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Living With Children John Rosemond
A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith
Common Sense Media
Tips for fostering your child’s love for books in a screen-filled world.
Beyond the Party
Discover 5 unique ways to celebrate your child’s birthday.
Kids Health Watch
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Everything in Between Common Sense Media
Dave Says Dave Ramsey
Birthday Party Guide Our listing helps you find all the resources you need for their big day!
The Combined Party
Theme ideas (including accompanying crafts and games) for a boy/girl birthday party.
Gerry Paige Smith
Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston
On The Cover
Sophia Nunn (7) and Olivia (5), daughters of David and Nicole Nunn. Proud grandparents are Roland and Purificacion Perez, Paul and Dorothy Bechtold and Dwight Nunn. The girls love gymnastics, dance, traveling, going to the beach, camping, playing sports, art, reading, and just being around family. Dresses and hairpieces provided by Rainey’s Closet.
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Family Calendar 52
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Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source
I was going through some photos and I ran across a few of my daughter and her preschool best friend at a birthday party. These girls were two peas in a pod who met at day care when they were 12 weeks old. Rose’s mom and I were (and still are) the best of friends, and the girls spent almost every day together until Kindergarten when they went to different schools. Their birthdays were only a week apart, so naturally Marie and I decided to start hosting combined birthday parties. I am not sure who had more fun, the girls or us. Choosing a theme was always exciting too. We had an inflatable animal party, a precious dress-up tea party, and the infamous fiveyear-old karaoke party. We obviously didn’t think that one through very well. Imagine a group of five year olds on a sugar high with microphones. Yikes! Hosting joined birthday parties is not only more efficient, but can be a lot of fun too. While finding themes for these two besties was easy, if you are planning a boy/ girl combo party, choosing a theme may be a little more challenging. Fortunately Pam Molnar has come to the rescue with some great ideas in this month’s article, Hosting a Combined Birthday Party. I enjoy celebrating birthdays for more than just the parties. I love making my family feel special on their big day. I decorate in the dark of the night in hopes of kicking off their day in a festive mood. If you want to take it even a step further than a few decorations and a birthday dinner, you can find more ideas in 5 Ways to Go Beyond the Birthday Party, by Jessica Graham. In keeping with the party theme for this July “Big Birthday Issue” we have put together the annual Birthday Party Planning Guide on page 30! Here you will find more than 100 different local party resources. Need a cake, some entertainment, maybe a place to party? Or maybe you are looking to rent inflatables, chairs or concessions. Look no further! We have it all listed in this guide. This is your one-stop resource to use all year long as you plan your birthday parties, graduation parties, holidays and other special celebrations. Speaking of celebrating, this month we are marking the anniversary of our country’s independence. I would like to take this time to thank all of the men, women and families who sacrifice so much to serve our country. As we celebrate on July 4, I want you to know that I am praying for you, your family and for our country. What an honor it is to live in the “land of the free and home of the brave”. For this and for your service, I am truly grateful. Thank you and God bless you all! Wishing everyone a safe and happy July celebrating all that is wonderful in life!
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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond
Should Our Child Repeat Kindergarten? Q: Even though he had an early-August birthday, we started our son in Kindergarten this past Fall at a private Christian school. They did some testing prior to the start of the school year and told us they thought he would do okay. Now, however, they are telling us that he is “somewhat immature” and would probably benefit from another year in Kindergarten. We’re upset that they accepted him in the first place, but also feel that some of his problems were due to a young and relatively inexperienced teacher. We’re reluctant to hold him back out of concern that doing so may contribute to a negative self-image. Any thoughts? A: I’d be inclined to cut the school some slack. I can’t imagine that they would have accepted him already knowing he was at high risk of having to repeat. In all likelihood, they simply gave him the benefit of doubt, which I recommend you return to them.
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I’m not a fan of the rather widespread practice of postponing school entrance for late-birthday boys. In my estimation, the practice is counterproductive. If starting school is postponed for boys with birthdays after, say, June 1, “immature” boys suddenly become those with birthdays after March 1. Backing up the “not quite ready” date could go on forever. Furthermore, while delaying school entrance may benefit some late-birthday kids, it will be a disservice to others. One’s birthday is not necessarily a reliable indicator of immaturity. You may be right that the primary problem is an inexperienced teacher who is not skilled at “herding cats.” Insecurity concerning her classroom authority will certainly compound any immaturity problems, especially with typically highly-active boys. That is, however, water under the proverbial bridge. It may be that your son would not have “made the grade” even with a very experienced teacher.
All things considered, I would lean strongly toward accepting the school’s recommendation. My only caveat is that on the assumption that your son’s problems were exacerbated by an inexperienced teacher, you definitely do not want him with her again next year. If the school he’s attending has only one Kindergarten teacher, then I’d recommend that he repeat at another school. That may be a hassle, but it’s worth whatever hassle may be involved, believe me. You need not be concerned that repeating Kindergarten might constitute a threat to your son’s self-concept. One of my grandchildren repeated Kindergarten. He graduated high school with honors and was admitted to a highly-ranked state university that experiences significant enrollment pressure, where he is doing splendidly. You merely want to tell your son, very matter-of-factly, that you’ve decided to let him repeat. Reason? “We think it’s best.” The simpler the explanation, the better. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.
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Hill-Kelly Free Movies in the Park
July 6 @ 8 p.m. * August 10 @ 7:40 p.m. Community Maritime Park’s Hunter Amphitheater. Bring your blankets and chairs and spread out on the lawn to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars. Movies begin at sunset and FREE event parking is available at Community Maritime Park and City Hall. Concessions are available from local food trucks. Picnic baskets are welcome too, but no pets or glass containers. July 6 movie is Star Wars: The Last Jedi; August 10 is Justice League. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1378260622277746/.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sundays
Bring out the whole family so kids can enjoy running the bases. Dates are July 1, 8, 22 & 29 at 5:05 p.m. August 5 at 5:05 p.m. is Family Sunday as well as Bark in the Park. Bring your dogs on a a leash! For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Summer 2018 Youth Progam
Preparing Individuals for Success Mondays-Fridays July 9-20 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This two-week program, for ages 14-22, educates students who have a 504 plan or IEP on self-advocacy, career exploration, work readiness and work experience. Offers practical hands-on training to help develop rapport, active listening, and conflict resolution. Helps students make choices, set goals, and obtain and maintain employment. Free childcare available. There is no cost for the program, but students should bring their own lunches. Register by calling (850) 637-1429 or by e-mailing email@example.com. Classes will be held at Pathways for Change at The Family Center, 2050 W. Blount St., Pensacola.
Santa Rosa Island Authority’s Bands on the Beach Returns
Pensacola Beach’s popular FREE outdoor summer concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., through October 30. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. Upcoming performers include on June 26: Category 4; July 3: Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs; July 10: Reunion Band; July 17: Bay Bridge Band; July 24: The Rowdies; July 31: Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters; and August 7: Hot Sauce Band. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.
Pensacola Sports 2018 KickStart Soccer Clinic
National Night Out
August 7 * 6-8 p.m. Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St, Milton. Neighborhoods throughout Milton are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. Target, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, Milton Police Department, Department of Health Santa Rosa, and CDAC encourage residents to come and join this family event. It’s a great way for family, friends and neighbors to stand together to promote healthy lifestyles and safer neighborhoods. Target will provide free school supplies and hot dogs while supplies last. For more info, call (850) 564-2253.
July 31-August 2 8:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Field, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. This FREE soccer clinic for children of all skill levels between the ages of 5 and 12 is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the sport in a fun and casual learning environment. Ages 5-8 register from 8:30-8:45 a.m., with activities from 8:4510:15 a.m. Ages 9-12 register from 10:15-10:30, with activities from 10:30-noon. For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit pensacolasports.org/. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Eagle Scout Project ‘Helping Heroes without Capes’
Red, White & Blues Week July 11-14 Locals and visitors from all over look forward to the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show held in the summer. The show highlights our hometown heroes — the Blue Angels — the U. S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Blues hold several practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the big event on show day. Other aircraft featured will include: Fat Albert, Julian MacQueen, Veterans Flight, Kevin Coleman, Gary Ward, Skip Stewart and Redline. The Pensacola Beach Air Show is presented by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. Current schedule of events: July 11: Breakfast with the Blues; should be overhead at 8 a.m. July 12: Practice flight demonstration with Blue Angels at 2 p.m. July 13: Dress Rehearsal with civilian acts and Blue Angels rehearsal begins at noon; Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. July 14: Pensacola Beach Air Show featuring the Blue Angels Show begins at noon; Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. For more info, visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whatshappening-blue-angels/.
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Nicolas Salazar, 14, is a Life Scout with Troop 400. He is working on his Eagle service project called “Helping Heroes without Capes.” Salazar is leading a donation drive in four communities in Pace--HaberSham, HammerSmith, Abernathy and North Harbor--to collect gently used toys, books and clothes for children from newborn to 12 years old. All items will be donated to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society to help sailors, marines, family members, widows and retirees in need. The project consists of three phases: On May 12, Salazar and his helpers distributed flyers and bags with all the information about the project; on May 19, they picked up and classified all the donations; and on June 2, they dropped off the donations at NAS Pensacola, where Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is located. Salazar said he chose this organization and this project as a way to express gratitude to our sailors, marines and their families for their service, strength and sacrifices.
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Pensacola Children’s Chorus Musical Theater Academy & Summer Festival
The inaugural Musical Theater Academy will be held July 2-6 (holiday on July 4) from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. for grades 9-12. Led by formidable opera star, Pensacola native, and PCC director Hanan Tarabay, high school students will be immersed in learning the performance techniques, personal conduct, and industry knowledge to succeed in a career on the stage. Limited spots are available for this intensive week, so register early! The second annual PCC Summer Festival will be held July 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grades 3-8. Final performances will be held on July 28 at First Presbyterian Church and at Wahoo Stadium! Tuition for either program costs $185 with scholarships available. To register, visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/ or call (850) 434-7760.
Sertoma’s 4th of July Celebration
FREE activities throughout the day, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., in Seville Square to include a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables, a U.S. Army simulator, rock-climbing wall, pony rides, Character Meet & Greet, face painting, and much more! Festivities will culminate with Sertoma’s amazing fireworks show over Pensacola Bay at 9 p.m., synchronized with music broadcast on CatCountry 98.7. BRING YOUR RADIO! (There are no music PA speakers on Bayfront Parkway). For more info, visit http://pensacolafireworks. com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Sertomas4thofJuly/.
Food, Fireworks & Fun at Blue Wahoos Stadium
July 4 * 7 p.m. General seating is free at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. Kids’ activities and the ability to throw on the field. Food and concessions for sale, including $30 all you can eat and drink non-alcoholic drinks for 1.5 hours. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/BlueWahoosBaseball/.
Symphony Sparks & Stars
July 6 * 6:30 p.m. 116 East Gonzalez Street, Pensacola. We will show Black Panther. $5 for adults & FREE for kids. Free wine tastings for adults and concession stand available. Viewing on HD LED screens unlike any other in town. Plenty of outdoor activities & picture-worthy moments here so charge your phones! We provide seating or you can bring your own. Food & beverages available. We have indoor/outdoor options so don’t let the weather bring you down. For more info, find us on Facebook.
July 4 * 7:30 p.m. Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for a patriotic celebration of Independence Day at the Hunter Amphitheater at the Community Maritime Park. This free outdoor concert will honor the United States Armed Forces and feature a mix of patriotic music with popular favorites performed by the PSO under the direction of Maestro Peter Rubardt. For more info, call (850) 435-2533 or visit www.pensacolasymphony.com/.
Crab Cake Cook-Off
July 25 * 6-8 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E Government St., Pensacola. Sponsored by The Kid’s Dentist Dr. Stu Bonnin. Sample more than 18 varieties of crab cakes from teams of local chefs, organizations and restaurants. Enjoy live music, a beer tasting provided by the Lewis Bear Co., wine, a silent auction and art available for purchase. Proceeds of the Crab Cake Cook-off go to The Arc Gateway, a Pensacola nonprofit that provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tickets are limited, so purchase now by calling (850) 434-2638 or visiting www.arc-gateway.org. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
July 4, from 8:30-9 p.m. Let Pensacola Beach get you into the patriotic spirit this Independence Day. With the sugarwhite sands under your feet, keep your eyes focused on the night skies this 4th of July for a dazzling fireworks display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and Santa Rosa Sound. Arrive early to reserve your spot on the sand! 8
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Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Two Family Shows
What really happened with Snow White and all those little people after â€œHappily Ever After?â€? Bring the whole family to The Snow White Variety Show, told from seven very different dwarfy perspectives. Shows run July 14, 15, 21 & 22. Written by Brian D. Taylor; directed by Bill Whalen and Debi Dunkerley. Mary Poppins runs July 27-29 and August 2-5; 9-12. Directed by Stephen C. Lott with music direction by Tom Baroco and choreography by Roxie Alyssa Smith, this family musical is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. For tickets to these shows, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.
WinShape Camp for Communities Gulf Breeze
July 30-August 3 Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m.-4:55 p.m., Chick-fil-A Friday Family Fun Day 7:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday come and do camp with your kid! Coastline Calvary Chapel 1122 Oriole Beach Rd., Gulf Breeze WinShape Camps for Communities is a day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to create the most fun and meaningful camp for completed 1st-9th graders. WinShape Camps for Communities partners with local churches, local businesses and Chick-Fil-A operators to provides an exciting camp experience for campers right here in Gulf Breeze. Whether your kids like soccer, archery, dance, crafts or science, there is something for everyone. WinShape Camps for communities combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible Study and worship into one unforgettable week. Cost is $214 per camper., but financial aid is available. Call (850) 377-0127 or visit www.winshapecamps.org.
A Page in a Book
Books for Busy Bees Bustling our kids away from the company of bees, it’s hard to tell who’s busier - us or the bees. Armed with a sting for self-defense, it’s no wonder that these common visitors can evoke a fight or flight response in humans. But there’s more to the bee than its buzz or sting. Bees and their fuzzy bodies distribute pollen as they work, ensuring that plants propagate and our environment thrives. While caution is healthy around bees, children can also learn important lessons about the value of these busy bugs through education. The following titles feature bees in the lead, fostering a friendly introduction to these hard-working heroes of a healthy planet.
Bee and Me
by Alison Jay (Candlewick Press) When a bee bumbles through the window of her room, a young city girl instinctively flees from the intruder. Returning with a swatter and prepared to take action, the girl’s closer inspection reveals a weak and frightened insect lost in a strange environment. Catching the bee in a glass, she begins reading about bees to determine what he needs to thrive. Bee and Me takes on a dream-like quality as the bee and the girl get acquainted and together pursue a mission to keep him alive. Referencing the need for natural spaces among growing urban centers, this wordless title speaks volumes about the relationship between people, plants and the bees who keep our ecosystem in balance.
by Cece Bell (Candlewick) Jerry is a very big bee who loves people. But people don’t love him. The first sight of Jerry sends people running, afraid of a sting or alarmed by his buzz. When Jerry discovers a wig on the ground, the simple act of placing it on his head turns his fortunes around. Handsomely wigged, Jerry quickly attracts and army of friends and fans. Just as he’s finally achieved acceptance among people, an errant gust of wind ruins Jerry’s disguise and sends everyone fleeing once again. But the wig, who’s been learning about Jerry during their time together, comes to the defense of his misunderstood friend, revealing Jerry’s best qualities to the frightened public. Be-wigged is a charming testament to the value of getting to know someone before making hasty judgements.
Bizzy Mizz Lizzie
by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press / Scholastic) Rushing from one activity to another, Lizzie is focused on doing everything she can to be the best bee of all. From music, art, and dance classes to Bee League and Honey Scouts, the only bee who’s busier is Lizzie’s mom who shuttles her through her hectic days. When the true test of best comes in the form of a spelling bee (naturally), Lizzie doubles down on her mission with a study schedule aimed at victory. But even the busiest bees need rest, and when her activity overload catches up with her, the bill for Lizzie’s buzz must be paid in ‘zzzz’. Hitting every right comic note, Shannon’s frantic illustration is the perfect vehicle for this cautionary tale about finding the balance between getting things done and taking time to stop and smell the roses. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.
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My Momma Told Me... Not a week goes by that a concerned parent brings their child to see me for an ailment and the visit starts with “My mother says I should…” If personal experience with the specific illness eludes them, they resort to the next resource: treatments they learned from grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. It certainly takes the proverbial village to raise our children! However, over time science has taught us there are many “Old Wives Tales” that do not work. Be aware, nothing replaces TLC of parents and family! That said here are a few of the more common myths we hold onto.
Butter that burn
Butter and heat have their place in the home, but together only in the kitchen. Even after the heat source has been removed from the burn, the skin continues to maintain local heat at the site of the wound. This promotes ongoing damage to the injured site. Applying cool (not cold) water for 15-20 minutes helps stop the heat penetration. You can then apply aloe vera for comfort. Burns that blister should not be opened. Rather, a clean dressing should be applied to protect the wound while healing. Location and size of the burn dictate when you should
seek medical care. If you have concern about whether or not to seek medical attention, go! Better to be told not to fret rather than “we needed to see that sooner”.
Ice that nosebleed
Ice alone applied to the backward tilted, bleeding nose may not be enough to stop the flow. It may even cause blood to go down the back of the throat causing irritation and vomiting. Rather, lean the head forward slightly and gently pinch the soft part of the nostrils just below the bony part. Do this for about 5 minutes while breathing through the open mouth. Once the bleeding has stopped an ice pack may certainly come in handy to keep swelling controlled if injury caused the bleed.
The Green Goblin strikes again
Nothing creates greater fear in the hearts of parents and daycares than the presence of the Green Goblin: green nasal discharge. Many visits are made to seek antibiotics for the treatment of “the sinus infection”. Science has looked at this stuff under the microscope and determined it is, more often than not, caused by a virus. Important fact here: there are countless varieties of virus that cause rhinorrhea, aka the Green Goblin, and they mutate to
make sure they live long and prosper. Again, being a virus, antibiotics do not kill them. Rinse the nose (many times a day) with a saline solution (salt water spray or drops) and flush or blow out the slime via the nose. This is the best approach. Keep your child well hydrated – enough fluids to make them go to the bathroom several times a day. It never works as fast as your patience and good nature require. However, if fever and worsening symptoms appear after several days, check things out with your pediatrician. Over time, secondary infections can occur. These are just a few of the entries in the Book of Wives Tales. Space does not permit more. There are also many tried and true home remedies that warrant discussion. Perhaps we can discuss those next time! Tavi Slevinski, Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, has lived in Pensacola, Florida for over 35 years. She has been an advanced nurse practitioner with Pediatric Associates for over 23 years. Her undergraduate studies in nursing were completed at the University of Florida. She obtained her advanced nursing practice degree initially as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama. Miss Tavi, as her patients have come to know her, realized she enjoyed the entire pediatric age spectrum and obtained her Post Masters degree in general pediatrics from the University of South Alabama. Although she cherishes her title as Miss Tavi, her favorite role and title is that of “Gigi” to her grandchildren.
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Montessori School of Pensacola Hosts Greater Pensacola Chamber Breakfast
Montessori School of Pensacola is hosting the June Chamber Greeters Breakfast. Local Chamber member businesses are invited to attend. The event is June 29 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the MSP campus located at 4100 Montessori Drive. This is an opportunity for businesses to network, as well as see the MSP campus and hear from alumni students and families about their experiences.
GSTC Hosts Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC) Meetings
George Stone Technical Center will be hosting a Best Practices Meeting in its Testing Center on June 5 at 10 a.m. Representatives from regional schools (from Pensacola to Panama City, to Dothan and Birmingham and down to Mobile) will be discussing best practices and sharing ideas for improving training programs throughout the region. Representatives will also discuss recruitment strategies in a regional scope. This will include around 20 school reps (including Haney Technical Center in Panama City, The Alabama Aviation & Technical School in Ozark, Ala., Coastal Alabama Community College in Mobile, etc.) and industry partners such as VT MAE, Box Aviation and others. Following lunch, an informal meeting of the ATEC (Aviation Technician Education Council) will be held for representatives from all of the aviation schools and business partners attending the morning Best Practices Meeting. Shown, the latest addition to the “Hangar” at George Stone Technical Center is a EC-120 helicopter. It was recently donated to GSTC by Brown Helicopter at Ferguson Field. This aircraft will allow the aviation program instructors to teach maneuverability and functionality of flight controls, gear box to engine ratios, and operation of helicopters.
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Take Stock in Children of Escambia County Awards $300,000 in Scholarships
Take Stock in Children and the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation awarded $300,000 in scholarships at the May 29 “Graduation & Unsung Hero Celebration” at Skopelos at New World. Sponsored by Cox Communications and the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, the event honored 21 graduating seniors who received four-year tuition scholarships and laptop computers. Also recognized were the volunteer mentors who met weekly with their students. The 2018 Take Stock in Children graduates are: from Escambia High: Diamond Franklin; Northview High: Jason Fischer, Kayla Galvan and Lari McCann; Pensacola High: Latavia Grace, Aaliyah Medley, Markita Sapp and Joshua Van Fleet; Pine Forest High: Lina Foust and Brianna Walker; Tate High: Olivia Brown, Devin Searcy, Taylor Smith and Sabra Stewart; Washington High: Armelle Delouis, DeMarcus Harris, Clay Johnson and Brooke Nemeth; and West Florida High: De’Shawn Brundidge, Dezmond Booker and Savon Johnson. Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students receive college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, college readiness skills, and hope for a better life. Students are selected through a need-based application process in middle school, and comprehensive services continue through high school and include the students’ transition into college. Each student is matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with the student weekly at school. Scholarships are funded through a unique public-private fundraising model in which local scholarship donations are matched by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation when scholarships are purchased each year. Laptops were donated through a program coordinated by Paul Snider Jr. and started by Nick & Nathan Gupta. For more information about the Take Stock in Children program in Escambia County, contact Sally Lee at 469-5458 or firstname.lastname@example.org Back row from left are Representative Frank White, Dezmond Booker, Joshua Fan Fleet, Savon Johnson, Armelle Delouis, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, Diamond Franklin, DeMarcus Harris, De’Shawn Brundidge, Brianna Walker and Representative Clay Ingram; front row: Olivia Brown, Latavia Grace, Lari McCann, Kayla Galvan, Lina Foust, Taylor Smith, Sabra Stewart, Aaliyah Medley, Clay Johnson and Devin Searcy. Not pictured: Jason Fischer, Brooke Nemeth and Markita Sapp. 12
BTW Students Raise Money for Covenant Hospice
The Student Government Association at Booker T. Washington High in Pensacola raised $8,000 this year to donate to Covenant Hospice.Representatives from Covenant Hospice came out to the school to receive their check at the end of the school year. “These students have raised an average of $6,000 annually from their 5K run for charity over the last 13 years. This year was the BIGGEST amount we have netted,” said teacher Pamela Hicks. In 2016, BTW’s SGA was named the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, West Florida Chapter.
Escambia Competes in Rover Challenge
Results from the 2018 Rover Challenge are in! This year, competing against 95 other teams from a total of 12 countries, the Escambia High School Engineering Academy finished fifth overall and fourth in the high school division. The competition included some of the world’s top high schools and universities, including Auburn University, LSU, Purdue University, Texas A&M, the Ohio State University, and numerous international engineering, technical, and aeronautical schools. Congratulations to Mr. Deloge, drivers Ashton Floda and Sadiq Muhammad, and the rest of the Rover crew!
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Montessori School Students Welcome Summer Break with Field Day
Elementary students at the Montessori School of Pensacola celebrated the start of summer break with a fun field day full of activities with water and popsicles and smoothie treats. Middle School students made the smoothies for the younger students and volunteered to help facilitate the different activity stations. Students loved the relays and fun challenges, like picking up marbles out of a baby pool full of water. This is an annual end-of-year tradition at MSP.
Blessed Star Campers Get Hands-On Earth Science Lesson
Blessed Star Montessori School campers had a recent hands-on lesson about the properties of various items such as geodes, petrified wood, sand dollars and crystals. The campers had a chance to touch all the specimens and look at them using a loop for closer examination. They then created their own personal book of properties, where they drew pictures of each and they noted distinct characteristics about each specimen.
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PHS Junior Offered Scholarship for Science Project
This year, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the largest pre-collegiate science fair in the world, was held in Pittsburgh May 13-18. More than 1,800 students representing 81 territories and countries were present, and Pensacola High School junior Alexander Pope was one of them. This PHS junior represented the West Panhandle Region of Florida with a device he designed to monitor environmental status of mesocosums (biological systems that contain the physical features and organisms of an ecosystem but are restricted in size or scope for use in conducting scientific experiments). He created a sensor device that could measure the air and water quality of several molecular species to determine environmental quality for living organisms and built the algorithm to record the data on computer via wifi. The title of this project was “Monitoring Environmental Status of a Mesosocum using an ESP32.” Pope won the Presidential scholarship awarded by his school of choice! The Florida Institute of Technology awarded him full tuition for all four years of college. The scholarship award is worth more than $161,000 and he gets to attend the college he has been hoping to attend. Pope plans to start there in the fall of 2020. He is shown in front of his presentation board, “Monitoring Environmental Status of a Mesocosm Using an ESP32.”
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Escambia Musicians Perform at Carnegie Hall
Congratulations to the Escambia High School musicians who had the amazing experience of performing at Carnegie Hall! Soloists included: Sophia Bonanno, oboe; Skyler McLeod, flute and piccolo; Nicole Corleone, clarinet; Samuel Wilkes, alto saxophone; Clara Bonnlander, French horn; and Alyssa Norman, trumpet. They were directed by Douglas Holsworth and Dustin Hicklen.
GBMS Students Win Parking Lot Design Contest
Story by Brady Goodman, Dolphin Echo Staff Writer Students at Gulf Breeze Middle and other local schools participated in an event to design a parking lot for the Ascend Performance Materials Center. The event took place at the Ascend Performance Materials Center in Cantonment, Fla. At the end of the competition, Gulf Breeze Middle’s Team Star Car won with its exceptional parking lot design. “Ascend was seeking a new parking lot design to help keep the Pensacola nylon plant one of the safest facilities for employees and visitors,” explained Erin Tracy, GBMS gifted teacher. “There had recently been an increase in hazard reporting for the parking lot near the administrative building. The proposal’s purpose was to evaluate all options to redesign the parking lot/traffic flow (auto and personnel) resulting in the lowest number of possible interactions or ‘touchpoints’ between foot traffic and automobiles.” Other schools that participated were Simms Middle, Avalon Middle and Jay High School. From a teacher’s perspective, Tracy said, “This event provided students with an exciting opportunity for connecting STEAM concepts with real world experiences.” Challenges tackled by the kids in the event included green spaces, providing the proper number of handicapped/disabled parking spaces, adding an appropriate number of lights, signs and speed bumps with the effect of changing the flow of traffic. From GBMS, 24 teams entered the contest originally, and out of the seven schools that participated in the final county-level contest, three were from GBMS. To be involved, students had to: create a company (name, logo); create a sketch/model of the design including dimensions, scale and materials needed; take photos of the design process; supply detailed data displaying the efficiency of the design; formulate a price proposal; and put together a marketing plan for the finished design. From planning to designing, the event helped kids take STEAM ideas and make them into a real-world solution. Judges were engineers from Ascend that helped the students. Shown are the winning design team members from Gulf Breeze Middle with GBMS gifted teacher Erin Tracy and Santa Rosa County Math and Science Coordinator Jeff Baugus. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
East Hill Student Chosen For Science Convention
Jacquelyne Therrien, a 10th-grader at East Hill Christian School, is a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass. June 29-July 1. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, and to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal. Therrien was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent East Hill Christian based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. During the three-day Congress, Therrien will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading scientific research; be given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities; be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learn about cuttingedge advances and the future of science and technology. The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists offers free services and programs to students who have the desire to learn more about their future in science or technology. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers include online social networks through which future scientists and technologists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by tech and science leaders; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more. For more info, visit www.scitechleaders.com or call (617) 307-7425. www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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ECSD Announces 2018 Social Studies Teachers of the Year The Escambia County School District’s Social Studies Department and the local social studies council (EACSS) announce the 2017-18 Social Studies Teachers of the Year. Each recipient was nominated by her school for her outstanding work in social studies education. The winners are: Bonny Shiflett, Lipscomb Elementary; Nichole Beckius, Bailey Middle; and Robin Blalock, Tate High School. “Mrs. Shiflett (below left) brings history to life for her students through reading The Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series. She has also been instrumental in gaining many resources for our school, as well as the school district,” said Lipscomb Elementary Principal Susan Sanders. “When asked if she
would train other teachers in our district, she willingly accepted. As a result, she will provide professional development to other teachers at the beginning of next year. She is an inspiring, dedicated teacher and is a very deserving recipient of the Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year for Escambia County School District!” Jim Bailey Middle School Principal Janet Penrose said, “Nichole Beckius (at right) is a true Vision 2020 teacher. Her innovative style of teaching brings the world of history alive to her students. We can’t wait to see what wonderful project the students will be introduced to next!” Pam Killebrew, social studies department head at Tate High School, said, “Robin Blalock (far right) has become an important part of the Tate High School community. Her sponsorship of Rho Kappa (Social Studies
Honor Society) has helped nurture the strong ties Tate has with the military and their families. Her content knowledge is always growing and she is the first to offer guidance to new teachers.” Cherie Arnette, ECSD’s social studies specialist, said that all three ladies will be recognized at the Florida Council for Social Studies’ Annual Conference and are now eligible to compete for the honor of selection as Florida’s social studies teachers of the year for their grade levels. More info about the Florida Council for Social Studies can be found at: http://fcss. org/index.php. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 20-22 in Palm Harbor, Fla., and the theme is: “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, Shaping the Future.”
Blessed Star Visits the Gulf Coast Exploreum
Montessori School Congratulates Graduates
On May 17, the Montessori School of Pensacola eighth-graders graduated. The ceremony was held at the MSP Montessori Drive campus and was followed by a catered dinner. Fifteen students are moving on from MSP to high school this fall. Some have been attending MSP since they were 16 months old. The graduates presented speeches about their time at MSP, many citing their internship experiences or their time on the Heifer International Ranch as pivotal moments in their educational experiences.
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For an end of the year field trip, Blessed Star Montessori students visited the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. Students had a great time exploring the hands-on STEAM activities on the main level. They participated in many activities such as: making paper airplanes, creating parachutes which were tested in the wind tunnel, making boats out of popsicle sticks and seeing if they would float, and even testing their knowledge on a trivia game. The students split into two teams for the marble run challenge and worked together to create a marble run that would get their marble the furthest across the room. The students had a set time to create and test their marble run before the actual judging. They worked together to construct a structure out of PVC pipes and figure out how to support the structure so that it would not fall apart. It was a great hands-on lesson in team work and engineering. Later the students took a trip through the Human Body and Prehistoric exhibits. They enjoyed hands-on activities such as using medical tools to perform mock medical procedures. In the prehistoric exhibit, they enjoyed pretending that they were paleontologists and uncovering buried fossils. The trip wrapped up with an IMAX movie about the Galapagos Island, where the students learned all about the animals that migrated there and how they changed over time. It was a fun-filled day, packed with learning!
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MSP Artists Enjoy Week of Creativity
Elementary students had a blast creating animal-, monster- and beast-themed crafts during a week of art summer camp onsite at Montessori School of Pensacola. The weeklong camp, taught by MSP art teacher Caitlin Vogel, kept children busy with multimedia projects. They created sewn monsters, papier-mache animals, T-shirts and more. The children worked together on these fun combination creatures by passing their papers around to each camper to add details to the creature. These collaborative works were popular with the children. The week culminated with an art show set up by the students for families and friends.
Pine Meadow Kindergarten Class Gets Special Visitors
Escambia County Sheriff Deputy Caraway has been working a day or two a week at Pine Meadow Elementary since schools have begun staffing with off-duty deputies, police officers or private security. He has enjoyed it enough to complete the School Resource Officer training! Mrs. Lassiter’s kindergarten class made a special connection with him because he says he had more questions about law enforcement from this group of students than any others. So, he decided to treat them to a special pizza lunch, and he arranged for a special visit from a K9 officer!
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Florida’s Top Elementary and Middle School Physical Education Programs are in ECSD Schools
Beulah Elementary and Ferry Pass Middle School have been named SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Education) Florida’s top Elementary and Middle School Physical Education (PE) programs for the state. Beulah Elementary has Todd Aulger, Whitney Voeltz, and Karen Sawyers serving as their PE Teachers. Ferry Pass Middle has Dustin Brenton, Kris Lapata and Candy Prince serving as their PE Teachers. This prestigious award is only given to one school at each level in the state each year. A program is selected based on the quality of instruction, adherence to a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum aligned to state and national standards, implementation of special health and wellness events and programs, family and community relationships, and student/teacher interactions. “We have many schools with incredible programs that are raising the bar and changing the perception of physical education,” said Casandra Waller, ECSD Specialist for Physical Education Health, Wellness and Driver Education. “This is not your old-school PE anymore, and these two programs in particular are amazing examples of what the new physical education looks like. On behalf of our entire district and community, we are proud and thankful for what the physical education teachers have done to provide optimal experiences for our students.” Matthew Taylor, assistant principal at Beulah Elementary, said, “Our coaches do an excellent job at planning structured games that challenge students’ athletic ability while motivating them to learn how to persevere when unable to do something. These skills help our children become better students and more productive citizens of our community.” Just last year Escambia County celebrated when Samantha Harrison at Booker T. Washington High School was named as the SHAPE Florida High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. “As a district and department, we are pushing the envelope in physical education,” said Waller. “Our physical education teachers are stepping out of their comfort zones daily to implement new activities, incorporate technology and get all students involved in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle. The state is watching Escambia County School District as we continue to blaze the path for what quality physical education should look like.” Top from left, Beulah Elementary PE teachers Todd Aulger, Karen Sawyers and Whitney Voeltz looked for ways to show kids how to stay active with their family and friends this summer. They did this by adapting games they know are popular, like bottle flipping, or teaching students new ones using items they have at home, such as playing cards or even swim noodles. Bottom, Ferry Pass Middle PE teachers Kris Lapata, Candy Prince and Dustin Brenton periodically reach out into the community for additional support and involvement, like hosting special visitor Blue Wahoos mascot, Kazoo. Their goal is to make physical education fun so students will want to take their class and then they can teach them lessons about the importance of fitness and proper nutrition (disguised as fun).
Pensacola Music Teacher Nominated for Music Educator Award
Pensacola’s own Joshua Kaye was nominated for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award 2019 by the PTA at Hellen Caro Elementary and now has been certified as a Quarterfinalist! Kaye has been chosen from 2,800 initial nominees and now takes his place among the 188 music teachers, from 177 cities, who will move on to compete in the Semifinalist round. “I am honored that the PTA at Hellen Caro has recognized my hard work and dedication to music education, and I appreciate all the support I have from our students and their families,” said Kaye. In addition to being a State Certified Music Educator with more than 24 years of experience, Kaye is a regular instructor at Autism Pensacola’s Kids Camp. He regularly plays the guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, piano, mandolin & banjo professionally. His resume includes being an OPS Adjunct Professor for the University of West Florida teaching guitar, drums, piano and banjo, and he has been a solo performer, and pit musician for musical shows. The GRAMMY Music Educator Awards SEMIFINALISTS will be announced in September. Kaye is shown above directing the Hellen Charo Elementary School Chorus in performing the National Anthem before a Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball game.
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Blessed Star End of the Year Presentations
During presentations of their final projects for the school year, Blessed Star Montessori students reenacted many of the ceremonies that took place during Medieval times. Students in the picture are reenacting a knighting ceremony. After the presentations were finished, everyone enjoyed a Medieval-style dinner. It was a wonderful display of what the students have learned about the Middle Ages up to this point.
Escambia County schools are asking parents of all new students, especially incoming pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, to go ahead and register for the 2018-19 school year now! The first day of school will be August 13, and that day will arrive in no time. “Early registration helps schools plan how many classes they will have and how many teachers they will need,” explains Dr. Patti Thomas, ECSD’s Director of Elementary Education. “If your child will be five years old by September 1, 2018, we would like you to go ahead and take care of kindergarten registration as soon as possible. If your child will be four by September 1, it is time to register for pre-kindergarten as well.” If your four- or five-year-old student HAS attended a school district pre-kindergarten class this year, or has participated in any school district services (such as speech therapy, physical therapy, etc.) check with your neighborhood school or the source of those services to find out what you need to do next. If any students in your family are new to Escambia County public schools, you will need to follow these steps: Step one: Complete and submit the online enrollment application either at home or at the school. To find this, go to the Escambia County School District’s web page for families at http:// ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/families and look for the link titled, “Registration for Students.” You must complete a separate application for each student. Step two: Bring these items to the school: Recent Physical (within past 12 months) and Immunization Records; Birth Certificate; Social Security Number (optional); and Proof of Residency/ Address: This can be a signed lease or rent receipt with the location, date issues and the names of those living there. Or, bring your most recent utility bill with your name and address. If the family is living in someone else’s home, ask your school about a Student in Transition Survey. SPECIAL NOTE FOR KINGSFIELD ELEMENTARY: During the construction, anyone needing to register kindergarten students who will be attending Kingsfield should follow the steps above, gather the necessary documentation and bring it to Ransom Middle School to register. Principal Cunningham is working from there during construction. Ransom Middle is located right next door at 1000 W. Kingsfield Road and their main phone line is (850) 937-2220. If the school you are attempting to enroll your student in, is NOT your residentially zoned school, you must have School Choice approval prior to enrolling at the school. The School Choice Office is located in the J.E. Hall Center at 30 E. Texar Drive, Pensacola. Call them at (850) 4695580 as soon as possible.
Because It’s Your Special Day, Too! For my son’s first birthday party, I began planning weeks in advance. I chose decorations that were precious. I made sure the cake was delicious. I asked a friend to take pictures because I knew I’d be too busy to capture it all. I made sure to invite dear friends and family while being extra careful not to forget anyone who might feel sad to miss this momentous occasion. The big day arrived. My son turned one and I began a to-do list one mile long to prepare for this big party! It was truly a wonderful time. We were surrounded by loved ones and my little guy smiled so big when he finally had his chance to tear into that cake! At the end of the day, after the guests went home and the kitchen was clean, I sat in my living room under this giant Happy Birthday banner and just cried. I was admittedly exhausted and a realization came over me that... ”I had done this...I had made it to the one year mark.” He was no longer a little baby, and despite all of my worry, fear, and hesitation, things turned out alright. I started thinking recently about birthdays and all that we, as Mamas, put into these special days for our children. Birthdays are special and it’s certainly a time to make your child feel just how precious they are on that day. But what if we added a new little twist to those days? Those birthdays for us. For you. For Mama. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
I want you to think back with me. Think back to the day you first held your little loves for the first time. We stared into the eyes of these tiny faces and promised to love them and care for them always, while in the back of our mind thinking, “How do I do this?” Think back to those long nights you paced the floor watching the sun come up and thinking, “How can I keep doing this?” Think back to the first fever, upset tummy and trips to the doctor and thinking, “Am I doing this right?” Can I tell you something? Lean in a little closer and listen when I say, “Mama,
and helped your children reach another milestone...another birthday. Can we make each other a little promise and help others avoid tears under the birthday banner this year? Let’s promise to take a little time to give back to ourselves for all we’ve given to our children this year. Here are just a few ideas.
Before the big party, get a pedicure or take it to the next level with a fresh cut and color!
Choose something small you love. You know that pretty serving bowl you spied at the store, but feel it’s frivolous? Splurge just little and enjoy something special to display with all those guests coming over.
Sit down and make a list.
List all of the things you are proud of that you accomplished with your children this year! List everything from the baby sleeping through the night to the teenager rolling her eyes a little less.
Read a book.
you DID do this!” Your children are celebrating birthdays this year and you need to take just a moment to say, “Happy Birthday to me!” You pushed past fear and worry in times you didn’t know what to do. You washed bottles and sippy cups on the daily like a pro. You changed diapers at the ball field, in a parking lot and the zoo. You have figured out how to coordinate dinner, homework, practice and a decent bedtime. You had a conversation with your teenager that you thought might never happen. This year--you did it. You did amazing things 22
Birthdays are a milestone occasion and a good time to find a great read for fresh inspiration. Parenting is not for the faint of heart, but thankfully there are LOTS of us in the same boat and many writing about it.
Take a picture. There will be so many pictures of your child on this special day. Please take time to snap one of you with your birthday baby. Over the years, these will become a treasured collection. So before you sit down to start that list for the party, draw a star at the very top. Next to that star, write what you will do FOR YOU. Because Mama, it’s your special day, too. www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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Giving Your Child a Love for Books in a Screen-Filled World
the 200th time. But it’s those cherished favorites that will always comfort and entertain. (If we go for a third book, Mommy gets to pick. Otherwise we’d never rotate our library.) Find a quiet, special space. We used to read in the rocker next to her crib, but on those nights she didn’t want to go to bed, she put up a fight just to enter her room. Then we used to read on the couch, but there are inevitably distractions -- the basketball game is on, the dog is barking at the neighbors, there’s music on the stereo. So I created our own special reading space on the bed in the guest room. It’s stocked with pillows and blankets, and I light some candles and lay out the book selections on the bed with us. It’s our insta-special reading spot! (It sure doesn’t take much with a toddler.) You can do this anywhere you have enough room for two.
When I opened the gates to screen time for my 2-year-old daughter, I was planning to limit it to airplanes and sick days. But with TV and tablets came a whole new colorful world that hooked my tot instantly, and her new word -- “cartoons!” -- became a constant refrain. Almost overnight, her obsession with books and our sweet ritual of reading became a distant memory to her little toddler brain. Screens offered something much more exciting. I was worried. For me, books are more than fun and educational. They’re a family tradition. My own lifelong passion for reading was sparked by my mother’s nightly read-aloud sessions with me and my sister. I want my kid to treasure that magical reading time as much as I did growing up, despite the irresistible pull of singing animals, animated princesses, and sweeping soundtracks. So I had to dig deep to come up with extra-special reading experiences to compete with all that sparkly screen entertainment. My hope is that these tips and tricks will cultivate positive and passionate literacy habits she’ll have the rest of her life.
Keep the selection fresh. Hit the library regularly, and check out stuff by their favorite authors or in their preferred genres. Libraries are key, since you never know what they’re going to like, and you don’t want to shell out bucks for books they won’t touch. Need recommendations? Check out some of Common Sense Media’s fave books for toddlers. Find print books with sensory experiences. You can load up your Kindle or tablet with digital books when traveling, but let them enjoy the tactile experience of turning pages and touching different textures. My kid loves books with an interactive element, such as flaps and dials or scratch-and-sniff spots. Her favorites include Mama’s Pajamas, which has an array of different fabrics, and Dance, which uses cardboard levers to make different animals dance. Keep ‘em all over. We keep a few books in the car and a stack by the potty, and she gets to take one to bed every night. It may be overkill, but it gives her an opportunity to connect with books at every step. Studies have even shown that having lots of books at home can give kids a big boost in school.
Make it a daily ritual. Every night, without fail, before my daughter heads to bed, we read at least two books together, usually more. On the nights she’s wound up and super resistant to sleep, this routine puts her in a mellow mood and helps her relax. By the time I turn the first page, she’s already heavylidded and sucking her thumb.
Resist the begging with clever excuses. When my kid gets really stuck on something and wants to do nothing but watch Frozen, I tell her Elsa and Anna are sleeping. She accepts that without question. A lifelong love of reading is a gift you can give to your kids that they will carry forever. One day she’ll thank me!
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Teach Them While They’re Young Q. My wife and I want to begin teaching our son how make a budget and live on one. He’s 16, and he has a part-time job and a hand-me-down car. Is this a realistic idea?
A. Your son is at a great point in life to learn how to make money behave. Even in his situation, when he’s still living at home, there are plenty of things he can include in a budget. There’s gas for his car, along with maintenance and insurance. He’ll need to save a little money — maybe even for college — and I’m sure he’ll want some spending cash, too. Sit down, and teach him how to make a written budget by figuring out the upcoming month’s income and expenses ahead
of time. Also, make sure he knows how to properly balance and reconcile his bank account. It’s still your responsibility to provide him with the basic necessities at this point. But I love your willingness to teach your son how to handle money intelligently. The sooner he learns some basic money management principles, the sooner he’ll be able to handle his finances responsibly in the real world!
Controlling Your Cash Q. I work long hours, and I make pretty good money. The problem is the money from my paychecks always seems to disappear before the end of the month. I know part of the problem is grabbing quick meals between extra shifts, and eating out a lot after work, because I’m usually too tired to cook when I get home. How can someone who has very
little free time start gaining control of their finances?
A. No matter how little free time you think you have, or how tired you are, you must make time do a written budget every month. This is essential. Making a budget for the month ahead isn’t a lot of hard work, and it really doesn’t take long. When you give every dollar a name before the month begins, you’re taking control of your money instead of allowing a lack of it to control you. Start with the income you know is predictable. If that isn’t possible, look back over the last few months and find the minimum amount you brought home during a month over that period of time. This will be the basis for your budget. Once you’ve established a baseline income, you can write down and prioritize bills and other expenses. Just remember, restaurants are not a priority! When you make a prioritized spending plan, and start telling your money what to do ahead of time, you’ll have the ability to do what’s important with what you’ve earned!
The Race is On!
Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
For every parent who’s experienced a child’s delighted cried of “Go Faster!”, the exhilarating nature of racing is familiar. Giving kids the ability to plot a course and navigate it at speed is an empowering form of play. Racing toy cars allows children to test themselves against courses and obstacles, to strive for performance goals or to enjoy competition with other racers. The following race car-themed items encourage kids to take control of their roadway, their speed and their destination with entertaining options from start to finish.
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Magic Tracks Glowin-the-Dark Mega Set
Prextex Radio Control Racers
The Magic Tracks Mega Set features flexible track sections that bend and twist, letting small hands make creative connections with ease. Adding to the excitement, the tracks glow in the dark after light exposure. The two battery-powered race cars (included) are illuminated with bright LEDs so they also charge the tracks as they speed along. With a suspension bridge, two-way splitter, and ramps, the 18 feet of track pieces allows for versatile and evolving raceway planning. As flexible as the track itself, the Magic Tracks Mega Set fosters creative thinking and fine motor skills as young racers plan and produce their own new path to victory again and again.
Simple controls and sturdy construction are the hallmark of Prextex Radio Control Racers, making this set ideal for first-time remote operators. Complete with sound effects (sirens for the police car and revving engine for the racer) this pair of cars is road ready right out of the box. The cars get good traction on a variety of surfaces so kids can take the race to new and changing landscapes. The set includes two removable driver figures that expand the possibilities for pretend-play to accompany the racing/driving experience. Ideally designed for the small hands of young racers, this RC duo offers an easy and encouraging introduction to RC racing for the littlest drivers.
3-in-1 Launch and Go Raceway
My First RC Baja Buggy
Conforming to the changing demands of young race designers, the Smart Wheels 3-in-1 Launch and Go Raceway assembles into a trio of diverse experiences. Whether it’s set up as a dual raceway, a stunt track or a super run, this set uses gravity to launch the included race car down a changeable course of play. Connecting with strategically located SmartPoints, the race cars may also become sound enabled with music and fun phrases.This set can also be combined with compatible Smart Wheels and Smart Animals components from V-Tech. Using fewer components that reconfigure into more versatile structures, the Launch and Go Raceway supports mechanical exploration and fine motor skills in the younger set.
Designed with small hands in mind, the RC Baja Buggy is a soft, chunky vehicle that makes remote control driving simple to get a grip on. Shaped like a steering wheel, the easy-to-use controller lets drivers send the buggy racing forward, backward, or into a spin. Unlike many other RC cars, the Kid Galaxy Baja Buggy body is squeezably soft and ideal for taking corners without leaving damage on walls, furniture or ankles. Capable of running on smooth floors, concrete and low-pile carpeting My First RC Baja Buggy takes the lead in the race for RC-ready drivers.
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7000 Pensacola Boulevard Pensacola, 32505 Theme: Quest for Truth Dates: July 23 - 26, 2018 Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Visit our website or call the church office for registration instructions. (850) 477-0998 firstname.lastname@example.org www.smyrnabaptist.org
St. Luke United Methodist Church
Bible Schools Campus Church 115 Saint John Street Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Camp Moose on the Loose: Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness Dates: July 10 - 13, 2018 Times: 6:15pm - 8:30pm Ages: K4 - 6th grade Come to Camp Moose on the Loose for a camping-themed experience at Campus Church! Discover the freedom God offers through His forever forgiveness when we follow the “trail map” of God’s Word. Don’t miss out on the fun as we bring the great outdoors inside each evening! VBS will be held in the St. John Building. Visit http://www. campuschurch.com/vbs/ and print the registration form. Bring this form with your child the first night of VBS. (850) 378-3404 email@example.com www.campuschurch.com
Charity Chapel 5820 Montgomery Avenue Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:15pm Ages: 4 years - teens Visit our website and register under VBS. (850) 944-5520 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charitychapel.org
Faith Baptist Church 3600 Creighton Road Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future Dates: July 16 - 20, 2018 Times: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Ages: 4 years - 6th grade Please contact the church office for questions or to sign up for a ride. (850) 476-8496 www.fbcpensacola.org
First Pentecostal Church
6500 North W Street Pensacola, 32505 Dates: July 24 - 27, 2018 Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Ages: 5 years(by September 1st) - 11 years Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6pm for all VBS participants. Registration will be available through our website, the church office or at the door. Our church office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 8am - 5pm. (850) 477-1100 email@example.com www.firstpent.org
245 Brent Lane Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Jungle River Adventure Dates: July 29 - August 1 Times: 6:00 - 8:30 pm Ages: 3 years - 6th grade Please call the church office to register or check our website for upcoming online registration. (850) 476-4466 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gatewaycoc.org
7201 Klondike Road Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Kingdom Rock Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 5:45pm - 8:00pm Ages: K4 - 6th grade registration will be open each night of VBS and also available on our website. (850) 944-6776 www.lovepensacola.org
McIlwain Presbyterian Church
1220 East Blount Street Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Genesis 1: SPACE PROBE “Seek Out the Lord of the Universe!” Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:30pm Ages: Completed K4 - 5th grade VBS at McIlwain Presbyterian Church is Free! Guidebook, T-shirt, Crafts, and Snacks are included. Registration will begin at 8:30am on
1394 East 9 Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: July 16 - 20, 2018 Times: 9am - 12pm Ages: 4 years (by September 1st) - rising 6th grade Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Registration is available online at https://vbspro.events/p/stluke. (850) 477-3145 email@example.com www.stluke-umc.org
Gulf Breeze Coastline Calvary Chapel
1122 Oriole Beach Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 Theme: Jungle River Adventure Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: 3 years - completed Kindergarten VBS registration is available online. There is a $20 fee for each participant. Please call or email for more information. (850) 932-8197 Rebecca@coastlinelife.com www.coastlinelife.com
Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church
100 Andrew Jackson Trail Gulf Breeze, 32561 Theme: Renew Dates: July 9 - 12, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Kidz Ministry program will have VBS Monday Thursday and registration is available online. Older siblings are welcome to volunteer for service hours. Please call or visit our website for questions. (850) 932-3625 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gbpresbyterian.org
Milton St. Rose of Lima
6451 Park Avenue Milton, 32570 Theme: High Seas Expedition Dates: July 9 -13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Please check our website for a link to registration or call the church office for assistance. (850) 623-3600 email@example.com www.srolparish.org/ GPP
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Regardless of where you fall on the birthday party spectrum, the bottom line is that everyone wants their child to feel celebrated and special. After all, they will only be that age once. Here are a few ways to celebrate beyond just the birthday party.
Childrenâ€™s birthday parties have gotten so complicated. These days, young guests have busy schedules, cramming multiple parties into a single weekend or cutting parties short due to time constraints. When they do come, they bring their gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free dietary restrictions with them. This is all before you broach the increasingly divisive issue of whether or not to invite the entire class to the party or to be more discerning with the guest list. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
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Celebrate Birthday Eve
Think Christmas Eve but for birthdays. No child needs reminding that their big day is approaching, theyâ€™re probably relentless in their reminders. But instead of tamping down the excitement, help them enjoy it. Tell them about the night before you met them: Where you were, what you were doing, how you were feeling. Look through 28
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old pictures, play family home movies and best of all, sing Happy Almost Birthday.
Have A Yes Day
Play genie and grant your birthday boy or a girl a Yes Day. While a genie only gives three wishes, you will be granting your child an entire day of yes. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes! Skipping school in the lieu of a day at the beach? Yes! The only rule on Yes Day is that there are no rules. But before you let your child’s imagination run wild, wise parents may want to set a few parameters, such as that the requests need to be reasonable and, in our family, are not to include the acquisition of pets.
Start A New Tradition
We have a tradition that my parents started – the birthday chair. The birthday child wakes up to find his place at the breakfast table decorated with streamers, balloons and other goodies, like small snacks, lip glosses, light-up buttons announcing their age, etc… My children love the birthday chair and it’s a birthday must, even when we’re traveling. If you don’t have a tradition to carry on, it’s not too late to start one. You can deliver a special breakfast in bed, fill the room with balloons, or make a crepe paper “door” that your child has to burst through. Who knows, years from now, your child may be passing that tradition down to their children.
Plan A Trip
At first blush, a birthday trip sounds hard (and costly) to implement. But there are plenty of ways to gift a trip. You can take the whole family to a special destination, you can do a birthday getaway with both parents or you can make it a solo parent trip, for some quality one-on-one time. Finally, you can ask the grandparents to play tour guide. Because trips are harder to pull off, pick a set birthday for the celebration. The trip can take place when your child turns double digits, is sweet 16, or when you feel comfortable with them flying as an unaccompanied minor (if you’re sending them off to grandma and grandpa).
Give Goody Bags To The Parents
Even if you decide to go the traditional birthday party route, you can still shake things up a bit. I attended a recent birthday kid party where there were goody bags – for the moms. It was brilliant. After all, parents handle the RSVPs, buy the presents, and schlep the kids to the parties, why shouldn’t we be the ones to go home with the loot? GPP
Happy celebrating! Jessica Graham is a freelance writer who has been published on Upworthy, Mothers Always Write and Parent.co. You can find her at In Pursuit of Loud, where she writes about the art of every day living. This article originally appeared on Parent.co.
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J’s Pastry Shop
2014 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola Adorable custom cakes, cupcakes, pastries and other delicious treats are available at J’s. Check out J’s Pastry on Facebook to view samples of a few delicious creations. 850-439-6546 www.jsbakeryandcafe.com
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Cakes & Treats Adonna’s Bakery
126 South Palafox Place, Pensacola Adonna’s offers cakes, pastries and Southern baked goods that are to be found nowhere else in this area. Please order 48 hours in advance. 850-696-2227 email@example.com www.adonnasbakery.net
3046 Concho Drive, Pensacola Artfully Delicious delivers stunning cakes to the panhandle and surrounding areas. Your choice in cake design makes a statement about your personality and sense of style. Visit us on Facebook at Artfully Delicious. 850-221-0885 www.buymycake.com
205 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Custom ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins. Online ordering available. 850-934-6958 www.baskinrobbins.com
4350 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola Custom ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins. Online ordering available. 850-484-9000 www.baskinrobbins.com
11 Palafox Place, Suite E, Pensacola We offer delectable desserts and custom cakes for all occasions. Specializing in baking for all dietary restrictions, you can order cakes and treats that are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, or vegan. We will be sure to create a masterpiece to accommodate all of your needs. 850-982-9731 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluejaysbakery.com Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
Bread of Life Bake Shop
6100-G West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola Custom cakes for all occasions including doll cakes, character cakes, petit fours, cupcakes and more! Bread of Life offers several cake flavors and fillings to choose from. Visit our Facebook page for photos and website for pricing. 850-458-2273 email@example.com www.breadoflifebakeshop.com
Bubba’s Sweet Spot
412 South Palafox Street, Pensacola Bubba’s Sweet Spot is a candy store and ice cream parlor located in Downtown Pensacola. Offering Pensacola homeade caramel,fudge and chocolate treats made from scratch! 850-332-6696 www.bubbasweetspot.com/
732 West Garden Street, Pensacola Cake Gallery specializes in wedding cakes, special occasion celebration cakes, chocolate candies, individual desserts, corporate gifts and coffee. Every tasty creation will be handmade on-site with top quality ingredients and can be customized to the client’s specifications. Delivery available upon request! 850-433-5003
Cakes & More by Alicia
Milton Cakes and More by Alicia offers sweet treats for all occasions including specialty cakes, cupcakes, gourmet cookies, cookie baskets and custom designed sugar cookies and cake pops. Themed cookies make great party favors! Orders are taken by appointment only. 850-319-8180 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cakesandmorebyalicia.com
Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe and Café’ 236 West Garden Street 2A, Pensacola Award winning artisan sweet and savory cheese-
Pensacola Custom Cakes and Baked goods. With a decadent menu and delivery, we make it hard to say no to dessert! 850-417-9193 email@example.com www.facebook.com/littlehousebakeshop
5405 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola 850-478-4547 840 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze 850-934-7522 Invite your guests to the ultimate dessert party with homemade ice cream, delicious toppings, and everything you need to entertain any size group. Ask about options for having a marble slab brought to your next celebration. www.marbleslab.com
Milton Quality Bakery
6727 Caroline Street, Milton Milton Quality Bakery is a family-owned business that has been satisfying sweet cravings for more than 40 years. 850-623-3676 firstname.lastname@example.org www.miltonqualitybakery.com
Oh Snap Cupcakes
707 East Cervantes Street, Pensacola Oh Snap! Cupcakes is a locally owned and operated Gourmet Bakery- Open 7 days a week. 850-466-3363 www.ohsnapcupcakes.com
Sherry’s Cake Shop
510 Massachusetts Avenue, Pensacola Offering custom design cakes, cookies and more. We also carry cake and candy supplies, decorating lessons and more. 850-433-4208 email@example.com www.sherryscakeshop.com
Simply Cupcakes of Pensacola
Pensacola Simply Cupcakes proudly provides delicious, delectable cupcakes. We adhere to a high standard of excellence, using only the finest, freshest ingredients to provide a most flavorful and quality product worthy of the Simply Cupcakes name. Italian but-
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Sweet Creations by Sharon
My unique, artistic designs will provide a sweet addition to your special day. Find us on Facebook! 850-341-6674 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sweetcreationsbysharon.com
2600 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola We proudly offer the largest selection of Cheesecake flavors in Pensacola with more than 200 varieties and counting! By focusing only on Mini Cheesecakes we have created the perfect combination of size and variety! 850-466-3477 www.szotskis-cheesecakes.com
4771 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola Frozen Yogurt Cakes and Pies are the perfect addition to any party. Cool and refreshing, festive and fun, TCBY”s cakes and pies are made with the
frozen yogurt that you can feel great about serving to your friends and family. 850-332-7531 www.tcby.com
Entertainment to You Animal Tales ad on page 15
Pensacola Live Exotic Animal Birthday Parties! Animal Tales conducts educational programs for over 900 schools and libraries annually in 15 states. We bring our animals to your location for a unique birthday party experience. 6+ animals of your choice, 45-50 minute show. Serving a 300-mile radius around Pensacola, FL. 800-589-5408 Ext.2 www.animaledzoocation.com
Balloon Bubble Buddies ad on page 29
We provide a full scope of roving entertainment at your party which includes our balloon animals, bubble-maker, confetti gun, t-shirt launcher (which can launch parachuting army men, stuffed animals and party gifts). We have arches, custom centerpieces and various decorations for your party/gathering. Visit us on Facebook! (251) 233-9647 email@example.com www.balloonbubblebuddies.com
A DJ Connection
10311 Chemstrand Road, Pensacola Regardless of the age of the birthday, regardless if boy or girl, we have you covered with 70 years in music and almost 40,000 songs. Your DJ not only plays music, but entertains and plays games with your guests and makes your birthday party fun and memorable. 850-968-1968 firstname.lastname@example.org www.adjconnection.com
Characters on the Go
Pensacola A multitude of make-you-smile-every-time characters and party themes that you and your child will enjoy! We also offer photo booths, wholesome DJ-hosted parties, Glow Parties (ultraviolet and fluorescent color decorative parties), and theme parties for all ages and so much more! 850-607-9057 email@example.com www.facebook.com/CHARACTERSONTHEGO
Pensacola “The Life of the Party”. Visit us online to explore the variety of specialty party options we offer such as jumpers, slides, train rental, character meet & greet, balloon delivery, character parties, superhero parties, princess parties and more. 850-479-4386 www.copycharacters.com
Crazy Acres Ranch
3030 Highway 97, Molino Pony Parties for Children’s Groups - Birthday’s, Churches, Scouts, Family Reunions, and riding lessons for all levels of experience, Trail Rides, Riding Camps for Spring and Summer. 850-206-8113
Faces By Alyce
Face Painting for your party, festival or special event. Please call for pricing and booking information. Visit us on Facebook for photos and updates. 251-303-6700 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/facesbyalyce
Fairytale by Christina
Fairytale by Christina is an one-of-a-kind experience that allows you to make a storybook come to life for your child’s birthday party, camp or special event. We offer dress-up inspired dance classes, Prince and Princess birthday parties, character visits, camps and special events! 703-861-9062 email@example.com Find us on Facebook
Flamingo A Friend
Pensacola We fill a yard with your choice of the most adorable critters and a 4 Ft personalized message board. We deliver 7 days a week in the early morning hours. We then return in the late afternoon or early evening to gather the critters back up and clean up our “mess”. 850-438-4004 www.flamingoafriend-pensacola.com
Game Cave Pensacola
Panama City Game Cave is the top video game truck ready to make your birthday and any other event the best party of the year. Our mobile video game theater is complete with four big screens, all the newest video game systems, hundreds of games, in surroundsound with vibrating seats and controllers. Our sevice areas include Gulf Breeze, Milton, Pensacola and more! 888-985-2844 www.game-cavepc.com
Hero Parties Pensacola
Pensacola The only non-gun, safe , easy-to-use, laser tag system you can play anywhere! Hero Parties Pensacola will setup on your property or at another local location such as a park or church, and create an immersive gaming experience where each player has a unique role on his/her team. Depending on the number of children involved we offer different gaming modes, as we take into consideration both the size of the group and the range of ages to determine the best game modes. Veteran owned and operated. (850) 378-7384 firstname.lastname@example.org www.heropartiespensacola.com
Knockerball is a single chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. Have two or more Knockerballs come to your next event and have your friends literally Rolling with laughter! 850-288-1035 Knockerballpensacola@yahoo.com Visit us on Facebook
Little House Bake Shop
Pensacola We bring the fun of a baking party right to you! Little House Bake Shop will provide the cakes (for older Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
children) or cupcakes (for younger children) and all the supplies, icing, sprinkles and more needed to create fun and delicious treats! 850-417-9193 email@example.com www.facebook.com/littlehousebakeshop
Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters
Party Animals For Hire!!! A fun hands-on learning adventure featuring small exotic animals for birthdays! Nonie can also hostess your birthday party with decorations, games, prizes, and the cake! Programs last an hour and are limited to 30 kids maximum (unless special arrangements are made for larger gatherings). Crew mates of this Ark include unwanted pets adopted by Nonie Maines, Wildlife Educator in the Florida Panhandle. 850-862-9588 firstname.lastname@example.org www.noniesark.com
On Sight Entertainment
On Sight Entertainment brings the best mobile video game truck party right to your front door. Our luxury, limo-style mobile game theater on wheels features 7 widescreen high-def TVs, surround sound and multiplayer gaming excitement! 28 can game at the same time! We have the latest titles from Xbox 360, Xbox ONe, Wii, Wii U and PlayStation 4! 251-207-8102 email@example.com www.onsightentertainment.com
Pensacola Photo Booth
10311 Chemstrand Road, Pensacola Offering quality entertainment and high-resolution photos for you to take home and share – our photo booths guarantee a great time for you and your guests! 850-968-1968 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolaphotobooth.com
Radiant Face and Body Art
Pensacola We provide professional face painting for birthdays and any special occasion! Using only the highest quality of products, we can paint anything from simple cheek art to full faces and can even create custom designs based off your theme! We service the Pensacola and surrounding areas. 850-366-2249 email@example.com www.radiantfba.wixsite.com/radiantfba
Pensacola Reno’s Reptiles comes to you with reptile shows for birthday parties, scouts, picnics, church groups, charity events, daycares, and even for some local schools. Our shows offer a great adventure with minimal effort from you, in a safe and controlled environment. You can choose from a variety of reptiles for your event. 850-393-3004 firstname.lastname@example.org www.renosreptiles.com
The Dot Shop - Paint Parties
Our On The Go paint parties are sure to bring you and your guests an unforgettable time! We bring our studio to you at the location of your choice such as: Homes, patios, garages, schools, offices, parks, etc. Everyone will choose their wooden cutout from a selection sent to the hosts. All materials, wooden cutouts, paints, twine, brushes and sealant are provided. Booking required. 251-363-3859 email@example.com www.thedotshoppaintpartystudio.weebly.com
Inflatables and Rentals Outdoor Fun Inflatables
Elberta Providing inflatable fun to all of Baldwin County, Surrounding Areas and parts of Pensacola. We offer inflatable bouncers, obstacle courses, dry slides, water slides, and Run ‘N Slides. Outdoor Fun Inflatables also has other party rentals you’ll love, including a Mechanical Bull, Concessions, Tent, Tables, and Chairs! We deliver to you. Visit us on Facebook or our website for photos of inventory. (251) 923-7719 or (251) 979-4381 firstname.lastname@example.org www.outdoorfuninflatables.com
Party Supplies/Décor Rainey’s Closet ad on page 19
520 N. Alcaniz Street, Pensacola Children’s designer clothing and accessory rental for photo shoots, weddings, and all of life’s special events. www.raineyscloset.com
Custom Baskets and Balloons
9254 North Palafox Street, Pensacola For baskets, balloons, and events with flair, you’ve found the best company for the job! Pensacola’s most innovative & professional balloon decorators. We deliver! 850-479-4438 email@example.com www.custombasketsballoons.com
Kent’s Special Events
3877 North Palafox Street, Pensacola Kent’s Events is a full service party rental company. Our goal is to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing a wide range of quality event rental supplies and offering superior customer service for every event, regardless of size or budget. 850-932-3505 www.gokents.com
Places to Party Cordova Lanes ad on page 36
2111 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola Cordova Lanes birthday party package includes invitations, shoe rental, plates/napkins/utensils, decorative bowling pin for birthday child, and bottomless freestyle soft drinks. The party is 2 hours, up to 12 guests. Price is $150 + tax. Additional lanes are $50 per lane. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve. 850-477-2300 www.cordovalanes.com
Fast Eddie’s Fun Center ad on page 31
505 West Michigan Avenue, Pensacola Fast Eddies provides a variety of party packages with entertainment options like go-karts, putt-putt, batting cages, arcade games and more! Visit our website to view Party Packages for one of our Private Party Rooms. 850-433-7735 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fasteddiesfuncenter.com
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1060 North Guillemard Street, Pensacola Art parties available for ages 4 and up. Party themes include MYOG “Make your own Glass” for ages 8+, Pottery handbuilding for ages 5+. Let one of our creative FCAC art instructors design a unique art project that fits the theme of your party! For details visit our website under the workshops tab. 850-429-1222 email@example.com www.firstcityart.org
In His Steps Dance Studio ad on page 21
6231 North “W” Street, Suite 5, Pensacola Our $165.00 Party Package Includes: Up to 14 Children (additional children $5.00 each max. 16). A 45 minute dance class and routine for friends and family to come in and see at the end, 1 Party treat for each Child, Party Room for 1 hour for you to facilitate gifts, games etc. 850-474-4922 www.inhisstepsinc.com
friendly themes, a carefully planned itinerary, engaging & varied activities! Call LaBelle Performing Arts today! 850-944-5650 www.labelleperformingarts.com
Ninja Life ad on page 7
175B Olive Road, Pensacola Ninja Life is a ninja warrior gym located in Pensacola. We focus on ninja warrior training with obstacles, parkour, cross-fit implementation, competition for both kids and adults. We offer birthday parties that will be designed to introduce kids to the ninja warrior training style. Birthday parties will consist of a 90 minute gym time, with a trainer and a 45 minutes party in one of our designated party rooms. Cake can be brought in. Drinks and paper good will be provided, along with an attendant to set up and clean up for you. 850-287-1717 firstname.lastname@example.org http://ninja-life.com
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8253 Chellie Road, Pensacola Let LaBelle take the worry out of planning your child’s birthday party! We are proud to offer child
Parks and Recreation ad on page 3
The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities that provide the best possible year-round services for private and public events. Visit Facility Rentals on our website to learn more about Community Maritime Park, Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, Osceola Golf Course, Roger Scott Tennis Center, Resource Centers & Park Shelter Reservations, Event Permitting & Park Rentals. 850-436-5670 www.playpensacola.com
Pensacola Children’s Museum ad on page 41
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tions for all ages, a 9,500 sq. ft. splash pad and so much more, The Park at OWA is the place to be for birthday fun. (251) 923-2111 email@example.com www.VisitOWA.com
1501 South OWA Boulevard, Foley Discover a whole new level of fun when you throw a birthday party at the Gulf Coast’s newest entertainment destination. OWA’s 20+ ride amusement park — The Park at OWA — is the perfect place to celebrate your child’s special day. With attrac-
115 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola The Pensacola Children’s Museum’s private, themed birthday parties enable little honorees to treat their friends and family to a unique experience. Choose from pirate, princess and dinosaur themes. The parent-friendly, all-inclusive theme parties allow parents to show up, enjoy the festivities and head home without the worry of decorations, a
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cake or clean-ups! Themed party packages, starting a $250.00, include invitations, decorations, a cake courtesy of Publix, drinks, set-up and clean-up services. A basic package is also available starting at $100. All private birthday parties include exclusive use of the first floor Discovery Gallery and the Party Central room. A discount of 10% is extended to members at the Family Plus level and above. 850-595-5985 ext. 112 firstname.lastname@example.org www.historicpensacola.org
Pensacola Cooks Kitchen ad on page 37
3660 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola A PCKids’ birthday cooking party is a fun-filled, incredible edible “edutaining” culinary experience full of hands-on activities for budding chefs! Choose from over 10 menu themes available. Food sensitive menu options (gluten, lactose, nut, and sugar free) available. Parties for children 4 - 16 years. 850-456-0743 Info@pensacolacooks.com htts:||pensacolacooks.rezclick.com
Pensacola MESS Hall ad on page 19
116 North Tarragona Street, Pensacola Birthday package includes admission for up to 20 children and 20 adults, use of the party room for 2 hours where you can have cake or other food, free exploration of the MESS Hall for everyone during the party, birthday child receives a free MESS Hall t-shirt. We schedule birthday parties on Saturdays at 10 am. Other times may be available upon request. Activities are most appropriate for elementary age and up. To provide the best experience for all, birthday parties are for children turning ages 6 and up. 877-937-6377 www.pensacolamesshall.org
Pensacola Museum of Art ad on page 15
407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola You can have your cake – and museum too! The Pensacola Museum of Art offers children’s birthday parties for the little artist in your life. All party packages include an Art Educator, supplies and a private room plus a complimentary Little Artist Gift Bag for the birthday child. Multiple packages are available for Tiny Tot Art (ages 1-3), Mini Masters (ages 4-6) and Junior Artist (ages 7-12). Party Packages start at $160. A discount of 10% is extended to members at the Family level and above. 850-432-6247 ext. 203 email@example.com www.pensacolamuseum.org/birthday-parties
Waterville, USA ad on page 39
906 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36524 Waterville USA is able to host lots of different group outings such as, company parties, birthday parties, family reunions, church outings, end of season sports team parties, boy/girl scout events, as well as afterhours private parties. The possibilities are endless! Visit our website for detailed Birthday Party Packages. Please call to make your event reservation. (251) 948-2106 or (251) 948-7026 www.watervilleusa.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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tors from the hatchlings in our gift shop to the big alligators in our swamp land. Enjoy a nature walk to our various exhibits as you journey towards the big swamp, and the ultimate king of Alligator Alley, Captain Crunch! You’ll also see green herons, owls, turtles, bullfrogs, a fox squirrel and more. In our gift shop area, we also display other amphibians, reptiles, and rare species of various field animals. Birthday Parties: $250 includes 20 people. $10 for each additional adult and $8 for each additional child. Call us for more information or to book today! (866) 994-2867 or (251) 946-2483 email@example.com gatoralleyfarm.com
Aubrey Hill Riding Camp
2729 Ten Mile Road, Pace We offer riding lessons, summer camps, birthday parties as well as boarding and training. We have something for everyone. Our riding program is for ages 3- adult. Lessons horses provided and no experience necessary. Bookings for birthday parties available in September 2018. 850-396-3102 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aubreyhill.com
351 West Cedar Street, Pensacola Looking to have a home run party? Party benefits include a special message on video board, a visit from Blue Wahoos mascot, each child receives a Blue Wahoos souvenir. Package also includes hot dog, drink, and chips for each child, group seating for the game (depending on availability), complimentary group photo and a dedicated team representative to help you every step of the way. 850-934-8444 www.milb.com
6241-D North Davis Highway - Behind Party City, Pensacola Bounce houses, slides, a creative area, sports games, video games, and a separate toddler area for little ones. Our Birthday Party packages include decorations, 1 hour 15 minutes of playtime, 45 minutes in private party room for food and opening of gifts, dedicated party coach, unlimited drinks for children, plates, flatware, cups, napkins and party cleanup. Upgrades to include food, themed decorations and extra time are available. 850-417-4692 Help@BounceHousePensacola.com www.BounceHousePensacola.com
380 Lurton Street, Pensacola Cheer Omega offers open gym time on tumble track and spring floors and are special needs friendly. Reservations are required. Please call or email for date availability. 850-542-7003 email@example.com www.cheeromega.com
Chuck E. Cheese
7350 Plantation Road, Pensacola Birthday tables are reserved for 2 hours, unless the party is reserved for a Monday thru Thursday date and not a school holiday. Ice cream or cake are the only outside foods allowed to be brought in our restaurants. 850-476-7727 www.chuckecheese.com
7145 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola Cicis offers a very fun and unique, one of a kind, hands on pizza making birthday party for all ages
using Cicis special pizza making tools and ingredients. Your personal Cicis hostess will take you through all of the steps and give you some fun facts as you create your own pizza. 850-476-6464 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cicis.com
Colbert‘s Martial Art Academy
8042-A North Palafox Street, Pensacola Call or email us for more information. 850-476-1188 email@example.com www.calvincolbert.com
590 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola Birthday party packages include 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, optional bumpers, light weight balls, table setup, paper goods, souvenir bowling pin for birthday child, two slices of pizza, chips and soft drink. Deposit required. 850-478-9522 firstname.lastname@example.org www.delunalanes.com
5 West Main Street, Pensacola Nail and Skin Care Salon welcoming groups for parties. Reservations required for parties. 850-497-6954 email@example.com www.deshibeauty.com
2607 East Olive Road, Pensacola We have ten party rooms available for your use! Dreamland offers great packages for public or private parties for all ages. Check out our Birthday Party Information Page on our website to see the selection of Party Packages we offer. Dreamland also has laser tag available to add to your party packages! 850-478-3994 firstname.lastname@example.org www.myskatecenter.com/dreamland-skate-center. html
1265 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze Ellen’s Art offers Paint Parties and Paint classes for all ages. The studio across from Oriole Beach Elementary is beautifully designed and filled with award winning art. You will leave with a sense of inspiration that will keep you coming back! Ellen helps you relax and feel confident no matter what your experience level. 850-934-8538 www.ellens-art.com
Emerald Coast Science Center
31 Memorial Parkway Southwest, Fort Walton Birthday parties are available Saturdays from 11am - 1pm or 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Explore science with one of our fun themes: Dino Dig, Animal Safari, Mad Scientist, Space, or SMALLab (Customizable SMALLab lessons available for an additional fee. Call for details). Party includes admission for 12 children and four adults. Discounts for members are available. 850-664-1261 email@example.com www.ecscience.org
Falbo’s Family Karate
3031 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Throw them a party they’ll never forget! Floor games, balloon games, Karate instruction, birthday throne and cut your birthday cake with a real samurai sword! 850-934-7977 firstname.lastname@example.org www.falbosfamilykarate.com
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First City Gymnastics
65 East Olive Road, Pensacola 1 hour of fun in the gym and then 45 minutes in our fully air conditioned party room for cake, refreshments, and presents! Enjoy obstacle courses, foam pits, trampolines and so much more! Parties are for guests ages 3 and up. All parties are held on Saturdays at our Olive Road location. A $50 deposit is required to book a party. 850-474-1068 email@example.com www.firstcitygymnastics.com
4062 Avalon Blvd, Milton Let us do the work! We set up, serve, guide activities and clean up. At least 2 gym instructors are available during the party. Parties include 1 hour of gym time activities and 30 minutes of party time for cake, food and presents. 3 party rooms: trampoline room, spring floor room, and refreshment room. Invitations, pizza/drinks are available in party packages. 850-983-1410 www.flippinoutgym.com/birthdayparties
5100 North 9th Avenue, Suite H 103, Pensacola A Glowgolf birthday party is a glow-in-the-dark mini golf course. Our glow-in-the-dark party facility offers a unique atmosphere. Let your reflexes and agility lead the way through a luminous web in our Lazer Maze! 850-912-8283 www.opryglowgolf.com/locations/ pensacola-florida-cordova-mall
Gulf Breeze Community Center
800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze Please Call the Community Center for all room rental prices including our awesome outdoor gazebo right next to the NEW splash pad! 850-934-5140 www.gulfbreezerecreationcenter.com
Gulf Breeze Funplex
3123 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Offering a wide variety of birthday party options including gymnastics parties, bounce parties, split parties (you can do both!) adventure parties, princess parties and more! Check out the Birthday Party tab on the website where it outlines all the details. 850-932-2297 www.gulfbreezegymnastics.com
Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the WILDEST place in town! Our birthday party packages offer unforgettable experiences for children, and the grown-ups are sure to have a great time too! Your adventure through the zoo, animal encounters, and a train ride on the Safari Line Limited will have your whole pride roaring with excitement! 850-932-2229 www.gbzoo.com
Gulf Coast Gymnastics
1844 Cowen Road, Gulf Breeze Parties begin with an hour of age appropriate fun and games led by GCG party hosts. The last half hour is for fun, food and gifts in our party area. 850-934-3990 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfcoastgym.com
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach Celebrate your birthday in a wild and crazy way! Have a splash-tastic day at the Gulfarium with your friends and family and enjoy lunch “under the sea”
surrounded by beautiful tropical fish in our Living Sea event room. 850-243-9046 www.gulfarium.com
hours. Package details and pricing are detailed on our website. 850-475-9091 www.kilntimestudio.com
Innerlight Surf Camp
6307 N 9th Avenue, Pensacola Available for both kids and adults. Lifeguard and CPR trained instructors will teach the basics of surfing in a fun filled environment. All participants must be at least 7 years old and a good swimmer. 1.5 hours of instruction, 30 minutes of break, tent to use, boards are provided. 1 to 5 ratio of instructors to participants. Pricing and details on our website. 850-549-4011 email@example.com www.innerlightsurf.com/pages/surf-party
KenLeigh’s Closet Party Palace
8814 North Palafox Street, Pensacola We do hair, nails, makeup, & dress up, games and karaoke! Spa options also available which includes facials, cucumber over the eyes, a warm towel, hand soak, and hand massage. We provide plates, cups, utensils and goodie bags. 850-542-7988 Find us on Facebook
Kil’n Time Studio
6103 Tippin Avenue, Pensacola We encourage you to come by the studio to see our party room, pottery selections, and check our party calendar for available dates and times. All party packages are available during normal business
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4721 Bayou Boulevard, Pensacola Choose from a variety of our kid-friendly party themes or we’ll help you design your own. Themes include pirate, princess, superhero, monster mania, safari, magical fairy fest and more! Extra Activity add-ons also available. 850-484-7665 www.michaels.com/birthdayparties.html
Milestone Aquatic Club
35 New Market Street, Cantonment Birthday Parties are scheduled on Saturdays between 12pm-8pm. $175 for 2 hour Private Party includes: The only party going on at the facility, 20 children, a party room, and a lifeguard. A $50 deposit is needed when booking the party to reserve your spot. You may bring food, drinks, and party decorations. Fees for additional children, additional time, and extra lifeguards may apply. 850-637-1295 firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook
Mojo Elite Gymnastics Training Center
1901 North T Street, Pensacola We have awesome theme parties, Gladiator Games, Glow Parties and more! Parties are held
on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 pm and 4:00-5:30. You have the facility to yourself and may have up to 30 minutes prior to party time to set up. Sundays may be available by request for an additional fee. Birthday parties start at $175 for 1.5 hours and include one hour in the gym, 30 minutes in the dedicated party area, invitations, basic paper products, balloons, and up to 10 children. $10 per child extra. Glow parties start at $250, include all above, plus glow accessories for the host and guests! Extra children are $15 each. Additional options include extra time, custom theme cakes, goodie bags, drinks, pizza, and ice cream! A deposit of $50 is required to hold any party reservation. 850-733-3547 www.mojogymnastics.com
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Navarre Science Station
8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre What better way to spend your birthday than with a bunch of friends who are as excited about the ocean as you are? Join us for a two hour hands-on themed party (Shark Frenzy or Under the Sea). Call for details and pricing. 850-261-2141 email@example.com www.navarresciencestation.org
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6247 North Davis Highway, Pensacola Parties at our martial arts center are fun, structured events that kids brag about for months after they’ve ended! Parties include a martial arts lesson, activities, decorations, all the setup, and most important all the clean up! 850-791-6777 email@example.com www.pensacolaata.com
Pensacola Bay Center Ice Skating
201 East Gregory Street, Pensacola An ice skating party is the “coolest” way to set your event apart. The Pensacola Bay Center rink can be rented to accommodate private birthday parties, corporate holiday parties, or youth groups. Our in-house catering department can also help plan the menu! 850-432-0800 ext. 240 www.pensacolabaycenter.com
Pensacola Ice Flyers
201 East Gregory Street, Pensacola Come early and enjoy the Ice Flyers Birthday Zone, play games and hang out with Maverick before the game begins! Birthday Groups will be seated to-
gether in one of the best locations in the Bay Center, the corner level. The Birthday Child receives a special P.A. birthday announcement and matrix board greeting and also receives an autographed birthday card and special gift! The coolest mascot in Pensacola, “Maverick,” will make a special visit to your birthday party! 850-466-3111 www.pensacolaiceflyers.com
everything up and providing tables, covers, drinks, napkins, plastic wear and chairs. Best of all, we do all the clean up! We do an hour of exciting martial art skills, games and activities on the karate floor. The remaining time is used for cake and presents. We offer three different party packages. 850-478-0680 www.ptsda.com/programs-services/birthday-parties
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Red Dragon Martial Arts
875 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola Birthday parties are available and are PRIVATE functions! The entire play zone is reserved just for you and your guests. Up to 20 children, tables, chairs and clean up are included. Price is $275 for 2 hours. $50 for additional 30 minutes. $100 for additional 1 hour. $100 due at reservation. Parties available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 850-435-4846 firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook
606 Saufley Street (Building 606), Pensacola Portside Cinema offers a variety of Birthday Party Packages. Parties include a movie, drink and popcorn for 30 people. 850-452-3523 www.navymwrpensacola.com
2500 West 9 Mile Road, Pensacola PTSDA Karate makes it easy on parents by setting
6301 N 9th Avenue, Pensacola We do all the work - invitations, party, prizes and clean up. Activities include martial arts class, games, obstacle course and tons of fun! No martial arts experience necessary. Offering 2 party packages. Visit our website for details. 850-607-2330 www.reddragondefense.com
888 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Contact or visit Rotolos Pizzeria today to find out about our birthday parties. 850-934-6699 www.rotolos.com
Salute Gymnastics Academy
9245 North Palafox Street, Pensacola Private parties for kids of all ages! All parties last 1 hour and 30 minutes The first hour is your choice of our fully equipped gymnastics facility or 1 hour of our 60 foot waterslide. This is followed by 30 minutes in the lobby for cake and presents. We
even have a party package offering food, drink, invitations and goodie bags! 850-969-9111 info@salutegymnasticsacademy. com salutegymnasticsacademy.com
Sam’s Fun City
6709 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola All Birthday Party packages at Sam’s Fun City include unlimited access to Play-Zone City (socks required), a reserved party table, party invitations, an indoor party host for one hour, and a special birthday present for the birthday child. We offer sev-
child receives a free t-shirt. 850-764-2089 www.sweetfrog.com
3749D Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze Parties are held for 1 hour, for up to 15 guests. Each parent may get one 12 oz. cup of froyo for only $4, because they deserve a special treat too! Ask about a visit from Cookie or Scoop! Birthday child receives a free t-shirt. Please call for party packages and booking. 850-583-6405 www.sweetfrog.com
choice! Age appropriate activities include aerial silks instruction and kids yoga with options for indoor and outdoor cake and gift time. Ask about our variety of classes and workshops. Empowering and uplifting the commUnity! 850-377-5334 or 850-712-8893 URUYOGA@ gmail.com www.uruyoga.com
URU Yoga Gulf Breeze
913 Gulf Breeze Parkway (Suite 26), Gulf Breeze Birthday parties at URU are a fun and healthy choice! Age appropriate activities include aerial silks instruction and kids yoga with options for indoor and outdoor cake and gift time. Ask about our variety of classes and workshops. Empowering and uplifting the commUnity! 850-712-8893 or 850-377-5334 URUYOGA@ gmail.com www.uruyoga.com
UWF Pool Party
11000 University Parkway, Pensacola Group outings and private rentals are part of the Aquatic Center’s offerings. We have several party packages to choose from including our Deluxe Party, Olympic Challenge Premium Party, Log Rolling Party, Inflatable Obstacle Course Party, Water Safety Party and more! 850-474-2497 www.uwf.edu/offices/recreationand-sports-services/aquatics/pool-parties-andgroup-rentals/
Waterboyz Surf, Skate & SUP parties
eral different party packages with additional option. Please visit our website for details. 850-505-0800 www.samsfuncity.com
5007 North Davis Highway: Unit 8A, Pensacola Your kids and their friends will experience the WOW of jumping, flying and flipping on our wall-to-wall trampoline courts. You can have the whole package: pizza, drinks, ice cream cake, and a private party room. After they fuel up, kids can flip into our Foam Zone (filled with 10,000 foam cubes), dunk like a pro on SkySlam hoops, or even jump on private trampoline courts reserved for your guests only. 850-500-ZONE www.skyzone.com/Pensacola
Sonshine Family Farms
6270 Oglesby Rd, Milton Plan your birthday party or field trips at Sonshine Family Farm corn maze. We offer party packages that include admission to the maze, food, drinks and cotton candy. Ask about our other activities too. You bring the cake or upgrade your package and we will supply the cake! 850-418-5897 www.sonshinefamilyfarms.com
4871 Highway 90, Pace Parties are held for 1 hour, for up to 15 guests. Each parent may get one 12 oz. cup of froyo for only $4, because they deserve a special treat too! Ask about a visit from Cookie or Scoop! Birthday Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
Sweet Season Farms
2260 Horn Road, Milton From bouncing on the Corn Popper to catching a ride on the Cow Train, your child will never forget the fun they had at the farm! Birthday Throwdown - includes all day admission for the birthday child and 11 guests, 2 picnic tables under the Birthday Barn for 2 hours, party hostess to kick-off the fun, 12 corn cannon shots, 12 bottles of water, 12 ice cream cups and a Happy Birthday wish over loudspeaker. 850-675-3573 email@example.com www.sweetseasonfarms.com
Unlimited Training Academy
3881 Pasco Street, Pensacola Unlimited Training Academy is a 10,000 square foot indoor, multi-use turfed facility with baseball, softball, soccer and more in an air-conditioned space. Private hitting, fielding, catching and pitching lessons, given by former professional and college players available. Party packages include 2 or 3 hours in the Academy, swag bag for each guest, pizza, water, paper goods, and 2 staff members to help with your favorite games. 850-434-2189 firstname.lastname@example.org www.unlimitedtrainingacademy.com
URU Yoga and Beyond
2400 Executive Plaza Drive, Pensacola Birthday parties at URU are a fun and healthy
380 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola Waterboyz Birthday Parties - We offer public skate parties where other skaters are allowed to use the park, but you will have your own reserved decorated party room where only your guests are allowed. It is a semi-private decorated room (open walls). We also offer private skate parties where you have the whole skatepark for your party, these are only scheduled during certain hours. For surf and paddleboard parties, we show up in the Waterboyz van at a spot determined the day before the party. We’ll bring the surfboards or paddleboards, a tent, and table. All participants for our parties must have a waiver on file which can be filled out and signed by visiting our website. 850-433-2929 www.waterboyz.com
West Florida Railroad Museum
5003 Henry Street, Milton Visit our website under Rentals for party pricing, times and invitation options. Payments must be received 10 days before the event. For more information or to make a reservation request please call or email. 850-623-3645 email@example.com www.wfrm.org
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We offer a diverse inventory of entertainment from inflatable water & dry slides, bounce houses, mechanical rides, rock climbing walls, bungee trampolines, concessions and offer free delivery and setup. Like us on Facebook! 850-602-9255 firstname.lastname@example.org www.Pensacolainflatables.com
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Gulf Breeze We have several bounce house rentals and water slide rentals to choose from for all ages and party needs; from the traditional moon bounce to the colossal water slide combos. We promise to provide you the best service at a low price. Delivery is free to Navarre and Gulf Breeze. Fees apply elsewhere. 850-619-2337 email@example.com www.airmaniarentals.com
Pensacola We are the oldest party rentals company in town and we know how to treat our customers right. We have slides, wet and dry, bounce houses, inflatable obstacle course rentals, inflatable playground rental, inflatable wrecking ball, consessions and party supply rental. 850-475-8846 BackyardBouncers@cox.net www.backyardbouncerspensacola.com
2330 Chance Road, Molino Our bounce houses keep young and old amused for hours! Our obstacle course and inflatable games are always a hit! Be sure to ask us about our snow cone machine rentals! We also offer a variety of additional Party Rental items. 850-324-1812 www.pensacolainflatablerentals.com
Serving the Greater Pensacola Area, Whether you call them bounce houses, bouncers, slides, waterslides, moon walks, or jumpers, our inflatables are a wonderful and easy way to add some fun to your birthday party, church function, team party, family reunion, or any outdoor gathering. No matter which inflatable you choose, our company will deliver, set up, sanitize, and take down the inflatable, leaving you free to enjoy your event! 850-384-6464 www.bounce-n-slide.com
Pensacola We provide service to Pensacola, Pace, Milton and surrounding areas. (30 mile radius). We offer many styles of bounce houses also known as jumpers, moonwalks, inflatable bouncers. We also offerwater slides, Dry Slides, and combos. 850-207-9627 www.bouncinbeyond.com
4188 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Pensacola The premier choice for moonwalk, dunk tank, water slides and party rentals in Gulf Breeze, Navarre and Pensacola. Visit our website to view our wide selection and make reservations online. 850-450-8522 firstname.lastname@example.org www.breezebounce.com
Funtastic Inflatables handles everything from business events, birthday parties and other social gatherings. Please feel free to browse through our site and see our wide selection of inflatables and event options. Delivery also available. 850-525-7473 or 850450-1017 funtasticinflatablesLLC@gmail.com www.funtastic-inflatables.net
Patriot Party Rentals
Ready for some fun? See our complete selection of inflatable bouncers, castles, slides and obstacle courses. We rent cotton candy, snow cone and popcorn machines. 850-889-1020 www.patriotpartyrentals.com
Sunny Days Party Rentals and Events
4418 Highway 90, Pace We offer Bounce Houses, Slides, Tables, Chairs, Character/Themed Parties, Concessions, Face Painting, Kid Zones and Party/Event Planning. We are a fully licensed and insured company. Our inflatables have a modern appearance and are made of premium quality materials. Our Characters are unique and add a special touch to your event. Sunny Days only hires local professional performers with an extensive background in theatre. From princess to pirate parties we can customize a themed party for you. 850-686-6747 info@SunnyDaysRentals.com www.sunnydaysrentals.com GPP
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My youngest two children, a girl and a boy, have birthdays that are three weeks apart. For their early years, when parties included primarily neighborhood friends, I combined their parties. I knew I had to come up with a theme that satisfied both genders in a range of ages. Here are a few party themes that work well for boys or girls. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
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Princess and Knights
Every little girl wants a princess party and every little boy needs to release some energy. Encourage your guests to dress up or provide costumes to wear when they arrive.
1. Cross the Moat – Start with a large board or a few 2 x 4’s and keep getting smaller as the game goes on. You can have your moat over a small swimming pool or simply sitting on the ground. 2. Cup Stacking Castle – Work as a team or as individuals to make the tallest and sturdiest castle. You can limit the amount of cups each team gets or set up guidelines like it must have 5 cups on the base. 3. Find Cinderella’s Shoe – Ask all the girls to take off their shoes and drop one in a bin. The girls will sit on chairs and the boys will have to grab one shoe and see who it belongs to. This is a good way to partner them up for the Cup Stacking Castle.
Depending on their preference, the kids can decorate their own armor, mask or tiara as found on Oriental Trading. They also have some great castle crafts.
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The Pensacola Children’s Museum Basic packages start at $100 and Dinosaur, Pirate, or Princess themed party packages start at $250. For more information or to schedule your child’s party, contact Jim McMillen at 850.595.5985 ext. 112 or email@example.com.
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Pirates and Mermaids Similar to the Princess and Knight party, Pirates and Mermaids has something for everyone.
1. Sink the ship – Cut a pool noodle into slices to form circular boats and add a toothpick sail. Order bouncing balls in bulk to serve as your cannon balls. The guests serve as pirates and try to sink the ships with cannon balls.
2. Mermaid Race – Players will wear one leg of a pair of panty hose to cover both feet and legs. They will race on their bellies or backs as mermaids on land to see who gets there first. 3. Treasure Map – Find the treasure by following a map with clues. Set up in the party space or get the neighbors involved in a scavenger hunt.
Use an empty Gatorade bottle to create an I-Spy bottle. Alternate filling the bottle with small toys and either colored sand or rice.
Come explore our museum, boardwalk, ADA accessible bridge, Discovery Pavilion, nature trails, and shaded picnic area.
This is a fun indoor party with black light or outside after sunset.
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1. Neon Glow Tag – Have the kids wear play clothes that can get paint on them. Supply everyone with a clean white t-shirt. Break the group into teams and arm them with a paintbrush and neon glow paint. Set up boundaries and encourage the guests to splatter as much paint as they can on the other players. For safety reasons, supply the kids with neon sunglasses. 2. Color shut down – This is like old maid with glow sticks. Purchase several glow sticks and paint the bottom of one of them black. The kids will hold the glow sticks in their hands and try to make color matches by picking sticks from other players without getting the “old maid” painted bottom. 3. Glow in the Dark balloon volleyball – Cut the end off a glow stick and pour the contents in a latex air filled balloon. Tie off and have the kids try to keep the balloon from hitting the ground.
Make glow in the dark play dough or bubbles. Both are made simply by adding neon non-toxic paint to your favorite DIY bubbles or play dough recipe.
Kids love to help in the kitchen, but these cooking projects can be made outside on the patio or inside at the kitchen table.
1. Dirt pudding cups - Everyone loves getting dirty. Use crushed Oreos (have the kids make them with rolling pins in Ziplock bags) and layer in cups with premade chocolate pudding. Don’t forget to add the gummy worms! 2. Too pretty to eat – The guests can decorate white bread with paint brushes and food coloring. When they are done, toast in toaster or in oven and return them to the kids to spread with jellies, butter or peanut butter. 3. Play with your food – Guests can design mosaics with dried colored beans, colorful fruit pizzas or make cars or boats out of bell peppers. The fun is only limited to their imaginations.
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Some parents feed their teen’s selfishness into adult years by continuing to rotate their life around them. I tell parents that at age 15 it is time for them to begin aggressively helping their teen get over a selfish mindset. Instead of always wanting to be “served” by mom and dad, older teens need to do things for themselves and also learn to serve others. After all, they are potentially only a few short years away from having to live totally unselfishly as parents themselves. Should this selfishness be allowed to grow during the teen years it will only accentuate into other problems after they leave home. So how do you put an end to your teen’s selfishness? First, you need to put on the brakes! Stop doing everything for your teen. Quit jumping every time he says “frog.” His control over your life and the life of others in your family is to cease, beginning now. Review the negative habit patterns you established in your home in the early years, and let it be known in a gentle way that you’ll no longer be doing a lot of the things that you had been doing to help them as a younger child. Break the news to them in this way: • I’ll no longer be doing your laundry. • I’ll no longer get you out of bed in the morning. • I’ll no longer accept childish whining from you. • I’ll not be doing what should be your chores, like cleaning your room or bathroom. I’ll no longer nag you about what you need to accomplish. • I’ll no longer pay for gas or give you spending money unless you earn it. Get my point? You have got to stop doing some things, so that your child can start learning to do some of these things for
themselves. You stop and get out of the way, so he or she can start. If you don’t do this, your teen is not being required to grow up. And I see a great number of kids today that remain immature into early adulthood. That happens not because of forces of nature or culture, but because parents enable it. So the first step is to just stop. Can you do that? And I mean both parents, not just one. The second step then is to have a discussion with them about why you’re stopping. It doesn’t have to be a deep philosophical discussion about their need to learn responsibility. I would leave it as a simple, “Because you now have the ability to do it for yourself and I don’t want to do it anymore!” Any comments beyond that will only stir up further fruitless discussion. Let your teen know that you’re not doing “it” (whatever “it” is) because you don’t want to do “it” any more. You’ll be amazed how it will put him in a position of not being so demanding of you, and will put you in a position of not having to do everything for them. Sometimes it is best to let teenagers know that they will have to start these new responsibilities “this summer,” or, “when school starts,” or, “when you turn 15,” or, “the first of the year.” That way you prepare them for the change that is coming. Don’t drop it on them overnight. Maybe even work side by side with them for couple of weeks as you make the transition, but be clear when your assistance will stop and that you’ll not do it yourself during the transition period. They have to help. Again, here’s what to tell them: • They’ll be doing their own laundry and if not, they’ll have nothing to wear. • The alarm clock you are putting in their room is so they can wake themselves and get to school on time. If not, they’ll get in trouble at school. 43
• That you expect respectful talk and no more childish whining. • That you’ll help in emergencies, such as typing their homework if their fingers are broken (use a little humor). This is something one adult would do for another if they needed the help. • That you’re not going to nag them any more. You’ll ask once and that’s it. Then, they’ll have to suffer the consequences if they don’t do it in a timely fashion. • That they’ll have to begin earning some money to pay for their own gas for the car. You may pay for the insurance and some upkeep; but that’s it. • That they’ll have to clean their own room. If they want to live in a dump, that’s their choice. If they want a clean bathroom, you’ll purchase the cleaning materials, but that’s all. • They’ll have to change burned out light bulbs, wash towels, and scrub their own toilet. Say you can’t do those things for them because you can’t breathe when you’re in their room for the smell of the dirty shoes, socks and shorts. I’m sure that when you present these things to your son or daughter, you’ll get to see their selfishness in action. They won’t like it and may even throw a tantrum. If so, then it only says that you should have started this process sooner. They’ll drop the ball a few times and have to suffer the consequences as a result, but be sure not to rescue them from their selfishness nor lessen the consequences. Doing so will only cause selfishness and immaturity to continue. It’s a common phrase I use with kids: “I owe you nothing, but want to give you everything.” This phrase allows me to communicate a “counter” to their selfishness, and promotes a concept of respect.
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.
FamilyCalendar Friday, June 29
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mississippi. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Pensacola International Billfish Tournament Through June 30. Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St., Pensacola. For details, see June 28 listing.
Saturday, June 30
White Tie Rock Ensemble: British Isles 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, will recreate your favorites from this classic era of rock and roll. In a rock theater environment, with an expanded and enhanced light and sound experience, these timeless bands will live again! Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880. Pensacola International Billfish Tournament Through June 30. Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St., Pensacola. For details, see June 28 listing. Ronald McDonald House Firecracker 5k 7 a.m. Race begins and ends at Seville Quarter. Presented by Hill-Kelly Dodge, in historic downtown Pensacola to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. Wear your most patriotic attire and run or walk the 5k for our annual costume contest! Directly after the 5k there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run presented by Peaden Heating and Air. Beat the heat by joining us after the races for the post-race event inside Seville Quarter! For more info, find us on Facebook or call (850) 477-2273. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Mississippi. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Before he was the beloved Pete the Cat, he was Pete the Kitty! Join Pete on a cat-tastic playdate as he learns a lesson about sharing with his friend, Grumpy Toad. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, July 1
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Mississippi. Bring out the whole family so kids can enjoy running the bases. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Monday, July 2
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mississippi. First Command Financial Services and the Blue Wahoos are honoring those who served and are still serving our nation’s military every Monday night. Active and retired military can enjoy a $1 off on Monday game day tickets at the box office. For tickets or more info, visit www. bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
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Cat’s Seed to Table Cooking Class 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat McCreery for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. At the end of class, you can tour of our community garden, all of which Cat herself has grown from seeds. This cooking demonstration is free and participants will be able to try various samples during this class. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Musical Theater Academy The inaugural Musical Theater Academy will be held July 2-6 (holiday on July 4) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Led by Pensacola native and PCC director Hanan Tarabay, high school students will be immersed in learning the performance techniques, personal conduct, and industry knowledge to succeed in a career on the stage. Limited spots are available for this intensive week, so register early! Tuition is $185 with scholarships available. To register, visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/ or call (850) 434-7760.
Tuesday, July 3
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see June 26 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Tap and Taco Tuesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mississippi. Watch Blue Wahoos Stadium transform into a chill environment with acoustic music, local artwork, and an awesome beer and taco pairing every Tuesday! All you can eat buffett out on the Winn Dixie party deck in partner with Moe’s Southwest Grill. For tickets or more info, visit www. bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Wednesday, July 4
Symphony Sparks & Stars 7:30 p.m. Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for a patriotic celebration of Independence Day at the Hunter Amphitheater at the Community Maritime Park. This free outdoor concert will honor the United States Armed Forces and feature a mix of patriotic music with popular favorites performed by the PSO under the direction of Maestro Peter Rubardt. For more info, call (850) 435-2533 or visit www.pensacolasymphony.com/. Sertoma’s 4th Of July Celebration FREE activities throughout the day, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., in Seville Square to include a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables, a U.S. Army simulator, rock-climbing wall, pony rides, Character Meet & Greet, face painting, and much more! Festivities will culminate with Sertoma’s amazing fireworks show over Pensacola Bay at 9 p.m., synchronized with music broadcast on CatCountry 98.7. BRING YOUR RADIO! (There are no music PA speakers on Bayfront Parkway). For more info, visit http://pensacolafireworks.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/ Sertomas4thofJuly/. Food, Fireworks & Fun at Blue Wahoos Stadium 7 p.m. General seating is free at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. Kids’ activities and the ability to throw on the field. Food and concessions for sale, including $30 all you can eat and drink non-alcoholic drinks for 1.5 hours. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/BlueWahoosBaseball/.
Fourth of July Fireworks 8:30 p.m. Fireworks are over Santa Rosa Sound, just offshore from Quietwater Beach. The best viewing spots would be from the Portofino Boardwalk or Quietwater Beach. For more info, call (850) 932-1500.
Thursday, July 5
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see June 26 listing. WUWF’s RadioLive Concert Series 5 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. Our featured artists are Robby Hecht, Caroline Spence, Alan Rhody, and Mudbone with the Thunder Bayou Band. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at radiolive.org or at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts promptly at 6 p.m. For more info, visit wuwf.org/ radiolive or call (850) 473-7433.
Friday, July 6
Blue Angels Practice 9 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see June 26 listing. Preschool Art Time - Build a Face 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Using paint, artists create different emotions using rocks, paint, and paper for an interactive artwork to take home! Cost: $6/members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Hill-Kelly Free Movies in the Park—Star Wars: The Last Jedi 8 p.m. Community Maritime Park’s Hunter Amphitheater. Bring your blankets and chairs and spread out on the lawn to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars. Movies begin at sunset and FREE event parking is available at Community Maritime Park and City Hall. Concessions are available from local food trucks. Picnic baskets are welcome too, but no pets or glass containers please. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/ events/1378260622277746/. Court of De Luna Movie Night 6:30 p.m. 116 East Gonzalez Street, Pensacola. We will show Black Panther . $5 for adults & FREE for kids. Free wine tastings for adults and concession stand available. Viewing on HD LED screens unlike any other in town. Plenty of outdoor activities & picture-worthy moments here so charge your phones! We provide seating or you can bring your own. Food & beverages available. We have indoor/outdoor options so don’t let the weather bring you down. For more info, find us on Facebook.
Saturday, July 7
Storytime and Activities Featuring Neck & Neck at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. In this laugh-out-loud new book from the creator of the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! , a giraffe’s self-esteem is tested during a hilarious confrontation between unlikely look-alikes. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https:// stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, July 8
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Mobile. For details, see July 1 listing.
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Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mobile. For details, see July 2 listing. Summer 2018 Youth Progam 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays July 9-20. Classes will be held at Pathways for Change at The Family Center, 2050 W. Blount St., Pensacola. This two-week program, for ages 14-22, educates students who have a 504 plan or IEP on selfadvocacy, career exploration, work readiness and work experience. Offers practical hands-on training to help develop rapport, active listening, and conflict resolution. Helps students make choices, set goals, and obtain and maintain employment. Free childcare available. No cost for the program, but students should bring their own lunches. Register by calling (850) 637-1429 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 10
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Tap and Taco Tuesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mobile. For details, see July 3 listing.
Wednesday, July 11
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see June 26 listing. 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/. Pensacola Beach Air Show Red, White & Blues Week The show highlights our hometown heroes — the Blue Angels — the U. S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Blues hold several practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the big event on show day. Other aircraft featured will include: Fat Albert, Julian MacQueen, Veterans Flight, Kevin Coleman, Gary Ward, Skip Stewart and Redline. The Pensacola Beach Air Show is presented by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. July 11: Breakfast with the Blues; should be overhead at 8 a.m. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, 2 Casino Beach Blvd. For more info, visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-blue-angels/. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Wahoo Wednesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mobile. Wahoo Wednesdays are the Blue Wahoos wacky theme nights. Enjoy iconic pop culture themed games like School of Rock, Grease, Mardi Gras and space epic Star Wars. Out of school fireworks! For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Library Storytime at the Pensacola Museum of Art 10:30-11:30 a.m. Visit the museum for a special
storytime with our friends from the West Pensacola Public Library. Youth librarian Shannon Bovis will lead library storytime and include stories, songs and movement activities designed to cultivate future readers and art lovers. Library storytime is free with a WFPL Card or as a PMA member. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Auditions for Into the Woods at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Carla Rhodes; music directed by Tina Buran; choreographed by Lexi Langston. 11 performances September 21-October 7. Auditions will include singing, dancing and cold readings from the script which is available at the PLT office to read during business hours. Prepare 16-32 bars (one verse and a chorus) of a song in musical theatre style. Bring sheet music or a CD and CD player for accompaniment. Choose a song that enhances and shows off your singing skills, not a song from the play for which you are auditioning. Wear shoes you can dance in (no flip-flops or bare feet). Please no a capella auditions. A couple of roles for mid- to late teens. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.
Thursday, July 12
Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series the 2nd Thursday of every month. Tonight’s topic is “RESTORE Update,” presented by Matt Posner, Escambia County. Join us as we discuss restoration efforts completed, underway, or planned
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Friday, July 13
Pensacola Beach Air Show Red, White & Blues Week Dress Rehearsal with civilian acts and Blue Angels rehearsal begins at noon; Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. For details, see July 11 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Ft. Pickens) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Ft. Pickens Battery Worth parking lot. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-star-gazing/.
Saturday, July 14
Open Studio: Fabric and Photography 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Experiment with fabric in the art of photography in this Andy Warhol-influenced photoshoot. Using the Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker costume space, participants will create their aesthetic and capture it with a polaroid. Participants will also have the option of experiment-
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ing with screen printing. 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! Register online at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Pensacola Beach Air Show Red, White & Blues Week Pensacola Beach Air Show featuring the Blue Angels Show begins at noon; Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. For details, see July 11 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Snow White Variety Show 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Written by Brian D. Taylor; directed by Bill Whalen and Debi Dunkerley. Bring the whole family to this riotous fairy tale romp told from seven very different dwarfy perspectives. What really happened with Snow White and all those little people after “Happily Ever After?” For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com. 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. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. FREE. A group that studies the illness of cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Storytime and Activities Featuring The Princess and the Pit Stop at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Featuring appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and all of the Wicked Witches, this mash-up of race cars and royalty is a celebration of both girl power and horsepower. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, July 15
Blues Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay Reunion Band 6-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Pack your coolers and bring your lawn chairs and join us at the Hunter Amphitheater for the concert series presented by Audi Pensacola. Concerts are free and open to the public. For more info, visit https://www.cityofpensacola.com/1161/BluesAngel-Music-Blues-on-the-Bay or call (850) 457-7557. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Snow White Variety Show 3 p.m. For details, see July 14 listing.
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Friday, July 20
Donate Blood at Baptist Health Care’s Lakeview Center 1-5 p.m. In front of the activity center at 1221 W. Lakeview Ave. Blood drive provided by One Blood, Blood Bank. All donors will receive a gift. Donors must be age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Photo identification is required. For more info, call (850) 473-3853.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. vs. Jacksonville. For details, see June 29 listing.
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see June 26 listing.
Wednesday, July 18
Blue Angels Autograph Day 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. Members of the Blue Angels will sign autographs and answer questions. Call (850) 452-3604 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ for more info. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Wahoo Wednesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Jacksonville. For details, see July 11 listing.
Thursday, July 19
Veterans’ Meeting 4-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http:// everman.org/.
Preschool Art Time - Sunflower Painting 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Artists use their hands as brushes in the recreation of a colorful sunflower still life. Artists are encouraged to make each flower their own by changing colors, the size, and more. For details, see July 6 lsiting.
Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/ whats-happening-star-gazing/. 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.
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 Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Beef O’Brady’s, 344 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze. Meets the 3rd Friday of every month. Program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com or call (850) 529-0908. Heather Land: I Ain’t Doin It Tour 6 and 9:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Wit, peppered with some sarcasm and a whole lot of truth, has made Heather Land a household name. Blending humor with reality has endeared her to millions, but it is Land’s roots that grow down deep in the soil of her Tennessee home that make her not only relatable, but downright lovable. As a writer she has poured her story out in her blog and recently knowing that real life can be real funny, she has embarked on creating the ongoing series of “I Ain’t Doin It” videos that have become a viral phenomenon with views in the millions. Tickets are available
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Saturday, July 21
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Snow White Variety Show 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. For details, see July 14 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Jacksonville. For details, see June 30 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see July 20 listing. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www. facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. 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. Storytime and Activities Featuring Happy Dreamer at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds is back with an inspirational new picture book about what it means to dream big and find happiness. Join us and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, July 22
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Snow White Variety Show 3 p.m. For details, see July 14 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Jacksonville. For details, see July 1 listing.
Monday, July 23
Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival The second annual PCC Summer Festival will be held July 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for grades 3-8. Final performances will be held on July 28 at First Presbyterian Church and at Wahoo Stadium! Tuition is $185 with scholarships available. To register, visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/ or call (850) 434-7760.
Tuesday, July 24
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see June 26 listing.
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Wednesday, July 25
Donate Blood at Baptist Hospital 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Medical Meeting Rooms at Baptist Towers, 1717 North E St., Avery Street entrance. Blood drive provided by One Blood, Blood Bank. All donors will receive a gift. Donors must be age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Photo identification is required. For more info, call (850) 473-3853. Donate Blood at Baptist Medical Park Nine Mile Noon-4 p.m. 9400 University Parkway. For more info, see above listing. Crab Cake Cook-Off 6-8 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E Government St., Pensacola. Sponsored by The Kid’s Dentist Dr. Stu Bonnin. Sample more than 18 varieties of crab cakes from teams of local chefs, organizations and restaurants. Enjoy live music, a beer tasting provided by the Lewis Bear Co., wine, a silent auction and art available for purchase. Proceeds of the Crab Cake Cook-off go to The Arc Gateway, a Pensacola non-profit that provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tickets are limited, so purchase now by calling (850) 434-2638 or visiting www.arc-gateway.org.
Thursday, July 26
Sugarland Live at Pensacola Bay Center 7 p.m. With numerous Grammy, ACM and CMA Awards, chart-topping hits and multi-Platinum sales, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will bring their new live show to Pensacola featuring Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell as opening acts. Tickets may be purchased at Bay Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Friday, July 27
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 7:30 p.m. Directed by Stephen C. Lott with music direction by Tom Baroco and choreography by Roxie Alyssa Smith, this family musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman with book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com. Mommy Support Group 9 Works Healthy Families-Escambia 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. E.S. Cobb Resource Center, 601 East Mallory Street, Pensacola. Workshops to help new parents with common concerns such as: bonding with your baby, health, positive discipline and fun educational activities with your baby.
Saturday, July 28
Open Studio: Poster Art 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. The art of ads and the power of spectacle are the focus of this Open Studio. Create your own posters using collage materials, drawing supplies, and typography. For details, see July 14 listing. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see July 14 listing.
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 7:30 p.m. For details, see July 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.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Biloxi. For details, see June 30 listing. Storytime and Activities Featuring Doll-E 1.0 at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Techsavvy Charlotte is confused when she receives a new toy---a doll! Once she finds the hidden battery pack, things get interesting. Join us to celebrate the creative spirit of play and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
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Sunday, July 29
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 3 p.m. For details, see July 27 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Biloxi. For details, see July 1 listing.
Monday, July 30
WinShape Camp for Communities Gulf Breeze 1122 Oriole Beach Rd., Gulf Breeze. Through August 3. Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m.-4:55 p.m. Chick-fil-A Friday Family Fun Day 7:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This is a day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to create the most fun and meaningful camp for completed 1st- through 9thgraders. It partners with local churches, businesses and Chick-Fil-A operators to provide an exciting camp experience in Gulf Breeze. Whether your kids like soccer, archery, dance, crafts or science, there is something for everyone. WinShape Camps for communities combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible Study and worship into one unforgettable week. $214 per camper. Financial aid available. Call (850) 377-0127 or visit www.winshapecamps.org. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Biloxi. For details, see July 2 listing.
Tuesday, July 31
Pensacola Sports 2018 KickStart Soccer Clinic 8:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Field, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. Is your child looking to get into soccer? This is a FREE soccer clinic for children of all skill levels between the ages of 5 and 12. This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the sport of soccer in a fun and casual learning environment. Ages 5-8 register from 8:30-8:45 a.m., with activities from 8:45-10:15 a.m. Ages 9-12 register from 10:15-10:30, with activities from 10:30-noon. For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit pensacolasports.org/.
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Wednesday, August 1
Library Storytime at the Pensacola Museum of Art 10:30-11:30 a.m. For details, see July 11 listing. Pensacola Sports 2018 KickStart Soccer Clinic 8:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Field, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. For details, see July 31 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Wahoo Wednesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Biloxi. For more info, see July 11 listing.
Thursday, August 2
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 7:30 p.m. Theatre Thursday tickets are 1/2 price. For details, see July 27 listing. Pensacola Sports 2018
KickStart Soccer Clinic 8:30 a.m.-noon. Brent Football Field, 4711 North W Street, Pensacola. For details, see July 31 listing.
listing. This Sunday is also Bark in the Park. Bring your pooch and enjoy a tail-waggin’ good time! Camp Bow Wow will be giving away rope frisbees, so be sure to be one of the first 2,000 fans! Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 3 p.m. For details, see July 27 listing.
Monday, August 6
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Montgomery. For details, see July 2 listing.
Tuesday, August 7
National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Guy Thompson Community Center, 5629 Byrom St, Milton. Neighborhoods throughout Milton are invited to join forces with communities nationwide for the Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. Target, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, Milton Police Department, Department of Health Santa Rosa and CDAC encourage residents to come and join this family event. National Night Out is a great way for family, friends, and neighbors to stand together to promote healthy life styles and safer neighborhoods. Target will provide free school supplies and hot dogs while supplies last. For more info, call (850) 564-2253.
Friday, August 10
Friday, August 3
Preschool Art Time - Tissue Paper Art 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Using tissue paper and glue, artists explore the overlapping of colors on paper in an abstract art piece. For details, see July 6 lsiting. Court of De Luna Movie Night 6:30 p.m. 116 East Gonzalez Street, Pensacola. We will show Pitch Perfect 3. For details, see July 6 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 7:30 p.m. For details, see July 27 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. vs. Montgomery. For details, see June 29 listing.
Saturday, August 4
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Mary Poppins 7:30 p.m. For details, see July 27 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Montgomery. For details, see June 30 listing.
Sunday, August 5
Family Sunday: Playful Prints 1-4 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. for family-friendly printmaking with styrofoam blocks, bryers, and paints inspired by current exhibition Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker. Afterwards, enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibitions. $6 per participant over the age of 3, includes admission into the Museum. Register online at pensacolamuseum.org or call (850) 432-6247. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Montgomery. For details, see July 1
Hill-Kelly Free Movies in the Park—Justice League 7:40 p.m. Community Maritime Park’s Hunter Amphitheater. For details, see July 6 listing.
admission! June 26: Archaeology* (w/ Mike Thomin of FPAN); June 28: Hammock Building; July 3: Light Science; July 5: Mechanisms; July 10: Air Science; July 12: Biomimicry; July 17: Fossils*; July 19: Hammock Building; July 24: Gravity; July 26: Butterflies*; July 31: Paper Making; and August 2: Microscopy. For more info, call (877) 937-6377 or visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/. 2018 Bands on the Beach Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series returns! The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., running through October 30. Organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. June 26: Category 4; July 3: Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs; July 10: Reunion Band; July 17: Bay Bridge Band; July 24: The Rowdies; July 31: Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters; and August 7: Hot Sauce Band. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http:// everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Ft. Pickens) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Ft. Pickens Battery Worth parking lot. For details, see July 13 listing.
Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. Featuring various jazz vocalists and musicians weekly through June 26. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit http://www.sevillequarter.com/.
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Every Wednesday This Month
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama/.
Every Monday This Month
Movies Under the Stars 7-10 p.m. Landshark Landing at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Ft. Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. FREE. Check our Facebook page to find which movie is coming out each week. Call (850) 916-9755 for more info.
Junior Tennis Clinic 4-5 p.m. up to age 8; 5-6 p.m. for ages 9-14. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Cost is $10. E-mail our Junior Tennis Director at Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more information.
Junior Tennis Clinic 4-5 p.m. up to age 8; 5-6 p.m. for ages 9-14. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Cost is $10. E-mail our Junior Tennis Director at Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more information.
Every Tuesday This Month
Every Thursday This Month
Pensacola MESS Hall Summer Workshops 2-3 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St., Pensacola. Variety of science workshops held on Tuesdays & Thursdays this summer. Great for most ages and included with
Tunes by the Dunes 7-9 p.m. Navarre Beach Park. Through August 30. Performers include June 28: Robert Wayne
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.
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.
Support Groups & Classes (country); July 5: Lektric Mullet w/Ricky Lee Phelps (classic rock); July 12: Lucky Dogs (variety); July 19: Emerald Gold (variety); July 26: The Blenders (classic rock); August 2: Remedy Band (variety); and August 9: Red Moon Travelers (classic rock). Pensacola MESS Hall Summer Workshops 2-3 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St., Pensacola. Variety of science workshops held on Tuesdays & Thursdays this summer. For details, see “Every Tuesday This Month.”
Every Saturday This Month
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com. Orange Blossom Special 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children’s Museum, 115 Zaragoza Street, Pensacola. Come on downtown for storytime Saturdays! Climb aboard and take a journey with storyteller Paul Morrell on the Orange Blossom Special train ride. Learn Florida train history inside the museum and then take a ride on the train. Tickets are only $5 each (includes 1 free adult). 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. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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
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.
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Baptist Women’s Center offers you choices to tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth. Baby Care Basics – Two-class series walks you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Held first Fridays of most months, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to 50
start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by understanding the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4874 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-tobe prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacred-heart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/ Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for firsttime moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-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. www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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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 or visit https://westfloridahospital.com/ service/family-birthplace. Breastfeeding Classes This class will take place in Classroom 5 & 6 on the 7th Floor of the Ancillary Building at West Florida Hospital located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Free for pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series This class will take place in Classroom 1 on the 7th Floor in the Ancillary Building located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Join us for a PowerPoint presentation with videos on the subject of understanding pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques/options for pain control, medical procedures, cesarean birth, newborns, postpartum, and a tour of the labor unit/ suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express This class will take place in Classroom 1 on the 7th Floor in the Ancillary Building located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. 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 6:308:00 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. 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 info, visit Cancer Center Support Groups website or call (850) 416-2679.
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.
call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman. org/event/leaps-new-mom-support-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 ses-
Grief Support at Baptist Health Care Meetings last for six consecutive weeks. Next session is September 26 through October 31 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more info, call (850) 469-7197.
Alzheimer’s Support Group West Florida Hospital - West Florida Rehab - Community Rooms A & B, 8383 North Davis Highway, Pensacola. For meeting dates and times, call (850) 494-3212 or visit https://westfloridahospital.secure.ehc.com/calendar/index.dot. Crohn’s & Colitis Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. Next meetings are July 2 and August 6. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group 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.
Baptist Mommy & Me Play Group Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Free support group for moms with babies up to six months old. Call for next meeting dates. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meetings will be held July 5 and August 2, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/ event/la-leche-league-9/. LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Precrawling babies welcome. Free. Next meeting will be held July 21, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info,
sion. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www. sacred-heart.org/childbirth. Pensacola Parents of Multiples Meets the second Thursday of every other month at Sacred Heart Women’s and Children’s Hospital Meeting Room C/D down the hallway next to the cafeteria. (Next meeting is August 10 from 7-8:30 p.m.) Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. We offer a support network, social activities for children and parents, library and more. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.
Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www. chadd.org/.
Weight-Loss Support Group Meets second Tuesdays, 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.
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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: A Profanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The beloved Parr family picks up right where we left off a little over a decade ago. The Underminer (voice of John Ratzenberger) has attacked the city and the Supers’ attempts to save the day have failed... once again. And, again, that means they are considered a threat to the populace. So much so that the government has given up on their funding, and has fired Rick Dicker (Jonathan Banks), the civil servant who protected superheroes when all went wrong. Holed up in a one-star motel, Bob Parr (voice of Craig T. Nelson), wife Helen (voice of Holly Hunter), daughter Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), son Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and toddler Jack-Jack (voice of Eli Fucile) are dealing with the prospects of homelessness, unemployment and family friction. Yet, there’s still hope for this incredible family. Promoter Winston Deavor and his sister Evelyn (voices of Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener) have a long history with Supers and feel they must be allowed to work within society. Using their marketing skills, the pair of siblings launch a PR plan that puts Helen, aka Elastigirl, on center stage as the ideal superhero. On the downside, studies have revealed Bob is far more likely to cause collateral damage during his rescues, leading to negative headlines. So the envious husband is left at home with the kids. Essentially flipping the former story into a Mr. Mom scenario, the movie dives into action sequences with Helen taking on a bad guy who uses TV and other screens to hypnotize the population (a tad ironic, coming from Disney, which is fast becoming the largest media company on the planet). Meanwhile Bob deals with domestic drama. Violet’s crush on Tony (voice of Michael Bird) is being hampered by a need to keep family secrets. Dash is frustrated with trying to learn new math from an old school dad. And after dozing off when reading a bedtime story to his son Jack-Jack (whose abilities are not completely known), the youngster wanders off and has a raucous encounter with a backyard racoon. The divide-to-conquer scenario is similar to the first installment, only last time it was Bob who went off to hunt the villain. In both movies, the most entertaining and engaging part of the script is watching the antics happening at home. In this case, compared to the complex and abstract depiction of the foe faced by Elastigirl, switching back to Mr. Incredible dealing with the pressures of suburbia comes as comic relief in more ways than one. Likely to attract audiences of all ages, parents may be surprised by the intensity of the violence in this movie. A secondary character is shot at point blank range (we see the gun fire but don’t see the bullet’s impact) and mom’s discovery of the villain results in a frenetic scene of Taser-like electrocutions and bright flashes that may cause sensitive audience members discomfort. Also unexpected – and unnecessary – are a few mild profanities, including terms of deity, that just don’t fit the usual Disney/Pixar tone. So do the positives outweigh the negatives? Fortunately, yes, but not to the same extent as the original. The Parr’s still works together, both on and off the job, and the conclusion reinforces the benefits of everyone doing their part. Likewise, there are many humorous moments, especially when Bob visits Edna Mode (once again voiced by writer/director Brad Bird) to get some parenting advice and respite care. However, the film’s unnecessary violence and profanity, along with a complicated plot, makes it far less suitable for children. Perhaps most troubling is the overarching sense that the Parr family’s problems may represent Pixar’s own family troubles. We certainly hope this studio’s stellar track record of incredible family movies may recover and return to its former glory. Greater Pensacola Parents I July 2018
Fallen Kingdom MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: C Sexual Content: A Profanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: B “I’m talking about man-made cataclysmic change,” warns Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) as he testifies before Congress about the implications of cloned dinosaurs. “You don’t know what it looks like ‘til you’re standing at the gates.” If you ever wondered how playing God with the genome of extinct dinosaurs could lead to cataclysmic change, you clearly haven’t watched the first four movies in the Jurassic Park series. But that’s okay – Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom graphically illustrates the deadly consequences. As the movie opens, Jurassic Park is in ruins and cloned dinosaurs roam freely on Isla Nublar and in the surrounding ocean. This pastoral paleontological paradise is now under threat because Mount Sibo, the heretofore dormant volcano, is on the verge of a major eruption which would produce an “extinction event” for all life on the island. Instead of seeing this as a “do over” for the mistake of re-introducing prehistoric animals to the modern ecosystem, dinosaur activists, led by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are pressuring Congress to fund protective measures for the endangered animals. “An entire generation has grown up in a world where dinosaurs are living, breathing,” begins Claire’s earnest pitch, “But now they’re going to have to watch them go extinct. Or not.” Claire’s determination to save the dinosaurs is matched by Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), who was responsible for cloning the animals and establishing Jurassic Park. Lockwood has found a new refuge for the endangered reptiles but needs help to round them up quickly. His assistant, Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) asks Claire to persuade her old partner Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to return to Isla Nublar with her, restart the computer tracking system on the island, and help them rescue as many creatures as possible. Once Claire, Owen, veterinarian Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda), and tech wizard Franklin Webb (Justice Webb) reach their destination, the action starts and never lets up. The volcano erupts, dinosaurs and people are shot with tranquilizer guns, humans try to outrun rampaging dinosaurs, and everyone tries to outrun the lava exploding out of the volcano. The action slows down slightly on board ship but picks up again once they arrive at their surprise relocation site. Claire, Owen, Zia and Franklin uncover treachery, greed and (spoiler alert) a plot to genetically engineer “weaponized dinosaurs” – creatures of surpassing strength and power who respond to human commands. The geneticist enabling this conspiracy has even produced a prototype dinosaur named the Indoraptor, which is designed to hunt, track and destroy. It should come as no surprise when this dinosaur, which looks like the Jurassic version of a meth head, escapes its cage and proceeds to hunt, track and destroy. Parents considering Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for family viewing should take the PG-13 rating very seriously. The relentless violence and deadly peril faced by the characters make this movie unsuitable for small children. Adults may find themselves irked by paint-by-number action sequences, lazy writing, and plot holes big enough to push a T-rex through. However, teenagers looking for frenetic action, chase scenes, lots of excitement, and entertainment that brings back memories of imaginary adventures with toy dinosaurs, will likely enjoy escaping into this thrill ride in a neo-Jurassic world. 52
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