills, financial literacy clinics and athletic youth camps. The funds also help supplement the costs of our organized youth baseball, basketball, football and soccer teams. To purchase tickets, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-bowl-legends-benefit-gala-tickets-115993978111. Eastern Shore Parents I November 2020




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Virtual Chocolate Affair

The Family Promise of Baldwin County's Virtual Chocolate Affair will be December 10 at 7pm. There is a free registration with options to make donations in lieu of purchasing tickets. Exciting special guests will be joining in on the virtual event including Phil Stacey, an American Idol contestant who is a huge supporter or Family Promise.You will also have a chance to win a $5000 grand prize with our raffle. Please go to https://www.familypromisebaldwinal.org/events to learn more and register.

Point Clear Rotary Delivers Boxed Lunches to Bay Minette

Even though their area was also hardhit by Hurricane Sally, Point Clear Rotary Club delivered more than 300 hot meals to the City of Bay Minette. The boxed meals were distributed to the community in quick fashion at Bay Minette City Hall. We want to thank the Point Clear Rotary Club for their generous support of their neighbors to the north! We appreciate you! #neighborhelpingneighbor #baldwincountycares

Little Miss Honeybee Pageant

The Little Miss Honeybee Pageant was a huge success this year, raising nearly 9000 food items along with securing 2 scholarships for local seniors. Special thanks to Mayor Murphy and the city of Robertsdale for sponsorship. We would also like to thank Hub City florist for all the beautiful flowers. We delivered to 22 schools throughout Baldwin County. This year's winners include Triple title winner from J. L. Newton Elementary: 2020 Little Miss HoneyBee & Little Miss Charity along with Most Photogenic, Brenna Schmierer. 2020 Young Miss HoneyBee is Jorja Carrino from Gulf Shores Middle. Queens Court: Julianna Pfeiffer (Robertsdale Elementary), Eleanor McCoy (Orange Beach), Kinley Hermecz (Mathews), Khloe Doffee (Foley), Adalyn Lyles (Elsanor). Extra titles awarded: Prettiest Hair Jullianna Pfeiffer; Prettiest Eyes Emme Kate Lynn; Prettiest Smile Marley Powell; Prettiest Decorated Number Khloe Doffee; Miss Congeniality Lucy Stejskal; Prettiest dress Eleanor MCCoy. Pictured is Little Miss & Young Miss HoneyBee.


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11th Annual Turkey Take-Out Seeks Donations and Volunteers

Foley Elementary School, along with area churches and organizations, is stepping up to help those in need in the Foley area. The Eleventh Annual Turkey Take-Out is gearing up to feed an estimated 1400 people again this year, many of whom are the families of students at Foley Elementary School and the Foley feeder schools such as Magnolia Springs and Swift School, as well as Summerdale, Gulf Shores, and the Rosinton areas. COVID-19 has caused a lot of things to be cancelled, but Turkey Take-Out will not be one of them. Turkey Take-Out is a partnership of community churches, organizations, and Foley Elementary School that began after local pastoral leaders and active community citizens learned of the severe need of many of the school’s students. “With over seventy percent of the school’s population at poverty level or below and over 100 students labeled as ‘homeless’, we couldn’t look the other way and do nothing to help,” said Ginny Barnas, owner of Island Air, Inc. and one of the organizers of Turkey Take-Out. Turkey Take-Out was established to provide families with a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day as well as non-perishable food items to fill the pantries of those in need. Last year, Turkey Take-Out fed over 285 families on Thanksgiving Day and collected non-perishable food to deliver to these families as well. The Thanksgiving meal of turkey, dressing, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie was prepared, packaged and delivered with the help of more than 300 volunteers over two days. The Hangout, The City of Foley, Columbia Southern University, Fortis College, Anchor Point Church, Oyster Bay Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, City Hope Church of Foley, Liberty Church of Foley, Wal-Mart, Mellow Mushroom, Foosackly’s, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Dade Paper, and area schools are just a few of the area organizations and businesses that provided much needed donations of turkeys, canned foods, monetary donations, tea for delivery to families and coffee, breakfast and lunch for volunteers. Proceeds from a fishing tournament held by Graham Creek Estates and donations made by many generous donors provided the financial ability to purchase the food that was cooked and delivered. Turkey Take-Out is calling on everyone to collect non-perishable food items and deliver to the following locations: Foley Elementary School and Anchor Point Church. Churches or other organizations can also collect the food items to be delivered to Anchor Point Church by Friday, November 20, 2020. Turkey Take-Out is in need of donations to buy the food for the Thanksgiving meals. A donation of $40 will feed a family of four. Donations can be made directly to Anchor Point Church. Also, volunteers are still needed for the gathering of food, organization of non-perishable foods, packaging and delivery. Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer can go to the Turkey Take-Out website at www.turkeytakeout.com.


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Fall and Christmas Events at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Fall is the perfect time to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home. We’ve got an exciting lineup of events on tap! Here are details: Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, Nov. 1-30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily: Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 57th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season. The Gardens and Home will be festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border, in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. Beginning Nov. 1, the “Mum Watch” page on bellingrath.org will feature daily updates of the blooms. Christmas Masquerade Gala: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Magic Christmas in Lights at the Christmas Masquerade Gala on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 9 PM. This elegant evening is a preview of the 2020 season of Magic Christmas in Lights, and a brand-new scene created for the 25th anniversary will be “unmasked” at the event. The Gala will take place outdoors on Live Oak Plaza and will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is encouraged! The Gala is a fundraiser for the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation. Tickets must be purchased in advance; order from bellingrath.org, or call 251-459-8986. Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2020: It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s right here in south Alabama! The 25th Anniversary Season of Magic Christmas in Lights features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. The Southeast Tourism Society selected Magic Christmas in Lights as a Top 20 Festival & Event winner for November 2020. Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 27, and the show continues nightly from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine, through Dec. 31, 2020 (closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days). Purchase tickets on bellingrath.org, or at the door.




Sponsored by Magnolia Springs Pediatrics

Routines Set Expectations Through this wild year of 2020, we have all seen and experienced some crazy things. Of course, Covid-19 affects so many areas of our normal world. But let’s not forget to throw in hurricanes, murder hornets and wild fires to help balance things out. So, as many of you have experienced, things have been turned upside down in terms of work, school and our everyday activities. My question is, how can we keep our children on the right path so when things settle down, we can get back to our regularly scheduled lives? One way is we can try to continue our normal routines the best we can. But this is different for every age milestone. As infants and toddlers routines are an excellent way to help them feel safe and secure in their environment. In addition, it helps set expectations and helps them learn appropriate social transition cues and therefore reduce issues like tantrums and other challenging behaviors. Finally

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routines can be used as teachable moments for younger kids. For example washing your hands every time you use the bathroom and brushing your teeth everyday are practical routines that can help the kids stay healthy. Routine is also critical for older children and teenagers. Once they learn about the previously mentioned attributes of a routine, now it’s time to help learn about routines for school preparedness and ultimately life preparedness. Little things like making lunches and laying out clothes the night before can reduce the number of activities that need to be done before a child leaves for school. And during school, kids can learn the routines of their class schedule as well as the expectations for each class so that they can not only stay organized, but be successful in each and every class. As our kids get older, they get involved in more and more extra-curricular activities, so routines become even more important. This allows them to be


successful not only in school, but whatever activity they choose to pursue. Specifically routines are used by almost all professional sports players in a lot of specific activities. Watch an NBA star shoot free throws— they do the same thing every time so the free throw is just habit and more often than not it goes in! Finally, evening routines are critical for kids, but even more for teenagers. I know that evenings can be busy with sports and activities, but trying to be consistent with meal times and bed times without TV and phones can lead to more consistent sleep and therefore a better day tomorrow. I know how I feel if I don’t get a good night’s sleep, so imagine how your child does! If need be, there are a lot of online resources through AAP.org that can be useful for you and your family.

Robert L. Rux, M.D. is a Board Certified Pediatrician at Magnolia Springs Pediatrics. Originally from Mobile, he attended medical school at The University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB) and completed residency at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama (UAB). He is married to Jaime and has three children, Adler, Walker and Mary McAtee.


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Spanish Fort HS 9/11 Projects

Mrs. Eudy’s history classes at Spanish Fort High School created projects of videos, songs, poems, essays, posters and paintings, expressing their knowledge and feelings of 9/11. Since they were not born yet they had to research, learn, and interview about the event and how it affected the people and the USA.

Students Use Engineering Process at Loxley Elementary

Mrs. Holliman’s class at Loxley Elementary School has been learning about early explorers. They completed a research project where they used the engineering process to build a boat that would allow their explorers to cross the ocean without sinking!


Fairhope HS Football Players Volunteer as Referees

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Members of the Fairhope High School Football Players volunteered to referee the Fairhope Youth Football flag football games this year.

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Belforest Elementary Clubs

3rd and 4th Grade Clubs kicked off at Belforest Elementary! Woodworking! Creative Writing! Spirit! Gaming! Think about how clubs fit into our paradigm beliefs of the Paradigm of Education and Paradigm of Potential! We can’t even imagine where clubs will take us in the future.

Learning the Letter S at Foley Elementary


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Mrs. Kinkead's class from Foley Elementary School read "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" and we made a scarecrow for the letter Ss.

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SRO Officer Teaches FMS Students About Keeping it Real

Fairhope Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Fairhope Middle School's SRO Officer Bishop was able, despite a global pandemic, droughts, fires, floods, and hurricanes, to begin teaching FMS 7th graders "Keeping It Real" which is part of DARE. He worked with the Fairhope Middle School staff and we made it happen. "I look forward to spending time in the classroom with our students every year. I am so glad that we were able to work together and find the time to teach this year! Go Pirates!"

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Baldwin County Virtual School Sight Word Challenge

Mrs. Simmons's first graders at Baldwin County Virtual School have accepted the SIGHT WORD CHALLENGE! Her first two students memorized at least 100, and even 200 sight words. When each student memorizes 100 sight words, Mrs. Simmons will get a PIE IN THE FACE! Keep learning those words!

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Mock Interviews at Baldwin County HS

Students who are enrolled in Mr. Brian Metz Sports Medicine Intermediate course, at Baldwin County High School, participated in mock interviews which was facilitated by Ms. Kellie Isbell. As a career coach, Ms. Isbell instructed the students how to conduct themselves properly during the interview and told them how to properly answer questions they could possibly be asked. Ms. Isbell asked community representatives to help with the mock interview process. One of the interviews was conducted as a zoom meeting with Synovus. The students appreciated this opportunity to experience a mock panel interview. 15



Autauga County Schools Renaissance Helps with Hurricane Cleanup

Daphne East Rounding Battles

Daphne East Elementary students have fun enhancing their skills in "Rounding Battles".

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore assists in post Hurricane Sally community clean up.

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North Baldwin Center for Technology

North Baldwin Center for Technology in Bay Minette is educating the future work force. Here, NBTech Construction students are prepping materials for projects, working with power tools, and practicing employability skills. The school serves students from Baldwin County High, Spanish Fort and Daphne High schools. To learn more about the programs offered, visit www.bcbe.org/nbct.


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W.J. Carroll Distinguished Principal

Congratulations to W.J. Carroll Intermediate School Principal Mrs. Dana Bottoms who was selected as the 2020 District Distinguished Principal through the AAESA professional organization. This award is given to a principal that has been at his/her designated school for at least 5 years, "demonstrates strong commitment to principalship by active membership in professional organizations, actively participates in community activities, gives evidence of outstanding leadership skills that benefit a local school program.â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Bottoms was unable to receive her award in the spring due to the pandemic.

J. Larry Newton Distinguished Principal

Congratulations to J. Larry Newton school Principal Mrs. Patrice Wolfe who has been selected as the 2021 District Distinguished Principal through the AAESA professional organization! This award is given to a principal that has been at his/her designated school for at least 5 years, "demonstrates strong commitment to principalship by active membership in professional organizations, actively participates in community activities, gives evidence of outstanding leadership skills that benefit a local school program.â&#x20AC;?

CBMS Student Makes All-Tournament Team

Congratulations to Reef Sommer from Central Baldwin Middle School for making the 2020 BCMSAA 2A Volleyball All-Tournament team!



Fairhope West Counselors Receive RAVE Award

The Fairhope West Counseling Dream Team has done it again! Dianna Wolchina and Kate Wellborn have received the Gold Level RAVE award from the Alabama School Counselor Association. RAVE stands for Recognition of Accountability, Verification and Excellence in School Counseling. To earn the RAVE award, school counseling programs must demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to implementing an outcome-based, datadriven program. Receiving “GOLD” status is the culmination of a three-year process in which they first had to qualify for bronze and silver status.

Autauga County Schools

Studying Coordinates at Orange Beach Elementary

Orange Beach Elementary School 3rd Grade Leaders learn about the units that represent the coordinates and the geographic coordinate system on the surface of the Earth. Introducing Mr. Latitude and Mrs. Longitude!

Episcopal School Week at St. James


Students at St. James Episcopal School celebrated Episcopal Schools' Week October 5-9. Pictured are our first graders.


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Daphne HS Student Scores Perfect Score on ACT

A big congratulations to Evan Ren, IB Senior at Daphne High School who scored a PERFECT 36 on the ACT! We are incredibly proud of Evanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work and dedication to his studies and our school community.

Swift Students Recognized for Handwriting Skills

Two Swift Consolidated Elementary students were recognized by Zaner-Bloser, a national literacy publisher, as STATE grade level winners for their beautiful handwriting skills!

Silverhill STEM Lesson

Silverhill Elementary School 5th Grade Project Jubilee students participated in a fun STEM lesson tinkering with Makey Makey kits. The students tested different items to see if they were conductive. 19


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Apples at Pine Grove Elementary

St. Michael Volleyball Team Finishes First

The Pine Grove Elementary kinders enjoyed learning about Johnny Appleseed and apples recently! We read stories, crafted, graphed, taste tested, and more! Thank you to all the parents who sweetly sent apples for these fun activities!

Congratulations to the St. Michael Varsity Volleyball team for finishing first in the AHSAA 4A, Area 01 regular season and area tournament. We are proud of our Lady Cardinals!

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Bayshore Christian Medieval Times

4th grade students learn all about Medieval Times at Bayshore Christian School. Students start Monk Day with a vow of silence, serving, praying, and dedicating the day to God.

BMES School Greeters

Bay Minette Elementary School had some special visitors to campus who served as morning greeters. Members of the BCHS football team and Tigerettes dance squad welcomed students as they arrived for school. This annual tradition is always an exciting part of the school year for both high schoolers and their elementary counterparts. #GoBC #OnceATiger

Florence B. Mathis Elementary School Scavenger Hunt

Ms. Dearbornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd grade class at Florence B. Mathis Elementary went on a scavenger hunt in science to practice their vocabulary words.



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Bayshore Christian Teacher Receives Outstanding Educator Award

Our very own Upper School teacher, Mrs. Danielle Dillinschneider, has just received the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award! The Outstanding Educator Award shapes young minds in meaningful ways— thoughtfully approaching instruction, sharing an infectious love for learning, and caring for students both inside and outside of the classroom. The University of Chicago is honored to recognize excellence in teaching and sincerely congratulates this year’s Outstanding Educator Award winners, who are exceptional in their field and role models for all students. We thank them for going above and beyond the call of duty every day and leaving an impression that will be carried over a lifetime. We are so proud of you Danielle!

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Spanish Fort Middle School Volleyball Team Wins Championship Congratulations to the Spanish Fort Middle School Lady Toro Volleyball Team on winning the Baldwin County Volleyball Championship! These girls have worked so hard overcoming obstacles this season. We are proud of their hard work and constant leadership. Thank you Coach Jones for your excellent coaching and efforts to make Spanish Fort Middle School nothing but the best!

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Congratulations to our Spanish Fort Middle School Cross Country teams for finishing their season in the Baldwin County Cross Country Championship. Our girls placed 1st, winning the tournament and our boys placed 4th in the 2A division. This is another group of students who have worked hard enduring many setbacks due to a global pandemic and hurricane.


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Students in Glen Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welding class at North Baldwin Center for Technology in Bay Minette are learning how to lay down welds on tee joints. These students are on track and getting ready for the world of work. The competency-based welding program trains the student in the safe and correct procedures used in shielded metal-arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding, MIG and TIG welding, and arc and plasma cutting. Course content also includes the safe use and care of hand and power equipment found in welding and fabrication shops. Some of the equipment includes overhead cranes, grinders, power saws, ironworker, cold saws and drill presses. Free Dual Enrollment offered through CACC for students who qualify. To learn more about this class, or other programs offered, visit www.bcbe.org/nbct.



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Fairhope West Elementary students shared their Hurricane Sally stories by writing comic strips and Haikus. They painted abstract faces using watercolors to represent their emotional journey through the storm and recovery efforts. We are so glad to be back!

NBCT Students Receive Work Shirts North Baldwin Center for Technology automotive students are one step closer to a complete simulated workplace environment. Check out their new professional work shirts!

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In STEAM lab Fairhope East Elementary students learned about bones, length, and capacity with engineered bone bridges.



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At Foley Elementary School we have an amazing resource room! It is full of math and reading resources for teachers and parents! Mrs. Doffee's class recently used phonic games during their word work centers in reading!


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Between the Masses discover catholic schools Sunday, November 15 9:00 - 11:00 AM CTK Immaculata Center, Main Street

Going Gold for Childhood Cancer


Tenley, student at J. Larry Newton Elementary School fights like a champ and is going gold for childhood cancer!



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Bayshore Christian Fairy Tale Day

Bayshore’s Kindergarten Fairy Tale Day is a great classical education beginning. Students take their first steps in memorization, recitation and delivery before a live audience of people they know and love.


Fairhope HS Counselors Receive RAVE Award


Congratulations to Fairhope High School counselors for receiving the Gold Level RAVE award from the Alabama School Counselor Association. RAVE stands for Recognition of Accountability, Verification and Excellence in School Counseling. To earn the RAVE award, school counseling programs must demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to implementing an outcomebased, data-driven program. Receiving “GOLD” status is the culmination of a three-year process in which they first had to qualify for bronze and silver status. Pictured from left: Nicole White - 9th grade counselor, Treavie Ainsworth - 10th grade counselor, Cammie Adams - 11th grade counselor, and Doris Brewton - 12th grade counselor.

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Foley Elementary Assistant Principal Receives Award

Congratulations to Angie Beard, Assistant Principal at Foley Elementary for being named CLAS Assistant Principal of the Year! BaldwinProud!

Daphne Elementary Distinguished Assistant Principal

Congratulations to the 2020 District Distinguished Assistant Principal, Benita Battle from Daphne Elementary School. Mrs. Battle was unable to receive her award in the spring due to the pandemic. Congratulations and thank you for going above and beyond for your students.

Fire Safety at Renaissance School

Belforest Fire Department visited Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore and teaches students about fire safety.



Fall Fun at Loxley Elementary

In Mrs. Weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class we've been learning about fall and how trees change from season to season. We created our own fall trees using watercolors and Q-tips.

Autauga County Schools Fire Safety at Foley Elementary

Special Thank You to the Foley Fire Department for taking the time to teach Foley Elementary kindergarten students about fire safety. We appreciate all you do for our school and community.

Bayside Academy Holds Homecoming Admirals Walk

Bayside Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lower and Intermediate School students cheered on the varsity Upper School athletes in a Homecoming Admiral Walk on Thursday, October 15. Students showed their Bayside spirit by dressing in the school colors: blue and green.

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Context Clues at Daphne East

Our 8th grade Leadership Team assembled the boxes to be filled with toys and gifts for the Box of Joy ministry. Box of Joy is an annual student outreach in October at CTKCS.

Third graders at Daphne East Elementary School were practicing con-TEXT-clues in Mrs. Hannah's class.

St. Michael Hosts Model UN Conference

Saturday, October 3, the St. Michael High School Model United Nations team hosted its second annual Cardinal Model UN (MUN) Conference, welcoming students from five schools and over 100 delegates. Since the first conference of 61 students in 2019, Cardinal MUN has grown to 103 students, making it one of the largest secondary school sponsored Model UN conferences in Alabama. This year, Cardinal MUN welcomed students from Christ the King School, McGill Toolen High School, St. Michael, St. Patrick, and Thompson High School, whose delegation traveled all

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Bayside Academy Kindergarten Students Explore the Bay

Bayside Academy kindergarten students expressed an interest in fish and fishing at the beginning of the year, so Mrs. Cicco’s class has been discussing jubilees. They have been researching this phenomenon that only occurs two places in the entire world! They are learning about creatures that have gills and how they work to remove oxygen from the water, and they even learned that water is made of H2O! On Wednesday, October 14, students were dressed in gold to celebrate Bayside’s golden anniversary (50 years!) and walked down to the bay where they observed shrimp and a crab before releasing them back into the bay.

Christ the King Catholic School King’s Supper

The King's Supper, an annual fundraising dinner for Christ the King, had a new look this year. A big thank you to Terry Quint and his crew, Clint Martin, Garry Andrews, Ben Coate, David Dirmeyer, Brian Kasch, Henry Hernandez, Nick Murphy, and our own librarian Emily Coate, for cooking up a great low country boil and to some of our Peer Helpers who helped us serve the to-go boxes on the evening of October 3 for TKS 2020 C-19/Sally version! 350 Dinners! We were so happy to be able to provide this delicious dinner for our community.


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STEAM in Action at Fairhope East

Miss Jenningsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; class at Fairhope East Elementary reviewed their understanding of solar energy by creating solar ovens to roast sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mores!

Ready, Set, Go Race Cars at Spanish Fort Middle!

Students collected data to calculate how fast the cars can go to learn about rate of change and slopes. Ask your Algebra I student how fast their car was!

PE Rotations at Orange Beach ES

OBES Kindergarten Leaders have a great day Sharpening the Saw in PE station rotations!



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Spanish Fort HS National Merit Semifinalists

Not one...Not two...Not three...but FIVE National Merit Semifinalists at Spanish Fort High School in 2020! Most in all of Mobile and Baldwin Counties and most in our schools history at one time! We are so incredibly proud of Bennett Booth, Katherine Clemmons, Hannah Richardson, Carolina Triboni and Richard Fang for being named National Merit Semifinalists. These young men and women have worked so hard and are so deserving of this honor! Best of luck to all five of them as they move on to the next level of competition and hope to become National Merit Finalists and Scholarship winners!

Renaissance School Picnic and Performance

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore enjoys a picnic and performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moana, Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;

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Firefighters Visit J. Larry Newton Students

Daphne Middle School Cross County Team Places 1st in County

Farley H., an 8th grader at Daphne Middle School, placed 4th in the County Race. Daphne Middle Boys Cross Country placed 1st in County. Congratulations to all!

Thank you to the Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department and Chief Chris Ellis. The Fairhope Fire Explorers visited J. Larry Newton Elementary School and taught students about safety and fire prevention. October is Fire Prevention Month, and we are proud to have these local heroes in our community. Eastern Shore Parents I November 2020



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Elberta HS Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2020 Elberta High School Homecoming Court! Seniors: AJ Gauci, Ansley Larson, Brady Krueger, Summer Rose, Hunter Alms, Alexis Fulford, Drew Ray, Meghan Carlson, Baylen Gleason, Jacy Warner. Juniors: McKenzie English, Camryn Martin, Trinity Brockwell. Sophomores: Rachel Askew, Kayleigh Jones, Bailey Tyler. Freshman: Morgan Kroll, Tyla Haines, Savannah Thrift.

Bayside Senior Named WEAR-TV’s Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Learning Multiplication at Fairhope West

Mrs. Cork’s 3rd grade students at Fairhope West collaborated on a digital breakout to practice their multiplication properties and facts. While working collaboratively on this STEAM activity, students had to practice perseverance and stamina but they were able to BREAKOUT together!

Bayside Academy senior John Coleman Bryars was named WEAR-TV’s Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Friday, October 16. JC is the president of Student Ambassadors, co-president of Key Club, treasurer of the SGA, and a member of the Honor Council. He was selected for both Governors School and Boys State, but unfortunately, both programs were cancelled due to COVID. Additionally, JC plays varsity football and is a member of the club lacrosse and wrestling teams.


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Corn Hole at CTKCS!

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St Michael National Merit Semifinalists St. Michael congratulates seniors Andrew Fouty and John Michael Davis, who were both named National Merit Semi-Finalists on the basis of the PSAT test they took last October. As semi-finalists, they are two of only 16,000 students chosen from across the country. The purpose of the National Merit Scholarship Program is to identify and honor talented U.S. high school students and encourage them to pursue rigorous college studies, to provide professional services for corporations and foundations wishing to sponsor scholarships, and to stimulate increased support for the education of scholastically able kids. Andrew is the son of doctors Christine and Brian Fouty and attended Christ the King school. John Michael is the son of Dianne and Brett Davis, having attended both St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Christ the King School.

Christ the King Catholic School students are enjoying the great weather and playing with our new corn hole games, a gift from our PTO.

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Science at Fairhope East

An Apple for the Teacher! Mrs. Luckie's students at Fairhope East Elementary studied apples and the apple tree life cycle. This fizzy apple volcano science experiment relies on the chemical reaction between an acid and a base. Baking soda — or sodium bicarbonate — is a mineral base. And vinegar — or acetic acid — is, well, as it says, an acid. When a base and an acid mix, you get a salt (sodium acetate), water and carbon dioxide. The fizziness comes from the quick release of the carbon dioxide as the chemical reaction is happening! Carbon dioxide causes the bubbles in the water that is created as the liquid vinegar dissolves the solid baking soda. And...fizz!

Fire Prevention Week in Spanish Fort Spanish Fort Fire Rescue delivered Fire prevention Week Packets to our local Elementary and Pre-K schools!

Renaissance School Welcomes Fall!

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore students welcome Fall!




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When we think of Thanksgiving, our thoughts naturally drift to traditional roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and family gatherings. But if the holiday feels more like a tired list of ho-hum obligations rather than an energizing way to revel in your blessings...

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Eat this, not that. “Thanksgiving is absolutely one of our favorite holidays, especially in terms of food,” says Caroline King, a mom of six children, ranging in age between four and 16. But, no one in the family really liked turkey all that much. “We spent years making the traditional feast, but always had a second or third ‘main side’ for the kids and that was just silly,” she says. King says her husband Rich does most of the cooking and decided one year to punt the turkey and try a roast pork tenderloin with chipotle wine sauce instead. “Everyone loved it—the adults and the kids. Now, it’s our go-to for Thanksgiving,” she says. Choose your own adventure. Jocelyn Chilvers says she and her husband Jim enjoy being spontaneous and creative with the holiday. “It also helps that we like all kinds of food and find no appeal in eating the same dishes year after year,” Chilvers says. With families more far-flung than ever, not everyone is able to get together with extended family for the holiday. That’s one reason the Chilvers’ family chooses to surround themselves with good friends instead. For more than ten years, they’ve invited friends and neighbors over for a “Turkey Fry Open House” in their backyard from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. “We set up a turkey fryer on our lawn or driveway, away from any structures, and use a piece of drywall—pro tip!— as a base to catch any spills,” Chilvers says. The couple sends out invitations about two to three weeks in advance and friends can select a time when they’d like to fry their turkey—or, in some cases, their chicken, game hen or duck. Many guests just show up to socialize and enjoy beverages and light appetizers— often bringing their own foods to share. “This varies from cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit in the morning to stuffed jalapeños and bruschetta in the afternoon,” Chilvers says. “It’s a very fluid event with folks coming and going throughout the day.” No bluffing, baby. Some friendly

competition in the form of board games and card games can bring generations of family members together. Anita Smith, a mom of two, says that she and her family like to play Texas Hold ‘Em each year after the big meal. Among the roughly 30 guests who attend the family’s annual Thanksgiving, around 10 like to circle around the card table to play a few hours of low stakes poker. “The big pot might be $3, but we act like it’s $500,” laughs Smith.

The conversation and camaraderie makes the game extra special. “It’s fun because it crosses all generations,” she says. “We have the 80-year-olds, those of us in our 40s, and the kids playing.” Smith’s sons Evan, 15 and Colin, 12, are the youngest players at the table. She says that the game offers a natural segue into conversations between the older family members and her children. “My kids get to know them, their personalities and stories from way back when.”

Fire up holiday spirit. Stacey Moorehead, a mom of six girls, says she and a group of families started the tradition of “Friendsgiving” five years ago on the day before Thanksgiving. The event is a fun way for the families to kick off the entire holiday season. The group gathers together with fall soups and foods, and the kids take part in a candy cane hunt. “Our many, many children all have a great time playing and running in our friends’ large backyard until the real show begins,” Moorehead says. The much anticipated “real show” is a fireworks event at a local lake. “We all load up, bundle up, pack hot chocolate and candy canes, and spend the evening watching fireworks,” Moorehead says. After that, the caravan drives through a holiday lights display set to festive music at a nearby campground. “What better way to start the holiday than with friends who truly are family!” she says. You rebel, you. Families change and

grow. Often what once worked well, no longer makes sense for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re sick of making candied yams every year that no one eats. Or you daydream of skipping the cooking and cleaning for a relaxing family vacation on the beach instead. “It seems that a lot of people live under unrealistic expectations, especially when it comes to holidays,” King says. “The focus needs to be on family celebrating what they are thankful for, not to be stressed out that the green beans aren’t up to snuff. Make food that makes you happy, make your own traditions. At the end of the day, you will remember the laughs and time spent together.” So go ahead and resist! Rather than running yourself into the ground chasing society’s prescribed picture-perfect holiday, create a meaningful Thanksgiving tailored just for your special crowd. ESP

Christa Melnyk Hines loves spending Thanksgiving at home with her family. One year, she tried quitting the cranberry sauce that slides out looking like the can, but her husband rebelled. Holiday rogues must choose their battles wisely.



Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance

Scavenger hunts: For younger kids, parents can guide the hunt by choosing something to find. For example, “Find something blue!” Or, “Find five of the same object!” Or, “Find three things that start with the letter B!” Older kids might want to jointly come up with a list of items and then race to find them first.

Whether you’re trying to keep your preschooler busy while you take a work call, give your tween someone else to discuss Minecraft with, or host a neighborly game night, these ideas -crowdsourced from just about every parent we know -- will come in handy.

Show-and-tell: This can work with a small group of kids so long as an adult can facilitate. Each kid takes a turn showing something from their home and talking about why it’s special. For an ongoing activity, the group can choose themes (something given as a gift, something that makes you laugh, etc.) to focus on each day.

Little kids/Big kids video-chat activities

Story time: Parents, teachers, or reading-age kids can read aloud to a group. Picture books work well for younger kids, but older kids can choose to read chapter books -- try one chapter a day.

Board games (Battleship, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Sorry): Works best with two to four players who all have the same physical game at their home. For most games, each player will need to move the other players’ pieces simultaneously.

Tweens/Teens video-chat activities Board games (Balderdash, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit): Works best with two to four players. Older kids can play more sophisticated games, and not all require every kid to have their own gameboard.

Charades: Either use the traditional rules, or just act goofy and ask friends to guess what you’re doing.


DIY crafts: Whatever your kid’s into -- knitting, decoupage, Legos -- they probably have a friend with a similar interest. They can do it together, or one can teach the other.

Legos/Beyblades/other toys: Any toy that occupies your kid for a while can be played with alongside a friend or family member on the screen.

Play Heads Up! Like charades, but even more fun, this free app can be downloaded by both parties. Then players hold their phone up to their forehead, and the others give clues to help them guess from categories like “Pop Culture” or “Animals.”

Marshmallow/toothpick structures: Look for building challenges using household materials online. If you don’t have marshmallows, try pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, construction paper, or cotton swabs. A few kids can print out the same challenge and then work on it simultaneously. They can cheer each other on, offer tips, or even race to see who finishes first.

Social games and apps: These console and online games include social elements that can be fun for kids to play together or with family members, either in the same home or not. Some include text or voice chat. Dig into the reviews to figure out what makes sense for your family. (Draw Something, Fortnite, Jackbox Party Packs, Mario Maker 2, Minecraft, Roblox, Words with Friends)

Parallel play: Little kids may just enjoy playing side by side with an occasional glance to see that a friend is still there. You and the other parent can set up webcams for your kids and see how it goes.

Write plays: For those who want to skip the shooting and editing involved in filmmaking, a playwriting session can be a great creative outlet. One person can write the script on paper while video-chatting with friends about ideas, or multiple people can collaborate on a shared document.

Playdough or clay: Take out all the clay and any cutting or shaping tools and get started. Works well as parallel play or with specific goals (“Let’s all make animals,” or “Let’s each make something and then guess what the other friends made”). Eastern Shore Parents I November 2020







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nesses have connected with customers since social distancing began in March. Here are some ways you can support the small businesses you love while doing your holiday shopping.

If a store is using social media and Face Time to give you a virtual tour, take advantage of that service. Call in or email your order to the store and then use curbside pick-up or delivery.

Buy from the Moms and Pops.

If you need something, think twice before you start clicking away at big box store websites. They will weather financial storms better than smaller shops. If you are staying home this holiday season, give business to small stores that you would visit during more normal times.

Reach out and request.

Want to do even more to support local small businesses? Call to find out ways you can give them your business during this unusual holiday season. Small business owners are getting creative, and they will probably be happy to share ways you can support them during this challenging time.

Show up big for Small Business Saturday.

Since 2010, the small business counterpart to Black Friday has been Small Business Saturday. It falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and gives customers a way to support small businesses in their neighborhoods while getting great deals on merchandise and services. This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 28, but if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dedicate your time to that day, discuss it with your family and make your own date to holiday shop from local, small businesses. Check in with your favorite businesses and see what deals they are extending past Small Business Saturday. Order merchandise online if the local store gets the sale. If you are limiting face-to-face shopping this year, buy online from your favorite small business. However, if the local store is part of a bigger chain, make sure the local proprietor gets the sale. If not, find another way to purchase items, such as curbside pick-up.

Take a virtual class.

Does your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite music instructor or sports coach offer virtual classes? Sign up for one now. Are there any virtual subscription services you can order that will support a small business? Try them out! Some business owners offer a discount if you buy several lessons in advance.

Leave a positive review.

If you purchase a product from a local small business and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing, leave a glowing review. If you get friendly, efficient customer service, talk it up on social media. People often make purchases because a trusted friend has recommended a business. Be that friend to small businesses this holiday season.

Contribute to Go Fund Me.

Take advantage of delivery.

Some small businesses have started Go Fund Me pages to help pay employees and stay afloat. Consider donating to one of these to keep your favorite small business operating through this challenging season.

Some local stores are taking orders and payment over the phone, and then delivering to your doorstep. This not only stops face-to-face contact, but gives you a break from physically shopping during a season that is normally hectic.

In the spring, many small business owners were blindsided by the challenges social distancing created for their businesses. In the spirit of the season, support them during the holidays so they can remain a vibrant part of your local neighborhood. ESP

Purchase gift cards for future use.

Purchasing gift cards is an easy way to support a small business. If there is a business that you frequent throughout the year, why not purchase more than you normally would for this season? It will give the business a boost, and save time for you later. Also, some businesses are able to send a gift card virtually to your email so there is no contact.

Janeen Lewis is a freelance journalist, teacher, and mom to Andrew and Gracie. She is a nationally published writer.



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Greater Gulf State Fair ad on page 1

@ The Grounds 1035 North Cody Road Mobile, AL 36608 The Fair offers fun and entertainment for the whole family! The safety and health of our patrons has ALWAYS been our main priority. We are making every effort to make sure this event is safe and FUN! info@mobilefair.com www.greatergulfstatefair.com

November 13-15

Junior League of Mobile Christmas Jubilee ad on page 10

@ Mobile Convention Center 1 South Water Street Mobile, AL 36602 Kick off your holiday shopping and support your community at Junior League of Mobile’s annual Christmas Jubilee located at the Mobile Convention Center. The Gulf Coast’s greatest holiday market features a variety of merchants from around the country under one roof for three exciting days of shopping! (251) 471-3348 www.juniorleaguemobile.org/ events/christmasjubilee/

November 27-December 31

Magic Christmas in Lights ad on page 35

@ Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd Theodore, AL 36582 Join us for our 25th season! The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Open daily-5:00pm - 9:00pm. (251) 973-2217 bellingrath@bellingrath.org www.bellingrath.org

November 28-December 23

Fish River Christmas Tree Farm ad on page 47

@ Fish River Christmas Tree Farm 13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East Summerdale, AL 36580 Choose & cut your own, pre-cut, flocked and Eastern Shore Parents I November 2020

container trees! Santa visits, live manger scene, camel rides, train and more! Open daily from 8am - 5pm. (251) 988-8114 fishrivertrees@gulftel.com www.fishrivertrees.com

Weekends November 29-December 15

Holiday Activities at the Farm ad on page 47

@ Fish River Christmas Tree Farm 13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East Summerdale, AL 36580 Choose a Christmas Tree. Holiday activities-Tannenbaum Express Tree Train, live manger scene, Camel/Pony Rides ($5 per ride) and Santa visits (10am-4pm) Nov.29-Dec.1, Dec.7-8, Dec.14-15. (251) 988-8114 fishrivertrees@gulftel.com www.fishrivertrees.com

December 5 - 6

15th Annual St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar ad on page 26

370 South Section Street Fairhope, AL 36532 Silent auction with ONLINE BIDDING, vendor booths, bake sale, handcrafted gift baskets, and Christmas Cafe. Unique art and antiques for purchase. Kids activities and visit from Santa! Online auction preview-Friday, December 4, 8am-8pm. Online bidding open-Saturday-8am-8pm, Sunday8am-3pm. Event open Saturday and Sunday-9am3pm. Social distancing measures in place. (251) 517-5295 bazaar@stlawrencefairhope.com www.stlawrencechristmasbazaar.com

December 12

38th Annual Christmas Fest in Bay Minette ad on page 24

@ Courthouse Square, Downtown Bay Minette Bay Minette, AL 36507 You don’t want to miss out on a full day of Christmas fun, featuring vendors, delicious food, Santa photos, the annual Christmas Parade, live music by The Modern Eldorados, kids activities, entertainment and more! 9am-8pm (251) 937-5665 (Ext. 3) marlee@northbaldwinchamber.com www.northbaldwinchamber. com/38thAnnualChristmasFest


November 6 - December 23 Trim-A-Tree Christmas Event

@ Tanger Outlet (Suite 182) 2601 South McKenzie Street Foley, AL 36535 Local artists decor, pottery, jewelry, and more. Sponsored by the Foley Art Center. Monday Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm. Like Foley Art Center on Facebook. (251) 943-4381 foleytrimatree@gmail.com www. foleyartcenter.com

November 6-7 Big World Bash

@ Virtual Event Join us for a virtual family event with live stream music, dance, culinary demonstrations, and follow-along activities that everyone will enjoy. www.childrenoftheworld.com

November 7 Daphne Christmas Extravaganza

@ Daphne Civic Center 2603 US Highway 98 Daphne, AL 36526 Unique gift items including jewelry, gifts, accessories, fashion and more. Admission is $5 per person. VIP tickets are $15. 10am-3pm. (251) 616-6300 studioglitzevents@gmail.com Find this event on Facebook!

Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride

@ USS Battleship Memorial Parkway 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, AL 36602 Toys For Tots will kick-off their holiday campaign at Battleship Memorial Park with the popular Motorcycle Ride. Registration begins at 8:00am. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

November 13 Thanksgiving Take-n-Make

@ Daphne Public Library 2607 Highway 98 Daphne, AL 36526 Thanksgiving Take-n-Make: November 13 from 1:30pm-4:45pm

(251) 620-2500 (Ext. 2508) rmoss@daphneal.com www.daphnelibrary.org

November 13 - December 24 Photos with Santa at the Wharf

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Ho Ho Holiday photo time in Santa’s Village!


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November 13 - January 18 Ice Skating Rink

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Let us bring winter to you! Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin, or fall into the season! Hours: 4pm- 0pm Monday-Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm. Check online for Holiday times & changes. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 14 Baldwin County Boss Babes Holiday Market

@ Baldwin County Coliseum 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, AL Clothing, wreaths, handmade gifts, baked goods, food trucks and more! Canned food or $2 donation is requested for entry. Door prizes every hour! Donations benefit New Life in Christ Foley food pantry. 10am-4pm. baldwincountybossbabes@gmail.com www.baldwincountybossbabes.com

November 14 - December 19 North Pole Express

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Alllll aboooooard—choo choo! Put on your PJs and ride the Wharf North Pole Express each Saturday until Christmas, where every child will

receive a candy cane, a coloring book, and a golden ticket sticker. Saturdays-10am-10pm. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 15, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 31 Horse and Carriage Rides

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Saddle up for the season by spending an evening under the moonlight in an enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Trot along through streets and gaze at the holiday lights and decorations with your loved ones. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 19 City of Fairhope Lighting of the Trees

@ Downtown Fairhope Fairhope, AL 36532 Lights come on at 6:00pm. Due to COVID-10, necessary changes have been made to this year’s event. Instead of having everyone gather at the main stage at Fairhope Avenue and Section Street, we ask those attending to remain socially distant from anyone outside of their family unit while wearing masks. (251) 929-1466 www.fairhopeal.gov

November 20-21 Christmas Open House

@ Street’s Exquisite Plants & Aquatic Gardens 17750 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL 36532 Your invited to Street’s 25th Annual Christmas Open House. Shop our incredible selection of Christmas Gifts. Sip some cider and taste our goodies as you enjoy our cute little store. (251) 990-0901 streets@bellsouth.net www.streetsoffairhope.com

November 21 3rd Annual Harvest Festival

20733 Miflin Road Foley, AL Little Miss Harvest Queen contest. Children’s activities. Farm goods, Seafood, baked goods, concessions and arts and crafts. 9:00am - 2:00pm. loxleyfarmmarket@gmail.com www.facebook.com/ CoastalAlabamaMarket

Family Farm Day 2020

@ Humming Star Alpacas 19700 Blueberry Lane Silverhill, AL 36576 Come visit and learn about alpacas, explore items made of alpaca fiber, shop with local vendors, participate in hands-on fiber arts, and have lunch. 10:00am-4:00pm. (251) 214-8224 www.facebook.com/HummingStarAlpacas

Music on Main

@ Downtown Atmore 137 North Main Street Atmore, AL 36502 Local artists will be playing Holiday music as businesses kick off their holiday sales. 5:30pm7:00pm. Check out the Atmore Chamber’s Facebook page and the event page for more information.

(251) 368-3305 receptionist@atmorechamber.com www.atmorechamber.com

St. Francis Annual Fall Festival

@ St. Francis at the Point Anglican Church 17280 Scenic Highway 98 Point Clear, AL 36564 Preserves/jams, baked goods, crafts, unique gifts, silent auction and more. The men of the church will have food plates. Proceeds support Christian groups and emergency disaster funds. 8am - 2:30pm. (251) 928-1255 www.stfrancisatthepoint.org










November 26 Turkey Trot for Hope 5K & Gobble Wobble Fun Run

@ USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park 2703 Battleship Pkwy Mobile, AL 36602 Come run the Turkey Trot for Hope certified 5k race and 1 mile Gobble Wobble fun run with us on Thanksgiving Day to benefit Rapahope! We have in-person and virtual registration options. raceroster.com/events/2020/32789/turkey-trotfor-hope

November 27 - December 25 Wales West Arctic Express

@ Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, AL 36576 Train rides, Santa visit with toy, millions of lights, potato cannon, hayless hayride, café & gift shop. Fri’s, Sat’s, Sun’s 4pm - 9pm. Daily, beginning December 11th. Reservations online (888) 569-5337 or (251) 232-2322 enquiries@ waleswest.com www.waleswest.com

November 30–January 1 Mobile Christmas Night of Lights

@ Hank Aaron Stadium 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd Mobile, AL 36606 See over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your own car stereo. 5:30pm-10:00pm. Cost-$8.00 per person, Children Age 3 & Under: FREE! mobileseg.com/events/christmas-nights-of-lights/

December 1 Christmas Tree Lighting

with bulbs, garland, and glee. The annual tree lighting hosted by the City of Orange Beach is the perfect ceremony to inspire the Yuletide spirit. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

Jingle Bell Walk

137 North Main Street Atmore, AL 36502 Atmore Area Chamber member businesses will be open after hours and generally hold holiday sales. Check the Atmore Chamber Facebook page for details and be sure to follow the event page, too! (251) 368-3305 receptionist@atmorechamber.com www.atmorechamber.com

Santa in the Park

@ Heritage Park Main Street & Craig Street Atmore, AL 36502 Pictures with Santa, enjoy a cup of cocoa, decorate Christmas cookies, and more! 4:30–7:00 pm. Check out the Atmore Chamber Facebook page for details and be sure to follow the event page! (251) 368-3305 receptionist@atmorechamber.com www.atmorechamber.com

The Prophecy Show

@ Saenger Theatre 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL 36602 St. Louis powerhouse The Prophecy Show will bring their signature and highly-energized Rock Opera to the Mobile Saenger Theatre at 7pm.

Registration deadline is December 1st.

(251) 968-9818 adeckard@gulfshoresal.gov www.gulfshoresal.gov

December 4 Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra “Holiday Concert”

@ Foley Civic Center The child musicians are sure to move audiences with sounds of the Christmas season. 7:00pm (251) 943-1545 www.mobilesymphony.org

Ornament Take-n-Make

@ Daphne Public Library 2607 Highway 98 Daphne, AL 36526 1:30pm-4:45pm

(251) 620-2500 (Ext. 2508) rmoss@daphneal.com www.daphnelibrary.org

December 5 Gingerbread Jam Gingerbread Building Contest

@ Orange Beach Event Center 4671 Wharf Pkwy W Orange Beach, AL 36561 A gingerbread house building competition for families & businesses. Holiday musical performances by Expect Excellence. Proceeds support Culinary Camp scholarships. 11am - 2pm.


(251) 284-0558 jjlangston@orangebeachal.gov www.orangebeachal.gov/events/performing-arts

December 3 - 4 Phone Calls From Santa

Mobile’s Singing Children Annual Christmas Concert

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Help us usher in the holiday season at 5:30pm

@ Gulf Shores Recreation Department Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Register for your child to receive a personalized phone call from Santa! Calls will be made December 3rd & 4th from 6pm - 7pm or 7pm - 8pm.

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@ Cathedral of Immaculate Conception 2 South Claiborne Street Mobile, AL 36602 7:00pm. Suggested donation at the door: $10.00 mobilesingingchildren@gmail.com www.mobilesingingchildren.org










Street’s-Love like Jesus 2nd Annual Silent Auction

@ Street’s Exquisite Plants & Aquatic Gardens 17750 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL 36532 We would like to invite you to our Silent Auction and Fish Fry that will benefit Women’s Care Medical Center. (251) 990-0901 streets@bellsouth.net www.streetsoffairhope.com

December 11 Gift Take-n-Make

@ Daphne Public Library 2607 Highway 98 Daphne, AL 36526 December 11 from 1:30pm-4:45pm

(251) 620-2500 (Ext. 2508) rmoss@daphneal.com www.daphnelibrary.org

December 12 Christmas In Nature

@ Graham Creek Nature Preserve 23030 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL 36535 Join us for the last observe and explore of the year. We will craft ornaments, and have a hot chocolate bar. This event is free for children 10 and under from 10:00am-11:30pm. (251) 923-4267 www.grahamcreekpreserve.org

Santa Run — Yo Ho Ho & A Bottle of Rum 5k

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Warm up your winter with a fun run at The Wharf! The Santa Run 5K is sure to be a good time for a good cause. Times: TBA (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

Twilight Christmas Parade

@ Downtown Atmore Atmore, AL 36502 Get ready for the annual Twilight Christmas Parade. This Parade is over two miles long and runs down Main street. Find the Atmore Chamber on Facebook and follow the event page! Parade begins at 5:30pm. (251) 368-3305 receptionist@atmorechamber.com www.atmorechamber.com

December 12-13 Mobile Symphony presents “A Bountiful Holiday”

beautiful Christmas music. This event is free and open to all.

@ Saenger Theatre 6 Joachim Street Mobile, AL 36602 Santa will unpack a bounty of musical gifts on our stage this year! We will celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned variety show with performances by various orchestral sections. December 126:00pm, 8:30pm, December 13-1:00pm, 3:30pm (251) 432-2010 www.mobilesymphony.org

(251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

December 14 Baldwin County Youth Orchestra presents A Classical Christmas @ Daphne Civic Center 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL 36526 Join us as for our Classic Christmas Concert. Concert is Free, however Toys for Tots donations are appreciated! 7:00pm

(251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

@ Flora Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Wear a crazy costume, bring the whole family and take a New Year plunge into the Gulf of Mexico! No registration is required. Event starts at 12:00pm .

@ Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Bring the family and celebrate the season! Refreshments, music, fiery hot glass demos, clay studio pottery firings and more. Gift shop open with original artwork and holiday gifts available for purchase. 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

@ First Baptist Church, Fairhope 300 South Section Street Fairhope, AL 36532 Christmas Carols, Children’s Christmas story,

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Reel in 2020 with us for our New Year’s Eve Street Party. DJ, Live music, family-friendly and adult-centered fun all rounding off at midnight with our marlin drop and fireworks. 4pm-12am. Admission is free.

January 1 Polar Bear Dip

(251) 279-0848 bcyorchestra@gmail.com www.bcyorchestra.com

December 24 First Baptist Church, Fairhope Christmas Eve Service

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Confetti Drop at noon, featuring tons of family friendly activities plus an early daytime countdown to the new year. 10am-2pm.

Reelin’ In the New Year NYE Street Party

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Various retailers will offer discounts each day.

(251) 981-2787 artcenter@orangebeachal.gov www.coastalartscenter.com

December 31 Kids Confetti Drop

(251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

December 13-24 12 Days of Christmas

December 17 Light Up the Arts

(251) 928-8685 jbaldwin@firstfairhope.org www.firstfairhope.org

(850) 492-0611 info@florabama.com www.florabama.com/events.html

TBD Santa Drop

@ Flora Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Kick-off the Christmas season watching Santa skydive onto the beach. More information comingvisit our website for more information. (850) 492-0611 info@florabama.com www.florabama.com/events.html ESP

Because of ever-changing circumstances due to Covid-19 and Hurricane Sally, please check with each venue prior to attending the event to verify the information provided is still accurate and up to date.

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Taking care of the kids and the daily responsibilities of running a house can strain your connection with your spouse. The busier you get, the easier it is to drift apart. One way to show your spouse that you love them and maintain a great relationship is to show them genuine appreciation for all they do in their role to keep the family running smoothly.

Here are some simple ways to show your appreciation that go a long way in keeping your relationship strong: Say it

letter and leaving it where it will surprise them. It is sure to build them up and make them feel appreciated and loved.

The simplest way to show your spouse you appreciate them is to say “thank you”. It may seem obvious but as we get busy in our daily routines, it is easy to take for granted what your spouse does to contribute to the household. Thank them for working hard to provide financially, for cooking and cleaning, for mowing the lawn, for packing the kids lunches or giving them baths, or for running errands. A simple word of thanks goes a long way to show your spouse that you notice them and all that they do.

Give them a break

I feel very appreciated when my husband comes home from work, notices that I am feeling overwhelmed, and tells me to take a break and go somewhere alone for awhile. He also encouraged me to join a monthly book club so I have a scheduled night out at least once a month. Pay attention to when your spouse needs a break and send them off to the spa, out with friends, or even alone on an errand so that when they come back they feel rested and recharged.

Write a note

In this day and age of email and text, who doesn’t love to receive a handwritten note with a thoughtful thank you included? Consider writing your spouse a thank you card or love

Tell others how great they are

“I tell him, especially in front of the children how much I



appreciate him,” says mom Darcy King. “I explain to the kids why I am thankful for him.” Your spouse will feel appreciated if you tell others how much you appreciate them. “One of the ways I show my husband I appreciate him is how I speak about him to others,” says mom Holly Searls. “I brag on him and tell others how amazing he is; because he is! I am proud to be married to him and it shows in the stories I tell others.”

fed and to various activities, the budget balanced, the yard maintained, and still manage to raise healthy happy kids, it is easy to get caught up in who is doing which task and who did not. Try to avoid keeping score or comparing duties with your spouse. Instead try to keep an attitude of everyone working as a team and consider taking on a little extra once in awhile if it lightens your partner’s load. Mom Jane Hammond says, “When I start to get frustrated with him and his annoying habits, I try to flip it around and look at my annoying habits, and how patient he is with me.”

Show it

You can show your spouse how much you appreciate them by acting grateful. Try to reduce criticism and speak words that build up your spouse. Encourage them, thank them, and acknowledge all they do. When your children hear how much you appreciate your spouse, it will help build family bonds. Sometimes, the kids also need reminders from you to express their appreciation for your spouse.

Do their “job”

If your house is anything like mine, we typically have specific jobs we each take care of on a regular basis. To show your appreciation for your spouse, consider doing one of their “jobs” for the week. Throw in a load of laundry, do the kitchen cleanup after dinner, or offer to put the kids to bed while your spouse relaxes. All of these things show them that you notice how hard they work and you appreciate them. If you are looking to reconnect with your spouse and show them you appreciate them there are plenty of ways to do it. Write a note, have their favorite snacks on hand, schedule a date night or a quiet night in, tell others why they are great, encourage the kids to tell them, give them a hug, be excited to greet them when they come home from work, cook things they love to eat, give them a break, or simply tell them why you love and appreciate all they do. It may feel awkward at first, but once you see how much it encourages them, you will most likely want to do it more often. ESP

Give a gift

Giving your spouse a gift, big or small, shows them how much you appreciate them and that you think of them when you are away. Have flowers or cookies delivered to work or pick up a treat for them while you are out and about. Mom Kristin Haugsness says, “I pick up occasional treats for my husband such as his favorite candy or drink.” When they see that they are in your thoughts, they are renewed to keep working hard for your family.

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Now that his parents have died, a young boy is sent to Alabama to live with his grandmother, whose love and good sense help him settle in. That is, until he comes across a coven of witches who have the power to turn children into animals. This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic novel may well be too scary for the children who will want to watch it but older fans of Dahl’s novel will appreciate the quality of this glossy production. Photo ©HBOMax


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2020 Movie Series 3:00 AM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Frozen www.mobilesaenger.com

Thursday November 5

Movies at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 E 22nd Ave Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 All Movies at Meyer Park showings are free to the public and begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 5: E.T. www.gulfshoresal.gov

2020 Movie Series – Ghost www.mobilesaenger.com

2020 Movie Series 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602

Friday November 6

First Friday Artwalk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, AL, 36532 Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants in Downtown Fairhope as they open late and highlight the art community. Art Walk happens every first Friday of each month from 6-8 p.m.

Saturday November 7

2020 Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Redfish Gulf Division Tournament 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM, The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Come out for this naturally social distanced event, the 2020 Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Redfish Gulf Division Tournament on November 7th hosted by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. www.kayakbassfishing.com/event/202009-kbfredfish-gulf-division/ American Legion Post 99-2nd Annual Car Show and Cruise In 8:00 AM 2101 South McKenzie Street Foley, AL, 36535 Between the Car Show and Cruise In, this is scheduled to be an all day event! Come for onecome for both! Magnolia Run 8:00 AM 14770 Oak Street Magnolia Springs, AL, 36555 Runners, walkers and those who enjoy the outdoors are sure to have a blast participating in the Magnolia Run. runsignup.com/Race/AL/MagnoliaSprings/ MagnoliaRun5k Stockton Sawmill Days 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Baldwin County Bicentennial Park, 51233 State Highway 225 Stockton, AL, 36579 Come celebrate the early logging and sawmill days of the South on the site of the first sawmill in the State of Alabama! A professional lumberjack show will take place in the morning and afternoon with log rolling, speed pole climbing, cross-cut sawing, spring board cutting, hot-sawing, wood chopping, ax throwing, and chainsaw carving. Live music will be performed all day. Exhibitors and folk artists will have booths throughout the park with fun kids’ activities. (251) 580-2572 www.stocktonsawmilldays.org 10th Christmas Extravaganza 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center , 2603 US98 Daphne, AL, 36526 Get all of your Christmas Gift needs offering you everything from Jewelry to gifts, accessories, fashion and so much more. A variety of unique seasonal and gift items including those unusual pieces for the “person who has everything”.

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Gulf Coast “2021” Preview - Coastal Fashion Week 7:00 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 For one night only we will be showcasing what’s to come in the Coastal Fashion Week Winter 2021 Tour. www.coastalfashionweek.com Mobile Ballet - Inside the Studio Reserve a private safely-distanced performance for your small group inside the Mobile Ballet Studio - a rare exclusive behind the scenes opportunity including Q&A with the dancers. 251-342-2241 www.mobileballet.org

Sunday November 8

Virtual Night at the Ballet: Ovation A ‘thank you’ for Mobile Ballet supporters -enjoy an encore presentation of 2018’s audience favorite “Ovation”,shared with your family from the comfort of home. Email development@ mobileballet.org. 251-342-2241 development@mobileballet.org www.mobileballet.org

Monday November 9

American Fun Circus 4:30 & 7:30 Baldwin County Fairgrounds, 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, AL, 36567 Three-Rings of Family Fun! See Thrilling Acrobats, Fearless Aerialists, Hilarious Clowns, a LIVE Circus Band, Exotic Performing Animals, Beautiful Show Ponies, Unique Specialty Acts & more! Tickets available online. americanfuncircus.com/robertsdale-tickets

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Wednesday November 11

36th Annual Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival Various Locations, The 36th annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast from November 11th-15th, 2020. www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

Thursday November 12

Fairhope Film Festival 6:00 PM Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL, 36532 Join us for our 8th annual festival with a “drive-in” format! Movies start at 6pm. (251) 990-7957 fairhopefilmfestival.org Movies at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 E 22nd Ave Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 All Movies at Meyer Park showings are free to the public and begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 12: SCOOB www.gulfshoresal.gov

Friday November 13

4th Annual SEEDS Golf Tournament 9:00 AM TimberCreek Golf Club, 9650 Timbercreek Blvd Spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Come join us for a day of prizes, food, golf, fun AND support your Daphne schools! Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive Contest. Registration begins at 8:00a.m, golf starts at 9:00am, lunch to follow. //bit.ly/31WuESj Fairhope Celebrates America Recycles Day 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 451 Pecan Dr Fairhope, AL, 36532 Fairhope Celebrates America Recycles Day www.fairhopeal.gov Fairhope Film Festival 6:00 PM Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL, 36532 Join us for our 8th annual festival with a “drive-in” format! Movies start at 6pm. (251) 990-7957 fairhopefilmfestival.org

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36th Annual Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival Various Locations, The 36th annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast from November 11th-15th, 2020. www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

Saturday November 14

Holiday Market ($2 donation or non perishable food item)

10:00 AM Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Rd Robertsdale, AL, 36567 Shop with crafters, bakers, boutiques, direct sales, and many unique vendors to help you find the perfect holiday gift for someone special! Be sure to register for our hourly giveaway and grab some food from our food vendors at the outside portion of our market! Beethoven & Blue Jeans 6:00pm; 8:30pm Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 We will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with our ever-popular Beethoven & Blue Jeans casual concert. We’ll feature 22-year-old virtuoso Randall Goosby performing Beethoven’s violin concerto. 251-432-2010 mobilesymphony.org 36th Annual Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival Various Locations, The 36th annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast from November 11th-15th, 2020. www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

Sunday November 15

2020 Movie Series 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Jailhouse Rock www.mobilesaenger.com

Beethoven & Blue Jeans 1:00pm; 3:30pm Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 We will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with our ever-popular Beethoven & Blue Jeans casual concert. We’ll feature 22-year-old virtuoso Randall Goosby performing Beethoven’s violin concerto. 251-432-2010 mobilesymphony.org

36th Annual Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival Various Locations, The 36th annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast from November 11th-15th, 2020. www.frankbrownsongwriters.com

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Business After Hours Block Party 5:00 PM Courthouse Square, Downtown Bay Minette, Bay Minette, AL, 36507 Business After Hours Block Party northbaldwinchamber.com Movies at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 E 22nd Ave Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 All Movies at Meyer Park showings are free to the public and begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 19: Planes, Trains and Automobiles www.gulfshoresal.gov 2020 Movie Series 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Footloose www.mobilesaenger.com

Friday November 20 Christmas Masquerade Gala

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL, 36582 This elegant evening is an opportunity to get the first look at the 2020 season of Magic Christmas in Lights, including a brand-new scene created especially for the 25th anniversary. The Gala will take place on Live Oak Plaza and will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live entertainment. bellingrath.org

Saturday November 21

Creek Crawl 8:00 AM Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL, 36535 Join us for our annual mud run. The 4 mile obstacle course will take you throughout the park upon reaching the creek you can decide to swim across or run the extra half mile. (251) 923-4267 www.grahamcreekpreserve.org Jubilee Renaissance Faire The Medieval Village, 30569 Osprey Lane Robertsdale, AL, 36567 Enjoy Medieval Games of Skill, such as Archery or Axe throwing. War Horse rides, a Falconry demonstration and other live animal exhibitions. The main event will be a real full contact Jousting Tournament. (970) 690-3777 www.extremejousting.com/ jubileefaire

Sunday November 22

2020 Movie Series 3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – The Bridge on the River Kwai www.mobilesaenger.com Jubilee Renaissance Faire The Medieval Village, 30569 Osprey Lane Robertsdale, AL, 36567 Enjoy Medieval Games of Skill, such as Archery or Axe throwing. War Horse rides, a Falconry demonstration and other live animal exhibitions. The main event will be a real full contact Jousting Tournament. (970) 690-3777 www.extremejousting.com/ jubileefaire

Monday November 23

Iron Bowl Legends Benefit Gala Battle House Hotel, Mobile, AL, 36602 You will have the opportunity to meet and greet former Iron Bowl players from both Alabama and Auburn Universities. During the event there will be a live auction performed by the former Legends and silent auction available throughout the event. A full course dinner will be served with a chance to hear encouraging words from a former NFL Iron Bowl Legend as the Keynote Speaker and cash bar is stocked with your favorite beverages. www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-bowl-legends-benefitgala-tickets-115993978111

Thursday December 3

Wine and Wishes 6:30 PM Ezell House, 407 Conti Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Join us at our 4th annual Wine & Wishes benefiting Make A Wish Alabama! Our goal this year is to grant the wishes of 2 local wish kids with critical illnesses. www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-wishes-2020-tickets-121729330705

Saturday December 5

Living History Drill 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, USS Battleship Memorial Parkway, Mobile, AL, 36603 History comes to life when the living history crews board the USS ALABAMA and USS DRUM for drill time. These historical reenactors demonstrate life aboard our naval vessels during WWII. Call to battle stations is sounded at 1:00 p.m. as vintage airplanes attack the ship and the crew defends her with guns blazing. www.ussalabama.com

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Fourth Annual Gulf Seafood Gala 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Isle Dauphine Club, 100 Orleans Dr Mobile, AL, 36528 This year’s event showcases the best of local seafood traditions with a nostalgic evening celebrating the coastal chic of the Isle Dauphine Club. Gala proceeds will be used to complete and equip the new Art Studio / teaching space owned and operated by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council. (251) 490-0294 www.dauphinislandarts.org Love Like Jesus 2nd Annual Silent Auction 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Located at Street’s in Fairhope, 17750 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL Have fun finding the perfect gift at our 2nd Annual Silent Auction! BBQ plates will also be available. Pre-orders are requested, please call 990-0901 to reserve your plate. Tax-deductible donations for the auction are being accepted through December 1. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Women’s Care Medical Center. Join us on Facebook and Instagram-Streets Exquisite Plants and Aquatic Gardens.

Wednesday December 10

Evergreen in Winter Observe and Explore (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL, 36535 Activities begin at 10 am with a story, followed by a lesson, and an activity . Our event will conclude with a themed art project. grahamcreekpreserve.org


Saturday December 12

It has always been our priority to ensure the safety and well-being of each child in our care — and that remains our commitment as we continue our mission during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s how we have redesigned our operations to keep our patients and their families as safe as possible: q q q q q q

All visitors are screened immediately for signs of illness and fever. We follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities. Our staff practices safe hand hygiene. We are wearing masks for your safety. Thank you for wearing your face covering. All visitors to campus are required to wear masks. Waiting rooms have been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

Fannie Flagg - “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” Virtual Event 6:00 PM Fannie Flagg - “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop” Virtual Event on Facebook live. www.facebook.com/PageAndPalette

Every day in November

Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath Gardens and Home Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL, 36582 Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 57th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season. bellingrath.org


Lap Babies-Virtual (Facebook) Children’s Story Times 10:30 AM Daphne Public Library, Daphne, AL, 36526 Lap Babies-Virtual (Facebook) Children’s Story Times (251) 620-2500 Find us on Facebook


Leaders are Readers 10:30 AM Virtual Event, Join us on Wednesdays at 10:30am for our Readers are Leaders Storytime on @pageandpalette facebook page. www.facebook.com/PageAndPalette


Pre-K-Virtual (Facebook) Children’s Story Times 10:30 AM Daphne Public Library, Daphne, AL, 36526 (251) 620-2500 Find us on Facebook K-3rd Book Club -Virtual (Facebook) Children’s Story Times 3:30 PM Daphne Public Library, Daphne, AL, 36526 (251) 620-2500 Find us on Facebook

Because of ever-changing circumstances due to Covid-19 and Hurricane Sally, please check with each venue prior to attending the event to verify the information provided is still accurate and up to date. Eastern Shore Parents I November 2020




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Saving for a Car

Q. I decided a couple of years ago to start following your plan. Part of getting out of debt for me included paying off my car. I’m taking your advice, and saving up to pay cash for my next vehicle. I know you like mutual funds, so should I put the money I’m setting aside for that purchase in a mutual fund?

A. I’m glad to hear you’ve decided to get control of your money. Mutual funds are great for long-term investing, and by long-term investing I’m talking about a bare minimum of five years—preferably 10. But I wouldn’t recommend them as a way of saving up for a vehicle purchase. The problem with mutual funds, in the type of short-term scenario you’re talking about, is they can go up, or down, in value. I’d suggest a simple savings or money market account when it comes to stashing the money you’re saving for a car. They don’t pay much in terms of interest, but your money will be safe, and you won’t have the ups and downs of the stock market to worry about.

Eastern Shore Parents I November 2020

Did you know the average monthly payment in America for a new car right now about $554 a month? It makes my head hurt to think about that much cash flying out the window every month on something that’s dropping in value like a rock. Even if you just stashed that kind of money in a shoebox you’d have over $6,600 saved in just a year. And despite what some people say, that’s enough to buy a dependable, pre-owned car.

Relationships and Giving


Do you have guidelines for giving when it comes to helping family members? My wife and I are both 52, we’re debt-free, and we have savings along with about $750,000 in retirement. We agree with you that it’s a bad idea to loan money to relatives, but we were hoping you could give us a little extra guidance.

A. I love that you have a helping and generous heart toward your family. Wanting to help is a noble and caring thing. Wanting to help


in the best way possible for all concerned in a sign of maturity and wisdom. The big thing is to make sure you’re helping someone get back on their feet, and make positive changes in their life. You’re not helping anyone when you give a drunk a drink, so you have to ask yourself if your generosity is really helping them or if you’re just enabling bad behavior. Also, you can’t give to a point where you’re putting your own household at risk. You have to continue to be responsible with your finances where your own family is concerned, as well. This isn’t about being a control freak. It’s about using the resources God has given you in a wise and responsible manner. In human terms, that means helping someone get out of a mess they’re in, while at the same time ensuring they’re working to make sure they never end up there again!


Help Alabama


The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a joint research project between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Its purpose is to determine why some babies are born healthy and others are not in order to aid in the development and assessment of programs designed to identify high-risk pregnancies and reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes. New mothers are randomly chosen from the state birth registry to participate in PRAMS. Surveys may be returned by mail or completed over the phone. Let your voice be heard!

“Happy to be part of this survey.”

“Thank you for checking on us!”

Actual comments from survey responses.

Moms who complete the PRAMS survey receive their choice of a cooler bag, diapers, or manicure set! Responses are kept confidential to the extent of the law. For more information, please call us at 334-206-2923 or go to alabamapublichealth.gov/PRAMS ADPH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, religion, disability, genetic information, and other federal, state, or agency regulations and policies. Inquiries regarding 1 nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Civil Rights Coordinator: ADPH CRC, RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 1010, Montgomery, AL www.facebook.com/auburnopelika.parents 36104, Tel. 334-206-5226, or email crcomplaints@adph.state.al.us.



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Eastern Shore Parents November 2020  

The Thanksgiving season is upon us which means special family traditions and fun local events. Look inside to get the most from the holiday...

Eastern Shore Parents November 2020  

The Thanksgiving season is upon us which means special family traditions and fun local events. Look inside to get the most from the holiday...

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