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Wild animals can be adorable. They can also carry diseases like rabies.

• Teach your children not to go near wild and stray animals, and never keep them as pets. • Vaccinate your dog, cat, ferret, or horse against rabies. Keep vaccinations up-to-date. • Do not feed your pets outside. The food may attract wild animals. • Make sure your garbage is securely covered. Open garbage attracts animals. • Spay or neuter your pet to reduce its tendency to roam or fight. • Do not let your pets roam freely or allow them to interact with wild or stray animals. Keep them in a fenced yard or on a leash at all times. • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come into contact with people and pets.

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Living With Children John Rosemond

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A Page in a Book

Power Down the Parent Pressure

Gerry Paige Smith

Today’s Teens

How and why you should stop micro-managing your kids’ goals.

Adapt to parenting your teen by changing your boundaries, aim and attitude.

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Kids Health Watch

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Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

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Dave Says Dave Ramsey

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Parenting Today’s Teens

10 Survival Tips for Single Parents

Plan ahead, resolve guilt, make time for yourself, and more ideas.

2018 Summer Camps Day, residential, sports camps and more! Our listing starts you planning your kids’ summer!

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Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith

Departments On The Cover

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Alaina Faith Cox (2) is the daughter of

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Ethan (4) and Isabella (1 month) . She loves to sing and has an obsession with shoes. Alaina also loves reading and coloring every afternoon. She is such a big girl, helping to take care of her little sister.

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School Bits 56

Family Calendar 64

Movie Reviews

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Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

Welcome Spring! April marks the first full month of spring, bringing with it longer days and warmer weather. It is the time of year when we can open our windows and let the fresh spring air fill our homes. That is, once the yellow haze of pollen settles a bit. You can smell the aroma of flowers and cookouts filling the neighborhoods as children are running around enjoying the outdoors. April is also the anniversary month for Greater Pensacola Parents magazine, and we are embarking on our 3rd year! I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for picking up your copy every month. It is such and honor and pleasure to go to work each day knowing we are helping celebrate the Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Pace and Milton communities and the families who live here. Without your support, encouragement and contributions each month, this magazine would not be possible. And we all owe a big thank you to our advertisers who not only make the magazine possible, but also allow us to provide the magazines free each month! So to all of our advertisers, readers and contributors, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! We heard so many great comments from our March “Summer Camp” issue that we decided to include an expanded Summer Camps Guide this month. In the directory you will find all of the great camps from the March issue plus a few news ones. If you see a camp you are interested in, I recommend registering sooner than later. Many camps have limited space available and may fill up quickly. In last month’s issue we also learned some of the benefits of summer camp, one being “Personal Growth”. This month we have included a feature that expands on encouraging personal growth a bit more. In Power Down the Parent Pressure: 10 Ways to Stop Micromanaging Your Kids’ Goals, Christina Katz explains why it is important for parents to step back a little and let their children take on more responsibility when it comes to goal setting and achievement. I will admit I am guilty of doing too much for my children at times, but I really am trying to step back more. I don’t micromanage homework or everyday tasks, but I do catch myself wanting to get a little too involved when it comes to special projects. I should ask, “So what are your ideas for that?” Instead, I often just jump right in with my opinions. While it is not easy to bite my tongue and retreat, I know it will be best for them in the long run. The satisfaction they will feel when they achieve their goals without Mom or Dad hovering over them every stop of the way will be priceless. The April issue also includes 10 Survival Tips for Single Parents, some great financial advice from Dave Ramsey, and now that spring has arrived, the Family Calendar is packed full of events...so grab your calendars and start planning! I hope you and your family have a wonderful April!

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Pediatric Cardiology University of Florida

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Pediatric Infectious Diseases University of Florida

Dr. Edward Kohaut Pediatric Nephrology University of Florida

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Pediatric Neurosurgery Sacred Heart Medical Group

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Pediatric Orthopedics Sacred Heart Medical Group

Pediatric Pulmonology University of Florida

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Is There a Cure for Lying? Parents of children who habitually lie can breathe a huge sigh of relief – The New York Times says that budding Pinocchios are more intelligent than kids who tell the truth (“Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good,” Alex Stone, January 5, 2018). The Grey Lady’s announcement is based on studies done in the 1980s in which young children who disobeyed an instruction and then denied having disobeyed were discovered to have higher IQs than those who admitted disobedience. A subsequent study found that most adults cannot tell when children are lying, a finding that seems – on the surface, at least – to confirm the previous study. The question, of course, becomes: Does perfecting the art of lying make a child smarter or does being smart lend itself to lying? Which comes first, dishonesty or a high IQ? Your author will not attempt to unravel that puzzle. I will, however, mention that people who habitually lie are known as sociopaths. As adults, a fair number of them spend time in prison for doing such things as embezzling from their employers

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or conning elderly people out of their life savings. So, whereas the NYT sees it as good news that some children become inveterate liars at an early age, teaching a child to lie in the hopes he or she will become smarter as a result is not recommended. Unfortunately, today’s parenting culture seems to put a higher premium on a high IQ than it does morality. Consider that one regularly sees bumper stickers advertising children’s academic achievements – you know, that “My Child Is an Honor Student at Cutabove Academy” thing, but none that publicize children’s moral sturdiness, as in, “My Child May Not Be the Sharpest Knife in the Drawer, But She Is Polite and HardWorking.” How many parents do you know who have enrolled their kids in after-school tutoring in manners? It would appear that a good number of today’s parents are more concerned with achievement than character. The New York Times piece also mentions research finding that punishment does not deter, much less rehabilitate, most childhood liars. That’s consistent with

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my experience. The thrill of getting away with a lie seems to greatly outweigh any possibility of negative consequences. The same researchers recommend what they term positive messaging – emphasizing the benefits of honesty rather than threatening punishment. That certainly won’t hurt, but I’m skeptical of its long-term value. I don’t think any one solution fits all kids, but here’s an interesting story: Two parents once told me they successfully fought fire with fire. They began lying about everything and anything – what was for dinner, what movie they were going to, that they were going to raise his allowance – to their nine-year-old aspiring sociopath. No morality lectures, mind you, simply lie after lie after lie. This went on for several weeks before he “got it” and begged them to stop. They did, promising more of the same if he relapsed. He’s been lie-free for three years now. Your great-grandparents called it “reverse psychology.” They were right about most things parenting.

Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women

April 6, 12 and 13 @ 7:30 p.m; April 7-8, 14 and 15 @ 3 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. A Treehouse Production. A story that never grows old for its treatment of a mother’s love for her children and their appreciation for the love of friends and family. For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.

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Autism Pensacola’s Annual Information & Resource Fair will be held April 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Building A, Door 3, 6205 North W St., Pensacola. Open to the public, the Resource Fair is an opportunity for families, caregivers, teachers and community friends to learn about the not-for-profits and businesses in this area that serve those with autism and other developmental disabilities. Light refreshments provided. Vendors will present a wide variety of resources and services, including Early Intervention Resources, Therapy Centers, Assistive Technology, Transition and Adult Services, Educational Services, and many more. This year’s guest presenter will be Natalie Rainbolt, a local children’s author who is on the autism spectrum. Natalie recently published her first book, The Quiet Princess, about a little princess with autism. Her book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. For more info, contact info.fair@ autismpensacola.org or call (850) 434-7171. Pensacola Museum of Art will hold a Family Sensory Morning April 29 from 9-11:30 a.m. It is open and free to families with children on the autism spectrum or with related sensory processing disorders. Registration is required and limited to 25 registrants. Family Sensory Morning is a way for families to actively engage with the museum through participation in art and movement activities in the galleries. The galleries will have various art-making experiences designed by local art therapist Anne-Marie Collins, drop-in yoga with Christa Soonier from Breathe Yoga, a movement story time from West Florida Public Library, and gallery tours by PMA docents. A Sensory Break Room will be available for those who may need it and our resident therapy dog Washaki will also be walking around and providing assistance. Open to all ages and abilities. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Tall Ships America Festival

Begins April 12 @ 4 p.m. Enjoy three full days of incredible ocean vessels, VIP parties, and live entertainment at the Tall Ships America Festival in Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. https://www.facebook.com/events/140711816626223.

Burger Battle by the Bay Sizzles

The Rotary Club of Pensacola Suburban West will hold its third annual Burger Battle by the Bay from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. Burger Battle by the Bay is the only burger grilling contest of its kind in Pensacola. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Sub-West Rotary Foundation and Take Stock in Children, an organization that provides college scholarships to low-income academically qualified students. The 2018 Burger Battle will feature teams of civic organizations, backyard novices and restaurants from the greater Pensacola area who will present their most mouthwatering burgers. Some participating restaurants are Miller’s Ale House, The Burger Factory, Tin Cow, Black Law Catering and defending champion South Paw Grill. Come and sample, or come and cook. Admission to the event is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Tasting times are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and you’ll get the chance to sample burgers with completely different flavors, ingredients and toppings. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.burgerbattlebythebay.com or call (812) 360-7856.For entry info and to sign up, visit the web site or call (850) 712-4039. 5

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Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin

April 20-21 and 27-28 * 7:30 p.m. and April 22 * 2:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Follow the adventures of Aladdin as he attempts to win Princess Jasmine’s affection while staving off the evil sorcerer Jafar. This tale of love, trickery and triumph is perfect for all ages to enjoy! For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.

2018 Pensacola JazzFest

April 7-8 @ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Seville Square Park, Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Great music, kids’ area, arts & crafts, food & drink! For more info, call (850) 4338382 or visit http://jazzpensacola.com/.

Grillin’ in the Breeze

April 21 * 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Shoreline Park, Gulf Breeze. Competitive grilling event where guests wll enjoy delicious and creative concoctions hot off the grills, music, a silent auction, and interactive children’s activi-ties while raising money for Santa Rosa Education Foundation and its Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring program. $10 in advance; $12 day of event; $35 VIP admission in advance; $40 VIP day of event. Children 10 & under free. For more info, call 850-983-5043 or visit www.grillininthebreeze.com.

Enroll Your Child in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-K Program

Have you been waiting for your child’s first day of school? 2018 could be the beginning of an amazing experience for you both. Voluntary enrollment in a high quality early learning program for ages 3 and 4 can establish strong habits and secure many skills that put children ahead of the game upon entering kindergarten. In order to participate in a voluntary pre-kindergarten program for the 2018-19 school year, a child must have been born between September 2, 2013 and September 1, 2014. The VPK enrollment process is completed by applying online at https://familyservices@floridaearlylearning.com, where an account is created and activated. Parents need two of the following documents before they can complete the application: * One document as PROOF OF BIRTH: child’s Florida birth certificate; up-to-date shot record or physical (signed by doctor or nurse); US passport; valid child’s military ID; certified copy of child’s baptism certificate; or life insurance policy for child within 2 years. * One document as PROOF OF FLORIDA RESIDENCY: current utility bill; current pay stub; current property tax; military orders; rental lease (must have landlord’s signature); or a valid driver’s license or state ID card with current address. If eligible, parents will receive an e-mail that includes instructions on how to print the Certificate of Eligibility. The printed certificate can then be taken to the parent’s choice of VPK Program Providers where the enrollment process will be completed. The Early Learning Coalition’s walk-in hours are Monday– Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3300 North Pace Blvd., Suite 200. Contact Hope Wilson at (850) 607-8556 or by e-mail at hwilson@elcescambia.org. A complete list of Escambia VPK Program providers may be found at www.elcescambia.org. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

Sea Cadets Build Sea Perch Units

The Independence Squadron built and operated Sea Perch units with dedicated help from the Pensacola Navy League’s Tom Pruter, who promotes STEM projects with our youth. The Cadets broke up into three teams and conducted relay races through submerged hula hoops with their Remoted Operated Sea Perch Units. Team “Big Dog” was the winner with Team “Turtle” as a close second. Sea Cadets is a program for young men and women which promotes teamwork, responsibility, respect and leadership skills. Graduates of the Sea Cadets frequently choose a career serving in our country’s armed forces but it is NOT a requirement to join. The skills learned in this program are useful in any life path the youth chooses. If a cadet does choose the armed services, he or she frequently will have earned early advancement in the US Navy and Coast Guard (E-3 after boot camp). As many as 12% of the graduates of the US Naval Academy are former Sea Cadets. Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/usnsccindependencesquadron1/. If you know someone who is interested in joining the Sea Cadets, call Instructor Bennett at (850) 698-8798 or the XO, Curtis Duncan at (540) 369-1690. 6

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8th Annual Native American Pow Wow a Huge Success

Yustaga Lodge 385 Gulf Coast Council in Pensacola held its annual Native American Weekend at Spanish Trails Scout Reservation in Defuniak Springs February 2-4. Yustaga Native American Weekend is a weekend of education, craft making, Native American Dancing, and lots of fun. Several local Native American tribes participated by having vendor booths set up and displays showing their Native American heritage. Excitement filled the air with tomahawk throwing and several Native American crafts, including choker making, beadwork, basket weaving, hide tanning, leather branding and Native American food (both cooking and tasting). One of the highlights of the weekend was a Native American Pow Wow featuring several Native American dancers and three drum teams. Scouts, Scouters and the general public had a chance to learn Native American dancing. To learn more about Boy Scouts and to Join Scouting, visit BeAScout.org to find the closest Scouting Troop to you.

Santa Rosa Island Authority’s Bands on the Beach Returns

Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, is back! The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., beginning April 3 and running through October 30. Located at the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. April schedule: April 3: Modern Eldorados, April 10: Crosstown, April 17: Not Quite Fab and April 24:13th Hourglass. May 1: Twang Gang, May 8: True Blue Band, May 15: Mass Kunfuzion, May 22: Deception and May 29: I’magene. For more info, call the SRIA at (850) 932-2257, visit www. visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.

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Olympics-Theme Boy Scout Camporee April 6-8

The 2018 Pensacola Bay Spring Camporee of the Gulf Coast Council will be held April 6-8 at Camp Euchee at the Spanish Trail Scout Reservation located in Defuniak Springs. The theme of the Spring Camporee is Scouting Olympics. Boy Scouts and venturing crews will compete in several events that will test their Scouting skills and teamwork. Some of the events to be held are rifle shooting, cardboard boat races, running/swimming relay, ski patrol, pioneering, first aid, balance beam, knot tying, tomahawk throwing, cooking, map and compass and plant and animal identification. Each troop and venturing crew will pick a country to represent. Each country will be represented by flying its flag and wearing a neckerchief showing the country’s colors. Each troop will cook a dish from that country in a special cooking competition between troops. All Scouts, Scouters and families are invited to come out and watch the events and enjoy some great Scouting fellowship and competition. A special Webelos cossover ceremony will be held Saturday night during the campfire. To become a member of the Boy Scouts of America and to learn more about Boy Scouting, visit BeAScout.org.

Get Down and Dirty at the 2018 Warrior Challenge Mud Run

The 2018 Warrior Challenge Red Canyon Mud Run April 28 offers a rigorous day of fun trekking through more than 18 man and nature-made obstacles in the Florida Panhandle. Located on a section of land on the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds (8604 Bobby Brown Rd., Milton), the Warrior Challenge gives participants the opportunity to race, climb, crawl and jump through mud-drenched obstacles. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Military and Veterans Resource Center at UWF and the Santa Rosa County Kid’s House. Warrior Challenge offers a competitive individual division as well as open divisions. For the first time in any local obstacle course race (OCR), the Challenge is also offering a competitive 4-person military team division with a $1,000 grand prize. The event is open to everyone from competitive athletes to families and groups of friends or co-workers. For more info or to sign up, visit www.warriorchallengemudrun.com

Fiesta of Five Flags 34th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 in Bartram Park, downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass (children 12 and under get in free). Join us before 3 p.m. on Friday and admission is free! Admission for active duty military with ID on Friday is also free. Friday’s hours are noon-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Great food, live entertainment, and activities for all ages await you! This year’s festival features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta will also be available in addition to traditional festival fare. How many pounds of crawfish can you eat? Come take part in the 12th annual Cat Country 98.7 Crawfish Eating Contest. Contestants may participate in the kids, adults, or CrawDADDY division. Kids’ entry is free, adult entry is $5 and CrawDADDY entry is $10. Registration starts 30 minutes prior to each competition, and prizes are presented after each competition. The Children’s Area, sponsored by COX, will be open on Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) offering cost-friendly arts and crafts, face painting, wands, balloons, games, and the popular NASCRAW crawfish races. Pets, coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed. For more info, visit www.fiestapensacola.org/pensacolacrawfish-festival. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

May 11-13 * Pensacola Bay Center Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award-winning songs like “Let It Go” and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney princesses. For tickets, call (850) 432-0800 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com. 8

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FREE Couples Relationship Class

6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 27-April 24 UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. A University of Florida trained instructor will teach couples effective and proven skills to increase positive communication, manage stress, set financial goals, deal with differences, and maintain a happy and healthy friendship bond. This exciting workshop, called ELEVATE, will be held weekly for five weeks. A free light meal will be served at each class and each attendee will receive a free USB drive. You may also be eligible for gift cards. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, visit http:// smartcouples.ifas.ufl.edu/classesevents/ santa-rosa/ or contact Zee Osuigwe at (850) 623-3868 or zosuigwe@ufl.edu. Registration closes March 26 or when classes fill.

Disney Jr. Dance Party

March 31 * 4 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! Tickets begin at $28. Visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880.

Show Support for Gulf Coast Kid’s House at Chocolate Fest

The 15th Annual Chocolate Fest presented by Sandy Sansing is a dessert extravaganza held at Cordova Mall on Saturday, April 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www. eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-fest-2018-tickets-42476115204. VIP tickets will allow early entry from 12 to 1 p.m.; only 500 tickets VIP tickets will be sold for $20. General admission tickets are also available for $15 with entry from 1 to 3 p.m. Both ticket options may be purchased at the door but are subject to availability. Chocolate Fest takes place throughout the corridors of Cordova Mall and attendees will sample mouth-watering chocolate treats from popular local restaurants. More than just a delicious dessert, this chocolate is for a cause. Restaurants, sponsors and attendees of the 15th Annual Chocolate Fest help raise funds that ensure child victims of abuse and neglect receive timely, effective and streamlined treatment. In 2017, GCKH provided services to over 3,800 child victims of abuse in Escambia County. For more info, visit gulfcoastkidshouse.org or call 595-5800.

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Getting the Inside Story No one loves a good story as much as a child. As little ones listen to books read aloud to them, they receive their first introduction to basic story elements like characters, settings and plot. Children’s literature often benefits from simple story structures so that new readers can learn traditional storytelling components and styles. But kids don’t always have a window into what it takes to actually build a story from the ground up. The following titles explore the evolution of a story with tongue-in-cheek humor and characters who all have their own tale to tell.

May I Have a Word?

by Caron Levis, Illustrated by Andy Rash (Farrar Straus Giroux / Macmillan) The alphabet letters on the refrigerator want to work together to tell a story. The letter ‘C’ suggests the story should be about cats. Letter ‘K’ counters that the story could be about a kangaroo or a king. Soon ‘C’ and ‘K’ are in an alphabetical war of words as each advocates for their own special words to take precedence in the tale. The other letters are rightfully concerned when ‘C’ and ‘K’ storm off leaving them without the means to spell ‘duck’, ‘socks’, ‘luck’ and many other important words. Only a very special story with just the right words can bring ‘C’ and ‘K’ back into the tale. Gently introducing phonetic sounds and basic spelling, beginning readers will get more that just a story from these delightfully animated letters of the alphabet.

I Want to Be in a Scary Story

by Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Jean Jullien (Candlewick Press) Little Monster is asking to be in his own scary story. Breaking the fourth wall, this title follows an implied conversation with the storyteller as Little Monster asks for new elements to be added to his tale. The level of scary adjusts up and down as Little Monster seeks just the right amount of scary in their story. After a string of spooky additions and changes, the story is still not exactly right for Little Monster. Sometimes what a good story needs to become great is simply a change in perspective. Featuring a bordering-onbold Little Monster who just wants to move from scared to scary, this is a great read-aloud conversation for every storytelling partnership.

Amy the Red Panda is Writing the Best Story in the World

by Colleen AF Venable, Illustrated by Ruth Chan (Greenwillow / HarperCollins) With a simple announcement, Amy the Red Panda begins writing the best story in the world. But as soon as Amy’s first sentence begins to form, letters of the alphabet begin to rain from the sky and friends arrive to help her story development. Her tiny friends insist that smaller animals make better stories (hippos and giraffes disagree). Digger friends suggest digging stories and flying pals offer flights of fantasy. Amy’s vision for her tale goes farther and farther off course as she’s beset with everyone’s diverging ideas about what makes a good story. Left with a chaotic alphabet and her original story in tatters, Amy discovers a new story emerging from her experience. Underlining the ability to make your own happy ending in the wake of unexpected changes, this title is a cheerful celebration of storytelling. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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Gesundheit! Spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming, there are buds on plants, and the trees are getting green. Unfortunately, so are a lot of other things… with a nice coat of pollen! Spring brings a lot of beauty, but it also brings pollen, which for many of us and our children can cause the sneezing, itchy watery eyes, cough, and congestion of allergies. I frequently get questions from parents about allergies and how to manage them, so I figured this would be a good time for a brief run-down on this sniffly subject. Allergies, also called “Hay Fever,” occur when the body’s immune system interprets a foreign substance as something harmful, and mounts a response against it. (“Hay Fever” is a misnomer, since allergies don’t typically cause fever). The allergy response involves a number of reactions in the body. One of those is the release of a compound called histamine. There are other compounds released as well, including things that most people have never heard of, such as cytokines, interleukins, and leukotrienes. Say those 10 times fast! These compounds then lead to symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and sometimes bluish discoloration under the eyes (called “allergic shiners”).

It can be difficult to tell the difference between allergies and common colds, but allergies typically do not cause fever, and usually won’t cause other viral symptoms like body aches, vomiting, or diarrhea. Unfortunately they can cause us to not sleep well and thus contribute to fatigue, and cause drainage in the back of the throat (post nasal drainage) that can cause an irritated throat. Unlike viruses, which will run their course in roughly a week in most cases, allergies are with us all the time, and symptoms will persist as long as we are exposed to the offending substance, called an “allergen.” In some cases we can be allergic to things we find indoors, like dust mites or sometimes certain insects like roaches; in other cases the allergens are outdoor ones, such as pollens or mold spores. There is no good way to really “cure” allergies, unfortunately, so we have to settle for “managing” them – that means either taking steps to avoid the offending allergen(s), or taking medicines that curb or reduce the allergy response. In more extreme cases, allergists can use shots to desensitize the body to the allergen(s). Avoidance measures can be things like trying to stay indoors when the pollen is bad, opening doors or windows as little as possible, and using quality filters in our air conditioning systems to filter the allergens out of the air. Avoiding indoor allergens can take the

form of making sure to rid the home of insects or pests, encasing mattresses and pillows in special covers that reduce dust mites, and keeping our rooms clear of dust-collecting items like curtains, carpets, or stuffed animals. Medications to help with allergy symptoms are commonly used in both children and adults, and take the form of oral medicines to block the effect of histamines (antihistamines, which are the most common form of allergy medications), or a medicine that blocks the effect of leukotrienes. There are also nasal sprays that help reduce inflammation in the nose and back of the throat. Some of these medicines are available over-the-counter, others require prescriptions. Allergies are often nothing to sneeze at, but there are a number of options available to help treat and manage them, for both adults and kids alike; so be sure to talk to your child’s doctor if you think they are suffering from allergy symptoms! Dr. Samuel Ravenel, Board Certified Pediatrician, is a native of Greensboro, NC and joined Pediatric Associates, PA, in June of 2016. After completing his undergraduate work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and did his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Ravenel practices at our Cordova and Pace locations.

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Milton Child Care Center Opens Lending Library

St. John Reads Across America

St. John School participated in Read Across America Week. Second-graders took time to read to the sweet kindergarten students!

Little Flower Squid Dissection

Mrs. Powell’s 7th-graders at Little Flower Catholic School were treated to an awesome experience during science class recently. The students were able to participate in a squid dissection lab. Powell graciously donated her time and talents to teach students how to examine and dissect squids.

Over the past few years, lending libraries have become popular in many local communities. The Milton Child Care Center “opened” its lending library in early November, built by Lee Fahr. He was delighted to build the library for the children of the Milton Center using recycled materials laying around his home. Fahr is a retired Army veteran who served in the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Calvary during the Vietnam War. He enjoys working with his hands and creating unique structures from recycled materials. Milton lead teacher Joannie Broussard had the idea to place a lending library at the child care center. “I wanted the children in the neighborhood to experience the love of books,” she said. “Children develop vital language skills from books and these skills create great problem-solvers. Books are a gateway to children’s learning, filling their minds with continuous paths to knowledge.” Now that word is out about the library, children visit on a regular basis. They may keep the book(s) they retrieve from the library, but they may donate books too. It’s a win-win deal for the children. Recently, a new letter carrier dropped off mail in the “library.” Books for the library are donated by Capstone friends and families of the Center. Broussard also spoke with Caroline Klags, the director of outreach at My Father’s Arrow Thrift Store in Milton. They will donate books on a regular basis. Anyone who wishes to donate new or gently used books to the Lending Library may do so. All you have to do is bring the books to the Milton Child Care Center and give your name and address.so you may be thanked for your donation. Broussard also reached out to Hall’s Hardware store manager Kevin Peterson for donation of a reading bench. Broussard added a decorative lawn ornament, flag and lovely plants to give the reading library an inviting place to stop. Milton Child Care Center is located on the Milton High School campus and is a program of Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers. The Center supports families by providing early education and early intervention services for children ages six weeks to five years. Children are assigned to classrooms based on age, developmental readiness, and/or availability of space. They are provided nutritious meals and snacks each day. For more information about Milton Child Care Center programs or enrollment, call Director Herlinda Stitt at 983-5315.

Montessori Worm Study

Blessed Star Math Fun

Blessed Star Montessori students used Cheez-It crackers to complete a fun lesson on squaring numbers. Tying treats into a lesson is a nice way to switch things up and to provide a fun manipulative. Above, Derek had to figure out 9 squared. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

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Trinitas Kindergartners Learn Scripture Through Song

Much of the grammar school curriculum at Trinitas Christian School is learned through song and chants. Learning scripture verses is no different. Mrs. Sarrell’s kindergarten class, with the help of PE teacher and guitar player Steven Kivisalu, has been learning Psalm 19:711 and Hosea 6:3. The students’ joyous melodies echo down the grammar hall. May God’s word be hidden in their hearts as they grow in faith and stature.

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The Future Farmers of America celebrates the week following President’s Day as National FFA Week. The FFA members at Northview High School started their week by hosting breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and, of course, grits were cooked and served to their teachers and guests. Please email news and photos to editor@greaterpensacolaparents.com by the 12th of each month!

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Little Flower Robotics

Sixth- and seventh-graders in Mr. Hartwell’s robotics class at Little Flower Catholic School worked on programming Lego Mindstorms to complete various tasks.

Marcus Pointe Celebrates 100th Day of School

Marcus Pointe Christian School collected food for its 100th Day Food Drive to benefit MPBC Food Pantry. The goal was to collect 100 food items per classroom. Each of the school’s 10 classes far exceeded that goal! The school collected 4,214 food items! The highlight of the day was presenting the food that was collected to the Food Pantry. MPCS enjoys the community projects it takes part in as they teach students a very important lesson in caring for others.

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By Valeria Hanson, GBMS Dolphin Echo reporter You’ve heard of National Teacher Appreciation Day and probably a few more “national” days. Students who have Gulf Breeze Middle School teacher Molly Cobb for a typing/computer class probably know more than 10 national days. Cobb announces the national days for each day. But what made her start this fun tradition? She says that she found out there was a calendar that had all the national days, so Cobb subscribed to get one. The reason she started sharing this with her class was, “I guess, because I am a theme person. I thought it was something fun and creative we could do.” Cobb was asked if she ever celebrated more than just sharing the national days with her students, and the answer was yes. The first year Cobb began teaching at GBMS, she took her students to Mrs. Lord’s kitchen to bake apple pies when it was National Apple Pie Day. But more recently, she and her class wore red on February 2, National Wear Red Day. Cobb says that sometimes she plans ahead to organize activities and lessons that go along with a national day. There are many fun and funky national days, like National Goof Off Day, Animal Crackers Day, and Puppy Day, but you can only have one favorite. Cobb’s is National Star Wars Day. What’s yours? Seventh-grader Blake McKinney says that his favorite is National Reading Day, on April 23. Amber Rozborski says her favorite day is National Bagel Day, on February 9. Lilli Fritz likes National Turkey Lovers’ Day, on the third Sunday of June. There are more national days than you think; in fact, there is at least one to celebrate each day. Thanks to Cobb, you can know what to celebrate each day, making it more special than the last.

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Marcus Pointe Fundraiser Rewards

Marcus Pointe Christian School celebrated its success in the Coupon Book Fundraiser by sliming the principal! Students had a great time throwing buckets of slime on Mr. Graff and then enjoying ice cream at the Ultimate Ice Cream Bash.

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Beulah Middle School Forms New PTSA

Above are some of the first members of the brand-new Beulah Middle School Parent Teacher Student Associaion.

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St. John School Visits MESS Hall

St. John School’s 2nd-grade class explored the Pensacola MESS Hall during a recent field trip. Students were able to learn from the wonderful staff at the MESS Hall and perform different science projects together.

Milton High Band’s Crawfish Festival

Vendors are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Milton High School (MHS) Band Crawfish Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the school located at 5445 Stewart Street in Milton. The event will include a crawfish boil, entertainment by the MHS Band and other local musicians, a children’s area and vendor booths. MHS Band Parent Association will be selling its famous shish-kabobs as well as hamburgers, hotdogs and Coca-Cola products. The festival will be held on the south side – or Park Ave. side – of the MHS campus. The venue offers plenty of parking and very good visibility. All proceeds raised by the band will be used to purchase instruments and equipment. Artists, crafters and direct sales vendors are needed. Food vendors also are welcome. First come, first served. Vendor applications and payment must be completed and returned by March 31. For information about booth cost, size, set-up and other details, call (850) 983-5611, visit miltonhighschoolband. com or e-mail Schultzm@santarosa.k12.fl.us. 17

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Blessed Star Students Receive Rising Star Awards

Blessed Star Montessori staff, friends and family members celebrated the achievements and hard work of two students on February 12. Those students received awards at the Step Up for Students, Rising Star Awards ceremony. That evening, Kymia received the Turnaround Student Award and Noah

St. John 4H Club Takes Trip

St. John School’s 4-H Club traveled to Tallahassee February 22 to participate in 4-H Day at the Capitol. During their field trip, students in 4th through 8th grades learned about the state legislature, explored the Capitol building, and explored other education centers in Tallahassee!

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Montessori School of Pensacola Celebrates Montessori Education Week

In celebration of the Montessori method of education, schools around the world observe a special week at the end of February each year. During this week, Montessori School of Pensacola hosted several celebrations, including magician Russell Davis, from Huntsville, Ala. Davis performed for a Family Night event at the Montessori Drive campus, as well as for classes at the 12th Avenue campus. Children and adults both enjoyed learning the history of magic, seeing unbelievable tricks, and laughing at the comic routine. During the Family Night event, MSP Middle School raised funds for school trips by selling chili dinners. MSP was also lucky enough to see a two-person performance by local Pensacola Little Theatre Academy. 12th Avenue campus classes had a special play day which included a performance by local juggling instructor Joy Brindley, and tennis instruction from McClelland Tennis Academy. Additionally, new playground stations were unveiled at the Montessori Drive campus, including an outdoor stage and construction area.

Marcus Pointe Holds Science Fair

Marcus Pointe Christian School’s fourth-graders put on their annual Science Fair March 8. Students presented projects on health-related topics including human body systems and specific food groups. Awards were given based on students’ knowledge and presentation of their assigned topic. The following excelled: Lauren Strickland, above, received 1st place; Kasey Marvin, 2nd place; and Annabelle Ramos, 3rd place.

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Middle and High School Science Olympiad 2018

The West Florida Regional Science Olympiad competition for middle and high schools was held February 10. As a national organization, teams must compete at the regional and then state levels to earn an invitation to the national competition. For Escambia County School District teams, this began with the regional competition held at the University of West Florida. Competitors came from as far away as Leon County. Two Escambia public high schools, Pensacola High and West Florida High, and one middle school, Bailey Middle, attended. Teams competed in 16 events selected from a list of 24 National events. The day also included excitement and drama when the PHS team was first told of a second-place win, but a math error was discovered resulting in an official first-place win! Two teams from PHS placed first and tied for fourth (Coaches Cherie Stephens and Dawn Parnell) and two teams from Bailey Middle placed third and fourth (Coaches Linda Bruner and Charles Henderson). They were then invited to the state championship on March 24 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Teams from all over the state will compete for the top two spots in each division to attend the national competition in May. In addition, first-place wins in specific events went to: Disease Detectives - PHS Team 1; Optics - PHS Team 1; Anatomy and Physiology - PHS Team 1; Fermi Questions – PHS Team 1; Mission Possible - PHS Team 2; Herpatology - PHS Team 1; and Game On - PHS Team 3. Third-place wins included: Towers – PHS Team 1 and Hovercraft – PHS Team 2. 2018 regional champions from left are: Kalani Ham, Andrew Penton, Michael Hoffman, Charlie Tran, Dina Razek, Andre Archer, Ami Patel (president; holding the award), Brianna Gutshall, Ahna Cecil, Luca Benny, Reid Harwell, Nicholas Skoufis and Coach Cherie Stephens in back.

Sweet Reward At O.J. Semmes

Students at O.J. Semmes Elementary got to decorate a sugar cookie for making progress on their Star 360 tests. It was so sweet and special to see how much joy they got out of receiving a special reward for their hard work.

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Montessori Book Fair Makes for ‘Ter-ruff-ic’ Time

The annual Scholastic Book Fair at Montessori School of Pensacola was all about dogs this year with “Paws to Read” as the theme. The Book Fair was held March 1214 at the Montessori Drive campus with many exciting events to help celebrate the theme. The Five Flags Dog Training group performed agility demonstrations and the “Read to Me” Pet Partners reading dogs were on site so that students could read to them. Pensacola Humane Society visited on the first day to kick off the weeklong charitable collection for wish list items needed at the humane society. Book sales helped contribute to purchasing new books for the school’s Media Center and classrooms. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

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The marine biology course at Trinitas Christian School is designed to introduce senior students to field and laboratory research of local marine organisms and water quality. Each month, the students collect water quality samples and organisms in the field using a seine net. They measure salinity using a refractometer and dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and nutrients with a water quality test kit. Students gain skills with water quality equipment, gain field experience pulling a seine net, and develop organism identification skills keying out their catch. They have collected organisms such as crabs, shrimp, jellies, and various fish. At the end of the year, students will analyze the complete sample data set and draw conclusions about the diversity and abundance of organisms collected considering the water quality data results. What an experience for the budding scientists and enthusiasts alike! www.greaterpensacolaparents.com

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Bailey Middle School Band Performs Successful Assessments

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Future Fire Fighters Visit Escambia County Public Safety HQ

The students enrolled in the Escambia County Fire Fighter Academy at Pine Forest High School had a chance to visit the Escambia County Public Safety Headquarters. They visited the Emergency Operations Center, the Communications/Dispatch Center and heard about emergency medical jobs - Paramedic and EMT. Later they were visited Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #3. Tours were arranged by Joe Glover, who works as their instructor and part-time for the County Fire Department in their Fire Prevention office. The goal was to show his students the variety of jobs in public safety.

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Grandparents, great-grandparents and grandfriends joined the students at Marcus Pointe Christian School for a very special day recently. More than 300 grandparents and friends attended! The day started with a great chapel service followed by fun with inflatables, photo booth, crafts, board games, face painting, balloon animals and much more. The special adults also toured classrooms and the school library, which will be renovated this summer. We finished with an amazing lunch provided by the best cooks in Pensacola!

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District Elementary Schools Participate in Science Olympiad All 31 Escambia County School District elementary schools sent teams to Booker T. Washington High School on February 24 to compete in nine Science Olympiad activities that tested their knowledge, prediction abilities, engineering skills, robotic coding skills, physical abilities and even drawing skills and speed. Overall winners were: 1st Place Blue Angels, 2nd Place - Hellen Caro, 3rd Place - Lipscomb, 4th Place - Pleasant Grove and 5th Place - Cordova. Spirit Award: 1st Place- Montclair, 2nd Place- McArthur and 3rd Place - Beulah. Science Bowl: 1st Place - McArthur, 2nd Place - Cordova Park, 3rd Place Blue Angels, 4th Place - Hellen Caro and 5th Place - Molino. Straw Egg Drop: 1st Place - Pine Meadow, 2nd Place - Blue Angels, 3rd Place - Scenic Heights, 4th Place - Bellview and 5th Place - Hellen Caro. Tennis Ball Catapult: 1st Place - AK Suter, 2nd Place - NB Cook, 3rd Place Pleasant Grove, 4th Place - Ferry Pass and 5th Place - Cordova Park. Large Number Estimation: 1st Place Sherwood, 2nd Place - Bellview, 3rd Place - Lipscomb, 4th Place - Beulah and 5th Place - Hellen Caro. Pentathlon: 1st Place - Hellen Caro,

2nd Place - Pleasant Grove, 3rd Place Cordova Park, 4th Place - Lipscomb and 5th Place - Ferry Pass. Tower Challenge: 1st Place - Montclair, 2nd Place - Warrington, 3rd Place Holm, 4th Place - AK Suter and 5th Place - Hellen Caro. Picture This: 1st Place - Pleasant Grove, 2nd Place - Lipscomb, 3rd Place Blue Angels, 4th Place - AK Suter and 5th Place - Hellen Caro.

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Reflection Relay: 1st Place - Bratt, 2nd Place - Warrington, 3rd Place - Cordova Park, 4th Place - NB Cook and 5th Place - Lipscomb. Robotics: 1st Place - Bratt, 2nd Place - Blue Angel, 3rd Place - NB Cook, 4th Place - Oakcrest and 5th Place - Lipscomb. Many of the winners of the nine events stayed to take a photo with Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.

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Little Flower Honors Saints of the Month

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Little Flower Catholic School recognizes its Saints of the Month for February. These students worked hard like St. Therese, to bring their fellow students and staff closer to Jesus through daily small acts of love and kindness. They are: Joanna Powell, kindergarten; Colton Nguyen and Anthony Keopaseuth, 1st Grade; Temur Pedde, 2nd Grade; Elijah Pakingan, 3rd Grade; Riley Parker, 4th Grade; Leila Arthur, 5th Grade; Krister Go, 6th Grade; Louie Carapazza, 7th Grade; and Cameron Nicholson, 8th Grade.

Dr. Seuss Week at St. John School

St. John School’s K3, K4, K5, 1st and 2nd grades had a great time celebrating the wisdom and joy of Dr. Seuss by wearing fun, silly clothing, such as pajamas for Sleep Book, green for Green Eggs and Ham, a favorite hat for The Cat in the Hat, and crazy socks for Fox in Socks! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss

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2018 EPEA Kickball Tournament Results

More than 500 players met on the kickball diamond for the 8th Annual Escambia Physical Education Association Kickball Tournament to raise some funds for physical education and health and wellness activities and have some fun while doing it. This year’s event attracted 33 teams, 512 players, 41 volunteers, and thousands of spectators who came out to cheer for their favorite teacher, custodian, maintenance crew, bus drivers and administrators. A total of 54 games were played over a day and a half at Exchange Park before the winners of the two brackets were determined Saturday evening. Next year, the 9th Annual EPEA Kickball Tournament is projected to be held on the first weekend in March. The Flintstone Division (less than four male players) came down to Myrtle Grove Elementary vs. Brentwood Elementary, with Brentwood taking the crown after being “runner-up” in 2017. The Brentwood team is shown above.

The Jetson Division (more than four male players) came down to Beulah Elementary vs. Escambia High School in a nail-biter that went into extra innings. Escambia, shown right, ended up on top and was crowned the 2018 Jetson Champion. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

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Redeemer Lutheran Basketball Teams Win League Championships

Redeemer Lutheran School’s 5th & 6th grade boys’ basketball team, 5th & 6th grade girls’ team and 7th and 8th grade boys’ team won CYSL (Catholic Youth Sports League) basketball championship titles as part of March Madness.

The 5th and 6th grade girls’ team includes Demi Liu, Taylor Finnell, Angel Sessions, Reese Hulien, Betsy Mills and Janley Meszaros. Coach is Randy White.

The 7th and 8th grade boys’ team includes: Devin Mills, Jackson Lemon, Wes Wise, Miller Thorsen, Branden Hardtke and Kaden King. Coach is Tracy King.

The 5th and 6th grade boys’ team includes: Angelo Cassiano, Charles Hulien, Collin Tieman, Davier Ortiz, Trey Edler, Caden Clark, Arzeyvian Campbell, Colby Hoffman, Isaac Bates and Tyler Hardtke. Coaches are Scott Hardtke and Winston Hines. 25

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Montessori Upper Elementary Visits Exploreum

Montessori School of Pensacola Upper Elementary, which is comprised of 4th-6th grades, visited the Gulf Coast Exploreum in Mobile. This field trip was in conjunction with the students’ unit on dinosaurs and prehistoric life, since there was a special exhibit titled “Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs.” The Permian period ended with the largest extinction Earth ever experienced, which wiped out 90% of all species on the planet. Recently, a discovery was made linking global warming to the extinction. This special exhibit blended art and science. The students got to see fossilized skeletons and full-size life models of animals that lived during the Permian period. In class, students have been doing hands-on work charting the different prehistoric periods, as well as artistic work about the different types of dinosaurs. This field trip allowed them to learn more about dinosaurs and also visit the permanent exhibits at the Exploreum, which present fun scientific experiments.

A Wrinkle in Time at Blessed Star

Blessed Star Montessori students have been reading the novel A Wrinkle in Time in preparation for their field trip to see the film, as well as preparation for a Scholastic STEM lesson created for A Wrinkle in Time. The STEM lesson will help the students to improve their research skills, will have them to utilize models and patterns to solve problems, and require them to use evidence to support their arguments. Teachers are looking forward to the multiple learning opportunities that the students will be exposed to as they cover this unit on A Wrinkle in Time.

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Marcus Pointe Christian School Exceeds Box Tops Goal

Students from PHS and O.J. Semmes partnered in March for a Safety Carnival at O.J. Semmes Elementary School! Lalla T. Pierce says, “This was an incredible day of collaboration between PHS and OJS. We are awed by what these high school freshmen did for our school! As a grandparent said about the high school freshmen who put on the carnival, “These kids had a million things they could have done today and they chose this.”

Marcus Pointe Christian School has exceeded its goal for the year of $4,000 in Box Tops! Great job, students and parents, for bringing in those Box Tops and a great big THANK YOU to Tawanna Edwards, parent volunteer, for heading up the Box Tops collection this year and doing such a fabulous job!

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What Does It Mean? How to Translate Texts Most parents know that LOL means Laughing Out Loud. You may even know that 420 refers to marijuana. But you may not know that 53X means sex. That worries Brian Bason, CEO at Bark, a new monitoring app. Their website includes a list of popular texting slang terms (tinyurl.com/gqp9tex). For $9.99 a month, they promise to alert parents when kids text something risky. Of course, slang is nothing new. Parents have been scrambling to keep up with it for generations. Using freshly minted words that adults won’t understand appeals to kids for two reasons. First, it helps kids establish and reenforce a social identity. People who understand the same secret language are likely to be part of the same tribe. Slang establishes an in group that understands and out group that seems hopelessly out of touch. Second, slang allows kids to fly under adult radar, talking about things that might be forbidden if the adults could translate what they were saying. Siblings often develop this kind of secret language—winks and whispers and even special words that let them communicate about things that Mom and Dad might not appreciate. Messaging, of course, has added a new dimension to all of this. Keyboards are tiny. Attention spans are short. Acronyms and emojis make it possible to crowd a lot of information into a small space. As a result, messages have become more and more cryptic and difficult for parents to decipher. Much of the new slang being used online is harmless and even creative. Some of the better acronyms enter the language. Pretty much everyone knows about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), IRL (In Real Life) and BRB (Be Right Back). Other very useful acronyms include Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

JSYK (Just so You Know), SMH (Shaking My Head), TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) and YOLO (You Only Live Once). Still, parents need to be alert. The kinds of speech that would be unacceptable IRL should also be off limits in texting. In particular, parents will want to monitor texting for: Sex. Most teens seem to have gotten the message that sending nude photos isn’t a good idea. That doesn’t mean teens aren’t texting about 53X. Even emojis may have a double meaning – an eggplant can stand in for male genitals; a peach may refer to someone’s backside. It’s perfectly natural, of course, for young people to take an interest in sex, but parents need to chaperone, watching for behavior that is too adult or partners who may be predatory. Substances. Slang has always been part of drug and alcohol culture. Using coded language is a way to evade legal authorities as well as parents. Keeping up with the current terminology isn’t easy, especially since it often varies from place to place. Talk to other parents and even school parents. And remember that drug terms sometimes have more than one meaning. Dabbing, for example, is both a dance craze and a way to use cannibas. Lit can mean getting high or simply having a good time. Hate. Texting and social media are often used to bully and abuse other people because of their gender, race, ethnic origin or disabilities. Be clear with your child. A slur is a slur, and you won’t tolerate abusive language in any setting. Bad Language. If you don’t want your child to say the F word, you will probably want to discourage the use of acronyms like WTF or AF. Even NSS may not be acceptable. The best way to know what an acronym means is to ask the child who used it. The 28

security company, McAfee, also produces a list of common terms, conveniently subdivided into categories for drugs, sex and bullying. Wiktionary also has a long list of acronyms in an Appendix (tinyurl.com/mab7snn). Another way to educate yourself is to visit databases that try to keep up with slang as it’s created. Here are several of the most complete collections: Slang it.com is family friendly website (they also have free apps for Iphone and Android). When you enter a slang term, you get a clean and accurate definition. They also have a daily quiz question that might be a conversation starter at the dinner table. Noslang.com has been keeping track of net slang since 2005, They offer a text slang translator and a reverse translator that turns English phrases into acronyms. In their articles section, there’s a helpful essay called “What Every Parent Should Know.” Internet slang.com also allows parents to look up acronyms. Their Trending Terms section helps parents zero in current terminology. Acronymsandslang.com has an enormous list of acronyms, organized into categories. With over 20,000 entries in the Internet category, they are likely to supply an explanation for almost any acronym. The Urban Dictionary also has a very complete list of slang of all kinds. The definitions are crowd-sourced so they are generally irreverent and often obscene. The site is not suitable for children, but may be useful to parents because it’s regularly up-dated by its users. Of course, trying to keep up with adolescent slang is like playing Whack-a-mole. As soon as a term is widely understood by adults, it loses its value for kids and they will move on. That’s why parents have to reinforce that idea that kids shouldn’t say anything online that they would say IRL (in real life). With that in mind, you might also want to introduce an acronym of your own – WWGmaS (What Would Grandma Say?) Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Keep Your Money in Your Own Pocket Q. I just filed taxes, and it looks like I’ll get a pretty big refund this year. A friend of mine told me I should adjust my withholding, so I don’t get a refund. This seems pretty dumb to me. Why would I change my withholdings when I’m getting money back? A. The only reason you’re getting a refund is because you had too much taken out of your paychecks in 2017. Let’s say your refund is $3,500. Basically, you loaned the government $3,500 of your own money, interest-free. A refund isn’t a gift or reward, James. It’s your own cash that you get back because you paid in too much during the previous year. In

your case, that adds up to almost $300 a month! Instead of loaning the government money that you worked hard to earn, wouldn’t it be better to keep it in your pocket?

Debt and Income Crisis Q. I received a call the other day from a company saying it could negotiate the balance on my credit cards to a lesser amount. The caller also said they could get me a zero-percent interest rate until the debts were paid off, and then the accounts would be closed. I’m kind of starting over again financially, because I sold a company I had run for almost 15 years, then got into real estate and lost almost everything. I’m making just enough to squeeze by, and my credit card debt totals $40,000. Would this be a good idea? A. No, this is not a good idea. You’re looking at two major problems with a company

such as this one. One, they will absolutely destroy whatever credit you may have. Their plan is to take your cash, and spend some time beating down the credit card companies until they agree to accept a lesser amount. Then, they use your cash to settle loans you will have — by that time — defaulted on. This will put you in a situation very similar to if you had filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Stay away from these people. You have an income crisis, in addition to a debt crisis, at this point. For starters, I want you to start living on a tight, written, monthly budget. I’m talking rice and beans, no vacations, and no eating out until you pay off this debt. Where your income is concerned, maybe you should consider getting back into the kind of business you ran previously for a while. Look for a managerial or supervisory position in that area, at least until you’re able to get back on your feet and save some cash. Finally, cut up the credit cards, close the accounts, and put as much money as you can spare toward paying off that debt using the debt snowball system. Never go back into debt again!

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Don’t let your children miss out on opportunities to learn from their own life experiences. Healthy kids are not confused about who they are and what they want. In fact, a lack of assertiveness and self-expression in children may be a signal to parents that they push too much and may need to back off and give kids a chance to assert themselves. If you tend to push too much, what are you so afraid of? If you are afraid your kids will set goals differently than you, don’t worry. This is the way it should be! Insecurity and poor boundaries are two reasons parents take over their children’s goals and make them their own. So what’s a well-meaning parent with some teeny-weeny control issues to do? Plenty. You can foster healthier relationships with yourself, with your child, and with other family members, so each person in your family can focus on setting and achieving goals without interference. Then, when each of you inevitably succeeds, you will all have something to genuinely celebrate. Here are 10 ways to detach from your kids’ goals.

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Your kids are unfolding individuals-in-process and you are a unique person-in-process, as well. People are stories. We have beginnings, middles, and ends. As long as we are here, our story is still in progress. Sometimes progress is messy, and we are never done growing, until we are done living. So if we can allow each other to be unique works in progress, we don’t have to put quite so much pressure on ourselves to achieve everything right this very minute.

2. Distinguish.

You are not your child and your child is not you. So maybe it’s time to ease up on comparing and contrasting family members. Who says parents and children have to be anything alike? Maybe every single person in your family is a unique individual and you all have varied perspectives on any topic. This is likely true. Forget pressing for family groupthink. You can’t make your kids into you, nor should you ask them to be you. All you can do is be yourself and let them be themselves.

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parent, not a perfect parent. If you have to be a perfect parent, then everyone in your family has to be perfect too, and this is exhausting for everyone. If you put unrealistic pressures on yourself and your family members, stop. Try not judging your family by appearance. External indicators are not the measure of internal happiness, anyway. Truth: you are imperfect, you make mistakes, you do the best you can, and this is all good enough. You can only feel like enough if you can let yourself and others embrace imperfection. 33

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4. Strive.

Have your own goals, not just goals for each of your children. Do you have a vocation or avocation beyond mothering and fathering? If not, you really need to get one or several. Parents who put all their identity eggs in one parenting basket are destined for a big fall, once children grow up and leave home. Because, yes, parenting is a full time job; but it’s not supposed to be your only identity in life. If you cling to your parenting role too much, ask yourself what other life challenges you might be trying to avoid. Chances are good, you are anxious about stretching your own wings. Focusing on your own goals and taking pride in each baby step will make you feel better than staying stuck.

5. Reach out. Get your own emotional needs met, rather than using your children for inner fulfillment. You may not realize you are doing this, but if you have unresolved childhood issues you have not yet faced, it is probably time to heal your past. The emotional work you are not willing to do can have long-term negative effects on your children. So don’t try to sort everything out without assistance. If you are aware of a family history of addiction, neglect, mental illness, divorce, narcissism, abuse or control issues, then you are likely going to need professional input to sort it all out and get yourself on a healthy emotional track. Don’t put this off, for your family’s sake. 6. Let go. As the wife of a high school

theater director, I have witnessed parents of aspiring thespians bartering for their children’s advancement on more occasions than I care to remember. After moving into

the district, it took us a couple of years to realize that many of our new overly enthusiastic friends were actually looking to secure a future leading role for their child. Why do parents do this? Apparently they believe that trading favors is better than letting their kids compete with their peers on an even playing field. But how long are mom and dad going to be able to smooth the way for successes? And if you asked the child, wouldn’t he say that he would rather earn the role rather than having mom and dad nab it for him?

7. Allow.

Acknowledge your fears and insecurities in life and express them in front of your kids occasionally. You may think your children can’t handle seeing you struggle, but by hiding your negative emotions you won’t provide healthy examples of how to process feelings with trusted others. Life is full of highs and lows. Trying to keep the emotional tone unnaturally high at all times is more detrimental than helpful. Kids need to see parents as regular old human beings who both thrive and falter. So set the example of how to experience a full range of emotions in your home and you’re children will learn how to move through negative emotions.

8. Join in.

Help your kids create momentum in arenas they love, while still acknowledging the rest of the team. If your child always has to be the star for your sake, she will have trouble fitting in with the rest of the kids. If you can’t settle for anything but the best for your child, check your attitude for entitlement. Believing your child is superior to others is detrimental to social development. So take her down off the pedestal and get to work figuring out why you need to put her there in the first place. Chances are good it

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walk across the room on their first attempt, and you won’t hit every goal on the first try either. But if you don’t set goals beyond your ken, then how are kids going to learn how to do the same themselves? Of course, this means sometimes you won’t succeed and your children will witness your inevitable failures. But, if you come up with ways to bounce back from life’s disappointments, your children will learn to do the same. And that’s great because then you are teaching them that aiming high is a challenging learning experience, not just an opportunity for guaranteed applause.

10. Relax.

Home is supposed to be a sanctuary for the whole family, not a place where kids come to get probed, lectured, and controlled. If your home is not a place where each family member can retreat and find some peace and quiet, why isn’t it? Maybe a parent is spending too much time alone worrying about how each child can get ahead rather than getting out and contributing to the community. Don’t be a pushy parent. You may feel like you are making strides for your children in the short run, but you are robbing each of them of developing an organic identity at their own pace. Create a restful home, full of divergent opinions, healthy debates, and spontaneous self-expression.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Parents of Teens Must Adapt Trying to understand how to help your teen in a world that is constantly changing is like trying to hit a target that constantly moves. Just when your aim is right on target, things change — your kids change. Parents are often bewildered when trying to keep up with the always-changing world of teens. It’s like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hydrant, or holding a fistful of sand. Knowing how to set the right standards and enforce the right discipline can be overwhelming, and may seem impossible. The key to success in this arena lies in learning to adapt your parenting style to be more fluid, more accessible. As your child develops into a teen, you no longer have the luxury of making demands and expecting things to remain the same. Whether you like it or not, things change, and you must be able to understand and move with the culture, and set appropriate boundaries. I’m not saying you should stop caring about your family rules and beliefs. What I am saying is that how you enforce the rules must change. Otherwise, your child will be unprepared to cope with a culture that is constantly changing. They won’t develop healthy relationships. They will remain immature and irresponsible, because all of the decisions have always been made for them.

Change The Boundaries

Adapting your style must include learning how to set appropriate boundaries for their newly acquired behaviors, and giving them the choice for the direction they need to go. A good example of how this works comes from the time I spend training horses. When I put a fence around a horse, I am setting up boundaries. The horse can go anywhere it likes within those fences. If a problem develops, I move the Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

fences in a bit, and reinforce the boundaries. The same can be true with your teen. Set boundaries, and allow your teen to choose his direction within those boundaries. If a problem develops, or things change, move the boundaries in. Examine their world, and put some thought into what needs to be done. Kids today often engage with one another without really interacting or developing any kind of real relationships. The lack of interaction doesn’t help them hone their maturity or grow in their social skills. It’s your job to help them grow. So set the boundaries that help them do more than just engage with others – they need to learn how to interact. Let them choose the direction they want to go. Allow them to experience the consequences of choosing poorly. Help them to see that poor choices and crossing healthy boundaries will take their relationships in directions they don’t want to go, and choosing well will help them build good relationships.

Change Your Aim

Changing your parenting style for the teen years means you change your focus from punishment and discipline to training and character building. The focus of the boundaries you set should become more about obedience, respect, and honesty, which are the top three qualities necessary to build relationships. Respect, more than anything else, allows all others to fall into their proper place. Conversely, disobedience, disrespect, and dishonesty destroy relationships, and need to be addressed when they appear also. Dishonesty, more than anything else, destroys trust in relationships. Hold your teen responsible for the direction they choose, and cause them to own it. They will make some mistakes, but that’s alright. If they lay the blame on you, however, remember to put the responsibil36

ity clearly back on them. Tell them, “This is not about me, or my mistakes, this is about you. I will never be a perfect parent, but if you don’t change things, this will hurt you in your relationships in the future.”

Change Your Attitudes

Changing your style of parenting teens in order to meet the demands of today’s world also means that you refocus your own attitudes and behavior as well: • Move from lecturing to discussing. • Move from entertaining to experiencing something together. • Move from demanding everything, to asking them their ideas about everything. • Move from seeking justice to giving grace. • Move from seeing everything that’s wrong and finding more of what’s right. • Move from spending time always telling them to more time listening. • Move from giving your opinion to waiting until you are asked. It is difficult for teens today to grow up and move on. They tend to like their immaturity, and don’t feel the need to grow in their responsibilities. Teaching them to grow and own their attitudes and choices is one of the most important character qualities we can help them develop. So, don’t just tell them they need to be responsible, or that they need to be mature. Instead, carefully identify what is going on in their world, and begin to set out boundaries that give them responsibility and cause them to act upon them. And when the next new thing comes along, learn to adjust the boundaries in ways that help them continue to recognize their need to be mature, responsible, and own up to the consequences of their choices. 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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Parenting is hard. Parenting kids without a partner to help can be grueling. From finding the right support to setting realistic limits, you can feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Here’s how:

Manage your finances. Many hardworking single parents struggle to make ends meet. If you qualify, numerous non-profit and government organizations are available to provide assistance. Also, eliminate unnecessary bills or contact the company to see if refinancing is an option. “One of the worst things to do is to let the kids think that the only thing that has changed is that mommy or daddy has left,” Gallinati says. “Explain that this is now a one-income family and cuts need to be made.”

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support,caregiving can deplete your energy making you more susceptible to illness and depression. Utilize available resources and take advantage of any help that is offered by family and friends, says life coach Kristin Dunn, owner of From the Ground Up Life Coaching. Also, find a reliable sitter, trade babysitting with a friend or check out area drop-in day cares.

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Commit to self-care. Engage in activities that nurture and energize you like meditation, reading or exercise, even if that means waking up a few minutes earlier than usual. Use your lunch hour to connect with a friend. “Don’t underestimate the power of human touch,” Dunn says. “Schedule a massage or a pedicure. Human contact is really helpful in releasing bottled up energy and emotion that may not otherwise have an outlet for release.” Plan ahead. Include personal time on the calendar. “Do something for yourself once a week. You will see how it makes you better in all other areas of your life,” Gaikowski says. Integrate fun. Spend time with your kids cooking meals together, playing board games, bike-riding or watching a movie. Also plan playdates or outings with other families to build a sense of community.

Involve your kids. Assign age-appropriate responsibilities which helps children grow more self-confident and independent. “If you over-function by doing things for your children they could be doing for themselves, you’re teaching them to have unrealistic expectations for themselves and others,” Dunn says. Although single parenting isn’t easy, remember that when you manage your stress and focus on creating a stable, loving home for your kids, you’ll not only survive, you and your family will thrive. GPP Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines, is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life, which helps moms connect with their tribe, while creating a social life they love. To connect with her, visit www.christamelnykhines.com.

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C’mon Kids! Let’s Get a Move On

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

In the age of handheld devices, it’s getting harder and harder to pull youth away from their screens. While the electronic landscape is a wonderland of entertainment, encouraging active engagement through active play is equally important to kids’ physical and emotional growth. Finding the right toys and resources that generate enthusiasm and energy are key to getting children and teens off the couch and into physical recreation. From products that inspire freeform creative movement to toys that offer directed challenges, the following recommendations are perfect picks for encouraging kids to get a move on.

by Gerry Paige Smith

Capture the Flag Redux

Little Tikes Pogo It (Little Tikes)

The ultimate combination of athletics and electronic gaming, Little Tikes Pogo It brings kids off the couch and into a full body experience. Beginners use balance and physical energy to keep the music playing as they jump, twist, bounce or turn on the ball platform. When the movement stops, the game resets for new challenges. Once kids master the basics, the ball platform flips over for a different kind of game play. Following the Pogo’s voice commands, the player must jump in specific directions to score points. Improved coordination, better balance, and muscle development are added benefits that come with this physically engaging play resource. Little Tikes Pogo It is an outstanding toy for both the child who needs more activity as well as the kid who need to burn off their extra energy.

Adding a whole new level of energy to a familiar team activity, Capture the Flag Redux introduces an illuminating option for this competitive game play. The kit includes glowing components (lighted orbs, jail markers, LED bracelets) that amp up the challenge between groups scrambling for victory on field. With updated instructions and alternative games, the lighted elements create an extra layer of excitement as players pursue lights through the darkness. The shadows of a community greenspace, a front yard at dusk or a dim gymnasium transform into a proving ground for kids as they seek out the opposition’s glowing targets. Combining the best of tag, ‘keep away’ and a high-octane Easter egg hunt, Capture the Flag Redux is a shining addition to the game shelf for exciting neighborhood play and team-building at group events.

SoundMoovz Musical Bands

All Surface Pro Swingball

Moving to the music is one thing. Turning movement into music is another experience entirely and an exciting next step for active listeners. Through a pair of matched bands (worn on wrists or ankles), Soundmoovz translates movement into music and special effects sounds. Using Bluetooth technology the wearer can generate over 400 sounds through their motions and gestures. Various modes like Musical, Instrumental, Robot and Karate help direct the theme of the soundscapes. Their physical compositions can be broadcast to speakers expanding the audience for each original performance. It’s the ultimate demonstration of creative energy expressed as sound. Ideal for the kid who moves to their own beat, SoundMoovz turns motion into music and opens an audible world of active possibilities!

Creating a nexus that joins tennis, racquetball, and tetherball, All Surface Pro Swingball offers dynamic game play with new energetic challenges. Using checker bats to strike a tennissized ball tethered to a steel pole, players cultivate their aim, strength and strategy as they work on their swing. The smaller ball target and added racquet challenge encourage stronger hand-eye coordination and motor skills. With a pole base that’s stabilized with water or sand, the swingball set is easily erected on surfaces ranging from grass to pavement. It’s also handily disassembled and portable in the included case for picnics, playdates and parties. Challenging fun for both solo and paired players, All Surface Pro Swingball puts a fresh spin on a beloved playground favorite.

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Whether you want them to experience day or overnight camp, sports or fine arts, our listing has details on these and many more. It’s time to get your campers ready for summer fun! Art Camp Creatisphere- First City Art Center Art Camp ad on page 25

1060 North Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Creatisphere is a dynamic and unique art experience offering mixed-media, glass blowing, fiber arts, pottery, illustration, sculpture, photography, and more! In addition to 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. week long camps for age 7-12, the program is expanding to offer specialized camps for age 12-16. FCAC will partner with the Mess Hall for select weeks and campers will spend half the day at FCAC and half at the Mess Hall. Camp dates: May 29-August 10th. Late pick up (5:00 p.m.) and early drop off (8:00 a.m.) can be arranged for an additional fee. Sign up before March 31 and receive an early bird special! 850-429-1222 Firstcityart@gmail.com www.firstcityart.org/contact

Ellen’s Art ad on page 7

1265 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Epoxy Glass Art camps and open studio camps. Visit our website for more information.

850-934-8538 Ellmcgaug@aol.com www.ellens-art.com

Little Prodigies Music and Arts Center

2261 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 See our website for more details! 850-378-8665 littleprodigiesschool@gmail.com www.prodigiesonline.com

Pensacola Museum of Art

407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 The PMA is hosting four weeks of camp from July 9 - August 4. Ages 5 - 14 (divided by age). A Week of Warhol, July 9-July 13; E(art)h Art, July 16-20; Peruvian Art and Artists, July 23- July 27; and Pushing Proportions, July 30-August 4. Camp is held in two ages groups; ages 5-9 are in the PMA’s Art Studio and ages 10-14 are in Voices of Pensacola. Camp times are 9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. with an aftercare option available. PMA Family Members $165 /non members $195. 850-473-7468 vpeacock1@uwf.edu www.uwf.edu/explorecamps

Dance Camp Bernice’s Starstep Dance Studio ad on page 33

2895 W Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Starrstep Dance Studio is the oldest dance studio in Pensacola. Constantly renovating and evolving with time, the Starrstep staff works hard to not only provide Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

the best possible training for students, but also strives to make the dancing experience fun and enjoyable. Contact us for information on our 6 Week Summer Classes!

announced on our website after the audition process is complete. 850-944-5650 brian@labelleperformingarts.com www.labelleperformingarts.com

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Play Pensacola Ballroom Bootcamp

In His Steps ad on page 23

6231 North W Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 “In HIS Steps” is a contemporary, Christian-based Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center offering professional instruction in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, Jazz, modern, contemporary, and all-boys classes. We also offer voice, piano, guitar; both private and group sessions, a summer dance Intensive for the experienced dancer, mini themed dance camps for ages 4-8 years, and a 4-6 week dance sample pack for ages 2.5-Teen. Call, visit our website or find us on Facebook for summer information coming soon.

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A Ballroom camp designed for youth- not your average cotillion class. This fun, interactive class will teach you everything you need to know to be confident on and off the dance floor. A culminating performance will take place on the evening of Wednesday, June 27th, followed by a social dance. Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays in June; Time: 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Ages 10-18; Cost: $65 City residents/$75Non-residents.

850-474-4922 missamysdance@hotmail.com www.inhisstepsinc.com

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LaBelle Performing Arts

Play Pensacola Beach Party Dance Camp

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8253 Chellie Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 Strive: July 30 - Aug 9; Auditions for LPAC “Labelle Performing Arts Company”, the PAC, and lilPAC Aug 2 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Part 2 of Auditions for LPAC are Aug 9 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.; Summer classes: July 3 July 26, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Summer classes are designed for the beginning to the intermediate/ advanced student. We will offer many genres of dance throughout the summer program. Summer classes are the perfect time to try different genres or just take class without the pressures of a show. It is a laid-back and fun atmosphere. Classes are great to keep the advanced dancer in shape or fun and exciting for the new dancer who is just experiencing the world of dance. Strive Summer intensive is designed to challenge the dancer in all genres of dance. Each week is focused on ballet or jazz depending on the week; students will however, take many disciplines during the intensive. Master teachers, who specialize in their genre, are brought in to give the students an opportunity to learn from a working professional. Students will also take class from our amazing staff. This intensive is intended for the intermediate to advanced dancer in hopes to inspire and motivate each individual. Our mission is to help students strive to be the best that they can be and open doors to the possibilities of their individual talent. Auditions for our 2018- 2019 companies (LPAC, lilPAC, and the PAC) All dancers who plan on auditioning for the LaBelle companies will need to attend our Strive summer intensive. Dancers will learn the material they will need to audition with during the summer intensive. They will perform their material in front of a panel of judges and go through an interview process. Company members will be

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 This two week camp will include learning several dances, making beach party crafts and costumes and conclude with a mini recital and family party to showcase all that is learned Dates: July 9 – 20 ; Time: 9:00am-12:00pm; Ages: 5-13; Cost: $90 City Resident / $100 Non-resident 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Creative Dance Camp for Extraordinary Kids ad on page 35

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A camp that adapts to special need participants and their extraordinary talents. Creative movement, arts and crafts, dress up and more. Dates: June 25-29; Time: 9:00-11:00am; Ages: 5-13 Cost: $45 City Resident / $55 Non-resident 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Hip Hop Camp ad on page 35

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 An intermediate, once weekly, month long camp to further develop skills and training in hip hop. Students

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Play Pensacola Mini Hip Hop Camp ad on page 35

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A hip hop camp for little dancers who love music and movement to a fast beat. Camp will include creative movement and hip hop exercises, dress up, arts and crafts and snacks. Dates: July 30-August 3; Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; Ages: 4-7; Cost: $45 City Resident/ $55 Non resident 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/ Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Princess Dance Camp ad on page 35

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 This two week camp will include learning several dances, making princess party crafts and costumes, visits from special guests and conclude with a mini recital and family party to showcase all that is learned.

Dates: June 11-22; Time: 9:00am-12:00pm; Ages: 5-13; Cost: $90 City Resident / $100 Non-resident 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Strength & Conditioning for Dancers Intensive ad on page 35

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A once weekly, month long intensive to train and develop intermediate and advanced dancers. A more thorough look at strength, stretching and technique exercises for dancers to apply to their independent practice during regular season. Dates: Thursdays in June; Time: 6:007:00 p.m.; Ages: 6-18; Cost: $55 City residents/$65 Non-residents 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Tiny Dancer Camp ad on page 35

Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A dance camp for the tiny dancers, complete with basic ballet technique, creative movement exercises, dress up, arts and crafts and snack. A great opportunity

for first exposure to the world of dance. Ages 3 - 5. Dates: June 4-8; Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; Cost: $45 City resident/ $55 non-residents. 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Ballet Pensacola

400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Children’s Sessions (ages 3-6) – Four educational and engaging week-long sessions include instruction in individual dance, group dance, character acting, mime work, and crafts. Attend just one week or all four, as each session provides new opportunities for growth: Week 1 (June 4-7), Week 2 (June 11-14), Week 3 (June 18-21), Week 4 (Aug. 6-9). 850-432-9546 frankgiammaria@balletpensacola.com www.balletpensacola.com/camps

Five Flags Dance Academy

1903 East Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Best of the Bay, Best Dance Studio 2017. Offering summer dance classes, princess camps and intensives. 6 week Summer Session is only $95. Classes offered include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acro, Baton. Princess Camps offered each week beginning June 4 with the last week beginning July 23 - Price is $125 per week. Summer Intensives - 2 different weekly camps begin June 11 and June 18 - Price is $150 per week. Ballet Technique - week long camp TBA in July. Space is Limited! 850-484-0648 abarnettdance@gmail.com www.fiveflagsdance.com

Pensacola School of Ballet

4806G Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 Pensacola School of Ballet will be offering summer sessions. Please visit website for updated information.

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Camp Mojo – Mojo Elite Sportz Center ad on page 51

4400 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32506 Summer camp activities feature daily swimming, lots of fitness games and of course, Gymnastics! We also offer parkour and american ninja warrior. We will have outdoor water fun, as well as cool scientific experiments and crafts! We are limiting camp to only 30 participants to ensure a quality experience and a low camper to instructor ratio. Camp is available for children 5 and up and our new Preschool Camp for ages 3-4. Camp starts May 29. Hours for 5 and up are 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.with optional early and late pickup. $100 per week. Preschool Camp hours are 9:00a.m. - 12noon for $75/week.

Time to Shine

4375 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 We have a host of wonderfully exciting and engaging classes, workshops and intensives for all ages and interests. Visit our website for a detailed listing of classes, camp themes, dates, and other details. June 25-July 27 is our summer camp session

850-733-3547 info@mojogymnastics.com www.mojosportz.com

Capstone Academy

different book series each week with science experiments, artwork inspired by the original illustrations, & yummy snacks to satisfy our campers’ tummies and minds! Full and half day options are available. Cost is $195 per week for full day. Hours are 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Cost is $150 a week for mornings only from 7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 850-434-6474 cbarfield@edscc.org www.edscc.org

Kids College ad on page 15

Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 28th year! Fun, hands-on activities that stimulate thinking and motor skills for children age 6-12 years; choose from three age-appropriate categories of classes and activities; one and two week sessions available; Just like in college, students can choose a schedule that includes one class per day or a full day of classes and activities. Pick from over 50 subjects including arts, languages, sports, computers, science, theatre, swimming writing, self-defense and fashion. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day. For more information contact Michael Listau 850-484-1797 or at ce@pensacolastate.edu. Full schedule available in April 2018.

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Kidz Pointe Summer Camp

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Capstone Academy is an inclusive educational learning opportunity for all children, ages birth to five years, focusing on early intervention for children with developmental disabilities or who are at risk of delay. As part of our early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration. Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies are offered at Capstone. Therapies are provided during each child’s scheduled classroom hours. Families are always welcomed and encouraged to come and take part in their child’s therapy session. Also offered are Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for 4 year olds; After School Care for school aged children; and Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapies for infants and children. VPK offered.

Camp Fire WILD & WISE Nature Day Camp ad on page 15

1814 Creighton Road, Pensacola, FL 32504 WILD & WISE Nature Day Camp Join us this summer as Camp Fire Kids explore Florida nature and wildlife! The campers’ goal is to complete the Camp Fire Trail to Environment Emblem program. Through Camp Fire Wild and Wise program, children discover outdoor basics and learn about ecology and the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Students learn about Florida flora and fauna though Project WILD hands-on activities from the Florida Game & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Additionally, campers complete a community service project to keep the earth healthy and give service to others. Also, Camp Fire will get the kids moving and therefore healthier, with the Wise Kids’® program. Through hands-on activities, kids will learn about energy balance, enjoy healthy snacks and explore more of the outdoors. Activities include: archery, nature, outdoor adventure, hikes, camp challenges, friendship building, special guests, movies, skits, conflict resolution & decision making, environmental learning, games, music, literacy and self-reliance projects, water fun and crafts. Ages K - 12 years, T-shirt included. Bring a sack lunch each day. Camp Fire Pensacola State College Child Development Center, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola 850-484-1524 Open to the Public. May 29-August 10,2018 Time: 6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fees: $100/week, one-time $20 registration fee and $50 activity fee. Bring a sack lunch; 2 snacks provided. Bring a change of clothes. Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center, 6031 Industrial Boulevard, Century 850-256-0953 Open to the Public.May 28-August 10,2018 Time: 7:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fees: $85/week, one-time $20 registration fee. Two snacks are provided. Bring your own lunch, drink and change of clothes. Camp Fire Milton Summer Camp, 5590 Byrom Street, Milton 850-564-1549 or 850-476-1760 (Main office) Open to the Public. June 4 - August 10,2018. 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fees: $100/ week, one-time $20 registration fee and $50 activity fee. Bring a sack lunch; 2 snacks are provided. Bring a change of clothes. 850-476-1760 info@cfgulfwind.org www.campfirekidsfl.com

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Episcopal Day School ad on page 31

223 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 For rising 2nd Grade - 8th Grade students one week sessions will begin June 4th and will run through July 27th. Each camper will have the opportunity to pick a morning and afternoon class to complete their schedule. Options will vary each week. Choices will include STEaM activities, arts and crafts, musical theater and percussion, and sports including flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Full and half day options are available. Full day cost is $195 per week, 1/2 day cost is $125 per week. Morning session is 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Afternoon session is 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Extended care is complimentary with registration and will be provided from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm. 850-434-6474 cbarfield@edscc.org www.edscc.org

Episcopal Day School, Hilton-Green Campus ad on page 31

601 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 For rising PreK2 - 1st Grade students one week sessions will begin June 4th and will run through July 27th. We hope you’re ready to read! Over the course of the summer, we will explore the worlds of our favorite authors. Campers will be working their way through a

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Marcus Pointe Christian School, 6205 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Camp Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fees are $125 weekly or $995 for the entire summer. Extended day from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is available for an additional $35 per week. Summer Field Trips (included in camp price) Gulf Coast Zoo, The Explorium, Oops Alley, Cecil Hunter Pool, Sam’s Surf City, NAS Museum, Chuck E Cheese, Dreamland Skate Center, Triple Play, and more!  Weekly camp themes include Water Water Everywhere, Aargh Matey, Superheros, The Final Frontier, Nerd Explosion, Animal Antics, Under the Big Top, Happy Birthday America, and Vacation Bible School. Please visit our website for camp descriptions, dates, times and other details. 850-479-1605 mgraff@marcuspointechristian.org www.kidzpointe.com

Northeast YMCA ad on page 53

3215 Langley Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 The YMCA Summer Day Camps offer hands-on, interactive and engaging experiences. We build character and discover new skills through individual and group activities built around a weekly theme. Registration opens April 1st. Each day is filled with arts & crafts, sports & physical fitness, creative & dramatic play, science & nature, cooking projects, swimming and field trips.  Summer Day Camps are open Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for ages 5-12 and our NEW! Teen Leadership Development Camps are for youth ages 13-16 (offered at Ensley location but transportation offered to/from Northeast location).  For more information, please call Angela Stephens. 850-478-1222 astephens@ymcanwfl.org www.ymcanwfl.org

Play Pensacola Summer Camp ad on page 35

Vickery Resource Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, games and sports are just a few of the activities campers will enjoy every week! Dates: May 29-August 10; Ages 6-12 850-912-4056 arivera@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com

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

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

Woodland Heights Resource Center, 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503 850-435-1750 rsmith@cityofpensacola.com

Field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, games and sports are just a few of the activities campers will enjoy every week! Dates: May 29-August 10; Ages 6-12

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Sports Center Day Camp ad on page 22

Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL Youth Outreach Ministry will host Sports Center Day Camp this summer for children ages 6–12 and 5-year-olds who have already completed K5. The camp will use the PCC campus facilities, including the Sports Center, Swim Center, Field House, and dining hall. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in many activities such as swimming, waterslides, miniature golf, Ping-Pong, and ice skating. Those ages 8–12 may also go bowling. Children can enroll for a week, a month, or for the entire summer.

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Winshape Camp for Communities ad on page 26

Coastline Calvary Chapel, 1122 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Camp Dates: July 30-August 3, 2018 for children who have completed 1st - 9th grade. Hours are MondayThursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & Friday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Are you ready for the BEST.WEEK.EVER? This camp is brought to you by the WinShape Foundation, started by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. Whether you like soccer, science, art, gymnastics or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities! Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps for communities provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’ll find anywhere... right at home in your own community! The cost is $214, and registration begins March 4th.  Visit our Facebook page (WinShape Camp Gulf Breeze) for updates and info. 850-932-8197 Rebecca@coastlinelife.com www.winshapecamps.org

YMCA Summer Day Camp ad on page 15

Ensley Church of Nazarene, 8300 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 The YMCA Summer Day Camps offer hands-on, interactive and engaging experiences. We build character and discover new skills through individual and group activities built around a weekly theme. Registration opens April 1st. Each day is filled with arts & crafts, sports & physical fitness, creative & dramatic play, science & nature, cooking projects, swimming and field trips.  Summer Day Camps are open Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for ages 5-12 and our NEW! Teen Leadership Development Camps are for youth ages 13-16 (offered at Ensley location but transportation offered to/from Northeast location).  For more information, please call Angela Stephens, Director at 850-478-1222 or email astephens@ymcanwfl.org 850-478-1222 astephens@ymcanwfl.org www.ymcanwfl.org

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Tennis shoes. Cost is $20 per day 1st child, $15 each additional child plus additional cost of Field Trips. Hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. All field trips will be on Thursday of each week. There is a $10-15 charge for weekly field trips. *Some field trips are subject to change in price* Registration forms can be picked up at the office of the Community Center. 850-934-5140 sdepalma@gulfbreezefl.gov

Cokesbury Methodist Children’s Center

5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Join us for a summer of fun! Children ages K-5th grade (preschool summer program also available) Weekly themes and field trips. Breakfast, lunch and PM snacks provided. M-F, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Argo Adventure Kids Camp

11000 University Parkway, Building 72, Room 282A, Pensacola, FL 32514 Camp features activities for grade levels K-5th for the 2017/2018 school year. Campers enjoy daily access to our 36-foot Climbing Wall and Aquatic Center, traditional and non-traditional sports and daily enrichment activities. Campers will experience state of the art facilities, professional staffing, and a safe, enriching environment. Camp opens 7:30am and pick-up is available until 5:30pm. Register for individual weeks or the whole summer. Dates and themes: Week 1 (May 29 - June 1)- It’s a Bug’s Life *Note: No camp Monday, May 28 due to Memorial Day, Week 2 (June 4 - June 8) - Mission Argonauts, Week 3 (June 11 - June 15) - Into Magic Kingdom, Week 4 (June 18- June 22) -Five Days of Summer, Week 5 (June 25 - June 29) - Everyday Heros, Week 6 (July 2 - July 6) - No Camp: Happy 4th of July!, Week 7 (July 9 - July 13) - Show your Skills, Week 8 (July 16 - July 20) - Under the Sea, Week 9 (July 23 - July 27) - Wild Wild West, Week 10 (July 30 - August 3) - Farewell to Summer

850-476-5847 childrencenter@cokesburyumc.org www.cokesburychurch.com/childrens-center

Cub Scout Day Camps- Pensacola Bay

Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32526 We are looking forward to “Bug Hunter”, the theme for Pine Forest United Methodist’s Day Camp. Day Camp will be held June 4-7th , 2017 from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

9151 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Children’s Sessions (ages 3-6) – Four educational and engaging week-long sessions include instruction in individual dance, group dance, character acting, mime work, and crafts. Attend just one week or all four, as each session provides new opportunities for growth: Week 1 (June 4-7), Week 2 (June 11-14), Week 3 (June 18-21), Week 4 (Aug. 6-9). 850-476-9208

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City of Gulf Breeze Community Center

800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Dates: First Weekday after Santa Rosa County Schools let out til the last weekday before the following school year starts. The City of Gulf Breeze provides a summer day camp for boys and girls, ages 5-14. Children must have completed Kindergarten in order to attend camp. They are grouped ages 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11-14; children may not be changed out of their age groups. We provide two drinks per day plus snacks, and there is a water fountain available. Bring Daily: Lunch, Backpack w/ Swimsuit, Towel, Sunscreen, and Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

850-664-1261 business-office@ecscience.org www.ecscience.org

Falbo’s Family Karate Summer Camp

3031 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Join us for Family Karate Summer Camp. We open daily at 7:30 am (extended hours available beginning at 6:30 a.m.) and pick up is after their karate class or by 6:00 p.m. Choose daily or weekly. Great fun including field trips, beach outings, swimming, IMAX, waterparks, Blue Angel show and much more. Daily field trips are: Mondays – swimming - $5.  Tuesdays - movie $5.  Wednesdays – bowling -  $7 and includes Lunch.  Thursdays – skating -  $11 and includes CiCi’s lunch.  Fridays – See Schedule. Space is limited. 850-934-7977 info@falbosfamilykarate.com www.falbosfamilykarate.com

Grace Lutheran Church

6601 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Amazing Grace Christian Preschool 2017-2018 VPK & Preschool Early Enrollment Now! Summer VBS: Shipwrecked. Dates: June 4th-8th, Grades: (Incoming) Kinder-5th (Outbound), Time: 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Faith, fellowship and fun every night! 850-476-5667 www.gracepensacola.org

Greater Little Rock Preschool

901 North A Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Greater Little Rock Preschool invites you to enjoy some summer fun! Summer session runs May 29 – August 10 for ages 5 through 11. Hours are 7:00 a.m.– 5:30p.m. 850-433-9476 psd@glrockbc.org www.glrock.org

Kids 4 Fun Summer Day Camp

John Duncan Plaza, 2258 Highway 87 South, Navarre, FL 32566

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4062 Avalon Boulevard, Milton, FL 32583 850-530-6078 flippinoutmilton@gmail.com

Stonebrooke Plaza, , 5642 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 850-530-6078 flippinoutmilton@gmail.com

850-474-2539 argokids@uwf.edu www.uwf.edu/argokids

Blessed Star Montessori Christian School

Workshops, Kids Night Out program, and other classes throughout the summer. Be sure to stop by the museum and visit our exciting new exhibit, SMALLab! SMALLab will have you out of your seat in a groundbreaking experience that places YOU at the center of the action!

and Friday, June 8th from 8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. 850-476-6336 pgoolsby@gmail.com www.gulfcoastcouncil.org

Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Summer Day Camps

101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Hands-on adventures introduce children ages 5 through 13 to Alabama’s ocean. Oceans Alive! (Ages 5-8) June 8, July13, and July 30 - This half-day adventure combines arts and crats with a beach walk adventure. BIO Blitz (Ages 10-13) June 15, July 12, and July 31 - Explore nature and discover coastal Alabama’s diversity with this day long camp. Survivor:Dauphin Island (Ages 8-10) June 14, July 13, and August 1 Will you survive on the island? During this day long camp learn how to cast a net, catch crabs, bait a hook, and filet a fish. 251-861-2141 (ext. 7515) sejohnson@disl.org www.disl.org

Emerald Coast Science Center

31 Memorial Parkway SW, Fort Walton, FL 32548 Join the Science Center this summer for fun and educational camps, workshops, and more! Visit our website for more information on our Summer STEAM

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KinderWorld

2000 Toni Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 Summer Camp in the KinderWorld Kool Zone is fun! Our school-aged kids have their own building and playground. This space has video games, arcade games, art center, home living center, science center, block center, music center, and lots of fun activities including exciting field trips! This past summer we had Kids Zumba, swimming, movies, bowling, skating, and much, much more. 850-477-7080 brina8830@aol.com www.mykinderworld.com

Malena’s Mini School

9318 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32534 We offer many weekly activity selections including

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3948 Highway 90, Pace, FL 32571 X-treme Kids Kamp starts Monday, June 18 and ends Friday, June 22. X-treme Kids Kamp is for kids going into grades 2 –7 for Fall 2018. Registration for Kids Kamp ends Sunday, May 6. You can register your camper online at paceassembly.org or via paper enrollment. The cost for Kamp is $130 per child and $110 for each additional child(in the same family). 850-202-3100

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2275 East Johnson Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32514 We offer a fun filled summer schedule for your child. Going on field trips weekly, and playing outside on our playgrounds guarantees happy kids this summer. Field Trips include: the beach, bowling, movies, skating, Sam’s Surf City, and more. 850-479-6031 pksherwin@cox.net www.misskathys.com

Montessori School of Pensacola Early Childhood Camp

1010 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 MSP offers summer camp for students currently in Preschool-Kindergarten. Camp is 8:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. Cost is $150/week. Themes alternate from week to week and include such creative and enriching topics as cooking, drama, “Around the World”, jewelry, and science. Students may attend all summer or pick and choose weeks. Non-MSP students are invited to attend camps. In addition to the 8:00a.m. to 11:30 a.m. camp time, there is also early morning and afternoon (8:00a.m. - 2:30p.m. or 7:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.) extended camp times. 850-469-8138 lsgodwin@montessoripensacola.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/ summer-camp/

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Pace Assembly Ministries- Xtreme Kids Kamp

2379 Pawnee Drive, Navarre, FL 32566 Ages 5-13 / Daily Activities, Swimming (twice a week), Field Trips (twice a week) / 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. / June 4th – August 10th

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Super Summer Kid’s Camp – PTSDA Karate

2500 Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 We offer a safe and exciting children’s program for the entire summer. Children love our karate classes, field trips and fun activities. Parents enjoy knowing that their child is safe and will sleep well from all the activities. Drop off is between 7a.m-9a.m. and pick up is by 6:00p.m. daily. 850-478-0680 Terri@ptsda.com www.ptsda.com

Educational & Miscellaneous Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp ad on page 33

1750 Radford Boulevard - Ste B, Pensacola, FL 32508 Parents! What are your kids doing this summer?

Launch your own rocket, build gliders, watch a Blue Angels practice (if available) and experience a Giant Screen movie and exciting flight simulators - all in one week! Sign up for the Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp held at the National Naval Aviation Museum, located on NAS Pensacola. Taught by teachers, campers will learn the science and math of flight and expand their knowledge of naval aviation history with tours of museum exhibits, aircraft and the National Flight Academy! The following one week sessions are available but fill up quickly: June 4-9, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30- Aug 3. Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camp is open only to youth entering the 5th or 6th grade. Fees are $175 per Camper, per session. Campers must arrange their own transportation and bring their own lunch. To register go to: www.navalaviationfoundation.org/what-we-do/fadsummer-camp/ 850-453-2389 jrunge@navalaviationmuseum.org www.navalaviationfoundation.org

National Flight Academy ad on page 33

Naval Air Station, 1 Fetterman Way, Pensacola, FL 32508 The National Flight Academy offers one of the most exciting and immersive educational environments in the world, inspiring students to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an aviation-themed adventure aboard a simulated land-locked aircraft carrier. From six-day Deployments to one-day Adventures, the National Flight Academy ignites imagination and encourages learning. Six-day programs starting at $850. Discount offered for active duty or retired military. 850-458-7836 info@nationalflightacademy.com www.nationalflightacademy.com

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3660 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32507 Learn essential skills to prepare recipes with varying themes! Please see website for age groups, hours and dates. Camp themes this year include Camp Jr. Pastry Chef: Baking 101; Camp Gardener Chef: Cooking Nature’s Colors from the PCK Garden; Camp Personal Chef: Cooking Fun, Flavorful Family Meals; Camp World Traveler Chef: International Dishes and Desserts; Camp Party Chef: Cooking & Styling Food For Year-Round Celebrations; Camp “From Scratch” Chef: Advanced Cooking & Baking, Building Flavor Profiles. Price: $200 per child per camp. 850-456-0743 info@pensacolacooks.com www.pensacolacooks.com

Pensacola MESS Hall ad on page 39

116 North Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Engage your young scientist in a summer of discovery, with themes like: Robot Set Code, EcoQuest, Space Troopers, Anatomy Academy, and Girls Who Code (new for 2018). Most camps are week-long, half day, divided by age groups. Morning sessions are 9:0012:00pm, afternoon sessions are 1:00pm-4:00pm, with extended-day available. Two weeks of camps with our partners First City Art Center are full-day (themes: Inventor’s workshop, Materials Matter). Two weeks of Science Sampler offers single-day registrations with extended day options. For full camp descriptions, dates, times, and pricing visit our website. As always, members receive a 20% discount on camp registration. Space is limited, sign up today! 877-937-6377 info@pensacolamesshall.org www.pensacolamesshall.org

4-H Day Camps

Langley Bell 4-H Center, 3730 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL 32533 Looking for interactive, fun, and educational activities? Join 4-H in our special interest day camps. Camp themes in the past have included Aerospace Planes and Rockets, Woodworking and Craftsmanship, Hay Day Hay Bailing Day Camp, Ecosystem and Forestry Prescribed Burning Day Camp. Closed-toed shoes should be worn at all camps and youth should bring a sack lunch. Dates: To be Announced at a later date, unless otherwise noted, Times: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day, Ages: 5-18 years old, unless otherwise specified. Please check our website (escambia.ifas.ufl. edu/4h/) or our Facebook Page. 850-475-5230 aschortinghouse@ufl.edu www.escambia.ifas.ufl.edu

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8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center is proud to host a number of programs this summer. Camps available for ages 3-5 years, K-2nd grades, and 3rd-6th grades will focus on language development, social skills, and peer interaction. Camps available for ages 7th -10th grades highlight peer interaction while teaching coping strategies (i.e. emotional intelligence, anger management, etc.). No diagnosis is required to participate. Preschool Language Camp – 5 weeks available K-2nd grade Language/Social Skills Camp – 5 weeks available; 3rd-6th grade Social Skills camp-2 weeks available, 7th – 10th grade Social Skills/Emotional Regulation Camp - 2 weeks available.

850-473-7468 ExploreCamps@uwf.edu www.uwf.edu/explorecamps

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Animals, Monsters and Beasts!

The UWF Historic Trust and the Florida Public Archaeology Network

Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Come create creatures of all sizes and shapes in this full day art camp! This camp offers a unique opportunity for in depth investigation into a theme through extended art making sessions and intimate class sizes in a Montessori environment. Projects include wearable art (think shirts, hats, and animal ears), stuffed creatures, printmaking, exploratory painting techniques (blown ink creations), collaborative art and more! The week culminates in a child-organized art show from 3-3:45 where artists get to share their unique creations with family and friends. Cost: $290 includes non-refundable $20 material fee due at sign up. June 4th-8th, 8am-3pm, Ages: 7-13

850-469-8138 lsgodwin@montessoripensacola.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/ summer-camp/

Autism Pensacola

Pensacola, FL Each spring, Autism Pensacola (API) offers a free training to the community on inclusion in youth recreation programs. API hopes to create more opportunities for children with disabilities to have the same recreational experiences as children without disabilities. Through training from the National Inclusion Project, as well as inclusion support from API, we hope to show parents new avenues of summer fun for their children with special needs. For more information about training and support, contact the office at (850) 434-7171. 850-434-7171 info@autismpensacola.org www.autismpensacola.org/our-programs/kids-forcamp/

Explore Summer Camps

University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 University of West Florida’s Explore Summer Camps present awesome opportunities for incoming kindergarten to incoming 12th grade students to widen their horizons and discover new strengths. Taught by certified teachers and professionals, our programs are carefully designed to be engaging and fun. We are returning this summer with some old favorites including Code Kids, Explore Hogwarts, Marine Science and adding many soon-to-be new favorite camps like

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Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Rediscover new uses for overlooked items in this eco-conscious class. This camp offers a unique opportunity for in depth investigation into a theme through extended art making sessions and intimate class sizes in a Montessori environment. During this full day art camp children will create up-cycled artwork that focuses on the functional. Create beads and bowls from paper, learn how to weave with plastic bags; breathe new life into an old clothing item through alterations, use tin cans to create beautiful candle holders, create wallets out of duct tape and so much more! The week culminates in a child-organized art show from 3-3:45 where artists get to share their unique creations with family and friends. Cost: $290 includes non-refundable $20 material fee due at sign up. July 29th – August 3rd, 8am-3pm, Ages: 7-13

Museum of Commerce- Downtown Pensacola, 201 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Discovering Luna’s World : History and Archaeology in Colonial Pensacola. Cost: $115.00, Date: June 25-June 29, Grade: Upcoming 4th-6th grades. Led by Don Tristán de Luna, the first Spanish settlers in Pensacola braved the Gulf of Mexico and trusted their lives to an unknown land and future. Although Luna’s settlement was destroyed by a terrible hurricane shortly after it was founded, clues to this lost colonial past still surround us today! Campers will join professional historians and archaeologists from the University of West Florida to explore Pensacola’s colonial history and uncover clues about the lives of the many people who called this area home. Focusing on a real-life approach to uncovering the past, this downtown Pensacolabased camp draws from all STEAM disciplines to encourage curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving! Engaging and fun activities include experimental archaeology investigations, historical research, archaeological and historical site tours, and many other relevant hands-on activities. Discover the history and archaeology of the Pensacola area in engaging, hands-on ways. Learn what it takes to be a professional historian and archaeologist. Utilize critical thinking, inference, and deduction skills to conduct original research on historical and archaeological. 850-473-7468

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WildNative ECO Camp

Offers educational and fun opportunities for upcoming 7th to 12th grade students. ECO stands for Exciting Coastal Opportunities because of the many activities the students get to experience. Participants will learn about the local environment, marine biology, ecology in a hands-on setting all while gaining experience for a career related field. We offer week long and weekend only camps with both day and overnight options. Find us on Facebook or to speak with someone please call 1-844-900-CAMP. 1-844-900-CAMP www.wildnativetours.com/wildnative-camps/

U.S. Space Camp & Aviation Challenge One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 More details under Overnight Camps. 800-637-7223 www.spacecamp.com

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4400 Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 Summer camp activities feature daily swimming, lots of fitness games and of course, Gymnastics! We also offer parkour and american ninja warrior. We will have outdoor water fun, as well as cool scientific experiments and crafts! We are limiting camp to only 30 participants to ensure a quality experience and a low camper to instructor ratio. Camp is available for children 5 and up and our new Preschool Camp for ages 3-4. Camp starts May 29. Hours for 5 and up are 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.with optional early and late pickup. $100 per week. Preschool Camp hours are 9:00a.m. 12noon for $75/week. 850-733-3547 info@mojogymnastics.com www.mojosportz.com

The Little Gym ad on page 18

10437 Sorrento Rd, Unit #206, Pensacola, FL 32507 The Little Gym of Pensacola is opening soon and will offer a variety of classes and camps that will combine physical activity, gymnastics, games, and arts & crafts. We’ll help your child beat the heat of summer by staying cool at The Little Gym. 850-495-1734; www.thelittlegym.com/pensacolafl

First City No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Camp

65 East Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Join us for First City’s No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Camp! Our camps run weekly for ages 5 and up. We will have games, obstacle courses, gymnastics,

ninja classes, field trips, arts & crafts and more. Check our website periodically for details. Hope to see you this summer. 850-474-1068 info@firstcitygymnastics.com www.firstcitygymnastics.com

Gulf Breeze Funplex

for all 9 weeks! Each week has a new & exciting theme!  Your children will have a blast in our premium air-conditioned facility located across from the Gulf Breeze Zoo!

850-934-3990 gulfcoastgym@bellsouth.net www.gulfcoastgym.com

3123 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Please visit our website or find us on Facebook for upcoming camp dates and details.

Salute Gymnastics Academy

850-932-2297 gulfbreezegym@gmail.com www.gulfbreezefunplex.com

850-969-9111 info@salutegymnasticsacademy.com www.salutegymnasticsacademy.com

Gulf Coast Elite All-Star Cheer

Horseback Riding

4607 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526 Gulf Coast Elite is Pensacola’s newest competitive all star cheer and tumble gym. We are just finishing our first full season of All Star competition cheer and what an exciting season it has been! We are even expanding our gym to to make room for a second spring floor and a tumble track. We would love to introduce your child to the joy of competitive cheer or grow your child’s cheer experience. We also offer group and individual tumbling classes for all levels. 850-898-3366 info@gulfcoastelite.com www.gulfcoastelitecheer.com

Gulf Coast Gymnastics

1844 Cowen Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Gulf Coast Gymnastics has a SUPER fun day camp that runs all summer long! Day camp includes MUCH movement, fitness, & fun!  Each day the boys and girls will participate in some gymnastics, games, arts & crafts, and more! Gulf Coast Gymnastics Camp includes gymnastics class instruction, arts & crafts, games, & more! Summer Camps are for kids ages 5-13 and run Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Join us for a day, a week, or

9245 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32534 2018 summer camp dates to be announced soon.

Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp

2729 Ten Mile Road, Pace, FL 32571 Campers will ride daily as well as learn all about how to take care of horses. We will have several crafts for the kids to enjoy while they take a break from the heat. The following three sessions are for beginner to intermediate riders from age 6-13. Camp will be held Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will also have a 4th session for younger riders. Cost is $300.00 per week. $75.00 deposit required. Session one – June 4-8, Session two – June 11-15, Session three – June 18-22. Session Four is our Unicorn Camp for ages 3-5. June 25 - 29 from 9am - 12pm. Cost is $250. 850-396-3102 sales@aubreyhill.com www.aubreyhill.com/summer-riding-camp-summer-camp

Crazy Acres Ranch Summer Horse Camps

3030 Highway 97, Molino, FL 32577 Summer horse camps with no experience necessary. Activities Include: grooming, tacking, riding, obstacle course, swimming, and arts & crafts. Saturday is family day with award ceremony and pizza & pool party. Camp

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Outta this World

Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 This camp will focus on outer space, planets/stars, stories of famous astronauts, and even some Star Wars fun! Cost: $275, includes materials. June 25th-29th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12

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session: June 18-23 for ages 5-17. Cost: $175. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00a.m-2:00p.m, Saturday 8:30a.m1:00p.m. (extended hours available upon request for additional charge) Camp session: July 23-28 for ages 5-17. Cost: $175. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00a.m2:00p.m, Saturday 8:30a.m-1:00p.m. (extended hours available upon request for additional charge)

Visit the Enchanted Forest Week: Fairies and Fantastical Creatures

Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Campers will go on fairy hunts, make fairy gardens, learn dances and songs, and much more. $275, includes materials. June 11th-15th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12

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Riverview Camp for Girls

Music and Theater

757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 See listing under Overnight Camps for details 800-882-0722 www.riverviewcamp.com

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls

606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, 8-17; 1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true! 706-862-2231 info@valleyviewranch.com www.valleyviewranch.com

Miscellaneous Comics 101

Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Campers will design characters, write stories, and create their cover and at least 1 finished page of their own personal comic. June 18th-22nd, Ages 5th-8th grades 850-469-8138 jeskcantrell@gmail.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/

Explorations in the 4 Elements

Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 This week will focus on the 4 elements: fire, water, earth, air with science experiments, craft projects, and musical instrument demonstrations that center around each of the elements (and some info on weird animals and world records). Cost: $275, includes materials. July 9th-13th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12

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Fly Away with Me

Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 This camp will focus on things with wings, especially Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

Kindermusik by the Bay ad on page 51

Having fun is just the beginning! Our award-winning curricula and world-class educators provide engaging musical learning experiences during the years most critical to brain development. Visit our website for information on spring and summer opportunities! 850-292-0519 kmbythebay@gmail.com www.bythebay.kindermusik.com

day camp for rising Kindergarten through 9th grade. Over the course of both weeks drama camp activities include singing, dancing, acting, stagecraft, improvisation, stage combat, crafts and more. Choose week one, week two or both! Week one focuses on theatre fundamentals and week two focuses on putting the fundamentals into action for the show on June 22. Camp rates are $175 for one week or $325 for two weeks. Early bird registration discount by May 1 is $160 for one week or $295 for two weeks. Included in the camp fee are two snacks daily, dinner on show day (June 22) and a t-shirt. Campers bring their own lunch. Email dramagbhs@gmail.com to request a registration form or for any inquiries. Dates/Times: June 11-15 & June 18-22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. Meet at GBHS Gym Lobby.

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5 Center Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 We have music for everyone! Camps offered in 3 different summer sessions. This summer we will offer Kindermusik  (ages birth – 3 years); Preschool Music Camp (ages 3-5); Elementary Music Camp (ages 6-10, entering grades 1-5th); Private Lessons in piano, guitar, voice, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. 850-261-8824 rachael@gulfbreezeschoolofmusic.com www.gulfbreezeschoolofmusic.com

Minds on Music

3206 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Minds on Music will again be hosting a fun summer filled with music camps. 850-420-6473 info@mindsonmusic.net www.mindsonmusic.net

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival

46 East Chase Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 July 23 – 28 will be a fun week of skill development with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. This Summer Festival is open for students entering 3rd grade thru completing 8th. Hours are 9am – 4pm. Tuition is $175. 850-434-7760 admin@pensacolachildrenschorus.com www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com

Pensacola Home School Band & Strings

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Mcllwain Presbyterian Church, 1220 East Blount Street, Pensacola, FL 32503 Offering 3 one-week camps. Intro to Music – Students will have the opportunity to try out a variety of musical instruments from the woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion families.  Intermediate Camp – Students with at least one year of music experience with a concert band or stringed instrument will enjoy engaging, multisensory instruction in the elements of music with the benefit of group participation.  Students will learn music history and gain proficiency in music theory and technique.  Advanced Camp – For current Wind Ensemble or Chamber Strings students. Students currently in an intermediate group may attend with director approval. Dates: June 11-15th, 9am-12pm.

Play Pensacola Musical Theater Camp

Pensacola Little Theatre

Piedmont Place Music & Art Studios ad on page 26

6706 N. 9th Avenue Suite B5, Pensacola, FL 32504 Piedmont Place Studios offers exciting, fun, and educational camps throughout spring and summer - Working with various mediums such as charcoal drawing or painting with acrylics and water, resin art, and much more. Please call us for details on dates, times, and more detailed information.

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Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 An introductory/beginner camp for students interested in the basic concepts of Musical Theater; singing, acting and dancing. Dates: July 24-27; Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Ages: 6-14; Cost: $55 City resident/ $65 Non resident 850-494-7360 csnuffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Gulf Breeze High School Drama CampOne or Two Week camp

675 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Experience a themed adventure each day in this fun

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400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Summer Stars (Ages 10-16) PLT’s premier summer camp! This all-inclusive, 3-week day camp is perfect for young actors that have always wanted to perform on stage in a full-length play. From auditions to rehearsals to performances, experience the entire process of putting on a show. No previous performance experience required, this is a show where everyone is guaranteed a part!Improv Intensive (Ages 13-17) A 2-week day camp perfect for young actors who have always wanted to try their hand at improvisation .Other camps to be announced at a later date. Details will be available at www.pensacolalittletheatre.com 850-432-2042 education@pensacolalittletheatre.com www.pensacolalittletheatre.com

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75 South Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Week long summer camp sessions introduce children and teens ages 8-18 to the magic of opera including vocal coaching, dramatic training, audition techniques, and set design. Each camp session culminates in a final performance by the campers, for friends and families. Teen Opera Camp (ages 13-18) July 30-August 3, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a final performance August 3 at 5:00 PM at the Pensacola Opera Center. $175 tuition. Youth Opera Camp (ages 8-12) July 16-20, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with final performance July 20 at 5:00 PM at the Pensacola Opera Center. $150 tuition. 850-433-6737 cody@pensacolaopera.com www.pensacolaopera.com

SETSCO - Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company

1010 North 12th Ave, Suite 211, Pensacola, FL 32501 Camp dates and description will be announced at a later time. Please see our website for updates 662-278-8383 setsco.director@gmail.com www.setsco.org

Overnight Camps Camp O’ the Pines ad on page 47

10031 Highway 29 North, Molino, FL 32577 Set in the wooded hills of Escambia County, Camp o’ the Pines provides wholesome fun and recreation for campers ages 8–12. This one-of-a-kind overnight camp fills each week with countless opportunities for having fun and learning skills, offering swimming, volleyball, archery, marksmanship, table tennis, canoeing, paddleboats, water slides, and more. Campers can even get a bird’s-eye view of camp as they soar through the air on zip lines. Camp o’ the Pines also teaches Bible truths to lead youth to knowledge of Christ. Camp dates for 2018: Week 1 - June 17–22, Week 2 - June 24–June 29, Week 3 - July 1–6, Week 4 - July 8–13 and Week 5 July 15-20. 850-898-2170 Reservations@CampOPines.com www.campopines.com

4-H Summer Camp – Camp Timpoochee

4750 Timpoochee Lane, Niceville, FL 32578 Providing outdoor adventures, trained camp staff, supervisory counselors, and a week of fun in a safe and positive environment full of games and challenges. Camp Timpoochee has access to both fresh and saltwater for fun and learning. Campers compete in daily and weekly competitions with an emphasis on developing teamwork, communication, and other life skills. Dates: June 4-8, 2018, There are only 40 spots available, and are on a first come basis. Cost: $230. This fee includes meals for 5 days, lodging, a t-shirt, snack every day, and all camp activities for the week. Times: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day. Ages: 8-18 years old. Please check our website (escambia.ifas. ufl.edu/4h/) or our Facebook Page (UF IFAS Escambia County 4-H) to keep up with information on these and other upcoming events! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local 4-H office, The Escambia County 4-H Office (850-475-5230), or aschortinghouse@ufl.edu. 850-475-5230 aschortinghouse@ufl.edu www.escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/4-h-summer-camp

Camp ASCCA Easter Seals

5278 Camp Ascca Drive, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Camp ASCCA is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and week long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-

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Camp Dixie

round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, accessible water slide, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad”, outdoor adventure

29711 Josephine Drive, Elberta, AL 36530 Camp Dixie Lutheran Outdoor Ministry is a place where campers are able to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually, in a positive way by experiencing, reflecting and evaluating in an outdoor-based Christ centered program. Sessions run from June – July. We offer a special weekend Family Camp for 3yr olds thru 2nd grade with a parent. Week Long sessions are available for 2nd-12th Grade. Swimming, Kayaking, Bible study, archery, challenge course, arts and crafts, campfires and more. Other activities may include large group games, sand volleyball and many more! Specialty camps including rocket and horse camp are also offered. Located on the beautiful Perdido Bay in Elberta, AL. Visit our website for more information and registration.

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Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Camp Walkabout is the no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors for kids ages 8-16 years old. Overnight Walkabout Camp sessions begin June 10 and run through July 7, 2018! Campers will climb the world renowned Tennessee wall sandstone one day, explore the amazing underground world of a cave the next and paddleboard the mighty Tennessee River Gorge another. Camp Walkabout optimizes every day to find new adventures, leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Walkabout truly is the most fun a camper can have in the summer! 423-267-8506 ext. 827 badams@baylorschool.org www.baylorschool.org/summer

Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Summer Camp

101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers hands-on adventures with the best educational staff around. Overnight campers, 5th through 12th graders, discover coastal Alabama habitats from the beautiful bay, to the fascinating marshes, and Dauphin Island’s sunny beaches. See and do new things. Overnight Camps: Barrier Island Explorer (rising 5th-6th grade) June 3-6, June 10-13, July 8-11. Marine DeTECHtives (rising 6th-8th grade) June 20-22. Gulf Island Journey (rising 7th-9th grade) June 3-8, June 24-29, July 1-6, and July 22-27. Bay Voyager (rising 9th-12th grade) July 15-20. 251-861-2141 (ext. 7515) sejohnson@ disl.org www.disl.org

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Science Course

101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Marine Science Course for High School Students (current 9th-12 grade) June 10 – July 6. Live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and immerse yourself in the world of marine science. Learn by doing in the field, in the lab, and on the boat. You’ll have the chance to connect with DISL researchers, aquarists, and faculty. This course also offers science credit to students. 251-861-2141 (ext. 7515) sejohnson@disl.org www.disl.org

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Camp Beckwith

10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Camp Sessions begin June 2, 2018 - July 29, 2018. Join us for spiritual growth, and memoryfilled summers through Summer Camp. Our camp sits among sweet gum trees and beautiful grasslands alongside the shores of Weeks Bay in Baldwin County. Beckwith offers overnight camps, training camp, sailing camp, and family camp for grades 1st – 12th. For detailed descriptions of camp sessions, rates, photos, and registration information, visit our website under summer camps. 251-928-7844 addie@beckwithal.com www.beckwithal.com

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Camp Marymount

1318 Fairview Boulevard, Fairview, TN 37062 For over seven decades Camp Marymount has provided the Nashville Diocese and families from all over the world a summer camp experience filled with community, faith, fun and simplicity on 340 acres of beautiful middle Tennessee land. We offer four overnight summer sessions – two for girls, and two for boys – to rising 1st graders thru rising 11th graders. Campers enjoy swimming and water sports, arts and crafts, horsemanship, archery, riflery, canoeing, drama and dance for girls, wrestling for boys, frisbee golf, working on the camp newsletter, and much, much more. Camp Marymount opens children’s eyes to nature and their surroundings. We give them time and space to try interesting hobbies, develop new skills and discover the beauty of the world around them. From

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Pace Assembly MinistriesFearless Camp Laguna Beach Christian

Retreat, 20016 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 Fearless Camp 2018 is for students grades 8th– 12th for the 2017/2018 school year. Students who are graduating in 2018 are permitted to attend Fearless Camp. Fearless Camp starts Monday, July 23 and ends Friday, July 27th. We will check-In at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat on Monday, July 23 @ 2pm. The cost for camp is $250 per student. Register online! Fee includes: overnight stay, all activities, 3 meals a day, t-shirt, trained counselors, lifeguard, and medics on-staff. 850-202-3100

Riverview Camp for Girls

757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 Riverview is an all girl’s overnight camp in Mentone,

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Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 Space Camp is the ultimate unique camp experience where trainees train like astronauts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Aviation Challenge Camp immerses trainees in the fascinating realms of flight while learning about the basics of the military lifestyle. Space Camp Robotics trainees engineer and design robots for land, air and sea. Camp programs are offered from ages 7 – 100. Everyone from students, families, adults and educators can experience these exciting camps. For more information on programs, dates and other information, please visit www.spacecamp.com or call (800) 637-7223. 256-837-3400; 800-637-7223 camps@rocketcenter.com www.spacecamp.com/sc

Teen Extreme Youth Camp

Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 An exciting, affordable summer camp for church youth groups and teens on a Christian College Campus.

Some of the exciting activities include rock wall climbing, basketball, music, paintball, water park fun, ice skating, racquetball, swimming, Segway tours and more! This summer also hosts some dynamic speakers. Youth Group rate is $130 per camper/sponsor and individual rate is $180/camper.  Registration fee is $50 ($30 if registered by April 15).   850-969-1555 Reservations@teenextremecamp.com www.teenextremecamp.com

Sports Camp 39th Chip Boes Championship Basketball Camp 2018 ad on page 35

Malcolm Yonge Community Center, 925 East Jackson Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Group and individual instruction, league and tournament play with age appropriate goals and balls. Each camper receives a basketball, camp shirt and more. For Boys and Girls. Dates: June 4 – 8, June 18 – 22, July 16 – 20; Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:30p.m.; Ages: 7-13; Cost: $90 per week. 850-968 9299 chipboes@gmail.com www.chipboes.blogspot.com

British Soccer Camp 2018 ad on page 35

Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 Each camp will feature the 1,000 Touches Curriculum, packed with drills and practices designed to improve individual ball control, foot skills, fakes, moves, juggling and core technique. For Boys and Girls. Dates: June 11 – 15; Ages: 3-14; Cost varies. Register online. 678-540-1591 shill@challengersports.com www.challengersports.com

Cordova Lanes Pins & Pals ad on page 16

2111 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 You’ll begin with bowling basics and end with a greater appreciation for bowling and a comfort level that’ll let you enjoy bowling more; all with your very own bowling ball. Coaches are available to help you develop a killer shot, or to just show you enough to allow you to enjoy the sport.  Lunch is provided each day. Reserve a seat early, as they go quickly. Once you’ve reserved your seat and paid in full, you’ll be sent to the Pro Shop to pick out the color of your ball and have it fitted just for you! Contact Us for more details. Pins & Pals Summer Camp runs June 4- August 3, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Ages 5 to 18; Cost: $130 (+tax) per week. Family Fun Night League starts June 5; 6:00 p.m., Cost: $9.00/ person 850-477-2300 steve@cordovalanes.com www.cordovalanes.com

North Pensacola Optimist Club Soccer Camp 2018 ad on page 35

Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Camp conducted by Joe Bartlinski -   UWF Women’s Soccer Head Coach & Players. For Boys and Girls. Mail Registration to David Werdung, 793 Cedar Tree Lane, Cantonment 32533.  Onsite registration available first day.  Make checks Payable to Dave Werdung.  Questions--dwerdung@panhandle.rr.com    Dates: July 16 - 20, Ages / Times:     6 – 9 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 10 - 17/4:00 pm– 7:00 pm Cost: $ 75 dwerdung@panhandle.rr.com www.PensacolaYouthSoccer.com

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Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Arts and crafts, outdoor games, tennis instruction, fun tennis games, swimming at the Vickery Pool. Dates: Nine Weekly camps June 4-August 13. No camps July 2-6, Ages: 5-13, Days/Times: M-F, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m., see www. rogerscotttennis.com for application to print and turn into desk with payment. 850-912-4103 www.rogerscotttennis.com

Bazooka Soccer Camp

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3043 West Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Baseball - June 4-7 & June 11-14 Contact: Sonny Reedy, Ages 6-14, 9 a.m. – Noon. Cost $100. sreedy@pensacolachs.org, 436-6400 x125. Boys’ Basketball - June 25-28. Ages 8-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost $100. Jeff Gill, jgill@pensacolachs.org, 529-5753. Girls’ Basketball Fundamentals - June 11-14 & July 16-19. Ages 9-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Cost $100. Tommy Williams, twilliams@pensacolachs. org, 776-7959. Girls’ Basketball Shooting Camp - June 11-14 & July 16-19. Ages 10-14.12:30-2:30 p.m. Cost $100. Tommy Williams, twilliams@pensacolachs.org, 776-7959. Cheerleading - June 4-7 & July 9-12. Ages 5-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost $100. Samantha Cook, scook@pensacolachs.org, 776-7871. Football - June 18-21. Ages 8 – 14. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Cost $100. Matt Adams, madams@pensacolachs. org, 436-6400 x113. Girls’ & Boys’ Soccer - June 18-21: Ages 8-14, 9:00 – 11:00 (Early drop off at 8:30) $100. Contact Del Greatwood, d.greatwood@yahoo.com, 292-2205. Girls’ Lacrosse - June 18 – 21. Grades 3 – 8, 9:00 – Noon. $100. Jenn Buer jbuer@pensacolachs.org Boys’ Lacrosse – June 11 - 14, All ages, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Cost $100. Kerry McDowell kmcdowell@ pensacolachs.org

2 weeks in Pensacola Florida includes our extended Advanced, Quality, Competitive Soccer and Academic Program for players of all ages. Bazooka Soccer Academy accepts players of all levels to our camps. Our program focuses on technical and tactical development of a player which will help individual players to challenge themselves at O.D.P, State, Regional, National level and Beyond. For more details and registration information, visit our website and click on camps. Session 1. July 5-9, 2018. Session 2. July 10-14, 2018.

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British Soccer Camp 2018

Shoreline Park (June 25 -29) & Tiger Point Park (July 30-August 3), Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to

FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinic with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Blue Wahoos Stadium, 251 West Cedar Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 All skill levels between the ages of 6-14, boys and girls. Contact Amanda Helton at the contact number or email above for times and registration information. 770-401-9083 ahelton@gmdealerprograms.com www.baseball.youthsportsclinics.com

Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy

Location determined at a later date (check website), Gulf Breeze, FL Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy Camp with Full-time Dynamo Juniors staff including two former FC Barcelona academy coaches. 5 day, 3 hour camp designed to coach players and teams to play like FC Barcelona. Visit our website for updates on dates and location. 850-602-7540 ayalavic06@aol.com www.gulfbreezefa.com

ICE Soccer Camps at University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway , Pensacola, FL 32514 Run by UWF Soccer Coaches. Elite ID Camp July 21-22. Ages 13 and Up Overnight $295/ Day Camp $195. Indoor/Outdoor Day Camp July 23-27(9:00 am - Noon). Ages 7-13 $155 850-474-3226 jbartlinski@uwf.edu www.WestFloridaSoccer.com

UWF Volleyball Camps

11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Youth Camp I: July 23-25, Ages: 4th-8th grade, Time: 5:30p.m-7:30p.m., $100 ($115 after 6/17). Youth Camp II: July 30-August 1, Ages: 4th-8th grade, Time: 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m., $100 ($115 after

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Watersports

Surf, Swim, Fishing, Boating Pensacola Yacht Club Summer Sailing ad on page 18

1897 Cypress Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Learn to sail with confidence and have fun doing it! All sessions will offer instruction for beginner to advanced, ages 6-17. Campers will learn boat rigging, boat handling, basic knots, sportsmanship, sailing fundamentals, and self-reliance. Participants will have the opportunity to experience remote control, windsurfing, Flying Scot, 420, Laser and Optimist sailing, depending on ability and desire. Camp fee is $345/week for non-members and $295/week for PYC members. Each camp session is one week, Monday – Friday from 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. There will be 9 weekly sessions offered this summer beginning June 4. For more information, contact Cesar Travado sdpyc@outlook.com - www.pensacolayachtclub.org (Junior Sailing Label) 850-208-1705 sdpyc@outlook.com www.pensacolayachtclub.org

Play Pensacola Beginning Fishing Camp ad on page 35

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Your child will have fun learning how to fish and enjoy the outdoors. They will also receive a tackle box and fishing pole at the end of camp. Monday thru Thursday will be fun learning and fishing days and Friday will be the family fish fry. Dates: May 29-June 1, June 18-22 Time: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ages: 6-10, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac. cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 tland@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Advanced Fishing Camp ad on page 35

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 If your kid knows how to fish and wants to learn some places around our great City of Pensacola to fish this is the camp for them!!! This camp will take them fishing Monday thru Thursday learning and fishing along the way with a fish fry on Friday for the kids and their families. Dates: June 4-8, June 25-29, Time: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ages: 9-14, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 tland@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola Adventure Camp ad on page 35

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 This is one of those camps your child will talk about for years!!! They will have fun kayaking, fishing,

and shooting archery all week. Dates: June 11-15, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3, Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, Ages: 8-14, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 tland@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

Play Pensacola SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) Camp ad on page 35

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Instructor Leah Seacrest will teach your child the fundamentals of Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). Leah will teach the safety in a pool setting first before taking them to paddle on the open water.  Dates: July 9-13; Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, Ages: 9-14, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 tland@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps

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Pensacola Beach (Surf Camp and Skimboard Camp), Waterboyz skatepark (Skate Camp), 380 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 Waterboyz Surf Camps are held on Pensacola Beach Mon. - Thur. from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.. Camp size is limited! Must be at least 7 years old and a good swimmer. Waterboyz Surf Camp is $170. Instruction includes Surfing, Paddleboarding, Ocean Awareness and Safety, Wave Knowledge and Etiquette. The Waterboyz Skate Camps are a great way to get into skating or sharpen your skills. The camps take place at the Waterboyz skatepark and run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Each skater sets their own goal at the beginning of the week (how to drop-in, ollie, grind, etc.) and our instructors help them get there. The Waterboyz Skate Camp is $120. Instruction includes Skating, Awareness and Safety, Skate Knowledge and Etiquette. Waterboyz Skimboard Camps will be held on Pensacola Beach from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mon-Thur. Camp size is limited per week! Must be at least 6 years old and a good swimmer. 850-433-2929 sean@waterboyz.com www.waterboyz.com/camps

Greater Pensacola Aquatics Club Summer League Swimming

Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 May 29, 2017 – July 21, 2018. The specific starting date depends on each location’s first practice date. Check out our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for swim news and updates. Please call for more information and registration instructions. 850-484-1312 gpacoffice@gmail.com www.gpacswimteam.com

Innerlight Surf Camp

Pensacola Beach, Whether you’ve never set foot on a board, or just want to sharpen your skills, Surf Camp is a fun and unique experience. Quality instruction from top-notch surf schools selected by Billabong. Learn surfing etiquette, culture, training and techniques, ocean science such as info on waves, tides and marine biology. No worries if the surf is flat we will have other fun games and activities for the participants. Camp includes a surf camp t-shirt, stickers, coupons, and other goodies. Surf

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Camp is from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Participants must be at least 8 years old and a strong swimmer… we have had people from 8 – 78 $170 per session. Please see our website for dates and registration forms. 850-549-4011 surfcamp@innerlightsurf.com www.innerlightsurf.com

Junior Lifeguard- Pensacola Beach Lifeguards

Quietwater Beach Pavilions, The Pensacola Beach Junior Lifeguard program is an excellent way for young teenagers to learn what it takes to be a “Guardian of the Gulf.” Our program offers an alternative summer camp that promotes physical fitness, training in beach safety and education on the historical, ecological and economic significance of Pensacola Beach. Every Junior Lifeguard will become familiar with medical equipment, learn all about our beaches and perform mock rescues. Age requirement is 13-15 years old. Upcoming Tryouts are June 9, Upcoming Program Dates: Monday Friday June 18 - June 29 and the July session is Monday - Friday July 16 - July 28. The tryout to become a Pensacola Beach Junior Lifeguard will take place at the Quietwater Beach Pavilions and will consist of an approximately 400-yard swim in the sound in waist-deep water followed by an approximately one-mile run on the sand. Program cost is $200. For more information visit our website or email adjohnson@myescambia.com. A parent/ guardian must be present at the tryout. 850-554-4301 adjohnson@myescambia.com www.pensacolabeachlifeguards.com

Milestone Aquatic Club Summer Day Camp

35 New Market Street, Cantonment, FL 32533 Summer Day Camp runs May 29th - August 10th. Participants may register for any week of the summer of their choosing as camp consists of weekly sessions. All sessions must be registered for before the deadline. Full day - $125/week per child. Half day - $75/week per child. Sibling discounts are available. Camp hours are 7:30am - 5:30pm. Late stay is offered from 5:30pm-6:30pm for an additional $3 /day per child. Activities include recreational swim, outside activities, educational time, games, arts & crafts, Friday pizza parties, and movie day! Swim lessons are also available for an additional $30/week Monday - Thursday. For the camp to be held, a minimum of 10 full day kids are required to be signed up before the following deadline: May 14th. If there are any questions, please call. We look forward to hearing from you! 850-637-1295 mac.aquatics@outlook.com

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station

8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre, FL 32566 Dolphin Discovery: Ages: Kids entering 3rd-8th; Dates: June 11-15, Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $275. Sea Turtles Mommy and me at the sea: Ages: 4 & 5 year olds, Dates: July 28, Time: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m, Cost: $75. Reefs & Robotics: Ages: Kids entering 5th-8th; Dates: June 18-22, Times: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m, Cost: $300. Guy Harvey Fishing Camp: Ages: 9-14 years old, Dates: July 9-13, Times: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Cost: $375. PaddlePalooza: Ages: Kids entering 3rd-5th grade, Dates: June 25-29, Times: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Cost: $300. Ocean Conservation Mini-Camp: Ages: Kids entering 1st-5th grades, Dates: July 2-3, Times: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Cost: $100. Arts & the Sea: Ages: Kids entering K-3rd grades, Dates: July 16-20, Times: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, Cost: $175. Fins & Flippers: Ages: Kids entering 3rd - 8th Grade, Dates: July 30 - August 3, Times: 9:00 am 3:00 pm, Cost: $275. 850-261-2141 navarresciencestation@gmail.com www.navarresciencestation.org GPP

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Easter Bunny Pet Photo Night 6-7 p.m. Center Court Cordova Mall. Bring your furbabies to visit with the Easter Bunny and take home a great professional photo to have as a keepsake! Package prices vary. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/ flora-bama/.

Tuesday, March 27

Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Fresh produce to local Lonestar Kitchen to jewelry and soaps. Come support local artists. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/pg/ gbfarmersmarket/ or call (850) 867-7263. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. Featuring various jazz vocalists and musicians weekly through June 26. For more info, call (850) 4346211 or visit http://www.sevillequarter.com/. FREE Couples Relationship Class 6-8:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. A University of Florida trained instructor will teach couples effective and proven skills to increase positive communication, manage stress, set financial goals, deal with differences, and maintain a happy and healthy friendship bond. This exciting workshop, called ELEVATE, will be held weekly through April 24. To register, visit http://smartcouples.ifas.ufl. edu/classesevents/santa-rosa/ or contact Zee Osuigwe at (850) 623-3868 or zosuigwe@ufl.edu. Registration closes Mar. 26 or when classes fill. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi Riverkings. For more info, call (850) 4320800.

Wednesday, March 28

Sea Turtle Presentation 2 p.m. Visit Pensacola, 1401 E Gregory Street, Pensacola. Cathy Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, will have an informative presentation about the sea turtles in the Pensacola area. There will be a display board, sea turtle shells, skulls, handouts and wrist bands. For more info, call (850) 434-1234.

Thursday, March 29

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Looking to try something fun and competi-

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tive? Join us for a pick-up game of Pickleball. Spare paddles are limited, so please BYOP. Members play free and guests play for only $3. For more info, call Max at (850) 453-1534 or visit www.pacactive.com.

Friday, March 30

Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Operation Song: A Veteran Celebration 6-9 p.m. Pensacola Beach Community Church. Pensacola Beach Songwriters and AHERO present a weekend songwriting festival, seminars, performances. For more info, visit http://pensacolabeachchamber.com/.

Saturday, March 31

Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Children 4 and under must have adult supervision. Parents can drop older children off for only $20 per child for supervised play. Admission covers pizza and drinks also. Parents are welcome to stay and play for free if they choose. Open to the public; no membership required. Call (850) 7333547 or e-mail info@mojosportz.com. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.

Disney Jr. Dance Party 12:30 and 4 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! Tickets begin at $28. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880. First City Shakespeare Presents Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes) by Greg Allen Doors open at 9:17 p.m. Swan Neck Meadery, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. You choose the order of the plays; sometimes you play along with the actors, sometimes you just laugh. Advance tickets for VIPs are $16. Get your mead and seat first. Grab the flight attendant’s butt and get a complimentary drink thrown in your face! At The Door Craps tickets are $10-$15. For more info, visit http://setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. The Duckling asks for a cookie and gets it! How do you think Pigeon feels about that? Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554

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or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info. Easter Egg Hunt & Kids Fun Day 1-4 p.m. Flora-Bama Lounge. Happy Easter to everybunny! Kids’ crafts and face painting will begin at 1 p.m. in the tent. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 2 p.m. on the beach behind the Flora-Bama and the Easter Bunny will skydive onto the beach shortly after! Kids will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken inside the tent after he lands. Participants must bring their own baskets and cameras for this event. Visit www.florabama.com/events.html. Pensacola Beach Community Church Easter Egg Hunt 9 a.m.-noon. Easter egg hunt, crafts, games. Easter egg dying station at 10 a.m. For more info, visit http://pensacolabeachchamber.com/. Easter Eggstravaganza 10 a.m.-noon. Paradise Bar and Grill. Egg hunt, crafts, games. For more info, visit www.Paradisebar-grill.com. Easter Crab Festival 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Crabs We Got ‘Em, Pensacola Beach. For more info, visit www. crabswegotem.com.

Sunday, April 1

Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see March 25 listing. Easter Sunrise Service 6-8 a.m. Coastline Calvary Chapel, Gulfside Pavilion/Casino Beach. For more info, visit http://pensacolabeachchamber.com/. Red Fish Blue Fish Easter 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 5B Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach. Hop on out to the “best backyard on the beach” for Easter Sunday. The kids can enjoy an egg hunt and lawn games, while you sip on a cocktail and have a great meal. Our full menu is available all day. For more info, call (850) 677-8899. Easter EGG-STRAVAGANZA! Noon at LandShark Landing, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. Huge Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny! Easter crafts along with Easter games. Stay for live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, call (850)916-9755 or visit www.margaritavillehotel.com. Hilton Pensacola Beach Easter Brunch 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach. Celebrity Chef Dan Dunn has prepared a delicious menu. Enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities to include two egg hunts (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and a visit from the Easter bunny. View this year’s menu at https://hiltonpensacolabeach.com/pensacola-beach-restaurants/easter-brunch/. $50 per person, $17 for children (kids under 5 eat free) For reservations, call (850) 916-2999 Ext. 6791.

Monday, April 2

Cat’s Seed to Table Cooking Class 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat McCreery for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. At the end of class, you can tour of our community garden, all of which Cat herself has grown from seeds. This cooking demonstration is free and participants will be able to try various samples during this class. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http:// everman.org/.

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2018 Bands on the Beach Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series returns! The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., beginning April 3 and running through October 30. Organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. April 3 band is Modern Eldorados. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. FREE Couples Relationship Class 6-8:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. For details, see March 27 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see March 27 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. Call (850) 452-3604 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ for more info.

Wednesday, April 4

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see April 3 listing. University of West Florida Department of Music Chamber Music Recital Noon-1:30 p.m. Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola at 405 South Adams St. The Chamber Music class presents a program of works by Bach, Handel, Strauss, Brahms and more. A variety of pieces for voice, piano, harpsichord, flute and percussion will be performed. Every performance in the series is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Music lovers of all ages are welcome. For more info, call (850) 474-2147.

Thursday, April 5

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 29 listing. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Free weekly concerts each Thursday through June 7. Bring your lawn chair and beverage of your choice to enjoy the 2018 concert series featuring

top Gulf Coast musical performers. Our concession has weekly specials, water or soda (Coke & Sprite) $1, hot dogs $2, fresh popcorn $1, potato chips $0.50 and ice cream sandwich or drumstick $1. For more info, call (850) 433-0074 or visit www.scpen.org/christophersconcerts.html. Today’s band is Reunion Band. Autism Pensacola’s Annual Information & Resource Fair 6-8 p.m. at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Building A, Door 3, 6205 North W St., Pensacola. Open to the public, the Resource Fair is an opportunity for families, caregivers, teachers and community friends to learn about the not-for-profits and businesses in this area that serve those with autism and other developmental disabilities. Light refreshments provided. Vendors will present a wide variety of resources and services. This year’s guest presenter will be Natalie Rainbolt, a local children’s author who is on the Autism Spectrum. Natalie recently published her first book, The Quiet Princess, about a little princess with autism. Her book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. For more info, contact info.fair@autismpensacola.org or call (850) 434-7171. Cirque Italia 7:30 p.m. 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther at Santa Rosa Mall in parking lot at the main entrance. Cirque Italia sets out to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups. For more info, visit www. cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts. Tickets can be purchased for $10-$50 depending on availability. Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. Please call (941) 704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location. RadioLive Concert Series 5 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. WUWF’s popular monthly acoustic concert series, RadioLive, returns to Historic Pensacola. Our featured artists are e Ed Gerhard, The Krickets, and Johnsmith. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at radiolive.org or at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts promptly at 6 p.m. For more info, visit wuwf. org/radiolive or call (850) 473-7433.

Friday, April 6

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women 7:30 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. A Treehouse Production. A story that never will grow old for its treatment of a mother’s love for her children and their appreciation for the love of friends and family. This play will charm audiences of all ages and will be our feature for school children. For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or pensacolalittletheatre.com. Cirque Italia 7:30 p.m. 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther at Santa Rosa Mall in parking lot at the main entrance. For details, see April 5 listing.

Preschool Art Time - Woven Wall Hangings 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Discover the art of weaving. Artists use a homemade weaving board and fabric strips to create an intricate piece of textile art to hang at home. Cost: $6/members and $8/nonmembers, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247. The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Gulf Coast Kid’s House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program

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includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com.

Saturday, April 7

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women 3 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. For details, see April 6 listing.

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Cirque Italia 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther at Santa Rosa Mall in parking lot at the main entrance. For

2018 Pensacola JazzFest 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Seville Square Park, Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Great music, kids’ area, arts & crafts, food & drink! For more info, call (850) 4338382 or visit http://jazzpensacola.com/. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 31 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 31 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see March 31 listing. “Take Stock in Children” Golf Tournament 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Perdido Bay Golf Club, 1 Doug Ford Dr., Pensacola. The annual Kiwanis golf tournament raises funds for a four-year college scholarship. $80 per golfer, $320 per four man/lady team. For more info, call (850) 450-3387 or visit http://biglagookiwanis.portalbuzz.com/. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Russian Spectacular: Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. An evening with the sweeping romance of Romeo and Juliet and the stunning talent of Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Considered unplayable when it was written, the piece has become the ultimate showcase. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasymphony.com/, or by calling (850) 595-3880. 15th Annual Chocolate Fest in Support of Gulf Coast Kid’s House 1-3 p.m. at Cordova Mall. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-fest-2018-tickets-42476115204. General admission tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door but are subject to availability. Chocolate Fest takes place throughout the corridors of Cordova Mall and attendees will sample mouth-watering chocolate treats from popular local restaurants. Download forms at gulfcoastkidshouse.org or call (850) 595-5800 for more info. 9th Annual Navy Federal 5K Run/Walk 8 a.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Achieve Escambia, a local collective impact effort focused on improving education outcomes and workforce readiness from cradle to career. This fun, family-friendly event is open to everyone. Tickets purchased during the early registration period are just $18 for adults and $15 for youth age 5-13. A new addition to this year’s event

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is the free “Sammie Sprint” for children six and under. The sprint is a quarter-mile run around Plaza Ferdinand. Registration is required for all participants. For more info, please visit www.navyfederal.org/5k/.

webpage daily between April 9-13 and April 16-20. Daily clues will be posted along with a digital link that will lead you to the answer. To play, visit www.fiestapensacola. org/fiesta-treasure-hunt.

Slow Ride - Take It Easy 3-5:30 p.m. From The Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St., Pensacola. Come join us for a relaxing bike ride through beautiful downtown Pensacola sponsored by Schmidt Consulting. Garden tours will begin at 3 with the beginning of the slow ride start from the Garden at 4. The ride will end back at From The Ground Up and a soft after-party will take place at 5:30 p.m. For more info, call (850) 934-3609.

Tuesday, April 10

Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 1013. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Our art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase selfesteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247. 4th Annual Pensacola Kidney Walk 8:30-11:30 a.m. Gulfside Pavilion, 5K route. For more info, visit http://pensacolabeachchamber.com/ event/pensacola-kidney-walk/.

The Giving Tree Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein’s timeless classic. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, April 8

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women 3 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. For details, see April 6 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see March 25 listing. 2018 Pensacola JazzFest 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Seville Square Park, Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. Cirque Italia 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. 300 Mary Esther Blvd., Mary Esther at Santa Rosa Mall in parking lot at the main entrance. For details, see April 5 listing. Gulf Coast Half Marathon/10Miler/5K 7 a.m. Half Marathon/10Miler start will be at 4 Via Deluna Drive, Pensacola Beach. 7:30 a.m. 5K start will be at Santa Rosa Island authority. Online registration closes at midnight April 6. For more info, call (850) 435-9222 or visit www.runpensacolabeach.com/. Fiesta Treasure Hunt Treasure hunters have the opportunity to decipher 10 daily clues that will lead them to 10 daily prizes totaling nearly $5,000. In addition to having the opportunity to win daily prizes, there will be an 11th “Grand Prize.” Those who answer all 10 daily clues correctly will have their name go into a final drawing for the “Grand Prize” that will be announced at the Pensacola Crawfish Festival May 5. To play, you must visit WEAR TV’s contest

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2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. April 10 band is Crosstown. For details, see April 3 listing. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see April 3 listing. FREE Couples Relationship Class 6-8:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. For details, see March 27 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see March 27 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. See March 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing.

Wednesday, April 11

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see April 3 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2018 Baseball Season’s First Home Game 6:35 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Story Seedlings 2:45-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Story Seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter books. Lessons are geared for 4- to 7-year-olds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

Thursday, April 12

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 29 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women 7:30 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. See April 6 listing. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is Infusion. For details, see April 5 listing.

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Tall Ships America in Downtown Pensacola 4 p.m. Enjoy three full days of incredible ocean vessels, VIP parties, and live entertainment at the Tall Ships America Festival in Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ events/140711816626223. Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series the 2nd Thursday of every month. The series will explore local topics such as pollinators, backyard wildlife, and landscaping for hurricanes. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at ctsteven@ufl.edu or call (850) 475-5230.

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Friday, April 13

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women 7:30 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. For details, see April 6 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2018 Baseball 6:35 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Ft. Pickens) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Ft. Pickens Battery Worth parking lot. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-star-gazing/. IHMC’s Robotics Lab Open House 4-7 p.m. IHMC’s Levin Research Center, 420 E Romana St., Pensacola. Celebrate National Robotics Week! This free, family-friendly event will focus on hands-on challenges, demonstrations, and tours of IHMC’s Robotics Lab in hopes of inspiring and educating students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Robots on display will include Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, FastRunner and HexRunner high-speed prototypes, and IHMC’s exoskeleton which recently competed in the first ever Cybathlon. For more info, call (850) 202-4462 or visit http://robots.ihmc.us/openhouse/. Tall Ships America in Downtown Pensacola Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. For details, see April 12 listing. Cirque Italia 7:30 p.m. Cordova Mall, 5100 N 9th Ave., Pensacola. For details, see April 12 listing. Firefighters Challenge on Pensacola Beach Begins at 5 p.m. and ends April 15 at 10 p.m. Watch Pensacola’s finest first responders compete to see who

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Saturday, April 14

Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 31 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2018 Baseball 6:05 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. 2018 Downtown Pensacola 5K Justice Jog and 1 Mile Fun Run & Street Party 8:00 am, 17 East Main Street, Downtown Pensacola Come dressed as your favorite Super Hero to participate in the Justice Jog 5K/1 mile fun run and Street Party! The course is a 3.1 mile course and 1 mile fun run through historic downtown Pensacola. Following the race we will host a family friendly street party! Join us for the free Budweiser Beer Garden, complimentary food tastings from local restaurants, a Kids Zone & so much more! With your paid registration you will receive a race packet including goodies from all of our sponsors and a limited edition dri-fit race shirt. Shirt sizes are limited so sign-up today at www.PensacolaJusticeJog.com Packet Pick-Up: Friday, April 13 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, 17 East Main Street, Pensacola. Race Day: 6:00am – 7:30am, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, 17 East Main Street, Pensacola. All proceeds from the Downtown Justice Jog will benefit AWKO Justice Foundation scholarship fund for local high-school seniors!

Firefighters Challenge on Pensacola Beach Pensacola Beach. For details, see April 13 listing. The U.S. Cheer Finals 8 a.m. Pensacola Bay Center. The U.S. Finals is an endof-the-year series of seven events aimed at crowning TRUE CHAMPIONS in all divisions and levels of cheer and dance, giving teams a chance to see where they rank against other teams in their respective divisions from coast to coast and around the world! This is a two-day event where anyone 5 years and older needs a ticket. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. Open Studio: Textiles 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Fulfill all your textile needs, whether to stitch, weave, knit, or collage!

Pig the Star Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Pig does everything he can to be the star of a photo shoot. When the photographer starts to favor his friend, Pig must try everything to steal back the show! Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, April 15

Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see March 25 listing. Tall Ships America in Downtown Pensacola Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola. For details, see April 12 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2018 Baseball 1:05 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Cirque Italia 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Cordova Mall, 5100 N 9th Ave., Pensacola. For details, see April 5 listing. Firefighters Challenge on Pensacola Beach Pensacola Beach. For details, see April 13 listing.

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2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. April 17 band is Not Quite Fab. For details, see April 3 listing. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see April 3 listing. FREE Couples Relationship Class 6-8:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. For details, see March 27 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see March 27 listing.

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Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. The U.S. Cheer Finals 8 a.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see April 14 listing.

Wednesday, April 18

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see April 3 listing.

Thursday, April 19

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 29 listing. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is Cross Town Band. For details, see April 5 listing. Chris Tomlin at Pensacola Bay Center 7 p.m. Featuring Chris Tomlin, Kim Walker Smith of Jesus Culture, Matt Maher, Christine D’Clario, Tauren Wells, and Pat Barrett. For tickets or more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com or call (800) 745-3000. Veterans’ Meeting 4-6:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http://everman.org/.

Friday, April 20

Gallery Night 5-9 p.m. Stroll through the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of local music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments. Visit downtownpensacola.com/ or call (850) 434-5371. The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at the Hampton Inn & Suites from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us for this time of non-traditional networking and education. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast. com. Hungry for Justice 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Cobb Community Center. The Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Justice Foundation invites you to this free children’s cooking program where students of all ages learn about healthy cooking, exercise and take home all the food required to make healthy meals at home. The Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Justice Foundation was created to respond to financial needs in our community. The Justice Founda-

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Ceremony every third Saturday, in Plaza Ferdinand, on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola’s 195th Birthday & Florida as a U.S. Territory. For more info, call (850) 466-5220.

Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Follow the adventures of Aladdin as he attempts to win Princess Jazmine’s affection while staving off the evil sorcerer Jafar. This tale of love, trickery and triumph is perfect for all ages to enjoy! For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.

17th Annual Crawfish Festival 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. For details, see April 20 listing.

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Music Under the Stars with Grayson Capps & Corky Hughes 7-9 p.m. From The Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St., Pensacola. Capps is an American gem, equal parts country singer, bluesman, rock star, philosopher, and poet. Bring your drinks, chairs and prepare your ears for some soulful music. Purchase tickets at: https://graysoncappsandcorkyhughes.eventbrite.com. For more info, call (850) 934-3609. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-star-gazing/. Extraordinary Women Conference Doors open at 6 p.m.; conference 7-10 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Extraordinary Women exists to help draw women closer to the heart of God… every day. Extraordinary Women is not just a Christian women’s event… it’s a lifestyle. We are excited that women attend our conferences, but we want more than just a few days with you. We want to be a part of your life! Visit www.EWomen. net or call 800-526-8673 for tickets. Boxed lunches are available to order until April 13 for $12 per person. Bud Light Charity Golf Challenge 12:30 p.m. at Scenic Hills Country Club. Sponsored by the Arc Gateway Foundation and Pensacola Sports. The four-man scramble tournament features a putting contest, raffle prizes, food throughout the course, and more! Take a swing and sign up today to help support the future of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more info, visit www.arc-gateway.org/ foundation/golf-tournament/ or call (850) 434-2638. Preschool Art Time - Pop Art Leaf Prints 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Earth Day meets Andy Warhol at the PMA. Artists use Mother Nature’s leaves and Warhol’s neon colors to create beautiful pop art prints. Dress for a mess! For details, see April 6 listing.

Saturday, April 21

Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony Noon-12:30 p.m.The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors

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Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2018 Baseball 6:05 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Crawfish 5K 8-11 a.m. Gulfside Pavilion 5K route. For more info, visit http://pensacolabeachchamber.com/event/crawfish-5k/. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see April 20 listing Extraordinary Women Conference Doors open at 7:30 a.m.; conference 8:30 a.m.-noon; lunch break; conference resumes 1:15-4 p.m. For details, see April 20 listing. Project Greenshores & Bartram Park Cleanup 9-10 a.m. E-mail: oceanhourfl@gmail.com; visit www. facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. Music Under the Stars with Molly Thomas and the Rare Birds 7-9 p.m. From The Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St., Pensacola. Molly Thomas found her love for music as a young child growing up in Mississippi. She quickly took to the violin and has been making wonderful music all around the world since then. Bring your drinks and chairs. Purchase tickets at https://mollythomasandtherarebirds.eventbrite.com. For more info, call (850) 934-3609. Be My Neighbor Day! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pensacola State College Campus, 1000 College Blvd, Bldg. 23. WSRE TV23 – Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio. Come out to WSRE and meet Daniel Tiger And Katerina Kittycat! Enjoy children’s activities and performances by PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve! Open to the public and FREE admission! For more info, visit wsre.org or call (850) 484-1246. Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see April 20 listing. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 31 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 31 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see March 31 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2018 Baseball 1:05 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Healthy Kids Day at Bear Levin Studer YMCA 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bear Levin Studer YMCA, 165 East Inten-

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dencia St., Pensacola. Free community event to help parents keep their kids both physically and intellectually active over the summer. We’ll have kids’ classes, a bounce house, hands-on science activities, make-yourown healthy snacks, arts and crafts, and much more. For kids of all ages! Grillin’ in the Breeze 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Shoreline Park, Gulf Breeze. Competitive grilling event where guests wll enjoy delicious and creative concoctions hot off the grills, music, a silent auction, and interactive children’s activities while raising money for Santa Rosa Education Foundation and its Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring program. $10 in advance; $12 day of event; $35 VIP admission in advance; $40 VIP day of event. Children 10 & under free. For more info, call 850-983-5043 or visit www.grillininthebreeze.com. Choral Society of Pensacola Presents ‘Her Songs’ 7:30- 9 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, 6 E. Wright St. To conclude its 82nd season, the Choral Society of Pensacola sings “Her Songs,” a program celebrating the music of women composers from the 17th through the 21st centuries. The concert features a 60-voice community chorus, conducted by artistic director Xiaolun Chen, and special guests mezzo-soprano Hanan Tarabay and Steinway artist/composer Kadisha Onalbayeva. Admission: Reserved section/ $25; general admission/ $20; groups of 10+/$15; students/ $5 at the door. For more info, call (850) 484-1806 or visit eventbrite.com Pensacola Homebrewers Craft Beer Tasting Competition 6 p.m. St. Paul’s Catholic Church Gym, 3131 Hyde Park Road, Pensacola. Local homebrewers compete in a taster’s choice competition similar to the TV show Top Chef. There are also celebrity judges of local breweries to judge beer in a more detailed format. All proceeds go to local charities. 21 and over. There will be food & music. Deluna & Swan Neck Winery will also be on hand for wine & mead sampling. $25 per person. For more info, call (850) 516-8795 or visit http://kofc778.org/.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Filled with gentle humor and insight, Oliver Jeffers’ New York Times-bestselling book is a poignant celebration of life on Earth. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

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Monday, April 23

Auditions for The Odd Couple at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Written by Neil Simon, directed by Carla Rhodes. 7 performances June 8-10 and 14-17 (A Mainstage Production). 8 parts for men and women ranging from 30s to 60ss. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director,

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Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see March 27 listing. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see April 3 listing. 2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. April 24 band is 13th Hourglass. For details, see April 3 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 27 listing.

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Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see April 20 listing. Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party 10 a.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. For more info, call (850) 492-6838. DeLuna’s Beach Games 5-7 p.m. Casino Beach, Pensacola. Brand-new event on Pensacola Beach which features an open water swim and beach volleyball tournament. The goal is to add events each year to make a fun family-oriented sports festival. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/ delunasbeachgames/.

Saturday, April 28

Warrior Challenge 5K Mud Obstacle Course Run 8 a.m. Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton. This is a 5K mud run with obstacles that include but are not limited to mud, climbing, mud, crawling, mud, jumping etc. The obstacles are man-made, naturemade, and a combination of both. Many will encourage team effort, so call on your buddies and sign up today! Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come cheer on all participants, listen to our DJ and enjoy our food and beverage tent. For more info, visit www.warriorchallengemudrun.com/. Kindermusik Superhero Play Date at The PACE Studio 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. Bring your little superhero in costume to celebrate National SuperHero Day with us as we make music, sing and dance! $25 per family (ages birth to 5) includes lesson, CD, craft and take-home instrument. Reservations required online at: www.bythebay.kindermusik.com or call (850) 292-0519 or e-mail kmbythebay@gmail.com. Woolly Bugger Beach Fest Quietwater Beach/Gulfside Pavilion and volleyball area, all day. DeLuna’s Beach Games 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Casino Beach, Pensacola. For details, see April 27 listing. Open Studio: Inventor Space 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Stretch your imagination! Participants are challenged to build and develop imaginary inventions. For details, see March 24 listing. Sub-West Rotary Burger Battle by the Bay 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. Funds raised from the event will benefit the SubWest Rotary Foundation and Take Stock in Children, an organization that provides college scholarships to low-income academically qualified students. The 2018 Burger Battle will feature teams of civic organizations, backyard novices and restaurants from the greater Pensacola Area who will present their most mouthwatering burgers. Participating restaurants include Miller’s Ale

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House, The Burger Factory, Tin Cow, Black Law Catering and defending champion South Paw Grill. Come and sample, or come and cook. Public admission is $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the gate. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.burgerbattlebythebay. com or call (812) 360-7856. Paws on Palafox 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Plaza De Luna, 5 North Q Street, Pensacola. Hundreds of animal lovers take to the streets of historic downtown Pensacola for a family-friendly 3K dog walk to support the Barbara Grice Memorial Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Pensacola Humane Society. The route will take you past Pensacola landmarks and under the shady live oak trees of Seville Square. Once into Historic Pensacola Village, the walk makes its way down the waterfront to return to Plaza De Luna for an after-party of epic proportions. Admission: $30. For more info, call (850) 466-3945 or visit https://secure.qgiv.com/ event/pawsonpalafox2018/. Full Moon Party at LandShark 6 p.m. LandShark Landing, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. Fire dancers, face painting, live music and fun! The event is free and open to the public. For more info, call (850)916-9755 or visit www.margaritavillehotel.com. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Symphonie Fantastique 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A stirring performance featuring Berlioz’s composition of “Symphonie Fantastique,” and ethereal works by Nielsen and guest composer Chris Rogerson. This concert is all about music that tells a story. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasymphony.com/, or by calling (850) 595-3880. Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party 10 a.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. For details, see April 27 listing. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see March 24 listing. Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see April 20 listing. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 24 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 24 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see March 24 listing.

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Full of rhyming fun, Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? features appearances by some of the world’s greatest scientists. Young readers will enjoy learning about scientists and how they changed the world. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

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FamilyCalendar Sunday, April 29

2018 Pensacola Triathlon 6:15 a.m. Maritime Park, 301 W Main Street, Pensacola. Start your race with a swim in the refreshing Pensacola Bay, bike along the scenic out-andback course, and run through Historic Pensacola neighborhoods and past cheering spectators. The event concludes with a festive waterfront awards party featuring music, great food, and cold beer. For more info, call (850) 435-9222 or visit http://werunwild.com/events/ event/2017-pensacola-triathlon/. Junior Iron Chef Healthy Kids’ Cooking Competition 1-3:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 350 W Garden St., Pensacola. 16 children aged 7-12 have been selected to participate in the competition. Participants are from the monthly after-school Kids in the Kitchen program hosted by the Junior League of Pensacola. They have 1 hour to cook a healthy meal, as well as develop their own menu, grocery list, and go shopping at Ever’man using the nutritional and cooking knowledge from their year in the Kids in the Kitchen program. Free to the public; family-friendly. Healthy snacks and activities planned for audience members, including face painting and a photo booth. Featuring local celebrity chefs and judges. For more info, visit juniorleagueofpensacola.org. Woolly Bugger Beach Fest Quietwater Beach/Gulfside Pavilion and volleyball area, all day. Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party 10 a.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. For details, see April 27 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see March 25 listing.

Family Sensory Morning at Pensacola Museum of Art 9-11:30 a.m. Open and free to families with children on the autism spectrum or with related sensory processing disorders. Registration is required and limited to 25 registrants. Family Sensory Morning is a way for families to actively engage with the museum through participation in art and movement activities in the galleries. The galleries will have various art-making experiences designed by local art therapist Anne-Marie Collins, drop-in yoga with Christa Soonier from Breathe Yoga, a movement story time from our friends at West Florida Public Library, and gallery tours by PMA docents. A Sensory Break Room will be available for those who may need it and our resident therapy dog Washaki will also be walking around and providing assistance. Open to all ages and abilities. Register at www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Friday, May 4

34th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass (children 12 and under get in free). Join us before 3 p.m. on May 4, and admission is free! Admission for active duty military with ID on May 4th is also free. Great food, live entertainment, and activities for all ages await you! Friday hours are noon-11 p.m.; Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Children’s area, sponsored by Cox, will be open on Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) offering cost-friendly

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arts and crafts, face painting, wands, balloons, games, and NASCRAW crawfish races. Pets, coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed. For more info, visit www.fiestapensacola.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival.

Saturday, May 5

Fiesta 10K & 5K Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. The Annual Fiesta 5K and 10K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. 10K participants will begin at Pensacola State College, while the 5K runners will start from Scott Street and 12th Avenue. Both races will finish at Seville Square. Those who run in the race will receive free admission to the Pensacola Crawfish Festival May 5. For more info, call (850) 433-6512 or visit http://pensacolarunners.com/. Curiosity Day - AstronoMay 1-4 p.m. Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall, 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Celebrate International Space Day with us by exploring astronomy, planetary science, and more. Activities are suitable for a variety of ages. Admission: $8 adults and kids over age of 3. For more info, call (877) 937-6377 or visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/.

Classes

Community Education Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education.

Junior Tennis Clinic 4-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. E-mail Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more info. Junior Tennis Clinics are held for Pee Wees up to 8 years old 4-5 p.m.; Juniors ages 9-14 from 5-6 p.m.) Cost $10. Mojo Elite Gymnastics Parent/Toddler Classes 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we have a parent/ toddler class for only $5. The first visit is free. Children walking to age 3 are welcome. This is a great way for toddlers to explore in a safe environment and meet new friends! Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail info@mojogymnastics.com.

Diabetes

Sacred Heart’s Diabetes Education Program offers individual and group instruction to help patients gain knowledge to control their disease, avoid complications and teach or enhance skills for a healthier life. Our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) include registered nurses and registered dietitians. For more information or to register for a class, please call (850) 416-7261. Classes include: •Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training Professional and personal •Diabetes and Pregnancy offered weekly for women with Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes. Individual counseling is also offered for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. Please complete our Patient Questionnaire form and bring it with you to your appointment or e-mail to Diabetes-scheduling@shhpens.org.

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•Insulin Pump Training Comprehensive training and Carbohydrate counting •Insulin Training Skills training on equipment use, an understanding of insulins and Hypoglycemia •Living Well with Diabetes course for adults with diabetes and their family members. •Pre-Pump Training Discussion of benefits of pump and insulin pump limitations.

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Prenatal & Childbirth

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tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www. ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth. Baby Care Basics – Two-class series walks you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. $20 per couple. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Usually held first Saturdays of most months, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by understanding the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4567 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Monthly Series Package – $125 per couple and includes Prepared Childbirth (a four-class series or one all-day class), two Breastfeeding classes and two Baby Care Basics classes.

Sacred Heart Hospital offers a variety of prenatal education classes designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To www.greaterpensacolaparents.com

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cancer. Anyone with a friend or family member who has been stricken with a form of childhood cancer or blood disorder is welcome. All meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. More details can be found at www.wingsofhopeinc.org.

Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Next classes are offered Dec. 4 and 21 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 4-5:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372.

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birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368. Breastfeeding Classes Free for pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/ service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Join us for a PowerPoint presentation with videos on the subject of: understanding pregnancy, understanding labor, a birth story, understanding comfort techniques/ options for pain control, understanding medical procedures, understanding cesarean birth, understanding newborns, understanding postpartum, and tour of the labor unit/suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Condensed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Free, very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.

Support Groups Cancer

Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group Supporting families of children with blood disorders and

Prostate Cancer Support Group Meets 2nd Thursdays, from 5-6:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Prostate Cancer Self Help Group This group sponsored by the American Cancer Society is designed to educate and support men facing prostate cancer. Meets the first Saturday of the month at Sacred Heart Hospital, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call (850) 438-4491. Sacred Heart Cancer Center Sacred Heart provides emotional support and education for cancer patients and their families through a variety of support groups. For more info, visit the Cancer Center Support Groups website or call (850) 416-2679.

Grief Support

GriefShare The Sacred Heart Palliative Care department provides a free, 13-week Grief Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one. The meetings are in the Palliative Care department, located in Suite 201 of the Bayou Tower on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus. The public may use the free valet parking at the hospital’s Bayou Tower entrance, which faces Bayou Blvd. For class dates and times and for registration information, call Kerri Riggs, LCSW, at (850) 416-7705. Grief Support Group for Adults Sacred Heart Hospital provides this free group for adults who have lost a loved one. For future classes and registration information please call (850) 416-7705. Grief Support at Baptist Health Care Next group meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. For more info, call (850) 469-7197.

Parent Support

Baptist Mommy & Me Play Group Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Free support group for moms with babies up to six months old. Next meetings are Thursdays, April 12 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meetings will be held April 5 and May 3, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/la-leche-league-9/. LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness.

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Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meeting will be held April 21, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/leaps-new-mom-supportgroup-3/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. A lactation consultant from the Sacred Heart Maternity & Women’s Center will be present to answer questions and offer advice. Baby weight checks are offered at each meeting. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for each class session. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacred-heart.org/ childbirth. Pensacola Parents of Multiples Meets the second Thursday of every other month at Sacred Heart Women’s and Children’s Hospital Meeting Room C/D down the hallway next to the cafeteria. Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. We offer a support network, social activities for children and parents, library and more. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.

Special Needs

Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www.chadd.org/.

Weight Loss

Core4 Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. Weight-Loss Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 437-8746.

Please send your calendar events to editor@greaterpensacolaparents.com. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Love, Simon MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: BSexual Content: C Profanity: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: CThe MPAA has rated Love, Simon PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual references, language and teen partying. Broaching a sensitive subject, viewers may either embrace or snub this movie about a boy named Simon (Nick Robinson) who is struggling to explain his same-gender attraction to his friends and family. When Simon stumbles upon a social media post by another student from his high school anonymously confessing he is dealing with the same challenge, the two begin a correspondence -- each using a pseudonym. The plot builds around Simon trying to decide how and when to reveal his sexual identity, while at the same time attempting to discover the identity of his pen pal. If this pro-LGBQT message fits with your philosophy, you may appreciate the way this production preaches modern sensibilities. If you adhere to traditional values, you might dislike the way it completely ignores moral considerations. Yet with all the focus on the hero, there are other issues that get swept under the carpet of love and inclusion. Sexual banter, crass talk and profanity, along with the use of a strong sexual expletive, are frequent. Sexual themes and teen drinking are also prevelant. If you have older teens that will see Love, Simon we recommend you see it as well or, at the very least, be available for a discussion afterward to help your kids understand some of the important issues that were judiciously missing and/or included in this movie.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: BViolence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated A Wrinkle in Time PG for thematic elements and some peril. I went into the screening of A Wrinkle in Time with great expectations. The movie is based on a best-selling novel by Madeleine L’Engle that was one of my favorites as a youth, and one that I read to my own children. Although it was obvious from watching the trailer that the filmmakers were putting their own touches on the classic tale, I was open to seeing where that interpretation would go. Directed by Ava DuVernay, whose other work focuses on African American themes (Selma, 13th), it should have come as no surprise that she would add racial diversity to what was originally an all-white story. While this casting pallet really doesn’t color the intent of the characters, the difference in agenda between L’Engle and DuVernay really does change the themes painted in the plot. In the movie, Meg Murray (Storm Reid) is a gifted student, yet struggling to deal with the disappearance of her dad (Chris Pine). Four years ago he vanished while experimenting with space and time travel. During his absence, her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who is also a scientist, has tried to keep hope for his return alive. But the mocking and bullying of her classmates has seriously injured Meg’s self-esteem. And when they also pick on her younger, brilliant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), she lashes out against the ringleader (Rowan Blanchard) by throwing a basketball at her face. Two things happen at this point of despair: A smart and popular boy from school named Calvin (Levi Miller) shows up wanting to befriend Meg and Charles Wallace, and three ethereal beings (played by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey) appear offering to help the trio find Mr. Murray. After hesitantly accepting the invitation, Meg, her brother and their new pal find themselves wrinkling time, traveling through space, and on a dangerous rescue mission. The quest will challenge the talents and faults of each individual as they try to combat the dark forces of the universe. The set-up is similar in both book and film, however, the lessons that are learned on the journey vary. L’Engle wrote an allegory that tries to balance science and religion, focuses on the bonds of family, and enshrines the strength of love. DuVernay and the screenwriters (Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell) use her framework to promote girl power and reprimand fathers. And it won’t just be fans of the novel that find the film lacking. The pacing is flawed, spending too much time frolicking in fantasy worlds, and not enough time building tensions and resolving conflicts. This makes it hard for the audience to engage in the emotions that should accompany scenes of peril, moments of triumph, depths of disappointment and realisation of joy. Nor does it help that the other-worldly characters are so ham-fisted in imparting their moral messages. Thankfully, content issues focus mostly on some non-graphic violent depictions that are best suited for older children and teens. Still, the greatest reason for regret in this expensive Disney production is the way an exceptional story, and a capable cast and crew, didn’t manage to iron out the wrinkles in their execution. Instead, all they have turned out is a mediocre adventure yarn. Greater Pensacola Parents I April 2018

Tomb Raider MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: CSexual Content: B+ Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Tomb Raider PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and for some language. A generation or two has grown up since the introduction of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 1996. Now the franchise has been rebooted – both as a movie and as a videogame. It doesn’t need to be said that violence will be parents’ biggest issue here, with plentiful fast-paced sequences, some shootings, explosions and other risk taking activities. I have yet to view a movie based on a videogame that offers a compelling story – and this retelling continues the record. If it wasn’t for the energetic Vikander, who does the best of what she has to work with (she has the makings of a future action hero), this would be a dismal project. When the action moves to a remote island with a ridiculously evil bad guy (Walton Goggins) seeking the same ancient tomb Richard was searching for, both the story and visual effects get mired in unnecessary punching-shooting-pushing sequences that make you want to grab the game controller and take over. Perhaps the best news I can offer is this film’s relative lack of profanity (although one muffled sexual expletive is included) and sexual content. If your teens are (or were) into the renewed game, they may have a better chance of engaging with this Tomb Raider movie than someone (like myself) who vaguely remembers the first pixilated version from two decades earlier, or the following Angelina Jolie movies. 64

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Greater Pensacola Parents April 2018  

Spring is FINALLY here! That means Summer is not far behind! The latest issue is full of informative articles, school bits, the handy family...

Greater Pensacola Parents April 2018  

Spring is FINALLY here! That means Summer is not far behind! The latest issue is full of informative articles, school bits, the handy family...