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Living With Children John Rosemond

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Kids Health Watch

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Show Your Love!

The affection effect on marriage is important, and needs special attention during parenting years.

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An Insider’s Guide to Choosing Child Care

What to consider when deciding where to place your child.

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Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

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Dave Ramsey

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Get This!

Gerry Paige Smith

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Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

2018 Child Care Guide Our comprehensive listing of daycares, preschools, and MMO programs.

Growing Up Online

Find practical ways for helping your child be kind from behind the screen.

On The Cover Lily Rae (20 months), daughter of Thomas and Ashton Ashworth. Lily Rae loves playing with her baby dolls, singing and dancing to her favorite movies, and playing dressup. Proud grandparents are Suzette Godwin, Jim and Janice Cook, and Wendell and Linda Ashworth.

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A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

Departments 6

Bits and Pieces 10

School Bits 44

Family Calendar 52

Movie Reviews

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MomOfTheMonth

Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

Every parent wants the absolute best for their children. No matter what it may be; from their diapers to their college education. We want the best for them. Period. From the moment my husband and I found out I was pregnant, we began to think about everything we needed to do to prepare for our precious child. The time spent preparing for your first child is exciting and terrifying at the same time. You get to decorate the nursery and buy cute clothes! So much fun! However, once we came to the subject of childcare, that’s Nikki Golden Photography when things started to get a little stressful. After our daughter Lily Rae was born, I enjoyed the priceless time we spent together at home. At the time, I was finishing my degree in elementary education and all I needed to complete it was student teaching. Naturally, I was not looking forward to the day I had to leave her. At least that is how it felt. I was “leaving” her. It was also for her...everything my husband and I do is for our family. With this day coming, and it seemed to be coming fast, I knew we needed to find the best possible daycare for our daughter. I was calling all of the local centers that I knew of. Of course, the day I was dreading did come and Lily Rae was seven months old when she started daycare. In spite of this, we did find the best place for her and could not be happier about the care she is receiving. She has been with her caregiver for a year now and she loves it! We love it! I remember the time I went to pick her up and she did not want to leave. This shattered my heart in to pieces. Then again, this was confirmation she was happy being there. The dread of leaving her was gone. Fortunately, this month’s issue of Greater Pensacola Parents has a phenomenal Child Care Directory on page 34, which lists various preschool, daycare and even mom’s day out opportunities in the area. This makes the search a little less stressful because all of the information you need is right here at your fingertips. I will definitely keep this issue on hand! If you find yourself overwhelmed with the process of finding the best child care for your children, or you do not know where to start, there is a fabulous article on page 32, An Insider’s Guide to Choosing the Right Daycare. This article tells you what you need to look for when selecting a child care provider. Do not let yourself become inundated with this process. Use the resources in this issue! When we were selecting a daycare, the best advice given to us was to always remember you are the parents and you will make the best decisions for your child. When making any decisions for our daughter I often think about this. You will always know what is best for your child, so go with your heart and your gut instincts. I wish you and your family well for the New Year and may you have a stress-free experience when choosing the right child care!

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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Pediatric Infectious Diseases University of Florida

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

The “Ticket” System Q: I’ve been trying for two months with little

to no success to get your “ticket” system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and blatantly refusing to do what I tell her to do. She has three tickets a day. When she loses one, she has to sit in a chair for 15 minutes, and if she loses all three before the day is done, she spends the rest of it in her room. One problem is that she waits until the end of the day to lose all of her tickets, meaning that she really doesn’t spend any “punishment” time in her room because it’s time for bed anyway. The biggest problem is that losing a ticket and time-out doesn’t seem to faze her. Any ideas?

A: I disagree. Losing a ticket obviously fazes her. Otherwise, she would not be cleverly waiting until the end of the day to lose most of her tickets. That tells me that she not only doesn’t want to sit in the time-out chair but also doesn’t want to spend any significant amount of time in her room.

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Before we go any further, I should explain the “ticket” system to those readers who are a tad late to the game. First, several (no more than three) misbehaviors are clearly spelled out on a “target behavior list” that’s affixed to the refrigerator door. Second, three to five “tickets” are cut from construction paper and put up on the refrigerator, next to the misbehavior list, using a magnetic clip. When a targeted misbehavior occurs, the parent closest to the scene of the crime removes one of that day’s tickets from the clip. Each time the child in question loses a ticket, she must sit in time out for a certain length of time. When all the day’s allotment of tickets is gone, the child spends the rest of the day in her room, which has been stripped of most of its “entertainment value,” and goes to bed at least one hour early. Over the years since I developed it, lots and lots of parents have told me that the ticket system has helped them solve many a discipline problem. It seems to work best with children 3 through 12. I generally do not recommend its use with a teenager. Also, as

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I have said before in this column and in several of my books, if the parents’ attitude is not proper, no discipline method is going to work for long. An improper attitude includes impatience, frustration, anger, anxiety, and any other manifestation of stress. Whatever the method, discipline should be delivered dispassionately. If there’s emotional “pressure” behind it, the method in question is very likely to fail. Circling back to your question, the fact that you don’t feel you’ve made significant headway in two months with your daughter leads me to believe that your delivery is the problem. Granted, some kids are more stubborn than others, but a determined but calm enforcement style will bring even the most strong-willed child into line in a relatively short period of time. One more thing: the fact that a child acts unfazed by a consequence does not mean it’s not having any effect. Children are clever, and acting like being thrown into the proverbial briar patch is a vacation is one form their cleverness sometimes takes. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Market Basket 2018: Moonlight and Magnolias

Feb. 18 * 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5 Eleven Palafox, 511 S Palafox St., Pensacola. The Junior League of Pensacola hosts this event boasting samplings from area chefs, home goods, jewelry, fashion and more. Vendors will have items available for purchase and samplings of goods. Tickets are $10 online (through Feb. 17); $15 day of event at the door. For more info, call (850) 433-4421 or visit www.juniorleagueofpensacola.org/ projects/market-basket/.

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‘Sibshop’ Workshops for Siblings of Kids with Special Needs

Sibshops are for siblings, ages 8-15 years old, whose brother or sister has special needs. At a Sibshop, brothers and sisters will: meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs; have fun; talk with others who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good!) parts of having a sibling with special needs; learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive; and have some more fun! No cost. All material and activities are paid for by the sponsors. Register online at http://bit.ly/2cX7VbW or call (850) 469-5423. Two opportunities: February 3 * 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Silver Sands School, Fort Walton Beach. (Pre-registration required. Deadline to register for this event is Feb. 1 and is limited to 20 participants.) February 17 * 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Pensacola. (Pre-registration required.)

Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts

March 10-11 * 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Gulf Breeze High School Parking Lot. A juried fine arts and fine crafts festival bringing together quality local, regional, and national artists. The two-day family event is free and includes more than 140 artists. For more info, visit www.gulfbreezearts.com/.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents: One World, Many Voices

UWF Theatre Dept. Presents The Music Man

February 18 * 2:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A celebration of musical diversity, both in repertoire and the messages we send. This choral concert is anything but traditional, incorporating music from around the world led by PCC’s amazing artistic staff and a renowned guest conductor. For tickets or more info, visit www. pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880.

February 16-18; and 23-25 Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. For tickets and info, call (850) 857-6285 or visit uwf.edu/cfpa.

Bayou Hills Run 10k/5k/Kids Run

March 3 Great views, challenging courses, and a family-friendly atmosphere. This event hosted by Creative Learning Academy includes a 10k, 5k and a 1-Mile Kids’ Run. Register early for discounted pricing, guaranteed T-shirt and personalized bib. For more info and registration, visit www. bayouhillsrun.org.

Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con

February 23-25 * Pensacola Bay Center and The Pensacola Grand Hotel hours for Celebrity Rooms, Panels, Artist Alley and Dealer floor. The Pensacola Grand Hotel will be open to gaming 24 hours a day during the convention and will host events Friday and Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom. There will be additional venue hours for The Pensacola Saenger Theatre, The Rex Theatre, and The Pensacola Little Theatre. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/. 5

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Area Mardi Gras Events Friday, February 9 Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade 7:30-9 p.m. Palafox and Government Streets. For more info, visit www.kreweoflafitte.com.

Saturday, February 3 32nd Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade 1-3 p.m. Krewe of Blues Mardi Gras Ball 6-11 p.m. Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street. Dance to the premier Destin band, Deja’ Vu; heavy hors d’ oeuvres; cash bar. Formal/semi-formal. $45 in advance; $55 at the door. Tickets available online at eventbrite.

Saturday, February 10 Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade 2-6 p.m. The Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade is annually the largest and most extravagant parade in Pensacola. This parade itself brings the most attention from the public and the highest traffic with attendees and participants numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade features most of the Krewes from the area, local organizations and companies and everything from marching bands to Scout groups. Many parade entrants come from out of town as well. The parade has more than 6,000 participants, and often more than 100,000 watching the parade. It takes place on Palafox and Garden Streets in historic downtown Pensacola. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade is by far the the largest event of Mardi Gras and of Downtown Pensacola annually, and will prove to be the highlight of the season again this year.

Kids and Kritters Parade 2 p.m. Casino Beach Parking lot, across from Sidelines. Theme: Magical Mystical Mardi Gras Walking procession for families, children, pets. Floats made from wagons. KIDS: Be in the parade! Registration at 1 p.m. No entry fee, but you must bring your own beads to throw and you must wear a costume. KRITTERS: Registration at 1 p.m. $5 for each animal. Must have tags or bring proof of vaccinations. Must be in crate, on short leash and under control of handler. Everyone must be on their best behavior. PRIZES: Best Costumed Kritter 1st, 2nd and 3rd place; Best Mini Float (decorate a stroller or wagon, but no motorized or pedal powered allowed) 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. For more info, e-mail islandtimes@bellsouth.net or visit www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com.

Sunday, February 11 Krewe of Wrecks Parade 2 p.m. The grand event of Mardi Gras on the Island. Oversized floats with generous riders, marching units, Wrecks royalty. Parade watchers: Come early and stay late. Eateries are open. Pack your lunch or visit a beach restaurant. Mardi Gras on the Island is one of the biggest events on Pensacola Beach and attracts a huge crowd. Parking is limited. Kids of all ages will experience the thrill of catching beads and trinkets. Plan to stay all day. Tuesday, February 13 Pensacola Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Priscus Celebration 1-5 p.m. Pensacola Beach. This marks the end of the Mardi Gras season. A new King and Queen Priscus will be revealed to lead us for the following Mardi Gras Season. For more info, visit http://pensacolamardigras.com.

Ballet Pensacola Presents An American in Paris

February 16-18 * Pensacola Little Theatre Ballet Pensacola revives the classic dance sequence that helped the original film earn the Academy Award for “Best Picture” in 1952. This patriotic evening of dance is rounded out with a special performance of “Stars and Stripes.” For tickets or more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/. Greater Pensacola Parents I February 2018

Kindermusik by the Bay Presents Daddy-Daughter Date Night

at The PACE Studio (4634 Lori Lane) Saturday, February 10, at 4 p.m. Cost is $25 per couple and includes take-home instrument, photograph and music download card. Dress up and come ready to sing, dance and play for this special bonding time with your daughter. Reservations are required. Please call (850) 292-0519 or e-mail kmbythebay@gmail.com 6

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All Krewe Food Drive Challenge

Sunday, January 28 Noon-4 p.m. Pensacola Parade People Donate on behalf of your favorite Krewe and help them win the Humanitarian Award Trophy this year! Watch the action as Krewes battle it out for most pounds of food raised. Winning Krewe will be announced at the Priscus Celebration on Fat Tuesday where they will receive the Humanitarian Award Trophy! Pensacola Parade People Store will host the weigh in event. For more info, visit www.paradepeople.com/ or find us on Facebook.

The Pensacola Little Theatre partners with Gulf Coast Kid’s House to accept donated children’s coats in association with its production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running January 26-28, February 1-4, and 8-11. Coats are being accepted now through February 11, for 10% off a full-price adult ticket to see the play. Tickets are available online at pensacolalittletheatre.com and through the Box Office at (850) 432-2042 or by visiting weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism

Double Bridge Run

Feb. 3 and 17 * 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Self expression can help students build personal connections, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. This is a free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

February 3 * 7 a.m. Pensacola Sports, 101 W Main Street. This 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K invites both runners and walkers to travel from Gulf Breeze to beautiful Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island and the Gulf Islands Seashore. For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra Swings Into Naval Aviation Museum

The North Escambia Beekeepers Association is holding its annual seminar February 24 at the Molino Community Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This year we will have two courses, for beginnes and advanced. To continue to increase the number of beekeepers in our area, this year we will offer a beginner’s course. It will be a very condensed and thorough course on how to start in the hobby/career. Participants will learn basic bee biology, the tools and equipment necessary to begin, best practices, pest management, bee installation, honey processing, and state laws regarding bees and honey. Weather permitting there will also be open hive demonstrations. There will also be lectures on catching swarms, splitting hives, and, new to our advanced course only, a section where audience members can “ask the experts.” Tickets are $25 (lunch included) per person before February 14 and can be purchased through Paypal at www.northescambiabees.com. At the door and after the 14th, tickets will be $35. Tickets for children under 18 are $8. For more info, call Danielle at (850) 777-0087 or Tim at (850) 380-2268.

Friday, February 2 * 7 p.m. Big bands are back in the Blue Angels Atrium at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Concertgoers will be able to enjoy dinner at the authentic Cubi Bar Café, which will remain open from 5:15–6:45 p.m for a special dinner menu and cash bar. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of the most sought-after big bands in the world. The 19-member orchestra plays many original arrangements of the legendary Glenn Miller such as “Tuxedo Junction,” “In the Mood” and “Moonlight Serenade,” as well as modern big band-style selections. The entire repertoire exceeds 1,700 compositions, allowing the orchestra to remain popular with music enthusiasts both young and old. The current Glenn Miller Orchestra has been touring consistently since its founding in 1956, playing an average of 300 live dates each year, all around the world. Admission tickets are $30 per person and $25 for Foundation members. Group rates are also available at $25 per person for 25 people or more. Tickets are at the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation office or by calling (850) 453-2389 or (800) 327-5002.

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Screen Media Use in Children Growing up, I recall the first video game I ever saw. It was called Pong, and it was simply two lines on each end of the TV screen and a dot that bounced between them like a pingpong game. Back then it was state of the art. Oh my, how things have changed! So being part of what I call “one of the first electronics generations,” a sobering thing occurred as my wife and I eventually allowed our young son to watch occasional cartoons or videos when he was around age 3. As with most parents, we found there were times when it is convenient as a form of entertainment for him, but we tried not to do it often. Eventually we clearly saw deterioration in his behavior on days he watched anything on a screen. He would argue more, throw more (and more vehement) tantrums, and was more hyper. It led me to sit down and review the literature out there on the impact of screen media on children and subsequently change our “house rules” about screen time, and I think many parents would benefit from hearing about it, as it may not be something most parents really think of as being a problem. The primary focus of this article is to help parents be aware of the impacts of screen

media on behavior in young children – infants, toddlers, and early school-age kids. I am not even talking about the *content* of the media, but just the media itself. Studies have demonstrated better development of language skills in toddlers who played with blocks and simple toys than those engaged in play with electronics, but the issue I see the most is with behavior and attention problems. This is one of the most important effects electronics have on young children, and one I see regularly in my office as well as in my own home (my son is now five). Screen time impacts behavior and capacity to pay attention via several mechanisms, and leads to sleep disturbances, attention problems, trouble with emotional control, and even addictive behaviors. Most of our kids’ brain development occurs before age 4 years, and while the full impact of screen media is not yet known, what we do know tells us the news isn’t all good. A study in Pediatrics in 2004 showed, among other things, that “hours viewed per day at both ages one and three was associated with attentional problems at age seven.” That means how much TV they watch before age 3 can impact their brains for years to come! This is probably why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 2 should not have any screen time at all, and after age 2 the recom-

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mendation is to limit it to under 2 hours per day. Personally, I recommend even less than that, and to avoid it entirely on most days for the younger kids. Our household rule, for example, is that he is not allowed to play video games at all (we just tell him that’s not something he’s old enough for – it’s worked so far), and there is no TV or videos on “school days” (days when he has school the next day), and we limit him to a couple of hours on weekend days. It has made a difference with his behavior, as it does for most children, and I hope parents will consider this when making decisions about screen time for their young kids. There is much more to say on the subject for which I don’t have enough space, but I hope this has helped raise awareness about screen media and will help motivate parents to pick and choose carefully how much and how often they let their kids use those screens! Dr. Samuel Ravenel, Board Certified Pediatrician, is a native of Greensboro, NC and joined Pediatric Associates, PA, in June of 2016. After completing his undergraduate work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and did his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Ravenel practices at our Cordova and Pace locations.

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Capstone Academy Pensacola held its 6th holiday Gallery Night at the school. The event is an annual fundraiser where families and friends can purchase student-made arts and crafts. Included in this year’s event were silent bid items, such as wooden signs, gift baskets, photography, and handmade crafts. A visit from Santa and his helper provided many photo opportunities and a hot chocolate bar kept the children and their families warm and happy!

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Trinitas Christian School Inducts National Honor Society Members

With a powerful charge from Reverend Justin Hughes, twelve rhetoric students at Trinitas Christian School were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) in December. Current members reminded the student body of the pillars on which the organization stands–character, scholarship, leadership and service–while candles were lit to represent each of these criteria. The inductees met stringent academic requirements and demonstrated participation in service to the church and the community. With a recommendation from a pastor, teacher, coach or boss and an endorsement from the NHS committee, each new member was called to the stage and presented with his or her certificate. New inductees included: Lucas Benoit, Jessica Croley, Clark Dunham, Laura Looper, Hannah McNeill, Mekenzie Petersen, Erica Radcliffe, Eryn Riesberg, Tucker Gregg, Bryce Barnes, James Hunter, Jr. and Brandon Peterson.

Montessori Coffee Chats Discuss Parenting

Montessori School of Pensacola has been hosting Thursday morning Coffee Chats centering around parenting topics from the workshop series “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk.” The school will continue these meetings, offering them as free and open to the public. The chats allow attendees to talk honestly about challenges they face as parents, as well as even comic relief in shared situations. Each meeting provides take-away tips. The next meeting is February 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the 4100 Montessori Drive campus. Additional times will be posted on the school’s website at www.montessoripensacola.com.

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CLA Preprimary Celebrates Hibernation

At Creative Learning Academy, the multi-sensory preprimary program engages the youngest students with advanced concepts and establishes an early connection that learning is fun. Integrated with an early learning science curriculum, preprimary teachers take advantage of these cold winter months as a perfect time to teach about hibernation. Here the students have learned the wonders of dormancy and how animals conserve energy and food for the long winter months. Each year teachers conclude their study of hibernation with an interactive “Hibernation Day.” Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed bear, or other animal that hibernates, for a day of creative and fun activities. 10

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Beulah Students Write to Sailors

Beulah Elementary fourth-grade teacher Allison Rhodes’s students recently wrote letters to sailors at Navy Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Ill. They then passed them to Capt. Kertreck Brooks, commanding officer of the Naval Education and Training and Professional Development Center (NETPDC) to ensure they get into the right hands. Capt Brooks came to class to thank the students and took some time to explain just how special those letters are. He served as the executive officer of Great Lakes so he was able to share that when the new sailors arrive, they get to make one phone call home and then their belongings, including their cell phones, are boxed up and mailed home. They then communicate with families the old fashioned way – with letters. THAT makes Mail Call a key event. He told the young writers that their letters will be shared with all 80 members of a boot camp unit. The students shared with him that they thought the sailors might need words of encouragement – and a laugh. Each student included his favorite joke in his letter while they also learned how to format a letter and how to empathize with young adults away from home. The captain answered questions about his time in the Navy (he served on two aircraft carriers, he HAS been to Whiting Field, etc.). Then everyone gathered for a group photo... with smiles and silly faces!

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St. John Introduces New Middle School Electives

St. John’s Middle School students began a new elective program during the spring semester consisting of four unique possibilities. Printmaking, an art elective, is the perfect opportunity for students to combine creativity with dazzling patterns and colors. The Lego elective combines a fun toy and design techniques to make architecture. Beyond Journalism is the perfect opportunity for students to fine tune their writing skills for articles, social media posts, and learn about web design. Students who are environmentally focused can select the recycling elective. This elective provides a way to give back and care for our school and nature by establishing a recycling system in our classrooms.

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Autauga County Schools Santa Flies in to Party at CA Weis Elementary

Santa made a special appearance by helicopter during a Christmas party at C.A. Weis Elementary. The party was hosted by Baptist Health Care (BHC) team members and volunteers. They donated gifts and goodies to bring holiday cheer to more than 500 students. LifeFlight, an Air Methods program, provided Santa’s unique transportation. BHC has hosted the Christmas party for more than 16 years. Team members say this partnership event is the highlight of their year. “This is our favorite day of the year,” says Maegan Leonard, development specialist, Baptist Health Care Foundation. “We watch as the students open their gifts, and we are all wiping tears from our eyes. It’s really heartwarming.” Funds for the party are provided through the Helping Hands team member giving program of the Baptist Health Care Foundation, that is comprised of generous contributions from BHC team members.

Marcus Pointe Uses Technology in Science

Marcus Pointe Christian School’s firstgrade class is using an interactive smart board in science class to identify which part of plants we eat. Great job, firstgraders!

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East Hill Students Attend Leadership Conference

East Hill Christian School is sending nine students to Student Leadership University (SLU) 101 in Orlando January 12-15. SLU 101 is the nation’s premiere student leadership experience with a distinctive Christian worldview. The aim of the program is to equip, motivate, enable and empower students for present and future leadership in their schools, churches, teams, families and workplaces. Students will be exposed to comprehensive programs focusing on leadership skills. With this training, students are given a 15- to 20-year quantum leap in their ability to think, dream and lead through the lens that leadership begins at the feet of Jesus. Student Leadership sponsor Tonya Smith has been taking students to the Leadership Conference for the past seven years. A “next step” workshop called SLU 102 takes place in Washington, D.C.

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Gingerbread Science @ Little Flower

Miss Grantham’s kindergarten class at Little Flower Catholic School experimented with gingerbread. Not only did the students explore a simple science concept with the dissolving cookie, they also made predictions, recorded data, and communicated results! Science is so fun in kindergarten at LFCS!

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Grandparents Visit Trinitas for Special Events

More than 110 beloved grandparents joined their grandchildren recently to enjoy some time together and experience the special and unique community at Trinitas Christian School. The day started with an extended morning meeting and singing the hymn “Be Thou My Vision.� After a light breakfast and welcome from the junior class, the seniors presented a piece on what it means to be a classical and Christ-centered school. The grammar choir provided beautiful singing and the kindergarten class recited Psalm 1. The melodious handbells rang out with the 9th-grade class, followed by clever math jingles from the 4th grade. Many special guests visited the classrooms and almost all stayed to enjoy a delicious lunch of sandwiches, salads and cakes.

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Montessori School Celebration

Students and staff at Montessori School of Pensacola will celebrate 111 years of the Montessori method of education with Montessori Education Week February 25-March 3. MSP will join more than 5,000 Montessori schools across the U.S. and around the world, including more than 200 sponsored by public school districts. This child-centered, individualized educational approach was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy. Multi-age classrooms, handson materials, and a rich and extensive curriculum are just a few of the Montessori movement’s innovative characteristics.

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Special Guests at Pleasant Grove Elementary

When Sue Straughn and Markus Morris from WEAR came to visit Pleasant Grove recently, it was fun and extra special for the students. They were even featured on the news January 15 and 16.

Blessed Star’s First Fine Arts Event

On December 15, Blessed Star Montessori Christian School hosted its first Fine Arts program. This presentation launched the beginning of Blessed Star’s goal to enhance and enrich each student’s learning environment by cultivating an atmosphere of creative expression. Staff and students worked diligently during the semester to prepare songs, dance routines, and artwork for the event. During the semester, the students learned about Russian-born painter Wassily Kandinsky and his use of geometric shapes and about the Monochromatic technique that he used in some of his paintings. This was one of the students’ favorite projects during the semester, which was on display during the Fine Arts program.

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CLA Middle School Students Present National History Day Projects

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Karen Wenzel has worked with East Hill Christian students for many years teaching them hand chimes. The official name of this group is Praise Peeps, and they were a blessing at the recent EHCS Christmas Program. In addition to playing for school programs and chapels, they also recently visited the Wesley Haven Villas (assisted living) in Pensacola, and brought big smiles to the residents.

Under the guidance of history teacher Haley Richards, middle school students at Creative Learning Academy recently showcased their completed National History Day projects. Students were tasked with choosing a historical topic related to the 2018 theme “Conflict and Compromise in History,” conducting historical research of both primary and secondary sources, and selecting one of the five project categories. The History Fair experience offers students a unique chance to become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, or artists. CLA students learn invaluable critical thinking, writing, and research skills that boost academic performance across the curriculum.

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BTWHS Health Science Academy Presentation to the Board

Students and instructors from Booker T. Washington High School’s Health Science Academy briefed the Escambia County School Board, the Superintendent and his staff, on the various components of their academy and the opportunities included to earn professional certifications, to work toward medical field careers, to prepare to continue their education in a medical field and their participation in HOSA - the Health Occupation Students of America.

Gooey, Slimy Fun at St. John School

St. John School’s 4th grade had a lot of fun learning about chemical reactions by making slime! Using kid-friendly ingredients, such as contact solution and shaving cream, Mrs. Lett and her class learned just how chemical reactions take place, and how to carry out science experiments safely. Students in 4th grade got to create ooey, gooey, slimy fun, and they definitely were not disappointed.

Little Flower Students Donate at Christmas

Little Flower Catholic School Student Council held an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and collected canned goods and socks for those in need. The students donated the canned goods to the Mother Theresa Mission at Little Flower Catholic Church and the socks and blankets were donated to the residents at Emerald Greens Assisted Living Home.

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Little Flower Fun in the ‘Snow’

Little Flower Catholic School kindergarten students wanted to play in the snow! They enjoyed making “snow” and using it to practice writing. This is a fun hands-on activity to get students to enjoy practicing their letters.

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Trinitas Father-Son Football

Last fall, more than 40 fathers and sons of all ages came out to enjoy some flag football one Saturday morning. The teams battled one another in an attempt to capture the opponent’s red flag. It was a cool and beautiful day and despite some aches and pains from the dads, the men were largely without injury. Bragging rights go to the non-jersey team until they meet again.

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Dixon School of the Arts Christmas Performances

Dixon School of the Arts lived up to its name by closing the impactful 2017 semester with three stellar performances enhanced by involvement from scholars, teachers and community. The night began with the annual lip syncing competition, the Dixon Dub, where local businesses raised funds for the Dixon School by performing pop hits with style and expertise at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach. The School of the Arts took third place with its highly energetic “No Good News” number from the Broadway hit, The Wiz. Extending the showmanship into a full rendition of The Wiz, Dixon School of the Arts entertained us at the Pensacola State College Auditorium. Musical Director Donny Black joined choreographer Starr Burlingame in creating a stunning line-up of scholars and faculty. Bidding farewell to 2017, Innisfree Hotels sponsored a beautiful Christmas luncheon. Dixon scholars performed seasonal classics and welcomed family members to eat with them. Scholars were greeted by an early visit from Santa because Innisfree gifted each scholar with a shiny, new bicycle. Dixon School of the Arts strives to fill the New Year with masterpieces both on and off the stage. Gearing up for a showcase in the spring, Dixon will focus on Motown and the African-American culture in the sixties. Dixon continues to accomplish its mission of bringing art to the lives of these scholars and their community. Greater Pensacola Parents I February 2018

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Blessed Star Montessori Christian School students participated in a handson math lesson using Lego bricks. The students explored mean, median, and range with Legos. The students enjoyed the lesson and are looking forward to exploring equivalent fractions with Legos in their upcoming lessons. The recent winter weather was the perfect time to cover a lesson on snow. The students learned all about how snowflakes are formed and the weather conditions that are necessary for this to happen. We learned about Wilson A. Bentley, who was the first person to actually photograph a snowflake in 1885. Bentley was also known as “the snowflake man” by many. He photographed more than 5,000 individual snowflakes in his lifetime. The students enjoyed learning about the snowflakes and viewing his photographs. We wrapped up the lesson on snowflakes by making some origami snowflakes, which was tons of fun!

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CLA Presents Mineral Museum

Creative Learning Academy sixth-grade classes, under the guidance of science teacher Ms. Niemeyer, opened their annual Mineral Museum in the science building. The sixth-graders selected one mineral and researched their specimen. Once complete, the sixth-grade docents were able to show and explain their mineral’s characteristics. CLA students from preschool through fifth grade were invited to tour the manned exhibit. Paper crystal models and magnifying glasses allowed younger students to understand concepts more fully. Everyone learned about mineral properties such as streak, color, luster, density, and crystal structure. More common minerals such as obsidian and quartz were displayed, as well as some rarer specimens, such as banded gypsum and chrysoberyl.

Montessori Middle School Students Help Manna Food Pantries

When Pensacola personal injury law firm Zarzaur Law P.A. invited middle school students at Montessori School of Pensacola (MSP) to design a sculpture for a fundraising event—and then build it live during Gallery Night Dec. 15—they were up for the challenge. The seventh- and eighth-graders collaborated to design a giant can sculpture made up of 200 real cans of food donated by the students and their families. Along the way, other MSP classes joined the effort: third-graders helped to sort cans by size and sixth-graders helped wrap the cans in colored paper. The final construction—dubbed “CANstruction”—took place during Gallery Night alongside Zarzaur Law’s popular Legal Graffiti fundraiser, when visitors donate money for the opportunity to create their own graffiti art. Through the partnership of school and law firm, Manna Food Pantries received a check for $1,000 from Zarzaur Law, P.A. and 557 pounds of food from Montessori School of Pensacola. According to a Manna spokesperson, “the food will provide 465 nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors.”

Montessori School of Pensacola is no stranger to giving back to the community, says the school’s public relations coordinator Lauren Southern-Godwin. “At MSP, we strive to teach our students to take an active role in improving the community and the world,” she said. The students lead or are involved in fundraising and other types of community projects throughout the school year. 19

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Performances Showcase MSP Musicians

Montessori School of Pensacola has a concert band, wind ensemble and a newly formed drum line group. Students ranging from 4th throught 8th grades at MSP have the choice to sign up for these after-school enrichments. These student musicians are under the direction of local musician and Professor of Percussion/Jazz Ensemble at Northwest Florida State College, Fred Domulot. The groups all had a chance to perform for parents and friends at an evening performance before the new year, as well as for a performance for fellow students during the school day.

Little Flower Performs Nativity Play

Little Flower Catholic School’s 8th-grade class did a fantastic job under the direction of Wayne Gonzales walking us through the Nativity of the Lord according to the Gospel of Luke and the Readings of Isaiah. All students were involved in this special event singing songs of Christmas praise throughout the Nativity play.

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Brown Barge Middle Creates Ellis Island Experience

The Global Corner attended an Ellis Island Immigrant Experience simulation at Brown Barge Middle School. Students dressed as immigrants, experienced traveling in crowded boats, were separated from family and friends, interviewed by officials, and stood in long lines at Ellis Island (located in the cafeteria) awaiting admittance or deportation. Students were engaged and visibly motivated to investigate the conditions that motivated emigration and to understand the immigrant experience.The activity helped students dig deeper to understand fully the events that profoundly shaped this country, but most importantly, helped build empathy and love for those from different cultures, experiences and beliefs. Special thanks to Mrs. Prescott, Ms. Meiss and Principal Snyder.

Blessed Star Gives Back to Community

Blessed Star Montessori Christian School visited Broadview Assisted Living at Pensacola in preparation for the launch of its Interactive Companionship Program on January 12. After the holiday season, there is typically a decrease in the number of individuals and groups volunteering and participating in community service, which is why depression and solitude can be at its highest right after the holiday season. The children of Blessed Star have agreed to forego their recess and free time twice a month for the next few months, to visit and provide companionship at Broadview. The children will coordinate a series of songs, crafts and games to facilitate an interactive and engaging experience for the seniors.

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Trinitas Spreads Joy of the Season

Trinitas logic and rhetoric students brought beautiful Christmas carols and joyful blessings to local nursing home residents in December. Students from houses Valerian, Augustine, Polycarp and George visited various facilities and played bingo, sang songs, shared treats and enjoyed sweet conversation with these elderly residents. God reminds us in Acts 20:35 that, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” and this truth became quite real as we saw the joy on the students’ faces when giving their time to these residents. It was a lovely afternoon and a great opportunity for our children.

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St. John Celebrates Christmas Around the World

St. John School’s Christmas program was out of this world–or should we say, around the world. The 1st-8th grade classes sang different Christmas songs in different languages. With St. John’s music teacher Mr. Losee’s help, students put together a spectacular program! With some students helping play music for their classes and all students singing, it sounded beautiful. Many families were there to support the students and enjoy a dessert party together following the performance.

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In 2016-17, Escambia County students had the opportunity to seek certification in 14 skill sets in middle school including Internet Business Associate and 32 in high school including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office Specialist, Certified Patient Care Technician and ServSafe. Escambia County School District’s Director of Workforce Education, Dr. Michelle Taylor, reports that now, more than half of Escambia County’s middle and high school students are choosing to enroll in one of the district’s 63 career academies that help students prepare for entering the work force after graduation or entering a college program with a solid foundation in their career pathway. The goal is to introduce students to a field of study that they can develop into a career pathway or course of study, or, in some cases, find a new interest before committing to a job or college program. “Today’s teens are very focused on their electronic devices and are very comfortable communicating without face to face interaction,” said Taylor. “Employers tell us they want to hire people who can look a customer in the eye, make their point respectfully, and someone able to think on their feet. Academy projects, associated student career and technical organizations and competitions help our students develop those abilities as well.” Academies in Escambia County cover a wide variety of career fields, including: agricultural technology, automation and production, aviation maintenance, aviation/flight, criminal justice, culinary arts, financial services, law and public service, marketing and entrepreneurship, media production and multimedia/communications or new media, robotics and telecommunications. Other types of academies in Escambia County schools include information technology academies such as cybersecurity, digital design, game design graphic arts, and web design; education academies including four early childhood education academies and a future teacher academy that focuses on preparing those interested in teaching grades K-12; engineering academies include aerospace engineering and civil engineering & architecture; and health field academies include biomedical science, critical care, nursing, emergency medicine, sports medicine, and veterinary science. Shown, representatives from the Pine Forest High School New Media Academy, Design Academy, Culinary Academy and Construction Academy gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony led by Dr. Michelle Taylor (wearing a hard hat, on the left) and Principal Laura Touchstone (hard hat, right) for Pine Forest High School’s future Flight Deck Cafe. Guests also heard a presentation that explained how students from four academies will work together to get the cafe up and running. The Construction Academy students will build the cafe from the ground up, using the build to perfect carpentry skills and obtain certification milestones. The Design Academy has created the shirts that will serve as cafe staff uniforms as well as school spirit items that will be sold there along with food that will be prepared and sold by members of the Culinary Academy. The New Media Academy students will handle promotion and marketing for the new business. They hope to open this spring.

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East Hill Christian Celebrates Birth of Christ

The students of East Hill Christian School sang and acted out the story about the King who came to our humble Earth, served individuals, and paid the ultimate price to seal our redemption. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade presented the Christmas musical, “Angel Alert! The Night that Heaven Came Down” on December 8. The 5th-grade acting troupe and this choir of angels (K5-4th grade) sang and acted under the direction of Mrs. Witter and the music department. The EHCS Praise Peeps (hand chimes group) performed the prelude and the VPK students starred in the pre-show to open the program. At the conclusion of the program, parents and grandparents enjoyed walking through the EHCS Art Gallery as each child’s Christmas art was on display. Many thanks to the parents who volunteered, and for the faculty and staff who invested in the lives of boys and girls. The EHCS Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EHCSPensacola) has many pictures capturing the images from the Christmas musical.

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Hola! Buenos dias! Learning about Argentina can be so much fun... the music, the food, the history! Right, Ms. Barber’s class dances the zamba, the national dance of Argentina. Left, Ms. Cook’s class learns the story of Luicito, the frog.

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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

When Your Teen is in the Wrong Crowd If you swim with the sharks, you’re bound to get bit. One bad apple spoils the whole bushel. Bad company corrupts good character. Many parents have added these phrases to their lexicon, because they illustrate the dangers of running with the “wrong crowd”. As moms and dads, we know how susceptible kids are to peer influence. You’ve likely spent many sleepless nights worrying about the people your child is hanging around. What are they teaching my son? What are they pressuring my daughter to do? Are these friends that will give needed support and encouragement to my teen, or are they the type of people who will bring my child down? These are valid concerns if you suspect your child is hanging out with the wrong crowd. But let’s pause for a moment and ask just who is the “wrong crowd?” Here’s a simple definition we can use: The “wrong crowd” includes anyone who influences your child in ways that are contradictory to your values, systems, and beliefs as parents. When parents observe changes in their teen and note the actions and attitudes of their friends, they may arrive at the conclusion, “my teen is in league with some bad seeds.” When this happens, how do we gently guide our teens away from negative influences? My advice may not be what you might expect.

mature enough to make wise decisions on their own. It would be foolish to let young children spend time with people who have serious hang-ups. But at some point, we must stop protecting our kids and start preparing them to make wise choices when choosing friends. If all we are doing is holding our kids back from this or that person, we are not equipping them to make smart decisions once they are free of our control. While every child is different, here is a basic guideline for starting that relational training: 0–13 years old: Get to know and closely monitor your child’s friends. If your son or daughter is running with the wrong crowd this early, change schools, move houses, or pull your child from certain activities. At this age, they still need to have their innocence protected.

good idea? Do you?” Or you can ask, “Has anyone offered you drugs? What crossed your mind in that moment?” These types of questions are effective because they help your child articulate their values, beliefs, and convictions. And if they ever get into a situation similar to the one you have discussed, chances are they will remember, “Hey, I remember telling my mom (or dad) that I don’t believe in drinking and driving. I’m going to pass.” By asking good questions, you are helping your child build up those decisionmaking muscles that will serve them well, whether they have good friends or not.

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18+ years old: At this age, young people must be responsible for their own choices, including their choices in friends. If they are living with you, they must follow the rules of the house. But if they are on their own, all you can do is let them know you are available to talk and give advice if they ever feel they need it.

Instead of running from the wrong crowd, let’s run towards them! Turn your home into a safe, loving, and fun place where teens can hang out and interact. Provide alternatives for your kids and their friends. Invite them to watch a ball game. Pack up enough supplies, and take a group fishing. Let them set up their band in your garage. Set aside a weekend, and go camping with your kids and their friends. In this way, not only will you be providing a healthy outlet for teens to have fun, but they will be under your watch and protection. Rather than cautioning your teen to side step the problem kids, take initiative and be the mentor, leader, or life coach they need. Maybe your son or daughter has some friends with emotional, physical, or spiritual issues. Are there hurting and needy kids in your teen’s circle of friends? Open up your arms, and embrace that “wrong crowd.” Start influencing the “bad kids” yourself. And teach your teen to do the same. In that way, you won’t avoid the wrong crowd, you will change them!

As parents, part of our job is to protect our kids. We try to shield them from negative influences as much as possible. We’re not going to let our 12-year-old daughter hang around 18-year-old girls who smoke pot and sleep with their boyfriends. We have to shield our child’s innocence until they are

As you train your teen to use discernment when choosing friends, you can help them along by asking good questions. For instance, you can ask, “I’m curious; would you ever drink and drive? Do you know someone who has? Did they think it was a

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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14–17 years old: Continue to monitor your child’s friends, but begin to slowly back off from controlling their relationships. If you have concerns about the people they are spending time with, talk with your kids about the problems you see. Also, set personal and family boundaries regarding the kind of behavior that is acceptable among friends and the kind that is not.

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To do this, simply make half a monthly payment every two weeks. By the end of the year you’ll have made 13 payments instead of 12. This will knock years off the length of your loan. Remember, your income is your largest wealth building tool. It’s so much easier to save, invest, and give when all your money isn’t flying out the door to make payments!

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market is extremely volatile. In addition to the market being wildly volatile, the prices on commodities isn’t based on actual production. It’s based largely on a supply and demand curve. If there’s a shortage on one of them, the price shoots up. For example, when you’re talking about gold and silver, there’s more demand than supply when the economy is bad. In this kind of scenario, people are fearful and lots of them run to buy gold. This drives up the price to unrealistically high levels. Again, the price on a commodity isn’t based on anything other than fear or greed, and a supply and demand curve. The prices aren’t based on an actual production of income, like it is with stocks or real estate. I don’t buy commodities at all, especially gold and silver. I don’t recommend you buy them, either.

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“They must still be dating,” my friend whispers to me. As we stand shivering at my son’s soccer game, my brother-in-law and his fiancee cuddle together sharing a warm blanket and a chair. “No married couple would be that affectionate toward each other,” she says. Her assessment seems a bit pessimistic to this romantic. Must the spontaneity and sweetness of courtship die as we move out of the “shout from the roof-tops” kind of young love into the demands of young parenthood?

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17 Simple Ways to Rekindle That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hold hands. Hug and kiss. Look each other in the eyes. Get involved in a hobby together. Listen when your spouse talks about his or her interests. Flirt with each other. Laugh together. Pen a love note and leave it on your spouse’s pillow. Send a flirty text message. Email a link to a sweet love song to your mate. Give your spouse a back rub. Offer a sincere compliment. Help each other around the house and with the kids. Call each other during the day just to check in. Court each other. Tell your kids what you love about your spouse. Say “I love you”.

Growing complacent about displaying affection isn’t unusual as a marriage is peppered with children, crises, celebrations and day-to-day routine. Nonetheless, simple expressions of love like hand-holding, hugs and kisses, and compliments are an important component to the health of a marriage and the family unit. “Without intimacy, people can and often do begin to feel isolated, alone, bitter, depressed, used and simply uncared for,” says Amanda Deverich, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “All the happiness that was amplified by the physicality in the early part of the marriage is no longer there to grease the wheels of family life. What remains is grinding drudgery, financial stress and short tempers.”

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believe affection is simply an inspired byproduct of a feeling,” Deverich says. “However, it can be the other way around. Love, connectedness, and caring can be sparked by physical touch.” While excessive public displays of intimacy can cause discomfort for those around you--including your kids--showing warmth toward one another gives children a sense of well-being, that all is well in their family unit. “When children see this model behavior where affection is easily expressed, that is a skill set that can translate into other arenas of their life,” says psychiatrist Dr. Bela Sood. “They learn how to be kind, gentle, as well as, be happy with other people as they watch their own parents.”

When affection doesn’t come naturally. Not everyone was raised in affectionate homes and others simply aren’t wired to display warmth toward others, including the ones they love the most. “Understand the uniqueness and differences in the other person without being judgmental about that,” Sood says. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work on meeting your spouse’s needs for affection. Recall what attracted the two of you in the first place. Physical touch and tenderness toward each other can reaffirm your love and create instant connectedness. “We forget that we have control over many things that go on in our lives if we are willing to make that sacrifice,” Sood says. “And why are we willing to make that sacrifice? Because we love that person.” GPP

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The familiar sphere is a perfect shape constantly reflected in nature. Our hands are naturally designed for grasping round objects and kids instinctively make the best use of this partnership. Depending on their material and design, balls can bounce, loft, and roll with a versatility that makes them the centerpiece of most major sports. With multiple opportunities throughout their lives to handle a ball, the field is wide open for ways children can engage with this marvelous shape. The following items celebrate the round wonder in ways that help little ones get the ball rolling.

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Laugh & Learn Singing Soccer Ball

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Round, plush and reactive, the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singing Soccer Ball offers a range of function and activities that keep little ones rolling forward developmentally. With audio prompts to guide the way, the ball encourages babies to crawl, roll and follow as they nudge the ball along. In addition to teaching numbers and colors, this toy also introduces beginning sportsmanship with the concept of taking turns. Easy to grasp (with mutable sound function), this ball is also washable once the electronics are removed. Introducing the basics of ball momentum, the Laugh & Learn Singing Soccer Ball is the ultimate engagement for toddlers ready to have a ball.

Sized for the kindergarten and pre-school set, this game center features a variety of play options including basketball hoops and skee-ball. But the real beauty of this item’s design is the clever ball return which keeps the game rolling without the distraction of tracking down errant balls. Playhut’s patented twist-and-fold technology ensures easy pop-up assembly and portability, making it ideal for parties, playdates and other group gatherings as kids take turns playing through the versatile challenges on offer. Part exercise, part arcade and all active play, the Playhut Game Center rounds up the top score for entertaining ball games.

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With its simple goals and guidelines bowling seems ready-made for little ones who like to roll balls. But slippery lanes and heavy balls can preclude the youngest children from trying out this sport. Enter the Kidoozie Bowling Set with its six brightly colored pins and foam ball, all cleverly portable in a clear plasic carry-all that mimics the shape of a real bowling bag. Crafted with soft foam that’s weighted on the bottom, soft strikes are in the cards as caregivers are spared the crash and bang associated with standard bowling. Perfect for cultivating hand-eye coordination and gross motor development, this bowling set serves as an entertaining solo play outlet and a fun game for groups of children. Get ready for solid strikes when this engaging game gets on a roll!

Before they age up into team soccer play, the Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer set is an excellent primer for kids who want to work on their aim unobstructed. Ideal for building strength, developing large muscle coordination, and teaching basic aim this goal-oriented set offers constant reward. Lightweight, portable and adjustable for height, this goal is a quick set up for kids ready to start kicking the ball around. The inflatable ball comes with a pump so not a minute of soccer training will be lost. For the youngest kickers, the Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer is the first choice to help them reach their World Cup goal, every time.

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Consider the following: Do the program’s hours work for your schedule? Is it near your home or office? How long will it take you to get there if there’s an emergency during the day?

Cost

While it’s crucial to find a program that fits into your budget, that doesn’t mean you should scrimp on quality. If your dream daycare is too costly for you to manage, ask about scholarships. Many communities have programs to help working parents with the cost of childcare.

First impressions

Drop in unannounced to get a feel for a place. Pay close attention to how you’re greeted and what’s going on. Is it chaotic? Did you walk right in without anyone noticing you? Do the children look happy and occupied? Notice the teachers: Are they warm and caring? Do they seem to genuinely like children?

Recommendations

Ask other parents and caregivers who currently use the daycare as well as former

families about their experiences there. Also check with the local Better Business Bureau. A quick online search never hurts, either.

Cleanliness

Sure, with dozens of small children, it’s tough to keep a building clean, but it is imperative to keep everyone healthy. Do you notice any foul smells? Teachers should wear gloves for diapering and wash their hands before and after. Procedures should be in place for sanitizing all equipment and toys throughout the day.

Ratios

In Alabama, one teacher is allowed by law to be alone with eight two-year-olds. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recommends a one-to-six ratio for the same age group. The lower the ratio, the more attention your child will receive. The ratio varies depending on the age group. If your daycare is NAEYC-approved, find out the appropriate NAEYC ratio for your child’s age. Check the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to learn your state’s health and safety recommendations.

Turnover

Once you’ve found the perfect teacher, you want some assurance that she won’t leave two weeks after you enroll your child. Find out the program’s turnover rate. If teachers frequently leave, they may be unhappy about the way they’re treated or about something happening at the school, which is cause for concern.

Policies and procedures

Confirm the school is up to date on licensing standards by contacting your local department of children and families. Ask to see the school’s policy and procedure handbooks. They should have plans in place for dealing with a wide variety of issues from lice outbreaks to power outages. Ask about the center’s safety procedures. Choosing a daycare doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In the end, trust your instincts. GPP Rachael Moshman is a full time freelance writer and has been published in a wide assortment of parenting and family magazines and websites across the U.S. and abroad.

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1301 East Gonzalez Street, Pensacola The mission of East Hill Christian School is to educate students morally, intellectually, and physically, based on the Word of God, in a loving, Christian environment. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday. Ages: K4(VPK), K5 - 12th Contact: Headmaster Glenn A. Dickson 850-438-7746 www.ehcs.org

Montessori School of Pensacola ad on page 23

1010 North 12th Avenue, Suite 138, Pensacola MSP is committed to providing a Montessori education that inspires academic excellence and fosters respect, integrity, independence, and critical thinking in a caring community. Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: 18 months - 8th grade Contact: Kathy Turtle 850-469-8138 admissions@montessoripensacola.com www.montessoripensacola.com

Beulah’s Pre-K and Learning Center

1505 West Avery Street, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 5:30 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Ages: 6 months - 12 years Contact: Beulah Black 850-435-6943

CAP Head Start

Several Location Options. Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday. Hours vary by location. Ages: Ages vary by location. Please call Contact: Deborah Nagle 850-607-6599 d.nagle@capc-pensacola.org www.capc-pensacola.org/programs/head-start

Christ Church Mother’s Day Out

18 West Wright Street, Pensacola Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 4 years Contact: Carol Bridges

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901 North A Street, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Deidre Patton 850-433-9476 www.glrockbc.org/_rock_cdc

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy 904 East Jackson Street, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Ages: VPK - 8th grade

850-542-7914 info@lighthousepca.com www.lighthousepca.com

Methodist Children’s Academy

6 East Wright Street, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:50 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: infant - 5th grade 850-438-6761 MCA@PensacolaFirstChurch.com www.methodistchildrensacademy.com/

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Episcopal Day School, Hilton-Green Campus

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601 North Palafox Street, Pensacola Located on the edge of the North Hill residential area, the school has a neighborhood feel in a safe and secure urban setting. Our spacious large playground, fruit and vegetable gardens, butterfly gardens, outdoor demonstration area,

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lush courtyard, and playgrounds, offer teachers and students alike the opportunity to bring the classroom outdoors. The large classrooms are an inviting setting for a curriculum focused on reading, science, social studies, math, and manipulatives. Our Integrated Arts program provides Spanish instruction through music, drama, art, and active movement. Students also benefit from offerings in Christian education, P.E, and technology through our enrichment programs. We are driven by our desire to support and educate the whole child through student-centered work, 21st Century skill building, and modeling good stewardship in the classroom, on the playground, and beyond. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: Pre K2 - 1st grade 850-466-2060 info@edscc.org www.edscc.org

Child Discovery Center of First Presbyterian Church

33 East Gregory Street, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Sherrell Thomas 850-433-2463 www.fpcpensacola.com/cdc/

Seville Bayside Montessori School

400 South Alcaniz Street, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years Contact: Margaret Rohrer 850-433-5000 sevillebaysidemontessori@yahoo.com www.sevillebaysidemontessori.com

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3151 Hyde Park Road, Pensacola CLA’s Preschool is the gateway to your child’s remarkable educational experience. A unique blend of Montessori-based concepts and enrichments which include Spanish, Technology, Art, Music, Library, and Physical Education prepares students for success in elementary school and beyond. Our preschool is for three through five year old students and merges Montessori methods with developmentally appropriate instructional practices. The low student-to-teacher ratio allows for individualized attention in critical areas such as language and math. As children leave our preschool, they are equipped with the tools to be successful in kindergarten. Students are reading or “reading ready” and eager for the next challenge. Children are exposed to the base ten mathematical concepts and are ready for basic math skills. Their knowledge of scientific and geographical concepts has been solidly established, and they are ready to enter the next phase of their education excited for opportunities ahead. With the infusion of quality enrichments to the curriculum, CLA preschool ranks as the highest quality preschool in Pensacola. Creative Learning Academy is Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year. To schedule your private tour contact us at 850.432.1768. Half day option available for 3 year olds. Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Extended day offered until 6:00 pm. Ages: 3 years - 8th grade 850-432-1768 www.creativelearningacademy.org

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool ad on page 35

4600 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola The teachers at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool welcome the children into a warm, loving, playful, Christian environment. Our preschool provides hands-on activities and social experiences appropriate to each child’s development. Our curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate principles as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and endorsed by the ELCA. Admission is open to all children regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Ages: 1 year - 5 years Contact: Monica Moore 850-438-3805 www.stpaulpensacola.org

Children’s Learning Center

2203 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Wrap around care offered. Ages: Infant - 4 years Contact: Maxine Lawson 850-476-0630 clcstaff@yahoo.com Find us on Facebook at Children’s Learning Center of NWFL

Destiny’s Child Learning Academy

2525 North Tarragona Street, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Destiny Garrett 850-791-6552

Sacred Heart Cathedral School

1603 North Twelfth Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday Ages: VPK - 8th Contact: Elizabeth Snow 850-436-6440 info@shcs.ptdiocese.org www.shcs.ptdiocese.org

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Scenic Preschool Daycare and Learning Center, Inc.

945 Scenic Highway, Pensacola Half day option available for 2 years and up Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 5:45 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Jackie Cotton 850-438-2692 scenicpreschool@bellsouth.net

St. Christopher’s Children’s Center

3200 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 1 year - 4 years Contact: Allison Sanchez 850-434-0986 allison@scpen.org www.scpen.org

St. Paul Catholic School

3121 Hyde Park Road, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. VPK 7:30 am - 11:30 am Ages: K3 - 8th 850-436-6435 school@stpaulcatholic.net www.stpaulcatholic.net

Trinity Learning Center

3400 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 8 weeks - 4 years Contact: Anna Kay Shirah 850-435-7829 anna@trinitypcola.org www.trinitypcola.org/tlc

32504 Camp Fire ad on page 4

1000 College Boulevard, Building 24, Pensacola With our research-proven curriculum, you can feel confident that your little one will thrive at Camp Fire. In Camp Fire child care and VPK, our well-trained staff use our Thrive{ology} framework to create a nurturing learning environment while offering a variety of experiences such as outdoor activities, games, music, crafts and more. If you’re considering a daycare or VPK, let Camp Fire be your first choice. We have served many families across the Milton, Pensacola & Century, FL communities. Let Camp Fire help your child light the fire within! Tour our facility, or call today to learn more! VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: 1 year - 12 years Contact: Tina Isaacson 850-484-1524 www.campfirekidsfl.com

Aletheia Christian Academy

1700 Woodchuck Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Kindergarten: Monday-Friday; 8:00 am - 2:30 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 8:00 am - 11:30 pm. Ages: 4 years - 5 years Contact: Lori Mcghee 850-969-0088 secretary@acalions.org www.acalions.org

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6601 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Thursday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Extended care offered 8-9 am and 1-2 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Ages: 2 years - 4 years Contact: Amy Onkka 850-505-7735 graceprek@bellsouth.net www.amazinggrace. gracepensacola.org

Bells and Bubbles Child Development Center 2201 Langley Avenue, Pensacola Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: infant - 12 years Contact: Juantesha Easley 850-476-8930 bells_bubbles@yahoo.com

Childcare Network - Creighton

4079 Creighton Road, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Christine Goodin 850-479-1242 www.childcarenetwork.com

Cokesbury Methodist Children’s Center

5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:45 am - 11:45 am. Ages: 6 weeks - 4 years. After School program for K - 5th Contact: Elizabeth Ramirez 850-476-5847 childrencenter@cokesburyumc.org www.cokesburychurch.com/childrens-center

Hillcrest Baptist Church Spanish Trail Daycare 3960 Spanish Trail, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years Contact: Phyllis Hinnant 850-434-6612 www.hillcrestchurch.com

Kinder World

2000 Toni Street, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 5:45 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 11 years 850-477-7080 kw@world.gccoxmail.com www.mykinderworld.com

Little Explorers Learning Academy

2406 Langley Avenue, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 5:30 pm; VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Sharufa Little 850-432-4100 littleexplorersllc@gmail.com

32505 Marcus Pointe Christian Preschool ad on page 19

6205 North “W” Street, Pensacola Marcus Pointe Christian Preschool offers your child a safe, exciting and loving environment. In our care, infants experience normal stimulation such as tummy time, time in jumpers and swings, and fun walks in strollers each day. In the one- and two-year-old rooms, children learn baby sign language, art, and music, and begin learning potty training, sharing, and playground play through our “Wee Learn” curriculum. Our threeyear-old students are well prepared to enter K4 through our “Sing-Spell-Read and Write” curriculum. It covers all the basics: numbers, shapes, colors, alphabet, and much more! We invite you to call or visit our website at www.marcuspointechristian.org Hours: Monday – Friday. Hours 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Ages: Six weeks - 3 years Contact: 850-479-1605 www.marcuspointechristian.org

Escambia Christian School

3311 West Moreno Street, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 2:30 pm with Before Care and After Care available, 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 3 years - 14 years Contact: Stephanie Davis-Keeton 850-433-8476 ecs@escambiachristian.org www.escambiachristian.org

Ivy League Early Learning Center

3407 North “L” Street, Pensacola Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: Infant - 12 years Contact: Terrance Savage 850-262-8190 ivyleagueearlylearningcenter@gmail.com

Jubilee Christian Academy

5910 North W Street, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am -2:30pm. Early Care and After care available for an extra fee. VPK 8:00 am - 11:15 am. Ages: K2- 9th grade Contact: Mychie Layne 850-494-2477 info@jcakids.org www.jcakids.org

Kidz Academy North Campus

6025 Enterprise Drive, Pensacola Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 7:00 pm Ages: infant - 12 years Contact: Larry Kenny 850-435-4472 larry@thekidzacademy.com

Legendary Christian Preschool

3564 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years 850-607-8372

Northeast YMCA After School Care

3215 Langley Avenue, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 5 years -12 years Contact: Angela Stephens 850-478-1222 astephens@ymcanwfl.org www.ymcanwfl.org

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Loving Hearts Child Care Center

31 Mason Lane, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.

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Mary’s Little Lambs Early Learning Child Development Center, Inc.

2601 West Strong Street, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks -12years Contact: Carolyn White 850-439-1080 maryslittlelambs2013@yahoo.com Find us on Facebook

4901 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola Capstone Academy is an inclusive educational learning opportunity for all children, ages birth to five years, focusing on early intervention for children with developmental disabilities or who are at risk of delay. As part of our early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration. Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies are offered at Capstone. Therapies are provided during each child’s scheduled classroom hours. Families are always welcomed and encouraged to come and take part in their child’s therapy session. Also offered are Voluntary PreKindergarten for 4 year olds; After School Care for school aged children; and Physical/Occupational/

Speech Therapies for infants and children. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: Birth - 5 years. Charter School: 3 - 5 years; VPK: 4 year old Contact: Principal Aileen Ilano 850-458-7735 ailano@capstoneacademy.org www.capstoneacademy.org

Little Flower Catholic School ad on page 27

6495 Lillian Highway, Pensacola Little Flower Catholic School is proud of the high level of thinking we present while providing a plethora of learning opportunities for students Pre-K through 8th Grade. Little Flower Catholic School is proud of the high level of thinking we present while providing a plethora of learning opportunities for students Pre-K through 8th Grade. It is the mission of Little Flower Catholic School to form young people who live their lives, as Jesus did, rooted in prayer, and who strive for a sense of self-worth, academic excellence, and the Catholic values of mercy and compassion. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; VPK from 7:45-10:45 ; option for extended Pre-K until 2:40. Ages: K4 - 8th Contact: Principal: Dr. Paul Hughes 850-455-4851 info@pensacolalfs.org www.pensacolalfs.org

Brite Start Learning & Child Care Center 5000 Mobile Highway, Suite 9, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Victoria Jordan

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Carden Christian Academy

3290 Bauer Road, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Thursday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Friday: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: K2(potty trained) - 8th Contact: Principal: Angela Nicholas 850-492-4873 www.cardenchristianacademy.com/

Childcare Network - Fairfield (#113)

7525 Fairfield Drive, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Tisha Patterson

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Big Lagoon Learning Center

Blessed Star Montessori Christian School

5655 Bauer Road, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 1 year - 11 years 850-696-2352 www.biglagoonlearningcenter.com

Jamison Street Preschool

20 Jamison Street, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 1 year - 5 years

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Hillcrest Church Mom’s Day Out

800 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola Hours: Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday; 9 am - 1 pm. Ages: 1 year - 4 years

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Loving Hearts Child Care Center

32507 Academics Blue Angel Early Learning Center 10271 Sorrento Road, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6 pm. VPK 8:00

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227 North Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm Ages: 6 weeks -12years Contact: Deidra Crum

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S.L. Jones Christian Academy 100 Boeing Street, Pensacola Ages: K3 - 12th 850-456-2249 www.sljcainc.com

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School

325 South Navy Boulevard, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; VPK 7:45 am - 11:00 am Ages: K3 - 8th 850-456-5218 schooloffice@sjsw.ptdiocese.org www.stjohnpensacola.com

Treehouse Learning Center

3912 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am.

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Kids Klub Learning Center

8350 North Davis Highway, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:15 am - 11:15 am. Ages: 6 weeks -11 years Contact: Brittany Curtis 850-478-7090 www.kidsklubpensacolafl.com

La Petite Academy, Inc.

9601 Pickwood Drive, Pensacola Half day option available for ages 2 and up. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:30 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Philisa Caples 850-478-6772 7372@lapetite.com www.lapetite.com

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3785 East Olive Road, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 5:30 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Ages: 2 years - 12 years Contact: Shaunna Bailey 850-477-2773 lrshpensacola@gmail.com Find us on Facebook

Miss Kathy’s Early Learning Center

2275 East Johnson Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:00 am - 11:15am. Ages: 2 years - 5th grade 850-479-6031 www.misskathys.com

Miss Kathy’s Pre K and Discovery Center

8721 Chemstrand Road, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:00 am - 11:15 am. Ages: 6 weeks - 5th grade 850-476-8320 www.misskathys.com

Olive Baptist

1836 East Olive Road, Pensacola Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 9:00 am - 2 pm Ages: 1 year - 4 years Contact: Nancy Savage 850-475-1124 nsavage@olivebaptist.org www.olivebaptist.org

Pensacola Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy

8751 University Parkway, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Friday; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: K4 - 8th Contact: April Copley 850-478-8838 principal@pjacademy.org www.pjacademy.org

St. James Early Learning Center

219 East Johnson Avenue, Pensacola Part time option. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Vernadine Gordon 850-549-4771

St. Luke UMC Preschool

1394 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Extended

care available Ages: 1 year - 5 years Contact: Jeannette Lascell 850-477-9299 Jeannette@stluke-umc.org www.stluke-umc.org/ page/st-luke-preschool

UWF Educational Research Center for Child Development

11000 University Parkway, Building 99, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 months - 5 years Contact: Cynthia Watson 850-474-2195 www.uwf.edu/childdev

Victorious Early Learning Center

9111 Sturdevant Street, Suite B, Pensacola Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Sunday; 24 hours a day. VPK Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years 850-475-5805 victoriouschildcare@gmail.com

32526 Childcare Network - West Michigan

2623 West Michigan Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years 850-944-3098 www.childcarenetwork.com

Malena’s Mini School II

7181 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Pamela Barksdale 850-944-5140 kid123@bellsouth.net www.malenasminischool.com

Scholar’s Academy, Inc.

2610 West Michigan Avenue, Pensacola Per day drop off offered. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:00 am -12:00 pm Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Deborah Jackson 850-944-5580 scholarsacademy@bellsouth.net

32533 Gonzalez UMC Child Enrichment Center

2026 Pauline Street, Cantonment VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am -6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Ages: 1 year - 4 years Contact: Tammy Hicks 850-968-6245 www.gonzalezmethodist.org/child-enrichment-center/

32534 Childcare Network - #141

9441 Bowman Avenue, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years 850-634-3253 www.childcarenetwork.com

Deliverance Tabernacle Child Dev. Center 1780 West Detroit Boulevard, Pensacola Part time option. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: infant - 12 years Contact: Latavia Blount 850-969-1903 dtchildcare@aol.com www.deliverancetab.org/#!dt-child-development/cbmt

Jacqueline Harris Early Learning Program

8190 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. VPK 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages: 3 years - 4 years Contact: Wanda Simmons (850) 432-2273

Kid’s Place Learning Center

9490 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 11:30 am. Ages: infant - 12 years 850-473-8912

Little One’s Learning Academy

7895 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 11 years Contact: Sandra Bloodworth 850-473-8255 ext 3 loladirector@gmail.com

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Malena’s Mini School

9318 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Rose Doceans 850-478-5733 www.malenasminischool.com

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6031 Industrial Boulevard, Century With our research-proven curriculum, you can feel confident that your little one will thrive at Camp Fire. In Camp Fire child care and VPK, our well-trained staff use our Thrive{ology} framework to create a nurturing learning environment while offering a variety of experiences such as outdoor activities, games, music, crafts and more. If you’re considering a daycare or VPK, let Camp Fire be your first choice. We have served many families across the Milton, Pensacola & Century, FL communities. Let Camp Fire help your child light the fire within! Tour our facility, or call today to learn more! VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: 1 year - 12 years Contact: Pam Townson 850-256-0953 www.campfirekidsfl.com

32561 Children’s Place Preschool at Gulf Breeze UMC 75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-1:00pm; Optional

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5 Hoffman Drive, Gulf Breeze Half day option available. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am 5:30 pm Ages: 18 months - 4 years Contact: Kathleen Mann

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Paradise Child Development Center

113 Joachim Drive, Gulf Breeze Per day drop off offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am 6:00 pm Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Robin Delillo 850-932-0722 paradisecdc@gmail.com

SRCS - Gulf Breeze Community Preschool

100 Andrew Jackson Trail, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Early care and Aftercare available Ages: 3 - 4 years Contact: Kellie Gless 850-375-2173 glessk@santarosa.k12.fl.us www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/communityschool/gbprek.html

St. Ann Discovery School

100 Daniel Street, Gulf Breeze Half day option available. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

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32563 Childcare Network - Oriole Beach

1269 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:00 pm. VPK: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years Contact: Jennie Parker 850-932-1637 cni150@childcarenetwork.com www.childcarenetwork.com

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Community Life Preschool

4115 Soundside Drive, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Early Care, 7:30 am - 9:00 am. Stay and Play, 1 pm 2 pm. Ages: 2 years - 4 years Contact: Michelle Mock 850-916-7496 mmock@clc.life www.clc.life

Good Shepherd Lutheran School

4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: K3 - 2nd Contact: Director: Sue Mathews 850-932-9127 goodsheperdlutheranschool.1@gmail.com www.goodshepherdgulfbreeze.org

Kids Discovery 5

2800 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years 850-932-4409 www.kidsdiscovery.net

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy

5613 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. VPK Monday - Thursday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Ages: VPK - 4th grade Contact: Peggy Bearden (850) 934-0180 info@lighthousepca.com www.lighthousepca.com

St. Paul Methodist Church Preschool

4901 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 1:30 pm. Ages: 2 years - 5 years Contact: Libbra Barker 850-932-0692 saintpaulmethodistschool@gmail.com www.stpaulmethodist.org

The Gingerbread House Child Care Center

1542 Central Parkway, Gulf Breeze VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:45 am - 6:15 pm Ages: 1 year - 12 years 850-934-4711

32566 Curious Apples Early Learning Center

2716 Highway 87 South, Navarre VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Ages: 2 years - 5 years Contact: Sandra Pate 850-936-4663 www.curiousapples.com

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5308 Stewart Street, Milton Capstone Academy is an inclusive educational learning opportunity for all children, ages birth to five years, focusing on early intervention for children with developmental disabilities or who are at risk of delay. As part of our early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration. Speech, Occupational,

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and Physical therapies are offered at Capstone. Therapies are provided during each child’s scheduled classroom hours. Families are always welcomed and encouraged to come and take part in their child’s therapy session. Also offered are Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for 4 year olds; After School Care for school aged children; and Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapies for infants and children. VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ages: Birth - 5 years. Charter School: 3 - 5 years; VPK: 4 year old Contact: Principal Claire Errington 850-626-3091 cerrington@capstoneacademy.org www.capstoneacademy.org

Berryhill Child Care

5762 Berryhill Road, Milton VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:15 am - 6:00 pm. Extended care available. Ages: 1 year - 4 years 850-623-4509 contact@berryhillchildcare.com www.berryhillchildcare.com

Santa Rosa Christian Learning Center

6331 Chestnut Street, Milton Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 5:30 pm. Ages: K2-K4 Contact: Gloria Mason 850-623-4607 school@santarosachristianschool.com www.santarosachristianschool.com

Santa Rosa Christian School

6331 Chestnut Street, Milton Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:30 am - 5:30 pm. Step up scholarships available Ages: K2 - 12th Contact: Doris Peppard 850-623-4671 school@santarosachristianschool.com www.santarosachristianschool.com

32571 First Steps Christian Preschool

4187 Highway 90, Pace Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Early Care, 7:30 am - 9:00 am. Stay and Play, 1 pm 2 pm. Ages: 1 year - 5 years Contact: Taryn Beville 850-994-6092 tbeville@ibcpace.com Find us on Facebook

New Beginnings Preschool

4587 Woodbine Road, Pace Hours: Monday - Friday; 9:00 am -1:00 pm. Early drop off available Ages: 2 years - 5 years Contact: Debbie Quinn 850-995-4936 nbpreschool@bellsouth.net Find us on Facebook

32583 Kids Discovery 6

5753 Highway 90, Milton VPK offered. Hours: Monday - Friday; 6:00 am - 6:30 pm. Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years 850-623-4800 www.kidsdiscovery.net

West Florida Baptist Academy

5621 US-90, Milton Hours: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 5:30 pm Ages: K3 - 12th Contact: Mike Brown 850-623-9306 www.wfbacademy.org GPP Greater Pensacola Parents I February 2018

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Teaching Kids to Be Kind Online No parent plans to raise an unkind, much less a cruel, child. In fact, most of us put considerable effort into polishing our children’s manners and teaching them to respect other people. Unfortunately, many of those lessons are being undercut online. Our culture, as a whole, is going through a rude and disrespectful era, a problem that seems to be amplified in and by online communication. Recent research by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that one in four adults have experienced online harassment and 66% have witnessed it. The numbers are even higher for young people. The Pew Study also pointed out that there’s widespread disagreement about what kinds of speech are unacceptable and what kinds of responses are appropriate. Some argue that in a free society, people have to be able to say whatever is on their minds, no matter how vile, and other people should just “shake it off.” Plenty of others feel that the culture itself is being degraded when citizens mock, deride and attack each other. They favor more involvement by service providers and even law enforcement. Many people oscillate, defending strong language when it’s used in defense of ideas that matter to them and criticizing it when it’s used by opponents. Civility in the culture isn’t likely to be restored unless individuals commit themselves to respectful communication regardless of the venue. Parents can play a part by helping kids think through what they experience and do online. Sometimes that that may mean encouraging kids to protect

themselves by disengaging from conversations and even communities in which abusive language is the norm. Other times parents may want to support children who want to take a stand on behalf of peers who are being mistreated. (Iwitnessbullying.org and kindness.org provide specific ideas and kid-friendly materials that can be deployed in the battle against online harassment in all its many forms.) Before they can engage in that kind of advocacy, kids need to be grounded in the fundamentals. These principles may seem a little old-fashioned, but they aren’t obsolete. They survive because they are the basis for healthy, respectful relationships at home, in school and eventually in the workplace and the larger community. No slurs of any kind---ever. Make it clear through your rules and your own habits that you have zero tolerance for words that denigrate people because of their race, sex, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation. The pain of others isn’t funny. Steer kids away from television shows, movies and online videos that ask them to override their natural feelings of compassion and laugh at someone else’s misfortune. Don’t spread rumors. Teach kids not to repeat—or forward--unkind things they hear about other people. This is rule is especially important if, for some reason, they don’t especially like the other person. Appreciate privacy. Help your child understand that a message or photo sent by a friend should be treated as confidential. Online communication should not be forwarded or posted without permission from the person who sent it. 43

No tantrums. Offline, if your child doesn’t like something another person does or says, they can express their opinion but they aren’t allowed to scream and curse. A dispute online is no different. No ranting. No offensive language. No personal attacks. Be careful about humor. Offline, sarcastic comments are often accompanied by a smile or a laugh so the other person knows you’re not serious. Online, it’s much harder to differentiate between a comment that’s meant to be funny and one that should be taken seriously. Emoticons and other visual cues may help but they, too, can be misinterpreted. Think twice about insults. Everyone seems to use them as a way of being clever. Some parents even tease their kids with putdowns. The question we all have to consider is why it’s amusing to undermine another person’s self-esteem. Online, especially, it may be time to revive the old-fashioned rule: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Perhaps the most helpful thing parents can do is help children visualize the person on the other end of online communication. Imagine saying the same thing face to face. What feelings would the other person have? What expressions would be on his or her face? Now, ask your child to turn the conversation around. What if another person said to you what you were thinking about writing in a text or posting on Snapchat? How would you feel? What would you want to do? These questions are, of course, a new way of getting kids to think about the very ancient and universal moral rule—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This simple principle survives because it helps people recognize cruelty and practice kindness--two capabilities that are crucial in every human interaction regardless of where it occurs online or in the three dimensional world. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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FamilyCalendar Friday, January 26

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. Family-friendly musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed by Mario D Cieri, with musical direction by Ginger Caro and choreography by Michael Dennis. Pensacola Little Theatre is also accepting coat donations for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House through February 11, for 10% off a full-price adult ticket. Tickets are available online at PensacolaLittleTheatre.com and through the Box Office at (850) 4322042 or by visiting us on weekdays from noon-5 p.m. Snowbirds Beach Bash 9-10:30 a.m. Pensacola Beach welcomes winter visitors at this fun event. Meet at Pensacola Beach Community Church, enjoy a light breakfast, shopping local businesses and explore Pensacola Beach via our Trolleys beginning at 10:45 a.m. Plus, this year enjoy the music of an Elvis Tribute and win big at Trivia Blast Bingo! For more info, visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Huntsville Havoc. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Pensacola Opera Presents: Madama Butterfly 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Considered Puccini’s greatest operatic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly explores the depth of human emotions through tender duets and breathtaking arias. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, an innocent geisha’s love for an American naval officer begins with hope but ends in despair. Blossoms of love turn into tears of betrayal as Cio-Cio San is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.

Saturday, January 27

Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. Our free beginner ukulele classes are designed to get you familiarized with the ukulele, including parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, how to tune it, basic chord shapes, basic strumming patterns and chord changes for your first song! The intermediate class focuses on learning songs and playing while singing along. For more info, call (850) 457-7557. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Children 4 and under must have adult supervision. Parents can drop older children off for only $20 per child for supervised play. Admission covers pizza and drinks also. Parents are welcome to stay and play for free if they choose. Open to the public; no membership required. Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail info@mojosportz.com. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Huntsville Havoc. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.

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Arcadia Kids Crafts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Arcadia Mill, 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton. Free arts and crafts in the classroom. This month’s project is a Weaving Craft. All materials are provided and should take only about 30 minutes to complete. All participants must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call (850) 626-3084 or visit historicpensacola.org. Pirates’ Mardi Gras Flotilla 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. The pillage begins at Holiday Harbor Marine, passes by Sunset Grille, RV Pak docks, travels to the Oyster Bar, U-turns, continues the shower of beads on Perdido Bay Seafood docks, pillages Ole River Bar, and celebrates Victory Party at Flora-Bama. For more info, visit http:// business.visitperdido.com/. Open Studio: Sculptures 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. What can you make out of sculptural media? Experiment with a variety of media to construct your own sculpture. Free for PMA members and $6 for non-members. Drop in anytime from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! No registration required. For more info, visit www. pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Fancy Nancy returns in a story about felines, canines and making new four-legged friends! Nancy’s new kitten meets her posh pup, Frenchy. Will her two pets ever get along? Will Nancy be able to love them both the same? Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, January 28

All Krewe Food Drive Challenge Noon-4 p.m. Pensacola Parade People. Donate on behalf of your favorite Krewe and help them win the Humanitarian Award Trophy this year! Come hang out all afternoon and watch the action as Krewes battle it out for most pounds of food raised. Winning Krewe will be announced at the Priscus Celebration on Fat Tuesday where they will receive the Humanitarian Award Trophy! Pensacola Parade People Store will host the weigh in event. For more info, visit www.paradepeople.com/ or find us on Facebook. They Might Be Giants Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. All ages. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian. For more info, call (850) 607-6758. Pensacola Opera Presents: Madama Butterfly 2 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see January 26 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 3 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/ flora-bama/.

Tuesday, January 30

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.

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Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Escambia County All County Orchestra 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This event is free and open to the general public. For more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.

Thursday, February 1

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. Theatre Thursday shows are half price. For details, see January 26 listing. 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.

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Friday, February 2

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Gulf Coast Kid’s House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerful womengulfcoast.com.

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FamilyCalendar Glenn Miller Orchestra 7-9 p.m. National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Ste B, NAS Pensacola. Since 1956, this band has been consistently performing an average of 300 live dates each year worldwide. For more info, call (850) 453-2389 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Evansville Thunderbolts. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Michael Jackson: A Thrilling Tribute! 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This high-energy thriller features Falynne Lewing and her team of highly skilled, professional dancers from Red Hot Productions. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Preschool Art Time - Creative Construction 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Build imaginative and colorful architecture using paper tubes and bold colors. Artists will use paint, so be sure to dress for a mess! Cost: $6/members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Saturday, February 3

Double Bridge Run 7 a.m. Pensacola Sports, 101 W Main Street. This 15K carries runners over two bridges, across Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound. It will run from downtown Pensacola with a tour that includes the historic district, and picturesque Bayfront Parkway, a run through Gulf Breeze, and onto Pensacola Beach. The 5K invites both runners and walkers to travel from Gulf Breeze to beautiful Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island and the Gulf Islands Seashore. For more info, call (850) 4342800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/. Navarre Krewe of Jesters Parade 1 p.m. Family friendly. Hosted by the Krewe of Jesters in Navarre. Information is online at www.nkoj. org. This event is free to attend! It’s a giant party; feel free to wear a costume if you would like. The Pink Floyd Laser Show 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. After 30+ years of touring, Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never seen it before. Presented for the first time in 1986, producer Steve Monistere has established the Laser Spectacular as the longest-running, touring theater show in history! For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacola saenger.com. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents Mozart Madness 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright St. Guest conductor Jerome Shannon, PSO musicians and the Pensacola Opera artists-in-residence perform excerpts from “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Haffner Symphony” in this intimate, general admission performance at First United Methodist. Tickets are just $10 for this all-Mozart program. Purchase tickets online at www.pensacolasymphony.com/ or call (850) 435-2533.

Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 1013. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Our art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Love Your Heart Event Featuring the MEGA Heart Noon-4 p.m. Cordova Mall - Center Court. Free admission. The Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute team invites you to walk through the MEGA Heart, a 21 ft. long by 15 ft. wide by 12 ft. high, inflated heart. Visitors can step inside the human heart, learn about cardiovascular functions, observe examples of various types of heart disease, and see displays explaining some of the latest medical treatments for heart problems. For more info, visit eBaptistHealthCare.org or call (850) 469-5736. STEAM at Southwest Branch Library 10 a.m.-noon. 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Come build chain reactions using Lego bricks and Cubelets, robot blocks that join together magnetically to work as a team. Combine them in different ways and with Lego bricks, they make your creation move. Duplo bricks will be available for the little ones. For more info, call (850) 453-7781. ‘Sibshop’ Workshop for Siblings of Kids with Special Needs 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Silver Sands School, Fort Walton Beach. (Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register for this event is February 1 and is limited to 20 participants.) Sibshops are for siblings, ages 8-15 years old, whose brother or sister has special needs. At a Sibshop, brothers and sisters will: meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs; have fun; talk with others who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good!) parts of having a sibling with special needs; learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive; and have some more fun! No cost. All material and activities are paid for by the sponsors. Register online at http://bit.ly/2cX7VbW or call (850) 469-5423. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Krewe of Blues Mardi Gras Ball 6-11 p.m. Sanders Beach, Corinne Jones Resource Center. Dance to the premier Destin band, Deja’ Vu; heavy hors d’ oeuvres; cash bar. Formal/semi-formal. $45 in advance; $55 at the door. Tickets available online at eventbrite. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Evansville Thunderbolts. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see January 27 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see January 27 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see January 27 listing. Krewe of Wrecks Kids and Kritters Parade 2 p.m. Northeast corner of the Casino Beach Parking Lot, across from Sidelines. Walking procession for families, children, pets. Floats made from wagons. Theme: Magical Mystical Mardi Gras. No entry fee for kids, but $5 for each animal. Everyone is welcome to join this walking

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procession. You must bring your own beads to throw and you must wear a costume. Kritters must have tags or bring proof of vaccinations, and must be on short leash. Prizes for Best Costumed Kritter. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Best Mini Float - decorate a stroller or wagon (no motorized or pedal powered allowed). For more info and registration, visit www.pensacolabeachmardigras.com.

I Am Harriet Tubman Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. The 14th book in author Brad Meltzer’s bestselling “Ordinary People Change the World” series, I Am Harriet Tubman tells the story of Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https:// stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, February 4

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 3 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see January 28 listing. Seville Quarter’s Super Bowl Party 4 p.m. 130 E Government Street, Pensacola. Seville Quarter will show the Big Game in HD on 15 TVs, 5 Big screen TVs in 4 rooms. Game Day Tickets are FREE; we will be watching the game in style with Super Bowl Trivia and Great Prize giveaways. Special Tailgate menu and $12 buckets of Miller Lite. Fans can sign up for a free square and winners will be announced between each quarter. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit https://downtownpensacola.com/.

Monday, February 5

Yoga at Pensacola Museum of Art with Nancy LaNasa 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. 407 S Jefferson St, Pensacola. Enhance your creative focus and flow. Art and yoga have complimentary and intrinsically valuable benefits and the museum gallery provides the perfect space to awaken your imagination. All levels welcome. Bring towel, yoga mat and water bottle. PMA members are free; non-members free with admission to museum ($7/$6/$4). For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

Cat’s Seed to Table Cooking Class 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat McCreery for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. You can learn to prepare and sample a salad with or without animal protein, utilizing fresh from the garden herbs and flowers. For dessert, Cat will share a black bean brownie recipe. At the end of class, you can tour of our community garden, all of which Cat herself has grown from seeds. This cooking demonstration is free and participants will be able to try various samples during this class. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

Tuesday, February 6

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Now in its 27th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences around the world. Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features classic songs. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.

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Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 30 listing.

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Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing.

Saturday, February 10

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing.

Sunday, February 11

Open Studio: Drawing Media 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Use graphite, charcoal, and chalk pastels to create dramatic drawings to take home. For details, see January 27 listing.

Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade 2 p.m. Route begins at Avenida 10 and Via DeLuna, runs west and disbands at the Gulfside Pavilion in the Casino Beach parking lot. Mardi Gras parade with an island atmosphere! The Krewe of Wrecks Parade will have floats, throwing beads, candy and doubloons. After-parade parties are everywhere and the biggest is on the boardwalk, at the shell, where the paraders wait for the results of the judges and trophies to be awarded. For more info, call (850) 932-1500 or visit http://www. pensacolabeachmardigras.com/.

Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing.

Wednesday, February 7

University of West Florida Department of Music Chamber Music Recital Noon-1:30 p.m. Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola at 405 South Adams St. Members of the Chamber Music class will perform a wide variety of chamber music repertoire featuring many different instruments and groups. They will play pieces written for piano, harpsichord, flute, viola, French horn and marimba. The program will also include vocal duets and arias. Every performance in the series is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Music lovers of all ages are welcome. For more info, call (850) 474-2147.

Thursday, February 8

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. Theatre Thursday shows are half price. For details, see January 26 listing. Rock Painting 101 4:30-6 p.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola. A local patron will guide you through the fun and creativity of painting rocks. All supplies are provided by Friends of Southwest Branch Library. Rocks donated by Earth Products! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see February 1 listing. David Allan Coe Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. All ages. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian. For more info, call (850) 607-6758.

Friday, February 9

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 7:30 p.m. For details, see January 26 listing. Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade 7:30-9 p.m. Begins at Spring & Garden Streets. The only illuminated nighttime parade in Pensacola! The crowd can expect to be entertained with marching bands, lighted floats and great throws. For more info, visit www.kreweoflafitte.com or call (850) 436-7638. Love Your Heart Seminar 11:30 a.m. lunch; noon to 1 p.m. seminar. Indrea Warren, BSN, RN, Heart Failure Nurse Navigator, Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute. Baptist Medical Park Navarre, 8880 Navarre Parkway, 2nd Floor Conference

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Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade 2-6 p.m. Palafox and Garden Streets in historic downtown Pensacola. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade features most of the Krewes from the area, local organizations and companies and everything from marching bands to Scout groups. Many parade entrants come from out of town as well. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade is by far the largest event of Mardi Gras and of Downtown Pensacola annually. For more info, visit http://pensacolamardigras. com. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: All You Need is Love: A Beatles Tribute 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. All you need is love and concert tickets to see the Classical Mystery Tour perform the legendary music of the Beatles. The arrangements are exact; the costumes are spectacular; and the nostalgia is thick enough to cut with a knife. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see January 27 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see January 27 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see January 27 listing. Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail oceanhourfl@gmail.com or BayBluffsCleanUp@gmail. com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. Kindermusik By the Bay Presents ‘DaddyDaughter Date Night’ 4 p.m. at The PACE Studio, 4634 Lori Lane. Fee is $25 per couple and includes take-home instrument, photograph, and music download card. Dress up and come ready to sing, dance and play for this special bonding time with your daughter. Reservations are required. Call (850) 292-0519 or e-mail kmbythebay@gmail.com.

Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Little Duck and all of her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join in the fun in this charming addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Surprise! Activities to

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Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see January 28 listing.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan at Pensacola Bay Center 7:30 p.m. Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food. Tickets begin at $38. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call 800-745-3000.

Monday, February 12

Auditions for Little Women at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Written by Louisa May Alcott and John Ravolo; directed by Jennifer Godwin. Several positions available for teenagers and college students. There will be 8 performances April 6-8 and 11-15. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.

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Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Street Party 1-5 p.m. Downtown Pensacola. Procession officially begins at Palafox and Government Streets. No charge to join the fun! For more info, call (850) 436-7638 or visit http://pensacolamardigras.com/. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 30 listing. Auditions for Little Women at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. For details, see February 12 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing.

Wednesday, February 14

Love Your Heart Seminar 11:30 a.m. lunch; noon to 1 p.m. seminar. Pelbreton Balfour, Jr., M.D., Sc.M., cardiology, Baptist Heart & Vascular

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FamilyCalendar Institute. Baptist Towers Medical Meeting Rooms, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info or to make a reservation, call (850) 469-7897. Story Seedlings 2:45-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Story Seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter books. Lessons are geared for 4- to 7-year-olds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

Thursday, February 15

Love Your Heart Seminar 11:30 a.m. lunch; noon to 1 p.m. seminar. Indrea Warren, BSN, RN, Heart Failure Nurse Navigator, Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute. Baptist Medical Park - Nine Mile, 9400 University Parkway, Azalea Room. For more info or to make a reservation, call (850) 469-7897. Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series the 3rd Thursday of every month. The series will explore local topics such as climate change, stormwater pollution, bats, and more. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at ctsteven@ufl.edu or call (850) 475-5230. Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see February 1 listing. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi Riverkings. For more info, call (850) 4320800. Veterans’ Meeting 4-6:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http://everman.org/.

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Gallery Night 5-9 p.m. Stroll through the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of local music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments. Visit downtownpensacola.com/ or call (850) 434-5371. The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at the Hampton Inn & Suites from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us for this time of non-traditional networking and education. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com.

Ballet Pensacola Presents An American in Paris/ Stars and Stripes Forever 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Ballet Pensacola’s winter program is for audiences of all ages. The evening opens with Artistic Director Richard Steinert’s An American in Paris, a one-act ballet inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same name. Steinert’s production is a contemporary adaptation of the original film, yet keeps a respectful camaraderie

with the taste and aesthetic in which the movie is set. The evening’s second act celebrates the American spirit with Steinert’s and Christine Duhon’s Stars and Stripes Forever, featuring an exuberant and vigorous score with music from John Phillips Sousa, George Cohan and many others. Tickets are available at pensacolalittletheatre. com or by calling (850) 432-2042. An Evening with Ronnie Milsap 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Soulful, instantly identifiable vocals; deft piano playing; genre-straddling stylistic choices; and dozens of #1 country hits, including “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Pure Love,” “Stranger in My House,” “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends” and “It Was Almost Like a Song” led Milsap to Grammy wins, three Country Music Association Album of the Year, as well as Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year honors on the way to the Country Music Hall of Fame. For tickets or more info, call (850) 5953880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. UWF Theatre Department Presents The Music Man 7:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. For tickets and info, call (850) 857-6285 or visit uwf.edu/cfpa. Preschool Art Time - Musical Instruments 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Get ready to make some noise at the PMA. From shakers to noise makers, artists construct and decorate their own musical instrument to take home. For details, see February 2 listing.

Saturday, February 17

Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony Noon-12:30 p.m.The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors Ceremony every third Saturday, in Plaza Ferdinand, on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola’s 195th Birthday & Florida as a U.S. Territory. For more info, call (850) 466-5220. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi Riverkings. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Project Greenshores & Bartram Park Cleanup 9-10 a.m. Wayside Park West. Come join Ocean Hour’s clean up at Project Greenshores, also know as Wayside Park West, the third Saturday of every month. Project Greenshores is at the Three Mile Bridge on Bayfront Parkway, 745 Bayfront Parkway. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. The second location is Bartram Park located at 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola (Behind the Fish House). E-mail: oceanhourfl@gmail.com; visit www. facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. Ballet Pensacola Presents An American in Paris/ Stars and Stripes Forever 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see February 16 listing.

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UWF Theatre Department Presents The Music Man 7:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. For details, see February 16 listing. ‘Sibshop’ Workshop for Siblings of Kids with Special Needs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, Pensacola. (Pre-registration is required.) For details, see February 3 listing. Curiosity Day - Engineer It 1-4 p.m. Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall, 116 N. Tarragona Street. Celebrate National Engineering Week during February’s Curiosity Day. Build bigger, taller and better through a variety of special activities and demonstrations. Activities are suitable for a variety of ages and are included with admission. For more info, call (877) 937-6377 or visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/. Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. For details, see February 3 listing.

Mother Bruce Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for a hilarious Storytime featuring Bruce the curmudgeonly bear who likes to keep to himself. When Bruce’s goose eggs hatch, leaving him with four live goslings who are convinced he is their mother, he tries to get the geese to fly south. Will Bruce be able to rid himself of his new companions? Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, February 18

Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see January 28 listing. Ballet Pensacola Presents An American in Paris/ Stars and Stripes Forever 2:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see February 16 listing. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents: One World, Many Voices 2:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A celebration of musical diversity, both in repertoire and the messages we send. This strictly choral concert is anything but traditional, incorporating music from around the world led by PCC’s amazing artistic staff and a renowned guest conductor. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. UWF Theatre Department Presents The Music Man 2:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. For details, see February 16 listing. Market Basket 2018: Moonlight and Magnolias 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5 Eleven Palafox, 511 S Palafox St., Pensacola. The Junior League of Pensacola invites the community to attend this event boasting samplings from area chefs, home goods, jewelry, fashion and more. Vendors will have items available for purchase and samplings of goods. Tickets are $10 online (through Feb. 17); $15 day of event at the door. For more info, call (850) 433-4421 phone or visit www. juniorleagueofpensacola.org/projects/market-basket/.

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Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 4:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.

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Monday, February 19

Robert Cray Band at Saenger Theatre 7:30 p.m. Five-time Grammy Award-winner Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and have played concert halls and festivals all over the world. This Blues Hall of Fame inductee has recorded hits like “Strong Persuader,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Smoking Gun.” For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com.

Harlem Globetrotters at Pensacola Bay Center 2 p.m. The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. For tickets or more info, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/.

Tuesday, February 20

Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 30 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Cox Pensacola Sports Annual Awards Banquet Reception @ 5:30 p.m.; Program @ 6:30 p.m. New World Landing, 600 South Palafox St. Member Price $65; Non-Member Price $75. Guest Speaker Justin Gatlin, 2017 100m World Champion. Be a part of this memorable event as we celebrate a worthy slate of 2017 Special Achievement winners, the Amateur and Professional Athletes of the Year, the new class of Hall of Fame Inductees, Volunteer of the Year and the Pensacola Sportsman of the Year. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/annualawards/ or call (850) 434-2800.

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see February 1 listing.

Friday, February 23

Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute Hosts 3rd Annual Cardiovascular Symposium Free educational symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sanders Beach Community Center, located at 913 South I Street. Structured for health care professionals including nurses, case managers, allied health professionals and other hospital care providers. Speakers include experts from BHVI as well as other health care professionals. Topics will include current trends in cardiovascular care, optimizing provider s health and wellness, innovations in cardiac MRI, heart failure, patient experience and much more. Register at eBaptistHealthCare.org or call (850) 469-5736. White Tie Rock Ensemble Presents: Dark Side of the Moon 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. The White Tie Rock Ensemble presents the classic Pink Floyd album plus a set of Pink Floyd favorites! Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, will recreate this classic era of rock and roll. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com. UWF Theatre Department Presents The Music Man 7:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. For details, see February 16 listing. Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con

Daniel O’Donnell at Saenger Theatre 7 p.m. O’Donnell has recorded several PBS specials, with Stand Beside Me being his thirteenth one in 2013. Stand Beside Me is a concert celebration of Irish, country, gospel, rock, movie and long-time Daniel O’Donnell favorites. Over his long and continuingly successful career, O’Donnell has received many accolades including an honorary MBE from Queen Elizabeth, an appearance on Top of the Pops, his life celebrated on This Is Your Life and multiple Entertainer of the Year/Person of the Year Awards in Ireland and the UK to add to his recordbreaking chart appearances. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.

1-8 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center and The Pensacola Grand Hotel hours for Celebrity Rooms, Panels, Artist Alley and Dealer floor. The Pensacola Grand Hotel will be open to gaming 24 hours a day during the convention and will host events Friday and Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom. There will be additional venue hours for The Pensacola Saenger Theatre, The Rex Theatre, and The Pensacola Little Theatre. For more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com/ or https://www.showclix.com/ event/pensacon2018.

Wednesday, February 21

Saturday, February 24

Jonny Lang at Saenger Theatre 7:30 p.m. Since the release of his debut album, Grammy Award-winning Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. The path Lang has been on has brought him the opportunity to support or perform with some of the most respected legends in music. He has shared the stage with everyone from The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com.

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5th Annual I Pink I Can Run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. Join the Krewe du YaYas for this 4-miler run/walk for breast cancer. Great course, awards, food, after-party and fun. All proceeds benefit The Keeping Abreast Foundation. $30 entry fee thru February 23. For more info, find us on Facebook. North Escambia Beekeepers Association’s Annual Seminar 8 a.m.- 5p.m. at the Molino Community Center. This year we will have two courses, a beginner’s course and an

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advanced course. Our advanced course will feature lectures from Dr. Dennis vanEnglesdorp (The University of Maryland), Jeff Willard (Milton, Fla.), Johnny Thompson (Mississippi) and Andrew Finch, the area’s state apiary inspector. Tickets are $25 (lunch included) per person before Feb. 14 and can be purchased through Paypal at www.northescambiabees.com. At the door and after the 14th, tickets will be $35. Children under 18 are $8. For more info, call (850) 777-0087 or (850) 380-2268. Arcadia Kids Crafts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Arcadia Mill, 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton. Free arts and crafts in the classroom. This month’s project is an Underground Railroad lantern. For details, see January 27 listing. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. School-aged children 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 is requested. For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Open Studio: Mask Making 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Make wild, imaginative masks and explore color, shape, line, and texture in mask making. For details, see January 27 listing. UWF Theatre Department Presents The Music Man 7:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. For details, see February 16 listing. Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center and The Pensacola Grand Hotel hours for Celebrity Rooms, Panels, Artist Alley and Dealer floor. For details, see February 23 listing.

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2, join us for a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities, and more. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, February 25

Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see January 28 listing. Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center and The Pensacola Grand Hotel hours for Celebrity Rooms, Panels, Artist Alley and Dealer floor. For details, see February 23 listing. Big Daddy Weave & Brandon Heath Concert 7 p.m. Hillcrest Church, 800 E. 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola. Big Daddy Weave is the second most-played artist at Christian AC-Monitored radio in 2014 and the recipient of multiple industry awards and nominations, including: Dove Awards, K-LOVE Fan Awards, Billboard Music Awards and ASCAP Awards. General admission tickets are $20. For tickets or more info, visit http:// transparentproductions.com/events/big-daddy-weavepensacola UWF Theatre Department Presents The Music Man 2:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. For details, see February 16 listing.

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Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see January 30 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see January 30 listing.

Friday, March 2

2018 Round-Robin Tournament Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola. The 5th installment of the Cox Diamond Invitational. Game 1 @ 2 p.m. Nicholls vs. Ohio State (H); Game 2 @ 6 p.m. Southern Miss vs. Eastern Michigan (H). For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports. org/coxdiamondinvitational/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Roanoke Railyard Dawgs. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Preschool Art Time - Fabric Printing 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Make a printed wrap to keep or give away using collographs. Artists make their own collographs using foam paper to print on pieces of white fabric. Dress for a mess! For details, see February 2 listing.

Saturday, March 3

Bayou Hills Run 10k/5k/ Kids Run Great views, challenging courses, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Fun-seeking families and serious runners alike take to the street of East Hill in Pensacola for the Bayou Hills Run, hosted by Creative Learning Academy. This event includes a 10k, 5k and a 1-Mile Kids’ Run. Register early for discounted pricing, guaranteed T-shirt and personalized bib. For more info and registration, visit www.bayouhillsrun.org.

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents 24 Hour Theatre: Spring 7:30 p.m. Six short one-act plays, cast, written, directed and performed within 24 hours. ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are available at pensacolalittletheatre.com or by calling (850) 432-2042. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Papa Haydn 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Explore the musical splendor of Haydn, the beloved and revered “Father of the Symphony” with this evening highlighting the orchestra, UWF Chorus on the effervescent Te Deum and the return of soloist Scott Kluksdahl on the Cello Concerto in C Major. Enjoy Haydn’s brilliance through the drama of “The Representation of Chaos” from The Creation and his sense of musical humor in Symphony No. 100, Military. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com.

2018 Round-Robin Tournament Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola. The 5th installment of the Cox Diamond Invitational. Game 1 @ 11 a.m. Eastern Michigan vs Nicholls (H); Game 2 @ 3 p.m. Ohio State vs. Southern Miss (H). For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/coxdiamondinvitational/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Roanoke Railyard Dawgs. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.

Classes

Baby Care Basics – Two-class series walks you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. $20 per couple. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Usually held first Saturdays of most months, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple.

Community Education

Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. Junior Tennis Clinic 4-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. E-mail Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more info. Junior Tennis Clinics are held for Pee Wees up to 8 years old 4-5 p.m.; Juniors ages 9-14 from 5-6 p.m.) Cost $10. Mojo Elite Gymnastics Parent/Toddler Classes 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we have a parent/ toddler class for only $5. The first visit is free. Children walking to age 3 are welcome. This is a great way for toddlers to explore in a safe environment and meet new friends! Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail info@mojogymnastics.com.

Diabetes

Sacred Heart’s Diabetes Education Program offers individual and group instruction to help patients gain knowledge to control their disease, avoid complications and teach or enhance skills for a healthier life. Our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) include registered nurses and registered dietitians. For more information or to register for a class, please call (850) 416-7261. Classes include: •Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training Professional and personal •Diabetes and Pregnancy offered weekly for women with Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes. Individual counseling is also offered for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. Please complete our Patient Questionnaire form and bring it with you to your appointment or e-mail to Diabetes-scheduling@shhpens.org. •Insulin Pump Training Comprehensive training and Carbohydrate counting •Insulin Training Skills training on equipment use, an understanding of insulins and Hypoglycemia •Living Well with Diabetes course for adults with diabetes and their family members. •Pre-Pump Training Discussion of benefits of pump and insulin pump limitations.

Nutrition

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Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 3 to 4 p.m., at Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7439.

Prenatal & Childbirth

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tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www. ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth.

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Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by understanding the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4567 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Monthly Series Package – $125 per couple and includes Prepared Childbirth (a four-class series or one all-day class), two Breastfeeding classes and two Baby Care Basics classes.

Sacred Heart Hospital offers a variety of prenatal education classes designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Next classes are offered Dec. 4 and 21 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple. www.facebook.com/greaterpensacolaparents


FamilyCalendar Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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

Support Groups Cancer

Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group Supporting families of children with blood disorders and cancer. Anyone with a friend or family member who has been stricken with a form of childhood cancer or blood disorder is welcome. All meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. More details can be found at www. wingsofhopeinc.org. Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 4-5:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Prostate Cancer Support Group Meets 2nd Thursdays, from 5-6:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372.

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Prostate Cancer Self Help Group This group sponsored by the American Cancer Society is designed to educate and support men facing prostate cancer. Meets the first Saturday of the month at Sacred Heart Hospital, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call (850) 438-4491. Sacred Heart Cancer Center Sacred Heart provides emotional support and education for cancer patients and their families through a variety of support groups. For more info, visit the Cancer Center Support Groups website or call (850) 416-2679.

Grief Support

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

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.

Next meetings will be held February 1 and March 1, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/laleche-league-9/. LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meetings will be held February 7 and 17, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/leaps-new-momsupport-group-3/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. A lactation consultant from the Sacred Heart Maternity & Women’s Center will be present to answer questions and offer advice. Baby weight checks are offered at each meeting. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for each class session. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/childbirth. Pensacola Parents of Multiples Meets the second Thursday of every other month at Sacred Heart Women’s and Children’s Hospital Meeting Room C/D down the hallway next to the cafeteria. Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.

Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

Special Needs

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group West Florida Hospital - West Florida Rehab - Community Rooms A & B, 8383 North Davis Highway, Pensacola. Refreshments will be served. Usually held second Fridays, 1-2 p.m. To verify meeting dates and times, call (850) 494-3212 or visit https://westfloridahospital.secure.ehc. com/calendar/index.dot.

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Parent Support

Baptist Mommy & Me Play Group Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Free support group for moms with babies up to six months old. Next meetings are Thursdays, February 8 & 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free.

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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/.

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Core4 Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. Weight-Loss Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 437-8746. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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Naked!

by Micheal Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster) Fresh from the bath, unencumbered by clothes and free from inhibition, one child’s bedtime prep becomes a race around the house as he eludes his parents by bare inches. Running around at top speed, the child streaks from room to room decrying the need for shirts, pants, shoes and capes. Wait, capes? Capes are cool and back on the menu. As his fire burns lower and he begins to feel the chill, his mom is slowly able to coax him into pajamas (with cape) and nudge him toward his bed. Illustrated with the best of strategic perspective, posing and product placement, Naked is brilliant bedtime reading for every child who has attempted a clean getaway.

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Paddington 2

The Commuter

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: A Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Paddington 2 PG for some action and mild rude humor. Paddington Bear returns to the big screen in this sequel, which is even more enjoyable than his charming first adventure. As this film opens, we see the lovable marmalade-eater (again voiced by Ben Whishaw) is now right at home in Britain with Mr. and Mrs. Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins), and their children Judy and Johnathan (Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin). Still, the bear’s thoughts often turn to his Aunt Lucy back in his childhood home. With her 100th birthday just a few weeks away, Paddington wants to do something special for this motherly caregiver, who sacrificed her own dreams of travel while tending him as a young cub. And he finds the perfect gift in Mr. Gruber’s Antique Shop: A pop-up book featuring London’s famous landmarks. Unfortunately, the unique book is rather expensive. Not dissuaded, Paddington undertakes a series of odd jobs to earn the cash needed to buy the present. Yet before his coin jar is full, a scoundrel breaks into the store and steals the rarity. Paddington’s attempt to catch the thief instead have him mistaken as the criminal. Arrested in handcuffs, charged and tried in court, the defenseless bear ends up behind bars. The story may be a bit too emotional or frightening for the youngest of cubs, especially when they see the loneliness of a locked-up Paddington or watch his often-perilous plight. Yet older children will likely be fine and even adults are sure to be amused in the engaging scavenger hunt that unfolds. With messages of love and looking for the best in people, Paddington 2 is as sweet as marmalade.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: AProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated The Commuter PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. Liam Neeson’s character, Michael MacCauley, is a former cop turned insurance salesman. And he has just had a very bad day at the office. After a decade of successful service the 60-year-old is suddenly handed his walking papers. The bad news in compounded by the fact that he already lost his nest egg in the 2008 recession and is barely able to keep up with bills and paying his kid’s university tuition. After downing a few beers with Alex (Patrick Wilson), his buddy and former partner in law enforcement, Michael boards the homebound train, still not sure how to break the news to his wife (Elizabeth McGovern). But one thing is certain, when Liam Neeson hops on your usual ride home from work, the trip is bound to be anything but mundane. Ripping a page from the Alfred Hitchcock school of filmmaking textbook, The Commuter uses confinement within an always moving train to generate tension and suspense. And, if you can forget about a few cracks in the plot, the setup delivers a typical thriller product that involves an unstoppable vehicle, a ticking clock and a herd of innocent people who should have run screaming from the carriage the moment they saw Neeson’s face. This trip may offer a fun ride for older teens and adults thanks to virtually no sexual content and fewer profanities -- although a sexual expletive and crude finger gesture still make their way into the scant script. Action violence is the only other concern.

Forever My Girl

Goodbye Christoper Robin

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: B+ Sexual Content: BProfanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Forever My Girl PG for thematic elements including drinking, and for language. Usually when the small-town boy leaves, becomes famous, and returns home, he’s greeted with streamers, handshakes and kisses. Sadly, Liam Page (Alex Roe) didn’t understand the importance of first making a graceful departure from his tiny Georgia community. And nobody was more surprised with his sudden exit than Josie (Jessica Rothe), his grade school sweetheart who was about to walk down the aisle with him when she was informed her groom had gone AWOL. When Liam returns home for a friend’s funeral, Josie’s initial anger toward Liam fades fast and we discover she has a seven-year-old daughter named Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson) who has never met her dad. Thankfully, for Liam, his father is the town pastor. With this support, Liam begins to work through some momentous issues and embraces the opportunity to be a dad. Although Billy was the result of a pre-marital sexual relationship and we see Liam wake up with one of those aforementioned fans in his hotel room, there is no other sexual content in the film. And mild profanities, terms of deity and name-calling are also infrequent. Mid-January romances are rare in movie theaters and so are PG ratings. Although sentimental and predictable, this story may be just the ticket to please teens and adults looking for a little love to warm up their winter.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall AViolence BSexual Content B+ Profanity B+ Substance Use B+ The MPAA rated Goodbye Christopher Robin PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language. Like many children in the twentieth century, I grew up listening to the tales of Winnie the Pooh. The lovable Teddy Bear and his human companion Christopher Robin were a delight. I was well into adulthood before I learned that the stories and poems were based on author A.A. Milne’s own son. That made the writing even more charming. But it appears that was not the case for the real family. Despite the reference to of one of the world’s most popular children’s characters in its title, this film is aimed at adults, not kids. Although the script takes some artistic license, it does accurately depict many issues that fame and fortune brought upon the Milnes’. It presents a sobering picture for parents who might also become blinded by career ambitions and financial stability—especially when those seemingly worthy goals are gained at the expense of building loving family relationships. Beautifully shot, with powerful performances, this real-life cautionary tale is a reminder that it is not childish to cherish the important aspects of childhood. 52

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Greater Pensacola Parents February 2018  

The 2018 Childcare Directory is in this special issue!

Greater Pensacola Parents February 2018  

The 2018 Childcare Directory is in this special issue!