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6 Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

8 Living With Children John Rosemond

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Help your child develop good financial habits for their future.

Avoid the Summer Slide

Great activities to keep their brains sharp all summer long.

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40 Parenting, Media & Everything in Between Common Sense Media

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Summer Fun Guide

Activities abound on the Eastern Shore to help your kids have fun all summer long.

Dads Rock

The importance of supportive dads and father figures in the lives of children.

76 A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

81 Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

On The Cover Raegyn Lhee Mitchem (2) and Hadleigh Alizabeth Mitchem (4) are daughters of Shaina Mitchem and Lucas Mitchem. Proud grandparents are Donna and Clayton Byrd & Shirlee and Lanny Vickrey. Raegyn Lhee enjoys playing with friends, being the boss, and singing. Hadleigh Alizabeth enjoys tee ball, dance, and makeup tutorials. Their outfits were provided by Seasons and monogrammed by Butterbugs Boutique.

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Bits and Pieces 18

School Bits 82

Family Calendar 92

Movie Reviews

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Publisher’sNote The Eastern Shore’s Foremost Parenting Source

We have been counting down the days and it is finally here...Summer Break! Now what? Some of you may have family vacations planned while others are packing and preparing to send their children off to camp. These are both very exciting activities, but with almost three months of summer break, there is still plenty of time to enjoy many more of the family friendly activities available in our area. To help plan your summer we have included our annual Summer Fun Guide on page 57. You will find activities like waterparks, music festivals, zip lines and so much more. Afternoon showers? No problem! We have included plenty of indoor fun too! This list is sure to keep your family entertained all summer long. Before you plan ahead too much, check out Christina Katz’s article, Schedule Local Summer Activities & Avoid The Summer Slide. She provides us with some ideas to consider to make sure activities are individualized toward your children’s interests and needs. One of my favorite summer activities growing up was always Vacation Bible School. I looked forward to it for weeks leading up to the kickoff. My girls were the same way. We have always loved everything about VBS from the skits, to the crafts, to the contagious upbeat atmosphere. Not to mention the awesome feeling we got once we finally mastered the motions to all the songs. If you are looking for a VBS for your kids, make sure you turn to our extensive listing on page 50. Maybe a lemonade stand is on your child’s summer to-do list, or you may have a teenager who is looking to start their first job outside the home. Whether your budding entrepreneur earns $5 this summer, or more than you ever imagined they would earn, this is a great opportunity to teach them how to manage their money wisely. In A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned, Kimberly Blaker offers sound advice to help even the smallest earner form good long-term financial habits. While you are planning your summer, don’t forget to plan something special for Father’s Day! Dads and other male role models play such an important role in our children’s lives and it is a great day to recognize them for all they do. In Christa Melnyk Hines’ article, Dad’s Rock, she sites several examples of how fathers and father figures are getting involved, and the impact their involvement has on our children. So, to my husband Brad, and both of our fathers, I would like to say thank you for all you do to nurture my kiddos. And to all the dads, Happy Father’s Day! Hoping you and your family have an amazing summer filled with family, laughter and memory-making moments!

Publisher Lynn Knighton lynn@easternshoreparents.com Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@easternshoreparents.com Associate Editor Kelly Watson Research Editor Christa Weinberg Contributing Writers Kimberly Blaker Mark Gregston Christa Melnyk Hines Christina Katz Dave Ramsey John Rosemond Robert L. Rux, M.D. Gerry Paige Smith

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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.

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

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Are Some Kids Naturally More Sensitive? Q: My 4-year-old daughter, when I do something that upsets her, like reprimand her for something, begins to cry and tell me that I don’t love her anymore. (She’s actually very obedient and well-behaved, so the incidents in question are quite small.) When I’m finally able to calm her down, I reassure her of my love and explain that Mommy getting stern about something she has done doesn’t mean I don’t love her. This began about six months ago, shortly after she turned four, and despite my reassurances, it’s getting steadily worse. Are some children just more naturally insecure than others? Is there something else I need to be doing? A: It may be that some children are naturally at the high end of the “sensitive” scale and therefore more thin-skinned than most when it comes to being reprimanded. I’m not aware of any research on this issue, but enough parents like yourself have testified

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to having emotionally-delicate children to convince me that there’s some innate quality at work here. Then there’s the bell-shaped curve, which predicts that relative to a “sensitivity norm,” a minority of children will be hypersensitive and a somewhat equal minority will be hyposensitive. Regardless, children – all of them – if given the opportunity, will produce great drama, and it would appear to me that you are certainly giving your daughter the opportunity. In the first place, you obviously take your daughter’s operatic outbursts seriously enough to think they warrant equally serious reassurances. In my experienced estimation, these comforting conversations you have with her are why her “sensitivity” to your discipline has become more and more of an issue over time. In short, she has an audience for her drama, so she puts on bigger and bigger productions. Not that it is her conscious intention, but her drama also serves to distract attention

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away from her misbehavior and focus it on the rather silly issue of whether or not you truly love her. Granted, it’s not silly to her, but little does she know you would give up your seat in a lifeboat for her. It is axiomatic that if one wants to raise up a child into emotionally-sturdy adulthood, one must treat said child as if he or she is, in fact, already emotionally sturdy. Children rise (or sink) to expectations. Therefore, my advice to you is to stop allowing yourself to become sidetracked by your daughter’s drama. The next time you discipline and she begins to cry and claim emotional orphanhood, simply say, “We’re not having that conversation again…ever. You misbehaved, I reprimanded you, end of story. Now, if you need to cry, you may go to your room until you can get control of yourself.” Children need equal amounts of love and leadership. Love is not your problem. You obviously need to begin working on strengthening your leadership muscles. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series

The City of Fairhope returns with the 4th Annual Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series, guaranteed to light up your summer nights with three free family movies at Fairhopers Community Park on the first Thursdays in June, July, and August. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic (no alcohol or glass containers) and relax with the whole family. The movies will be shown at 8 p.m. at Fairhopers Community Park located at 105 S. Church Street. This movie series is sponsored by the Downtown Fairhope Business Association and the City of Fairhope. For more information on the Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series, call 251-929-1466.

Distinguished Young Women

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Each year the 51 state representatives, including Washington DC, travel to Mobile, the June after their high school graduation to take part in the DYW National Finals. They spend two weeks getting to know girls from around the country, enjoying fun events, volunteering in the local community, developing Life Skills for college and beyond, rehearsing for the final showcase and performing on stage during our National Finals webcast. National Finals for the Class of 2018 will be on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. For more information, please visit www.distinguishedyw.org.

Kids Gulf Discovery Day is June 13 at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Girls Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) is providing a special offer to first responders and military to stock up on their favorite Girl Scout cookies such as Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, and Shortbread, plus new additions like the S’mores cookie. GSSA will provide Girl Scout Cookies for $25 a case, a discount of $23 off the regular price. Individual packages of cookies will be sold for the regular price of $4. Cookies are available for purchase at GSSA’s Montgomery Service Center located on Coliseum Blvd or the Mobile Service Center located on Spring Hill Ave. www.girlscoutssa.org.

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Plan a day of summertime fun for the family! Come to Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Wednesday, June 13, for Kids Gulf Discovery Day, an opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast. A wide variety of environmental organizations will be on hand for activities and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to noon. Scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will introduce children to the creatures of Mobile Bay, and the Environmental Studies Center will present an exciting Raptor Road Show on the Great Lawn, featuring rehabilitated hawks, owls and other birds of prey. Guests may also take a 45-minute guided cruise along the beautiful Fowl River with our friends from Wild Native Delta Safaris! Fees are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruise; to register, call 251-459-8864. Kids Gulf Discovery Day admission, which includes entrance into the Gardens for the day, is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12. There is no admission fee for Bellingrath members or for ages 4 and younger. For details, visit our website, bellingrath.org.

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SummerTide Theatre 2018

Summer 2018 marks the fifteenth season for The University of Alabama’s professional theatre company, SummerTide. To celebrate our anniversary, we are reviving our inaugural production, “Pump Boys and Dinettes”, led by veteran SummerTide Director, Stacy Alley. “I was in (and choreographed) the inaugural season of SummerTide, so “Pump Boys and Dinettes” holds a special place in my heart.” Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils. “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will run June 1 to June 29, at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available for purchase at SummerTide. org or by calling the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center box office after May 28 at 251.968.6721. 10

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Due to visitor requests, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico announces new, extended summer hours beginning Tuesday, May 29, and lasting through Sunday, September 2, 2018. Extended hours of operation will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on TuesdaySaturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. Whether passing through on an out-of-town vacation or participating in an in-town staycation, guests can now take advantage of two more days each week to discover and explore! Located on the waterfront in downtown Mobile, GulfQuest is the first museum dedicated to the Gulf Coast's rich maritime traditions and showcases the historical, cultural and economic significance of the Gulf of Mexico. It is also one of the only interactive maritime museums in the country. Guests can enjoy 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, theaters and displays. Exhibit galleries are housed on a life-sized replica of a container ship and are located throughout eight decks in the 90,000 sq. ft. museum. For more information about GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, please visit www.gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901. Located at 155 South Water Street in Mobile.

Buckaroo Foundation Chosen as Recipient in Charity Golf Tournament

APM Terminals of Mobile hosted its inaugural charity golf tournament on April 6 at Timbercreek Golf Course to raise funds for the Buckaroo Foundation and 3 Mile Creek Initiative. The mission of the Buckaroo Foundation is to provide accessibility for children and adults with special needs so that they can reach their fullest therapy potential. Buckaroo Foundation members were present and educated those participating about the foundation’s work and the benefits of physical therapy on horseback, which is provided to patients at the Buckaroo Barn in Bay Minette. The Buckaroo Foundation is appreciative of the significant donation and we are looking forward to big plans for our Buckaroos! For more information go to www.buckaroofoundation.org 11

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FEEF Receives Donation for Race the Town

FEEF (Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation) received a $3,200 donation from Jessica Watkins, owner of FIT by Jessica and Race the Town Scavenger Hunt coordinator. The proceeds are a result of funds raised during the recent Race the Town event. RACE the TOWN is a super fun, family friendly hunt from the Fairhope Pier through downtown Fairhope. Participants use a clue sheet that guides them to locate QR codes, which they scan to receive their physical challenge. Visit www.feefonline.org.

Sheffield School of Dance Celebrates 75 Years!

Mary Lou Sheffield-Noletto, founder and director of Sheffield School of the Dance, is celebrating an anniversary very few dance studio owners around the world can match, 75 years of dance excellence. Sheffield is personally inviting you to join the celebration! On June 8-9 (7 PM & 5 PM respectively) the Mobile Civic Center Theater stage will come to life with nearly 500 Sheffield students, faculty and guests performing in “Showtime 2018." One of the most anticipated moments in this year’s show will be the "75th Anniversary Finale" featuring decades of Sheffield Alumni coming back to rock their “home stage” one more time alongside the current Sheffield Faculty, the National Champion Sheffield Dancers and Miss Mary Lou, herself! The Sheffield name is known globally for excellence in technique and explosive performances, and this year’s show will be full of electrifying routines from all ages and some very special surprises! “The quality of dance and the overall production that Sheffield puts on stage every year at “Showtime” is unmatched… we truly go above and beyond the traditional dance recital”, says Colby Shinn, director at Sheffield. Tickets are available at all 3 Sheffield locations (West Mobile, Dauphin St. & Eastern Shore) and at the box office on the nights of the show - $16.00 general admission. This is the dance event of the year in Mobile. Come see the Sheffield Legacy at it’s finest! Pictured, a moment in history! Miss Mary Lou strikes a glorious final pose alongside her faculty, students and decades of alumni at their 70th Anniversary celebration, “Showtime 2013.”

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Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Welcomes Junior Volunteers

Thomas Hospital welcomes the 70 local students who are participating in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s Junior Volunteer program this summer. They are volunteering in the Cath Lab, Clinical Education, Endoscopy, Fitness Center, Human Resources, Materials Management, Medical Unit, Physical Therapy, Pre-Admit, PostSurgical Unit, Recovery/PACU, Speech Therapy, Surgery, and Women’s and Children’s Unit at Thomas Hospital, and the Rehab Services Department at Thomas Hospital in Daphne. They are also volunteering in several Auxiliary service areas, including the emergency department waiting area, gift shop, and information desk 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 4 to July 27. 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) Anna Adcock, Emily Adcock, Alyssa Adkins, Brynne Anderson, Hannah Beall, Gillian Benson, Katie Berry, Claire Blythe, Aven Brasher, Brianna Brown, Molly Brown, Mary Elizabeth Chambliss, Sarah Chambliss, Emily Charest, Kimberly Charest, Trinity Coleman, Preston Endom, Tillery French, Catherine Gamard, Emory Gardner, Michael Garriz, Caitlyn Godwin, Hunter Hardy, Taylor Harrison, Cameron Herzog, Lee Lazzari, Jillian McCarley, Emily McDonald, Maddy McPhillips, Emalyn Middleton, Kaleigh Miller, Connor Nowlin, Margaret O’Connor, Alexis Olan, Justice Palmer, Heli Parekh, Prachi Patel, Valeria Perez, Anna Claire Potier, Edward Puckett, Conner Robitaille, Lily Scott, Nathan Valentine. Not pictured are Camille Baker, Mary Katherine Carrick, Margaux Duchesne, Gabrielle Eslava, Zoie Givens, Fariha Irfan, Hannah Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Ashley Kearney, Megan Kirby, Carlie Leonard, Elly Patterson, Sydney Patterson, Ashton Redditt, Bella Rodriquez, Talley Scarbrough, Matthew Simmons, Sara Kate Sligh, Lana Marie Smoot, Evan Stephens, Grace Tarver, Emma Thomasson, Samin Uddin, Collin West, Georgia Whiteside, Holly Yazdi and Lillie Yazdi.

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Bayside Academy and Fairhope High School Students Win Scholarships Two Years Running

The Original Oyster House awarded the 13th Annual Chelsea Garvin Spirit Scholarships to Ford Taylor of Bayside Academy and Abi Waller of Fairhope High School. For a second straight year, winners were awarded from the same high schools. In 2006, the scholarship was created in loving memory of Chelsea Garvin, who was an exceptional employee, a volunteer Fish River Fire Department Rescue Diver and a talented artist. Tragically Chelsea lost her life in a boating accident while volunteering. She was 19 years old. Ford Taylor will attend Auburn University this fall and Abi Waller will attend Birmingham Southern College and both intend to pursue art as an area of interest. Highest consideration will be given for the most artistic and creative representation of the Original Oyster House. “It’s such a hard decision when we have so many applicants who are unbelievably talented and creative. However, the scholarship criteria states, “highest consideration will be for the most creative representation of the Original Oyster House restaurants” which helps hone in the selection. This year five members on the committee unanimously chose the oyster boat made by Ford and the oyster painting made by Abi, although, it took us a while. Both applicants wrote they wanted to pursue art as a passion and it showed in what they submitted,” said Cecilia Mace, marketing director for the Original Oyster House restaurants. 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 were given $1,000 each as well as restaurant gift certificates to see first-hand their artwork displayed with family and friends.

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Firework Safety Summer is here, so I want to talk about fireworks and firework safety. Most of us are very careful when we are around fireworks, but accidents can occur, so I want to help you be prepared. While most people know they are dangerous, there are some very alarming numbers from The National Council on Fireworks Safety. There are an estimated 9000 injuries from fireworks per year, with a large percent occurring in children under 15 years old. And boys are three times more likely to be injured than girls. The injuries occurred not only from firecrackers, but from sparklers as well. Did you know that a sparkler burns at 1800 F! The best prevention for firework injuries is, of course, to not use them. But if you must, here are some rules to follow. First, check the local laws regarding fireworks in your area. If caught, you can face a hefty fine. And if you use them, please use them outdoors. Even sparklers can lead to a house fire. It’s also important to have water on hand in case of a fire. Fireworks are specially made and should be used only as intended. Don’t alter or combine fireworks as this can lead to unintended consequences. Never re-light a “dud” firework and soak all “duds”

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in a bucket of water to ensure they won’t go off. Make sure all spectators are a safe distance from the shooter and not in the line of fire. And the shooter should wear safety glasses. It’s imperative to review safety with your kids, especially with sparklers. They can cause serious injuries, so review rules about not sticking them near anyone’s face or clothing. All sparklers should be stuck in sand for 15 minutes after they go out, because they can still be very hot. Last, do not use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. One of the most dangerous injuries from fireworks are to the eyes. During my residency training in Birmingham, I saw an 8 year old child who was struck in the eye with a bottle rocket. The injury was so severe, he was transferred to the Eye Foundation hospital and admitted for several days receiving IV medication to reduce the inflammation. In the end, he lost an estimated 40% of vision in that eye. The firework in question was lit by his younger brother. In case you do have an eye injury, here are a few tips. Do not rub the eye or attempt to rinse it out. This can cause further damage to the eye. Don’t attempt

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to place any ointment or drops in the eye. These might affect a physician’s ability to examine the eye properly. If you have a child that really wants to rub or touch the eye, then you can place one half of a cup over the affected eye with tape to prevent any contact. And, get to the emergency room immediately. Any delay can be serious. If your child gets burned, it’s important to follow some rules. Place all burned areas underneath cool running water for at least five minutes. If you have burns on the hands or feet, elevate them above the level of the heart. Seek medical attention immediately if you see any blistering and/or severely damaged skin. If you have any burned clothing, do not remove it. If you do have blisters, do not rupture them as it increases the risk of infection. And lastly do not place butter or any antiseptic cream on the burns. Be careful, and if possible, leave the fireworks to your local city recreation department and call your doctor with any questions. Robert L. Rux, M.D. is a Board Certified Pediatrician at Magnolia Springs Pediatrics. Originally from Mobile, he attended medical school at The University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB) and completed residency at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama (UAB). He is married to Jaime and has three children, Adler, Walker and Mary McAtee.

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Austim Awareness at Daphne East

Blakely Walker (677 books), Kate Hampton (661 books), Goldie Tanner (463 books) are the top readers in Ms. Hollis’ annual READ-athon at Orange Beach Elementary School. The students read as many books as they could starting February 9 and ending April 19. The class read a total of 2,900 books.

Daphne East Elementary celebrates Autism Awareness in BIG ways during the month of April. We have several fundraisers and activities that we participate in as a school. In addition to our Change for Autism fundraiser, our teacher fundraiser of “Donate Green to Wear Blue”, and our Autism door contest, our 3-6th, grade students gathered at Trione Park for this aerial photo. Our Project Reach students will be able to enjoy an awesome addition or two to our sensory room! Close to $4,000 was raised!

Renaissance School Named Alabama Bicentennial School

Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore has been chosen as an Alabama Bicentennial School! In order for a school to be considered, the school had to submit a proposal that engages in community outreach and improvement projects to connect their classrooms with their local communities. These connections foster an appreciation for the vital role of civic engagement in the life and work of a strong community and state. Thank you Alabama Bicentennial for this incredible opportunity. Congratulations Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore! #AL200 #Alabama200

Mayor Wilson Visits Fairhope Middle School

Fairhope Middle School welcomed Mayor Karen Wilson for her annual visit with students. During the visit, she discussed with them how the City of Fairhope can better serve the young people in our community. Pictured, with Mayor Wilson, are the following students: Josie Howell, Johanna Mondragon-Olvera, Kennedy Adams, Hunter Ivy, Calvin Hughes, Olivia Mayr, Yasmin Harmon, Jackson McKenzie, Oriel Savage, and Charlie Ruiz.

FFA Selects New Officers at Baldwin County High School

The FFA Chapter at Baldwin County High School has selected its new officers for the 2018-2019 school year. They include, back row from left, Mary Elyse Allen, reporter; Nathan Rider, president; Caitlin Tisdale, secretary; Bryce Epperson, co-vice president; Nicholas Brown and Trivette James, Sentinel; Curtis Pritchett, treasurer; and, not pictured, Andrew Arnold, historian, and Zack Dumas, co-vice president. The new officers are joined by members of the Advisory Board including Michelle Haddock, Norleisha Lewis, David Lacey, Amy Doss and Clenon Williams. Eastern Shore Parents I June 2018

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SFHS Drama Performance of “Annie” a Hit with the Crowd!

Another absolutely fantastic performance in the books for Spanish Fort High’s Fine Arts Department and all the wonderfully talented students! They wrapped up the spring musical “Annie” on April 13th and were a raging success with both parents and students alike. It might have been a hard knock life, but the show turned out fantastic! Drama, band, choral, art, and engineering departments all contributed in this outstanding showcase!

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Spring Musicale at Westminster Village

Music students of Baldwin County Music Teachers Association members Daniel K. DeKonty and Eric Marrero performed for the residents of Westminster Village on April 14. The concert featured piano, along with guitar, and ukulele performances. From left: Hayden Roy, Camryn Roy and Ethan Kueck.

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Baldwin County Honors Administrative Professionals

Several north Baldwin schools honored some key personnel during a special Administrative Professionals Day luncheon. The event included members of the administrative staff as well as school administrators.

FMS Students Participate in All State Band

Fairhope Middle School is pleased to recognize students chosen to be a part of the Alabama All State Band. The students auditioned and were selected based on their musical skill and proficiency. They joined with other students from throughout the state, practicing and performing a concert. Pictured, from left to right, with FMS band teacher, Jennifer Salley, are: Zach Butler – placed 6thin the state on trombone; Zach Howell – placed 2nd in the state on bassoon; Mrs. Salley; Emily Kilgore – placed 2nd in the state on clarinet; and Reese Houck – placed 4th in the state on alto sax.

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Bayshore Students Receives Excellence in French Award

The American Association of Teacher of French (AATF) is pleased to announce that Bayshore Christian School Junior, Abigail Macaro, has received a 2018 AATF Excellence in French Award. This award is made annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. Recipients must be non-native speakers of French. Abigail has studied French for 2 years and is the student of Dr. Holly Pursley. She has traveled abroad and is a member of the French Club.

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St. Michael Soccer Player Chosen to Participate in All-Star Game

Congratulations to junior Chloe Walker for being selected one of the top junior soccer players in the state of Alabama, chosen to represent the South team in the North-South All-Star game this summer. Chloe is the first St. Michael athlete to be so honored.

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Newton School’s Spring into Art PTO Fundraiser

J. L. Newton School celebrated their annual Spring Into Art PTO fundraiser on May 3 at Oak Hollow Farms. Newton students created beautiful art to auction off along with many other fabulous items donated by Friends of Newton. A night of fun ensued with carnival games, face painting, a fabulous dinner, tug of war, a performance by J. L. Newton’s choir and band, a dance party and everyone’s favorite, the dunking booth! Pictured are Mrs. Cunningham and her family enjoying the beautiful evening.

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Bayside Academy Girls Tennis Team Wins 2018 AHSAA 1A-3A State Championship

Bayside Academy’s girls tennis team recently won the 2018 Alabama High School Athletic Association 1A-3A State Championship! The team scored 62 points, 13 points ahead of defending champion Montgomery Academy. The team finished in the top three in all individuals and doubles brackets. Individual state champions are Evelyn Prickett, O’Melia Macpherson and Mary Catherine Branyon, while Claire Prickett finished runner-up and both Mae Taul and Ellie Perry finished in third place. In doubles the Prickett sisters and the team of Macpherson and Perry both finished runner-up, while the team of Taul and Branyon finished third in their bracket. The team was led by head coach Darcey Puckett and assistant Chrissy Thompson.

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Robertsdale 2nd Graders Score Above District Average

These second grade "valedictorians" in Mrs. Lanette Randall's class are smiling for a huge reason. They scored higher than the district average on their Scantron reading tests. Congratulations for all of their hard work on this huge academic achievement!

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Homeschooler Wins Reading/Writing Contest

Faith Swanson won first place in the Letters About Literature contest. In April, she was honored at the Letters About Literature Awards Ceremony at the University of Alabama. She received a certificate and $100.00 Visa card. She read her winning letter at the ceremony. Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Faith wrote her winning letter to the author of “Little Women�, Louisa May Alcott. Faith is a home-schooled 4th grader who loves to read and write.

GSES K-Kids Assist PTO with Teacher Appreciation Week

Members of the Gulf Shores Elementary School K-Kids Club met at the school on Sunday, May 6 to start Teacher Appreciation Week off right by hanging posters throughout the school that featured individual photos and interesting information about each of the faculty and staff members at the school. The faculty and staff were sure to feel special when they got to school on Monday and saw the surprises of their personalized posters on display! Pictured are (front row, left to right) Ana Bathrick, Jeb Bathrick. (Back row, left to right) Mary Elizabeth Alford, Rayleigh Boesel, and Anna Grace Fields.

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Autauga County Schools Field Day at Christ the King Catholic

Christ the King Catholic School students enjoyed their Field Day on May 4! The day began with Mass followed by the annual Seminary Run to benefit the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Mobile. Mr. Crain presented a check to Director of Priestly Vocation, Fr. Victor Ingalls, for $1500 from our school.

Bayshore Christian Baseball Team Wins Championship

Congratulations to the Bayshore Christian School Baseball team who won the Panhandle Christian Conference Championship for the 2nd year in a row. The team had a fantastic season as they finished the regular season with a winning record. Additionally, the BCS Softball team went undefeated on the regular season, earning them a spot in the conference tournament. The team was named Panhandle Christian Conference Runners-Up.

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GSMS Student Scores 35 in Reading on ACT

Congratulations to Kaysheri Haffner, 7th grader at GSMS, for scoring a 35 in Reading on the ACT! She took the ACT as part of the DUKE TIP Talent Search Program. Less than 1% of those who take the ACT score a 35! This is an incredible accomplishment for this outstanding young lady. Kaysheri is pictured with Principal McCartney.

Lemonade Wars at Daphne East Elementary

It has become tradition over the last few years for Daphne East Elementary 4th graders to have Lemonade Wars with each other after reading the book “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies. Fourth grade involves the whole school! Students sold original lemonade, sunny orange, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and ice tea lemonade during each grade levels' snack time on Thursday, May 9 for 50 cents a cup. All the money raised ($1,500) was donated back to the school. A great time was had by EVERYONE! Pictured is Shaska Crabtree’s class.

St. Michael Catholic HS Honors Grandparents

On Monday, May 7th, St. Michael Catholic High School honored over 250 of our "extended Cardinals" with a Grandparents Breakfast! Our choir and band performed a couple of pieces, Sabe Fink spoke about being a grandmother and Emily Madson spoke about her relationship with her grandparents. After breakfast pictures were taken of the students/ grandparents together as they left the event!

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CKCS Enjoy Annual “When in Rome” Day

Christ the King Catholic School eighth graders brought Ancient Rome to life with the annual "When in Rome" day as the culminating activity for their history unit on the subject. Skits included a dining scene, a political scene, a school scene, a wedding, and entertainment: gladiator battles, man vs. beast and chariot races!

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Piggly Wiggly recently held a t-shirt design contest for Baldwin County students. Daphne Middle School had two winners! Pictured from left to right: Ebone Edwards, 4th place winner, Mrs. Sherry Bittinger, art teacher, and Kimmie Taylor, 3rd place winner. Both 8th grade students received a $25 gift certificate to the Original Oyster House!

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GSMS Student to Take Part in Envision’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference

This summer, Emilie Rattner from Gulf Shores will join outstanding middle school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and careeroriented development experience, Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference is one of the Envision family of programs (www. envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. Based on her academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential, Emilie was nominated by her 7th Grade Advanced Civics teacher at Gulf Shores Middle School to attend the conference. In addition to her academic successes, which also include selection to the National Junior Honor Society, Emilie is an avid writer and was recently appointed editor of the Gulf Shores Middle School Newspaper for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. In addition, she is a clarinet player with the school band and spearheads the community project Uniforms for Youth to provide school uniforms to families in need across Baldwin County. “The Junior National Young Leaders Conference is a great opportunity for high-achieving scholars to get outside the classroom and see, through hands-on interactive learning, how to innovate and think creatively,” said Andrew Potter, the Chief Academic Officer for Envision.

Summer Birthdays Celebrated at GSES

Who says you can’t celebrate your birthday a little early? Not Ms. Angie Austin’s class at Gulf Shores Elementary School! Recently, summer birthday students were treated to “Birthday Celebration Day” in their class for June, July and August! Pictured (l to r): Happy Birthday Ms. Austin, Dashlynn Duke, Carter Guynes, and Kai Wheeles.

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OBES Students Participate in Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the students at Orange Beach Elementary who participated in the Island Poetry contest and received awards! Also, a special thank you to the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Children’s Public Librarians who sponsored this contest. Pictured from left to right are Amy Maliska (Gulf Shores Librarian), Ellie McAleer, Luisa Salazar, Cassie Chenoweth (Orange Beach Librarian), Eibhlin Dutter, Molly Harvey, Ryan Moss (Principal OBES), and Lily Kate Logan.

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Daphne East 4th Quarter Crown of Character

The following 5th grade Daphne East Elementary students received the Junior Auxiliary of the Eastern Shore Crown of Character Award for the 4th quarter: (Front row left to right): Cameron Jones, Ava Schneider, Anna Grace Golfos, Owen Eiland, and Joshua Boxx. (Back row left to right): Jack Mullis, Windham Connell, Stanley Pan, Avery Leytham, Amya Guy, Kat Lockridge, Tristian Marshall and Macy Jackson (not pictured).

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BMES Inducts 2018 Junior National Honor Society

Bay Minette Elementary School inducted ten members into the 2018 Junior National Honor Society recently. The inductees have had all As for the fourth and fifth grades and are at the top of the fifth grade class. Baldwin County High School National Honor Society sponsor and science teacher, Judy Bridges, spoke to the students, parents, and faculty about the importance and value of education and good character. The outgoing members recited the five pillars of the JNHS and participated in the induction ceremony. The honor society will be active in many campus and community service projects next year. The BMES faculty sponsors are Heather Sims and Starla Sellers. Front Row: Malakhi McCants, Ella Lamey, Madeline Keith, Jada Gray, Luke Garrett. Middle Row: Amber Whitehurst, Allison Siggers, Gabrielle Riley, Jackson Paul, Ava Mondaca. Back Row: JNHS sponsor Heather Sims, Principal Laura Moore, NHS sponsor Judy Bridges, JNHS sponsor Starla Sellers.

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Robertsdale Elementary Values Leader in Me Initiative

Second grade students show off the school's new sign which demonstrates how much the school values the "Leader in Me" initiative. This process teaches students life skills revolving around Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."

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Orange Beach Elementary - Kiwanis Terrific Kid - May

PreK – 2nd: Front Row (left to right): William Haynes, Kollyns Curtis, Russell Hart, Daisy Tucker, Elli Mae Harris. Back Row (left to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Colton Price, Makinley Parker, Wyatt Page, Nathan Watson, Henry Thomas, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative)

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May Crowning at CKCS

Christ the King Catholic School students, faculty, parents, and friends gathered in procession around our campus block praying the Rosary and then filling the church with prayer and song for our May Crowning of Mary. During the month of May -- a month named for and dedicated to Mary -- Catholics around the world traditionally honor Our Blessed Mother with special devotional services like our May Crowning. Kelsey Brockner and Ella Thistlethwaite crown Mary on May 1.

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Spanish Fort HS Track Stars

Congrats to Latrell Holloway and Kaitlyn Cole in their accomplishments at the Baldwin County Championships! Latrell HollowayMost Outstanding Track Athlete and Kaitlyn Cole- Most Outstanding Girl Track Athlete.

GSES State Winner at Tech Fair

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BCHS Student Named Junior Firefighter of the Year

Hayden Peacock of Bay Minette was named the Junior Firefighter of the Year by the Baldwin County Fire Chiefs Association. Peacock is a junior member of the White House Fork Volunteer Fire Department. The presentation was made by Tony Lovell, President of the Fire Chiefs Association. Hayden was out fishing with his father, Jessie, on March 31 when a boater in distress call came. The two quickly joined the rescue and Hayden was instrumental in life-saving efforts that day. "He (Hayden) entered the water along other rescuers and performed some advanced level victim aid," wrote LT. Ryan B. Bennett. "He loaded one victim into his own boat and transported him to cut down the response time for White House Fork and Crossroads VFD members." Bennett said Hayden did not seemed phased by the trauma at the scene and continued to assist with towing and trailering the crashed boats, securing property and helping to manage the scene. "His actions and assistance were invaluable and were a credit to the fire service and the White House Fork VFD," Bennett wrote. "He functioned like a veteran first responder and it is astonishing to consider he is only 18-years old." Hayden is a member of the 2018 graduating class of Baldwin County High School.

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J.L. Newton Lunch Heroes

J. L. Newton’s cafeteria superheroes show off their letters of appreciation from Mrs. Norton’s Kindergarten class. The kindergartners were celebrating School Lunch Hero Day. Pictured from left to right: Mitch Barnard, Norvelle Sanders, Heather Boehman, Karla Bishop, and Lisa Cushman.

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Bayside Academy’s National Junior Honor Society Inducts Newest Members

Bayside’s National Junior Honor Society recently inducted its newest members. Seventh graders are as follows: Elle Brown, Samuel Carpenter, Blai CebrianClaramunt, Elizabeth Chen, Katie Clements, Trae Duncan, Kate Ginger, Lauren Godwin, Sarah Higginbotham, Joe Howell, Augusta Jones, Joey Jones, Ryan McCullough, Trey McKean, Beverley Milteer, Millison Mixon, Marlee Moore, Nicole Nager, Ty Postle, Leona Rindle. Eighth graders are as follows: Leo Backman, Patterson Branyon, Camille Buckner, Jackson DeLaney, Ethan Dull, Cole Komyati.

Dual Enrollment Bayshore Christian School

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J. L. Newton students enjoying the Mega-Party! Students with perfect attendance and qualifying coupon book sales were treated to snow cones and a great time enjoying the inflatable obstacle course! Fun times!

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BCHS Tiger Band Holds End-of-Year Banquet

The Baldwin County High School Tiger Band recently held its end-of-year banquet, featuring a celebration of the year's successes and the recognition of some outstanding students. BCHS Tiger Band presented numerous awards during its annual banquet. Among those receiving accolades included, (pictured) from left, Hector McMillan - Most improved, Brandon Simmons - Best Attitude, Noah Beaver - Most Outstanding Brass, Sarah Haskew - Most Outstanding Woodwind, Ethan Petis Most Outstanding Percussion. Pictured, right, Bethany Driggers, recipient of the Joe Riemer Scholarship, Destiny Miskel - recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award, Joseph Harville - recipient of the Wesley Rabun Memorial Award. Band captains: Captains for 2018-19 include Micah Barnes - Brass, Noah Beaver - Brass, Sarah Haskew, Woodwind, Adrian Track - Drum Major, Ethan Pettis - Drum Line, Jacob Burt - Woodwind, Holly Bates - Pitt. Band Officers: Jacob Burt is the newly-elected president of the Tiger Band and Brandon Simmons will serve as vice president. Band Boosters officers for 2018-2019 include Tina Haskew - Secretary, Susan Crane - Treasurer, Christine Stewart – president; and Donna Bates – vice president. Tigerette Awards presented included Brasia Banks and Blakeley Norris, Rookies of the Year; and Braedyn Newton, Most Outstanding Tigerette. Tiger Guard Rookie of the Year was Zoe Duncan and the Most Outstanding Tiger Guard went to Bethany Driggers. The new leadership team for the Tigerettes dance team includes Melanie Williams, Lieutenant; Anna Beth Denson and Ansley Smith, captains; and Nissi Jones, co-captain. Madelyn Lyons was tapped as the new captain for the Tiger Guard team.

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With the help of these two pairs of brothers, the St. Michael Cardinals won their spring football game against Elberta on Friday, May 19. Pictured are rising Freshman/ Senior brother pairs Micah and Luke Farrell and Benjamin and Garet Seibt.

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Fairhope Middle School Recognizes Duke Tip Honorees

A number of 7th grade students at Fairhope Middle School participated in the Duke Tip University Talent Recognition Program earlier this year. Of the students that qualified to participate, 11 students qualified for State Recognition. State Recognition recipients earned the award by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT test. Congratulations to the following State Recognition honorees: Copeland Bowman, Waylon Capps, Kelsey Cooper, Stephen Laraway, Blair Rudat, Jacob Schneekloth, Whieldon Smith, Charles Tickle, Ryder Wilkins, Morgyn Williams, and Emma Parker (not pictured). 35

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47 Presidential Awards at BMES!

Bay Minette Elementary School proudly announced forty-seven Presidential Award recipients at the final PTO meeting for the year in May. Students who maintained an A average in the fourth through sixth grades received the prestigious award. Front Row l-r: Cory Weaver, Payton Ball, Samantha Boykin, Kathryn Daniels, Casey Miller, Brasaia Coleman, Landen Walker, Adrianna Sprinkle. Middle Row l-r: Conner Cash, Alfonzo Griffin, Saylor Bryant, Brooke Godwin, Kinsey Seals, Cassidy Mason, Zoie Vernon, Alyssa Brothers, Cayden Griffith, Savannah Sellers, Katie Rieben, Callie Crane, Angelina Grubbs, Lyric Moreno, Jr. Robinson. Back Row l-r: Brynavious Faulkner, Daniel Austin, Jasmine McCants, Jayla West, Jada Brown, Lucy Satterfield, Marlee Wallace, Savannah Grace, Will Hodges, Lorna Hester, Lauren Donald, Bralynn Allen, Natalie Tingler, Alyssa Moorer, Ciera McReynolds, Rae’unna Mims, Krisley Richardson. Not Pictured: Kaydence Comalander, Chase Cardwell, Daylan Martin, Isabella Jones, Joel Wallace, Eli Emmons, Gavin Karras.

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Bayside Academy Scout Team Wins Their Division in ROV Competition

Bayside’s team of students in grades 5–8 won in their division (the beginner/scout level) against 12 other scout teams representing the Southeast in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Northern Gulf Coastal Regional ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition. A total of 22 teams participated in the competition. Events took place the first weekend in May at Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island and at Bishop State Community College in Mobile. Two teams of Bayside students participated: the scout-level team of 5th–8th graders and a ranger-level team of Upper School students who competed at the navigator level. Teams designed and constructed an ROV frame and driver and directed the ROV to complete various tasks representing real-world applications of ROVs in the ocean. Scout team members were as follows: 5th graders Molly Hughes, Skip Postle and Devon Shows; 6th graders Maxy Dunlap, Julia Hall, Jack Hicks, Michael Klimjack, Genevieve Magli and Jack Roussos; 8th graders Colin Dunlap, Cason Lane and Peyton Phillips. Ranger team members were sophomore Elsa Engeriser and senior Parker Watts.

Baldwin County Music Teachers Association Holds Piano Recital

The Baldwin County Music Teachers Association presented their senior piano students in a formal recital at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship on May 6. Representing the studios of Tammy Dennis, Laurie Gruenloh, Amy Morgan, Jeanne O'Connell and Vincentine Williams, the students were Ben Cockrell, Alabama School of Math and Science; Abby Kiernan, Fairhope High; Elizabeth Sebastian and Hayley Shaul, Daphne High; Emma Hunter and Adam Smith, Spanish Fort; Tanner Hess and Dylan Charnock, Homeschooled; and Sara Boyd, Bayside Academy. The program consisted of classical music from Bach to Poulenc with a couple of ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin. Each student performed several compositions in the program which was scheduled on the first day of National Music Week focused on celebrating music as the universal language. A display of scrapbooks and awards highlighted each student's musical accomplishments throughout the years and a reception in their honor followed the program.

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Bayside Academy Art Students Win Big in State Art Competitions

Three Bayside students were each awarded Overall Winner in the Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Achievement Program in late April: Ashley Suchan, junior, received Overall Winner and Best of High School, District 1, for her drawing, “Braids of Time,” Ford Taylor, senior, received Overall Winner for his painting, “It’s Not Rocket Science,” Hannah Wieland, freshman, received Overall Winner for her drawing, “Exotic Edibles.” In other art news, the following Bayside students placed in the Alabama Independent School Association State Art Show in late April: Elsie Hollingshead, kindergarten, Best of Show and 1st place, 3D arts/crafts in the K5–1st grade category, Wells Simmons, 2nd grade, 3rd place, collage/mixed media in the 2nd–3rd grade category, Lilly Duffy, freshman, 1st place, color drawing in the 7th–9th grade category, Hannah Wieland, freshman, 2nd place, non-color drawing in the 7th–9th grade category, Amalie Beard, junior, 2nd place, color drawing in the 10th–12th grade category.

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Baldwin County High School Graduation

Baldwin County High School held its graduation ceremony night at Lyle Underwood Stadium. They keynote speaker was Jon Rik Doggett, a retired Navy Seal and a 1995 graduate of Baldwin County High School. Pictured, Joel Kobitz makes his way to the podium to receive his diploma. The summa cum laude graduate is headed to Auburn University to major in chemical engineering.

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BAYSIDE GRADUATES ARE GOING PLACES! We are proud of our 2018 graduates! Nearly $4.2 million in scholarship money was offered to 86 percent of students in Bayside’s Class of 2018. Graduates will attend 25 schools in 11 states.

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Elementary and Middle Schoolers. At this age, kids love TV shows, games, movies, and online videos. They begin to explore more and hear about new shows and games from friends. Because they can access these things by themselves, it’s crucial to continue to supervise their activities and help them stick to your rules.

How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

Start with an endpoint. Use whatever tools you have -- your DVR, Netflix, OnDemand -- to pre-record shows, cue them up, or plan ahead to watch at a specific time. That way, one show won’t flow into the other, and you can avoid commercials. If your kids are into YouTube, search for age-appropriate videos, and add them to a playlist to watch later. Because most games don’t have built-in endings (and are, in fact, designed to make kids play as long as possible), set a timer or some other cue that says “time to stop.” Help them balance their day. Kids this age need guidance from you on a daily plan that includes a little bit of time for everything. And staying involved works. Kids whose parents make an effort to limit media use spend less time with media than their peers do, according to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study. Use the American Academy of Pediatrics’ worksheets to create a family media plan. Practice what you preach. It’s tempting to keep reaching for your phone to check email, texts, Facebook, or the news. But your kids will be the first to call you out for not “walking the talk.” Plus, they’ll pick up habits from you. Model the media behavior that you want your kids to emulate.

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or quit YouTube can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins. When it comes to screen time, every family will have different amounts of time that they think is “enough.” What’s important is giving it some thought, creating age-appropriate limits (with builtin flexibility for special circumstances), making media choices you’re comfortable with, and modeling responsible screen limits for your kids. Try these age-based guidelines to create screen rules that stick.

Preschoolers. There are lots of great TV shows, apps, games, and websites geared for this age. But too much time spent in front of a screen can interfere with activities that are essential for growing brains and bodies.

High Schoolers. You’ll have more success with teens if you explain the reasons why too much screen time is harmful. For example, social media may contribute to anxiety.

Go for quality and age-appropriateness. Not everything for preschoolers needs to be a so-called “brain-builder,” but there’s a difference between mindless and mindful entertainment. Our reviews can steer you toward titles that help preschoolers work on developmental skills like sharing, cooperation, and emotional intelligence. Sit with them, and enjoy the discovery process. There will always be moments when you need to rely on the TV or an app to distract your preschooler while you get something done. But as much as you can, enjoy media together. Little hands and developing brains really benefit from your company (and guidance!). Begin setting limits when kids are little. Habits get ingrained early, so try to establish clear screen-time rules when your kids are young. For games, apps, and websites, you may need to set a timer. For TV, just say “one show.” Eastern Shore Parents I June 2018

Help them make quality choices. You still have a say in what they see, hear, and play. Put in your two cents about the importance of quality shows, games, and movies. Crack down on multitasking. High school kids who’ve discovered texting, IM, Facebook, and music tend to do them all at once -- especially when they’re supposed to be doing mundane tasks like homework. But a University of Michigan study found that humans are terrible multitaskers and that the practice actually reduces the ability to concentrate and focus. Find ways to say “yes.” Look for movies they can watch. Find games you’re OK with. If your teens ask to see something you don’t approve of, help them find alternatives. 40

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Help Them Help Themselves Q. My parents have always been bad with money, and recently they lost their home to foreclosure. They found another place to live, and they both work, but since the foreclosure my dad has been asking me for money on a regular basis. He tries to make me feel guilty, and he calls or asks me to come over to talk about it when my mom isn’t home. He even asked for half of the bonus I received at work the other day. I know they need help, but I’m not sure what to do.

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manipulative right now. Put an end to these private meetings and phone calls once and for all. If he wants to talk, make sure he understands it will only happen with your mom in the room. Second, understand there’s nothing wrong with helping your folks get back on their feet. However, any financial help you give them should be temporary in nature, and it should be a gift. Don’t get involved in giving them money every month just because they raised you. That’s not how this works. When you permanently subsidize

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someone, you take away their dignity. You also change their status, and compromise their ability to stand on their own two feet. In return, you should let them know you expect them to work toward changing their financial behaviors with the help of a quality financial counselor — one with the heart of a teacher. It’s often difficult for parents to accept advice and suggestions from their own children, but it’s for their own good. Sit down with them, and gently let them know how much you care, and how much you want better, happier lives for them.

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Begin teaching your child the concept of money, including the values of coins, from the ages of 4 to 6. During this time keep it simple. Consider allowing your child to earn money to save in a piggy bank for small chores.

It’s all elementary

By the time your child is 7, an allowance can be extremely helpful in their learning about money and developing good habits. Familiarize your child with banking. Open a savings account so she can watch her money grow. Also, help set achievable goals, such as saving for a new toy or putting away for holiday gifts. Keep in mind, many banks charge service fees unless a minimum balance is kept, and frequent trips to the bank may be impossible. As an alternative, set up your own ‘family bank.’ Give your child a spare checkbook ledger or savings passbook. Then copy blank savings deposit and withdrawal slips from your bank for your child to use. Require him to fill out the slips and log transactions in the ledger. Also give your child monthly interest for his savings so he can experience the immediate reward of saving money.

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Designer clothing, entertainment, and car expenses are the biggest areas of teen spending. Some teens also put away for college. But few are prepared for the adult world, says developmental psychologist Nancy J. Cobb in Adolescence: Continuity, Change, and Diversity. That’s because most teens aren’t primed for the responsibility of paying for food, housing, and health care costs. Those teens involved with the family budget and who contribute to family expenses learn a valuable lesson. Opting to show teens the spending categories in which they have a direct impact on family expenses is helpful. Also, agreeing on a reasonable amount in which teens can contribute to help cover those expenses can go a long way toward preparing teens for adulthood. Whether teens contribute or not, their working hours should be limited to no more than 10 to 15 per week. According to Cobb, researchers have found adolescents who work, especially 20 or more hours per week, are not as engaged in school as their nonworking peers. Based on various studies, this shortchanges students in the long-term. If you restrict your

teens’ working hours to ensure success in school, it’s good to provide an increased allowance for clothing and personal needs. You can then help your teen to budget her money. Still, there are many ways teens can learn the value of money and develop good habits. In fact, limiting a teens’ funds may force them to be more selective and make wiser financial decisions.

Tips your kids can bank on

Help your child develop good saving and spending habits in the following ways. Allow your child to make some of her own spending decisions. Place reasonable limits. Then offer appropriate guidance while giving your child opportunities to learn from her mistakes. Don’t loan your child money every time he wants it. But do offer occasional opportunities for him to learn the costs of borrowing and the experience of repaying the loan. When deciding whether to loan money to your child and how much, consider the purpose of the loan, past repayment, and his ability to repay within a reasonable time. Charge interest on

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Develop a detailed household budget. Then explain it so your adolescent can see how your family spends and why. Discuss the different ways in which you save and invest your own money, and explain how these different plans work. Point out both the benefits and the risks.

loans so children learn the cost of borrowing. Realize, regardless of how financially savvy we raise our kids to be, borrowing does have its place. At the very least, it’s often necessary or practical for acquiring a college education, reliable transportation, and a home. These can be wise investments even when borrowing is necessary. Teach your child how to set financial goals. By the teen years, these may include those big ticket items just mentioned: saving for automobile expenses, college, a home, and other long-range plans. And don’t overlook the importance of short-term goals, which offer your kids a feeling of accomplishment and a boost in self-esteem. Require your child to put at least 10% of each paycheck, or allowance, into savings. It’ll be much easier to adhere to as

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an adult if practiced during childhood and teen years. Don’t be completely secretive about family finances. Children have few opportunities to see and experience the financial side of the adult world. This doesn’t mean you need, or even should, disclose everything. But it’s easier for kids to understand if they can see it in concrete terms.

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Try a computer program such as Family Bank by ParentWare to help your child track his allowance, expenses, loans, and more. It calculates interest for both savings and loans, allows children to write checks to their parents, creates graphs of their spending habits, and more. ESP Kimberly Blaker is the author of a kid’s STEM book, Horoscopes: Reality or Trickery? containing fun experiments to help kids understand the scientific method and develop critical thinking skills.

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Positively Prehistoric Playtime

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Long before kids discover the enormous catalog of creatures living on earth, most children cultivate an outsize appreciation for the rare and wonderful creatures that roamed the earth long before our time. The marvel of sloths the size of grizzly bears, visions of sharks that could swallow whales whole, the notion of an earth populated by dinosaurs of every size and shape - these creatures offer a vast imaginative landscape for kids to explore. In addition to feeding their fascination with animals from the ancient past, prehistoric-themed toys and games provide an educational avenue for kids to learn about the origins and history of life on earth. The following toys provide hours of prehistoric play that satisfies both the child with an appreciation for the giants of the past as well as the obsessive dinosaur aficionado!

by Gerry Paige Smith

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Ultimate Dino Dig (Discover with Dr. Cool)

The lives of dinosaurs remain an unfolding mystery. Evidence and clues that continue to emerge from our fossil record continuously evolve our understanding of prior millenia. Children who question what we know about dinosaurs soon discover that there are answers that remain hidden in the earth beneath our feet. Dr Cool’s Ultimate Dino Dig lets kids sample the thrill of paleontological sleuthing by excavating a block of matrix that hides a sample of dino poop, a fossil bone and tooth, as well as a replica T-Rex skeleton. Using the kit’s digging tools and magnifier, children carefully unearth the block’s secrets. The included activity book offers teacher-written dinosaur facts plus puzzles, mazes and and challenges that enhance the discovery experience. Offering young dino enthusiasts a real hands-on feel for paleontology, Ultimate Dino Dig is treasure hunter’s delight.

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While dinosaurs often feature unimaginable and exotic differences from known creatures on earth today, prehistoric mammals generate a different type of excitement in young explorers. Early mammals share some broad appearance with their descendants of today, but display some stunning differences that anchor them in the past. Kids recognize the shape of a modern elephant hiding in the DNA of the ancient Ambelodon and the woolly mammoth, observing the changes that have developed over time. These toys offer children an opportunity to investigate captivating distinctions between modern mammals and their early ancestors. From giant sloths to sabretooth cats, Safari Ltd. has a versatile selection of prehistoric mammals for kids building their own stable of these amazing animals. Crafted from lead-free and phthalate-free materials and hand painted, these durable figures transport kids into a time that’s positively prehistoric!

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One of the most distinctive dinosaurs to walk the earth 155 million years ago, the Stegosaurus with its fin-like back plates and spiked tail set it apart from the other massive marvels of the age. Stegosaurus is typically one of the first dinosaur types that very young children are able to identify. Brought to lovable life by Melissa & Doug, this plush replica of the giant Jurassic vegetarian is rendered with bright color contrasts, detailed design and super-sized soft contouring. Perfect for prehistoric pretend play, Melissa & Doug’s huggable plush Stegosaurus is a sweet beginning to a child’s life-long love affair with dinosaurs.

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Fossils, the stone remnants of organic materials, are some of the most important clues that teach us about the earliest life on earth. From shark teeth and plant impressions to fossilized shellfish and petrified poop, these rocky remains reveal a slice of life from millions of years ago. The Dancing Bear Fossil Sorting Kit comes with one hundred actual fossils from twenty different categories. Equipped with a detailed guide book, ID cards and illustrations, kids get first hand experience identifying fossil characteristics and learning how to classify their different forms. For the child who is fascinated by fossils, this hands-on activity is the real deal for prehistoric sleuthing!!

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Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 901 Daphne Avenue Daphne, 36526 Theme: “GodSquad: Special Agents in Action” Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Fun and engaging activities for participants of all ages become God’s Special Agents in Action by investigating the needs of their community! (251) 369-0330 lewis.mildred3@gmail.com www.macedoniabaptistchurch-daphne.com

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6847 Park Drive Daphne, 36526 Theme: Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On! Dates: June 18 22, 2018 Times: 8:30am - 12:15pm Ages: K5 - rising 6th grade in the Fall of 2018. Eastern Shore Baptist Church invites you to join us for VBS! The theme this year is LifeWay’s “Game On!” We look forward to learning how God empowers us to live lives that glorify Him! VBS is open to all participants who are rising K5 through rising 6th grade in the Fall of 2018. You can register online at our website. If you have any questions, please call Will Haynes. We can’t wait to see you June 18th! (251) 626-5550 will@myesbc.net www.myesbc.net

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300 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On! Dates: June 10 - 14, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:30pm Ages: K - 6th grade Our VBS Kick off will be Sunday evening from 4:30pm -7pm June 10th. Registration is available on our website. Be sure to call or check our website for traffic and parking information the week of VBS. Our church will be in a construction zone during that time. Please call the church office for questions. (251) 928-8685 knelson@fbcfairhope.org www.fbcfairhope.org Eastern Shore Parents I June 2018

120 West 2nd Street Bay Minette, 36507 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 8:30am 12:00pm Ages: 4 – 12 years Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. (251) 937-8303 annalauracolbert@gmail.com www.fumcbayminette.org

Daphne Ascension Lutheran Church

8888 County Road 64 Daphne, 36526 Theme: Splash Canyon Dates: June 11 - 14, 2018 Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Ages: 3 years - rising 6th grade Learn more about God’s promises, how God saves us through Jesus, and how Jesus gives us life and hope everyday! Join us for lively music, fun crafts, food, and fellowship! (251) 626-7500 or (251) 929-0600 ctellman@gmail.com www.ourdaphnechurch.org

Christ Presbyterian Church

8450 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Theme: Paul and the Early Church Dates: June 3 - 7, 2018 Times: 5:30pm - 8:00pm Ages: K4 - 5th grade Light supper served at 5:30pm and VBS activities will be from 6pm - 8pm. (251) 621-9444 christchurchdaphne@gmail.com www.cpcdaphne.com

Jubilee Baptist Church

9264 Pleasant Road Daphne, 36526 Theme: Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On! Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 5:15pm - 8:30pm Ages: 3 years to 5th grade We’re gearing up for life’s big game! Please join us!

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28788 North Main Street Daphne, 36526 Theme: Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity Dates: July 16 - 19, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:00pm Ages: 3 years and up Learn how Daniel and his friends were torn from home and forced into the king’s service but kept their Faith in the Lord! We’ll explore sights and smells in a Babylonian Bazaar! Middle and High School students are invited to help with Music, Art and Drama performances during VBS. A special MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Prep program will be offered July 9th, 11th and 12th for participants. (251) 626-2421 ea.fst@hotmail.com www.stpaulseasternshore.com

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: MAD (Music & Arts VBS Drama Prep)

28788 North Main Street Daphne, 36526 Theme: MAD: Music, Art, Drama Prep for St. Paul’s VBS Dates: July 9, 11 & 12, 2018 Times: 9:00am -12:00pm Ages: Middle and High School ages This is a 3 day prep camp for Middle and High School teens who would like to help with Music, Art and Drama performances during VBS at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The VBS program will run July 16th - 19th from 9am - 12pm. (251) 626-2421 ea.fst@hotmail.com www.stpaulseasternshore.com

Fairhope Barnwell Baptist Church

7780 US Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 8:30am - 11:30am Ages: K - 5th grade A commencement service will be Friday evening at 6pm. For registration please contact Robyn Cohron. (251) 928-8286 cohronpmc@aol.com www.barnwellbaptist.org

Celebration Church

8180 Dyer Road Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Summer Surge Dates: July 16 - 18, 2018 Times: 9 am to 12 pm Ages: K - rising 6th graders Registration is available online at our website or each morning during drop off at 8:30am. (251) 928-0343 www.fairhopechurch.com

Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church

23050 U.S. Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future! Dates: June 4 - 7, 2018 Times: 8:30am - 11:30 am Ages: K5 - 6th grade Get ready to launch into hyperdrive at Time Lab, where we’ll have a blast uncovering the truth about Jesus through his word. You won’t want to miss a nanosecond of the fun, so set your watches and make plans to join us at Time Lab! (251) 210-1226 adavey@easternshorepca.org www.easternshorepca.org

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155 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 Times: 8:45am - 12:15pm Ages: On site for 3-4 year olds and rising Kindergarten; 1st - 6th grade will go off site for mission work. The 2018 VBS Theme for VBS will be “Shipwrecked: Rescued for Jesus” Preschool Program: 3 & 4 year olds of on-site volunteers and rising K; Elementary Program: rising 1st – rising 6th graders (6th graders go off site to do mission work); Nursery Program: for on-site volunteers only (must have an older child in preschool or elementary program; space limited). Online Registration will open May 6th. (251) 928-1148 michelle.graham@fairhopeumc.org www.fairhopeumc.org

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Tuesday through Friday, July 31-August 3, 2018. We will have a children’s camp/retreat feel centered around nature and playing outside, with messages communicated through campfire skits and small groups. Our program will also offer free dinner at 5pm for participants and their families. Please call the church office for questions. (251) 928-9133 donaldfurlong@gmail.com www.jubileeshores.net

St. Lawrence Catholic Parish

370 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Prayer Safari Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:15pm Ages: Rising K - 6th grade. Early Bird Registration Discount ends April 11, 2018. Registration Deadline is May 11, 2018. The Bible-setting transports children (and adults!) into the past, allowing them to imagine what it would have been like to live when Jesus did. Activities include: Crafts, Snacks, Sing & Play, Outdoor Games, Trivia Games, & Learning Stations. (251) 928-5931 family@stlawrencefairhope.com www.stlawrencefairhope.com

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First Baptist Church of Foley

221 North Alston Street Foley, 36535 Theme: Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On!

Grace Fellowship, PCA

1740 South Juniper Street Foley, 36535 Theme: Son Quest Rainforest Dates: June 25 - 29, 2018 Times: 5:00pm 7:00pm Ages: Rising K-4 – 5th grade (251) 975-8378 sarah.thornbury@gmail.com www.gracefellowship-pca.com

Gulf Shores First Baptist Gulf Shores

545 South Mobile Street Fairhope, 36532 Theme: Galilee by the Sea “Catch Jesus in Action” Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: K4 - 5th grade (251) 928-2524 tpccarrys@gmail.com www.tpcfairhope.org

Foley

Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:00pm Ages: K - 6th grade Grab your pom poms, lace up your cleats, and tune up your horn. It’s time to gear up for life’s big game! This summer we will learn to rely on God’s strength. He’s given us His complete Word as the ultimate playbook. He wants us to join the team & train hard. Children will have the opportunity to participate in rec, music, crafts, & missions. We will also have a Pep Rally on Wednesday evening from 6pm - 8pm. (251) 943-8352 tspradlin@fbcfoley.com www.fbcfoley.com

2200 West 1st Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 4 - 7, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: Pre-K - 7th grade Children will have the opportunity to experience fun games, interactive worship, creative lessons, and even science experiments as they learn how God will rescue them in the midst of life’s storms. A special time will also be Wednesday evening program from 5:30pm - 8:15pm for children in VBS. A Preteen Extreme program is offered for 6th and 7th grade. Please visit our website to register. (251) 968-7369 plee4351@gmail.com www.fbcgulf.com/vbs-2018

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Gulf Shores First Presbyterian Church

301 East 21st Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Theme: Peace Lab Dates: July 22 - 26, 2018 Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Ages: 4 years - 10 years Please contact Barbara White for information coming soon, (251) 968-5019. Dinner wil be served each evening at 5:30pm prior to beginning activities. Please call or email for registration information. (251) 968-7720 krsmithal@msn.com www.firstpresbyterianchurchgulfshores.org

Gulf Shores United Methodist Church

1900 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 Theme: Rolling River Rampage Dates: June 11 - 14, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: 4 years (by Sept 1st) - rising 6th grade Experience a ride of a lifetime with God! Kids will become rafters & explore how to serve God & His mission for their lives. Register online at www. gulfshoresumc.org/vbs. (251) 968-2411 lee@gulfshoresumc.org www.gulfshoresumc.org

Loxley

First Baptist Church Loxley

1050 North Alabama Street Loxley, 36551 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 6:00pm 8:30pm Ages: Completed Kindergarten - 6th grade Families are invited for a special Family Night on June 22. This will be a time for the entire family to experience VBS together! Fun, Food, and Fellowship begins at 6:00pm. (251) 964-5261 fbcloxleychildren@gmail.com www.fbcloxley.com

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First Baptist Church, Spanish Fort

8353 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Theme: VBS Old School Dates: June 11 -15, 2018 Times: 8:00am 11:00am Ages: Completed K - 6th grade (251) 626-3070 firstbaptistosf@bellsouth.net

28751 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:30pm Ages: Open to ages 3 years (potty trained) - rising 5th grade. Online registration is available at www.orangebeachumc.org. For more information contact Paul Hopper at PHopper@OrangeBeachUMC.org or call the church office. (251) 981-6751 oboffice@orangebeachumc.org www.orangebeachumc.org

New Life Assembly of God Church

10424 Highway 31 Spanish Fort, 36527 Theme: Kids Krusades Dates: July 29 - 31, 2018 Times: 6:30pm - 8:00pm Ages: 4 - 12 years New Life Kids Krusade a fun, high energy, spiritual time for kids to learn about God in a super way using puppets, blacklights, songs, games,and object lessons. Food will be provided each night along with inflatables to enjoy after the service. No preregistration required. Just come join us! (251) 656-3535 Ferronsmith@hotmail.com newlifeagspanishfort.com

Robertsdale First Baptist Church, Robertsdale

18200 Highway 104 Robertsdale, 36567 Theme: Camp 318 Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 2:30pm Ages: K- 5th grade Please visit our Facebook page ‘Camp 318 Robertsdale FBC’ for the link to registration. Registration will begin May 3rd. Camp 318 will cost $20 and includes a t-shirt and supplies. Campers will need a peanut free lunch, snack and drink for each day. (251) 947-4362 office@firstrobertsdale.com www.firstrobertsdale.com

Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church

6620 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Theme: Galactic Starveyors - Discovering the God of the Universe Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 Times: 8:30am - 12:00pm Ages: Rising K - 5th grade (completed). (251) 626-1242 karen@spanishfortpc.com www.spanishfortpresbyterian.com

Rosinton United Methodist Church

26011 Baldwin Beach Express Robertsdale, 36567 Theme: Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On! Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Ages: K - 6th grade We will offer a fun week of exciting sports! Please contact the church office for registration information. (251) 964-5988 rosintonumc@gmail.com www.rosintonumc.net/

Spanish Fort United Methodist Church

Highway 31 at Hwy 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Times: 8:45am - 12:15pm Ages: 4 years (by Sept 1st) - 5th grade. (251) 626-1334 jrobertson@spanishfortumc.org www.spanishfortumc.org ESP

at Eastern Shore Baptist Church June 18-22 from 8:30 a.m. -12 noon Learn how God empowers us to live lives that glorify Him! Register online today at myesbc.net Questions? Call Will Haynes at 251-626-5550.

Everyone K5 through rising 6th grade is invited!

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Who says summer can’t be just as educational and fun as school? Customizing a vacation schedule for each child in the family is an eye-opening adventure in and of itself. If you want a peaceful, happy summer, help your kids stretch their wings beyond the usual, school-year routine. Transform your kids’ summer into weeks of entertaining growth by thoughtfully scheduling activities they will love and appreciate. When it comes to stringing together local experiences, imagine the beads that would go on a charm bracelet for each of your kids. Which beads best represent your child’s interests? A soccer ball, a book and pair of hiking boots? Or perhaps a fairy wand, ballet slippers and a teacup? No matter what the collection of interests, gather up some regional guides, hop online, and ask friends what they have planned for their kids. You are going on a summer activity hunt and you don’t want to miss out on any of your options.

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Take a customized approach to summer fun and meet the needs of your kids locally. You can find day camps, classes, workshops and activities in your area that will keep smiles on your kids’ faces all summer long.

Ink Year-round Commitments. You may already have school-year activities that extend into summer like scouting or 4-H. Be sure to get these commitments on your child’s schedule first, so you don’t inadvertently overbook. If your child participates in a sport or another competitive activity, training camps may be required during summer. These can be enriching because kids who train over the summer often rejoin their teams playing at a higher level than the prior season.

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Ask For Referrals. Chances are good that parents who have lived in your area for several years have the scoop on the best day camps and summer programs. Poll your friends individually or post a question on social media to gather information. Specify each child’s interests to draw the most relevant recommendations, then hand pick a summer plan to delight each child. Don’t send the funloving child who longs for improv classes to the same activities as the serious sibling who adores long games of chess. They can swap adventures on the car-ride home, but make sure their activities reflect their passions. Don’t Overlook Summer School.

Generally speaking, if your child needs a leg-up on academics during the school year, summer school is a smart choice. Since the summer before high school, we have signed our daughter up to take a wellness course in the summer. Getting a jump on pre-requisites allows her to take an extra art elective during the school year, which provides a welcome break during an intense school day. Ask your child’s school counselor if taking summer school courses might benefit your child’s schedule next year. Some districts allow online learning or swapping summer athletic training to fulfill physical education requirements.

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guides they may offer. Also check towns near where you live to see if they offer programs that may interest your child. By driving one town over, we found a community theater production our daughter can participate in inexpensively each summer. Now that’s worth a ten-minute drive.

Consider Your Child’s Needs.

Sometimes a kid-centric focus is part of an activity’s allure. But if you know your child flourishes in a structured environment with adult leadership, trust your instincts. Be mindful of how much structure and supervision each offering includes. Some kids are more self-motivated than others. Consider scaffolding more leadership into your child’s summer experiences over time. If your child is reticent about trying new activities, see if school friends would like to try a new activity together. Kids of working parents often appreciate an opportunity to participate in summer programming, if you can pick up most of the driving.

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want your child to benefit from the experience of trying a new experience without school friends. So go ahead and enroll in activities where enthusiasm for the topic will trump any first-day butterflies. Do not cave to peer pressure if all of the other kids are doing an activity that is not a good match for your child. If the program focus isn’t a good fit, the experience isn’t going to be enriching no matter how many friends are in attendance. Make timely, age-appropriate choices for your children, and when religion is an activity focus, make sure it fits with your family’s values.

Don’t Overlook A Summer Reading Challenge. If your child

has a busy summer schedule, you might be concerned about enough down time. Signing your child up for a summer reading challenge at the beginning of summer is a great way to build downtime into any schedule. On busy days, reading will provide a welcome reprieve from social activity. And on lazy days, having a daily book-reading commitment can get an unscheduled day off to a good start. ESP

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23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Join us each Thursday from 6pm - 9pm, and be transported under the big top with a circus-themed night! Talent and entertainment will include aerial artists, stilt walkers, fire acts and magicians. Admission is FREE with various activities ranging in price from $5 - $10. Check out our online calendar for weekly updates. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

Dancin’ in the Street ad on page 3

23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Join us every Friday and Saturday night from 7pm - 10pm for free DJ entertainment complete with games, prizes and appearances from mascots Finn and Starla. (251) 224-1000

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Fast Eddie’s ad on page 13

505 West Michigan Avenue Pensacola, 32505 Fast Eddies Fun Center is filled with entertainment for the whole family. Locally owned and operated, Fast Eddies offers over 3 acres of pure fun. Enjoy racing against your friends and family on one of our 4 unique go-kart tracks where there’s sure to be a track to suit all ages. Play a round of Mini-golf featuring a tropical Gulf Coast theme. Cool down with a game at the Water Wars water balloon game where you may get sprinkled, sprayed or saturated! Our state-of-the-art game room has a variety of the latest games. Take a swing at our Strike Zone Batting Cages. Our snack bar features a host of tasty treats while sitting in our air conditioned dining room watching the action on the tracks. 850-433-7735 info@fasteddiesfuncenter.com www.fasteddiesfuncenter.com

Ferris Wheel & Mini Golf at The Wharf ad on page 3

23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Wharf is home to one of the largest ferris wheels in the Southeast standing over 112 feet tall. Come see the fresh “facelift” it received over winter break and enjoy the new LED lighting effects. The ferris wheel is $5.00 per ride (3 years and under are Free). Play a few rounds at our 18-hole Mini Golf Course. Be prepared “fore” a swinging good time! Mini golf is $7 per person (4 years and under are Free). (251) 224-1000

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1501 S. OWA Boulevard Foley, 36535 OWA is a world-class entertainment destination located just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches that is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians The name OWA, which translates to “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language, was inspired by the 14-acre lake at the center of this unique development. Stay close to the action with OWA’s 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites. The Park at OWA amusement park features more than 20 rides, in-park dining, and a variety of midway games. Enjoy retail and dining amenities admission-free in Downtown OWA.

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Pepsi Pirate Party with SPECTRA ad on page 3

23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Enjoy the pirate-themed SPECTRA Sound and Light Spectacular on Sunday evenings at 8:30pm and 9:00pm with amped up interactive elements, bubble machines and prizes courtesy of the good folks at Pepsi. (251) 224-1000

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23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 As part of our So.Much.Summer celebration, each Tuesday night from 5:30pm – 8:30pm will be catered to the kids. Face painting, prizes, games, music, a hula-hoop performer, bouncy house and water slide will line Palm Plaza for all the occasions. Come dressed in character for our special themed nights

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23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Every Monday evening throughout the summer, fireworks will spark up the skies over The Wharf thanks to various tenant sponsorships. This high velocity show is a truly immersive experience; so make sure to find a spot on Main Street for the perfect vantage point. The show begins at 8:45pm. No fee! (251) 224-1000

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Spectra Light Show ad on page 3

23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 SPECTRA: The Wharf’s Sound and Light Spectacular incorporates sophisticated choreographed lighting effects with popular, surround sound music delivering a truly unique entertainment experience unlike anything else. Main Street is transformed into a magical stage where the palm trees are energized with life and become the stars of the show. Free shows take place on Main Street every night at 8:30pm and 9:00pm. (251) 224-1000

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Waterville USA ad on page 14

906 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 Join the family fun at Waterville with the Waterpark, Flowrider, Mini Golf, Bounce House, Go-Karts, Arcade, Rollercoaster and much more! The Waterpark opens May 19th for the summer season and will open daily starting May 26, 2018. (251) 948-2106 wville2@gulftel.com www.watervilleusa.com

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and be ready to play! Admission is FREE with various activities ranging in price from $5 - $10. Check out our online calendar for weekly updates.

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Weeks Bay Plantation Blueberry Farm ad on page 42

12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation offers tasty organic blueberries for you to pick! Throughout the year we host a Harvest Night Series, live music events, seasonal celebrations, farm-to-table events and more! Come see us at the farm and teach your kids the importance of fresh foods and health eating. Weeks Bay also offers locations for Weddings, Corporate/Non-Profit gatherings, and Field Trips. Want to spend a night, a weekend or even longer with us out on the farm? Check out our three Air BnB properties located right on our plantation grounds! (251) 279-8745 info@weeksbayplantation.com www.weeksbayplantation.com

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year from 9am - 4pm except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Each Wednesday, different Wharf tenants will have discounts including an ongoing package for a round of mini golf for $1 when you purchase a Ferris wheel ride. The deal of the day will be announced each Wednesday morning. Check out The Wharf official Facebook page or online calendar for announcement of weekly offers. (251) 224-1000

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Adventure Island

24559 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, 36561 Adventure Island features rides and thrills for the entire family. Ride go-karts, bumper boats, play laser tag, adventure golf, arcade games and paddle-boat rides. Kiddie rides available. Open year round. Please call for specific daily hours and rates. (251) 974-1500 info@adventure-island.com www.adventure-island.com

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 600 exotic animals including lions, tigers, macaws, reptiles, kangaroos, lemurs, sloths to name just a few. The Zoo features a petting zoo, seasonal animal encounters, a mining sluice and interactive animal shows during the spring and summer. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors 55+, $8 for kids 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is open every day of the

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Alligator Alley

19950 Highway 71 Summerdale, 36580 See over 450 alligators from hatchlings to adults, relaxing, sunbathing, courting and nesting. Come

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during feeding times and you can see the feeding crew walk right out to the alligators to feed them! After a breathtaking view, continue your adventure with a nature walk on the elevated boardwalk and see alligators in their natural habitat along with other natural inhabitants such as turtles, ospreys, owls and bullfrogs. We also display other amphibians, reptiles, and rare species in our gift shop. Open 7 Days a Week from 10am - 5pm. Feedings at 11am; 1pm and 4pm. Children ages 3 and under – Free; Children 4-12 years - $10(+tax); Adults $12(+tax); Seniors ages 65 or older - $10(+tax). Alligator food (chow) is $4(+tax). Ask for our pricing for field trips, groups and birthday parties. (866) 994-2867 or (251) 946-2483 info@gatoralleyfarm.com gatoralleyfarm.com

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1664 Venable Road Hope Hull , 36043 Drive through our safari park in your vehicle and feed the animals through your windows! But don’t be in a hurry, the animals often block your path or lay flat-out in the sun! Spend an hour, or stay the day. Your paid admission grants access to the Safari Drive-Thru and petting area for the entire day. Just present your receipt to re-enter the park. The park will be open daily from 9am - 5pm with the last admission at 4pm. (334) 288-2105

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by for breakfast, lunch or just relax and let the kids play! (251) 621-9555 (Ext.535) info@coastalchurch.tv www.coastalchurch.tv/cafe

Eastern Shore Ice Skating Rink

30500 State Highway 181 Spanish Fort, 36527 Located between California Dreaming and Half Shell. Summer hours are Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Skate rental is $7. Weather and other exceptions may affect these hours. Group reservations available.

Spanish Fort Town Center Park & Splash Pad

29000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Town Center Park features a number of amenities for public use, including: a pavilion area, splash pad, state-of-the-art playground, horseshoe pits, bike racks, restroom facilities, sunburst fountain pond, and a fitness area. In addition, the park will serve as a host site for signature community events at Spanish Fort Town Center. Splash Pad is open 8 am to 8 pm. Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset.

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Mobile 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 safe foam-tipped arrows at opposing team members on the field. It’s paintball without the pain! The equipment is completely mobile so we come to you. Players do not need prior archery skills; it’s simple, safe and fun for all ages! Enjoy with friends, family or colleagues at work. We come to you for private parties, church groups, scout groups, fairs, festivals, corporate team-building events and especially birthday parties. The minimum age limit is 10 years old.

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11101 County Road 64 Daphne, 36526 Come see us at Coastal Park and Cafe! Enjoy delicious breakfast & lunch items available at the cafe, watch the kids play in the splash pad or at our many other play areas. We have 2 playgrounds, 2 NBA size basketball courts, a walking trail, baseball field, large open comfy porch and of course the Splash Pad! Cafe hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm and Splash Pad hours are Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4pm.(weather permitting) Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for private parties and events. Please note that a request must be made at least 2 weeks before the date of your event and request forms are available on our website. Come

4700 Main St (Unit G-114) Orange Beach, 36561 The most unique zipline course in the US is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach. It features 9 zips through The Wharf entertainment district, the intracoastal waterway with beautiful views of our Back Bay Ecosystem and a blackgum tree wetland with tree based observation platforms and rope bridges. Participants must be a minimum of 65 pounds and a maximum of 260 pounds and must be at least eight years of age. Open 7 days a week. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day. (251) 948-9494 info@gulfadventurecenter.com www.gulfadventurecenter.com

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3201 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 Pirate’s Island offers a unique “Adventure Golf” experience for ages 3 to 93. Begin your themed adventure at our seaside village and depart along the shores of the tidal lagoon. Continue through the caves where pirates buried their booty and explore the mountain to view a panorama of our entire pirate adventure. Extraordinary landscapes, waterfalls, streams and bridges await, as you stroll through this themed setting. Join us for an experience the entire family can enjoy. (251) 968-4653 pigulfshores@me.com www.piratesislandgolf.com

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25625 Water Rapids Road Robertsdale, 36567 Styx River Tube and Canoe Rental offers complete round trip services for your float trip enjoyment. Your trip will end back at your car. The winding slow current and crystal clear water takes you through primitive rural landscapes and has ideal fishing, swimming and picnic areas. Styx River Tube & Canoe Rental is open 7 days a week from Easter till Labor Day. No reservations required. The Canoe trip and the Day Tube trip both launch from a private landing owned by Styx River Canoe and Tube Rental. Canoe trip takes approximately 1.5 hours without stops. The Tubing trips are approximately 3-4 hours. www.floatstyx.com

The Factory of Gulf Shores

18948 Oak Road West Gulf Shores, 36542 The Factory is a place where young and old alike can experience the 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. Summer Hours are Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm; Friday 11am - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm and Sunday 11am - 9pm. (251) 202-0900 info@thefactorygulfshores.com www.thefactorygulfshores.com

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The Track

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 The Track is your Family Fun and Recreation Center in Gulf Shores, Alabama! Go Karts, Bumper Rides, Mini Golf, Thrill Rides and More! Go-Karts, Mini-Golf, Bumper Rides, and lots of family fun! Summer hours; Open 7 days a week from 10am - 10pm. Visit our website for tickets and package pricing. Group and party packages available. Like us on Facebook for coupons and discounts. (251) 270-0209 gulfshores@funatthetrack.com www.gulfshorestrack.com

Tiki’s Bike Rental and Mini Golf

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 Bike rentals for individuals, groups, adults and kids! (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) Hourly, daily and weekly bike rental options available. Colorful animal statues decorate our miniature golf course just steps from the Gulf Coast Zoo. Visit us on Facebook. (251) 240-0506 tikisbikeshack@yahoo.com www.tikisbikeshack.com

Wales West

13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Wales West Light Railway and RV resort offers a unique family Summer Fun experience! Come and enjoy our Water Slide, Waterfall, fresh lake Sandy Beach, Swimming, Fishing, shady Deck overlooking lake, Indoor Pool, Playground, Bounce House, and Train Rides at 2 and 4 PM. Shaved Ice and Floats available at Train Station Café. Open daily,

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9 to 5 pm. Day Pass: $14.95 plus tax, 2 and under Free. Train Rides Exclusively: $8 Big Diesel, $3 Mini Train. (888) 569-5337 or (251) 232-2322 enquiries@ waleswest.com www.waleswest.com

X-Treme Paintball

900-A Schillinger Road South Mobile, 36695 We offer open play and private groups. Xtreme Paintball has over 25 years of experience in hosting fun and safe paintball games for the Mobile area. Our minimum age for play is 10 years old, and everyone must have a waiver on file to participate. Rental equipment, 500 paintballs, and taxes included is $35/person for walk on play. Groups start with a minimum of 6 people at $32/ player. (251) 639-0399

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Arts & Crafts Eastern Shore Art Center ad on page 45

401 Oak Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Families are encouraged to walk through our exhibits, Gift Shop, sneak a peek at the Studios, and bring your sketchbooks when inspired!! Summer days are always well spent sketching under our Gazebo outside as well! Open to the public Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Summer camps begin the week of June 4, 2018. For more information please

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Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes ad on page 27

335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. (251) 928-1720 info@fantasyislandtoys.com www.fantasyislandtoys.com

Coastal Arts Center

26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Coastal Arts Center offers classes, workshops, and camps to artists of all ages and all skill levels. Call, email or visit our website for a detailed list of activities offered. Sign up for our newsletter to catch upcoming program information. (251) 981-2787 artcenter@cityoforangebeach.com www.coastalartscenter.com

Home Depot

7100 Highway 90 Daphne, 36526 Home Depot offers free workshops for children AND adults the first Saturday of every month from 9am - 12pm. For project details, dates and times visit our website and use the tabs to view Do-It-

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Michael’s

10200 Eastern Shore Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 Lots of fun in-store craft events and classes for kids and adults. See a store associate to join the fun! Visit our website for kids programs under the events tab. Lots of crafts, fun and even birthday party themes to choose from. Store hours are Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm. Sunday 10am - 7pm. (251) 621-2686

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The Painting Parrot

28600 US Highway 98 (Suite C) Daphne, 36526 The Painting Parrot is a pottery painting studio where you can kick back, relax and get your creativity on! Bring the family to make a one-of-a-kind keepsake, take part in one of our pottery wheel classes, weekly Tipsy Toucan canvas classes or call the babysitter and have Girl’s Night Out or Date Night! Call or email to sign up for a class or book an event. Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm. (251)264-2314 Robm1490@gmail.com www.thepaintingparrot.com

Bowling /Skating / Movies / Arcades and Indoor Fun

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177 Baldwin Square Fairhope, 36532 The Ultimate Laser Tag can now be experienced in Baldwin County! Featuring the latest technology in laser tag gaming. We feature the ONLY Virtual Reality Arcade in the area, as well as a traditional arcade and a canteen for a refreshing drink or snack. We provide birthday parties, team-building and fun(d)raisers. (251) 517-7929 dan@anewbrandoffun.com www.anewbrandoffun.com/

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Arena-The Next Level Laser Tag/ Bazookaball

4776 Main Street Orange Beach, 36561 Visit us for great entertainment for all ages, and perfect for birthday parties, civic outings, and family vacations. We offer Laser Tag and Bazookaball for all ages.

Breakout Orange Beach

155 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 FUMC Christian Life Center offers a variety of sports activities Monday-Saturday including youth and adult sports, camps, basketball, pickle ball, volleyball, outdoor excursions, family running, Tai Chi Stretching, family fun nights, and much. Open to the Public! (251) 928-1148

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Fairhope United Methodist Church ad on page 63

151 Van Buren Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Opening July 2018! We are a new children’s museum offering a 9000 square foot educational play center, part time preschool and full service party venue offering special events and field trips, and a cafe! We will have special sensory play days catering to our autistic community!

4776 Main Street Orange Beach, 36561 You have one goal: escape the room in under 1 hour. Your group must work together to solve puzzles, crack codes and find hidden items in order to escape! Each game is a real life escape room adventure for small groups of friends, family, or coworkers. Take team building to a whole new level! (251) 929-8330 info@breakoutgames.com www.breakoutgames.com/orange-beach

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Eastern Shore Lanes

10460 Eastern Shore Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 Children love to bowl! Register your kid(s) for our Free Summer Bowling Program! We have several great youth activities to choose from; Bowling, Laser Tag, Escape Room Game, Arcade games, a high ropes course, birthday parties and Dusty’s Sports Bar & Grill. (251) 625-3400

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Fat Daddy’s Arcade

24565 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, 36561 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 and event schedules. (251) 980-1050

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Gulf Coast Exploreum

65 Government Street Mobile, 36604 8,500-square-foot, hands-on discovery playground with IMAX theatre where learning about science and nature is nothing but fun for children and adults of all ages! The Exploreum also offers amazing Summer Science Camps! Week-long camps are hands-on, age-appropriate with make-and-take activities. (251) 208-6873

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Hot Wheels Skate Center

616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Hot Wheels offers roller skating, birthday parties, private parties, after school care, day camps in summer and on holidays. We also have full service

concessions, arcade games, pro-shop and Free Wifi. Make sure to register your kids for the Summer Skating Program at www.kidsskatefree.com and get FREE skating Passes! Skate schedules and pricing are listed on our website and Facebook page.

Guests may also go head-to-head in our state-ofthe-art arcade or sit down for a meal at the Urban Cafe. JUMPEROO Program for ages 5 & under Coming Soon! Birthday party packages also available.

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611 McMeans Avenue Bay Minette, 36507 Strike City Lanes is inside the Bay Minette Recreation Center and offers bowling for kids, adults, families, groups and birthday parties. (251) 580-2547 www.cityofbayminette.org/ Strike-City-Lanes

The Gulf Bowl

2881 South Juniper Street Foley, 36535 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! Ask about specific summer programs. (251) 943-4575 gulfbowl@gulftel.com www.gulfbowl.com

Urban Air Adventure Park

3100 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, Dodgeball Courts, Stunt Airbag, Slam Dunk Tracks, Runway Tumble Track, The Tubes Obstacle Course, Urban Warrior Course™ and Warrior Battle Beam. Urban Air Spanish Fort will also include attractions such as an Indoor Ropes Course, Indoor Climbing Walls, Pro Zone Performance Trampoline Pit and the new attraction, Urban Air Sky Rider Indoor Coaster.

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Craft Farms Golf Resort – Cypress Bend & Cotton Creek

3840 Cotton Creek Circle Gulf Shores, 36542 Craft Farms offers 2 public courses with 36 Holes of pure Palmer Golf award-winning courses. Offering Junior Development Programs, private and individual golf lessons. We invite you to relax, soak in the beauty of Craft Farms Golf Resort and play your best round of golf. (251) 968-7500

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Glenlakes Golf Club

9530 Clubhouse Drive Foley, 36535 Our Semi/Private facility features an 18-hole linksstyle Vista/Dunes course and a 9-hole resort-style Lakes course. David Musial, certified AHSAA golf coach, conducts lessons, clinics and instruction to golfers at any age from beginner to professional. Sign up for summer clinics or book a private lesson! Junior Clinics will be held June 12 - 15 and July 17 - 20, 2018. (251) 955-1220 musialgolf@yahoo.com www.glenlakesgolf.com

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3901 South McKenzie Street Foley, 36535 Foley Golf Course offers a pro shop, clubhouse and a high quality course design with multiple tee boxes for players of all skill and age levels. Stop in the clubhouse and find out about upcoming events. The course is open 7 days a week from 6:30am 5:00pm. (251) 970-1444

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Soldiers Creek Golf Club

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4700 Easy Street Orange Beach, 36561 Youth Summer Golf Lessons during the summer are open to 1st – 12th grade students. We focus on golf etiquette with instruction in driving, putting, chipping, long iron and short iron. Lessons are scheduled early in the morning due to heat exposure. Practice clubs are available at the golf center. Hours: Driving Range Daily - 7am - 9pm; Course/Pro Shop - Daily - 7am - 5pm. (251) 981-4653 www.obparksandrec.com/golfcenter.html

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Gulf Shores Golf Club

520 Clubhouse Drive Gulf Shores, 36542 Gulf Shores Golf Club is open to the public with memberships available. Our course is designed in the traditional plantation-style. The Clubhouse is complete with a dining room and Pro Shop. Please call the golf shop for tee times.

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Lake Forest Golf Course

1 Golf Terrace Daphne, 36526 Lake Forest Golf Club is a 18-hole championship golf course with beautiful rolling fairways and spacious Champion greens. We offer a huge driving

19841 Quail Creek Drive Fairhope, 36532 Quail Creek Golf Course provides a great basic foundation and knowledgeable instruction. Boys, girls and adults will learn to love the challenging game of golf, gain strength, and confidence. The course includes 18 holes of well-manicured greens, fairways, tee boxes, driving range, putting and chipping areas, a full service Pro Shop, snack bar and club fitting. Please call or stop in the golf shop for more information. Junior and adult clinics and lessons are offered by Jeff Marks, PGA Head Professional. (251) 990-0240 quailcreek@cofairhope.com www.cofairhope.com

Rock Creek Golf

140 Clubhouse Drive Fairhope, 36532 Rock Creek Golf Course is an 18-hole Baldwin

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28341 Preserve Trail Elberta, 36530 Soldier’s Creek Golf Club is a breath taking 18-hole golf course, with superior playing conditions and eagle greens. The non-residential course layout is set through rolling hills, lakes and nature trails offering great playability for all levels of golfers. (251) 986-8633 nlwoerner@yahoo.com www.soldierscreekgolfcourse.com

Timber Creek Golf Course

9650 Timber Creek Boulevard Daphne, 36526 TimberCreek offers scenic views of rolling fairways carved from a forest of Dogwoods, Magnolias, and Pines. Elevation changes, wetland preserves, and bountiful wildlife create an atmosphere truly unique from other courses in the Gulf Coast region. Andy Ray and Rob Bradley, offer the latest in video instruction technology, customizable group and corporate instruction, Junior lessons and clinics. (251) 621-9900 andy@golftimbercreek.com www.golftimbercreek.com

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2073 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 At Battleship Memorial Park you’ll walk the decks of the Mighty A, our WWII battleship. Explore the decks and see how sailors lived aboard this floating city. It’s periscopes up in the USS DRUM, the oldest submarine on public display. You’ll also see 28 historic airplanes, vehicles, tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a super-secret spy plane . It’s all here waiting to be discovered! Hours: 8:00

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am - 6:00 pm (April-September) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (October-March) last ticket sold one hour prior to closing. Ages 12 and up $15, Ages 6 – 11 $6, Under age 5 and active military is free. Ages 55+ is $13. Ask about our Overnight Program for scouts, school and church groups. (251) 433-2703 info@ussalabama.com www.ussalabama.com

Foley Railroad Museum

125 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Free Model Train Exhibit including .25 mile of track with double stacked tracks. Join the Caboose Club and volunteer to run the trains. Stop by and check out the new Foley Railroad Depot Museum & Archives. A display in memory of the City of Foley’s founder John Burton Foley. Hours Mon - Sat 10 am - 3 pm. The Model Trains run on Tues. Thurs. & Sat. 10 am - 2 pm. (251) 943-1818 foleymuseum@gulftel.com www.foleyrailroadmuseum.com

Fort Gaines

51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Fort Gaines was the battle site of the famous Battle of the Bay in August 1864. See the battlements and soldiers’ living quarters, which were used from the 1800’s to 1946. Lots of fun for families and kids! Admission Hours: 9:00am5:00pm. Cost - Children (5-12) - $4.00, Adults (Ages 13+) - $8.00. (251) 861-6992 fortgaines@outlook.com www.dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/

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National Naval Aviation Museum

1750 Radford Boulevard Pensacola, 32508 The National Naval Aviation Museum has much to offer in its 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. As the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida, the National Naval Aviation Museum is home to more than 150 aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation, and a number of attractions sure to captivate the whole family.

(850) 452-3604 or (850) 452-3606 namfoffice@navalaviationmuseum.org www.navalaviationmuseum.org

Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

25805 John Snook Drive Orange Beach, 36561 The building that houses the Indian & Sea Museum was originally built in 1910 as a schoolhouse. The museum houses local artifacts and memorabilia relating to our Native American and fishing heritage. Families of early fisherman have donated supplies and collectibles that make us mindful of the challenges and achievements in the early days of our fishing industry. Open Tuesday & Thursday, 9am - 4pm. If you have a group of 5 or more please call (251) 9816039 to make reservations. Admission is Free. (251) 981-8545

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Oyster Trail

The Oyster Trail is a fun, educational and public art treasure hunt throughout coastal Alabama. Each oyster has a fact plaque that includes important information about the oyster’s ecological and economic benefit to Mobile Bay. Trail Maps can be found in hotels, shops, visitor centers, etc. or from

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our website. Remember to complete the scavenger hunt form and return it to win Oyster Trail Prizes! (251) 438-5690 oystergardening@auburn.edu www.theoystertrail.com

Fort of Colonial Mobile

150 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 In this immersive, interactive exhibit in the heart of Historic Fort Conde, visitors can learn about the people who colonized early Mobile. While visiting the Fort be sure to visit the Colonial Cafe, Trading Post, Colonial Photo Booth, Breakout Room, and shooting gallery. You will also have a chance to tour the interactive exhibits that highlight the history of the Fort. Don’t miss the Fife and Drum band, cannon firing, and live action characters representing real people who lived in Colonial Mobile. Admission – Adults - $8, Kids - $5. (251) 802-3092

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State Parks Historic Blakeley State Park

34745 State Highway 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 Explore the park through more than 16 miles of walking, biking and horseback riding trails. Join us for one of our many boat cruises into the rivers of the delta or through attending our numerous educational programs. The park has cabins, RV and primitive camping. Facilities are available for rental for special events. Bring the whole family and enjoy the great outdoors! Adults: $4; ages 6-12: $3; ages

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Gulf State Park

20115 State Highway 135 Gulf Shores, 36542 There’s so much to do at Gulf State Park! Kayak and paddleboard rentals, Golf, Segway tours and bike rentals to explore on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, parasailing trips, beach service, Geocaching, Kid Cam Summer Camp, the Junior Ranger Program and weekly activities for everyone. (251) 948-7275 gulfevents.statepark@dcnr.alabama. gov www.alapark.com/gulf-state-park

Meaher State Park

5200 Battleship Parkway East Spanish Fort, 36527 Meaher State Park is situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, and is a day-use, picnicking and scenic park with modern camping hook-ups for overnight visitors. Meaher’s boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. A self-guided walk on two nature trails includes a boardwalk with an up-close view of the beautiful Mobile Delta. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 626-5529 meaher.statepark@dcnr.alabama.gov www.alapark.com/Meaher-State-Park

Horseback Riding Equine Educational Consultants

19818 Lawrence Road Fairhope, 36532 Equine Educational Consultants, located at Willow

Creek Farm, provides equine therapy for children affected by autism spectrum disorders, language impairments and ADHD. Therapy is provided by Speech Language Pathologists with over 20 years experience. Lesson times may be scheduled Monday - Friday during and after school hours. Visit us on Facebook for photos, videos and info about our Horses!

own horses to become a calm, dependable equine partners and you to be a better horseman or horsewoman.

Lake Forest Stables

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268 Equine Circle Daphne, 36526 Lake Forest Stables is a full service stable inside the Lake Forest Subdivision. Services offered include boarding, lessons, birthday parties, summer camps, trail rides. Lake Forest Stables is privately leased to Vaughan Girls Stables. Visit us on Facebook! (770) 355-6514 daphne@lakeforeststables.org www.lakeforeststables.org

26061 Monsanto Road Loxley, 36551 We do it all at Riverside! Riding Lessons, Boarding, Leasing, trail rides by appointment only, and Birthday Parties. (251) 263-3700 riversideranch1@gmail.com www.facebook.com/riversideranch1/

24080 JD Waters Lane Robertsdale, 36567 Wild Hawk Ranch gives lessons on our horses or yours, at our place or yours, in Baldwin County, AL, or Escambia County, FL, including Robertsdale, Loxley, Foley, Bay Minnette, Pensacola. At Wild Hawk Ranch we teach individuals to train their

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Libraries & Story Times 205 West Second Street Bay Minette, 36507 The City of Bay Minette Public Library is open Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. Join Children’s Librarian Victoria Barnett every Tuesday morning at 10:00am for story time! For summer reading and other programs email Mrs. Victoria. (251) 580-1648 bmplkids@aol.com www.cityofbayminette.org/Library

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Wild Hawk Ranch, LLC

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Daphne Public Library

2607 US Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 The Daphne Library has special events and workshops for all ages throug June to celebrate our Summer Reading Program which runs from June 4th - June 30th. Our Kick-off will be Monday, June 4th at 10am at the Daphne Civic Center. Free entertainment for all ages will be provided each Marvelous Monday in June at 10:30am in the Daphne Recreation Center. Every Tuesday is “Teen Tuesday” during the month of June. Workshops will be offered in yoga, hip hop, fuel cell science and a drum circle extravaganza! The library will also offer stories, crafts, and songs for Lap Babies at

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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm - 5pm; Saturday 10am - 2pm. Visit us on Facebook.

10:30am on Tuesdays, and cool crafts and games for Tweens at 1:30pm. There is something to do almost every day!

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Fairhope Public Library

Magnolia Springs Public Library

501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 We have a TON of fun activities this summer including a series of classes for Tweens making musical instruments out of recycled materials. Find the book list and sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge on our Facebook page or stop by the library. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 8pm; Wednesday 1pm - 6pm; Friday 9am 5pm; Saturday 9am - 3pm; Closed on Sunday. (251) 990-0209 or (251) 928-7483 youthservices@ fairhopelibrary.org www.fairhopelibrary.org

Foley Public Library

319 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Summer Reading at Foley Library provides activities that are free, fun, safe and available to everyone. The 2018 Summer Reading program supported by The Friends of the Library. Please visit our website for a calendar and updates of upcoming programs. (251) 943-7665 kwansley@cityoffoley.org www.foleylibrary.org

Loxley Public Library

1001 Loxley Avenue Loxley, 36551 Please stop by or call for summer reading events and programs. The Loxley Library is Closed on Sunday and Monday; Tuesday 9am - 5pm;

12440 Magnolia Avenue Magnolia SpringsSummer Reading Program will begin in June, with fun programs and crafts. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday open 12pm – 4pm; Thursday 12pm5pm; Saturday 10am12pm; Closed Sunday and Monday. Visit our website or Facebook page for events, activities, and updates.

10am - 11am. Our Afternoon Program is held on Thursdays throughout the summer from 2:00pm to 3:30pm with reading, movies, games, crafts and refreshments. The Library is open Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 1pm. Registration for programs is suggested. (251) 989-2011 summerdalelibrary@gulftel.com www.summerdalelibrary.com

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202 W Broadway Avenue Summerdale, 36580 Please join us on Tuesday mornings on June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th from 10am - 12pm. Enjoy free activities and programs such as stories, arts, crafts and refreshments. Sunshine Storytime ( for children up to age 4 years) is held every Thursday from

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Page and Palette and The Book Cellar 32 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Page and Palette is host to a range of author events from local, up-and-coming names to blockbusting celebrities. In addition to new (and used) books, we carry greeting cards, journals, and a variety of merchandise. With all of this over a cup of locally roasted coffee in Latte Da or a visit to The Book Cellar, you may never want to leave the store! (251) 928-5295

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Robertsdale Public Library

18301 Pennsylvania Street Robertsdale, 36567 With our growing collection of audio and video materials, we are ready to meet the needs of the surrounding communities. The Robertsdale Public Library sponsors various children’s and community activities. Young people and adults of all ages can find something of interest at this library. Please call for activity information. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday 9am - 6pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 8pm; Saturday 9am - 1pm and Closed on sunday. (251) 947-8960 rdalelib@gulftel.com www.robertsdale.org/community/library/

Silverhill Oscar Johnson Memorial Library

Thomas B. Norton Public Library

(251) 945-5201 ojmlib@gmail.com www.silverhillalabama.com/library

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Spanish Fort Public Library

Nature Trails / Marine Ed / Environmental

21967 6th Street Silverhill, 36576 Silverhill citizens have been visiting our Town’s Public Library for over 100 years. Relics of our town’s past are housed in the top story of this historic Baldwin County site. Constructed in 1898 by town founder, Oscar Johnson, the building began as a land office. Later, it served as a school. Today, it serves as our local library run by a team of dedicated volunteers.

7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Our Summer Reading Program “Kids Rock” encourages parents to read with their children. Attendance for all library programs is free. Registration began in May but you can still register online or in the library. Events include a weekly children’s program for all ages every Tuesday on June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 10:00am. The Summer Stories Series (ages 8 and up) is for budding authors and thrill seekers. A Summer Ice Cream Social on June 27, 2018 from 6pm - 8pm, and lots of other fun activities! There is something for everyone at the Library! The Spanish Fort Public Library (SFPL) is open Monday - Thursday 9am 8pm; Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 1pm. Closed on Sunday.

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221 West 19th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Thomas B. Norton Library in Gulf Shores offers summer many programs including arts, storytimes, special activity events and more. The summer reading program will be Fridays June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2018. All programs will be held at the adult activity center from 10:30am – 11:30am. Regular Library hours are Monday and Tuesday 10am - 8pm; Wednesday - Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm. Closed on Sunday and most Holidays.

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101 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Explore the four key ecosystems of coastal Alabama at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The Estuarium’s visual exhibits showcase plants, animals and other natural resources found in the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, Barrier Islands and Northern Gulf of Mexico. Discovery Hall offers a variety of programs for children during the summer, ranging from single-day programs to residential camps and academic courses. Our summer excursions and camps take you into the salt marsh, across the beach and into the maritime forest for a

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hands-on learning experience. Bring your friends and family. Estuarium Admission: Adults $11, Children 5 years - 18 years (with a Student ID) $6, Seniors $9. Group rates available. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) www.disl.org

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ADCNR Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries For more information about hunting, fishing, programs, events, canoe trails, outdoor activities and regulations please call or check our website. Wildlife And Freshwater Fisheries Division: (334) 242-3465; Marine Resources Division Offices (saltwater fishing): Dauphin Island: (251) 861-2882 or Gulf Shores: (251) 968-7576. (251) 626-5474 or (334) 242-3465 www.outdooralabama.com

Back Country Trail

24037 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, 36561 Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park. Experience the beautiful Butterfly Garden, rock climb in Boulder Park, view Freshwater Marshes and Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Capture adventure while biking, jogging, walking, identifying, wildlife, plants and trees, geocaching, Eco tours and much more! Trail maps, pictures, locations and tour information is listed on our website. Open 7 days a week from 6am - 7:30pm. (251) 981-1180 or (251) 981-1063 backcountrytrailoba@gmail.com www.backcountrytrail.com

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 65-acre estate of year-round beauty. Tour Bellingrath Home, with its original furnishings and extensive collections of antiques, silver and china. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. Gardens: Open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm. The Bellingrath Home: Guided tours begin at 9:00am., with the last ticket sold at 3:30pm. (251) 973-2217 sericson@bellingrath.org www.bellingrath.org?

Bicycle Trails

BicycleMobile.org is a an advocacy website devoted to every aspect of bicycling in Mobile, AL. We have lists of group rides, information about bike shops and a list of key issues for advocacy and infrastructure. For interest in finding a Specialty ride, joining a weekly ride, or Trail maps for Mobile and Baldwin County areas, please email, visit our website or Like us on Facebook. (251) 289-1236 info@bicyclemobile.org www.bicyclemobile.org

Birding Trails

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail (ACBT) is a birder’s paradise. Our sun-drenched coast is a popular resort area for a variety of feathered visitors and year-round residents. Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a paradise not only for birders, but all visitors with many different outdoor interests. Please exercise care while enjoying the birds along the coast, be mindful of their habitats, and respect other birders.

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Highway 180 Gulf Shores, 36542 The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and many other wildlife species in our area. The refuge is one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama. Brochures and maps are available at trailhead kiosks and outside the refuge office. The refuge is open to visitors year-round, during daylight hours only. The Visitor Center is open from 9am - 2pm Monday – Friday and closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays. (251) 540-7720 bonsecour@fws.gov www.fws.gov/bonsecour

Dauphin Island Park & Beach

109 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 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. (251) 861-3607 parks@dauphinisland.org www.dauphinisland.org

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6101 Girby Road Mobile, 36693 The Environmental Studies Center is a natural sciences education facility designed to provide unique learning experiences not typically available in the local school. Natural resources include pine and bay forests, swamps, freshwater streams, carnivorous plant bogs, and a twenty-acre lake. Man-made facilities include numerous nature and hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, covered pavilions, a weather station and STARLAB Planetarium, live animal exhibits, native plants garden, and multipurpose instruction building. The building contains an auditorium, library, and classroom/exhibit space containing live reptiles and amphibians, a salt-water aquarium, and numerous preserved specimens commonly encountered throughout southern Alabama. (251) 221-5000

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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Visit the Apalachee Exhibit Hall and Little Bateau Learning Center for live animals and hands-on exhibits. Watch a movie in our Tensaw Theater about Alabama’s ecology and history, or maybe your favorite type of animal. Reserve your spot on a boat tour of the lower delta, rent a kayak to paddle Sardine Pass and Justin’s Bay, or stay overnight at one of our new kayak/canoe campsites! Walk the nature trails, climb a tree, have a picnic, or enjoy some of the area’s best bird watching. Find that unique gift for a special someone in our Cypress Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Five Rivers offers programs for all ages throughout the year. Follow

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Global Wildlife Center

26389 LA-40 Folsom, LA, 70437 Enjoy a one and a half hour guided Safari Wagon tour over 900 acres of beautiful Louisiana countryside complete with 12 ponds and a lake. During the tour you’ll come face to face with bison, giraffe, zebra, camels, eland, and much more! The animals roam free. Adults and children alike experience the excitement of feeding the animals during the safari while remaining safe and secure in our custom-built covered wagons with padded seating. Group tours and private tours available. Open year round, 7 days a week. (985) 624-WILD (9453) or (985) 796-3585 fieldtrips@globalwildlife.com http://globalwildlife.com/

Gulf Quest

155 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 With 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, displays and theaters, GulfQuest is a place you’ll want to visit often. The exhibits are housed on multiple decks of a life-sized replica of a container ship, so come ready to walk and browse and take your time. Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Friday 9am - 4m and Saturday 10am - 5pm. Admission: Adults (1864) $16.00, Youth (5-17) $13.00, Child (under 5) Free, Seniors (65+) $15.00, Active Military (w/ ID) $15.00 and College Students (w/ ID) $15.00. (251) 436-8901 info@gulfquest.org www.gulfquest.org

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4900 South Wilson Blvd Orange Beach, 36561 The Steven W. Baker Science and Nature Center, Sea Sand, & Stars will be open to the public this summer! All ages are welcome to come tour our beautiful facility. Visitors will learn about the history of Sea, Sand, & Stars, observe some of the unique and beautiful creatures that share the gulf waters with us, then watch a movie and be amazed by a night sky presentation in our planetarium. We also offer a covered picnic area, 2 classrooms, a microscope lab, several outdoor classrooms on an 800 ft boardwalk, a gift shop, and 20 tanks and aquariums filled with sea life! Please call to reserve your visit. (251) 981-5690 nwbryant@bcbe.org www.seasandandstars.com

Weeks Bay Reserve

11300 U.S. Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Reserve encompasses over 9,000 acres of land and water around Weeks Bay and Mobile Bay. The Reserve offers the public opportunities to learn about coastal habitats through its exhibits, live animal displays, and collections of animals and regional plants. We have a free educational visitors center and two self-guided boardwalks. One leads to Weeks Bay and the second through the Pitcher Plant Bog, connecting to Fish River. Visit us on Facebook for updates and educational events. The Weeks Bay Visitors Center is open Monday – Saturday, 9am - 5pm, and closed on Sundays and Federal Holidays. Boardwalks are open daily from dawn to dusk. (251) 928-9792

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WildNative Delta Safaris - Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

4159 County Road 6 Gulf Shores, 36542 Tours available 7 days a week. Experience the waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on our unique “backstage” tours. We’ll take you down waterways less traveled on our cozy 22 passenger pontoon boat or perhaps a kayak tour is more your style. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, Oyster Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including Dolphins, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, and Pelicans. We’ll visit commercial fisheries and teach you about modern day fishing methods as the fishermen unload their catch. You’ll learn about the history, ecology, and characters of Coastal Alabama. Choose from Coastal Eco Tour (Boat), Dolphins at Sunset Tour (Kayak) or the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Tour (Kayak). (251) 272-4088 info@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com

WildNative Delta Safaris - Mobile/ Spanish Fort

30841 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Tours available year round. Prepare to be amazed, inspired and relaxed with friends and family as you are introduced to America’s Next Eco Hot Spot! The Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Experience the Delta on our highly rated tours. You’ll explore the Delta watching for a variety of wildlife including American Alligators, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Heron, Cormorant, Pelicans, Nutria and more, learn about these unique animals of the swamp and how they live. All

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tours are narrated by experienced Nature Guides. Most popular tours include: Delta Eco Tour (Boat), Delta Wildlife Tour (Kayak), Secretly Awesome Harbor Tour (Boat), Gators after Dark Tour (Boat) and Champion Cypress Adventure (Kayak). Office open 7 days a week 8am-5pm. (251) 259-8531 info@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com

Recreation Centers Bay Minette Recreation Complex

611 McMeans Avenue Bay Minette, 36507 The Bay Minette Recreation Complex is home to the Rec & Roll Skate Center and Strike City Lanes bowling alley. The Recreation Department also provides dance classes, gymnastics, quilting and a summer “Kelly’s Kids” camp. The Rec Department oversees city league basketball, softball, soccer and tackle football. (251) 580-2546 or (251) 937-3338 www.cityofbayminette.org/Recreation-Department

Daphne Recreation Center

2605 US Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 The Daphne Recreation Department is committed to serving the community through every avenue of recreation. From sports leagues, to fitness & dance classes, to music and Special Events, we strive to offer you a variety of opportunities to maintain an active lifestyle. For information on Recreation, sports, classes such as health & fitness, dance, karate, and upcoming special events please visit our

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website and view the parks and recreation section. (251) 621-3703 dmckelroy@daphneal.com www.daphneal.com

David L. Bodenhamer Rec Center

310 West 19th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 The David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center is a membership based community center that offers a variety of recreational activities including a full service fitness room, game area, indoor heated pool with lap lanes, swim lessons, racquetball courts, regulation size gymnasium, saunas, AquaClimb wall, fitness classes and more. Please call or visit our website for class schedules and membership rates. (251) 968-1420 nard@gulfshoresal.gov www.gulfshoresal.gov/recreation

Fairhope Rec Center

803 North Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 Join for the quarter, the month or even the day! The facility is home to a fitness room and spin room, classes, regulation size gyms, racquetball court, indoor walking track, activity room, sauna, dressing facilities, and nursery. Home of F.A.S.T. - Fairhope Area Swim Team, open to boys and girls ages 5-18 who already know how to swim. Membership information available online or at the Rec Center. (251) 928-7270

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Foley Recreation Center

121 North Alston Street Foley, 36535 The City of Foley Recreation Department offers a wide range of opportunities to our community. Activities include several parks that offer Baseball,

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Orange Beach Rec Center

4853 Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 The Orange Beach Rec Center facility has a gymnasium, fitness room, two multipurpose rooms and a game room. A designated ‘Teen Room’ also gives young adults their own space to socialize, play games and do homework. Rec Center hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm, Saturday 8am - 12pm and closed on Sunday. (251) 981-6028

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10580 County Road 64 Daphne, 36526 Eastern Shore Aquatics Center (ESAC) offers swim programs for all ages & abilities. Our center is privately owned, and features two indoor, heated pools, and dry land training facilities. Any time is the right time to swim, so make a splash & sign up today! Visit our website and click on LESSONS SIGN UP or JOIN SWAT to get started. Contact

Coach Rich Suhs with any questions you may have. See you soon! (251) 300-0820 richsuhs@aol.com www.swimforswat.com

BMAC Swim School

We want all children to be as safe as possible in the water! BMAC Swim School has been teaching swimming to Baldwin County’s children for the past 20 years. Class sizes are 4 children. Classes fill quickly, so call soon! (251) 458-2628 BMACSwim@yahoo.com www.bmacswim.com

David L. Bodenhamer Rec Center

310 W 19th Ave Gulf Shores, 36542 We offer a variety of instructional classes including water aerobics, lifeguard certification, group lessons, swim teams and more. We pride ourselves in our comprehensive programming that allows us to provide everyone an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability, from novice to national competitor. Private and group lessons available. (251) 968-1420 nard@gulfshoresal. gov www.gulfshoresal.gov

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Fairhope Rec Center Pool

803 North Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 A variety of classes are offered including Parent and Child Aquatics, infants, children ages 18mo - 3 years and more. We focus on becoming comfortable in the water and learning to swim. Contact the Pool for information about F.A.S.T. Fairhope Area Swim Team is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 who already know how to swim. (251) 990-0175 or (334) 559-8364

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Foley Recreation Swim

300 West Roosevelt Street Foley, 36535 Swim lessons at Max Griffin Pool begin June 4, 2018. Please call to sign up for lessons after May 26th. The cost is $30 per child and lessons last for two weeks. The last session of swim lessons will begin on July 23, 2018. Swim team will begins June 4th. Registration is on the first day of practice. Swim team cost is $60 per swimmer and an additional purchase of a racing suit if competing in swim meets. (251) 943-7946 dthompson@cityoffoley.org www.foleyrecreation.com/swimming

Orange Beach Aquatic Center

5pm. Non-member day passes are available for $5 per person. Classes offered are water aerobics, swimming lessons, and PADI Seal Team summer camps. (251) 974-SWIM (7946)

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TNT Swimming

2049 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 The George C. Meyer Tennis Center features features a pro-shop, 6 soft courts, 12 hard courts and an indoor clubhouse. The Cen-

8051 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 TNT Swimming is a member club of Southeastern Swimming, and provides year round, USA Swimming - certified instruction, coaching and competitive opportunities to children of all ability levels at the Bounds Family YMCA in Daphne, AL.

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Cedar Street Foley, 36535 The City of Foley offers tennis clinics throughout the year and during the Summer at Mel Roberts (Cedar Street) Park for all ages. Classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights for 3 weeks. Classes are limited to 8 per class, so sign up early. Cost is $35.

4853 Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 The Orange Beach Aquatics Center includes a junior olympic swimming pool, 11 1/2 ft. diving well with a one meter board, tube slide and separate 25 X 25 wading pool with spray and waterfall features. The Aquatics Center offers swimming lessons, water aerobics and other activities. Summer hours are Monday - Friday (251) 970-5020 cbledsoe@cityoffoley.org 7am 7pm. 10am - 6pm and Sunday 1pm PA -Boy &Saturday Cat Ad.qxp_Layout 1 4/16/18 7:20- PM www.foleyrecreation.com Page 1

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Lake Forest Racquet Club and Junior Tennis

1 Golf Terrace Daphne, 36526 We offer instruction for the great game of tennis and also support them with ideas and actions that can help them develop as successful student-athletes. Beginner, Junior Advanced and Intermediate programs are available. Contact Mike to find out which program is best for your young athlete. (251) 626-0788

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Mike Ford Tennis Center

Young Street Fairhope, 36532 Stimpson field is home to six lighted hard courts, six lighted Hydro Courts, and an outdoor lighted walking track. The tennis facility is open for public play and tennis lessons are also available for children and adults. (251) 990-9526 www.cofairhope.com/services/parksand-recreation/stimpson-tennis-facility

Orange Beach Tennis Center

4851 Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 This facility features eight lighted medium speed hard courts. The Pro Shop features Wilson Rackets, tennis shoes and accessories, along with Nike tennis apparel. The Tennis Center offers youth, adult and senior adult tennis programs. Tennis Courts are open daily from 6am - 10pm. Tennis Pro Shop hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm and Saturday 9am - 12pm. (251) 974-NETS (6387) or (251) 233-9628 rhett7@hotmail.com www.obparksandrec.com

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1129 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 We offer Daily Walk-on Charters, Snorkeling Tours, Scuba Instruction, and Kayak Rentals. We offer scuba certification, CPR, diver rescue, open water diver courses, fun excursions and more! Every month we will feature a new destination to help you learn about the world’s best places to scuba dive. (251) 968-Dive (3483) Info@dolphinsdownunder.net www.downunderdiveshop.com

Action Outdoors – Dauphin Island

650 LeMoyne Drive Dauphin Island, 36528 Action Outdoors offers boat trips into the waters surrounding Dauphin Island. If you are looking for an adventure with Dolphins, planning a school field trip/eco tour, romantic cruise, or some inshore fishing, we can accommodate your needs. “Built in touch tanks provide personal experiences with many kinds of fish and other animals found in our waters. (251) 861-2201 reservations@actionoutdoors.org www.actionoutdoors.org

Alabama Canoe Trails

30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The Alabama State Lands Canoe Trails offer the ability to explore by canoe or kayak on day and

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overnight trips. The trails run along the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Perdido River. The Bartram Canoe Trail offers camping on reservable floating platforms and pile supported camp shelters or primitive land-based sites with trail access starting from 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center or at many local landings. The Perdido River Canoe Trail offers reservable land-based shelters and allows for primitive camping at several sandbars. Access to this trail is from one of three landings located within the Perdido Wildlife Management Area. Maps and reservations are available online. (251) 625-0814

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Delta Airboat Express

3733 Battleship Parkway Spanish Fort, 36527 Take a tour with us and experience a treat for the Whole family! Learn about the wildlife in the MobileTensaw Delta while having an educational, fun airboat ride that the whole family will enjoy! Tours depart from the Original Oyster House on The Causeway. We are open for reservations 7 days a week. Please call for reservations 24 hours in advance. (251) 370-7089

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Delta Explorer Boat Cruises

34745 State Highway 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 Nobody knows the waters of the scenic and historic Mobile-Tensaw Delta better than the licensed captains of Historic Blakeley State Park’s Delta Explorer! The park is the lower delta’s longest-running boat tour operator and offers regular excursions into one of America’s natural wonders. Our guided cruises explore the areas natural habitat along with histori-

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cal sites, including locations associated with the Civil War’s “Mobile Campaign,” and the modern Port of Mobile, one of the nation’s busiest harbors. (251) 626-5581 or (251) 626-0798 blakeleypark@aol.com www.blakeleypark.com

Dolphin Cruises - Cold Mil Fleet

5749 Bay La Launch Ave Orange Beach, 36561 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 degrees dolphin view! The dolphins love to surf along the side of the boat jumping, rolling, and catching glances at their spectators. A credit card is required for reservations. (251) 943-3510 coldmilfleet@yahoo.com www.dolphincruises.com

Dolphins Down Under

27267 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, 36561 Join us and search for wild dolphins! Our knowledgeable captains and crew will guide you and your family on an exciting quest to watch the dolphins frolic and play in their natural environment. We offer dolphin tours, birthday parties, lunch cruises, snorkeling, kayaking and Jet Ski excursions. Dolphins Down Under has custom Glass-Bottom Catamarans with a capacity of 49 passengers. Each vessel can host a variety of occasions. You can reserve an entire vessel for Private parties, Island Excursions, Sunset Trips and other Special Events. (251) 968-4386 Info@dolphinsdownunder.net www.dolphinsdownunder.net

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Fairhope Fly Shop

14 South Church Street Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Fly Shop offers fly tying and fly casting lessons. Ask Spencer when the next class is starting and learn fly techniques from the Eastern Shore expert! (251) 928-1619 chmouse5@bellsouth.net www.thechurchmouse.com

Go Go Kayaks

921 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 WE DELIVER FUN! Call for great rates, quality equipment and friendly service. We can accommodate groups of up to 50 people so call and make a reservation for your next outing. (251) 752-5500

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Five Rivers Outfitters/Bartram Canoe Trail

30841 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Bartram Landing overlooks the beautiful Mobile-Tensaw Delta. If you’re up for an unforgettable adventure, rent a canoe or kayak to explore the beautiful MobileTensaw Delta, or even spend the night on one of the new camping shelters in the Lower Delta. (251) 625-0814

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Gulf Coast Ducks

150 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Quack! Quack! Get ready to SPLASH with us during the most entertaining tour in America! We will always seek to exceed your expectations every time you join us for one of our unique land/water tours!This hilarious yet informative adventure covers over 3,000 years of

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local tales (some tall) as well as exciting stories about the USS ALABAMA, Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Bay, the Port of Mobile, and much more! (251) 802-8687

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Lake Forest Swim

Daphne, 36526 Lake Forest maintains and operates three swimming pools. You can swim for fun, exercise, and sport. We can help with pool access cards, private pool parties, swimming lessons, and/or the swim team. A playground, volleyball court, picnic tables, and charcoal grills also are available. This is a great place to swim or cool down after playing tennis next door at the Racquet Club.*CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. (251) 626-0788

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Mobile Bay Ferry

Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours. The trip between Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan at Mobile Point provides wonderful views of the two historic forts that have long guarded the entrance of Mobile Bay. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes and is a great way for passengers to view birds, sea life and other boats and ships. (251) 861-3000

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Nautica Ltd.

848 Seacliff Drive Fairhope, 36532 Your family and friends will experience some of the finest cruising the pristine emerald Gulf Coast can provide. We offer bareboat, captain/instructor charters

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Paddled By You

26448 Cotton Bayou Drive Orange Beach, 36561 We are a family-owned and operated kayak and paddleboard rental service on Cotton Bayou. There are several beautiful islands within paddling distance, including Bird Island, Robinson Island, and Sand Island. We are located at one of the ten stops along the Orange Beach Canoe Trail. Single, double and triple Kayaks are available for rent as well as stand up paddleboards. Please call for reservations. (251) 752-9250 paddledbyyou@gmail.com www.PaddledByYou.com

Pirate Ship Cruise

4575 South Wilson Blvd Orange Beach, 36561 Bring your young pirates aboard the American Star for a swashbuckling Pirate Adventure. Your minimates will have the opportunity to act like pirates, get their face painted and learn some pirate lingo. Once on board the young pirates will defend the ship, sing along as the pirate crew sings songs of the sea, hear true stories of pirate attacks and hunt for lost gold and treasure! We also offer fishing charters, dolphin

cruises, parasailing, jet ski and sea-doo rentals, dinner cruises and more. (251) 981-4127

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Sailaway Charters

24231 Gulf Bay Road Orange Beach, 36561 Explore Longs Bayou and Wolf Bay on this narrated nature tour with Capt. Skip. This is fun for the entire family. You’ll see and identify: oysters, blue crabs, shrimp, and a variety of fish and birds. You might even see dolphin on this 2-hour trip in protected waters. This is a hands on trip. This is much more than just another dolphin cruise. It’s a fun, informative, learning experience! (251) 974-5055 skip@sailorskip.com www.sailorskip.com

Southern Rose Dolphin Trips/Chute Em Up Parasail/Flyboard Bama 27212 Marina Road Orange Beach, 36561 Get the best view of Orange Beach and the picturesque Gulf of Mexico from 800 feet in the air as you enjoy a parasailing excursion. In addition to cruising alongside some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures, visitors enjoy a 90-minute to two-hour ride on the water, complete with an onboard snack bar for kids and adults. (251) 981-7673 alabamadolphincruise@gmail.com and www.southernrosedolphintrips.com

Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Rides

Magnolia Springs, 36555 Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Company is your one stop Alabama Gulf Coast hot air balloon headquarters! Add

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an exciting and unique dimension to your summer gathering, party, family activity or romantic outing. Gently lift off into an adventure where you’ll experience the beauty of the Alabama Gulf Coast from a whole new vantage point! We also offer Boat tours for gulf or inshore fishing, sightseeing and sunset cruising. Visit our website for more information and photos. Call today to reserve your next adventure! (251) 970-FLYU (3598) trachel@gulftel.com www.gulfviewballooning.com

Underwater Works, Inc.

24208 US Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Dive into the Gulf of Mexico with the professionals from UnderWater Works. Imagine spearfishing off the Alabama gulf coast. The Southeast region of Alabama has the largest artificial reef program in the nation consisting of coral reefs, shipwrecks, oil rigs, and military surplus. Underwater Works specializes in scuba diving instruction offering both SSI and PADI open water diver courses. (251) 928-5550 aladive@bellsouth.net www.alabamadive.com

Wind and Water Learning Center

26233 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning center offers sailing and kayaking camps and classes as well as other outdoor educational outreach opportunities. The Center is open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. (251) 424-5909 windandwater@cityoforangebeach.com www.facebook.com/WindandWaterLearning/

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A Page in a Book Finding a Way Around Worries Everybody worries. But for children, navigating anxiety can be especially challenging when they lack the tools and practices that help them address the source of their worries. Object insecurities, social situations, stage fright, and stress over pending events are some familiar triggers for childhood anxieties. Worries like these are a normal part of kids’ emotional landscapes, but they remain challenging when children haven’t yet developed the reasoning that can assuage their concerns. The following titles gently explore methods that help kids address the source of their anxieties and work toward being worry-free.

Jack’s Worry

by Sam Zuppardi (Candlewick Press) Jack has been looking forward to playing trumpet for his mom in his first-ever concert. But when the big day approaches, Jack wakes up with a pale blue Worry right beside him. He spends most of the morning trying to hide or escape from it, but the Worry follows him everywhere and just seems to grow the longer it’s ignored. As the day goes on, the Worry becomes darker, expanding to take up more and more of Jack’s space. It’s only when he finally turns to confront it and shares the Worry with his Mom, that it shrinks and fades to a normal size. Depicting the normalcy of worries while offering ways to minimize their power, Jack’s Worry is a subtle coaching tool for kids navigating event anxiety.

I Don’t Like Snakes

by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Luciano Lozano (Candlewick Press) What’s a girl to do when her whole family loves snakes, but she thinks snakes are slimy, weird and scary. Luckily, her family knows a lot about snakes and as they address each of her concerns with facts and interesting trivia, the girl’s discomfort begins to ease. Pairing herpetological information with the girl’s worries suggests a powerful tool for navigating object fears. (Note: one illustration incorrectly depicts the coloration of the coral snake, but the lesson of understanding as a counter to anxiety remains intact.) While education about a source of worrying may not completely disperse the fear, information does help reduce its power and scope. This entertaining and educational title highlights the strength of knowledge to minimize certain fears.

Boris and the Worrisome Wakies

by Helen Lester, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Boris the badger thinks he’s ready for bed as the sun begins to rise (badgers are nocturnal, and daytime is for sleeping). But when his head hits the pillow, Boris is immediately troubled by random worries that keep him awake. His ear itches, he wants a drink of water, he thinks his ice skates are missing and his pajamas might be on backward. Boris loses valuable rest as his mind randomly finds things to stress over. Happily, there are ways that sleepy badgers can reduce troublesome variables before bedtime, exchanging worries for confidence. For everyone whose brain has gone into overdrive just when they’re trying to sleep, Boris and the Worrisome Wakies is a delightful exploration of inconvenient worrying and a celebration of proactive ways we can head off uncertainties that trouble our minds in the night (or day). Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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They also jump in during the lunch Father of three, Brett Clark joined hour to help peel open Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great For many families, dads simply aren’t in the picture those stubborn halfStudents) and All Pro Dad propint cartons of milk, either due to divorce, death or other reasons. Of course, grams at his kids’ elementary offer clean-up assisschool, four years ago. He says that doesn’t mean you can’t raise a well-adjusted child. tance, and dine with the programs give him valuable According to the 2016 Census Bureau, while the majortheir kids. insight into what’s happening ity of children live in two-parent homes, 23 percent are “Eating lunch with in his children’s school and by your son or daughter being raised by single mothers. Single moms can give extension, their lives. offers a unique insight “Growing up, I don’t recall their children the benefit of a father figure by seeking into your kids’ friends my dad - or any fathers for male role models within their extended family, at school, and what they talk that matter - attending school or in the community. about, what they think with me or knowing what I did is funny and how innoeveryday,” Clark says, whose “There are good dads and men in the public eye, too, children are Colton, 12, Carter, cent their minds are,” who you can point to and talk about what makes them 10 and Rowen, 6. “Programs Clark says. admirable and a role model,” Limbert says. like Watch D.O.G.S. are imporSome dads even tant for a number of reasons. stick around for recess. But most importantly, I believe it “It’s amazing is vital for children to see their dad engaged in their educahow cool the kids think it is getting someone to push them on the tion and life.” swings, play tag, play basketball or football,” Clark says. Researchers agree. Kids, who see both their parents actively involved in their school life, are less likely to get into Model healthy relationships. Emotionally secure, nurtrouble for behavioral issues, perform better academically, turing dads, who help with day-to-day childcare and household and are more likely to graduate from high school. chores, don’t just neutralize assumptions about gender roles in Through Watch D.O.G.S., dads, stepdads, grandpas the family. Their support enhances a mother’s overall sense of and other father figures manage an assortment of tasks from emotional well-being. Her happiness trickles down, helping the completing school security checks and greeting kids as they entire family feel more well-adjusted and resilient to stress. arrive at school to providing homework help.

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with their sons, encourages kids to take risks, learn how to manage back and forth interactions and recognize body language cues like when rough play should end.

“Secure fathers (and mothers) are likely to have secure kids. A sense of security means the person sees him or herself as worthy of being loved,” says psychologist and researcher Omri Gillath, Ph.D., University of Kansas. Research suggests that children, especially boys, who have a positive relationship with their fathers are more likely to have higher quality romantic relationships as they enter adulthood, Gillath adds. Both boys and girls, who experience positive relationships with their dads, are also less likely to engage in first-time risky behaviors like substance abuse and premature, unsafe sex.

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Outside of their school life, Clark connects with his children through sports activities like coaching his oldest son’s baseball team, volunteering with community organizations like the March of Dimes and the American Heart Association, and by spending leisure time together. “We enjoy being outside as a family, whether that is taking bike rides, attending sporting events or enjoying community events,” Clark says. Researchers at McGill University, found that children raised by attentive, actively involved fathers exhibited higher levels of empathy as adults. “The best things dads can do is to simply be present and offer their attention and interest in their children,” Limbert says. “Obviously it would be helpful to be empathetic and supportive as well, but primarily -without complicating it - it’s all about being present and engaged.” ESP

Teach emotional management. Boys can learn how to manage emotions like anger from their fathers while girls can gain self-confidence and the expectation that they deserve to be treated with respect. “It’s important for fathers to be okay expressing and allowing a full range of emotions from both their daughters and sons,” says parent coach Tom Limbert, author of Most Valuable Dad. “By acknowledging and allowing vulnerability, anger, sadness in yourself and in your children, you open up a supportive dialogue that will help children grow to have healthy relationships and emotional well-being.” Fathers also teach their youngsters socialization skills and self-control through rough-and-tumble play like playful wrestling, tumbling, and chasing. This kind of rough-housing, especially

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines’ husband Jason is a fantastic dad to their two school-age sons. Christa is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital Age.

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In the right context, fire is helpful. It can warm a house, cook your s’mores, even act as a signal for rescuers should you get lost in the woods somehow. But left unattended, even a small flame can easily turn into a devastating disaster, ravaging homes and causing untold damage. Dealing with angry kids without getting angry yourself is not easy. Teaching teens how to express their feelings in the right way doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. And it begins with a conscious effort to make anger constructive rather than destructive.

See Where the Fire Started

With teens, anger is usually an emotional response to not getting something wanted, or losing something once held dear. I’m not talking about anger over not getting material things, like the latest video game or a later curfew (even though these things can provoke anger). What I’m talking about is a deeper anger over unfulfilled needs and wants, which usually happens when something of true value is lost. For instance, a girl being angry because she was taken advantage of physically, so she’s lost a sense of self and self-respect in the process. Or the more common situation of a child who is angry with one, or both, biological parents for their divorce and the split-up of the family. When dealing with anger, remember that anger is just an expression of a deeper issue. Your teenagers may not even know why they are angry, but finding out what is missing or lost in their life is the key to dealing with it. When you take time to peel back the layers and get to the bottom of the anger you’re seeing, you may uncover the real source of the fire. I’ll be honest—this takes a level of patience and grace on the part of us moms and dads. It’s difficult to respond calmly when your son or daughter is shouting, or when they shut down in silence. But it never helps when parents become angry themselves. It’s extremely counter-productive, and chances are your teens’ anger will increase, not decrease. Instead, start asking questions to expose the need in your teen’s life. What’s happening at school? What’s going on at home? What’s happening with friends? Does your daughter

feel clumsy and ugly? Does your son feel untalented or un-gifted? Is there a habit your teen can’t break, or a relationship they want fixed? Do a little investigation in your son or daughter’s life, and find the root of the anger. If you address the need, you’re well on your way to stopping the anger.

Allowing the Fire to Burn Out

It’s never productive to simply put a stopper on anger—if you do, it will just boil up somewhere else. As long as the underlying issue remains, those emotions will show themselves somewhere. When my dad told me, “you better get rid of that bad attitude,” it was nearly impossible for me to do so. I learned to smile and say “okay” but the anger was still there … and it always came out in other areas of my life. And then there are the clichés or advice that sound wise, but turned out to be very misguided. Ever heard, “every time you get angry, just walk away”? In theory that sounds good, but that’s really a bad anger habit. If I walked away from every person that ticked me off, I wouldn’t be able to get through many conversations. And can you imagine walking away from your wife or husband in the middle of an argument? That’s a rookie mistake and it never ends well.

Don’t Allow the Fire to Rage

It is important to manage the behavioral side of a teenager’s anger while dealing with the emotional side. Teens can become very volatile, even violent at times; but physical and disrespectful outbursts cannot be allowed. A parent must draw and hold firm lines as to what behavior will and will not be tolerated. You may need to say, “if you’re angry, I’m okay with that. But if you become disrespectful, we will pause this conversation until you can calm down.” Taking a break from an unhealthy conversation is different than walking away. When you put a pause on things, you’re saying, “this is important and we need to talk about it, but right now it isn’t fruitful. Let’s take a few minutes to calm down.” The feelings your teens are suffering can seem very real to them, but it does not give them license to strike out. When tempers flare and anger starts to rise, the best thing you can do as a mom or dad is to take a step back, either emotionally, or even physically. Dealing with anger needs to happen in an environment of unconditional love. When 81

your teenage son comes through the door with furrowed brow and fire in his eyes, stop and ask him questions. “What are you thinking about when you feel this angry?” is better than asking “Why are you so angry all the time?” It changes the interaction from one of blame to one of interest. The goal should be to create an environment for solutions; one that welcomes the child, and makes sure they aren’t afraid to express their true emotions in an acceptable manner. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it! But if a child can’t express and release the emotions they feel, teens will live out the anger in other, much more harmful, ways. It’s best to step in and help your teens understand acceptable ways to express their anger. Show them healthy ways to let off steam and deal with their emotions. We had a young man at Heartlight many years ago who had serious anger issues. I gave him an old golf club and told him to go out and beat on a tree when he felt like he couldn’t handle things any more. It gave him a way to dissipate his anger without hurting himself or anyone else while we worked with him to understand and process the truly awful things that had happened to him.

Don’t Ignore the Smoke

Wise parents look at anger as a warning sign. If you see anger in a place you don’t expect it, it is an indication that there is something going on that you don’t know about that needs to be dealt with. Dig until you find it. Don’t let it go, because it will keep causing behavioral trouble until the underlying issue is dealt with. Remember, you may be able to manage your teens’ behavior by giving them negative consequences, but you will never deal with the root issues that way. When you tell a child not to feel a certain way, like when you say, “quit acting so angry all the time,” they don’t see how that is possible. But when you help them address the real issue that is causing their angry behavior, it instills a sense of hope. Getting at the source of the problem and finding strategies for working through it gives them a path they can follow, and offers a way to move past their anger. 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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Plow Days 2018 – South Alabama Antique Tractor and Engine Club 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Underwood Farm, 1801 CR 71 Summerdale, 36580 If you are into classic & vintage vehicles, Dauphin Island is the place to be on Saturday, May 19 as dozens of makes and models will be on display at Green Park throughout the day. 251-978-0661 saatec.org/mobile 12th Annual Illuminating Autism Fun-raiser at Pirate’s Cove 11:00 AM 11:00 PM, Pirates Cove, 6600 Hwy 95 Elberta, 36530 The High Hopes FUNraiser, which raises funds for a local nonprofit specializing in language development and social behavior therapy for schoolage children, will be held June 1-3 at Pirate’s Cove. The event offers food, fun and live music on the sandy shores of the laid-back beach restaurant landmark. A highlight will be drawn downs for 2017 4X4 Jeeps from Gulf Chrysler on Saturday and Sunday. A silent auction will also be held both days. 251-986-7007 highhopes4autism.org First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36521 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. Music and a Movie (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Heritage Park, 101 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Begin the evening with music by Shelby Brown. Then bring your lawn chair and relax while you watch Despicable Me 3! visitfoley.com Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

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Saturday June 2

Publix Grandman Triathlon 7:00 AM Fairhope Municipal Pier, Fairhope, 36521 Mobile Baykeeper is hosting the 14th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon at the beautiful Fairhope Pier. Racers begin the race with a jump off the pier into Mobile Bay and swim 1/3-mile to the shore. Following the swim, racers bike 18 miles, beginning up a steep hill before riding through the streets of downtown Fairhope and miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line consists of a 3.1 mile run alongside scenic Mobile Bay. 251-433-4229 www.thegrandman.com Plow Days 2018 – South Alabama Antique Tractor and Engine Club 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Underwood Farm, 1801 CR 71 Summerdale, 36580 SAATAC Annual Plow Days Plowing, Threshing, Corn Grinding, Tractor games, Parade, Food, Music, Vendors. 251-978-0661 saatec.org/mobile May Flowers Observe and Explore Day (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Our May 19th Observe & Explore event will focus on native flowers and plants of the Graham Creek Preserve habitats, including the extraordinary pitcher plant bogs within the Preserve. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org 12th Annual Illuminating Autism Fun-raiser at Pirate’s Cove 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Pirates Cove, 6600 Hwy 95 Elberta, 36530 The High Hopes FUNraiser, which raises funds for a local nonprofit specializing in language development and social behavior therapy for school-age children, will be held June 1-3 at Pirate’s Cove. The event offers food, fun and live music on the sandy shores of the laid-back beach restaurant landmark. A highlight will be drawn downs for 2017 4X4 Jeeps from Gulf Chrysler on Saturday and Sunday. A silent auction will also be held both days. 251-986-7007 highhopes4autism.org Harvest Nights ($5 per adult if you don’t wish to pick berries and children 12 & under are free.)

Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation will kick off Harvest Nights on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m., the series continuing every Saturday through June 16. These family-friendly events feature blueberry picking (cost is $8 per pound), market vendors, food trucks and live music under the stars. www.weeksbayplantation.com

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Sunday June 3

Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon 7:30 AM Fairhope Municipal Pier, Fairhope, 36521 Mobile Baykeeper is partnering with Eastern Shore Triathlon Club and Altaworx to co-host the Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon. The race is open to children ages 7-15 and features four different categories according to age group: Mullets (Ages 13-15), Flounders (Ages 11-12), Crabs (Ages 9-10), and Shrimps (Ages 7-8). Proceeds benefit Mobile Baykeeper, myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama, and Delta Bike Project. 251-433-4229 www.mobilebaykeeper.org/jubileekidstriathlon 12th Annual Illuminating Autism Fun-raiser at Pirate’s Cove 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Pirates Cove, 6600 Hwy 95 Elberta, 36530 The High Hopes FUNraiser, which raises funds for a local nonprofit specializing in language development and social behavior therapy for school-age children, will be held June 1-3 at Pirate’s Cove. The event offers food, fun and live music on the sandy shores of the laid-back beach restaurant landmark. A highlight will be drawn downs for 2017 4X4 Jeeps from Gulf Chrysler on Saturday and Sunday. A silent auction will also be held both days. 251-986-7007 highhopes4autism.org Explore Mobile 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Mardi Gras Park, Mobile, 36602 Explore Mobile is Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm in Downtown Mobile in Mardi Gras Park. Enjoy live music, food, activities, as well free/discounted admission to the city’s tourist attractions. Attendees will be able to explore 300 years of Mobile History inside the History Museum of Mobile, experience Colonial life inside the walls of the Colonial Fort of Mobile, gaze upon the period rooms of the CondeCharlotte Museum House, step back in time as they navigate the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail and more! exploremobile.org 2018 Jaguar Jamboree - Fairhope 5:30 PM Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Join South Alabama Athletics this summer for our first ever Jaguar Jamboree! Come out to meet and get to know our Head Coaches in an intimate setting at one of our four events. We will be heading to Fairhope, Pensacola, Gulfport and right here in Mobile. Appetizers and light refreshments will be provided. Cash bar for adult beverages.This event is family friendly! We will have fun tailgate games, drawings for prizes, appearances by South Paw and cheer. SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Pepsi Pirate Party (Free) The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bring ye crew down to The Wharf on Sundays throughout summer for a swashbuckling good time! We will add a little oomph to our pal Stinky’s tale by incorporating Pepsi giveaways and beach

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Monday June 4

Summer Reading Kick-off (Free) 10:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Libraries Rocks! The Daphne Public Library is offering free fun events the entire month of June. The Summer Reading Program kicks-off on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 AM at the Daphne Civic Center. There will be free hot dogs and entertainment provided by Freedom Ranch Outreach Education. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society is open to the public for dancing every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Live music is featured for dancing Cha Cha Cha, Swing (West Coast and East Coast), Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bolero, American Tango, etc. Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society offers an enjoyable evening of dance, live music, fun, friendship, A partner is not required to participate in the dancing experience. Find us on Facebook. 251-377-4069 Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show (Free) 8:45 PM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life again this summer! You’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Tuesday June 5

Summer Reading 2018: Freedom Ranch Outreach Education: Wildlife Ambassadors on the Move! (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tuesday Evening Living History Tour - Fort Morgan 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Tuesday Evening Living History Tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org

Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Terrific Tuesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Terrific Tuesdays are packed with fun! The library will offer stories, crafts, and songs for Lap Babies at 10:30 AM, and cool crafts and games for Tweens at 1:30 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Wednesday June 6

Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Join Bellingrath’s Horticultural Management Team for a guided tour of the Gardens to see our wonderful summer displays, floral borders and new additions. Stay for lunch in our Magnolia Café and check out our new merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org Wheel of Deals Wednesday at the Wharf (Free) 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 We aim to help you get over the “hump” each week with our new Wheels of Deals discount night. Every Wednesday save a little dough on entertainment at The Wharf, like our Ferris Wheel and Mini Golf, and smile a bit brighter into the weekend. The Deal Wheel will be spun each week to reveal the day’s discount offer and location. Everyone appreciates a deal and we appreciate YOU, so it’s nice to show that appreciation by lessening the bruise to your bank account. Happy thrifting! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Wonderful Wednesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Our Wonderful Wednesdays will be filled with story times just for your preschoolers! The Library offers three opportunities for stories, crafts, and songs at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

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Art in the Park (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Lott Park, 2039 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Join us for 2018’s Art in the Park Crafts, Inflatables, & FREE Concessions! 251-621-3703 Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org The Magic of Music & Art (Free) 10:00 AM - 1100pm, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 Join the library as we celebrate music and art in this unique production showcasing piano extraordinaire Vincentine Williams with guitar and harp accompaniment. Ages 5-8. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Fairhope Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Behind the Fairhope Library, Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Farmer’s Market. The Market will offer fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, local honey, plants, fresh cut flowers and more. The Fairhope Public Library will be holding story times and children’s activities at 4:00pm each Thursday at the Market. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Circus on Main (Admission is Free; some activities may have prices varying from $5-$10) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Balloon Artist, Stilt Walker, Magician, Face Painter and Train Rides 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series 8:00 PM Fairhope Community Park, 105 South Church Avenue Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope returns with the 4th Annual “Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series,” guaranteed to light up your summer nights with three free family movies at Fairhopers Community Park on the first Thursdays in June, July, and August. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic and relax with the whole family. (June 7, July 5, August 2, 2018). Movies begin at 8:00 p.m. 251-929-1466

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8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Tremendous Thursdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Tremendous Thursdays are fully devoted to K-2nd grade! Awesome games and crafts will be offered at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Friday June 8

Summer Reading: Freedom Ranch (Free) 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive Gulf Shores, 36542www. gulfshoresal.gov/924/Library Heritage Park Marketplace (Free) 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Heritage Park Gazebo, 101 East Violet Avenue Foley, 36535 Art and crafts, plants, produce, baked goods and much more. visitfoley.com Crawfish Cookoff

($15 for adults and $5 for children under 10 with a paid adult)

5:30 PM Blackburn Park, 1st and Hoyle Street Bay Minette, 36507 Join the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in Blackburn Park in Downtown Bay Minette on Friday, June 8th for a Crawfish Event like no other -- Kick off Summer with a family friendly good time that includes a variety of styles of Crawfish from cooking teams, live music, kid’s activities, and so much more! www.cityofbayminette.org Music and a Movie (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Heritage Park, 101 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Begin the evening with music by the Bo Grant. Then bring your lawn chair and relax while you watch Wonder Woman! visitfoley.com Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish

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8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org

Saturday June 9

Dragon Boat Festival 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial , 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 We are thrilled to be back for our fifth year as we present one of the largest Dragon Boat Festivals in the nation,” said Jessica Wofford, Director of Operations for Fuse Project. The family friendly festival includes children’s activities, all of the exhibits of the Battleship and a number of wonderful local food trucks and vendors. www.fuseproject.org Gulf Coast Amateur Piano contest 9:00 AM Broussard’s Piano Gallery, 1541 East Interstate 65 Service Road South Mobile, 36606 Broussard’s Piano’s announces it’s first Gulf Coast Amateur Piano contest. Registration is open to all pianists ages 14 and up. You must not be employed by a symphony or university as a pianist or piano teacher. No other musical gig is excluded.The competition will take place at Broussard’s Piano Gallery.Please register via email to broussardspianos27@gmail.com. We need your name, age, contact info, and city of residence. You will receive a confirmation email. 251-344-8856 broussardspianos.com Harvest Nights ($5 per adult if you don’t wish to pick berries and children 12 & under are free.)

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation will kick off Harvest Nights on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m., the series continuing every Saturday through June 16. These family-friendly events feature blueberry picking (cost is $8 per pound), market vendors, food trucks and live music under the stars. www.weeksbayplantation.com

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Sunday June 10

SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Pepsi Pirate Party (Free) The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bring ye crew down to The Wharf on Sundays throughout summer for a swashbuckling good time! We will add a little oomph to our pal Stinky’s tale by incorporating Pepsi giveaways and beach balls, doubloons, a bubble machine and many more treasures. “An Epic Pirate Adventure” presented by the lovely folks at Pepsi will play during both Spectra Sound and Light Spectacular viewing times. Come immerse yourself in this interactive experience of music, choreographed lighting and special effects. Dress up in your best buccaneer attire and come get shipwrecked with us along Main Street! Spectra showings occur at 8:30pm and 9:00pm 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

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Marvelous Mondays (Free) 10:30 AM Daphne Rec Center, 2605 USHwy 98 Daphne, 36526 Every Monday is marvelous at the Daphne Public Library! Free entertainment for all ages will be provided each Monday in June 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show (Free) 8:45 PM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life again this summer! You’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Tuesday June 12

Summer Reading 2018: The Magic of Reading with Russell Davis! (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tuesday Evening Living History Tour - Fort Morgan 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fort Morgan, 51 AL-180 Gulf Shores, 36542 Tuesday Evening Living History Tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org

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8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Terrific Tuesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Terrific Tuesdays are packed with fun! The library will offer stories, crafts, and songs for Lap Babies at 10:30 AM, and cool crafts and games for Tweens at 1:30 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Wednesday June 13

Kids Gulf Discovery Day ($13

for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12. There is no admission fee for Bellingrath members or for ages 4 and younger.)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Plan a day of summertime fun for the family! Come to Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Wednesday, June 13, for Kids Gulf Discovery Day, an opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast. A wide variety of environmental organizations will be on hand for activities and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to noon. Scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will introduce children to the creatures of Mobile Bay, and the Environmental Studies Center will present an exciting Raptor Road Show on the Great Lawn, featuring rehabilitated hawks, owls and other birds of prey. Guests may also take a 45-minute guided cruise along the beautiful Fowl River with our friends from Wild Native Delta Safaris! Cruise times are 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Fees are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruise; to register, call 251-459-8864. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org Wet ‘N Wild Wednesdays (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Lott Park, 2039 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Wear your swimsuits, bring your towels, & pack your lunch to join us for this FREE water fun event! 251-621-3703 Wheel of Deals Wednesday at the Wharf (Free) 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 We aim to help you get over the “hump” each week with our new Wheels of Deals discount night. Every Wednesday save a little dough on entertainment at The Wharf, like our Ferris Wheel and Mini Golf, and smile a bit brighter into

the weekend. The Deal Wheel will be spun each week to reveal the day’s discount offer and location. Everyone appreciates a deal and we appreciate YOU, so it’s nice to show that appreciation by lessening the bruise to your bank account. Happy thrifting! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Wonderful Wednesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Our Wonderful Wednesdays will be filled with story times just for your preschoolers! The Library offers three opportunities for stories, crafts, and songs at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Thursday June 14

2018 Rail Safety Day 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Foley Railroad Museum, 125 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Come join the fun! Free train rides and fun family activities! Learn about railroad safety and its importance in day to day living. 251-943-1818 foleyrailroadmuseum.com Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org Fairhope Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Behind the Fairhope Library, Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Farmer’s Market. The Market will offer fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, local honey, plants, fresh cut flowers and more. The Fairhope Public Library will be holding story times and children’s activities at 4:00pm each Thursday at the Market. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Circus on Main (Admission is Free; some activities may have prices varying from $5-$10)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Fire Act, Train Rides, and Face Painter 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

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8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Tremendous Thursdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Tremendous Thursdays are fully devoted to K-2nd grade! Awesome games and crafts will be offered at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Friday June 15

Summer Reading: Russel Davis Magic (Free) 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive Gulf Shores, 36542www. gulfshoresal.gov/924/Library Fairhope Kids Night Out 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Mars Hill Fairhope, 17176 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 Kids: Do you want to have a night of fun? Parents: Would you like a night out on the town? If so, Kids’ Night Out is the solution. Our fantastic Mars Kids volunteers will keep everyone active all evening long. Space is limited so register soon for this awesome night! You can register today at www.pomh.org/ fairhope. www.pomh.org/fairhope Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little

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FamilyCalendar Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org The Fab Four Concert 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute! thefabfour.com I Love The 90s Tour The Wharf Amphitheater, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, 36561 I LOVE THE 90s TOUR is coming to The Wharf Amphitheater featuring Salt n Peppa with DJ Spinderella, Rob Base, Kid N Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Young MC on Friday, June 15th as part of the 2018 CSpire Concert Series! 800-745-.3000 www.alwharf.com

Saturday June 16

Ride Yellow 7:00 AM Halliday Park, Bay Minette, 36507 RIDEYELLOW is an Infirmary Health charity bike ride held annually on the Saturday before Father’s Day. The ride begins at Halliday Park in Bay Minette, Alabama, with a 6-mile tribute ride. Individuals can choose to participate in only the tribute ride or continue by pedaling the 10, 20, 37 or 62 mile route at their leisure. Rest stops are available along the way and food, beverages and vendor booths are available when riders return to the park. rideyellow.racesonline.com LuLu’s Hot Trot for ARC 5K Run/Walk 7:30 AM LuLu’s, 200 East 25th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36532 LuLu’s Hot Trot for ARC 5K Run/Walk is a fundraising event conducted by the Robertsdale Rotary Club, robertsdalerotary.com 2nd Annual Corn Festival and Car Show 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 20733 Miflin Road Foley, 36535 Custom, Classic, Antiques Car Show hosted by the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market behind Wolfbay Lodge on County Rd 20. 2018 Rail Safety Day 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Foley Railroad Museum, 125 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Come join the fun! Free train rides and fun family activities! Learn about railroad safety and its importance in day to day living. 251-943-1818 foleyrailroadmuseum.com Harvest Nights ($5 per adult if you don’t wish to pick berries and children 12 & under are free.)

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation will kick off Harvest Nights on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m., the series continuing every Saturday through June 16. These family-friendly

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events feature blueberry picking (cost is $8 per pound), market vendors, food trucks and live music under the stars. www.weeksbayplantation.com Cedric the Entertainer 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 An Evening with A King of Comedy”, Cedric the Entertainer. www.mobilesaenger.com Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org

Saturday June 17

SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Pepsi Pirate Party

(Free)

The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bring ye crew down to The Wharf on Sundays throughout summer for a swashbuckling good time! We will add a little oomph to our pal Stinky’s tale by incorporating Pepsi giveaways and beach balls, doubloons, a bubble machine and many more treasures. “An Epic Pirate Adventure” presented by the lovely folks at Pepsi will play during both Spectra Sound and Light Spectacular viewing times. Come immerse yourself in

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Monday June 18

Marvelous Mondays (Free) 10:30 AM Daphne Rec Center, 2605 USHwy 98 Daphne, 36526 Every Monday is marvelous at the Daphne Public Library! Free entertainment for all ages will be provided each Monday in June 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7

for members and $10 for non-members)

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society is open to the public for dancing every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Live music is featured for dancing Cha Cha Cha, Swing (West Coast and East Coast), Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bolero, American Tango, etc. Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society offers an enjoyable evening of dance, live music, fun, friendship, A partner is not required to participate in the dancing experience. Find us on Facebook. 251-377-4069 Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show (Free) 8:45 PM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life again this summer! You’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Tuesday June 19

Summer Reading 2018: All Hands Productions (Free)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Terrific Tuesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Terrific Tuesdays are packed with fun! The library will offer stories, crafts, and songs for Lap Babies at 10:30 AM, and cool crafts and games for Tweens at 1:30 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

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Wet ‘N Wild Wednesdays (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Lott Park, 2039 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Wear your swimsuits, bring your towels, & pack your lunch to join us for this FREE water fun event! 251-621-3703 Wheel of Deals Wednesday at the Wharf (Free) 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 We aim to help you get over the “hump” each week with our new Wheels of Deals discount night. Every Wednesday save a little dough on entertainment at The Wharf, like our Ferris Wheel and Mini Golf, and smile a bit brighter into the weekend. The Deal Wheel will be spun each week to reveal the day’s discount offer and location. Everyone appreciates a deal and we appreciate YOU, so it’s nice to show that appreciation by lessening the bruise to your bank account. Happy thrifting! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Do not miss this very special evening astronomy program led by members of the University of South Alabama Department of Physics. Following a brief lecture in the Magnolia Room, guests will gather on the Great Lawn to view the night sky. Telescopes will be set up to view planets and constellations. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and flashlights. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Wonderful Wednesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Our Wonderful Wednesdays will be filled with story times just for your preschoolers! The Library offers three opportunities for stories, crafts, and songs at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Thursday June 21

Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org Fairhope Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Behind the Fairhope Library, Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Farmer’s Market. The Market will offer fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, local honey, plants, fresh cut flowers and more. The Fairhope Public Library will be holding story times and children’s activities at 4:00pm each Thursday at the Market. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Circus on Main (Admission is Free; some activities may have prices varying from $5-$10) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road

Orange Beach, 36561 Fire Act, Train Rides, Face Painter and Aerial Artist 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Free Family Movie Night

financial literacy clinics, and athletic youth and cheer camps, football and soccer teams. palmerwilliamsgroup.org/dinner-with-corneliusbennett

(Free)

8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for

children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Tremendous Thursdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Tremendous Thursdays are fully devoted to K-2nd grade! Awesome games and crafts will be offered at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Friday June 22

Summer Reading: David Stephens Puppets

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive Gulf Shores, 36542www.gulfshoresal.gov/924/Library Palmer Williams Group Second Annual Gala 6:00 PM Battle House Hotel, 26 North Royal Street Mobile, 36602 The Palmer Williams Group is hosting its Second Annual Gala fundraising event, Dinner with Cornelius Bennett on June 22, 2018 from 6:00pm-9:00pm, at the Battle House Hotel. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support our efforts in offering free youth development programs that include LifeSync Academy life skills programs,

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Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org

Saturday June 23

Babypalooza Tour 10:00 AM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Babypalosoza Tour is coming to the bay area on Saturday, June 23 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama. Hosted by Springhill Medical Center, Babypalooza is a one-day parenting conference and maternity fair. If you’re thinking of having a baby, just found out your expecting, or have had or adopted a child in the last twelve months then Babypalooza is for you. babypalooza.com Summer Reading Event: “Summer Stories” with Author Jerrye Sumrall Event (Free) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

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Sunday June 24

Sunset Concert - Lisa Mills 6:15 PM West End Beach, Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Sunset Concert featuring Yo Jonsey & The Crowned Jewels townofdauphinisland.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Pepsi Pirate Party

(Free)

The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bring ye crew down to The Wharf on Sundays throughout summer for a swashbuckling good time! We will add a little oomph to our pal Stinky’s tale by incorporating Pepsi giveaways and beach balls, doubloons, a bubble machine and many more treasures. “An Epic Pirate Adventure” presented by the lovely folks at Pepsi will play during both Spectra Sound and Light Spectacular viewing times. Come immerse yourself in this interactive experience of music, choreographed lighting and special effects. Dress up in your best buccaneer attire and come get shipwrecked with us along Main Street! Spectra showings occur at 8:30pm and 9:00pm 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Monday June 25

Marvelous Mondays (Free) 10:30 AM Daphne Rec Center, 2605 USHwy 98 Daphne, 36526 Every Monday is marvelous at the Daphne Public Library! Free entertainment for all ages will be provided each Monday in June 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show (Free) 8:45 PM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life again this summer! You’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Tuesday June 26

Summer Reading 2018: Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com

Terrific Tuesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Terrific Tuesdays are packed with fun! The library will offer stories, crafts, and songs for Lap Babies at 10:30 AM, and cool crafts and games for Tweens at 1:30 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Wednesday June 27

Wet ‘N Wild Wednesdays (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Lott Park, 2039 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Wear your swimsuits, bring your towels, & pack your lunch to join us for this FREE water fun event! 251-621-3703 Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 See what goes into putting on the largest outdoor display of cascading mums in the country. Chuck Owens, Bellingrath’s Horticulturist, will show you how we grow our famous cascades, columns and spheres. He will also lead a behind-the-scenes tour through Bellingrath’s mum growing operation. Participants will receive a mum and directions for growing their own cascades. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org Wheel of Deals Wednesday at the Wharf (Free) 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 We aim to help you get over the “hump” each week with our new Wheels of Deals discount night. Every Wednesday save a little dough on entertainment at The Wharf, like our Ferris Wheel and Mini Golf, and smile a bit brighter into the weekend. The Deal Wheel will be spun each week to reveal the day’s discount offer and location. Everyone appreciates a deal and we appreciate YOU, so it’s nice to show that appreciation by lessening the bruise to your bank account. Happy thrifting! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

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2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Wonderful Wednesdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Our Wonderful Wednesdays will be filled with story times just for your preschoolers! The Library offers three opportunities for stories, crafts, and songs at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Thursday June 28

Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org Fairhope Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Behind the Fairhope Library, Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope Farmer’s Market. The Market will offer fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, local honey, plants, fresh cut flowers and more. The Fairhope Public Library will be holding story times and children’s activities at 4:00pm each Thursday at the Market. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Circus on Main (Admission is Free; some activities may have prices varying from $5-$10) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Balloon Artist, Stilt Walker, Magician, Face Painter and Train Rides 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Summer Reading Event: “Summer Stories” with Author Frye Gaillard (Free) 6:00 PM Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

Distinguished Young Women 61st National Finals First Preliminary 7:00 PM Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Join us at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre for Distinguished Young Women’s First Preliminary Competition of the 61st National Finals as the Class of 2018 competes in fitness, talent and self-expression! www.distinguishedyw.org Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

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8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com Tremendous Thursdays (Free) Daphne Public Library, 2607 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Tremendous Thursdays are fully devoted to K-2nd grade! Awesome games and crafts will be offered at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, and 2:00 PM. 251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org

Friday June 29

International Mud Day Observe and Explore

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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Observe & Explore theme celebrates International Mud Day, a popular annual event for fun in the mud at Graham Creek Nature Preserve. FREE to kids 10 and under and all families. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org Summer Reading: Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events (Free)

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Thomas B. Norton Public Library, 221 W 19th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542www. gulfshoresal.gov/924/Library Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Distinguished Young Women 61st National Finals Second Preliminary 7:00 PM Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Join us at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre for Distinguished Young Women’s Second Preliminary Competition of the 61st National Finals as the Class of 2018 competes in fitness, talent and self-expression! www.distinguishedyw.org Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed.

Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org SummerTide Theatre 2018 presents Pump Boys and Dinettes ($20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under.)

8:00 PM George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36532 Set off of Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ of the local gas station and their neighbors, the ‘Dinettes,’ of the Double Cupp Diner come together for an evening of lively country western music played on instruments ranging from piano to cello to utensils 251-968-6721 summertide.org

Saturday June 30

Lil Whit Meet and Greet 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Whit’s Frozen Custard of Daphne, 1204 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Lil Whit will bring a fun kids flavor, and he will be handing out balloons and taking pictures. Please join us for this fun event. 251-378-9204 www.whitscustard.com/al-daphne Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Distinguished Young Women 61st Annual National Finals 7:00 PM Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Join us as we celebrate 61 years of inspiring young women! The 61st Annual National Finals will feature eight finalists from the Class of 2018 as they compete in fitness, talent and selfexpression. Thousands of scholarship dollars will be awarded before one participant is named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018. www.distinguishedyw.org

Sunday July 1

Pepsi Pirate Party (Free) The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bring ye crew down to The Wharf on Sundays throughout summer for a swashbuckling good time! We will add a little oomph to our pal Stinky’s tale by incorporating Pepsi giveaways and beach balls, doubloons, a bubble machine and many more treasures. “An Epic Pirate Adventure” presented by the lovely folks at Pepsi will play during both Spectra Sound and Light Spectacular viewing times. Come immerse yourself in this interactive experience of music, choreographed lighting and special effects. Dress up in your best buccaneer attire and come get shipwrecked with us along Main Street! Spectra showings occur at 8:30pm and 9:00pm 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Monday July 2

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for dancing every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Live music is featured for dancing Cha Cha Cha, Swing (West Coast and East Coast), Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Bolero, American Tango, etc. Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society offers an enjoyable evening of dance, live music, fun, friendship, A partner is not required to participate in the dancing experience. Find us on Facebook. 251-377-4069

Tuesday July 3

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 10327 Taylor F. Harper Grand Bay, 36541 The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is open on July 3rd from 3 to 7 pm and on July 4th from 8 am to 4 pm. An annual family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon you can eat, but only on the 4th. (The watermelons will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. grandbaywatermelonfestival.org Independence Day Street Party (Admission is Free; some activities may have prices varying from $5-$10)

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Join us for our Independence Day Street Party on July 3rd for the ultimate freedom celebration! Bring the family down for live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, prize giveaways, and much more. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

Wednesday July 4

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 10327 Taylor F. Harper Grand Bay, 36541 The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is open on July 3rd from 3 to 7 pm and on July 4th from 8 am to 4 pm. An annual family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon you can eat, but only on the 4th. (The watermelons will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. grandbaywatermelonfestival.org City of Daphne July 4th Celebration 5:00 PM Trione Sports Complex, 8600 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Fireworks at dust. Fun family entertainment. 251-621-3703 Wheel of Deals Wednesday at the Wharf (Free) 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 We aim to help you get over the “hump” each week with our new Wheels of

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FamilyCalendar Deals discount night. Every Wednesday save a little dough on entertainment at The Wharf, like our Ferris Wheel and Mini Golf, and smile a bit brighter into the weekend. The Deal Wheel will be spun each week to reveal the day’s discount offer and location. Everyone appreciates a deal and we appreciate YOU, so it’s nice to show that appreciation by lessening the bruise to your bank account. Happy thrifting! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com 4th of July - Mobile (Free) 7:00 PM Cooper Riverside Park, Mobile, 36602 Come out listen to patriotic songs performed by the Mobile Pops, enjoy a picnic, enjoy scenic Downtown Mobile...best of all celebrate the 242st birthday of our nation! Schedule-7 p.m.- Mobile Pops .m.- Fireworks www.ncsmobile.org City of Fairhope Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Fairhope Municipal Pier, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host its annual Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks display again this year on Wednesday, July 4th in Henry George Park and the Fairhope Municipal Pier. The Baldwin Pops Band Independence Day Concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Henry George Park. A variety of patriotic music will be played before and during the fireworks display. The Fairhope fireworks display will begin at approximately 9 p.m. 251-929-1466 4th of July on the Fantail (Adults: $50. Children: $25) 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Pkwy Mobile, 36602 Enjoy an evening aboard the USS ALABAMA as we celebrate July 4th. Live music, barbeque, specialty cocktail, ice cream buffet and more. Children receive an autograph copy of our children’s story book “Hooray for the Mighty A.” 251-433-2703 City of Gulf Shores Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration 9:00 PM Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, 20800 East Beach Boulevard Gulf Shores, 36542 The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display www.gulfshores.com

Thursday July 5

Circus on Main (Admission is Free; some activities may have prices varying from $5-$10) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Balloon Artist, Stilt Walker, Magician, Face Painter and Train Rides 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

Friday July 6

First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36521 Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local

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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. Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

Saturday July 7

Dancin’ in the Street DJ Night

7:00 PM 10:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 There’s no better place to safely dance in the streets than at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday nights! We’ll kick off the weekend right with a boogie-worthy block party all along Main Street. DJ Matt will be in full effect, spinning those tail-feather shaking tunes while Starla the Starfish mascot salsas her way down Main. Partake in games AND win prizes. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Sunday July 8

Pepsi Pirate Party (Free) The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Bring ye crew down to The Wharf on Sundays throughout summer for a swashbuckling good time! We will add a little oomph to our pal Stinky’s tale by incorporating Pepsi giveaways and beach balls, doubloons, a bubble machine and many more treasures. “An Epic Pirate Adventure” presented by the lovely folks at Pepsi will play during both Spectra Sound and Light Spectacular viewing times. Come immerse yourself in this interactive experience of music, choreographed lighting and special effects. Dress up in your best buccaneer attire and come get shipwrecked with us along Main Street! Spectra showings occur at 8:30pm and 9:00pm 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Monday July 9

Card Making Class (Free) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd Spanish Fort, 36527 Card Making Class. Sign up on eventbrite. Space is limited. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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Summer Reading Finale (Free) 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526251-621-2818 www.daphnelibrary.org Sparks After Dark Fireworks Show (Free) 8:45 PM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Sparks After Dark fireworks show will flash to life again this summer! You’ll have a weekly chance to catch the high-flying flickers in action. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Tuesday July 10

Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com

Wednesday July 11

Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Serving utensils are designed to cut, spear, scoop, grasp, spread, strain and transfer food from plates, trays, platters and bowls. Over the years, the original purpose of many of these uniquely designed pieces has been lost or forgotten. Tom McGehee, Curator of the Bellingrath Museum Home, will help us decode some of the mysteries of Mrs. Bellingrath’s silver serving pieces. If you have a mystery piece at home, bring it – he may be able to determine what it is! 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org

Thursday July 12

Fantasy Island Toys Craft Classes Fantasy Island Toys, 335 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Create some summer fun and join our activity classes! Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and watch the creativity unfold! Classes usually last 30 minutes to an hour. Spots fill quickly and sign up fees must be paid at the time of registration. All of our activities only cost $5.00 per child and they generally last around 30 to 45 minutes. Times: 11:00am and 1:00pm. For a detailed schedule, please call or visit our website. 251-928-1720 www.fantasyislandtoys.com

Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 3 Circle Church, 10274 Highway 104, Fairhope. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-460-2727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www. childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. Bridge Support Group A place where parents with similar experiences come together to share stories, advice and love. These families have had babies who: were stillborn,

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born with a lethal anomaly (such as Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, skeletal dysplasia, anencephaly) or had a baby that only lived in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our families are from all over the Gulf Coast and all have beautiful stories to tell. Meets 1st Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm-until. Dinner is served. 1st floor conference room of Strada Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Contact: Rene Sprague RN, MSN rgilstrapsprague@health. southalabama.edu, 251-610-5264. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call for info at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ celebrationmopsfairhopeal.

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.

Family Center’s Positive Parenting Classes are held on Tuesday mornings 9:3011:30 am and Responsible Parenting with focus on fathers, co-parenting and economic stability/child support are Wednesday mornings 9 am-11 am and Monday evenings 6 pm-8pm. Call 251-947-4700 to register for either class. at The Family Center is located at 22671 Hwy. 59 South, Robertsdale. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Meets During School Year Only) We meet 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday (during the school year) at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@yahoo.com for how to register. Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills” - Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne. Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center) Ministry for memory & physically challenged. Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148. SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. For information, please email jlbarber5@bellsouth.net or call 251-455-6453.

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. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first

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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, 6:308:30 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- 2791373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@bellsouth.net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Sibling Class Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration 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 800477-1104. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229.

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Show Dogs

Solo:

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: CViolence: B Sexual Content: D Profanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: A Fish out of water scenarios are a frequent source of comedy in movies. In Show Dogs, the fish is a dog. Max (voiced by Ludacris), a gruff and aggressive member of the NYPD canine unit, goes undercover as a contestant at the fictional Canini dog show in Las Vegas. He is paired with Frank (Will Arnett), a clueless human FBI agent, whose first meeting with Max involves jurisdictional disputes, reckless driving, and a bite on the buttocks. Over the course of the film, Max and Frank learn to work together in a common cause. Respect for diversity and the need to work together are the best messages in the film. However, parents need to be aware that this movie raises the topic of sexual consent, in both positive and negative ways. The most alarming message for parents and inexcusable in a children’s movie is part of the finale where each animal receives a thorough examination, including genital palpation. Max has already had a bikini wax treatment, which has only increased his resistance to having his backside touched. Whenever Frank tries to practice the exam and gets close to Max’s posterior, Max bites or gets angry. This is played for laughs. Philippe insists it is a necessary part of being a competitor and tells Max to be calm and “go to your happy place”. During the final event when the judge comes, hand extended towards Max’s testicles, the dog “goes to his happy place”. Parents who have taught their children that they have the right to control their bodies and say “No” to unwanted touching will be very disturbed by this scene. Even Hollywood glitter can’t disguise this rotten message.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B Violence: CSexual Content: B Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ Alden Ehrenreich won the casting lottery to play legendary Han Solo as a much younger man. Yet whether the role will forever alter the 28-year-old actor’s career will depend on fans’ acceptance of a performance that is just as much about evoking Harrison Ford’s swagger as it is about revealing the mercenary smuggler’s backstory. We meet young Solo on his home world of Corellia. In this highly industrialized environment he yearns to be a skilled aviator. However, the heavy handed rule of the empire is beginning to take hold. In a desperate move to leave the planet and gain freedom, he manages to escape -- but not before the authorities nab his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). Enlisting with the dark side so he can become a pilot, he instead finds himself on a muddy battlefield. It’s here that he meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a shifty character who has far bigger and profitable interests than fighting for the Empire, along with a Wookie named (you guessed it) Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). Parents can expect violence similar to other Star Wars episodes. Profanities are relatively infrequent, however there are a few more than back in the Harrison Ford era. While the focus of this movie is on Solo and Ehrenreich’s depiction, the more interesting roles are in the hands of the more capable Harrelson and Bettany. Ironically, Solo is a character who is much more interesting when he’s not working alone.

A Star Wars Story

Life of the Party

Black Panther

MPAA Rating: PG 13 Overall: C Violence: C Sexual Content: C Profanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: D Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) put her dream of an archaeology career on hold when she married Ben (Matt Walsh), became pregnant with Maddie (Molly Gordon), and dropped out of university. Fast forward twenty plus years and Matt tells Deanna he wants a divorce – “an upgrade in my life”. He has a new girlfriend and has already begun the sale of their home. With her world turned upside down, Deanna decides to return to school, complete the remaining year of her degree, and achieve her goal. The only catch is that daughter Maddie is a senior at the same institution. The movie’s most positive messages stem from Deanna’s personality and her relationship with Maddie. She is irrepressibly cheerful and consistently kind to others, including her morose roommate. Her courage, enthusiasm, and determination inspire the sorority girls. Although Deanna faints while giving an oral presentation in class, she tries again and succeeds. The mother-daughter relationship is warm and affectionate. Deanna is devoted to her daughter and Maddie loves her mom enough to forgive some very poor behavior. Parents will be concerned about the number of reckless activities Deanna engages in, particularly her sexual promiscuity. Deanna and other characters also drink heavily in social situations. The movie’s depictions of drug use, rampant alcohol consumption, sexual promiscuity, and criminal activities (vandalism and fraud) are the type of education most parents do not want their children to receive.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: B After the death of his father (John Kani), which was depicted in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) succeeds to the throne of a small, mysterious (and fictitious) African state called Wakanda. After defending his right to rule in a gladiator-style, ceremonial ritual, T’Challa also inherits the role as protector of the realm, along with some big moral decisions and deep rooted family baggage. But T’Challa has some help with these responsibilities. Thanks to a the powers of an indigenous herb, he is endowed with superhuman strengths as the Black Panther. And he will need these abilities to maintain the secrecy of Wakanda’s greatest treasure, a shiny metal called vibranium. T’Challa hopes to honor his father’s legacy by keeping Wakanda safely isolated from the unrest of the world surrounding it. Yet, a bad guy named Ulyssess Klaue is already aware of the secret resource. Klaue is determined to grasp more of the mighty metal and sell it to the highest bidder. From a parent’s perspective, Black Panther comes with ample violent portrayals. However, the complex ethical issues presented propel the script far above other superhero films too. When it comes to considering the needs of others first, the Black Panther sets a high bar. One that I hope continues in the many Marvel adventures sure to include this character in the future. 92

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RAISING AWARENESS OF THE THREAT OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF APPROPRIATE ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIBING AND USE IN THE COMMUNITIES, IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES, AND ON THE FARM

• At least 80 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary. • Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria. • Antibiotics do not work on viruses such as colds and flu. • Antibiotics are not always the answer. Everyone can help improve antibiotic prescribing and use. • S  tay healthy and keep others healthy by washing hands, covering cough, staying home when sick and getting recommended vaccines.

Viruses or Bacteria: What’s got you sick? Common Condition:

Common Cause Bacteria

Bacteria or Virus

Virus

Are antibiotics needed?

Strep throat

YES

Whooping cough

YES

Urinary tract infection

YES

Sinus infection

MAYBE

Middle ear infection

MAYBE

Bronchitis/chest cold (in otherwise healthy children and adults)*

NO*

Common cold/runny nose

NO

Sore throat (except strep)

NO

Flu

NO

*Studies show that in otherwise healthy children and adults, antibiotics for bronchitis won’t help you feel better.

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Eastern Shore Parents Magazine June 2018  

Summer is well on the way! The Summer Fun Guide is in this issue as well as helpful articles, movie reviews and much more!

Eastern Shore Parents Magazine June 2018  

Summer is well on the way! The Summer Fun Guide is in this issue as well as helpful articles, movie reviews and much more!