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6 Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

8 Living With Children

Sing to Your Baby

How music affects your baby’s brain development, plus ways to add more of it to your home.

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Budgeting After Baby Find tips for saving on new baby expenses and other ways to trim your monthly budget.

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38 Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

42 Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

44 Dave Says Dave Ramsey

Baby & Toddler Guide Middle Schoolers Our local guide will help meet your “new parent” needs.

8 helpful truths you can share with your middle schooler.

58 Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith

63 A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

On The Cover Liam Holland, 6 weeks old (2 weeks in photo), son of Nate and Jaycie Holland. Proud grandparents are Brian and Carrie Collyer and Dan and Marcia Holland. Liam’s parents love watching his development each day, especially watching Liam try to suck his thumb. He sticks as many fingers in his mouth as he can or he will just suck the side of his hand.

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School Bits 64

Family Calendar 72

Movie Reviews

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Publisher’sNote Having a new baby in the house will present you with the biggest roller coaster of emotions you will ever experience. It is one of the most stressful, peaceful, exhausting and joyous times of a person’s life. As the children get older, we tend to remember the stressful times less and cherish the joyous times more. One of my favorite times with my newborns was bedtime. Like most new parents, I read as much research as I could to try and prepare myself for what was to come. During my reading I came across some research on the benefits of music and babies. We decided to incorporate music to create a very peaceful nighttime routine. This routine ended up not only being good for our babies, but for Brad and me. Each night we would start quieting things down by dimming lights and playing music. As it got closer to bedtime, I would sing them a song and pray over them. Mind you, I am not a singer, but the babies didn’t seem to care. To this day they still love music and will still occasionally ask me to sing to them, however as they have become painfully aware of my inabilities as a singer, those requests are fewer and fewer. For some great information on the benefits of music read Jan Pierce’s article in this issue, Sing to Your Baby: Music and Brain Development. You will find there is much more to it than just a peaceful bedtime. While the above memory may sound like a spa retreat, I can assure you, there were many more times that were the complete opposite. Becoming a new parent brings with it a lot of anxiety. One of the most anxious times can be realizing the cost of a new baby. I once saw a statistic on the cost of a child from birth through college and it blew my mind. The good news is, there are many ways families can save money during this time. If you are a new parent or expecting a new addition, be sure to read Budgeting After Baby, by Sarah Lyons. You will find tips to keep your bank balance in check. I will encourage you to not completely throw the idea of cloth diapers out the window either. If you have not checked them out recently, you need to. The cloth diapering our grandmothers remember is nothing like what it is today. Many come with adorable covers to reduce mess and special sprayers that hook to your toilet to make cleanup a breeze. In keeping with this month’s “baby” theme, we have also compiled a listing of helpful resources for new parents and grandparents in the Baby & Toddler Guide on page 48. Whether you are on the search for a pediatrician or trying to find that perfect crib, there are plenty of resources included to help you in your search. I used to think that the hard parts of parenting would pass once my children gained a little more independence. Boy, was I wrong. Yes, it does get physically easier, however the emotional stress kicks in to high gear, especially in the middle school years. Kids become incredibly self aware, many feel awkward, hormones are all over the place and everyone is just trying to figure out where they fit in. I love how Kari Kampakis, author of 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know and Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For, has put things into perspective in this month’s article, 8 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know. Her reassurance to this age group is important because despite what they may feel, middle schoolers really are amazing! So whether you are knee deep in diapers, spending time in carpool lines, or waiting up at night to make sure your driving teenager arrives safe, I hope you enjoy this issue of Eastern Shore Parents. And don’t forget to check out the Family Calendar. Not only will you find fun family events, but we have also included local Mardi Gras parades!

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

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

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

The “Ticket” System Q: I’ve been trying for two months with little

to no success to get your “ticket” system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and blatantly refusing to do what I tell her to do. She has three tickets a day. When she loses one, she has to sit in a chair for 15 minutes, and if she loses all three before the day is done, she spends the rest of it in her room. One problem is that she waits until the end of the day to lose all of her tickets, meaning that she really doesn’t spend any “punishment” time in her room because it’s time for bed anyway. The biggest problem is that losing a ticket and time-out doesn’t seem to faze her. Any ideas?

A: I disagree. Losing a ticket obviously fazes her. Otherwise, she would not be cleverly waiting until the end of the day to lose most of her tickets. That tells me that she not only doesn’t want to sit in the time-out chair but also doesn’t want to spend any significant amount of time in her room.

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Before we go any further, I should explain the “ticket” system to those readers who are a tad late to the game. First, several (no more than three) misbehaviors are clearly spelled out on a “target behavior list” that’s affixed to the refrigerator door. Second, three to five “tickets” are cut from construction paper and put up on the refrigerator, next to the misbehavior list, using a magnetic clip. When a targeted misbehavior occurs, the parent closest to the scene of the crime removes one of that day’s tickets from the clip. Each time the child in question loses a ticket, she must sit in time out for a certain length of time. When all the day’s allotment of tickets is gone, the child spends the rest of the day in her room, which has been stripped of most of its “entertainment value,” and goes to bed at least one hour early. Over the years since I developed it, lots and lots of parents have told me that the ticket system has helped them solve many a discipline problem. It seems to work best with children 3 through 12. I generally do not recommend its use with a teenager. Also, as

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I have said before in this column and in several of my books, if the parents’ attitude is not proper, no discipline method is going to work for long. An improper attitude includes impatience, frustration, anger, anxiety, and any other manifestation of stress. Whatever the method, discipline should be delivered dispassionately. If there’s emotional “pressure” behind it, the method in question is very likely to fail. Circling back to your question, the fact that you don’t feel you’ve made significant headway in two months with your daughter leads me to believe that your delivery is the problem. Granted, some kids are more stubborn than others, but a determined but calm enforcement style will bring even the most strong-willed child into line in a relatively short period of time. One more thing: the fact that a child acts unfazed by a consequence does not mean it’s not having any effect. Children are clever, and acting like being thrown into the proverbial briar patch is a vacation is one form their cleverness sometimes takes. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Bluegrass on the Bayou

Enjoy live Music by Delta Reign, a catered dinner by Cafe' Acadiana and browse the silent auction all while helping raise funds for a playground for special needs students at Robertsdale Elementary. The concert will be held in the Multipurpose Room at Robertsdale Elementary and there will also be a Kid Zone in the gym where kids can be dropped off, fed and supervised by members of the RHS ROTC. Kid Zone Tickets are $5 per child for the first two children and $2 for each additional child. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under and will be sold in advance. Please see a Robertsdale Elementary Special Needs teacher or you may purchase tickets in the front office.

Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Mobile!

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to The Mitchell Center on February 20 at 7:00 p.m. The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. Prepare to be amazed as the Globetrotters showcase basketball's first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket - 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA's current 3-point line. You won't want your family to miss it! Please visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com for more information.

13th Annual Tee Off Fore a Cure Weekend Children’s of Alabama will celebrate the 13th annual Tee Off Fore a Cure on March 9-10 with a weekend of events designed around the theme, Lucky 13. The preparty and silent auction will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lakewood Golf Club (1 Grand Blvd.). On Saturday morning, golfers will gather for the tournament and sixth annual Golf Ball Drop at The Lakewood Club’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Admission to Friday’s pre-party is complimentary to participating golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and their guests. Admission for all other attendees is $25 per person and includes live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Lakewood Golf Club. Saturday’s golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Lakewood members can register for $99 per golfer or $300 per team. Non-member registration fees are $200 per golfer and $800 per team.

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Mobile Ballet Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Mobile Ballet presents Shakespeare’s beloved classic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a timeless story of love, jealousy, and humor, brought to the stage for the first time in Mobile! You’ll want to experience this magical fantasy with a beautiful score by Mendelssohn. Katia Garza has taken this delightful story and created an outstanding adaptation with more than 40 dancers on stage, energetic choreography, and fantastical costumes and sets that will mesmerize you. Get ready for an unforgettable performance as this magical tale casts its spell on audience of all ages! Performances will be held Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Ticket prices start at $20 with an additional discount for children, students, seniors 65+ or military ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www. mobileballet.org or through the Mobile Ballet Box Office at (251) 342-2241.

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The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents “The Miracle Worker”

"The Miracle Worker" is the inspiring true story of young Helen Keller, a native of Tuscumbia, Alabama who is rendered blind and deaf after a bout of scarlet fever as an infant. In desperation, her parents seek help from teacher Annie Sullivan; partially blind herself, to tutor their daughter. Through months of persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate. Public Show dates for “The Miracle Worker” are February 23, 24, and 25 and March 3 and 4, 2018. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. For reservations please call the Playhouse at 251.602.0630. www.playhouseinthepark.org. 4851 Museum Drive - Mobile. www.easternshoreparents.com

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With the first year of Alabama’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program completed, the 2018 Oyster Trailblazer Calendar is available and captures the importance of oyster reef restoration in an educational coloring book. The Original Oyster House will donate 1,000 calendars on a first-come, first-serve basis to educators who can integrate information into their science program or to utilize them as rewards for environmental stewardship. The calendars will also be included in the Original Oyster House giving back program. The oyster calendar, illustrated by local artist Alex VanArsdale, captures regional landscape, culture and folklore. The calendar also includes the Oyster Trail sculptures scattered along the Gulf Coast as well as Gulf Coast Ducks, Battleship Alabama and the Original Oyster House coupons. Each 4’ fiberglass oyster is embellished by artists and tells important facts about oysters including their economic and environmental contributions. For more information visit www.originaloysterhouse.com/trailblazer. To learn more about the Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program, become a member, or volunteer, please visit www.joinACF.org.

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The 10th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival, a celebration of all things chocolate, will be held at The Grounds on Saturday March 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit Penelope House. There will be vendors offering samples of their chocolate-related products as well as selling their products. Also featured: Children’s Area, Mobile Fixture Demonstration Stage, Chocolate Challenge featuring professionals, amateurs, and youth divisions, Project Yum Way where students and aspiring designers participate in a fashion display of chocolate inspired fashions made from chocolate candy wrappers, Cupcake Booth, Chocolate Martini tasting, Magic Memories Photo Booth, and much more. Admission is free for children 13 & under; General admission $3.00 in advance- available at Penelope’s Closet, Flour Girls, Bloomin’ Lollipops, and Three Georges; $5.00 day of the event. Parking is free. Call for more details (251-342-2809), like Mobile Chocolate Festival on facebook, and/or visit www. mobilechocolatefestival.com.

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North Baldwin Beauty Review

The 2018 North Baldwin Beauty Review, March 3, will be a time to highlight the “beauty, grace and intelligence” of young ladies who reside in the northern portion of Baldwin County. The pageant begins at 6 p.m. at the L.D. Owen Performing Arts Center at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette. The Beauty Review is open to second through 12th grade students who reside in north Baldwin County. Students can be enrolled in public, private or home-school programs. The pageant will feature four (4) Divisions: Little Miss Division (2nd-4th grade), Junior Miss Division (5th-6th grade), Teen Division (7th-8th grade), and High School Division (9th-12th grade). From the divisions, the winners will be crowned the Little Miss North Baldwin, Junior Miss North Baldwin, Miss Teen North Baldwin, and Miss North Baldwin for 2018. There will be additional awards, prizes, and winners for a variety of other accolades deserving of recognition, as well as new awards and winners. The pageant is sponsored by the Baldwin County High School's Tigerettes, under the direction of Elizabeth Bridges Byrd. Contestants will wear evening gowns for the full duration of the pageant. For the High School and Junior High divisions, gowns can be floor or tea length and must fall below the knee. For the Elementary division, gowns can be floor, tea or knee length and must not fall any higher than the top of the knee cap. The judging criteria will be self-expression/personality, presence and poise, beauty/appearance and overall appeal. The contestants will also take part in an on-stage interview where they will respond to a personal question provided prior to the program. The winners may be asked to make special appearances at community events and to ride in local parades, including the annual Christmas Parade. Applications for the 2018 North Baldwin Beauty Review are available at Bay Minette City Hall. Each contestant is asked to secure a minimum of $50 sponsorship, payable to Baldwin County High School. Registration will take place 5 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Performing Arts Center. Rehearsals will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-27, and March 1 (dress rehearsal). For information or to contribute to this event, contact Elizabeth Byrd via email at Elizabeth.B.Byrd@gmail.com. Pictured, the reigning queens include, from left, Little Miss North Baldwin, Cale Jones; Miss Teen North Baldwin, Emily Scarborough; Miss North Baldwin, Amanda Eversman; and Junior Miss North Baldwin, Jillian Dute.

15th Annual Mystic Mutts of Revelry Parade

Is your dog dreaming of warmer days basking in the sun? If your pup has spring fever, it’s probably because he can’t wait for The Haven’s 15th Annual Mystic Mutts of Revelry Parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, at Fairhoper’s Community Park. This year’s parade theme is “Life’s A Beach When You’re Rescued.” The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Fairhoper’s Community Park located at the corner of S. Church Street and Morphy Avenue. Parade passes are $10 per mutt and $15 per human over age 6. Registration and family-friendly festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. on parade day at the park. There are several generous sponsors supporting the cause this year: Presenting Sponsor - McSharry’s Irish Pub. Platinum Sponsors - Bay Paperie, Fairhope Title Services and Ono Pet Photography. Gold Sponsors: Aging in Alabama, Alabama Coastal Community College, DJ Clarry, Jessica Ellison Photography, Simply Signs, Tameron Honda and The City of Fairhope. Silver Sponsors - Baldwin County Sewer Systems, Gwin’s Printing, Miller’s Grand Events, Subway and Unleashed. You can purchase a chance for your pooch to be royal for a day. Just make a $10 donation when you pre-register online and your pet will be entered to be included in our royal court. Your donations will be added to funds that provide vet care, vaccinations, medicine, food and much more for homeless animals. For complete event details, including the downtown parade route and pre-registration link, go to “MMOR 2018” at www.havenforanimals.org.

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Many More Miles Campaign Keeps on Giving Life to Old Shoes for Those in Need

Local runners and exercise enthusiasts may have put a lot of miles on old running shoes, but when they are donated to the “Many More Miles” campaign, those shoes will come to life again as they land on the feet of someone who really needs them. For the 15th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. will once again host this important community project, partnering with the Port City Pacers, Dr. Glenn Glass, The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, and local schools to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries, and the Salvation Army Running Forward program. Shoe donations for 2018 will be accepted starting in January with final shoe drop-offs received at the 2018 Azalea Trail Run on Saturday, March 24th. Mobile and Baldwin County students will once again be given the opportunity to collect shoes and earn money for their schools’ P.E. programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint will award cash prizes to the top three schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties who donate the most shoes. Over the years, shoes donated by local schools provides the largest collective donation to this important campaign. Those interested in participating are encouraged to clean up those gently used athletic shoes, tie them together in pairs and drop them off at any of the following locations: Baldwin Bone and Joint (1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne); Dr. Glenn Glass’ Office (1303 Main Street, Daphne); The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center; Participating Schools in Mobile & Baldwin Counties; Final Drop-off Opportunity: 2018 Azalea Trail Run Expo Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, Mobile Civic Center. For more information, call 251.621.5387.

17th Annual Chili for Charity Event for Ecumenical Ministries Inc.

The17th Annual Chili for Charity event for Ecumenical Ministries cook-off will be held at Oak Hollow Farm, 14120 Greeno Road (US 98), in Fairhope on, Saturday, February 25. The fabulous funfilled festival has something for everyone: chili; music by Blind Dog Mike and the Howlers and a performance by the Fairhope High School Encore Group; bake sale; hay ride; inflatables; balloon artistry, antique tractors on display; and a mechanical bull ride for all ages. Adult admission is $12.50 in advance, or $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. We also have handmade chili bowls made exclusively for the event by local potters, organized through The Kiln in Fairhope, just $20. Tickets are available in advance at the offices of Ecumenical Ministries in Fairhope and Foley or at the gate the day. www.baldwinemi.org.

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30th Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament Benefiting Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation

Register now for the 30th Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament benefiting the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF). The four-person scramble, presented by title sponsor Terry Thompson Chevrolet, will be held March 22, at the Quail Creek Golf Course and offers morning and afternoon start times. Proceeds from the tournament allow the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation to provide Fairhope students with innovative, creative and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) initiative programs. Tournament sponsorships include a practice round the day prior to the tournament, the tournament round, great food, beverages and entertainment. There is also a putting contest, cash prizes and awards. Any member of the community can also purchase a Tee Sign for only $150 to honor a teacher, coach, team, classroom or promote their business. For more information visit www.feefonline.org or call (251) 990-3333. Also, like the FEEF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FEEFfairhope, for additional information and good news leading up to the tournament.

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2018 Gator Chase 5k Race and Fun Run

The Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation (SFEEF) is excited to announce Tameron Honda as the Title Sponsor of the 2018 Gator Chase 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held Saturday, February 24. Race starts at 8 a.m. for the 5K and 9 a.m. for the Fun Run. The race will begin at Five Rivers on Spanish Fort Causeway. Participants can register online @eventbrite.com or in person at McCoy Outdoor in Mobile, Run-N-Tri in Mobile; Running Wild in Fairhope, or any Spanish Fort School until noon on Thursday, Feb. 22. Early pre-register by 2/02/18 for the following entry fees: Adults $18, Students $14, Fun Run $12. Post-Race fun includes awards ceremony after party, Chic Fil A Kids Zone, food and more! This year’s race funds will go to Teacher / Student grants and Principal school block grants. Go to http://www.sfeef. com to donate or contact Sheren LeBlanc at 604-3728 for additional information.

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Chilly Run, Chili Cook-Off set for Feb. 24 in Bay Minette

The Bay Minette Rotary Club and Heritage Junior Women's Club will again join forces to put on fundraisers for the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education. The events will be held Feb. 24 at the Community Kids Park in Bay Minette. The Rotary Club's 10th annual "Chilly Run" will begin at 9 a.m. for the 5K run/race walk and 10 a.m. for the 1-mile fun run. The chili cook-off sponsored by HJWC begins at 10 a.m. Teams can be formed in clubs, organizations, businesses or among friends. Booths are $25 and entrants must provide at least seven gallons of chili. Admission tickets are $5 to sample chili. To register a team, or other information, call Ashley Jones at 251937-5665. The day's activities will also include performances by area school groups. Registration for the Chilly Run is $15 for students and $20 for adults until Feb. 16. After that date, the price goes up. Pre-registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt and all others will be given out on first-come, first-served basis. Participants will also receive one ticket to the chili cook-off. Fruits, snacks and beverages will also be provided. Registration is available online at active.com or forms are available at the North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette City Hall, and from Rotary Club members. For more information about the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education, visit its website at www.nbcee.org.

Distinguished Young Women Announces Gulf Coast Talent Showcase

The 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Spotlight Talent Showcase, presented by the University of Mobile and Distinguished Young Women, is an event whose purpose is to recognize talented young performers right in our own community, encourage their pursuits and give funds to support arts programs in Mobile and Baldwin County schools. Spotlight is open to boys and girls in grades 1 - 12. It is free to enter and individuals and groups are welcome. We are in search of any type of performing talent. The prizes for the winners in each of our four age divisions will be performance appearances for the children and money given to their school to be used for arts programming. To enter, potential participants can visit www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com, read the details and submit their application and audition video by February 23rd. The Showcase will be held at Saraland High School Theater March 11th, 2018. For more information, please visit www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com or call 251.438.3621.

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Not All That Wheezes is Asthma Hey guys! Today we are going to talk about wheezing. First off, not all wheezing is asthma! Your child can wheeze for lots of different reasons and figuring out the reason can help in coming up with the best treatment plan. Today, we are going to review the anatomy of your child’s body, discuss the most common (and a few uncommon) reasons for wheezing and then how to fix it! Let’s talk anatomy first. Think of your respiratory tract like an upside down tree with the trunk being the trachea, the large branches being the bronchi, the smaller branches and twigs being the bronchioles, and the leaves being the alveoli, or air sacks. Air enters into the system, goes down the pipes, and then oxygen and carbon dioxide are transported across the alveoli to the right places. So here’s the trick, any of these areas can be the cause of wheezing in an infant or child. Let’s talk about the common causes. Asthma or reactive airways disease is caused by two main issues: twitchy airways and inflamed airways. Twitchy airways are when the branches or bronchi constrict in response to a trigger like smoke, paint fumes, harsh chemicals and/or infection. The inflamed airways can occur from the same triggers, but are basically just swelling of the walls of the bronchi. These two combined essentially make it harder to breath air out of

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the lungs and the narrower tubes cause the air move through faster, causing a whistling noise (aka wheezing). The treatment of asthma involves using a bronchodilator like albuterol to control the twitchy airways and anti-inflammatory medicines like steroids to control the swelling. Bronchiolitis is a similar type illness, but it occurs in the smaller branches or bronchioles. The main causes of bronchiolitis are viral illnesses with the most common being RSV. The treatment of bronchiolitis is different for every child, but some respond to albuterol and anti-inflammatory medicines just like asthma. Also, bronchiolitis tends to occur in children less than twelve months, while asthma usually occurs after twelve months. Croup is another cause of wheezing that has a distinctive “seal bark” cough and sometimes loud breathing noises on inspiration called stridor. My oldest child has had croup too many times to count, so I’ve seen this one first hand. Croup is caused by a virus that hangs out near the vocal cords and causes swelling and inflammation in the trunk or trachea. The treatment involves steroids for inflammation and sometimes special breathing treatments if the child has stridor. Some other causes of wheezing can be from an anatomical obstruction like a foreign body or an abnormal growth in the trunk

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or trachea. These causes of wheezing are not fixed with albuterol or anti-inflammatory medicines and need to be evaluated by a specialist. In the end, wheezing can have lots of causes, but there are a few things to always look for. First is the child’s color! Obviously, blue is bad, pink is good! Next, count how fast the child is breathing. Get a stopwatch and count how many breathes in a minute. Anything above forty might be abnormal. Then, look at the child’s chest. Are they sucking in breathes by using neck muscles or does it seem that their ribs are going in? This would be abnormal. Finally, note the child’s overall activity level. Can they play and talk comfortably or are they laying on the couch and speaking in short single word sentences? All of the facts combine to assess how serious the wheezing is and how to best treat it! Call your doctor immediately if you are worried and especially if you see any of the above signs or symptoms of respiratory distress. 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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Creating Snow at Robertsdale Elementary

These precious Robertsdale Elementary kindergarten students in Mrs. McKeough's class learned how to make snow out of hair conditioner and baking soda. A great time was had by the entire class as each group made snowmen.

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The Great Toy Drive at Fairhope Middle School

Fairhope Middle School assisted WKRG- Channel 5 with their annual holiday toy drive. Sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society, the student body donated numerous new toys for distribution to needy children. Pictured, are the NJHS officers and the club sponsors, Mrs. Erica Lee, Mrs. Tonya Harrelson, and Ms. Melody Early.

Gulf Shores Elementary Students Bundle Up

Gulf Shores Elementary School second graders were prepared for the unusually cold weather they experienced going back to school after the holiday break. Pictured are (l to r) Mallie Clolinger and Jayden Deese who are bundled up for the week-long cold snap!

Gulf Shores Middle School Students Place in Local Art Contest

Congratulations to the three Gulf Shores Middle School art students who placed in the First Annual Wharf Coastal Christmas Art Contest! Their art was a portrayal of what Christmas on the Coast means to them. All of the art was on display for the Jingle Jubilee- Kids Craft Day at the Wharf. 1st place- Fernanda Larenas, 2nd place- Madison Rosado and 3rd place- Olivia Annan.

Spanish Fort HS Music Class Attends Songwriters’ Festival Event

The Spanish Fort High School Music 101 class attended the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Annual Youth Showcase in Gulf Shores. They listened to other Baldwin County students perform their original music and learn about the music industry from Grammy award winning songwriters.

Bayshore Christian School to Host Tour Days

Are you interested in learning more about Bayshore Christian School? They will be hosting their Classical Connection Tour Days to give prospective parents an opportunity to learn more about the educational opportunities offered at BCS. You have 2 chances to attend a Tour Day: February 20 at 8:30 a.m., and March 13 at 8:30 a.m. Each event will begin with a presentation that explains classical education and will end with a tour of the campus given by BCS Student Ambassadors. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of students, faculty, and staff. Please make plans to attend and see what makes Bayshore such an amazing place! Eastern Shore Parents I February 2018

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BMES Gives to Alabama Teen Challenge

The Bay Minette Elementary School dance team, The Tiger Paw Prints, made a donation to Alabama Teen Challenge just before the Christmas break. The team sold helmets for the Alabama and Auburn Iron Bowl game as a fund raiser. Tony Shoemaker, the program manager and intake coordinator, accepted the donation and thanked the dance team for their generosity. The dance team is sponsored by Shelly Stewart and Renee Morrison and works throughout the school year on various service projects. Pictured l-r: Front Row: BMES Principal Laura Moorer, bookkeeper Tonya Clay, sponsor Shelly Stewart, teacher Heather Bennett, Alabama Teen Challenge representative Tony Shoemaker, assistant principal Katina Davis. Middle Row: Brook Godwin, Alyssa Moorer, McKenzie Watson, Tyeaha James, Addison Scarborough, Kinsey Seals. Back Row: Cassidy Mason, Ciera McReynolds, Raeunna Mims, Dearriana Bishop, Anna Beasley, Lauren Donald.

Bay Minette Police Speak to BMMS Students About Internet Safety

Bay Minette Police Department recently took part in an assembly at Bay Minette Middle School, along with Tommy Loftis from the Mobile FBI Office and Matt Simpson with the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office. Loftis spoke on the dangers of social media, cyber bullying and how it can spiral out of control. During his discussion, Loftis cautioned students to never share inappropriate images because you lose control of that image once its shared. He encouraged students to be careful who they befriend and trust on social media. He told those who had been bullied or harassed to talk to a school counselor or teacher or report it to authorities. Pictured include, from left, BMMS Principal Zack Wigstrom, Robert Gates with BMPD, Loftis, Lester Banfield with BMPD, Simpson and Jason Price with BMPD.

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Two Bayside Academy Senior Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Two Bayside Academy senior student-athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) in a special ceremony held on the school’s campus. Ansleigh Dailey signed an NLI to play volleyball for BirminghamSouthern College in Birmingham. Dailey finished her high school volleyball career with more than 6000 kills and was named Alabama Player of the Week four times. Brantley Rhodes signed an NLI to play volleyball for High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. Rhodes surpassed 1500 kills in a single season in 2017 and was named MVP of the 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association State Tournament. Both Dailey and Rhodes were 3A Alabama High School Athletic Association State Champions four times, and both played on the 2017 North South All-Star team. “You can’t accomplish what our team has accomplished without great kids with great character like these two young ladies,” said Bayside Head Volleyball Coach Ann Schilling. Schilling has coached Bayside’s Lady Admirals volleyball team to 16 consecutive state championships. “These two ladies brought our team to yet another state championship under enormous pressure,” said Bayside Head of School Michael Papa. “They are proof positive that if you work hard and gather together as a team to achieve objectives, you can ultimately achieve individual success as well.” Ansleigh Dailey (left) and Brantley Rhodes (right) are pictured with Bayside Head Volleyball Coach Ann Schilling, who recently led Bayside’s Lady Admirals volleyball team to an unprecedented 16th consecutive Alabama High School Athletic Association State Championship.

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Bayshore Students Visit WKRG News 5

The third graders at Bayshore Christian School were recently studying a variety of weather systems. After a field trip to the Wallace Tunnel and Gulfquest Museum in the fall, students attended a follow-up field trip to WKRG News 5. During the Wallace Tunnel visit, students discovered how traffic is diverted and the tunnels may close due to inclement weather. At Gulfquest Museum, students enjoyed a weather presentation on the sphere projector screen. Students were able to observe previous weather patterns in motion as it would have taken place on the Earth as it happened. While at WKRG, John Nodar shared with the students behind the scenes action of the weather forecast. Students viewed the green screen with the weather models in motion, and the optical illusion of how Mr. Nodar was “looking” at the screen. These field trip experiences ignited a curiosity about meteorology and built background knowledge about our future weather studies.

CTKCS Red Ribbon Project Benefits Local Health Center

Christ the King Catholic School’s Red Ribbon Leadership Project kicked off Monday, January 8 and ran through Friday, January 19. Olivia McAleer, Red Ribbon Leadership Award recipient and Students for Life Club President, organized a fund and baby item drive to benefit Women's Health Center in Spanish Fort.

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Bay Minette Elementary Teacher of the Year

Renee Hall was selected as the Teacher of the Year at Bay Minette Elementary School. Hall has spent the bulk of her 14-year teaching career at BMES, including 12 of those as a second grade teacher. Hall is a 1999 graduate of Baldwin County High School and continued her studies at thenFaulkner State Community College. She went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree from Jacksonville State University. She completed her student teaching at Fairhope Elementary and worked briefly as a reading coach at Baldwin County High School.

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Robertsdale Elementary Teacher of the Year

Sarah Blackwell McKeough was recently named Teacher of the Year at Robertsdale Elementary. She is a native of Madison, Mississippi, where she attended Madison Ridgeland Academy and graduated in 1991. She then attended Holmes Community College, Mississippi State University, and then graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from The University of South Alabama in 1996. After graduation, Sarah began her teaching career in the Mobile County Public School System. During this time, Sarah also completed her Masters Degree in Education from The University of South Alabama. In 2007, she transferred to the Baldwin County School System where she currently teaches kindergarten. In addition, she has taught Behavioral Management class at The University of Mobile. Sarah is married to Walter Patrick McKeough and has two children; Hayden is currently a freshman at Coastal Alabama, and Mary Grace is a sophomore at St. Michael Catholic High School. They attend Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne. Sarah also enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and cooking.

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Christmas Musicale at Westminster Village

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The music students of Baldwin County Music Teachers Association members Vincentine Williams, Lindsey Hughes, and Daniel DeKonty, performed a special holiday-inspired concert for the residents of Westminster Village. The concert featured several Christmas and Holiday selections performed on piano and vocal performances. From left, Back Row: Josie Williams, Ethan Kueck, Jennifer Tan, Laura Anne Ling, Ethel Kostmayer, Anna Grace Price, Natalie Nelson.

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CTKCS Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to our Junior High students who competed in the annual school spelling bee and to our winners, Rory Andrews and Will Ramsay, who will represent CTKCS in the Catholic School Spelling Bee on February 7 at St. Pius.

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Huntington Learning Center Recognizes Teacher

Huntington Learning Center is pleased to announce that Mrs. Margaret Gambino was selected as the Fairhope Middle School Teacher of the Month for October/ November 2017. Mrs. Gambino is a native of Fairhope and has taught Special Education at Fairhope Middle School since 1999. Serving as the Special Education Department Chairperson, she received her BS from the University of South Alabama in Special Education and her MS in School Counseling also from USA. She has been married to her husband, Adam, for the past 13 years and they have a son, Finlay Paul. She also has two stepchildren, Leighton and Rocco. Mrs. Gambino was selected by the faculty for her compassionate attitude and dedication to her students’ success. She has a remarkable rapport with her students and the ability to make their middle school years run smoothly.

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Spanish Fort HS Teacher Receives Family and Consumer Sciences Award

Congratulations to Spanish Fort High School’s Mrs. Joni O’Jard for having been awarded the national Outstanding Contributions to Family and Consumer Sciences Award by the FACS Division of ACTE while at #CareerTechVision17. 25

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Daphne East Elementary School Spelling Bee Winners

Daphne East Elementary School recently held their annual spelling bee. The winners this year are Vanessa Alexander and Kent Ward. Vanessa will represent Daphne East at the county Spelling Bee and Kent will go in her place if she is unable to attend. Congrats! Go Trojans!

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Robertsdale Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Robertsdale Elementary recently held its annual spelling bee competition. Students from grades 3-6 grades compete for the school title. After several grueling rounds, sixth grader Rihana Kolechesky was named the champion. Jared Brown was the runner up. Congratulations to all of our contestants!

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Bayside Academy Hosts Timmy & Susana Abell for Performances

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Congratulations to our State Champions! 88 All All Around Around State State Champions Champions 30 30 State State Event Event Champions Champions 12 12 Regional Regional Qualifiers Qualifiers 44 Regional Regional State State Team Team Members Members 11 Regional Regional Event Event Champion! Champion! Bayside Academy recently hosted traveling husband-and-wife performers Timmy and Susana Abell. During their visit, the Abells combined singing, storytelling and puppetry in concerts for students in all grade levels. Susana Abell is a veteran performer and teaching artist whose puppetry career has spanned two decades and three continents. In addition to her original puppet plays, she is a published poet and author of a number of children’s stories. Timmy Abell has celebrated American, Appalachian, international and original folk music for 30-plus years. His storytelling includes a rich variety of adventure, fairy tales and mountain tales punctuated with music on a range of instruments, from banjo and guitar to the rarer hammered dulcimer, English concertina, bowed psaltery, lap dulcimer and penny whistle. Timmy is the son of Marshall Abell (deceased), who served as Bayside’s headmaster from 1974 until 1981.

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Gulf Shores Elementary sixth grade helpers have team spirit! Pictured left to right, Alex Rippy, Bodie Whatley and Caden Ford are muchloved Kindergarten and first grade teacher helpers.

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Fairhope Middle School All-County Honor Band Recognized

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Fairhope Middle School would like to congratulate its All County Honor Band students for the 2017-2018 school year. Pictured, in no particular order, are the following students: Zach Howell, Caroline Tapscott, Catalina Gouet, Sunny Bedford, Katie Wallace, Emily Kilgore, Hailey Mackie, Breanna Faulkner, Malari Glass, Annabelle Bedford, Gabe Clark, Reese Houck, Colton Brown, Colby Taunton, Adler Rux, Brandon Manzella, Zachary Butler, Trey Street, Clay Baldwin, Robbie Loper, Gage Jurney, Morgan Christopher, Gabe Rodriguez, Kelsey Cooper, JW Hurley, Noah Trull, Nathan Green, Kayde Self, Gavin Valentine, Kyli Villarreal, Trenton Spaller, and Ryder Wilkins. The following students placed first in the county: Howell, Kilgore, Houck, Clark, Butler, and Taunton. Under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Salley, Fairhope Middle School had the greatest number of participants in the county.

Bay Minette Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Twenty-two students at Bay Minette Elementary School were selected to participate in the annual spelling bee competition. After weeks of study and practice, Samantha Boykin won the spelling bee in the fourteenth round with the word, “bulletin.” Samantha is the daughter of Jerald and Lolita Boykin and will represent BMES at the county bee in March. The second place winner was Ra’eunna Mims.

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Bayside Academy Coach Selected for Induction into Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame

Bayside Academy Head Volleyball Coach Ann Schilling will be inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in March 2018. Sponsors of the Hall of Fame program are the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA). In November 2017, Schilling made history by leading Bayside’s Lady Admirals volleyball team to their 16th straight Alabama High School Athletic Association 3A Volleyball State Championship. Bayside’s varsity volleyball team under Schilling has won 23 state championships overall. In other honors, Schilling was named National Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2010 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association. She has more than 1,400 wins, which places her among the leaders in the nation, and has been named State Coach of the Year by the Birmingham News five times (1992, 2000, 2007, 2011, 2012). Schilling was inducted into the Bayside Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Among her numerous distinctions are the R.L. Lindsay Service Award for volleyball (2006), the John L. Finley Award for Superb Achievement (2004 and 2014) and the prepvolleyball.com Co-National Coach of the Year in 2009. Schilling graduated in 1982 from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile. There she played volleyball for legendary coach Becky Dickinson, who is already a member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. Schilling received her college degree at Auburn University in 1987. She is in her 31st year of coaching at Bayside.

CTKCS World Geography Bee Winners

Bradley Hoover won the CTKCS World Geography Bee in the record setting longest Championship Round ever held at Christ the King on January 12. Second place in the Bee went to Nick Russo. Bryce Marston took third place. The classroom winners who competed with Bradley, Nick, and Bryce were: Celia Cocke, Jenna Kowal, Jovi Werner, Connor Geberth, John Paul Ashworth, Jonah Calvery, and Will Ramsay. Congratulations to all our contestants and Good Luck to Bradley as he moves on to the next level!

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Spanish Fort HS Volleyball Players Named to All-County Team

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Congratulations to the Spanish Fort High School volleyball players that were named to the 2017 All County Team: Carissa Jones, Taylor Fontenelle, Reilly Vought, Kayla Keshock, and Mya Barnes.

Gulf Shores Firefighters Visit Teacher

Gulf Shores Elementary School teacher, Mrs. Kelly Wallace, received a wonderful surprise. A team of Gulf Shores firefighters visited her at recess to bring her t-shirts and love! The father of one of her current students was in the group along with one of her former students from 20 years ago! They brought smiles to all of playground students and teachers. Pictured back l to r: Mrs. Wallace is surrounded by Fire Fighters Scott Smothers, Joethan Phillips (former student), Corey Parker, Justin Parks (father of current student, Landon Parks, who is in the front) and Bill Higginson.

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Gulf Shores Middle School Art Students to be Published in “Celebrating Art”

Congratulations to the 24 Gulf Shores Middle School art students who were accepted to be published in the Fall 2017 edition of the book “Celebrating Art”. “Celebrating Art” is a National art contest and only the best artwork out of thousands of entries is chosen for publication. Pictured: Scout Hall, Calista Sweet, Madison Rosado, Althea Lehman, Katie Jackson, Violet Adams, Mackenzie Morrison, Jaquelin Montes, Molly Sims, Emily West, Anya Simpson, Fernanda Larenas, Brailyn Gillis, Abrianna Madden, Jerhyn York, Sophie Carlson, Tayor Gates, Mattox Johnson, Phillip Chung, Nevaeh Williams, Gabriella Lisboa, Isabella Smith, Taylor Roberts, Johanna Avila. Not pictured: Isabella Smith, Brailyn Gillis, Taylor Gates and Anya Simpson.

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Pictured, Noah Calvery leads the defense as St. Michael Cardinals JV basketball team takes on the McGill-Toolen Catholic JV team. Go Cardinals, Go Jackets!

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Bayshore Christian School to Host Christian College Fair

Spanish Fort HS Cross Country Athletes Named to All-County

Bayshore Christian School will be hosting a Christian College Fair on Thursday, March 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general, and other information pertinent to the college selection process. You will be able to gain a better understanding of each college’s values and what they have to offer to prospective college bound students. Admission is free. The event will be held in Bayshore Christian School’s gym (23050 US Highway 98 Fairhope).

Congrats to the Cross Country athletes at Spanish Fort High School selected for all-county: Conner Moore, Allen Loefstedt, Ryley Grantham, and Cece Carl.

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SFSA – Wrestling Starts MedalWinning 2017-2018

Spanish Fort Sports Association (SFSA) – Wrestling is making waves at the start of their 2017 – 2018 season. The group has a record number of participants - 35 kids total in grades 2 – 7. To kick off the season with head coach Brent Pinkston, Christopher Garmon, Devon Bauer, and Dominic Pinkston all received team medals at the AWYO-AAU Alabama Kids Duals in Alabaster, AL on November 12, 2017. Next up was the AYWO-AAU Warrior Clash on December 3, 2017. SFSA-Wrestling represented with 14 kids. Ethan Ferguson, Jack Mathews, Dominic Pinkston, and Nico Arosemena all received gold medals. Jack, Ethan, and Gabe Thomas earned the coveted Warrior Hammer, which is only awarded to the Outstanding Wrestler in each age division. Other medal winners included: Aiden Ray – 3rd Place, Brylan Jarrell – 3rd Place, Dayton “Sparty” Blohm – 2nd Place, Gabe Thomas – 3rd Place, Margaret (Greta) Premo – 4th Place, Ryan Perry – 2nd Place, 17 pins (win by FALL or TECHNICAL FALL). Ryan Perry followed up with a silver medal at a tournament in New Orleans and a gold medal at Rumble in the Jungle sponsored by Hartselle Youth Wrestling Club in Hartselle, Alabama. The group has a busy season ahead. When asked his opinion about the group’s success so early in the season, SFSA Wrestling Commissioner, Greg Mathews, commented “Our wrestlers absolutely blew our expectations of them out of the water. They trained hard and earned their medals and pins. Very proud of all of them.”

Bayshore Christian School to Offer Free ACT Seminar

Are you stressed about the ACT? Could you benefit from an ACT prep course? Bayshore Christian School will be offering a free ACT seminar on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. You will learn test-taking strategies and have the opportunity to take practice tests. The event will be held in Bayshore Christian School’s gym (23050 US Highway 98 Fairhope). To register, email Marianne at micash123@gmail.com with your child’s name and grade.

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Daphne East Elementary Crown of Character Awards

The following 5th grade Daphne East Elementary students received the Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore Crown of Character Award for the 2nd quarter: (Front row left to right): Willam Jackson Barnes, Walker Stejskal, Davis Durgin, Emma Wessman, Hailee Thomas, Emory Mitchell, Bayle Jo Barnette (Back row left to right): Rayla Pierce, Sam Sternberg, Avery Dugas, Evan Lambert, Jerry Jones, Maddox Balius, Ava Carter.

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Bayshore Benefit Auction and Dinner to be Held March 9

Bayshore's 10th Annual Auction and Dinner, known as the “Bayshore Benefit,� is just around the corner. The event is being presented by Saad Development and Saad Healthcare and will be held at Oak Hollow Farm on March 9 at 5:15 p.m. This will be an exciting evening of fellowship and fundraising for BCS! The event will begin with a Silent Auction offering a fabulous variety of items donated by businesses in the community and friends of BCS. Following the Silent Auction and dinner, the Live Auction will kick off with a Dessert Frenzy where decadent homemade desserts will be auctioned. The Live Auction will also consist of several big ticket items. Tickets are $75 each or $575 for table of 8. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the event or sponsoring the event, please contact Ellen Estes at eestes@bayshorechristian.org.

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Bayside Academy Student Wins First Place in Battleship Christmas Card Design Contest Bayside Academy 6th grader Julia Hall won first place in the Battleship Memorial Park’s Christmas card design contest. Her design appeared on the cover of the organization’s 2017 Christmas card. The contest was for all elementary school students in Mobile and Baldwin counties and garnered 375 submissions. Julia’s winning design was unveiled at a celebration on Saturday, December 2, at Battleship Memorial Park. At the celebration, Julia was presented with a $50 Visa gift card and a lifetime admission pass to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. After the design unveiling, the battleship’s Living History Crew staged a mock battle attack. Christmas card contest entries are on display at the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion.

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Terry Thompson Chevrolet Donates Driver’s Ed Car

St. Michael Catholic High School is so grateful to Terry Thompson Chevrolet for donating a Driver's Education vehicle! Catherine Dasinger and Raines Faulkner prepare to drive on a windy day!

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St. Michael Catholic School Christmas Concert

Mr. David Pryor, music director at St. Michael Catholic High School, leads the band at the annual Christmas Concert. The audience was entertained by 240 members of the Middle School and High School band, as well as the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

Daphne High Teacher of the Year

Brian Hunter has been named Teacher of the Year at Daphne High School. He’s taught at DHS for 23 years. In those years Coach Hunter has taught IB math, Algebra, Geometry, and math classes of all levels. He’s currently coaching the swim & dive team and the men's’ golf team. For the swim & dive team Coach Hunter has grown the program by 80% and brought home state championships all while building one of the most highly-recognized programs in the state. As a teacher, Coach Hunter excels at being able to teach all levels of students.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

The Teen “Spin Cycle” There is nothing worse than living with a teen spinning out of control, and no worse feeling than the hopelessness parents experience in the process. It is difficult to know what to do and how to react when your teen daily reaches new lows in disobedience, dishonesty, and disrespect, and chooses every wrong thing. Your teen is caught in what I call, “The Spin Cycle,” and he or she needs you to intervene. The downward spiral can have tremendous destructive potential with lifelong consequences, or even bring a young life to a quick end. When teens spin out of control, they need a responsible adult to respond, even if they do everything they can to keep you out of it. In fact, you must! You cannot ignore or overlook inappropriate behavior, or simply do nothing. If you’re caught in that cycle with your teen, then my advice is to act now. Don’t wait and don’t ignore the evidence that your teen is spinning out of control. Act today based on what you know is true – your faith, your own beliefs, and what you know is best for your child. And, by the way, I’d like to help you as well!

So, Where Do You Begin? You can start with a simple truth and consequences message, “Honey, we’re not going to live like this anymore.” Or, “I will no longer stand by and watch you destroy yourself, we’re going to address what’s going on, get some help, and get through this together.” Make the message clear, “The negative behavior we’re seeing will no longer be allowed or tolerated in our home, and if it doesn’t stop, you will not be able to live here.” The point is not to kick them out so you don’t have to worry about them anymore (neither can you if they are underage), but Eastern Shore Parents I February 2018

you can use the threat of losing the comfort of your home as a tool to get them thinking about the consequences of continued inappropriate behavior. There are many programs and schools designed to deal with struggling teens and keep them safe, like our Heartlight residential program in Texas. If you need help with finding such a program, simply give me a call and I’ll help you find the right program. Fact is, just having a boarding school, boot camp, military school or wilderness therapy program materials on the counter for your teen to see may be enough to get them to sit up and take notice that you are serious about making a change. Don’t expect your teen to like the fact that you are calling a halt to their inappropriate behavior. They probably won’t appreciate your attempts to deal with their bad behavior. Their first response will most likely be anger or resentment. But the time your child may spend hating you is short, and compared to the entirety of a life, it’s just a blip on their radar. Secretly, he or she may feel relieved and thankful you cared enough to intervene, giving them a good excuse to say “No” to their peers when asked to participate in the wrong things. Usually, a teen figures out that life will be much easier if they change their behavior so they can stay at home and work things out with their parents, but not always and not always right away.

Then What? Once you start down the path of responsible parenting, don’t stop, and don’t be pulled down to their level with childish fighting. Stay calm and focused on what you want for them and deal with the heart of the issue. Give them permission to struggle with things knowing that your love for them will never change. But set the limits and boundaries you know he or she needs, and above all be firm. 38

DON’T Don’t – Act out of anger. Don’t – Get physical – if tempers flare and voices are raised, take a break, keep it cool. Don’t – Ignore what is happening in hopes it will just go away, it won’t. Don’t – Build monuments to your grief, or park yourself in the valley. Don’t – Give in when you know you should stand your ground.

DO Do – Act on the truth. Do – Seek help from qualified professionals and connect with support outside your family. Do – Handle yourself in a manner that keeps your relationship with your teen alive, as it may determine the kind of relationship you’ll have 10 years from now. Do – Change your own bad habits when it’s obviously your fault. There’s never a good time in our busy lives to be faced with a crisis like dealing with a teenager caught in the spin cycle. It can be very difficult, but keep in mind that more parents of teens are going through the same thing with their own teenager. Seek them out and find a place where you can share your feelings and gain strength and support from each other. The struggle may seem endless, and you may feel hopeless at times, but the time to act is now, and it may very well save your teen’s life. Doing nothing is not an option for a caring parent. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

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Music and Brain Development By Jan Pierce

The sweet interaction between a mother and her baby when the mother sings to the infant is a universal behavior. And researchers now know that this simple, most natural activity is mutually beneficial to both mother and child. Singing provides the sensory stimulation that helps baby to focus attention enabling learning, and the mother feels empowered as she creates a positive bond with her baby. Eastern Shore Parents I February 2018

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Studies are showing that a broad array of musical experiences can build connections in the brains of young children aged 0-6 and these connections are vitally important for later learning of all kinds. Incorporating music into the fabric of your daily family life can bring social and educational benefits to your children in surprising ways. • Soft music can calm and soothe children from fussy babies to high-strung older children, serving as a stress-reducer. • Music can help children focus attention, a necessary skill in any learning process. • Hearing music and responding to it accelerates brain development, especially in language acquisition, reading and math skills. • Music provides healthy ways to interact with others, both adults and peers. • Moving to music builds motor skills and allows healthy self-expression. • Music interactions build memory skills. • Music provides a vehicle for the expression of many emotions, especially joy.

Early Brain Development

Neuroscientists now believe that crucial brain development takes place in the early years between ages 0-6. These years offer a window of opportunity to build connections in the brain that will serve the child throughout a lifetime. New connections are made in the brain based on what the child sees, hears and touches. Music is a key way to introduce new learning experiences to your child in both fun and productive ways. We now know that children who engage in musical activities from birth to age six have a head start on social competence, cognitive skills and emotional well-being. Besides, music is fun! Here are some games and activities to bring more music into the culture of your family life: • Play music for babies and toddlers. Encourage them to sway, bounce, clap and otherwise respond to the rhythms. • Make up songs as you go about your daily routines. They might relate to bath or nap times, meal times or play times. “It’s time for your bath, bath, bath,” to the tune of a favorite song. • Sing familiar songs and insert silly words. “Mary had a little ____.”

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• Play music and provide household items or simple rhythm instruments for your children to play. • Learn songs to sing together as a family. These work wonders during commute times in the car. • Sing “movement” songs to build simple dance routines. “Wiggle, hop and turn around.” Let music of all kinds form a backdrop to your daily family life. Have some musical fun with your kids and build their brainpower. ESP Jan Pierce, M.Ed., is a freelance writer specializing in education, parenting and family life topics. She is the author of Homegrown Family Fun and Homegrown Readers. Find Jan at www.janpierce.net.

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Teaching Kids to Be Kind Online No parent plans to raise an unkind, much less a cruel, child. In fact, most of us put considerable effort into polishing our children’s manners and teaching them to respect other people. Unfortunately, many of those lessons are being undercut online. Our culture, as a whole, is going through a rude and disrespectful era, a problem that seems to be amplified in and by online communication. Recent research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that one in four adults have experienced online harassment and 66% have witnessed it. The numbers are even higher for young people. The Pew Study also pointed out that there’s widespread disagreement about what kinds of speech are unacceptable and what kinds of responses are appropriate. Some argue that in a free society, people have to be able to say whatever is on their minds, no matter how vile, and other people should just “shake it off.” Plenty of others feel that the culture itself is being degraded when citizens mock, deride and attack each other. They favor more involvement by service providers and even law enforcement. Many people oscillate, defending strong language when it’s used in defense of ideas that matter to them and criticizing it when it’s used by opponents. Civility in the culture isn’t likely to be restored unless individuals commit themselves to respectful communication regardless of the venue. Parents can play a part by helping kids think through what they experience and do online. Sometimes that that may mean encouraging kids to protect Eastern Shore Parents I February 2018

themselves by disengaging from conversations and even communities in which abusive language is the norm. Other times parents may want to support children who want to take a stand on behalf of peers who are being mistreated. (Iwitnessbullying.org and kindness.org provide specific ideas and kid-friendly materials that can be deployed in the battle against online harassment in all its many forms.) Before they can engage in that kind of advocacy, kids need to be grounded in the fundamentals. These principles may seem a little old-fashioned, but they aren’t obsolete. They survive because they are the basis for healthy, respectful relationships at home, in school and eventually in the workplace and the larger community. No slurs of any kind---ever. Make it clear through your rules and your own habits that you have zero tolerance for words that denigrate people because of their race, sex, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. The pain of others isn’t funny. Steer kids away from television shows, movies and online videos that ask them to override their natural feelings of compassion and laugh at someone else’s misfortune. Don’t spread rumors. Teach kids not to repeat—or forward--unkind things they hear about other people. This is rule is especially important if, for some reason, they don’t especially like the other person. Appreciate privacy. Help your child understand that a message or photo sent by a friend should be treated as confidential. Online communication should not be forwarded or posted without permission from the person who sent it. 42

No tantrums. Offline, if your child doesn’t like something another person does or says, they can express their opinion but they aren’t allowed to scream and curse. A dispute online is no different. No ranting. No offensive language. No personal attacks. Be careful about humor. Offline, sarcastic comments are often accompanied by a smile or a laugh so the other person knows you’re not serious. Online, it’s much harder to differentiate between a comment that’s meant to be funny and one that should be taken seriously. Emoticons and other visual cues may help but they, too, can be misinterpreted. Think twice about insults. Everyone seems to use them as a way of being clever. Some parents even tease their kids with putdowns. The question we all have to consider is why it’s amusing to undermine another person’s self-esteem. Online, especially, it may be time to revive the old-fashioned rule: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Perhaps the most helpful thing parents can do is help children visualize the person on the other end of online communication. Imagine saying the same thing face to face. What feelings would the other person have? What expressions would be on his or her face? Now, ask your child to turn the conversation around. What if another person said to you what you were thinking about writing in a text or posting on Snapchat? How would you feel? What would you want to do? These questions are, of course, a new way of getting kids to think about the very ancient and universal moral rule—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This simple principle survives because it helps people recognize cruelty and practice kindness--two capabilities that are crucial in every human interaction regardless of where it occurs online or in the three dimensional world. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Mortgage Ratios Q. Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income? A.

When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their take home pay. This type of mortgage is the only debt I don’t beat up people for having. Still, I urge folks to pay off these loans in less than 15 years. The average person following my plan pays off this type of loan in about seven or eight years. That’s a pretty big deal in terms of your financial security. And paying extra on your mortgage doesn’t have to be a strain. You can start by simply rounding up your payments. If the payment is $770, make it $800 instead, and apply the extra to the principal balance. If you want to get more intense, you could make an extra house payment each quarter, or go the route of bi-weekly payments.

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To do this, simply make half a monthly payment every two weeks. By the end of the year you’ll have made 13 payments instead of 12. This will knock years off the length of your loan. Remember, your income is your largest wealth building tool. It’s so much easier to save, invest, and give when all your money isn’t flying out the door to make payments!

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market is extremely volatile. In addition to the market being wildly volatile, the prices on commodities isn’t based on actual production. It’s based largely on a supply and demand curve. If there’s a shortage on one of them, the price shoots up. For example, when you’re talking about gold and silver, there’s more demand than supply when the economy is bad. In this kind of scenario, people are fearful and lots of them run to buy gold. This drives up the price to unrealistically high levels. Again, the price on a commodity isn’t based on anything other than fear or greed, and a supply and demand curve. The prices aren’t based on an actual production of income, like it is with stocks or real estate. I don’t buy commodities at all, especially gold and silver. I don’t recommend you buy them, either.

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Babies cost a lot of money!

Generic diapers are another great way to save and they are typically comparable to name brand.

Diapers, formula, clothes, and baby gear can

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take a huge chunk out of your monthly budget.

Breastfeeding is not always an option for families for a variety of reasons and formula is pricey. Coupons and rebates are readily available from the manufacturer. Go to the manufacturer’s website and sign up for additional coupons and have friends and family do the same. You can also ask your obstetrician and pediatrician for free formula samples.

Some families find that with the cost of child care or reducing to a single income makes the adjustment even more difficult than expected.

Here are some tips to cut down on spending.

Baby gear

Car seat, stroller, high chair, bouncer, swing and more. There sure is a lot of gear for someone so small and it seems each item costs $100, often more. It’s wise to buy a new car seat that meets current safety standards but all the other items can be purchased gently used and later sold again when your family no longer needs them. Be sure to check for any recall information on used gear.

Diapers

To save on diapers, consider switching to cloth. Modern cloth diapers are easy to use and come in cute designs. The initial cost is typically $10-20 per diaper, but they can be reused for years. If cloth diapers aren’t for your family, there are still ways to save money on disposable diapers. Check manufacturer websites for high dollar coupons and combine with store sales. Eastern Shore Parents I February 2018

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few weeks later. Consider buying gently used clothing and/or asking friends for hand me downs. The River Region boasts several consignment stores and seasonal sales. If you want new items, buy less than you think you will need because they are used for only a short time.

Child care

To save money on childcare, you have to get creative. Ideas include having a family or friend watch the baby at a lower rate, trading babysitting with another family, or alternating shifts with your partner to reduce time in child care. Some companies offer flexible spending plans to pay for child care with pre-tax money.

Trimming Other Areas Wardrobe

The key to saving money on adult clothing is to shop for versatile pieces that can be worn many different ways. A solid color top can be worn with jeans, slacks, or a skirt and paired with a scarf,

necklace, jacket or worn alone for a variety of looks. Once you have your key pieces, only buy clothing when you really need them.

Food

There are several ways to cut costs in this area. Purchasing groceries with coupons, on sale, or generic brands can save money. Also, consider making items from scratch and eating out less to help trim your food budget. A quick Google search will provide you with several $5 meals ideas.

Entertainment

Just because a new baby is in the house doesn’t mean that you have to stop enjoying entertainment, but you might need to approach a night out in a new way. You do not have to go without movies, concerts, or area attractions but you should check deal sites to see if there are any options available to you. This will require planning ahead to make sure it fits into the budget and that you have childcare covered, if necessary. Also consider if items like cable or streaming subscriptions are necessary. Choose to pay for the entertainment you use and enjoy.

Reduce

Our homes are filled with items we rarely use. Consider selling these items to put extra cash in your hand that can be used for all those new baby expenses. Have a garage sale, utilize consignment sales, or sell items in online marketplaces.

Trim expenses

Look at the family budget and evaluate where you can easily trim expenses. Do you belong to a gym, have club memberships, subscriptions, or other monthly bills that you do not use enough to justify the expense? Discuss with your partner whether some of these items can be cut to free up the money for other expenses. Bringing home a new baby is an adjustment in many ways and financial priorities may have shifted in your family. In time, you will adjust to your new lifestyle and budget and you will feel comfortable with budgeting after baby. ESP Sarah Lyons is a stay at home mom of six children, including two year old triplets. She has learned to cut costs and save money in a variety of ways over the years as they added to their family.

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(Furniture, Clothing, Gifts) Potty Train with Pinky Bear ad on page 41

Take the stress out of potty training with Pinky Bear! Bring fun and excitement into your child’s potty training experience. When your toddler is ready, Pinky Bear is here to help make the experience FUN by rewarding your child with hugs, praise, and prizes as you embark on this journey together. Find us on Facebook and visit our website for ordering information.

www.pottytrainingwithpinkybear.com

Siegel’s Baby Room ads on pages 11 & 49

758 Downtowner Boulevard, Mobile STORE CLOSING SALE! After 33 years of serving the Mobile Bay area, owners Denise and Mike Collier are retiring. Stop by the Store Closing Sale and save 25% - 50% off top quality cribs, furnishings, bedding sets, clothing, baby equipment, gifts and more! Cash and credit cards only. No checks. (251) 342-9469 denise@siegelsbabysroom.net www.siegelsbabysroom.net

Fantasy Island Toys

335 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. At Fantasy Island Toys, we know toys and we know what kids like! In store or online, we make shopping fun. Providing a great selection of unique toys for baby, toddler and school age children. Games, dolls, outdoor toys, swim supplies, dress-up, books, and more. Find us on Facebook! (251) 928-1720 info@fantasyislandtoys.com www.fantasyislandtoys.com

Magnolia Springs Pharmacy & Gifts

12547 County Road 49, Magnolia Springs Open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm. Find beautiful monogrammed items, unique baby shower gifts, baby toys, and more much more. Custom gift baskets are also available. We offer a unique selection of gifts for every occasion as well as full-service pharmacy and drugstore. Visit us on Facebook for updates. (251) 965-6273

(251) 928-2011 gigiandjays@gmail.com www.gigiandjaysfairhope.com

In the Company of Angels

328 De La Mare Avenue, Fairhope Specializing in angels, crosses, lambs and other uplifting gifts. We offer a beautiful selection of baby gifts and accessories. We are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, closed on Sunday. (251) 928-2800

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(251) 340-7769 or (251) 344-9630 www.springhillmedicalcenter.com/

Thomas Fitness Center Moms-In-Training ad on page 43

Stitchy Fish

25325 US Highway 98 (Suite H), Daphne A children’s boutique specializing in classic, contemporary smocked, appliques, and heirloom pieces at the most affordable prices. Online shopping also available at our website or follow us on Facebook and INSTAGRAM @stitchyfish. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 5pm. Thursday 10am - 4pm. (251) 929-4477 stitchyfishcs@gmail.com www.stitchyfish.com

212 Hospital Drive, (Suite A), Fairhope Moms-In-Training is a medical based, health fitness program for expectant mothers and new mothers. This complimentary program provides a fitness membership during pregnancy and for three months after delivery to women who plan to deliver at Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital or North Baldwin Infirmary. A physician’s release is required. (251) 279-1684 www.infirmaryhealth.org/services/ infirmary-fitness-centers

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Tiny Town

337 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope Tiny Town specializes in traditional children’s clothing, gifts, jewelry, and more. We pride ourselves on offering a large selection of quality items and excellent customer service. We know how important shopping for that “coming home” outfit or that “perfect gift” can be, so we strive to give you the best shopping experience possible. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram! Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. (251) 928-0220 holly@tinytowninc.com www.tinytownfairhope.com

Tiny Town, INC

3980 Airport Boulevard Suite H, Mobile Tiny Town specializes in traditional children’s clothing, gifts, jewelry, and more. We pride ourselves on offering a large selection of quality items and excellent customer service. Open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm. (251) 341-1480 www.tinytowninc.com

Gigi & Jay’s

400 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope Gigi and Jay’s Children’s Boutique carries clothing, gifts and accessories for Infants to Tweens. Splendid, Ella Moss, johnnie-o, Kissy Kissy, Bella Bliss & The Proper Peony, Southern Tide and many more great brands! Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm.

campus than any other hospital. Visit our website to view our birthing suites, and more information about the exceptional care we provide.

Birthing & Safety Classes Springhill Medical Center ad on page 15

3719 Dauphin Street, Mobile Springhill Medical Center’s newly updated birthing suites feature modern amenities with the family in mind. The nurse/patient ratio enables our nurses to provide constant attention to the mother-to-be. A Board-certified lactation consultant is on staff, as well as a Special Care Nursery Unit providing custom infant-sensitive care. Childbirth classes offered for parents and a Sibling preparation class Too! Springhill Medical Center offers unparalleled service in maternity care. We have more OB/GYNs on

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750 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope Becoming a mother is one of life’s greatest gifts. We promote a family-centered birthing experience through classes, counseling, lactation education, online resources, and guidance when preparing for motherhood. We offer counseling and prenatal breastfeeding education. Please contact the Lactation Consultant at (251) 279-2004 or Education Coordinator at (251) 279-1373, for detailed information. Classes fill quickly so please call for specific times and registration. (251) 928-2375 sandee.nabors@infirmaryhealth.org www.infirmaryhealth.org

USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital ad on Inside Front Cover

1700 Center Street, Mobile Classes offered are Preparing for Childbirth, Childbirth in a Nutshell and Breastfeeding. All classes are held in USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital’s Multipurpose Conference Room, on the first floor beside the Surgery Waiting Room. Advance reservations are required and may be made by phone. Please, no children at classes. Advance payment is required to secure your reservation. Please visit our website for class fees, dates and times. (251) 415-1685 www.usahealthsystem.com/Family-Learning-Center

Bounds Family YMCA

8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne We offer Parent and Child Swim Lessons for ages 6 months-36 months. This class is designed to orient infants and toddlers to the water with the comfort of their parent. We offer sessions that meet twice a week for 4 weeks as. Registration is available in-house or online. (251) 626-0888 www.ysal.org/bounds-family-ymca

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Eastern Shore Aquatic Center, Daphne Teaching aquatic survival swim lessons to infants, toddlers, and small children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Lessons are taught at Eastern Shore Aquatic Center in Daphne and run from January through October. Call or email and register for lessons today! (407) 497-6469 m.johnson@infantswim.com www.infantswim.com

Sneak-A-Peak Prenatal Imaging of Mobile

6345 D Airport Boulevard, Mobile At Sneak-A-Peek, we provide you and your family a once in a lifetime experience through the eyes of our State-of-the-Art 3D/4D and HD Live ultrasound technology. Come relax in our warm, spa like environment and witness your little miracle in our theatre viewing facility. Please contact our office for appointments. We do not schedule appointments through our website or Facebook page. Sneak-APeek also offers private sessions in your home.

(251) 639-BABY (2229) sneakapeekmobile@gmail.com www.sneak-a-peek4d.com

Snook Family YMCA

2560 South Pine Street, Foley We offer Parent and Child Swim Lessons for ages 6 months-36 months. This class is designed to orient infants and toddlers to the water with the comfort of their parent. We offer sessions that meet twice a week for 4 weeks. Registration is available in-house or online. (251) 970-3003 ejohnson@ysal.org www.ysal.org/john-mcclure-snook-family-ymca

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Childbirth Education

1613 North McKenzie Street, Foley South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers mothers and family members a 5-session childbirth education series to help prepare for the birth of your baby. We recommend participants take the class after the 24th week of pregnancy. Please call (251) 949-3677 for Reservations. (251) 949-3676 www.southbaldwinrmc.com

Breastfeeding Resources USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital ad on Inside Front Cover

1700 Center Street, Mobile Our classes, office visits and phone consultations are available Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. Please call or visit our website for specific information and support. (251) 415-1285 www.usahealthsystem.com/Lactation-Services

Fairhope Health Foods

280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope Offering a selection of organic baby supplies including, formula, groceries, vitamins, bath and body care, herbs, homeopathic remedies and much more. Our hours are Monday - Saturday 9am - 7pm and Sunday 11am - 6pm. (251) 928-0644 fairhopehealthfoods@yahoo.com www.va-fairhopehealthfoods.com

International Lactation Consultant Association

An online information site with phone help from accredited leaders, local support, lactation consultant directories, online forums, parenting resource libraries and much more. (919) 861-5577 info@ilca.org www.ilca.org

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meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30am. Our meetings are held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and provide breastfeeding support and education in a mother to mother setting. Please visit our Facebook page for updates and more information 24 hours a day. There is no fee to attend meetings. Babies and children are welcome. Call or email Sara Cooper for questions in between meeting times. (850) 843-4601 sarahcooper32348@gmail.com www.facebook.com/lllmobilebay/

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La Leche League International

La Leche League (International) is helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-tomother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. This is a large online directory of lactation consultants and local support resources for breastfeeding mothers. (919) 459-2167 or (800) 525-3243 info@ilca.org www.llli.org

La Leche League Mobile Bay Area

4051 Old Shell Road, Mobile La Leche League of Mobile Bay offers monthly

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The Bump gives first-time parents the lowdown on fertility, pregnancy, birth and babies with stage-bystage content, style inspiration and interactive tools including; apps, mobile and desktop site. We aim to empower new parents and parents-to-be with expert content and advice, personalized advice, checklists and more. (877) 843-5668 support@thebump.com www.thebump.com

Wave Medical Equipment

333 Greeno Road South, Fairhope Wave Medical Equipment carries Medela Breast Pumps, Medela supplies and other accessories. Wave Medical Equipment is a participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Ask us to check your Blue Cross of Alabama coverage to see if you qualify for a free Medela breast pump under your insurance plan. (251) 990-0708 www.wavemedicalequipment.com

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Consignment Shops and Seasonal Sales Eastern Shore Kids Market

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161 N Section St, (Fairhope Civic Center), Fairhope 2018 Spring/Summer Children’s Consignment Sale is February 26th - March 3rd, 2018 at the Fairhope Civic Center. Consignor drop off is February 26 - 27th; Presale is February 28th and open to the Public March 1-3, 2018. Eastern Shore Kids Market brings you quality, gently used children’s clothing and shoes from newborn to teen, smocked items, maternity and nursery items, baby equipment, indoor/outdoor toys, cribs, changing tables, furniture, room decor, books, DVDs and much more. Call or visit our website for sale times, consignor deadlines and information for first-time Mothers and Grandmothers. (251) 490-0744 eskidsmarket@gmail.com www.easternshorekidsmarket.com

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2603 Highway 98, (Daphne Civic Center), Daphne Spring Sale: March 7 -10, 2018! The Savvy Mom Sale, LLC holds a sale in Spring, Summer, and Fall each year at the Daphne Civic Center. Shoppers can expect to find amazing bargains on everything parents will need for their children from sizes Preemie-Teen. Deals on clothing include: boutique items & name brand clothing, shoes, school uniforms, maternity wear, etc.. You’ll find books, toys, furniture, strollers, high chairs, cribs, outdoor toys, & so much more! We have also added a new system of barcoded tags to our area. This simplifies the tagging process for both shoppers and con-

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Foley Munchkin Market

Foley Visit our website and Facebook page for Sale dates, information on consigning, volunteering, donating and shopping! Please call for our seasonal event dates.

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Luv Me 2 Times Consignment

8685 State Highway 59, Foley Carrying women’s clothing and accessories, children’s clothing sizes 0-12 (girls); 0-6 (Boys) and much more. Open Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:45pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm; Closed on Sunday. Visit us on Facebook for updates and new arrivals. (251) 970-5882 luvme.2times@yahoo.com

Pass It On Children and Maternity Consignment

23825 US Highway 98, Fairhope Accepting seasonal consignment by appointment. Check out Pass It On New Arrivals on Facebook for new items arriving daily. We carry all child and maternity related items such as clothing (sizes birth to juniors), toys, shoes, books, furniture, accessories, and home decor. Open Monday Saturday from 10:30am - 5:00pm. (251) 928-9991 www.facebook.com/passitonfairhope

Peek-A-Boutique

6729 Spanish Fort Blvd, Suite H, Spanish Fort Children’s and maternity Consignment Bou-

tique, Embroidery and Screen Printing. Offering gently used clothing for children sizes newborn to 8 years, Maternity, furniture and toys. Open Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm; Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm. Closed on Sunday. (251) 533-9906 peekaboutique1@gmail.com www.facebook.com/peekaboutiquellc/

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Seasons Consignment, Crafts & Gifts

26992 Highway 181, Daphne Seasons Consignment, Crafts & Gifts is a southern boutique offering seasonal, unique & handmade items. Our inventory includes clothing, jewelry, handcrafted baby toys, baby bonnets, burp cloths, and several lines of new kids clothing, (seersucker swimsuits, dresses, JonJons, jumpers, rain jackets, uniform polo’s & more). These items can be personalized with an appliqué, vinyl or Monogram. Stop by and see us for that one of a kind baby gift. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-6, Tuesday 10-2 and Saturday 10-4. Visit us on Facebook for sales, updates, Market Day events & new arrivals! (251) 459-0700 info@seasonsconsignment.com www.seasonsconsignment.com

Sweet Seconds Children’s Consignment Boutique

21193 State Highway 181, Fairhope Open Monday - Saturday, 9am. - 5pm. Children’s consignment boutique, specializing in gently used and new consignment items. Sizes newborn - 8 children’s clothing, baby equipment, maternity, toys, strollers, furniture, crib bedding, shoes, school uniforms and more. We also offer baby gifts, Monogramming and a selection of new blank items for Monogram. Find us on Facebook to stay up to date on sales and events! (251) 928-8771 www.sweetsecondsfairhope.com

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Doulas and Childbirth Educators 2705 Perin Court, Mobile Colleen Tullis, CPM, LM. Providing midwifery care for families choosing an out of hospital birth experience. Visit our Facebook page. (251) 510-8540 motherscomfort@comcast.net www.facebook.com/MothersComfortBirthingServices/

Woman-to-Woman Birthing Services

Fairhope Focusing on Natural Birth in the Fairhope area. Providing personalized childbirth preparation for expectant families to help them achieve a positive birth experience. Will be on-call 24-hours/day the two weeks on either side of mother’s due date. Providing continuous support throughout labor, birth, and the first postpartum hour. One postpartum visit and breastfeeding support is included. (251) 604-6258

Fun and Unique Outings for Mom, Baby & Family Eastern Shore Baby Café’

150 South Ingleside Street, Fairhope Baby Cafe is an international network of drop-in breastfeeding centers. The Eastern Shore Baby Cafe began when long-time Baldwin County resident Catherine Hanks, an RN and lactation consultant, had a vision to create a community breastfeeding support center in our area. She enlisted the support of local pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate, Dr. Kelly Green, and Thomas Hospital

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and other notions needed for the items you want to make baby. Baby bibs, blankets, bedding, snuggle wrap, room decor. I supply the expertise, sewing pattern, sewing machine, serger and other sewing equipment to help you create the items you want for your new arrival. Visit our website or email us at fairhopesewingschool@gmail. com for complete information on our Baby Workshop. When you register for our workshop we will tell you what supplies you will need to purchase prior to the workshop. Cost is $75.00.

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Fit Mama Boot Camp ®

Lactation staff. All pregnant or breastfeeding moms are welcome to stop by on Wednesdays between 12:00pm - 1:30pm at Diegmann-Henderson OB GYN office. Enjoy the opportunity to socialize with other breastfeeding moms. Pre-school age big siblings are also welcome. At Baby Cafe we can answer questions, help with breastfeeding problems, and provide information to pregnant women considering breastfeeding. An IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consult, will be available. (251) 279-1178 www.facebook.com/easternshorebabycafe

Fairhope Sewing School

Fairhope New Mommy or Grand Mom Sewing Class! In this 3-hour class you supply the fabric, ribbon, thread

Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort Fit Mama is led by Jessica Watkins, an AAFA certified personal trainer with numerous fitness certifications and degrees. Class is open to ALL moms (new, pro and expecting), and offers a variety of class options each week including bootcamp, pilates, barre, tabata, strength conditioning and more! Fit Mama provides a welcoming and supportive environment where everyone feels comfortable and encouraged. Classes are kid-friendly so don’t hesitate to bring your kids along while we work out! Fit Mama also offers tasty and healthy weekly meal plans with grocery lists and recipes! Classes are held in Fairhope, Daphne & Spanish Fort. Please call or email for the schedule or find us on facebook at https://www.facebook. com/FitMamaBootcamp/. (251) 279-0855 Jessica@FITbyJessica.com www.FITbyJessica.com

Groovaroo (TM) Alabama

Daphne Offering prenatal, babywearing, toddler and family dance classes and babywearing education. Classes are open to families, parents, children and caregivers! We offer private lessons, group classes and baby playdates. Great for all levels. No dance experience needed. Visit our Facebook page at GroovaRoo Alabama for schedule and locations. (251) 279-0221 ami@groovaroo.com www.groovaroo.com

Lower Alabama Perinatal Support Group

Fairhope Offering resources to women in Lower Alabama who are, have, or are worried about experiencing perinatal/postpartum related stressors. This is a non-clinical, non-medical, free peer-to-peer support group that meets monthly in Fairhope. Visit our Facebook group at Lower Alabama Perinatal Support Group. (251) 281-8489 amiepsialabama@gmail.com www.postpartum.net

Purple Elm Baby

Fairhope Purple Elm Baby is an online store providing local sales and individual instruction by appointment. We sell a wide variety of beautiful, comfortable and versatile baby carriers including woven wraps, ring slings, mei tais and buckle carriers. We also sell an array of unique baby items including hats and soft-soled shoes, baltic amber teething necklaces and tote bags. Safety tips, instructional videos, exclusive carrier designs and more can be found on our website. (251) 298-7486 sales@purpleelmbaby.com www.purpleelmbaby.com

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115 Lottie Lane, Fairhope Wells Hammock, DMD, Ray Hammock, Jr. DMD, Christi Clements, DMD. The office with “The Little Door” welcomes patients 6 months to 21 years of age. Providing a fun atmosphere where children feel safe and comfortable. The first visit to the dentist may be the most important in a child’s life and the team at Bay Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry has the skills and training to make that visit a positive experience. Call to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information. (251) 928-5045 baypedo@yahoo.com www.baypedo.com

Daphne Pediatric Dentistry ad on page 12

7058 Professional Place, Daphne Dr. Todd Chambliss, DMD has been providing children and teenagers with exceptional comprehensive dental care since 2001. He is member of American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and Alabama Dental Association. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Dr. Todd and the staff will explain everything in detail, will answer any questions, and are always encouraged to discuss any fears or anxieties your child may have. (251) 447-0627 www.daphnepediatricdentistry.com

Dr. Trey’s Children’s Dentistry ad on page 14

303 North Section Street, Fairhope Trey Fellers, DMD, is a Board Certified Pediatric

Dentist in Fairhope who provides a positive, fun, dental experience for children up to age 16 years. Scheduling allows additional time with each child and parent, helping to assure the highest quality of total care. Visit us on Facebook at Dr. Trey’s Children’s Dentistry. (251) 928-3030 www.drtreys.com

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9807 McSara Court, Spanish Fort We provide specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a child-friendly environment. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Jones and her staff focus on preventive care to help each child have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Our Doctors, Kelly Jones, DMD, Kristin Correa, DMD, and Amy Mayer, DMD, are Board Certified, Members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Alabama Dental Association and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. (251) 626-9924 malbisdent@hotmail.com www.malbispediatricdentistry.com

825 North Alston Street, Foley Welcome to Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Dr. Mike Meador, and Dr. Ashley Meador provide specialty care in pediatrics and orthodontic dentistry in Foley and surrounding areas of Baldwin County. We strive to provide cutting edge care in a fun, caring, family friendly environment. Open Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm; Closed Friday - Sunday.

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Children’s Medical Group, P.A. is a premier pediatric practice serving Mobile and surrounding areas with two office locations. We are open every day including Saturday, Sunday and all holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have twelve Board Certified Pediatricians to care for child providing medical care for infants, children, teens and young adults. We offer preventive, wellness and health guidance for all of our patients, as well as same day urgent care seven days a week. Visit our website or Facebook page for detailed walk-in, appointment and expanded hours.

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Sea Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

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Malbis Parkway Pediatric Dentistry

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Pediatricians

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150 South Ingleside Street, Fairhope Rhoda E. Burns, MD, FAAP; Paula Drummond, MD, FAAP; Jennie W. Breslin, MD, FAAP; Meg T. Moore, MD, FAAP; Elizabeth Orr, MD, FAAP; Jennifer Walker, MD, FAAP; Ashley Penn, CRNP; Olivia Akins, CRNP. Offering all needed primary care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults (through age 19). As a group practice devoted only to these age groups, we can better serve you by sharing certain responsibilities such as night, weekend, and holiday coverage. Accepting most Insurance. Serving Southwest Alabama since 1974. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm; Saturday by appointment in the Fairhope office Only. (251) 928-0624 www.eschildrens.com

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19087-B Greeno Road, Fairhope Katrina Skinner, MD, Marina Thompson, MD, and Katie Erdlitz, DNP. Fairhope Pediatrics provides quality pediatric care on the Eastern Shore. Serving ages birth to 18 years. If you’re an expectant mother, call and schedule a prenatal visit to discuss important issues like delivery, breastfeeding, and circumcision (if applicable). Visit the website for more information. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm. (251) 928-5568 www.fairhopepeds.com

Magnolia Springs Pediatrics

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14975 US Highway 98, Magnolia Springs Dr. Walker and Dr. Rux are both Board Certified in Pediatrics. Accepting most insurance. Hours are Monday – Thursday 8am - 5pm; Friday 8am - 5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Call our office to schedule your child’s appointment. See Dr. Rux’s monthly health column in each issue.

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devoted only to these age groups, we can better serve you by sharing certain responsibilities such as night, weekend, and holiday coverage. Accepting most Insurance. Serving Southwest Alabama since 1974. Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:40pm; Saturday by appointment in the Fairhope office Only.

9797-A Timber Circle, Spanish Fort Rhoda E. Burns, MD, Paula S. Drummond, MD, Jennie W. Breslin, MD; Margaret T. Moore, MD; Elizabeth M. Orr, MD. Offering all needed primary care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults (through age 19). As1a 1/5/18 group practice PA Feb Ad.qxp_Layout 9:32 AM Page 1(251) 928-0624 www.eschildrens.com

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2002 McMillan Avenue, Bay Minette Jessica Hagemeier, MD, Natalie Sharp, MD, Rebecca Emmons, Nurse Practitioner. Physicians

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1090 East Laurel Avenue, Foley Gary Eberly, MD, Micki Korn, CRNP, Danielle Leonard, PA-C, Crystle Jones, PA-C, Miriam Patterson, CRNP. Member of the American Board of Pediatrics. Accepting new patients. Please call our office for more information. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. (251) 943-7901

Gulf Shores Pediatrics, PC

232 Office Park Drive, Gulf Shores Board Certified Pediatrician, Kathleen C. Lovlie, MD, FAAP; Lee Autrey, CRNP and Amanda Bruns, CRNP. New Patients and Vacationers Welcome. Specializing In Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (251) 968-2323 contactus@drlovlie.com www.gulfshorespediatrics.com

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1506 North McKenzie Street, (Suite 104), Foley Dr. Judy Corbett, MD, FACOG, Tracy Brown, CRNP, and Heather Steigerwald, CRNP. Baldwin OB/GYN is for all women who desire quality, focused gynecological care with an emphasis on personal needs. The practice provides the finest in preventive and problem focused medical care for adult and teen women, specializing in menopausal medicine, hormone pellets, urinary incontinence, infertility, contraceptive management, and weight loss. Baldwin OB/GYN now provides Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery for most benign GYN surgical cases and is the only provider for Mona Lisa Touch laser therapy. We are proud to announce that we will start our noninvasive body sculpting with Sculpsure in February 2018. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8am - 5pm; Closed for lunch, 12:30pm -1:30pm; Wednesday & Friday 8am - 12pm. Baldwin OBGYN Salon is conveniently located in suite 105 and offers premiere manicures, pedicures, and massage therapy. For a Salon appointment call (251) 424-1665. (251) 424-1100 www.baldwinobgyn.com

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Bay Area Physicians for Women 3715 Dauphin Street (Suite 3-B), Mobile At Bay Area Physicians for Women, your health care is our primary concern. We are committed to the well-being of our patients. Our highly experienced Physicians provide the most up-to-date health care for women of all ages. Dr. Katelyn Braswell Parnell, Dr. Erin S. Saucier, Dr. Amy McCoy, Dr. Brooke Lenz, Dr. John Val-Gallas, Dr. Max Rogers, Dr. J. Quint Jardine, Dr. William Urquhart, Dr. Danilo Herrera, Dr. Helen Rogers. (251) 344-5900 www.bayareaobgyn.com

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150 South Ingleside Drive, Suite #6, Fairhope Richard A. Roh, MD, FACOG, Gary W. Nelson, MD, FACOG, Dylan R. Wells, MD, FACOG, Mary D. Wells, MD, FACOG, Leslie Evans, MD, FACOG. Medical Park OB GYN is comprised of a team of dedicated doctors offering a wide range of Obstetrics and Gynecological services. Currently accepting new patients. Office Hours: 8am - 12pm and 1pm - 5pm Monday - Friday. (251) 928-1222 www.fairhopeobgyn.com

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150 South Ingleside, (Suite 2), Fairhope Fred Ferris Diegmann, MD, Bret T. Henderson, MD. Providing high quality medical care on the Eastern Shore. ACOG, MASA, BCOG, ABOG, Member of Christian Medical and Dental Society, and American College of Pro-Life Physicians. Our physicians offer cutting edge technology and compassionate care at all stages of a woman’s life. Hours: Monday – Friday 8:15am - 11:15am, 1:15pm - 4:15pm.

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Eastern Shore OB-GYN

8552 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope Mitzi M. Childs, MD, Lorena E. Hunt, MD, Penelope Richbourg, Nurse Practitioner. Eastern Shore OB-GYN provides every woman the health resources she needs to live a healthy, active, and long life. At the same time, educate each woman about the importance of preventative health measures. Let us map out a health and wellness plan that’s tailored to your health history and needs. Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm. Closed for lunch from 12-1:30pm. Friday 8am – 12pm. (251) 928-4113

Shoemaker OB-GYN

188 Hospital Drive, (Suite 304), Fairhope Marshall D. Shoemaker MD, Board Certified OB GYN; Jessica Jones, MD; Carla Corte, CRNP; Heather Talbot, CRNP. At Shoemaker Ob-Gyn, we treat women through all stages of life - from adolescence through the childbearing, premenopausal, and menopausal years - using the latest advances in gynecology and obstetrics. We provide a wide range of services including obstetrical care, 4D ultrasound, infertility services, gynecological care, urogynecology, and menopausal treatment and support. (251) 990-1950 www.shoemakerobgyn.com

South Baldwin Obstetrics/Gynecology

1620 North McKenzie Street, (Highway 59), Foley Dr. Dennis McNally, Dr. Craig Brown, Ester Davis, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Martha Eskridge, Nurse Practitioner. Offering Obstetrical care, Gynecological care, weight loss and diet programs. Hours are Monday – Thursday 8am - 5pm; Friday 8am - 12pm. Visit our website for more information or to make an appointment. (251) 943-2141 www.southbaldwinobgyn.com ESP

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Gearing Up for Glow-in-the-Dark Fun There’s a natural sense of enchantment that comes along with finding light in the darkness. From the full moons to fireflies, our eyes are drawn to the marvel of illumination emerging from the night. Children are especially entranced by these contrasts, fascinated by things that glow among the dark. The following items deserve glowing recommendations for bringing a bit a brilliance to play time. Tip for observing glow-in-the-dark materials: Closing your eyes for a moment as you drop

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Glow-in-the-Dark Full Moon Wall Decal

Making a blanket fort comes with the understanding that a light source will be needed for the interior (that’s part of what makes blanket forts cool). But what if the fort’s construction materials include their own ambient light? The Crazy Fort kits feature round nodes that serve as the joins for sturdy rods. The node holes enable a range of versatile framing possibilities (dome, square, etc.). The Glow-in-the-Dark version offers an extra layer of awesome with nodes that render about two hours of gentle illumination inside a newly constructed tent. Whether kids are building from the ground up or crafting a blanket tent on the bed, these interior glowing orbs are just the thing to move a blanket fort to blanket fantastic!

The brightest object in our night sky, a full and radiant moon never fails to capture our imagination. It’s easy to bring this fascination indoors with Judek’s large moon decal that adheres to most flat, smooth surfaces. Under normal lighting conditions the phosphorescent material ‘charges up’ during the day so when the lights go out, the moon gently glows in the darkness. Highly detailed and larger that most decals (18” diameter), the moon’s mares, mountains and other lunar features offer additional appeal for watchful observers. Ideal for kids who need a bit of night light to fall asleep, the moon sticker provides a subtle and soothing illumination. The Judek Glow-in-the-Dark Full Moon Decal is a unique gift for sky-watchers, young and old.

SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop

Puzzle Doubles Glowin-the-Dark Dinos

Adding a bright twist to bedroom basketball, the SKLZ glow-in-the-dark hoop lights up the action. Exposed to normal lighting conditions, the backboard, ball and the eight-loop net store enough energy to illuminate basketball action after darkness falls. Featuring a shatter-proof 18” x 12” backboard this set includes door mounting hardware that helps minimize impact from game play. The springmounted steel hoop also allows for ‘break-away’ action when the dunk shots go hard. While young players may not need a nightlight anymore, the gentle illumination from the SKLZ Pro Mini Glow-in-the-Dark Basketball Set is guaranteed to spark new hoop dreams in kids long after the lights go out.

Puzzle play, dinosaurs and x-ray vision all come together in one fantastic resource that will light up play time in shining style. Extra large at 3’ x 2’ feet with 100 pieces, this prehistoric puzzle fosters focus and fine motor skills as little hands assemble the scene under normal lighting conditions. When the dinosaur puzzle is complete, the final surprise is revealed when the lights go down. Embossed with phosphorescent materials, the dinosaur skeletons hidden in the puzzle graphics emerge in darkness. It’s a single puzzle with double the reward! The Learning Journey also offers glow-in-the-dark puzzles with additional themes including sea life, outer space and wildlife so the illuminated puzzler journey can continue!

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Truth #8: Today’s most awkward moments will be tomorrow’s funniest memories. Keep a sense of humor. Those braces on your teeth that collect food? That acne on your face that miracle creams can’t cure? That giddy rush you get when your crush walks by, and you can’t think straight? One day these things will be really funny! They’ll be the memories you rehash over and over with your siblings and oldest friends. Eventually you’ll have a dazzling smile, clear skin, and someone to love. Your current problems will have closure. So stay mindful of the big picture, and remember that even your worst experiences will pass.

Truth #7: You don’t want to peak in middle school (or high school or college, for that matter). The worst goal you can have is popularity. What often makes adolescents popular – running with the fast crowd, dominating peers, living a superficial life-

style – eventually leads to problems. A successful person gets better with time. You go from being version 1.0 of yourself to version 2.0, 4.0, 6.0 and so on. But when you chase popularity, you peak early. You stop growing because you’re stuck in instant gratification mode. Seek to peak later in life. Make good choices that set you up for a bright future. If you’re not a superstar now, that’s okay. This simply means there are better things ahead.

Truth #6: Technology makes it easier than ever to ruin relationships and reputations. We live in an age where people post everything online – feelings, emotions, and pictures. Technology used wisely is great, but too often, it’s used impulsively. Our fingers jump ahead of our brains, and within seconds, we can trigger pain and misunderstandings. So please, think twice before texting, emailing, or posting on social media. Cool off before giving someone a piece of your mind, reacting out of jealousy or anger, embarrassing someone, or sending an

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inappropriate photo. Use the Internet for good, not as a dumping ground.

Truth #5: Surrounding yourself with good company is imperative. Yes, you’re called to love everyone, but not everyone deserves a place in your innermost circle. Some people you love up close and personal; others you love at arm’s length because inviting them into your life invites disaster. Sooner or later, a bad influence will rub off. You’ll either make choices against your better judgment or wind up in a bad predicament. Your closest friends should lift you up. They should have goals, values, and a genuine desire to see you reach your full potential.

Truth #4: It’s okay if you don’t have your life planned out. You probably know kids with immense talent and drive. They’ve trained for years and know exactly what they want in life. Deep down, you may fear you’re getting left behind. Why do they have their act together, and you don’t?

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interests. Just set goals for yourself, use your gifts, and head in a good direction. Set a positive trajectory so that when you do discover your “thing”, you’re ready to soar.

Truth #3: Applause can be misleading. Even a huge mistake can get you cheered on wildly.

But even the best plans will face curveballs. Even driven kids will wind up on different paths than they originally envisioned. So if your future isn’t mapped out by 9th grade, take heart! You’re young and have plenty of time to explore your

Through social media, popularity is quantifiable. You can gauge your performance by how many “likes”, comments, and shares you get. But remember, numbers alone can be misleading. To get the full picture, you must measure numbers against the truth. After all, Jesus Christ had 12 followers. Adolf Hitler had millions. These figures speak for themselves. Live for the quiet peace inside you. What makes you feel good about yourself? What helps you rest easy at night? You know the truth by how you feel deep down. And when you seek your applause from within, you don’t need the applause of public approval.

Truth #2: There’s a difference between helpful advice and hurtful criticism. Be careful who you listen to. Some people want you to succeed. Others don’t. Develop a strong filter for whose words you take to heart – and whose words you ignore.

Truth #1: You’re AWESOME. Truly, you are. And all these crazy changes are leading to something amazing. In the grand scheme of life middle school is just a blip, so keep it in check. Have fun, dream big, and make good choices. One day you’ll look back and laugh at the absurdities, and if you’re lucky, you’ll enjoy some humor in it now. ESP

Kari Kampakis is a Birmingham mom of four girls, as well as an author, speaker, blogger, and columnist. Her books for teen girls, LIKED and 10 ULTIMATE TRUTHS GIRLS SHOULD KNOW, have been used widely across the country for small group studies. You can find Kari on Facebook and Instagram, visit her blog at karikampakis. com or contact her at kari@karikampakis.com.

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A Page in a Book Perfect Picks for Pigeon Pals One of the most common birds in our everyday lives, pigeons move around our feet in parking lots, perch along power lines and flock above our heads in all seasons. Pigeons are one of the first birds that young children interact with as they allow closer proximity than most wild birds. This nodding acquaintance with pigeons expands when kids learn more about these amazing avian wonders. From carrying vital messages among the allies in World War II to understanding abstract math on a level with primates, pigeons lead the flock of feathered wonders. The following books celebrate the mighty pigeon with tales that will enchant the littlest bird-watchers!

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by Leila Rudge (Candlewick Press) Gary lives, eats and sleeps with his flock of friends, a team of racing pigeons. But when the team hits the road for races, Gary doesn’t get to travel with them; he can’t fly. Instead, Gary collects souvenirs, he records the team’s discussions of the courses and follows their progress on maps. His home-bound status suddenly shifts when he and his scrapbook accidentally fall into the team travel basket. Transported across town, the basket lid lifts and his team bursts into flight, racing back to their roost. Left behind and unable to fly, Gary’s collection of souvenirs and notes reveal more than one way to get back home. Exploring the variety of ways that birds of a feather can flock together, Gary takes the prize for tenacity in the face of unique challenges.

King of the Sky

by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Laura Carlin (Candlewick Press) Feeling out of place in a new land, the soft cooing of pigeons is one of the few things that reminds a young boy of his native home in Italy. The old man who keeps the racing birds shows the child how pigeons can travel great distances and still find their way back to the roost. When a big race sends the flock all the way to Rome, the true test of the birds’ drive takes form as they navigate thousands of miles through stormy skies. As the man and boy wait and watch, their faith becomes power as they look to the heavens for the flock to arrive home. Pairing the uncertainty of many immigrant journeys with the unswerving path of pigeons returning to their roost, King of the Sky gently transforms longing for where you were... into belonging where you are.

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FamilyCalendar Thursday February 1

2018 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library - Giddens Auditorium, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Lecture series on the history of Fairhope. Speaker: John Sledge - These rugged days: Alabama in the Civil War. 251-928-8162 www.fairhopesingletax.com/

Friday February 2

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

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5th Annual Joy of Life Ball 7:00 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Join us for the 5th Annual Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local charities. The Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball will showcase the culinary skills of Gulf Coast chefs and restaurants, and will feature a live and silent auction, a live event painter, music and entertainment by the band FLY BY RADIO and more, all while raising funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! joyoflifegulfcoast.org

Apollo’s Mystic Ladies (Free) 6:45 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Starts behind the Daphne Civic Center on Scenic 98; south on 98 to College Avenue; west on College to Sixth Street; north on Sixth to Belrose Avenue; east on Belrose to 98; back north up 98 to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com

20th Annual Bob Gilary Memorial Bratfest 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 The 20th Annual Bob Gilary Memorial Bratfest will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. and will proceed until all the brats are sold. All proceeds benefit the Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Departments. Mystic Mutts of Revelry Parade (Free) 1:00 PM Fairhopers Community Park, Church Street Fairhope For the past several years, Fairhope’s Mardi Gras season has kicked off by going to the dogs, or to the mutts, actually. The Mystic Mutts of Revelry, a fund raising activity for The Haven, Fairhope’s no-kill animal shelter, takes place this year on Saturday, February 18th at 1 p.m., with festivities starting at 10:30 a.m. at the parade’s staging point, Fairhopers Community Park on Church Street. Walkers and their pets can pre-register online or at the hospitality tent in the park on parade day. For more information, visit www.havenforanimals.org/index.php/mmor/parade. www.eschamber.com Knights of Ecor Rouge (Free) 6:45 PM Fairhope Civic Center, Fairhope Starts at the Fairhope Civic Center on Section Street; south on Section to Fels Avenue; west on Fels to Church Street; north on Church to Fairhope Avenue; east on Fairhope to Bancroft Street; north on Bancroft to Magnolia Avenue; west on Magnolia to Church Street; south on Church to Fels Avenue; east on Fels to Section Street; north on Section to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com

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Civil War Tour Series - Fort Morgan 2:00 PM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Fort Morgan, 36542 Every Tuesday in January and February at 2:00pm a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic. www.fort-morgan.org 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents “Jukebox Broadway” starring the Diamonds 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Starring the Diamonds, “Jukebox Broadway” is a multimedia production that includes costume changes, special lighting effects and video footage. The show will feature songs from 15 Broadway “Jukebox Musicals” including: Jersey Boys, Buddy, Grease, All Shook Up, Come Fly With Me, After Midnight and Mama Mia to name a few. www.gulfshoresal.gov

Wednesday February 7

Gulf Shores Garden Club’s 27th Annual Floral Seminar (Tickets are $20 (advance purchase only))

Saturday February 3

Daphne High School Key Club presents it’s 2nd Annual Hogwarts Festival ($5) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Trojan Hall-Daphne High School, 9300 Champions Way Daphne, 35626 Come enjoy Harry Potter Festival games, face painting, Book mark making and play in a Quidditch game lead by our DHS Quidditch Team. There will be all kinds of Harry Potter snacks to purchase also like chocolate frogs, jelly beans and maybe even some butter beer and pumpkin juice. YUMMY!! 251-626-8787 www.daphnehs.com

Tuesday February 6

5th Annual Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball 7:00 PM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Join us for the 5th Annual Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Ball benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local charities. The Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball will showcase the culinary skills of amazing chefs and restaurants, a live and silent auction, and rock the night with a great band while raising funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. joyoflifegulfcoast.org

Monday February 5

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents “Jukebox Broadway” starring the Diamonds 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Starring the Diamonds, “Jukebox Broadway” is a multimedia production that includes costume changes, special lighting effects and video footage. The show will feature songs from 15 Broadway “Jukebox Musicals” including: Jersey Boys, Buddy, Grease, All Shook Up, Come Fly With Me, After Midnight and Mama Mia to name a few. www.gulfshoresal.gov Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7

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

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10:00 AM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Guest speaker, Kirk Brooker’s program will be “Sea Naturals.” Doors open at 9:15 a.m. The program starts at 10 a.m. Immensely popular, the seminar always sells out. Tickets are $20 (advance purchase only). Entry includes lunch and exciting door prizes. Tickets also include the opportunity for many exciting raffles and second chance raffles. Tickets are available for purchase at The Thomas Norton Public Library (221 West 19th Ave.) in Gulf Shores. Tickets can also be obtained by contacting Kim Edgerton at 251-943-3672 or kimbilledge@yahoo.com, or Mindy Jones at 251-968-9777 or islandenclosures@ gulftel.com. 251-943-3672 www.gulfshoresal.gov Winter Wednesdays 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , 36582 Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty. Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays series in January and February for sessions on gardening, history and more. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864. February 7: Birding on the Gulf Coast Dr. Mark LaSalle, Director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will tell guests how to identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how they can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens. The 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. bellingrath.org South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”. sbct.biz

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26th Annual Alabama Lifestyles Expo 8:00 AM 2:00 PM, The Caribe, 28103 Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 The EXPO attracts Snowbird visitors and locals to the Caribe’s spacious and beautiful setting to learn more about what Alabama and the Gulf Coast have to offer. The emphasis is on the great amenities available in Alabama and the Gulf Coast. More than 70 exhibitors will provide information about community living, quality of life programs for people over 50, food samples from restaurants, hands-on-exhibits, things to do and see, and places to visit traveling to; returning from; and staying at the Gulf Coast. The EXPO offers something of interest for all ages. Free admission, free parking, door prizes, free professional services, free consultations, free tickets, free food samples, and many more amenities are offered to attendees. www.AlabamaAdvantage.com Gulf Shores Original Oyster House Job Fair 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Gulf Shores Original Oyster House, 701 Highway 59 Gulf Shores Are you interested in working at one of our area’s best known res­taurants for great seafood, scenery and southern hospitality? As a member of the Original Oyster House team, you can experience a culture that thrives on exceptional service, employee recognition

and financial reward. You’ll work in a fun, casual atmosphere with panoramic waterfront sunsets, work with caring coworkers and seasoned management and enjoy competitive benefits. The Original Oyster House has long-time, loyal employees who value family, integrity and great service. www.originaloysterhouse.com/jobs South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”. sbct.biz

Friday February 9

Mystical Order of Mirams (Free) 6:30 PM Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach A two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182) from west to east. Starting at Wintzell’s Oyster House (24131 Perdido Beach Boulevard) and ending at Alabama 161. Maids of Jubilee (Free) 6:45 PM Fairhope Civic Center, Fairhope Starts at the Fairhope Civic Center on Section Street; south on Section to Fels Avenue; west on Fels to Church Street; north on Church to Fairhope Avenue; east on Fairhope to Bancroft Street; north on Bancroft to Magnolia Avenue; west on Magnolia to Church Street; south on Church to Fels Avenue; east on Fels to Section Street; north on Section to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com

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Saturday February 10

Run for the Gold 7:00 AM OWA, 1501 South OWA Boulevard Foley, 36535 The 1st Annual Run for the Gold Course de Fête 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk for Childhood Cancer Awareness at OWA. www.facebook.com/run4goldAL/

Hub City Classic 10K, 5K, and Fun Run 8:00 AM Garrett Park, Robertsdale, 36567 Race to benefit The Jace Waters Foundation for Transitional Living of Alabama. runsignup.com Children of the World - Chinese New Year 10:00 AM Fairhope United Methodist church, 155 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Children of the World International Adoption and Relief Agency invites you to join us for our 22nd annual Chinese New Year Parade and Festivities which includes lunch, silent auction and fun for the entire family. 251-990-3550

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FamilyCalendar Foley Parade (Free) 12:00 PM West Roosevelt and Alston Foley Starts at West Roosevelt and Alston and travels north on Alston; turns west on 98 (West Laurel Avenue); turns south on Oak Street; turns east on West Roosevelt and ends at Alston. Mystic Revelers (Free) 12:00 PM Dobson and West 7th Street Bay Minette Starts at the middle school, at Dobson and West Seventh Street; south on Dobson to West Seventh Street; east on Seventh to McMeans Avenue (Alabama 59); south on McMeans to D’Olive Street; east on D’Olive, through Courthouse Square, to Hoyle Avenue; south on Hoyle to First Street; west on First to the civic center and disband. Krewe of Mullet Mates (Free) 2:00 PM Mullet Point, Point Clear Mullet Point The entire five-mile route follows Baldwin County Highway 1, starting at Mullet Point Park and traveling southeast to the end of the road, just past Baldwin County Highway 27. www.eschamber.com Mystics of Pleasure (Free) 5:30 PM Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 A two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182) from west to east. Starting at Wintzell’s Oyster House (24131 Perdido Beach Boulevard) and ending at Alabama 161. Shadow Barons (Free) 6:45 PM Daphne Civic Center, Daphne Starts behind the Daphne Civic Center on Scenic 98; south on 98 to College Avenue; west on College to Sixth Street; north on Sixth to Belrose Avenue; east on Belrose to 98; back north up 98 to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”. sbct.biz

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Loyal Order of the Firetruck (Free) 2:29 PM Daphne Civic Center, Daphne Starts behind the Daphne Civic Center on Scenic 98; south on 98 to College Avenue; west on College to Sixth Street; north on Sixth to Belrose Avenue; east on Belrose to 98; back north up 98 to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com

Monday February 12

Order of Mystic Magnolias (Free) 6:45 PM Fairhope Civic Center, Fairhope Starts at the Fairhope Civic Center on Section Street; south

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on Section to Fels Avenue; west on Fels to Church Street; north on Church to Fairhope Avenue; east on Fairhope to Bancroft Street; north on Bancroft to Magnolia Avenue; west on Magnolia to Church Street; south on Church to Fels Avenue; east on Fels to Section Street; north on Section to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com

Tuesday February 13

Gulf Shores Parade (Free) 10:00 AM Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Gulf Shores Starts on Alabama 59 and 16th Avenue (in front of the Winn-Dixie shopping center) and travels south on 59 to Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182); turns east on 182 and ends at First Street. Civil War Tour Series - Fort Morgan 2:00 PM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Fort Morgan, 36542 Every Tuesday in January and February at 2:00pm a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic. www.fort-morgan.org Orange Beach Parade (Free) 2:00 PM Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 A two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182) from west to east. Starting at Wintzell’s Oyster House (24131 Perdido Beach Boulevard) and ending at Alabama 161.

Wednesday February 14 Winter Wednesdays

10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , 36582 Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty. Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays series in January and February for sessions on gardening, history and more. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864. February 14: Raising Roses - Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian of Bellingrath’s award-winning Rose Garden, will show guests how to care for roses year-round and will give a demonstration of rose pruning techniques. Questions are encouraged! Books and supplies will be available in the Gift Shop. bellingrath.org

Friday February 16

Mobile Area Orchid Show 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , 36582 The Mobile Area Orchid Society will hold its annual Orchid Show and Sale in the Magnolia Cafe at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Orchid Society embers will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for orchids. Vendors will also sell orchids, supplies, and accessories. There is no entry fee to attend the show, but guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit. bellingrath.org Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by

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Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org Michael Jackson Tribute 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Michael Jackson Tribute Concert featuring all his biggest hits. www.mobilesaenger.com

Saturday February 17

Mobile Area Orchid Show 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , 36582 The Mobile Area Orchid Society will hold its annual Orchid Show and Sale in the Magnolia Cafe at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Orchid Society embers will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for orchids. Vendors will also sell orchids, supplies, and accessories. There is no entry fee to attend the show, but guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit. bellingrath.org Battle of Mobile Bay 5K 8:30 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 5K race in the Village of Dauphin Island that starts and ends at Historic Fort Gaines. Race is followed by a post-race celebration inside the Fort - food, beverages, music, awards, and door prizes! www.pcpacers.org Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour 7:30 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Mobile will be motorsport entertainment’s epicenter with the nation’s most competitive MONSTER TRUCKS, as the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour invades the Mobile Civic Center on February 17th for ONE MONSTER show! See these incredible 10,000-pound, car crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action during the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Tour! Plus, you can meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party! www.mobilecivicctr.com Mobile Opera presents “Winter Gala” 8:00 PM TBA, Enjoy some of the most popular moments from the world’s most beloved operas. This one night only concert will have General Seating and the location will be announced at a later date. Please check our website for location. 251-432-6772 www.mobileopera.org

Sunday February 18

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Monday February 19

MOMS Club 3:00 PM Registration required. Email for location New MOMS Club for residents in Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort. This new group will host play groups, Mom only events, family events and all over support for moms. Those interested in more information or joining the group should email momscluboffairhope@gmail.com 850-497-2711

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents 62nd Annual Edition of It’s Magic! 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 It’s Magic! has been delighting magic enthusiasts for more than five decades. This live stage show is unique in that it features many of the top professional magicians worldwide, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. www.gulfshoresal.gov Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn Kids Musicians 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West Second Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Top 14 NBC’s America’s Got Talent & youngest illusionists in the world today are coming to Gulf Shores for 2 special appearances! You’ve seen them on Access Hollywood, TMZ Live, Entertainment Tonight, Today Show, Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show and many others. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique act and their unbelievable magic/illusions LIVE on stage! www.gulfshoresal.gov Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7

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

Tuesday February 20

Civil War Tour Series - Fort Morgan 2:00 PM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Fort Morgan, 36542 Every Tuesday in January and February at 2:00pm a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic. www.fort-morgan.org 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents 62nd Annual Edition of It’s Magic! 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 It’s Magic! has been delighting magic enthusiasts for more than five decades. This live stage show is unique in that it features many of the top professional magicians worldwide, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. www.gulfshoresal.gov Harlem Globetrotters

7:00 PM USA Mitchell Center, 5950 Old Shell Road Mobile, 36608 The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to The Mitchell Center on February 20 at 7:00pm. The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm - plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson- the

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Wednesday February 21

Winter Wednesdays 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , 36582 Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty. Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays series in January and February for sessions on gardening, history and more. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864. February 21 -Shipshape Urban Farms - Located in downtown Mobile, Shipshape Urban Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, leafy greens and herbs. Learn from owner Dale Speetjens about how hydroponic crops are cultivated without soil in nutrient-rich water in a controlled environment with no pesticides or herbicides. The process uses innovative features and is environmentally friendly, saving water and using less energy than traditional farming practices. bellingrath.org

Thursday February 22

Bluegrass on the Bayou (Adults $20; Children 10 and under, $10. KidZone tickets $5.)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Robertsdale Elementary, 19150 Wilters Street Robertsdale, 36567 Please join us for a night of entertainment and fun! Live Music by Delta Reign. Dinner catered by Cafe’ Acadiana. Silent Auction. The concert will be held in the Multipurpose Room and there will also be a Kid Zone where kids can be dropped of, fed and supervised by members of the RHS ROTC. Kid Zone Tickets are $5 per child for the first two children and $2 for each additional child. Tickets will be sold in advance. Please se a Robertsdale Elementary Special Needs teacher or you may purchase tickets in the front office. All process will go to help fund a much needed playground for our special needs students. Distinguished Lecture Series “Sharks! Dispelling Myths Through Research” (Free) 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, USA Gulf Shore Cultural Center Auditorium, 19470 Oak Road West Gulf Shores, 36542 University of South Alabama Gulf Coast Distinguished Lecture Series presents Sharks! Dispelling Myths Through Research. Please register by calling the Center for Continuing Education at the University of South Alabama at 251-460-7200 or by going online to www.usacontinuinged.com. 251-460-7200 www.usacontinuinged.com The Oak Ridge Boys 7:00 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 The Oak Ridge Boys are coming to the Mobile Civic Center Theater on February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Theirs is one of the most distinctive and

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recognizable sounds in the music industry. The fourpart harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. www.mobilecivicctr.com

of delicious food, 80 arts and crafts vendors, military memorabilia and music for the whole family. he festival includes a silent auction, car show featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, a Kids Zone with climbing wall, inflatables and games and a children’s performance pavilion. 251-981-1524 www.obparksandrec.com Ocean Camp Open House

Friday February 23

Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Saturday February 24

5K Life Run 8:00 AM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Race to benefit Women’s Care Medical Center, a non-profit organization providing life-affirming options to men and women throughout Baldwin County since 1990, will receive 100% of the registration fees. www.friendsofWCMC.org Gator Chase 5K & 1 Mi Fun Run 8:00 AM Spanish Fort Causeway - beginning at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Race to benefit Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation (SFEEF) in providing educational enrichment opportunities for students who attend Spanish Fort schools. www.eventbrite.com Heritage Junior Women’s Club Chili Cook Off and Rotary Chilly 5K and Fun Run 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 303 McMillan Avenue Bay Minette, 36507 The Annual Chili Cook Off is held every February in conjunction with the Bay Minette Rotary Club’s Chilly 5k and Fun Run. Proceeds from the event, the cook off and the run, are donated to the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education to help fund teacher grants in North Baldwin. northbaldwinchamber.com Quilts of Comfort 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Spanish Fort High School, 1 Plaza de Toros Spanish Fort, 26527 Community Quiltmaking Day - The Joni Ojard Project honoring the gift of organ donation. Donations are gratefully accepted for this community project. A donation of $20.00 will sponsor a quilt. Checks should be written to “Spanish Fort High School” with “Quilts of Comfort” noted on the check. Send donations to Joni Ojard at the above address. We also accept donations of new, cotton fabric in kid friendly colors and prints, all purpose sewing thread and quilt batting. Please drop off donations at the front desk at Spanish Fort High School. 251-621-6629 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Wharf, 4830 Main Street Orange Beach, 36561 The 26th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is a major fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association to support sportsrelated activities in our community, specifically youth baseball, softball and t-ball. The Festival is a full day

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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Ocean Camp at The Wharf, 4776 Main Street L210 Orange Beach Learn about marine animals through activity centers and a scavenger hunt. Make take-home seashell craft, sea turtle book or a toy from reusable plastics. Animal presentations will take place throughout the day. 251-802-8605 www.oceancamp.camp 18th Annual Chili for Charity (Adult admission is

$12.50 in advance, or $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free.)

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Oak Hollow Farm, 14120 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36533 It is time again to mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Chili for Charity event for Ecumenical Ministries Inc. This year’s cook-off will again be held at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope on, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Besides being able to sample some of the best chili that Baldwin County has to offer, music lovers can enjoy the pleasing tunes by local favorite, Blind Dog Mike and the Howlers and a performance by the Fairhope High School Encore Group. Add a bake sale with outof–this- world homemade baked goods, a hay ride, inflatables for the kids, balloon artistry by Dr. Gee, antique tractors on display, and a mechanical bull ride for all ages. www.baldwinemi.org/chili-for-charity-2018 Hoyt Archery Pro/Am Final Rounds 5:00 PM Foley Sports Complex, 998 West Section Avenue Foley, 36535 The event will have the final rounds at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex Championship Stadium to decide who takes home some hefty prize money. www.FoleySportsTourism.com

Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Two of a Kind” 7:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Music has a unique ability to bring people together from all walks of life. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a literal testament to this fact. This piece is composed of 14 variations, each of which is a musical caricature of family members and friends, including his dog. Each variation is subtitled with different initials, the first being C.A.E. which are the initials of his wife, Caroline Alice Elgar. mobilesymphony.org Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

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Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Two of a Kind” 2:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Music has a unique ability to bring people together from all walks of life. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a literal testament to this fact. This piece is composed of 14 variations, each of which is a musical caricature of family members and friends, including his dog. Each variation is subtitled with different initials, the first being C.A.E. which are the initials of his wife, Caroline Alice Elgar. mobilesymphony.org Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 2:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Monday February 26

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents 3 Redneck Tenors 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. www.gulfshoresal.gov

Tuesday February 27

Civil War Tour Series - Fort Morgan 2:00 PM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Fort Morgan, 36542 Every Tuesday in January and February at 2:00pm a historian will guide visitors on a hour long tour of the Fort. Each week the historian will speak on a different topic. www.fort-morgan.org 2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents 3 Redneck Tenors 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the “tenor genre” – their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. www.gulfshoresal.gov

Wednesday February 28

Winter Wednesdays 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , 36582 Even during the cold season, Bellingrath Gardens is filled with blooms and beauty. Gulf Coast residents and visitors are invited to join us at our Winter Wednesdays series in January and February for sessions on gardening, history and more. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864. February 28: Caring for Gulf Coast Appalachia - imagine adding rhododendron, mountain laurel, and native hydrangeas to your Gulf Coast garden. These plants, and many more like them, are native to the Gulf Coastal Plain. Bobby Green, owner of Green Nurseries in Fairhope and one of the most knowledgeable

horticulturists in our area, will introduce you to these beautiful ornamentals. He will also discuss how to best select and care for them in your garden. bellingrath.org

Thursday March 1

2018 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library - Giddens Auditorium, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Lecture series on the history of Fairhope. The Quakers of East Europe 251-928-8162 www.fairhopesingletax.com/

Friday March 2

Mobile Boat Show (Adult Tickets (Ages 13+) $8.00, Kids 12 & under get in free with purchase of adult ticket)

Mobile Boat Show (Adult Tickets (Ages 13+) $8.00, Kids 12 & under get in free with purchase of adult ticket)

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 In addition to a huge selection of boats and marine products, there are special events for the whole family to enjoy! This year’s show will feature professional flyboarding demonstrations in the Mobile River. This exciting new sport is taking off around the Gulf Coast and is fun to watch! The Fetch-n-Fish dog show returns with dog jumping, training tips and lots of fun for the kids; and the Skeeter Experience seminar series boasts a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. You can also register for giveaways in Skeeter room all weekend. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 In addition to a huge selection of boats and marine products, there are special events for the whole family to enjoy! This year’s show will feature professional flyboarding demonstrations in the Mobile River. This exciting new sport is taking off around the Gulf Coast and is fun to watch! The Fetch-n-Fish dog show returns with dog jumping, training tips and lots of fun for the kids; and the Skeeter Experience seminar series boasts a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. You can also register for giveaways in Skeeter room all weekend. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile

Taste of the Bayou 6:00 PM Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road Irvington, 36509 Gulf Coast chefs face off to prepare the best seafood dishes around using the freshest ingredients harvested from the Gulf. 251-824-4088 www.tasteofthebayou.org

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

Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org

Saturday March 3

Tour de LADR Bike Ride 7:30 AM Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard Point Clear, 36564 Bike ride to benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope and The Mobile Medical Endowment Trust. www.eventbrite.com Ballyhoo Festival

9:00 AM 5:00 PM, Waterway Village, 100 W Canal Drive Gulf Shores, 36542 This exciting event is unique in its focus on fine art combined with cultural charm and the fun-loving spirit of residents of Coastal Alabama! Join us and you, too, will Ballyhoo! www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com/ballyhoo-festival

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Mobile Ballet’s A Midsummer Nights Dream 7:30 PM Mobile Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Closing the season is Shakespeare’s beloved classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a timeless story of love, jealousy, and humor, brought to the stage for the first time in Mobile! You’ll want to experience this magical fantasy with a beautiful score by Mendelssohn. Katia Garza has taken this delightful story and created an outstanding adaptation with more than 40 dancers on stage, energetic choreography, and fantastical costumes and sets that will mesmerize you. Get ready for an unforgettable performance as this magical tale casts its spell on audience of all ages! mobileballet.org

Sunday March 4

Mobile Boat Show (Adult Tickets (Ages 13+) $8.00, Kids 12 & under get in free with purchase of adult ticket)

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 In addition to a huge selection of boats and marine products, there are special events for the whole family to enjoy! This year’s show will feature professional flyboarding demonstrations in the Mobile River. This exciting new sport is taking off around the Gulf Coast and is fun to watch! The Fetch-n-Fish dog show returns with dog jumping, training tips and lots of fun for the kids; and the Skeeter Experience seminar series boasts a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. You can also register for giveaways in Skeeter room all weekend. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile Mobile Ballet’s A Midsummer Nights Dream 2:30 PM Mobile Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Closing the season is Shakespeare’s beloved classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a timeless story of love, jealousy, and humor, brought to the stage for the first time in Mobile! You’ll want to experience this magical fantasy with a beautiful score by Mendelssohn. Katia Garza has taken this delightful story and created an outstanding adaptation with more than 40 dancers on stage, energetic choreography, and fantastical

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Monday March 5

Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7

for members and $10 for non-members)

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

Friday March 9

13th Annual Tee Off Fore a Cure Weekend 6:30 PM Lakewood Golf Club, 1 Grand Boulevard Fairhope, 36532 Children’s of Alabama will celebrate the 13th annual Tee Off Fore a Cure on March 9-10, 2018, with a weekend of events designed around the theme, Lucky 13. The pre-party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lakewood Golf Club. Admission to Friday’s pre-party is complimentary to participating golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and their guests. Admission for all other attendees is $25 per person and includes live music from the Bearded Spoon, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Lakewood Golf Club. Preparty guests can also bid on upscale silent auction items including prizes from coastal artists, travel and local businesses. 251-610-4969 give.childrensal.org/teeoff South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Sealed for Freshness” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Tupperware parties hostess Bonnie invites a group of neighbors over for a party. The guest list: perky, rich Jean, Jean’s cranky and very pregnant sister Sinclair, ditzyblonde Tracy Ann, and new neighbor Diane, who’s made quite a career selling Tupperware, but at the expense of her marriage. The mix of personalities and the number of martinis consumed lead to a great deal of absurd high jinks plus revelations of an equal number of secrets and insecurities. sbct.biz

Saturday March 10

Daphne’s Arbor Day Tree Giveaway 8:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36536 Over 2,000 trees will be given away, including various flowering, ornamental, and fruit trees. Join us at 8am until all trees have been distributed at the

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Daphne Civic Center. Special thanks to the Daphne High School Future Farmers of America and Daphne Utilities for partnering with the City of Daphne and the Daphne Beautification Committee. 251-621-9000 13th Annual Tee Off Fore a Cure Weekend 9:00 AM Lakewood Golf Club, 1 Grand Boulevard Fairhope, 36532 Children’s of Alabama will celebrate the 13th annual Tee Off Fore a Cure on March 9-10, 2018, with a weekend of events designed around the theme, Lucky 13.On Saturday morning, golfers will gather for the tournament and sixth annual Golf Ball Drop at The Lakewood Club’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Proceeds from Tee Off Fore a Cure benefit the Alabama Centers for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) at Children’s of Alabama. 251-610-4969 give.childrensal.org/teeoff World War II Living History Day 9:00 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Come and experience a day in the life of a World War II soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; There will be authentic camping and Blacksmithing in the Forts Original Blacksmith Shop. 251-861-6992 dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines Orange Beach Festival of Art 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage. www.orangebeachartsfestival.com Seasons Consignment Market Day 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Seasons Consignment, 26992 Highway 181 Daphne, 36526 We will be having our first Market Day of the year. The Easter Bunny will be here for free pictures! Please bring your camera. There will not be a photographer. South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Sealed for Freshness” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Tupperware parties hostess Bonnie invites a group of neighbors over for a party. The guest list: perky, rich Jean, Jean’s cranky and very pregnant sister Sinclair, ditzy-blonde Tracy Ann, and new neighbor Diane, who’s made quite a career selling Tupperware, but at the expense of her marriage. The mix of personalities and the number of martinis consumed lead to a great deal of absurd high jinks plus revelations of an equal number of secrets and insecurities. sbct.biz 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, 36567 The Robertsdale Rotary Club presents the 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo on March 10th & 11th at the Baldwin County Coliseum & Fair Grounds 251-947-2626 www.robertsdale.org/event/rodeo-rotary-club

Sunday March 11

Orange Beach Festival of Art 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage. www.orangebeachartsfestival.com

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18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, 36567 The Robertsdale Rotary Club presents the 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo on March 10th & 11th at the Baldwin County Coliseum & Fair Grounds 251-947-2626 www.robertsdale.org/event/rodeorotary-club Distinguished Young Women Announces Spotlight: a Gulf Coast Talent Showcase Saraland High School Theater, 1115 Industrial Parkway Saraland, 36571 “The 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Spotlight Talent Showcase, presented by the University of Mobile and Distinguished Young Women, is an event whose purpose is to recognize talented young performers right in our own community, encourage their pursuits and give funds to support arts programs in Mobile and Baldwin County schools. Spotlight is open to boys and girls in grades 1 - 12. It is free to enter and individuals and groups are welcome. This year, age divisions with 3 or more groups will split into 2 separate divisions for the competition consisting of individuals/duos and groups. We are in search of any type of performing talent. The prizes for the winners in each of our four age divisions will be performance appearances for the children and money given to their school to be used for arts programming. To enter, potential participants can visit www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com, read the details and submit their application and audition video by February 23rd. 251-438-3621 www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com

Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 3 Circle Church, 10274 Highway 104, Fairhope. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-460-2727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www. childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call for info at 251928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Family Center’s Positive Parenting Classes are held on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am and Responsible Parenting with focus on fathers, co-parenting and economic stability/child support are Wednesday mornings 9 am-11 am and Monday evenings 6 pm-8pm. Call 251-947-4700 to register

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vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises. Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session. • Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 9493676 to schedule. Gift of Life The Gift of Life is a required maternity care program for Medicaid patients or Medicaid-eligible patients. The Gift of Life Program provides a caring system of prenatal services; education and care coordination for expectant moms and their babies. For info contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Infant CPR and Safety Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration required. To register call 279-1373. Saturdays, 4 - 6 p.m. Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series. Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope) Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope) Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@ bellsouth.net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. Sibling Class Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). Preregistration required. Call 279-1373. 10-11 a.m. Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-477-1104. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Group Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 626-6337 for more information. 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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Paddington 2

The Commuter

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: A Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Paddington 2 PG for some action and mild rude humor. Paddington Bear returns to the big screen in this sequel, which is even more enjoyable than his charming first adventure. As this film opens, we see the lovable marmalade-eater (again voiced by Ben Whishaw) is now right at home in Britain with Mr. and Mrs. Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), and their children Judy and Johnathan (Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin). Still, the bear’s thoughts often turn to his Aunt Lucy back in his childhood home. With her 100th birthday just a few weeks away, Paddington wants to do something special for this motherly caregiver, who sacrificed her own dreams of travel while tending him as a young cub. And he finds the perfect gift in Mr. Gruber’s Antique Shop: A pop-up book featuring London’s famous landmarks. Unfortunately, the unique book is rather expensive. Not dissuaded, Paddington undertakes a series of odd jobs to earn the cash needed to buy the present. Yet before his coin jar is full, a scoundrel breaks into the store and steals the rarity. Paddington’s attempt to catch the thief instead have him mistaken as the criminal. Arrested in handcuffs, charged and tried in court, the defenseless bear ends up behind bars. The story may be a bit too emotional or frightening for the youngest of cubs, especially when they see the loneliness of a locked-up Paddington or watch his often-perilous plight. Yet older children will likely be fine and even adults are sure to be amused in the engaging scavenger hunt that unfolds. With messages of love and looking for the best in people, Paddington 2 is as sweet as marmalade.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: AProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated The Commuter PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. Liam Neeson’s character, Michael MacCauley, is a former cop turned insurance salesman. And he has just had a very bad day at the office. After a decade of successful service the 60-year-old is suddenly handed his walking papers. The bad news in compounded by the fact that he already lost his nest egg in the 2008 recession and is barely able to keep up with bills and paying his kid’s university tuition. After downing a few beers with Alex (Patrick Wilson), his buddy and former partner in law enforcement, Michael boards the homebound train, still not sure how to break the news to his wife (Elizabeth McGovern). But one thing is certain, when Liam Neeson hops on your usual ride home from work, the trip is bound to be anything but mundane. Ripping a page from the Alfred Hitchcock school of filmmaking textbook, The Commuter uses confinement within an always moving train to generate tension and suspense. And, if you can forget about a few cracks in the plot, the setup delivers a typical thriller product that involves an unstoppable vehicle, a ticking clock and a herd of innocent people who should have run screaming from the carriage the moment they saw Neeson’s face. This trip may offer a fun ride for older teens and adults thanks to virtually no sexual content and fewer profanities -- although a sexual expletive and crude finger gesture still make their way into the scant script. Action violence is the only other concern.

Forever My Girl

Goodbye Christoper Robin

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: B+ Sexual Content: BProfanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Forever My Girl PG for thematic elements including drinking, and for language. Usually when the small-town boy leaves, becomes famous, and returns home, he’s greeted with streamers, handshakes and kisses. Sadly, Liam Page (Alex Roe) didn’t understand the importance of first making a graceful departure from his tiny Georgia community. And nobody was more surprised with his sudden exit than Josie (Jessica Rothe), his grade school sweetheart who was about to walk down the aisle with him when she was informed her groom had gone AWOL. When Liam returns home for a friend’s funeral, Josie’s initial anger toward Liam fades fast and we discover she has a seven-year-old daughter named Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson) who has never met her dad. Thankfully, for Liam, his father is the town pastor. With this support, Liam begins to work through some momentous issues and embraces the opportunity to be a dad. Although Billy was the result of a pre-marital sexual relationship and we see Liam wake up with one of those aforementioned fans in his hotel room, there is no other sexual content in the film. And mild profanities, terms of deity and name-calling are also infrequent. Mid-January romances are rare in movie theaters and so are PG ratings. Although sentimental and predictable, this story may be just the ticket to please teens and adults looking for a little love to warm up their winter.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall AViolence BSexual Content B+ Profanity B+ Substance Use B+ The MPAA rated Goodbye Christopher Robin PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language. Like many children in the twentieth century, I grew up listening to the tales of Winnie the Pooh. The lovable Teddy Bear and his human companion Christopher Robin were a delight. I was well into adulthood before I learned that the stories and poems were based on author A.A. Milne’s own son. That made the writing even more charming. But it appears that was not the case for the real family. Despite the reference to of one of the world’s most popular children’s characters in its title, this film is aimed at adults, not kids. Although the script takes some artistic license, it does accurately depict many issues that fame and fortune brought upon the Milnes’. It presents a sobering picture for parents who might also become blinded by career ambitions and financial stability—especially when those seemingly worthy goals are gained at the expense of building loving family relationships. Beautifully shot, with powerful performances, this real-life cautionary tale is a reminder that it is not childish to cherish the important aspects of childhood. 72

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Eastern Shore Parents Magazine February 2018  

All things baby in the special Baby Issue!

Eastern Shore Parents Magazine February 2018  

All things baby in the special Baby Issue!