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“Overcoming Adversity” Thursday, August 23, 2012 • 6-9 p.m. Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf

Elizabeth Smart Abduction survivor, gifted communicator, author and ABC News contributor

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. She was abducted in 2002 and held prisoner for nine months. Elizabeth will share insight to overcoming extreme adversity in a traumatic situation. Her example and life now is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Elizabeth’s presentation not only tells her story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity and not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future.

Individual Tickets: $40 – All tickets include dinner. Seating is limited, and tickets are required. For individual ticket purchases, visit

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Contents August 2012 Volume 5 Number 3

Features 38 Don’t Leave Me!

When your child’s separation anxiety has you down, these 10 tips for an easier drop off will help!

44 Tools of the Grade

Make sure your student has what he needs to build knowledge as the school year like organization, planning, study skills and more.

46 After School Activities Guide

It’s time to register your child for after school fun, exercise and education. Our listing of Eastern Shore opportunities gives you details and registration dates.


66 FEAR in the Classroom

Anxiety about test taking and even attending school is very real for some children. These tips will help you reduce their stress.

2 From One Parent to Another Lynn Knighton

4 Living With Children John Rosemond

On The Cover

14 Kids Health


36 Get This!

6 Bits and Pieces

40 The FlyLady

16 School Bits

by Dr. Robert L. Rux, M.D.

Paige Gardner Smith

Marla Cilley

70 Family Calendar

42 Dave Says Dave Ramsey

68 A Page in a Book Paige Gardner Smith

80 Movie Reviews Parent Previews


Emelie Brown, 12 years old, daughter of Joe and Pam Brown and big sister to Benton Brown (10). Emelie is in 7th grade at Daphne Middle school. She loves music, singing, and playing keyboard and guitar with her friends.


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The Eastern Shore’s Foremost Parenting Source

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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Editor DeAnne Watson

Associate Editor Kelly Watson

Research Editor Karen Jones

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Contributing Writers Susanne Estes, M.Ed. Rachael Moshman Dave Ramsey Michele Ranard, M.Ed. John Rosemond Dr. Robert L. Rux, M.D. Paige Gardner Smith

Cover Photography Janel Gay


Jason Watson

Visit us online at 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 2012 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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From One Parent to Another... While we still have a few more weeks of summer break, it is hard to ignore that it is almost time to go back to school. I was walking through a store recently and saw the employees boxing up the shelves of flip flops and beach towels and replacing them with pencils and notebooks. It was gut-wrenching at first, but I reminded myself that stores always plan way too early for seasonal changes and we still had plenty of summer break. Then on July 8th, Katie asked me if summer was almost over. I quickly answered, “No way! We still have…1,2, 3...” That’s when I started counting the weeks and realized we were starting on the second half of summer break. And that is when the panic set in. I had so much to do and so little time! I had yet to give my girls the “best summer ever” and before I can blink they will be back in school all day. Plus, Mary-Bradley’s going into 6th grade, then next year off to middle school, then driving, then moving off to college! By that time my panic attack had spiraled completely out of control and I was crying at the image of my daughter getting married and having to move far away for “his” job. All over some filler paper and No. 2 pencils. After a dose of Tums, a box of tissues and a very long walk, I finally calmed down and realized that while I cannot stop time, I can embrace and enjoy the here and now. So, you know what they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Off to shop for backpacks and lunch boxes we went! The girls were thrilled, and by the end of the day they were talking about how they could not wait to go back to school. We are very fortunate to have three little girls who love school. I attribute that to the great teachers and principals we have. However, many children, especially if new to the area, can be very anxious about school. The anxiety can range from minor, natural nervousness to stomach aches to even more serious. If you have a child who gets stressed, be sure to read FEAR in the Classroom, by Michele Ranard, M.Ed. In her article she gives insight into what is normal, why children get anxious and what loved ones can do to help. School anxiety is not just limited to grade schoolers. Many of us have experienced the awful feeling of seeing our little one hold their hands out crying for us as we drop them off at preschool or with a baby sitter. That is a terrible feeling for both parent and child. The teachers will try to comfort you by telling you they will be fine, but it is hard to imagine they will be able to change moods so quickly. I know I felt that way until our preschool director invited me to watch Katie on the monitor after I dropped her off. So the next day I dropped her off, she cried, and I did as I was told. I kissed her goodbye, told her I would be back and walked away. It was so hard! However, when I walked over to the monitor to watch her classroom she was already drying up her tears and walking over to play with her little friends. Rachael Moshman has provided a great article on this subject, Don’t Leave Me! 10 Ways to Make Drop Off Easier. Another great resource this month is the expanded After School Activities Guide. Nothing gets children excited about going back to school like signing up for fun new activities. You are sure to find something for every age and every interest. Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you at school!


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Living With Children

By John Rosemond

When Sibling Conflict Becomes Sibling Bullying Q:

The younger of my two boys, 10 years old, has started cutting himself when his 13-year-old brother picks on him. His older brother is also verbally abusive to him and at times to me. I’m not sure what to tell the 10-year-old. He’s a very sweet boy who does great in school and has nice friends. I’ve told him he needs to express his anger in a positive manner. Meanwhile, my husband and I have told our 13-yearold that we will not tolerate this behavior. In the past I would tell them to solve it on their own, or I would punish them both. Any suggestions?

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dren who are engaged in run-of-the-mill sibling conflict to solve it on their own. But this is not sibling conflict. This is sibling bullying. The fact that your 13-year-old is verbally abusing both his younger brother and you is clear indication that he’s gotten more than a tad too big for his britches. This is budding narcissism, and the bud needs immediate nipping. Children your younger son’s age tend to worship older brothers, especially if their age ends in the suffix “teen.” For a 10-yearold boy, nothing equals being accepted by an older brother. Likewise, there is nothing so devastating as being rejected by an older brother other than being rejected by one’s father. The devastation felt by your younger boy can’t be over-exaggerated, and the very unfortunate fact is that for many of today’s kids, cutting has become the response of choice to feelings of worthlessness. Telling your younger son to “express his anger in a positive manner” is well-intentioned, but that requires more emotional maturity than is possessed by your average 10 year old. More important is what you tell his older brother. I recommend that you and your husband inform your older son that the next time he physically intimidates, harasses, or verbally abuses either his younger brother or you, he will spend all of his discretion-

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ary time for one month in his room, which you will strip of any and all entertainment. During his confinement, his lights will go out at 8 p.m., seven nights a week. If, upon his release, any such incident occurs again, his confinement will be increased to two months and you will either throw or give away everything he owns that is not absolutely essential. Your older son’s behavior is serious stuff, but it is the beginning of even more serious stuff. It requires an equally serious response from you and your husband.

From John: A reader in Buffalo resonated with a recent column in which I opined that a punishment is worthless unless it establishes a permanent memory. When said reader’s son began kindergarten, he would work himself into a tantrum every morning. His “problem with transitions” caused him to miss the bus, so Mom ended up driving him to school. To her credit, Mom did not allow emotion to drive her response to the problem. Realizing that her son’s morning meltdowns needed to be nipped in the proverbial bud, she considered her options and came up with a game plan. She sat her son down and calmly told him that he was free to throw morning tantrums, but for no longer than fifteen minutes. When a tantrum started, she was going to set a timer. When it rang, he had to stop, compose himself, and proceed cooperatively to the bus stop. If a morning meltdown lasted past the bell, Mom was going to confine him to his room after school and put him to bed immediately after dinner. If he missed his bus because of a tantrum, he would spend a week in his room, during which time he could join the family for meals, family outings, and school. Mom writes: “The next day he threw a tantrum and missed the bus. I drove him to school, came home, and cleaned his room of anything and everything entertaining, including books. He spent the full seven days in there. He never missed his bus again and he never threw another tantrum.” Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at

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Wind Creek Casino presents Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile 6th annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Thursday, September 13th from 6 – 10 p.m. at The Alabama Cruise Terminal. This “must do” event includes delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks, wine and an unforgettable evening of entertainment, shopping and pampering just for our guests. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Casual Dress. For tickets visit or call 251-694-6873 for more details. Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill or injured children being treated in area hospitals.

End of Summer Bash to Benefit Preschool and Exceptional Foundation

Wear your swimsuit! Bring your lawn chair, family, friends, beach towel, and sun screen. "Cooking in the Community" will be volunteering to cook hot dogs and hamburgers. Fun games, an inflatable jumpy, inflatable water slide, soft puppies from Puppy University, horses to hand paint, face painting, etc. Please join us for a day of family fun! Wednesday, August 8th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 28788 North Main Street, Daphne. This event will be held in the lower parking of the Life Center. We will have a bake sale to benefit the St. Paul’s Preschool and The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Please call Mary Haulard at 626-2774 or Candice Davis 625-8955 for more information.

Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Healthy Woman Anniversary Event

Come celebrate the kickoff of another exciting year with the United Way of Baldwin County as we kick off our 2012 Campaign. We are proud to welcome Eli Gold, voice of the University of Alabama Football, as this year’s keynote speaker. Thursday, Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center, 2603 U. S. 98, Daphne, Al. Individual tickets are only $25. To purchase tickets, or inquire about sponsorship levels, please call 251-943-2110. Ticket price includes lunch.

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Taste of the Eastern Shore to Go For The Gold

Celebrating its fourth anniversary, the Healthy Woman program at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will host keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart at a sit down dinner on Thursday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. The cost for the dinner is $40. Lenise Ligon with Fox 10 News will emcee the event. Prior to the keynote address, the Hospital will offer free health screenings from 6 – 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery has motivated and continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. Her speech will not only tell her story, but also discuss topics such as overcoming extreme adversity and not allowing your past to dictate your life's future. Smart is currently involved in the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, and she is also a News Correspondent for ABC News. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012

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Daphne High School and Daphne Civic Center are gearing up for the 12th Annual Taste of the Eastern Shore. This event is touted as one of the best food and beverage events around. The Taste of the Eastern Shore features great restaurants, catering and beverage companies from Baldwin and Mobile Counties. “The Taste has a little something for everyone and the Daphne High Booster Taste Committee led by Delisa Cunningham has been working very hard to make this year another success”, said Margaret Thigpen, Director of the Daphne Civic Center. This year’s event is set for Friday, August 17, with the doors opening to the public at 7 p.m. You can visit www.DaphneCivicCenter. org to view the current vendors. You must be at least 21 Years old to attend. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Daphne Civic Center. All proceeds go to Daphne High School. Any vendor interested, applications are still being accepted and are based on space availability. Don’t miss out! For more information call the Daphne Civic Center at 251-626-5300 or visit www.DaphneCivic 6

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Jitterbug Theatre Announces “Seussical, Jr.” Auditions

In this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination—Jojo. “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think” captures the show’s spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. A delight for children to perform, Seussical is now one of the mostperformed shows in America! 3rd-12th graders are invited to audition. Auditions will be held August 6 & 7th at The Pavilion at COTA, 7159 McIntyre Street, Montrose, any time between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. No experience necessary. Call-backs will be held on August 9th at 4 p.m. sharp. You will be notified at auditions if you are requested at call-backs. Show dates will be November 1-3 at the Fairhope Civic Center. For more information, please visit or email Erin Langley at

Orange Beach Public Library Receives Donation from Family Legacy Endowment Plan

On July 11, Jerry and Yolanda Johnson, founders of the Jerry and Yolanda Johnson Family Legacy Endowment Plan, generously donated $500 to the Orange Beach Public Library. The money will be used in meeting the informational needs of the citizens of Orange Beach. The presentation was made to Bonnie Lee, Director and members of the Friends of the Library. Pictured, Linda Tucker, Seth Bowling, Bonnie Lee, Director, Jerry Johnson, Family Legacy Endowment Plan, Pat White, President of Friends of the Library, Nancy Rempe, Sharon and Larry Ramirez.

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South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Kicks Off Rodeo Fundraising

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center is the title sponsor of the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation 15th Annual Professional Rodeo, which funds the Peer Helper program in all Baldwin County public schools. Get ready to have a great time for a great cause when the rodeo comes to town Thursday, August 2 through Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. each night at the Foley Horse Arena. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will once again serve as the title sponsor for the annual fundraiser, which features professional riders competing in events from bull riding to barrel racing. The annual rodeo funds the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation’s Peer Helper peer-to-peer support program for students in all Baldwin County public schools, as well as Bayside Academy and Saint Benedict’s Catholic School. Peer Helpers are specially trained students who serve as tutors, mentors, mediators and friends to their fellow students, assisting them with academic or societal issues. Pre-rodeo activities begin nightly at 7:00 p.m. Rodeo tickets are available at the gate and admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children, and age 3 and under free. Advance tickets are available at Summerdale Western Stores, Frances Holk-Jones State Farm Insurance in Foley, or www.jennifermoorefoundation. com. Pictured, from left: South Baldwin Regional Medical Center executives Kim Neal, Director of Marketing & Provider Relations; Keith Newton, CEO; and Margaret Roley, CNO; Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation President Frances Holk-Jones and Secretary Carl Jones.

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Couple Gives $500,000 to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Louis and Melinda Mapp of Point Clear have given $500,000 to the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital to enhance the facility’s Child Life program for young patients. In recognition of their generous support, the expanded program has been renamed the Mapp Child and Family Life Program at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. This program works with hospitalized children, teens and their families to ensure that each child's developmental, educational, psychosocial and emotional needs are met while at the hospital. Child Life specialists, recreational therapists and teachers help reduce stress for children and families by assisting them to understand and manage illness and treatment. In addition, credentialed teachers provide instruction to school-age children in the hospital’s classrooms or at bedside, as well as services to ease a child’s transition back into the community. Together, this team also provides special events and services to help normalize the hospital environment. “Melinda and I visited USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and we were overwhelmed; overwhelmed with the care and the wonderful, dedicated staff,” said Louis Mapp. “When we were heading back home, we decided then that we wanted to help in some way with what we had seen and experienced. Since then, we learned more about the Child & Family Life Program. We’re honored to be able to play a small part in this wonderful program.” “Louis and Melinda Mapp have a long history of generous support for the people of our region,” Owen Bailey, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital administrator, said. The gift is part of the “Campaign for USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital” that was launched with the concurrent announcement of the $72 million major expansion of the hospital. With a goal of $10.6 million in private fundraising to enhance the hospital’s programs and services, the campaign has netted nearly $4.7 million. USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is among fewer than ten freestanding hospitals in the country dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women, offering Mobile’s only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, pediatric oncology and sickle cell outpatient center and high-risk obstetrical care. A major expansion that will nearly double the size of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital is scheduled to be completed in 2013, recognizing the community’s validation of the hospital’s quality of care and the hospital’s opportunity to continue to meet the needs of a varied and growing population. For more information about USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, please visit usacwh or call (251) 415-1000. To view photos from this event, please visit www. Pictured celebrating the Mapp Child & Family Life Program announcement, from left, are USA President Gordon Moulton, Geri Moulton, Hospital Administrator Owen Bailey, Melinda Mapp and Louis Mapp.



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bits & pieces Tournament to Raise Funds for Guardian Angel Pediatric Home Care

Ivee, now six, fell from her mom’s shopping cart at 7 months of age and was rushed to a local hospital. After an MRI and surgery it was discovered that Ivee had a rare stage 3 brain cancer called Anaplastic Ependymoma. 5 years and 8 months later, Ivee has battled her cancer twice, has undergone 15 total surgeries, 6 months of chemo, and 63 doses of radiation. Ivee has received physical therapy and nursing care through Mercy’s pediatric home care for these 5+ years. “When Ivee first came home after brain surgery, she had a 5” incision on her head and neck. She was undergoing chemotherapy, and she couldn’t do anything. She had two external ports including a hickman line and a gastric tube for feeding. We had to learn to keep everything very sterile. Mercy’s nurse and Mercy’s physical therapist got us through this hard time and helped us learn how to cope with this new journey we had begin to walk. We have spent too much time in a hospital; it is a blessing to receive specialized care in our home,” said Hope, Ivee’s mom. Because no child is turned away at Mercy, and medicaid and many insurances may cover less than 30% of a child’s medical costs, Mercy must raise funds for its Guardian Angel to help ensure every child receives excellent healthcare in their homes. Since 1998, Mercy’s pediatric home care program has treated children with chronic illnesses including cystic fibrosis, leukemia, other cancers and diseases, or severe conditions resulting from a birth defect or injury. Come play Mercy's 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 27 at Rock Creek and help raise much-needed funds for Guardian Angel which provides home care to critically and terminally children of Baldwin and Mobile counties. Great sponsorships packages are still available. For more information, visit mercymedical. com/golf or call (251) 621-4884.

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Exceptional Arts Fund Raiser an Evening of Enthusiasm and Excitement

The “Exceptional Arts” fund raiser, benefiting the Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast, was a celebration of creative arts by adults with Special Needs. Twenty-three well known Regional Artists collaborated with the members of the Exceptional Foundation to create original pieces of art for a Live Art Auction on Thursday evening, May 31st. The event took take place in the Life Center at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Daphne. We are so grateful to the artists from our area for donating their time and talent to work with our newly formed foundation to enhance their cultural awareness and participation in the arts. The attendance of the artists for the event to showcase their creation with our participants was truly heart-warming. Glenda Gravlee, one of the founders and the current Vice-President of the Foundation, said “this wonderful event exceeded all of our expectations!” The excitement that evening was off the charts with enthusiasm and excitement about what an amazing evening it was for the members and family of the Exceptional Foundation. Much more positive “Community Awareness” was produced as a result of this very worthy cause and event. The following is the list of Regional Artists participating: Ann Calagaz, Bruce Larsen, Jean McKee, Amanda Barnes, Diane Bernasconi, Lindy Callahan, Vicky Cook, Leigh Copeland, Gigi Hackford, Bill Harrison, Chris Hartsfield, Kathy Lambert, Jean Marie McDonald, Provie Musso, Judy Oxford, Jo Patton, Sharon Stephens, Tina Powers, B’Beth Weldon, Opal Young, Pat Albert, and Ricky Trione. The event could not have been possible without our fantastic volunteers and the help of the Eastern Shore Junior Auxiliary. A special thank you to Joan McKnight and Mark Costlow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, along with the Thrift Store for all they have done for us since day one of the foundation. Fabulous music was provided by Eric and Karin Marrero, playing acoustic guitar and harp, while Cecil Christenberry was our delightful emcee for the evening. His assistant for the event was Terry Barnes. LuLu’s Homeport Marina donated the green Exceptional Arts T-shirts to the participants and helped to get others printed for us to sell. The staff of the Exceptional Foundation, Ricky Trione, Vicky Nix Cook, and Candice Davis would like to express their highest gratitude to everyone and we certainly appreciate all of the volunteers, artists, participants, their families, friends, and guests who attended to make the very first “Exceptional Arts” event such a dynamic success! Pictured, noted Artist, Opal Young with several Exceptional Members.



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bits & pieces Corntoss Classic Event Raises Over $18,000 for USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital

Moo Che Che Frozen Yogurt recently supported the Anna Todd Cheney Memorial Foundation's First Annual "Corntoss Classic" on Saturday, May 19. This event hosted 40 2-person teams who played a fun bean bag toss game for "kids" big and small. Joni and Todd Cheney, founders of the charity, wanted to start an event that anyone and everyone could play. Todd, along with Randall Caldwell, secretary of the organization, thought of this unique idea that would give anyone the opportunity to participate and support the foundation. A silent auction, raffle, magician, pony rides by Rawhide Stables, jump houses and plenty of refreshing yogurt provided by Moo Che Che of Spanish Fort capped off this familyfriendly event. This first-time event raised over $18,000 for families of critically ill children at USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile. The Anna Todd Cheney Memorial Foundation supports families in need when their child becomes sick or injured.....something the Cheney family knows far too much about. The charity was started in July of 2009 when Todd and Joni Cheney lost their 4 month old baby, Anna Todd, after spending 24 hours in the same Pediatric ICU the foundation supports today. Cheney said, "The compassion of Dr. Rosa Vidal and Dr. Kim Cole as well as ALL the nurses and staff was so incredible that we wanted to support other families that would spend time in the same PICU that helped comfort us and our daughter in her last hours. We also wanted to see something positive come from such an emotionally painful time and knew God wanted to do something big and impactful with Anna Todd's memory. What better way to honor her memory and serve our Lord than to help others in need." Three years later the foundation continues to support these families with gas and food cards as well as paying for any expenses that arise when a child becomes sick or injured. The Anna Todd Cheney Memorial Foundation also supports the PICU with other financial needs such as recreational activities for pediatric patients. If you would like to give to this worthwhile charity please mail payments to: The Anna Todd Cheney Memorial Foundation, Inc., PO Box 876 Fairhope, AL 36533. Pictured are Chatam Cheney, daughter of founders Joni and Todd Cheney and friend Addy Gay enjoying some delicious yogurt at the event.

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Bay Area Food Bank’s 14th Annual Chef Challenge – A Challenge to End Hunger

Bay Area Food Bank is kicking off Hunger Action Month with its 14th Annual Chef Challenge – A Challenge to End Hunger, Thursday, September 6, at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Thanks to Epicurean Sponsor, TRAX Tires, the annual event will feature cuisine from some of our area’s most celebrated chefs, live music from Roman Street, a vast silent auction and complimentary wine and spirits. Admission is $50 per person. Tickets and sponsorship information is available online at www. or by contacting Mary Candace Vegliacich at 251-653-1617 ext. 118 or All proceeds from Chef Challenge will be used by the food bank to continue distributing food to those in need throughout the Central Gulf Coast. Bay Area Food Bank serves a 24-county area spanning south Mississippi, south Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. In 2011, the food bank distributed nearly 16 million pounds of food to more than 500 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations throughout its service area. The food bank provides food through multiple programs, including Child Nutrition, Disaster Relief, Emergency Response Pantry, Mobile Pantry, Rural Delivery and SNAP Outreach. Bay Area Food Bank is a United Way agency and a member of Feeding America. For more information, visit

Get Your Gator On at the Original Oyster House for a Good Cause

Get your Gator On! The Original Oyster House is excited to present the famous Troy Landry and Jacob Landry from the Swamp People television series! Get your gator on with the fearless gator hunters at the Original Oyster House on the Causeway, Friday, August 10th from 4 - 8 p.m. They will be here to meet fans and sign autographs. This will be a fun event for the whole family complete with alligator holding, face painting, airboat rides, alligator sausage and alligator jambalaya. This event will benefit Alabama Coastal Cleanup. A limited number of Gator Passes will be sold at the Original Oyster House on the Causeway. For guaranteed priority admission, get a Gator Pass for every member in your party. Gator Passes are $5 each and can be purchased at the Causeway Original Oyster House restaurant. Gator Passes will go on sale Friday, July 27th at 11 a.m. All Gator Pass sales will be donated to Alabama Coastal Cleanup. General admission is free to all fans. Get your gator on rain or shine so bring an umbrella to stay cool and dry! For more details go to or follow us on Facebook.



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Mosquitos and Other Trouble Causing Bugs

Yep, it’s that time of year—the weather is hot, the afternoon rains are popping up, and the kids are outside when the sun is going down. And guess what…your kids are covered in bug bites. Because of our mild winter and the recent heavy rains, the bug season is here in full force and will be one of the worst ever. So, what can you do? Today we will discuss the various bugs that are causing trouble in south Alabama, ways to reduce mosquito growth around your house, how to protect your kids, and what to do if you or your child gets bit. There are lots of bugs that can cause trouble down here. Of course we all know about mosquitoes, but we have also seen an increase in red bugs (they live in pine straw or hay), ticks, fleas, yellow flies and “no-see-ums.” While the various bug bites are annoying, luckily, there is low risk of something serious happening. Everyone has heard of Lyme disease from tick bites, but it is very rare in south Alabama. Everyone has also heard of West Nile disease from mosquito bites, but again, very rare. You can also have bug bites get a secondary bacterial infection like MRSA. Now, just because they are rare doesn’t mean that these can’t occur, so with any bites, be on the lookout for any fever, red streaks, red target-looking lesions, headache or altered mental status.

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So what can you do to prevent your child from getting bit? First, mosquitoes hatch in water, so if there is any standing water near your house, they will be there. After every rain, walk around your property and dump out any standing water to reduce growth. Next, try to avoid having your kids outside during peak bug times—dawn and dusk. If your kids are going to go outside, it’s a good idea to have them be covered up in light colored, long sleeve (if possible) clothing and you can try to “hide them” from the mosquitoes by wiping them down with dryer sheets or spraying them with a mosquito repellent containing 5% or less of DEET. Parents always ask me why some people get bit by bugs, and others don’t get bit at all. There are a lot of theories and scientists haven’t definitively answered the questions, but basically some people release certain hormones that attract bugs and some people release hormones that actually hide you or repel them. It’s all based on your genes, so you can blame your parents. I also have people tell me all the time that their kids are allergic to bug bites (I don’t mean bees or hornets—those are real) and they need allergy testing. Well, not really. You can’t be “allergic” to mosquito bites per se, but you can have what we call a large local reaction to the bites in that your histamine system reacts very strongly and produces a lot of swelling.


So, what can you do if your child does get bit? I always tell folks to carry a small tube of topical Benadryl cream or steroid cream if you are going to be in a high risk area. Check your kids frequently and put a small dab on each bite and it will stop it from becoming a large, swollen area. Sometimes, a collection of bites can really lead to some impressive swelling and you have to give your child an anti-histamine by mouth. Look on the back of the bottle and follow the instructions. If you don’t see you child’s age or weight, then contact you healthcare provider. If any of the above serious reactions occur, then definitely call them! In the end, the bugs are here to stay, so prevent what you can and treat them if you see them. Checkout some resources at and and put on sunscreen! 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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Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award

Members of Girl Scout Troop 8508 from Spanish Fort and Daphne were recently recognized at the Girl Scout Elite Ceremony for earning their Bronze Award. One of the activities the troop planned, to earn this award, was organizing a Christmas party where they presented a play, made crafts, and enjoyed refreshments. The troop asked participants to bring a book as admission to the party which was later donated to the new library at the Ronald McDonald House.


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Project Soles 4 U Receives Donation from Children’s Dentist

Local 12 year old, Michael Parnell, recently received a donation from Dr. Kelly Jones of Malbis Parkway Pediatric Dentistry for his organization, Project Soles 4 U. Project Soles 4 U is an organization that collects new and used shoes for area children in need of shoes. Michael started this organization because he has a disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and he has problems walking at times due to the EDS. He wants to collect shoes to help others walk their journey a little easier. Project Soles 4 U has a goal of collecting 555 pairs of NEW & USED SHOES and really shooting for 1000 pairs. The shoes will be donated to local organizations to help locate children & adults that need new or used shoes. Types of shoes that Project Soles 4 U is collecting is "SCHOOL TYPE SHOES" and all sizes, children and adult. For more information on Project Soles 4 U or ways to donate, Find them on Facebook – Project Soles 4 U (created by Michael and Tia Parnell). Pictured here is Dr. Kelly Jones of Malbis Parkway Pediatric Dentistry, Michael Parnell and Tia Parnell.

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Art Educators Learn New Techniques

The Alabama Art Education Association hosted forty members of the National Art Educators of America — Southeastern Regional Panel — to an art-filled day in Daphne and Fairhope. The tour began at the United States Sports Academy where they met Bruce Larsen, local sculptor and 2010 sports artist of the year, who described his work. The next stop was a tour of Dean Mosher’s studio and his “castle” and concluded with a handson art lesson developed by Nancy Raia at the Eastern Shore Art Center. The educators learned the technique of painting marine life on tar paper, a lesson she has taught many times since the oil spill. Pictured is Nancy Raia demonstrating the tarpaper technique to members of the Alabama Art Education Association.

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BayPointe Dance Academy Students Learn Hip Hop from TV Choreographer

Advance Hip Hop Dance Workshop With Choreographer Wesley Quinn from Fox's Glee and Disney Hit T.V. Show Shake It Up! The advance hip hop students of Baypointe Dance Academy recently participated in the master class taught by Wesley Quinn, choreographer for Glee and Disney’s Shake It Up! The students performed his routine called "Good Night" and will compete the dance routine this fall. Students pictured left to right, back: Noah Pratt, Nikki Cook, Logan Mavar, Kayla Dyess, Alexis Wetzel, Olivia Buchanan, Choreographer Weley Quinn, Abigail Oswald, Brooke Justesen, Catelyn Alexander, Caitlyn Roberts, Bayleigh Blackard, Zoey Gibson, and Jessie Brown. Front: Ethan Oswald, Autumn Ford, Madison Blake, Rebecca Klimjack, and Jaylee Schroeder.



6th Grade Immunization Update

Sixth grade students who are 11 years old and have not had their T-DaP immunization MUST have it and obtain an updated blue card. Sixth grade students without updated immunization cards will not be allowed to register/enroll at SFMS. This is a mandatory state requirement. Make an appointment with a physician or the health department. Baldwin County Health Department Info: An appointment must be made. Open Monday - Friday; 8 - 5. 251-947-1910.



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The 15th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo is pleased to announce the 2012 Rodeo Queens. Pictured left to right: Rodeo Princess C.J. Lores, daughter of Paul and Monica Lores, Silverhill. Rodeo Queen Kaitlyn Boswell, daughter of Vince and Paula Boswell. Foley Rodeo Sr. Queen Brittany Vautrin, daughter of Jan and Ann Vautrin, Elberta. The action-packed rodeo, which funds the Peer Helper program in all Baldwin County Public Schools, will be held August 2- 4 at the Foley Horse Arena. Pre-rodeo activities, including a free children's village, begin at 7:00 p.m. and the rodeo kicks off nightly at 8:00 p.m. Rodeo tickets are available at the gate and admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 12 - 4, and age 3 and under free. Advance tickets are available at Summerdale Western Stores and Frances Holk-Jones State Farm Insurance in Foley. Come out to the rodeo and have a great time for a great cause!

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The Bayshore Christian School recorder ensemble performed for Grandparent’s Day. Shown in back row (left to right): Lily Sheckells, Abigail Macaro, Aubrey Mund, Brooke Long and Elyse Hayes. Front Row (left to right): Emma Finnamore, Alex Cook, Talley Scarbrough and Payton Robinson.









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Sea Cadets Honored at Mobile Yacht Club

On June 12, the Mobile Council Navy League held their Annual Fish Fry at the Mobile Yacht Club where they honored the top NJROTC and NSCC cadets. The NLUS Youth Medal and Ribbon was awarded to AN Nathan B. Goss from SouthWood Academy. Nathan is a member of the D. R. Dunlap Division, Naval Sea Cadet Corps for youth ages 14-high school graduation. The NLUS Youth Ribbon was awarded to PO3 David M. Lowder from Capstone Christian. He is a member of the D. R. Dunlap Division, Naval League Cadet Corps for youth ages 10-13. USNSCC Dunlap Division cadet’s Goss and Lowder were also recognized by their unit as “Cadets of the Year”. INST Cynthia Lowder was awarded a plaque for Outstanding Performance of Duty as an adult leader of the unit from June 2011 to June 2012. The Adm. William Stewart Scholarships were awarded to NJROTC Jarrod Lynch from Daphne H.S. and to Sally Hua from Davidson H.S. The Sea and League Cadets drill together one weekend a month at the United States Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile. Upon completion of training as a Sea Cadet, the young men and women cadets are under no obligation to enlist in any of the armed forces. However, if they decide to enlist, they are usually eligible to enlist at an advanced pay grade. Participation in the Sea Cadets is also a positive factor in the awarding of ROTC scholarships. If you or someone you know is interested in the Sea or League Cadet program and how they may join or by volunteering as an adult leader, visit our Division website www. or our national website You may also follow our local unit page on Facebook at www.facebook. com/DunlapDivison.

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Spanish Fort Students Take Mission Trip with Providence UMC

A mission team from Providence United Methodist made up of four adults and seven students from Spanish Fort High and Middle Schools traveled to Costa Rica on June 17-25. The mission team distributed text books, as well as sun dresses made by church members, to 7 schools in San Jose, Alajuela, and Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. While at the schools, the mission team also helped native children practice English language skills. The group picture was taken at Poรกs Volcano in Heredia province. Team members were: Win Turnbow, Sterling Yeend, Megan Long, Seth Read, Megan Warwick, Collin McGahey, Cooper Read, Bill Read, Janice Read, Chuck Dean (not pictured), and Thom Dumas- Youth Director.

Bayshore Christian School Hires New Athletic Director

Bayshore Christian School is excited to announce the hiring of our new Athletic Director Mr. Jeff Hauge. Coach Hauge comes to Bayshore after teaching/coaching in Baldwin County for the past 12 years. He is shown here with BCS Headmaster John Howard.



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Naval Sea Cadet Unit Sees Significant Growth in Enrollment

Two years after the reformation of the U. S. Naval Sea Cadet’s Dunlap Division in the Mobile area, the unit has grown from four cadets to twenty-three. The unit was originally formed in 1967, making it the oldest on the Gulf Coast. “We have seen a significant growth over the last few months and expect even more growth in the near future,” said INST Cynthia Lowder. “As volunteer adult leaders the single greatest achievement is to see the major changes in the lives of these young people.” Cadets learn seagoing skills aboard Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships and shore activities that emphasize patriotism, courage, selfreliance, team work, leadership skills, accountability, military training that builds character, and for some, helping those transiting into a military career. They are even 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 young men and women ages 10 to high school graduation with open enrollment year round. Naval League Cadets consist of ages 10-13 who are introduced to maritime and military life before becoming full-fledged Sea Cadets between the ages of 14-17 or upon high school graduation. Pictured (L to R Back Row) Destaney Fantroy-Adams, SN Jaden Bryant, Aaron Smith, Connor Nylander, Zachary Cotton, Joshua French, SN Bret Sutherlin, Isaiah SmithOwens, Kierra Steele. (L to R Middle) ALPO FN Hollis Henderson and LPO AN Nathan Goss. (L to R Front Row) League Cadets: Jordan Fantroy-Adams, PO3 David M. Lowder, Tahmone Scott, Jonathan Ashcraft, Joseph Mahoney, Stephen A. Munyon, Hulen Gillen. Not Pictured: SN Harrison Culp, Tyler Boggan, Mitch Powell, Hannah Bolanos, and Quincy Smith.

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Lightwire Theater to Illuminate FEEF’s Phantasy of the Arts 2012

What happens when the worlds of art and technology collide? ARTechology, Phantasy of the Arts 2012! Join the excitement, Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. as Lightwire Theater, hot off NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” brings its illuminating dance show to downtown Fairhope. Proceeds from the evening benefit Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation and Fairhope public school students. Led by New Orleans-born, Broadway stars Ian and Eleanor Carney, with cocreator, Broadway dancer Corbin Popp, Lightwire’s incandescent dance spectacle repeatedly wowed “Talent” judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel. Lightwire will use its electroluminescent technology, full-body puppetry, choreography, and a wide-range of music to perform the beloved tales, “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare. “Lightwire will appeal to the child in every adult,” said ARTechology co-chair Kathleen Taupeka. “We could not think of a more perfect way to demonstrate today’s role of technology in the arts than to showcase classical dance moves paired with high-tech materials in a dazzling performance.” After the show, the party moves from the Fairhope Civic Center to the Eastern Shore Art Center where patrons will enjoy food prepared by award-winning chef Tyler Kean of The Fairhope Inn & Restaurant and the fast-paced, energetic music of the band Figure 8. Event co-chair Robin Coleman said with this year’s ARTechology theme, she, Taupeka and a host of volunteers are orchestrating an exciting evening of arts and technology, raising funds for those same programs in our schools. Proceeds from ARTechology will be used to purchase Apple iPad Learning Labs — iPads on portable carts for students in grades K-8, and for professional development opportunities for all teachers to make the most of their classroom digital tools. “iPads allow us to engage our students in a project-based learning environment with the same kinds of tools they use at home,” said Coleman. “Whether students are utilizing the tablets for drawing, music, photography, science, math, language arts or history, thousands of available apps provide new and creative ways for our teachers to introduce concepts and skills in the classroom.” Since its inception in 2004, Phantasy of the Arts has raised more than $400,000 for Fairhope public school students, providing schools with money for arts, technology and academics. One of FEEF’s main fundraisers, Phantasy highlights performing, musical, visual and culinary arts. Sponsorships for ARTechology are available with an exclusive, pre-party gathering at 5:30 p.m. for individuals and corporations donating $1000 or more. Individual tickets are $100 each and are available at To purchase a sponsorship, tickets or for more information, call 251-990-3333, email info@feefonline. org or visit



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Providence UMC Vacation Bible School

Sky Vacation Bible School at Providence United Methodist in Spanish Fort was a huge success! Kids discovered that everything is possible with God through story time, arts & crafts, songs, and dinner. Providence has an awesome children's & youth ministry and we'd love for you to visit! On Sundays, there is Sunday school for all ages at 9 a.m., Worship Service at 10 a.m., Children's Activities at 5 p.m. (starting up again when school begins), and Encounter Youth (6th12th graders) at 6 p.m. See or http://www. for more information about Providence UMC. Pictured, Upper left photo: Anna Claire Kinsey, Megan Schaffer, Olivia Davis and Emma Grace Vannoy. Upper right photo: Carter Turner & Zachary Kennedy. Lower left photo: Sarah Beth Kinsey. Lower right photo (from lower left to right): Jalin Dorris, James and Katherine Weaver, Owen Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Noah Jackson, and Will Jackson (with arms raised).

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Ascension Lutheran Church VBS

Ascension Lutheran Church in Daphne recently held its 2012 Vacation Bible School. The theme this year was “Amazing Desert Journey.” The children had a blast singing, doing arts and crafts and playing games. Pictured here are the children playing one of the desert games and “gathering manna from heaven."

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Eastern Shore Students Graduate from Student Leadership University

A small group of students from the Eastern Shore recently returned from Europe where they attended an intensive leadership training with Student Leadership University student leaders of the Church On The Eastern Shore in Fairhope. This band of 4 were among 351 others from around the world who completed the three year requirement to graduate this year. Pictured from Left to right: Zack Garner, Lilly Casolaro, Ashton Prouty and Brent Brantley. Students traveled to London, Oxford, Normandy and Paris to experience history first hand. They learned from the sacrifice of countless soldiers as they sat in the bunkers of Pointe du Hoc and heard from veterans on the beaches of Normandy. They pondered such renowned artistic works as Auguste Rodin’s La Porte de l'Enfer (The Gates Of Hell) and The Thinker as they toured the Garden of Rodin. They explored the War Rooms of Winston Churchill where plotted maps of ambushes, battles and final victory still adorn the walls. In England just weeks before the 2012 Olympics, students hung on every word of Lord Michael Bates’ address concerning his Walk For Truce, an initiative to bring to reality the purpose of the historic/traditional peace agreement upon which and for which the Olympic Games were founded. Their experiences in Europe are too many to mention and the life-long benefits from such rich encounters yet to be revealed and surely to great to describe. After three years of summer training, these students graduated from SLU on Friday, July 5th while in the United Kingdom. During the ceremony, Dr. Jay Strack, the Founder and President of Student Leadership University sited the story of Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, and his job interview for the nuclear submarine program as a young man. As the story goes, Admiral Rickover asked the future president two flooring questions. “Did you do your best?” and “Why not?” And with this strong challenge, Dr. Jay presented the students with their leadership certificates at the Sheldonian Theatre where students of the colleges at Oxford have traditionally graduated.



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Dance Company Selected to Perform at Disney World Members of Susan’s Sensations Dance Company of Susan’s Academy of Dance were recently selected to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The members that performed were Front row: Mary-Grace Lott, Emily Shelby, Emma Holcombe, Ashton LaMarr, Julia Kern, Taylor Dewberry, Shelby Stewart. Middle row: Nicole Sanders, Mary Holcombe. Back row: Sarah Cassibry, Caroline Wilcox, Emily Holland.

Local Dance Instructor to Join Rockettes at Christmas

Local dance instructor, Raley Zofko, was recently chosen to join the cast of Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall this Christmas season! Zofko has been a teacher for Gulf Coast Dance Alliance and has been a traveling Rockette for the past five years!

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Children Make Toys at Fairhope Summer Workshops

Children all over the Eastern Shore enjoyed summer arts and crafts activities at Fantasy Island Toys "Make and Take" workshops in Fairhope. Some of the projects included were canvas paintings, fossil digs, recycled monsters, duct tape bracelets, cupcake keepsakes and more! Pictured is Emme Clement showing off her creations from the Cupcake Keepsakes workshop.


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Children’s Dentist Donates Tooth Trauma Kits to Schools

As a Public Service to Baldwin County Schools and sports teams, Dr. Trey's Children's Dentistry is offering up to 100 "Tooth Trauma Kits" free of charge. With the upcoming school year and continuing athletics, tooth trauma (such as fracture, luxation, or avulsion) is at an increased level of possibility. Tooth trauma is often an emergency situation with time and care of the teeth being of vital importance. Dr. Trey wants school nurses and coaches to be as prepared as possible. The kit includes such things as: latex-free gloves, containers for tooth transport, an easy-to-read card explaining what to do with certain types of trauma, and other helpful accessories to begin care at the site of trauma. Please contact Dr. Trey Fellers, DMD - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist at Dr. Trey's Children's Dentistry in Fairhope to reserve your free "Tooth Trauma Kit" at (251) 928-3030 or send us an email at Dr. Trey Fellers is pictured with Bayside Soccer Coach Jamie Ferguson.

Eastern Shore Bay Camp Breathes Life Into Historic Fairhope Building

Eastern Shore Bay Camp has spent the summer enjoying its temporary home at the Fairhope K-1 Center, a beloved fixture of downtown Fairhope since 1925. Camp Director and Owner Lisa Ledet spent the month of May working to prepare for camp and to bring life back into the building, which was closed down due to student overcrowding. “We spent the month before camp opened cleaning and decorating for our summer camp program. I can’t tell you how many former K-1 Center teachers and local residents have come by and expressed their delight that the school is being utilized. We are very grateful to the Baldwin County School Board who has allowed us to hold our camp in this very historic building,” said Lisa Ledet, Eastern Shore Bay Camp Director/ Owner. The camp also works with Project Rebound to provide selfesteem, confidence boosting and anti-bullying programs to all campers.



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2012-13 Baldwin County Public Schools Registration Information All Baldwin County Public Schools have announced 2012-13 registration details. Back-to-school information can be found at each school’s web site. In addition, a helpful source for registration information can also be found at The first day of school for students is August 20 and the first day for teachers is August 10. School administrators stress that parents and guardians must bring all necessary documents to the school office for each child they wish to enroll. Parents are urged to make sure that all contact information, including cell phone number and e-mail address, is current as it is used for emergency phone calls and rapid notification messages. The counselor or the registrar at each school is responsible for student enrollment. All students, whether new to the school system or previously enrolled, are required to take part in any pre-registration activities the school may offer. The Baldwin County Board of Education requires that you bring the following documents with you for each child you wish to enroll: 1. Birth certificate, 2. Social Security card, 3. Two (2) proofs of residence. (One of these must be a recent utility bill with your Baldwin County address.) 4. Withdrawal papers from last school attended, including transcript. 5. Immunization form. All students are required by Alabama law to have an original, up-to-date certificate of immunization (IMM-50); copies are unacceptable. These certificates may be obtained from your local physician or Baldwin County Health Department in Robertsdale, which can be reached at 251-947-1910. You will be required to complete an enrollment form for each student. These will be made available by the registrar or counselor when you visit the school and a copy of this form is provided at Note: Baldwin County Public Schools adheres to its equal opportunity policy in all matters regarding enrollment and the provision of educational services. All students ages 11 or 12 who are enrolling in the sixth grade for the 2012-2013 School Year must receive a “booster dose” of Tetanus, Diphtheria Toxoids and Accellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap). This booster is required by the Alabama Department of Public Health. This requirement will continue to escalate by one successive grade until all students, sixth through twelfth Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012

grades have received the vaccine. Students will not be enrolled in sixth grade without this vaccination. All students up to eleventh grade are required to have a Varicella “Chickenpox” Vaccine if they have not been previously vaccinated or do not have documented evidence of immunity. Please contact your child’s physician or the local health department for more information. The Alabama Department of Public Health encourages parents to get their child immunized now to avoid long waits during the schools’ registration period. The Robertsdale Health Department has set aside a clinic time on August 13-17 to offer these shots. Please call for an appointment, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health, Robertsdale Office at 251-947-1910.

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Bay Minette Intermediate

Registration—July 24, 2-4 p.m. for sixth grade, July 25, 2-4 p.m. for fifth grade and July 26, 2-4 p.m. for fourth grade. Students who have cleared all obligations from the past school year may register during the grade designated date. Class rosters for students who have registered will be posted August 13. All other students will receive their information during “Meet the Teacher”, which will be held August 16 from 2-4 p.m. During registration, Spirit Shirts will be on sale for $10 and yearbooks may be pre-ordered for $25 or a deposit of $12.50. Please note that any orange polo will be allowed for the upcoming year. All checks written to the school must include a physical address, phone number, secondary number, and driver’s license number with state. For more information:

Bay Minette Middle

Registration will be August 1, 3-6 p.m. for eighth grade and August 2, 3-6 p.m. for seventh grade. Students who have cleared all obligations from past school years and have paid their registration for the upcoming school year may pick up their schedules during this time. All other students will receive their schedules on the first day of school. Registration: $65 (parents may pay two 28

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Baldwin County High

Registration for students who have cleared all prior year obligations: seniors July 31, 8:30 a.m. - noon; juniors August 1, 8:30 a.m.-noon; sophomores, August 2, 8:30 a.m.-noon; freshmen, August 3, 8:30 a.m.noon. Registration: $40. Student parking: $40; must have driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. For more information:

Central Baldwin Middle

Registration will be August 6-9; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All students must have cleared any financial obligation with office prior to registration. Registration: $60. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for registration to complete and update student information prior to the first day of school. Bringing several checks is recommended; as separate checks must be written in order to purchase optional items such as spirit shirts and yearbooks. All checks must include physical address, telephone number, alternative telephone number, driver’s license and state of issuance. For more information:

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Daphne Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 15 by last name beginning with A-G, 2-3 p.m.; H-P, 3-4 p.m.; Q-Z, 4-5 p.m. Pre-paid school supply packs will be in the classrooms. For more information:

Daphne Middle

Registration—eighth grade, August 1, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; seventh grade, August 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration: $60, band: $30; chorus, $25, PE uniforms: $18. Outstanding amounts from previous years must be paid in full. Bringing several checks is recommended in order to pay for items such as PTSA membership, spirit shirts, yearbooks, and PE uniforms. For more information: www.

Daphne High School

Students who registered by July 19 will be able to pick up their schedules, locker combinations, and other information from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the scheduled pick up dates. Seniors and juniors should arrive on August 6; sophomores and freshmen on August 7. Make-up days for all are August 8 and August 9. Freshmen orientation will be August 16, 5:30 p.m. in Trojan Hall. Early registration: $40 for freshmen, sophomores and juniors; $45 seniors; Late registration: $10 plus regular registration; $40 parking charge for juniors and seniors (and sophomores, if space is available). For more information: www.daphnehs. com. Laptop protection approximately $64 details to follow.

Delta Elementary School

Meet Your Teacher Day—August 16, 3-5 p.m.; please bring your child’s supplies and updated blue card. We will be collecting PTO dues along with donations for IXL, AR, and Computer Lab. Purchase your Delta Pride T-Shirt for $10. New students register, August 9 from 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information:

Elberta Elementary

Meet the Teacher Night and orientation for returning students and students previously registered— August 2, 5 - 6:30 p.m.; Registration for new students entering Elberta Elementary for the first time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 6-July 29. Class rolls will be posted and students will be able to meet their new teacher. School t-shirts will be available for purchase orientation night. For more information:

Elberta Middle

Registration—fourth through eighth grades, August 2, from 8-11:30 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Fourth grade students and their parents are invited to a “Welcome to Elberta Middle School” Cookout August 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the school. Registration: fourth, fifth and sixth grades $20 and $10 for band; seventh and eighth grades, $30 and $10 for band. Elberta Middle will provide school supplies; all students registering on August 2 will receive Mead zippered binder filled with supplies. School Spirit shirt available for $10 and School Spirit shirts from previous years available for $5. All School Spirit shirts may be worn on designated spirit days. For more information:

Elsanor Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 15, sixth grade 8:30 a.m. fifth grade 9:15 a.m., fourth grade, 10 a.m., third grade, 10:45 a.m., second grade, 12:30 p.m., first grade, 1:15 p.m., kindergarten, 2 p.m.. New students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For more information: www.

Fairhope Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 15 for kindergarten 8-9:30 a.m. and first grade 1-2:30 p.m.; August 16 for second grade 8-9:30 a.m. and third grade 1-2:30 p.m. Registration will be 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday. The school office will be closed August 2-3 for floor waxing. Postcards with teacher assignments will be mailed to students on August 9. Registration- $50; includes school t-shirt, technology labs, math probes expenses, and all in-school special programs. For more information:

Fairhope Intermediate

Meet the Teacher – August 15 beginning with last name; A-D 8:30-10 a.m.; E-Q 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; R-Z 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. $60 donation includes: school t-shirt, agenda, technology programs, supplies and maintenance of technology. Pre-ordered supply kits will be delivered to rooms. Supply lists are posted on the school website. Registration completed prior to June 30 will have t-shirts and agendas delivered to classrooms. Two proofs of residency are required with registration. Classes will be posted August 13. For more information:





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Students who have cleared all obligations from 2011-2012 and have paid their registration for the upcoming school year may pick up their schedule and pre-paid items on the following dates: August 1, 1-3 p.m.; eighth grade schedule pickup, August 2, 1-3 p.m.; seventh grade schedule pickup. Registration$35; Enrichment, $20, except for band students; Band $30, PE locker, $5; PE uniforms available for $20; Open house is set for September 4 at 6 p.m. For more information:

Fairhope High

Registration packets were mailed with report cards for tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders. Registration packets for ninth graders were mailed separately. Packets included: registration form, PTO membership form, Pirate Booster Club membership form and freshman summer reading list. Schedules may be picked up by those students who have cleared all prior year obligations and paid registration on the following dates: seniors, July 30; juniors, July 31; sophomores, August 1; freshmen, August 2, 9-10:30 a.m. Registration: $45, due July 9. Spirit shirts: $15 each; PTO membership $10, yearbook $75, parking $40. Open house PTO will be August 27 at 6:30 p.m. For more information: www. Foley Elementary Meet the Teacher Night is August 16 pre-k and kindergarten 5:30-6 p.m.; first grade 6-6:30 p.m.; second grade

6:30-7 p.m.; third grade 7-7:30 p.m.; fourth grade 7:30-8 pm. A letter from your child’s teacher will be sent to you by July 27; inviting you to Meet the Teacher and providing a suggested supply list. Parents are asked to be on time and in place for the meeting. New student registration—August 7, 12- 6:30 p.m. and August 8, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration packets were sent home with students prior to the end of school. If you did not return your registration packet you may register your child on the new student registration dates. For more information:

Foley Intermediate

Meet the Teacher and Registration—August 13, from 3-6 p.m. for fifth and sixth grade students in the school cafeteria. Parents may pick up registration packets beginning August 6. Students requesting single gender classes need to notify the school office at 943-1244 as soon as possible.

Foley Middle

Registration—seventh grade, July 30 from 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.; eight grade, July 31 from 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. Registration: $40 which includes agenda, hall locker, postage, and supplemental instructional supplies. PE uniforms $15, PE locker $10 which includes lock. Spirit shirts: $15 and can be worn daily as a school shirt. “The Mane Event” Orientation for incoming seventh graders will be July 26 from 8-11:30 a.m. New student registration may register

Monday – Thursday. For more information:

Foley High

Freshman registration will be completed by mail during July. Freshmen will receive their homeroom and locker assignments during Camp Lion Pride on August 2. All sophomores, juniors and seniors pre- registered in May. Those students may pick up their schedules on August 9 between 3 – 5 pm, or they may pick them up in homeroom on the first day of school. Students new to Foley High should also request an appointment with their grade level guidance counselor. For more information:

Gulf Shores Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 17, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Students encouraged to bring school supplies on August 17. Early Bird Registration paperwork pickup and residency verification—August 6 and 7 in the school office between 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Homeroom assignments will be available at Traditional Registration-August 8 and 9 in the cafeteria between 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Opening school amount due: $25; includes Accelerated Reader, Spirit T-shirt, and enrichment assemblies. Sixth grade band: $30. MacBook Air Protection Plan for students grades 4-6: approximately $64, details forthcoming. Students new to GSES are encouraged to enroll Monday-Thursday in the school office prior to the August 6. For more information:

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Registration—All students must have cleared any financial or textbook obligations with the office prior to registration. August 13 from 9am – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. for both seventh and eighth grades. MacBook Air Protection Plan for students grades 4-6: approximately $64, details forthcoming. Enrichment: $20; Band: $30; PE uniforms $12.50 Shirt and $12.50 Shorts. School sweatshirts: $20, Friday t-shirts: $10, and long sleeve t-shirts: $15. For more information go to:


Gulf Shores High

Registration—seniors, August 6; juniors, August 7; sophomore, August 8; freshmen, August 9; from 9 a.m. –noon; Makeup registration will be August 10; from 9 a.m. noon. You may check with the school office for outstanding obligations which will need to be paid at the time of registration. MacBook Air Protection Plan for students grades 4-6: approximately $64, details forthcoming. For more information:

J. Larry Newton

Meet the Teacher and Registration—kindergarten, August 9, 4:30- 6 p.m.; first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, August 10th in order of last name beginning with A-F 8-9:30 a.m.; G-M 10-11:30 a.m.; N-Z 12:30-2:00 p.m.; New students 2:30- 3:30 p.m. Parents may pick up registration packets in the school office every Wednesday in July from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; completed packets should be brought to registration. Registration will be held in the cafeteria. For more information:

Loxley Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 16 from 3-5 p.m. New Student Registration—kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday August 1-15; All previously registered students will receive their class placement information in the mail during the second week of August. For more information:

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Orange Beach Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 17, 1:30-3 p.m.; please bring student supplies. Prepaid supply kits may be picked up in the gym. Parents of students new to Orange Beach are encouraged to register their child during the summer; new student registration hours are: 9 am.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 1 – August 16. For more information: www.

Perdido Elementary /Middle School

Meet the Teacher—August 16 from, 3-6 p.m. Students may bring supplies during meet the teacher. Class lists will be posted on the doors of each building. Registration will be July 26 from 1- 6 p.m.; Grades sixth, seventh and eighth, $40 which includes locker and enrichment for middle school. PE uniforms will be available to order for $20 for sixth-eighth grades. Any parent who did not register their kindergarten student can bring

them during regular registration. If you would like to register a kindergarten student before then, please call the school. Kindergarten students are encouraged to register as early as possible. For more information:

istration is ongoing throughout the summer. We will order and prepay for spirit shirts at Meet the Teacher on August 15. For more information: www.robertsdaleelementary. com

Pine Grove Elementary

If you did not receive a registration packet, please call the school at 947-4154. All registered students will be able to pick up their schedules and prepaid items during the scheduled pick up times. Pick up times are 9-10:30 a.m.: July 30, freshmen; July 31, seniors; August 1, juniors; August 2, sophomores. Students having outstanding balances will not be issued parking permits until cleared. Parking permits: $40, seniors and juniors only. A student must provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and provide tag number and vehicle description to purchase a parking permit. Students will need to be present and dressed appropriately at scheduled pick up times to have photo IDs made. For more information:

Meet the Teacher—August 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Students may bring supplies on that day. Parents will be asked to complete all forms on that day. School spirit t-shirts will be on sale in the cafeteria for $10 on August 17. All sixth grade students must submit an updated immunization card by Friday, August 10. Class rolls will be posted on August 15. Summer registration hours for new students and kindergarten students are 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. For more information:

Robertsdale Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 15 from 1-3 p.m.; teacher rosters will be posted and students may bring their supplies. Open reg-

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Rockwell Elementary School

Meet Your Teacher—kindergarten – fifth grade, August 16, 2-6 p.m. Class lists will be posted. All prepaid items (i.e. supply packs and t-shirts) will be in your child’s classroom. If you did not purchase a school supply pack you should bring your child’s supplies at this time. For more information:

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Meet the Teacher—August 17, 1-3 p.m. for kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. All sixth grade students will need to submit an updated immunization card by August 6. Pre- kindergarten Ready, Set, Go! is scheduled for August 8 and 9 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Students who are attending will need to be in uniform. Jump Start for incoming kindergarteners, July 9-26; 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Students do not have to be in uniform. Transportation must be provided by parents. Parents of the children who qualify for this program will be notified by mail. For more information:

Spanish Fort Elementary

Meet the Teacher—kindergarten, August 15, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Meet the Teacher— first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades, Thursday, August 16, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Registration packets will be available in the school office after July 4; they can be picked up, completed at home, and returned to the teachers at Meet the Teacher or on the first day of class. For more information: www.

Spanish Fort Middle

Registration—eighth grade July 31 from 3-6 p.m.; seventh grade August 1 from 3– 6 p.m.; sixth grade August 2 from 3–6 p.m. TORO Mini Camp for incoming sixth graders will be August 16 at 6 p.m. Any money owed to the school for registration can be mailed in now. PE uniforms will be available for purchase at registration. Students who have cleared all obligations from 2011-2012 and paid their registration for the upcoming year will receive their schedules, lockers and all other pre-paid items during registration. Open House for all students will be held September 4 at 6:30 p.m. For more information: www.spanishfortmiddle. com Visit


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Spanish Fort High

Spanish Fort High School will continue mail-in registration this school year. The registration form was mailed with report cards and is available on the school website. Students who have cleared all obligations from previous years and paid their registration for 2012-2013 may pick up their schedules and prepaid items in the school cafeteria on the following dates: seniors, July 23, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; juniors, July 24, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; sophomores, July 25, 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.; freshmen, July 26, 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Make-up time for all grades will be July 30 in the front office from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Stapleton Elementary

Meet the Teacher—August 16, 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Postcards with classroom assignments will be mailed the second week in August. Class lists will be posted on school exterior bulletin board. Pre-paid supply packs will be in classrooms. Students may bring school supplies to classroom. Get The Facts Night, August 21, 6:30 p.m. -7:30

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p.m. Teachers will meet with parents to give classroom procedures and student expectation for the school year. For more information:


Meet the Teacher—August 16, at 6 p.m. Students may bring supplies. Class lists will be posted on doors of each building. Registration for sixth, seventh and eighth grades, July 25, 10 a.m.-2 pm. Middle school registration: $40; includes locker, enrichment, planner, and handbook. PE locker: $5, PE uniform: $20, for seventh and eighth grade only. Additional paperwork will be sent home with all students on the first day of school. If you have a new student, please notify the office as soon as possible. For more information:

Swift Elementary

Registration-- kindergarten July 30 from 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; first grade July 30 from 12:30 p.m. – 5p.m.; second grade July 31 from 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; third grade July 31


from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; fourth grade August 1 from 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; fifth grade August 1 from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; sixth grade August 2 from 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Make-up Registration August 2 from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information: www.

W. J. Carroll Intermediate

Meet the Teacher—August 15. Alphabetical by last name beginning A-G 12:30-1:30 p.m.; H-Q 1:30-2:30 p.m.; R-Z 2:30-3:30 p.m. Class rolls will be posted in the lobby of the gym for fourth and fifth grade students. Sixth Grade students will have to visit the office to turn in updated blue immunization card in order to receive homeroom assignments. Once you have located your child’s homeroom then you will proceed through the gym. Students may bring school supplies to their assigned homerooms. Mrs. Godwin, the band teacher, will meet with prospective band students to discuss which instrument a student will be playing for sixth grade band. For more information: www.

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The Bus Back to School

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

The bright yellow bus is one of the first vehicles that children learn to recognize coming down the street. It’s big, yellow, and often full of wiggling, waving kids – hard to miss out on the open road. The bus is one of the rare vehicles that almost everyone can claim to have ridden at some time, regardless of age and geography. When they’re older, many children will ride the bus to and from school, or ride buses on field trips, church excursions and vacations. The following items introduce the big yellow bus to little ones approaching their first bus ride to school…and they can also reacquaint veteran riders with the on-road adventures of the bus to school…and back!

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Mass transit makes sense. Saving time, energy and resources are just part of the benefits that bus riding supports. And now, there’s a toy school bus that makes another kind of good Earth sense. The Green Toys Bus is a super-sturdy, heavy gauge vinyl toy made from 100% recycled milk containers. With no toxic paints or dyes, it’s printed with soy ink and dishwasher safe! Infinitely ‘playable’ with an open top for little hands to load and offload passengers and gear, the Green Toys Bus serves as an additional lesson on the importance of making the maximum use of resources with the minimum effect to the environment. Kind of like…riding a bus!

Unlike the real bus, it’s okay to crawl, lie down or jump in the Playhut School Bus. The soft-sided pop-up tent features the shape and exterior design of a school bus, but this ride is custom-made for straight-up pretend play. Big enough for two kids to play inside, yet small enough to erect in any bedroom, den or hallway, the Playhut Bus uses “Twist N Fold” technology to set-up and fold away in an instant. Whether children are driving the bus or hiding inside with a book and more toys, this bus playscape will take them to places only they can imagine.

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Kids can enjoy the last gasps of summer on a school bus of a different kind! This huge inflatable covered raft is big enough to float four or five kids as they stay cool in pool school. Measuring up at 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and assembled with heavy-gauge PVC, this middle-ofthe-pool mass transit has a 400 pound weight capacity. The most buoyant bus on the blue, this wonder of the waves will have kids scrambling for the best seat every time it hits the water. Adults are sure to be pulled into the bus as well, and should just relax as they are chauffeured around the pool when the kids take the wheel!

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Based on the popular kids’ science series, The Magic School Bus, this chemistry experiment kit puts kids on the road to brain-power. The bus-shaped kit is a chemistry lab for budding young scientists, containing the materials and components for a host of experiments inside. Colorful cards guide young inquiring minds through simple kid-friendly (and sometimes messy) experiments. Lessons on litmus paper and chromatography mix with projects to create sticky ice, fungus and slime. Like riding a bus to an unknown destination, these experimental adventures will open up exciting new avenues for kids with an interest in chemistry who are ready to get on board with science.

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“Don’t leave me! NO! Please! Mommy! Mommy, don’t go!” Sound familiar? Separation anxiety is a normal part of child development. Babies and toddlers will often scream when it is time for Mommy or Daddy to hand them off to the caregiver, even if it is a familiar routine. It is also normal for preschoolers or young school age children to become tearful or clingy when starting a new school or returning after a break. Seeing their child so upset often results in a very guilty and stressed out parent. Many parents make the separation even more upsetting to their child without realizing it. I have worked with young children and families for over twenty years and have witnessed thousands of drop offs. Here are some tips for making drop off less stressful for everyone.

Build familiarity.

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before their first day. Let them see the caregivers or teachers, other children, play areas and materials. Arrange for them to visit several times, if possible, with the duration increasing slightly with each visit.

Tell your child what to expect.

Read storybooks about children who go to a babysitter, daycare or school. Let your child know where you’ll be while you’re away and when you’ll be back. Make sure they know who will be looking after them. Walk them through the day. For example, “After I walk you to your classroom I am going to go to work. I packed you ham and cheese for lunch today! After nap, you’ll go on the playground and I’ll be back to pick you up at 3:00.”

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even more upset than they were originally and it takes longer to calm them down. Let your child know you’re leaving instead of sneaking away.

Be quick.

Don’t prolong the goodbye. This doesn’t mean you should push them out of the car and drive off either! Establish a routine, such as you leave after you help your child hang up their backpack. Then give them a cheerful hug, kiss and goodbye and head out.

Keep going.

Say goodbye and then go. Tara, a mom of three, says, “I was a mess when I first sent my oldest child to daycare. I would listen outside the door and if she was still crying after thirty seconds, I headed right back in to comfort her. We’d do this half a dozen times or more some mornings. After several months the director urged me to wait longer. She stood with me and urged me to be patient. My daughter screamed for three Advertising: 251-929-2099

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Call to check in.

If you’re worried, call or email the caregiver, director or teacher to check on your child.

Return on time.

When you come back when you say you will, your child will begin to understand that you’ll always return to them. If you’re going to be late, call the facility and emphasize that the message be explained to your child.

Stay calm.

Your child senses when you’re upset. If you are feeling guilty, frustrated or sad, they will feed off of your emotions. Stay calm and upbeat at both drop off and pick up times.

Rinse and repeat.

Stay consistent. Routines help children feel safe. Try to stick to the same schedule every morning.

Be patient.

Don’t throw in the towel if your child is still crying after a week. If you are happy with everything else about the caregiver or school, give it some time. It can take several weeks for a child to adjust to a new situation. However, trust your instincts. If your child’s reluctance to part from you is very out of character, there could be a situation with the caregiver, teacher or environment causing them stress. Remember that like most childhood phases, this too shall pass. However, if drop off causes your child intense and prolonged emotional distress, they may be suffering from separation anxiety disorder. According to kidshealth. org,separation anxiety disorder is rare, but can last into elementary school and beyond. Characteristics include a reluctance to sleep alone, loss of appetite, nightmares and panic attacks. If your child is excessively fearful of being separated from you, talk to their pediatrician. Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer, educator and family advocate. Find her at www.



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Permission to Dream! by Marla Cilley

Would you like to know what keeps us from following our dreams? It is perfectionism! We give up before we ever start because we don’t think we have time or all the ducks are not in a row first. That perfectionism keeps us stuck in the mire of a life that is unfulfilled. The hopeless feeling that we have can and will be eliminated if we would just dream a little; then take those dreams and do something each day to realize them. We are so good at day dreaming. We have all been accused of this. Let’s use our day dreaming creativity to put a little joy back into our lives. We get so caught up in our day to day activities that we forget where our passion lies. Many times we have allowed that passion to slip out of our mind’s eye and we don’t even know what it is any more. How do we rekindle that passion without allowing our perfectionism to take over and defeat us once again? The first thing we need to think about is how that perfectionism manifests itself. This is in our all or nothing thinking. This is

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why our dreams have been pushed to the back burner. When we don’t have any hope we give up before we ever get started. This is what happens in our homes and in our lives. Let’s face it; we want what we want and we want it now. When now doesn’t feel doable we give up. Eventually we quit thinking about it because of the pain we feel. We don’t have to do this to ourselves another day. We really can have our cake and eat it, too...if we will just allow ourselves the joy of dreaming. So how do we accomplish this? I am going to put it out there in some simple baby steps. Figure out what that dream is: Was it to write a novel, own a cabin in the woods, get a college degree? You have to sit down and allow yourself the luxury of thinking about this without throwing in the towel when it seems too hard. After all, anything worth doing is worth doing wrong. I am quoting a high school math teacher of my husband’s. For we perfectionists this is hard to stomach, but if we will just go with it for now and not think it to death, we will begin to see how profound that statement is. What is a dream anyway, but a desire that is unfulfilled?! We can give ourselves permission to dream and why not dream big in the process. You never know where those dreams may take you unless you put up your sails and allow them to propel you into your future in the here and now. Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong. Say it again!


Once you rekindle that dream I want you to put it in front and center in your daily life so that it can pop up at random moments during the day. This means you need a visual image that represents your dream. I have my dream as a screen saver on my computer and on my cell phone. You can put it on your refrigerator, you can blog about it, you can talk to others about your dream. Dream big! Each day give yourself a few moments to think about this dream. Imagine yourself living the dream and don’t allow your perfectionism to stop you from enjoying the process. The journey is half the joy. When we stuff our feelings we set ourselves up for addictions. This is our perfectionism beating us up because we don’t think we can. Please don’t allow perfectionism to hurt you another day. We have spent our lives being everything to everyone. Now is the time to take a few moments for yourself. This is not being selfish, but a loving gesture that fills up your cup so that you have more to give. Let’s put some joy back into our lives by dreaming big! For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, check out her website at or her book, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2012 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.

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Grown Son Should Leave the Nest

My son has worked and saved all through school and will be graduating this year with a degree in electrical engineering. He has a job waiting for him when he finishes, and he wants to move out on his own then. I think he should continue to live at home and save up more money. What do you think?


Honestly, I think he should move out. This situation isn’t about money as much as it’s about your son becoming a man. At this point in his life it’s going to be really good for him, emotionally and spiritually, to stand on his own two feet. It sounds like you’ve got some good ideas about saving and financial responsibility, and he needs to take some of Mom’s advice in those areas. But it’s time he had his own place and started paying his own bills. It’s time for this one to leave the nest, spread his wings, and fly. Here’s something else to think about. He’s going to look a whole lot better to the world if he’s out there standing on his own. I think lots of young ladies, not to mention their parents, will be much more impressed by a guy who’s making his own way rather than living at home with mom. He’s at a point where he’s reaching for dignity and trying to make his way in the world. Let him do it. I’ve got a feeling he’ll make you proud!

Q. My niece just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boyfriend graduated as well, and they’re talking about getting married. He has $115,000 in loan debt and wants to go to graduate school. They both want to be teachers, and she’s currently job hunting. The idea of all this debt hanging over their heads bothers her. Do you have any advice on how she can come to peace with the situation? A.

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situation. At the same time, I wouldn’t want it to be a deal breaker where their relationship is concerned. Here’s my take. You don’t pass up a great, lifelong relationship just because of debt. You do, however, walk away from a relationship based on things like laziness, irresponsible behavior and immaturity. These are flaws that usually don’t go away. Any girlfriend or boyfriend who goes into a marriage thinking, “I can fix this person,” is in for a rude awakening. I’m glad she’s looking for a job, but her boyfriend also needs to be working— especially if they’re planning to get married. There’s no excuse for either of them being full-time students with $135,000 in combined student loan debt hanging over their heads. Besides, lots of people hold down real jobs and further their educations on a part-time basis. If she were my niece, I would encourage her to have an open and honest discussion with her boyfriend about their future, how he plans on paying for graduate school and her feelings on the situation. If his answer is simply to borrow more money, then she’ll have some potentially difficult decisions to make. But if he realizes how damaging picking up any more debt could be to their finances and their future, then they can start off on the same page. And things will look a lot brighter!

Dave is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Financial Peace. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated The Dave Ramsey Show. You can hear Dave online at www.daveramsey. com. Send your questions to askdave@ He resides with his wife Sharon and their three children, Denise, Rachel, and Daniel, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Tools of the Grade Help Your Student Build Knowledge with These Ideas

by Susanne Estes, M.Ed.

Learning is a skill. Just as a carpenter can learn to be a better builder, your child can learn how to be a better student. Learning is also a process. Knowledge is built from the ground up, just like a house. Organization and time management act as blueprints for where and when you will study. Listening, reading, note-taking, and participation allow you to gather the materials you need to learn. Concentration, memorization and studying build the information you gather into a solid house of knowledge. Your child needs motivation to work hard in class and complete assignments on time. As a parent, you can

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A carpenter needs a variety of tools to build a house. He needs a saw to cut and shape wood. He needs a measuring tape to make sure all the parts are the right size. He needs to hold the walls together with nails or wood screws. These tools are called, “tools of the trade”. A carpenter needs the right tools to be a successful builder. Your child also needs tools. Motivation, organization, time management, information-gathering, studying, and writing are some of the academic tools he’ll need to build knowledge. These are “tools of the grade”. Your child needs these tools to be a successful student.

help him succeed in school by establishing effective study skills at home. Some effective ways to encourage study habits are: • Make a homework schedule with your child. Consider when your child concentrates best. • Make studying a daily habit, whether your child has homework or not. Middle school and high school students should spend at least one hour daily on reviewing classwork and materials. • Emphasize that school is your child’s job and part of their job is doing some work at home every day. Organization and time management skills are additional vital components that must be utilized when establishing helpful study skills. To begin this process, help your child clean out his backpack, desk and locker. For each item, ask your child, “When will you use this?” If he answers now, he should keep it wherever it’s most useful. If he answers later, he should store it in his room. If he answers never, throw it out. One way to improve time management skills is to introduce simple checklists. They will help your child strategize tasks and organize his time. They also model the idea of writing down homework assignments. Beginning in upper elementary school, your child should use a homework planner as their daily to-do list. With your child, create a monthly calendar to keep track of deadlines and social activities. Every day in school, your child gathers information to study by listening, reading, note-taking and participating in class. The best way to build your child’s information-gathering skills at home is by building a lifelong love of reading. Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) is an activity for the whole family. Set aside one hour every week that is just for reading and writing. For that hour, turn off the television, computer and other media devices. Another way to involve the entire family is through oral reading. Reading aloud isn’t only for young children. Set aside two or three nights per week to read aloud to your children. The choices can be anything of interest: Advertising: 251-929-2099

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classics, contemporary juvenile fiction, outdoor magazines, and the Bible. It’s alright for the level to be above your child’s reading level. You can explain difficult vocabulary and passages. If your child expresses interest in a movie, get her the book before you go to the movie. Talk about how the movie differs from the book and whether or not you like the way the director interpreted the book. Reading information over and over is not studying. The best way to learn information is to use it or make something with it. Try these ideas to help your child study actively: • Make graphic organizers. A graphic organizer is a chart, diagram or illustration that shows how facts and details are related. A timeline is one type of graphic organizer—it shows how events fit together in chronological order. • Study with a voice recorder. Try making a news broadcast or silly song about the information your child is studying.

• Get a marker board and play school. Have your child play teacher and explain the concepts she is studying to you. Ask questions that prompt her to review important details. • Take math into the kitchen. Many children understand math concepts more easily if they have a tangible demonstration. For example, you can cut an apple into pieces to help explain fractions. Your child will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in writing throughout her school years. After your child finishes a writing assignment, ask her if she would like to critique the piece with you. Point out parts of the writing that you like and offer suggestions. Use C.U.R.E.S. to improve the piece. Is the writing Clear? Read the piece of writing out loud. Listen for places where the writing is difficult to read or hard to understand. Address these awkward areas. Is the piece Unique? Every child is an expert in his own experiences. The piece he wrote should be uniquely

his – you should see his personality in it. Have you met all of the teacher’s Requirements? Make sure you’ve answered all the parts of the question and meet any standards for length and formatting. Is the writing Enjoyable? What makes this piece a joy to read? Is it supposed to be funny, clever, elegant, or powerful? Teachers reward writing that makes them laugh, smile, or nod in sympathy. Does the writing use Specific details? Good writing paints a picture in the reader’s mind. Encourage your child to replace general words such as “person”, “everyone”, and “thing” with specific details. Effective study and organizational strategies are tools that your child will use throughout her school years and into adulthood. The parenting strategies discussed in this article will help you support and encourage your child as she takes steps to bring these better study habits into daily practice. Susanne Estes, M.Ed., is a teacher-librarian and contributing writer.

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After School Activities Guide

After School Care Bay Camp After School

100 South Church Street, Fairhope (Fairhope K-1 Center), (251) 752-4897, Whether you are looking for an after school program, place to put your child during school breaks or you need a complete summer program, you’ve found the right place! We believe parents should have the peace-of-mind in knowing your child is in a secure nurturing environment with experienced staff who can not only provide kids with a rewarding experience, but also help them gain a sense of self worth, grow spiritually, become mentally and physically strong, help those who are different, and simply enjoy life to the fullest. Transportation provided from school. Snack, homework time and tutoring, Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012

field trips and play time. Monday – Friday until 6pm.

Hot Wheels

616 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, (251) 626-5120 Under the direction of Coach Carol Valdes and her staff, students will have snack each afternoon and 30 minutes of assisted homework time. Then students will be able to skate, play air hockey, foosball, pool table, ping pong, board games, Wii or PS3!. Monday – Friday until 6pm. We will pick up at Daphne East, Daphne Elementary, W.J. Carroll, Christ the King, Bayside Academy, Spanish Fort, Rockwell and Fairhope Elementary. Please inquire about other schools. Full Time- 5 days, $40, additional siblings $35. Part Time – 3 days, $24. Daily rate - $8. $50 registration fee per student.

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Orange Beach Recreational Center After School Program

4849 Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach 251-981-6028; This recreational center features fun and games for the whole family. Children’s activities include after-school and school holiday programs, youth sports and summer programs. Also has a designated ‘Teen Room’ also gives young adults their own space to socialize, play games and do homework on computers that are set up for them. For more Advertising: 251-929-2099



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information on the recreational center and after school services, please call 251-981-6028.

YMCA After School Program

8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, 251-626-0888 The YMCA after-school program starts the first day of school. Parents must pay the activity fee, first week of care, and have the registration packet and immunization form completed in order to be registered. Registration starts July 1st. One-time activity fee: $50. Days/Hours: M-F after school-6 pm (5 days), M, W, F after school-6 pm (3 days) Weekly fee: $21 Tues, Thurs after school-6 pm (2 days), Weekly fee: $14, Daily rate after school–6 pm, Daily fee: $7. YMCA programs are centered on the YMCA character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We plant the seeds of Christian character in kids and families to encourage participants to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Foley: John McClure Snook Family YMCA 2560 South Pine Street, Foley 251-970-3003

Art Paint’n Parrot, LLC

9 N Church St., Suite A, Fairhope 251-928-4161, After school art classes! A different project each week. Pottery, wet clay, fused glass, mosaics, and much more! Reservations required at least one week in advance. We offer weekly or monthly rates. Please call for class dates and times or visit our Facebook page for upcoming events.

Bay Rivers Art Guild

1704 Sixth Street, Daphne, 251-6210659, Offering afterschool and home school art classes for youth in the fine arts. Check the website and Facebook for the Fall 2012 schedule.

Eastern Shore Art Center

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Children’s art classes include painting, drawing, pottery and mixed media. Check the website for Fall after-school class schedules.

Foley Art Center

19 West Laurel Ave., Foley 251-943-4381, Call or visit the website for information on our upcoming after school art and music classes for children.

Katrina Breeland Art Lessons

251-554-5704, email KatrinaBreeland@, Weekly art classes available for homeschool students and adults. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Serving Mobile and Baldwin counties, we offer beginner’s drawing lessons for 12 year olds - adults. Art classes for 4 – 11 year olds will emphasize creative freedom and exploration of materials. Parents can also enroll in a one-time class about facilitating artistic growth and creativity in the home. In Mobile, classes will be held at the corner of Airport Blvd and Sage Avenue

in Westminster Presbyterian Church Preschool. Breeland has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy and a Master’s degree in Art Education. She previously worked as an elementary art teacher and an art educator at the Mobile Museum of Art.

Orange Beach ASAP (After School Art Program)

Coastal Arts Center, 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, 251-981-2787 ASAP is a limited enrollment program designed to supplement your child’s education with the best arts education possible. Individual attention is a hallmark of ASAP as children are guided through a broad spectrum of artistic educational experiences. Qualified instructors will recognize and value the natural creative talents of each child, taking them beyond the limited offerings of public education. Offering a expansive variety of Programs for Grades 1st -12th in areas such as Sculpture, painting, Pastels, Drawing, Cartoons, glass, textiles, creative writing, photography, pottery, theatre, and more. Classes offered

Mondays through Fridays after school. Check website for details.

Paint Slingers

(251) 445-2288,, Beginning Painting for Youth - Tuesdays 4:00-5:30. This class is a great way for school age students to transition a love of drawing into skills for painting. Class reinforces drawing skills and teaches basic to intermediate acrylic painting skills. $70/month, all supplies included.

Dance Baypointe Dance Academy

25476 Friendship Rd, Daphne 251-621-3980. Call for Fall Registration information. Family Discounts. Award Winning Dance Company. We offer Preschool dance classes, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Acrobatics.

Creative Outlet Dance Center 66 1/2 S. Section St., Fairhope 251-928-9511

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99 The fall schedule will be posted on our web site on July 9th Fall classes start August 20th.Classes offered for ages to adults, beginner to advanced dancers, and morning and evening classes. We offer reasonable tuition with family discounts, affordable and tasteful recital costumes. Our instructors have college dance degrees and or professional experience. The dance curriculum is age appropriate, physically safe and emotionally supportive. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/ Lyrical, Tap, Acrobatic Dance and even Super Hero Training for Boys. Classes are designed to encourage and stimulate the progress of each student’s mental and physical capabilities by teaching the art of dance with nurturing teachers in a non-competitive professional environment.

Eastern Shore Dance Academy 9063 Merritt Lane, Daphne 251-626-2300 Offering classes in Ballet, Point, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Performing Company. Boys Power Classes (ages 6-12) offered Break Dance, Frump, Hip-hop and more. Fall 2012 Registration: Sat. July 14th, 2pm-6pm; Sat. August 4th, 2pm -6pm. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 20th. $30 Registration fee (non-refundable). Call or visit the website for more information.

Gulf Coast Dance Alliance

9945 HWY 31, Suite E, Spanish Fort 251-621-9755 Ages 3 & up. Offering dance classes in: Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, AcroGym, Christian Dance Classes, Hip Hop and Adult Classes. Visit the website for Fall classes information and online registration.

Mobile Ballet

26436 Kensington Way, Daphne 251-626-8932, Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore is now registering for fall classes. Visit the website to register online. We are now offering Saturday classes, and Action Hero Classes! Some of our students also have the unique opportunity to participate in Mobile Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Mobile Visit


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Civic Center Theater and participate in “The Nutcracker Charity Ball”

Southern Edge Dance Center

251 S. Greeno Rd, Fairhope 251-610-8902 Check out our website and Facebook for Fall class schedules and more information. Classes for ages 3 to adult. Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Tumbling and Baton.

Susan’s Academy of Dance

108 5th Street, Daphne, 626-3835 Classes begin Monday August 20th. On-site registration dates: Friday, Aug 3rd 10th, 17th from 2:00pm – 6:00pm; Saturday Aug 4th and 18th, 9:00am – 2:00pm or you may register anytime online on the website. Offering morning, afternoon, and evening classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tumbling. We have 3 studios that have floating professional dance floors to reduce fatigue and prevent injuries. Ages 2 and Up. Age appropriate music, costumes and choreography. Family discounts offered.

The Little Gym

22530 Hwy 98. Publix Shopping Center Fairhope, AL36532 (251) 928-3387 Our programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games,

listening and cooperation. Also offering dance - a combination of ballet, tap, creative movement, and gymnastics - ages 3-12.Offering “Bugs Class” ages 4-10 months. Each child receives individual attention and progresses at their own pace in a non-threatening, warm and nurturing environment. Check the website for details.

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Flip City

305 Fels Avenue, Fairhope 251-990-9744 For registration information, please contact Janet Carole, Director.

Dare to Dance

Highway 59, Robertsdale 251-421-0210, Dare 2 Dance is a studio for serious dance training as well as recreational dancers. We offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Modern/ Contemporary Dance. Classes offered for children and teenagers.

Cammie Maumenee Dance and Gymnastics, Inc.

314 East 21st Street, Gulf Shores 251-968-2410; Cammie Maumenee Dance and Gymnastics, Inc. celebrates 26 years serving Baldwin County and are training many 2nd generation children. They teach boys and girls from 3 years old to professional. Instruction includes Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop & Lyrical, Gymnastics and Cheerleading., Director- Stacy Forbes,, 251-689-3675. Baton twirling teaches rhythm, coordination, leadership, selfdiscipline and perseverance. Ms. Stacy specializes in dance twirl so it is a lot of fun learning routines to upbeat and exciting music. 9332 Hard Drive, Foley, 251-747-0404 (Phone Hours M-F 9am-3pm) Variety of Dance (Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop), Gymnastics and Cheer Programs. Facility offers 6,000 square feet with a full size spring floor, double mini trampoline, balance beams, uneven bars, vault, and dance studio. We are now holding students spots in classes for Fall 2012. For details on class schedules and enrollment, visit the website or email With questions. Our family membership is only $125 per month and allows you to enroll all your children in as many programs and or teams as you like for one monthly price.

Foley Cheerleading Organization Contact Catina at (251) 269-4191

Green Acres School of Dance

18451 Ohio St. #A, Robertsdale 251-747-5848, www.greenacresdance. com, Visit us on Facebook for Fall registration information. Celebrating 36 years

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of dance! Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop-Jazz, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Zumba, Baton, Christmas & Mardi Gras Parades, Dance & Gymnastics Birthday Parties.

Gulf Coast Ballet (Sister Studio to Triple Threat Studio) The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL 251-269-9297;, Gulf Coast Ballet teaches pre-school ages 3, 4, & 5 and Ballet I & II. (Call for info on advanced classes) New students are always welcome to a free trial class. For classes in hip hop, jazz, Zumba, pilates, tap, ballroom dancing, acting and contemporary, see our sister station, Triple Threat Studio, located next door. For more information or to register please call or email. Contact Kathleen Tucker at


206 Madison Street, Summerdale 251-404-2331 We are located off Hwy 59 behind Fabrics by the Pound. For information on fall classes and registration, please

call or visit the website. Our studio is open for class on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We offer classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical/ contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro. Ages 2 - adult. 3,000 square foot state of the art facility, two dance rooms, Sprung “Marley-Type” dance floors, Onsite shoe and apparel shop.

Slippers and Taps School of Dance 22245 Hwy 59, Robertsdale 251-947-5001 or 251-747-8036 Owner - Mandy Moore. Slipper and Taps School of Dance is the home of the Driven Dance Company! We offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Call or visit the Facebook Page for more information on Fall classes and registration.

Southern Glitter School of Dance and Baton

20489 Hwy 181, Fairhope 251-4223848,, Offers many dance classes for all different skill levels in Fairhope, AL. BalletPointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Baton, Lyri-

cal, Acrobats. We have classes starting from ages 3 and up. Visit the website for Fall classes and registration or email

Triple Threat Studio (Sister Studio to Gulf Coast Ballet)

The Wharf, Orange Beach, 251-406-2440 Triple Threat Studio offers hip hop, jazz, zumba, pilates, tap, ballroom, acting, contemporary dance. For PreSchool Ballet ages 3-5 and Ballet I and II, see our sister studio, Gulf Coast Ballet, located next door) For more information or to register please call or email Angie Dickey at Triple Thread Salon. Contact Andrea Dickey - atandrea@

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Pre-schools, Private Schools and After-School Programs. Classes can be incorporated into the regular school day or as an after-school program. We come to you! Teaching Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. Tutoring available. Last year we tripled our enrolment so call today to secure a spot! Celebrating 3 year teaching foreign language!

The Think Tank

251-414-4494 Improve your child’s grades with OneOn-One tutoring in your home! The Think Tank Tutoring and Educational Services is your solution • All Subjects • PreK - Adult • SAT/ACT Prep • Reading • LD/ADD • Math • Science • Foreign Languages •SOAR Study Skills. • Affordable Rates • Certified Teachers. Summer Tutoring is a great way to catch up & get ahead with Reading and Math! Our average student improves 2 letter grades in just 90 days!

Huntington Learning Center

6890 US Hwy 90, Suite 20, Daphne 251-621-1057 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 individual, personalized programs will make a difference. Our exam prep instruction for college-bound students is personalized, private tutoring that gives students test-taking strategies and shows them how to apply their knowledge to questions that involve problem-solving, analytical thinking, reasoning, drawing conclusions, interpreting facts and essay writing.

Gymnastics Bay City Gymnastics

7980 American Way, Daphne 251-621-2112, What could be more fun than spending an afternoon running, jumping and flipping? Nothing! Come and join us Visit


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after school to “let loose” and have fun at Bay City Gymnastics. Did you know that gymnastics is the greatest overall body conditioning activity that you can have your child involved in? It develops strength, flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, muscular control, endurance, coordination, agility, speed, balance, courage, grace, posture and poise! Your children will be gaining so many valuable tools while having so much fun! We offer Mommy & Me Classes ages 18 months to 2.5 years, Tumbling Tots Classes ages 3-5, Recreational Classes for both Girls and Boys ages 5 and up, Tumbling Classes for Beginners and Advanced tumblers, and Competitive Team. For a complete list of our class schedule please visit our website www. Call today for your free introductory class 621-2112!

Eastern Shore Gymnastics Academy

8566 Athlete Drive, Daphne 251-447-0505 Our Mission at ESGA is to provide structured gymnastics instruction in a

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fun, motivating atmosphere. At ESGA, all students are encouraged to maintain good sportsmanship, while learning to work hard to achieve their goals. ESGA was founded on the principle that all children need a positive outlet in their life. As a gymnast and coach for nearly 30 years, and a judge for 2 years, Suzanne Hinkley wants to give to the students of ESGA what gymnastics has given to her. ESGA offers a wide variety of classes from Parent & Tot classes to Competitive Team. Visit the website for upcoming registration in July for the 2012-13 season. Home to more than 50 Individual State and Team Championships.

The Little Gym

22530 Hwy 98. Publix Shopping Center Fairhope, (251) 928-3387 Our programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening and cooperation. Also offering dance - a combination of ballet, tap, creative movement, and gymnastics - ages 3-12. Offering “Bugs Class” ages 4-10 months. Each child receives individual attention and progresses at their own pace in a non-


threatening, warm and nurturing environment. Check the website for details.

Horseback Riding Oak Hollow Farms

14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope 251-928-4840, Call or visit our website for more information on riding lessons, group events, parties and special events.

Rawhide Boarding Stables

Hwy 3, Fairhope 251-928-7897 Riding lessons, horse boarding, hay rides and parties. For parties, we can bring the horses to you or you can come to our stable. Call for more information.

Riverside Ranch

26061 Monsanto Rd., Loxley 251-228-0142 or 251-263-3700 We do it all at Riverside! Riding Lessons, Trail Rides, Boarding, Leasing, Birthday Parties, Saddle Club and more! Call or visit the website for details.

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Whitfield Farm Horseback Riding 10309 Rebel Rd, Daphne 251-626-4634 Horseback riding lessons for beginner thru advanced.

Wild Hawk Ranch, LLC

24080 JD Waters Ln., Robertsdale (850) 418-3684; Lessons at our facility - $20 per session, on our horse or yours. $30 per hour at your location, including travel. Lessons include: Grooming, handling, riding, and overall responsibilities taught with concern and respect for the horse at all times. Lynette Monroe,

Martial Arts Shorinji Kempo

Foley and Fairhope Locations 251-550-7771 Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese selfdefense martial art that uses punches, kicks, blocks, pressure points, joint locks and reverses, pins and throws. We do not break bricks or boards and work with each individual based on their own physical abilities. Children’s classes ages 7-12, once a week from 5:306:30. Adult Classes Twice a Week from 6:30pm – 8pm. Fees paid quarterly. Children’s classes are $40/ Quarter. Adult classes are $85/Quarter. Benefits of Martial Arts- Improved Strength, Focus, Flexibility, Self-discipline and Coordination. No Contracts – No Enrollment. FREE TRIAL CLASS when you mention Eastern Shore Parents magazine. Visitors Welcome.

Yamane Championship Mixed Martial Arts

1410 US Hwy 98, Suite D, Daphne 251-621-0304, Our Teens/Kids classes will be one of the most positive memorable experiences for both parents and their children. Children 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, yet structured, disciplined and appropriately challenging. We accomplish this thru our carefully focused program which teaches your child important physical fitness exercises, basic practical Mixed Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012

Martial Arts self-defense, and fun skill developing games in an energetic and motivational fashion.

Eastern Shore Taekwondo Center 25478 Friendship Road, Daphne 251-621-9933,

Foley TaeKwonDo Academy

8097 State Hwy 59, Ste. E, Foley 251.971.8333;
Please email courtney@ Provides martial arts training to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Anyone can benefit from Tiger-Rock TaeKwonDo! Students can begin as young as three years old and we encourage families to train together. Our lesson schedule is flexible! You can pick the most convenient days & times for you! (Our lesson times are convenient for working parents, too!) Your goals can be met with 1-2 lessons per week! We also offer Private Lessons.

Gulf Coast Tae Kwan Do

(2 Locations, Fairhope & Gulf Shores) Fairhope, 251-279-8013 Gulf Shores, 251-979-3360 Martial Arts instruction in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Offering Classes in Fairhope and Gulf Shores. Call for a class schedules and inquire about our special introductory offer!

SCS Sport Karate

Highway 64, Daphne, (on the side of the Staples building) 251-625-4257, SCS Sport Karate offers classes for young and old. 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 any obstacle they may encounter in their future. Call to schedule a free private lesson where you can have all your questions answered and meet our team.

The Tomaso Center

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The perfect choice for your preschooler. Your child will have fun while learning developmental skills, all within a safe, healthy and exciting environment. Registration is ongoing and is based on a 15 -week enrollment program. For Kids (Ages 6-9): We teach a realistic selfdefense system that combines karate, kickboxing and submission grappling, so kids learn to defend themselves in virtually any situation, whether they are standing up or on the ground. They also learn conflict resolution and when they should and shouldn’t use their skills.
 Have your son or daughter try a private introductory class with one of our instructors. Afterwards, you’ll have a consultation to discuss goals, scheduling and our programs. Visit the website for more information.

Wheeles Karate Academy

3645 Gulf Shores Parkway Suite 106, Gulf Shores; 251-509-3353; Website: Adult and children classes available. Wheeles Karate Academy is a martial arts center in Gulf Shores, AL specializing in Yoshukai karate and cardio kickboxing directed Sensei Chris Wheeles – 3rd degree black belt. Anyone is welcome to come participate in 1 free class before signing up. Call or visit the website for information on registration.

Music Baldwin County Youth Orchestra

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Center Stage Performance

251-210-4534 P.O. Box 53, Fairhope Children’s Chorus Production Class Weekly one-hour class for grades K-6 in Fairhope. Each semester our class produces a musical where EVERY student has a special part! Our Fall show is, Pirates - a hit for all boys and girls! Visit www.CenterStagePerformance. com for further details and registration or call Jessica Weber at 281-682-1605. Find Center Stage Children’s Chorus on Facebook for updates! Center Stage Show Choir Group of students in grades 7-12 with an interest in singing and performance. Students receive vocal instruction, choreography coaching and tour across the Eastern Shore with an exciting show! Our performance concludes with a major end-of-the-year production! Weekly class is held in Fairhope and an informal audition is required. For questions or to schedule an audition, visit www. or call Center Stage director Jessica Weber at 281-682-1605. Find Center Stage Show Choir on Facebook!

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Jubilee Music

Boy Scouts of America Mobile Area Council

505 North Section Street, Fairhope, 251-928-1003 Jubilee Music offer a large variety of classes for all ages and levels. Call for available class times and more information.

Marjorie Searcy- Vocal Coach

251-929-7841, Marjorie Searcy offers voice lessons for all ages. Please call for information on workshops and individual sessions.

Modern Ensemble Music

251-279-7362 Guitar and Drum Lessons from beginning to advanced. Rock, Blues, and Jazz. At Modern Ensemble, it is our goal to provide the best in one-on-one private instruction coupled with ensemble classes where students learn to play contemporary music styles in small group band settings.


Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

(251) 344-3330 / (800) 239-6636, www.
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U. S. Naval Sea Cadet’s Dunlap Division

(251) 401-1907, INST Cynthia Lowder, NSCC, Cadets learn seagoing skills aboard Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships and shore activities that emphasize patriotism, courage, self-reliance, team work, leadership skills, accountability, military training that builds character, and for some, helping those transiting into a military career. They are even authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The program

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is open to the community for young men and women ages 10 to high school graduation with open enrollment year round. Naval League Cadets consist of ages 10-13 who are introduced to maritime and military life before becoming full-fledged Sea Cadets between the ages of 14-17 or upon high school graduation.

Team Sports City of Foley Recreation Baseball and Softball

Registration for Fall Now Open

Annual Registration Fee $100

Registering now for the 2012/2013 school year! Now offering extended day! Before care 7:30-9 am and Aftercare 1:15- 4:30 pm

Mom’s Day Out (for 1, 2 and 3 yrs) Class times are 9:00–1:00 5 Day Program (Mon-Fri) 3 Day Program (M, W, Fri) 2 Day Program (Tues, Thurs)

200 North Alston Street (251) 970-5020; The City of Foley offers Youth Baseball and Softball for kids from 5 - 14 years old. Call or visit the website for registration dates and information.


(4 year olds) 5 Day Program (Monday-Friday) Class Times are 9:00–1:00 All Pre-K classes are taught by a licensed teacher and use the A Beka curriculum

City of Foley Recreation Basketball

200 North Alston Street (251) 970-5020; The City of Foley offers Youth Basketball for kids 5 - 14 years. Call or visit the website for Fall registration dates and information.

City of Foley Recreation Soccer

200 North Alston Street (251) 970-5020; Registration for the 2012 Foley Recreation Soccer League begins August 13th and ends August 23rd at Foley City Hall. Anyone registering before August 21st will get a $5.00 discount. Registration will be available from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

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Daphne Recreation Department

2605 Hwy 98 - next to Daphne Civic Center, info. The Daphne Recreation Department offers Youth Soccer, Youth Football, and Youth Cheerleading in the Fall. Registration for the Fall Sports programs take place from 9:00 am 12:00 pm at the Daphne Recreation Department on 3 Saturdays in July (dates may vary). At this time we only accept registration in person at the Recreation Department (2605 Hwy 98 - next to Daphne Civic Center). You can download and print the registration form on Visit

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the website. Fees: Soccer (ages 4-14) $60, Football (ages 7-12) - $80, Cheerleading (ages 7-12) - $25 **does not include game uniform.

City of Gulf Shores Recreational Sports

David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center 310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores 251.968.1420; Youth football, soccer, flag football and cheerleading leagues. Youth football and cheerleading, ages 8 to 12; Soccer leagues, 5 - 14; flag football, ages 5 and 6. Please contact the David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center at 251968-1420 for more information regarding registration.

Eastern Shore Aquatics Center Home of S.W.A.T. 10580 County Road 64, Daphne 251-625-0950, S.W.A.T. (Southern Waters Aquatic Team, a USA-licensed Swim Team) Lessons for all ages and abilities.

Fairhope Youth Baseball, 251-929-0359

Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012 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. Visit the website for updates and Fall registration information to be posted soon.

Fairhope Youth Basketball, Fairhope Youth Basketball is the city recreational basketball league open to boys (K-10) and girls (K-8) who live in the Fairhope district, whether or not they attend Fairhope City Schools. 2012 Basketball Season Registration Dates and Times: Sat 10/22, 9am-12pm; Sun 10/23 2pm-5pm; Tues 10/25 6pm-8pm; Sat 10/29 9am-12pm. All sign-ups must be completed at the City Rec Center (new gym) on Greeno Road during the dates and hours listed (see Description on our Facebook page for 2012 dates). We do not offer on-line registration. Fees for 2012 are $75 per child for all


ages. All participants MUST have a skill evaluation to ensure competitiveness of the teams. The 2012 season starts January 7th and runs through early to midMarch. Check the Facebook page for any changes in schedule and updates.

Fairhope Youth Football and Cheerleading

251-379-4057, and Facebook. Youth Football and Cheerleaders - open to boys and girls ages 7-12. Registration by phone or email going on now through July 30. $100 per player, Price includes Jersey, Pants, Equipment Usage, and League. Check the website for full registration procedures, evaluation dates, and updates.

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Swatters Sports Complex

251-968-4864, 21431 Co Road 12, Foley Open 7 days a week. Swatters is an all indoor sports facility as well as a fitness center with no contract req., private and group baseball and softball lessons, speed and agility classes, summer sports specific clinics, monthly Dodge Ball tournaments, top of the line sporting goods store, adult indoor pick up soccer and of course our 7 baseball and softball batting cages.

YMCA Sports

8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne
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the action by volunteering as a coach, team parent and, of course, acting as your child’s number one cheerleader. Visit the website for registration times and more information. Foley: John McClure Snook Family YMCA, 2560 South Pine Street, 251970-3003;

Professional twonshendtennis@gmail. com, (251) 753-6501 Joseph O’Dwyer – USPTR Certified Professional/ATP Tour Coach, (251) 716-1882. Please visit our website for group and private lesson information.

George C. Myers Tennis Center – Gulf Shores

Tennis City of Foley Recreation Tennis

(251) 970-5020; www.foleyrecreation. com. The City of Foley offers tennis clinics throughout the year at Mel Roberts (Cedar Street) Park. Classes are available for all ages and skill levels. Classes are limited to 10 per class, so sign up early. For more information about the tennis program or if you would like to sign-up for a tennis class, please call 251-970-5020.

Fairhope Tennis Academy

600 Morphy Avenue (Fairhope Municipal Courts) Brad Townshend – USPTA Certified


2049 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores 251-968-1341;

John Dotson

251-786-0507; Dotson.John@gmail. com Private and Group lessons for all ages and levels.

Lake Forest Racquet Club

1 Golf Terrace, Daphne, AL, (251) 626-0788, Our membership is served by a terrific staff including our tennis pro, Mike Albrecht. Mike offers classes to all ages including group clinics and private lessons. He also provides great professional support to all the Lake

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Mike Kent

334-524-8650, Private and Group lessons for all ages and levels.

Orange Beach Tennis Center 4851 Wilson Boulevard 251-974-NETS (6387)

Point Clear Tennis

17030 Tennis Club Dr., Fairhope 251-928-7715 Our tennis pros provide expert instruction for both seasoned players and beginners. Enjoy the challenge of private lessons and tennis clinics as you strengthen your endurance and your skills on the court. Our pros - Matt McKelvain, USPTA Certified Professional, Brad Townshend – USPTA Certified Professional Joseph O’Dwyer – USPTR Certified Professional/ATP Tour Coach,

Timber Creek Tennis

9650 Timbercreek Blvd. 251-621-9927

Miscellaneous Professional Modeling Course Daphne Recreation Center, 251-625-3137 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 make-up application and grooming for gentlemen. 5 week session for ages 12-18.

Protocol- Social Etiquette & Table Manners

Daphne Recreation Center, 251-625-3137 A Social Etiquette and Table Manners Course. Proper introductions, table setting, Proper use of silverware, correct posture for standing and sitting, making a toast, thank you notes, dinner conversation, proper way to give and receive gifts. 5 week course for ages 7 - 17. ESP Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012


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Public Library Activities Daphne Public Library

Fairhope Public Library

2607 US Hwy 98 251-621-2818

501 Fairhope Ave. 251-928-7483 Hours Monday & Tuesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday 1 - 6 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday Closed

Hours Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday Closed

Storytimes, Activities, & Crafts

Weekly Activities

Lapsit (ages 2 and under), Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers (ages 3-5), Wednesdays 2 p.m. School Age Story Time (ages 5-8), Thursdays 10:30 a.m. After School Kids Story Time Thursdays 3:45 p.m.

Lapsit Storytime (ages 2 & under with caregiver present) Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.; Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5 with caregiver present) Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.; Spanish Story Time with Carolina Neves Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.; Elementary Art (Kindergarten-3rd grade) Thursdays, 4 p.m.; Tween Tuesdays (Ages 9-12) Tuesdays, 4 p.m.; Teen Night (13 & Up) Mondays, 4:30 p.m. The youth department does not have programs scheduled for the month of August.

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Library Orange Beach Public Library

26267 Canal Road 251-980-2360 Hours Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9-6 Wednesday, Thursday 9-8 Saturday 9-3 Sunday Closed

Storytimes and Activities

• Preschool Storytime, every Tuesday, 10 a.m. • Books are Great (children of all ages), Tuesdays 3 p.m. • Pokemon Club (children of all ages), Saturdays 10 a.m. • iPad Basics Course, May 17 and May 31, at 3:00 p.m. Attendees must bring their own iPad. To register please visit and click on Events or call 251-981-2923.

Foley Public Library 319 East Laurel Avenue 251-943-7665


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Help Kids Manage School Anxiety by Michele Ranard, M.Ed. “Anxiety becomes a problem when it causes emotional pain and suffering and disrupts your child’s ability to function well at school and in daily life.” (Diane Peters Mayer) All children occasionally feel butterflies during the school day. Nervousness may spring up while waiting to be called upon to give a speech on Rosa Parks. And if dancing is not their forte, that hip hop unit in P.E. class just may trigger a stomach ache.

When Is Worry Excessive?

A measure of anxiety is normal. But some children experience persistent and excessive worry at school or while thinking about school at home. They may experience anxiety attacks and feel ill. School anxiety can interfere with academic work, behavior at home, emotional health, and socializing. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012

Psychologist and educator Marie Hartwell Walker likens school anxiety to a phobia of dogs. She writes, “For some kids, going to school is like confronting a vicious dog everyday. For them school is a place where they can’t succeed, where they feel bad about themselves, where they constantly fall short.”

What’s So Scary About School?

Social worker and author of Overcoming School Anxiety (2008), Diane Peters Mayer writes that over 6 million school children have school anxiety—a mindbody reaction ranging from butterflies to blanking out or having a panic attack. Kids may report feeling sick because their emotional and physical symptoms confuse them. Symptoms of school anxiety can include: a pounding heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, headache, tense muscles, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Kids may feel overwhelmed, out of control, helpless, or embarrassed. Parents 66

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sometimes mistake a child’s suffering for manipulation. Mayer describes various reasons for school anxiety: • Feeling overwhelmed by demands. Standards within the school curriculum are higher than ever. Kids who aren’t great test takers may feel the pressure of high stakes assessment and competition. Sometimes heavy homework loads and falling behind will create the anxiety. • Genetics and modeling. Many anxious children have anxious parents or may be sensitive to their parent’s fear and anxiety. When a parent projects excessive worry onto the child, anxiety may be exacerbated. • Household stress. The burdened economy is but one factor increasing the stress within families. Due to unemployment and financial hardship, many kids may Advertising: 251-929-2099


be struggling along with their caregivers. Other children may be over-scheduled and lacking sufficient time for free play. • Social issues. Kids who have trouble fitting in at school are at risk for school anxiety. Mayer says tweens are especially vulnerable. Bullying at school may also be a contributing factor.

Symptoms of school anxiety can include: a pounding heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, headache, tense muscles, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

• Lack of support at school. Not all schools have programs in place to help kids with anxiety. This makes treatment and success there more difficult.

How Parents and Loved Ones Can Help

• Partner with school. Brainstorm with your child’s teachers and counselors on behalf of your child. Sometimes it is necessary to see a child therapist or a doctor outside of school. Emphasize with your child that this help is HONORABLE and not a sign of weakness or failure.

• Hear them and exude confidence. Mayer says to listen to your child describe the anxiety. “Reassure your child that together you are going to solve the problem and make things better.” Since your child may be feeling out of control, it is impor-

• Relaxation techniques. Various deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation exercises can help. A pediatrician, school counselor, or psychologist can be a helpful resource for suggestions.

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• Don’t be afraid to hope. “I believe in you” are powerful words for your child to hear from you. Talk about how you are confident she will overcome this rough patch and emerge stronger. Discuss how learning something new is never a waste of time and a critical part of development.

More Help for Anxiety

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America ( provides information and checklists for parents to find professional help for their children or to find a therapist who treats anxiety disorders in your area. Michele Ranard helps children deal with school anxiety as an academic tutor. She has two children, a master’s in counseling, and blogs at and

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tant for you to keep your own worry and anxiety in check. To make things better for her, stay calm in spite of what she may say or do.

• Reduce stress at home. This is a tough one! It’s extremely important to become a role model of good coping skills when it comes to stress and managing problems. Take good care of yourself and watch others around you benefit.

• Baldwin County Youth Orchestra • Beginning Band • Beginning Strings Class • Intermediate Strings Class • Baldwin Wind Ensemble • Baldwin Jazz Band • Community Adult Strings Orchestra For more information on the ensembles, auditions, sponsors or events visit or by email: The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra is a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to educate, promote and enrich the community by building relationships through musical awareness, performance and tutelage.

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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

The Case for Books on Canines There’s a reason we call them ‘man’s best friend’. Since ancient times, dogs have hunted beside us, guarded our flocks, defended our homes, and been stalwart and loyal companions through the ages. Maybe it’s the historic bond we share with them, or perhaps their ability to communicate through expression and behavior, that we regard them as ‘almost human’ friends and family. Anyone who’s ever loved a dog will love these tales of hounds who face challenges (real and absurd) with dogged determination, and triumph with flying furry colors!

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic

by Monica Carnesi (Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin) When people along the icy shore of a Baltic seaside town spy a dog trapped on a block of ice floating swiftly toward the sea, the saga begins of an unlikely rescue. Unreachable from shore despite the efforts of firefighters, the pup’s chances of survival almost disappears until a ship catches sight of him two days later. Can the ship’s crew reach him before he falls into the ocean? The unexpected connection between a freezing pup heading into unimaginable danger and the warm hearts of the people who strive to save him will melt every heart!

Dog in Charge

by K.L. Going, Illustrated by Dan Santat (Dial Books / Penguin) Dog can do SO many things! He can sit, stay and even dance! Surely it will be no problem for him to keep five cats in order while the family runs a few errands. Dog is left in charge, but his charges have other ideas. When Dog’s head is turned for only a moment, the cats are on the move and wreaking havoc from room to room. Chasing the cats and trying to boss them into submission is getting Dog nowhere – and it’s exhausting. When he finally falls asleep, too tired to chase them anymore, too tired to fix the mess – the cats emerge one by one and decide to take charge before the family returns. Hilariously illustrated from cover-to-cover, kids will delight in the ‘babysitting’ mayhem and the redemption that follows.

Magritte’s Marvelous Hat

by D. B. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin) On a bright day in the dark of night, Magritte, the gentleman hound and painter, spies a marvelous hat in the store window. But when he tries it on, it won’t fit on his head, instead floating inches above it. Disturbing, yet delightful to others who see his floating hat, it’s none-the-less a perfect fit for him as it doesn’t pinch his ears or muss his hair. But the hat is also prone to escape and take off on flights of fancy that lead Magritte to see and explore the world with a new eye. Illustrated with plentiful nods to the original (non-canine) Magritte’s surrealist paintings, this title is a marvelous introduction to the artist’s iconic style as well as an enchanting tale of a dog and artist finding the style that best suits him. Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at

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American Sport Art Museum and Archives Located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art, and literature. Exhibits spotlight visiting artists on a rotating basis, as well as our permanent collection of prints, sculpture, original paintings, photographs and other arts media. Free admission. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1 Academy Drive, Daphne. For more information call 251.626.3303 or visit Big Brother / Big Sister Mentors Needed At-risk children at Summerdale School need volunteer Big Brother Big Sister mentors. “Bigs” have fun with a child one time a week, for one hour, on school grounds, during the school year by reading a story, working puzzles, playing catch, drawing, or just being a friend. Professional training and support are provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama YMCA, Inc. For more information or to volunteer, contact Polly at 251-344-0536 ext. 104. Eastern Shore Art Center A non-profit arts organization located in beautiful downtown Fairhope. The Art Center houses four galleries with exhibits that change monthly, as well as a gallery featuring member artists’ work for sale. Admission is free. 401 Oak Street, Fairhope. For more information call 251.928.2228 or visit www.easternshoreartcenter. com. The Exploreum • IMAX Film: Tornado Alley Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, JL Bedsole IMAX Theater (65 Government St.). Narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), the film follows Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado-research project ever assembled, on separate missions to encounter one of Earth’s most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Whirling above the human drama are the storms themselves, magnificent forces of nature revealed in breathtaking detail through the magic of the giant screen, making this heart-pounding film one of the most eagerly anticipated IMAX® releases of the decade. Experience the adrenaline and the science of nature’s most dramatic phenomena! Now Through Sept. 3. Closed most Mondays. See website for showtimes. Adults/ $8; youth & senior citizens/ $6.75; children/ $6. 
Contact: 251-208-6873/ • Strange Matter Something strange is taking shape at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center this summer! Running through September 3, Strange Matter lets visitors catch a glimpse of where the future of materials research might take us. Strange Matter’s hands-on technologies and interactive experiences reveal the intriguing and remarkable properties and applications of modern materials that appear in such high-tech fields as cardiac surgery and the space program, as well as items used in everyday life. Thru Sept. 3. General admission to the Exploreum: Adults (19 59)/ $14; Youth (13 - 18) & Senior Citizens (60+)/ $12.50; Children/ $12. Combo tickets include a viewing of an IMAX film: $18; $17; $15.50. The

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Exploreum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. For tickets or more information visit or call 251-208-6873. 65 Government Street, Mobile. Fairhope Museum of History The museum is full of artifacts from old Fairhope. You can see displays on Clay City, the Single Tax Association and the Civil War. You can also see personal belongings from some of Fairhope’s first families. The museum is located in downtown Fairhope at 24 North Section Street. The museum is open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 929-1474. Marietta Johnson Museum This museum was founded to preserve the oldest school building in Baldwin Country, which was founded in 1907 by famed educator Marietta Johnson. Known as one of the first progressive schools in the world, the museum includes historic letters, documents, and artifacts from the school’s heyday, as well as biographical information about Marietta Johnson. To learn more, visit www. Open Mondays-Fridays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 440 Fairhope Ave. 990-8601. Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve The Weeks Bay Reserve has a free educational interpretive center and two boardwalks. The Interpretive Center houses a multitude of exhibits, habitat models, specimen collections and a diorama giving the visitor a better understanding about the value of estuaries, diversity of coastal wetlands, and a close-up look at living plants and animals of coastal Alabama. Admission is free. Hours are Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. 11300 US Highway 98, Fairhope. For more information call 251.9289792 or visit


Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 3rd Monday of each month. The meeting is held at Eastern Shore Church of Christ, 1209 Daphne Ave, in Daphne from 6-7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-4602727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www.childrensaid. org. APAC also offers free counseling services to adoptive families. High Hopes and CAAR (Center for Autism and Asperger Resources) Support group for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other development delays in the High Hopes Classroom at St. Benedict School. St. Benedict is located at 12786 South Illinois Street, Elberta. Meetings are held every other Monday at 6 p.m. lead by Rachael Mueller, M. Ed, BCBA, High Hopes Director. Children are welcome. For more information visit www. Moonlight Chasse’ Ballroom Dance Society Dance lessons from 7 – 7:30 p.m., and Dancing from 7:30 – 10 p.m., first and third Monday of every month, at Fitzpen Place, 1 mile east


of Eastern Shore Mall. No partner necessary. $10 per person includes dance lesson. $7 with membership, includes dance lesson. Live music, cash bar. www. For more information, call 251-621-6665 or 251-377-4069. MOPS on the Eastern Shore We meet at Faith Family Fellowship in Spanish Fort on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, September through May. MOPS is designed to nurture mothers and it is for all mothers from all walks of life who have children birth through K-5. We have a morning meeting and an evening meeting. Each meeting provides an inviting environment where women can come - just as they are - to build friendships, be encouraged, gain practical parenting strategies and have fun all while their children are lovingly cared for in the MOPPETS program. A typical meeting includes sharing a meal together, listening to a speaker that is of interest to mothers with young children, participating in a roundtable discussion, or doing a creative craft project. The children’s program includes care for infants as well as classes for toddlers through kindergarten. Check us out on our website to find out more about us at PUMC Caregiver Support Group A new support group for caregivers of aging parents and others is discussing “boundaries” at monthly meetings open to the community. The public is invited to be a part of this support group, which meets monthly at Providence UMC, located between Spanish Fort High School and Middle School at 32200 Jimmy Faulkner Dr. For more information about the new support group, call the church office at (251) 626-2510 or email pumc. For more information about Providence UMC, call the church office or visit the website at Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center) Ministry for memory & physically challenged. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148. Tango by the Bay ~ Argentine Basic classes are held every Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Fairhope at Southern Edge Dance Studio, located behind Pizza Hut across from Thomas Hospital. 251 South Greeno, Fairhope. $5 per class (fee may be higher with special guest instructors). For more information Contact Ben Samel at 605-2657 or Cassie Fishbein 377-4069,

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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. Cost: $10. Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30 Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises.

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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. Located just off of the main lobby. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 949-3676 to schedule. We look forward to sharing this special time with you! Method of payment accepted: Visa, Master Card, Discover, AmEx, Debit Card Gift of Life The Gift of Life is a required maternity care

program 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 additional information please contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7; Sept. 4; Oct. 2; 
Nov. 6; Dec. 4. Free. Cancer Support Group-Family Connected by Ribbons Support group for cancer survivors, friends and family. Open to any types of cancer. Every first Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 p.m. Morphy Conference Room (Old ER entrance) at Thomas Hospital, Fairhope. Preregistration not required. Call 209-1229 for more information. Infant CPR and Safety Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Preregistration required. 
To register call 2791373. 
Saturdays, 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 4; Oct. 6; Dec. 1. 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. Aug. 13-Sept.10; Sept. 24Oct.22; 
Nov. 5-Dec. 3; Dec. 10-Jan.14. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope)
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Aug. 4; Oct. 6; Dec. 1.

Thomas Medical Center (Daphne)
Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
 Aug. 14-Sept. 4; Sept. 18-Oct. 9;Oct. 16-Nov. 6; Nov. 20-Dec. 11. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 27; Oct. 11-Nov. 8; Nov.11Dec. 27. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit 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. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Aug. 13; Sept. 10; Oct. 8; Nov. 12; Dec. 10. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. Aug. 6; Aug. 20; No Session Sept. 3; Sept. 17; Oct. 1; Oct. 15; 
Nov. 5; Nov. 19; Dec. 3; Dec. 17.
 Sibling Class 
 Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). 
Preregistration required. 
To register call 2791373. 
10-11 a.m. 
 Aug. 18; Nov. 17.

 Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8

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Family Calendar p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800477-1104 for more information. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 345-7645 or 438-9590 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. Diabetes Support Group Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Diabetes Center. Call 279-1700 for more information.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Group Meetings are held every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 251- 965-6264 for more information. Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 455-9919 for more information. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Support Group Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 626-6337 for more information.

Wednesday, August 1

Theatre 98: Regrets Only Comedy by Paul Rudnick; director: Timothy Guy. Comedy of Manhattan manners exploring the topics of marriage, friendships and squandered riches. Wed - Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave, Fairhope). Adults $18; students $12.
251-928-4366. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, JL Bedsole IMAX Theater (65 Government St.). Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Armed with a 70mm camera, a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and unrelenting hail,


and an arsenal of the most advanced weather measurement instruments ever created, the stars of Tornado Alley take audiences on a thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power—at point blank range. Over the course of Tornado Alley, science begins to reveal the unseen architecture of nature’s most elusive phenomenon, and viewers, for the first time in film history, are taken straight into the heart of an actual tornado. Narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic). Now Through Sunday, Sept. 3. Closed most Mondays; Tues. - Sun. See website for show times. Adults $8; youth & senior citizens $6.75; children $6. 
251-208-6873. www.exploreum. com. Strange Matter at the Exploreum Something strange is taking shape at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center! Running through September 3, Strange Matter lets visitors catch a glimpse of where the future of materials research might take us. Strange Matter’s hands-on technologies and interactive experiences reveal the intriguing and remarkable properties and applications of modern materials that appear in such high-tech fields as cardiac surgery and the space program, as well as items used in everyday life. Through Sept. 3rd, 2012. For ticket information and hours, visit or call 251.208.6880. Surfer Chick Story Time at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. Barnes and Noble - Eastern Shore Centre, 30500 State Hwy 181, Spanish Fort, 251-6213545, Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey. Chick is stoked! Her surfing

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Thursday, August 2


Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation 15th Annual Professional Rodeo 3 Day Event. 7 p.m. Pre-Rodeo Activities, 8 p.m. Rodeo Nightly.
 Foley Horse Arena - Highway 59 across from South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. From bull riding to barrel racing to children’s activities, the Rodeo is fun for the whole family! The professional riders who compete in the Rodeo bring edge-of-your-seat skills and excitement. Come on out and have a great time while supporting a great cause! The Rodeo’s three-day attendance historically surpasses 8,000 spectators. At the gate: $12 Adult, $6 Child, 3 and under free. www. 251-971-3633. Fairhope Public Library The Written Word Book Club We will discuss the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. 2 p.m. 
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Montrose Market Place Over 35 Shops, Live Music Friday evenings, Free cocktails and nibbles as you shop on Friday evenings. Gourmet Coffee and Food vendors and much more. The Market is located in Montrose, between Fairhope and Daphne. Look for balloons and banners during market weekends! The Market is 2.2 miles South of the Daphne Target and .3 miles North of the Rock Creek entrance. The Market is open the second & last weekend of every month. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 23858 US Hwy 98, Fairhope. Check our website and Facebook page for dates and special events. For more information and vendor opportunities contact: Sheena Mizell (251) 597-4620, sheena@ Fairhope’s First Friday Artwalk 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stroll downtown Fairhope and visit all the art galleries Fairhope has to offer. Walk begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For information, call 928-2228. Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation 15th Annual Professional Rodeo See August 2 for details. Theatre 98: Regrets Only See August 1 for details. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.


Saturday, August 4

Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day Fort Gaines is located on beautiful Dauphin Island overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. At 9:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on this day, a cannon salute will be fired. Following the salute will be a detailed and exciting oral account of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The resident Blacksmith will be demonstrating his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop. The Fort will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit Montrose Market Place See August 3 for details. Theatre 98: Regrets Only See August 1 for details. Storytime at Barnes and Noble The View at the Zoo. 3 p.m. Barnes and Noble - Eastern Shore Centre, 30500 State Hwy 181, Spanish Fort, 251-621-3545, www. Join us as we read The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom. Follow the zookeeper and the mischievous monkey on your very own tour of the zoo. Sometimes things are not quite what they seem. Come take a walk on the wild side! LuLu’s Fresh Art Market Every Saturday through Labor Day, visit LuLu’s for an afternoon of celebrating sand, sun, and arts and crafts from local and surrounding area artists! A portion of the proceeds of every sale go to Baldwin County Public Schools fine arts

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departments through LuLu’s LOVE FUND, 200 East 25th Ave,
Gulf Shores. 251.967.LULU (5858); IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

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Sunday, August 5

Freedom Luncheon with Rick Bragg Daphne Civic Center, 12-1:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Rick Bragg. Benefit for The Shoulder. Books available for purchase by Page & Palette. Silent Auction begins at 11:30 a.m. Win cash, live music, fabulous food, door prizes. Tickets available at Individual tickets $45, Table of 10 $400. For more information call 251.626.2199. Storytime at Barnes and Noble Do Superheroes Have Teddy Bears? 11 a.m. Barnes and Noble - Eastern Shore Centre, 30500 State Hwy 181, Spanish Fort, 251621-3545, Do Superheroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle. Come join us as we follow along as two everyday superheroes don capes to conquer everyday obstacles and save their stuffed animals from peril! IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Theatre 98: Regrets Only See August 1 for details. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Monday, August 6

Founder’s Day / Walter Bellingrath’s Birthday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 6, 1869. Walter D. Bellingrath was Mobile’s first CocaCola bottler and the founder of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday, admission to the Gardens will be free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! There will be an additional charge to tour the Bellingrath Museum Home. Kelly Clarkson & The Fray 7 - 11 p.m. The Amphitheater at the Wharf (23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach). www.

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IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Wednesday, August 8


Thursday, August 9

Eastern Shore Camera Club Meeting Providing members, from beginners to professionals, with educational and skill building opportunities in the art of photography; open to anyone interested. 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m. Faulkner State Community College, Centennial Building (School St. and Fairhope Ave., Fairhope). 251-401-0008. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Friday, August 10

Reception/Awards Ceremony Bay Rivers Art Guild Members’ judged show. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Bay Rivers Art Guild (1704 Sixth St., Daphne). 251-6210659. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Saturday, August 11 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

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LuLu’s Fresh Art Market See August 4 for details.

Sunday, August 12 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Tuesday, August 14 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Wednesday, August 15 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Thursday, August 16 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

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Taste of the Eastern Shore Daphne Civic Center, Whispering Pines Road at Highway 98, Daphne. (251) 626-5300. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Restaurants & Caterers exhibit and provide tastings of favorite foods. $25 per person IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.


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Blakely State Park Walk-on Tours 
9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Walk-on tours, with a 50 passenger maximum on a first come-first serve basis, at a cost of $25 for adults, $15 for children aged 6 - 12, and free for children under 6, are available throughout the year. Reservations are required. Tickets for special tours and walk-ons may be paid for in advance by calling Blakeley Park at 251-626-5581. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. LuLu’s Fresh Art Market See August 4 for details. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Sunday, August 19 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

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Monday, August 20

It’s Bloomin’ Hot Special Bellingrath Gardens and Home. During the month of August guests will receive a special discounted rate of $15 for the Gardens and Home Combination Ticket. This is a $5 per person savings. Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, Alabama.

Tuesday, August 21 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Wednesday, August 22 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Thursday, August 23


IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.


Friday, August 24

Chick-fil-A Tailgate Party Tailgate Party at Chick-fil-A at Daphne! Come kick off the 2012 football season with fun games, raffles, food sampling, the cows and more! 3 – 5 p.m. Daphne location only. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Saturday, August 25

Historic Fort Mims Re-enactments The Fort Mims Restoration Association presents Living History, Displays & Crafts of early 1800’s Period Weapons and clothing, Covered wagons, music tour of local historical and medicinal plants & trees. Burnt Corn Re-enactment at 11a.m., Fort Mims Reenactment at 3 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday Old Time Church Service at 10 a.m. Food & drink available. Bring a chair. $5 admission daily. Fort Mims, Tensaw, AL 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (251) 533-9024, LuLu’s Fresh Art Market See August 4 for details. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details. 26th Annual Grand Summer Ball for Thomas Hospital Foundation Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Benefits Thomas Hospital Foundation. $300 per person. Contact Kathy Baugh (251) 990-1512.



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Sunday, August 26 Historic Fort Mims Re-enactments See August 25 for details. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Tuesday, August 28

Chick-fil-A Tailgate Party Tailgate Party at Chick-fil-A at Daphne! Come kick off the 2012 football season with fun games, raffles, food sampling, the cows and more! 5 – 7 p.m. Daphne location only. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Wednesday, August 29 Chick-fil-A Tailgate Party Tailgate Party at Chick-fil-A at Daphne! Come kick off the 2012 football season with fun games, raffles, food sampling, the cows and more! 12 noon – 2 p.m. Daphne location only. IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Thursday, August 30 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

Friday, August 31 IMAX Film: Tornado Alley See August 1 for details. Strange Matter at the Exploreum See August 1 for details.

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

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The Dark Knight Rises

Ice Age: Continental Drift

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: D+ Sexual Content: B Language: B Alcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated The Dark Knight Rises PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. It has been about eight years since Batman (Christian Bale) graced the streets of Gotham. After accepting the blame for crimes committed by the late Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart in the prequel, The Dark Knight), in order to preserve the two-faced man’s more honorable image, the caped crusader determined it was best not to show his own mask in the angry metropolis. Bruce Wayne (Batman’s true identity) has likewise retreated, dropping out of the city’s social scene. But events are about to transpire that will cause the Dark Knight to rise again. The first is the intrusion of a cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) who seems more interested in him than just the contents of his safe. Another is the insight of a bright young cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that sees right through Wayne’s conflicted character. And the last, and perhaps most compelling reason, is the discovery of a new threat to Gotham’s peace: A disfigured mercenary named Banes (Tom Hardy) who shares the same training and subsequent disfellowship from The League of Shadows, the brotherhood that taught Batman his skills. (This fraternity figures prominently in the first movie of this trilogy, Batman Begins). So despite the pleadings of his faithful and concerned butler Alfred (Michael Caine), the recluse (and his suppressed rage) comes out of retirement. Of course, the super hero is in for more than he originally suspects. Although he arms himself with high-tech tools, courtesy of Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), he isn’t quite prepared for the hatred of his fellow citizens that still believe in Batman’s guilt, the witch-hunt of a police force determined to hold him accountable, the betrayal of assumed friends, or the attack on the personal and finical affairs of Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile Banes proves to be a very formidable foe, with connections to numerous nefarious doings, and greater brute strength than the returning champion has to give the challenge. The writers of this latest DC comic adaptation (Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer) deserve credit. They have created an intricate script with tangled plot lines that weave in threads from both of the proceeding films.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Language: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Ice Age: Continental Drift PG for mild rude humor and action/peril. In the late 1980s, filmmakers Don Bluth, George Lucas and Steven Spielburg combined forces to produce the children’s animation The Land Before Time. The movie, which told the story of a group of young dinosaurs, sparked the creation of 12 more direct-to-video releases. None of them involved the big name trio. The Ice Age franchise may not be at the double digits yet, but with the release of this fourth film in the series, these prehistoric creatures could be lining up for a long chain of appearances. Like the previous three movies, this one sandwiches two storylines together. The first is about the acorn-obsessed Scrat who constantly tries to accumulate the little nut. When the squirrel-like creature poises the tip of his acorn on the icy landscape, it causes a crack that divides the landmass into the continents we know today. Meanwhile Manny (voice by Ray Romano), Diego (voice by Denis Leary) and Sid (voice by John Leguizamp) are separated from the rest of the animals when they are caught on a chunk of ice that breaks off from the shifting terrain. Calling out to his wife Ellie (voice by Queen Latifah) and his daughter Peaches (voice by Keke Palmer) as he floats away, Manny promises to find his way back to them. However what the trio and Sid’s tag-a-long grandma (voice by Wanda Sykes) don’t expect to encounter on their journey is a nefarious band of pirates led by the ape Captain Gutt (voice by Peter Dinklage). While some of the humor in the past productions has had a decidedly adult overtone, most of the jokes in this story are aimed directly at the under ten crowd. Pre-chewed prunes, slapstick antics and rude bodily humor are among the subjects mined for jokes. However, the film’s frequent portrayals of comedic violence and moments of peril may frighten younger children -- especially when characters are repeatedly hit, squashed, poked, tossed and put at risk. Promoting an alternative definition of family, Ice Age: Continental Drift brings out the best in this group of friends who commit to watch each other’s backs. If your children enjoyed the previous films, they will likely be ready to float away on this oceanic adventure.

What Parents need to know about The Dark Knight Rises...

What Parents need to know about Ice Age: Continental Drift

Violence: Pervasive violence includes depictions of hand-to-hand fighting, beatings, shootings, explosions, choking, neck snapping, back breaking and stabbing. These portrayals are detailed, although little blood is shown. High tech and nuclear weapons are employed, causing loss of life and property damage on a mass scale. Characters are betrayed, threatened with death and in constant peril. Criminals and murderers target innocent citizens and the police. Physical and physiological torture is applied. Multiple corpses are shown. Sexual Content: Sexual relations between an unmarried man and woman are implied: His naked chest and her bare shoulders are shown. Passionate kisses are exchanged. Mild sexual references are made. Language: Infrequent mild and moderate profanities are used. Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink at social occasions. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2012

Violence: Characters are repeatedly slapped, squashed, poked and tossed. Little creatures are enslaved and threatened with a whip. An animal is burned by a hot geyser eruption. Characters fall off a cliff. Numerous characters experience moments of peril and threats. Characters engage in swordplay. A character is swallowed by a fish. An animal burns his paws. Sexual Content: Seductive sirens tempt the characters while at sea. Two male characters mistakenly kiss one another. Brief rude jokes revolve around anatomy and other bodily functions. Mild, veiled sexual innuendo is included. Language: Name-calling and some rude terms are used. Alcohol / Drug Use: A character eats a berry that paralyzes him. 80

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