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Volume 10 Number 5

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6 Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

8 Living With Children John Rosemond

STEM for Preschoolers Ideas for science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities to try at home.

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Halloween for Tweens and Teens Find teen approved games for hosting a fabulous party!

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44 Dave Says Dave Ramsey

48 Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

62 Get This!

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Fall Festivities and Halloween Fun

Our guide to all things “fall” in and around the community.

10 Skills to Know By Age 10

Important tasks to teach as they move towards independence.

64 A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

70 Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

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old), son of Kristen Clark and Byron Baker. Proud grandparents are Larry and Nita Clark and Rudolph and Katherine Baker. Khristian enjoys watching Paw Patrol with his parents, and wrestling and watching Animal Planet with dad. He likes to exercise with his grandmother.

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School Bits 72

Family Calendar 84

Movie Reviews

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Publisher’sNote The October issue is always exciting because it is the month we get to officially transition into the fall season. There is so much that I love about this season...like the milder weather, putting on my favorite pair of worn out boots, buying pumpkins in all different shapes, colors and sizes and, of course, my daughter’s Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Maple Frosting! Oh, how yummy these treats are! She made a batch for school last night and it had our whole house smelling like fall. I am definitely ready to pull out my boots and shop for pumpkins now! This season also brings with it a variety of fairs, festivals, pumpkin patches and other events for families to enjoy together. So much so that we have dedicated an entire section of the magazine to these types of events. The Fall Festival Guide on page 52 is a great place to start planning your fall family outings and possibly even start some new traditions. Don’t stop there though. Make sure you also flip over to the Family Calendar for even more local events. One of our fall family traditions is to gather at my in-law’s house for dinner and trickor-treating on October 31. Anytime we all get together it is a lot of fun, but now that some of the kids in the group are getting too old for trick or treating, it may be time to introduce some new activities to the evening. If you are in the same position, you will definitely want to check out Pam Molnar’s article Ten Halloween Party Games for Teens and Tweens. She has some really interesting ideas to kick off your party planning. Fair warning though, some are a bit gross (which means the kids will probably love it)! If you have younger children looking for activities you will find some fun and educational ideas in Sarah Lyons article, STEM for Preschoolers: Activities to Try at Home. While these are not particularly fall or Halloween activities, you could easily modify some of them to fit right in to your festivities. I really like the idea of children working in the kitchen. You could use these activities to help prepare the treats for your next party. Having children help in the kitchen is not only a great STEM activity, but also great life training. In her article, 10 things to Learn Before Age 10, Sarah continues to provide us with activities we can do with our younger children to help build important life long skills. I want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Special Needs Expo last month. We had more than 400 people attend the event! Attendees were able to visit with a variety of exhibitors who provide products or services to families with special needs children. We truly appreciate each vendor that supported the expo. We received several comments from families on how much they appreciated you all being there. A special thank you goes out to our sponsors--Infirmary Health, Thomas Hospital, North Baldwin Infirmary, High Hopes for Autism and Palmers Toyota. Now go put on your boots, grab your calendars and have a Happy Fall, Y’all!

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

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids Q. I get very frustrated with my children when they don’t obey me, even down to the simplest of instructions, and end up yelling. How does a parent stop yelling at her kids? A: Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking this very pertinent and timely question. Yelling is commonplace among today’s parents (as opposed to 60-plus years ago); therefore, almost everyone reading this column will benefit from it. And yes, that is a guarantee. If the reader does not benefit, then he or she only engaged in rote decoding of alphabetic symbols. Parental yelling occurs for two reasons, depending on the type of parent in question. As regards the sort of parents who read my column on a regular basis—parents, that is, who love their children unconditionally and want to be the best parents they can be—yelling occurs because they tolerate misbehavior. Tolerant parents repeat themselves, threaten, bluster and otherwise work themselves into a state of frustration that eventually expresses itself in yelling. Intolerant parents do none of that. They are mean. A parent who

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qualifies as mean does not yell. Said parent is virtually unflappable, which is to say cool, calm, and collected. From a child’s perspective, a parent (or teacher) is mean if the child discovers that the parent says precisely what he means and means precisely what he says. No means no. It does not mean maybe. “I (parent) want you (child) to do thus and so” means the child is going to do it. It does not mean anything short of that. Mean parents do not negotiate, backtrack, equivocate or blow smoke. They do not threaten or give second chances. For example, if a mean parent tells a child to go straighten and clean his room and the child pushes back or fails to perform the task properly, mean parent might go clean the child’s room himself and then ground the child to the home for two weeks with early bedtime. Mean parent in this example gave the instruction once. The child had one chance to either obey or disobey. In the latter, mean parent did not repeat, complain, berate, bluster, give a second chance, threaten, jump up and down while flapping his arms, or

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yell. He was calmly intolerant; therefore, he did not yell. I have polled hundreds of audiences on the issue of yelling and discovered that the percentage of parents who frequently yell has at least tripled in the last fifty years or so. The percentage of children who do habitually disobey at first instruction has risen accordingly. During that time, the nature of the child has not changed. The increase in yelling is due to parents of two generations ago being generally more intolerant of misbehavior. Their intolerance expressed itself in several ways, including that they did not repeat themselves, did not give reasons and explanations, replied with “because I said so” if asked for a reason or explanation, and used consequences that instilled permanent memories. The payoff to children who grew up with these intolerant, mean parents was rarely if ever being yelled at. Sorry to disappoint, but if you yell at your children, you do so not because they are strongwilled or argumentative or can’t take no for an answer. You yell at your children because you are weak-willed, accept invitations to argue, and can’t say no and mean it. Stop trying to change your children. Change you. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Spina Bifida Awareness Football Game

2017 Festival of Flavor

The 6th Annual Festival of Flavor is set to take place on Saturday, October 7 in the streets of Old Towne Foley. You don’t want to miss this tasting extravaganza! Local chefs will be competing for their ticket into the World Food Championships. Restaurants will be dishing up samples of some of their tastiest menu items and food trucks will be on site for those with bigger appetites. Don’t be worried about missing the big games! You can catch the action on the big screen in the Game Day area. The kids can keep busy as the build masterpieces in a giant sand box or the family can play a fun game of yard Yahtzee! Admission to the event is free. Tasting tickets can be purchase on site or pre-purchased online at AlabamaFestivalofFlavor.com.

The 4th Annual Spina Bifida Awareness Football Game will be held at Fairhope Stadium on Friday, October 13th at W.C. Majors Field. Any family whose child has a disability and would like to come prior and hang out with the Fairhope Pirates is invited! Please RSVP to Brett Horne at bhorne@bcbe.org if you want special access and family connections. Fairhope High School along with the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama provides fun, food, and entertainment for this event! We will have a raffle fundraiser to raise funds for Alabama families in need!

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Closet Factory Donates Custom Closet to Under His Wings Home

Illusionist Bill Blagg is coming to Mobile’s Saenger Theatre on Sunday, October 22nd at 7 p.m. for one show only! Bill has been hailed by critics across the country for his unique style of mind-blowing magic and illusion. Bill is widely regarded for his unconventional style of magic which doesn’t involve cliché tricks with playing cards or birds. Instead Bill prefers to thrill his audiences with his incredible feats such as instantly teleporting across theatres and squishing his body to just 5 inches tall! Tickets are on sale now but disappearing fast! To purchase tickets please visit the Saenger Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

Closet Factory Gulf Coast was honored to donate a custom master closet and laundry room storage to the new Under His Wings home in August 2017. Under His Wings, a Christian Home of Hope for girls, was founded in June of 2013 with the goal of helping struggling young girls under the age of 19 find refuge and renewal, while working on restoring their relationship with God. They offer counseling for the child and family, educational support, and the opportunity to feel safe in a loving, home-like environment. The project was made possible by Truland Homes. For more information on Under His Wings, visit www.underhiswings.org.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Presents Two New Attractions

On September 23, celebrate the opening of the Gulf Coast Exploreum’s newest exhibit Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! This immersive exhibit environment takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend The Man with the Yellow Hat. Visitors can operate wheels to help George climb a building, sort and weigh fruits and vegetables at the produce stand, use science skills to putt a hole of mini golf, climb the rocket from George's space adventure, build a whirligig in the country, and visit the Museum within the Museum. This fall, the Exploreum will also premier their new IMAX movie “Dream Big – Engineering Our World”. This new IMAX movie is the first film of its kind, and celebrates the human ingenuity behind the world’s greatest engineering marvels, inspiring kids and adults to marvel at the “big” creations around the planet and watch them come alive before their eyes. For more information, visit www.exploreum.com, or call 251.208.6893. Eastern Shore Parents I October 2017

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The Annual Greater Gulf State Fair to Feature an All-Star Cast of Heroes

The Greater Gulf State Fair will run from Oct. 27 - Nov. 5. This year’s theme— Calling all heroes…from everyday heroes to superheroes—pays tribute to the fantasy of superheroes adored by both youth and adults, as well as the real-life heroes that live among us daily. The Marvel Heroes Unite experience features the Marvel team, consisting of Thor, Loki, Iron Man, Black Widow and Captain America. The heroes will perform 30-minute shows twice a day on November 4th and 5th, followed by a 2-hour meet and greet after each show. Daily fair entertainment includes the All Star Stunt Dogs, a team of animals rescued from pounds that have been trained to perform. Other activities include camel rides, and a kid’s tractor pull. Heroes within our community will also be honored during the fair as we pay tribute to the six individuals who were recognized during the “Heroes Among Us” campaign spearheaded by The Grounds, in collaboration with iHeart Media. To purchase tickets, patrons can visit Walgreens or the Greater Gulf State Fair ticket office at The Grounds. For additional information visit www. thegroundsmobile.com.

Mobile Buddy Walk® Encourages Participants to Take Strides for People with Down Syndrome

The 10th Annual Mobile Buddy Walk® will take place at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile on October 21, at 10:00 a.m. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The National Buddy Walk® Program welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. The Mobile Buddy Walk will feature live music, food, Disney princesses, games, petting zoo, clowns and face painting to name a few of the activities. To learn more, visit www.ds-stride.org/dssmbuddywalk, or contact Cathy Ogarek at Down Syndrome Society of Mobile (888) 454-0317 or dssmbuddywalk@gmail.com. Visit www.ndss.org to view more info on Buddy Walks.

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5th Annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run

USA Children's & Women's Hospital is excited to announce our 5th Annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run taking place on Friday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at USA Moulton Tower. Thanks to you, we've raised over $135,000 to support our Pediatric Emergency Department and have established a premiere fall event for families! To register visit http://www.usahealthsystem.com/trick-or-trot.

Junior League of Mobile’s BluePass Available Now!

Looking to shop for the latest fashion trends, pamper yourself, dine out and furnish your home? Or maybe just get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping? Now is the time! Buy your Junior League of Mobile BluePass for $30 and save 20% at over 250 merchants in Mobile and Baldwin counties! Plus, you'll be helping a service organization that reinvests in our local community. Some exclusions apply. Visit the website, JLMBluePass.org to purchase your pass now and see a full list of merchants and their exclusions.

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Fairhope HS Senior Named DYW of Baldwin County

Madilyn Warner was named the Distinguished Young Woman for Baldwin County. She is a senior at Fairhope High School and plans to attend Auburn University to earn a Master’s Degree in Education. For her talent, she performed a self-penned dramatic monologue. Along with the title, Madilyn won a $1,500 tuition scholarship, $200 gift certificate to Anthony’s, $100 gift certificate for Rachel Lindell Photography and $50 from M&F Casuals. Rounding out the top five include Michelle Roca, McGill Toolen High, first runner-up; Abigail Mills, Daphne High, second runner-up; Elizabeth Smith, Robertsdale High, third runner-up; and Claire Dunagan, Daphne High, fourth runner-up. Daphne High School’s Autumn Ford was presented the Bob & Sue Stanley Spirit Award. Madilyn will now represent Baldwin County at the Alabama DYW program, set for January 19-20 in Montgomery. Distinguished Young Women of Alabama is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. College scholarships are awarded at the state level ($42,500 last year) and millions in college-granted scholarships are available ($1.1 billion nationally). One representative will advance to the national program in Mobile, where they give away $125,000 in cash tuition scholarships. Each preliminary winner received an additional cash tuition scholarship payable to the school of their choice. Preliminary winners included: Interview: Madilyn Warner; Scholastics: Claire Dunagan; Fitness: Abigail Mills and Michelle Roca; Talent: Abigail Mills and Michelle Roca; Self-Expression: Madilyn Warner and Abigail Mills; Be Your Best Self Essay: Elizabeth Smith Program; Ad Sales: Sydney Stewart, Baldwin County Virtual School; and Ticket Sales: Elizabeth Smith. In addition, several contestants received scholarship grants from individual colleges and universities including the University of Mobile and Spring Hill College.

5th Annual EFGC Golf Tournament

The Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast invites you to join them for the 5th Annual EFGC Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Friday, October 27 at The Lakewood Club. Shotgun start is at 12 noon. Price to participate is $150 per player or $450 for 4 person teams. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds from the tournament provide the necessary funds to ensure that the Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast participants are able to gather daily for social activities, field trips, Special Olympic team sports, arts and more. For more information visit www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org call 251-625-8955.

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Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride

Motorcycles will gather for the Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Event at Oak Hollow in beautiful Fairhope. During the past 16 years the Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride has assisted over 900 times to children with special medical needs not covered by insurance. The event will kick off on Friday, October 27th with gates opening at 4:00 p.m. There will be music, good food and a silent auction. Camp grounds open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. Saturday, gates open at 10:00 a.m. The ride will begin at 2:30 p.m. As the bikers arrive back at Oak Hollow “Wavelength Band” will perform from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. “ The Rockhouse Band” will open for Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri. For more information visit www.angel-ride.org.

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The fourth annual Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off on Thursday, November 9 to benefit the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music and barbecue at Moe’s Barbeque located at 701 Springhill Avenue. Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m., with live music from local favorite cover band, The Bearded Spoon. Guests are encouraged to wear their best pair of cowboy boots and enjoy s’mores, hayrides, and bonfires. Tickets are $40. For more information, visit http://give.childrensal.org/barnbash.

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NICU Reunion Reunites Babies and Caregivers

Hundreds of babies, toddlers, teens and their parents are expected to gather at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street in Mobile, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 to reunite with the men and women who helped them thrive in the days after they were born too soon. The 28th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion draws a crowd of more than 500 to the hospital’s courtyard for a fall festivalthemed community event featuring games, entertainment, Azalea Trail Maids and popular children's characters. NICU graduates are babies who were born premature, underweight or ill, and were treated in the NICU at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. All graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and their families are invited to come and spend an afternoon reuniting with their former caregivers and fellow NICU families in the courtyard. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

Get up close with the most curious little monkey, Curious George, and follow his lead, engaging in math, science and engineering activities modeled after his own adventures.

Including meet and greet with Curious George, birthday party packages, special events, storytimes, and more! Curious George television series merchandise © Universal Studios. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved.

located at 65 government st. • Mobile, AL 36602 • 251-208-6893 • www.exploreum.com The Gulf Coast Exploreum is grateful to its presenting sponsors Mobile County, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, Austal, Delaney Foundation, Dee and Jim Gambill, Moses Foundation, Mobile Area Water and Sewer and Thompson Engineering, who partnered with us to bring this exhibit to Mobile.

2017 Polo at the Point

The 2017 Polo at the Point, hosted by Point Clear Charities, and presented by Mercedes Benz of Mobile and Grand Hotel Marriott, is scheduled for Sunday, October 15 at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear. The Gulf Coast’s premier charity sporting event has designated Thomas Hospital and Mitchell Cancer Institute as its main beneficiaries. Event highlights include world-class polo, gourmet cuisine, champagne, divot stomping, tailgating fun, reserved seating, garden party attire in the luncheon tent, hat parade, Mercedes Drawn Down, Silent Auction, SEC sports center, evening Player’s Party and much more. Tickets range from $10 (tailgate) to $150 (luncheon). Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information visit our Facebook page or call 251 928-9704. 15

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I Think I Have a Spider Bite Hey guys! School is in full swing and there are lots of illnesses going around. Today I want to talk about a common misconception about your child’s health. Almost every day, I see a patient who claims they have a spider bite. Luckily, spider bites are exceedingly rare. The most common explanation of a swollen, red area that’s tender on the skin is a skin infection. One of the more frequent culprits is a bacteria named Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as “staph,” that is carried on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. It’s estimated that between 30-60% of all people have “staph” on their skin. But the real problem is the emergence of a “staph” bacteria that is resistant to penicillin based antibiotics, called MRSA. Current studies show that somewhere between 10-50% of all people have this MRSA on their skin and in their nose and this is scary business. It’s important to differentiate between hospital acquired MRSA and community acquired MRSA (or CA-MRSA). The hospital acquired type is very aggressive and occurs in people recently hospitalized, in nursing homes, and/or healthcare workers. The CAMRSA can occur in anyone! The CA-MRSA can be very aggressive as well, but mainly

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causes skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage. The most common ways of spreading CA-MRSA occurs in people that have a close contact with someone who has a history of boils or abscesses and amongst athletes who share equipment. Those with a weakened immune system are at a greater risk of having invasive disease as well. I have only seen one actual spider bite in my pediatric career; however, I have seen thousands of MRSA infections! We now routinely see 5-10 cases per week and sometimes 4-6 cases per day during the spring and summer! Let’s talk about some ways to protect your child and family. You can protect yourself from infections by practicing good hygiene (i.e., keeping your hands clean by washing with soap and water and showering after working out); covering any open skin area such as abrasions or cuts with a clean dry bandage; avoiding sharing personal items such as towels or razors; using a barrier (e.g., clothing or a towel) between your skin and shared workout equipment; and wiping surfaces of equipment before and after use (example—in the locker room and

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weight room at school). While lots of schools and businesses have closed to “clean them up“, as soon as the kids come back with the bacteria on their skin or in their nose, the risk of spread returns. So what can you do? Definitely see your healthcare provider for any red, swollen bug bites or scratches to be evaluated for infection. While rare, MRSA has been known to cause very serious infections in otherwise healthy kids, including blood infections and pneumonia. And yes, they can be treated with non-penicillin based antibiotics and creams, although most need to be drained and cultured to see what antibiotics will work best for your child. And yes, it can re-occur. There is no way to eradicate the MRSA bacteria once you have it, but common sense and good hygiene can go a long way. MRSA is here to stay in our area! So be very vigilant with your child in terms of bug bites and scratches and seek medical care if worried. Is it a spider bite? Most likely not, but your doctor can help you decide! 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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BCHS Students Hard at Work

Baldwin County High School students were hard at work on their first week of school. Here, sophomore students in Judy Bridges' Power Block class brainstorm on group projects. Meanwhile, students in her physics class work on Physics Survival Skills activities.

Second Graders with their New Chromebooks at Elsanor School Mrs. Brackin's second graders at Elsanor School are enjoying learning how to use the new Chromebooks that they received.

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Students Perform “Casey at the Bat” at Bay Minette Elementary

Fourth and fifth graders at Bay Minette Elementary School analyzed the poem, “Casey at the Bat” during library time and then performed the Reader’s Theater of the timeless work by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Students were then invited to read the numerous library books about America’s favorite pastime. Pictured l-r: Students in Renee Morrison’s fourth grade who performed are Emelyn Lambeth, Antwan Sledge, Caleb Christmas, and Lane Milstead.

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The 2017-2018 SFHS French Club has reached record enrollment of 212 students! The French Club meets the last Friday of each month in the library at 7:15 a.m. They also take an annual field trip to the Mobile International Festival and a field trip to New Orleans in the spring. This year they are planning to host a movie night and "boules" tournament.

Rockwell Elementary Collects Supplies for School Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Lots of love for Texas from Rockwell Elementary School! Mrs. Hotard’s class at Rockwell Elementary School collected supplies and gift cards to help students in Mrs. Schramme’s 4th grade class at Lemm Elementary School in Spring, Texas. Lemm Elementary School was flooded by the rains of Hurricane Harvey and these students are attending classes at their local high school. Eastern Shore Parents I October 2017

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Bayshore Christian School to Host Christian College Fair

You are invited to attend Bayshore Christian School’s Christian College Fair on Monday, October 9 at 6 p.m. in their gym. Prospective college students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from 21 Christian colleges and universities. You will be able to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general, and other information pertinent to the college selection process. This is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of each college’s values and what they have to offer to prospective college bound students. Admission representatives will be present from the following schools: Belhaven University, Covenant College, Hillsdale College, Huntingdon College, Judson College, Mississippi College, New Saint Andrews College, Samford University, Spring Hill College, Union University, University of Mobile, & William Carey University. School Liaisons will be present from the following schools: Berry College, Boyce College, Geneva College, Gordon College, Liberty University, Moody College, Regent University, Taylor University, & Wheaton College.

Orange Beach Elementary Collects Items for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Orange Beach Elementary School recently conducted a school-wide OBES Marlin Supply Drive for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Supplies were picked up Friday 9/8/17 and

scheduled to be shipped to Texas the following week. OBES was able to collect many supplies for the drive. Specifically: diapers, baby wipes, and bottled waters were collected for those in need in Texas for the OBES Marlin Supply Drive.

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Orange Beach Elementary School Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Pre-K -2nd Grade, Front Row (left to right): Jeanne Monroe Moss, Grace Grissom, Tinsley Vail, Eva Prince, Sinclair Spriggs. Back Row (left to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Logan Jackson, Alexa Havrilla, Ashton Barnidge, Luiz Duarte, James Hawkins, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative). 3rd-6th Grade, Front Row (left to right): Sutton Rambo, Dustin Opperud, Mattison West, Ava Coburn, Madison Ivie, Ella Price. Back Row (left to right): Mr. Moss (Principal), Xander Nelson, Nelson Moseley, Sanders Semiklose, Tripp Carter, Cooper Sanders, Charles Murray Reed, Jason Jackson (Kiwanis Representative).

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Bayshore Christian School Student Art to be Featured at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Last spring, Vicky Nix Cook, a community art liaison for Bayshore Christian School asked the school’s Art Department to participate in a local school art display for USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Vicky brought a large canvas to the school and the only instructions were to use the color sea foam green and an ocean theme. BCS senior, Anna Thornton, eagerly took the project under her wing. She chose an octopus subject matter, laid out the composition, and decided on a color scheme complementary to the sea foam. Anna began working on the painting in May, using acrylics as her medium. She met with BCS Art Instructor Carson Baker several times over the summer to work on her painting. Her amazing octopus was completed in August, just in time for the beginning of school. The painting is currently on display in the school office. In a few weeks, it will be delivered to the hospital. Anna has been invited to attend a special reception for all of the participating artists. Our hope is that the Anna's wonderful artistic talent and her octopus painting will be a happy blessing to everyone visiting the hospital.

Spanish Fort HS Student Named National Merit Semifinalist Congratulations to Rachael Smith, Class of 2017 early graduate, for qualifying as a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. As a semifinalist, Rachael will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring.

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Navigators Homeschoolers Visit Fairhope Police Department

The Navigators Homeschool Group had an exciting and educational experience at the Fairhope Police Department. Sergeant Craig Sawyer told the students all about the history of the station, the features of the vehicles, the security in the jail and the criminal booking process. He also gave the kids many safety tips, as well as stickers, pencils and informational workbooks.

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Two Bayside Academy Student-Athletes Named to Top 10 of AL.com’s Volleyball A-List

Two Bayside seniors—Brantley Rhodes and Ansleigh Dailey— have been named to AL.com’s Volleyball A-List, which ranks top senior volleyball players in the state of Alabama. Bayside is the only school to have two players among the top 10 on the list. Ranked second on the AL.com A-List, Brantley Rhodes is a six-foot-tall outside hitter who has played volleyball for the Admirals since fall 2013. Ranked ninth on the AL.com A-List, Ansleigh Dailey is a 5-foot, 7-inch tall setter who has played on the Admirals volleyball team since fall 2014. Under the direction of Coach Ann Schilling, the Lady Admirals have won the past 15 consecutive State championships and have won a total of 22 State championships and 1,388 wins. “Both these girls are great assets to our team,” said Coach Schilling, who described Ansleigh Dailey as “incredibly court savvy and the best setter in the state.” When speaking of Brantley Rhodes, Coach Schilling said, “She provides a lot of pop with her swing.”

Robertsdale Class Enjoys Center Time

Robertsdale Elementary's special needs students in Christina Ardoin's class enjoyed center time using Avenger heroes!

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BMES Teachers Compete for Most Creative Doors

Pine Grove Elementary Summer Readers Recognized

Bay Minette Elementary School fourth grade teacher, Adrienne Boeschen, was the first winner of a door decorating contest this year. Each month, a teacher will be selected to win a twentyfive dollar Wal-mart gift card, courtesy of Mr. Craig, for having the most creative door. The doors will be highly inclusive of academic standards, Leader In Me habits, and student interaction. Let the competition begin! L-r: Assistant principal, Matthew Craig, presents Adrienne Boeschen with a $25 gift card for her “Pac Man” door that reinforces the Leader In Me principles.

Pine Grove Elementary School students recognized the students who completed their summer reading log. They include Merisa Norred, Thorneal Robinson, Braylin Kleinatland, Jayna Cross, Lynsie Edington and Kaitlyn Stevens.

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Local Teacher-Author Wins Award

Local author and BCBE teacher Rocky Porch Moore’s southern gothic horror novel “Clemenceau’s Daughters” takes Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT bestsellers and celebrities. Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (“Bruce Almighty”), Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”), and Eriq La Salle (“E.R.”, “Coming to America”). "When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers' Favorite."--Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "Clemenceau's Daughters" by Rocky Porch Moore won the Honorable Mention in the Fiction - General category. You can learn more about Rocky Porch Moore and "Clemenceau's Daughters" at https:// readersfavorite.com/book-review/clemenceausdaughters where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages. 25

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Bayside Academy IS Students Donate More Than $2556 to Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Bayside Academy’s Intermediate School students (grades 3–6) collected $2556.31 in spare change for Red Cross Houston-area relief efforts. Students in 5th grade raised the highest dollar amount–$907.16–and celebrated their accomplishment with a Popsicle party. Other grade-level totals were as follows: 3rd grade: $356.46; 4th grade: $474.46; 6th grade: $818.23. “These students have shown that seemingly small gestures–such as collecting spare change–can make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Intermediate School Division Head Kelly Hughes. The students’ fundraising initiative aligns with Bayside’s core values: leadership, responsibility, community, respect, integrity and excellence.

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Robertsdale Elementary kindergarten students in Amanda Jeffery's class practice writing their names using a mixed media of glue and glitter!

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Working Hard at Bay Minette Intermediate

Bay Minette Intermediate School students pictured in their second week of the new school year already working hard together. Photo l-r: Jamar Johnson, Olivia Karras, and Traziya Harvey in Mrs. Garrett’s fourth grade are working together on identifying the main idea and supporting details in a text.

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Autauga County Schools FVFD Explorers Place in 4

of 7 Events at Helena Fire Explorer Competition

Receiving 3rd Place - in “Last Resort” A simulation of rescuing a victim from a building containing obstacles, then exiting through a window to safety. The “victim” weighs roughly 130 pounds. Receiving 3rd Place - in “Bunker Gear Relay” which is an obstacle course with Explorers beginning in regular clothes, dressing into fire gear, running a course with multiple heavy and technical evolutions, pulling a 150-pound victim to safety. Then, tagging the next teammate. Time stops when the 4th person completes the course. Receiving 2nd Place - in “Communications”. An Explorer team of 4 is split into 2 man groups and placed in separate rooms. One group has a pre-constructed model built from an erector set. Teams must communicate over radios describing the model and team members in the separate room must assemble the model from the instructions they are given by their teammates. Receiving 1st Place - in “Bottle Brigade”. This is an obstacle course simulating moving equipment and firefighters through a collapsed structure. This includes an area, which simulates loose attic wires that can cause firefighters to become entangled while escaping a real situation. Teammates must work together to remove each member, their gear and equipment from the structure safely. Amazing Job Explorers!! Thank you to the Fairhope Volunteer Firefighters in coaching and training our Explorers. Top row left to right: Bryan Bossard (Trainer), Chase Bozeman (Trainer), Wesley Kelly, Logan Schoenrock, Tanner King, Jason Nedoroscik, Cyrus Gould, Andon Kingry, Jason Canarela (Trainer). Bottom row, left to right: Zack Robinson, Tucker Weinberg, Grayson Johnson, and Coleman McKenzie.

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Wade Long, Bayside Academy Upper School history teacher and history department chair, recently received the 2017 Yale Educator Award. This award, sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions, recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Students entering the Yale Class of 2021 were asked to nominate outstanding educators who have deeply impacted their lives. Mr. Long was nominated for the award by Bayside alumnus Trent Kannegieter ’17 and was selected as a winner by a committee in Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Yale Educator Recognition Program acknowledges outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 411 nominees, who represent 42 U.S. states and 24 countries, 58 teachers and 30 counselors were selected to receive the award. The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like the recipients of the 2017 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend college. Undergraduates at Yale come from all 50 states and more than 70 foreign countries. Yale is a top research university with an emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education. “The Bayside community is incredibly proud of Mr. Long and his achievement,” said Head of School Michael Papa. “Mr. Long epitomizes excellence in teaching and encourages students to reach their full potential.”

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Christ the King 5th Graders Attend Blue Mass

Christ the King Catholic School 5th grade students attended the annual Blue Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, September 11. The Blue Mass is celebrated each year to pray for the safety of all involved in public safety and to honor all who protect us as First Responders - fire, law enforcement, and medical personnel, and to give thanks for all those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

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GSES Candy Scramble 2017

The Gulf Shores Elementary School library hosted its annual Candy Scramble on September 1, celebrating 141 of the GSES summer readers who met their summer reading goal. The event was sponsored by the GSES PTO, GSES Dolphin Dads, and Roberts Brothers, Inc. Additional thanks to Breeze Reprographics for creating and donating the banner. Pictured L to R: Mike Reynolds (Roberts Brothers, Inc.), Jason Stephenson (Dolphin Dads), Valerie Matthews (PTO), Amy Hiller (GSES Principal), Alison Smith (Roberts Brothers, Inc.), Nicky Gotschall (PTO), Daphne Goodman (PTO), Michelle Bennett (GSES Librarian), Arthur Robertson (Dolphin Dads).

Bay Minette Students Enjoy Reading Camping Books

BMES students are "falling for reading" as we enjoy the cooler autumn weather. Fourth grade students in Sharon Bell’s class love the reading tent and books about camping. Pictured l-r: Lloyd Christen and Jamison Bogan are ready for a campout.

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Bayside Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for 2017-2018 School Year

Pictured L to R: Jen Fisher, Director of Student Support Services; Taylor Houser, Advancement Director; Troy Brown, Strength & Conditioning Instructor, Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, Assistant 7th/8th Grade Football Coach; Lori Foster, Upper School Math Instructor; Tommy Walker, Upper School Math/ACCE (grades 7-12) Instructor, Varsity Baseball Head Coach; Claire Zhang, Upper School Math/ACCE (grades 7-12) Instructor; Gene Montgomery, Upper School History Instructor; Kristin Neely, 2nd Grade Instructor; Nathan Shadix, Music Education & Band Director; Gavin Chinal, Maintenance; Sara Powell, Administrative Assistant. Not pictured: Tanya Best, 3rd Grade Instructor & Cheer Coach; Cristina Green, Early Childhood Center Assistant, Lower School Counselor, ESL & Spanish Instructor; Kristy Johnson-Snell '95, Upper School Part-time Art/ Photography Instructor & Volleyball Coach for grades 2-6; Beau Ray, Upper School English/ACCE (grades 7-12) Instructor, 7th/8th Grade Baseball Head Coach, 7th/8th Grade Football Head Coach; Bill Rowan, Part-time Faculty, Video Production Class/Admiral TV; Catt Sirten, Part-time Faculty, Video Production Class/Admiral TV.

Bayshore Christian Proud of 3 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Over 1.6 million high school juniors entered into the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT in October 2016, which served as an initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Bayshore Christian School is proud to announce that 3 of their students were chosen as Semifinalists: Grayson Cash, Madison Cash, and Eliza Colbert. These 3 students consistently attended testing practice sessions at BCS. Out of the 16,000 Semifinalists, approximately 15,000 students will be selected as National Merit Finalists and will receive a college scholarship! We are so proud of our 3 National Merit Semifinalists!

JOURNEY FOR A LIFETIME To learn more about pre-k–12 education at Bayshore call 251-929-0011 or visit BayshoreChristian.org.

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Autauga County Schools Bayside Lower School Students

Collect Supplies for Harvey Victims Bayside Academy’s Lower School students (grades PK–2) collected two vanloads of diapers and pet supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. HOODS Discount Home Center in Foley spearheaded donation efforts. On September 6 Bayside’s items were dropped at HOODS before being transferred to an 18-wheeler that transported donations to the Houston area. “Bayside’s core values include community, responsibility and leadership,” said Head of School Michael Papa. “I am so proud of these young students and their families for living these core values and for showing Texans such strong support in this time of crisis.”

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GSMS Sweet Potato Cook-Off

Congratulations to the Gulf Shores Middle School Sweet Potato Cook-Off Winners! The first place winner was Taylor Bailey with her Sweet Potato Cupcake, the second place winner was Dylan Powell with his Sweet Potato Pound Cake, and the third place winner was Shyla Jennings with her Supreme Sweet Potato Muffins. Pictured, Left to Right: Taylor Bailey, Dylan Powell, Shyla Jennings.

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Fairhope HS Sweet Potato Cooking Contest Winners

Congratulations to the Fairhope High School Sweet Potato Cooking Contest winners. Maya Thomas (pictured left) won first place with Healthy Sweet Potato Skins. Jasmine Blankenship (pictured right) won 2nd place with chocolate sweet potato brownies. Both will represent FHS at the Baldwin County Fair. Thomas and Blankenship are students of Dianne Bernasconi, FACS instructor.

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Fairhope High School FCCLA Community Service

FCCLA kicked off their first community service project. We are decorating and stuffing lunch bags that are being shipped to Texas by Celebration Church. Together the club will prepare 100 food bags with loving messages written on the bags. The Fairhope High School FCCLA, in conjunction with Celebration Church, decorated and stuffed lunch bags for distribution to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The club prepared 100 food bags to kick off their first community service project of the school year. FCCLA sponsor is Dianne Bernasconi.

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BCHS Fishing Team Hooked on the Sport

John Black first learned about the benefits of a high school fishing team last year while helping his niece on her team at a Mobile school. Black decided to approach BCHS Principal Craig Smith about helping to form a team at Baldwin County High School. “We are now starting our second year, after learning the ins and outs from the previous year, we are working hard to build the best fishing team that will make BCHS proud,” Black said. “Our goals for this year are to help our senior team members earn scholarships to further their education and to help other members to become better fishermen so they can earn scholarships through the BCHS fishing team.” Team members include Austin Hadley, Hunter Black, Hayden Peacock, Chandler Peacock, Garrett McMillan, Charlie Gantt, T.J. Bracken, Bryce Epperson, Brenton Godwin, Bryant Hicks, Cagan Crysell, Jacob Cox, Nathan Rider and Curtis Pritchett. As part of the Wire Grass Student Anglers Trail, sanctioned by Bass Nation, Black said the team will be competing in the largest-ever high school fishing tournament in the state. The Trail includes a Sept. 23 tournament at Live Oak Landing in north Baldwin County, as well as an Oct. 21 tourney at Lake Jordan in Wetumpka and a Nov. 18 competition at Lake Eufala. The team will also be fishing in the Alabama Bass Nation high school tournament trail and those dates include: Oct. 28 at Lake Tuscaloosa, Feb. 3 at Lake Martin in Alexander City, March 17 at Lay Lake in Calera; and April 14 at Lake Eufala. The team hopes to advance to the state tournament at Lake Neely Henry in Gadsden. Peacock said he’s thankful to be part of the BCHS Fishing Team and hopes that others can pursue this opportunity too.

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Bayshore Christian Fall Tour Day

Bayshore Christian School will be hosting their Fall Tour Day on November 14 at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about Bayshore and the classical Christian education they offer, please make plans to attend. You will have the chance to tour the campus, meet current BCS students, and discover what makes a BCS education stand out. Questions may be directed to the school office at 251-929-0011, or you may check out their website at www. bayshorechristian.org for more information.

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BCHS National Honor Society Scavenger Hunt Benefits Needy Families in Community

National Honor Society members at Baldwin County High School recently participated in a Scavenger Hunt Food Drive to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for families in our community who are in need. The students were provided a check list of needed items and then canvassed neighborhoods seeking donations of the items.

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Learning Medical Terminology at Baldwin County High School

Learning is more fun when you get in on the action. Students in Judy Bridges' Human Anatomy class at Baldwin County High School are reviewing body region terminology. The students are teaching each other medical terms for the different regions of the human body.

Christ the King Jr. High Students Learning with New Chromebooks Christ the King Catholic School 7th grade students in Mrs. Bartz's World Geography class use their new Chromebooks for a lesson on their summer reading assignments. We are grateful to the 2017 Inshore Classic committee, sponsors, participants, and volunteers whose support made the Chromebooks purchase possible.

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Christ the King Blessings for the New Year

Newton Kindergartners Celebrate Community Helpers

Kindergarten students at J. Larry Newton School have been learning about the amazing and dedicated people that help us. Their social studies unit culminated when all the kindergarten classes were invited to dress as their favorite community helper for the day. The halls were filled with police officers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, vets, and even a scientist! There were smiles all round when local dentist, and Newton parent, Dr. Chancellor McLemore from Riviera Dental Care gave a wonderful presentation to the kindergarten students. The Newton family certainly loves their community helpers!

Christ the King Parochial Vicar, Rev. Dan Good, visited our classrooms to bless our students and faculty for the new school year. Father Dan also offered blessings for school staff, offices, and other campus facilities.

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Builders Club at Fairhope Middle School

The Builders Club of Fairhope Middle School held their first official meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. The membership of over 100 members also elected their officers for the year. Under the sponsorship of the Kiwanis Club of Fairhope and the Eastern Shore, Builders Club is a student-led community service organization for middle school students. The objectives of Builders Club are to provide opportunities for working together in service, developing leadership potential, and fostering the development of strong moral character. Pictured are the members of the 2017-2018 Builders Club and its officers. Pictured, from left to right, are: Johanna Mondragon-Treasurer, Annie Deakle-Secretary, Josie Howell-Vice President, Georgia Williams-President, and Sarah Lu Priester-Sergeant at Arms.

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Bayside Academy Inducts 2017 Hall of Fame Members

Last week Bayside Academy inducted the school’s 2017 Hall of Fame members. The induction was held on Homecoming Day: Friday, September 15. Inductees are listed below. Visit https://www.baysideacademy.org/bayside-academy-hall-offame for more details on the 2017 inductees.

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Professional & Academic Recognition David Dietze ’80, CEO and President, Bravado Health Leura Fine ’04, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Laurel & Wolf Mary Allison Haynie ’85, Executive Director of the Alabama Folklife Association Phyllis Horne, retired Bayside Academy Teacher & Fine Arts Department Chair William Coleman Mills ’87, Principal at WMCMstudio Polly Robertson Parrish ’77, Teacher, WINGS Day Treatment Program, Baldwin County Public Schools The Founding Members of Bayside’s Board of Directors, without whose leadership and dedication there would be no Bayside today: the late Tom Bradley Jr., George Bryant, the late Henry Bryars Jr., John Chason, Julio Corte Jr., Jack Cummings, Charles Earle Jr., the late Talmadge Harris, the late Robert Hodgson, Robert McKee, the late Thomas McLendon, Carlton Niemeyer, the late Bill Peters, the late John A. Robertson, the late Jack Thomas and the late Ed Warley. Athletic Recognition Brian Beall ’88 for his golf accomplishments Wesley Overton ’04 for his football and basketball accomplishments Alison Wojciechowski Van Norman ’00 for her volleyball and slow-pitch softball accomplishments Inaugurated in the 2013-2014 school year, the Bayside Academy Hall of Fame is a merging of two complimentary organizations: the Athletic Hall of Fame and the Academic and Professional Society. The goal of the Bayside Academy Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who have distinguished themselves as members of Bayside athletics and those who have distinguished themselves in their chosen professions. Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK-12.

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Sea Cadets Camp Out

Dunlap Division ended the summer with their annual camp out at the Commanding Officer’s house. Cadets competed in team building exercises, for example, rearranging people by age while balancing on beams, human battleship, and building towers out of balloons with disabilities. The cadets learned the importance of never leaving a man behind. Cadets pitched tents in the field and grilled their evening chow over a bonfire. Families were invited Sunday to swim, eat, and watch their cadets receive awards from summer trainings. Our cadets had the opportunity to participate in specialized trainings across the country in June and July. Two of Dunlap’s cadets received highest honors, CPO Graham earned National Cadet of the year for Sea Cadets, and PO1 Summerson earned Outstanding Cadet of the year for League Cadets. Bravo Zulu Dunlap Division. Naval Sea Cadets is designed for young men and women ages ten to high school graduation who are interested in expanding their knowledge on our military. The sea cadets instill patriotism and leadership skills. Dunlap division meets one weekend a month at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Center in Mobile, the cadets are under no obligation to join the military; however, if they do decide to enlist the are usually eligible to enlist at a higher pay grade. The program does offer ROTC scholarships. If you or someone you know may be interested in joining our local unit as a cadet or adult leader, visit our national website at www.seacadets.org or contact our administrative officer ENS Angela Graham at Dunlap.seacadets@gmail.com.

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ASMS Days on November 11 or December 2. Register for the

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info meeting (see dates below) and visiting our campus for meeting you plan to attend as well as for ASMS Day at www.asms.net.

sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities. Applying to ASMS is FREE

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AUBURN

Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 PM (Central) Auburn University Ross Hall Auditorium, RM 136

BIRMINGHAM

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:00 PM University of Alabama at Birmingham Heritage Hall, RM 104 1401 University Blvd

ENTERPRISE

Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:00 PM Dauphin Jr. High School Library 425 Dauphin Street

HUNTSVILLE

Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:00 PM University of Alabama in Huntsville Louis Salmon Library, RM 111 301 Sparkman Drive NW

a ‘genius’ to be accepted to ASMS?” Answer: Absolutely NOT!

ASMS is made up of students who are intelligent and work hard

ASMS is our state’s only fully public, residential high school for

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:00 PM Gadsden State Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center Auditorium 1801 Coleman Rd

your application today at www.asms.net. Current Alabama 9th

for academic success. All ASMS students go to college and most receive merit-based scholarships.

Questions? Email admissions@asms.net or call 251.441.3250.

LIVINGSTON

Monday, Oct. 16, 6:00 PM University of West Alabama Student Union Small Conference Room Student Union Drive

MONTGOMERY

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7:00 PM Montgomery Main Library 245 High Street

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MOBILE OPTION 1

Monday, Oct. 16, 6:00 PM Wallace Community College Hank Sanders Tech. Bldg., Conf. Room 3000 Earl Goodwin Pkwy

MOBILE OPTION 2

Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:00 PM Coastal Alabama Community College Library Building 3000, RM 107 30755 Hwy 43 South

Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:00 PM ASMS Campus Media Center 1255 Dauphin Street Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:00 PM ASMS Campus Media Center 1255 Dauphin Street

MONROEVILLE

Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:00 PM Coastal Alabama Community College Library, RM 101 2800 South Alabama Avex

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Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:00 PM Troy University Trojan Center Room 212 231 Adams Center

TUSCALOOSA

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6:00 PM University of Alabama South Engineering Research Center RM 1059

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Bayside Academy 2017 Homecoming Queen Recently Crowned

Bayside Academy senior Ansleigh Dailey was crowned the school’s 2017 Homecoming queen at the September 15 Homecoming football game. Bayside’s 2017 Homecoming Court included the girls listed below. Freshman Martha Grace Mixon Sophomore Geneva Martin Junior Harper Wise Senior girls: Anna Barnes, Katie Beaman, Avery Biber, Sara Boyd, Mary Catherine Branyon, Pernille Buhl, Grace Compton, Madison Couch, Ansleigh Dailey, Ella Dawson, Rosario Galarza Olmedo, Paige Hammele, Blakely Jones, Cate Kasuba, Darby Kemper, Abigail Ketchem, Amber Mason, Emily McCrory, Grace Melendez, Emily Miller, Kaitlyn Morris, Ashley Rella, Brantley Rhodes, Gracie Sullivan, Dana Tate, Mary Fran West, Jackie Williams, Caroline Young. Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK-12.

Please Send School News to: lynn@easternshoreparents.com.

Homeschool Student Places 2nd in APTV Writing Contest

Faith Swanson of Daphne placed second in the 2017 Alabama Public Television Young Writers Contest for third grade! Her story was titled, “Magic in the Meadow”, which she wrote and illustrated. It tells the story of a young girl who explores the outdoors and learns interesting life lessons. She attended an awards ceremony in Montgomery where she received a trophy and a $75 gift card from Books-a-Million. Faith is homeschooled and is involved in many extracurricular activities. Her interests include reading, singing, dancing and all things Harry Potter. Faith is currently in 4th grade.

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Q. My husband and I have been saving, and we’re ready to buy our first home. We found a place we both love and can afford if we do a 30-year mortgage instead of a 15-year mortgage. Should we wait and save more for a down payment so we can afford a 15-year mortgage, or go ahead and do the 30-year deal?

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decisions can be defined as things that help you win with money over the long-term. Thirty-year mortgages are a trap. They don’t help you build wealth, and they keep you in debt. On the other hand, 15-year mortgages get you out of debt a lot faster, and being out of debt frees up your largest wealth-building tool — your income. I would never take out a home loan where the payments are more than a

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fourth of your monthly take-home pay on a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage. My advice is to either wait and save more money, or maybe look for a less expensive home in a different area. I know you want a home. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your own house. But I don’t want your home to have you. When you get house fever, it’s easy to lock yourself into a bad deal that will follow you around and drain your wallet for decades!

Q. My brotherin-law moved in with us several months ago. He’s 32, and he doesn’t have a job or contribute anything in terms of helping around the house or with bills. I think he needs to move out, but my wife is hesitant to say anything. She complains about the situation to

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me, but she knows her family will be upset if we do anything. How can we handle this?

A. Responsible adults don’t behave like

bums, and I don’t care what the rest of the family thinks. This issue is between you and your wife. You two are the only ones dealing with this, so it’s easy for others to chime in about what should happen. You shouldn’t just kick the guy out, but you do need to get busy formulating a plan that will allow him to get back on his feet. Have a gentle talk with him about the situation and his future, and tell him things aren’t going to continue on the same path. Let him know he must have a job within 30 days, and 30 days after that he has to move into his own place. Write it down on the calendar, if it will help, but make sure he understands why you’re doing this and the date he must move out. I know these things can be difficult, but sometimes you’ve got to take the bull by the horns and make something happen. It’s what’s best for him – and both of you – in the long run.

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STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, are activities that engage kids of all ages in these specific areas. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing 17% per year and STEM degree holders have a higher income. While a career in the STEM field may seem like a long time off for your preschooler, STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables innovation of new products in the future. Most would agree that jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math, science, and technology and it is never too early to start developing your child’s interest in these areas. (www.engineeringforkids.com) While many schools are developing STEM curriculums for classrooms, there are plenty of things you can do at home to kickstart your preschoolers love of science.

STEM in the kitchen Your school teachers were right, you do use math and science in everyday life. You may already love cooking with your kids but consider incorporating science and math lessons at the same time. While baking cookies have your children help measure the ingredients, count the scoops of flour, talk about what happens if you

do not use the correct measurements, and discuss what the purpose of baking powder and baking soda is. (It leavens the batter to rise while baking.) Make the experience fun and educational at the same time. Your child may not even notice they are learning about math and science while baking and sampling tasty treats.

DIY science lab Create your own science lab mixing station at home. All you need is several plastic or glass containers (see through are best) of any shape and size. Fill containers with dry ingredients such as baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cornstarch. Fill additional containers with wet ingredients such as water, white vinegar, lemon juice, and ice. It may be wise to lay towels underneath your mixing station or set the ingredients up outside so you can have fun without worrying about the difficulty of clean up. Once your science lab is set up, it’s time to get creative. Let your kids experiment with what happens when different ingredients are mixed. This activity is great for preschoolers but can also be adopted to older children by providing them with a journal to record the results of each combination of ingredients when they are mixed.

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Use what you have Set up a sensory bin using dried beans, water beads, or rice as a filler then hide items inside. Ask your child to find the red dinosaur, count the green items, or close their eyes and guess what items they feel. Encourage your little engineer or architect to build a tower using toothpicks and marshmallows or fill a tray with shaving cream and blocks and ask if they think the shaving cream will help their blocks stick together. Sharpen their math skills with colored cereal like Fruit Loops. Ask your child to sort the pieces by color and count them. Then have them string the cereal on yarn to make a necklace. Make it fun and see what potential STEM activities you have laying around the house. Preschoolers love to explore with their hands and all of their senses which makes the possibilities endless. Plant a garden, fill water glasses with food coloring and mix to learn about colors, count and sort items throughout the day, talk about and chart the weather, or play with magnets and a cookie sheet. STEM is all around us just waiting to be explored. ESP Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and stay at home mom to six kids, including three-year-old triplets.

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Are We Addicted to Cell Phones? How much time did your kids spend with their cellphones yesterday? When was the last time you checked yours? If contemplating these questions makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Cellphones dominate our lives in part because they are designed to do precisely that according to Tristran Harris, a tech entrepreneur who worked for a while as Product Ethicist at Google. He now runs TimeWellSpent, a non-profit that points out how cellphones and their apps hijack our attention. Some researchers have noted that brains scans of people who spend a lot of time online are disconcertingly similar to those of people with substance abuse problems. Here are a few consequences you may recognize in yourself or your kids: • Time – Devoting more and more time to cellphone activities, partly because the person looses track of time and partly because it takes longer to feel satisfied. • Obsession — Thinking about being online even when the person is offline. Failure to cut back despite resolutions. • Mood – Feeling anxious, restless, irritable or even angry when online activities are interrupted or when the person has to be offline. • Social – Withdrawal from friends and real life social activities. The feeling that online relationships are more significant and genuine. • Interference – Spending time online even when it interferes with other important activities including employment, schoolwork, chores, exercise, family time and sleep. Eastern Shore Parents I October 2017

• Deception - Lying to oneself or others about how much time is spent with the phone. For most people, of course, cellphone use doesn’t rise to the level of addiction. Still, many parents have the uneasy feeling that phones take too big a chunk of family life. In contemporary culture, total abstinence isn’t realistic for adults or teens but there are ways to become more deliberate about when and how we use our phones. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Evaluate activities. Pay attention to what you and your kids are doing on your phones. Some activities—games, social media, news—are designed to be endless. Others—gambling, shopping, looking at porn—are associated with off-line addictions. Identify activities that are productive and/or enjoyable. How much time should be allotted to each? Develop a budget that guides how you spend your online time. Use the timer on your phone--or ask other family members—to hold you accountable. 2. Create an essential home screen. Harris suggests sorting apps into three categories: Tools to help you complete essential tasks—calendar, camera, etc. Bottomless Bowls are apps that encourage you to binge. Aspirations are things you’d like to do. Create a homescreen that includes ONLY indispensable tools and realistic aspirations. Hide other apps in folders where you won’t see seductive icons. Having a folder called News, Games or Social forces you to think, even briefly, about whether you really want to engage in that activity. 3. Identify triggers. Addictive behavior often starts with uncomfortable feelings such as depression or anxiety. Talking about feelings helps children and adults recognize their emotions and make more conscious decisions about how 48

to manage them. If a family member is upset because of something that happened at school or work, he or she may get temporary relief from playing a game or binge-watching YouTube. That’s not necessarily a problem—if the person eventually thinks through the basic problem and comes up with ideas about how to address it. 4. Customize notifications. The ding from a cellphone is like a slot machine. Most of the time it’s meaningless, but occasionally there’s a big payoff. Assign special ringtones to family members and other people so you won’t miss genuinely important messages. Then turn off notifications from everything else. You won’t know everything about everybody all the time, so put an end to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out.) 5. Create rich off-line lives. Seek out tech-free experiences that are rewarding for family members. Take every opportunity to be physically active, outdoors if possible. Ride bikes, take walks, play sports. Invite friends and extended family over for meals or game nights. Collect cellphones at the door. 6. Get an alarm clock. Using a cellphone as an alarm makes it the last thing you see before you fall asleep and the first thing you check in the morning. It may even interrupt sleep with notifications that matter much less than being rested. Claim the luxury of thinking your own thoughts as you drift off to sleep. Take a little time in the morning to wake up fully before engaging with whatever is on your phone. Finally, appreciate what’s good about cellphones. Some researchers, for example, have noted that use of drugs and alcohol among teens has declined over the same period that smartphone use increased. They speculate that interactive media may satisfy adolescent cravings for independence, risk-taking and sensation seeking without the devastating consequences of other addictions. In other words, cellphones like so many other technologies, can make lives better or worse. It’s up to parents to pay attention to that uneasy feeling about phones, so we can gently take corrective actions that restore them to their proper place. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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I know what you thinking – “How am I going to come up with entertainment that is not lame and that will keep everyone amused?” Simple! Check out these ten teen approved party games that will challenge, gross out and deliver hours of good times and laughter. But beware, if the kids have too much fun at your party, they will want you to host again next year!

Go Fishing – Fill a small swimming

pool with water and live goldfish. On the bottom of the pool, place several marbles. Set as many chairs around the pool as will fit. Ask your guests to sit in the chairs and remove their shoes and socks. That’s right, they are going fishing for marbles with their feet. Add a little fear and anticipation by blindfolding the participants or turning off the lights.

Pumpkin Face

– Have the kids put a layer of Vaseline on their faces. Pour several cheeseballs on a long table. On go, each person has to cover their face with cheese balls without using their hands. Set the timer for one minute and the person with the most cheeseballs wins. This is a great photo opportunity!

Plastic Wrap Mummy Race – Break the group into teams. Choose one person from each team to wrap in plastic wrap (from the neck down). As soon as the mummy is wrapped, the team has to gently lower him to the ground and roll him down the race course. When he gets to the finish line, you need to stand him

back up and completely unwrap him. For a longer race, rewrap the next person and race back down to the other end.

pieces of bubble inside. Using only their face, the first kid to find the bubble gum, chew it and blow a bubble, wins.

Coins and Crickets

– Melt 5 different candy bars in the microwave. Be sure to crush up any large pieces. Place the melted mess inside a clean disposable diaper and place on the table. Have the kids smell or taste what’s in the diaper to determine what candy bar it is.

– Fill a large jar (like a sun tea jar) with 20 crickets from the pet store. Place several coins on the bottom of the jar and have each player try to pick up 5 coins. Make it more challenging by having the kids pick up only dimes or choose the winner based on the least amount of money (not coins) collected.

Create a Crime Scene – Create

a bag of things found at a mock crime scene but don’t include obvious murder weapons like knives or rope. Instead, find silly things like an apple, wooden spoon, stuffed animal, a children’s book and a magnet. Break everyone up into groups of 4 or 5. Each group has to create a crime scene based on the items in the bag and present it to the group. This is a great activity to do while you are serving dinner.

Halloween Egg Hunt – Fill plastic eggs or plastic pumpkins with candy and hide around the room or outdoors. Take advantage of the early setting sun and search for the eggs with flashlights. Try adding a few tricks instead of treats and fill some of the eggs with worms, crickets or cow eyes from the local butcher shop. (Be sure to open the eggs outside!)

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Fear Factor - Egg Roulette

– Hard boil 12 eggs and let cool in refrigerator. Place eggs on a table in front of your guests. Tell the kids that there is one raw egg among the hardboiled eggs. Challenge them to find it by choosing an egg and smashing it on their forehead. Get your cameras ready. Their expressions will be priceless!

LCR

– This is a great way to end the night. LCR is a popular dice game that can be played with any size group. You can either purchase the LCR dice or use regular dice and determine which number is L, C and R. Normally you would play with chips or coins, but since it is Halloween, let’s use candy. Every player starts with three candies. As you roll, the candy goes to the left, right or into a bowl in the center. The winner is the person holding the last piece of candy! ESP Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mom of two teens and a tween. All of their parties include good food, lots of laughter and of course, games!

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Ghost Cruises at Caribe Marina

28101 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, AL Bring your family and friends for a Halloween boat cruise with spooky stories about ghost captains and cursed treasure. Watch out for our haunted friends aboard the boat and make sure you don’t end up taking home any cursed golden coins! Cruises are 45 minutes long and leave the Marina each night (except Sundays) at 7pm and 8pm. Cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child. Please Call to make your reservation.

Ride, Hayride, and Children’s Bounce House, and T-Rex Jr. Exciting Pumpkin Cannons, Pony Ride/ Petting Zoo, Cafe and Gift Shop available for a slight fee. DAY trains are KIDDIE-friendly. Scary Night Trains begin at 7pm. Open Friday, 5pm 9pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1pm - 9pm. Open 7 days beginning October 23rd, from 5pm - 9pm weeknights, 1pm - 9pm on weekends. Tickets available online or at the Railroad. $15 per person, plus tax; children 2 and under, FREE. (888) 569-5337 or (251) 232-2322 enquiries@ waleswest.com www.waleswest.com

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September 29 - October 31

30497 Hixson Road Elberta, AL The Corn Maze will be open every day except Tuesday & Wednesday. Hours are 8am - 6pm and the cost is $5 per person. (Under 3 years free). For more information call or visit us on Facebook.

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10113 Foley Beach Express Foley, AL For huge thrills and nighttime chills, come see what’s new at OWA! Hot new retailers, restaurants and fall festivities. OWA’s Town of Terror haunted house is open through October 31. (251) 923-2111

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September 29 - October 31 Haunted Ducktours

Fort of Colonial Mobile 150 South Royal Street Mobile, AL Embark on a spine-tingling tour of Mobile and the Mobile River as we search along our haunted city streets for these forgotten souls who linger somewhere between today and the afterlife. While this tour is quite creepy this is a family attraction! Haunted tours depart from the Fort of Colonial Mobile in Downtown Mobile. $29 Adults; $16 Kids (3-12); $50 Haunted Mobile Ducks and Fort Combo - Adult; $28 Haunted Mobile Ducks and Fort Combo - Child. (251) 802-8687

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September 29 - October 31

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13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, AL 36576 All aboard a real Steam Train ride to the Haunted Barn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, decorate a FREE Pumpkin, enjoy Refreshments, Miniature Train Eastern Shore Parents I October 2017

Hillcrest Farm Corn Maze

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September 30 - November 4

Seward Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun ad on page 7

10836 Tanner Williams Road Lucedale, MS Come to the border of Mississippi and Alabama and find tons of family fun, fresh air, fantastic food, and an evening by a crackling fire! We have a corn maze, pig races, hayrides and cow train, giant jumping pillow, tube slide, corn cannon, and Farm animals and goat walk and more. Choose single activities to enjoy or purchase the All Day Pass for a full day of fun! Our Wagon Wheel Cafe offers delicious food, drinks and snacks. Birthday Huts and Party Pavilions available by reservation for special events. NOTE: Cash Only, No Credit Cards, No Personal Checks. (228) 641-3936 info@sewardfarms.com www.sewardfarms.com

September 30th – October 31

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15275 County Road 49 Summerdale, AL Come get lost in one of our 2 Eight Acre Corn Mazes. Magnolia Corn Maze offers Fun for the whole

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Family! Come enjoy our Hayride, Cow Train, Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Pig Races, Corn Cannons, Jump Pad, Paintball Shooting Gallery, Campfires, and much, much more! We also have Bazooka and Knocker Ball. Magnolia Corn Maze is a great place to host your next Party or Group Outing! (251) 605-7216 magnoliacornmaze@gmail.com www.magnoliacornmaze.net

October 4

Observe and Explore Bats & Owls

Graham Creek Nature Preserve 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL Observe & Explore Bats & Owls! This is a program held from 10am - 12pm at the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The program will include stories, crafts and activities for children 10 years and under. Free Admission. (251) 923-4267 info@gcnp.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org/observe-explore/

October 4 - 7

14th Annual John L. Borom Birding and Nature Festival

Mobile & Baldwin County Take expertly guided birding trips to prime spots along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, plus trips on foot and by boat that focus on more of our great outdoors. You’ll see and learn more about alligators, dolphins, wildflowers, pitcher plants, pine forests, butterflies, snakes, turtles, and more. This year’s BirdFest features trips, adventures, and workshops. View the full schedule on the coastal bridfest website. (251) 625-0814 info@alabamacoastalbirdfest.com www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2

Fairhope Outdoor Farmers Market

Behind Fairhope Library Bancroft Street Fairhope, AL The Fairhope Outdoor Farmers Market is from 3pm - 6pm every Thursday evening. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have activities for children at 4 p.m. (251) 929-1466

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6th Annual Festival of Flavor

112 West Laurel Avenue Foley, AL The 6th Annual Festival of Flavor, presented by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, showcases some of the area’s top chefs, restaurants and breweries. We will have face painting, a giant sand box, jenga blocks and sidewalk chalk. Restaurants and Brewing companies will be dishing up samples of their tastiest menu items. Food trucks will be on site for those with bigger appetites. Sponsored by Riviera Utilities, Global Marketing Solutions, Alabama Coasting Magazine and WKRG News 5. You don’t want to miss this tasting extravaganza! (251) 943-3291 admin@sbchamberfoundation.org www.alabamafestivalofflavor.com

October 7

Fall in the Fort

Spanish Fort Elementary School 30900 State Highway 225 Spanish Fort, AL Our pumpkin patch has been expanded and is bigger and better than before! Games, prizes, Hayrides, bounce houses, Pumpkin Patch, Petting zoo, Farm Bowling Animal Encounters, Vendors Market, Photos with Aussie the Kangaroo, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Nachos, sweet treats, and drinks. Hours are 10am - 5pm. Adults & children $5. Children under 2 free. (251) 626-9751 Sfesfallfes@yahoo.com www.spanishfortelementary.com

October 7

Honey Bee Festival & Run - Central Baldwin Educational Foundation Honeybee Park Robertsdale, AL Join us for the 2017 Honeybee Festival and Run! This year’s event is from 8am - 3pm and will

include a 5K and Fun Run, food vendors, shopping vendors, cornhole tournament, entertainment and more! This event is hosted by the Central Baldwin Education Foundation - a 501(c) (3) organization working to enhance, enrich, and support the education of public school students in the Central Baldwin area by providing support to supplement educational programs and activities. Online Race Registration is available on our website. cbef08@gmail.com www.cbef.org

(251) 968-7200 info@mygulfcoastchamber.com www.myshrimpfest.com

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October 7

Alabama Coastal BirdFest

(Halstead Amphitheater) Fairhope campus of Coastal Alabama Community College 450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, AL Raptors, snakes, touch tanks, booths, exhibits, and lots of hands-on fun for all ages at the Halstead Amphitheater on the Fairhope Faulkner campus from 9am - 4pm. Admission is free to this family friendly event. The Expo is part of the four-day Alabama Coastal BirdFest from October 4 - 7, 2017.

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October 12 -15

National Shrimp Festival

lage, including face-painting, karaoke and much more. Runners and walkers can enter the 10K and 5K races. Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors. Hours are 10am - 10pm Thursday - Saturday and Sunday 10am -5pm.

7100 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL Don’t miss the opportunity to see best-selling and award-winning author Paul David Tripp teaching Parenting: Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family. Free Childcare is provided by Reservation Only. To register or reserve childcare visit Simulcast parenting conference on our website. Friday from 6pm - 8:30pm and Saturday from 9am - 11:30am. (251) 626-1379

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Seward Farms Field of Fright & Haunted Hayride ad on page 7

Gulf Shores Public Beach 1 Gulf Place Gulf Shores, AL Enjoy fresh seafood during this four-day event that attracts over 300,000 people with great food, music and more! Local and regional vendors will have food lining the boardwalk at the public beach. Activities this year include Outdoor World and Singing for Scholarships. Families can enter the Annual Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday. Kids can take part in the Children’s Activity Vil-

10836 Tanner Williams Road Lucedale, MS Jump aboard our Haunted Hayride into the dark unknown! Then wander into the Field of Fright and walk into the dark corners of the cornfield. Choose one or both. It’s a haunting good time! No Cameras or Flashlights at haunted attractions. Parents use discretion on what your child can handle in way of fear. Hauntings begin at Dusk. (228) 641-3936 info@sewardfarms.com www.sewardfarms.com

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Forty South Farms 2527 Glass Road Robertsdale, AL Our pumpkin patch has been expanded and is bigger and better than before! Games, prizes, Hayrides, bounce houses, Pumpkin Patch, Petting zoo, Farm Bowling Animal Encounters, Vendors Market, Photos with Aussie the Kangaroo, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Nachos, sweet treats, and drinks. Adults & children $5. Children under 2 free. Hours are from 10am - 5pm.

26992 Highway 181 Daphne, AL This event features arts, crafts, food trucks and other merchandise from local businesses. We will be passing out candy during this Market Day from 10am 4pm. Let your little ones wear their favorite costume!

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(251) 509-9278 info@fortysouthfarms.com www.fortysouthfarms.com

October 14

Dauphin Island Art Trail

Dauphin Island, AL Over 40 artists from throughout the Southeast at 10 local businesses! Pick up a map at any of the 10 stops & have it stamped at all 10 stops for great prizes. Ride your bike, your car or the free shuttle! Pickup at the ferry as well from Ft. Morgan. For more information, visit our Facebook page or contact Dena McKee, Event Coordinator. The Art Trail runs from 9am - 4pm.

Seasons Consignment Market Day

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October 15

Jubilee Baptist Church Fall Festival 9264 Pleasant Road Daphne, AL Families are invited out from 4:00pm - 6:00pm to enjoy dinner on the grounds, along with inflatables, carnival games, goodies, more. (251) 621-7095

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Daphne Public Library – Halloween Movie Night

2607 Highway 98 Daphne, AL Come join us for a free family movie night from 4pm – 6pm. We will be watching a rated G Halloween movie in the library community room. Light snacks will be provided. (251) 621-2818

October 14

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Homestead Village 924 Plantation Boulevard Fairhope, AL For Harry Potter fans of all ages - Hogsmeade Halloween Festival! Come in costume and enjoy games, crafts, and Trick or Treating including Teal Pumpkin treats. You can also browse Halloween and Fall themed art made by local artists. There will be a raffle for one free registration to Hogwarts of Fairhope Summer Camp 2018. Food trucks will also be on site! The early event, from 11am 3pm, is family-oriented, with activities for kids and adults. Admission is $5 for ages 3 and up, or bring a new Harry Potter book for one free admission. Two free admissions for any Harry Potter book in Spanish! (251) 210-6299 hogwartsoffairhope@yahoo.com https://www.hogwartsoffairhope.com

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Night at the Museum: Hall of Justice

History Museum of Mobile 111 South Royal Street Mobile, AL Join us for a tribute to comic books and historic looks at the History Museum of Mobile! Our annual event “Night at the Museum” is back and this time it is superhero-themed! Experience the “Hall of Justice” and explore our limited-time exhibition, “Comic Books: Lessons in Ink,” where you can learn the history of comic books and meet your favorite superheroes! Enjoy kid-friendly arts and crafts, food trucks, costume contests, and more! Admission is $10 per adult, and $5 per child ages 6 and up. 5 and under are free. Quest-Con attendees and members of the History Museum of Mobile are also free. (251) 301-0273

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6655 West Mobile Highway Pensacola, FL Amazing food, thrilling rides and great musical acts to entertain you, there are also many other things to see and do at the Fair including many exhibits. (850) 944-4500 dondi@pensacolafair.com www.pensacolafair.com

October 20

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10526 County Road 64 Daphne, AL We will have a food truck, face painting, silent auction, pumpkin decorating, games, karaoke, photo booth and more! Hours are 5pm - 7pm. (251) 990-0041 contact@esrenaissance.org www.esrenaissance.org

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October 20 - 21

Down in the Delta Vintage & Antiques Market

48738A US Highway 31 Bay Minette, AL Vendors, arts, crafts, food, mums, pumpkins, music and other fun surprises from our local area and beyond will be showcasing their available treasures! Kids will enjoy hayrides, goodie bags, pumpkins and more. Market hours are Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm. Admission is $8. (251) 937-3572 downinthedeltamarket@yahoo.com www.downinthedelta.net

October 20 & 21

Daphne High School Key Club Haunted House

Trojan Hall Daphne High School 9300 Champions Way Daphne, AL Daphne High School Key Club will host our annual Haunted House from 7pm - 11pm. Cost is $5.00 per person. It will be held at Trojan Hall at the high school. (251) 626-8787

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October 21

7th Annual Halloween Spooktacular! Gulf Coast Dance Alliance 30752 Ember Lane Spanish Fort, AL Join us from 6pm - 8pm for a Spooktacular Night of games, prizes, goodies, dancing and yummy snacks! Admission is $10 per child. Costumes encouraged. (251) 621-9755 info@gcdadance.com www.GCDAdance.com

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Graham Creek Nature Preserve 23460 Wolf Bay Drive Foley, AL Observe & Explore Pumpkins! Pumpkin Play Day is from 10am - 12pm at the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The program includes stories, Pumpkins to paint, games to play, treats and prizes for a trick or treat event! FREE for all children 10 years and under. (251) 923-4267 info@gcnp.org www.grahamcreekpreserve.org/observe-explore/

Halloween Trail. We will have Trick-or-Treat along the trail so wear your costumes! Costs is $5:00 per person.

Stan Mahoney Youth Fishing Tournament

Barber Marina 26986 Fish Trap Road Elberta, AL Each year WBWW hosts a fishing tournament for our local youth, ages 3 - 18 years old. It’s a great way for our sponsors, partners and the community help support and encourage future generations to develop a connection to our watershed that will last a lifetime. Registration forms can also be found at www.rivierautilities.com. Please check both websites as the tournament date approaches for updated information and possible changes. wolfbaywatershedwatch@gmail.com www.wolfbaywatch.org

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October 22

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Boo at the Zoo!

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL Join the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo from 1pm - 4pm for our Annual Boo at the Zoo! Walk through the zoo and find trick or treat doors, games, a costume contest, bounce house, popcorn, pizza and meet some of your favorite animals! Admission is $5. Members and children 2 years and under are Free! (251) 968-5732 info@algulfcoastzoo.org www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org

October 21, 27, 28 Zombie Paintball

Magnolia Corn Maze 15275 County Road 49 Summerdale, AL Are you ready to be terrified? Zombies and Haunts have invaded Magnolia Corn Maze and we need your help to get them!! Hours are 7pm - 11pm. Zombie Paintball is a hayride through haunted terrain while shooting live zombies with paintball guns. NOTE: Parents, It is your decision on what your child can handle in the way of fear. (251) 605-7216 magnoliacornmaze@gmail.com www.magnoliacornmaze.net

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Jellystone Park’s Boo Trail

12160 Wortel Road Elberta, AL Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Boo Trail is from 7:00pm until the last guest walks through. Kids and adults will enjoy strolling through the Gulf Coast’s Friendliest

October 22

USA Children’s & Women’s NICU Reunion

Children’s & Women’s Hospital Courtyard 1700 Center Street Mobile, AL All graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and their families are invited to come and spend an afternoon reuniting with their former caregivers and fellow NICU families in the courtyard from 1pm - 3pm. The 28th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reunion draws a crowd of more than 500 to the hospital’s courtyard for a fall festival-themed community event featuring games, entertainment, Azalea Trail Maids and popular children’s characters. Costumes are encouraged. (251) 415-8730

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October 22 Woofstock

Bienville Square Mobile, AL Join us for a fun filled day with kids activities, vendor booths, costume contests, food, music, weiner dog races, and so much more! All kid zone activities are included in the admission price. This event benefits The Animal Rescue Foundation. 11am - 6pm; Adults $15/Children $5. woofstock@animalrescuemobile.com www.woofstockmobile.com

October 26

3rd Annual Fairhope Witches Ride

Downtown Fairhope 101 North Bancroft Street Fairhope Witches Ride is an easy bike ride to raise money for FurrEver Homes Animal Rescue. Embrace your inner-witch! The best decorated broom (aka bike) and costume will win a prize! Encourage your family & friends to watch over 700 witches “fly” by and enjoy the festivities along the wicked ride route! Registration is open and space is limited! $25 registration includes short-sleeve shirt / $30 registration for a long-sleeve shirt. Ride begins at 5:30pm. FairhopeWitchesRide@gmail.com www.facebook. com/FairhopeWitchesRide/

October 26

Uptown Foley Halloween Party

Downtown Foley Join us in the streets of downtown Foley from 5:30pm - 8pm for a spooky good time! Hosted by the downtown merchants, city businesses and the City of Foley. We will have costume contests, jump houses, a hay ride and many game booths to win treats and prizes. (251) 943-1300 lhula@cityoffoley.org www.visitfoley.org

October 27

Trick or Trot 5K/Fun Run for USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital ad on page 49

Moulton Tower on USA’s Main Campus 307 North University Boulevard Mobile, AL We’re celebrating our 5th year of the 5K and Fun Run to help support our goal of raising $50,000 for the Pediatric Emergency Department at USA Women & Children’s. After the race, join us for a Fun Family After Party with food, music, games, trick-or-treating, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, and much more! Activities begin at 6pm. Visit our website to purchase wristbands and register for the race. (251) 415-8730 ncalhoun@southalabama.edu www.usahealthsystem.com/trick-or-trot

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October 28

5 Rivers Halloween Bash!

Five Rivers Delta Resource Center 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, AL Join us from 10am-4pm at the 5 Rivers Halloween Bash! There will be crafts, music, movies, trail rides, games, $5 boat tours, “Smokin’ Gringos” food truck, and a costume contest at 3pm. (251) 625-0814 shonda.borden@dcnr.alabama.gov www.Alabama5Rivers.com

October 28

Annual Renaissance Festival

October 27

Daphne Elementary Fall Festival

2307 Main Street Daphne, AL Daphne Elementary School’s Fall Festival will be from 5:30 - 8:30pm. One of the best family fun events of the fall! There are over 30 vendors, food, the Chill Yogurt Truck, prizes, a live DJ, silent auctions and more! Remember to wear your costume! For questions and ticket prices follow our Daphne Elementary School PTO Facebook page or email us. (251) 367-7166

entertainment acts, and live music! Hours: MondayThursday from 400pm-10:00pm, Friday from 4:00pm-12:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am-11:00pm and Sunday October 29 from 12:00pm-10:00pm and Sunday, November 5, from 12:00pm-9:00pm.

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October 27 - November 5 Greater Gulf State Fair

The Grounds 1035 North Cody Road Mobile, AL The 63rd Annual Greater Gulf State Fair will feature the largest midway on the Gulf Coast, food, games,

Fort Gaines 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, AL The Barony of Osprey will present Life in the Middle Ages. You will see Knight in Armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artist and Medieval Merchants. Watch our resident Blacksmith demonstrate his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith Shop. (251) 861-6992

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October 28

Boo at Bellingrath

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for Boo at Bellingrath, a day of Halloween fun! The Gardens will be filled with Halloween-themed inflatables from 11am - 3pm. Bellingrath will also be open regular

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October 28

BooLu’s! Costume Contest! Free Family Halloween Fun!

LuLu’s Gulf Shores 200 E 25th Avenue Mobile, AL Join us at BooLu’s on Saturday, October 28th from 11am-2pm at LuLu’s Gulf Shores. Trunk-or-Treat, Costume Contest, Pumpkin Painting and much much more! Register for the costume contest by 1:30pm to show off your spooktacular costume! Give your all in our Arcade contest from 11am1:30pm and win 3,000 arcade tickets! Wonderful, free family friendly event! (251) 967-LULU (5858)

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October 28

Downtown Fairhope Trick or Treat

Fairhope, AL Children are invited to wear their Halloween costume and trick or treat in Downtown Fairhope from 10am - 12pm. Just look for the Pumpkin Sign in the window to see who is participating. Parents drop by the Welcome Center for pictures and don’t forget your camera! (251) 929-1466

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Elberta German Sausage Festival

13052 Main Street Elberta, AL Join us at the German Sausage Festival for Elberta’s famous German Sausage & sauerkraut, plus continuous entertainment for adults and children, and over 200 arts & crafts booths. The festivities will be at Elberta’s Town Park from 8am - 5pm. Other scrumptious foods will include German style filled cabbage, potato salad, goulash, red beans & rice, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn and peanuts. There will be baked goods as well as arts & crafts, Carnival rides, polka, country, contemporary and German music. (251) 986-5805 festival@elbertafire.com http:// www.elbertafire.com/

October 28

Genesis Church Adventure House

3100 South McKenzie Street Foley, AL 36535 Join Genesis Church for our third Annual Adventure House. This year’s theme is “Family Game Night” Our one of a kind family event will run from 5pm 8pm. Trick or Treat through rooms transformed into your favorite board games! There will be tons of fun and surprises for an evening the whole family will enjoy!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 10 a.m. Bienville Square Downtown Mobile

Down Syndrome Society of Mobile hosts the Buddy Walk® each October to promote acceptance and inclusion of those with Down syndrome in the Mobile area. There's a one-mile walk through historic downtown, live music, special guests, games and much more! Register online today at www.dssmobile.org!

Down Syndrome Society of Mobile is a 501(c)3 organization. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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October 28

GLOW Fest (God Lights Our Way)

First Baptist Church of Loxley 1050 North Alabama Street Loxley, AL 36551 God Lights Our Way (GLOW Fest) from 4pm – 6pm on the church from Lawn. All ages are welcome to come dressed up as your favorite character, and enjoy the safe atmosphere of games, food, and fellowship. (251) 964-5261 info@fbcloxley.com www.fbcloxley.com

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Halloween at Naval Aviation Museum Blue Angels Atrium 1750 Radford Boulevard Pensacola, FL Bring the family for some Halloween fun! From 10:30am - 12pm in the Blue Angels Atrium. This Event is FREE! We will have Spooktacular Specials on Museum Attractions, Hands on Activity Stations, Mascot Meet-and-Greet with the Chick-fil-A Cow, Pensacola Ice Flyers’ Maverick and Smokey Bear, and a great photo opportunity for the kids! Visit http://bit.ly/2ykbAwa for more details. (850) 452-3604 or (850) 452-3606 www.NavalAviationMuseum.org

October 28

Reiley & Raley Angel Ride

Oak Hollow Farm 14210 south Greeno Road Fairhope, AL The Angel Ride festivities will kick off at the campground at Oak Hollow Farms on Friday. Tickets for bike riders will be $35 and will include the ride on Saturday and the concert for the night. Our concert will be by former former lead vocalist with Journey Steve Augeri! Tickets for just the concert will be $25. For more information on camping, and activity schedules, visit our website. (251) 243-0365 info@angel-ride.com www.angel-ride.org

include a DJ, booth games, inflatables, food and drinks and vendors with great items to purchase!! All profits go to funding education programs at Rockwell including the arts, PE, Technology, AR Reading and Math, and school improvements. All school booths and food require the purchase of tickets. Tickets are on sale the day of the festival. Cash Only.

Rockwell Elementary School’s Fall Festival

10183 US Highway 98 Spanish Fort, AL Come join Rockwell Elementary faculty and students for a family day of fun! rom 10am – 1pm. The Fall Festival will be from 10am - 1pm. Activities

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Spooky Movie on the Lawn

Marina Lawn at The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL Fall is in the air at The Wharf, along with the smell of warm, buttery popcorn. Gather on the Marina Lawn for an evening of fall fun?. Come down at 4pm, before the movie and enjoy a hayride provided by Kutter’s Landscaping or any of the family-friendly activities available. Bring a blanket or some chairs and get comfy with your crew. Admission is FREE; pony rides $5 and face painting $5 - $7; complimentary popcorn by AMC Theatre and free hot chocolate from The Southern Grind. Movie: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone begins at 7:30pm. www.alwharf.com

10836 Tanner Williams Road Lucedale, MS Come in your favorite costume and Trick or Treat at the Farm from 10am - 9pm with our favorite Cartoon Characters. Activities include the Corn Maze, Corn Cannons, Hay Rides, Cow Train Rides, Jumping Pillow, Pony Rides, Pig Races, Farm Animal Alley, Playground Area and so much more! The Wagon Wheel Cafe will be open for lunch and dinner. (228) 641-3936 info@sewardfarms.com www.sewardfarms.com

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Swift Elementary School Annual Fall Festival

6330 Bon Secour Highway Bon Secour, AL Swift School will host its annual Fall Festival from 10am-1pm. Arm bands can be purchased for $10 per person and will provide an “all access pass” to all games and activities. Food will be sold separately. Students, Parents, Family, Friends and

North Campus, 10080 County Rd 64 Daphne, AL South Campus, 10274 Hwy 104 Fairhope, AL Join us at 3Circle Church North Campus in Daphne from 5pm - 7pm for a night of safe, family-friendly fun! There will be a parking lot full of decorated cars containing treats and fun games, and a sensoryfriendly indoor area for children that deal with special needs. We will also have live music and food trucks! (251) 990-3112 info@3circlechurch.com www.3circlechurch.com

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School Grounds and Gym 1503 Main Street Daphne, AL 36526 Family Fun, Games, Food, Bake Sale, Marketplace, Raffle, Cupcake Wars, Inflatables, Dunking Booth and Preschool Area for younger participants. The event is from 12pm - 4pm. Wristbands, which allow access to most activities, are $15 each and may be purchased at the gate. (251) 626-1692

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Celebration Church – Fall Shindig at Volanta Park

803 North Greeno Road Fairhope, AL Bring your family to our 9th annual Shindig from 6pm - 8pm at Volanta Park. We saw over 3,000 people last year from the Eastern Shore. This a free family event for our community with main stage entertainment, a large assortment of inflatables, attractions, face painting, food trucks, and of course trunk or treat! We’ll see you at the Shindig! (251) 928-0343 info@fairhopechurch.com www.fairhopechurch.com

October 29

Foley Public Library’s Halloween Extravaganza

319 East Laurel Avenue Foley, AL Our Annual Halloween Extravaganza is a family friendly carnival and will take place in the front parking lot of the Foley Public Library from 6pm - 9pm. This year’s carnival theme is everything Pirate! We will have a DJ playing music and various games, a Balloon Artist & Face Painter, an extra scary ‘Wax Museum of Horrors’ Haunted Stacks Tour will be for teens and adults. The library will be closed to the public during normal operating hours on this date to allow us to prepare for this fun & spooky event! (251) 943-7665 foleylibrary@gmail.com www.foleylibrary.org

October 29

Providence UMC Trunk or Treat

32200 Jimmy Faulkner Drive Spanish Fort, AL Fabulous fall fun awaits the whole family at our Annual “Trunk or Treat” at the Catfish Pond! Kids dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes will trick or treat in the Church parking lot from 4pm - 7pm as helpers with decorated trunks pass out goodies. We will have horse rides, bounce houses, slides, carnival games, and a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers. All activities are free and open to the community. The church building is located between Spanish Fort High School and Spanish Fort Middle School. (251) 626-2510 pumc.office@bellsouth.net www.providencemethodist.org

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Fairhope First Baptist Church 300 South Section Street Fairhope, AL Celebrate fall and bring the whole family! Candy, games, inflatables, rides, hot dogs, popcorn, lots and lots of candy. The event is free and from 6pm 8pm for children ages birth - 6th grade. (251) 928-8685

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Daphne Public Library Trick or Treat at the Library

2607 Highway 98 Daphne, AL Trick or Treat at the Library from 4pm - 6pm. This event offers children’s games, photo opportunities and candy for the little people. For teens we offer a costume contest at 5:00 p.m. The winner receives a pair of movie tickets. Students in 6th grade and up can enter. Teens also have the opportunity to gain service hours by helping out with the children’s games. (251) 621-2818 (ext. 211) www.daphnelibrary.org

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Dauphin Island Trick or Treat

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The Dwelling Place Church Fall Fun Fest 18246 South Greeno Road Fairhope, AL The Fall Fun Fest will be from 5:30pm – 8:00pm and will include Trunk or Treating, inflatables free food and fun for the whole family! For information please email or visit our website. (251) 517-9028 bpierce@dwellingchurch.com www.dwellinchurch.com

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November 2

Fairhope Intermediate School Fall Festival

2 North Bishop Street Fairhope, AL The Fairhope Intermediate School fall festival will be Thursday from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. This is such a fun evening for the entire family! There will be carnival style booths and hot food off the grill. All proceeds raised from the festival go back into the classrooms and directly benefit students. Contact Jennifer McDowell or Angel Smith for information. (251) 928-7841 jennmcdowell4@gmail.com www.fairhopeintermediate.com

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Alabama Pecan Festival

October 31

Trunk R Treat at The Wharf

Main Street 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL We’ve got treats by the trunk load here at The Wharf. Spend your not-so-haunted Halloween with us on Main Street for a night of seasonal delight for the whole fam. Whether you come as a goblin, ghoul, or Ghostbuster, make sure you dress to impress. There will be a costume contest for all the festive folks and kid’s activities galore! Don’t be a scaredy cat – join in for a safe, candy-filled good time. Sponsored by Christian Life Church. From 6pm - 8:30pm; Admission is FREE; camel rides $5 and face painting $5 - $10. (251) 224-1000

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Tillman’s Corner Community Center 5055 Carol Plantation Road Mobile, AL This family-oriented festival features a carnival atmosphere with rides, food, face painting, arts and crafts, and jewelry. Free grandstand events include a classic country and western show, a Sunday gospel show with topnotch entertainers, and more. Bring the grandparents and bring the kids. There is something for everyone! Friday, 5pm until; Saturday, 9am until; Sunday, 11am until. Admission and parking are free. (251) 401-5555 alabamapecanfestival@gmail.com www.alabamapecanfestival.com/

November 4

9th Annual Harvest A Festival of Gifts

Gulf Shores UMC, South Campus 1720 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL Join us on the south Campus (Winn Dixie Parking

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Bayshore Soccer Fields 23050 US Highway 98 Fairhope, AL Bayshore Christian School’s EagleFest Fall Festival will be from 10:30am - 1:00pm on the BCS Soccer Field. There will be games, prizes, food, and more. Please mark your calendars for this fun day of family fellowship! The whole community is invited! If you are interested in helping, being a vendor, or have questions, please email or call the office. (251) 929-0011 eaglefestbcs@gmail.com www. bayshorechristian.org

Coastal Alabama Farmers & Fisherman’s Market

20733 Miflin Road Foley , AL As a local farmer’s market, we promote healthy foods from the Gulf Coast and make them available to our neighbors from all over the area. Our vendors, local farmers and fishermen, will ensure you have fresh, high quality fruits, vegetables, organic beef, seafood and other delicious foods to bring home to your family or commercial establishment. Our comfortable, covered facility is open year-round rain or shine on Saturdays from 9am - 2pm and Tuesdays from 2pm - 6pm. (251) 709-4469 foleymarketmgr@gmail.com www.coastalalabamamarket.com ESP

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Kids with Keys to the Car

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Safely secured in their pumpkin seat, children typically meet a car when they take their first ride home from the hospital. For many kids this is the beginning of a life-long love affair with cars and the independence they represent. But relegated to the back seat for most of their youth, a child’s curiosity about cars is amplified and their desire to explore all things automotive, magnified. The following toys let kids explore the driver’s seat, grab the keys, kick the tires and take the wheel as they explore the familiar machine that moves them through their lives.

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Kids take the next step toward driving independence when they transition from being pulled along as a passenger in a wagon, to taking the wheel in the push cart design of the Whisper Ride II. With an adult hand managing speed and direction from behind, little operators can confidently take the lead as they occupy the driver’s seat in front. Featuring automotive decals, seat belt, under-hood storage, a working horn and cup holders (for both adult and child), this ride is ready for every off-road expedition. Perfect pairing parent-child transportation for neighborhood walks, festival outings, park adventures and more, the Whisper Ride II from Step 2 is ready to roll out in style.

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Simulating a realistic driving experience either at home or in the car, Casdon’s Sat Nav Steering Wheel is the perfect choice for the serious driver-in-training. With simulated driving sounds and realistic design features, kids can learn right from left as well as the principles of acceleration while they navigate the course suggested by the Sat Nav. Handeye coordination and decision-making are also supported by the responsive design of this steering wheel as kids develop real-world navigation skills in a safe and engaging environment. Enjoying a realistic and responsive experience behind the wheel, young car enthusiasts’ will be engaged and entertained as they explore the fundamentals of driving with the Sat Nav Steering Wheel.

For children who seek a deeper understanding of the workings inside a car, the Theo Klein Car Station offers a closer look into the workings of an automobile. Built for tinkering, this station lets little ones open the hood and give the engine a once (or thrice) over. From changing the oil and tire to rebuilding the engine, young mechanics are equipped with tools to manipulate and manage the various working of a simplified car engine. Using a handful of AAA batteries, the Service Car Station also features working headlights, horn and realistic engine sounds. The only thing missing is an oily mess. Providing an excellent primer on a car’s familiar functions, this toy is top choice for the young automobile fan who wants to get up under the hood.

Dangling from parents’ hands like forbidden fruit, jingling with a siren’s call that small children can’t resist, our real keys to the car are the most perfectly imperfect toy for little kids. Thankfully, there’s an easy replacement for legitimate keys that will not only keep kids occupied, but also provide additional entertainment and learning opportunities in the mix. With an electronic motion sensor and buttons that generate more than 30 sounds, songs and phrases, V-Tech Beep & Go Keys offers hours of play for little hands. One of the keys is rubberized for additional teething action as well! For every parent of toddlers whose car alarm mysteriously goes off, and their toddler is the key-in-hand prime suspect, this interactive set is the ideal answer.

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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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A Page in a Book Grateful for Good Reading A child’s introduction to expressing gratitude usually comes first with our own example, and later with our first whispered ‘Say, thank you’ as we teach them to voice appreciation. When our children are treated with kindness, offered a gift or receive help, we want to teach them the ways to respond with thankfulness. But even more important than appreciative words are the profound and sincere feelings of true appreciation. The following titles take a deeper dive into our ‘thank you’ moments and bring to the surface the richer reasons for gratitude in our lives.

Thank You, Mr. Panda

by Steve Antony (Scholastic Press) Wearing his constant expression of stoic endurance and trailed by his friend Lemur, Mr. Panda ventures out with gaily wrapped presents specifically tailored for each of his friends. When he solemnly gifts Mouse with a sweater, the response isn’t ‘thank you’ but rather, ‘It’s too big’. Lemur helpfully interjects ‘It’s the thought that counts!’ Mr. Panda’s gift of six socks for Octopus spurs an exclamation of ‘But, I have eight legs. Lemur is nearby to point out the thought that counts with each almost perfect gift Mr. Panda offers. When a last present emerges for Lemur, will Mr. Panda finally get the thanks he deserves? If you’re looking for a primer on helping children receive gifts with grace, even if it’s the wrong size, shape or color, this title is just right.

Ten Thank You Letters

by Daniel Kirk (Nancy Paulson Books / Penguin) When Rabbit drops in on his friend Pig, he finds his pal writing a ‘thank you’ letter to his Grandma. Encouraged by Pig’s thoughtfulness, Rabbit asks to borrow paper and pen as he embarks on a mission to thank those who have positively affected his life. From his favorite author to the crossing guard, Rabbit remembers many people who deserve thanks for the things they do. Pig is glad to see Rabbit’s enthusiasm for writing letters, until it exacts an unfortunate toll on his supply of stamps. It may take one last important ‘thank you’ to remind both friends about the importance of gratitude. Encouraging kids to recognize the broader gifts in their lives, this celebration of a formal ‘thank you’ is welcome reading!

Thank You For Me

by Marion Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Kristina Stephenson (Simon & Schuster) Peeking into the diverse lives of children, ‘Thank You For Me’ is a sensory exploration of all the ways little ones experience their personal world with gratitude. Hearing daddy’s ‘Hush-sh-sh-sh’, seeing mama’s face, tapping toes and clapping hands join a list of gifts that receive special thankfulness from children. From the nose that smells the rain to the skin that fits exactly right, everyone is born with aspects and abilities that are worthy of appreciation. While children are encouraged to express their thanks for gifts and kindness that comes their way, this heartwarming title gently reminds kids of all the moments that deserve acknowledgment and thankfulness every day.

Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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Teach your child some basic household tasks. If you are busy, out of the house, or under the weather your child should be able to make himself a sandwich, pack a sack lunch for school, and be able prepare a small meal in the microwave. It is also good to teach your kids how to do laundry, run the dishwasher, and how to clean up a spill.

The importance of a healthy diet and routine exercise is never too early to learn. While they may not be preparing entire meals at age ten, they do need to know that potato chips are not a well balanced lunch. Kids should also be able to listen to their bodies so they can tell you if they are unwell and what is wrong. Healthy sleep habits and a good diet can help them perform better in school and improve their moods.

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themselves when needed. dollar, the reward for hard work, and also how to budget and save for things that they want. This skill will be necessary as they plan for larger purchases in adulthood.

importance of good hygiene and how to care for their own body and hair. Frequent showers, proper face and hand washing, and wearing deodorant are good habits to get into as the changing hormones of the teen years approach.

Problem solving skills

When presented with a problem, children often look to the adults in their lives to solve the problem. Rather than giving your child the answer to the problem, why not let them try to work it out themselves? The problem solving skills learned early will benefit them as they grow older. You can also present your child with different

Budgeting and saving

Ten years old is a great time to introduce basic budgeting skills. Kids can learn to pick something out that they would like to purchase, research the cost, and begin saving for it. This helps teach them delayed gratification, the value of the

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scenarios and ask them what they would do. Ask your child - If you get lost, what should you do? What if you forget your lunch at home? What if you see another child getting teased? If there is a fire in the house, what should you do? Working through different scenarios and practicing problem solving skills will help your child build confidence for when they are faced with a problem.

Value of hard work

Kids need to know the value of hard work, especially as they head off to college or into the workplace. Even middle and high school require a higher level of study habits. Developing good study habits also helps kids learn that their dedication pays off when they receive good grades because of it. To prepare your child for the workforce, assign chores that work towards a family goal, like putting in a garden for everyone to enjoy, or saving up allowance to work towards something they would like to purchase will show them the long-term payoff of hard work.

Proper etiquette and speaking skills

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adults in public, have proper phone etiquette, know how to shake hands, and express gratitude when someone gives them a gift or does something for them. With so much electronic communication, we must teach our children that when having face to face conversations, it is polite to use proper language rather than text speak. “Kids this age should know the Golden Rule and treat others the way they’d like to be treated,” says Laura Fenner, Olathe mother of four. Ten year olds can build confidence in this area by practicing public speaking and participating in sports or recitals.

Caring for others

Kids learn a lot when given the responsibility of taking care of something or someone else. Examples could be a pet, garden or plants, or helping with younger children. This helps teach them responsibility and selflessness.

Outdoor skills

Kids this age can be taught outdoor safety. Fire safety, how to use a map and compass, what poison ivy looks like, and water safety are all good examples. Teaching them these skills encourages

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them to find outdoor activities that they enjoy. Again, as we face competition with the screen, teaching kids how to be safe when pursuing outdoor activities may open a love of the outdoors they have not yet experienced.

Healthy habits

The importance of a healthy diet and routine exercise is never too early to learn. While they may not be preparing entire meals at age ten, they do need to know that potato chips are not a well balanced lunch. Kids should also be able to listen to their bodies so they can tell you if they are unwell and what is wrong. Healthy sleep habits and a good diet can help them perform better in school and improve their moods. Kids should also be able to manage their emotions and calm themselves when needed. These skills are a guideline as every child and every family is unique. You may find that in your family you value certain skills over others or that some of these were learned some time ago. “Be flexible with your plan to teach life skills,” says Laws, “Everyone learns at a different pace.” ESP Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and stay at home mom to six kids, including three-year-old triplets.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Communicating with Teens Every parent of a teenager wants to build a strong line of communication with their teen. But sadly, the opposite is most often true. I’d like to share with you some simple tips to improve your communications with your teen. You may wonder what the best timing is for building good lines of communication with your teen or pre-teen. That’s simple. Do it NOW, before problems, struggles and difficulties begin. And never stop working at it, even when there is conflict. As your children move from the elementary years into early adolescence, it’s essential that you adapt your style of communication to the changes taking place with your child. What was non-hormonal, now becomes laced with hormones. Total dependence moves closer to independence, and that affects how your teen interacts with you. Unless you change with them, there will be conflict and broken communications. The hope is that we, as parents, become that place of rest for our kids, a place where they might be restored. Too many times parents become a place of added burden or hardship, or an extra “measure” of correction, when correcting, and a life of training, has already been done. Moms have the tendency to do the “Energizer bunny” communication that just keeps on going. And dads have that tendency to tune out when communication is most needed. Moms, your over-correcting does not provide the rest your child needs. And dad, your refusal to speak up does not restore. What is crucial for your child is the Eastern Shore Parents I October 2017

balance of the mom and dad mix, which will result in that place of rest. But to achieve this balance, it is important for us as parents to transition with our children, to change our style of communication. If we can successfully make this transition, then the day when our children begin to struggle or have difficulties, and desperately need someone to talk to, we are the ones they will turn to. Now, let me give you some advice on how to build that bridge– how to make that transition… Start by laying down some new rules, not ones that dictate, but those that invite. In fact, these are rules for yourself, not as much for your child, including making it a priority to have one-on-one time with your child. For example, you might state that a new rule for your house is to go on a motherdaughter, or father-son special vacation each year. Another might be a Joke Night that gets everyone laughing, just laughing, no spiritual lesson attached, just pure fun time together. Ask thoughtful questions… create a sense of wonder. Instead of always telling your child the answers, offer them thoughtful questions. And remember, not every question has to be answered immediately, or at all. They will learn to think on their own, and begin to ask you questions as you model one who asks questions. The questions themselves can lead to the right answers, without preaching. …and wait to be invited. Hold off on the tendency to always drive the conver70

sation and share your own opinions Don’t break genuine interest, but poignant moments of silence (especially when they are not accustomed to silence from you) will move a child to ask, “What do you think?” Try not to force your opinion unless it is invited. “I Was Wrong” diffuses difficult discussions. If you handled a situation poorly, admit where you were wrong. You will take the fuse out of the firecracker when you do that. Once you admit you blew it, the issue can no longer be held against you. Anger puts up barriers and must always be diffused before communications will open up. Give them respect… consider others to be more important. Easy to say, and sometimes tough to do. It’s basically putting your child first and showing them respect, even as you demand that of them. This should affect the way you speak to them (you wouldn’t yell at, belittle, or talk down to someone you respect), the way you discipline, the way you show grace and the way you respond when you are disappointed and upset. I want to challenge you today to commit to building a relationship with your child, and that starts with good communications. Make time to communicate and really get to know your teen. And no matter how strained or difficult your relationship might be, there is always HOPE. It may take time and persistence, but keep at it in a loving and natural way and they will eventually open up.

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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FamilyCalendar Sunday October 1

5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center St. James Concert Series 4:00 PM St. James Episcopal Church, 860 North Section Street Fairhope, 36532 Making its second appearance on the St. James Concert Series, the Rose Ensemble will take us on a journey across the rustic countryside of Umbria and Tuscany to the spectacular churches of Florence and Rome. This joyful program features centuries of hymns, dances, and motets, as well as early Italian-language spiritual songs and light-hearted readings about or written by St. Francis. www.stjamesfairhope.org Bras Across the Causeway 5:00 PM USS Battleship Park, 2703 Battleship Park Mobile, 36602 Race to benefit local patients undergoing treatment for daily expenses they cannot afford. www.eventbrite.com Founders Day Concert (Free) 6:00 PM Henry George Park, Fairhope This will be our first concert of the 2017-2018 season! Bring a picnic and come enjoy live music in the beautiful Fairhope. Ten Sixty Five Concert and Arts and Crafts Market Downtown Mobile, Mobile TenSixtyFive is back for another FREE weekend of fun, music and friends in downtown Mobile, Alabama. Save the dates for September 29, 30 and October 1! In conjunction with TenSixtyFive Music Festival, MAC is organizing an art market featuring one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans. It will take place in Cathedral Square on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM during the free outdoor concert series! tensixtyfive.com

Tuesday October 3

5 Rivers StoryTime: “It Didn’t Frighten Me” by Goss and Harste 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. This week’s story is about not being afraid, even when things seem a bit scary! 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center

Wednesday October 4

Alabama Coastal Birdfest Various Locations, The 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest is set for Wednesday–Saturday, October 4–7. New trips, expanded Bird & Conservation Expo, more fun for all! www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

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Brown Bag by the Bay 11:30 AM Mayday Park, Daphne Join us for Catt’s Brown Bag by the Bay each Thursday in September and October for a special musical guest. Bring your lunch and a friend to Daphne’s Mayday Park 11:30am-1:30pm. Fairhope Outdoor Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host a Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting May 4 and ending November 2, 2017. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in the new parking lot in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have children activities at 4 p.m. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Think Pink Tea (Free) 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 This annual celebration of breast cancer awareness features a runway fashion show with models who are cancer survivors, supporters and caregivers. 251-445-9691

Gulf Coast Charity Bash to benefit The Miracle League of Coastal Alabama 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bayfront Park, 6200 Bayfront Drive Daphne, 36526 The AGC Independent Insurance Agents present the 2017 Bay Bash to Benefit the Miracle Network of Coastal Alabama 251-461-0777

Chicago Street Supper Club ($75 per person) 6:00 PM Wolf Bay Lodge, 20801 Miflin Road, Route.20 Foley, 36535 Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Chicago Street Supper Club sponsored by Caldwell, Wenzel and Asthana, P.C., Wolf Bay Lodge and South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. This elegant dinner will take place on Thursday, October 5 at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley. A reception will be held prior at the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market beginning at 6pm, doors to the dinner will open at 7 pm. www.AlabamaFestivalofFlavor.com Alabama Coastal Birdfest Various Locations, The 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest is set for Wednesday–Saturday, October 4–7. New trips, expanded Bird & Conservation Expo, more fun for all! www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

Friday October 6

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants 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. Alabama Coastal Birdfest Various Locations, The 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest is set for Wednesday–Saturday, October 4–7. New trips, expanded Bird & Conservation Expo, more fun for all! www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

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Saturday October 7

ACCF 3rd Annual Bass Fishing Tournament 6:30 AM Live Oak Landing, Stockton All proceeds will benefit the Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation to help cancer patients in need along the Gulf Coast. 251-607-5081 www.anchorcrossfoundation.org Tour de Foley 7:00 AM OWA, 10113 Foley Beach Express Foley, 36535 Join us for a ride through southeastern Baldwin County, Alabama! The rides travel through flat and rolling rural farmland in and around the beautiful towns of Foley, Robertsdale, Loxley, Summerdale, Elsanor, and Elberta. The purpose of this event is to help the Foley Lions Club and the Foley Kiwanis Club in their community projects. www.active.com/foley-al/cycling/tour-de-foley-2017 Bird and Conservation Expo (Free) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Faulkner State Community College, 450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Exhibits, vendors, artists, hands-on activities for all ages, live raptor demonstrations, sea creature touch tanks, and lots more! Bay Minette Fire Department Open House 10:00 AM Bay Minette Fire Department, 608 D’Olive Street Bay Minette, 36507 Bay Minette Fire Departments 2nd annual open house / family fun day. We will have demonstrations to include: Rope rescue, Car fire / extrication, Fire extinguisher training, and more! There will be special props and events for children. Free hotdog, or hamburger lunch! There will be a Bake sale that will benefit our fire prevention education. Alabama Festival of Flavor 12:00 PM Downtown Foley, 112 West Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 The Alabama Festival of Flavor showcases the many flavors of local and regional foods, wine and craft beer. This food, wine and craft beer event is focused on locally grown and produced products. 877-461-3712 www.alabamafestivalofflavor.com Phantasy Presents “An Evening In The Big Easy” 6:00 PM Fairhope Civic Center, 161 North Section Street Mobile, 36532 New Orleans Themed Fundraiser for Fairhope City Schools 251-990-3333

Alabama Coastal Birdfest Various Locations, The 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest is set for Wednesday–Saturday, October 4–7. New trips, expanded Bird & Conservation Expo, more fun for all! www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

Sunday October 8

2017 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk 7:30 AM USS Alabama Battleship Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36602 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! For more information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation please visit www.tunnel2towers.org. t2tmobile.eventbrite.com

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Tuesday October 10 A Night Honoring Heroes

5:30 PM 9:00 PM, Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 The event will include a reception, dinner and inspiring video presentations of two patients who suffered traumatic injuries and those who cared for them. University of South Alabama Foundation is the title sponsor for the inaugural event, which will benefit USA Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center. www.usahealthsystem.com

Wednesday October 11

Need to Breath 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602www.mobilesaenger.com

Thursday October 12

Brown Bag by the Bay 11:30 AM Mayday Park, Daphne Join us for Catt’s Brown Bag by the Bay each Thursday in September and October for a special musical guest. Bring your lunch and a friend to Daphne’s Mayday Park 11:30am-1:30pm. Fairhope Outdoor Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host a Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting May 4 and ending November 2, 2017. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in the new parking lot in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have children activities at 4 p.m. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Nest Fest 6:30 PM The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Benefit Concert for N.E.S.T of Mobile. Original songs, covers from The Band, the Grateful Dead, and other sixties and seventies music will rock the halls of The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street, as Diamond Reo 75 performs a benefit concert for N.E.S.T. of Mobile, a volunteer organization which

serves the needs of at-risk families and children in Mobile County. nestofmobile.org Storytelling of the “Removal” of the Baldwin County Seat (Free Admission) 6:30 PM Baldwin County Courthouse Pavilion, Bay Minette The Storytelling of the removal of the Baldwin County Seat. Period music, Period Attire Contest and Food Vendors. 251-580-1897

Friday October 13

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket Live at Five (Free) 5:00 PM Halstead Amphitheater, 450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 A new concert series in Fairhope. Bring refreshments and a blanket. Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. www.theatre98.org 4th Annual Spina Bifida Awareness Football Game Fairhope Stadium, 785 North 2nd Street Fairhope, 36532 This event is welcomed to all! Any family whose child has a disability and would like to come

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kins – the grocery store-themed mini collectable toys – Apple Blossom, Strawberry Kiss, Lippy Lips, Kooky Cookie, Poppy Corn, Slick Breadstick and Shady Diva. An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song and dance. www.mobilesaenger.com

Saturday October 14

Spirit of Spanish Fort 6:00 PM Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Join us for a night to celebrate the Spirit of Spanish Fort. SFEEF’s mission is to inspire the power of community to enrich and support education for all Spanish Fort public school children. We ask you to join us October 14, 2017 for a night of music, drinks, food and fun! sfeef.com

SABCC British Car Festival 2017 9:00 AM Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street Fairhope, 36532www.fairhopeumc.org Market at Seasons 10:00 AM Seasons Consignment, Crafts & Gifts, 26992 AL-181 Fairhope, 36532 Event that features arts & crafts vendors, food trucks and local small businesses. Interested in signing up? Message us or email us at info@seasonsconsignment.com. Shopkins Live! 1:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Shopkins Live! is finally here! The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more! The fun and fashionista Shoppies are joined by the Shop-

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Sunday October 15

2017 Polo at the Point 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Point Clear Polo Club, 16655 Polo Club Rd, Co Rd 32 Fairhope, 36532 The 2017 Polo at the Point, hosted by Point Clear Charities, Inc. and presented by Mercedes Benz of Mobile and Grand Hotel Marriott, is scheduled for Sunday, October 15th at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear, Alabama. Polo at the Point has become one of Alabama’s top one-day fundraiser events. Organized by all volunteers with proceeds going back to our community, the Gulf Coast’s premier charity

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sporting event has designated Thomas Hospital and Mitchell Cancer Institute as its main beneficiaries. Event highlights include world-class polo, gourmet cuisine, champagne, divot stomping, tailgating fun, reserved seating, garden party attire in the luncheon tent, hat parade, Mercedes Drawn Down, Silent Auction, SEC sports center, evening Player’s Party and much more. 251-928-9704 poloatthepoint.com South Alabama Out of the Darkness Community Walk

1:00 PM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, 36526 The South Alabama Out of the Darkness Community Walk for suicide awareness and prevention will take place October 15. The fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the world’s largest non profit organization for research, education, advocacy and survivor support. afsp.org/Daphne

5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center

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Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 2:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. www.theatre98.org Sunday Sunset Concert - Dauphin Island 4:30 PM West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Town of Dauphin Island presents “Sunday Sunset Concerts” with Roman Street. Entrance fees $5.00 per individual! As always, attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills. *All concerts approx time & weather permitting! townofdauphinisland.org

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5 Rivers StoryTime: “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. This week’s story is about not being afraid, even when things seem a bit scary! This week’s story is about a witch – because it’s almost Halloween! The lovely lady loses some items off of her broom, and some friends help her find them. All they want

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Brown Bag by the Bay 11:30 AM Mayday Park, Daphne Join us for Catt’s Brown Bag by the Bay each Thursday in September and October for a special musical guest. Bring your lunch and a friend to Daphne’s Mayday Park 11:30am-1:30pm. Fairhope Outdoor Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host a Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting May 4 and ending November 2, 2017. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in the new parking lot in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have children activities at 4 p.m. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com Olde Towne Daphne’s Third Thursday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Olde Town Daphne, Daphne Olde Towne Daphne’s Third Thursday open house is from 5-7 p.m. Olde Towne shops will stay open late and offer refreshments for patrons as they shop. A Ramblin’ Night at The Steeple 7:00 PM The Steeple, 251 St Francis Street Mobile, 36602 A Ramblin’ Night at The Steeple with Paul Thorn, The Mulligan Brothers and Eric Erdman. Phil & Foster will play pre-show in the bar. Proceeds will benefit a new public art project The Southern Ram-

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bler is doing with Chris Cumbie in downtown Mobile. www.thesteeplemobile.com

Down in the Delta’s Fall Market 2017 ($8.00) 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Pimperl Place, 48738 US Highway 31 Bay Minette, 36507 Fall Market featuring antiques, vintage art, Fine Crafts, Pumpkins, Mums and More. www.downinthedelta.net Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket Mobile Opera presents “Cosi Fan Tutte” 8:00 PM The Temple Downtown, 351 St. Francis Street Mobile, 36602 In Opera, true love rarely runs smooth, and no more so then in this lighthearted comedy of the difference between men and women. Mozart’s tale of classic misunderstanding - Cosi fan tutte. www.mobileopera.org Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. www.theatre98.org

Saturday October 21

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FamilyCalendar Walk each October to promote acceptance and includsion of those with Down syndrome in the Mobile area. There’s a one-mile walk through historic downtown, live music, special guests, games and much more! Register online today! www.dssmobile.org Tri the Gulf 7:00 AM Isle of Dauphine, 100 Orleans Drive Dauphin Island, 36528 On Saturday, October 21, the 2nd Annual Tri the Gulf Triathlon is expected to attract more than 300 participants to swim (600 yds.), bike (16.7 mi.) and run (3.25 mi.). www.trithegulf.com Car Show 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Foley Assembly of God, 314 East Azalea Avenue Foley, 36535 The show will be from 8am until 2pm. There will be lunch plates available to purchase. All proceeds will benefit local Teen Challenge Center in Bay Minette, Foley Police and Fire Departments. Down in the Delta’s Fall Market 2017 ($8.00) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Pimperl Place, 48738 US Highway 31 Bay Minette, 36507 Fall Market featuring antiques, vintage art, Fine Crafts, Pumpkins, Mums and More. www.downinthedelta.net Indian Festival of Light 6:00 PM Fairhope Community Park, Fairhope Come join us for the first annual Children of the World “Indian Festival of Lights” Celebration - Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at the Fairhope Community Park. We plan to celebrate the Indian culture with a laid back evening of fellowship, play time, and yummy desserts to enjoy. A Bollywood dance instructor

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will lead all want to learn in an Indian line dance. Afterwards, follow us down to the Bay and release a family lantern into the sky. Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. www.theatre98.org QuestCon Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36602 We are proud to announce that we are partnering with the 2017 QuestCon to bring you an amazing kids’ tract. A kids’ convention for kids of all ages. Too often our children are an afterthought when it comes to conventions, with kids’ events often confined to one room, or even relegated to an out of the way spot. The out of the box thinkers of Quest-Con and the Exploreum are going to change this trend, and reshape the way we all think of cons in the future years to come. www.quest-con.com

Sunday October 22

Dia de la Raza 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Heritage Park, 125 East Laurel Avenue Foley, 36535 Come celebrate the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic

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and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Mobile Opera presents “Cosi Fan Tutte” 2:30 PM The Temple Downtown, 351 St. Francis Street Mobile, 36602 In Opera, true love rarely runs smooth, and no more so then in this lighthearted comedy of the difference between men and women. Mozart’s tale of classic misunderstanding - Cosi fan tutte. www.mobileopera.org Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 2:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. www.theatre98.org The Magic of Bill Blagg - Live! 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! comes to the Saenger Theatre in Mobile, Alabama for one show only! Critics and audiences alike rave about his interactive high-energy, magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. www.mobilesaenger.com QuestCon Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36602 We are proud to announce that we are partnering with the 2017 QuestCon to bring you an amazing kids’ tract. A kids’ convention for kids of all ages. Too often our children are an afterthought when it comes to conventions, with kids’ events often confined to one room, or even relegated to an out of the way spot. The out of the box thinkers of

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Tuesday October 24

Blues Traveler: 30th Anniversary Tour 7:00 PM The Steeple, 251 St Francis Street Mobile, 36602www.thesteeplemobile.com

Thursday October 26

Brown Bag by the Bay 11:30 AM Mayday Park, Daphne Join us for Catt’s Brown Bag by the Bay each Thursday in September and October for a special musical guest. Bring your lunch and a friend to Daphne’s Mayday Park 11:30am-1:30pm. Fairhope Outdoor Farmer’s Market 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street, Fairhope, 36532 The City of Fairhope will host a Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings starting May 4 and ending November 2, 2017. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library in the new parking lot in downtown Fairhope on Bancroft Street. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will have children activities at 4 p.m. 251-929-1466 www.cofairhope.com

Friday October 27

Daphne Farmers Market 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 2305 US-98 Daphne, 36526 Local farmers with locally grown produce, baked goods

and great gulf fish. www.facebook.com/daphnefarmersmarket

Mobile Bay Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s 8:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36602 Join us for the 2017 Mobile Bay Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Enjoy a 2 mile walk around the Battleship Memorial Park. Food, fun and much more!! You don’t want to miss it. act.alz.org

Live at Five (Free) 5:00 PM Halstead Amphitheater, 450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 A new concert series in Fairhope. Bring refreshments and a blanket. Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. www.theatre98.org 2017 Angel Ride Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 The Angel Ride festivities will kick off at the campground at Oak Hollow Farms on Friday, October 27th. Our entertainment for the 2017 Angel Ride will be Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri! For more information, tickets, camping, and activity schedules, visit our website. 251-243-0365 www.angel-ride.org

Saturday October 28

2017 Baldwin Heart Walk 8:00 AM Fairhope Pier, Fairhope The 2017 Baldwin Heart Walk is a celebration of life, a festival of hearts beating healthier for good. baldwinheartwalk.org

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The Original German Sausage Festival 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Elberta Town Park, 13052 Main Street Elberta, 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. www.elbertafire.com Turkey Trot 2017 8:00 AM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, 36526 The 2017 Turkey Trot will be held October 28, 2017 in Old Towne Daphne to benefit the Prodisee Pantry, Baldwin County’s largest non-profit emergency food pantry. Each entry pays for a turkey for a local family in need this Thanksgiving season.The certified 5K Course Run will begin at 8 a.m. and the one mile Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. Race activities will take place at Daphne City Hall on Main Street. prodiseepantry.org/campaigns/turkey-trot-2017 Wine on the River Mobile 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Cooper Riverside Park, Mobile Join us for Mobile’s Inaugural Wine on the River on

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FamilyCalendar Saturday, October 28th. Sample wine from national and international vineyards. With an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions there will be wine each selected area. Food will be available for purchase. Live music entertainment and lots of fun to benefit The Fuse Project. www.wineontherivermobile.com Gulf Seafood Gala

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4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium, 102 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Mark your calendar and join us for “Gulf Seafood Gala”™, a celebration of Alabama Gulf seafood prepared and presented by regional chefs to focus positive attention on Gulf seafood and the rich heritage and culture that surrounds it. Local oyster farmers will also participate in the event by demonstrating the art of growing some of the best oysters in the world. Coastal heritage demonstrations such as cast net making, cast net throwing, oyster tonging, oyster shucking, gumbo making and other multi-generational traditions will also be featured. Drawings for original works of art, live musical entertainment and adult beverages will round out a great evening on the Island. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council. www.GulfSeafoodGala.com Kevin Hart 7:00 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36608 Kevin Hart is coming to the Mobile Civic Center Theater on October 28 & 29! www.mobilecivicctr.com Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 8:00 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. www.theatre98.org

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2017 Angel Ride Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 South Greeno Road Fairhope, 36532 The Angel Ride festivities will kick off at the campground at Oak Hollow Farms on Friday, October 27th. Our entertainment for the 2017 Angel Ride will be Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri! For more information, tickets, camping, and activity schedules, visit our website. 251-243-0365 www.angel-ride.org Salty Worm Brackish Classic and Delta Bash Blue Gill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway Spanish Fort, 36527 Unique fishing tournament and after-party benefiting the Gaillard Pancreatic Cancer Research Endowment at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Sponsored by Hieronymus CPAs. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets. www.usahealthsystem.com/saltyworm

Sunday October 29

Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” 2:30 PM Theatre 98, 350 Morphy Avenue Fairhope, 36532 Theatre 98 presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. www.theatre98.org Kevin Hart 7:00 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36608 Kevin Hart is coming to the Mobile Civic Center Theater on October 28 & 29! www.mobilecivicctr.com

Thursday November 2

Mobile Ballet presents Blaine Hoven Full Circle 7:30 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Mobile Ballet opens its 2017-18 performing season with a special one-night only production featuring Blaine Hoven, American Ballet Theatre soloist and Mobile Ballet alumni, returning to his home town stage! This special program will feature beautiful excerpts of classical ballet favorites as well as stunning new works, performed by Blaine Hoven, additional guest artists from American Ballet Theatre and the Mobile Ballet Company. mobileballet.org

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Friday November 3

First Friday Art Walk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Downtown Fairhope, Fairhope Fairhope First Friday Art Walk Visit our local merchants in Downtown Fairhope as they open late and highlight the art community. Art Walk happens every first Friday of each month from 6-8 p.m. 2017 Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard Gulf Shores, 36542 Spend a decadent day at the beach as you taste oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants, sip on a variety of craft beers, and enjoy a great lineup of music. Sharpen your culinary skills with fun & informative cooking demos from award winning chefs and wash it down with a Bloody Mary or a glass of Champagne. Kids 12 and under get in for free. www.hangoutcookoff.com

Saturday November 4

2017 Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend The Hangout, 101 East Beach Boulevard Gulf Shores, 36542 Spend a decadent day at the beach as you taste oysters from dozens of chefs and restaurants, sip on a variety of craft beers, and enjoy a great lineup of music. Sharpen your culinary skills with fun & informative cooking demos from award winning chefs and wash it down with a Bloody Mary or a glass of Champagne. Kids 12 and under get in for free. www.hangoutcookoff.com

Sunday November 5

5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States. Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond. 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center Glow for a Cure 3:00 PM Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main Street Daphne, 36526 Each year we work hard throughout the Eastern Shore to raise funds to find a Cure for cancer.

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well as a professional gardener, floral and interior designer, cook, author and lifestyle expert. Bring a friend and enjoy lunch as Farmer entertains the crowd with his gift of storytelling and a demonstration highlighting design expertise. Proceeds benefit Thomas Hospital’s cancer program. www.infirmaryhealth.org/hospitals/thomas-hospital/ foundation

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5 Rivers StoryTime: “Run, Turkey, Run!” by Diane Mayr 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. This week’s story is about a turkey trying to find a good place to hide from the farmer. Uh-oh! Here comes the farmer! 251-625-0814 www.outdooralabama.com/5-riversalabamas-delta-resource-center

Wednesday November 8

Ray LaMontagne: Just Passing Through 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Ray LaMontagne is bringing the “Just Passing Through” Acoustic Tour to the Mobile Saenger Theatre on November 8th! www.mobilesaenger.com Celebrate Life with Author James Farmer ($50) Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, One Grand Boulevard Point Clear, 36564 The Thomas Hospital Foundation welcomes southern-born and bred James Farmer to the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear on Nov. 8. Farmer is editor-at-large for Southern Living as

Ladies Night Out 5:00 PM John F Rhodes Civic Center, 301 D’Olive Street Bay Minette, 36507 Ladies Night Out is a fun social outing with the opportunity to shop dozens of local vendors at one location. The event will include a fashion show, raffle, and several fun activities. For this event we are partnering with the Heritage Junior Women’s Club to support its service project: Emily’s Closet, a free prom boutique for high school students. Admission fees paid will go to support this outstanding community service project which has helped hundreds of girls in our area attend their high school prom. We are also partnering with local girls’ sports teams and organizations to help fund additional programming for young ladies in our community. 5th Annual Fairhope Film Festival Various Locations, Fairhope The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival held each year on the second weekend in November, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a

unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. 251-990-7957 www.fairhopefilmfestival.org Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Various locations from Bon Secour, AL to Pensacola, FL In its’ 33rd year, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival is the oldest of its’ kind in the country. November 9th thru 19th will see over two hundred Grammy award winning and up and coming songwriters performing on the AL/FL Gulf Coast in over two dozen venues from Bon Secour, AL to Pensacola, FL. This is an opportunity to hear the stories behind the hits of today and the soon to be hits performed by the writers. 850-492-7664 fbisf.com

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Live at Five (Free) 5:00 PM Halstead Amphitheater, 450 Fairhope Avenue Fairhope, 36532 A new concert series in Fairhope. Bring refreshments and a blanket. 5th Annual Fairhope Film Festival Various Locations, Fairhope The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival held each year on the second weekend in November, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a fourday period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. 251-990-7957 www.fairhopefilmfestival.org

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FamilyCalendar Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Various locations from Bon Secour, AL to Pensacola, FL In its’ 33rd year, the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival is the oldest of its’ kind in the country. November 9th thru 19th will see over two hundred Grammy award winning and up and coming songwriters performing on the AL/FL Gulf Coast in over two dozen venues from Bon Secour, AL to Pensacola, FL. This is an opportunity to hear the stories behind the hits of today and the soon to be hits performed by the writers. 850-492-7664 fbisf.com

Classes/Meetings Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 3rd Thursday of each month. The meeting is held at 3 Circle Church, 10274 Highway 104, Fairhope. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-460-2727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counsuling services to adoptive families. Celebration MOPS Fairhope (Meets During School Year Only) Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call the church office for info

at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook. com/celebrationmopsfairhopeal. Daily Living Skills Group for Parents with Children on the Spectrum Held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:307:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 27365 Pollard Road, Daphne. Focus is on daily living needs of families and their children, such as: Safety issues; How to have a family dinner out; Ways to assist with transition; How to talk with people who stare; Your questions, comments and suggestions. Limited childcare slots are available. For information, please contact Judy Bradshaw: (251) 990-7781. Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Meets During School Year Only) We meet 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday (during the school year) at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@yahoo.com for how to register.

Father Central of Daphne *Positive Fathering, A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA. *Chill Skills” - Anger Management by appointment.

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Calendar *Nurturing Parenting, everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne. Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center) Ministry for memory & physically challenged. Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148. SOS (Survivors of Suicide) This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. For information, please email jlbarber5@ bellsouth.net or call 251-455-6453. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes: Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including: Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of complications, and relaxation exercises. One session. $10. Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30 Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises. Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises. Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session. • Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. • Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 949-3676 to schedule. Gift of Life The Gift of Life is a required maternity care program for Medicaid patients or Medicaid-eligible patients. The Gift of Life Program provides a caring system of prenatal services; education and care coordination for expectant moms and their babies. For info contact 949-3781. Thomas Hospital offers the following classes: Breastfeeding Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m. 
Free. Infant CPR and Safety Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration required. 
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Calendar Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series. Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope)
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope)
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 Thomas Medical Center (Daphne)
Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
 Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration. Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition For class schedule or information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@ bellsouth.net. Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required. Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required. 
 Sibling Class 
 Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope). 
Preregistration required. 
Call 279-1373.
10-11 a.m. 
 Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community: Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous) Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-477-1104. Alateen Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information. ALS Support Group Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information. Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information. Cancer Support Group for Women Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room. For more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Group Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 626-6337 for more information.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Home Again MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: B Sexual Content: C+ Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: CThe MPAA has rated Home Again PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material. A middle-aged fantasy for women, Home Again offers separated-butnot-divorced Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) the “problem” of dealing with a bevy of men. An evening out with the girls to celebrate her 40th birthday (a non-event that has kept her in tears all day) leads to an all-nighter of binge drinking with three twenty-something guys that are homeless, wannabe filmmakers. We can only assume an inheritance or Alice’s husband Austen (Michael Sheen), who is distracted with his music business in New York, is paying the bills for the ongoing party. But when he discovers the three amigos cavorting with his wife and daughters, he has a moment of sensibility and comes to Los Angeles. Yet his renewed presence only adds to the ongoing alpha male competition and does nothing to suggest Rosie and Isabel are going to have any hope of a stable family outcome. Shot in a beautiful neighborhood with a cast of vanilla characters who look way too good to be stressed about jobs, money and life, Home Again is the antitheses of those many male-dominated movies with lusty women romping by the pool. If you can buy into the script’s subtle argument that if her father could roam the Hollywood hills looking for young women to bed, there’s no reason his daughter can’t do likewise, this romantic comedy may offer enough laughs to keep you interested.

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

Captain Underpants

Wonder Woman (new to home video)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: CSexual Content: BProfanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated Wonder Woman PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and suggestive content. World War I is raging. Everyone is aware of the horrifying conflict. Everyone, except those who live on the remote island of Themyscira. In the too-beautiful-to-be-true land dwells a community of women, members of the Amazon tribe from Greek mythology. All are adept fighters and continually train for an impending battle. The only child amongst them is Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta, the ruler of the island. Diana soon discovers war among mortals is a complex scenario. Arriving on the front lines she witnesses the horrific effects of the political confrontation. Men, women and children, many of whom are civilians, are seen with bloody injuries -- some with missing limbs. Frequent battle scenes depict shootings, stabbings and bombings, however the violence falls short of gratuitous. Perhaps more disconcerting are scenes depicting the German military’s experiments with poisonous gas mixtures. Amid this chaos, Wonder Woman stands as the voice of reason, most likely echoing the sentiments many of us feel when we see hate and anger lead to bloodshed and the killing of innocent victims. Determined to find a way to stop the slaughter, her deft skills at dodging bullets with armored bracelets and a blast-proof shield demonstrate a desire to utilize defensive tactics. Wonder Woman stands tall above other recent movies with comic book pedigrees.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie PG for mild rude humor throughout. George and Herold (voices of Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) are elementary-aged kids who have been friends since kindergarten. Sharing the same sense of humor, the pals combine their separate talents for writing and art, to make hand-drawn adventure stories featuring a bald action figure in tighty-whities. The pair also likes to play pranks on their teachers as a way to cheer up their fellow students at their penitentiary-like school. Their mischief has made them regular visitors to the office of Principal Krupp (voice of Ed Helms). Fed-up, the administrator threatens to put the hooligans in separate classrooms. To prevent him for carrying out the threat, George attempts to hypnotize him -- and it works. With a suggestion, Principal Krupp believes he is Captain Underpants, and the boys take control of his actions. As is to be expected from the film’s title, this script is full, full, full of potty humor. Yet despite the fixation on toilets and a blatant disrespect for authority figures, the story does allow its characters to reconsider their motives, feel remorse for their mockery, and redeem their actions. While these positive moments won’t flush away all the shenanigans, they will likely provide enough charm to amuse older children and tweens. Eastern Shore Parents I October 2017

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PERTUSSIS

(WHOOPING COUGH)

IS IN ALABAMA PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

WHAT IS WHOOPING COUGH?

Whooping cough – or pertussis – is a very serious respiratory (in the lungs and breathing tubes) infection caused by the pertussis bacteria. It causes violent coughing you can’t stop. Whooping cough is most harmful for young babies and can be deadly.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF WHOOPING COUGH?

Early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include • Runny nose • Low-grade fever • Mild, occasional cough • A pnea - a pause in breathing (in babies)

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TO GET VACCINATED AND FOR TREATMENT. For more information, visit adph.org/immunization or facebook.com/AlabamaImmunizationInfo


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