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Volume 10 Number 3

Columns

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6 Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

8 Living With Children John Rosemond

The Picky Eater

Learn tricks for encouraging your child to enjoy new foods.

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Back to School Tips

Find 15 genius tips to prepare your family for back to school.

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44 Parenting Today’s Teens

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46 Dave Says Dave Ramsey

50 Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

When Kids Reject Sports

Ideas for keeping kids active when they avoid team sports.

After School Activities Our detailed listing offers a variety of after school enrichment plus registration dates.

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78 A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

On The Cover

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White (8), daughters of John and Katie Erdlitz and Derek and Mallory White. Sister is Caroline Erdlitz (2) and grandparents are Randy and Dena Skinner and Doug and Lisa Bishop. Both Mary Catherine and Sarah love gymnastics and cheerleading and they attend J. Larry Newton School.

Bits and Pieces 18

School Bits 80

Family Calendar 92

Movie Reviews

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Publisher’sNote “Mom, do the stores HAVE to put up Back to School before school starts?” my daughter asked as we walked into the store. I knew exactly how she felt. I didn’t love being overtaken by #2 pencils while shopping for sunscreen either, but I do know that we eventually have to face the reality that it’s that time. Instead of burying my head in the sugar white sand, I try to focus on the exciting aspects of starting a new school year. One thing that always helps boost a “Back to School” mood in my house is shopping for school supplies. There is just something about filling our cart with post-its and glue sticks that instantly puts a smile on my girls’ faces. We usually make a day of it, starting out with supplies, then heading out for shoes and anything else they need. The outing also gives the girls and me a chance to discuss things we are looking forward to in the new school year. Reconnecting with friends is top of the list, along with making new friends, meeting their teachers and, of course, involvement in extracurricular activities. Choosing and registering for extracurricular activities is a big part of the “Back to School” season, and Eastern Shore Parents wants to help you in that process. Every August we publish an extensive list of after school activities available in the area. With three children and ever changing interests I am grateful for the variety of opportunities offered. Whether your children love team sports, performing arts, scouting, fine arts or individual sports you are sure to find just what you are looking for in this year’s After School Activities Guide on page 60. Now that we have built up a little bit of excitement about going back to school, it’s time to do what we can to take some of the stress out of the school routine. One of my biggest stressors is dinner. Of course we eat dinner during the summer months, but it is a much more relaxed event. During the school year, I feel dinner needs to be served at a specific time in order to make the rest of the evening flow smoothly. If dinner is not served at the right time then baths aren’t taken at the right time, and it’s all down hill from there. Fortunately Christa Melnyk Hines has some great tips I am going to use in her article, 15 Genius Tips for Back to School, on page 52. She not only provides solutions to tackle the dinner planning issue, but also touches on other stressors parents may face this time of year. I, for one, am making a pledge to try and do a better job of planning and prepping my meals in advance to reduce dinnertime stress and enjoy quality time with my family. As if planning evening meals is not stressful enough, many families also experience picky eaters. When my children were young I fed them everything we ate, including turnip greens, sweet potatoes, peas, foods mixed together with “green things” in it...you name it! Then somewhere down the line they decided they no longer loved some of their childhood favorites. If you have a picky eater in your home, you may find some helpful pointers in Diversifying the Plate of a Picky Eater, on page 48. Whether you are spending these last few of weeks of summer relaxing on the beach, registering for activities, or making menu plans, we hope this issue of Eastern Shore Parents helps you not only get ready, but also get excited for a wonderful school year for your entire family!

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

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President Jason Watson jason@easternshoreparents.com Advertising Opportunities Lynn Knighton Leslie Hall Traci Calvert Danielle Nicholas ads@easternshoreparents.com (251) 929-2099 Ad Design Tim Welch

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

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Don’t Rush for Evaluation in Happy Child Q: Our 4-year-old prefers solitary play over play with other children. It’s been this way from early on when I began arranging play dates for him. When those really didn’t work, I enrolled him in pre-school but that didn’t help either. If firmly instructed to do so, he will join in and “play” with other children. I put the word in quotes because he doesn’t seem to really connect. He’s very imaginative and will spend hours in his room playing quietly on his own or even boisterously with various imaginary friends. At both home and school, he’s polite, obedient and sometimes can be very talkative with his older siblings or us. Everyone agrees that he seems happy and content. He’s in preK now and his teacher tells us he’s at least a year ahead of most of the kids in his class. Nonetheless, his school counselor called us in the other day and suggested he might have a mild form of autism—specifically, Asperger’s Disorder. Do you think we should have him evaluated?

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in question interpreted the diagnostic criteria. In my estimation, those criteria (symptoms) should always be considered in light of the “big picture” which in this case includes the fact that your son is a happy, content, intelligent, well-behaved and imaginative little fellow who interacts

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well with family members—the people with whom he is most familiar. That description is more significant than his social immaturity. We seem, collectively, to have forgotten that children are capable of being odd little creatures—some more than others. Most children eventually outgrow their oddness or learn the advisability of controlling it. For that reason, I’d hold off, for the time being, on an evaluation. At age four, the fact that a child is lagging in one developmental area is, in and of itself, no cause for alarm. One thing is certain: If people treat a child as if he has something wrong with him, the child is likely to become convinced there is something wrong with him and begin acting accordingly. Your son is a smart, imaginative, happy little camper who at this early point in his life doesn’t socialize well with other children. Given the positives, I am inclined to think that the best therapy is patient guidance from the people who love him the most. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Shrek the Musical”

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 is a Tony Awardwinning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs, along with all the beloved characters you know from the film. Show times are August 4, 5, 11 & 12 @ 7:30 p.m. and August 6 & 13 (Sunday) @ 2:00 p.m. South Baldwin Community Theatre is located at 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores. Tickets may be purchased online by going to the website, www.sbct.biz or at the box office Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information visit the website or call (251) 968-6721.

Infirmary Health Offers Free Mother-To-Be Event

To help prepare expecting parents, Infirmary Health and Fox10 News are teaming to host a free motherto-be community event. Expectant mothers, new mothers, their friends and family members are invited to Great Expectations, Sunday, August 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Thomas Hospital, Mobile Infirmary and North Baldwin Infirmary. The premier event with "all things baby" offers attendees the opportunity to visit with OBGYNs, pediatricians, local retail vendors and tour our birth centers. For more information regarding the event or if you are interested in becoming a vendor, contact the Infirmary Health Marketing and Community Relations Department at 251-435-3939.

Youth Auditions for “Peter Pan Jr.”

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) announces auditions for “Peter Pan Jr.”, to be performed at the Fairhope Civic Center November 3-5, 2017. Auditions for 3rd graders through high school seniors will be held Monday, August 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, August 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre Studio located in the Dance Arts South building at 251 Greeno Road South in Fairhope. No experience or preparation is necessary. Audition on either Monday or Tuesday, but not both. ESRT is offering a “Peter Pan, Jr.” dance workshop for those wishing to learn some of the audition choreography in advance. The dance workshop is not required to audition, and no reservations are necessary. The workshop will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the ESRT Studio. Cost is $20 per student. Bring cash or a check made out to Matthew Kiel. For more information please email questions to easternshorerep@gmail.com.

Girls of Fall - A Night of Football, Fashion, & Fun!

Girls of Fall - now in its fifth year - is a unique event focusing on female football fans, featuring football, fashion and fun! This year's event will be interactive and will feature new sessions and more vendors. Our female fans will learn more about the game, plus have an opportunity to eat and drink - and shop! Join us August 17, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at door (includes free t-shirt, gift bag). This event will include food, beverages, entertainment, breakout sessions that include Playbook 101, Rules of the Game, Tailgating 201, Football Fashion Show and Shopping. Please visit www.seniorbowl.com for more information.

Jubilee Race for Life to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Bayside Medical Missions, a local non-profit organization, that provides wheelchairs and corrective orthopedic surgeries in under-developed countries, invites you to participate as they celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Jubilee Race for Life 5K& One-Mile Fun Run, in Daphne, on Saturday, September 16. The Race Director, Flor Fellers, elaborates: “For this anniversary, Live Music by Cathy Brumback and Friends will be enjoyed during the After-The-Race festivities. Generous businesses in our area have provided wonderful gifts for the drawing and Chick-fil-A will provide the food.” Participants receive a Tech Tee. 5K Registration before Sept. 14th is $20 for adults, $17 children under age 15. The Fun Walk/Run is $13 and for The Fun Walk/Run children under seven are free with a registered adult (no t-shirt). All race awards are uniquely designed and made by artisans in Ecuador. For more information on the race visit www.jubileeraceforlife.org. Registration through Little Red Hen Productions at www.productionsbylittleredhen.com. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2017

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Youth Auditions for “The Lion King Experience, Jr.” and “Seussical Kids”

Center Stage Performance announces auditions for their fall musical theater productions of Disney’s “The Lion King Experience, Jr.” and “Seussical Kids.” Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life on stage in Seussical Kids, a fantastical musical extravaganza. Auditions for Seussical Kids are open to children K4 - 4th grades, known as the "Grounded Troupe" Disney’s "The Lion King Jr.," is an inspiring, coming-of age tale where the African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle...and back again. Auditions for this production is open to children ages 4th - 12th grades, known as the "Elevation Troupe." Center stage will also be auditioning for the Take 2 Show Choir (4th–6th grade) and Center Stage Singers (7th – 12th grades) who perform at various events and venues during the season. Auditions for all groups will be August 28 & 29 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Fairhope United Methodist Church Life Center, 155 South Section Street in Fairhope. Come any time during that time frame. Please come with a 4x6 head photo and 30 seconds of a prepared song &/or dance, gymnastics, monologue or instrument solo. For more information call 251-928-1707 or visit www.centerstageperformance.com.

USS ALABAMA 75th Anniversary Celebration Set

Battleship Memorial Park will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the USS ALABAMA on Saturday, August 12. Activities include concert by the Mobile Big Band Society from 10 – 11 a.m. followed by the 75th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony in the Aircraft Pavilion. The USS ALABAMA Living History Crew will present a mock battle attack featuring vintage airplanes at 1 p.m. on the deck. Children’s activities included. Admission and parking is free all day. Hours of operation - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.ussalabama.com or call 251-433-2703.

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Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Awards Health Career Scholarships to Area Students

The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to award $9,000 in health career scholarships to six Baldwin County residents. Each student will receive a scholarship valued at $1,500. Jennifer Campbell of Silverhill is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Mobile, and Kirsten Martinez of Spanish Fort is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ryan Summerford of Fairhope is pursuing a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Amy Taylor of Daphne is pursuing a bachelor of health sciences at the University of South Alabama. Sheau Lam of Daphne and Courtney Schmerbauch of Spanish Fort are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in nursing at the University of South Alabama. These students were chosen based on their academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and dedication to their goals. Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chair Rusty Downey and Co-Chair Bob Holmes interviewed and selected this year’s recipients. Students who are residents of Baldwin County and have been accepted into a healthcare program at an accredited college or university may apply for the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship. Applications are available in February and due in May. The scholarships are funded by several fundraisers including the sale of used books, which are donated and sold in the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop in Fairhope and Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop in Daphne. Donations of used books in good condition are appreciated and accepted at both locations. Scholarship recipients (front row, left to right) Jennifer Campbell, Courtney Schmerbauch, Kirsten Martinez, and Amy Taylor, and (back row, far right) Sheau Lam are pictured with (back row, center) Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chairperson Rusty Downey and CoChairperson Bob Holmes. Also pictured is Thomas Hospital Auxilian RaeAnn Stabler (back row, far left), who works for Morgan Stanley, which donated $1,500 to the Auxiliary’s scholarship fund. Scholarship recipient Ryan Summerford is not pictured.

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Jensen’s Heart of Gold Announces Super Slugger Softball Tournament for Adults

Jensen's Heart of Gold Foundation has a mission to support local Baldwin County Families that have a child with cancer. They are excited to announce the 7th Annual Super Slugger Softball Tournament - an adult co-ed, two day tournament held at the Gulf Shores SportsPlex on September 9th & 10th (Saturday & Sunday). Averaging over 30 teams from at least 6 different states, this two-day adult softball tournament is THE cornerstone of the Heart of Gold Foundation! The foundation is now registering for the tournament. Each team consists of 10-12 players. Each team must have male to female ratio of 5/5, 6/6, 6/4, or 7/5. Teams who register and pay by August 18 will receive 12 free Super Slugger Dri-Fit jerseys for their team! Teams may register through September 5 but must provide their own jerseys. Team entry fee is $275. Not playing ball? Consider volunteering! If interested in volunteering contact us as events@jensensheartofgold.com. For more information or to register visit www.JensensHeartofGold.com Jensen's Heart of Gold is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Bring Girls on the Run to Your School!

Girls on the Run South Alabama is now accepting new sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties for the fall 2017 season. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd – 5th grade. Girls on the Run is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Through the 11-week program girls learn their worth comes from within, that healthy relationships and healthy habits matter and that they can be a force for good in their community through a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach girls life skills through engaging lessons and fun activities. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches. During the program, each team also creates and executes a local community service project to demonstrate the strength that comes from helping others. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a celebratory 5k running event. Girls on the Run helps empower girls to be the author of their own story and define the future on their terms. To learn more about Girls on the Run, visit www.GirlsontheRunSouthAL.org or check us out on facebook! If you’re interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your school please contact Mary Candace Vegliacich at maryc.vegliacich@girlsontherun.org.

Buckaroo at the Blue to Help Local Special Needs Children and Families

Buckaroo Foundation announces an awesome concert Thursday, August 17 from 6pm - 9pm at the Bluegill! Celebrity musician Shelby Brown of The Voice television show will bring down the house to help our local special needs children and families. This is the must-attend event of the summer and seating is limited to 200 tickets! Get yours soon so you don’t miss out on the live music, awesome seafood buffet, and great silent auction, all for a wonderful local charity. Admission is $60 for adults, $90 for couples, $20 for Kids 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.buckaroofoundation.org. Buckaroo Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that helps provide access to physical therapy for our local special needs children and adults.

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Alabama Chef Challenge

This year’s 19th Annual Alabama Chef Challenge will take place on Thursday, August 31, at the Fort Whiting Armory. Every fall, we hold our annual Alabama Chef Challenge event in Mobile to kick off Hunger Action Month and to help raise awareness for those struggling with hunger along the Central Gulf Coast. Join us for a night of superb food and drink as you enjoy tastings of dishes from local chefs and restaurants while they compete to win votes for the night’s best dish in their category. In addition to excellent food, you’ll enjoy live entertainment by Roman Street, a vast silent auction to participate in, and complimentary beer and wine. Tickets can be purchased for $60 prior to the event, $75 at the door. To purchase tickets over the phone contact Kim Getto at (251) 653-1617 ext. 130 or mail check to 5248 Mobile South St., Theodore, AL 36582 attn. Kim Getto-Chef Challenge. Please make checks payable to Feeding the Gulf Coast. All proceeds from our Alabama Chef Challenge event are used to help those in need within our 9-county service area in Alabama. Please visit feedingthegulfcoast.org/alabama-chef-challenge for more information.

Free Admission to Bellingrath Gardens on Sunday, August 6

By tradition, Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday on August 6 by offering free admission to residents of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. “Over 85 years ago, Walter Bellingrath opened the Gardens to the citizens of Mobile,” said Dr. William E. Barrick, Executive Director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. “To honor his birthday, we are offering free admission to the citizens of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Even though we are in the heat of summer, his gardens are lush and full of color.” Admission to the Gardens is complimentary to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents on Founder’s Day, but there is an additional charge of $9 to tour the Bellingrath Museum Home. During the month of August, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is also offering an Anniversary Special, a discount rate to those touring the Gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath Home. Throughout the month, Gardens and Home tickets for adults are $16.50 (regular fee: $21), and Gardens and Home tickets for ages 5-12 are $11.50 (regular fee: $13).

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The Wharf Uncorked Announces Culinary Lineup

The 4th Annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, set for Sept. 14-16, will feature more than 20 chefs and restaurants from the Gulf Coast and beyond serving up samples of their signature dishes, demonstrating their skills and competing for the ultimate prize. • Thursday, Sept. 14: VIP Kickoff + Chef Showdown — The three-day experience will begin at 4720 Main Street from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Reigning showdown champion Brody Olive will be joined by two mystery chefs for this year’s competition to create the best dish with Alabama Gulf Seafood fueled with culinary challenges and roadblocks. There will be select vendor wine and spirits tasting, an auction preview, an open bar, food samples and giveaways. Individual tickets are $35. Combo tickets for the Chef Showdown and Grand Tasting are $80. Ticket prices will rise on Sept. 1 to $40/$95. • Friday, Sept. 15: Local Wine Dinners — The Wharf is home to more than 10 unique restaurants with a robust range of fare. Participating venues will curate individual menus with specials and wine pairings. Guests can make reservations directly through the restaurant of their choice. • Saturday, Sept. 16: The Grand Tasting — The Wharf Entertainment District will be lined with vendors serving more than 100 labels of wines, craft beer, spirits and small bites for the culinary competition from participating restaurants. In addition, there will be a luxury yacht walk, book signings, vendor booths, both live and silent auctions benefitting Make-A-Wish® Alabama and a high-end wine sampling tent. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $60 – last minute pricing begins Sept. 1 at $70. Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster.com, or at The Wharf box office. For more information, please visit TheWharfUncorked.com.

Mission Nutrition Opens at the Exploreum Science Center

After more than a year of planning, the Exploreum Science Center opened the new Mission Nutrition interactive exhibit area in the My BodyWorks Gallery. The renovation features five Superfood Heroes that come alive through Augmented Reality technology; a racing video game, Fuel Up, where visitors race through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, trying to avoid unhealthy foods; the Now You’re Cooking touch screen interactive exhibit that lets visitors choose between ingredients to create healthier versions of traditional Southern dishes; and the You Are What You Eat interactive game featured on an eight- foot screen. “This renovation hits the mark on so many levels,” said Jan McKay, the Exploreum’s Executive Director. “The interactive media uses the most recent technology available, the colors and design are amazing and exciting, there is something for everyone, the games are fun, and the educational content is strong. We are pleased with the outcome, and we hope our community will come and see for themselves.” For information about the Exploreum, visit www.exploreum.com.

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Is That Stick Moving? A few years ago, my family and I were camping at the Gulf State Park. My oldest son Adler was on a hike with his buddies near the camp site and was crossing a log over a small creek. He, of course, fell in and lost his shoes to the suction effect in the mud in the bottom of the creek. After climbing out, he wasn’t worried about the mud on his legs or the mud on his clothes, but was upset about losing his shoes. As a daddy, my job was to climb in the stagnant, wonderfully fragrant creek to dig out his shoes. The whole time I was reaching my hand in the water and moving sticks, debris and other unknown objects, I kept thinking back to my medical training in Birmingham and wondering how quickly I could get to the ER if I got a snake bite. Luckily, snake bites are not very common; however, they potentially are a medical emergency. Today, we will address the common snakes in Alabama, how to tell if they are poisonous or not, and what to do (and what not to do) if you or your child gets bitten! First, let’s discuss the snakes we have here in the southern half of the state. In terms of the ones you need to really know, the poisonous ones are coral snakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, and of course the various

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species of rattlesnakes. So, how do you know what the snake is, and if you were bitten, should you freak out? First, the coral snake—it is black with red and yellow stripes and has the most toxic venom in North America. Luckily, they are fairly rare and nonaggressive. But, there is a nonvenomous snake with a similar color pattern. Just remember “Red on yellow will kill a fellow, but red on black won’t hurt Jack.” However, I would just stay away. Next, we group the cottonmouths, copperheads, and rattlesnakes together because of their characteristic triangular or arrow shaped head, the cat-like pupil or eye slit, and a small opening between the eyes and nostrils called the pit. Now, if you are close enough to see these findings, you might as well be headed to the hospital. But, what happens if you get bitten and don’t see the culprit? Look at the bite itself. A poisonous bite typically has two single fang marks, while a non-poisonous bite has a semi-circle pattern that looks like a large smile. So, you were bitten. What next? As opposed to old Western movies and “what you heard from that dude,” it is not recommended to cut the bite and suck out the poison or take off your belt and apply a tourniquet around

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the limb. These things don’t remove or delay spread of poison. They only do one thing, and that is waste time while you should have been getting to the ER. So, stay calm, take a picture or remember what the snake looks like and go! There, the ER can give supportive care, fluids, medication and anti-venom if need be to help treat symptoms like low blood pressure and shock. Another issue is snake bites and pets. My nurse recently found their 3 year old healthy boxer dead outside. The only thing they found was a red swollen area near his upper lip. With all of the recent flooding and water everywhere, snakes have moved closer to your house. So keep an eye open for your kids and your pets. Did you know that most snake bites in kids occur when they try to handle a snake or pick one up that they think is dead! So, lesson one, don’t touch a snake. Lesson two, remember what poisonous snakes look like. Step three, stay calm and get to the nearest ER of you are bitten. Be sure to check resources at aap.org and jama.org; and in case you were wondering, I found both shoes! 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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BCHS Yearbook Staff Attend Summer Workshop

Yearbook staffers from Baldwin County High School took part in a summer workshop at Auburn University. The workshop, sponsored by Jostens, included sessions in spread and page design, photography training, layout and cover art. Taking part in the program: AnnaBeth Denson, Jacob Burt, Cady Livermore, CC Long, Hadley Williams and Jordan Callaway. Cherrie Wiggins is yearbook sponsor for BCHS.

Fairhope Intermediate Students Get Break from Indoor Classroom

Fairhope Intermediate School inspires learning outside the walls of the classroom. This outdoor nature area was built by volunteers in 2000 and provides the perfect area for reading, writing, researching and observing. The outdoor nature center is a 2-3 acre emergent wetland area surrounded by bottom-land hardwoods. Native and invasive plant species provide a perfect environment for all creatures big and small! Thanks to FEEF, our PTC (Parent-Teacher Corporation) and the EAC (Educational Advisory Committee – City of Fairhope), our students enjoy time in and out of the Science Lab!

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125 children enjoyed a wonderful learning experience hosted by the Baldwin County Sheriff’s department! They learned so much about the many things the Sheriff’s department does to keep our citizens safe and…they made many friends along the way! Featured is the MedFlight helicopter that buzzed in to teach the kids about in-flight emergency services.

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Gulf Shores 2nd Graders Write Sweet Letters to Each Other

Robertsdale Elementary Archery Team Advances to World Competition

A sweet end-of-the-year writing activity in second grade at Gulf Shores Elementary was for each student to randomly receive one classmate's name to write an encouraging letter to and draw their portrait. There were lots of smiles when the letters were delivered! Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Anthony Ortega, Braiden McCleery, Haven Spruiell, Baine Deas, and Emanuel Quezada.

Robertsdale Elementary's Archery team had a very successful season. They won the area regional competition and went on to state and national competition, then on to World competition on July 22, in Orlando, Florida!

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Foley Elementary Receives Donation for Leader in Me Program

South Baldwin Chamber Foundation raised over $2500 for the Leader in Me program at Foley Elementary School. A check was presented to the Principal, Dr. Bill Lawrence, by the Foundation Board of Directors and Chamber staff. The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. If you would like to find out more about the Leader in Me program or how to get involved with the Chamber Foundation, contact Gale Croft for more information at 251-943-5520. Pictured from left to right: Angela Johnston, Travis Valentine, Gale Croft, Dr. Bill Lawrence, Camille Mosher, Sarah Kuzma, Debra Brown, Daniel Thompson.

NBCEE Sponsors Summer Camps for Students

Samantha Boykin learned how to operate a sewing machine during the Sew Simple summer camp offered by the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education. Students taking part in the Water Works summer camp, sponsored by NBCEE, visited North Baldwin Utilities to learn the process they use to clean and dispose of the wastewater. Then learned how water is pumped and transported from the ground to our homes.

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Bayshore Christian Hosts ACT-Prep Course

Bayshore Christian School Guidance Counselor, Marianne Cash hosted an ACT-prep course for rising 10th and 11th graders on the Eastern Shore. The 2-day course consisted of testing practice problems in each ACT test category, and testing time strategies. These students will begin taking the ACT in the fall. For more information on ACT prep that Bayshore Christian School offers, contact the school office at 251-929-0011.

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Spanish Fort HS Class Delivers Quilts to Local Hospital

Students from Mrs. Ojard's class at Spanish Fort High School helped load up quilts for donation to Thomas Hospital and USA Children's and Women's Hospital. Quilts were made by volunteers during Quilts of Comfort annual Quilt making day.

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Robertsdale Cheerleaders Bring Home Four Titles from Cheer Camp Robertsdale High School J.V. brought home four titles from Panama City Beach UCA camp: Grand Champions in Extreme Routine, Grand Champions in Side Line, 2nd place in cheer, 2nd place in game day. They also received two spirit sticks, banana, and 3 invites for Captains citrus bowl! Pictured, left – right, bottom: Caylen Campbell, Gillian Langham, Madison Davis, Caroline Lipscomb, Kelly Rogers, Maddie Cooper. Standing left – right: Coach Stephanie Kroll, Kennedy Saxon, Cadi Walker, Emily Crandall, Brandalyn Sherrer, Kyla Carpenter, and Hannah Wallace.

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Autism Awareness at Daphne East

Project REACH at Daphne East hosted Autism Awareness Month this past spring. They planned several events for the entire month to raise autism awareness and acceptance at Daphne East and in the community. For each event planned, they had the assistance and support of various clubs within the school such as the Peer Helpers, the TV Production Club, and the C.A.R.E Club. We also had the assistance and support of our PTO, administration, office staff, and businesses around the community such as Janino’s Pizza and Frios Pops. Daphne East Elementary had two events that ran the entire month of April, as well as, two events one-day events.. Pictured here are the 4th-6th graders who posed in the shape of the Autism Awareness Ribbon at Trione Park. PTO secured a drone, which took awesome pictures and a few videos. It turned out amazing!

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SFEEF Supports Spanish Fort Public School Students

The Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation (SFEEF), founded in 2002, is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to inspire the power of community to enrich and support education for all Spanish Fort public school children. SFEEF’s success is a result of the many contributions by sponsors & community volunteers who have dedicated their time and money to support SFEEF fundraising efforts over the years. Our major sponsors, Chick-fil-a Spanish Fort, Trattoria Pizza and Italian Restaurant and First Community Bank, made a significant impact during the 2016-17 school year with their commitment to Spanish Fort schools. Over the past 15 years, SFEEF has contributed over $500,000 to Spanish Fort schools. Some contributions are: $237,000 awarded to Teacher/Student grants, $15,000 for reading & diagnostic programs, $12,000 Snoezelen Room for students with Autism and Learning disabilities, $16,000 in band equipment, $29,000 in technical equipment, $24,000 CIS Fund (240 teachers), $34,000 principal grants, $18,000 for security cameras at Spanish Fort High School, $31,175 for LCD Projectors/Laptops for 13 ED departments, $10,000 to Scholars Bowl, FCCLA and Cross Country teams, and $20,000 in collegiate scholarships. Our signature events include Marsh Madness Fall Fishing Tournament in October and The Gator Chase 5K Race on the Causeway in February. SFEEF hosts an annual evening where we showcase inspirational academic achievements by our teachers, students and school administration to the Spanish Fort community. Please see our website for information on these events and additional ways to support SFEEF. For more information on how you can participate in an event or become a sponsor contact Sheren LeBlanc at 251-604-3728. Like us on Facebook for the latest SFEEF news and to meet our sponsors!

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Fairhope National All-Star Baseball Team Wins Dixie Youth Alabama Championship

Congratulations to the Fairhope National All-Star Baseball Team, who won the 2017 Dixie Youth Alabama Championship (Peanut -Machine Pitch) on July 10. Fairhope had to navigate a tough bracket and ultimately defeated Valley in the Championship game. The team will represent the state of Alabama in the Dixie Youth World Series, which will be held in Cleveland, MS. These Fairhope All-Stars are special and we are so proud of each of their hard work, determination, sportsmanship, and selfless attitudes. Fairhope National Team consists of Will Barfield, Braden Bradley, Ian Bryan, Mo Callahan, BB Callahan, Jacob Guerry, Jackson Harpole, Cam Kerbl, Will Kirk, Jackson Lami, Knox Lawson, John Ben Wilkinson. Coaches are Jason Barfield (Manager), Robert Callahan, Andrew Bradley, and Jeremy Lami. Photo credit: Jenni Guerry.

Gulf Shores Youth Track Club Members Qualify for National Meet at University of Kansas The Gulf Shores USATF Youth Track Club recently competed in the USATF Region 6 Competition at Alabama A & M. The region consisted of club teams form Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The qualifiers for the USATF national meet at the University of Kansas are: Morgan McCartney High Jump 1st place (regional champion) 12U and Pentathlon 3rd place 12U (80m hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump, and 800m run); Marlie McCartney high jump 4th place 10U; Catie Sanders 4th place high jump 12U; Kenny Sanders 5th place shot put 8U; Trinity Morgan 3rd place high jump 18U. Coaches are: Jason Wilson, Ken Sanders, Kyle McCartney, Tim Akin, and Mark McComb. Pictured is Morgan McMartney with Coach Jason Wilson.

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BCHS Students Attend Alabama Boys State / Girls State Programs in Tuscaloosa

Three Baldwin County High School students recently spent a week attending the Alabama Boys State and Alabama Girls State programs, both held on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and participants are chosen from the around the state based on their demonstration of hard work, strong morals and motivation in school and community activities. Boys State delegates Matthew Covington and Matthew Campbell were sponsored by American Legion Post 188 in Bay Minette. Throughout the week, participants learned about leadership, government and civic processes. Activities included mock elections and community service. The Delegates could join interest groups that focused on their individual areas of interest such as law school, fire college, law enforcement academy, aerospace academy, lobbyists, city government, county government, constitutional convention, engineer/computer academy, and environmental interest group. Alabama Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. The Girls State delegate is Erin Emmons. The delegates, chosen from every corner of Alabama, spent a week learning how government works. They divided up into cities and political parties, held elections and learned how laws are made and cities, counties and states are governed. In addition, the delegate had the opportunity to hear from speakers and leaders in government and business and also took part in community service projects. Gov. Kay Ivey welcomed both groups and Bay Minette’s own Lyn Stuart, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, spoke with delegates at Girls State. Pictured are Baldwin County High School rising seniors Matthew Covington, Matthew Campbell and Erin Emmons, and American Legion representatives Irvin Turberville, Nick Bowen and Stephen Sexton.

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CBEE Serves as Liaison Between Businesses and Local Schools

Coastal Baldwin Educational Enrichment Foundation (CBEE) assists in providing superior educational opportunities in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public schools. CBEE serves as a liaison between local businesses and the school system. If there is a need within one of the island schools, CBEE seeks to provide a partnership within the community that may be able to assist. Local businesses also utilize CBEE to determine where their business can best serve within the school system. CBEE Accomplishments 2016-2017: • Facilitate and award ten $1,000 scholarships to GSHS seniors • Facilitate the scholarship process for eight local businesses • Fund teacher requests/grants for continuing education and supplies • Fund student academic activities • Committee members offer countless hours of community service. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with CBEE, please contact Kelly Sims, CBEE president at kellysimscbee@yahoo.com.

Local Swimmers Compete in Gulf Shores Triathlon

Swimmers from Southern Waters Aquatic Team (SWAT) participated in this year's Phinman Triathlon in Gulf Shores May 27. Pictured (L-R) are SWAT swimmers Ian Poole, Eli Poole (Winner in the age 10-14 bracket), and Owen Poole.

Elsanor Young Scientists for Month of May

The following students were named the Young Scientists for the month of May at Elsanor School: Lana Elgie, Lilly Amos, Conner Batterson, Baine Brill, Cam Lucas, Blayden Shiver, Jalee Gates, Sophia Martin, Michael Tierce, Stacy Lima, Keegan Reed, Faith Moody, Kate Mott, SaraBeth Brewer, Micah Burnett, Scott Horace, Nick Martin, and Zach Dunford. Congratulations!

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FEEF Supports Fairhope Middle School Solar Eclipse Community Event Day

Thanks to the generosity of the local community, the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) has the ability to offer funding throughout the year to special teacher inspired projects in the Fairhope schools. In the spring, Fairhope Middle School (FMS) science teacher, Ms. Janice Kinard, submitted a request to FEEF’s Educational Excellence committee, requesting funding for a full school integrated project focusing on the Solar Eclipse that will take place on the first day of school, August 21. Ms. Kinard was passionate about her students being able to experience this phenomenal event. “Students will be talking about this event for many days to come.” Ms. Kinard said. “They will not be just reading about it, or watching it on TV, but actually be a part of it!” Kinard’s excitement was contagious, and her request for funding was approved by FEEF based on her innovative approach of incorporating the solar eclipse experience into multiple areas of study throughout the school. Ms. Kinard, with the support of FEEF, has organized a Solar Eclipse Community Event Day. The entire school body, equipped with special solar protective glasses and additional enhancing scientific equipment, will be outside to experience this remarkable occurrence. There will be a variety of solar activities for students, teachers and guests. In the days following the eclipse, art students will draw it, English students will write about it, math students will work distance and space problems, science students will explore solar and lunar eclipses, and students will use technology to report the event on the FMS station. FEEF is honored to be a part of funding this project and so many others that support teachers like Ms. Kinard in providing educational opportunities to our local students. Pictured, Ms. Janice Kinard received the 2017 Parents Choice Award for Fairhope Middle School. Shown with FEEF Board member Lorna Mayr and Award Sponsor Urgent Care Representative Jennifer Miles

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Baldwin County Students Participate in Economic And Community Development Program At Huntingdon College

Three Baldwin County students were part of 25 rising high school seniors who participated in the first annual Huntingdon College Economic and Community Development Scholars Program earlier this month. Planned in partnership with and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Commerce, ECDS introduced young citizens who are poised to begin their professional journeys to the importance of economic and community development. Representing Baldwin County were Tiffany Johnson of Bay Minette, Brieanna Michanowicz of Lillian, and Brett Duarard of Lillian. The students toured local businesses and Alabama government offices, met with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and other state officials, heard from professionals seasoned in the processes of economic and community development, and participated in a two-day economic development simulation. Participants "graduated" from the program wearing hard hats for ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting simulations. "We were excited to have 25 of Alabama's brightest lights on campus," said Huntingdon senior vice president Anthony Leigh, an architect of the program. "These students have returned to their communities enlightened about what economic and community developers do, and we hope that knowledge has given them an appreciation for the work of growing and bettering our communities and our state."

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Gulf Shores PJ students finished up their African Unit by creating African shakers. They also asked their parents about their favorite Rock and Roll song from the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s and did a research of the song and musicians along with deciding if their parents had good taste in music. The students created a cube of information concerning the song and musician(s) that will be given to their parents and some students believe they now know more about the song and musicians than their parents. Pictured: Anna Grace Fields shows her African Shaker and Rock and Roll Cube of her mother’s favorite song

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Bay Minette Middle School Cheerleaders Earn Gold Ribbons at Camp

Bay Minette Middle School cheer squad had a successful Universal Cheerleader Association camp experience. The team earned gold ribbons (superior) for sideline routine, cheer, and extreme dance routine. Six squad members were also selected as All-Americans including Elizabeth Howard, Emily Scarborough, Carlee Scott, Christin Watson, Sarah Jones, and Hannah Morris. The team is under the direction of Angela Tabor.

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OBES Teachers Working on Reading Plans for 3rd Graders

Orange Beach Elementary teachers are planning an exciting reading curriculum for their third graders this year. Students will have many more books to fit their interests and increase their knowledge. Taking time from their summer days to plan are, left to right, Jeannine Noonan, Curriculum Coach, and third grade teachers, Lynette Peterson, Brandy Reeves, and Abby Bauer.

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One of the activities for Autism Awareness month at Daphne East Elementary was a school-wide scheduled Rita’s Ice Day. The flavors matched the Autism Awareness Ribbon, which are blue, green, red, and yellow. PTO changed the names of the flavors to represent awareness and acceptance. The flavors are Cotton Candy: Light it up Blue; Cherry: Recognize it Red; Peeps: Yes We Can Yellow; Sour Apple: Give it all Green.

Spanish Fort HS Students Pass Serv Safe Food Exam

Students from Mrs. Ojard’s Dietetics class at Spanish Fort High school passed their Serv Safe Food Manager Exam.

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BCHS Tigers Pitch in on Habitat for Humanity Build in Bay Minette

Members of the BCHS Tiger offensive and defensive line put in a little muscle to a special project going on in Bay Minette. The football players joined other volunteers in laying a yard full of sod at the Habitat for Humanity home currently under construction on Townsend Avenue. The home is expected to be completed by the end of the month for new homeowner, Kassie Betts and her children. Hundreds of volunteers have spent the past few months working on the Habitat home and the Betts family has been working right alongside them. Habitat homeowners pay a 30-year interest-free mortgage, making it affordable and manageable. They are also expected to invest

400 hours of "sweat equity" in the program by assisting with other builds, their own build, and attending financial education classes, monthly budgeting meetings and homeowner preparation classes. Prior to construction, Kassie had already completed hundreds of hours of service on other projects and had attended Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. She accomplished all this while working two jobs to support her family. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity has completed more than 100 homes in Baldwin County and repaired numerous homes for veterans and other residents. For more information about how to help on this or other Habitat projects, visit the organization's website at www.baldwinhabitat.org.

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The core business of Baldwin County Education Coalition is to mobilize resources and support Baldwin County Public Schools. A Coalition of seven local education enrichment foundations that serve communities across Baldwin County, our strength is in the value we bring to our individual communities and our shared vision for creating world-class schools. We accomplish our work through a variety of programs and services that inform, engage and connect citizens to our public schools. Help us make a difference! Visit www. BetterBaldwin.com to get involved or donate.

Daphne East Elementary Collects Change for Autism Daphne East Elementary school's Project REACH hosted “Change for Autism" during their Autism Awareness Month this past spring. Each class in the school competed against one another to raise the most money for Autism Speaks, an advocacy and support organization dedicated to increasing understanding and acceptance of autism and advancing research to meet the needs of those with autism and their families. Each week the change collected was counted. Thankfully, the PTO provided a coin counter to speed the process, because the students were bringing in bags and bags of change! The school raised $3, 073.52. Ms. Tuveson’s second grade class was the first place winners. Her class raised $245.14. Ms. Tuveson’s class won a pizza party. Janino’s in Daphne donated the pizza. Second place went to Ms. Weinacker’s first grade class. They raised $184.18. Ms. Weinacker’s class won free Rita’s Ice courtesy of our PTO. Ms. Mosley’s class won third place raising $171.08. They won a free out-of-uniform day. The Peer Helpers made our posters to put around the school. Classroom teachers and students brought in milk jugs to collect change. The paraprofessionals helped wash the jugs. The Peer Helpers and paraprofessionals put labels on the milk jugs. Students in Project REACH, the paraprofessionals, C.A.R.E Club, and the Peer Helpers delivered the milk jugs to each classroom. Each week they picked up the milk jugs for the change to be counted and redelivered to each class. The TV Production Club announced the top three winners with their totals each week. Everyone in the school was involved!

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Sea Cadets Learn Land Navigation Techniques

In the month of June, Sea Cadets of Dunlap Division drilled at the USCG ATC where they had the honor of hosting Army Staff Sergeant Joel Rogers. SSG Rogers taught the cadets proper techniques for land navigation. They learned how to pinpoint their exact location, read all aspects of a map, and how to use a compass. Learning land navigation is a very important tool to have as a Sea Cadet and may come in useful for the rest of their lives. Dunlap Division looks forward to practicing their new skill. Looking forward, we are excited to be taking a firearm safety course in July, learning how to properly handle a weapon, and in August having our annual camp out where we will divide the cadets into teams and they will compete in several games against each other. Naval Sea Cadets is designed for young men and women ages ten to high school graduation who are interested in expanding their knowledge on our military. The sea cadets instill patriotism and leadership skills. Dunlap division meets one weekend a month at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Center in Mobile. The cadets are under no obligation to join the military; however, if they do decide to enlist they are usually eligible to enlist at a higher pay grade. The program does offer ROTC scholarships. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining our local unit as a cadet or adult leader, visit our national website at www.seacadets.org or contact our administrative officer ENS Angela Graham at Dunlap.seacadets@gmail.com. You may also follow our local unit Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DunlapDivision.

Kudos to Gulf Shores Elementary’s SGA Officers

Gulf Shores Elementary School’s fabulous SGA officers added their final piece to their Leadership Binders – a certificate for serving their student body so well. They have done such a great job this past year! Pictured left to right are Kaysheri Hafftner, Clara Murray, Reese Owens, and Nevaeh Williams.

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Daphne East Holds Trivia Contest for Autism Awareness Month

Project REACH at Daphne East hosted Autism Awareness Month this past spring. One of the activities was our Autism Awareness Trivia. During our morning TV announcements on Mondays and Wednesdays, the TV Production Club read a trivia question related to facts about autism. The questions were intended to provide students, teachers, and families the opportunity to research, explore, and discuss autism as a group to raise awareness and acceptance. Some teachers used the trivia questions as a lesson or as research activities in their classes. Kindergarten and first grade were given a sheet of paper with multiple-choice answers. The questions remained on our TV screens throughout the school day in the classrooms and the hallways. This allowed visitors and parents to see the questions as they entered the building. Once the trivia question was presented during morning announcements, the students had two/three days to turn his or her answers into our Autism Trivia Box. This gave teachers the option to use the questions as homework to promote discussions at home. The last question was a favorite. It asked students to write one thing they had learned during the month. The responses were amazing and thoughtful, such as “I should try to be a friend to everyone,” or “people with autism have strengths just like me.” Two correct responses were pulled for each trivia question. Frios Pops in Daphne donated Free Frios Pops gift certificates that were cutely wrapped, to give the winners. It was a great incentive! We had a trivia winner represent every grade level! Project Reach students gave out the gift certificates and had their picture taken in front of the Project REACH classroom door, which says, “Growing our Awareness.”

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Autauga County Schools

SEEDS Supports Daphne Schools

SEEDS: Supporting Educational Excellence in Daphne Schools is a non-profit education foundation, which has been serving the Daphne schools for 14 years. SEEDS continues to take the lead in educational support in our community, continuing to create a love of lifelong learning, being advocates for educational improvements and advancing educational enrichment. SEEDS supports programs such as the International Baccalaureate Program, and The Leader in Me, while supporting teachers and students with grants and classroom instructional materials that provide enrichment and diverse educational experiences. SEEDS educational enrichment programs included Reading Ready Intervention Kits, to address reading proficiency: IXL Math program, used to introducing deeply engaging math concepts, from algebra to analytics, and Ozbot, a STEM related program to provide learning opportunities in robot computer coding and programing at elementary levels. SEEDS also assisted in purchasing interactive teaching equipment, used to teach in auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning. SEEDS provided students in middle school age groups music class related learning materials, transportation, and equipment. SEEDS provided funds for PEER Helper teacher training and Science class instructional support for innovative and creative teaching techniques. SEEDS sponsors writing camps for incoming Daphne High School Freshmen and Sophomores, to enhance writing skills, music learning material and technology equipment, a projector for the Theater Department and assisted in building a state of the art recording studio for students to use in many course objectives. SEEDS provides instructional materials, classroom equipment and furniture items for use in community areas, with grants providing support that touch the day to day education of all students in each of the 5 Daphne public schools. Our mission at SEEDS has remained the same: To be advocates for students, to provide enrichment and be visible in our community, supporting education: being good stewards that empower Daphne students with the opportunity to develop their potential, achieve education goals, and become responsible, caring members of the Daphne community. SEEDS is only able to continue in our important work in Daphne schools, with help and support from the City of Daphne, and the generous support of our sponsors and donors. SEEDS hosts fundraisers throughout the year, and SEEDS Classic Rock 5K &1 Mile Fun Run, each March, in old town Daphne. In November SEEDS will host a Golf Tournament at a local golf course. Please support our work and join us as we continue our work in our community.

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FEEF Beginning 21st Year of Supporting Arts and Sciences in Fairhope Schools

Now beginning its 21st year, the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF), promotes innovative and creative learning for Fairhope public school students. The Pelican’s Nest Science Lab, FEEF’s signature project, continues to offer marine biology education for Baldwin County students in grades K-5. With the community’s generous donations, FEEF was also instrumental in the construction of Fairhope High School’s Black Box Theatre, a performing arts space giving high schools students a place to hone their acting skills or perform a jazz ensemble. The theatre also provides a place for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) to bring its artist in residence program to Fairhope. In partnership with FEEF, ASF plays to more than 1,200 Baldwin County public school students annually and will return to the stage in March 2018. The majority of FEEF’s programs are funded through support from local individuals and corporations. “FEEF is a non-profit organization full of volunteers committed to enriching educational opportunities for Fairhope public school children,” said FEEF President Amy Foley. “We are committed to continuing our partnership with Fairhope educators and hope that the entire community will join our efforts. FEEF supporters understand excellent schools add to the quality of life in our community.” On any given day in Fairhope’s five schools, visitors might find engineering students building a moon buggy, future fashion designers creating garments from industrial materials, middle school teens strumming guitars, goggle-clad young scientists dissecting starfish, or Fairhope’s youngest students applying lines, angles, and circles in an art class. These programs are just a few examples of how FEEF, partners with the community, to provide Fairhope students innovative and engaging programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. FEEF holds two annual community-wide fundraisers each year, Phantasy and its Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament, which help the 20-member FEEF Board of Directors engage the community and gather the dollars necessary to support these educational programs. FEEF’s Phantasy is an annual community-wide event held each fall in downtown Fairhope. This year the event committee will present “Phantasy – An Evening in the Big Easy” on October 7, 2017. The night will include The Blackwater Brass funk jazz band, Keys 2 the City dueling pianos, southern Cajun cuisine and special features from local art, music and theatre students. Tickets will go on sale August 21, at $100 per ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals. FEEF’s Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament will be held in spring 2018 at Quail Creek Golf Course and promises to continue the tradition of a great day of golf. “Between An Evening in the Big Easy and a long tradition on the green, we guarantee both Phantasy and Golf will offer entertaining opportunities for parents, teachers, and businesses to support our local schools,” Foley said. To learn more about FEEF’s programs, how you can become involved, or to be an event sponsor, visit feefonline.org, email info@feefonline.org or call Executive Director of Development Linda Crowell at 251-990-3333. Pictured, Fairhope Elementary students explore sea life on a trip to Mobile Bay with the Pelican’s Nest Science Lab.

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SBCF - A Heart for Education!

Since 2003, the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation (SBCF) has made an impact on the communities of Foley, Lillian, Elberta, Magnolia Springs, Bon Secour and Summerdale. Raising more than three million dollars in the past twelve years, SBCF is a 501c3 dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our youth through programs and partnerships that focus on educational enrichment, leadership development and community involvement. • Our primary benefactors are the students of Foley High School and its feeder schools. • Our mission is to enhance lives through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leadership, and better our community. • Our goal is for all South Baldwin students to graduate and succeed. South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is making an effort to affect economic opportunities by investing community stakeholders and organizations through program support. These programs are funded through individual and corporate contributions as well as our three major annual fundraisers: Night Glow Golf (November 3, 2017), Annual Gala & Silent Auction (January 26th, 2018), and BBQ & Blues (March 17th, 2018). The programs we provide would not be possible without the support of our generous donors! If you are looking for a way to get involved in your community and make a difference, while making friends and having fun in the process, you'll find a volunteer project or job that you'll love with the Chamber Foundation! When we help a child succeed in school, we help that child succeed in life. The opportunities for gifts of time and talent are endless when it comes to the South Baldwin Schools we serve. Nearly all of the programs and events supported by the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation rely on volunteers for their success. Your generous gifts of time and resources are needed for the Chamber Foundation to continue making a positive impact on the future of South Baldwin. Your contribution will allow the Foundation to provide unique experiences designed to align the importance of civic engagement in education, while providing opportunities for healthy adult and peer connections. Contributions to the Foundation help provide students support through: Project ACEd (Aligning Civic Engagement with Education), Student Teacher Grants and individual initiatives that impact our community that occur on an as needed basis such as the school uniform needs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and snacks for students. Contributions to the Chamber Foundation help promote a sense of community, develop a skilled workforce, and provide the type of student support needed for leadership development, as well as dropout prevention. Students in our schools today are the workforce of tomorrow and the future leaders of our community. When you support the efforts of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation, you help lay the foundation for our future. We thank you for your support! To become involved with the Chamber Foundation and Project ACEd or to be an annual or event sponsor, contact Gale Croft at 251-943-5520 or gale@sbchamberfoundation.org.

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NBCEE Supports North Baldwin Schools

In 2008, a small group of dedicated individuals with a huge passion for education formed an organization called the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education (also known as NBCEE) as a way to support the schools in north Baldwin County and to supplement the programs offered by the school system. The organization and the work continues today with the same passion for education and a mission which it’s had from the very start - “to enhance the educational experience of all the students in the Bay Minette feeder pattern by providing financial support and other resources to supplement district wide programs.” NBCEE accomplishes this mission through three core focus areas – Teacher Grants, Summer Enrichment Camps, and Teacher of the Year recognitions. Since 2008, the Teacher Grant program has provided more than $82,000 to local teachers for a wide variety of creative and innovative classroom and school projects. And it is made possible because of a longstanding, truly collaborative relationship with our community organizations of Heritage Junior Women’s Club and Bay Minette Rotary Club, and our community members. These two organizations organize a popular annual community event, the Chilly Run/Chili Cookoff held each February at the Bay Minette Kid’s Park, where 1 mile and 5K runs are held, local businesses and schools compete for coveted awards and bragging rights, and community members gather to eat all-youcan-eat chili. The proceeds of the event go directly to benefit the NBCEE Teacher Grant Program. In the spring of each year, NBCEE accepts applications from teachers at each of the eight public schools in north Baldwin County. The applications are judged by an independent, objective and unbiased panel and winners are awarded their grant during an exciting, surprise “prize patrol” visit to their classroom in the last month of school. Each summer, NBCEE sponsors and organizes Summer Enrichment Camps for children of all ages, and to date, approximately 2,300 youngsters have attended an array of camps at several of our local school locations. Camps this past summer included Beauty School Camp, Band Camps, CSI: Bay Minette, Sew Simple, Cooking With Class, Seriously Seuss, Water Works, Adventures in Space, Conservation Camp, What to Wear and How to Act: A Modern Etiquette Class, Fit & Fab and Growing Engineers: A STEM Science Camp. Summer Camp offerings are posted on our website, www.nbcee.org, usually by the end of May each year. In January of each year, NBCEE recognizes each of the Teachers of the Year from our eight schools at a Bay Minette City Council meeting. Through annual fundraising and sponsorships, NBCEE awards each of them with gift, along with a gift bag which is made possible by the generous donations from local businesses and community members. The North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education foundation works with all eight schools to provide additional resources and enrichment opportunities for students and faculty, as well as annual Teacher Grant allotments. In addition, the education foundation sponsors more than a dozen summer camps for children ranging from conservation and engineering to sewing and cooking. NBCEE president Liana Barnett it’s important to promote and support local schools because a healthy school system coincides with a strong community. “We know the education of our children now will have a significant impact on the workforce of our future." To learn more about the North Baldwin Coalition for Education and our programs, to make a donation, apply for a sponsorship, or to get involved, visit our website at www.nbcee.org and like us on Facebook. Pictured, teacher grant winners 2016-17.

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Autauga County Schools

Accepting Applications for YEA! Fall 2017 Class

The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) fall of 2017 class. YEA! is a yearlong program that guides middle and high school students (grades 6-12) through launching and running their own business or social movement! If you know a student who has the determination and creativity to succeed in YEA! Apply online by September 30th at www.yeausa.org (click on students and apply today) or contact Gale Croft at 251-943-5520. Participant Opportunities include: Guest Speaker — Guest speakers share their expertise with the class! Speak to the Young Entrepreneurs about business, specific areas of knowledge, or entrepreneurial experiences. (30-60 minutes). Graphic Designers — Graphic designers meet with students and produce business literature for student to run businesses, including business cards, brochures, letterhead, and any other marketing materials appropriate for each enterprise. (Approximately 5-10 hours design time). Attorneys — Attorneys meet with the YEA! class to explain legal business structures, patent information, and other logistical legal concepts relevant to the student businesses. (30-60 minutes). Accountants — YEA! students benefit from financial advice provided by volunteer accountants including budgeting, financing, and taxes. (30-60 minutes). Web Developers — Many student businesses offer on-line resources or shopping. Web developers assist in the development of these web sites, in addition to helping the YEA! class understand the process and importance of web creation. (Approximately 10-20 hours development time). Business Mentor — Mentors work with Young Entrepreneurs Academy student businesses to assist in the creation of their business plans. For six weeks, mentors provide guidance and feedback as students think through all aspects of their business creation, write their business plans, and prepare their Investor Panel presentations. (One class visit per week for 7 weeks). Field Trips — Students explore local businesses to understand how different enterprises work by touring local businesses and meeting with business professionals. (Field trip host provides overview from the business owner and tour of business. May provide refreshments or takeaways. Time commitment varies). YEA! Investor Panelists — Students receive start-up capital through the generous donations of YEA! Investor Panelists. YEA! Investors are invited to sit on the panel to listen to student presentations and award capital investments. (Investors provide a financial contribution and four hours of time during the Investor Panel event).

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Gulf Shores Elementary End-of-Year Walk to the Park

Gulf Shores Elementary School second graders had a blast at their end of the year Walk to the Park celebration! Pictured l to r: Blakelyn Hebert, Avery Stricklin, Haven Spruiell and Ashlyn Stuart are ready for a game of BIG kickball!

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Autauga County Schools Robertsdale HS Cheerleaders Earn Multiple Awards at Cheer Camp

Robertsdale High School Varsity cheerleaders did an amazing job at UCA cheer camp in Panama City Beach this summer. The squad received 2 gold superior ribbons, and one Red Super Ribbon in evaluations. Banana (Spirit Award), Spirit Stick, First Place Trophy in Cheer, First Place Trophy in Extreme Routine, 5th place in sideline, 5th place in game day and 3rd place overall. All American Awards went to Elizabeth Smith, Jackie Landeros, Taya Wilkinson, and Tiler Coley. Pin It Forward award went to Taya Wilkinson. BACK LEFT TO RIGHT: Maggie Moore, Tiler Coley, Anna Criswell, Camryn Lowery, Chloe Paul, Jordan Darby, Kelsey Conner, Blakeley Mosley, Lanie Simmons, and Jackie Landeros. FRONT LEFT TO RIGHT: Taya Wilkinson, Maddy Feller, Elizabeth Smith, and Kaitlyn Hanks.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

How to Repair a Broken Relationship With Your Teen How’s your relationship with your teen? Do feel there is a distance between you and your child, and the space is only increasing everyday? Has your once happy relationship with your kid turned into open animosity with your teen? Maybe it feels like your sweet baby went upstairs one day, and came down a totally different person – someone who seems like a total stranger to you? You’re not alone. I get calls every day from parents just like you who say, “My relationship with my teen is disintegrating before my eyes. What can I do?” If that sounds like a call you could make right now, let me share some ways you can start mending your relationship before it is destroyed altogether. Consider implementing some of these relationship repairs:

Take Stock of the Relationship

Like going into your closet and getting rid of all the clothes that don’t fit us anymore or have simply gone out of style, we need to go into our parenting closet and take inventory. This requires an honest evaluation of the actions, beliefs, styles, and habits in our home and a willingness to toss out everything that doesn’t belong or doesn’t work. What are some areas that you can change and adapt as a parent? How can you accommodate the growing needs of your teenager? How can you grow alongside them as they learn to navigate the world? Like reaching back into the closet and taking out those corduroy bell-bottoms you haven’t worn since high school, take regular time to examine the ways you are connecting to your teen. See what is out of style, what needs to change and what keeps you stuck in the past. I realize that these are tough words to handle. It’s not easy to hear that maybe something we are doing as parents is hurting our kids. But we can all readily admit that we don’t have the parenting gig down pat. There’s always room for growth as moms and dads.

Start Asking Questions

Want to get your relationship with your teen back on track? Start asking the right kind of questions. Ask the kinds of questions that make them think about things, not just “yes” or Eastern Shore Parents I August 2017

“no” questions. Find out what they think, how they would do something, where they would go, and why. When a discussion leads to surprising expressions of wisdom from your teen, take advantage of the moment to reinforce their insights. Talk about controversial subjects as you would with a friend or co-worker for whom you have great respect. Never belittle their opinions about things. After all, did you know everything when you were a teen? Then, ask some more personal questions. “What could I do to improve our relationship?” or “What things would you like to see change in our family?” Let me warn you–if you ask these types of questions, you may not like what you hear. But don’t run from the answers. Hearing honest feedback from your child may open your eyes to areas that need to change. You’ll also be communicating to your child that you desire to do everything you can to restore and maintain a loving relationship.

Take Ownership for Mistakes

The statement “I was wrong” (when said by a parent) can do wonders for a broken relationship. If you handled a situation poorly, admit where you made a mistake. Never will your child respect you more than when you admit your faults and ask for forgiveness. Humble parents who admit their mistakes and apologize are building healthy, happy families.

Create the Proper Environment

Don’t let your family get emotionally stuck in the mistakes and tension of the past. Create an environment that welcomes and invites change. If you feel like it’s time to make some positive shifts in your family, sit everyone down and tell them, “We need to make some changes around here–me included. It’s not going to be the same-old, same-old. Let’s work together as a family to move forward.” I’ve spoken on this topic at seminars a few times. And afterwards, I always have parents and teens come up to me and say, “Thank you! We decided as a family that we needed to change, and it was one of the best decisions we made. Our kids are happier, and we feel happier as parents!” 44

Act On It

Once you decide to make some changes towards restoring broken relationships, it’s time to act! Maybe you’ve realized that as a mom or dad you have been too overprotective in certain areas. Apologize to your kids and show them that you are working on changing and releasing some control. Perhaps you’ve seen that much of your conversation with your children comes off as judgmental. Express to your family your desire to change, and work towards infusing your conversations with grace. Or maybe you’ve realized that you just haven’t spent the time you need with your teen. Drop that weekend golf game, or forgo that daily run, in order to spend time with your teen. Those visible actions convey your willingness to work towards a better relationship.

Stay With the Plan

We don’t wake up one day with the perfect marriage, perfect kids, or perfect home. Those relationships take time and effort. So if your connection with your teen is in trouble, and you are working towards making positive changes, don’t give up! Stay with the plan. In difficult transitions, your teen may push back. They may dig in their heels as you try to rebuild the relationship. But keep the mindset and attitude that says, “We’re not going backward, only forward.” Even if you get nothing but grief from your teen at first, keep up your weekly time together, week after week. Eventually they’ll come around. Remember, relationships thrive when unconditional love is delivered across a bridge of friendship that never stops — even if your teen doesn’t respond. He or she may secretly be testing your commitment! I want to challenge you today to commit to rebuilding a relationship with your child, and that starts with good communications. No matter how strained or difficult your relationship might be, there is always hope. It may take time and persistence, but keep at it.

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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Dip In, Pay It Off! Q. My wife just had our first child. Now, we now have about $3,000 in medical bills not covered by insurance. We’ve got $8,000 in our emergency fund, and I make between $25,000 and $30,000 a year. Should we try setting up a payment plan with the hospital, or is dipping into our savings a better idea? A. I’d write a check today and knock out that hospital bill. This falls under the heading of “emergency” in my mind, so pay the bill and jump back into rebuilding your emergency fund. You’ve done a really good job of saving on your income, but let’s see what we can do about making better money in the future. Extra practical training in your field, or more education in the classroom, could increase your income quickly. Your emergency fund needs to be a little bigger as well, and it’ll be a lot easier to make this happen if you’re making more money. I’m sure you’re a hard-working guy, but it’s going to be tough for even a small family

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to make it on what you’re bringing home now. The unexpected can become a common occurrence when there’s a little one in the picture.

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situation as long as they get some money. They won’t garnish your wages because they can’t. They would have to go through the formal, legal procedure of first suing you and then winning the case. They broke federal law by saying they would garnish your wages but hadn’t sued you. If I’m in your shoes, I’d be filing a complaint against these bozos with the Federal Trade Commission. Don’t react with fear and panic in the face of debt collector threats. Talk to them and explain your situation. See if you can work out a compromise. If they get nasty or break federal law again, let them know you’ll be filing another complaint with the FTC. In the meantime, do everything you can to scrape up as much cash as possible. Have a big garage sale and sell everything in your attic or basement you don’t need. Then, when you get this mess cleaned up, pay off the rest of your debts — if you have any — and start living on a written monthly budget!

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Strike while the iron is hot. Tummies growling just before dinner? Set out a plate of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables with peanut butter, a low-fat dressing or yogurt-based dip for your hungry brood to munch on while you prep dinner. Cook together. Kids can tear lettuce leaves, wash fruits and vegetables and stir ingredients. “When they’re involved in the cooking process, they’re often more likely to try what they’ve helped create,” says registered dietitian Lynn Kistler. Ta-da! Present food in playful ways. Cut sandwiches into

stars with a cookie cutter. Offer “ants on a log” with celery, peanut butter and raisins. And, serve food on kid-sized plates and bowls featuring their favorite characters, suggests Dr. Joan Sechrist, RD.

Taste test. “Hey, what’s

that funny star-shaped fruit?” Take advantage of your child’s natural curiosity. Explore the produce section at the grocery store. Talk about the origin of different foods and suggest that your child choose something for the family try. “Make a game out of trying new foods. Encourage children to try at least one bite,” Kistler says. “Focus more on the color, shape, feel, texture or smell of the new food rather than the taste.”

Kids often prefer fresh fruits and veggies over heated. Try a few of these options: Fresh pineapple Watermelon Blueberries Strawberries Baby carrots Sugar snap peas Green bell peppers Apple slices Broccoli/cauliflower spears Green salad

*Offer dips like hummus, nut butters or their favorite salad dressing.

Do as I say...and as I do. Introduce small bites of new foods with those that your kids like.

When you dine out, invite them to try a bite of whatever you’re eating. “If children witness their parents eating a varied, nutrient-dense diet in a genuine way--not because they’re eating ‘diet food’ to lose weight--children will be more likely to follow through as well,” says Crystal Witte, a registered dietitian and nutritionist.

Be patient. Taste buds evolve over time. “Instead of expecting your child to eat all of her broccoli, ask her to try just one bite. Over time, your child is more likely to develop a taste preference for that food. Repeated exposure is key,” Witte says. Shhh....don’t tell. “As a last resort, you can sneak fruits and veggies into fun foods they like,” Kistler says. Add chopped up peppers or broccoli to quesadillas. Puree veggies like cauliflower or squash into mac and cheese or spaghetti sauce. Avoid power struggles. Experts agree, kids shouldn’t be forced to eat a food or clean their plates. “Keeping the dinner table a pleasant place will teach your child to associate eating with positive feelings,” Kistler says. ESP

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her foodie husband are the parents of two growing boys who love to eat. Christa’s favorite part of the day is connecting with her family over dinner. She the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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What to Consider Before Using GPS to Track Your Kid Sooner or later, most parents lose a kid—usually for only a few minutes. A toddler figures out how to open an unlatched door. A kindergartener heads off to investigate something in another grocery aisle. A school age child gets confused about the pick up location. Even if it’s brief, the experience is heart-stopping. And it’s given rise to a whole new industry--GPS tracking for kids. Some parents turn to GPS because the world seems scarier than it was when they were kids. Others want an electronic yenta who can keep an eye on children (and their caregivers) when parents can’t be there. Still others want a better way to supervise and enforce family rules about safety. For those who really can’t take care of themselves—very young children, kids with disabilities, even pets or elders with dementia—tracking devices may produce peace of mind. And, for children, that can be a problem. Experts point out that tracking devices can encourage both passivity and a false sense of security in children as well as parents. As parents find themselves counting on surveillance, they may be less intentional about helping kids anticipate and avoid risks. Instead of learning what they need to know to navigate confidently and safely in a risky world, kids depend on the panic button that summons Mom. That said, there are situations in which a tracker can be very useful—think amusement parks or kids who walk to and from school. Before purchasing the technology, consider these questions: What does it do? Some trackers, like Trax, do nothing but show location. They can be attached to children, elders, pets or even a laptop that tends to wander off. Many units resemble watches or function like flip phones. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2017

And some, like the Amby Gear Smartwatch, include games or virtual pets. For little kids, the extra bells and whistles may be distracting. For an older child, they may make the device more appealing. What’s the technology? Tracking units that use GPS depend on satellites and some provide coverage pretty much anywhere on the planet. Other devices use the cellphone network so they won’t work if the child wanders out of range. Still, other devices like My Buddy Tag use Bluetooth technology. Their reach is limited, though that may be just fine if you’re trying to keep tabs on a child in the backyard or your local park. The most accurate devices like the Wherecom Kidfit use a combination of technologies. What does it monitor? At the very least a tracking device should pinpoint a child’s location. Some send a signal at intervals; others allow continuous tracking though that may drain the battery. Many units make it possible to set up safety zones or geofences and send an alert if the child goes beyond those boundaries. Is it complicated? For very young children, simplicity is a virtue. Tinitell, for example, is a band with a button. If a child pushes the button, the device calls preprogrammed numbers until someone picks up. Check the app as well as the device. If it has lots of features, be sure customer support is readily available. Is the device secure? If you have to sign in to get information about your child’s location, it’s possible for other people to sign in too. What precautions has the company 50

taken to prevent hacking? What kind of alerts will you get if there is a security breach? What kind of communication is possible? Some units have a big panic button a child can press. Some allow one way communication. More expensive devices like the GizmoGadget, available from Verizon, provide two way communication similar to a cellphone. Is it kid-proof? Some kids can handle delicate equipment and some can’t. Choose a GPS unit accordingly. Pocket Finder, for example, is built out of plastic that’s almost indestructible. The Korex Babysitter claims to be waterproof. Be sure the clasp on any band is secure and easy to use. How much does it cost? Tracking devices range from $40 to $200. Many devices also require a monthly service contract that can cost from $4 to $40 per month. Before signing with a new service, check your existing cellphone provider to see if they offer a better deal on a device. Are there special features for special kids? AngelSense is designed to provide extra layers of protection for children with special needs that make them more vulnerable. Doki lets parents schedule reminders or deactivate the distracting features of the watch when the kid is supposed to be concentrating on other things. Of course, by the time a child is old enough for a cellphone, the tracking question is moot. Cellphones are trackers with a variety of apps that will monitor where children are and what they are doing. For older kids, parents need to think carefully and talk frequently about the intersection between privacy and trust. Some kids may benefit from additional supervision, but parents must keep their eyes on the ultimate goal—raising children who are responsible and confident enough to make their own decisions about staying safe in a complicated world. That, of course, can be done without a tracking unit. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Every parent has that one trick up their sleeve that helps make life just a little simpler in the midst of a hectic school year. Read on for some of their best tips, clever tricks and genius hacks for back to school. Plan your meals.

Steer clear of the drive-thru on hectic evenings by taking 10 minutes each weekend to plan simple meals for the week. With a complete grocery list in hand, head to the store to purchase everything you’ll need. To further simplify planning, Gina Nichols, a mom of four and a Wildtree freezer meal consultant, recommends prepping food when you get home from the store, filing favorite recipes for easy reference and maintaining a well-stocked

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pantry. Theme nights like pasta on Mondays, tacos on Tuesday, etc., can also help. Ask your family for their suggestions too.

Schedule grocery delivery. More grocery stores now offer online ordering and delivery services, helpful for families who dislike grocery shopping or struggle to stick to a budget when there. Stock the freezer. Stash your freezer

with healthy casseroles, soups, sauces and crockpot meals to make dinnertime a no-brainer on busy weeknights. “Try to make your cooking always do double duty. Make a little extra of everything and if you don’t want it right away, freeze it,” Nichols says.

Establish a snack/brown bag lunch station. Designate a

shelf in your kitchen or pantry for parentapproved snacks and lunch items. Tape a list inside the cupboard door with lunch ideas. On Sundays, pre-pack snacks that kids can easily grab like trail mix, pretzels, granola bars or cereal. Stock the refrigerator with fruits and veggies that have been pre-washed/cut, as well as cheese and yogurt sticks. To save time in the mornings, help your children make their lunches and pack their snacks the night before.

Share the daily action plan.

Laurie Loudenback hands her kids, ages 10 and 12, a clipboard each morning which

includes the day’s schedule, chores, and screen time limits. “This chart has been pretty life-changing,” says Loudenback, whose husband Scott designed it (see photo). “The first thing the kids say in the morning is ‘I need my chart.’”

Set up a master calendar. Post a white board

with the week’s calendar to help everyone in the family know what to expect in the coming week. Use color-coded dry erase markers for each family member’s activities and cold or hot lunch preferences.

Hold family meetings. Alexis Sanchez, mom

of four, says she gathers her family on Sunday nights to discuss the week ahead, including upcoming activities and “to brainstorm any kinks” that need to be worked out in the schedule.

Spruce up backpacks. Extend the

life of a much-loved backpack by giving it a back-to-school cleaning. Depending on the material, backpacks can generally be hand washed, spot cleaned or placed in a laundry bag or pillow case and run through the washing machine. Be sure to empty out all of the pockets and vacuum

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out crumbs before hand. If you hand wash it, soak it in warm water for 15 minutes with a teaspoon of laundry detergent. Rinse well and air dry.

Manage paperwork. “Everyday

after school,” Sanchez says, “we have a mandatory ‘empty your book bag’ rule.” Her children file important documents like those that need to be signed by a parent into an office divider. Label a folder with the name of your child and school year to easily collect artwork and other keepsakes throughout the year. Sanchez keeps her folders in a plastic file box.

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Create a homework station.

Designate a well-lit place in your home where homework can be completed without distractions. Create a homework caddy stocked with notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, and highlighters-anything your child might need to complete an assignment.

Make a homework plan. If your

child struggles with organization, go through their backpack together. Make a stack for the night’s homework and help your child prioritize what needs to be completed first. Use a calendar to help them plan long-term assignments.

Use a timer. If your child gets overwhelmed by lengthy math worksheets or other difficult assignments, try using a timer like the Time Timer app and set a goal. For example, after he completes 10 problems, take a break for a quick snack. “Frequent breaks are important in helping students and their parents with homework,” says Amber Dawkins, a former teacher and a mom to a four-year-old son. Attend back-to-school functions. Help your child get back into

the school groove by attending school orientations, ice cream socials or sneak-a-peeks. “Even reconnecting with one or two friends or meeting a teacher in person before the first day of school can make a difference to a child,” Dawkins says.

Connect in a memorable way. Be ready to meet a few new parents at back-to-school functions who you’ll want to reconnect with later. Mom of two, Kristal Ronnebaum suggests handing out a family calling card. “It’s a method of sharing your contact information in a fun and creative way,” Ronnebaum says. You can also hand the card to babysitters, carpool drivers and new neighbors (attached to a small housewarming gift).

Encourage rest. A successful school

year requires quality sleep. “Start edging those bedtimes back a week or two in advance of school starting,” Dawkins says. Maintain a regular evening routine that helps your child unwind before bed, such as a warm bath or shower and reading time. Also, build unstructured time into your child’s weekly schedule for playing with friends and pursuing creative endeavors. ESP

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two school-age boys. She is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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Cooking Up Kitchen Fun

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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Team sports are a great way to keep kids active but not all kids enjoy playing them. When kids avoid team sports, parents look for other ways their children can continue to be healthy and active. How can you get your kids moving around when they aren’t part of a sports team? Encourage lifelong activities Choose activities that have the potential for lifelong enjoyment such as biking, swimming, walking, and hiking. These activities are great because while they can be done individually, for a lifetime, they also can be enjoyed as a family. Encourage everyone to go on a walk or bike ride together, hike in a local park, or spend the day at the pool. Give your kid a camera and let him photograph the beauty of the outdoors. Get a step counter for each family member and create a friendly competition to see who can get the most steps.

Go outside Simply getting your kids outside can be a great way to sneak in exercise. Visit a local park, encourage them to climb trees, swing, or play tag. Have your child go on a “treasure hunt” in the backyard and col-

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lect items that interest them like sticks, rocks, flowers, or leaves. Catching fireflies in the summer, building a snowman in the winter, or raking leaves in the fall all help kids to be active while not playing a sport.

Individual sports Just because your child does not enjoy team sports does not mean they may not enjoy an individual sport. Gymnastics, swimming, track and field, wrestling, diving, archery, golf, or weight lifting are all good examples of individual sports where children compete against themselves.

Limit screen time When screen time is allowed, try to encourage them to move while they are watching television. If a song comes on, get up and dance or march along. If they are playing video games, encourage games that involve movement. If the child is sedentary while enjoying screen time, ask them to complete some sort of activity like chores or outdoor play before they turn the television or tablet on.

Set an example Children learn by example. If the parent has a low activity level the child will most likely see exercise as a low priority. Lead by example and get moving. Begin an exercise routine or a hobby that includes movement, like gardening, and invite your child to join you. Make the most of the time together.

Dance and theater Turn on the music and have a family dance party. There is nothing like a great song to get a body moving. Dancing is fun and it’s great exercise too. Some children may also enjoy trying dance classes, baton twirling, or cheerleading. All of these are a great source of exercise. If your child is drawn to music and theater get them involved in a theater production in school or your community.

Find a new hobby Encourage your child to find a hobby that encourages movement and activity such as skateboarding, fishing, bowling, and woodworking. If the child is doing something they enjoy they won’t even notice they are also exercising.

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Chores Chores are a great way to get kids active and teach them the value of hard work at the same time. Ask your child to clean their room, vacuum, mow the lawn, or sweep. Consider paying them an allowance for more motivation. While team sports have many benefits, they are not for everyone. Kids who do not enjoy team sports don’t have to be less active. With these tips, kids will enjoy an active lifestyle that can be maintained for a lifetime. ESP

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19128 Young Street Fairhope, 36532 Rotary Youth Club is committed to reaching area youth with encouragement, mentoring and a path to life success through our after school and summer programs. Our after-school program runs from 3pm - 6pm including recreation, homework help and enrichment. The fee is $40/month with an annual $10 membership due the first of September. We serve children in K-12th grade, and offer transportation from each Fairhope school to the club in the afternoon. Our brand new education wing means an even stronger “Power Hour” of homework help

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Gulf Coast Arts Alliance 225 E 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and 1st Presbyterian Gulf Shores presents an afternoon arts program offering classes in dance, painting, pottery, music, drama, pastels, yoga, chorale, mosaic, and drawing. Class sizes are limited. For starting date and more information visit our website. (251) 948-2627 gulfcoastartsalliance@gmail.com www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com

P’zazz Art Studio

456-A North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 P’zazz is now enrolling for the fall 2017 semester. We require a one time supply fee of $25 and a Monthly fee of $55. Classes cover drawing, watercolor, acrylics, and pastels and will begin August 28th and run through December 13th. Pre K – Kindergarten classes are Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm; 1st – 3rd grade classes are Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm and Wednesdays from 4:45pm - 5:45pm; 4th – 6th grade classes are Tuesdays from 4:45pm – 5:45pm. Drawing class for grades 6th - 8th is Monday 4:30pm 5:30pm. Class sizes are limited. Reserve your spot today! (251) 802-1009 pzazzfairhope@gmail.com www.pzazzart.com

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9 North Church Street Fairhope, 36532 Offering after school art classes, Saturday workshops, programs for homeschool students & groups and now music lessons! Art classes are mulit-media using clay pottery, fused glass, mosaics, and much more! Reservations required at least one week in advance. Please call for class dates and times or visit our Facebook page for upcoming events. For questions and pricing call or email us. (251) 928-4161 robm1490@gmail.com www.facebook.com/paintnparrot

Education and Tutoring Huntington Learning Center ad on page 24

Jubilee Square Shopping Center 6880 US Hwy 90 Suite 13 Daphne, 36526 Huntington Learning Centers help students of all ages build the skills, confidence and motivation to attain better grades. Whether your child is struggling in school or simply seeking a more enriching academic experience, our personalized programs will make a positive difference. Huntington’s exam prep instruction includes personalized, private tutoring. Our programs enrich a student’s test-taking strategies,

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Renaissance School ad on page 54

10526 County Road 64 Daphne, 36526 RSES offers a full curriculum for grades 1st-8th. Classes are structured in a small group setting and are customized to fit every student’s individual needs. We also offer dyslexia therapy, tutoring and academic testing for all ages. Follow us on Facebook for events and updates. (251) 990-0041 admin@esrenaissance.org www.esrenaissance.org

Fairhope Sewing School

Fairhope, 36532 FSS is now enrolling for the 2017-18 school year. Sewing classes meet weekly for 1 hour for ages 7-17 years. Class sizes are limited. Sewing machines are provided. Please visit our website for specific class times and details. (251) 442-4472 fairhopesewingschool@gmail.com www.fairhopesewingschool.com

26420 Kensington Place, (Suite C) Daphne, 36526 Reading/Math Support Services: Our speechlanguage therapy staff manages reading instruction with advanced knowledge in literacy development using a variety of Orton Gillingham-based programs and multisensory strategies. Areas of focus include reading development (sound awareness, comprehension, and strategies) and math skills development (rote memory skills, problem solving, and number sense) in a fun and engaging environment. (251) 517-0355 leah.kidskount@yahoo.com www.kidskounttherapy.com

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(251) 625-4020 baldwinoffice@readwritelearningcenter.com www.readwritelearningcenter.com

Sylvan Learning Center of Spanish Fort

27000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 We’re Sylvan Learning of Spanish Fort. Our tutors in Spanish Fort, AL use a personal approach and

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competitive students. Baypointe offers instruction from ages 2 ½ to adult for beginner students to advanced. We have Preschool Classes, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tumble and Yoga. Baypointe is Home of The National Champions! Family discounts are available. Visit our Website and like us on Facebook and Instagram!

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The Think Tank Tutoring

Mobile & Baldwin County Improve your child’s grades with affordable oneon-one private tutoring in your home for students in grades K-12. We offer assistance with ADHD coaching, homework help, test prep and all other subjects. Get a head start on school struggles before they begin!

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Bay City Gymnastics ad on page 2

8534 Well Road Daphne, 36526 Come and join us after school to “let loose” and have fun at Bay City Gymnastics. Gymnastics is the greatest overall body conditioning activity that you can have your child involved in. It develops strength, flexibility, muscular control, endurance, coordination, agility, speed, balance, posture and much more. We offer Parent & Tot Classes for ages 18 months to 2.5 years, Preschool Gymnastics for ages 3 & 4, and Recreational Classes for both Girls and Boys ages 5 and up. Classes are available for Beginners and Advanced tumblers, Competitive

Baypointe Dance Academy ad on page 71

8756 Rand Avenue Daphne, 36526 Register Now For Fall Classes! Registration dates are August 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 4:006:00pm. Fall Classes Begin September 5, 2017. New Incoming Pre-schoolers will receive a BayPointe T-shirt! Baypointe Dance Academy offers a 6,000 square foot building with 3 large class rooms, parent viewing windows, student break room and a spacious lobby! We specialize in recreational and

66 South Section Fairhope, 36532 August 12, 2017 will be Open House & Registration from 10am - 2pm. Fall classes begin August 21st. The fall schedule is now posted on our web site. We are now accepting online registrations. Creative Outlet Dance Center offers classes for all ages including adults from beginner to advanced dancers including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical, Tap, and Acrobatic Dance. We offer reasonable tuition with family discounts along with affordable and tasteful recital costumes.

(251) 928-9511 creativeoutletda@bellsouth.net www.creativeoutletdance.com

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251 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 Registration for Fall Classes is August 5th from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., August 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., August 15th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fall classes begin September 5th. Check out our website or Facebook page for class schedules and more information. Dance Arts South offers Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Tumbling and Aerial Silks. Classes for ages 3 to adult. (251) 610-8902 danceartssouth@gmail.com www.danceartssouth.com

Dance Is Alive - Presented by Dance Arts South ad on page 40

251 South Greeno Road South Fairhope, 36532 Dance Arts South is pleased to present Dance Is Alive, a Christian based dance program for ages 3 years and up. Dance Is Alive includes instruction in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Registration is July 29, 2017 from 1pm - 4pm and August 5, 2017 from 1pm - 4pm. Homeschool and evening classes are available. Email Dance Is Alive for more information. (251) 610-8902

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Eastern Shore Dance Academy ad on page 47

9063 Merritt Lane Daphne, 36526 Eastern Shore Dance Academy offers classes in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and more. Call or visit our website for more information today. Come dance with us! (251) 626-2300 easternshoredance@gmail.com www.easternshoredanceacademy.us

Eastern Shore Gymnastics Academy ad on page 45

8566 Athlete Drive Daphne, 36526 Offering women’s competitive Xcel, recreational school age gymnastics, awesome birthday parties and homeschool gymnastics classes. Morning and afternoon classes are also available for preschool ages. Registration will be August 7-10 and 14-17 from 3pm - 7pm. Classes begin August 21, 2017. For more information, please see our ad in this issue or visit our website. (251) 447-0505 easternshoregym@att.net www.easternshoregymnastics.net

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Gulf Coast Dance Alliance ad on page 37

30752 Ember Lane Spanish Fort, 36527 Gulf Coast Dance Alliance has a mission to give each individual the opportunity to learn the art of dance in a positive, professional and inspiring environment. Each student receives quality dance training by highly educated and experienced staff. Find us on Facebook and Instagram to view photos and event updates. Visit our website to register for the many classes we offer. (251) 621-9755 info@gcdadance.com www.gcdadance.com

Mobile Ballet, Inc. ad on page 57

26436 B Kensington Place Daphne, 36526 (251) 626-8932

4351 Downtowner Loop N Mobile, 36609 (251) 342-2241

Mobile Ballet School is recognized as the region’s premier dance school and performing Company for classical ballet and Broadway-style jazz with two school locations in Mobile and Daphne under the direction of Zoe LombardTodd and Lee Weatherby Partridge. Our faculty has extensive performance and teaching experience, enabling us to offer a complete curriculum from pre-ballet through pre-professional levels,

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plus Fitness Studio classes for adults. Students in the school have performance opportunities in our annual production of The Nutcracker ballet at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, the Nutcracker Charity Ball, and our year-end Showcase. For our youngest students beginning at age 3, Mobile Ballet School offers quality dance education in a caring and fun environment, including elements of the classic story ballets. Register online or call for more information. Fall classes begin Sept. 5, 2017. mobileschool@mobileballet.org

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The Little Gym ad on page 33

Publix Shopping Ctr, 22530 Hwy 98 Fairhope, 36532 Our programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening, cooperation and more! Each child receives individual attention and progresses at their own pace in a warm, nurturing and Fun environment. (251) 377-8514 tlgeasternshoreal@thelittlegym.com www.tlgeasternshoreal.com

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Sheffield School of Dance Eastern Shore ad on page 22

The Shoppes at Fairhope Village, 151 Fly Creek Avenue (Suite 430 & 432) Fairhope, 36532 Celebrating 75 YEARS this season, Sheffield School of the Dance is Mobile & Baldwin’s “Best Dance Studio” as voted in the 2016 Nappie Awards. “Motivating Young People and Enhancing Lives.” All ages and levels are taught from age 3 thru adults, and Beginner thru Advanced/Professional Level Classes. The very best in Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop and more is offered! Come join the Sheffield Dance Family for our 75th milestone year! (251) 219-7877 info@sheffielddance.net www.sheffielddance.net

Susan’s Academy of Dance ad on page 12

7966 American Way Daphne, 36526 Susan’s Academy of dance is registering for Fall 2017 classes! In house registration dates are August 4-5 and August 11-12. Registration is open now through our website.

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305 Fels Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Registrations are now being accepted for the Bay Shore Academy Ballet. For more information please contact Janet Carole, Director. (251) 990-9744

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Coastal Ballet Academy

3786 South McKenzie Street Foley, 36536 Coastal Ballet Academy is proud to present South Baldwin’s Premiere Nutcracker Ballet! Auditions will be Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The Nutcracker performances will be December 9 -10, 2017 at the Foley Civic Center. Coastal Ballet Academy has 40 years of nurturing students from beginner through professional. The syllabus is designed to enhance the physical, emotional, and mental confidence of each student. Rio Cordy Barlow, Artistic Director, offers Classical Ballet in Russian Technique, Royal Academy of Dance training, Creative Movement, Jazz and Character, as well as Etiquette classes. We offer ongoing programs for beginner through adult. (251) 979-9851 coastalballet@gmail.com www.coastalballetacademy.com

Gymnastics. From introduction levels to advanced skills, Dare 2 Dance has flexible dance programs for all levels of dancers (recreational to competitive) to fit any family schedule or needs. Our website provides helpful information about our classes, the cost, our policies, upcoming events as well as photos of our past and present dancers. (251) 716-0076

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Eastern Shore Twirlers

Fairhope, 36532 Baton twirling teaches rhythm, coordination, leadership, self-discipline and perseverance. Ms. Stacy specializes in dance twirl so it is a lot of fun learning routines to upbeat and exciting music. We offer competition Teams, Private Lessons and Twirling Camps. Regular Classes are offered at the following locations: Fairhope Elementary, WJ Carroll Intermediate School, Fairhope Intermediate School and Daphne Elementary. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 689-3675

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Flip City

9332 Hard Drive Foley, 36536 We offer a variety of Dance (Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop), Gymnastics, Cheer Programs and Baton twirling. Our facility offers a full size spring floor, double mini trampoline, balance beams, uneven bars, vault, and dance studio. Our family membership allows you to enroll all of your children in as many programs and or teams as you like for one monthly price. Fall classes begin in August so sign up now! Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/flipcityfoley. (251) 747-0404 flipcityfoley@outlook.com www.flipcityfoley.com

Gem of Champions

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22245 Highway 59 South Robertsdale, 36567 We offer a variety of classes including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Baton and

25421 A State Highway 181 Daphne, 36526 Gem of Champions is an Elite All Star Cheerleading and Gymnastics Facility. In addition to our GEMS TEAMS, we offer Recreational Tumbling, Stretch,

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Gulf Coast Tumbling

3757 Gulf Shores Parkway, Suite BE & BF Gulf Shores, 36542 Tumbling and cheer classes for ages 4 & up! Fall Registration is Now Open! Session begins September 4, 2017. Space is limited. The link to online registration is available on our website and Facebook page.

Next Level Tumbling and Training Center

26090 Equity Drive Daphne, 36526 Next Level Tumbling is committed to delivering exceptional tumbling instruction to every student. Our program is designed to help each student advance safely and properly through tumbling progressions to be able to perform a wide variety of skills and achieve even the most advanced tricks, all under the supervision of the most qualified tumbling instructors. In addition to small group tumbling sessions, we offer School Squad Tumbling, Pep Rally Preparation, Pom Routines, Competitive Cheer Routines, Cheer Clinics, Open Gyms, Stretching Sessions, Birthday Parties and Camps! Call or visit us for more information on classes today!

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

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K.B. Danz

Slippers and Taps School of Dance

206 Madison Drive Summerdale, 36580 At k.b.danz, we have something to offer everyone! We accept students ages 2-adult, boys and girls, recreational or competitive dancers! We offer classes in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and acro. Registration will be August 6-9 from 5pm 7pm. Classes begin August 21, 2017. (251) 776-2699

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22245 Highway 59 Robertsdale, 36567 Slippers and Taps School of Dance is the home of the Driven Dance Company! We offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer and All Boys Classes. Classes begin August 14, 2017. Check our Facebook page for current updates. (251) 747-8036

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South Baldwin Dance Center

3947 Gulf Shores Parkway Suite 220 Gulf Shores, 36542 At South Baldwin Dance Center students are trained in a hands-on, positive learning environment. Our vision is to inspire a passion for the art of dance, instill self-motivation, and teach the rewards of perseverance. SBDC has become a leader in dance education along the Gulf Coast. Classes are available for ages 3 years and up in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Fall classes begin Monday August 14. OFFERING FREE DANCE CLASSES between Monday, August 14 and Thursday, 18th! (251) 942-6209 Danc_n@hotmail.com www.southbaldwindance.com

Southern Strutt Dance Center 22505 Racine Street Robertsdale, 36567 At Southern Strutt, we will teach the Beautiful ART of Dance, in a fun, but structured environment & create lifelong positive memories! Serving Baldwin County for 38 years! (Formerly Green Acres School of Dance) Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gymnastics and Baton. 251-979-9763

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Horseback Riding Fox Run Equestrian Center

13370 County Road 3 Fairhope, 36532 Fox Run Equestrian Center has produced champion riders and horses for almost 40 years. Our Owner, Sidney Walter, is the head instructor and trainer. She provides hands-on training for horses. Fox Run Equestrian Center’s highly qualified riding instruction offers individual attention to each student. Lessons are available for beginners and advanced riders from ages 6 years through adult. Riding techniques include English, Pleasure Riding, Jumping and Dressage. Visit our Facebook page for events and photos. (251) 928-7666 foxrun251@att.net www.facebook.com/FoxRunEquestrian

Lake Forest Stables

268 Equine Circle Daphne, 36526 Lake Forest Stables offers group and private lessons. We have a round pen for beginners and a large lighted arena for intermediate riders. Our hour-long lessons focus on safety, good horsemanship and fun! Lake Forest Stables has a great family atmosphere with a secure tack room, cross ties/wash rack, round pen, 25 acres of trails on site and a restroom. (770) 355-6514 daphne@lakeforeststables.org www.lakeforeststables.org

Whitfield Farm Horseback Riding

10309 Rebel Road Daphne, 36526 Whitfield Farm offers summer camps, riding lessons, training, and coaching at shows. Visit us on Facebook for event updates and call for lesson information. (251) 709-4189 https://www.facebook.com/ Whitfield-Farm-100088606859/

Wild Hawk Ranch, LLC

24080 JD Waters Lane Robertsdale, 36567 Wild Hawk Ranch offers lessons, riding, training and boarding at our facility. Bring your own horse or one of ours can be provided. Our lessons include: Grooming, handling, riding, and overall responsibilities taught with concern and respect for the horse at all times. For more information call or email us. (850) 418-3684 wildhawkranch@gmail.com www.wildhawkranch.com

watch a class! Please call or email Tim Knight for questions and class registration. (251) 923-6945

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Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers

20730 State Highway 181 Suite G Fairhope, 36532 Offering Martial Arts instruction in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Classes are available in Fairhope and Gulf Shores. Call and schedule a free week of lessons! For more information please call or email us. Like us on Facebook for updates!

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Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers

25478-B Friendship Road Daphne, 36526 Students train at their own comfortable pace. The benefits of Taekwondo training are increased strength, flexibility, endurance, and weight loss. We provide carefully planned training in order to develop healthy individuals. Having a positive outlet that breaks the regular cycle of school, work, and home will also help you to reduce stress, focus, and recharge your mind and body. We offer flexible training times throughout the week to accommodate even the busiest schedules. Locations in Daphne, Bay Minette, Semmes and Mobile areas. Call today to register your child or to get more information.

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Gulf Coast Martial Arts - Jujutsu

Inside Gulf Shores CrossFit 7369 Alamo Circle Gulf Shores, 36542 Gulf Coast Martial Arts teaches Japanese Jujutsu, a self-defense system designed by the samurai of ancient Japan. We offer children’s classes and adult classes every Tuesday and Thursday. Kids classes are from 6:30pm - 7:20pm and Adult classes are from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Stop by and

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17799 Fort Morgan Road Gulf Shores , 36542 Offering Martial Arts instruction in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Classes are available in Fairhope and Gulf Shores. Call and schedule a free week of lessons! For more information please call or email us. Like us on Facebook for updates!

SCS Martial Arts and Fitness Center

7980 American Way Daphne, 36526 SCS Martial Arts and Fitness offers classes for all ages. We team up and never give up with both students and parents to help reinforce the positive traits you want your child to have such as focus, respect, confidence, self-control and discipline all in a positive, high energy environment that will improve their fitness and prepare them for obstacles they may encounter in their future. (251) 625-4257 crissi@scskarate.com www.scskarate.com

Shorinji Kempo

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art that uses philosophy, punches, kicks, blocking, pressure points, holds, joint locks, reverses, pins and throws. We do not compete. The benefits of this Martial Art includes improved strength, self confidence, focus, flexibility, self-discipline, coordination and a sense of justice. Children’s classes from ages 7-12 years are held once a week on Thurs. from 5:30-6:30. Introductory class is free. Class fees are $50 per Quarter. For more information call, text or email Terri Loftin. (251) 510-7771 www.usskf.com

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Wheeles Karate Academy

314 East 21st Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Wheeles Karate Academy will help build confidence, respect, and self-discipline in your child while learning the basics of karate. We offer summer karate and kickboxing classes and summer camp sessions. Call or visit our website for more information. Like us on Facebook!

(251) 967-KICK (5425) or (251) 509-3353 wheeleskarateacademy@gmail.com www.gulfcoastkarate.com

Yamane Championship Mixed Martial Arts

1410 US Highway 98, Suite D Daphne, 36526 Kids will have a fantastic time learning Mixed Martial Arts and parents enjoy the tremendous rewards of seeing their children having fun. We strive to ensure our Teens/Kids Program is exciting, structured, disciplined and appropriately challenging. Our care-

fully focused programs teach your child important physical fitness exercises, basic practical Mixed Martial Arts, self-defense, and fun skill developing games in an energetic and motivational fashion. Visit us on Facebook for updates! (251) 621-0304

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Miscellaneous Professional Modeling Course ad on page 29

Daphne Recreation Center, Daphne, 36526 A Professional Modeling Course for both males and females. In this course you will learn visual poise and grace, runway and informal modeling, wardrobe coordination, stage presentation, photo posing techniques, professional makeup application and grooming for gentlemen. This is a 5-week session for ages 12-18. (251) 625-3137

Protocol- Social Etiquette & Table Manners ad on page 29

Daphne Recreation Center 2605 Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 Paula Perri believes Good Manners Never Go

Out of Style! She conducts a Social Etiquette and Table Manners Course for area boys and girls ages 7 – 17 years. This course places emphasis on proper introductions, phone conversation, table setting, proper use of silverware, correct posture for standing and sitting, making a toast, writing thank you notes, dinner conversation and the proper way to give and receive gifts. The course is for boys and girls ages 6 years to 16 years. Paula Perri also offers Ballroom dance classes for youth as well. For more information please call or email Paula Perri. (251) 625-3137

Music and Theater Baldwin County Youth Orchestra ad on page 17

6847 Park Drive Daphne, 36526 Baldwin County Youth Orchestra is NOW Auditioning For: Youth Orchestra, Beginning Band, Beginning Strings Class, Intermediate Strings Class, Baldwin Wind Ensemble, Baldwin Jazz Band, Community Adult Strings Orchestra. The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra is a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to educate, promote and enrich

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the community by building relationships through musical awareness, performance and tutelage. Please “like us” on Facebook.

409 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Music lessons for all levels and all ages. Also offering music consignment, technical services and catalog sales. Find us on Facebook at BayMusicFairhope.

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Fairhope, 36532 Fall 2017 Auditions for “Elevation” Troupe (grades 4 - 12) The Lion King, Jr. “Grounded” Troupe (grades K4 - 4) Seussical KIDS will be Monday, August 28 & Tuesday, August 29 between 4:30pm - 7:30pm at Fairhope United Methodist Church Life Center. Choose 1 day to come show us your talents! Bring 30 seconds of a song, dance or monologue to perform for directors, and a 4x6 photo. Audition forms available on our website and at auditions. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm beginning September 5, 2017. Center Stage Singers (Grades 7-12): Students perform at local events throughout the year and end the year in May with a professional finale concert. Bring 30 seconds of a song to perform for directors, and a 4x6 photo. We love to use live instruments when possible so bring your own if you have one! (We do have keyboards). Rehearsals are Monday nights from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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American Heritage Girls

First Baptist Church Loxley 1050 North Alabama Street Loxley, 36551 American Heritage Girls is a Christian scouting organization for girls in kindergarten (turning 5 before October 1) through 12th grade. Our girls earn badges, awards, and service stars and have lots of fun! We will follow the Baldwin County School calendar. (850) 572-5063

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Dance Arts South Building 251 Greeno Road South Fairhope, 36532 Founded in 2012, Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre provides innovative, high-quality theatre experiences for the Eastern Shore community, including musical theatre summer camps, dance and musical theatre classes, participation in Junior Theater Festival, the world’s largest musical theater festival for young people, and two major productions each year. The fall show features area students ages 3rd-12th grade and Theatre on the Bluff is held each spring featuring performers of all ages. Peter Pan JR., directed by Erin Langley and choreographed by Matthew Kiel, will be at the Fairhope Civic Center November 3-5, 2017. Auditions for 3rd grade - 12th grade will be held Monday, August 14 from 4pm-6pm and Tuesday, August 15 from 4pm-6pm at the ESRT Studio, located in the Dance Arts South building. No experience or preparation is necessary. Invitation-Only callbacks will be Thursday, August 17th at 4pm. (251) 301-2371 easternshorerep@gmail.com www.easternshorerep.org

Fairhope Music

247 Greeno Road South Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Music LLC is a one-stop shop for all of your musical needs! Offering music lessons for all ages and all levels. We sell new and used band & orchestra instruments, electric & acoustic guitars, accessories and sell and rent PA equipment. Offering lessons in Voice, Piano, Guitar, Violin,

Bass, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, and Flute. Home of Fairhope Youth Orchestra. We are open Monday–Thursday 11am-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12pm-4pm. (251) 455-4101 info@fairhopemusic.com www.facebook.com/FairhopeMusic/

Gregory Brown Music

Inside Paint’n Parrot 9 North Church Street Fairhope, 36532 Music lessons are offered to all ages and abilities. We also carry instruments and accessories for sale. For specific lesson information call or email us. (251) 209-0266 jollydog@att.net www.gregorybrownmusic.com

Kaleidoscope Musical Art

First Presbyterian Church 309 East 21st Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and 1st Presbyterian Gulf Shores presents an afternoon arts program offering classes in dance, painting, pottery, music, drama, pastels, yoga, chorale, mosaic, and drawing. Class sizes are limited. For starting date and more information visit our website. (251) 978-8130 gulfcoastartsalliance@gmail.com www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com

Marjorie Searcy- Vocal Coach

698 Cedar Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Marjorie Searcy offers voice lessons for all ages. Call or email for information on workshops and individual sessions. (251) 509-2150 info@marjoriesearcy.com www.marjoriesearcy.com

Mobile’s Singing Children

MobileDirected by Susan Hoitt, Mobile’s Singing Children is the premier youth choir on the Gulf Coast. We provide the opportunity for children to receive classical voice training of the very highest quality, as well as perform music of the highest cali-

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ber in age-appropriate ensembles. In our 40-year history, MSC has toured and performed in Europe, Canada and numerous states in the U.S. We have been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and perform with Mobile Opera and the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Auditions are now underway for boys and girls in grades 2 – 12. To request an audition email Director, Susan Hoitt.

day, trophies, certificates, and award wristbands to celebrate their achievement. Month to month lesson options are available and no long term contracts are required. It’s EASY to take the next step! Come see why MEM is the Eastern Shore’s number one choice for music lessons. Lesson times are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Please call or email us for more information.

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Modern Ensemble Music Lessons

Steinway Piano Gallery Spanish Fort Academey of Music

809-B Daphne Avenue Daphne, 36526 Modern Ensemble Music has an active enrollment of over 200 students and several students who come from as far as Mobile and Orange Beach to take lessons with us! We offer the largest and most qualified teaching faculty on the Eastern Shore with a proven track record of success since 2008. MEM is Nationally Recognized in Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums, Violin, and Piano classes for students ages 2 to adult. Our facility has a comfortable waiting room for parents, fully stocked lesson rooms, professional office staff available 7 days a week and the convenience of all lessons in one location. Classes are available Monday - Friday from 12pm - 8pm, Saturdays from 10am - 2pm, and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. At Modern Ensemble Music, students participate in recitals, school wide picture

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11247 US Highway 31 Spanish Fort, 36527 Music affects our creativity through enhanced brain activity. This can inspire innovative solutions and evoke memories, emotions, and experiences-all powerful catalysts for ideation. Contact us today or more information on private piano and voice lessons. (251) 930-1082 christy@steinwayes.com www.steinwayes.com

Recreation Centers City of Fairhope Recreation Center

US Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Join for the quarter, the month or even the day! Fit-

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City of Foley Recreation Department

121 North Alston Street Foley, 36536 The City of Foley offers Youth Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Soccer and other activities throughout the year. Visit our website for detailed registration dates and times. For more information email cbledsoe@cityoffoley.org. (251) 970-5020 cbledsoe@cityoffoley.org www.foleyrecreation.com

City of Gulf Shores Recreation Center

Bodenhamer Recreation Center 310 West 19th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 The David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center is a membership based community center that offers a variety of recreational activities including a full service fitness room, game area, indoor heated pool with lap lanes, racquetball courts, regulation size gymnasium, saunas, AquaClimb wall, fitness classes and more. (251) 968-1420

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City of Orange Beach Athletics

4849 Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 The City of Orange Beach is open Monday Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm; Sunday, Closed. We have an Aquatics Center, Tennis Center, Recreation Center, SportsPlex, Golf Center, City Hall, Community Center, Wind & Water Learning Center, Waterfront Park and more! (251) 981-6028

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Daphne Recreation Department

Next to Daphne Civic Center 2605 Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 The Daphne Parks & recreation Department strives to provide quality recreation programs for the citizens of Daphne and surrounding communities. Visit the Daphne Recreation Department website to view the many youth opportunities available. (251) 621-3703

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Spanish Fort Sports Association

Spanish Fort , 36527 Visit our website for links to Spanish Fort City recreation programs. Updates are also posted on our Facebook page. spanishfortsportsassociation@gmail.com http://www.spanishfortsports.com/

Scouting - Naval Cadets Boy Scouts of America Mobile Area Council

2587 Government Boulevard Mobile, 36606 The Mobile Area Council, Boy Scouts of America provides service to over 4,500 registered youth and registered adult leaders in the Southwest Alabama Counties of Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile and Washington. The Council spans from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the pine forests of Clarke County. Alabama’s entire coastal area of sugar white sand beaches fall within the Council service area. (251) 476-4600 rebecca.samarripa@scouting.org www.bsamac.org

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Inc. (GSSA) is a place where every G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) can find the space, tools, and support she needs to consistently transform ideas into actions, turn questions into adventures, and grow confidence through practice, every step of the way. With programming across 30 counties, GSSA offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. (800) 239-6636 Communications@girlscoutssa.org www.girlscoutssa.org

Trail Life

Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church 23050 U.S. Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Trail Life USA is an intentionally Christian scouting organization for boys. Our mission is simple and clear: to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure. traillifeal139@gmail.com www.facebook.com/traillifeal139

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U.S. Naval Sea Cadet’s Dunlap Division

USCG Aviation Training Center 8501 Tanner Williams Road, Mobile Cadets learn seagoing skills aboard Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships and shore activities that emphasize patriotism, courage, self-reliance, teamwork, leadership skills, accountability, character building military training, and help for those preparing for a military career. They are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The program is open to the community for male and females ages 10 years - 12th grade. Enrollment is open year round. The Naval League Cadets program is for students ages 10-13 years old. Naval League Cadets are introduced to maritime and military life before becoming full-fledged Sea Cadets. For more information email Robin Townsend, XO or Angela Graham, ADMIN. (251)545-6665 Dunlap.seacadets@gmail.com www.seacadets.org

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Fairhope United Methodist 155 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Christian Life Center is open to the public Monday & Tuesday from 7am - 8pm; Wednesday from 7am -5pm and Thursday & Friday from 7am - 6pm. Come enjoy the indoor walking track, exercise, fitness classes, sports programs for kids, and great fellowship. 2017 Upward Basketball and Cheer registration is September 4 - October 13 for boys and girls ages K4 - 4th grade. Our website lists specific program class times and information. Registration is available online. (251) 928-1148

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Baldwin County Volleyball Club

Baldwin County Volleyball Club is a developmental league for boys and girls, ages K - 8th grade, interested in learning the game of volleyball. Our developmental league runs Nov-Jan. We also offer a travel league where the more skilled players are asked to try out to qualify for a travel team. This league runs March - May. Our 2017-2018 Registration and Organizational meeting will be 11/6/17, 6:00pm at the Spanish Fort High School Cafeteria. (251) 605-7035 bkercher@bcbe.org www.ballcharts.com/bcvcdigit

Bounds Family YMCA

8051 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Youth Sports are offered in soccer, basketball, swimming and more. YMCA sports programs offer children the ability to learn good sportsmanship, communication skills, healthy competition and ways to have fun while building gross motor skills. We encourage parents to get in on the action by volunteering as a coach, team parent and, of course, acting as your child’s number one cheerleader. Visit your local YMCA or call for registration information. (251) 626-0888

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Daphne Baseball

Daphne, 36526 Daphne Youth Baseball offers baseball leagues for kids ages 4 - 14 years. Our T-Ball League is for kids ages 4 - 5 years; Rookie league is for age 6 years; Peanut league is for ages 7-8 years; Minor league: ages 9-10; Ozone: ages 12-13; Dixie Boys: ages 13-14 years.

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Daphne Cheer

Daphne, 36526 The Daphne Youth Cheerleading Program cheers for our Youth Football teams in the BCYFL. Girls ages 5-12 years can register for the cheerleading program. For questions regarding the cheerleading program, please email Tracy Pratt or visit our Facebook page. daphnereccheer@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/Daphne-Youth-Cheerleading-1602140126706049/

Daphne Strike Disability Soccer

Trione Sports Complex 8600 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Daphne Strike in conjunction with Tops Soccer is delighted to announce a new? Disability Soccer Program to run weekly for four weeks at a cost of $30 per block. Players ages 4-19 years will be coached in Co-ed groups dependent on need. All players are welcome! Please email Matthew McArthur to register. daphnestriketopsoccer@gmail.com

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Daphne Strike Soccer

Dribble ‘til You Drop is for girls who will be entering 4th – 7th grade. Players will learn & improve the basic skills of basketball. We will meet once a week for 2 hours. The first hour will be an instructional period and the 2nd hour players will apply the skills they learned through scrimmaging. Please call or email Coach Ali Calloway for registration.

Daphne, 36526 Fall 2017 Recreation fee is $85. Recreation Birth Years are 2013-2002. Late Registration begins August 12, 2017. Late registration fee is $100. Fall 2017 Wee Kicker Recreation is $65. Wee Kicker birth year is 2014. Late Registration begins August 12, 2017. Late registration fee is $75. All registrations will close on August 19, 2017. NO LATE registrations accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please contact our Club Registrar for questions. Registration is open now and available on our website.

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Fairhope Soccer Club

Fairhope, 36532 Fall soccer registration is open to kids born 2003-2014. For information regarding registration and season dates please visit our website. Keep up to date by liking us on Facebook or following us on Instagram.

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Daphne Youth Football

Daphne, 36526 The Daphne Youth Football League participates in the Baldwin County Youth Football League (BCYFL). The league is comprised of children from 7-12 years of age.

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Fairhope Softball League

Founders Park 18798 Founders Drive Fairhope, 36532 Online Registration is open until August 24, 2017. Follow us on Facebook and get involved this fall! For more details and questions call or email today. (251) 300-4313 fairhopegirlssoftball@yahoo.com girlssoftball.com

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Fairhope Youth Baseball

Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Youth Baseball is a league for over 700 boys and girls ages 5-14, committed to providing a recreational program that emphasizes sportsmanship, fair play and a family oriented atmosphere. Fall registration dates and information to be posted soon. (251) 929-0359 fairhopeyouthbaseball@gmail.com www.fybaseball.org

Fairhope Youth Basketball

City of Fairhope Recreation Center 803 North Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Youth Basketball is the city recreational basketball league open to boys (K-10) and girls (K-8) who live in the Fairhope school

district, whether or not they attend Fairhope City Schools. Find Fairhope Youth Basketball on Facebook. (251) 928-7270 fairhopeyouthbasketball@gmail. com www.fairhopeyouthbasketball.com

John McClure Snook Family YMCA

2560 South Pine Street Foley, 36536 Youth Sports are offered in soccer, basketball, swimming and more. YMCA sports programs offer children the ability to learn good sportsmanship, communication skills, healthy competition and ways to have fun while building gross motor skills. We encourage parents to get in on the action by volunteering as a coach, team parent and, of course, acting as your child’s number one cheerleader. Visit your local YMCA or call for registration information. (251) 970-3003

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Lower Alabama Lacrosse

Daphne, 36526 Lower Alabama Lacrosse Bayhawks is dedicated to growing the sport in our area. We are based in Daphne, AL but players come from all over the Eastern Shore. We have a Fall Ball program that offers play and instruction for kids ages 7-17 years and a Regular Season in the

Spring. Visit our Facebook page for updates. (251) 604-0528 lallax@lallax.com www.loweralabamalacrosse.org

McConnell Athletics

101 Fly Creek Avenue Fairhope, 36532 At McConnell Athletics we teach each athlete that biomechanical function does not come easily, even to the best natural athletes. Proper function must be assessed and then corrected before optimal performance can be expected. We counsel and coach clients in ages 8 years to adult and every skill level. (251) 990-6202 McConnellAthletics@gmail.com www.mcconnellathletics.com

The Fieldhouse

26037 Capital Drive Daphne, 36526 The Fieldhouse offers training sessions in baseball, softball, speed and agility. We utilize our indoor training facility to help introduce sports to young participants, and help the experienced athlete take his or her game to a higher level. We also offer private lessons year round, as well as memberships and team packages. Specific dates and details for training can be found on our website. (251) 626-0190

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10580 County Road 64 Daphne, 36526 Eastern Shore Aquatics Center (ESAC) is the home of Southern Waters Aquatic Team (year-round swim team), the Eastern Shore Piranhas (summer swim league), swim lessons, and homeschool swim programs. Registration is ongoing for lessons, homeschool, or swim team membership, so enroll today! Please text or visit our website for detailed information. (251) 300-0820 richsuhs@aol.com www.swimforswat.com

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2049 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 For information and to register for programs please call the Tennis Center. (251) 968-1431

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Gulf Shores Swim

David L. Bodenhamer Center 310 West 19th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 The City of Gulf Shores Recreation Division at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center provides our growing year-round swim program. We offer a variety of instructional classes including water aerobics, lifeguard certification, group lessons and more. We pride ourselves in our comprehensive programming that allows us to provide everyone an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to national competitor. (251) 968-1420 bhopkins@gulfshoresal.gov www.facebook.com/gulfshoresswimteam

Lake Forest Tennis

1 Golf Terrace Daphne, 36526 For more information on lessons, clinic times and registration instructions please call or email. (251) 626-9696 or (251) 648-3952 lftennis@lakeforestpoa.org www.lakeforestpoa.org

Point Clear Tennis

17107 Tennis Club Drive Point Clear, 36532 Point Clear Tennis & Swim Club features clay courts in beautiful Point Clear. Single and Family Memberships are available. Call or email Coach to register. (251) 604-1259

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Quail Creek Golf Course

19841 Quail Creek Drive Fairhope, 36532 Junior Golf clinics are offered for boys and girls ages 6 years and up. Players are given instruction in driving, chipping and putting. Register at the Pro shop at Quail Creek. (251) 990-0240

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TimberCreek Golf Course

9650 TimberCreek Boulevard Daphne, 36526 At TimberCreek our PGA Professionals are passionate about improving all aspects of your golf game. Junior lessons and clinics for beginners and advanced players are available in spring, summer and fall. We offer the latest technology in video instruction and over 25 years of experience and expertise. (251) 621-9900 www.golftimbercreek.com ESP

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

Gigantosaurus

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

How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?

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

Dogosaurus Rex

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

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FamilyCalendar Tuesday August 1

Fantasy Island Toys - Create a Masterpiece In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create a Masterpiece In-Store Activity is for ages 4 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will study famous artwork and create our own versions! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

Wednesday August 2

Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com Kids Night

(Admission is FREE; Activity Prices Vary $5, $7, $10)

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Every child deserves an evening centered around nothing but pure FUN! After all, it’s summertime, so what’s more perfect than a safe environment for the little ones to let out all that built-up energy! As part of our 100 Days of Summer celebration, each Wednesday night will be catered to the kids. There will be no shortage of entertainment during these activity-packed events. Face painting, prizes, games, music, a hula hoop performer, bouncy house and water slide will line Palm Plaza for all the occasions! alwharf.com

Thursday August 3

Coast360 Beach Games (Free for ages 6-12yrs (If

younger/older siblings attend we can give them special tasks to join in the fun too!))

11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th year Tacky Jacks “Summer of Fun” presents Coast360 Beach Games. Kids compete every Thursday this summer in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for everyone! www.tackyjacks.com Marc-Art 2017 6:00 PM Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street Mobile, 36602 Peer Helpers 20th Annual Pro Rodeo ($12 for

adults, $6 for children ages 4012 and Free for 3 and under.)

6:00 PM Foley Horse Arena, 113 East Rosetta Avenue Foley, 36535 The 20th Annual Professional Rodeo will be held August 3-5, 2017 at the Foley Horse Arena rain or shine. This event attracts thousands of fans who cheer on professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the South. All proceeds from the 2017 rodeo benefit local Peer Helper Programs in schools across Baldwin County. Rodeo starts at 8:00pm and kids activities start at 6:00pm. jennifermoorefoundation.com/events/rodeo/ Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to

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bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Nim’s Island townofdauphinisland.org Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series (Free) 8:00 PM Fairhopers Community Park, 105 S Church Street Fairhope, 36532 Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series. Fantasy Island Toys - Create a Masterpiece In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create a Masterpiece In-Store Activity is for ages 4 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will study famous artwork and create our own versions! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/ Sparks After Dark Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show. Time: 8:47ish alwharf.com

Friday August 4

First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants in Downtown Fairhope as they open late and highlight the art community. Art Walk happens every first Friday of each month from 6-8 p.m. Peer Helpers 20th Annual Pro Rodeo ($12 for

adults, $6 for children ages 4012 and Free for 3 and under.)

6:00 PM Foley Horse Arena, 113 East Rosetta Avenue Foley, 36535 The 20th Annual Professional Rodeo will be held August 3-5, 2017 at the Foley Horse Arena rain or shine. This event attracts thousands of fans who cheer on professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the South. All proceeds from the 2017 rodeo benefit local Peer Helper Programs in schools across Baldwin County. Rodeo starts at 8:00pm and kids activities start at 6:00pm. jennifermoorefoundation.com/events/rodeo/ Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp Recital 6:30 PM History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Summer Jazz Camp Recital at the History Museum of Mobile. gcehjazzfest.org Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s awardwinning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “Willy Wonka - The Musical” ($16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors)

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Mobile, 36608 Join us for The Playhouse in the Park’s production of “Willy Wonka – The Musical,” based on the classic 1964 book by Roald Dahl. The stage musical follows Charlie Bucket’s adventures inside the famed Wonka Chocolate Factory. Owned by eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka, the factory tour is open to only the five lucky children (and their guardians) who find an elusive golden ticket. Show dates for “Willy Wonka – The Musical” are Friday through Sunday, July 21 through August 13, 2017. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. 251-602-0630 www.playhouseinthepark.org South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Shrek the Musical 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. www.sbct.biz Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. townofdauphinisland.org Theatre 98 presents Becky’s New Car 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Saturday August 5

153rd Battle of Mobile Bay 9:00 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island , 36528 The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The cannon will be fired every forty-five minutes in honor of the soldiers that fought in this pivotal battle. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstrations will be on hand all day in the Fort’s Blacksmith Shop. 251-861-6992 dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines Discover the Dinosaurs 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the ALL NEW Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids can also meet a baby dinosaur, take a spin in the Jurassic Jeeps on the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more. Parents and kids can test their skills playing an all-new mini golf course, become junior

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7:30 PM Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 Join us for The Playhouse in the Park’s production of “Willy Wonka – The Musical,” based on the classic 1964 book by Roald Dahl. The stage musical follows Charlie Bucket’s adventures inside the famed Wonka Chocolate Factory. Owned by eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka, the factory tour is open to only the five lucky children (and their guardians) who find an elusive golden ticket. Show dates for “Willy Wonka – The Musical” are Friday through Sunday, July 21 through August 13, 2017. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. 251-602-0630 www.playhouseinthepark.org

Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a

South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Shrek the Musical 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. www.sbct.biz

Kenny Chesney Concert 6:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheatre, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561alwharf.com Peer Helpers 20th Annual Pro Rodeo ($12 for

6:00 PM Foley Horse Arena, 113 East Rosetta Avenue Foley, 36535 The 20th Annual Professional Rodeo will be held August 3-5, 2017 at the Foley Horse Arena rain or shine. This event attracts thousands of fans who cheer on professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the South. All proceeds from the 2017 rodeo benefit local Peer Helper Programs in schools across Baldwin County. Rodeo starts at 8:00pm and kids activities start at 6:00pm. jennifermoorefoundation.com/events/rodeo/

Theatre 98 presents Becky’s New Car 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament 14772 State Docks Road Bayou La Batre, 36509 Join Kayak Anglers from all over the Gulf Coast for a day of fishing and family fun. Compete in Junior or Master Angler age divisions. bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org

Sunday August 6

Founder’s Day - Bellingrath Gardens 8:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday, admission to the Gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org Discover the Dinosaurs 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the ALL NEW Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids can also meet a baby dinosaur, take a spin in the Jurassic Jeeps on

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FamilyCalendar the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more. Parents and kids can test their skills playing an all-new mini golf course, become junior paleontologists while completing the scavenger hunt, and dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions! www.discoverthedinosaurs.com Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 2:00 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Shrek the Musical 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. www.sbct.biz Playhouse in the Park presents “Willy Wonka - The Musical” ($16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors)

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($6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) & seniors (60+).)

3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theater will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals on the big screen! www.mobilesaenger.com

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Tuesday August 8

Hands on Habitat (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th Year is Tacky Jacks Summer of Fun for Kids and Adults alike. “Hands on Habitat” every Tuesday 11-12pm. Interact with animals and learn about our ecosystems. Join us for a free family friendly educational experience. New program each week www.tackyjacks.com Fantasy Island Toys - Paint a Canvas In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Paint a Canvas In-Store Activity is for ages 5 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will draw out whatever they wish to paint! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

Wednesday August 9

Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com Kids Night (Admission is FREE; Activity Prices Vary $5,

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5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Every child deserves an evening centered around nothing but pure FUN! After all, it’s summertime, so what’s more perfect than a safe environment for the little ones

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Thursday August 10

South Alabama REAL TALK Mental Wellness Conference ($25) 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Goodwill Easter Seals Center, 2440 Gordon Smith Drive Mobile, 36617 Guest speaker: Dr. Loren Hill, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will share insights into best practices in mental health delivery systems. Learn how collaboration between both traditional and nontraditional healthcare service providers benefits our consumers, what is happening in our area, and how we can strengthen our planning efforts to build trust among agencies, municipalities and families. Round table discussions. Expo vendor tables $75; exhibitor receives two tickets. Registration fee $25 per person. CE credits available; $25; up to 4 hours through the Institute for Violence, Abuse & Trauma (www. ivatcenters.org) Register at Eventbrite.com 251-4043924 or RealTalkMWAL@gmail.com Limited Seating. 251-404-3924 eventbrite.com Coast360 Beach Games (Free for ages 6-12yrs (If

younger/older siblings attend we can give them special tasks to join in the fun too!))

11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th year Tacky Jacks “Summer of Fun” presents Coast360 Beach Games. Kids compete every Thursday this

summer in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for everyone! www.tackyjacks.com An Evening of Poetry with Huggie Bear 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for an evening of poetry with Huggie Bear. gcehjazzfest.org Fantasy Island Toys - Paint a Canvas In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Paint a Canvas In-Store Activity is for ages 5 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will draw out whatever they wish to paint! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

Friday August 11

Chickasaw Theatre “The Little Mermaid 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “Willy Wonka The Musical” ($16 adults and $14 students and seniors) 7:30 PM Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive

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Mobile, 36608 Join us for The Playhouse in the Park’s production of “Willy Wonka – The Musical,” based on the classic 1964 book by Roald Dahl. The stage musical follows Charlie Bucket’s adventures inside the famed Wonka Chocolate Factory. Owned by eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka, the factory tour is open to only the five lucky children (and their guardians) who find an elusive golden ticket. Show dates for “Willy Wonka – The Musical” are Friday through Sunday, July 21 through August 13, 2017. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. 251-602-0630 www.playhouseinthepark.org South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Shrek the Musical 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. www.sbct.biz Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night (Free)

8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Soul Surfer townofdauphinisland.org

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USS Alabama’s 75th Anniversary Celebration 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36602 Battleship Memorial Park will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the USS ALABAMA on Saturday, August 12. Activities include concert by the Mobile Big Band Society from 10 – 11 a.m. followed by the 75th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony in the Aircraft Pavilion. The USS ALABAMA Living History Crew will present a mock battle attack featuring vintage airplanes at 1 p.m. on the deck. Children’s activities included. Admission and parking is free all day. Hours of operation - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.ussalabama.com or call 251-433-2703. www.ussalabama.com EEAA Bog Tour 9:30 AM Weeks Bay Reserve Visitors Center, 11401 US-98 Fairhope, 36532 Join EEAA on Saturday, August 12, as we discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants. We will meet at Weeks Bay Reserve Visitors Center in Fairhope, AL, at 9:30 am and travel to two local bogs. Bring your camera and be prepared to be amazed by the incredible diversity of this unique habitat. We will see a variety of carnivorous plants and wildflowers, including the rare white-fringed orchid! Hats, sunglasses, bug spray and shoes that can get wet are suggested. Email Angela Underwood at aspano2000@gmail.com for more info or to register. Fairhope Museum of History Elderberry Festival 10:00 AM Fairhope Museum of History, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 The Fairhope Museum will host the 9th annual Elderberry Festival at the Fairhope Museum of History on Saturday August 12, 2017. Festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with demon-

strations, tastings, a pie-eating contest, music and more throughout the day. The music will once again be from the Kracker Dan Band performing from 11 to 2. The public is invited to submit their favorite elderberry pies, cakes, breads, jams, jellies and juice as well as other elder-flower creations for the Elderberry Cook-off Contest. The deadline to submit elderberry goodies is 5:00 p.m. on Friday August 11.The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the museum at (251) 929-1471. www.cofairhope.com Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for Jazz on the River. gcehjazzfest.org Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “Willy Wonka - The Musical” ($16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors)

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Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Great Expectations hosted by Infirmary Health 2:00 PM North Baldwin Infirmary or Thomas Hospital, Infirmary Health is hosting an event called Great Expectations. Mothers-to-be, new mothers and their friends and family are invited to our Great Expectations celebration that includes: door prizes, physician and educational booths, retail displays, and birth center tours. For more information, call 251-435-3939 www.infirmaryhealth.org South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Shrek the Musical 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. www.sbct.biz Playhouse in the Park presents “Willy Wonka - The Musical” ($16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors)

2:30 PM Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 Join us for The Playhouse in the Park’s production of “Willy Wonka – The Musical,” based on the classic 1964 book by Roald Dahl. The stage musical follows Charlie Bucket’s adventures inside the famed Wonka Chocolate Factory. Owned by eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka, the factory tour is open to only the five lucky children (and their guardians) who find an elusive golden ticket. Show dates for “Willy Wonka – The Musical” are Friday through Sunday, July 21 through August 13, 2017. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:30 p.m. 251-602-0630 www.playhouseinthepark.org Summer Classic Film Series - North by Northwest ($6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) &

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3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theater will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals on the big screen! www.mobilesaenger.com Sunday Sunset Concert ($5) 5:45 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island presents “Sunday Sunset Concert” Reggae Theme Ja’rhytm. Entrance fees $5.00 per individual! townofdauphinisland.org Commedia del Arte Presents “War of the WHAT?” ($8 in advance, $10 at the door, children under 5 admitted free.)

6:30 PM Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive Loxley, 36551 Your favorite radio actors are back in this hilarious, interactive comedy. They’ve escaped vampires, werewolves, and the mummy’s curse...can they survive an alien invasion? Join us and find out! A portion of the proceeds benefits The National Federation of the Blind 251-510-0654 www.commediadelarte.org Conde Cavaliers Fishing Rodeo Dauphin Island Marina, 650 Lemoyne Drive Dauphin Island, 36528 Fishing Rodeo www.condefishingrodeo.com

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FamilyCalendar Monday August 14

Eastern Shore Repertory Peter Pan Jr.’s Auditions 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 251 Greeno Road S Fairhope, 36532 Eastern Shore Repertory Peter Pan Jr.’s Auditions are being held on August 14 and 15. 3rd12th graders are welcome to audition! No experience or preparation necessary.

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Eastern Shore Repertory Peter Pan Jr.’s Auditions 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 251 Greeno Road South Fairhope, 36532 Eastern Shore Repertory Peter Pan Jr.’s Auditions are being held on August 14 and 15. 3rd-12th graders are welcome to audition! No experience or preparation necessary.

Thursday August 17

Girls of Fall ($25 in advance | $30 at door) 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Girls of Fall - now in its fifth year - is a unique event focusing on female football fans, featuring football, fashion and fun! This year’s event will be more interactive than the previous events and will feature new sessions and more vendors than in the first three years. Our female fans will learn more about the game, plus have an opportunity to eat and drink - and shop! www.seniorbowl.com

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7:00 PM Orange Beach Event Center, 4671 Wharf Parkway West Orange Beach, 36561 Celebrating its ninth anniversary, the Healthy Woman program at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will host keynote speaker Holly Rowe at their annual celebration dinner on Thursday, August 17th at 7:00pm at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. ESPN reporter Holly Rowe has covered college football, basketball and softball, as well as NBA and WNBA games. Emmy-nominated, she is not only a producer, writer and reporter, but also a twotime cancer survivor. Join us to hear Holly’s inspiring message about overcoming the obstacles that life puts in your path. SouthBaldwinRMC.com/HealthyWoman

Friday August 18

Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Happy Feet 2 townofdauphinisland.org Matchbox Twenty 8:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheatre, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561alwharf.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 8:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Saturday August 19

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Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 8:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Sunday August 20

Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid 2:00 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Chickasaw, 36611 Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre this August! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Summer Classic Film Series - Gone with the Wind ($6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) & seniors (60+).)

3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theater will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals on the big screen! www.mobilesaenger.com

Monday August 21

Solar Eclipse 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Experience the eclipse across america. First 100 people get free eclipse glasses. eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov

Wednesday August 23

11th Annual Freedom Luncheon 11:30 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 The Shoulder’s 11th Annual Freedom Luncheon, benefiting The Shoulder’s residential treatment program. Come and see firsthand that people, families and communities do recover! The Shoulder is grateful to be there to provide treatment and support and to facilitate healing!

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FamilyCalendar Silent Auction Benefit (Advance tickets are $40 for Individuals and $75 for Dual/Family, or simply sign up for or renew an Alabama Contemporary membership – Individual Members receive 1 complimentary ticket, Dual/Family Members receive 2 tickets, and Reciprocal Members receive 4 tickets.) 6:00 PM Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 Savor traditional Cuban cuisine and cocktails while browsing our incredible collection of auction items. Enjoy live Cuban music, meet artists from Havana’s historical Taller Experimental de Gra?fica, watch renowned Cuban sculptor Gustavo del Valle create works live in the gallery, and take a sneak peak behind the scenes as works for our upcoming exhibition Back to Havana take shape! All proceeds from the night go directly to Alabama Contemporary’s exhibitions and programs to make art fun, meaningful and important for your local communities. 251-208-5671 www.alabamacontemporary.com

Classical Conversations Information Meeting 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Calvary Chapel Church, 21111 AL-181 Fairhope, 36532 This meeting is designed for parents interested in learning more about Classical Conversations, a nation-wide program that helps train and equip parents to provide their children with a Christian classical education. For more information Contact Amanda Jackson at fairhope.eastcc@gmail.com.

Friday August 25

Drawdown on the USS Alabama 6:00 PM USS Alabama, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 Join us for a fun night to raise money for St. Jude on the Gulf Coast. Meatboss will be catering the event and Ryan Balthrop will be playing for us. Tickets are $100 which admits two people for food, bar, entertainment and a chance to win $10,000.00. Second chance insurance is available for $30. joyoflifegulfcoast.org Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: ET townofdauphinisland.org

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Sunday August 27

Anniversary of Fort Mims 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Fort Mims, 1813 Fort Mims Road Stockton, 36579 Enjoy 1800’s Craft’s and Living History with daily reenactments. fortmims.org Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 2:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Thursday August 31

Green Day Concert 7:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheatre, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561alwharf.com

Thursday September 7

South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Our Town 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 The story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Showtimes: September 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm. September 10 & 17 (Sunday) at 2:00 pm www.sbct.biz

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Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Our Town 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 The story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Showtimes: September 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm. September 10 & 17 (Sunday) at 2:00 pm www.sbct.biz

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Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com

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Wednesday September 6

Black Jacket Symphony 8:00 PM 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. The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 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.mobilesaenger.com

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

Doggie Paddle ($25) 10:00 AM Location varies by shelter, This annual event hosted by WildNative Tours is designed to raise money for animal shelters across the nation by bringing together kayaking enthusiasts (both human and canine alike) for a fun paddle on their local waterways. Registrants can choose the participating shelter they want to benefit when they sign up and will then be notified of their paddle route. All (human) ? participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-uppaddleboards are welcome. wildnativetours.com/coastal-alabama-special-events

Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 2:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com

19th Annual Chef Challenge 6:00 PM Fort Whiting, 1630 South Broad Street Mobile, 36605 Join us for a night of superb food and drink as you enjoy tastings of dishes from local chefs and restaurants while they compete to win votes for the night’s best dish in their category. In addition to excellent food, you’ll enjoy live entertainment by Roman Street, a vast silent auction to participate in, and complimentary beer and wine. feedingthegulfcoast.org/alabama-chef-challenge

Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” 8:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Anniversary of Fort Mims 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Fort Mims, 1813 Fort Mims Road Stockton, 36579 Enjoy 1800’s Craft’s and Living History with daily reenactments. fortmims.org

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Saturday September 2

Bloody Mary 5K Run / Walk 7:30 AM Tacky Jacks - Gulf Shores, 240 E 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Join us for the 4th Annual Bloody Mary 5K Run-Walk at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores benefiting Furrever Homes Animal Rescue. www.active.com/gulf-shores-al/running/distance-running-races/bloody-mary-5k-run-walk-2017 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com

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Hurricane Run 5K and Fun Run 8:10 AM Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 102 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Join us for the Hurricane Run benefiting Dauphin Island Fire and Rescue. www.pcpacers.org Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 225 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36543 At each Art Market, dozens of fine artists gather to demonstrate, display and sell their work. Live music and children’s art activities make the event fun for all ages. www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players presents “Annie”. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Our Town 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 The story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and

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FamilyCalendar “Death and Eternity.” Showtimes: September 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm. September 10 & 17 (Sunday) at 2:00 pm www.sbct.biz Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon Gulf Shores Main Public Beach, 101 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 Sign up today for the Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon. The triathlon begins early Saturday morning with a 1.5k swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 40k bike ride through the state park and finishes with a 10k scenic run. The “Tri-it-on” Triathlon begins with a 300 yard swim, a nine-mile bike ride and a two-mile run. Join us for the awards ceremony and post race party at The Hangout. www.team-magic.com

Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 3rd 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 1-800-489-1886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. 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 the church office for info at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook. com/celebrationmopsfairhopeal.

*Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne.

Daily Living Skills Group for parents with Children on the Spectrum Held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:307:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 27365 Pollard Road, Daphne. Focus is on daily living needs of families and their children, such as: Safety issues; How to have a family dinner out; Ways to assist with transition; How to talk with people who stare; Your questions, comments and suggestions. Limited childcare slots are available. For information, please contact Judy Bradshaw: (251) 990-7781.

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. 9281148.

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 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.

SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. If it has been 5 days or 50 years since the loss, this group is here for you. SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. There are no dues. For information, please email jlbarber5@bellsouth.net or call 251-455-6453. 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

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FamilyCalendar and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises. Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session. • Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 9493676 to schedule. Gift of Life The Gift of Life is a required maternity care program

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for Medicaid patients or Medicaideligible 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. 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 more information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@bellsouth.net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Preregistration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. 


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 Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-477-1104. 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. Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 345-7645 or 438-9590 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Group Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251626-6337 for more information.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Despicable Me 3 PG for action and rude humor. Gru, Lucy (voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig) and their adorable daughters may be moviegoers’ new favorite family. And for good reason. The villain-turned-virtuous dad adopted three orphans and then married his secret agent sweetheart. While Gru got the fatherhood thing figured out in the previous movies, Lucy still hasn’t found her footing when it comes to life as a parent. Meanwhile the minions have had it with Gru’s good guy persona and set out on their own. However, their reformed boss is soon tempted to return to the dark side. The invitation comes from his twin Dru (voice also by Carell), a sibling Gru didn’t know he had. Dru, also a villain, wants Gru to join him in a heist that will bond them as brothers. For audiences, it may be impossible to find three cuter characters than Margo, Edith and Agnes. But despite their big eyes and winsome personalities, this isn’t an entirely kid-friendly film, especially for younger children. Like so many animations, this one is packed full of cartoon-style punches, scuffles, guns, rockets and explosions. The script also introduces a mammoth-sized robot intent on destroying Los Angeles. Fortunately, this sequel comes with some sweet life lessons about dealing with those grown-up concerns. (Even little Agnes choses to face disappointment with a positive attitude adjustment.) But the messages most likely to charm audience members are those about families, in all their configurations. Because nothing could be better than someone who has your back.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: AViolence: CSexual Content: AProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated Dunkirk PG-13 for intense war experience and some language. In the early days of World War II, after the Germans had pushed the Allied armies into Northern France, the mainly British Expeditionary Forces, along with troops from France, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Canada, were surrounded at Dunkirk. The seaside community had been heavily shelled and water supplies cut off. Considering the massive numbers of German forces (estimated at 800,000), the Allies were convinced their fate was sealed. Moving to the beach, their only hope was to reach the safety of England. However, getting across the relatively narrow English Channel was more difficult than it appeared. The resulting massive evacuation process forms the backbone of Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk. If ever a movie had you yearning for a seatbelt (and possibly hearing protection), Dunkirk is it. Rather than drawing viewers into the fight with detailed character development, the director provides a virtual experience of what it might have been like to be in the middle of a conflict many historians believe was a contributing reason for Germany losing the war. The choice to keep the content well within the PG-13 rating allows this movie to be accessible to teen audiences. That doesn’t mean there isn’t violence. Yet Nolan wisely uses the stunning visuals and sound effects, as opposed to explicit graphic carnage, to convince us that we are blessed not to be part of the action.

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Boss Baby (Rental) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated The Boss Baby PG for some mild rude humor. Tim Templeton (voice of Miles Bakshi) is a seven-year-old blessed with a wonderful family. Not only do his Mom and Dad (voices of Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel) engage in his imaginative play, but they also read him three stories, give him five hugs and sing him one song each night. However, that perfect life is shattered with the arrival of a little brother (voiced by Alec Baldwin). As Tim suspected, Boss Baby is not a normal kid. Instead he’s a manager from BabyCorp (that’s a heavenly place where babies come from) sent to investigate the dropping popularity of having children and stop the rising trend of raising puppies instead. When Tim figures out that Boss Baby will leave as soon as his earthly mission is complete, the boy agrees to help the little tike in order to get rid of his disruptive presence. Youngsters are sure to get caught up in the plot to rid the world of a manipulative corporate leader and his drag-dressing assistant. The slapstick antics, plentiful drool and potty humor, along with many depictions of barebottomed babies are definitely aimed at this demographic too. Still, moments of peril and some scary images may be a bit too frightening for the littlest ones. Despite how ridiculous the adventures portrayed here may be, the idea that working together leads to caring for each other, and that caring leads to loving, does apply to real life. It is that message which may make this zany animation a bundle of joy your whole family can enjoy.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: BProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Spider-Man: Homecoming PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Launching another version of this well-loved icon is a bit of a gamble because there is lots of room for disappointment from unsatisfied fans. But in the case, the risk pays off. We were briefly introduced to the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who already has his “spidey” powers in Captain America: Civil War, so this film wastes no time with backstory. The story plunges into the teen’s struggle to balance his time between school, family and stopping crime. We meet his friends and classmates, and these relationships form the core of the movie and add greatly to its humor. More than anything, Peter wants to reach his Spider-Man potential, and is impatiently waiting to be part of the Avengers team. Yet his mentor Tony Stark (Iron Man), as well as the other superheroes, feel the lad still has a lot of growing up to do. Frustrated, Peter wants to show them they are wrong, so he continually seeks out more and more dangerous situations in the hope of proving what he is made of. Rather than making that point, the fledgling champion soon discovers that having superpowers doesn’t necessary mean you are invincible. And it is this realization that sparks Peter’s journey to develop the discipline and maturity needed to help protect those he loves. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2017

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