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Publisher’s Note Lynn Knighton

Therapeutic Parenting Why trust moves at the speed of relationship with your kids.


Go a Little Rogue for Thanksgiving

Therapeutic Parenting

Ideas to make it more gratifying.



Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

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Everything in Between Common Sense Media


Dave Says Dave Ramsey

How to Show Support for Local Businesses Creative ways to “shop” local.

Our guide shares what’s going on around town and nearby to fill the holidays with joy and memories!

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On The Cover Livvie Updike is 12 months

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School Bits

old. She is the daughter of Viktoria and Ryan Updike and little sister to Jeremiah Updike.


Movie Reviews

Livvie loves to eat, chase her big brother around, play outside, and dance.




Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

As I have mentioned in years past, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is the one holiday a year that my parents, my family, my brothers and their families all get to spend together. As our families have expanded, we have had to be a bit flexible with this special day. Some years we spend the time together on Thanksgiving Day eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and some years we take a more laid back approach with BBQ and bowling. Who knew that our radical flexibility with the holiday would be preparing us for Thanksgiving 2020?! Maybe this year we will have a picnic outside, or maybe it will be a family game night over Zoom. Who knows? One thing I do know... whatever we do it will be full of laughs and great family time. What does your Thanksgiving look like? Are you looking at new options this year? Whether you are looking at alternatives to your traditional Thanksgiving due to the pandemic and travel limitations, or the kids just won’t eat cranberries and dressing, flip over to page 16 where Christa Melnyk Hines gives us some inspiration for changing things up in, Go a Little Rogue for a More Gratifying Thanksgiving. A big Thanksgiving tradition for many families is shopping on the days following. So much so that I have friends who spend weeks planning their shopping strategy. It is so festive getting out and hearing the holiday music and seeing all the decorations. While I am not really a Black Friday shopper, I do love the ambiance of strolling local shops. Not only are they are much less crowded, they tend to have wonderful holiday charm. As you start to plan your holiday list and shopping trips, I urge you to shop your local small businesses as much as possible. We have seen up close and personal how much the pandemic and Hurricane Sally have affected our area shops, and many are counting on the local support this holiday. As I have worked with and watched many of these businesses over the last several months, it is incredibly impressive how resourceful these resilient shop owners have become. Many who did not offer online shopping before now do, along with curbside pickup, and even gift wrapping! How awesome is that! Prefer to shop in person? Then you will love the personalized attention and unique gift items local shops offer. It is a win/win for everyone! Looking for more ways you can support your local businesses? Check out page 20 where Janeen Lewis expands on how we can show our appreciation in her feature, How to Show Support for Small Businesses this Holiday Season. As you are making your holiday plans, make sure you check out our annual Holiday Happenings event listing on page 24. In the guide, you will find ideas for outdoor activities like a Christmas tree farm and tree lightings, along with many other events, and even including virtual activities. As a reminder, please check with the venue before attending any event, as things may change from day to day due to the current circumstances. Most importantly, just remember to take the appropriate precautions to keep you, your family and your community safe. While the holidays may looks a little different this year, take some time to focus on your blessings and enjoy this beautiful season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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TherapeuticParenting by Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Trust Moves at the Speed of Relationship As a mother of many, I certainly do love it when the words, “Yes, Ma’am” come out of the mouths of my children. When they were young, that first time obedience, and their willingness to signal and show respect to me and to the entirety of the family, was important. And that is certainly still true. However, as they are now grown or nearly grown, I have realized that there are a handful of words that mean even more to me than “Ma’am?” followed by their immediate compliance. I was standing in the kitchen last week, cooking yet another casserole to feed a crowd, when one of them walked in and said, “I was thinking about what you said the other day…” And that was the moment. I put down the stirring spoon, turned around, looked him full in the face and let the impact of those words wash between us. “I was thinking about what you said…” That’s big. That’s powerful. And that’s exactly what we want to strive for as we seek to love, lead, guide, disciple, discipline and teach our children. In between the parental lectures on cleanliness and not driving above the

speed limit, in the midst of the day to day battles of chores and homework, we want the underlying current of our presence to have a lasting impact. Clearly we want our astute wisdom to begin to sink in and start to take root; we want them to “… think about what we said,” but it’s so much bigger than a “Go to your room and think about what I said” moment. It’s more foundational than that. It’s systemic, but above all else, it is relational. And I think that is where we miss the mark sometimes. We argue, we yell and we punish in the name of us being “right”, and often at the cost of the relationship. Should we discipline? Yes. Should we teach and train their hearts? Yes. Should we continually seek to point them in the way they should go? Absolutely, yes. But it is the way we do it that will either destroy the relationship or strengthen it. Because at the end of the day our kids have to trust us enough to understand that we are actually in their corner. It simply must be understood that trust moves at the speed of relationship.

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Trust doesn’t move ahead, nor does it lag behind the relationship. They are one. They are concurrent and congruent with one another. Trust in friendship is essential. Trust in marriage is essential. Trust in parenting… yep, you guessed it – also essential. When our kids can get to the point wherein they trust that we are really for them, we can know we also have a healthy relationship, and so much good can come from that. It is through relationship that we get that obedience, it is through relationship that we get compliance, it is through relationship that we can share in the joys and sorrows of life together, both now and when they are 23, and 33 and 47. So hang in there, and remember that in the midst of all of the encouraging and correcting you will do today – they are actually listening. Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to mitigate negative behaviors. She is the Director of Central Alabama for Lifeline Children’s Services and is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of which were internationally adopted and she is a foster parent.


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Christmas on the Coast

Walk or Run the Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon!

Pensacola Children’s Chorus audiences will be treated to Christmas on the Coast December 11-13 at Pensacola Saenger Theatre. This dazzling holiday spectacular will transform sunny weather into a winter wonderland and is packed full of the best sounds of the season. For more info, visit www.pensacolasings.org/ or call (850) 434-7760.

Pensacola Sports Women’s Half Marathon is a women’s-focused event bringing the Pensacola running community to the next level! The Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon is unlike anything else on the Gulf Coast, with a Mile Dash, a 5K and a Half Marathon, all set to take place on November 8. Pensacola Sports is creating an experience completely unique to Pensacola and to the race community, with an all-new half marathon race course, goodie bags with next-level swag, course music to keep runners moving, delicious food, an innovative and impressive packet pick-up with surprises in store, a weekend of friendship and bonding that won’t be forgotten. Can’t join us in Pensacola? For the first time, we are offering a virtual option for the Pensacola Women’s Half. Run the half marathon wherever you are. All you have to do is sign up for the virtual race, run your own course and record your time when you’re finished and still get all the swag! For more info, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Pensacola/PensacolaWomensHalfMarathon.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Christmas ZOObilee at the Gulf Breeze Zoo December 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas ZOObilee includes winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, and a Candy Cane Market full of gifts and delicious holiday treats. Sundays with Santa are the perfect opportunity to hand-deliver last-minute Christmas letters while snapping a treasured photo with Saint Nick in his sleigh. For more info, call (850) 932-2229 or visit https://www.gbzoo.com/.

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43rd Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

Red, White & Birdies Military Classic Golf Tournament

November 6-8 * Seville Square * Free admission Times: Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. * Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. * Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Savor delicious seafood, enjoy various musical acts and immerse yourself in historic downtown Pensacola during the Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, produced by Fiesta Pensacola. This FREE festival will feature a Gulf to Table area where local restaurants will prepare tapas size portions of their signature recipes. Be sure to also visit the Fiesta Seafood Grille, sponsored by Pensacola Energy, where live cooking demonstrations by Pensacola celebrity chefs will take place. Bring your chair or blanket and join us at the Step One Automotive Group Entertainment Stage in Fountain Park for a lineup that will bring the sounds of Southern rock, pop, funk and soul throughout the streets of Pensacola. The COX Children’s Tent will feature fun activities for children of all ages to take home, including crafts, coloring pages and more. It will be located by the Festival Information tent in Seville Square. Even with the outdoor nature of this event, we recommend wearing masks and social distancing whenever possible. For more info, visit fiestapensacola.org or pensacolaseafoodfestival.com. Or call (850) 433-6512.

Saturday, November 7 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and lunch at 10 a.m. Shotgun start at 11 a.m. Perdido Bay Golf Club, Pensacola $100 per golfer or $400 per team. Military discount is $75 per

golfer or $300 per team. The 2020 Red, White & Birdies Military Classic Golf Scramble is a major fundraising event for support of our military. This year a portion of the proceeds will support the HER Foundation. The HER Foundation is committed to providing meals, lodging, access to medical care and job placement services for identified women veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. For more info, contact Tammy Thurow at (850) 492-4660.

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Switzerland & Christmas Show

Pensacola Little Theatre has a busy few months ahead. Showtimes for Switzerland include October 30-31 and November 5-7 at 7:30 p.m., and November 1 at 2:30. Written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Billy Buff, tickets are $15-$31. Seating is limited and masks are required in the theatre. Somewhere in the Swiss Alps, grande dame of crime literature Patricia Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books, and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. She finds solace in her solitude, her cats and cigarettes. But when a mysterious international visitor arrives at her perfectly secluded home, her love of fictional murders becomes a dangerous reality. depARTure, an annual raffle benefit for education programs, will be held at Pensacola Little Theatre Thursday, November 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Grand prize is a trip for two to one of five destinations around the country: Waimea, HI; Lake Tahoe, NV; Newport, RI; Asheville, NC; or Nashville, TN. Benefit events include complimentary drinks, delicious catering, live PLT performances, and premium live auction. Attend benefit online or inperson, though attendance is not necessary to win. Single tickets are $60 and multiple tickets are $50. PLT will perform Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells December 11-20.This is a hilarious and endearing tale written by Allison Gregory and directed by Mindy Iverson, based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. It is a fun, silly show for children and adults with an underlying message of kindness and charity. For tickets or more info, visit https://www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/ or call (850) 432-2042.

Junior League Hosts ‘Enchanted Evergreen’ Virtual Market Basket

The Junior League of Pensacola invites the community to attend Virtual Market Basket: Enchanted Evergreen! Sip, shop and savor from the comfort of your home for a full weekend of a guided shopping experience, November 19-22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all four days. Food, fashion and home goods vendors will have items available for virtual preview and purchase as well as a vast silent auction full of local items. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Junior League of Pensacola, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and making a difference in the lives of others. For more info, visit PensacolaMarketBasket.com. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2020



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2020 Food Truck Fest

Fairways to Freedom

November 14 * 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park This is a family-friendly event featuring several of the city’s finest food trucks! We also will have vendors exhibiting and selling gifts, crafts, jewelry, personal care products and much more! There will be live entertainment with The Hoodoos and The Chill Beach Band, a food truck tasting competition and People’s Choice award and a bounce house for the kids. A portion of the proceeds goes to Feeding the Gulf Coast. $2 entry fee; kids under 12 free For more info, call (850) 376-9350 or visit https://orangebeachbreeze.com/nov-14th-food-truck-fest-1.

November 6 Our Annual Military Appreciation Month event honors Active Duty military personnel and veterans. Honorary teams representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard compete against each other for the Fairways to Freedom Cup and bragging rights. Tournament is open to the public and welcomes all teams. For more info, call (850) 932-7888 or visit www.gulfbreezechamber.com.

2020 Harvest Market

November 28 * 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Seville Square, downtown Pensacola Pumpkin patch, bounce house, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more info, call (850) 376-9350 or e-mail orangebeachbreeze@ gmail.com.

Beulah Craft and Sausage Festival

November 7 * 9 a.m.-3 p.m. First Baptist Church, 5805 Beulah Church Rd., Pensacola Free family-friendly event with more than 40 venders, food and live music. For more info, call (850) 944-2143.






Pensacola Children’s Business Fair

36th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

November 7 & 14 * 10 a.m.-noon Location: Virtual A local non-profit is building future entrepreneurs amidst the pandemic. Kids from all over the greater Pensacola Bay area bring their startup businesses to the virtual marketplace to get a taste of all the necessary life skills that go into running a business. Participants’ businesses range from selling slime to babysitting services, graphic tees, body scrubs, vegan dog treats, and everything in between — to create a melting pot of young creativity, building the future entrepreneurs of America. Non-profit Pensapreneur Kids, Inc, will host its annual Pensacola Children’s Business Fair this year to create a space for kids ages 5-17 to learn these skills and put them to use in a marketplace format. This year’s fair will be in an organized online format using professional quality virtual conferencing software to prioritize the health and safety of both children and adults while supporting their mission of cultivating curiosity, leadership and resilience through youth entrepreneurship. This marketplace is open to the public and free to attend. Because it is an online event, registration will be necessary. Visit https://www.pensapreneurkids.org/virtual-fair.

November 11-15 * Variety of venues (Please visit website for complete listings.) More than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters will be featured in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast. The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express. During this exciting five-day festival, performers will be hosted in more than two dozen venues along the Gulf Coast. “Due to the issues associated with Covid-19, this event is subject to change or cancellation.” For more info, visit https:// www.frankbrownsongwriters. com/ or call (850)492-7664.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

White Tie Rock Ensemble Returns to Ballpark for Christmas Concert

December 5 * 6:30-7:30 p.m. The Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will set sail from Sabine Marina at 6:30 p.m. and make its way around the Santa Rosa Sound to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk where it will dock by about 7:30 pm. Leading up to the boat launch, a kids’ party will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach. Directly following the boat parade, Santa will make his way to the Quietwater Shell to greet the children and a dazzling firework display will take place from the boardwalk at about 8 p.m. For those wanting to participate and compete in the Lighted Boat Parade, the deadline to register is Monday, November 2, at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $35 per boat. A Captain’s meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. at the Sandshaker Lounge and Package on Pensacola Beach for all boat parade participants. For more info, visit www. pensacolabeachchamber.com or call (850) 932-1500.

December 5 at 7 p.m. * Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium A White Tie Christmas will feature music from the TransSiberian Orchestra, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis and other holiday classics, all presented through the White Tie Rock Ensemble’s legendary symphonic-rock style and captivating multimedia music experience! Gates will open for the holiday show at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7. General admission seating will be available in the stadium’s stands for $30. Seating will be available in the Hancock Whitney Club overlooking the field for $75 per ticket, including a dinner-style buffet and access to a private cash bar. All general admission seating will follow physical distancing guidelines with alternating rows blocked off in the stadium’s seating bowl. Ballpark staff will be in place throughout the stadium to ensure physical distancing is maintained. Masks are required for all staff and guests in the ballpark but may be removed when eating/drinking or when seated to enjoy the show with proper distancing. Physical distancing and safety procedures will be continually updated leading up to the show in accordance with the latest local, state, and federal guidelines and recommendations and may change by the date of the show based on the latest available information. For more info, visit https://www.milb.com/pensacola/news/ wtre-xmas or call (850) 934-8444. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2020

Surfing Santa Beach Parade December 6 * 2-3 p.m. Starting at 2 p.m. from Avenida 10, the parade will make its way down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and end at the Gulfside Pavilion, where kids will be able to meet and greet with Santa until 3 p.m. For entry details, call (850) 932-1500 or e-mail penbeach@ visitpensacolabeach.com. 8


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Pensacola MESS Hall Presents Science in the Sun

The Pensacola MESS Hall will present Science in the Sun during the month of November. This free series of events, held in parks across our community, will feature 45-minute interactive science shows led by MESS Hall educators. The performances will be geared toward learners in elementary school and their families. Two different topics will be presented on different dates. The Air Show is an exploration of the force of air and the components of flight. Robotics Unplugged engages learners in a range of scientific issues necessary to control a robot. The shows are tentatively scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. at these venues, weather permitting: Nov. 7 - Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze - Air Show; Nov. 8 - Bayview Park in Pensacola - Robotics Unplugged; Nov. 14 Corrine Jones in Pensacola - Air Show; Nov. 15 - Carver Park in Cantonment - Robotics Unplugged; Nov. 21 - Bryan Park in Pensacola - Air Show; Nov. 22 - Tiger Point Park - Robotics Unplugged; Nov. 28 - Maritime Park in Pensacola Robotics Unplugged; and Nov. 29 - Milton Riverwalk - Air Show. Attendees who provide contact information will also be entered for a chance to win a Flex Pass to the MESS Hall which provides four people free admission to the museum for six months. The Pensacola MESS Hall is one of 20 science centers and museums around the country selected to receive support for STEM engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) and made possible by the Voya Foundation. For more info, visit pensacolamesshall.org.

First City Lights Festival

Experience the holidays this year under the magical glow of half a million twinkling white lights along the historic streets of downtown Pensacola. During the First City Lights Festival, Nov. 27 through Jan. 16, you’ll find a diverse, season-long lineup of festive activities including live music, shopping, fine dining, art and nightlife, along with a completely reimagined Winterfest holiday program each weekend through December and outdoor holiday shopping at Palafox Market each Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Celebrate the holiday season November 28-December 24 with fun activities for the whole family. Take pictures with Santa and the Grinch. Experience the Polar Express with must-see singing and tap-dancing performances and warm cups of hot cocoa. Board a trolley to the Historic Pensacola Village and hear Papa Noel tell the story of The Cajun Night Before Christmas. Purchase tickets and learn more at https://pensacolawinterfest.org/.






Autauga County Schools Little Flower First-Graders Explore EPIC!

Some of Little Flower Catholic School’s first-grade students recently explored EPIC!, a digital library, during their Read to Self period.

St. Paul Holds Student Council Elections

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Students at Redeemer Lutheran School had the opportunity to visit with Lizzie, Luke and Peace. The Comfort Dogs from Elberta, Ala., visited with the kids and provided snuggles, love and a much-needed break as everyone continues to recover from Hurricane Sally.

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St. Paul Holds Johnny Appleseed Day

Johnny Appleseed Day is a time-honored tradition at St. Paul Catholic School. Students enjoyed apple snacks, art projects, using apples in math, and more!

Please email schoolnews@ greaterpensacola parents.com by the 10th of each month!

Now Enrolling Grades Pre-K through 8th! Pensacola Catholic High School Getting Back to “Normal”

Students at Pensacola Catholic High School were excited to return to campus this past August to get back to as much “normal” as possible during these unusual times. Students were given the option to be On-Campus Learners or eLearners as they declare their mode of learning for each quarter. Once they choose a learning mode, they will keep it for the defined quarter. All students, regardless of learning mode, follow the same class schedule daily with eLearners meeting in class synchronously with their On-Campus peers. Currently 85% of the student body has selected to be on-campus for the second quarter, up 5% from the first quarter. The administration and faculty at Catholic High School are committed to providing a “normal” high school experience during these challenging times, while still following the recommended pandemic protocols.

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Escambia County School District Recognizes IMPACT Winners

Congratulations to all of this year’s IMPACT 100 winners with an extra shout out to everyone connected to the education category winners—staff and volunteers at ECARE and Gulf Coast Kids House, Inc.! Every four-year-old child who has met an ECARE volunteer is richer because of all you do to help them learn to read! Every child or teenager who has stepped through the front door at Gulf Coast Kids House is blessed to have your support! (photo courtesy of NorthEscambia.com)

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Redeemer Students Enjoy Ice Cream Treat

Students young and old were excited to see the ice cream truck at Redeemer Lutheran School recently. Mister Softee is a favorite in our community. On Tuesday, students enjoyed watching the Blue Angels fly over and eating some delicious ice cream.

East Hill Offers Dual Enrollment

As a college preparatory school, East Hill Christian School offers honors courses, as well as dual enrollment courses that are taught on our own campus. Juniors and seniors enjoy dual enrollment opportunities in American history, Western Civilization and Ethics at our school, as well as the chance to take a limited number of classes on the campus of Pensacola State College. Classes at East Hill are taught from a Christian perspective, and opportunities for Bible classes and weekly chapels only strengthen an education with a Biblical worldview. Preparing students for college is essential, but preparing them for life by partnering with the family is our heartbeat. Graduates from EHCS can build up a college transcript and still enjoy all the great memories of a senior year, including sports, retreats and the senior trip!

St. Paul Middle Schoolers Visit Dauphin Island

St. Paul Catholic middle school students enjoyed a great day at Dauphin Island! They were full of wonder and awe for all of God’s creations as they went on a beach walk and learned all about the plants and animals they saw along the way. They also designed and built underwater ROVs and competed to see who could gather the most pool rings.

Holm Employees Get Tasty Surprise

The entire staff at Holm Elementary School started the day with the announcement of a tasty surprise! The school was nominated for a Sonny’s Random Act of Barbecue! The staff were all treated to a delicious lunch from Sonny’s on 9th Ave. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2020



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State and National Math Awards for Pensacola Catholic High School

Catholic Math League (CML) is a national organization that sponsors a math competition that was begun in 1997. The goal of the competition is to develop test taking skills in participating students preparing for their annual achievement tests and college entrance exams (SAT and ACT). The CML annual contest is offered for students from 3rd grade through Advanced Math. The annual competition consists of students taking 4 CML math tests, spread throughout the school year. The test results are submitted to the CML for scoring. State and National Annual awards are given to students who took the tests based on their achievement on them. For the 2019-20 school year, CHS took the 1st Place Award for Schools in Florida for the Geometry category and two of our students took both state and national awards. Geometry: Lexie Foland and Tyler Ruble, currently sophomores but freshmen at the time of the test, tied for 1st Place in Florida (1/190 students). They also took National honors, tying for 10th place (10/805) Algebra I: Lexie Foland placed 2nd in Florida (2/198) and 3rd Nationally (3/1369).


Patriot Day at Redeemer

Patriot Day looked a little different at Redeemer Lutheran School this year as we navigate Covid. We were not able to invite our local military, police and first responders to our annual Patriot Day Chapel Service, but our students are still profoundly grateful for your service.


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absolutely one of our favorite holidays, especially in terms of food,” says Caroline King, a mom of six children, ranging in age between four and 16. But, no one in the family really liked turkey all that much. “We spent years making the traditional feast, but always had a second or third ‘main side’ for the kids and that was just silly,” she says. King says her husband Rich does most of the cooking and decided one year to punt the turkey and try a roast pork tenderloin with chipotle wine sauce instead. “Everyone loved it—the adults and the kids. Now, it’s our go-to for Thanksgiving,” she says.

Choose your own adventure.

Jocelyn Chilvers says she and her husband Jim enjoy being spontaneous and creative with the holiday. “It also helps that we like all kinds of food and find no appeal in eating the same dishes year after year,” Chilvers says. With families more far-flung than ever, not everyone is able to get together with extended family for the holiday. That’s one reason the Chilvers’ family chooses to surround themselves with good friends instead. For more than ten years, they’ve invited friends and neighbors over for a “Turkey Fry Open House” in their backyard from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. “We set up a turkey fryer on our lawn or driveway, away from any structures, and use a piece of drywall—pro tip!— as a base to catch any spills,” Chilvers says. The couple sends out invitations about two to three weeks in advance and friends can select a time when they’d like to fry their turkey—or, in some cases, their chicken, game hen or duck. Many guests just show up to socialize and enjoy beverages and light appetizers— often bringing their own foods to share. “This varies from cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit in the morning to stuffed jalapeños and bruschetta in the afternoon,” Chilvers says. “It’s a very fluid event with folks coming and going throughout the day.”

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competition in the form of board games and card games can bring generations of family members together. Anita Smith, a mom of two, says that she and her family like to play Texas Hold ‘Em each year after the big meal. Among the roughly 30 guests who attend the family’s annual Thanksgiving, around 10 like to circle around the card table to play a few hours of low stakes poker. “The big pot might be $3, but we act like it’s $500,” laughs Smith. 17


The conversation and camaraderie makes the game extra special. “It’s fun because it crosses all generations,” she says. “We have the 80-year-olds, those of us in our 40s, and the kids playing.” Smith’s sons Evan, 15 and Colin, 12, are the youngest players at the table. She says that the game offers a natural segue into conversations between the older family members and her children. “My kids get to know them, their personalities and stories from way back when.”

Fire up holiday spirit. Stacey Moorehead, a mom of six girls, says she and a group of families started the tradition of “Friendsgiving” five years ago on the day before Thanksgiving. The event is a fun way for the families to kick off the entire holiday season. The group gathers together with fall soups and foods, and the kids take part in a candy cane hunt. “Our many, many children all have a great time playing and running in our friends’ large backyard until the real show begins,” Moorehead says. The much anticipated “real show” is a fireworks event at a local lake. “We all load up, bundle up, pack hot chocolate and candy canes, and spend the evening watching fireworks,” Moorehead says. After that, the caravan drives through a holiday lights display set to festive music at a nearby campground. “What better way to start the holiday than with friends who truly are family!” she says. You rebel, you. Families change and

grow. Often what once worked well, no longer makes sense for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re sick of making candied yams that no one eats. Or you daydream of skipping the cooking and cleaning for a relaxing family vacation on the beach instead. “It seems that a lot of people live under unrealistic expectations, especially when it comes to holidays,” King says. “The focus needs to be on family celebrating what they are thankful for, not to be stressed out that the green beans aren’t up to snuff. Make food that makes you happy, make your own traditions. At the end of the day, you will remember the laughs and time spent together.” So go ahead and resist! Rather than running yourself into the ground chasing society’s prescribed picture-perfect holiday, create a meaningful Thanksgiving tailored just for your special crowd. You will be grateful you did. GPP

Christa Melnyk Hines loves spending Thanksgiving at home with her family. One year, she tried quitting the cranberry sauce that slides out looking like the can, but her husband rebelled. Holiday rogues must choose their battles wisely.

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nesses have connected with customers since social distancing began in March. Here are some ways you can support the small businesses you love while doing your holiday shopping.

Some local stores are taking orders and payment over the phone, and then delivering to your doorstep. This not only stops face-to-face contact, but gives you a break from physically shopping during a season that is normally hectic.

Buy from the Moms and Pops.

If you need something, think twice before you start clicking away at big box store websites. They will weather financial storms better than smaller shops. If you are staying home this holiday season, give business to small stores that you would visit during more normal times.

Show up big for Small Business Saturday.

Since 2010, the small business counterpart to Black Friday has been Small Business Saturday. It falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and gives customers a way to support small businesses in their neighborhoods while getting great deals on merchandise and services. This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 28, but if you can’t dedicate your time to that day, discuss it with your family and make your own date to holiday shop from local, small businesses. Check in with your favorite businesses and see what deals they are extending past Small Business Saturday. Order merchandise online if the local store gets the sale. If you are limiting face-to-face shopping this year, buy online from your favorite small business. However, if the local store is part of a bigger chain, make sure the local proprietor gets the sale. If not, find another way to purchase items, such as curbside pick-up.

Purchase gift cards for future use.

Purchasing gift cards is an easy way to support a small business. If there is a business that you frequent throughout the year, why not purchase more than you normally would for this season? It will give the business a boost, and save time for you later. Also, some businesses are able to send a gift card virtually to your email so there is no contact.

Check out merchandise using social media and electronic formats. If a store is using social media and Face Time to give



you a virtual tour, take advantage of that service. Call in or email your order to the store and then use curbside pick-up or delivery.

Reach out and request.

Want to do even more to support local small businesses? Call to find out ways you can give them your business during this unusual holiday season. Small business owners are getting creative, and they will probably be happy to share ways you can support them during this challenging time.

Take a virtual class.

Does your child’s favorite music instructor or sports coach offer virtual classes? Sign up for one now. Are there any virtual subscription services you can order that will support a small business? Try them out! Some business owners offer a discount if you buy several lessons in advance.

Leave a positive review.

If you purchase a product from a local small business and it’s amazing, leave a glowing review. If you get friendly, efficient customer service, talk it up on social media. People often make purchases because a trusted friend has recommended a business. Be that friend to small businesses this holiday season.


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Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance

Scavenger hunts: For younger kids, parents can guide the hunt by choosing something to find. For example, “Find something blue!” Or, “Find five of the same object!” Or, “Find three things that start with the letter B!” Older kids might want to jointly come up with a list of items and then race to find them first.

Whether you’re trying to keep your preschooler busy while you take a work call, give your tween someone else to discuss Minecraft with, or host a neighborly game night, these ideas -crowdsourced from just about every parent we know -- will come in handy.

Show-and-tell: This can work with a small group of kids so long as an adult can facilitate. Each kid takes a turn showing something from their home and talking about why it’s special. For an ongoing activity, the group can choose themes (something given as a gift, something that makes you laugh, etc.) to focus on each day.

Little kids/Big kids video-chat activities

Story time: Parents, teachers, or reading-age kids can read aloud to a group. Picture books work well for younger kids, but older kids can choose to read chapter books -- try one chapter a day.

Board games (Battleship, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Sorry): Works best with two to four players who all have the same physical game at their home. For most games, each player will need to move the other players’ pieces simultaneously.

Tweens/Teens video-chat activities Board games (Balderdash, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit): Works best with two to four players. Older kids can play more sophisticated games, and not all require every kid to have their own gameboard.

Charades: Either use the traditional rules, or just act goofy and ask friends to guess what you’re doing.

DIY crafts: Whatever your kid’s into -- knitting, decoupage, Legos -- they probably have a friend with a similar interest. They can do it together, or one can teach the other.

Legos/Beyblades/other toys: Any toy that occupies your kid for a while can be played with alongside a friend or family member on the screen.

Play Heads Up! Like charades, but even more fun, this free app can be downloaded by both parties. Then players hold their phone up to their forehead, and the others give clues to help them guess from categories like “Pop Culture” or “Animals.”

Marshmallow/toothpick structures: Look for building challenges using household materials online. If you don’t have marshmallows, try pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, construction paper, or cotton swabs. A few kids can print out the same challenge and then work on it simultaneously. They can cheer each other on, offer tips, or even race to see who finishes first.

Social games and apps: These console and online games include social elements that can be fun for kids to play together or with family members, either in the same home or not. Some include text or voice chat. Dig into the reviews to figure out what makes sense for your family. (Draw Something, Fortnite, Jackbox Party Packs, Mario Maker 2, Minecraft, Roblox, Words with Friends)

Parallel play: Little kids may just enjoy playing side by side with an occasional glance to see that a friend is still there. You and the other parent can set up webcams for your kids and see how it goes.

Write plays: For those who want to skip the shooting and editing involved in filmmaking, a playwriting session can be a great creative outlet. One person can write the script on paper while video-chatting with friends about ideas, or multiple people can collaborate on a shared document.

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November 6-8, 2020 41st Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival @ Seville Square Pensacola, FL 32502 Food, Arts & Crafts, Kids Activities and more. Open Friday-11-11, Saturday 10-11, Sunday 11-5.

(850) 433-6512 www.pensacolaseafoodfestival.com

November 7, 2020 Beulah Craft and Sausage Festival

@ First Baptist Church of Beulah 5805 Beulah Church Road Pensacola, FL 32526 Families are invited to come out for crafts, sausage dogs, funnel cakes, live music and even more family fun! From 9:00am - 3:00pm. beulahmom3@gmail.com Find us on Facebook

November 14, 2020 2020 Food Truck Fest

@ Community Maritime Park Downtown Pensacola Pensacola, FL 32502 Food Trucks, Vendors, Bounce House, Live Entertainment and Culinary Competition. $2 entry fee, 12 and under are free. Portion of proceeds goes to Feeding the Gulf Coast. (850) 376-9350


9th Annual Shop Crawl

@ Navarre Chamber Navarre, FL 32566 9th Annual Holiday Shop Crawl-The Navarre Chamber Information Center will serve as the Welcome Station where shoppers will pick up their Shopping Bag and the Shop & Dine Crawl Map to win CASH and PRIZES. 850-939-3267 www.navarrechamber.com

November 15, 2020 Fall Bazaar at Odd Colony Brewing Co

@ Odd Colony 260 North Palafox Pensacola, FL 32502 Local vendors will be selling handmade items, thrifted goods, jewelry, and art! We’ll have Le Dough food truck, photobooth by Sarah Coleman Photography, and live music by Hane McLeaish! 11pm-6pm

November 19-22, 2020 Junior League of Pensacola’s Virtual Market Basket Pensacola, FL 32501 Virtual Market Basket-Vendors will have items

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available for virtual preview and purchase as well as a vast silent auction full of local items. You can expect live videos, amazing opportunities during our silent auction, special guest appearances by Santa and more.

850-433-4421 marketbasket@juniorleagueofpensacola.org www.PensacolaMarketBasket.com

November 19-26, 2020 10th Annual Pensacola Beach Turkey Trot-Virtual

Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Virtual event-guests can register and race anywhere and anytime between Nov. 19th-26th and post their times. They can visit the website at www.pensacolabeachturkeytrot.com for information and then go to our Facebook Page: https:// www.facebook.com/PensacolaBeachTurkeyTrot as we will be having contests. 844-486-5165 turkeytrot@premierisland.com www.pensacolabeachturkeytrot.com

November 23-25, 2020

Play Pensacola Fall Break Camp ad on Inside Back Cover

@ E.S. Cobb Resource Center 601 East Mallory Street Pensacola, FL 32503 850-436-5192

@ Fricker Resource Center 900 North F Street Pensacola, FL 32501 850-436-5195 mmims@cityofpensacola.com

@ Gull Point Resource Center 7000 Spanish Trail Pensacola, FL 32504

850-494-7360 aboydquina@cityofpensacola.com

@ Woodland Heights Resource Center 111 Berkley Drive Pensacola, FL 32503

850-435-1750 rsmith@cityofpensacola.com

Camp runs Monday - Wednesday from 7am - 6pm for children ages 5-12 years. Please call for registration instructions. www.playpensacola.com

November 26, 2020 Pensacola Turkey Trot

@ Seville Quarter 130 East Government Street Pensacola, Fl 32502 5K Race-Walk through historic downtown Pensacola. Proceeds help Manna Food Bank 850-434-6211 runpensacola.com/events/turkey-trot/


November 27, 2020 First City Lights Festival

@ Downtown Pensacola 223 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Your family can watch our virtual ceremony LIVE on facebook standing anywhere on Palafox as Santa and his friends turn on this spectacular light display. 4:50pm-5:05pm 850-583-1365 info@pensacolawinterfest.org facebook.com/pensacolawinterfest

November 27-December 26, 2020 Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display

7650 Sowell Road Milton, FL 32570 A drive through Christmas light show. Train rides, Elf Shack on the front lawn of the barn and Pictures with Santa. www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole

November 27-28, December 5, 11-12, 18-24, 2020 A Cajun Christmas Experience @ Downtown Pensacola 223 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Celebrate Christmas as they do in the bayou during this ticketed performance! Ride to the Historic Village to be greeted by Papa Noel, dancing gators, a scavenger hunt, and live music! 850-583-1365 info@pensacolawinterfest.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org

Holiday activities, rides, and more fun at Winterfest!

@ Downtown Pensacola 223 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Play in the snow! Ride our mini-train! Write a letter to Santa! Drink hot chocolate and snack on Christmas cookies! There’s lots of fun to be had in beautiful downtown Pensacola during the holidays. 850-583-1365 info@pensacolawinterfest.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org

Intrude Upon the Grinch

@ Downtown Pensacola 223 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Lurking behind Santa’s sleigh is the Grinch! Tell him what you DON’T want for Christmas in this fun photo op! Be careful, he has a few Grinchy tricks up his sleeve. 850-583-1365 info@pensacolawinterfest.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org/visit-grinch


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@ Downtown Pensacola 223 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 This journey features performances by tap-dancing hot chocolate servers, the famous conductor, and singing children! Watch this classic story come to life around you this season. 850-583-1365 www.pensacolawinterfest.org

Visit Santa Downtown!

@ Downtown Pensacola 223 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Join in this holiday tradition, now modified for social distancing! Sit outside Santa’s sleigh surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Winterfest to make magical memories. 850-583-1365 info@pensacolawinterfest.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org/photos-with-santa

November 27-December 31, 2020 Magic Christmas in Lights

@ Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd Theodore, AL 36582 Join us for our 25th season! The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Open daily-5:00pm - 9:00pm.

November 28, 2020 2nd Annual Harvest Market

@ Seville Square 311 East Government St Pensacola, FL 32502 Pumpkin Patch, Bounce House, Vendors, Food Trucks, , Live Entertainment, and more. A portion of the proceeds benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 9:00am-4:00pm. (850) 376-9350


November 28-December 23, 2020 Fish River Christmas Tree Farm

13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East Summerdale, AL 36580 Choose & cut your own, pre-cut, flocked and container trees! Santa visits, live manger scene, camel rides, train and more! Open daily from 8am - 5pm. (251) 988-8114 www.fishrivertrees.com

November-December Arcadia Kids Craft To-Go

@ Arcadia Mill 5709 Mill Pond Lane Milton, FL 32583 Every month, a new holiday-themed craft is included with each children’s admission ticket! Visitor’s Center and Museum and the Arcadia Homestead Site are open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.

251-973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

850-626-3084 historicpensacola.org/arcadia

November 27-December, 2020 Santa’s Arrival at Cordova Mall

December 4-6,10-13,17-20, 2020 Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “A Christmas Carol”

@ Cordova Mall 5100 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 Santa arrives at the Mall and will continue through December. 850-477-7562 www.cordovamall.com

@ Emerald Coast Theatre Company 560 Grand Boulevard (Suite 200) Miramar Beach, FL 32550 This thrilling adaptation uses only five actors to

bring some of Dickens’ most beloved characters to life. Fridays and Saturdays-7:30pm, Sundays2:00pm 850-684-0323 info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org www.emeraldcoasttheater.org

December 5, 2020 Donuts with Santa

@ Weber’s Skate World 6056 Stewart Street Milton, FL 32570 Donut breakfast, pictures and Skating with Santa. 8:00am-10:00am. $8 includes admission, regular skate rental, Santa Visit, and Donut breakfast. Limited Tickets. Tickets go on sale, November 1. 850-626-4070 WebersSkateWorld@gmail.com www.weberskateworld.com

Lighted Boat Parade

@ Sabine Marina to Pensacola Beach Boardwalk Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Boat Parade at 6:30pm. See Santa on the lead boat! More information online. Fireworks around 8:00pm. 850-932-1500 info@visitpensacolabeach.com www.pensacolabeachchamber.com

Navarre Jingle Bell Run

@ Holley-Navarre Fire Station 8618 Esplanade Street Navarre, FL 32566 Navarre Chamber Foundation will help you start your holiday season with “Bells on” with this Family Fun Run through the local neighborhood. 8:00am 850-939-3267 info@navarrechamberfoundation. org runsignup.com/Race/FL/Navarre/NavarreJingleBellRun



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@ Skopelos at New World Landing 600 S Palafox St Pensacola, FL 32502 Please join us for a holiday gala like no other at the Jingle Jukebox. This is your chance to experience the power, excitement and beauty of over 30 beloved opera arias and a few holiday favorites. 6:00pm pensacolaopera.com/event/jukebox-gala/

White Tie Rock Ensemble Christmas Concert

@ Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium 351 W Cedar St Pensacola, FL 32502 White Tie Rock Ensemble will perform Christmas Concert at Blue Wahoos Stadium mpv.tickets.com

December 6

Christmas Dinner with The Nutcracker Theme-

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@ Court Of De Luna 116 East Gonzalez Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Christmas dinner celebration themed around the Nutcracker, with catered food representing Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian, and Flowers. The evening will be filled with dancing, magic, live music, and picture opportunities. For more information call 850-944-5650. 850-944-5650 frontdesk@labelleperformingarts.com www.labelleperformingarts.com

December 11, 2020 Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Pops”

@ Mattie Kelly Arts Center- Main Hall 100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578 Holiday Pops Concert -Familiar holiday works will fill you with the spirit of the season, along with some surprises! Ring in the holidays with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra! 7:30pm 850-729-6000 www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org

December 11-13, 2020 Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Christmas on the Coast

@ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 Watch as the Pensacola Children’s Chorus transforms warm weather into a winter wonderland with all the sights and sounds of the season. Friday & Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm. Tickets available through TicketMaster online, by phone (800) 745-3000 or through the Saenger box office.

850-434-7760 admin@pensacolachildrenschorus.com www.pensacolasings.org

December 11-20, 2020

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@ Pensacola Little Theatre 400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Pensacola Little Theatre presents “Junie B. In Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” 850-432-2042 boxoffice@pensacolalittletheatre.com www.pensacolalittletheatre.com



December 12, 2020

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4630 Woodbine Road, Pace 10:30 am. Come sing, dance, and jingle with your family in holiday style. Music download, instrument, and craft included (cost is $25 first child and $12.50 for siblings). To reserve your spot call 850-292-0519.

Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

@ Downtown Pensacola Pensacola, FL Enjoy floats, bands from Escambia County, and New Orleans. Also featuring the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team and a host of organizations from around the region. 5:15pm - 8:00pm.



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December 12-13, 19-20, 2020 2020 Christmas ZOOBilee

@ Gulf Breeze Zoo 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, a Candy Cane Market full of gifts, pictures with Santa and more! Visit our website for activity schedules. 9am-4pm 850-932-2229 info@gulfbreezezoo.org www.gbzoo.com

December 14

Jingle Jangle Play Date with Kindermusik ad on page 22

4630 Woodbine Road, Pace 10:30 am. Come sing, dance, and jingle with your family in holiday style. Music download, instrument, and craft included (cost is $25 first child and $12.50 for siblings). To reserve your spot call 850-2920519.

December 15, 2020 Christmas Cabaret on the Boulevard

@ Emerald Coast Theatre 560 Grand Boulevard (Suite 200) Miramar Beach, FL 32550 Mix, mingle, and enjoy live musical selections performed by our talented actors. Enjoy classic holiday songs and join in some carols as well. Like a mug of hot cocoa, this one night only event will warm your heart and get you in the holiday spirit! 7:30pm 850-684-0323 info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org www.emeraldcoasttheater.org

January 1, 2021 Polar Bear Dip

@ Flora Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Wear a crazy costume, bring the whole family and take a New Year plunge into the Gulf of Mexico! No registration is required. Event starts at 12:00pm. 850-492-0611 info@florabama.com w ww.florabama.com/events.html

TBA Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm

1603 Penton Road Milton, FL 32570 We offer a variety of Christmas trees in different types and sizes at our farm. Find us on Facebook for updates and time changes. Friday - Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm. 850-304-1559 info@floridachristmastree.com www.floridachristmastree.com

TBD Santa Drop

@ Flora Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Kick-off the Christmas season watching Santa skydive onto the beach. More information comingvisit our website for more information. 850-492-0611 info@florabama.com www.florabama.com/events.html

Because of ever-changing circumstances due to Covid-19 and Hurricane Sally, please check with each venue prior to attending the event to verify the information provided is still accurate and up to date.



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Zach Sobiech is an optimist who doesn’t believe in quitting. But now he’s been told that his cancer is terminal and he probably won’t live long enough to graduate. Zach decides that he wants to leave an uplifting legacy and focuses on his music, writing songs of love and hope. Much to his surprise, his song, “Clouds” becomes a hit, and a record deal follows. This is a teenfriendly film with strong messages about courage, friendship, family, and love.

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Saving for a Car

Q. I decided a couple of years ago to start following your plan. Part of getting out of debt for me included paying off my car. I’m taking your advice, and saving up to pay cash for my next vehicle. I know you like mutual funds, so should I put the money I’m setting aside for that purchase in a mutual fund?

A. I’m glad to hear you’ve decided to get control of your money. Mutual funds are great for long-term investing, and by long-term investing I’m talking about a bare minimum of five years—preferably 10. But I wouldn’t recommend them as a way of saving up for a vehicle purchase. The problem with mutual funds, in the type of short-term scenario you’re talking about, is they can go up, or down, in value. I’d suggest a simple savings or money market account when it comes to stashing the money you’re saving for a car. They don’t pay much in terms of interest, but your money will be safe, and you won’t have the ups and downs of the stock market to worry about.

Did you know the average monthly payment in America for a new car right now about $554 a month? It makes my head hurt to think about that much cash flying out the window every month on something that’s dropping in value like a rock. Even if you just stashed that kind of money in a shoebox you’d have over $6,600 saved in just a year. And despite what some people say, that’s enough to buy a dependable, pre-owned car.

Relationships and Giving


Do you have guidelines for giving when it comes to helping family members? My wife and I are both 52, we’re debt-free, and we have savings along with about $750,000 in retirement. We agree with you that it’s a bad idea to loan money to relatives, but we were hoping you could give us a little extra guidance.

A. I love that you have a helping and generous heart toward your family. Wanting to help is a noble and caring thing. Wanting to help

in the best way possible for all concerned in a sign of maturity and wisdom. The big thing is to make sure you’re helping someone get back on their feet, and make positive changes in their life. You’re not helping anyone when you give a drunk a drink, so you have to ask yourself if your generosity is really helping them or if you’re just enabling bad behavior. Also, you can’t give to a point where you’re putting your own household at risk. You have to continue to be responsible with your finances where your own family is concerned, as well. This isn’t about being a control freak. It’s about using the resources God has given you in a wise and responsible manner. In human terms, that means helping someone get out of a mess they’re in, while at the same time ensuring they’re working to make sure they never end up there again!


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Greater Pensacola Parents November 2020  

The Thanksgiving season is upon us which means special family traditions and fun local events. Look inside to get the most from the holiday...

Greater Pensacola Parents November 2020  

The Thanksgiving season is upon us which means special family traditions and fun local events. Look inside to get the most from the holiday...