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Living With Children John Rosemond

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Kids Health Watch

sponsored by Pediatric Associates, P.A.

Strategies for Academic Success

Growing Up Online

Practical ideas to help your child become more organized.

What to consider before using GPS trackers to locate your child.

A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

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Dave Ramsey

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Family Time Mandy B. Fernandez

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Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

Beyond Burnout and Bickering

After School Activities

Avoid over-scheduling so kids can individuate.

It’s time to sign your child up for after school enrichment, and our guide has all the details.

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Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith

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Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

On The Cover

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Bits and Pieces

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(17) and Richard Lemke, (19). Grandparents are Glen & Vicky Steele and Richard & Andrea Andrews. Chance loves soccer, Minecraft and riding his scooter.

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MomOfTheMonth

Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

August is always an exciting time for families. The kids love shopping for new school supplies and clothes, and let’s face it, parents are excited for their children to go back to school. The hustle and bustle of summer vacations, summer camps and routine outings are coming to an end and we are all switching gears preparing our families for another school year. I always use the last week of July to prepare family calendars, as well as to organize those messy closets! After all, we have to make room for school clothes, backpacks, and of course, our schedules have a lot of readjusting to do so we can be ready for the transition. Although we have a lot of excitement, getting ready for back to school can also be a stressful time for families. Children can experience anxiety from pressure to succeed. When I was a kid in school, I loved the fresh start. The feeling of a whole new school year with all new classes and teachers was always something I looked forward to growing up. Just remember that as the school year starts and the homework assignments and tests start rolling in, so can the stress and anxiety. There are some great pointers in this month’s article, Strategies for Academic Success. You’ll find learning tools to help not only cope with the anxieties of being our best, but also strategies to avoid some of the anxiety. This is sure to help us be better parents and help create a more focused and confident student. As a full-time community servant, I wear many volunteer hats, one of which is PTA. I have been serving on PTA boards for 12 years. I started with PTA when my oldest son was in first grade at McArthur Elementary School. Last year I took a big leap and accepted the nomination as the President of The Escambia County Council of PTAs. I volunteer full time in our community because I believe in the heart of our city and enjoy the feeling of helping other moms and dads throughout the community who aren’t able to be as hands on as I am. One thing I have learned from my many years of volunteering is that being an involved parent doesn’t always have to mean being on your school’s PTA Board (everyone should be a member, that doesn’t require any time commitment from parents…seriously, join your PTA), being on a Student Advisory Committee (SAC), or being a band parent. You can be involved by simply managing your family time and engaging your children in dialogue about their day. I learned many years ago that asking generic questions such as “How was your day?” is not near as meaningful as more detailed questions such as “What did the cafeteria serve at lunch today?” or “What did you do at recess?” These questions will create a more meaningful conversation with your children as well as show them that you really are interested in the details of their day. Another way to be involved as a parent is to keep up with local events and plan family time. Pensacola has so many great things going on all of the time! When I am at a loss for something fun to do with the family, I go on Greater Pensacola Parent’s Facebook page and can always find something. Also in this month’s issue, there is an excellent resource for parents in the After School Activities Guide, which points you to after school enrichment throughout the area, inlcuding details about registration days and times. Join your PTA, fill out those Emergency Medical Cards, don’t forget the lunch money (or lunchbox), engage your child and brace yourself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, so remember to take a deep breath and be present in the moment. You are amazing, you are incredible, and your child(ren) DO appreciate you. Let’s make this school year the best one yet!

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Is “1950s Parenting” Really Best? Q: You seem to blame all of America’s parenting woes on mental health professionals and imply that if parents still raised kids as did people in the 1950s and before, they wouldn’t be having the problems they’re having today. But times have changed, John. Is it realistic to think that children can still be raised like their grandparents were raised? A: Times have always changed. Since America’s colonial beginnings in the 17th Century, every generation has put their own stamp on culture. Demographics, technology, politics, economics…you name it, it has changed, and constantly so. But through it all, the fundamental understandings that informed child-rearing remained unchanged, the simple reason being that children, unlike the “times,” do not change from one generation to another. That’s why my parents approached the responsibility of raising children pretty much the same way as had their parents, who had raised their kids the way they themselves had been raised, and so on. In the 1960s, mental health professionals claimed that traditional child rearing was psychologically harmful. They proposed a radically new approach based on equally radical understandings and principles. Psychologists like best-selling author Thomas Gordon (“Par-

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ent Effectiveness Training”) proposed that families should be child-centered, children’s emotions contained deep meaning, and the parent-child relationship was a relationship between equals; ergo, children should be given equal sway when it came to making family decisions. The results of this paradigm shift have been disastrous. Child mental health has plummeted. The raising of children, once regarded as a straightforward process guided by common sense and traditional principles, has become the single most stressful thing a woman will attempt in her entire life. And yes, I blame the mental health professional community – my colleagues – for this debacle because they were its architects. Ironically, they have also profited greatly from it. If one shrinks from the political incorrectness of “blame,” then insert “hold responsible.” To raise children the way children were raised before the psychological parenting revolution of the late 1960s means to adhere to a short list of fundamental principles of fact: 1. The family operates best when parents, not children, are the center of attention; when parents run the show. 2. For the most part (95 percent, by my estimate), a child’s feelings mean nothing except that his feelings, like his behavior, are in need of outside discipline.

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3. Obedience to parental authority improves the mental and emotional health of children. That is confirmed by both research and common sense. 4. Proper child-rearing is not all about the child in question; rather, it is an act of love for one’s neighbors, broadly defined. 5. The ultimate purpose of raising a child is not to produce a high achiever; rather, it is to produce a person of character, a good citizen. Grades are less important than manners. Those principles are based on the unassailable understanding that children do not know what they need; they only know what they want. The adults in their lives are responsible for giving them everything they need and very little of what they want, thus properly preparing them for adulthood. Those understandings are timeless; they did not expire upon non-renewal by my generation. There are better and worse ways of expressing them, but they are as valid today as they were sixty-plus years ago. Per the title of my latest book, it turns out that Grandma was right after all. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions at www.johnrosemond.com and parentguru.com.

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Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series

Family Time with the Blue Wahoos

Fireworks Saturday August 12 & 26 * 6:35 p.m. After the conclusion of the game, enjoy the most magnificent firework show on the Gulf Coast! August 26 is also Mystery Theme Night! What could be in store for this Saturday night filled with fireworks? Bring your friends and family out to find out! McDonald’s Family Sundays Aug. 13 & 27 * 4:05 p.m. Families can enjoy Sunday afternoons at Pensacola Bay with the Blue Wahoos! Presented by McDonald’s, kids can run the bases postgame and play catch on the field. August 27 is also Bark in the Park, where you and your furry friend can watch the game from Hill-Kelly Hill! August 30 is the End of the Year Fireworks Celebration at 6:35 p.m. Call (850) 9348444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info.

Weekly through Aug. 31 * 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). The free concert series will showcase a variety of local musicians ranging from Jazz, Reggae, Southern Rock, Country, Oldies and much more. Spectators are encouraged to bring beach blankets and lawn chairs for a night of free family entertainment. Each week, concert-goers are encouraged to come hungry and purchase concessions provided by Navarre Chamber member restaurants. For more info, visit www.floridasplayground.com/event/tunes-bythe-dunes-free-summer-concert-series/. August 3 – Theresa Byrd Band – Classic Rock, Modern Country Top 40 August 10 – Stevie Hall – All Around Entertainment August 17 – The Hot Sauce Band – A-Z Variety August 24 – Freeway 98 – Blues, Funk, Rock & Pop August 31 – Lucky Dogs – Rockin Southern Soul

Bands on the Beach Concert Series

Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, features a free lineup of performers for every musical taste and is held Tuesday nights, from 7-9 p.m., all the way through October 31. Featuring a lineup of regional artists, Bands on the Beach is located at the 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. August 1 Southern Breeze will perform; August 8 is a rain date if needed; August 15: ClassX; August 22: The Scenic Heights; and August 29: The Blenders. September’s lineup includes Sept. 5: Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters; Sept. 12: Mass Kunfuzion; Sept. 19: Chloe Channell; and Sept. 26: Westside Players. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.

School begins in Escambia County Public Schools on August 10 and Santa Rosa County on August 14, so the state of Florida is offering tax-free shopping August 4-6. During this time, clothing and footwear, some electronics and school supplies will be available to purchase tax-free. Qualifying items are clothing and footwear under $60; personal computers, tablets and accessories under $750; and school supplies under $15.

White Tie Rock Ensemble

Kids’ Movie Club at Saenger

Friday, August 25 * 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. The White Tie Rock Ensemble presents a tribute to The Beatles’ Abbey Road. Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, will recreate all your favorites from this classic era of rock and roll. In a rock theater environment, with an expanded and enhanced Light and Sound Experience, these timeless bands will live again, passed from one generation to the next and enjoyed by all! Tickets begin at $28. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880.

Movies begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Saenger Box Office only. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Box Office will open an hour before showtime, but we recommend purchasing beforehand to avoid line waiting. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. August 5: Disney’s Animated Robin Hood (1973) August 12: Disney’s Animated Snow White (1938) August 19: Disney’s Animated The Aristocats (1970) August 26: Disney’s Animated The Jungle Book (1967) September 2: Animated Happy Feet (2006) 5

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Hill-Kelly Movies In the Park Series

Sea Turtle Baby Shower

August 12 * 2-5 p.m. Landshark Landing, 165 Ft. Pickens Rd. in Pensacola Beach. What a wonderful time to celebrate the hatchings of baby sea turtles at a free community event! During the day, beaches are filled with sunbathers. But at night, female sea turtles weighing hundreds of pounds lumber out of the sea and come onto the sands of Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) in May to lay their eggs. The incubation period lasts about two months, and nests begin hatching in July and continue through late October. Baby sea turtles face many obstacles when first leaving their nests. Sea turtle hatchlings also use the light of the moon to guide themselves to the water, but can get distracted by bright lights from beach homes, condos and businesses facing the beach. Help us educate everyone about the new hatchlings. For more info, call (850) 916-9755 or visit www.facebook.com/ events/232646880578002/.

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August 4 * Showtime 7:40 p.m. Free movies presented by Cox return to the Community Maritime Park monthly through August 4! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets, then spread out on the lawn to watch the movie underneath the stars. August’s movie is Lego Batman. Concessions are also available but no pets or glass containers please. For more info, call (850) 436-5670 or visit www. playpensacola.com/1162/Hill-Kelly-Movies-In-the-Park-Series.

Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series

6-8 p.m. FREE. Community Maritime Park. Family-friendly and concessions are available. Call (850) 436-5670 or visit http:// pensacolacommunitymaritimepark. com/. Performers August 6 are The Reunion Band with Not Quite Fab August 20.

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Story Time Event at Naval Aviation Museum

Pensacola Children’s Chorus auditions will be held August 12 from 9 a.m.-noon for grades 3-8 and August 13 from 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Please call (850) 434-7760 to schedule your appointment. Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola State College All-State Audition Clinic 2017 will be held August 26 in Ashmore Auditorium at Pensacola State College. This is for middle and high school music students grades 7-12. The clinic will prepare students for the upcoming 2017-18 All-State Band and Orchestra auditions. There is also an Escambia County Youth Orchestra audition clinic for high school string students. The clinic will provide students with an opportunity to work on their repertoire with professional musicians from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and faculty from Pensacola State College. Interested students need to register for the event on Eventbrite by 8 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, and submit a $10 registration fee in order to attend the clinic. For more info, visit www.pensacolasymphony.com/ or call (850) 435-2533. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company auditions for ages 13-19 will take place August 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Tower East, 1010 N. 12th Avenue. Company members perform throughout the year at arts festivals and Renaissance fairs. The rehearsal periods prior to performances are intensive and often require daily attendance. Students auditioning for the Company agree to make SETSCO their number one, extracurricular commitment. For more info, visit http://setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383.

Thursday, August 3 * 10 a.m. Bring your favorite blanket and enjoy a morning of storytelling fun in the Blue Angels Atrium. Listen to a story from the “Adventures of Stick & Rudder” collection, which shows the fun and versatility of flight. The event is free and recommended for young children. Complimentary popcorn and a juice box will be provided. Registration is required by calling (850) 453-2389 or e-mailing namfoffice@navalaviationmuseum.org. For details, visit http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/event/ story-time/.

Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, Sept. 9 * 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Bay View Park, 2001 E Lloyd St, Pensacola. Includes vendor booths and children’s area (fishing, sack races and sprinklers). For more info, call (251) 979-0553 or visit http://pensacoladragonboatfestival.com/.

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K Holly Rowe Speaks at Healthy Woman Anniversary Event

Celebrating its ninth anniversary, the Healthy Woman program at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Ala., will host keynote speaker Holly Rowe at its annual celebration dinner on Thursday, August 17, at 7 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Rowe, a reporter with ESPN, has covered college football, basketball and softball, as well as NBA and WNBA games. Emmynominated, she is not only a producer, writer and reporter, but also a two-time cancer survivor. Lenise Ligon with Fox 10 News will emcee the event and dinner is catered by Luna’s. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by visiting SouthBaldwinRMC.com/HealthyWoman. The event is open to both women and men. The South Baldwin Regional Medical Center chapter of Healthy Woman launched in 2008 and has a network of more than 1,700 members and features free monthly seminars, health fairs, education programs and interactive events focusing on empowering women to make informed health and well-being decisions for themselves and their family members. Women of all ages may join the program free of charge. For more information about the Healthy Woman program, call Hayden Kaechele at (251)949-3562.

Autism Pensacola Celebrates Hometown Heroes

Autism Pensacola celebrated local first responders at an invitation-only luncheon to celebrate Hometown Heroes. Professionals from law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire departments, military, and search and rescue groups attended the event and toured Autism Pensacola’s Kids for Camp at Washington High School. The recognition lunch served to kick off the Hometown Hero theme of Autism Pensacola’s annual Steps for Autism walk event that will be held in September. Hosting this meet-and-greet at the Kids for Camp event provided a calm setting in which individuals with autism could meet first responders and recognize them as resources in the event of an emergency. As part of its ongoing commitment to the community, Autism Pensacola routinely supports and provides training for first responders in best practices for interacting with autistic people. Celebrating Hometown Heroes is the theme for Autism Pensacola’s sixth annual Steps for Autism event September 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Blue Wahoos stadium. Autism Pensacola will again highlight first responders who work to keep our community safe. Honorary event chairs are Pensacola Police Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe and Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. Sign up to participate in the walk by visiting autismpensacola.org.

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Things That Bug Us: Head Lice! Head lice (“pediculosis”) is a vexing problem for parents during the school year. Infestations with head lice are pretty common among school-aged children, and can be difficult to eradicate. There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there, so here are some basics about lice, according to CDC guidelines and a few other recommendations. All household members and other close contacts should be checked; those persons with evidence of an active infestation should be treated. All infested persons (household members and close contacts) and their bedmates should be treated at the same time. Treat the infested person(s): Using an Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication, follow these treatment steps: 1. Before applying treatment, it may be helpful to remove clothing that can become wet or stained during treatment. Before and after each treatment, check the hair and use a nit comb to remove nits and lice every 1 -2 days. Continue to check for 2–3 weeks to be sure all lice and nits are gone. It is helpful to have two people checking the scalp with good lighting and magnification at the same time, sectioning off the hair and checking each section one by one. 2. Apply lice medicine according to the instructions contained in the box or printed on the label. If the infested person has very long

hair (longer than shoulder length), it may be necessary to use a second bottle. Pay special attention to instructions on the label or in the box regarding how long the medication should be left on the hair and how it should be washed out. After the lice medicine is washed out, do not re-wash the hair for 1-2 days. If a few live lice are still found 8–12 hours after treatment, but are moving more slowly than before, do not retreat. The medicine may take longer to kill all the lice. Remove any remaining live lice out of the hair using a nit comb. If at this point no dead lice are found and the live ones seem as active as before, the medicine may not be working. Speak with your health care provider to see if you may need a different medicine. Retreatment is meant to kill any surviving hatched lice before they produce new eggs. For some drugs, retreatment is recommended routinely about a week after the first treatment (usually at 7-9 days). Ask your health care provider if you are not sure. Supplemental Measures: Head lice do not survive long if they fall off a person and cannot feed. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money on housecleaning activities. Follow these steps to help avoid re–infestation: 1. Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that the infested person wore or

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used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry–cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks. 2. Soak combs and brushes in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes. 3. Vacuum the floor and furniture where the infested person sat or lay. However, the risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a rug or carpet or furniture is very small. Nits or lice that are not on the scalp or in the hair near the scalp won’t survive. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html

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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Montessori Rocks

Montessori School of Pensacola summer campers got in on the Pensacola Rocks fun! This community project has been spreading across the country and found its way to Pensacola this summer. MSP campers painted rocks and tagged them “Montessori Rocks” and hid them all around the MSP campus in East Hill. It was a fun way to get artistic and spread joy.

Gulf Breeze Middle Announces National History Day Winners

Gulf Breeze Middle School shined at the 2017 National History Day competition in June. Eighth-grader Max Mateer won first place for his performance in the competition and seventh-grader Grace Mims won fourth place for her performance.

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ECSD Announces New Administrator Assignments

During the June meeting of the Ecsambia County School Board, the following new administrative assignments were officially announced. The new leaders were congratulated by Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and each member of the School Board, before having a chance to thank those who have influenced their lives and careers. The new positions included (in alphabetical order): Christine Baker – Principal of West Pensacola Elementary; Kristin Cain – Principal of Holm Elementary; Shelly Cox – Principal of Scenic Heights Elementary; Shannon Cross – Assistant Principal of C.A. Weis Elementary – A Community School; Kristen Danley – Principal of Sherwood Elementary; Tammy Douglas – Assistant Principal of Cordova Park Elementary; Lisa Entrekin – Assistant Principal of Bratt Elementary; Greg Gibbs – Director, ECSD Maintenance Services Department; Elizabeth Greenberg – Assistant Principal of McArthur Elementary; Stuart Greenberg – Administrator on Special Assignment, Title I; Nathen Hazewinkel – Director, Evaluation Services Department; Jobenna Lawson-Sellers – Principal of Escambia Westgate School; Dawn Morris – Assistant Principal of Montclair Elementary; Karen Robinson – Assistant Principal of Escambia Westgate School; Mathew Taylor – Assistant Principal of Beulah Elementary; Dr. Patti Thomas – Director of ECSD Elementary School Education; and Jesse Wolfe – Coordinator of Adult Education, George Stone Technical Center.

Summer Fun at Montessori

St. John Sunset Run

Montessori School of Pensacola’s summer camps provide a wide variety of enriching and fun experiences. Camps for 4-6 yearolds are held at the school’s 12th Avenue campus. Each week presents a different fun theme, such as jewelry, science and drama. Campers have put on a play called “Prince’s Bedtime,”,conducted science experiments, taken part in hiding rocks for “Pensacola Rocks,” tasted foods from around the world, made jewelry and more. MSP offers camps to non-MSP students and provides full day hours for working parents and those that need it. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

On May 13, St. John School hosted its 34th Annual Sunset Run. The 5K run through the beautiful Navy Point Community drew students, alumni and many local participants to run, walk and celebrate together. Luisa and Abby, both sixth-graders, led the runners in the National Anthem, and then the runners were off over the brand-new Sunset Avenue Bridge! St. John alum Michael Remich came in first over all! When the race was over, everyone celebrated with music, dancing and authentic Hispanic food made by St. John’s Hispanic Ministry. 10

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Little Flower Catholic School’s fifth-grade class had the honor of taking a field trip to Tallahassee at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Students spent the day touring the San Luis Mission, having a mock trial in the Old Capitol, and sitting in for some of the Senate Session in the Capitol Building. Thank you to Senator Mayfield and Representative Ingram for hosting such a great trip for Little Flower.

Sara Barcellona, a teacher at Brown Barge Middle School, has been selected as one of 50 teachers from around the country to participate in an initiative to create STEM projects in collaboration with WGBH /PBS LearningMedia and NASA. The digital learning resources will be distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally. A certified middle school math and science teacher, Barcellona is in her third year of teaching at Brown Barge where she has greatly enjoyed the unique science and math program. Candidates were evaluated by reviewers who took into consideration geography, grade, number of years teaching and type of school, as well as the candidates’ willingness to innovate in the classroom, resulting in a diverse group of teacher advisors. For more info about the program, please visit: http://bit.ly/BringingTheUniverse.

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Little Flower Offers Gifted Program

Beginning this school year, Little Flower Catholic School will serve gifted learners kindergarten through eighth grade in a formal structured program. Identification, testing, and certified gifted project-based learning. All in a structured small group environment to meet the needs of each individual student. Call (850) 455-4851 or visit www.pensacolalfs.org/giftedlearners for more information.

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, supports Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk students through Simon Supports Education. The movement incorporates several activations designed to engage shoppers in SYF’s mission. The Foundation operates 30 non-traditional high school academies across the country, housed primarily in Simon properties, and also provides a scholarship to one student in every community where there is a Simon property. Since its inception in 1998, Simon Youth Foundation has helped more than 14,000 at-risk students receive a high school diploma, and has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships. This year, Cordova Mall presented Eunice Caabay from Pensacola High School with a $1,500 scholarship. She plans to study at University of Florida this fall. “Simon Youth Foundation is a national organization, but we can feel the benefit of its efforts right here at home,” said Angela Jacks, director of marketing and business development at Cordova Mall. “We are incredibly proud to invite our shoppers to join us in supporting this incredible organization.”

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ECSD School Grades Continue to Improve

The Florida Department of Education released school and district grades and Escambia County maintained an overall C and saw improvements in 13 schools. “We had 78.4% of our schools score an A, B or C, up from 72.5% last year and we saw a decrease in the number of schools assigned an F from 5 to 2,” said Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross. “We are continuing to move in the right direction.” Oakcrest Elementary took steps in the right direction, going from an F to a C. “The increase in scores for Oakcrest is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students, families, teachers, staff and support provided by our community partners, coaches, specialists and leadership with Escambia County School District,” said Oakcrest Principal Linda Bonifay. “Our teachers utilized small group instruction to differentiate the lessons to meet the needs of our students. At Oakcrest, we believe all students can learn and that belief is reflected in the significant increase in student learning gains for ELA and Math.” Calculating a school’s letter grade involves a very complex formula that takes a variety of data sets based on the grade level of the school. For example, high school grades include points based on the graduation rate, as well as college and career acceleration, and these both use data from the previous school year. On the other hand, the scores and grades for every grade level include the English Language Arts, Math and Science Achievement results. Lincoln Park Elementary is an exception because it only tested third-grade students this year. The school will be adding fourthgrade classes next year. The school has made significant gains in the right direction, going from an F to a B. “I am extremely proud of my team at Lincoln Park! My team consists of teachers, staff, parents, community members, mentors, volunteers and business partners. Most of all, my team consists of students who dared to believe in themselves. They made their own education a priority, put in tremendous effort and had fun doing so,” said Principal Cassandra Smith about Lincoln Park’s results. “Thirty Escambia County schools maintained the same letter grade as last year, which takes a concentrated effort on the part of administrators and teachers, along with district support, as well as their students,” added Ross. “Now, it’s time to prepare to improve student learning again in the upcoming school year.”

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GSTC Student Scores At SkillsUSA Nationals

George Stone Technical Center student Seth Cromer went to SkillsUSA Nationals and his sculpture took SILVER! Cromer studied art all four years at Gulf Breeze High School and was studying welding at George Stone Tech when he decided to bring it all together and create an amazing piece of metal work. GSTC Welding was also represented by a fabrication team, where members are given materials, plans and a time limit to build something. While the team didn’t score at the top, members did very well.

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Montessori School Receives USTA Grant

The Montessori School of Pensacola (MSP) was named as the recipient of a national USTA Facility Grant of $7,600 for reconditioning two 78-foot tennis courts and installing padding on existing light poles. MSP, which was a previous grant recipient for 10 and Under tennis courts, provides 130 school-age children with 21 weeks of tennis instruction during the yearly P.E. program. It also provides opportunities to participate in after-school tennis contracted through a local tennis academy, in addition to Junior Team Tennis league play. Approximately 30 kindergarten children also receive weekly instruction for the entire school year. “It is rewarding to see our middle school graduates move on to high school tennis and do very well,” says Tricia Kruse, MSP teacher and after-school tennis coordinator. “We know that they have developed strong skills, and we know we were able to turn them on to a life-long sport and that is very gratifying.” Kruse has been instrumental in raising the profile of tennis and increasing junior tennis participation in the Pensacola area over the years. The Montessori School of Pensacola purchased the shuttered clubhouse of the Pensacola Racquet Club seven years ago for additional classroom space, and also four of the tennis courts.

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International Visitors Spend Time in Pensacola

A team of representatives from the Youth Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation Project, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, have been visiting Pensacola recently and stopped by the J.E. Hall Center to learn about the ECSD Youth Motivator Mentorship Program from Jo McArthur, ECSD’s Community Involvement Coordinator. “They learned about the Escambia County School District, different services offered to our students and families, the demographics of our county and unique challenges we face in Pensacola regarding education,” McArthur explained. “The focus of the presentation was on the Mentorship program: its structure, vetting process, mechanics and how they might implement such a program in their home countries. The visitors were full of questions and loved their last session of a five-day visit to our city. They have learned about many different facets of our city from government, civic organizations, agencies that support youth programs and have even spent time at the beach. “We are honored to have hosted them in our district and wish them safe travels to the remaining cities and back to their home countries.” The visitors came from Liberia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Singapore.Other stops during their stay included the Pensacola City Council, AMIkids Pensacola Day Program, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of NW Fla, the Supervisor of Elections office, the National Flight Academy, Ocean Hour Florida, the U.S. Congressional District Office, and they even had time to socialize with local host families. They also visited Washington D.C. and Portland, Ore. From Pensacola, they went on to visit Boston, Mass. before returning home. Other city teams went to Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Tulsa, Okla. For more info, visit www.ecs.state.gov/ivlp or www.meridian.org/ivlp.

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St. John Students Test Underwater ROVs

On May 16, Mrs. Erica Levitt brought the St. John School 8th-grade class to the Bear, Levin, Studer Family YMCA Downtown Pensacola location to test the students’ remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV). The students spent the spring semester studying, constructing and engineering their ROVs. Working in teams of 3-4, they took turns driving their ROVs through the pool at the YMCA, racing to see which robot could cross most quickly and return to the starting point. Through teamwork, patience and science, the students even maneuvered their ROVs to collect rings from the bottom of the pool.

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Autauga County Schools Blessed Star Students Build Catapults

Blessed Star Montessori students recently participated in the Tryon Library build a catapult event. They learned how to use bottle caps, pencils and rubber bands to construct a functional catapult, whih allowed the students to experience ancient weaponry with a little geometry.

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ECSD School-Age Child Care Registration Info

The first day of school in Escambia County this year is Thursday, August 10. As parents get ready for their kids to return to school, many also need to make arrangements for afterschool child care. Some schools offer their own program on-site, while many others work with Campfire, Childhood Dreams, Creative School Age Child Care, the YMCA, or Angel’s Aftercare. Registration for all on-site child care begins Wednesday, August 2. “Our mission is to assist families by providing affordable, high quality child care on-site,” explained Aisha Adkison, the ECSD school-age child care coordinator. “Our schools’ points of contact, as well as the other agencies who work with us on our campuses, will be available to help families with the registration process starting next week. We all urge parents to make contact as early as possible, to help everyone plan for a smooth transition on the first day of school.” Contact numbers for each childcare program are listed below. District-Operated Programs (school and POC) include: Bellview Elementary, Joanne Windham, 850-941-6064 Bratt Elementary, Brandy Pierce, 850-327-6154 Ensley Elementary, Sylvia Purifoy-Herbert, 850-474-5336 Global Learning Center, Adrienne Green, 850-430-7594 L.D. McArthur Elementary, Angela James, 850-494-5628

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Contracted sites include: Camp Fire Gulf Winds for Longleaf Elementary and Scenic Heights Elementary: 850476-1760 Childhood Dreams for Brentwood Elementary, Myrtle Grove Elementary and Pleasant Grove Elementary: 850-572-1131 Creative School Age Child Care for Jim Allen Elementary, Beulah Elementary, Blue Angels Elementary, Cordova Park Elementary, Hellen Caro Elementary, Lipscomb Elementary, Molino Park Elementary, Pine Meadow Elementary, A.K. Suter Elementary, Ransom Middle, and N.B. Cook Elementary: 850-479-7814 YMCA for Ferry Pass Elementary, Holm Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Bellview Middle, Brown Barge Middle, Ferry Pass Middle, Woodham Middle, and Workman Middle: 850-478-1222 Angel’s Aftercare for Navy Point Elementary: 850-288-5356 More information can be found on the ECSD Workforce Education page at: http://ecsdfl.schoolloop.com/career or http://ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vp id=1375796851008. Questions should be first directed to the contact and phone number listed by the school. Additional questions may be directed to the ECSD’s School-Age Child Care Coordinator Aisha Adkison, NBCT, Workforce Education Specialist, at (850) 469-5305 or 469-5357 or via e-mail at AAdkison2@escambia.k12.fl.us. 16

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2017-18 Voluntary Pre-K Fall Registration

Prekindergarten registration and enrollment for Escambia County School District is now underway for the 2017-18 school year. To be eligible, your child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2017 and live in a Title I school attendance zone. There are 14 locations for you to choose from across the school district. Call (850) 595-6915 ext. 224 for more information.

ECSD FSA ELA Third Grade Scores for 2016-17

Escambia County School District announces that this year’s third-grade FSA ELA test scores are in and the overall results confirm that while there is still work to do, there is progress to report. “We are pleased to note that the percentage of students who scored a 3, 4 or 5 this year is 59%, which is an eight-point increase over last year, and puts the district above the state average of 58%,” reported Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “These gains required a lot of concentrated effort on the part of teachers, reading coaches, administrators, mentors and parents and especially our students. We greatly appreciate all of their hard work. “We are also proud to point out the gains made at Montclair Elementary with an increase of 21 percentage points and Bratt Elementary with an increase of 19 percentage points,” added Thomas. “It is always wonderful when our teachers and their students can measure the positive results of all they have worked toward.” To summarize, ESCD tested 3,268 third-grade students in 34 schools and 1,922 students scored a 3, 4 or 5 for 59%. All but six schools met last year’s percentage or made improvements. School letter grades will not be available until all testing category and grade level scores are available and processed by the State Department of Education.

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Little Flower Catholic School May Crowning

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Little Flower Catholic School celebrated the crowning of Our Blessed Mother in our Rose Garden in May. We were led in song and prayer by the 8th-graders and their 2nd-grade buddies. The whole school was in attendance for the beautiful ceremony.

Gulf Breeze Middle Students Attend Band Camp

Fifty-five Gulf Breeze Middle School band students attended Dixie Band Camp in Conway, Ark., this summer. When students arrived at the University of Central Arkansas, they auditioned and were placed in a band, then given a tour of the campus. The ten different bands had four days of rehearsals and sectionals. Band Camp ended with all bands performing a final concert. GBMS Band Director Susie Smithey was the conductor for the First Band.

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2017 Take Stock in Children Graduates Honored Take Stock in Children and the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships at the May 30 Graduation & Unsung Hero Celebration at Skopelos at New World. Sponsored by Cox Communications, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at New World, and the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, the event honored 19 graduating seniors who received tuition scholarships and a laptop computer. The 2017 Take Stock in Children graduates are: Escambia High: Juliana Cunningham; Escambia Virtual Academy: Myiesha Pitts; Northview: Chase Olsen, Alston Wiggins; Pensacola: Ronald Coro, Terrie Pointer, Darin Redick; Pine Forest: Mariaestella Silva, Meghan Hermance, Quadell Evans; Tate: Angeliyah Osuna; Washington: Ebony House, Si’Miah Johnson, Deonna Lewis, Selena Williams, De’Aja Woods; West Florida: Jervae Cannon, Taylor Lopes, Kaitlyn Negron. Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students receive college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, college

readiness skills, and hope for a better life. Students are selected through a needbased application process in middle school and comprehensive services continue through high school and include the students’ transition into college. Each student is matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with the student weekly at school. Scholarships are funded through a unique public-private fundraising model in which local scholarship donations are matched by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation when scholarships are purchased each year. Laptops were donated through a program coordinated by Paul Snider and Ana DeCesare.

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From left are: Representative Clay Ingram, Quadell Evans, Si’Miah Johnson, Chase Olsen, Kaitlyn Negron, Alston Wiggins, Juliana Cunningham, Ron Coro, De’Aja Woods, Terrie Pointer, Deonna Lewis, Mariaestella Silva, Meghan Hermance, Angeliyah Osuna, Selena Williams, Taylor Lopes, Myiesha Pitts, Jervae Cannon, Darin Redick and Representative Frank White. Not pictured: Ebony House. (Photo credit: Rodney Cammauf, Digital Photography) For more info, call Sally Lee at 4695458, or e-mail slee@escambia.k12.fl.us.

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Montessori School of Pensacola Integrates Gardening and Art

Students at Montessori School of Pensacola love to work in the school gardens! At the end of school, it was time to harvest the potato crop. Students not only prepared yummy potato food dishes, but also used potatoes to make art with painted potato prints. At the MSP Montessori Drive campus, there is a special Living Library program in place, which combines books about gardening/food/vegetables with Garden Club work.

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Little Flower 8th Grade Takes Class Trip

This year the Little Flower Catholic School 8th Grade Class chose to go to Atlanta for their end-ofyear trip. The students spent three fun-filled days touring the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke and CNN Studios.They attended Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King, celebrated by Monsignor Frank. What a fantastic way to celebrate their completion of 8th grade. We wish you all the best in high school next year!

Leadership Training and Vendor Fair

Escambia County Council of PTA/PTSAs is hosting their Annual Leadership Training event and Vendor Fair. While the event is geared toward PTAs operating their individual units, we encourage all of our Booster Clubs to attend as well, so that they can learn how to maintain compliance with the district’s Outside Support Organization procedures. We also invite any local non-profit community based organization to attend so that they may train in leadership skills such as creating a budget, how to take minutes at meetings, filing your 990 (taxes), simple Roberts Rule of Order, fundraising, creating meaningful programs, advocating for your cause, and many more! Daycare is free of charge with registration, and the children must be potty trained. This year’s conference will be held August 19th from 8am - 2pm at Pensacola State College. Attendees will also enjoy breakfast, lunch, and giveaways! This conference is FREE to attend but you must register. To register visit www.escambiapta.org or call 850-207-5024.

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Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Recognizes Key Leadership And Community Partners The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation held its annual meeting recently to elect new officers and to recognize outstanding community partners, the Foundation Board Member of the Year, and retiring board members. Outgoing Foundation Chair Thomas Greek, from Navy Federal Credit Union, presided over the election of the following new officers: Chair Kristie Kelley, workforce development coordinator, Gulf Power Company; At Large Member Sandy Edwards, retired educator; and At Large Member Beth Partington, attorney. “The mission of the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation would not be possible without strong community partners,” said Greek. “Businesses, benefactors and foundations all contribute to the success of our organization – and in turn – to the success of our schools.” Outstanding Partners of the Year recognized for their ongoing support of the Foundation were the Studer Foundation, represented by Rishy Studer and Theresa Wagonner, as well as Dr. Robert Hoyt and Dr. Ann Yoshihashi.

Randy Ramos, president of Global Business Solutions, Inc., was recognized as the Foundation’s Board Member of the Year for his outstanding work in fundraising and establishing the annual Cyberthon Challenge. The following retiring Foundation Board Members were recognized for their years of service: David Deliman, four years; Kim LeDuff, three years; and Stephanie White, three years. “Thanks to the strong leadership of Thomas Greek, the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation was able to contribute more than $130,000 into Escambia County classrooms this past year,” said incoming Chair Kristie Kelley. “Of that, $91,000 went directly to classroom grants – unique projects designed by teachers to make a meaningful impact in the areas of STEM and Literacy.” Escambia County Public Schools Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit direct support organization of the Escambia County School District dedicated to investing in our children’s future through scholarships, classroom Grants for Excellence,

and recognition of outstanding Escambia County teachers and student achievement. Shown, outgoing ECPS Foundation Chair Thomas Greek passed the gavel to the new Board Chair, Kristie Kelly, during the 2017 ECPS Foundation’s annual meeting. (Photo credit: Steve Whitehead, Multimedia Production Specialist ll, Navy Federal Credit Union, Greater Pensacola Human Resources.)

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Students in 47 Schools Will Receive Free Meals This School Year

Escambia County School District has announced continued participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which provides students in eligible schools breakfast and lunch at no charge. ECSD also announced the addition of 17 new sites (new schools are in bold script) for the 2017-18 school year. Schools participating in this program include: Elementary Schools: Bellview, Bratt, Brentwood, C.A. Weis, Ensley, Ferry Pass, Global Learning Academy, Holm, Jim Allen, Lincoln Park, Lipscomb, Longleaf, McArthur, Molino Park, Montclair, Myrtle Grove, Navy Point, Oakcrest, Pine Meadow, Pleasant Grove, Scenic Heights, O.J. Semmes, Sherwood, Warrington, and West Pensacola. Middle Schools: Bellview, Ernest Ward, Ferry Pass, Jim Bailey, Warrington, Woodham and Workman. High Schools: Escambia, Northview, Pensacola, Pine Forest and Booker T. Washington. Special Centers: Camelot, Lakeview, Judy Andrews, McMillian PreK, and Escambia Westgate. Alternative Education/Charters: Byrneville Charter, Capstone, Escambia Charter, and Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy. Vocational School: George Stone Technical (Phoenix Initiative Program) Families with students attending other ECSD schools are encouraged to apply for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Applications will be sent home or parents and guardians to complete and return to their student’s school. For more information about ECSD’s participation in CEP, please contact Jaleena Davis, Director, Food Services,Escambia County School District, at (850) 469-5633 or Jdavis11@ escambia.k12.fl.us.

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A Page in a Book Books to Celebrate the One-of-a-Kind Kid As parents we celebrate the things that make our child distinctive. His eccentric passion for polka dot clothing, her encyclopedic knowledge of bats, their precocious habit of singing (loudly) in public, the fact that they speak two languages – these characteristics can make our child a delightful stand-out against a standard backdrop. While these aspects of our child endear them to us, this same distinctiveness can sometimes set them apart from their environment. The following titles celebrate the ways that positive interaction helps ‘outside of the norm’ join its special perspective to the larger social whole.

My Cousin Momo

by Zacariah Ohora (Penguin / Dial Books for Young Readers) When gray squirrel siblings look forward to hosting cousin Momo for a visit, they are filled with anticipation. As a flying squirrel, Momo’s special ability promises to be the highlight of their first meeting with their cousin. But their fabled cousin doesn’t perform as expected. Momo doesn’t hide-and-seek very well, he plays acorn-pong all wrong and he won’t show off his advertised specialty of flight. The brother and sister’s obvious disappointment leads cousin Momo to contemplate leaving, but a last-minute appreciation of his special talents may just help their new friendship take flight. Ohora’s bright illustration gives all the right nods to this evolution of appreciation for uncommon style.

The Girl Who Heard Colors

by Marie Harris, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Penguin / Nancy Paulsen Books) Little Gillian experiences the world much like her counterparts, except when it comes to sounds. Gifted with synesthesia, Gillian perceives sound as color. Her bike’s bell rings silver, the rain whispers in light purple and her teacher’s voice is green as a frog. But when a lunch box falls to the floor and Gillian exclaims “Yellow!”, her distinctive ability is revealed to classmates who laugh (in inky black) at what they don’t understand. It’s the visit of a musician to the classroom who recognizes her special perception and helps Gil and her classmates cultivate a new appreciation for differences that make their world a brighter and more colorful place.

The Seeds of Friendship

by Michael Foreman (Candlewick Press) Relocated from the tropics to a cold and gray city, Adam misses all the things that were unique to his old home. As he tentatively ventures into snow for the first time, curious kids soon begin to help him craft a snow white menagerie of creatures from his homeland. Still lamenting the dreary landscape, Adam’s first day of school reveals a small garden, a bright spot of color. When the teacher begins to send seeds from the garden home with him, Adam and his mother begin sinking new roots into the city. With a green thumb and memories of home, Adam is joined by his friends as they begin transforming their gray surroundings into a colorful bridge between friends, neighbors and two different worlds. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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Dip In, Pay It Off! Q. My wife just had our first child. Now, we now have about $3,000 in medical bills not covered by insurance. We’ve got $8,000 in our emergency fund, and I make between $25,000 and $30,000 a year. Should we try setting up a payment plan with the hospital, or is dipping into our savings a better idea? A. I’d write a check today and knock out that hospital bill. This falls under the heading of “emergency” in my mind, so pay the bill and jump back into rebuilding your emergency fund. You’ve done a really good job of saving on your income, but let’s see what we can do about making better money in the future. Extra practical training in your field, or more education in the classroom, could increase your income quickly. Your emergency fund needs to be a little bigger as well, and it’ll be a lot easier to make this happen if you’re making more money. I’m sure you’re a hard-working guy, but it’s going to be tough for even a small family

to make it on what you’re bringing home now. The unexpected can become a common occurrence when there’s a little one in the picture.

Can They Really Garnish My Wages? Q. I got a call from a debt collector regarding $2,000 I owe in medical bills. I’m trying to get my finances in order and pay this off, but I’m afraid they’ll follow through on their threat to garnish my wages. Can you give me some advice? A. First, I want you to take a deep breath and calm down. Debt collectors like to play on your emotions because they think you’ll give in and do something you can’t really afford to do. Most of them don’t care about you or your

situation as long as they get some money. They won’t garnish your wages because they can’t. They would have to go through the formal, legal procedure of first suing you and then winning the case. They broke federal law by saying they would garnish your wages but hadn’t sued you. If I’m in your shoes, I’d be filing a complaint against these bozos with the Federal Trade Commission. Don’t react with fear and panic in the face of debt collector threats. Talk to them and explain your situation. See if you can work out a compromise. If they get nasty or break federal law again, let them know you’ll be filing another complaint with the FTC. In the meantime, do everything you can to scrape up as much cash as possible. Have a big garage sale and sell everything in your attic or basement you don’t need. Then, when you get this mess cleaned up, pay off the rest of your debts — if you have any — and start living on a written monthly budget!

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Setting Family Rules

as the School Year Begins Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are coming to a close. School is nearly here. If your family is like mine, you’ve let most of the routines slide a bit. Dinners and bed times have been later. Kids have slept in. But now it’s time to put your children back into shape again. It’s time to enforce those family rules. Here are five set rules in my family:

1. Dinner together as a family

Most nights of the week, our family eats dinner at the table together. This is an important rule for us. My husband and I both work outside the home and weekdays we don’t have a lot of time to spend with each other. Eating dinner and sitting around the table to talk is good for us to reconnect and wind down from a hectic schedule. To make this easier, I prep meals on weekends so I can just reheat on weekdays. This gives us less rushing around to figure out what to eat and more time to just sit, relax and talk. Dinner time is between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. for us.

2. Small treats after dinner

If our kids eat all or most of the food on their plates, then we allow a special treat or dessert after the meal. We usually let them choose between a variety of snacks we keep on hand. This is an incentive for them to eat the foods we prepare. We only offer it to them after dinner as we don’t give our kids treats right before bed. This is a rule Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

that works well for us. Typical treats might be a Popsicle, granola bar, fruit or leftover candy from the last holiday celebration. We limit what they can have. By tying the sweet to the meal, it helps our dinners go more smoothly. Then we can focus on bedtime routines.

3. Bed times

With school back in session, we adhere to a strict bed time schedule. For our kids, lights go out at 8:00 p.m. Sometimes we may be later. Every once in awhile that time may be earlier. However, we strive for 8 o’clock on the dot. Our kids need to be awake at 6:00 a.m. so that gives them about ten hours of sleep. They need it as children and we need them to have it as their parents. After all, no one wants to deal with groggy, grumpy kids! Even if it’s still daylight outside, we put them to bed at the designated time. We have a mood setter in place that works great - darkening curtains and noisemakers in the rooms. In addition, ceiling fans help cool the rooms with air circulation. These three things create the ultimate sleeping environment for our children.

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try to eat out no more than twice per week. My husband and I talk before we spend more than $100 on something not needed. Groceries and regular bills don’t count for this. I will occasionally give my children dollars for a special snack or activity, but not every day or every week. By having these good spending habits in place and not buying frivolous things, we can live within our means and maximize our income.

5. Break the rules on occasion

With all these rules in place, there is one last one to mention. Sometimes we have to break the rules and be okay with that. I have these guidelines in place to make our family happy. Yet even I know that there are exceptions. Sometimes the chorus and piano rehearsals keep us from going to bed on time. We have moments when we may eat in the car instead of at the table. Certain weeks we spend more money than we usually do. By remaining flexible, I can still manage my home and teach my kids that breaking the rules can happen.

Set rules that work for you

What are your family’s rules that are non-negotiable? What policies do you have that keep everyone safe and satisfied? If you don’t have any, perhaps you need to come up with a list. Or if you have unspoken rules, sit down with your family over ice cream and remind them. Devise a plan and do what works best.

Mandy B. Fernandez is a writer living in Pensacola, Florida with her husband and two children. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Technical Writing. She writes on topics such as business, education, creative arts, health, family life, parenting and natural foods. In addition she loves sharing humorous stories, poetry and essays about womanhood and motherhood. Her first children’s book, Kazoo Makes The Team, was just released. Visit her at www. writtenbymandy.com.

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“Just so you know, mom I’ve got a test on Friday I’m gonna fail.” My sixth-grader is barely through the front door when this escapes his lips. Because he is an excellent student, my head is spinning. Smiling, I remark “What do you mean? You’ve got three more days to study!” But he is already grinding his teeth, scowling as he announces “I can’t do it.” Still calm, I attempt to appeal to his reason with no luck. Within seconds, I am shouting “Fine. YOU’RE GROUNDED FOR A MONTH!” Sound familiar?

Organizing the Disorganized Child (2009) by Martin Kutscher and Marcella Moran provides a helpful guide for explaining in plain English how disorganized habits interfere with school success and create chaos within the home. The following issues addressed in the book were ones in particular I believe are relevant to helping your child develop healthier habits and achieve more.

Understand Why They Procrastinate According to Kutscher and Mora, kids often adopt an “I’ll get to it later” habit and put off school projects or studying for several reasons. Sometimes they simply have a poor concept of time. Other kids have poor memory for ways procrastinating has failed them in the past. Still others are too easily sidetracked and unable to resist temptation to do something more appealing. The authors remind parents that most often these issues are “the fault of the undeveloped brain, not the child” and urge parents not to yell or punish. Instead, stay positive, offer support, and help them break larger tasks down into chunks. They offer these tips to get organized: 1. Write down assignments in a planner.

Disorganization and Success What my son was probably communicating after school that day was “I feel distressed, Mom. I have no idea how to get organized for this test.” Unfortunately, like so many parents, I let myself grow overly emotional and failed to truly listen to his fear and concern. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

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Teach Them to Question Everything The authors of this guide believe in addition to good note-taking and study skills, the key to your child’s education is questioning everything. Teaching your child to ask the following questions will enhance your child’s learning: 1. WHAT DID THE TEACHER JUST SAY? 2. WHAT DID I JUST READ? 3. WHY IS THAT SO? IS IT TRUE? 4. WHERE HAVE I SEEN INFORMATION LIKE THIS BEFORE? 5. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM MATERIAL I’VE PREVIOUSLY LEARNED? 6. HOW CAN I SUMMARIZE THIS IN AS FEW WORDS AS POSSIBLE? 7. HOW CAN I VISUALIZE THIS IN PICTURES OR FLOWCHARTS? 8. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO LEARN ABOUT THIS? 9. WHAT QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS ARE LIKELY TO BE ON THE TEST? 10. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO ME AND THE REST OF THE WORLD? 11. SO WHAT?

Test Taking Smarts All students can use a refresher for how to best manage time on a test, and the following strategies are recommended by Kutscher and Moran: 1. Turn over the sheet and jot down keywords, dates, formulas, and phrases you memorized. 2. Look over the entire test quickly to anticipate what’s coming up.

3. Read directions carefully. Underline keywords of the directions. 4. Answer easy questions first. 5. Place a question mark next to answers you guess on. 6. Sometimes the answer to one question is contained somewhere on the test. 7. Sometimes you may be able to get help or clues from the teacher i.e. “Can you rephrase the question.” 29

8. If you have leftover time, check your answers and scan for careless mistakes. Only change an answer when you’re certain the new response is correct. 9. If unsure, guess. In terms of helping your child become a more organized student, the authors remind parents, “We can’t completely fix everything overnight. We can, though, expect continued progress over a mountainous terrain toward an ultimately successful future.” GPP Michele Ranard has a husband, two children, and a master’s in counseling.

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What to Consider Before Using GPS to Track Your Kid Sooner or later, most parents lose a kid—usually for only a few minutes. A toddler figures out how to open an unlatched door. A kindergartener heads off to investigate something in another grocery aisle. A school age child gets confused about the pick up location. Even if it’s brief, the experience is heart-stopping. And it’s given rise to a whole new industry--GPS tracking for kids. Some parents turn to GPS because the world seems scarier than it was when they were kids. Others want an electronic yenta who can keep an eye on children (and their caregivers) when parents can’t be there. Still others want a better way to supervise and enforce family rules about safety. For those who really can’t take care of themselves—very young children, kids with disabilities, even pets or elders with dementia—tracking devices may produce peace of mind. And, for children, that can be a problem. Experts point out that tracking devices can encourage both passivity and a false sense of security in children as well as parents. As parents find themselves counting on surveillance, they may be less intentional about helping kids anticipate and avoid risks. Instead of learning what they need to know to navigate confidently and safely in a risky world, kids depend on the panic button that summons Mom. That said, there are situations in which a tracker can be very useful—think amusement parks or kids who walk to and from school. Before purchasing the technology, consider these questions: What does it do? Some trackers, like Trax, do nothing but show location. They can be attached to children, elders, pets or even a laptop that tends to wander off. Many units resemble watches or function like flip phones. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

And some, like the Amby Gear Smartwatch, include games or virtual pets. For little kids, the extra bells and whistles may be distracting. For an older child, they may make the device more appealing. What’s the technology? Tracking units that use GPS depend on satellites and some provide coverage pretty much anywhere on the planet. Other devices use the cellphone network so they won’t work if the child wanders out of range. Still, other devices like My Buddy Tag use Bluetooth technology. Their reach is limited, though that may be just fine if you’re trying to keep tabs on a child in the backyard or your local park. The most accurate devices like the Wherecom Kidfit use a combination of technologies. What does it monitor? At the very least a tracking device should pinpoint a child’s location. Some send a signal at intervals; others allow continuous tracking though that may drain the battery. Many units make it possible to set up safety zones or geofences and send an alert if the child goes beyond those boundaries. Is it complicated? For very young children, simplicity is a virtue. Tinitell, for example, is a band with a button. If a child pushes the button, the device calls preprogrammed numbers until someone picks up. Check the app as well as the device. If it has lots of features, be sure customer support is readily available. Is the device secure? If you have to sign in to get information about your child’s location, it’s possible for other people to sign in too. What precautions has the company 30

taken to prevent hacking? What kind of alerts will you get if there is a security breach? What kind of communication is possible? Some units have a big panic button a child can press. Some allow one way communication. More expensive devices like the GizmoGadget, available from Verizon, provide two way communication similar to a cellphone. Is it kid-proof? Some kids can handle delicate equipment and some can’t. Choose a GPS unit accordingly. Pocket Finder, for example, is built out of plastic that’s almost indestructible. The Korex Babysitter claims to be waterproof. Be sure the clasp on any band is secure and easy to use. How much does it cost? Tracking devices range from $40 to $200. Many devices also require a monthly service contract that can cost from $4 to $40 per month. Before signing with a new service, check your existing cellphone provider to see if they offer a better deal on a device. Are there special features for special kids? AngelSense is designed to provide extra layers of protection for children with special needs that make them more vulnerable. Doki lets parents schedule reminders or deactivate the distracting features of the watch when the kid is supposed to be concentrating on other things. Of course, by the time a child is old enough for a cellphone, the tracking question is moot. Cellphones are trackers with a variety of apps that will monitor where children are and what they are doing. For older kids, parents need to think carefully and talk frequently about the intersection between privacy and trust. Some kids may benefit from additional supervision, but parents must keep their eyes on the ultimate goal—raising children who are responsible and confident enough to make their own decisions about staying safe in a complicated world. That, of course, can be done without a tracking unit. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Playing with food is part of every child’s early years as they learn to feed themselves. And as their food interests expand beyond the high chair and into the larger kitchen, kids often develop specific curiosity about the objects and items that contribute to their menu. They begin to look at ‘grown-up’ food, kitchen set-ups and cooking tools with a new, and hungry, eye. While they’re not ready to don the official chef’s hat yet, encouraging their interest with safe and engaging toys and resources is ideal for cultivating their nutritional education and expanding tastes. The following items are recommended for kids who still want to play with their food.

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Cutting Food Play Set (Melissa & Doug)

Putting a knife in the hands of a toddler is encouraged with Melissa & Doug’s Cutting Food Play Set. Complete with sectioned wooden fruit, vegetables and bread loaf, kids use this set’s sturdy, blunt-edged wooden knife to cut the food into its parts. The “crunch’ of the cut comes from the strong Velcro attachments between the food sections. The actual weight and feel of the wooden food mimics real produce much more closely than plastic counterparts. As children separate and reassemble the food, they are also benefiting from an early exposure to fractions. Crafted with non-toxic materials, the occasional nibbling and gnawing is not a worry. Giving young chefs their first opportunity to carve out their place in the kitchen, the Cutting Food Play Set offers a surprisingly real food prep experience for kids.

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While the coffee maker and toaster are often off-limits for little ones, the Morphy Richards Kitchen Set presents a safe and entertaining option for the younger cook. The coffee kettle is refillable with water (or other beverage) and features a level gauge indicator for added realism. The ‘toast’ pops up from the toaster with an energetic spring to launch every morning meal. Featuring colorful cutlery, dishes and pretend food, breakfast or brunch is easily laid out by the youngest kitchen helper. Perfect for pretend play this miniature collection is sized for little hands, but easily serves alongside adult crockery for a family-sized breakfast spread.

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Making your own food takes on a whole new meaning with Sew Mini Treats, an adorable craft kit from Klutz. Following super-easy instructions in the 48-page guide, young seamsters are equipped with everything they need to assemble plush food with fun faces. With patterns, felt, filling, floss, and delightful design elements for cheeks and eyes all included, kids can turn out up to 18 different food-themed plushies in a short amount of time. Getting the hang of following patterns and simple stitching is also ideal for turning hand work into real confidence-building opportunities. Perfect for party-activities, decorating, gift-giving, or just carrying around as an “I made this!” badge, Sew Mini Treats are a delicious dip into food-themed crafting.

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With the booming interest is food truck cuisine nationwide, it’s the perfect time for little foodies to explore the business with their own pintsized version of the same. The Honeysuckle Treat Street Food Truck is a highly detailed toy replica of a restaurant on wheels. With a grill, cupboards, and an oven (with a working door) there’s plenty of food activity on the menu. The trapdoor for extra storage adds to the space economy that echoes real food trucks. There are eighty-nine pieces, so while kids are guaranteed to stay busy this set is best for kids who are past the mouthing age. Woodzeez brand figures are sold separately, but this food truck can easily host a variety of similarly sized characters. Battery-free and ready to feed friends, the Honeysuckle Treat Street Food Truck will get your child’s restaurant business rolling.

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But no matter whose idea it is to keep kids busy and social 24-7, it’s ultimately every parent’s job to make sure kids don’t fall into the over-scheduling trap. Kids need their parents to make space for them to just be, so they don’t feel compelled to constantly do-do-do. If parents don’t take an active role in supporting each child’s individuality, then their uniqueness is going to take a back seat to their busy schedule, and this can create feelings of isolation or even depression in kids and lay the groundwork for workaholism later in life. Kids discover their sense of self in the quiet moments of life, when they can relax, be themselves, and let their instincts lead. If they can’t find quiet, reflective moments in their overly busy lives, identifying individual desires may be delayed or denied. So be smarter than your sources, parents. Don’t let your child’s individuality get overlooked because you are keeping him steadily overbooked.

Prioritize The Calendar. Before you add another activity into the busy mix, pause and consider what’s already on the schedule for the entire family. It’s only natural to want to do it all, but saying yes to everything will only exhaust everyone and cut into valuable family time. If you can manage another addition, consider it. If you can’t; then it’s time to prioritize.

Focus On Enrichment. Does the activity bring more joy and energy into your child’s life or does it create conflicts and anxiety? Joining the competitive soccer league may sound fun, but if your child does not enjoy the level of intensity, then maybe a local intramural league is a better fit. Don’t assume the most expensive or competitive choice is always the best fit for your child’s needs. Sometimes less really is more.

Shrug Off Kiddie Competition. Pressure to conform is ever-present in childhood. The kids next door participate in more activities than your kids? So what. Left to their own devices, kids will often compare their experiences with other kids and find theirs lacking. How many times have you heard that their friends’ parents let them do this or that? Strong, secure parents can hear this without giving in to pressure. They do? That’s nice. This is what we do and these are the reasons why.

Find Mentors Of Character. When you choose the activity, you also choose the role model who is in charge. Make sure coaches, organizers, and leaders are the types of people you want influencing your kids. Mentors who focus on character model healthy choices, and allow kids to act like kids while helping them build skills in a measured manner. If you are concerned that a coach or activity leader is over-zealous or too high-pressure, trust your instincts and investigate further.

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week when no outside activities are on the schedule. Whether you participate in a religious Sabbath or not, everyone in the family can benefit from observing a weekly day of rest. And spending a whole day enjoying family time each week will bring your family closer and remind everyone that family comes first.

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to bake, knit, build models, or peer at the stars, support those interests. When you buy her special ingredients, pretty yarn, three types of glue, or the slightly better telescope, you are saying, “I see you and I support the person you are becoming.” Every child needs and wants this kind of recognition and acknowledgement from parents.

Be Honest With Yourself. Do you really care more about what others think of your kids than you do about your family’s overall happiness? Do you worry you are living in such a dog-eat-dog world that your child has to be hyper-busy to compete? Are you so concerned about your child’s social standing that you put her in activities she doesn’t care about to expose her to the right kids? If any of these are true, take a step back. When it comes to scheduling your child, let her needs lead, not yours. Watch For Signals Of Over-doing. Is your child happily content or often tired and irritable? Do you have a mutual admiration society at home or are family members always snipping at each other?

Is everyone sleeping well at night or is exhaustion the norm? Are you in charge of the schedule or do stress and pressure run the show? Remember that your family deserves to feel calm and contented. Take charge of how you spend your time and your children will soon follow suit.

Relax, Kick Back & Hang Out Take back your family’s quality of life by trying some of these simple strategies. • Have a family project you all work on year round in a leisurely manner like a vegetable garden or even a puzzle. • Go on local outings with the mission of simply hanging out together.

• Take an occasional family walk together in a go-to location when something challenging needs to be discussed and sorted out. • Watch a family double feature with popcorn, drinks, and lively discussions. • Take the family to the library and spend an hour gathering books, magazines, music, and DVDs. • Make Sunday brunch a ritual activity either at home or at an inexpensive local restaurant. • Have a casual but consistent family meeting once a week to get a better sense of how kids are feeling about the ways they spend their time. GPP Christina Katz is an author, journalist, and coach, who often writes on the topic of life balance and personal self-expression. She knows the power of saying no and is not afraid to use it.

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Signs of Suicide in Your Teen Watch any episode of a classic family TV shows from the 50s—Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, or The Donna Reed show—and there’s one thing you will not hear teens Wally, Bud, Jeff or Mary talking about: suicide. Fast forward to 2016 and today, most teens not only talk about suicide—they can tell you exactly how they would do it. Thanks to Google, they have plenty of tutorials on how to take their own life. There are even websites that put forth a suicide or “self-euthanasia” worldview. One site even encourages people to “do their part”—complete with instructions—in reducing the world’s population. It gets even more disturbing. Teens that are considering suicide are often encouraged by their peers to go beyond the contemplation stage and “just do it.” And “doing it” they are. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death in the 15- to 24-year-old age range. It’s more common among boys. Male adolescents commit suicide five times more than females, though females are three times more likely to attempt suicide.

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For Gerard Long, the president of the ministry, Alpha USA, this statistic became highly personal when his 17-year-old son, Alex, hanged himself on a beach after being given one dose of a recreational drug. Like most parents of teen suicide victims, Gerard and his wife, Jeannie, didn’t see it coming. Up until a week before his death, Alex had been a good student, an outstanding athlete and a seemingly happy teen. But it’s what his parents didn’t know that would come back to haunt them. He shared his story when I interviewed him sometime after. The day that Alex killed himself, he was home all day with his mom, who stayed close by his side—monitoring him. The drug his “friend” had given him had a particular insidious effect on their sensitive son. His rational thinking was skewed and his emotional equilibrium was clearly off kilter. After Alex had confessed to his parents about his foolish mistake, they kept a watchful eye on him. On Gerard’s part, he had prayed with his son for an hour that morning before he left for work. That night, when his father returned home, Alex greeted his father warmly,

even quoting Psalm 103:1-5—a psalm he had memorized. So to his parents, Alex seemed to be on the mend. Still, when Alex asked his mom if he could “go for a ride in the car” she said, “No.” Given his still questionable mental state, Jeannie didn’t think it was safe. But Alex snuck out anyway. When the police finally found his body hours later, Jeannie became hysterical with grief. It took her two years to stop blaming God, and her husband, for her son’s death. When I asked Gerard during that first interview, what he would have done differently to try and prevent what happened, he said: “I would learn as much as could about signs of suicide and I would be more direct and decisive when I saw some of those troubling signs.” In Gerard Long’s case, his son didn’t suffer from depression—he just happened to have had a very bad reaction to a street drug. One dose was enough to send him into a depressed, suicidal state. For most teens, it takes more than one dose of a drug to send them into a downward spiral. It’s usually a cumulative effect. Studies show that at least 90 percent of teens who kill themselves have some type of chronic mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, or a behavior problem. So, what are the signs of possible suicide in your teen and what can be done about it? It’s a good question—and an important one. Not taking the time to study these signs could be deadly. As Gerard says, “Don’t ever think it can’t happen to you… it can happen to anyone.”

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• Withdrawal from social activities, as well as friends and family. • Giving possessions away • Increased sadness and hopelessness • Obsession about death, including talking about it. For example, after someone dies, a teen might talk about who he would like to come to his memorial service if he ever passed away. He may also watch films or listen to music that is centered on death. 35

• Engagement in risk-taking behaviors— what might be called a “death wish” • Bullied at school • Changes in eating or sleeping behavior—especially eating less and sleeping more • A lack of concentration—unable to focus If your child is manifesting several of these signs, or he begins to actually threaten suicide, then it’s time to ramp up the prevention strategy. He will need to be constantly monitored. Hide all prescription drugs and eliminate any access to guns. Take all suicide threats seriously—it’s your teen’s cry for help and you need to heed it. At Heartlight, if a teen says, “I want to die” then we take him to the hospital for observation. If your teen is chronically depressed and it’s serious enough where it’s causing suicidal behaviors to manifest, then consider a shortterm solution, like anti-depressants. Sometimes this regime is necessary if there’s a chemical imbalance. Still, it’s a decision that you need to make wisely and prayerfully as some antidepressants can be worse than the condition they’re supposed to cure. Do the research. Even “safe” drugs can be toxic. It all depends on the particular chemical make up of your teen. Whatever extra measures you need to take to keep your teen safe, be encouraged— teen depression is not a life sentence. According to a 2014 study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, around half of teens who experience brief episodes of depression or anxiety do not go on to have a mental illness in adulthood. You can increase those odds with good parenting, including lots of love, prayer and vigilance. As Gerard Long said, “Be direct and decisive.” This means knowing what your teen is doing at all times. Don’t underestimate the power of peer pressure (“bad company corrupts good character”) or other external influential factors like the Internet and TV. Do these things, and chances are good that you’ll be helping your teen over a temporary “hump” in his volatile teenage life—after which you can both breathe a huge collective sigh of relief. 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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211 Airport Boulevard Pensacola, 32504 Youth Leagues are a funtastic way to spend Saturdays; learning a sport that lasts a lifetime. No one gets benched in bowling! We provide a safe, fun, exciting environment for kids to learn sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle. Youth League will start on September 10. Ages 5 -18. League usually runs 28 weeks. Call today for more information. 850-477-2300 steve@cordovalanes.com

DeLuna Lanes

590 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 DeLuna Lanes is Pensacola’s favorite bowling center. We’ve provided the Pensacola area with some of the most unique bowling experiences in the Florida Pan-

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380 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32502 Waterboyz offers one and two hour lessons in surfing, skateboarding and skimboarding. Lessons are mostly for beginner and intermediate. A beginner is someone who has never ridden a wave before or skateboarded before. We’ll teach them the basics, etiquette and knowledge. Usually, 2 hours is enough time to get a beginner going. An intermediate rider is someone who has ridden before but needs some direction on more advanced maneuvers. We’ll teach them more about advanced maneuvers depending on their individual desires.

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handle for over 30 years. We offer amazing customer service and a family oriented atmosphere. Whether it’s recreational, competitive league and tournament bowling, video games arcade, and pool tables at Peter B’s Sports Grill, we offer something for everyone. Contact us for information on our kid’s league hosted Saturday’s at 9:00am.

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2895 W. Scott Street Pensacola, 32505 Bernice’s Starrstep Dance Studio is the oldest studio in Pensacola providing quality dance training for 88 years. Drawing from a strong history, the studio is constantly evolving and regenerating with time. The studio provides a warm family environment for students 3 years of age through adult and all levels of dance. 850-438-2010 info@starrstepdancestudio.com www.starrstepdancestudio.com

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1903 East Olive Road Pensacola, 32514 Offering professional dance instruction for ages 3 to adult of beginner, intermediate and advance skills. We offer ballet, tap, Jazz, pointe, hip hop, contemporary/ lyrical, musical theater, competition dance team, performing dance team and classical ballet company. Fall Registration Begins July 17th. 850-484-0648 volunteer19677@gmail.com www.fiveflagsdanceacademy.com

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7000 Spanish Trail Pensacola, 32504 Dance classes are offered in a variety of disciplines for youth and adults. We offer dance lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, Irish, belly dance, line dancing, tumbling and more. Our Dance Open House is Monday, August 14th 5-7pm. www.playpensacola.com

In His Steps Dance Studio ad on page 39

6231 North “W” Street Pensacola, 32505 In HIS Steps is a contemporary, Christian based Dance & Performing Arts Center. Come and join us at In HIS Steps for after school ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and hip-hop for ages 2.5 & up and music lessons for ages 5 & up. Also offering new daytime homeschool dance and music options. 850-474-4922 missamysdance@hotmail.com www.inhisstepsinc.com

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A Time to Dance

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8253 Chellie Road Pensacola, 32526 Excellence in Arts Education. Offering classes in dance theater, music and visual arts. Registration for returning students is August 4, 5pm - 8pm. Registration for all students is August 5, 9am - 12pm & August 7, 5pm 8pm. Classes begin August 21. Visit our website for more information.

7020 Navarre Parkway Navarre, 32566 The mission of A Time To Dance is to provide the highest caliber of dance training to all students ages 2 and up at all levels from beginning to pre-professional, while developing confidence and self esteem in a caring supportive environment. Please visit out website for schedule and registration information. 850-450-6919 help@atimetodance.org www.atimetodancenavarre.com

Broadway Lights

5668 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, B11 Gulf Breeze, 32563 Broadway Lights Dance Center is committed to the art of dance. We work hard to introduce and instill selfexpression, discipline, and passion for the arts in each of our students. Whether a student is dancing for fun or planning to enter the arts on a professional level, we are here to guide you along the way. 850-932-5555 broadwaylightsdancecenter@gmail.com www.broadwaylightsdancecenter.com

Dance Academy of Santa Rosa

6564 Caroline Street Milton, 32570 Dance Academy of Santa Rosa offers professional, quality dance and performing art instruction in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, pre-k, fit, acting and more for ages 2 and up regardless if you are a beginner or advanced student. Contact Laurie McCrory for fall enrollment information. Registration will be held August 11 for current students and August 12 for new students. 850-983-6900 danceacademyofsr@gmail.com www.danceacademyofsantarosa.com

Emerald Coast Dance Conservatory

Ballet Pensacola

400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 Enroll in dance classes with the area’s only professional dance company. Classes begin as early as age 3, and students learn through a graduated system of study that encompasses both classical ballet and contemporary dance technique. Tap, Jazz and Broadway Dance are also available. The syllabus capitalizes on children’s naturally occurring cognitive and physical development while helping them acquire additional motor, cognitive and social skills. Performing opportunities abound for students with a year-end showcase and opportunities to audition for The Nutcracker, Youth Ensemble and Performing Company. 850-432-9546 frankgiammaria@balletpensacola.com www.balletpensacola.com

419 East Gadsden Street Pensacola, 32501 Instruction for ages 3 and up at recreational through pre-professional levels. Our top of the line facility offers a vast variety of types of dancing for multiple age groups and dancing levels. Please visit our website for more information. 850-512-9191 ms.ursula@emeraldcoastdance.com www.emeraldcoastdance.com

Pensacola School of Ballet

4806 Mobile Highway Suite G Pensacola, 32506 Celebrating over 35 years on the Gulf Coast, Pensacola School of Ballet teaches the fine art of classical ballet, tap and jazz with a commitment to excitement, excellence and to setting the highest standards of achievement in developmental dance training programs. A graded level of classical ballet, from primary

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The P.A.C.E. Studio

4634 Lori Lane Pace, 32571 We offer dance instruction in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and acrobatics. Currently open for fall 2017 registration. Visit us on Saturday, August 5th at 10:00 am for our open house and new student registration. Contact our studio for more information. 850-994-1875 pacestudio@live.com www.pacestudio.org

Time To Shine Center for Performing Arts

4375 Woodbine Road Pensacola, 32571 We are one of the most exciting performing arts education enterprise in the greater Pensacola area. We offer the most professional instruction in dance, music, acting and art. Offering lessons in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, acrobats, art, acting, voice, piano guitar, flute and violin. 850-994-5678 info@timetoshineflorida.com www.timetoshineflorida.com

Triple B Dance Studio

111 Berkley Drive Pensacola, 32503 New Location! Now holding classes at class at Woodland’s Height Community Center We are more than just a dance team. We are Triple B Dance Blessed, Brilliant & Beautiful. Registration begins August 23. Call for details. 850-898-6505

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Victory Performing Arts Academy

5783 Rolyat Road Milton, 32571 We offer academic courses and dance classes in a wide range of styles. 850-776-7555 vpaadanceteam@yahoo.com www.dancevictory.com

Equestrian Aubrey Hill Riding

2729 Ten Mile Road Pace, 32571 Our first-class english riding lesson program is tailored to suit everyone. Ages 3 - Adult. No experience necessary. Seasoned lesson horses and ponies are provided. We will also provide a helmet for the first 4 lessons. Our lesson program is designed to teach riders the basics of English riding and jumping. Please visit our website for fees and additional information. 850-396-3102 sales@aubreyhill.com www.aubreyhill.com

Crazy Acres Ranch

3030 Highway 97 Molino, 32577 Riding lessons for all levels of experience, trail rides and riding camps (spring and summer breaks) 850-206-8113

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Pensacola Riding Center

1911 Mathison Road Cantonment, 32533 Sherlock’s Farm/Pensacola Riding Center’s facility is unique within the surrounding 200 mile area. Provides boarding, training, teaching, showing and horse sales. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

Our quality services provided through various programs tailored to all ages and riding levels in collaboration with the professional staff. 850-587-4193 pensacolahorses@earthlink.net www.pensacolaridingcenter.com

Rustic Trail Stable

4645 Rustic Trail Milton, 32570 Rustic Trail Stable LLC is a Riding School in the Milton/ Pace area. We provide lessons, boarding, shows, clinics - and teach horse care and stable management. Our goal is to provide the community of horse lovers with the skills needed for a successful journey into the world of horses. rustictrailstable@gmail.com www.rustictrailstable.com

Sunriser Stables

7603 Helms Road Pensacola, 32526 Sunriser Stables is a family friendly show barn. We offer Hunter Jumper horse back riding lessons for ages eight to adult, no prior experience is necessary. Whether your goal is to show or to ride for fun, we guarantee that you will find a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. 850-512-7433 sunriserstables@gmail.com www.sunriserstables.com

program. The program offers certification levels as the participants grow in golf skills and in the program. At each level of the program participants are introduced to different aspects of golf and life skills and go through a Certification Process that tests and evaluates each participant’s understanding of and ability to apply what was taught. As junior golfers opportunities on the golf course expand, so do the opportunities for their futures. Fall classes begin late August at a variety of course locations.

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Tiger Point Golf Club

1255 Country Club Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 We take pride in developing a wide range of junior talents, as well as introducing the game to hundreds of new golfers every year. With our friendly and personal approach, we strive to teach each student at his or her own level and ability. We offer private lessons, group lessons, clinics, golf schools, and junior academy programs. Our player development programs offer professional instruction that’s affordable, enjoyable, and less intimidating for students of all levels. 850-932-1333 info@tigerpointgolf.com www.tigerpointgolf.com

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Golf Lost Key Golf Club

625 Lost Key Drive Pensacola, 32507 Lost Key Golf Club is pleased to offer golf instruction through our Director of Instruction, Nick Rousey. Rousey offers individual golf lessons as well as group lessons for every part of the game. To find out more information or to book a lesson with Rousey, please visit his website www.NickRouseyGolf.com. 850-982-8338 nickrouseygolf@gmail.com www.lostkey.com

Marcus Pointe Golf Club

2500 Oak Pointe Drive Pensacola, 32505 Marcus Pointe Golf Club, one of the top golf facilities along the Gulf Coast, features a 6,650 yard layout with five sets of tees and subtle challenges. Contact us about junior, college and adults lessons. 850-484-9770 marcuspointegc@gmail.com www.marcuspointegc.com

Perdido Bay Golf Club

1 Doug Ford Drive Perdido Bay, 32507 The Junior Coaching Program is for kids who are new to the game of golf. Our players experience golf in a fun environment that focuses on learning golf from the ground up. We give our students a solid foundation to build on each week and incorporating a set of fun and unique games and drills. Our program’s main focus is teaching juniors how to play the game of golf while instilling human core values. 850-492-1223 swomley@pga.com www.perdidobaygolf.com

Mojo Elite Gymnastics Training ad on page 12

4400 Mobile Highway Pensacola, 32506 In order to provide the best opportunity for advancement, we are unique in that we are limiting the classes to only 6 children per class. Our coaches have an extensive background of coaching experience through the Elite Level and have had numerous gymnasts competing and winning at the National Level. We have plenty of equipment to keep the classes moving including: a spring floor, Speith and AAI bars and beams, trampoline, tumbl trak, air floor, numerous training and landing mats for safe skill progressions, not to mention a traverse rock wall, climbing net, zip line, rope, preschool size equipment, pro-shop, and more! Programs we offer include Kinetic Kids (parent tot program for children walking - 36 months). Masters of Motion (ages 3-5), Girls Recreational Preparatory Levels 1 - 3 (ages 5 and up), FunDamentals (Girls’ Level 1), DynaMotion (Girls’ Level 2), Maximum Velocity (Girls’ Level 3), Bionic Boys, Iron Men and Super Men (ages 5 and up), Pure Energy Tumbling, Extreme Tumbling and Parkour (ages 8 and up). Ask about our after school program that includes transportation! Also offering Super Saturday, parent’s night out every Saturday night from 6-10pm which includes pizza and drinks for only $20, and we do birthday parties and glow nights parties on Saturday nights and for birthdays. 850-733-3547 info@mojogymnastics.com www.mojogymnastics.com

First City Gymnastics

The First Tee

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4050 Avalon Boulevard Milton, 32583 Flippin’™ Out puts your children in a safe and exciting learning environment after school. For one low price, we provide after-school care PLUS a fun and active gymnastics class every day! Our busses pick students up from all area schools daily. Each day your child attends, he/she will receive training on our in-ground trampolines, tumble track, and spring floor during their gymnastics class. Our afterschool program runs until 6PM Monday-Friday. Extended hours are available for no extra charge on some holidays and teacher planning days, including spring break and fall break! 850-983-1410 flippinoutmilton@gmail.com www.flippinoutgym.com

Gulf Breeze Funplex

3123 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Our unique state of the art facility features a 14,400 sq. ft. gymnastics and cheerleading gym located on the upper level. Here you will find an official Olympic size trampoline, in-ground foam pit, official size spring cheer floor, official size spring gymnastics floor, bar sets, balance beams, vaults, rings along with a velcro wall and zorb ball just for fun! We offer preschool gymnastics, girls’ gymnastics, boys’ gymnastics and girls’ team. We also offer an excellent after school care program with transportation from school.

Pensacola Gymnastics

1000 College Boulevard, Bldg 19 Pensacola, 32504 Pensacola State College offers professional gymnastics in a safe and positive environment. Your child must be 3 years old to register for our preschool program. Classes are limited to 6 to 8 students depending on the level of instruction. The classes focus on introductory levels skills and progressively become more difficult. Every child moves through the levels according to each one’s own ability. The coaching staff is CPR and first aid certified. Our program follows the guidelines under the USA gymnastics, the governing body of the Junior Olympic Program. 850-484-1319

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Salute Gymnastics

9245 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32534 We proudly serve the Gulf Coast offering Recreational Gymnastics, Competitive Gymnastics, Recreational Tumbling, After School Training and Birthday Parties. We are fully equipped with Uneven Bars, Strap Bar, Balance Beams, 2 full size Spring Floors, Climbing Rope, Pre-School Equipment, 40 ft. Tumble Track, 26 ft. air track and a foam pit all within an 11,000 sq. ft. floor plan. Our mission here at Salute Gymnastics Academy is to provide quality, professional gymnastics and tumbling in a positive environment. 850-969-9111 info@salutegymnasticsacademy.com www.salutegymnasticsacademy.com

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9th Jiu Jitsu Academy

1844 Cowen Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 Gulf Coast Gymnastics is proud to offer a variety of classes for all ages, special events, camps, and more! Please visit our website for more information 850-934-3990 gulfcoastgym@bellsouth.net www.gulfcoastgym.com

7201 North 9 Avenue, Suite A5 Pensacola, 32504 We are committed to the effective teaching of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Our program is centered on self-defense and includes conditioning, technique, and sparring. Our curriculum is designed to ease the student into a training regime and application of technique. We would like to

extend to you an invitation to come to the school and experience for yourself the most effective martial art.

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Colbert’s Taekwondo Academy

8042 North Palafox Street #A Pensacola, 32534 Calvin Colbert is a 7th degree master black belt, mental health counselor, success coach and retired Navy Master Chief. Colbert’s Taekwondo Academy is built on its principle tenets: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. After school classes are available 5 days per week (Monday - Friday) for pre-school age children, juniors, teens and adults. 850-476-1188 calvin@calvincolbert.com www.calvincolbert.com

Core Martial Arts

3483 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 We offer a complete line of classes for children from 4 years old into teenage years. Are you looking for help with self-discipline, attention, respect or other character issues? We emphasize character building communication content. We combine the structure of traditional martial arts with a physical fitness program that Simply Builds Better Kids SM. 850-637-8346 info@coremartialartsflorida.com www.coremartialartsflorida.com

Falbo’s Family Karate

3031 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Here at Falbo’s Family Karate we want to help your child excel in self esteem and gain confidence in the process. Our classes focus on self-defense, how to improve relationships with teachers and classmates and address the whole child. When children practice karate they come away with a lifetime’s worth of success skills including goal setting, increased confidence, better focus, character development and of course, discipline. 850-934-7977 info@FalbosFamilyKarate.com www.falbosfamilykarate.com

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106 South Palafox Street Pensacola, 32502 We are committed to the effective teaching of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Our program is centered on self-defense and includes conditioning, technique, and sparring. Our curriculum is designed to ease the student into a training regime and application of technique. 850-503-0340 baker@graciepensacola.com www.graciepensacola.com

Lord Martial Arts and Fitness

Red Dragon

6301 North 9th Avenue Suite 10 Pensacola, 32504 Red Dragon Martial Arts is a black belt school. We help instill the life skills and values that inherit to the martial arts in a Christian atmosphere. These include, confidence, self-control, perseverance, integrity, pride, respect, concentration, courtesy, humility, indomitable spirit and will with a YES I CAN attitude. In addition living a healthy lifestyle to promote vitality, energy and longevity. 850-293-2786

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Downtown YMCA 165 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, 32502 Come and see what our Hapkido program offers you and the ones you love. The program taught at Lord Martial Arts & Fitness will improve you and your loved ones self confidence and is designed to make LIFE CHAMPIONS out of those who complete our color belt curriculum and make it to 1st Degree Black Belt.

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Sexton’s Tiger Rock Taekwondo

4050 Avalon Boulevard Milton, 32583 Our after school programs are packed with fun and excitement to keep your child active! From participating in a daily Martial Arts lesson, to engaging in fun games, arts & crafts, and other activities, your child will have the best after school experience of their life! We provide an active and educational experience while keeping your child in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment. Offering a 3, 4, or 5 day package to be prepared for the days you need us. We are available to ages 5-12, and pick up from local schools. 850-983-0870 info@maafamilykarate.com www.maafamilykarate.com

Pensacola ATA Martial Arts

6247 North Davis Highway Pensacola, 32504 Come join our Pensacola, FL Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Krav Maga, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up on our website. Or feel free to give us a call at 850-791-6777 if you have any further questions. Pensacola ATA Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon! 850-791-6777 pensacolaata@gmail.com www.pensacolaata.com

Pensacola Martial Arts and Fitness Academy

3208 East Gonzalez Street Pensacola, 32503 Chuan Fa Kenpo is a system of practical and modern self-defense designed to offer the student a realistic training regimen that combines blocking, striking, kicking, throwing, and control techniques for defense against commonly occurring self defense situations without the fear of being injured. Minimum Age for Students is 12. 850-393-1106 ksatreya@cox.net www.pensacolamartialarts.com

PTSDA After School Karate Program

2500 West Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32534 We offer traditional karate classes, tiny tiger classes, after school program, summer camps, and birthday parties. Our goals are discipline, respect, and fun with purpose. 850-478-0680 masterdufour@ptsda.com www.ptsda.com

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9255 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32534 Our instructors provide expert lessons in traditional and modern martial-arts disciplines. What we teach goes beyond lessons in physical self defense. By striving to attain higher levels of rank and ability, our students learn to set goals and work hard to achieve them. www.ronlittlemartialarts.com

3235 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Tiger-Rock Martial Arts is a National franchising company providing health, skills and fitness training through its programs for members of all ages. Our programs enrich their personal and professional lives in many ways. 850-932-2248 gsextongb@bellsouth.net www.tigerrockmartialarts.com

Tiger Rock Martial Arts

1151 Office Woods Drive, Suite E Pensacola, 32504 Whether you want to get into shape, learn selfdefense, or need a great program to get your kids into to learn discipline and self-control, you came to the right place! We teach and uphold ten “tenants” in our academy: Honor, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Courage, Community, Strength, Humility, Knowledge. 850-484-2644

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Miscellaneous Greater Pensacola Figure Skating ad on page 16

Pensacola Bay Center Pensacola, 32502 Figure Skate in Pensacola! Coaching all skill levels. Learn-to-Skate package for Beginners - Private or Semi-Private Lessons for Experienced Skaters. Season runs October through April. Visit our Facebook page or website for more information and for our Meet the Coaches-Registration event date and location. Message us on Facebook or Email us at president@ pensacolafigureskating.com. president@pensacolafigureskating.com www.pensacolafigureskating.com

“The Rec” After School Program

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Food/Games/Friends! Open to all 6th-8th graders. Monday - Friday, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Registration is required. 850-934-5140 sdepalma@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gulfbreezerecreationcenter.com

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4-H

The purpose of 4-H is to help youth become productive members of society. By developing life skills through over 50 different hands on learning projects, youth learn practical solutions to problems they will face throughout their life. 4-H membership is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 without regard to sex, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or ethnicity. Opportunities for involvement include year long community clubs, special interest workshops, day camps, residential camps, school enrichment programs, and state and national programs. For Program Support contact Belinda Spann, bspann@ufl.edu. 850-475-5230

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Montessori School of Pensacola

4100 Montessori Drive Pensacola, 32504 1010 North 12th Avenue Pensacola, 32501 The MSP after-school program offers a wide variety of opportunities for all children in our community. We offer band, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Spanish, art, Ballet Pensacola, Animal Tales, and yoga on a weekly basis. Other single or multi-day programs like woodworking and programming are offered throughout the year. Also, we offer tennis (ages 4 and up). See our tennis listing in this directory. 850-469-8138 tricia@montessoripensacola.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/afterschool-programs/

Pensacola Cooks Kitchen

3660 Barrancas Avenue Pensacola, 32507 Private customized culinary classes and events are available at our location, in your home, at your office, at your child’s school, or at one of our community venues. PCKids offers seasonally themed cooking and baking labs for children, tweens and teens. 850-512-4242 info@pensacolacooks.com www.pensacolacooks.com

Pensacola Mess Hall

116 North Tarragona Street Pensacola, 32502 Pensacola Mess Hall offers wonderful science, math and engineering enrichment programs for children. 877-937-6377 info@pensacolamesshall.org www.pensacolamesshall.org

Music Blues Angel Music ad on page 11

657 North Pace Boulevard Pensacola, 32505 At Blues Angel Music’s School of Music, we have been teaching students to play instruments for more than ten years, and are proud to continue offering our services in Pensacola and the surrounding area. We offer lessons for guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, piano, voice, drum, hand percussion, lap steel, pedal steel, and resonator. Unless otherwise specified, all music lessons are private, one-on-one, and last approximately 30 minutes. Provisions can be made for group lessons or for students working on exceptionally complex pieces which may require more lesson time. No matter the instrument, lessons are $25 each if paid by lesson, or $80 for a block of 4 weeks. We offer reduced rates for families. The fee for additional instruments or family members is $17.50 per lesson. 850-457-7557 info@bluesangelmusic.com www.bluesangelmusic.com

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8253 Chellie Road Pensacola, 32526 Excellence in Arts Education. Offering classes in dance theater, music and visual arts. Registration for returning students is August 4, 5pm - 8pm. Registration for all students is August 5, 9am - 12pm & August 7, 5pm 8pm. Classes begin August 21. 850-944-5650 info@labelleperformingarts.com www.labelleperformingarts.com

Pensacola Children’s Chorus ad on page 16

46 E Chase Street Pensacola, 32502 Pensacola Children’s Chorus will be hosting auditions for new and returning members. Auditions for grades 3 - 8 are Saturday, August 12 from 9am - 1pm. Auditions for grades 9-12 are Sunday, August 13 from 1pm - 4pm. SUBJECT TO CHANGE! PLEASE VISIT WEBSITE FOR UPDATES! Appointments are required so please call to schedule your appointment today. Financial aid is available for qualified families. The mission of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus is to provide quality music education and performances to include both classical choral training and musical theater to enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Through its music activities, the Pensacola Children’s Chorus helps to foster the personal and social growth of its members and promotes their sense of self-esteem, accomplishment and pride.

ments, ukuleles, and string instruments. We have band instruments for sale or rent and all the reeds, books, and cleaning supplies to go with them. We also do instrument repairs and private music lessons.

850-983-3008 david@ajoyfulnoisemusic.com www.ajoyfulnoisemusic.com

ARC Music and Sound

3094 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 ARC is a Music Retail & Repair Store in Gulf Breeze, Florida. We have a Lesson Program for students in Guitar, Bass, Violin and Piano. 850-932-2578 nss1024@yahoo.com Find us on Facebook

Cathy Crawley Piano Lessons

Gulf Breeze, 32563 Students of all ages and levels will have the opportunity to learn various styles of music from Jazz and Blues to Popular and Classical. My goal is to tailor the piano lesson to the students individual interest as well as expose them to various idioms of music. Students will have the opportunity to work with others by performing duets and ensembles in a fun and relaxed environment. If desired, I offer college preparation through music theory and technique, composition and a diversity of repertoire. 850-934-1237 cathycrawleypiano@hotmail.com. www.pensacolapianolessons.com

Edward Varela Piano and Voice

Private piano and voice lessons from my home studio in east Pensacola. My goal as a professional music educator is to provide you with enjoyable musical experiences that will last a lifetime.

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Pensacola Lessons for guitar and bass.

6377 Highway 90 Milton, 32570 We’re a full line music store offering acoustic and electric guitars and basses, amps, pianos, folk instru-

Gary’s Guitar Lessons

850-454-9067 garyguitarlessons@gmail.com Find us on Facebook

Gulf Breeze School of Music

5 Center Road Gulf Breeze, 32561 We are the largest school of music in the Gulf Breeze area, offering private lessons in all popular instruments, as well as voice. We know you are busy and it can be very hard to find a reliable music teacher. That’s why we go above and beyond to find the BEST music teachers in the entire area--so you don’t have to! 850-261-8824 rachael@gulfbreezeschoolofmusic.com www.gulfbreezeschoolofmusic.com

Gulf Coast School of Music

812 East DeSoto Street Pensacola, 32501 Located in historic downtown Pensacola we offer guitar, drum, piano, singing, bass, musical theatre, drama, songwriting lessons and more. We teach youth and adults ages 7 and up, our lessons are 30 minutes and include a fun mix of individual attention and group playing. 850-207-9795 jim@gulfcoastschoolofmusic.com www.gulfcoastschoolofmusic.com

Jinks Music Universe

Nurture your creative expression through one instrument or many. With flexibility and creativity, each lesson is tailored to the individual. Jinks Music Universe offers 30 and 60 minute lessons in guitar, bass, drums and more including music production. 850-712-6481 john@jinksmusicuniverse.com www.jinksmusicuniverse.com

Minds on Music

3206 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Minds on Music offers private music lessons for ages 5 - 99, pre-piano for children 3 - 5 years and MOM and Me classes for children 3 months - 3 years. Lessons offered in piano, voice, guitar, drums, and more. 850-203-1775 info@mindsonmusic.net www.mindsonmusic.net

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Pensacola Home School Band & Strings

1220 East Blount Street Pensacola Welcome to the West Florida Home Education Music Association’s Home School Band. The band is the premier homeschool musical association in Northwest Florida. The group has expanded to include three directors, six different performance groups, and now includes wind and string instruments. Throughout the year, we focus on musical and instrumental instruction; assessment opportunities, such as solo and ensemble contest and sonata competition; performance opportunities in many locations; and fun as well as educational social opportunities for children ages 8-18. 360-632-5193 homeshoolbandandstrings@gmail.com www.homeschoolband.com

Pensacola Music Company

901 North 12th Avenue Pensacola, 32501 The Pensacola Music Company is a local company founded by Michael Lockwood. With over 20 years experience in music performance, music sales, and music education guiding our customers, you can be sure that all of your musical needs will be handled the right way!

850-232-3091 lockwood@pensacolamusiccompany.com www.pensacolamusiccompany.com

Pensacola Music Teachers Association

The Pensacola Music Teachers Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose members are professionally engaged in the teaching of music in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Northwest Florida. Visit our website for a list of music teachers. pmta.pensacola@gmail.com www.pmta.info

Pensacola String Academy

1508 East Scott Street Pensacola, 32503 Private string lessons in violin, viola, cello, and string bass. We welcome all persons to join us, beginner to advanced, ages 3 to post retired. Find us on Facebook. 850-525-2553 Pensacolastringacademy@gmail.com www.pensacolastringacademy.com

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

205 East Zaragoza Street Pensacola, 32502 The PSO strives to be an integral part of the community while offering a wide spectrum of engaging educational experiences for all ages. Information about our educational programs can be found on our website. 850-435-2533 info@pensacolasymphony.com www.pensacolasymphony.com

Ron Kaye’s Music Instruction

4696 Kimberly Drive Pensacola, 32526 We teach drum, guitar, bass, piano, voice lessons, banjo, mandolin, violin, ukulele, and more. Many of our students go on to become multi-instrumentalists. Learn to understand music and open up another wonderful world.

Scouting

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Boy Scouts - Gulf Coast Council

The Gulf Coast Council offers scouting opportunities for Cub Scouts (ages 7-10), Boy Scouts (11 - 17), Venturing (boys and girls ages 14 - 20) and Explorers (boys and girls ages 14 - 20). To find a scout unit or become a volunteer, call or visit our website for more information. 850-476-6336 began@bsamail.org www.gulfcoastcouncil.org

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Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle

Team Sports

4585 Isabella Ingram Drive Pensacola, 32504 Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues - all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. 1-888-271-8778 info@gscfp.org www.gscfp.org

Heritage Girls

Pensacola, 32506 American Heritage Girls is a faith-based leadership and character development program for girls ages 5-18. This non-profit ministry organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members. Visit our website for more information and locate your local troop. 513-771-2025 ahg@ahgonline.org www.americanheritagegirls.org

Trail Life USA

Pensacola Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men. Operating from Troops that are chartered through churches in 48 states, the K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Visit our website to find a troop near you. www.traillifeusa.com

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is comprised of two programs. The Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) is the junior program for young people ages 10 through 13. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is the senior program for young people ages 13 through 17. The NLCC and the NSCC programs are similar, but vary in that their training sessions are tailored to be age-appropriate. Please visit our website for more information. 703-243-6910 pao@seacadets.org www.seacadets.org

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Sports Training

Time To Shine Center for Performing Arts

Alpha Omega Performance Training

4375 Woodbine Road Pensacola, 32571 We are one of the most exciting performing arts education enterprise in the greater Pensacola area. We offer the most professional instruction in dance, music, acting and art. Offering lessons in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, acrobats, art, acting, voice, piano guitar, flute and violin. 850-994-5678 info@timetoshineflorida.com www.timetoshineflorida.com

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1771 Tate Road Cantonment, 32532 One On One Kicking is the TOP elite training facility and camp for kickers, punters, and long snappers across the globe for all ages; ranging from grade school to high school to college to professional leagues. Our training program is designed to prepare players to excel in game situations and to instill muscle memory to become a consistent kicker and punter.

490 East Heinberg Street Pensacola, 32502 Alpha Omega Sports Performance offers children safe and effective methods of exercise instructed by experts. Programs include Foundational Development (ages 5-10), The Next Step Progressive Development (ages 11 - 14) and The Next Level Honed/Advanced Development (ages 15 and up). 850-377-1862 joseph@mccrorymgmtgroup.com www. alphaomegaperformance.com

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900 North F Street pensacola, 32502 Days/Times: Mon 6:00-7:00 pm 4-7 year olds, 7:008:00 pm 8-10 year olds, Tues 6:00-7:00 pm 11-14 year old girls, 7:00-8:00 pm 11-14 year old boys, Cost: $10.00 City Residents $20.00 non-City resident. *Camp begins the week of Veteran’s Day and runs for 4 weeks* One time fee. 850-436-5195

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601 East Mallory Street Pensacola, 32502 Youth will learn the fundamentals of basketball. We teach dribbling, passing, shooting, where to be on offense and how to play defense. Kids will constantly be running and learning. Registration: September 25, 2017, Camp Days: Tues,Thurs October 3-26, Ages: 5 to 12, Time: 3:30 to 5:30pm Cost: $20 850-436-5192

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900 North F Street Pensacola, 32502 Days: TBA Times: 6:00pm to 7:00pm Ages: 5-7 years of age Cost: $40.00 for City Residents, $50.00 for County Residents 850-436-5195

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Pensacola, 32501 Registration begins February 1. Season runs March May. Ages U12 - U14 and Rec League for ages 5 - 14. Please visit the website for details under Athletics and Sports - Youth Sports - Baseball. www.playpensacola.com

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Season runs August - December. For Magee Field Rattlers Football contact Dennis Brown at ddbsr1969@ yahoo.com. For NEP Wildcats Football visit www. nepwildcats.com or email nepwildcats@gmail.com. For SYSA Tigers Football at Legion Field contact Ray Palmer at rdp4gators@aol.com. You can also visit the website under Please visit the website for r Athletics and Sports - Youth Sports - Football. www.playpensacola.com

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2130 Summit Boulevard - Vickery Resource Center Pensacola, 32501

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Season runs March - May. This program is designed to provide girls, ages 9-14, with the basic skills and elements of the game of volleyball. Participants will have the opportunity to play organized league volleyball in a controlled environment. Games and practices will be held at the Vickrey Resource Center. Visit the website under Athletics and Sports - Youth Sports - Volleyball for more information and to download a registration form. 850-912-4056

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3200 East Lakeview Avenue - Exchange Park Pensacola, 32503 Season runs March - May. Ages 7 - 16 (Eligibility date January 1). For more information visit our website

2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Our goal is to teach and promote soccer. Our objectives are to contribute to the positive physical, mental, and social development of all youth aged 4 to 15. Teaching attitudes of fair play, good sportsmanship, and social interaction is the goal of the program. Fall season runs September-November and Spring season runs March-May. Register for Fall season through August 4, 2017. Registrations turned in after this date will be accepted to fill in rosters but may not be placed on a team. 850-937-0111

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Bayside Dynamo - Soccer

The mission of Bayside is to provide all soccer players, who aspire to reach their full potential, with a competitive and challenging environment that emphasizes the development of his/her technical and tactical skills. 850-512-0711 president@baysidedynamo.com www.baysidesoccer.gotsport.com/clubsite/?p=806

Ensley Youth Football Association

551 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 EYSA Inc. is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching fair play, sportsmanship, work ethic & community pride to youth ages 5-14. 850-450-2532 info@ensleychiefs.org www.ensleychiefs.org/

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Gulf Breeze, 32563 The Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy will provide a competitive soccer experience for the committed soccer player. We will strive for Total Player Development in an environment that fosters individual confidence along with team success. These goals will be achieved through hard work, sacrifice, dedication and the complete commitment to every level of player. We support goals by improving individual skills through well-structured practice sessions and playing games at the highest competitive age-appropriate level possible. Visit our website to register for the 2017-2018 competitive and recreational season. 850-602-7540 ayalavic06@aol.com www.gulfbreezefa.com

Gulf Breeze Lacrosse Club

Gulf Breeze Lacrosse is located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. We currently field Boys teams u11, u13 and High School Age teams. We compete against teams and Tournaments along the Gulf Coast. Find us on Facebook

Gulf Breeze Sports Association

800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 GBSA is a community volunteer organization that provides community children with a vast variety of sports teams to choose from. Please visit our website for registration information. 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Baseball

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - Month of January. Regular Season runs March thru May. Boys, 6 to 15 years old as of April 30th. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Basketball

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - Month of October. Regular Season runs December thru February. Boys & Girls, 5 to 14 years old as of Sept. 1st. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Cheerleading

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - April 1st - April 30th. Regular Season runs September thru November. Girls, 5 to 14 years old as of July 31st. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Football

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - Month of May. Regular Season runs September thru November. Boys,5 to 14 years old as Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

of July 31st. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Lacrosse

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - Months of December and January. Regular Season runs January thru May. Boys & Girls, 8 to 17 years old as of Jan. 1st. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Softball

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - Month of January. Regular Season April & May. Girls, 6 to 16 years old as of Jan. 1st. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- T-Ball

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - Month of January. Regular Season runs March thru May. Coed, 4 to 5 years old as of April 30th. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association- Volleyball

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Registration - May 1st - June 15th. Regular Season runs September thru November. Girls, 3rd to 9th Grade. For more information and registration visit the official website for Gulf Breeze Youth Sports Association: www.gbsasports.com 850-934-5140 thawthorne@gulfbreezefl.gov www.gbsasports.com

Gulf Coast Texans Soccer Club

Gulf Coast Texans Soccer Club in Pensacola Florida is offering recreational soccer seasons in the Fall and the Spring and special training opportunities in the Winter and the Summer. Volunteer organization with volunteer coaches. We offer programs from ages 5 years to 18 years. Visit our website for more info and to register for our ongoing programs. 850-477-7842 clubmanager@gulfcoasttexans.com www.gulfcoasttexans.com

North West Florida Youth Sports Alliance

Pensacola The Mission of the North West Florida Youth Sports Alliance (NWFYSA) is to: include and inspire youth, regardless of race, color, creed or national origin; to practice the ideals of health, citizenship and character; to bring our youth closer together through the means of common interest in sportsmanship and fair play; to impart to the game elements of safety, sanity and intelligent supervision; and to keep the welfare of the

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player first, foremost and entirely free of any adult quest for glory. Visit our website for information on individual teams and leagues in the NWFYSA. Websites to the individual leagues are included under the Parks tab. 850-384-7073 info@nwfysa.org www.nwfysa.org

Northeast Pensacola Sports League

555 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Northeast Pensacola wee-ball, tee-ball, baseball and softball leagues. Please visit our website for more information or find us on Facebook at NEP Ball Park. briansummerlin@ymail.com www.nepball.com

Pensacola Beach Volleyball Club

The Pensacola Beach Volleyball Club was founded in 2003. It was established to offer an additional season of Volleyball for the Middle School and High School girls to increase their skills and knowledge of the game. The PBVC provides girls ages 12-17 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties an opportunity to play competitive volleyball. 850-341-5584 pbvcboard@gmail.com www.pbvc.org

Pensacola Hype Athletics

The Pensacola HYPE Youth Football Program is one of the sports programs of HYPE Pensacola Inc. a Non Profit Youth Mentoring Program. This program offers football, cheerleading, baseball, and basketball. Call, visit our website or find us on Facebook for more information. 850-382-4130 hypeinc.850@gmail.com www.hypepensacola.org

Pensacola Junior Ice Flyers

Bringing youth ice hockey to the Northwest Florida area. Visit our website for teams, clinics and registration information. For more information email info@ jriceflyers.com. info@jriceflyers.com www.jriceflyers.com

Pensacola Lacrosse Association for Youth

The Pensacola Lacrosse Association for the Youth (PLAY) is dedicated to teaching the fundamental of the game of lacrosse and preparing boys and girls for the field of competition. We are about promoting teamwork, sportsmanship, positive coaching, and having fun, as well as advancing the sport of lacrosse. We want each and every participant to feel like they have made a contribution to themselves as well as to their respective team. 850-393-5222 jtshingleton@gmail.com www.pensacolalacrosse.com

Pensacola Sports

101 West Main Street Pensacola, 32502 No matter the season, there’s always something going on. Pensacola Sports offers a wide array of sporting and athletic events sure to spark your interest, whether as an amateur or professional athlete, or a spectator. Discover a Pensacola Sports event that moves you and sign up today. 850-434-2800

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Pensacola Youth Baseball - Bill Bond Baseball

Bill Bond Baseball is coordinating all youth baseball at Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Registration, team selection and scheduling is through Bill Bond Baseball. Season Dates: March to June. Ages 7 - 14. Registration is the end of October. Visit the website for details. billbondbaseball@gmail.com www.billbond.org

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Bill Bond Baseball is now running the T Ball program at Roger Scott! We are very excited to bring in the T ball players and families to grow the Bill Bond League. Season runs September through November. Bill Bond T Ball is a league for 5 and 6 year old players. At Bill Bond, we will keep score, call outs, and play by official T ball rules. To register or for more information visit our website or email us at billbondbaseball@gmail.com. billbondbaseball@gmail.com www.billbond.org

Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association

2020 Bauer Road Pensacola, 32506 The Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the support, education and development in the youth in our community through organized sports. Our league includes baseball, basketball, lacrosse, tackle football, flag football, softball, cheerleading, and kickball. pbysa.webmail@gmail.com www.pbysa.org

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Precision Lacrosse

Precision Lacrosse was created to enhance the Gulf Coast lax community. We offer three different programs as well as camps, clinics, and lessons. We are committed to raising the level of play and exposure for all players who choose to be a member of the Precision Lacrosse family. Beginning with our fall FLYT program, we teach sound fundamentals, sportsmanship, and game strategy. 919-451-8537 precisionlacrossefl@gmail.com www.precisionlacrosse.org

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Southern Youth Sports Association

1320 West Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 The Southern Youth Sports Association (SYSA) is a local grass-roots nonprofit organization. Currently, SYSA offers basketball, cheerleading, baseball, football and tutoring programs. The SYSA is a program administered by local leaders in our community for the benefit of youth in our community.

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Upward Sports

Pensacola Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The 360 Progression develops total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially producing players who excel both on and off the field. Sports included in the Upward Program include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, flag football and volleyball. www.upward.org

Warrington Youth Sports Association Pensacola

850-341-1101 Ladaronvision@gmail.com www.warringtonyouthsports.com

West Florida Waves Volleyball

Providing volleyball skill instruction and playing opportunities to junior age girls from the Pensacola and surrounding areas. We offer grass roots and developmental programs locally while our travel teams compete locally and regionally. kkvolleygirl@yahoo.com www.westfloridawaves.com

YMCA

3215 Langley Avenue Pensacola, 32504 At the Y, we believe that sports offer another way for us to help build your child’s muscles while building character. In Y sports, there are no tryouts, and every child plays at least half of every game. We emphasize learning teamwork and sportsmanship while improving coordination, building strength and endurance and having fun. Registration is available online. For more information, or to volunteer to be a coach, contact Nathan Lee (Northeast Branch) at nlee@ymcanwfl.org. 850-478-1222 nlee@ymcanwfl.org www.ymcanwfl.org

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Roger Scott Tennis Center

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2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Junior Team Tennis is available at Roger Scott along with Tennis Play Days and Junior Academy - Monday - Thursday, 4pm - 6pm. For more information on the Junior Academy contact William McClelland at 251232-4800. For more information on Junior Teams and Play Days call or visit our website. 251-232-4800

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Montessori School of Pensacola Tennis

4101 Montessori Drive Pensacola, 32504 MTA (McClelland Tennis Academy) offers tennis programs at MSP, with specialized instruction for children 14 and under. All levels of instruction are available and foster a love of the game. Children will play group tennis games, learn strokes, serving and net play, proper form and court etiquette. All equipment is provided and is age appropriate. We also offer the only USTA approved 36ft courts in the entire panhandle. 251-232-4800 McClellandtennisacademy@gmail.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/tennis/

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8253 Chellie Road Pensacola, 32526 Excellence in Arts Education. Offering classes in dance theater, music and visual arts. Registration for returning students is August 4, 5pm - 8pm. Registration for all students is August 5, 9am - 12pm & August 7, 5pm 8pm. Classes begin August 21. 850-944-5650 info@labelleperformingarts.com www.labelleperformingarts.com

Paradise Productions

6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 The mission of Paradise Productions is to develop artistic and social skills through arts education and performance and to provide quality entertainment to the public. info@paradiseproductionsfl.org Find us on Facebook!

Pensacola Little Theatre

400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 Strives to provide superior training and guidance to performers, writers, designers, directors, and technicians of all ages. Classes, workshops, intensives, and camps are offered throughout the year to deliver a variety of

educational opportunities to Pensacola and surrounding communities. 850-432-2042 education@pensacolalittletheatre.com www.pensacolalittletheatre.com

SETSCO

1010 North 12th Avenue Pensacola, 32503 SETSCO is the first Shakespearean contemporary teen acting company in the Gulf Coast area. We are dedicated to performing quality productions of Shakespeare and to offering instruction that includes learning about the play, the playwright, and the theatre. SETSCO offers classes in acting and stage combat plus a full, producing company that performs at fairs, festivals, and other venues in the southeastern region. Each year, we mount a full-length, Elizabethan play (usually Shakespeare). 662-278-8383 setsco.director@gmail.com www.setsco.org

Time To Shine Center for Performing Arts

4375 Woodbine Road Pensacola, 32571 We are one of the most exciting performing arts education enterprise in the greater Pensacola area. We offer the most professional instruction in dance, music, acting and art. Offering lessons in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, acrobats, art, acting, voice, piano guitar, flute and violin. 850-994-5678 info@timetoshineflorida.com www.timetoshineflorida.com GPP

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Vickrey Takes Field Trips

Campers at the Vickrey Resource Center attend many field trips in hopes of increasing their interests and talents as well as promoting physical activity. The campers visited many exciting places this summer including the Naval Air Museum and Big Kahuna Water Park.

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Girls from Labelle Performing Arts attended one of Universal Dance Association’s dance camps this summer. It is a four-day camp that teaches a variety of dance styles such as jazz, kick, hip hop, pom, and lyrical. The camps primarily train junior high and high school dance teams. However, many of Labelle’s studio dancers have expressed an interest in auditioning for college and professional sports dance teams, the Rockettes, Disney and other more structured teams with synchronized dance styles in the future, so we are taking them to the experts! Ten dancers attended the UDA dance camp held at Auburn University. To prepare, some of the girls’ training consisted of more team-minded activities such as running as a group, partner stretching and strength training with one another, and holding stretch and strength positions as a group. If one fell out of position, they all started again together. The dancers were also trained in drill downs, which are team “military type” commands done in a call and response method, teaching listening skills, discipline, focus, and body/mind awareness. These new, team-driven methods for camp have differed from an individual mindset typically taken during a studio class, allowing the girls to mold themselves into this type of dancer, gaining experience of what it might be like to train in a team style and environment. Another intense shift made in preparing the girls for camp has been in the dance training itself. Dance team tends to be highly structured, synchronized, strong, aggressively styled movements. The girls have done a wonderful job coming together to strengthen their movements to be more powerful, learning to have every head, hand, body, and foot moving just like the girl next to her. The dancers’ interest in team performance has sparked another fun way for Labelle Performing Arts to expand its training. 47

Campers at Camp Fire Wild and Wise painted rocks to spread kindness to others. Students felt joyful to know that they were putting smiles on others’ faces when they discovered a rock. Campers had fun painting different pictures and sayings on all the rocks. Painting them was a way for the kids to help bring joy, happiness and smiles to others, while doing something fun.

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The kids at Adventure Camp had some fun this summer learning the ways of archery, kayaking and many other outdoor activities. The campers took a trip to the Panhandle Bowhunters & Archery Association range where they learned the basics of archery and received the chance to shoot a few targets of their own. The children split up into teams and had a tournament amongst themselves to see who could shoot the most bull’s eyes. The goal of Adventure Camp is to increase children’s physical activity as well as to provide them with opportunities to discover the great outdoors.

Campers Enjoy Tasty Treats

At left, Camp Fire Wild and Wise campers enjoy healthy eating during a day at the splash pad! Below, campers at the Vickrey Resource Center were visited by Debbie’s Ice Cream Truck and were able to purchase ice cream of their choice with money provided by their parents.

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Tuesday, August 1

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. The free concert series features a lineup of performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, through Oct. 31. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, spectators are encouraged to take their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. Organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. For more info, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or call (850) 9322257. Today’s performer is Southern Breeze. 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. 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) 433-5353 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/. 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. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival 46 East Chase St., Pensacola. Open for children entering 3rd grade through completed 8th grade. In addition to large group singing and interaction, singers will participate in dynamic and participatory music classes which explore performance skills such as age-appropriate vocal artistry, engaging and gamebased sight singing, creative and hands-on music theory, world music exploration, and movement based on music and musicianship. A final performance for friends, family and community members will conclude the Festival on Saturday, August 5, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pensacola. Tickets for the performance are $10 each. For more info or to register, visit http://pensacolachildrenschorus.com/ or call (850) 434-7760. National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St., Milton. Free entertainment, community agency information and kids’ activities. Target, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, Milton Police Department, Department of Health Santa Rosa, and CDAC encourage residents to come and join this family event. Target will provide free school supplies and hot dogs while supplies last.   Kickstart Soccer Camp 7:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Complex, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. This FREE soccer clinic by Pensacola Sports is for children of all skill levels between the ages of 5 and 12. This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the sport of soccer in a fun and casual learning environment. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/ or call (850) 434-2800.

Opt: An Illusionary Tale at Pensacola MESS Hall 2-3 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Investigate optical illusions and make your own eye teasers.Visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/.

Wednesday, August 2

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival 46 East Chase St., Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing. Kickstart Soccer Camp 8:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Complex, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing. Movies Under The Stars 8-10 p.m. Landshark Landing, 165 Ft. Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. Free admission. Family-friendly movies that begin at dusk. Just bring your blankets and lawn chairs and we will provide the margaritas and tacos! Admission to the movie is free and open to the public. For more info, call (850) 916-9755.

Friday, August 4

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 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. A Treehouse Production of Cats 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Directed by Roxie Alyssa Smith, Katelyn Geri, and Kathy Johansen. A theatre favorite and Broadway record holder. The full-on musical based on T.S. Elliott’s poems will feature the best of our local dancers and character actors. For more info and tickets, call (850) 4322042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.

Thursday, August 3

Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). The free concert series takes place weekly through August 31 and will showcase a variety of local musicians ranging from Jazz, Reggae, Southern Rock, Country, Oldies and much more. Spectators are encouraged to bring beach blankets and lawn chairs for a night of free family entertainment. Each week, concert-goers are encouraged to come hungry and purchase concessions provided by Navarre Chamber member restaurants. Tonight’s performer is Theresa Byrd Band – Classic Rock, Modern Country Top 40. For more info, visit www.floridasplayground.com/ event/tunes-by-the-dunes-free-summer-concertseries/. Rosie Revere Engineer Workshop at Pensacola MESS Hall 2-3 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Can you persevere like Rosie Revere as you enter a design challenge? What will you engineer? Visit www. pensacolamesshall.org/. Story Time at the National Naval Aviation Museum 10 a.m. Bring your favorite blanket and gather around for some story time fun in the Blue Angels Atrium. Free and recommended for young children. Enjoy a book from the “Adventures of Stick & Rudder Collection” which show the fun and versatility of flight. Complimentary popcorn and juice box provided to children. Advanced registration is required by contacting the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation office at (850) 453-2389 or e-mailing namfoffice@ navalaviationmuseum.org. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival 46 East Chase St., Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing. Kickstart Soccer Camp 8:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Complex, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

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Hill-Kelly Movies In the Park Series Showtime 7:50 p.m. Free movies presented by Cox will return to the Community Maritime Park once each month through August 4! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets then spread out on the lawn to watch the movie underneath the stars. Movies are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Tonight’s movie is Lego Batman. Concessions are available but picnic baskets are welcome. No pets or glass containers please. Movies are shown at the Hunter Amphitheater with grass seating only. For more info, call (850) 436-5670 or visit www.playpensacola.com/1162/Hill-Kelly-Movies-In-the-Park-Series. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival 46 East Chase St., Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Beach Pavilion. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association offers free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion starting at sunset. The times listed are approximate. 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/. Florida’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend School begins in Escambia County Public Schools on August 10 and Santa Rosa County on August 14, so the state of Florida is offering tax-free shopping August 4-6. During this time, clothing and footwear, some electronics and school supplies will be available to purchase tax-free. Qualifying items are clothing and footwear under $60; personal computers, tablets and accessories under $750; and school supplies under $15. Restorative Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. This class will focus on relaxation and restoration of the body through the use of yoga props and supportive postures. Ideal for all levels of yoga. Please bring a mat. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Story Tyme with Grandma Jenkins: Dogger 11 a.m. Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. FREE. Grandma Jenkins has traveled all the way from England to read engaging stories that

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A Treehouse Production of Cats 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see August 4 listing.

Saturday, August 5

Stargazing on Pensacola Beach 7:30 p.m. For more info, see August 4 listing.

Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 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) 733-3547 or visit www. mojogymnastics.com. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. Our free beginner ukulele classes are designed to get you familiarized with the ukulele, including parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, how to tune it, basic chord shapes, basic strumming patterns and chord changes for your first song! The intermediate class focuses on learning songs and playing while singing along.For more info, call (850) 457-7557. 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. 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. Kids’ Movie Club Presents: Disney’s Animated Robin Hood (1973) 10 a.m. Saenger Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Saenger Box Office only. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Box Office will open an hour before showtime, but we recommend purchasing beforehand to avoid line waiting. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Saenger Classic Movie Series Presents: The Big Sleep 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Saenger Box Office only. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Box Office will open an hour before showtime, but we recommend purchasing beforehand to avoid line waiting. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Summer Concert Series at Big Lagoon State Park Amphitheatre 6-9 p.m. Big Lagoon State Park is located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Sugarcane Jane will perform tonight. Heading the series on August 5 will be Will Kimbrough, Anthony Crawford & Savana Lee, Grayson Capps, and Corky Hughes, known collectively as Willie Sugarcapps ~ 2013 Independent Music Award winners for Best Americana Album. For more info, visit http://business.visitperdido.com/ or call (850) 377-5603. Tickets begin at $15. Florida’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Santa Rosa County schools begin for students on August 14 and the state of Florida is offering tax-free shopping from August 4-6. For details, see August 4 listing.

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Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival 46 East Chase St., Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing. Peterrific and Aqualicious Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. New York Times bestselling author Victoria Kann is back with a follow-up to the Pinkalicious book series. Join Peter, Pinkalicious’s little brother, as he tries to build a tower of blocks that will reach the moon. Storytime continues with a family trip to the beach in the popular Aqualicious. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble. com/store/2926 for more info. Debby’s Kitchen 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. This is a cooking class for the novice cook at any age! Educational, fun and offers some basic knife and sauce skills to appeal to anyone. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/ to reserve your spot in advance. Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse. org/ or call (850) 393-1561.

Sunday, August 6

Florida’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Santa Rosa County schools begin for students on August 14 and the state of Florida is offering tax-free shopping from August 4-6. For details, see August 4 listing.

Monday, August 7

Cat’s Seed to Table Cooking 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. Cost: complimentary (you will just eat a sample, not a full meal). Please reserve your spot by calling (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visiting http://everman.org/.

Tuesday, August 8

2017 Bands on the Beach Rain Date 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach if needed. For details, see August 1 listing. Weight-Loss Support Group at Baptist Health Care 5:30-6:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Ground Floor. Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more information, call (850) 437-8746. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 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.

Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Bring your family, bring your pets! 1.5 mile walk with 12 trivia questions will be posted. Ballots are $2 each and all proceeds are donated to the Community Center After School Program and local animal shelters. For more info, call Cissi at (850) 393-4605.

Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

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 www.visitperdido. com/events/worship-on-the-water.

Wednesday, August 9

Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. Tickets purchased during the Sunday hours are half price through August 27. For more info, call (850) 432-6247 or visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. Ten artists will show and tell each Sunday through September.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. A Treehouse Production of Cats 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see August 4 listing. Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. FREE. Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main St., Pensacola. Concerts are family-friendly and concessions are available. Bring coolers, blankets and lawn chairs but leave glass containers and pets at home. Call (850) 436-5670 or visit http://pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com/ for more info. Tonight’s performers are The Reunion Band.

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Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see August 8 listing.

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Movies Under The Stars 8-10 p.m. Landshark Landing, 165 Ft. Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. Free admission. For details, see August 2 listing.

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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-yearolds, 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/.

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most spectacular night of summer gets even better after the conclusion of the game. Enjoy the best firework show on the Gulf Coast! Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info.

Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see August 8 listing.

Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble. com/store/2926 for more info.

Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

Cancer Study Group: “How Genetic Changes Cause Cancer & Treating Cancer With Surgery” 6-8:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. A group that studies about the illness of cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Call (850) 438-0402 ext. 17 or visit http://everman.org/.

Friday, August 11

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see August 8 listing.

Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 6 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see August 6 listing.

Saturday, August 12

Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see August 5 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see August 5 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 August 5 listing. Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail oceanhourfl@gmail.com or BayBluffsCleanUp@gmail. com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. Kids’ Movie Club Presents: Disney’s Animated Snow White (1938) 10 a.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see August 5 listing. Saenger Classic Movie Series Presents: Viva Las Vegas 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see August 5 listing. Sea Turtle Baby Shower 2-5 p.m. Landshark Landing, 165 Ft. Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. FREE. Help us celebrate and educate everyone about new sea turtle hatchlings! For more info, call (850) 916-9755 or visit www.visitpensacola.com/event/sea-turtle-baby-shower/2458/.

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Pensacola Children’s Chorus Auditions 9 a.m.-noon for grades 3-8. Please call (850) 4347760 to schedule your appointment. Financial aid is available for qualifying families.

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Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see August 6 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see August 6 listing. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Auditions 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Please call (850) 434-7760 to schedule your appointment. Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Pensacola Blue Wahoos McDonald’s Family Sunday 4:05 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. Families can enjoy Sunday afternoons at Pensacola Bay with the Blue Wahoos! Presented by McDonald’s, kids can run the bases postgame and play catch on the field. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info. American Girl Club at Barnes and Noble 2 p.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for fun, crafts, samples of cookies and drinks from our Barnes & Noble Cafe as we discuss a selected American Girl with Stephanie. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926.

Tuesday, August 15

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is ClassX. For details, see August 1 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see August 1 listing. Baptist Health Care Hosts Nursing Job Fair 4-8 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn Airport, 1144 Airport Blvd. in Pensacola. BHC has multiple job opportunities available for all levels of nursing. Representatives from Baptist, Gulf Breeze and Jay Hospitals will be available to meet applicants. For more info, call (850) 463-2403.

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Wednesday, August 16

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see August 8 listing. Babywearing Pensacola 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Helping you wear your baby safely and comfortably is what we are here for! We are volunteers dedicated to spreading the baby wearing love and love celebrating all types! Call (850) 438-0402 ext. 17 or visit http://everman. org/.

Thursday, August 17

Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see August 3 listing. Tonight’s performer is The Hot Sauce Band - Variety. 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/. Holly Rowe Speaks at Healthy Woman Ninth Anniversary Event 7 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf in Foley, Ala. Celebrating its ninth anniversary, the Healthy Woman program at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, Foley, Ala., will host keynote speaker Holly Rowe, a reporter with ESPN who has covered college football, basketball and softball, as well as NBA and WNBA games. Emmy-nominated, she is not only a producer, writer and reporter, but also a two-time cancer survivor. Lenise Ligon with Fox 10 News will emcee the event and dinner is catered by Luna’s. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by visiting SouthBaldwinRMC.com/HealthyWoman. The event is open to both women and men. For more info about the Healthy Woman program, call Hayden Kaechele at (251)949-3562.

Friday, August 18

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

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Saenger Classic Movie Series Presents: The Princess Bride 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see August 5 listing.

Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

Stargazing at Fort Pickens at Battery Worth 8 p.m. For details, see August 4 listing.

Storytime: Nothing Rhymes with Orange 11 a.m. Barnes and Noble, 1200 Airport Boulevard. We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Left out, of course! But when Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Wednesday, August 23

Story Tyme with Grandma Jenkins: Ping 11 a.m. Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. FREE. For details, see August 4 listing.

Saturday, August 19

Project Greenshores & Bartram Park Cleanup 9-10 a.m. Wayside Park West. Come join Ocean Hour’s clean up at Project Greenshores, also know as Wayside Park West, the third Saturday of every month. Project Greenshores is at the Three Mile Bridge on Bayfront Parkway, 745 Bayfront Parkway. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. The second location is Bartram Park located at 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola (Behind the Fish House). E-mail: oceanhourfl@gmail.com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse.org/ or call (850) 393-1561. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see August 5 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 August 5 listing. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. For more info, see August 5 listing. 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 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. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see August 5 listing. Pensacola Comic Convention 2017 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. For fans of science fiction, horror, fantasy, gaming, anime, costuming, artists, celebrity guests, comic books, cosplay and more! Admission: $10 and up. Kids 7 and under are free. For more info, call (850) 941-4321 or visit www.pensacolacomiccon.com/

Hall of Celebrities at Pensacola Children’s Museum Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. Come dance, sing and listen to a story during our monthly Hall of Celebrities free program. Today’s guests are The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf. For more info, call (850) 595-5985 ext. 112 or e-mail jmcmillen@uwf.edu.

Sunday, August 20

Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. FREE. Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main St., Pensacola. Today’s performers are Not Quite Fab: A Tribute to the Beatles. For details, see August 6 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see August 6 listing. Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 6 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see August 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 August 6 listing.

Monday, August 21

One Pot Wonders 6-8 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. French cooking made easy with “One Pot” cooking techniques. Price: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Reserve your spot by calling (850) 438-0402 ext. 17 or visiting http:// everman.org/.

Tuesday, August 22

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is The Scenic Heights. For details, see August 1 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see August 8 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see August 1 listing.

Kids’ Movie Club Presents: Disney’s Animated Aristocats (1970) 10 a.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see August 5 listing.

Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

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Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see August 8 listing.

Thursday, August 24

Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see August 3 listing. Tonight’s performer is Freeway 98 - Blues, Funk, Rock & Pop. Cancer Study Group: Cooking with Vegetables 6-8:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 10 listing. 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, August 25

White Tie Rock Ensemble 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. The White Tie Rock Ensemble presents a tribute to The Beatles’ Abbey Road. Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, will recreate all your favorites from this classic era of rock and roll. In a rock theater environment, with an expanded and enhanced Light and Sound Experience, these timeless bands will live again, passed from one generation to the next and enjoyed by all! Tickets begin at $28. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Restorative Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 4 listing.

Saturday, August 26

Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see August 5 listing. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. For more info, see August 5 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 August 5 listing. Pensacon: Dress Up or Dress Up Costume Ball Fundraiser 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Come “dressed up” in your best costume, cosplay, cocktail or formal wear – all are welcome! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks from the cash bar, live entertainment, and dancing

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Sunday, August 27

Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 6 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see August 6 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see August 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 August 6 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos McDonald’s Family Sunday 4:05 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. For details, see August 13 listing. Today is also Bark in the Park, where you and your furry friend can watch the game from Hill-Kelly Hill!

Tuesday, August 29

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is The Blenders. For details, see August 1 listing.

Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see August 1 listing. Auditions for Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company 7:30 p.m. at Tower East, 1010 N. 12th Avenue. For ages 13-19. Company members meet once a month for a 3-hour advanced technique workshop; they perform throughout the year at arts festivals and Renaissance fairs; they produce a full-length, classic play in the spring or summer; and they play an instrumental role in running the Company as an arts business by contributing to such areas as fundraising, bookkeeping, marketing, grant writing, and community outreach and relations.  The rehearsal periods prior to performances are intensive and often require daily attendance.  Students auditioning for the Company agree to make SETSCO their number one, extracurricular commitment. For more info, visit http://setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see August 1 listing.

Wednesday, August 30

Pensacola Blue Wahoos End of the Year Fireworks 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. Celebrate the end of the year with fireworks courtesy of Navy Mutual. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info. Auditions for Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company 7:30 p.m. at Tower East, 1010 N. 12th Avenue. For ages 13-19. For details, see August 29 listing.

Thursday, August 31

Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see August 3 listing. Tonight’s performer is Lucky Dogs - Rockin’ Southern Soul. Heroes Among Us ~ Veteran Speakers Series 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park and Wall South, E Romana St. & Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. Representing those who have distinguished themselves in combat from every generation and branch of the Armed Services. Tonight’s theme is Marine Aviation Night with Guest of Honor Colonel Chuck Lea, USMC, Republic of Vietnam. Call (850) 434-6119 or visit http://pensacolamcleague.com/ for more info.

Friday, September 1

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Night Watch 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Directed by Brandi Hicks Lane. An outstanding Broadway suc-

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Saturday, September 2

Kids’ Movie Club Presents: Disney’s Animated Happy Feet (2006) 10 a.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see August 5 listing. Saenger Classic Movie Series Presents: Bringing Up Baby 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see August 5 listing. Gulf Coast Summer Fest - Jazz Edition 3:30-11:45 p.m. Pensacola Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main Street. Featuring: Boney James, Mindi Abair, Cindy Bradley, Nick Colionne and Althea Rene Adam Hawley. Advance Limited Tickets: $50; General Admission: $65; Day of Show: $80. Bring your coolers, lawn chairs & umbrellas. No glass containers, tents or grills allowed. For more info, visit https://www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Night Watch 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see September 1 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach 7:30 p.m. For more info, see August 4 listing.

Sunday, September 3

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Night Watch 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see September 1 listing.

Tuesday, September 5

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performers are Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters. For details, see August 1 listing.

Thursday, September 7

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Night Watch 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see September 1 listing.

Friday, September 8

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Night Watch 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see September 1 listing. Vettes at the Beach Join Vette lovers for a welcome dinner and a weekend of fun in the sun on Pensacola Beach at the Miracle Strip Corvette Club’s 15th annual “Vettes at the Beach” Corvette car show, September 8-9. The free event draws hundreds of Corvette owners and enthusiasts from all over the country to the Casino Beach parking lot to check out more than 200 of Chevrolet’s famous sports cars, spanning seven generations from the early 1950s to today. Individuals interested in registering a vehicle can register for

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Saturday, September 9

Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Bay View Park, 2001 E Lloyd St, Pensacola. Includes vendor booths and children’s area (fishing, sack races and sprinklers). For more info, call (251) 979-0553 or visit http://pensacoladragonboatfestival.com/.

Classes

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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 3 p.m. at the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. 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. •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.

Prenatal & Childbirth

Baptist Women’s Center offers you choices to 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.

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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 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 register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. 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. 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 54

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.

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Support Groups

Cancer

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

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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 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, August 3,

17 & 31 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. 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. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meetings will be held August 2 and 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/leaps-new-momsupport-group-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. Meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m. on August 10 and October 12. We normally have a family holiday dinner in December. 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/. 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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War for the Planet of the Apes

Despicable Me 3 MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Despicable Me 3 PG for action and rude humor. Gru, Lucy (voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig) and their adorable daughters may be moviegoers’ new favorite family. And for good reason. The villain-turned-virtuous dad adopted three orphans and then married his secret agent sweetheart. While Gru got the fatherhood thing figured out in the previous movies, Lucy still hasn’t found her footing when it comes to life as a parent. Meanwhile the minions have had it with Gru’s good guy persona and set out on their own. However, their reformed boss is soon tempted to return to the dark side. The invitation comes from his twin Dru (voice also by Carell), a sibling Gru didn’t know he had. Dru, also a villain, wants Gru to join him in a heist that will bond them as brothers. For audiences, it may be impossible to find three cuter characters than Margo, Edith and Agnes. But despite their big eyes and winsome personalities, this isn’t an entirely kid-friendly film, especially for younger children. Like so many animations, this one is packed full of cartoon-style punches, scuffles, guns, rockets and explosions. The script also introduces a mammoth-sized robot intent on destroying Los Angeles. Fortunately, this sequel comes with some sweet life lessons about dealing with those grown-up concerns. (Even little Agnes choses to face disappointment with a positive attitude adjustment.) But the messages most likely to charm audience members are those about families, in all their configurations. Because nothing could be better than someone who has your back.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: AViolence: CSexual Content: A Profanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated War for the Planet of the Apes PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and disturbing images. What would you do if you felt like your family, friends and even your very species was threatened with annihilation? What risks would you be willing to take? What sacrifices would you be willing to make? All these questions come into play in this third chapter of the Planet of the Apes franchise. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes a well-intentioned scientist accidentally created a virus that increased the intelligence of simians, but killed many people. With the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the evolving primates established a society of their own, but ran into irreconcilable differences with their human neighbors. The conflict turns into a War for the Planet of the Apes as both groups struggle for survival. Caesar (Andy Serkis) is still leader of the primate population. His efforts to rally the troops to protect their women and children, as well as carve out a place for their kind, are at odds with the goals of The Colonel (Woody Harrelson), who commands an army of human soldiers intent on genocide. Not your average sci-fi/action movie, War For the Planet of the Apes will expect you to think deeply. Borrowing a few themes from biblical characters (Christ and Moses), and displaying tenacity of spirit, this script may cause viewers to do a little soul searching while reflecting on the best and the worst of human nature.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Boss Baby (Rental) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated The Boss Baby PG for some mild rude humor. Tim Templeton (voice of Miles Bakshi) is a seven-year-old blessed with a wonderful family. Not only do his Mom and Dad (voices of Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel) engage in his imaginative play, but they also read him three stories, give him five hugs and sing him one song each night. However, that perfect life is shattered with the arrival of a little brother (voiced by Alec Baldwin). As Tim suspected, Boss Baby is not a normal kid. Instead he’s a manager from BabyCorp (that’s a heavenly place where babies come from) sent to investigate the dropping popularity of having children and stop the rising trend of raising puppies instead. When Tim figures out that Boss Baby will leave as soon as his earthly mission is complete, the boy agrees to help the little tike in order to get rid of his disruptive presence. Youngsters are sure to get caught up in the plot to rid the world of a manipulative corporate leader and his drag-dressing assistant. The slapstick antics, plentiful drool and potty humor, along with many depictions of barebottomed babies are definitely aimed at this demographic too. Still, moments of peril and some scary images may be a bit too frightening for the littlest ones. Despite how ridiculous the adventures portrayed here may be, the idea that working together leads to caring for each other, and that caring leads to loving, does apply to real life. It is that message which may make this zany animation a bundle of joy your whole family can enjoy.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: BProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Spider-Man: Homecoming PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Launching another version of this well-loved icon is a bit of a gamble because there is lots of room for disappointment from unsatisfied fans. But in the case, the risk pays off. We were briefly introduced to the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who already has his “spidey” powers in Captain America: Civil War, so this film wastes no time with backstory. The story plunges into the teen’s struggle to balance his time between school, family and stopping crime. We meet his friends and classmates, and these relationships form the core of the movie and add greatly to its humor. More than anything, Peter wants to reach his Spider-Man potential, and is impatiently waiting to be part of the Avengers team. Yet his mentor Tony Stark (Iron Man), as well as the other superheroes, feel the lad still has a lot of growing up to do. Frustrated, Peter wants to show them they are wrong, so he continually seeks out more and more dangerous situations in the hope of proving what he is made of. Rather than making that point, the fledgling champion soon discovers that having superpowers doesn’t necessary mean you are invincible. And it is this realization that sparks Peter’s journey to develop the discipline and maturity needed to help protect those he loves. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2017

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