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Strong, Healthy, and Ready to Learn!

Get your child’s school physical now and enjoy the rest of your summer. School physicals are available through the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County at a cost of $35 per child. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment call 850-595-6500, option 2.

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Therapeutic Parenting Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

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Stressful Back to School Mornings?

Keeping Your Middle Schooler Organized

Try these ideas to keep the morning chaos at bay.

Set them up for success while growing their independence.

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Dave Says Dave Ramsey

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Get This! Gerry Paige Smith

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After School Activities Local after school enrichment plus registration dates.

Parenting Teens

Learn to shift your parenting style as your child matures.

A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

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Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

On The Cover • Raylon Spann (4), daughter of Jennifer and Ramon Spann, Sr. and little sister to Ramon Spann, Jr, (6), Eric Dennard (12), Lakiem Dennard (14) and Da’Mari Spann (14). • Braleigh Miller (5), daughter of Lauren and Michael Miller and big sister to Jaxon (2). • Josiah McIntosh (5), son of Naomi and Nathan McIntosh and brother to Austin, Paxton, and Kingston. • Zachary McFarland (5), son of Mai and Michael McFarland and big brother to Matthew (2).

Departments 6

Bits and Pieces 8

School Bits 42

Family Calendar 52

Movie Reviews 1

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Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

Like it or not, it’s time to trade those sunglasses and beach bags in for notebooks and backpacks. I have to admit that I am just not ready. It feels as if summer just flew by! Unfortunately, my need for more summer does not change the fact that it is time to head back to school. I feel very fortunate that my children are generally excited when it is time to start a new school year. They get to see some friends they may not have seen over the summer, and most likely will meet new friends, join new clubs and overall have new experiences. The first day of school they have their outfits picked out the night before, materials neatly organized, and pop out of bed before I do, excited for the day. Unfortunately, it usually only takes a couple of weeks for the newness to wear off... and that’s when the chaos can creep in. If your family also creeps back into the chaos, you may enjoy Sarah Lyon’s feature, Taking the Stress Out of School Mornings, on page 28. Lyons lays out simple steps to help parents get children out the door without losing our cool. Having a structured morning routine not only gets them to school on time, but also sets the tone for the rest of the day. Students who are organized are more relaxed and prepared for what the school day brings. If you have an upcoming middle schooler, this year it will be even more important that they have things in order. Middle schools really step up the responsibility expectations of the students. These students are having to adjust to more than twice as many teachers than before, learn how to navigate through the school in a timely manner, and often manage an increased school work load. This makes for a big transition! But never fear, Christina Melnyk Hines has some helpful tips in Keeping Your Middle Schooler Organized, on page 22. Getting through the morning rush and the school day is just part of the school year chaos. Once the dismissal bell rings, it’s time for after school activities. Maybe your child is an athlete and loves to play sports. Or maybe you have a music prodigy on your hands. No matter what activities your child is interested in, one thing is certain, there is a wide variety of opportunities in the area! Just turn to our After School Activities Guide, on page 30, where you will find a tremendous listing of extracurricular options covering sports, music, art, theater, dance, and more. We hope this listing is helpful in finding activities your child will love. Who knows, after looking through this guide, you may even find some you didn’t know existed in the area. You may know that each month we include school news showcasing our area students. Well, this month we thought it would be fun to include some camp memories from this summer. We invited area camps to send us photos of some of their fun summer moments. Looks like everyone had a blast, so check it out! Well, the countdown is on, so I won’t keep you any longer. Go out, soak up the last few moments of summer, and get re-energized for the new school year!

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

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TherapeuticParenting by Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Let Us Be Ducks...and Move On! I am currently caring for a precious little one who is in foster care...who is teething. Which pretty much means we all do whatever on earth she wants to do in an effort to endure the eruption of two front teeth. Our current survival strategy involves many, many golf cart rides – which is by far her favorite activity. I’ve made some interesting observations from circling the block over and over again, day after day. Every night at dusk, our little neighborhood duck family can typically be found ravenously foraging in the grass for what I can only assume is their nightly dose of mosquitoes? Gnats? Cheeseburgers? I’m not sure what exactly they are eating since I majored in social work in college and not duck sciences, but nonetheless let me just tell ya – they are on it. There is much excitement and chaos as they all try and get their fair share of dinner. It is in the frenzy of the nighttime feeding where it can often be observed that a duck will “fuss” at another for encroaching on its space. They make a valiant attempt to squawk loudly and chase the duck for a quick moment to retain dominion over their six inch square of prime grass real estate, and they let the offending duck know that he was out of line. Every night, same story.

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All of that makes for great theater, but what I find interesting is what happens after their little tussle…which is this: Nothing. Nothing happens. They just all jump right back into their natural symbiotic relationship and move on as if nothing happened. As parents, I think we can take a lesson from the duck family and that is this: Move on. When your child screws it up, when they lose their patience and lash out, when they slam the door in anger, let us address the issue – and then move on. Unfortunately, what I find is that in our own humanity, in our own ideals of what we think parenting should be, we tend not to just deal with it and move on. But instead we tend to keep reminding them of their mistakes, we tend to keep holding it over their heads like a guillotine waiting to deploy, and we certainly impute their mistakes on any requests for privileges or permission to go to the baseball game with friends. So I guess my question is why? If we make a mistake at work, and we work diligently to correct said mistake, would we value an employer who pops their head in every now and then and reminds us? “Hey, just wanted to let you know the staff meeting has been moved to 11, I received

your quarterly report, and, by the way, don’t you think for a minute I have forgotten what you did.” Would we feel cared for when our request to take a day off is denied because, “Clearly you can’t be trusted, I remember what you did.” Would that not breed a spirit of disdain and frustration within us? I would argue that this is exactly what we are doing to our kids. Do they need to learn from their mistakes? Yep. But that process involves making the mistake right again (teaching), fixing it (training), apologizing (love & learn), and then, good gracious, move on. Our model is teach, train, love and learn; not berate, plant a seed of bitterness, exercise power and hope your kid grows into a productive human being. Just some food for thought today...let us be ducks. Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior, and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to help mitigate negative behaviors. She travels the state speaking at various conferences on behavior and parenting and is a therapist for Kids To Love Foundation. Sonia is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of whom were internationally adopted, and is also a foster parent.

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7th Annual Family Fishing Rodeo

Family-Friendly Theatre

Panhandle Community Theatre presents Three Fables August 1-4 and 8-11. Adapted from Aesop by Robert R. Lehan; directed by Brittney Leist. Aesop introduces his own fables, each of which teaches us some valuable lessons in life. For more info, call (850) 221-7599 or visit http://panhandlecommunitytheatre.com/.

August 31 * Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, 30 East Texar, Pensacola. This event sponsored by Backpack Project USA will allow you to compete in numerous fresh and saltwater fishing categories to win prizes. The Open Division offers monetary prizes while the Junior Division offers trophies and a kayak for the grand-prize winner! Also enter raffles and bid on silent auction items. A fried fish dinner will be offered at the end of the day on Sunday. For more info, visit www.backpackprojectusa.com/ or call (850) 595-0135. (Art by Addyson Smallwood, Jim Allen Elementary)

Outdoor Movies

Hill-Kelly Movies in the Park Series: How to Train Your Dragon 3 August 9 * 7:30 p.m. Community Maritime Park. Bring your blankets and chairs to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars. Movies begin at sunset and free event parking begins at 6 p.m. For more info, find “Play Pensacola Parks & Recreation” on Facebook and click on events.

Sea Turtle Baby Shower

Saturday, August 10 * 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Landshark Landing (165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel property) A family-friendly afternoon of games, activities and entertainment to educate and celebrate sea turtles. Meet Meg the Mermaid and touch a real turtle shell. Lots of giveaways. Event is free to the public. For more info, visit https:// visitpensacolabeach.com/whatshappening-calendar/.

Local Family Raises Scoliosis Awareness

In conjunction with Scoliosis Awareness Month, 10-year-old Pensacola resident Claire Perez presented the Children’s Scoliosis Foundation and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Pensacola with $2,000 worth of travel vouchers, patient hospitality bags and Higgy Bears, specialty scoliosis bears. Nemours specialists have been caring for and treating Perez for Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis for close to a year. Perez’s condition causes her spine to curve sideways. Her doctor prescribed a Charleston Nighttime Bending Brace to correct the curvature and since has seen improvement. Upon receiving a scoliosis diagnosis, the Perez family decided to come together to raise money and support for other scoliosis patients. In May, Claire and her younger brother raised money through their lemonade and cookie stand. “I started thinking about raising money for other patients when I received my Higgy Bear and hospitality packs,” Claire said. “This bear has helped me with scoliosis because I now have someone who can help me feel like I’m not the only one who has scoliosis.” The money raised will go to two $500 travel vouchers for a Nemours patient to utilize if they need care at another Nemours facility. In addition, the family has put together patient hospitality bags that have free Higgy Bear coupons, coloring books, stickers, West Florida Hospital Kids ER kits, toothbrushes and coupons from local vendors (including free dessert coupon at Broussard’s Bayou Grill). More than 100,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with scoliosis each year. The majority of these children are diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 15 with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, according to the Scoliosis Research Society. The presentation helped kick off the future plans the Perez family has to help support those living with scoliosis. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

Wild Shots Photo Contest @ Gulf Breeze Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo is calling shutterbugs of all ages to enter their photos in the 2019 Wild Shots Photo Contest. Snap funny family pictures or the perfect animal poses. Scenery, silly faces and animal antics are encouraged. Contest ends August 31. You can submit up to five photos online, based on category. Categories include: Youth: photos taken and submitted by any person 2-12 years of age; Adult: photos taken and submitted by any person 13 years old and older; and Cell Phone: photos taken and submitted by a person of any age, with a cellular device. For more info, visit https://www.gbzoo. com/events/upcoming-events or call (850) 932-2229. 6

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Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Co. Presents Shakespeare in Shorts

August 9-10 * 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera, 75 S Tarragona St. Three (short) Shakespeare comedies set to the music of modern times! Romeo and Juliet is told through five scenes and songs set to the music of Journey, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and more. The Merry Wives of Windsor includes music by Bob Marley, Buddy Holly and Sir Cliff Richards. Pyramus and Thisby is a play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It includes music by The Stray Cats, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Steve Perry. Each short runs 30 minutes or less and there will be two intermissions! For tickets or more info, call (662) 278-8383, visit http://setsco.org/ or find us on Facebook.

July 28: Bay Bridge Band * August 11: Cat Daddy Blues Band & Adam Holt * August 18: The Modern Eldorados Concerts are held from 6-8 p.m. at Community Maritime Park. Pack your coolers and bring your lawn chairs and join us at the Hunter Amphitheater. For more info, visit https://bluesangelmusic.com/calendar.

The 5210 Day of Play is a day to get up, get out and get active! On September 14, families will shut off their computers, tablets, and TVs and head outdoors for some fun! Join us for a FREE day of exciting activities, games, sports, contests and physical challenges for the entire family. We’re looking for exhibitors and sponsors now! Hop on over to www.cityofpensacola.com/2519/5210-Day-of-Play for details.

Bands on the Beach Update

7-9 p.m. Tuesdays April-October * Gulfside Pavilion Casino Beach Bring your lawn chair and join us for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit https:// visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-bands-on-beach/. July 30: Tyler Mac; August 6: Cristi Dee’s BAD JUJU; August 13: Slight Return Band; August 20: Crosstown; August 27: Class X; September 3: She And The Its; and September 10: Chloe Channell.

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Autauga County Schools CA Weis Enjoys Community Partnership

C.A. Weis Elementary School staff members, student volunteers, and 46 children from Oakwood Terrace enjoyed playing soccer, sack & egg races, and many more fun healthy activities this summer. Special thanks to Pensacola High School IB students for coming out to support every summer outreach event rain or shine.

A.K. Suter Students Visit Washington, DC

Seven students from A.K. Suter Elementary School traveled to Washington, D.C.in June for the NEED Youth Awards Conference. On June 24, four of the A.K. Suter Elementary students presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Their teachers and families were so excited for them to get this amazing patriotic experience usually associated with senior military leaders and heads of state! The NEED Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievements gives students an opportunity to learn about energy and to explore energy in STEM. The annual conference has students from all over the country working in groups on an Energy Challenge designed to stretch their minds and energy knowledge. For more information, visit www.need.org.

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Advanced Fishing Camp Reels in Big Catch

Tucker Trivison made a rare catch, reeling in a red snapper from Community Maritime Park on June 27 during the Advanced Fishing Camp! Trivison has been participating in the City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation fishing camps for the past three years and he has become quite the angler.

East Hill Christian Builds Shelters for the Homeless

During this summer’s STEAM camp at East Hill Christian School, not only did students learn about coding and how to integrate that knowledge into everyday life, but they also learned how to put others first. One of the main projects that the students worked on was building shelters for the homeless. The shelters were donated to Satoshi Forest, a sanctuary for the homeless, to provide temporary housing to those who need them.

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Florida History Day Students Excel at National History Day

Montessori Students Enjoy Jewelry Camp

Young children at Montessori School of Pensacola often participate in activities to develop and refine their fine motor skills. These tasks include creative and handson experiences that the children enjoy. An example of this was seen during the jewelry camp for 3- to 6-year-olds. Children worked with stringing beads and coloring small items to create pieces of jewelry. MSP students love to share their creations with friends and family.

Florida students excelled at the National History Day (NHD) competition in College Park, Maryland, winning five national awards and recognitions. From June 9–13, sixty students and twenty-one teachers represented the Sunshine State by attending the national competition at the University of Maryland. “At the Florida History Day state contest this past May, I was thrilled to meet these young historians, who spent months conducting research and developing their entries,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee. “I’m delighted that their hard work, creativity and dedication has been recognized at the national contest, and I want to congratulate them for this significant achievement.” The students’ entries previously won at the Florida History Day state contest in Tallahassee, which advanced them to the National History Day contest. Florida History Day is sponsored by the Museum of Florida History. The middle- and high-school students presented their findings in a documentary, historical paper, performance, exhibit, or website related to the 2019 theme “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” More than 50,000 students participated statewide, making Florida one of the largest programs among the 57 National History Day affiliates. The national contest drew more than 3,000 students from the 50 states, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in Southeast Asia. This year Florida received several top honors. From Escambia County, Pensacola High School student Max Mateer received first place in Senior Individual Performance for his project, “Swallowing the Lion’s Pride: A Requiem in Recompense.” His teacher was Michael Jones. Mateer, left, is shown at District History Day.

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Summer Basketball Camp at East Hill Christian School

This summer, basketball campers at East Hill Christian School received well rounded training in basketball skills, life skills and in learning how to be the best person and student they can be based on God’s Word. The camp is headed up by EHCS head basketball coach Samba Johnson. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

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Escambia Westgate Given Rotary Donation

Escambia Westgate appreciates Rotary Club of Cantonment for selecting the school as a recipient of The Ted Ciano Charity Golf Tournament proceeds. This donation will go a long way to make the new Thera Gym for students possible!

Trinitas Learns About Prairie Life

Prairie Day is an exciting time for Trinitas Christian School’s second-grade class! After reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, Little House on the Prairie, the students tried their hand at the many chores and activities that the Ingalls family enjoyed. The girls, in their bonnets and long, lacy dresses, learned to sew patches, churn butter, and make heart-shaped cakes just as Laura Ingalls did. The gentlemen, in suspenders and a good pair of work boots, chopped wood for the fire, plowed the land for planting, and enjoyed some down time learning to whittle. With a pancake breakfast to start their day and some good open-fire stew and fresh-baked pies to fill their bellies after their work was complete, the students enjoyed a time of square dancing. It was a memorable day for the second graders in which they learned to appreciate the hard work of the pioneers and the joys that come when the work is done. Thank you, Mrs. Robson, Mrs. Phillips, and all the parents who helped to make this a wonderful day on the prairie. 11

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Campus Church Vacation Bible School’s Western Theme Teaches God’s Love

On July 11, the sun set on Campus Church’s Vacation Bible School, “Giddyup Junction!” More than 300 children saddled up and joined us on the range. Dozens of youth and adult leaders volunteered to share with the children and their parents the greatest truth ever told—that God loves you! Each day was packed with songs, Bible lessons, games, crafts, and western-themed snacks. The children loved the hilarious skits from Sheriff Schroder and Cowboy Wobbly Boots each night. We ended the week by holding an ice cream social with a variety of ice cream treats and mini games for children to play with their parents. The children also raised more than $1,100 to help print nearly 40,000 copies of John and Romans (two books from the Bible) to be distributed across the world. We hope each child will continue to take God’s love to new frontiers!

Woodland Heights Summer 2019

This has been a great summer for the City of Pensacola’s Woodland Heights Resource Center Summer Camp! On top of the field trips, guest speakers and everyday organized play, we ended our June with a camper, staff, counselor in training (CIT), birthday/appreciation cookout. Hamburgers, hotdogs and sausages made for a great meal, and the cupcakes and ice cream were a big hit. It was a day of laughter, good eats and fun play!

Binocular Adventures @ MSP

Montessori education is based heavily on examining the world around oneself, as well as one’s place in it. Students are taught about caring for their fellow peers, their classroom environments, and the greater world outdoors. Part of the process involves observation and scientific journal-writing. Students attending Montessori School of Pensacola this summer got the chance to create binoculars and go on adventures inside and out. Along with their observations, they conducted experiments and collected specimens. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

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Leadership Training and Vendor Fair

Blessed Star Campers Work on Galaxy Activities

Escambia County Council of PTA/PTSAs is hosting its 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 communitybased organization to attend so that they may train in leadership skills such as creating a budget, taking minutes at meetings, filing 990 (taxes), following simple Roberts Rules 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 Saturday, August 17, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pensacola State College. Attendees will also enjoy breakfast, lunch and giveaways! This conference is FREE to attend but you must register. Visit www.escambiapta.org or call (850) 294-5547.

Sherwood VPK Program Makes Drastic Improvement

Blessed Star Montessori campers participated in some fun STEAM activities this summer. Here, a camper displays a galaxy water globe that he made. Campers were able to select glitter to add to their galaxy and also select beads to represent each one of the planets. He is also holding a Merge Cube that he cut out and assembled to use for the solar system scavenger hunt. The Merge Cube was used with an app to view the planets and to find the information needed to answer the scavenger hunt questions.

Sherwood Elementary’s VPK program, which is overseen by the Escambia County School District, improved 95% in a single year. With a school readiness rate that climbed from 42% in 2017 to 82% in 2018, Sherwood is not only the No. 2 most-improved VPK in the county, but also one of the top performers in the state. Principal Kristen Danley credits her classroom teachers for her preschool’s rapid-fire rise to excellence. (credit Pensacola News Journal)

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P N LaBelle Performing Arts Dancers Learn New Techniques

LaBelle Performing Arts summer classes have gotten off to an amazing start! With choices of ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary for all ages, our dancers have had such a fun time! Teachers take time with the dancers to make sure that this is a fun learning experience which leaves them feeling challenged and confident as they race toward the end of summer. Be it returning or incoming students, all dancers get to practice the necessary techniques to keep them safe and healthy during summer break! This is our Intermediate/Advanced Jazz class at the end of their class with Ms. Bailey.

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PHS IB Graduates Earn Nat’l Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced more than 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2019. Pensacola High School International Baccalaureate graduates Ami Patel, below left, and Lillian Wiggins have been named as National Merit scholarship winners at the University of Florida!

Blessed Star Summer Reading

Blessed Star Montessori School campers spend time reading daily to prevent summer slide. The campers signed up for the West Florida Public Library’s Summer Reading Club so they track their daily reading; many of them are on track to win some cool prizes. During their reading time, they work on skills such as defining terms that they are not familiar with in the story, illustrating, and summarizing what they have read. In this picture, a camper is coloring a picture that he drew about what he read on this particular day.

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Special Guests Visit NB Cook Summer Camp

N.B. Cook Elementary School’s Summer Reading Camp students had a special treat! Lieutenant Commander Andre Webb, #6 Blue Angel, and Petty Officer Travis Bradley, Team Life Support, came and visited with them. Students asked great questions and heard a lot of motivation from two men who have dedicated their lives to serving our country!

Montessori Summer Camp Dress-Up Time

The importance of play in a child’s education is a known fact. Children learn through play and it provides for their healthy development. This can be seen at Montessori School of Pensacola throughout the school year and summer. Children are invited to take part in caring for dolls, designing rooms, running their own grocery stores, using found objects to “upcycle” art projects, and pretend to be someone else by dressing up. Costumes are a favorite pastime and allow for children to express themselves and often their silly sides. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

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5210 Let’s Go Escambia Visits Blessed Star

Blessed Star Montessori students had a presentation from 5210 Let’s Go Escambia recently. They learned about the importance of five or more fruits and vegetables per day, two hours or less of screen time, one hour or more of physical activity per day, and zero sweet drinks. The presentation included some great tips on making healthy choices for meals and snacks, including a black bean dip with tortilla chips that many of the students really enjoyed. They also enjoyed going outside to play a fun game. The students look forward to another session when school resumes next year!

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Montessori Students Reenact Olympic Torch Lighting

Montessori School of Pensacola summer camps for preschool and kindergarten students have offered campers a chance to explore the globe. During “Around the World” week, children learned about Costa Rica, Japan, Egypt and Greece. They sampled food from each country, learned dances, studied animals and plants, and more. Their “travels” to Greece allowed campers to learn about the Olympics and do their own Olympic torch lighting reenactment.

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Jitters and Jellybeans August means “Back to School” here in Pensacola! Soon, our Facebook and Instagram feeds will be overloaded with first day pictures and those bright clean backpacks will be filled with fresh supplies for the year. There is always a lot of anticipation for the first day and an understandable amount of nerves. However, for many mamas and children, the return to school brings true anxiety. It IS possible to get past those initial fears and make the very best of this school year. From one worry wart to another, let me help you out a little. When my son started kindergarten, I thought he would be just fine. He attends school where I teach and I am always a short walk away. Contrary to what I had envisioned, on Jackson’s first day, he did not want to budge from my classroom door. Thankfully, my friend’s middle school daughter, who volunteered in the morning, took on the duty of walking him to class every day. For a while, we kept up this routine. Later, Jackson was only escorted to the hallway doors. And then, for a solid three months after that, I was only able to get him to make this solo trip with the promise of a jelly bean. Yes, folks! I gave my five year old a jelly bean every morning for three months to get to class. And...I am a teacher! So go ahead and quit bashing yourself for the silly things you do sometimes to just. get. through. We are all there. Is the jelly bean plan going to get your child to walk into class without tears? Maybe or... maybe not. What I want you to gain from this story is nothing about jelly beans and everything about sticking to a plan! The end goal was always the same; get him to class independently! It took a most patient middle schooler, nerves of steel and countless jelly beans. But, by February, that kid was rounding the corner to class without looking back. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

Children thrive and feel safe with routine and gradual changes. Things happen and change cannot always be gradual; it often isn’t. However, when we can adapt our schedule and make slow changes to foster independence and to help our children feel positive about school, we will begin to see a world of difference, and a lot less tears. Here are a few simple things to keep in mind if you’re bracing yourself for the nerves of a new school year.

Morning Routine: Every morning will not be blissful and unhurried. A perfect morning every day does not exist in this very real world. However, begin to establish routines in your morning that bring peace and calm. Try to wake up a little earlier so everyone will feel less rushed. Turn on some happy, peaceful music to start the day on a good note! My favorite stations for little ones are K-LOVE and Disney Kids. It’s a little hard to shed a tear when you’re singing along with Moana.

Gradually Let Them Go: Begin to let go little steps at a time. Remember the jelly beans? Start by walking all the way to the door for two weeks. Then, walk only to the sidewalk for two weeks. Then, try to drop off in the car rider line with an extra big hug and a special send off (aka jelly bean). It’s up to you on how you make those leaps to independence, but make them! You are only furthering the fear by never allowing them the opportunity to take those steps on their own. 18

Be Their Calm: I can’t count the number of times a sobbing six year old has stood in my doorway. It’s typically the same scene with Mama or Daddy trying to break free and not break out in a sweat. Please know right now, this minute, that you are not the only one experiencing this total moment of torture. It’s pretty across the board in every daycare and elementary school anywhere. The solution is simple, even though it may feel impossible at first. As your child is crying and begging you to stay, look right in their eyes and tell them, “I love you and you are safe. I will see you after school. You can do this!” Then, let the teacher take it from there. Cry in your car if you have to, but let them see your calm and hear your reassuring voice. Say those same words every morning and let them learn to trust the teacher and themselves. You can do it too, Mama! I can promise you that the school clinics will be flooded with “back to school tummy aches” this month. There will be tears at the bus stop, car rider line and classroom door. But if we approach this school year with confidence, excitement, joy and a little more push towards independence, I guarantee you will catch a glimpse of a moment that will make you really shed some tears. It looks like a little blonde boy with a giant red backpack hurrying to catch up with his friend, but stopping quick to wave back at you...no jelly beans required. www.greaterpensacolaparents.com


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fits-all thing. What works for some kids will not work for others. Finding what is best for your family can involve a bit of trial and error. These are the strategies that worked for many of my parents last year and that I’m sure I will be trying with my middle schooler this year:

Last year Fortnite invaded my middle school classroom -- as I believe it did to middle school classrooms across the country. Students who were usually on task and high-performing were nodding off and “forgetting” to do their homework. The morning conversations about how late they stayed up or who was the last man standing became part of our early morning check-ins. Then the phone calls with parents started. Over several months, I had numerous telephone and after-school meetings with parents concerned about their kids’ performance. When I brought up screen time, there were a range of reactions. Some parents seemed oblivious as to what their children were doing after hours, some didn’t know how to rein in screen time, and some thought they had it all under control -- but clearly did not. I get it. I’m not just a teacher: I’m a mom who struggles with screen time, too. I spent last summer trying to keep my own middle school daughter unplugged in the rural English countryside. After the first week, when the iPad started appearing little by little, I tried to use my own advice -- “However much you read is how much screen time you get” -- and reasoning, “Make sure you balance your learning games with your other games.” But then I’d hear my daughter yelling at a friend who’d just left her online game, and I’d feel like I’d lost the battle. The thing is, I’m not anti-screen. I’ve seen technology bring some amazing teaching moments to my classroom -- and to my own life. One student, whom I could never get to write a complete sentence on paper, wrote the most heartfelt poem about how he “nearly won” in Fortnite. It became his breakthrough, and he hasn’t stopped writing since. Other kids made parallels to the dystopian books they were reading and wrote very poignant compare-and-contrast papers to prove their points. And, far away from her friends in the United States, my daughter was able to stay in touch with her friends online, keep herself occupied with Roblox, and feel a part of pop culture by watching every Miranda Sings video ever made. Those breakthrough moments of connection, creativity, and critical thinking are what I strive for as a teacher and a mother. What it tells me is that however parents handle the management of their kids’ screen time, it really does have to be a balance. And knowing middle school kids as well as I do, I know that they aren’t always able to shut down Fortnite or YouTube without the guidance and support of their parents. I’ve also discovered that tech is never going to be a one-size-

Be present. Know what your child is playing and when. That seems simple, but it is so important. So many of my parents last year had no idea that their child was staying up until all hours in the morning playing games. I heard more than once, “I have never had to worry about their screen use. They have been so good up until now.” I remind them that this is middle school, they are not bad kids, and they are just testing the boundaries -- so set them!

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Control the Wi-Fi. I touched base with some of my parents after their children made improvements in class, and I found that they had put in place simple household internet controls. The kids had passwords to access the internet, and the parents put a time limit on when the password could be used. Please note that a few of my tech-savvy kids confided that they were able to “override” this function. Remove the temptation. Some families took all screens out of the children’s bedrooms and stored cellphones in a locked charging box until morning. This might seem extreme, but I know for at least one of my students this worked. He was struggling socially and trying so hard to fit in with a certain crowd. He later acknowledged that he needed help -- beyond the gaming community. Parental-control apps. I’ve had students tell their parents that they have online homework to do and then end up playing a game instead. Parental-control apps can help, but it takes some research to find the right one for your needs. Making the homework space at the dining room table or another central location can make it easier to keep an eye on kids, too. Balance. Kids need downtime. I have these hormonal, opinionated, stressed-out middle schoolers for two hours a day, and I push them. I know that the other teachers at my school also carry high expectations. Finding time to completely unplug is important. One parent told me today that they have a hard rule of no screen time except for homework on weekdays, and the way to lose weekend play time is by breaking that rule. I personally allow weekday screen time, but I reserve the right to change my mind. Rebecca Young is a middle school teacher in Lafayette, California. Her teaching practices have evolved from chalk and blackboards to Google Classroom and smartboards. In the past few years, she has discovered that integrating technology into her classroom not only engages the younger generation, but it also provides an interactive and collaborative environment among students. At home, Rebecca’s sixth-grade daughter keeps things real by demanding screen-free family time and ultimate slime competitions (which she always wins!).

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“This is the time to let go and hope that I’ve taught her how to stay organized,” says Pheffer, a creative business owner. Of course, she’ll still offer guidance as Brock chooses organizational systems and colorful supplies that motivate her--all while staying on budget. “The dollar store is my favorite place. They have tons of bins and organizational things that you can buy and not bust your bank,” Pheffer says. Why get organized? Organization is a learned and essential life skill. Mismanaged materials result in needless stress, time-wasted tracking down lost items and poor grades. “When kids get into the habit of organizing, they’re developing valuable planning and criticalthinking skills that will help them become better problem solvers and creative thinkers,” says professional organizer Shawna Childers.

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are now accustomed to and added assignments to his cell phone,” she says. “I set reminders and they would ping five minutes after the dismissal bell in hopes that by the time he got to his locker, he’d be reminded of the assignment and bring the correct book home.”

Accessorize their locker.

Prevent a locker from becoming a jumble of books, smashed papers and supplies. “A locker shelf should be your first purchase,” Burton advises. Discount stores sell baskets that can be flipped on the side to create an inexpensive locker shelf or purchase a shelf at area office supply stores. Hang magnetic baskets on the locker’s inside door to house extra pens and pencils. Kids generally love choosing personalized accessories to customize their temporary space. “Fun decorations on the inside encourage kids to keep it clean,” Burton says.

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Remember homework. Writing to-do lists and filling out assignment pads helps kids keep track of homework. If teachers permit, your tween might also snap photos of assignments posted on the board with her phone. Mikita Burton, a mom of three, lifestyle blogger and professional organizer, took advantage of technology to help her son remember homework materials. “Most teachers now have ‘web backpacks’ where parents can also see the assignment. I used the technology that our kids

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Each afternoon, Burton’s son stows his backpack in a large round plastic tub on the floor. He files paperwork that needs to be signed or reviewed by his mom in a hanging file folder box positioned above the tub. A small night stand holds his school-issued laptop and serves as a charging station.

Choose a calendar. Between school, extracurricular activities and a budding social life, busy middle schoolers can get overwhelmed. Select a cool calendar with your tween that she can fill out each week to help her visualize and prioritize her time.

Manage backpacks. Simplify filing and retrieving of materials stashed in backpacks with color-coordinated folders and notebooks for each school subject. Get your child in the habit of cleaning out his backpack weekly to manage the balled-up papers, broken pencils and other trash that inevitably collect.

Encourage independence. As long as her daughter completes his work and earns good grades, Pheffer says she’s comfortable with whatever kind of organization system she implements. Late assignments and poor grades will mean more oversight from mom, which typically doesn’t excite an independence-driven middle schooler. “Letting your child fail a bit is hard, but I’ve found sometimes that’s what we need to do to help them learn,” she says. GPP

Toss clutter. “A great way to stay organized for the entire school year is to do a quarterly re-organize of their binders, notebooks and folders,” Childers says. “It works well to do this ‘clean out and refresh’ after each report card.”

Create a homework station. Together, design and organize a functional, distraction-free homework space and stock it with necessary supplies. “Every kid should have what I call a landing station--a place in their room or common area to land all of their stuff,” Burton says.

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two sons, including a soon-to-be middle schooler who is working on getting organized. Christa is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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Saving for College Q. I’ve got a couple of friends who were advised by their financial planners not to open college savings accounts for their kids. Their planners told them this would count against their children’s ability to receive financial aid and assistance when it’s time for college. Apparently, these planners told them to put the money into their own retirement accounts. It’s my understanding, however, that both the child’s and the parent’s financial situations are looked into when determining financial aid. Can you please shed some light on this? A. So, if a financial planner told you not to get a job because then you can apply for welfare, are you going to listen to that person? What kind of moron gives financial

advice like this? You don’t tell people not to save money for something, just so they can pretend they’re poor! Save whatever money you can, and send your kid to school. Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp? People need to stop looking for tricks and shortcuts, because there aren’t any that will be beneficial in the long run. I’m not going to pose as broke—fraudulently—to get financial aid for my kid. That’s ridiculous!

Hold Off on Contributions? Q. Should I still contribute up to the match to my 401(k) at work, like you recommend, if I’m in the process of trying to get out of debt? A. Some people disagree with this stance, but my answer is no. I understand how important it is to take the match in

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a situation like that, but one of the things I’ve learned over the years is that personal finance is 80 percent behavior and only 20 percent head knowledge. In the short term, the power of focusing on changing your behavior and working hard to pay off debt will supersede the mathematics involved where your company match is concerned. In other words, if you stop saving temporarily, for just a year or so—and wipe out all your consumer debt—you’ll gain a tremendous amount of financial power. And this will be more beneficial to you than one or two years of your company match. I’d never tell anyone to stop investing, or taking advantage of a company match, for several years. However, if you put it on hold for just a little while and clean up your debt mess—then go back to investing for retirement—you’ll reap many more rewards down the road. You’ll permanently change your financial behavior, and you’ll be able to invest even more for retirement and other things.

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Stacking Toys From the Ground Up

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Given only two cubes, the absolute first thing a child will do is stack them, one on top of the other. Perhaps it’s in our nature to instinctively build upward, to reach for new heights. For children, the practice of stacking objects serves their development on many important levels. With their various components, stacking toys cultivate motor control as kids practice their grip and release. Basic physics are introduced and children’s cognitive skills are nurtured as they ponder and plan the various outcomes of stacking diverse objects. The following items offer unique features that really stack up as kids build their skills through exploration and play.

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Stacking gets a sturdy start on the Skoolzy Pegboard. With 36 pegs in 12 colors, building upward gets a sound foundation with the orange pegboard base. The pegs feature their own hollowed tops to allow continued stacking toward all new heights. With plenty of pieces, this set encourages shared play and team building as well. This Skoolzy stacking toy is a favorite among Montessori teachers as well as physical therapists for its stable foundation and nesting elements that minimize frustration while rewarding ambitious stacking. The variety of colored pegs also introduce counting, sorting and patterning to support early math learning. An ideal footprint for stacking games, the Skoolzy Pegboard offers a solid start from the ground up.

Farm living takes on a whole new shape with the Jar Melo Stacking Cubes. Featuring six graduated boxes, plus six farm animals (sheep, dog, horse, chicken, cat and cow), each cube offers visual cues to its traditional inhabitant. The graphic designs and shapes also introduce opportunities to explore counting, grouping and spatial order. Distinctive open doorways in each cube and colorful vinyl characters encourage creative scenarios for pretend play. Crafted from sturdy cardboard, this set is lightweight, portable and easily stored when nested together. Whether this community grows from the ground up or side-byside, Jar Melo Stacking Cubes offer versatile building blocks for a whole farm full of fun.

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(Fat Brain Toys) Offering a new twist on stacking, Fat Brain Toys’ SpinAgain adds captivating movement to the formerly static stack. Six textured discs, graduated in both color and size, rotate as they descend down a corkscrew pole. No matter the order or direction, each disc spins into place for a stable stacking assembly that can take any shape. Simply lifting the corkscrew center pole up from the reversible wobble base lets all the discs spin down and off into a pile that’s ready to turn around into a whole new stack. Adding kinetic movement to traditional stacking rings gives the SpinAgain an exciting twist that winds up (and down) in a whole new experience.

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It’s never too early to introduce stacking toys to the toddler set. The Baby Plush Stacking Rings combines a stimulating softsided experience with a stacking exploration that’s perfect for the littlest hands. Featuring multiplied sensory benefits, each colorful ring has its own individual appeal. The duck ring squeaks and the windmill jingles, while other rings feature teething tabs and other tactile delights. The gentle graduation of ring size ensures that there is no wrong way to stack them on the soft fabric post. Ideal for small fingers to explore and arrange, iPlay’s Baby Plush Stacking Rings lands softly at the top of tiny tot toys.

Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com

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Lunch solution

Packing a healthy school lunch (or multiple lunches) can take up a lot of time in the morning. Get a head start on lunch preparations by starting the evening before. “If my kitchen is clean, I feel like I am ahead of the game. Every night before going to bed I prep lunches for the next day, put away clean dishes, and reload the dishwasher.” says Kim Burnette, mother of two. By getting a head start the night before, you eliminate a big step, leaving you time for other things in the morning.

Backpack solution

After the kids have completed their homework, have them pack their backpacks up. Parents can sign permission slips, go through school papers, and gather any supplies needed for school the next day and pack them up. Does your child have their gym uniform and band instrument? When everything is ready the night before, there is less to do on school mornings.

Wardrobe solution

Check the weather the evening before school so that kids can lay out their clothing and outerwear for the next day. With the jeans, jackets and shoes laid out there is less

scramble to find everything the next morning. Also try laying out the entire week’s clothing on Sunday. “We have a small plastic set of drawers with 5 drawers that can be purchased in the storage section at Target. We put an outfit for both of the kids in each on Sunday.” says Alicia Dafferner, mother of two.

Prep yourself

Many parents find that if they can wake up before the kids, they feel more refreshed and prepared for a productive morning. This gives them the time to take few minutes to wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee, or grab a quick shower. Mother of three, Jessi Cole, says, “I find that it helps if I get up early and get myself ready before my kids get up. That way, I only have to worry about them.”

Breakfast solution

Help make breakfast healthier and quicker by planning ahead. Sherry Hoffman, mom of two boys, says, “I make several breakfast options that are freezer and toaster oven friendly on the weekends that we can choose throughout the week.” Ideas for freezer-friendly breakfast items include breakfast burritos, waffles, french toast or muffins. There are also easy to make options like whole grain cereal, yogurt with fruit and

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granola, or a breakfast smoothie. Many of these items can be prepared the night before to help morning go smoother.

Early to bed, early to rise

“I have noticed that it makes our mornings much smoother if my kids get enough sleep, so early bedtimes are a must,” says Hoffman. Kids who have a consistent early bedtime are more rested for an early wake up. Rested kids are in better moods and stay on task on school mornings, causing less stress and conflict in the morning.

Eliminate electronics

With limited time to be prepared for school, it is best to eliminate electronic distractions. Parents and kids need to focus on the goal, which is getting to school on time. Distractions like television, handheld devices, and video games only slow down the process. Remind kids that there will be time for electronics after school, when their chores and homework are complete. Adjusting to a new school year can take awhile, but if parents do their best to prepare the night before and teach kids to do the same, the mornings will run smoother. GPP Sarah Lyons has the task of getting her six children to school in the morning. Planning and preparation help her household run smoothly.

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2111 Airport Boulevard Pensacola, 32504 Learn a sport that lasts a lifetime! Youth Leagues begin in September for ages 5 -18 years. Ask about other programs for kids and families. 850-477-2300 info@cordovalanes.com www.cordovalanes.com

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590 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Recreational, competitive leagues, tournament bowling, video arcade, and pool tables at Peter B’s Sports Grill. We offer something for everyone! 850-478-9522 akeiek@aol.com www.delunalanes.com

Dance Bernice’s Starrstep Dance Studio ad on page 15

2895 West Scott Street Pensacola, 32505 Starrstep Dance Studio is in its 90th year of teaching dance to ages 3 and up. Classes offered in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical,and Pointe. 850-438-2010 info@starrstepdancestudio.com www.starrstepdancestudio.com

Dance Academy of Santa Rosa ad on page 17

6564 Caroline Street Milton, 32570 Professional dance and performing art instruction in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, pre-k, and more. Ages 2 and up regardless of skill or level. Registration required. 850-983-6900 danceacademyofsr@gmail.com www.danceacademyofsantarosa.com

Five Flags Dance Academy ad on page 11

8084 N Davis Highway (Suite F-1) Pensacola, 32514 Professional dance instruction for ages 2 years - Adult. Recreational, Competition Team, Mini Team and Ballet Company. Stop by or visit our

website to register. Best “After-school” dance program in Pensacola!

Ballet Pensacola

Gulf Point Resource Center Dance Classes

850-432-9546 noelmachado@balletpensacola.com www.balletpensacola.com

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. Registration Dates – Session 1: August 12-23, Classes begin August 26; Session 2: October 7-18, Classes begin October 21, 2019.

5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway (Unit B11) Gulf Breeze, 32563 We instill self-expression, discipline, and passion for the arts. Dance for fun or train to be a ?professional! Located in Midway plaza across from Gulf Breeze Zoo.

850-484-0648 abarnettdance@gmail.com www.fiveflagsdanceacademy.com

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LaBelle Performing Arts ad on page 16

8253 Chellie Road Pensacola, 32526 Excellence in Arts Education. Offering classes in dance, theater, music and visual arts. Registration for returning students is August 9th from 5pm - 8pm. Registration for all students is August 10th from 10am - 1pm. Fall Classes begin August 19, 2019. 850-944-5650 info@labelleperformingarts.com www.labelleperformingarts.com

A Time to Dance

7020 Navarre Parkway Navarre, 32566 Providing dance training to students ages 2 years and up from beginning to pre-professional. We help develop confidence and self esteem in a caring supportive environment. Fall registration open now and available online. 850-450-6919 help@atimetodance.org www.atimetodancenavarre.com

400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 Pensacola’s only professional training academy for ages 3 - adult. Registration open now! Classes begin August 12, 2019.

Broadway Lights

850-932-5555 broadwaylightsdancecenter@gmail.com www.broadwaylightsdancecenter.com

Emerald Coast Dance Conservatory

419 East Gadsden Street Pensacola, 32501 Dance instruction in various styles for ages 3 & up by professionally trained and qualified staff. Classes offered for recreational through pre-professional levels. Visit our website for registration.

850-512-9191 ms.ursula@emeraldcoastdance.com www.emeraldcoastdance.com

In His Steps Dance Studio

6231 North “W” Street Pensacola, 32505 Professional instruction in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, voice, piano, guitar, praise team and more. 850-474-4922 missamysdance@hotmail.com www.inhisstepsinc.com

Pensacola School of Ballet

4806 Mobile Hwy (Suite G) Pensacola, 32506 Ballet, jazz, tap, and dance fitness. A fun learning environment for dancers of all ages! 850-572-4712

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styles. Visit us on Facebook for updates. Registration is available on our website. 850-776-7555 vpaadanceteam@yahoo.com www.dancevictory.com

Equestrian Aubrey Hill Equestrian

2729 Ten Mile Road Pace, 32571 English riding program tailored to suit ages 3 years - Adult. No experience necessary. Horses, ponies and helmets are provided. Riders learn the basics of English riding and jumping. 850-396-3102 sales@aubreyhill.com www.aubreyhill.com

Crazy Acres Ranch

3030 Highway 90 Molino, 32577 Programs available for all levels of experience. Lessons for horsemanship, riding, grooming, speed event competitions and obstacle riding.

The P.A.C.E. Studio

4634 Lori Lane Pace, 32571 Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Pointé, Acrobatics, Hip-Hop, & more. From preschool to advanced levels. Senior/adult classes also available. Please call or visit our website for registration instructions. 850-994-1875 pacestudio@live.com www.pacedance.org

Time To Shine Center for Performing Arts

850-206-8113

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Rustic Trail Stable

4645 Rustic Trail Milton, 32570 Lessons, boarding, shows, clinics, horse care and stable management. Our goal is to provide the community with the skills needed and encourage a love for horses. 850-324-7682 rustictrailstable@gmail.com www.rustictrailstable.com

850-994-5678 info@timetoshineflorida.com www.timetoshineflorida.com

Gymnastics, Cheer and Dance

Victory Performing Arts Academy

Cheer Omega

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850-542-7003 cheeromegagym@gmail.com www.facebook.com/CheerOmegaGym

First City Gymnastics

65 East Olive Road Pensacola, 32514 Gymnastics and cheerleading. Call to sign up for monthly classes and activities. 850-474-1068 info@firstcitygymnastics.com www.firstcitygymnastics.com

Flippin’ Out Gymnastics

4062 Avalon Boulevard Milton, 32583 A safe learning environment with gymnastics and fun activities. After-school care Monday Friday until 6pm and extended hours. Pick up from Santa Rosa County schools. Registration is open! 850-983-1410 flippinoutmilton@gmail.com www.flippinoutgym.com

Gulf Coast Gymnastics

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

Salute Gymnastics

4375 Woodbine Road Pensacola, 32571 See listing info under Art Category.

5783 Rolyat Road Pace, 32571 A private Christian School offering academic courses and dance classes in a wide range of

in beautiful 15,000 SQ ft facility with 3 full size floors!

380 Lurton Street Pensacola, 32505 All Star Cheerleading, Tumbling, & Stunt Classes

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9245 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32534 Recreational & competitive gymnastics, tumbling, after school training and birthday parties. Age separated programs. Preschool classes 18 months - 6 years. Recreation program for ages 6 years and up. Beginner and intermediate classes. 850-969-9111 info@salutegymnasticsacademy.com www.salutegymnasticsacademy.com

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The FUNPLEX of Gulf Breeze

3123 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Our After School Program is available to rising Kindergarteners (5 by September 1st) and up. Homework time, open bounce, open gym and recreational classes. Transportation from most area schools. 850-932-2297 gulfbreezegym@gmail.com www.gulfbreezefunplex.com

Martial Arts 9th Jiu Jitsu Academy

7201 North 9 Ave (Suite A5) Pensacola, 32504 9th Jiu-Jitsu Academy hopes to share the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a welcoming and familyoriented environment. We have programs for the entire family. 850-485-5559 9thgraciejj@gmail.com www.9thjiujitsu.com.com

Abercrombie’s Tiger-Rock Academy

9409 US Highway 98 #80 Pensacola, 32506 Offering Counter Aggression Training for Adults, Traditional TaeKwonDo for kids, and Tiger Cubs for 4 & 5 year olds. Programs for all ages. Visit us on Facebook! 850-453-8400 tigerrock@bellsouth.net www.facebook.com/AbercrombiesTigerRockAcademy

Colbert’s Taekwondo Academy

8042-A North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32534 Our programs build courtesy, integrity, perseverance and self-control. After school classes are available for preschool 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 Offering Hapkido, Krav Maga, MMA, Muay Thai and CoreFit Kickboxing. Open to students ages 4 years - adult. We are a self defense school combining martial arts with physical fitness. 850-684-5747 coremartialartsflorida@gmail.com www.coremartialartsflorida.com

Falbo’s Family Karate

3031 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 We help your child gain self esteem, discipline and confidence. After school programs run Monday - Friday for ages Kindergarten - 7th grade. Registration and forms available online. 850-934-7977 info@FalbosFamilyKarate.com www.falbosfamilykarate.com

Gracie Pensacola

106 South Palafox Street Pensacola, 32502 Conditioning, technique, and sparring. The curriculum eases students into a training regime and application of techniques. Come by and experience for yourself the most effective martial art! 850-503-0340

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Lord Martial Arts and Fitness

Downtown YMCA, 165 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, 32502 Our Hapkido program will improve your self confidence. Complete our color belt curriculum and make it to 1st Degree Black Belt! 850-516-6887 blackbeltinstructor@gmail.com www.lordmaf.net

MAA Family Karate

4050 Avalon Boulevard Milton, 32583 Offering a variety of programs for youth, groups

and schools, including self-defense and stressmanagement. Visit our website for other locations in Navarre, and Pace. 850-983-0870 info@maafamilykarate.com www.maafamilykarate.com

Pensacola ATA Martial Arts

6247 North Davis Highway Pensacola, 32504 We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Krav Maga, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties. Call or sign-up on our website. 850-791-6777 pensacolaata@gmail.com www.pensacolaata.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

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Ron Little Martial Arts

9255 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32534 Lessons in traditional and modern martial-arts disciplines. Attain higher levels of rank and ability. We offer something for students of all ages. 850-484-9814 ronlittlestudios@gmail.com www.ronlittlemartialarts.com

Sexton’s Tiger Rock Taekwondo

3235 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Providing health, skills and fitness training for all ages. Our programs enrich their personal and professional lives in many ways. 850-932-2248 gsextongb@bellsouth.net www.tigerrockmartialarts.com

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Miscellaneous Greater Pensacola Figure Skating ad on page 12

Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola Learn-to-Skate, private/semi-private lessons available. Ages 4 - adult. Visit us on Facebook for registration dates. Lessons begin in October. Skaters from Mobile, Al across the coast to Panama City, FL. president@pensacolafigureskating.com www.pensacolafigureskating.com

Escambia County 4-H

3740 Stefani Road Cantonment, 32533 4-H is open to boys and girls ages 5-18. Opportunities include community clubs, workshops, day camps, residential camps, school enrichment programs, state and national programs.

Tiger Rock Martial Arts Pace/Milton

3981 US Highway 90 Pace, 32571 Providing self-defense skills and fitness training through Martial Arts for all ages. Programs teach respect, self control, self defense, discipline and confidence. Register today! 850-994-8610 tigerrockgulfcoast@gmail.com www.tigerrockgulfcoast.com

Tiger Rock Martial Arts Pensacola

1151 Office Woods Dr (Ste E) Pensacola, 32504 Self-defense skills and fitness training through Martial Arts for all ages. Get in shape, learn self-defense and programs with discipline and self-control. Register Today! 850-484-2644 tigerrockgulfcoast@gmail.com www.tigerrockgulfcoast.com

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Pensacola Cooks Kitchen

3660 Barrancas Ave - New Location Sept 2019 will be 3624 Barrancas Ave Pensacola, 32507 PCKids offers seasonally themed cooking and baking labs for children, tweens and teens. Call for information about classes and activities. 850-456-0743 info@pensacolacooks.com www.pensacolacooks.com

Pensacola Mess Hall

116 North Tarragona Street Pensacola, 32502 Explore math, engineering, science and stuff with fun, hands-on activities at the MESS Hall. Visit our website for school year hours, programs, and events. 877-937-6377 info@pensacolamesshall.org www.pensacolamesshall.org

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Waterboyz

380 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32502 Full service board shop with skate park. Lessons for beginner and intermediate in surfing, skateboarding and skimboarding. We teach the basics, etiquette and knowledge. Intermediate participants are taught more about advanced maneuvers. 850-433-2929 Antonio@waterboyz.com www.waterboyz.com

Music Blues Angel Music ad on page 7

657 North Pace Boulevard Pensacola, 32505 Private music lessons for a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums and more. Free ukulele lesson every Saturday morning at 9:30am. Serving Pensacola and surrounding areas. 850-457-7557 info@bluesangelmusic.com www.bluesangelmusic.com

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A Joyful Noise Music Store

6377 Highway 90 Milton, 32570 Instrument repairs and private music lessons. Acoustic, electric guitars, bass, amps, pianos, folk instruments, ukuleles, and string instruments. Sound equipment repair and sales. Band instruments for sale or rent. 850-983-3008 david@ajoyfulnoisemusic.com www.ajoyfulnoisemusic.com

ARC Music and Sound Inc.

3094 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 A music retail & repair store. Lessons for students in Guitar, Bass, Violin and Piano. Find us on Facebook. 850-932-2578 nss1024@yahoo.com Find us on Facebook

Cathy Crawley Piano Lessons

Gulf Breeze Piano lessons for all ages based on individual interests. Learn music from jazz and blues to popular and classical. 850-934-1237 cathycrawleypiano@hotmail.com www.pensacolapianolessons.com

Gary’s Guitar Lessons

Pensacola Lessons for guitar and bass. Contact Gary for scheduling and pricing. 850-454-9067 garyguitarlessons@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Guitarlessonspensacola

Gulf Breeze School of Music

5 Center Road Gulf Breeze, 32561 Offering private instrumental/vocal lessons. Art, Orchestra, and preschool classes as well. Great location, choice of lesson times, and fabulous teachers! 850-261-8824

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Pensacola Music Teachers Association

Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties, Music classes and lessons in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Northwest Florida. Visit our website for a list of music teachers. pmta.pensacola@gmail.com

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Pensacola String Academy

Gulf Coast School of Music

812 East DeSoto Street Pensacola, 32501 Located in the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola, we offer guitar, drum, piano, singing, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and songwriting lessons. Ages 7 years to adult. 850-207-9795 jim@gulfcoastschoolofmusic.com www.gulfcoastschoolofmusic.com

4880 Peacock Drive Pensacola, 32504 Private string lessons in violin, viola, cello, and string bass. We welcome all students, beginner to advanced, ages 3 years to post retired. Find us on Facebook. 850-525-2553 Pensacolastringacademy@gmail.com www.pensacolastringacademy.com

Pensacola Studio of Piano

Jinks Music Universe

Each lesson is tailored to the individual with 30 and 60 minute lessons in guitar, bass, drums, production and more. 850-712-6481 john@jinksmusicuniverse.com www.jinksmusicuniverse.com

Belle Meadow Boulevard Pensacola, 32514 Quality, affordable piano instruction for students of all musical levels. Contact us today and discover the joy of making music on the piano! www.pensacolapianostudio.mymusicstaff.com

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

Music Lessons with Rodney Brown

105 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32502 Lessons for saxophone, clarinet, bass, jazz improv and beginning flute and piano. 850-261-7689 rodneybrown@me.com www.musicbyrodneybrown.com

205 East Zaragoza Street Pensacola, 32502 The PSO offers 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

Pensacola Children’s Chorus

46 E Chase Street Pensacola, 32502 Audition appointments can be scheduled on our website. Financial aid available for qualified families. We provide quality music education and performances in both classical choral training and musical theater. 850-434-7760 bekki@pensacolachildrenschorus.com www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com

Ron Kaye’s Music Instruction

4696 Kimberly Drive Pensacola, 32526 Drum, guitar, bass, piano, voice lessons, banjo, mandolin, violin, ukulele, and more. Many students become multi-instrumentalists! Learn to understand music and open up another wonderful world. 850-453-9966 info@musiclessonspensacola.com www.musiclessonspensacola.com

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Scouting

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Boy Scouts - Gulf Coast Council

9440 University Parkway Pensacola, 32514 Scouting for Boys and Girls. Cub Scouts (ages 7-10), Boy Scouts (11 - 17), Venturing (14 - 20) and Explorers (14 - 20). Visit www. BeAScout.org to find local units. 850-476-6336 began@bsamail.org www.gulfcoastcouncil.org

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council

4585 Isabella Ingram Drive Pensacola, 32504 At Girl Scouts, girls prepare for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure in a safe, no-limits place designed for and by girls. Visit our website to join or volunteer. 877-764-5237 info@girlscouts-gateway.org www.joingsgc.org

Time To Shine Center for Performing Arts 4375 Woodbine Road Pensacola, 32571 See our detailed listing information under Art Category. 850-994-5678 info@timetoshineflorida.com www.timetoshineflorida.com

West Florida Home Education Music Association

Pensacola Our organization has six performance groups for both wind & string instruments. Weekly instruction, concerts, community outreaches. All-State/ County opportunities, solo and ensemble competitions. Ages 8 - 18 years. 850-572-9249 homeschoolbandandstrings@gmail.com www.homeschoolband.com

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Sports Training Ninja Life ad on page 8

1211 Rainbow Avenue Pensacola, 32505 After school programs for elementary - middle school students with transportation from Escambia County schools. Open to homeschool students and other school districts. Visit our website or Facebook page for updates. 850-287-1717 info@ninja-life.com www.ninja-life.com

One on One Kicking Camps

Heritage Girls

Pensacola A faith-based leadership and character development program for girls ages 5-18. Badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences. Visit our website for more information and locate your local troop. 513-771-2025

Pensacola Comprised of the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) for ages 10 - 13 years and Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) for 13 - 17 years.

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We are the elite training facility for kickers, punters, and long snappers across the globe for all ages. Grade school, high school, college and professional leagues. We have 18 active NFL players who currently train in our program!

954-274-5963 mike@oneononekickingcamps.com www.oneononekickingcamps.com

Alpha Omega Performance Training

Trail Life USA

A Christ-Centered, outdoor Leadership Ministry for boys and young men ages K 12th grade. Troops are chartered by area churches. 321-247-7761 contact@traillifeusa.com www.traillifeusa.com

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490 East Heinberg Street Pensacola, 32502 Youth exercise classes for strength, speed, conditioning, agility, and fun. Ages 6 years and up. Improve sports performance, or just for exercise, we have a program and class for you! 850-377-1862 joseph@mccrorymgmtgroup.com www.alphaomegaperformance.com

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Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street Pensacola, 32502 Days/Times: Mondays 6:00pm - 7:00pm for 4 - 7 years and 7:00pm-8:00pm for 8-10 years. Tuesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm for girls 11-14 years and 7:00pm - 8:00pm for boys 11-14 years. Cost: $10.00 City Residents; $20.00 non-City resident. Camp is October 14 – November 5, 2019. 850-436-5195 lgriffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com

Basketball Camp

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Cobb Resource Center, 601 East Mallory Street Pensacola, 32502 Youth will learn the fundamentals of basketball. We teach dribbling, passing, shooting, positions, offense and defense. Registration required. Tuesdays and Thursdays October 1 – 29, 2019 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Ages 5-12. Cost: $20.

Pensacola Girls Youth Volleyball

Pensacola Youth Football

Vickrey Resource Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32501 Season runs March - May for girls ages 9-14 years and provides basic skills and elements of the game of volleyball. Participants play organized league volleyball in a controlled environment. Games and practices will be held at the Vickrey Resource Center.

Season runs August - December. For Magee Field Rattlers Football contact Anthony Caldwell at Tcsdaycare@ymail.com. For NEP Wildcats Football visit www.nepwildcats.com or email Kevin Sluder at buully48@yahoo.com. For SYSA Tigers Football at Legion Field contact Ray Palmer at rdp4gators@aol.com.

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Pensacola Youth Soccer

Pensacola Youth Basketball League

2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Our objectives are to contribute to positive physical, mental, and social development of all youth ages 4 – 15 years. 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 until August 5, 2019. Registrations turned in after this date will be accepted to fill in rosters but players may not be placed on a team.

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Registration is October 1st – December 1st for the Vickrey League. Season runs January February 2020. Open to children ages 5 - 14. Eligibility date is January 1, 2020. Practice once a week and games once a week (some coaches may make other arrangements). Volunteer your time to coach! We rely on volunteers to keep kids playing. No experience necessary. Cost: $72 City residents; $83 Non-residents. 850-912-4109 cfox@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com

Bill Bond Baseball and T-Ball

Pensacola Youth Cheerleading

Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Fall Season Dates: September-November. Registration begins July 1, 2019. Ages: 5-15. Cost: $135. Payment plan and sibling discounts available. Register online.

Season runs August - December. For Magee Field Rattlers Cheer, contact Anthony Caldwell at tcsdaycare@ymail.com. For NEP Wildcats Cheer visit www.nepwildcats.com or email Jillian Keefe at nepcatscheer@gmail.com. For SYSA Tigers Cheer at Legion Field, contact Tammie May at may_t@bellsouth.net or visit www.sysatigers.org.

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Registration begins February 1, 2019. Season runs March - May. Ages 4-7. Please visit the website for details under Athletics and Sports - Youth Sports – T-ball. lgriffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com

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Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street Pensacola, 32502 Days & Time: Practices begin November 4, 2019.

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Season begins September 16 - October 25, 2019. $115 per child ($95 wee-ball). Visit our website to register.

Tennis, Golf & Swim

850-324-8142

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Northwest Florida Youth Sports Alliance

Football for ages 5 to 14 years of age teaching the basic fundamentals of the game, teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline and leadership. 850-384-7073 or 850-530-4765

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Pensacola Hype Athletics

Terry Wayne Park, 1620 West Jackson Street Pensacola, 32501 Pensacola HYPE Athletics is a Non Profit Youth Mentoring Program. We offer football, cheerleading, baseball, and basketball. Call, visit our website or find us on Facebook for more information. League Play begins December 18th. Ages & Cost: 7U-$25, 10U-$35, 12U-$35, 14U-$50. 850-436-5195 lgriffin@cityofpensacola.com www.playpensacola.com

Bayside Dynamo - Soccer

Tiger Point Park, Gulf Breeze A competitive and fun environment that encourages development of technical and tactical skills. Bayside Dynamo FC is an FYSA and US Club affiliated soccer program. 850-490-8494 president@baysidedynamo.com www.facebook.com/baysidedynamofc

Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA

165 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, 32502 We believe that sports help build character and muscles! We encourage teamwork and sportsmanship while improving coordination. For registration or to volunteer, visit our website. 850-438-4406

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Ensley Youth Sports 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. Contact us for registration information. 850-530-4765

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Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy

Competitive soccer. Improve individual skills through practice sessions and games at competitive, age-appropriate levels. Visit our website to register for competitive and recreational season. 850-602-7540 ayalavic06@aol.com www.gulfbreezefa.com

Gulf Breeze Sports Association

Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 A community volunteer organization providing children with a variety of sports teams to choose from. Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Lacrosse, Softball, T-Ball and Volleyball. Visit our website for registration. 850-934-5140

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Gulf Coast Texans Soccer Club

Gulf Coast Texans Soccer club is a premier youth soccer club in Northwest Florida. We offer Spring and Fall seasons of recreational soccer for ages 5 - 15 years. 850-477-7842 info@gulfcoasttexans.com www.gulfcoasttexans.com

Northeast Pensacola Sports League

555 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Fall registration is open until August 18th. Fall Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

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Pensacola Junior Ice Flyers

Pensacola Bay Center, 201 East Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 Bringing youth ice hockey to the Northwest Florida area. Registration is now open online. info@jriceflyers.com

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Pensacola Lacrosse Association for Youth An organization sponsoring boys and girls youth lacrosse teams. Teams are grouped by age and skill for fun and competitive play. Instruction offered at all levels, for fun and competitive play. 850-390-3867 lacrossepensacola@gmail.com www.pensacolalacrosse.com

Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association

2020 Bauer Road Pensacola, 32506 A nonprofit, volunteer organization supporting, education and development in community youth through organized sports. Our league includes baseball, basketball, lacrosse, football, softball, cheerleading, and kickball. www.pbysa.org

Southern Youth Sports Association

1320 West Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 A local grassroots nonprofit that offers basketball, cheerleading, baseball, football and tutoring programs. The program is administered by local community leaders. 850-438-6233 sysatigersinfo@sysatigers.org www.sysatigers.org

Upward Sports

Sports included in the Upward Program include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, flag football and volleyball. Visit the website and click on Find a Place to Play. 864-949-5700

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Warrington Youth Sports

115 Beverly Parkway Pensacola, 32502 Visit our website for registration dates. Football, Cheerleading, Boys & Girls Basketball, Tee-ball, and Baseball. 850-341-1101 warringtonyouthsports@gmail.com www.warringtonsports.com

West Florida Waves Volleyball

Pensacola, Gulf Breeze & Milton, Teaching volleyball skills and life lessons at all levels with traveling teams that compete regionally and nationally along with grassroots teams and developmental clinics. 850-502-9147 wfwaves19@gmail.com www.westfloridawaves.com

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2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Junior clinics are available at Roger Scott Monday - Thursday, 3:30pm - 6pm. For more information contact the RSTC front desk. For more information on Junior Teams and Play Days call or visit our website. 850-912-4103

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2500 Oak Pointe Drive Pensacola, 32505 Marcus Pointe features a 6,650 yard layout with five sets of tees and subtle challenges. Contact us about junior, college and adult lessons. 850-484-9770 marcuspointegc@gmail.com www.marcuspointegc.com

Milestone Aquatic Club

35 New Market Street Cantonment, 32533 We offer year round swim lessons with small class sizes and plenty of space for kids to learn. Private lessons, water aerobics, and open swim also available. 850-637-1295 mac.aquatics@outlook.com Find us on Facebook

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The First Tee of Northwest Florida

3924 West Navy Boulevard Pensacola, 32507 Promoting character development and life values through the game of golf. Fall classes begin late August at a variety of course locations.

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Tiger Point Golf Club

- Competitive athletic program from 3rd-8th grade

1255 Country Club Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 Private & group lessons, clinics, and junior academy programs available. Player development programs for professional instruction. 850-932-1333

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400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 Providing training & guidance to performers, writers, designers, directors, and technicians of all ages. Classes, workshops, intensives, and camps offered to deliver a variety of educational opportunities. Fall classes begin September 9, 2019. Register today!

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SETSCO Shakespearean contemporary teen acting company. Acting and stage combat classes plus performances at fairs, festivals, and other venues in the southeastern region. 662-278-8383 setsco.director@gmail.com www.setsco.org

Time To Shine Center for Performing Arts 4375 Woodbine Road Pensacola, 32571 See our detailed listing information under Art Category. 850-994-5678 info@timetoshineflorida.com www.timetoshineflorida.com GPP

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A Page in a Book Busy Before Bedtime Bedtime for kids isn’t a simple exercise. There are a whole host of preparations and rituals that mark a child’s transition from active day toward the peace of sleep. With their surplus of energy, the run-up to bedtime is also important guidance for their close-ofday wind down. Bathing, toothbrushing, finding pajamas, and bedtime stories become worthy habits that stay with them into adulthood. And even though these behaviors are designed to point us toward our beds and relaxation, it’s still a lot of activity to navigate. The following titles celebrate the bedtime hustle and bustle that none-the-less moves us closer to the peace of sleep.

Stop That Yawn!!

by Caron Levis, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Atheneum / Simon & Schuster) Gabby Wild has had enough of boring bedtime and thinks the whole thing’s a big snore. Enlisting the help of her Granny to escape the tedium of sleep, they both ditch pajamas and pillows to visit a wonderland of wakefulness. Their destination, ‘Never Sleeping City’, is populated with all-night carnivals, midnight marching bands, and a whole community of wide-awake inhabitants. But as the activity takes its toll, Granny’s jaws begin to stretch in the ultimate signal for sleep. Trying to suppress the contagion of a yawn, Gabby and Granny race from venue to venue, in an effort to stop the spreading drowsiness. But the yawn will not be stopped until it finds a place to rest. LeUyen Pham’s gift for expressive illustration shines through a journey that will carry a wakeful reader toward their ultimate destination of irresistible sleep.

Peekity Boo What You Can Do!

by Heidi Bee Roemer, Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Henry Holt & Company / Macmillan) Dinner is finished and it’s time to clean up and get ready for bed. And while sleeping is easy, there’s still a lot to do before heads hit the pillow. There are clothes to come off, baths to enjoy, pajamas to don, and books to read together. With softly colored central images that fade at the edges, every cheery vignette presents a warmly fuzzy feature of bedtime preparations for a toddler. Each stage of the journey to bed is paired with a rhyming couplet that mirrors the singsong voices of parents charming their child toward sleep. Ideal for introducing and celebrating traditional get-ready-for-bed routines, Peekity Boo What You Can Do is the perfect primer for a baby’s journey to dream time.

Good Night, Mr. Panda

by Steve Antony (Scholastic Press) As the unflappable Mr. Panda is getting ready for bed, he’s visited by a changing parade of friends coming to say ‘Good Night’. Committed to his own nightly routines, Mr. Panda points out to each friend something they are forgetting to do before bed. But his friends have their own rejoinders. Skunk only takes a bath once a month, Sheep don’t wear pajamas and Sloth is just too tired to make it to a bed. While no one is taking Mr. Panda’s advice, there’s one friend in the wings who enthusiastically follows his every recommendation for bedtime readiness. From the somber expressions that define Mr. Panda to the energetic interjections of his friend, Lemur, this title is perfect for read-aloud partners who revel in voicing a diverse cast of characters. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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FamilyCalendar Thursday, July 25

Shipwreck Science with FPAN at Pensacola MESS Hall 2 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. Special guest Mike Thomin of Florida Public Archaeology Network will present underwater archaeology, boat building, and shipwreck science! For ages 6+, included with admission. For more info, visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/ or call (877) 937-6377. Happiness Is... 7 p.m. Join a group of Pensacola Symphony Orchestra musicians for a free performance at Artel Gallery. Inspired by the current exhibition, Happiness Is, this program features the music of Mozart and Elgar, among others. No tickets necessary for this free, general admission event. For more info, visit www. pensacolasymphony.com/ or call (850) 435-2533. Tunes by the Dunes 7-9 p.m. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce free summer concert series at the Sand Crab Pavilion in the Navarre Beach Pier parking lot, just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, 8220 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. Bring a lawn chair. Food will also be available for purchase. Call (850) 939-32667 or visit www.navarrechamber.com for more info. Today’s musician is Chloe Channell. Adventure Camp 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through August 2. Sanders BeachCorinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola. Kids will learn about kayaking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, archery and environmental stewardship. Ages: 8-15. Family fish fry at noon on Friday. $130 city resident/$140 non- resident per week. Call (850) 436-5670 or register online at https://webtrac. cityofpensacola.com/. Roger Scott Tennis Summer Camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through August 9. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. A fun tennisbased day camp for ages 5-13 with arts and crafts, outdoor games, tennis instruction, fun tennis games, and swimming at Roger Scott Pool. Lunch is included. $150 per camper per week (sibling discounts available). For more info, visit www.rogerscotttennis. com/summer-camp-info.html.

Friday, July 26

Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Ft. Pickens) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Ft. Pickens Battery Worth parking lot. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/ whats-happening-star-gazing/. Ever’man Cooks! Kids’ Kitchen (Age 7 and under) 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

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Ever’man Cooks! Kids’ Kitchen (Ages 8 and up) 1-2:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. American Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/. ChampionChip Wiffle Ball Tournament 6:30-9:30 p.m. Michael J. DeSorbo Exchange Park, 3100 East Lakeview Avenue, Pensacola. Cost to play is $125 per team with 4-5 players per team. All teams are guaranteed a three-game minimum, or nine innings total. Register online at http://backyardrule. com/tournaments/events/pensacola/072619. Want to get in some practice before the big tournament? Open Gym Wiffle Ball Nights are on Thursdays at the Vickrey Resource Center from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person and is open to ages 14 and up. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Christmas in July/Fireworks 6:35 p.m. vs. Mobile. For more info, call (850) 9348444 or visit https://www.milb.com/pensacola.

Saturday, July 27

Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. FREE. A group that studies the illness of cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10:15 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. School-aged children (ages 5-12) are invited to register for a 15-minute session to pick a book and read to one of the therapy dogs. Dogs and handlers are coordinated through Pet Partners and Cherry Point Dog Training, Inc. Preregistration requested. For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Open Studio: Jewelry Making 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Participants are invited to drop in anytime between 11:30 and 3:30 to explore and experiment with a variety of media and art forms. Admission: $6 per participant, free for PMA members. All supplies provided; all ages welcome! Register at www. pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Clear Bottom Kayak Tours 9-11 a.m. Explore the Navarre Beach with a 45-minute clear bottom kayak tour of the Gulf side artificial reef. Meet at the Sea Oat Pavilion in the Navarre Beach Marine Park, 8739 Gulf Blvd. in Navarre. For more info, call (850) 939-3267 or visit www.facebook. com/navarrebeachmarinesanctuary. Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center 8-10 a.m. Meet up to clean up! Volunteers will meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or participants can bring supplies. For more info, call (850) 684-3347 or visit www. navarrebeachseaturtles.org. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Once Upon a Shoe 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Written by Joseph Robinette and directed by Mindy Iverson. Mother Goose sadly announces

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White Tie Rock Ensemble: An Evening of Summer Rock 8 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Come celebrate with the White Tie Rock Ensemble as they present a tribute to: Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers and TOTO, along with hits from Christopher Cross, ACE, Player, Rupert Holmes, Kenny Loggins, Boz Scaggs, Pablo Cruise and more! Tickets begin at $28. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.

Sunday, July 28

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Once Upon a Shoe 3 p.m. Written by Joseph Robinette and directed by Mindy Iverson. For details, see July 27 listing. Blues Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay Bay Bridge Band 6-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park. Pack your coolers and bring your lawn chairs and join us at the Hunter Amphitheater for the Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert Series. For more info, visit https://bluesangelmusic.com/ or call (850) 457-7557.

Monday, July 29

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through August 3. Open to incoming 3rd- through 8th-grade students. Five fun-filled days of team-centric music making, culminating in a final performance at Wahoo Stadium! Students will spend the work developing vocal technique, enhancing music reading skills, exploring music from around the world, and much more. $200 registration fee. For more info, visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/ or call (850) 434-7760. Shell Flower Making Class at Artistry 98 10 a.m.-noon. Artistry 98, 1993 Hwy. 87 in Navarre. Free class limited to 10. Reserve a seat at www. artistry98.com/classes.

Tuesday, July 30

Archaeology in the A/C 2 p.m. Study rare artifacts in the classroom and learn more about their history at the Arcadia Mill, 5709 Mill Pond Lane in Milton. New artifacts will be showcased during this free program for all ages. For more info, call (850) 939-32667 or visit www.historicpensacola.org/ explore-arcadia-mill.

Thursday, August 1

Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. Adapted from Aesop by Robert R. Lehan; directed by Brittney Leist. Aesop introduces his own fables, each of which teaches us some valuable lessons in life. For more info, call (850) 221-7599 or visit http://panhandlecommunitytheatre.com/. WUWF’s RadioLive Concert Series 6 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. Our featured artists are Lynn Drury, Gove Scrivenor and Abigail Dowd. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at radiolive.org or at the door

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Panhandle Community Theatre Presents T hree Fables 7:30 p.m. For details, see August 2 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. Mamma Mia! is a story about a young, soon-to-be bride named Sophie who invites three men to the island where she lives to find out which one is her father. Her mother Donna is unaware they are attending until they arrive. This is a story told with your favorite ABBA songs including “Mamma Mia!” “Dancing Queen” and many more! For tickets or more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/. The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Meets the 1st Friday of every month. 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 https://powerfulwomengulfcoast.com/ or call (850) 529-0908.

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Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see August 2 listing.

Sunday, August 4

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Birmingham. Kids run the bases and families have the chance to play catch on the field following each Sunday home game. For more info, call (850) 934-8444 or visit https://www.milb.com/ pensacola.

Parents’ Night Out: An Art Class for Kids 5:30-8 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. For ages 5-12. Cost $20 per student. Students will experiment with various media to create 3D and 2D works to take home. Light snacks are provided but you may pack a dinner if desired. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents Vertigo 7 p.m. Classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Birmingham. For more info, call (850) 934-8444 or visit https://www.milb.com/pensacola.

Free Yoga Class - Breathe Yoga and Wellness 10 - 11 a.m. Community Maritime Park. Classes are held the first Sunday of each month and are open to all ages and levels of experience. Certified instructors from Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center will provide instruction. The class is free, but you need to BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and any other accessories you would like to use. Water will be provided, but you need to bring your own bottle or container. For more info, visit www. cityofpensacola.com/.

Preschool Art Time: Watercolor Salt 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Cost: $6/members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 2:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see August 2 listing.

Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents The Adventures of Robin Hood 7 p.m. Classic film featuring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 3 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing.

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FamilyCalendar Monday, August 5

Yoga & Art at Pensacola Museum of Art with Nancy LaNasa 5:30 p.m. Enhance your creative focus and flow. All levels welcome. Bring towel, yoga mat, water bottle. PMA members are free; non-members free with admission to museum. For more info, visit pensacolamuseum.org or call (850) 432-6247. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Birmingham. Join the Wahoos in honoring local military heroes each Monday of the 2019 season. For more info, call (850) 934-8444 or visit https://www.milb.com/pensacola. Auditions for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Written by Alan Ball and directed by Maureen McNeill. Weddings have a way of bringing out the best and worst in their guests. On the surface, these five bridesmaids have nothing in common. But they band together to survive a wedding party full of landmines like ex-boyfriends, overbearing mothers, and having a bit too much to drink. Five females and one male part in the 20s-30s age range. Performance dates are September 20-29. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.

Tuesday, August 6

Auditions for Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Written by Alan Ball and directed by Maureen McNeill. For details, see August 5 listing.

Wednesday, August 7

Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Day 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. Today is also an autograph day at the National Naval Aviation Museum following the practice. Call (850) 452-3604 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum. org/ for more info.

Thursday, August 8

Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see August 2 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For other details, see August 7 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Science Hour 6-7 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series meeting most months. Tonight’s topic is “Agnotology, Misinformation, and the Need for Clear Science Communication,” presented by Chris Fenner, University of West Florida. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at ctsteven@ufl.edu or call (850) 475-5230.

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Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see August 2 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For other details, see August 7 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Presents Shakespeare in Shorts 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera, 75 S Tarragona St., Pensacola. Three (short) Shakespeare comedies set to the music of modern times! Romeo and Juliet is told through five scenes and five songs set to the music of Journey, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and more. The Merry Wives of Windsor contains dialogue with a few musical numbers, including music by Bob Marley, Buddy Holly and Sir Cliff Richards. Pyramus and Thisby is a play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It includes music by Gilbert and Sullivan, The Commodores, The Stray Cats, Henry Mancini, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Steve Perry. Each short runs 30 minutes or less and there will be two intermissions! For tickets or more info, call (662) 278-8383, visit http://setsco.org/ or find us on Facebook. Hill-Kelly Movies in the Park Series - How to Train Your Dragon 3 7:30 p.m. Community Maritime Park. Bring your blankets and chairs to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars. Movies begin at sunset and free event parking begins at 6 p.m. For more info, find “Play Pensacola Parks & Recreation” on Facebook and click on events. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/ whats-happening-star-gazing/.

Saturday, August 10

Sea Turtle Baby Shower 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Landshark Landing (165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel property). A family friendly afternoon of games, activities, entertainment to educate and celebrate sea turtles. Meet Meg the Mermaid, touch a real turtle shell. Lots of giveaways. Event is free to public. For more info, visit https://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-calendar/. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see July 27 listing. Sabotage: A Tribute to The Beastie Boys Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/.

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Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents House of Wax 7 p.m. Classic film featuring Vincent Price. For tickets or more info, call (850) 5953880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a twolocation 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. Auditions for Pensacola Children’s Chorus 46 East Chase St., Pensacola, For new and returning members in grades 1-12. Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day. For more details or to register for a time, visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/auditions or call (850) 434-7760. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Presents Shakespeare in Shorts 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera, 75 S Tarragona St., Pensacola. For details, see August 9 listing. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see August 2 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see August 9 listing.

Sunday, August 11

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 3 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents Rear Window 7 p.m. Classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Blues Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay - Cat Daddy Blues Band & Adam Holt 6-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park. For details, see July 28 listing. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents Three Fables 2:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see August 2 listing.

Tuesday, August 13

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Friday, August 16

Collectibles & More Rummage Pre-Sale 6-9 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1 St. Francis Drive, Gulf Breeze. Pre-sale reception includes wine, refreshments, music and time to browse. $10 admission/ $15 per couple. All sale items are lightly used but in like new, fully operational condition. Merchandise available for purchase includes: art, jewelry, gifts, holiday decorations, tools, small appliances, furniture and more. For more info, visit www.stfrancisgulf breeze. org.

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Improvable Cause Happy Hour 7 p.m. Pensacola’s only professional improv comedy troupe! Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different! For the young, old, and the young-at-heart. For tickets or more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/. 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/. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For other details, see August 7 listing.

Thursday, August 15

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Veterans’ Meeting 4-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at Beef O’Brady’s, 344 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze. 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 is not provided. Call (850) 529-0908 or Visit https://powerfulwomengulfcoast. com/. Drivin’ & Cryin’ Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/. 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

Home Builders Association Home & Product Expo 1-6 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Tickets $5 at the door. Kids under 19 free. Free parking. Free admission Sunday only from 3-5 p.m. For more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (850) 476-0318.

Saturday, August 17

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. 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.

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FamilyCalendar Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents Singin’ in the Rain 7 p.m. Classic film featuring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. For tickets or more info, call (850) 5953880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Chattanooga. For details, see August 3 listing. Home Builders Association Home & Product Expo 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For more details, see August 16 listing. Collectibles & More Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1 St. Francis Drive, Gulf Breeze. $10 admission/ $15 per couple. For details, see August 16 listing. Pensacola Beach RV Resort & Island Culture Tiki Bar Block Party 2-6 p.m. 17 Via DeLuna Drive, Pensacola Beach. Benefits Gulf Coast Kids House. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 7:30 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Preschool Art Time: Cardboard Dinosaurs 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. For details, see August 3 listing. Parent’s Night Out: An Art Class for Kids 5:30-8 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. For ages 5-12. For details, see August 3 listing.

Sunday, August 18

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mamma Mia! 3 p.m. Mainstage play directed by Carla Rhodes, with music directed by Tina Buran. For details, see August 2 listing. Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents North by Northwest 7 p.m. Classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Home Builders Association Home & Product Expo Noon-5 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For more details, see August 16 listing. Blues Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay The Modern Eldorados 6-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park. For details, see July 28 listing. Family Sunday at Pensacola Museum of Art 1-4 p.m. Bring your family to the museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Afterwards enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibitions. Cost: $6/participant over the age of 3, includes day admission into the PMA. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

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Monday, August 19

Auditions for Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck at Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. We all know the story of Dracula and the legends of the great vampires, but what if that is just what they wanted us to think? This original comedy thriller goes to the heart of the matter. Performance dates are October 4-12. Seven male parts and two females, ranging from 20s to 50s age range. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.

Drive, Pensacola. For more info, visit https://pensacolasports.org/jucosoccer/. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Ft. Pickens) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Ft. Pickens Battery Worth parking lot. For details, see July 26 listing.

Saturday, August 31

Tuesday, August 20

Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition 2:30 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola. Bring coolers and lawn chairs. Vendors available on site. For tickets or more info, visit www. gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com/ or call (850) 393-3028.

Thursday, August 22

Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents Creature from the Black Lagoon 7 p.m. Classic film featuring Richard Carlson and Julie Adams. For tickets or more info, call (850) 5953880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For other details, see August 7 listing.

Sister Hazel Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/.

Saturday, August 24

Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents The Public Enemy 7 p.m. Classic film featuring James Cagney, Jean Harlow and Edward Woods. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger. com/. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Jackson. For details, see August 3 listing. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10:15 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see July 27 listing. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see July 27 listing.

Sunday, August 25

Pensacola Saenger Theatre Presents The Public Enemy 7 p.m. Classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and featuring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Jackson. For details, see August 4 listing.

Monday, August 26

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Jackson. For details, see August 5 listing.

Friday, August 30

Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition Kick-Off Party Doors open at 7 p.m. Army National Guard, 8790 Grow Drive, Pensacola. Bring your own food and drinks. $25 admission in advance; $35 at the door. For tickets or more info, visit www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.com/ or call (850) 393-3028. JUCO Soccer Invitational through September 2 Ashton Brosnaham Park, 10370 Ashton Brosnaham

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Widespread Panic Live in Concert Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Parking $10 cash only; concert tickets begin at $60. For tickets or more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. 7th Annual Backpack Project USA Family Fishing Rodeo Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, 30 East Texar, Pensacola. You and your children can compete in numerous fresh and saltwater fishing categories to win prizes. The Open Division offers 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place monetary prizes while the Junior Division offers trophies and a kayak for the grand prize winner! Also enter raffles and bid on silent auction items. A fried fish dinner will be offered at the end of the day on Sunday. For more info, visit www.backpackprojectusa.com/ or call (850) 595-0135.

Sunday, September 1

Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition 2:30 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola. For details, see August 31 listing. Widespread Panic Live in Concert Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see August 31 listing. Free Yoga Class - Breathe Yoga and Wellness 10 - 11 a.m. Community Maritime Park. For details, see August 4 listing.

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Yoga & Art at Pensacola Museum of Art with Nancy LaNasa 5:30-6:30 p.m. For details, see August 5 listing.

Wednesday, September 4

Light the Fire Again Conference Pensacola Bay Center. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 7453000. Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Day 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. Today is also an autograph day at the National Naval Aviation Museum following the practice. For other details, see August 7 listing.

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Friday, September 6

Light the Fire Again Conference Pensacola Bay Center. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 7453000. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see August 9 listing.

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Every Sunday This Month

Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama/. Family-Friendly Improv at Pensacola Library 2:30-3:30 p.m. 239 N. Spring St. Come learn basic improv techniques and games like those in the comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Improv is storytelling without a script. All ages welcome, but parents must accompany younger children. For more info, call (850) 436-5060.

Every Tuesday This Month

Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Bring your lawn chair and join us every Tuesday night for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. Artists include: Tyler Mac July 30; Cristi Dee’s BAD JUJU August 6; Slight Return Band August 13; Crosstown August 20; Class X August 27; She And The Its September 3; and Chloe Channell September 10. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit https://visitpensacolabeach.com/whatshappening-bands-on-beach/.

Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Fresh produce to local Lonestar Kitchen to jewelry and soaps. Come support local artists. For more info, visit www. facebook.com/pg/gbfarmersmarket/ or call (850) 867-7263. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Join us for stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! We have fun with many books from our collection. For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 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/. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street. Featuring various jazz vocalists and musicians weekly. The jazz concert will start in the Lili Marlene room. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit www.sevillequarter.com/.

Every Thursday This Month

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Looking to try something fun and competitive? Join us for a pick-up game of Pickleball. Spare paddles are limited, so please BYOP. Members play free and guests play for only $3. For more info, call Max at (850) 453-1534 or visit www.pacactive.com.

Every Saturday This Month

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. Orange Blossom Special 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children’s Museum, 115 Zaragoza Street, Pensacola. Come on downtown for storytime Saturdays! Climb aboard and take a journey with storyteller Paul Morrell on the Orange Blossom Special train ride. Learn Florida train history inside the museum and then take a ride on the train. Tickets are only $5 each (includes 1 free adult). Super Saturday/Parents’ Night Out 6-10 p.m. Mojo Gymnastics, 1901 N T Street, Pensacola. Bars and ropes to swing on, a zip line, cargo net, trampoline and bouncer. Weekly themes, such as costume parties, glow parties, etc. Pizza and drinks included in the $20 admission. Parents

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welcome to stay and play for FREE! Open to all ages; however, children 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult. To guarantee space, please e-mail or call to reserve your child’s space! Call (850) 733-3547 or visit www.mojogymnastics.com/super-saturday.html 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. 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.

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 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. SNAP, which stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN, is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral model powered by the minds at Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP helps troubled children and their parents learn how to effectively manage their emotions and “keep problems small.” SNAP services are completely free to youth and their families! SNAP Boys and SNAP Girls program is designed for children ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. The parent group meets at the same time as the SNAP Boys/SNAP Girls groups. Parents learn effective child management and SNAP strategies. The group also provides parents with an opportunity to make connections with other parents facing similar challenges. For more info or to participate in a program, call (850) 453-2772.

Parenting

CDAC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. offers a variety of parenting programs specific to the age of the children (from infants to teens) and needs of the parents. They are offered free to the community and meet in different locations in Pensacola. Please contact Medena Williams at mwilliams@cdac.info or (850) 449-4315 or (850) 439-5626 for more info.

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 – Select Saturday classes (9 a.m.-13:30 p.m.) walk you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. $20 per series. www.facebook.com/greaterpensacolaparents


SupportGroups Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Held third Fridays odd months, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Breastfeeding – Two-class series (select Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.) teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per series. 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 series. Classes are offered each month as a five-class series from 6-8:30 p.m. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! Select Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4874 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m.

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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 firsttime 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.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-tobe 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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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-tobe 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.sacred-heart.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 (850) 416-7264. “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. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

understands that giving birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368 or visit https://westfloridahospital.com/service/family-birthplace. Breastfeeding Preparation Class Classroom 5 & 6 on the 7th Floor of the Ancillary Building at West Florida Hospital located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Free for pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/ service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Classroom 1 on the 7th Floor in the Ancillary Building located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Join us for a PowerPoint presentation that will discuss: what to expect in labor, vaginal delivery, c/s delivery, pain control options, post partum care, newborn care, and we will tour the labor unit/suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirthpreparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Classroom 1 on the 7th Floor in the Ancillary Building located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Con-

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densed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Free, very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.

Support Groups Cancer

Cancer Support Group 2-3 p.m. second Tuesdays. Sacred Heart Hospital Oncology Unit Library, 2nd floor. Cancer patients, cancer survivors, their families & friends are invited to join. Enjoy some “Tea for the Soul” & light refreshments. The group is designed to offer support through education, spirituality and humor as well as the comfort of fellowship with other cancer patients. For more info, call Rene Moses, 416-7703 or Jo Jensen, 416-7593. CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) Tuesday nights for six consecutive weeks at the Sacred Heart Cancer Center. A unique, free program created to provide emotional support for children who have a parent with cancer. During the group meetings, conversation and art are used to help children identify and appropriately express complex feelings related to having a parent with cancer. Preregistration is required by calling (850) 416-2679. Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group 6:30-8 p.m. 3rd Tuesdays in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. 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. More details can be found at www.wingsofhopeinc.org. Look Good...Feel Better Sacred Heart Cancer Center 3rd Floor Conference Room on Airport Blvd. Free program that teaches people in active cancer treatment ways to deal with the appearance-related side effects of treatment. It will be offered jointly by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the National Cosmetology Association. Pre-registration is required by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-888-604-5888 or visit www. cancer.org/cps3florida. Man2Man Prostate Cancer Self Help Group 9:30 a.m. first Saturdays. Sacred Heart Cancer Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room on Airport Blvd. Facilitated by Ed Rigby, American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer education and support program. For more info, call (850) 438-7627 or 438-4491. No registration required. Managing Life with Cancer: A Mini Series Four-week program at Sacred Heart Cancer Center designed to help patients and families learn how to emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially cope with cancer. Patients will be able to connect with other cancer patients while learning common emotions associated with a cancer diagnosis, healthy coping skills, safe exercises, sources of personal hope, and available financial resources. Lunch is provided so pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-2679.

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SupportGroups Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola 4-5:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Prostate Cancer Support Group 5-6:30 p.m. 2nd Thursdays. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Sacred Heart Cancer Center Sacred Heart provides emotional support and education for cancer patients and their families through a variety of support groups. For more info, visit the Cancer Center Support Groups website or call (850) 416-2679.

Grief Support

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

Illness Support

Alzheimer’s Support Group West Florida Hospital - West Florida Rehab - Community Rooms A & B, 8383 North Davis Highway, Pensacola. For meeting dates and times, call (850) 494-3212 or visit https://westfloridahospital.secure.ehc.com/ calendar/index.dot. Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. Next meeting is August 19. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group 1-2 p.m., usually second Fridays. West Florida Hospital - West Florida Rehab - Community Rooms A & B, 8383 North Davis Highway, Pensacola. Refreshments will be served. To verify meeting dates and times, call (850) 494-3212 or visit https://westfloridahospital.secure.ehc.com/calendar/index.dot. Pediatric Stroke Warriors of Pensacola For meeting dates and more information, please find us on Facebook or contact Rebecca Scherer at (352) 572-9018. Stroke Support Group 12:30-1:30 p.m., second Wednesdays. October through December meetings are at Sacred Heart Women’s & Children’s Classroom C/D (regular meeting location). See Information Desk staff if you need assistance. Please let us know in advance if you need a wheelchair. All stroke survivors and their family members invited to join us each month, free of charge. Discussions are led by the Neurology Social Worker. Topics change each month, and meetings occasionally will include a guest speaker. For more

info, call (850) 416-7621 or e-mail: eopena@ascension. org.

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. Call for next meeting dates. 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 motherto-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meetings will be held August 1 and September 5, from 10 a.m.noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/la-lecheleague-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 meeting will be held August 17, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of most months 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.sacredheart.org/childbirth. MOMS Club of Pensacola-Northeast Non-profit organization whose mission is to support stay-at-home mothers and their children. We offer age-specific playgroups, member-only activities and participate in philanthropic efforts within our community. We strive to provide a supportive, caring atmosphere during every stage of motherhood. Member meetings are held

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near the end of each month. Visit us at www. momsclubpensacolane.weebly.com or find us on Facebook. MOMS Club of Pensacola-Southwest We are “MOMS Offering Moms Support.” Our non-profit organization aims to meet the needs of West Pensacola and Perdido Key mothers who have chosen to stay at home with their children. Public member meetings are held on 4th Wednesdays. We also meet throughout the month in smaller, age-specific and activity-specific playgroups for various club activities. For more info, visit https://momsclubpensacolasw. weebly.com/ or find us on Facebook. Pensacola Parents of Multiples 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. Also e-mail PensacolaParentsofMultiples@hotmail.com.

Special Needs

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

Weight Loss

Weight-Loss Support Group Meets second Tuesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist WeightLoss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 437-8746.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Learning to Shift Your Parenting Style Do you allow your teenager to make mistakes? Or do you protect him from that? Think about it — if you hadn’t learned from your own mistakes, how would you know what it means to make one? And if you prevent your teen from making mistakes, how else will he grow into maturity? By lecturing him? By rescuing him every time? Based on what I’ve learned from 30 years of working with troubled teens, that mode of parenting simply isn’t helpful to children in their teenage years.

As Children Enter Adolescence, Parents Need to Shift Gears — from Lecturing and Protecting to Mentoring and Coaching. Perhaps you recall the Biosphere II experiment 20 or so years ago? Several scientists were sealed in a huge glass bio-dome in the Arizona desert to see if life could be sustained in a similar facility in outer space. There was one unexpected result from that experiment. As trees were grown in this seemingly “perfect” environment, with sun and water and good soil, they all eventually died. You see, as trees normally grow in nature, winds continuously bend them back and forth, making microscopic tears in their bark. The tree responds by filling the tiny breaks with protective sap that hardens and forms a sturdy outer core, making the tree trunk strong enough to stand upright. So, without the buffeting of wind in the protected dome of Biosphere II, the trees there simply flopped over and broke after reaching a certain height. Greater Pensacola Parents I August 2019

I hope the analogy to parenting is obvious. Are you overly protective of a teenager in your own “dome”? Can you see how that could become detrimental, or at the very least not be very helpful to them, when in a few short years they will take on life all on their own? After years of being in protector mode, we need to get out of the way and allow our children to gradually bend in the winds of life a little more. Through that gentle buffeting they’ll gain strength and wisdom to stand upright and flourish in their later years. Without it, they will simply fall over at some point. The shift also encompasses moving from telling and providing to listening and guiding. In other words, avoid fixing everything for the little darlings but be there for them to cry on your shoulder when they make a mistake. Encourage them to make as many of their own decisions as possible, as long as they aren’t life threatening. The teenager may not get it quite right at first but eventually, through natural consequences, they will learn to make better decisions. Begin early, and keep working at it. This is an ongoing process, and one you should consider a critical stepping-stone to maturity. Parents of teenagers who really understand the “shifting gears” principle become really good coaches and listeners. They allow their children to learn from small mistakes along life’s road to prepare them to handle bigger decisions later on. They remain in the game, enforc50

ing the boundaries without wavering, but they avoid anger when boundaries are broken. They allow consequences to speak for themselves, for it is through consequences that we all learn. And they express true empathy and inspirational support during their teen’s struggles, even when they make really stupid mistakes. If you have a teenager in your home, perhaps it is time to shift your style of parenting. While it is hard to step back and watch as inevitable mistakes are made, it is essential for parents to allow the buffeting winds of life to blow. And give your teen some credit. You’ll be surprised how quickly he or she will mature once the training wheels are taken off and it is up to them to either steer straight, or crash. Like the beam on a child’s face after his first unassisted bike ride, your teen will grow in confidence and self-esteem with each new decision he makes. Give it a shot. Stop teaching and start training. You’ve done a great job giving your child input throughout the years. Now, start helping your daughter apply those truths to her life. That usually doesn’t happen in one conversation; it happens with many conversations. And start the process of helping your son become independent and take control of his life. It’s what HE wants. And you know it’s what YOU want. There’s a difference between teaching and training. Which one are you spending most of your time doing with your teen?

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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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Toy Story 4 MPAA Rating: G Overall: A Violence: B Sexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: A When I saw the trailer for Toy Story 4, I was afraid that Pixar was making an unnecessary sequel in pursuit of the almighty dollar. But as the movie played out across the screen, I fell under its spell. Toy Story 4 is an enchanting movie, filled with humor, pathos, charm, and gentle wisdom. Beginning where the third film left off, Andy’s toys have all adjusted to life with Bonnie (voiced by Madeleine McGraw) – except for Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks). No longer the favorite toy, Woody is often left in the closet to gather dust. But when an apprehensive Bonnie has to go to kindergarten orientation, Woody sees a role for himself and hides in her backpack. He’s instrumental in helping Bonnie on her first day at school and she comes home proudly carrying Forky, a spork she has turned into a toy. The introduction of Forky, hilariously voiced by Tony Hale, is where this movie takes off. Toy Story 4 rides high on a tide of laughter, buoyed up by comic action sequences, plenty of funny dialogue, and the usual collection of oddball characters. Buzz Lightyear, still voiced by the inimitable Tim Allen, decides that the buttons on his chest that provide pre-recorded phrases are the source of his “inner voice” and decides to follow whatever directions they provide – with predictably hilarious results. Best of all, the strong positive messages and wonderful comic scenes come with little negative content, aside from some moments of peril and minor violent content which are necessary to drive the plot. Moviegoers will marvel at how a motley collection of animated toys manage to climb out of their toybox and into their hearts.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Profanity: BAlcohol / Drug Use: B After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) finds himself busier than ever before. With the loss of so many Avengers in the battle against Thanos, Spider-Man has to step up to battle emerging threats. Peter sees an upcoming class trip to Europe as a welcome excuse to unwind and hang up the suit for a little while. Unfortunately for him, his arrival in Europe coincides with a new problem: huge monsters called Elementals which could destroy everything. With the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the mysterious Quentin Beck (Jake Gyllenhaal), Peter will have to find time for his own plans while saving the world. This film does a surprisingly good job balancing the emotionally heavy consequences of Endgame with the typically lighthearted tone of previous Spider-Man films. The content concerns are exactly what you’d expect from a superhero flick – lots of action violence - but this film feels a lot milder than some others. Much like its titular character, Spider-Man: Far from Home was handed a difficult bill after Endgame, and much like Peter Parker, the film did a good job of staying true to its own style while incorporating the larger themes of its predecessor. In my opinion, Tom Holland is the best live action Spider-Man we’ve seen yet, and he keeps bringing the kind, considerate, and concerned kid that Peter Parker needs to be to the screen in a big way.

The Lion King

Breakthrough (on DVD)

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C Sexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: A It’s not that the new Lion King is a bad movie. In fact, it’s an astounding technical achievement - a photorealistic computer animated production so stunning it will be the frontrunner for this year’s Oscar. To watch the movie is to marvel at the skill of the animators and the power of their computers. The brilliance of the computer animation does have one big downside: the lions have been meticulously crafted, with accurate facial musculature, making it impossible for them to display human emotions. While animators can anthropomorphize hand-drawn lions to express feelings, a realistic lion doesn’t look envious, sad, joyful, or any of the other emotions integral to this film’s plot. The stiff looking animal faces in this movie make the human touch particularly critical and that’s where the movie’s stellar voice cast comes to the fore. John Oliver, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner bring comic brilliance to their roles as Zazu the bird, Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the farting warthog. But the real star here is Chiwetel Ejiofor whose villainous Scar drips with envy, hatred, and barely contained menace. He jacks up the fear factor in a movie that will easily frighten small children with its multiple scenes of animals attacking one another with tooth and claw. Parents of sensitive children should note that there are multiple violent episodes in this movie. The 1994 film had charm and originality. This remake obviously can’t aim for originality – it’s a do over, after all. As for charm, I didn’t feel it. And I can’t precisely put my finger on the reason for its absence. Somehow, I just couldn’t “feel the love tonight”. And that’s too bad.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: B+ Sexual Content: A Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A “You have a purpose. You are loved.” So Joyce Smith (Chrissy Metz) repeatedly tells her moody 14-year-old son, John (Marcel Ruiz). Joyce is concerned about her increasingly uncommunicative teen and then the unthinkable happens – he falls through the lake ice and drowns. John is declared dead, Joyce prays, and John’s pulse miraculously returns. But he is hanging to life by a thread which may snap at any minute. Can John’s family, church, and wider community exercise their faith and call down a miracle from heaven? Breakthrough has an earnest, multiracial cast, who, despite the fact that they sometimes seem to be reciting lines rather than living them, do so with real sincerity. The movie also takes on the joys and trials of being part of a church congregation and portrays the petty conflicts that can arise when wellmeaning people irritate each other as well as the wonderful acts of kindness and support that a faith community can provide. And the film is almost entirely free of objectionable content. Unfortunately, Breakthrough also has some significant near misses. Watching Joyce, viewers may be driven to wonder where the line is between steadfast faith and delusional determination. Is Joyce faith-filled or irrational? Is her faith based in God’s will or her preferred outcome? And it’s a real disappointment that the script doesn’t go deeper here. Criticisms aside, Christians (or non-believers) who are grappling with feelings of divine abandonment, loss or doubt may feel that the movie isn’t able to break through their pain to provide the inspiration and comfort they seek.

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