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New Year, New Attitude

How shifting your mindset can help you tap more joy in 2018.

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An Insider’s Guide to Choosing Child Care

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2018 Child Care Guide Our comprehensive listing of daycares, preschools, and MMO programs.

Why Are So Many Teens Anxiety-Ridden? Five ways you can help restore balance and peace.

On The Cover Noah Davis (4), son of Alicia and Jon Davis and brother to Parker and Levi. Proud grandparents are Lisa and Stephen Ehlers and Steve and Deborah Davis. Noah plays soccer, loves all things super hero and enjoys playing with his two brothers.

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Bits and Pieces 18

School Bits 68

Family Calendar 76

Movie Reviews

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Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some great family time during the holidays and you are refreshed and ready for 2018. I don’t know about you, but the last couple of years have been a bit draining. Nothing personal on my end, just all of the turmoil going on in the world around us has been incredibly upsetting. I tend to be a textbook optimist, but it seems like every time I hear the news or go to social media people are screaming at one another and spreading fear and hate. The news is one thing, but the constant ranting is not helping anyone. Actually it only deepens wedges. Nobody has ever been influenced positively by someone screaming. My mind became cluttered with negativity and angst. It really started getting to me to the point that I made a conscious decision to limit what I was allowing in. I am not saying be ignorant to the issues that surround us, but for me, I knew I had to turn off the rants. This has done wonders for me. I am able to think issues through a little more calmly and rationally using my faith as my guide. I do this because I choose joy over fear, peace over chaos. If you are looking for ways to find more joy in the new year, turn to page 44 where you will find Christa Melnyk Hines’ article New Year, New Attitude: How to Tap More Joy in 2018. Making an effort to find more joy is not only important for our psyche, but also sets a good example for our children. When I see the stress and pressure children face these days it breaks my heart, especially teenagers. They seem to have so much more on them than I ever did at their age. Everything seems so competitive. Sports, college admission, social pressures… and the list goes on. Dr. Rachel Abrams sheds some light and provides some helpful ideas to help restore peace and balance in her article, Why Are So Many Teens Today Anxiety-Ridden? Her article, along with Christa Melnyk Hines’ article, should get you on the path to a more joy-filled 2018. One of the most anxious times of my life was the anxiety I felt when leaving my oldest at daycare for the first time. The thought of leaving her in the care of someone else sent me into a panic. I was a hot mess! Fortunately we had enrolled her in a lovely childcare center that nurtured not only her, but also me, every step of the way. Finding the right fit for child care is so important. Whether you are a new mom getting ready to go back to work, or just deciding it is time for your child to experience a preschool setting, you will find great points to consider in An Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Right Daycare, by Rachael Moshman. Once you have finished reading Rachael’s article and have your checklist ready, you will want to flip over to the Child Care Directory on page 52. Here you will find an extensive list of daycare centers, preschools and mother’s-morning-out programs in the area. While you are visiting centers, make sure you listen to your gut too. Just because a certain preschool/ daycare is a good fit for your best friend does not necessarily mean it is the perfect fit for you. Every family has different needs and personalities, so make sure you find one that is a great fit for yours. As we roll into a brand new year, we wish you and your family a year filled with peace, health, joy, and lots of laughter. After all, laughter is the best medicine! Happy New Year!

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Is My Toddler’s Behavior “Normal”? Q: My parents recently told me that my husband and I are letting our toddler run our family and that it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for them to visit or have us visit with them – they live 10 miles away – because of her misbehavior. Mind you, she is only 28 months old. She throws frequent tantrums and often refuses to do what we tell her to do. That’s normal for this age, right? By the way, my parents had me when they were older and are sort of stuck in the old ways of doing things.

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is ONLY 28 months old may go a long way toward explaining this situation. Your parents, being “stuck in the old ways,” understand that the most advantageous time to deal with any given misbehavior on the part of a toddler is when it first appears – by nipping it in the bud, so to speak. This very active approach to discipline recognized that misbehavior snowballs downhill very rapidly. For better or worse, major disciplinary precedents are set during the third year of

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life (24 to 36 months). These precedents determine, to significant degree, whether the child’s discipline will be relatively easy or extremely difficult from that point on. I’m going to guess that your parents are concerned that by excusing your daughter’s behavior on the basis of her age that you are creating a significant disciplinary “debt” that will create even more stress down the road for all concerned. I’m sure you want nothing more than for your daughter to be a happy child. Consider, then, that obedient, well-behaved children are much, much happier than disobedient, ill-behaved children. Common sense confirms that and so does the best research into parenting outcomes. I urge you to get a move on before your daughter becomes a full-blown family tyrant. First, create a “tantrum place” – a safe and relatively isolated place where you put your daughter as soon as a tantrum begins. A half-bath works well. When screaming

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commences, in she goes until the screaming stops. Time-out does not generally work well with older children or major discipline problems, but it can be very useful with a toddler. The child’s room, assuming it is not a self-contained entertainment complex, will do. Five or ten minutes in relative confinement for disobedience sends a powerful message to a child this age. Use a timer set outside her door to let her know when her time of repentance is up. Concerning the “old” ways of raising children, which we abandoned beginning in the late 1960s and began listening to mental health professionals tell us how to “parent,” it is now plain as day that professional advice, based on psychological theory, has resulted in a parenting catastrophe. Over the past 50 years, for example, the mental health of America’s children has been in free fall, with no end in sight. The Book of Ecclesiastes, one of the so-called “wisdom” books of Scripture, says “there is nothing new under the sun.” Concerning children especially, that is spot on. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Pre-Order Your ESMA King Cake!

Fairhope, Alabama-King Cakes are a unique part of the Mardi Gras season, and The Eastern Shore Medical Alliance (ESMA) is helping to keep the good times rolling with their annual king cake sales. ESMA MEMBERS are selling king cakes through January 19. These aren’t just any king cakes but delicious, fresh, cream cheese filled DELICACIES from New Orleans. Individuals or companies can purchase their king cake(s) from an ESMA member or email esmakingcakes@gmail.com. You may also check out their Facebook page at ESMA King Cakes for more information. The cakes ARE $27 AND must be pre-ordered. They will be available for pick up January 29 and 30. ESMA has been selling king cakes for over twenty years to benefit local charities in our area. The Eastern Shore Medical Alliance is an organization that brings together physicians and their spouses to support the local needs of the Baldwin County community.

Original Oyster House Honors Veterans

The Original Oyster House restaurants honored over 850 veterans and active military with a free meal on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 11 am to close at the Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway locations. The Original Oyster House is making this an annual event and is set for next year on Sunday, November 11, 2018. “We want to thank all military personnel who served our country and who sacrifice so much in protecting our freedom. One way we can honor them is by providing a Gulf Coast seafood meal on Veteran’s Day. We also pay tribute to our service men and women with Military Mondays, providing military a 10% discount every Monday,” stated co-founder David Dekle.

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibition Arrives at 5 Rivers

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center was selected as one of only six venues in Alabama to host Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, and it will be on view at 5 Rivers through January 5. Water/Ways is part of a national effort to bring exhibitions from the Smithsonian Museum to small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, giving everyone a chance to see them without having to travel to our nation’s capital. The exhibit explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. 5 Rivers is preparing several companion activities and programs in conjunction with the Water/Waysexhibit, including guided tours, film screenings, book signings, and children’s crafts. Admission to 5 Rivers is free and the facility is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7 days a week, excluding holidays. www.Alabama5Rivers.com. Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

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2nd Annual Hogwarts Festival

The Daphne High School Key Club presents its 2nd Annual Hogwarts Festival. 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 like chocolate frogs, jelly beans and maybe even some butter beer and pumpkin juice. YUMMY! The festival will be held Saturday, February 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Trojan Hall-Daphne High School. Trojan Hall is located at 9300 Champions Way, Daphne. Admission is $5 per person. For questions or additional information call (251)-626-8787 or email Pdabney@bcbe.org.

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ACE Performing Arts Center Auditions

The ACE Performing Arts Center, a new center dedicated to supporting the arts programs throughout Baldwin County and surrounding areas, announces auditions for their spring performances “Into the Woods” and “Schoolhouse Rock”. “Into the Woods” tells the enchanting story of a Baker and his wife, who embark on a quest to break the witch's spell while encountering other fairy tale favorites including, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella. Auditions for Into the Woods (ages 8 – adult) and School House Rock (ages 4 – 12) will be held January 15th and 16th starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Loxley Town Hall located at 1089 N. Hickory St. Loxley. Please RSVP on the website or via email, the ACEperformingartscenter@gmail.com, or website, www.theACEperformingartscenter.com. In preparation, they will also be hosting an audition workshop Saturday, January 13th. To register or for more information visit their Facebook page, The ACE Performing Arts Center. www.easternshoreparents.com


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Reese’s Senior Bowl 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeks Volunteers in Celebration of National Mentoring Month

The 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th at 1:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Many fun events are planned for the week of the Senior Bowl. Chick-Fil-A Fellowship of Christian Athletes Rally will be held on Wednesday, January 24 at the Mobile Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.

January is National Mentoring Month and the perfect time to start making a difference in the life of a local child. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama seeks adult volunteers who are ready to begin a life-changing friendship with a child who needs a positive, role model and mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides caring, adult mentors who we call “Bigs” to children ages six to 18 who we call “Littles”. Our matches are in 52 schools across Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile and Monroe Counties. In the 2016-2017 school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served over 500 children in South Alabama. To participate or learn more about our School-based or Communitybased program, please contact us at (251) 344-0536 or www.bbbssa. org. All programs are free to both the adult volunteer and child. Pictured here is Little Brother Christopher and Big Brother Jason matched for 4 years. Jason is also the agency’s 2017 Big of the Year.

southalabamafca.org for details. The Coca-Cola Meet the Players will be held on Friday, January 26, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and is free to the public. In addition to meeting the players, fans can enjoy interactive displays from the special activities and one-of-a-kind entertainment. Baumhower’s Tailgate Challenge is on Saturday, January 27. This competition is to determine the Senior Bowl Tailgater of the Year. The Challenge is Free and open to anyone tailgating in the parking lot on game day. Also held on game day is the Piggly Wiggly Tailgate Party which is a pre-game event held in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium parking lot. Passes are free with purchase of a sideline seat to the Reese's Senior Bowl and are limited to the first 3,500 fans. In addition to free food and drink, tailgate party goers will enjoy inflatable activities, face painters, clowns, inflatables and the Coca-Cola Family Festival game trailer. To purchase tickets to the Senior Bowl please call 888-736-2695 or 251-432-4109 or purchase online at www.seniorbowl.com.

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Girl Scouts Announce Details for 2018 Cookie Season

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) Cookie Season is approaching, and the chances of cheating on your New Year’s resolution with one or many of the delicious flavors is high. S’mores™ is back this season! The campfire cookie joins Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Shortbread, Lemonades™, Thanks-A-Lot®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and gluten-free Trios. Girl Scouts will be showing off their cookie-selling skills by participating in booth (starting Jan. 19), door-to-door, cookie drive-thrus, and digital sales from December 26 until March 4. GSSA is also offering a Buy 5 Contest. Any consumer who buys five or more boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will be entered in a chance to win a year supply of Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Cookies are $4, with the exception of Trios, which are $5. To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and to find out when Girl Scouts will be selling near you, visit girlscoutssa.org/cookies.

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Local Musician Needs Your Votes!

Fairhope Middle School student, Victoria Whatley, has been selected as a finalist for a new talent show on PBS called “Celebration of Music”. The show is aired locally, and winners of each area get a chance to perform live on stage and then go to the next level and compete nationally. Since the show has not reached our local market as of this date, Victoria is competing at the local level in the Tallahassee/Ft. Walton market which is now being aired on WFSU. In order, to win and go to the next level, Victoria needs as much support from our community as possible. All other contestants are from Florida, so Victoria will rely on online voting which is open from now until January 8th. To vote: One vote per email address is allowed, so if you have more than one email address you can vote with each one. The direct page to vote for Victoria is: https://celebrationofmusic.com/ victoria-whatley. You must first check the box “I confirm my vote”, then input your email address, and press SUBMIT. If you do not see the confirmation, then the vote did not go through, so make sure to check that box. You can also follow Victoria on social media. She will be sharing video from the show as soon as it is authorized by the producers. Facebook @ Victoria Whatley Music or Instagram @victoriawhatleymusic.

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IMPACT 100 Grant Recipients Selected

At its Annual Meeting on November 1, Impact 100 Baldwin County selected five nonprofits to receive $450,000 in grants at the Impact Annual Meeting at the Daphne Civic Center. Each of the five Baldwin County nonprofits received $90,000 grants, one in each of Impact’s five focus groups: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; Family; and Health and Wellness. The five nonprofit organizations were selected from a very competitive group of applicants and vetted by a comprehensive review process, including site visits and in-depth discussions about each of the projects. In September, ten organizations were chosen as finalists for this year’s grants. At the Annual Meeting, each of the ten finalists had the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation about their proposed project, after which Impact members voted to select this year’s grantees. The votes were tallied on-site and the five 2017 grant award winners were announced. This year’s grantees are, ARTS AND CULTURE: Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre, Fairhope. “Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre SHINES: Completion of ESRT’s Lighting and Sound Systems”. This grant will allow the purchase of high-quality lighting and sound equipment that would provide better quality than current rental equipment, eliminate annual rental expenses, provide greater financial control, and increase number of performances and audience capacity. www.easternshorerep.org. EDUCATION: Baldwin County Education Coalition, Inc., Summerdale “Opening Minds and Doors Through Child Literacy”. This project will provide professional development for over 240 teachers in three specific feeder pattern communities that serve a high number of impoverished students. It will potentially impact over 8600 students in the Guided Reading Initiative for Baldwin County Schools with a goal to increase scores and readability. www.betterbaldwin.com. ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION AND RECREATION: Beckwith Camp & Conference Center, “Investing in Its Future and Envisioning Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient Facilities”. This grant provides for renovation of Wilson Hall, specifically the kitchen, dining hall, screen porch, and handicap parking area to enable serving 30,000+ meals a year more economically and efficiently; improve accessibility for the disabled, and further increase the number of guests in the future. www.beckwithal.com. FAMILY: South Baldwin Literacy Council, Foley. “Capital Improvement to the South Baldwin Literacy Council Facility”. Funding would provide for a building addition consisting of four separate 12x12 rooms, greatly needed to accommodate growing demand in South Baldwin County for one-on-one literacy tutoring for adults and children. www.southbaldwinliteracycouncil.com. HEALTH & WELLNESS: CARE House, Inc., Summerdale. “Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives”. Impact 100 Funds would be used for a 3000 square foot building expansion which would enable current staff employees/volunteers to have much needed office space to hold private, confidential meetings; and provide a play/ lounge area for children, a confidential waiting area, a multi-use teaching room, and additional parking. www.baldwincountycac.org. This is the 10th year Impact 100 has awarded grants to local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, Impact 100 Baldwin County has awarded 22 grants, totaling $2.1 million to nonprofit organizations serving Baldwin County. This year’s awards will bring the total awarded to 27 grants, totaling $2.6 million.

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Center Stage Auditions, “Cinderella” and “Aladdin Jr.”

Center Stage Performance announces auditions for their 2 spring shows, Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella” (5th - 12th graders) to be performed at Fairhope Civic Center on April 13-15, 2018 and Disney's “Aladdin Jr.” (K5-5th graders) to be performed at Daphne Civic Center on April 19 & 20, 2018. Auditions will be held Monday, January 8th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, January 9th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Fairhope United Methodist Church Life Center located at 155 South Section Street in Fairhope. Individuals who plan to audition should prepare sixteen bars of a musical theatre audition piece. Potential cast members should plan to audition on either Monday or Tuesday, but not both. Invitation-only callbacks will be required for some individuals and will be held on Thursday, January 11th, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Cast rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 16.

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ESRT Auditions for “Newsies”

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) announces auditions for Disney’s “Newsies”, to be performed at Henry George Park in Fairhope for the fifth annual Theatre on the Bluff on May 3 - 5, 2018. Auditions for 3rd graders through adults will be held Tuesday, January 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, January 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre Studio located in the Dance Arts South building at 251 Greeno Road South in Fairhope. Individuals who plan to audition should prepare sixteen bars of a musical theatre audition piece. Potential cast members should plan to audition on either Tuesday or Wednesday, but not both. Invitation-only callbacks will be required for some individuals and will be held on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 4 p.m. A full cast rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 20, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ESRT is also offering a “Newsies” dance workshop for those wishing to learn some of the audition choreography in advance. The dance workshop is not required to audition, and no reservations are necessary. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 6 from 1-3 p.m. at the ESRT Studio. Cost is $20 per student. Bring cash or a check made out to Matthew Kiel. For more information please email questions to easternshorerep@gmail.com.

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From Brady Hall on Run for Shep: On August 23, 2013 our lives were forever changed by hearing the words “Shephard has cancer.” From the very beginning we knew that God was going to use our cancer journey for His glory. The first two years of the run have exceeded our expectations! Last year, we had over 400 participants and loads of support from the local community. The money raised benefitted local families with the non-medical expenses (food, gas cards, groceries, etc.) related to treatment. We were also able to provide the patient treatment areas at the hospital with I-pads and several other distractions for a child undergoing treatment. We have now started a non-profit called Shephard’s Flock. Shephard’s Flock’s purpose is to financially support (non-medical) LOCAL childhood cancer warriors who are being treated at USA Children’s and Women’s. Register now to join in on the family fun and support a great cause! The Run for Shep will be held in downtown Daphne on Saturday, January 20, 2018. There will be jump houses, food, face painting, corn hole, characters from Once Upon A Time Events, and much more! 5K start time: 9 a.m., Half Mile Fun Run: 10 a.m. Participants may register by mail (entries should be postmarked by January 15, 2018), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, and Fleet Feet in Mobile, Running Wild in Fairhope or the Bounds Family YMCA in Daphne until noon on January 18, or online http://runforshep.eventbrite.com. Participants registered by January 13 will be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size requested on race day. * Top male and female overall will receive a certificate for a FREE pair of running shoes from Running Wild! * A special award will be given to the male and female “best dressed Super Hero.” For more information, visit Run for Shep on Facebook, email Runforshep@ gmail.com. or call Lauren (251) 533-1916 or Brady (251) 406-1301.

Fourth Grader Receives Baldwin County Trailblazers Giraffe Award

Annabelle Vestal, a fourth grader at Fairhope Intermediate School, was surprised with the 2017 Baldwin County Trailblazer's Giraffe Award during Fairhope's December 11th City Council Meeting. For the past 4 years, Annabelle, has worked diligently to convince multiple levels of government officials to fund a sidewalk on Gayfer road to connect her neighborhood to downtown Fairhope. She began her effort at 5 years old, meeting with the Fairhope Mayor. She met with Baldwin County Commissioners to get a cost analysis for the 0.2 mile sidewalk connector. She documented traffic patterns & initiated a petition obtaining 65 signatures supporting the sidewalk. When she had gathered all the information needed, Annabelle asked Fairhope to partner with the county to fund the sidewalk. Then she presented her proposal to the Eastern Shore MPO Policy Board who agreed to earmark funds in the 2016 budget. Annabelle showed her appreciation to politicians and workers building the sidewalk by bringing many plates of homemade cookies & donuts. Annabelle Vestal “stuck her neck out” and used her “keen vision” to make the sidewalk a reality for everyone. Baldwin County Trailblazers is proud to present its 2017 Giraffe Award to Annabelle Vestal to honor her work, dedication, and persistence. Annabelle reflects the spirit of Trailblazer founder, Teko Wiseman, who never let barriers stand in the way of improving our community.

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It’s Mardi Gras Time! Yelling for moon pies, wrestling over beads, dancing with the marching bands, and running to catch the parade multiple times a few blocks over are just a few of the most enduring memories of my childhood and Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras in Mobile and on the Eastern Shore has a storied tradition and today we’ll talk about a brief history, some differences between Mobile and Eastern Shore parades, some tips on catching the best stuff, and some easy safety plans for you and your family. Mardi Gras was, of course, started in Mobile (long before New Orleans) way back in 1703 as a festival called Boeuf Gras, which is French for “fatted ox”! However the first inklings of the Mardi Gras as we know it today with official organizations had their first parade in 1840. Then, in 1866, Joseph Stillwell Cain donned full Chickasaw Indian regalia and paraded to boost the morale of the city during the Civil war. Now we honor him on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday with the infamous Joe Cain Day parade. Mardi Gras in Mobile has evolved over the years to include multiple

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societies, complete with parades and formal balls prior to the Lenten season which starts the next day on Ash Wednesday. In addition to the Mobile scene, Mardi Gras has expanded to include all of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. However, there are a few differences between Mobile and the surrounding areas. Mobile is much larger in terms of the individual parades, float size, bands, and the amount of throws you catch. But with this bounty comes bigger crowds and more traffic. The non-Mobile areas tend to feature smaller parades and floats, less bands and potentially less throws, but are much less crowded and very family friendly. On the Eastern Shore there are multiple parades in Fairhope, Daphne, Foley and at the Gulf. Now, for those who are new to the area, there are some tricks to catching the good stuff. The most common throws are moon pies and beads, so let the riders know what you want. As a rider and a pediatrician, I have a sympathetic eye for kids—so hold them up and you will be rewarded. If you know a rider in a specific parade, then make a sign and make it big.

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It’s almost impossible to pick out individuals in a crowd of jumping and cheering people. And if you see someone with a poster, get near them; you will catch a lot of misfired throws. Last, but not least, we riders like a challenge, so anyone with a funny poster or on a balcony will get pelted. Of course, Mardi Gras cannot be enjoyed unless you follow some simple rules. First of all, the parades on the Eastern Shore have few if any barricades. Therefore children can jump out in front of vehicles and floats really easily. Oftentimes good throws will get stuck in the middle of the road, but please wait until the parade is over to collect the goodies. And have a safety plan in case anyone gets lost. Usually meeting at the car or on a certain corner are good plans. So, please enjoy Mardi Gras, but be safe. You can learn all about the history and scheduling of this wonderful celebration on the internet by looking for “History of Mobile Mardi Gras”. 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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Christmas Program at J. Larry Newton

J. Larry Newton School kicked off the holidays with their annual Homecoming Christmas program. 4th Graders performed “Jingle Bell Rock”, the 6th grade band performed festive music, Pre-K performed the “Reindeer Pokey”, 5th Grade performed “I’m Getting’ Nuttin’ for Christmas” and Coach Pharez kept us fighting fit with her 12 Days of Christmas (PE Style!). Even Santa dropped by to say Merry Christmas!

Fairhope Elementary Students Visit ESAC

The Eastern Shore Art Center hosted field trips with students from Fairhope Elementary. Students learned about Egyptian culture and art! Painting instruction was led by Community Outreach Director, Nancy Raia, and pottery led by ESAC Instructor, Maria Spies. Students even got creative, adding solar panels, antennae and WIFI to their pyramids!

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Banker Visits Bay Minette Elementary Students

Bay Minette Elementary School fourth graders were visited by Wells Fargo Personal Banker, Cynthia Powell, recently for a lesson in responsibility and banking. Ms. Powell read the book, “Brody Borrows Money” by Lisa Bullard. The students learned that borrowing money means taking personal responsibility and making good decisions. The students learned the meaning of banking terms like credit, interest, income, debt, and rate. Students also learned that it is not too early for them to think about how they use and save money. Great advice for young and old.

Orange Beach Elementary Donates to Toys for Tots Orange Beach Elementary School NEHS recently sponsored a wonderful school-wide Christmas service project for “Toys for Tots” to celebrate the spirit of giving and to help children in need for the Holiday season. The Toys for Tots bus came to OBES for pick-up on 12/11/17 and pictured from left to right are OBES students: David Walters, Sarah Claire Carswell, Addie Hickman, Sanders Semiklose, Addie Roach, Emily Imperato, and Ellie McGowan. Over 300 toys were collected for Toys for Tots from OBES! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your from Orange Beach Elementary School!!

Gulf Shores ES K-Kids Club Coat Drive

Bayshore Christian School to Host Tour Days

Gulf Shores Elementary School Kiwanis K-Kids club conducted a new toy and gently-used coat drive at GSES for children in our community. Thank you GSES students and parents for your generosity in helping others!

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 4 chances to attend a Tour Day: January 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m, 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 January 2018

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Daphne HS Swim/Dive Teams Rake in the Awards

The Daphne HS Swim and Dive teams competed in the state championships on December 1-2 and brought home 10 top three finishes. The girls team won 7th in state, with only 7 girls competing, and the boys won 3rd in state with only 9 boys competing. Trey Sheils became a state champion, winning the Boy’s 100 Breaststroke and setting the state record in the same event. Emilie Hunter, a 12th grader, won 2nd in state in Girl’s 1 meter diving, qualifying for All-American honors. Emilie also was state champion in the same event last year. The boys team finished top in 6A by 196 points and the girls finished runner-up in 6A to Spanish Fort by 6.5 points. Eight swimmers from Daphne that won 8th place or higher were awarded AllState honors.

Rosinton Elementary School's Giving Garden

Amber Nelson, teacher at Rosinton Elementary School began a school Garden Club this year. With donations from parents, teachers and staff, and Mr. Kelley from South Baldwin Center of Technology this club is blooming. The club has also received an award from Baldwin EMC. The Star Light Award will help buy more supplies and materials for the club. Each and every member of Baldwin EMC who participates in Operation Round Up is responsible for our success and ability to give back to our students and community. We look forward to our next club meeting and for the opportunity to bless each of you with our hard work and dedication.

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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.

Delta Elementary Peer Helpers Spreading Christmas Joy

Peer Helpers at Delta Elementary School have been spreading Christmas joy this holiday season. The students sang Christmas carols for the residents at Oakwood, North Baldwin's Center for Living, delivered a book donation to USA Women's and Children Hospital, and shopped for children on their Angel Christmas Tree.

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Silverhill Honor Society Officers

Congratulations to Silverhill Elementary National Elementary Honor Society 2017-2018 Officers: President-Julianna Stricklin, Vice PresidentCooper O’Brian, Secretary- Emma McCullough, Historian-Gavin Patterson, TreasurerEmma Gomillion.

Christmas Party at Robertsdale Elementary

Mrs. Christina Ardoin's special needs class and staff are in festive attire for the annual Christmas party held at Robertsdale Elementary. The kids receive gifts, take pictures with Santa and enjoy delicious treats. The party is an annual event brought to our students with special needs by two wonderful parents, Mike and Susie Sledge, owners of

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Patriotic Musicale at Westminster Village

In remembrance of Veteran’s Day, the music students of Baldwin County Music Teachers Association members Vincentine Williams, and Eric Marrero performed for the residents of Westminster Village. Opening with “The Star Spangled Banner”, student selections included Patriotic and Americana tunes, performed and acoustic guitar. From left, back row: Albert Le, Abigail Doremus, Caroline Elliott, Gavin Leege, Anne Elise Sherrod. Seated: Abrille Le and Elizabeth Chen.

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Ugly Sweaters at St. Michael Catholic HS

SMCHS students sported ugly Christmas sweaters while donating canned goods for the Christ the King St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Each house was challenged with building a canned food sculpture. Pictured L-R are: Noah Calvery, Isaac McBane, Margaret O'Connor, Anna Clair Potier, and Alexis Eringman.

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The Baldwin County High School Fishing Team has reeled in its first big tournament win at the Wiregrass High School Fishing Tournament. The team of Austin Hadley and Hunter Black won first place, a first for BCHS. The Fishing Team, only in its second year, has been steadily climbing the leader board as it participates in tournaments across the state!

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Gulf Shores Elementary Librarian Retires

Gulf Shores Elementary School has a bittersweet goodbye in their school to Michele Bennett, our librarian. We will miss her greatly and wish her happiness wherever her next steps take her! We also give a big welcome to our new librarian, Ashley Weekley, who has been a kindergarten teacher at GSES for many years. Pictured l to r: Michele Bennett, retiring librarian welcomes our former kindergarten teacher and now new librarian, Ashley Weekley.

BMMS Spelling Bee Winner

Jayla Pogue was the winner of the annual Spelling Bee at Bay Minette Middle School. She will now advance to the county-wide competition, set for February. Jayla is joined by Joanna Bailey, Director of the Bay Minette Public Library, who helped with the spelling bee. Mary Gillette was the runner-up.

BCHS Freshman Wins Photography Award

Bay Minette's Aidan Hood received an Honorable Mention nod for the Flora category in the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Annual Photography Contest. His photograph was selected among over 200 submissions. This is Aidan’s second year entering the competition. He received several awards last year and is already planning his entries for next year. Aidan is a freshman at Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette. 23

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Rockwell Students Say You CAN Catch Kindness!

Can Do Good is a social design- build competition steered by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC), that provides students with hands-on learning while teaching the importance of giving back to the community. Rockwell Project Jubilee students partnered with Rockwell Student Council members to build a design using approximately 2,600 cans, which were donated by Rockwell Elementary School students, to build their structure titled, “You Can Catch Kindness”. These canned goods were then donated to the Prodisee Pantry, a non-profit community ministry that provides food assistance for those in need.

BMMS Student Places Third in Dollar General Bowl Art Contest

Bay Minette Middle School student Makay’la Hadley won third place in the Dollar General Bowl Art Contest and a $100 award for the BMMS art program. Makay’la and Mrs. Pamela Coffman, art teacher, were recognized at the Dollar General Bowl Community Awards Banquet.

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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 Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham. Dailey finished her high school volleyball career with more than 6000 career assists 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.

Bayshore Christian School Serves at Prodisee Pantry

The sixth graders at Bayshore Christian School served their community during the holiday season by working at Prodisee Pantry Food Bank. Prodisee Pantry is an organization dedicated to providing food items to those in need. BCS sixth graders assembled over 1,000 boxes of food so that the needy in our community would have a holiday meal. After assembling the boxes, students wrote Christmas messages of encouragement on each one and asked for God's blessings over the boxes and the families who will receive them. This experience helped the students recognize the need for missions close to home.

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Seminarian Visits Christ the King Catholic School 4th Graders

Miss Ryan's 4th grade class recently had a special visitor, their seminarian, Tim Florian, and our past summer seminarian, Gabe Mills. Students had written letters to introduce themselves, share things about their faith, school, and family. Students had a great time asking them questions such as what they liked as kids, who is their favorite sports team, what they are studying, and what life is like at Seminary. It was fun for Tim to see the faces behind the letters and for our students to meet their seminarian they offer prayers for throughout the year.

Fairhope Middle School Club Donates Funds to American Cancer Society

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Hour of Code at Stapleton School

Stapleton School students are participating in Hour of Code activities which promote planning and problem solving. The students are learning to code with Ozobots and Sphere SPRK+ robots. The school's library purchased the robots using grant funds provided by the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education. Each year NBCEE awards approximately $10,000 in grants to teachers in the North Baldwin feeder pattern.

Orange Beach Elementary Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Orange Beach Elementary’s Spelling Bee Winner for 2017, Gabe Menzel! Gabe will represent OBES at the Baldwin County Spelling Bee. Also, congratulations to the first runner-up, Landon George and second runnerup, Kevin Ricks. All three winners are in the 6th grade. Twenty four 3rd – 6th graders won their classroom spelling bees and participated in the school spelling bee. We are so proud of all the participants for their accomplishment. Pictured left to right, Kevin Ricks, 2nd runner up, Gabe Menzell, winner; and Landon George, 1st runner up.

Gulf Shores Elementary Leader in Me Mirror

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Spanish Fort Theatre Students Bring Home Awards from Trumbauer Competition

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A big shout-out to the following Spanish Fort High School Toro Theatre students who competed at the State Trumbauer Competition and brought home awards: Fariha Irfan – Superior Rankings in Performance events; Marcus Johnson – Excellent and Superior Rankings in Performance events; Harley Gardner – Excellent Ranking in Performance events; Quincy Simon – Excellent Ranking in Performance event; Dawson Tidwell – Superior Ranking in Performance event; Moriah Parmer – Superior Ranking in Performance event; Sophia Fresolone – Superior Ranking in Design event and 3rd Place in State Makeup Design; Mahlynee Marino – Superior Ranking in Design and Performance events; and 2nd Place in State Costume Design.

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Robertsdale Elementary's kindergarten students put on a spectacular performance at the annual Christmas program. They performed several songs but outdid themselves on "Must be Santa." They were under the direction of music teacher, Melissa White.

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GSMS All-County Volleyball Players

Congratulations to the GSMS Volleyball players who were selected for All County: Hannah Marsh, Molly Sims, Mackenzie Morrison, Ava Tobiassen, Brooke Gober (not pictured), and Catherine Hackett (not pictured). Also pictured Principal Robert McCartney and Coach Victoria Roberson

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BMES Peer Helpers Make Donation for Holiday Gifts for Needy

Bay Minette Elementary School Peer Helpers recently presented a $660 donation the Baldwin County High School Peer Helpers. The donation will be used to help those in need this holiday season. Donna Johnson, BCHS Peer Helper sponsor, accepted the donation on behalf of her members. The BCHS Peer Helpers have been working hard to collect toys and other goods to distribute to students/families in the north Baldwin feeder pattern.

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Fairhope Middle School Club Raises Funds for Cancer Awareness Fairhope Middle School’s Builders Club recently held multiple fundraisers for cancer awareness. A donation of more than $360.00 was made in honor of Clayton Ladd and Georgia Byrd to Jensen’s Heart of Gold, a local organization that strives to provide financial relief to families for expenses not covered by medical insurance. Pictured, is Eric Leal, a representative from Jensen’s Heart of Gold and various members of Builders Club.

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Silverhill ES Holds Canned Food Drive Silverhill's National Elementary Honor Society sponsored a Beat Auburn/Beat Alabama Canned Food Drive during November. All food donations were delivered to the Catholic Social Services in Robertsdale.

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Christ the King Catholic School Students Create Bookmarks for Christmas

Miss Kern's 3B class created bookmarks to be included in the gifts and items collected for the school's Santa for Seniors outreach sponsored by the Student Council.

Foley Elementary Students Visit Science Museum Foley Elementary School Students enjoyed their day at Mess Hall in Pensacola. The children were inquiring, exploring, building and creating at this interactive and hands on science museum.

Orange Beach Elementary Students Inducted into Honor Society On November 16, Orange Beach Elementary School held their inaugural induction of 38 students to the National Elementary Honor Society Marlins of Excellence Chapter.

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BMMS Peer Helpers Create Christmas Cards for Hospital Patients

The Peer Helpers at Bay Minette Middle School are hand-crafting Christmas cards for the children and families being served by the USA Women and Children's Hospital. This is just one of many programs supported by the BMMS Peer Helpers. Sponsored by the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, Peer Helpers are available in most schools across Baldwin County and participate in school/community service projects. The program is tailored to the needs of each school but typically each group helps welcome new students, lead kindness (anti-bullying), campaigns, present character education, and take part in community service projects, among other endeavors.

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Bayside Academy Students Honor Veterans for Veterans Day

Bayside Academy’s Intermediate School (grades 3–6) and Upper School (grades 7–12) students honored veterans in two Veterans Day assemblies. At the Intermediate School Veterans Day Assembly approximately 45 veterans in attendance were honored onstage. Sixth grader Addie Tripp sang the “National Anthem,” and 3rd and 4th graders sang a tribute to the armed services. Veterans’ portraits sketched by the students hung in the gallery outside the assembly in an art show entitled “Portraits of Courage.” The Upper School Veterans Day Assembly featured speaker was Bayside parent and veteran U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Nathan Cox, who was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V” for valor in recognition of his actions while in combat. At the Upper School assembly, Cox honored veterans, shared his own military story, and urged all in attendance to find a way to give back and to support our country. Five seniors each spoke about a branch of the military and lit a candle in honor of veterans who served in that branch. The Upper School band played a medley of military songs. Poppies painted by Upper School students in honor of veterans hung in the gallery outside the assembly in an exhibit entitled “Poppies for Patriots.” “I am proud of these students for the tribute they paid to the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Head of School and veteran Michael Papa, CAPT, USN (retired). “It is important that we honor all the men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms and our country.” Fifth grader Marlee Mackin with her mom, Bayside Associate Athletic Director Coby Mackin; her grandfather, Navy veteran Lt. j.g. Edward Cashion; and her 101-year-old great-grandfather, Navy veteran Lt. Cmdr. Medford Cashion.

Silverhill Character Leaders of November Congratulations to the Silverhill Elementary Character Leaders for the month of November. These students demonstrated the character trait of Citizenship.

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Christ the King Catholic School Girls on the Run Team Cleans Campus

Some of our CTKCS students participate in Girls On The Run, a nationwide running program for 3rd-5th grade girls. These girls spent an afternoon doing some clean up around our campus. In addition to running, the program focuses on developing life skills such as confidence, competence, caring, connection, character, and contribution. The girls ran the fall 5K on December 2.

Gulf Shores ES Students Create ART Signs

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Fairhope HS AllCounty Volleyball

Fairhope High School All-County Volleyball honorees include Alyssa Frank and Reilley Weakley.

Fairhope High School All-County Football honorees include from L-R Wes Baumhower, CJ Edwards, Cole Deeds, Devin Mitchell, Gibbs Sherrell, Brett Howell, Noah May, Charles Robinson-Thomas.

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Robertsdale ES Band Performs at Christmas Program

Robertsdale Elementary's sixth grade band had an outstanding performance at the annual Christmas program. They performed four songs under the direction of Crystal Tomacek. The band is comprised of forty five students!

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Bayshore Benefit 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 9th 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.

Fairhope HS All-County Swim Team

Fairhope High School announces 2017 swim team all county honorees. Girls group L-R: Caroline Curenton, Kaleigh Spears, Emily Beaver, Macy Powell, Jaden Morace, Lauren Burrell, Camille McGriff, Kate Laraway, Julie Ready, Ella McDowell. Not Pictured Joy Davis. Boys group L-R: Ryan Johnson, Davis Amare, Ben Hemming, Kenneth Alluise, John Bongiorno, Jake Newsome, Pete McGriff, Trent Mayr, Stephen Laraway.

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Bay Minette Middle School Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Jones was named Teacher of the Year at Bay Minette Middle School. Mrs. Jones is a science teacher and has spent her entire teaching career at BMMS! Principal Zack Wigstrom praised Mrs. Jones for the impact she has in and out of the classroom. He said her students especially love her positive attitude and her love for the subject and more than one student has walked away from her class wanting to be professional scientists.

Baldwin County Swim Coach of the Year Cathy Hudson of Fairhope HS Studying Rodents at Bayshore Christian

The fourth graders at Bayshore Christian School recently completed a study on rodents! They learned about characteristics that God gave to all rodents, and some of the important purposes He uses them for. The study was wrapped up by dissecting owl pellets and identifying the rodent bones that were discovered. Students enjoyed guessing which rodents the owls had recently been feasting on. It was an interesting study on the miraculous cycle that God designed as owls and rodents work together as predator and prey.

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Christ the King Catholic School Participates In #Igivecatholic

Christ the King Catholic School participated in #iGiveCatholic day of giving for the first time this year. It was awesome to watch how this first year of #iGiveCatholic was supported by our CTKCS families, grandparents, and friends! The proceeds from this day of giving helped the financing of shade structures for our playground.

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Bayside Academy Students Capture Gulf Coast’s Beauty in 2017 Weeks Bay Photo Contest

Five Bayside students recently placed in the Weeks Bay Foundation’s 2017 Weeks Bay Photo Contest. Winners are as follows: Sophomore Evelyn Prickett: Junior Best in Show; 8th grader Cole Boswell: First Place Junior Habitat; 2nd grader Audrey Haines: First Place Junior Flora; 5th grader Sophia Haines: First Place Junior People in Nature (PIN), Second Place Junior PIN, Second Place Junior Flora, Second Place Junior Habitat, Third Place Junior Fauna, Honorable Mention Junior Fauna; 8th grader Ashlyn Powers: Third Place Junior Habitat. Photos in the contest were taken in Alabama Gulf Coast watershed or coastal waters between October 19, 2016, and October 24, 2017. The contest focused exclusively on the natural wonders and resources of coastal Alabama. Categories were as follows: flora–plants, fauna– animals, habitat–outdoor scene or landscape, people in nature (PIN)–people enjoying their coastal resources. Pictured, Bayside Academy sophomore Evelyn Prickett is pictured with her winning photo. Photo by Kristy Johnson-Snell.

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It’s Time to Get Your Dash On!

The Fairhope K-6 PTC presents the 4th Annual Pirate Dash on Saturday, January 27 at Henry George Park. The start time for the 5K is 8 a.m. and the 1-mile Fun Run is at 9 a.m. Pre-Register by mail (entries should be postmarked by January 20), in person at McCoy Outdoor, RunN-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile, or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on January 25, OR online at http://piratedash2018.eventbrite.com. Paper Registration forms can be found in Fairhope Elementary and Fairhope Intermediate School front offices as well. **Credit for photo of T-shirt art by Madison Abel, 6th grade FIS.

Nearly 100 golfers played in the 26th annual John A. Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament hosted recently by the Bayside Academy Alumni Association at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear. Tournament proceeds will benefit tuition assistance at Bayside Academy. Ashurst & Niemeyer Real Estate was the presenting sponsor of the tournament. The tournament was chaired by Danny and Emily Beebe and their children, who are Bayside alumni: Caroline Beebe Skadow ’12 and Daniel Beebe ’10. Alan Goldberg, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Terry Thompson Chevrolet were 19th hole sponsors. The late John A. Robertson, for whom the tournament is named, was a founding father of Bayside and served as chairman of the school’s original Board of Directors. L to R: Head of School Michael Papa; tournament chair Caroline Beebe Skadow ’12; presenting sponsors Randy Niemeyer ’81, Morgan Ashurst ’93, and Carlton and Judy Niemeyer of Ashurst & Niemeyer Real Estate.

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At Left, K-2nd Grades: Front Row (left to right): Olive Miller, Hutch Semiklose, Avery Blanton, Goldie Tanner, Anne Miller Hickman Back Row (left to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Spencer Rayfield, Antony Gomes, Piper Rust, Mays Rizzuto, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative) Not Pictured: Piper Greene.

At Right, 3rd – 6th Grades: Front Row (left to right): Emme Kate Lynn, Kamryn Curtis, Molly Harvey, Claudia Catar, Charlee Rowland Back Row (left to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Samantha Ladner, Camryn Johnson, Hunter Bradley, Eli Cardwell, Dallion Blake, Tristyn Baggett, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Leader). Not Pictured: Olivia Sands.

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When Your Teen Is in the Wrong Crowd If you swim with the sharks, you’re bound to get bit. One bad apple spoils the whole bushel. Bad company corrupts good character. Many parents have added these phrases to their lexicon, because they illustrate the dangers of running with the “wrong crowd”. As moms and dads, we know how susceptible kids are to peer influence. You’ve likely spent many sleepless nights worrying about the people your child is hanging around. What are they teaching my son? What are they pressuring my daughter to do? Are these friends that will give needed support and encouragement to my teen, or will bring my child down? These are valid concerns if you suspect your child is hanging out with the wrong crowd. But let’s pause for a moment and ask just who is the “wrong crowd”? Here’s a simple definition we can use: The “wrong crowd” includes anyone who influences your child in ways that are contradictory to your values, systems, and beliefs as parents. When parents observe changes in their teen and note the actions and attitudes of their friends, they may arrive at the conclusion, “my teen is in league with some bad seeds.” When this happens, how do we gently guide our teens away from negative influences? My advice may not be what you might expect.

Teach Your Kids

As parents, part of our job is to protect our kids. We try to shield them from negative influences as much as possible. We’re not going to let our 12-year-old daughter hang around 18-year-old girls who smoke pot and sleep with their boyfriends. We have to shield our child’s innocence until they are mature enough to make wise decisions on their own. It would be foolish to let young children spend time with people who have serious hang-ups. But at some point, we must stop protecting our kids and start preparing them to make wise choices when choosing friends. If all we are doing is hold our kids back from this or that person, we are not equipping them to make smart decisions once they are free of our control. While every child is different, here is a basic guideline for starting that relational training: Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

0–13 years old: Get to know and closely monitor your child’s friends. If your son or daughter is running with the wrong crowd this early, change schools, move houses, or pull your child from certain activities. At this age, they still need to have their innocence protected. 14–17 years old: Continue to monitor your child’s friends, but begin to slowly back off from controlling their relationships. If you have concerns about the people they are spending time with, talk with your kids about the problems you see. Also, set personal and family boundaries regarding the kind of behavior that is acceptable among friends and the kind that is not. 18+ years old: At this age, young people must be responsible for their own choices, including their choices in friends. If they are living with you, they must follow the rules of the house. But if they are on their own, all you can do is let them know you are available to talk and give advice if they ever feel they need it. As you train your teen to use discernment when choosing friends, you can help them along by asking good questions. For instance, you can ask, “I’m curious; would you ever drink and drive? Do you know someone who has? Did they think it was a good idea? Do you?” Or you can ask, “Has anyone offered you drugs? What crossed your mind in that moment?” These types of questions are effective because they help your child articulate their values, beliefs, and convictions. And if they ever get into a situation similar to the one you have discussed, chances are they will remember, “Hey, I remember telling my mom (or dad) that I don’t believe in drinking and driving. I’m going to pass.” By asking good questions, you are helping your child build up those decision-making muscles that will serve them well, whether they have good friends or not.

Embrace the “Bad” Kids

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would generally be included in what most people consider, the “wrong crowd.” But I love them all to death. Despite the numerous kids who have come through our program, I have yet to meet a “bad kid.” Now, I have met some strong-willed kids. I have helped teens with deep-seated problems and issues. But there isn’t one child who is beyond help. As moms and dads, we may spend a lot of time avoiding the “bad kids” and encouraging our children to do the same. But who needs a helping hand more than a teen who is hurtling off the tracks at 90 miles an hour? Instead of running from the wrong crowd, let’s run towards them! Turn your home into a safe, loving, and fun place where teens can hang out and interact. Provide alternatives for your kids and their friends. Invite them to watch a ball game. Pack up enough supplies, and take a group fishing. Let them set up their band in your garage. Set aside a weekend, and go camping with your kids and their friends. In this way, not only will you be providing a healthy outlet for teens to have fun, but they will be under your watch and protection. Rather than cautioning your teen to side step the problem kids, take initiative and be the mentor, leader, or life coach they need.

Be The Change

When you began to read this article, you probably thought that I would offer some suggestions about how to avoid the wrong crowd. Maybe you are a bit surprised at my approach to this topic. But please hear me out; no matter where you go, where you live, or who you know—there will always be a “wrong crowd” to worry about. So rather than spend all your time playing defense trying to block the bad kids from your teens, start playing the offense. Start influencing the “bad kids” yourself. And teach your teen to do the same. In that way, you won’t avoid the wrong crowd, you will change them!

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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Want to bring more joy into your home this year? Try shifting your mindset. Not only can adopting a more optimistic attitude create a happier life, you’ll influence how well your kids respond to life’s daily challenges too.

Practice self-awareness. Try tracking your moods to get a better

sense of what you’ll need to do to better care for yourself each day. Jessica Mostaffa, early childhood mental health specialist and therapist who works with mothers suffering from depression, says this tactic helps her clients take a more mindful approach to their day-to-day emotional well-being.

Make a happiness list. Brainstorm a list of activities that help you feel better when you’re feeling depleted. Your list might include taking a warm shower, watching a comedy, gardening or taking a walk with a friend. “When moms start working on increasing time for themselves, it not only decreases depressive symptoms, but they also report having a better, more positive relationship and interactions with their children, partners and others in the home,” Mostaffa says.

“Children watch their parents. They pick up on moods and beliefs. A positive attitude is contagious--as is a negative attitude,” says psychologist Dr. Kristen Hensley.

Invite your kids to make lists too. When they’re angry or upset, they can turn to their list to help them manage their emotions in a healthy way. For example, shoot hoops, listen to music, draw, read or call a trusted friend.

Positively rewarding. A positive outlook boosts productivity,

energy and motivation; helps reduce stress; enhances confidence and self-esteem; benefits health and even improves relationships with others. “A positive attitude can also help us be more flexible in our thinking and make seeing solutions to problems easier,” Hensley says. “Looking for silver linings in life can help build mental resilience and general optimism.” Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

Reframe negative thoughts. Rather than trying to ignore them, work with cynical thoughts that creep into your head. Mostaffa suggests asking yourself grounding questions like: “What’s the evidence that thought is true?” “What’s the evidence that 44

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Watch how you say it. Notice how you describe your obliga-

tions to yourself or others. For instance instead of saying: “It’s my responsibility to make sure the kids have their homework done,” you might say: “It’s my privilege to make sure that my children are doing what’s best for them.” “It’s those subtle shifts that have profound effects on our lives,” says Carla McClellan, an ACC-certified life coach.

Voice your gratitude. Foster positive thinking at meal time by inviting your family to share three things for which they feel grateful and why. Bedtime is a good time to reflect on the day too. “Daily affirmations can be powerful,” Hensley says. “These don’t have to be major things either. A five-year-old might say she’s grateful for the cupcake she got at school for a classmate’s birthday celebration because it made her happy. The purpose is to teach this kind of thinking and help it become a more natural part of everyday life.” Create a vision board. Imagine what you and your family would like to accomplish in the year ahead. Either make a family vision board or individual ones. Grab a stack of old magazines, scissors, glue and poster board. Cut out inspiring words, quotes and pictures. Ask each other questions like: “What are our dreams for the coming year?” “What do we want to see happen in our lives?” “What would an ideal vacation look like?” Set intentions. Alongside your daily to-do list, make a “to-be” list. Every morning set your intention. Ask yourself “who am I willing to be today?” Kind? Loving? Generous? Enthusiastic? “An intention is a laser focus for our energy. When we claim who we are willing to be, we can be that,” McClellan says.

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Encourage quiet time. Quiet, unplugged time helps nurture

creative thinking, problem-solving and stress reduction. Gear down before bedtime as a family. Read together, draw or watch a show. This time together helps kids decompress and gives them space to express worries, concerns or stories from the day.

Engage, Learn & Thrive!

Weigh the positive and negative. If your child is troubled by a

situation at school or at home, encourage him to write down a positive thought about it on a card. On the opposite side, have him write the negative thought. “Then you can discuss with your child each side, how each makes him or her feel, and what the consequences of each side might be,” Hensley says. “Remind children that it’s OK to have negative thoughts and feelings. We just don’t want them to rule our lives.”

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be happier and more deeply connected. Whether you throw the football, compete in a game of cards, dance to funky music in your living room, or make up games on a car ride, play will strengthen your relationship with each other.

Experiment with what works for your family. “All of these

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Making YouTube Kids Safer for Your Children Kids love videos—the sillier the better. And it’s a rare parent who hasn’t used them to secure a little quiet time. Today YouTube is, by far, the largest source of videos of all kinds. When they created an app for children in 2015, many parents assumed the content would be carefully curated and reliably child-friendly. Much of it is. YouTubeKids lets even young children happily swipe through a vast collection of content, much of it featuring familiar characters like Winnie the Pooh, Peppah Pig and PAW Patrol. Education clips are also plentiful, many from reputable sources like Khan’s Academy and PBS Kids. Mixed into this stew are videos created by users which vary enormously in content and quality. A small percentage include bizarre and even traumatizing images, sometimes of those same beloved characters doing lewd and violent things. How does this happen? Google uses artificial intelligence to decide whether a video is suitable for children. Although AI has come a long way, it doesn’t always spot problems that would be glaringly obvious to people. It may, for example, miss the nuance that distinguishes adult satire from the innocent content it’s meant to mock. And it’s often oblivious to trolls and clickbait—content created simply to lure clicks that generate revenue. In its defense, Google warns that children may encounter inappropriate content and asks that parents flag such material so other kids won’t see it. Of course, that’s a significant change. In the past, parents could assume children’s media was created with the wellbeing of kids in mind. On YouTubeKids, at least some of the videos are created to satisfy algorithms, stringing together content associated with key words in ways that are at best nonsensical and at worst disturbing. Google keeps changing its policies in an effort to stay Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

ahead of so-called bad actors, but often it seems the robots and their handlers are playing catch-up. Even when content is properly curated, parents need to be aware that children see a lot of commercial messages on YouTubeKids. The Red subscription may be free of paid advertising, but children still have access to entire channels created by companies like Hasbro or McDonalds. They’re also likely to encounter unboxing videos, short segments in which someone breathlessly unwraps a toy or a sweet, a process that seems designed to incite cravings in kids. Unfortunately, the parental controls for YouTubeKids are very limited. Parents can’t set their own filters for content or create playlists of acceptable videos such as those reviewed by Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org/ youtube-reviews). Most kids will still explore by swiping, so it’s good to know about these options: Change the password. Find the Grownups only section in the YouTubeKids app, and unlock it by using the random four digit passcode. The numbers are spelled out so pre-readers can’t use the code. For any child at the edge of literacy, find the “Set my own Passcode” button and do it. Disable search. Searching for videos increases the likelihood that children will see something unsuitable. Google allows parents to set up a profile for each child, so search can be enable or disabled depending on the child’s age and self control. Off should be the default. Tap the lock icon in the lower-right, enter the password, choose settings, create or find your child’s profile, and toggle off search. Review history. Because YouTubeKids doesn’t have filters, parents can’t necessarily keep kids from seeing something they 46

don’t want them to see. The app does make it easy to review history which at least allows a conversation, after the fact, about why a video is objectionable. Block videos you don’t want your child to see. If you see something unsuitable for your child, block the video or the entire channel. Just tap the triple-dot button for the video and then tap block. Report videos no child should see. Reporting gets the attention of human screeners who are actually counting on conscientious parents to let them know about unsuitable content that slipped by the robots. Think of this as a public service. If you see something, say something by tapping the triple-dot button and then Report. Set limits. To its credit, YouTubeKids does include a timer. Once it’s set, a colored progress bar lets your child see how much time is left in a session. When the clock runs out, a “Time’s Up” animation appears and the app locks until a parent enters the access code. Consider other options. Last but not least, consider other options. YouTubeKids may have the largest collection of videos but, when it comes to kids, quality is preferable to quantity. Companies like Disney, Nick Jr, and PBS Kids have brands to protect so they are likely to be more careful about what appears in their apps. For other possibilities, consult the list of video alternatives compiled by Common Sense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org/ lists/streaming-video-apps). Regardless of where your child watches videos, talk often about what your child is seeing and ask questions that develop critical thinking skills. Why does your child like certain characters? Are they behaving in a way that would be OK if a real person did it? Why is something funny? Did your child learn anything from the video? Is someone trying to get them to buy or do something? Having these conversations helps children become more discerning about what they watch, a skill that will be only become more valuable as they get older. 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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future — that’s fine, too. It would be another incredibly generous act. And in my mind, generosity of that magnitude should be met with gratitude and appreciation of equal measure. If you choose this route, let him know how and why you were able to give him this gift. Don’t hold it over his head or beat him up with it, but stress the importance of being wise with money, saving and investing, and staying out of debt in the future. Let him know if he’ll follow your example, he might be able to do the same kind of thing for his kids someday. That would be a wonderful thing to see, wouldn’t it?

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Consider the following: Do the program’s hours work for your schedule? Is it near your home or office? How long will it take you to get there if there’s an emergency during the day?

Cost

While it’s crucial to find a program that fits into your budget, that doesn’t mean you should scrimp on quality. If your dream daycare is too costly for you to manage, ask about scholarships. Many communities have programs to help working parents with the cost of childcare.

First impressions

Drop in unannounced to get a feel for a place. Pay close attention to how you’re greeted and what’s going on. Is it chaotic? Did you walk right in without anyone noticing you? Do the children look happy and occupied? Notice the teachers: Are they warm and caring? Do they seem to genuinely like children?

Recommendations

Ask other parents and caregivers who currently use the daycare as well as former

families about their experiences there. Also check with the local Better Business Bureau. A quick online search never hurts, either.

Cleanliness

Sure, with dozens of small children, it’s tough to keep a building clean, but it is imperative to keep everyone healthy. Do you notice any foul smells? Teachers should wear gloves for diapering and wash their hands before and after. Procedures should be in place for sanitizing all equipment and toys throughout the day.

Ratios

In Alabama, one teacher is allowed by law to be alone with eight two-year-olds. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recommends a one-to-six ratio for the same age group. The lower the ratio, the more attention your child will receive. The ratio varies depending on the age group. If your daycare is NAEYC-approved, find out the appropriate NAEYC ratio for your child’s age. Check the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to learn your state’s health and safety recommendations.

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Turnover

Once you’ve found the perfect teacher, you want some assurance that she won’t leave two weeks after you enroll your child. Find out the program’s turnover rate. If teachers frequently leave, they may be unhappy about the way they’re treated or about something happening at the school, which is cause for concern.

Policies and procedures

Confirm the school is up to date on licensing standards by contacting your local department of children and families. Ask to see the school’s policy and procedure handbooks. They should have plans in place for dealing with a wide variety of issues from lice outbreaks to power outages. Ask about the center’s safety procedures. Choosing a daycare doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In the end, trust your instincts. ESP

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8595 Milton Jones Road We offer after school care with transportation at Daphne and Spanish Fort Schools for grades Kindergarten - 6th grade. We accept Child Care South. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm Ages: 6 weeks - 4 years; Kindergarten - 6th grade Contact: Ty Thornton (251) 301-6407

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Eastern Shore Baptist Church Weekday Education Ministries

6847 Park Drive Registration will be open to the public February 1. Call for details (All paperwork and registration fees are due at this time.) The Preschool program accepts children ages 2 years – 4 years. The Mother’s Day Out program will accept children ages 6 weeks - 24 months. Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with extended option from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ages: 6weeks - 4 years Contact: Gail Gardner (251) 626-7627

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Eastern Shore Montessori School

980 Main Street Registration is open year round. Full and part time programs are offered as well as summer programs. We also have a Spanish teacher on staff. Visit our website for registration forms. Hours: Monday - Friday 7 am - 5:30 pm Ages: 12 months – Kindergarten Contact: Kate Burdick (251) 626-7505 esmontessorischool@gmail.com www.easternshoremontessori.com

Good Beginnings Community Center

26120 Equity Drive “A Lifetime of Learning Begins Here” After-school care is also available. We offer an onsite Span-

ish and teacher. We are DHR, CPR and First Aid Certified. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years Contact: Ilena Rowe (251) 316-5995

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Hermes Enchanted Garden Home Daycare

Highway 90 and I-10 Montessori influenced home day care. We provide preservative free organic meals. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm Ages: infant - Pre-K (251) 269-0022

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Kid’s Kabin Daycare

27730 Main Street Open Registration is year around. We accept ChildCare South. Visit us on Facebook! Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 5:30pm Ages: 10 weeks - 6 years Contact: Kelly Lee (251) 375-0152

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Loving Care Children’s Center

10142 County Road 64 Loving Care Children’s Center is a year round school offerring 3K and 4K programs with full and half day options. We have Video Monitoring System and Security Entry System. Call for enrollment info. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years Contact: Wanda Burroughs (251) 626-1855

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Sleepy Town Childcare

1111 Wilson Avenue At Sleepy Town we schedule our hours around your family’s needs! Offering childcare 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We provide a “home away from home” experience for children in a safe and Christian environment. Please call for specific regis-

tration information and pricing. Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Ages: 12 months - 12 years Contact: Earline Harris (251) 421-7296

The Community School

29964 Saint Basil Street Registration for the 2018/2019 school year begins in March 2018. The Community School (TCS) provides education for all student based on their academic ability. We are registered and licensed by the Alabama Department of Education. Please call the school office for enrollment forms and instructions. Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm; Friday 7:30am-5:30pm Ages: PreK3 - 8th grade Contact: Melanie Daw (251) 517-5590

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The Learning Cove Preschool

28848 North Main Street Registration is available all year. We are DHR certified. For info and tuition rates call or email us. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years Contact: Jeanee Cwieka M.Ed (251) 621-8811 info@thelearningcovepreschool.com www.learningcovepreschool.com

The Neighborhood School

26481 a Kensington Place The Neighborhood School is locally owned and operated. We are a state licensed preschool. After school care for elementary aged children is also available. Registration and enrollment information is available in the school office. Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm Ages: Infant - Pre-K Contact: Carriann Toombs (251) 626-0074 SchoolDaphne/

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Tiny Tots Academy

25478 Friendship Road Open registration all year. We also offer a kindergarten readiness program. Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30am -6:00pm. Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years Contact: Katie Turnage (251) 625-6625

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13220 North Main Street Children must be potty trained to start. Early drop off is available at 7am. Extended day program is open until 5:30 p.m. Our program focuses on school readiness with Christian teachings. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3pm. Extended hours available. Ages: PK3 - 5 years Contact: Bridget Alms (251) 987-1966

12786 Illinois Street Our objective is to prepare children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays to independently participate in a traditional classroom. At High Hopes we specialize in preschool age children. Diagnosis is not required for any of our programs. We practice research based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques. We offer Individual ABA Therapy and Shadowing in the classroom. We also offer computer monitoring and parent training while your child is in therapy. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm Ages: 18 months - 4 years Contact: Rachael Mueller, M. Ed., BCBA (251) 986-7007 highhopes4autism@gmail.com www.highhopes4autism.org

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6847 Park Drive (Building C) In-house registration is January 29, 2018. Public registration is February 1, 2018. (All paperwork and registration fees are due at this time.) The Mother’s Day Out program will accept children ages 6 weeks - 24 months. Limited space available for the extended care program. 2-day, 3-day or 5-day options are offered. For more information and tuition rates please call or visit our church website. Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm; extended care 7:30am – 3:00pm Ages: 2 years – 4 years Contact: Gail Gardner gail@myesbc.net

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28788 North Main Street Registration for fall begins in February 2018. Before school care is available from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and after school care is available from 1:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm Ages: 12 months – Pre-K4 Contact: Mary Haulard

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300 South Section Street Open Enrollment will begin in February 2018. Extended Day program available from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 2, 3 and 5-day programs available. Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm Ages: 1 year – 4 years Contact: Lynn Carroll (251) 928-0496

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Eastern Shore Academy of Excellence

23946-B US Highway 98 Open registration is year round. Our daycare uses a Preschool curriculum. Summer programs, Afterschool care and Half day programs are available. Visit us on Facebook or call our office for information. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years Contact: Jamie Snowden (251) 928-1854 or (251) 243-5153 easternshoreacademy@ gmail.com www.facebook.com/EasternShoreAcademy/

Eastern Shore Early Childhood Center 1090 Fairhope Avenue Call for registration information. Full Time. Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30am – 5:30pm Ages: 18 months - 12 years (251) 928-3449

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Eastern Shore Kids Kastle, Inc.

10291 B County Road 48 Registration open all year. Full Time and Afterschool Programs available. ChildCare South is also accepted. We offer Health Habits, Sports Activities, Outdoor Sand/Water Play, Trike Paths, Computers, Professional Photos, Special Events, Dance Lessons, and Homework Assessments. Visit our Facebook Page! Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Yvette Helms (251) 990-5350

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Fairhope UMC Preschool Ministry

155 South Section Street Preschool open registration is January 29, 2018. Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm Ages: 2 years - PreK Contact: Terry Lowell (251) 928-1280 terry.lowell@fairhopeumc.org www.fairhopeumc.org

Jubilee Head Start Center

24044 Highway 98 Ongoing registration. Also accepting low income and special needs children. Please call for specific location information. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:30pm Ages: 3 - 5 years (251) 928-9193

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Jubilee Shores WeeSchool

17261 State Highway 181 Registration begins in February 2018. You are welcome to choose specific days and hours needed. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm Ages: 10 months – 5 years Contact: Amber Jones (251) 929-0829 amberjones@jubileeshores.net www.jubileeshores.net

Kinder Academy

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Ms. Tiffany’s Daycare

11880 C County Road 48 Ms. Tiffany’s Daycare is a licensed Home Daycare owned and operated by Paul and Tiffany Villanova. We are CPR and 1st Aid certified and licensed by the state of Alabama. We specialize in tender loving care for infants and toddlers. Call for availability. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm Ages: 6 weeks to 3 years Contact: Tiffany Villanova (251) 990-7368 villanovap@bellsouth.net

The Organic School Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education

8 Marietta Drive We nurture each child’s creativity with weekly classes in art, music, yoga, pottery, nature studies and

dance. Celebrating 108 years of learning through play and exploration! Enrollment is open all year. Hours: Monday - Friday 8am -3pm; after care until 5:30pm Ages: Pre-K - 8th grade Contact: Jessie Patterson (251) 928-9347 marietta.school@mchsi.com www.fairhopeorganicschool.com

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708 East Laurel Avenue We offer ongoing registration. We offer a faith based child care program. Visit us on Facebook or call for registration and availability. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am-5:30pm Ages: 6 weeks – 4 years Contact: Tia Stafford (251) 923-7602

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Cradle 2 Crayons, Inc.

507 West Rose Avenue Open enrolment all year. 3K and 4K programs, before and after school care available. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Renee Brunson (251) 943-4599 cradle2crayonsinc@gulftel.com www.cradle2crayonsinc.net

Faith Christian Academy

18109 US Highway 98 ABEKA curriculum. Open registration year round. Whiz Kids program available. Sibling discounts offered. Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 5:30pm Ages: 6 weeks - Elementary Contact: Andrea Overstreet (251) 971-3202

10839 Saint Johns Avenue Ongoing registration. Also accepting low income and special needs children. Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 2:30pm Ages: 3 years - 5 years Contact: Ada Ikner (251) 965-7937

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Precious Moments Learning Center

1900 South Oak Street We offer ongoing registration. Full & part time programs and after school care available. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 7pm Ages: 2 weeks - 15 years Contact: Monica Pierce (251) 943-4399

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Snook Christian Academy

18930 County Road 28 Open enrollment begins March 1, 2018. Snook Christian Academy is accredited through SACS and NCSA (National Christian School Association). We

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Victory Daycare Academy

20511 County Road 12 Providing early education with fundamental values. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm Ages: 6 weeks through 4 years Contact: Latisha Staimpel (251) 943-7684

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Heavenly Sent Learning Center Inc.

12710 County Road 65 We have ongoing registration and offer a school readiness Pre-K program. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks through 14 years Contact: Arlene Trotter (251) 970-3324 or (251) 943-3049 www.heavenlysentlearningcenter.com

Kid Plus Child Development Center

900 South Bay Street Registration is ongoing. We offer full time childcare. For more information please call our office or visit us on Facebook. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks - 11 years Contact: Christie Steigerwald (251) 970-1566

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Open Door Christian Child Care

20774 County Rd 12 South Enter to grow in wisdom, depart to better serve. Our Day Care and Preschool provides education with a foundation in Christian values and character training. Registration begins February 2018. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks - 3 years and preK - 12 grade Contact: Violet Wallace (251) 943-1693 opendoor@gulftel.com www.opendoorchurchfoley.com

Swift Church Christian Preschool

23208 Swift Church Road We provide Christian education for kindergarten readiness. Registration is from January - August, 2018. Part time programs are also available. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:30pm Ages: 1 year - Pre-K4 Contact: Ashley Cooper (765) 299-6217 swiftchurchpreschool@gmail.com www.swiftchurch.org/preschool

Gulf Shores Coastal Kids Academy

541 Cotten Creek Drive Coastal Kids Academy is a place where children are nurtured in a loving environment to produce world changers. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:30pm Ages: 12 weeks - 4 years Contact: Jennifer Prichard (251)621-9555

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First Baptist Child Development Center – Gulf Shores

2200 West 1st Street Registration begins in June for fall 2018. Our Registration fee is $150 and tuition is $130 per week. We use Mother Goose Curriculum and offer Sign Language and Spanish. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm Ages: 6 weeks – Pre-K4 Contact: Kim Haggerty (251) 968-8124

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Ages: infant to 5 years (251) 473-1060 ext. 101 or (800) 276-2134 www.grecs.org

Gulf Shores United Methodist Church Preschool and Mother’s Day Out

1900 Gulf Shores Parkway Registration begins in March 2018. We offer 3 and 5-day programs. Please call for information. Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:45 pm Ages: 1 - 4 years Contact: Lana Crawford (251) 968-4328 lana@gulfshoresumc.org www.gulfshoresumc.org/preschool

Holy Spirit Episcopal Day School

616 West Fort Morgan Road Please call our office for availability. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm Ages: 1 1/2 years - 5 years Contact: Diane Wheeler (251) 968-5219

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Loxley ECMHSP/LOXLEY AL CENTER

16742 County Road 68 We offer a seasonal child care program from April - November. Please call for availability and registration. Hours: Monday - Friday 5:30am - 6:00pm Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years Contact: Lauryn Sosa (251) 960-1060

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Kidz Learning Center

1074 North Hickory Street Registration is ongoing. No registration fee required. We are state licensed and provide breakfast, lunch and snack. We provide one formula and all baby food and cereal. Call for more info and to schedule a tour. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years Contact: Stacey Bain (251) 964-4200 kidz@gulftel.com www.facebook.com/Kidz-Learning-Center

Milestones Child Care Center

1074 South Cypress Street Milestones Child Care Center accepts registration for our full time program all year. We are part of the USDA food program. Please call for availability. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 5:30pm Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Ann Melendez (251) 960-1616

Mobile Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services

3100 Cottage Hill Road (Building 4) Early Head Start Mobile provides children and families access to high-quality early learning experiences. Partnerships with area centers, support working families by providing a full-day program where children have healthy and enriching early learning. Visit our website for resources and how to apply. Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm and Fridays 9am - 4pm Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

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Orange Beach Bright Beginnings Preschool Orange Beach UMC

28751 Canal Road Our mission is to be the love of Jesus Christ to children and their families by providing a Christian learning environment that is safe, warm and loving. Serving children age 1 by September 1st of the current school year through 4 years old. Please call for detailed registration information. Hours: 8:15am - 2:30pm with after care 2:30pm -5:30pm Ages: 1 - 4 years Contact: Pam Kreamer

23070 Highway 59 North Open Registration begins January 29, 2018. We offer a Full time pre-K program with an extended day option. At Saint Patrick’s we prepare students to Be God’s light in the World. Hours: Monday – Friday 7:45am - 3:00pm; Extended care until 5:30pm Ages: PK3 - 8th Contact: Sr. Margaret Harte (251) 947-7395 school@stpatcatholic.com https://school.stpatcatholic.com

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Discovery Island Child Development

24843 Commercial Avenue We have ongoing registration. We are the only licensed and inspected Daycare center on the island. Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years Contact: Melissa Moody (251) 974- 5488 director@discoveryislandcdc.com www.discoveryislandcdc.com

Robertsdale Children’s Learning Center

22305 Palmer Street Full time program with after school care available. Please call or email our office for specific registration information. Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 5:30pm Ages: 6 weeks – 12 years Contact: Lynn Beasley (251) 947-4407

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Little Anchors Preschool

18200 Hwy 104 Registration begins February 2018. Little Anchors offers a part time program and follows the Baldwin County School schedule. Please call for available spots and specific registration dates. Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:15am - 2:15pm Ages: Infant - K4 Contact: Monica Copeland (251) 978-5324 or (251) 947-4362

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7100 Spanish Fort Boulevard We offer a Full Day Program with before & after school care. Fall 2018 Registration will take place in early February. For registration information call or email our office. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am – 3:00pm; Extended hours are 7:10am – 6:00pm Ages: 2 years - K-4 Contact: Tracey Dale (251) 626-6338 tracey@faithfamilyonline.com www.faithfamilyonline.com

Spanish Fort Presbyterian Preschool ad on page 19

6620 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort Presbyterian Weekday Preschool is open to children who are 2, 3, and 4 years of age as of September 2nd. A toddler class is also available for children, 18 to 23 months when space allows. Extended hours are available from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm Ages: Toddler – Pre-K4

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Spanish Fort United Methodist Church Preschool ad on page 25

6530 Spanish Fort Boulevard SFUMC Church Member registration begins January 23, 2018 at 8:30am. Current student registration is January 24 - 25, 2018 at 8:30am. Open registration begins January 26th, 2018 at 9:30 am. An extra lunch bunch hour is available until 1:00pm. Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm with 1 hour lunch bunch option Ages: 5 months - 4 years Contact: Jenni Dismukes (251) 626-1380 preschool@spanishfortumc.org www.spanishfortumc.org

Bean Sprouts

11065 US Highway 31 Bean Sprouts is convenient to Rockwell Elementary School. Mother Goose curriculum. Registration is open all year. Please call our office for detailed information. Hours: Monday - Friday 6am - 6pm Ages: 6 weeks through 5 years Contact: Sara Brightbill (251) 626-5445 beansproutsdaycarellc@gmail.com www.facebook.com/beansproutsdaycareAL

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Jubilee Early Child Development Center

8930 Spanish Fort Boulevard Registration is open all year. Full Time and parttime programs are available. Our school age extended care program is offered during after school hours, holidays and during the summer. We do not provide transportation. Jubilee’s toddler and infant program is for children 18 - 36 months. Programs vary by center locations. Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 5:45pm Ages: Ages 8 weeks - PreK4 Contact: Heather Bankester (251) 625-1234

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New Life Assembly of God

10424 Old Highway 31 Registration is ongoing. We offer a half-day program on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We also have a summer program. For more information please call or email our director. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am - 1pm Ages: 12 months - 4 years Contact: Brenda Smith (251) 656-3535 or (251) 802-8542 www.newlifeagspanishfort.com

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Eastern Shore Academy

9543 Stagecoach Commercial Park Circle Registration for the 2018 school year will open to the public in February. The summer program will begin May 29, 2018. Please call the office for specific registration dates and times. Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 5:30pm Ages: 6 weeks - K4 Contact: Stephanie Wilson (251) 625-4042 stephaniewilson@easternshoreacademy.com

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I am seeing an epidemic of anxious, stressed out teens in my office and in my community. And I am not alone. There has been a significant increase in the number of teens and young adults with anxiety and depression in U.S. since the 1940s. As much as 25% of teens in the U.S. will fit the criteria for an anxiety disorder at some time, and anxiety is the most common mental disorder in adults, at 18% of the population (according to the NIH). The U.S. (and other Western countries) have a higher incidence of anxiety than the rest of the world, where the global prevalence of anxiety is only 7%. So U.S. teens and 20-somethings have become progressively more anxious over the last 60 years, are the most anxious age range in our society, and are more anxious than their peers in the rest of the world. What is going on in our culture and environment that is making our 21st century young people anxious? I think of our young people as the “canaries in the coal mines” of modern culture, with social, environmental, chemical, and community changes all coming to bear on their ability to function. No one knows exactly why teens are more anxious than they used to be, but I have a few guesses.

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Loss of community connection and support: In my book BodyWise, I write about the challenging mismatch between our physiology— which was designed for humans living thousands of years ago—and our culture and environment. And this is a more pronounced problem in Western countries than in more traditional cultures. Specifically, Western countries, like the U.S., have lost much of our communal connection. We often don’t even know our neighbors. The lack of religious and social community, the loss of family farms, and the increasing isolation of our nuclear families create environments which are less friendly to the happiness and relaxation of teens and adults alike. In the U.S., more social connections (at home, at work, in your softball league) lead to less depression and anxiety. Teens need social connections even more than adults, and not just through Instagram or Snapchat. Face to face interaction with friends reduces stress and fuels healthy development. My sister Lisa, who is a 30year veteran educator specializing in anxious teens, suggests that creating an environment in which young people can feel safe, form connections with other young people, and be successful, is the key to helping them recover their peace of mind. And if you’re the parent of the anxious teen, your love, support and connection is a critical factor in their success. 63

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Suggestion 1: Find an educational and social environment in which your teen feels safe and can be successful. Remember that “high achievement” is far less important for your young person’s success long-term than feeling comfortable and confident in her or himself. As a parent, even when it’s tough, try to stay open to communication, attention and affection with your teen or 20-something.

Insomnia and Sleep Deprivation: The impact of artificial lighting and technology on sleep is harsh for everyone in modern society, but it is particularly important for teens, who need more sleep than adults, but have shifted sleep clocks, meaning that they naturally go to sleep later and get up later. The issue is that most schools start by 8 a.m. and teens can’t sleep in late, leaving them chronically sleep deprived. All artificial light has the result of reducing melatonin production at night and making sleep more difficult, but the light on computer and phone screens is a bluer light, and it has twice the suppressive effect on melatonin—severely impairing sleep in teens. A study published in the British Medical Journal reported that the more screen time teens engage in, the longer it takes them to fall asleep. Teens with 4 or more hours of screen time per day were 350% more likely to sleep less than 5 hours at night and 49% more likely to need more than 60 minutes to fall asleep. The impact of less sleep? Anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate and poor grades.

Suggestion 2: Help yourself (or your teen) sleep by limiting screen time at night and/or adding an amber filter to their phone, pad, or laptop to limit blue light exposure (see getflux.com).

Couch Potato Kids: All humans are physiologically designed to be active, and young people, at their physical peak, should be the most active of all. Exercise is my number one recommendation for preventing depression and is also effective in combating anxiety. In addition, exposure to nature is particularly therapeutic, reducing both anxiety and depression. Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

Suggestion 3: Find any way for a young person to be active, preferably outside. Skateboarding, biking, walking to school, all sports, even fooling around outside—all count.

Helicopter parenting: Now seriously folks, I meet young people regularly who can’t cook, do dishes, drive, figure out a bus schedule, do their laundry, handle a bank account, or write a comprehensible letter or e-mail to an adult. This makes them incapable, vulnerable and dependent, and they know it. Which is why they’re stressed. Do they feel ready to be independent come the age of 18? No. Which is a cause for anxiety and an impending “failure to launch” that hurts everyone. Our job is to raise adults, and to give them independence in every area that they’ve earned it, whenever possible. Let them fail at things while still at home so that they know how to figure out life when they leave home. A lifecompetent teen is a less anxious teen. And if you think that “tiger-parenting” a young person is a better option, in my opinion, excessively high parental expectations around school performance or college admissions is a major source of anxiety for many teens. Let them set their own expectations and establish an acceptable minimum for school performance. They should be responsible for their future opportunities as much as possible.

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impact of technology: Our brains were not built to withstand the amount of constant information that barrages us. A study in Pediatrics of babies exposed to a DVD, showed significantly increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, when compared to babies who played with blocks. And another study in Pediatrics showed that early television exposure significantly correlated with later diagnoses of ADHD. Fast forward to the small children I see in cars and airports all over the world with headsets and pads playing games and watching shows. What is the impact of all this stimulation? Well, increased stress hormones. And increased growth of the areas of the brain that respond to stress. Ultimately, a human with a lower threshold for stress and anxiety. Reducing screen time, as best you can, at all ages of development, is key to reducing anxiety. Most importantly, do your best to limit access to violent games, which increase both aggression and anxiety. Realize that kids who are on Facebook and other social media sites more hours, are more depressed and anxious. Perhaps comparing themselves to the “perfect” lives of their peers, falsely portrayed online. Some social media is fine, but www.easternshoreparents.com

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Suggestion 5: Limit your teen’s access to and use of phones, pads and laptops when at home and require human interaction free of devices—at family dinner for example.

The impact of toxins in our food supply and environment:

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Twenty-five percent of U.S. residents eat at a fast food restaurant daily. And the food at those restaurants is processed, heavy with sugar and salt and highly inflammatory to the body and brain. A study in Tehran showed that the more processed food young adults consumed, the more likely they were to be anxious. Multiple studies have shown a reduction in the symptoms of ADHD, depression and anxiety when kids are fed a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, essential fatty acids (in nuts and fish) and healthy protein. We are also exposed to over 50,000 chemicals in our environment, water and food supply that were not present merely 60 years ago (most of which have not been tested for human safety). A sampling of the umbilical cord blood of infants born in the U.S. revealed more than 200 industrial chemicals. Of the 297 chemicals detected, 180 cause cancer, 217 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, 208 cause birth defects. We have been conducting the biggest experiment on industrialized food and toxic exposure that has ever been seen in human history. And increased rates of learning disorders, depression and anxiety in our youth are likely consequences of this experiment.

Suggestion 6: As best you can, keep your children and teens away from fast food and processed food. Only keep food and snacks at home that support their health: preferably organic fresh fruit, whole grain breads and crackers, nut butters and cheese, carrots and hummus. You’ll be amazed at how many healthy “snack foods” are available when you look for them. And avoid putting toxic herbicides and pesticides on your lawn or garden, which get tracked into the house or using toxic cleaning products. ESP Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD is a family practice and integrative medicine physician, speaker and author, most recently of BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing. You can view her work at DoctorRachel.com, or on Facebook: @doctorrachelabrams.

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A Page in a Book Getting the Inside Story No one loves a good story as much as a child. As little ones listen to books read aloud to them, they receive their first introduction to basic story elements like characters, settings and plot. Children’s literature often benefits from simple story structures so that new readers can learn traditional storytelling components and styles. But kids don’t always have a window into what it takes to actually build a story from the ground up. The following titles explore the evolution of a story with tongue-in-cheek humor and characters who all have their own tale to tell.

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by Caron Levis, Illustrated by Andy Rash (Farrar Straus Giroux / Macmillan) The alphabet letters on the refrigerator want to work together to tell a story. The letter ‘C’ suggests the story should be about cats. Letter ‘K’ counters that the story could be about a kangaroo or a king. Soon ‘C’ and ‘K’ are in an alphabetical war of words as each advocates for their own special words to take precedence in the tale. The other letters are rightfully concerned when ‘C’ and ‘K’ storm off leaving them without the means to spell ‘duck’, ‘socks’, ‘luck’ and many other important words. Only a very special story with just the right words can bring ‘C’ and ‘K’ back into the tale. Gently introducing phonetic sounds and basic spelling, beginning readers will get more that just a story from these delightfully animated letters of the alphabet.

I Want to Be in a Scary Story

by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Jean Jullien (Candlewick Press) Little Monster is asking to be in his own scary story. Breaking the fourth wall, this title follows an implied conversation with the storyteller as Little Monster asks for new elements to be added to his tale. The level of scary adjusts up and down as Little Monster seeks just the right amount of scary in their story. After a string of spooky additions and changes, the story is still not exactly right for Little Monster. Sometimes what a good story needs to become great is simply a change in perspective. Featuring a bordering-onbold Little Monster who just wants to move from scared to scary, this is a great read-aloud conversation for every storytelling partnership.

Amy the Red Panda is Writing the Best Story in the World

by Colleen AF Venable, Illustrated by Ruth Chan (Greenwillow / HarperCollins) With a simple announcement, Amy the Red Panda begins writing the best story in the world. But as soon as Amy’s first sentence begins to form, letters of the alphabet begin to rain from the sky and friends arrive to help her story development. Her tiny friends insist that smaller animals make better stories (hippos and giraffes disagree). Digger friends suggest digging stories and flying pals offer flights of fantasy. Amy’s vision for her tale goes farther and farther off course as she’s beset with everyone’s diverging ideas about what makes a good story. Left with a chaotic alphabet and her original story in tatters, Amy discovers a new story emerging from her experience. Underlining the ability to make your own happy ending in the wake of unexpected changes, this title is a cheerful celebration of storytelling. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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FamilyCalendar Tuesday January 2

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

Thursday January 4

Some Enchanted Evening ~ The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 This stunning collection of compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting-first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage.’ While offering the performers an opportunity to explore the songs within their own styles and sensibilities, it offers the audience a glorious parade of genuine hits. sbct.biz

Friday January 5

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. Some Enchanted Evening ~ The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 This stunning collection of compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting-first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage.’ While offering the performers an opportunity to explore the songs within their own styles and sensibilities, it offers the audience a glorious parade of genuine hits. sbct.biz Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin “IV” 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. Led Zeppelin “IV” album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked–the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. www.mobilesaenger.com

Saturday January 6

Curious George Story Time 10:30 AM Gulf Coast Get up close with the most curious little monkey, Curious Exploreum Science Center, George, and follow his lead, engaging in math, science and engineering activities modeled after his own adventures. 65 Government Street Including meet and greet with Curious George, birthday party packages, special events, Mobile, 36604 us storytimes,Join and more! every other week for a reading of some of your favorite Curious George books. Each installment located at 65 government st. • Mobile, AL 36602 • 251-208-6893 • www.exploreum.com will be read by a different local “celebrity” and will take place in the Curious George exhibit or the Wharf of Wonder. Make sure to show up a little early so you can get the best spot in the space! These events are free for Exploreum members and included in the price of admission for non-members. www.exploreum.com Curious George television series merchandise © Universal Studios. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved.

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Sunday January 7

Curiosity Factory Workshops 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36604 We will study the science of convex lenses, and the difference between virtual and real imagery by using shoeboxes to make smartphone projectors! www.exploreum.com Some Enchanted Evening ~ The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 This stunning collection of compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting-first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage.’ While offering the performers an opportunity to explore the songs within their own styles and sensibilities, it offers the audience a glorious parade of genuine hits. sbct.biz Jason Isbell 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit concert. www.mobilesaenger.com Regions Bank presents Clay Walker 7:00 PM The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Clay Walker at The Steeple. www.thesteeplemobile.com www.thesteeplemobile.com

Tuesday January 9

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 Fairhope Museum of History “Tea for Two” 2:00 PM Fairhope Museum of History, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Officer Julie Joyner - A Fairhope native, Office Joyner is now a police officer dedicated to protecting her home town which we all love! We are always honored to have one of our police department members speak at our Tea for Two programs. Come help us show our support for Julie and learn about her life, work and journey. business.eschamber.com Shen Yun Performing Arts 2018 7:30 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36608 You will be taken on a journey to magnificent eras in Chinese history, as well as to periods from China’s recent past. Ancient stories and legends, ethnic and folk traditions, villains and heroes will come to life on stage through classical Chinese dance, live music, and stunning digital backdrops. You can expect an experience like no other, one that not only entertains, but also enriches and inspires. 251-208-7261 www.shenyun.com/mobile

Wednesday January 10

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

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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. January 10: Winter Garden Walk - Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the Gardens from Bellingrath’s Horticulture Management Team: Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick, Nursery Manager Chuck Owens and Display Coordinator Barbara Smith. bellingrath.org

Thursday January 11

Distinguished Lecture Series - “Mardi Gras in Mobile: America’s Original Mardi Gras!” 6:30 PM USA Gulf Shore Cultural Center Auditorium, 19470 Oak Road West Gulf Shores, 36542 University of South Alabama Gulf Coast Distinguished Lecture Series presents “Mardi Gras in Mobile: America’s Original Mardi Gras!” www.usacontinuinged.com Titanic Film Festival ($5, Members are free) 7:00 PM History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 The Titanic is no stranger to the big screen. Come see the exhibit and enjoy a movie on us! 251-208-7569 www.museumofmobile.com Some Enchanted Evening ~ The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 This stunning collection of compositions places five performers in a theatrical setting-first ‘backstage,’ where the songs are sung as personal interplay, and then ‘onstage.’ While offering the performers an opportunity to explore the songs within their own styles and sensibilities, it offers the audience a glorious parade of genuine hits. sbct.biz

Friday January 12

Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County”. joejeffersonplayers.com

Saturday January 13

Krewe de la Dauphine (Free) 1:00 PM Dauphin Island, Dauphin Island Krewe de la Dauphine parade at 1:00pm. townofdauphinisland.org Krewe de la Dauphine Parade 1:00 PM Dauphin Island Krewe de la Dauphine starts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, travels west on Bienville Boulevard and ends at 1501 Bienville - the Dauphin Island Elementary School. Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County”. joejeffersonplayers.com

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Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County” 2:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County”. joejeffersonplayers.com

Monday January 15

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Tuesday January 16

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

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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. January 17: “The Underwater Forest,” with Ben Raines environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama’s Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico. The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. Ben’s acclaimed documentary about the forest was released in June 2017. bellingrath.org

Thursday January 18

Titanic Film Festival ($5, Members are free) 7:00 PM History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 The Titanic is no stranger to the big screen. Come see the exhibit and enjoy a movie on us! 251-208-7569 www.museumofmobile.com

Friday January 19

Krewe of Kindness ($25) 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, The Pillars, 1757 Government Street

Mobile, 3664 Join us for a family friendly Mardi Gras ball to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network and the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Heavy hor d’oeuvres, children’s bites and snacks, beverages and a cash bar will be available. Several silent auction items will be available for purchase! Fun times for the whole family to dress up and dance the night under the stars and in the beautiful setting of The Pillars of Mobile. www.eventbrite.com/e/krewe-of-kindness-tickets-39941080848 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County”. joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 Lafayette Street Mobile, 36606 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Saturday January 20

5th Annual Run For Shep 9:00 AM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, 36526 ALL of the proceeds from the race will go to Shephard’s Flock. Shephard’s Flock’s mission is to financially assist (non-medical related expenses) local families with childhood cancer warriors who are undergoing treatment at USA Children’s and Women’s. runsignup.com/Race/AL/Daphne/RunforShep Town of Dauphin Island Parade 1:00 PM Dauphin Island, Dauphin Island Town of Dauphin Island Parade at 1:00pm. Starts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, travels west on Bienville Boulevard and ends at 1501 Bienville - the Dauphin Island Elementary School. townofdauphinisland.org Town of Dauphin Island Parade 1:00 PM Dauphin Island Begins at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Parade goes down Bienville Boulevard toward the West End of the island and then ends around 1501 Bienville, which is the location of the old Dauphin Island Elementary School. Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County”. joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Symphony Orchestra: Four Seasons 7:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Vivaldi was a master of his art in that he was capable of composing music which spoke more powerfully than words. The Four Seasons puts Vivaldi’s mastery on full display. For each season, there is a corresponding concertos which provides a vivid musical portrait. www.mobilesaenger.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 Lafayette Street Mobile, 36606 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Sunday January 21

Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County” 2:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Joe Jefferson Players present “August: Osage County”. joejeffersonplayers.com

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Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 Lafayette Street Mobile, 36606 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Mobile Symphony Orchestra: Four Seasons 2:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Vivaldi was a master of his art in that he was capable of composing music which spoke more powerfully than words. The Four Seasons puts Vivaldi’s mastery on full display. For each season, there is a corresponding concertos which provides a vivid musical portrait. www.mobilesaenger.com

Tuesday January 23

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 Fairhope Museum of History “Tea for Two” 2:00 PM Fairhope Museum of History, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Josh Gambino - A wealth of information about a long-time Fairhope favorite, Gambino’s Original Italian Grill; come hear Josh’s fascinating stories about his family, Fairhope, adventures in restaurant management and maybe even some old Mafia rumors!? business.eschamber.com

Wednesday January 24

Winter Wednesdays 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Details on January 17. bellingrath.org Chick-Fil-A Fellowship of Christian Athletes Rally 6:30 PM Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Many fun events are planned for the week of the Senior Bowl. Chick-Fil-A Fellowship of Christian Athletes Rally will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at the Mobile Convention Center at 6:30pm. This event is open to Public (Ticket required), please visit www. southalabamafca.org for more information. 251-432-4109 www.seniorbowl.com

Thursday January 25 Toast to the Coast

6:00 PM Orange Beach Events Center, 4671 Wharf Parkway West Orange Beach, 36561 The South Baldwin Newcomers Club will be holding its major fundraising event, A Toast to the Coast on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf from 6-9 p.m. This year will feature 30 of the area’s finest restaurants offering a tasting of their special dishes. There will also be a live band as well as a special raffle for many wonderful donated items. 251-271-4261 Titanic Film Festival ($5, Members are free) 7:00 PM History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 The Titanic is no stranger to the big screen. Come see the exhibit and enjoy a movie on us! 251-208-7569 www.museumofmobile.com

Friday January 26

Coca-Cola Meet the Players (Free) 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South

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FamilyCalendar Water Street Mobile, 36602 The Coca-Cola Meet the Players will be held on Friday, January 27th from 3:30pm-6:00pm at the Mobile Convention Center and is free to the public. In addition to meeting the players, fans can enjoy interactive displays from the New Orleans Saints, Under Armour, Coca-Cola and AT&T plus games for the kids. These events are Family-friendly with interactive activities for children and adults. 251-432-4109 www.seniorbowl.com Conde Cavaliers Parade 6:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

Friday January 26

Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 Lafayette Street Mobile, 36606 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Saturday January 27

Baumhower Tailgate Challenge 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, 1621 Virginia Street Mobile, 36604 Baumhower Tailgate Challenge is on Saturday, January 28th. This competition is to determine the Senior Bowl Tailgater of the Year. The Challenge is Free and open to anyone tailgating in the parking lot on game day. 251-432-4109 www.seniorbowl.com The Piggly Wiggly Tailgate Party 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, 1621 Virginia Street Mobile, 36604 The Food for Less Tailgate Party is a pre-game event held in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium parking lot on Senior Bowl Saturday. Passes for the event are free with the purchase of a Senior Bowl ticket and are limited to the first 3,500 fans. In addition to free food and drink, tailgate party goers will enjoy inflatable activities, face painters, clowns, inflatables and the Coca-Cola Family Festival game trailer. 251-432-4109 www.seniorbowl.com Senior Bowl 2018 1:30 PM Ladd-Peebles Stadium, 1621 Virginia Street Mobile, 36604 The 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th at 1:30pm at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. 251-432-4109 www.seniorbowl.com

Pharaoh’s, Order of Hebe, Conde Explorers Parade 6:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 Lafayette Street Mobile, 36606 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Sunday January 28

Big Beach Marathon & Half Marathon 8:00 AM The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard Gulf Shores, 36542 Boasting a flat and fast Boston Qualifier course, the marathon reveals beautiful scenery as it runs through the paved trail system of Gulf State Park before finishing the last 3 miles on Beach Blvd with great views of the Gulf of Mexico. Afterward, The Hangout will be celebration central with craft beer, food, music and fun as you bask in the glory of your accomplishment! 336-793-4311 bigbeachmarathon.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 Lafayette Street Mobile, 36606 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Assassins”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Monday January 29

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 On January 30 join Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra for Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus, a unique pairing of Russian Phenom and American Piano Man. www.gulfshoresal.gov

Tuesday January 30

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

Order of the Rolling River Parade 2:00 PM Dauphin Island Starts on south Dauphin Island Parkway, just south of Fowl River Road, at American Legion Post 250; south on DIP to Baumhauer Road; west on Baumhauer to Pioneer Road; north on Pioneer to Fowl River Road; east on Fowl River to DIP; south on DIP to end back at Post 250.

Fairhope Museum of History “Tea for Two” 2:00 PM Fairhope Museum of History, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Patrick Waldrop - Patrick investigated fires for the Alabama Forestry Department and is a Longleaf Pine expert. He is in charge of burning Knoll Park and will tell us why it is important to do so. business.eschamber.com

Bayport Parading Society, Mystic DJ Riders Parade 2:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

2018 Winter Edition of Small Town, Big Beach Productions presents Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus 7:00 PM Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 On January 30 join Brian Gurl and Katherine Alexandra for Moscow Meets Manhattan Dueling Pianos Plus, a unique pairing of Russian Phenom and American Piano Man. www.gulfshoresal.gov

10th Annual Chocolate & Champagne Evening 6:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 10th Annual Chocolate & Champagne Evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Fairhope Library. fairhopelibrary.org

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Winter Wednesdays 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401

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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.January 31: An in-depth look at the Civil War with authors John Sledge and Frye Gaillard. Well-known local historians and authors John S. Sledge and Frye Galliard will discuss their books about how the Civil War affected the lives of Alabamians. After the presentation, John and Frye will sign copies of their books, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War” and “Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters,” which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop. bellingrath.org

Thursday February 1

Order of Polka Dots Parade 6:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

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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. Order of Inca Parade 6:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. 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

Saturday February 3

Daphne High School Key Club presents it’s 2nd Annual Hogwarts Festival ($5) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Trojan HallDaphne 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 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

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Sunday February 4

Neptune’s Daughters, OOI Parade 6:30PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

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

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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 Order of Venus, Order of Many Faces Parade 6:30PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

Tuesday February 6

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 Order of LaShe’s Parade 6:30PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

Wednesday February 7

Gulf Shores Garden Club’s 27th Annual Floral Seminar (Tickets are $20 (advance purchase only)) 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 251943-3672 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.

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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

Thursday February 8

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

Mystic Stripers Society Parade 6:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. 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

Crewe of Columbus Parade 6:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. 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

Foley Parade Parade 11:00 AM 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. Krewe of Kids, Krewe of Goats, Prichard Carnival Association Parade 11:00 AM Mobile Krewe of Goats Route: Starts on U.S. 45 near Interstate 65; south on 45 to Prichard Avenue; east on Prichard; end at the municipal complex near East Lovejoy Loop. Floral Parade, Knights of Mobile, Mobile Mystical Ladies, Order of Angels Parade 12:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. 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. Mystics of Time Parade 6:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. 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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King Elexis I Motorcade Parade 2:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route E: Begins on Water Street and proceeds down Government Street, turning onto Broad and circling Texas, Washington and Canal. Parade then proceeds back down Broad Street, across Government Street to Spring Hill Avenue, Washington, St. Louis and ending on Warren Street. South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”. sbct.biz 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 Joe Cain Procession Parade 2:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. Le Krewe de Bienville Parade 5:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center.

Section to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com Infant Mystics, Order of Doves Parade 7:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route F: Begins on Dauphin Street winding down Spring Hill Avenue, Government Street, taking a turn onto Clairborne Street, to Church Street and Royal, circling Bienville Square to Conception Street, back down Government Street to end at Civic Center on Claiborne Street.

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. Order of Athena Parade 10:30 AM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. Knights of Revelry, King Felix III, Comic Cowboys Parade 12:30 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. MAMGA Mammoth Parade 2:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route B: Beginning on

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King Felix III, Floral parade Parade 12:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route A: Beginning at the Mobile Civic Center winding down Church Street to Royal Street, around Bienville Square to government Street to Spring Hill Avenue and around Broad, Canal and Washington streets and end at the Mobile Civic Center. Prichard Mardi Gras Association Parade Parade 1:00 PM Prichard Starts at Prichard Municipal Stadium; south on Whistler Street to Elm Street; east on Elm to Wilson Avenue; south on Wilson to Prichard Avenue; west on Prichard to U.S. 45; north on 45 to Bessemer Avenue; east on Bessemer to end at the starting point.

Broad Street down ML King, Jr. Avenue to Lexington, St. Stephens, continuing down Spring Hill Avenue. A short turn onto Washington to Government with another short turn onto Clairborne to Church Street to Royal and circling Bienville Square, turning onto Conception and Government Streets and ending on Washington Avenue.

MLK Business and Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics, Northside Merchants Parade 3:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route D: Beginning on Warren Street, winding around ML King, Jr. Avenue, Lexington Avenue to St. Stephens Road, Spring Hill Avenue and ending on Washington Avenue.

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.

Order of Mystic Magnolias (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

Order of Myths Parade 6:00 PM Mobile Mobile Parade Route C: Beginning at St. Anthony Street, down Royal to St. Francis Street, around Bienville Square down Conception to Government Street around Broad Street and Spring Hill Avenue and a short turn onto Washington Street. Then back up Government and winding again around Bienville Square on Conception and St. Francis Streets and ending at the starting point on St. Anthony Street.

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FamilyCalendar Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 3rd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 3 Circle Church, 10274 Highway 104, Fairhope. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-460-2727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www. childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families.

Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center) Ministry for memory & physically challenged. Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148. SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. For information, please email jlbarber5@ bellsouth.net or call 251-455-6453.

Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call for info at 251928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Family Center’s Positive Parenting Classes are held on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am and Responsible Parenting with focus on fathers, co-parenting and economic stability/child support are Wednesday mornings 9 am-11 am and Monday evenings 6 pm-8pm. Call 251-947-4700 to register for either class. at The Family Center is located at 22671 Hwy. 59 South, Robertsdale. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Meets During School Year Only) We meet 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday (during the school year) at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@yahoo.com for how to register. Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills” - Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne.

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes: Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including: Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of complications, and relaxation exercises. One session. $10. Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30 Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises. Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session. • Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 949-3676 to schedule. 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

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for expectant moms and their babies. For info contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Infant CPR and Safety Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration required. To register call 279-1373. Saturdays, 4 - 6 p.m. Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series. Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope) Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope) Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or 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 800-4771104. 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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Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi

Ferdinand MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Ferdinand PG for rude humor, action and thematic elements. The Story of Ferdinand is a children’s book by American author Munro Leaf. Published in 1936, the tale of gentle Ferdinand, a bull who prefers sniffing flowers to fighting others, was accompanied with detailed black and white illustrations by artist Robert Lawson. It quickly earned a devoted following of kids and grownups alike, including Walt Disney, who produced an animated version in 1938. If you grew up with this story, you may leave theaters feeling rather uninspired. Unfortunately, the 2017 screen adaptation has more in common with mediocre Saturday morning cartoons than it does with classic children’s literature. Fortunately, besides the lackluster quality of the writing, the movie is mostly harmless for youngsters. With the typical messages about friendship, being yourself, and treating others with kindness, it manages to pull off a sweet, if entirely unrealistic, ending. Violence is limited to slapstick situations, mild bullying and roughhousing. Perilous situations are handled carefully, avoiding the blood and gore that usually accompany packing plants and bull fights. Still, the acknowledged death of Ferdinand’s father and the uncomfortable reality of animal mistreatment may be troubling to some. In a world where conflict and misunderstanding often drive decision making, it’s refreshing to see a main character who rejects those philosophies, and a pity that the movie couldn’t do justice to the concept.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 150 minutes Overall: B+ Violence: CSexual Content: AProfanity: BAlcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence. After awakening the force in Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, the battle is on between The First Order and The Resistance. Facing conflicts from within and without, fate flickers on the spark of hope that was supposed to ignite the galaxy in a joint effort to extinguish the dark. Will Luke really be the last Jedi? Is it still possible to rekindle the light side of the Force? These doubts and challenges provide the screenplay with many opportunities for violent clashes. Lightsabers slash, impale and dismember. Spaceships shoot, bomb and collide. Supernatural powers toss and choke opponents. Injury, death and mass destruction are seen and implied. And it becomes difficult to tell the good-guys from the bad-guys. For fans of the franchise, the action sequences will be sure to impress (although they do seem more lengthy than necessary). And the fluctuating motives add welcomed complexity to the good-vs-evil story. Even though some of the plot points may feel familiar (similar situations are depicted in past movies), the dashes of humor, special effects and questions about the survival of the Jedi will likely keep Star Wars aficionados sufficiently satisfied.

Despicable Me 3

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

(New on Home Video) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA rated Despicable Me 3 PG for action and rude humor. Gru, Lucy (voices by Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig) and their adorable daughters may be moviegoers’ new favorite family. And for good reason. The villain turned virtuous dad adopted three orphans and then married his secret agent sweetheart. While Gru got the fatherhood thing figured out in the previous movies, Lucy still hasn’t found her footing when it comes to life as a parent. Meanwhile the minions have had it with Gru’s good guy persona and set out on their own. However, their reformed boss is soon tempted to return to the dark side. The invitation comes from his twin Dru (voice also by Carell), a sibling Gru didn’t know he had. Dru, also a villain, wants Gru to join him in a heist that will bond them as brothers. For audiences, it may be impossible to find three cuter characters than Margo, Edith and Agnes. But despite their big eyes and winsome personalities, this isn’t an entirely kid-friendly film, especially for younger children. Like so many animations, this one is packed full of cartoon-style punches, scuffles, guns, rockets and explosions. The script also introduces a mammoth-sized robot intent on destroying Los Angeles. Fortunately, this sequel comes with some sweet life lessons about dealing with grown-up concerns. (Even little Agnes choses to face disappointment with a positive attitude adjustment.) But the messages most likely to charm audience members are those about families, in all their configurations.

(New on Home Video) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: ALanguage: B+ Alcohol/Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. Garmadon (Justin Theroux) attacks Ninjago City on a regular basis. His brick-smashing rampages are so frequent that the local TV news depends on him for entertaining programming. Even more thrilling for the locals is when the team of mysterious ninja warriors, who pilot Transformer-like robots, come to the rescue. Everyone knows Lloyd (Dave Franco) is the offspring of the most evil guy in the world and the citizens of Ninjago City voice their displeasure toward the teen boy by ostracizing and demeaning him. But what they don’t know is that Lloyd is none other than the Green Ninja, one of the six heroes who save the day... everyday. Teens Cole, Jay, Kai, Nya and Zane all bring their unique talents together and, along with Lloyd, are trained in the ways of martial arts by Master Wu (Jackie Chan). But their dependence on oversized robots to defeat their archrival is coming to an end when Garmadon promises to attack with his “ultimate weapon”. Now Master Wu determines to teach his charges the true methods of the warrior, including finding your inner piece. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is a fun diversion that will likely appeal more to the typical ages that would purchase the toys this film deftly markets. Eastern Shore Parents I January 2018

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Eastern Shore Parents Magazine January 2018  
Eastern Shore Parents Magazine January 2018  

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