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After the First Year

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The Combined Party

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Birthday Party Guide

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Publisher’sNote I was going through some photos and I ran across a few of my daughter and her preschool best friend, Rose, at a birthday party. Rose and Mary-Bradley were two peas in a pod who met at daycare when they were 12 weeks old. Rose’s mom and I were (and still are) the best of friends, and the girls spent almost every day together until kindergarten when they went to different schools. Their birthdays were only a week apart so naturally Marie and I decided to start hosting joined birthday parties. I am not sure who had more fun, the girls or us. Choosing themes was always fun, too. We had an inflatable animal party, a precious dress-up tea party, and the infamous five-year-old karaoke party. We obviously didn’t think that one through too much. Imagine a group of five year olds on a sugar high with microphones. Yikes! Hosting joined birthday parties is not only more efficient, but can be a lot of fun! While finding themes for these two besties was easy, if you are planning a boy/girl combo party, choosing a theme may be a little more challenging. Fortunately Pam Molnar has come to the rescue with some great ideas in this month’s article, The Combined Birthday Party: How to Host a Party for Boys and Girls. I love celebrating birthdays! It’s not just the party either. I love making each one in my family feel special on their big day. I decorate in the dark of the night in hopes of kicking off their day with a festive mood. If you want to take it even a step further than a few decorations and a birthday dinner, you can find more ideas in 5 Ways to Go Beyond the Birthday Party, by Jessica Graham. In keeping with the party theme for our July “Birthday Party” issue, we have put together the annual Birthday Party Planning Guide on page 65. In this guide you will find more than 100 different local party resources. Need a cake, some entertainment, maybe a place to party? Or maybe you are looking to rent inflatables, chairs or concessions. Look no further! We have it all listed in this guide. This is the one-stop party guide you can use all year long as you plan your birthday parties, graduation parties, holidays and other special celebrations. Speaking of celebrating, Eastern Shore Parents magazine recently celebrated its 9th anniversary! When we set out to create a publication that would celebrate the wonderful families in this community and give parents the information and resources they need, we had no idea we would receive the outpouring of support we have enjoyed over the years. We want to extend a giant “Thank You” to all of the advertisers who make it possible to provide the magazine free each month, all of the schools for the amazing school news, local organizations for the fun local events, local businesses that allow us to distribute the magazines and, of course, all of the readers who reach out to us with their feedback and encouragement. What a blessing it is to have a job where we are able to serve the community and have fun at the same time! I would also like to take this time to especially thank all of the men, women and families who sacrifice so much to serve our country. As we celebrate our country’s independence on July 4, I want you to know that I am praying for you, your families and for our country. What an honor it is to live in “the land of the free and home of the brave”. For this and for your service, I am truly grateful. Thank you and God bless you all! Wishing everyone a safe and happy July celebrating all that is wonderful in life.

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

Publisher Lynn Knighton lynn@easternshoreparents.com Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@easternshoreparents.com Associate Editor Kelly Watson Research Editor Christa Weinberg Contributing Writers Jessica Graham Mark Gregston Christa Hines Carolyn Jabs Pam Molnar Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Robert L. Rux, M.D. Gerry Paige Smith

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

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My 30-month-old has started throwing tantrums when I do not give her or do for her what she wants. During her fits, she cries, screams, tries to hit and even bite me, and then, if I prevent her from hitting me, will hit herself. My mother says this needs to be nipped in the bud. She recommends spanking. I say my daughter really doesn’t know what she’s doing and is too young to be disciplined for this. I’m also concerned about her self-hitting. What do you say?

A: I say your mother is right. But then again, I disagree with her concerning her recommendation that you spank your daughter when she has a tantrum. By the way, I prefer to call them “high self-esteem seizures” because they are the rage of the naturally narcissistic child at having someone—a parent, usually—refuse to immediately satisfy his or her unquenchable lust for entitlement. First, your daughter’s tantrums are kneejerk reactions; nonetheless, she is a highly intelligent member of a self-aware species.

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the circumstances, her self-abuse is what is known as a “displacement.” Also, she probably saw that hitting herself provoked a reaction from you, so she persists. Fourth, the most effective means of nipping these seizures in the bud or bloom is to assign them to a designated tantrum place. When our daughter Amy was this age and her sense of entitlement got the best of her, my wife and/or I simply directed her or dragged her kicking and screaming to her very special tantrum room—the downstairs half-bath. We put her in, told her that this was the only room in the home where tantrums were allowed, encouraged her to scream to her little heart’s content, closed the door, and walked away. For what usually was less than a minute, Amy would scream, shriek, kick and pound the door, and otherwise go completely berserk. Then she would become silent and, we assumed, sulk. Then she would emerge, go straight to her room and begin entertaining herself as if nothing had happened. In short, tantrums are no big deal unless allowed to become a big deal. With that in mind, nip away! Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Weeks Bay Foundation Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race On Saturday, August 5, the Weeks Bay Foundation will be hosting their 5th annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race. This is an amazing family-friendly event that showcases the beauty of Weeks Bay, gets folks out on the water, and provides a little friendly competition. Racers will compete in categories such as solo kayak, tandem craft, stand up paddleboard, and non-traditional craft. We even have a junior division and a pro division, which runs a 7 mile course! For those folks who aren’t interested in racing, we will have a leisurely guided Eco-Tour. This part of the event is great for nature lovers and inexperienced paddlers. Don’t have a canoe or kayak? The Foundation might be able to help. Fairhope Boat Company and 17 Turtles Outfitters have generously donated a limited number of canoes and kayaks to be loaned out to people who don’t have their own equipment. Tickets are $30/paddler $70/family in advance. Check out www. weeksbay.org or call 251-990-5004 for more information.

2017 Flavors of the South - Food and Wine Showcase

Join The Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce for the 2017 Flavors of the South held to showcase food and wine from local restaurants and caterers. Come sample a variety of food and drink while listening to music and participating in our 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Individual tickets are $25 or a table of 8 is $200. This special event will be held July 20, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale. Donations items are also being accepted for the silent auction. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Chamber at 251-947-2626.

DYW “Be Your Best Self” Boot Camp for 3rd-6th Grade Girls

Distinguished Young Women of Baldwin County invites third through sixth grade girls to participate in its "Be Your Best Self" Boot Camp. Boot Camp will meet August 19 at KB Danz Studio in Summerdale and August 26 at Coastal Alabama Community College. Both sessions will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Boot Camp participants will also participate in an onstage performance at the DYW 2017 program. Participation includes: two boot camp sessions with current and former program contestants; perform on stage during the DYW 2017 program “Be Your Best Self”; on-stage performance during DYW 2017 program; two program tickets; group photos; camp materials; refreshments and a Be Your Best Self camp t-shirt. Registration is $30 and can be made by contacting Diane, Boot Camp Coordinator, at dianefoster.elberta@gmail.com or call 251-979-2358.

A Week Celebrating Sharks!

Interactive Mystery Dinner Helps Pets

Do you enjoy a good mystery? How about a hilarious murder mystery? Prepare to be put on the edge of your seat and tears of laughter in your eyes at The Venue, 105 Section Street, Fairhope, on Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. Get ready to play a private detective as you gather clues to figure out ‘WHO DUNNIT?!’ in the exciting and comedic tale of “A Ruff Way to Go”, written and directed by Barbara Ladnier and featuring local actors/actresses from Mobile and Baldwin Counties. A delicious dinner will be catered by Tamera’s, alongside a cash-only bar for our entire 21+ crowd. Funds raised by this dinner theater presentation will be gifted to Randy’s GSD Rescue in Summerdale and The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter in Fairhope. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased at Utopia, 300 Fairhope Ave B, Fairhope, or by calling (251) 232-5940. 10

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YEA! Accepting Applications for Upcoming School Year

YEA!, Young Entrepreneurs Academy is excited about cultivating the future trailblazers and leaders in our community! YEA! is now accepting applications for the 20172018 Young Entrepreneurs Academy class which will begin this Fall. They are looking forward to an exciting year teaching our students how to turn their ideas and passions into successful business ventures! YEA! is looking for driven and enthusiastic students in grades 6-12 who are passionate about their futures. If you know a student who would be a great match for the YEA! program, please complete an official nomination form! Your nomination will allow outstanding students to bypass the letter of recommendation requirement of the application process. Applications will be accepted through September 15th, so please continue to nominate those special students! Please, give your student the following link to apply. https://yeausa.wufoo.com/forms/ z1s0mvgj0gb2hwv/ . To obtain a paper application, or for more information contact the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation, 251-943-5520 or email gale@ sbchamberfoundation.org. Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/YEASouthBaldwin. 11

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Holly Rowe to Speak at Healthy Woman Ninth Anniversary Event

The Healthy Woman program at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will host keynote speaker Holly Rowe at their annual celebration dinner on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Rowe, an Emmy-nominated reporter with ESPN, is not only a producer, writer and reporter, but also a two-time cancer survivor. Everyone will enjoy hearing Holly’s inspiring message about overcoming the obstacles that life puts in your path. Lenise Ligon with Fox 10 News will once again emcee the event and dinner is catered by Luna’s. Tickets are now on-sale for $50 and can be purchased by visiting SouthBaldwinRMC.com/HealthyWoman. The event is open to both women and men. The South Baldwin Regional Medical Center chapter of Healthy Woman launched in 2008 and has a network of over 1,700 members and features free monthly seminars, health fairs, education programs and interactive events focusing on empowering women to make informed health and well-being decisions for themselves and their family members. Women of all ages may join the program free of charge. For more information about the Healthy Woman program contact Hayden Kaechele, Healthy Woman Coordinator at (251)949-3562.

Georgia on Our Mind Benefit

Original Oyster House along with Blue Rents, Dance Arts South, Nall Printing, Windcreek Casinos and Dogwood Productions are sponsoring the Georgia on Our Mind Benefit on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 6-8:30. All proceeds from the event will benefit Georgia Byrd, a 13 year old girl fighting synovial sarcoma, an extremely rare soft tissue cancer. Georgia has undergone 2 major surgeries to remove cancerous masses, has had multiple rounds of chemo and is currently going through radiation. The Event includes a $35 seafood dinner [limited tickets available, almost sold out] in the spectacular Original Oyster House Banquet Room and a silent auction that is open to the public from 7:00pm - 8:00 pm in the Original Oyster House Delta Room (next door), and a Wind Creek Package Raffle valued at $330. Winner of the raffle will be drawn at event. When tickets are sold out, the public is welcome to dine in the restaurant and to participate in the silent auction from 7:00pm - 8:00pm as well as purchase raffle tickets. For more information please visit www.creativetribute.com/georgia/

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20th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo Fundraiser

Professional cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country are getting ready for their favorite Southeastern Rodeo, the 20th Annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo on Thursday, August 3rd, Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at the City of Foley Horse Arena, 113 East Rosetta Ave., Foley. This Rodeo features exciting events including bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, break away roping and much more. Pre-rodeo festivities in conjunction with the rodeo that are free to the public will all be held at the Foley Horse Arena. The Queens’ Horsemanship Contest is Thursday, July 27th which will include the crowning of the queens. Two Barrel Racing events, also free to spectators, will be on Tuesday, August 1st and Saturday morning, August 5th. The Rodeo kicks off each night at 8:00 p.m. with FREE children’s activities beginning nightly at 6:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-12 years old, and free for ages 3 and under. Tickets are sold in advance at the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation at 819 North McKenzie Street in Foley, Summerdale Western Store on Highway 59 in Summerdale, Circle V Saddlery in Robertsdale, and Frances Holk-Jones State Farm Insurance at 315 E. Laurel Avenue in Foley. Tickets will also be available each night at the gate of the Rodeo. To volunteer, visit peerhelpers.org, follow on Facebook or Instagram at Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation or call 251-971-3633 for more information.

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Honored as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare 2017

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center has been ranked one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. This marks the sixth year in a row the hospital has received this recognition. Now in its tenth year, Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare honors workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empower their employees to provide customers and patients with the best possible products, services and care. This nationally recognized list showcases every segment of the industry, including suppliers, providers and payers. Modern Healthcare partners with Best Companies Group on the assessment process, which includes both an employer benefits and policies questionnaire as well as an employee engagement and satisfaction survey. “South Baldwin Regional Medical Center is deeply honored to receive Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare Award for the sixth year in a row,” said Keith Newton, CEO. “This prestigious and consistent national recognition reconfirms that the culture at SBRMC is fueled by the passion, commitment and talent of our staff; those who have made a conscious decision to come together to deliver on a shared mission – materially improving the delivery of healthcare to our community.” Modern Healthcare will reveal the ranked order of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2017 at an awards dinner September 28 in Las Vegas during Modern Healthcare’s “Workplace of the Future” conference. The publication will also be featured in a special supplement to be published along with the October 2 issue of Modern Healthcare. For additional information about Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work list, please view the complete list of honorees.

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OWA Creates Largest Number of New Jobs for Alabama

The 2016 New and Expanding Industry Announcements released May 17, 2017 cites OWA, formerly referred to as BC Foley, LLC, as the leading job creator for the state of Alabama. OWA is on track to create 620 new jobs this year alone. The report also recognizes OWA as the second largest investment in the state at $361 million. “The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is so proud that our business endeavor OWA is making such a positive economic impact. OWA is generating revenue for the local community, the Tribe, and the State and has created hundreds of good paying jobs. We are thrilled to continue our relationship as a good neighbor to Alabama and to be an integral part of the area’s landscape.” commented Stephane A. Bryan, Tribal Chair and CEO, Poarch Band of Creek Indians. The Park at OWA recently held a series of “auditions,” hiring 494 applicants in less than two weeks. The amusement park will be open to the public next month, with the retail, dining and entertainment sectors opening in phases throughout summer and fall. Included in the initial tenant openings is the highly anticipated, celebrity-owned Wahlburgers – a casual dining restaurant featuring fresh ground beef burgers. OWA is currently working with a $361 million venture, and as the project grows, so will its numbers. The total capital investment for all phases is more than $500 million, including future development of a luxury RV resort, four hotels, conference center, water park and resort level condominium. “Based on our extensive studies of the visitor patterns in the Alabama Gulf Coast market, we have spent a great deal of time planning OWA’s additional amenities,” stated Greg Rawls, Director of Business Development for Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority – the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. “By strategically positioning the development as a multi-year buildout, we are creating opportunities that allow us to better anticipate and respond to our guests’ future demands and market trends.” To learn more about OWA or its employment opportunities, go to WorkAtOWA.com. Pictured, Nearly 500 applicants were hired by live auditions for The Park at OWA.

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Thomas Hospital welcomes 52 students from American Academy, Bayshore Christian School, Bayside Academy, Central Christian School, Daphne High School, Fairhope High School, Gulf Shores High School, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Robertsdale High School, Spanish Fort High School, St. Paul’s Episcopal School, and UMS-Wright Preparatory School participating in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s Junior Volunteer program this summer. They are volunteering in the Cath Lab, Clinical Education, Fitness Center, Human Resources, Materials Management, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Surgery and Women’s and Children’s departments at Thomas Hospital. They will also volunteer in several Auxiliary service areas – emergency department waiting area, gift shop, information desk, and transportation at Thomas Hospital, and the surgery waiting area and information desk at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program is offered to high school students between the ages 14 to 17 who maintain at least a B average and have an interest in volunteering at the hospital during the summer. The program runs from June 5 to July 28. The goals of the program, are to give service to the hospital, increase community understanding and interest in the hospital, and further interest in health careers. Pictured are Thomas Hospital Junior Volunteers (in alphabetical order) Kirsten Allen, Mia Astralaga, Camille Baker, Gillian Benson, Kallia Bonner, Missy Campbell, Anna Criswell, Grace Davis, Lucy Fell, Mary Carlyn Fidler, Lauren Ingle, Elliott Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Adele Key, Brooke Kirkham, Carlie Leonard, Callie McKenzie, Baylee Miller, Kellie Montgomery, Kathleen Pfeffle, Brianna Prince, Greer Robinson, Conner Robitaille, Isabella Rodriquez, Cassidy Schneider, Kinsey Smith, Rachel Stewart, Alana Wiest, Holly Yazdi and Lillie Yazdi. Not pictured are Sarah Adkins, Lindsey Daniel, Elsa Engeriser, Aubrey Engeriser, Maddi Estes, Salllie Fell, Tillery French, Devin Harrison, Ania Krutul, Kaitlin Murrill, Nane Onanyan, Rachel Potter, Ella Pursley, Alyssa Rutkoski, Talley Scarbrough, Katie Terranova, Patten Trotter, Caroline Vegas, Avery Vosen, Terrence Watts, Mitchell Weed and Brant Weindorf.

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Original Oyster House Chelsea Garvin Spirit Scholarship Winners

The Original Oyster House awarded the 12th Annual Chelsea Garvin Spirit Scholarships to Laura Cohen of Fairhope High School and Meagan Daves of Bayside Academy. Chelsea Garvin was a 2004 graduate of Fairhope High School, a Fish River Fire Department volunteer, an Original Oyster House employee and a talented artist whose life was cut short in a boating accident in 2005. Since 2006, the Original Oyster House has awarded two $1,000 Chelsea Garvin Spirit Award scholarships to senior high school students of Baldwin County. The scholarship opportunity is not based on financial need, but rather academics, being involved in community arts and artwork that reflects the culture of the well-loved iconic seafood restaurant as well as the spirit of Chelsea Garvin. Cecilia Mace, marketing director of the Original Oyster House presented Cohen the scholarship and stated, “What I love about Laura’s artwork is it invites you in instantly with its wonderful textures and intriguing palette. After you examine it you start to realize the statement the artist makes, and someone like me who was an art major, thinks wow, I wish I could have done that at such a young age.” Mace also presented Maegan Dave’s scholarship at her senior awards ceremony at Bayside Academy. “Maegan’s submission this year nailed the Oyster House brand and highlighted Oyster Shell recycling which was first piloted in the state of Alabama this past year, at the Original Oyster House restaurants through the Alabama Coastal foundation. The crucial recycling of shell will help restore the reef, clean Alabama's waters prevent coastal erosion, and boost productivity of not only oysters but fish, shrimp, crab and seafood we love to eat,” said Mace. The winning artworks will be displayed in both Original Oyster House restaurants for local patrons and visitors from all over the country to enjoy. The winners will be given restaurant gift certificates to see first-hand their artwork displayed with family and friends, as well as an exclusive three day, four night trip to New York. Pictured top left, winner Laura Cohen. Pictured top right, winner Meagan Daves is pictured with Mary Ann Willis (center), college admission counselor, Bayside Academy and Cecilia Mace, marketing director, Original Oyster House.

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Fore! The 411 on Golf Cart Safety Hey guys! Well, summer is officially here and it’s gonna be hot! There are so many things to do in Baldwin County—the beaches, fishing, swimming, boating and just good ole fashioned playing outside until its dark. One thing that is becoming more and more popular are golf carts on the road. Today we are going to talk about the different types of carts, some common sense rules for the road, and some potential safety hazards for you and your children. In 2016, Baldwin County voters decided to allow more freedom in the usage of golf carts on city streets and left the enforcement of type and how to each municipality. So, let’s talk about the different types. Of course, there are your old fashioned regular golf carts with golf cart bag holders in the very back. These typically do not go very fast and usually do not have seat belts, blinkers, rear view mirrors, or any other safety measures. Next, there are a lot of modified golf carts from the original types. Most of these have bigger tires, four to eight seats, seat belts and maybe some rear view mirrors. Then, then are electric carts that have VIN numbers and tags with all safety measures you would have as if you were driving an actual car. Some are four seaters and can

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go 20-25 mph and some have very sturdy frames and can go up to 40 mph! Regardless of the style of cart someone has, there is one unifying theme. In a motor vehicle collision, the car, truck or SUV will always win and therefore the passengers in a golf cart are at risk! So what can you do? First, any golf cart should be driven by someone who has a driver’s license. Yes, it’s fun for the kids to cruise around the neighborhood, but you know as well as I do that kids can be dumb. They do not look out for other drivers, rarely buckle up, and do not follow the rules of the road. I have personally seen golf carts driving around the Eastern Shore loaded down with kids (most of whom are not buckled up) and flying down the road. Unfortunately, golf carts can flip easily. If you have one with a lot of kids loaded up and turn quickly, it will flip. Next, check with your local police for what safety measures your golf cart needs and where it is safe to drive. Most of the common measures are seat belts, blinkers, rear view mirrors, brake lights, windshield wipers, reflectors, parking brakes, and oftentimes a VIN number with tag. Depending on the style of cart you have, most will also need to have a minimum

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threshold speed of 20 mph with a max of 25 mph. This is to ensure that if you are driving on a city street you do not impede traffic by going to slow and also that you don’t go too fast as to endanger yourself or others. Finally, let’s talk about things that can hurt you or your child. First, unless your cart is made to drive above 25 mph, then do not go on a road with a speed limit of more than 35 mph. And please stay off the four lane! I’ve seen golf carts driving down and crossing Greeno Rd. Not only is it dangerous, but you will get a ticket in a heartbeat. Use common sense. Buckle up, use your blinkers or your arms to signal turns, check your blind spots and no sharp turns. Of course, we worry about our kids, but I’ve seen adults acting dangerously on golf carts as well, so be a good example to your family. Have a great summer! Wear sunscreen, use bug spray and be safe!

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Field Day at Bay Minette Intermediate School

Daphne East PTO Raises Over $95,000 Daphne East Elementary PTO Board for the 2016-2017 school year would like to thank all the teachers, parents, community businesses and families for your support and volunteer hours! We were so excited to present Mr. Doherty with a check for over $95,000. This is because of YOU! Your fundraising and support has allowed us to do our job and help make our school the best that it can be! Thank you again!

Nothing says “FUN” like Field Day, and Bay Minette Intermediate School coach Sam Tramutolo and his staff pulled off a great one regardless of the threat of rain. Field Day is one of the special final exercises before summer and something many students remember for a lifetime. Pictured, fourth graders wait for a turn on a Field Day favorite--the giant water slide.

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Gulf Shores Elementary Club Keeps School Clean

Pictured (l to r): Addison Reddick, Ella Owen and Katie Poole, Gulf Shores Elementary sixth graders, started the “Follow Through Club,” when they saw a need for students to do more than just generate ideas. Part of the club is to keep the school clean. Every Wednesday they skip recess to pick up trash. Thank you, girls!

Kindergarten Read-a-thon at OBES

Ms. Hollis’ kindergarten students at Orange Beach Elementary School have read books from February 9th to April 9th for their annual Read-a-thon. Eighteen students read a total of 2,339 books. Top Readers were: Jake Watts, 1st place with 371 books read; Averi Adams, 2nd place having read 337 books; and Hayes Moss, 3rd place with 301 books read. The students in Ms. Hollis’ class are building a love for reading.

GSMS Athletes Named to All-County Track

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Gulf Shores Middle School athletes who made All-County Track! Alyssa Streeter, Hannah Marsh, Shannon Todd, Lissie McIntosh, Alleigh Coborn, Sam Ingraham, Bin Truong, Cole Jennings, Tony Papadelias, and Austin Davis. Pictured left to right: Bin Truong, Coach Jason Thompson, Hannah Marsh, Sam Ingraham, Lissie McIntosh, Shannon Todd, Coach Kenneth Nelson, Alyssa Streeter, Coach Victoria Roberson, Alleigh Coborn, Principal Robert McCartney. Not Pictured: Cole Jennings, Tony Papdelias, Austin Davis.

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Fairhope Intermediate School Student Places in Top 5 at National Chess Tournament

Rhett Montgomery, a fifth grader at Fairhope Intermediate School, participated in Super Nationals VI, the largest chess tournament in the nation, and tied for 4th place in his division by winning six out of seven games. The tournament took place over the May 12-14 weekend and drew over 5,500 players from around the country. Montgomery played in the K-8 division for those with a competitive rating under 750, and there were 376 players in that section. Along the way, he defeated opponents from New York (2), Delaware, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Several other players in the section also scored six points, so Montgomery took home the 14th place trophy on tiebreaks. Rhett is coached privately by Eric Nager, the Chess Coach at Bayside Academy. According to Nager, “I started coaching Rhett in February and his success has been phenomenal. In 17 years of coaching I have only had one other player who scored six wins at a national tournament. What makes his accomplishment even better is that this was only his second rated tournament.� Rhett and his family are also thankful for one of his teachers, Amy Harding, who first suggested he try Chess. Montgomery also played in the unrated section of the Bayside Open in February. This is an annual fund raising tournament to support the travels of the Bayside Academy Chess Team, and Rhett tied for third in that event. This summer Bayside Academy will host a chess camp for kids that is open to the public. More information can be found at www. baysideacademy.org/summer-programs.

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Fairhope Middle School SGA Experiences Local Government

Members of the Fairhope Middle School Student Government Association visited Fairhope’s City Hall. Along with their sponsors, Mrs. M.K. Bishop and Mrs. Amanda Cushman, the school representatives visited the City Council chambers, the Fairhope Police Station, and spent time with Fairhope’s mayor, Karin Wilson. Pictured, in no particular order, are Mayor Karin Wilson and the following SGA members: Bo Travis, Ella Biles, Holly Foley, Jack Marlow, Mallory Sears, Mary Everett Toombs, Molly Walding, Anna Reese Knighton, Caroline Tapscott, Chloe Duncan, Clayton Baldwin, May May Trotter, Olivia May, and Isiah Bradley.

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Missionaries Speak to Bayshore Christian School Spanish Class

The Bayshore Christian School Spanish 1 class ended their school year with special speakers Dr. Paul Fellers and his wife Flor Fellers. They shared with BCS students about the wonderful ministry they lead in Ecuador with Bayside Medical Missions. It was a great testimony to hear about their servant heart providing medical service to Hispanics in Ecuador and also the amazing opportunity they have to share the gospel in Spanish. They truly demonstrate the effectiveness of being able to speak Spanish in reaching out to the Hispanics abroad and in our communities for Christ. It was an honor to have these special guests help wrap up the school year at BCS!

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Tiger "Solar Tree" Installed at Baldwin County HS

When students return to Baldwin County High School in August there will be a new resourceful addition. The BCHS 21st CCLC Afterschool Program collaborated with SunFarm Energy to install a Solar Tree in the school's courtyard. The solar structure will provide clean energy and, of course, allow students to charge their tech gadgets during breaks. The tree was customized with school colors of orange and black and also features the Tiger logo in the center. It is the first of its kind on a school campus in Baldwin County.

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Summer Camp at Pine Grove Elementary

Campers at Pine Grove Elementary's summer program enjoyed an artful week of activities. Representatives from Paint Slingers spent the week working with the campers to create numerous art projects including colorful t-shirts, driftwood fish and canvases, among many others.

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Elsanor Math Wiz Award Winners

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Fairhope Teacher on Cutting Edge of Science Initiative

Fairhope High School science teacher Mary Stuart is one of only four Alabama teachers to be recognized as an Early Adopter for the HudsonAlpha’s Bicentennial Barcoding Project. HudsonAlpha’s Bicentennial Barcoding Project is a citizen science effort to genetically catalog Alabama’s native plant diversity. For the project, Alabama high school students and educators will work with community partners to create an archive of plant species across the state. HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach will provide training and classroom resources for the two-year project, beginning with a small group of early adopters who attended a training session at HudsonAlpha in April. Stuart, pictured seated far right, joins educators and community partners in the quest to catalogue Alabama’s native plant life.

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CTKCS Student Takes 1st Place for State Contest

Christ the King Catholic School fourth grade student, Connor White, was awarded first place in the state in the 2017 Color The Concepts Art Contest for K-8 students through the Alabama Council on Economic Education. Students were asked to demonstrate their knowledge of economics through this project. His project theme was "scarcity". He is pictured with his certificates with his teacher, Mrs. Hannen Manning.

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Foley HS Junior Ambassadors Hold Closing Ceremony

On Monday, April 10th, 2017, the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation held the 19th annual closing ceremony for the Foley High School Junior Ambassadors' Program at the Foley Civic Center. The ceremony was sponsored by Ascend Performance Materials and Riviera Utilities. A strong tradition in the Foley community, the Junior Ambassadors' Program is a youth leadership development program designed to inspire outstanding youth to reach full leadership potential. The program focuses on: business, government, environment, community service, communications, and interpersonal skills. The group consisted of thirty-two young men and women in the Junior class of Foley High School including: Olesia Adams, Julianna Battaglia, Paola Cerecedo, Kaya Clanton, Jessica Creech, Katelin Ryan-Crigler, Amber Cruz, Lindsay Davis, Haley Dill, Brett Duarard, Jessica Gosa, Ariel Hall, Lucy Harkins, Keeyonna James, Michael Kaiser, Morgan Lassitter, Annabelle Laurendine, Skylar Maliska, Brieanna Michanowicz, Libby Mosley, Robyn Phillips, Julia Pritchett, Caroline Ray, Rizpah Sarcar, Turner Scarborough, James Scruggs, Ben Sims, Jarrett Styron, Jordan Thomas, Sara Beth Tibbs, and Abby Williams. Congratulations for completing the requirement of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation's Junior Ambassador Program! 25

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Spanish Fort Girls Soccer Wins Multiple Awards

The girls’ soccer team at Spanish Fort High School earned multiple awards this season. Pictured Left to Right: Ryley Grantham- Team Award: Most Improved; Abby Ross- All-County, Battle of the Bay Selection, All-State Nomination; Beth Ann Anderson- All-County, Team Award: Sugar Shaker (coaches award); Makinley Ott- All-County, All-State Nomination, ODP Regional Trial Invitation; Jenna Hansen- Alabama All-Star Selection, All-State Nomination, Battle of the Bay Selection, ODP Regional Trial Invitation; Coach Mitchell- selected to coach the 2017 Alabama All-Star Game; Not Pictured- Dawn Trevino, Alabama All-Star Selection.

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Students of Excellence at St. Benedict Catholic School

Saint Benedict Catholic School Students of Excellence for the 4th Quarter of the 2016-2017 School Year are (from left to right) Lucy Seibert (1st grade), Eberly Ronan (2nd Grade), Ashton Moseley (3rd Grade), Risa Redditt (4th Grade), Sasha Prouty (5th Grade), and Samuel Whitson (6th Grade). Not pictured: Fatima Dominguez (7th Grade) and Megan Williams PA Big Sunflower Ad.qxp_Layout 1 5/15/17 4:04 PM Page 1(8th Grade).

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Gulf Shores Middle School Cheerleaders Bring Home Multiple Awards from Florida Camp

The Gulf Shores Middle School cheerleaders did an amazing job at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Camp at the Beach Club Resort. The squad received a Gold Superior ribbon for sideline evaluations, Gold Superior ribbon for cheer evaluations, and a Gold Superior ribbon for the extreme routine evaluations. Two cheerleaders, Lucy Wheeler and Addison Reddick, got the Pin It Forward Award which is given to cheerleaders who exemplify leadership skills, genuine spirit, commitment and kindness. Three cheerleaders, Caroline Hudson, Madison Harpster and Katherine Herring were chosen as UCA All American Cheerleaders. The team was awarded a spirit stick for demonstrating teamwork in classes. For the final day awards, the squad received a trophy for Cheer Champions, a trophy for placing second in the Extreme Routine and the Top Banana award which is given to the squad that obeys camp rules, is on time for each activity, participates in all aspects of the camp curriculum, and shows spirit and enthusiasm. Coaches Kristin Weaver and Megan Michaelson are extremely proud of the squad’s accomplishments at camp and are looking forward to the upcoming cheer season. GSMS Squad members: Alexxis Helton; Addison Reddick; Audrey Boyd; Caroline Hudson; Chandlee Morgan; Desiree Polk; Emma White; Kaitlyn Hoff; Katherine Herring; Lauren Pate; Lexi Grace Sanderson; Lucy Wheeler; Madison Harpster; Nevaeh Williams.

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Robertsdale Elementary Board Game Drive

Robertsdale Elementary's Principal-Pals recently held a board game drive for the extended day program. The after school program currently serves approximately 100 students grades PK-6. Principal-Pals consists of grade level representatives and serve as an advisory and service club.

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Foley ES Coach Works with Special Olympics Athletes

Foley Elementary School Coach Rusty Hinson extended his coaching skills to Baldwin County athletes at the Special Olympics this spring. Pictured here is Coach Hinson working with Foley Elementary School student Knova Bailey during the race.

Etiquette Training at Grand Hotel

Members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Baldwin County High School recently visited the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The FBLA students attended an etiquette training session with Debbie Weeks, learned how to set an appropriate table, and to host a business luncheon. The students also enjoyed a three course meal and toured the grounds.

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Sea, Sand, & Stars Receives Donation

Daphne East Chess Club Holds In-House Tournament and Party

Sea, Sand, & Stars wants to thank the Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras Crew for their generous donation. Queen Cindy Latiolais and Emblem Jessica Mayer chose Sea, Sand, & Stars Science and Nature center as their philanthropy for the year of their reign since their theme was “Under the Stars.� Their generous donation made them Silver Star Partners in Education and a plaque will be added to the SSS Wall of Sponsors in their honor. On May 23rd members of the crew came for a private tour of SSS and to present the check to Director, Nicole Bryant and assistant Director Nikki Walker. Sea, Sand, & Stars will be open to the public this summer starting June 5th. Check their website www.seasandandstars. com or call 251-981-5690 for more information.

Daphne East Elementary Chess Club celebrated the end of its first year with an in-house tournament and party. The top 3 champions at the tournament based on A, B and C categories consist of the following: A Class Champion - Reagan Reid, B Class Champion - Dylan Ackerman, C Class Champion - Dareon Maynard. Sponsors of the chess club are Stephen Maynard - Parent Sponsor/ Founder/Coach, Suntrease Williams-Maynard - Parent Sponsor/Founder, Terrence Watts - Teacher Sponsor/Coach. The club's first year officers were: Dareon Maynard - Founder/President; Blair Chronister - Vice President; Harrison Lockridge - 3rd/4th grade Treasurer; Ian Eiland - 5th/6th grade Treasurer; Alex Harpin - 3rd/4th grade Equipment Manager; Wallace Baxter - 5th/6th grade Equipment Manager; Charles (C.J.) Harpin - Public Relations Manager.

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Spanish Fort HS Student Wins B & N Essay Contest

Spanish Fort High School freshman, Fariha Irfan, has won the local Barnes & Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher” Essay Contest in which she wrote about her favorite teacher and how that teacher inspired her. The teacher she wrote about was Jessica Jackson, SFHS Theatre Director. She and the teacher both received B&N gift cards in addition to flowers, balloons, and certificates. If she wins nationally, she’ll receive $500 and a Nook, and the teacher will receive $5,000 to use for classroom scripts and books, and the school/ library will also receive $5,000. Good Luck Fariha!

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Two CTKCS Students Recognized by Optimist Club

Christ the King Catholic School students Andrew Fouty and Will Ramsay were recently recognized by the Daphne Optimist Club as Academic of the Month for excellence as a scholar and a scholastic competitor. Congratulations!

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Rotary Youth Club Receives $15,000 Donation

The Rotary Youth Club welcomed a generous donation in May of $15,000 from St. Joseph's Way, represented by Allan Lipscomb and BG Hinds. St. Joseph's Way - in partnership with Sister Julie - has been a longtime source of support for the disadvantaged in the Fairhope community. Board members, club members and RYC Director Louise Mason were on hand for the check presentation. The funds will provide a major boost to the club's growing Summer Enrichment Academy, with more than 100 participants enjoying field trips, art, music and enrichment, with academic support in July to prepare students for a successful school year.

GSES 6th Grader Breaks AR Record

One of our own sixth graders at Gulf Shores Elementary School has accomplished an amazing feat! Accelerated Reader is a program where students read books and take quizzes, earning points. Books are rated with different points depending on their difficulty. Kaysheri Haffner, a sixth-grader at Gulf Shores Elementary School, has shattered the school’s record for Accelerated Reader points by earning more than 2000 points in the program this school year. The previous record was approximately 1,200 points. This is a very rare feat according to her teachers, who admit that on a few occasions, the young bookworm has been caught reading during recess. Kaysheri, a straight-A student, read over 13 million words this year according to the Accelerated Reader Program. Most books were worth 15 to 20 points on average including “Empire of Storms” by Sarah Maas that was worth 30 points. Kaysheri says she has always enjoyed reading and usually has close to fifty books checked out at one time from the city library. Renaissance Learning, the company that provides Accelerated Reader Program to schools, noted recently on Kaysheri’s accomplishment, “Congratulations! That's a huge accomplishment! We always love seeing students exceed their goals!”

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Elsanor School May Leader of the Month

Congratulations to the following students who received the May Leader of the Month Award at Elsanor School: Braxton Weaver, Peyton Slawson, Nola Mae McGhee, Joey McGhee, Serenity Batterson, Alex Noe, Braxton Hibbler, Jubel Milam, Abby Riggan, Anna Katherine Guarisco, Hunter Clukey, Addyson NewKirk, Ava Lowell, Emaleigh Wirth, Kaylee Jones, Chandler Ping, Gio Nudo, and Jacob Singleton.

Music students of Baldwin County Music Teachers Association members Vincentine Williams, Daniel DeKonty and Eric Marrero performed their final Westminster Village Musicale for the 2016/2017 school year. The concert featured a vocalist, along with piano, flute, tuba and trombone performers. From left: Back Row: Albert Le, Lizzie King, Kahlan Wokasien, Gabe Wokasien, Alex Ritter. Front Row: Ethel Kostmayer and Molly Hagan.

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BMIS Fun Run Winners

Bay Minette Intermediate School Fun Run Winners were awarded medals recently for being the fastest in their respective grade levels in the Field Day Fun Run. Pictured l-r: Front Row 6th grade: 1st place Elijah Faulkner and Jaylen Gray; 2nd place Jamarius Carter and Emi Mixon; 3rd place Jay Baldwin and Abby Vice. Middle Row 5th grade: 1st place Jariah Sanders and not pictured Marlee Wallace; 2nd place Nick Portis and not pictured Parys Bennett; 3rd place Landon Walker and Brooke Godwin. Back Row 4th grade: 1st place A.J. Bennett and Jorja Sellers; 2nd place Ben Self and Jade Robinson; 3rd place Michale Grace and LaRiah Pogue. Pictured at top, Coach Sam Tramutolo who made the 2017 Field Day a huge success.

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Daphne East First Graders Learn About Coding and Robots

Ms. Gordon's first grade class at Daphne East Elementary learned about line coding and robots with the help of Mrs. Durant.

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Fairhope Rotary Youth Club Visits Weeks Bay Estuary

Eastern Shore Art Center's Community Outreach Director, Nancy Raia, led a group of 3rd grade students from the Fairhope Rotary Youth Club to Weeks Bay as part of the Squeaky Sneakers program! There they learned about the estuary, held hermit crabs and visited the interpretative center with Biologist Angela Underwood. "This group was eager and ready to learn, and couldn't wait to show their version of a pitcher plant in watercolors and splattered paint!" said Nancy Raia. Pictured painting pitcher plants is Jalynne Quaites.

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Autauga County Schools Bayshore Christian School Lego Club Holds Lego Show Competition

The Bayshore Christian School Lego Club was proud to host the 2017 Annual Lego Show. Many BCS students and home-school students submitted Lego sculptures that they dreamed up and created on their own. Several local engineers, architects, and scientists are invited to come in and judge the show each year. Congratulations to AJ Macaro who won Grammar School Best of Show with an impressive Lego video that he created, and to Elsa Engeriser who won Upper School Best of Show with her detailed project, "Tan House�.

Fairhope Middle School Helps Close the Hunger Gap

Fairhope Middle School held a spring food drive for Ecumenical Ministries. Sponsored by First Priority and Builders Club, students were encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to be distributed to needy families in the community. The 7th and 8th grade homerooms with the most items donated were invited to participate in a special event held during the last week of school. Pictured are students from Mrs. Kinggard’s language arts class.

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Eastern Shore Art Center Summer Camp

Summer ArtBash Camps have officially started at the Eastern Shore Art Center and we're painting the things we know best--ourselves! Instructor Nancy Raia leads a weeklong Camp Creativity with different mixed media projects, including portraits made from recycled materials, watercolor watermelons, and even tours through the galleries! Pictured, Camp Creativity students with instructor Nancy Raia.

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Elsanor Readers of the Month

Congratulations to the following May Readers of the Month at Elsanor School: Joseph Mathis, Julieta Espinoza, Levi Cain, JJ Hayles, Charlie Hummel, Zoe McLain, Kendra McDonald, Zander Tomblin, Reagan Wiggins, Jayce Lawson, Lucas Busbee, Taylor Coleman, Bailey Russell, Jordan Rey, Camille Taitague, Isabella Nudo, Ally Barrett, and Kayla Booth.

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Robertsdale Elementary's ASCC summer camp has begun with approximately 75 campers enrolled. Here the kids are shown with staffers as they are about to depart on one of their many field trips scheduled for the summer. The camp is under the leadership of director, Teresa Olstrowski.

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Fairhope Area Swim Team Coaches Ready for Swim Season

F.A.S.T. (Fairhope Area Swim Team) coaches are excited and ready for a great swim season filled with teaching the children new swim techniques, getting ready for weekly meets and of course the annual pizza party, dive-in theatre and family beach day!

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Fourth graders in Mrs. Godbold’s, Mrs. Watts’ and Ms. Bradford’s classes from Orange Beach Elementary School visited Montgomery to see the Alabama State Capitol and Old Town Alabama Village. Students were given a tour of the capitol. At the historic village, the 19th and early 20th century homes and buildings have been saved from demolition, carefully restored, and reopened to the public as a history museum. At Old Alabama Town, students learned how early Americans of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama. Pictured, Mrs. Godbold and Mrs. Watts’ 4th grade classes stand admiring the hidden meaning in our previous Alabama State Governors’ portraits. They also viewed the paintings on the dome above the rotunda. The murals, painted by a Mobile artist from 1926-1930, illustrate the history of Alabama.

Christ the King Catholic School Recognizes Top Readers

Mrs. McDonald, Christ the King Catholic School librarian, recognized our students at the end of the year for exceeding Accelerated Reader goals by grade, the top reader of the year from each class, and our top three overall readers. Our top readers this year were, from left, 2nd place, Andrew Kiernan, 3rd place, Sophie Boulton, and first place, Trey Bauldin.

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BCHS Tiger Band Closes Out Successful Marching, Concert Season

The Baldwin County High School Tiger Band closed out its season with a special banquet at Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department. The banquet serves as a time to recognize current and future students in leadership positions, and to present awards and scholarships. Band Officers for 2017-2018 include: Drum Major - Destiny Mikel; Woodwind Captains - Jacob Burt and Courtney Stewart; Brass Captains - Brianna Coffman and Preston Richards; Percussion Captains - Holly Bates and Ethan Pettis; Band President - Destiny Miskel; Vice President - Courtney Stewart. Band awards presented include: Best Attitude - Loren Robinson; Most Improved - Austin Hutchinson; Most Outstanding Percussion - Will Steward; Most Outstanding Brass - Destiny Miskel; Most Outstanding Woodwind - Courtney Stewart; Joe Riemer Scholarship - Evan White; Wesley Rabren Horizon Award - Sarah Haskew; John Phillip Sousa Award Loren Robinson. The Tigerettes & Tiger Guard also participated in the banquet and special award recipients included Eve Powell, Tigerette Rookie of the Year; Patience Newsome, Most Outstanding Tigerette; Charkayla Riley, Tiger Guard Rookie of the Year; and Bethany Driggers, Most Outstanding Tiger Guard. Additional Tigerette awards went to Abby Stewart, Best Kick Technique; Ansley Smith, Driven Dancer; C.C. Long, Poised Performer; Mary Stuart Lewis, Outstanding Performer; and Amanda Eversman for Superior Showmanship. Tiger Guard awards went to Onterya Robinson, Outstanding Rifle Showmanship; Outstanding Flag Showmanship, Rosa Harris; Outstanding Sabre Showmanship, Madison McMillan; and Overall Top Performer, McKenzie Moody. New Officers for the 2017-2018 season will be Tigerette Captain, Patience Newsome; Tigerette Co-Captains, Anna Beth Denson and Amanda Eversman; Tiger Guard Captain, Bethany Driggers; Tiger Guard Co-Captain, Hadley Williams; and Tiger Guard Lieutenant, Onterya Robinson. Congratulations to all! Band officers include, in no particular order, Drum Major Destiny Mikel; Woodwind Captains - Jacob Burt and Courtney Stewart; Brass Captains - Brianna Coffman and Preston Richards; Percussion Captains - Holly Bates and Ethan Pettis; Band President - Destiny Miskel and Vice President - Courtney Stewart.

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Rising Bayside Academy Seniors Selected as Alabama Boys and Girls State Delegates

Three Bayside Academy rising seniors were selected as delegates to attend Alabama Boys and Girls State in early June at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Emily McCrory attended Alabama Girls State, while David Ham and Andrew Smith attended Alabama Boys State. As student delegates, McCrory, Ham and Smith built new friendships, participated in a mock government, and heard from and met an array of Alabama leaders, including congressmen, state-elected officials, business leaders and civic leaders. Student delegates also had the opportunity to join groups that focused on their individual areas of interest such as lobbying, law school, law enforcement academy, aerospace academy, city government, county government, constitutional convention, engineering/computer academy and environmental issues. Recreational activities also were part of the program. Alabama Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; Alabama Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion. The objective of these programs is to train young people in the ideals, objectives and basic principles of American government and successful management of a democratic society. Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK-12. Photo, L to R: Rising Bayside seniors David Ham, Emily McCrory and Andrew Smith were selected as delegates to attend Alabama Boys and Girls State in early summer 2017.

Bayside Academy Rising Senior Grayson York to Attend Summer Programs at Ole Miss

Bayside Academy rising senior Grayson York will attend two summer programs at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Based on his service and leadership experience, York was selected to attend the Apex Leadership Summit June 21—24. At the summit, York will join other outstanding students from across the nation to gain team-building skills, strengthen leadership traits and participate in service-action opportunities. A goal of the program is to prepare and educate future leaders and public servants. York also was selected to attend Mississippi StarTalk 2017 June 28—July 28. Funded by the federal government, this program provides high school students with intensive instruction in Chinese on the Ole Miss campus during the second summer session. In addition to studying Chinese inside and outside of the classroom, students participate in a cultural program introducing them to China, its people and its culture. Students receive scholarships covering the cost of their instruction, books, campus housing and meals. All students who complete the program receive college credit in Mandarin Chinese.

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Mrs. Shelly Ford’s first grade class at Gulf Shores Elementary completed a PBL on ecology. Students investigated the four themes behind the “Leave Only Footprints” campaign and then designed posters. These posters will communicate with our summer visitors on how to keep our beaches clean! Pictured left to right: Kyndal Swann, London Fleming, Danny Baranovics, Hannah Murphy.

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A Week of Change was held by the Project Outreach Program at SFHS to bring awareness to disabilities. The theme was “Open Doors to Disabilities”. The week began with a school-wide assembly with an ice cream social and activities through the week. The week ended with a door decorating contest.

Fairhope HS Golfer Wins Low Medalist Award Fairhope High School student, Virginia Green won the 7A Girls Golf Low Medalist Award. She shot 66 on Thursday and followed it with a 66 today. That was 15 better than the next golfer. Pictured: Virginia Green receiving her award from an AHSAA official.

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Sea Cadets Honor Military Members, Past and Present

Dunlap Division, of the US Naval Sea Cadets, spent the month of May honoring those who have and are currently serving in our armed forces. On Saturday May 20th, Armed Forces Day, the unit participated in the Blue Star Salute aboard the USS Alabama. This year's ceremony commemorates the 100th anniversary of WWI and the birth of the blue star banner. Dunlap Division had the honor of laying a wreath off the bow of the Alabama and manning the rails during the ceremony. Later that morning the public had an opportunity to watch our brave Coast Guardsmen at work. Members of the USCG flew from ATC Mobile to the battleship to demonstrate a rescue swimmer being lowered onto and lifted off of the ship. On Memorial Day, Dunlap Division color guard was honored to present the colors for the ceremony at the Mobile National Cemetery and remember those who have given their lives for our great nation. Naval Sea Cadets is designed for young men and women ages 10 to high school graduation who are interested in expanding their knowledge of our military. The sea cadets instill patriotism and leadership skills. Dunlap division meets one weekend a month at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Center in Mobile, and the cadets are under no obligation to join the military; however, if they do decide to enlist they are usually eligible to enlist at a higher pay grade. The program offers ROTC scholarships. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining our local unit as a cadet or adult leader, visit our national website at www.seacadets.org or contact our administrative officer ENS Angela Graham at angela.graham@hotmail.com. You may also follow our local unit Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DunlapDivision

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Rotary Youth Club Receives Alabama First Class Pre-K Grant

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced the Rotary Youth Club of Fairhope/Point Clear as one of 122 new Pre-K classrooms for the fall of 2017. The $85,000 grant ensures a pilot program launched this spring will continue as an important piece of the Club’s commitment to education and opportunity for learners of all ages in the community. The Rotary Youth Club received the only grant in Baldwin County this year. “Offering a Pre-K program has been a dream of this board and its supporters for years,” said Board Chair Ed Hammele. “We opened our first classroom this spring thanks to the generosity of local donors, with hopes we would win this state grant to keep going. We’re thrilled to now be a part of Alabama’s award-winning Pre-K program at last. The licensing and application process confirmed what we knew from our club member parents – that this area offers far too few early learning opportunities for our children. We want to be part of the solution.” The new classrooms were made possible due to increased appropriations in the FY 2018 Education Trust Fund Budget along with funding from year three of Alabama’s four-year federal Preschool Development Grant. This latest commitment increases the number of classrooms to 938 – enrolling approximately 16,884 four-year-olds. While now impacting 28% of Alabama’s Pre-K eligible children, the program’s goal is 100% access. The Rotary Youth Club program is led by veteran Kindergarten teacher Sarah Seitz. Assisting in the classroom is Tylesha Gulley, a former Club member now working toward her teaching degree at Troy University. The Alabama School Readiness Alliance has consistently published studies reflecting the inarguable link between quality Pre-K and the rest of a child’s academic life. They head to school with better reading, writing and math abilities as well as the social skills that ensure “ready to learn” Kindergartners arriving at the school door. Studies also find fewer special education placements and behavior problems, higher graduation rates and even stronger economic productivity later in life. “This Pre-K grant caps off a remarkable year,” said RYC Executive Director Linda Mason. “Our after-school program had record enrollment of 120 students. We’ve never had so many volunteers involved with after-school tutoring, enrichment like sailing, gardening, music, art, technical skill training and so much more. Our entire team is energized by what’s happening here. And this grant means we’ll continue reaching our very youngest learners. It’s a wonderful thing.” Enrollment application for the 2017-2018 Pre-K program will begin this summer. For more information see our website: www.rotaryyouthclub.org.

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Fairhope Area Swim Team Practice

Members of the Fairhope Area Swim Team are learning and practicing their new swim techniques each week with their coaches in preparation for their weekly swim meets with other area swim teams.

Southern Waters Aquatic Team Participates in Chocolate Milk Challenge SWAT (Southern Waters Aquatic Team) participated in the Southeast Dairy Association's Coaches Chocolate Milk Challenge, showing how our team is "Built with Chocolate Milk." They chose the slogan "Chocolate Milk Udderly Mooves Us!"

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FEEF Announces 2017 Parent and Student Choice Award Winners

Each year Fairhope parents and students are asked to nominate a public school teacher or staff member who deserves recognition for making a significant, positive impact on students. FEEF and award sponsor Urgent Care by the Bay are pleased to announce the following outstanding teachers as the Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation’s 8th Annual Parent and Student Choice Award winners: Fairhope High School – Ms. Melissa Knight, Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus Teacher; Fairhope Intermediate School – Ms. Trina Jackson, 4th Grade Teacher; Fairhope Middle School – Ms. Janice Kinard, 7th Grade Science Teacher; Fairhope Elementary School – Ms. Crystal Phelps, 3rd Grade Teacher; J. Larry Newton School – Ms. Sarah Saltee, 5th Grade Teacher. Each nominee must provide support to students and faculty, encourage creative thinking and learning, exhibit the highest ethics and integrity and communicate effectively with the student and parents to empower the students to be their very best. The award winners exceeded the nomination criteria and are a wonderful example of the quality teachers that FEEF is honored to work with and recognize in Fairhope public schools. Thanks to Urgent Care by the Bay, each award winner receives $100, recognition on a plaque that will hang in their school and a ticket to FEEF’s signature Phantasy fundraising event in the fall. Top left photo: 2017 Parents Choice Melissa Knight FHS – Pictured (L-R) FEEF Board Member Chuck Hughley, Ms. Melissa Knight, FEEF Vice President Amy Foley 2nd from top photo: 2017 FIS Parent Choice Trina Jackson – Pictured (L-R) FEEF Board Member Lorna Mayr, Ms. Trina Jackson, Urgent Care by the Bay Office Manager Jennifer Miles, FEEF Vice President Amy Foley 3rd from top photo: 2017 FMS Parent Choice Janice Kinard – Pictured (L-R) FEEF Board Member Lorna Mayr, Ms. Janice Kinard, Urgent Care by the Bay Office Manager Jennifer Miles Bottom left photo: 2017 FES Parent Choice Crystal Phelps – Pictured (L-R) FEEF Vice President Amy Foley, Ms. Crystal Phelps, FEEF Board Member Lorna Mayr, Urgent Care by the Bay Office Manager Jennifer Miles Bottom right photo: 2017 Newton Parent Choice Sarah Saltee – Pictured (L-R) Ms. Sarah Saltee, FEEF Board Member Lorna Mayr, Urgent Care by the Bay Office Manager Jennifer Miles, FEEF Vice President Amy Foley.

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Autauga County Schools Bayside Academy Rising Junior Mary Helene Hall Attends Digital Media Camp at Mercer University

Bayside Academy rising junior Mary Helene Hall received a scholarship to attend digital media summer camp June 11—17 at the Center for Collaborative Journalism located at Mercer University’s campus in Macon, Georgia. At the program, Hall joined top high school students from some of the nation’s leading journalism, yearbook and media programs to learn the latest tools for digital storytelling. The program has been described by The New York Times as “one of the nation’s boldest journalism experiments.” Working with CCJ’s university faculty and partner journalists, program participants learned how to tell compelling stories in a multimedia format through photo, video, audio, mobile tools and the written word. Campers gained experience in the following areas: Building mobile apps, Learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Honing writing and photography skills, Harnessing the power of social media, Building radio and video content and Working with professional editors and reporters. Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK-12. Photo, head shot: Bayside Academy rising junior Mary Helene Hall received a scholarship to attend digital media camp at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism. Photo, group shot: Bayside Academy rising junior Mary Helene Hall and other students from around the country participated in the digital media camp at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.

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Members of the Kiwanis Builders Club at Fairhope Middle School sponsored a collection drive for The Haven, a no-kill animal shelter. The Haven has been recognized as having one of the highest save rates for homeless animals in the State of Alabama. They provide shelter and find adoptive homes for abused, neglected, and homeless animals. Pictured with Michael Graham, Executive Director of The Haven, are Maddie and members of the Builders Club.

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Southern Waters Aquatic Team Participates in Florida Invitational

Southern Waters Aquatic Team (SWAT) participated in GPAC's Flip Flop Invitational, May 6-7, 2017 at the University of West Florida. SWAT Swimmer Noah Greer won high point for the 11-12 boys group. The pictured swimmers all made swimming cuts and qualified to compete in the 2017 Long Course Southeastern Swim Championships in Huntsville, July 20-24, 2017: (L-R): Elliot Greer, Lily Turner, Noah Greer, and Stephen Laraway.

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Robertsdale Third Graders Visit Alligator Alley

Robertsdale Elementary students in Mrs. Brittany Whatley's third grade class enjoyed a field trip to Alligator Alley. Students observed the feeding habits of several gators. They also learned about their adaptations to their habitat as well as how they care for their young.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Putting an End to Your Teen’s Selfishness Some parents feed their teen’s selfishness into adult years by continuing to rotate their life around them. I tell parents that at age 15 it is time for them to begin aggressively helping their teen get over a selfish mindset. Instead of always wanting to be “served” by mom and dad, older teens need to do things for themselves and also learn to serve others. After all, they are potentially only a few short years away from having to live totally unselfishly as parents themselves. Should this selfishness be allowed to grow during the teen years it will only accentuate into other problems after they leave home. So how do you put an end to your teen’s selfishness? First, you need to put on the brakes! Stop doing everything for your teen. Quit jumping every time he says “frog.” His control over your life and the life of others in your family is to cease, beginning now. Review the negative habit patterns you established in your home in the early years, and let it be known in a gentle way that you’ll no longer be doing a lot of the things that you had been doing to help them as a younger child. Break the news to them in this way: • I’ll no longer be doing your laundry. • I’ll no longer get you out of bed in the morning. • I’ll no longer accept childish whining from you. • I’ll not be doing what should be your chores, like cleaning your room or bathroom. I’ll no longer nag you about what you need to accomplish. • I’ll no longer pay for gas or give you spending money unless you earn it. Get my point? You have got to stop doing some things, so that your child can start learning to do some of these things for Eastern Shore Parents I July 2017

themselves. You stop and get out of the way, so he or she can start. If you don’t do this, your teen is not being required to grow up. And I see a great number of kids today that remain immature into early adulthood. That happens not because of forces of nature or culture, but because parents enable it. So the first step is to just stop. Can you do that? And I mean both parents, not just one. The second step then is to have a discussion with them about why you’re stopping. It doesn’t have to be a deep philosophical discussion about their need to learn responsibility. I would leave it as a simple, “Because you now have the ability to do it for yourself and I don’t want to do it anymore!” Any comments beyond that will only stir up further fruitless discussion. Let your teen know that you’re not doing “it” (whatever “it” is) because you don’t want to do “it” any more. You’ll be amazed how it will put him in a position of not being so demanding of you, and will put you in a position of not having to do everything for them. Sometimes it is best to let teenagers know that they will have to start these new responsibilities “this summer,” or, “when school starts,” or, “when you turn 15,” or, “the first of the year.” That way you prepare them for the change that is coming. Don’t drop it on them overnight. Maybe even work side by side with them for couple of weeks as you make the transition, but be clear when your assistance will stop and that you’ll not do it yourself during the transition period. They have to help. Again, here’s what to tell them: • They’ll be doing their own laundry and if not, they’ll have nothing to wear. • The alarm clock you are putting in their room is so they can wake themselves and get to school on time. If not, they’ll get in trouble at school. 48

• That you expect respectful talk and no more childish whining. • That you’ll help in emergencies, such as typing their homework if their fingers are broken (use a little humor). This is something one adult would do for another if they needed the help. • That you’re not going to nag them any more. You’ll ask once and that’s it. Then, they’ll have to suffer the consequences if they don’t do it in a timely fashion. • That they’ll have to begin earning some money to pay for their own gas for the car. You may pay for the insurance and some upkeep; but that’s it. • That they’ll have to clean their own room. If they want to live in a dump, that’s their choice. If they want a clean bathroom, you’ll purchase the cleaning materials, but that’s all. • They’ll have to change burned out light bulbs, wash towels, and scrub their own toilet. Say you can’t do those things for them because you can’t breathe when you’re in their room for the smell of the dirty shoes, socks and shorts. I’m sure that when you present these things to your son or daughter, you’ll get to see their selfishness in action. They won’t like it and may even throw a tantrum. If so, then it only says that you should have started this process sooner. They’ll drop the ball a few times and have to suffer the consequences as a result, but be sure not to rescue them from their selfishness nor lessen the consequences. Doing so will only cause selfishness and immaturity to continue. It’s a common phrase I use with kids: “I owe you nothing, but want to give you everything.” This phrase allows me to communicate a “counter” to their selfishness, and promotes a concept of respect.

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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Skipping to the Altar Q. My wife and I make good money, and our daughter’s college education is pretty much paid for through pre-paid tuition and scholarships. We just started your plan to get out of debt and take better control of our finances. When we get to Baby Step 5, which is saving for college, can we substitute that with saving for a wedding? A. That would be fine. I’m glad you’re thinking ahead. It’s always a good idea to save toward a wedding if you have the financial resources to do so, because weddings are real and they’re coming. The average wedding in America today runs around $35,000. Of course, you don’t have to pay anywhere near that amount to make it a beautiful occasion. Your household income, debt, savings and other factors will all play into how much you can afford.

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Just remember to pay cash for the wedding. If you have to go into debt to make it happen, then you’re talking about too much money. It’s as simple as that. Crunch the numbers with your wife, and see what you two can handle. And remember, there’s absolutely no correlation between the cost of a wedding and the success of the relationship!

Bad Advice From a Bad Friend Q. My husband and I are currently in Baby Step 2, and paying off all our debt except for our home. A friend recently told us to pay off everything except for the credit card debt. She says we can then settle for a far less amount and not have so much money go-

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Here are a few ways to capture moments, milestones and memories as your baby grows from toddler to teen. Say what?! Kids typically begin developing the ability to speak in two to three word sentences between 18 months and two years. Keep track of their quips, funny comments and profound observations in a quotes journal. A simple notebook will do the trick. Running around? Write down what they said on a scrap of paper. Note the date and their age and slip it into your notebook or your purse to record later. Dear Sugar. Ask friends and family to a write a letter to your child on her first birthday. Or write a letter a year sharing anecdotes and observations about your child’s development, achievements, disappointments and why you are proud of her. These letters make a precious gift for when your child turns 18. Remember this? Compile photos

annually into a scrapbook or a digital photo book. Among the snapshots of dayto-day outings, family vacations and birthday parties, include a page dedicated to highlighting your child’s accomplishments for that year. For example: learned to ride a bike, started kindergarten, learned to swim, lost first tooth, first home run, etc.

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Talk to me. While you’ll probably video your child in action throughout childhood, take a few minutes each year to do a short interview once they start talking. Ask questions like, “What is your favorite food?” “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “What is your favorite thing to do?” “Who are your buddies right now?” A year in pictures. Have you ever

seen a compilation of photos of a child taken everyday in the same location for a year? It’s fascinating to watch a child grow up in a photo time lapse. Try the apps “Photo 365” or “Everyday app”.

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collect mementos in a manila folder. Include projects, letters, report cards, notes from teachers, pictures and letters by your child, medical records and school photos. At the end of each calendar year, school year or birthday, go through the file. Pick out the items you want to keep. Write the 53

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nual photo of your child in an oversized t-shirt with the date of their high school graduation. She’ll be swimming in it for the first photo, but by graduation she will have grown into it.

Patchwork of memories. Every child has t-shirts they love and wear over and over again. Over the years, they’ll also collect shirts of sporting events, favorite teams, camps, organizations and other activities that they’re involved in. Hang onto those items and have a quilt made out of the shirts to give them when they graduate from high school or college.

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Measure up. Many of us use a wall in the house to pencil in our kids’ height over the years. But what if you have to move or you want to repaint? A variety of creative wall-hanging growth charts are available on the market or you could DIY. Make a large wall measuring stick out of a 1’ x 6’ x 6’ wood board (instructions for the DIY Growth Ruler are available at www.crazylifewithlittles.com). Check out Pinterest for other crafty designs and instructions. Hand, hand, finger, thumb.

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Beginning with your child’s first birthday, make wall art out of his growing handprints or footprints. Paint an eight-inch square canvas with acrylic paint. Once the background paint dries, use a contrasting color and paint your child’s hand with a foam brush. Then guide his hand to stamp it on the canvas. Use a paint pen to write the age of your child below the hand print. Voila! You have the first of a series of annual hand prints. For more information about this project titled “yearly handprint canvas”, check out mamapapabubba.com.

Tell me a story. Record funny, har-

rowing and exciting stories throughout parenthood. Keep them in a file called “family stories” on your computer. Don’t forget to include your child’s birth story. Either record the anecdotes and stories in an audio file or write them out. You’ll love pulling up and sharing these stories with your kids as they get older-and they’ll love hearing them! ESP

Freelance writer Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two growing boys. She loves to collect their wise and funny comments in a quotes journal. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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8 Ways to Spark Summer Reading Most parents want to encourage reading, especially during the summer when kids often have more unstructured time. Now that so much reading occurs online, parents may wonder about the best way to nurture a reading habit. Is reading on a device as good as getting lost in an old-fashioned book? The emerging answer is that both print and digital reading have value, but they promote different ways of thinking. One revealing study found that college students prefer reading online when they are looking for quick information. However, when they really want to dig in and master new material, they turn to paper books. Without the distraction of clicks, students find they engage more deeply and comprehend more of what they read. Students also reported that they liked being able to manipulate physical books—underlining, writing notes in the margins, turning down corners and being able to thumb back to a favorite passage. This study suggests that online reading often resembles snacking--quick, easy to digest, maybe even a little addictive. Physical books offer more of a meal--stimulating and nourishing on many levels. Because kids gravitate naturally to devices (and snacks), parents may want to put a little effort into helping kids discover the pleasures of print. Fortunately, most kids are receptive. A biannual study of reading habits by Scholastic magazine found that 86% of kids think it’s important to be a good reader, and 6 in 10 agreed that, “I really enjoy reading books over the summer.” Here are some ideas about turning that spark into a flame.

Read aloud. In the Scholastic survey, kids 6–11 said that they enjoyed reading aloud, mostly because it was special time with their parents. Even after they can read independently, many kids and even teens enjoy settling in to listen to a good story. Kids who can read for Eastern Shore Parents I July 2017

themselves may enjoy taking turns reading. Or they might like to read dialogue with each child taking on the voice of a different character.

Hunt for books together. In the Scholastic study, 41% of kids said it was hard to find books they wanted to read. Turn the quest for good books into something you do as a family. Visit your local library regularly. Find out if there’s a story hour at the local bookshop. Hunt for bargain books at garage sales and thrift stores. Look for a Free Little Library in your neighborhood or create one of your own (littlefreelibrary.org/). Good lists of recommended books are also available from Reading Rockets (readingrockets. org/books/summer ) and the American Library Association (ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb). Find books at the right level. Kids

sometimes disconnect from reading when books seem boring because they are too easy or frustrating because they are too hard. If possible, ask your child’s teacher to recommend books that are “just right” for your child. Or zero in on books at the right grade level by using the Scholastic book wizard (scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard ).

Follow their lead. Like adults, kids read more of what they love. If a child gets hooked on a particular genre, author or series, run with it. And don’t get hung up on format. Magazines, graphic novels and comics can all be a gateway into reading. So can video or board games that include lots of written directions. For really reluctant readers, try activating captions on the television so kids can read along with their favorite shows. Make it social. Enthusiasm for reading is contagious, so encourage kids to share books they like whenever possible. Some kids 56

may enjoy writing reviews on kid-friendly sites like dogobooks.com or spaghettibookclub. org. Kids can also follow favorite authors online. Many interact with readers through local readings or websites that feature games and giveaways. Or consider organizing a summer book club. PBS offers tips about how to get one going (tinyurl.com/njgpk7k).

Find the right incentives. Just keeping a list of books they’ve finished can be motivating for some kids. Others will benefit from a small treat--maybe a gummy “bookworm” or a pack of Smarties. An entire board of clever incentives including Reading Bingo is available on Pinterest (tinyurl.com/lp6krcg). Consider using reading itself as a reward. During the summer, let children stay up an extra hour beyond bedtime--if they are reading. Set aside time. Designate a specific time for family reading. Turning off TV, computers and cellphones makes it clear that reading is a priority. To get a better picture of how your kids are spending summer days, try using the media time calculator as well as the media planner created by Healthy Children (tinyurl.com/z8wbef5). Get creative. Think about fun ways to integrate books into whatever you’re doing this summer. Instead of handing your child a cellphone during wait times, carry a chapter book that you can pull out in a doctor’s waiting room or between games at a tournament. Create a treasure hunt with a new book as the treasure. Have a Reading Picnic where everyone reads outside while munching on sandwiches. Take an audio book on your family road trip. Create a secret reading space by setting up a tent in the backyard or putting a sheet over a card table. Whatever you do, keep it light. If your goal is to have kids who read because they love it, making rules too rigorous or setting expectations too high can be counter-productive. Experts say that reading as few as six books over the summer helps kids avoid the dreaded summer slump. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Regardless of where you fall on the birthday party spectrum, the bottom line is that everyone wants their child to feel celebrated and special. After all, they will only be that age once. Here are a few ways to celebrate beyond just the birthday party.

Children’s birthday parties have gotten so complicated. These days, young guests have busy schedules, cramming multiple parties into a single weekend or cutting parties short due to time constraints. When they do come, they bring their gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free dietary restrictions with them. This is all before you broach the increasingly divisive issue of whether or not to invite the entire class to the party or to be more discerning with the guest list. Eastern Shore Parents I July 2017

Celebrate Birthday Eve

Think Christmas Eve but for birthdays. No child needs reminding that their big day is approaching, they’re probably relentless in their reminders. But instead of tamping down the excitement, help them enjoy it. Tell them about the night before you met them: Where you were, what you were doing, how you were feeling. Look through 58

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Have A Yes Day

Play genie and grant your birthday boy or a girl a Yes Day. While a genie only gives three wishes, you will be granting your child an entire day of yes. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes! Skipping school in the lieu of a day at the beach? Yes! The only rule on Yes Day is that there are no rules. But before you let your child’s imagination run wild, wise parents may want to set a few parameters, such as that the requests need to be reasonable and, in our family, are not to include the acquisition of pets.

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Start A New Tradition

We have a tradition that my parents started – the birthday chair. The birthday child wakes up to find his place at the breakfast table decorated with streamers, balloons and other goodies, like small snacks, lip glosses, light-up buttons announcing their age, etc… My children love the birthday chair and it’s a birthday must, even when we’re traveling. If you don’t have a tradition to carry on, it’s not too late to start one. You can deliver a special breakfast in bed, fill the room with balloons, or make a crepe paper “door” that your child has to burst through. Who knows, years from now, your child may be passing that tradition down to their children.

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Plan A Trip

At first blush, a birthday trip sounds hard (and costly) to implement. But there are plenty of ways to gift a trip. You can take the whole family to a special destination, you can do a birthday getaway with both parents or you can make it a solo parent trip, for some quality one-on-one time. Finally, you can ask the grandparents to play tour guide. Because trips are harder to pull off, pick a set birthday for the celebration. The trip can take place when your child turns double digits, is sweet 16, or when you feel comfortable with them flying as an unaccompanied minor (if you’re sending them off to grandma and grandpa).

Give Goody Bags To The Parents

Even if you decide to go the traditional birthday party route, you can still shake things up a bit. I attended a recent birthday kid party where there were goody bags – for the moms. It was brilliant. After all, parents handle the RSVPs, buy the presents, and schlep the kids to the parties, why shouldn’t we be the ones to go home with the loot? ESP

Happy celebrating! Jessica Graham is a freelance writer who has been published on Upworthy, Mothers Always Write and Parent.co. You can find her at In Pursuit of Loud, where she writes about the art of every day living. This article originally appeared on Parent.co.

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Calling All Campers

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Moving beyond the familiar four walls of houses and hotels, the camping experience offers a whole new environment for kids to escape from the day-to-day. Packing for alternative methods of cooking, prepping new sleeping arrangements, and planning outdoor adventures add unique advance excitement for children on a camping mission. For kids and families who are increasingly immersed in high-tech living, there’s never been a better time to answer the call of camping. Both the ultimate getaway and the best of back-to-nature family outings, the following items making camping a cool new adventure for kids.

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Wise Owl Hammock

Regalo Kids Cot (Regalo)

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Sometimes a little elevation makes all the difference between a kid’s restless sleep on the ground and restful campsite slumber. The Regalo cot recreates a bit of the familiar bed for a child while retaining the sense of a camping adventure. Crafted with strong canvas and reinforced stitching, the cot is 48” long and supports up to 75 pounds. With a cot cover that’s washable and liner that wipes down easily, this bed is a snap to restore to camp readiness after every use. Folding easily into its travel case and weighing in at just four pounds, the Regalo cot answers the camping call of ‘conserve space and pack light’. Sure to enjoy extra use for sleepovers and beach trips the Regalo cot is a sound investment in recreational rest.

Kelsyus Canopy Chair

Wonder Lake Dome Tent

For every parent who struggles to keep sunscreen on their child, the Kelsyus Canopy Chair offers little kids an extra measure of passive protection from the sun. Modeled after adult-sized quad-style camp chairs, the Kelsyus retains all the same look and functionality while scaled down to accommodate a small child. Portability is a snap as the canopy transforms into the carry bag with backpack straps. The whole assembly weighs only 5 pounds so the chair is easily toted hands-free by kids to their camping, beach, or sporting destination. Providing struggle-free shade, the Kelsyus Canopy Chair is the perfect rest and retreat for small children enjoying outdoor adventures.

Letting children stake their campground claim with their own dedicated lodging fosters their sense of independence on an outdoor adventure. With a 7’ by 4’ footprint, the Wonder Lake tent offers enough sleeping space for two little ones or a single pre-teen needing their own elbow room. Inverted seams, welded floor and included rainfly can repel wet weather while the domed shape redirects wind issues. Easily constructed with continuous pole sleeves and a simple pin-and-ring system, the whole kit packs easily into its carry bag. Compact, cool and camp-ready, the Wonder Lake Dome Tent lets kids carve out a comfortable space of their own in the wide open world.

A soft and silky alternative to ‘sleeping rough’, the Wise Owl hammock presents a simple way to swing into comfort. Made with parachute nylon, the slinky lightweight fabric gives the hammock surprising strength and durability for the rugged outdoors. Ease of assembly is important when considering the limited patience of excited youth and this hammock meets that need. Complete with the rope and carabiners for hanging, campers are just a few knots away from instant outdoor relaxing. Saving space during travel, the hammock bundles easily into its storage bag which is no bigger than a grapefruit. Kick off your camping adventure as you scout out the perfect space between two trees to hang your Wise Owl hammock and hang out in style.

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Princess and Knights

Every little girl wants a princess party and every little boy needs to release some energy. Encourage your guests to dress up or provide costumes to wear when they arrive.

Games:

1. Cross the Moat – Start with a large board or a few 2 x 4’s and keep getting smaller as the game goes on. You can have your moat over a small swimming pool or simply sitting on the ground. 2. Cup Stacking Castle – Work as a team or as individuals to make the tallest and sturdiest castle. You can limit the amount of cups each team gets or set up guidelines like it must have 5 cups on the base. 3. Find Cinderella’s Shoe – Ask all the girls to take off their shoes and drop one in a bin. The girls will sit on chairs and the boys will have to grab one shoe and see who it belongs to. This is a good way to partner them up for the Cup Stacking Castle.

Craft:

Depending on their preference, the kids can decorate their own armor, mask or tiara as found on Oriental Trading. They also have some great castle crafts.

Pirates and Mermaids Similar to the Princess and Knight party, Pirates and Mermaids has something for everyone.

Games:

1. Sink the ship – Cut a pool noodle into slices to form circular boats and add a toothpick sail. Order bouncing balls in bulk to serve as your cannon balls. The guests serve as pirates and try to sink the ships with cannon balls. 2. Mermaid Race – Players will wear one leg of a pair of panty hose to cover both feet and legs. They will race on their bellies or backs as mermaids on land to see who gets there first. 3. Treasure Map – Find the treasure by following a map with clues. Set up in the party space or get the neighbors involved in a scavenger hunt.

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Use an empty Gatorade bottle to create an I-Spy bottle. Alternate filling the bottle with small toys and either colored sand or rice.

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1. Neon Glow Tag – Have the kids wear play clothes that can get paint on them. Supply everyone with a clean white t-shirt. Break the group into teams and arm them with a paintbrush and neon glow paint. Set up boundaries and encourage the guests to splatter as much paint as they can on the other players. For safety reasons, supply the kids with neon sunglasses. 2. Color shut down – This is like old maid with glow sticks. Purchase several glow sticks and paint the bottom of one of them black. The kids will hold the glow sticks in their hands and try to make color matches by picking sticks from other players without getting the “old maid” painted bottom. 3. Glow in the Dark balloon volleyball – Cut the end off a glow stick and pour the contents in a latex air filled balloon. Tie off and have the kids try to keep the balloon from hitting the ground.

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Make glow in the dark play dough or bubbles. Both are made simply by adding neon non-toxic paint to your favorite DIY bubbles or play dough recipe.

Little Baker

Kids love to help in the kitchen, but these cooking projects can be made outside on the patio or inside at the kitchen table.

Activities:

1. Dirt pudding cups - Everyone loves getting dirty. Use crushed Oreos (have the kids make them with rolling pins in Ziplock bags) and layer in cups with premade chocolate pudding. Don’t forget to add the gummy worms! 2. Too pretty to eat – The guests can decorate white bread with paint brushes and food coloring. When they are done, toast in toaster or in oven and return them to the kids to spread with jellies, butter or peanut butter. 3. Play with your food – Guests can design mosaics with dried colored beans, colorful fruit pizzas or make cars or boats out of bell peppers. The fun is only limited to their imaginations.

Craft: Keep up the cooking theme by creating food in a jar recipes that the kids can take home. Go through the steps together to fill the jar with the right ingredients, in the right order. Preprint the cooking instructions on paper for the kids to attach to their jar and take home. ESP Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. She loves to plan parties for all ages and celebrations. Follow her on Etsy at PamsPartyPrintables.

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Cakes, Treats and Supplies Andree’s Wine, Cheese & Things 403 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope Andree’s offers birthday and special event cakes of all sizes with a wide variety of cake flavors, fillings and icings. Visit us on Facebook to see photos. (251) 928-8863 andrees@andreesonline.com www.andreesonline.com

Brodie’s Cream & Bean

15823 Highway 104, Silverhill Visit Brodie’s Cream & Bean for the best Old Dutch Ice Cream made locally in Mobile, AL! We also offer coffee, gifts and other treats. We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 9pm. Email or stop by for information about celebrating your next Birthday with us! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for updates and photos! cbrodie@bcbe.org

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Chocolate Corner

200 West Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores We are a locally owned business that specializes in chocolate pops, barks, truffles and fudge make great treats for any event. We can also package in goodies bags for party favors! (251) 948-2462 www.chocolatecorneronline.com

Couture Cakes

1905 Main Street, Daphne Couture Cakes can custom design the perfect cake for all occasions and themes. Visit us on Facebook to see pictures of our wonderful creations! (251) 626-9895

Dippin Dots

3964 Airport Boulevard, Mobile (251) 378-5460 www.dippindots.com 25405 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach (251) 974-3687 www.dippindots.com The original beaded ice cream is available in your area! Stop into our location at The Wharf and sample some of our delicious flavors. Ask us about catering, birthday parties, fundraising and more!

Edible Arrangements

6890 US Highway 90, Daphne Edible Arrangements offers delicious fresh fruit arrangements, baskets, bouquets and other delightful tasty gifts. Visit our website to see the wonderful children’s selection, Kids at Heart complete with

Disney, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty and Disney Princess arrangements. (251) 621-9413 www.ediblearrangements.com

Frios Gourmet Pops – Daphne

1501 US Highway 98 (Suite A1), Daphne Have a Frios Cart come to your Birthday celebration for a delicious and healthy frozen treat for you and your guests! Our carts are out and about at festivals, special events, and available for private parties and corporate events. We are also located inside the Windmill Market in downtown Fairhope and at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Call today to schedule our cart at your next event or come by one of our locations for an awesome summer treat! Visit us on Instagram and Twitter @friosfairhope. (251) 281-7854 kari@friospops.com www.friospops.com

FRIOS Gourmet Pops at Windmill Market

85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope Have a Frios Cart come to your Birthday celebration for a delicious and healthy frozen treat for you and your guests! Our carts are out and about at festivals, special events, and available for private parties and corporate events. We are also located inside the Windmill Market in downtown Fairhope and at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Call today to schedule our cart at your next event or come by one of our locations for an awesome summer treat! Visit us on Instagram and Twitter @friosfairhope. (251) 581-1909 www.friospops.com

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FRIOS Pops at LuLu’s Homeport Marina

200 East 25th Avenue, Gulf Shores Have a Frios Cart come to your Birthday celebration for a delicious and healthy frozen treat for you and your guests! Our carts are out and about at festivals, special events, and available for private parties and corporate events. We are also located inside the Windmill Market in downtown Fairhope and at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Call today to schedule our cart at your next event or come by one of our locations for an awesome summer treat! Visit us on Instagram and Twitter @friosfairhope. (251) 967-5858 www.friospops.com

Gourmet Goodies

11101 County Road 64, Daphne Gourmet Goodies offers Birthday Cakes, Smash Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Cookies, and much more! Call or email us today to order your child’s next party treat. Visit us on Facebook to view photos of items we offer. (256) 565-5521 lurbelle@hotmail.com

Great American Cookie Company

30500 State Highway 181 (Eastern Shore Centre), Spanish Fort We do all kinds of cookie cakes for all occasions. We bake fresh every day. Say it with a cookie cake! Visit our website for more information. Hours are Monday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (251) 621-7977 www.greatamericancookies.com

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Gulf Coast Events & Rentals and Belforest Pointe

Daphne Check out our New Venue, Belforest Pointe! We can help customize your next event, wedding, birthday party or special occasion to be remembered for years to come! We offer a variety of tables, chairs, event furniture, tents, dance floors, dishware, glassware, flatware, carnival games, waterslides, inflatables, concessions equipment and more. Although walk-ins are always welcome, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment. Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit our website for updates. (251) 621-1233 sales@gcrent.com www.gcrent.com

Hope’s Cheesecake

210 East 20th Avenue, Gulf Shores Hope’s is a gourmet dessert bakery staffed by bakers with more than 30 years baking experience. We are dedicated to making the best and most delicious cheesecakes, cupcakes and a variety of other desserts and delivering them to you “dinner party ready”. (251) 968-5858 hopescheesecake@gmail.com www.hopescheesecake.com

Marble Slab Creamery

30500 Hwy 181 (Eastern Shore Centre), Spanish Fort Marble Slab Creamery can help turn any event into a special occasion. Whether you want a Sundae Bar, Portable Slab* where we bring The Slab to

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you! Ice cream cakes to match your theme are available. Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (251) 621-7900 www.marbleslab.com

Miller’s Grand Events

25341 State Highway 181, Daphne We provide event rentals for events within a 50-mile area. Our talented staff of designers and coordinators can help you create a unique and memorable gathering for Birthday Parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, fundraisers or graduation parties. We also offer total event packages. Hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 1pm. Closed on Sundays. Call us today for a consultation! (251) 625-4910 sales@millersgrandevents.com www.millersgrandevents.com

Smarty Had A Party

You can now purchase exquisite disposable plastic dishes and paper linen that rival china, crystal, silverware and cloth at prices much lower than rentals. You will be dazzled by the stunning styles and colors of the new uniquely disposable tableware that has burst upon the partyware market, products specifically designed for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations and parties has emerged as the leading online provider of upscale disposable party dishes and wedding supplies. Visit our website for all the elegant options and make party planning less stressful and less expensive! (314) 431-5400 or (888) 363-5473 info@smartyhadaparty.com www.smartyhadaparty.com

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Smoothie King

28841 Highway 98, Suite E, Daphne (251) 929-3840 9475 Highway 90, Malbis (251) 929-3840 199 Baldwin Square, 101, Fairhope (251) 929-3840 www.smoothieking.com Call today to find out how you can have Smoothie King at your special event.

Something Sweet

1712 Main Street, Daphne Something Sweet offers many different kinds of cupcakes along with bar cookies and cakes. Please call and speak with someone to place an order. (251) 621-2253 sweettreatsdaphne@icloud.com www.sweettreatsdaphne.com

Stampin’ Up

1712 Main Street, Daphne Create your own one-of-a kind, hand-made invitations, announcements or thank-you notes. We can help you with all of your special occasions, private parties and private group classes! (251) 454-9545 jackieb410@bellsouth.net www.stampinturtles.com

Stationary Studio

We have a great selection of invitations for every occasion and every event! We have several themes from silly to sophisticated and formal to festive! Stationary Studio is open in Downtown Fairhope

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The Little Cake Shop

10198 US Highway 31, Spanish Fort No matter the occasion Little Cake Shop can create the perfect cake for you. Visit us on Facebook to see photos. Our specialists are available to answer any questions. Hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (251) 621-9097 littlecakeshop@att.net

Warehouse Bakery

759 Nichols Drive, Fairhope Warehouse Bakery is a made from scratch eatery, specialty donut shop and bakery. Call or visit our website for information on our sweet treats for your next celebration! Hours are Sunday – Thursday 6am – 6pm and Friday & Saturday 6am – 9pm. (251) 928-7223 sales@warehousebakeryanddonuts.com www.warehousebakeryanddonuts.com

Whits Frozen Custard

1204 Main Street , Daphne Open Monday – Saturday 11am – 9pm. Sunday 12pm – 8pm. Whit’s Frozen Custard frozen treats are made fresh daily with the finest ingredients. We offer specialty cakes for birthdays and special occasions in several different flavors and 2 different sizes. Please call 48 hours in advance to order. Like us on Facebook for updates and our flavor of

the week! Come see us and grab a quart of your favorite flavor to go! (251) 378-9208 whitsdaphne@gmail.com

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Live Exotic Animal Birthday Parties! Animal Tales conducts educational programs for over 900 schools and libraries annually in 15 states. We bring our animals to your location for a unique birthday party experience. 6+ animals of your choice, 45-50 minute show. Serving a 300-mile radius around Pensacola, FL. (800) 589-5408 Ext.2 info@animaledzoocation. com www.animaledzoocation.com

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You can’t spell pARTy without Art! Mrs. Diane Mugovero will bring all the supplies needed for a fun and educational art party. Choose from wet clay, painted pottery, mixed media projects or fused glass art. Diane Mugovero has several years experience teaching art to children. Call today. Time slots are limited. Perfect for birthday parties, school fundraisers and projects, church groups or just for fun! (251) 978-6330

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Azalea City DJ’s – “Dr. Feelgood”

DJ for all types of events: weddings, receptions, high school events, middle school events, elementary school events, bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah; you name it, we do it! Visit us on Facebook! (251) 689-6226 mustagotlost@gmail.com

Balloon Bubble Buddies

We are balloon twisters in the Alabama Gulf coast area. We provide a full scope of roving entertainment at your party which includes our balloon animals, bubble-maker, confetti gun, t-shirt launcher (which can launch parachuting army men, stuffed animals and party gifts). We have arches, custom centerpieces and various decorations for your party/gathering. (251) 233-9657 www.balloonbubblebuddies.com

DK the Clown

Daphne Let DK the Clown entertain at your next event. DK is a Graduate of the Circus Clown School, a member of the World Clown Association and is Licensed and Insured. Balloon Artist, Face Painting and Entertainment. (251) 554-2874 dkssilkflowers@aol.com

Dr. Gee’s Magic and Balloons

Dr. Gee’s offers Balloons and Magic for parties, promotions and events. Dr. Gee makes your event exciting with magic and creative balloons sculpting. Dr. Gee entertains in Mobile, Eastern Shore, Mississippi and Florida. (251) 662-7415 thedrgee@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/DrGeesMagicandBalloons

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Face Painting for your party, festival or special event. Please call for pricing and booking information. Visit us on Facebook for photos and updates. (251) 937-1199 or (251) 303-6700 facesbyalyce@yahoo.com

Once Upon a Time Parties

Have a fairy-tale princess come to your child’s party! Let your children enjoy playtime, story time, taking pictures, and hanging out with their favorite fantasy characters! All characters are inspired by modern works with our own personal spin on them. All princesses can sing and talk in character the entire event in order to keep the magic. onceuponatimemobile@gmail.com http://www. onceuponatimepartiesal.com/

Bow-Tag

5675 Rabbit Creek Drive, Theodore Bow-Tag is a safe and friendly combat archery sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. Players wear masks and use recurve bows to shoot ultra-safe foam-tipped arrows at the opposing team members on the field. Think paintball without the pain, bruises or welts. The equipment is completely mobile so you can come to us or we can bring it to you. Players do not need any prior archery skills; it’s simple, safe and fun for all ages! Enjoy with friends, family or colleagues at work. We cater to the following events; private parties for both children and adults, church groups, scout groups, fairs, festivals, functions and corporate team-building

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events. We have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. $25.00 per person for 2 hour sessions, 8 player minimum, $15.00 per extra hour. Birthday Parties: $250.00; Children 10 and older will have a blast! Up to 10 players, includes 2 pizzas, soda and water. $20.00 per extra player, above 10 players. Bow-Tag can bring the party to you, or you can come to us! Bow-Tag is safe and easy to play (251) 895-5714 cole@bow-tag.com www.bow-tag.com

Famous Friendz

We help bring your child’s party to life! We now have 20 different Famous Friendz to choose from that can come and visit your party or special event. Visit us on Facebook for photos and updates. Contact Kim for reservations and pricing. (251) 581-2822

Jon the Balloon Guy

Jon offers a variety of services for every event including magic tricks, face painting (full face or cheek art) and balloon sculpting! (251) 447-7164 jontheballoonguy@gmail.com or jstayton@yahoo.com www.jontheballoonguy.com

KnockerBall Bay Area

Daphne 7am – 10pm 7 days a week. Knockerball pricing package: $150 includes 8 knocker balls, a Game master, DJ, Cooling Station and more! Setup Fee - $50; $25 for travel for up to a 45-mile radius and $45 for travel up to a 75-mile radius. Whether it’s a party, special event, or community involvement,

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On Sight Entertainment

On Sight Entertainment is the mobile video game truck and trailer that comes right to you! Our spacious, state of the art mobile video game truck features seven widescreen high – definition TVs, surround sound and a one- of- a-kind multiplayer gaming system. Up to 28 guests can game at the same time with room for 10 more friends on the second row of stadium seating. We have all of the latest game titles and Gaming Consoles from Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Wii and Wii U! Our game theater has stadium seating and includes a spacious “Action Station” with lots of room for dancing and sports games. (251) 207-8102 1onsightentertainment@gmail. com www.onsightentertainment.com

Purpose Filled Painting

Purpose Filled Painting is a mobile painting party. That means, WE BRING THE PARTY TO YOU! No experience necessary! We provide an Art Instructor & all of the supplies needed to create your very own Masterpiece! Painting Parties for All Ages & Occasions! Birthday Parties, Church Groups, Girl’s Night, Bachelorette Parties, Family Fun Night, Team Parties, Office Parties, and Fund Raising. Pricing is $30 per person (4 person minimum) and $20 per person (for parties of 10+). For questions or to book a party, contact Owner, April Brewer. (205) 515-4188 purposefilledpainting@gmail.com www.facebook.com/purposefilledpainting

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Pensacola Reno’s Reptiles comes to you with reptile shows for birthday parties, scouts, picnics, church groups, charity events, daycares, and even for some local schools. Our shows offer a great adventure with minimal effort from you, a safe and controlled environment. The kids will have so much fun only the parents will know it’s educational! You can choose from a variety of reptiles for your event. For more information, booking and prices please call or email us. (850) 393-3004 rsnakeman@aol.com www.renosreptiles.com

Tanglewood Theatrical Services of Mobile

2056 North McVay Drive, Mobile Call us today for your costuming, make-up, face painting and decoration needs. We offer face painting for parties of all sizes, balloon arches, custom murals, and made to order props and backdrops, and entertainment ranging from dance to theatricals. (251) 510-0654 circleofoakes@yahoo.com

Weabo the Clown

Mike Weaver, Owner. Balloon artist, clown, and face painting, Perfect for parties, picnics and all special events. Please call or email for information. (251) 463-4939 or (251) 463-4938 weabo55@yahoo.com

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We offer many different water slides, dry slides, bounce houses, combos, and obstacle course. “Let us come have an Amazing time with you.” (251) 533-2270 amazinginflatables@yahoo.com

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1601 East Interstate 65 Service Rd South, Mobile Blue Rents is “the premier event rental company” and has been serving the Gulf Coast for over 50 years. Offering inflatables, games & activities, photo booths, concessions, tents, tables and chairs, catering and event equipment. Understanding that we must always exceed your expectations for your event, we have some of the most experienced professionals in the rental business to assist you in your efforts to create, design, build and support your special event. From original design concept to delivery and setup, we are your partners in creating a successful event - professional and always on time. (251) 479-8502 www.bluerents.net

Eastern Shore Inflatables ad on page 19

Daphne We offer a diverse inventory of entertainment from inflatable water & dry slides, bounce houses, mechanical rides, concessions, catering and offer free delivery and setup. We can even finish the event with a fireworks show! Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/easternshoreinflatablescom. (251) 509-2625 chris@esjump.com www.esjump.com

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Children’s tables, chairs, & props delivered right to your door. Free delivery & setup on the Eastern Shore. (251) 402-6873 itsmypartea1@gmail.com

company that guarantees satisfaction with every rental. We offer Castle Bouncers, Combo Slides, & Water Slides. All-Star Inflatables will deliver and set up for free in areas on the Eastern Shore and Baldwin County. Delivery is also available for an added fee in Mobile & Escambia Counties. Visit our website for photos of our colorful inflatables and pricing. Please call or email for questions and rental reservations. (251) 689-3184 or (251) 455-4338 rblow@aol.com or mwburgin@aol.com www.daphneinflatables.com

Drop Zone Inflatables

Drop Zone Inflatables is your one stop shop for party Inflatable rentals. If you need a dependable inflatable company – contact Drop Zone Inflatables today, and one of our bounce house specialists will help you reserve your child’s favorite inflatable. If you don’t have one in mind, we have plenty to choose from and offer a wide variety of inflatables, including bounce houses, jump houses, inflatable water slides, moonwalk rentals and more. We’ll make your bounce house party the best one ever! Contact us today for your next Inflatable Rental. (251) 604-9132 sales@dropzoneinflatables.com www.dropzoneinflatables.com

Extreme Fun Rentals

Delivery to Eastern Shore and Mobile areas Extreme Fun Rental offers inflatables, water slides, popcorn machines, cotton candy machines, and party rentals. We offer delivery to the Eastern Shore and Mobile areas. Visit us on Facebook or call for more rental items and pricing. (251) 510-6926 or (251) 363-9333 Bpace1000@gmail.com or bedoya-76@live.com

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Hurricane Inflatables

Serving Mobile and coastal Alabama, Mississippi and areas of Pensacola. Hurricane Inflatables can make your special occasion or event easy, fun and memorable. We offer bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, rock walls, mechanical bulls, tents, tables, and concessions (cotton candy, snow cone, popcorn machines), interactive inflatable games and marketing promotions. Call us today for detailed information on making your next event less stressful and the most fun ever! (251) 923-7279 concessionmaker@hotmail.com www.hurricaneinflatables.com

Outdoor Fun Inflatables

Elberta Now providing inflatable fun to all of Baldwin County, Surrounding Areas and parts of Pensacola! We offer inflatable bouncers, obstacle courses, dry slides, water slides, and Run ‘N Slides. Outdoor Fun Inflatables also has other party rentals you’ll love, including a Mechanical Bull, Concessions, Tent, Tables, and Chairs! We deliver to you. Visit us on Facebook or our website for photos of inventory. Call to reserve your next rental today! (251) 923-7719 or (251) 979-4381 www.outdoorfuninflatables.com

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Places to Party Alligator Alley ad on page 34

19500 County Road 71, Summerdale With over 20 acres of natural cypress swamp land, our alligators roam freely in a protected environment. The whole family can safely observe alligators feeding, courting, and nesting from our elevated boardwalk. At Alligator Alley, we currently have over 500 alligators from the hatchlings in our gift shop to the big alligators in our swamp land. Enjoy a nature walk to our various exhibits as you journey towards the big swamp, and the ultimate king of Alligator Alley, Captain Crunch! This world record gator is over 13’ long, weighs over 800 pounds, and has the world’s strongest bite ever recorded from an alligator. You’ll also observe other wildlife such as: green herons, owls, turtles, bullfrogs, a fox squirrel and more. In our gift shop area, we also display other amphibians, reptiles, and rare species of various field animals. Birthday Parties: $250 includes 20 people. $10 for each additional adult and $8 for each additional child. Call us for more information or to book today! (251) 946-2483 info@gatoralleyfarm.com www.gatoralleyfarm.com

Looking for a fun place for your child to have his/ her birthday party? Let us help you make your child’s birthday a day to remember. We provide the activities and you provide the cake and ice cream. You will be assigned two party hostesses. They will help your child and his/her friends run through obstacle courses, play games, relay races, jumping on our 40 foot long Tumble Track Trampoline or even come and climb on our cargo net or zing down our zip line! Our weekends fill up fast, so call today to schedule your child’s party! (251) 621-2112 bcgagym@att.net www.bcgagymnastics.com

Baypointe Dance Academy ad on page 79

8756 Rand Avenue, Daphne Come dance the day away with Baypointe Dance Academy. We have dance parties for all ages and dance styles from classical ballet to hip hop. (251) 621-3980 www.baypointedance.com

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8534 Well Road , Daphne

66 South Section Street, Fairhope Ballerina, Pop Star, Fairy and Princess themed birthday parties are a very popular service of Creative Outlet. We provide the facility, entertainment and activities for the birthday boy or girl and 15 guests. The cost for a one-and-a-half hour party is $100. (251) 928-9511 www.creativeoutletdance.com

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251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope Choose from themes like Pop Singer, Hip Hop Dance or a Classic Fairytale Ballet. Let us customize a party to fit your wishes. For more information and booking call or email us. (251) 610-8902 www.danceartssouth.com

Eastern Shore Dance Academy ad on page 41

9063 Merritt Lane, Daphne Whether you are as pretty as a Princess, looking for some funky Hip Hop or into all that Jazz, we have a party for you! We offer birthday parties for all ages. Our 2-hour parties include dance instruction, a performance for the parents and loads of fun. Bring your own cake, drinks and snacks. We’ll supply the fun. Reservations required. (251) 626-2300 www.easternshoredanceacademy.us

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8566 Athlete Drive, Daphne Need a special activity for that upcoming birthday boy or girl? Then have your next birthday party with us! Party Packages: BRONZE PACKAGE: *$100 for first 8 participants, $8.50 each additional participant *1 hour structured gymnastics, 30 minutes in party room *water bottle for the birthday child *$50 Deposit required to reserve SILVER PACKAGE: *$175 for first 10 participants, $10 each additional participant *1 hour structured gymnastics, 30 minutes in party room *water bottle for the birthday child *party bags for each participant *$50 deposit required to reserve GOLD PACKAGE: *$225 for first 12 participants, $15 each additional participant

*1 hour structured gymnastics, 30 minutes in party room *water bottle and t-shirt for the birthday child *party bags for each participant *complete table set up which includes: -table cloths -place setting for each participant *$75 deposit required to reserve. *The deposit is required within 48 hours of booking to reserve your spot. Upon confirmation, accurate participant numbers must be given in order to ensure adequate staffing for your party. *Because there are several parties scheduled on one day, it is important that you do not run over your allotted time. *All participants must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate.

*Birthday parties are available on Saturdays only. Please call to reserve your party. (251) 447-0505 easternshoregym@att.net www.easternshoregymnastics.net

Estuarium At Dauphin Island Sea Lab ad on page 14

101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island Host your birthday party at the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Both entertaining and educational, the aquatic and hands on exhibits

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provide hours of excitement for your party guests. Event bookings include a 4-hour rental of our party room in the morning or afternoon for approximately 35-40 persons with free admission to the Estuarium included. Call Jeana Layne for more information. (251) 861-2141 ext. 7000 jlayne@disl.org www.disl.org

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211 North McKenzie Street, Foley Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm. Let Foley Art Center help you plan your next event! If you’re looking to add artistic flair whether it’s a kid’s birthday party, ladies night out, or other special occasion, we can customize a painting or crafty activity just for you. For more information call or email us today! (251) 943-4381 www.foleyartcenter.com

Gulf Coast Dance Alliance ad on page 71

30752 Ember Lane, Spanish Fort Whether your birthday child likes ballet, jazz, hiphop or acro/gym, we have a party for you! For more information and to book your next party call or visit our website. (251) 621-9755 info@gcdadance.com www.gcdance.com

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Magnolia Corn Maze ad on page 28

15275 County Road 49 South, Summerdale What better place to have your child’s next party than at Magnolia Corn Maze! Open October 2017. There are several different party packages to choose from. All parties include a party host, covered party pavilion, Corn Maze, Hay Ride, Petting Zoo, several farm activities and much more. Additional packages include Pony Parties, Campfires or Bazooka Ball. Ask us about activities we offer to bring to your party location too! (251) 605-7216 magnoliacornmaze@gmail.com magnoliacornmaze.com

Magnolia Farms Paintball ad on page 28

15275 County Road 49, Summerdale Paintball for ages 10 years and up. Please call or check our website for updates and pricing. Hours are Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. (251) 605-7216 magnoliafarmspaintball@gmail.com www.magnoliafarmspaintball.com

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(251) 948-2445 www.originaloysterhouse.com 3733 Battleship Parkway, Mobile (251) 626-2188 www.originaloysterhouse.com 701 Highway 59, Gulf Shores (251) 948-2445 www.originaloysterhouse.com Celebrating a birthday? We love birthdays, es-

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pecially recognizing that your family and friends have chosen our place to celebrate such a special occasion. Our FREE gift to the birthday boy or girl, outside of our celebratory birthday bash, is a small birthday cake with whipped topping and chocolate syrup. You are also able to bring in your own cake and singers for that matter. Considering making your party private? Be sure to check out our private rooms for any occasion, visit our events page.

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rine USS DRUM, and the Aircraft Pavilion. Please call to schedule your next party. (251) 433-2703 www.ussalabama.com

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Rotolo’s Pizzeria

22530 Highway 98, Fairhope An Awesome Birthday Bash at The Little Gym gives your birthday kid and their friends the full run of the facility, filling the celebration with instructor-led games, music, and fun LEGO® Juniors or LEGO DUPLO® building activities created especially for your birthday boy or girl. And you don’t have to worry about setup or cleanup, making it totally awesome for you too! Please call for booking and prices. (251) 377-8514 tlgeasternshoreal@thelittlegym.com www.tlgeasternshoreal.com

Waterville, USA ad on page 40

906 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores Waterville USA is able to host lots of different group outings such as, company parties, birthday parties, family reunions, church outings, end of season sports team parties, boy/girl scout events, as well as after-hours private parties. The possibilities are endless! Visit our website for detailed Birthday Party Packages. To make your party reservation, please call (251) 948-7026. (251) 948-2106 or (251) 948-7026 wville2@gulftel.com www.watervilleusa.com

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100 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope Play in the arcade and enjoy a delicious dinner! Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays 5pm – close. One child eats free per the purchase of the adult entrée. Call for party packages and catering. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 990-4005 www.Facebook.com/RotolosOfFairhope

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10836 Tanner Williams Road , Lucedale Bring your child for a one of a kind birthday experience getting lost and having fun at the same time. We offer several birthday party packages to choose from with an easy to use reservation form on our website. Each party consists of two hours in our brightly colored party huts or our fire pit area under the trees. Please call or visit our website for specific packages and activities available. Reservations are required. (228) 641-3936 www.sewardfarms.com

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23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach The Wharf is home to one of the largest ferris wheels in the Southeast standing over 112 feet tall. The ferris wheel is $5.00 per ride (3 years and under are Free). Play a few rounds at our all new 18-hole Mini Golf Course. Be prepared “fore” a swinging good time! Mini golf is $7 per person (4 years and under are Free). Ferris Wheel hours are Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm Mini golf hours are Monday-Sunday, 12pm – 9 pm. Please call for party and group rates. Picnic tables and umbrellas are available for parties. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

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WildNative Delta Safaris offers BCS cultivates wisdom andboat based Birthday Parties for up to 42 guests aboard our fully covered passenger vessel the “Osprey”. Party includes virtueUSCG by nourishing a 1-hour boat tour, themed cake and individual ice cream for theon partygoers. (A variety of themes are child’s soul truth, available). We include all plates, napkins, and forks for the cake. Additional activity add on options are goodness, and beauty! available. Prices vary, please request a custom quote. Reservations are required. (251) 259-8531 or (877) 411-SAFARI info@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com

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108 5th Street, Daphne We offer parties with the latest dance moves, princess dance parties, Rock Star and Hip Hop dance. Let us plan a dance party for you! Call for availability. (251) 626-3835 www.susansacademyofdance.com

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Action Outdoors – Dauphin Island

650 LeMoyne Drive, Dauphin Island Action Outdoors offers boat trips into the waters surrounding Dauphin Island. We offer a safe comfortable trip. If you are looking for an adventure with Dolphins, planning a school field trip/eco tour, romantic cruise, or to do some inshore fishing, we

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Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach Visit our website for detailed birthday party packages and information. A minimum of 6 party guests is required. Children may be added for an additional charge. Each party member will receive a small drink, ice cream and popcorn. Tables are reserved for 2 hours. Birthday Parties are limited to the honoree being 14 years of age or younger. Parties must be reserved 48 hours in advance. (251) 974-1500 info@adventure-island.com www.adventure-island.com

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores Celebrate at the zoo with guests and enjoy a full day at the zoo. We have an animal show and a shaded picnic area for you party. Each guest can also get a souvenir cup of animal feed for the petting zoo for $1.00. We do require a reservation for your event or group. For more information and

booking please call or email. Hours are Monday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (251) 968-5732 info@algulfcoastzoo.org www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org

Altitude Trampoline Park

3659 Airport Boulevard Suite C, Mobile The results are in! Kids love birthday parties at Altitude Trampoline Park. It’s also a known fact that parents love them, too! Schedule your birthday party with Altitude and let our party host do all of the work. From organization to setup and cleanup, parents should feel like they are able to sit back and enjoy the party as much as the kids. (251) 725-0171 www.altitudetrampolineparkmobile.com

AMC Theatres

23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach Call for special party pricing. We also have a dedicated party room to hold your special events at the AMC Classic Wharf 15! (251) 981-4444 https://www.amctheatres.com/ movie-theatres/pensacola-mobile/amc-classicwharf-15

Arena-The Next Level Laser Tag/Bazooka Ball

4720 Main Street, Orange Beach Arena-The Next Level Laser Tag/Bazookaball (251) 224-5297(LAZR) arenanextlevel@aol.com www.arenaorangebeach.com

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3801 Orange Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach Bike or Hike to your next family picnic, birthday party, or field trip on the Backcountry Trail. Enjoy bouldering, geocaching, Eco tours and the butterfly garden as you tour 15 miles of scenic trails through Gulf State Park. Visit our website for more great activities. (251) 981-1180 or (251) 981-1063 trail@cityoforangebeach.com www.backcountrytrail.com

Blue Girl Beading Co.

2200 East 2nd Street , Gulf Shores Blue Girl Beading Company is a unique beading and jewelry boutique that offers jewelry making birthday parties in shop or at your event. We have a unique team that is devoted to creating a fun event with the latest and most trendy styles. (251) 968-5900 aratbeads@yahoo.com www.bluegirlbeadingco.com

Bodenhamer Recreation Center

310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores The Bodenhamer Recreation Center is available for rental for both members and non-members. Bring your own refreshments and drinks (no glass bottles/no alcoholic beverages). Please call for reservations and rental fees. (251) 968-1420 nard@gulfshoresal.gov www.gulfshoresal.gov

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27075 Marina Road, Orange Beach Kids can explore underwater sea life with a handson experience from our shrimp trawl. Come explore with Captain Ellis or Captain Doug on his custombuilt 32 foot U.S. Coast Guard approved pontoon boat “Bottoms Up”. Once we load our live water

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trough with the treasures from the sea bottom, you will be amazed at the astounding number of species right in front of your eyes! Study and feel the sea life. We offer Marine Life Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Low Country Boil Cruises, and Party Cruises. Please call to book your next party cruise or exciting excursion. (251) 269-0073

Bow-Tag

5675 Rabbit Creek Drive, Theodore Bow-Tag is a safe and friendly combat archery sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. Players wear masks and use recurve bows to shoot ultra-safe foam-tipped arrows at the opposing team members on the field. Think paintball without the pain, bruises or welts. The equipment is completely mobile so you can come to us or we can bring it to you. Players do not need any prior archery skills; it’s simple, safe and fun for all ages! Enjoy with friends, family or colleagues at work. We cater to the following events; private parties for both children and adults, church groups, scout groups, fairs, festivals, functions and corporate team-building events. We have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. $25.00 per person for 2 hour sessions, 8 player minimum, $15.00 per extra hour. Birthday Parties: $250.00; Children 10 and older will have a blast! Up to 10 players, includes 2 pizzas, soda and water. $20.00 per extra player, above 10 players. Bow-Tag can bring the party to

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you, or you can come to us! Bow-Tag is safe and easy to play. (251) 895-5714 cole@bow-tag.com www.bow-tag.com

Brantley Farms Petting Zoo

26214 Pollard Road, Daphne Birthday parties are filled with farm animal fun! Tour the barn and meet the donkeys. The birthday child gets to sit on a miniature donkey for a picture then everyone jumps on the huge pile of hay! Participants will get to hold a chicken, bunnies and baby chick. Petting the llama is always fun along with feeding a baby bottle to a calf. After that, it’s off to feed the goats and sheep. No party would be complete without a pony ride! The grand finale hayride lets the children see all the big animals. Call to schedule a tour or party. Visit us on Facebook. Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (251) 626-5416 https://www.facebook.com/Brantley-Farms-Petting-Zoo111507652242138/?ref=page_internal

Breakout Orange Beach

4776 Main Street, Orange Beach Hours are Monday Saturday 10am – 11pm and Sunday 12pm – 11pm. You have one goal: escape the room in under 1 hour. Work together to solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items, and more in order to escape! Each game is a real-life escape room adventure for a small group. It’s great for groups of friends, family, or coworkers. Take teambuilding to a whole new level! (251) 929-8330 info@breakoutgames.com www.breakoutgames.com/orange-beach

Build-A-Bear Workshop

30500 Highway 181, Spanish Fort (251) 625-4183 www.buildabear.com 4751 Main Street, Orange Beach (The Wharf) (251) 224-1686 www.buildabear.com Each guest will make his or her own stuffed animal friend. A party leader guides them through each

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step of the bear building fun and then through party games. Party time ranges from 1-1.5 hours, depending on the number of guests. A minimum of 6 guests is required for each party package. Parties include a party host, photo, printable invitations, thank you notes and party gifts for each guest. For information and party package details, call or visit our website.

Charming Teacup

17111 Scenic Highway 98 (Inside Punta Clara Candy Kitchen Historic Home) Give your little girl a birthday she’ll always remember! Charming Victorian Tea Parties for little ladies. We provide the gorgeous gowns, fancy hats, jewelry and a full tea service on dainty china. Etiquette, ballroom dancing, and games also included. You won’t have to lift a finger! We have 6 fabulous party packages to choose from. We also have party packages for baby/bridal showers, graduations or just fun with the girls! Spaces fill quickly so book your party today! (251) 300-0231 charmingteacup@hotmail.com https://www.charmingteacup.com/

Chill

6860 US Hwy 90, Daphne (Jubilee Shopping Center) Plan a Chill-in party at your local Chill. There is no fee to have your party at chill, but signing up through the online form is recommended. If you would like to reserve a table, an advance deposit may be required. Please check with your local Chill for deposit fees. Select locations also offer cakes, yogurt cakes, custom cakes, or you can bring your

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own. Call us today and ask about our options for yogurt machine rental. (251) 626-6686 info@chillyogurt.com www.chillyogurt.com/daphne

Christie’s Paint n Shop

27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach Christie’s Paint Shop is great for birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, corporate events, church groups and more! We offer private in-studio parties and classes with a 10 person minimum. Please call to check availability and book reservations. Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (251) 981-7770 christiespaintnshop@gmail.com www.christiespaintnshop.com

City of Daphne Parks and Recreation

2605 US Highway 98, Daphne The City of Daphne is proud to offer several parks and sports fields for the community to enjoy. The City of Daphne does not rent the park facilities other than the pavilion at Bayfront Park and the sports fields at Al Trione Sports Complex. To hold a birthday party or event at one of the parks, they are based on a first come first served basis. Each park is open to the public; therefore, it cannot be exclusive to your function. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the parks and facilities at all times. Park hours are dawn until dusk except for Al Trione Sports Complex and W.O. Lott Park. Please call or visit our website for more information. (251) 621-3703 www.daphneal.com

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Coastal Arts Center

26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center offers classes, workshops, camps and party options to artists of all ages and all skill levels. Contact us or visit our website for a detailed list of activities offered. Sign up for our newsletter! (251) 981-2787 artcenter@cityoforangebeach.com www.coastalartscenter.com

Coastal Cafe

11101 County Road 64 , Daphne Coastal Cafe’ and Park offers fun for kids and adults! We have 2 playground areas, 2 NBA size basketball courts, 1 mile walking trail, baseball field, large open porch and a large splash pad! Please note that events are scheduled on Saturdays between the hours of 9am-7pm and Sundays between 3pm - 7pm. An event request must be made at least two weeks before your scheduled event. Request forms are available on our website. Fees vary based on event needs. Come by for breakfast, lunch or just relax and let the kids play! Try our delicious specialty menu items including cheeses, meats, fresh bakery items, frappes, coffee and more! (251) 621-9555 http://coastalchurch.tv/coastal-cafe/

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3780 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores Plan your next birthday party with us! You supply the kids, cake and decorations and we will do the rest. We can provide entertainment, drinks, food and fun. We will even clean up! For more information visit our website. Please call for availability and pricing. (251) 923-0100 https://www.cobbtheatres.com/ pinnacle14.aspx

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2101-D U.S. Highway 98, Daphne Let Culinary Dreams, Inc. provide a private cooking party for your next birthday, bridal shower, ladies’ night out, baby shower or just a group of friends/ family wanting to learn something new in the kitchen. Call Dede or Frank for more information and reserve your next cooking party or class! Visit us on Facebook. (251) 621-0026 dede@culinarydreamsinc.com www.culinarydreamsinc.com

Dauphin Island Park & Beach

109 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island Dauphin Island Park & Beach offers many activities to choose from such as the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Fort Gaines, Kayaking, Public beach access, Trails and so much more! The Park & Beach Board has around 265 acres of parkland and in that we have 10 park facilities. The park offers 265 acres of parkland with 10 facilities to encourage outdoor recreation, environmental education. Each park facility offers a variety of programming. Visit our website for specific information on all activities the park has to offer. (251) 861-3607 scaindipbb@outlook.com or jpotts@dauphinisland.org www.dauphinisland.org

Dippin Dots

4651 Main Street, Orange Beach (The Wharf) The original beaded ice cream is available in your area! Stop into our location at The Wharf and sample some of our delicious flavors. Ask us about catering, birthday parties, fundraising and more! (251) 224-3687 www.dippindots.com

Dolphin & Sunset Cruise

23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach Experience wild dolphin and other marine wildlife as The Sunny Lady cruise boat takes visitors out into the scenic Orange Beach back bays. The Sunny

Lady is a 65-foot Bonner walk-around vessel with three decks and includes a glass bottom viewing area, snack bar and restrooms. The Sunny Lady is also available for charter for special occasions including birthday parties. (251) 589-7117 info@dolphinecruiseorangebeach.com www.dolphincruiseorangebeach.com

Dolphin Cruises - Cold Mil Fleet

5749 Bay La Launch Avenue, Orange Beach We offer 1.5-hour daytime and sunset cruises for groups, field trips, birthdays and more. Our 50 foot vessel offers partial shade, restroom and a 360 dolphin view! The dolphins love to surf along the side of the boat jumping, rolling, and catching glances at their spectators. Please call 3-5 days ahead to reserve your cruise. A credit card is required for reservations. Sunset cruise reservations and groups of 10 or more must be PREPAID. Please visit our website for specific pricing. (251) 943-3510 or (877) 659-9011 coldmilfleet@ yahoo.com www.dolphincruises.com

Dolphins Down Under

27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach Dolphin, Pirate and Luau parties are the way to go at the beach! Celebrate aboard a Glass-bottom dolphin boat while searching for dolphins! Our dolphin boats are safe, sturdy and ready for your child’s birthday bash. We offer party supplies and cake or have the vessel catered. Kids and Adults will remember this unique and exciting celebration for years to come! Please call for reservations. (251) 968-4386 www.dolphinsdownunder.net

Eastern Shore Art Center

401 Oak Avenue, Fairhope Let one of our children’s art instructors plan an “art party” for your child’s special day. Clay and painting classes are also available. Please call for information. Visit our website, sign up for our newsletter and join us on Facebook.

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Eastern Shore Centre Fountain

30500 State Highway 181, Spanish Fort Looking for a special way to celebrate your child’s birthday? You’ll see smiles, giggles, laughter and fun being shared by the children as they frolic and play in the dancing water of the fountain. We provide a reserved covered area, tables and chairs for a 90-minute party. We also do the entire cleanup so you can spend your time enjoying your child’s celebration. Call today for pricing and to reserve your party. (251) 625-0060 info@easternshorecentre.com www.easternshorecentre.com

Eastern Shore Lanes

10460 Eastern Shore Boulevard, Spanish Fort Children love to bowl! We are dedicated to providing a safe and fun place for kids of all ages to come enjoy tons of fun. Eastern Shore Lanes has several great youth programs to choose from; Bowling, youth leagues, Laser Tag, Escape Room Game, Arcade games, and Ropes course. Visit our website to view our birthday package options and pricing. Contact Gilly to book your party today! (251) 625-3400 www.eslanes.com

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30500 State Highway 181, Spanish Fort Be the star of your own movie party! Our cinema and party room are available for any size group. Please visit our website for package details or call to book your party! (251) 626-1011 or (251) 626-0352 www.pccmovies.com

Fairhope City Pool

803 North Greeno Road, Fairhope Located at the Fairhope Recreation Center, the Fairhope City Pool is a great place to have your

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swimming party. Private Parties are available. Non-private party rates are also available. For additional information on the pool, memberships, swim team or to book parties please call the Rec Center. (251) 928-7270 www.cofairhope.com

will be $25.00. Parents and FSS will discuss what project they want to create and we will give you a specific list of supplies to purchase. Supplies will need to be dropped off at FSS at least 1 week prior to the party day. Please send us an email for more information at fairhopesewingschool@gmail.com. (251) 442-4472 fairhopesewingschool@gmail. com www.fairhopesewingschool.com

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Fairhoper’s Community Park

105 South Church Street, Fairhope The Community Park features two towering corkscrews slides, a rope-climbing sphere, a musicalinstrument lined sidewalk, and nautical-themed equipment along with traditional swings, monkey bars and splash pad. The pavilion is located on the south end at of Church Street and Morphy Avenue. Please call the city of Fairhope for more information on party guidelines. The community park and pavilion areas are available on a first come, first serve basis. Currently, we do not take any reservations for this park. (251) 929-1479 www.cofairhope.com

? 11161 John Deere Lane, Fairhope Our sewing party package is perfect for children (ages 7+) and teenagers of all skill levels. Partygoers will learn to use a sewing machine while creating their own project and learning a new skill! Our staff (who also teach our regular sewing classes/camps) will be here to help. All parties take place in our school. Due to space, FSS can only accommodate a maximum of 6 children/ teens (including birthday child/teen) for each party. We host parties on Friday Evening starting at 6:30PM, Saturday and Sunday, the party times to choose from begin at 1:30PM with the final party start time at 6:30PM. Each party will last 2 hours in length at a cost of $200. There will be a $25 charge for every 15 minutes over the 2 hour party time. For every 15 minutes over the 2 hours, the charge

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Fairways Indoor Golf Club

25000 Bass Pro Drive (Suite 104) , Spanish Fort Our facility is a perfect environment for corporate events, teambuilding exercises, private parties, and fundraisers! Please call us for additional information and party pricing. (251) 621-5277 info@fairwaysindoorgolfclub.com www.fairwaysindoorgolfclub.com

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Fat Daddy’s Arcade

24565 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach Featuring tons of the most popular games on the market. Find everything from basketball free throws to Guitar Hero, racing games, interactive games and lots more. Ask about our birthday parties! Check our website for hours of operation and events. (251) 980-1050 www.fatdaddysarcadeorangebeach.com

Forty South Farms

27257 Glass Road, Robertsdale The ultimate birthday party experience doesn’t get any better than this! From bounce houses, petting zoo, kids games to gem stone mining, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids and parents entertained. An indoor party room is included along with pizzas and drinks for the kids. There is always more food, drinks and candy available for purchase on the day if needed. You and your birthday guests will get a personal tour by our friendly staff to ensure the best experience possible. Each party package includes up to 12 children and 24 adults. You may add more guests for an additional charge. For booking enquiries please call (251) 964 4242. (251) 964-4242 or (251) 509-9278 info@fortysouthfarms.com www.fortysouthfarms.com

Genesis College Spa Parties

7241 Dolphin Street, Daphne If you are looking to have a Spa Party, Genesis Career College is the place for you! Updos, manicures, pedicures, you create the party package you want! (Genesis students perform Spa services). Please call for reservations and pricing. (251) 445-8900 www.genesiscareer.edu

Glenlakes Golf Club

9530 Clubhouse Drive , Foley Book a birthday party your child will never forget

with FootGolf at GlenLakes Golf Club! FootGolf is similar to golf, but players kick a soccer ball into a larger round hole that is placed on either side of the fairway. After a game of FootGolf, let the kids cool off with a dip in the pool and a ride down the slip and slide, or just have a pool party. The Bunker Café can prepare the yummiest birthday cakes and snacks. To learn more, contact General Manager, David Musial. (251) 955-1220 musialgolf@yahoo.com www.glenlakesgolf.com 4700 Main Street (Unit G-114), Orange Beach ?Please call for party and group rates. (877) 947-8434 or (251) 948-9494 info@gulfadventurecenter.com www.gulfadventurecenter.com

Gulf Coast Exploreum

65 Government Street, Mobile At the Gulf Coast Exploreum, we’ve got children’s birthday parties down to a science. When you book your child’s party with us, you relax while we do all the work. We provide themed invitation templates, party favors, a cool birthday cake and a fun experiment to entertain the guests. We even handle the clean up! Select a party package and let us do the rest! (251) 208-6873 or (251) 208-6880 www.exploreum.com 616 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne Hot Wheels provides great party packages that includes skating and skate rental. We offer soft drinks, pizza, place settings and invitations. We also offer special VIP Parties for tweens. Visit our website to view details of each party package. Call to book your next skate party! Reservations required. (251) 626-5120 or (251) 753-4879 terry@hotwheelsdaphne.com www.hotwheelsdaphne.com

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31000 Bass Pro Drive, Spanish Fort We are the largest indoor inflatable center on the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast with over 23,000 square feet of play! Play on our inflatable jumpers, obstacle courses, and slides. Kangarooz has open play so come by and play with us or schedule a birthday party! Please call or check our website for open play times and pricing. (251) 382-1973 www.mykangarooz.com

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268 Equine Circle, Daphne Party at Lake Forest Stables! We provide Birthday Parties, Family Gatherings, School/Daycare Field Trips and summer camps. Meet our fun, friendly ponies! Parties are scheduled for two hours and include two ponies for riding, and a small petting area. Please call Daphne Vaughn for more information. (770) 355-6514 daphne@lakeforeststables.org www.lakeforeststables.org

Mobile Bay Bears Birthday Parties

755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile Hit a homerun when you plan your child’s next birthday party! The Bay Bears party package includes 12 baseline box seats, 1 dozen cupcakes from Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique, a reserved party area and a video board welcome. The birthday child will receive a souvenir baseball and throw out a first pitch! Package prices start at $140 and additional seats are available at the group rate. Call for detailed package options and reservations. (251) 479-2327 www.mobilebaybears.com

Next Level Tumbling

26090 Equity Drive, Daphne We offer tumble parties, cheer parties, dance parties and more. Each party will last 2 hours. Available times are limited. Please call to reserve

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Oak Hollow Farm

14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope For your next party, check out all the fun and relaxing things you can do at Oak Hollow Farm. With over 300 acres of land, you can order as few or as many activities as you like: Horseback Riding, inflatable Slides, Playground, Hayrides, Space Walks, Fishing, and more! Don’t forget about our over 6,000 square foot rustic barn. It’s a great place to have refreshments, line-dance or even karaoke. Call and reserve your event today! (251) 928-4840 info@oakhollowfarm.net or gay@ oakhollowfarm.net www.oakhollowfarm.net

Paint’n Parrot

9 North Church Street, Fairhope Paint’n Parrot is a paint your own pottery, fused glass art, canvas, and pottery studio. Paint’n Parrot has everything you need to create a handpainted piece of pottery for any occasion. We even have design tools to help you along. Great for birthday parties, scout groups, office parties, bridal showers and summer outings. We have several pottery packages to choose from. Please call or email us. (251) 928-4161 robm1490@gmail.com www.paintnparrot.com

Pirate Ship Cruises and Alabama Cruises

4575 South Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach Sail on our Orange Beach Pirate Cruise and bring your young pirates aboard for an adventure on Terry Cove. Our pirate ship is an all-wooden boat, designed to match the replica of The Pinta. We also offer cruises on our paddle wheel boat that holds up to 150 people. Private Dinner Cruises consist of a 2 hour cruise from Hudson Marina into Terry Cove, to Bayou St. John into the mouth of Perdido Bay and back. For more specific information, call or visit our website. (251) 981-4127 www.hudsonmarina.net

Pirates Island Golf

3201 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores The adventures and legends of infamous pirates come to life in our award-winning theme park settings. Putt your way through caves, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls, all amidst a fun-filled atmosphere of natural wonders, landscaping, and enchanting pirate lore. Adults $10.50; children 4-12 $8.50; Under 3 years Free with playing adult. Contact us for birthday parties and group rates. (251) 968-4653 pigulfshores@me.com www. piratesislandgolf.com

Point Clear Swim Parties

17107 Tennis Club Drive, Point Clear Your guests will love swimming and relaxing in the pool at Point Clear Tennis and Swim Club. Please note that we do not provide lifeguards and parents

should accompany their child. Please call us for more detailed party information and reservations. For information call Mary Lee Matzenger. (251) 209-9986 or (251) 504-7160 mlmatzenger@ yahoo.com or pointcleartennis@gmail.com

Riverside Ranch

26061 Monsanto Road, Loxley We do it all at Riverside! Riding Lessons, Trail Rides, Boarding, Leasing, Birthday Parties, Saddle Club and more! Call or visit the website for details. (251) 263-3700 or (251) 228-0142 riversideranch1@gmail.com www.riversideranch1.com

Sea Horse Stables

14537 State Highway 59, Foley Whether you are a new or experienced rider, everyone will enjoy a trip to Seahorse Stables. Our sweet horses are just waiting for you to ride and visit with them. We are open various hours so please call ahead. We offer Birthday Party packages, guided trail rides and private lessons. We only accept cash or checks. (251) 971-7433

Spanish Fort Town Center Park Pavilion

29000 Bass Pro Drive, Spanish Fort The Spanish Fort Town Center Park is 3.5 acres featuring a number of amenities for community use including: a shaded pavilion area with park tables, splash pad with various water features, state-of-theart playground, restroom facilities, and much more. Town Center Park, located at Spanish Fort Town

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Center, no longer provides rental of the Pavilion. The Pavilion is available for general public use on a first-come, first-serve basis, but no exclusive use rights are granted. (251) 561-8800 www.spanishforttowncenter.com/ town_center_park

The Factory of Gulf Shores

18948 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores The Factory is a place where old and young alike can experience a thrill of playing! Trampolines, Arcade, Flight simulator, birthday parties, open jump, teen night and many other activities for tons of fun and play this summer! The Browning family takes fun very seriously and believes the world would be a better place if everyone would take a little time to play. That’s why our motto is: Play Now. Grow Up Later. Visit our website for specific activity details and pricing. (251) 202-0900 www.thefactorygulfshores.com

The Gulf Bowl

2881 South Juniper Street, Foley The Gulf Bowl offers open play bowling, birthday parties, arcade games, Captain’s Choice restaurant, pool room, a ropes course, laser tag & lots of Fun! Please call for party schedules and reservations. (251) 943-4575 gulfbowl@gulftel.com www.gulfbowl.com

The Track - Gulf Shores

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores We offer a 2 hour unlimited armband for groups of 20 or more. Please book these groups during armband availability periods. It is recommended to schedule these events 1 week in advance. The Track offers many activities including miniature golf, go karts, bumper boats, Kids Country, Bungee, Sky Flyer and several fun games. (251) 270-0210 gulfshores@funatthetrack.com www.funatthetrack.com

Villaggio

4790 Main Street, The Wharf, Orange Beach Elegant Tea Parties planned to perfection complete with food, tea cups, tea pots, and even high chairs for you guests to bring their favorite doll or stuff animal. (251) 224-6510 ian@villaggiogrille.com villaggiogrille.com

Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway

13670 Smiley Street, Silverhill At Wales West, we can design a party to fit your needs. We have a large room, kitchen and deck overlooking the lake. We have an RV Park on site and other amenities include a petting zoo, party barn, Real English Steam Train, indoor heated pool, playground, and lake with waterfall. You can also enjoy fishing and pedal boats. Wales West offers catering for your event. For more information and book your next party call or email us. (888) 569-5337 or (251) 752-5426 enquiries@ waleswest.com or allkids1248@gmail.com www.waleswest.com

Weeks Bay Plantation

12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope Weeks Bay Plantation offers a unique area for birthday parties or other special events with archery, organic blueberry picking, outdoor movies or catered picnics by the lake. Berry picking season begins in April and runs through July. Be sure to Like us on Facebook! Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday. Please call for event reservations and fees. (251) 279-UPIK (8745) info@weeksbayplantation. com www.weeksbayplantation.com ESP

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A Page in a Book Mending Fences with Friends Small children learn to make friends the same way that they master other childhood skills, through trial and error. Moving from the proximity play of toddlers toward actual engagement with other kids through shared interests, they are learning how to become friends. And while fun and fellowship can typify this early camaraderie, kids are also navigating the emotions and instincts that can cause fights between pals. The following titles gently explore friendly conflict while sharing solutions that can guide early relationships back toward their happy norm.

Are We Still Friends?

by Ruth Horowitz, Illustrated by Bianca Gomez (Scholastic) The relationship between Beatrice and Abel extends beyond just friendship. They share a fence between their yards with Abel growing apples trees on one side, and Beatrice raising bees on the other. They cross the wall and work together to harvest honey and pick apples, and even make apple butter in the winter. But when a simple misunderstanding blows up their friendship, it will take some work to bring down the wall that has been built between them. Highlighting the symbiosis that strengthens relationships, this title is an ideal start for conversations with kids about the shared interests and common grounds that make their friendships special.

Tiger and Badger

by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Farrar Straus Giroux) Even in the most solid of friendships, territorial disputes can lead to conflicts that take some extra effort to resolve. Badger and Tiger are enjoying a monumental play day, until the lines begin to blur over who gets the chair and the orange slices. But when a fight over the last ice pop results in a fight that launches their favorite toy into a tree, the friends recognize that they are stronger together as they mount a rescue. Familiar territory for kids experiencing fall outs with their pals from time-to-time, Tiger and Badger gently navigates the path from conflict to resolution with bright illustration and humor.

The Crayon

by Simon Rickerty (Aladdin / Simon & Schuster) Demonstrating their best scribbles, Red and Blue like to show off what they can do with their crayons. But when antics for attention between Red and Blue cross the line, a colorful competition ensues that leaves one crayon out in the cold. And just like how a fight takes two, it takes more than one to put a friendship back together again. Relationships aren’t simply black and white (or red and blue) and the addition of more color may brighten up the future for these two friends. With simple text and bold primary colored illustration, The Crayon explores how friendships can migrate outside of the lines, drawing bigger landscapes for relationships to explore.

Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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FamilyCalendar Saturday July 1

Spanish Fort Farmers Market 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort holds their Farmers Market each Saturday at the Spanish Fort Community Center at 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd in Spanish Fort. Vendors are set up there between 8 a.m. and noon through July 29. 251-626-4884

Salute to American Independence 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Fort Morgan, 110 Highway 180 West Gulf Shores, 36542 The living history staff celebrate America’s Independence through firing artillery, weapons demonstrations, and special tours. www.fort-morgan.org Smoke on the Coast 6:00 PM Spanish Fort Town Center Park, 26000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort Town Center comes alive with food trucks, live musical entertainment featuring the Mulligan Brothers, children’s activities and the region’s most exciting fireworks display! The fireworks spectacular begins at 9:30pm! business.eschamber.com 60th National Finals 7:00 PM Mobile Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 On Saturday evening, help us in celebrating 60 years of inspiring young women during the Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Check out the ten finalists as they compete in fitness, talent and self-expression and enjoy performances from Tara Moore, Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2016. At the end of the night, one young woman will be named Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2017 251-438-3621 distinguishedyw.org

Monday July 3

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 13500 US Highway 90 Grand Bay, 36541 The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival gate opens at 3:00 p.m. on July 3rd and closes at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission on the 3rd but the watermelons will be chilling and won’t be cold yet so we will not have the free sliced ice cold watermelon until the 4th. The food, arts & crafts, and ride vendors will be open, as well as music entertainment from our Gazebo. 251-865-3456 grandbaywatermelonfestival.org Independence Day Street Party at The Wharf

(Admission is FREE; some kids activities will range from $5 $10)

5:00 PM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Wharf will be in full-freedom mode on Monday, July 3rd! Main Street will be home to several children’s activities and serve as the prime location to watch the fireworks display. The palm trees will radiate red, white and blue for the occasion and Spectra the Sound and Light Spectacular shows will resume directly after the fireworks. Hours are 5pm – 9pm, Fireworks at 8:45pm. Cost: Admission is FREE with various activities ranging in price from $5 - $10. 251-224-1000 alwharf.com 4th of July Bay Minette 8:00 PM Simmons Field, East 6th Street Bay Minette, 36507 Fireworks at dusk. www.northbaldwinchamber.com

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Tuesday July 4

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival ($5 per vehicle) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 13500 US Highway 90 Grand Bay, 36541 Enjoy food, arts & crafts, car show, all the free watermelon you can eat and rides as well as music entertainment from our Gazebo. 251-865-3456 grandbaywatermelonfestival.org 4th of July at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park 5:00 PM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36602 Live, patriotic entertainment provided by the Mobile Pops Band until the fireworks illuminate the sky! 251-208-1550 www.mobile.org Daphne’s Fourth of July Celebration 5:00 PM Trione Sports Park, 8271 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Join us for Daphne’s Fourth of July Celebration, Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, 5pm at Al Trione Sports Complex. Waterslides, Inflatables, Games & FREE Concessions. (Fireworks Begin at Dusk) www.daphneal.com Fairhope’s Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks Display 7:30 PM Fairhope Municipal Pier & Park, 1 North Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope’s Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks Display. Concert at 7:30pm; fireworks at 9:00pm. business.eschamber.com 4th of July Fireworks - Robertsdale 9:00 PM Garrett Park, Robertsdale 4th of July Fireworks. www.robertsdale.org Town of Dauphin Island Fireworks 9:00 PM Dauphin Island Public Beach, Fourth of July fireworks will be at 9pm from the Public Beach townofdauphinisland.org Independence Day Gulf Shores Gulf Shores We’re working hard to plan this event. Please check our website for updated content. www.gulfshoresal.gov/929/Independence-Day-Celebration

Wednesday July 5

Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com Help Me Grow Screening (Free) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, The Shoppes of Bel Air, 3299 Bel Air Mall Mobile, 36606 Lifelines will host Help Me Grow developmental screenings for families each Wednesday to connect families to health and developmental resources so children can start school healthy and ready to succeed. These screenings are part of The Shoppes of Bel Air’s 50 Days of Giving program to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Kids Night (Admission is FREE; Activity Prices Vary $5, $7,

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

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6:00 PM Liberty Church, 110 Riviera Boulevard Foley, 36535 Christian music superstar David Dunn (pictured) will play a benefit concert for Baldwin County’s Giant Cross Project . The Christian Life Church Band, lead by worship pastor Matthew Long, will open for Dunn. Tickets can be purchased online at giantcrossproject.com. www.giantcrossproject.com Journey with Special Guest Asia at The Wharf Amphitheater 7:30 PM The Wharf Amphitheatre, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561alwharf.com Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Trolls townofdauphinisland.org Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series (Free) 8:00 PM Fairhopers Community Park, 105 S Church Street Fairhope, 36532 Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series. Thinking Putty Workshop ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

Friday July 7

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants

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Saturday July 8

Spanish Fort Farmers Market 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort holds their Farmers Market each Saturday at the Spanish Fort Community Center at 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd in Spanish Fort. Vendors are set up there between 8 a.m. and noon through July 29, 2017 251-626-4884

Tuesday July 11

Hands on Habitat (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th Year is Tacky Jacks Summer of Fun for Kids and Adults alike. “Hands on Habitat” every Tuesday 11-12pm. Interact with animals and learn about our ecosystems. Join us for a free family friendly educational experience. New program each week www.tackyjacks.com Tea for Two 2:00 PM Fairhope Museum of HIstory, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 The museum has had several Fairhope Police officers here to tell their stories at our Tuesday teas. Continuing our support of our Police officers, we present Lt. Hollinghead to share her Fairhope story with us. www.cofairhope.com Ron Barrett presents “Carnival, Art, History” ($10

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5:30 PM Historic Mobile Preservation Society, 300 Oakleigh Place Mobile, 36604 HMPS is pleased to announce Ron Barrett who will explain the history of Mobile’s Mardi Gras costumes and stage decorations. www.historicmobile. org/events PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 It’s the day of the Great

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10:30 AM The Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Turn in a Reading Log by June 30th and Join us for a Summer Reading Finale! Raffle will be held at 11:00am. Pizza, Prizes, and Fun!

Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to help. The pups share many lessons for all ages as they make heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Times: 10:00am, 6:00pm www.mobilecivicctr.com Fantasy Island Toys -One Shape, Endless Building In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 One Shape, Endless Building In-Store Activity is for ages 5 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. Times: 11:00am, 1:00pm www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

Wednesday July 12

Bellingrath Gardens Wonderful Wednesdays

(Admission fees are $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free to members and to ages 4 and younger.)

10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Who knew that summertime Wednesdays could be so wonderful? Join us this June and July for Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a fun, informative series to help Gulf Coast gardeners and enthusiasts make the most of our extended growing season. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making your garden more spectacular. July 12 - Carnival Season

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FamilyCalendar & Mardi Gras in Mobile. Local architect and Mardi Gras historian L. Craig Roberts has updated his wonderful book about Mardi Gras. Learn more about the history of Carnival in Mobile and how it started Mardi Gras celebrations in the Western Hemisphere. He will discuss the impact of Mardi Gras on Mobile’s commerce and culture today. 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com Classical Conversations Information Meeting 5:30pm – 7:30pm Calvary Chapel, 2111 US Highway 181, Fairhope, AL 36532

This meeting is designed for parents interested in learning more about Classical Conversations, a nation-wide program that helps train and equip parents to provide their children with a Christian classical education. For more information, email fairhope.eastcc@gmail.com. Kids Night (Admission is FREE; Activity Prices Vary $5, $7,

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5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Every child deserves an evening centered around nothing but pure FUN! After all, it’s summertime, so what’s more perfect than a safe environment for the little ones to let out all that built-up energy! As part of our 100 Days of Summer celebration, each Wednesday night will be catered to the kids. There will be no shortage of entertainment during these activity-packed events. Face painting, prizes, games, music, a hula hoop performer, bouncy house and water slide will line Palm Plaza for all the occasions! alwharf.com PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to help. The pups share many lessons for all ages as they make heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. Times: 10:00am, 6:00pm www.mobilecivicctr.com

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Consumer Credit Counseling Services, a division of Lifelines, will host a Financial Reality Fair for high school students. The interactive opportunity allows students to plan a real-life budget based on a certain career choice and starting salary. The goal is to help them understand and gain the skills required to manage their expenditures and the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. To register for the Financial course visit https://goo.gl/forms/HANMNQhZ1BGPKKTx2, or they can all the CCCS office at 251-602-0011. Additionally, McKemie Place will host a donation drive on July 13 to collect items for the women that the shelter benefits. For a list of needed items for McKemie Place http://mckemieplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ OurNeeds_REVISE.pdf. www.theshoppesatbelair.com Fairhope Outdoor Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host a Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting May 4 and ending November 2, 2017. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in the new parking lot in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have children activities at 4 p.m. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com

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11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th year Tacky Jacks “Summer of Fun” presents Coast360 Beach Games. Kids compete every Thursday this summer in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for everyone! www.tackyjacks.com 50 Days of Giving Program - Shoppes at Bel Air 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Shoppes of Bel Air, 3299 Bel Air Mall Mobile, 36606 On July 13, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Saturday July 15

Fantasy Island Toys -One Shape, Endless Building In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 One Shape, Endless Building In-Store Activity is for ages 5 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. Times: 11:00am, 1:00pm www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

Market Days at the Chamber 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 301 McMeans Avenue Bay Minette, 36507 yard sale, produce, arts & Crafts, antiques live music and kids activities. www.northbaldwinchamber.com

Sparks After Dark Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show. Time: 8:47ish alwharf.com

Thursday July 13

Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf 11:00 AM The Wharf Marina, 4851 Wharf Pkwy East Orange Beach, 36561 Mark your calendars and join us for “The Greatest Show in Sport Fishing”. Over 60 teams will be vying for the top angler spot! Boats will depart from The Wharf Marina on Thursday, July 13th at 11:00 am and there will be two weigh in days, Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th, both beginning at 5:00 pm. This tournament benefits the St. Jude Foundation. Admission is FREE! alwharf.com

Florida Georgia Line 7:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheatre, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561alwharf.com

Friday July 14

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf 5:00 PM The Wharf Marina, 4851 Wharf Pkwy East Orange Beach, 36561 Mark your calendars and join us for “The Greatest Show in Sport Fishing”. Over 60 teams will be vying for the top angler spot! Boats will depart from The Wharf Marina on Thursday, July 13th at 11:00 am and there will be two weigh in days, Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th, both beginning at 5:00 pm. This tournament benefits the St. Jude Foundation. Admission is FREE! alwharf.com

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Spanish Fort Farmers Market 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort holds their Farmers Market each Saturday at the Spanish Fort Community Center at 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd in Spanish Fort. Vendors are set up there between 8 a.m. and noon through July 29, 2017 251-626-4884

Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf 5:00 PM The Wharf Marina, 4851 Wharf Pkwy East Orange Beach, 36561 Mark your calendars and join us for “The Greatest Show in Sport Fishing”. Over 60 teams will be vying for the top angler spot! Boats will depart from The Wharf Marina on Thursday, July 13th at 11:00 am and there will be two weigh in days, Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th, both beginning at 5:00 pm. This tournament benefits the St. Jude Foundation. Admission is FREE! alwharf.com 53rd Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament The Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament is designed to bring families together and encourage sportsmanship. The tournament takes place on the Saturday, July 15. RMYAT is for children 15 years and younger and it typically attracts more than 1500 young anglers. The one-day event features 31 categories with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in all categories. One Master Angler is awarded. All participants receive a Zeigler hot dog, a Coca Cola, a Blue Bell ice cream, and a certificate. www.adsfr.com/rmyat.html Fairhope Museum of History Bus Tours ($20) Fairhope Museum of HIstory, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 The Fairhope Museum of History will once again be offering Bus Tours on Saturday July 15, 2017 at 9 a.m., 11a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Hosted by Museum Director Donnie Barrett, these hour-long tours will cover the western side of town to include the homes

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10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Who knew that summertime Wednesdays could be so wonderful? Join us this June and July for Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a fun, informative series to help Gulf Coast gardeners and enthusiasts make the most of our extended growing season. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making your garden more spectacular. July 19 - English Silver in the Bellingrath Collection. Mrs. Bellingrath’s collection of silver is extensive and includes many fine pieces made by American artists, but the oldest items are English. Join curator Tom McGehee to explore Mrs. Bellingrath’s most prized pieces of English silver and learn about the makers, their marks and the history of these impressive objects. 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

Hands on Habitat (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th Year is Tacky Jacks Summer of Fun for Kids and Adults alike. “Hands on Habitat” every Tuesday 11-12pm. Interact with animals and learn about our ecosystems. Join us for a free family friendly educational experience. New program each week www.tackyjacks.com Tea for Two 2:00 PM Fairhope Museum of HIstory, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Jule Moon – Jule is a well-known local author and poet who will tell us her Fairhope story. She will read from several of her recent works. Her poetry is delightful! www.cofairhope.com Fantasy Island Toys - A Maker Day Create Your Way In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 A Maker Day Create Your Own Way In-Store Activity is for ages 5 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will create whatever we want how ever we want it! Using a Creative Can full of fun art supplies, we will let our imaginations run wild! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/

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Bellingrath Gardens Wonderful Wednesdays

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Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com Help Me Grow Screening (Free) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, The Shoppes of Bel Air, 3299 Bel Air Mall Mobile, 36606 Lifelines will host Help Me Grow developmental screenings for families each Wednesday to connect families to health and developmental resources so children can start school healthy and ready to succeed. These screenings are part of The Shoppes of Bel Air’s 50 Days of Giving program to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

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

Thursday July 20

Coast360 Beach Games (Free for ages 6-12yrs (If younger/ older siblings attend we can give them special tasks to join in the fun too!))

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5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, 36567 Join The Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce for the 2017 Flavors of the South held to showcase food and wine from local restaurants and caterers. Come sample a variety of food and drink while listening to music and participating in our 50/50 drawing and silent auction. 251-947-2626 www.centralbaldwin.com Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Middle School townofdauphinisland.org Fantasy Island Toys - A Maker Day Create Your Way In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 A Maker Day Create Your Own Way In-Store Activity is for ages 5 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will create whatever we want how ever we want it! Using a Creative Can full of fun art supplies, we will let our imaginations run wild! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/ Sparks After Dark Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show. Time: 8:47ish alwharf.com

Friday July 21

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Finding Dory townofdauphinisland.org Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo 531 Lemoyne Drive Dauphin Island , 36528 The 84th

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Saturday July 22

Spanish Fort Farmers Market 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort holds their Farmers Market each Saturday at the Spanish Fort Community Center at 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd in Spanish Fort. Vendors are set up there between 8 a.m. and noon through July 29, 2017 251-626-4884

White Tie Rock Ensemble 8:00 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 The White Tie Rock Ensemble presents: An Evening of British Rock! with a tribute to Pink Floyd, The Who and a whole lotta Led Zeppelin. www.mobilecivicctr.com Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo 531 Lemoyne Drive Dauphin Island , 36528 The 84th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will be held July 21-23, 2017. The ADSFR is a 3-day Captain’s Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued up to one million dollars in cash and prizes and anchored by a boat, motor, and trailer packages. The ADSFR has donated over $200,000 to the University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences and annually funds academic scholarships. www.adsfr.com

Sunday July 23

Summer Classic Film Series - Blazing Saddles ($6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) & seniors (60+).)

3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theater will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals on the big screen! www.mobilesaenger.com Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo 531 Lemoyne Drive Dauphin Island , 36528 The 84th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo will be held July 21-23, 2017. The ADSFR is a 3-day Captain’s Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued up to one million dollars in cash and prizes and anchored by a boat, motor, and trailer packages. The ADSFR has donated over $200,000 to the University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences and annually funds academic scholarships. www.adsfr.com

Monday July 24

Gulf State Park - Shark Week Gulf State Park, 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, 36542 One week celebrating Sharks July 24th-28th. Come to the pier to enjoy researchers, programs, tanks, games, quizzes, movies, prizes, and so much more! Learn all you can about these wonderful creatures and why we need them. For more information find Gulf

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Classical Converstaions FREE Parent Practicum Trinity Presbyterian Church, 545 South Mobile Street Fairhope, AL A free 3-day training to equip parents to be great educators at home. Student camps are also offered to children of attendees at a low cost ($42/child) for families attending together. Registration is required. For more information or to register visit website or email spitre@classicalconversations.com. www.classicalconversations.com/events/get-event/ node/115460

Tuesday July 25

Hands on Habitat (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th Year is Tacky Jacks Summer of Fun for Kids and Adults alike. “Hands on Habitat” every Tuesday 11-12pm. Interact with animals and learn about our ecosystems. Join us for a free family friendly educational experience. New program each week www.tackyjacks.com

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Tea for Two 2:00 PM Fairhope Museum of HIstory, 24 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Amy Thompson – Amy was known as “Amy Greer,” News Center 5 anchor during the 1990’s and is now Donnie’s next door neighbor. She has a great story to tell about her many local projects and how she is now promoting the IB (International Baccalaureate) programs at Fairhope High School. www.cofairhope.com Fantasy Island Toys - Hands Down That’s Art In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Hands Down That’s Art In-Store Activity is for ages 4 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will learn to transform the shape of our hand into different art designs! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/ Classical Converstaions FREE Parent Practicum Trinity Presbyterian Church, 545 South Mobile Street Fairhope, AL A free 3-day training to equip parents to be great educators at home. Student camps are also offered to children of attendees at a low cost ($42/child) for families attending together. Registration is required. For more information or to register visit website or email spitre@classicalconversations.com. www.classicalconversations.com/events/get-event/ node/115460 Gulf State Park - Shark Week Gulf State Park, 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, 36542 One week celebrating Sharks July 24th-28th. Come to the pier to enjoy researchers, programs, tanks, games, quizzes, movies, prizes, and so much more! Learn all you can about these wonderful creatures and why we need them. 251-948-7275

Wednesday July 26 Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com

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FamilyCalendar Help Me Grow Screening (Free) 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, The Shoppes of Bel Air, 3299 Bel Air Mall Mobile, 36606 Lifelines will host Help Me Grow developmental screenings for families each Wednesday to connect families to health and developmental resources so children can start school healthy and ready to succeed. These screenings are part of The Shoppes of Bel Air’s 50 Days of Giving program to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Classical Converstaions FREE Parent Practicum Details on Monday, July 24. Kids Night (Admission is FREE; Activity Prices Vary $5, $7, $10) 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Every child deserves an evening centered around nothing but pure FUN! After all, it’s summertime, so what’s more perfect than a safe environment for the little ones to let out all that built-up energy! As part of our 100 Days of Summer celebration, each Wednesday night will be catered to the kids. There will be no shortage of entertainment during these activitypacked events. Face painting, prizes, games, music, a hula hoop performer, bouncy house and water slide! alwharf.com Gulf State Park - Shark Week Gulf State Park, 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, 36542 One week celebrating Sharks July 24th-28th. Come to the pier to enjoy researchers, programs, tanks, games, quizzes, movies, prizes, and so much more! Learn all you can about these wonderful creatures and why we need them. For more information find Gulf State Park 2017 Shark Week event on Facebook. 251-948-7275

Thursday July 27

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11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th year Tacky Jacks “Summer of Fun” presents Coast360 Beach Games. Kids compete every Thursday this summer in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for everyone! www.tackyjacks.com Fairhope Outdoor Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host a Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting May 4 and ending November 2, 2017. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in the new parking lot in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have children activities at 4 p.m. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Storks townofdauphinisland.org Fantasy Island Toys - Hands Down That’s Art In-Store Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Hands Down That’s Art In-Store Activity is for ages 4 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will learn to transform the shape of our hand into different art designs! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/ Gulf State Park - Shark Week Gulf State Park, 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, 36542 One week celebrating Sharks July 24th-28th. Come to the pier to enjoy researchers, programs, tanks,

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Friday July 28

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Up townofdauphinisland.org Gulf State Park - Shark Week Gulf State Park, 20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, 36542 One week celebrating Sharks July 24th-28th. Come to the pier to enjoy researchers, programs, tanks, games, quizzes, movies, prizes, and so much more! Learn all you can about these wonderful creatures and why we need them. For more information find Gulf State Park 2017 Shark Week event on Facebook. 251-948-7275

Saturday July 29

Color Vibe 8:00 AM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 The Color Vibe 5k is coming to Mobile on July 29 for our 2017 Good Vibes Tour and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun! Kids 12 and under run for FREE!!! A portion of our proceeds will also be donated back to a local charity, Feeding the Gulf Coast :) www.thecolorvibe.com/mobile.php

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FamilyCalendar Spanish Fort Farmers Market 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Spanish Fort holds their Farmers Market each Saturday at the Spanish Fort Community Center at 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd in Spanish Fort. Vendors are set up there between 8 a.m. and noon through July 29, 2017 251-626-4884

Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Expo (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 New, expectant, and hopeful parents don’t miss the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Babypalooza Baby & Maternity expo Tour as it stops in Mobile!Babypalooza is a FREE one-day baby and maternity expo and miniconference. Giving parents the opportunity to interact with pre and postnatal health providers, attend parenting workshops, demo the latest baby gear and gadgets, and visit with maternity and baby themed exhibitors. www.babypaloozatour.com

Sunday July 30

Summer Classic Film Series - The Color Purple

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

3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theater will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals on the big screen! www.mobilesaenger.com Sunday Sunset Concert - Dauphin Island 6:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island presents “Sunday Sunset Concerts” with Eric Erdman & Ryan Balthrop. Entrance fees $5.00 per individual! As always, attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. *All concerts approx time & weather permitting! townofdauphinisland.org

Tuesday August 1

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

Wednesday August 2

Art al Fresco (Free) 11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn www.tackyjacks.com Kids Night (Admission is FREE; Activity Prices Vary $5, $7,

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

Coast360 Beach Games (Free for ages 6-12yrs (If younger/older siblings attend we can give them special tasks to join in the fun too!))

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

Thursday August 3

11:00 AM Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores, 240 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Back for the 5th year Tacky Jacks “Summer of Fun” presents Coast360 Beach Games. Kids compete every Thursday this summer in relay races, challenges, & brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for everyone! www.tackyjacks.com Peer Helpers 20th Annual Pro Rodeo ($12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4012 and Free for 3 and under.)

6:00 PM Foley Horse Arena, 113 East Rosetta Avenue Foley, 36535 The 20th Annual Professional Rodeo will be held August 3-5, 2017 at the Foley Horse Arena rain or shine. This event attracts thousands of fans who cheer on professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the South. All proceeds from the 2017 rodeo benefit local Peer Helper Programs in schools across Baldwin County. Rodeo starts at 8:00pm and kids activites start at 6:00pm. jennifermoorefoundation.com/events/rodeo/ Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Night 8:00 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island & Greer’s Market Presents: Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. As always we encourage you to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendor will be on site during movie. Movie: Nim’s Island townofdauphinisland.org Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series (Free) 8:00 PM Fairhopers Community Park, 105 S Church Street Fairhope, 36532 Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series. Fantasy Island Toys - Create a Masterpiece InStore Activity ($5) Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create a Masterpiece In-Store Activity is for ages 4 and up! The cost of the class is $5.00 per child. We have multiple sessions for this class, so choose the one you would like to sign up for. In this class, we will study famous artwork and create our own versions! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour depending on the activity. Please sign up in advance, spaces fill quickly. www.facebook.com/pg/FantasyIslandToys/events/ Sparks After Dark Palm Plaza at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show. Time: 8:47ish alwharf.com

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

Saturday August 5

153rd Battle of Mobile Bay 9:00 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island , 36528 The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The cannon will be fired every forty-five minutes in honor of the soldiers that fought in this pivotal battle. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstrations will be on hand all day in the Fort’s Blacksmith Shop. 251-861-6992 dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines Kenny Chesney Concert 6:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheatre, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561alwharf.com Peer Helpers 20th Annual Pro Rodeo ($12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4012 and Free for 3 and under.)

Friday August 4

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

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

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

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament 14772 State Docks Road Bayou La Batre, 36509 Join Kayak Anglers from all over the Gulf Coast for a day of fishing and family fun. Compete in Junior or Master Angler age divisions. bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org

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Founder’s Day - Bellingrath Gardens 8:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 In honor of Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday, admission to the Gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin County residents! 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org South Baldwin Community Theatre presents Shrek the Musical 2:00 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36543 Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. www.sbct.biz Summer Classic Film Series - Willy Wonka ($6 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) & seniors (60+).)

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

Wednesday August 9

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

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

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

Thursday August 10

South Alabama REAL TALK Mental Wellness Conference ($25) 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Goodwill Easter Seals Center, 2440 Gordon Smith Drive Mobile, 36617 Guest speaker: Dr. Loren Hill, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will share insights into best practices in mental health delivery systems. Learn how collaboration between both traditional and non-traditional healthcare service providers benefits our consumers, what is happening in our area, and how we can strengthen our planning efforts to build trust among agencies, municipalities and families. Round table discussions. Expo vendor tables $75; exhibitor receives two tickets. Registration fee $25 per person. CE credits available;

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7100 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort. 1st Thursday of the Month (September through May). Dinner & Child Care are provided. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. http://www. mopsontheeasternshore.shutterfly.com/ Facebook.com/MopsOnTheEasternShore.

Classes/Meetings

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.

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 1-800-4891886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call the church office for info at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Daily Living Skills Group for parents with Children on the Spectrum Held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 27365 Pollard Road, Daphne. Focus is on daily living needs of families and their children, such as: Safety issues; How to have a family dinner out; Ways to assist with transition; How to talk with people who stare; Your questions, comments and suggestions. Limited childcare slots are available. For information, please contact Judy Bradshaw: (251) 990-7781. 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 251-6261610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne. MOPS on the Eastern Shore MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” - but don’t let that confuse you. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten with local groups of moms just like you.

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SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. If it has been 5 days or 50 years since the loss, this group is here for you. SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. There are no dues. For information, please email jlbarber5@bellsouth. net or call 251-455-6453. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes: Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including: Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of complications, and relaxation exercises. One session. $10. Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30 Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor 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 for expectant moms and their babies. For info contact 949-3781.

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Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. 
Free. Infant CPR and Safety Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration required. 
To register call 279-1373. 
Saturdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
 Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series. Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope)
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope)
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 Thomas Medical Center (Daphne)
Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
 Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or more information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@bellsouth. net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. 
 Sibling Class 
 Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). 
Preregistration required. 
Call 279-1373.
10-11 a.m. 
 Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-477-1104. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 345-7645 or 438-9590 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Group Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251626-6337 for more information.

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9264 Pleasant Road, Daphne, 36526 Dates: July 10July 14 Times: 5:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m. “Galactic Starveyors” Open to ages 3 years - 6th grade (completed). VBS Dinner served at 5:15 p.m. VBS following from 6 - 8 p.m. Online registration is available at www. jubileebaptist.com. For more information, contact the church office. (251) 621-7095 john@jubileebaptist.com www.jubileebaptist.com

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Trinity Presbyterian Church

545 South Mobile Street, Fairhope, 36532 Dates: July 10-July 14 Times: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “Rome: Paul and the Underground Church” Open to ages K4 – Rising 5th grade. For more information, contact Carrys at the church. (251) 928-2524 or (251) 621-0775 tpccarrys@gmail.com www.tpcfairhope.org

Faith Family Fellowship

7100 Spanish Fort Boulevard, Spanish Fort, 36527 Dates: July 17-July 21 Times: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “Maker Fun Factory” Open to children who have completed K3 through 5th grade. Registration is online at www.faithfamilyonline.com (251) 626-1379 info@faithfamilyonline.com www.faithfamilyonline.com

Barnwell Baptist Church

7780 US Highway 98, Fairhope, 36532 Dates: July 17-July 21 Times: 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. “Maker Fun Factory - Created by God, Built for a Purpose” Open to ages K - 5th grade. For registration and information, contact Robyn at the number or email listed above. (251) 928-8286 rcohronpmc@aol.com www.barnwellbaptist.org

Celebration Church

8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope, 36532 Dates: July 17-July 19 (251) 928-0343 John@fairhopechurch.com www.fairhopechurch.com

“Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God” Open to ages 4 years (by Sept 1st) - 6th grade. Registration is available online and at the church office. Family Picnic Friday will be July 21th at 6:00 p.m. (251) 968-2411 lee@gulfshoresumc.org www.gulfshoresumc.org

First Presbyterian Church Gulf Shores

309 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores, 36542 Dates: July 24-July 28 Times: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. “Maker Fun Factory” VBS will surely spark creativity within your children as they become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly created by God and built for a purpose! Registration is available online or by calling the church office. Open to those entering grades K through 4. (251) 968-7720 gsfpcusa@gulftel.com www.gulfshoresfirstpresbyterian.org

Grace Fellowship, PCA

Gulf Shores United Methodist Church

1900 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, 36542 Dates: July 17-July 20 Times: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

1740 South Juniper Street Foley, 36535 Dates: July 24-July 28 Times: 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. “Son West Round-Up” Open to ages 4 years – 5th grade. Dinner will be provided. (251) 968-5302 Sarah.thornbury@gmail.com www.gracefellowship-pca.com

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Cars 3

Transformers: The Last Knight

MPAA Rating: G Time: 1 hr 49 min Overall: AViolence: B Sexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated Cars 3 G. Looking in the mirror and seeing a few gray hairs is never easy. For a racing car who’s used to being the leader of the pack, getting old takes on a whole new meaning. It’s not that Lightening McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is slowing down. The problem is the young new cars are speeding up. For a racing car who’s used to being the leader of the pack, getting old takes on a whole new meaning. Cars 3 is an insightful look at how the finish line that we thought we were headed toward can sometimes change. With a G-rating, there is very little to discourage parents from sharing this movie with their children. McQueen’s crash and his accidental entry into a demolition derby are two moments when the youngest of children may be frightened. Otherwise kids and adults will enjoy plot elements that teach of the importance of having a positive outlook while continuing to move forward and accepting new challenges, even if the road doesn’t lead to where we originally thought we were going.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Time: 2 hr 29 min Overall: CViolence: D+ Sexual Content: BProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Transformers: The Last Knight PG13 for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo. In a summer movie schedule already packed with sequels, the Transformers are back for their fifth round of colossal clashes. However casual followers of the film may still have a hard time distinguishing who’s good and bad—especially when one of the good guys goes rogue. Like E.T., Optimus Prime (voice by Peter Cullen) wants to go home. But when he does, he finds a dying planet, one he is responsible for destroying. Using electrified handcuffs to get Prime’s attention, the Creator charges him with finding an ancient artifact hidden below Earth’s surface. The long lost object will restore the alien homeworld. Hardcore fans of the franchise may relish the action, the explosions, the decapitations and the smack talk. But for the rest of us, it all feels a little long and loud and labored after 90 minutes. However, if you’ve bought into these toys turned film stars, don’t let the title Transformers: The Last Knight fool you. The movie’s conclusion hints this won’t be the final battle between the Autobots and Decepticons.

Megan Leavey

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Time: 1 hr 56 min Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: C+ Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated Megan Leavey PG-13 for war violence, language, suggestive material, and thematic elements. When Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) joined the US Marines it wasn’t because she really wanted to serve her country. It was because she really wanted to get away from her dysfunctional family life and hopeless depression that included alcohol and substance abuse. Consequently, she is not the most dedicated cadet at boot camp. But that changes when she is caught drunk and acting disorderly after a night of heavy partying. For punishment, she is sent to clean out kennels at the base’s K9 training center. While the movie focuses mostly on the relationship between the woman and the dog, there are also a few scenes dedicated to a love interest for Megan (played by Ramon Rodriguez). However, a greater portion of the film’s runtime depicts the Marine and canine’s active service as they take on the dangerous task of detecting bombs, finding weapons, and facing enemy fire. Like most dog lover’s tales, this story stresses the interconnection that can happen between animals and humans. Eastern Shore Parents I July 2017

MPAA Rating: PG Time: 1 hr 29 min Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Captain Underpants for mild rude humor. George and Herold (voices of Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) are elementary-aged kids who have been friends since kindergarten. Sharing the same sense of humor, the pals combine their separate talents for writing and art, to make hand-drawn adventure stories featuring a bald action figure in tighty-whities. The pair also likes to play pranks on their teachers as a way to cheer up their fellow students at their penitentiary-like school. As is to be expected from the film’s title, this script is full, of potty humor. Perhaps more of a surprise will be the violence that erupts between the boys and the vengeful Professor. While all the depictions are too ridiculous to be taken seriously, they may still be a bit frightening for young viewers. The story does allow its characters to reconsider their motives, feel remorse for their mockery, and redeem their actions. While these positive moments won’t flush away all the shenanigans, they will likely provide enough charm to amuse older children and tweens. 96

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BREAST MILK GOOD FOR MOM, BEST FOR BABY! Breast Milk Babies…

Breastfeeding Moms…

• Have less ear infections, colds, and viruses

• Lose weight after delivery quicker

• Perform higher on cognitive development tests

• Have less complications post delivery

• Have lower rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

• Have lower rates of postpartum depression

• Have a lower risk of childhood asthma and allergies

• Have a lower risk of developing weak bones later in life

• Are less likely to be obese or have some chronic health conditions

• Have a lower risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer

THE BEST START FOR A HEALTHY LIFE

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