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Columns 4 Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

8 Living With Children John Rosemond

Power Down the Parent Pressure

10 Survival Tips for Single Parents

Plan ahead, resolve guilt, make How and why you should stop micro-managing your kids’ goals. time for yourself, and more ideas.

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44 Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

46 Dave Says Dave Ramsey

54 Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

2017 Summer Camps Spring Clean for a Day, residential, sports camps Little Green and more! Our listing starts you planning your kids’ summer!

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Todd Kirby and big sister to Anne Willson (17 months). The girls love ballet and playing outside with Mom and Dad. They are both ready for spring and can’t wait to hunt Easter eggs and visit with the Easter bunny!

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School Bits 88

Family Calendar 96

Movie Reviews

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Publisher’sNote Welcome spring! What a wonderful time to do a little sprucing up around the house. I love planting flowers, freshening up the flower beds, and of course, doing a little spring cleaning. Our family tackles all of the closets and drawers, and possibly even the attic. We usually have bags of toys and clothes, but also some items we are not really sure how we got or why we still have. While it is a huge accomplishment to get all of this packed away, what do we do with all the stuff we cleaned out? According to Pam Molnar’s article, Spring Clean for a Little Green, you may want to take a second look at some of that stuff before you run it off to the trash. Using her tips, you may be able to turn some of that trash into cash, adding even more green to your spring! Also, make sure to keep local charities in mind that could rehouse some of your items while helping those in need. Christina Katz has also provided a helpful article for parents that really hit home with me. In Power Down the Parent Pressure: 10 Ways to Stop Micromanaging Your Kids’ Goals, she give some great advice on how to let go and just let your children develop their own interests. Yes, it is hard to let go, but it is so exciting to see what interests and goals your children develop when allowed. When my girls were younger I just naturally assumed they would take on the same hobbies and interests I had as a child. That has not been the case at all. The beauty of it is, they have introduced me to some incredible activities that we now all enjoy together! It is really fun when you can share interests with your kiddos. Speaking of fun, were you able to attend the Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo last month? Close to 700 people attended! Kids had fun getting their faces painted while others played with live animals. Balloon creations were everywhere! In the courtyard we watched fencing demonstrations, and the staff from the Exploreum made a big impression when they sent a barrel full of plastic balls flying through the air! Not only were the children having fun, the parents enjoyed visiting with the vendors and planning out their kids’ summers. We would again like to thank Pickett Orthodontics, Local 15, Blue Rents and Publications Press for their sponsorships. We would also like to thank all the vendors who attended and made the expo such an exciting event. For more “egg-citing” activities (sorry, could not resist), turn to page 52 for a list of Easter events your family can attend. Also, don’t forget to check out the Family Calendar. As usual it is packed full of family friendly festivities you are sure to enjoy. If you are still planning your summer, then you are going to love that we have included an expanded Summer Camp Directory in this issue. You will find all the great camps from the March issue, plus a few news ones, so start planning. I hope you and your family have a wonderful April and a Happy Easter!

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

Publisher Lynn Knighton lynn@easternshoreparents.com Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@easternshoreparents.com Associate Editor Kelly Watson Research Editor Christa Weinberg Contributing Writers Mark Gregston Christa Melnyk Hines Carolyn Jabs Christina Katz Pam Molnar Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Robert L. Rux, M.D. Gerry Paige Smith

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Eastern Shore Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: P.O. Box 374, Montrose, Alabama, 36559. The phone number for voice and fax is (251) 929-2099. Eastern Shore Parents is copyrighted 2017 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in Eastern Shore Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

What to Do About Nightmares Q:

Our 5-year-old has suddenly started waking up with nightmares. He’s not able to describe them with any clarity, however, so we don’t know what the content of them is. The most he’s able to tell us is that there are scary people chasing him. He began having them about a month ago and has had maybe twenty since. They usually occur about three hours after we tuck him in. When they start, he begins crying or yelling in his sleep. We wake him up and he calms down fairly quickly. A couple of times he’s asked to come to our bed which we’ve allowed. There have been no recent disruptions in either our family life or his life of late, so we don’t know what’s causing them. Do you think it would be helpful to take him to see a therapist?

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that nightmares, as a rule, are indicative of some psychological disturbance—a “repressed” trauma, for example. I used quotation marks because there is significant reason to doubt whether the Freudian concept of repression is even valid. Secondly, there’s a chance that talking to a therapist may make a mountain out of a molehill and either result in a worsening of the nightmares or lead to the development of additional problems. I base that caution not on research but on anecdotal evidence shared with me by lots of parents over the years. The efficacy of talk therapy is dicey with adults; it’s even dicier with children. In some cases, it’s possible to associate the onset of nightmares with a difficult transition or a very upsetting circum-

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stance, but even then it’s impossible to be sure that the event in question is the cause. The fact is, almost all children report nightmares at one time or another. More often than not, they stop as mysteriously as they started. The one clue here is your report that the nightmares occur around three hours after you put him to bed. That suggests that they are somehow related to your son’s sleep cycle, but that is nothing more than somewhat educated speculation. In my estimation, you’re doing the right thing, including letting him come into your bed on occasion. I am not an advocate of either attachment parenting or parent-child co-sleeping except in exceptional circumstances, of which this is one. You’re also doing the right thing by waking him up and comforting him. If the nightmares get a lot worse, you might consider taking him to a sleep clinic, but I’d give that decision some time. In other words, for the time being, just keep calm and parent on.

Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions at www.johnrosemond.com and parentguru.com.

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Race the Town Scavenger Hunt

Baldwin County Youth Orchestra Announces Spring Concert

FIT by Jessica is hosting a RACE the TOWN Scavenger Hunt on April 29th at Fairhope Pier. RACE the TOWN is a super fun, family-friendly hunt from the Fairhope pier through downtown Fairhope. Participants will use a clue book that will guide them to locate QR codes, which they scan to receive their physical challenge. Challenges may include 10 pushups or 5 squats or other exercises. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) and the Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. For more information or to register for the race visit www. Eventbrite.com and search RACE the TOWN in Fairhope.

The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra, Baldwin County’s first and only full symphony orchestra, will present their 8th annual Spring Concert on May 6. The concert will take place at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road at 7 p.m. The concert will include a variety of ballet and dance pieces and will feature dancers from the Eastern Shore Dance Academy. Admission is free and a preshow fundraiser dinner will take place at the venue at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and more information on our program and camp is available online at bcyorchestra.com.

Bellingrath Gardens Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Bunny

USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital To Host Local Goodness Event USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital will host Local Goodness, a unique farm-to-table event and silent auction presented by the University of South Alabama Foundation on Sunday, May 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Strada Patient Care Center overlooking the beautiful Geri Moulton Children’s Park on the hospital’s midtown campus. At this casual party in the park, guests will dine on local meats, seafood and produce as they enjoy authentic bluegrass music performed by local band Fat Man Squeeze. Tickets for this event are $150 and can be purchased by calling (251) 415-1636 or visiting usahealthsystem.com/local-goodness.

Hop on down to Bellingrath Saturday, April 8 for a morning of Easter fun with our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Registration is required for the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. To register, call 251.973.2217. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunt is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and younger are always admitted free. For details, visit www. bellingrath.org.

45th Annual German Festival to be held at St. Benedict Catholic School

Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep has once again partnered with St. Benedict Catholic School for its 45th annual German Festival to be held April 29th on the school’s campus in Elberta. Tickets are currently being sold for a 2017 Jeep Renegade from Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep or $20,000 cash. Each ticket is $100 and a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. In addition to the car raffle, the German Festival will feature the Raven Run – A 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, German food, entertainment including the Stephen Sylvester Band, bingo, and various vendor booths. The festival will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 12786 Illinois Avenue in Elberta. For festival information or to purchase car tickets please visit the school website at www.saintbenedict.net/ events/german-fest or contact Erin Faulk at 251.978.2383 / erinfaulk@yahoo.com.

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Cocktails with the Critters Celebrating our 12th Year

Cocktails with Critters, the 12th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be Thursday, May 4, from 6:00 p.m. til 9:00 p.m. at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway, overlooking Mobile Bay. For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic silent auction. The Bluegill Restaurant is pulling out all the stops and will be serving fabulous and tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer. Celebrated Artist, Stig Marcussen will be on hand to add color to his limited edition prints designed especially for Cocktails with Critters. Entertainment will be provided by local singer, songwriter soloist Eric Erdman. Tickets ($50 in advance, $55 at the door) are available by mail from the Foundation office, by calling 251-605-6624, visiting us online at sealabfoundation.org.

Discovery Day Celebrates 20 Years of Free Family Fun for All Ages

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s annual Discovery Day celebrates 20 years of discovery this year. Discovery Day is the Sea Lab's open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on. Visitors will learn about the coastal ecosystem we live in and why it's important to conserve our precious and unique environment. The research vessel Alabama Discovery will also be available for tours. Discovery Day is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Admission is free to all exhibits outside of the Estuarium. Adults will need to pay a reduced admission to the Estuarium; children receive free admission. For more details, visit www.disl.org/estuarium/discoveryday.

Mud Camp Summer 2017 The Kiln Studio & Gallery is offering four sessions of Mud Camp this summer. With a maximum of 10 campers per session, each child recieves individual instruction allowing him/her to gain the most from the experience. Campers will learn handbuilding and how to throw on the wheel. There will be a variety of projects with a focus on African drums and vessels. Campers will learn about different aspects of African design. There will be a pick-up of glazed work the following week.

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Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway Welcomes PEANUTS™ The Party Express Event!

Rail Events Inc. and the Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway are proud to announce PEANUTS™ The Party Express will arrive in Alabama beginning on May 13! Trains depart the Wales West depot for an adventure to visit your favorite PEANUTS™ characters during three weekends on May 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. After riding a real steam train to the event park, passengers will be greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy upon arrival at the Flashbeagle Dance Party. Activities include a fun and interactive dance party led by a professional DJ spinning kid-friendly tracks, dance lessons with Snoopy, photo opportunities with the characters, food and beverage, and mini-train rides. Children and adults are encouraged to wear their favorite dance party attire! Trains depart daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $21 plus tax for children and adults. Kids 2 and under get in FREE. Advance reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, please call 888-569-5337 or visit www.waleswest.com.

Eighth Annual Little Black Dress Cocktail Party & Runway Show

The Jaguar Land Rover Gulf Coast “Little Black Dress” (LBD) cocktail party and runway show is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. Fifty local-area “McModels” to be featured in a fast-paced New York styled runway show styled in fashions by Dillard’s. Special appearances by Miss Alabama USA – Baylee Smith, Miss Mississippi USA – Ashley Hamby, and Ronald McDonald himself. Paired with the runway show, the cocktail party will feature Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants with exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings. The event will be held Thursday, May 4, at Fort Whiting Auditorium, 1630 South Broad Street, Mobile, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.; cocktail attire. General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating available. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event visit: www.rmhcmobile. org/little-black-dress or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile at 251-694-6873.

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2017 Delta Woods & Waters Expo

The 9th Annual Delta Woods & Waters Expo, will be held at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Mobile Bay Causeway. Demonstrations, activities, speakers and hands-on experiences lead to increased knowledge and enjoyment of the beautiful Mobile-Tensaw Delta area. On Family Day Saturday, April 29, children and adults will be fascinated by the raptor birds of prey exhibit and the Marine Resource's touch tank experience. Informative demonstrations of archery, retrieving dogs, turkey calling, campsite setup, boating use and safety, and the art of making handcrafted casting and fishing nets are planned, along with hands-on experiences of casting rod and reel combos, fly-tying and casting, and knot-tying, and more. Catch the pontoon boat, "Osprey", at the dock for a half-hour cruise, offered throughout the day for $5 per passenger, or join us for the family friendly water-based scavenger hunt, the "Poker Paddle". Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting wildnativetours.com or by calling 251-272-4088. Hours on Family Day are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Original Oyster House to Award Two Chelsea Garvin Spirit Scholarships

The Original Oyster House will award two $1,000 Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarships to high school seniors of Baldwin County. In 2006 the Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarship was created in loving memory of Chelsea Garvin who was a 2004 graduate of Fairhope High School, a Fish River Fire Department Rescue Diver, an Original Oyster House employee and a talented artist. Tragically, Chelsea’s life was cut short in a boating accident in 2005. To qualify for the 12th Annual Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarships you must be a high school senior of Baldwin County in the 2016-2017 school year with a minimum 2.5 GPA, have participated in recent school or community art event and submit artwork that reflects the Original Oyster House in some way. Deadline for submission of art and application is April 24. To submit your Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award Scholarship application and a photo of your artwork online please visit www.originaloysterhouse.com/scholarship.

Center Stage Presents “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Jungle book” KIDS

Center Stage Performance invites you to this performance season as our 4th-12th grade cast presents “The Wizard of Oz”, young performers edition. Shows will be held at the Fairhope Civic Center on Friday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.centerstageperformance.com and Facebook page Center Stage Performance or at Eventbrite.com. Center Stage's K4-4th grade cast will perform “The Jungle Book” KIDS. This show will include some of the popular songs and characters from this classic that are sure to entertain all ages. Shows will be held at Fairhope United Methodist Church Christian Life Center on May 5 & 6 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.centerstageperformance.com and Facebook page Center Stage Performance or at Eventbrite.com.

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Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Offers Health Career Scholarships to Baldwin County residents

Each spring the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary offers health career scholarships to Baldwin County residents pursuing degrees in healthcare. To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled full time at an accredited college or university as juniors or seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or in the last year of an associate’s degree program. Undergraduates must provide official documentation of full-time enrollment from their schools. Graduate and medical school students are also eligible for this scholarship after they have completed their undergraduate studies and been accepted into a health career program. Acceptance letters into a program must be provided. Selection of the scholarship recipients is based on the applicants’ grades, financial need and community involvement. The completed application, official documentation of enrollment status, official transcripts from all colleges attended to the present time, a brief personal essay, and academic and personal references are required. Photos of applicants are also requested. All items must be postmarked no later than May 5, 2017. Scholarship applications are available in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary office (279-1686) or by contacting Rusty Downey at rustydowney48@att.net.

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13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Seeking Crew

The 13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by Tanger Outlets is set for May 5-6 in Foley, and volunteers are needed. For many, the festival brings thoughts of brightly colored balloons gracing the skies, but the event also boasts a variety of other activities. The world-famous Disc-Connected K9’s Frisbee Dog Show is a festival favorite. Watch the American Daredevil, Bubba Blackwell, perform death-defying feats during one of his much-anticipated motorcycle stunt shows. Live music will fill the stage at night, and the kids will be entertained with carnival rides such as The Zipper during the day. Outside appearances make it seem that the weekend comes together magically – after all, isn’t a hot air balloon a magical thing? However, the reality is it requires the help of more than 300 volunteers working behind the scenes, as well as in plain sight. Approximately 50 of those volunteers get to work up close with the pilots to help get the balloons in the air. These volunteers are called crew members. Crew members are a vital part of making sure the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival comes together as planned. These volunteers are paired with a pilot to learn the workings of the balloons, including how to inflate the envelope, stand it upright, take off and land. It’s a rare opportunity that forms wonderful memories. Volunteers will receive an official 2017 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival T-shirt and a volunteer parking pass. To sign up online, visit www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com or call 251-943-5550.

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre to Present “The Little Mermaid”

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) will bring the full Broadway version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to Henry George Park in Fairhope for the Fourth Annual Theatre on the Bluff production on May 11-13. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's “The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Gates open one hour before show time. Tickets are on sale now: adult tickets $25 and child/ student tickets $15. Visit www.easternshorerep.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Vision Problems and Kids Last week, I had a nice little seven year old come into the office and we were talking about all kinds of things—Christmas, playing baseball, his annoying little sister—typical seven-year-old stuff. Well the conversation came back to his school performance and a sudden drop-off in his grades. For a few months, he had been doing well, but was having more and more difficulty. He was also having some headaches after school. So, we tested his vision, and of course, he was blind as a bat. Today, we will talk about common vision issues with infants and kids, what to look for, and how to address it. Most parents think that childhood vision issues are only limited to glasses when kids get older, but in fact, there are lots of different eye issues that can arise, even on the first day of life! In the nursery, your child’s doctor will examine his or her eyes to with a special tool called an ophthalmoscope to see if there is a red reflection in the back of their eyes. This screens for major newborn eye issues and is an important first step. In addition, at birth and throughout the first few months of life, the doctor will look for any alignment abnormalities.

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Now, almost all babies in the first few months of life will have temporary eye crossing or lazy eyes. As long as it’s temporary, it’s OK. Basically, the eye muscles are a little weak at birth and the infants don’t have great control over them all the time. Sometimes, the infants will have a prolonged period of eye weakness that is followed closely by the physician and if not improving, are referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist. This is a specialty eye doctor who can help assess eye function and improve eye control with medicine or even a patch. Sometimes, if the eye cannot be aligned, for vision and cosmetic issues, the infant might need surgery. As the child gets older, around three years old, other screening tests are used to measure acuity, and around five, they start formal eye tests. So, what can you as a parent look for to make sure your child‘s eyes are doing ok? As an infant, the first things to look for around 6-8 weeks of life are when your child looks at you and smiles! Next, be sure that they track you or objects equally with both eyes across the room. As they get older, look out for chronic eye redness and/or eye rubbing and itching. Look for eyelid drooping, chronic tearing, or eye drainage. When the kids hit school age, watch for signs like frequent eye squinting while

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reading, headaches after school, light sensitivity, and/or sudden decline in grades. One of the more common issues that arises in newborns is a goopy eye. Despite what every daycare says, it’s most likely not pink eye! Eye drainage in the newborn period is usually from an obstructed tear duct. Basically, since most newborns don’t make tears, the duct isn’t flushed out very well and can get some dried gunk in it. So then, the tear duct tries to flush out the gunk by making eye snot to flush out the dried gunk. The move is to help flush out the gunk by taking a baby washcloth and running it under warm water and then rubbing the tear duct area. That area is a little hump on the lower eyelid near the corner. You can do this three or four times a day until it’s resolved. Sometimes, the obstruction can lead to infection, so if it doesn’t resolve within a day or two, or gets red and worse, contact your healthcare provider. Talk to your doctor and check out the resources at aap.org about your child’s vision. And remember, if your child needs glasses, let them pick out the frame themselves. They will be much more likely to wear them! 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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Dressed for Success at Gulf Shores Elementary

Studying Blubber at Fairhope Elementary

Great minds think alike! These girls in Ms. Angie Austin's 1st grade class at Gulf Shores Elementary School dressed alike and didn't even plan it ahead of time! Pictured (l to r) are Vada Wood, Nanda Espinheira and Alexandra Foote.

Mrs. Burress’ Kindergarten class conducted a blubber experiment to see how Arctic animals are protected from the cold weather. We came up with an hypothesis, then tested it by putting one hand in the cold water and the other in a blubber glove. We recorded and discussed our data. What a fun experiment!

Spanish Fort Student Appears on News with Meteorologist

Amy Hyde's Earth & Space Science class completed a severe weather project where the students taped a mock “live broadcast” acting as a meteorologist reporting about a severe weather event. They used a green screen and added radar images behind them. The teacher then selected a Top 10 based on her grading rubric, and meteorologist Michael White (Fox 10) selected the winner to appear on the news with him. Mr. White came to the school to view the finalists’ videos and selected the winner. Jackson Callaway won and appeared on news 10.

Seuss Day at Orange Beach Elementary

The teachers and students at Orange Beach Elementary enjoyed celebrating Read Across America! Students participated in Dr. Seuss activities throughout the day. They also read popular books by Dr. Suess, such as “Oh the Places You’ll Go”, and wrote about what they want to be when they grow up. Students wore crazy socks and teachers and staff dressed in their best “Suess” attire. Reading is fun at OBES! Pictured, Ms. Brunick’s first grade boys proudly displaying their crazy socks.

Fairhope High School Art Club Create Centerpieces for Banquet

Members of the Fairhope High School Art Club painted Herons using recycled cardboard (via art liaison Nancy Raia of the Eastern Shore Art Center) which were used for table centerpieces for a banquet hosted by The Community Foundation of South Alabama for E.O Wilson, leading biologist in the world and recipient of 2 Pulitzer Prizes in non-fiction. Wilson is a current Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. The FHS art club sponsor is Lynda Williams. Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

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Two Bay Minette Elementary Students Participate in IHOP’s Pancakes with a Purpose Program

Bay Minette's own Starla Chapman (left photo) and Emery Guy (right photo) served as special pancake flippers at IHOP in Spanish Fort as part of the restaurant’s National Pancake Day. They were participating in the Pancakes with a Purpose program that helps raise funds for USA Women’s and Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. Since National Pancake Day began in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $24 million for charities. This year’s goal is to raise $3.5 million for children battling critical illnesses. Beneficiaries include Children’s Miracle Network, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Starla was named Alabama's 2014 Champion Child for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Starla was diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukemia in late 2011 and she is now in remission and is a happy active student at Bay Minette Elementary School. Her parents Korey and DeAndra Chapman routinely volunteer their time to promote awareness and raise funds for these causes. Emery, the daughter of Jenna and Chris Guy of Bay Minette, was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma, Stage 3, when masses were located all throughout her bowel and abdomen, including one the size of her kidney. She is now in remission. Thank you to everyone who supported this cause.

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Bayside Academy Volleyball Coach to be Inducted into Mobile Sports Hall of Fame

Bayside Academy Volleyball Coach Ann Schilling will be inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame on April 6 at The Battle House Hotel in Mobile. Schilling has coached Bayside’s volleyball team since 1987. The team under her leadership has won 1,388 games and has lost just 371. She has led the Admirals to 15 consecutive Alabama High School Athletic Association state championships, which is a record for the state. At the national level, she previously has been named co-Coach of the Year by PrepVolleyball. com and Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association. At the local level, she has been named the Press-Register Coach of the Year six times. Schilling is an alumna of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, where she won three volleyball titles and two basketball titles. She also played basketball and volleyball for Auburn University. “Coach Schilling is a first-rate coach and a stellar role model who inspires the best in her players,” said Head of School Michael Papa. “She knows how to develop a strong team culture and understands what it takes to build prolonged success.”

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Junior Ambassadors Visit Montgomery

The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassadors took their annual trip to Montgomery on March 7 to tour the state capitol building, have lunch at the RSA Tower, see the House of Representatives in session at the State House, and tour the Rosa Parks Museum. Students were given the opportunity to talk to young executives at lunch to hear about different job opportunities and education routes. The Junior Ambassador program is designed to develop leadership and expose students to civic engagement through hands-on experiences. Each year, Junior Ambassadors learn not only about state and local government, economics, the environment and social issues but also how they can affect their own community and make a difference through community betterment. The SBCF was established in 2003. Its mission is to enhance lives through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leaders and better the community. The foundation’s goal is for all south Baldwin County students to graduate and succeed, and its primary benefactors are Foley High School students and feeder schools. To find out more about South Baldwin Chamber Foundation and the programs we provide go to: southbaldwinchamber.com.

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St. Michael Catholic HS Students Selected to Participate in All-State Band

Band Director David Pryor is proud to announce the first-ever band members to be selected to the ABA All-State Bands from St. Michael. Miss Julie-Ann Brazell (B-flat clarinet) and Miss Virginia Pryor (French Horn) were recently named to the Southeastern United States Honor Band Festival which was held at Troy University in February.

Bayshore Christian School Looking Forward to Playoffs

Bayshore Christian School’s softball and baseball teams are off to a great start this season! Both teams have a winning record, the softball team’s being 3-0 and the baseball team’s being 3-1. Both teams have several games remaining in the season and are looking forward to playing in the playoffs in April. Go to www.bayshorechristian. org to see their schedules and make plans to attend a game.

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Rockwell Holds Jump Rope for Heart Event

Recently Rockwell Elementary School held a Jump Rope for Heart Event to raise money for the American Heart Association. The students exceeded their goal of $2,000 by raising $2,771.37. The top fundraisers were: Katie Hallmark raising $410.00, Kip Powell raising $200.55, Bo Anderson raising $200 and Alden Jernigan raising $200. These students were able to “pie� Mr. Thorpe as a reward. Pictured is the top winner putting a pie in Mr. Thorpe’s face. Way to go, Rockwell students!

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Stapelton Elementary Gets Gaga Pit Constructed by NBCTech Constituent

You won’t likely find many people that have never played or at least heard of the childhood game, Dodge Ball. The fun-loving sport undoubtedly gets its name from the physical strategy necessary to be successful in winning the game ‘dodging the ball.’ Spinning off of this childhood favorite comes a new exuberant outdoor activity, Gaga Ball. “Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.” Thanks to the vision of Ms. Jessica Inlow and the handy work of North Baldwin Center for Technology teachers Anthony Schuler and Chad Eubanks, along with their students, Stapleton Elementary School now has their very own Gaga pit. The NBCTech team volunteered their Saturday afternoon to construct and install the pit. To add, the workers had the opportunity to test out the equipment upon its completion, for the children’s safety of course. The Dewberry family were also instrumental in providing materials to construct the pit. Thanks to the collaborative effort of these individuals, the students at Stapleton Elementary have an outdoor dodge ball court, known as a Gaga Pit, to play in and enjoy for years to come.

Reading Pays in Big Ways at Bay Minette Intermediate School

Reading pays in big ways and the top Accelerated Readers for the third quarter at Bay Minette Intermediate School were big winners. The top three readers for each grade level were treated to a delicious lunch at Pizza Hut. Winners are: Fourth grade 1st place Anna Grace D’Olive 109.5 points, 2nd place Ashley Barton 70.0 points, 3rd place Jackson Paul 57.8 points; fifth grade 1st place Zack Hicks 87.1 points, 2nd place Samantha Boykin 82.6 points, Jacob Loeser 76.1 points; sixth grade 1st place Hannah White 320.2 points, 2nd place Kailey Fisher 184.3 points, 3rd place Grace Swope 96.8 points. BMIS thanks Pizza Hut for being a partner in education. The top reader for each grade level received a special gift from the P.T.O. Pictured - Zack Hicks, Grace D’Olive, and Hannah White thank their wonderful P.T.O.

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2017 Youth Leadership Class Graduates

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the graduation of our Youth Leadership Class of 2017. The Youth Leadership Program is an intensive elite 7-month program designed to provide Eastern Shore high school students with the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge about their community, develop strong leadership skills and gain more self and social awareness in order to make a positive difference in the quality of community life. Christina Hellmich, Director of Workforce Development for the Chamber says, “By developing young leaders, we will build vital communities that value fairness, diversity and integrity.” The group meets monthly and then works in teams to develop group projects on pertinent community issues. Those group projects were presented at graduation. Activities include an opening retreat, five topical seminar days, community service activities, closing retreat and graduation ceremony. The topical seminars covered the history and geography of Baldwin County, business smarts, health and human services, law and government and the environment. The 2017 Spirit of Youth Leadership Award winner was also announced at graduation. This year’s winner is Sawyer Connick, a senior at Fairhope High School. Sawyer has gone above and beyond to exemplify what it truly means to be a leader. Forty students took part in the program from Fairhope High School, Daphne High School, Spanish Fort High School, Bayside Academy, and home school students. The program runs from August to February. Applications are available now for the 2018 Youth Leadership Program at http://www.eschamber.com/page/Youth_ Leadership. Applications are due by April 7, 2017.

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Gulf Shores HS Student Named First Runner Up in State Pageant

On March 4th and 5th, GSHS junior Lauren Bradford competed for the title of Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen in the Miss America system. She achieved the overall Community Service Award for the work she has done in Gulf Shores as well as First Runner Up out of 45 girls! As a result, she received over $60,000 in scholarships. The pageant was judged on scholastics, an interview, Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, Evening Wear and an Onstage Question. She performed “Orange Blossom Special” on the violin as her talent portion.

Fairhope Middle School Students of the Month Fairhope Middle School would like to congratulate its Students of the Month for January 2017. These students were selected by the faculty and staff for their exceptional citizenship and leadership qualities. January 7th grade (top photo): Ann Lyles Tapscott and Zachary Butler. January 8th grade (bottom photo): Kendall Lee Frazer and Matthew Hughes.

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Daphne Mayor Proclaims March 2017 Youth Arts Month During Bayside Academy Assembly

At Bayside’s student assembly on March 8, Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood read a proclamation declaring March 2017 Youth Arts Month. In reading the proclamation, Haygood credited art programs with instilling in students a sensitivity to beauty and an understanding of multicultural values. Mayor Haygood also said that events such as Bayside’s High Tide Southern Music Showcase play an important role by celebrating arts in the local community. The Showcase, which took place March 9-10, featured panel discussions and performances by some of Alabama’s most accomplished figures in music history. Musicians showcased included Mobile’s famous son Jimmy Hall, founder and lead singer of the Wet Willie Southern rock group, along with Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Swampers Jimmy Johnson, David Hood and Spooner Oldham. Also at the March 8 assembly, attendees heard a performance by Bayside 3rd graders, who sang “All God’s Creatures Have a Place in the Choir.” The assembly wrapped up with a preview of Bayside’s school play, “Bonnie & Clyde,” which will take place at The Pilot Center Theatre on Bayside’s campus on March 24-26. The play will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, and will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Play tickets are available on Bayside’s website: www.baysideacademy.org.

Career Countdown at Gulf Shores Middle School

Recently, GSMS students participated in Career Countdown – a fun career and budget simulation sponsored and conducted by The Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Auburn University and Alabama A&M University. Students learned how far a dollar goes in the real world, and they explored career choices in occupations and professions.

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Spanish Fort High School Talent Show Winners

Spanish Fort High School held their annual talent show March 8. The winners were: 1st Place: Abrielle Le (piano solo – “Fur Elise” by Beethoven); 2nd Place: Allison Taylor (vocal/piano solo – “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals); 3rd Place: Kimberly Peterson and Marbury Peterson (vocal duet – “What is This Feeling?” from “Wicked”).

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Gulf Shores Elementary Students Grow Lima Bean Plants

Fairhope Elementary Ozobots

Second graders in the Cozy Cottages at Gulf Shores Elementary School planted lima beans recently and look what happened in only two weeks! They all are excited about taking their plants home and honing their green thumb skills. Back row: Brandon Juvenal. Front row l to r: Tristan Jimmerson, Emanuel Quezada, Ashlyn Stuart, Joey McAleer and Haven Spruiell.

Fairhope Elementary School put our coding skills to the test this week using ozobots for the first time! Our class got into groups and coded our ozobots through a maze and made sure ozobot could get from start to finish without any assistance from us! We are becoming coding professionals in Mrs. Boyett’s first grade class!

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Winter Formal Fun at Bay Minette Intermediate School

Fairhope Middle School Students Learn Communication Skills from Dale Carnegie Teacher

Bay Minette Intermediate School celebrated winter with its annual Winter Formal at the Bay Minette Civic Center. Students enjoyed dancing, food, and the announcement of this year’s Mr. and Miss BMIS. Each sixth grade homeroom nominates a boy and a girl for Mr. and Miss BMIS and they are voted on by the 6th grade. The Winter Formal is sponsored by teachers Heather Sims and Starla Sellers. Pictured l-r: 2017 Mr. BMIS Mason Smith, Principal Dr. Abby Hamilton, and Miss BMIS Alaiyah Bishop.

As part of Career Technical Education month, Mrs. Smith’s Family and Consumer Science Class at Fairhope Middle School learned communication skills from Dale Carnegie teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bramblett. Mrs. Bramblett taught the students how to introduce themselves, carry on meaningful conversations, and answer interview questions. Business people interviewed the students at the end of her lessons. The interviewers included Hagan Anderson from Objects, Fred Hardman from National Bank of Commerce, Jason Thomas from J. Thomas Inc., and Ryan Smith from First Baptist Fairhope. The students were pleased to have conquered their first interview, and feel prepared for job opportunities in the future.

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Daphne East Care Club Sends Cards to Gulf Shores Students After Mardi Gras Tragedy

The Daphne East Care Club, led by teacher Amanda Jones, asked each class to make cards and this banner was also made to send to Gulf Shores Middle and Gulf Shores High School students upon learning of the recent Mardi Gras tragedy.

Silverhill Elementary school’s Leaders of the Month are being recognized for Synergizing! Pictured in no particular order are: Bella Quezada, Charles Vice, Noah Foster, Madison Tolbert, Jarica Blouin, Sherlyn Rangel Fabian, Jennifer Pineda-Decker, Colton Reyes, Nate Henderson, Taylor Sherrin, McKenzie Hardy, Sarah Egermayer, Corey Jackson, Gracey Christian, Olivia Ryan, Sarah Lawrence, Kayla Martinez, Cassie Burns, and Brent Weaver. Not pictured are: Felix Dearmore, Keyla Jaurez, and Canan Creel.

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Studying Medieval Times at Bayshore Christian School

Bayshore Christian School’s fourth graders recently celebrated Medieval Day as a culmination of their study on the Medieval time period. Each student picked a craft that was popular during those times and did a presentation. They dressed up as a craftsman and showed their classmates how each craft was created. The students also enjoyed playing games and eating food that was popular during those times. They even watched a demonstration of fencing put on by the BCS Fencing Club. They had a great time living as they did back in the Medieval days.

St. Michael CHS Soccer Teams off to Great Start

In sports news, our soccer season is off to a great start! Both the girls and boys junior varsity teams placed second in their brackets during the Buccaneer Bash held in Fairhope during March.

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Orange Beach Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Bayshore Christian School Presents “Wizard of Oz” Musical

The Drama Club at Bayshore Christian School recently put on a musical performance of “Wizard of Oz”. Director, George Searcy, Student Director Liam Searcy, and Student Choreographer, Payton Robinson, led the all-student cast to two wonderful shows. There were even several teachers who made a cameo appearance in the play. All of the performers did a fantastic job, and put on a real crowd-pleaser.

OBES is proud to announce this year’s spelling bee winners. They are: first runner up, Forrest Glover, 4th grade; spelling bee winner, Katelyn Hossley, sixth grade; and second runner up, Isaac Nolan, sixth grade. Each class in grades 3-6 held a classroom spelling bee. The top two classroom winners competed in the school spelling bee. Katelyn, the school’s top speller, participated in the Baldwin County spelling bee held recently.

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Gulf Shores Middle School’s Newspaper and Yearbook Staff students took a trip to Fox 10 News. They interviewed Meteorologist Michael White, toured the studio, and learned about the many career options available in journalism and broadcasting. It was a wonderful experience for the students to see careers in action!

Fairhope High School Teachers Awarded Grants

Five Fairhope High School teachers received grants from the Fairhope High School PTO. Grants were awarded to Cody Coleman (pictured) in the Engineering Department for updated shop equipment, to Krisha Smith in the Math Department for rechargeable graphing calculators, to Tricia Hudson in the Science Department for 10 Lab Tables, to Scott Berry for video presentation equipment, and to Djamal Bouriche in the Languages Department for French media materials.

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Autauga County Schools Let the Good Times Roll at Bay

NBCEE Makes Donations to Baldwin County HS

The North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education presented two donations to support the music and dance programs at Baldwin County High School. NBCEE presented $600 to the BCHS Tiger Band and $500 to the Tigerettes dance team. The education foundation sponsored fundraisers including a raffle for Auburn-Alabama tickets and selling "Bags of Hope" to support these donations. NBCEE board member Camilla English, at left, presented the band donation to Booster Club members Stephanie Rodgers and Christine Stewart. Tina Covington, NBCEE board member, presented the Tigerettes donation to Coach Elizabeth Byrd. For more information about the foundation, visit its website at www.nbcee.org.

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Bay Minette Intermediate School does Mardi Gras in a really big way. Interested students participate in a fundraising event each year to see who will claim the positions of Mardi Gras royalty. The coronation is followed by a Mobile-style Mardi Gras parade. The run for Mardi Gras court is sponsored by Charlotte Powell. Pictured: The BMIS 2017 Mardi Gras Court, Seated Queen Megan Nix and King Drew Jones. Standing 4th runner up Derriana Bishop, 3rd runner up Ella Lamey, 2nd runner up Payton Ball, 1st runner up Allison Siggers; 1st runner up Na’Davion Steele, 2nd runner up Cole Rountree, 3rd runner up Travis Troutman, 4th runner up Landon Cain.

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Spanish Fort HS Student Wins State Wrestling Title

Newton Teacher Names Reading Teacher of the Year

Justin Ingram, student at Spanish Fort High School became the first to win a state title in wrestling for Spanish Fort High School. He won his 132lb. weight class.

Silverhill Students Earn AR Rewards

Silverhill Elementary school first graders, Rileigh Ikner and Rymoni Dailey, each read approximately 30 books to earn their Accelerated Reader t-shirts! Students choose books on their reading level and each book is worth a certain amount of points. After reading the book they take a computerized test using the Accelerated Reader program. Points are earned when the students pass the test with an 80% or better! Congratulations Rileigh and Rymoni!

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Congratulations to Theresa “Terri” Frank, third grade teacher at J. Larry Newton School, for her recognition by the Baldwin County Reading Council as the 2017 Reading Teacher of the Year! The council is the local affiliate of both the Alabama Reading Association and International Literacy Association. The council’s mission is the improvement of literacy and the promotion of life-long reading habits in the citizens of Baldwin County. One of the ways that the council promotes reading and writing in area schools is by annually recognizing an outstanding Baldwin County reading teacher. This year marked the council’s 26th anniversary. Newton School is proud of you, Mrs. Frank!

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Foley HS Art Students Decorate Awards for BBQ & Blues Festival

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The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce recruited art students from Foley High School to assist in painting their awards presented at the BBQ & Blues Festival recently held in Heritage Park. The awards were designed by Vulcan Signs and the art student completed the project by adding their artistic design to the awards. Pictured front row l to r FHS art students Savannah McClantoc, Hannah Dewhurst, Nicole Aldave, Cira Wilde, Kat Tuggle; back row l to r Vulcan representative Van Hubbard, South Baldwin Chamber Executive Director Gale Croft, FHS art teacher Richard McCracken, art students Emilee White, Briana Harvey, Ciarra Ryan Makayla Morrison, and Trinity Shelby, FHS art teacher Terri Smith, and Vulcan representatives Juan Dominguez and Nick Mitchell.

Birthday Cupcakes at Gulf Shores Elementary — Yum!

Happiness is sharing cupcakes with your friends on your birthday! Pictured (l to r) are Gulf Shores Elementary School 1st graders from Ms. Angie Austin's class: Michael Knight, Dimitri Marin and Drayden Duke.

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Fairhope Elementary Teachers Attend Leader in Me Symposium

Teachers from Fairhope Elementary School attended the Leader in Me Symposium in Mobile. They learned about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and heard from two incredible speakers. DJ and Mrs. P were the guest speakers who told the story of how his teacher had turned his life around through the 7 Habits. Fairhope Elementary School will begin the Leader in Me this summer!

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Bay Minette Intermediate School Collects Pop-Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Bay Minette Intermediate School has collected pop-tabs for Ronald McDonald House for several years as a school-wide project. The tabs are redeemed for money that helps support Ronald McDonald Houses all over the United States. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home-like supportive atmosphere for families of severely ill or injured hospitalized children. The project took on special meaning this year, as three families on the BMIS campus needed the benefits of the Mobile Ronald McDonald House. BMIS is proud to collect the tabs yearly and feels very blessed to have such great family participation. For information about Ronald McDonald House Charities visit www.rmhc. org. Pictured l-r: BMIS teacher Charlene Beasley, clerk/receptionist Debbie Agerton, and principal Abby Hamilton show off the huge collection of pop-tabs for Ronald McDonald House.

Read Across America at Robertsdale Elementary

"Read Across America" day was celebrated at Robertsdale Elementary School on March 2. Principal Faye Sheppard enjoyed reading to Mrs. Parnell's fourth grade class.

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Spanish Fort HS Student Receives Top Choral Award at All-State Choral Festival

Bayshore Christian School Students Chosen to Participate in All-State Choral Festival

Bayshore Christian School students, Bryant Brock, Eliza Colbert and Martha Hollowell auditioned and were selected from students across the state to participate in the All-State Choral Festival at Samford University in Birmingham. This festival is for students with outstanding musical ability and the initiative to perform choral literature of the highest quality under the direction of nationally recognized choral clinicians. After a weekend of hard work, the event culminated in a professionally recorded concert.

Congratulations to Caroline Womack who won the State Female Outstanding Choral Student Award at the Alabama All-State Choral Festival at Samford University. This honor is the highest honor that a choral student can receive. Caroline is the first SFHS student to ever receive this coveted award.

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Fairhope HS Finance Students Explore Home Constructions Costs

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The Miss Spanish Fort High School Pageant was held Saturday, March 11. Winners’ scores were based on their GPA, judge’s interview, social expression, and poise and appearance. Miss Meredith Barnes was selected as Freshman Beauty; Sarah Kate Knight was selected as Sophomore Beauty; Sarah Ramey was voted by the contestants and named Miss Congeniality; Taylor Pierce was selected as Miss Spanish Fort High School; and Carson Whaley was voted on by the contestants and named Mr. Spanish Fort High School. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Fairhope High School finance students in Kristie Davis and Clay Machen’s classes toured Ashley Gates Apartments and Dunmore Homes recently. Expanding on their Housing unit of study, the students practiced the leasing process at Ashley Gates. At Dunmore, they learned about the process of building a house from the ground up, possible upgrades and costs, floor plans, square footage, HOA regulations of a subdivision, and the home buying process. Pictured: Fairhope High School finance students explore the financial decisions involved in home construction.

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CTE Day on the Hill is an annual event that promotes career technical education. This event, hosted in Montgomery, affords students the opportunity not only to obtain knowledge about technical education, but it also allows them to meet their representatives faceto-face and discuss the future of career technical education. Students can then show appreciation for their support, as well as ask questions and advocate for issues in the career technical field such as funding and equipment. National Technical Honor Society & SkillsUSA students from North Baldwin Center for Technology attended CTE Day on the Hill on February 15. Students were addressed by prominent figures with a vested interest in career technical education including the Honorable Connie C. Rowe of District 13, Tara Hooks-Grant, ALACTE Vice President for Public Policy and Dr. Phillip Cleveland, Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Education for CTE and Workforce Development, just to name a few. To add, Mr. Harry Shiver, a representative of Baldwin County, embraced the students of NBCT with true southern hospitality, warm words and a brief tour of the facility. In addition, students had the opportunity to experience first-hand the process and procedures of voting on issues as they participated in a mock debate with students from Athens, AL. Caleb Edwards of Baldwin County High School boldly presented an issue for debate and students utilized computerized machines to cast their votes. Alabama’s CTE Day on the Hill provided a wealth of knowledge for attendees and a great learning experience for the students of NBCTech.

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Spanish Fort Sports Association (SFSA) Wrestling Program participant, Devon Bauer, achieved a bronze medal for the 90 – 95 pound weight class at the Alabama Youth Wrestling Organization’s 2017 Alabama Girls Championship on March 4th at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama. The following day, Devon and her sister, Marian, attended a Free Wrestling Clinic at Warrior Wrestling Club held by 2015 World Bronze Medalist, freestyle wrestler, Leigh Jaynes. It’s a success for the first year SFSA Wrestling Program, which has attracted 25 children in grades 2 - 6. When asked to comment on the Devon’s accomplishment, Greg Mathews, SFSA Commissioner of Youth Wrestling said, "Thank you to Devon for her hard work and dedication. She earned her place on the podium and the entire club is very proud of her."

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North Baldwin Center for Technology Performs Well in District Competition

North Baldwin Center for Technology SkillsUSA students participated in the Alabama South District Competition on February 3. Instructors Scott Larson, Christopher McClantoc, Charles Eubanks, James Smith, and Anthony Schuler each lead a remarkably talented group of Baldwin County students to represent well in various categories. In fact, several of the students received victories and high marks in their areas of expertise. Levi Everson, an NBCTech student from Spanish Fort High placed first in the HVAC/Carpentry T-shirt Design Competition, while Britton Powell, also of Spanish Fort High, Placed 2nd in the Pin Design. Nathan Carnely of Baldwin County High School contributed to the victories by earning 2nd place in the Program Cover Design Competition. In the area of Related Technical Math, Hailey Morrow of Baldwin County High School placed 3rd. NBCTech students also performed well in the Job Interview area with Joshua Booker earning 1st place, Dalton Hickman earning 2nd, and Drake Wade earning 6th, all NBCT students from BCHS. In welding, Bailey Bumpers from Spanish Fort High School was the classes' choice contestant, earning impressive numbers on the score card. SkillsUSA students also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with vendors and experience hands on training on innovative equipment. Their performance in the South District competition is evident of their excellent technical and employability skills encompassed at North Baldwin Center for Technology.

Dr. Seuss Day at Gulf Shores Elementary

Ms. Dana Guthrie's 3rd grade class at Gulf Shores Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday by having guest readers and reading our favorite books most of the day. We also wore our pajamas as a fun reward for all the great behavior and reading that we've been doing! Mrs. Luanne Peterson (back), our paraprofessional, is pictured left to right with Daniel Foster, Carson Pierce, Brody Allen, Saylor Bullen, Sophia Pippin, Emma Katherine Creel, Kara Grace Harmon, Julia Rogers, Aleeyah Knight and Leah Guthrie in front.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Parents of Teens Must Adapt Trying to understand how to help your teen in a world that is constantly changing is like trying to hit a target that constantly moves. Just when your aim is right on target, things change — your kids change. Parents are often bewildered when trying to keep up with the always-changing world of teens. It’s like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hydrant, or holding a fistful of sand. Knowing how to set the right standards and enforce the right discipline can be overwhelming, and may seem impossible. The key to success in this arena lies in learning to adapt your parenting style to be more fluid, more accessible. As your child develops into a teen, you no longer have the luxury of making demands and expecting things to remain the same. Whether you like it or not, things change, and you must be able to understand and move with the culture, and set appropriate boundaries. I’m not saying you should stop caring about your family rules and beliefs. What I am saying is that how you enforce the rules must change. Otherwise, your child will be unprepared to cope with a culture that is constantly changing. They won’t develop healthy relationships. They will remain immature and irresponsible, because all of the decisions have always been made for them.

Change The Boundaries

Adapting your style must include learning how to set appropriate boundaries for their newly acquired behaviors, and giving them the choice for the direction they need to go. A good example of how this works comes from the time I spend training horses. When I put a fence around a horse, I am setting up boundaries. The horse can go anywhere it likes within those fences. If a problem develops, I move the Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

fences in a bit, and reinforce the boundaries. The same can be true with your teen. Set boundaries, and allow your teen to choose his direction within those boundaries. If a problem develops, or things change, move the boundaries in. Examine their world, and put some thought into what needs to be done. Kids today often engage with one another without really interacting or developing any kind of real relationships. The lack of interaction doesn’t help them hone their maturity or grow in their social skills. It’s your job to help them grow. So set the boundaries that help them do more than just engage with others – they need to learn how to interact. Let them choose the direction they want to go. Allow them to experience the consequences of choosing poorly. Help them to see that poor choices and crossing healthy boundaries will take their relationships in directions they don’t want to go, and choosing well will help them build good relationships.

Change Your Aim

Changing your parenting style for the teen years means you change your focus from punishment and discipline to training and character building. The focus of the boundaries you set should become more about obedience, respect, and honesty, which are the top three qualities necessary to build relationships. Respect, more than anything else, allows all others to fall into their proper place. Conversely, disobedience, disrespect, and dishonesty destroy relationships, and need to be addressed when they appear also. Dishonesty, more than anything else, destroys trust in relationships. Hold your teen responsible for the direction they choose, and cause them to own it. They will make some mistakes, but that’s alright. If they lay the blame on you, however, remember to put the responsibil44

ity clearly back on them. Tell them, “This is not about me, or my mistakes, this is about you. I will never be a perfect parent, but if you don’t change things, this will hurt you in your relationships in the future.”

Change Your Attitudes

Changing your style of parenting teens in order to meet the demands of today’s world also means that you refocus your own attitudes and behavior as well: • Move from lecturing to discussing. • Move from entertaining to experiencing something together. • Move from demanding everything, to asking them their ideas about everything. • Move from seeking justice to giving grace. • Move from seeing everything that’s wrong and finding more of what’s right. • Move from spending time always telling them to more time listening. • Move from giving your opinion to waiting until you are asked. It is difficult for teens today to grow up and move on. They tend to like their immaturity, and don’t feel the need to grow in their responsibilities. Teaching them to grow and own their attitudes and choices is one of the most important character qualities we can help them develop. So, don’t just tell them they need to be responsible, or that they need to be mature. Instead, carefully identify what is going on in their world, and begin to set out boundaries that give them responsibility and cause them to act upon them. And when the next new thing comes along, learn to adjust the boundaries in ways that help them continue to recognize their need to be mature, responsible, and own up to the consequences of their choices. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

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I know you’re big on bargains and saving money. How do you feel about warehouse clubs, like Costco and Sam’s Club?

A. We have both of those in our neighborhood, and I’m a big fan. There are definitely some good buys and great bargains to be had in places like that. To be honest, my wife is probably a bigger fan than I am. I suspect we save more money from her trips than mine to those spots. I will advise you to watch your spending carefully in warehouse clubs. Most people overbuy in situations like that, especially those of us who are spenders by nature. Believe it or not, I’m a spender by

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nature. To this day, if I’m not careful, I’m still bad about buying things I don’t need – or too much of the things I do need – in warehouse clubs. Have fun in there, and make sure you find some steals on smart things you can stock up on. Just don’t go crazy and wreck your budget by overspending!

Q. When it comes to making a will, would it suffice to sit down and write it all out on a piece of paper, then have it notarized? A. I would never advise someone to write their own will, unless, of course,

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they’re an attorney in that state. Laws can vary from state to state, and some states may not look upon a document like that as being official under law. Some even require witnesses, and a notary might not be good enough. If you’re trying to save money by doing it this way, I would strongly urge you to look at involving a lawyer as an investment. In most cases, having a reputable lawyer draw up a legally correct, state-specific will doesn’t cost a lot of money. At the very least, go online to USLegalForms.com. They have all kinds of state-specific legal forms, including wills. Your last will and testament is one of the most important legal documents you’ll ever be part of. Please don’t try to do this yourself. I’ve run into so many families who, in the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one, were handed a handwritten piece of paper that wouldn’t hold up in court. That kind of thing just adds more stress to an already heartbreaking situation.

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Teaching our kids to have goals, do their best, and leverage personal momentum to succeed are all good ideas. However, there is a difference between supporting a child’s efforts to reach goals and taking control of the results we deem the best possible outcomes. Parents who habitually steamroll their kids rob them of personal experience on multiple levels. When parents over-step, kids can lose their point of view, their self-esteem may go down, they may feel confused, anxious or depressed, and may focus too much on pleasing parents instead of honoring their own desires.

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Don’t let your children miss out on opportunities to learn from their own life experiences. Healthy kids are not confused about who they are and what they want. In fact, a lack of assertiveness and self-expression in children may be a signal to parents that they push too much and may need to back off and give kids a chance to assert themselves. If you tend to push too much, what are you so afraid of? If you are afraid your kids will set goals differently than you, don’t worry. This is the way it should be! Insecurity and poor boundaries are two reasons parents take over their children’s goals and make them their own. So what’s a well-meaning parent with some teeny-weeny control issues to do? Plenty. You can foster healthier relationships with yourself, with your child, and with other family members, so each person in your family can focus on setting and achieving goals without interference. Then, when each of you inevitably succeeds, you will all have something to genuinely celebrate. Here are 10 ways to detach from your kids’ goals.

1. Accept.

Your kids are unfolding individuals-in-process and you are a unique person-in-process, as well. People are stories. We have beginnings, middles, and ends. As long as we are here, our story is still in progress. Sometimes progress is messy, and we are never done growing,

until we are done living. So if we can allow each other to be unique works in progress, we don’t have to put quite so much pressure on ourselves to achieve everything right this very minute.

2. Distinguish.

You are not your child and your child is not you. So maybe it’s time to ease up on comparing and contrasting family members. Who says parents and children have to be anything alike? Maybe every single person in your family is a unique individual and you all have varied perspectives on any topic. This is likely true. Forget pressing for family groupthink. You can’t make your kids into you, nor should you ask them to be you. All you can do is be yourself and let them be themselves.

3. Moderate.

Be a good enough parent, not a perfect parent. If you have to be a perfect parent, then everyone in your family has to be perfect too, and this is exhausting for everyone. If you put unrealistic pressures on yourself and your family members, stop. Try not judging your family by appearance. External indicators are not the measure of internal happiness, anyway. Truth: you are imperfect, you make mistakes, you do the best you can, and this is all good enough. You can only feel like enough if you can let yourself and others embrace imperfection.

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4. Strive.

Have your own goals, not just goals for each of your children. Do you have a vocation or avocation beyond mothering and fathering? If not, you really need to get one or several. Parents who put all their identity eggs in one parenting basket are destined for a big fall, once children grow up and leave home. Because, yes, parenting is a full time job; but it’s not supposed to be your only identity in life. If you cling to your parenting role too much, ask yourself what other life challenges you might be trying to avoid. Chances are good, you are anxious about stretching your own wings. Focusing on your own goals and taking pride in each baby step will make you feel better than staying stuck.

5. Reach out.

Get your own emotional needs met, rather than using your children for inner fulfillment. You may not realize you are doing this, but if you have unresolved childhood issues you have not yet faced, it is probably time to heal your past. The emotional work you are not willing to do can have long-term negative effects on your children. So don’t try to sort everything out without assistance. If you are aware of a family history of addiction, neglect, mental illness, divorce, narcissism, abuse or control issues, then you are likely going to need professional input to sort it all out and get yourself on a

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healthy emotional track. Don’t put this off, for your family’s sake.

6. Let go. As the wife of a high school

theater director, I have witnessed parents of aspiring thespians bartering for their children’s advancement on more occasions than I care to remember. After moving into the district, it took us a couple of years to realize that many of our new overly enthusiastic friends were actually looking to secure a future leading role for their child. Why do parents do this? Apparently they believe that trading favors is better than letting their kids compete with their peers on an even playing field. But how long are mom and dad going to be able to smooth the way for successes? And if you asked the child, wouldn’t he say that he would rather earn the role rather than having mom and dad nab it for him?

7. Allow.

Acknowledge your fears and insecurities in life and express them in front of your kids occasionally. You may think your children can’t handle seeing you struggle, but by hiding your negative emotions you won’t provide healthy examples of how to process feelings with trusted others. Life is full of highs and lows. Trying to keep the emotional tone unnaturally high at all times is more detrimental than helpful. Kids need to see parents as regular old human beings who both thrive and falter. So set the example of how to expe-

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rience a full range of emotions in your home and you’re children will learn how to move through negative emotions instead of getting bogged down every time they experience a setback.

8. Join in.

Help your kids create momentum in arenas they love, while still acknowledging the rest of the team. If your child always has to be the star for your sake, she will have trouble fitting in with the rest of the kids. If you can’t settle for anything but the best for your child, check your attitude for entitlement. Believing your child is superior to others is detrimental to social development. So take her down off the pedestal and get to work figuring out why you need to put her there in the first place. Chances are good it has more to do with your low self-esteem than what your child wants and needs. If you can join groups without having to be the best or the leader, your child can learn to appreciate the value in connecting for it’s own sake, too.

9. Aim high. Toddlers don’t usually

walk across the room on their first attempt, and you won’t hit every goal on the first try either. But if you don’t set goals beyond your ken, then how are kids going to learn how to do the same themselves? Of course, this means sometimes you won’t succeed and your children will witness your inevitable failures. But, if you come up with ways to

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bounce back from life’s disappointments, your children will learn to do the same. And that’s great because then you are teaching them that aiming high is a challenging learning experience, not just an opportunity for guaranteed applause.

10. Relax. Make sure family members value down time. Home is supposed to be a sanctuary for the whole family, not a place where kids come to get probed, lectured, and controlled. If your home is not a place where each family member can retreat and find some peace and quiet, why isn’t it? Maybe a parent is spending too much time alone worrying about how each child can get ahead rather than getting out and contributing to the community. Don’t be a pushy parent. You may feel like you are making strides for your children in the short run, but you are robbing each of them of developing an organic identity at their own pace. Value each child without pressuring. Create a restful home, full of divergent opinions, healthy debates, and spontaneous self-expression. Only then can your children evolve into the people they are each meant to become. ESP Author, journalist and writing coach Christina Katz is proud to say that her daughter is nothing like her and is under no pressure to become her any time soon. Playing Christina Katz is a role that has already cheerfully been taken.

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Our Easter Egg Hunt runs all day long April 1-2, April 8-9 and April 14-16 from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Cost - $5 (plus tax). Free for children under 2. Don’t forget to bring your camera as the Easter Bunny and Aussie Roo will be making special appearances at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm for you to meet and take photos with. Plenty of fun activities and games happening -some of these include - Pin the tail on the bunny, Easter egg toss, Basketball hoop game, Fishing game, Arts and crafts and a lucky dip. Each time you play a game you will receive a prize; cost will be $1.00 per game. Hayrides for $1.00. Petting zoo included in your entry price! Our Bounce Land will also be in full effect for kids to bounce the day away – cost $1.00 per child for an unlimited bounce land wristband. There will be plenty of food and drinks to purchase and enjoy. Also our gemstone mine will be open for business for the chance to mine for gemstones at our water wheel mine. Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 16 Easter Events – Bass Pro Shop 20000 Bass Pro Dr, Spanish Fort, Basspro.com Come join us for our Easter Events. Free 4x6 photo - Saturdays 11:00am-6:00pm; Sundays 11:00am-4:00pm; Monday - Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm; Friday 2:00pm – 8:00pm. Easter crafts - Saturdays & Sundays 1:00pm4:00pm; Friday 2:00pm-5:00pm. Easter Egg Hunt – April 15 - Registration starts at 1:30pm; Egg Hunt is 2:00pm-3:00pm. Saturday, March 18 – Saturday, April 15

Wales West Light Railway Cottontail Express

AD ON PAGE 15 Wales West; 13670 Smiley Street, Silverhill 888-569-5337; www.waleswest.com All aboard the Cottontail Express at Wales West where you ride an authentic steam train to the Bunny Hutch. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny before your Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy Treats and refreshments, Train Rides, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and more. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am-4:00pm. March 25 – April 15

Easter Bunny Photos at The Wharf

AD ON PAGE 7 The Wharf; 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach www.alwharf.com Dust off the pastels and festive prints for this year’s photo with the Easter Bunny! There will be live fuzzy rabbits as well, the perfect added touch to the holiday picture. Whether it’s a trusted family tradition or first-time experience, you are guaranteed to leave with an unforgettable memento that’ll span a lifetime. Dates: March 25-26/April 1-2, 8-9, 14-15; 11:00am – 6:00pm. Cost: Various price packages available. April 1 – April 16 Forty South Farm & Zoo Easter Egg Hunt 27257 Glass Road, Robertsdale 251-964-4242; www.fortysouthfarms.com Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

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AD ON INSIDE FRONT COVER Geri Moulton Children’s Park; 1700 Center Street, Mobile 251-694-6873; www.rmhcmobile.org Bring your Easter basket and hippity-hop to the Bunny Hop sponsored by the Red Shoe Krew of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. This fun filled event will have many family friendly activities including games, train rides, face-painting, cotton candy and more! Cost - $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm. Saturday, April 8 Kids Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Bellingrath Gardens and Home; 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore 251-973-2217; www.bellingrath.org Hop on down to Bellingrath for a morning of Easter fun with our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Cost - $13 for adults and $7.50 for children. Registration is required for the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny; to register, call 251- 973-2217. 52

Saturday, April 8 AMC Jubilee Square Annual Easter Eggstravaganza AMC Jubilee Square 12; 6898 US Highway 90, Daphne, 251-626-5766 1000+ Egg Easter Egg Hunt and Baby Easter Egg hunt (for children 3 and under), coloring contests, face painting, and more! Egg hunt at 10:30am. Saturday, April 8 City of Daphne Easter Egg Hunt Lott Park; 2039 Main Street, Daphne Join us for the City of Daphne Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 11 am - 2 pm at Lott Park. Egg hunts (by age division - see below), games, inflatables, food and more! Egg Hunt Times: Ages 2 & under -- 12:10, Ages 3-4 -- 12:30, Ages 5-7 (Girls) -- 12:50, Ages 5-7 (Boys) -- 1:10, Ages 8-10 (Girls) -- 1:30 and Ages 8-10 (Boys) -- 1:50. Saturday, April 8 Easter Bunny in Downtown Fairhope Fairhope Welcome Center; 20 North Section St, Fairhope 251-929-1466 The Easter bunny will be visiting Fairhope on Saturday, April 8. The bunny will be in front of the Fairhope Welcome Center in downtown Fairhope from 10:00am-12:00pm for children to visit. Parents may bring their cameras to take pictures. Saturday, April 8 Easter Egg Hunt – Daphne United Methodist Church Daphne United Methodist Church; 2401 Main St, Daphne 251- 626-2287; www.dumc.org Come out for a Community Easter Egg Hunt and games. Time: 9:30am-11:30am. Saturday, April 8 Easter Photos & Adoption Event with Furrever Homes Rescue 25491 State Highway 181, Daphne Come join us for Easter photos with the Easter bunny to help raise money for Furrever Homes Rescue! All proceeds will go to the rescue to help them save more animals! Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $10 and you will receive a cute picture frame to put your adorable photo in! Furrever Homes will also have adoptable pets available for anyone interested in adding a new furry family member into their home! You don’t want to miss the fun on this day! Time: 10:30am-1:30pm. Saturday, April 15 Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt Erie Meyer Civic Center; 1930 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores 251-968-1174; www.gulfshoresal.gov Kick off your Easter celebration with the City of Gulf Shores as they host Breakfast with the Bunny at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Families of all ages are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes before having pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. The first 50 children will receive a www.easternshoreparents.com

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AD ON PAGE 7 The Wharf; 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach www.alwharf.com Spring has finally hopped into gear at The Wharf! The Easter Bunny is ushering in this grand arrival by carefully hiding over 5,000 eggs for eager hands to find. Lucky scavengers may even come across a few “golden” prize eggs scattered throughout. There will be separate age group areas designated for the annual hunt and a wide variety of kids activities offered on the lawn, including face painting, a bouncy house, giant coloring sheets, pony rides, cookies and more! Live rabbits will be around to amp up the cute factor and kiddos can take a keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny after the hunt. Admission is FREE, Face Painting: $5 - $10, Pony Rides: $5. Sunday, April 16 Easter Sunrise Service Bellingrath Gardens and Home Bellingrath Gardens and Home; 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore 251-973-2217; www.bellingrath.org As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to a special Sunrise Service on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. There is no admission charge. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. After the service, breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café. Sunday, April 16 LuLu’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt 200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores www.lulubuffett.com LuLu’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter day at 2:00pm. Come meet the Easter Bunny and have fun looking for Easter Eggs filled with surprises on LuLu’s Beach! Easter Egg Hunt is separated by ages for fair hunting for all! Sunday, April 16 Easter Sunrise Service at the Fairhope Pier Fairhope Pier; 1 North Beach Rd, Fairhope www.cofairhope.com Easter Sunrise Service at the Fairhope Pier at 6:30am. Sponsored by the Optimist Club. Sunday, April 16 Easter Sunrise Service at Fort Gaines Fort Gaines; 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island 251-861-6992; dauphinisland.org The service will be on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines at 6:30am. FREE admission will be given to guests from 6:00 to 7:00 am. Bring your own chairs and/or blanket.

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Creative Apps for Creative Kids We live in the Golden Age of Apps. For parents, this can be confusing. Kids love apps but many seem like little more than high-tech pacifiers that amuse without stimulating. To find the exceptions, parents have to evaluate apps as they do other playthings. Is the app developmentally appropriate? Does it promote active engagement or passive viewing? Does your child get excited enough to want to tell you about what he or she is doing? Apps that encourage creativity are usually winners. These mini-programs encourage your child to explore, think and make things they can share with other people. Obviously, you’ll want to match the app with your child’s aptitudes and interests but here are ten promising possibilities. These programs are available through the Apple I-Tunes store though, in many cases, comparable products are available for other platforms.

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1. Pull together a picture book.

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Tapikeo provides simple grids that make it easy for a child to arrange the photos on a phone and then add narration. Use it to make scrapbooks and picture books or, for that matter, flash cards and slide shows. (Ages 6-10, Tapikeo.com)

2. Fool with photos. ColorSplash adds color to photographs when you brush the screen with your fingers. Zoom in or out by pinching the screen. An undo button encourages experiments. (Ages 2-8, pocketpixels.com) Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

iLuv Drawing Animals provides step-bystep instructions for sketching recognizable animals. Forty lessons teach kids to draw everything from cats and dogs to penguins and pandas. The app also provides tools for coloring the drawings. (Ages 4-10, www.learnwithfunapps.com)

4. Doodle with light. Glow Doodle transforms ordinary drawings into spectacular neon creations at the press of a “Glow button.” (Ages 3-8, 99 cents, 2-8, I-Phone or I-Pad)

5. Conquer the keyboard. Jellybean Tunes, an app created by the parents of a young child, introduces musical basics with big, colorful notes. Kids can play the songs in the program or make up their own compositions. (Ages 3-8, www. jellybeantunes.com)

Story Patch unleashes imagination by giving children over 800 images to be incorporated into their stories. Kids can start with prompts—a trip to the zoo, a birthday party—but the tools also make it easy for them to take dictation from their own imaginations. (Ages 4-10, www.storypatch.com)

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creates the melody just by moving her finger across the screen. (Any age)

8. Toon up. Toontastic is a clever animation program developed with help from educators at Stanford. Kids choose a setting and populate it with characters that actually move the way the child wants them to move. A microphone allows kids to add narration. (Ages 4-10, www.Launchpadtoys.com)

9. Draw what you like. The Drawing Pad app is as open-ended as a sketchbook. In the “desk drawer” at the bottom of the screen, kids have access to a wide variety of “art supplies” including pencils, markers, paintbrushes, roller pens, erasers and stickers. What they make from all of these tools is entirely up to them. (All ages, www.Drawingpadapp.com)

10. Drum for fun. Drum Circle Kids lets little kids experiment with a variety of drums including an American Trap Set, the Caribbean Steel Pan, Chinese Drums, Cuban Conga and the West African Djembe. By tapping on the screen, your child can join the onscreen drummers or create her own beats. (Ages 2-5, www. Spyedesign.com) Cool as these apps may be, they shouldn’t take the place of more traditional opportunities for creative exploration. Even the most tech-savvy kids should have easy access to fingerpaints and clay, big pads of blank paper and homemade instruments, props that make them want to star in their own stories and music that makes them want to jump up and dance.

Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Parenting is hard. Parenting kids without a partner to help can be grueling. From finding the right support to setting realistic limits, you can feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Here’s how:

Manage your finances. Many hardworking single parents struggle to make ends meet. If you qualify, numerous non-profit and government organizations are available to provide assistance. Also, eliminate unnecessary bills or contact the company to see if refinancing is an option. “One of the worst things to do is to let the kids think that the only thing that has changed is that mommy or daddy has left,” Gallinati says. “Explain that this is now a one-income family and cuts need to be made.”

Tap emotional support. A positive support network is instrumental for stress management. If you don’t have access to close family or friends, seek support from single parent or mothers’ groups. “We have discussion groups that discuss topics pertinent to single parents,” says Janet Gallinati, president of Parents without Partners, an international non-profit organization, with chapters Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

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Seek flexibility. If possible, negotiate work hours or find a job that better accommodates you and your children’s needs. “Finding flexible work is realistic if you are clear about what you need, how you can be successful and matching that with the business need,” says Laura Wildman, a staffing consultant with Mom Corps, which helps match professionals who are raising young families with companies that offer flexible work conditions. As president of Mothers & More, a national organization that provides community, support and programming for mothers, single mom Jill Gaikowski, says she works in the evenings and on the weekends when she doesn’t have her child. “I’m happy to make the trade-off because before becoming a single parent, I was a stay-at-home mom. I am lucky to have this option,” Gaikowski says.

Commit to self-care. Engage in activities that nurture and energize you like meditation, reading or exercise, even if that means waking up a few minutes earlier than usual. Use your lunch hour to connect with a friend. “Don’t underestimate the power of human touch,” Dunn says. “Schedule a massage or a pedicure. Human contact is really helpful in releasing bottled up energy and emotion that may not otherwise have an outlet for release.” Plan ahead. Include personal time on the calendar. “Do something for yourself once a week. You will see how it makes you better in all other areas of your life,” Gaikowski says. Integrate fun. Spend time with your kids cooking meals together, playing board games, bike-riding or watching a movie. Also plan playdates or outings with other families to build a sense of community.

Resolve guilt. Are you haunted by feelings of guilt, inadequacy and resentment in the midst of juggling parenthood and a career? Realize that you are doing your best and focus on remaining optimistic. “You will get that important email that comes while you are at your kids’ game and you will get that call from school when you are working, but your mindset and flexibility can make it all work,” Wildman says.

Involve your kids. Assign age-appropriate responsibilities which helps children grow more self-confident and independent. “If you over-function by doing things for your children they could be doing for themselves, you’re teaching them to have unrealistic expectations for themselves and others,” Dunn says. Although single parenting isn’t easy, remember that when you manage your stress and focus on creating a stable, loving home for your kids, you’ll not only survive, you and your family will thrive. ESP

Ask for help. Without adequate emotional and practical support,caregiving can deplete your energy making you more susceptible to illness and depression. Utilize available resources and take advantage of any help that is offered by family and friends, says life coach Kristin Dunn, owner of From the Ground Up Life Coaching. Also, find a reliable sitter, trade babysitting with a friend or check out area drop-in day cares.

Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines, is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life, which helps moms connect with their tribe, while creating a social life they love. To connect with her, visit www.christamelnykhines.com.

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Toys That Build a Balancing Act

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Balance is key to reaching many of a child’s developmental milestones. Raising their head, pulling up to a stand, taking their first steps are all achieved when a baby finds and hones their balance. It’s marvelous how our bodies take in a variety of stimulus while making a multitude of minute adjustments, all to achieve a physical equilibrium. As kids grow and change, their bodies benefit from constant new challenges that calibrate and improve their balancing abilities. The following recommendations are ideal for encouraging and building a child’s sense of balance as they grow.

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Ice Cream Balance Game

Teeter Popper (Fat Brain)

Offering a versatile range of play options, the Teeter Popper from Fat Brain encourages all kinds of balancing moves for the kid in control. Cupped in the curve for seated maneuvers, young athletes can wobble and spin their way to better balance. Improved coordination follows when kids take a stand on the edges, twisting and tilting the Teeter Popper. Especially cool for kids who love the satisfaction of popping bubble wrap, the suction cups peppered around the bottom of this gadget generate rapid-fire pops as they engage and disengage with a hard floor. An irresistible sensory challenge for kids, the multiple moves they create with the Teeter Popper are all part of building better balance.

A delicately perched desert stand is ready to host the sweet challenge of players vying to build the best confection without knocking the whole tray over. While it can be played solo as a balance building challenge, this game is most rewarding when multiple dessert chefs take turns using tongs to select and place the colorful cookies, cones and ice cream scoops on the tower without disturbing other pieces. As players strive to build a balanced diet of ice cream, the risk increases with each play that the tasty tower will topple. Supporting the development of steady hands and cool coordination, only the best balancing act will finish dessert first.

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Kids Balance Cushion, Jr.

Leaping from stone to stone at the creek’s edge is an outdoor rite of passage for many youth. But when the pebbled steps of the waterways aren’t available, Gonge’s River Stones replicate the experience in both indoor and dry land settings. Placed in a path of their own design this set of six steps offer varying degrees of steepness and difficulty for young adventurers making their way from stone to stone. The sturdy rubber marked bases offer stability as well as a measure of protection for floor surfaces. As children build their confidence and improve coordination, they can create new balancing challenges as they reconfigure their high and dry paths across imaginary rivers (or the lava floor).

Parents of kids with ‘the wiggles’ have welcomed the Kids Balance Cushion as a fun solution to help keep little ones centered. Directing their energy into the multiple and minute body adjustments needed to maintain their balance, this cushion’s subtle design keeps kids using their extra energy to stay centered. Maximizing ‘active sitting’ balance cushions have been a positive tool to cultivate better posture and improve physical focus for more restless children. The surface nubbins provide tactile stimulation as well as gripping action to keep sitters centered. With a deceptively simple structure the Gaiam balance cushion offers a complex set of rewarding outcomes for kids as they channel their surplus energy into staying seated.

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Whether you want them to experience day or overnight camp, sports or fine arts, our listing has details on these and many more. It’s time to get your campers ready for summer fun! Art Camps Eastern Shore Art Center ad on page 57

401 Oak Street, Fairhope 36532 Join us for “Summer Art Bash”, a series of fun & creative art camps for children, ages 4 and up! Pottery ages 6-up: Weeks of June 12, 19, 26 & July 24, 2017 from 10am - 12pm at only $85/week ($75/ week for MEMBERS!). Painting & more ages 4-up: Weeks of July 11 & 18, 2017. We will also have Camp Creativity with our Outreach Director, Nancy Raia! A Full Schedule with class descriptions to be posted online soon at https://esartcenter.org/. Registration for Spring Workshops/Classes is in full swing and begins the week of April 4, 2017. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for daily updates! (251) 928-2228

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P’zazz Summer Art Camps ad on page 78

456 A North Section Street, Fairhope 36532 Mini Monet Camp: June 13 - 15 or July 18 - 20, 2017 from 10am – 12pm. ($80)- 4 and 5 year oldsacrylics, pastels, and watercolors! Ultimate 4 Day Art Camp: June 26-29, or July 24-27 from 10:00am - 12:30pm. ($135); acrylics, pastels, sumingashi inks, shaving cream art, and much more! Students will leave camp with 10-12 pieces of new art. P’zazzy Zazz Art Camp: June 6-8, 2017 or July 11-13 from 10:00am - 12:30pm. ($95) P’zazzy Zazz camp is fun and funky art stuff. Splatter paint, paint t shirts, paint on wood, paint with texture, collage, paint on canvas, printmaking, explore sumangashi inks and more! Drawing, Pastel, and Watercolor Workshop: June 13-15, 2017 2pm – 4pm. ($80) Students will strengthen their drawing skills and learn to apply color with chalk pastels and watercolor. Each child will leave camp with several frame worthy pieces that they are sure to be proud of. *Ages 9-13* Just for Boys Art Camp: June 20-22, 10:00am -12:00pm. ($85) Boys are welcome to any and all of our art camps. However, this one will be suited just for boys! We will be drawing trucks, monsters, robots, comic books characters, ninja turtles, and more. Door Hanger Camp: July 6-7, 10am - 12:30pm. ($75) In this camp, we will paint wooden door hangers for holidays and season year round.*Please register by July 1st* Private Workshop: 2-1/2 hours tailored to fit your child’s favorites. Your child will leave with 4-5 projects of different mediums. Call Becky to set up a time as space is limited. ($75/child or $60/child with multiple siblings) **All camps are for Ages 6-13, unless otherwise stated in the description. We will split into groups of ages 6-9 and ages 10-13. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required for all art camps. Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

To register, e-mail Becky at pzazzfairhope@gmail. com. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 802-1009 pzazzfairhope@gmail.com www.fairhope.pzazzart.com

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore ad on page 53

24336 Highway 98, Fairhope 36532 Camp is Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost is $120.00 per camper per camp session. A $60 per camper per camp non refundable deposit is due upon registration. Scientist at Work: July 10 – 13 (1st – 3rd grade); July 17-20 (4th-5th grade); July 24-27 (6th-7th grade) Study and explore the life and work of the world’s greatest scientists. Each day the campers will look at the life of a great scientist, study their work and duplicate their experiments. Scientists will include: Archimedes, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, Pythagoras and more. Campfire Stories: July 10-13(6th-7th grade); July 17-20 (1st-3rd grade); July 24-27 (4th-5th grade) Using a campfire setting, campers will explore the steps of the writing process as it pertains to grade appropriate literature. Campers will write a personal narrative and creative fictional story. They will then present their stories during reader’s theater hour. Call or visit our website for registration instructions and other programs offered. (251) 990-0041

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool Art and Enrichment Camp ad on page 73

28788 North Main Street, Daphne 36526 St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool will host Art & Enrichment Camps from 9am - 1pm for children ages 12 months - 6 years. Campers will be grouped by age. The cost is $100 per week per camper and include a water play day. Extended hours are available from 7am-5:30pm for an additional $100. Ask us about sibling discounts. Children of the King: June 5 - 9, 2017. Create Treasures fit for Royalty! Master Chef Cooking & Art: June 19-23, 2017. The Art of Cooking, Gardening and Creating! Little Da Vinci Science & Art Camp: July 10-14, 2017. Discovering the Wonders of Science and Art! Each camp has a non-refundable $25 registration fee. Please call for registration instructions. (251) 626-2774

26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach 36561 The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach presents Summer Visual Arts Camp, June 12-16, 2017 from 9am – 12pm for rising 1st grade – rising 7th grade. The cost is $150 for the 1st child and $130 for each sibling. This includes a t-shirt, supplies and snacks. Projects will include Clay, Glass, Painting, Mosaics, Cyanotype photography and Art in Nature. Space is Limited! Registration is available on our website. (251) 981-2787

Thomas B. Norton Library, 221 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores 36542 Please check our website for upcoming art camp dates and registration information. www.thomasbnortonlibrary.com

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Daphne Art Center

1704 Sixth Street, Daphne 36526 Let your child’s artistic side take off! Daphne Art Center will be offering some great art camps for kids this summer. We will offer 6 one-week sessions in June and July. $65/week and $60/week for each additional enrollment or child. Camp is 10am – 12noon or 1pm – 3pm. Camp is for children ages 4 and up. (251) 586-8096

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Foley Art Center

211 North McKenzie Street, Foley 36535 Visit our website for information on Young Rembrandts Classes. Find us on Facebook for details and updates. (251) 943-4381

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Humming Star Alpaca Camp

19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill 36576 June 5 – 9, 2017 and June 12 – 16, 2017. Fiber Arts Camp is designed to introduce young people to organic fibers, both plant and animal, and to the world of fiber arts. Participants will learn about the origin of these fibers and will create amazing products. They will dye natural fibers and learn how to prepare them for their art projects. Participants will ice dye their camp t-shirt. Each camper will create a journal book using wet felting, needle felting and ebru marbling techniques. They will also design and create a pillow using weaving and felting techniques. Of course, we will visit with the alpacas each day! Camp is Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm. Campers are asked to bring a brown bag lunch, M-TH. Friday we will provide pizza and dessert. Snacks and drinks are provided daily. Cost is $190 per camper with an $80 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. Ages are 9 - 15 years old. Please call or email for registration information and questions. (251) 214-8224

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Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp

First Presbyterian Church, 309 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores 36542 Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp 2017 dates are June 26-30. Camp hours are 9am – 3pm each

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day and is open to those entering 2nd through 8th grades. The cost for the entire week is $115 and $100 for siblings. Both partial and full scholarships are available. Featuring hands-on classes in visual art mediums, theater, music, dance and the humanities, the camp offers an extraordinary encounter with the world of fine arts. The 2017 classes will include Percussion & Music, Printmaking, Pottery, Painting, Pastels, Musical Theater, SyFy Writing, and Dance. All KSFAC instructors are professional artists and/or teachers. Each day concludes with a live professional performance presented by artists of regional and/or national acclaim. The camp takes place at the First Presbyterian Church in Gulf Shores and is made possible by a partnership between the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and FPC. (251) 978-8130 or (251) 948-2627 www.gulfshoresfirstpresbyterian.org or www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com

Organic School

8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope 36532 Classes and dates are coming soon! Call the office or check our website for more information and updates. (251) 928-9347

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Paint ‘N Parrot

9 North Church Street, Fairhope 36532 Now enrolling children ages 5 years and up for summer camp sessions. Please call or stop by for registration information. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 928-4161

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Painting with Shannon

Fairhope 36532 Summer Camps will run from May 22, - July 20, 2017. Hours will be Monday – Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:00pm for Ages 3.5-8 years. Visit us on Facebook & Instagram @Paintwithshannon to view photos and updates. (251) 459-4409

Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio

1901 Main Street, Daphne 36526 The beautiful combination of Yoga and Art teaches children creativity, focus, mental and physical health. Camp hours are 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for ages 4 - 10. Pricing is $75/child and $50/siblings. Call for dates and additional details and specific dates. (251) 458-6506

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Cheer - Dance Gymnastics ad on page 17

8534 Well Road, Daphne 36526 Registration begins March 1, 2017. Registration is $40. Full time tuition is $115 and Part time (1/2 day for 3 days) is $90. Visit our website or find us on Facebook for more information. Week 1: May 29 - Kickin’ into Summer; Week 2: June 5 – Splash n Dash; Week 3: June 12 – All About Sports; Week 4: June 19 – Animal Tracks; Week 5: June 26 – Under the Sea Exploration; Week 6: July 3 – Inflatables Week; Week 7: July 10 – Silly Science Adventures; Week 8: July 17 – The Curious World of Dr. Seuss; Week 9: July 24 – Artful Antics; Week 10: July 31 – American Ninja Warrior Training Camp; Week 11: August 7 – Imagination; Week 12: August 14 – Fear Factor Challenge. www.bcgagymnastics.com

Baypointe Dance Academy ad on page 27

8756 Rand Avenue, Daphne 36526 Register now for Summer Classes 2017! Specific dates and details coming soon! Forms are also available on our website. Reserve your spot today!

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Creative Outlet Dance Center ad on page 66

66 South Section Street, Fairhope 36532 Summer Camp begins June 5th and runs through July 21st, 2017. We offer 6 week mini session classes for children & adults. Our creative arts camps will feature dance, drama, music and art activities designed around a specific theme. Weekly dance classes offered in Creative Ballet for pre school ages, Tap, Jazz and Classical Ballet. Creative Outlet also offers Boot Camp for Dancers. Find us on Facebook for updates and details! (251) 928-9511

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Dance Arts South ad on page 41

251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope 36532 Spend a dynamic week at camp learning about the world of dance through movement and imagination. Our enthusiastic, well-trained faculty will provide a wholesome camp experience for all dancers in training. On the final day of camp, students will demonstrate their dance skills with a short in-house performance. Dancers must stay strong and conditioned and summertime is a great time to focus on growing and developing in a fun, stress-free environment. We will be offering Summer Term Dance in a variety of genres. Magical Ballet Camp (ages 2-5) | June 19-23 & July 17-21; Hip Hop Camp (ages 7-teen) | June 26-30; Cirque Silks Camp (ages 7 to teen) | June 19-23 & July 17-21; Intermediate Ballet Summer Term | June 12 - Aug 18; Advanced Ballet Summer Term | June 12 - Aug 18; Jazz/Tap Summer Term | June 12 - Aug 18; Tumbling/Back handspring Clinic Summer Term | June 12 - Aug 18. Visit www.DanceArtsSouth.com to register for Classes. (251) 610-8902

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Eastern Shore Dance Academy ad on page 72

9063 Merritt Lane, Daphne 36526 Offering several dance camps and dance intensives for age 3 and up, grouped by age. Call for themes, dates and times. (251) 626-2300

www.easternshoredanceacademy.us

Eastern Shore Gymnastics Academy ad on page 79

8566 Athlete Drive, Daphne 36526 (251) 447-0505

www.easternshoregymnastics.net

Gulf Coast Dance Alliance ad on page 62 and 63

30752 Ember Lane, Spanish Fort 36527 2017 Summer Dance Camps will be June 12th – 16th, 2017. Come dance with us where the dance creations of today ignite the stars of tomorrow! Ballerina Princess Camp: 10am – 12pm for ages 3 - 5 years. Cost is $125. Strut Your Stuff Camp: 9am – 12pm for ages 6 - 8 years. Cost is $150. Dance Jam Camp: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for ages 9 – 12 years. Camp Cost is $175. GCDA will run regular classes for all ages and levels throughout the summer from June 5th – July 26th, 2017. Registration begins March 20th. The registration fee is $20 for regular summer classes. (251) 621-9755

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Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore ad on page 83

26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne 36526 Summer is an excellent time to begin ballet studies or to enhance your ballet skills! Mobile Ballet offers a full range of summer classes at both our Mobile and Eastern Shore studios. Featuring outstanding guest teachers and Mobile Ballet faculty. Watch for

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more details soon! Ballet & Broadway - Ages 6 – 9, June 12 - 16 or July 10 - 13, 1pm – 3:30pm. Fun summer training to advance your classical ballet and Broadway-style jazz skills. Class fee is $125; Ballet & Jazz classes, stretch & strengthening components, and focus on improving technique. Performance for family and friends at end of each Session! Class fee is $195. Mermaid Dreams Ages 3 – 5, June 12 - 16 or July 10 – 13, 10am – 12:30pm. Ballet is fun! Join us for ballet class, crafts, storytime, “rehearsal” and performance for family and friends! Class fee is $125. Open Class Ballet- Ages 10+, Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Prior classical ballet training required. Open Class. Fee is $15 per class or purchase a discounted Summer Class Card. Open Class Yoga & Pilates on the Mat, Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm. Watch for full schedule soon! Register soon to avoid disappointment! Call today or visit our website for more information. Summer Intensive (Mobile Studio). Ages 9- 10, 11-12, & 13+. June 5 – 23, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 1,2 or 3 week options. 1 week, $275; 2 weeks, $500; 3 weeks $700. (251) 342-2241

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South Baldwin Dance Center ad on page 74

3947 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Ste 230, Gulf Shores 36542 Summer sessions and camps begin in June! Our exciting summer dance programs are designed to be full of creativity, inspiration and fun surprises to enhance a lasting love of dance and make fun summer memories! Various classes offered for ages 2 through advanced. Summer classes will include: Wee Dance: A six-week session for parents and their children ages 2-3 involving music, rhythm, and creative ballet-inspired movement; Imagination Celebration: a six-week session for our littlest dancers ages 3-5 featuring a new theme each week. Flights to Neverland, journeys to space and Princesses/ Pirates Party to name a few; Divas of Dance: Ages 6-9 learn the basics in ballet, jazz and hip-hop

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during this fun-filled week long camp. We’ll style ourselves with fancy hairdos, makeup, costuming and jewelry, as well as put on a stage-worthy show at the week’s end; Boyz in Da Hood: For the boys only! Two groups, ages 4-6 and ages 6-10! The fellas will learn hip-hop, break-dance, and a little tumbling working on their street skill. Other camps include, 10 & Up Beginner Camps in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap, Intermediate through Advanced sessions with guest teachers in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Tap. Check out our Facebook page or website for more information. We’re looking forward to dancing with you! (251) 942-6209

www.southbaldwindance.com

Susan’s Academy of Dance ad on page 68

7966 American Way, Daphne 36526 We have something for everyone this summer! Activities and classes include jazz, tap, lyrical, tumbling, ballet, hip-hop, choreography, arts and crafts, movies, make-up, fashion shows, scavenger hunts, etc. Non-dancers are also encouraged to attend. (251) 626-3835

www.susansacademyofdance.com

The Little Gym ad on page 73

(Publix Shopping Center), 22530 Highway 98, Fairhope 36532 We have lots of exciting camps for this summer—for children ages 3-8 years (must be potty independent) our SUPER KIDS’QUEST SUMMER CAMP is an adventure filled 3 hour camp offered Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Each day of camp involves a fun creative storyline that will incorporate opportunities for the kids to exercise their muscles, imagination and their coordination skills - working together to complete each QUEST. Different themes and quests will cleverly incorporate all of our Learning Dimensions (Get Moving,

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Auburn Tigers Girls Gymnastics Camp

McWhorter Center-Auburn University Campus, 703 West Samford Avenue, Auburn 36831 Residential or Commuter Camp June 11 – 14 and July 21-23, Day Camp June 15-16. Auburn Gymnastics Camps in Alabama offer an opportunity for gymnasts to receive valuable instruction on the fundamentals of gymnastics while addressing new skills. Campers will be made aware of the characteristics that define a successful gymnast and drill progressions will be aimed towards recognizing and developing good habits in all aspects of gymnastics. General courtesy, respect for others and the importance of hard work will be taught to the campers through example by the Tiger coaches. The Auburn University coaching staff, many qualified club coaches, as well as several current and former Auburn gymnasts will be working daily with campers. (334) 844-5047 kurth@auburn.edu www.abcsportscamps.com/autigers

Bayshore Ballet

305 Fels Avenue, Fairhope 36532 Bay Shore Ballet Academy will offer Summer Dance Intensive classes. This program is for dancers at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. Classes will include ballet and pointe, as well as some modern and jazz. For more information, or to register please call Janet Carole at the number above. (251) 990-9744

www.bayshoreballet.com

Gem of Champions

25421 A State Highway 181, Daphne 36526 Gem of Champions will offer great camps and clinics this summer. Call or visit our website for details. (251)340-2500

www.gemofchamps.com

Gulf Coast Tumbling

3757 Gulf Shores Parkway, (Suite BE and BF), Gulf Shores 36542 Please visit our website or call for information. (251) 424-5484

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LSU Gymnastics Camp

Louisiana State University , 156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Please visit our website for more information. (225) 766-7125

www.lsusports.net/camps

Next Level Tumbling and Training Center

26090 Equity Drive, Daphne 36526 Camp 1: June 19 – 23, 2017 from 8:45am – 12:00pm; Camp 2: July 17 – 21, 2017 from 8:45am – 12:00pm. Next Level Tumbling is committed to delivering exceptional tumbling instruction to every student. Our program is designed to help each student advance safely and properly through tumbling progressions to be able to per-

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form a wide variety of skills and achieve even the most advanced tricks, all under the supervision of the most qualified tumbling instructors. In addition to the small group tumbling sessions, we also offer school squad tumbling and pep rally preparation, cheer clinics, open gyms, stretching session, birthday parties. Summer Camp is for ages 5 – 16 years. Please call or visit our website for more details and registration. (251) 621-5797

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Sheffield School of the Dance - Eastern Shore

151 Fly Creek Avenue, Suite 430 & 432, Fairhope 36532 Sheffield School of the Dance - Eastern Shore is a State of the Art dance studio in Fairhope. We will be offering exciting Summer Camps & Classes for all ages and levels in 2017! Please call for more information and stay tuned to us on Facebook for constant updates. LIKE us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/sheffielddance. (251) 928-5678 or (251) 219-7877 info@sheffielddance.net www.sheffielddance.net

University of Alabama - Gymnastics Camps

Tuscaloosa 35487 2017 Day Camper June 14-17 and June 22-25. University of Alabama Gymnastics Camps are designed to maximize each camper’s experience through technical training in a challenging and fun atmosphere. We take pride in providing all participants an in-depth opportunity to grow and develop as a gymnast. Overnight Camper June 22-25. Day Camper Fee is $645.00 and Overnight fee is $745. Overnight Camp is for ages 9 years and up. Day Camp is for ages 7 years and up. (205) 348-5349 bamagymcamp@ia.ua.edu http://www.alabamagymnasticscamp.com/camps.cfm

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Day Camps Bay Camp

First Kids Summer Day Camp at First Baptist Church

303 Dryer Avenue, Daphne 36526 Bayside offers a multitude of specialty programs throughout the year for every student’s age and interest! Whether sports or science, dance or dinosaurs, art or adventure, there is something for everyone! Call or email baysidesummercamp@ yahoo.com for registration.

First Baptist Church, 300 South Section Street, Fairhope 36532 First Kids Summer Day camp is gearing up for it’s 7th amazing summer! Camp begins Tuesday, May 30th and runs through the summer, 7:30am – 5:30pm daily, with the exception of July 4. Registration fee is $65.00 per child ($75.00 per child after April 30th). Open to any child who has completed any grade this current school year between Kindergarten and 6th grade. Full time (4-5 days a week) is $115 per week, Part time (2-3 days per week) is $80 per week and one day is $30.00 per week. Multichild discounts are available for full time siblings. Registration packets will be available beginning Monday, April 3, in the church office and online. Activities during the summer will include several awesome field trips, music, arts/crafts, sign language, drama, Bible study, movies, Wii time, tech days, outdoor play, splash pad visits, and much more. Contact Leigh Nelson, Camp Director at fairhopesdc@gmail. com for details and registration information. Space is limited and will fill quickly. Please contact as soon as possible to reserve a space for your child’s greatest summer experience ever!

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Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Rd, Fairhope 36532 Camp begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and last for 12 weeks. “Explore the Shore” with Bay Camp! This isn’t your ordinary camp. Your child will have a summer adventure with awesome field trips, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sports, art, and more! Have the peace-of-mind in knowing your child is in a nurturing environment supervised by experienced counselors. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Open to kids ages 5 – 12 years. Pick and choose the weeks you need. For more information contact director Lisa Ledet or visit our website. (251) 752-4897 lisa@easternshorebaycamp.com www.EasternShoreBayCamp.com

Bay City Adventure Camp ad on page 17

8534 Well Road, Daphne 36526 Registration begins March 1, 2017. Registration is $40. Full time tuition is $115 and Part time (1/2 day for 3 days) is $90. Visit our website or find us on Facebook for more information. Week 1: May 29 - Kickin’ into Summer; Week 2: June 5 – Splash n Dash; Week 3: June 12 – All About Sports; Week 4: June 19 – Animal Tracks; Week 5: June 26 – Under the Sea Exploration; Week 6: July 3 – Inflatables Week; Week 7: July 10 – Silly Science Adventures; Week 8: July 17 – The Curious World of Dr. Seuss; Week 9: July 24 – Artful Antics; Week 10: July 31 – American Ninja Warrior Training Camp; Week 11: August 7 – Imagination; Week 12: August 14 – Fear Factor Challenge. (251) 621-2112

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Central Christian School Summer Day Camp ad on page 26

17395 Highway 104 West, Robertsdale 36567 Central Christian School will be offering Summer Day Camp for 2017 for ages K-3 through 12th grade. Campers will enjoy activities such as Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Field Trips, Movies, Water Play, Bible Stories, Outdoor Activities and Reading Enrichment. Registration includes Free t-shirt for field trips. Daily rate and weekly rate available. Please check our website or call for information. (251) 947-5043

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Eastern Shore Kids Kastle ad on page 64

10291B County Road 48, Fairhope 36532 Now enrolling for summer for ages 6 weeks – 12 years. Space is very limited. Special weekly activities are offered. All activities are on-site. Hours are from 6:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please call for registration or visit us on Facebook. (251) 990-5350

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God’s Living Sea ad on page 75

(Jubilee Baptist Church), 9264 Pleasant Road, Daphne 36526 June 13th - July 20th. Registration begins March 1st. Summer camp is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am - 1:00pm. Our summer camp is all about fun and learning! Ages 18 month - 5th grade. Space is limited! Contact Meighan Sternberg at (251) 621-3977. (251) 621-3977

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9023 Lawson Road, Daphne 36526 No such thing as a boring summer at Little Crusaders Summer Camp! Camp is a full day camp held Monday through Friday. Join in on the fun this summer with Water Park visits, trips to the Exploreum, bowling, putt-putt, zoo visits, swimming, beach outings, museums, Alligator Alley and More! $145/week and includes all meals and activities. Space is limited so register today to reserve your space. (251) 621-6363

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The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast ad on page 51

28788 North Main Street, Daphne 36526 2017 Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast’s Summer Program dates are June 5th - July 27th from 8am - 6pm, Monday – Thursday. Our program is open to individuals ages 10 - 21. There is a one time registration fee of $50.00 and the Summer Program fee is $325.00/month. EFGC is a non profit 501 (c) (3) social and recreational program dedicated to serve the special needs community. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter. For more information check out our website www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org. (251) 625-8955

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Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Day

Camp Silvercreek, 16914 Cty Rd 52, Silver Hill 36576 BUG HUNTERS Camp June 5th-9th 8:00am - 1:30 pm. Cost is $80 if registered by May 12, 2017. After May 12th the cost will be $100. Come experience a world of Cub Scouting and Bug Hunting. BB Shooting, archery, sling shots, Scout Advancement opportunities, and a special release on Friday. For more details and to register contact Camp Director

Tierra Fletcher at maygen01tierra@ yahoo.com.

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Camp 3Circle

North and South Campuses, 10080 County Road 64 and 10274 State Highway 104, Fairhope 36532 This summer our North Campus and South Campus will each have Camp 3Circle on June 19-23, 2017. This camp is open to ages 4 years - 4th grade. Please call for registration and details. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 626- 5489 or (251) 990-3112 www.3circlechurch.com

Camp 56 - 3Circle Church

South Campus Only, 10274 State Highway 104, Fairhope 36532 3Circle Church will host Camp 56 on June 26 - 29, 2017 at our South Campus location. Camp 56 is open to 5th and 6th grade children. Please call for registration and details. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 990-3112

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City of Foley Environmental Day Camps

Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley 36535 Explorer camp: June 12 – 16, 2017. Arts & Crafts, Nature Tours, Story Time, Environmental Education, Games & Activities, Guest Speakers, Mud Day Party

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and more! Explorer Camp will be from 8am – 12pm for ages 4 – 8 years. Cost is $50 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt. Campers should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and bug spray. For more information and to register contact Jackie McGonigal, Environmental Assistant, at jmcgonigal@cityoffoley. org. Pioneer Camp: June 19 – 23, 2017. Archery, Hiking, Water quality Testing, Conservation Projects, Nature Photography, field observations, Environmental Education, disc Golf, Geocaching, Mud Day Party, Wagon, Ride Tour and more! Summer Camp will be offered from 8am – 5pm for campers ages 9-14 years. Cost is $100 per camper and includes a Disc set and t-shirt. Camp registration is due by June 12th, 2017 and is limited to 30 campers. For more information and to register, contact Jackie McGonigal, Environmental Assistant, at jmcgonigal@cityoffoley.org (251) 923-4267 jmcgonigal@cityoffoley.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org

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CRDC Summer Camp

Restoration Fellowship Ministries Campus, 9585 Milton Jones Road, Daphne 36526 CRDC is a non-profit Corporation with qualified and enthusiastic staff. We are located on the campus of Restoration Fellowship Ministries. Camp will run from May 30, 2017 - August 16, 2017. Hours are 6:30am - 6:00pm for rising Kindergarten to Rising 7th grade. March 15 – March 29 is Free Registration + first week’s tuition; Our Early Bird Registration is March 30th - May 1st. Registration is $20 + first week’s tuition. Regular Registration will be After May 2nd, with a registration fee of $25 + first week’s tuition. Tuition is $80 per week. Please ask about sibling discounts and Part time attendance. Camp will include scheduled events and weekly themes. Campers will be grouped by grade/ age, group sports and recreation, swimming and water activities, local tours, crafts, and tons of fun. Limited slots are available. Please email us to register at CRDCdaphne@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page, CRDC-Community Restoration and Development Corporation. (251) 301-6407

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Eastern Shore Academy of Excellence

23946-B US Highway 98, Fairhope 36532 Now registering for summer day camp! Children ages 6 weeks – 12 years will enjoy exciting field trips, arts/ music education, science and discovery, swimming and much more all within a Christian and nurturing environment. Call or email for summer camp dates and times. (251) 928-1854 www.facebook.com/Eastern ShoreAcademy/

Fairhope Rec Center “Summer of Fun”

Volanta Park & Municipal Pool , US Highway 98, Fairhope 36532 The City of Fairhope will offer summer activities for children in Fairhope. Camp will be held at Volanta Park and the Municipal Pool each day and runs weekly. Activities for children may include: ball games, swimming, soccer, tennis, Ping-Pong and arts & crafts. No

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advance registration is necessary. Registration will take place the first day of camp. No half days, full days only and no extended day will be offered. Tuition will be due at the beginning of each week. Please call the Fairhope Rec Center for dates, times and tuition. (251) 990-0174 or (251) 990-0151 www.cofairhope.com

Fairhope Rotary Youth Club Summer Program

Fairhope 36532 Fairhope Rotary Youth Club will once again be hosting kids during Spring Break on Monday, March 27th – Wednesday, March 29th. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The fee for all three days will be $50 for each student. Our Summer Program and Enrichment Academy will be offered again for the months of June and July. The summer program will be June 5 – June 30th. Summer Enrichment will begin July 3 – July 28th. Both programs will be Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The cost for members will be $150 per month, for each child. The cost for non-members will be $200 per month, for each child. Summer fun in June includes field trips, water inflatables and other activities. In July, certified teachers will join the staff and work with students in math, reading and science. Are you interested in learning more or volunteering at the Rotary Youth Club? Contact our office and find out how to become a volunteer. Executive Director, Louise Mason, Lmason@rotaryyouthclub.org. Education Coordinator, Frances Campbell, fcampbell@rotaryyouthclub.org. (251) 928-9148 Lmason@rotaryyouthclub.org www.rotaryyouthclub.org

Hogwarts of Fairhope

Fairhope 36532 July 10 - 21, 2017 from 9am – 4pm. Camp location info coming soon! We accept children and teens who are avid Harry Potter fans and looking for a place to immerse themselves in the magical world created by J. K. Rowling. Teenagers ages 13-17 must apply to be selected as House Elves, (volunteers who help the staff). There is no camp fee for House Elves, but

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they are expected to be at camp every day, from 9am to 4pm. Because of the many activities packed into 2 weeks, all participants, campers and elves, must sign a Behavior Agreement form before camp starts. Camp cost is $275 until May 31, 2017. After May 31, the cost for camp will be $325. Registration for campers and elves is available on our website. (251) 210-6299 deputyheadmistress@hogwartsoffairhope.com https://www.hogwartsoffairhope.com

Hot Wheels Skate Center

616 Whispering Pines Drive, Daphne 36526 May 30th- August 18th, 2017. Hot Wheels Summer Camp for completed K-6th Grade! We offer 12 weeks that include awesome field trips and fun filled activities designed to entertain and interest your child each and every day! Each day will be packed with interesting activities to keep your child happy and productive. Our attentive staff will create a safe, fun and exciting summer experience for your child. We will offer a variety of sports and activities on site that include skating, basketball, arts & crafts, dancing, dodge ball, air hockey, Wii, XBox 360, board games, kickball, movies and inflatables! We have great off-site field trips too including weekly visits to the local movie theater, swimming pool and bowling alley. In addition we go to Sams Fun City Water Park, Get Air Trampoline Park and Lazer Zone several times throughout the summer. Weekly tuition starts at just $100 per week and we offer part-time and full-time options to best suit your family needs. Visit our website HotWheelsDaphne.com for more information. (251) 626-5120 or (251) 753-4879 www.hotwheelsdaphne.com

John McClure Snook Family YMCA

2560 South Pine Street, Foley 36535 Summer Camp programs begin May 30 – June 2nd and run weekly until August 14 – 18th, 2017. Campers will experience the adventure and excitement of the outdoors daily, meet new friends and express their growing independence under the supervision of qualified and caring YMCA camp staff. Camp activities

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KidCam CAMPS

Gulf State Park, 22120 Campground Road, Gulf Shores 36542 May 30th – August 4th, 2017, Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm. With a weekly tuition of only $100, Kidcam at Gulf State Park is open to campers ages 5-13 years. Kidcam Summer Camp thrives in the heart of Alabama’s Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Al. Kidcam is the ideal summer day camp for locals looking for a full-time summer camp option for their children, as well as vacationers hoping their children can experience what the Gulf State Park has to offer. Full summer and weekly camp session registration is available online. Build your own summer sessions by choosing only the weeks you need, and save 10% when you purchase these before May 9th. Full time, part time and daily rates are also available. We also have a Counselor in Training program beginning at age 14. Please call or email us today and book your spot! (877) 4KIDCAM SummersRock@KidcamCamps.com www.kidcamcamp.com/city/gulf-shores/

Planet Fencing

Planet Gymnastics, 900 Schillinger Road South, Mobile 36695 Fencing is an Olympic and NCAA collegiate sport. We have a new fencing gym upstairs at Planet Gymnastics. Classes are recreational and competitive. Our Fencing Master is Alex Whalen. Please call or email us about Summer Camps and Fencing Classes. Birthday Party Packages coming soon! Visit us on Facebook for photos, videos and updates. (251) 650-0699 PlanetFencing@comcast.net www.PlanetGymnastics.com

Snook Youth Club Of Foley

1391 South Cedar Street, Foley 36535 The Snook Youth Club of Foley is a Super place dedicated to developing Super kids using Arts and Academic enrichment. Summer Camp provides: Violin, Drums or Guitar Lessons, Recording and Dance classes, Beading and Art Therapy, Theater and Power Reading Hour, Swimming and Weekly Field Trips, and an end of camp Recital. Free lunch, mid-morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Enrolling ages 5 – 14 years. Hours of operation are 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday – Friday. An Annual Club Membership is $60, which covers registration and two T-shirts. Weekly camp fee is $50.00 per child. Ask about a discount for siblings. Snook Youth Club SYC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/snookyouthclub. Call to register today! (251) 943-1483

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SPARC Summer Camp

19470 Oak Road West (C), Gulf Shores 36542 SPARC Summer Program begins May 30th and runs through August. Programs are open to youth who have completed grades K – 6th. Registration forms will be available online. For Specific camp dates and activities please call or email Amanda Deckard at adeckard@ gulfshoresal.gov. (251) 968-9813 adeckard@gulfshoresal.gov www.gulfshoresal.gov

Winshape Camp for Communities All Day Camp BEST WEEK EVER

Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main Street, Daphne 36526 Camp Dates: July 31 - August 4, 2017 for children who have completed 1st - 9th grade. Are you ready for the BEST.WEEK.EVER? The WinShape Foundation, started by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, has selected Daphne, AL as one of 90+ communities in the country that will host its summer day camp program called WinShape Camps for Communities. Whether you like soccer, science, art, gymnastics or anything in

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between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities, which is why it is known as “The Best Week Ever!” Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’ll find anywhere...right at home in your own community! The cost is $125. Registration opens March 12, 2017 with registration until July 31, 2017. (251) 626-2287 communities/

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YMCA of South Alabama

Bound Family YMCA, 8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne 36526 Summer Day Camp is for ages 5 – 14 years. Their summer is packed with themed activities, crafts and games, water fun, sports of all sorts, field trips, and much more! Sign up for your child’s favorite “Theme Week”, or join us for all 10 weeks of fabulous fun! Call or email us today for registration information. (251) 626-0888

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and Science Summer Camp ad on page 87

1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile 36604 Don’t waste your summer! Spend it at Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) Summer Camp. Learn while you have fun! Kayak in Mobile Bay. Build a smartphone app. Investigate a crime. Prepare

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for the ACT. Design and make a metal sculpture. Build a robot. Launch a rocket. Dissect...and much more! There is something for everyone! Who can enroll? Open to students entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Non-Alabama residents are also eligible to apply. This year, AIMS will run for three sessions. Students can sign up for one, two, or three weeks. Session 1 (June 5-9), Session 2 (June 12-16), and Session 3 (June 19-23) are all overnight or day camps. Day camp is 8:00 a.m. 3:15 p.m. Overnight Camp is $385 per week (all inclusive - meals, classes, activities, and lodging). The weekend stay between Week 1-2 or Week 2-3 are an additional $185, which includes trip to a water park (weather permitting) and other fun activities. Day Campers: $285 per week (this includes tuition and lunch). A $25 discount will apply (one per student) if application and all applicable forms are received by April 1. For more information, visit www.asms.net, email admissions@asms.net, or call 251-441-2152. (251) 441-2152 www.asms.net

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Huntington Learning Center ad on page 31

Jubilee Square Shopping Center, 6880 US-90 (Suite 13), Daphne 36526 Come by our local center, visit our website or call to begin your child’s individualized program today. (251) 621-1057

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Protocol- Social Etiquette/ Table Manners ad on page 74

Daphne 36526 A course in social etiquette and table manners for girls and boys ages 6 – 16 years. Learn about table settings, proper use of silverware, and the importance of proper grooming and posture. Modeling

courses are also offered. Call Paula Perri for more information. (251) 626-3137

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore ad on page 53

24336 Highway 98, Fairhope 36532 Camp is Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost is $120.00 per camper per camp session. A $60 per camper per camp non refundable deposit is due upon registration. Scientist at Work: July 10 – 13 (1st – 3rd grade); July 17-20 (4th-5th grade); July 24-27 (6th-7th grade) Study and explore the life and work of the world’s greatest scientists. Each day the campers will look at the life of a great scientist, study their work and duplicate their experiments. Scientists will include: Archimedes, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, Pythagoras and more. Campfire Stories: July 10-13(6th-7th grade); July 17-20 (1st-3rd grade); July 24-27 (4th-5th grade) Using a campfire setting, campers will explore the steps of the writing process as it pertains to grade appropriate literature. Campers will write a personal narrative and creative fictional story. They will then present their stories during reader’s theater hour. Call or visit our website for registration instructions and other programs offered. (251) 990-0041

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores 36542 Zoo Camp will be June 19 - 23, 2017. Camp is offered to all elementary school age children, ages 5 to 11, in a full day session (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) conducted by licensed teachers and trained volunteers. Campers will explore animal life here at the Zoo, partake in animal enrichment activities, meet our zoo keepers, and even greet some of our animal residents personally. They will also participate in

age-specific games, arts and crafts projects and special zoo-related events. There will be plenty of hands-on educational and fun activities carried out in a safe and educational environment. Zoo Camp registration opens in March and all details including pricing and forms are made available at that time. REMOVE...”Zoo Camp is always the last full week in June.” Please visit our website for more information. (251) 968-5732

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American Autism & Rehabilitation Center

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne 36526 The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center is proud to host a number of programs this summer. Camps are available for ages 3-5 years and K-2nd grades. We will focus on language development, social skills, and peer interaction. Camps also available for ages 7th -10th grades and will highlight peer interaction while teaching coping strategies such as emotional intelligence, anger management, etc.. No diagnosis is required to participate. Preschool Language Camp is 4 weeks and available to K-2nd grade; Language/Social Skills Camp is 4 weeks and available to 7th – 10th grade. This camp will focus on Social Skills/Emotional Regulation. (251) 210-1632 tismcenter/

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Chive Talk’n Catering

821 South Mobile Street C, Fairhope 36532 Kid’s Cooking Classes will be offered this summer. Specific Class dates and times will be released soon. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ chivetalkn for updates and information. (251) 680-0145 or (251) 232-0531 chivetalkn@ bellsouth.net www.facebook.com/chivetalkn

Culinary Dreams, Inc.

Fountain Square Shopping Center, 2101-D U.S. Highway 98, Daphne 36526 Please visit our website or find us on Facebook for

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Environmental Studies Center

6101 Girby Road, Mobile 36693 Summer Day camps throughout the summer months for grades 1-8. Visit our website for detailed course descriptions and to confirm prices and dates. (251) 221-5000 (Extension 2)

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Fairhope Sewing School

Fairhope 36532 Children/Teen 2017 Summer Sewing Camps. Sewing Camps will be divided according to age. Ages 5-7 will be hand sewing. No machine sewing involved. Our beginner sewing camps ages, 7-8, 9-12,13-17 will teach your child/teen the basics of machine sewing. All camps will have completed an item(s) with skills learned at our sewing camps. We also have Advanced Camp for students who have gone through FSS school year classes, camps or have some home sewing experience. We offer 10% discounts for Paid Camp Registration received by April 30, 2017. Camps fill up fast! Spots are only guaranteed with paid registration. Please visit our website for complete camp information. (251)442-4472

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Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp

Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard, Pensacola 32508 Parents! What are your kids doing this summer? Launch your own rocket, build gliders, watch a Blue Angels practice (if available) and experience a Giant Screen movie and exciting flight simulators - all in one week! Sign up for the Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp held at the National Naval Aviation Museum, located on NAS Pensacola. Taught by certified teachers, campers will learn the science and math of flight and expand their knowledge of naval aviation history with tours of museum exhibits, aircraft and the National Flight Academy! The following one week sessions are available: June 5-9, June 12-16, June 19-23, June 26-30, July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31- Aug 4. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camp is open only to youth entering the 5th or 6th grade. Fees are $165 per Camper, per session. Campers must arrange their own transportation and bring their own lunch. (850) 453-2389

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Junior Cotillion ProgramPre-Cotillion Classes

The Venue, Fairhope 36532 The National League of Junior Cotillions Pre-Cotillion™ (Eastern Shore Chapter) will offer a manners course for children entering 2nd – 4th grades in the fall of 2017. The class will be June 12-14 or July 17-19 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at The Venue on Section Street. The curriculum will include proper use of utensils, party courtesies, school manners, sports etiquette, restaurant manners, polite conversation, telephone courtesy and much more. Through role-playing, along with hands-on experience in a peer group, young ladies and gentlemen leave the program with the beginnings of confidence and poise for proper social situations. The cost of the program is $135 per student and tuition is due at registration. To register, visit www.nljc. com/chapter/easternshore. For more information please call or email Kathy Sternenberg, Directory at ksternenberg@bellsouth.net. (251) 928-4962 ksternenberg@bellsouth.net www.nljc.com/chapter/easternshore

Kids Kount Handwriting Camp

26420 Kensington Place, (Suite C), Daphne 36526 Reading/Math camps: Our speech language therapy staff manages reading instruction and

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teachers with advanced knowledge in reading development using a variety of Orton Gillingham based programs, as well as foundational reading and math skills. Areas of focus will include reading development (sound awareness, comprehension, and strategies), and math skill development (rote memory skills, problem solving, and number sense) in a fun engaging environment. (251) 517-0355 default.htm

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Kids Kount Reading Instruction - Individual or Group Rates

26420 Kensington Place, (Suite C), Daphne 36526 Our speech language therapy staff manages reading instruction. They have advanced knowledge in reading development using Susan Barton and Wilson Reading Programs (both Orton Gillingham based). Areas of focus include; developing strong phonemic awareness, decoding, blending, independent reading, sight words, and vocabulary skills, reading comprehension. Programs will be based on individual needs and goals of participants. (251) 517-0355 default.htm

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Read Write

1048 Stanton Road (Suite G), Daphne 36526 Read Write offers dyslexia testing and one-on-one therapy for students with language based learning disabilities. Our instruction includes multisensory instruction in reading, math, grammar, writing and comprehension. We also offer Reading Readiness for 4 and 5 year olds, which promotes a strong foundation for early literacy. Read Write offers 1 and 2 week long summer. Please check our website or call our office for dates, times, and programs. (251) 625-4020

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Sylvan Learning Center

27000 Bass Pro Dr (Suite 300), Spanish Fort 36527 Avoid summer learning loss. Make Sylvan a part of

your summer schedule and make back-to-school time a big success! Sylvan has NEW summer camps like Math/Algebra EDGE (choose 2 sessions per week, M-TH, 9:30-11:30 or 3:30-4:30); Read Ahead for PreK-K (M-TH, 8/1-8/16, 9:30-11:30); Writing Camp for 5th-9th (8/1-8/16, M-TH, 3:305:30); ACT Prep, Math Tutoring, Reading Tutoring, Robotics, Coding, Engineering and Science classes. Call or visit www.SYLVANLEARNING. COM for camp and tutoring details. (251) 210- 1337

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The Think Tank Tutoring

355 Manchester Lane, Foley 36535 Stay sharp this summer and stop the school struggles before they begin with affordable oneon-one private tutoring in your home. The Think Tank Tutoring and Educational Services is your solution. All subjects offered in grades K-12. We offer assistance with ADHD coaching, Homework Help and Test Prep. Specializing in Reading, Math, Algebra I&II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Science, History and English. We use SOAR Study Skills and have Certified Teachers available. Our average student improves 2 letter grades in just 60 days! For more information call or email thinktankminds@ gmail.com. (251) 414-4494 thinktankminds@gmail.com www.TheThinkTankTutoring.com

University of South Alabama Summer Youth Programs

1504 Springhill Avenue, Mobile 36604 Summer Camps & Youth Programs are an important part of the University’s community outreach efforts which are integral to our mission. Programs are designed to inspire, offer opportunities to build long-term friendships and to promote developmental growth among participants. Each camp includes an educational component coupled with activities that create a fun, memorable, and overall great experience for participants. Teaching takes place in a

variety of settings – classrooms, hands-on learning sites, athletic facilities, and through social activities. Course content covers a plethora of subject matters from athletics to zoology. Please contact the Camp Office at the Center for Continuing Education & Conference Services for additional details at usactrforconted@southalabama.edu, (251) 460-7200 or www.usacontinuinged.com. (251) 405-9929 usactrforconted@southalabama.edu www.southalabama.edu/colleges/scesp/cce/camps.html

WildNative ECO Camp

Happy Harbor Pizza and Subs, 4205 County Road 6, Gulf Shores 36542 Offers educational and fun opportunities for upcoming 7th to 12th grade students. ECO stands for Exciting Coastal Opportunities because of the many activities the students get to experience. They will be learning about their environment, marine biology, ecology all while they are gaining experience for a career related field. We offer week long and weekend excursions and we can accommodate overnight or day activities throughout the year. Visit www.wildnativecamps.com for more information and to sign up for summer camp. You can also find us on Facebook. To speak with someone please call 1-844-900-CAMP. (844) 900-CAMP or (251) 272 4088 info@wildnative.com or gulfshores@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com/wildnative-camps/

Horseback Riding Oak Hollow Farm ad on page 65

14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope 36532 June 12 – 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join us for Summer Day Camp at Oak Hollow Farm!

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Featuring introduction to horseback riding, fishing, archery, arts and crafts, agricultural education, games and more! Our camp is designed to introduce your child to horseback riding and agricultural education. We will combine these lessons with lots of Fun to create a unique day camp. This will give your child an opportunity to meet friends from all over this area while participating in Outdoor Fun! Camp fees include snacks, drinks and lunch. The cost of camp is $250 with a $100 deposit required to reserve your spot. Accepting ages 6 – 12 years. Visit our website and Facebook for updates! Call (251) 928-4840 #1 Glenda Bishop or #2 Gloria Pierce for information and registration. (251) 928-4840

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Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 36

Mentone 35984 Riverview is an all girl’s overnight camp in Mentone, Alabama, on top of Lookout Mountain. (45 minutes south of Chattanooga, 1.5 hours from Huntsville, Al and 2 hours from Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham!) Riverview offers both one and two-week sessions all summer long for girls ages 6-16 years. Horse riding, swimming, nature trails, ropes, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! There are also weekend retreats for mother-daughter adventures. Camp runs from June – August 2017. Rates are $1950 - $3,500+. A 10% discount is allowed for 2nd or more sisters of the same family. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. (800) 882-0722 info@riverviewcamp.com www.riverviewcamp.com

Fox Run Farm

13370 County Road 3, Fairhope 36532 Summer camp will be offered June 5 – 9, 2017 and June 12 – 16, 2017. Campers will experience life on a working horse farm, take part in the care, training and riding of many of the farm horses. Students also take part in other activities as well as a camp horse show on last day of camp. Our first class Equestrian center offers year-round private and group lessons in the English discipline for adults and children from beginner to advanced level. Our trainer has over thirty years of experience. Call for registration information. (251) 209-1394

Lake Forest Stables

268 Equine Circle, Daphne 36526 Lake Forest Stables will offer great horseback riding camps for children ages 6 and up. Western and English riding lessons. Call for dates and times. (770) 355-6514 or (251) 747-8219 www.lakeforeststables.org

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls

Lookout Mountain, 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! Camp is open to 50 girls ages 8-17years. 1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. There are 4 camp sessions to choose from beginning June 4 and ending August 4th. Please visit our website for registration. (706) 862-2231 info@valleyviewranch.com www.valleyviewranch.com

Music/Theatre Baldwin County Youth Orchestra Strings/Band Summer Music Camp ad on page 64

Eastern Shore Baptist Church, 6847 Park Drive, Daphe 36526 The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra (BCYO) will offer summer music camp July 17 -21, 2017. The camp will include classes for band, and orchestral

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strings. Classes in Music Theory, Performance, Performance Etiquette, Master Classes, and Private lessons will be offered. Camps will be held at Eastern Shore Baptist Church in Daphne. Please call or check our website for more information. (251) 979-6834

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Center Stage Performance ad on page 39

Fairhope 36532 Join Center Stage Performance for an exciting and creative summer! CSP will hold its 2017 SUMMER PERFORMA N CE CAMPS at Fairhope United Methodist Church Life Center at 155 South Section Street in Fairhope, AL, in June, July and August from 9am to 1pm. Learn stage techniques, vocals, acting, choreography, and have lots and lots of FUN while doing so. Camps will include: Winnie the Pooh KIDS, High School Musical 2 JR, Willy Wonka KIDS, Singin’ in the Rain JR, and MORE! For more information on dates, ages and pricing, visit our website at www. centerstageperformance.com, join our Facebook page at Center Stage Performance or call (251) 928-1707. More details will also be posted in upcoming editions of this magazine. “DARE 2 B Awesome!” (251) 928-1707 info@southeasterndiabetes.org www.centerstageperformance.com

Searcy Studios Summer Music Camps ad on page 19

36532 Searcy Studios will be offering several camps, classes, lessons and workshops for summer 2017. Please call or visit our website for detailed information. (251) 509-2150 info@marjoriesearcy.com www.marjorieSearcy.com/camps

Auburn Summer Band Camp

132 Goodwin Music Building, Auburn 36849 Drum majors and section leaders will benefit from our Marching Leadership program held June 19 - 22. Colorguard, dancers, and majorettes will enjoy our Marching Auxiliary program, which includes basic and advanced technique development and group routines and will be June 8 - 10. Auburn University Bands also holds two annual Summer Symphonic Band Camps each year. These camps, designed for Middle School held June 10 – 13 and High School students on June 10 - 13 respectively, provide an excellent opportunity for the musical development of our participants during the summer. Rehearsals with band students from across the country, as well as section rehearsals and master classes, are a reason your child won’t want to miss out on being a part of our summer camp program this year. (334) 844-4166 band@auburn.edu www.band.auburn.edu

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre

Fairhope 36532 We are pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Camp selections! We offer options for rising 1st graders through college students. Camps are offered in twoweek sessions. Classes fill up quickly so register soon! Registration forms can be printed from our website or obtained at the studio. Please email any questions to easternshorerep@gmail.com. Session 1: June 5 - June 16, 2017, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS (rising 1st 7th grade) Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm. A final performance will be at 11am on the last day of camp; Session 2: June 19 - June 30, 2017, The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS (rising 1st -7th graders) Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm. A final performance will be at 11am on the last day of camp; Session 3: July 10 - July 21, School House Rock LIVE JR. (rising 3rd - 12th graders) Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm. A final performance will be at 11am on the last day of camp; Session 4: July 24 - August 4, Annie JR. (rising 3rd - 12th graders) Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm. A final

performance will be at 11am on the last day of camp; For One Week Only! ESRT will offer a Musical Theatre Intensive with iTheatrics’ Director of Education, Marty Johnson. Heathers 101: High School Edition (rising high school freshman - rising college juniors), Auditions will be held May 13th for role assignments. This workshop will be Monday - Saturday from 9am - 5pm with a performance on June 17, 2017. (251) 652-5140

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Fairhope Music Store

247 Greeno Road, Fairhope 36532 Fairhope Music Store is the Orchestra and Band Center for the Eastern Shore! Music Lessons: All ages and all levels accepted. Voice, piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, ukulele and more! All certified teachers. Please call to register for summer classes, camps, and ensembles. Beginner Level Band Camp: July 17 – 21, 2017. Monday – Friday from 9am - 12:30pm for ages 4th grade (age 9) – 6th grade. Must have a new or used band instrument to participate. The cost is $85 and includes: T-shirt, music book, music bag, and daily snack. There will also be a performance on Friday, July 21st. Director/Instructor: Kim Shannon, Graduate of the University of Alabama Music Department. (251) 455-4101

Fairhope Youth Orchestra

251 Greeno Road, Fairhope 36532 Intermediate Level Orchestra Camp: June 12 -16, 2017 from 9am – 12:30pm, Monday -Friday for ages 4th grade (age 9) – 6th grade. (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) Students with prior school class violin/cello or private lessons in strings may also register. Cost is $85 and includes: T-shirt, music book, music bag, and daily snack. There will also be a performance Friday, June 16th. Director/Instructor: Kim Shannon, Graduate of the University of Alabama Music Department; Advanced Level Orchestra Camp: July 10 – 14, 2017, Monday – Friday from 9am – 12:30pm for grades 7th (age 12) through College. (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) Students

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with prior school class violin/cello or private lessons in strings may register. The cost is $85 and includes: T shirt, music book, music bag, and daily snack. There will also be a performance on Friday, July 14th, 2017. Director/Instructor: Kim Shannon, Graduate of the University of Alabama Music Department. (251) 463-6009

Steinway Piano Gallery

11247 US Highway 31 , Spanish Fort 36527 Summer Camp Class will be June 5 – 9, 2017 from 10:00am - 11:30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We focus on teaching the basics of the piano keyboard, rhythm, technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and composing in a fun and engaging group setting. No previous piano training required. Open to Ages 7-12. Cost is $95 with a Recital at 11:30am on Friday in the Steinway Piano Gallery. www.steinwayES.com

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SummerTide Drama Camp - South Baldwin Community Theatre

2022 West 2nd Street , Gulf Shores 36542 Campers work with the SummerTide cast and crew to learn elements of theatre such as story theatre, dance and music. There are no age restrictions for any of the camps, however, campers must be able to read and take direction. Tuition is $100.00 per child per session. Pre-registration is not required and onsite registration will be available at 8 am on the first day of each week’s camp. Session #1: June 6 - 10, 9am - 1pm This camp is for beginning theatre participants and focuses on basic elements of theatre such as story theatre, dance and music; Session #2: June 13 - 17, 9am - 1pm This camp is for Intermediate theatre participants and focuses on monologues, simple scene work, improvisation and dance and music; Session #3: June 20 - 24, 9am - 1pm Is for Advanced theatre participants and focuses on commedia, scene work, creative writing, dance and music. Please visit our website and click on Theatre Camp 2017 for registration. (251) 968-6721

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Talley Piano Studio

7596 Avery Lane, Daphne 36526 Talley Piano Studio will be offering two Summer Piano Camps in June and July. Please call to register or for more information. (251) 509-7900

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University of Alabama-Band Camp

Tuscaloosa 35487 The University of Alabama Band Department offers a variety of summer programs for high school students. Ranging from honor bands to marching bands, these programs provide young musicians with top-notch experience and education, as well as an exciting way for students to get involved with the university. For more information on each of our programs, please visit our website. (205) 348-6068

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Overnight Camps Alabama School of Math and Science - Summer Fun Camp ad on page 87

1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile 36604 Don’t waste your summer! Spend it at Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) Summer Camp. Learn while you have fun! Kayak in Mobile Bay. Build a smartphone app. Investigate a crime. Prepare for the ACT. Design and make a metal sculpture. Build a robot. Launch a rocket. Dissect...and much more! There is something for everyone! Who can enroll? Open to students entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Non-Alabama residents are also eligible to apply. This year, AIMS will run for three sessions. Students can sign up for one, two, or three weeks. Session 1 (June 5-9), Session 2 (June 12-16), and Session 3 (June 19-23) are all

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overnight or day camps. Day camp is 8:00 a.m. 3:15 p.m. Overnight Camp is $385 per week (all inclusive - meals, classes, activities, and lodging). The weekend stay between Week 1-2 or Week 2-3 are an additional $185, which includes trip to a water park (weather permitting) and other fun activities. Day Campers: $285 per week (this includes tuition and lunch). A $25 discount will apply (one per student) if application and all applicable forms are received by April 1. For more information, visit our website, email us at admissions@asms.net, or call (251) 441-2152. (251) 441-2152

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Camp ASCCA -Easter Seals ad on page 38

Jacksons Gap 36861 Camp ASCCA is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and weeklong sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, accessible waterslide, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad”, outdoor adventure elements like the zip-line, and much more. (256) 825-9226

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Camp Walkabout ad on page 69

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Camp Walkabout is the no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors. Campers will climb the world renowned Tennessee wall sandstone one day, explore the amazing underground world of a cave the next and paddleboard the mighty Tennessee River Gorge another. Camp Walkabout opti-

mizes every day to find new adventures, leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Walkabout truly is the most fun a camper can have in the summer! Check us out at: http://www. baylorschool.org/summer/overnight-camps/campwalkabout/index.aspx. (423) 267-8506, ext. 827 www.baylorschool.org/summer

Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 36

Mentone 35984 Riverview is an all girl’s overnight camp in Mentone, Alabama, on top of Lookout Mountain. (45 minutes south of Chattanooga, 1.5 hours from Huntsville, Al and 2 hours from Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham!) Riverview offers both one and two-week sessions all summer long for girls ages 6-16 years. Horse riding, swimming, nature trails, ropes, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! There are also weekend retreats for mother-daughter adventures. Camp runs from June – August 2017. Rates are $1950 - $3,500+. A 10% discount is allowed for 2nd or more sisters of the same family. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. (800) 882-0722 info@riverviewcamp.com www.riverviewcamp.com

Beckwith Summer Camp

10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope 36532 Beckwith is the best week of a camper’s life! Summer Camp Sessions: Leaders in Training (14 years+) June 4-9 ($480), Session 1 (Grades 3,4,5) June 11-16 ($480), Session 2 (Grades 7,8,9) June 18-23 ($480), Sailing Overnight (Grades 4 and up) June 18-23 ($530), Session 3 (Grades 6,7,8) June 25-30 ($480), Session 4 Special Ministries, Session 5 (Grades 5 & 6) July 9-14 ($480), Session 6 (Grades 6 & 7) July 16-21 ($480), Session 7 (Grades 3 & 4) July 23-27 ($330), Family Camp (Grades 1 and up) July 28-30 ($240). Check in

is between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Check Out is 10:00 a.m. Sessions fill quickly. Join us for spiritual growth, and memory-filled summers through Summer Camp. Our camp sits among sweet gum trees and beautiful grasslands alongside the shores of Weeks Bay in Baldwin County. Beckwith offers training camps, overnight camps, family camp and sailing camps for grades 1st – 12th. For detailed descriptions of camp sessions, rates, photos, and registration information, visit our website under summer camps. (251) 928-7844

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Camp Scoutshire Woods, Girl Scout Camp

6051 Scoutshire Camp Road North, Citronelle 36522 All girls are invited to enjoy a week or a sampler with 2 nights at summer camp on the sand hills surrounded by pines and magnolias. Girls can participate in activities, such as horseback riding, archery, canoeing, crafts, hiking and swimming. All activities are designed to emphasize teamwork and leadership and promote girls of courage, confidence and character. Special sessions include STEM, Horsemanship, Oobleck and more. There is a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for girls in grades 10-12. A certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor teaches swimming lessons. Camp Scoutshire Woods is accredited by the American Camp Association. (800) 239-6636

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Camp Seale Harris

500 Chase Park South, Suite 104, Birmingham 35244 2017 Family Camps for Ages 0-18 plus; Spring Family Weekend - $375 (April 7-April 9) Camp Grace, Mobile; Summer Family Weekend - $575 (June 1-3) Camp ASCCA, Lake Martin; Fall Family Weekend - $375 (October 20-22) ASCCA, Lake Martin 2017 Day Camp - $175 (July 24-28) Mobile (Day Camps siblings/friends may register with child

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with diabetes and pay to attend); 2017 Overnight Camps* for Ages 6-18; Wetumpka: Senior Camp, ages 12-18 - $800 (June 4-9) ASCCA, Lake Martin; Junior Camp, ages 6-13 - $800 (June 11-16) ASCCA, Lake Martin Coastal, ages 10-18 - $500 (July 24-28) Mobile *Children with diabetes only. Email info@southeasterndiabetes.org. (205) 402-0415 info@southeasterndiabetes.org www.campsealeharris.org

Gulf Island Journey

Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island 36528 June 4-9, June 25-30, July 9-14, July 23-28, 2017. A fantastic, week long residential camp geared toward current 6th-8th graders. Campers work with experienced marine science teachers to learn more about the ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay by getting salty, wet and maybe smelly! Campers will take a boat trip aboard the Sea Lab’s research vessel, go seining for fish, dissect a shark, go beachcombing and bird watching and even enjoy the island’s famous snow cones. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515)

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Lake Forest Ranch

5326 Lake Forest Road, Macon, Ms 39341 Located in the middle of a 53,000-acre pine forest on a beautiful 60-acre lake, Lake Forest Ranch is among the most beautiful settings in the south for a summer camp experience for children (ages 7-12) and teenagers (ages 11-18). LFR is an interdenominational evangelical camp that serves mostly church groups (though individual campers are welcome too) during the summer months beginning Memorial Day Weekend running to August. Horseback riding, tubing, a wonderful climbing wall, a thrilling zip line, a brand new big swimming pool, kayaking, a gym, tennis courts, archery, archery tag, crafts and many other fun activities all coupled with wonderful facilities, carefully selected godly college age staff members and a week jam packed with spiritual growth, inspiration, worship and deep friendships all add up to a life changing week of non-stop excitement and encouragement. One of the best parts of the camp experience at LFR is having deeply committed camp counselors who sincerely care about the children in their cabins and spend individual time with each of them to encourage them and pray for them. There are twelve exciting camp sessions available from which to choose. Visit the LFR website – www.lakeforestranch.com or call (662) 726-5052 to discover the week that works best for your child or your church youth or children’s ministry group. (662) 726-5052 info@lakeforestranch.com www.lakeforestranch.com

Marine Science Course for High Students

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island 36528 June 25 – July 21. A month-long academic course in marine science for current 9-12th grade students interested in the possibility of studying marine science in college. Students live at the Sea Lab, participate in over 150 hours of field activities, laboratory work and classroom lectures and make lifelong friends. Students learn about marine animals, marine plants, various ocean ecosystems and much more by experience them directly. Special field trips include an overnight snorkeling trip to St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Florida. The Alabama State Department of Education has reviewed the course standards of the Discovery Hall Programs’ Marine Science Course, and Alabama students can take the course for the third or fourth science elective required for graduation. Out-of-state schools are encouraged to provide course credit toward a standard or advanced high school diploma. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515)

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Science and Outdoor Explorer Camps Barrier Island Explorer

Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island 36528 June 4-7, June 11-14, July 23-26, 2017. Explore the diversity of this barrier island during this 3-night camp designed for current 4th-5th graders. Campers will muck around in the salt marsh, discover Mobile Bay aboard the Sea Lab’s research and education vessel, learn how to crabs off the dock, and make friends they’ll be sure to want to reunite with next summer. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515)

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab

101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island 36528 Summer fun becomes summer learning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and our 2017 summer programs are now open for registration! Dauphin Island offers sunny beaches, a beautiful bay, fascinating marshes and the best educational staff around. There are day camp opportunities for K-8th graders, overnight programs for 5th-graders to classroom teachers, and field trips for the public. Camps: BIOBlitz - June 9, June 23, August 1, 2017 - This full day camp for ages 8-10 years. Campers become Barrier Island Observers for the whole day. They will set out on an expedition across many of the diverse habitats of Dauphin Island including the beach, salt marsh, and maritime forest. Campers should be prepared to get wet, sandy and muddy! Space is limited to 15 participants per session, so be sure to sign up early! Oceans Alive! - June 16, July 21, July 31, 2017 -The Gulf of Mexico offers a wealth of material for developing minds and curious senses in “Ocean’s Alive!” This is a half-day adventure camp for children ages 5-8 along with their

parents, grandparents or guardian. Campers are introduced to the ocean, its inhabitants and the beautiful Alabama coast through a variety of activities. Marine biology and ecology are covered using a hands-on approach. See and touch marine life, collect plankton and make a jellyfish to take home. Combining a beach walk adventure with arts & crafts activities, the educators at the Sea Lab lead children and adults into a deeper appreciation of the amazing Alabama coast. Survivor -Dauphin Island- June 16, July 28, August 2 -This is a full day camp for ages 10 – 13 years. Campers will spend the day in the waters around Dauphin Island. They will earn to bait a hook, catch crabs, throw a cast net, drag a seine to catch fish, prepare shrimp for eating, and maybe even filet a fish. For more on Day Camps, contact Sara Johnson at (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) or DHPSummer@disl.org.

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Humming Star Alpaca Camp

19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill 36576 June 5 – 9, 2017 and June 12 – 16, 2017. Fiber Arts Camp is designed to introduce young people to organic fibers, both plant and animal, and to the world of fiber arts. Participants will learn about

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Marine DeTECHtives

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island 36528 July 5-7, 2017. STEM-learning meets marine science in this all-new camp at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Campers will learn the basics of robotics and ROV-building in this two-night camp designed for current 5th-7th graders. Activities include minirobot building, buoyancy lessons, a trip aboard our research and education vessel, control board building, and a ROV practice competition in the Sea Lab swimming pool. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515)

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Ocean Camp

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Registration begins March 6, 2017. Spring Break Camp is March 27-31, 2017 and Summer Day Camps are in June & July. Ocean Camp is a hands-on education program for ocean lovers and future marine scientists ages 5-12 years old and Counselors in training ages 13-15. Each 4-day session offers marine science topics about Alabama’s coastal environment. Camps are Tuesday - Friday. Fees are $125 per child for half day or $225 for full day. Help make your child’s beach experience a memory they won’t forget! For more information and online registration, visit www.facebook. com/oceancamp/info or www.oceancamp.camp to register. Please call or email Belinda Ringpfeil at oceancamp@gmail.com. (251) 802-8605

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Shining Star Youth Camp

Locations coming soon, The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Shining Star Youth Camp is a program established to promote positive interaction between public safety professionals and children between the ages of 8 through 13. Our mission is to build life skills, instill confidence, and develop self-esteem. We offer a wide range of activities and incorporate teamwork, physical fitness and information about public safety professions. Activities include drug awareness, K-9 demonstrations, crime scene investigations, and boater’s safety with simulators, fire safety, physical health information, obstacle courses, a family fun day, and many other activities. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Shining Star Camp will be held in various locations throughout Baldwin County. Our staff is comprised of dedicated volunteers of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and other participating agencies. Camp applications will be available at http://sheriff.baldwincountyal. gov at a later date. For more information contact Ms. Tracey Jones at (251) 972-6890. Specific dates and locations will be published in later issues and on our website. SPACE IS LIMITED, so check back often! (251) 972-6890

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Sports Camps Fairhope UMC Youth Soccer Camp ad on page 8

155 South Section Street, Fairhope 36532 The Fairhope United Methodist Recreation Ministry is partnering with Fairhope Soccer Club for Youth Soccer Camp! Join us for a great week of fun! Call or email Jamie Waldhour, Director of Recreation Ministries, at Jamie.waldhour@fairhopeumc.org for more information. You can also find us on Facebook and be kept up-to-date on announcements

and events. Camp dates coming soon!

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Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers ad on page 71

20730 State Hwy 181 (Suite G), Fairhope 36532 Join us for a super summer program! We have been offering Martial Arts Instruction for children and adults in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Please call for summer dates and times. Visit us on Facebook for updates! (251) 979-3360 or (251) 279-8013

Point Clear Tennis Camp ad on page 69

17107 Tennis Club Drive, Point Clear 36564 Summer Tennis Camp w/ Coach Matt begins May 29, 2017. The last session will begin August 10,

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2017. Camp is 4 days a week from 8am - 12pm. The cost is $175 per child ($150 for siblings). For more information go to Signupgenius.com or email Matt Mckelvain at mattmckelvain@gmail.com; USTA Jr. Team Tennis is coming to the Eastern Shore this Spring PCTC will have a team competing. See Coach Matt for the details. New Wednesday Mother’s Day Out! Drop off your Child at the Club for that needed break from 11am-1:30 pm. Pool time, Lunch, Organized games and Art ($25 per child). New Summer Swim Lessons w/ Coach Mary Lee begins May 29th. Lessons are 4 days a week and each session will last for 1 hour for a group of up to 4. Ages 3-6 years. The cost is $40 per session. Private Lessons are also available for $15 per 30 minute sessions. For more information on all Summer Camps call PCTC at (251) 928-7715 or Mary Lee Matzenger at (251) 209-9986 and mlmatzenger@yahoo.com. Visit us on Facebook at pointcleartennisclub. (251) 604-1259

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United States Taekwondo ad on page 82

25478-B Friendship Road, Daphne 36526 When the kids get out of school in May, why have them do the same old thing when you can enroll them into United States Taekwondo! We offer a structured and well-supervised program filled with exciting martial arts training, arts & crafts, and fitness. In addition, our camps will help your child with improved focus, increased cardio & stamina, and instill leadership skills that will last a lifetime! Call today to register your child or to get more information. Other locations: United States Taekwondo: Bay Minette, (251) 232-7598. United States Taekwondo: Semmes, (251) 786-5425, Mobile (251) 479-7409. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USTKD. (251) 621-9933

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Auburn University Sports Camps

Auburn 36849 Auburn sports offer official camps and clinics throughout the year. From football and basketball to tennis and swimming, you will learn fundamentals of team play, sportsmanship and skills of the sport ...all from Auburn coaches and players. Go to www.auburntigers.com/camps for full registration information. (334) 844-4975

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Bayside Boys & Girls Basketball Camps

Daphne 36526 Boys- Coach Ralph Watson (251) 232-1599; Lady Admirals-Coach Brittany Davidson (251) 338-6440 or (251) 253-5267 www.baysideacademy.org Coach Brittany Davidson. www.baysideacademy.org

Bayside Soccer Camp

Daphne 36526 Please contact Coach Jamie Ferguson for more information jfergusonsoccer@gmail.com. (251) 338-6407

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Bayside Volleyball Camp

Daphne 36526 Please call Ann Schilling for clinic information. (251) 533-1286

Craft Farms Golf Course

3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores 36542 Offering Junior Development Programs, US Kids and SNAG Golf Programs, Private and individual golf lessons. Private lessons are offered year round by our PGA Golf Pro and US Kids Certified and Certified Instructor. Summer clinic golf camps include tennis, golf and swimming. Dates and more details coming soon! Please call or visit our website for updated program information. (251) 978-1625

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Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers

17799 Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores 36542 Join us for a super summer program! We have been offering Martial Arts Instruction for children and adults in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Please call for summer dates and times. We also offer classes at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. Visit us on Facebook for updates! (251) 979-3360 or (251) 279-8013

Hoops for Girls – Basketball Camp

Daphne UMC, 2401 Main Street , Daphne 36526 We are excited to announce that we will have basketball camp again this summer. “Hoops for Girls” will be July 10 - 14, 2017 from 9am - 12:30pm at Daphne United Methodist Church. This camp is for girls on the Eastern Shore, entering the 4th - 8th grades for the 2017-18 school year. If your daughter is interested or you want more information, please contact Alison Calloway at (251) 300-4490 or hoopsforgirlscamp@gmail.com. We will send you updated information and registration details as camp gets closer. “Hoops for Girls” concentrates on learning and improving basketball skills, while having fun at the same time. In addition to learning

through skill work, we have a few contests and we also have a tournament at the end of camp. We stress and expect that campers display good sportsmanship throughout the week. (251) 300-4490

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Lake Forest Golf Course

1 Golf Terrace, Daphne 36526 Lake Forest Golf Course has 18 holes of golf, a 19th Hole Grille with full-service restaurant, practice range, putting green and a courteous and helpful staff. We offer individual lessons for kids age 7 years to adult. Summer golf clinics will also be offered with more specific details coming soon. Call or email PGA Head Golf Professional Tim Gressett for more information. lfproshop@lakeforestpoa.org. (251) 626-9324 lfproshop@lakeforestpoa.org www.lakeforestdaphne.org

LSU - Athletic Youth Camps

Louisiana State University , 156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 LSU will offer several youth sports camps this summer. All camps will be held in our brand new LSU Practice Facility and the legendary Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Register early as camps fill up quickly. Visit the website above for information on specific camp details. LSU Athletic department will offer baseball, cheerleading/dance, football, basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball camps. (225) 578-8217

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Orange Beach Tennis Center

4851 South Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach 36561 Summer Camps will begin June 1st and end July 30th, 2016. Participants may attend a 2-week camp, 1-week camp, or a daily camp. Camp information will be available in May. Please call the Orange Beach Tennis Center for further information. (251) 974-NETS (6387) or (251) 233-9628 www.cityoforangebeach.com

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Planet Gymnastics, 900 Schillinger Rd S, Mobile 36695 Fencing is an Olympic and NCAA collegiate sport. We have a new fencing gym upstairs at Planet Gymnastics. Classes are recreational and competitive. Our Fencing Master is Alex Whalen. Please call or email us about Summer Camps and Fencing Classes. Birthday Party Packages coming soon! Visit us on Facebook for photos, videos and updates. (251) 650-0699 PlanetFencing@comcast.net www.PlanetGymnastics.com

Quail Creek Golf Junior Clinics

19841 Quail Creek Drive, Fairhope 36532 Quail Creek Golf Course provides a great basic foundation and knowledgeable instruction. Boys and girls will learn to love the challenging game of golf, gain strength, confidence and learn a sport that will follow them into adulthood. Scott Spielmann, course golf pro, will provide basic and intermediate clinics for any child ages 7 and up. The course includes well-manicured greens, fairways, tee boxes, driving range, putting and chipping areas, a full service Pro Shop, snack bar, club fitting and a friendly & knowledgeable staff. PGA Director of Golf, Bobby Hall, manages Quail Creek Golf Course. Please call or stop in the golf shop for more information. www.cofairhope.com

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Rock Creek Golf

140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope? 36532 Please visit our website or call the clubhouse for upcoming junior clinic dates for summer 2017. (251) 928-4223 info@rockcreekgolf.com www.rockcreekgolf.com

Summer Basketball Camp at Faulkner State Fairhope 36532 (251) 401-6484

The Fieldhouse

26037 Capital Drive, Daphne 36526 The Fieldhouse offers summer and seasonal sessions in baseball, softball, t-ball and speed and agility for athletes of all ages. We believe that training in sports teaches life skills including the importance of education, teamwork, commitment, and perseverance. It is our hope to honor God in our efforts, provide lifelong character development and memories to our athletes, and advance the level of competition in our community. Please call for specific program dates and times. (251) 622-0600

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Timber Creek Golf Course

9650 Timber Creek Boulevard, Daphne 36526 Timber Creek Golf Course will offer a spring and summer clinics for Junior golfers. Call us today to be added to our junior golf email list for upcoming activities. Contact us for detailed information on clinic fees, times and registration. (251) 621-9900

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University of Alabama Sports Camps

Tuscaloosa 35487 The University of Alabama is offering several exciting sports camps including Nick Saban Football Camp, Baseball, Cheer/Dance, Mascot, Golf, Tennis, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, softball and Swimming. Visit the website listed for detailed information. www.rolltide.com/camps

University of Mobile RAMS Soccer Camps

5735 College Parkway, Mobile 36613 www.ramssoccercamps.com; Rams Soccer Camps take place at The University of Mobile in Mobile. UM Day Camp: June 19 – 22, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Price: $90 (Ages 6-12); UM Residential Camp: Session 1 Date: June 4 - 8, Session 2 Date: July 9 – 13 (Ages 8-18) Price: $385.00 Residential Camper (Overnight); Price: $275.00 for Full Day Camper (Stays Until

8:00pm) Price: $225.00 for 3/4 Day Camper (Stays until 4:00pm) (251)-675-5990

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Wheeles Karate Academy

314 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores 36542 Wheeles Karate Academy will help build confidence, respect, and self-discipline in your child while learning the basics of karate. We offer summer karate and kickboxing classes and summer camp sessions. Call or visit our website for more information. 2017 Camp Dates coming soon! Like us on Facebook! (251) 967-KICK (5425) or (251) 509-3353 gulfcoastkarate.com

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Youth Marksmanship Camp - Sporting Clays, Rifles and Archery Orange Beach Recreation Center and Police Shooting Range, Orange Beach 36561 This summer we are giving our youth marksmen

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opportunities to practice their skills! Two events will be held at the Orange Beach Police Shooting Range and one will be held at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. The cost is $10.00 per person (per event) for ages 8 – 15 years. Younger and older are able to attend upon approval. FIREARMS SAFETY IS STRESSED THROUGHOUT EACH EVENT! Snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 30 participants for each event. These events are conducted in conjunction with the City of Orange Beach, and the State of Alabama, Department of Conservation, Division of Wildlife & Fresh Water Fisheries. Sporting Clays and Rifles events will be held at the Orange Beach Police Shooting Range on William Silvers Parkway in Orange Beach. Archery will be held at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. Please call or email Chris Litton for registration and specific camp dates or visit www.cityoforangebeach. com and look under Parks and Recreation. (251) 980-5946 or (251) 979-0134 clitton@cityoforangebeach.com www.cityoforangebeach.com

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Swimming & Water Fun Eastern Shore Aquatics ad on page 37

10580 County Road 64, Daphne 36526 We have a summer swim team and a year-round swim team, home school swim programs, and private or group swim lessons. We are privately owned with two indoor, heated pools and dry land training facilities. Our mission is to provide amateur, youth athletes of all abilities with the opportunity to succeed and grow through the pursuit of excellence in the sport of swimming. (251) 300-0820

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Fairhope Yacht Club Sailing Camp ad on page 53

101 Volanta Avenue, Fairhope 36532 Session One: June 5 - 9, June 12 - 16; Session Two: June 19 - 23, June 26 - 30; Session Three: July 10 - 14, July17 - 21; Session Four: July 24 - 28, July 31 - August 4. There will be a morning session 8-12 or an afternoon session 1-5pm in each two week session. Please visit the website for details and registration information. Camps are 2 weeks and run Monday – Friday. There will be a morning session 8-12 or an afternoon session 1-5pm. Two week camp fee is $300 for members and $325 for non-members. NEW – Bay Buddies Camp! For kids 5 to 7 years old. 8 -12 noon; June 12 -16, June 26 - 30, July 17 - 21 and July 24 - 28. It is called Bay Buddies. Weekly camp fee is $150 for members and $170 for non-members.

SEAL Team Camp ad on page 34

Down Under Dive Shop, 1129 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores 36542 The PADI Seal Team program combines teaching the basic scuba diving skills in the safety of a pool with lots of fun educational games. This program is offered for children/ youth from ages 8 -12 years and the cost is $295. This cost includes all equipment and a “crew pack” (activity book, log books, Seal Team badge and sticker, and a completion certificate), and use of the pool. Camps also include a two-hour morning snorkel trip which parents and siblings may attend for $35 + rental gear fees. Camp Sessions run for two hours, Tuesday Thursday. Each session allows no more than 4 participants. Several Camp Sessions will be offered at Orange Beach Aquatic Center and Bodenhamer Rec center from May 31st – July 30th, 2016. Please call or email for exact Dates and times. Camp Coordinator Lila Harris (334) 315-5730.

Volanta Park & Municipal Pool, US Highway 98, Fairhope 36532 The City of Fairhope Municipal Pool will offer group children swim lessons beginning in March. A variety of classes will be offered including Parent and Child Aquatics focusing on infants and children ages 18 month to 3 years becoming comfortable with the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. The remainder of the classes, directed by Red Cross Instructor Michael Rogers will combine techniques used in Red Cross, Starfish, and USA swimming. The program is designed for children over 3 years all the way up to adults, and students’ progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering

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BMAC Swim School

10155 Canal Circle, Fairhope 36532 Call or Email BMACSwim@yahoo. com for Class Times. Group lessons are offered mornings and afternoons. Private lessons are available. We offer Stroke improvement, Adult private or semi private lessons. Private home pool lessons also available. Please call or email for registration information.

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taught at the following dates and times: March 6th - 29th Monday & Wednesday, 6pm - 6:45pm; April 3rd - 26th Monday & Wednesday, 6pm 6:45pm; May 1st - 24th Monday & Wednesday, 6pm - 6:45pm. Cost for group swim lessons is $80, checks should be made payable to Fairhope Swim and lessons must be paid in advance. Private swim lessons are also available for $18 for 30 minutes. For more information and to register, call the Fairhope Pool or Michael Rogers at (334) 559-8364. (251) 990-0175 or (334) 559-8364 www.cofairhope.com

City of Orange Beach Junior Lifeguard Academy 4853 Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach 36561 The course is designed to teach the participant about water safety and basic pool and beach lifeguard procedures. There is instruction on proper swimming technique, water survival, water rescues, and nutrition. Campers must be at least 9 years of age to enroll in the course. Participants should bring: running shoes, swimsuit, towel, lunch, and snacks. Please contact Melvin Shepard at (251) 747-1051 or mshepard@obfd. org for 2017 dates and details. (251) 747-1051 mshepard@obfd.org www.orangebeachsurfrescue.com

Survival Swim Instruction ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) Fairhope Municipal Pool, Fairhope and Eastern Shore Aquatic Center, Daphne, Fairhope 36532 Babies 6 to 12 months are taught the rollback-tofloat sequence. The child is taught breath control, correct floating posture, and the skills to attain a back float and remain floating for varied periods of time. Your child must be crawling or be able to roll over both ways and sit independently on land in order to start rollback-to-float lessons. Children 1 year or older who are walking are taught the swim-float-swim sequence – swimming in a face down position, using his/her arms and legs; rolling onto the back to a survival float and then flipping back over to continue swimming. ISR has numerous safety protocols to provide the safest possible lessons. The exact length of time varies somewhat since every lesson is uniquely tailored to each child. For more information and registration questions please contact or email Meg Johnson. (407) 497-6469 m.johnson@infantswim.com www.infantswim.com

Wind and Water Learning Center Sailing Camp 26267 Canal Road, Orange Beach 36561 Registration opens on March 1, 2017. The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center on Wolf Bay offers summer sailing lessons for youth aged 7 – 14 years. Lessons are taught by US Certified Sailing Instructors. Instructors use on-shore and on-the-water activities to ensure students acquire proper sailing skills. Students are learning while having fun! Beginner Classes are held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Varying Intermediate/Advanced Classes are held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. We will offer weekly sessions beginning June 5th, 2017 and continue through the middle of August. For more information call or visit our website or email ncantrell@cityoforangebeach.com. (251) 424-5909 ncantrell@cityoforangebeach.com www.windandwaterlearning.com ESP

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- Secondhand computers, cell phones, tablets and MP3 players are always in demand. Websites like Gazelle or Buy My Tronics buy those used electronics that you no longer use. Simply answer questions online about your item, get a quote and ship for free. After inspection, you will get paid via check, Amazon gift card or PayPal. Gazelle will purchase iPhones in any condition – cracked, soaked or gently used. Gadget Salvation is another online used electronics company. In addition to cell phones, tablets and computers, Gadget Salvation will buy your cameras and GPS units.

Clothing

– eBay is an excellent place to sell used clothing. Gently used children’s clothes can be sold as an individual item or as a lot of similar items. You will be charged a small fee based on the selling price of your item. Don’t limit your sales to the kids’ clothes. When I changed careers, I no longer needed my designer office clothes and found plenty of buyers on eBay. Local consignment shops are great for items like cocktail dresses or one time use items like a child’s Christmas outfit. Trade in teen-style clothes for cash at Plato’s Closet (Mobile).

Sports Equipment

- As your children get older, you are left with a trail of sports equipment that they have outgrown. Consider selling items like soccer cleats, baseball bats and football pads online at Swap Me Sports, a bulletin board for those interested in buying, selling and trading sports equipment. Unlike eBay, there are no fees for the transaction. The equipment is listed by region for easy pick up. Swap Me Sports also lets you donate items to teams that are in need.

Video games and game systems – As your child outgrows games and game systems, know that there are other families growing into them. As my son moved on from Wii to Xbox One, we were left with tons of unused games on the shelves. Trade your items for in-store credit at local Game Stop stores or for cash online at Next Worth. Amazon offers a trade in program exchanging video games and game systems for Amazon gift cards. Next Worth and Amazon work in the same way by giving you a quote and offering free shipping. After inspecting your items, a credit will be deposited in your account.

Used books, movies and music – In addition to video games, Amazon’s trade in program accepts used books, movies and CDs. If you would rather have cash, you can set up an Amazon seller account. While selling items yourself usually yields more money, you will need to invest more time waiting for the sale. If you are lucky enough to have a used book store in your town, consider selling your item there and save on shipping resources. A brick and mortar store may give your more for your item because their volume is lower than Amazon, therefore creating more supply and demand. 85

Still have things you no longer need? Consider donating them. Local charities make monthly pickups and sell donated items in their stores. Your items still might get a second chance at life and the money will go directly to the charity. With spring cleaning behind you, you will be left with less clutter, a lighter conscience and money in your pockets. What a great way to start off the summer! ESP Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She hopes that money is the motivator her kids need to tackle the closets in their house.

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A Page in a Book Help Wanted: Big Jobs for Little Kids Once a child is old enough to help with small tasks, parents can often find themselves with a surplus of assistance. When children are invited to participate through helping, it creates a sense of value and responsibility. Sorting clothes, mixing batter, carrying the mail, and other opportunities for kids to contribute can be a vital part of supporting their positive self-image. This empowerment of the child can also lead to young ones seeking innovative and bold ways to ‘help’. The following titles explore the lighter side of youthful assistance and the humorous results of their enthusiastic help.

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by Rosie Winstead (Penguin / Dial) Even though Sprout is young, she’s still older and bigger than her baby sister, Bea. So while her mom works from home, Sprout has big ideas about how she can help with the baby. Citing all the ways that she takes care of herself, Sprout’s enthusiastic confidence in her ability to help powers her grand plans for entertaining Bea. The actual chaos that Sprout’s ‘help’ generates only makes her successful assistance more powerful. Pencil and watercolors soften the edges of the mess, leaving the helpful spirit of Sprout to shine in this sweet story of a girl who takes on responsibility with love and wonderful abandon.

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by Mo Willems (Disney / Hyperion) Nothing delights young Nanette’s taste buds like a warm baguette. When her mother gives her a coin to make her first solo trip to the bakery for a fresh loaf, Nanette is delighted to help. Navigating a journey fraught with distractions (from Brett with his clarinet to Mr. Barnett with his pet, Antoinette), Nanette and her coin reach the bakery. Once the baguette is bought, the return home with the hot, crispy loaf is all that remains. But how long can a tempting baguette last in the hands of a hungry Nanette? Celebrating a child’s first taste of responsibility and the hazards that can come along with the task, this delightful romp will whet every young readers appetite for opportunities to help.

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by Jessixa Bagley (Roaring Brook Press) Tic and Tac are badger brothers who are bored beyond measure. As they loudly lament the lack of something to do, their mother makes suggestions while she does the laundry. The brothers discard all her ideas, until she offers something new that they’ve never done before; hang up the wet laundry on her clothesline. Armed with instructions on how to handle wet clothes and use clothespins to hang them, Tic and Tac make quick work of getting the laundry on the line. But their excess energy (and new-found talent) give them grander ideas for helping that may put their mother’s patience on the line. Saluting the enthusiasm that comes with teaching kids new skills, this charming picture book tips its hat to the rewards of chores. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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Saturday April 1

2017 Crepe Myrtle Trail Bike Ride 8:00 AM Arlington Park, The 2017 Crepe Myrtle Trail Bike Ride, hosted by Mobile United and the Mobile County Health Department, is Saturday, April 1, 8-11:30 a.m. at Arlington Park/Brookley Complex. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are available at www.mobilebaykeeper. org. www.mobilebaykeeper.org Reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley 8:00 AM Blakely State Park, 34745 State Highway 225, Spanish Fort To commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, we have an event-filled day of exciting tours, informative educational programming, and lively demonstrations planned. This will be one of the largest reenactments of Alabama’s largest Civil War battle held in several years. 251-626-5581 www.blakeleypark.com Battles of Blakeley and Spanish Fort History Cruise ($25 for adults/$15 for children ages 6-12) 9:00 AM Blakely State Park, 34745 State Highway 225, Spanish Fort A detailed tour by boat of the Civil War Battles of Blakeley and Spanish Fort and the associated naval actions during the Campaign for Mobile. 251-626-5581 www.blakeleypark.com Fairhope History Walking Tours 10:00 AM Fairhope Museum of History, 24 North Section Street, Fairhope Throughout April, thirty-three cities in Alabama present Saturday walking tours highlighting each city’s unique history, and Fairhope has a fascinating history to explore! Fairhope History Museum Director Donnie Barrett will lead the entertaining and informative walks that will combine community history with some tidbits from his own experiences as a child in Fairhope. Tours will begin at 10 a.m. 251-929-1474

Historic Downtown Walking Tours 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street, Foley Ever wonder about the history of the Hotel Magnolia or the Foley trains? Now is your chance to discover more about these and other local landmarks. Walking tours featuring historic points of interest in downtown Foley will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Foley Welcome Center. visitfoley.com Mobile Boat Show ($8.00 at the door, 12 and under

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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street, Mobile In addition to a huge selection of boats and marine products, there are special events for the whole family to enjoy! This year’s show will feature professional flyboarding

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demonstrations in the Mobile River. This exciting new sport is taking off around the Gulf Coast and is fun to watch! The Fetch-n-Fish dog show returns with dog jumping, training tips and lots of fun for the kids; and the Skeeter Experience seminar series boasts a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. You can also register for giveaways in Skeeter room all weekend. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile/ Port of One Featuring Bethel Music 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile Port of One is a city-wide worship event coming to Mobile, Alabama on April 1, 2017 featuring Bethel Music, Pastor Joe Johnson and more. The purpose is to ignite our community with love and healing by immersing our community in the presence of the Lord through worship and prayer. www.mobilesaenger.com Joe Jefferson Players present “Much Ado About Nothing” 8:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street, Mobile The Joe Jefferson Players will present “Much Ado About Nothing,” the beloved comedy by William Shakespeare, from Friday, March 17, to Sunday, April 2, at the Playhouse. The show is directed by Joe Fuselli. 251-471-1534 www.joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” 8:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street, Mobile Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” on Fridays - Sundays March 24-April 9. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show

($13 for adults and $7.50 for children)

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on Saturday, April 1, as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show on the Great Lawn. It’s all for a good cause, too; proceeds from car registrations will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) and the Autism Society of Alabama. 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

Sunday April 2

Mobile Boat Show ($8.00 at the door, 12 and under

are Free.)

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street, Mobile In addition to a huge selection of boats and marine products, there are special events for the whole family to enjoy! This year’s show will feature professional flyboarding demonstrations in the Mobile River. This exciting new sport is taking off around the Gulf Coast and is fun to watch! The Fetch-n-Fish dog show returns with dog jumping, training tips and lots of fun for the kids; and the Skeeter Experience seminar series boasts a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. You can also register for giveaways in Skeeter room all weekend. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile/ Joe Jefferson Players present “Much Ado About Nothing” 2:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street, Mobile The Joe Jefferson Players will present “Much Ado About Nothing,” the beloved comedy by William Shakespeare, from Friday, March 17, to Sunday, April 2, at the Playhouse. The show is directed by Joe Fuselli. 251-471-1534 www.joejeffersonplayers.com

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Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street, Mobile Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” on Fridays - Sundays March 24-April 9. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Tuesday April 4

Daphne Public Library presents the 7th Annual History Series 10:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne The Daphne Public Library will present the 7th Annual History Series this spring. The series, Immigrant Communities on the Gulf Coast: Then to Now, will include four speaking events on Tuesdays at 10:00 am on March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11. Each session will last about one hour followed by a question and answer period. All four events will be held at the Daphne Civic Center. Hope for Healing Celebration Dinner 5:30 PM Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, An Evening with Stephen Mansfield on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017. Reception 5:30pm -6:30pm and Dinner and Program 6:309:00pm. To further the mission of Victory Health Partners. Call Kim Garrett, 460-2928 for Tickets. 251-460-2928 victoryhealth.org

Wednesday April 5

Caterpillars Observe and Explore Day – Childrens Nature Work Shop (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley Our April 5 O&E theme is Caterpillars. Activities include exploring garden bins for caterpillars. ”The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl as our story time book; Craft projects include making fuzzy caterpillar clips and display boards on metamorphosis. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org

Thursday April 6

Fairhope Lecture Series 6:00 PM Fairhope Museum of History, 24 North Section Street, Fairhope 2017 Lecture Series on Fairhope’s History. Speaker: Donnie Barrett, Director Fairhope Museum of History. www.cofairhope.com Music at Meyer Park (Free) 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 East 22nd Ave, Gulf Shores These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. All Music at Meyer Park free to public and begin at 6 p.m. www.gulfshoresal.gov Music at Meyer Park (Free) 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 E 22nd Avenue, Gulf Shores Zydeco Radio takes over Meyer Park on April 6. Created in 2014, Zydeco Radio is a new generation of young musicians from Lafayette, LA. This powerhouse group influences traditional zydeco funk with rock, blues and a lot of energy. www.gulfshoresal.gov Banquet of Hope 6:30 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne Jarret Johnson, NFL and Alabama football player will be speaking as well as the first graduate from Under His Wings. Come hear their stories and find out how you can partner in building a home for this ministry. 251-509-7104

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FamilyCalendar Spanish Fort Toro Theatre presents “The Foreigner” ($8) 7:00 PM Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort The Spanish Fort High Toro Theatre will be presenting their Spring play, The Foreigner, on April 6th and 7th at the Spanish Fort Community Center. The play will begin at 7:00PM, and tickets are $8. Tickets will be going on sale next week, and they can be bought from the school or online at Preptix. Anyone interested can like us on Facebook (Toro Theatre) to stay updated on ticket sales and any other information. Cirque Italia 7:30 PM Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile Cirque Italia is a creative mix of the best elements of entertainment and technology. A “never-seen-before” production that combines acrobatics, dance, contortion, and even high-performance BMX and roller-skating. All performances are done in ways that push the physical boundaries of human abilities, which leaves audiences amazed and astonished. 941-704-8572 cirqueitalia.com Brown Bag Concert Series 11:30 PM - 1:30 PM, May Day Park, 1 College Avenue, Daphne Brown Bag Concert Series in May Day Park. 251-621-3703 discoverdaphne.org

Friday April 7

Clays for A’s 11:30 AM Bushy Creek Clays, 22505 Will Vaughn Road, Perdido Clays for A’s - a project of Leadership Baldwin. All proceeds benefit 7 Educational Enrichment Foundations in Baldwin County. 251-213-7039

First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, 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. Spanish Fort Toro Theatre presents “The Foreigner” ($8) 7:00 PM Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort The Spanish Fort High Toro Theatre will be presenting their Spring play, The Foreigner, on April 6th and 7th at the Spanish Fort Community Center. The play will begin at 7:00PM, and tickets are $8. Tickets will be going on sale next week, and they can be bought from the school or online at Preptix. Anyone interested can like us on Facebook (Toro Theatre) to stay updated on ticket sales and any other information. Cirque Italia 7:30 PM Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile Cirque Italia is a creative mix of the best elements of entertainment and technology. A “never-seen-before” production that combines acrobatics, dance, contortion, and even high-performance BMX and roller-skating. All performances are done in ways that push the physical boundaries of human abilities, which leaves audiences amazed and astonished. 941-704-8572 cirqueitalia.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” 8:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street, Mobile Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” on Fridays - Sundays March 24-April 9. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates 85th Anniversary ($8.50 per person) Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore Help us celebrate the 85th anniversary of the date that the Gardens first opened to the public! On April 7, guests may visit the Gardens at a special anniversary rate of $8.50 per person. Members of the Friends of Bellingrath will receive a 20% discount in the Gift Shop. 251- 973-2217 www.bellingrath.org Southsounds Music and Art Festival Downtown Mobile, SouthSounds is three days of showcasing the best new Southern music and art. This event takes place downtown April 7-April 9. Free performances by some of the South’s best emerging talent take place in Cathedral Square Friday - Sunday. Ticket holders will be able to move among multiple venues to experience bands in more intimate settings. For tickets or more information, please visit southsoundsfest.com. southsoundsfest.com

Saturday April 8

1st Annual Strawberry Festival 5K Race and Fun Run 7:30 AM Loxley Municipal Park, Highway 59 South, Loxley Funds raised will benefit the Loxley Elementary School and The Association of Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County (ARCBC). This event is sponsored by the Loxley Church and the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival. baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org

8K By The Bay and 2 Mile Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk 8:00 AM Arlington Park, Broad Street and Brookley Aeroplex, Mobile Join us for this race benefitting Penelope House-Shelter and Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims and the Sheriff Foundation. www.productionsbylittleredhen.com 30th Annual Strawberry Festival 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Loxley Municipal Park, Highway 59 South, Loxley Join us for the Strawberry Festival with over 180 arts and craft exhibitors, a dozen different food vendors, an exciting carnival, fun children’s games, an antique auto show, exhibits and live music. And, of course, strawberry shortcake is still king! baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org Spring Garrison Living History Day 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Fort Morgan, 110 Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort’s parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by the site historians will provide insight into the events that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Dauphin Island Discovery Day 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Mobile Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on. Visitors will learn about the coastal ecosystem we live in and why it’s important to conserve our precious and

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unique environment. The research vessel Alabama Discovery will also be available for tours. 251-861-2141 www.disl.org Historic Downtown Walking Tours 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street, Foley Ever wonder about the history of the Hotel Magnolia or the Foley trains? Now is your chance to discover more about these and other local landmarks. Walking tours featuring historic points of interest in downtown Foley will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Foley Welcome Center. visitfoley.com Town on Dauphin Island Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 AM Green Park, Town of Dauphin Island Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Green Park at 10:00am. Come and meet the Easter Bunny and take a picture. Lots of eggs to be found. www.townofdauphinisland.org Easter Photos & Adoption Event with Furrever Homes Rescue 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM, 25491 State Highway 181, Daphne Come join us for Easter photos with the Easter bunny to help raise money for Furrever Homes Rescue! All proceeds will go to the rescue to help them save more animals! Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be $10 and you will receive a cute picture frame to put your adorable photo in! Furrever Homes will also have adoptable pets available for anyone interested in adding a new furry family member into their home! You don’t want to miss the fun on this day! Roar for More Fundraiser ($15 per person or $25 per couple)

5:30 PM - 11:30 PM, Rhodes Civic Center, 301 D’Olive Street, Bay Minette Benefit for Bay Minette Elementary School. www.northbaldwinchamber.com Mobile Pops Concert (Free) 6:00 PM Water Tower Plaza, A concert by the Mobile Pops is set for Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza on Dauphin Island. The free event is made possible by contributions from the Dauphin Island Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and the Town. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and bug spray. www.themobilepops.com Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Beethoven Symphony 9” 7:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile Mobile Symphony and University of South Alabama team up to bring you Beethoven’s Ultimate Symphony – the Ode to Joy. Also featuring Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems. www.mobilesaenger.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” 8:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street, Mobile Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” on Fridays - Sundays March 24-April 9. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org April Market Day at Seasons Consignment (Free)

Seasons Consignment, 26992 State Highway 181, Daphne Join us on the 2nd Saturdays of March, April, May, September, October, November, and December for our outdoor market featuring local artists, craftsmen and other vendors. Family fun and good food with kids crafts and activities. 251-459-0700 www.seasonsconsignment.com

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Cirque Italia Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile Cirque Italia is a creative mix of the best elements of entertainment and technology. A “neverseen-before” production that combines acrobatics, dance, contortion, and even high-performance BMX and roller-skating. All performances are done in ways that push the physical boundaries of human abilities, which leaves audiences amazed and astonished. Show times: 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 8:30pm. 941-704-8572 cirqueitalia.com

Cirque Italia Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile Cirque Italia is a creative mix of the best elements of entertainment and technology. A “never-seen-before” production that combines acrobatics, dance, contortion, and even high-performance BMX and roller-skating. All performances are done in ways that push the physical boundaries of human abilities, which leaves audiences amazed and astonished. Show Times: 2:30pm and 5:30pm. 941-704-8572 cirqueitalia.com

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny ($13 for adults and $7.50 for children) Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore Hop on down to Bellingrath for a morning of Easter fun with our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn for children to collect, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Registration is required for the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny; to register, call (251) 9732217. 251- 973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

Southsounds Music and Art Festival Downtown Mobile, SouthSounds is three days of showcasing the best new Southern music and art. This event takes place downtown April 7-April 9. Free performances by some of the South’s best emerging talent take place in Cathedral Square Friday - Sunday. Ticket holders will be able to move among multiple venues to experience bands in more intimate settings. For tickets or more information, please visit southsoundsfest.com. southsoundsfest.com

Southsounds Music and Art Festival Downtown Mobile, SouthSounds is three days of showcasing the best new Southern music and art. This event takes place downtown April 7-April 9. Free performances by some of the South’s best emerging talent take place in Cathedral Square Friday - Sunday. Ticket holders will be able to move among multiple venues to experience bands in more intimate settings. southsoundsfest.com

Sunday April 9

30th Annual Strawberry Festival 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Loxley Municipal Park, Highway 59 South, Loxley Join us for the Strawberry Festival with over 180 arts and craft exhibitors, a dozen different food vendors, an exciting carnival, fun children’s games, an antique auto show, exhibits and live music. And, of course, strawberry shortcake is still king! baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street, Mobile Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Sordid Lives” on Fridays - Sundays March 24-April 9. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Beethoven Symphony 9” 2:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile Mobile Symphony and University of South Alabama team up to bring you Beethoven’s Ultimate Symphony – the Ode to Joy. Also featuring Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems. www.mobilesaenger.com Baldwin Pops Concert 6:00 PM Robertsdale Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Road, Robertsdale Baldwin Pops Concert at Robertsdale Coliseum. baldwinpopsband.com

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Tuesday April 11

Daphne Public Library presents the 7th Annual History Series 10:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne The Daphne Public Library will present the 7th Annual History Series this spring. The series, Immigrant Communities on the Gulf Coast: Then to Now, will include four speaking events on Tuesdays at 10:00 am on March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11. Each session will last about one hour followed by a question and answer period. All four events will be held at the Daphne Civic Center.

Thursday April 13

“A Chorus Line” presented by the University of Alabama 7:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile Follow these 16 dancers through the exhilarating and exhausting world of a Broadway musical. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, A Chorus Line is among the longest running shows in history. www.mobilesaenger.com Brown Bag Concert Series 11:30 PM - 1:30 PM, May Day Park, 1 College Avenue, Daphne Brown Bag Concert Series in May Day Park. 251-621-3703 discoverdaphne.org

Saturday April 15

Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt 8:00 AM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores Kick off your Easter celebration with the City of Gulf Shores as they host Breakfast with the Bunny at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center. Families of all ages are invited to enjoy an oldfashioned breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes before having pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. The first 50 children will receive a complimentary picture with the Easter Bunny. The festivities will conclude at 10 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt featuring over 5,000 eggs. Tickets are available at the door. 251-968-1174 www.gulfshoresal.gov Zydeco Crawfish Festival 5K 8:00 AM Acme Oyster house , 216 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores Come join us for the 3rd Annual Zydeco Crawfish Festival 5K run/Walk. There will be Arts and craft booths and ALL Day Zydeco Bands playing. As well as Tons of Food vendors. The bands start around 9am and play until dark. www.active.com

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Dauphin Island Community Easter Egg Hunt (Free)

10:00 AM Cadillac Square, Dauphin Island, Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10:00am at Cadillac Square. www.townofdauphinisland.org Easter in the Squares (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville and Cathedral Square, Join us for Easter in the Square. Free, Family Fun! Numerous activities include paper flower making, kids karaoke, easter bunny crafts, balloon art, photos with the easter bunny, easter egg hunt, easter parade, face painting, egg and sack races and more. Time: 10:00am-1:00pm. www.downtownmobile.org Historic Downtown Walking Tours 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street, Foley Ever wonder about the history of the Hotel Magnolia or the Foley trains? Now is your chance to discover more about these and other local landmarks. Walking tours featuring historic points of interest in downtown Foley will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Foley Welcome Center. visitfoley.com

Waterway Village Crawfish & Zydeco Festival 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Waterway Village, 116 East 24th Avenue, Gulf Shores The Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup (French for a lot) of fun! Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lipsmacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. There will be arts and crafts vendors as well as children’s activities offering nonstop fun for all ages. www.gulfshoresal.gov Harvest Night at Weeks Bay Plantation 4:00 PM Weeks Bay Plantation, 11401 US-98, Fairhope Our first Harvest Night will be April 15th starting at 4pm and lasting until the final note has been sung! This inaugural Harvest Night will feature blueberry picking, a farmers market, food trucks, live music and more! It will be fun for the entire family. 251-990-5004 weeksbay.org

Sunday April 16

Daphne’s Bayfront Concert 5:30 PM Bayfront Park, 6200 Bayfront Park Drive, Daphne Easter Concert with Mobile Big Band.

Tuesday April 18

Taste of the Rotary ($50) 6:00 PM Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope Point Clear Rotary Club’s Taste Of Rotary to benefit the F-PC Rotary Youth Club, scholarships and other charities. Food specialties from area restaurants, silent and live auction. 251-454-0921 www.pointclearrotary.org

Wednesday April 19

Bob Weir and the Campfire Band 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobilewww.mobilesaenger.com

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Earth Day Mobile Bay (Free) 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Pier Park, Pier Park Road, Fairhope Earth Day Mobile Bay is a celebration of the Earth for the people living around our incredibly diverse, beautiful, fun, ecologically rich and nevertheless fragile bay area. Join us on Earth Day as an exhibitor, a participant, a volunteer or simply a visitor! 251-990-8662 www.EarthDayMobileBay.org

Brown Bag Concert Series 11:30 PM - 1:30 PM, May Day Park, 1 College Avenue, Daphne Brown Bag Concert Series in May Day Park. 251-621-3703 discoverdaphne.org

Historic Downtown Walking Tours 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street, Foley Ever wonder about the history of the Hotel Magnolia or the Foley trains? Now is your chance to discover more about these and other local landmarks. Walking tours featuring historic points of interest in downtown Foley will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Foley Welcome Center. visitfoley.com

Music at Meyer Park (Free) 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 E 22nd Avenue, Gulf Shores New Earth Army will close out the 2017 edition of Music at Meyer Park on April 20. This Florida Panhandle based band pulls influences from rock, blues, funk and jazz to create a new yet familiar sound. www.gulfshoresal.gov

Friday April 21

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Velveteen Rabbit” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. 251-968-6721 www.sbct.biz Boston - Mobile Saenger Theatre 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile Boston in concert at the Mobile Saenger Theatre. www.mobilesaenger.com Center Stage Performance presents “The Wizard of Oz” Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope Center Stage Performance invites the public to “see the Wizard...the wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Fairhope Civic Center on April 21, 22 & 23. Times and ticket information will be available soon. www.centerstageperformance.com Kids Win at The Wharf Fishing Tournament ($25) The Wharf, 4851 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach Don’t miss this fantastical fun filled day of fishing. This is a fun fishing outdoor event where kids will laugh, smile and have a blast in the great outdoors. Registration deadline is April 20. thewharfmarina.com

Saturday April 22

PHind a Cure Race 7:30 AM Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile Race to benefit thePulmonary Hypertension Association. www.eventbrite.com Bay Minette Intermediate School Color Dash 5K and Fun Run 9:00 AM Community Kids Park, 303 McMillan Avenue, Bay Minettewww.eventbrite.com Earth Day Eco-Expo and Observe & Explore Day (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Wolf Bay Drive, Foley Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at Graham Creek Nature Preserve. Eco-Expo is 10am2pm, Earth Day themed O&E activities start by 10:30 am. Event is FREE to the public.

8th Annual Bald Eagle Bash ($40 in advance and $45 dollars at the gate. Entry is free for children 10 and under.)

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center, Weeks Bay Foundation is excited to host the 8th annual Bald Eagle Bash on April 22nd from 4-7pm. Our Party for Preservation helps to raise money and awareness for our mission of protecting coastal wetlands. This “taste of Weeks Bay” event, located at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center, brings over a dozen area restaurants together to create dishes based on delicious gulf shrimp. The Weeks Bay Foundation supplies soda, wine, and beer from Budweiser and Fairhope Brewing Company. Later, put your dancing shoes on and boogie down to the upbeat tunes of the Mulligan Brothers baldeaglebash.com Spanish Fort Celebrates Spring (Free Admission) 5:00 PM Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort Spanish Fort celebrates Spring with Fine Arts, Music and Entertainment. St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church Greek Night ($60) 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street. Gulf Shores The evening will feature Greek and Russian food with dancing and fun. Music and entertainment provided by Nick Trivelas and the Kefi Dancers. 251-948-8008

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Velveteen Rabbit” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. 251-968-6721 www.sbct.biz Center Stage Performance presents “The Wizard of Oz” Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope Center Stage Performance invites the public to “see the Wizard...the wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Fairhope Civic Center on April 21, 22 & 23. Times and ticket information will be available soon. www.centerstageperformance.com Kids Win at The Wharf Fishing Tournament

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The Wharf Marina, 4851 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach Don’t miss this fantastical fun filled day of fishing. This is a fun fishing outdoor event where kids will laugh, smile and have a blast in the great outdoors. Registration deadline is April 20. 251-923-4267 thewharfmarina.com

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Sunday April 23

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Velveteen Rabbit” 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. 251-968-6721 www.sbct.biz Baldwin Pops Concert 6:00 PM Henry George Park, 1 North Beach Road, Fairhope Baldwin Pops Concert at Henry George Park. baldwinpopsband.com Center Stage Performance presents “The Wizard of Oz” Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street, Fairhope Center Stage Performance invites the public to “see the Wizard...the wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Fairhope Civic Center on April 21, 22 & 23. Times and ticket information will be available soon. www.centerstageperformance.com

Tuesday April 25

Impact Youth Theater presents “A Robin Hood Adventure” (Donations) 10:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne IMPACT Youth Theater, a local performance group comprised primarily of homeschooled children in Baldwin County ages 3-18, announces their spring performance, A Robin Hood Adventure. The performance will be held at the Daphne Civic Center on April 25. Two showtimes are available, 10:00am and 6:30pm. Donations are accepted and concessions available. For more info and reservations email impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com. www.impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com A Night with Nick Saban (Individual tickets are

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5:30 PM Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street, Mobile Mobile-based Team Focus is pleased to celebrate its tenth year to host its annual fundraiser event “A Night with Nick Saban” on TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017. The evening will include a silent auction featuring numerous signed sports memorabilia. Team Focus founder Mike Gottfried will speak and introduce Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban who will speak with the audience. 251-656-3843

Impact Youth Theater presents “A Robin Hood Adventure” (Donations) 6:30 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98, Daphne IMPACT Youth Theater, a local performance group comprised primarily of homeschooled children in Baldwin County ages 3-18, announces their spring performance, A Robin Hood Adventure. The performance will be held at the Daphne Civic Center on April 25. Two showtimes are available, 10:00am and 6:30pm. Donations are accepted and concessions available. For more info and reservations email impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com. www.impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com

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FamilyCalendar Thursday April 27

Bama Coast Cruise Show 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach Bama Coast Cruise is Free to the Public! Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf’s several delicious restaurants. bamacoastcruise.com Exceptional Arts 5:00 PM 28788 North Main Street, Daphne Exceptional Arts, an evenig of art, food, auctions, and music, benefits The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Live auction begins at 6:15 pm. Live music with Neil Dover. Tasting Tables hosted by local restaurants. 251-625-8955

Puttin’ On The Gritz ($50)

7:00 PM Eastern Shore Art Center + Oak Street Block Party, 401 Oak Street, Fairhope Join us for our 3rd Annual Puttin’ on the Gritz fundraiser with ART, MUSIC, FOOD and as always FUN! With the funds we have raised thus far in our Capital Campaign, we are celebrating the upcoming construction on our front facade, galleries and more. 251-928-2228 ext 107 esartcenter.org Government Mule 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobilewww.mobilesaenger.com Brown Bag Concert Series 11:30 PM - 1:30 PM, May Day Park, Brown Bag Concert Series in May Day Park. 251-621-3703 discoverdaphne.org

Friday April 28

Bama Coast Cruise Show 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach Bama Coast Cruise is Free to the Public! Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf’s several delicious restaurants. bamacoastcruise.com

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Saturday April 29

45th Annual German Festival 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 12786 Illinois Avenue, Elberta Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep has once again partnered with St. Benedict Catholic School for its 45th annual German Festival to be held April 29th on the school’s campus. Tickets are currently being sold for a 2017 Jeep Renegade from Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep or $20,000 cash. Each ticket is $100 and a maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. In addition to the car raffle, the German Festival will feature the Raven Run – A 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, German food, entertainment including the Stephen Sylvester Band, bingo, and various vendor booths. 251-978-2383 www.saintbenedict.net/events/ german-fest Poker Paddle ($20) 8:00 AM Five Rivers, 30841 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort This family fun event is a water based scavenger hunt. Follow the map to designated points & collect sealed envelopes. Collect as many envelopes as possible in the designated time & return to the launch before the buzzer sounds. All envelopes will be collected & opened, revealing playing cards. Best poker hands win trophies! 251-259-8531 wildnativetours.com/coastal-alabama-special-events 15th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island The 15th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, Saturday April 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island. The event features more than 60 artists and vendors from Dauphin Island and around the Gulf Coast as well as homemade gumbo, soups and fresh baked goods. 251-391-4558

8th Annual Under the Stars Event ($50) 6:30 PM Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road.,Fairhope Join the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center for our 8th Annual Signature Event, “Under the Stars” on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope! We will have fabulous live music performed by 4 Barrel Funk, great food, dancing, drinks, and both silent and live auctions! 251-989-2555 www.baldwincountycac.org

Bama Coast Cruise Show 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach Bama Coast Cruise is Free to the Public! Come and see the beautiful cars on display at The Wharf, enjoy a day of shopping and dine at one of The Wharf’s several delicious restaurants. bamacoastcruise.com

Bay Shore Ballet presents:The Sleeping Beauty 7:00 PM Fairhope Civic Center, Come see the classic fairy tale, told through a beautiful ballet. Performances at the Fairhope Civic Center Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. 251-990-9744 www.bayshoreballet.com

Delta Woods and Water Expo 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Five Rivers, 30841 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort The Delta Woods and Waters Expo celebrates the beauty of the MobileTensaw Delta. Featuring a variety of informative presentations, exhibitions and interactive displays by experienced outdoorsmen, professionals, educators and enthusiasts, the Delta Woods & Waters Expo

Relay for Life - North Baldwin 6:00 PM Faulkner State Community College, 1900 South US Highway 31, Bay Minette Relay for Life will be held on April 28 at 6:00pm. main.acsevents.org

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includes fun and exciting 30 minute boat tours and various hands-on demonstrations which allow attendees to learn and practice new skills with one-on-one instruction. 251-259-8531 wildnativetours.com/coastal-alabama-special-events Race the Town Scavenger Hunt 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Pier, 1 Beach Road, Fairhope RACE the TOWN is a super fun, family friendly hunt from the Fairhope pier through downtown Fairhope. Participants will use a clue book that will guide them to locate QR codes, which they scan to receive their physical challenge. Challenges may include 10 pushups or 5 squats or other exercises. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Fairhope Education Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) and the Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. www.eventbrite.com Historic Downtown Walking Tours 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street, Foley Ever wonder about the history of the Hotel Magnolia or the Foley trains? Now is your chance to discover more about these and other local landmarks. Walking tours featuring historic points of interest in downtown Foley will begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Foley Welcome Center. visitfoley.com South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Velveteen Rabbit” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. 251-968-6721 www.sbct.biz Bay Shore Ballet presents:The Sleeping Beauty Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section St, Fairhope Come see the classic fairy tale, told through a beautiful ballet.Performances at the Fairhope Civic Center Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Bring YOUR little princess for a special photo opportunity with Aurora before the matinee show on Saturday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. 251-990-9744 www.bayshoreballet.com

Sunday April 30

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Velveteen Rabbit” 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores This enchanting version of the classic children’s story will touch your heart. Unbeknownst to Andrew’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery. Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. 251-968-6721 www.sbct.biz

Thursday May 4

Haley Dermatology - Free Skin Cancer Screening 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Haley Dermatology, 202 Rock Creek Parkway, Fairhope Free Skin Cancer Screening. 251-928-3844

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FamilyCalendar 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. This will be an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay. For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic silent auction. The Bluegill Restaurant is pulling out all the stops and will be serving fabulous and tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer. 251-625-1998 sealabfoundation.org Brown Bag Concert Series 11:30 PM - 1:30 PM, May Day Park, Brown Bag Concert Series in May Day Park. 251-621-3703 discoverdaphne.org

Friday May 5

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 2:00 PM 10:00 PM, Foley Sports Complex, 998 West Section Street, Foley The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning. Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Grab a cone of homemade ice cream or delicious BBQ plate as you shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. 251-943-3291 www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, 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. Black Jacket Symphony 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked– the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. www.blackjacketsymphony.com Theatre 98 presents “On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope Theatre 98 presents “On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning” May May 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Saturday May 6

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 2nd Annual Color Dash 5k run/walk 7:00 AM Foley Sports Complex, 998 West Section Street, Foley Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 2nd Annual Color Dash 5k run/walk will be held May 6. www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com 5K Rescue Run and Wiggle Waggle Run / Walk 8:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore Race to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation. www.eventbrite.com

Lions Club Tunnel Vision 5K 8:00 AM Downtown Mobile (By Mobile Public Library), Proceeds from the Tunnel Vision 5K will benefit the sight programs of the Lions Club of Mobile. tunnelvisionrun.org Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Foley Sports Complex, 998 West Section Street, Foley The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning. Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Grab a cone of homemade ice cream or delicious BBQ plate as you shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. 251-943-3291 www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com March for Babies Event 9:00 AM Geri Moulton Children’s Park at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street, Mobile The March of Dimes signature fundraiser, March for Babies, is an event that brings walkers, volunteers and sponsors together to celebrate their community. Coworkers, families, friends and celebrities participate to fight premature birth and give more babies a healthy start. Each year, about 20,000 companies and 3 million people take part in nearly 500 communities across the U.S. This year at March for Babies, we will hope, remember and celebrate the one in nine babies born too soon in Alabama. marchforbabies.org/event/southal Baldwin County Youth Orchestra Spring Concert 7:00 PM Gulf Shores Cultural Arts Center, 19470 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra, Baldwin County’s first and only full symphony orchestra, will present their 8th annual Spring Concert on May 6th. The concert will include a variety of ballet and dance pieces and will feature dancers from the Eastern Shore Dance Academy. Admission is free and a pre-show fundraiser dinner will take place at the venue at 5:00pm. Tickets for the dinner and more information on our program and camp is available online at bcyorchestra.com. www.bcyorchestra.com Black Violin 7:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street, Mobile Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. www.mobilesaenger.com C Spire Concert Series presents Sturgill Simpson 7:30 PM The Amphitheater at The Wharf, 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach 800-745-3000 alwharf.com/amphitheater.php Theatre 98 presents “On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope Theatre 98 presents “On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning” May May 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

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Theatre 98 presents “On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning” 2:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope Theatre 98 presents “On the Verge or the Geography of Yearning” May May 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 3rd Monday of each month. The meeting is held at Eastern Shore Church of Christ, 1209 Daphne Ave, in Daphne from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-460-2727 or 1-800489-1886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counseling services to adoptive families. Celebration MOPS Fairhope Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call the church office for info at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook. com/celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Daily Living Skills Group for parents with Children on the Spectrum Held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:307:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 27365 Pollard Road, Daphne. Focus is on daily living needs of families and their children, such as: Safety issues; How to have a family dinner out; Ways to assist with transition; How to talk with people who stare; Your questions, comments and suggestions. Limited childcare slots are available. For more information, please contact Judy Bradshaw: (251) 990-7781. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) We meet 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday (during the school year) at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@yahoo.com for how to register. Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills” - Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne. MOPS on the Eastern Shore MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” - but don’t let that confuse you. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten with local groups of moms just like you. 7100 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort. 1st Thursday of the Month (September through May). Dinner & Child Care are provided. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. http://www.mopsontheeasternshore.shutterfly.com/ Facebook.com/MopsOnTheEasternShore.

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FamilyCalendar Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center) Ministry for memory & physically challenged. Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148. Single Mom Ministry Sponsored by Fairhope Avenue Baptist Church, this prayer and support group for single moms is designed to provide a safe and prayerful environment where group members are able to express themselves among others who will listen, care, and lift each other up. Each participant will receive one bag of non-perishable food items each week. Child care will be provided. Light snacks and soft drinks will be served. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 6-7 PM at Fairhope Avenue Baptist Family Life Center, 8717 Fairhope Ave. 251-9280890.

SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. If it has been 5 days or 50 years since the loss, this group is here for you. SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. There are no dues. For information, please email jlbarber5@bellsouth. net or call 251-455-6453. Tango by the Bay ~ Argentine Basic classes are held every Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Fairhope at Southern Edge Dance Studio, located behind Pizza Hut across from Thomas Hospital. 251 South Greeno, Fairhope. $5 per class (fee may be higher with special guest instructors). For information, Cassie Fishbein 377-4069, cassief13@aol.com. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes: Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including: Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of

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complications, and relaxation exercises. One session. $10. Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30 Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises. Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits

of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session. • Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 949-3676 to schedule. Gift of Life The Gift of Life is a required maternity care program for Medicaid patients or Medicaid-eligible patients. The Gift of Life Program provides a caring system of prenatal services; education and care coordination for expectant moms and their babies. For information please contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. 
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Saturdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
 Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series. Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope)
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope)
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Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
 Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or more information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@ bellsouth.net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. 
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 Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-4771104. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 345-7645 or 438-9590 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Group Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 626-6337 for more information.

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Beauty and the Beast

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: CViolence: C Sexual Content: BProfanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Power Rangers PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor. Like so many franchises brought from the sunlit family room into the dark cinematic realm, you’ll quickly discover the biggest mission of the 2017 Rangers is to represent the gritty life of teenagerdom. Moments after meeting Jason (Darce Montgomery), our lead guy and soon-to-be Red Ranger, we are treated to a tasteless joke about “milking” a bull that is being dragged into a competing high school’s locker room. (“I thought it was an udder!”) From there we work our way into issues of parental neglect, trespassing, stealing, reckless driving, bullying and questioning of sexual-identity. If, after reading that, you’re still game for the two-hour-plus tedium of this origin story, here’s the basic plot setup: Our first three Rangers meet in detention class. After the bovine incident, Jason is no longer the school’s star football player. Walking into the Saturday holding pen, he immediately takes care of a bully who’s harassing Billy (RJ Cyler), the future Blue Ranger. Kimberly (Naomi Scott), another troubled teen, notices the heroic effort and a trio is formed. And yes, she will be the Pink Ranger. An evening runaway trip to a goldmine outside their small town of Angle Grove (thanks to a stolen family vehicle) unleashes an avalanche of coincidences. The ever-talented Billy, who earlier showed how he could hack Jason’s house arrest anklet, turns out to have pyrotechnic skills too. While he’s busy setting off explosives that reveal a mysterious glass-like wall that encases five glowing round stones, we meet the final two contestants. Yellow and Black Rangers, Trini and Zack (Becky G. and Ludi Lin) also happen to be in the mood for an evening adventure at the mine. It seems they have been brought together by a mysterious force that desires they discover the color-coded “coins” that will unleash their special powers. From there we are led down a twisty plot path that involves a buried alien spaceship. Onboard are an instructive android (voice of Bill Hader) and a mentor called Zordon (voice of Brian Cranston) who has been turned into pixelated wallpaper by the prehistoric villainess Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). The content swings uncomfortably between corny and disturbing. However, if you’ve seen other superhero origin stories, you know that the lengthy introductions are always followed by a battle. In Power Rangers, this is an all-out, town-destroying slug-fest that pits Rita against our newly minted Ranger team. Assuming you upsized your concessions, this experience will be a test of both patience and bladder capacity.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Beauty and the Beast (2017) PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images. Based on the now classic Beauty and the Beast from 1991, director Bill Condon pulls out all the stops with this animation-to-live-action conversion. Those who have watched and re-watched his source material will have no problem picking out the familiar storyline and famous songs amid the lavish sets, amazing costumes and reimaged production numbers. As expected, the story follows Belle (played by Emma Watson), a young bookish woman who doesn’t quite fit in with the others living in her French provincial town. Despite being called odd and becoming the object of some abuse, Belle’s good looks and the romantic challenge she presents still attract the attention of the village’s most eligible bachelor Gaston (Luke Evans). When she declines his proposal, preferring reading to marrying him, she awakens the fury of an ego scorned. Meanwhile Belle’s father Maurice (Kevin Kline) stumbles upon a forbidden fortress in the forest where he unwittingly becomes the prisoner of its master, a terrifying Beast (Dan Stevens). When the devoted daughter discovers the situation, she selflessly offers to take his place. After the switch is accepted by the cruel creature, Maurice uses his freedom to try and round up a rescue party even though his pleas for help are met by mocking and scorn. Unbeknownst to the grieving Dad, life within the stone walls proves better for Belle than it at first appeared. And the presence of the beautiful stranger brings hope to the other residents of the enchanted castle who are also held captive by a magical curse. But before the spell can be broken some hard hearts must first be softened. This remake adds a few embellishments to the original plot, including some insights into the characters’ backstories, along with extra songs. Belle is endowed with a more feminist attitude, that is expressed in her love of literacy, defiance of convention and courage in the face of fearful circumstances. And Gaston’s sidekick LeFou (Josh Gad) is depicted as effeminate, as well as briefly shown dancing with another man. These alterations may alarm family audiences, even though the portrayals are subtle. In truth, most youngsters are less likely to notice Condon’s admitted agenda than they are to be scared by the violence shown here. Because of this, the movie is likely best suited for older children and adults. Those who are fans of the 1991 film will appreciate the way this production pays homage to the sentimentality they undoubtedly will be bringing along with them. This visual spectacle is sure to shake out a few more dollars for the studio, even if the 2017 version of the fairytale expands the message of looking for inner beauty and having empathy toward those who are different into broader territory.

What Parents need to know about Power Rangers...

Violence: This film contains frequent depictions of violence and characters in peril. Car chases occur while characters are avoiding police/security guards. Frequent injuries are depicted, some with blood effects. Characters transform into grotesque creatures. Corpses are depicted. Battles and fist-fights are portrayed. Large machines and supernatural beings engage in conflict. Death, injury and property damage result from beating, stomping, hitting, crushing, explosion and turning things into dust. Weapon use includes guns, swords and supernatural powers. Bullying and teasing are depicted and discussed. Sexual Content: A teen girl undresses (she is seen in her bra) and dives into a lake. Some mild sexual innuendo is heard. A villainess is seen in scanty costumes. Profanity: Infrequent use of mild and moderate profanities, scatological slang, crude language and terms of deity. Alcohol / Drug Use: A teenaged character drinks beer.

What Parents need to know about Beauty and the Beast (2017)... Violence: A character is shot three times with a gun -- two of these on screen, no blood is shown. Wolves attack characters on two occasions, injuries result. Characters are mocked and bullied as well as verbally and physically abused. Characters fight with swords and attempt to push one another from tall buildings. Some scenes may frighten young children. Sexual Content: Infrequent, mild sexual innuendo including remarks implying same gender attraction. Females are seen in cleavage revealing dresses and modest underwear. Men and women embrace and kiss. Profanity: A single use of deity and a French religious term. Alcohol / Drug Use: Implied alcohol use in a pub setting. Eastern Shore Parents I April 2017

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Eastern Shore Parents Magazine April 2017  

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