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8 Living With Children John Rosemond

New Career in a Year

All the World’s a Stage

Here are 8 ideas for a new career 10 ways to nurture the power of imagination in your kids. in a short amount of time.

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2018 Summer Camps Day, residential, sports camps and much more!

More Energy for Mama

Simple and inexpensive (or free) ways to up your daily beat.

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School Bits 86

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Movie Reviews

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Publisher’sNote Welcome spring! April marks the first full month of spring bringing with it longer days and warmer weather. It is the time of year when we can open our windows and let the fresh spring air fill our homes. That is, once the yellow haze of pollen settles a bit. You can smell the aroma of flowers and cookouts filling the neighborhoods as children run around enjoying the outdoors. I do love the longer days, but the transition of Daylight Savings Time is always rough on me! It wreaks havoc on my circadian rhythm leaving me dragging for several days or more. Occasional low energy level is something I think we can all relate to, with or without the time change. Parents are constantly on the go with carpools, work, errands, and after school activities. Even the fun weekend events can zap our energy. If this sounds like you and you are looking for ways to add a little pep to your step, check out More Energy For Mama! Simple Ways To Up Your Beat, by Christina Katz. One of her suggestions involves eating more protein. Everyone is different, but for me, this one really works! There is a noticeable difference in my afternoon energy level when I start my day off with protein instead of a high carb breakfast. If you find yourself feeling a little sluggish, try stretching. Stretching usually gives me a quick pick-me-up when I need it. In this month’s issue we have also included a fun article focusing on the importance of encouraging imagination in children. After all, it is out-of-the-box thinking that brings about new innovations and creates problem solvers. In All The World’s A Stage: 10 Ways to Nurture The Power Of Imagination In Kids, Christina Katz provides us with some activities to do just that. If you are looking for camps to encourage imaginative thinking and exploration, you are sure to find plenty of opportunities in this month’s expanded Summer Camp Directory. You will find all the great camps from the March issue plus a few news ones. As I mentioned last month, if you see a camp you are interested in, I encourage you to register sooner rather than later. Many camps have limited space and may fill up quickly. Speaking of summer camp, were you able to attend last month’s Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo? We had more than 800 people in attendance! Children had a blast getting their faces painted, playing with live animals, and participating in craft projects, while parents visited with a variety of camp vendors and began planning out their families’ summers. We would again like to express our appreciation to Vital Smiles, Local 15, Chick-fil-A Daphne/RSA and Publications Press for their sponsorships. We would also like to thank all the vendors who attended, making the expo such an exciting and informative event. For more family friendly events this spring, make sure you check out the Family Calendar. Now that the weather is so nice, you will find the calendar is filled with activities to enjoy. I hope you and your family have a wonderful April!

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Is There a Cure for Lying? Parents of children who habitually lie can breathe a huge sigh of relief – The New York Times says that budding Pinocchios are more intelligent than kids who tell the truth (“Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good,” Alex Stone, January 5, 2018). The Grey Lady’s announcement is based on studies done in the 1980s in which young children who disobeyed an instruction and then denied having disobeyed were discovered to have higher IQs than those who admitted disobedience. A subsequent study found that most adults cannot tell when children are lying, a finding that seems – on the surface, at least – to confirm the previous study. The question, of course, becomes: Does perfecting the art of lying make a child smarter or does being smart lend itself to lying? Which comes first, dishonesty or a high IQ? Your author will not attempt to unravel that puzzle. I will, however, mention that people who habitually lie are known as sociopaths. As adults, a fair number of them spend time in prison for doing such things as embezzling from their employers

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or conning elderly people out of their life savings. So, whereas the NYT sees it as good news that some children become inveterate liars at an early age, teaching a child to lie in the hopes he or she will become smarter as a result is not recommended. Unfortunately, today’s parenting culture seems to put a higher premium on a high IQ than it does morality. Consider that one regularly sees bumper stickers advertising children’s academic achievements – you know, that “My Child Is an Honor Student at Cutabove Academy” thing, but none that publicize children’s moral sturdiness, as in, “My Child May Not Be the Sharpest Knife in the Drawer, But She Is Polite and HardWorking.” How many parents do you know who have enrolled their kids in after-school tutoring in manners? It would appear that a good number of today’s parents are more concerned with achievement than character. The New York Times piece also mentions research finding that punishment does not deter, much less rehabilitate, most childhood liars. That’s consistent with

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my experience. The thrill of getting away with a lie seems to greatly outweigh any possibility of negative consequences. The same researchers recommend what they term positive messaging – emphasizing the benefits of honesty rather than threatening punishment. That certainly won’t hurt, but I’m skeptical of its long-term value. I don’t think any one solution fits all kids, but here’s an interesting story: Two parents once told me they successfully fought fire with fire. They began lying about everything and anything – what was for dinner, what movie they were going to, that they were going to raise his allowance – to their nine-year-old aspiring sociopath. No morality lectures, mind you, simply lie after lie after lie. This went on for several weeks before he “got it” and begged them to stop. They did, promising more of the same if he relapsed. He’s been lie-free for three years now. Your great-grandparents called it “reverse psychology.” They were right about most things parenting.

Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Center Stage Presents “Cinderella” (G2K version)

Center Stage Performance will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical “Cinderella” (G2K version) for four public performances on April 13, 14 and 15 at Fairhope Civic Center. With a talented cast of over 70 students from all over the Eastern Shore, colorful custom sets and costumes, and its classic score, Cinderella is a show for the whole family to enjoy! April 13 – 15, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at the Fairhope Civic Center at 161 N. Section Street. Tickets are $15 for Reserved Seating, $10 for General Admission, $5 for Student Tickets (ages 4-18). Children 3 and under are free. Reservations can be made on the Center Stage Performance website at www.centerstageperformance.com.

RACE the TOWN Scavenger Hunt for Fitness

FIT by Jessica is hosting a RACE the TOWN Scavenger Hunt on April 28 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 sheet 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 2nd Annual RACE the TOWN Scavenger Hunt in Fairhope or email Jessica@FITbyJessica.com.

Children of the World Motherhood Tea and Children’s Fashion Show

To be held Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM at the Historic Battle House Hotel, this event will be the first annual Motherhood Tea and Children’s Fashion Show benefit supporting Children of the World Adoption and Relief Agency. Tickets are sold in advance and include three course tea experience, fashion show, and shopping with exclusive local boutiques in the vendor pre-function area. The fashion show is open to all children 18 months and up, either gender. Deadline for Entry is April 20 and spaces are limited. Participants may enroll individually or as pair, example: siblings may walk together. Mothers are also welcome to walk with their children. For more information, ticket pricing, or to download the fashion show entry packet, visit www.childrenoftheworld.com/events. Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

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Military Spouse Creates Foster Bags for Children

Recently named District 8 Gulf Coast 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Base Military Spouse of the Year ®, Jennifer DexterEdsall, is using her platform to bring attention to a project that she holds near and dear to her heart, one that she has a very personal connection with—helping foster children. “When I was in foster care I used to carry all my belongings from one foster home to the next in a black trash bag....I never knew it was a thing until I started looking into what foster kids needed the most and I came to find out that’s what 99% of foster kids are given to carry their belongings in! So not only do we feel scared, unwanted, angry, etc., all of our belongings were put into a trash bag!” As you can imagine, Jennifer is very passionate about helping these foster children and invites the public to join in her efforts. The bags are $25 each and they are stuffed with hygiene items, blankets, coloring books, a teddy bear and more. They even send fabric markers to decorate each bag. All the bags pulled together will be going to foster children right here in Alabama. To make a donation or to learn more about the project visit www.togetherwerise.org/fundraise/Jennieedsall.

Cocktails with the Critters 10th Year Anniversary

Cocktails with Critters, the 13th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be Thursday, May 3, from 6:00 - 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. Entertainment will be provided by local singer/songwriter/soloist Eric Erdman. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door, and are available by mail from the Foundation office, by calling 251605-6624, or by visiting us online at sealabfoundation.org. www.easternshoreparents.com

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IMPACT Youth Theater, a local performance group comprised primarily of homeschooled children in Baldwin County ages 3-18, announces their spring performance, "Down the Rabbit Hole". The performance will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, April 17, at 10 AM and 6:30 PM. Admission is free and donations are welcomed. Concessions will be available at the evening show. For more info email impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com.

St. Benedict Catholic School Prepares for 47th Annual German Festival

Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep has once again partnered with St. Benedict Catholic School for its 46th annual German Festival to be held April 28 on the school’s campus in Elberta. Tickets are currently being sold for a 2018 Dodge Journey 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, 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 Francine Carstensen at 251.213.3522 / carstensenf@yahoo.com or Torrie Kleban at 251.233.8224 / torriek@hotmail.com. Pictured – left to right: front row – Nicholas Hendrick (SBCS student), Lars Carstensen (SBCS student), John Michael Schumacher (SBCS student) | second row – Leslie Mapp (SBCS principal), Lauren Wood (SBCS student), Corinne Blanchard (SBCS student), Jennifer Blanchard (Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep co-owner) | back row – Jacob Wood (SBCS student).

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Crawfish for a Cause 2018

Please join us for great food and family fun to benefit amazing cause on Saturday, April 21, from noon – 4:00 PM at The Grounds. Tickets are just $25 and that includes all you can eat crawfish and beverages. Children under 10 are free. There will also be live music, kid’s activities and a silent auction. All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items go directly to the USA Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center. Hundreds of patients visit this center each year and receive lifesaving treatment that can only be received here. They provide complete burn care from injury through recovery and are on the forefront of cutting edge techniques. Tickets are PRESALE only so get yours while they are still available. Please visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/crawfish-for-a-cause-2018-tickets39618495988#tickets to purchase tickets.

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Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the 14th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival. Presented by Tanger Outlets, more than 45 balloons will light up the fields and soar through the skies in the heart of Foley on May 3 - 5, 2018. Festival admission is free with select activities for an additional charge. At the festival grounds, the whole family can enjoy carnival rides, tethered balloon rides, balloon glows, balloons in flight, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music and more! Balloons fly at dawn and dusk each day, weather permitting. The festival kicks off on Thursday, May 3 with a balloon glow at Tanger Outlets located at 2601 S McKenzie St in Foley from 6 - 8 PM. The excitement moves to festival grounds on Friday, May 4 from 2 - 10 PM and Saturday, May 5 from 9 AM – 10 PM. On Saturday morning, the Balloon Fest 10k/5k will begin at the festival grounds! Runners are invited to stay to celebrate their accomplishments at a post-race party that includes entertainment, food and beer! Entertainment on Friday and Saturday night is brought to you by OWA. Come out and enjoy The Tip Tops and The Molly Ringwalds along with several local artists in this spectacular line up! For a small fee, use of the VIP area gives you a place to eat, rest and enjoy fellowship. VIPs will enjoy a freshly prepared meal each night, water, soft drinks and adult beverages. For more information on the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival or to purchase VIP passes, parking passes and much more, please visit www. gulfcoastballoonfestival.com.

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To celebrate National Crab Day, the Original Oyster House is giving away dinner for two ($50 value) and a spot on its 10’ x 22’ digital billboards for the best not2crabby selfie. A not2crabby hat was specially designed as a keepsake for the promotion. For selfie enthusiasts, here’s an opportunity to see yourself in lights on Highway 98 in Daphne. To enter, participants must visit either Original Oyster House location and ask for a not2crabby hat. The participant must take a selfie wearing the official hat inside the restaurant and post the selfie on Facebook.com/ OriginalOysterHouse with the hashtag #not2crabby. The promotion launched March 9, commemorating National Crab Day. Winners of the not2crabby selfie will be selected by the Original Oyster House restaurants. Facebook likes of the selfie post and/or creativity of the selfie can improve a participant’s chances of winning. Participants can campaign for likes, by tagging after posting to the Original Oyster House Facebook page and sharing the post on their own Facebook pages. Qualifying entries must be posted to the Original Oyster House Facebook page by June 30, 2018. Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter. Winners will be notified via Facebook Messenger and will have 24 hours to alert Original Oyster House, via Facebook Messenger, if they do not wish their photograph to be used on the digital billboard. For more information or the Official Rules visit www.originaloysterhouse.com/not2crabby. Pictured is 2017 winner, Emily Feagin, with her selfie in lights.

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Come join us on Saturday, April 28 for Spanish Fort's 10th Annual Delta Woods & Water Expo. This event takes place at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and has Free admission! Featuring a variety of informative presentations, exhibitions and interactive displays by experienced outdoorsmen, professionals, educators and enthusiasts, the Delta Woods & Waters Expo includes numerous fun and exciting hands-on demonstrations which allow attendees to learn and practice new skills with one-on-one instruction. The mission of the Delta Woods & Waters Expo is to promote responsible and enjoyable outdoor recreational experiences through a fun and educational event. For more information, give us a call at 251-625-0814 or visit the website at http://www.deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com.

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Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre presents Disney’s “Newsies” at 5th Annual Theatre on the Bluff

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) will bring Disney’s “Newsies” to Henry George Park in Fairhope for the fifth annual Theatre on the Bluff on May 3 - 5, 2018. Newsies is inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899” in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and gates will open at 6:30 each evening. Patrons should bring their own blanket or lawn chair, and picnics are encouraged. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Tickets are on sale at www.easternshorerep.org or can be purchased at the gate on the night of the show if space is still available. In the event that a performance must be canceled due to inclement weather, a rain date performance will be held on Sunday, May 6. All tickets are non-refundable. For more information, visit www.easternshorerep.org.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Discovery Day

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab invites you to their annual open house, Discovery Day, on Saturday, April 7. It's a day of hands-on learning for all ages with DISL's researchers, educators, and students. Take a tour of our research facilities, learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on, and step aboard our Research Vessel Alabama Discovery. This year, we're excited to have 92Zew on board and on campus for the day. Learn more about the day at www.disl.org/estuarium/discoveryday.

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Heads and Curbs Just Don’t Mix! As the spring time approaches, I want to talk about a subject that is very serious, and that is head injuries. As a resident in Birmingham, I took care of a six year old child named Michael who was simply riding his new bike and fell. His head hit the curb, and he suffered a severe bleed on his brain. After several surgeries and several months in the hospital, he was able to leave in a wheelchair, but was unable to speak. He was lucky. I also took care of several children who suffered head injuries and did not survive. These outcomes were possibly preventable; so let’s talk about helmet safety and head injuries. Head injuries, unfortunately, are very common, and one of the biggest culprits is bicycle riding. Approximately 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized. It’s estimated that 45-88% of all head injuries associated with bicycle crashes can be prevented by a $10 piece of plastic. Other ways that children can have head injuries include skateboards, hover boards, ATVs, scooters, and just simple falls.

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Over the last few years, with increased legislation, helmet use has increased, while injuries and deaths have decreased. But it’s not enough. The first step is that you have a buy a helmet for your child, and, if you ride together, buy one for yourself. Not only is it safer for you, it’s also a good example for your child. The second step is to ensure helmet use every time, no exceptions. Next, let’s address what to do if your child suffers a head injury, whether it’s from a bike or scooter or just a fall in the house. First, call your doctor immediately if your child loses consciousness, complains of neck pain, is walking funny, or is inconsolable. These might be signs of a serious head injury, especially if under the age of two years old. If your child has any abnormal breathing, obvious wound or skull injury, any blood or clear fluid from the nose, ear, or mouth, any muscle weakness, seizure or shaking activity, vomiting more than three times, or different sized pupils, then call 911. If a child is unconscious, then do not attempt to move them in case they have a

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neck injury. And if they are not breathing, it is a good idea to initiate CPR until help arrives. Now most kids don’t have a serious head injury, but can suffer from what we call a closed head injury and possibly a concussion. These are kids that do not lose consciousness or have any of the scary symptoms above, but can have a large bruise, headache, “see stars,” and feel funny. If worried, call you doctor immediately, but most of these kids can be observed at home for about 24 hours to watch for any of the scary symptoms. But, contrary to popular belief, it is OK to let your child fall asleep after a knock on the head. It is a good idea to check on them periodically, but let them sleep. The last word of advice is to trust your instincts. If are worried about your child, them seek medical advice or care immediately. And please, remind them to wear a helmet. 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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Kiwanis Club Awards Camp Smile Scholarship

Kiwanis Club of Citronelle awarded a scholarship to Alex Holston for Camp Smile. Alex will get to spend the week at camp. The camp has swimming, horseback riding, canoeing and many other activities for the campers. We would like to thank the Kiwanis Club for being so kind to our students. Pictured, Ms. Leia Barreras, President of Citronelle Kiwanis Club, presents the scholarship to Alex.

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February Musicale at Westminster Village

The piano students of Baldwin County Music Teachers Association members Lindsey Hughes, Hannah Roberts, and Vincentine Williams enjoyed entertaining the residents of Westminster Village. Their well-received concert featured several Sonatinas. Standing, from left to right: Lydia Van Cleave, Grace Li, Anna Grace Price, Elizabeth Chen, Melody Van Cleave, Evan Ren. Seated: Caleb Harbison and Samuel Van Cleave.

Gulf Shore Early-to-School 2nd Graders

Coming to school early has its advantages – practicing math skills by challenging each other in Prodigy. Pictured (l to r) are Gulf Shores Elementary School second graders Jacob Wyatt, Lee Marshall, Jack Calvert and Connor Ford on computers while Jayden Deese and Melissa Montiel observe.

Daphne Middle Schooler Receives Optimist Club Award

Daphne Middle School student, Kendal Brothers, was recently recognized at the Daphne Optimist Youth Appreciation banquet. Kendal was nominated by his teacher, Tiffany Holt, for his drive and effort. Kendal was awarded a beautiful plaque to commemorate the occasion.

Three Cheers for Robertsdale Pep Squad!

Robertsdale Elementary's Pep Squad provides lots of spirit at our monthly leadership assemblies. The girls lead the students in cheers before students are recognized for honor roll, Perfect Attendance and AR accomplishments. The girls include: Madison Newton, Matalan Kroll, Addison Scott, Kinsey Kostelecky, Holly Steelman, Morgan Kroll and Malea Earls.

Spanish Fort HS Talent Show Winners

Congratulations to all participants and winners of the 2018 Spanish Fort Talent Show. Our winners this year are: 1st Place: Alexa Yanez; 2nd Place: The band Tom, Dick, & Harry with members - Dawson Tidwell, Davis Lovato, Jackson Chambers, and Christian Bishop; 3rd Place: Gabriella Shoub. The 1st and 2nd place winners represented Spanish Fort High School in the Baldwin Star Search sponsored by the Baldwin County Community Alliance. Special congratulations: Our very own Alexa Yanez WON the Baldwin Star Search this year! Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

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Newton Elementary’s Boosterthon Color Run and Fun Run

Newton School students have been having fun, getting fit, building character, AND raising money for the school’s library with Boosterthon! Students in pre-K through third grade completed sponsored laps during the Newton Pirate Fun Run, while students in fourth through sixth grade ran in the Color Run! Throughout their journey, students learned about focus, self-awareness, respect, trustworthiness, creativity, and being a life-learner. When the students met their school pledge goals, they received some hilarious rewards! Ms. Wolfe, Newton principal, kissed a goat and had her hair painted pink! Ms. Frank, Newton’s media specialist, was slimed, other Newton staff were pied in the face, and Ms. Pharez, Newton’s receptionist, was even duct taped to the gymnasium wall! Newton school is pirate proud of its students, families, and staff!

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Destinie Diggs, 9th Grade student with Baldwin County Virtual School, recently received 1st Place in Robotics at the Alabama Computer & Technology in Engineering Fair. Destinie built a drone from parts she 3D printed and programmed herself! She has been a robotics enthusiast since the 5th grade.

Silverhill Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to Silverhill Elementary Character Leaders for the month of February. Bradlee Wilson, Emma Kate Neathery, Bella Quezada, Aarika Caddell, Terry Rincon, Colt Jackson, Jacobie Moorer, Tanya Carbajal, Katherine Johnson, Josselin Forsman, Tristan Hadley, Addison Kucera, Glenis Lerma, Ian Wainwright, Destiny Nalls, Jackson Burroughs, Alyssa Sealy, Kendal Brown, Nalia Dewalt, Gracey Christian, Olivia Ryan, Berenice Cerafico Allende.

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Fairhope Intermediate Students Compete in National History Bee Regionals

A group of Fairhope Intermediate School students recently participated in the National History Bee regionals in New Orleans. Ana Kangsumrith, Wyatt Aiken, and Sanders Daniell advanced to National History Bee competition to be held in Atlanta on June 1-2. Wyatt was also recognized for earning one of the top 8 scores in his age bracket. Pictured left to right: Ana Kangsumrith, Wyatt Aiken, Sanders Daniell, and Walker Jenkins.

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Snook Youth Club Performs at Festival of Art - Orange Beach

Snook Youth Club helped Alabama Bicentennial Committee to celebrate 200 years by performing at the Festival of Art - Orange Beach. The kids did a GREAT job! Some of the children were very excited while others were a little nervous to perform in front of such a big audience. They put their fear aside and accomplished something they never thought they could do. SYC students wrote monologs and created masks about people who were born in Alabama. Not only did they write the speeches, they also dressed up as the Alabamians and acted as an Alabama star. Other SYC performances included original rap, dance, ballet, African drumming and theater. SYC performers were joined by singer Theola Bright from Mobile. The Audience enjoyed seeing the young performers ranging from ages 6 to 15 years old celebrating the art, music and people of Alabama. Snook Youth Club will perform again at the “Alabama Melting Pot� to be showcased on the main stage at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival on May 5.

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Pi Day at Daphne East Elementary

Ms. Hunter's math classes at Daphne East Elementary celebrated Pi Day by having the students measure round and circular items to find the diameter, circumference and radius. They were also required to define the terms. Afterwards, they enjoyed the sweet pleasures they supplied for the activity.

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Farm to Table Club Plants Oak Trees at Orange Beach Elementary

Orange Beach Elementary School students in the Farm to Table Club planted Oak trees on their school campus during their March Club meeting. The trees were donated to celebrate Arbor Day by the City of Orange Beach. Shown are some of the members who are kindergarten through sixth graders. The Clubs are a part of the school’s Leader In Me Project. The Farm to Table Club sponsor is Mrs. Reeves.

In honor of Arbor Day, Bay Minette Elementary School students planted a satsuma tree in the school garden. The tree was donated by the Baldwin County Farm Service Agency. The school’s Harvest and Hope garden was created in 2013 and includes 10 raised beds that are maintained by the students and staff. Since that time, additional fruit trees and plants have been added to the garden space.

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Orange Beach Elementary Kiwanis Terrific Kids - February

PreK – 2nd grade: Front Row (left to right): Jenna Shaver, Vanessa Bradley, Layla Winfield, Saylor Rambo. Back Row (left to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Hayes Moss, Beau Bulman, Bryant Cranford, Aaron Tierce, Attison Mitchell, Lincoln Dial, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative). 3rd – 6th Grade (left to right): Kimberlynn Kaiser, Khloe Kelley, Nevaeh Huber, Lily Kate Logan, Kate Woerner, Andrea Townly. Back Row (lef to to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Myles Payne, Cole Hayward, Emily Imperato, Chase Jennings, Lillie Law, Addie Roach, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative).

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Students Get Creative at Bayside’s First Annual Innovators Fair Bayside’s first annual Innovators Fair for 5th and 6th graders focused on science and math. Students exhibited and described their innovations to fair attendees and a panel of judges who included two former Bayside teachers and a Bayside parent. Exhibits included innovations in the following areas: invisible ink, molecular gastronomy water bubbles, sea turtle rescue and organic cosmetics. First prize went to 5th graders Molly Hagan and Celyn Simpson, whose innovation was organic cosmetics. The exhibit took place February 9 in the Lorna Huey Gallery of The Pilot Center on Bayside's campus.

159 Quilts Created for Spanish Fort HS Joni Ojard Project

The Spanish Fort High School's Annual Joni Ojard Project set a new record with a grand total of 159 quilts. The quilts were sewn by volunteers at Quilts of Comfort. All will be donated to children’s hospitals throughout the southeastern US.

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GSES Little Miss Shrimp Fest Donates Swing for Special Needs Children

The Little Miss Shrimp Festival pageant was held this past September. Over 70 girls from all over Baldwin County competed. The money raised benefited Gulf Shores Elementary and Orange Beach Elementary Schools. GSES contestants met with Mrs. Laura Shoemaker’s class recently to see Jeremy Williams try out the swing that was purchased with the money raised from the pageant. The swing is called JennSwing. It provides children with special needs a comfortable and fun swing experience.

Fairhope Middle School Visits Environmental Center at Camp McDowell

A group of 7th grade students from Fairhope Middle School recently spent several days exploring the McDowell Environmental Center at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama. Sponsored by Mrs. Janice Kinard, 7th grade FMS science teacher, the students were provided with an outdoor learning experience in the forests, canyons, and streams near the camp. Pictured are the students and the parent chaperones that attended.

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Navigator Homeschoolers Wrap Up Spring Semester in a Fun Way

NBA Math Hoops Program at Hit at Robertsdale Elementary

Wrapping up the Spring 2018 Semester, Navigator homeschool students big and small participated in sports, art, science, park days and field trips. Archery, chess, building, and engineering make for a great, but exhausting day. What a wonderful way to end Navigators 6th year!

Robertsdale Elementary School students recently participated in the NBA Math Hoops program. This wonderful program, sponsored by the NBA, teaches students how to work together in groups while learning and improving upon their math skills. Mrs. Cheryl Parnell, ASCC teacher sponsored this club and the school appreciates her and the opportunity given to them by the NBA Math Hoops program. Pictured, Robertsdale Elementary students hold the awards that were provided by the NBA Math Hoops.

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Read Across America at Bay Minette Elementary

Bay Minette Elementary celebrated “Read Across America� week with Dr. Seussthemed activities. Students had a blast reading tongue twisters. Project Jubilee students read to students in lower grades. Students also dressed up for Wacky Wednesday, they capped off the week with a visit from Dr. Seuss characters.

The second annual Hoopalooza was held at Christ the King on Saturday, March 10. Sixty-five teams participated in the annual 3 on 3 basketball competition sponsored by the CTK Booster Club. It was a fun day of spirited competition among our CTK families, area Catholic schools, and community, to benefit the "Grandstand Bleacher" fund for our CTK Athletic Complex.

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The 7th annual North Baldwin Beauty Review was held March 3 and four new queens were crowned. The program serves as a time to highlight the beauty, grace and intelligence of young ladies residing in north Baldwin County. The winners were selected from four age divisions: Little Miss (2nd to 4th grades); Junior Miss (5th and 6th grades); Miss Teen (7th and 8thgrades); and Miss North Baldwin (9th to 12th grades). The new title holders include: Little Miss North Baldwin, Madalyn Mondaca; Junior Miss North Baldwin, Ava Mondaca; Miss Teen North Baldwin, Allison Smith; Miss North Baldwin, Morgan Epperson. Rounding out the top spots for Little Miss North Baldwin included Madison Bailey, first runner-up; Karsyn Barnett, second runner-up; Olivia Wade, third runnerup and Eleesia Emmons, fourth runner-up. For the Junior Miss North Baldwin Division, runners-up include Addison Sarborough, first; Kinsey Seals, second; Emma Claire Simpson, third; and Kirstyn Jackson, fourth. Rounding out the Miss Teen North Baldwin category included Arionna Tutor, first runnerup; Christin Watson, second runner-up; Kadence Kolbe, third runner-up; and Tabitha Brown, fourth runner-up. Joining Miss North Baldwin in the top three include Madison Hastings, first runner-up; and Ansley Smith, second runner-up. The judging criteria for the pageant included self-expression/personality, presence and poise, beauty/appearance, community support/involvement, and overall appeal. The contestants also took part in an on-stage interview where they responded to a personal question provided prior to the program. Proceeds from the annual pageant benefit the BCHS Tigerettes, which recently competed at nationals and earned a Top 6 national ranking.

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BCHS Students Attend FBLA Professionalism Summit

Seven members of the Baldwin County High School chapter of FBLA, along with their sponsors, took part in the FBLA Professionalism Summit at the Grand Hotel. The group, which also included FBLA students from Spanish Fort High, were welcomed by Superintendent Eddie Tyler. Terry Wilhite from the Baldwin County BOE spoke about business communication. After the presentation, students went to one of the ballrooms for lunch where were instructed on manners and etiquette by Mrs. Sternenburg. After the meal, Melody Bingham, Spanish Fort FBLA sponsor, discussed appropriate dress for business meetings and for state conference, including how to tie a tie.

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St. Michael Physics Students Design Rubber-Band Powered Planes

After spending several weeks learning about forces and the effects that they have on the motion of objects, St. Michael high school students in Introduction to Physics were given a chance to put that knowledge into practice by building and flying a rubberband powered stickand-tissue plane. Students applied their knowledge to try to achieve the longest flight time. This required that they understand how to adjust the parts of the plane to keep it flying in a stable circle around the school gym. The longest flight time was 62 seconds flown by a plane built by Hunter Williams. Pictured here: Lane Raley and Ben Adamski.

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BCHS Tigerettes Ranked No. 6 in Nation

The Baldwin County High School Tigerettes recently traveled to Orlando, FL to culminate its 2017-2018 season at the Dance Team Union National Competition. The Tigerettes competed along with 62 other dance teams from across the nation, in the Varsity High Kick Division and Large Varsity Pom. The team finished in 6th place in the Varsity High Kick Division. This placement at this level of competition for a team who has only been competing at a national level for two years is a true achievement. The team will host its Annual Day of Dance on Saturday, April 7. This all-day dance clinic is open to participants in the 2nd through 11th grades. Auditions for the 2018-2019 team will be held on April 28. There will be an informational meeting about audition practices and the audition process on April 3.

Daphne Middle School Shining Star

Daphne Middle School 8th grade student, Joshua Edwards, was recently surprised by a visit from Michael White from Fox 10 News. He was selected by his teacher, Mrs. Sherry Bittinger, as the Shining Star Student of the Month, a program sponsored by Baldwin EMC. Joshua was recognized for his achievements as a student and given a $50 gift card. Michael White also gave a weather presentation to the class.

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Schools Silverhill Students Cheer-onAutauga CyclingCounty Veterans

Project Hero is a non-profit organization that uses cycling as therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and many other injuries. On Thursday, March 8 approximately 150 wounded, ill, and injured veterans and first responders rode their bicycles by Silverhill Elementary for therapy as part of the Gulf Coast Challenge. This ride will take our veterans from Tallahassee to New Orleans over the course of the week. Our students and staff members participated by cheering them along and welcomed our veterans with Thank You signs as they stopped for a quick rest. Our students were able to meet the veterans, offer them water and hang out with them to encourage them along the way while thanking them for their service.

GSES 2nd Grade Sea, Sand & Stars

Gulf Shores Elementary School second graders enjoyed their recent field trip to the Sea, Sand & Stars Museum at Orange Beach Elementary School. They learned about the planets, the night sky and sea animals. A favorite of theirs was the touch tank! Pictured l to r: Gage Boyd, Sophia Bauer, Cali Nelson and Mallie Clolinger are picking up shells while hoping for the remora to swim close enough to touch.

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Players and parents helped Daphne HS softball coach Lawrence Yelding celebrate his 600th career win on March 8th before the Jubilee Shootout. The win on March 6th against Gulf Shores, marked Yelding’s achievement. Yelding was presented with a plaque to commemorate the moment. Yelding has been coaching softball for 14 years and also teaches US History and Psychology.

Bayshore Christian School Basketball Season Ends with Wins

Bayshore Christian School’s Boys and Girls Basketball Teams recently wrapped up their seasons with big wins! The Boys team finished their season with a winning record and double-digit wins! They beat rival, Central Christian, in the Conference Playoffs to finish their season. The Girls team finished their season with 8 regular-season wins. They won the Western Division Championship and were the Runners-Up in the Conference Championship! Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams on a great season. The BCS Baseball and Softball Teams are off to a strong start, both with winning records so far this season. Head over to the BCS website to find their schedules and make plans to attend a game.

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Bayside Academy Chess Teams Place First in Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League Tournament

The 2017–2018 Bayside chess team completed its regular season with a bang in early February at the Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League Tournament. The varsity team took home the first place trophy after a showdown against Alabama School of Math & Science (ASMS). This is the fifth consecutive year the varsity team has won this championship. The win also marks Bayside varsity’s 13th MobileBaldwin County Chess League championship in 15 years. Bayside senior Thomas Denton was named league All-Star for the second consecutive year. Also at the tournament, the elementary team blasted its way to first place during this inaugural year that the league has offered a separate elementary division. In other action, the JV team finished the season with a .500 record, while the middle school team finished fourth. Next up for the Admirals is the Mayor's Cup, where they will compete against Daphne Public School for the city championship. The state tournament is March 24–25 in Mobile, and nationals will take place in April in Atlanta. “Bayside’s chess players understand the standard of excellence that has been set by this program,” said Eric Nager, Bayside chess coach. “I am especially proud of our fifth consecutive league championship this year. Despite the loss of some key players, this year’s teams are performing well and are fun to coach. The players and I look forward to the Mayor’s Cup, the Varsity chess team members (right photo), L to R: 6th grader Michael Klimjack, seniors Thomas Denton and Ford Taylor (team captain), 8th grader David Klimjack and 6th grader Rhett Montgomery. Photo by Bayside junior Ashley Suchan. Bayside Academy elementary chess team members, L to R: 4th graders Boyce Magli and Forrest Smith and 5th graders Finlay Lavelle and Jacob Stallworth show off their first place trophy from the Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League Tournament. This is the first year the league has offered a separate elementary division.

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St. Michael Catholic HS Thanks Supporters of its Gala

On behalf of the Committee for Cardinals in the Courtyard, St Michael Catholic High School would like to thank everyone that helped make the March 9th Gala a success! It would not have been possible without the generosity of the sponsors, local businesses and families that donated items, and all of the volunteers that gave selflessly of their time. We appreciate all of you! Thanks also for everyone who attended and helped honor our Baldwin County parish priests!

Baseball Season at St. Michael Catholic HS

The St. Michael Cardinals Baseball team has begun its inaugural season and is competing well. Pictured here, Patrick Murphy throws out the first pitch while Fr. Steve and the team look on.

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Spanish Fort HS Library Club Treats Youngsters to Seuss Book Readings

The library club performed the reading of Dr. Seuss books to kindergarten and 1st grade. Each group was prepared to read (and act) the book, perform an activity, provide a treat and read the “Reader’s Oath” with each class. Plus, we gave out goody bags with pencil, notepad, bookmark, eraser and candy to each child. We provided for 540 students! It was such a blast and the students from our high school were highly commended by the principals, teachers, and even the bus driver complimented us!

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BCHS Students Score Awards at Star Search Competition

Baldwin County High School students Cameron Ludin and Kloei Forbes brought home some awards from the Baldwin County Star Search talent competition! Cameron won first place in the variety category for his fire twirling skills and Kloei came in second for vocals. The annual talent competition is sponsored by Baldwin County Community Alliance. To make it to the county contest, students first compete in a talent show at their own high schools.

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Outstanding Students Recognized at Fairhope Middle School

Fairhope Middle School would like to congratulate its Students of the Month for November, December and January. These students were selected by the faculty for their exceptional citizenship and leadership qualities. FMS Outstanding 7th Grade Students pictured from left to right: Jesse Haven, Trenton Henderson, John Thomas Freeman, Blaine Metzger, Lillie Mitchell, Hunter Hughes, and Maren Cunningham. Not pictured – Abe Solomon. FMS Outstanding 8th Grade Students pictured from left to right: Mary Elizabeth Howell, Devin Leonard, Joshua Villanueva, Olivia Beasley, Forest Gunnison, and Sophia Burleson.

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Bayshore Students Design Creative Egg Carriers What an ‘Egg’ citing Event! Bayshore Christian School’s 6th grade students were recently assigned the special task of engineering a lightweight egg carrier. From a two-story fall, each student’s egg carrier was designed to protect the egg from breakage. With material, size, and weight restrictions, students were challenged to design the lightest possible carrier that could keep an egg from breaking. The Golden Egg Award went to Collin Hester, whose egg carrier weighed in at 38.1 grams. Kathryn McCammon earned the Silver Egg Award, weighing in at 52.1 grams.

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CTKCS Science Olympiad Team Places 4th at Competition

The Christ the King Catholic School Science Olympiad Team placed 4th overall in their competition held at the University of South Alabama and will advance to the State competition. The team placed in the following competitions: Disease Detectives, Solar System, Meteorology, Crime Busters, Hovercraft, Potions and Poisons, Fast Facts, Mystery Architecture, and Optics.

Book Parade at Newton Elementary

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Guest Readers Visit Robertsdale Elementary for Dr. Seuss Day

Mr. Bryant Cowling, community member, read to Brylyn Wells’ first grade class on Dr. Seuss day. He read the book, “Oh the Places You Will Go” to the students and led a discussion afterwards. He was one of many readers to visit Robertsdale Elementary that day.

Spring Art Exhibit 2018

Take a look at this beautiful artwork by three Gulf Shores Elementary School students. Pictured l to r: Young artists at GSES, Attali Galiego, Reaghan Meyers and Devin Horne.

Junior Sam Koby Selected for AHSAA Student Leadership Team Junior Sam Koby was recently selected for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Student Leadership Team. This is a two-year commitment whereby Sam will participate in leadership conferences with other student-athletes from the AHSAA 8 Districts. Sam is one of 16 students chosen state-wide for this opportunity.

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Orange Beach Elementary Kiwanis Terrific Kids - March

PreK-2nd Grade Front Row: (left to right) Vivienne Anderson, Aaron Wilkinson, Ryleigh Longcrier, Ella Perry Massey, Kayleigh Padgett. Back Row: (left to right) Mr. Moss (Principal), Georgie Hartin, Addison Davis, Lily Galletta, Annabelle Brown, Kenleigh Mosley, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative). 3rd – 6th Grades: Front Row: (left to right) Faith Craig, Emily Perkinson, Ayla Cantrell, Vivie Ward, Blakely Bullock. Back Row: (left to right) Mr. Moss (Principal), Connor Anderson, Jay Spencer Lanford, Braiden Cheek, Lakin Smith, Holland Van den Neiwenhof, Bryce Collins, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative). Not Pictured: Kenzie Duncan.

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Spanish Fort HS FBLS Hosts Professionalism Summit

On February 23, the Spanish Fort Future Business Leaders of America hosted their first Professionalism Summit at the Marriot Grand Hotel in Point Clear with Baldwin County High School, Spanish Fort High School Principal Brian Williamson, and Superintendent Eddie Tyler also in attendance. They began their day with a presentation on professional communication by Terry Wilhite, Director of Communications for the Baldwin County Schools, entitled “The Power of Common Ground�. After a brief break for networking with Baldwin County High School students also in attendance, students were served lunch as they were presented dining etiquette by Kathy Sternenberg of the Eastern Shore Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions. Finally, Melody Bingham of Spanish Fort High School, presented the keys to professional dress and taught the members to tie a tie.

Daphne HS Student Government Association Supports Youth Shelter

Under His Wings is a Christian-based youth shelter for girls in Baldwin County. The Student Government Association (SGA) of Daphne High School collected hygiene items and small personal items such as socks to help the girls in their transition to the home, as many arrive with little to no personal items. The non-profit organization relies heavily of donations, and the SGA chose to make it one of their service projects this year. In all, 15 gift baskets were donated to the organization.

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CTKCS Celebrates Seuss’ Birthday

Mrs. May's 1st grade class celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with many activities. Students made "hats", tried green eggs and ham, played Dr. Seuss Bingo, played a math counting game, read a ton of Dr. Seuss books, and enjoyed popsicles as part of the celebration.

Benefit Auction

Bayshore Christian School recently held their 10th Annual Bayshore Benefit Auction! The event was held at Oak Hollow Farm and included a dinner, silent auction, live auction, and raffle. Winners went home with Apple Airpod Earbuds, gift certificates to local restaurants, homemade art, and trips to various tropical locations. Guests bid on their favorite homemade cakes during the Dessert Frenzy portion of the live auction. Over $26,000 was raised in auctioning off 13 cakes! All in all, it was a successful event that raised money to support the school’s future growth.

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Spanish Fort HS Wrestler Claims 2nd State Championship Justin Ingram, the 145 lb Senior from Spanish Fort, finished his season 76-0 to claim his 2nd State Championship. He did not give up a single offensive point to any wrestler at the 2018 State Tournament. He won his first state title in 2017 at 132 lbs and placed 4th the year before at 126 lbs. Justin was also named the 6A Most Valuable Wrestler, which is voted on by the 6A coaches at the state wrestling tournament. Justin is the first state placer, first state champion, first multi-time state champion, and first MVW in Baldwin County History. In his career, he never lost in Baldwin County and compiled 209 career victories. His junior season, he finished 53-1, with his only loss being to Bailey Roan of Gulf Shores (bumped up a weight class) at the Satsuma Dual Tournament. His sophomore year, he was 33-3 and finished 4th at 126 lbs, become the first ever State Placer in Baldwin County (Dante’ Johnsey also placed 4th that same year, but at a higher weight class). As a freshman, Justin wrestled in Brandon, FL before his family moved to Spanish Fort. He started at 113 lbs and compiled a 47-14 record.

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Fairhope Elementary Holds Paper Recycling Competition

Fairhope Elementary School recycled a total of 1,065 pounds of paper during February in a month-long, school-wide Paper Recycling Competition. The competition was organized by the school’s Green Team and was sponsored by Thrivent Financial. The purpose of the competition was to promote awareness of environmental concerns and increase school-wide participation in recycling. The classroom in each grade that collected the most recycling won an ice cream party. The winning classrooms and their totals were: Kindergarten, Mrs. Burress’s class with 56 lbs; 1st grade, Mrs. H. Norris’s class with 38.5 lbs; 2nd grade, Mrs. Warner’s class with 58 lbs; 3rd grade and the overall winner was Mrs. Terry’s class with 72 lbs. Pictured is Mrs. Terry’s class. 41

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Spanish Fort Elementary School Wins Regional Can Do Good Competition

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC), recognized Spanish Fort Elementary School (SFES) as the winner of the 2017-18 Can Do Good Competition for the kindergarten through fifth grade division at a check presentation on Monday, March 19. GMC Regional and Community Planner Brandon Bias presented the school with a check for $1,000, in addition to a check to Prodisee Pantry to match SFES’ donation. The third through fifth grade gifted students and student council at SFES teamed up to tackle their Can Do Good project and raised more than 5,256 canned goods and non-perishable items—the most collected by any team in the regional competition, including schools from Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. All of the items were donated to the Prodisee Pantry to benefit families in the local community, including students who may attend SFES. When choosing a design for their Can Do Good structure, the gifted students found inspiration from the area being referred to as the “The Fort” and the many famous fort unique to gulf coast. The “Fort De Jubilee” featured donated water bottles to resemble a moat, canons made of toothpaste and toothbrushes and a drawbridge made from plastic bag boxes and dental floss. The finalists’ structures were reviewed by members of GMC’s professional architecture and engineering staff and judged based on overall theme, aesthetics, structural soundness, level of difficulty, creativity and community impact. Because of superior excellence demonstrated in all six categories, SFES was selected as the winner for the kindergarten through fifth grade division. More than 12,000 canned goods and non-perishable food items were donated to food banks and charitable organizations throughout the Southeast through the regional Can Do Good competition this year. For more information about Can Do Good, visit www.gmcnetwork.com/designbuildeat.

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Bayside Academy’s 2018 Bay Affair Featured Artists Exhibition

There’s no better time than March’s Youth Arts Month for Bayside Academy to announce the Featured Artists Exhibition, an exciting new aspect of the school’s annual Bay Affair fundraising event. This year’s Bay Affair will take place 6–10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, on The Bluff of Bayside Academy’s campus in Daphne. Bay Affair 2018 art auction chairs are Bayside parents Kelley Ogburn and Rebekah Webb, both working artists in Fairhope. “Kelley and I share a passion for the importance of arts education and enrichment in school and the community,” said Rebekah Webb. “As working artists, we have both benefited from the strong emphasis of art in the classroom and the value of pursuing our fine art studies through higher education.” Kelley Ogburn added, “Rather than the traditional art auction, we wanted to build a new model by creating an annual exhibition for established and emerging artists with ties to the Mobile Bay area.” For this first year of the exhibition, Ogburn’s and Webb’s focus is on Mobile Bay-area talent and on the role arts education has played on the participating artists’ careers. 2018 featured artists include Mary Ball, Caroline Boykin, Colleen Comer, Eugenia Foster, Haley Hall, Sandy Hodgson, Carrie Jackson, Ameri’ca Jones, Ashley R. Lieb, Coleman Mills, Kelley Ogburn, Sarah Otts, Amanda Petro, Lindsey J. Porter, Brad Robertson, Brent Smith, Kristy Johnson-Snell and Rebekah Webb. All artists were given a canvas to create an original piece from their current body of work. The Featured Artists Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Bay Affair attendees to get an original, one-of-a-kind piece from some of the area’s most sought-after artists. Bidding for featured artists’ works will take place online at www.baysideacademy.org/thebayaffair; bidding will be open to the general public until 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. Ogburn and Webb are committed to growing this exhibition each year and building an educational pro-gram benefiting Bayside Academy’s arts program, the artists and the future of the Mobile Bay-area arts community. For additional information on The Bay Affair, visit please visit www.baysideacademy.org/ thebayaffair. For more information on featured artists, follow https://www.instagram.com/the_ bay_affair/. Everyone in the local community is invited to attend The Bay Affair. Event tickets are available for purchase online by visiting www.baysideacademy.org/thebayaffair.

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Local Student Named Finalist for IHOP Kids Culinary Chef Team

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Bay Minette’s very own Starla Chapman was chosen as one of three finalists to be named to IHOP’s first Kids Culinary Chef Team. Each child was asked to create a cool pancake recipe as an entry to the contest and out of hundreds of submissions entered, Starla made the final three. Starla and her mom, DeAndra, were flown out to L.A. to the IHOP test kitchen where they met the other two finalists. Each finalist was then paired up with a chef and made their pancake creation (with tons of cameras filming) in the IHOP test kitchen. After, they were judged by a panel of judges that included the president of IHOP himself.... but the question is, who will receive the grand prize!?!?! We will have to wait until the reveal to find out but we all know that no matter who the judges select, Starla is a winner already! (One sneak peek: Starla’s recipe was Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Surprise). IHOP is a major supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network. 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.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Hope for the “Me” Generation The “Baby Boom” generation was so anxious to have good relationships with their children that they tended to set aside their primary role as parents. Their desire to be their child’s best friend nurtured the advent of a selfcentered, demanding, “Me Generation” who believes the world revolves around them. But there’s hope!

Parenting in Past Generations — Too Rigid As I’ve grown older, I see more with the eyes of my heart than I do with those on each side of my big nose. And the aging process has brought me to a greater understanding of my own mom and dad’s parenting style. I’ve learned that things really weren’t as bad as I used to think they were. My dad, like yours, was less than relational; his focus was on providing for his family. Working at the same job for 38 years; providing was his way of showing love for his family. He demanded respect. He taught us to be responsible because that’s the way he was taught, and he wanted us to live the same way. My father worked hard because he grew up during the Great Depression, and he knew first-hand the challenges of having little to live on. He also saw to it that our family was protected. Food was always on the table, a roof was always over our head, we all went to college, and the enemy he fought in the South Pacific never marched on our homeland.

Parenting in Today’s Generation — Too Relational Then, the 60’s and 70’s came along. Some called it a revolution. Millions of “Baby Boomers” fell head over heels toward relationships and feelings of love for all mankind. Our music and lifestyle expressed our desire for universal peace and love. We swooned to lyrics like “all you need is love,” and “smile on your brother; everybody get together; try to love one another right now.” There was a “whole lotta’ love” going around. And we “showered the people we Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

love with love… showing them the way that we feel.” Then we took our desire for peace, love and affection right into our parenting style. Baby boomers as parents focused on maintaining peace and love, at all costs. We were determined to have better, stronger relationships with our kids than we had with our parents; carrying out these normally good and healthy desires to an extreme. Out of financial abundance, we gave our kids everything they ever wanted, and more. Modern conveniences allowed for more free time and less responsibility. Soccer moms equipped with minivans shuttled kids from one event or activity to another, with stops at McDonald’s in-between. We indulged, spoiled and provided too much “stuff” as misguided expressions of our love.

But Good Relationships Are Good, Aren’t They? What’s wrong with too much love? Nothing! But there is something wrong with it if it is our only focus. To put it bluntly, placing kids on a pedestal and focusing our lives on them created feelings of entitlement. Kids began equating our love with our pocket book and our willingness to do things for them. Their thrills in life came from getting new toys, new clothes, new honors, and new excitements. They became demanding, selfish, adrenalin junkies, searching daily for new thrills. When the excitement ended or the money train slowed, they became angry. We wanted to be the best parents ever, but the more we focused our attention and our money on our kids, the more they fell into anxiety, depression, and outright defiance. After all, they wouldn’t admit it, but deep down they were terrified for what they would do after they left the comforts and indulgences of home. Perhaps you have a teenager fitting this description living in your home right now? The crux of the matter is that it is hard to be a good parent when our focus is on having peace, love and friendship with our children. This becomes especially difficult in step-families and some adoptive families. The crucial role of correcting and holding children accountable is impossible when our overriding concern is to avoid any form of damage to our friendship. But 46

what we need to realize is that our children need parents first, not more friends. So, the big question is this: How do parents establish their position of authority, while also maintaining their relationship with their teen? In other words, how do we find a proper balance without swinging the pendulum too far the other way? Tell your teenager… “I desire to stand beside you and walk with you in life… but make no mistake; I will stand in front of you when I need to.”

Parenting the Right Way – Balanced A simple answer is to say things like “No” and “Maybe” more often; and we need to apply boundaries and consequences when our kids cross over the line. Balanced parenting is applying strength when needed; and tenderness at the same time. It is not just one or the other, it is both. The essence of balance in parenting is to stand beside our children and walk with them through life, while also determining to stand in front of them when we need to stop them from their foolish ways. Our goal should be to help our kids get to where they want to be, and keep them from going to a place they really don’t want to end up. But since they are too immature to know any better, we need to remain in control, no matter how upset it makes them temporarily. Then, as they mature in their thinking, the reins can be gradually released. Believe me, your kids will express their appreciation when they are older for holding them in line as teenagers, and they’ll realize that you did it out of love, not to be mean or rigid. It’s never too late to start being a balanced parent; have a loving relationship, while also holding them responsible. Your children need your correction, wisdom, and willingness to help them travel the path of life before them. Yes, your teen needs a parent and a friend, but when push comes to shove, they need a parent more. 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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What Does It Mean? How to Translate Texts Most parents know that LOL means Laughing Out Loud. You may even know that 420 refers to marijuana. But you may not know that 53X means sex. That worries Brian Bason, CEO at Bark, a new monitoring app. Their website includes a list of popular texting slang terms (tinyurl.com/gqp9tex). For $9.99 a month, they promise to alert parents when kids text something risky. Of course, slang is nothing new. Parents have been scrambling to keep up with it for generations. Using freshly minted words that adults won’t understand appeals to kids for two reasons. First, it helps kids establish and reenforce a social identity. People who understand the same secret language are likely to be part of the same tribe. Slang establishes an in group that understands and out group that seems hopelessly out of touch. Second, slang allows kids to fly under adult radar, talking about things that might be forbidden if the adults could translate what they were saying. Siblings often develop this kind of secret language—winks and whispers and even special words that let them communicate about things that Mom and Dad might not appreciate. Messaging, of course, has added a new dimension to all of this. Keyboards are tiny. Attention spans are short. Acronyms and emojis make it possible to crowd a lot of information into a small space. As a result, messages have become more and more cryptic and difficult for parents to decipher. Much of the new slang being used online is harmless and even creative. Some of the better acronyms enter the language. Pretty much everyone knows about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), IRL (In Real Life) and BRB (Be Right Back). Other very useful acronyms include Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

JSYK (Just so You Know), SMH (Shaking My Head), TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) and YOLO (You Only Live Once). Still, parents need to be alert. The kinds of speech that would be unacceptable IRL should also be off limits in texting. In particular, parents will want to monitor texting for: Sex. Most teens seem to have gotten the message that sending nude photos isn’t a good idea. That doesn’t mean teens aren’t texting about 53X. Even emojis may have a double meaning – an eggplant can stand in for male genitals; a peach may refer to someone’s backside. It’s perfectly natural, of course, for young people to take an interest in sex, but parents need to chaperone, watching for behavior that is too adult or partners who may be predatory. Substances. Slang has always been part of drug and alcohol culture. Using coded language is a way to evade legal authorities as well as parents. Keeping up with the current terminology isn’t easy, especially since it often varies from place to place. Talk to other parents and even school parents. And remember that drug terms sometimes have more than one meaning. Dabbing, for example, is both a dance craze and a way to use cannibas. Lit can mean getting high or simply having a good time. Hate. Texting and social media are often used to bully and abuse other people because of their gender, race, ethnic origin or disabilities. Be clear with your child. A slur is a slur, and you won’t tolerate abusive language in any setting. Bad Language. If you don’t want your child to say the F word, you will probably want to discourage the use of acronyms like WTF or AF. Even NSS may not be acceptable. The best way to know what an acronym means is to ask the child who used it. The 48

security company, McAfee, also produces a list of common terms, conveniently subdivided into categories for drugs, sex and bullying. Wiktionary also has a long list of acronyms in an Appendix (tinyurl.com/mab7snn). Another way to educate yourself is to visit databases that try to keep up with slang as it’s created. Here are several of the most complete collections: Slang it.com is family friendly website (they also have free apps for Iphone and Android). When you enter a slang term, you get a clean and accurate definition. They also have a daily quiz question that might be a conversation starter at the dinner table. Noslang.com has been keeping track of net slang since 2005, They offer a text slang translator and a reverse translator that turns English phrases into acronyms. In their articles section, there’s a helpful essay called “What Every Parent Should Know.” Internet slang.com also allows parents to look up acronyms. Their Trending Terms section helps parents zero in current terminology. Acronymsandslang.com has an enormous list of acronyms, organized into categories. With over 20,000 entries in the Internet category, they are likely to supply an explanation for almost any acronym. The Urban Dictionary also has a very complete list of slang of all kinds. The definitions are crowd-sourced so they are generally irreverent and often obscene. The site is not suitable for children, but may be useful to parents because it’s regularly up-dated by its users. Of course, trying to keep up with adolescent slang is like playing Whack-a-mole. As soon as a term is widely understood by adults, it loses its value for kids and they will move on. That’s why parents have to reinforce that idea that kids shouldn’t say anything online that they would say IRL (in real life). With that in mind, you might also want to introduce an acronym of your own – WWGmaS (What Would Grandma Say?) 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, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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According to CNN Money, the Millennial Generation, those born between 1977 and 1995, switch jobs four times by the time they are 32. It is not surprising, then, that the average age of a community college student is 29. It seems that people are switching careers in addition to changing just their jobs.

If you are in the market for a new career, consider these mom-friendly options. They offer flexible learning at an affordable price and will have you working in a new industry in about a year.

Take a look at our suggestions below. Real Estate Agent This is one of the most affordable re-education option for a new career. Classes are offered through local real estate firms as accelerated courses (2-3 weeks), home study or classroom learning. Each state has different requirements, but the average course time requires 90-135 hours, plus 30 post-license hours. According to Simply Hired, the average real estate agent makes $33,000 their first year.

Cosmetologist This licensure covers hairdresser, colorist, makeup artist, nail technician and esthetician. Depending on the state you are working in, the programs require 1200-2100 hours of education. Classes are flexible and include daytime, evening and weekend hours and can be completed in one to two years. If you are looking to spend less time and money, the nail technician program ranges from 600-750 hours for completion. The salary range for a Cosmetologist is $16,000-$44,000 according to Payscale.com.

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radiation treatments. Most community colleges offer an associate’s degree, which is a two year program. However, if you already have a college degree, many of your general education classes should transfer, allowing you to complete your degree in less time. According to Salary. com, the median income of a Radiologic Technologist is $52,216.

depends on your previous education. Both two and four year degrees are accepted in the industry. Some community colleges even offer 2+2 plans, allowing you to obtain a bachelor’s degree for the cost of community college classes. According to Payscale.com, the earnings of a Dental Hygienist is $46,775 to $87,356.

Medical Assistant

Did you know that most dog groomers are women? The average dog grooming school teaches safety, proper use of grooming tools and breed standards in a hands-on learning environment much like a Cosmetologist. The program time averages 500 hours to certification. Sadly, many states do not regulate a licensure program for dog groomers. Payscale.com reports that the average dog groomer makes between $18,119 and $47,673. Since dog groomers split their pay with the shop owner, there is greater income potential for dog groomers who are selfemployed.

If you are interested in the medical field down the road, this is a great foot in the door. The career outlook for a Medical Assistant is better than average – 23% growth over the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The job entails administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals and physician’s offices. You can be certified in a year and go back to complete your associates degree, if desired, after you are employed. Median salary for a Medical Assistant is $30,590.

Dental Hygienist This is the person you have the most interaction with at the dentist office. The amount of time it takes to complete this program through a community college

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bookkeeper, otherwise known as a para professional accountant, assists business owners with general accounting procedures, payroll and tax preparation under the assistance of a CPA. It takes approximately 18 months and $6500 to complete the program through a community college and often includes opportunity for job placement. According to the Accounting Training and Testing Center, bookkeepers make between $38,500 and $57,250 per year.

Computer and Internetworking Technologies There are many opportunities in this field and often requires less than a year for certification. The most common positions are in network security and support and system specialists. In other words, these are the people who set up and maintain large computer systems. Depending on your certification, you can expect to make $36,000 - $75,000 according to Payscale.com. ESP

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Keep Your Money in Your Own Pocket Q. I just filed taxes, and it looks like I’ll get a pretty big refund this year. A friend of mine told me I should adjust my withholding, so I don’t get a refund. This seems pretty dumb to me. Why would I change my withholdings when I’m getting money back? A. The only reason you’re getting a refund is because you had too much taken out of your paychecks in 2017. Let’s say your refund is $3,500. Basically, you loaned the government $3,500 of your own money, interest-free. A refund isn’t a gift or reward, James. It’s your own cash that you get back because you paid in too much during the previous year. In

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Debt and Income Crisis Q. I received a call the other day from a company saying it could negotiate the balance on my credit cards to a lesser amount. The caller also said they could get me a zero-percent interest rate until the debts were paid off, and then the accounts would be closed. I’m kind of starting over again financially, because I sold a company I had run for almost 15 years, then got into real estate and lost almost everything. I’m making just enough to squeeze by, and my credit card debt totals $40,000. Would this be a good idea? A. No, this is not a good idea. You’re looking at two major problems with a company

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The Race is On!

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

For every parent who’s experienced a child’s delighted cried of “Go Faster!”, the exhilarating nature of racing is familiar. Giving kids the ability to plot a course and navigate it at speed is an empowering form of play. Racing toy cars allows children to test themselves against courses and obstacles, to strive for performance goals or to enjoy competition with other racers. The following race car-themed items encourage kids to take control of their roadway, their speed and their destination with entertaining options from start to finish.

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Magic Tracks Glowin-the-Dark Mega Set

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The Magic Tracks Mega Set features flexible track sections that bend and twist, letting small hands make creative connections with ease. Adding to the excitement, the tracks glow in the dark after light exposure. The two battery-powered race cars (included) are illuminated with bright LEDs so they also charge the tracks as they speed along. With a suspension bridge, two-way splitter, and ramps, the 18 feet of track pieces allows for versatile and evolving raceway planning. As flexible as the track itself, the Magic Tracks Mega Set fosters creative thinking and fine motor skills as young racers plan and produce their own new path to victory again and again.

Simple controls and sturdy construction are the hallmark of Prextex Radio Control Racers, making this set ideal for first-time remote operators. Complete with sound effects (sirens for the police car and revving engine for the racer) this pair of cars is road ready right out of the box. The cars get good traction on a variety of surfaces so kids can take the race to new and changing landscapes. The set includes two removable driver figures that expand the possibilities for pretend-play to accompany the racing/driving experience. Ideally designed for the small hands of young racers, this RC duo offers an easy and encouraging introduction to RC racing for the littlest drivers.

3-in-1 Launch and Go Raceway

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Conforming to the changing demands of young race designers, the Smart Wheels 3-in-1 Launch and Go Raceway assembles into a trio of diverse experiences. Whether it’s set up as a dual raceway, a stunt track or a super run, this set uses gravity to launch the included race car down a changeable course of play. Connecting with strategically located SmartPoints, the race cars may also become sound enabled with music and fun phrases.This set can also be combined with compatible Smart Wheels and Smart Animals components from V-Tech. Using fewer components that reconfigure into more versatile structures, the Launch and Go Raceway supports mechanical exploration and fine motor skills in the younger set.

Designed with small hands in mind, the RC Baja Buggy is a soft, chunky vehicle that makes remote control driving simple to get a grip on. Shaped like a steering wheel, the easy-to-use controller lets drivers send the buggy racing forward, backward, or into a spin. Unlike many other RC cars, the Kid Galaxy Baja Buggy body is squeezably soft and ideal for taking corners without leaving damage on walls, furniture or ankles. Capable of running on smooth floors, concrete and low-pile carpeting My First RC Baja Buggy takes the lead in the race for RC-ready drivers.

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eve att no dre an to to fee ste Im lon in mo fro My daughter is writing a paper for her high school English class. The assignment is to tell a story that echoes the themes in a book the class has read. This type of assignment is educational on many levels. Not only does my daughter need to use her analytical skills to discern the themes in the story, she must also consider her own point of view and translate it into a fiction that communicates her personal values. Using her imagination, she has experienced the world of an author’s creation and now she must build a world of her own creation and move her characters through it. This assignment puts her character and her values to the test in the best possible way-using imagination. Whether your child is an introvert, an extrovert or a little bit of both, kids can learn how to make an impact on the world using the power of imagination. For years, imagination, like creativity, has been relegated to a secondary strength, an ability that’s considered adorable for young children to possess but not necessarily a practical skill for adulthood. However one of the definitions of imagination is the ability to face and resolve difficulties, which is another way of describing resourcefulness, a quality the world definitely needs right now.

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In recent years, imagination has started coming into its own as the superpower it is. Imagination means the power to create with one’s mind. It means forming mental images or concepts that are not present to the senses yet. Creative imagination means recombining former experiences in the creation of new images directed at a specific goal or to aid in the solution of a problem. If you want to create a more hopeful world, you have to be able to imagine one first. You must also be able to imagine your role in the co-creation of sustaining this world. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” In other words, imagination is not just a proclivity of absent-minded children; it’s an ability that must be nurtured and appreciated. Creative thinking allows us to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, to empathize with how another person feels, to dream big, and to take one baby step after another in an inspired direction. Imagination allows us to consider the larger, longer-term picture and envision our place in that world. Parents can help kids become more visionary by nurturing imagination from birth onward. Here’s how.

Read Out Loud.

Reading can counterbalance screen over-exposure,

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which can turn kids into passive observers. Start reading aloud when your children are very young or even still in the womb. Reading out loud promotes language development and early literacy skills. Eventually you will be able to take turns reading out loud with your children and even make this a family ritual. Practicing literacy from a young age opens the door to the infinite stories available in books for a lifetime.

Creative Thinking Highly Valued As A Future Career Skill Creative skills are growing in value for global industries. Imagination is linked to innovation, problem-solving and profitability. Business experts agree that creative thinking ranks highly in lists of future career skills. A 2016 report from The World Economic Forum puts creativity as the third most important job skill by 2020. Other top-predicted skills, like critical thinking and complex problem solving, are also inextricably linked to creativity, innovation and imagination.

Allow Time For Unstructured Play. Full schedules are great, but too much structure sucks the joy out of kids’ lives. Studies have shown that countries that have longer recess times perform better academically then countries with shorter recesses. This indicates that play is not only healthy for kids; it also makes them smarter. So be sure to carve out plenty of

downtime at home no matter how busy life is to give kids the necessary space to decompress and self-express.

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sy play requires making yourself vulnerable to mockery. One spoiled-sport can make an imaginationloving child self-conscious enough to stop paying attention to internal musings. Parents can even the playing field between practical, pragmatic children and dreamy, fantasy-loving children by making home a safe space for imaginative reverie. Encourage reality-loving kids to spend more time enjoying the results of other people’s flights of fancy as a form of education. They will soon get on board once they understand the innovation behind toys and activities they cherish.

SUMMER camps JUNE/JULY 2018 for Ages 6+

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Provide Art Supplies. Pencils,

crayons, paints, papers, clay, chalk, fabric, embellishments, and yarn-these are basic art supplies every young artist needs. On a tough day, taking a trip to the craft store can be a real picker-upper. A table spread out with age-appropriate art supplies is all any heart needs to take flight. Dabbling in creative endeavors helps kids clear their minds so they can relax and solve their own problems.

Be An Enthusiastic Audience.

My husband and I have often been entertained by our daughter and her friends’ impromptu kitchen shows, which have helped them become more intrepid performers today. Kids often want to share what they can do and it’s important to stop what you are doing and let them put on a performance for you when asked. Never offer critiques of play-in-progress because perfection is not the point. Voice encouragement for effort and risk-taking, and let each performer have a chance to shine. Don’t be afraid to clap and cheer. Actors feed off the energy of a supportive audience.

Encourage Balanced Escapism. Of course, playing video

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addiction. Parents need to supervise kid’s immersive habits to avoid over-exposure. But a life with no escapism, when so many quality opportunities for experiencing virtual realities exist, is a mistake. As your kids get older, why not find ways to participate in their indulgences of choice, whether that’s watching favorite television show episodes, going head-to-head in a dance off or competing in virtual battlefields. Small amounts of escapism offer everyone in the family opportunities to rest and reboot during busy times.

Explore The Possibilities.

There are ample opportunities as children grow to discuss possible outcomes that instill constructive communication skills. For example, if your child forgot the lyrics while performing a solo in a concert, you might ask, “What if you...” until you both come up with an idea to offer an apology to the director and colleagues. Sometimes kids need help brainstorming different endings than the ones they find themselves in or the worstcase scenarios they imagine. Playing a few rounds of “What if you...” can help move social situations from stuck to stable again.

Sign Them Up For Theater.

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joy may diminish by the end of elementary school. One way to help children continue valuing their imaginations, despite emerging self-consciousness, is to introduce them to theater at a young age. Take them to children’s theater productions, encourage participation in age-appropriate theater at school, and sign them up for children’s acting workshops in your community. Workshops may be offered through dance studios, at professional theatres, or through your school district.

Pretend Together.

Let’s face it; being a grown up can feel pretty overwhelming sometimes. Why not enjoy a break and let your children lead you into a world of their own creation? Forget being in charge for a change and follow your child’s lead. Change into your play clothes and join your kids on the floor or at the craft table for some messy, hands-on fun. What if you could utilize your imagination as clearly as they use theirs? You don’t have to be the ‘fun parent.’ Anyone can remember how to play, especially when you are willing surrender to the magic of the moment. ESP Christina Katz is a journalist, author and coach, but not necessarily the fun parent. Over the years, she has learned how to make play a priority so she and her daughter can kick back and bond without taking the worries of the world too seriously.

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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 401 Oak Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Join us for ART BASH, a series of fun and creative summer art camps for kids June - July 2018! Painting, pottery and more for ages 6 years and up. Camps are Monday - Friday, with camps starting at $75. ESAC Membership discounts are available! We will even have a Camp Creativity with our Outreach Director, Nancy Raia!! A Full Schedule with class descriptions will be posted soon on our website. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for daily updates!

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. Participant will learn dyeing techniques, including shibori. They will learn needlefelting and wet felting and use these techniques to create a number of amazing pieces of art. 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 a flyer and registration information and questions.

(251) 928-2228 (ext. 107) info@esartcenter.org www.esartcenter.org

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Be Creative Art Camp

Kaleidoscope Fine Arts Camp

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Thomas B. Norton Library, 221 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Please check our facebook page for upcoming art camp dates and registration information. (251) 968-1176 dfincher@gulfshoresal.gov gulfshoresal.gov/library

Coastal Arts Center

26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Summer Visual Art Camp will run June 4 - 8, 2018. Registration opens Monday, March 19, 2018. Watch for more details on Facebook and our website. (251) 981-2787 artcenter@cityoforangebeach.com www.coastalartscenter.com

Daphne Art Center

1704 Sixth Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Let your child’s artistic side take off! Daphne Art Center will be offering 7 one-week art camp sessions in June and July, 2018. The cost is $65/week and $60/week for each additional enrollment or child. Camp is 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm for children ages 4 years and up. (251) 586-8096 daphne.art.center251@gmail.com www.daphneartcenter.com

Foley Art Center

211 North McKenzie Street, Foley, AL 36535 Visit our website for information on Young Rembrandts Classes. Find us on Facebook for details and updates. (251) 943-4381 facstudio217a@gmail.com www.foleyartcenter.com

Humming Star Alpaca Camp

19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill, AL 36576 Camp Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 and June 11 - 15, 2018. Fiber Arts Camp is designed to introduce young Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

First Presbyterian Church, 309 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Summer Fine Arts Camp 2018 dates are June 2529, 2018. Camp hours are 9am to 3pm. 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. A live performance given by a national/regional artist. Call the numbers listed for questions or to reserve a spot at camp.

(251) 978-8130 or (251) 948-2627 gulfcoastartsalliance@ gmail.com www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com/kaliedoscope/

The Kiln Studio

9 North Church Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 The Kiln Studio functions as both a gallery, showcasing work by regional and national artists, and studio space where classes and workshops are taught throughout the year. Specific summer camp and class dates will be announced soon! Please call the studio or check our website for more information. (251) 517-5460 www.thekilnstudio.com info@thekilnstudio.com

Organic School

8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Classes and dates are coming soon! Call the office or check our website for more information and updates. (251) 928-9347 marietta.school@mchsi.com www.fairhopeorganicschool.com

Painting with Shannon

Country Day School, 23800 Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 2018 summer camps and classes will begin May 21 - July 20. Fee are $120.00 per camper/session (3

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days), plus a $20.00 non-refundable application fee per camper. Camps run Monday - Wednesday from 10am - 1:30pm. Ask about our new Thursday Day Camp! Registration forms are available on our website. Spots fill quickly! Visit us on Facebook & Instagram @ Paintwithshannon to view photos and updates. Visit us on Facebook & Instagram @Paintwithshannon to view photos and updates. (251) 459-4409 paintwithshannon@bellsouth.net www.shannonnobleart.com

St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool Art and Enrichment Camp

28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 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 about sibling discounts. June 11-15: Under the Sea Jubilee! - Coastal Art and Science/Sensory Experiences; June 25-29: All Creatures Great and Small - Animal Encounters and Art; July 30 - August 3: Miniature Monet’s - French inspired Art and Cooking, with foreign Language. $25 Non-refundable registration fee. Please call or visit our webstie for registration. (251) 626-2774 stpaulsepiscopalpreschool@yahoo.com www.stpaulseasternshore.org

The Painting Parrot

28600 US Highway 98 (Suite C), Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Camp dates: June 4 - 8, July 9 - 13, August 6 - 10, 2018. A minimum of 6 campers is needed for each session with a maximum of 12 campers. We will complete multiple artistic endeavors spanning many media. Cost is $150/camper and includes a t-shirt (please indicate size). Each Camp session runs Monday - Friday from 9am - 12pm. Campers should bring a drink and snack for each day. Please call for registration. Visit us on Facebook. Sign up today! (251) 928-4161 www.facebook.com/thepaintingparrot/

Cheer - Dance Gymnastics Bay City Adventure Camp ad on page 17

8534 Well Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer days will be filled with fun, enriching activities inside the gym, outdoors, in our Quiet Zone and in our Art Center. Our dedicated counselors will supervise

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Baypointe Dance Academy ad on page 11, 42

8756 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 Register now for Summer Classes 2018! Strawberry Shortcake Summer Camp - June 11th, 13th, 18th and 20th from 4:30pm - 5:45pm. Camp includes Ballet, Tumble and Jazz, games, crafts, snacks, t-shirt and a surprise guest! Ages 3 - 6. $100 for all 4 days plus a $20 registration fee. My Little Pony Camp - July 23rd, 24th, and 25th from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Ages 2 1/2 - 4rn $85 for all 3 days plus $20 registration fee. Training Camp for ages 7 and up for Intermediate through advanced. This camp is for recreational and competitive students and those interested in our competition team. Camp runs July 23rd-26th. Spaces fill quickly so reserve your spot. (251) 621-3980 pateb25@yahoo.com www.baypointedance.com

Creative Outlet Dance Center ad on page 25

66 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Creative Outlet Summer Camp begins June 4th and

runs through July 13th, 2018. 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 preschool 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 creativeoutletda@bellsouth.net www.creativeoutletdance.com

Dance Arts South ad on page 69

251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 Join us at Dance Arts South for an exciting sample of Everything DANCE! Our enthusiastic faculty provide a fun filled camp experience for all dancers. On the final day of camp, students will demonstrate their dance skills with a short in-house performance. Summertime is a great time to stay conditioned in a fun, stress-free environment. Camp dates: 1/2 Day Summer Dance Blast June 4-8, June 11-15 & June 18-22, 2018; Fairytale Fun Dance Camp (ages 3-5): June 4-8 & June 11-15; Hip Hop & Flip Flop Camp (ages 7-12): June 4-8 & June 11-15; Rock A Hula Luau Camp (ages 3-5 & 6-10): June 11-15 & June 25-29; Broadway Bound (ages 6-10): June 11-15 & June 25-29; Tumbling/Back handspring Clinic Summer Term : June 11 - Aug 13; Cirque Silks Camp (ages 7 to teen): June 18-22, 2018. Summer Intensive Sessions for Intermediate & Advanced dancers: June 11-15 & June 18-22, 2018. (251) 610-8902 danceartssouth@gmail.com www.DanceArtsSouth.com

Eastern Shore Dance Academy ad on page 82

9063 Merritt Lane, Daphne, AL 36526 Offering several dance camps, classes and dance

intensives for age 3 and up, grouped by age. Call for themes, dates and times. (251) 626-2300 easternshoredance@gmail.com www.easternshoredanceacademy.us

Gulf Coast Dance Alliance ad on page 34

30752 Ember Lane, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 2018 Summer Dance Camps will be held June 11 - 15. Registration begins March 19. Ballerina Princess Camp for ages 3 - 5 from 10am - 12noon, $125. Strut Your Stuff Camp for ages 6 - 8 from 9am - 12pm, $150. Dance Jam Camp for ages 9 - 12 is from 9am - 12pm, $175. GCDA will run regular summer classes for all ages and levels throughout the summer from June 4 - July 25. (251) 621-9755 info@gcdadance.com www.gcdadance.com

Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore ad on page 57

26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL 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 for ages 3 and up along with intensives at both our Mobile and Eastern Shore studios featuring outstanding guest teachers and Mobile Ballet faculty. Fun summer training to advance your classical ballet and Broadway-style jazz skills. Ballet & jazz classes, stretch & strengthening components, and focus on improving technique. Performance for family and friends at end of each Session! Summer Intensive will be June 11-22, 2018. New students welcome! Visit our website or call to register. Watch for announcement of full sessions at both locations. (251) 342-2241 www.mobileballet.org

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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

South Baldwin Dance Center ad on page 39

3947 Gulf Shores Parkway, Suite 230, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Summer sessions begin in June 2018! 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. We’re looking forward to dancing with you! (251) 942-6209 SBDC@protonmail.com www.gulfshoresdance.com

Auburn Tigers Girls Gymnastics Camp

305 Fels Avenue, Fairhope, AL 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. (251) 990-9744 trinollinger@gmail.com www.bayshoreballet.com

Flip City

9332 Hard Drive, Foley, AL 36535 2018 Camp dates coming soon! Check our website for more information.

(251) 424-5484 gulfcoasttumbling@gmail.com www.gulfcoasttumbling.webs.com

LSU Gymnastics Camp

156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 At Flying Tiger Gymnastics Camp we aspire to provide expert coaching in all of the disciplines required to be an accomplished gymnast. Emphasis is placed on advancing the individual skill level of each gymnast. We follow proper skill progressions and basic fundamentals are stressed while we work to increase the camper’s skills in all events. (225) 766-7125 flyingtigergymnasticscamp@gmail. com www.lsusports.net/camps

Next Level Tumbling and Training Center

26090 Equity Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp 1: June 18 – 22, 2018. Camp 2: July 16 – 20, 2018. Camp hours are 8:45am – 12:00pm and is open to ages 5 - 16 years. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required. Registration is available online. Summer Camp at Next Level includes tumbling, games, exercise and a whole lot of fun! Camp is limited to 50 campers so register Today!

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Gem of Champions

151 Fly Creek Ave, Ste 430 & 432, Fairhope, AL 36532 Sheffield School of the Dance was named Mobile & Baldwin County’s “BEST DANCE STUDIO” in the 2016/2017 Nappie Awards! We will be offering exciting Summer Camps & Classes for all ages and levels in 2018! Please visit our New website & Like? us on Facebook for updates. Call today to register.

25421 A State Highway 181, Daphne, AL 36526 Gem of Champions will offer great classes and clinics this summer. Call or visit our website for details.

703 West Samford Avenue, Auburn, AL 36849 (251)340-2500 Info@gemofchamps.com Residential or Commuter Camp June 10 – 13. www.gemofchamps.com Residential July Camp July 13-15, Day Camp June 14-15. Auburn Gymnastics Camps in Alabama offer an Gulf Coast Tumbling opportunity for gymnasts to receive valuable instruction 3757 Gulf Shores Parkway, (Suite BE and BF), Gulf on the fundamentals of gymnastics while addressShores, AL 36542 ing new skills. Campers will be made aware of the PA March Ad.qxp_Layout 1 2/16/18 10:36 AM Page 1 call for 2018 summer camp information. Visit Please

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Slippers and Taps

22245 State Highway 59 S, Robertsdale, AL 36567 615 McMeans Avenue, Bay Minette, AL 36507 Slippers and Taps will offer summer camps and classes in 2018. Please check our website and Facebook page for camp dates to be announced. (251) 747-8036 drivendancecompany@gmail.com www.slippersandtaps.com

Susan’s Academy of Dance

7966 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526 We have something for everyone this summer! Morning Camps run Monday - Thursday from 9am - 12pm and cost $75. June 4 - 7, 2018 Zombie (ages 6-12), Pom Pom Unicorn (ages 3-5); July 9-13: Incredibles (ages 6-12), Princess Tea Party (ages 3-5); August 6-10, 2018: American Girl (ages 6-12), Frozen (ages 3-5). Mini Camps are from 5:30pm - 7:30pm and

cost $20. Mini Camps run Monday - Thursday from 5:30pm - 7:30pm ($20 oer camper). June 4, 2018 Glow Dance Party (ages 6-12), June 5 Moana/Luau(ages 3-5) and Incredibles 2 for boys ages 3-6; July 9 Shimmer and Shine (ages 3-5); July 10 Pirate Show Down for boys ages 3-6 and Princess Story Time for ages 3-6; July 12 Spa De Dance (ages 6-12); August 6 Spa De Dance (ages 3-5), Superhero Hip Hop/Tumbling for boys ages 3-6; August 7 Glow Dance Party(ages 6-12). August 9 Princess Story Time (ages 3-6). Dance Intensive Camp runs from July 23 - 27, 2018 for ages 5 years and up from 9am - 3pm, ($200 per camper). Please call or visit our website for registration. Camp balances are due 10 days prior to camp.

(251) 626-3835 director@susansacademyofdance.com www.susansacademyofdance.com

Citizen Kid). Themes for camps include The Search for Rainbow Castle, The Treasures of Magical Mountain, Green Beard’s Pirate Ship, The Missing Mermaid Palace, and more! (251) 377-8514 www.tlgeasternshoreal.com

University of Alabama - Gymnastics Camps

323 Paul West Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 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. Session 1 (all levels) June 22-24 Session 2 (High Performance Camp - Level 7-10, Elite & All Levels Camp) June 29-July 1, Session 3 - (High Performance Camp - Recommended for Levels 7-10 & Elite) July 13-15. Day Camper Fee is $495 and Overnight fee is $595. Overnight Camp is for ages 9 years and up. Day Camp is for ages 7 years and up. bamagymcamp@ia.ua.edu www.Alabamagymnasticscamp.com

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Publix Shopping Center, 22530 Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 We have lots of exciting camps for this summer, for children ages 2 - 10 years (pull ups required). Our SUPER KIDS’ QUEST SUMMER CAMP is an adventure filled camp offered Monday - Friday from 9am – 12pm. Each day of camp involves a fun 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, Brain Boost and

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Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Rd, Fairhope, AL 36532 Camp begins Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and runs Monday - Friday from 7am - 6pm. Register now for up to 12 weeks of Summer Fun! Explore the Shore at Bay Camp and enjoy field trips, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, art movies, and make great memories with friends. For more information contact director Lisa Ledet, visit our website and Like us on Facebook. Limited space available for camps. (251) 752-4897 lisa@easternshorebaycamp.com www.EasternShoreBayCamp.com

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Bay City Adventure Camp ad on page 17

8534 Well Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer days will be filled with fun, enriching activities inside the gym, outdoors, in our Quiet Zone and in our Art Center. Our dedicated counselors will supervise structured play and activities with an educational weekly theme. We have partnered with professionals in the community to provide experiences in sports, science, music, art and Gymnastics. Spaces are limited and filling quickly. Contact us today for registration. 2018 Camp Dates: May 29-June 1: Aloha Summer; June 4-8: Sports and More; June 11-15: Splish Splash Water Bash; June 18-22: It’s Alive-Monsters and Mad Science; June 26-29: Wipe Out; July 2-6: Party in the USA; July 9-13: Globetrotters/Passport to Fun; July 16-20: Animals Rock; July 23-27: Amazing You; July 30-August 3: Muck Mess and Mayhem; August 6-10: Adios Summer. (251) 621-2112 bcgagym@att.net www.bcgagymnastics.com

Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp Bayside Summer Day Camp runs Monday Friday, 7:15am - 6:00pm, beginning May 29 - August 3, 2018. Camp is closed July 4th. We are open to non Bayside students for Summer Day Camp and offer several specialty programs throughout the year for students of every age and interest. Whether sports or science, dance or dinosaurs, art or adventure, there is something for everyone. Online registration is available from now until April 6, 2018 for $50 per camper. Beginning April 7th, registration will be $65 per camper. This will reserve your spot for the entire summer and a camp t-shirt. Visit our website and click on the Camp Bayside icon with an anchor. Camp cost is $140 per week for each camper. Daily rates and multiple camper rates are also available. Weekly fee includes lunch, field trips and several extra activities. for both Spring Break and Summer Camp. Please call for specific questions and instructions for camp forms. Filling out the information forms does not register your camper. You must fill out the registration form as well. (251) 338-6473 baysidesummercamp@yahoo.com www.baysideacademy.org

God’s Living Sea ad on page 75

Jubilee Baptist Church, 9264 Pleasant Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Camp at God’s Living Sea is all about fun and learning! Camp dates will be July 2 - August 2, 2018. Registration begins March 15, 2018. Camp is Monday - Thursday from 9am - 1pm for ages 12 months to 6th grade. Space is limited. (251) 621-3977 godslivingsea@jubileebaptist.com www.jubileebaptist.com

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Grand Hotel Fish Camp, 12744 River Creek Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Camp will be Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm beginning June 4, 2018 and is open to ages 9 - 15 years. A classic summer camp experience. We offer a day camp for the camper and their dog where campers learn about dog behavior, training, and care. Kids will learn dog training skills in obedience, dock diving, hunt test, field trials and other AKC styled events. After a morning of training, campers and their dogs will have the opportunity to kayak and explore the wetlands and sandbars of Fish River. Other activities will include archery, basics of fly fishing, plant, tree and native habitat education. After a week with us, campers will be qualified to help Mom with pet care at home. Sorry, but we cannot guarantee your dog will be qualified, they take a bit longer! If you do not have a dog we will let you train with one of our Labrador retrievers, Italian Spinone or one of our foster dogs. Potential campers can find more information on our website. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GrandHotelFishCamp/. (251) 928-3465 CampLife@GrandHotelFishCamp.com www.grandhotelfishcamp.com

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Camp Bayside Summer Day Camp

The Brennity at Daphne assisted living and memory care is a nurturing residential environment with care close at hand. We offer personalized support options and access to custom levels of care. Residents and their families appreciate our commitment to quality social and recreational activities, convenient dining options, and so much more! Call for a personal tour!

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860 North Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Introducing the Eastern Shore’s newest Full Day Preschool! Now accepting applications for children ages 30 months and up. Hours are 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday. Academic instruction ends at 2:30. Contact Shelley Miller for registration for our summer enrichment program. (251) 928-2912 www.stjamesprek.org

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28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 2018 Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast’s Summer Program dates are June 4th - July 26th 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) program that provides social and recreational opportunities for the special needs communities of Baldwin and Mobile counties. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

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Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Day

Camp Silvercreek, 16914 County Road 52, Silverhill, AL 36576 Boy Scout camp for Baldwin County will be held June 11-15, 2018 for ages 1st - 5th grade. Our camp theme is “Passport to Adventure”. Come experience a week filled with Adventures! Scout Registration Fee $85. Camp hours will be from 8am - 3pm Monday Thursday and 8am - 12pm on Friday. Please Call the Mobile Area Boy Scout Service Center for registration

instructions and if your child is not a scout and would like to attend. (251) 476-4600 maygen01tierra@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/BaldwinDayCamp/

Camp 3Circle

North Campus, 10080 Cty Rd 64, Daphne, AL 36526 Our North Campus will offer Camp 3Circle June 4-8, 2018 for ages 4 years - 4th grade. Registration will be available on our website beginning May 1, 2018. This day camp will incorporate worship, Bible study, sports, and art and point children to God’s great Love for them! (251) 990-3112 info@3circlechurch.com www.3circlechurch.com

South Campus, 10274 State Hwy 104, Fairhope 36532 Our South campus will have Camp 3Circle June 25 29, 2018. Camp is open to ages 4 years - 4th grade. Registration will be available on our website beginning May 1, 2018. This day camp will incorporate worship, Bible study, sports, and art and point children to God’s great love for them! (251) 990-3112 info@3circlechurch.com www.3circlechurch.com

17395 Highway 104 West, Robertsdale, AL 36567 Central Christian School will offer Summer Day Camp in 2018 for children ages K-3 - 6th grade. Campers will enjoy activities such as Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Field Trips, Movies, Water Play, Bible Stories, Outdoor Activities and Reading Enrichment. The registration fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt for field trips. Camp rates are $110 per week. Camp begins May 29, 2018. (251) 947-5043 lhadley@ccssaints.com www.ccssaints.com

Camp Stanislaus - Marine Biology Camp

304 South Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, MS 39520 Marine Biology Camp will be from Monday, July 16 – Friday July 20, 2018 and each session runs from 12:30 – 3:45pm. The cost to attend this week is $125. Marine Biology Camp will take place in the Marine Biology lab, beach in front of school and our pier. This camp is a fun educational experience for boys and girls ages 9-15. (228) 467-9057 ext. 277 camp@ststan.com www.campstanislaus.com/

Brother Ramon Daunis Ski Camp Bay, 4008 Borneo Street, Bay St Louis, MS 39520 Water Sports Day Camp will be July 16 - 20, 2018 and

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Camp Stanislaus - Water Day Camp

each session runs from 8:15am - 11:45am (with the exception of Monday which starts at 8am). Camp is for boys and girls, ages 9-15, to learn or improve skills in water skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, slalom skiing and tubing from the Brother Ramon Daunis Ski Camp on the Jourdan River. Campers will be instructed in small groups by our talented Camp Stanislaus team. The cost to attend for the week is $225. If your child will also be attending the Marine Biology Day Camp, transportation back to school is provided at no extra cost.

City of Foley Environmental Department Explorer Camp

Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Explorer Camp: July 9-13, 2018 or July 23-27, 2018. Arts & crafts, nature tours, storytimes, environmental education, games & activities, guest speakers, Mud Day Party and more! Camp will be held from 8am 12pm for campers going into grades Kindergarten-3rd grade. Cost is $75 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt. Campers should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and bug spray each day. Camp registration is due by July 2, 2018 for the first week option or by July 16, 2018 for the second week option. Each Camp enroll-

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ming and water activities, local tours, crafts, trips and tons of fun. Limited slots are available. Please email us to register. Visit our Facebook page, CRDC-Community Restoration and Development Corporation. (251) 301-6407 CRDCdaphne@gmail.com

DISL - Summer Day Camps

ment is limited to 15 campers. For more information and to register contact Jackie McGonigal, Environmental Assistant. (251) 923-4267 envoffice@cityoffoley.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Hands-on adventures introduce children ages 5 through 13 to Alabama’s ocean. Oceans Alive! (Ages 5-8) June 8, July13, and July 30 - This half-day adventure combines arts and crats with a beach walk adventure. BIO Blitz (Ages 10-13) June 15, July 12, and July 31 - Explore nature and discover coastal Alabama’s diversity with this day long camp. Survivor:Dauphin Island (Ages 8-10) June 14, July 13, and August 1 - Will you survive on the island? During this day long camp learn how to cast a net, catch crabs, bait a hook, and filet a fish.

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Eastern Shore Montessori

980 Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer program available for ages 18 mos - 5 years. Monday through Friday. Full day and part-time available. 7:00am - 5:30pm. (251) 626-7505 esmontessorischool@gmail.com www.easternshoremontessori.com

Fairhope Rec Center “Summer of Fun”

Volanta Park & Municipal Pool , US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 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 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. (251) 990-0174 or (251) 990-0151 nate.lami@cofairhope.com www.cofairhope.com

Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Pioneer Camp: June 25 – 29, 2018. Archery, hiking, water quality testing, conservation projects, nature photography & field observations, environmental education, disc golf, geocaching, Mud Day Party, wagon ride and more! Camp will be held from 8am – 1pm for campers going into grades 4th-8th. Cost is $100 per camper and includes a disc set and t-shirt. Campers should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and bug spray each day. Camp registration is due by June 18th, 2018 and is limited to 15 campers. Please call or email for registration instructions.

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CRDC Summer Camp

Restoration Fellowship Ministries Campus, 9585 Milton Jones Road, Daphne, AL 36526 CRDC is a non-profit organization with qualified and enthusiastic staff members. Camp runs May 28, 2018 - August 17, 2018 from 6:30am - 6:00pm for rising Kindergarten to Rising 7th graders. Our Early Bird Registration is March 30th - May 1st. Registration is $20 + first week’s tuition. Regular Registration is After May 2nd, with a registration fee of $25 + first week’s tuition. Tuition is $90 per week. Please ask about sibling discounts and part-time attendance. Campers will be grouped by grade/age for sports and recreation, swimEastern Shore Parents I April 2018

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Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Wilderness Survival Camp: July 19-20, 2018. Team building and leadership in an outdoor setting with lessons in primitive shelter craft, water purification techniques and equipment, fire craft, basic first aid and CPR*, orienteering, kayaking, and overview of the 7 Priorities of Survival. Camp will be held 8am-5pm both days with an option to camp out overnight on July 20, 2018 with an adult chaperone for individual campers. Cost is $100 per camper. Campers should bring a lunch, water, notebook, pen, sunscreen and bug spray each day**. Camp registration is due by July 9, 2018. Camp enrollment is limited to 12 campers who are entering grades 9th-12th. For more information and to register contact Jackie McGonigal, Environmental Assistant or Angie Southern, Environmental Office Manager.

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Eastern Shore Academy of Excellence

23946-B US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 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. (251) 928-1854 easternshoreacademy@gmail.com www.facebook.com/EasternShoreAcademy/

Eastern Shore Baptist - Weekday Ministries

6847 Park Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer day camp will be Monday - Friday from 9am -2pm for ages 6 weeks - 4 years. Camp Dates are June 4 - 15, 2018. Camp will be CLOSED June 1822nd. Camp will resume June 25th - August 13, 2018. (251) 626-7627 gail@myesbc.net www.myesbc.net

Eastern Shore Kids Kastle

10291B County Road 48, Fairhope, AL 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 6am - 6pm. Monday - Friday. Please call for registration or visit us on Facebook. (251) 990-5350 facebook.com/easternshorekidskastleinc.com

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Fairhope Rotary Youth Club Summer Program

19128 Young Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Our 2018 Summer Program and Enrichment Academy will be offered for the months of June and July. The summer program will be June 4 – June 30, 2018. The Summer Enrichment Academy will be July 2 - July 27, 2018. Both programs are Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm. The cost for Members is $250 per child, per month for each program. A third child will be $200 per month, per program. The cost for Non-Members is $300 per child, per month for each program. Early Bird Drop-Off is at 7:30am for an additional cost of $50 per child for each program. There is no cost for the month of August! 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. Applications can be found online or picked up at the RYC office. Are you interested in learning more or volunteering at the Rotary Youth Club? Call or email our Executive Director, Louise Mason, lmason@rotaryyouthclub. org, or Frances Campbell, Education Coordinator, fcampbell@rotaryyouthclub.org and find out how to become a volunteer. (251) 928-9148 info@rotaryyouthclub.org www.rotaryyouthclub.org

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First Baptist Church, 300 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 First Kids Summer Day camp is gearing up for it’s 8th amazing summer! Camp begins Tuesday, May 29th 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 2, 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 fills quickly. Please contact as soon as possible to reserve a space for your child’s greatest summer experience ever! (251) 928-8685 fairhopesdc@gmail.com www.fbcfairhope.org

GulfQuest

155 Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602 Summer Maritime Academy at GulfQuest is offered to children ages 1st - 6th grade. Each week will be filled with unique curriculums filled with STEM components, hands-on learning, and art activities centered around a “Gulf-centric” theme. Academy dates are June 25 - 29, July 9 - 13, and July 16 - 20, 2018. Please call or email for registration and other information. (251) 436-890 www.gulfquest.org araley@gulfquest.org

Hogwarts of Fairhope

Please provide street address, Fairhope, AL 36532 Hogwarts Camp will be July 9 - 20, 2018 from 9am – 4pm. Camp location info coming soon! Harry Potter fans who are rising Kindergarteners - 13 years can immerse themselves in the magical world created by J. K. Rowling at our full day camp. Quidditch, Owl Post, Magical Classes, and Daily Costume Challenges to earn House Points! Diagon Alley and the Sorting Ceremony on the first day! Teenagers ages 14-17 can apply to be House Elves, (volunteers who help the staff). There is no camp fee for House Elves, but they are expected to be at camp every day, from 9am - 4pm. No Exceptions. Because of the many activities packed into 2 weeks, all participants, campers, and elves are expected to be at camp for the full two weeks. Camp cost is $325 until May 1, 2018. After May 1, the cost of camp will be $375. Registration for campers and applications for House Elves are available on our website. Look for us on Facebook to get updates, or join our email list. (225) 202-1724 deputyheadmistress@hogwartsoffairhope.com https://www.hogwartsoffairhope.com

Hot Wheels Skate Center

616 Whispering Pines Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Hot Wheels Summer Camp runs from May 29 - August 14, 2018 for completed K-6th Grade. We offer a 12-week camp for K - 6th graders. Each day of camp has a schedule to keep your child happy, entertained and busy! We offer a variety of sports and activities on site that include skating, basketball, arts & crafts, dancing, dodgeball, air hockey, ping pong, Wii, XBox 360, board games, kickball, movies and inflatables! We have great off-site field trips including weekly visits to a local swimming pool and bowling alley. In addition, we go to Sam’s Fun City Water Park, Trampoline Park and Laser Zone several times throughout the summer. Weekly tuition starts at just $100 per week. Part-time and full-time options are available. (251) 626-5120 jennifer@hotwheelssaphne.com www.hotwheelsdaphne.com

KidCam CAMPS

Gulf State Park, 22120 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores May 29th – August 3rd, 2018, Monday - Friday from 9am - 3pm with before and aftercare from 7:30am 5:30pm. In its 4th summer at GSP, Kidcam has loved being a part of everything offered at Gulf State Park. Convenient & affordable weekly sessions provide parents the perfect match for a fun & safe camp experience for campers ages 5-13 years. This summer, Mary Beth Waller, a 3rd grade teacher at Gulf Shores Elementary will lead our program as Camp Director. Weekly field trips, daily swimming and Kidcam’s engaging Kids Choice theme provide campers activities they want and that are action-packed, promote fun, fitness, friendship, and creativity each week of camp. This camp location offers campers all the things they love about Kidcam, plus the same 44-year Kidcam programming & staff and commitment to summer excellence. 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% if you pay before May 9, 2018. Full time, part time and daily rates are also available. Registration is open now on our website. (877) 454-3226 SummersRock@KidcamCamps.com www.kidcamcamp.com/city/gulf-shores/

Snook Youth Club Of Foley

1391 South Cedar Street, Foley, AL 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,

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Bound Family YMCA, 8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, AL 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! (251) 626-0888 ejohnson@ysal.org www.ysal.org

Educational & Miscellaneous Monday – Friday. An Annual Club Membership is $60, which covers registration and two T-shirts. Weekly camp fee is $60.00 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. Please call and request an application today! (251) 943-1483 snookyouthcluboffoley@gmail.com www.snookyouthclub.weebly.com

SPARC Summer Camp

Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road West (Building C), Gulf Shores, AL 36542 SPARC Summer Camp will be May 29 - August 10, 2018. Camp is Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 5:30pm. Closed the week July 2 - July 6. Online registration begins on March 5, 2018 and closes April 30, 2018. You may also register at the Cultural Center beginning Monday March 5th, 2018. Camp is open to youth who have completed K - 6th grades. Ask about our Junior Counselor Volunteer Program. (251) 968-9813 adeckard@gulfshoresal.gov www.gulfshoresal.gov/980/SPARC-Summer-Camp

Summer Kraze Day Camp

CityHope Church, Malbis, Mobile, Bay Minnette and Foley “Summer Kraze Camp” is a 3-day Camp for kids who have completed 1st - 5th grades. Camp is filled with laughter, crazy games, small groups, interactive Bible stories and so much more! CityHope Church will host Summer Kraze Camp at all 4 campus locations from June 20 - 22, 2018. Camp is from 9am - 9pm each day. Please visit our website and choose the registration for the campus of your choice. (251) 626-012 www.cityhope.cc/NextGen sarah@cityhope.cc

Winshape Camp

Daphne UMC, 2401 Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp Dates: July 30 - August 3, 2018 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 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 $209 with early registration discounts starting March 4, 2018. (251) 626-2287 https://www.winshapecamps.org/

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Alabama School of Math and Science-The Adventures in Math and Science Summer Camp ad on page 15

1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604 Don’t waste your summer! Spend it at The Adventures in Math and Science summer camp at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, AL. Learn while you have fun! Kayak Mobile Bay. Design a maze. Build a smartphone app. Solve a crime. Prepare for the ACT. Learn how to make jewelry. Build a robot. Launch a rocket…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 4-8), Session 2 (June 11-15), and Session 3 (June 18-22) 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. (251) 441-2152 admissions@asms.net www.asms.net

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center ad on page 40

65 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602 Experience the most amazing, science-based summer camps in Mobile! Summer camps at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center are a great way to keep budding young minds engaged all summer long. Our camps are extensive in subject matter and cater to ages 4-14 years of age. Summertime is always full of learning fun at the Gulf Coast Exploreum! Our camp highlights: Ages 4-5 – Jurassic Junior, Natural Wonders, Music Makers, Astro-tots, Ages 6-8 – Dino Dig, Kitchen Chemistry, Launch It, Junior Med, Ages 9–11 – Mad Scientist, Engineering Exploration, Wizardry, Art of Monster Science, Ages 12–14 – Get with the Program, Printing off the Page, Innovations, AirBus Flight Academy. Download our 2018 Camp Guide for a full list of camps, schedule, registration forms and more. Space is limited and fills up fast so don’t delay! Visit www. exploreum.com and register today! 251-208-6893 hfreeman@exploreum.com www.exploreum.com

Huntington Learning Center ad on page 37

Jubilee Square Shopping Center, 6880 US-90 (Suite 13), Daphne, AL 36526 Come by our local center, visit our website or call to

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Kids Kount ad on page 12

26420 Kensington Pl, (Suite C), Daphne, AL 36526 Handwriting Camps will be directed by a licensed and registered occupational therapist, additional staff members and be split into 2 age groups. Camps are 2 hours in length and will encompass a prewriting group for upcoming K3-K5 students and an additional handwriting camp for upcoming 1st-4th graders. These camps will focus on the developmental skills needed for handwriting success including grip, coordination, hand manipulation skills, pre-writing and handwriting skills as well. Core Strength and Development Camp will be directed by a licensed and registered physical therapist and additional staff members. This camp will focus on core strength and flexibility skills for each camper. Campers will incorporate movement, music, and age appropriate obstacle course play in our outside agility course. This camp’s focus is core strength, coordination, muscle tone development, and flexibility training as well. (251) 517-0355 kidskountmgmt@yahoo.com http://www.kidskounttherapy.com/default.htm

Read Write ad on page 45

1048 Stanton Road (Suite G), Daphne, AL 36526 Give your student the extra boost they need this summer with Read Write! Read Write offers dyslexia testing and one-on-one therapy for students with language based learning disabilities. Our services include multisensory instruction in reading, math, grammar, writing and comprehension. We also offer early intervention for 4 and 5 year olds, which promotes a strong foundation for early literacy. Check out our website to learn more about our summer programs! (251) 625-4020 baldwinoffice@readwritelearningcenter.com www.readwritelearningcenter.com

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Mobile, AL 36542 Zoo Camp 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 agespecific 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. Zoo Camp is always the last full week in June. Please visit our website for more information. 251-968-5732 info@algulfcoastzoo.org www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com

American Autism & Rehabilitation Center

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center is proud to host a number of programs this summer. Camps available for ages 3-5 years, K-2nd grades, and 3rd-6th grades will focus on language development, social skills, and peer interaction. Camps available for ages 7th -10th grades highlight peer interaction while teaching coping strategies (i.e. emotional intelligence, anger management, etc.). No diagnosis is required to participate. Preschool Language Camp – 5 weeks available K-2nd grade Language/Social Skills Camp – 5 weeks available; 3rd-6th grade Social Skills camp-2

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6157 Airport Boulevard Suite 205 , Mobile, AL 36608 Handwriting Heroes: June 4 - 6, 2018. Handwriting, Sensorimotor & Social Skill Development Camps. Print Camp for ages 4 - 6 years from 10am - 12pm; Cursive Camp for ages 7 - 10 years from 2pm - 4pm. Music & Movement: June 11 - 15, 2018. Movement, Music & Play Camp! From 10am-11am for ages 3-4 years. Building Buddies: June 18 - 22, 2018. Building, Creating & Developing Social Skills. From 10am - 12pm for ages 5 - 9 years and 2pm - 4pm for ages 10 - 15 years. (251) 287-0378 info@bluebirdtherapy.com www.bluebirdtherapy.com

Culinary Art Camp

Orange Beach Recreation Center, 4849 Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 The City of Orange Beach is offering Culinary Camp through the Orange Beach Expect Excellence Program. Camp dates will be July 9-12, 2018. Registration will be available at the Rec Center the end of March. (251) 981-7276 or (251) 981-6028

Culinary Dreams, Inc.

Please visit our website or find us on Facebook for upcoming camp dates and details. We will be holding camps in Daphne and Gulf Shores. Locations to be announced. Sign up for our email newsletter for updates. (251) 333-8908 culinarydreamsinc@yahoo.com www.culinarydreamsinc.com

Environmental Studies Center

6101 Girby Road, Mobile, AL 36693 Summer Day camps throughout the summer months

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City of Orange Beach Rec Center, 4849 S Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 The Orange Beach Expect Excellence Program is designed to build young men and women of character with discipline and a strong work ethic to ensure success in their chosen path in life. The three facets to facilitate the success of our students is going to be: Academics, Arts, Athletics. Please call or visit the Orange Beach Recreation Center for program specifics. (251) 981-6028 www.orangebeachal.gov/facilities/ recreation-center/expect-excellence

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Fairhope Sewing School

11161 John Deere Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Children/Teen 2018 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, 7-9 10-12,13-17 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 an early discount for Camp Registration received by April 30, 2018. Camps fill up fast! Spots are only guaranteed with paid registration. Please visit our website for complete camp information. (251)442-4472 fairhopesewingschool@gmail.com www.fairhopesewingschool.com

Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp

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 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 but fill up quickly: June 4-9, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30- Aug 3. Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camp is open only to youth entering the 5th or 6th grade. Fees are $175 per Camper, per session. Campers must arrange their own transportation and bring their own lunch

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Junior MedCamp

Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government St, Mobile Junior MedCamp is offering 2 exciting camps this summer! The first camp is June 28 open 9 to 11 year olds. Curious about health and medicine? Then this is the camp for you! Learn how to use instruments such as microscopes, stethoscopes, and blood pressure monitors to diagnose health conditions. Discover human anatomy through x-ray slides, models and real bone specimens. See how the art and science of health care has changed from prehistoric times through the present! The second camp is July 9 through 13 open to 6 to 8 year olds. What are the parts of the human skeleton? How do germs cause illness? What healing powers do blueberries, ginger and peppermint have? Campers will divide their time between the Exploreum and the Mobile Medical Museum investigating these and other health care topics through fun-filled experiments, games and storytelling. Includes a tour of the Ronald McDonald House. www.mobilemedicalmuseum.org

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The Think Tank Tutoring

National Flight Academy

Naval Air Station, 1 Fetterman, Pensacola, FL 32508 The National Flight Academy offers one of the most exciting and immersive educational environments in the world, inspiring students to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an aviation-themed adventure aboard a simulated landlocked aircraft carrier. From six-day Deployments to one-day Adventures, the National Flight Academy ignites imagination and encourages learning. Six-day programs starting at $850. Discount offered for active duty or retired military.

Baldwin County and Surrounding areas, AL Stay sharp this summer and stop the school struggles before they begin with affordable one-on-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! (251) 414-4494 thinktankminds@gmail.com www.TheThinkTankTutoring.com

Top Notch Kids

17853 Samantha Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Registration fee is $75. Full time camp is $100 per week, for each camper. Part Time camp, (choose 1, 2 or 3 days) is $75 per week. Hours are Monday - Friday 7:15am - 6pm. Top Notch accepts children ages 4 years and up. Visit us on Facebook. Please call to register.

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Pre-Cotillion Program - Manners/ Etiquette Classes

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 More details under Overnight Camps.

The Venue, 105 South Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532 The National League of Junior Cotillions Eastern Shore Chapter will offer a manners course for children entering 2nd - 4th grades June 12 - 14, 2018 and July 19 - 21, 2018. The classes will take place over a three day period from 1:00 - 2:30pm at The Venue in downtown Fairhope. The curriculum will include how to shake hands properly, how to write a thank you note, dining etiquette, proper use of utensils, telephone courtesies 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. To register or for more information, please visit our website or email Kathy Sternenberg. (251) 928-4962 ksternenberg@bellsouth.net www.nljc.com/chapter/easternshore

U.S. Space Camp & Aviation Challenge 800-637-7223 www.spacecamp.com

WildNative ECO Camp

Happy Harbor Pizza and Subs, 4205 County Road 6, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 WildNative 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. Participants will learn about the local environment, marine biology, ecology in a hands-on setting all while gaining experience for a career related field. We offer week long and weekend only camps with both day and overnight options. Find us on Facebook! (844) 900-CAMP gulfshores@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com/wildnative-camps/

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Protocol- Social Etiquette/Table Manners

Daphne Recreation Center, Daphne, AL 36526 A 4-week course in social etiquette, and table manners for girls and boys ages 7 – 17 years. Learn about table settings, proper use of silverware, proper introductions, dinner converstion and the importance of proper grooming and posture. Modeling courses are also offered. Class size is limited. Private and group workshops are available. Call Paula Perri for more information. (251) 626-3137

Summer Chess Camp

Daphne East Elementary School, 26651 County Road 13, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Chess Camp offered July 9 - July 13, 2018. Students will have an opportunity to work witha chess coach from NY. There will be 1/2 day and full day options. Pricing for half day is $189 and runs from 9:00 - 12:00. Full day is $299 and runs from 9:00 - 3:00 PM. Questions can be directed to Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

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14210 Greeno Rd, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Day Camp at Oak Hollow Farms will run June 18 - 22, 2018 from 8am - 4pm for ages 6 - 12 years. Camp cost is $300. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at registration. Activities include arts & crafts, Archery, Fishing, Games, Introduction to Horseback riding and a Giant Slide! Visit our website or call for registration instructions. (251) 928-4840 info@oakhollowfarm.net www.oakhollowfarm.net

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757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 See listing under Overnight Camps for details. (800) 882-0722 www.riverviewcamp.com

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13370 County Road 3, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer camp will be offered June 4 - 8, 2018 and June 11 - 15, 2018. Each session is Monday - Friday from 8am - 12pm. 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. Also offering private and group lessons for adults and children from beginner to advanced. Please call to reserve your spot. Camps fill quickly! (251) 209-1394 foxrun251@att.net www.facebook.com/FoxRunEquestrian/

Lake Forest Stables 268 Equine Circle, Daphne, AL 36526 3-day summer camps will be offered in June, July and August from 8am - 1pm. The cost is $185 per camper, per session. Open to children ages 7 years and up. Camp at Lake Forest Stables is exciting, educational, and includes riding lessons, trail rides, crafts, learning to care for, bathe and Love a horse! Visit us on Facebook. Please call and register for each camp. (770) 355-6514 daphne@lakeforeststables.org 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! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, 8-17; 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. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true! (706) 862-2231 info@valleyviewranch.com www.valleyviewranch.com

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Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive, Loxley, AL 36551 2018 camp dates: May 29, 2018 - June 29, 2018 for ages 5 - 12 years. The ACE Performing Arts program is partnering with The Town of Loxley for a 5 week summer camp. Camp cost is $150 per child and will offer fun and energetic activities and element of performing arts each day. Camp hours are 8am - 3:30pm. Extended hours available for an extra fee. Registration forms are available online at Loxley Civic Center website. (search under youth program). Only 50 spots are available so Register now! (850) 293-6312 theaceperformingartscenter@gmail.com www.theaceperformingartscenter.com

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Mars Hill Baptist Church, 17175 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra (BCYO) will offer summer music camp for Strings and Band from 12pm - 5pm July 23 - 27, 2018. Registration is available on our website. (251) 979-6834 bcyorchestra@gmail.com www.bcyorchestra.com

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320 W Samford Avenue, Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn Summer Band Camps: Yamaha “Sounds of Summer” Marching Percussion Camp - June 5 - 6. Drum majors and section leaders will benefit from our Marching Leadership program held June 13 - 16. Color Guard, dancers, and majorettes will enjoy our Marching Auxiliary program, which includes basic and advanced technique development and group routines and will be June 21 - 23. Auburn University Bands also holds two annual Summer Symphonic Band Camps each year. These camps, designed for Middle School held June 21 – 23 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 etl0001@tigermail.auburn.edu; ausummerbandcamps@gmail.com www.band.auburn. edu

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre

251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 ESRT is pleased to announce our 2018 Summer Camp selections! Camps are offered in 2-week sessions for rising 1st - 12th graders. Registration forms can be printed from our website or obtained at the studio. Session 1: Aladdin, June 4 - June 15, 2018 (for rising 1st - 7th graders). Session 2: Jungle Book, June 18 - June 29, 2018 (for rising 1st -7th graders). Session 3: High School Musical, July 9 - July 20, 2018 (for rising 3rd - 12th graders). Session 4: Alice In Wonderland, July 23 - August 3, 2018 (rising 3rd - 12th graders). Each camp session runs Monday - Friday from 9am 12pm. A final performance will be at 11am on the

last day of each camp session. Please email us with any questions. Camp Sessions fill quickly so register your child early! (251) 301-2371 easternshorerep@gmail.com www.easternshorerep.org

KidzRock Camp

Modern Ensemble Music, 809B Daphne Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 Kidzrock is a music program that teaches children as young as 4 how to play an instrument in the setting of a real rock band. Band members rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboard as they prepare to sing and play in a rock concert. Each band sings and performs songs featured on the Kidzrock CD. Songs have simple patterns for campers to learn to read colorcoded music. Instruments are provided by Kidzrock and instruments are easy to hold for kids to learn basic guitar, drums, Keyboard along with music terminology, singing on pitch, and more. Camp Dates for 2018: June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12, and July 16-19. Camp runs from 9am - 12pm each day. (251) 210-7175 info@modernensemblemusic.com www.modernensemblemusic.com/Home

Marjorie Searcy Musical Theater Summer Camp

For grades 6th - 8th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. July Camp Sessions: July 9-14, 2018. Into the Deep Blue with Nemo, Mermaids and Pirates. For grades K - 2nd from 10am - 11:30am; Songs and Scenes from Annie: “It’s a Hard Knock Life!”. For grades 3rd - 5th from 1pm - 3pm; The Greatest Show on Earth, Come Join the Circus! “A million Dreams is all it’s gonna take.” for grades 6th - 8th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. (251) 509-2150 info@marjoriesearcy.com www.marjorieSearcy.com

Musical Beginnings Performing Arts Camp

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8271 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Performing Arts Camp will be June 4 June 29, 2018 from 8am - 2pm. Extended care is available for an added charge. Camp is open to children ages 7 - 14 years. Activities offered at camp include: Piano, voice, acting, theory, music classes, extra play time, an off campus field trip, and musical performance at the end of camp! Online registration begins March 1, 2018. Registration fee is $25. Camp is limited to 30 campers so register Early! Registration is Free if registered before May 1st! (251) 423-1201 bgates@musicalbeginningsalabama. com www.musicalbeginningsalabama.com

698 Cedar Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 Musical Theatre Summer Camps. Sing, Dance, and Act to Broadway and Disney Tunes! Receive the $100 Early Bird Special if you register before May 10, 2018. Cost is $120 beginning May 11, 2018. Classes are small and space is limited so register online today! June Camp Sessions: June 18-22, 2018. Fractured Fairy Tales-Cinderella, the Frog, Prince and more. For kids in grades K -2nd from 10am - 11:30am; Celebrating Roald Dahl’s Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach! For grades 3rd - 5th from 1pm - 3pm; Dr. Seuss, a Very Seussical Review!

SummerTide Drama Camp - South Baldwin Community Theatre

George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street , Gulf Shores, AL 36542 The camp is conducted by the University of Alabama’s SummerTide Theatre group. Session 1: June 5 - 9, 2018 Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 1pm, (for Beginners); Session 2: June 12 - 16, Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 1pm, (for Intermediate level); Session 3: June 19 - 23, Tuesday - Saturday, 9am 1pm (for Advanced level). Tuition is $100 per child, per session. To pre-register, complete the form on

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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. There are twelve exciting camp sessions available from which to choose. Visit the LFR website or call to discover the week that works best for your child, church youth or children’s ministry group. (662) 726-5052 info@lakeforestranch.com www.lakeforestranch.com

our website. Payments are due the first day of camp. On-site registration will also be available, based on availability, beginning at 8am of each week’s camp. (251) 968-6721 theatre.dance@ua.edu www.summertide.org/theatre-camp/

Talley Piano Studio

Daphne, AL 36526 Please call or text for summer camp dates and to secure a spot. Class sizes are limited. (251) 509-7900 talleybeverly@att.net www.talleypianostudio.com

University of Alabama Band Camp

Tuscaloosa, AL 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.

Riverview Camp for Girls

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757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 Riverview is an all girls 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 motherdaughter adventures. Camp runs from end of May – August 2018. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. (800) 882-0722 info@riverviewcamp.com www.riverviewcamp.com

Camp ASCCA Easter Seals

5278 Camp Ascca Drive, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861

Camp Beckwith

10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Camp Sessions begin June 2, 2018 - July 29, 2018. Join us for spiritual growth, and memoryfilled 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 overnight camps, training camp, sailing camp, and family camp for grades 1st – 12th. For detailed descriptions of camp sessions, rates, photos, and registration information, visit our website under summer camps. 251-928-7844 addie@beckwithal.com www.beckwithal.com

Camp Cosby

2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road, Alpine, AL 35014 Camp Cosby will offer 8 Sessions throughout the summer for ages 6 - 16 years. Boys and girls have the opportunity to build self-esteem, grow, learn, and challenge themselves. Campers also learn to develop values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Pool, lake adventures, horses, trials, team building, zip line, and much more! Specialty camps include Mini Bikes camps, wakeboarding, ski camps, wrangler and expedition camps. (800) 85-COSBY cinfo@campcosby.org www.ymcabham.org/dates-and-rates-

Camp Dixie

29711 Josephine Drive, Elberta, AL 36530 Camp Dixie Lutheran Outdoor Ministry is a place where campers are able to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually, in a positive way by experiencing, reflecting and evaluating in an outdoorbased Christ centered program. Sessions run from

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Youth Orchestra Camps

Fairhope Music, 251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 Fairhope Music and Fairhope Chamber Strings will offer several different camps and classes throughout the summer. Summer Camps & Program Dates: Coastal Youth Orchestra Camp: Every Monday in June and July from 2pm - 4pm; Beginner Violin & Cello Camp: Every Tuesday in June and July from 2pm - 4pm; Beginner Brass Band Camp: Every Wednesday in June and July from 2pm - 4pm. Please call to sign up for camp. Like us on Facebook!

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June – July. We offer a weekend Family Camp for 3yr olds thru 2nd grade with a parent. Week Long sessions are available for 2nd-12th Grade. Swimming, Kayaking, Bible study, archery, challenge course, arts and crafts, campfires and more. Specialty camps including rocket and horse camp are also offered. Located on the beautiful Perdido Bay in Elberta, AL. 251-987-1201 director@campdixieministries.org www. campdixieministries.org

Camp Marannook

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Camp Marymount

1318 Fairview Boulevard, Fairview, TN 37062 For over seven decades Camp Marymount has provided the Nashville Diocese and families from all over the world a summer camp experience filled with community, faith, fun and simplicity on 340 acres of beautiful middle Tennessee land. We offer four overnight summer sessions – two for girls, and two for boys – to rising 1st graders thru rising 11th graders. Campers enjoy swimming and water sports, arts and crafts, horsemanship, archery, riflery, canoeing, drama and dance for girls, wrestling for boys, frisbee golf, working on the camp newsletter, and much, much more. Camp Marymount opens children’s eyes to nature and their surroundings. We give them time and space to try interesting hobbies, develop new skills and discover the beauty of the world around them. From sunup to , special friendships and great fun! 615-799-0410 info@campmarymount.com www.campmarymount.com

Camp Scoutshire Woods, Girl Scout Camp

6051 Scoutshire Camp Road North, Citronelle, AL 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 bdavis@girlscoutssa.org www.girlscoutssa.org/camp

Camp Seale Harris

500 Chase Park South, ite 104, Birmingham, AL 35244 2018 Family Camps for Ages 0-18 plus family. Spring Family Weekend - April 13-April 15 ($375, Camp Grace, Mobile), Summer Family Weekend – May 11-13 ($575, Lake Martin) Lake Martin Fall Family Weekend – October 20-22 ($375, Lake Martin). 2018 Day Camp $175 (July 23-27) Mobile (Day Camps – 1 sibling or friends may register with child with diabetes and pay to attend) 2018 Overnight Camps – Senior Camp – June 2 - 8 (ages 12-18, $800, Lake Martin) Junior Camp – June 10-15 (ages 6-13, $800, Lake Martin) Coastal Camp – July 22-27 (ages 10-18 - $500, Mobile) *Children with diabetes only.

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Camp Smile

Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile, AL 36608 Camp SMILE is a residential camp for individuals with disabilities five to fifty years old and their siblings. We offer a unique experience which helps campers adjust to life outside their normal routine and helps foster genuine relationships between campers and counselors. With adapted rules and specialized equipment, Camp SMILE is able to offer activities, including: swimming, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, horseback riding,

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DISL - Summer Residential Camps

Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers hands-on adventures with the best educational staff around. Overnight campers, 5th through 12th graders, discover coastal Alabama habitats from the beautiful bay, to the fascinating marshes, and Dauphin Island’s sunny beaches. See and do new things. Overnight Camps: Barrier Island Explorer (rising 5th-6th grade) June 3-6, June 10-13, July 8-11. Marine DeTECHtives (rising 6th-8th grade) June 20-22. Gulf Island Journey (rising 7th-9th grade) June 3-8, June 24-29, July 1-6, and July 22-27. Bay Voyager (rising 9th-12th grade) July 15-20. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) sejohnson@disl.org www.disl.org

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zip-lines, archery and much more. Summer Camp is Four one-week, age-specific sessions offered the last week of June and the first three weeks of July. Respite Weekends and Camp Socials are held at different times in spring and fall as well as Get-togethers and parties throughout the school year. (251)479-4900 (extension 531) campsmile@ucpmobile.org www.campsmilemobile.org

Camp Stanislaus - Residential Camps

304 South Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, MS 39520 Weekly from June 10 through July 7, 2018. Father and Son Camp July 7 & 8, 2018. Camp Stanislaus is a Day and Resident Camp for boys and girls ages 8-15 years. Situated on the beautiful beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the facilities are the same as those used by St. Stanislaus College Prep. These include two gyms, three tennis courts, a swimming pool, football stadium, baseball stadium, one thousand foot pier, recreational and TV rooms, dining hall, dormitory, classrooms, computer labs, weight room, art room, athletic fields, beach volleyball court, ski camp,health center, and unlimited sandy beaches. (228) 467-9057 camp@ststan.com www.campstanislaus.com

Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Camp Walkabout is the no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors for kids ages 8-16 years old. Overnight Walkabout Camp sessions begin June 10 and run through July 7, 2018! Campers will climb the world renowned Tennessee wall sandstone one day, explore the amazing underground world of a cave the next and paddle board the mighty Tennessee River Gorge another. Camp Walkabout optimizes 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! (423) 267-8506 (ext. 827) or (423) 757-2616 badams@ baylorschool.org www.baylorschool.org/summer

Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 Camp Dates are May 28 – August 8, 2018. Weekly Summer Camp for Boys and Girls from ages 7 – 15 years with a First Camp option for ages 5-7. Located on the shores of Percy Priest Lake, in Antioch, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville. Camp Widjiwagan sits on 320 acres and 4 miles of shoreline at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center. Offering day, overnight and family retreats. Co-ed programs for rising 1st - 9th grades offered. Activities include team building, leadership, swimming/splash park, lake sports, horseback riding, team adventures, sports, zip line, and ski and equestrian schools and more. (615) 360-2267 mcrawforth@ymcamidtn.org www.campwidji.org/

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Marine Science Course for High School Students (current 9th-12 grade) June 10 – July 6. Live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and immerse yourself in the world of marine science. Learn by doing in the field, in the lab, and on the boat. You’ll have the chance to connect with DISL researchers, aquarists, and faculty. This course also offers science credit to students. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) sejohnson@disl.org www.disl.org

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

3483 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Al 36608 Our properties host camping and outdoor activities, which remain a favorite for girls ages 5-17. In the summer, during the months of June and July, we offer the opportunity to attend resident or sail away camp for every girl, whether they are a Girl Scout or not. Throughout the year, troops can conquer our zip lines and water craft activities, camp in lodges and tents, learn outdoor and survival skills, and discover nature at Kamp Kiwanis in Eclectic or Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle. See our website for how to register. (800) 239-6636 customercare@girlscoutssa.org www.girlscoutssa.org

Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 Space Camp is the ultimate unique camp experience where trainees train like astronauts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Aviation Challenge Camp immerses trainees in the fascinating realms of flight while learning about the basics of the military lifestyle. Space Camp Robotics trainees engineer and design robots for land, air and sea. Camp programs are offered from ages 7 – 100. Everyone from students, families, adults and educators can experience these exciting camps. For more information on programs, dates and other information, please visit www.spacecamp.com or call (800) 637-7223. 256-837-3400; 800-637-7223 camps@rocketcenter.com www.spacecamp.com/sc

Twin Lakes Summer Camp

155 Milner Road , Florence, MS 39073 Camp Dates are June 4-9, June 11-16, June 18-23, June 25-June 30, July 2-7 and July 9-14. Twin Lakes Summer Camp is focused on providing an environment that is both safe and fun, while being intentionally grounded in Biblical teaching. For the past 45 years, Twin Lakes has shown the love of Christ to campers from a variety of backgrounds. During their session, each camper participates in each of our exciting activities - Horseback riding, Wild Wilderness Adventure, Games, Challenge Course, Riflery/Archery, Rock Climbing, Waterfront, Leather crafts and Kayaking. Biblical narratives serve as the theme each week, and

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Science/Outdoor Explorer Camps Barrier Island Explorer

Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Barrier Island Explorer Camp is an Overnight Camp offered June 3-6, June 10-13 and July 8-11, 2018. Explore the diversity of this barrier island during this 3-night camp designed for rising 5th-6th graders. Campers will muck around in the salt marsh, discover Mobile Bay aboard the Sea Lab’s research and education vessel, learn how to crab off the dock, and make friends they’ll be sure to want to reunite with next summer. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) sejohnson@disl.org www.disl.org

Humming Star Alpaca Camp

19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill, AL 36576 Camp Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 and June 11 - 15, 2018. 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. Participant will learn dyeing techniques, including shibori. They will learn needle-felting and wet felting and use these techniques to create a number of amazing pieces of art. 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 a flyer and registration information and questions. (251) 214-8224 hsalpaca@centurylink.net https://m.facebook.com/HummingStarAlpacas/

Nature Connect

Various Coastal Baldwin County Locations Nature Connect Camp is open weekdays from 9am -2pm for ages 3-12 years. We are offering week-long sessions in June and July 2018. Join us for an adventurous time filled with nature exploration and play! We will spend our days along local waterways: swimming, exploring the shoreline, catching and learning about marine life, playing lots of games, and making meaningful friendships. (251) 747-7846 www.natureconnectalabama.org info@natureconnectalabama.org

Ocean Camp

The Wharf, 4776 Main Street (L210) Orange Beach, AL 36561 Ocean Camp is a hands-on education program for ocean lovers and future marine scientists ages 5-12 years and Counselors-in-training ages 13-15. Spring Break Camps are offered in March & April, 2018. Summer Day Camps will be held in June & July. Each 4-day session (Tuesday - Friday) offers a different marine science topic about Alabama’s coastal environment. Camps are Tuesday - Friday; half & full days. Field trip is included each session. Help make your child’s beach experience a memory they won’t forget! Like us on Facebook for photos and updates. (251) 802-8605 OceanCamp@gmail.com www.facebook.com/oceancamp

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26032 Capital Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Visit The Baseball Academy this summer for your baseball and softball trainingneeds. We offer 6 batting cages, 2 pitching lanes with mounds, hitting and pitching instructors. Visit our facebook page for information on hours, sessions and more. (251) 621-6900 www.facebook.com/thebaseballacademyllc

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25478-B Friendship Road, Daphne, AL 36526 When the kids get out of school in May, enroll them in United States Taekwondo classes! Visit our website for class schedules and Like us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/USTKD. Other locations: United States Taekwondo: Bay Minette, (251) 232-7598. United States Taekwondo: Semmes, (251) 786-5425, Mobile (251) 479-7409. (251) 621-9933 www.karatetkd.com

Auburn University Sports Camps

Auburn, AL 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. (334) 844-4975 aucampdirector@gmail.com www.auburntigers.com/camps

Bayside Boys & Girls Basketball Camps

Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, 36526 Please call or email Ann Schilling for Summer Camp registration. 2018 Camp Dates will be June 26 -29 and July 23 - 26 from 8am - 11:30am.

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Locations coming soon, AL The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Shining Star Youth Camp is a program to promote positive interaction between the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and children between the ages of 8-13 years. Our mission is to build life skills, instill confidence and develop self-esteem. We offer a wide range of activities, including drug awareness, K-9 demonstrations, crime scene investigations, boater’s safety simulators, fire safety, physical health information, obstacle courses, a family fun day, and many other activities. Our staff is comprised of dedicated volunteers of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and participating agencies. SPACE IS LIMITED! Contact us for registration information, specific dates and program locations.

Bayside Volleyball Camp

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Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, 36526 2018 Summer Basketball Camp will run May 28 - 21

3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Private, Individual and Development golf lessons are offered year round by our PGA Golf Pro as well as summer golf clinics. (251) 978-1625 or (888) 567-1652

Dribble Til You Drop

Daphne United Methodist Church, Daphne, AL 36526 Dribble ‘til You Drop is a basketball program for GIRLS in the 3rd - 7th grades, who are interested in learning or improving their basketball skills needed to play the game. The first hour is instructional and the second hour, the girls will scrimmage. This program benefits beginners as well as experienced players. There are 4 sessions. Session 1: April 2nd - April 16th. Session 2: April 23rd - May 7th. Session 3: May 14th and 21st. Session 4: June 11 - July 2nd. We will meet on Monday nights from 6 - 8pm. You can register by emailing Coach Ali Calloway. Visit Dribble Til You Drop on Facebook! (251) 300-4490 coachalicalloway@gmail.com

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LSU Athletic department will offer baseball, cheerleading/dance, football, basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball camps. (225) 578-8217 bfd1@lsu.edu www.lsusports.net/ camps

Orange Beach Tennis Center

4851 South Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Summer Camps will begin the first week of June and end the last week of July, 2018. Participants may attend a 2-week camp, 1-week camp, or a daily camp. Camp registration will be available in May. Please call the Orange Beach Tennis Center for information. (251) 974-NETS (6387) or (251) 233-9628 rhett7@hotmail.com www.cityoforangebeach.com

Point Clear Tennis Camp

Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers

20730 State Hwy 181 (Suite G), Fairhope, AL 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! (251) 979-3360 or (251) 279-8013 gulfcoast.tkd@gmail.com

17107 Tennis Club Drive, Point Clear, AL 36564 Summer Tennis Camp with Coach Matt begins May 28, 2018 and ends the week of August 6, 2018. No camp the week of July 4th. Camp is Monday - Thursday from 8am - 12pm. The cost is $175 per child ($150 for siblings). For more information go to Signupgenius.com or email Matt Mckelvain. (251) 604-1259 mattmckelvain@gmail.com

Quail Creek Golf Junior Clinics

19841 Quail Creek Drive, Fairhope, AL 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. We 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. (251) 990-0240 www. cofairhope.com

Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers

17799 Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores, AL 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 gulfcoast.tkd@gmail.com

Lake Forest Golf Course

1 Golf Terrace, Daphne, AL 36526 Lake Forest Golf Course has 18 holes of golf, 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. (251) 626-9324 www.lakeforestdaphne.org

LSU - Athletic Youth Camps

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. Eastern Shore Parents I April 2018

Soccer Camps

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University of South Alabama Jaguars Soccer Field, 5950 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608 Kids day camps (ages 5-12 years): June 4-7 & June 11-14, 2018; $100 per camper from 8am-10am. Girls College ID Camp (8th grade-12 grade) is June 15-18, 2018; $375(residential camper) or $325(commuter). Girls Team camps (8th-12th grade) is June 22-25, 2018; $350 per residential camper. Registration is available online.

(251) 414-8253 richardmoodiesocceracademy@gmail.com www.richardmoodiesocceracademy.com/

Rock Creek Golf

140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope?, AL 36532 Junior Golf Clinics will be offered June 4-8, 18-22, July 9-13, and 23-27, 2018. Please call the pro shop to sign up. (251) 928-4223 info@rockcreekgolf.com www.rockcreekgolf.com

Timber Creek Golf Course

9650 Timber Creek Boulevard, Daphne, AL 36526 Junior Golf Clinics are offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Video Lesson Fees: For Juniors ages 13 - 17: $50 for one lesson or $135 for a series of 3; For Juniors ages 12 and under: $40 for one lesson or $105 for a

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series of 3. To schedule a game improvement session or to register for a Junior Clinic, call the golf shop. (251) 621-9900 www.golftimbercreek.com

University of Alabama Sports Camps

Tuscaloosa, AL 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, Track and Field, Softball and Swimming and Diving. www.rolltide.com

University of Mobile RAMS Soccer Camps

5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613 Rams Soccer Camps at The University of Mobile offer individual, team, full day and residential camp options. Camp sessions aim to improve technical, tactical and mental aspects of the game. The rigorous schedule will demand a high level of participation and competition. The residential camp also offers goalkeeper training. Players gain valuable insight from college coaches, staff and other players to help reach the next level. UM Co-Ed Residential Camp ages 8-18: June 3-7, & July 8-12, 2018. $390.00 for Residential (Overnight); $280 for Full Day Camper (8am-8:00pm); $230 for 3/4 Day Camper (8am-4:00pm). Individual camp registration deadline: May 31, 2018. Team Camp registration deadline: May 6, 2018. Boys High School Team Camp June 17-19, 2018. Girls High School Team Camp June 24-26, 2018. Residential cost $225; Commuter (7:30am-8pm) $190. (251) 442-2396 dwhelansoccer@gmail.com www.ramssoccercamps.com

Wheeles Karate Academy

314 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 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. 2018 Camp Dates coming soon! Like us on Facebook! (251) 967-KICK (5425) or (251) 509-3353 wheeleskarateacademy@gmail.com www.gulfcoastkarate.com

Youth Marksmanship Camp - Sporting Clays, Rifles and Archery

4400 William Silvers Pkwy, Orange Beach, AL 36561 This summer we are giving our youth marksmen 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 through Each Event! Snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 30 participants for each event. (251) 980-5946 or (251) 979-0134 clitton@cityoforangebeach.com www.orangebeachal.gov

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1129 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 PADI Seal Team Summer Camps for ages 8 - 12 years. Action packed fun in a pool with scuba aquavisions. Underwater photograohy, navigation, environmental awareness and more. Camp includes gear and a snorkel trip aboard the Down Under Snorkel Boat. Camp is $325 per camper. Classes fill quickly so register today. Dates and times available on our website. (251)968-DIVE(3483) Info@downunderdiveshop.com www.downunderdiveshop.com

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10580 County Road 64, Daphne, AL 36526 We have a summer swim team and a year-round swim team, homeschool 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 richsuhs@aol.com www.swimforswat.com

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Down Under Dive Shop, 1129 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Offering PADI youth summer camps for ages 8-12 years. This program is for young divers seeking aquatic action, fun and even underwater photography skills! The PADI Seal Team program combines teaching the basic scuba diving skills in the safety of a pool with lots of fun educational games. Camp cost is $325 per camper and includes all gear. Camps fill quickly. Call or visit our website or Facebook page for dates and times to be posted soon. (251) 968-3483 padi300749@gmail.com www.downunderdiveshop.com

BMAC Swim School

10155 Canal Circle, Fairhope, AL 36532 Group lessons are offered mornings and afternoons. Private lessons are available. We offer Stroke improvement, Adult private or semi private lessons as well as in-home pool lessons. Please call or email for registration information. Visit our website for online 2018 registration. Class dates will be announced soon. (251) 458-2628 bmacswim@yahoo.com www.bmacswim.com

City of Fairhope Swim Lessons

Volanta Park & Municipal Pool, US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 The City of Fairhope Municipal Pool will offer Summer group children swim lessons beginning Monday, June 11th, 2018. The program is designed for students over 3 years to adults, and includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development. (251) 990-0175 or (334) 559-8364 nate.lami@cofairhope.com www.cofairhope.com

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Gulf Shores Swim Team

310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Visit us on Facebook or call for specific schedules and programs for Summer 2018.

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City of Orange Beach Junior Lifeguard Academy

Orange Beach Aquatic Center, 4853 Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 The Orange Beach Junior Lifeguard Academy will offer 2 Summer Sessions for 2018. Session 1 is June 11-15 and Session 2 is July 9-13. Session will run Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The cost for each session is $100 per camper. Each session is designed to teach water safety and basic pool & beach lifeguard procedures. There is also instruction on proper swimming techniques, water survival, water rescues, and nutrition. Campers must be at least 9 years of age to enroll in the course. (251) 747-1051 or (251) 947-7946 blesinger@obfd. org www.facebook.com/orangebeachsurfrescue

Dolphins Down Under

Sanroc Cay Marina, 27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Visit our website for information on Snorkeling Camps.

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Fairhope Yacht Club Sailing Camp

of June 4, 2018 and run through August 3, 2018. Camp A times: 8am - 12pm; Camp B times: 1pm 5pm; Buddy Camp (ages 5 - 7 years), Four 1-week sessions during the weeks of June 11 - August 3, 2018. Buddy Camp times: 8am - 12pm.

101 Volanta Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Sailing Camp sessions begin the week

Survival Swim Instruction ISR (Infant Swimming Resource)

Eastern Shore Aquatic Center, 10580 County Road 64, Daphne, AL 36526 Teaching aquatic survival swim lessons to infants, toddlers, and small children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Lessons are taught at Eastern Shore Aquatic Center in Daphne and run from January through October. (407) 497-6469 m.johnson@infantswim.com www.infantswim.com

Wind and Water Learning Center Sailing Camp

26267 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Registration opens on March 1, 2018. 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. We will offer weekly sessions beginning June 4th, 2018 and continue through the middle of August. (251) 597-6411 or (251) 981-1063 windandwater@cityoforangebeach.com www.windandwaterlearning.com ESP

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My normal state is upbeat, optimistic and energetic. So if I am feeling out of sorts in any way, I know something is up. I am fortunate to be blessed with good health and a positive disposition. Unfortunately, over the years, I have also developed some minor health challenges that can rob me of my usual energy, motivation, and pleasure when I am not keeping close tabs on my daily attitude. If you are experiencing consistent low energy, it’s time to visit your doctor, who can run a series of tests to determine if you have a medical condition in need of treatment. But if you only feel occasionally out of steam or out of sorts, maybe it’s time to pay better attention to your energy tank. Is your tank typically half-full or even running on empty? No matter what the cause of your energy dips, the best way to banish the doldrums and bounce back with vigor is to pay attention to ways to increase your energy each day. So, the next time you feel wiped out, whether for an hour, a day or even a series of days. See if you can pump your energy back up by trying some of these simple yet helpful mood boosters:

on the counter and drink the pitcher down as the day goes along. You don’t have to sip your water slowly, and it’s easy to chug down and absorb if you keep it at room temperature. The Mayo Clinic recommends women drink nine cups or 2.2 liters per day.

Snooze Better. Keep the bedroom tidy. Block out any evening or morning window light with heavy drapes. Change your sheets weekly. Replace any bumpy or ragged pillows. Let Sunshine In. Open up those shades and blinds and

give the windows a quick wipe down for an immediate moodimprover. Sunshine boosts your happy hormone, serotonin, and increases white blood cell production, which helps boost your immune system.

Keep Blood Sugar Steady. Add more protein into your diet so you will stay energized longer. Try easy-to-incorporate sources like yogurt, cottage cheese, or eggs.

Up The Green Stuff. Try Odwalla Superfood juice. Add spinach or kale to your next smoothie. Put a couple of teaspoons of Vitamineral Green superfood powder into your daily juice. If you are vitamin/mineral-deficient, you will likely notice the difference immediately once you ingest more much-needed meanie-greenies.

Buy Some Boing. Bounce back more quickly from every-

thing with a pair of new sneakers and some cushy athletic socks. Put them to ample use by wearing them indoors and out.

Surround Smile. Hang images of smiling people you love everywhere. Put away any photos that bring you down. What other images or words bring you joy? Get them out and up.

Move That Booty. Try aerobic exercise three times a week for thirty minutes, five times a week for twenty minutes, or just get out for a daily walk. Put on your workout clothes first thing after you get up, to remind yourself to make exercise a daily priority.

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the house. Combine a few flowers with twigs and blooms in season by the front door.

Freshen Up. Add a mint or eucalyptus

Brighten Up. Dispel shadowy corners by changing all the burned out bulbs in the house. Then restock your back-up supply, so you will be ready for next time.

Still Tired? Try an easy-to-absorb iron supplement daily for one week. Take it with a citrusy beverage. Notice an improvement? You just might need more iron on an ongoing or cyclical basis. Ask your doctor about a blood test to find out where you stand.

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body and foot scrub to your shower gel collection. Either one will wake you right up.

Launder the curtains, the blankets, and the pet beds. This keeps the air cleaner and keeps seasonal allergies at bay, as well.

Here are some items to keep in your purse or car that will keep your energy running high all day no matter what you have on your to-do list: • Small packets of trail mix • Non-sugary granola bars • A water bottle that fits in your car’s beverage holder • A couple of individually wrapped Yerba Maté tea bags • Minty gum or breath fresheners • Photos in your wallet of your most beloved people • Lip-gloss in your favorite color • Roll-on perfume to dab on your wrist • Divinely scented hand cream ESP

Chew Longer. Put a bowl of fresh fruit next to the couch near

the TV. Continually rotate a variety of crudités in the fridge. When you need to crunch, choose healthy junk food like popcorn or baked chips.

Spritz Things Up. Place some lemon or orange air fresheners around the house, especially in the kitchen, bathrooms, and pet rooms.

Bring On The Berries. Keep a variety of energizing berries in the house year round, if you can. Add their intense color to at least two meals a day.

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A Page in a Book Books for Busy Bees Bustling our kids away from the company of bees, it’s hard to tell who’s busier - us or the bees. Armed with a sting for self-defense, it’s no wonder that these common visitors can evoke a fight or flight response in humans. But there’s more to the bee than its buzz or sting. Bees and their fuzzy bodies distribute pollen as they work, ensuring that plants propagate and our environment thrives. While caution is healthy around bees, children can also learn important lessons about the value of these busy bugs through education. The following titles feature bees in the lead, fostering a friendly introduction to these hard-working heroes of a healthy planet.

Bee and Me

by Alison Jay (Candlewick Press) When a bee bumbles through the window of her room, a young city girl instinctively flees from the intruder. Returning with a swatter and prepared to take action, the girl’s closer inspection reveals a weak and frightened insect lost in a strange environment. Catching the bee in a glass, she begins reading about bees to determine what he needs to thrive. Bee and Me takes on a dream-like quality as the bee and the girl get acquainted and together pursue a mission to keep him alive. Referencing the need for natural spaces among growing urban centers, this wordless title speaks volumes about the relationship between people, plants and the bees who keep our ecosystem in balance.

Bee-wigged

by Cece Bell (Candlewick) Jerry is a very big bee who loves people. But people don’t love him. The first sight of Jerry sends people running, afraid of a sting or alarmed by his buzz. When Jerry discovers a wig on the ground, the simple act of placing it on his head turns his fortunes around. Handsomely wigged, Jerry quickly attracts and army of friends and fans. Just as he’s finally achieved acceptance among people, an errant gust of wind ruins Jerry’s disguise and sends everyone fleeing once again. But the wig, who’s been learning about Jerry during their time together, comes to the defense of his misunderstood friend, revealing Jerry’s best qualities to the frightened public. Be-wigged is a charming testament to the value of getting to know someone before making hasty judgements.

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by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press / Scholastic) Rushing from one activity to another, Lizzie is focused on doing everything she can to be the best bee of all. From music, art, and dance classes to Bee League and Honey Scouts, the only bee who’s busier is Lizzie’s mom who shuttles her through her hectic days. When the true test of best comes in the form of a spelling bee (naturally), Lizzie doubles down on her mission with a study schedule aimed at victory. But even the busiest bees need rest, and when her activity overload catches up with her, the bill for Lizzie’s buzz must be paid in ‘zzzz’. Hitting every right comic note, Shannon’s frantic illustration is the perfect vehicle for this cautionary tale about finding the balance between getting things done and taking time to stop and smell the roses. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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5 Rivers StoryTime (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. 10-11am. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 SFPL offers Tabletop Game Night every Tuesday! Kids, Teens, Adults, and Familys of all ages are welcome to come to the library and play together. Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! Private rooms are also available for reserving. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game (Free) 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game (Free) 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Crawfish in the Courtyard

($25 in advance and $30 day of event (If available))

6:00 PM Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Heralding the official opening of crawfish season on the Gulf Coast, the Exploreum’s Junior Advisory Board is hosting its 9th annual Crawfish in the Courtyard. The signature Cajun-themed fundraising soiree will be held at the science center Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm. All event proceeds will benefit Discover Science, the Exploreum’s program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children engaging educational science experiences including IMAX films, lab demonstrations and science camps. 251-259-5553 www.exploreum.com 5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night (Free) 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy

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monthly programs. 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club, 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Sierra Club. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center

Wednesday April 4

April Workshop - Graham Creek Nature Preserve 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Theme for our April 4th Observe & Explore Day at Graham Creek Preserve will be ‘April Showers’. We’ll explore weather and the water cycle with fun activities including crafts and science projects. FREE for children and families. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org Lapsit Story-Time 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Lapsit Storytime for ages 0 -2 years every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to holidays and weather. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Story-Time 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Pre-K Story-time for ages 3-5 every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to weather or holidays. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

Thursday April 5

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(65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Brown Bag Concerts - Grayson Capps (Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Grayson Capps)

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Mayday Park, Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Grayson Capps www.daphneal.com Micro Books (Fairhope Public Library) (Free) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Micro Books, 4-6 PM in the Maker Space ages 13 and up 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 2018 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library - Giddens Auditorium, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Lecture series on the history of Fairhope. Mainstreet During Fairhope’s Youth 251-928-8162 www.fairhopesingletax.com/ Music at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. All Music at Meyer Park concerts are free to the public and begin at 6:00pm. www.gulfshoresal.gov/614/Music-at-Meyer-Park

Friday April 6

Free Build (Fairhope Library) (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org

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Brown Bag Concerts - Grayson Capps 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Windmill Market, 85 North Bancroft Street Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Grayson Capps www.daphneal.com Micro Books (Fairhope Public Library) (Free) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Micro Books, 4-6 PM in the Maker Space ages 13 and up 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, FairhopeFairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants in Downtown Fairhope as they open late and highlight the art community. Art Walk happens every first Friday of each month from 6-8 p.m.

Saturday April 7

CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All the Love Tour 7:30 AM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All the Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr coming to the Mobile Saenger Theatre on April 7th. www.mobilesaenger.com Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Blakeley State Park www.bellingrath.org Civil War Trust-Park Day 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 We are asking for volunteers to help preserve this important monument to honor the brave soldiers who fought and sacrificed in the American Civil War. You may register at www.dauphinisland. org are by calling Fort Gaines Historic Site at 251-8616992 ( You must be a least 18 years of age) dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines Diabetes WALK for Camp Seale Harris 9:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park , 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36602 The Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris is a FREE family friendly Walk/ Run raising awareness of diabetes, connecting the diabetes community, and an opportunity to make it possible for kids to attend Camp Seale Harris - Alabama’s only diabetes camp. Join us at the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park for music, free healthy snacks, bounce house for kids, diabetes awareness info, Team Awards and Prizes, and a 5K or 1 Mile Walk/Run to support kids with diabetes! campsealeharris.org/donations/diabetes-walk Tween Card Club (Free) 9:00 AM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Tweens ages 9-12 years play Magic the Gathering and more card games! Held the first Saturday of each month in the Activity Room. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Chess Club 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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FamilyCalendar Dauphin Island Discovery Day 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab invites you to their annual open house, Discovery Day, on Saturday, April 7, 2018. It’s a day of hands-on learning for all ages with DISL’s researchers, educators, and students. Take a tour of our research facilities, learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on, and step aboard our Research Vessel Alabama Discovery. This year, we’re excited to have 92Zew on board and on campus for the day. Learn more about the day at www.disl.org/ estuarium/discoveryday. 251-591-1865 disl.org Downtown Foley Walking Tours (Free) 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street Foley, 36535 Enjoy a free guided tour of downtown Foley each Saturday in April at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the Foley Welcome Center, corner of Highway 59 and US 98, in the heart of the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes and join us for a one hour tour that highlights Foley’s historic buildings. visitfoley.com Magic the Gathering (Fairhope Library) (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Magic the Gathering, 9 AM - Noon in the Youth Services Activity Room (ages 9 and up). 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Stapleton Bluegrass Festival ($10 for adults, $5 for kids age 5-12)

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Stapleton School, 35480 Harriot Avenue Stapleton, 36578 Don’t miss the return of the Stapleton Bluegrass Festival benefiting the academic programs of Stapleton School. Our festival is a six-hour event with several acts featuring Fat Man Squeeze, Phil and Foster, The String Slingers, The Unknown Bluegrass Band, plus special appearances by Madison Grace, the Stapleton 6th Grade Band, and our afterschool music students. 251-937-2038 Walking Tours of Fairhope - Fairhope Avenue 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope History Museum, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Walking Tours of Fairhope. The Welcome Center on Section Street, next door to the Museum, is the starting point for this walk. From there, the group will move through the center of town where participants will hear the history of the buildings and many businesses that once occupied them. The now famous “neo-classic, 1920’s skyline,” is a popular tourist and shoppers’ attraction of Fairhope. 251-929-1471 www.fairhope-museum-of-historyfriends.com Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek is an ALL NEW touring event for the whole family. Our dinosaur exhibit features realistic animatronic dinosaurs set in interesting scenes that transport you back to the Jurassic… including one dinosaur for which kids can actually control the movements themselves! Families enjoy multiple hands-on attractions like the bone scanner, design-a-dino, and the fossil find. Then head to the Time Trek Stage to experience fun interactive shows and family challenges! www.discoverthedinosaurs.com

Sunday April 8

Mobile Opera’s “Grand Soiree” ($125) 5:30 PM Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard Point Clear, 36564 Please join Mobile Opera for a “Grand Soiree”, an evening full of wonderful entertainment, food and wine. 251-432-6772 www.mobileopera.org

Thursday April 12

Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek Details on April 7. www.discoverthedinosaurs.com

Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

Tuesday April 10

Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 SFPL offers Tabletop Game Night every Tuesday! Kids, Teens, Adults, and Familys of all ages are welcome to come to the library and play together. Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! Private rooms are also available for reserving. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game (Free) 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org FES Family Night Auction & Dinner 5:00 PM Fairhope Elementary School, 408 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 It’s FES’s largest fundraiser - and this year the sky’s the limit! Join us for our 21st annual Family Night Auction and Dinner. Enjoy food trucks, inflatable playground for FES students and Hot Air Balloon Rides! Fabulous auction items... vacation getaways, local goods, restaurants, orthodontics and MORE! 251-928-8400 www.bcbe.org/fairhopeelem Teen Minecraft Game (Free) 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night (Free) 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs. 7pm-8pm; Mobile Bay Audubon Society. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center

Wednesday April 11

Lapsit Story-Time 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Lapsit Storytime for ages 0 -2 years every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to holidays and weather. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Story-Time 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Pre-K Story-time for ages 3-5 every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to weather or holidays. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Mayday Park, Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Lisa Mills www.daphneal.com Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Snap Circuits (Fairhope Public Library) (Free) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Snap Circuits, 4-6 PM in the Maker Space ages 9-12 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Fairhope Christian Church Presents Three on a String ($25 per couple; $15 per individual) 7:00 PM Coastal Alabama Community College’s Fairhope Campus, Centennial Hall, Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Christian Church presents Three on a String in concert Thursday, April 12 at Coastal Alabama Community College.

Friday April 13

Free Build (Fairhope Library) (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Snap Circuits (Fairhope Public Library) (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Snap Circuits, 4-6 PM in the Maker Space ages 9-12 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Windmill Market, 85 North Bancroft Street Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Lisa Mills www.daphneal.com Live at Five VIP Concert 5:30 PM Halstead Amphitheater, Coastal Alabama’s Fairhope Campus, Fairhope, 36532 Live at Five VIP concert series presents Roman Street. business.eschamber.com Southsounds Music Festival 6:00 PM Various music venues and public spaces in Downtown Mobile, 36602 SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival is the first festival in the country dedicated to showcasing the best emerging and independent Southern music and art. southsoundsfest.com

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FamilyCalendar South Baldwin Community Theater presents The Snow White Variety Show 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! The audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf. At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie! sbct.biz

Saturday April 14

Annual 5K Race and Fun Run 7:30 AM Loxley Municipal Park, Highway 59 South Loxley, 36551 The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival holds an Annual 5k and 1k Fun Run on the Saturday morning of the festival. These races are a Little Red Hen Production and are certified. Funds raised will benefit the Loxley Elementary School and ARC Baldwin County, Inc. (ARCBC). This event is sponsored by the Loxley Church and the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival. baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org Dixie Division Military Vehicle Show ($4.00) 8:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park , 2703 Battleship Memorial Parkway Mobile, 36602 The Dixie Division will hold their annual vintage military vehicle show and swap meet in the picnic area on our grounds. Stop by and check out all vehicles including jeeps, trucks, motorcycles and more. 251-433-2703 Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 5K Run 5K Walk -1 Mi Fun Run 8:00 AM Acme Oyster House, 216 Easter 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Race to benefit Furrever Homes. www.active.com/gulf-shores-al/running/distance-running-races/zydeco-crawfish-festival-5k-2018 Bunny Hop 5K & Fun Run 8:30 AM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The 5K will begin at 8:30am and the Fun Run will begin immediately afterwards. All proceeds go to the Ann Reese Memorial Scholarship awarded to one graduating high school senior from Gulf Shores High School. www.alwharf.com The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Loxley Municipal Park, Highway 59 South Loxley, 36551 The family can look forward to a weekend full of exciting activities, and it all begins by sinking your teeth into gobs of strawberries. There’s a thrilling carnival, vintage automobiles, tons of games and the sweet taste of classic strawberry shortcake. baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org 2nd Annual Forward City Con (Free) 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Foley Civic Center, 407 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 A free comic/anime/gaming convention sponsored by the Foley Public Library and held at the Foley Civic Center. Many local vendors such as Action Game & Movie, Gamer’s Domain, Wormhole VR, Inverse Press and Brew Productions as well as local artists will be participating. We will have a Cosplay Contest, Photo Opp areas, play Human Bingo and a

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Wheel of Con game as well as a video gaming area and a Tabletop gaming area. Animes will be shown in the Foley Public Library’s upstairs meeting room, 1 pm – 6 pm. Please join us for this day of family fun! visitfoley.com Chess Club 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Downtown Foley Walking Tours (Free) 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street Foley, 36535 Enjoy a free guided tour of downtown Foley each Saturday in April at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the Foley Welcome Center, corner of Highway 59 and US 98, in the heart of the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes and join us for a one hour tour that highlights Foley’s historic buildings. visitfoley.com Walking Tours of Fairhope - Fairhope Beach and Shoreline 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope History Museum, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Walking Tours of Fairhope. Begin at the Rose Garden at the Fairhope pier. This talk-n-walk features the story of the Fairhope beach area, which was once the center of Fairhope’s social activities. You will hear what happened to the previous eight piers and about the casino, bowling alley, several hotels and restaurants, the baseball field, amusement park rides and the walk-in movie theatre 251-929-1471 www.fairhope-museum-of-historyfriends.com Zydeco & Crawfish Festival 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Waterway Village, 225 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 The Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival boils up a beaucoup of fun in Gulf Shores. Locals and visitors are invited to sink their teeth into hot, juicy 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 and children’s activities. 251-968-1172 www.gulfshoresal.gov/crawfishfest C Spire Concert Series presents: Styx & Reo Speedwagon with special guest Don Felder 7:00 PM The Wharf, 23325 Amphitheater Drive Orange Beach, 36561 STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON are coming to The Wharf Amphitheater with special guests DON FELDER on Saturday, April 14th as part of the 2018 CSpire Concert Series! 800-745-3000 www.alwharf.com The Last Dinner 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, 26 North Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Honoring the 106th anniversary of the Titanic, join the History Museum of Mobile as they recreate that elegant evening. Enjoy the famed ship’s sumptuous first class dining with an eight course dinner from the original menu with appropriate wines, atmosphere and music. 251-208-7569 historymuseumofmobile.com South Baldwin Community Theater presents The Snow White Variety Show 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! The audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf. At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance,

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comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie! sbct.biz The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns N Roses 8:00 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction 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 Southsounds Music Festival Various music venues and public spaces in Downtown Mobile, Mobile, 36602 SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival is the first festival in the country dedicated to showcasing the best emerging and independent Southern music and art. southsoundsfest.com

Sunday April 15

Dixie Division Military Vehicle Show ($4.00) 8:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park , 2703 Battleship Memorial Parkway Mobile, 36602 The Dixie Division will hold their annual vintage military vehicle show and swap meet in the picnic area on our grounds. Stop by and check out all vehicles including jeeps, trucks, motorcycles and more. 251-433-2703 DI School Motorcycle Show 9:00 AM Parking lot across from Waves, Dauphin Island, 36528 Rev up those engines and head on down the highway to the 22nd Annual Motorcycle Show ON Sunday, April 15 (rain date April 29) at the parking lot across from Waves. Serving as the single largest annual fundraiser for DI Elementary, this popular show lets you get up close and personal with a variety of vintage and classic motorcycles while enjoying delicious food & beverage items served fresh on site. townofdauphinisland.org The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Loxley Municipal Park, Highway 59 South Loxley, 36551 The family can look forward to a weekend full of exciting activities, and it all begins by sinking your teeth into gobs of strawberries. There’s a thrilling carnival, vintage automobiles, tons of games and the sweet taste of classic strawberry shortcake. baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org Bowling for Autism 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Eastern Shore Lanes, 10460 Eastern Shore Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Come Help us Raise Awareness and Money for a very special Cause! We will be partnering with the American Autism and Rehabilitation Center in Daphne, Al and all the profits made will be directly donated to help enhance their outdoor play area and to sponsor local families for their Summer Camp Program. 251-210-1632 www.americanautismcenter.com 5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet (Free)

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-alabamas-deltaresource-center

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Monday April 16

Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7 for members and $10 for non-members)

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society is open to the public for dancing every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Live music is featured for dancing Cha Cha Cha, Swing (West Coast and East Coast), Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bolero, American Tango, etc. Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society offers an enjoyable evening of dance, live music, fun, friendship, A partner is not required to participate in the dancing experience. Find us on Facebook. 251-377-4069

Tuesday April 17

5 Rivers StoryTime (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. 10-11am. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center

Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 SFPL offers Tabletop Game Night every Tuesday! Kids, Teens, Adults, and Familys of all ages are welcome to come to the library and play together. Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! Private rooms are also available for reserving. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game (Free) 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game (Free) 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Taste and Tunes ($75,

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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 The Roman Street duo joins the Point Clear Rotary Club in its 2018 Taste and Tunes event to benefit the Rotary Youth Club, scholarships and other non-profits. 601-917-5182 www.tasteofrotary.com IMPACT Youth Theatre presents “Down the Rabbit Hole” (Free) Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 IMPACT Youth Theater, a local performance group comprised primarily of homeschooled children in Baldwin County ages 3-18, announces their spring performance, “Down the Rabbit Hole”. The performance will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, April 17, 2018 at 10am and 6:30pm. Admission is free and donations are welcomed. Concessions will be available at the evening show. For more info email impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com.

Wednesday April 18

Lapsit Story-Time 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Lapsit Storytime for ages 0 -2 years every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to holidays and weather. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Story-Time 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Pre-K Story-time for ages 3-5 every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to weather or holidays. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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Thursday April 19

LEGO WeDo Robotics and Coding (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LEGO WeDo Robotics and Coding, 10 AM – Noon in the Youth Services Activity Room ages 6 – 12 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Mayday Park, Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Lisa Mills www.daphneal.com Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Olde Towne Daphne’s Third Thursday (Free) 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Olde Towne Daphne, Daphne, 36526 Olde Towne Daphne’s Third Thursday open house is from 5-7 p.m. Olde Towne shops will stay open late and offer refreshments for patrons as they shop. Little Black Dress 6:30 PM Fort Whiting, 1630 South Broad Street Mobile, 36605 Little Black Dress, presented by T. Batchelor & Son, Gulf States Engineering, and McDonald’s, is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at Mobile area hospitals. Fifty local area “McModels” will be featured in this fast-paced runway show in fashions styled by Dillard’s. 251-694-6873 rmhcmobile.org/news-events/littleblack-dress Nightwish 8:00 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The Decades 2018 tour will showcase popular songs and never before performed cuts from the band’s deep catalog of music. Additionally, every ticket will include a special Decades Tour CD which will be distributed at the concert. www.mobilesaenger.com

Friday April 20

Free Build (Fairhope Library) (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org LEGO WeDo Robotics and Coding (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LEGO WeDo Robotics and Coding, 10 AM – Noon in the Youth Services Activity Room ages 6 – 12 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org

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FamilyCalendar Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Windmill Market, 85 North Bancroft Street Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Jamell Richardson www.daphneal.com Heritage Park Marketplace and Music and Movie in the Park (Free) 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Heritage Park, 101 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 4:30 – 7:30 Art and crafts, plants, produce, baked goods and much more. Live entertainment and a movie under the stars on a large inflatable screen begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. Relax and enjoy! visitfoley.com Live at Five VIP Concert 5:30 PM Halstead Amphitheater, Coastal Alabama’s Fairhope Campus, Fairhope, 36532 Live at Five VIP concert series presents Phil and Foster Movie at the Amphitheater. business.eschamber.com Barefoot Ball 7:00 PM Cathedral Square, Mobile, 36602 Join us downtown Mobile for Urban Emporium’s first annual Barefoot Ball! Dress to be photographed, but come ready to kick off your shoes and dance to the beats of DJ Braxton Clarke! Sip a complimentary signature cocktail (cash bar also available), graze the grilled cheese bar, and enjoy curated activities which include personalized haiku, cornhole, henna tattoos and a photo booth. Score a VIP ticket for bottomless champagne and charcuterie! Best part? This party is for a good cause! Proceeds from the Barefoot Ball go directly to Urban Emporium, Mobile’s only non-profit retail incubator that houses and trains entrepreneurs to become successful retailers. 251-434-8498 www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/3340986 C Spire Concert Series presents: Chris Young 7:30 PM The Wharf, 23325 Amphitheater Drive Orange Beach, 36561 CHRIS YOUNG is coming to The Wharf Amphitheater with special guests KANE BROWN, MORGAN EVANS, & DEE JAY SILVER on Friday, April 20th as part of the 2018 CSpire Concert Series! 800-745-3000 www.alwharf.com South Baldwin Community Theater presents The Snow White Variety Show 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! The audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf. At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie! sbct.biz

Saturday April 21

2018 Autism Resource Fair 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Daphne Fire Department, 25250 Bailey Yelding Jr. Drive Daphne, 36526 The event will be entertaining for all ages with inflatables, local food trucks, music, games, raffles, autism resource booths and more. Local heroes such as police officers, fire fighters and military personnel will also be a part of the

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event. Attendees can participate in the short lap for Autism and the team that wears the best costume will receive a personalized trophy. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available and the team that raises the most donations will also be awarded a trophy for their contributions to the special needs community. All families and children are welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun-filled fair! www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-autism-resource-fairtickets-43737512076?aff=efbeventtix 2018 Earth Day Celebration at Graham Creek Nature Preserve (Free) 9:00 AM Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Festivities will include the annual Earth Day Eco-Expo, as well as special Earth Day Observe & Explore event for children 10 and under, from 10 am to noon. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org St. Francis Arts & Crafts Festival 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 401 Key Street Dauphin Island, 36528 The annual St. Francis Episcopal Arts & Crafts Festival is set for Saturday, April 21 and more than 50 local and regional artists will congregate on the church lawn to display and sell their one-of-a-kind creations. Step inside and you’ll find a plethora of delicious baked goods, Wimberly Hory’d Famous Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Now also available by the pint), frozen casseroles, soups, homemade pickles and many other tasty treats! townofdauphinisland.org Chess Club 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Downtown Foley Walking Tours (Free) 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street Foley, 36535 Enjoy a free guided tour of downtown Foley each Saturday in April at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the Foley Welcome Center, corner of Highway 59 and US 98, in the heart of the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes and join us for a one hour tour that highlights Foley’s historic buildings. visitfoley.com Earth Day Mobile Bay 2018 10:00 AM Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, 36532 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. www.earthdaymobilebay.org Mobile Bay Anime Festival ($15 admission – pre sales, $20 admission – day of show, Kids $5 per day (2-8 yrs. old), Children under 2 FREE)

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 U.S. Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 Mobile Bay Anime Festival is a one day event being held to celebrate anime and manga, as well as general pop culture and animation, while bringing together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family friendly environment. www.eventbrite.com Walking Tours of Fairhope - Section Street 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope History Museum, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Walking Tours of Fairhope. Begin at the Rose Garden at the Fairhope pier. This talk-n-walk features the story of the Fairhope beach area, which was once the center of Fairhope’s social activities. You will hear what happened to the previous eight piers and about the casino, bowling alley, several hotels and restaurants, the baseball field, amusement park rides and the walk-in movie theatre 251-929-1471 www.fairhope-museum-of-historyfriends.com

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Bald Eagle Bash (Advance tickets are $45, Day-of Gate Tickets are $50. Children 10 and under are free.)

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Weeks Bay Reserve Tonsmeire Resource Center, 11525 US-98 Fairhope, 36532 The Ninth Annual Bald Eagle Bash--the Alabama Gulf Coast’s Party for Preservation--takes place at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. This signature event for the Weeks Bay Foundation has earned a reputation for delivering great food, great music, and a great time, all on the edges of beautiful Weeks Bay. 251-990-5004 baldeaglebash.com Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Steak for Scholarships ($20) 4:00 PM Greeno Lodge # 598 F&AM, Fairhope, 36532 Enjoy some of the best Angus Rib-eye steaks on the Eastern Shore while helping local scholars obtain their higher education goals. Take-out is from 4 - 5 PM, Dine-In starts at 5:30 until 7:30 PM. Spanish Fort Celebrates Spring (Free) 5:00 PM Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Celebrates Spring presented by The City of Spanish Fort: 5 p.m. - Art Guild Show and 6 p.m. - Mobile Pops Concert. business.eschamber.com Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “House Rule” 7:30 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The composition of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony took place during the height of Soviet Union oppression in his homeland of Russia. Though he was a composer and not soldier, Shostakovich’s career was exploited to produce propaganda. He had a successful opera condemned as unpatriotic and was forced to withdraw the premier of his 4th symphony for fear of punishment. Though the 5th Symphony is subtitled “A Soviet Artist’s Response to Just Criticism.”, the piece is undeniably laced with themes of both defiance and deep mourning. The history of this piece makes it one of the most moving works of art. mobilesymphony.org South Baldwin Community Theater presents The Snow White Variety Show 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 All the fun of just about every TV-show genre you can imagine is jampacked into this wild and fast-paced comedy! The audience becomes the live studio audience on a talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf. At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie! sbct.biz Kids Win Fishing Tournament ($25) The Wharf Marina, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bait those hooks, reel em’ in, bring your fish to the scales and have tons of fun! Children from 3 to 12

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Tuesday April 24

Eastern Shore Business Expo 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Come join us for the Eastern Shore Business Expo. 251-583-2605 www.easternshorebusiness.com Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! Private rooms are also available for reserving. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game (Free) 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teens Minecraft Game (Free) 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Minecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Battle of the Brains 6:00 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 Is your company wanting to flex it’s mental muscles and give to the community at the same time? Are you part of a non-profit that would like a

chance at $10,000? Find a corporate or private sponsor and assemble a team for our Bay Area Battle of the Brains Charity Trivia Event. fairhoperotary.org

Wednesday April 25

Lapsit Story-Time 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Lapsit Storytime for ages 0 -2 years every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to holidays and weather. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Story-Time 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Public Library(SFPL) hosts Pre-K Story-time for ages 3-5 every Wednesday morning. Please check our Facebook page or website for calendar and schedule updates and changes due to weather or holidays. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

Thursday April 26

Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Mayday Park, Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Bohni Trio www.daphneal.com Fill The Plate 11:30 Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Step up to the plate! Come join us for lunch and a humorous slant on a serious subject. Our guest speaker is Leslie Anne Tarabella. Her observations of our beautiful yet simple way of life will have you laughing and crying as you consider the charm of Southern culture. Prodisee Pantry’s Fill The Plate is designed to do just that... fill the plate of our neighbors in need! It’s about hunger! 251-626-1720 //prodiseepantry.org/donate 3D Printing (Fairhope Library) (Free) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 3D printing in the computer lab for ages 13-adult. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Exceptional Arts 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Life Center at St. Paul’s Episcopla Church , 28788 North Main Street Daphne, 36526 Join us for an evening filled with live music, tasting tables and live auction with proceeds benefitting the Exceptional Foundations Gulf

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Coast. Doors open at 5:00 PM and live auction begins at 6:15. 251-625-8955 www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org 1st Annual Hearts and Minds Live Dinner Auction ($25) 6:00 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 Come join us for a live dinner auction as well as silent auction for some amazing items, a wonderful catered meal and lots of fun! 251-947-5043 www.americanautismcenter.com Watt Key - Page and Palette (Free) 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Page and Palette, 32 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 From Watt Key, the author of the acclaimed Alabama Moon, comes a thrilling middle grade survival story about a scuba dive gone wrong and two enemies who must unite to survive. www.pageandpalette.com

Friday April 27

Bama Coast Cruise (Free) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Come on down for one of the Gulf Coast’s largest car show and swap meet combos at The Wharf! There will be tons of vendors, daily event gatherings and loads of giveaways for registered participants. It’s a weekend of wholesome, family-friendly fun in the sun! bamacoastcruise.com Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Windmill Market, 85 North Bancroft Street Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Bohni Trio www.daphneal.com Heritage Park Marketplace and Music and Movie in the Park (Free) 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Heritage Park, 101 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 4:30 – 7:30 Art and crafts, plants, produce, baked goods and much more. Live entertainment and a movie under the stars on a large inflatable screen begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. Relax and enjoy! visitfoley.com Live at Five VIP Concert 5:30 PM Halstead Amphitheater, Coastal Alabama’s Fairhope Campus, Fairhope, 36532 Live at Five VIP concert series presents The Red Clay Strays. business.eschamber.com Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center presents “Under The Stars” with 4 Barrel Funk ($60 per

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6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center presents “Under The Stars” with 4 Barrel Funk. Come enjoy Dinner, Live Music Silent and Live Auctions. www.baldwincountycac.org Coppelia 7:00 PM Fairhope Civic Center, Fairhope, 36532 Bay Shore Ballet, of Fairhope, AL, announces its Spring 2018 performance, Coppelia. Ticket prices range from $8- $12 for children/students, seniors and adults. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting bayshoreballet.com (up to one hour prior to each performance), at Page & Palette Bookstore (Fairhope) and at the door. The Coppelia ballet performance is directed by Janet Carole, and will feature principal dancers Abigail Kier-

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Saturday April 28

2018 Infirmary Duathlon 8:00 AM Mobile Infirmary, 5 Mobile Infirmary Circle Mobile, 36607 This running and cycling combination race consists of a two-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and a two-mile run through the streets of midtown Mobile. The event will also include a post-party featuring a variety of local food truck vendors for athletes and spectators to enjoy. 251-435-2010 infirmaryduathlon.com Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run 8:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites runners, walkers and their furry friends to a fun event for a good cause: The Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. All runners and walkers who sign up for the Wiggle Waggle race events, a 5K and a 1-mile walk/run, will receive a discounted admission of $5 to the Gardens for the day, along with discounts for their family members and friends. www.bellingrath.org 10th Annual Delta Woods and Water Expo (Free) 9:00 AM 4:00 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center and the City of Spanish Fort have once again teamed up for the tenth year to bring all the delta has to offer to you! This free, public event will showcase not only the educational aspect of the delta, but the recreational as well. 251-625-0814 www.deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com 2nd Annual Race the Town Scavenger Hunt ($25) 9:00 AM Fairhope Pier, Fairhope, 36532 Starting and ending at the Fairhope Pier, you will work individually or in groups to find QR codes strategically scattered around downtown Fairhope. You will receive a “Clue Book” the day before so you and your group can start strategizing. When you find a QR Code, scan it to get your assigned challenge (ex, 10 pushups, 5 squats,10 jumping jacks) that you and your group needs to complete before moving to your next QR code. When you are done finding the codes, head back down to the Pier for food, vendors, and fun! **Kids 12 and under may participate in a group but must have an adult participant (age 21+) in that group. www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-race-the-townscavenger-hunt-tickets-41918106184 Bama Coast Cruise (Free) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Come on down for one of the Gulf Coast’s largest car show and swap meet combos at The Wharf! There will be tons of vendors, daily event gatherings and loads of giveaways for registered participants. It’s a weekend of wholesome, familyfriendly fun in the sun! bamacoastcruise.com Chess Club 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess Club: Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. (251) 410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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Downtown Foley Walking Tours (Free) 10:00 AM Foley Welcome Center, 104 McKenzie Street Foley, 36535 Enjoy a free guided tour of downtown Foley each Saturday in April at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the Foley Welcome Center, corner of Highway 59 and US 98, in the heart of the city. Wear comfortable walking shoes and join us for a one hour tour that highlights Foley’s historic buildings. visitfoley.com Walking Tours of Fairhope - Cemetery Tour (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Colony Cemetery, Fairhope, 36532 Meet at the Colony Cemetery for the Colony Cemetery tour. 251-929-1471 www.fairhope-museum-of-historyfriends.com Coppelia 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM Fairhope Civic Center Bay Shore Ballet, of Fairhope, AL, announces its Spring 2018 performance, Coppelia. Ticket prices range from $8- $12 for children/students, seniors and adults. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting bayshoreballet.com (up to one hour prior to each performance), at Page & Palette Bookstore (Fairhope) and at the door. The Coppelia ballet performance is directed by Janet Carole, and will feature principal dancers Abigail Kiernan, Mary Ellis Ollinger and Zackariah Woods, as well as students of Bay Shore Ballet, and the Bay Shore Ballet Company of Fairhope, AL. 251-583-3875 www.bayshoreballet.com 60th Annual Dauphin Island Race Dauphin Island, 36528fairhopeyachtclub.com/ event/60th-annual-dauphin-island-race

Sunday April 29

Free Military Child Day at USS Alabama (Free) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park , 2703 Battleship Memorial Parkway Mobile, 36602 Free Military Child Event at the USS Alabama. Come enjoy food, games and more. Hope Grows Here 12:30 PM 4:00 PM, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic, 1047 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Hope Grows Here is a farmer’s market brunch locally sourced from Baldwin County growers and producers. Scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018, all proceeds from Hope Grows Here will provide critical funding to support clinical, pharmacy, radiation and education services for the MCI Kilborn Clinic. www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-grows-here-tickets-43177466966 4th Annual Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival ($25 until April 22nd and $35 after that date)

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Dog Pond, 2415 Venetia Road Mobile, 36605 April 29th marks the 4th annual Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival at the Dog Pond. This year’s event features Jimmy Hall & Friends with opener, Crowned Jewelz. Food from Smokin’ Gringos & Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream. Gates open at 2:00 pm with music at 3:00. Family Friendly. www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-mud-bottom-revivalmusic-festival-tickets-41391835093?aff=eac2

Tuesday May 1

Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org

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Bubble Guppies Live 6:00 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 What time is it? It’s time for Bubble Guppies! Jump into a bubbly world of learning and laughter with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock”. 251-208-7261 www.mobilecivicctr.com

Wednesday May 2

Caterpillars Observe and Explore Day (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Our popular ‘Caterpillars’ theme returns as the focus for our Observe & Explore Event on May 2nd. These fun nature learning workshops are designed for children 10 and under, including educational craft projects, story time and more. FREE for all children and families. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org

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34th Annual Mayor’s’ Prayer Breakfast ($40 per ticket $350 per table of 10)

7:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 The 34th Annual Mayor’s’ Prayer Breakfast will feature Sherman Williams, former University of Alabama and Dallas Cowboys football player. 251-928-6387 business.eschamber.com Gov’t Mule 7:30 Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Gov’t Mule is back in Mobile at the Saenger Theatre with special guest Black Stone Cherry! www.mobilesaenger.com Tour of Fort Morgan (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Mayday Park, Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Excelsior Band www.daphneal.com 2018 Lecture Series on Fairhope History (Free) 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library - Giddens Auditorium, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Lecture series on the history of Fairhope. The Founding of Fairhope and the Single Tax Influence. 251-928-8162 www.fairhopesingletax.com/ Balloon Glow at Tanger Outlets (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tanger Outlets, 2601 S McKenzie Street Foley, 36535 The festival begins with the Tanger Outlet Balloon Glow, weather permitting. Six balloons will set up in the parking lots and inflate balloons to provide a beautiful glow! gulfcoastballoonfestival.com Newsies: ESRT’s 5th Annual Theatre on the Bluff 7:30 PM The Bluff at Henry George Park, Fairhope, 36532 Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) will bring Disney’s Newsies to Henry George Park in Fairhope for the fifth annual Theatre on the Bluff on May 3-5, 2018. Newsies will be co-directed by Erin Langley and David Redman Scott with choreography by Matthew Kiel. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and gates will open at 6:30 each evening. Patrons should bring their own blanket or lawn chair, and picnics are encouraged. www.eventbrite.com/e/newsies-esrts-5th-annual-theatre-on-the-bluff-tickets-43305921176?aff=efbevent

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Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Windmill Market, 85 North Bancroft Street Daphne, 36526 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Excelsior Band www.daphneal.com

Dumas Wesley Community Center’s Third Annual Plane Pull 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, 1891 9th Street Mobile, 36615 Can you handle the ultimate man versus machine challenge? Dumas Wesley is challenging the community to participate in this extreme and unique event that pits teams against an Airbus aircraft weighing 130,000 pounds. Teams compete to see who can pull the plane over 12 feet in the fastest amount of time. The event is open to the public and will also include entertainment, food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, and an awards ceremony. Spectators are strongly encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite team! This fundraiser raises both money and awareness for the Dumas Wesley Community Center. Spectators get in free! www.dumaswesley.org/2018-planepull/

3rd Annual Autism Matters Conference 8:00 AM Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast , 2440 Gordon Smith Drive Mobile, 36617 The 3rd Annual Autism Matters Conference in Mobile, Alabama is scheduled for Friday, May 4th, 2018. This conference is co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Alabama and the University of South Alabama Regional Autism Network. 251-259-5553 www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annualautism-matters-conference-mobile-alabama-tickets41873438582?aff=es2

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (Festival admission is Free)

2:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Foley Soccer Complex, 18507 US HWY 98 Foley, 36535 The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is approaching its 14th year of flying! We are excited you are interested in coming to this year’s event that will feature more than 30 balloons from across the country! Come enjoy performances by the World-Famous Disc Connected Canines, musical entertainment, children’s activities and more amid retail, arts & crafts and food booths. Musical headliners follow balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) Friday and Saturday nights. gulfcoastballoonfestival.com First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, 36521 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. Newsies: ESRT’s 5th Annual Theatre on the Bluff Details May 3. www.eventbrite.com/e/newsies-esrts-5th-annual-theatre-on-the-bluff-tickets-43305921176?aff=efbevent

Saturday May 5

Balloon Fest 10k/5k 7:30 AM Foley Soccer Complex, 18507 US HWY 98 Foley, 36535 Join us for the Balloon Fest 10k/5k and get an opportunity to be up close and personal with hot air balloons (weather permitting). The race will begin and finish at the Balloon Festival Grounds. Awards will be given following the race and Balloon Festival vendors will be open for your shopping enjoyment. gulfcoastballoonfestival.com Haven’s ReSale Shop 8:00 AM The Haven ReSale Shop, Fairhope, 36532 The Haven’s ReSale Shop will be holding their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 5, 2018. We will have several awesome items for sale such as furniture, jewelry, household merchandise, collectibles, seasonal items and much more. Mark Your Calendars for this mustattend event. 251-929-1911 Lions Club Tunnel Vision 5K 8:00 AM Intersection of Washington and Government Streets, Mobile, 36602 Point to point 5K course. Participants will start at the Mobile Public Library on Government Street and finish at Cafe Del Rio on the Causeway. Proceeds from the Tunnel Vision 5K will ben-

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (Free) 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Details May 4. gulfcoastballoonfestival.com Baldwin Bengal’s “Boil on the Bay V” 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, American Legion Post 199, 700 South Mobile Street Fairhope, 36532 Come pass a good time at The Boil On The Bay 2018. Enjoy tails, tunes and tailgating! Feel free to put up your tailgating tent and fly your own school colors. All are welcome. Enjoy hot crawfish and live music from Rondale And The Kit Kats. 251-463-1398 www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/2915174 Newsies: ESRT’s 5th Annual Theatre on the Bluff Details May 3. www.eventbrite.com/e/newsies-esrts-5th-annual-theatre-on-the-bluff-tickets-43305921176?aff=efbevent Grand Pediatric Pentathlon Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard Point Clear, 36564 Get involved in a fun, family event happening at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort. On Saturday, May 5, the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics will host its fifth annual Grand Pediatric Pentathlon to benefit Reach Out and Read-Alabama. www.roralabama.org/grand-pediatric-pentathlon

Sunday May 6

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Final Competition (Festival admission is Free)

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM, Foley Soccer Complex, 18507 US HWY 98 Foley, 36535 Come and watch as our pilots enjoy their final competition flight! Please note there are NO activities, vendors or food sales today. Balloon flights are weather dependent. gulfcoastballoonfestival.com Mother Daughter Tea benefitting the Salvation Army’s Family Haven ($50 a pair and $15 for each additional child 12 and under. $35 per adult. )

2:00 PM The Battle House Hotel, 26 North Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for a wonderful afternoon for the Mother Daughter Tea benefitting the Salvation Army’s Family Haven- the Gulf Coast’s only family shelter that accepts men, women and children as a unit. Enjoy arts and crafts as well as tea time refreshments. AND, some very special princess guests will join us on stage! So put on your Sunday dress and join us for tutu making, flower wreath making and more! 251-459-6144

Monday May 7

Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7 for members and $10 for non-members)

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society is open to the public for dancing every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

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Live music is featured for dancing Cha Cha Cha, Swing (West Coast and East Coast), Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bolero, American Tango, etc. Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society offers an enjoyable evening of dance, live music, fun, friendship, A partner is not required to participate in the dancing experience. 251-377-4069

Friday May 11

Havana Nights Themed Event Planned to Benefit Ransom Ministries ($30) 6:30 PM Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 Havana Nights is a fun filled evening featuring the sights, sounds and taste of Mobile’s sister city, Havana Cuba! Come out Friday, May 11th at 6:30 pm to the Alabama Contemporary Art Center and enjoy Cuban food, specialty cocktails and beverages, a cigar bar and festive entertainment. Enjoy the final days of the exhibit “Back to Havana” and learn about the Cuban culture through the art of fifteen of Cuba’s foremost contemporary artists. havananightsransomministries.eventbrite.com/

Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 3 Circle Church, 10274 Highway 104, Fairhope. 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 1-800-4891886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. Bridge Support Group A place where parents with similar experiences come together to share stories, advice and love. These families have had babies who: were stillborn, born with a lethal anomaly (such as Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, skeletal dysplasia, anencephaly) or had a baby that only lived in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our families are from all over the Gulf Coast and all have beautiful stories to tell. Meets 1st Tuesday of every month, 5:30pmuntil. Dinner is served. 1st floor conference room of Strada Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Contact: Rene Sprague RN, MSN rgilstrapsprague@health. southalabama.edu, 251-610-5264. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) 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 for info at 251928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Family Center’s Positive Parenting Classes are held on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am and Responsible Parenting with focus on fathers, co-parenting and economic stability/child support are Wednesday mornings 9 am-11 am and Monday evenings 6 pm-8pm. Call 251-947-4700 to register for either class. at The Family Center is located at 22671 Hwy. 59 South, Robertsdale. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Meets During School Year Only) 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

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FamilyCalendar 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 251-6261610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne. 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. SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. 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. For information, please email jlbarber5@bellsouth.net or call 251-455-6453. 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 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

When you need it most, our solution-focused counseling can offer hope. Sometimes children facing emotional challenges may experience erratic behaviors such as aggression or difficulty concentrating, mood swings, even changes in appearance. If your family is struggling with issues like these, call BayView today. Our confidential, supportive professionals can help you restore your family’s quality of life.

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Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Infant CPR and Safety Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration required. To register call 279-1373. 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) Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) 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 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. Sibling Class Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). Preregistration required. Call 279-1373. 10-11 a.m. 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 800-477-1104. 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. 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. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of these calendar events. However, you should call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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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 9493676 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 info contact 949-3781.

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A Wrinkle in Time

I Can Only Imagine

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: BViolence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated A Wrinkle in Time PG for thematic elements and some peril. I went into the screening of A Wrinkle in Time with great expectations. The movie is based on a best-selling novel by Madeleine L’Engle that was one of my favorites as a youth, and one that I read to my own children. The set-up is similar in both book and film, however, the lessons that are learned on the journey vary. L’Engle wrote an allegory that tries to balance science and religion, focuses on the bonds of family, and enshrines the strength of love. DuVernay and the screenwriters (Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell) use her framework to promote girl power and reprimand fathers. And it won’t just be fans of the novel that find the film lacking. The pacing is flawed, spending too much time frolicking in fantasy worlds, and not enough time building tensions and resolving conflicts. This makes it hard for the audience to engage in the emotions that should accompany scenes of peril, moments of triumph, depths of disappointment and realisation of joy. Thankfully, content issues focus mostly on some non-graphic violent depictions that are best suited for older children and teens. Still, the greatest reason for regret in this expensive Disney production is the way an exceptional story, and a capable cast and crew, didn’t manage to iron out the wrinkles in their execution. Instead, all they have turned out is a mediocre adventure yarn.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: BSexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated I Can Only Imagine PG for thematic elements including some violence. I Can Only Imagine became a hit for the Christian band MercyMe in 2003. While much of the public is familiar with Bart Millard’s song, not as many are aware of the inspiration behind it. This movie, which bares the same title, attempts to change that. Telling the story in flashbacks, we meet young Bart (Brody Rose) and learn of his life in a dysfunctional family where he is abandoned by his mother (Tanya Clarke), and regularly beaten by his father (Dennis Quaid). When hostilities continue to escalate at home, the teen finds chasing a music career provides a convenient escape route from the abuse. When a respected mentor (Trace Adkins) suggests he face his past demons, Bart reluctantly returns to his father’s house. But the man who greets him there is not the same as the one he feared and fled. Instead his Dad is a broken creature, desperate to make amends for past mistakes. Despite the seriousness of the situations, the moviemakers use restraint with their portrayals. Parents should be aware that some of the domestic violence is depicted. These scenes, plus some medical emergencies and verbal bullying, may be too frightening for little viewers. Despite being a small budget production, the film beautifully shares the rich rewards of family love and forgiveness.

Sherlock Gnomes

Midnight Sun

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Sherlock Gnomes PG for rude and suggestive humor. The talking garden gnomes return with a good dose of “cheeky” humor -- literally, in the case of one gnome (voice of Julio Bonet) who parades around in a “mankini”, exposing his sunburnt posterior. After Gnomeo & Juliet, this second attempt at turning lawn ornaments into captivating entertainment offers a new tale that drops the romantic couple (voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt) into the center of an ongoing mystery being solved by... you guessed it... Sherlock Gnomes (voice of Johnny Depp). The famous literary detective will also face his usual nemesis Moriarty (voice of Jamie Demetriou). The gnomes’ human family has relocated to London and within hours of being unpacked and strategically placed about the shabby garden, virtually every one of them disappears. The only exceptions are Gnomeo and Juliet who, fortunately, were out having a spat down the street. Having recently been made leaders of the gnome colony, the ceramic couple feel an intense need to assist with the investigation. We’ve got a decent story, good music and some of the best voice talent available, yet like so many other animations vying for family box office dollars, the screen is full of characters telling us how they feel about each other rather than demonstrating it. Evoking little audience engagement, the next big mystery Sherlock Gnomes needs to solve is how to give these stone characters a little more heart.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: ASexual Content: CProfanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated Midnight Sun PG-13 for some teen partying and sensuality. Highly contrived and engineered to pull tears from teens, Midnight Sun adequately accomplishes this goal with no violence and few profanities – but there is a great deal of kissing, cuddling and near-skinny-dipping under the moonlight. Working with a well-used template, Katie (Bella Thorne) is a high school senior imprisoned in her home by xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare disease that makes any exposure to sun lethal. When she finally meets Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), the young man she’s been swooning over for the many years as he’s passed by her bedroom window, a romance ignites and pulls Katie out of her darkened shelter. Their relationship is depicted in a montage of moments with Katie jumping into Charlie’s truck and passionately kissing him. But for all the canoodling and a late night swim in their underwear, what’s missing is an important item of truth: Charlie still isn’t aware of Katie’s serious illness. Midnight Sun walks a path so predictable that it’s almost more surprising that there isn’t a twist to this sad tale of romance. For adults, this may make for a tedious plod to a tepid conclusion. For teens, especially those young enough not to have been exposed to the many Boy In The Plastic Bubble variants (like Bubble Boy) prior to this one, Katie’s journey may be a novel watch.

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

“Happy to be part of this survey.”

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Actual comments from survey responses.

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


Eastern Shore Parents Magazine April 2018  

We did the research for you to create our annual Summer Camps Guide that's in this issue!

Eastern Shore Parents Magazine April 2018  

We did the research for you to create our annual Summer Camps Guide that's in this issue!