Beach and Summer Safety Tips Use Sunscreen: • Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. • When going outside, apply liberal amounts of sunscreen to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days. • Reapply sunscreen to your skin when outdoors for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. • Wear a hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
Keep Cool: • Drink plenty of water, especially when outdoors. Pack bottled water when visiting the beach or out-and-about. • Limit outdoor activity, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. When outdoors, stay in the shade whenever possible. • Wear lightweight loose-fitting clothing. • Signs of heat-related illness include dry skin or mouth, dizziness, lack of sweating, muscle cramping, rapid heartbeat or breathing, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
Stay Safe: • Water and wounds do not mix. Do not enter the water if you have fresh cuts or scrapes. • Rocks and shells are a natural part of the beach environment. Watch where you step and avoid sharp rocks and shells. • Wear sandals or water shoes to protect your feet and prevent cuts and injury caused by rocks and shells in the sand.
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Living With Children John Rosemond
Kids Health Watch
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What Dads Do Best
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Growing Up Online
What parents need to know now about mobile social apps.
A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith
Parenting Todayâ€™s Teens Mark Gregston
Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs
Teaching Kids to Enjoy Nature
Six ideas for getting your kids outside...and loving it!
2017 Summer Fun
Our listing leads you to fun activities throughout Pensacola this summer!
Family Time Mandy B. Fernandez
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Ray (6), Jacob (5) and Jack (5), sons of Danielle and Ray Becker. Proud grandparent is Wolfgang Sprung. Ray loves swimming, playing Minecraft and anything to do with space. Jacob enjoys drawing pictures, camping and the beach. Jack loves to ride his bike, swimming and reading.
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I saw a meme on Facebook the other day and it read: “You can always make money, but you can’t always make memories.” This thought left an impression on me. In today’s world it seems like work takes over our lives all too often and disrupts the balance of things. We parents try to give our children everything they want, sometimes forgetting that what they really want is to be with us. It’s so easy to forget what’s truly important in life. Summer is a great time to overcome this hurdle, to get outside and spend some quality time with your family. Try to leave work, phones, tablets and whatever else inside and focus on each other and all that nature has to offer. My husband and I are often guilty of working too much. Trying to find that balance between our careers and our family can be really difficult. I plan on trying to be home with the kids more this summer to make up for some lost time. It can be hard to get my boys outside some days, but I found a lot of helpful hints in this month’s article, Teaching Kids to Enjoy Nature, by Sarah Lyons. I’m always looking for new ideas to get them to put their tablets down and this article really hit the mark. One of the ideas I thought was great is to have a picnic in your backyard. Something so simple. Instead of letting them eat a sandwich in front of the television, why not take it outside? You can make lunch new and exciting, plus it’s a way to spark up a conversation about nature and to build memories. Maybe even start a sweet and simple summertime tradition. Another great resource in this issue is the Summer Fun Guide. It has so many local attractions and businesses listed for your family to enjoy this summer. I plan on referring to this guide every time I’m looking for something fun for the kids to do. Maybe it will help reduce the amount of broken lamps and picture frames in the house this year. With three boys that’s probably wishful thinking. One of the things we really enjoy as a family is camping. The kids just love it when we hook up the camper and go for a little weekend adventure. The change of pace is just so relaxing and you don’t always have to go far to get a change of scenery. There are so many local campgrounds here with trails for hiking, pools and playgrounds for the kids. Camping by the beach is one of our favorites. Being so close to the surf and sand makes a day at the beach much easier. We love swimming with our boys and helping them make sand castles. What’s so great is there’s no rush to get on the road...you just ease on back to the campsite for a quick shower and then dinner around the fire. My kids love to cook hot dogs over the campfire and make s’mores. Summer is a great time to make memories with your children whether it’s a hike in the woods, camping, or catching a baseball game. Get outside and enjoy all that our lovely area has to offer. I’m thankful for being chosen as this month’s M.O.M. It has been a really fun experience being able to share some of my thoughts and ideas with everyone. I hope all of you have a safe and fun summer!
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My Son is Vaping...Should I Worry? Q: I found a vaping pen hidden in my 13-year-old son’s room and am at a loss as to how to deal with it. He is very susceptible to peer pressure and wants very badly to fit in with the “cool” kids. Any suggestions would be appreciated. A:
This is one of those occasional questions that no matter how I answer, some group of people buys pitchforks and torches and tries to find my house. At the risk of being pilloried anyway, I will share some objective facts, starting with although there has been plenty of speculation, medical science has yet to find any specific long-term health risk reliably associated with vaping other than the obvious: nicotine addiction. Undoubtedly, some folks are apoplectic already because they think nicotine causes various cancers, most notably lung cancer, but—and again, this is a fact—smoking tobacco is bad because tobacco tars become carcinogenic when burned and inhaled. Nicotine does not cause lung cancer. Nicotine is an addictive drug (but the strength of its addictive effect varies from person to person). However, if one removes tobacco from the equation, garden-variety nicotine addiction is not reliably associated
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with any specific health or behavioral risk. Nicotine addicts are not known, as a group, to rob convenience stores or snatch elderly women’s purses to feed their habit. Drive-by shootings are not associated with nicotine addiction. There’s no South American nicotine cartel. As addictions go, it’s relatively benign. However, and hopefully needless to say, no addiction is a good thing, and it is possible to overdose on nicotine, so please hold off on the pitchforks and torches for now. Perhaps the most immediately worrisome thing about e-cigarettes is they’ve been known to set clothing on fire and even explode. As with anything else, the cheaper the e-cig, the more likely it is to malfunction. Needless to say, your son is probably using a fairly inexpensive unit. By no means am I dismissing your concerns. I’m simply saying that if you do all you can to stop your son from using e-cigs and he figures out how to get around your prohibition, the world isn’t coming to an end. After all, he could have fallen in with a peer group that self-medicates with alcohol, marijuana, or other illicit and even prescription drugs. If you don’t see an alarming change in his mood or behavior, then he’s not likely to be doing anything but nicotine.
When it comes to teens, parents do well to accept that the limits of their influence have waned and trust that the discipline they’ve provided to that point is going to effectively deter anti-social and self-destructive behavior. Some experimentation is likely during the teen years—especially with boys. In many cases, the experimentation goes no further than that: experimentation. Above all else, you want to approach this issue dispassionately. You can and should confiscate your son’s smoking equipment and let him know that until all the facts are in concerning e-cigs, you would be irresponsible to allow him to vape. Let him know that there will be consequences if you find another e-cig in his possession. Try to discover if the peer group in question is doing anything riskier than vaping. If they are, then you should do what you can to limit contact, knowing however that attempting to prohibit teenage relationships carries its own risks. As your question illustrates, sometimes the only thing a parent can do in the face of a problem is to stay calm and continue to be “user-friendly,” as in always loving and always approachable. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions at www.johnrosemond.com and parentguru.com.
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Join Pensacola Little Theatre for Family Productions
Bands on the Blackwater Concert Series
Footloose offers ten performances June 2-18. Directed by Billy Buff with music direction by Tina Buran, it is an explosive musical bursting on the stage! Ren and his mom move from Chicago to a small farm town. But Ren is not prepared for the rigorous rules and control created by a local preacher. Featuring an award-winning selection of Top 40 hits, Footloose will have you on your feet cheering for the boy! Acorn Treehouse Theatre’s Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective, is directed by Debi Dunkerly and Jay Bixler. There will be 10 performances July 7-16. Old Granny Possum is entertaining with her slightly irregular version of Snow White and Just the Two Very Tall Dwarves when she’s kidnapped by Bluebeard and his band of scurvy pirates! Thank goodness Nick Tickle has been hired to get her back. Shows are daytimes and audiences are very young. Treehouse Theatre’s production of CATS will offer 11 performances July 21-August 6. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/ for info about any production.
7-9 p.m. Fridays. Free outdoor concerts in downtown Milton. Enjoy live music alongside the Blackwater River in the comfort of your lawn chair or convenience of your boat! Visit www.floridasplayground. com/event/bands-on-the-blackwater-35/. Performers include: June 2: Bay Bridge Band; June 9: Deja Vu; June 16: The Rowdies; June 23: Southern Breeze; and June 30: Crosstown Band.
Hungry for Justice Free Children’s Cooking Program
June 30 * 4-6 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Center. Sponsored by the Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Justice Foundation, Hungry for Justice is a free children’s cooking program for students ages 10-16 to learn about healthy cooking, exercise and take home foods required to make healthy meals at home. For more info, call (850) 202-1010 or visit www.awkojusticefoundation.com.
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2017 Tri The Island Triathlon
June 10 Gulfside Pavilion, 20 Casino Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. The nationally known Santa Rosa Island Triathlon, Inc. is producing this quality event to welcome first-timers to the sport and to provide an outstanding racing experience for seasoned triathletes. A sold-out field of 500 athletes is expected to compete. The race distances are a 300-yard swim, 10-mile bike, and 2-mile run. Call (850) 434-2800 or visit www.santarosaislandtriathlon.com/ for details.
June 23 * Showtime 8 p.m. Free movies presented by Cox return to the Community Maritime Park monthly through August 4! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets, then spread out on the lawn to watch the movie underneath the stars. Tonight’s movie is The Boss Baby. Concessions are also available but no pets or glass containers please. For more info, call (850) 436-5670 or visit www.playpensacola.com/1162/Hill-Kelly-Movies-In-the-Park-Series.
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Tuesday, July 4 * 7:30-9 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for a FREE 4th of July concert. This family-friendly event kicks off with a color guard presentation and then the orchestra takes the stage to perform patriotic pieces. Enjoy the great performance and then stay for the fireworks over the bay. For more info, visit www.pensacolasymphony.com or call (850) 435-2533.
6-8 p.m. FREE. Community Maritime Park. Concerts are family-friendly and concessions are available. Call (850) 436-5670 or visit http://pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com/. June 4 performers are The Emerald Coast Blues Brothers and June 25 performers are The Truth featuring Cat Rhodes.
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Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp
Pensacola MESS Hall Hosts Science of the Story Exhibition
June 19-23 * 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. For ages 9-17, it’s a mystery of Shakespearean proportions as campers write, rehearse and perform a murder mystery by Shakespeare’s most famous characters! Did Juliet do it in Elsinore using a broadsword? Who knows? Tuition $300. For more info, visit setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383.
The Pensacola MESS Hall is hosting a new exhibition, the Science of the Story. The museum is filled with all-new exhibits to engage visitors in science discovery all related to popular stories. Grow and shrink with Alice in Wonderland. Build a house for the three pigs. Protect Humpty Dumpty in his big fall. And more. Even the MESS kits will connect with stories. Test if your strength compares to the Incredible Hulk. Compare size like Goldilocks. Trap the minotaur in a maze. The MESS kit menu changes regularly, so each visit will be different. Workshops every Tuesday and Thursday allow more in-depth exploration of topics. Preregistration is recommended for all workshops. During the duration of the exhibition, which closes on August 26, the Pensacola MESS Hall will be open extended hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The exhibition, including MESS kits and workshops, is included with general admission. Admission is $8 per person for adults and children ages 3 and up. Memberships are $110 for a family of 4, and members receive free admission for a year. In addition to the exhibition, the MESS Hall will host summer camps throughout the summer. Camp registration is available at www.pensacolamesshall.org.
Bands on the Beach Concert Series
Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, features a free lineup of performers for every musical taste and is held Tuesday nights, from 7-9 p.m., all the way through October 31. Featuring a lineup of regional artists, Bands on the Beach is located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. June performers are: June 6: Buck Nasty & the Cadillac; June 13: The Astronauts; June 20: The Rowdies; and June 27: Déjà vu. July includes: July 4: Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs; July 11: The Reunion Band; July 18: Hot Sauce Band; and July 25: Modern Eldorados. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www.visitpensacolabeach. com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.
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Autism Pensacola Gala Success
Autism Pensacola’s 14th annual Connecting the Pieces Gala, held April 27 at the Sanders Beach Community Center, was a great success. More than 300 community supporters gathered to celebrate a night of friendship and autism acceptance. Hosts were Grover & Jill Robinson and Dr. Brett & Rocky Parra, with food by local chefs including Classic City Catering and David Penniman, and volunteers. With 32 sponsors making the event possible, the goal for this event was exceeded. Proceeds from this event support Autism Pensacola and its flagship program, Kids for Camp Summer Learning Lab. With a record 100+ paddle pledge donations of $500 each, more than 20 needy camp families will have access to maximum financial assistance.
FANtastic Fridays June 2 and 9 * 6:35 p.m. The first 2,000 fans ages 14 and under will receive a mini baseball bat with a quote from James Andrews, M.D. to promote awareness about overuse and specialization in baseball. Fireworks Saturday June 3 & 10; and July 1 & 15 * 6:35 p.m. After the conclusion of the game, enjoy the most magnificent firework show on the Gulf Coast! Presented by Navy Federal Credit Union. McDonald’s Family Sundays June 11; and July 2, 9 & 16 * 4:05 p.m. Families can enjoy Sunday afternoons at Pensacola Bay with the Blue Wahoos! Presented by McDonald’s, kids can run the bases postgame and play catch on the field. Go! Go! Power Rangers Night June 28 * 6:35 p.m. A night full of fireworks and Power Rangers! Come out dressed as your favorite Power Ranger and enjoy a fun night at the ballpark. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info.
Kids in the Kitchen Teaches Healthy Habits
The Junior League of Pensacola’s Kids in the Kitchen Iron Chef event was part of an end of the year program that ran from August to May with children from Play Pensacola’s Woodland Heights and Fricker Community Center. Monthly events included nine educational lessons where the kids learned about healthy food. Each session also included a healthy snack. The Junior League gifted all the children with a copy of the Junior League Kids in the Kitchen cookbook. The event was sponsored by Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Café and was held at their Educational center. Three local chefs provided lessons in preparing healthy meals and snacks that are both tasty and affordable. Through volunteer efforts and programs like Kids in the Kitchen, the Junior League aims to fight the issue of childhood obesity and its impact in the Pensacola area.
Fun at Fiesta of Five Flags
Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade June 2 * 6:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Pensacola. Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade June 3 * 1 p.m. Sets sail from the Pensacola Yacht Club. The parade of more than 25 marine vessels will start at the mouth of the Bayou Chico Bridge and make its way to the Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. The community is encouraged to join the procession of boats escorting Don Tristan DeLuna’s yacht to the shores of Pensacola Beach where he will be welcomed by Chief Mayoki, his Queen, White Dove, and tribe at the DeLuna Landing Ceremony at 3 p.m. For more info, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/ or call (850) 433-6512.
Sertoma Fourth of July Celebration
Activities throughout the day, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., in Seville Square to include a FREE Children’s Area with inflatables, pony rides, rock climbing wall, “meet and greet” with characters, face painting, and much more! There will also be a variety of Arts and Crafts vendors, food vendors, and live entertainment on the Bayfront stage in the afternoon. Of course, the 4th of July would not be complete without a Hot Dog Eating Contest! Sign up early as the contest begins promptly at noon! New this year is the FREE Pensacola Symphony Orchestra concert at Hunter Amphitheater in Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park at 7:30. Festivities will culminate with a fireworks show over Pensacola Bay at 9.
Red White and Blues Week
July 4: Fireworks on the soundside at 8:30 p.m. July 5: Breakfast with the Blues. Should be overhead by 8 a.m. July 6: Practice flight demonstration with the Blue Angels at 2 p.m. July 7: Dress Rehearsal with civilian acts and Blue Angels. Rehearsal begins at noon; Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. July 8: 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/whats-happeningblue-angels/ or call (850) 932-2257. Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
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Booster Seats Pediatric Associates wants to keep your children as safe and healthy as possible. With this in mind, one thing we encourage education about is properly installed car seats. Hopefully last month’s article on rearfacing car seats for infants and children was helpful. Many parents ask us about when to put their kids in booster seats, so here are some key things to know! When a child has outgrown the car seat’s height and weight limits, but they are not tall enough to use the vehicles seat belt properly, a booster seat is the answer. Typically when they are 8 to 12 years old and have reached 4 feet, 9 inches tall they can use the seat belt, but until they reach that age and more importantly that height, the booster is the next step after the car seat. Most children will not fit in most vehicle seatbelts without a booster until 10 to 11 years of age. Also remember, all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat. As a general guideline, a child has outgrown a forward-facing seat when any of the following situations is true: • He or she reaches the top weight or height allowed for his seat with a harness. (These
limits are listed on the seat and also included in the instruction booklet). • The shoulders are above the top harness slots. • The tops of the ears have reached the top of the seat. Types of Booster Seats: High-back and backless are 2 standard types of booster seats. They do not come with harness straps but are used with lap and shoulder seat belts in your vehicle, the same way an adult rides. They are designed to basically raise a child up so that lap and shoulder seat belts fit properly. The shoulder belt should cross the middle of the child’s chest and be off the neck. The booster allows the child to sit high enough for this to occur. Most booster seats are not secured to the vehicle seat and are held in place once the seat belt is fastened over the child. However, some models of booster seats can be secured to the vehicle. See the seat’s instructions. Installation Tips for Booster Seats: When using a booster seat, the most important thing is to always read the vehicle owner’s manual and the car seat manual
before installing the seat. Booster seats often have a plastic clip or guide to correctly position vehicle lap and shoulder belts. See the booster seat instructions for directions on how to use the clip or guide. • Booster seats must be used with a lap and shoulder belt. When using a booster seat, make sure: • The lap belt lies low and snug across your child’s upper thighs. • The shoulder belt crosses the middle of your child’s chest and shoulder and is off the neck. At Pediatric Associates, we want to help provide answers to whatever questions you may have about your child, so please feel free to call with any concerns you may have! Dr. Samuel Ravenel, Board Certified Pediatrician, is a native of Greensboro, NC and joined Pediatric Associates, PA, in June of 2016. After completing his undergraduate work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and did his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Ravenel practices at our Cordova and Pace locations.
Hands-On History Day Allows Montessori Students to Experience Rome
Montessori School of Pensacola’s Upper Elementary class (4th-6th grades) had a “Hands-On History Day” to accompany their study of Ancient Rome. Using five stations, students were able to test out building and architectural methods developed in Ancient Rome, as well as chariot racing. Students built a 45-foot aqueduct, shown below, that successfully carried water to fill a bathtub. They also made concrete cornerstones, constructed an edible Roman road, and practiced pantomime at a forum. Montessori education uses the term “cultural” for the study of geography, history and more. This year’s study focuses on ancient civilizations and integrates a lot of hands-on learning opportunities.
Culinary Arts Students Present to School Board
Two highlights of the recent Escambia County School Board Workshop were a presentation by students from Northview High School’s Culinary Arts Academy and an update on the S.T.A.R.T. program.
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County Holds 2017 Mentor Appreciation Luncheon
Escambia County held a recent luncheon at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola to recognize the district’s 2017 mentors. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas began by thanking the mentors for dedicating some of their valuable and limited time to help students, followed by the singing voices of children from Weis and Holm Elementary schools, and ending with inspiring words from speaker Eloise de Varona.
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2017 Trinitas Art Contest Winners
The 2017 Trinitas Christian School art contest winners were announced at morning meeting May 12. The recipients in the categories of painting, sculpture, photography and drawing are listed below. The Best of Show award went to Abigail Tenniswood, at left, for her “Finger Fish.” After seeing paintings by Iris Scott in New York City, she was inspired to complete an oil painting using her fingers in lieu of a paint brush. Other winners, Tim Parsley and Bryce Barnes, who won third place in the painting category, also mimicked a beloved artist, Jackson Pollock. Pollock was the inspiration for Parsley’s senior thesis and his attempt to replicate his work was well received. www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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Teachers, staff and students at Blue Angels Elementary School unveiled two new Rigamajigs in April. A Rigamajig is a large-scale building kit for kids. The goal is hands-on free-play using a collection of parts (planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts, ropes, etc.). Longtime national partners KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation have been working together to make play more accessible to children of veterans and to military families. To help make Pensacola more playful, creative, thoughtprovoking and lots of fun, they gave the school a new way to play. CarMax also presented the school with an additional check for $8,000. The celebration in Pensacola, at Blue Angels Elementary, corresponded with April being the Month of the Military Child and April 23-29 was the “Week of Play.” This was one of several events happening across the country to benefit kids of military families.
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Montessori Middle School Travels to Sea Camp
Montessori School of Pensacola’s 7thand 8th-graders traveled to the Florida Keys for their class trip to Sea Camp. They took boat excursions to snorkel and explore the marine life of the area, as well as work in the labs with resident instructors. Sea Camp is one of few organizations in the U.S. providing experiential education in marine studies to students aged 8 to 21 years old. While they are there, students experience hands-on, interactive education, taking advantage of the variety of marine environments surrounding the beautiful location in the heart of the Florida Keys.
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There was a lot of clownin’ around at Episcopal Day School in May! Each year, kindergartners spend a week working hard to learn songs, dances and many other performances like juggling, telling jokes and tumbling to prepare for graduation from Clown College. Our fearless Clown College leader, Professor Lollipops (AKA Mrs. Fluegge) has been an instrumental part of keeping this EDS tradition alive for more than 30 years.
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2017 Sunshine Math Competition
More than 640 students participated in this year’s Sunshine Math Competition on May 6 at Booker T. Washington High school. Those students were from 28 schools and on 54 third-grade teams, 53 fourth-grade teams and 52 fifth-grade teams. “This was the largest Sunshine Math competition yet in Escambia County,” said ECSD Math Specialist Tammy Barton. “We had so many compete that we had to hold the third-grade awards in the auditorium and the students and their families filled the house. Then, the awards for the fourth- and fifthgrade teams filled the gym.” Individual winners took home a trophy and members of the team that placed took home medals. All of the participants received certificates to mark the day.
MSP’s Upper Elementary Works to Save Sea Turtles
Montessori School of Pensacola’s sixth-graders formed a committee, called the “Turtle Team,” to research ways the students could help sea turtles be rehabilitated and released. The students accepted the task as part of the school’s 40th anniversary Fun Day. Students dressed in their favorite team gear and joined the school team to help keep the Earth clean and protect its animals. The charitable giving aspect of the Fun Day was bringing in change to pay toward the adoption of a sea turtle. Students raised more than $250, which they will use to help non-profit groups protect sea turtle nests and return injured turtles to the water. 13
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Sea Cadets Assist Living History Crew at the USS Alabama
The United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps (USNCC) joined with the USS Alabama Living History Crew to provide a WWII battle scene that entertained hundreds of tourists visiting Battleship Park. Every two months, the Living History Crew choreographs a battle scene, and this April the group added the Cadets to its crew. Within hours after the Cadets were sworn in to fight for the USS Alabama against any adversaries, the ship was under an air attack. The crew swiftly manned its General Quarters stations and prepared to defend the ship. Two planes attacked the Starboard side of the ship, and the crew returned fire. The Cadets assigned to the Damage Control teams manned hoses to put out two simulated fires from the attack and carried gurneys and provided first aid as medics for injured sailors. They also manned and reloaded the guns that shot blanks at the planes passing overhead. Although this was a reenactment, the Cadets better understood what our brave sailors had to go through to defend a battleship during WWII. If you are interested in seeing the next living history demonstration, visit www.ussalabamalivinghistorycrew.com/. If you are interested in what the Sea Cadets do as a youth organization, visit www.facebook.com/usnsccindependencesquadron1/. Sea Cadets is a program for young men and women in a drug- and gang-free environment that promotes teamwork, responsibility, respect and leadership skills. Graduates of the Sea Cadets frequently choose a career serving in our countryâ€™s Armed Forces but this is NOT a requirement to join. The skills learned in this program are useful in any life path the youth chooses. If a cadet does choose the Armed Services, he frequently will have earned early advancement in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard (E-3 after boot camp). As many as 12% of the graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy are former Sea Cadets.
Trinitas Junior Advances In National Merit Contest
Trinitas student McKinley Traylor scored in the top 50,000 juniors nationwide on the PSAT and has been invited to enter the National Merit Competition. She will continue to the next level of competition in the fall. With this honor, Traylor joins the 15% of Trinitas juniors who have qualified for the National Merit Competition. Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
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Montessori Hosts Annual Student Art Show
Montessori School of Pensacola held its 2nd annual student art show at the Montessori Drive campus. Every student from the age of 18 months through 8th grade had a piece of art on display. Families and staff toured the show, left comment cards for the artists, and were invited to mark their family heritage on a world map to be displayed at the school.
Special Visitors at Escambia Westgate
Sue Straughn and Marcus Morris from WEAR-TV paid a visit to Escambia Westgate School recently. The story aired on the May 22 evening show and again the morning of the 23rd. It is also posted on the schoolâ€™s Facebook page!
2017 Teacher Fair
The 2017 Escambia County School District Teacher Fair was held April 29 at at Booker T. Washington High School.
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St. Paul Catholic Sees Novel Brought to Life
The eighth-grade students from St. Paul Catholic School enjoyed a trip to Monroeville, Alabama, on April 11 to see the play To Kill a Mockingbird. After reading and studying the novel as part of their language arts classes, the students were excited to head to the birthplace of author Harper Lee to see a live production. The play is produced annually and involves an all-volunteer cast. After watching the first part outside the courthouse, everyone moved inside to the site where the Academy-Award winning movie was filmed. A picnic lunch on the grounds of the courthouse gave the students the opportunity to speak to a few of the actors from the play.
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WPE Holds Successful Spring Event
West Pensacola Elementary’s recent Spring Carnival was a success.
Gulf Breeze Middle Takes Trip to Santa Rosa Sound
Gulf Breeze Middle School 7th-graders spent a sunny day at Santa Rosa Sound learning about the marine environment and how to be good stewards of our waterways from the Department of Environmental Protection. Not only did the students learn how to throw cast nets and seine nets, they also learned about mosquito abatement techniques in Santa Rosa County, nautical knot-tying, yabbi pump analysis and SCUBA techniques from Gulf Breeze High School students involved with Coastal Mentoring Club, and the SCUBA and Dive Club. Gulf Breeze Subway delivered sandwiches to Shoreline Park where the students enjoyed lunch, volleyball and paddleboarding (Courtesy of Innerlight Surf & Skate). This annual field trip is a highlight of the 7th-graders’ year. Mindy Clayton, PE teacher/fishing trip coordinator, said that her volunteers and generous community support make this field trip an outstanding experience for GBMS students who are able to participate.
EDS Attends Galvez Monument Groundbreaking
Episcopal Day School students and faculty members witnessed the Pensacola Heritage Foundation’s groundbreaking at the site of the Bernardo de Galvez monument alongside many local and Spanish dignitaries, historians and donors. In his speech, Mayor Ashton Hayward reminded us how important culture and history are to a community.
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Booker T. Offers Help for Workman Middle Orchestra’s Loss
Last month, in the auditorium at Booker T. Washington High School, the curtains went up revealing a show about neighbors helping neighbors. The show is called, “By My Side: An Evening of Black and White,” but the neighbors part is all about the high school students wanting to help the younger middle school students who are their backyard neighbors. The Drama Club at Washington High heard about the fire that took out an entire portable classroom and all of the Workman Middle School’s Orchestra equipment and they knew they had to help. So, the performance (which is a series of skits) was dedicated to Workman’s orchestra with all proceeds from the door donated to help. Workman has 100 orchestra students and were proud to be the largest Escambia County School District Middle School Orchestra to compete this year. In the fire, they lost about $20,000 in instruments that were school property, but many more were personal property of the students and of Christina Clark Frierdich, the orchestra instructor at both Workman Middle and Washington High. Frierdich is a performer as well as an ECSD teacher. She grew up in one of Pensacola’s most musical families and even performed with family this weekend. They are well known as Clark and Co. As a violinist she also performs at weddings and her binders of wedding music at school. All she could find of those was the metal rings. If you have a violin, viola, cello or bass you would like to donate, call J.H. Workman’s front office at 850-494-5665. Ask for Traci Sturgeon and she will get your information to Christina. If you would like to make a financial donation you should make out checks to ECPS Foundation and write Workman Orchestra on the notes line. Mail them to Workman Middle School, 6299 Lanier Dr., Pensacola, FL 32504. Every little bit will be put to good use. Please write Attn: Traci Sturgeon on the outside of the envelope.
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Escambia County Competes In Florida History Day
Thirty-eight students represented Escambia County May 7-9 at the State History Fair in Tallahassee. Florida has the largest state level program affiliated with the National History Day program with more than 63,000 students participating across the state. There were 1,148 students advancing this year to the state competition representing 34 counties. Escambia County brought home one first-place entry, two second-place entries, two third-place entries, and four special prizes, with an additional six entries making run-offs. First- and second-place winners will compete in the National History Day competition this June in College Park, Maryland. The following ECSD students placed in the following categories: DOCUMENTARIES: Parker Beverly (Pensacola High School) – finalist and winner of the Military Heritage Award in the Senior Individual Documentary category for her entry, “Senator Margaret Chase Smith: Speaking for America’s Conscience;” Grace Stanley (Brown Barge Middle School) – finalist and winner of the World War II Heritage Award for her documentary, “Duty Despite Discrimination: The Untold Story of the 68888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the Only All-African-American Female Unit to Serve Overseas during WWII;” and Charles Bird, Michael Carter and Jacob Cyr (Workman Middle School) – finalists for their Junior Group Documentary, “WWI - The Harlem Hellfighters.” WEBSITES: Mehul Kapur, Luca Benny, Sami Humeda and Nicholas Skoufis (Pensacola High School) – 3rd place Junior Group Website, “The Mongols: Conquerors of the World.” EXHIBIT BOARDS: Chloe Cate and Amara Schoppmann (Workman Middle School) – 3rd place Junior Group Exhibit for their entry, “Stonewall Riots.” Other Special Awards: Meredith McGhee (Ernest Ward MS) won the Native American Heritage Award in the Junior Exhibit category for her entry, “Bullets and Braids: AIM takes a Stand in 1973” and Kelly Wu (Pensacola High School) was awarded the Outstanding County Entry for her historical paper, “Reaching the Point of No Return in History: President Wilson’s Stand for Peace.” For more info, call 469-5392 or e-mail email@example.com. Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
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A Page in a Book Reading for Fans of Felines Whether they enjoy a pet kitten or the occasional cat encounter, children are quick to recognize a common world view with their feline friends. Both are
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by Simon Philip, Illustrated by Ella Bailey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When a stray cat shows up on a young girl’s front steps, welcoming it into her life and home is easy. But finding the right name is a bit harder. The name “Kitty” calls every cat within ear shot. ‘Betty’ and ‘Ethel’ sound good until a vet visit changes the focus more toward ‘Butch’ and ‘Arnie’. Before the girl can decide what to call him, her cat escapes. But their journey back toward each other may just provide the perfect name for adventurous cat. Don’t know what to call your cat? Give it time, they practically name themselves.
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The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon
by A. N. Kang (Disney/Hyperion) He’s not just fluffy. Like the butterfly he’s named for, Papillon is so fluffy that he floats around lighter than air. Worried that he could just drift away, his companion Miss Tilly contrives a variety of ways to hold him down to earth. Pizza, costumes, hats and eye patches help keep him grounded, but Papillon is having no part of it. When an open window and a beautiful day lure the fluffy cat outside, a blue sky adventure quickly turns frightening. Floating past the wilder side of the great outdoors, a scared Papillon uses Miss Tilly’s ideas and the help of a friend to find his way back home. With physical comedy and adorable expression, Papillon strikes a delightful balance between living the high life and keeping your feet on the ground. Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.
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Pop culture doesn’t appreciate dads. Sitcoms make fun of their diapering (in)abilities or portray dads as irresponsible babysitters who feed the kids pizza, ice cream and sugary soda while mom is out for the evening. Personal experience tells me there may some truth in this. My own husband shows our kids zombie movies then acts surprised when they refuse to sleep with the lights out. Really. Stereotypes aside, it can be hard to move past the momknows best mentality and make room for dads’ different style of parenting. Mom of four Tsara Shelton of Teague, Tex., says parenting together with her boys’ dad has been the biggest challenge in their happy, 13-year marriage. “I always want to be the one with the answers and insights! But in truth, it’s been coparenting that’s blessed my boys with the best of what both mom and dad have to offer.” All moms can learn valuable lessons from watching what dads do best. Here’s how. Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
Dads are good with good enough Most moms I know struggle to drown out the nagging inner critic who says we aren’t good enough. We feel intense pressure to keep the house (and kids!) clean and to respond cheerfully to every social obligation. Our to-do lists never get done. And it’s stressful. Researchers at Auburn University found women are more likely to feel inadequate at home and at work than men because we’re more perfectionistic. Dads recognize the 80% solution is often good enough. They can walk away from a sink full of unwashed dishes – without feeling guilty – to spend time playing with the kids before bedtime. Moms can’t deny there is wisdom in this approach. Dishes don’t grow up and go off to college. Kids do. Being good with “good enough” doesn’t mean dads deny their shortcomings. Tina Bushman, co-author of the family discus20
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sion-starting book Table Talk, says she has learned from watching her husband, John, address his missteps. “When it has been a rough parenting day, he will sit on the edge of our child’s bed and explain that even though parents try hard, we aren’t perfect. He apologizes if he got upset or said the wrong thing and asks forgiveness. It takes a humble dad to do that and I love him for it.”
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Dads encourage active play Mud pies, snow forts and do-it-yourself science experiments are dads’ domain, says Wendy Valderrama of Denver, Colo., “They do messy fun really well.” Valderrama watches her 3-year-old daughter’s princess wedding ball with prince Daddy every night. “He lets her take the lead and follows right along with her in the imaginative play,” she says. Dads’ passion for play is a joy to behold. When they aren’t entertaining kids on their own level, dads expose kids to grownup tasks and topics. A dad might teach a child how to mow the lawn or talk about financial matters during informal apprenticeship sessions. Since dads aren’t focused ages and stages of development, they may share information that is over kids’ heads. There is an upside to this, Valderanna says. “The conversations I overhear between my daughter and her dad are amazing! I see her processing concepts I wouldn’t have thought possible because I am stuck in a preschool mentality all day.”
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Dads encourage risk-taking While moms’ protective instincts lead us to discourage kids from taking physical risks, studies show dads give kids more personal space to explore the environment, even if there is risk involved. “At the park, I’m nervous about my 2-year-old going down the big slide, and, at home, I protect my baby from face-planting very time he attempts to crawl,” says San Diego, Calif., mom Anna Crowe. Dads often push kids to go outside their comfort zones. Physical challenges help kids develop strength, coordination and confidence. And, by testing their physical prowess, “kids learn valuable skills that could prevent them from getting into serious trouble in the future,” Crowe admits. Dads allow kids to learn by doing when moms might be more likely to teach by talking. During the anxious moments in parenting, dads maintain a calm composure moms admire. Stacy Lewis of Long Beach, Calif., says her husband changed her perspective on parenting forever during one
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intense encounter with their three kids. He said, “I don’t get it! You are the mom. Why are you hollering?” And something clicked for Lewis. “He keeps things insanely balanced, and I love him for that.”
take it personally. That means they step in and confront interpersonal issues headon. Shelton’s two youngest sons – who had symptoms of autism at early ages – learned to be comfortable in their own bodies and brains because of their dad’s black-and-white boundaries. “If my husband didn’t bring everything down to its simplicity I would get lost loving my boys in the gray,” she says. The key to parenting well is to figure out which situations require a firm, rule-based response and which ones call for deeper conversation. Dads seem to know this intuitively.
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Because women are focused on preserving social connections, we may avoid family conflict. The mental and emotional effort of peacekeeping can lead to emotional exhaustion for women, according to research by psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University. Over time, minor frustrations can grow into deep, simmering resentments. Shelton admits she struggles to establish clear, firm rules for her kids. She sees most issues as gray areas and enjoys discussing the connections between kids’ behaviors, social expectations and cultural pressures. “If my hubby didn’t bring everything down to its simplicity I would get lost loving my children in the grey,” Shelton says. While moms might see kids’ behavior in shades of gray, dads can take a more black-and-white view. Men are less likely to shy away from conflict because they don’t
Women often wish men would listen to our problems without trying to solve them, but that’s not how men are wired. When things go wrong, dads jump into problem-solving mode and determine what steps they can take to change the situation. If the first attempt isn’t successful, dads try another approach. Women are more likely to focus on feelings, which can actually amplify distress. We may commiserate with girlfriends or replay worst-case scenarios in our minds. C. Lee Reed of Beachside, Florida recalls her father often told his kids to “suck it up” in the face of disappointment. “It sounds crazy but we learned to put on our big girl panties when things didn’t go our way,” Reed says. Now she uses the same phrase with her own daughter. It lightens the mood when emotions run high.
Dads’ emotional balance allows them to keep parenting problems in perspective. Crowe says she often panicked at her son’s inability to sleep through the night or the fact that he didn’t crawl when other babies did. But her husband took a longer view. “He taught me not to worry so much about the little things, unless they become a bigger concern,” says Crowe. A calm response is both comforting and practical.
Dads are present
Moms take pride in our super-human ability to do five things at once, but there is an undeniable downside. Multitasking prevents us from seizing the joys of the present moment. Lauren Nichols of Farmingdale, NY, praises her husband’s ability to be in the moment with their 4-year-old son. “I admire his ability to slow down and listen to everything our son has to say. It is as if he really remembers what it was like to be a little kid. They are two peas in a pod.” Reed is inspired by her husband’s presence as well. While Reed, who calls herself “Helicopter Mom” is busy multitasking, her husband, “Just Plane Dad,” knows how to be fully present in the moment, she says. “When he spends time with our daughter, he’s not worried about the laundry or paying the bills. He is all there.” Tuning in completely allows dads to see children as growing, loving little people. And it reminds us all that we’re blessed by our children – and their dads – in big and small ways every day. GPP
Heidi Smith Luedtke is a personality psychologist who has gleaned many practical parenting strategies from her husband’s more laid-back approach. She is the author of Detachment Parenting.
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Americans spent more than 10 billion dollars in video game equipment last year. Video game sales have now surpassed sales of both music and movies. What that means is that for millions of kids and young adults, playing video games has moved beyond a hobby and into an obsession. Now, before you label me as anti-fun, hear me out. I find nothing wrong with most videos games. In fact, playing them together with your teen is a great way to connect. But some kids and young adults are being consumed by them, and that’s where the problem lies. For some kids, what was once a fun pastime has quickly turned into an addiction. So where is the balance? If your teenager is obsessed with video games, how can you limit, but not eliminate, their interest? First, I think it’s important for moms and dads to know why teens are so easily addicted to games.
The Draw of Video Games Boys love playing video games because they provide challenge and adventure. There’s a sense of accomplishment when they beat a level, achieve a high score or complete a mission. Video games scratch an itch every guy has–to conquer dragons and rescue princesses. What’s more, teenage boys find a sense of value and esteem in playing these games. Even the dorkiest kids can become virtual sports stars, rock stars, cool secret agents or Rambo-like warriors in these games. It’s one thing they can do better than their parents and maybe even their friends, so they relish it. And it’s one place — maybe the only place — where they feel totally in control. So in order to pull your teen away from the screen, you have to offer them an adventure to take its place. I know this is hard when both parents come home tired at night, or for the single mom working hard to make ends meet. But if all a family does is go to work, go to school, watch TV, sleep
and repeat, then your teen is going to say, “life is boring,” and they’ll look for adventure through another means. It might require some changes and rethinking, but it doesn’t take a lot of time to have an adventure with your child. Build something in the garage. Go to the batting cages. Take him to a concert. Go for a night hike. Shoot hoops at the playground. Eat at a new restaurant you’ve never tried before. If you find your home is a boring place, inject some excitement into your family. Get out and live real life.
When It Becomes All Consuming Playing video games is a good way to spend time with friends. But kids who are addicted will tell you that they started playing video games with their friends, but then moved on to playing online–against people who they don’t even know. In this scenario, gaming moves from a social pastime to a very isolating addiction.How can parents tell if their teen is developing a gaming obsession? The book, Playstation Nation, provides a checklist of traits parents should watch for. Does your child: • Play almost every day? • Play for extended periods (more than three or four hours at a time)? • Play for excitement? • Get restless and irritable if he or she can’t play? • Sacrifice social and sporting activities to play? • Play instead of doing homework? • Try in vain to limit playing time? • Seem to be losing interest in real-life activities? If your teen is spending way too much time playing video games, or if the games are affecting their motivation or personality, then it’s time to act. Cut back the number of hours they play daily. Shut down the unit and take away the power cord after a certain hour in the evening. Require that they match the time they play video games with equal amounts of other, more productive, non-digital activities. Anything that takes over a child’s time and attention for many hours every day should be moderated. 23
Getting It Under Control
Video gaming can be a great way for moms and dads to stay connected with their kids. I’ve played through many a game with my teens and, especially in my son’s case, it has been a great way to connect, compete, communicate, and laugh (because he usually destroyed me quickly). And along the way we’ve created some of those fun bonding moments that are felt and remembered, if never quite defined. But if gaming takes over your kid’s life, it’s time to take action. Here are some quick tips to help get gaming under control: • Discourage children from retreating into games when they are stressed or upset. Don’t let a gamepad become that emotional coping mechanism. Talk honestly about challenges and work through them together. • Encourage moderation. Set an egg timer. When it goes off, so does the game console. • Limit temptations. Move electronic gaming hardware out of your teen’s bedroom and into a common area. • Spend time playing together. Take turns, ask questions and keep interaction going so teens won’t disappear into the game environment. • Capitalize on your child’s fascination with games to channel energy in a more productive direction. One gamer was challenged by his parents to figure out how his favorite games worked, technologically. Today, he’s a computer wiz who recalls, “I think my first meaningful C++ app came just from trying to get a graphic display of all of the internal components and their capabilities.” The bottom line is to implement these restrictions for your child, not against them. Tell your kids that you’ll stand beside them through thick and thin, but you’ll stand in front of them when it comes to blocking anything unhealthy, immoral or antisocial that is influencing their life. And that includes controlling their use of video games that might be controlling them. 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.
What Parents Need to Know Now About Mobile Social Apps It was probably inevitable. Now that 70% of teens are friends with their parents on Facebook, some are looking for less supervised places to socialize. A recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that even though most teens feel obligated to maintain a presence on Facebook, many expressed “waning enthusiasm”. Their reasons? The site has been “colonized” by adults, and there’s too much drama. “Teens are looking for a place they can call their own,” observes Danah Boyd, a fellow at the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard University. “Rather than all flocking en masse to a different site, they’re fragmenting across apps.” Having teens on a variety of social media apps makes supervision more difficult. The classic advice—“keep the computer in a public space”—is hopelessly quaint, especially for teens who socialize on cellphones. One response is to use monitoring software that will alert parents anytime a child sends or receives a message that’s inappropriate. (Ten of these programs are reviewed by Mobile Independent Phone Reviews at mireview.com) Although surveillance may be a good short term fix for some kids, it can obscure the long-term goal—raising kids who use good judgment about social media. These kids resist the temptation to behave poorly just because they are online, and they know how to protect themselves when they encounter bullies, trolls and other online Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
predators. How do you equip your child with those essential life skills? Here are a few suggestions: Limit social networking of any kind for middle school students. Pre-adolescents are learning how to manage relationships and the process isn’t always pretty. Middle school kids are very aware of themselves and not very aware of others. Even the nicest kids say mean things-- and are devastated if someone says something mean to them. Being part of social media compounds the damage by making clumsy comments, ill-advised fashion choices and failed attempts at humor permanent and more widely available. Check the apps on your child’s phone. Review the apps on your child’s phone every time you pay the phone bill. Ask questions that will help your child think critically about social apps: How did you find out about the app? Does it do what you want it to do? What information does it collect about you? Does it broadcast your location? How much time do you spend with it? How could it be improved? What kind of community does it create? Be aware of the connection between social media and self esteem. For many young people, social media intensifies the pressure to be popular. They may obsess about how many followers they have, how many likes a particular post attracts or parties they didn’t attend. Parents can’t micromanage this part of a child’s life— teens learn by making social mistakes. At the same time, they can buffer the impact 24
of social media by giving kids plenty of positive attention, supporting healthy off-line friendships and pointing out the limited shelf life of popularity. Teach self-protection strategies. Talk to your child about how they can respond to mean or crude comments with tactics similar to those they would use offline. If possible, ignore bad behavior. The other person may just be having a really terrible day. Don’t respond in kind because that is likely to escalate the problem. Whenever possible, use humor to defuse conflict. Take advantage of privacy settings to block people who are always mean or negative. If a post is threatening, save a copy and share it with a trusted adult. Be sure your child knows you have his back. Many teens don’t talk to their parents about social media problems for fear that parents will overreact. Let your children know that you have confidence in them to handle most situations but you want to know about any online interactions that feel scary or overwhelming. If a child comes to you with an online problem, resist the urge to take charge. Instead, help your child think through how he or she wants to handle the situation. What is motivating the person who is causing the problem? Is this a relationship that matters to your child? Does he or she have offline contact with the person? Most important, listen! When you think about it, the social skills young people need to succeed with social media aren’t all that different from the ones that they will need in the offline world. As a parent, you can help your children stay focused on the big picture—what kind of people do they want to be and what kind of friends will support them in becoming those people? For kids who keep those goals clearly in mind, the particular app they are using at the moment won’t much matter. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.
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A. Yes, it does. I’m trying to keep you from being “house poor.” Did you know you can qualify for a house payment, with taxes and insurance, that’s close to half of your take-home pay? That’s ridiculous! When you don’t have room in your budget to do anything else that matters because your house payment is so large, that’s what we call house poor. When your income minus your basic living expenses equals almost nothing, it means your basic living expenses are way too high. Being in this kind of situation keeps
you from saving for really important stuff like investing, retirement, and college for your kids. I’m trying to position you where you can get the house and everything paid off so you can become wealthy. When we talk about driving a crappy car, not going out to eat, or not going on vacation — those are temporary things. It’s all about living like no one else, so that later you can live and give like no one else!
How late is too late? Q. How late is too late to get life insurance? A. It’s pretty easy to get term life insurance – the only kind of life insurance I recommend – up until around age 70. Depending on your overall health situation, there are a few affordable policies available past that point. But once you get into your seventies and beyond it can be difficult to find reasonably priced coverage. I recommend that most people have 10 to 12 times their
annual income wrapped up in a good, level term life insurance policy.
Family and Business Q. My husband and I own a small business. One of our relatives asked for a job recently, and we have reservations about hiring him because there are several dysfunctional relationships within our extended family. Are we being mean? A. Having a small business doesn’t give relatives a free pass to employment. As entrepreneurs, you have the right and responsibility to do what’s best for your company. Ask yourself a few questions: Would you hire this person if they weren’t part of the family? Would you hire this person because they would make a good team member? If the answers are no, then you don’t hire them — period. Be kind about the situation, because there may be some bruised feelings. But the bottom line is you have to do what’s best for your business, your immediate family, and your team.
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Grace Lutheran Church
6601 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Maker’s Fun Factory Dates: June 5 - 9 Times: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Ages: K - 6th grade Meal every night! (850) 476-5667 email@example.com www.gracepensacola.org
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church
75 Fairpoint Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Theme: Maker Fun Factory Dates: June 12 - 16 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Ages 4 years - rising 6th grade Please register online at gbumc.org. (850) 932-3594 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gbumc.org
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
7979 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Pets Unleashed PLUS: Where Jesus Cares FUR You! Dates: June 12 - 16 Times: 9:00 am - 11:30 am Ages: Ages 3 years - 5th grade A team of qualified and dedicated volunteers offer a week-long, half-day camp that features daily Bible study, songs, games, crafts and tons of fun! Older children are invited to serve as helpers. Contact the office to register. (850) 477-8596 email@example.com www.holycrosspensacola.org
St. Luke United Methodist Church
1394 East 9 Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Passport to Peru: Discovering God’s Good Gifts Dates: June 12 - 16 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm VBS is open to children who turn age 4 by September 1st, 2017 - completed 5th grade. Our VBS is free of charge. The website to register is https:// vbspro.events/p/events/0d3082 (850) 477-3145 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stluke-umc.org
registration is highly recommended. Dress Casual. We will enjoy a small snack each night. Children must be age 3 by June 1, 2017 (and potty trained) through Fifth graders for the 2017-18 school year. (850) 476-5818 www.cokesburychurch.com
3351 Creighton Road Pensacola, 32504 Dates: June 14 - 16 Times: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Ages: K - 5th grade (850) 549-3880 www.potentialchurch.com
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800 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Galactic Starveyors Dates: June 19 - 23 Times: 8:30 am -12:00 pm Ages: K - 5th grade Online pre-registration-available at hillcrestchurch. com April 2-June 11 & registration-available week of VBS (850) 476-2233 www.hillcrestchurch.com
Olive Baptist Church
1836 East Olive Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Galactic Starveyors Dates: June 19 - 23 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Come join us this summer for Vacation Bible School at Olive Baptist Church! VBS is open to ages K5 – 5th grade completed. Come join us for free games, inflatables, snacks, craft and dynamic worship. Contact the church office or check our website for registration information. (850) 476-1932 email@example.com www.olivebaptist.org
5725 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Maker Fun Factory Dates: June 12- 16 Times: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Ages: Ages 3 years - 5th grade Registration begins May 14! VBS is Free! Early Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
Hillcrest Baptist Spanish Trail Campus ad on page 35
3960 Spanish Trail Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Galactic Starveyors Dates: June 26 - 29 Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Ages: K - 5th grade Online pre-registration-available at hillcrestchurch. com April 2-June 11 & registration-available week of VBS. (850) 476-2233 www.hillcrestchurch.com
5820 Montgomery Avenue Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Maker Fun Factory Dates: June 26 - 30 Times: 9:00 am -12:15 pm Ages: Ages 4 years - 12 years Registration April 27 – June 19 (850) 944-5520 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charitychapel.org
Community Life United Methodist Church
3400 Bayou Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Theme: The Fruits of the Spirit! Dates: June 19- 23 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: K -5th grade (850) 432-3505 www.trinitypcola.org
4115 Soundside Drive Gulf Breeze, 32563 Theme: Maker Fun Factory Dates: June 26 - 30 Times: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Ages: Ages 4 years - entering 6th grade Imagine a world where curious kids become handson inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God! Register now! (850) 916-1660 email@example.com www.clc.life
Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church
Faith Baptist Church
1030 North 57th Avenue Pensacola, 32506 Dates: June 23 & June 24 Ages: K4 - 5th grade Please contact the church office for specific VBS information and registration. (850) 456-7463 www.mgumc.org
18 West Wright Street Pensacola, 32501 Dates: June 26 - 29 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm “Vacation Bible School at Christ Church Parish is
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500 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32501 Theme: Galactic Starveyors Dates: June 19 - 23 Times: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Ages: Completed Pre-K through 5th grade As Galactic Starveyors, kids will search the skies and God’s Word to uncover God’s truth etched in His handiwork. Register at https://kideventpro. lifeway.com/myChurch/?id=38734 (850) 433-5631 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fbcp.org
Hillcrest Baptist Nine Mile Campus
First Baptist Church
Cokesbury United Methodist Church
based on “The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters.” As part of a Lenten project, Christ Church Parishioners have written and planned a very special VBS just for you!!! Join us for a wonderful adventure to Fairytale Village where many of your favorite fairytale characters learn about charity, forgiveness, love, and hope! (850) 432-5115 www.christ-church.net
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3600 Creighton Road Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Operation Arctic Dates: June 26 - 30 Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ages: Ages 4 years - rising 6th grade As we venture into the cold tundra, we’ll discover that the BIBLE: -Is the Book of Books, unique in every way! Please contact the church office for questions. (850) 476-8496 email@example.com or tpate@ fbcpensacola.org www.fbcpensacola.org
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Little Flower Catholic Church
at the corner of Daniel Drive and 100 Andrew Jackson trail. (850) 932-3625 dce.gbpc@ bellsouth.net or gbpc@bellsouth. net www.gbpresbyterian.org
6495 Lillian Highway Pensacola, 32506 Theme: Tracking Mary Dates: June 26 - 30 Times: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Fee: $25/one child; $45 for two or more (850) 455-5641 www.pensacolalfs.org/
Klondike Baptist Church
7201 Klondike Road Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Rome (Paul and the Underground Church) Dates: July 10 - 14 Times: 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm Ages: K4 - 6th grade Please call the church office for more information. Visit our Facebook page for updates! (850) 944-6776 www.lovepensacola.org
Pine Summit Baptist Church
2920 Bellview Avenue Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Maker Fun Factory Dates: June 26 - 30 Times: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm Ages: K-5th grade (850) 944-2888 www.pinesummitbaptist.org
St. Rose of Lima
6451 Park Avenue Milton, 32570 Theme: Camp Out: Getting S’more out of Jesus Dates: June 26 - 30 Ages: K - 5th grade (850) 623-3600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.srolparish.org/
East Brent Baptist Church
4801 North Davis Hwy Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Operation Arctic Dates: June 26--30 Times: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Ages 5 years - 6th grade Please register online at our website. Ages: for kids 5 yrs old by June 26th to kids who have completed 6th grade (850) 477-5812 email@example.com www.eastbrent.com/vacation-bible-school.html
Smyrna Baptist Church
First Presbyterian Church
33 East Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 Dates: July 3, 5 -7 (VBS will not meet on July 4) Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Please contact the church office for specific VBS information and registration. (850) 438-9619 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fpcpensacola.com
Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church
100 Andrew Jackson Trail Gulf Breeze, 32561 Theme: SUPER HEROS Dates: July 10 - 13 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: PreK - 5th grade (older sibling “helpers” okay too) Registration open NOW-- email or download forms on website or call Kim Carruth, Director of Children’s Ministry 850-932-3625. We are located
7000 Pensacola Blvd, 32505 Theme: Over the Moat Dates: July 10 -13 Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Please contact the church office for specific VBS information and registration. (850) 477-0998 www.smyrnabaptist.org
Marcus Pointe Baptist Church
6205 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Theme: Deep Sea Adventures Dates: July 10-14 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Entering K4 through rising 6th graders Parents are invited to attend our closing ceremony on that Friday at 11:30 am. You can register on our Marcus Pointe App! It is available at the App store, or call the church office. (850) 479-8337 www.pensacolachurch.org email@example.com
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115 Saint John Street Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Operation Arctic Dates: July 11 - 14 Times: 6:30pm - 8:30 pm Ages: Ages 4 years - 6th grade Join us each night as we explore the Arctic and discover the coolest Book on the planet! (850) 479-6575 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campuschurch.com
McIlwain Presbyterian Church ad on page 14
1220 East Blount Street Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Upward Bound Dates: July 10 -14 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: K4 - 5th grade This VBS is FREE and includes t-shirt, water bottle, tons of fun. Please contact our church office for registration information. (850) 438-5449 x 226 email@example.com www.mcilwain.org
2075 East 9 Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Champions Dates: July 17 - 19 Times: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Ages: PreK - 6th grade Please contact the church office for specific VBS information and registration instructions. (850) 478-6724 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northridgechurch.org
Coastline Calvary Chapel
1122 Oriole Beach Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 Dates: July 17 - 21 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Ages 3 - K
The cost is $20 per child. Kids will be joining us for an exciting and fun filled week learning about Jesus! Registration is available on our website. (850) 932-8197 Rebecca@coastlinelife.com www.coastlinelife.com
First Pentecostal Church
6500 North W Street Pensacola, 32505 Dates: July 17 - 21 Times: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Ages: K- 6th grade Light supper served (850) 477-1100 email@example.com www.firstpent.org
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Dates: July 17 - 21 Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Ages 3 years - 4th grade Come enjoy a Bible based VBS with music, crafts and Bible stories for all ages. It’s a VBS with a purpose: to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Ages: 3 (must be potty trained) to having completed 4th grade. Registration: June 5 - 30 (850) 932-9127 firstname.lastname@example.org www.goodshepherdlutherangulfbreeze.org
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Plan a Summer
Staycation Are you going away on a summer trip? My family and I are just hanging around here this year. Instead of dreading long, hot summer days, I’m planning ahead and making a list of fun things we can do right here in our community. Who needs to escape when I can have an enjoyable staycation right here? We intend to make a splash, be trail blazers and dig deep into culture, in our own backyard.
Make a Splash
As temperatures rise, we need ways to cool down. Luckily our region has many options for making a splash. The beach is always an option here. Families can vary the times and the locations until they find the most suitable and less crowded spot. If you want a break from Pensacola Beach, then drive to the beach on Naval Air Station (NAS), Perdido or Orange Beach. Pack a cooler or bring a picnic lunch to avoid spending money on food and leaving your perfect place in the sand. When the beaches are not an option for you or too far away, visit a local splash pad. Plaza de Luna in downtown Pensacola has a fun fountain that kids can run through and jump in. Navarre Park also has a splash pad in a great location next to other family-friendly activities. I recommend calling ahead before you go to ensure that the splash pads are operating and not doing any unexpected maintenance. Our area also has several community swimming pool options. Find one that is closest to you or try them all to see which pool you like best. Our family has been to
Roger Scott, Cecil T Hunter, 9 Mile and the YMCA pools. Some of these locations may not advertise open pool times so call to find out their policies and prices if you are not a member. Sam’s Surf City is another special option with water slides and a pool area. Look for coupons or their half-off times to maximize your time and dollars.
Trail Blaze and Star Gaze
When school is not in session, plan a few family outdoor excursions. Pensacola and the surrounding area have so many walking and hiking trails. Put on your trail blazing hat and explore. Do your homework to find a trail that fits your family’s size and fitness level. Here are helpful sites with maps, distances, photos and tips: PensacolaTrails.com FloridaHikes.com/Pensacola OutdoorGulfCoast.com/ hiking-gulfcoast
Keep in mind times of the day when it comes to hiking or walking. Avoid the most humid hours. Sunrise or sunset might be easier on children. Remember to dress appropriately and protect your skin from the sun or bugs. Pack water and a first aid kit in case any falls or accidents occur. Another staycation idea is to allow your kids to stay up late and star gaze. Children can be amazed at the beauty and wonder of our night sky. Pensacola Beach has designated star gazing nights posted on the site, VisitPensacola.com/whatshappening-star-gazing. If being outside to see stars doesn’t appeal to you, contact The Pensacola State College Planetarium for special indoor shows in their space theater. Times and options vary so I recommend calling 850.484.2188 or emailing them at email@example.com for summer schedules or special reservations.
Dig Deep into Culture
Another great perk about Pensacola is its rich heritage and culture. Why not spend 29
part of your summer digging deep into its history? Create a passport of all the historic sites you haven’t visited yet in our region. Make plans to see the ones you haven’t explored yet or revisit your favorites. Here are a few suggestions, but this is not a complete list! Historic Pensacola downtown Pensacola Children’s Museum T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum The National Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola Lighthouse Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall Fort Pickens Fort Barrancas Arcadia Mill West Florida Railroad Museum
Visit Local Visitors Centers
Act like a tourist in your hometown this summer. For a complete list of ideas and more budget friendly options, stop by local visitors centers. They have brochures and helpful people who can guide you even more. Here are three options nearby but not a full list of resources: *Visit Pensacola Visitor Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St., Pensacola, 32502 *Pensacola Beach Visitor Information Center, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, 32561 *Perdido Key Visitor Information Center, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, 32561
Have a great summer spending time with your family! Mandy B. Fernandez is a writer living in Pensacola, Florida with her husband and two children. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Technical Writing. She writes on topics such as business, education, creative arts, health, family life, parenting and natural foods. In addition she loves sharing humorous stories, poetry and essays about womanhood and motherhood. Her first children’s book, Kazoo Makes The Team, was just released. Visit her at www. writtenbymandy.com.
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Ca In today’s digital age, families are spending more time inside and less exploring nature. Studies show that kids who spend time outside have better overall health and fitness levels, report better vision, less stress and depression, and are more likely to have good social skills. (www.nwf.org) The National Wildlife Federation also reports that “Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues.” As kids spend more and more time watching TV and playing video games on a daily basis, only about 10 percent of kids say they are spending time outdoors every day.” (www.nature.org) If your kids fall into the 90% of children that don’t get out every day, here are some fun ways to change that. Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
Become a nature artist
Kids will begin to notice the beauty in nature if they are observing it from an artist’s standpoint. Bring the easel and art supplies out to the backyard and have the kids paint or draw what they see around them. Let the kids try their hand at photography while exploring nature by photographing plants, insects, and the landscape around them. Later make a scrapbook or frame their masterpieces.
Dress the kids in play clothes and give them permission to enjoy nature even if they get a little dirty, suggests Julie Keller, mother of three. Allow kids to dig for worms, lift rocks to find insects, and try fishing. Teach kids about gardening while 30
letting them plant flowers, vegetables, and other plants. Kansas mom Ally McDaniel says, “My four year old loves to help plant, dig in dirt, and water the garden. We look for worms, bugs, and baby snakes.” Kids that grow up planting and gardening develop a lifelong positive relationship with plants and trees. (www.childrenandnature.org)
Collect some old pillows and blankets, bring them outside, and get comfortable. Darcy King, mother of two, says, “I teach my kids to enjoy nature by enjoying it myself. Stop and admire flowers, sunsets, scenery, and spend time outside.” Simply spending time in the great outdoors can help kids grow to love nature. Observe your surroundings and talk about what you see and hear. Read a book, take www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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a nap, and observe the cloud shapes. A great book for encouraging creativity when looking at cloud shapes is It Looked Like Spilt Milk, by Charles Shaw.
Have a picnic
Pack a picnic and enjoy a meal outside after a hike, at a local park, or even in your own backyard. Without the distractions of the normal surroundings of your home, conversation will be easier and more fun.
Allow kids to take their time as you are on a nature walk. Do you see any flowers, insects, or birds you have not noticed before? If the park allows, collect treasures as you walk the trails. Have the children pick up sticks, rocks, leaves, or anything of interest. “We make it into a game. When we go on walks we collect small things to put in our nature jars. One time we even did a scavenger hunt after dark with a flashlight, which was a big hit.” says Rachael Kennedy, mother of five.
Camping is a great way to spend time in the outdoors as a family. A family campout, whether at a local park or in your backyard, encourages family bonding time and helps kids “unplug” from their electronics and enjoy the fresh air. One of the most important things to remember when you are trying to teach your kids is to model it yourself. “We try to get out and explore together. I try to just let them be in nature and really experience what exists,” says Sara Sinani, mother of three boys. Get involved, show the kids by example that nature is fun to explore and has great health benefits. If kids grow up spending time outside, they are sure to develop a desire to spend more time outdoors as they grow. GPP Sarah Lyons is a mother of six who loves to explore parks and go camping with her family.
MUSEUM of ART
UNIVERSITY 4WEST FLORIDA
MAY 12 - SEPTEMBER 3 Tuesday - Saturday : 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday : Noon - 4 p.m.
407 S. Jefferson St. Pensacola, FL 32502 850.432.6247
Amusement Parks and Zoos Waterville USA ad on page 12
906 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores 36542 Join the family fun with the Waterpark, Flowrider, Mini Golf, Bounce House, Go-Karts, Arcade, Rollercoaster and much more! For park dates and times please visit watervilleusa.com. Waterpark opens May 20 for 2017 and daily starting May 27. Take advantage of the discount with a SEASON PASS! Text WATERFUN to 45203 to sign up for cool coupons, specials, and more information.
hundreds of animals living in the lush surroundings of plants and trees. Take a safari train ride through their 30 acre preserve and visit the petting zoo. Hours: March 1- September 30 -Open Daily 9:00am-5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm) 850-932-2229
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach, 32548 Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is dedicated to
(251) 948-2106 firstname.lastname@example.org www.watervilleusa.com
8974 Tomahawk Landing Pensacola, 32570 Discover the FUN of outdoor adventure! Adventures Unlimited offers Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing and Camping along Coldwater Creek past secluded, sugar white sandbars, through Blackwater River State Forest in Northwest Florida. Soar through the skies on our thrilling zipline canopy tour at Adventures Unlimited’s Coldwater Creek Headquarters near Milton, Florida. Rent a cabin or cottage, spend a weekend in the Adventures Unlimited campground and unwind with friends and family. 850-623-6197
Fast Eddie’s Fun Center
505 West Michigan Avenue Pensacola, 32505 Fast Eddies Fun Center is filled with entertainment for the ENTIRE FAMILY. Locally owned and operated Fast Eddies offers over 3 acres of PURE FUN. You can enjoy a day of RACING against your Friends or Family on one of our FOUR UNIQUE GO-KART TRACKS and then move on to a relaxing round of FUNTASTIC PUTT PUTT MINI-GOLF on our beautifully landscaped TROPICAL GULF COAST theme. If you want to COOL DOWN challenge one of your Friends or Family to a game of WATER WARS, it’s the Ultimate Water Balloon Game, but be prepared to get SPRINKLED, SPRAYED, or SATURATED. The FUN doesn’t stop here... Chill-Out in our STATE-OF-THE-ART ARCADE GAME ROOM with a large variety of games to choose from and trade in redemption tickets for treasured prizes. Our SNACK BAR features a host of refreshments you can enjoy under our covered patio or while sitting in one of our AIR CONDITIONED GLASS PARTY ROOMS! 850-433-7735 email@example.com www.fasteddiesfuncenter.com
Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 The Gulf Breeze Zoo lies on 50 acres and features Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
educating, entertaining, and inspiring our guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life. Open daily from 9:00am 5:30pm (admissions closes at 4:30pm). 850-243-9046 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfarium.org
Sam’s Fun & Surf City
6709 Pensacola Boulevard Pensacola, 32505 The fun never ends at SAM’S FUN CITY! Pensacola’s only amusement and waterpark with over 20 rides and attractions for kids of every age! Sam’s Surf City made its splash into Pensacola on September 2, 2005, with Phase I featuring 4 thrilling water slides, a 750’ endless river, two kiddie interactive play pools each with pint-sized slides. 850-505-0800
campers will spend half the day at FCAC and half at the Mess Hall. Week long camp May 29- August 4th. Please visit our website for information. 850-429-1222 Firstcityart@gmail.com www.firstcityart.org/contact
Pensacola Museum of Art ad on page 13 and 31
407 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 For more than 60 years, the Pensacola Museum of Art has been the foundation for the visual arts in our community. The Museum’s Permanent Collection comprises 19th and 20th century works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Leonard Baskin, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Käthe Kollwitz, John Marin, Miriam Schapiro, Fairfield Porter, Alex Katz, Lynda Benglis, Milton Avery and many more. The museum offers a wide range of educational and cultural programs year round, including artist talks and lectures, adult art workshops, and art camps for kids. Currents exhibits include Piece by Piece, an exhibition of art with LEGO® Bricks by artist Sean Kenney that emphasizes the nostalgic play of childhood created with childhood toys. This interactive exhibition engages the subject matter and aesthetics of the everyday. Rubber ducks, robots, tricycles and bicycles all work together to bring childhood nostalgia back to life. The museum will also have an interactive LEGO maker-space that accompanies the exhibition and aims to engage visitors of all ages. It will include bi-weekly LEGO challenges and your LEGO creations will be featured in an online gallery on the museum’s Facebook page.” The Pensacola Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 5pm, Saturday from 11am until 4pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm for Half-Price Sundays. The Pensacola Museum of Art participates in the “Museums for All” initiative, which provides free access to up to four people, with presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card and a valid form of identification.
Arts and Crafts
Creatisphere – First City Art Center Summer Art Camp
1265 Oriole Beach Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 Summer Art schedule coming soon. Visit our website for more information.
1060 North Guillemard Street Pensacola, 32501 Creatisphere is the ultimate summer art experience for children age 7-14 who like to create! The dynamic program will include hands-on classes in pottery, sculpture, photography, glassblowing, bookmaking, 3-D mixed media, painting, printmaking, drawing and many more. Each camp will run Monday-Friday, 9-4. Late pick (5pm) up and early drop off (8am) can be arranged if needed. FCAC will partner with the Mess Hall for select weeks and
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6103 Tippin Avenue Pensacola, 32504 Kil’n Time Studio is a paint your own pottery studio. We offer an opportunity for you to create your own masterpiece. Simply choose from our great selection unpainted ceramic pottery pieces - there is something for everyone from functional to just for fun! 850-475-9091
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Bowling/Skating, Movie Theatres, Indoor Fun Cordova Lanes ad on page 28
2111 Airport Boulevard Pensacola, 32504 Cordova Lanes is a family-friendly Bowling Center. Come join us for family nights out, family fun league, summer camp, youth bowling leagues and more. Call about our Pins & Pals Summer Camp! 850-477-2300
Sky Zone Trampoline Park ad on pages 5, 27, 33, 41
5007 North Davis Highway 8a, Pensacola, FL 32503 We’re dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. Attractions include Freestyle Jump, Skyslam, Ultimate Dodgeball, Foam Zone, Skyjoust and Skyladder. Check out our new GLOW program every Friday night. Lasers, music, and blacklights. We also offer SkyFit classes, special Sensory hours, toddler time and more! Visit our calendar online for times and pricing. 850-500-9663
Bounce House of Pensacola
6241 North Davis Highway Pensacola, 32504 Bounce House is a family entertainment center where kids can play, be creative, and have fun! Too often, kids are stuck looking at computer screens or phones
because of unfriendly weather or because there are no areas to play as a family. We started Bounce House because we think families deserve a place to have fun, grab a bite, and exercise in an air conditioned, safe environment. We offer bounces houses, slides, a creative area, sports games, video games, and a separate toddler area for little ones. 850-417-4692 Help@BounceHousePensacola.com www.bouncehousepensacola.com
Breeze Cinema 8
1233 Crane Cove Boulevard Gulf Breeze, 32563 The Breeze Cinema 8 is independently owned and operated. With the latest in digital projection, stadium seating, competitive pricing and a friendly staff, The Breeze offers the best in movie entertainment. Come experience movies the way they’re meant to be experienced! 850-934-3332 www.movieshowtime.net/theaterlocations.html
Carmike Cinema 10
161 East 9 Mile Road Pensacola, 32534 www.carmike.com
Carmike Cinema Bayou 15
5149 Bayou Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 www.carmike.com
Carmike Cinema Pensacola 18 6596 North “W” Street Pensacola, 32534 www.carmike.com
590 East 9 mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Take the kids bowling at DeLuna Lanes. We have
24 lanes for fun-filled bowling, a game room with a dozen video games, and a full-service sports grill! We offer amazing customer service in our family-oriented atmosphere where our prices are affordable everyday! On Friday and Saturday nights, we have Cosmic Bowling for all ages where we turn the lights down and turn the fun up! Everything glows in the dark as you bowl down the lanes during a spectacular light show! DeLuna Lanes also has some of the lowest priced birthday party packages in the area that the kids are sure to love! 850-478-9522 email@example.com www.delunalanes.com
Dreamland Skate Center
2607 East Olive Road Pensacola, 32514 Dreamland offers a variety of fun-filled activities which include roller skating, arcade games, redemption games with a prize center, skate races, the state of the art cosmic light & sound show on Friday and Saturday nights and much, much more! See our schedule of events on our website. 850-478-3994 firstname.lastname@example.org www.myskatecenter.com/dreamland-skate-center.html
FunPlex of Gulf Breeze
3123 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Come and join us for some organized chaos! Whether you want to improve on your tricking/b-boy skills or freshen up your tumbling skills, play on the trampolines and use the foam pits, swing on the bars or balance on the beams, open gym is the place for you! Open Gym is from 7-10 PM on Friday nights and is $15. Please sign up early as we fill up fast nearly every Friday night. 850-932-2297 email@example.com www.gulfbreezefunplex.com
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5100 North 9th Avenue #615 Pensacola, 32504 Glowgolf offers your family a range of entertainment that’s not the average shot in the dark. Head out for a round of Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf, and enjoy golfing like you’ve never seen it before. 850-912-8283
Liberty Strikes and Spares Bowling Center
3200 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32501 32 lanes of bowling fun. 850-434-6441
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Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theatre
1750 Radford Boulevard Pensacola, 32508 See it on the Giant Screen! The 325-seat giant screen theater features the latest in state-of-theart motion picture projection. The theater has upgraded from 70mm film projection to stunning premium laser-illuminated digital projection system boasting full 4K resolution—nearly 9 million pixels on-screen—the first of its kind installed in an institutional theater.
3721 Highway 90 Pace, 32571 Oops Alley is a family entertainment center com-
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plete with bowling, family fun zone, Back Alley Grill and more! 850-995-9393 firstname.lastname@example.org www.oopsalley.com
Concerts, Plays and Performances
Pensacola Kid’s Place
875 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 A clean and safe indoor playzone for children up to 10 years old. Tunnels, ballpit, slides, activity tables and education toys! We also offer birthday parties! All parties are private! The entire store will be yours! Call today to book! 850-435-4846
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Portside Cinema II
606 Saufley Street, Building 606 Pensacola, 32508 Portside Cinema offers two state of the art projection and sound systems. Each theater has a seating capacity of 96 seats and four areas accessible to wheelchairs. The cinemas are open to all hands. Movie Admission: Adult -$4.00 / $5.00 for 3D movies, Children 6-11 -$2.00 / $3.00 for 3D movies, Children 6 and under – Free 850-452-3522
Triple Play Family Center
3186 Gateway Lane Cantonment, 32533 We are a family indoor facility, filled with state-of-theart inflatables, obstacle courses, imaginary play, and more. Come jump during Open Play hours! Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/23tripleplay for open play hours. Summer Camp available. 50-479-1122
400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 850-432-9546
Bands on the Beach
735 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola, 32561 Bands on the Beach, located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this weekly series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Bring your lawn chair and join us this summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. The concert series will run April through October, every Tuesday night. Schedule posted on our website. 850-932-2257 www.visitpensacolabeach.com/whatshappening-bands-on-beach/
Blue Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series
301 West Main Street Pensacola, 32502 Concerts begin at 6PM and are free thanks to these sponsors: City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation, Community Maritime Park Associates, Blues Angel Music, WSRE-TV, Ballinger Publishing, Jet 100.7FM, Soft Rock 94.1 FM, Cox Media, Cat Country 98.7FM and News Radio 1620AM. Concert Schedule: May 7th Modern Eldorados, May 14 Still Standing: A Tribute to Elton John, June 6 Emerald Coast Blues Brothers,
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June 25 The Truth ft. Cat Rhodes, July 23 The Mulligan Band, July 30 The Astronauts, August 6 Reunion Band, August 20 Not Quite Fab: A Tribute to the Beatles. Pack your coolers and bring your lawn chairs. Concessions are available. 850-436-5670 www.pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com
Center for Fine and Performing Arts 11000 University Parkway Pensacola, 32514 850-857-6057
Pensacola Bay Center
201 East Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 850-432-0800
Pensacola Little Theatre
400 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 850-432-2042
75 South Tarragona Street Pensacola, 32502 850-433-6737
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
205 East Zaragoza Street Pensacola, 32502 850-435-2533 email@example.com www.pensacolasymphony.com
118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, 32502 850-595-3880 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolasaenger.com
SETSCO (Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company)
2299 Scenic Highway #K6 Pensacola, 32503 Offering Shakespeare Mystery Camp for ages 9-17 in June, and Acting and Stage Combat classes beginning in June and continuing through July. 662-278-8383
Farms/Horseback Riding Aubrey Hill Equestrian
2729 Ten Mile Road Pace, 32571 Our first-class english riding lesson program is tailored to suit everyone’s needs. All ages (adults too!!) and experience levels are welcome. No experience necessary. Summer Camps available. 850-396-3102
Crazy Acres Ranch
3030 Highway 90 Molino, 32577 Riding lessons for all levels of experience, trail rides and riding camps - spring and summer breaks. 850-206-8113
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Escambia County Equestrian Center
7750 Mobile Highway Pensacola, 32526 The 151-acre Escambia County Equestrian Center is designed as a multi-function event facility. The Center is host to numerous horse shows, supporting both English and Western style equine events, Rodeos, dog shows, clinics, exhibitions, festivals,
concerts, etc. Visit our website for a list of upcoming events.
850-941-6042 email@example.com www.myescambia.com/community/escambia-countyequestrian-center
Green Cedars Farm
9280 Gibson Road Molino, 32577 A healthy home for horses, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, guineas, pigs, peafowl, assorted dogs, a bobtail barn cat, and 2 humans. Although not USDA-certified as organic, Roger Eliott adheres to many organic farming principles. For example, our poultry and compost provide organic fertilizer for our produce and pastures. Family, community and school tours are available. Please visit our website for information. 850-698-0107
7603 Helms Road Pensacola, 32526 Sunriser Stables is a family friendly show barn specializing in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Lessons are customized to the individual’s riding level allowing each rider to progress at their own pace. Our objective is to build the rider’s confidence by developing a solid horse riding foundation both under saddle and on the ground. Whether your goal is to show or to ride for fun we guarantee that at Sunriser Stables you will find a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Summer Camp available. 850-512-7433
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Museums, Science and Education Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site
5709 Mill Pond Lane Milton, 32583 The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, which represents the largest 19th-century water-powered industrial complex in northwest Florida, was the location of a multi-faceted operation that included a water-powered sawmill, a lumber mill with planning and lathing machines, gristmill, bucket and pail factory, shingle mill, cotton textile mill, and even an experimental silk cultivation operation. Arcadia Mill offers visitors an historical experience as well as the opportunity to visit a unique wetland ecosystem. After a trip to the Visitor Center and Museum and the Discovery PavilGreater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
ion, visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk on an elevated boardwalk through the archaeological remains of the mills, across Mill Pond Creek and through the swamps associated with this historic water-powered operation. Walk-up public tours are available during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10am until 4pm (last tour leaves at 3:15pm). Site grounds are open year-round, from sunrise to sunset. Admission is free to the public. Scheduled group and school tours are subject to a guide fee. The Visitor’s Center and Museum porch features rocking chairs and a Little Free Library, Charter #35132. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate through the motto, “Take a Book, Return a Book.” 850-626-3084 www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill
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101 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island 36528 The Estuarium is an exciting educational public
Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats. Through beautiful visual exhibits and engaging interactive exhibits, the Estuarium will leave you with a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States. Our summer excursions and camps take you into the salt marsh, across the beach and into the maritime forest for a hands-on learning experience. Bring your friends and family. Summer hours: MondaySaturday 9:00am-6:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Estuarium Admission: Adults $11, Children 5 years - 18 years (with a Student ID) $6, seniors $9. Group rates available. Summer camp information and registration online at www. disl.org. (251) 861-2141
330 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 Our beaches are just the beginning! Since Tristan de Luna came ashore in 1559, Pensacola has cultivated a rich and diverse heritage. Come experience this history being brought to life in Historic Pensacola, located downtown just minutes from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters. Nestled within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts, Historic Pensacola engages visitors through museum exhibits, guided and self-guided tours and interaction with period dressed living history interpreters. The Historic Pensacola complex encompasses 8.5 acres and includes the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum, the Pensacola Children’s Museum, the Museums of Commerce and Industry, Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center, Old Christ Church and Historic Pensacola Village. “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing allows access to all museums, tours and activities for seven days. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, active military personnel and dependents, AAA members and University of West Florida alumni, and $4 for children ages 3 to 15. Historic Pensacola participates in the “Museums for All” initiative, which provides free access to up to four people, with presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of identification. Historic Pensacola
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is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm. In addition, the T. T. Wentworth Museum, Jr. Museum is open until 7pm Thursday through Saturday. Tickets purchased during these extended hours are half price. The Wentworth Museum and the Pensacola Children’s Museum are open Sunday from noon to 4pm for Half-Price Sundays. 850-595-5990
Pensacola Children’s Museum
115 East Zaragoza Street Pensacola, 32502 This hands-on exploration of Pensacola history is geared for children age 10 and younger. The first floor Discovery Gallery recreates colonial life in Pensacola. The second floor explores Pensacola’s military, maritime, industrial, multicultural, Native American and Civil War history. Plenty of play area is located on each floor. Our museum store, located on the first floor, is the go-to place for children’s books and toys including Historic Pensacola branded items. The first floor Party Central room, in which storytelling and special activities are held, is a popular venue for birthday parties. Check our calendar of events at historicpensacola.org for upcoming events. The Pensacola Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sundays from noon until 4pm. The Pensacola Children’s Museum is included in Historic Pensacola’s One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing, which allows access to all Historic Pensacola museums, tours and activities for seven days. Historic Pensacola participates in the “Museums for All” initiative, which provides free access to up to four people, with presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card and a valid form of identification. 850-595-1559
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407 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 For more than 60 years, the Pensacola Museum of Art has been the foundation for the visual arts in our community. The Museum’s Permanent Collection comprises 19th and 20th century works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Leonard Baskin, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Käthe Kollwitz, John Marin, Miriam Schapiro, Fairfield Porter, Alex Katz, Lynda Benglis, Milton Avery and many more. The museum offers a wide range of educational and cultural programs year round, including artist talks and lectures, adult art workshops, and art camps for kids. Currents exhibits include Piece by Piece, an exhibition of art with LEGO® Bricks by artist Sean Kenney that emphasizes the nostalgic play of childhood created with childhood toys. This interactive exhibition engages the subject matter and aesthetics of the everyday. Rubber ducks, robots, tricycles and bicycles all work together to bring childhood nostalgia back to life. The museum will also have an interactive LEGO maker-space that accompanies the exhibition and aims to engage visitors of all ages. It will include bi-weekly LEGO challenges and your LEGO creations will be featured in an online gallery on the museum’s Facebook page.” The Pensacola Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 5pm, Saturday from 11am until 4pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm for Half-Price Sundays. The Pensacola Museum of Art participates in the “Museums for All” initiative, which provides free access to up to four people, with presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card and a valid form of identification. 850-432-6247
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T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum
330 South Jefferson Street Pensacola, 32502 The T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, Historic Pensacola’s flagship museum, is housed in the three-story Mediterranean Revival architecture of the former Pensacola City Hall and was built in 1907. The Wentworth Museum is a general history museum with galleries dedicated to both permanent and changing exhibits. The first floor hosts an exhibit on the archaeology, history and preservation of Historic Pensacola as well as the museum store and ticket desk. The second floor houses rotating exhibits, including the new Trader Jon’s exhibit and the Wentworth Gallery, reminiscent of Mr. Wentworth’s original museum. The third floor displays traveling exhibits. The museum is open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am until 4 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 4 pm until 7pm and on Sundays from noon until 4 pm for HalfPrice Sundays. Tickets purchased between 4pm and 7pm Thursday through Saturday are also half-price. The T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum is included in Historic Pensacola’s One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing, which allows access to all Historic Pensacola museums, tours and activities for seven days. Historic Pensacola participates in the “Museums for All” initiative, which provides free access to up to four people, with presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer card and a valid form of identification. 850-595-5990
Emerald Coast Science Center
31 Memorial Parkway SW Fort Walton, 32548 The mission of the Emerald Coast Science Center is to
inspire exploration, discovery, and interest in science through interactive exhibits and the highest quality educational programs. Fun programs, summer camps and more. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am- 4 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. 850-664-1261
Naval Aviation Museum
1750 Radford Boulevard Pensacola, 32508 Enjoy the hands-on history of Naval Aviation and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft and over 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. Feel the thrill in our Flight Simulators or visit the Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre and catch all the drama and power of our amazing IMAX® films. Then refresh with a tasty lunch or dessert in the authentic Cubi Bar Café. Summer Camps offered. Free admission. Hours: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm. 800-327-5002
Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
8638 Blue Heron Court Navarre, 32566 The mission of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is to promote the appreciation, conservation, and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Florida through education and service. Summer Camps available. 850-261-2141
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
2081 Radford Boulevard Pensacola, 32508 The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1859 lighthouse. Climb the 177 steps to see the most breathtaking view of Pensacola Bay. The Lighthouse, situated on Pensacola Bay across from the Naval Aviation Museum, offers
indoor and outdoor history exhibits, gift shop, Light of the Moon Tours, Ghost Hunts, weddings and special events. Hours: 10:00am-5:30pm Daily. 850-393-1561 info@PensacolaLighthouse.org www.pensacolalighthouse.org
Pensacola M.E.S.S Hall
116 Tarragona Street Pensacola, 32502 The kids will have fun getting their hands dirty at the Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall. The MESS Hall is not a typical science museum. Rather than exhibits with planned outcomes,visitors get to work like real scientists, developing questions and creating experiments, engaging in complex reasoning and learning science just through tinkering. It’s all hands-on science. Summer Camps available. Summer Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00pm. 877-937-6377
Outdoor Fun/ Entertainment Back Country Trail ad on page 31
Explore the beauty and diversity of the Back Country Trail! Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and the Gulf State Park. Explore the timeless beauty of the Butterfly Garden, rock climb in the Boulder Park; enjoy the mystical Freshwater Marshes and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Catch a glimpse of
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a Bobcat on the Twin Bridges, a White Tailed Deer on Gulf Oak Ridge or explore the newest addition, Coyote Crossing. Capture adventure while enjoying biking, jogging, walking, plant and tree identification, wildlife, photography and simply connecting to nature. For trail maps, pictures, locations and other information please visit the website. (251) 981-1180
Bands on the Beach
735 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola, 32561 Bands on the Beach, located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this weekly series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music. Bring your lawn chair and join us this summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. The concert series will run April through October, every Tuesday night. Schedule posted on our website. 850-932-2257 www.visitpensacolabeach.com/whatshappening-bands-on-beach/
Pensacola The Pensacola Bay Area is proud to call itself home to the renowned Blue Angels, officially known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. The worldfamous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November. Practices typically begin at 11:30 am (Central Time), and last about 55 minutes. Admission to practice is FREE and open to the public. July 8, 2017 - U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron the Blue Angels will perform aerial acrobatics over the Gulf of Mexico during a weekend of high-flying fun. www.navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/blue-angels
Blue Wahoo’s Baseball
351 West Cedar Street Pensacola, 32502 Pensacola Blue Wahoos Ticket Office: Season Tickets: (850) 934-8444, firstname.lastname@example.org - Ticket Office Hours (in season only): Monday-Friday on non-gamedays (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM), Saturday and Sunday non-game days (Closed), Monday-Saturday game days (10:00 AM - Mid-Game), Sunday gamedays (12:00 PM - Mid-Game) 850-934-8444 email@example.com www.bluewahoos.com
Fiesta of Five Flags
Pensacola The Fiesta of Five Flags is an annual celebration of the founding of Pensacola. This festival is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the State of Florida. With events designed to appeal to all ages and interests, Fiesta has always been a significant celebration for the Pensacola Bay Area. Summer Fiesta events: June 2 – Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade, June 3 – The Fiesta Prayer service will be held at 10:30 am at Old Christ Church (405 S Adams St), The Fiesta of Five Flags Centennial Imports Boat Parade sets sail from the Pensacola Yacht Club at 1:00pm. The parade of over 25 marine vessels will start at the mouth of the Bayou Chico Bridge and will make its way to the Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. The DeLuna Landing Ceremony is a lighthearted reenactment of what might have happened when Don Tristan DeLuna landed. The ceremony will take place at 3:00pm at the Quietwater Beach Amphitheater located at 400 Quietwater Beach Road (Portofino Boardwalk) on Pensacola Beach. June 8 – Fiesta All Krewe Ball – See website for ticket information. June 9 - Don Tristan DeLuna, Pensacola’s first citizen, is remembered each year during the Fiesta of Five Flags celebration. His
presence has been honored with a gala Coronation and elegant Sponsors’ Ball. DeLuna LXVII will be crowned in a colorful ceremony accompanied by his Queen and Court. His presence is honored by the attendance of many former DeLunas and dignitaries from around the state. Viewing of the coronation program is open to the public via balcony seating. For balcony tickets, please contact the Fiesta office. 850-433-6512
Hill-Kelly Drive in Movie Series
301 West Main Street Pensacola, 32502 The Hill-Kelly Drive-In Movie Series Presented by Cox returns to Community Maritime Park with free movies once each month starting May 26, 2017. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets then spread out on the lawn to watch the movie underneath the stars. Movies are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. All shows begin at sunset and parking will begin at 6 pm. Concessions are available but picnic baskets are welcome. 2017 Schedule: May 26, June 23, July 21, and August 4. 850-436-5672 www.pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com
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Pensacola Geo Tour
1401 East Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 Using a GPS-enabled device, instead of a compass, you can become a modern-day Ponce de Leon in search of hidden treasure. In geocaching, participants use GPS-enabled devices to locate “geocaches” in a high-tech worldwide treasure-hunting game that allows adventurers to explore destinations in a fun, new way. The Explore Pensacola GeoTour is comprised of four different trails along the Pensacola Bay Area. Your family will have fun exploring our award-winning beaches, discovering history and becoming immersed with our culture on this fun outdoor adventure. Complete all four geocaching trails and you’ll receive an Explore Pensacola GeoTour coin from Visit Pensacola. Download the Explore Pensacola GeoTour Passport. www.explorepensacola.com/page/pensacola-geo-tour
The First Tee of Northwest Florida
PensacolaThe mission of The First Tee of Northwest Florida is to positively impact the lives of young people by promoting character development and life-enhancing values through the First Tee’s “Life Skills Learning Experience” and the game of golf. 850-456-7010
Pensacola Walk under the canopy of crepe myrtle trees that line Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in DownTrek Bicycle Store town Pensacola on any given Saturday morning and 701 East Cervantes Street Pensacola, 32501 you’ll find dozens of local farm, food and art vendors Trek Bicycle Stores hosts a variety of community and cheerful shoppers at the weekly Palafox Market. cycling events. Please check our website for events. The Palafox Market is located on Palafox Street 850-912-6858 www.trekstoregulfcoast.com between Wright and Garden streets. It’s open every BE_ads_multiple sizes_2.qxp_be_half_page 7.5x4.8 2/6/17 11:41 AM Page 1
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Pensacola Pensacola is a City of Parks with 93 parks and open spaces within the city, 2 seasonal swimming pools, and 58 playground structures. From active parks with ball fields, playground equipment and picnic facilities to passive parks with benches and some of the best scenery in town! Services and facilities include 11 activity Centers, 2 Seasonal Swimming Pools, 28 Court Tennis Center, 600 Acres of Park/Open Space, 58 Playground Structures, Osceola Golf Course, 21 Sports Fields, 20 Practice Sports Fields, 18 Lighted Sports Fields, 25 Outdoor Basketball Courts, and 200+ Recreation Programs/Activities Annually. For a park near you visit the website listed above. 850-436-5670
Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Highway Pensacola, 32507 Big Lagoon State Park separates the mainland from Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico. Natural areas, ranging from saltwater marshes to pine flatwoods, attract a wide variety of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations, while the beaches, shallow bays, nature trails and open woodlands, offer splendid opportunities for nature study. Crabbing in the shallow waters of Big Lagoon is a popular activity as well. Located on Gulf Beach Hwy at Bauer Road. 850-492-1595
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Ball Nature Preserve at the University of West Florida is home to Captain Thunder, a 10-foot-long, three-legged alligator. Visitors can enjoy one of the many nature trails within the 1,000-acre preserve on campus, Fort Pickens (1400 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach), Gulf Islands National Seashore (1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze), Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park (12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola) and Johnson Beach (Perdido Key). www.visitpensacola.com
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Blackwater River State Park
7720 Deaton Bridge Road Holt, 32564 A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The river is one of the purest sandbottom rivers in the nation, making this park a popular place for swimming, fishing, camping, and paddling. Shaded campsites are just a short walk from the river, and visitors can enjoy a picnic at a pavilion overlooking the river. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy strolling along trails through undisturbed natural communities. 850-983-5363
Parks and Trails
Enjoying the outdoors comes naturally in the Pensacola Bay Area, named a “hot spot for biodiversity” by the Nature Conservancy. Looking for ways to explore the outdoors on land and water? Check out these Pensacola area parks and trails: Big Lagoon State Park (12301 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola), Blackwater State Park (7720 Deaton Bridge Road, Holt), Bay Bluffs Park along Scenic Highway and Escambia Bay sit atop the only natural bluffs in the state and provide the highest natural elevation in the city, Edward
2401 Bauer Road Pensacola, 32506 Tarkiln Bayou Preserve is home to four species of endangered pitcher plants, as well as other rare and endangered plant species. The rare, carnivorous whitetop pitcher plant is unique to the Gulf Coast and found only between the Apalachicola and Mississippi rivers. Almost 100 other rare plants and animals depend on the wet prairie habitat, including the alligator snapping turtle, sweet pitcher plant, and Chapman’s butterwort. A boardwalk offers visitors a view of the wild and beautiful Tarkiln Bayou. Visitors can enjoy a picnic and then take a hike on the nature trails to observe the rare plants and animals. 850-492-1595
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200 East Blount Street Pensacola, 32503 Public Swimming Pool 850-436-5197
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2030 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Public Swimming Pool 850-595-1218
Pensacola State College Aquatics
1000 College Boulevard Pensacola, 32504 Pensacola State College Swimming Pool is open Monday through Saturday for your swimming enjoyment. Please visit our website for fees and hours. Water exercise classes in the shallow and deep ends of the pool, Adult and children swim lessons, and master swim classes are offered for all ages to work and swim at their ability level. Recreation Swim time is open to the community to enjoy the pool without an instructor or coach. Lifeguard certification classes are offered during the spring and summer semesters.Greater Pensacola Aquatic Club (GPAC), a swim team, offers competitive swimming and swim lessons for children three years old through high school. www.pensacolastate.edu/continuing-education/aquatics/
Tennis Racquet Roundup
11000 University Parkway Pensacola, 32514 The annual Pensacola Sports racquet Round-Up is a series of free tennis clinics offered around the Pensacola area throughout the month of June. The clinics are open to children of all skill levels between the ages of 5-12. Racquet Round-Up exists to introduce the area’s youth to the game of tennis in a fun and casual learning environment. The children will be taught by local tennis professionals through a series of creative games, drills, and casual game play. These clinics provide the children with a great opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the outdoors, and learn a new sport! Participants are encouraged to bring their own racquets
and appropriate close toed shoes, water bottle, towel, change of clothes.TIMES for Ages 5 – 8, Check in: 8am, Instruction: 8:30am – 9:30am. Times for Ages 9 – 12, Check in: 9:00am, Instruction: 9:30am – 11:15am. Date: Thursday, June 15 ALSO: 800 Shoreline Park Gulf Breeze, 32561 TIMES for Ages 5 – 8, Check in: 8am, Instruction: 8:30am – 9:30am. Times for Ages 9 – 12, Check in: 9:00am, Instruction: 9:30am – 11:15am. Dates: Thursday, June 29, Friday, June 30. ALSO: 2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 TIMES for Ages 5 – 8, Check in: 8am, Instruction: 8:30am – 9:30am. Times for Ages 9 – 12, Check in: 9:00am, Instruction: 9:30am – 11:15am. Dates: Tuesday - May 30, Wednesday - May 31, Thursday - June 1 850-434-2800 http://pensacolasports.org/racquetroundup/
Watersports- Surf, Paddleboard, Sailing
Bonifay Water Sports
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380 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32502 Surf and skate shop with indoor skate park, paddleboard and surfboard rentals. Summer Camps: Waterboyz surf, skate, & skimboard camps are filled with memories to last a lifetime! Learn the fundamentals while also learning the proper morals & values of a respectful individual. Waterboyz Surf Camps are held on Pensacola Beach Mon. - Thur. from 9am to 12 noon. The Waterboyz Skate Camps are a great way to get into skating or sharpen your skills. The camps take place at the Waterboyz skatepark and run Monday through Thursday from 9am to 12noon. Each skater sets their own goal at the beginning of the week (how to drop-in, ollie, grind, etc.) and our instructors help them get there. Waterboyz Skimboard Camps will be held on Pensacola Beach from 9am to 12 noon MonThur. Camp size is limited per week! Must be at least 7 years old and a good swimmer. 850-433-2929
Blackwater Canoe Rental
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1897 Cypress Street Pensacola, 32502 Learn to sail with confidence and have fun doing it! All sessions will offer instruction for beginner to advanced, ages 6-17. Campers will learn boat rigging, boat handling, basic knots, sportsmanship, sailing fundamentals, and boat responsibility. 850-208-1705 email@example.com www.pensacolayachtclub.org
Coastal Paddle Company
314 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32561 We offer a variety of rental options,rent by the hour, day or the week, for yourself or your whole group! We also now offer kayak rentals, individual or tandem. Our rental location will open Monday through Sunday 9am4pm during the summer months, through Labor Day Weekend. Coastal Paddle Company Dock is located across the street from Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Little Sabine (165 Fort Pickens Road). You can also take a lesson from a certified instructor. Lessons are offered in a private or group setting. 850-916-1600
Condor Sailing Adventures
6974 Deaton Bridge Road Milton, 32583 Explore the beauty of Northwest Florida by the way of the Blackwater River! Experience the magical sounds of the river and forest while floating downstream. A river trip is the perfect way to bring people and nature together. The average depth of the Blackwater River is 2 ½ feet, average speed is 5 miles per hour (no white water) with clear, clean water and white sand bottom. Choose from The Day Canoe and Kayak Trip, the Short Canoe and Kayak Trip, or the Tube Trip. Children under 12 are Free when they ride in the same canoe with 2 paying customers. 850-623-0235
460 Pensacola Beach Blvd Pensacola Beach, 32561 Bonifay Water Sports on Pensacola Beach offers the lowest rental prices on jet skis, parasailing and gocarts. We now have a ski dolphin and nature tour. We also offer military discounts!
997 South Palafox Street Pensacola, 32502 This is no ordinary sailboat. Join us for the experience of a lifetime aboard our incredibly stable, world-class 40 ft. Condor racing trimaran, Dare II. Where No learning = No seasickness. Dare II is super-comfortable, spacious, and absolutely a fun, relaxing adventure for kids and grandparents alike! More fun and safer: kids are not stuck in a seat. Instead they have a huge amount of space to explore. Kids have a blast sitting on the sides getting splashed, riding on the bows, driving a racing trimaran, learning to sail, and watching for marine life. Plus, kids 12/under are $25 off on any Two-Hour Cruise! 850-637-7245
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Innerlight Surf & Skate
655 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola Beach, 32561 Try before you buy or if you are visiting the area, renting a board is a great option. We will find the board that is perfect for the conditions of surf and ability of participant. We also offer Surf, Stand Up Paddleboard and Skate lessons. Visit our website for pricing and more information. 850-934-9014 www.innerlightsurf.com
Jolly Sailing, LLC
655 Pensacola Beach Blvd Pensacola Beach, 32561 Sailing, dolphin cruises, snorkeling, paddle boarding, sightseeing, Blue Angels viewing, sunset and dinner cruises available aboard both our 34’ Pearson Yacht sailboat and 26’ Power Catamaran. 850-723-6142
400 Quietwater Beach Road Pensacola Beach, 32561 Key Sailing is and remains the premier location for sailing, parasailing, wave runners, kayaks, boat rentals and much, much more! We provide all the safety training and gear for a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Enjoy the spectacular views of Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Coast as you soar to new heights. Breathtaking takeoffs, water dips when requested, and smooth landings provided by our professional Captains and crew, to provide you with the optimal experience. Parasailing is fun and safe for the whole family and for all ages. Children can fly tandem with adults or friends. 850-932-5520
Lanier Sailing Academy
997 South Palafox Street Pensacola, 32502 Sail away on our beautiful waters. We offer sailing lessons from beginning to advanced certification. Sit back and relax as our captains take you on a glorious sunset sail or fascinating history/ecology tour. Rent 22-25 ft. sailboats by the half day or full day, or charter one of our 33’ to 39’ Beneteau Yachts for overnight trips. 850-432-3199
Outdoor Gulf Coast Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals
5 Via De Luna Pensacola Beach, 32561 Get outdoors and explore the coastal waterways on a Stand up Paddleboard or by Kayak. At Outdoor Gulf Coast we’ll put together a package that’s perfect for your family. Windsurfing Lessons: We offer beginner to advanced windsurfing lessons. Paddleboard Tours and Lessons: We offer paddleboard eco tours and lessons in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key. Kayak Rentals: Ready to settle back for a nice paddle? We offer kayak rentals by the hour and long term rentals. 850-466-8477
Pensacola Paddlesport Rentals
2007 East Lloyd Street Pensacola, 32503 We offer single and tandem kayaks, row boats, paddle boards, pedal boats, and a sailboat for rent. Our mission is to provide the people of Pensacola with healthy, environmentally conscious, and affordable water adventures. 850-255-5423
444 Pensacola Beach Boulevard Pensacola, 32561 Whether you want to parasail, waverunner, kayak, paddle board or cruise the bay on a pontoon boat,
Radical Rides is the perfect place to be! Our proactive approach to safety and our dedication to customer service make us your best vacation destination! 850-934-9743
711 South Palafox Street Pensacola, 32502 We are a full-service scuba diving center located in downtown Pensacola, right on the water. Our 50’ dive boat, the Wet Dream, is conveniently docked right behind the shop for our customers to make a one-stop trip to go diving. Dive trips to all the great dive sites in the Pensacola area are visited by us on a regular basis. We offer a full range of training through SSI from the Scuba Ranger kids program all the way to technical diving. 850-433-4319
SUP Dog Paddleboard Rentals
Pensacola , 32503 Sup Dogs offers stand up paddle boards and kayaks
right to your beach house, condo or public beach providing you an exciting way to explore our local waterways and natural marine habitats at your leisure . We specialize in multi-day rentals and provide soft top racks that fit most 4 door vehicles and trucks for transportation. Basic instruction and safety information along with a local map of paddling locations are always provided. FREE delivery
3009 Olde Barranca Avenue Pensacola, 32507 Viking Diving offers the most extensive diver training on the Gulf Coast as well as diving charters to all of the local dive locations. We specialize in small groups and small classes, only 4 to 6 divers at a time, and on a 30 foot boat that means no crowds and personal service. 888-848-3483, 850-916-3483 www.vikingdivingpensacola.com GPP
FamilyCalendar This Month
Thursday, June 1
St. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. FREE family-friendly concert series on the lawn of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Concessions available! Join us Thursdays through June 8 for great music for the whole family. Bring your lawn chair and beverage of your choice to enjoy the 2017 series featuring Gulf Coast musical performers such as today’s performer Al Martin. For more info, call (850) 292-3254 or visit http://www.scpen.org/ christophers-concerts.html. Pensacola Sports Racquet Round-Up 2017 Series of free tennis clinics offered around the Pensacola area throughout June. The clinics are open to children of all skill levels between the ages of 4-12. The children will be taught by local tennis professionals through a series of creative games, drills and casual game play. Participants are encouraged to bring their own racquets and appropriate close toed shoes, water bottle, towel, change of clothes. If a child does not have a racquet, free racquets will be available to use during the clinic. Held at Roger Scott Tennis Center May 30-June 1. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/racquetroundup/ or call (850) 434-2800. Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). The free concert series takes place weekly through August 31 and will showcase a variety of local musicians ranging from Jazz, Reggae, Southern Rock, Country, Oldies and much more. Spectators are encouraged to bring beach blankets and lawn chairs for a night of free family entertainment. Each week, concert-goers are encouraged to come hungry and purchase concessions provided by Navarre Chamber member restaurants. Tonight’s performer is Swingtown, a Steve Miller Tribute Band. For more info, visit www. floridasplayground.com/event/tunes-by-the-dunes-freesummer-concert-series/. Pensacola MESS Hall Opens New Exhibition: Science of the Story 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street in Downtown Pensacola. All-new exhibits to engage visitors in science discovery related to popular stories. Grow and shrink with Alice in Wonderland. Build a house for the three pigs. Protect Humpty Dumpty in his big fall. And more. Workshops every Tuesday and Thursday allow more in-depth exploration of topics. Preregistration is recommended for all workshops. For more info, visit pensacolamesshall.org.
Friday, June 2
Pensacola Blue Wahoos FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The first 2,000 fans ages 14 and under will receive a mini baseball bat with a quote from James Andrews, M.D. to promote awareness about overuse and specialization in baseball. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info. The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Gulf Coast Kid’s House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com. Pensacola Museum of Art Preschool Art & Storytime 10-11 a.m. first Fridays monthly. Introduce the littlest artists (3-5 years old) to the world of art through
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storybooks and fun art projects. Each month highlights a different book about an artist or art movement and is followed by a creative and exciting project in our classroom. $5/members and $8/non-members per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. An explosive musical bursting on the stage! Ren and his mom move from Chicago to a small farm town. But Ren is not prepared for the rigorous rules and control created by a local preacher. Featuring an award-winning selection of Top 40 hits that will have you on your feet cheering for the boy! For tickets or more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com. Bands on the Blackwater Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Free weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Milton through June 30. Enjoy live music alongside the Blackwater River in the comfort of your lawn chair or convenience of your boat! Today’s performer is Bay Bridge Band. For more info, visit www.floridasplayground.com/event/bands-on-the-blackwater-35/ or call (850) 983-5466. Pen Air Grand Fiesta Parade 6:30-8:30 p.m. Downtown Pensacola. For details or a parade application, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/ parade or call (850) 433-6512. Brit Floyd in Concert 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Brit Floyd brings the music of Pink Floyd to life once again with its lavish new stage show, Pink Floyd Immersion World Tour 2017. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is truly recaptured in high-definition sound, and with a stunning million dollar light show and state of the art video design. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Restorative Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. This class will focus on relaxation and restoration of the body through the use of yoga props and supportive postures. Ideal for all levels of yoga. Please bring a mat. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Saturday, June 3
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Fireworks Saturday 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The most spectacular night of summer gets even better after the conclusion of the game. Enjoy the most magnificent firework show on the Gulf Coast! Presented by Navy Federal Credit Union. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Children 4 and under must have adult supervision. Parents can drop older children off for only $20 per child for supervised play. Admission covers pizza and drinks also. Parents are welcome to stay and play for free if they choose. Open to the public; no membership required. Call (850) 7333547 or visit www.mojogymnastics.com. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade Sets sail from the Pensacola Yacht Club at 1 p.m. The
parade of more than 25 marine vessels will start at the mouth of the Bayou Chico Bridge and make its way to the Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. The community is encouraged to join the procession of boats escorting Don Tristan DeLuna’s yacht to the shores of Pensacola Beach where he will be welcomed by Chief Mayoki, his Queen, White Dove, and tribe at the DeLuna Landing Ceremony (3 p.m.). For more info, visit www. fiestaoffiveflags.org/fiesta-boat-parade or call (850) 433-6512. Debby’s Kitchen 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. This is a cooking class for the novice cook at any age! Educational, fun and offers some basic knife and sauce skills to appeal to anyone. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/ to reserve your spot in advance. The Role and Importance of the Partner During Labor & Birth 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free informational session discussing supporting mothers during labor and birth. Come learn your role in the birth process and how best to support mom during labor. All dads and partners welcome! Presented by Stand & Deliver Midwifery. Call (850) 4380402 ext. 17 or visit http://everman.org/ for more info. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. Our free beginner ukulele classes are designed to get you familiarized with the ukulele, including parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, how to tune it, basic chord shapes, basic strumming patterns and chord changes for your first song! The intermediate class focuses on learning songs and playing while singing along.For more info, call (850) 457-7557. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza. Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us as we read If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! followed by fun activities. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2926 for more info. Hall of Celebrities: Open House Appearance by the Big Bad Wolf Throughout the day. Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. It’s time for music, singing and dancing in this free public program. For more info, call (850) 595-5985 x112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tinker Tots at Pensacola MESS Hall: Pigeon Takes a Bath 9-9:45 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Ages 3-kindergarten and their caregivers will explore positive, neutral, and negative buoyancy as they make a bath toy to help pigeon take a bath. $5/$7 member/nonmember per child. For info, visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/. What Floats in a Moat at Pensacola MESS Hall 2-3 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Explore positive, neutral, and negative buoyancy as you make a sturdy craft to carry your critter across a moat. Visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/.
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Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Bring your family, bring your pets! 1.5 mile walk with 12 trivia questions will be posted. Ballots are $2 each and all proceeds are donated to the Community Center After School Program and local animal shelters. For more info, call Cissi at (850) 393-4605. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit www.visitperdido.com/ events/worship-on-the-water. Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. Tickets purchased during the Sunday hours are half price through August 27. For more info, call (850) 432-6247 or visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 3 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. Ten artists will show and tell each Sunday through September. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. FREE. Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main St., Pensacola. Concerts are family-friendly and concessions are available. Bring coolers, blankets and lawn chairs but leave glass containers and pets at home. Call (850) 436-5670 or visit http://pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com/ for more info. Tonight’s performers are The Emerald Coast Blues Brothers.
Tuesday, June 6
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. Call (850) 452-3604 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum. org/ for more info.
spectators are encouraged to take their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. Organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. For more info, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or call (850) 932-2257. Today’s performer is Buck Nasty & the Cadillac. 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/. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780.
Wednesday, June 7
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing.
Thursday, June 8
St. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. FREE family-friendly concert series on the lawn of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s performer is Not Quite Fab. For details, see June 1 listing. Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see June 1 listing. Tonight’s performer is Marsha Marsha Marsha – Most Excellent Party Rock. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing.
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/.
Subway High School All-Star Games 5 p.m. University of West Florida Baseball and Softball Fields, 910 Campus Drive, Pensacola. The Subway High School All-Star Series is a sequence of games between East vs. West high school seniors, athletes from Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties. The sports in this series include volleyball, football, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.
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/.
Cancer Study Group: How Tumor Viruses & Genes Work to Cause Cancer 6-8 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. A group that studies about the illness of cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Call (850) 438-0402 ext. 17 or visit http:// everman.org/.
2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. The free concert series features a lineup of performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, through Oct. 31. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach,
Friday, June 9
Pensacola Blue Wahoos FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. The first 2,000 fans will receive a Kazoo Bobblehead courtesy of Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info.
LaBelle Performing Arts Presents: A Dream Come True 6 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This dance recital features performers ages 3-6 from our Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Hippity Hop and Little Dudes Hip Hop classes. Boys Hip Hop 1 and B-Boy 1 classes will also perform. The award-winning LaBelle Performing Arts Company and LilPAC will also showcase their competition dances from the 2016-2017 season. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com/.
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. Story Tyme with Grandma Jenkins: Jack and the Beanstalk 11 a.m. Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. FREE. Grandma Jenkins has traveled all the way from England to read engaging stories that your kids will love. Don’t forget to stick around for cookies after the story. For more info, call (850) 595-5985 ext. 112 or e-mail email@example.com. Star Gazing on Pensacola Beach 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will guide you through the cosmos at the Gulfside Pavilion! For more info, call (850) 450-7767 after 4 p.m. or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whatshappening-star-gazing/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Anne Frank & Me 6 p.m. Story by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld. This multiple national award-winning American classic, which was a hit in New York, is about the awakening of a modern teen Holocaust denier. Nicole Burns doubts the truth and cares even less, but ultimately comes face to face with the hell of the Holocaust, and—in an extraordinary sequence—meets Anne Frank on a cattle car to Auschwitz. For tickets or more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com. Bands on the Blackwater Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Free outdoor concerts in downtown Milton. Today’s performer is Deja Vu. For details, see June 2. LaBelle Performing Arts Presents: The Beautiful Dream 6 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This original production is the journey of a young girl who must learn to trust herself and to fight for what she believes in to make her dreams come true. Featuring our school-age and adult Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Heels, Contemporary and Musical Theatre Dance classes, this production will take you on a wondrous adventure through previous LPA productions. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.
Saturday, June 10
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Fireworks Saturday 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. For details, see June 3 listing. Tinker Tots at Pensacola MESS Hall: Balance 9-9:45 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. For ages 3 to 5, can you balance the mice? Explore mass and balance in this summer version of Tinker Tots. $5/$7 member/nonmember per child. For more info, visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/.
FamilyCalendar Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see June 3 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see June 3 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Anne Frank & Me 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Story by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld. For details, see June 9 listing. Margie Shortt Dance Studio Presents I Just Want to Dance 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or BayBluffsCleanUp@gmail.com; visit www.facebook. com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. 2017 Tri The Island Triathlon Gulfside Pavilion, 20 Casino Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. The nationally known Santa Rosa Island Triathlon, Inc. is producing this quality event to welcome firsttimers to the sport and to provide an outstanding racing experience for seasoned triathletes. A sold-out field of 500 athletes is expected to compete. The race distances are a 300-yard swim, 10-mile bike, and 2-mile run. Call (850) 434-2800 or visit www.santarosaislandtriathlon.com/ for details. Films on the Field - The Force Awakens Show begins at 8 p.m. Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Dr. Bring chairs, blankets and come enjoy a great night under the stars. Games and a bounce house! Call (850) 934-5140 for more info. Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us as we read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! followed by fun activities. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info. Star Gazing on Pensacola Beach 7 p.m. For more info, see June 9 listing. Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse. org/ or call (850) 393-1561.
Sunday, June 11
Pensacola Blue Wahoos McDonald’s Family Sunday 4:05 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. Families
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can enjoy Sunday afternoons at Pensacola Bay with the Blue Wahoos! Presented by McDonald’s, kids can run the bases postgame and play catch on the field. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info. Broadway Lights Presents: Dance in the City 5 p.m. Saenger Theatre. An original story about four friends growing up together through dancing. Vivian, Christina, Mckenzie and Bailey journey through graduation, auditions, rehearsals and performing in the New York City Spectacular. This is a story of true friendship, hard work, determination, and what it means to have a dance family! For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 3 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 4 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see June 4 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see June 4 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see June 4 listing. American Girl Club: Julie at Barnes and Noble 2 p.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for fun, crafts, samples of cookies and drinks from our Barnes & Noble Cafe as we discuss American Girl Julie. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Tuesday, June 13
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. 2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is The Astronauts. For details, see June 6 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see June 6 listing.
Wednesday, June 14
Story Seedlings 2:45-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W.
Garden Street, Pensacola. Story Seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter books. Lessons are geared for 4- to 7-yearolds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. 8th Annual Junefest Music Festival - the Hub 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Downtown Pensacola. Family-oriented festival where the city of Pensacola can come out and enjoy over a wide variety of performing artists and bands from all genres (such as Rock, County, Blues, Pop, Reggae, Jazz, and Gospel) and welcome them to Greater Pensacola, where artists mingle with our local community, venues and perform LIVE at the music festival. Call (850) 889-8157 or visit http://junefestmusic.wixsite.com/thehub-jfmf for more info.
Thursday, June 15
Veterans’ Meeting 4-6:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http://everman.org/.
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Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see June 1 listing. Tonight’s performer is Bay Bridge Band – Rock ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Friday, June 16
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. 8th Annual Junefest Music Festival - the Hub 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Downtown Pensacola. For details, see June 14 listing. Restorative Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 2 listing. 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.
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FamilyCalendar Pensacola Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s star-studded evening of dance will feature local celebrities and cast members from ABC’s hit television series Dancing with the Stars, including Tony Dovolani and celebrity host Fabian Sanchez, who will emcee the event. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Ballin’ 4 Backpacks Vickrey Resource Center. Hours Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. Area high school basketball teams will face off to raise money and collect backpacks and school supplies for Parks and Recreation’s Operation Backpack program. Visit PlayPensacola.com for details. 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. Bands on the Blackwater Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Free outdoor concerts in downtown Milton. Today’s performer is The Rowdies. For details, see June 2 listing.
Saturday, June 17
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. 8th Annual Junefest Music Festival - the Hub 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Downtown Pensacola. For details, see June 14 listing. Ballin’ 4 Backpacks Vickrey Resource Center. Hours Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For details, see June 16 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: oceanhourfl@gmail. com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message.
Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing. Understanding Your Birth Options 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free informational session on birth options in Pensacola. Including hospital birth, water birth, home birth and choice of providers.Advantages and disadvantages of each options. Q&A session to follow. Presented by Stand & Deliver Midwives. Call (850) 4380402 ext. 17 or visit http://everman.org/. Hall of Celebrities: Green Bean the Dinosaur with Rex and Regina: King and Queen of the Dinosaurs 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. It’s time for music, singing and dancing in this free public program. For more info, call (850) 595-5985 x112 or e-mail email@example.com. Father’s Day Storytime: When Dads Don’t Grow Up 11 a.m. Barnes and Noble, 1200 Airport Boulevard. This playful book follows four father-child pairs as they spend happy, silly times together, popping bubble wrap, watching cartoons and taking part in shopping cart races. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https:// stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info. Tinker Tots at Pensacola MESS Hall: Greedy Triangle 9-9:45 a.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. For ages 3 to 5, the greedy triangle keeps wanting more and more sides. Explore shapes during this summer Tinker Tots. $5/$7 member/nonmember per child. For more info, visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/.
Sunday, June 18
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Footloose 3 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff with musical direction by Tina Buran. For details, see June 2 listing. Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 4 listing. Father’s Day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Get down to the Gulf Breeze Zoo with Dad for Father’s Day at the Zoo, amazing wildlife, and great times with the family! All dads receive a free train ride! For more info, visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org/ or call (850)-932-2229. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see June 4 listing. Trivia Trek
10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see June 4 listing.
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see June 3 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see June 3 listing. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing.
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see June 4 listing.
Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony Noon-12:30 p.m.The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors Ceremony every third Saturday, in Plaza Ferdinand, on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola’s 195th Birthday & Florida as a U.S. Territory. For more info, call (850) 466-5220.
Monday, June 19
One Pot Wonders 6-8 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. French cooking made easy with “One Pot” cooking techniques. Price: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Reserve your spot by calling (850) 438-0402 ext. 17 or visiting http:// everman.org/.
Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 23. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. For ages 9-17, it’s a mystery of Shakespearean proportions as campers write, rehearse, and perform a murder mystery people by Shakespeare’s most famous characters! Did Juliet do it in Elsinore using a broad uition $300. For more info, sword? Who knows? T visit setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383.
Tuesday, June 20
2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is The Rowdies. For details, see June 6 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see June 6 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 23. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. For details, see June 19 listing.
Wednesday, June 21
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 23. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. For details, see June 19 listing. Babywearing Pensacola 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Helping you wear your baby safely and comfortably is what we are here for! We are volunteers dedicated to spreading the baby wearing love and love celebrating all types! Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Thursday, June 22
Cancer Study Group: Cooking with Vegetables 6-8:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 8 listing. Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 23. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. For details, see June 19 listing.
Tunes by the Dunes Free Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see June 1 listing. Tonight’s performer is Platinum Premier – Various.
for their charity through unique contests such as “Best Dressed Team” and “Best Team Name.” For more info, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/.
Friday, June 23
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see June 3 listing.
Bands on the Blackwater Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Free outdoor concerts in downtown Milton. Today’s performer is Southern Breeze. For details, see June 2 listing. Shakespeare Mystery Summer Camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through June 23. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company. For details, see June 19 listing. Hill-Kelly Movies In the Park Series Showtime 8 p.m. Free movies presented by Cox will return to the Community Maritime Park once each month through August 4! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets then spread out on the lawn to watch the movie underneath the stars. Movies are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Tonight’s movie is The Boss Baby. Concessions are available but picnic baskets are welcome. No pets or glass containers please. Movies are shown at the Hunter Amphitheater with grass seating only. For more info, call (850) 436-5670 or visit www.playpensacola.com/1162/Hill-Kelly-MoviesIn-the-Park-Series. Story Tyme with Grandma Jenkins: The Ugly Duckling 11 a.m. Pensacola Children’s Museum, 115 East Zaragoza St. FREE. For details, see June 9 listing. Restorative Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 2 listing.
Saturday, June 24
Pensacola Bud Light Fishing Rodeo 1 p.m. Flounder’s Chowder House on Pensacola Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 800 Quietwater Beach Rd., Gulf Breeze. The Great Paper Caper Workshop at Pensacola MESS Hall 2-3 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Paper makes for great airplanes. Fold your own high flyer or trickster. For more info, visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/. Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse. org/ or call (850) 393-1561. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing. Dodge Brawl Charity Tournament 11 a.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Dodge Brawl is a fun, double-elimination dodge ball tournament on the arena floor of Pensacola Bay Center. Teams consist of 6-10 adults, ages 18-65, playing for annual bragging rights and winning money for a local charity* of their choice (Must be in Escambia or Santa Rosa County). Teams will also have the chance to win prize money
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Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing.
Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see JUne 3 listing. White Tie Rock Ensemble: American Rock! 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A tribute to Aerosmith, The Eagles, Journey and Van Halen. Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, will recreate all your favorites from this classic era of rock and roll. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for a storytime featuring The Rainbow Fish. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, June 25
Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. FREE. Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main St., Pensacola. For details, see June 4 listing. Tonight’s performers are Cat Rhodes and The Truth. Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 4 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see June 4 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see June 4 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see June 4 listing.
Tuesday, June 27
2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is Déjà vu. For details, see June 6 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing
area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see June 6 listing.
Wednesday, June 28
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see June 6 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Go! Go! Power Rangers Night 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. This Wednesday is a night full of fireworks and Power Rangers! Come out dressed as your favorite Power Ranger and enjoy a fun night at the ballpark.’ Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for info.
Thursday, June 29
How to be a Healthy Vegan 6-7:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Can you live a long, healthy and satiated life as a Vegan? Ensuring you and your family flourish nutritionally, which items to choose when eating out, easy meal planning and prep. Join us for 90 minutes on these topics and more. For more info, call (850) 438-0402 ext. 17 or visi http://everman.org/. Heroes Among Us ~ Veteran Speakers Series 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park and Wall South, E Romana St. & Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. Representing those who have distinguished themselves in combat from every generation and branch of the Armed Services. Tonight’s theme is Defensive Perimeter Night. Call (850) 712-0210 or visit www. pensacolamcleague.com for more info. Pensacola Sports Racquet Round-Up 2017 Series of free tennis clinics offered around the Pensacola area throughout June. For details, see June 1 listing. Location June 29-30 is Gulf Breeze Rec Center. Tunes by the Dunes Free Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see June 1 listing. Tonight’s performer is Emerald Gold – Classic Rock.
Friday, June 30
Bands on the Blackwater Concert Series 7-9 p.m. Free outdoor concerts in downtown Milton. Today’s performer is CrossTown Band. For details, see June 2 listing. Pensacola Sports Racquet Round-Up 2017 Series of free tennis clinics offered around the Pensacola area throughout June. For details, see June 1 listing. Location June 29-30 is Gulf Breeze Rec Center. Hungry For Justice Free Children’s Cooking Program 4-6 p.m. at the Woodland Heights Center. Sponsored by the Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Justice Foundation, Hungry For Justice is a free children’s cooking program for students ages 10-16 to learn about healthy cooking, exercise and take home foods required to make healthy meals at home. The Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Justice Foundation supports a variety of local and national organizations furthering the cause of justice. For
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Saturday, July 1
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see June 3 listing. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). For more info, see June 3 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. For more info, see June 3 listing. Debby’s Kitchen 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 3 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Fireworks Saturday 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. For details, see June 3 listing.
Sunday, July 2
Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see June 4 listing. Half-Price Sundays at Pensacola Museum of Art Noon-4 p.m. 407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola. For details, see June 4 listing. Art on the Boardwalk Noon-6 p.m. on Pensacola Beach. For details, see June 4 listing.
perform patriotic pieces we know and love. Enjoy the performance and then stay for the fireworks over the bay. For more info, visit www.pensacolasymphony. com or call (850) 435-2533. Sertoma’s 4th of July Celebration Events begin at 11 a.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m. Seville Square Park, Pensacola. Free admission. Call (850) 434-1234 for more info. Independence Day Fireworks 8:30 p.m. Fireworks over Santa Rosa Sound, just offshore from Quietwater Beach. The best viewing spots would be from the Portofino Boardwalk or Quietwater Beach. Call (850) 932-1500 for more info.
Wednesday, July 5
Red, White and Blues Week Breakfast with the Blues! 8 a.m. Pensacola Beach. Avoid the crowds and enjoy breakfast at a beachfront restaurant and watch the Blues pilots prepare for Saturday’s show. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach. com/whats-happening-blue-angels/.
Thursday, July 6
Tunes by the Dunes Free Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Sand Crab Pavilion in Navarre Beach Park (directly north of the Navarre Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard Intersection and just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier). For details, see June 1 listing. Tonight’s performer is The Rowdies – Rock & Roll.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos McDonald’s Family Sunday 4:05 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. For details, see June 11 listing.
Red, White and Blues Week - Practice Flight Demonstration 2 p.m. Pensacola Beach. Practice flight demonstration with the Blue Angels. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/ whats-happening-blue-angels/.
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Friday, July 7
Cat’s Seed to Table Cooking 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. Cost: complimentary (you will just eat a sample, not a full meal). Please reserve your spot by calling (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visiting http://everman.org/.
Red, White and Blues Week - Dress Rehearsal Noon. Pensacola Beach. Dress rehearsal with civilian acts and Blue Angels rehearsal begins at noon Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/ whats-happening-blue-angels/.
Saturday, July 8
2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs. For details, see June 6 listing.
Acorn Treehouse Theatre Presents The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Directed by Debi Dunkerly and Jay Bixler, there will be performances through July 16. Old Granny Possum is entertaining us with her slightly irregular version of Snow White and Just the Two Very Tall Dwarves when she’s kidnapped by Bluebeard and his band of scurvy pirates! Thank goodness Nick Tickle has been hired to get her back. Can he outwit the kidnappers and save her or is she gone for good? Shows are daytimes and audiences are very young. For more info, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.
Symphony Sparks & Stars Concert 7:30- 9 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for a FREE 4th of July concert. This family-friendly event kicks off with a color guard presentation and then the orchestra takes the stage to
Red, White and Blues Week - Pensacola Beach Air Show Show begins at noon. Pensacola Beach. Blue Angels fly at 2 p.m. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-blue-angels/.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Independence Day Celebration 6:35 p.m. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium. A night full of America’s favorite past time and fun! Fireworks brought to you by Hancock Bank. Bring the family out for an Americana night at the ballpark. Call (850) 934-8444 or visit BlueWahoos.com for more info.
Tuesday, July 4
Sunday, July 9
Acorn Treehouse Theatre Presents The Further Adventures of Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see July 8 listing.
Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 4167262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. Mojo Elite Gymnastics Parent/Toddler Classes 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we have a parent/toddler class for only $5. The first visit is free. Children walking to age 3 are welcome. This is a great way for toddlers to explore in a safe environment and meet new friends! Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail info@ mojogymnastics.com.
Sacred Heart’s Diabetes Education Program offers individual and group instruction to help patients gain knowledge to control their disease, avoid complications and teach or enhance skills for a healthier life. Our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) include registered nurses and registered dietitians. For more information or to register for a class, please call (850) 416-7261. Classes include: •Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training Professional and personal •Diabetes and Pregnancy offered weekly for women with Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes. Individual counseling is also offered for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. Please complete our Patient Questionnaire form and bring it with you to your appointment or e-mail to Diabetes-scheduling@ shhpens.org. •Insulin Pump Training Comprehensive training and Carbohydrate counting •Insulin Training Skills training on equipment use, an understanding of insulins and Hypoglycemia •Living Well with Diabetes course for adults with diabetes and their family members. •Pre-Pump Training Discussion of benefits of pump and insulin pump limitations.
Prenatal & Childbirth
Baptist Women’s Center offers you choices to tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www. ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth. Baby Care Basics – Two-class series walks you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. $20 per couple. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Usually held first Saturdays of most months, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – This class teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by under-
FamilyCalendar standing the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4567 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Monthly Series Package – $125 per couple and includes Prepared Childbirth, a four-class series or one all-day class, one Breastfeeding class and one Baby Care Basics class.
Sacred Heart Hospital offers a variety of prenatal
education classes designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s 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.
West Florida Hospital understands that giving
birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368. Breastfeeding Classes 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
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Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/ service/childbirth-preparation. Understanding Birth - Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Join us for a PowerPoint presentation with videos on the subject of: understanding pregnancy, understanding labor, a birth story, understanding comfort techniques/options for pain control, understanding medical procedures, understanding cesarean birth, understanding newborns, understanding postpartum, and tour of the labor unit/ suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/ childbirth-preparation. Understanding Birth - Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Condensed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.
Support Groups Cancer
Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group Supporting families of children with blood disorders and cancer. Anyone with a friend or family member who has been stricken with a form of childhood cancer or blood disorder is welcome. All meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. More details can be found at www. wingsofhopeinc.org. Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 4-5:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-2224. 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) 469-2224. Prostate Cancer Self Help Group This group sponsored by the American Cancer Society is designed to educate and support men facing prostate cancer. Meets the first Saturday of the month at Sacred Heart Hospital, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call (850) 438-4491. Sacred Heart Cancer Center Sacred Heart provides emotional support and education for cancer patients and their families through a variety of support groups. For more info, visit the Cancer Center Support Groups website or call (850) 416-2679.
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 and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Support Group Next meetings are June 5 and July 3 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ever’man’s in the community education room. Complimentary. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America offers a local support group where patients, family members, and caregivers can connect to others living with these digestive diseases in order to discuss the latest in research, offer educational resources, seek emotional support, exchange disease management tips, and enjoy a sense of solidarity with people in the community who also suffer from inflammatory bowel
disease. For more info, visit http://everman.org/event/ ccfa-the-crohns-and-colitis-foundation-of-americasupport-group/. 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. Next meetings are Thursdays, June 8 and 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meeting will be held June 1 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. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meetings will be held June 7 and 17, and July 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, 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 session. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacred-heart.org/ childbirth. Pensacola Parents of Multiples Meets the second Thursday of every other month at Sacred Heart Women’s and Children’s Hospital Meeting Room C/D down the hallway next to the cafeteria. Meetings are held from 7-8:30 p.m. on June 8, August 10 and October 12. We normally have a family holiday dinner in December. Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. We offer a support network, social activities for children and parents, library and more. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.
Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www.chadd.org/. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.
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Children are wonderfully observant and are quick to make mental connections about how things work. Manipulating levers, scoops, and wheels demonstrate the mechanical ways that objects move and perform. Concepts that involve invisible forces like gravity and magnetism are more mysterious and easier to grasp when introduced through play. Exploring unseen forces moves a child’s thinking beyond obvious mechanical power and toward an expanded understanding of other marvelous forces. The following items are recommended as ideal introductions to the powerful attraction of magnets.
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3D Magfun 32-Piece Set
Gearation Refrigerator Magnets
As a destination of every important document, photo or artwork related to your child, the refrigerator remains a central feature in the home. Gearation magnets are an intriguing opportunity to turn the kitchen’s crossroads into a site for play/ learning experience. This set comes with one central magnetic gear with a switch that starts rotation, and five accessory gears that can be placed in a variety of combination. One flip of the switch and the interlocking gears begin to turn with a mesmerizing effect. The pieces are sturdy and the magnets are strong enough to hold the gears in place as they move. Combining the strength of magnets with the mechanical marvels of gears, this Gearation set will set young minds in motion as well.
With brightly colored, environmentally friendly blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes, kids can explore the power and versatility of magnets as mortar for an endless stream of construction. The Magfun set includes thirty-two pieces that feature squares, wheels, balls, caps and more 3D shapes. The strong diversity of elements will quickly inspire small hands to craft their own masterpieces. The magnetic connections on all sides make quick assembly easy and intuitive. Whether children are taking their lead from the included instructions or designing their own builds, creating the shape of things to come is a magnetic snap with this Magfun set.
Bellz! A Positively Magnetic Game
Brain Power Magnetic Blocks
With the goal of channeling magnetic attraction through multiple objects to collect a player’s designated bell colors, the simple elements of this game camouflage real dexterity and strategy challenges. Players must choose which end of the magnetic wand (strong pull or weak) to use as they attempt to lift their color from the game surface without attracting other player colors. Delicate manipulation and forward thinking come into play as kids and adults navigate the wand among forty bells of various colors and sizes to gather their own. Neatly gathered in a zippered pouch that opens up to become the playing surface, the challenge of manipulating magnetic force can go anywhere.
Combining the basic shapes of plane geometry with the powerful pull of magnetic connections, Brain Power’s Magnetic Blocks open a wide vista of tactile play and mental exploration. The sixty-five translucent tiles not only support three-dimensional thinking as the build progresses, but also add a colorful artistic aesthetic that keeps kids engaged with their construction. Much like tangram shapes, the tiles’ basic elements of geometry encourage mathematical thinking and problem-solving as little fingers manipulate the pieces into structures of their own design. Whether kids are making architecture or art, these beautiful elements all come together through the invisible power of magnetism.
Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: D Sexual Content: C+ Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content. Classic tunes from the 1980s rock the soundtrack again in this sequel to the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy. The first movie’s origin story of this group of space renegades was a surprise hit with both Marvel comic aficionados and newcomers like myself. Along with the music and a priority on humor, we were introduced to a cast of misfits that were easy to love and root for. In volume two, there is the immediate assumption we know these guys and are in on the jokes. (Yes, viewing the first episode is mandatory homework.) However, the original provided much more opportunity for humor and hijinks. Now the Guardians feel a little more like a sports team that accidentally made it to the playoffs. The plot explodes into various parallel stories about past rifts between family members and friends, and forges forward to predictably resolve differences. It’s a lot to fit into even the two-hour-plus running time, especially when we spend what feels like eons in battle scenes that are dependent on catchy tunes to keep us engaged. The humor is wedged in between squabbles and the resulting laughs feeling less natural. 1980s kitsch, like an ongoing gag about David Hasselhoff, and sexual innuendo that comes off as immature grade-school speculation of whether an alien has male anatomy, are some of many overworked topics. You’ll also hear a few scatological terms and other profanities. Yet it will likely be the violent content that causes careful consideration of the film’s appropriateness for younger audiences. Like what was found in the original Guardians, this film also adds a slightly crueler tinge when characters are bullied and even tortured by a wide variety of bad guys. A scene with the now tiny Groot being knocked around and drowned in booze by a gang of drunks is particularly bothersome. Parents may appreciate the messages of reconciliation and coming together as a family, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 depends too heavily on violent action in its storyline and has lost some of the sincere charm of the first outing.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: B Sexual Content: C Profanity: BAlcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Everything, Everything PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality. Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) is a young woman with SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency), a medical condition that renders her body unable to fight off any infections. Although the illness means she must live in isolation in order to avoid contact with germs or viruses, she still enjoys stimulation through books and the internet. Her protective single mother (Anika Noni Rose), who is also a physician, provides medical care plus a state-of-the-art home to keep her environment sterilized. And she has the loving company of full-time nurse Carla (Ana de la Reguera). Really, the eighteen-year-old doesn’t want for anything, anything. However, her resignation toward having no contact with the outside world is tested when she notices the family moving in next door has a son about her age. Olly (Nick Robinson) may dress in bleak black and wear his shaggy hair with a rebellious attitude, but he has a bright smile when he sees her peering from the window. Within days the two are making eye contact as often as possible, and then begin texting back and forth. As the interaction and attraction grows, Maddy desires more. Eventually, she is even willing to risk everything, everything. What follows is a sentimental sequence of bashful meetings, facilitated by Carla, puppy-love style frolicking, and secret romantic gestures that catch the attention of Mom. When the cautious parent threatens to put an end to any more flirting with the forbidden fruit, Maddy and Olly run away together. Based on a book by Nicola Yoon, this story has all the cute and kitsch ‘tween girls swoon over – and that is exactly the biggest problem with the movie. This target audience will likely be just as naïve as the main characters presented here, and fail to recognize the negative consequences associated with Maddy and Olly’s behaviors. And it doesn’t help that the film never shows the dangers of lying, using a credit card irresponsibly and engaging in an “unprotected” sexual relationship (implied after a steamy scene of passionate kissing). In fact, the plot suggests it’s the adults who are out of touch with reality. Other content of concern is a few swear words and scatological slang, reference to a father with a drinking problem, the depiction of a squabble that ends with punches being thrown, and domestic abuse. While it is natural for young adults to want to exert their independence, the 18-year-old couple depicted here are reckless, even if the script calls their actions brave. After reflecting on the film’s messages and trying to come up with something positive to say, I really could think of nothing, nothing.
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Violence: Fighting is seen in a grand scale of spaceships fighting one another, however many also depict conflict on a personal level. A character controls an arrow with his mind and we see the weapon working its way through hordes of people, entering and exiting the bodies of each and killing them; in one of these sequences we see some tissue damage as the arrows exit. A character is confined and released into space, we see the character’s prolonged death with some detail. Bodies are seen floating in space. Characters punch, hit, smash and choke one another. A crowd of people are blasted with poisonous darts while others are electrocuted. People are shot, sometimes repeatedly, by various weapons. A character jumps inside a large monster’s mouth, another character slashes the beast’s throat open -- huge amounts of body fluids gush out. A spaceship crash lands on a planet -- characters are tossed about and one hangs precariously on a tether behind the ship. Sexual Content: Conception is discussed. A man is seen with various scantily clad women, a man, who is doing up his pants, appears in a window. A man shown standing alone and we hear him urinating. A man discusses his “nether regions engorging”. Various characters discuss male anatomy and its role in mating. Male and female characters embrace and kiss. Profanity: Infrequent scatological slangs, mild profanity, a crude term for male anatomy, and a term of deity are heard. Slurs used to describe characters. Alcohol / Drug Use: People appear drunk and bully a child-like character. Greater Pensacola Parents I June 2017
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Violence: A father and son have a quarrel, including an exchange of punches and muffled discussion. A medical emergency is depicted without any explicit detail. References are made to marital discord and abuse. Characters lie to one another, and when these deceptions are discovered they feel betrayed. Sexual Content: An unmarried young couple (both are just 18) are seen undressing each other and getting into bed, unplanned sexual relations are strongly implied, no consequences relating to this decision are included. A young man and woman kiss passionately. A young man and woman are seen in swimwear. Profanity: A single scatological term is heard, and other mild profanity is used infrequently. Alcohol / Drug Use: A father’s alcohol problem results in a scene of domestic abuse and other family strife. Injections in a medical context are depicted. 52