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Family Camping Trips

Get the 4-1-1 on camp costs, activities, food and making the most of your getaway.

Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp

Independence, resiliency and community living are just a few.

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2019 Summer Camps Day, residential, sports camps and more! Our listing starts you planning your kids’ summer!

Declutter Your Life

How keeping the clutter out of your home reduces stress, plus strategies for getting started.

76 A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

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On The Cover Reid Whitworth, 8, son of Richard and Katherine Whitworth, and big brother to Virginia Whitworth, 6. Proud grandparents are Terry and Sheila Whitworth, Vicki Buster, and Frank and Jody Buster. Reid loves swimming, being on the boat and fishing off the dock. His favorite subjects are math and science. He loves taking America Ninja Warrior class at Bay City Gymnastics.

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Bits and Pieces 18

School Bits 84

Family Calendar 96

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Publisher’sNote I know I say this every year, but I absolutely love working on the March issue because this is our annual Summer Camp issue! I loved summer camp. My friends and I would try all kinds of interesting camps. One year we all went to trampoline camp. Yes, that’s right, we spent a half-day for a couple of weeks learning how to do all kinds of flips and tricks on the trampoline. We got pretty good at it too. Too bad our schools did not have trampoline teams. I am certain we would have been state champs. Nor did any of us even own a trampoline. Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure our moms just signed us up for that camp to keep us busy. Whatever their motive was, we had a blast, and obviously have some fond memories from it. That is what is so fun about summer camp. It is a chance for kids to try out new interests and activities. As always, this year’s Summer Camp Guide is packed with all kinds of camps. We have everything from art camps to zoo camps, and tons 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. This is especially helpful if you have three different children with ever-changing interests. So pull out your highlighters and calendars and flip to page 56 to view the 2019 Summer Camp Guide.. As much as I enjoyed summer camp, I never attended a sleep-away camp. I used to get home sick just spending the night next door. My husband, on the other hand, spent half of his summer away at camp. Now that we have kids, I really like the idea of them experiencing everything about sleep-away camp that I feel like I missed. If you are considering an away camp, Janeen Lewis has some insight for you in her article, Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp, on page 54. As we start to roll into spring, we have the added benefit of longer days starting March 10. This means we have more time to get outside and enjoy everything the area has to offer. And the warming temperatures means there is no need to wait for summer to go camping. This is a great month to plan a family camping trip. If s’mores under that stars sounds like a great idea to you, flip over to page 50 where you will find tips to get you started in Family Camping Trips - Make the Most of Your Getaway. Speaking of activities for March, make sure you check out the Family Calendar, which is filled with plenty of happenings to enjoy this month. One event you definitely do not want to miss is the Eastern Shore Parents and Mobile Bay Parents third annual Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo! This FREE, family-fun event will be held Saturday, March 16 from 10am – 1pm 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 camps 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 our sponsors: Camp Chandler Tonsmeire, Mobile Museum of Art, NBC 15, Vital Smiles, Chick-fil-A Daphne/RSA and all of the wonderful exhibitors for making the free, family fun day a possibility. See you at the Expo!

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Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo

Touch a Truck Coming to Hank Aaron Stadium

Touch a Truck will bring familyfriendly fun to Hank Aaron Stadium on Saturday, March 16, when children of all ages will have the opportunity to touch, and climb aboard a variety of trucks and other vehicles in a safe environment. The event, now in its third year, also gives children the valuable chance to meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. Touch a Truck is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a noise-free hour for those sensitive to sound from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Admission is only $20 cash per car. Food trucks will also be on site for meal purchases. Proceeds from Touch a Truck benefit pediatric cancer research at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute and Adoption Rocks. Presenting sponsors are Caribe Resort and FOX10. For more information, visit usahealthsystem. com/events/touch-a-truck.

Mobile Bay Parents Magazine and Eastern Shore Parents Magazine are excited to host the third 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 16. 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 twisting, and demonstrations all while browsing through the amazing Exploreum's permanent exhibits. Great fun for the whole family! Tickets will be available for purchase to the IMAX and Genghis Kahn exhibit. To become a vendor or for more information call 251-929-2099 or email lynn@mobilebayparents.com. A very special thank you to Camp Chandler-Tonsmeire, NBC15, Vital Smiles, Mobile Museum of Art, Chick-fil-A Daphne/RSA, and Publications Press for their support of this event.

Parenting Author and Radio Speaker Mark Gregston Coming to Fairhope

Mark Gregston, author of the monthly column "Parenting Today's Teen" will be preaching at First Baptist Church Fairhope on March 17 during the 8:30 AM and 11 AM services. That afternoon Gregston will teach his seminar "Tough Guys and Drama Queens" from 4-7 PM. The afternoon seminar is $15. Mark Gregston is the founder of Heartlight, a residential counseling center for struggling teens and is the author of several books written from his 40 years of working with teens and parents. He is a popular speaker, and the host of the "Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston" national radio program heard on over 2,000 radio outlets. Mark leads Families in Crisis conferences, Tough Guy & Drama Queen seminars, and spends 200 nights on the road annually, helping parents understand and prepare for this contrary teen culture. Mark and his wife, Jan, have been married 43 years, and have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren. For info visit www.fbcfairhope.org or call (251) 928-8685.

Tenth Annual Little Black Dress Event

Festival of Flowers March 21 - 24

The tenth annual Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show will be held Thursday, March 28, 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 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. Most importantly, the event will highlight a Ronald McDonald House family and tell their story, showcasing the true heart of this home. General admission $100 per person with balcony seating available. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. To purchase tickets visit www.rmhcmobile.org/little-black-dress or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile at 251.694.6873. Eastern Shore Parents I March 2019

The Festival of Flowers will celebrate its 26th year with “Dutch Gardens.” The 2019 Festival proudly showcases elegant elements of the Dutch garden with carefully choreographed displays. A canal, complete with working water wheel, wind throughout the floral features, just as the canals run through Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Produced by the Providence Hospital Foundation, the 2019 Festival of Flowers continues the tradition of delighting and educating visitors of all ages with over eight acres of exhibits under open sky and massive tents. The festival will feature: life-size landscaped gardens; tables by design; art in the garden; world of photography; seminars and demonstrations; garden café, and more! Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Blvd, Mobile, 9 – 5 Thursday-Saturday and 11 – 5 on Sunday. Tickets are $14 at gate; $12 in advance; $13 Seniors at gate; ages 12 and under free. Visit www.festivalofflowers.com. 10

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USA Health Launches Beautiful Beginnings Baby Expo at Children’s & Women’s Hospital

USA Health is introducing the Beautiful Beginnings Baby Expo, a new community event planned for March 10, 2019, to showcase the exclusive services provided to expectant moms and new parents in the region. Planned from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, the event will be held rain or shine at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street, in Midtown Mobile. The baby expo is a free and family-friendly event celebrating expectant moms and families with children under age four, and those who are considering becoming a parent. The baby expo will include door prizes, exhibitors, guided hospital tours and opportunities to meet the care teams at the hospital. Demonstrations and other giveaways will be available from local vendors. For information, call (251) 471-3028 or email beautifulbeginningsbabyexpo@gmail.com.

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. Photos of applicants are also requested. All items must be postmarked no later than May 3, 2019. Scholarship applications are available in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary office by calling 279-1686 or by contacting scholarship committee chairperson Rusty Downey at rustydowney48@att.net. Health career scholarships awarded by the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary are made possible through proceeds from an art silent auction held in December; Auxiliary memorials; and monies made from the donations of used books to the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary. Donated used paperback and hardback books in good condition are sold in the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop in Fairhope.

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14th Annual Armadillo Dash

Come join Rosinton School at the 14th annual Armadillo Dash 5K Run on Saturday, March 30. The run will take place at 9:00 AM followed by a 1 Mile Fun Run. In addition to the race, there will be a silent auction, food, and an inflatable for children.

IMPACT Youth Theater Presents “The Jungle Book”

IMPACT Youth Theater, a local theater group comprised primarily of homeschooled children in Baldwin County ages 3-18, announces their Spring performance, "The Jungle Book". The performance will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, March 26 at 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Admission is free and donations are welcomed. Concessions will be available during the evening performance. For more information, please email impacttheaterreservations@ gmail.com.

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2019 Mobtown Mac ‘N Cheese Fest

We believe that Macaroni and Cheese is THE ultimate comfort food! And we’re not alone – cities throughout the country have held competitions to see who can prepare the best bowl of cheesy goodness. United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is excited to introduce the Mobtown Mac ‘N Cheese Fest to Mobile. Join us in our endeavor to determine who has the best Mac ‘N Cheese in town! Join us Saturday, April 6 in Cathedral Square. Please visit www.ucpmobile. org/2019/01/2019-mobtown-mac-n-cheesefest for tickets and more information.

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Springhill Medical Center’s Hello Baby Family & Baby Expo

Expectant mothers, soon-to-be parents, new parents, and expanding families are invited to attend the Springhill Medical Center Hello Baby Family & Baby Expo, March 31 from 1 – 4 PM. Join us for a fun day to discover new products and services for your baby or your family. Also, there will be OB/GYNs, Pediatricians, and representatives from Advantage Medical Supply, Ashley Mercer Photography, Usborne Books and More, Pediatric Associates, Big City Toys, College Counts 529 Fund, The Delicious Dietitian, WIC Program Mobile County, and Alabama Baby Coalition, set up with educational materials on immunizations, keeping baby safe & healthy, parenting tips, and more. Physicians and our own experts from The Birthing Suites at Springhill will be making presentations throughout the day that feature best practices for taking care of your baby. Register for gifts to be given out to attendees during the event and a grand prize. You won’t want to miss out on tours of The Birthing Suites at Springhill! The event is FREE and will be held at 3630 Springhill Memorial Drive South (Holiday Inn Mobile - Airport), adjacent to Springhill Medical Center's campus.

BBQ & Blues Cook-Off: Turn up the Heat to Support South Baldwin Schools

The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is cooking up a whole lot of fun while raising funds supporting Foley area schools during the Annual BBQ & Blues Cook-Off! On Saturday, March 16, Heritage Park, located at the intersection of Hwy 59 & 98 in Downtown Foley, festival-goers will enjoy award-winning barbeque, popular blues bands, craft and retail vendors, children’s activities and silent auction bidding. Gates open at 10 AM; awards are presented at 4:30 PM. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. The cooking competition is open to everyone (backyard and professional), and competition categories are: Chicken, Ribs, Boston Butts, Sauce and Anything “Butt” which includes exotic items, seafood and desserts. There is a $100 entry fee, and deadline for registration is March 1st. Special thanks to Riverview Turf as the Presenting Sponsor of the BBQ & Blues Cook-Off! All proceeds benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation to support local schools through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leadership and better the community. For more information, visit www.foleybbqandblues.net. Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/bbqandbluescookoff

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Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Cookoff

Tanger Outlets Foley Donates Over $15,000 to Local Chapter of PINK Campaign Breast Cancer Research

The Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department is 100% volunteer; however, they are not 100% financially supported. While they appreciate the financial support of Baldwin County and the City of Fairhope, the development and population growth demands more. For this reason, FVFD will be holding the 3rd annual BBQ Benefit on March 30 at the Fairhope Civic Center from 2:00 - 10:00 PM. Attendees will enjoy music by the Velcro Pygmies while individual teams and corporate teams compete preparing their best chicken, ribs and wild game. Tickets are $30. Team registration is $300 and includes 6 tickets, 6 event shirts, and 6 huggers. Deadline to register your team is March 16. To register your team, make a donation, or just buy tickets contact Joey Leavitt, Committee Chair, 251-379-1924 or Mark Poillucci, Assistant Committee Chair, 251-421-1580.

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Tanger Outlets Foley donated $15,531.40 to Pink Heals Guardians of the Ribbon, Lower Alabama Chapter at a special presentation ceremony on Saturday, January 26. The funds were raised throughout the month of October as part of the 25th annual Tanger PINK Campaign. Since 1994, Tanger has contributed more than $17 million to breast cancer research through the PINK Campaign, 5K races, on-site events and other breast cancer-related fundraising initiatives across the U.S.

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Gulf Coast Children's Book Festival

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama’s mission is: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In our efforts to help our children reach their potential, we have developed our “Read, Learn, Achieve Initiative” to address the low reading proficiency and the lack of interest in reading for fun. One of our goals is to help spark a love of reading in as many children as possible. The Gulf Coast Children’s Book Festival will offer author signings, illustrator workshops, storyteller stages, entertainment stages, educational/informational exhibits, costumed book characters, book sales, a picnic area and more. At the festival, and in all of our initiative programs, we want to get books into the hands of every child possible. Join us April 4 from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at The Grounds. For more information, please visit www.bgcsouthal.org/festival.

Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo Host 41st Annual Spring Fever Chase

Runners and walkers alike should get ready for the 41st annual Spring Fever Chase scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 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. A unique, yet important component of Spring Fever Chase involves a friendly competition for prize money and grants allocated for schools in Baldwin County. Grants are available for equipment purchase and program expenses for physical education departments and are chosen based upon availability of funds and school participation. Applications must be completed and returned no later than Friday, March 8, to any of the three Infirmary Fitness Centers: ProHealth Fitness Center, Mobile; North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette; and Thomas Fitness Center. Schools with at least 25 race applicants receive $2 for each participant that registers. Students and parents must pre-register through their school no later than March 8 to be eligible for the school incentive program. Awards will be presented at 9:45 a.m. 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, listed above, or online at springfeverchase. com. For more information regarding Spring Fever Chase, call 251-279-1684. Pictured, Jill Everson, Manager of Thomas Fitness, with Coach Brodie from Fairhope Intermediate School holding one of the 2019 Spring Fever shirts.

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KidsHealthWatch

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Poison Prevention and Your Home Did you know that more than 1.2 million children under the age of six swallow or come into contact with a poisonous substance every year! And that’s only the known and reported cases! As we have discussed before, a large portion of pediatrics is in prevention of illnesses and poison prevention can be an easy way to reduce risk of harm to your child. Today, we will talk about what is poisonous, some basic strategies on storage of medicines and other chemicals, as well as what to do if your child does ingest or get exposed to a poison. First, let’s talk about what some potential poisons are and where they are most likely to be found. First are medications. Prescription medicines are very common in homes and can be among the most dangerous. One of the most serious cases of medicine poisoning I saw was while in my residency, and involved an 18 month old child that ingested several different types of blood pressure and depression medications and had to be monitored in the ICU for days. When asked about the location of the medications, we found out they were “kept” on an end table by a recliner for easy access by grandma! But, other non-prescription medications are potentially dangerous as well. Ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, vitamins, cold and

cough medicines are all possibly dangerous when ingested by a child. But medicines aren’t the only danger. Paint, varnishes, cleaning supplies, and pesticides count, as does gasoline and other car care products. Other poisons include mothballs, weed killers, pest killers and older medications such as oil of wintergreen and camphorbased oils, and fumes from chemicals, space heaters or stoves. So what now? I put child safety locks on my cabinets, that’s good enough right? No! You know as well as I do that toddlers are quite amazing and how many times have you walked into your kitchen and found a “child-proofed” cabinet wide open? My best recommendation is to completely remove all of the above objects from reach. That means putting them in the garage or a high cabinet or the top of the closet and not under the sink. Also, when it comes to medicines, try to avoid calling medicine “candy” in an effort to get your child to take it. This opens the door for increased ingestion. Also, be aware of where your child is being cared for. While grandparents and other caregivers are a wonderful asset to have, the risk of accidental ingestion is increased at these locations. OK, my child just took a swig of bleach or took a few baby aspirin that were lying

on the counter. I am totally freaking out! What do I do? If your child is unconscious, not breathing, or possibly having a seizure, then call 911 immediately. Do not give ipecac or any other medicine to induce vomiting. If it is a spill on the skin or in the eyes, then remove any clothing or hats and rinse for fifteen minutes under tepid water. Do not apply any lotions or medicines to the skin or eyes. If it is an inhalation, then take your child outside into fresh air immediately and observe for respiratory distress. If your child is OK, then call 1-800-222-1222, which is the Poison Control Center. They will ask you lots of questions about what your child took, so it is helpful to have the medication bottle in front of you. Sometimes, they will give advice over the phone, sometimes they will advise to go to the emergency department. Good luck and be vigilant!

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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FIS Students Learn about Growing the Garden

Recently, Will Mastin from Local Appetite Growers in Silverhill visited Fairhope Intermediate School to help “grow the garden.” Students in Mrs. Dumas’ fourth and sixth grade Monday gifted classes were given an opportunity to learn how to plant, what to plant, when to plant, and when to harvest. Mr. Mastin provided purple carrot, rainbow carrot and turnips seeds, as well as lettuce, onion, and kale bedding plants for the students to use to cultivate a true understanding of the discussion. Pictured are students from the Monday fourth grade GT class.

Gulf Shores HS Student to be Recognized at Carnegie Hall

Congratulations to Gulf Shores High School student, Lilliana Betz, and her achievement in arts. She entered artwork to the annual Scholastic Art & Writing contest and won TWO Gold Keys! (Southeast Art Region-at-Large). The gold key is the highest recognition that an art student can achieve in their region and is automatically qualified for the national Gold Medal award. Along with other recipients across the country, Lilliana and her family will be invited to celebrate the annual recognition ceremony in New York City, at Carnegie Hall!

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BMMS Tiger Paws at Magic City Dance Competition

Congratulations to the Bay Minette Middle School Tiger Paws on earning 2nd Place in Kick and 4th Place in Pom for the Middle School Divisions at the UDA Alabama Magic City Dance Championship! The team is under the direction of Coaches Caitlyn Phillips, Tucker Clay and Elizabeth Byrd. Coach Byrd said this was the first time the young team competed in kick in the history of the Tiger Paws' taking part in competition. “The Tiger Paws conquered a lot of first time accomplishments in their performances and have a bright future in the year ahead as the team works to continue to improve,” Byrd said.

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Spanish Fort Class Learns About Spine Injuries

Orange Beach ES Students Compete in Stock Market Game Congratulations to Orange Beach Elementary School Project Jubilee Students, (6th graders) Hudson Wilmott, David Walters, and (4th graders) Molly Harvey Morgan Mueller for placing in The Stock Market Game. Hudson and David placed 7th and Molly and Morgan placed 9th out of 256 teams across the state of Alabama. They competed in the online Stock Market Game where each team starts with $100,000 and invests in stocks with real time information.

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Fairhope Elementary School and Fairhope Intermediate School will host the 2019 One Fairhope One Future Family Night and Auction on April 9, from 5-7 PM. The event, held at Fairhope Elementary School, will include a food truck courtyard, an inflatable obstacle course, choral performances, a silent auction and a chance to win 20 park hopper tickets to Disney World. To pre-order food truck meals or bid on silent auction items online, please visit bidpal.com/onefairhope. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Cassie.morgenstern@gmail.com.

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Daphne East Student Wins 3rd Place in Piano Competition

Augustus Bramble III participated in the 50th Annual Sonata Contest and won 3rd place in the Level 1A competition. Ms. Beverly Talley has been his piano teacher for two years. Augustus is a fifth grade student at Daphne East Elementary School. Congratulations Gus! 19

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Foley Intermediate Class Meets ESAC Exhibitor

Amy McClellan's class from Foley Intermediate had a surprise visitor during their field trip to the Eastern Shore Art Center! While they were diligently sketching out Da Vinci style inventions with Community Outreach Director Nancy Raia, none other than the current ESAC exhibitor Dean Mosher strolled in. Imagine their faces when they went upstairs into the gallery and saw his Alabama Bicentennial exhibit! They were extremely attentive, raising hands with a million marvelous questions for him about each and every mural.

Daphne Journalism Students Place at State Convention

On January 18th-19th, The University of Alabama Department of Journalism & Creative Media hosted the Alabama Scholastic Press Association’s annual convention in Tuscaloosa. Students from around the state came to learn more about journalism and creative media in all new ways to better themselves, and new techniques to use when doing so. The convention offered advanced and basic skill for students involved in broadcast, creative media, literary magazine, multimedia/website, newspaper, yearbook, and photograph. Along with learning about different forms of media, three students actually took part in the competitions at the convention. Lillie Yazdi placed 1st in Yearbook Design and 2nd in photography portfolio; Arwen Marquez placed 3rd in photography portfolio; Kennedy Sledge placed with an honorable mention in photography portfolio. “I got to see a new side to journalism and had the opportunity to speak to professionals, and I also had an interest in script writing,” Arwan said. Both Daphne High school students and teacher love the convention. It gave great information and feedback to better their media skills. “I love how the ASPA loves to bring in all different careers, and each student can see all different types of media. It’s not for just newspaper or yearbook,” Mrs. Minoso said.

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Bayshore Christian Theater Group to Perform “Pygmalion”

Bayshore Christian School’s award-winning Theater Department will be putting on a performance of “Pygmalion” at The BCS Gym on April 26 at 6 PM and April 27 at 3 and 6 PM. Directed by Theater teacher, Hannah Darrough, this play promises to deliver a crowdpleasing 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.

Fairhope HS Pole Vaulters Place in State Competition

Savannah Morgan is Fairhope High School’s newest State Champion! Savannah won the 7A State Pole Vault event at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday, February 1. She vaulted 12’ 0” to seal the victory. In fact, Savannah’s 12’ 0” vault was the best for all classifications at the State Meet (1A to 7A). Annie Lineberger also earned a spot on the pole vault podium by vaulting 11’ 0” and placing 3rd. Great work, ladies! GO PIRATES!

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Gulf Shores Club Creates Birthday Bags for Needy Families

Rube Goldberg Machine Fun at Christ the King School

Mrs. Williams's 8th grade science classes have been discussing energy transfers and had a lot of fun recently making a Rube Goldberg device. A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overcomplicated fashion. Often, these ma-chines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. Some fails and some successes, and a lot of fun!

The Gulf Shores Elementary K Kids and the Gulf Shores Middle School Builders Club partnered at their meeting to create “Birthday Bags� for the Christian Service Center to give out to local families who need a little extra assistance during birthday time! They collected enough money to put together 35 bags and have enough leftover money to do another 25-30. Each bag contains a cake mix, cake icing, balloons, candles, aluminum pan, birthday plates and napkins. #GSMSTheExtraDegree

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Spanish Fort MS Basketball

The 2019 Baldwin County Middle School Athletic Association 2A County Basketball Tournament was held at Spanish Fort Middle School Monday, January 28 – Thursday, January 31. Congratulations to the Spanish Fort Toros Boys Basketball Team who defeated the Fairhope Pirates 45-34 to claim their first 2A Boys County Championship since the school opened in 2008. The #3 seeded Toros defeated #6 Saraland 51-33 in the First Round of the tournament and avenged two regular season losses to #2 Bay Minette by defeating the Tigers 50-37 in the Semifinal Round to earn a spot in the Championship against #1 Fairhope. The Toros were led in scoring by Tyler Wigley with 11 points followed by Tre Vaughn Reed 10, Bishop Burkhalter 9, Brendon Byrd 8, Jacob Godfrey 5, and Ethan Kick 2 in their win over the Pirates. The Toros finished the season with a record of 18-4. Spanish Fort’s Brendon Byrd was named Tournament MVP and Jacob Godfrey, Tre Vaughn Reed, Tyler Wigley, and Byrd were selected to the All-Tournament Team. The team was coached by Head Coach Tim Daniels. Pictured (L to R): Brendon Byrd, Brayden Walker, Joah Simmons, Bishop Burkhalter, Price Middleton, Tre Vaughn Reed, Connor Johnson, Jacob Godfrey, Head Coach Tim Daniels, Justin Fenderson, Mason Rogers, Ethan Kick, Baylor Hays, Tyler Wigley.

BCHS Tigerettes Named State Champs!

The Baldwin County High School Tigerettes are the Magic City Dance Champions for Varsity Kick. The team traveled to Hoover to take part in the competition and danced their way to the championship title! “The competition was tough, as this is a highly coveted title at this competition. The Tigerettes put on an exceptional performance, making them deserving of the win,” said Coach Elizabeth Byrd. The Tigerettes will be heading to the Dance Team Union National Competition in Orlando, Fla. This marks the third year in a row for the team to advance to Nationals. Last year the Tigerettes placed fifth in the nation for Large Varsity Kick division.

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Dental Hygienists Visit Orange Beach Kindergartners

Ms. Hollis, Ms. Cahn, and Ms. Lynn’s kindergarten students at Orange Beach Elementary School learned about keeping their teeth healthy during Dental Health Month. The dental hygienists from Orange Beach Family Dentistry visited the classes and taught students how to care for their teeth. Each child received a goody bag with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and other sup-plies.

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Daphne Middle School Student Wins Awards for Artwork

Julianna Lambeth, grade 8 at Daphne Middle School, received recognition and awards for her winning artwork during the State Superintendent’s Art Exhibition and Bicentennial Celebration in Montgomery on Thursday, February 14. Her artwork won “Judge’s Choice Award,” and it will be on display in the State Capitol until the end of March. Her art teacher, Mrs. Sherry Bittinger, was also in attendance.

BMES Receives Donation

State representative, Harry Shiver, visited Bay Minette Elementary School recently and delivered a check to principal Laura Moorer. The money was much appreciated and will be used to enhance student learning. Mr. Shiver is a former educator and coach and has a heart for the students in his district.

100 Days of School at Bayside Academy

Bayside Academy students celebrated 100 days of school on Wednesday, January 30. Kindergarten students dressed as 100-year-olds and spent the day grouping items in ten groups of ten. Pictured L to R: Bayside kindergartners Chase Bryan, Janie Hicks, and Mike Heiser dressed up for the 100th day of school.

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BMES Gives To K-9 Fund

Students at Bay Minette Elementary School under the leadership of Nekyiah SteeleUlmer collected $276.00 for the Bay Minette Police Department’s K-9 fund. Nekyiah is this year’s Red Ribbon winner and has helped coordinate several projects at the school. BMES loves and appreciates law enforcement and first responders. Pictured l-r: Principal Laura Moorer, counselor Sharon Stewart, Nekyiah Steele-Ulmer, officer Andrew Lyle, Harko, and police chief Al Tolbert.

Silverhill Donates Soup Cans to Food Pantry

Silverhill’s Student Lighthouse Team, Peer Helpers and National Elementary Honor Society sponsored a “Soup”er Bowl of Caring. Students donated 365 soup cans to the First Baptist Church in Robertsdale Care closet. Students pictured are from left to right: Julia Christian. Jhanelle Jimenez, Falon Owens, Kayleigh Osborn, Jake Crowell, Eddin Cabrera and Emma McCullough.

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St. Michael Basketball Win

Fear the Feather! St. Michael Catholic High School students Elle Chappel, C.C. McDonald and Lilli Eslava cheer on the boys’ varsity basketball team to a win over Bayside Academy at a recent game in the Mullek Gym on the St. Michael campus.

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St. Michael School Tim Simmonds Athletes

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Congratulations to recent Cardinals selected as Tim Simmonds Athletes for St. Michael Catholic School: Tevara Duplessis, 11th grade bowler; Hunter Williams, 12th grade bowler; Lane Raley, 10th grade basketball; Grant Murray, 11th grade basketball; Sydney Barter, 11th grade basketball and Jake Kokoszka, 10th grade basketball.

Bayshore Christian School will be hosting a Classical Connection Tour Day on March 19 at 8:30 AM 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.

Bayside Academy National Ocean Science Bowl Team Competes in Mississippi

Congratulations to Bayside’s National Ocean Science Bowl team! They did a great job at the competition in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in early February. Team members were Aubrey Engeriser (12th grade), Elsa Engeriser (11th grade), Catherine Hawkins (10th grade), Brock Warden (10th grade), and Charles Carey (10th grade). Sergi Cebrian-Claramunt (11th grade) was a hard-working team member all year but was unable to participate after coming down with the flu. Pictured left to right: Bayside students Catherine Hawkins, Aubrey Engeriser, Elsa Engeriser, and Brock Warden with Charles Carey standing behind them.

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Daphne Teacher Named Vice President of Alabama Scholastic Press Association

Congratulation to Mrs. Barbara Bateman who was elected to serve as Vice President of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association at the state convention January 18th at University of Alabama. The Daphne High School teacher has been a part of scholastic journalism for eight years, the past two years as adviser to the Daphne Oracle Newspaper. The mission of ASPA is to support & empower students throughout the state & encourage them to challenge themselves as journalists. “I absolutely love teaching journalism & helping students to realize they are capable of telling the stories of their classmates,” Batman said. “Student press is true project-based learning, with real world skills.” This past October Mrs. Bateman was also recognized by the Journalism Education Association for being a Certified Journalism Teacher. “Being a CJE teacher means that I have met standard criteria set by the Journalism Education Association. I had to learn press law, journalistic writing, photography, & design layout; it really was quite a grueling task, but well worth it,” Bateman said.

Bay Minette Middle School Holds Perfect Attendance Breakfast

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In January, Bay Minette Middle started a new initiative called Every Day Matters to help reduce chronic absenteeism. As a kickoff event we held a perfect attendance breakfast for the students who had perfect attendance in first and second quarter. Students were awarded with a certificate and a ticket to “Breakfast with the Tigers”. They were given Dunkin’ Donuts along with other breakfast food and drinks.

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Bayshore Math Team Competes at MaPP Competition

Bayshore’s Math Team recently competed at the University of South Alabama's MaPP Math Competition. The students worked in teams to solve complicated higher-math based puzzles for 4 hours. They raced around South Alabama's cam-pus to find the destinations for each solved puzzle and unlock other cryptic puzzles. BCS had a team come in 1st place and 4th place out of 13 teams! The first place team scored 9,980 out of a possible 10,000 points, defeating the second place team of the Alabama School of Math and Science by over 400 points! They solved every puzzle given, including the ever-elusive hidden puzzle. Congratulations to the BCS Math Team members!

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Twenty Daphne High School Athletes Sign on National Signing Day February 6, 2019: Twenty Daphne High student athletes were recognized for their accomplishment of making postsecondary plans to play sports at the next level. Surrounded by family, friends, coaches, and the Daphne High administration, the athletes signed their letters of intent to officially accept athletic scholarships offered to them by the following colleges/universities.

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Spanish Fort HS Hold Post-Season Volleyball Awards Banquet

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Spanish Fort High School's STATE CHAMPION volleyball team waited for their championship rings to arrive to hold their awards banquet. All County: Meg Brackhan, Avery Rodgers, Kayla Keshock, Taylor Fontenelle, Kamble Frenette. Coach of the Year: Gretchen Boykin. All State All Tournament Team: Taylor Fontenelle, Kayla Keshock, Kamble Frenette, Avery Rodgers- MVP. Coastal All Region First Team: Avery Rodgers, Kayla Keshock, Kamble Frenette, Taylor Fontenelle. Coastal All Region Second Team: Meg Brackhan. Al.com Super All State Team: Taylor Fontenelle, Avery Rodgers, Kayla Keshock. Al.com 6A Player of the Year: Avery Rodgers. AL.com 6A Best of the Rest Players: Kayla Keshock, Taylor Fontenelle. PrepVolleyball.com All American List: Avery Rodgers- Highest Honorable Mention, Taylor Fontenelle- Special Mention, Kamble Frenette- Special Mention, Kayla Keshock- Special Mention. 2019 All Star Week South Volleyball Player Selections: Kayla Keshock, Avery Rodgers. PrepVolleyball. com National Player of the Week: Avery Rodgers. Max Prep Alabama Player of the Week: Kayla Keshock, Avery Rodgers.

Book in a Box at Christ the King Catholic School

Mrs. Manning's 4th grade class presented their project, "Book in A Box", and explained how the pictures and objects included in their box was important to their book. Students enjoyed learning about their classmate's book selections and seeing the imaginative ways their "book in a box" was created.

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BCHS Lady Tigers Ready for Softball Season

The Baldwin County High School Lady Tigers are ready to swing into action this season. The Lady Tigers recently held its annual softball marathon and fish fry. This included a matchup between the current and alumni players, a home run derby and a fielding competition. Senior Kahalley Brooks won the Home run Hitting Contest and senior Ava Worthy was the Fielding Contest winner. McKenzie Bryant was named Miss BCHS Softball and Aspen Gerald was named Miss BCHS Softball Runner-up. Layla Hadley, Kahalley Brooks, Laura Kathryn Weatherford and Ava Worthy have inked scholarships to play at the next level. Rep. Harry Shiver also presented a $250 donation from his Legislative Community Service Fund.

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Spanish Fort HS Bowling Team Competes at Regionals

SFHS Boys Bowling team made it all the way to Regionals. They had a great season. Pictured from L-R: Alexander Haskew, Brenden Baker, Phillip Gaddy, Martavias Chatman, Andrew Miller, Brady Wilson, Brandt Bennett, Jack Myers, and Austin Miller.

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Dissecting Pigs in St. Michael’s Honors Biology

St. Michael juniors Hayden Northcutt, Gabrielle Eslava and Virginia Pryor prepare to dissect a pig in their Honors Biology class, taught by Dr. Christen Altermatt.

Character Leaders of the Month

Congratulations to Silverhill Elementary Character Leaders for the month of January. These students were celebrated at a reception sponsored by the Eastern Shore S.E.L.F. Organization: William Trey Whittle, Juan Lemus-Guerrero, Genesis Castro- Hernandez, Jacen Silva, Brian Kidd, McCoy Cooper, Angel Wilson, Elizabeth Hernandez, Ally Boehman, Clara Gardner, Jharol Bardeles, Elijah Rowell, McKayla Mitchell, Cadence Cardwell, Avery Petelinski, Emma Hutzel, Marco Saucedo, Braiden Walker, Isabelle Wiggins, Kelton Cordova, Sophia Trombetta, McKenzie Buck, Devin Fank.

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Bayside Academy Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Winners

Bayside Academy’s Visual Arts Department congratulates our 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards visual arts winners for the Southeastern Region-at-Large. Each year, Scholastic Awards hosts a nation-wide competition for teens ages 13 and up in grades 7–12 in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2018, students submitted nearly 350,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. Gold Key winners are the very best works in the Southeastern Regionat-Large. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition and are judged by a panel of creative industry experts. Silver Key winners are stand-out works that demonstrate exceptional ability. Honorable Mention winners are accomplished works showing great skill and potential. Bayside is honored to have three Key winners and five Honorable Mention winners this year. Submissions were juried by luminaries in the visual arts and writing fields. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Bayside’s 2019 Scholastic Arts and Writing Award Winners: Gold Key: Hannah Wieland, 10th grade. Silver Key: Grace McDonald, 12th grade; Annie Neill, 9th grade. Honorable Mention: Samantha Beall, 8th grade; Will Delaporte, 10th grade; Hannah Johnson, 11th grade; Rebecca Klimjack, 12th grade; Anna Schmidt, 11th grade. As a Gold Key winner, Hannah Wieland will advance to the national competition. Pictured left to right: Anna Schmidt, Grace McDonald, Samantha Beall, Hannah Wieland, Annie Neill, and Hannah Johnson. Not pictured: Rebecca Klimjack and Will Delaporte.

Drug Education Vehicle Visits Christ the King Catholic School

The Debakey Drug Education Vehicle, operated in partnership with Mobile Infirmary Medical Systems, was on campus recently, educating our 5th graders on the dangers and harmful consequences of substance abuse.

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Spanish Fort Track and Field Accomplishments

Clara Sabo (left photo, pictured with Coach Nared) finished 2nd in the 6A Girls Pole Vault earning a silver medal. Kaitlyn Cole finished 2nd in the 6A

Girls 400M dash setting a school record and 3rd in the 60M dash earning a silver and bronze medal. Together they finished 8th overall in the state. Douglas Sabo (not pictured) finished 6th in 6A Boys Pole Vault and Miles Walden (pictured center) finished 1st in 6A Boys Pole Vault earning the Gold Medal. He is the Spanish Fort Toros first Pole Vault state champion! Coach Nared is the Track coach.

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50th Anniversary Sonata Trophy Winners and 39th BCMTA Boys Recital

Two sets of siblings from Baldwin County brought home 1st Place Trophies in the recent 50th Sonata Contest held on February 2 at the University of South Alabama. Sponsored by the Mobile Music Teachers Association the event attracted 219 pianists who competed in 20 different levels of difficulty with the winners being awarded trophies, medallions or honorable mention ribbons by out-of-state judges. Pictured from left to right: Ian and Owen Poole, Paul Mercer, Kurushuran Humaresan, Huan and Don Chen. Other students of Baldwin County Music Teachers Association members who won 1st Place Trophies were Nicholas John-son, Elizabeth Chen, Katie Smith, Lydia Van Cleave, Anderson Luc, Christian Meyers and Abrielle Le.

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Our wonderful Silverhill Elementary, SRO, John Branscomb, does more than just keep the students and faculty members safe. Officer John was spotted around school picking up litter to help keep our campus beautiful. Thank you, Officer John!

Twenty-seven piano students (pictured, right) performed in the 39th All Boys Recital sponsored by the Baldwin County Music Teachers Association and held on February 9 at the Summerdale Municipal Complex. Teachers of the students are BCMTA members Jessica Cole, Tammy Dennis, Karen Hicks, Amy Morgan, Beverly M. Talley and Vincentine Williams.

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all the prompts will work for all kids, the question “How does your body feel when you focus?” is a solid way for kids to reflect and recapture a focused state. Say, “Alexa, ask Focus Game to start.” Kids Quiz! Four difficulty levels and a wide variety of subjects make this a fun trivia game for kids. Kids Quiz! offers multiple-choice answers, so kids have a better chance of choosing correctly, even if they don’t know much about certain subjects. Say, “Alexa, play Kids Quiz!” Kiwi Monsters! Through a fun story laced with choices, kids get to determine how their monsters evolve. As they choose certain colors, habitats, and food, their monsters’ evolution will shift. Kids have to know about the concept of mating to understand some of the choices. Say, “Alexa, open Kiwi Monsters!” The Magic Door. Like an audio-based choose-your-own-adventure book, this skill lets kids decide what happens next. Some of the stories are mildly creepy, so they may not be a great fit for little kids. Also, Alexa’s inflection doesn’t always match the tone of the story. Still, the interactive element is super fun. (Other good ones to try include Earplay and Storyflow, and if your kid just wants to listen, Amazon Storytime is a good choice.) Say, “Alexa, open The Magic Door.”

14 Great Alexa Skills for Kids and Teens “Alexa, entertain my kid with high-quality content.” If you have an Echo device, you know this is a tall order. Not only is Alexa a finicky listener, but you need to launch specific “skills” to get the device to do what you want. To find the best skills, go to the Amazon Alexa app or the Alexa section of the Amazon website. Start in the Kids section and look for skills with lots of reviews and a high star rating. Also check out the Games, Trivia, & Accessories category or the Education & Reference section. If you or your kid is really ambitious, you can even create your own skill. Check out the educational and entertaining skills we’ve hand-picked for your little kid, big kid, tween, or teen or for the whole family.

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Animal Workout. To get little kids moving, this skill tells them to pretend to be a certain animal and do movements to match while music plays. It’s especially great for those rainy or snowy days when kids need to burn off some energy inside. Try it alongside your kid for even more fun. Say, “Alexa, open Animal Workout.” Chompers. Ever have trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth (or do it for more than 10 seconds)? This skill will entertain your kids for two minutes by doing things like singing a kid-authored story or telling jokes. Just make sure your kid isn’t so distracted that they stop brushing altogether. Say, “Alexa, start Chompers.” Mommy-gram. When you have to be away from home and your kid is too little to text or call on their own, they can use this skill to touch base. After they say their message to Alexa, it will send it to you via text message, and then you can respond. (It works for all parents, of course.) Say, “Alexa, launch Mommy-gram.” Sesame Street. No surprises here: Elmo leads kids through an activity about the letter of the day and plays hide-and-seek so kids “find” him through sound cues and multiple-choice options. Say, “Alexa, open Sesame Street.”

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Song Quiz. Some adults will remember the game show Name That Tune, and this skill has that feel. You can select from several decades of music and then decide whether you’re playing with a friend or a random online player (there’s no actual contact with strangers). Then you listen and name the song and artist if you’re able. Say, “Alexa, open Song Quiz.” Travel Quest. Kids get a virtual passport, answer questions, and learn facts as they travel via Alexa to different countries. So far kids can only go to Canada or Japan with the promise of more countries available soon. Because of its narrative format, this is a fun way for kids to learn about different places and cultures. Say, “Alexa, start Travel Quest.” Daily Routine. If your teen needs reminders about school, chores, activities, or something else they need to do for the day, this skill might help. Teens can set a list of tasks that recur each day. As they work through them, they can have the satisfaction of virtually crossing them off the list. Say, “Alexa, open Daily Routine.” Do Good. Name a pressing social issue and Do Good will let you know about the organizations that are working to help. For instance, if your kid is interested in caring for animals, say, “I want to help animals,” and this skill will provide the best places to invest your time, energy, and resources. Say, “Alexa, open Do Good.” Escape the Room. Using simple directions, teens can “look” around a virtual room, gather clues, and solve the puzzles. While the lack of actual visual cues might be tricky for some teens, this could be a fun game for older kids to play together. Say, “Alexa, open Escape the Room.”

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1-2-3 Math. With word problems addressing a variety of math skills, this activity requires careful listening. Though the math on the Easy level is fairly simple, the Medium and Hard levels are likely challenging enough for upper elementary school students. Say, “Alexa, open 1-2-3 Math.” Focus Game. This simple activity asks kids to sit down, relax, and just listen to sounds such as gongs until the sound fades. You can use the Focus Game as a standalone activity or to calm kids before they settle down for homework. Though not Eastern Shore Parents I March 2019

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College Kids and Debt Q. My daughter is in college, and I’ve always warned her to stay away from credit cards. Recently, I learned she got a department store credit card despite my advice. She has stayed within her credit limit, but she has never made any of the payments. At this point, she owes about $3,500. She’s a good student, and I want to look at this as a young person’s mistake. Should I pay it off for her this one time? A.

You’re right, this is a typical young person’s mistake. Like a lot of mistakes our kids make, it’s one that’s bad and wonderful at the same time. It’s bad because, if she had just listened to dear old dad, she would’ve avoided a mess. It’s wonderful, though, because it gives you the opportunity to provide her with a real world, teachable moment. I understand you wanting to help her out “this one time.” It means you have a good heart, and that you care about your daughter

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and love her. There’s a reality here, though, I hope you won’t overlook. It’s her debt, not yours. She knew what she was doing when she signed up for that credit card. She knew what it meant, what was expected, and she is the one who should have to make good on the repayment. At this point, my advice is to put your arm around her, talk to her, and lovingly explain where she went wrong and why it was a bad idea. You can even help her find a part-time job if she doesn’t have one right now, so she can pay off her debt and get out of this mess. But leave the payments to her.

Borrowing From Family Q. My father-in-law wants to help us with our mortgage. We’ve been working hard to pay off our home early, and we’ve reduced what we owe to around $35,000. His idea is to pay off the remainder, then let us pay him back over time. In the past, he has loaned us much

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smaller amounts and everything has worked out fine. What do you think about this?

A. I’m sure this seems like a winning proposition all the way around. My concern is there’s a big spiritual and emotional issue that has been left out of the equation. The borrower is always slave to the lender, and nowhere is that more true than in a family. I understand, too, you have a solid track record with this kind of thing. But anytime you borrow money from family you’re playing with fire. When you do something like this, especially with such a large amount, the money issue is likely to be a shadow hovering over your relationship. I assume your father-in-law is doing well financially, since he can afford to make this offer. And don’t get me wrong, it’s a very kind and generous offer. If I were in his shoes, I might offer instead to pay off the mortgage as a gift No strings attached. If you have a nice, stable family, this debt will always be there in the back of your mind. If you have a dysfunctional, control-freak kind of family, it’s going to be right there in front of you constantly. Either way, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

The Parental Gift of Presence As moms and dads, we want to give our children everything. We want our kids to have more, do more and experience more than we did. And so we work hard, put in crazy hours, and volunteer for every opportunity in order to provide the best for our children. But do you want to know the greatest gift you can give your teen? It’s your presence. Jim Higley is the author of Bobblehead Dad, and a writer for several other national publications. In a recent article, Jim wrote about his daughter, and how in the early years she was a happy kid. It didn’t take much to get her to share all the details of her life with her dad—friends, clothes, games, bike rides, lunch menus, and all the other daily events and experiences. But then middle school happened. And Jim’s daughter experienced what many pre-teens struggle with, and that’s “mean girls.” Her once cherished friends became bullies, and were the cause of constant hurts and heartaches. Jim writes:

the dad tactic that came naturally to me. But I just keep my mouth shut. Listen[ed]. And show[ed] my child my heart. After a couple minutes, my daughter lifted her head and uttered four painful words that brought tears to my eyes. “I hate my friends.” I let her words sink in. I paused. I thought about her and not me. And I simply said what I felt. “Honey, that must suck to feel that way.” That’s all I said. No questions. No lectures. No bright ideas. Just my heart. Just me. Right there with her in the moment. She responded by crawling down next to me and sharing details of her hurt as I gazed at the ceiling and reaffirmed my empathy. And my love. And then, after 10 minutes, she said, “Can we bake some cookies?”

I did what I thought I was supposed to do: help her fix the situation. I’d suggest ideas for making new friends, or brilliant brainstorms for putting the mean girls in their place. And I interrogated her. Boy did I ask a lot of questions. But all my help was met with the same tearful reaction. Or a slammed door. I didn’t know what to do, and I felt worthless because of it. The following day my daughter arrived home from school after another bad day and immediately went to her room, stomping up each tread of the stairs — her new way of saying, “I’m home and I’m going to make your life miserable!” I waited a few minutes and, when things quieted down, I knocked on her door. “Leave me alone,” she screamed. I took a deep breath. “I’m coming in. Ten seconds,” I said. When I entered, there she was. On her bed. Stomach down. With her face buried in a pillow. Not saying a word, I simply lay on the floor, crossed my hand on my stomach and stared at the ceiling. I felt awkward because this was not

Far and away the best present you can offer your teen is simply your presence. It’s being physically and emotionally with your child. During adolescence, teens need mom and dad more than ever! So how can we be more present?

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Jim summarizes the value of simply being present for his daughter when he writes;

[This moment] taught me the value of letting children not only experience pain, sadness and disappointment — but also feel our unconditional connection. And to know what it feels like when their parent is willing to simply be in the moment with them and hold their hand through the hurt … Your child may not want or really need your solutions. They just might want you to join them in their journey.

Show an interest in your son or daughter. When you get home, turn off

the TV or computer, and get to know your teen. What does he like? What does she dislike? What is he thinking about right now? What’s weighing on her mind? What puts him at ease? Become a student of your teen.

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to be with your child, it just won’t happen. Life gets busy all too quickly, so if we’re not deliberately setting aside time on our 48

calendar to spend time with our teens, the days will fill up with less important tasks. Take a moment to look at your calendar and block off purposeful moments to take your teen to a sports game, visit a museum, take a fishing trip, attend a concert, stay up late to watch a meteor shower with hot chocolate. Build something together. Cook something together. Or simply set aside time to hang out with your teen.

Ask good questions. When you’re present with your teen, use that time to ask good questions. This is not a moment to interrogate for information. It’s also not a time to debate or answer your own questions. Instead, formulate some questions that get your teens thinking about the world, their culture, their beliefs, and their values. You could ask, “Who is your role model? Why?” Or, “do you think our world is better or worse than it was five years ago?” Or, “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?” Questions can get your teen thinking, and offer the benefit of having mom or dad there to help guide their understanding. Open up to your teen. No one likes to hang out with people who are perfect—that includes your son or daughter! Now, you don’t have to use your child like a confessional booth, but as you spend time with them, offer reminders of your own imperfection—mistakes you’ve made, ways you’ve changed, perspectives that you’ve adjusted. Your presence sends the message, I want to hang out with you in the good times, and I’m there for you in the bad times. And your presence in, and attentiveness to, his or her life keeps you from being blindsided by the effects of the turbulent teen years. 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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camping less work. Motorhomes and travel trailers often have a full-size kitchen, living room complete with sofa and chairs, and separate bedrooms for comfort and privacy. Don’t overlook the option of a cozy cabin in the woods. Cabin rentals are sometimes found at campgrounds or in national forests at cabin resorts. Cabins range from basic single room shelters containing only beds to completely furnished three or four room units including kitchenettes. When reserving a cabin, ask what is furnished before you go so you’ll arrive prepared while avoiding unnecessary packing. And don’t forget to ask about electricity, lights, and water. Experienced campers with older children might try a hike-in shelter for a true wilderness experience. Check with state and national parks for shelters that are sometimes set up along extended trails. After a day of hiking, roll out your sleeping bags under one of these small shelters for a dry night’s sleep under the stars.

Camping costs

The cost of travel can make family vacations a rare treat. But the affordability of camping may allow for frequent getaways. Overnight fees range from a free night’s stay at some state park rustic sites (no showers,

toilets, electricity, or water) to $50 or more a night at many of the top KOA and Jellystone Camp Park-Resorts. These top of the line campgrounds are loaded with amenities from built-in swimming pools to live entertainment. State park campgrounds vary from state to state. Still, these are often the best deal for families interested in experiencing all nature has to offer. Fees for overnight accommodations in state parks typically range from $15 to $35. Many state parks have modern facilities including flush toilets, showers, grassy or gravel sites, playgrounds, park stores for firewood and ice, and more. Furthermore, state parks frequently offer miles of wooded hiking or biking trails, natural wonders, historical sites, and much more that may not be found at private camp resorts. Camping also helps keep other vacation expenses to a minimum. Many families prefer cooking over the campfire to eating out. Additionally, most outdoor camping activities are free or available at minimal cost.

Fun camping activities

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or insects, scouting for wildlife, learning about plants and trees, and practicing survival skills, to hiking excursions, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams offer fishing, swimming, row boating or canoeing, sunbathing, and more. Wildlife viewing is often a highlight. Look for animals early in the morning or at dusk on dirt roads and trails, in open fields surrounded by woods, and near water. Be patient, walk slowly and quietly, and don’t forget binoculars. Other activities include nature programs, nature centers and historical sites, flying kites, rollerblading or bicycling on paved trails, and more. When ready to relax, light a campfire and enjoy reading or storytelling, play cards or board games, watch the sunset, stargaze, and roast marshmallows.

Easy camp foods

There are many ways to cook. You can purchase a gas or liquid-fuel camping stove, or if electricity is available, a crockpot or electric griddle works well. You can also carry a charcoal or small gas grill or cook over an open fire. Keep meals simple to minimize packing, preparation, and clean up. Easy

choices include: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, steak, sandwiches, eggs, bacon, sausage, crock pot meals, sweet corn, baked potatoes, canned foods such as baked beans, tuna, chicken, spaghetti, ravioli, and soup, fresh fruit, vegetables and dip, bagels, English muffins, cereal, fruit juice, and hot cocoa. On the other hand, if you enjoy cooking and good meals are one of the highlights for your family, then make the most of mealtime. With all the options for cooking, you can easily enjoy a gourmet feast.

Camping tips

Camping is often a learn-as-you-go experience. But the following can alleviate hassles and keep your family safe. Protect your food from animals and animals from your food by blocking access. Animals can find their way into nearly anything. Raccoons are known to lift lids right off coolers to snatch hot dogs and other treats. A cooler that latches is usually a safe bet. Any food that isn’t tightly contained should be stored in your vehicle overnight. Poor weather can strike at any time and insect infestations can also make for

a miserable experience. Make additional shelter such as a screen tent or tarps and rope part of your camping gear. Arrive at your camp destination ahead of the crowd. Every campsite is unique, and early arrival can assure a site that satisfies your needs. When selecting a site look for proximity to restrooms, the playground, electricity, and water. If you have young children, make sure the site isn’t close to a river or lake. The amount of shade you’ll want will depend on the weather forecast. To avoid mud, a grassy or rock site may be preferred. Also, avoid a site backed up to outhouses, which can smell in the heat and wind. Know what animals are found in the area and teach your children animal safety. Wild animals usually want to avoid humans as much as we want to avoid them. Still, they can pose risks. In bear country, those accustom to people sometimes get too close and result in injury. Even small animals that feel threatened may attack. ESP

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Tom Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Camp Association, says today’s youth spends so much time on technology, that learning to communicate face-to-face with peers is important. He quotes a 2015 Pew Research Center study that says “Just 25 percent of teens spend time with friends in person outside of the school day on a regular basis.” In light of that statistic, overnight camp is good place to get kids to socialize without technology. “About 90 percent of camps don’t allow kids to have computers or cell phones,” says Rosenberg. “In general, camps are an oasis for human-powered socialization.”

his or her experience, and you will hear endless tales of comradery, cabin mates and campfires. Many times campers will say overnight camp was the first time they rode a horse or shot a bow and arrow or flew down a zip line. It’s where they learned to make their beds and keep their belongings tidy in cramped quarters. With the perfect blend of adventure and responsibility, camp life teaches kids valuable lessons they can use for the rest of their lives. If you send your child to overnight camp, here are some life lessons they are likely to learn.

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How to be independent For many children, camp is the first time they are away from parents and the familiarity of home. While this may cause some homesickness, it also gives children an opportunity to overcome being homesick. And without parents there, children learn to pick up after themselves and keep up with their things. Overnight camp can also prepare students for independence in their next steps in life, like trips abroad and college.

How to be a part of community living Sometimes it’s hard to live with other people, especially if other people drape their clothes over your bed or hog the shower. And it’s not like kids can escape to their own room when they are at summer camp because everyone bunks together in one cabin. But kids can learn to work out differences they may have about how they share their living spaces, and it’s more fun for campers to do the cabin chores together than alone. As they grow up, kids have to learn to work in groups in their communities. “That cabin group has community building at its core,” says Rosenberg.

How to embrace diversity Children who go to camp meet other campers from all over the country. They meet kids from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. In a study conducted by Philliber Research Associates and the American Camp Association, 94 percent of campers said “Camp helped me get to know other campers who were different from me.” Rosenberg says this is important for kids in the 21st Century. “Making new friends is an essential skill kids are going to need to have.”

How to overcome fears Going to camp takes kids out of their normal day-to-day setting and gives them a chance to try things they might not try when they are at home. In the Philliber study, 74 percent of the kids surveyed said “At camp I did things I was afraid to do at first.” Children may feel more comfortable taking a risk around new acquaintances than they do under the watchful eye of parents, siblings or school peers. If they are trying an activity they have never tried

before, they may feel encouraged by staff or counselors who are there to support and guide them.

How to become resilient Camp life doesn’t always go as planned, and kids learn to adapt and move with what’s happening around them. Camp goers also grow more resilient from trying again when they fail, according to Rosenberg. “Part of growing up is learning that you are not always going to be successful. Sometimes campers fail and counselors 55

help them try again,” says Rosenberg. “Camp is a safe place to make mistakes.” Going to overnight camp benefits kids in many ways. It provides a place where kids can get out of their daily setting and have new adventures, meet new people and learn new skills. And while they are doing all of those things, they will probably learn a few life lessons that will stay with them forever. ESP Janeen Lewis is a freelance journalist and mom to Andrew and Gracie. Some of her fondest memories happened at overnight camp.

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Art Camps Eastern Shore Art Center ad on page 69

401 Oak Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer is just around the corner so stock up on sunscreen, beach towels, and PAINTBRUSHES! Whether you are into summertime ceramics or midsummer mixed media, ESAC has the camp for you. We are offering four selections each week of camp between the dates of June 3 - July 19 2019. Monday-Friday from 10am-12pm for ages 5 to 14. Explore our Art Bash 2019 catalog and get ready to create! Register Now! (251) 928-2228 (Ext. 107) info@esartcenter.org www.esartcenter.org

St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool Art and Enrichment Camp ad on page 19

St. Paul’s Episcopal Preschool, 28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Under the Sea, Jubilee Camp June 3-7, 2019; All Creatures Great and Small Camp June 17-21, 2019. Spanish Exploradores Camp June 24-28, 2019. All camps will be from 9:00am-1:00pm with extended day available from 7:00am-5:30pm. Camps are for ages 1 - 6 years. (251) 626-2774 stpaulspreschooldaphne@gmail.com www.stpaulseasternshore.org

The Organic School ad on page 58

Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, 8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Day Camp June 3 - June 14, 2019 and July 8 - 19, 2019 from 8am -3pm for ages 5 - 10 years. Cost: $125.00 per camper, per week. Arts and Crafts, cooking, yoga, dance, games and fun. (251) 928-9347 marietta.school@mchsi.com www.fairhopeorganicschool.com

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Be Creative Art Camp

Thomas B. Norton Library, 221 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Please check our website for upcoming art camp dates and registration information. (251) 968-1176 www.gulfshoresal.gov/library

Coastal Arts Center

26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Camp Dates are June 3 - 7, 2019 from 9:00am 12:00pm for ages rising 2nd - 6th grade. (251) 981-2787 artcenter@orangebeachal.gov www.coastalartscenter.com

Daphne Art Center

1704 Sixth Street, Daphne, AL 36526 Dates: June 3 - 28, 2019 and July 15 - 26, 2019. Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm for ages 4-6, 7-9, 10 and up. (251) 586-8096 daphne.art.center251@gmail.com www.daphneartcenter.com

Humming Star Alpaca Camp

19700 Blueberry Lane, Silverhill, AL 36576 June 3-June 7 and June 10-14, 2019. Monday - Friday from 10:00am - 2:00pm for ages 10 - 17 years. $200/camper. $100 deposit. Create fiber art pieces using needle & wet felting techniques, eco-printing, natural dyeing of fibers & silk. (251) 214-8224 hsalpaca@centurylink.net www.facebook.com/HummingStarAlpacas

Kaleidoscope Fine Arts Camp

First Presbyterian Church, 309 East 21st Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Dates: June 24 - 28, 2019 from 9:00am - 3:00pm for Grades 2nd - 8th. Register by May 20, 2019 for a Discount. (251) 978-8130 or (251) 948-2627 www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com/kaliedoscope/

Wooden it be Fun!

314 Greeno Rd S (Suite C), Fairhope, AL 36532 Painting for all ages. Summer schedules coming soon! Also offering birthday parties! Follow us on Facebook for Painting Events & Summer Camps. (251) 422-8052 woodenitbefunfairhope@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/woodenitbefunfairhope

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66 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Camp dates and summer classes meet June 3 – July 19, 2019 for ages 3 years - adult. Please visit our website for a full list of camps and classes, dates and times. (251) 928-9511 creativeoutletda@bellsouth.net www.creativeoutletdance.com

Eastern Shore Dance Academy ad on page 91

9063 Merritt Lane, Daphne, AL 36526 Please call to register for summer camps, classes and dance intensives. (251) 626-2300 easternshoredance@gmail.com www.easternshoredanceacademy.us

Gulf Coast Dance Alliance ad on page 13

30752 Ember Lane, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 Summer Camps run June 10-14, 2019. Ballerina Princess: 10am-12pm (ages 3-5 years), Dance Jams: 9am-12pm (ages 6-8 years), Dance Bootcamp: 10am-12pm (ages 9 years & up). Professional Dance Intensive: July 15-19, 2019 (ages 9 years & up). Regular Summer Classes: June 3-July 31, 2019. Registration begins March 4th. Please call or visit us on Facebook for updates. (251) 621-9755 info@gcdadance.com www.gcdadance.com

Magnolia Dance Company ad on page 51

1705 South McKenzie Street, Foley, AL 36535 Summer Dance Camps run from June 17 - July 18 for ages 2 years - 11 years. Several sessions

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Mobile Ballet ad on page 32

4351 Downtowner Lp North, Mobile, AL 36609 Let’s Dance Camp ($125/week) Ballet, Jazz & introduction to Tap for ages 6 – 8 years. June 17 - 20 and July 15 - 18, 2019; Little Ballerina Camp ($125/week) Ballet Creative Movement for ages 3 – 5 years. June 24 – 27 and July 8 – 11, 2019; Summer Intensive with Guest Teachers TBA (call for pricing) Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Conditioning & more for ages 9 years and up. June 3 – 21, 2019. 1, 2 & 3 week options available with Final performance June 21st at Davidson High School; Extended Summer Intensive (call for pricing) July 15 – 26 1 & 2 week options available. (251) 342-2241 info@mobileballet.org www.mobileballet.org

Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore ad on page 32

26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL 36526 Let’s Dance Camp ($125/week) Ballet, Jazz & introduction to Tap for ages 6–8 years. June 10-13 and

July 8-11, 2019; Little Ballerina Camp ($125/week) Ballet Creative Movement for ages 3–5 years. June 17-20 and July 15-18, 2019. (251) 342-2241 info@mobileballet.org www.mobileballet.org

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Next Level Tumbling and Training Center ad on page 9

ages 5-16 years. Camps are $150 each week with a non-refundable deposit. Registration is available online. Space is Limited!

26090 Equity Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 June 10-14, 24-28, July 8-12, 22-26 and August 5-9, 2019. Monday-Friday 8:45am-12:00pm for

Sheffield School of Dance - Eastern Shore ad on page 62

The Shoppes at Fairhope Village, 151 Fly Creek Avenue (Suite 430 & 432), Fairhope, AL 36532 Destination Dance: July 15-19, 2019 (ages 8-11) Jazz & Contemporary workshop. The Intensive:

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South Baldwin Dance Center ad on page 58

3947 Gulf Shores Parkway (Suite 230), Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Various classes offered for ages 2 through advanced. We’re looking forward to dancing with you! (251)256-0665 SBDC@protonmail.com www.gulfshoresdance.com

Susan’s Academy of Dance ad on page 43

7966 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526 We have something for everyone this summer! Morning Camps run Monday Thursday from 9am - 12pm for ages 3 - 5 and ages 6 - 12. Themes include Big Bow JoJo, L.O.L, Greatest Show (6-12) and Unique Unicorns (3-5). Mini Camps run Monday - Thursday from 5:30pm - 7:30pm for ages 3-5 and 6-12. Price is $20 per camper. Themes include Glow Dance Party, Fancy Smancy, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, and American Girl. Dance Intensive Camp runs from July 15 - 19, for ages 5 years and up from 9am - 3pm, ($200 per camper).

(251) 626-3835 director@susansacademyofdance.com www.susansacademyofdance.com

Auburn Tigers Girls Gymnastics Camp

703 West Samford Avenue, Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn Gymnastics Camps in Alabama offer an opportunity for gymnasts to receive valuable instruction on the fundamentals of gymnastics while addressing new skills. Visit our website for specific camp details. (334) 844-5047 AUgymcamp@auburn.edu www.abcsportscamps.com/autigers

Bayshore Ballet

305 Fels Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 For more information, or to register please call the number above. (251) 990-9744 trinollinger@gmail.com www.bayshoreballet.com

Coastal Area Dance

21180 US Highway 181, Fairhope, AL 36532 Please call or visit our Facebook page for summer program updates. (251) 554-0399 Coastalareadance@yahoo.com www.coastaldancestudios.com

Flip City

9332 Hard Drive, Foley, AL 36535 2019 Camp dates coming soon! Check our website for more information. (251) 747-0404 flipcityfoley@outlook.com www.flipcityfoley.com

LSU Gymnastics Camp

156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Offering Day and Overnight camps from June 22 June 30, 2019. Visit our website for registration.

(225) 766-7125 flyingtigergymnasticscamp@gmail.com www.lsusports.net/camps

Day Camps Bay Camp ad on page 45

Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 Spring Break Camp April 15-19, 2019. MondayFriday from 7:30am-6:00pm. Summer Camp begins Tuesday, May 28th and runs for 12 weeks. Monday Friday from 7:00am - 6:00pm for ages 5 - 12 years. (251) 752-4897 lisa@easternshorebaycamp.com www.EasternShoreBayCamp.com

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Camp 3Circle South Campus ad on page 23

10274 State Highway 104, Fairhope, AL 36532 June 24 - 28, 2019. (South Campus) Camp 3Circle is a fun-filled week for kids ages 4 years - 4th grade. We incorporate worship, Bible study, sports, and art using it all to point children to God’s great love for them. (251) 990-3112 info@3circlechurch.com www.3circlechurch.com/events

Camp Bayside Summer Day Camp ad on page 24

Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp Bayside will be May 29 - August 2, 2019. Monday - Friday from 7:15am - 6:00pm for ages 5 - 12 years. Registration will be available online. (251) 338-6473 baysidesummercamp@yahoo.com www.baysideacademy.org

Central Christian School Summer Day Camp ad on page 40

17395 Highway 104 West, Robertsdale, AL 36567 Camp begins May 28, 2019 and is Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 5:30pm. Ages 3 years - 6th grade. Registration is $35 and includes a tee shirt for field trips. Camp rates are $110 per week or $25 per day. Activities: Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Field trips, Movies, Water Play, Bible Stories, Outdoor Activities, and Reading Enrichment. Lunch and 2 snacks are provided. (251) 947-5043 lhadley@ccssaints.com www.ccssaints.com

Dauphine Island Summer Day Camps ad on page 70

Dauphin Island Sea Lab , 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Oceans Alive! June 21, July 19 or July 26, 2019. This hands-on adventure from 1:00pm - 4:30pm introduces children ages 5 - 8 years to Alabama’s ocean; BIO Blitz June 14, July 26 or July 31, 2019. This Day-long camp, from 10:00am - 4:00pm, turns campers ages 8 - 10 years into Barrier Island Observers; Survivor: Dauphin Island June 7, June 14, July 5 or July 30, 2019. Campers, ages 10 - 13 years, will learn about Alabama’s fishes, which ones are edible, how to toss a cast net, how to bait a crab trap, how to drag a seine and how to bring in the catch of the day while pier fishing. From 10:00am - 4:00pm. Registration and camp specifics are available online. (251) 861-2141 (Ext. 7515) DHPsummer@disl.org www.disl.org

Fairhope Rotary Youth Club 2019 Summer Enrichment Program ad on page 63

19128 Young Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer programs run June 3 – June 28, 2019.

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First Baptist Church, 300 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Begins Tuesday, May 28th and runs through the summer, 7:30am – 5:30pm daily, with the exception of July 4. Join us in a brand new state of the art children’s building! Open to any child who has completed any grade Kindergarten through 6th grade. Full time (4-5 days a week), Part time (2-3 days per week), and 1 day per week spots are available! Multi-child discounts are available for full time siblings as well. Registration packets available beginning Monday, April 1, in the church office and online at www.fbcfairhope.org. Register in April to receive a discount on registration fee! Field trips, music, arts/crafts, sign language, drama, Bible study, movies, tech days, outdoor play, splash pad visits, and much more. Contact Leigh Nelson, Camp Director at fairhopesdc@gmail.com.

(251) 928-8685 fairhopesdc@gmail.com www.fbcfairhope.org

God’s Living Sea ad on page 27

Jubilee Baptist, 9264 Pleasant Rd, Daphne, AL 36526 Camp Dates: June 17, 2019 - July 18, 2019 for ages 12 months to rising Kindergarten. Camp hours are Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

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GulfQuest ad on page 52

155 Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602 Spring Break Academy is April 15-19, 2019 and is a per day program. Summer camps are week-long sessions. Dates are: June 10-14, June 24-28 and July 8-12, 2019. (251) 436-8901 www.gulfquest.org

Little Crusaders Summer Camp ad on page 33

9023 Lawson Road, Daphne, AL 36526 May 28 - August 2019. Monday Friday 6:30am 6:00pm Ages rising 1st grade - 12 years. Please call or email for registration details. (251) 621-6363 littlecrusadersllc@yahoo.com www.littlecrusaderslearningcenter.com

St. James Episcopal School ad on page 70

860 North Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 New this summer! St. James Summer Day Camp is June 10 - August 2, 2019. Children ages 3 years (potty trained) to rising first graders from 7:30am - 5:30pm or half day option from 9:00am - 1:00pm. Students that do not attend St. James School are also welcome. View the weekly camp schedule and choose which weeks to attend. Camp will be led by a talented and nurturing summer staff. Registration opens March 7. (251) 928-2912 preschooldirector@stjamesfairhope.org www.stjamesprek.org

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City of Foley Environmental Department Explorer Camp

Graham Creek Preserve, Foley, AL 36535 Dates: June 3 - 7, 2019 and June 24 -28, 2019. Times: 8:00am - 12:00pm. Ages Kindergarten - 3rd grade.

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28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL 36526 June 3 - July 25, 2019 from 7:50am – 6:00pm for 10 years and up. (20) Camper Spots Available. 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) 923-4267 envoffice@cityoffoley.org www.grahamcreek preserve.org

City of Foley Environmental Department Pioneer Camp

(251) 625-8955 efgulfcoast@gmail.com www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org

The Organic School ad on page 58

Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, 8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Day Camp June 3 - June 14, 2019 and July 8 - 19, 2019 from 8am -3pm for ages 5 - 10 years. Cost: $125.00 per camper, per week. Arts and Crafts, cooking, yoga, dance, games and fun. (251) 928-9347 marietta.school@mchsi.com www.fairhopeorganicschool.com

We Rock the Spectrum Daphne ad on page 34

1802 A US Highway 98, Daphne, AL 36526 We Rock the Spectrum Daphne Summer Camp will be running for 8 weeks, Monday - Friday, 9am - 1pm for kids ages 4 - 8. Camps will include STEM

activities, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, movement opportunities, structured games and free play in our sensory gym daily! $200/week early bird special when you sign up by March 31! $225/week after March 31. (251) 355-6178 info@werockthespectrumdaphne.com www.werockthespectrumdaphne.com

Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Day

Camp Silvercreek, 16914 County Road 52, Silverhill, AL 36576 June 10-14, 2019 for rising 1st graders - 5th grade. Volunteer opportunities available for older youth. (251) 476-4600 maygen01tierra@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/BaldwinDayCamp/

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Graham Creek Preserve, Foley, AL 36535 Dates: June 10 - 14, 2019. Times: 8:00am - 12:30pm. Ages 4th grade - 8th grade.

(251) 923-4267 envoffice@cityoffoley.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org

City of Gulf Shores Spring Break Camp

Gulf Shores Rec Center, Gulf Shores, AL 36535 Registration opens March 4, 2019. Spring Break camp is April 15, 2019 – April 19, 2019 and runs Monday - Friday from 7:30am – 5:30pm. Camp is for children ages Kindergarten - 6th grade. (251) 968-4420 nard@gulfshoresal.gov www.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t1.wcs

Eastern Shore Academy of Excellence

23946-B US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 Now registering for summer day camp Monday -

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Fairhope Rec Center Summer of Fun

Volanta Park & Municipal Pool, 803 North Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 The City of Fairhope will offer summer activities for children in Fairhope. Camp is held at Volanta Park and the Municipal Pool each day and runs weekly. Please call the Fairhope Rec Center for dates, times and tuition.

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Hogwarts of Fairhope

Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. Field trips, arts/music, science and discovery, swimming and much more! Please call to register. (251) 928-1854easternshoreacademy@gmail.com www.facebook.com/EasternShoreAcademy/

Eastern Shore Kids Kastle

10291B County Road 48, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Day Camp begins May 28, 2019. Monday - Friday from 6am-6pm for ages 6 weeks - 10 years. Like us on Facebook!

Fairhope, AL 36532 July 8 - 19, 2019. Camp is open to children ages 3 years and up with special classes for teen volunteers. We will be following the sixth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

(225) 202-1724 deputyheadmistress@hogwartsoffairhope.com www.hogwartsoffairhope.com

Hot Wheels Skate Center

616 Whispering Pines Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer camp begins May 28, 2019 and runs Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 6:00pm for completed Kindergarten - 6th grade.

(251) 990-5350 eskki@bellsouth.net

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Bay Minette, AL Light of the City provides a free summer day camp program for nearly 200 children in the community. The summer camp meets in June and July on the Douglasville campus, providing participants with a wide variety of programs, field trips and enrichment opportunities. For more information about summer programs, call Barbara Brown. Light of the City offers after school tutoring for K - 8th grades. (251) 421-3381

My Dog & Me Summer Camps

Grand Hotel Fish Camp, 12744 River Creek Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Camp sessions run weekly June 3 - August 2, 2019. Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm for ages 8 - 14 years. Visit our website for camp information, pricing and registration.

(251) 928-3465 CampLife@GrandHotelFishCamp.com www.grandhotelfishcamp.com

Ruff Wilson Youth Center

Ruff Wilson Youth Center, 1317 Johnson Road, Daphne, AL 36526 RWYO camp runs June 3, 2019 - August 2, 2019 from 8am - 5pm. Cost: $250 for the first child. Please call for more information. (251) 621-7171 traciel_brown@live.com

Snook Youth Club Of Foley

1391 South Cedar Street, Foley, AL 36535 Dates: June 3 - August 3, 2019 from 7:30am 5:30pm. Age groups will be 5 - 7 years, 8 - 10 years and 11 - 15 years. (251) 943-1483 snookyouthcluboffoley@gmail.com www.snookyouthclub.weebly.com

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Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road West (Building C), Gulf Shores, AL 36542 May 28 – August 16, 2019. Ages: K-6th grade (we do not accept pre-k). Registration will begin on March 11th and end April 30, 2019. (251) 968-9813 adeckard@gulfshoresal.gov www.gulfshoresal.gov/980/SPARC-Summer-Camp

Wonderland Children’s Museum

151 Van Buren Street, Daphne, AL 36526 June 3, 2019 - August 9, 2019. Different themes each week such as Dinosaur Explorers, Secret Spy, Animal Week, Disney Princes/Knights and more! Ages 18 months-10 years with camps split into 3 separate age groups. Monday-Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm. (251) 586-8811 or (910) 478-7715 kari.noell@wonderlandcm.com www.Wonderlandcm.com

YMCA of South Alabama

Bounds Family YMCA, 8051 Whispering Pines Road, Daphne, AL 36526 May - August 2019. Monday - Friday from 6am 6pm for ages 5-14 years. Please call or email me with questions. (251) 626-0888 ejohnson@ysal.org www.ysal.org

Educational & Misc. Camps Alabama School of Math and Science-

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1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604 Dates: June 3 - 7, 2019 and June 17 - 21, 2019 for

ages 6th grade - 10th grade. Cost if registered by April 1st: $360 (Overnight) or $260 (Day Camp) and includes lunch. Cost for weekend between is an additional fee of $185 and includes trip to waterpark. Camp Registration Deadline is May 1, 2019. Please visit our website for camp descriptions and registration instructions. (251) 441-2100 aims@asma.net www.asms.net

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center ad on page 41

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 have themes like Airbus Flight Academy, 3D Printing, Junior Med Camp, Space Cadets, Astro Tots, Dinosaur Dig, CSI Mobile and More!

Kids Always Kount ad on page 12

26420 Kensington Place, (Ste C), Daphne, AL 36526 Our all day intensive summer camps will run June 3-28 and July 8-26, 2019. Monday through Thursday 8am - 3pm and 8am - 12pm on Fridays. Drop off time begins at & 7:45am and pick up by 3:30pm Monday - Thursday and 12:30pm on Fridays. Extended day options are available Monday - Thursday for extensive reading tutoring from 3pm - 5pm with pick up by 5:30pm. Camps will engage each child in reading skill intervention, written expression, therapeutic art skills, and fine/ gross motor coordination skills using fun themed activities and a wide variety of therapeutic tools and programs including evidence based reading instruction methods, researched developmental hand development/handwriting programs, and research based motor skill development programs. Screenings are required. (251) 517-0355 frontoffice@kidsalwayskount.net www.kidsalwayskount.net

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The Learning Tree

Huntington Learning Center

First Baptist Fairhope, 300 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532 Our Summer Preschool Program runs June 18 July 25, 2019, (Closed the week of July 4th), from 9:00am-12:00pm Tuesday-Thursday for ages 2-5 years. Limited Availability. Contact us today to enroll.

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Jubilee Square Shopping Center, 6880 US-90 (Suite 13), Daphne, AL 36526 As educators, our mission is to give every student the best education possible. As parents, we understand the need for hope in our children’s future. We provide Tutoring, Test Prep, Personalized Attention and proven results. Please call for summer programs. (251) 621-1055 daphneal@hlcmail.com www.huntingtonhelps.com/daphne

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 June 24-28, 2019 from 9:00am - 3:00pm for ages 5 11 years. Registration opens March 1st online. Teens can also apply to be camp counselors. Visit our

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5 – 11 years; June 10–14 Music & Movement Camp for ages 3 – 4 years; June 10–14 Yoga Camp for ages 5 – 11 years; June 17-21 Handwriting Heroes Camp for ages 4 – 8 years; June 17 – 21, 2019 Fit & Fun Camp for ages 5 – 12 years.

(251) 287-0378 info@bluebirdtherapy.com www.bluebirdtherapy.com

Coastal Makers, LLC

Guide website under the events tab for camp registration. (251) 968-5732 info@algulfcoastzoo.org www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com

American Autism & Rehabilitation Center

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center will offer language development, social skills, handwriting and bike riding camps this summer! Please visit our website for dates, times and additional camp information. (251) 210-1632 info@americanautismcenter.com www.AmericanAutismCenter.com

Blue Bird Pediatric Therapy

6157 Airport Boulevard Ste 205 , Mobile, AL 36608 June 3 – 7, 2019 Building Buddies Camp for ages

Spanish Fort, AL 36527 A DIY & art experience specializing in helping you create art with joy and purpose. Learn a new skill and experiment with unique tools and art supplies. All ages are welcome! Please visit our website or Facebook page for events and summer camp dates coming soon.

(251) 455-2909 coastalmakers@gmail.com www.coastalmakers.com

Culinary Dreams, Inc.

Fairhope, AL 36532 Visit our website for 2019 summer camp information to be announced soon! (251) 709-1354 culinarydreamsinc@yahoo.com www.culinarydreamsinc.com

ESL Summer English Camp

Fairhope, AL 36532 July 9-12, July 16-19, July 23-26, 2019. TuesdayFriday from 9:00am - 12:00pm for ages 9 - 13 years. Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Science and Art projects. $150/week with a $50

non-refundable deposit. Contact Benita Stewart for more information. (251) 472-6064 benitastewart@gmail.com

Fairhope Sewing School

11161 John Deere Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 June 3, 2019 - July 31, 2019. Sewing Camps will be divided according to age. Ages 5-7 will be hand sewing. No machine sewing involved. Beginner sewing camps ages, 6 - 8, 9 - 12, and 13 - 17 teach the basics of machine sewing. Each camper will complete an item(s) with skills learned during camp. Theme Camps for students who have gone through FSS school year classes, and those with home sewing experience. 10% discounts for Camp Registration paid by April 30, 2019. Spots are limited and only guaranteed with paid registration. Complete camp information online. (251) 442-4472 fairhopesewingschool@gmail.com www.fairhopesewingschool.com

Fitness with Annabelle

Foley, AL A 2 hour interactive camp where kids learn the fundamentals of fitness and teamwork while playing fun games! For kids ages 10 years - 15 years. Visit our Facebook page for camp dates and registration instructions. (251) 550-9494 asmith.cpt@gmail.com www.facebook.com/asmithcpt

Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp

Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Boulevard (Suite B), Pensacola, FL 32508 Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp runs from June 3 - August 2, 2019. Eight overnight sessions Monday - Friday for ages 4th - 6th grade. Please register online. (850) 453-2389 jrunge@navalaviationmuseum.org www.navalaviationfoundation.org/what-we-do/fadsummer-camp/

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National Flight Academy

Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508 Summer camp sessions run from March August 2019. STEM Adventure Saturdays for grades 3 - 8 runs until May 2019; Cruises program for ages 5th - 12th runs from March 14 - April 16, 2019; Summer Deployment Camp for 7th - 12th grades runs May 26 - August 16. (850) 458-7836 info@nationalflightacademy.com www.nationalflightacademy.com

Junior MedCamp

Mobile Medical Museum, 1664 SpringHill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36604 Five full days of games, experiments, and storytelling, exploring topics such as germs and illness, human anatomy, and how common instruments are used. For ages 6 to 8. Dates: July 8-12. (251) 415-1109 www.mobilemedicalmuseum.org

Pre-Cotillion Program - Manners/ Etiquette Classes

Rock Creek Golf Club, Fairhope, AL 36532 Programs in June and July, 2019. Boys and girls entering 1st - 4th grades in the fall of 2019. Specific dates to be announced soon! (251) 928-4962 ksternenberg@bellsouth.net www.nljc.com/chapter/easternshore

Protocol- Social Etiquette/Table Manners

Daphne Recreation Center, Daphne, AL 36526 A four week course for ladies and gentlemen ages 7 - 17 years. Proper introductions, table settings, use of silverware, posture, dinner conversation, making a toast and the importance of RSVP and thank you notes. (251) 625-3137

Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 See more details under Overnight Camps. (800) 637-7223 www.spacecamp.com

Summer Chess Camp

Daphne East Elementary School, 26651 County Road 13, Daphne, AL 36526 Join us for Chess Camp this summer July 15-18, 2019. Please call for more detailed information. (251) 626-1663

The Blacksmith Experience

Follow us on Facebook for announcements regarding summer camps and classes (412) 926-2253 gogardner@yahoo.com

The Think Tank Tutoring

Baldwin County and Surrounding areas, AL Please call or visit our website for summer programs for individual and group enrichment. (251) 414-4494 or (251) 300-9697 thinktankminds@gmail.com www.TheThinkTankTutoring.com

Top Notch Kids

17853 Samantha Drive, Foley, AL 36535 Camp is Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 6:00pm for ages 4 years and up. (251) 656-0600 crystal@topnotchkids.org www.topnotchkids.squarespace.com

Horseback Riding Camps Fox Run Farm ad on page 20

13370 County Road 3, Fairhope, AL 36532 Dates: June 3 - 7, 2019 and June 10 - 14, 2019, Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Camp is

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Lake Forest Stables

for ages 6 - 12 years. Cost is $295 per week. (251) 209-1394 foxrun251@att.net www.facebook.com/FoxRunEquestrian

Oak Hollow Farm ad on page 66

14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 June 17 - 21, 2019 from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Ages 6 - 14 years. Introduction to horse back riding, giant slide, arts & crafts, archery, fishing and games. Cost is $300 per child. A Non-Refundable deposit of $100 is required at registration. (251) 928-4840 (Ext. 1 or 2) info@oakhollowfarm.net www.oakhollowfarm.net

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(251) 263-0486 www.bluesangelmusic.com

268 Equine Circle, Daphne, AL 36526 Please call for camp dates coming soon. Visit us on Facebook!

Baldwin County Youth Orchestra

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls

Fairhope Avenue Baptist Church, 8717 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 BCYO Camp Dates: June 17 - 21, 2019 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Beginners: For ages 6+, no experience necessary with violins provided. Intermediate and Advanced level strings, Band Ensemble is open to all students with 1 year+ playing experience. Masterclasses in music theory, performance etiquette.

(770) 355-6514 www.lakeforeststables.org

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been teaching students to play instruments for more than ten years, and are proud to continue offering our services in Pensacola and the surrounding area. We offer lessons for guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, piano, voice, drum, hand percussion, lap steel, pedal steel, and resonator.

606 Valley View Ranch Rd, Cloudland, GA 30731 Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! Overnight for 50 girls, ages 8-17; Located on 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.

(706) 862-2231 info@valleyviewranch.com www.valleyviewranch.com

Music/Theater Blues Angel Music ad on page 57

Eastern Shore Centre, 30500 Highway 181, Spanish Fort, AL 36527 At Blues Angel Music’s School of Music, we have

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Center Stage ad on page 20

Fairhope, AL 36532 Calling all student performers - singers, dancers, actors, creative artists - looking for something to do for the ENTIRE summer? Not just one or two weeks? Want something that will fill your time no matter the weather? Center Stage Performance will bring something entirely different to the Eastern Shore this summer! See what all the buzz is about by going to our Facebook and Instagram at Center Stage Performance or our website. You won’t want to miss out on these opportunities! #CenterStageSingers #CenterStageProductionsontheMove #Dare2bAwesome! Contact Erin Harris, Executive Director, for details. (251) 928-1707 www.centerstageperformance.com

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8724 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 Aladdin Kids: June 3-14 from 9am-12pm; Willy Wonka Kids: June 17-28 from 1pm-4pm; Annie Kids: July 8-19 from 9am-12pm; The Jungle Book Kids: July 22-August 2, 2019 from 1pm-4pm. Camps are Monday-Friday for rising 3rd - 12th grade. Space is limited so register today! Visit us on Facebook for updates. (205) 915-7155 nastheatre@gmail.com www.nastheatre.com

Auburn Summer Band Camp

320 W Samford Avenue, Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn Summer Band Camps: Yamaha “Sounds of Summer” Marching Percussion Camp - June 4 - 5. High School Symphonic Camp - June 9-12, Marching Leadership Camp - June 12-15 and Middle School Symphonic and Marching Auxiliary Camps - June 20-22, 2019. (334) 844-4166 etl0001@tigermail.auburn.edu www.band.auburn.edu

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre

Nicholson Center, 1410 Captain O’Neal Drive, Daphne, AL 36526 Session 1: June 3-14 Frozen Jr (3rd - 12th grade); Session 2: June 17-28 Newsies Jr (3rd-12th grade); Session 3: July 8-19 Alice in wonderland Jr. (rising 1st-8th grade); Session 4: July 22-August 2, 2019 High School Musical Jr. (3rd-12th grade) Sessions are Monday - Friday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. (251) 301-2371 easternshorerep@gmail.com www.easternshorerep.org

Fairhope Youth Orchestra & Strings Academy Camps

Fairhope Music, 251 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Camp information coming soon! Call or

visit us on Facebook at Fairhope Music.

(251) 463-6009 or (251) 455-4101 info@fairhopemusic.com www.fairhopemusic.com

Marjorie Searcy Musical Theater Summer Camp

698 Cedar Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 Please visit our website for more camp information coming soon. (251) 509-2150 info@marjoriesearcy.com www.marjorieSearcy.com

(251) 460-6237 www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ music/pianocamp.html

Overnight Camps Alabama School of Math and Science

Musical Beginnings Performing Arts Workshop

Musical Beginnings Baldwin Cty, Daphne, AL 36526 June 3 - 29, 2019 from 8:00am-3:00pm (extended early/late hours available). Ages 10-15 years.

(251) 423-1201 Bgates@musicalbeginningsalabama.com www.MusicalBeginningsAlabama.com

SummerTide Drama Camp South Baldwin Community Theatre

George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 West 2nd Street , Gulf Shores, AL 36542 2019 Sessions: Beginners: June 4th - June 8th, Intermediate: June 11th - 15th, Advanced: June 18th - 22nd. Camps run Tuesday - Saturday from 9am - 12pm. All ages welcome. Young campers must be able to read and take directions. (251) 968-6721 theatre.dance@ua.edu www.sbct.biz/theatre-camp.html

Adventures in Math and Science Summer Camp ad on Inside Front Cover

1255 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604 Dates: June 3 - 7, 2019 and June 17 - 21, 2019 for ages 6th grade - 10th grade. Cost if registered by April 1st: $360 (Overnight) or $260 (Day Camp) and includes lunch. Cost for weekend between is an additional fee of $185 and includes trip to waterpark. Camp Registration Deadline is May 1, 2019. Please visit our website for camp descriptions and registration instructions. (251) 441-2100 aims@asma.net www.asms.net

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University of Alabama Band Camp

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 Visit our Website for camp dates and registration. (205) 348-6068 jhnails@ua.edu www.bands.ua.edu/programs

USA Piano Camp: Bach and the Baroque

University of South Alabama, 307 University Boulevard North, Mobile, AL 36608 We are excited to offer this workshop to pianists

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5278 Camp Ascca Drive, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Summer sessions begin June 30, 2019 with a new session beginning each Sunday. Camp Sessions are Sunday - Friday for ages 7 years and up. Each session is separated by age groups. Visit our website for registration and camp session specifics. (256) 825-9226 amber@campascca.org www.campascca.org

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Guide Camp Beckwith ad on page 59

10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Sr. High Camp (9th-12th Grade): June 2 - 6, 2019; Leaders-in-Training (LIT): June 6 - 7, 2019; Session 1 (6th-8th Grade): June 9 - 14, 2019; Session 2 (3rd-5th Grade): June 16 - 21, 2019; Session 3 (7th-9th Grade): June 23-28, 2019; Special Ministries: June 30 - July 3, 2019; Session 5 (5th & 6th Grade): July 7 - 12, 2019; Session 6 (6th & 7th Grade): July 14-19; Session 7 (3rd & 4th Grade): July 21 - 25, 2019; Family Camp (1st Grade+): July 26 - 28, 2019.

Camp Chandler Tonsmeire ad on page 25

2710 Shelton Beach Road, Mobile, AL 36618 Camp Chandler Tonsmeire is an outdoor education program focused on character and leadership development and curbing summer learning loss. Offering S.T.E.M. activities in a tradition fun day camp programming. Camp Chandler Tonsmeire is a place where kids can be kids and grow. Campers return home with high esteem and confidence gained as a result of mastering new skills overcoming challenges and making new friends. Located on 150 acres in beautiful Mobile, with walking and hiking trails, swimming pool, archery, cooking, field sports, cinematography, canoeing, cooperative games and low ropes, a well-rounded summer experience has been created for campers to enjoy.

(251) 432-1235 Find us on Facebook!

Dauphin Island Summer Residential Camps ad on page 70

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 (251) 928-7844 Barrier Island Explorers: Rising 5th-6th gradrachel@beckwithal.com June 2 - 5, MBP & ESP BB Ad fin.qxp_Layout 1 2/13/19 10:43ers AM Page 1 June 9 - 12 or July 21 - 24, 2019; www.beckwithal.com

Marine DeTECHtives: Rising 6th - 8th grade July 14 - 16, 2019; Gulf Island Journey: Rising 7th - 9th grades June 2 - 7, June 16-21, July 7-12 pr July 21-26, 2019; Bay Voyager: Rising 9th - 12th grade. July 14 - 19, 2019. 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. (251) 861-2141 (Ext. 7515) DHPsummer@disl.org www.disl.org

Marine Science Course ad on page 70

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 June 16 - July 12, 2019. An intense 4-week academic class which introduces high school students to a better understanding of the various fields in marine science. Students live on campus and participate in more than 150 hours of supervised academic activities, take part in lectures, individual and group assignments, laboratory investigations, field projects, oral presentations, and written and practical examinations. This course also offers science credit to students. The cost is $2,250 and the application Deadline is April 2, 2019. Applications are available online. (251) 861-2141 (Ext. 7515) DHPsummer@disl.org www.disl.org

Riverview Camp for Girls ad on page 28

757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 2019 Camps run from May-August. An all girls overnight camp with one and two-week summer sessions for ages 6-16 years. Horse riding, swimming, nature trails, arts and crafts, and much more!

Join us for a new, FREE family-friendly event celebrating expectant moms and families! • Door prizes • Exhibitors • Meet your care team • Guided hospital tours • Rain-or-shine event CHILDREN’S & WOMEN’S HOSPITAL

usahealthsystem.com/baby-expo

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Camp Cosby

2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road, Alpine, AL 35014 Camp Cosby offers a traditional overnight summer camp. Campers stay in air-conditioned cabins with highly-trained camp counselors. Activities include archery, canoeing, horseback riding, water-skiing, arts and crafts. June 2- July 27, 2019 for ages: 6-15 years. (800) 85-COSBY cinfo@campcosby.org www.ymcabham.org/camp-cosby

Camp Dixie

29711 Josephine Drive, Elberta, AL 36530 Camp Dixie is a private, traditional overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 years - 15 years, only 2 hours from Atlanta, Georgia. Offering a wide variety of activities, limited enrollment of 70 campers, and multiple week or weekly sessions. (251) 987-1201 director@campdixieministries.org www.campdixieministries.org

Camp Marannook

10425 Veterans Mem Pkwy, La Fayette, AL 36862 June 2 - 7, 2019 (grades 7 - 9); June 23 - 28, 2019 (grades 1 - 4); June 30 - July 5, 2019 (grades 1 - 4); July 14 - 19, 2019 (grades 5-7); July 21 - 26, 2019 (grades 5-7). Day Camps also offered. Visit our website for registration and prices. (334) 864-7504 marannook@gmail.com www.marannook.org/

Camp Marymount

1318 Fairview Boulevard, Fairview, TN 37062 We offer four sessions ranging from one to three weeks to campers ages 6-16. Our girls’ session dates are June 2nd - June 14th and June 16th - July 5th. Our Boys’ session dates are July 14th July 19th and July 21st - August 2nd.

Camp Smile

(615) 799-0410 Allee@campmarymount.com www.campmarymount.com

Camp Seale Harris

500 Chase Park S, Ste 104, Birmingham, AL 36244 Camp Seale Harris is living well! Hundreds of youth with diabetes come each year to camp for a medically-supervised, fun camp experience and family connection to year-round support that helps them fight diabetes every day. (205) 402-0415 info@campsealeharris.org www.campsealeharris.org

3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, AL 36607 Camp SMILE is a residential camp for individuals with disabilities five to fifty years old and their siblings. Session 1: June 25-29, 2019 - ages 5-9, Session 2: July 2-6, 2019 - ages 22-50, Session 3: July 9-13, 2019 – ages 10-14, Session 4: July 16 - 20, 2019 for ages 15 - 21. Application Deadline: April 1, 2019. (251) 479-4900 campsmile@ucpmobile.org www.campsmilemobile.org

SU M M E R A R T C A M P S ! JUNE/JULY 2019 for Ages 5+ REGISTRATION ONLINE WWW.ESARTCENTER.ORG

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Camp Whispering Pines 7740 Union Street, Citronelle, AL 36522 Veritas Student Camp June 17-21 for grades 6th - 12th; Girls Mission Camp for girls 1st - 6th grade June 24-28; Momentum Kids Camp July 15-18, 2019. For boys and girls in 1st - 6th grade.

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(251) 866-7868 www.campwhisperingpines.com

Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 Day and Overnight camps run from May 27 - August 7, 2019. Visit our website to see a full schedule of camps and age groups.

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Camp Winnataska Camp Stanislaus - Residential Camps

304 S Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 Camp runs weekly from June 9-July 6, 2019. Father and Son Camp July 6-7. A day and resident camp for boys and girls ages 8 - 15 years. (228) 467-9057 camp@ststan.com www.campstanislaus.com

Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Discover everything you never knew you could do. From hiking and paddling to caving and climbing, The Walkabout Experience brings a new adventure every day. Ages 8-16. (423) 267-8506 (Ext. 827) badams@baylorschool.org www.baylorschool.org/summer

260 Winnataska Drive,

Pell City, AL 35218 2019 camps run from June 5 - July 27, 2019. Offering a wide variety of quality camp sessions for boys and girls ages 6-15 years old. Full week sessions and mini-camps.

(205) 640-6741 info@winnataska.org www.winnataska.org

City Hope Youth Camp 2019

Camp Blue Lake, Andalusia, AL 36420 June 4 - 7, 2019 is for kids in 4th - 6th grades and June 10-14, 2019 is for rising 8th graders - graduated seniors. Cost: $300 per camper. Camp Blue Lake is packed with games, worship, and small groups to help campers grow closer to God. (251) 626-0123 cityhope.cc/youth

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

3483 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Al 36608 Our properties host camping and outdoor activities for girls ages 5-17 years. Residential and sail away camp offered during June & July. Girls do not have to be a girl scout to attend. Throughout the year, troops can conquer zip lines and water craft activities, camp in lodges and tents, learn outdoor and survival skills at Kamp Kiwanis in Eclectic or Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle. See our website for how to register. (800) 239-6636 customercare@girlscoutssa.org www.girlscoutssa.org

Kids Camp with City Hope Church

Camp Baldwin, 8749 Baptist Camp Road, Elberta, AL 36530 May 28 - 30, 2019. This overnight camp is hosted at Camp Baldwin for kids who have completed 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade. Please call for details. (251) 626-0123 hello@cityhope.cc www.CityHope.cc/events

Lake Forest Ranch

Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 30731 ACA accredited camp. Offers loads of activities: archery, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, game and more! 1 & 2 week sessions for boys & girls 6 to 14. Season: May 26 - July 26, 2019. (423) 472-6070 alyson@campwoodmont.com www.campwoodmont.com

5326 Lake Forest Road, Macon, MS 39341 Camps run from May 24 - July 31, 2019 for ages 7 - 21 years. Family Escape Camp is August 30 September 2, 2019. Please visit our website for the complete schedule of camp sessions. (662) 726-5052 info@lakeforestranch.com www.lakeforestranch.com

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Lookout Mountain Camp for Boys

277 County Road 632, Mentone, AL 35984 Summer, resident camp for Boys. Oldest continuing camp run by same family since 1928. Staff are never solicited nor accepted from the internet...2, 3, 4, 5, 6 week options available. Please visit our website for dates, times and additional camp information. (256) 634-4758 or (504) 861-1534 www.lookoutmountaincamp.com

Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 Camp sessions begin March and run through August 2019 for ages 9 - 18 years. Visit our website for session options, dates and registration. (800) 637-7223 www.spacecamp.com/sc

Twin Lakes Summer Camp

155 Milner Road , Florence, MS 39073 Week-long overnight camps from June 3 - July 13, 2019 for ages 6 -12. Day camp for ages 5-8 years. L.I.T. program for teens ages 13 - 15 and summer staff opportunities for ages 16 and up. (601) 845-6858 info@twinlakescamp.org www.twinlakescamp.org/

Wyldlife Camp

18115 SE 95th Street Road, Ocklawaha, FL 32179 Mobile Trip - June 1-5, 2019 for 6th-8th grade; $650 Ready for a week you will always remember? Come experience a place filled with fun, adventure, and plenty of surprises. A place where you can enjoy relaxing with your friends. (251) 473-1703 www.mobile.younglife.org

Science & Outdoor Explorer Camps Nature Connect Outdoor Summer Day Camps Daphne and Fairhope, AL Dates: June - August, 2019 for ages 2.5 years - 12 years. Please call or visit our website for more information. (251) 747-7846 info@natureconnectalabama.org www.natureconnectalabama.org

Shining Star Youth Camp

Locations coming soon, AL Please check our website often for Shining Star camp information to be announced. (251) 972-6890

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Sports Camps The Baseball Academy ad on page 27

26032 Capital Drive, Daphne, AL 26526 Hitting/Pitching Camps for Softball and Baseball. Session 1: June 3-7, 2019. Session 2: June 10-14, 2019. Session 3: July 8-12, 2019. Session 4: July 15-19, 2019. Clinics are $150 per person, per session from 9:00am-12:00pm. (251) 725-5640 training@thebaseballacademyllc.com www.facebook.com/thebaseballacademyllc

Auburn University Sports Camps

Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn sports offer official camps and clinics throughout the year. From football and basketball to tennis, you will learn fundamentals of team play,

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Bayside Volleyball Camp

Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, AL 36526 June 24 - 27 and July 22 - 25, 2019 from 8:30am 12pm for girls in 3rd - 8th grade.

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(251) 533-1286 annsch12@yahoo.com www.baysideacademy.org

Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp

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sportsmanship and skills of the sport ...all from Auburn coaches and players. (334) 844-4750 auyouth@auburn.edu www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/auburnyouth programs/summercamps.htm

Bayside Girls & Boys Basketball Camps

Bayside Academy, 303 Dryer Ave, Daphne, AL 36526 Girls camp: June 3-6, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm for Girls in grades 2 - 5. Cost: $100 per person. Contact Brittany Davidson to sign up for Girls camp. Contact Ralph Watson for Boys camp dates and to sign up. (251) 338-6440 bdavidson@baysideacademy.org or rwatson@baysideacademy.org www.baysideacademy.org

locations and dates.

Loxley and Gulf Shores, AL June 3 - 7, 2019 for ages 3 - 12 years at Central Baldwin Middle School located at 24545 Highway 59 Loxley, AL 36551 and June 24 - 28, 2019 for ages 3 - 14 years at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex in Gulf Shores. Please visit our website to register for

(800) 878-2167 rlawrence@challengersports.com www.challengersports.com/summer-camps

Dribble Til You Drop

TBA Fine tune and maintain basketball skills for beginner or seasoned players. For Girls in 3rd - 8th grades. Camp time and place to be announced soon! Call or Email Coach Ali Calloway for more information. Military personnel and first responders will receive a discount. Dates & location TBA. (251) 278-7464 dribbletilyoudrop@gmail.com

Lake Forest Golf Course

1 Golf Terrace, Daphne, AL 36526 Summer golf clinics will be offered with more specific details coming soon. Please call or stop by the golf course to sign up for lessons and clinics. (251) 626-9324 lfproshop@lakeforestpoa.org www.lakeforestdaphne.org

LSU - Athletic Youth Camps

156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Visit the website for specific camp details. (225) 578-8217 www.lsusports.net/camps

Meeks Rydell Volleyball Camps

University of South Alabama, 307 North University Boulevard , Mobile, AL 36688 Team Camp: July 6 - 8, 2019 for Grades 9 - 12, (6 full day sessions); Little Meeksys Camp: July 15 (Grades 4th - 8th from 12:00pm - 5:30pm); All Skills Camp: July 18 -19 (Grades 9 -12, full day); Elite Skills Camp: July 20 or 21 (Grades 9 - 12, full day). (205) 460-7372 Rchilcoat@southalabama.edu meeksrydellvolleyball.com

Nike Junior Golf Camp - University of South Alabama

Magnolia Grove Golf Course, Mobile, AL 36618 Dates: June 23 - June 27, 2019. Ages: 10 - 18 years. Golf instruction, course play and offcourse activities. Day camp and overnight camp offered. (800) 645-3226 www.ussportscamps.com/golf/nike/ nike-junior-golf-camp-university-south-alabama#

Orange Beach Tennis Center

4851 South Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 May 30 - August 1, 2019. Ages 7 - 18 years. Camp sessions run from 8:30am - 9:45am and

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Quail Creek Golf Junior Clinics

19841 Quail Creek Drive, Fairhope, AL 36532 Please call the Pro shop for junior golf instruction.

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Richard Moodie Soccer Camps

University of South Alabama Jaguars Soccer Field, 5950 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608 Summer Day Camp June 3-6, 2019 (Boys and Girls 5-12 years) Times: 9:00am-3:00pm; Collegiate Prospect Residential Camp: June 15-18, 2019 (8th-12th grade); Striker/Keeper Residential Camp: June 17-19 , 2019 (8th-12th grade); Girl’s Residential Team Camp: June 21 - 24, 2019 (8th - 12th). (251) 414-8253 richardmoodiesocceracademy@ gmail.com www.richardmoodiesocceracademy.com/

Rock Creek Golf

140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope?, AL 36532 Call the pro shop about Junior clinics, parentchild lessons, couples lessons, and group lessons. (251) 928-4223 info@rockcreekgolf.com www.rockcreekgolf.com

Timber Creek Golf Course

9650 Timber Creek Boulevard, Daphne, AL 36526 Please call or visit our website for dates and registration instructions. (251) 621-9900 www.golftimbercreek.com

University of Alabama Sports Camps

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

5735 College Parkway, Mobile, AL 36613 Rams Soccer Camps at The University of Mobile offer ¾ day, full day and residential camp options. UM Co-Ed Camp ages 8-18: June 2-5, & July 1417. College Prep Camp (grades 9-12) June 23-25. (251) 442-2396 ramssocceracademy@gmail.com www.ramssoccercamps.com

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City of Orange Beach Jr Lifeguard Academy

Orange Beach Aquatic Center, 4853 Wilson Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Session 1: June 10 - 14, 2019 (Ages 9-11). Session 2: June 24 - 28, 2019 (Ages 12-15). Times: 8:30am– 4:30pm.

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Fairhope Yacht Club Sailing Camp

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10580 County Road 64, Daphne, AL 36526 Please call for program information. (251) 300-0820 richsuhs@aol.com www.swimforswat.com

BMAC Swim School

AL Classes begin Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and run in two week sessions ending the first week of August. Please call for schedules and registration. (251) 458-2628 bmacswim@yahoo.com www.bmacswim.com

City of Fairhope Swim Lessons

Volanta Park & Municipal Pool, US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532 Call or stop by the Rec Center to register. Group or Private Lessons. (251) 990-0175 4 fairhopeswim@gmail.com www.cofairhope.com

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Please call or check our website for dates to be announced.

101 Volanta Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532 2019 Summer Camps Session 1: June 3-14, Session 2: June 17-28, Session 3: July 8-19, and Session 4: July 22-August 2, 2019. Our Bay Buddy program is for 5-7 years.

Facebook page often for updates. Camp is for ages 2 years - 18 years. Come join us for the best summer family experience around. lakeforestswimassociation@gmail.com www.lfswimteam.com

Survival Swim Instruction ISR (Infant Swimming Resource)

Eastern Shore Aquatic Center, 10580 County Road 64, Daphne, AL 36526 Teaching infants and toddlers aquatic self rescue skills from February - September at the Eastern Shore Aquatic Center. Please email Meg Johnson for program information. (407) 497-6469 m.johnson@infantswim.com www.infantswim.com

Wind and Water Learning Center Sailing Camp

26267 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561 Please visit our website for camp information and registration instructions. (251) 424-5909 mevans@orangebeachal.gov www.orangebeachal.gov/facilities/wind-water-learningcenter/about ESP

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Gulf Shores Swim Team

310 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Please call or visit our Facebook page for program information. (251) 968-1427 www.facebook.com/ GulfShoresSwimTeam

Lake Forest Swim Team

202 Country Club Dr, Daphne, AL 36526 Registration is May 4, 2019 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Check our

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A Page in a Book Introducing Young Inventors Inventiveness is one of the most remarkable traits in the very young. A child’s imagination coupled with their unflagging desire to overcome obstacles often leads to craft fanciful problem-solving plans. This ability to think beyond barriers is often because they haven’t yet experienced the world listing reasons why it can’t be done. It’s this kind of fearless thinking, a brave belief that something real can evolve from an idea, that deserves nurturing in children. The following titles celebrate famous inventors and feature how their youthful inquiry led them to create things that changed our world. Every child deserves to know that something is only impossible until someone does it.

Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World

by Elizabeth Rusch, Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez (Candlewick Press) Before he immigrated to the United States, the young Serbian student Nikola Tesla was captivated by energy. Introduced to the notion of electricity by the static sparks generated by stroking his cat’s fur, Nikola’s questions about this invisible energy evolved. From homemade water wheels to insect-powered propellers, he pondered endlessly the ways that that energy could be harnessed and delivered. As the world explored electricity and its uses, young Tesla dove deeper into ways that this energy could be generated and distributed. Facing powerful opposition from conventional thinkers, Nikola spent his life inventing new and better ways that electricity could integrate into our lives. One of the most underappreciated inventors of the modern age, this title is an inspiration to all young thinkers who may encounter naysayers on their path to invention.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace

by Tanya Lee Stone, Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman (Henry Holt / Macmillan) Born to one of the world’s most famous poets and a mother trying to raise an marriageable daughter in the early nineteenth century, Ada’s destiny was pointed anywhere else but invention. Frail health didn’t keep her sharp mind from absorbing music, language, and most especially math. As her mathematical abilities expanded, Ada moved into the social circles of thinkers and inventors, including Charles Babbage, who conceived the Difference Engine, a machine that could theoretically process and solve complex math problems. As he worked with Ada on the idea, she realized that the potential for ‘coding’ expanded far beyond math, and proposed that the process could conceivably produce music, images and all the things that modern computers do today. Recognized as one of the history’s first programmers, Ada Lovelace’s story celebrates her contributions to the world’s most powerful invention - the computer.

Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Electric Guitar

by Kim Tomsic, Illustrated by Brett Helquist (Chronicle Kids) Young Lester loved music class, but couldn’t make sense of the squiggly lines that made music on the page. When his music teachers sent a note home suggesting that he not return for lessons, Lester’s mother tore it up and told her son that he could do anything he put his mind to. Free to explore sound and music on his own terms, Les was encouraged to build and experiment with both. He learned to play the guitar and harmonica by ear, building devices that helped him perform and record along the way. Gaining bigger audiences as his talents and innovations expanded, delivering his guitar sound to the back of the room was his biggest obstacle. Combining his musical knowledge and vibration experiments, Les developed the first solid body guitar. Opening up new vistas for guitar performance and recording, Les Paul’s inventive journey is a sound story worth hearing! Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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How many times have you yelled at your kids to clean up the mess in their bedroom or playroom? Believe it or not, that clutter isn’t just stressing you out because you are annoyed—it is stressing out

the entire family because the sheer existence of clutter is linked to stress and anxiety. In fact, according to a study by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF), the amount of stress family members experience at home is directly proportional to the amount of stuff they and their family have accumulated. Why is this the case and what can we do about it?

Why Clutter Causes Stress It’s no surprise that constantly seeing piles of stuff build up in our home—whether it be papers, toys, loose pictures, laundry, gadgets, etc.—can take a toll on us, but the reasons are more complicated than you would think. Messy homes can leave us feeling anxious, helpless, overwhelmed, embarrassed, ashamed, and/or guilty. Many of us may not even recognize that the clutter is the source of our stress, especially if it’s been part of our environment for so long. Eastern Shore Parents I March 2019

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Clutter causes us to feel stressed because it: * Overstimulates our mind and overloads our senses. * Distracts us. * Constantly signals our brain that we have more work to do. * Makes it very hard for us to relax both physically and mentally. * Creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment when guests come over and see our disorganization. We worry that we will be judged and even ridiculed for the way we live. * Frustrates us when we have trouble finding what we need. According to the American Demographics Society, Americans waste 9 million hours each day searching for misplaced items, and 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late because they lose them. * Stunts creativity and productivity because our brain is overwhelmed by the intruding stimuli in the space where we think and work. A study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute discovered that individuals surrounded by physical clutter in a disorganized environment are less productive and more distracted. Feeling anxious about clutter can cause additional stress-related issues in

our lives such as sleep problems and relationship issues due to arguments with family members about the mess. And if your clutter causes you to lose items and make you late, this can impact school drop-off times, job performance, and finances if your bills are not paid on time. Many American families are overwhelmed by clutter, according to research by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF). During the study, researched visited the homes of 32 families across the country and found that living in a cluttered space can create a subtle, constant sense of stress that impacts mood and self-esteem. Additionally, they discovered that women in the household were more stressed out by the clutter than the rest of the family members. The mothers evaluated had elevated levels of stress hormones while sorting out their possessions to try and get them more organized.

Why Reducing Clutter Helps

All of that stuff taking over your closets, drawers, and counter space starts to send out negative energy throughout your home. Those piles exude chaos, disorder, and confusion, which can stress us out. When we clean up the mess, our overall stress level starts to dissipate and we feel more

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positive energy to help us live a happier, healthier life. According to Joyce Marter, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Founder of Urban Balance, “Our environment is a direct reflection of our internal mental health and vice versa. So, if our home is disorganized our minds may feel scattered as well. Home organization promotes serenity and wellness in your life.� She suggests purging unnecessary items from our home so that we can live more efficiently. When we have less clutter to manage, we save time and are less stressed overall. Professional organizer Angela Betancourt has seen evidence firsthand of mental health benefits as a result of clients decluttering their home. They typically experience less stress and anxiety, more inner peace, a boost in self-confidence, and improved health habits like more restful sleep. In essence, a clutter-free environment allows us to think more clearly, accomplish our tasks more effectively, and rest more calmly. Finally, decluttering tends to help us feel more confident about having guests in our home. We no longer worry about being judged for our mess, relieving us of anxiety, embarrassment, and relationship conflicts.

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How To Get Organized

It may feel overwhelming and intimidating to start tackling your clutter. The more that you have, the more challenging it can be. You may feel stressed even just thinking about getting rid of your belongings because it can muster up a sense of loss or bring up old memories. It’s important to get over that emotional hurdle so that you can start sorting and throwing out items that no longer serve your family. Just keep telling yourself that the process will ultimately lead to less stress! Your goal is to simplify your environment by clearing out items that you no longer need or that no longer bring you joy and to clean up the areas where things tend to get messy and disorganized. There are endless websites, articles, books, professional organizers, and stores that offer amazing tips to help you declutter your space. Find what is most effective for your family, but be careful not to get too overwhelmed by all the options. Here are some organizing tips and tricks to get you started: Make it a family activity. There is no reason that you should get stuck tackling all the clutter in your home. Recruit the whole family and make it fun. Put on some music

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and order some pizza. Consider starting a contest to see who can organize their room the best or collect the most items for charity. Your kids will gain so much from this experience, such as organizational skills and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Set a schedule. By adding decluttering to your calendar, you will prevent it from piling up. Create a routine like the first Sunday of every month or before certain holidays. The end of summer before school starts and during spring break are perfect times to purge. Stop the junk at the door. When you come home from a birthday party or other event with a handful of giveaways, be sure to get rid of what you don’t want or need right away. This is also a great way to handle mail. Recycle unwanted mail before it ends up on your desk or countertop. Return everything to its place. Save yourself clean up time by putting things back where you found them as soon as you are done using them. Invest in organizational products. Keep it simple: file folders for important papers, a To Do basket for items that need to be

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tackled right away, baskets or containers to store loose photographs and kids’ artwork, storage bins for out-of-season clothing, etc. Finally, follow this popular sorting method that most experts suggest: 1. Keep. These are items that you continue to need and use, and that bring joy to your life. 2. Sell. These are items that you want to try and sell online through Craigslist or eBay or at a yard sale. 3. Donate. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure. Give these items to individuals who could use them or donate them to a local charity. 4. Trash. These are unwanted or unused items that are too damaged to be donated or sold immediately. Please recycle if possible. 5. Store. If you really can’t decide what to do, box it up and put a date on it. Look at it again in six months. Store in an attic, extra closet, garage, or offsite storage facility to keep it out of the way. ESP Sandi Schwartz is a freelance writer/blogger and mother of two. She has written extensively about parenting, wellness, and environmental issues. You can find her at www.happysciencemom.com and www.sandischwartz.com.

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Puzzles: Putting It All Together

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Puzzles are the perfect plaything to help the physical and mental growth of young children. Manipulating diverse pieces into a whole image, planned or freeform, is ideal for healthy development. From supporting both fine and gross motor control to fostering shape recognition and problem-solving skills, providing children with puzzles gives them a great start on figuring out how it all fits together. The following products sample puzzles that can help foster child development while boosting their self-esteem with a job well done.

by Gerry Paige Smith

Winding Snail and Elephant Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Fidget Snake Cubes (Ganawo)

With a linear twist on Rubik’s Cube manipulation, Fidget Snake Cubes feature a length of colorful interlocking triangles that fold, rotate and lock into unlimited shapes and configurations. In addition to offering children creative control of the outcomes, the ‘snakes’ satisfy little hands’ need for sensory engagement. Unlike traditional puzzle pieces that are placed and left static, the shapes that emerge from this solid state puzzle are always open to continual adjustment, improvement and change. The set includes three snake cubes in different color schemes. Open-ended, portable and full of potential for endless outcomes, Fidget Snake Cubes put the power of creative puzzle play into the littlest busy hands.

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Following the easily recognized shapes of a snail and elephant, Monilon’s jigsaw puzzles combine the satisfaction of picture puzzle assembly with numerical and alphabetical literacy. Young problem-solvers can choose to build the puzzle with visual cues to its shape or they can use number/letter order to guide the pieces into the proper places. Fifty-two colorful, splinter-free smooth sanded wood pieces ensure easy and safe exploration of the puzzle journey. Whether puzzling solo or with the company of a parent or playmate, this durable puzzle set provides kids with more than one way to put it all together.

Transformer Robot Cube

Pattern Blocks and Boards

From compact cube to action hero, the connected elements of the Transformer Robot Cube twist, turn and rotate to create a figure with a surprising variety of posing and movement options. Ideal for fostering fine motor skills and problem-solving, this anthropomorphic figure is also ready-made for pretend-play scenarios at any time. The bigger challenge is finding the right order of moves to return the robot to its original cube shape, but it doesn’t hinder the entertainment value while kids explore the robot play alternatives. With no scattered pieces to depend on and to keep up, the Transformer Robot Cube is an all-inclusive portable puzzle fun option. It’s a robot! It’s a cube! Get you a puzzle that can do both!

A bright alternative to interlocking puzzles, the Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards creates a more versatile experience in symmetry, patterns and manipulatives. This boxed set features double-sided templates that provide kids with excellent guidance for puzzle building. Using 120 wooden blocks in a broad variety of shapes and colors, kids can create linear patterns, sort blocks by color, count pieces, and more. Reminiscent of tangrams and math manipulatives, the patterns offer challenging guidelines for straight-edge puzzle solving. As kids become familiar with the shapes and how they align, the blocks can become creative elements in a child’s original configurations and designs, expanding the puzzle repertoire for young builders.

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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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FamilyCalendar Friday March 1

Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 42nd Annual Orchid Show 9:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , AL, 36592 Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

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SEEDS Classic Rock 5k & Fun Run 8:00 AM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, AL, 36526 Join us for a morning of family fun to help support Daphne schools and students! www.active.com Coast Riders 9:00 AM Gulf State Park, 20115 AL-135 Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 The City of Gulf Shores invites you to join us at Gulf State Park for Coast Riders. Come and enjoy short, guided family bike rides as we explore our beautiful local trails. www.gulfshoresal.gov/recreationregistration Coast Riders - Cycling (Free) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 All Ages can come and enjoy a short, guided family bike ride as we explore our beautiful local trails. You must bring a helmet and bicycle. Registration is encouraged. You can register in person at the Cultural Center and Bodenhamer Recreation Center or at the link provided. (251) 968-9813 www.gulfshoresal.gov/recreationregistration Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 42nd Annual Orchid Show 9:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , AL, 36592 Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org Ballyhoo Festival 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, 116 East 24th Avenue Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 Kick off festival season with Ballyhoo! This exciting festival event is unique in its

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Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 42nd Annual Orchid Show 9:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , AL, 36592 Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. 251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

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

on 98 to College Avenue; west on College to Sixth Street; north on Sixth to Belrose Avenue; east on Belrose to 98; back north up 98 to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com

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Foley Parade (Free) 12:00 PM West Roosevelt and Alston Foley, AL Starts at West Roosevelt and Alston and travels north on Alston; turns west on 98 (West Laurel Avenue); turns south on Oak Street; turns east on West Roosevelt and ends at Alston. Joy of Life Mardi Gras Parade 12:00 PM Downtown Mobile, Mobile, AL The parade will be on Parade Route A in Downtown Mobile. A Joy of Life King or Queen will be present on each float. Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was formed in 2013 to primarily benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. joyoflifegulfcoast.org Mystic Revelers (Free) 12:00 PM Dobson and West 7th Street Bay Minette, AL Starts at the middle school, at Dobson and West Seventh Street; south on Dobson to West Seventh Street; east on Seventh to McMeans Avenue (Alabama 59); south on McMeans to D’Olive Street; east on D’Olive, through Courthouse Square, to Hoyle Avenue; south on Hoyle to First Street; west on First to the civic center and disband. Celebrate Mardi Gras with Perry Guy 2:00 PM Barnes and Noble, 30500 State Highway 181 Spanish Fort, AL, 36527 We are excited to have local Children’s book author Perry Guy here to celebrate Mardi Gras with us! We will have crafts and beads for the kids and a musical storytime as we read Perry’s book “The Mardi Gras Boat Parade.” Krewe of Mullet Mates (Free) 2:00 PM Mullet Point, Point Clear, AL Mullet Point The entire five-mile route follows Baldwin County Highway 1, starting at Mullet Point Park and traveling southeast to the end of the road, just past Baldwin County Highway 27. www.eschamber.com Mystics of Pleasure (Free) 5:30 PM Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, AL, 36561 A two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182) from west to east. Starting at Wintzell’s Oyster House (24131 Perdido Beach Boulevard) and ending at Alabama 161. Shadow Barons (Free) 6:45 PM Daphne Civic Center, Daphne, AL Starts behind the Daphne Civic Center on Scenic 98; south

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL, 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/ activities/5-rivers-alabama-delta-resource-center Loyal Order of the Firetruck (Free) 2:29 PM Daphne Civic Center, Daphne, AL Starts behind the Daphne Civic Center on Scenic 98; south on 98 to College Avenue; west on College to Sixth Street; north on Sixth to Belrose Avenue; east on Belrose to 98; back north up 98 to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com Krewe du Cirque (Free) 4:00 PM OWA, Foley, AL, 36535

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MoonPies on Main - Mardi Gras Parades 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Gulf Shores, AL, 36561 Get ready for MoonPies on Main! It’s time for our annual Mardi Gras parades at The Wharf. Pile on as much purple, gold, and green as you can stand! The Kid and Pet Parade kicks off at 4pm in front of the Ferris Wheel. Get your krewe down here early and dance to live DJ entertainment. There will be loads of activities for the little ones as well, including a rock climbing wall, face painting, bouncy house, and various live animals. The fun will continue after the first parade, so stick around for the nighttime float parade at 6pm. www.alwharf.com Order of Mystic Magnolias (Free) 6:45 PM Fairhope Civic Center, Fairhope, AL, 36532 Starts at the Fairhope Civic Center on Section Street; south on Section to Fels Avenue; west on Fels to Church Street; north on Church to Fairhope Avenue; east on Fairhope to Bancroft Street; north on Bancroft to Magnolia Avenue; west on Magnolia to Church Street; south on Church to Fels Avenue; east on Fels to Section Street; north on Section to end at the starting point. www.eschamber.com Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society ($7

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, AL, 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,

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Tuesday March 5

5 Rivers StoryTime “Firefly at Stonybrook Farm” (Free) 10:00 AM 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL, 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. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/ activities/5-rivers-alabama-delta-resource-center Fort Morgan Guided Tours (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Gulf Shores Parade (Free) 10:00 AM Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Gulf Shores, AL Starts on Alabama 59 and 16th Avenue (in front of the Winn-Dixie shopping center) and travels south on 59 to Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182); turns east on 182 and ends at First Street. LuLu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade 11:00 AM 200 East 25th Avenue Gulf Shores, AL, 36561 LuLu’s 20th Anniversary Fat Tuesday Celebration! Mardi Gras Boat Parade! Live Music! Birthday Cake! Festive Fun Day! Orange Beach Parade (Free) 2:00 PM Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, AL, 36561 A two-mile stretch of Perdido Beach Boulevard (Alabama 182) from west to east. Starting at Wintzell’s Oyster House (24131 Perdido Beach Boulevard) and ending at Alabama 161.

Wednesday March 6

Clouds and Observe and Explore Day (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Graham Creek Natural Preserve, 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL, 36535 Theme for our March 6th O&E Day will focus on “clouds” . Free fun eco-education activities for children 10 and under. http://grahamcreekpreserve.org

Thursday March 7

Fort Morgan Guided Tours (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Code Club (for kids) 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Every Thursday! Join SFPL for this free weekly club that helps kids aged 8-18 to learn how to code. Made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. This weekly code club is first come, first served and holds 15 students max. Ages are 8 to 18 and participants are asked to bring their own laptop. www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org 2019 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL, 36532 Join us for this free lecture series on Fairhope History! South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River”. www.sbct.biz

Friday March 8

Live at Five Community Concert Series rayson Capps 5:00 PM Halstead Amphitheater, Fairhope, AL, 36532 Join us for the Live at Five Community Concert Series. South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River”. www.sbct.biz The Black Jacket Symphony presents Queen’s a Night at the Opera 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602www.mobilesaenger.com

Saturday March 9

Gator Chase 5k and Fun Run on the Causeway 7:00 AM Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Run the Causeway and support Spanish Fort schools in the Gator Chase. 5K Run and Fun run with activities for the whole family. www.eventbrite.com WWII Living History Day 9:00 AM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, AL, 36528 Come and experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier. The soldiers will be doing drills throughout the day; there will be authentic camping and blacksmithing in the original blacksmith shop. Hosted by: 29th Division US/9th SS WWII Reenactors dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/ Home & Product Show 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US Highway 98 Daphne, AL, 36526 Please join us for the annual Home and Product Show presented by Baldwin County Home Builders Association. Let the experts assist you in your building or remodeling projects with the latest building products and services. 251-928-9927

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FamilyCalendar Orange Beach Festival of Art 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Coastal Arts Center Of Orange Beach, 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 44th Annual juried fine arts festival with 100 fine artists, gourmet culinary artists, music stage and performing arts stage. Kids Art Alley features high quality kids crafts. www.orangebeachal.gov/facilities/art-center/about The Alycat Series visits Fairhope Public Library (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL, 36532 Author Aly of the award-winning The Alycat Series will visit Fairhope Public Library - Youth Services to read and sign her newest book of the series, ALYCAT AND THE FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY! There will be crafts, photo booth opportunities, and a visit from Alycat the mascot! fairhopelibrary.org Luke Combs 7:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheater, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Luke Combs in concert. alwharf.com/amphitheater.php South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River”. www.sbct.biz

Sunday March 10

St. Patrick’s Leprechaun Chase 10K, 5K, and 2 Mile Color Run/Walk 8:00 AM 23035 Highway 59 North Robertsdale, AL,

36567 Race to benefit St. Patrick’s School. www.eventbrite.com Orange Beach Festival of Art (Free admission) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Coastal Arts Center Of Orange , 26389 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 45th Annual juried fine arts festival with 100 fine artists, gourmet culinary artists, music stage and performing arts stage. Kids Art Alley features high quality kids crafts. (251) 981-2787 www.OrangeBeachArtsFestival.com Home & Product Show 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US Highway 98 Daphne, AL, 36526 Please join us for the annual Home and Product Show presented by Baldwin County Home Builders Association. Let the experts assist you in your building or remodeling projects with the latest building products and services. 251-928-9927 Beautiful Beginnings Baby Expo

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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Children’s and Women’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street Mobile, AL, 36604 Join us for a new, FREE family-friendly event celebrating expectant moms and families! Door prizes, Exhibitors, Meet your care team, and Guided hospital tours. usahealthsystem.com/baby-expo

South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River” 2:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River”. www.sbct.biz St. James Concert Series, Echoing Air (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, St. James Episcopal Church, 860 North Section Street Fairhope, AL, 36532 Early music vocal ensemble with baroque instruments. Zac Brown Band: Down the Rabbit Hole Live 7:00 PM The Wharf Amphitheater, 23325 Wharf Lane Orange Beach, AL, 36561 alwharf.com/amphitheater.php Sunday Matinee: “Owl Power” (Free) 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL, 36527www.outdooralabama.com/activities/5-rivers-alabama-delta-resourcecenter

Tuesday March 12

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Calendar 10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Junior League of Mobile Luncheon with Laura Bush 11:30 AM Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Junior League of Mobile will host Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009) at our inaugural Community Luncheon. www.juniorleaguemobile.org/jlm-hosts-laura-bushcommunity-luncheon/ Code Club (for kids) 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Every Thursday! Join SFPL for this free weekly club that helps kids aged 8-18 to learn how to code. Made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. This weekly code club is first come, first served and holds 15 students max. Ages are 8 to 18 and participants are asked to bring their own laptop. www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Leprechaun Ride 6:00 PM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, AL, 36526 Join us in Olde Towne Daphne for the first Leprechaun Ride benefiting Camp Rap-A-Hope. A block party with local food, music and so much more will be held at City Hall after the ride. www.camprapahope.org

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South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River”. www.sbct.biz

Saturday March 16

41st Spring Fever Chase 10K & 2 mile fun run 8:00 AM Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, AL, 36532 Join Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo for the 41st Annual Spring Fever Chase, a 10K and 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk that winds through beautiful downtown Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. www.springfeverchase.com Orange Beach Invasion Car Show 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road

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Story Time with Poppy the Reading Dog 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL, 36532 Every third Saturday of the month, Poppy, a certified reading dog, will be at the library for a whole group story from 10-10:20 followed by a craft and for individual reading sessions of up to 10 minutes. Reservations for individual reading sessions must be made in Youth Services. 251-928-7483 fairhopelibrary.org Water Cycle Explore and Learn Day (Free) 10:00 AM Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL, 36535 Fun eco-education activities for children 10 and under. grahamcreekpreserve.org Twilight Music Festival ($15) 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Halstead Amphitheater, Fairhope, AL, 36532 The music event will feature Skate Mountain Records’ Ross Newell of the Mulligan Brothers (4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and the Red Clay Strays (6 p.m to 8 p.m.) All proceeds benefit the Angel Ride Foundation. South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River” 7:30 PM South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Magnolia or The House at the Head of the River”. www.sbct.biz

Sunday March 17

Orange Beach Invasion Car Show 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Orange Beach Invasion will

make its return to the Alabama Gulf Coast during the month of March. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com 2019 Annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival (Free) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, AL, 36532 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. fairhopeartsandcraftsfestival.com Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris 1:00 PM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, AL, 36603 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! secure.qgiv.com/event/mobwalkforcsh/ 5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet (Free) 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center 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/ activities/5-rivers-alabama-delta-resource-center

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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. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/ activities/5-rivers-alabama-delta-resource-center

Monday March 18

Festival of Flowers 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6701 Airport Boulevard Mobile, AL, 36608 More than just a walk in the park, the 2019 Festival of Flowers is a showcase of the ultimate in floral and garden excellence and creativity. 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. We invite you to celebrate with us! 251-639-2050 www.festivalofflowers.com

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for members and $10 for non-members)

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, AL, 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 19

Baldwin County Career Fair (Free) 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 Job seekers are 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. 5 Rivers StoryTime “In a Nutshell” (Free) 10:00 AM 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL, 36527 The

Thursday March 21

Code Club (for kids) 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Every Thursday! Join SFPL for this free weekly club that helps kids aged 8-18 to learn how to code. Made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. This weekly code club is first come, first served and holds 15 students max. Ages are 8 to 18 and participants are asked to bring their own laptop. www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org

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Festival of Flowers 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6701 Airport Boulevard Mobile, AL, 36608 More than just a walk in the park, the 2019 Festival of Flowers is a showcase of the ultimate in floral and garden excellence and creativity. 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. We invite you to celebrate with us! 251-639-2050 www.festivalofflowers.com Ladies Night Out ($5) 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, John F. Rhodes Civic Center, 301 D’Olive Street Bay Minette, AL, 36507 Ladies Night Out will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 22 at the John F. Rhodes Civic Center. cityofbayminette.org Get Wild: Family Camping 6:00 PM Mo’s Landing, 18068 Fort Morgan Road Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 Sleep under the stars at our beautiful waterfront lagoon park. 251-968-9813 www.gulfshoresal.gov Mobile Opera presents “Il Tabarro” 8:00 PM the Temple, 351 St. Francis Street Mobile, AL, 36602 The Cloak is the dark drama of Puccini’s trilogy that includes Gianni Schicchi (2016) and Suor Angelica (2017). Sonorous music sets the stage for suspicion, jealousy and murder as only the master, Puccini, can. 251-432-6772 www.mobileopera.org

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5th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off 9:00 AM Cathedral Square, Mobile, AL, 36602 Come join us for the 5th year of this wonderful Cajun Cookin’ festival benefitting the Child Advocacy Center. Enjoy tasting delicious eats from 20+ competitive teams, live music, cold drinks, games, giveaways, and a great time. Each Ticket includes a tasting of more than 20 dishes. www.cacmobile.org Festival of Flowers 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6701 Airport Boulevard Mobile, AL, 36608 More than just a walk in the park, the 2019 Festival of Flowers is a showcase of the ultimate in floral and garden excellence and creativity. 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. We invite you to celebrate with us! 251-639-2050 www.festivalofflowers.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Hippity hoppity hooray! The Easter Bunny will return to The Wharf during the month of March and April for keepsake photos. Young or old, everyone loves a photographic memento to look back upon through the years. We will have live, fuzzy bunnies around to hold in front of the camera, if you choose! Wear your Easter finest and come on down to really swing into Spring with us! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com City Rhythm Big Band 7:00 PM Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive Loxley, AL, 36551 Put on a string of Pearls, take the “A” Train, and get in the mood for night of MUSIC and Dancing! 251-964-7733 Mobile Ballet presents “The Little Mermaid” 7:30 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, AL, 36602 The Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Anderson’s magical tale is re-imagined into a dazzling ballet with original choreography from Katia Garza and powerful score by Antonin Dvorak. Mobile Ballet is excited to share this spellbinding new production journeying from the human realm to a mystical underwater world - sure to entrance all ages. 251-342-2241 mobileballet.org 42nd Azalea Trail Run Downtown Mobile, Mobile, AL, 36602 Mobile’s Azalea Trail Run will celebrate 42 years of running the streets of Mobile at its blooming best - join us! www.pcpacers.org

Sunday March 24

Festival of Flowers 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Providence Hospital Campus, 6701 Airport Boulevard Mobile, AL, 36608 More than just a walk in the park, the 2019 Festival of Flowers is a showcase of the ultimate in floral and garden excellence and creativity. 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. We invite you to celebrate with us! 251-639-2050 www.festivalofflowers.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Hippity hoppity hooray! The Easter Bunny will return to The Wharf during

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the month of March and April for keepsake photos. Young or old, everyone loves a photographic memento to look back upon through the years. We will have live, fuzzy bunnies around to hold in front of the camera, if you choose! Wear your Easter finest and come on down to really swing into Spring with us! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Mobile Ballet presents “The Little Mermaid” 2:30 PM Mobile Civic Center , 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, AL, 36602 The Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Anderson’s magical tale is re-imagined into a dazzling ballet with original choreography from Katia Garza and powerful score by Antonin Dvorak. Mobile Ballet is excited to share this spellbinding new production journeying from the human realm to a mystical underwater world - sure to entrance all ages. 251-342-2241 mobileballet.org Mobile Opera presents “Il Tabarro” 2:30 PM the Temple, 351 St. Francis Street Mobile, AL, 36602 The Cloak is the dark drama of Puccini’s trilogy that includes Gianni Schicchi (2016) and Suor Angelica (2017). Sonorous music sets the stage for suspicion, jealousy and murder as only the master, Puccini, can. 251-432-6772 www.mobileopera.org Sunday Matinee: “The Civilian Conservation Corps” (Free) 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL, 36527 www.outdooralabama.com/activities/5-riversalabama-delta-resource-center

Tuesday March 26

Fort Morgan Guided Tours (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org IMPACT Youth Theatre presents ”The Jungle Book” Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 IMPACT Youth Theater, a local theater group comprised primarily of homeschooled children in Baldwin County ages 3-18, announces their Spring performance, “The Jungle Book”. The performance will be held at the Daphne Civic Center, March 26, 2019 at 10:00am and 6:30pm. Admission is free and donations are welcomed. Concessions will be available during the evening performance. For more information, please email impacttheaterreservations@gmail.com.

Services grant. This weekly code club is first come, first served and holds 15 students max. Ages are 8 to 18 and participants are asked to bring their own laptop. www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org Music at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. Red Clays concert. www.gulfshoresal.gov Little Black Dress 6:30 PM Fort Whiting, 1630 South Broad Street Mobile, AL, 36605 Little Black Dress, presented by Gulf States Engineering and McDonald’s, 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. Paired with the runway show, the cocktail party will feature Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants with exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings. www.rmhcmobile.org

Friday March 29

Colonial Day at Fort of Colonial Mobile (Free) 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Fort of Colonial Mobile, 150 South Royal Street Mobile, AL, 36602 See what life was like in Colonial Mobile at this educational event. 251-301-0270 www.historymuseumofmobile.com/ programs-events 2019 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream getaway setup is just waiting around the corner! Take in a fashion show, instructional seminar, or find a cozy spot on the lawn and jam to a collection of live bands during this 3-day blockbuster event 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Under the Stars - Hosted by Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL, 36532 We will have live music performed by the amazing Blue Denim Band, great food, dancing, and both silent and live auctions! www.baldwincountycac.org

Saturday March 30

Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

2019 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk 8:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, AL, 36603 Honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty! www.eventbrite.com

Code Club (for kids) 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Every Thursday! Join SFPL for this free weekly club that helps kids aged 8-18 to learn how to code. Made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library

Original German Sausage Festival 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Elberta Town Park, 13052 Main Street Elberta, AL, 36530 Festival fans can enjoy Elberta’s famous German sausage and sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children, and 250 arts & crafts booths. There will also be carnival rides and a full-scale Midway.

Thursday March 28

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2019 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream getaway setup is just waiting around the corner! Take in a fashion show, instructional seminar, or find a cozy spot on the lawn and jam to a collection of live bands during this 3-day blockbuster event 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com American Cancer Society Chili Cookoff 11:00 AM Mardi Gras Park, 104 South Royal Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Join us at the American Cancer Society 30th Annual Chili Cook-for a spectacular, funfilled day of food, fun and entertainment! www.mobile.org/event/american-cancer-society-chilicook-off/17997/ Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Hippity hoppity hooray!

The Easter Bunny will return to The Wharf during the month of March and April for keepsake photos. Young or old, everyone loves a photographic memento to look back upon through the years. We will have live, fuzzy bunnies around to hold in front of the camera, if you choose! Wear your Easter finest and come on down to really swing into Spring with us! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Fairhope Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Cookoff 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street Mobile, AL, 36532 March 30th, 2019 the Fairhope VFD will be having our 3rd annual BBQ Cook-off at the Fairhope Civic Center. There will be food, drinks, family fun, and the event will end that evening with a concert by the Velcro Pygmies. Mobile Symphony presents “Carmina Burana� 7:30 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 At the beginning of the 1930s, Orff produced a number of arrangements of early music. His researches in this area led to the creation of Carmina Burana. The texts come from a collection of earthy lyrics, discovered in a Bavarian monastery and dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It contains some 200 drinking songs and love lyrics. Orff saw in it the ideal vehicle to express basic human emotions. www.mobilesymphony.org

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2019 Wharf Boat & Yacht Show 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 With over $150 million in boats and marine products on display, your next dream getaway setup is just waiting around the corner! Take in a fashion show, instructional seminar, or find a cozy spot on the lawn and jam to a collection of live bands during this 3-day blockbuster event 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Hippity hoppity hooray! The Easter Bunny will return to The Wharf during the month of March and April for keepsake photos. Young or old, everyone loves a photographic memento to look back upon through the years. We will have live, fuzzy bunnies around to hold in front of the camera, if you choose! Wear your Easter finest and come on down to really swing into Spring with us! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Croquet & Cocktails: American Cancer Society 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard Point Clear, AL, 36564 A great event with a croquet tournament, silent auction, live band, cocktails, cuisine and an honoree presentation. www.croquetandcocktails.org Springhill Medical Center Hello Baby Family & Baby Expo 1:00 PM Holiday Inn Mobile, 3630 Springhill Memorial Drive South Mobile, AL, 36608 Expectant mothers, soon-to-be parents, new parents, and expanding families are invited to attend the Springhill Medical

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FamilyCalendar Center Hello Baby Family & Baby Expo. Join us for a fun day to discover new products and services for your baby or your family. Also, there will be OB/ GYNs, Pediatricians, and numerous vendors set up with educational materials on immunizations, keeping baby safe & healthy, and parenting tips. Physicians and our own experts from The Birthing Suites at Springhill will be making presentations throughout the day that feature best practices for taking care of your baby.Register for several baby-helpful gifts to be given out to attendees during the event and a grand prize. 251-460-5440 Mobile Symphony presents “Carmina Burana” 2:30 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 At the beginning of the 1930s, Orff produced a number of arrangements of early music. His researches in this area led to the creation of Carmina Burana. The texts come from a collection of earthy lyrics, discovered in a Bavarian monastery and dating from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It contains some 200 drinking songs and love lyrics. Orff saw in it the ideal vehicle to express basic human emotions. www.mobilesymphony.org Spotlight Talent Showcase Murphy High School, 100 South Carlen Street Mobile, AL, 36606 Be a part of the free SPOTLIGHT Talent Showcase. First-prize winners in each age division will be awarded a cash prize for an arts program at their school and perform at the 2019 Distinguished Young Women National Finals! Open to and 1-12 grader in Mobile and Baldwin County. Any talent is welcome and there will be awards for Individuals and groups.There will be two showcases on March 31st: 2pm for 1-6 graders and 6pm for 7-12 graders. www.GulfCoastSpotlight.com

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7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Hot Wheels Skating Rink, 616 Whispering Pines Road Daphne, AL, 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 April 2

Fort Morgan Guided Tours (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org

Wednesday April 3

2019 K-12 Science and Technology Open House 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government Street Mobile, AL, 36602 The NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), invites middle school teachers and students to participate in a one-of-a-kind STEM experience on April 3, 2019, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. The open house will include full access to the Exploreum including IMAX presentations and hands-on science demonstrations.

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Earth Day - Learn and Explore (Free) 10:00 AM Graham Creek Nature Preserve, 23030 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL, 36535 Fun eco-education activities for children 10 and under. grahamcreekpreserve.org

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Ronnie Milsap Concert 7:30 AM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Ronnie Milsap Concert. www.mobilesaenger.com Gulf Coast Children’s Book Festival 9:00 AM The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North Mobile, AL, 36608 The Gulf Coast Children’s Book Festival will offer author signings, illustrator workshops, storyteller stages, entertainment stages, educational/informational exhibits, costumed book characters, book sales, a picnic area and more. www.bgcsouthal.org/bookfestival.html Fort Morgan Guided Tours (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org

Code Club (for kids) 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Spanish Fort Library, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard spanish Fort, AL, 36527 Every Thursday! Join SFPL for this free weekly club that helps kids aged 8-18 to learn how to code. Made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. This weekly code club is first come, first served and holds 15 students max. Ages are 8 to 18 and participants are asked to bring their own laptop. www.spanishfortpubliclibrary.org 2019 Lecture Series on Fairhope History 6:00 PM Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL, 36532 Join us for this free lecture series on Fairhope History! Music at Meyer Park 6:00 PM Meyer Park, 400 East 22nd Avenue Gulf Shores, AL, 36542 These annual springtime concerts have become a fan favorite for locals and visitors alike. Grayson Capps concert. www.gulfshoresal.gov

2019 Infirmary Health Duathlon 8:00 AM Mobile Infirmary, 5 Mobile Infirmary Circle Mobile, AL, 36607 Infirmary Health Duathlon race. infirmaryduathlon.racesonline.com 26th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , AL, 36582bellingrath.org Keep Daphne Beautiful Day 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Mobile, AL, 36526 Save the date for spring cleaning made easy! April 6, 2019 from 8am - 12pm at Daphne City Hall. Free & convenient services for the residents of the City of Daphne to spruce up your life & to help Keep Daphne Beautiful! Document Shredding • Expired Drugs • Tires • Electronics • Used Books • Thrift Store Donations • Vehicle Fluids • Car Batteries • Household Hazardous Waste 251-620-2100 Dauphin Island Discovery Day (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, AL, 36528 Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on. Visitors will learn about the coastal ecosystem we live in and why it’s important to conserve our precious and unique environment. You will also be able to tour the Research Vessel Alabama Discovery. 251-861-2141 www.disl.org Stapleton Bluegrass Festival ($10 for adults, $5 for

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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Stapleton School, 35480 Harriot Avenue Stapleton, AL, 36578 Bluegrass festival with music, food trucks, family friendly activities and more. northbaldwinchamber.com Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Hippity hoppity hooray! The Easter Bunny will return to The Wharf during the month of March and April for keepsake photos. Young or old, everyone loves a photographic memento to look back upon through the years. We will have live, fuzzy bunnies around to hold in front of the camera, if you choose! Wear your Easter finest and come on down to really swing into Spring with us! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com

Friday April 5

First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope, AL, 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. City Stage Performance presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.” Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 City Stage Performance presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.” www.centerstageperformance.com

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Marshall Tucker Band 7:30 AM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 www.mobilesaenger.com

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City Stage Performance presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.” Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 City Stage Performance presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.” www.centerstageperformance.com Kids Win Fishing Tournament ($25) The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Bait those hooks, reel em’ in, bring your fish

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Calendar to the scales and have tons of fun! Children from 3 to 12 will compete in two age groups. Every kid is a winner and will have the chance to collect tons of prizes and trophies. 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Magnolia Run Jesse’s Restaurant, 14770 Oak Street Magnolia Springs, AL, 36555 The Magnolia Run is a 5K Run, 5K Race/ Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run that welcomes more than 250 participants and takes place in Magnolia Springs down a beautiful scenic route with majestic oak branch canopies overhanging the road, lovely azaleas, flowering plants and historic homes. www.southbaldwinchamber.com/magnolia-run

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Photos with the Easter Bunny 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL, 36561 Hippity hoppity hooray! The Easter Bunny will return to The Wharf during the month of March and April for keepsake photos. Young or old, everyone loves a photographic memento to look back upon through the years. We will have live, fuzzy bunnies around to hold in front of the camera, if you choose! Wear your Easter finest and come on down to really swing into Spring with us! 251-224-1000 www.alwharf.com Hope Grows Here 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM, 1047 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL, 36532 A farmer’s market brunch locally sourced from Baldwin County growers and producers. Benefits USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic in Fairhope. www.usahealthsystem.com/events/hope-grows-here City Stage Performance presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.” Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 City Stage Performance presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr.” www.centerstageperformance.com

Monday April 8

Willie Nelson and Family 7:00 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Willie Nelson and Family concert. www.mobilesaenger.com

Tuesday April 9

Fort Morgan Guided Tours (Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00)

10:00 AM Fort Morgan, 110 AL-180 Gulf Shores, AL, 36543 Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. 251-540-7127 www.fort-morgan.org Fairhope Elementary and Fairhope Intermediate To Host Family Night and Auction 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 408 North Section Street Fairhope, AL, 36532 The event, held at Fairhope Elementary School, will include a food truck courtyard, an inflatable obstacle course, choral performances, a silent auction and a chance to win 20 park hopper tickets to Disney World. To pre-order food truck meals or bid on silent auction items online, please visit bidpal.com/onefairhope. 251-928-8400

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City Stage Performance presents “Madagascar, A Musical Theatre Adventure, Jr.” Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 City Stage Performance presents “Madagascar, A Musical Theatre Adventure, Jr.” www.centerstageperformance.com

Saturday April 13

Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 8:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore , AL, 36528 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. www.bellingrath.org Easter Bunny at the Welcome Center 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Welcome Center, 20 North Section Street Fairhope, AL, 36532 The bunny will be in front of the Fairhope Welcome Center in downtown Fairhope from 10 a.m. until noon for children to visit. Parents may bring their cameras to take pictures. 251-929-1466 City Stage Performance presents “Madagascar, A Musical Theatre Adventure, Jr.” Daphne Civic Center, 2603 US-98 Daphne, AL, 36526 City Stage Performance presents “Madagascar, A Musical Theatre Adventure, Jr.” www.centerstageperformance.com

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.

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:

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.

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

Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills” - Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne.

Classes/Support 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. Bridge Support Group A place where parents with similar experiences come together to share stories, advice and love. These families have had babies who: were stillborn, born with a lethal anomaly (such as Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, skeletal dysplasia, anencephaly) or had a baby that only lived in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our families are from all over the Gulf Coast and all have beautiful stories to tell. Meets 1st Tuesday of every month, 5:30pmuntil. Dinner is served. 1st floor conference room of Strada Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Contact: Rene Sprague RN, MSN rgilstrapsprague@health. southalabama.edu, 251-610-5264. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call for info at 251928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/ celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Family Center’s Positive Parenting Classes are held on Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30 am and

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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The Lego Movie 2

Isn’t It Romantic?

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: A Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A Everything isn’t awesome anymore. Lego Duplo invaders have been attacking the Lego world for five years, destroying all attempts at rebuilding. Giving up in despair, the citizens finally stop trying, harden themselves, and rename their community Apocalypseburg. But for Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt), awesomeness is a state of mind. Emmet remains relentlessly upbeat, focusing on the good things in life like his friend Lucy (voiced by Elizabeth Banks) and his brand new house. Even when he tries to assume a brooding attitude, his cheerfulness keeps breaking through. Until the aliens return. This time their ship destroys Emmet’s home and seizes Lucy and some other friends – and it’s partly Emmet’s fault. Torn apart by grief and guilt, Emmet builds a spaceship and launches himself into outer space, determined to turn himself into the kind of strong, tough guy who is capable of rescuing his friends. And then he meets Rex Dangervest, who is the kind of guy Emmet wants to be. “You need to be a master breaker”, Rex tells the master builder and encourages him to tap into his dark feelings to make that transformation. Can Emmet change? Should he? Parents will be happy to have their youngsters exposed to messages about having a positive attitude, remaining hopeful in hard times, working together, being open to different perspectives, and – here’s the motherlode – getting along with siblings. Best of all, this production delivers all of these uplifting messages without profanity, vulgar jokes or potty humor. There is a fair bit of Lego violence but none of it is scary and, obviously, it isn’t gory either.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: B Sexual Content: BProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: CNatalie (Rebel Wilson) hates romantic comedies. She complains to her friends, Josh (Adam Devine) and Whitney (Betty Gilpin) about the clichés found in the genre – the gay best friend who doesn’t have a job, the female office nemesis, the iconic stopping-the-wedding scene. Natalie looks at her life - small apartment, lonely social calendar, and a job where she is overlooked and undervalued – and decrees that rom-coms are deceptive fantasies. Then everything changes. Natalie is concussed after a subway mugging and wakes up in a different world. Her apartment is large and full of shoes, her terse neighbor, Donny (Brandon Scott Jones) has morphed into her gay sidekick, Whitney is trying to destroy her career, and she is being determinedly pursued by handsome billionaire Blake (Liam Hemsworth). The only thing that feels familiar is Josh – until he has a meet-cute with swimsuit model Isabella. Panicking in this unfamiliar universe, Natalie frantically tries to figure out how to get back to her own reality. Isn’t It Romantic? covers familiar ground but it does so with a pronounced wink to the audience. The song and dance numbers, the overthe-top dinner dates, the kiss in the rain – all the quintessential rom-com elements are here but are presented tongue in cheek. What viewers are likely to complain about is the production’s excessive use of profanity. A feel good movie like this doesn’t need the almost four dozen curses, terms of deity and crude words. And it doesn’t need the vulgar sexual innuendo. These negative content issues are particularly disappointing because they spoil a film that is otherwise a great product for teens.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Fighting with My Family

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: AViolence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: A How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World continues the saga of the people of Berk, whose lives are so bound up with dragons that they have turned their community into a sanctuary for the creatures they rescue from captivity. All is well under the leadership of their young chief, Hiccup, until dragon-hungry warlords band together and hire the infamous hunter, Grimmel, to kill Hiccup’s sidekick. His dragon is special: Toothless is a night fury, the alpha whose rule is acknowledged by all other dragons. With Toothless dead, his subjects will be disorganized and easier to capture. After some frightening encounters with Grimmel, Hiccup decides that the only way to keep the dragons safe is to go on a quest for a mythical land he heard about from his late father, Stoick. The Hidden Kingdom is the rumored ancestral home of the dragons and is a place where they can be safely separated from violent, greedy humans. Hiccup and his friend Astrid persuade the Berkians to make the journey. But then a female night fury turns up and Toothless falls in love. As it usually does, love makes everything more complicated. The only potential area of concern for parents is violence, of which there is a significant amount. But the action is heavily sanitized, without any blood, gore, or visible suffering. It is a highly entertaining film, with a good mixture of action and humor, plus has numerous positive messages that parents will want their kids to absorb.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+; Violence: B Sexual Content: B Profanity: C; Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ Fighting with My Family is the touching true story of WWE wrestler Saraya “Paige” Bevis, a young girl from Norwich who dreams of competing at the highest levels of professional wrestling. With help from her father Ricky (Nick Frost), a local wrestling promoter, and mother Julia (Lena Headey), a wrestler herself, Paige and her brother Zack (Jack Lowden) struggle to succeed in the taxing world of wrestling. When the WWE holds tryouts nearby, both Paige and Zack are invited to attend. However, when only Paige is chosen to proceed, Zack takes it hard. Will Paige be able to put aside her brother’s ill feelings and complete the training? And will she be able to see past her own struggles to get the championship belt she has dreamed about for so long? This movie has a very My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Creed vibe, with all of the quirky family fun of the former and the competitive sport tradition of the latter. As the title suggests, family is very much at the center of this film, and Paige’s friends and relatives have more than enough personality to make the whole movie shine. Individuals are witty but still realistically flawed, making for a really appealing cast of characters. Ricky and Coach Hutch Morgan (Vince Vaughn) stood out for me as some of the funniest characters in the script, but both characters are convincingly complex and have shadows in their past. And Stephen Merchant’s smart, snappy dialogue adds zest to the entire production. The great thing about the movie is that you don’t have to know anything about the WWE to have a fun time. Content concerns are surprisingly minimal. The film’s PG-13 rating is appropriate: okay for teens, not suitable for children.

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