March 10, 2018 · 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hank aaron stadium $20 per car Food trucks on site A family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of trucks and meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. Children will be allowed to touch, climb aboard and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe environment. Presented by Caribe Resort & FOX10 Benefits pediatric cancer research at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, and Adoption Rocks *Noise-free hour – no sirens, lights or horns – from 10-11 a.m.
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8 Living With Children John Rosemond
How Not to Worry
If you are sending your child to overnight camp, discover how to keep your worry at bay.
Self-Determination at Summer Camp
Ways your child will grow by being off on his own at camp.
16 Kids Health Watch
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46 Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston
48 Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs
50 Dave Says Dave Ramsey
2018 Summer Camps Refresh Your Home Day, residential, sports camps and more! Our listing starts you planning your kids’ summer!
Give your home a new look on a small budget. Find out how a little can go a long way.
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88 A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith
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John Marshall (18), Rankin (10) and Owen (14)
Williams, sons of Eleanor and Eric Williams, and brothers to Gibs Williams (20). Proud grandparents are Lander and Frank Dean, Jean Williams, and Len Williams. John Marshall likes fishing, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee. Like his big brother, Rankin also enjoys fishing and playing lacrosse, plus hanging out with neighborhood friends and his black lab, Harley. Owen plays football, basket-
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Publisher’sNote When I was a child, my brothers and I would get so excited whenever the Sears Catalog Holiday Issue would arrive. We would grab our markers and quickly start perusing the pages of toys just waiting to be added to some child’s Christmas wish list. Why am I talking about Christmas in March? Well, as a grown up, I get that same feeling when our Summer Camp Issue comes out! The girls and I love looking through the pages and pages of camp ads and the Summer Camp Directory to see what opportunities we can take advantage of to fill our summer days. As you will see, the directory is packed with camps from art camps to zoo camps and everything in between. It does not matter if your child is interested in sports, theater, music, science, or all of it, you will find a huge variety of options in this valuable resource. So pull out your highlighters and calendars and flip to page 60 to view the 2018 Summer Camp Directory. While discussions of summer camp should be fun, for some the thought of sending their child off to camp may bring anxiety. As parents, we worry if our child will have fun, meet new friends or thrive at camp. Heidi Smith Luedke addresses many of these concerns in this month’s feature, Kids Gong to Camp? How Not to Worry, on page 52. She also shares some surprising benefits in Self Determination at Summer Camp, found on page 58. Your child may come back with some new skills and confidence. While the kids are away at camp, this could be a great opportunity to tackle some home projects. After spending money on summer camps, the budget may not allow for too much. No worries. Pam Molnar’s feature, A Little Goes a Long Way – How to Refresh Your Home on a Budget, provides us with some tips and tricks to spruce up our homes in no time and still leave plenty of time for family activities. Speaking of activities, make sure you check out the Family Calendar on page 90. The calendar is filled with plenty of happenings and Easter events to enjoy this month. One event you definitely do not want to miss is the Eastern Shore Parents and Mobile Bay Parents 2nd Annual Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo! This FREE, familyfun event will be held from 10am to 1 pm on Saturday, March 10, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Science Center. The Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo will feature great family entertainment. Not only will attendees receive FREE admission to the Exploreum, but they will also have the chance to visit with the exhibitors to learn more about summer camp opportunities, see live animals, watch cool experiments, and enjoy face painting, balloon art, and much more! We have an incredible day planned! You don’t want to miss it! A special thanks to Local 15 News, Vital Smiles, Chick-fil-A Daphne/ RSA and all of the wonderful exhibitors for making this free family fun day a possibility. I hope you all have a wonderful March, a super Spring Break and a very Happy Easter!
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Establish Good Eating Habits Q: Our son is two-and-one-half and for the most part eats very well. We make up his plate for each meal and he has to eat what is on his plate, or at least try each food on the plate before he can get more of something that he really likes. We also make sure that he remains seated during the entire meal. Sometimes he will request fruit before he is finished with his dinner. We tell him he first has to finish what’s on his plate. Should we be forcing him to eat his main meal before being able to have fruit or a cookie?
A: It sounds like he’s doing reasonably to very well as things now stand, which means you’re doing a good job of helping him establish good, pro-social eating habits. You’re obviously not allowing him to dictate what he eats, which is what produces the so-called “picky eater”—really nothing more than a child who has been
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given power over food choices. Someone recently asked me what the harm is of giving a toddler food he likes and will readily eat at mealtimes. My answer was that a young child is no more capable of making good choices about food than he is of making a good choice of playthings. Given the choice in either category, a child will choose based on what appeals to his tongue or his eyes. As such, he will choose junk, which is why so many of today’s kids (where food is concerned) are overweight and have health issues related to their diets and (where playthings are concerned) have great difficulty entertaining themselves. Simply put, if children made good choices, parents would be unnecessary. It is also good manners to eat what you are served, especially if you are a guest at someone else’s table. Turning up one’s nose at a certain food is insulting to the person who took time to prepare it. My wife and I used to tell our kids that they had
to eat what was on their plates because they were in training to be good guests in other people’s homes. The only exception to that, of course, is when the child has a food allergy, in which case the host should be informed in advance. “I don’t like it” was not an acceptable excuse at our table. We told our kids that they could eat what they chose when they were old enough to prepare their own meals. Before they had turned double-digits, they were eating sushi. It is not “forcing” to use your son’s fondness for fruit as incentive to eat what you serve as his main meal. It’s obviously time to tell him about the Universal, Intergalactic Rule of Fruit: Fruit is what we eat when we’ve finished what’s on our plate. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding!” (If you’re familiar with the song “Another Brick in the Wall,” you know that’s as far as the analogy extends.) Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.
2nd Annual Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo
Eastern Shore Parents Magazine and Mobile Bay Parents Magazine are excited to host the second annual Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo! This super fun family event will be held at the Gulf Coast Exploreum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Admission to the Exploreum is FREE during the expo. Come learn about all the area's summer camp options, be entertained with live animals, face painting, balloon animals, and demonstrations all while browsing through the amazing Exploreum exhibits. Great fun for the whole family! Come early because we will be giving out 200 goodie bags first come first serve! To become a vendor or for more information call 251-929-2099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A very special thank you to Vital Smiles, Local 15, Chick-fil-A Daphne/RSA, and Publications Press for their support of this event.
ACE Presents “Into the Woods”
The ACE Performing Arts Center proudly presents “Into the Woods”. ACE will bring you Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and Rapunzel, among many fairytale characters brought together as they all set out on their own magical journey Into the Woods! But we all know, NO good fairytale is complete without the Evil Antagonist and maybe a prince or two! Performances will be held March 22, 23, and 24 at 6:30 p.m. along with matinees on March 24 at 1:00 and March 25 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be held at the Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive, Loxley. Tickets available at www.theaceperformingartscenter.com or at the door.
Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival
The 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope is scheduled for March 16, 17, & 18. Festival hours are Friday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public. More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. This prestigious juried show showcases artists from across the country including many from the Southeast. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event. An Eastern Shore staple for more than sixty years, there’s something for everyone at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival on the streets of beautiful Downtown Fairhope. For more information visit www.fairhopeartsandcraftsfestival.com. Eastern Shore Parents I March 2018
Big Trucks are Child’s Play at Touch a Truck
Children and their families can climb aboard more than 50 big trucks and other large vehicles at Touch a Truck, Saturday, March 10, at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile to benefit pediatric cancer research and adoption. The event, now in its second year, is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the first hour designated “noise free” – no sirens, lights or horns. Admission is $20 per car at the gate. Food trucks will also be on site for refreshments. “It’s every child’s dream to interact with these ‘life-size toys,’” said Kelly McCarron, associate vice president for Medical Affairs, Health Development at USA Health. “They can also meet the drivers who build, protect and serve our community.” Among the many vehicles participating this year are emergency vehicles, construction trucks, buses, excavators and transport vehicles.
Little Black Dress to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile
The ninth annual Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show will be held Thursday, April 19, at Fort Whiting in Mobile, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Little Black Dress is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at Mobile area hospitals. Fifty local area “McModels” will be featured in this fast-paced runway show in fashions styled by Dillard’s and makeup by James Edward of J.EDWARD Beauty. Paired with the runway show, the cocktail party will feature Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants with exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings. General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating available. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, visit www.rmhcmobile.org/little-black-dress or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile at 251.694.6873.
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Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Seeks Junior Volunteers
The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is seeking students to participate in their junior volunteer program this summer. This opportunity is offered to high school students between the ages 14 to 17 with at least a 3.0 grade point average who have an interest in volunteering at Thomas Hospital. 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. “This is a great opportunity for our area students to get involved in healthcare careers early in their lives,” Melita Willkie, manager of volunteer services at Thomas Hospital, said. “We are looking for mature students who have good communication skills, a great attitude, and a desire to learn and accept responsibility. We look forward to offering them a wonderful place to volunteer and the opportunity to provide a valuable service to their community.” Participants are asked to attend an orientation class and complete a health screening, and then volunteer four hours per week between June 4 and July 27. Applications must be received by April 19 and an informational meeting for students and their parents will be held April 26. Applications are available in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary office, from school counselors at area high schools, at www.thomashospital.org, or by contacting Melita Willkie at 279-5525 or email@example.com.
Cottontail Express 2018 at Wales West
Wales West RV and Light Railway is pleased to announce the thirteenth Annual Cottontail Express will open on Saturday, March 3, and run every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, March 31. Guests can ride "Dame Ann," an authentic steam train to the Bunny Hutch, visit the Easter Bunny, take lots of pictures, enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, and make your very own Easter Bunny Ears! Once back at the Train Station you can enjoy free Refreshments, MiniTrain Ride, Bounce House, Hayless Hay Ride, and Playground. Petting Zoo and Pony Rides available for a slight fee. Tickets $15 plus tax, may be purchased online or at railway upon arrival. Two and under are FREE. Wales West is located at 13670 Smiley Street, Silverhill.
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BBQ & Blues Cook-Off Seeks Cook Teams and Vendors
The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation’s 10th Annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Heritage Park in Foley. The annual BBQ & Blues Cook-off is an outdoor food and music event held in Downtown Foley’s Heritage Park the third Saturday of March. The barbecue cook-off attracts both professional and backyard teams competing for bragging rights in several award categories. Competition categories are Chicken, Ribs, Boston Butts, Sauce and Anything “Butt” including exotic items, seafood and desserts. The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is currently seeking cook teams and arts and crafts vendors. Please visit the website, foleybbqandblues.com, to sign up or call Kylee Raulerson at 251.943.5590.
Junior League of Mobile’s 5th Annual Rummage Sale
Join us for Junior League of Mobile's 5th Annual Rummage Sale St. Patrick's Day weekend 2018 at the previous Old Mobile Antiques Gallery (1616 W Interstate 65 Service Road S., Mobile). The sale will have thousands of bargains, including furniture, bikes, baby clothes, shoes, books, designer purses, jewelry, collectibles, office equipment, even brand new merchandise, and more! Bargain hunters can kick off their shopping experience early at the Annual Rummage Sale Peek & Purchase Party Thursday, March 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. Peek & Purchase provides friends and family of the Junior League of Mobile an exclusive opportunity to shop before the general public while enjoying food, drinks, a silent auction, and fun. Tickets are $30 and include entry to Saturday’s Early Bird Sale. Thursday evening is a 21 and over event. The Early Bird Sale is Saturday, March 17, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Tickets are $3, 17 & under free. The Community Sale is Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. The weekend will wrap up Sunday, March 18 with Dollar Dash1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission. Remaining merchandise marked down! For more information find us on Facebook or visit our website, juniorleaguemobile.org/jubileebargains/
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Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Offers Health Career Scholarships to Baldwin County Residents
The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to offer health career scholarships to Baldwin County residents pursuing degrees in healthcare. To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled full time at an accredited college or university as juniors or seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree, or in the last year of an associate’s degree program. Graduate and medical school students are also eligible for this scholarship after they have completed their undergraduate studies and been accepted into a health career program. Selection of the scholarship recipients is based on the applicants’ grades, financial need and community involvement. The completed application, official documentation of enrollment status, official transcripts from all colleges attended to the present time, a brief personal essay, and academic and personal references are required. All items must be postmarked no later than May 4, 2018. Thomas Hospital Auxilian Rusty Downey is serving as chairperson of the Auxiliary’s Health Career Scholarship Committee. Scholarship applications are available in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary office by calling 279-1686 or by contacting Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think Strange. Think Monstrous. Think Prehistoric. Dinosaurs? Think Again!
Take an amazing adventure back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, in “Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs” and learn more about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen. This unique traveling exhibition brings the past back to life with 7 full-size animatronic models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian Period. Along with these animatronics, the exhibit features a hands-on dig pit, including rare and exciting fossils from giant insects, bizarre looking sharks and strange reptiles. Feb. 14 – June 3, 2018. Also, playing in the J.L Bedsole IMAX Dome theater is “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”, through May 26. In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Amongst these fascinating and remote volcanic islands, life has played out over millions of years in relative isolation. The result is a wonderland of nature, with a remarkable collection of plants and charismatic animals that have all adapted to this unique environment. Visit www.gulfcoastexploreum for more information and ticket prices.
2018 Easter Events at Bellingrath
Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites children of all ages to join us for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn on Saturday, March 24. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, with pancakes, sausage patties, fruit and beverages, will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Magnolia Café. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will visit guests at their tables and pose for photos throughout the breakfast. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Reservations are required and can be made at bellingrath.org or 251-459-8727. Later, thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos on the brick patio by the Great Lawn, and education students from the University of South Alabama will hold arts and crafts projects for children from 9 a.m. to noon at Live Oak Plaza. Regular Gardens admission of $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12 will be charged. Tickets available at bellingrath.org. Don’t forget your basket! Bellingrath Gardens and Home also invites guests to join them on Easter Sunday, to enjoy a special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 to 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday.
40th Annual Spring Fever Chase
The 40th Annual Spring Fever Chase, sponsored by Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo, is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, in Fairhope. This 10K run and 2-mile fun run/walk takes both runners and walkers on a beautiful and challenging course through the neighborhoods of Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. Awards will be presented to race winners during the post-race party on the bluff on South Mobile Street near the finish line, overlooking Mobile Bay. Race applications are available at all three Infirmary Fitness Centers: ProHealth Fitness Center, Mobile; North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette; and Thomas Fitness Center, Fairhope. Participants may also register online at springfeverchase.com. For more information call 251-279-1684.
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It’s a Rough World Out There! Summer is almost here! It will soon be time for swimming, boating, fishing, and playing outside! When I think back to my childhood growing up in Mobile, I often think about those long summer days, playing without a care in the world and wonder if I ever thought to put on sunscreen or bug spray. I’m pretty sure I didn’t. But times have changed, and we have to protect our children better. It’s estimated that before the age of 18, we have almost 80% of our lifetime sun exposure. And this exposure puts us at a significantly increased risk of not only sunburn, but skin cancer as well. Let’s talk about some ways to protect your child. For infants less than six months old, always dress them in lightweight long pants and shirts with a brimmed hat, even if the sun exposure is thought to be short. I can think of plenty of times when my family’s short trips to town end up as half day marathons and long times out in the sun. It’s OK to use sunscreen on infants on exposed areas as long as you avoid the palms of the hands (ingestion risk), and use at least an SPF of 30 or greater. The times when you are most likely to feel the sun’s damaging effects are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and that is of course the time when my kids play outside. So
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avoid that time when you can, but if they go out, apply at least SPF 30 waterproof sunscreen every 2 hours, especially after swimming or hard play. Hats and sunglasses are a good idea as well and keep those kids hydrated! Remember, our children learn and mimic what we as parents do, so put on sunscreen yourself and be a good role model. Finally, remember that a higher SPF doesn’t always mean better protection! All sunscreen needs to be applied frequently to actually work! Another question I frequently get from parents is about bugs and bug spray. The biggest concern today, in addition to bites and itching, is the transmission of disease. While rare, these illnesses can affect people of all ages, especially children. One of the best ways to prevent bug exposure is to limit their growth, so check your property for any standing water and dump it out. And try to avoid exposure in the evenings when the bugs come out. When it comes to bug sprays, I get a lot of questions about DEET vs. natural products for protection. While low amounts of DEET are safe for your infant and child, some people prefer to use other products. Remember, just because a
product is “natural” doesn’t mean it can’t be toxic, especially if ingested. When compared head to head, most of the natural products were inferior to those containing DEET, especially in length of effectiveness. So whatever product you choose to use, follow the directions and use only what you need. For the most part, the higher the DEET concentration, the longer it lasts. For example, a concentration of 4-5% will last around 90 minutes. Most of the natural products last only 10-20 minutes, so reapply as needed and avoid exposure if possible. Also, don’t use combo bug repellent and sunscreen products because the bug repellent tends to lower the SPF. So enjoy the weather here in Baldwin County, but enjoy it safely. Please refer to cdc.gov and aap.org for further resources and talk to your child’s doctor if you have 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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Elsanor School Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to the following Elsanor School Spelling Bee Winners: 1st Place-Jackson Lyles, 2nd Place-Jay Hinson, 3rd place tie-Christopher Mennicucci and Brice Hubbard.
Come join Rosinton School at the 13th annual Armadillo Dash 5K Run on Saturday, March 3. The run will take place at 9:00 a.m. followed by a 1 Mile Fun Run. In addition to the race, there will be a silent auction, food, and an inflatable for children. Registration is $20 for students and $25 for adults. To register or for more information email email@example.com.
Fairhope Middle School Ms. and Mr. FMS
Fairhope Middle School faculty and staff recently selected Ms. FMS and Mr. FMS from the 8th grade students. These students exemplify the ideal 8th grader in the classroom and on campus. Congratulations to Isabella Tran, Ms. FMS, and Logan Lanicek, Mr. FMS!
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Spanish Fort HS Students Receive Nominations to U.S. Military Academy
Congratulations to Justin Ingram and Caiman Wagner for receiving nominations to the United States Military Academy at West Point! Justin received his nomination from Congressman Bradley Byrne and Caiman got his form Senator Richard Shelby. This is an outstanding accomplishment for two amazing young men! We wish you guys the best of luck on the application process to West Point. Thank you guys for not only being great students but also for your desire to serve our country!
Local Student Publishes Novel
Eleanor Stewart, a local 8th grader, has just published her first novel, “The CLAIMED: The Dimension Chronicles – Book One” by D. E. Partridge, Eleanor’s pen name. This is the first book in a trilogy. “The Claimed” is about a young orphan girl named Grace Foster who suddenly discovers she is one of the most powerful Magicians in the world, the CLAIMED. As she grows in Magic, Grace is required to embark on a quest to find more Magicians like herself: the other CLAIMED. This book is geared toward children ages 10-15, but adults will enjoy it as well. “The CLAIMED: The Dimension Chronicles – Book One” by D. E. Partridge is available on amazon.com in both paperback and kindle version. Eastern Shore Parents I March 2018
Bayshore Christian School Offering Free ACT Prep Seminar
Are you stressed about the ACT? Could you benefit from an ACT prep course? Bayshore Christian School will be offering an ACT prep seminar on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. This is a free workshop but registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is open to 9th-12th grade students who will learn test-taking strategies and have the opportunity to take practice tests. There will be Saturday ACT practice sessions following the workshop until the official ACT on April 14, 2018. The event will be hosted at Bayshore Christian School’s gym (23050 US Highway 98 Fairhope). 18
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Stapleton Bluegrass Festival Set for April 7
The Stapleton Bluegrass Festival is making a return and will feature an impressive line-up of performers. The event will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and proceeds will benefit Stapleton School. Scheduled performers include Fat Man Squeeze, Phil and Foster, The String Slingers, The Unknown Bluegrass Band, Madison Grace, Stapleton School 6th Grade Band, and Stapleton School After School music students. Numerous activities are planned for the day including food and craft vendors. Spaces are available for $35 per 12- by 12-foot space. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy listening to the bluegrass music on the tree-lined school grounds. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5- to 12-years. Organizers are seeking sponsors for the festival and the levels include: Harmonica, $100; Guitar, $250; Mandolin, $500; Banjo, $750; Fiddle, $1000; and Title Sponsor, $5000. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund school projects, including the creation of a STEAM Laboratory (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) to help improve the school’s ability to prepare students for success in the 21st Century. For more information, contact the school office at 251-937-2038, or visit the Stapleton Bluegrass Festival Facebook Page or the Stapleton PTO Facebook Page.
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Spanish Fort HS Students Recognized by Optimist Club Brin Allen and Jackson Chamberlain have been named Optimist Club Academic Students of the Month! They are representing the SFHS Scholars Bowl Team.
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Daphne Middle Schooler Named Winner of SEEDS Design T-Shirt Contest Locklin Balius is this years’ Daphne school winner of the annual SEEDS Design T-Shirt Contest. He is an 8th grader at Daphne Middle School, and he was recognized with $50, a certificate, and his design was framed. His design will be printed on this year’s fun run t-shirt. SEEDS (supporting Enriching Education in Daphne Schools), raises money in the community that goes back into Daphne schools. The annual SEEDS fun run is held each year on the first Saturday in March at Daphne City Hall. Mrs. Becky Parker, on the left, the president for SEEDS, presented him with these awards, and standing to the right is art teacher, Mrs. Sherry Bittinger. Congratulations, Locklin!
Outstanding fifth and sixth grade Newton students were recognized on January 23rd during the school’s third National Elementary Honor Society induction. The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is a schoolbased program recognizing outstanding elementary students and engaging them in the meaningful development of leadership skills and a personal understanding of the value of service, scholarship, and character. More than just an honor roll, NEHS gives schools a means of identifying highachieving students who have an understanding of what it means to be a responsible student and citizen in our world today. The event was attended by the fifth and sixth grade students, faculty, and parents, and was followed by a reception for the 25 new NEHS members and their families. NEHS faculty sponsor, Ms. Susan Clinton, coordinated the ceremony with the support of co-sponsors Ms. Adrienne Smith and Mrs. Mandy Ward. Principal Patrice Wolfe and assistant principal Gina McClure expressed pride in the NEHS inductees and members for their high academic and personal standards.
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Fairhope Middle School Geography Been Winner Tripp Larson, a seventh grade student at Fairhope Middle School, won the National Geographic Bee schoolwide competition. The FMS Geo Bee was the first round of the annual contest. Thousands of schools in the United States and the five U. S. Territories participate in the Geo Bee. The champions, including Tripp, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 6, 2018. State winners will go on to compete in Washington, D. C. later this year.
Gulf Shores Middle School Student Wins STEAM Logo Contest
Rozzy Learning Company held a contest for students to design their new STEAM logo. There was an elementary winner and middle school winner. Gulf Shores Middle School art student, Lexis Hesselrode, was the middle school winner and overall challenge winner. Her STEAM logo will be featured on certificates and advertising materials to thousands of people around the world.
Fairhope Middle School Spelling Bee Winner Fairhope Middle School held their 2017-18 school-wide Spelling Bee. Sponsored by Mrs. Lauren Lavender, 7th grade language arts teacher, this year’s winner is Davis Amare, an 8th grade FMS students. This is the second year that Davis has won the competition.
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Gulf Shores Elementary School K-Kids Club President, Haley Sims, and Vice President, Ana Bathrick, presented Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore with 50 Thank You bags made by the K-Kids members for each officer assigned to the Gulf Shores Police Department.
The Fairhope Council 8959 of the Knights of Columbus presented Mrs. Joanne Beuthe, teacher at Fairhope Middle School, with a $500 check for her classroom. The monies, a contribution from the KC Intellectual Disabilities Fund, will be used by Mrs. Beuthe for various projects and supplies. Pictured, from left to right, with Mr. Richard Foote, Grand Knight of the Fairhope Council, are members of Mrs. Beutheâ€™s class: Deonte Roy McCully, Beuthe, William Handmacher, Mary Roubik, Samantha Collins, Foote, Teresa Roubik, and Alex Hamilton.
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Local Pianists Receive Gold Medal
The National Guild of Piano Teachers with headquarters in Austin, Texas has just published a list of the 2017 Paderewski Medal recipients. Only three of the 194 piano students who received this honor are from Alabama. They are Abrielle Le and Kathy Morse from Daphne and Sarah McKinney from Prattville. To receive this gold medal students must have participated in the annual auditions for 10 years playing a minimum of 10 pieces each year and received the required grade from their adjudicator. Abrielle is a 10th grade student at the Alabama School of Math and Science and has studied piano with Vincentine Williams since she was four years old. Kathy is in the 12th grade at Daphne High School and takes piano from Suzanne M. Williams, who has recently retired as the Guild chairman in Baldwin County. Only Abrielle plans to participate again in the auditions this spring which will be held at the Daphne United Methodist Church on April 1719 with Karen Hicks serving as the new Guild chairman.
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Debakey Drug Education Program Visits Orange Beach Elementary
Check out a few of our Orange Beach Elementary 5th grade students learning how to be their best self through the Debakey Drug Education bus program!
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BCHS Wins Power to Play Grant
Baldwin County High School has received a $2,500 Power to Play grant from the Alabama Power Foundation. The school will use these funds to provide practice uniforms for the basketball team. Taking part in the presentation included, from left, Principal Craig Smith, Coach DeMarcus Mosley, and Tripp Ward with Alabama Power. In all, 35 Power to Play grants have been awarded throughout the state. These grants support arts and athletic programs at high schools across Alabama. This is Power to Playâ€™s fourth year to help schools in their extracurricular programs. Studies show that student who participate in athletics perform better in the classroom and are more likely to graduate from high school. Involvement in arts and music courses has been linked to higher standardized test scores, improved graduation and attendance rates and fewer disciplinary problems. All recipients of the grant are public high schools where 50 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches.
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Christ the King Catholic School Lenten Tradition
Each year on Ash Wednesday, baskets of Easter eggs containing the name of a Christ the King Catholic School student, faculty or staff member, are blessed at the school Mass and given to each class. Each class chooses an egg from their basket every day during Lent to reveal the name of the person to pray for and a handmade card is delivered to that person to let them know prayers have been offered for them and their intentions. This is a wonderful tradition at CTKCS.
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Bayshore Christian School to Host Tour Day
Are you interested in learning more about Bayshore Christian School? They will be hosting a Classical Connection Tour Day on March 13 at 8:30 a.m. to give prospective parents an opportunity to learn more about the educational opportunities offered at BCS. This event will begin with a presentation that explains classical education and will end with a tour of the campus given by BCS Student Ambassadors. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of students, faculty, and staff. Please make plans to attend and see what makes Bayshore such an amazing place! They are now open for enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. To place your child on the BCS waiting list please call Paige Walsh at 929-0011.
Bayside Fourth Graders Celebrate Past U.S. Presidents & First Ladies
Bayside Academy’s 4th-grade class celebrated past U.S. presidents and first ladies with a program on February 9. Students dressed in costumes as past U.S. presidents and first ladies, wrote essays about them and delivered quotes attributed to these historical figures. As part of the program, students said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem and “We the People.” The students also created a hall of presidents, which consisted of bulletin boards in the Intermediate School corridors that were posted with the students’ drawings of and essays on past presidents and first ladies. Parents, faculty and other Bayside students attended the Presidents and First Ladies program. Traditionally the program occurs in advance of Presidents’ Day.
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WOW Winners at Pine Grove Elementary
Pine Grove Elementary recognized its WOW winners as part of the school's weekly incentive program. Students exhibiting the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, as part of The Leader in Me, were given golden “WOW” tickets throughout the day by faculty and staff for exceptional behavior and acts of kindness. They included Aaliyah Crook, Victoria Ferguson, Maia Clem, Avianna Beard, LaBrandon Belton, Cameron Mims, Lindsey Edington, Arianah Hale, Brooklynn Kleinatland, and not pictured, Yasmine Howard and Amaya Morgan.
Daphne Journalism Students Place at State Convention
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This year was the first time Daphne High School has attended the Alabama Scholastic Press Association’s State Convention. Held annually in Tuscaloosa, journalism students from around
the state gather to compete and attend sessions for all media. Daphne yearbook students came away with two awards. Julianna Baggs placed first in Photography Portfolio, and Tieraney White placed third in Yearbook- Sports Spread. Photo caption: Left to Right Tieraney White and Juliana Baggs with their awards. Photo by Barbara Bateman.
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EMC Youth Tour Winner
Congratulations to Rachel Potter, one of this year's Baldwin EMC Youth Tour winners! She and three others will represent Baldwin EMC and participate in a trip to Montgomery in March and to Washington, D.C. in June. (Pictured L-R: Kim Frank, Mrs. Wolf and Rachel Potter).
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Gulf Shores Middle School Student Wins Poster Design Contest
The Coastal Art Center and The Friends of The Arts sponsored a design competition for the first-ever Orange Beach Festival of Art poster. Gulf Shores Middle School art student Johanna Avila won for the student division and received $50. GSMS art student Mallory Watley received Honorable Mention. All of the artwork will be on display at the 2018 Orange Beach Festival of Art March 10 and 11.
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Bayshore Christian School Students Hold Egg Drop Competition
Sixth grade students at Bayshore Christian School recently participated in the Annual Egg Drop competition. Students were assigned the special task of engineering a lightweight egg carrier. From a two-story fall, students’ egg carrier was designed to protect the egg from breakage. With material, size, and weight restrictions, students were challenged to design the lightest possible carrier that could keep an egg from breaking. The Golden Egg Award went to Collin Hester, whose egg carrier weighed in at 38.1 grams. Kathryn McCammon earned the Silver Egg Award, weighing in at 52.1 grams. It was an ‘egg’citing event!
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Selected for Capstone Leadership Academy
Sophomore Kaleigh Phillips has been selected as one of 150 sophomores in the state to attend the Capstone Leadership Academy, hosted by The University of Alabama Honors College, in March. The two-day event gives students tools and training to apply their leadership skills to opportunities in their own communities.
100 Days of Fun in First Grade
Mrs. Tammy Shirley's first grade class at Gulf Shores Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of School by counting in Spanish to 100, skip counting to 100, writing about what they would do with 100 dollars and making a 100 day snack! Pictured l to r: Elijah Snow, Alex Talantis, and Jacob Aurioles.
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Christ the King Duke TIP Scholars Honored at Special Breakfast
Congratulations to our eighteen 7th grade students who qualified for the Talent Identification Program sponsored by Duke University. Students qualify for the program based on standardized tests scores above the 95th percentile. The program provides students with information about academic abilities and introduces them to a network of services and programs. Students were also recently honored at St. Michael Catholic High School with a special breakfast along with other Duke TIP scholars from St. Patrick and St. Benedict.
No Bullying at Bay Minette Elementary
Corporal Jeff Spaller, with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, recently visited Bay Minette Elementary School students in Vickie Liles’ large group counseling classes to teach them about bullying. BMES educates students about bullying throughout the school year, especially during large group counseling classes. Bringing in our partners in education, like the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, allows our students to hear the message in different and exciting ways. Our hope is that through all of us working together and presenting the information in various ways, our students will think about what they have learned and will make a conscious decision to treat others kindly. Pictured, BMES counselor Vickie Liles and corporal Jeff Spaller with fifth graders from Winifred Riley’s class have fun learning about a serious subject.
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FMS Boys Sweep Tournament
The Fairhope Middle School 8th grade boysâ€™ basketball team recently swept the all-county tournament and became the Baldwin County champions for the 2017-2018 season. Coached by Chad Keith and Chad Leonard, the team had an overall 18-6 season record and beat undefeated Spanish Fort Middle School in the championship game. Congratulations to the following All-Tournament team members: Hunter Ivy, Devin Leonard, Blayne Myrick, and Edward Witherington. Hunter Ivy was also voted the Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Pictured, in no particular order, are the team members: Darwin Harris, Damien Johnston, Gage Crocker, Calvin Hughes, Eli Webb, David Sampey, Luke Manasco, Ian Parrish, Jackson McKenzie, Leonard, Ivy, Witherington, and Myrick.
Signing Day at Daphne High School
February 7, ten (9 football and 1 swim) Daphne High student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishment of making collegiate plans to play sports at the next level. Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, the Daphne High administration, and the Mayor of Daphne (Dan Haygood), the athletes signed their letters of intent to officially accept athletic scholarships. Pictured from left to right: AD/Coach Kenny King, Chance Newman, Rashad Yelding, Joseph Santini, Ty Reynolds, Marese McBride, Mayor Dan Haygood, Rylan Love, Hunter Monte, Hunter McLaurin, Jack Cushman, Mary Katherine Stewart, and Dr. Meredith Foster.
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Gulf Shores HS Art Show Winners
The following Vis Arts students were selected as district winners and will compete in the annual State Superintendent Art show this year. Nine pieces were selected from all of the high school and middle school entries and of those 9 entries, 4 of our Dolphins were selected! Two of our 4 entries will also compete in the Alabama Bicentennial Art Contest! Please congratulate these students on their achievements! L-R: Ansley Jordan – 9th Grade - “Schwinn” (pencil on bristol); Hannah Guthrie – 11th Grade - “Sprouse” (pencil on bristol); Luna Ledlow – 12th Grade - “Grandpa” (photography) Bicentennial Entry; Delaney Russ – 12th Grade - “Perry” (photography) Bi-Centennial Entry.
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100th Day at Elsanor School
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J. Larry Newton Finalists For Baldwin County Essay Contest
Congratulations to J. Larry Newton’s finalists for the Baldwin County Favorite Book essay contest! Two winners’ essays from each grade 1st-6th were chosen to compete in the county essay contest. Winners are shown with their prizes, which was a book of their choice. From left, back row: Addison Vontroba, Leila Seelhorst, Ella Traylor, Nicole Denham. From left, middle row: Stella Hardy, Noelle Pizzotti, Roderick Farrington, Edie Reynolds. From left, front row: Molly Shreve, Sawyer Thompson, Jack Miller. Not Shown: Haila Robinson.
Gulf Shores Elementary Students Visit The Haven Assisted Living Home for Valentine’s Day
Members of the Gulf Shores Elementary School K-Kids Club and their parents visited The Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care Center in Gulf Shores on Valentine’s Day to deliver special Valentines to all the residents at the Center. Malisa Williams, Unit Manager at the Haven, thanked the K-Kids for their generosity and said that their Valentine chocolates, hand-made cards and roses for the residents were very much appreciated. Williams said The Haven loved having the K-Kids visit and she welcomed them back anytime. Pictured, Abigail Chamblin and Annica Farris pass out Valentine chocolates, hand-made cards and roses to residents at The Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care Center in Gulf Shores.
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Spanish Fort Middle School Holds “Book Tasting”
The 6th grade English students at Spanish Fort Middle were in for a delicious literary experience recently. The ELA teachers collaborated with the media center to host a "book tasting". The school's library was transformed into a restaurant, complete with candlelight and fancy place settings. The students got a chance to have a "fine dining experience" as they sampled a variety of different genres of books from the library. The experience took them through a "four course meal" in which each course featured a different book of their choice. The students filled out "menus" as they reviewed their book selections. The experience was made complete with live music! Students were excited to reserve books that they found that interested them.
These three fourth grade students in Laura Ellis' fourth grade class are excited to have received an invitation to the National Elementary Honor Society. Good grades and behavior are the two major criteria for being selected. Pictured left to right: Jenna Bryars, Arrie Hutchinson and Keith Gill. Not pictured, John Manning.
Bayside 7th Grader is Runner-Up in County Spelling Bee
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For the second consecutive year, Bayside 7th grader Kate Ginger was the runner-up in the Baldwin County Spelling Bee. The bee went 25 rounds and took place on February 8.
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Bayshore Christian School to Present “Cinderella”
Bayshore Christian School’s award-winning Theater Department will be putting on a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at The Fairhope High School Black Box Theater on March 15 at 5:30 p.m., March 16 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and March 17 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Directed by Theater teacher Mallory Dawson and choreographed by student Payton Robinson, this play promises to deliver a crowd-pleasing evening of entertainment. Tickets are $5 for general admission or $25 for patron seating and may be purchased at the school office or at the door.
The CTKCS Chess Team finished in 4th place in the Mobile-BaldwinCounty Chess League after recently competing in their final match. Andrew Kiernan was awarded the "Lars Britt" Award as the top Middle School Player in the League. Congratulations to our Chess Team for a successful season!
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Bay Minette Elementary Students Receive STEM Valentine Lesson
Students Study Famous Mathematicians at Fairhope Middle School
Bay Minette Elementary School fourth graders enjoyed creating a special STEM Valentine lesson. Parent volunteer Krista Landenwich guided the class in making Cupid’s Bow and Arrow using popsicle sticks, straws, string, cotton ball and tape. Mrs. Landenwich is a Project Engineer with Thompson Engineering and often volunteers her time to instruct classes in STEM-related projects. Last summer she also volunteered to teach a “Growing Engineers” camp for the North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education.
Students in Mrs. Diana Ringer’s advanced math classes at Fairhope Middle School completed a paper and technology project on famous mathematicians. As part of their presentation, students were encouraged to dress up as their selected mathematician. Seventh grade student Robbie Lee dressed up as Albert Einstein and shared information about the famous mathematician and scientist.
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Gulf Shores Elementary School second graders have planted their lima beans for this year's plant unit. They will journal the changes in the plant growth cycle on the Seesaw app. They'll be in the STEM lab learning how plants grow through pollination. Pictured l to r: Melissa Montiel, Mallie Clolinger, Cali Nelson, Darby Ryall and Zack Shoemaker plant their three lima beans in clear cups with soil. One seed is placed so it is showing through the side of the cup so they can view what happens as the seed grows.
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Bay Minette Student Demonstrates Respect for Country
BMES 1st grade student, Ayden Autman salutes JROTC as they walk by in the Mardi Gras parade. No prompting was needed for this little guy. Sometimes we can learn so much from one so little.
Fairhope 8th Graders Study Early Japan
Mrs. Bartlâ€™s 8th grade World History classes are studying early Japan and the influence of China on the Japanese culture. Pictured is Victoria Whatley modeling a traditional ceremonial wedding kimono from Japan. The embroidered cranes represent good fortune or congratulations, which is bestowed on the bride, her husband, and new home by the brideâ€™s family.
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Pine Grove Elementary Excited to Start New School Newspaper Pine Grove Elementary School is starting a school newspaper as part of its Club Day activities. The club members will be responsible for coming up with story ideas to fill the pages. Guest speaker Tina Covington talked to the club about how to start the process and brought along newspaper badges, courtesy of the City of Bay Minette. She shared back copies of the Gulf Coast Newspaper editions for members to review to draw inspiration. The club members also discussed job duties and selected Kyan Levins as editor. Other students divided into sports, comics, photography staff and
distribution, among other duties. They spent the rest of their club time brainstorming ideas and broke into their various groups to start strategizing.
Robertsdale Elementary Students Earn AR Shirts
These are the most recent Robertsdale Elementary students to receive their Accelerated Reader shirts. Students earn points by grade level for reading books and making 85% or higher on comprehension tests over the books they have read.
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Gulf Shores Class Create Steam Posters
Students in Mrs. Tammy Shirley’s first grade class at Gulf Shores Elementary School worked very hard on their S.T.E.A.M posters recently. They completed AMAZING experiments including making electricity from lemons, pulleys, volcanoes, and fastest toy cars with straws and a balloon. They also researched very important people like Walt Disney and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They even researched a famous engineering design— the St. Louis Arch. Way to go Mrs. Shirley’s Shining Stars!
Gulf Shores Elementary Recorder Karate
Gulf Shores Elementary School 4th grader, Jorja Carrino, is the first fourth grader to earn the black belt in Recorder Karate in Mrs. Gay James’ Music class this year. Congratulations, Jorja and thank you, Mrs. James, for the exciting way to motivate your students!
Silverhill Elementary Character Leaders of the Month
Congratulations to Silverhill Elementary Character Leaders for the month of January. Pictured (not in any particular order) - Aliyanah Gillingham, Sawyer Cordova, Lola McCullough, Lucas Grijalva, Felix Dearmore, Maggie Coy, Isabella Wilson, Riley Wilkinson, Rachael Holley, Alice Rios, Avery Petelinski, Mary Morgan, Andrew Taylor, Garrett Glover, Lilly Suniga, Courtlyn Womble, Chloe Taylor, Luke Bentley, Miley Cumbie, Emily Johnston, Miranda Escobar, Kynzie Bonner.
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Bayside Students Celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge
Bayside students promoted a campus-wide culture of kindness as part of The Great Kindness Challenge, which is a global initiative that took place Jan. 22–26. Below are highlights of Baysiders’ kindness challenge activities. Lower School Great Kindness Challenge Activities: • Photo opportunities reminded Lower School students that kindness is cool. • Students created kindness bookmarks. • Students participated in fun daily activities to encourage kindness. • Classroom lessons focused on empathy as a way to foster kindness. Intermediate and Upper School students received random acts of kindness checklists and engaged in a friendly competition to see which classroom would achieve the greatness number of kindness acts. Fifth and 6th graders and all Upper School students (grades 7–12) attended Think2Change assemblies. Think2Change brings social awareness to bullying, depression, abuse and teen suicide. The organization evokes change by helping students understand that one person’s kindness can profoundly impact others. Additional Intermediate School Great Kindness Challenge Activities: • Intermediate School students engaged in such activities as kindness in chalk, 5th & 6th grade Mix-ItUp Day, photo opportunities, and a kindness station that included friendship bracelets, cards, posters and bookmark-making. The goal of kindness in chalk is to cover the sidewalks with messages and images of love, peace, hope and acceptance. Mix-It-Up Day encourages students to branch out socially and have lunch with classmates with whom they don’t typically eat. Additional Upper School Great Kindness Challenge Activities: • Peer Helpers at kindness stations encouraged students to write notes of appreciation to friends, faculty and family during flex time. • Seventh graders created kindness cards for Montrose Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center. The cards coordinated with 3rd grade teacher Tanya Best’s ongoing community service initiative supporting the facility’s residents. • A kindness scavenger hunt encouraged students to cross grade levels and friendship circles in an effort to know one another better. • Students in grades 9–12 celebrated friendships with rock-‘n’-roll bingo played to such classics as “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
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FMS Birthday Party in a Bag
Several clubs at Fairhope Middle School recently partnered together to sponsor a “Birthday Party in a Bag” project for Prodisee Pantry. A total of 330 birthday bags were collected from the student body. Each bag provides all the ingredients for a needy child’s birthday party, including cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins, balloons, candles, a disposable baking pan, and additional favors. Builders Club, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Student Government Association will be providing the homerooms that collected the most completed bags with their very own birthday party! The 7th grade winners are members of Mrs. Early and Mrs. Kinggard’s homerooms with 34 bags each. Mrs. Bartl’s 8th grade homeroom won with 30 completed bags. Pictured are the members of Mrs. Early and Mrs. Kinggard’s 7th grade homeroom classes.
BCHS Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship Receives Donation
Kathy Wright presented a donation to Baldwin County High School baseball Coach Kyle Hunter for the Jerry Wright Memorial Scholarship. The funds were raised at the annual cookout and alumni game. Jerry Wright was a much beloved faculty member who passed away in 2011 just before reaching 25 years of service at BCHS. He taught Driver’s Education and was the head baseball coach for 23 years. The $1,000 Jerry Wright Memorial Baseball Scholarship was established in his memory and is awarded annually to a deserving baseball player to help further his education. The scholarship recipient will be recognized during the school’s annual awards program.
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A False Sense of Maturity It’s probably happened to a lot of dads. Your kid spends his mornings watching you drag yourself to the bathroom mirror, pile some shaving cream in your hand, break out your razor, and start shaving your face. Soon, your son (or maybe even daughter) decides they need to shave too. So you squirt a little cream in their hands, supply them a with tongue depressor, and let them “shave.” As you both lean into the vanity mirror, it’s hard not to laugh, watching your five-year-old seriously attack the non-existent stubble on his face. Fast-forward a few years. Okay, maybe your teen actually needs to trim a few straggly hairs from his chin now. But, like the child who thought he was ready to shave way before he reached puberty, most teens still consider themselves more mature than they really are. Their spirit of independence makes them believe they are ready to tackle the world, when they can barely tackle their homework! As parents we know that maturity is the byproduct of responsibility and experience. We only gain maturity because we have to in order to survive! And so unless our teens are given responsibility, they will get stuck in a state of perpetual immaturity. Let me offer some “do’s” and “don’ts” to help you eliminate your teen’s illusion of adulthood and get them moving towards maturity.
Don’t Shame Them Giving your teen more responsibility and experience can be a very scary thing! When your child is learning to ride a bike, you eventually have to take the training wheels off. You take off those extra wheels while your child is still young, fully realizing he or she will wobble and weeble, and probably crash a few times. When the inevitable happens, and the bike flips, you don’t run up, point, and shame your child by saying, “What did you do? How could you have crashed? What were thinking?” Rather, you pick them up, brush them off, dry a few tears, and put them right back on the bike. Life is like that bicycle. Your teenager will crash. But we don’t run up and pile on the guilt Eastern Shore Parents I March 2018
and blame. Gaining experience and becoming responsible takes time. So when your teen falls over, pick her up, and keep encouraging her to pedal. That’s how you can help your teen mature.
Don’t Nag Them Of course, your constant reminders are coming from a place of love and a desire for what’s best for your kids. You’re trying to nurture them to be responsible adults. But parents— nagging simply doesn’t help a kid mature. It only teaches him how to tune you out and treat your instructions like white noise. Of course some parents have the opposite tendency. Instead of stepping up to the plate and teaching our kids how to take initiative, we become passive observers and watch our teens float through life without ever growing up. Thankfully, moms and dads can work together so the bumps in one personality fill in the dips in another. By working together and communicating with each other well, parents can encourage each other and ensure that they are striking a good balance between nagging and passivity. Moms and dads may tend towards one end of the spectrum or the other, but both nurturing and pushing are incredibly important to the development of a teen. Now, you might be a single parent, and this method for pushing and relaxing is a bit harder. You have to play both roles. So, try this. Three days out of the week, push your teen towards more responsibility and accountability. The other days of the week, focus on loving and encouraging instead. In this way, you’re striking a balance being training and relating to your teen.
Do Have a Plan Your daughter won’t go to bed a kid one day, and wake up an adult the next. Have a game plan in place to take those training wheels off and get her moving in the right direction. It might look something like this: 12 to 13 years old—Require your daughter to make her own lunch for school. Assign your son weekly household chores. Extend her curfew. Place him in charge of the family pet. 46
14 to 15 years old—Give your son a cell phone with pre-determined minutes and data thresholds. Hold him responsible to get up each morning and make it to school. Have her wash her own laundry. Allow him to decide the family dinner once a week. 16 to 17—Require her to pay for her own car insurance and gas. Make him responsible for finishing his homework and school projects without parental supervision. Make her find a summer job to supplement a decreasing allowance. Require him to volunteer time at a local charity on a regular basis. This is just a sample of the plan that you might use to develop maturity in your child. Tailor it to fit your family and teen.
Do Help Teens Think for Themselves Ask good questions that stoke a teen’s thought process. For example, take the recent trend of young female musicians pushing the envelope. Ask your teen daughter about her thoughts on the issue. Are these young artists simply being creative? What message are they projecting? Do their actions help or hurt them? When you sit down to watch a television show with your son, engage his mind afterwards. It could be something as simple as, “what do you like about this program? What don’t you like?” Then sit back and listen, without judgment, correction, or condemnation. As your teens answer, the synapses in their brain start to fire, and connections begin to be made. It might take a while for them to see the logic (or illogic) in their thoughts, but you are starting them on a path that will help them see the world in a critical and discerning way. So stop supplying your teen with the ideas and thoughts you think they should have. Our job is not to recreate our minds and beliefs in their lives. They need to develop their own thoughts and feelings and learn to process them. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.
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Getting a Grip on the “Internet of Things” It’s no secret that things are getting smarter. Devices let parents check in on sleeping babies and keep track of kids. Home management systems turn on lights, lock doors and monitor use of water or electricity. Entertainment apps notice what we like so they can offer similar products. Even little kids have apps and toys that learn their preferences by interacting with them. Taken together, all these smart, app-driven devices are called the Internet of Things (IoT). By 2020, there will be 50 billion of these intelligent devices according to one report from the Federal Trade Commission (tinyurl.com/ IoTpolicy). Proponents promise that this technology will integrate seamlessly into our lives, anticipating our needs and simplifying many chores. Beguiling as that scenario is, it comes with a price. All of these devices are “smart” because they are collecting information about our families—what we like, where we go, what we do and even what we say. It’s not paranoid to wonder who has access to all that information. The first line of defense is purchasing from reputable companies that make the extra effort to build security into their products. Before buying anything that claims to be smart, find out whether there is a procedure for updating security if the device is hacked. Second, figure out exactly what information the device collects. Devices and the apps that run them often sweep up information that isn’t essential for their mission. A step counter, for example, needs to keep track of how many steps you took, but not necessarily where you went. Give permission only for information needed to make the device functional. Eastern Shore Parents I March 2018
Third, understand what use is made of the information. Many companies collect anonymous information to spot trends that help them improve their products. Some companies use data to determine what you like so they can recommend other things you might want to buy. And some companies share information with government agencies or sell it to other unrelated companies. Depending on the situation, these policies may seem perfectly OK or highly intrusive. You can’t make an informed decision unless you understand the company’s policy. Hacking, of course, is a risk even for products purchased from a reliable company that handles information responsibly. Many security experts are concerned that the Internet of Things is highly vulnerable to manipulation. Unlike computers and cellphones which come with elaborate security systems and update procedures, devices are not required to have protection. As a result, they may give hackers backdoor access to wireless systems and sensitive data on other devices. Consumers can defend themselves by taking these precautions. Install updates. Hackers are constantly testing systems to see if they are vulnerable. Responsible companies develop fixes as soon as they are aware of problems, but those solutions won’t help if you don’t install updates. Keep track of the smart devices your family uses. Set up software so updates are downloaded automatically if possible. Or designate one day a month as Security Day. Log into the apps and websites that control your smart devices and install any updates. Delete apps controlling devices that aren’t being used. 48
Take passwords seriously. Many experts recommend a unique password for each device. That way, even if one device is compromised, hackers won’t have access to other information. Of course, it’s not easy to keep track of dozens of passwords. A password storage program like Last Pass will generate and keep track of truly random passwords, but are vulnerable to hackers. Another alternative is to develop your own system for creating unique but memorable passwords. Start with a ten or twelve word phrase that has meaning for you. It could be a song lyric, a favorite quote, the punchline to a family joke, something cute one of your kids said, or a simple fact about your family. Pay special attention to microphones and cameras. Devices with microphones and cameras can eavesdrop on your family, so they require extra supervision. Learn how to disable cameras and mute microphones when they aren’t in use. If you don’t have confidence in the controls, think twice about purchasing the device. Or cover lenses with privacy stickers, available from companies like camjmr.com. Consider a separate Wifi connection. As smart devices proliferate, some experts suggest having two password protected Wifi connections for your home. One provides access to computers, tablets and cellphones and the other allows communication among things—toys, toasters, thermostats and home management systems like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home. Some routers make this easy by providing a guest network option, but most families will need a professional to make sure everything is configured properly. Although smart devices have the potential to make family life more convenient and entertaining, they can also be an expensive distraction. Ultimately, parents have to be the smart ones, evaluating each product to decide whether it’s useful enough—and secure enough--to deserve a place in your home. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.
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Quit Job for School? Q. My wife and I have $72,000 in debt from student loans and a car loan. We’re trying to pay off our debt using the debt snowball system, and we each make about $45,000 a year. She’s a teacher, and she’s planning on going back to school for her master’s degree, but she’s thinking about quitting her job to do this. She’ll be able to make more money with the additional education, and she would only be unemployed for two years. The degree program will cost us $2,000 out of pocket per semester for two years. Does this sound like a good idea? A. There’s no reason for your wife to quit her job to make this happen. Lots of people — especially teachers — hold down their jobs and go back to school to further their
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education. I’m not sure trying to make it on one income when you’re that deep in debt is a good idea. Whatever you do, don’t borrow more money to make this happen. Cash flow it, or don’t do it. We’re talking about $8,000 total, and you’ve got $72,000 in debt hanging over your heads already. My advice would be to wait until you’ve got the other debt knocked out, then save up and pay cash for school. You could slow down your debt snowball, and use some of that to pay for school, but I’d hate to see you lose the momentum you have when it comes to getting out of debt. The choice is yours, but don’t tack on anymore student loan debt. I know her income will go up with a master’s degree, so from that standpoint it’s a good thing to do. But if you do a good thing a dumb way, it ends up being dumb!
Rent-to-own Ok? Q. Is it okay to buy something using a rentto-own plan?
A. I advise against rent-to-own deals. Rentto-own places get people in the door with promises of low monthly or weekly payments. But when it comes to rent-to-own furniture, washer and dryer sets, and that kind of thing, you’ll end up paying much, much more than if you saved up and bought item outright. The amount you’ll pay out of pocket is even more ridiculous if you compare it to buying the same item, slightly used, somewhere else. I don’t recommend rent-to-own scenarios when it comes to buying a home, either. Most of those offerings are listed at full retail price and then some. Plus, the contracts are tilted toward the seller’s side of the equation. When it comes to real estate deals, the only thing I would consider is leasing with an option to buy. That’s different than rentto-own, because in a rent-to-own situation you’ve committed to purchase. On a lease with an option to buy deal, you have the right to purchase, but not the obligation.
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“Much of our anxiety as parents stems from the fact that there are so many things we cannot control in our childrens’ lives,” says Paul Donahue, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Parenting Without Fear. You may worry that without structure kids won’t be able to handle routine tasks like showering, brushing teeth or getting dressed. One mom I know felt so sure her son wouldn’t change clothes at camp that she packed
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Anxiety is understandable, but it shouldn’t stop you from sending kids off to camp. It’s likely that many of your cherished childhood memories involve nature, new friends, and time to explore on your own. Summer camp offers all these opportunities and more. his items – one pair of underwear, shorts, shirt, and socks – in gallon-size Ziploc bags, labeled with the days of the week. Because parents focus so much on kids’ needs, it’s hard to step back. Coverage of natural disasters and child predators makes the world seem scary. “Concern about the safety of children has become something of a national obsession,” Donahue observes. Even though our protective instincts keep us on edge, sometimes we have to trust others to care for our kids, and trust our kids to look out for themselves. Fear of letting go can also be driven by our own uncertainty about who we are without our kids and what we’ll do while they’re away. Without baseball practice, piano lessons, bedtime routines and movie night, our lives would be slower and saner and…emptier.
How to Stop It Don’t let worries weigh you down. Use them as an opportunity to confront your own needs for safety, control, and closeness. Here’s how.
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Step back. Anxieties have a way of sucking you in. Your thoughts and emotions may be swirling like a tornado around you. Get out of the eye of the storm and reflect on your feelings. What (exactly) are your worries? Write them down so you can face them head on. Question your assumptions. Fears may be fueled by irrational beliefs. Kids don’t suffer serious malnutrition from week-long 53
candy binges. And wearing dirty clothes won’t kill them either. Concerned your temperamental child won’t fit in socially? Allow for the possibility she’ll find buddies to hang out with all on her own. Don’t let your beliefs limit kids’ potential. Keep goals in mind. Ultimately, parents want kids to become self-reliant, says Donahue, and building self-reliance requires parents do less, not more for their kids. Camp builds competence and independence. Give your kids time to stretch beyond their comfort zones.
“They sure are handy when you smile. So keep your teeth around a while!” -Dr. Seuss
Have a plan. Keep anxieties in control by making a plan for how you’ll use your “time off.” Schedule special time with siblings who aren’t going camping. Plan a romantic date or overnight getaway with your spouse. Learn something new or catch up on your favorite shows. Stay busy (but in a good way). You deserve a change of pace, too.
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Share stories. One sure-fire way to break out of anxiety is to remember and share the fun times you had at camp with your kids. Tell them where you went and what you did. The time you flipped your canoe over and got sopping wet in the lake shouldn’t be a secret. Kids love to hear about parents’ camp adventures. Stay connected. The kids will be gone but not forgotten. Find fun postcards, print pictures of family pets, and collect care-package items to send. Getting mail from home makes kids feel special. Resist the urge to check in every day: kids need space. Send supplies so your kids can mail letters home. They’ll want to share their experiences and you’ll treasure their letters forever. Anxiety is understandable, but it shouldn’t stop you from sending kids off to camp. It’s likely that many of your cherished childhood memories involve nature, new friends, and time to explore on your own. Summer camp offers all these opportunities and more. It’ll be okay if they stay up too late, eat burned marshmallows, or lose their swim goggles in the lake. Really. ESP
Heidi Smith Luedtke, is a personality psychologist and mom of two adventurous kids. She is the author of Detachment Parenting. Learn more at HeidiLuedtke.com.
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Playspace for Kids: At Home and On The Go As children begin to assert their independence in the toddler years, they often welcome a bit of dedicated playspace. Tents and structures that mimic living space, but scaled to child-size, offer kids their own room to retreat for naps and solo play, or to host friends in a clubhouse atmosphere. For parents, these playhouses are best when they can assemble and breakdown easily. With the versatility to move from kitchen to patio, from your house to
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Grandma’s, the following playspaces provide kids with easy and affordable homes within homes!
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Easy Playhouse (Easy Playhouse)
Maximum fun for the minimum investment, the Easy Playhouse is made in the U.S.A. from sturdy cardboard. Easily assembled from two pieces, the playhouse includes a working door and shutters, windows, cutout lighting features, and a mail slot. Adding to the attraction is the plain surface that encourages young homeowners to add their own signature style with paint, markers, stickers and more. Once the outside is covered with art, the Easy Playhouse is reversible and quickly reassembles with a new exterior ready for all new art themes. Ideal for kids to set up around various holidays, this house is ready for children to personalize as they decorate their playspace to suit the season!
Love Tree Kids Play Tent
Forward-thinking design is the hallmark of this durable plastic playhouse that sets up in a snap. For parents who’ve endured the pleading to bring the backyard playhouse inside, the Keter Wonderfold Playhouse is the answer! This sturdy resin house is designed to fold out in under a minute and packs down flat with the same ease and speed (the roof is actually the hinged storage case!). Slid under a bed or against a closet wall, the Keter design allows parents to work some happy household magic as they produce a full-size playhouse in minutes. Waterproof, portable and lightweight, the Keter Wonderfold Playhouse is a versatile resource for children who like to carve out a dedicated play space within the home.
Perfect for staking a claim in the corner of a room or anchoring their own bit of real estate in the yard, this teepee style shelter from Little Dove creates a comfortable, nostalgic playspace. With an interior height of 59”, kids can take a stand or sit for reading, playing or napping. Right at home inside the house, the real pine wood poles add to the natural aesthetic of this teepee. The canvas covering features door ties and pockets on the inside for stowing favorite toys, beloved books and special treasures. Surprisingly lightweight, the Little Dove Foldable Teepee comes with a carrying case that makes it a sweet portable hideaway on beach trips, campouts and more.
Offering a recreational retreat both indoors and outside, the Love Tree Play Tent is a roomy refuge for kids. With windows for ventilation and viewing, plus doors that tie back, this tent combines an open welcome with just the right amount of seclusion for reading, playing, sleepovers and more. Sturdy fiberglass poles support the covering which is crafted from 100% cotton canvas. Measuring 59” x 59 ”x 39”, the Love Tree Play Tent is more spacious than many comparable playspaces with extra headroom for visiting adults. Soft, simple and easy to assemble this play tent is a top choice for kids making themselves a home within a home.
Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com
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Parents spend a lot of time trying to motivate kids. We use chore charts, checklists, reminders and rewards to get them to feed the dog, clean their rooms, and complete schoolwork. But these techniques don’t change behavior long-term. Real motivation must come from within. The Psychology of Summer Camp
Time at camp may be all it takes to spark a little self-determination in your kid. I know it sounds too good to be true. Your school-age slacker – the one who expects you to find his homework and pack his lunch – might start doing some things for himself. And your often-bored tween might come home with more pep in her step. Psychologists use self-determination theory (SDT) to explain why some experiences make us feel engaged and excited while others drain and deplete us. The premise is simple: when an activity meets our needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, we are energized and empowered. Kids’ basic needs are no different from adults’.
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Kids want to do things for themselves. They crave a sense of accomplishment and routinely seek feedback. (“Look what I made, Mom!”) And kids thrive on connections with loved ones and peers. Feelings of belongingness boost their self-worth. Summer camp offers loads of opportunities to meet all these needs. And that should make kids (and the parents who love them) very happy campers indeed.
The need for autonomy is satisfied when kids control their own lives. At camp, your son will have endless opportunities to care for himself. Staff won’t select his clothes, organize the contents of locker, or remind him to put on deodorant. No one will delay dessert until he eats his veggies. Independence is what camp is all about. Don’t worry. The world won’t stop if your son wears the same shirt three days in a row. His peers will speak up if he gets super stinky. During the school year, many kids jump from one regularly scheduled activity to the next with no unstructured time in between. Camp puts kids in charge of their own activities. Maybe your daughter will take a hike. Maybe she’ll paint pottery. Maybe she’ll write you an email. It is up to her to decide how she’ll spend her free time. One thing is certain: she won’t sit around whining about having nothing to do. And if she does, you won’t be there to hear it.
The need for competence is satisfied when kids learn new things and get positive feedback about their efforts. Your kid might choose a camp focused on art, science, sports, or music. Or he may opt for a good old-fashioned sleep-away experience, complete with row boats and weenie roasts. Some camp activities may be outside your kid’s comfort zone. Stretching is good. Your child may be unsure she can cross the slippery log over the creek. She may tremble with excitement about her role in the theater production. Peers and counselors will coax her along and give constructive advice. By the end of camp, she’ll be the star of her own adventure stories. If your kid is an experienced camper, encourage him to share what he knows with newbies. Being an ambassador or mentor affirms kids’ competence in a big way. Teaching a peer how to trim a sail or chip a golf ball out of the tall grass will take your son’s skills to a higher level. His confidence will soar in response.
Your biggest concerns about summer camp may center on the social scene. Your child may not know anyone on arrival. That’s okay. Camps create connections in many ways. Your kid will be instantly bonded with bunkmates because they share a home base. Family-style dining and friendly competitions encourage interaction, too. The pursuit of shared goals – like building a robot or putting a frog in the counselor’s sleeping bag – cements kids’ camaraderie. Extroverted kids may make lots of friends at camp. Less sociable souls may not. What matters most is that kids have opportunities to talk, play and live with a diverse group of peers. They won’t all become fast friends. Learning to navigate the choppy waters of friendship formation is a big part of the camp experience. Your kid’s social skillset will expand – even if she doesn’t find a new BFF. No matter what your kid takes to camp, he’ll come home with a suitcase full of memories and a renewed sense of self-determination. You’ll see it as soon as he wakes from his long post-camp nap. ESP Heidi Smith Luedtke, is a personality psychologist and mom of two adventurous kids. She is the author of Detachment Parenting. Learn more at HeidiLuedtke.com.
Whether you want them to experience day or overnight camp, sports or fine arts, our listing has details on these and many more. It’s time to get your campers ready for summer fun! Art Camps Eastern Shore Art Center ad on page 28
401 Oak Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Join us for ART BASH, a series of fun and creative summer art camps for kids June - July 2018! Painting, pottery and more for ages 6 years and up. Camps are Monday - Friday, with camps starting at $75. ESAC Membership discounts are available! We will even have a Camp Creativity with our Outreach Director, Nancy Raia!! A Full Schedule with class descriptions will be posted soon on our website. Registration for Spring Workshops/Classes is in full swing and begins the week of April 3, 2018. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for daily updates! (251) 928-2228 (ext. 107) email@example.com www.esartcenter.org
Kaleidoscope Fine Arts Camp ad on page 42
First Presbyterian Church, 309 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Summer Fine Arts Camp 2018 dates are June 2529, 2018. Camp hours are 9am to 3pm. Featuring hands-on classes in visual art mediums, theater, music, dance and the humanities, the camp offers an extraordinary encounter with the world of fine arts. A live performance given by a national/regional artist. Call the numbers listed for questions or to reserve a spot at camp.
(251) 978-8130 or (251) 948-2627 gulfcoastartsalliance@ gmail.com www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com/kaliedoscope/
St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool Art and Enrichment Camp ad on page 41
28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool will host Art & Enrichment Camps from 9am - 1pm for children ages 12 months - 6 years. Campers will be grouped by age. The cost is $100 per week per camper and include a water play day. Extended hours are available from 7am - 5:30pm for an additional $100. Ask about sibling discounts. June 11-15: Under the Sea Jubilee! - Coastal Art and Science/Sensory Experiences; June 25-29: All Creatures Great and Small - Animal Encounters and Art; July 30 - August 3: Miniature Monet’s - French inspired Art and Cooking, with foreign Language. $25 Non-refundable registration fee. Please call or visit our webstie for registration. (251) 626-2774 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stpaulseasternshore.org
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Be Creative Art Camp
Thomas B. Norton Library, 221 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Please check our facebook page for upcoming art camp dates and registration information. (251) 968-1176 email@example.com gulfshoresal.gov/library
Coastal Arts Center
firstname.lastname@example.org, 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Summer Visual Art Camp will run June 4 - 8, 2018 and Culinary Art Camp will run July 9 - 13, 2018. Registration opens Monday, March 19, 2018. Watch for more details on Facebook and our website. (251) 981-2787 or (251) 981-6810 artcenter@ cityoforangebeach.com www.coastalartscenter.com
Daphne Art Center
1704 Sixth Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Let your child’s artistic side take off! Daphne Art Center will be offering 7 one-week art camp sessions in June and July, 2018. The cost is $65/week and $60/week for each additional enrollment or child. Camp is 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm for children ages 4 years and up. (251) 586-8096 email@example.com www.daphneartcenter.com
8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Classes and dates are coming soon! Call the office or check our website for more information and updates. (251) 928-9347 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fairhopeorganicschool.com
Painting with Shannon
Fairhope, AL 36532 Visit us on Facebook & Instagram @Paintwithshannon to view photos and updates. Summer Camp details will be posted soon and registration will be available late March. (251) 459-4409 email@example.com www.shannonnobleart.com
The Painting Parrot
28600 US Highway 98 (Suite C), Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Camp dates: June 4 - 8, July 9 - 13, August 6 - 10, 2018. A minimum of 6 campers is needed for each session with a maximum of 12 campers. We will complete multiple artistic endeavors spanning many media. Cost is $150/camper and includes a t-shirt (please indicate size). Each Camp session runs Monday - Friday from 9am - 12pm. Campers should bring a drink and snack for each day. Please call for registration. Visit us on Facebook. Sign up today! (251) 928-4161 www.facebook.com/thepaintingparrot/
Foley Art Center
211 North McKenzie Street, Foley, AL 36535 Visit our website for information on Young Rembrandts Classes. Find us on Facebook for details and updates.
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19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill, AL 36576 Camp Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 and June 11 - 15, 2018. Fiber Arts Camp is designed to introduce young people to organic fibers, both plant and animal, and to the world of fiber arts. Participants will learn about the origin of these fibers and will create amazing products. They will dye natural fibers and learn how to prepare them for their art projects. Participant will learn dyeing techniques, including shibori. They will learn needlefelting and wet felting and use these techniques to create a number of amazing pieces of art. Of course, we will visit with the alpacas each day! Camp is Monday - Friday from 10am - 2pm. Campers are asked to bring a brown bag lunch, M-TH. Friday we will provide pizza and dessert. Snacks and drinks are provided daily. Cost is $190 per camper with an $80 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. Ages are 9 - 15 years old. Please call or email for a flyer and registration information and questions. (251) 214-8224 https://m.facebook.com/HummingStarAlpacas/
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8534 Well Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer days will be filled with fun, enriching activities inside the gym, outdoors, in our Quiet Zone and in our Art Center. Our dedicated counselors will supervise structured play and activities with an educational weekly theme. We have partnered with professionals in the community to provide experiences in sports, science, music, art and Gymnastics. Spaces are limited and filling quickly. Please contact us today for registration. 2018 Camp Dates: May 29-June 1: Aloha Summer; June 4-8: Sports and More; June 11-15: Splish Splash Water Bash; June 18-22: It’s Alive-Monsters and Mad Science; June 26-29: Wipe Out; July 2-6: Party in the USA; July 9-13: Globetrotters/Passport to Fun; July 16-20: Animals Rock; July 23-27: Amazing You; July 30-August 3: Muck Mess and Mayhem; August 6-10: Adios Summer. (251) 621-2112 email@example.com www.bcgagymnastics.com
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Creative Outlet Dance Center ad on page 74
66 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Creative Outlet Summer Camp begins June 4th and runs through July 13th, 2018. We offer 6 week mini session classes for children & adults. Our creative arts camps will feature dance, drama, music and art activities designed around a specific theme. Weekly dance classes offered in Creative Ballet for preschool ages, Tap, Jazz and Classical Ballet. Creative Outlet also offers Boot Camp for Dancers. Find us on Facebook for updates and details! (251) 928-9511 firstname.lastname@example.org www.creativeoutletdance.com
Dance Arts South ad on page 30
251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 Join us at Dance Arts South for an exciting sample of Everything DANCE! Our enthusiastic faculty provide a fun filled camp experience for all dancers. On the final day of camp, students will demonstrate their dance skills with a short in-house performance. Summertime is a great time to stay conditioned in a fun, stress-free environment. Camp dates: 1/2 Day Summer Dance Blast June 4-8, June 11-15 & June 18-22, 2018; Fairytale Fun Dance Camp (ages 3-5): June 4-8 & June 11-15; Hip Hop & Flip Flop Camp (ages 7-12): June 4-8 & June 11-15; Rock A Hula Luau Camp (ages 3-5 & 6-10): June 11-15 & June 25-29; Broadway Bound (ages 6-10): June 11-15 & June 25-29; Tumbling/ Back handspring Clinic Summer Term : June 11 - Aug 13; Cirque Silks Camp (ages 7 to teen): June 18-22, 2018. Summer Intensive Sessions for Intermediate & Advanced dancers: June 11-15 & June 18-22, 2018. (251) 610-8902 email@example.com www.DanceArtsSouth.com
Eastern Shore Dance Academy ad on page 42
9063 Merritt Lane, Daphne, AL 36526 Offering several dance camps, classes and dance intensives for age 3 and up, grouped by age. Call for themes, dates and times. (251) 626-2300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.easternshoredance academy.us
Gem of Champions ad on page 12
25421 A State Highway 181, Daphne, AL 36526 Gem of Champions will offer great classes and clinics this summer. Call or visit our website for details. (251)340-2500 Info@gemofchamps.com www.gemofchamps.com
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Gulf Coast Dance Alliance ad on page 65
30752 Ember Lane, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 2018 Summer Dance Camps will be held June 11 - 15. Registration begins March 19. Ballerina Princess Camp for ages 3 - 5 from 10am - 12noon, $125. Strut Your Stuff Camp for ages 6 - 8 from 9am - 12pm, $150. Dance Jam Camp for ages 9 - 12 is from 9am - 12pm, $175. GCDA will run regular summer classes for all ages and levels throughout the summer from June 4 - July 25. (251) 621-9755 email@example.com www.gcdadance.com
Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer is an excellent time to begin ballet studies or to enhance your ballet skills! Mobile Ballet offers a full range of summer classes for ages 3 and up along with intensives at both our Mobile and Eastern Shore studios featuring outstanding guest teachers and Mobile Ballet faculty. Fun summer training to advance your classical ballet and Broadway-style jazz skills. Ballet & jazz classes, stretch & strengthening components, and focus on improving technique. Performance for family and friends at end of each Session! Watch for more details soon! (251) 342-2241 www.mobileballet.org
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Susan’s Academy of Dance ad on page 37
7966 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526 We have something for everyone this summer! Activities and classes include jazz, tap, lyrical, tumbling, ballet, hip-hop, choreography, arts and crafts, movies, make-up, fashion shows, scavenger hunts, etc. Nondancers are also encouraged to attend. (251) 626-3835 email@example.com www.susansacademyofdance.com
Next Level Tumbling and Training Center ad on page 49
26090 Equity Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp 1: June 18 – 22, 2018. Camp 2: July 16 – 20, 2018. Camp hours are 8:45am – 12:00pm and is open to ages 5 - 16 years. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required. Registration is available online. Summer Camp at Next Level includes tumbling, games, exercise and a whole lot of fun! Camp is limited to 50 campers so register Today! (251) 621-5797 www.nextleveltumbling.com
South Baldwin Dance Center ad on page 59
3947 Gulf Shores Parkway, Suite 230, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Summer sessions begin in June 2018! Our exciting summer dance programs are designed to be full of creativity, inspiration and fun surprises to enhance a last-
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Publix Shopping Center, 22530 Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 We have lots of exciting camps for this summer, for children ages 2 - 10 years (pull ups required). Our SUPER KIDS’ QUEST SUMMER CAMP is an adventure filled camp offered Monday - Friday from 9am – 12pm. Each day of camp involves a fun storyline that will incorporate opportunities for the kids to exercise their muscles, imagination and their coordination skills, working together to complete each QUEST. Different themes and quests will cleverly incorporate all of our Learning Dimensions (Get Moving, Brain Boost and Citizen Kid). Themes for camps include The Search for Rainbow Castle, The Treasures of Magical Mountain, Green Beard’s Pirate Ship, The Missing Mermaid Palace, and more! (251) 377-8514 www.tlgeasternshoreal.com
Auburn Tigers Girls Gymnastics Camp
703 West Samford Avenue, Auburn, AL 36849 Residential or Commuter Camp June 10 – 13.
Residential July Camp July 13-15, Day Camp June 14-15. Auburn Gymnastics Camps in Alabama offer an opportunity for gymnasts to receive valuable instruction on the fundamentals of gymnastics while addressing new skills. Campers will be made aware of the characteristics that define a successful gymnast and drill progressions will be aimed towards recognizing and developing good habits in all aspects of gymnastics.General courtesy, respect for others and the importance of hard work will be taught to the campers through example by the Tiger coaches.The Auburn University coaching staff, many qualified club coaches, as well as several current and former Auburn gymnasts will be working daily with campers. (334) 844-5047 firstname.lastname@example.org www.abcsportscamps.com/autigers
Baypointe Dance Academy
8756 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 Register now for Summer Classes 2018! Specific dates and details coming soon! Forms are also available on our website. Spaces fill quickly so reserve your spot. (251) 621-3980 email@example.com www.baypointedance.com
305 Fels Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 Bay Shore Ballet Academy will offer Summer Dance Intensive classes. This program is for dancers at the Intermediate and Advanced levels. Classes will include ballet and pointe, as well as some modern and jazz. For more information, or to register please call Janet. (251) 990-9744 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bayshoreballet.com
9332 Hard Drive, Foley, AL 36535 2018 Camp dates coming soon! Check our website for more information. (251) 747-0404 email@example.com www.flipcityfoley.com
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Gulf Coast Tumbling
3757 Gulf Shores Parkway, (Suite BE and BF), Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Please call for 2018 summer camp information. Visit our website or Like our Facebook page for updates. (251) 424-5484 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfcoasttumbling.webs.com
LSU Gymnastics Camp
156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 At Flying Tiger Gymnastics Camp we aspire to provide expert coaching in all of the disciplines required to be an accomplished gymnast. Emphasis is placed on advancing the individual skill level of each gymnast. We follow proper skill progressions and basic fundamentals are stressed while we work to increase the camper’s skills in all events. (225) 766-7125 email@example.com www.lsusports.net/camps
Sheffield School of the Dance - Eastern Shore
151 Fly Creek Ave, Ste 430 & 432, Fairhope, AL 36532 Sheffield School of the Dance was named Mobile & Baldwin County’s “BEST DANCE STUDIO” in the 2016/2017 Nappie Awards! We will be offering exciting Summer Camps & Classes for all ages and levels in 2018! Please visit our New website & Like? us on Facebook for updates. Call today to register. (251) 219-7877 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sheffielddance.com
Slippers and Taps
22245 State Highway 59 S, Robertsdale, AL 36567 615 McMeans Avenue, Bay Minette, AL 36507 Slippers and Taps will offer summer camps and classes in 2018. Please check our website and Facebook page for camp dates to be announced. (251) 747-8036 email@example.com www.slippersandtaps.com
Bay City Adventure Camp
University of Alabama Gymnastics Camps
323 Paul West Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 University of Alabama Gymnastics Camps are designed to maximize each camper’s experience through technical training in a challenging and fun atmosphere. We take pride in providing all participants an in-depth opportunity to grow and develop as a gymnast. Session 1 (all levels) June 22-24 Session 2 (High Performance Camp - Level 7-10, Elite & All Levels Camp) June 29-July 1, Session 3 - (High Performance Camp - Recommended for Levels 7-10 & Elite) July 13-15. Day Camper Fee is $495 and Overnight fee is $595. Overnight Camp is for ages 9 years and up. Day Camp is for ages 7 years and up. firstname.lastname@example.org www.Alabamagymnasticscamp.com
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8534 Well Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer days will be filled with fun, enriching activities inside the gym, outdoors, in our Quiet Zone and in our Art Center. Our dedicated counselors will supervise structured play and activities with an educational weekly theme. We have partnered with professionals in the community to provide experiences in sports, science, music, art and Gymnastics. Spaces are limited and filling quickly. Contact us today for registration. 2018 Camp Dates: May 29-June 1: Aloha Summer; June 4-8: Sports and More; June 11-15: Splish Splash Water Bash; June 18-22: It’s Alive-Monsters and Mad Science; June 26-29: Wipe Out; July 2-6: Party in the USA; July 9-13: Globetrotters/Passport to Fun; July 16-20: Animals Rock; July 23-27: Amazing You; July 30-August 3: Muck Mess and Mayhem; August 6-10: Adios Summer. (251) 621-2112 email@example.com www.bcgagymnastics.com
Camp 3Circle ad on page 89
Bay Camp ad on page 17
Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Rd, Fairhope, AL 36532 Camp begins Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and runs Monday - Friday from 7am - 6pm. Register now for up to 12 weeks of Summer Fun! Explore the Shore at Bay Camp and enjoy field trips, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, art movies, and make great memories with friends. Also offering Spring Break Camp March 26 - 30, 2018. For more information contact director Lisa Ledet, visit our website and Like us on Facebook. Limited space available for camps. (251) 752-4897 firstname.lastname@example.org www.EasternShoreBayCamp.com
North Campus, 10080 Cty Rd 64, Daphne, AL 36526 Our North Campus will offer Camp 3Circle June 4-8, 2018 for ages 4 years - 4th grade. Registration will be available on our website beginning May 1, 2018. This day camp will incorporate worship, Bible study, sports, and art and point children to God’s great Love for them! (251) 990-3112 email@example.com www.3circlechurch.com
Camp 3Circle ad on page 89
South Campus, 10274 State Hwy 104, Fairhope, AL 36532 Our South campus will have Camp 3Circle June 25 29, 2018. Camp is open to ages 4 years - 4th grade. Registration will be available on our website beginning May 1, 2018. This day camp will incorporate worship,
Central Christian School Summer Day Camp ad on page 24
17395 Highway 104 West, Robertsdale, AL 36567 Central Christian School will offer Summer Day Camp in 2018 for children ages K-3 - 12th grade. Campers will enjoy activities such as Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Field Trips, Movies, Water Play, Bible Stories, Outdoor Activities and Reading Enrichment. The registration fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt for field trips. Camp rates are $110 per week. Camp begins May 29, 2018. (251) 947-5043 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ccssaints.com
DISL - Summer Day Camps Bible study, sports, and art and point children to God’s great love for them! (251) 990-3112 email@example.com www.3circlechurch.com
Camp Bayside Summer Day Camp ad on page 26
Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp Bayside Summer Day Camp runs Monday Friday, 7:15am - 6:00pm, beginning May 29 - August 3, 2018. Camp is closed July 4th. We are open to non Bayside students for Summer Day Camp and offer several specialty programs throughout the year for students of every age and interest. Whether sports or science, dance or dinosaurs, art or adventure, there is something for everyone. We will also offer a Spring Break Camp will be March 26 - 30, 2018 from 7:15am - 6pm. Online registration is available for both Spring Break and Summer Camp. (251) 338-6473 firstname.lastname@example.org www.baysideacademy.org
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Hands-on adventures introduce children ages 5 through 13 to Alabama’s ocean. Oceans Alive! (Ages 5-8) June 8, July13, and July 30 - This half-day adventure combines arts and crats with a beach walk adventure. BIO Blitz (Ages 10-13) June 15, July 12, and July 31 - Explore nature and discover coastal Alabama’s diversity with this day long camp. Survivor:Dauphin Island (Ages 8-10) June 14, July 13, and August 1 Will you survive on the island? During this day long camp learn how to cast a net, catch crabs, bait a hook, and filet a fish. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) email@example.com www.disl.org
God’s Living Sea ad on page 53
Jubilee Baptist Church, 9264 Pleasant Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Camp at God’s Living Sea is all about fun and
learning! Camp dates will be July 2 - August 2, 2018. Registration begins March 15, 2018. Camp is Monday - Thursday from 9am - 1pm for ages 12 months to 6th grade. Space is limited. Registration begins March 15, 2018. (251) 621-3977 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jubileebaptist.com
Little Crusaders Summer Camp ad on page 62
9023 Lawson Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Now enrolling Little Crusaders Summer Camp! Camp is a full day camp held Monday through Friday. Join in on the fun this summer with Water Park visits, trips to the Exploreum, bowling, putt-putt, zoo visits, swimming, beach outings, museums, Alligator Alley and More! $115/week for school age summer camp and includes all meals and activities. Part-time and daily options based on availability. Space is limited so register today to reserve your space. (251) 621-6363 email@example.com www.littlecrusaderslearningcenter.com
My Dog & Me Summer Camps ad on page 11
Grand Hotel Fish Camp, 12744 River Creek Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Camp will be Monday – Friday from 9am to 2pm beginning June 4, 2018 and is open to ages 9 - 15 years. A classic summer camp experience. We offer a day camp for the camper and their dog where campers learn about dog behavior, training, and care. Kids will learn dog training skills in obedience, dock diving, hunt test, field trials and other AKC styled events. After a morning of training, campers and their dogs will have the opportunity to kayak and explore the wetlands and sandbars of Fish River. Other activities will include archery, basics of fly fishing, plant, tree and native habitat education. After a week with us, campers will be quali-
Enrollment Now Open! Introducing the Eastern Shore’s newest FULL-DAY preschool. Now accepting applications for children 30+ months of age.
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The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast ad on page 99
28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 2018 Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast’s Summer Program dates are June 4th - July 26th from 8am - 6pm, Monday – Thursday. Our program is open to individuals ages 10 - 21. There is a one time registration fee of $50.00 and the Summer Program fee is $325.00/month. EFGC is a non profit 501 (c) (3) program that provides social and recreational opportunities for the special needs communities of Baldwin and Mobile counties. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter. (251) 625-8955 Jennifer.flad@ exceptionalfoundationgc.org www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org
more information on our website. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GrandHotelFishCamp/.
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St. James Episcopal Preschool ad on page 64
860 North Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Introducing the Eastern Shore’s newest Full Day Preschool! Now accepting applications for children ages 30 months and up. Hours are 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday. Academic instruction ends at 2:30. Contact Shelley Miller for registration for our summer enrichment program. (251) 928-2912 www.stjamesprek.org
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Daphne UMC, 2401 Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp Dates: July 30 - August 3, 2018 for children who have completed 1st - 9th grade. Are you ready for the BEST.WEEK.EVER? The WinShape Foundation, started by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, has selected Daphne, AL as one of 90+ communities in the country that will host its summer day camp program called WinShape Camps for Communities. Whether you like soccer, science, art, gymnastics or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities, which is why it is known as “The Best Week Ever!” Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation,
arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’ll find anywhere...right at home in your own community! The cost is $209 with early registration discounts starting March 4, 2018. (251) 626-2287 https://www.winshapecamps.org/
Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Day
Camp Silvercreek, 16914 County Road 52, Silverhill, AL 36576 Boy Scout camp for Baldwin County will be held June 11-15, 2018 for ages 1st - 5th grade. Our camp theme is “Passport to Adventure”. Come experience a week filled with Adventures! Scout Registration Fee $85. Camp hours will be from 8am - 3pm Monday Thursday and 8am - 12pm on Friday. Please Call the Mobile Area Boy Scout Service Center for registration instructions and if your child is not a scout and would like to attend. (251) 476-4600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/BaldwinDayCamp/
Camp Stanislaus - Marine Biology Camp
304 South Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, MS 39520 Marine Biology Camp will be from Monday, July 16 – Friday July 20, 2018 and each session runs from 12:30 – 3:45pm. The cost to attend this week is $125. Marine Biology Camp will take place in the Marine Biology lab, beach in front of school and our pier. This camp is a fun educational experience for boys and girls ages 9-15. (228) 467-9057 ext. 277 email@example.com www.campstanislaus.com/
Camp Stanislaus - Water Day Camp
Brother Ramon Daunis Ski Camp Bay, 4008 Borneo Street, Bay St Louis, MS 39520 Water Sports Day Camp will be July 16 - 20, 2018 and each session runs from 8:15am - 11:45am (with the
camp t-shirt. Campers should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and bug spray each day. Camp registration is due by July 2, 2018 for the first week option or by July 16, 2018 for the second week option. Each Camp enrollment is limited to 15 campers. For more information and to register contact Jackie McGonigal, Environmental Assistant. (251) 923-4267 firstname.lastname@example.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org
City of Foley Environmental Studies Pioneer Camp
exception of Monday which starts at 8am). Camp is for boys and girls, ages 9-15, to learn or improve skills in water skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, slalom skiing and tubing from the Brother Ramon Daunis Ski Camp on the Jourdan River. Campers will be instructed in small groups by our talented Camp Stanislaus team. The cost to attend for the week is $225. If your child will also be attending the Marine Biology Day Camp, transportation back to school is provided at no extra cost. (228) 467-9057 ext. 277 email@example.com www.campstanislaus.com/
City of Foley Environmental Studies Explorer Camp
Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Explorer Camp: July 9-13, 2018 or July 23-27, 2018. Arts & crafts, nature tours, storytimes, environmental education, games & activities, guest speakers, Mud Day Party and more! Camp will be held from 8am - 12pm for campers going into grades Kindergarten3rd grade. Cost is $75 per camper and includes a
Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Pioneer Camp: June 25 – 29, 2018. Archery, hiking, water quality testing, conservation projects, nature photography & field observations, environmental education, disc golf, geocaching, Mud Day Party, wagon, ride tour and more! Camp will be held from 8am – 1pm for campers going into grades 4th-7th. Cost is $100 per camper and includes a disc set and t-shirt. Campers should bring a lunch, water, sunscreen and bug spray each day. Camp registration is due by June 18th, 2018 and is limited to 15 campers. Please call or email for registration instructions.
(251) 923-4267 firstname.lastname@example.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org
City of Foley Environmental Studies Wilderness Survival Camp
Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Wilderness Survival Camp: July 19-20, 2018. Team building and leadership in an outdoor setting with lessons in primitive shelter craft, water purification techniques and equipment, fire craft, basic first aid and CPR*, orienteering, kayaking, and overview of the 7 Priorities of Survival. Camp will be held 8am-5pm both days with an option to camp out overnight on July 20, 2018 with an adult chaperone for individual campers.
Cost is $100 per camper. Campers should bring a lunch, water, notebook, pen, sunscreen and bug spray each day**. Camp registration is due by July 9, 2018. Camp enrollment is limited to 12 campers who are entering grades 9th-12th. For more information and to register contact Jackie McGonigal, Environmental Assistant or Angie Southern, Environmental Office Manager. (251) 923-4267 email@example.com www.grahamcreekpreserve.org
CRDC Summer Camp
Restoration Fellowship Ministries Campus, 9585 Milton Jones Road, Daphne, AL 36526 CRDC is a non-profit organization with qualified and enthusiastic staff members. Camp runs May 28, 2018 - August 17, 2018 from 6:30am - 6:00pm for rising Kindergarten to Rising 7th graders. March 15 – March 29 is Free Registration + first week’s tuition; Our Early Bird Registration is March 30th - May 1st. Registration is $20 + first week’s tuition. Regular Registration is After May 2nd, with a registration fee of $25 + first week’s tuition. Tuition is $90 per week. Please ask about sibling discounts and part-time attendance. Campers will be grouped by grade/age for sports and recreation, swimming and water activities, local tours, crafts, trips and tons of fun. Limited slots are available. Please email us to register. Visit our Facebook page, CRDC-Community Restoration and Development Corporation. (251) 301-6407 CRDCdaphne@gmail.com
Eastern Shore Academy of Excellence
23946-B US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 Now registering for summer day camp! Children ages 6 weeks – 12 years will enjoy exciting field trips, arts/ music education, science and discovery, swimming and much more all within a Christian and nurturing environment. (251) 928-1854 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/EasternShoreAcademy/
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6847 Park Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer day camp will be Monday - Friday from 9am -2pm for ages 6 weeks - 4 years. Camp Dates are June 4 - 15, 2018. Camp will be CLOSED June 1822nd. Camp will resume June 25th - August 13, 2018. (251) 626-7627 email@example.com www.myesbc.net
Eastern Shore Kids Kastle
10291B County Road 48, Fairhope, AL 36532 Now enrolling for summer for ages 6 weeks – 12 years. Space is very limited. Special weekly activities are offered. All activities are on-site. Hours are from 6am - 6pm. Monday - Friday. Please call for registration or visit us on Facebook. (251) 990-5350 facebook.com/easternshorekidskastleinc.com
Eastern Shore Montessori
980 Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer program available for ages 18 mos - 5 years. Monday through Friday. Full day and part-time available. 7:00am - 5:30pm. (251) 626-7505 firstname.lastname@example.org www.easternshoremontessori.com
Fairhope Rec Center “Summer of Fun”
Volanta Park & Municipal Pool , US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 The City of Fairhope will offer summer activities for children in Fairhope. Camp will be held at Volanta Park and the Municipal Pool each day and runs weekly. Activities for children may include: ball games, swimming, soccer, tennis, Ping-Pong and arts & crafts. No advance registration is necessary. Registration will take place the first day of camp. No half days, full days only and no extended day will be offered. Tuition will be due at the beginning of each week. (251) 990-0174 or (251) 990-0151 email@example.com www.cofairhope.com
Fairhope Rotary Youth Club Summer Program
19128 Young Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Our 2018 Summer Program and Enrichment Academy will be offered for the months of June and July. The summer program will be June 4 – June 30, 2018. The Summer Enrichment Academy will be July 2 - July 27, 2018. Both programs are Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm. The cost for Members is $250 per child, per month for each program. A third child will be $200 per month, per program. The cost for Non-Members is $300 per child, per month for each program. Early Bird Drop-Off is at 7:30am for an additional cost of $50 per child for each program. There is no cost for the month of August! Summer fun in June includes field trips, water inflatables and other activities. In July, certified teachers will join the staff and work with students in math, reading and science. Applications can be found online or picked up at the RYC office. Are you interested in learning more or volunteering at the Rotary Youth Club? Call or email our Executive Director, Louise Mason, lmason@rotaryyouthclub. org, or Frances Campbell, Education Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how to become a volunteer. (251) 928-9148 email@example.com www.rotaryyouthclub.org
First Kids Summer Day Camp
First Baptist Church, 300 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 First Kids Summer Day camp is gearing up for it’s 8th amazing summer! Camp begins Tuesday, May 29th and runs through the summer, 7:30am – 5:30pm daily, with the exception of July 4. Registration fee is $65.00 per child ($75.00 per child after April 30th). Open to any child who has completed any grade this current school year between Kindergarten and 6th grade. Full time (4-5 days a week) is $115 per week, Part time (2-3 days per week) is $80
per week and one day is $30.00 per week. Multichild discounts are available for full time siblings. Registration packets will be available beginning Monday, April 2, in the church office and online. Activities during the summer will include several awesome field trips, music, arts/crafts, sign language, drama, Bible study, movies, Wii time, tech days, outdoor play, splash pad visits, and much more. Contact Leigh Nelson, Camp Director at fairhopesdc@gmail. com for details and registration information. Space is limited and fills quickly. Please contact as soon as possible to reserve a space for your child’s greatest summer experience ever! (251) 928-8685 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fbcfairhope.org
Hogwarts of Fairhope
Please provide street address, Fairhope, AL 36532 Hogwarts Camp will be July 9 - 20, 2018 from 9am – 4pm. Camp location info coming soon! Harry Potter fans who are rising Kindergarteners - 13 years can immerse themselves in the magical world created by J. K. Rowling at our full day camp. Quidditch, Owl Post, Magical Classes, and Daily Costume Challenges to earn House Points! Diagon Alley and the Sorting Ceremony on the first day! Teenagers ages 14-17 can apply to be House Elves, (volunteers who help the staff). There is no camp fee for House Elves, but they are expected to be at camp every day, from 9am - 4pm. No Exceptions. Because of the many activities packed into 2 weeks, all participants, campers, and elves are expected to be at camp for the full two weeks. Camp cost is $325 until May 1, 2018. After May 1, the cost of camp will be $375. Registration for campers and applications for House Elves are available on our website. Look for us on Facebook to get updates, or join our email list. (225) 202-1724 email@example.com https://www.hogwartsoffairhope.com
Hot Wheels Skate Center
616 Whispering Pines Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Hot Wheels Summer Camp runs from May 29 - August 14, 2018 for completed K-6th Grade. We offer a 12-week camp for K - 6th graders. Each day of camp has a schedule to keep your child happy, entertained and busy! We offer a variety of sports and activities on site that include skating, basketball, arts & crafts, dancing, dodgeball, air hockey, ping pong, Wii, XBox 360, board games, kickball, movies and inflatables! We have great off-site field trips including weekly visits to a local swimming pool and bowling alley. In addition, we go to Sam’s Fun City Water Park, Trampoline Park and Laser Zone several times throughout the summer. Weekly tuition starts at just $100 per week. Part-time and full-time options are available. (251) 626-5120 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotwheelsdaphne.com
Gulf State Park, 22120 Campground Rd, Gulf Shores May 29th – August 3rd, 2018, Monday - Friday from 9am - 3pm with before and aftercare from 7:30am -
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5:30pm. In its 4th summer at GSP, Kidcam has loved being a part of everything offered at Gulf State Park. Convenient & affordable weekly sessions provide parents the perfect match for a fun & safe camp experience for campers ages 5-13 years. This summer, Mary Beth Waller, a 3rd grade teacher at Gulf Shores Elementary will lead our program as Camp Director. Weekly field trips, daily swimming and Kidcam’s engaging Kids Choice theme provide campers activities they want and that are action-packed, promote fun, fitness, friendship, and creativity each week of camp. This camp location offers campers all the things they love about Kidcam, plus the same 44-year Kidcam programming & staff and commitment to summer excellence. Full summer and weekly camp session registration is available online. Build your own summer sessions by choosing only the weeks you need, and save 10% if you pay before May 9, 2018. Full time, part time and daily rates are also available. Registration is open now on our website. (877) 454-3226 SummersRock@KidcamCamps.com www.kidcamcamp.com/city/gulf-shores/
Snook Youth Club Of Foley
1391 South Cedar Street, Foley, AL 36535 The Snook Youth Club of Foley is a Super place dedicated to developing Super kids using Arts and Academic enrichment. Summer Camp provides: Violin, Drums or Guitar Lessons, Recording and Dance classes, Beading and Art Therapy, Theater and Power Reading Hour, Swimming and Weekly Field Trips, and an end of camp Recital. Free lunch, mid-morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Enrolling ages 5 – 14 years. Hours of operation are 7:30am - 5:30pm, Monday – Friday. An Annual Club Membership is $60, which covers registration and two T-shirts. Weekly camp fee is $60.00 per child. Ask about a discount for
siblings. Snook Youth Club SYC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/snookyouthclub. Please call and request an application today! (251) 943-1483 email@example.com www.snookyouthclub.weebly.com
SPARC Summer Camp
Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road West (Building C), Gulf Shores, AL 36542 SPARC Summer Camp will be May 29 - August 10, 2018. Camp is Monday - Friday from 7:30am - 5:30pm. Closed the week July 2 - July 6. Online registration begins on March 5, 2018 and closes April 30, 2018. You may also register at the Cultural Center beginning Monday March 5th, 2018. Camp is open to youth who have completed K - 6th grades. Ask about our Junior Counselor Volunteer Program. (251) 968-9813 www.gulfshoresal.gov/980/SPARCSummer-Camp
The Community School
City Hope Church, 29964 Saint Basil Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Please call the office for specific camp information and summer dates coming soon! (251) 517-5590 www.mycommunityschool.org
YMCA of South Alabama
Bound Family YMCA, 8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Day Camp is for ages 5 – 14 years. Their summer is packed with themed activities, crafts and games, water fun, sports of all sorts, field trips, and much more! Sign up for your child’s favorite “Theme Week”, or join us for all 10 weeks of fabulous fun! Call or email us today for registration information. (251) 626-0888 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ysal.org
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1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604 Don’t waste your summer! Spend it at The Adventures in Math and Science summer camp at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, AL. Learn while you have fun! Kayak Mobile Bay. Design a maze. Build a smartphone app. Solve a crime. Prepare for the ACT. Learn how to make jewelry. Build a robot. Launch a rocket…and much more! There is something for everyone! Who can enroll? Open to students entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Non-Alabama residents are also eligible to apply. This year, AIMS will run for three sessions. Students can sign up for one, two, or three weeks. Session 1 (June 4-8), Session 2 (June 11-15), and Session 3 (June 18-22) are all overnight or day camps. Day camp is 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Overnight Camp is $385 per week (all inclusive - meals, classes, activities, and lodging). The weekend stay between Week 1-2 or Week 2-3 are an additional $185, which includes trip to a water park (weather permitting) and other fun activities. Day Campers: $285 per week (this includes tuition and lunch). A $25 discount will apply (one per student) if application and all applicable forms are received by April 1. (251) 441-2152 email@example.com www.asms.net
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center ad on page 66
65 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602 Experience the most amazing, science-based summer camps in Mobile! Summer camps at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center are a great way to keep budding young minds engaged all summer long. Our camps are extensive in subject matter and cater to ages 4-14 years of age. Summertime is always full of learning fun at the Gulf Coast Exploreum! Our camp highlights: Ages 4-5 – Jurassic Junior, Natural Wonders, Music Makers, Astro-tots, Ages 6-8 – Dino Dig, Kitchen Chemistry, Launch It, Junior Med, Ages 9–11 – Mad Scientist, Engineering Exploration, Wizardry, Art of Monster Science, Ages 12–14 – Get with the Program, Printing off the Page, Innovations, AirBus Flight Academy. Download our 2018 Camp Guide for a full list of camps, schedule, registration forms and more. Space is limited and fills up fast so don’t delay! Visit www. exploreum.com and register today! 251-208-6893 firstname.lastname@example.org www.exploreum.com
mer! The first camp is June 28 open 9 to 11 year olds. Curious about health and medicine? Then this is the camp for you! Learn how to use instruments such as microscopes, stethoscopes, and blood pressure monitors to diagnose health conditions. Discover human anatomy through x-ray slides, models and real bone specimens. See how the art and science of health care has changed from prehistoric times through the present! The second camp is July 9 through 13 open to 6 to 8 year olds. What are the parts of the human skeleton? How do germs cause illness? What healing powers do blueberries, ginger and peppermint have? Campers will divide their time between the Exploreum and the Mobile Medical Museum investigating these and other health care topics through fun-filled experiments, games and storytelling. Includes a tour of the Ronald McDonald House. www.mobilemedicalmuseum.org
Protocol- Social Etiquette/ Table Manners ad on page 69
Huntington Learning Center ad on page 67
Jubilee Square Shopping Center, 6880 US-90 (Suite 13), Daphne, AL 36526 Come by our local center, visit our website or call to begin your child’s individualized program today. Huntington Helps with reading, math, science writing, study skills, ACT & SAT and more.
Daphne Recreation Center, Daphne, AL 36526 A 4-week course in social etiquette, and table manners for girls and boys ages 7 – 17 years. Learn about table settings, proper use of silverware, proper introductions, dinner converstion and the importance of proper grooming and posture. Modeling courses are also offered. Class size is limited. Private and group workshops are available. Call Paula Perri for more information.
(251) 621-1055 email@example.com www.huntingtonhelps.com/daphne
1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Mobile, AL 36542 Zoo Camp offered to all elementary school age children, ages 5 to 11, in a full day session (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) conducted by licensed teachers and trained volunteers. Campers will explore animal life here at
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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government St, Mobile Junior MedCamp is offering 2 exciting camps this sum-
teaching coping strategies (i.e. emotional intelligence, anger management, etc.). No diagnosis is required to participate. Preschool Language Camp – 5 weeks available K-2nd grade Language/Social Skills Camp – 5 weeks available; 3rd-6th grade Social Skills camp-2 weeks available, 7th – 10th grade Social Skills/Emotional Regulation Camp - 2 weeks available. (251) 210-1632 ext. 104 info@americanautismcenter. com www.AmericanAutismCenter.com
Blue Bird Pediatric Therapy
the Zoo, partake in animal enrichment activities, meet our zoo keepers, and even greet some of our animal residents personally. They will also participate in agespecific games, arts and crafts projects and special zoo-related events. There will be plenty of hands-on educational and fun activities carried out in a safe and educational environment. Zoo Camp registration opens in March and all details including pricing and forms are made available at that time. Zoo Camp is always the last full week in June. Please visit our website for more information. 251-968-5732 firstname.lastname@example.org www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com
American Autism & Rehabilitation Center
8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center is proud to host a number of programs this summer. Camps available for ages 3-5 years, K-2nd grades, and 3rd-6th grades will focus on language development, social skills, and peer interaction. Camps available for ages 7th -10th grades highlight peer interaction while
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6157 Airport Boulevard Suite 205 , Mobile, AL 36608 Handwriting Heroes: June 4 - 6, 2018. Handwriting, Sensorimotor & Social Skill Development Camps. Print Camp for ages 4 - 6 years from 10am - 12pm; Cursive Camp for ages 7 - 10 years from 2pm - 4pm. Music & Movement: June 11 - 15, 2018. Movement, Music & Play Camp! From 10am-11am for ages 3-4 years. Building Buddies: June 18 - 22, 2018. Building, Creating & Developing Social Skills. From 10am - 12pm for ages 5 - 9 years and 2pm - 4pm for ages 10 - 15 years. (251) 287-0378 www.bluebirdtherapy.com
Culinary Dreams, Inc.
Please visit our website or find us on Facebook for upcoming camp dates and details. We will be holding camps in Daphne and Gulf Shores. Locations to be announced. Sign up for our email newsletter for updates. (251) 333-8908 email@example.com www.culinarydreamsinc.com
Environmental Studies Center
6101 Girby Road, Mobile, AL 36693 Summer Day camps throughout the summer months for grades 1-8. Call or visit our website for detailed course descriptions and to confirm prices and dates. (251) 221-5000 (Extension 2) firstname.lastname@example.org www.mcpsesc.com
Fairhope Sewing School
11161 John Deere Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Children/Teen 2018 Summer Sewing Camps. Sewing Camps will be divided according to age. Ages 5-7 will be hand sewing. No machine sewing involved. Our beginner sewing camps ages, 7-9 10-12,13-17 will teach your child/teen the basics of machine sewing. All camps will have completed an item(s) with skills learned at our sewing camps. We also have Advanced Camp for students who have gone through FSS school year classes, camps or have some home sewing experience. We offer an early discount for Camp Registration received by April 30, 2018. Camps fill up fast! Spots are only guaranteed with paid registration. Please visit our website for complete camp information. (251)442-4472 email@example.com www.fairhopesewingschool.com
Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp
Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32508 Weekly camp sessions are offered June through July, 2018. Sign up for the Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp at the National Naval Aviation Museum located on NAS Pensacola. Taught by certified teachers, students will learn the science and math of flight and expand their knowledge of Naval Aviation history with tours of Museum exhibits and aircraft. Open to children entering 5th and 6th grade. Fees are $175 per person, per session. Sessions run Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm each day. (850) 453-2389 firstname.lastname@example.org www.navalaviationfoundation.org
26420 Kensington Place, (Suite C), Daphne, AL 36526 Call or visit our website for 2018 summer program dates coming soon! (251) 517-0355 http://www.kidskounttherapy.com/default.htm
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Pre-Cotillion Program - Manners/ Etiquette Classes
The Venue, 105 South Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532 The National League of Junior Cotillions Eastern Shore Chapter will offer a manners course for children entering 2nd - 4th grades in June and July (actual dates TBD). The classes will take place over a three day period from 2:00 - 3:30 pm at The Venue in downtown Fairhope. The curriculum will include how to shake hands properly, how to write a thank you note, dining etiquette, proper use of utensils, telephone courtesies and much more. Through role-playing, along with hands-on experience in a peer group, young ladies and gentlemen leave the program with the beginnings of confidence and poise for proper social situations. The cost of the program is $135 per student. To register or for more information, please visit our website or email Kathy Sternenberg. (251) 928-4962 email@example.com www.nljc.com/chapter/easternshore
1048 Stanton Road (Suite G), Daphne, AL 36526 Give your student the extra boost they need this summer with Read Write! Read Write offers dyslexia testing and one-on-one therapy for students with language based learning disabilities. Our services include multisensory instruction in reading, math, grammar, writing and comprehension. We also offer early intervention for 4 and 5 year olds, which promotes a strong foundation for early literacy. Check out our website to learn more about our summer programs! (251) 625-4020 firstname.lastname@example.org www.readwritelearningcenter.com
Summer Chess Camp
Daphne East Elementary School, 26651 County Road 13, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Chess Camp offered July 9 - July 13, 2018. Students will have an opportunity to work witha chess
coach from NY. There will be 1/2 day and full day options. Pricing for half day is $189 and runs from 9:00 - 12:00. Full day is $299 and runs from 9:00 - 3:00 PM. Questions can be directed to parent sponsor, Suntrease Williams-Maynard, our teacher sponsor, Mrs. Pam Yelding at email@example.com or to our chess coach, Alanna Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org. (251) 626-1663 email@example.com akatz87.wufoo.com/forms/daphne-east-chess-camp/
The Think Tank Tutoring
Baldwin County and Surrounding areas, AL Stay sharp this summer and stop the school struggles before they begin with affordable one-on-one private tutoring in your home. The Think Tank Tutoring and Educational Services is your solution. All subjects offered in grades K-12. We offer assistance with ADHD coaching, Homework Help and Test Prep. Specializing in Reading, Math, Algebra I&II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Science, History and English. We use SOAR Study Skills and have Certified Teachers available. Our average student improves 2 letter grades in just 60 days! (251) 414-4494 firstname.lastname@example.org www.TheThinkTankTutoring.com
Top Notch Kids
17853 Samantha Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Registration fee is $75. Full time camp is $100 per week, for each camper. Part Time camp, (choose 1, 2 or 3 days) is $75 per week. Hours are Monday - Friday 7:15am - 6pm. Top Notch accepts children ages 4 years and up. Visit us on Facebook. Please call to register. (251) 656-0600 email@example.com
U.S. Space Camp & Aviation Challenge One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 More details under Overnight Camps. 800-637-7223 www.spacecamp.com
WildNative ECO Camp
Happy Harbor Pizza and Subs, 4205 County Road 6, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 WildNative Offers educational and fun opportunities for upcoming 7th to 12th grade students. ECO stands for Exciting Coastal Opportunities because of the many activities the students get to experience. Participants will learn about the local environment, marine biology, ecology in a hands-on setting all while gaining experience for a career related field. We offer week long and weekend only camps with both day and overnight options. Find us on Facebook! (844) 900-CAMP firstname.lastname@example.org www.wildnativetours.com/wildnative-camps/
Horseback Riding Fox Run Farm ad on page 13
13370 County Road 3, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer camp will be offered June 4 - 8, 2018 and June 11 - 15, 2018. Each session is Monday - Friday from 8am - 12pm. Campers will experience life on a working horse farm, take part in the care, training and riding of many of the farm horses. Students also take part in other activities as well as a camp horse show on last day of camp. Also offering private and group lessons for adults and children from beginner to advanced. Please call to reserve your spot. Camps fill quickly! (251) 209-1394 email@example.com www.facebook.com/ FoxRunEquestrian/
Oak Hollow Farm ad on page 32
14210 Greeno Rd, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Day Camp at Oak Hollow Farms will run June 18 - 22, 2018 from 8am - 4pm for ages 6 - 12 years.
Mountain, for 50 girls, 8-17; 1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!
5 - 12 years. The ACE Performing Arts program is partnering with The Town of Loxley for a 5 week summer camp. Camp cost is $150 per child and will offer fun and energetic activities and element of performing arts each day. Camp hours are 8am - 3:30pm. Extended hours available for an extra fee. Registration forms are
(706) 862-2231 firstname.lastname@example.org www.valleyviewranch.com
(251) 928-4840 email@example.com www.oakhollowfarm.net
Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 70
757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 See listing under Overnight Camps for details. (800) 882-0722 www.riverviewcamp.com
Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls ad on page 59
Lookout Mountain, 606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout
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Lake Forest Stables
Camp cost is $300. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at registration. Activities include arts & crafts, Archery, Fishing, Games, Introduction to Horseback riding and a Giant Slide! Visit our website or call for registration instructions.
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268 Equine Circle, Daphne, AL 36526 3-day summer camps will be offered in June, July and August from 8am 1pm. The cost is $185 per camper, per session. Open to children ages 7 years and up. Camp at Lake Forest Stables is exciting, educational, and includes riding lessons, trail rides, crafts, learning to care for, bathe and Love a horse! Visit us on Facebook and don’t miss out on our 3-day Spring Break Camp the week of March 26-28, 2018. Camp hours are from 8am 1pm and the cost is $185. Please call and register for each camp.
(770) 355-6514 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakeforeststables.org
Music/Theatre ACE Performing Arts ad on page 53
Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive, Loxley, AL 36551 Into the Woods Performances: March 22 - 23, at 6:30pm and March 24, at 1pm and 6pm; March 25 at 2pm. Tickets available online or at the door. 2018 camp dates: May 29, 2018 - June 29, 2018 for ages
available online at Loxley Civic Center website. (search under youth program). Only 50 spots are available so Register now! (850) 293-6312 email@example.com www.theaceperformingartscenter.com
Baldwin County Youth Orchestra Strings/Band Summer Music Camp ad on page 28
Eastern Shore Baptist Church, 6847 Park Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 The Baldwin County Youth Orchestra (BCYO) will offer
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summer music camp in 2018. Please call or check our website. Dates and registration information coming soon. (251) 979-6834 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bcyorchestra.com
Marjorie Searcy Musical Theater Summer Camp ad on page 73
698 Cedar Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 Musical Theatre Summer Camps. Sing, Dance, and Act to Broadway and Disney Tunes! Receive the $100 Early Bird Special if you register before May 10, 2018. Cost is $120 beginning May 11, 2018. Classes are small and space is limited so register online today! June Camp Sessions: June 18-22, 2018. Fractured Fairy Tales-Cinderella, the Frog, Prince and more. For kids in grades K -2nd from 10am - 11:30am; Celebrating Roald Dahl’s Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach! For grades 3rd - 5th from 1pm - 3pm; Dr. Seuss, a Very Seussical Review! For grades 6th - 8th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. July Camp Sessions: July 9-14, 2018. Into the Deep Blue with Nemo, Mermaids and Pirates. For grades K - 2nd from 10am - 11:30am; Songs and Scenes from Annie: “It’s a Hard Knock Life!”. For grades 3rd - 5th from 1pm - 3pm; The Greatest Show on Earth, Come Join the Circus! “A million Dreams is all it’s gonna take.” for grades 6th - 8th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. (251) 509-2150 email@example.com www.marjorieSearcy.com
Auburn Summer Band Camp
320 W Samford Avenue, Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn Summer Band Camps: Yamaha “Sounds of Summer” Marching Percussion Camp - June 5 - 6. Drum majors and section leaders will benefit from our Marching Leadership program held June 13 - 16. Color Guard, dancers, and majorettes will enjoy our Marching Auxiliary program, which includes basic and advanced technique development and group routines and will be June 21 - 23. Auburn University Bands also holds two annual Summer Symphonic Band Camps each year. These camps, designed for Middle School held June 21 – 23 and High School students on June 10 - 13 respectively, provide an excellent opportunity for the musical development of our participants during the summer. Rehearsals with band students from across the country, as well as section rehearsals and master classes, are a reason your child won’t want to miss out on being a part of our summer camp program this year. 334- 844-4166 firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com www.band.auburn.edu
Dave Simon’s KidzRock Camp
Modern Ensemble Music, 809B Daphne Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 Kidzrock is a music program that teaches children as young as 4 how to play an instrument in the setting of a real rock band. Band members rotate on drums, electric guitar, and keyboard as they prepare to sing and play in a rock concert. Each band sings and performs songs featured on the Kidzrock CD. Songs have simple patterns for campers to learn to read colorcoded music. Instruments are provided by Kidzrock and instruments are easy to hold for kids to learn basic guitar, drums, Keyboard along with music terminology, singing on pitch, and more. Please call for camp dates and registration. (251) 210-7175 firstname.lastname@example.org www.modernensemblemusic.com/Home
Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre
251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 ESRT is pleased to announce our 2018 Summer Camp selections! Camps are offered in 2-week sessions for rising 1st - 12th graders. Registration forms can be printed from our website or obtained at the studio. Session 1: Aladdin, June 4 - June 15, 2018 (for
the end of camp! Online registration begins March 1, 2018. Registration fee is $25. Camp is limited to 30 campers so register Early! Registration is Free if registered before May 1st! (251) 423-1201 bgates@musicalbeginningsalabama. com www.musicalbeginningsalabama.com
SummerTide Drama Camp - South Baldwin Community Theatre
rising 1st - 7th graders). Session 2: Jungle Book, June 18 - June 29, 2018 (for rising 1st -7th graders). Session 3: High School Musical, July 9 - July 20, 2018 (for rising 3rd - 12th graders). Session 4: Alice In Wonderland, July 23 - August 3, 2018 (rising 3rd - 12th graders). Each camp session runs Monday - Friday from 9am 12pm. A final performance will be at 11am on the last day of each camp session. Please email us with any questions. Camp Sessions fill quickly so register your child early!
George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street , Gulf Shores, AL 36542 The camp is conducted by the University of Alabama’s SummerTide Theatre group. Session 1: June 5 - 9, 2018 Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 1pm, (for Beginners); Session 2: June 12 - 16, Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 1pm, (for Intermediate level); Session 3: June 19 - 23, Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 1pm (for Advanced level). Tuition is $100 per child, per session. To pre-register, complete the form on our website. Payments are due the first day of camp. On-site registration will also be available, based on availability, beginning at 8am of each week’s camp. (251) 968-6721 email@example.com www.summertide.org/theatre-camp/
Talley Piano Studio
Daphne, AL 36526 Please call or check our website for more information.
(251) 301-2371 firstname.lastname@example.org www.easternshorerep.org
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University of Alabama Band Camp
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8271 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer Performing Arts Camp will be June 4 - June 29, 2018 from 8am - 2pm. Extended care is available for an added charge. Camp is open to children ages 7 - 14 years. Activities offered at camp include: Piano, voice, acting, theory, music classes, extra play time, an off campus field trip, and musical performance at
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Youth Orchestra Camps
Fairhope Music, 251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 Fairhope Music and Fairhope Chamber Strings will offer several different camps and classes throughout the summer. Summer Camps & Program Dates: Coastal Youth Orchestra Camp: Every Monday in June and July from 2pm - 4pm; Beginner Violin & Cello Camp: Every Tuesday in June and July from 2pm - 4pm; Beginner Brass Band Camp: Every Wednesday in June and July from 2pm - 4pm. Please call to sign up for camp. Like us on Facebook! (251) 463-6009 or (251) 455-4101 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fairhopemusic.com
Overnight Camps Alabama School of Math and Science - The Adventures in Math and
Science Summer Camp ad on page 83
1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604 See listing under Educational Camps and Miscellaneous Camps for details.
(251) 441-2152 email@example.com www.asms.net
Camp Beckwith ad on page 41
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 The University of Alabama Band Department offers a variety of summer programs for high school students. Ranging from honor bands to marching bands, these programs provide young musicians with top-notch experience and education, as well as an exciting way for students to get involved with the university.
(205) 348-6068 firstname.lastname@example.org bands.ua.edu/programs
10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Camp Sessions begin June 2, 2018 - July 29, 2018. Join us for spiritual growth, and memoryfilled summers through Summer Camp. Our camp sits among sweet gum trees and beautiful grasslands alongside the shores of Weeks Bay in Baldwin County. Beckwith offers overnight camps, training camp, sailing camp, and family camp for grades 1st – 12th. For detailed descriptions of camp sessions, rates, photos,
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24-29, July 1-6, and July 22-27. Bay Voyager (rising 9th-12th grade) July 15-20.
ing week of non-stop excitement and encouragement. There are twelve exciting camp sessions available from which to choose. Visit the LFR website or call to discover the week that works best for your child, church youth or children’s ministry group.
(251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) email@example.com www.disl.org
DISL High School Marine Science Course
(662) 726-5052 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakeforestranch.com
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Marine Science Course for High School Students (current 9th-12 grade) June 10 – July 6. Live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and immerse yourself in the world of marine science. Learn by doing in the field, in the lab, and on the boat. You’ll have the chance to connect with DISL researchers, aquarists, and faculty. This course also offers science credit to students.
and registration information, visit our website under summer camps. 251-928-7844 email@example.com www.beckwithal.com
DISL - Summer Residential Camps ad on page 22, 78
Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers hands-on adventures with the best educational staff around. Overnight campers, 5th through 12th graders, discover coastal Alabama habitats from the beautiful bay, to the fascinating marshes, and Dauphin Island’s sunny beaches. See and do new things. Overnight Camps: Barrier Island Explorer (rising 5th-6th grade) June 3-6, June 10-13, July 8-11. Marine DeTECHtives (rising 6th-8th grade) June 20-22. Gulf Island Journey (rising 7th-9th grade) June 3-8, June
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757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 Riverview is an all girls overnight camp in Mentone, Alabama, on top of Lookout Mountain. (45 minutes south of Chattanooga, 1.5 hours from Huntsville, Al and 2 hours from Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham!) Riverview offers both one and two-week sessions all summer long for girls ages 6-16 years. Horse riding, swimming, nature trails, ropes, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! There are also weekend retreats for motherdaughter adventures. Camp runs from end of May – August 2018. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. (800) 882-0722 email@example.com www.riverviewcamp.com
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5326 Lake Forest Road, Macon, MS 39341 Located in the middle of a 53,000-acre pine forest on a beautiful 60-acre lake, Lake Forest Ranch is among the most beautiful settings in the south for a summer camp experience for children (ages 7-12) and teenagers (ages 11-18). LFR is an interdenominational evangelical camp that serves mostly church groups (though individual campers are welcome too) during the summer months beginning Memorial Day Weekend running to August. Horseback riding, tubing, a wonderful climbing wall, a thrilling zip line, a brand new big swimming pool, kayaking, a gym, tennis courts, archery, archery tag, crafts and many other fun activities all coupled with wonderful facilities, carefully selected godly college age staff members and a week jam packed with spiritual growth, inspiration, worship and deep friendships all add up to a life chang-
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5278 Camp Ascca Drive, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Camp ASCCA is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and week long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, accessible water slide, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad”, outdoor adventure elements like the zipline, and much more. 256-825-9226 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campascca.org
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2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road, Alpine, AL 35014 Camp Cosby will offer 8 Sessions throughout the summer for ages 6 - 16 years. Boys and girls have the opportunity to build self-esteem, grow, learn, and challenge themselves. Campers also learn to develop values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Pool, lake adventures, horses, trials, team building, zip line, and much more! Specialty camps include Mini Bikes camps, wakeboarding, ski camps, wrangler and expedition camps. (800) 85-COSBY email@example.com www.ymcabham.org/dates-and-rates-
29711 Josephine Drive, Elberta, AL 36530 Camp Dixie Lutheran Outdoor Ministry is a place where campers are able to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually, in a positive way by experiencing, reflecting and evaluating in an outdoorbased Christ centered program. Sessions run from June – July. We offer a weekend Family Camp for 3yr olds thru 2nd grade with a parent. Week Long sessions are available for 2nd-12th Grade. Swimming, Kayaking, Bible study, archery, challenge course, arts and crafts, campfires and more. Specialty camps including rocket and horse camp are also offered. Located on the beautiful Perdido Bay in Elberta, AL. 251-987-1201 firstname.lastname@example.org www. campdixieministries.org
10425 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, La Fayette, AL 36862 The principles of God’s Word are interwoven into all activities and children discover the reality of living a life for Jesus Christ. Camp Marannook offers summer camps for kids in grade 1st - 9th. Overnight Camp sessions: June 3-8, 2018 (7th-9th grade); June 24-29, 2018 (1st-4th grades); July 1-6, 2018 (1st-4th grades); July 15-20, 2018 (5th-7th grades); July 22-27, 2018 (5th-7th graders). Day Camp sessions: June 25-29, 2018 (1st4th grade); July 2-6, 2018 (1st-4th grade); July 16-20, 2018 (1st-4th grade); July 23-27, 2018 (1st-4th grade). Registration, camp costs and specific camp information is available on our website. (334) 864-7504 email@example.com www.marannook.org/
1318 Fairview Boulevard, Fairview, TN 37062 For over seven decades Camp Marymount has provided the Nashville Diocese and families from all over the world a summer camp experience filled with community, faith, fun and simplicity on 340 acres of beautiful middle Tennessee land. We offer four overnight summer sessions – two for girls, and two for boys – to rising 1st graders thru rising 11th graders. Campers enjoy swimming and water sports, arts and crafts, horsemanship, archery, riflery, canoeing, drama and dance for girls, wrestling for boys, frisbee golf, working on the camp newsletter, and much, much more. Camp Marymount opens children’s eyes to nature and their surroundings. We give them time and space to try interesting hobbies, develop new skills and discover the beauty of the world around them. From sunup to , special friendships and great fun! 615-799-0410 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campmarymount.com
Camp Scoutshire Woods, Girl Scout Camp
6051 Scoutshire Camp Road North, Citronelle, AL 36522 All girls are invited to enjoy a week or a sampler with 2 nights at summer camp on the sand hills surrounded by pines and magnolias. Girls can participate in activities, such as horseback riding, archery, canoeing, crafts, hiking and swimming. All activities are designed to emphasize teamwork and leadership and promote girls of courage, confidence and character. Special
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sessions include STEM, Horsemanship, Oobleck and more. There is a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for girls in grades 10-12. A certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor teaches swimming lessons. Camp Scoutshire Woods is accredited by the American Camp Association. (800) 239-6636 email@example.com www.girlscoutssa.org/camp
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500 Chase Park South, ite 104, Birmingham, AL 35244 2018 Family Camps for Ages 0-18 plus family. Spring Family Weekend - April 13-April 15 ($375, Camp Grace, Mobile), Summer Family Weekend – May 11-13 ($575, Lake Martin) Lake Martin Fall Family Weekend – October 20-22 ($375, Lake Martin). 2018 Day Camp $175 (July 23-27) Mobile (Day Camps – 1 sibling or friends may register with child with diabetes and pay to attend) 2018 Overnight Camps – Senior Camp – June 2 - 8 (ages 12-18, $800, Lake Martin) Junior Camp –
June 10-15 (ages 6-13, $800, Lake Martin) Coastal Camp – July 22-27 (ages 10-18 - $500, Mobile) *Children with diabetes only. (205) 402-0415 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campsealeharris.org
Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile, AL 36608 Camp SMILE is a residential camp for individuals with disabilities five to fifty years old and their siblings. We offer a unique experience which helps campers adjust to life outside their normal routine and helps foster genuine relationships between campers and counselors. With adapted rules and specialized equipment, Camp SMILE is able to offer activities, including: swimming, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, zip-lines, archery and much more. Summer Camp is Four one-week, age-specific sessions offered the last week of June and the first three weeks of July. Respite Weekends and Camp Socials are held at different
171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Camp Walkabout is the no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors for kids ages 8-16 years old. Overnight Walkabout Camp sessions begin June 10 and run through July 7, 2018! Campers will climb the world renowned Tennessee wall sandstone one day, explore the amazing underground world of a cave the next and paddle board the mighty Tennessee River Gorge another. Camp Walkabout optimizes every day to find new adventures, leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Walkabout truly is the most fun a camper can have in the summer! (423) 267-8506 (ext. 827) or (423) 757-2616 badams@ baylorschool.org www.baylorschool.org/summer
times in spring and fall as well as Get-togethers and parties throughout the school year.
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Camp Stanislaus - Residential Camps
304 South Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, MS 39520 Weekly from June 10 through July 7, 2018. Father and Son Camp July 7 & 8, 2018. Camp Stanislaus is a Day and Resident Camp for boys and girls ages 8-15 years. Situated on the beautiful beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the facilities are the same as those used by St. Stanislaus College Prep. These include two gyms, three tennis courts, a swimming pool, football stadium, baseball stadium, one thousand foot pier, recreational and TV rooms, dining hall, dormitory, classrooms, computer labs, weight room, art room, athletic fields, beach volleyball court, ski camp,health center, and unlimited sandy beaches. (228) 467-9057 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campstanislaus.com
3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 Camp Dates are May 28 – August 8, 2018. Weekly Summer Camp for Boys and Girls from ages 7 – 15 years with a First Camp option for ages 5-7. Located on the shores of Percy Priest Lake, in Antioch, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville. Camp Widjiwagan sits on 320 acres and 4 miles of shoreline at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center. Offering day, overnight and family retreats. Co-ed programs for rising 1st - 9th grades offered. Activities include team building, leadership, swimming/splash park, lake sports, horseback riding, team adventures, sports, zip line, and ski and equestrian schools and more! .
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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
3483 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Al 36608 Our properties host camping and outdoor activities, which remain a favorite for girls ages 5-17. In the summer, during the months of June and July, we offer the opportunity to attend resident or sail away camp
for every girl, whether they are a Girl Scout or not. Throughout the year, troops can conquer our zip lines and water craft activities, camp in lodges and tents, learn outdoor and survival skills, and discover nature at Kamp Kiwanis in Eclectic or Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle. See our website for how to register.
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Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 Space Camp is the ultimate unique camp experience where trainees train like astronauts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Aviation Challenge Camp immerses trainees in the fascinating realms of flight while learning about the basics of the military lifestyle. Space Camp Robotics trainees engineer and design robots for land, air and sea. Camp programs are offered from ages 7 – 100. Everyone from students, families, adults and educators can experience these exciting camps. For more information on programs, dates and other information, please visit www.spacecamp.com or call (800) 637-7223. 256-837-3400; 800-637-7223 email@example.com www.spacecamp.com/sc
Twin Lakes Summer Camp
155 Milner Road , Florence, MS 39073 Camp Dates are June 4-9, June 11-16, June 18-23, June 25-June 30, July 2-7 and July 9-14. Twin Lakes Summer Camp is focused on providing an environment that is both safe and fun, while being intentionally grounded in Biblical teaching. For the past 45 years, Twin Lakes has shown the love of Christ to campers from a variety of backgrounds. During their session, each camper participates in each of our exciting activities - Horseback riding, Wild Wilderness Adventure, Games, Challenge Course, Riflery/Archery, Rock
Marine Science Course for High School Students June 10 July 6, 2018 Immerse yourself in the world of marine science. Learn by doing - in the field, in the lab, and on the boat Connect with DISL researchers, aquarists, and faculty Live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab For current 9th through 12th graders Learn more at disl.org/dhp/summer or call 251-861-2141 x7515 or email DHPSummer@disl.org.
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animal, and to the world of fiber arts. Participants will learn about the origin of these fibers and will create amazing products. They will dye natural fibers and learn how to prepare them for their art projects. Participant will learn dyeing techniques, including shibori. They will learn needle-felting and wet felting and use these techniques to create a number of amazing pieces of art. Of course, we will visit with the alpacas each day! Camp is Monday - Friday from 10am - 2pm. Campers are asked to bring a brown bag lunch, M-TH. Friday we will provide pizza and dessert. Snacks and drinks are provided daily. Cost is $190 per camper with an $80 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. Ages are 9 - 15 years old. Please call or email for a flyer and registration information and questions.
Climbing, Waterfront, Leather crafts and Kayaking. Biblical narratives serve as the theme each week, and come to life during assembly times as the whole camp experiences the story on Friday’s Bible adventure. The caring, highly qualified staff is carefully selected and genuinely enjoys developing relationships with each child and seeking to help him/her make the most of their week at camp. (601) 845-6858 info@twinlakescamp. org www.twinlakescamp.org/
Science/ Outdoor Explorer Camps Ocean Camp ad on page 63
The Wharf, 4776 Main Street, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL 36561 Spring Break Camps March 6 - 30, 2018. Sign up online! 2018 Summer Day Camps will be held in June & July. Ocean Camp is a hands-on education program for ocean lovers and future marine scientists ages 5-12 years and Counselors in training ages 13-15. Each 4-day session (Tuesday - Friday) offers marine science topics about Alabama’s coastal environment. Help make your child’s beach experience a memory they won’t forget! Like us on Facebook for photos and updates. (251) 802-8605 OceanCamp@gmail.com www.facebook.com/oceancamp
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Barrier Island Explorer
Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Barrier Island Explorer Camp is an Overnight Camp offered June 3-6, June 10-13 and July 8-11, 2018. Explore the diversity of this barrier island during this 3-night camp designed for rising 5th-6th graders. Campers will muck around in the salt marsh, discover Mobile Bay aboard the Sea Lab’s research and education vessel, learn how to crab off the dock, and make friends they’ll be sure to want to reunite with next summer. (251) 861-2141 (ext. 7515) email@example.com www.disl.org
Humming Star Alpaca Camp
19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill, AL 36576 Camp Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 and June 11 - 15, 2018. Fiber Arts Camp is designed to introduce young people to organic fibers, both plant and
Shining Star Youth Camp
Locations coming soon, AL The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Shining Star Youth Camp is a program to promote positive interaction between the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and children between the ages of 8-13 years. Our mission is to build life skills, instill confidence and develop self-esteem. We offer a wide range of activities, including drug awareness, K-9 demonstrations, crime scene investigations, boater’s safety simulators, fire safety, physical health information, obstacle courses, a family fun day, and many other activities. Our staff is comprised of dedicated volunteers of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and participating agencies. SPACE IS LIMITED! Contact us for registration information, specific dates and program locations. (251) 972-6890 or (251) 802-1115 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sheriffofbaldwin.com
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Bayside Boys & Girls Basketball Camps
Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, 36526 2018 Summer Basketball Camp dates coming soon. Please contact Coach Ralph Watson or Coach Brittany Davidson for registration instructions. (251) 232-1599 or (251) 338-6440 firstname.lastname@example.org www.baysideacademy.org
Bayside Volleyball Camp
Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, 36526 Please call or email Ann Schilling for Summer Camp information & registration. 2018 Camp Dates coming soon!
Sports Camps United States Taekwondo ad on page 21
25478-B Friendship Road, Daphne, AL 36526 When the kids get out of school in May, enroll them in United States Taekwondo classes! Visit our website for class schedules and Like us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/USTKD. Other locations: United States Taekwondo: Bay Minette, (251) 232-7598. United States Taekwondo: Semmes, (251) 786-5425, Mobile (251) 479-7409. (251) 621-9933 www.karatetkd.com
Auburn University Sports Camps
Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn sports offer official camps and clinics throughout the year. From football and basketball to tennis and swimming, you will learn fundamentals of team play, sportsmanship and skills of the sport ...all from Auburn
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Craft Farms Golf Course
3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Private, Individual and Development golf lessons are offered year round by our PGA Golf Pro as well as summer golf clinics. (251) 978-1625 or (888) 567-1652
Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers
20730 State Hwy 181 (Suite G), Fairhope, AL 36532 Join us for a super summer program! We have been offering Martial Arts Instruction for children and adults in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Please call for summer dates and times. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 979-3360 or (251) 279-8013 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulf Coast TaeKwonDo Centers
17799 Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Join us for a super summer program! We have been offering Martial Arts Instruction for children and adults in Baldwin County for over 30 years. Please call for
summer dates and times. We also offer classes at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. Visit us on Facebook for updates! (251) 979-3360 or (251) 279-8013 email@example.com
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Hoops for Girls – Basketball Camp
Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main Street , Daphne, AL 36526 “Hoops for Girls” basketball camp will be June 18 – 22, 2018, from 9am - 12:30pm at Daphne United Methodist Church. This camp is for girls on the Eastern Shore, entering the 4th - 8th grades for the 2018-19 school year. If your daughter is interested or you want more information, please call Alison Calloway, Tiffany Cook or email us. “Hoops for Girls” concentrates on learning and improving basketball skills, while having fun at the same time. In addition to learning through skill work, we have a few contests and we also have a tournament at the end of camp. We stress and expect that campers display good sportsmanship throughout the week. (251) 300-4490 or (251) 610-0777 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Forest Golf Course
1 Golf Terrace, Daphne, AL 36526 Lake Forest Golf Course has 18 holes of golf, restaurant, practice range, putting green and a courteous and helpful staff. We offer individual lessons for kids age 7 years to adult. Summer golf clinics will also be offered with more specific details coming soon. (251) 626-9324 www.lakeforestdaphne.org
LSU - Athletic Youth Camps
156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 LSU will offer several youth sports camps this summer. All camps will be held in our brand new LSU Practice Facility and the legendary Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Register early as camps fill up quickly. Visit the website above for information on specific camp details.
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Quail Creek Golf Junior Clinics
19841 Quail Creek Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Quail Creek Golf Course provides a great basic foundation and knowledgeable instruction. Boys and girls will learn to love the challenging game of golf, gain strength, confidence and learn a sport that will follow them into adulthood. We provide basic and intermediate clinics for any child ages 7 and up. The course includes well-manicured greens, fairways, tee boxes, driving range, putting and chipping areas, a full service Pro Shop, snack bar, club fitting and a friendly & knowledgeable staff. PGA Director of Golf, Bobby Hall, manages Quail Creek Golf Course.
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4851 South Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Summer Camps will begin the first week of June and end the last week of July, 2018. Participants may attend a 2-week camp, 1-week camp, or a daily camp. Camp registration will be available in May. Please call the Orange Beach Tennis Center for information.
University of South Alabama Jaguars Soccer Field, 5950 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608 Kids day camps (ages 5-12 years): June 4-7 & June 11-14, 2018; $100 per camper from 8am-10am. Girls College ID Camp (8th grade-12 grade) is June 15-18, 2018; $375(residential camper) or $325(commuter). Girls Team camps (8th-12th grade) is June 22-25, 2018; $350 per residential camper. Registration is available online.
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Point Clear Tennis Camp
Rock Creek Golf
17107 Tennis Club Drive, Point Clear, AL 36564 Summer Tennis Camp with Coach Matt begins May 28, 2018 and ends the week of August 6, 2018. No camp the week of July 4th. Camp is Monday - Thursday from 8am - 12pm. The cost is $175 per child ($150 for
9650 Timber Creek Boulevard, Daphne, AL 36526 Junior Golf Clinics are offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Video Lesson Fees: For Juniors ages 13 - 17: $50 for one lesson or $135 for a series of 3; For Juniors ages 12 and under: $40 for one lesson or $105 for a series of 3. To schedule a game improvement session or to register for a Junior Clinic, call the golf shop. (251) 621-9900 www.golftimbercreek.com
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Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 The University of Alabama is offering several exciting sports camps including Nick Saban Football Camp, Baseball, Cheer/Dance, Mascot, Golf, Tennis, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Softball and Swimming and Diving. www.rolltide.com
University of Mobile RAMS Soccer Camps
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Orange Beach Tennis Center
Timber Creek Golf Course
140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope?, AL 36532 Please call the clubhouse for upcoming junior clinic dates for summer 2018. (251) 928-4223 email@example.com www.rockcreekgolf.com
5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613 Rams Soccer Camps at The University of Mobile offer individual, team, full day and residential camp options. Camp sessions aim to improve technical, tactical and mental aspects of the game. The rigorous schedule will demand a high level of participation and competition. The residential camp also offers goalkeeper training. Players gain valuable insight from college coaches, staff and other players to help reach the next level. UM Co-Ed Residential Camp ages 8-18: June 3-7, & July 8-12, 2018. $390.00 for Residential (Overnight); $280 for Full Day Camper (8am-8:00pm); $230 for 3/4 Day Camper (8am-4:00pm). Individual camp registration deadline: May 31, 2018. Team Camp registration deadline: May 6, 2018. Boys High School Team Camp June 17-19, 2018. Girls High School Team Camp June 24-26, 2018. Residential cost $225; Commuter (7:30am-8pm) $190. (251) 442-2396 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ramssoccercamps.com
Your Health Matters. Quality Care Matters. Dr. Lee specializes in pediatric and adult Ear, Nose & Throat care. He treats everyday ENT illnesses to complex surgeries. Schedule your appointment today. Daphne & Mobile Offices 1302 Hwy 98 • Daphne • 251-410-9000
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M Wheeles Karate Academy
314 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Wheeles Karate Academy will help build confidence, respect, and self-discipline in your child while learning the basics of karate. We offer summer karate and kickboxing classes and summer camp sessions. Call or visit our website for more information. 2018 Camp Dates coming soon! Like us on Facebook! (251) 967-KICK (5425) or (251) 509-3353 email@example.com www.gulfcoastkarate.com
Youth Marksmanship Camp - Sporting Clays, Rifles and Archery
4400 William Silvers Pkwy, Orange Beach, AL 36561 This summer we are giving our youth marksmen opportunities to practice their skills! Two events will be held at the Orange Beach Police Shooting Range and one will be held at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. The cost is $10.00 per person (per event) for ages 8 â€“ 15 years. Younger and older are able to attend upon approval. Firearms SAFETY IS STRESSED through Each Event! Snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 30 participants for each event.
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Swimming & Water Fun Down Under Dive Shop ad on page 43
1129 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 PADI Seal Team Summer Camps for ages 8 - 12 years. Action packed fun in a pool with scuba aquavisions. Underwater photograohy, navigation, environmental awareness and more. Camp includes gear and a snorkel trip aboard the Down Under Snorkel Boat. Camp is $325 per camper. Calsses fill quickly so register today. Dates and times available on our website. (251)968-DIVE(3483) Info@downunderdiveshop.com www.downunderdiveshop.com
Serving Baldwin County Since 1985 BRIAN W. HIXON, M.D. | FRANK K. HIXON, M.D. | WILLIAM B. NORRIS, M.D.
Fairhope | 188 Hospital Drive, Suite 101 | Thomas Hospital Medical Office Center Daphne | 27961 U.S. Hwy 98, Suite 11 | Thomas Medical Center
CALL (251) 928-0300 FOR AN APPOINTMENT www.esentc.com Eastern Shore Parents I March 2018
Eastern Shore Aquatics ad on page 29
10580 County Road 64, Daphne, AL 36526 We have a summer swim team and a year-round swim team, homeschool swim programs, and private or group swim lessons. We are privately owned with two indoor, heated pools and dry land training facilities. Our mission is to provide amateur, youth athletes of all abilities with the opportunity to succeed and grow through the pursuit of excellence in the sport of swimming. (251) 300-0820 email@example.com www.swimforswat.com
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Register Online Early to Save! Register by April 1: $360 Overnight Camp (all inclusive), $260 Day Camp (includes lunch) Register after April 1: $385 Overnight Camp (all inclusive), $285 Day Camp (includes lunch) Cost to stay weekend between a session is an additional $185 (includes trip to water park)
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in-home pool lessons. Please call or email for registration information. Visit our website for online 2018 registration. Class dates will be announced soon. (251) 458-2628 email@example.com www.bmacswim.com
City of Fairhope Swim Lessons
Volanta Park & Municipal Pool, US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 The City of Fairhope Municipal Pool will offer Summer group children swim lessons beginning Monday, June 11th, 2018. The program is designed for students over 3 years to adults, and includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development. (251) 990-0175 or (334) 559-8364 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cofairhope.com
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Down Under Dive Shop, 1129 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Offering PADI youth summer camps for ages 8-12 years. This program is for young divers seeking aquatic action, fun and even underwater photography skills! The PADI Seal Team program combines teaching the basic scuba diving skills in the safety of a pool with lots of fun educational games. Camp cost is $325 per camper and includes all gear. Camps fill quickly. Call or visit our website or Facebook page for dates and times to be posted soon. (251) 968-3483 email@example.com www.downunderdiveshop.com
BMAC Swim School
10155 Canal Circle, Fairhope, AL 36532 Group lessons are offered mornings and afternoons. Private lessons are available. We offer Stroke improvement, Adult private or semi private lessons as well as
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City of Orange Beach Junior Lifeguard Academy
Orange Beach Aquatic Center, 4853 Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 The Orange Beach Junior Lifeguard Academy will offer 2 Summer Sessions for 2018. Session 1 is June 11-15 and Session 2 is July 9-13. Session will run Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm. The cost for each session is $100 per camper. Each session is designed to teach water safety and basic pool & beach lifeguard procedures. There is also instruction on proper swimming techniques, water survival, water rescues, and nutrition. Campers must be at least 9 years of age to enroll in the course. (251) 747-1051 or (251) 947-7946 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/orangebeachsurfrescue
Dolphins Down Under
Sanroc Cay Marina, 27267 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Visit our website for information on Snorkeling Camps. (251)968-4FUN(4386) Info@dolphinsdownunder.net www.dolphinsdownunder.net
Fairhope Yacht Club Sailing Camp
101 Volanta Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Sailing Camp sessions begin the week of June 4, 2018 and run through August 3, 2018. Camp A times: 8am - 12pm; Camp B times: 1pm 5pm; Buddy Camp (ages 5 - 7 years), Four 1-week sessions during the weeks of June 11 - August 3, 2018. Buddy Camp times: 8am - 12pm. (228) 363-0073 email@example.com www.fyc-junior-sailing.com/2018-summer-sailing/
Gulf Shores Swim Team
310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Visit us on Facebook or call for specific schedules and programs for Summer 2018.
(251) 968-1427 www.facebook.com/GulfShoresSwimTeam/
Survival Swim Instruction ISR (Infant Swimming Resource)
Eastern Shore Aquatic Center, 10580 County Road 64, Daphne, AL 36526 Teaching aquatic survival swim lessons to infants, toddlers, and small children ages 6 months to 6 years old. Lessons are taught at Eastern Shore Aquatic Center in Daphne and run from January through October. (407) 497-6469 firstname.lastname@example.org www.infantswim.com
Wind and Water Learning Center Sailing Camp
26267 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Registration opens on March 1, 2018. The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center on Wolf Bay offers summer sailing lessons for youth aged 7 - 14 years. Lessons are taught by US Certified Sailing Instructors. We will offer weekly sessions beginning June 4th, 2018 and continue through the middle of August. (251) 424-5909 email@example.com www.windandwaterlearning.com ESP
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By March, it feels like Mother Nature has forgotten about spring, often resulting in extended bouts of cabin fever. It is no surprise that the slightest things begin to irritate us. For me, I begin to pick apart my dĂŠcor. With my house void of holiday decorations since the New Year, I notice how dated my wall art and furnishings look. I begin a list of items that have to go and peruse online for their replacements. Eastern Shore Parents I March 2018
Armed with my list of new ideas, I suddenly remember that I am still paying off Christmas, taxes are due and the family would probably prefer a spring break vacation over new wall art and knickknacks. My plan of redecorating would have to wait – or would it? Perhaps there was a way to update our home without breaking the bank.
Frame it up – Frames are an inex-
pensive way to decorate. You can find them at garage sales, the dollar store or you can update what you already have. Use chalk paint to give it a pop of color. Visit Etsy for inexpensive digital downloads of art, quotes or graphics. You can also remove the glass to frame around a thicker object that is hung on the wall.
Use nature – Pinterest is full of creative artists that fill their homes with items discarded by Mother Nature. Branches can be placed in vases, used as headboards, painted and accented with lights. You can also decorate with rocks, feathers, leaves, shells and flowers. Mason jars – These versatile glass jars can be used as vases, candle holders, planters and storage for bathroom, kitchen and office supplies. Place them on tables, counters or hang them on the wall. Try painting the outside to match your color scheme, stencil with graphics or just leave clear. Mason jar lids can be converted into wreaths, coasters or
dozens of other items to decorate and organize.
Reclaimed wooden boards – You see them everywhere. Signs made to look like distressed or reclaimed wood can be designed at board and brush parties or created with hardware store supplies. Decorate with white washed paints and stencil with your family name, monogram or favorite saying. Display above the mantel, over your headboard or any empty wall that needs a pick me up. Give it some light
– There are dozens of ways to use light to give your home a new, softer look. Add a light kit to an empty bottle of wine, use twinkle lights to trim out a focal point like around a fireplace, use a picture light to highlight your artwork, change your light bulbs to Edison-style bulbs or simply update your lampshades.
It just needs a facelift – When
you are trying to get a few more years out of your furniture, cabinets or flooring, sometimes all it needs is a facelift to tide you over. You can brush on a fresh coat of paint and update handles on cabinets, a good steam cleaning and new pillows can bring a couch back to life and an area rug gives a room a new focal point.
Look for copycats – If you love
the look of Pottery Barn, but don’t have the budget to match, try making your
own. You can often recreate the same look with less expensive items bought on eBay, in your favorite store’s clearance section or discount stores like Home Goods. Try Googling “copycat décor” or “knockoff décor” for more ideas.
Use your words – What’s your
word this year? Bold? Happy? Kind? If that is your intent for this year, you should display it in your home for all to see. Head to the craft store for inexpensive, unfinished wooden letters. Decorate with paint, decoupage with photos or cover them in fabric.
Dress things up – It’s time to accessorize the simple things in your home. Place trim around your plain bathroom mirrors and adhere it with two-sided foam tape. Bring texture to a flat surface or wall by adding molding. Outline doorways and windows with decorative casings. Add crown molding for an attractive transition from your ceiling to your walls. Display your collections – Are you a collector of tea cups, Coke bottles or old cameras? Give your house the personal touch it needs by displaying some of your favorite things. You can easily work them into your décor by displaying on shelves, under glass domes or as a gallery wall up your staircase. ESP Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading decorating magazines and pinning makeover ideas on Pinterest.
A Page in a Book Celebrating the Superhero in Your Kid Using their unfettered imagination, children often transform themselves into their favorite heroic figures. They insist on wearing a cape to the grocery store. Some will only answer when addressed by their crime-fighting alias. Many will turn the simplest action into flashy and dramatic demonstrations of super-strength or agility. Heroic pretend-play is a completely natural way for kids to empower themselves by adopting the strengths of largerthan-life figures. In addition to building their self-esteem, recent studies show that children pretending to be superheroes tend to exhibit better self-control and persistence. The following titles celebrate the spirit of kids who use their heroic passion to help others.
Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime
by Lisa Mantchev, Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill (Simon & Schuster) They used to fight each other. But when Jinx and her little brother ‘the Doom’ discover the power of joining forces against the greater enemy, their duo dynamic is a household force to be reckoned with. Neither enemies sprung from their fertile imaginations nor missions from headquarters (Mom) are too tough for this pair of heroes to tackle. Featuring characteristics that define good behavior, this title highlights ways to be heroic helpers around the house. Packed with all the exuberance that parents of superheroes will instantly recognize, this charming title peeks into the superpowers our little helpers.
by Matt Carr (Scholastic) Waking up during the night among a row of bats just like him, Pat realized that he wants to be someone special, something more. Crafting a costume, complete with mask and cape, he reveals himself in the morning as ‘Superbat”! But his fellow bats quickly dismiss his ‘superpowers’ (his ability to fly, his keen hearing, his echolocation skills) as something they all have. As Pat’s selfconfidence begins to flag with the approach of evening, a cry for help becomes a call to action for a young bat who’s anything but ordinary. Celebrating the transformational power of courage, Superbat recognizes the real heart of heroism.
Kid Amazing vs. The Blob
by Josh Schneider (Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Just an average kid doing schoolwork, Jimmy hears the alarm that calls for the extra special powers of Kid Amazing. Tasked by the commissioner (Mom) to solve the howling that rings through the house, Jimmy accepts the mission and suits up. Tracking the sound to its source, a suspicious odor joins the trail of clues. Armed with alert eyes and a keen nose, Kid Amazing finds a familiar foe and fixes the problem in one heroic move. Taking a delightful look through the eyes of the child superhero, Schneider’s illustrations fill the household spaces with hidden lairs, secret weapons and imagined foes. With a nod to the kids who excel at helping, Kid Amazing vs The Blob celebrates children’s power to be heroic, every day.
Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.
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Thursday March 1
Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Chess players of all ages and all abilities are welcome to come to the library to play with other chess lovers; if you can play chess, come play chess with us! SFPL does not teach chess, however we do provide a limited amount of chess sets and a comfortable space for multiple players. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Mini Post It Notebooks 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Mini Post It Notebooks in the Maker Space! Learn basic bookbinding techniques on a miniature scale as you make a handy memo carrier for your backpack or purse. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 2018 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library - Giddens Auditorium, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Lecture series on the history of Fairhope. The Quakers of East Europe 251-928-8162 www.fairhopesingletax.com/ Hats 4 Healing Hearts 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Venue, 105 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Join us for an exciting new event in downtown Fairhope! The Baldwin County CAC is hosting our first annual “Hats 4 Healing Hearts” to honor some of our long-term supporters! We will have fun hat contests, a special speaker, great food and drinks, and a wonderful group of people celebrating the giving spirit of our beautiful community! Come join the fun!! www.baldwincountycac.org
Friday March 2
Discover the Pinta and the Nina at The Wharf ($8.50
for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are FREE)
9:00 AM 5:30 PM, The Wharf; Wharf Marina, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Historic replicas of Columbus’ ships, the Pinta and the Nina, will arrive at The Wharf on March 2nd and remain in port until March 6th. These ships were fully built by hand, without the use of power tools. Come enjoy this educational opportunity to explore exquisite craftsmanship and learn about the Portuguese caravel that many former explorers traveled upon in centuries ago. The general public is welcome to walk aboard for a self-guided tour of these vessels while docked at the Wharf Marina. www.ninapinta.org Free Build (Fairhope Library) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Home School Post-It Notebooks 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Home School Mini Post-It Notebooks in the Maker Space! Learn basic bookbinding techniques on a miniature scale as you make a handy memo carrier for your backpack or purse. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
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Mobile Boat Show
(Adult Tickets (Ages 13+) $8.00, Kids 12 & under get in free with
purchase of adult ticket)
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 In addition to a huge selection of boats and marine products, there are special events for the whole family to enjoy! This year’s show will feature professional flyboarding demonstrations in the Mobile River. This exciting new sport is taking off around the Gulf Coast and is fun to watch! The Fetch-n-Fish dog show returns with dog jumping, training tips and lots of fun for the kids; and the Skeeter Experience seminar series boasts a great line-up of local and regional fishing talent sharing their secrets and tips. You can also register for giveaways in Skeeter room all weekend. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36532 Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants in Downtown Fairhope as they open late and highlight the art community. Art Walk happens every first Friday of each month from 6-8 p.m. Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie. A snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a boarding house with an unknown killer. A classic intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org
Saturday March 3
Tour de LADR Bike Ride 7:30 AM Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard Point Clear, 36564 Bike ride to benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope and The Mobile Medical Endowment Trust. www.eventbrite.com 2018 SEEDS Classic Rock 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run 8:00 AM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne , 36526 Join SEEDS for its annual Classic Rock 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. www.active.com Ballyhoo Festival 9:00 AM 5:00 PM, Waterway Village, 100 W Canal Drive Gulf Shores, 36542 This exciting event is unique in its focus on fine art combined with cultural charm and the fun-loving spirit of residents of Coastal Alabama! Join us and you, too, will Ballyhoo! www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com/ballyhoo-festival Discover the Pinta and the Nina at The Wharf
($8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are FREE) Details March 2.
Magic the Gathering Game 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532251-929-1465 www. fairhopelibrary.org Rosinton School’s 13th annual Armadillo Dash 5K Run and Fun Run 9:00 AM Rosinton School, 19757 Co Rd 64 Robertsdale, 36567 Come join Rosinton School at the 13th annual
Armadillo Dash 5K Run on Saturday, March 3rd. The run will take place at 9:00 a.m. followed by a 1 Mile Fun Run. In addition to the race, there will be a silent auction, food, and an inflatable for children. active.com Tween Card Club 9:00 AM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Tweens ages 9-12 years play Magic the Gathering and more card games! Held the first Saturday of each month in the Activity Room. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Walk MS 9:00 AM Battleship Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise ... we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever. main.nationalmssociety.org Mobile Boat Show (Adult Tickets (Ages 13+) $8.00, Kids 12
& under get in free with purchase of adult ticket)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Details March 2. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile The 6th Annual “Race to the Top of the Tower at Turquoise Place” 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Turquoise Place Tower, 26302 Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, 36561 This stair race up 31 floors to the top of Turquoise Place Tower is open to everyone and will benefit the Special Olympics of Alabama. This race is open to the general public as well as all local and regional firefighters, police, EMS, and military personnel. Come out and test your fitness level with our local heroes and compete for a 3-night stay at Turquoise Place and for the bragging rights to the “Top of the Tower Champion” title. There will also be a splitthe-pot rubber duck race in the resort’s lazy river. visitfoley.com/events/the-6th-annual-race-to-the-top-ofthe-tower-at-turquoise-place/ 3D Printer Open House 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Come and see what all the fuss is about! Hang out and get a sneak peek of our new 3D printer classes starting later this month, plus a chance to print your very own tchotchke! 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
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Make the Magic Fundraising Event ($50 for one
Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 7:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Details March 2. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org
Monday March 5
Sunday March 4
Discover the Pinta and the Nina at The Wharf
($8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are FREE) Details March 2.
Sunday Matinee: Discovering Alabama: Coastal Paradise (Free) 9:00 AM 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Part of the Discovering Alabama series, Dr. Doug Phillips canoes through the beautiful wild wonders in the area and highlighting the area’s unique geological, historical, and biological richness. Playing all day 9am-4pm. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Mobile Boat Show (Adult Tickets (Ages 13+) $8.00, Kids 12 & under get in free with purchase of adult ticket) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Details March 2. gulfcoastshows.com/mobile Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway annual Cottontail Express will begin Saturday, March 3-Saturday March 31. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm. Guests can enjoy Steam Train Ride, Easter Egg Hunt, Visiting with the Easter Bunny, Petting Zoo pony Rides Treats and more. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com 5 Rivers Meet and Greet (Free) 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Mobile Ballet’s A Midsummer Nights Dream 2:30 PM Mobile Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Details March 3. mobileballet.org Theatre 98 presents “The Mousetrap” 2:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Details March 2. 251-928-4366 www.theatre98.org
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6:00 PM Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope, 36532 We would like to extend our invitation to you in the hopes that you will join us at our 4th annual Make the Magic, which is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our organization, Camp Kesem! If you have not heard about us, we are a nonprofit organization where we host a free week of summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer. donate.kesem.org/USAMTM2018
Discover the Pinta and the Nina at The Wharf
($8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are FREE)
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, The Wharf; Wharf Marina, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 2. www.ninapinta.org
LapSit Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LapSit story time is for ages birth - 2 years. Join us for a story, rhymes, and playtime. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org PreK/Elementary Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 PreK/Elementary Story Time is for ages 3 - 8 years every Monday and Thursday. Join us for a story, rhymes, games and crafts. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.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
Tuesday March 6
Discover the Pinta and the Nina at The Wharf
($8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students ages 5-16. Children 4 and under are FREE) 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM,
The Wharf; Wharf Marina, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 2. www.ninapinta.org
5 Rivers StoryTime “Fox in Socks” by Dr. Seuss (Free)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Two StoryTime Seuss’s in a row to celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite authors! Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families of all ages are welcome. Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tues-
day. Sign-ups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Signups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night (Free) 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs. 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club and 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Sierra Club. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center
Wednesday March 7
Savvy Mom Sale 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Savy Mom Seasonal Consignment Sale www.savvymomsale.com March Workshop - Graham Creek Nature Preserve 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway annual Cottontail Express will begin Saturday, March 3-Saturday March 31. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm. Guests can enjoy Steam Train Ride, Easter Egg Hunt, Visiting with the Easter Bunny, Petting Zoo, pony Rides,Treats and more. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org Page and Palette Storytime for Adults 7:00 PM Page & Palette, 32 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532 A Friendly Story Hour for Grown Ups. Ditch the kids, grab a friend, order a drink and let someone read to you for once! Join Katie Penry and Jessica Deese, two moms with a penchant for picture books, for an hour of exploring exceptional children’s literature. As an outreach of A Friendly Affair, a positive parenting blog, Cocktails and Kid’s Lit will give parents, grandparents and caregivers introduction to a variety of books that help foster healthy attachment, development and a fundamental love of literature. www.pageandpalette.com
Thursday March 8
Savvy Mom Sale 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Savy Mom Seasonal Consignment Sale www.savvymomsale.com LapSit Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LapSit story time is for ages birth - 2 years. Join us for a story, rhymes, and playtime. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org PreK/Elementary Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 PreK/Elementary Story Time is for ages 3 - 8 years every Monday and Thursday. Join us for a story, rhymes, games and crafts. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
FamilyCalendar Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Details March 1. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Teen LED Bracelets 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 TEENS! Come to the Maker Space and make a felt LED bracelet that lights up! 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
Friday March 9
Savvy Mom Sale 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Savy Mom Seasonal Consignment Sale www.savvymomsale.com Free Build (Fairhope Library) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Home School Teens LED Bracelets 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 TEENS! Come to the Maker Space and make a felt LED bracelet that lights up! 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 10th Annual Bayshore Benefit Auction ( $75 each or $575 for table of 8)
5:15 PM - 9:00 PM, Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 This will be an exciting evening of fellowship and fundraising! The auction will feature a delicious dinner prepared by Oak Hollow Farm. The event will begin with a Silent Auction offering a fabulous variety of items donated by businesses in the community and friends of BCS. Following the Silent Auction, dinner will be served and the Live Auction will begin. As in the past, the Live Auction will begin with the Dessert Frenzy where decadent homemade desserts will be auctioned. 251-929-0011 13th Annual Tee Off Fore a Cure weekend 6:30 PM Lakewood Golf Club, 1 Grand Boulevard Fairhope, 36532 Children’s of Alabama will celebrate the 13th annual Tee Off Fore a Cure on March 9-10, 2018, with a weekend of events designed around the theme, Lucky 13. The pre-party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lakewood Golf Club. Admission to Friday’s pre-party is complementary to participating golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and their guests. Admission for all other attendees is $25 per person and includes live music from the Bearded Spoon, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Lakewood Golf Club. Pre-party guests can also bid on upscale silent auction items including prizes from coastal artists, travel and local businesses. 251-610-4969 give.childrensal.org/teeoff South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Sealed for Freshness” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Tupperware parties hostess Bonnie invites a group of neighbors over for a party. The guest list: perky, rich Jean, Jean’s cranky and very pregnant sister Sinclair, ditzy-blonde Tracy Ann, and new neighbor Diane, who’s made quite a career selling Tupperware, but at the expense of her marriage. The mix of personalities and the number of
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The event will also hold a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage. www.orangebeachartsfestival.com
19th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo Baldwin County Coliseum & Fairgrounds, Baldwin County Coliseum & Fair Grounds Robertsdale, 36567 The Robertsdale Rotary Club presents the 19th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo on March 9th & 10th at the Baldwin County Coliseum & Fair Grounds www.robertsdale.org
Seasons Consignment Market Day 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Seasons Consignment, 26992 Highway 181 Daphne, 36526 We will be having our first Market Day of the year. The Easter Bunny will be here for free pictures! Please bring your camera. There will not be a photographer.
Saturday March 10
Civil War Trust Park Day at Blakeley State Park 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Blakely State Park, 34745 State Hwy 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 The Civil War Trust is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. One of the organization’s many programs is its annual Park Day, where volunteers assist historic sites in a variety of maintenance projects. Observance of Park Day will take place at Historic Blakeley State Park on Saturday, March 10th from 8 AM to Noon. Volunteers will help with be able to help park staff with a variety of maintenance needs as we get ready for our Living History Day www.blakeleypark.com Daphne’s Arbor Day Tree Giveaway 8:00 AM Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, 36536 Over 2,000 trees will be given away, including various flowering, ornamental, and fruit trees. Join us at 8am until all trees have been distributed at the Daphne Civic Center. Special thanks to the Daphne High School Future Farmers of America and Daphne Utilities for partnering with the City of Daphne and the Daphne Beautification Committee. 251-621-9000 13th Annual Tee Off Fore a Cure weekend 9:00 AM Lakewood Golf Club, 1 Grand Boulevard Fairhope, 36532 Children’s of Alabama will celebrate the 13th annual Tee Off Fore a Cure on March 9-10, 2018, with a weekend of events designed around the theme, Lucky 13.On Saturday morning, golfers will gather for the tournament and sixth annual Golf Ball Drop at The Lakewood Club’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Proceeds from Tee Off Fore a Cure benefit the Alabama Centers for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) at Children’s of Alabama. 251-610-4969 give.childrensal.org/teeoff World War II Living History 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Come and experience a day in the life of a World War II soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; There will be authentic camping and Blacksmithing in the Forts Original Blacksmith Shop. dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines World War II Living History Day 9:00 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Come and experience a day in the life of a World War II soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; There will be authentic camping and Blacksmithing in the Forts Original Blacksmith Shop. 251-861-6992 dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines National Parks Saturday Story Time Series 10:00 AM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 This program will introduce a different national park during each session and include art activities with a passport for patrons to have stamped each month. The program is held the third Saturday of the month. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Orange Beach Festival of Art 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists.
Summer Camp Expo (FREE!)
10:00 AM 1:00 PM, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street Mobile , 36604 Eastern Shore Parents Magazine and Mobile Bay Parents Magazine are excited to host the second annual Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo! This super fun and informative event will be held at the Gulf Coast Exploreum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Admission to the Exploreum is FREE during the expo. Come learn about all the area’s summer camp options, gain health/wellness tips, be entertained with live animals, face painting, balloon animals, and demonstrations all while browsing through the educational Exploreum exhibits. Great fun for the whole family! Come early because we will be giving out 200 goodie bags to the first ones through the door! To become a vendor or for more information call 251-9292099 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 251-929-2099 www.easternshoreparents.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway annual Cottontail Express will begin Saturday, March 3-Saturday March 31. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm. Guests can enjoy Steam Train Ride, Easter Egg Hunt, Visiting with the Easter Bunny, Petting Zoo pony Rides Treats and more. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com
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Alabama Free Clinic Fundraiser 12:00 PM The Bone and Barrel, 311 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 It’s that time of year again—Amedisys Home Health is sponsoring the Alabama Free Clinic fundraiser again this year! It’s the perfect excuse for all of us to come together for a day of giving big and getting down. Enjoy food, music and silent auction. South Baldwin Community Theater presents “Sealed for Freshness” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theater, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, 36542 Tupperware parties hostess Bonnie invites a group of neighbors over for a party. The guest list: perky, rich Jean, Jean’s cranky and very pregnant sister Sinclair, ditzy-blonde Tracy Ann, and new neighbor Diane, who’s made quite a career selling Tupperware, but at the expense of her marriage. The mix of personalities and the number of martinis consumed lead to a great deal of absurd high jinks plus revelations of an equal number of secrets and insecurities. sbct.biz 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, 36567 The Robertsdale Rotary Club presents the 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo on March 10th & 11th at the Baldwin County Coliseum & Fair Grounds 251-947-2626 www.robertsdale.org/event/rodeo-rotary-club
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Sunday March 11
Sunday Matinee: An Original DUCKumentary (Free)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 There are some 120 species of duck, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. Playing all day 9am-4pm. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Orange Beach Festival of Art 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Waterfront Park, 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Festival of Art celebrates an extraordinary amount of arts and artists from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kid’s art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare and a music and songwriter’s stage. www.orangebeachartsfestival.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Details March 10. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, 36567 The Robertsdale Rotary Club presents the 18th Annual PCA Championship Rodeo on March 10th & 11th at the Baldwin County Coliseum & Fair Grounds 251-947-2626 www.robertsdale.org/event/rodeo-rotary-club Distinguished Young Women announces Spotlight: a Gulf Coast Talent Showcase Saraland High School Theater, 1115 Industrial Parkway Saraland, 36571 “The 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Spotlight Talent Showcase, presented by the University of Mobile and Distinguished Young Women, is an event whose purpose is to recognize talented young performers right in our own community, encourage their pursuits and give funds to support arts programs in Mobile and Baldwin County schools. 251-438-3621 www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com
Monday March 12
After School Art 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope
Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Girls in K - 5th grade should join us for Girl Scout Day! You do not have to be in Brownies or Girl Scouts to attend. It’s for All Girls! Learn a little about the history of Scouts, camping activities, and what happens at meetings, how to earn badges and sample some cookies! This program is in the activity room and requires sign up in Youth Services. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
Tuesday March 13
Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families of all ages are welcome. Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Signups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night (Free) 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs. 7pm-8pm; Mobile Bay Audubon Society 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center
Thursday March 15
LapSit Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LapSit story time is for ages birth - 2 years. Join us for a story, rhymes, and playtime. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org PreK/Elementary Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 PreK/Elementary Story Time is for ages 3 - 8 years every Monday and Thursday. Join us for a story, rhymes, games and crafts. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Details March 1. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Jubilee Bargains Peek and Purchase ($30) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Old Mobile Antiques Gallery, 1616 W Interstate 65 Service Road South Mobile, 36693 Bargain hunters can kick off their shopping experience early at the Annual Rummage Sale Peek & Purchase Party. Peek & Purchase provides friends and family of the Junior League of Mobile an exclusive opportunity to shop before the general public while enjoying food, drinks, a silent auction, and fun. 251-471-3348 www.juniorleaguemobile.org Garrison Keillor 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Garrison captivates audiences with his
signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom as he shares his journey to becoming one of America’s greatest storytellers. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Garrison Keillor live at the Saenger Theatre Thursday, March 15. www.mobilesaenger.com
Friday March 16
Orange Beach Invasion Car Show 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Wharf - Various Locations, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Orange Beach Invasion returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast during Spring Break weekend. Located in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama at The Wharf! www.ninapinta.org 46th Annual Outdoor Art Show 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 401 Oak Street Fairhope, 36532 The OUTDOOR ART SHOW is located on the grounds of the Eastern Shore Art Center and the surrounding downtown area of Fairhope, Alabama. It is within walking distance to Mobile Bay, many specialty shops and restaurants. This is a cultural and social highlight for the Gulf Coast and attracts more than 250,000 visitors. 251-928-2228 esartcenter.org 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Show
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36532 The 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope, Alabama is scheduled for March 16, 17, & 18, 2018. Festival hours are Friday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free to the public. More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works. This prestigious juried show showcases artists from across the country including many from the Southeast. Enjoy live entertainment and delicious cuisine from the food court throughout this great three-day event.
Saturday March 17
Early Bird Sale - Jubilee Bargains ($3 Ticket, 17 & under free)
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Old Mobile Antiques Gallery, 1616 W Interstate 65 Service Road South Mobile, 36693 The sale will have thousands of bargains, including furniture, bikes, baby clothes, shoes, books, designer purses, jewelry, collectibles, office equipment, even brand new merchandise, and more! 251-471-3348 www.juniorleaguemobile.org ASMS Hackathon (Free) 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, 1255 Dauphin Street Mobile, 36604 The ASMS Hackathon is a free coding competition hosted by the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile for beginner and experienced programmers. Alabama middle schoolers are invited to compete for prizes and learn while having fun. For 6-8 graders. Register online at www.asms.net. www.asms.net Orange Beach Invasion Car Show 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Wharf - Various Locations, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Orange Beach Invasion returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast during Spring Break weekend. Located in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama at The Wharf! www.ninapinta.org Spring Fever Chase 8:00 AM Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36532 Join Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo for the 40th Annual
FamilyCalendar Spring Fever Chase, a 10K and 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk that winds through beautiful downtown Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. springfeverchase.racesonline.com Jubilee Bargains Community Sale 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Old Mobile Antiques Gallery, 1616 W Interstate 65 Service Road South Mobile, 36693 The sale will have thousands of bargains, including furniture, bikes, baby clothes, shoes, books, designer purses, jewelry, collectibles, office equipment, even brand new merchandise, and more! Proceeds benefit local community programs sponsored by JLM. 251-471-3348 www.juniorleaguemobile.org Living History Day at Blakeley State Park 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Blakely State Park, 34745 State Hwy 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 To commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Historic Blakeley State Park will host a special day of living history and educational programming on Saturday, March 17th. Events will include Civil War artillery and rifle demonstrations, guided battlefield tours, and a lecture by noted historian Dr. Ben Severance, author of Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Alabama During the Civil War. We will also offer our popular and unique “Civil War on the Eastern Shore” boat cruise. This historic voyage of discovery along the lower Delta’s scenic waterways explores the major battles of the Civil War’s “Mobile Campaign” from the rivers on which its major actions took place! 251-626-0798 www.blakeleypark.com 46th Annual Outdoor Art Show 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 401 Oak Street Fairhope, 36532 The OUTDOOR ART SHOW is located on the grounds of the Eastern Shore Art Center and the surrounding downtown area of Fairhope, Alabama. It is within walking distance to Mobile Bay, many specialty shops and restaurants. This is a cultural and social highlight for the Gulf Coast and attracts more than 250,000 visitors. 251-928-2228 esartcenter.org 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forty South ($6
admission per person, children under 2 are Free.)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Forty South Farm & Zoo, 27257 Glass Road Robertsdale, 36567 Don’t miss out on coming and having a go at the Aussie way to egg hunt! Our Easter Egg Hunt runs all day long from 10am until 4pm, so there is no specific time to arrive and leave. Don’t forget to bring your camera as the Easter Bunny and Aussie Roo will be making special appearances throughout the day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for you to meet and take photos with.Also be prepared to a few hours as there will plenty of other fun activities to do including pony rides, hayrides, gemstone mining and lots of animals to see. Our hayride will be open and running throughout different times of the day. You will take the scenic route around the farm, so don’t forget to snap a few pictures! We are asking a small fee of $1.00 per person for the hayride. And don’t forget about our petting zoo and other animals that we have to see and encounter around the farm, this is all included in your entry price! Our Bounce Land will also be in full effect for kids to bounce the day away! We have a whole area of bounce houses to explore. 251-509-9278 www.fortysouthfarms.com 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Show (Free) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36532 Details March 16. BBQ & Blues Cook-off 2018 (251-943-5590)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Heritage Park, 112 West Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Come enjoy great food, popular blues bands, children’s activities, and a raffle. All proceeds support the Chamber Foundation.
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Free Build (Fairhope Library) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
tenborough takes us on a tour through the world of the furry creatures of the world. Playing all day 9am-4pm. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center
Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, 36526 Details March 5. 251-377-4069
Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Details March 10. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com Alabama 200 Bicentennial Pre-Easter Festival 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Bicentennial Park, 51233 Highway 225 Stockton, 36579 Join us for our Pre-Easter Festival with Pony Rides, Easter Egg Hunt, Petting Zoo Face Painting, Train Rides and Hay Rides. The Easter Bunny will be on site. 251-580-1897
Sunday March 18
Orange Beach Invasion Car Show 8:00 AM The Wharf - Various Locations, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Orange Beach Invasion returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast during Spring Break weekend. Located in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama at The Wharf! www.ninapinta.org 46th Annual Outdoor Art Show 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 401 Oak Street Fairhope, 36532 Details March 17. 251-928-2228 esartcenter.org 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forty South ($6
admission per person, children under 2 are Free.)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Forty South Farm & Zoo, 27257 Glass Road Robertsdale, 36567 Details March 17. 251-509-9278 www.fortysouthfarms.com 66th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Show (Free) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, 36532 Details March 16. Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Details March 10. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com 5 Rivers Meet and Greet (Free) 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Sunday Matinee: Life of Mammals (Free) 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 From rodents that chisel with their teeth, to meat eaters like the tiger, to opportunists that will eat anything, these mammals all have specialized eating habits. World renowned naturalist David At-
Monday March 19
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Tuesday March 20
Baldwin County Career & Job Fair 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 Highway 98 Daphne, 36526 Job seekers will be invited to come out and speak with potential employers about opportunities available. We will also be offering several seminars for job seekers to help them find the right fit for a successful career. www.eschamber.com/blog/Baldwin-County-Career-Fair 5 Rivers StoryTime “The Pout Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. In today’s story, swim alongside a fish with a permanent pout that discovers glum isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families of all ages are welcome. Bring your favorite board game, card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Signups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
Thursday March 22
Feef’s Annual Mayor’s Tourney 8:00 AM Quail Creek Golf Course, 19841 Quail Creek Drive Fairhope, 36532 Join FEEF and support our Fairhope public school students on March 22, 2018, at the 30th Annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament. www.feefonline.org Festival of Flowers 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 More than just a walk in the park, the 2018 Festival of Flowers, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is “A Celebration Promenade,” a showcase of the ultimate floral and garden excellence and creativity. On March 22-25, under a vast canopy of gleaming white tents, a vibrant park will be brought to life: a “greenspace with floral flair” providing entertainment, reflection, relaxation and education for visitors of all ages.
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FamilyCalendar Visitors will be delighted by a few new venues and will be pleased by the return of many old favorites, such as Tables by Design, Flowers: A Cut Above, and Floral Expressions. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on activities in a park setting created around this year’s theme, “A Celebration Promenade.” Children of all ages will enjoy Crafts and activities, Farm-to-table learning, Composting exhibits, Bounce house, Face Painting, Sandbox activities, Bee exhibit, Carousel exhibit, Youth Photography Contest, Special princess appearances and Book reading. 251-266-2050 festivalofflowers.com LapSit Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LapSit story time is for ages birth - 2 years. Join us for a story, rhymes, and playtime. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org PreK/Elementary Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 PreK/Elementary Story Time is for ages 3 - 8 years every Monday and Thursday. Join us for a story, rhymes, games and crafts. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 3D Printer Class 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Adults and Teens come enjoy our 3D Printer Class in the Computer Lab. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org After School Art 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Join us for Going Green Art! 2nd graders - Teens will make STEAMPUNK canvas art pieces with nuts, bolts, gears, and screws. They will be displayed throughout the department during April. This program is in the Activity room. Sign-up is required in Youth Services. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Details March 1. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org ACE Performing Art Center 6:30 PM Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive Loxley, 36551 The ACE Performing Arts Center proudly presents Into the Woods. ACE will bring you Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and Rapunzel, among many other fairytale characters who are brought together as they all set out on their own magical journey Into the Woods! But we all know, NO good fairytale is complete without the Evil Antagonist and maybe a Prince or two! Performances will be held March 22, 23, and 24 at 6:30pm and March 25, 2018 at 2:00pm.Tickets available at our website or at the door. www.theperformingartscenter.com An Evening with Jason Mraz 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for an acoustic evening with Jason Mraz on March 22nd at the Mobile Saenger Theatre! www.mobilesaenger.com
Friday March 23
Baldwin County Special Olympics 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 701 Volanta Park Mobile, 36532 The Baldwin County Special Olympics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 23rd in Fairhope at the stadium at Volanta Park. The Law Enforcement Torch Run begins at
8 a.m. and travels from the high school to Volanta Park. www.specialolympicsalabama.com Festival of Flowers 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 Details March 22. 251-266-2050 festivalofflowers.com 2018 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Drive, fly, or cruise in to the premier boat show along the Gulf Coast, The 2018 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show. With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream setup is just waiting around the corner! www.alwharf.com Free Build (Fairhope Library) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Foley’s Movie in the Park 6:00 PM Heritage Park, 101 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Special Spring Break movie under the stars on a large inflatable screen begins at 6:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. Relax and enjoy! visitfoley.com ACE Performing Art Center 6:30 PM Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive Loxley, 36551 Details March 22. www.theperformingartscenter.com
Saturday March 24
Yacht Show. With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream setup is just waiting around the corner! www.alwharf.com 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forty South ($6 admission per person, children under 2 are Free.)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Forty South Farm & Zoo, 27257 Glass Road Robertsdale, 36567 Details March 17. 251-509-9278 www.fortysouthfarms.com Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Exploreum 10:00 AM Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Come join us at the Exploreum for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt with fun prizes and visit the Easter Bunny. 251-208-6893 www.exploreum.com Easter Bunny - Fairhope 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Welcome Center, Fairhope, 36532 The Easter Bunny will be in front of the Fairhope Welcome Center in downtown Fairhope from 10:00am-12:00pm for children to visit. Parents may bring their cameras to take pictures. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Easter Egg Hunt - Dauphin Island 10:00 AM Green Park, Dauphin Island, 36528 There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at Green Park on Dauphin Island. The Easter Bunny will be on hand, so parents, bring your cameras. www.dauphinislandchamber.com Easter Egg Hunt - Graham Creek Nature Preserve 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 The March 24 Observe & Explore Day at Graham Creek Preserve features our popular Easter Egg Hunt, with the Easter Bunny himself. FREE activities for kids 10 and under include egg decorations and story time, along with the egg hunt. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org
Azalea Trail Run 8:00 AM Canal Street at Claiborne Mobile, 36603 Join us on March 24, 2018 for the 41th Annual Azalea Trail Run (ATR), one of the premier 10K road races in the United States and the 2011 RRCA National 10K Championship. The event also includes 5K and 2K runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. www.pcpacers.org/atr
Bass Pro Shop Easter Events (Free) 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo) Saturdays: 11:00am6:00pm and Free Crafts from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please call to confirm times. 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 9:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites children of all ages to join us for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Great Lawn on Saturday, March 24. Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos on the brick patio by the Great Lawn, and education students from the University of South Alabama will hold arts and crafts projects for children from 9 a.m. to noon at Live Oak Plaza, where special Easter snacks will also be available for purchase. www.bellingrath.org
Daphne Easter Egg Hunt 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Lott Park, 2039 Main Street Daphne , 36526 The City of Daphne Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday March 24th from 11:00am – 2:00pm (the rain date will be Sunday March 25th 2:00pm – 5:00pm). Enjoy Egg hunts, games, inflatables, food and more! 251-621-3703
Festival of Flowers 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 Details March 22. 251-266-2050 festivalofflowers.com 2018 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Drive, fly, or cruise in to the premier boat show along the Gulf Coast, The 2018 Wharf Boat &
Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Details March 10. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com 15th Annual Bunny Hop 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Geri Moulton Children’s Park, 1626 Spring Hill Avenue Mobile, 36604251-694-6873 rmhcmobile.org ACE Performing Art Center 6:30 PM Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive Loxley, 36551 Details March 22. www.theperformingartscenter.com Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Resurrection” 7:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The Resurrection Symphony cemented Gustav Mahler’s fame as one of history’s foremost composers. This mammoth piece is known for its grandeur
FamilyCalendar and scale. It requires a performing force which includes soloists and a chorus, which the composer directed should be deployed beyond the confines of the stage itself. This will be the first time the Mobile Symphony Orchestra has taken on Mahler’s masterpiece. We will be joined by three of the area’s finest choirs to create an experience that anyone would regret missing! 251-432-2010 mobilesymphony.org/event/resurrection
Sunday March 25
Sunday Matinee: America’s Amazon (Free) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama Nature Partners presents America’s Amazon, an award-winning documentary that paints a visually stunning portrait of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, an amazing watery world, and one of the continent’s most diverse biological treasures. Playing all day 9am-4pm. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center 2018 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show 10:00 AM 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Drive, fly, or cruise in to the premier boat show along the Gulf Coast, The 2018 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show. With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream setup is just waiting around the corner! www.alwharf.com 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forty South ($6 admission per person, children under 2 are Free.)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Forty South Farm & Zoo, 27257 Glass Road Robertsdale, 36567 Details March 17. 251-509-9278 www.fortysouthfarms.com Bass Pro Shop Easter Events (Free) 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo) Sunday hours: 11:00am-4:00pm and Free Crafts from 1:00pm-4:00pm. 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com Festival of Flowers 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 Details March 22. 251-266-2050 festivalofflowers.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 Details March 3. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway annual Cottontail Express will begin Saturday, March 3-Saturday March 31. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm. Guests can enjoy Steam Train Ride, Easter Egg Hunt, Visiting with the Easter Bunny, Petting Zoo pony Rides Treats and more. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop and Welcome Center 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Featuring local artisans and crafters as well as outdoor themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop. Buy local, enjoy a day outside, and support the conservation efforts of our Mobile-Tensaw Delta. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center
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ACE Performing Art Center 2:00 PM Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive Loxley, 36551 Details March 22. www.theperformingartscenter.com Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Resurrection” 2:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Details March 24. 251-432-2010 mobilesymphony.org/event/resurrection
Monday March 26
Easter Egg Hunt for Preschoolers 11:00 AM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Easter Egg Hunt for Preschoolers during our storytime session. Please email email@example.com for more information. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Bass Pro Shop Easter Pictures (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo). 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com
Tuesday March 27
Tabletop Game Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Kids, Teens, Adults, and Families of all ages are welcome. Bring your favorite board game or card game, or borrow one of ours! Bring a group or find a new friend to play with! 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Tween Minecraft Game 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Signups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Bass Pro Shop Easter Pictures (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo). 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com
Wednesday March 28
Bass Pro Shop Easter Pictures (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo). 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com Music at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. All Music at Meyer Park concerts are free to the public and begin at 6:00pm. www.gulfshoresal.gov/614/Music-at-Meyer-Park
Monday March 29
LapSit Story Time 10:00 AM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 LapSit story time is for ages birth - 2
years. Join us for a story, rhymes, and playtime. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org PreK/Elementary Story Time 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 PreK/Elementary Story Time is for ages 3 - 8 years every Monday and Thursday. Join us for a story, rhymes, games and crafts. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Easter Egg Hunt for Preschoolers 11:00 AM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Easter Egg Hunt for Preschoolers during our storytime session. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Chess Club 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Spanish Fort Public Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Details March 1. 251-410-7323 www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Bass Pro Shop Easter Pictures (Free) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo). 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com
Friday March 30
Easter Egg Hunt at Eastern Shore Lanes ($5.00) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Eastern Shore Lanes, 10460 Eastern Shore Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 We are so excited to offer a Fun and Safe Easter Egg Hunt for 3 different age groups this Year! Come Join us on March 30th at 10am for an EGG-Citing Easter Hunt, Crafts and Pictures with the Easter Bunny! 251-625-3400 eslanes.com Free Build (Fairhope Library) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Bass Pro Shop Easter Events (Free) 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo) Friday hours: 2:00pm8:00pm and Free Crafts from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Please call to confirm times. 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com Here Come the Mummies 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa). www.mobilesaenger.com
Saturday March 31
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FamilyCalendar Families of all ages are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes before having pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. al-gulfshores2.civicplus.com/899/Breakfast-with-theBunny 2018 Elberta German Sausage Festival 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Elberta Municipal Park, Elberta Join us for great food, entertainment and arts and crafts. www.elbertafire.com DI Community Easter Egg Hunt 9:30 AM Cadillac Square, 601 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 The Easter Bunny will make his appearance at 9:30am. The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 10am. Please be sure to buy tickets for the basket drawings to help support next year’s Egg Hunt. Drawings will be held immediately after the Egg Hunt. You do not need to be present to win. dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forty South ($6 admission per person, children under 2 are Free.)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Forty South Farm & Zoo, 27257 Glass Road Robertsdale, 36567 Details March 17. 251-509-9278 www.fortysouthfarms.com Community Easter Egg Hunt at Daphne United Methodist Church (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main Street Daphne, 36526 We will have giant inflatables, crafts, snacks, games and a great photo booth with the Easter Bunny! The Easter Egg Hunt will be separated into areas by age, so no need to worry about the little ones getting trampled! The community is welcome and this is a FREE event! www.dumc.org Easter in the Squares 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square, Mobile, 36602 Easter in the Squares will be held March 31 from 10:00am-1:00pm. This fun family free event will have Face painting, Balloon art, Children’s craft activity, Kids Karaoke, Prizes for best decorated stroller or wagon and an Easter Egg Hunt. www.downtownmobile.org Bass Pro Shop Easter Events (Free) 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Bass Pro Shop Easter Events start March 24-April 1. Pictures with the Easter Bunny (everyone gets a free 4/6 photo) Saturdays: 11:00am6:00pm and Free Crafts from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please call to confirm times. 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com Wales West Cottontail Express 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Wales West, 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway annual Cottontail Express will begin Saturday, March 3-Saturday March 31. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm. Guests can enjoy Steam Train Ride, Easter Egg Hunt, Visiting with the Easter Bunny, Petting Zoo pony Rides Treats and more. 888-569-5337 waleswest.com Easter Egg Hunt - The Wharf (Admission is FREE; Face Painting: $5 - $10)
11:30 AM The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The hunt is on! Spring is here and we have blossomed into full celebration mode. In grand style, the Marina Lawn will be speckled with nearly 5,000 colorful eggs for youngsters to claim. There will be separate age group areas designated for the hoppy hunt. A wide variety of kids’ activities will be offered on-site, including face painting, a bouncy house, giant coloring sheets, cookies and more! www.alwharf.com Bass Pro Shop Easter Egg Hunt (Free) 1:30 PM Bass Pro Shop, 20000 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Easter egg hunt is Saturday, March 31 at 2:00pm with registration at 1:30pm, for ages 2-10. 251-607-5900 www.basspro.com
Sunday April 1
Community Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines and it is open to everyone in the community. Free admission will be given to guests from 6 to 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Those who will be attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket. dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to come and enjoy a special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 AM and is open to everyone in the community. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 to 8 AM on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. A hot breakfast will be available for purchase after the service. www.bellingrath.org Easter Sunrise Service at the Fairhope Pier 6:30 AM Fairhope Pier, 1 North Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Easter Sunrise Service at the Fairhope Pier at 6:30am 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Forty South ($6 admission per person, children under 2 are Free.)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Forty South Farm & Zoo, 27257 Glass Road Robertsdale, 36567 Details March 17. 251-509-9278 www.fortysouthfarms.com 5 Rivers Meet and Greet (Free) 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center LuLu’s Easter Egg Dash 2:00 PM LuLu’s, 200 East 25th Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 Meet the Easter Bunny and have fun dashing for eggs. 251-967-5858 lulubuffett.com
Monday April 2
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 Details March 5. 251-377-4069
Tuesday April 3
5 Rivers StoryTime (Free) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. 10-11am. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Tween Minecraft Game (Free) 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding
game for Tweens ages 9 - 12 years is held every Tuesday. Sign-ups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org Teen Minecraft Game (Free) 5:30 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Minecraft computer and coding game for Teens ages 13 - 18 years is held every Tuesday. Signups are required for each Mindecraft session. Sign up on Eventbrite.com. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org 5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night (Free) 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center , 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs. 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club, 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Sierra Club. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center
Wednesday April 4
April Workshop - Graham Creek Nature Preserve 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, 36535 Theme for our April 4th Observe & Explore Day at Graham Creek Preserve will be ‘April Showers’. We’ll explore weather and the water cycle with fun activities including crafts and science projects. FREE for children and families. 251-923-4267 grahamcreekpreserve.org
Thursday April 5
2018 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library - Giddens Auditorium, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Lecture series on the history of Fairhope. Mainstreet During Fairhope’s Youth 251-928-8162 www.fairhopesingletax.com/ Music at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, 36542 These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. All Music at Meyer Park concerts are free to the public and begin at 6:00pm. www.gulfshoresal.gov/614/Music-at-Meyer-Park
Friday April 6
Free Build (Fairhope Library) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Free Build is for kids ages 2 - 10 years. Create with our blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and puzzles in the Activity Room. This is an unstructured free-play and exploration program. Parents are Required to supervise. 251-929-1465 www.fairhopelibrary.org
Saturday April 7
CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All the Love Tour 7:30 AM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 CMT Next Women of Country presents Sara Evans All the Love Tour featuring RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr coming to the Mobile Saenger Theatre on April 7th. www.mobilesaenger.com Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Blakeley State Park www.bellingrath.org Civil War Trust-Park Day 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 We are asking for volunteers to help preserve this important monument to honor the
FamilyCalendar brave soldiers who fought and sacrificed in the American Civil War. You may register at www.dauphinisland.org are by calling Fort Gaines Historic Site at 251-861-6992 ( You must be a least 18 years of age) dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines Diabetes WALK for Camp Seale Harris 9:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park , 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36602 The Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris is a FREE family friendly Walk/Run raising awareness of diabetes, connecting the diabetes community, and an opportunity to make it possible for kids to attend Camp Seale Harris - Alabama’s only diabetes camp. Join us at the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park for music, free healthy snacks, bounce house for kids, diabetes awareness info, Team Awards and Prizes, and a 5K or 1 Mile Walk/Run to support kids with diabetes! campsealeharris.org/donations/diabetes-walk Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek is an ALL NEW touring event for the whole family. Our dinosaur exhibit features realistic animatronic dinosaurs set in interesting scenes that transport you back to the Jurassic… including one dinosaur for which kids can actually control the movements themselves! Families enjoy multiple handson attractions like the bone scanner, design-a-dino, and the fossil find. Then head to the Time Trek Stage to experience fun interactive shows and family challenges! www.discoverthedinosaurs.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 1-800-4891886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call for info at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Family Center’s Positive Parenting Classes are held on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am and Responsible Parenting with focus on fathers, co-parenting and economic stability/child support are Wednesday mornings 9 am-11 am and Monday evenings 6 pm-8pm. Call 251-947-4700 to register for either class. at The Family Center is located at 22671 Hwy. 59 South, Robertsdale. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Meets During School Year Only) We meet 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday (during the school year) at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@ yahoo.com for how to register. Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills” - Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-
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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 email@example.com or call 251-455-6453. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes: Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including: Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of complications, and relaxation exercises. One session. $10. Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30 Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises. Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session. • Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 949-3676 to schedule. Gift of Life The Gift of Life is a required maternity care program for Medicaid patients or Medicaid-eligible patients. The Gift of Life Program provides a caring system of prenatal services; education and care coordination for expectant moms and their babies. For info contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first
Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. Free. Infant CPR and Safety Class Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Preregistration required. To register call 279-1373. Saturdays, 4 - 6 p.m. Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series. Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope) Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope) Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@bellsouth.net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. Sibling Class Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). Preregistration required. Call 279-1373. 10-11 a.m. Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-477-1104. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of these calendar events. However, you should call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.
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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B+ Violence: B Sexual Content: B Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Early Man PG for rude humor and some action. Using stop-frame techniques, Aardamn Animation sets out to prove what many Brits have believed all along: Football is in their blood because the history of their involvement with the sport goes back to prehistoric times. According to this account, the game kicked off after a meteor struck the earth (in the vicinity of present-day Manchester). It continued to evolve, and by the Bronze Age, both playing and spectating had become almost a religion. Unfortunately, a small tribe still stuck in the Stone Age is unaware of the wildly popular pastime. It isn’t until their metal-seeking neighbors trespass into their valley that the group discovers there is a more advanced civilization. The primitive band is promptly cast off their turf by the greedy Lord Nooth. After the foul treatment, they are unsure how to reclaim their valley. That’s when Dug accidentally stumbles into their modern city, discovers the football arena and witnesses the competitive sport. He challenges the home team to a high stakes game where the champions will win the right to the contested land. The comedy in the film comes from watching these unmatched rivals prepare for battle on the field, along with portrayals of ancient materials adapted into modern-day conveniences. It is all a bit silly, with a whole lot of slapstick thrown in. With the exception of some evil intentions and mild sports violence, the film will be appropriate for most ages of viewers. However, the humor will likely be best appreciated by audiences that are avid football fans and/or those who get it’s distinctly British nuances.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. 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.
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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: CSexual Content: B Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated The 15:17 to Paris PG-13 on appeal for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language. Heroic events deserve to make the news but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the makings of a good movie. Sadly, that’s the situation with Clint Eastwood’s retelling of the quick spirited actions of three American men (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler) after an armed terrorist began shooting on a French train in 2015. The first problem with creating a film about an actual conflict, that is barely five minutes long, is finding something to fill the other hour and a half of runtime. Perhaps it was wrong to feel a sense of “finally” when the pivotal action begins. But, at last, there’s a story to tell (albeit a short one) and Eastwood directs the bloody sequence with finesse. Spenser leads the charge to subdue the attacker and ends up with slashes across his neck and face. Alek and Anthony follow as backup. Moments later Spenser attends to another passenger, (Mark Moogalian also playing himself) who is shot in the neck, and uses his military medical knowledge to save the injured man’s life. Whether Eastwood is an artistic genius or a rushed director who didn’t anticipate that his movie would feel like a pilot for a reality TV series, is beside the point. The final destination of The 15:17 To Paris illustrates to teen and adult audiences that you don’t have to be someone special to do something that can make a powerful difference.
MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: B+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated Wonder PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language. It’s as plain as the nose on your face that Auggie Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay) is no ordinary ten-year-old. Born with a genetic defect, the boy has a face only a mother could love. Consequently, the youngster has been sheltered from the outside world and home schooled – until now. Auggie’s mother (Julia Roberts) has decided that he should attend a real institution as he begins the first year of middle school. She logics that most of the other students will be new too, so it should ease the transition. Despite all the pep talks, and the support of his father (Owen Wilson) and sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), the whole family is secretly quite concerned about how Auggie’s facial deformities will be seen by his peers. Much of this movie follows the quiet child as he tries to establish himself in a new environment that is less hospitable than the walls of his of own home. Watching Aggie navigate the challenges of his situation would provide enough material for a good plot, yet this thoughtful script takes the story into unexpected territory by examining the feelings of jealousy, neglect and isolation as the perspectives of his sister and other friends are shared. In a subtle way, it exposes the fact that we all carry scars – even if they aren’t as visible as the nose on Auggie’s face. And it demonstrates the power that’s unleashed when ordinary people doing kind things.
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