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Contents August 2013 Volume 6 Number 3

Features 58

Happiest Kid in the Cafeteria

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Encourage a Can-Do Attitude

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2013 After School Activities Guide

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How to Reach Beyond an Ordinary Marriage

Discover creative meal ideas for each day of the school week that equal lunches they’ll love all year.

Use these simple strategies to help your child set goals, build skills and overcome setbacks in academics.

Sign up now for after school activities on the Eastern Shore and Gulf Coast. Our listing has registration dates, costs and other details you need.

Columns 2 From One Parent to Another

Find advice for making your marriage “in the midst of raising kids” better than you could have imagined.

Lynn Knighton

4 Living With Children John Rosemond

16 Kids Health

On The Cover

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

Departments 6 Bits and Pieces

54 Get This!

Paige Gardner Smith

18 School Bits

56 Dave Says

80 Family Calendar

Dave Ramsey

60 A Page in a Book

88 Movie Reviews

Paige Gardner Smith

FlyLady 78 The Marla Cilley Edward Witherington (9), son of Cobby and John Witherington, and little brother to Virginia (13) and Ellis (11). Proud grandparents are Burke and Ed Witherington.

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EasternShoreParents

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.

Publisher Lynn Knighton lynn@easternshoreparents.com

Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@easternshoreparents.com

Associate Editor Kelly Watson kelly@easternshoreparents.com

Research Editor Nancy Sherrell

Advertising Opportunities Lynn Knighton Leslie Hall Traci Calvert

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Contributing Writers Marla Cilley Gayla Grace Christina Katz Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Dr. Robert L. Rux, M.D. Heidi Luedtke Smith, Ph.D. Paige Gardner Smith

Cover Photography Erin Creel www.erincreelphotography.com

President

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Visit us online at www.easternshoreparents.com Eastern Shore Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: P.O. Box 374, Montrose, Alabama, 36559. The phone number for voice and fax is (251) 929-2099. Eastern Shore Parents is copyrighted 2013 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... My family, plus my mom and dad, brothers and their families, recently spent some time together at the beach. We had a wonderful time hanging out together without the stress of the holidays. My brother Jim told stories of summers spent at my grandmother’s house on the farm, which brought back sweet memories. The kids laughed as he told stories of the mean rooster that used to chase us, and how we would push each other in an old, wheeled office chair down the long “shotgun” hallway that ran from the front door to the back door. They got excited as he explained how he would get a running start and push as hard as he could sending us flying across the slick wooden floors down the corridor. It was actually quite a thrill ride (until we got caught)! He told of our nights spent on the front porch telling ghost stories, shelling peas and counting cars. And as boring as all that sounds, we had a blast with our grandmother. I am so happy that my children are able to spend time with their grandparents during the summer as we did. This summer they have spent several nights with Gram and Big Pop, which has enabled Brad and I to spend more quality time together. Since Brad and I both work from home, we are together almost everyday. We make time to get out of the house and have lunch together as a “date,” but then, an hour later we are back to work, running errands, picking up kids, etc. This summer has been a little different. We have actually had more quality time together. It is so nice to spend time with your spouse without the distractions of work, schedules, and dare I say it, kids. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE being with my girls as much as possible. Even when they spend the night with grandparents down the street, I still have to pop in and get my hugs and kisses. However, I have loved the time with Brad. We have been together for 21 years and it is easy to slip into a rut if we are not careful. Everyone will agree, marriage takes a conscious effort. Gayla Grace has provided us with a wonderful article this month, How to Reach Beyond an Ordinary Marriage, to help us all foster our relationships with our spouses. One of the other things I love about summer is not packing lunches. It is not the physical activity of packing the lunch that is hard for me, but making sure we have the necessary groceries to pack a healthy lunch the kids will enjoy. Recently, I was turned onto meal planning and cooking for the week on Sundays. This has been revolutionary in our home. The amount of time and stress it saves is amazing, plus it has made eating healthier much easier. If packing lunches or meal prep in general stresses you, read The Happiest Kid in the Cafeteria: Better School Lunches All Week Long, by Christina Katz. She shares ideas for creative lunches and cooking ahead of time. Make sure you get your kids involved, too! While we still have a couple of weeks of summer left, it is painfully obvious that school is just around the corner. I am fortunate that my girls love school and are excited about the new school year. Mary-Bradley is starting middle school, Anna is starting intermediate school and Katie will be in 3rd grade. While exciting, all of these changes will bring higher expectations. As I was reading this month’s article, Encourage a Can-Do Attitude About Academics, by Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D., I realized that I am guilty of some of the “don’ts” listed. She has some helpful advice on how to handle situations where children are being challenged and how we can better encourage our children. The start of school also means it is time to register for after school activities. If you are looking for some great enrichment programs for your child, make sure you look over the extensive After School Activities Guide beginning on page 64. You are sure to find something for everyone in your home!

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Living With Children

By John Rosemond

Let Daughter Decide Whether to Accept Gifted Status Q:

Our 9-year-old daughter is going to the fourth grade next school year. She loves school and has always done very well. She recently took a series of tests and we’ve learned that she qualifies for the gifted and talented program. When we told her, she became very upset and told us she doesn’t want to accept the promotion. We tried to explain the advantages, but she just became more upset. She says none of her friends are in the gifted program and she doesn’t want to be there either. The school counselor says we should not let her make the decision. What should we do?

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In most cases, and especially at the elementary level, the programs in question are examples of what are known as “pullout” programs. The children in GT programs attend regular classes and are then pulled out of class three to five times a week for enrichments of various sorts. I am unable to find any compelling research to the effect that these programs result in long-term intellectual or academic advantage. Their ultimate benefit, therefore, is questionable. When my daughter, Amy, was in the fifth grade, she qualified as a GT student. My wife and I sat down with her, explained

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the short list of pros and cons, and allowed her to make the decision. She told us exactly what your daughter told you: her friends were not in the program; therefore, she didn’t want to be there either. The school was disappointed, but they got over it, and Amy went on to be an honors student at the University of North Carolina. I speculate that your daughter doesn’t want the attention that would come from being pulled out of class by the GT teacher. She is concerned that her “special” status might not sit well with her friends. Unfortunately, her anxiety is probably warranted. Since the efficacy of such programs has not been demonstrated, since they are obviously not necessary to a successful life, however one might measure that, I’d say let your daughter make the decision. “But what if she later regrets it?” Good. Then she has to deal with the issue of personal responsibility, and she is not too young to have to do so. It is controlled exercises in decision-making of exactly this sort that cause children to become more far-sighted and weigh pros and cons rather than simply making decisions on the basis of feelings and impulses. Regardless of outcome, being allowed to make decisions and learn from the mistakes that are inevitable to that process is an important part of growing up. In the emotional sense, it is the very thing of growing up.

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My husband and I have a 21-year-old daughter from his first marriage. She was suspended from college for bad grades and is waiting out her time until she can go back. Meanwhile, she works for my husband to earn a little spending money, but rent and food are free. The problem is that her work performance is consistently poor and she is consistently disrespectful. She won’t listen to instructions and takes forever to do anything. Meanwhile, her dad is going slowly insane. She’s disrespectful at home as well. I think he should fire her; then we should kick her out of the house and let her fend for herself. What do you think?

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Whenever someone asks me if I intend to ever write a book on how to deal with irresponsible, disrespectful young adult children, I answer, “Well, no publisher will accept a book that consists of only two words: Stop Enabling!” As long as this child (her chronological age may be 21, but I estimate her emotional age at 14) can do as she pleases and still enjoy all the comforts of home, she will continue to do as she pleases. Yes, give her her walking papers, and the sooner the better for all concerned. That is, believe me, the only solution. To grow up, this child needs to experience the slings and arrows of the real world and learn to deal with them without protections. That applies to a lot of young adults these days, by the way.

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

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bits & pieces Astrophysicist to Speak at Foley Public Library

We welcome international award-winning astrophysicist and former consultant to NASA, Kevin Manning, as he shares his passion for astronomy by transporting people of all ages into a fascinating world beyond their own. You will enjoy an educational and entertaining exploration of the universe, the stars and other celestial wonders, as well as a refreshingly large perspective gained by looking up to the stars. This dynamic program is open to everyone who would love to have the opportunity to view the amazing rings of Saturn, craters of the moon and other jewels of the night sky through a powerful telescope, weather permitting! Tuesday, August 6, 7 - 9 p.m. Foley Public Library. Call for reservations 251-943-7665.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 6, 1869, Walter D. Bellingrath was Mobile's first Coca-Cola bottler and the founder of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. In honor of Mr. Bellingrath's Birthday on August 6, admission to the Gardens will be free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents!

Christian Scouting Organization to Hold Parent Meeting In August

American Heritage Girls is a Christian scouting organization for girls in kindergarten (turning 5 before October 1st) through twelfth grade. Our girls earn badges, awards, and service stars and have lots of fun! Our meeting time is Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Loxley. We will have a parent meeting on August 6 and our first troop meeting will be August 20. We follow the Baldwin County School calendar. For more information, please email Hope at hopehardy1979@yahoo.com or call 251-375-0410. Also check out the national web site at www.ahgonline.org.

Jubilee Festival Committee Plans for Phenomenal Event

The 25th Annual Jubilee Festival is scheduled for September 28 and 29. Exhibitors are being sought to participate. The juried art show takes place on Main Street (Scenic 98) in Olde Towne Daphne, in front of City Hall and in Centennial Park. There is no admission and the festival will be going on 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The Eastern Shore Chamber expects more than 30,000 patrons to attend this year. Kids Art at Jubilee Festival returns to Centennial Park again this year. Kids enjoy such activities as fence painting, creating wooden structures, fish prints, puppet making, and more. As always, the fantastic entertainment on stage at the Jubilee Fest showcases the best acts in the region. For more information call the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce at (251) 621-8222 or visit www.eschamber.com.

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Founder’s Day Free Admission to Bellingrath Gardens

MCI GO RUN to Raise Funding towards GYN Cancer Research

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The Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) 6th annual GO RUN will be held on September 14, on the University of South Alabama campus. USA & MCI sponsor this run to bring awareness to Gynecological Cancers, as well as raise funding for GYN Cancer research. Adult registration is $20 until September 13, and will be $25 day of the race. The youth (1-15 years) fee is $ $15 until September 13th, and will be $20 the day of the race. Fees are reduced if paid by July 31. Preregistration forms can be found online at www.usahealthsystem.com/gorun. Adult participants will receive a tech/dri-fit shirt and youth shirts will be cotton. The MCI GO RUN promises to be a very fun, family-friendly event. Day of Race Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. Along with the races, there will be a Kids Zone, Free Food, Beverages and live entertainment from the fantastic local band, Jukebox Superhero. Awards will be given in all age categories. Advertising: 251-929-2099

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Christ the King, Daphne, to Host Ping-Pong Tournament Benefitting Vocations

Break out those ping-pong paddles for an exciting event coming to Christ the King in Daphne! CTK will host a ping-pong tournament to benefit our Archdiocesan seminarians on Friday, August 9th. This event promises a fun evening and family-friendly event for all. The “Pongathon” will take place at Christ the King’s Gym (1503 Main Street, Daphne) with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.. The tournament will offer two divisions of play: singles and doubles. For questions or further information, please contact Jami Graham at 251.626.2343/ctkyouth@zebra. net. The tournament fee is $20 per person and includes the entry fee, t-shirt and dinner. Anyone age 12 and older is eligible to play and may register online at www.ctkpongathon.eventbrite.com through 1:30 p.m. on August 9th. Please note that participants who register after July 24th will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. There are cash prizes for the tournament division winners: $100 for singles and $150 for doubles. Registrations will also be accepted at the door until 6 p.m. on the day of the tournament. Don’t play ping-pong? You can still come out and enjoy the event while supporting our seminarians! Cheer them on as a VIP Spectator for a $15 donation, which includes an event t-shirt and dinner. All spectators are welcome at no charge and dinners may be purchased for $5. VIP Spectators may register online as well, or by mailing/delivering their donation and t-shirt size to the parish office: Christ the King Youth Ministry, 711 College Avenue.

Polo at the Point to Celebrate 25th Year

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the 2013 Polo at the Point is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear. The Gulf Coast’s premier charity sporting event is hosted by Point Clear Charities, presented by IBERIABANK and Grand Hotel Marriott and benefits USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Thomas Hospital’s Pediatric Rehab. This momentous anniversary year will include special events including Fashion Fếte, a pre-event fashion show on October 10, world-class polo, gourmet cuisine, champagne, divot stomping, tailgating, luncheon tent reserved seating, Bama game and much more. Festivities continue into the evening with the 2013 Players’ Party at 5:30 p.m. where guests can meet the Polo players and enjoy hors d’oeuvres , live music and dancing. Tickets range from $10 (tailgating) to $150. Sponsorships opportunities are now available. For more information visit www.poloatthepoint. com or call 251-928-9704.

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bits & pieces St. James Vacation Bible School

At St. James Vacation Bible School, the children learned to be giving, forgiving, and welcoming neighbors. There were eighteen rising 5th and 6th graders and five adult volunteers who participated in St. James Service Squad this year during VBS. These young people spent three days out in the community spreading the love of Christ. This year the squad went to Ecumenical Ministries, The Brennity Assisted Living, Prodisee Pantry, and wrapped Christmas gifts for the Crossroads Headstart Center. The mission project for St. James VBS was donating Christmas gifts for the Baldwin County Head Start Program. The toys were given to the largest site called Crossroads Headstart Center in Hurricane, Alabama.

Fairhope UMC Vacation Bible School

Fairhope United Methodist Church held its annual VBS June 3rd – 7th. Our theme this year was Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God! Our church campus was filled with 300+ children who participated in the week-long adventure where we learned different ways we can STAND STRONG for God. One key Biblical Point was taught each day and reinforced through Bible adventures, songs, games, hands-on activities and even our snack! We also participated in a mission project called Operation Kid-to-Kid which targets at-risk children in India. The project allowed the kids to experience what it means to share God's Word and love. We had a wonderful, fun-filled week and greatly appreciate all the youth and adult volunteers who participated to make it a meaningful time for the children of our community.

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Williams Syndrome of the Gulf Coast to Hold Regional Conference

If you have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, join us to learn more about some of the resources that can change their life. From classroom adaptations that can help your school- age child experience greater success in the classroom and special education laws to behavioral supports for you and your child, to SSI and housing opportunities for adults; we believe you will find the conference very helpful. The conference will be held August 24th, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church located at 3275 Halls Mill Road, Mobile. Registration is required. You may register online by August 10th at www.williams-syndrome.org/GConference. Registration fees are $25/adult; $10/child or $60 maximum per family of 4. Fees include continental breakfast and lunch. We will have children’s programs in age appropriate rooms. Teen and adult programs include a trip to the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Mobile Carnival Museum along with afternoon karaoke. Evening activities also available for $10/person and include Dinner/Gringo Grande Taco Bar, “Embraceable” showing for adults and a bounce house for kids. For more information contact Searcy Kelly at skelly@williams-syndrome.org or call 251-753-4133.

Alabama’s Beaches to Welcome Legendary Coaches and Players for SEC BeachFest in August

Kick off the 2013 college football season with 10 former coaches, such as Gene Stallings, Pat Dye and Phillip Fulmer and nine former players like Matt Jones, Jake Gibbs and Bucky Richardson at this family-oriented destination, hosted by Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, from August 15-18. From a golf scramble and fishing tournaments to the FanZone Fueled by BP, beach concerts and appearances by Legendary Coaches and Players, the festival has something for each member of the family to explore throughout the weekend. General weekend passes to BeachFest are $25 and VIP tickets are $199. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with special guests, an open bar, meal periods, snacks as well as an airconditioned area with executive bathrooms. Children ages 10 and younger will be admitted free with a ticketed adult (one child per adult) and will only be admitted into the VIP area with a VIP-ticketed adult. For more information about SEC BeachFest, special sponsor offers, tickets or to sign up for the golf and fishing tournaments or 5K, visit www.secbeachfest.com.

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bits & pieces Camp I Believe Supports Children through Grief Process

When a child is grieving the loss of a loved one or friend, it is important for them to know that they are not alone with their grief. Gentiva Hospice has developed Camp I Believe, a 2-day, overnight camp to help children ages 7 – 14 deal with their feelings and become empowered to cope with the loss of their loved one. The camp will be held September 7-8, at Camp Baldwin in Elberta, AL. The campers are able to attend camp free of charge through funding provided by the Gentiva Hospice Foundation.. Our professional staff and trained volunteers include social workers, spiritual care coordinators, nurses, recreational therapists and bereavement specialists. The beautiful grounds of Camp Baldwin allow children to heal through nature and a variety of fun activities which include fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, arts and crafts, field games and much more. Camp I Believe is currently seeking campers to participate in the camp. We are also seeking supply donations and volunteers. If you would like more information, please visit www.gentiva.com/hospice/camps/ or call Gentiva Hospice directly, 251.621.2500. You may also email Kimberly.Smith2@gentiva.com or Laura.Chapman@gentiva.com.

42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival Set for October 10 - 13

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The 42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival™ presented by Zatarain’s, dubbed “Alabama’s Original Beach Party” will take place Oct. 10 – 13 where Ala. Hwy. 59 meets the Gulf, with an abundance of music, food and art jam-packed into four days of fun. There will be musical acts to please all palates, including blues, Motown, Southern rock, jazz, zydeco and country. The music begins at 10 a.m. each day and runs through 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Almost 50 local and regional food vendors will line the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. An attraction that has been expanded at the Festival this year will be free shrimp. Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races to help work off some of the great food at the Festival. For more information on the Festival visit www.myshrimpfest.com.

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Jubilee Race to Raise Funds for Medical Missions

Bayside Medical Missions is a local non-profit that provides orthopaedic care and surgeries in underdeveloped countries, to persons of limited resources who are otherwise without hope. Volunteer doctors travel several times per year, covering their own expenses, to provide services free of charge. However, donations are needed to cover other costs. One of the ways funds are raised is through the Jubilee Race for Life 5K certified course & 1-Mile fun Run, which will be held Saturday, September 21st. This year everyone will receive a TECH TEE. Those registering by August 30 will be guaranteed their size. Day of Race Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. at Daphne Baptist Church ball field, 1515 6th Street, Daphne, located on the corner of College Ave. and 6th Street. The Fun Run follows at 9 a.m. Unique awards are presented 3 deep in 15 age categories! After-race festivities include music, door prizes and food by Chick-fil-a, and Publix. Early registration before September 10th is $20 for adults, $15 children under age 15. The Fun Walk/Run is $12. Children under 7 are free with a registered adult (no tee shirt). Registration after September 10th is $25 for adults, $20 for children under 15 and $14 for the Fun Walk/Run. For more info visit www.jubileeraceforlife.org. Online registration is available at Active.com. To make a donation to Bayside Medical Missions visit www. baysidemedicalmissions.org or call 251-928-4248.

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In June, the Orange Beach Public Library celebrated summer reading each week. The Youth reading theme is “Dig into Reading” and the teen theme is “Beneath the Surface”. On June 6, our Kick-Off program was presented by Flow Circus. Paul Miller entertained the elementary students with a comedy juggling and magic show. The teens enjoyed his hands-on juggling workshop. On June 13, we welcomed Charlie Williams, The Noise Guy, to bring his sound impressions with storytelling back for another hilarious program called Eat My Dust! That same day, the teens learned some basic Hip-Hop moves from Nick Stanton of Triple Threat Studios. Our June 20, program was presented by singer/songwriter Monty Harper. The teens made and ate a no-bake dirt cake; worms included. Mark Seymour (pictured) presented our final June program with percussion extravaganza for the youth and teens.

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bits & pieces Donation Fund Started for Paralyzed Gulf Shores 13-Year Old

Jacob Mogan, a 13-year old Gulf Shores, Middle School Student, tragically had a stroke on his spinal cord on Wednesday, May 29. This incredibly rare occurrence has left him paralyzed from his midsection down to his toes. Many of you know the Mogans through civic, church, and school activities. Jacob's dad, Matt, is Chairman of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber's Annual National Shrimp Festival. This has devastated the family and the entire community. The Doctors and Staff at Sacred Heart Women's and Children's Hospital in Pensacola who are caring for Jacob have told Jacob's parents, Matt and Belinda, that the very best facility to address Jacob's case is The Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Atlanta, GA. (www.shepherd.org). Jacob has been accepted to The Shepherd Center and that is a blessed event. Combined with the power of prayer, the Shepherd Center is Jacob's best hope for a full recovery. Everyone that loves the Mogan Family so dearly has been asking the question: "What can we do to help?" With Matt and Belinda's blessing, "The Jacob Mogan Fund" has been set up to allow friends to help with the tremendous expenses associated with all the actions that will be required for what everyone hopes and prays will be a full recovery for Jacob. The goal is to remove all possible stress and worry for Matt and Belinda and younger sister Jenna so they can concentrate their full energy to Jacob's rehabilitation and recovery. The experts all agree that it is critical for Matt and Belinda to be by Jacob's side throughout this process. YOU can make that a reality by lending your support. Donations can be made at any Centennial Bank location in any amount. No donation is too small or too large! The family is blessed to have such a tremendous community of supporters and they have asked that you continue to pray for God's Strength as they climb Jacob's Ladder to a full blessed recovery. In God's Hands, all things are possible! Donations are accepted at Centennial Bank in Gulf Shores. Checks may be mailed to The Jacob Mogan Fund, c/o Centennial Bank, P.O Box 4649, Gulf Shores, AL 36547.

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2013 Eastern Shore Environmental Award Goes to the Original Oyster House!

Each year the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce selects a member that is proactive in taking steps, above and beyond what is required by policy or law, to protect our precious environment as well as our quality of life along the Eastern Shore. The Eastern Shore Chamber is one of only a handful of chambers in the United States that presents an environmental award and probably the only one that recognizes them by planting a 15 foot live oak tree in honor of their contribution. The 2013 live oak will be planted in honor of the environmental contributions made by a chamber member best known for serving fresh seafood for the past 30 years. The Original Oyster House was awarded the 2013 Environmental Award during the chamber’s annual meeting at Oak Hollow Farms on June 27th . Recently, the Original Oyster House installed solar water heaters at both their restaurant locations. In December of 2012, the Original Oyster House installed a wind turbine at their Causeway restaurant in Spanish Fort to help offset energy costs. In 2010 the restaurant began converting all used frying oil into Bio Diesel to fuel company vehicles. “We’ve been in business for 30 years and have always prided ourselves on being good neighbors and good stewards,” said Joe Roszkowski, president of the Original Oyster House. “We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do, for our environment, our children and their children.”

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bits & pieces CareKinesis, Inc. Rises to the Occasion as Presenting Sponsor of Mercy’s 2013 Charity Golf Tournament

Mercy Medical’s 27th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27 at Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope. Returning 2012 Platinum Sponsor CareKinesis announced that it will be this year’s Presenting Sponsor. This year the golf tournament will benefit Mercy’s Guardian Angel, the program that funds pediatric home care. Highlights of this year’s tournament include a silent auction plus flighted teams and great prizes. Individual registration is $150 per player which includes lunch, greens fees, cart fees, range balls, a great player gift, food and beverages on the course, post-tournament refreshments, and the opportunity to win terrific prizes. The format will be a four-person scramble with an 8:30 shotgun followed by lunch and a brief awards program. Online registration is available now. For information about Mercy’s 27th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, to sponsor, volunteer or register visit www.mercymedical.com/golf or contact the development office at (251) 621-4884. The golf tournament committee members standing from left are Bradley Sanders (Phelps Dunbar), John Strope (Dogwood Productions), Jonathan Jones (Bryant Bank), Kevin Whitney (Rock Creek), Justin Crews (Mercy Medical), Sr. Marilyn Graf, RSM (Mercy LIFE); sitting from left are co-chair Randy Burgan (Gulf Coast Broadcast Network), Debbie Clolinger (Portier Place), co-chair Hudson Sandefur (Zaxby’s) Donna Wilhelm (Mercy Medical), Mike Maskill (Aflac) and Flora Chamberlain (volunteer). Not pictured are co-chair Russ Wood, Chad Leonard (Rock Creek) and Cecilia Mace.

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Chef Challenge to Help End Local Hunger

Join Bay Area Food Bank as they kick-off Hunger Action Month with the 15th Challenge to End Hunger, on Thursday, September 5 at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy cuisine from some of our area’s most celebrated chefs, live music from Roman Street, and a vast silent auction. Admission is $50 per person in advance and $60 per person the day of. Ticket information is available online at www. bayareafoodbank.org or by contacting Mary Candace Vegliacich at (251) 653-1617 ext. 118 or mvegliacich@bayareafoodbank.org. 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.

Barbara Dooley to Speak at Healthy Woman Dinner

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Healthy Woman program at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will host keynote speaker Barbara Dooley at a sit-down dinner on Saturday, August 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Dooley is recognized as one of the wittiest, most entertaining women, both on stage and off and can wow an audience. It is simply Southern humor at its captivating best. As a breast cancer survivor, her stories are interspersed with motivation for those battling challenges as well. Her message is always, “Make the best of any situation and find a way to laugh about it. The cost for the dinner is $30. Lenise Ligon with Fox 10 News will once again emcee the event. Tickets go on sale July 9th and can be purchased by visiting SouthBaldwinRMC.com/HealthyWoman. The event is open to both women and men. The South Baldwin Regional Medical Center chapter of Healthy Woman launched in 2008 and has a network of over 1650 members and features a series or free bi-monthly seminars, health fairs, education programs and interactive events focusing on empowering women to make informed health and well-being decisions for themselves and their family members. Women of all ages may join the program free of charge. For more information about the Healthy Woman program contact Kollyn Blackwell, Healthy Woman Coordinator at (251)949-3562.

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Beach Emergencies! I had a mom come in the other day and ask me a really important question. “Why do babies eat sand?“ I sat there for a moment and finally had to admit that I didn’t know. I guess it will be one of those mysteries of the universe that might never be answered. But, she did have some beach questions I could answer, and we talked about some of the serious hazards at the beach. Besides the obvious sunscreen, shade for babies, keeping hydrated, etc., the most serious topics that came up were undertow and jellyfish. Today, we will talk about these topics and more as we explore, (Jaws theme music playing) BEACH EMERGENCIES! The most beautiful natural treasure we have here in Baldwin County is our beaches. But with them come some dangers in the form of wildlife and the surf. First of all, it is really important to understand the flag system. Green is good! Yellow means some moderate surf and currents, so take precaution. Red and double red means absolutely no swimming. Finally purple means dangerous wildlife present (ex. sharks, jellyfish, etc.) There are also a few areas that you cannot swim and that includes the pass between Little Lagoon and the gulf on West Beach.

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The undertow in the Gulf of Mexico is very strong and unfortunately is responsible for multiple fatalities each year. The undertow is worse in rough weather, and even the strongest swimmer is no match for it. Be sure to swim at a beach with a lifeguard present and stay away from piers and jetties. If you are caught in an undertow, as much as you want to, don’t panic. The most important step is to swim sideways out of the current and parallel to the beach. Once you feel you are not being pulled, then swim at an angle towards the beach but away from the undertow. If you are unable to swim out of the current sideways, then relax and let the current take you out until it stops. Then swim back to shore. Be sure to wave your arms and attract attention to other beachers if you are unable to swim back in. As if the undertow wasn’t enough, we have to consider the wildlife on the beach as well. Be sure to watch the local news and look for purple flags indicating recent issues with sharks and/or jellyfish. Luckily, shark attacks are rare, and the most common issue is jellyfish. If you or your child are stung by a jellyfish, immediately wash off the area with saltwater, but do not use tap or pool water— it will make the

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sting worse. Liberally spray down the area with vinegar to neutralize the pain (oftentimes, lifeguards will have these at their chairs, but it’s a good idea to keep some in the beach bag). Then, apply shaving cream to the sting and shave off with either a razor or credit card. This sounds crazy, but it is an efficient way to remove any remaining tentacles from the body without you touching them with your hands. Spray the area again with the vinegar and then use ibuprofen or acetaminophen and some ice to help relieve symptoms. Most symptoms resolve in 24-48 hours, but if they don’t, seek help from a medical provider. Ah, the joys of summer. Baseball, swimming, going to the beach, getting stung by jellyfish—it’s all part of a week’s vacation, right? Be good and use 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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Welcome to the 2013-14 school year! Our journey to be world-class in every way continues and there is excitement on every front.

First, I hope registering your child was an easier process this year. Online registration allowed you to register your child from the convenience of your home, at the hour of your choosing. We’ll be refining online registration, and next year we will add the ability to pay school fees via credit card through our website. Online registration means that we now have your contact information in our system on the first day of school in case we have to get in touch with you. You will want to make sure your email system freely accepts email from bcbe.org and that your phone is set not to block calls from our rapid notification number. Being able to quickly communicate with you and you with us is very, very important. Later in the year, we’ll be adding the ability to send you text alerts. We welcome your input how we can make online registration and communication better. We begin the second year of Digital Renaissance at our high schools and our first year at our middle schools. Many of our teachers have spent the summer participating in intensive and extensive professional development so that they can deliver the absolute best, most cutting-edge 21st century classroom experience. Our teachers are preparing students so that they will compete for and win the best job opportunities in the world. Amazingly, many of the roles our graduates will land have yet to even be thought of. Yet, what is assured is those jobs will require employees who have keen analytical and thinking skills and work together collaboratively using technology to solve real-world problems. When the very best teaching talent is combined with the very best technology, remarkable classroom teaching and learning result and that is the goal of Digital Renaissance. Each high school and middle school teacher and student is equipped with a Mac Book Air laptop and teachers help students connect, literally, with a world of top resources. We’ve seen remarkable results from Digital Renaissance. Student engagement has soared, national indicators such as Advanced Placement (AP) scores have increased and students and teachers are capturing state and national education honors. Preparing students to contribute to our workforce and world has never been more important or the opportunities nearer. Baldwin County Public Schools serve students from more than 30 countries. Many new families have joined us recently because of industrial expansions and relocations in our area. If you’re one of those families, we welcome you. One such example is Airbus. Aviation is booming in our area and we’re gearing up rapidly to meet the needs. The Baldwin County Board of Education, Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State Community College and the Fairhope Airport Authority have come together to develop plans for an educational building at the H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport in Fairhope. On part of the airport property, the authority will construct and own the 15,000 sq. ft. facility to be used for teaching aviation technical skills, industrial maintenance and welding to students in classes that will be established by the Baldwin County Board of Education for students countywide. Providing innovative learning opportunities isn’t limited to aviation or to a traditional school setting for that matter. In fact, I have proposed to the board Alabama’s first virtual high school, which extends our Digital Renaissance opportunities to allow students to learn at anytime, anywhere and pursue any interest. Finally, and most importantly, I know that you expect us to keep your child safe at school and on our buses. Our board has made a substantial investment in school safety by implementing a new digital radio communications system that connects each school and each bus to 911, to the district and to the Emergency Management Agency (EMA). This new digital radio system will give us unprecedented communication capability. It is one of several new safety and security initiatives. I want to point out that this new radio system has been designed by a retired parent who stepped up after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Connecticut to freely offer his extensive expertise to keep our children safe. Such outstanding contributions from this parent and many, many others are allowing us to give our children an excellent educational experience in a safe setting. I challenge you to find a way that you can take your own contributions to our children “above and beyond” so that, together, we can reach our goal to be world-class in every way. I thank you for your generosity to our schools and for the privilege of educating your child. I wish for you and your family the very best this school year.

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Fairhope High School Holds IB Senior Awards Banquet

Fairhope High School recently held its annual IB Senior Awards Banquet at the Marriott Grand Hotel. IB seniors were presented with their IB stoles as Mr. Corey Fancher, IB Counselor, announced their college plans. Outstanding students in each subject area were also recognized as was the IB Teacher of the Year. Pictured from left to right are Erica Estes, Art; Christian McClure, Music and Theory of Knowledge; Katie Lewis, Math Studies; Madi Miller, Creativity, Action, and Service; Ms. Karen Myrick, IB Teacher of the Year; Ben Lundy, History and Math SL; Rachel Breslin, English, Biology, and Spanish; Anna Grace Claunch, Overall IB Spirit; and Alex Townsley, Extended Essay.

St. Patrick Catholic School Visits Battleship Memorial Park

Fourth grade students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Robertsdale traveled to Mobile for a field trip to see the USS Alabama Battleship and the USS Drum. Having fun and enjoying the history at the memorial park, the class also experienced the ride on the flight simulator, then took time to relax and have lunch.

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CKCS Presents Eighth Grade Leadership Awards

Christ the King Catholic School presented its leadership awards to four eighth graders during the awards presentation after the school mass on May 15. Eighth grade homeroom teachers, Mrs. Chris Bartz and Mr. Stephen Sylvester presented the awards to, from left, Landon Scott, Mary Grace Hellmich, Jake Spotswood, and Ashley Thomas.

Spanish Fort HS Art Class Donates Artwork for Ronald McDonald House

Spanish Fort High School students from Mrs. Hamil's art class donated artwork to hang in some remodeled rooms of the Ronald McDonald House. Featured from L to R are Barbie Hardy, Dylan Moyer, Sterling Yeend, Hannah Navarro, Anya Marcus, and SFHS art teacher, Natalie Hamil.

WAY Wellness Program Comes to Robertsdale Elementary

Robertsdale Elementary School is partnering with WAY to a Healthier Alabama (WHA) to improve student health through the integration of a multidisciplinary, standards-based wellness curriculum called the WAY Series. WHA is a coalition of public and private partners – led by the Alabama Department of Education, – who have committed funding to public schools to combat childhood obesity, improve the health of the state’s children and their families, and improve overall academic performance. Pictured is Alabama program coordinator Nicole Brown (2nd from left) at a recent RES faculty meeting where she provided details of the series. Also pictured are first grade teachers (l to r) Virginia Pope, Courtney Mosley, and Barbara Middleton. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2013

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Inaugural Baldwin County Education Coalition Golf Classic

The Baldwin County Sewer Service presents the Inaugural Baldwin County Education Coalition Golf Classic to be held September 12, 2013 at the Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope. Registration and lunch will begin at 12 noon with Shotgun Start at 1 p.m. The tournament will be a 4-man Scramble with several prizes and unique challenges. A special thank you to Sportsman's Marine for the Hole-inOne amateur prize on #16, a $50,000 boat! Corporate and individual sponsorships are available. For more information or to register a team contact Sheren LeBlanc, sherenleblanc@hotmail.com, 251-604-3728.

FMS Duke Tip University State and Grand Honorees

During the 2012-2013 school year, a number of 7th grade students participated in the Duke Tip University Talent Recognition Program. Of the students that qualified to participate, 11 students received State Recognition and 2 students were honored with Grand Recognition. State Recognition recipients earned an award by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT. Students who qualified at the Grand Recognition level scored at or better than 90 percent of recent high school graduates who tested on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. These students were invited to a special recognition ceremony at Duke University. Left photo, pictured in no particular order, are the State Recognition recipients: Stone Agren, Samuel Butler, Reagan Horsley, Brock Hunter, Kate Laraway, Grayson Monasco, Amelia McConnell, Camille McGriff, Jaden Morace, Wanda Schlumpf, and Kathryn Thompson. Right photo, pictured, from left to right, are the Grand Recognition honorees: Caroline Gamard and Olivia Otts.

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McGill-Toolen Cheerleaders Win Honors at Cheer Camp

McGill-Toolen Cheerleaders win top honors at UCA Cheer Camp at Auburn University. Both JV and Varsity Squads won Overall Camp Champs. JV placed 2nd in Extreme Routine, and 1st in the Sideline Chant and Varsity was 1st in Extreme Routine, and 1st in the Sideline Chant.

Fairhope Elementary Students Win Eastern Shore Art Competition

There’s exciting news from the Fairhope Elementary Art Room! The 2013 Eastern Shore Color By Kids Art Competition, sponsored by Springhill Medical Center, announced the winning artists at a reception and awards ceremony hosted by Bay Rivers Art Guild on May 2nd . We are so proud to announce that the first place winner in the Kindergarten-Second Grade category is Cassie Bayer in Mrs. Carolyn Buckley’s first grade class, and second place was awarded to Maddox Davis in Mrs. Charlotte Norris’ second grade class. All winning art work will tour different venues for a year and then be on permanent display at Springhill Medical Center. Visit www.springhillmedicalcenter.com and click on Who We Are to check out all the winning art work from Baldwin and Mobile Counties. Congratulations to Cassie and Maddox! Pictured from left to right are: Terry Beasley, Cassie Bayer, Judy Humphrey, Maddox Davis.

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Seven Students Represent Bayside Academy at Lions Club Leadership Program

Seven students from Bayside Academy attended the 2013 Alabama Lions High School Leadership Forum (ALHSLF) at Troy University in June. Juniors Tristan Hazebrook, Chapin Smith, John Solberg, Danielle Watts and sophomores Maggie He, Seth Matthews and Will Smith, participated in the three-day leadership forum for Alabama high school students (grades 10-12). Included in the program were keynote speakers on leadership topics, handson leadership exercises led by college leadership students, physical challenges, group skits, fun, and fellowship. As part of ALHSLF, each delegate group selected a male and female delegate as a candidate for the “Elite Delegate” title. Bayside’s Seth Matthews, Chapin Smith and Will Smith were elected outstanding delegates. More than 160 delegates attended this year’s Forum. ALHSLF is sponsored by the Alabama Lions Clubs. Pictured (front row, l-r): Bayside students Chapin Smith, Tristan Hazebrook, Maggie He and Danielle Watts; (back row, l-r) John Solberg, Will Smith and Seth Matthews.

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Fairhope Intermediate Students Learn About Going Green

Fairhope Intermediate fourth graders participated in environmental stations presented by Weeks Bay. Mike Shelton and Angela Underwood coordinated the hands-on learning experience for the over 250 students. The stations focused on understanding a watershed and pollutants. The school’s Green Club members, sponsored by Ms. Alison Pritchard, rounded out the experience by discussing how we can “green” our lunch boxes.

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Summer is here but that doesn't stop teachers from learning! The Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy (DRLA) participants in Baldwin County attended their first summer workshop the day after the school year ended, learning how to put Project Based Learning into action in their classrooms. The DRLA is composed of several hundred teachers in the Baldwin County school system. This teaching encompasses key elements of teacher leadership, student-centered learning, College and Career Ready Standards, and 21st Century Skills and resources. Pictured l to r: Gulf Shores Elementary School teachers Angie Austin, Stephanie Montiel and Julie Rosado collaborate on their project to submit to their trainers for feedback.

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Relay for Life at W. J. Carroll Intermediate School

W. J. Carroll Intermediate School students participated in a fundraiser for their school’s Relay for Life team. If a student raised $35 or better in sponsorship, they were able to participate in ‘The Big Race,’ a series of fun challenges organized by Mrs. Elizabeth Jennings, the physical education teacher. Together these students raised $1,632. In no particular order are Kylee Agee, Alex Carlisle, Nicole Willis, Christopher Boyd, Brooklyn Byron, Jacob Robb, Autumn Porter, Anna Claire Nolfe, Hamilton Baker, Elisha Latham, Jake Cortes, Cameron Hughes, Bree Kendrick, Sam Mirabella, Carianne Brown, Pete Browning, Chris Stuck, Khalila Sherrod, Madison Malone, Jordan Carraway, Kylie Kendrick, Trent Battle, Delaney Clark, Paige Jackson, Brendan Kennedy, Lizzy Burt, Eva McDonald, Cameron Reed, Jacob Nicholson, Walt Cassady, Nathan Cox, Holly Yazdi, Emily Lambert, Stephen Walding, Reese Smith, Dylan Wilson, McKenzie Beard, and Emma Martin. Terron Moton and Sage Riel raised money but were not able to participate in the day’s activities.

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FEEF Awards Parents’ Choice Awards

With a host of great candidates nominated by parents, the judging wasn’t easy, but Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation awarded six Fairhope educators with the Fourth Annual Parents’ Choice Award. The honor, sponsored by Urgent Care by the Bay, recognizes teachers and staff who encourage creative thinking and inspire learning or provide support to faculty and parents. Winners were also judged on their ability to communicate effectively with students and parents as well as empower students to be their very best. Parents’ Choice winners are: Paula Word, Fairhope Elementary School; Leslie Wheeler, Fairhope Intermediate School; Duelah Reehl, J. Larry Newton School; Janice Kinard, Fairhope Middle School; Kim Miller, Fairhope High School; and Corey Fancher, Fairhope High School. Pictured (top left photo): Dr. Michael Bindon presents Fairhope Elementary School second grade teacher Paula Word with her award. Pictured (left photo): FEEF board member Lisa Trotter (left) and Dr. Al Babcock (right) recognize Fairhope Intermediate School winner Leslie Wheeler. Pictured (left photo): J. Larry Newton third grade teacher Duelah Reehl (center) receives her honor from (left to right), Dr. J.C. Jacobs, FEEF board member Terri Bishop, and J.Larry Newton Principal Patrice Krueger. Pictured (bottom left photo): Seventh grade science teacher Janice Kinard (front) was the winner for Fairhope Middle School. Back row, left to right: FEEF board member Gary Finch, FMS principal Angie Hall, and FEEF executive director Cori Yonge. Pictured (top right photo): Parents selected Fairhope High School science teacher Kim Miller for this year’s award. From left, Kim Miller, and FEEF board member Chuck Huguley. Pictured (bottom right photo): Fairhope High guidance counselor Corey Fancher won as the non-classroom educator for the Fairhope feeder pattern. Here he receives his award from Dr. Trey Simms with Urgent Care by the Bay. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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Gulf Shores Middle School Cheerleaders Receive Superior Ratings

The Gulf Shores Middle School Cheerleaders recently attended the Universal Cheerleader Association (UCA) Camp at the Beach Club Resort. The squad received superior ratings in every performance area. They received a gold superior ribbon for their home pom routine, blue superior ribbon for their camp cheer, blue superior ribbon for their extreme routine dance and a second place trophy for their extreme routine dance. Jodi Hallum received the "Pin It Forward" award, and the entire squad received pins for raising money for St. Jude. The squad received a spirit stick, and two cheerleaders, Jodi Hallum and Chloe Shepard, made "All American." The squad also received the "Top Banana" which is given to the squad that is a true example of spirit and leadership for the entire camp. Coaches are Megan Scofield and Megan McNeil. The Gulf Shores Middle School squad members are, in no particular order, Jodi Hallum, Meesha Terral, Chloe Shepard, Linley King, Isabelle Powell, Ann Garrett Lawrence, Baylee Reeves, Luna Ledlow, Kendall Eskew, Ansleigh Lazenby, and Hayes Graf.

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Fairhope Kids Get Fit with Jazzercise

Jazzercise instructors LuAnn Fields and Kim Clay lead Jazzercise classes at Fairhope Intermediate and Fairhope Middle Schools in May, which is National Fitness Month. Jazzercise's Kids Get Fit Program encourages all types of fitness events/classes for children. Amanda Smith's and Jennifer Gilmore's 5th grade classes had a great time getting fit, and Coach Earnest's 7th period P.E. really got their groove on!

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W.J. Carroll Honors PE and Most Athletic Students of the Year

Congratulations to W. J. Carroll Intermediate School’s PE students of the year and Most Athletic of the year. Students of the year were chosen because of their Trojan Character showing respect, responsibility and resourcefulness as well as positive attitudes and 100% participation in PE all year long. Most athletic students of the year were chosen because of their Trojan Character as well, but also exhibited the highest athleticism in everything they did in PE. Front row,

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Orange Beach Elementary Student Places 2nd in Red Ribbon Essay Contest

Orange Beach Elementary School student Hannah King placed 2nd in the county among 5th graders for her entry in the Red Ribbon Essay Contest. Hannah is pictured here with Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack. Congratulations to Hannah & all other students who make decisions every day to lead a drug free life!

Fairhope High School Wins Yellow Pages Phone Book Cover Art Contest

Fairhope High School students captured the Southern Music Theme for the YP.com phone book cover art for the first time. Since the 2006-2007 The Real Yellow Book Pages AT&T phone book cover art was launched at the first winning school JL Newton, the collaboration project between AT&T and Baldwin County Public Schools has been the most successful cover art project in the south. Regional Director, AT&T Alabama, Gigi Armbrecht, provided a quote," YP is pleased to partner with the Baldwin County schools to choose the best and most representative cover from the county's young artists. We couldn't be happier with the result. Congratulations on ANOTHER job well-done." From left to right back row, Dr. Alan Lee, Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent; Lynda Williams, Fairhope High School AP/ IB art teacher; Dr. Pam Henson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Mayor of Fairhope Tim Kant; Don Blanchard, Secondary Assistant Superintendent; Jon Cardwell, Fairhope High School Principal; phone book artist senior Larkin Harris; left to right front row, phone book artist sophomore Ansley Gwin; senior artist Cathy Bellue and Vicky Cook, Arts Specialist in charge of the annual program.

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Science Fair Winners at St. Patrick Catholic School

St. Patrick Catholic School in Robertsdale recognizes the 2013 Science Fair Project winners for the 8th grade (pictured L to R) 1st Abigail Redlich, 2nd - Hayden McKeough, 3rd - Sarah Catherine Caldwell, and 5th grade (pictured L to R) 1st - Jr. Thomley, 2nd Caitlyn Bushaw, 3rd - Laney Darby.

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Gulf Shores Elementary 5th Grade Too Good for Drugs

Officer Gavin Kostelecky is proud of the fifth grade students at Gulf Shores Elementary School for completing a nine week program called, Too Good for Drugs. Shown in the picture are (l to r) Ryan Patel, Jacob Forgea, Synclaire McLemore, Aiden Setzer, Kate Thompson, Officer Kostelecky, Reagain Kostelecky, Brooke Graham, Emily Anson.

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Cadets Graduate from Sea Cadet Recruit Training

On Saturday, June 29, 61 cadets graduated from NAS Pensacola’s first Sea Cadet Recruit Training (RT). Seven of these cadets were from the D. R. Dunlap Division, located in Mobile. During the 14 day recruit training, the cadets underwent physical fitness, military drill, and team building exercises as well as class time instruction in Naval History, Firefighting, Aviation Ordnance, Water Safety, and First Aid. Having a training of this size on a military base gave the cadets the opportunity to interact with Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. Having completed the required recruit training they are now eligible to partake in Advanced Trainings ranging from Fitness, Life Guard, Seabee, Field Ops, Scuba, etc. Cadets from D. R. Dunlap Division attended various trainings. At the end of May in Gillis Long Center, LA, Seaman Jaden Bryant graduated from Petty Officer Leadership while Stephen Munyon graduated from recruit training on June 29 at the Master-at-Arms advanced training, held in Millington, TN. Six cadets from the Mobile unit will be traveling to Latimer Scout Reservation in TN this July for recruit, fitness and life guard trainings. 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 is open to the community for young men and women ages 10 to high school graduation with open enrollment year round. 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.drdunlap.org or our national website www.seacadets.org. You may also follow our local unit page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DunlapDivison.

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FMS Students Participate in St. Jude Fundraiser

Several members of Mrs. Diana Ringer’s 7th grade advanced math classes participated in the annual St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Math-A-Thon. They raised a total of $340 for the hospital. Pictured, from left to right, are the participating students: Blaine Francis, Mackenzie Early, Savannah Ryan, Caroline Gamard, and John Lee. Not pictured are Maddi Estes and Frances Grace Hirs.

McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets Earn White Coats!

Congratulation to Daniel Salisbury, Andrew Schneider, Justin McCormick, Payton Statkewicz Carley, Theresa Nonnenmacher Yarbrough, and Abby Weems, all McT alums, at the White Coat Ceremony for the University of South Alabama's medical school class of 2015.

Gulf Shores Elementary Home Depot Kids Workshop

Home Depot employee Billy Kidd helps Gulf Shores Elementary School second grader Anna Kathryn Russell build her own miniature, wooden toolbox. Home Depot brought their free "Kids Workshop" to the students the last week of school and it was such a treat! Thank you to Mitzie Nichols, GSES para-professional, for organizing it and to Home Depot for their generosity.

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CKCS Honors Volunteer with Honorary Membership

Christ the King Catholic School honored school volunteer, Mr. Earl Boyce, for his years of continued service by presenting him with an honorary membership in the CKCS Student Council during the eighth grade awards ceremony on May 15. In addition to his other volunteer duties at Christ the King, Mr. Boyce helps the student council each month with loading and delivering items collected for various outreaches. Standing with Mr. Boyce are student council eighth grade officers and representatives, from left, front row, Marlee Davis, Ashley Thomas, Anna Lee McDuff, and Peyton Mahoney. Back row, Ben Morgan, Genevieve Corte, Hill Beedy, and Matt Grimm.

Robertsdale Elementary Fourth Graders Present ‘Stars Fell On Alabama’

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Perfect Attendance Rewarded at W. J. Carroll

On the last day of school, W. J. Carroll Intermediate School honored their students with perfect attendance for the 2012-2013 school year with treats and a bag of small gifts. Congratulations go to, in no particular order: Kylee Agee, Nathan Amos, Madison Bias, Dorothy Brown, Samantha Burns, Jordan Carraway, DeAndre Carroll, Walt Cassady, Miles Cooke, Lily Cottle, Muriel DePerro, Marcel Destinvil, Diamond Edwards, Tereance EdwardsFleming, Sarah Ruby Gilder, Joshua Gulley, Jamaya Howard, Cameron Hughes, Sydney Imperato, Chelsi Jackson-Mitchell, Jeremiah January, Noah Johnson, Rayvan Jones, La Brandon McCovery, Eva McDonald, Sam Miller, Este'ban Morrow-Reece, Michael Murphy, Daniel Porter, Camille Prince, Ana Pat Salinas, Leland Scott, Garrett Brody Smith, Preston Williams, Nicole Willis, Anna Wilson, Kollin Wilson, Holly Yazdi, and Lillie Yazdi. Not pictured is Shaniah Shaw. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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The 16th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo to Be Held August 1st - 3rd

Professional cowboys and cowgirls all over the country are getting ready for their favorite Southeastern Rodeo, the 16th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo on Thursday, August 1st, Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at the City of Foley Horse Arena. The event’s title sponsor is South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and its sustaining sponsor is Dodge RAM Rodeo. The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation was recognized in 2012 for the fifth year in a row as the “Best Rodeo $1,000” and received the “Larry Phillips Memorial Award for Committee of the Year” from the Professional Cowboy Association. The Rodeo features exciting events including bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, break away roping and more. All proceeds benefit the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, a nonprofit that provides training, funding and support for peer-to-peer programs in Baldwin County public elementary, intermediate, middle, high schools and two private school systems. The Peer Helper program is a certified curriculum taught by trained teachers and counselors who prepare their students to become mentors, tutors, mediators and friends to their fellow students. Peer Helpers assist other young people in coping with both academic and social pressures of day-to-day life. Pre-rodeo activities begin nightly at 7 p.m. The Pre-rodeo festivities include “Hometown Heroes” on Thursday night, a tribute to military and emergency services personnel; “Tough enough to wear pink” on Friday night, a national rodeo movement in support of breast cancer awareness; and “Alumni Night” on Saturday night, an opportunity for former Baldwin County Peer helpers and other to students to show their support. The Rodeo begins each night at 8 p.m. after the Pre-rodeo festivities. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-12 years old, and free for ages 3 and under. Tickets are sold in advance at Summerdale Western Store on Highway 59 in Summerdale and Frances Holk-Jones State Farm Insurance at 315 E. Laurel Avenue in Foley. Tickets are available each night at the gate of the rodeo.

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Mobile’s Singing Children Complete Southern States Tour

Mobile’s Singing Children (MSC) recently completed a musical tour including five live performances throughout southern Louisiana and Mississippi May 31 – June 3rd. 34 singers, ages 13-18, participated in the tour and were accompanied by MSC's Director, Mrs. Susan Hoitt, accompanists Teresa Fleming and David Pryor and nine adult chaperones. Mobile’s Singing Children organizes and participates in a musical tour each summer. This year, the group began their “Journey Through Music” Tour in New Orleans, LA, where they visited a recording studio to make a professional CD. They also performed a live concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and School and then squeezed in a little fun with a steamboat cruise, trip to the Aquarium, a ghost tour and a performance of the popular musical Wicked. The “Journey Through Music” Tour featured international musical selections from countries such as Great Britain, Spain, Germany, France and Africa. Additionally, the teens performed a number of selections from Les Misérables. From New Orleans, the singers traveled to Quitman, Mississippi, where they performed a concert for a standing room only crowd at First United Methodist Church. They performed two additional concerts at Ellisville United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. In Hattiesburg, the singers had an opportunity to attend a choral workshop on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi where they had a chance to rehearse in the University Music Hall and work with music faculty on vocal techniques. The singers traveled to Moss Point, MS, to conclude their tour with a performance at Moss Point United Methodist Church. MSC is already making plans for their 2014 summer tour which will include performances in Canada. The organization is also hosting auditions for singers for the 2013-2014 singing season. Anyone interested in learning more about MSC or scheduling an audition should contact Director, Susan Hoitt, at (251) 285-2285 or mobilesingingchildren@gmail.com.

McGill-Toolen Lady Jackets Basketball Camp

Members of the McT JV and Varsity basketball teams are pictured with basketball campers who ranged in age from 1st through 8th grade.

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Students Create Resource Bags for Cancer Patients in Baldwin County

The American Cancer Society’s Leadership Council of Baldwin County continues to partner with local businesses and public school students to provide resource bags to newly diagnosed cancer patients in Baldwin County. The bags include informative literature on the various American Cancer Society resources available to cancer patients, as well as pillows that can be utilized during chemotherapy treatments. The pillows were made by local Family & Consumer Science students from Foley High School, Spanish Fort High School, Gulf Shores Middle School, Fairhope Middle School, and Baldwin County High School. The school initiative is being coordinated by Mimi Goecke, Family & Consumer Science teacher at Foley High School. Other participating teachers include Martha Smith, Dianne Bernasconi, Michele Carpenter, Cyndie Wilkins, and Karen Sims from the various participating schools. Dr. Pam Henson and Sew Sweet donated fabric & pillow materials for the resource bag project. Other contributing businesses include Centennial Bank in Gulf Shores, Frances Holk-Jones / State Farm, Meyer Real Estate, and South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. These bags are being distributed to cancer centers throughout Baldwin County. Pictured left to right – front row: Haley Joyner (Foley High School), Sean Cleaverdon (Foley High School), Janie Morgan (Foley High School) and Taylor Lindermuth (Foley High School) / back row : Mimi Goecke (Foley High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher), Dr. Pam Henson (Baldwin County Board of Education Director of Instructional Support & American Cancer Society Leadership Council), Katie House (Centennial Bank & American Cancer Society Leadership Council), Allison Faircloth (American Cancer Society South Alabama Executive Director), and Lindsay Schumacher (Frances Holk-Jones/State Farm & American Cancer Society Leadership Council).

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Christ the King Honors Ideal Grads

Christ the King Catholic School's graduating eighth graders and faculty members honored their 2013 Ideal Graduates during end-of-year program activities. Congratulations to (from left) Hill Beedy, Claire Mattingly, Anna Fouty and Ben Morgan.

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Fairhope Middle Selects 8th Grade Peer Helpers

Fairhope Middle School is proud to announce their 8th grade peer helpers for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Peer helper duties at FMS include mentoring new students, providing school tours, coordinating the annual Red Ribbon program, providing character education via Project Wisdom, assisting with peer mediations, and helping with other school activities. The school sponsor is Mrs. Katherine Doyle, LPC, FMS school counselor. Pictured, in no particular order, are the following 8 th grade students: Angel Allen, Mackenzie Early, Katelyn Finch, Caroline Gamard, Mary Harris, Arthur Howard, Lindsay Keating, Jonah Madeiros, Braden Manuel, Jordan McCollum, Anna Claire Noblitt, Cairo Plauche, Taylor Roberts, Savannah Ryan, Gibbs Sherrell, and Maddie Teufel. Not pictured is Henry Luecke. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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Grace Fellowship Presbyterian VBS

The children at Grace Fellowship Presbyterian VBS had a rip-roarin' good time this week as they learned about God's grace and provision through studying the story of Moses. The theme of the week was SonWest Roundup. The children even collected over $265 to go to the Jacob Mogan Fund.

Fairhope Middle School Students of the Month

Fairhope Middle School presented Student of the Month certificates to selected students at the end of the year awards assembly. Selected by the FMS faculty, these students were recognized for their exemplary behavior and outstanding classroom effort during the months of April and May, 2013. Left photo: 7th grade - Marcus Manning, Asheton Green, Kate Laraway, Rueben Burch; Right photo: 8th grade – Trevor Hart, Jill Johnson, Stuart Fowler, Isaiah Jernigan.

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Spanish Fort HS Students Camp Out in Library The

Spanish Fort High School Library Club held a "Mega Read-A-Thon!" in April! Fourteen students participated and helped to raise over $350 for new books in our library. Students checked in at 4:45 p.m. and worked in groups to build their "reading forts" for the night. They were super creative and used pillows, blankets, sheets, props, and decorations to construct their forts. Students read in their reading forts, ate pizza, participated in a school-wide scavenger hunt, had ice cream sundaes, and enjoyed wonderful conversations about the books they were reading. It was a fantastic night for our library club members who work so hard to support our library program! Savannah Vereen and Ariana Kamp sit and read inside their "reading fort" during the read-a-thon!

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Gulf Shores Elementary T-shirt Creators

Pictured l to r: Giulia De Souza and Payton Ross are collaborating on the 2013-2014 Gulf Shores Elementary T-shirt design. Students in grades 4-6 used Tagxedo, a program on the Internet, to design a word cloud that reflected the school. These two young ladies tied for the top spot and worked together to design a new word cloud. Congratulations ladies!

Little Language Campers Learn About France

Little Language, LLC campers recently participated in "France Day", a part of the World Tour Culture Enrichment/Language Instruction Summer Camp. The children participated in several fun activities such as making an Eiffel Tower Picture Frame, dressing up in French Artist apparel, sampling french crepes, listening to stories about trips to Paris, and even listened to French music. These 3 - 5 year olds had a wonderful time learning about an area on the other side of the world! For more information on the Little Language program, contact April Bradley, 251-6107968. Pictured are 3 of the campers showing off their French Artist attire!

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Lauren Calvert and Emilie Rattner (left photo) are showing off their Picasso portraits made during Orange Beach Art Center's Kids' Art Happenings. Participants studied a different artist each week, created work in the style of that artist, and enjoyed an outdoor art activity.

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Academic Excellence Recognized at Robertsdale Elementary

An assembly was held at Robertsdale Elementary School to recognize academic excellence achieved by nearly 200 students over the course of the school year. Dignitaries including Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy and Baldwin County School District Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee were on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the hardworking and dedicated students. Pictured is second grade student Kadin Ardoin proudly accepting the Superintendent’s Award from Dr. Lee. Three types of awards were presented at the event. The Principal’s Award was given to students in 1st through 6th grades who achieved an average of 90 or above in each academic subject over the time spanning the first three 9-week periods of the year, and who were on or above grade level in reading over the same timeframe. The Superintendent’s Award was earned by 1st through 6th graders who received all A’s on each of the first three 9-week periods’ report cards, and were on or above grade level in reading. The premier award, the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, was available only to students completing the 6th grade. The strict criteria for this prestigious honor required that the students earned a grade point average of 90 on a 100 point scale in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and that they achieved in the 85th percentile or higher in math or reading on the standardized achievement tests. The recipients of awards were: Principal Awards: 1st grade - Micah Burgett, Nicholas Cochrane, Kenzley Cox, Liberty Distasio, Melea Earls, Jazmyne Gumapa, Jaedon Hill, Katelyn Ingersol, Camden Johnson, Tristan Keeton, Morgan Kroll, Andy Molina, Myah Riggs, Yasmin Rios-Venegas, Austin Schmidt, Addysen Schulze, Savannah Scott, Holly Steelman, Lauren Turnage, Anna Belle Watson; 2nd grade - Christian Armstrong, Rayden Ashcraft, Kaylee Groseclose, Owen Lambeth, Molly Lang, Kaylee Lavoie, Jonah Leisenring, Allie Martin, Morgan McVeigh, Abigail Newkirk, Rylan Norris, Denise Parrish, Madison Philips, Austin Prather, Gracie Riley, Elijah Stevens, Madison Strauss; 3rd grade - Jasmine Ashcraft, Makenna Blair, Trenyce Cook, Nathan Darby, Zach Reville, Lena Spears, Jourdan Staley; 4th grade - Allison Cease, Maddie Cooper, Kiera Earls, Audrey Ferguson, Clint Luker, Kaylynn Martin, Celeste Odom, Emory Page, Kennedy Saxon, Brianna Smith, Ryan Weaver, Carly Zoll; 5th grade Dallas Bedrosian, Ashanti Cook, Courtney Gates, Alexis Gildersleeve, Brooklyn Haigler, Tyler Macon, Jessica Marquis, Matthew McCord, Jonah Peterson, Jace Robinson, Brandon Shepherd, Sarah Shipp, Alena Stitt, Balin Wynkoop; 6th grade - Keanan Ard, Brandon Armstrong, Dalton Lowery, Brianna Magliolo, Sydney Plato, and Gavin Wallace. Superintendent Awards: 1st grade - Kaelyn Beauchene, Karsyn Bodle, Kynzie Bonner, Julia Bowman, Ethan Brock, Jared Brown, Jackson Cole, Jasmine Cuevas, Hung Dinh, Cody Ferguson, Joshua Foreman, Lane Foster, Alauna Fowler, Matthew Garner, Graycie Hammac, Aiden Hutchinson, Luke Jarvis, Rhianna Kolecheski, Reagan Kyte, Jacob Leftwich, Lauren Matirne, Alea Nehls, Seth Odom, Ethan Parnell, Lindsey Shaw, Joseph Sinclair, Valerie Sosa, Isaac Truehart, Mia Williams; 2nd grade - Kadin Ardoin, Caidin Arnold, Price Barnard, Ryan Bolton, Abby Brown, Ally Brown, Kaythen Bryars, DrewAnn Buettner, Madison Cunningham, Braydon Davis, McKenzie Davis, Anna Katherine Driver, Emma Ellison, Evan Lassitter, Hannah Latorre, Macie-Claire Moore, Alaina Murrell, Peter Ou, Morgan Philips, Nicole Praytor, Autumn Robinson, Kendall Robinson, Keldon Salter, J.D. Smith, Morganne Taylor, Samuel Thomas, Kaitlyn Tolleson, Quzon Williams, Julia Wofford, Teanna Woodard, Brooklyn Young; 3rd grade - Kamryn Byrd, Francheska Campos, Alex ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cruz, Kelsea Darden, Victoria Foreman, Gabe Hadley, Bailey Huhn, Emma Kate Langham, Ali McDaniel, Drew Prather, Peyten Salvaggio, Ashlynn Simmons, Alexis Stanfield, Thomas Stone, Sayler Thomas, Tristan Williams; 4th •••••••••••••••••••••••• ••• grade - Payton Barnes, Veronica Brock, Kelsie Brownlow, Emily Crandall, Grant Driver, Felicity Evans, Gillian Langham, Zoe Meadors, Children Classes including: Calvin Parnell, Gracie Sharp; 5th grade Nelson Brock, Jacob Eakin, Joel Groseclose, Creative Pottery Projects! Camryn Lowery, Maggie Moore, Davis Ou, Hailey Page, Emma Spears, Annabelle Drawing with Oil Pastels! Steelman, Zane Sullivan, Tyler Vines; 6th Mario & Beyond, From Gaming to Drawing! grade - Joshua Clapper, Tia Dawn Kranak, John William Kelley, John David Leigh, Ariel Smith, *6 week classes starting the week of September 16th and Lauren Shaw. Presidential Awards for Educational 401 Oak Street • Fairhope, Alabama 36532 Excellence: Brandon Armstrong, Joshua 251.928.2228 Ext. 107 Clapper, John William Kelley, Tia Dawn Kranak, John David Leigh, Lauren Shaw, w w w.e s ar t ce n t er.com Ariel Smith, and Gavin Wallace.

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Fairhope American Peanut All-Stars Claim State Championship!

Congratulations to the Fairhope American Peanut All-Stars for claiming the Alabama State Championship! Fairhope will travel to South Carolina to represent Alabama in the World Series Dixie Youth Peanut Regional Tournament.

Dixie Boys 13-Year Old League

The Dixie Boys 13 Year Old League, headed to Enterprise to work their way through the bracket in hopes of becoming the AL State Champions. The names of the coaches and players are as follows: Back Row left to right: Nick Walsh, Braxton Galloway, Sam Phyfer, Dylan Casstevens, Brett Howell, Michael Shelby, Duncan Millar, Chad Casstevens; Front Row left to right: Darby Gilbert, Andrew Smith, Colin Millar, Chris White, Will Gates, Smith Hendricks, Parker Ponder. The Coaches are Nick Walsh and Duncan Millar. The Manager is Chad Casstevens.

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First Baptist Church Summerdale VBS

The VBS students of First Baptist Church Summerdale recently experienced a "Colossal Coaster". Their motto was "Facing fear, Trusting God". Students spent the week learning about the Apostle Paul and how he had the courage to face his fear and trust God, becoming a Christian in great adversity. The students learned the ABC's of becoming a Christian, made crafts, ate dinner, sang and danced, all in the loving environment of First Baptist Church Summerdale.

Outstanding Sea Cadets Honored

The Mobile Council of the Navy League recently honored local members of the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets Dunlap Division at their annual Fish Fry held at Mobile Yacht Club. Cadets receiving awards were: LPO AN Nathan Goss-- Steward Scholarship. The Steward Scholarship is a $1000 scholarship award. The Navy League awards this Scholarship each year to an outstanding Sea Cadet who exhibits qualities and character in keeping with the highest Naval Traditions. ALPO FN Hollis Henderson-- Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal. The Navy League has established a Youth Medal that is awarded to outstanding Naval Sea Cadets. The award consists of a medal, ribbon bar, certificate, and pamphlet on President Theodore Roosevelt whose visage is on the medal. LC2 Joseph Mahoney-- Outstanding Navy League Cadet. This award was established to acknowledge the accomplishments and achievements of an Outstanding League Cadet. League Cadets comprise the younger component of the Sea Cadet Division. We are very proud of the young men and women of the Dunlap Division! Left photo, pictured Left to Right: ALPO Hollis Henderson, LC2 Joseph Mahoney, Midshipman Patricia Neno, LPO Nathan Goss; Rear LTJG John Wilson, Commanding Officer Dunlap Division. Right photo: Midshipman Patricia Neno (US Naval Academy), LC2 Joseph Mahoney. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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Spanish Fort HS Library Club Holds Character Ball

The Spanish Fort High School Student Library Club celebrated the end of the year with a "Character Ball & Banquet." On Friday, May 10th from 6 – 9 p.m., students in the library club dressed as their favorite character and attended the end of the year ball in the library media center. We honored the seniors, ate, played games, and voted for new officers for next year. This has been an outstanding group of students who love the library and make up a fantastic club! Featured from left to right are: Front row – Mary Oubre, Savanna Neal, Gabbi Barton, Katie Maxwell, and Mrs. Murphy (SFHS Library Media Specialist). Back row – Sarah Armstrong, Savannah Castrllo, Morgan Fabber, Mykaela Armstrong, Alicia Ratcliffe, Elizabeth Hanlon, and William Wilson.

Robertsdale Elementary School May Students of the Month

Students of the month for May are (in no particular order): kindergarten - Hannah Ford, Aiden Drake, Noah Harrison, Anna Kate Daniels, Carlos Montellano, Madison Buck, Brent Barnes; 1 st grade - Mia Williams, Ethan LaPlace, Jacob Leftwich, Miguel Figueroa, Brooklyn Ward, Isaac Truehart, Alauna Fowler; 2nd grade - Luis Gonzalez, Madison Philips, Morgan Philips, Peter Ou, Maria Hernandez, Alaina Murrell, Haley Parker; 3rd grade - Jovana Torres, Jacqueline Alvarez, Valerie Allison, Jaiden Peterson, Diego Hurtado, Victor Hurtado; 4th grade - Payton Barnes, Grant Driver, Seth Allen, Connor Hammic, Daniel Barrera; 5th grade - Sarah Shipp, Jesus Guzman, Maximus Byrd, Christi Palmer, Nelson Brock; 6th grade - Sarah Hall, Dylan Simmons, Elizabeth Harrison, and Brooks Hackney.

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Orange Beach First Grade Presents “A Year with Frog and Toad"

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To end the 2012-2013 school year, the Orange Beach Elementary first grade presented a musical called “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Music teacher Gay James, and First Grade teachers Kimberly Edwards, Tara Smith, & Kristi Burnick worked with the students for a couple of weeks on the music and lines. Parents and the students were invited to attend. It was a huge success! Frog was played by Larkin West and Toad was played by Eli Lynn. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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Word Up

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Only 26 letters to learn and kids are on their way to a much bigger world of words! Getting acquainted with the alphabet early prepares very young children for stringing them together into words later on. ABC and word toys expose children to the symbols of their language in a playful environment making them familiar companions before they become actual learning components. The following toys introduce letters and words in ways that attract children to the building blocks of language in ways that make learning F-U-N!

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See ‘n Spin Alphabet Rack

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The new spin on the ABCs from Blue Box is a simple yet brilliant take on a traditional learning toy. The frame presents five rows of bar-mounted spinning alphabet tiles that feature letters on one side and a corresponding image and word on the reverse. Part of BKids ‘Soft and Safe’ lineup, the See ‘n Spin Alphabet Rack wooden frame is designed with soft molded corners and contact points so it won’t scratch surfaces or rake tender skin. Used in either the upright position or laid down on a flat surface, the letter tiles turn easily, helping the very youngest children develop fine motor and sensory skills while older toddlers begin to make letter-sound connections in preparation for reading. The See n’ Spin Alphabet Rack is an ideal introduction to letters for the littlest learners!

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One of the best games for sorting out the alphabet and its sounds, the Alphabet Soup Sorters starts with 26 durable “soup cans” with lids, one can for each letter. Included are cards for both upper and lowercase letters (vowels are red, consonants are blue). For each can there are also five object cards that feature real-life photos of everyday items with the corresponding word on the reverse. Best used with adult involvement at the beginning, children will discover the letter sounds as they name the images on the object cards and begin to sort them into the correct cans. As kids become familiar with the game, most are ready go solo in the soup kitchen! Alphabet Soup Sorters is a sweet recipe for growing kids’ confidence with letter and word recognition as they get ready to read.

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Magnetic Poetry: Really Big Words

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Combining the excitement of Bingo with the challenge of learning new words, Zingo is the coolest game to help kids pick up on both common and challenging sight words. Played like Bingo, 72 sight word tiles can be played on any of six double-sided Zingo cards. The Zingo game cards feature graphic image clues to help pre-readers discern meaning and connect them with the sight word tiles. After an adult introduces the game play, kids are usually good to play on their own using the Zinger tile dispenser to pop out word tiles, while the creative image hints on the cards help to make the sight word connections! An entertaining way for kids to pick up on the sight words that don’t always make sense phonetically, the reading advantage goes to Zingo!

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It’s a common mistake to assume young children can only recognize small words. Preschoolers are perfectly primed to recognize and “sight read” ANY words that they see regularly...words that are read to them during the course of the day. (Example: Many children can “read” the name of their grocery store before they can read simpler words). Ideal for covering the front of the fridge, the Magnetic Poetry: Really Big Words includes over 80 magnetic words and letters that are easily manipulated by small hands. Children can expand their reading vocabulary as they play with the words daily and begin to make sight reading associations. With words ranging from simple to complex, kids and adults alike will find themselves moving the plus-size words around to make their own kind of poetry.

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There’s really no downside to this, as long as each time you do a refinance you lower your interest rate enough to allow you to recoup closing costs before you move. In other words, you have to first make sure the numbers work. First, calculate the amount of money you’ll save as a result of a refinance. The way to do this is by multiplying the interest difference by your loan balance. If you have a $200,000 mortgage on a 5 percent loan, and you refinance to a 3 percent loan, that will save you 2 percent per year, or $4,000. Next, look at the refinance costs. What are the closing costs in order to refinance? If it’s $10,000, and you divide that by $4,000, that says it would take two and a half years to get your money back. If the costs are $8,000, it would take

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you two years to get your money back if you’re saving $4,000 a year. That’s pretty substantial! What I just laid out is called a break-even analysis. Basically, it answers the question of how long it will take you to get back the money you spent on closing costs with the interest you save. That will give you the answer as to whether or not you should refinance again. So, there’s not really a “you’ve done this too often” rule. If you refinance three times in a year it would only be smart if interest rates have dropped significantly throughout that time. Doing a refinance to save an eighth of a percent won’t work out well for you.

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You’ll have to pay taxes on the amount you withdraw, and that will amount to roughly a fourth of what you roll from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. If you move $100,000, it will cost you about $25,000 in taxes. If you have that kind of money saved above your emergency fund, and separate from retirement savings, then yes, I’d convert to a Roth IRA. Don’t cash out your retirement or dip into your emergency fund. And please, please don’t run out and borrow money to make it happen! The traditional IRA is growing on a tax-deferred basis, while the Roth IRA would grow tax-free. So, if you can pay the taxes out of pocket, I say go for it!

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Happiest Kid in the Cafeteria by Christina Katz

Eating meals together at home is important for families, but don’t underestimate the importance of the meal you send to school with your child each day. In the same way that it is important to sit down and break bread with our family, kids sit down at school and do the same with peers of their choosing. A positive experience eating lunch at school begins with a positive experience opening up that lunch box and finding out what’s inside. The same old peanut butter and jelly, pretzels, and apple may work for the first couple of years of school, but as a child gets older and develops more sophisticated preferences, you can do better. Work together with your child to create portable, healthy meals she will feel proud to eat. Instead of complaints about how friends have better lunches, you’ll start to hear stories about the funny conversations that happened at lunch or who traded what for what. With a little bit of effort, you’ll notice that your child conveys a content, relaxed tone about lunchtime, exactly like the one you strive to create at dinnertime at home. So when it comes time to whip up a great school lunch, keep these simple tips in mind: Experiment with nut butters. Why limit your child’s sandwich to just peanut butter when there is also almond butter, cashew butter, and sunflower seed butter? Or consider a healthy brand of chocolate nut butter with whole-wheat pretzels for dipping. Expand your sandwich-making repertoire. For variety, cut sandwiches into halves, triangles, quarters, or use a cookie cutter to make shapes. Use whole grain rather than white bread. Experiment with whole grain wraps, bagels, pita, flatbread or naan. Send real fruit instead of fruit-flavored or artificial fruit snacks. Stock up on Eastern Shore Parents I August 2013

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Hummus Yogurt Dried fruit Nuts and nut butters Cheese sticks Cut veggies Rice and beans Granola or Granola bars Rice cakes Trail mix Popcorn Whole grain crackers Hard-boiled eggs Pita or bagel chips Fruit leather Pistachios Protein bars Veggie chips Try homemade trail mix for snack time. You can come up with combinations that are customized for each child if you visit the bulk foods section of your grocery store and create combos to offer a week at a time. Have “Thermos Thursdays” and send something hot to school like soup, mac n’ cheese, or pasta. Be sure to heat the food up well before pouring into your child’s thermos. Put the lid on tightly, but not so tight your child can’t get it open. Send low-fat milk in a thermos instead of sugary juice or let them buy milk at school. If you don’t want to send sugarloaded juice, try flavored waters. In a pitcher refrigerate water with lemon, lime, berries, or herbs. Test flavors over the summer to discover what combinations kids prefer. Make homemade cookies or bars over the weekend and store properly to last all week. Freeze, if necessary...they will thaw by lunchtime. If your child is new to the school, include an extra treat to offer to new friends. Remind them to eat veggies to keep the treats coming. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

Why not give them something to look forward to each week? Offer bonus sweets in moderation. Keep a secret stash to offer on the last day before the weekend. Just a little something to help them celebrate the weekend with their friends like a tiny bag of jelly beans, a lollipop or two, or a couple of chocolate kisses. ESP Christina Katz knows better than to slack off on shopping for inspired school lunch foods or she’ll have to hear about it all the way home from school. Her latest book is The Writer’s Workout from Writer’s Digest Books.

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After-school snacks for growing kids:

A cheese quesadilla An ice-cream cone or frozen yogurt bar A bagel with cream cheese Fruit and cottage cheese Yogurt and berries An English muffin pizza Bowl of cereal with fruit Oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit Whole grain toast with nut butter Cheese melted on whole grain chips Protein bar Fruit smoothie Eastern Shore Parents I August 2013


A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

Living a Colorful Life Just as a child’s vocabulary grows from the simplest words to complex sentences as they mature, so too does their grasp of color. Beginning with the most basic colors of black, red, blue and yellow, kids quickly learn to recognize the blending of primary colors to add the greens, purples, orange and more. Even with crayon labels helping them expand their rainbow, their maturing vision and vocabulary let them discern broader and more diverse hues around them. They learn to associate them with their other senses until their palette begins to overflow with colors that define much of their world. The following recommended reading titles shine the light on the life of color through the eyes of a child.

The Day the Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel) When young Duncan opens his coloring box, he discovers his crayons gone, and in their place a collection of letters explaining why they’ve quit. His crayons have essentially gone on strike, complaining of their poor working conditions – each color has their own sad story to tell. Red is overworked (coloring fire engines and covering the big holidays of Christmas and Valentine’s Day). Beige is underworked (and suggests more fields of wheat in drawings). Yellow and Orange both believe they are the true color of the sun and are not currently speaking to each other. And poor White doesn’t even get used without Black’s outline! The resignation letters are hilarious – and full of the crayons’ self-serving tips for young readers to discover new ways to use ALL the colors at their disposal. From the furious scribbler to the finicky colorist, the laugh-out-loud title will become a top shelf favorite for every budding artist in the family.

Colors for Zena

by Monica Wellington (Dial Books for Young Readers) Waking up in a room of gray and muted hues, Zena is bursting to leave the house in search of all of her colors! Through each two-page spread in this book, she navigates through every color that she loves. One street is filled with yellow as a school bus and taxi move past yellow buildings and the flower shop. When she turns the corner the pages burst with the reds of a fire truck, a double-decker bus, an art store and more crimson hues. Zena adds all her favorite colors throughout her journey in the neighborhood. Ideal for young readers who are just starting to identify colors with traditional objects, kids will enjoy finding all the things that fit into the color schemes with each leg of Zena’s exploration!

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

by Tameka Fryer Brown, Illustrated by Shane W. Evans (Viking) Young Jamie has a very clear color sense of feelings. Associating colors with both the moments that make him feel good and the times when he is not so happy, Jamie’s moods are colored by his experiences. One of his best moods is the purple kind; the cold plum-eating, grape juice-drinking, listening to music kind of mood. But when his brothers send him off so they can play video games, Jamie’s mood becomes colored by a stormy gray. His yellow mood is warmed up by baked corn pudding, lemon pie and curry chicken, all served in a bright kitchen with his family. Supporting the associative sense of color to communicate feelings, My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood helps young readers articulate and expand the sense of color beyond putting a crayon to the page. Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at www.PageBookReviews.com.

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When we look at our children, we see possibilities and potential. We envision growth, learning and success. Even if our kids are struggling right now, the future looks bright from a parents’ perspective. But kids don’t always see themselves through the same set of lenses. A recent study by psychologist Kristin Lagattuta, Ph.D., and her colleagues found parents consistently underestimated kids’ worries and overestimated their optimism. Being assigned to a lower-level reading group or getting a poor report card may cause a lot of anxiety. Since kids don’t have the same skills and perspective as adults, they may not see a way out of their current situation.

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Reality TV shows and overnight success stories reinforce the idea that some people have talent and others do not. Psychologist Carol Dweck, Ph.D., calls this a fixed view of ability. Kids who adopt a fixed mindset believe they’ve already got all the smarts they’ll ever have. (How depressing!) These kids choose easy tasks because they don’t think they can improve with repeated practice. If they don’t succeed right away, kids with a fixed mindset give up. They see failure as proof that they don’t have what it takes, not as a signal to invest more effort or try another approach. Parents may inadvertently reinforce a fixed mindset in their attempts to boost kids’ optimism and self-confidence. Statements like “You’re so smart!” or “Math is easy for you!” sound positive on the surface, but they suggest kids should not have to try too hard to do well. As academics become more difficult, kids who believe “I am smart” and “School is easy” may begin to question their own abilities. Some kids start to doubt their smarts in elementary school, others lose confidence in college. At any age, the belief that you don’t have the right stuff can be devastating. Advertising: 251-929-2099

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You can help your child develop an optimistic learning mindset. Use these simple strategies to help your child set goals, build skills and overcome setbacks. Persistent practice is the key to academic success.

Talk Up Opportunities. Each morning,

discuss upcoming events with your child. Share your anticipation about a meeting you have at work. Say “I’ll have a chance to present my ideas,” or “I can practice speaking in front of a large group.” Encourage your child to share her coming events as well. Focus on what you both can learn instead of what you could lose.

Tell Kids Learning is Difficult. A

series of studies by French psychologists Frédérique Autin and Jean-Claude Croizet found sixth-grade students who were told learning is hard and failure is common performed better on subsequent academic tests, even after they’d failed to solve a single problem in the initial set. Establish the expectation that learning is a challenge and many students struggle. Remind your child that practice helps build new skills: no one is born knowing how to multiply

fractions or how to spell “catastrophe.” This relieves the pressure kids feel to prove they’re smart already.

guiding questions like “What can you do differently next time?” to help your child make the switch.

Affirm Effort. Instead of highlighting

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talents and triumphs, recognize hard work. Say “You are such a dedicated student,” or “I am so proud that you kept trying when you didn’t get the answer right away.” These statements buoy kids’ self-esteem and encourage them to keep trying.

Take Risks. Kids need to see parents step outside our comfort zones once in a while. Try new things that don’t come easily. Learn a foreign language. Run a race. Introduce yourself to new people. Model the kind of courage you want for your child. And if things don’t go as well as you’d hoped, zero in on what you learned. Every setback has a silver lining.

Reframe Limiting Beliefs. Your child

isn’t likely to improve his grades if he believes he failed a test because he’s dumb. A specific, situational explanation like “I failed because I didn’t understand the vocabulary” or “I didn’t use the study guide” moves your child in the right direction. Ask

to help your child develop new skills. Read books or watch how-to videos together. Create opportunities for her to practice in situations that aren’t too scary, like rehearsing a speech in front of the family dog. Once she’s developed basic skills and confidence, move on to more challenging situations.

Highlight Improvement. Learning is

a process. Encourage a growth mindset by commenting on your child’s progress, not his grades. Say “You really improved on your math facts,” or “Your essay has become much more organized since I saw the rough draft.” Use a simple chart to track improvement and remind him of how far he’s come. The best confidence boost you can give your child is the belief that he can learn anything, if he puts his mind to it. ESP

Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D. is a personality psychologist, former educator, and mom of two. She shares psychology lessons for real life at HeidiLuedtke.com

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616 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, (251) 626-5120; www.hotwheelsdaphne.com 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.

Little Crusaders After-school

9023 Lawson Road, Daphne (251) 621-6363 After school care available for children up to 12 years old. Transportation provided for many schools. Please call for details. • AUC Resource Center Afterschool Care 8355 Jonesboro Road, Daphne (251) 626-6056 Offering after school care Monday – Friday until 6:00pm. • Bay Camp After School 155 South Section Street, Fairhope (Fairhope UMC Christian Life Center) Eastern Shore Parents I August 2013

(251) 752-4897; www.easternshorebaycamp.com Whether you are looking for an after school program, a 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, field trips and playtime. Monday – Friday until 6pm. • City of Gulf Shores After School Program, Bodenhamer Recreation Center 310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores (251) 968-1420; www.gulfshoresal.gov The program provides students a safe place to have homework assistance and healthy snacks while participating in arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games and local trips focused on educating students about a healthy environment. The After School Program is open to children ages 5 through 11. Registration for members began on Saturday, July 27th and non-member registration begins on August 3rd. Space is limited to the first 50 children. • YMCA After School Program Daphne: 8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne; (251) 626-0888 64

Foley: 2560 South Pine Street, Foley; (251) 970-3003; www.ymcaofsouthalabama.org 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. One-time activity fee: $50. Days/ Hours: M-F after school-6 pm (5 days) Weekly Fee $35; 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.

Art Eastern Shore Art Center

401 Oak Avenue, Fairhope (251) 928-2228; www.esartcenter.com Children’s art classes include Painting, Drawing, Pottery and Mixed Media. Check the website for Fall, after-school class schedules.

Paint’n Parrot, LLC

9 N Church Street, Suite A, Fairhope (251) 928-4161; www.paintnparrot.com 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 Advertising: 251-929-2099

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P’zazz

456 A North Section Street, Fairhope (251) 802-1009; www.fairhope.pzazzart.com pzazzfairhope@gmail.com Now enrolling for Fall semester. One time supply fee of $20. Monthly Fee is $50. Classes begin September 3rd –December 19th. Pre K – Kindergarten are Mondays 3:30 – 4:30pm or Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30pm; 1st – 3rd grade is Monday 4:45 – 5:45, Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30, Wednesdays from 4:45 – 5:45 or Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30. 4th – 6th grade is Monday from 6:00 – 7:00, Tuesday from 4:45 – 5:45, Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00 or Thursday 4:45 – 5-45. Class for grades 7 and up are Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Class size is limited. Call to reserve your spot today! • Bay Rivers Art Guild 1704 Sixth Street, Daphne (251) 621-0659; www.bragart.org Offering afterschool and home school art classes for youth in the fine arts. Check the website and Facebook for the Fall 2013 schedule. • Foley Art Center 19 West Laurel Avenue, Foley 251-943-4381; www.foleyartcenter.com Classes for children after school every Thursday. Call or visit the website for information on our upcoming after school art and music classes for children.

• Orange Beach ASAP (After School Art Program) 26389 Canal Road, Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, (251) 981-2787; www.orangebeachartcenter.com artcenter@cityoforangebeach.com. 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 recognize and value the natural creative talents of each child, taking them beyond the limited offerings of public education. Offering an expansive variety of programs for grades 1 - 6 in areas such as sculpture, painting, pastels, drawing, glass, textiles, creative writing, pottery, theatre, and more. Classes offered Mondays through Fridays after school, 3:00-5:00. Six ASAP terms throughout the school year, classes change each term. Check website, email, or call for details.

Dance Baypointe Dance Academy

25476 Friendship Road, Daphne 112 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette (251) 621-3980; www.baypointedance.com Award Winning Dance Company. We offer Preschool dance classes, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Acrobatics. Fall registration datesDaphne Location: Aug. 6th and Aug. 13th from 5pm – 7pm. Bay Minette Location: Aug. 1st, Aug.

8th and Aug. 15th from 5pm – 7pm. Classes Begin August 19th at both locations. Family discounts available.

Creative Outlet Dance Center

66 1/2 S. Section Street, Fairhope (251) 928-9511; www.creativeoutletdance.com The fall schedule is now posted on our web site and now accepting online registrations. Open house is Saturday, August 10th from 10am – 2pm. Classes offered for all ages to adults; beginner to advanced dancers. Morning and evening classes are available. We offer reasonable tuition with family discounts along with 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, and Acrobatic Dance. 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; www.easternshoredance.com 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. August 10th, 2pm -6pm. $30 Registration fee (non-refundable). Call or visit the website for more information.

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Gulf Coast Dance Alliance

9945 Highway 31, Suite E, Spanish Fort (251) 621-9755; gcdadance.com Ages 3 & up. Offering dance classes in: Ballet/ Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Acro-Gym, Baton Classes, Hip Hop, Just For Boys Combo Class and Adult Classes. Registration is Thursday, August 1st from 4pm – 7pm; Saturday, August 3rd from 10am -1pm and Saturday, August 24th from 10am - 1pm. We are excited to announce our new state-of-the-art, 5000 square foot studio opening this fall!

Mobile Ballet

26436 Kensington Way, Daphne (251) 626-8932, www.mobileballet.org 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 Civic Center Theater and participate in “The Nutcracker Charity Ball”.

Southern Edge Dance Center

251 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope (251) 610-8902 www.southernedgedancecenter.com Registration for Fall Classes is August 3rd, 10:00am – 4:00pm; August 7th , 1:00pm – 6:00pm and August 10th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Check out our website or 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 Voice.

Southern Strutt Dance Center and Dancewear Shop

(formerly Green Acres School of Dance) 18451 Ohio St. #A, Robertsdale (251) 747-5848 Celebrating 37 years of dance! Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop-Jazz, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Zumba, Baton, Christmas & Mardi Gras Parades, Dance & Gymnastics Birthday Parties. Come see our new dance shop, Southern Sass! Registration is August 2nd 5:30-7:00pm & Friday Aug. 9th 6:00-7:30pm. Southern Strutt Dance Company auditions will be Friday, August 9th, 5:30-until. Dancers should have a 60 second routine of their choice prepared for audition. Classes begin August 12th.Visit us on Facebook for Fall registration information.

Susan’s Academy of Dance

108 5th Street, Daphne (251) 626-3835; www.susansacademyofdance.com Classes begin Monday August 19th. On-site registration dates: Friday, Aug 2nd, from 2pm – 6pm; Friday, August 9th from 2pm – 6pm and Saturday, August 10th, from 9am – 2pm; Friday, August 16th from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and Saturday, August 17th from 9am – 2pm. You may also 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 (251) 928-3387; www.tlgeasternshoreal.com Enrolling now for 2013-2014 season beginning August 12th. Ask about our new Hip Hop Dance class! Our programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening and cooperation. Each child receives individual attention and progresses at their own pace in a non-threatening, warm and nurturing environment. Check the website for details. • Bayshore Ballet Academy 305 Fels Avenue, Fairhope (251) 990-9744; www.bayshoreballet.com For registration information, please contact Janet Carole, Director. • Coastal Ballet Academy 113 W. Laurel Avenue, Foley (251) 979-9851; www.coastalballetacademy.com Coastal Ballet Academy has forty years of nurturing students, beginner through professional. The syllabus is designed to enhance the physical, emotional, and mental development of each child. Rio Cordy Barlow, artistic director is offering Classical Ballet in Russian Technique, Royal Academy of Dance training and Creative Movement Program. • Dare to Dance Highway 59, Robertsdale (251) 421-0210; www.d2dance.110mb.com 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.

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• Eastern Shore Twirlers (251) 689-3675; www.easternshoretwirlers.com Director- Stacy Forbes, stacyforbess@aol.com, Baton twirling teaches rhythm, coordination, leadership, self-discipline and perseverance. Ms. Stacy specializes in dance twirl so it is a lot of fun learning routines to upbeat and exciting music. • Flip City 9332 Hard Drive, Foley (251) 747-0404; www.flipcityfoley.com We offer a 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 2013. For details on class schedules and enrollment, visit the website or email mears202@gulftel.com 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. • Gulf Coast Ballet (Sister Studio to Triple Threat Studio) The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL (251) 269-9297; www.gulfcoastballet.com 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 Dance, see our sister station, Triple Threat Studio, located next door. For more information or to register please call or email Kathleen Tucker at mrstucker@gulfcoastballet.com. • K.B.Danz 206 Madison Street, Summerdale (251) 776-2699; www.kbdanz.com 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, On-site shoe and apparel shop. • Panda’s Studio of Dance 314 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores (251) 968-2410; panda.wagner@gmail.com Panda’s Studio of Dance offers a unique & professional dance curriculum of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Acrobatics & Hip-Hop for ages 2 - Adult. Certified by Dance Masters of America. Find us on Facebook! • Slippers and Taps School of Dance 22245 Highway 59, Robertsdale (251) 747-8036; slippersandtaps.com 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, Lyrical, Tumbling, Cheer and All Boys Classes. Classes begin August 12th so register today! • South Baldwin Dance Center 3947 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores (251) 942-6209 Gulf Shores’ newest dance studio! Classes available for ages 3 and up in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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• Triple Threat Studio (Sister Studio to Gulf Coast Ballet) The Wharf, Orange Beach (251) 406-2440; www.triplethreatstudio.org Triple Threat Studio offers Hip Hop, Jazz, Zumba, Pilates, Tap, Ballroom, Acting and Contemporary Dance. For Pre-School 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, andrea@ triplethreatstudio.org.

German, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic and ESL (English as a Second Language). Classes can be started with (10) or more students and group rates can be offered to schools/organizations for (40) or more students. The classes are perfect for homeschool groups, neighborhood groups, after school programs, camps, or structured classes during the school day. Inquire about starting a class at your child’s school or organization and you may be eligible for free tuition through our referral program. After school classes will be held at the Daphne Recreation Center starting in September. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot today!

Educational/Tutoring

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Huntington Learning Center

6890 US Highway 90, Suite 13 Daphne (251) 621-1057 www.huntingtonlearningcenter.com 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 problemsolving, analytical thinking, reasoning, drawing conclusions, interpreting facts and essay writing.

Little Language

(251) 610-7968; www.littlelanguagellc.com; littlelanguage@gmail.com Little Language, LLC is proud to offer foreign PulmAssoc 10:43 language classesPurpFlwr for ages 3 -ad 17 in 5/8/13 Spanish, French,

(251) 414-4494 www.TheThinkTankTutoring.com Start your school year with a tutor and stop the school struggles before they begin. Improve your child’s grades with affordable one-on-one private tutoring in your home. The Think Tank Tutoring and Educational Services is your solution. All subjects offered. Grades K-12. We offer assistance with LD/ADD/ADHD, Homework Help and Test Prep. Specializing in Reading, Math, Algebra I&II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Science, History and English. We use SOAR Study Skills and offer Certified Teachers. Our average student improves 2 letter grades in just 60 days!

Gymnastics/Cheerleading Bay City Gymnastics

7980 American Way, Daphne (251) 621-2112; www.bcgagymnastics.com What could be more fun than spending an AM Pagerunning, 1 afternoon jumping and flipping? Noth-

ing! Come and join us 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 Parent & Tot Classes ages 18 months to 2.5 years, Preschool Gymnastics ages 3 & 4, Recreational Classes for both Girls and Boys ages 5 and up, Tumbling Classes for Beginners and Advanced tumblers, and Competitive Team and Boys Pre-Competitive Team. We also offer Friday Fun Day Open Gym and Preschool Round Up Open Gym. For a complete list of our classes and schedules please visit our website www.bcgagymnastics.com. Call today for your free introductory class.

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314 E 21st Ave, Gulf Shores (Located inside Panda’s Studio of Dance) (251) 424-5484 www.facebook.com/gulfcoasttumbling Fall classes begin August 6th. Classes include Mommy & Me, beginner, intermediate I and II, Beginner Cheer and Advanced Tumbling and Cheer. Also available for private and semi-private lessons.

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26090 Equity Drive, Daphne (251) 621-5797; www.nextleveltumbling.com Next Level Tumbling is committed to delivering exceptional tumbling instruction to every student. Our program is designed to help each student advance safely and properly through tumbling progressions to be able to perform a wide variety of skills and achieve even the most advanced tricks, all under the supervision of the most qualified tumbling instructors. In addition to the small group tumbling sessions, we also offer School Squad Tumbling, Pep Rally Preparation, Home Pom Routines, Competitive Cheer Routines, Cheer Clinics, Open Gyms, Stretching Sessions, Birthday Parties and Camps!

The Little Gym

22530 Highway 98, Fairhope (Publix Shopping Center) (251) 928-3387; www.tlgeasternshoreal.com Enrolling now for 2013-2014 season beginning August 12th. Ask about our new Hip Hop Dance class! Our programs include movement, music, gymnastics, sports, exercise, games, listening and cooperation. Each child receives individual attention and progresses at their own pace in a non-threatening, warm and nurturing environment. Check the website for details. • Flip City 9332 Hard Drive, Foley (251) 747-0404; www.flipcityfoley.com We offer a 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 2013. For details on class schedules and enrollment, visit the website or email mears202@gulftel.com 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. • Gem of Champions 25421A State Highway 181, Daphne (251) 517-3200; www.gemofchamps.com info@gemofchamps.com All Star Cheerleading and Gymnastics. Recreational tumbling, stretch, jump and stunt classes. All girl and co-ed classes available.

Horseback Riding • Fox Run 13370 County Road 3, Fairhope (251) 928-7666; www.foxrunequestriancenter.com Fox Run Equestrian Centre has produced champion riders and horses for almost 40 years. Owner, head instructor and trainer, Sidney Walter provides personal hands-on training is provided with each horse in training at the center. Highly qualified riding instructors provide personal attention to each student. Instruction is offered for beginners though advanced in English equitation, forward seat jumping and classical dressage. Visit www.EasternShoreParents.com

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• Lake Forest Stables 268 Equine Drive, Daphne (251) 210-8819 • Oak Hollow Farms 14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope (251) 928-4840; www.oakhollowfarm.net Call or visit our website for more information on riding lessons, group events, parties and special events. • Rawhide Boarding Stables Highway 3, Fairhope (251) 928-7897 Riding lessons, horse boarding, and trail rides . For parties, we can bring the horses to you or you can come to our stable. Call for more information. • Riverside Ranch 26061 Monsanto Road., Loxley (251) 228-0142 or (251) 263-3700 www.riversideranch1.com We do it all at Riverside! Riding Lessons, Trail Rides, Boarding, Leasing, Birthday Parties, Saddle Club and more! Call, visit the website or email us at riversideranch1@yahoo.com for details. • Whitfield Farm 10309 Rebel Road, Daphne (251) 626-4634; Whitfield34@bellsouth.net
 Horseback riding lessons for beginner thru advanced. • Wild Hawk Ranch, LLC 24080 JD Waters Lane., Robertsdale (850) 418-3684; wildhawkranch.com 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. For more information contact Lynette Monroe, lynmonservices@juno.com.

Martial Arts Eastern Shore Taekwondo Center

25478 Friendship Road, Daphne (251) 621-9933, www.tkdonline.us We will teach your child to be stronger, “bullyproof”, more confident and better prepared to face the challenges of life. Free trial class. Classes start at $89/mo. No contracts and we offer family discounts. • Foley Tae Kwon Do Academy 8097 State Hwy 59, Ste. E, Foley (251) 971-8333; courtney@foleytkdacademy.com Provides martial arts training to children and adults of all ages and abilities. Anyone can benefit from Tiger-Rock Tae Kwon Do! 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!) We also offer Private Lessons. • Gulf Coast Tae Kwan Do (2 Locations, Fairhope & Gulf Shores) Eastern Shore Parents I August 2013

Fairhope; (251) 279-8013 Gulf Shores; (251) 979-3360 gulfcoast.tkd@gmail.com 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! • Prana Health and Wellness 209A S. Section Street, Fairhope (251) 455-9359 www.pranahealthandwellness.com Kid’s Martial Arts and Kids Yoga Classes- ages 5 and up - $10/week. This martial arts class is designed specifically for kids 5 and up. It will not only cover technique, including kicking, punching and forms, it will focus heavily on discipline, building self-confidence, living by the training principals and having fun. This is a great introduction into the benefits of the martial arts without the pressure of competition. Class is taught by Hanna Ardrey, Second Degree Black Belt and Certified Martial Arts Instructor. • SCS Sport Karate and Fitness Center Highway 64, Daphne, (on the side of the Staples building) 251-625-4257; www.scssportkarate.com 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. Check us out on Facebook! • Shorinji Kempo Foley and Fairhope Locations (251) 550-7771 Shorinji Kempo is a Japanese self-defense 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 5:30-6:30. 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. • Wheeles Karate Academy 3645 Gulf Shores Parkway Suite 106,Gulf Shores (251) 509-3353; www.wheeleskarateacademy.com 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. • Yamane Championship Mixed Martial Arts 1410 US Highway 98, Suite D, Daphne (251) 621-0304; www.ycmma.com Our Teens/Kids classes will be one of the most 70

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

Music Baldwin County Youth Orchestra

(251) 979-6834 www.baldwincountyyouthorchestra.com Baldwin County Youth Orchestra is NOW Auditioning For: Youth Orchestra, Beginning Band, Beginning Strings Class, Intermediate Strings Class, Baldwin Wind Ensemble, Baldwin Jazz Band, Community Adult Strings Orchestra. The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra is a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to educate, promote and enrich the community by building relationships through musical awareness, performance and tutelage. Please “like us” on Facebook.

Broussard’s Academy of Music

1541 East I-65 Service Road South, Mobile (251) 344-8856; www.broussardspianos.com Offering piano, violin, organ, and voice for adults and for children of all ages– Free Introductory Piano lessons when you mention this listing!

Center Stage Performance

P.O. Box 1627, Fairhope (251) 279-0338 www.centerstageperformance.com Performance Education for All Ages! Auditions for all performance groups in our musical theater and show choir programs are August 10th at 155 S. Section St. in Fairhope. Come any time between 10-3pm with a headshot and prepared song to sing. Visit our website for additional information and call executive director Jessica Weber with questions. Musical Theater Program Our Musical Theater program provides K – 8th grade children with a fun and educational experience in singing and performance. Each semester our team of directors, teach children the fundamentals of musical theatre as we prepare for full-scale musical productions at the conclusion of each semester. All of our productions include professional stages, lights and sound! Cinderella KIDS, K-3rd Grade This Fall our kindergarten through 3rd grade age division will rehearse Cinderella KIDS. This show is specifically designed for elementary aged performers and will be a great introduction for those new to musical theater while providing past students the opportunity to enhance their performance skills. A complete production will be performed at the end of the semester. No prior performance experience is required. Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday afternoons from 4-5:15pm. Additional rehearsal time may be required for those with large roles. See audition information above. Honk, JR! 4th-8th Grade This Fall our 4th through 8th grade division will rehearse Honk, Jr, a hilarious and witty version of the classic tale The Ugly Duckling with fantastic, Advertising: 251-929-2099

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upbeat music. A complete production will be performed at the end of the semester. No prior performance experience is required. Weekly rehearsals are held on Thursday afternoons from 4-5:45pm. Students with large roles may require additional rehearsal time on Tuesday afternoons. See audition information above. Show Choir Program-Vocal Performance at its best! Center Stage Show Choir (7th-12th grade) & Take 2 (4th-6th grade) are exciting show choirs of students with a passion for singing and performance. These groups perform the latest hits, past favorites, patriotic music and more. Each year, Center Stage has grown in popularity and demand as they entertain crowds on their Winter and Spring tours. Each performance year ends with a huge Finale concert in May with professional sound and lights for the community. Center Stage director Jessica Weber coaches students in developing their most powerful sound and expressive singing. Along with amazing choreography, these groups put on quite a show! Take 2 rehearses on Mondays from 4-5:15pm and Center Stage Show Choir rehearses on Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm. See audition information above. • Jubilee Music 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) 509-2150; www.marjoriesearcy.com Marjorie Searcy offers voice lessons for all ages. Please call for information on workshops and individual sessions.

• Mobile’s Singing Children (251) 285-2285; www.mobilessingingchildren.org mobilesingingchildren@gmail.com Directed by Susan Hoitt, Mobile’s Singing Children is the premier youth choir on the Gulf Coast. We provide opportunity for children to receive classical voice training of the very highest quality, as well as perform music of the highest caliber in age-appropriate ensembles. In our 35-year history, MSC has toured and performed in Europe, Canada and numerous states in the U.S. We have been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and were named Official Children’s Choir for Mobile’s Tri-Centennial Celebration Silver Anniversary Concert Series. We have also performed with various symphony and opera groups. • Modern Ensemble Music 809-B Daphne Avenue, Daphne (251) 210-7175; www.modernensemblemusic.com Guitar and Drum Lessons from beginner to advanced. Modern Ensemble Music provides the best in private instruction coupled with ensemble classes where students learn to play contemporary music in small group settings. We provide students with a fresh and fun approach to the highest quality music education.

Scouting/Naval Cadets • American Heritage Girls (251) 375-0410; www.ahgonline.org Hope Hardy- hopehardy1979@yahoo.com American Heritage Girls is a Christian scouting organization for girls in kindergarten (turning 5 before October 1) and twelfth grade. Our girls earn badges, awards, and service stars and have lots of

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fun! Our meeting time is Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 at First Baptist Church Loxley. We will have a parent meeting on August 6 and our first troop meeting will be August 20. We follow the Baldwin County School calendar. • Boy Scouts of America Mobile Area Council (251) 476-4600; www.bsamac.org • Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (251) 344-3330; (800) 239-6636 www.girlscoutssa.org
 communications@girlscoutssa.org • U. S. Naval Sea Cadet’s Dunlap Division (251) 401-1907, INST Cynthia Lowder, NSCC, clowder2002@bellsouth.net 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 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 200 North Alston Street
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Baseball and Softball - 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.
 Basketball
 - The City of Foley offers Youth Basketball for kids 5 - 14 years. Call or visit the website for Fall registration dates and information.
 Soccer
 - 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. For more information email tfiles@cityoffoley.org. • City of Gulf Shores Recreational Soccer 310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores; David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center (251) 968-1420; www.gulfshoresal.gov. Registration for youth soccer is open to ages 5 – 14 and will be held from July 15 - August 2. Soccer player evaluations will be held at Sims Park on August 12 for ages 6 – 9 and on August 13 for ages 10 – 14.Players may register at the David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center or online at www.gulfshoresal.gov. All players must present a copy of their birth certificate at the time of registration. • Daphne Recreation Department 2605 Highway 98 - next to Daphne Civic Center, (251) 370-0492; www.daphnesports.com; Contact Paul Strasser Girls Softball - Online registration is open thru September 21. Late registration is through September 30. $40 per player. Fall Baseball- Ages 4-12 as of April 30, 2013. Registration not set yet; usually first week of August. Check website www.ddyb.wordpress.com.

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

Register your child if their date of birth is August 1st, 2009 – July 31, 2011.

• Fairhope Youth Baseball (251) 929-0359; www.fybaseball.org; fairhopeyouthbaseball@gmail.com. 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 www.facebook.com/pages/Fairhope-Youth-Basketball; waynerhop@gmail.com Fairhope Youth Basketball is the city recreational basketball league open to boys (K-10) and girls (K8) who live in the Fairhope district, whether or not they attend Fairhope City Schools. All participants MUST have a skill evaluation to ensure competitiveness of the teams. • Fairhope Blast Soccer Leagues www.mobilebayfc.net; fsl.registrar@gmail.com Fall soccer registration now open for ages 5-13. Opening Day is Saturday, September 21. Closing day is Saturday, November 9. Fall 2013 Fees: $75.00. Tots Soccer Age 3-4 year olds- Registration Is NOW OPEN. Tots sessions will be held on Saturday Mornings at Founders Park during the FSL Recreational Season. Cost is $40/player.

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development and memories to our athletes, and advance the level of competition in our community. • YMCA Sports Daphne: 8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne; (251) 626-0888, Foley: John McClure Snook Family YMCA, 2560 South Pine Street; (251) 970-3003 www.ymcaofsouthalabama.org
 Youth Sports are offered in soccer, basketball, football, swimming and more. Y youth sports programs offer children the ability to learn good sportsmanship, communication skills, the value of healthy competition and offer a way to have fun while building gross motor skills. We encourage parents to get in on the action by volunteering as a coach, team parent and, of course, acting as your child’s number one cheerleader. Visit the website for registration times and more information.

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. • George C. Myers Tennis Center – Gulf Shores 2049 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores (251) 968-1341; www.gulfshoresal.gov

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• 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; www.lfpoa.com/tennis Tennis pro, Mike Albrecht offers classes to all ages including group clinics and private lessons. He also provides great professional support to all the Lake Forest teams that participate in various leagues. • 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); www.obparksandrec.com • Point Clear Tennis 17030 Tennis Club Drive., Fairhope (251) 928-7715; www.pointclearinn.com 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. Director - Matt McKelvain, USPTA Certified Professional; mattmckelvain@gmail.com. • Townshend Tennis 600 Morphy Avenue (Fairhope Municipal Courts) (251) 753-8601; www.townshendtennis.com Brad Townshend – USPTA Certified Professional twonshendtennis@gmail.com, Townshend Tennis’ ultimate goal is to promote the game and to strive for growth at every level of the Industry. Licensed and Insured U.S.P.T.A Professional with 20 plus years knowledge and

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experience. I am available for Private and Group Lessons, Tournament Directorships, and any Special Tennis Events on the Eastern Shore of Alabama. I am presently the Director of Tennis City of Fairhope and our residents are excited about the future development of our municipal Tennis Complex. We currently boast (6) hard courts with stadium lighting and full service clubhouse. The City will be adding (6) more courts which will significantly enhance our future plans, capabilities, and availability for our residents and guests.

Miscellaneous • Etiquette Classes (251) 979-9851; Foley, AL • 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

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Have you settled into a mediocre marriage because you’re in the midst of raising kids? Does it seem your marriage is “good enough” for now? While you and your spouse get pulled between work, chores, sporting events and school demands, the spark that once lit up the room starts to flicker. The effort you expended toward your spouse now goes to the kids. The end result: an average marriage. So how do you reach beyond the ordinary? Here are five steps to consider:

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average not only forgives, but releases the right to keep score of another’s wrongs. Without scorekeeping, a couple has a greater chance of success in resolving differences when they occur. Marriage and family therapist Ron L. Deal says, “Couples in healthy versus unhealthy marriages have the same amount of conflict but the outcome is completely different.” Healthy couples know how to work through disagreements without damaging the marital relationship. Forgiveness plays a powerful role in that equation.

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respect.” He calls it the Love and Respect Connection and says, “A wife has one driving need--to feel loved. When that need is met, she is happy. A husband has one driving need--to feel respected. When that need is met, he is happy. When either of these needs isn’t met, things get crazy.” Dr. Eggerichs goes on to describe the Crazy Cycle couples get caught in without love and respect. He says without respect, the husband reacts unlovingly and without love, the wife reacts disrespectfully, creating a cycle of unmet needs and ultimately, defeat, for both husband and wife. His theory suggests that as husbands show love and women show respect in all aspects of their marriage, the relationship thrives.

4) Replace criticism with gratefulness.

Perception is often at the root of criticism and gratefulness. Best-selling author Andy Andrews says, “A Spirit of Gratefulness is not necessarily an attitude one has. It is a way of thinking one is able to choose [and] is a product of perception.” I can criticize my husband for working long hours, neglecting chores at home I want him to do, or I can choose to be thankful for his commitment to provide for our family. Choosing a spirit of gratefulness diminishes negative thinking that oftentimes leads to criticism of our mate.

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pattern of discussing only what’s happening with the kids or frustrations at work. But deeper conversations offer meaning to your marriage. Psychologist Matthias Mehl, who published a study on the subject in 2010, says, “People who spend more of their day having deep discussions and less time engaging in small talk seem to be happier.” We seek to find meaning in life and are driven to connect with others. When we engage in meaningful conversation with our spouse, we accomplish both, resulting in a stronger, happier relationship. Slipping into an ordinary marriage happens easily in the midst of raising a family. But the benefits of intentional effort toward a flourishing relationship outweigh the costs. The season of child rearing eventually ends. Without the kids at home, the spark of an average marriage might go out completely. Have you settled into a mundane married routine? What will you do to change it? ESP

Gayla Grace is a freelance writer and wife, mom and stepmom to five children in her blended family. She seeks to continuously reach beyond an average relationship in her marriage of 17 years.

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Don’t Take Love for Granted by Marla Cilley

Here are some ideas to remind you how to spend time together:

Are you and your husband having Date Night? Some of you are skipping this part of our Basic Weekly Plan because you don’t know how to date anymore. I know it may have been a while since you even thought about doing something special for your spouse. Love is a terrible thing to take for granted. Don’t keep score of who makes plans or wait for him to come up with the ideas. Spending time together is more important than who coordinated the time! Make Date Night an important part of your week.

1. When was the last time you kissed? A 20 second kiss. I can hear you laughing now. Your assignment is to kiss your husband for 20 seconds. 2. When was the last time you had a meal with just him? Feed the kids early and let them watch a movie while you dine. Then give them a special dessert after the movie is over for being good and not disturbing you during your date. 3. What about coffee on the back porch after a hurried dinner?

4. Have you ever met him at the door with his favorite beverage after a hard day at work? 5. After the children go to bed, look at the stars with a small glass of wine or juice. 6. How about turning the lights down low and watching a movie with your head on his strong shoulder. 7. This is my favorite. Go to bed at the same time and lay in bed and talk for 5-10 minutes before the lights go out. This is the rule in our home. 8. Whenever you ride in the car, turn off the radio and talk. 9. Put love notes in his planner or lunch. Or send him emails inviting him to dinner. 10. Listen when he talks. If you don’t make a special effort to do something every day, then you are missing out on one of life’s special pleasure...the look of love and appreciation in his eyes. These date nights don’t have to cost money! It is more time than anything. Time to think about and to implement something special just for him. But you won’t think about it unless you plan for it. Take the time to do anything. It will be appreciated. The best part is, once you have your home decluttered and your routines established, you will have more time to do these little things that make a house a home and a marriage more than just a living arrangement. I promise. For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, see her website and join her free mentoring group at www. FlyLady.net. Also check out her books, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2013 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.

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100 Days of Summer at the Wharf! Lights! Twice daily all summer, “Spectra”, a special highpowered light show, is choreographed to two speciallyproduced musical scores. 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Free. www.alwharf.com. 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 www.asama.org. 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 251344-0536 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 The 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 www.exploreum.com 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. mariettajohnson.org. 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 251.928-9792 or visit www.weeksbay.org.

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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 251460-2727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counseling services to adoptive families. Celebration MOPS Fairhope Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $5/ meeting. Check us out on Facebook at Celebration MOPS Fairhope or contact coordinator Lauren Beck at celebrationmopsfairhope@gmail.com. Daphne Neurological Disease Support Group (Includes Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy). Meets second Monday of each month at Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main Street, Daphne, in the Community Life Center-Gathering Room. 11:00 a.m. until noon. Noon light lunch for $3 from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. 12:15 1:00 p.m. Speaker or joint group session. Contact person: Alice Hallford - 251-626-8228. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) We meet 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@ yahoo.com for more info. Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, near the YMCA. MOPS on the Eastern Shore MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” - but don’t let that confuse you. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten with local groups of moms just like you. 7100 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort. 1st Thursday of the Month (September through May). Dinner & Child Care are provided. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. http://www.mopsontheeasternshore.shutterfly.com/ Facebook.com/MopsOnTheEasternShore . 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.FitzpenPlace.com. www. Moonlightchasse.com. For more information, call 251621-6665 or 251-377-4069. 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.office@

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bellsouth.net. For more information about Providence UMC, call the church office or visit the website at www.providencemethodist.org. Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center) Ministry for memory & physically challenged. Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148. 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 3774069, cassief13@aol.com. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes: Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including: Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of 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. 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 Medicaid-eligible patients. The Gift of Life Program provides a caring system of prenatal services; education and care coordination for expectant moms and their babies. For additional information please contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class
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ecosystem. Then meander along the shore with our guide, looking for shells and learn about some of the local sea life. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5 per car. Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores. 251-948-7275 Ext. 124 Attn. Kelly Reetz, www.alapark.com . Oliver at Playhouse in the Park 4851 Museum Drive, Mobile. (251) 602-0630 www.playhouseinthepark.org . Broadway musical by Lionel Bart based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel. The dates are (Fridays & Saturdays) August 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees on August 4 & 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Playhouse. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors, $15 for adults. Call for reservations (recommended!) Theater 98-The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild Morphy Avenue and Church Street, Fairhope. (251) 928-4366; www.theater98.org. Shows at 8 p.m. nightly and 2:30 Sunday. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular . A state-of-the-art installation delivering popular, surround sound music set to choreographed lighting effects on the palm-lined Main Street with 2 performance times each night. Music is specifically selected to engage the audience and immerse visitors into a very sophisticated light show experience. 8:30-11:30 p.m. The Wharf, Orange Beach. (251) 224-1000, www.alwharf. com . Saenger Nite Live Jams Plus Media have joined hands with the historical theater for a cause entitled “THE SAENGER PROJECT”. Saenger Nite Live was created by Clayton Roberts and Dale Taylor, founders of Jams Plus Media, and is an all live variety show based off of traditional programs such as the Johnny Cash Show, Wolfman Jack’s Midnight Special, and mixed in with an array of comedy. A program of this nature does not exist today and will be produced as a live TV style theatre experience.7 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 250 Conti Street, Mobile, (251) 208-5600; www.mobilesaenger.com . Mobile Museum of Art – Free Admission Day/ Museum Nights The Museum is free all day each Thursday. Open until 9 p.m. Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., The Mobile Museum of Art (MMoA) presents weekly programs and happenings highlighting our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Bring the Kids during the dog days of summer, when the days are long and hot. Current exhibitions will serve as inspiration for free activities for kids. In the Grand Lakefront Gallery Museum educators will offer know-how and supplies to help youngsters create their own personal masterpieces. No reservations necessary. 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile. www.mobilemuseum.com .

Noon. Bienville Square (downtown, bounded by Dauphin, Conception, St Francis and St Joseph Sts) Free. 251-432-8343/ www.gcehjazzfest.com. Oliver at Playhouse in the Park See August 1 for details. Theater 98-The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild See August 1 for details. Jennifer Claire Moore 16th Annual Professional Rodeo See August 1 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

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First Friday Art Walk in Fairhope 5 p.m., Downtown Fairhope. Experience live music, local art, special events and food and wine at many local merchants. 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan Federal and Confederate soldiers exchange artillery fire and infantry sharpshooting during the commemoration of the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan. Fort Morgan Historic Site, 51 State Highway 180 W. Gulf Shores, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (251) 540-5257; www.fortmorgan.org. The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater Aug 2-4 and 8-11 at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. (850) 434-0257; Magical production of Dorothy who is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a magical quest to find the Wizard to help her return home. www.PensacolaLittleTheater.com. Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival Bienville Square Jazzbag 2013 Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival.

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Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day Soldier re-enactors give oral accounts of the Battle, a cannon salute every hour and blacksmith demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Fort Gaines. 251-861-6992. www.dauphinisland.org. Admission charged. Nature Time at the Gulf State Park Learn new and exciting facts about some of the animals that live in Gulf State Park. This one-hour program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to get up close and personal with some of the educational animals at the Nature Center. Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (251) 948-7275 Ext. 124 Attn. Kelly Reetz; www.alapark.com. $1 per vehicle to enter campground. Musica Sacra Chamber Choir –Palestrina “Missa Brevis” Beginning our twenty-sixth season, under the direction of music director, Christopher Uhl, and with organist Jeff Clearman, Musica Sacra Chamber Choir will be singing the Palestrina Missa Brevis within the context of a Latin Mass. The Reverend Monsignor Stephen Martin will be the celebrant. Donations will be accepted at the door. Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile at 7 p.m. Oliver at Playhouse in the Park See August 1 for details. Jennifer Claire Moore 16th Annual Professional Rodeo See August 1 for details. Theater 98-The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild See August 1 for details. Nephew Tommy Mobile Civic Center Theatre, Mobile. 8:30 p.m. http://www.ticketmaster.com . The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater See August 2 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details. Movies at the Saenger Theatre- The Avengers The Saenger Theater, Mobile. 3 p.m. www.mobilesaenger.com . Interactive Kids Party Eat scrumptious goodies with the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy at Munchkin Land. $10 for adults, $6 for children. The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater See August 2 for details. Theater 98-The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild See August 1 for details. Oliver at Playhouse in the Park See August 1 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

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Tuesday, August 6

Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday/Founders Day – Free Admission to Bellingrath Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 6, 1869, Walter D. Bellingrath was Mobile’s first Coca-Cola 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. Bellingrath Gardens, Theodore, AL. Crime Prevention 5K Run/Walk Bienville Square, Mobile. 6:30 p.m. Registration and Post-Race Activities at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. Sponsored by The Mobile Police Department. Certified 5K course in downtown Mobile. Fluids will be provided along the race course. Pre-register in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on August 5, or online (www.active.com) until midnight August 5. Race day registration in Bienville Square from 5 - 6 p.m. Guided Nature Trail at the Gulf State Park Meet our park guide at the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail on State Road 2. This trail is ADA accessible and approximately 2 miles. Gulf State Park, Gulf Oak Ridge Trail on State Road 2, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 251-948-7275 Ext. 124 Attn. Kelly Reetz; www.alpark.com . Foreign Film Festival Mobile Public Ben May Main Library, 6 p.m. (251) 208-7097. The films will be shown with English subtitles. Chicken with Plums - 2011 French Comedy/ Drama. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

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Thursday, August 8

Mobile Museum of Art – Free Admission Day/ Museum Nights See August 1 for details. The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater See August 2 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details. Guided Pier Walk, Gulf State Pier Meet our park guide near the concession stand and learn about some of the unique local sea life and walk along the pier. Gulf State Park Pier, Gulf Shores. 10 a.m. 251948-7275 Ext.124 Attn. Kelly Reetz, www.alpark.com .

Friday, August 9

LoDa Artwalk Exhibitions (with receptions) and entertainment in a variety of downtown galleries and other venues. City of Mobile Neighborhood and Community Services. LoDa Arts District (LOwer DAuphin St.). 6 - 9 p.m. Check NCS website for complete list of activities/map after noon the day of the event. (251) 208-1550; www. ncsmobile.org . Owl Fun Facts- Gulf State Park Visit the Nature Center to learn all about owls. We will have our resident screech owls out for pictures! Gulf

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State Park Nature Center, Gulf Shores, 2 - 4 p.m. 251948-7275 Ext. 124 Attn. Kelly Reetz; www.alpark.com . The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater See August 2 for details. Oliver at Playhouse in the Park See August 1 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

Saturday, August 10

Abita Beer Fest The Wharf Marina Lawn, 4 p.m. www.topofthehopsbeerfest.com. Elaine Hussey at Page and Palette in Fairhope Author Elaine Hussey will sign copies of her latest novel, The Sweetest Hallelujah. Deeply moving and richly provocative, it’s a tale about finding hope in a time of turmoil, and about the transcendent and transformative power of friendship. 1-3 p.m., Section Street, Fairhope. Free Family Obstacle Course @ Trione Park “All aboard the pain train!”...Pain Train Fitness that is! Please join Daphne United Methodist Church and Daphne’s own Pain Train Fitness for a free Family Obstacle Course that is open to all ages and fitness levels. No registration required. The fun starts @ 9 a.m.! Beach Creature Feature Meet at the Education Building to learn about some of the local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico. If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you identify it. Gulf State Park Education Center, Gulf Shores, 2 - 4 p.m. 251-9487275 Ext. 124 Attn. Kelly Reetz; www.alpark.com . $1 per car to enter campground. Healthy Women 5th Anniversary Celebration Keynote speaker is Barbara Dooley, known as one of the wittiest, most entertaining women in the South. As a breast cancer survivor, her stories are interspersed with motivation for battling challenges as well. Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf, 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner. (251) 949-3562; SouthBaldwinRMC.com . Tickets $30 per person. The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater See August 2 for details. Oliver at Playhouse in the Park See August 1 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

Sunday, August 11

The Wizard of Oz at Pensacola Little Theater See August 2 for details. Oliver at Playhouse in the Park See August 1 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

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Monday, August 12

Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

Mobile. (251) 208-7569; www.museumofmobile.com, 12 p.m. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

Tuesday, August 13

Thursday, August 15

2013 Chickasabogue 2 Miler 2-mile certified course starting and finishing at the entrance of Chickasabogue Park. Please visit www. active.com for more information. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

Wednesday, August 14

Learning Lunch at History Museum The Presentation will be The Hanging Of Three Alabama Sammies in Iowa: Crime and Punishment During the Great War by Derryn Moten, PhD (Alabama State University). Bring lunch; complimentary beverages provided. History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St.,

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SEC Beachfest 2013 Championship celebration honoring the Southeastern Conference at the beach as we kick back before kickoff! Interactive beach side activities with legendary SEC coaches and past players. Beach concerts, golf tournament, fishing tournament, coaching clinics, autograph sessions, chalk talks and SEC alumni parties. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. www.SECBeachfest. com . Mobile Museum of Art – Free Admission Day/ Museum Nights See August 1 for details. Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

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Saturday, August 17

Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details. Children’s Cup Regatta Sailboat races starting at 12:30 p.m., activities at 3 p.m. $50 per adult boat, $25 per youth boat, FREE to spectators! Benefiting Children’s Hospital of Alabama. BBQ plates, live music, silent auction, kids activities, dunking booth, water slide. Fairhope Yacht Club, 101 Volanta Ave., Fairhope, 12:30 p.m. (251) 610-4969; www.childrensal.kintera.org/childrenscup.

Sunday, August 18

Spectra, The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular See August 1 for details.

Monday, August 19 First Day of School Baldwin County Public Schools

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Tuesday, August 20

Foreign Film Festival - Where Do We Go Now? See August 6 for details.

Thursday, August 22

5K Kickoff Run For Sight Come join the fun as the USA Jaguars host the first annual 5K Kickoff Run For Sight on the South Alabama campus. The 5K Run and Fun Run kicks off the inaugural football season for the Jags as a full-fledged member of the Sun Belt Conference as well as being bowl-eligible. Members of South’s Football team will be handing out water along the race course and South Paw and Miss Pawla will be on hand at the start of the race. The race will be over the Swamp Course with the start, finish and post-race party at the USA Pavilion. So come out and run with the Jags and help support our eye sight-related charities. USA Campus, Mobile. www. productionsbylittleredhen.com/ . Girls of Fall; Football, Fashion and Fun A unique event focusing on female football fans featuring all things football, fashion and fun! Cocktails, samples and entertainment followed by three concurrent Breakout Sessions with football experts covering the rules of the game and food experts bringing the latest tailgating tips. The final quarter: a fashion show featuring co-ed looks that take you from the first game to the Senior Bowl! Mobile Convention Center, 6 p.m. (251) 438-2276. Bassoonist Rebecca Mindcock Faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. $8; USA faculty & staff, students, youth under 18 and all senior citizens/ $5. University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Recital Hall, 5751 USA Drive, Mobile. (251) 460-6136; www. southalabama.edu/music . Mobile Museum of Art – Free Admission Day/ Museum Nights See August 1 for details.

Saturday, August 24

Geocoaching Trackables and Collectibles Want to know what to do about those trackables you find from time to time in geaocatches? Do you retrieve it, place it, discover it? And what about those collectibles, and how does that work? Answers to these and other questions, plus a “surprise segment”. Foley Public Library, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Thomas Hospital Grand Summer Ball Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Point Clear. (251) 990-1512. Black Jacket Symphony presents Led Zepplin’s “IV’ Mobile Civic Center Theater, 8 p.m. (251) 208-7906 or (800)745-3000; Tickets are available at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office, hours Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are as follows: Front Orchestra and Mezzanine $28, Rear Orchestra, Balcony $23. Kids Studio at Space 301-The Dot Children ages 6-12 will read along to the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds and transform a dot into their own creative masterpiece. Space 301 CLA classroom, Mobile. 11 a.m. (251) 208- 5658; cla.gibson@cityofmobile.org. Distinguished Young Women of Baldwin County The Baldwin County preliminary program for Distinguished Young Women begins at 6 p.m., when high school senior girls living in Baldwin County will compete in the areas of academics, interview, talent, fitness, and self expression. Come and find out who will be the next Distinguished Young Woman of Baldwin County. Faulkner State Community College, Hwy 31 South, Bay Minette.

Thursday, August 29

Mobile Museum of Art – Free Admission Day/ Museum Nights See August 1 for details.

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Friday, August 30

200th Anniversary Fort Mims Commemorative Event Includes living history, displays and crafts of early 1800’s including covered wagons, arrowheads, wool spinning, blacksmithing, quilting, periodic music, basketry, pottery, watercolors, skinning, flintsnapping, period weapons and clothing. Tour of local plants and trees at 9:30 and 10:30 Saturday. Re-enactments of Fort Mims at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Old time church service 10 a.m. Sunday. Bring lawn chairs. $5 admission. Tensaw, AL (12 miles north of Stockton on Highway 59, then west 3 miles on county Rd.80). (251) 533-9024; www.fortmims.org.

Saturday, August 31

Steadypace 5K and Fun Run Lyons Park 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. 5K and fun run.

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www.steadypace5k.com . The Steady Pace Foundation events are designed to be fun, healthy and family-friendly events which will promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while supporting and showcasing local obesity and couch to 5K programs. 200th Anniversary Fort Mims Commemorative Event See August 30 for details.

Please send calendar events to lynn@ easternshoreparents.com. 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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Turbo

The Way Way Back

MPAA Rating: PG Time: 96 min. Overall: AViolence: BSexual Content: ALanguage: AAlcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Turbo PG for some mild action and thematic elements. Have you ever wanted to go fast? I mean really fast. Turbo (voice by Ryan Reynolds) does. But despite his zippy name and his need for speed, Turbo is a snail with a velocity that rivals that of slow moving tar. Regardless of the taunts from his fellow mollusks and the discouraging comments from his brother Chet (voice by Paul Giamatti), Turbo still dreams of following in the footsteps of his hero, racecar driver Guy Gagne (voice by Bill Hader). Every night after working in the tomato patch, Turbo watches old videotapes of Guy’s track triumphs and imagines himself wearing the laurel wreath around his snail neck. Yet after nearly being crushed while trying to outrun a lawnmower, Turbo gets laughed out of the garden. Despondently inching his way across a highway overpass, he is accidentally knocked into the Los Angeles aqueduct system where he falls on the hood of a souped-up street racer. As the car barrels off the start line, Turbo is sucked into the manifold and immersed in nitrous oxide. This unintended dunking turns the slow moving snail into a blistering speed machine. However his new ability for acceleration remains unappreciated -- at least until a taco hawker named Tito (voice by Michael Peña) captures Turbo and Chet. When Turbo rips up a makeshift track during a local snail racing competition, Tito begins to dream big. But not big enough for Turbo. With Guy Gagne in his sights, Turbo turns Tito’s attention to the Indianapolis 500. One must give screenwriters Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel and David Soren credit for pulling off an idea so utterly ridiculous and contradictory as a snail on the world’s most famous racetrack. In essence Turbo is a classic sports story complete with trash talking and an Eye of the Tiger musical interlude. It also explores family dynamics and champions the spirit of teamwork as Tito’s fellow storeowners in a rundown strip mall try to save their dying businesses. As well the DreamWorks’ team earns applause for the amazing animation that adds authenticity to the depictions of Los Angeles inner city streets. While the characters in this story experience moments of peril and some brief violence (including a startling incident when a bird smashes into a bus window), the film never drives out of bounds for families with older children. Keeping its content concerns in check, the story focuses on pursuing life goals. While that may seem a little hokey in a world where dreams don’t always come true, Turbo’s success can’t happen without the support of others. Luckily for this little speedster, he has a whole road crew cheering him all the way to the winner’s circle.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: B Sexual Content: CLanguage: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: D+ The MPAA has rated The Way Way Back PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material. It’s not unusual for teens to feel like they have the “worst parents ever”. But in the case of the kids in The Way Way Back, they might just be right. Once these adults arrive at their beachfront properties they begin behaving badly (though they likely do the same at home, too). But while acting like college kids on spring break is one thing, admitting to it would require something none of these adults possess -- maturity. Instead these grown-ups engage in unmarried sex, excessive drinking and illegal drug use. Meanwhile their kids, who are more often than not treated like unwanted baggage from now-defunct marriages, are left to fend for themselves if they’re lucky or openly disparaged by the adults if they’re not. So is the behavior of Trent (Steve Carell). When he and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) pull up at their cabin they have his new girlfriend Pam (Toni Collette) and her son Duncan (Liam James) in tow. By the time they are greeted by Trent’s blathering alcoholic neighbor Betty (Allison Janney), Trent has already taken the opportunity to humiliate Duncan, letting him know where the two of them stand. (Let’s just say Trent is not into parenting. He turns a blind eye to his teenaged daughter’s drinking and hardly acknowledges her existence.) Duncan can’t think of a worse place to spend his summer. Forced to fill his time while the adults party into the night and then sleep in all morning, the awkward teen wanders down to the water park where he eventually meets Owen (Sam Rockwell), another failed-to-launch adult who manages the complex. While Owen lacks any real managerial skills (he leaves it to his staff to run the park), he does have the ability to connect with the unhappy teen. And although Owen might not be a parent’s first pick for a role model, he does a better job of it than any of the other grown-ups in this movie. Befriended by Owen, Caitlin (Maya Rudolph), Roddy (Nat Faxon), Lewis (Jim Rash) and the other staff, Duncan finally finds a place where he fits in. I’m not sure if this film is supposed to justify teens’ feelings about terrible parents or give adults a wake-up call. Unfortunately this commentary on the sad state of parenting misfires for family viewers concerned about content.

What Parents need to know about The Way Way Back...

Violence: Some characters experience bullying from adults. Brief moments of peril are included. One song includes lyrics about suicide. Sexual Content: Brief kissing and embracing are shown. Sexual activity is implied. Frequent crude sexual comments and innuendo are included. Characters are seen in low cut clothing or bikinis. A woman talks about her niece’s rape and her own unplanned pregnancy. Adult women dance provocatively with a teen boy. A boy pretends his action figures are “hooking up” in an incestuous relationship. Crude terms for anatomy are used. Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive and crude terms for sexual activity. Profanities, scatological slang, slurs and frequent vulgar terms are included, along with terms of Deity. A character uses a rude hand gesture. Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters frequently drink, including one alcoholic woman who is often portrayed as tipsy. Brief cigar use is shown. Adult characters buy and use illegal drugs.

What Parents need to know about Turbo...

Violence: Some characters are crushed while others are snatched up by birds and eaten. Others experience frequent peril. A snail is nearly run over by a lawnmower. A bird is repeatedly thrown against a window. One bird is hit and killed by a bus. A huge racetrack crash includes numerous cars. A woman attacks and hits another character. A character is nearly crushed by a car. Sexual Content: Brief veiled sexual comments are used. Language: Script includes some name-calling and mean-spirited comments. Alcohol / Drug Use: Secondary characters are seen with beer bottles. A character drinks excessive amounts of an energy drink. Eastern Shore Parents I August 2013

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