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Ciclovia (seek-low-VIA) is a free event during which streets are closed to cars and opened to the public to enjoy in a manner that promotes health and community. Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in downtown Pensacola
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Visitors from near and far enjoyed the people-friendly streets of Downtown Pensacola in March 2017. The event brought the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas together in health. lovia!
Come out and enjoy the people-friendly streets of Downtown Pensacola. Experience streets closed to motor traffic and open for biking, walking, dancing, or whatever moves you! FUN ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES! For more information on the event visit pensacolaopenstreets.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Living With Children John Rosemond
Kids Health Watch
Good Eating Habits?
John Rosemond urges parents to start young when teaching proper eating habits.
10 Benefits of Summer Camps
The gift of sending kids off to camp pays dividends for years.
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Dave Says Dave Ramsey
Growing Up Online
Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston
Gerry Paige Smith
Choosing the Right Day Camp
How to pick the perfect camp to fit your kid’s interests!
2018 Summer Camps Day, residential, sports camps and more! Our listing starts you planning your kids’ summer!
On The Cover Kalyn Thomas, age 8, and Derrick Thomas Jr. (DJ), age 5, children of Derrick and Dr. Kimberly Thomas. Grandchildren of Mr. Vern & the late Evelyn Thomas and Mr. LeVerne & Acquanita Westry. Kalyn enjoys tumbling, stunting, dancing, swimming, and Allstar cheerleading. She also enjoys mathematics and science. Derrick enjoys soccer, T-ball, swimming, fishing, and riding his bicycle and motorcycle.
A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith
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School Bits 56
Family Calendar 64
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Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time to enjoy and make lasting memories with those you love? Do you feel like often times you have to force yourself to disconnect from electronic devices? Better yet, do you feel the need to take a mental break from social media and just enjoy and focus on more important things...like family? As a career driven, community servant, mother of two, I am constantly trying to navigate the balance between work and family. Sometimes, I just want peace and harmony in my life. It is so hard to find “distraction-free” family time. With our kids being active in extra-curricular activities such as all-star cheerleading and tumbling (a year-round sport), soccer and t-ball, we are constantly going to practices, games, competitions and living life on the go. Making children spend quality time with us without the disruptions of cell phones, internet, video games, or basically any electronic device is indeed challenging. One remedy ensuring family bonding time has been to engage in the world of camping, or what has been tenderly renamed, “glamping”--a more glamorous version of “camping”. My husband, who grew up an outdoorsman (hunting, fishing, etc.), reminds me constantly that if I would just take a moment and enjoy the outdoors and world around me, I would immediately gain a presence of Zen and serenity. I must admit camping is the best avenue we have found to spend quality time as a family. It forces my husband and me to detach from our day to day hustle and bustle and focus our time and energy on our family. Because of our busy and hectic schedules, we usually take time during the month of March, and time throughout the summer, to camp at various campgrounds. With minimal distractions, our children don’t even realize we’re bonding as a family. These experiences create lasting, fond memories that even I, a non-outdoors person, have learned to cherish and appreciate. In this month’s Summer Camp Issue, you will find articles about camping as well as a Summer Camp Guide, full of day and overnight camps, sports camps, and everything in between. In the article, Choosing the Right Day Camp for Your Child, the author notes the importance of selecting a camp that not only appeals to the age and interest of your child, but also provides a variety of experiences. When trying to determine what children truly gain from attending summer camps, you will definitely want to read 10 Benefits of Summer Camp. In this article, the author notes key characteristics of summer camps and how they benefit the whole child. I am honored and blessed to be the Mom of the Month for this issue of Greater Pensacola Parents. I enjoy reading this publication and celebrating with other families in the Greater Pensacola area. Remember to find that balance in life while enjoying and embracing the world around you. It’s never too late to “unplug” and spend much needed time with your loved ones. Choose a way that best fits your family. Camping and the outdoors have really proven to be a blessing to my family.
Dr. Kimberly Thomas Assistant Principal, A.K. Suter Elementary School
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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond
Establish Good Eating Habits Q: Our son is two-and-one-half and for the most part eats very well. We make up his plate for each meal and he has to eat what is on his plate, or at least try each food on the plate before he can get more of something that he really likes. We also make sure that he remains seated during the entire meal. Sometimes he will request fruit before he is finished with his dinner. We tell him he first has to finish what’s on his plate. Should we be forcing him to eat his main meal before being able to have fruit or a cookie?
A: It sounds like he’s doing reasonably to very well as things now stand, which means you’re doing a good job of helping him establish good, pro-social eating habits. You’re obviously not allowing him to dictate what he eats, which is what produces the so-called “picky eater”—really nothing more than a child who has been
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given power over food choices. Someone recently asked me what the harm is of giving a toddler food he likes and will readily eat at mealtimes. My answer was that a young child is no more capable of making good choices about food than he is of making a good choice of playthings. Given the choice in either category, a child will choose based on what appeals to his tongue or his eyes. As such, he will choose junk, which is why so many of today’s kids (where food is concerned) are overweight and have health issues related to their diets and (where playthings are concerned) have great difficulty entertaining themselves. Simply put, if children made good choices, parents would be unnecessary. It is also good manners to eat what you are served, especially if you are a guest at someone else’s table. Turning up one’s nose at a certain food is insulting to the person who took time to prepare it. My wife and I used to tell our kids that they had
to eat what was on their plates because they were in training to be good guests in other people’s homes. The only exception to that, of course, is when the child has a food allergy, in which case the host should be informed in advance. “I don’t like it” was not an acceptable excuse at our table. We told our kids that they could eat what they chose when they were old enough to prepare their own meals. Before they had turned double-digits, they were eating sushi. It is not “forcing” to use your son’s fondness for fruit as incentive to eat what you serve as his main meal. It’s obviously time to tell him about the Universal, Intergalactic Rule of Fruit: Fruit is what we eat when we’ve finished what’s on our plate. Or, as Pink Floyd put it, “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding!” (If you’re familiar with the song “Another Brick in the Wall,” you know that’s as far as the analogy extends.) Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.
Pensacola Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris
March 10 * 9 a.m. - noon @ Bayview Park. This is a FREE family-friendly walk/run raising awareness of diabetes, connecting the diabetes community, and an opportunity to make it possible for kids to attend Camp Seale Harris, the Gulf Coast’s leading organization serving children with diabetes. There will be music, free healthy snacks, a bounce house for kids, diabetes awareness info, team awards and prizes, and a 5K or 1-mile walk/run to support kids with diabetes. For more info, call (850) 712-7395 or visit http://pcolawalkforcsh.swellgives.com/.
The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Festival
March 3-4 * 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Rosa County Fair, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton. Admission: $10 adults/ $5 kids/ FREE for children 4 and under. Come out for two days of medieval fun. Eat, drink and be merry as you are enterained by jousting knights, magical wizards, the jester troup, jugglers, fire breathers, sword swallowers, gypsy dancers, pirates, blacksmiths, falconry, sword fighters, musical minstrels, puppetry, renaissance theater, petting zoo, food & drink, games of skill, merchants with wares and much more. For more info, call (850) 429-8462 or visit http://www.gcrf.us/.
Gulf Coast Science Festival Kicks Off Inaugural Year March 8-17
Discover the science in our community through engaging activities, special presentations, and more during the Gulf Coast Science Festival. The Festival, March 8 through 17, will find guests of all ages exploring science and technology at a variety of free events throughout our community. These include hands- on activities, special lectures, and even an opportunity to tour a research vessel. The Festival of Flight on March 10 will feature all things flying. Special demonstrations of drones will excite guests with the marvels of technology, while bird presentations will amaze with nature. Held at the Escambia 4-H Center, this free event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Expo Day March 17 will include dozens of organizations presenting hands-on science activities for guests of all ages. Check our robots from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition or the technology used in bomb disposal. Explore life in the flood zone and the value of trees in our environment. Learn how you can get involved in making your own scientific discoveries through citizen science. Activities are suitable for a range of ages. This free event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. Kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun at the Festival! Several adult programs highlight current issues and tap science knowledge. UWF’s Great Minds Lecture Series features James Rea and Lydia Franco-Hodges of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science on March 8. ArcheoCafe presents Greg Cook discussing the Elmina Wreck on March 13. Think you know a lot of science? Science Trivia Night on March 14 is the event for you. More information about these and additional events is available at gulfcoastsciencefestival.org.
Celebrate National Nutrition Month with YMCA Storytime
March 10* 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Bear Levin Studer YMCA, 165 East Intendencia St., Pensacola. FREE family-friendly event. Author Krissy Bystrom Emery debuts her new book from the Suitable Fruitables Book Series, The Paw Paw Fruit Does The Cha-cha Scoot. Storytime, smoothies, activities & book signing, followed by kids’ movement class. Proceeds from book sales donated to the Y assistance program, giving everyone an opportunity to benefit from the Y experience. Books can be preordered prior to event for a discount at suitablefruitablesbookseries.com (bring photo ID or reciept to event)
2018 Pensacola JazzFest
April 7-8 @ 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Seville Square Park, Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola. The two-day festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form—jazz. Great music, kids’ area, arts & crafts, food & drink! For more info, call (850) 4338382 or visit http://jazzpensacola.com/. 5
Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Cookoff
Friday, March 16 - Sunday, March 18 Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, Pensacola The idea of a competitive BBQ in Pensacola began in 2008 with a backyard competition held on the festival grounds of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. It was a oneday event and attracted 13 competitors. By 2010, Smokinin-the-Square included professional teams and backyarders. Each year, this event has grown to where it is today with an average of 50 pro teams and 25 backyard teams. Each year, proceeds have increased from $4,000 given to charity in 2010 to $24,000 given to charity in 2015 with total charitable donations raised by this event exceeding $50,000. Chairman and organizer Ivan Delabruere spends countless hours working with the core team planning each year’s event. Our goal is to bring this event to the level of raising $50,000 for charity by 2019. For more info, visit www.smokininthesquare.com/.
FREE Couples Relationship Class
6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 27-April 24 UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. A University of Florida trained instructor will teach couples effective and proven skills to increase positive communication, manage stress, set financial goals, deal with differences, and maintain a happy and healthy friendship bond. This exciting workshop, called ELEVATE, will be held weekly for five weeks. A free light meal will be served at each class and each attendee will receive a free USB drive. You may also be eligible for gift cards. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, visit http://smartcouples. ifas.ufl.edu/classesevents/santa-rosa/ or contact Zee Osuigwe at (850) 623-3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes March 26 or when classes fill.
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Bayou Hills Run 10k/5k/Kids Run
March 3 Great views, challenging courses, and a family-friendly atmosphere. This event hosted by Creative Learning Academy includes a 10k, 5k and a 1-Mile Kids’ Run. Register early for discounted pricing, guaranteed T-shirt and personalized bib. For more info and registration, visit www. bayouhillsrun.org.
March 24 * 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Dr., Gulf Breeze. Sample gumbo from 20+ cooking teams. Enjoy live music, check out the silent auction and purchase a ticket for a drawing on a Big Green Egg and Gumbo pot. Beer, wine, soda, hamburgers and hot dogs are also available. $15 at the event. $10 in advance at Gulf Breeze City Hall or from Gulf Breeze Rotary Club members. Children 10 and under free. For more info, visit www.gulfbreezerotary.com/gumbo.html.
Teen Volunteer Auditions
March 11 * 2-3:30 p.m. Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall, 116 N. Tarragona Street. We are looking for high-schoolers who are enthusiastic about science and want to share that enthusiasm with others! Let us know you plan to attend (or if you are interested but can’t make it this time) by filling out the form online. For more info, call (877) 937-6377 or visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/.
Disney Jr. Dance Party
March 31 * 4 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! Tickets begin at $28. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger. com or call (850) 595-3880.
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Day Camp at PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGER 250 Brent Lane
June 4–Aug. 10 weekly 8 a.m.–3 p.m. (5:30 p.m. extended care)
Ice Skating, Bowling, Indoor Waterpark, Swimming, and more!
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K 20th Annual Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
March 15 * 1814 Creighton Road, Pensacola. Wouldn’t you like to tell a kid he is absolutely incredible? Hosted by Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc., our goal is to increase the number of students who were touched by letters last year. We invite local businesses, organizations, colleges, high school students and faculty, churches, and individuals to write thoughtful and inspiring letters to children to be delivered in our local schools. On March 10, from noon-4 p.m., we will have a table at Cordova Mall where YOU can come write a letter to a child in NWFL, encouraging and applauding someone who looks up to you. Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc. will celebrate Absolutely Incredible Kid Day locally with The Pensacola Ice Flyers and their mascot, Maverick, as our spokespeople. For more info, visit www. campfirekidsfl.com/absolutely_incredible_kid_day.
Ciclovia Open Streets Pensacola
March 24 * 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A large portion of downtown streets will be closed to motorized vehicles and open to bicyclists, pedestrians, runners and more. You’ll be able to walk, run, bike, roller skate/blade, stroll, skateboard or just play in the streets! Road closures will include Palafox Place from Romana Street to Plaza De Luna, and Main Street from the Community Maritime Park to Bartram Park. There will be several free activities organized by Ciclovia. Ciclovia Open Streets is a worldwide movement where all ages, all backgrounds, and all skill levels gather on SAFE streets to have fun and show civic pride. For more info, call (404) 557-5479 or visit http://pensacolaopenstreets.com/.
Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts
March 10-11 * 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Gulf Breeze High School Parking Lot. A juried fine arts and fine crafts festival bringing together quality local, regional, and national artists. The two-day family event is free and includes more than 140 artists. For more info, visit www.gulfbreezearts.com/.
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Show Support for Gulf Coast Kid’s House at Chocolate Fest
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The 15th Annual Chocolate Fest presented by Sandy Sansing is a dessert extravaganza held at Cordova Mall on Saturday, April 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-fest-2018-tickets-42476115204. VIP tickets will allow early entry from 12 to 1 p.m.; only 500 tickets VIP tickets will be sold for $20. General admission tickets are also available for $15 with entry from 1 to 3 p.m. Both ticket options may be purchased at the door but are subject to availability. Chocolate Fest takes place throughout the corridors of Cordova Mall and attendees will sample mouth-watering chocolate treats from popular local restaurants. More than just a delicious dessert, this chocolate is for a cause. Restaurants, sponsors and attendees of the 15th Annual Chocolate Fest help raise funds that ensure child victims of abuse and neglect receive timely, effective and streamlined treatment. In 2017, GCKH provided services to over 3,800 child victims of abuse in Escambia County. For more info, visit gulfcoastkidshouse.org or call 595-5800.
Sunday, March 18 10-11 a.m. Center Court Cordova Mall. We strive to create a peaceful, stress-free environment for our guests who might need that little extra time with the Easter Bunny. Go to our “Events” page at www. cordovamall.com and click on “Learn More” to reserve your special time. Sponsored by Gymboree and Austism Speaks and supported by the Pensacola Autism Society. Package prices vary. Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
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Why Consider Summer Camp? The weather is warming, and we parents are starting to consider our plans for the summer. I have fond memories from my own childhood of going to summer camp, so it seemed like a good time to remind folks that attending camp can have a number of potential benefits to our kids. Here are some of them: 1. Campers obtain life skills needed to become successful adults. Experts in the professional world note that some of the skills necessary to maximize our potential for success in life are communication, creativity, collaboration, socialization, and problem solving. Many of these skills are lacking in young adults just out of school nowadays. All of these can be fostered in a summer camp environment. Children at camp are always communicating with each other, whether during their daily activities, sports, or just in their bunks, learning to work together as a team and part of the camp community. They may also get a chance to take leadership roles, either guiding younger campers or managing a sports team. Many camps offer a variety of activities that kids might not otherwise have a chance to do, and that can foster a more well-rounded person as they approach adulthood. 2. Camp can teach a child things they won’t learn in school. Camps can offer a powerful learning environment and can be a place where a child’s social education takes
place. The close interaction with peers offers a great opportunity to learn social skills and problem-solving. By taking part in and trying new activities, they can find success in new things and build self-esteem. Sharing new experiences with others is a great way for our children to develop friendships and interpersonal connections.
and unstructured play time according to experts is essential for important social, emotional, and cognitive development.
3. Camp allows kids to “unplug” from technology. On average, today’s children can spend more than 7 hours a day engaged with technology, which often becomes a substitute for hands-on activities and direct communication with peers. It’s not unusual for me to see kids sitting right next to each other, texting back and forth instead of talking to one another! Most summer camps do not utilize (and many do not allow) TV, smartphones, tablets, or personal computers. Taking a break from the tech allows kids a chance to socialize and interact directly and in person, which is an increasingly valuable thing for them to have a chance to do since electronics are becoming so pervasive in their daily lives otherwise.
5. Camp promotes independence, and offers kids a chance to “reinvent” themselves. The chance to be away from parents and learn to function on their own means children have the opportunity to grow more independent. They must learn to rely on themselves and their peers or other trusted adults, and encourages them to think independently, which often can build self-confidence. Furthermore, they have freedom to be themselves in a new peer group. As children grow, their sense of identity often changes over time, but they may feel like their peers still see them as the same person they always were. At summer camp, they have the freedom to be themselves, who they really want to be. This can lead to greater self-expression and confidence-building.
4. Plenty of time for play, which helps with social and emotional development. Play time is important for children. At camp there is ample play time with other kids, in a safe environment where they can be free to have unstructured play time. They have a chance to use their imaginations and enjoy themselves,
Dr. Samuel Ravenel, Board Certified Pediatrician, is a native of Greensboro, NC and joined Pediatric Associates, PA, in June of 2016. After completing his undergraduate work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and did his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Ravenel practices at our Cordova and Pace locations.
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Gulf Breeze Middle Class Earns Food Handler Certification
St. John’s Good News Rocks
Third-grade students at St. John Catholic School painted Good News rocks! Third grade has been learning about Catholic Church leaders and about St. Peter as the first Pope, with their teacher, Erin Kimbell. The class painted Good News rocks to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, just like St. Peter and other church leaders. Third grade placed the rocks in our parish Mary’s Garden, to be found by parishioners and visitors!
Music Lessons at Blessed Star
Blessed Star Montessori School added piano to the curriculum this year. The students have begun to learn about music theory. Blessed Star is proud to enrich its learning environment with a creative flow that enhances the school experience. We are excited to watch these students thrive and grow in the area of fine arts. Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
Students enrolled in the Family and Consumer Science class at Gulf Breeze Middle School have had the opportunity to take their kitchen skills to the next level by studying the ServSafe Food Handler curriculum with their teacher, Pam Lord. Nearly 90% of Lord’s 2017 participants successfully passed the ServSafe exam and earned the food handler certificate. The course is a food and beverage safety training program administered by the National Restaurant Association that focuses on basic food safety practices for preparing and serving food. Students holding the food handler certificate are well-prepared for any job in the food service industry. Hannah O’Grady and Sage Hall, 8th-graders currently enrolled in the GBMS Family and Consumer Science class, noted that the ServSafe course makes them mindful of the “do’s and don’ts in every kitchen and helps us to stay healthy by eating the safest food possible.” Students Bryanna Bevil and Cannon Pene said that Lord incorporates ServSafe in a fun way, while showing and teaching the right and wrong ways to handle food. Family and Consumer Science students still enjoy some good old-fashioned meal planning and cooking during the school day as well. Emma Guilbeau has had a great experience so far in “Home Ec.” She has especially enjoyed baking cookies, stromboli and a cheese omelet. Many students have won their parents’ praises thanks to the class. Since the course is offered through the Santa Rosa County Career Academy, students who pass the test earn a high school credit. Shown, Avery Burt, Camilla Sanchez and Alejandra Burger practice safe foodhandling while making breakfast in their Home Economics class.
Foster Grandparents Make a Mark at McArthur
In April, foster grandparent Lucy Timpson will mark her eight-year anniversary of working with students at McArthur Elementary School here in Pensacola. The kids call her “Granny” and try to find out how old she is, but she won’t tell. “29 or 30,” she says. “They think that’s old!” Timpson works in Jeanette English’s 1st-grade classroom this year and the students will tell you that she grew up in a home where people knew how to show respect and how to be responsible. They will also tell you they love having her there because she is always willing to help them, whether it is with a math problem, a spelling word, or even their behavior (citizenship grades). They know she is there to help them learn how to be good kids and how to get along and work together. Josh Newby from the Council on Aging was there today to help explain how to become a foster grandparent (they are mostly grandmothers but there are some men involved as well). Those interested should contact the Council on Aging. There is an application, an interview, a background screening and a medical physical, as well as a stipend for up to 20 hours a week, some gas money and the school district covers their lunch should they choose to get lunch in the cafeteria. Principal Tama Vaughn says most stay longer and work more than the 20 hours. Timpson will tell you that most days she goes home tired, “ready for the bed!” She will also tell you she goes home knowing she has left a lasting, positive mark on the kids. 10
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Blessed Star Students Visit Broadview
After the holiday season, there is typically a decrease in the number of individuals volunteering and participating in community service, which is why depression and solitude can be the highest that time of year. Blessed Star Montessori Christian School students decided to forego their recess and other activities on the days of their visits to implement their Interactive Companionship Program at Broadview Assisted Living at Pensacola. The children began going twice a month in January to visit and provide companionship at Broadview and it has been a true joy to see them share Godâ€™s love with the residents. The children perform songs, work on crafts with the seniors, and play games with them, to provide an engaging experience. During one of their recent visits, the residents and the children enjoyed a game of balloon tennis and a cross-making craft. The cross-making craft ended up being a blessing twice. It was a blessing to the seniors that had the companionship of the children, the finished crosses were donated and then became a blessing to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
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Lipscomb Literacy Fun
To celebrate Literacy Week at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School, kids dressed as their favorite book characters. Shown are Rhonda Thomas Fleming and her kindergarten class.
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Tasty Trinitas Science Class with Mrs. Degraaf
Ribosomes, cell membranes, mitochondria and the nucleus are all critical parts of a cell and 9th grade has been learning all about it. With old-fashioned shrinky dinks and even some candy cell assembly, Mrs. Degraaf taught her science students God’s perfect design in the makeup of a cell. In their quest to compose a paper outlining the “journey through the cell,” these students learned about plant and animal cells, their structure, and their function. Using Reese’s butter cups for a nucleus, chocolate sprinkles as ribosomes, jelly beans as mitochondria and Twizzlers as the endoplasmic reticulum, the 9thgraders found that science is fascinating AND delicious!
Brentwood Holds Family Event
Brentwood Elementary School had a great turn-out on a really cold night for Family Fun Science Night.
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Tate Sophomore Represents Florida at Science Congress
J.M. Tate High School sophomore Sophia Swenson was nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and the science director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, to represent Florida during the three-day Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Mass., June 29-July 1. She was nominated for her academic achievement, leadership potential and passion for science and technology. Swenson will join students from across the country for the three-day event to hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science recipients speak about scientific research and receive advice from technology university deans, and more! From left are Christy Mill, Tate school counselor, and Sophia Swenson.
St. John School Welcomes Pelican
St. John Catholic School welcomed a wonderful new student this January, its very own Pensacola Pelican! The lovely bird is outfitted in a St. John School uniform jumper and mary janes on her feet. The students were thrilled to meet her at their 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Assembly when she made her surprise appearance.
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Gulf Breeze Launches Rockets
Eighth-grade science students at Gulf Breeze Middle School enjoyed the February sunshine while launching rockets using pressurized water bottles. Students crafted the rockets from cardboard tubes, stabilizers,and a nose cone. Gabe Wilson was fast enough to catch a rocket before it crashed.
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Little Flower 8th Grade Visits Ronald McDonald House
Little Flower Catholic School’s 8th grade students had the opportunity to visit the Ronald McDonald House during Catholic Schools Week. In celebration of giving back to our community, students toured the house and had the privilege of helping with chores and preparing a spaghetti lunch for the families that are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
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Milton High Band’s 3rd Annual Crawfish Festival
Cordova Rotary Club Teams Up with Oakcrest
Rotarians everywhere were busy taking an Arbor Day Challenge to plant a tree to represent every member in their club. The Cordova Park Rotary Club is a partner with Oakcrest Elementary School, so members worked with Lowe’s to secure trees back in November and a member and his wife took care of the trees, keeping them in their garage when the temperatures dipped too low, and then delivered them, along with their team of volunteers, for Arbor Day! The Rotarians then worked with students to plant the trees. The students have been learning about trees, how important they are for us and what it takes to properly plant and nurture baby trees.
Vendors are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Milton High School (MHS) Band Crawfish Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the school located at 5445 Stewart Street in Milton. The event will include a crawfish boil, entertainment by the MHS Band and other local musicians, a children’s area and vendor booths. MHS Band Parent Association will be selling its famous shish-kabobs as well as hamburgers, hotdogs and Coca-Cola products. MHS Band crawfish festivals are well attended, and many vendors are returning this year. Space will fill up quickly. The festival will be held on the south side – or Park Ave. side – of the MHS campus. The venue offers plenty of parking and very good visibility. All proceeds raised by the band will be used to purchase instruments and equipment. Artists, crafters and direct sales vendors are needed. Food vendors also are welcome. To ensure variety in food, products and attractions, the band committee is working to avoid duplication in vendor offerings. First come, first served. Vendor applications and payment must be completed and returned by March 31. For information about booth cost, size, set-up and other details, call (850) 9835611, visit miltonhighschoolband.com or e-mail Schultzm@santarosa.k12.fl.us. Vendor applications can be downloaded at miltonhighschoolband.com/vendorapplication.html.
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St. John School 4H Field Trip
The 4H Club at St. John Catholic School went on a field trip to Escambia Westgate. St. John students, led by their 4H moderators Kate Durden and Caroline Bush, participated in the Mardi Gras Parade at Escambia Westgate. Students passed out beads and spread the joyous spirit of Mardi Gras with their peers.
Montessori Students Hold Mardi Gras Event
Montessori School of Pensacola students visited Summer Living Assisted Living Facility on February 8 for a lively Mardi Gras event. Primary (3- to 6-year-old) students paraded the tiny box floats they created. Elementary students joined in the fun with MSP music and band teacher Fred Domulot and his marching jazz band. Residents thoroughly enjoyed the visit to celebrate carnival season. Even some of the MSP students who are part of the school band got to perform!
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Escambia County Graduation Rate Continues Its Climb
Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas announces that the school district’s graduation rate has increased for the ninth consecutive year. “Statewide graduation rates were released last week and everyone in Escambia County should be proud of the fact that our 2016-2017 high school graduation rate increased again this year, to reach a new high of 79.5 percent,” said Superintendent Thomas. “This graduation rate represents students who have graduated in four years. This means better opportunities for our students and our community!” Thomas briefed members of the Escambia County School Board during the January School Board Workshop, sharing with them that for nine years in a row, the district has achieved an increase. “In 2008 we were at 55% for our overall graduation rate and only 44% for our graduate rate for African-American students,” explained Thomas. “This year we are at 79.5% for our total graduation rate and 70.9% for our African-American students.” In addition, Thomas shared that all seven of ECSD’s high schools are above 75%. “This success is due to the hard work of so many people and the results of cumulative efforts by our students, their families, their teachers, and school administrators; including subject area specialists, guidance counselors and essentially everyone working in our school district,” said Thomas. The results for 2016-2017 by high school are as follows: Escambia High, 77.4%; Pensacola High, 80.9%; Tate High, 84.7%; Pine Forest, 76.3%; BT Washington High, 79.2%; Northview High, 83.9%; and West Florida High, 99.0% “A student doesn’t become a high school graduate overnight, or even over the course of their senior year. We begin working towards graduation as soon as they arrive in kindergarten,” said Thomas. “We should all celebrate the hard work and success of these results. You all have my sincere congratulations!”
Trinitas Lost Arts Club
The next time you see a lovely table centerpiece or a beautifully decorated Christmas tree or wreath, think of the Trinitas Christian School Lost Arts Club. Several of our ladies are learning and cultivating the wonderful and sometimes “lost arts” of homemaking, decorating, cooking and creating beautiful things. From jewelry making to cake decorating to instructions on writing a proper thank-you note, these ladies are bringing back what was once common practice in our culture. For Grandparents Day, they assembled stunning table decorations for our guests. They will learn the art of conversation and practice as they host a spring tea party and will help to host other special events in the future.
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EHCS Students Soar at the District History Fair
This year’s National History Day theme was Conflict and Compromise in History. East Hill Christian middle and high school students presented History Fair projects that displayed their hard work and enthusiasm for their chosen topic. Students chose from the following categories: Historical Website, Individual/Group Exhibits, and Performance. Congratulations to the students who placed at the Escambia County District History Fair. First- and second-place winners will advance to the State Competition, which will be held at Tallahassee Community College May 6-8. Middle school winners include KK Hindsman (07) Project Title: “Anne Frank,” who won the Research in the Holocaust Award; Alex Justice (07) Project Title: “Education Not Segregation: The Little Rock Nine” won 1st place in the African-American Heritage Award and 2nd place in the Junior Individual Exhibit, advancing to State Competition; Lindsey Thomas and Lauryn Stuck (08) Project Title: “The Boston Tea Party” won the Excellence in History Award in Junior Group Exhibit; and David Cook (08) Project Title: “Conscientious Objectors in WWII” won 3rd place in the Junior Individual Exhibit; High school winners include Jeremy Herren (09) Project Title: “Where’s My Baby? Who’s My Mother?”, who won the Escambia County Council of PTA/PTSA Award and 2nd place in the Senior Individual Exhibit, advancing to State Competition; Cole Stegall and Hunter Stegall (11) Project Title: “By Grace or By Works” won 3rd place in the AfricanAmerican Heritage Award in the Senior Multicultural Exhibit; Ashley Cook (11) Project Title: “The Pullman Strike” won 3rd place in the Senior Individual Exhibit; Lexi Grizzard and Claire Miller (12) Project Title: “Banning the Bomb” won 2nd place in the AfricanAmerican Heritage Award in the Senior Multicultural Exhibit; Bryce Cox and Myles Herren (12) Project Title: “Hollywood and the Red Scare” won 1st place in the Senior Group Exhibit, advancing to State Competition. Cox and Herren also won the J. Earle Bowden Young Historian Award (Outstanding Senior Entry). This award is given to the best project in the Senior Division in recognition of exceptional commitment and achievement in history. Their names will be engraved on a plaque housed in the T.T. Wentworth Museum.
Little Flower Catholic Celebrates Students
Little Flower Catholic School Principal Dr. Paul Hughes joined in an afternoon of outside fun during Catholic Schools Week. LFCS celebrated its students with inflatable slides and obstacle courses.
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ECSD Announces Teacher of the Year
MSP Student Interns At WUWF Radio
Montessori School of Pensacola 8thgrade student Alex Ortega spent February 6-9 learning what it is like to work at WUWF Radio. “I am interning at WUWF because I’m hoping it could help me with public speaking, and learning how a radio station works,” Ortega said. MSP 8th-grade students have to find a business in the community that will allow them to come intern and observe. They contact the business themselves and learn a lot about professionalism. “The main goal of the internship program is to give students like myself real-world working experience at a business of interest,” Ortega said.
The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, in partnership with the Escambia County School District, is proud to announce Carla Ross as the 2019 Teacher of the Year for Escambia County. Ross is a 35-year veteran of Escambia County Schools and teaches 9th-12th grade students in the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Academy at Booker T. Washington High School. The Foundation announced the winner at the district-wide “Teacher of the Year” celebration on Jan. 26 at the Golden Apple Awards held at New World Landing with co-presenting sponsors Sandy Sansing and Wendy’s. “The most significant thing a teacher could ever hope for is to make a difference in the lives of your students and our teacher of the year, Mrs. Carla Ross, has made a difference in the lives of thousands of her students,” said Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. “She has literally changed students’ lives. I have met many of them myself. She is an incredible representative for all of the great teachers in our school district.” While Ross would proudly tell you of the many achievements her students have made as members of DECA over the years at the state, district and international level, they would tell you with pride that in 2016 Ross received the Dare to Achieve Award from Florida DECA. This award is presented by the Florida DECA Board of Advisors to a board member who has, over the years, accepted challenges and dared to inspire the very best in the people they have served. Each teacher nominated for the award was selected by their peers and they represent ingenuity, dedication, compassion, organization, and so many other traits shared by teachers in their schools. They teach various subject areas and how to use technology, but they also teach life skills and employability skills such as teamwork, time management, and social responsibility. All teachers selected as Teacher of the Year for their school were honored. Other finalists for the Escambia County School District Teacher of the Year are: Beulah Elementary’s Suzanne Hollingsworth, Molino Park Elementary’s Shana Brown, Northview High’s Megan Carroll and W.J. Woodham Middle’s William Broome.
Jim Allen PE Coach Receives Award from Cat Country
Jim Allen Elementary School had a special visit from Cat Country’s Cat recently. He was there to surprise P.E. teacher Coach Will Robinson with the news that he was chosen as CAT Country’s Coach of the Week. The CAT Country Cat met Coach and his students to present him with his award.
Blessed Star Students Learn About Love
With Valentine’s Day on February 14 and Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17, Blessed Star Montessori Christian School figured February was the perfect month to cover a unit on LOVE. The students learned about the various types of love and simple ways to show love toward their friends, family and people in the community. Blessed Star students will also participate in a 30day Random Acts of Kindness challenge to spread a little love in Pensacola.
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Trinitas Chrysostom Speech Winners
St. John School Student Council Organizes Clothing Drive
The Student Council at St. John Catholic School spent weeks collecting gently used clothing items. After separating and organizing the clothing, the Student Council, with their moderator Michelle Johnson, had the opportunity to take the items to organizations in Pensacola. St. John’s Student Council brought the donations to Loaves and Fishes Family Shelter, Currie House Children’s Shelter, and the Alfred Washburn Homeless Service Center. While visiting these centers, St. John students were able to learn about their amazing missions and the people in our community whom they serve.
For the second year in a row, Trinitas Christian School’s first-place winner for the annual Chrysostom competition was McKinley Traylor. With profound content and exceptional delivery and oratory skills, Traylor received the coveted “Golden Mouth” trophy. In her speech, “Redemptive Violence: Exploring Grace in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction,” Traylor discussed a few “strange and disturbing” stories, explaining how the violence these characters experience prepares them for their “moment of grace.” Her speech was videotaped for entry into the national competition. Kevin Dulion won second place in the competition with another extraordinary speech entitled “Frankenstein’s Deadly Sins” and he was commended for his fine work.
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Little Flower Catholic Student Council Attends Mass at High School
Little Flower Catholic School’s Student Council had the opportunity to attend Mass at Catholic High to close out Annual Catholic Schools Week. It is always a blessing to attend Mass with Bishop Bill.
Sacred Heart Teams Compete in Science Olympiad
Sacred Heart Cathedral School sent two teams to the regional Science Olympiad competition at UWF on February 10. SHCS teams placed first and second overall in competition against other great area schools. Our school family is incredibly proud of our students, faculty, and coaches who all worked so hard. SHCS will be sending more than 30 students to Orlando to compete in the State level competition in April.
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George Stone Student Gets Leadership Award
Escambia County School Board Recognizes FFA Members
During the January Escambia County School Board meeting, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas read into the record a resolution that the members of the Escambia County School Board would “recognize and commend Escambia County National Future Farmers of America members, their advisors, school administrators, parents and all who support, promote and encourage these students of agricultural education on the occasion of the observance of National FFA Week, February 17-24, 2018.” A copy of the resolution was “spread upon the minutes of the regular meeting of said Board” and a copy was presented to Dr. Michelle L. Taylor, director, Workforce Education. Students and advisors from the FFA chapters at Tate High School and Northview High School were on hand to greet the members of the Board.
Sarah Schaefer, a George Stone Technical Center student, has been selected to represent the many outstanding Career and Technical Program students in Florida by Florida’s Commissioner of Education with a Leadership Award. Commissioner Pam Stewart shared with those gathered in the State Capitol that for Schaefer, a traditional high school program wasn’t the answer, so she had enrolled at George Stone, which turned out to be a terrific fit for her and her educational needs. While attending classes at GSTC, she has grown academically, personally and professionally. She was selected as GSTC’s Student of the Month and achieved her GED! She is now looking forward to starting classes at Pensacola State College, where she plans to pursue a degree in business.
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Subwest Rotary Names Essay Contest Winners
MSP Internship Program Gives Students a Taste of Workplace Life
Each year, Montessori School of Pensacola’s 8th-grade students spend time learning what it’s like at businesses across the Pensacola community. The working internship program is an integral part of the Montessori curriculum. This year there were fifteen 8thgrade students. They interned at such places as law firms (Levin, Papantonio and Zarzaur), vet offices (East Hill Vet Hospital, Safe Harbor, and Spanish Trail Vet Hospital), a dentist (Dr. Stu Bonnin), and music stores (Blues Angel Music and Schmidt’s). One worked with robots at IHMC and one with computers at AppRiver, while another worked backstage at the Little Theatre. One got to read on air at WUWF Radio, one learned about food prepping at Golden Pho, one learned about writing at Ideaworks, and one learned about adjustments at Jacobs Chiropractic. In the past, internship locations have included the night vision lab at Whiting Field and Studer Institute. Students thoroughly enjoy this enriching, and sometimes tiring, part of their final year at MSP.
Winners of The Subwest Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Contest, sponsored by Pensacola Suburban West Rotary Club, were recognized at a luncheon at the Yacht Club on Jan. 18. Herbert Taylor, a Chicago Rotarian, developed the Four-Way Test in 1932 to save his company. He asked employees to memorize the Four-Way Test and make a habit of checking their thoughts, words and deeds against it every day. Rotary International adopted the Four-Way Test in 1943 to encourage value-driven, ethical behavior at work, at home and in the community. The Rotary Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say, and Do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? All 11th- and 12thgrade students in Escambia County public schools had an opportunity to write an original essay on this topic: What makes the Rotary Four-Way Test Relevant Today? Winners were: 1st Place -- Josh Vandal, Booker T. Washington High, $400; 2nd place -- Walker Parra, Booker T. Washington High, $200; and 3rd Place -- Jazmyn Quarells, Tate High, $100.
Little Flower Catholic Names Saints of the Month
Every month at Little Flower Catholic School, a student in each grade level is chosen by their teacher to receive the Saint of the Month award. This award is given to the student who, like St. Therese, brings us closer to Jesus through daily small acts of love and kindness. Congratulations to our students that received the awards for the month of January: Alexa Valdez, Kindergarten; Audrina Road, 1st Grade; Kannia Westbrooks, 2nd Grade; Emma Carter, 3rd Grade; Rosalyn Huarroco, 4th Grade; Jason Corpuz, 6th Grade; Sebastian Berry, 7th Grade; and Maggie Johnson, 8th Grade.
Trinitas Christian Student Volunteers Serve as ‘Buddies’
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Twelve Trinitas Christian School student volunteers served at the Special Needs Respite at Pine Summit Baptist Church. These students worked as “buddies” to children with special needs and their siblings. This program allows the parents of children with varying disabilites to have a few hours for Christmas prepartions. With smiles on their faces, the students made sure a great time was had by all. Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
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St. John Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
St. John School celebrated Catholic Schools Week during the last week of January. Catholic Schools Week celebrates parishes, students, community, faculty, and the nation. On the Wednesday of CSW, St. John celebrated our nation and the heritage of our students by hosting a Cultural Lunch. Students could wear traditional clothing from their families’ heritage and bring in a food item to share with their classmates. It was a delicious and interesting feast!
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Mini-thon Runs Are Annual Event at MSP
Students in each Montessori School of Pensacola classroom take part in a Mini-thon run each year. These runs allow families and friends to pledge money based on how many laps students run, or by lump sum. The money goes toward classroom purchases, such as playground equipment. Students all receive a special tiedyed T-shirt commemorating that year’s run. Even children in the 18-month-old toddler classroom take part! Families love cheering on the runners and attending this fun social event. 25
2018 Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee Winners
Winners of the Elementary School Spelling Bee include: 1st place - Xavier Johnson, Bennett C. Russell Elementary; 2nd place - Max Little, R.C. Lipscomb Elementary; and 3rd - Hayden Roman, Pensacola Christian Academy. Middle School Winners include: 6th Grade: 1st - Kieyla Jones, Warrington Middle; 2nd - Bailey Underwood, King Middle; and 3rd - Jimmy Winchester, Gulf Breeze Middle. 7th Grade: 1st - Madison Burnette, Ferry Pass Middle; 2nd - Maya Sekhon, Creative Learning Academy; and 3rd - Jayson Tran, Sims Middle. 8th Grade: 1st - Carter Pitts, Ransom Middle; 2nd - Madison DeVito, Avalon Middle; and 3rd - Olivia Ammon, Gulf Breeze Middle. Middle School Finalists: 1st place - Jimmy Winchester, Gulf Breeze Middle; 2nd - Xavier Johnson, Bennett Russell Elementary; and 3rd - Jayson Tran, Sims Middle. Winchester went on to represent Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in the Big Bend Spelling Bee on February 17 in Tallahassee. High School Winners include: 9th Grade: 1st place - Jasmine Grieser, Pensacola Christian Academy; 2nd - George Prettyman, Pensacola High; and 3rd - Christina Wooten, West Florida Home Education Support League. 10th Grade: 1st - Jett Zhang, Pensacola High; 2nd - DW Rushing, Pensacola Christian Academy; and 3rd - Ava Beaugrand, Gulf Breeze High. 11th Grade: 1st - Samuel Tedder, Home School; 2nd - Benjamin Bostwick, Pensacola Christian Academy; and 3rd - Benjamin Van Sleen, Gulf Breeze High. 12th Grade: 1st - Nathan Smith, Pensacola Christian Academy; 2nd - Leo Zhang, Pensacola High; and 3rd - Tara Windham, Northview High. High School Finalists: 1st place - Samuel Tedder, Home School; 2nd - Jett Zhang, Pensacola High; and 3rd - Leo Zhang, Pensacola High.
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Gulf Breeze Holds First STEAM Night
Gulf Breeze Middle School partnered with Discovery Education to bring parents and students the first GBMS STEAM Night. Activities centered around STEM professions that students may be interested in choosing as future careers. Students who may aspire to be aerospace engineers were able to build and test paper airplanes with a motorized launcher; civil engineers drew blueprints for two bridge designs and tested them by building models with toothpicks and clay; forensic anthropologists investigated different “bones” and matched them to missing persons reports; film editors sketched out a short information video about sharks, creating and editing a paper slide video to present the information; network administrators built video game controllers for games using Makey-Makey sets; and prosthetists and orthotists built a prosthetic leg prototype out of basic, everyday materials. In addition to exploring these STEM professions, students had the opportunity to visit the school’s brand new Think Tank: a classroom that encourages students to be creative, think critically, work collaboratively, and communicate with each other. The room includes flexible seating, whiteboard tables, a chalkboard cabinet, vertical butcher paper, a green screen, a Lego wall, and more! Teachers will be able to sign up to use the classroom as often as they want in order to facilitate their students’ learning. Below, Princeton Chesney and Ava Brown work with GBMS teacher Grace Freeman to build a video game controller.
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Quit Job for School? Q. My wife and I have $72,000 in debt from student loans and a car loan. We’re trying to pay off our debt using the debt snowball system, and we each make about $45,000 a year. She’s a teacher, and she’s planning on going back to school for her master’s degree, but she’s thinking about quitting her job to do this. She’ll be able to make more money with the additional education, and she would only be unemployed for two years. The degree program will cost us $2,000 out of pocket per semester for two years. Does this sound like a good idea? A. There’s no reason for your wife to quit her job to make this happen. Lots of people — especially teachers — hold down their jobs and go back to school to further their
education. I’m not sure trying to make it on one income when you’re that deep in debt is a good idea. Whatever you do, don’t borrow more money to make this happen. Cash flow it, or don’t do it. We’re talking about $8,000 total, and you’ve got $72,000 in debt hanging over your heads already. My advice would be to wait until you’ve got the other debt knocked out, then save up and pay cash for school. You could slow down your debt snowball, and use some of that to pay for school, but I’d hate to see you lose the momentum you have when it comes to getting out of debt. The choice is yours, but don’t tack on anymore student loan debt. I know her income will go up with a master’s degree, so from that standpoint it’s a good thing to do. But if you do a good thing a dumb way, it ends up being dumb!
Rent-to-own Ok? Q. Is it okay to buy something using a rentto-own plan?
A. I advise against rent-to-own deals. Rentto-own places get people in the door with promises of low monthly or weekly payments. But when it comes to rent-to-own furniture, washer and dryer sets, and that kind of thing, you’ll end up paying much, much more than if you saved up and bought item outright. The amount you’ll pay out of pocket is even more ridiculous if you compare it to buying the same item, slightly used, somewhere else. I don’t recommend rent-to-own scenarios when it comes to buying a home, either. Most of those offerings are listed at full retail price and then some. Plus, the contracts are tilted toward the seller’s side of the equation. When it comes to real estate deals, the only thing I would consider is leasing with an option to buy. That’s different than rentto-own, because in a rent-to-own situation you’ve committed to purchase. On a lease with an option to buy deal, you have the right to purchase, but not the obligation.
Getting a Grip on the “Internet of Things” It’s no secret that things are getting smarter. Devices let parents check in on sleeping babies and keep track of kids. Home management systems turn on lights, lock doors and monitor use of water or electricity. Entertainment apps notice what we like so they can offer similar products. Even little kids have apps and toys that learn their preferences by interacting with them. Taken together, all these smart, app-driven devices are called the Internet of Things (IoT). By 2020, there will be 50 billion of these intelligent devices according to one report from the Federal Trade Commission (tinyurl.com/ IoTpolicy). Proponents promise that this technology will integrate seamlessly into our lives, anticipating our needs and simplifying many chores. Beguiling as that scenario is, it comes with a price. All of these devices are “smart” because they are collecting information about our families—what we like, where we go, what we do and even what we say. It’s not paranoid to wonder who has access to all that information. The first line of defense is purchasing from reputable companies that make the extra effort to build security into their products. Before buying anything that claims to be smart, find out whether there is a procedure for updating security if the device is hacked. Second, figure out exactly what information the device collects. Devices and the apps that run them often sweep up information that isn’t essential for their mission. A step counter, for example, needs to keep track of how many steps you took, but not necessarily where you went. Give permission only for information needed to make the device functional. Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
Third, understand what use is made of the information. Many companies collect anonymous information to spot trends that help them improve their products. Some companies use data to determine what you like so they can recommend other things you might want to buy. And some companies share information with government agencies or sell it to other unrelated companies. Depending on the situation, these policies may seem perfectly OK or highly intrusive. You can’t make an informed decision unless you understand the company’s policy. Hacking, of course, is a risk even for products purchased from a reliable company that handles information responsibly. Many security experts are concerned that the Internet of Things is highly vulnerable to manipulation. Unlike computers and cellphones which come with elaborate security systems and update procedures, devices are not required to have protection. As a result, they may give hackers backdoor access to wireless systems and sensitive data on other devices. Consumers can defend themselves by taking these precautions. Install updates. Hackers are constantly testing systems to see if they are vulnerable. Responsible companies develop fixes as soon as they are aware of problems, but those solutions won’t help if you don’t install updates. Keep track of the smart devices your family uses. Set up software so updates are downloaded automatically if possible. Or designate one day a month as Security Day. Log into the apps and websites that control your smart devices and install any updates. Delete apps controlling devices that aren’t being used. 30
Take passwords seriously. Many experts recommend a unique password for each device. That way, even if one device is compromised, hackers won’t have access to other information. Of course, it’s not easy to keep track of dozens of passwords. A password storage program like Last Pass will generate and keep track of truly random passwords, but are vulnerable to hackers. Another alternative is to develop your own system for creating unique but memorable passwords. Start with a ten or twelve word phrase that has meaning for you. It could be a song lyric, a favorite quote, the punchline to a family joke, something cute one of your kids said, or a simple fact about your family. Pay special attention to microphones and cameras. Devices with microphones and cameras can eavesdrop on your family, so they require extra supervision. Learn how to disable cameras and mute microphones when they aren’t in use. If you don’t have confidence in the controls, think twice about purchasing the device. Or cover lenses with privacy stickers, available from companies like camjmr.com. Consider a separate Wifi connection. As smart devices proliferate, some experts suggest having two password protected Wifi connections for your home. One provides access to computers, tablets and cellphones and the other allows communication among things—toys, toasters, thermostats and home management systems like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home. Some routers make this easy by providing a guest network option, but most families will need a professional to make sure everything is configured properly. Although smart devices have the potential to make family life more convenient and entertaining, they can also be an expensive distraction. Ultimately, parents have to be the smart ones, evaluating each product to decide whether it’s useful enough—and secure enough--to deserve a place in your home. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2018, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.
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As 14 million children across the country head off to day and overnight camps this summer, they’ll return home with more than just a cute camp t-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Here’s how camp benefits kids: Nurtures social skills. Camp is a community away from home and school where kids learn to work with each other and adult mentors, build relationships and manage conflict. “You learn to navigate through group dynamics, to barter, to keep one another happy, to be sensitive and support a friend who’s sad,” says James Spearin, YMCA senior vice president of youth development. “These skills transfer and build adults with strong character and leadership.”
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report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Whether they work through homesickness or tackle an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, kids walk away feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and self-reliance. “We use our activities and facilities as platforms to encourage kids in who they are and equip them to grow in confidence in who God has created them to be,” Perkins says. “With this newfound perspective, they become influencers in their own communities.”
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cording to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled, and in teens has quadrupled, in the last 30 years. Thanks to the many activities camp offers, kids stay busy and physically active. More camps are also working to offer healthier food choices for their campers. According to 2014 study in the American Journal of Health Behavior, camps that offer wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers who eat more fruits and veggies. Many resident and day camps now offer cooking and gardening tracks where kids learn how to prepare nutritious meals.
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Eases the summer slide. You know that old saying, “if you snooze, you lose”? In the absence of regular enrichment over summer break, research finds that kids typically lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in math. Reading comprehension and spelling skills also take a hit during the summer. To help curb summer learning loss, many specialized camps offer educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that make
Source: ACACamps.org learning and problem-solving fun and interactive. Also look for camps geared toward reading, writing and the arts.
Provides a sense of achievement. From rock climbing to whitewater rafting and horseback riding, summer camp gives kids a chance to try activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily get to try. “Trying new things in an encouraging environment creates a greenhouse for growing young leaders,” says Garret Perkins, director of Camp Kanakuk, a faith-based camp that offers overnight, day and family camps.
Enhances self-confidence. According to an extensive study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents
Helps them unplug. In a distracting digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus. “At Kanakuk, we remove the distraction technology offers and give campers the chance to plug into the great outdoors, try new sports and activities, make friends through shared experiences instead of shared social media platforms-and we see them come alive,” Perkins says. Builds friendships. Away from the pressures, labels and social structure of school, one of the best parts of camp is the opportunity for kids to make new friends.
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“Some of the biggest benefits we saw from sending our children to Kanakuk were their new friendships, spiritual growth and just the opportunity for them to spend time with like-minded people away from worldly distractions,” says Dianne Shadwick, whose three, now grown, children began attending Camp Kanakuk at age 9.
Reintroduces them to nature. According to a nationwide poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy, only about 10 percent of children spend time outdoors everyday. Why? Kids say they aren’t interested, they lack access and are uncomfortable outside. In the meantime, they’re growing more and more attached to life in cyberspace and further detached from the natural world. “To connect with our woods and forests, our wildlife, our lakes and streams and oceans, our stars in complete darkness, all while depending on other campers and adults to keep one another safe is an experience unlike most others in life,” Spearin says.
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Fosters teamwork. Camp facilitates an environment where kids learn that to succeed they must work together with their peers and their camp leaders. Whether they’re working to build a campfire together, playing a game, or preparing a meal, campers learn to problem-solve to accomplish their goals. Through teamwork, kids learn that they are each an integral part of the camp community where they feel a sense of acceptance and belonging. Encourages personal growth. While camp may simply seem
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like a quintessential summer pastime for kids where they might learn to swim, sleep in a cabin and sing around a campfire, they’re rewarded with personal development skills that will help them in the classroom, in their relationships and eventually, the board room- or whatever their calling. “Those tangible experiences lead to building the foundations of stronger children who can lead others, show empathy, navigate through difficult group dynamics, value the differences in everyone, and give of oneself for the benefit of others,” Spearin says. “These are skills that the best in our society show throughout life.” GPP Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two sons who love to attend camps each summer. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.
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Weekly camp sessions begin June 4th and run through July 27th. Full and half day options are available. Visit edscc.org/summer-camp for more information.
Camps for PreK2 -K 1st Grade Students Hilton-Green Campus Over the course of the summer, we will explore the worlds of our favorite authors. Campers will be working their way through a different book series each 601 North Palafox Street week with science experiments, artwork inspired by the original illustrations, & yummy snacks to satisfy our campers’ tummies and minds!
Camps for 2nd-8th Grade Students Each camper will have the opportunity to pick a morning and afternoon camp to Currin Center Gym complete their weekly schedule. Our weekly camp classes cover a broad range of 223 North Palafox Street topics to meet the many interests of our participants. Week 1 June 4-8 Morning Spanish Folk-Tales, 2nd-3rd Mad Scientists, 2nd-5th Non-traditional Sports, 4th-up Let's FACE IT-Art is Fun, 2nd-up Week 2 June 11-15 Morning Hooked on Books, 2nd-3rd Create a Country, 2nd-5th Old Games-New Twist, 2nd-up POP ART, 2nd-up Week 3 June 18-22 Morning It's Raining Learning, 2nd-up Under the Sea, 2nd-5th Volleyball, 5th-up Week 4 June 25-29 Morning Out of this World, 2nd-3rd Percussion Party, 2nd-5th Build, Fly, &Grow, 4th-up Volleyball, 5th-up
Afternoon Globetrotting, 2nd-3rd Eggs-periment, Week, 4th-6th Soccer, 4th-up Dance Camp, 6th-8th Afternoon Ocean ARTifacts, 2nd-3rd Flight and Motion, 4th-6th Team Sports, 2nd-up
Week 5 July 2-6 This four-day week will include a variety of indoor & outdoor games, arts & crafts and STEaM activities. Week 6 July 9-13 Morning Superhero Summer, 2nd-3rd 3D Art, 2nd-5th Old Games-New Twist, 2nd-up Week 7 July 16-20 Morning
Afternoon Fairy Tale STEM, 2nd-3rd Ocean Music, 2nd-5th Video Gaming, 4th-up Flag Football, 3rd-6th Afternoon
Oh, the Things you Can Think, 2nd-3rd A Week at the Beach, 2nd-3rd
Afternoon Scrapbooking, 2nd-up Kids in the Kitchen, 2nd-5th Engineering Ups & Downs, 4th-6th Team Sports, 2nd-up Afternoon Sweet for Science, 2nd-3rd Conquering Keyboarding, 2nd-5th Old Games-New Twist, 2nd-up
Old Games-New Twist, 2nd-up Van Gogh Art, 2nd up 3rd Grade Reading Boot Camp Basketball Camp, 3rd-5th 4th & 5th Grade Reading Boot Camp Babysitting Training, 7th and 8th Week 8 July 23rd-27th Afternoon Morning Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 2nd-5th Picasso Art, 2nd-up Middle School Summer Math Team Sports, 3rd-5th Team Sports, 2nd-up Spanish, 6th-8th
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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston
Behavioral Warning Signs in Teens There is much in the news these days about cars accelerating out of control, leaving the driver and passengers helpless to know how to slow down or stop their runaway vehicle. That’s kind of what it is like in a family with a teenager who is out of control. The whole family gets swept along for the not so joyful ride. Typical adolescent behavior includes moodiness, hyper-sensitivity and irrational thinking — no cause for much alarm. But there are other behaviors that are warning signs of a bigger problem than you may realize. These attitudes and behaviors are often triggered by a child’s feeling of being disrespected or abandoned in some way at some point in their life, and the level at which those feelings impact their actions, relationships and decisions in the teen years becomes abnormal. Do you understand the difference between normal and abnormal teenager behavior? If not, here’s a handy tool we’ve developed to describe the behaviors that may mean that there is more going on than the normal bumps of adolescence:
Behavioral Warning Signs
Instructions: Enter how often the behavior is experienced: 0=Never 1=Sometimes 2=Frequently 3=All the Time [___] Your teen refuses to abide by anything you say or request. These behaviors may put your teen or your family in danger or high risk, and lead to constant fear or stress in the home. [___] Your teen displays behavior that is a marked change from what has been normal for them in the past (slipping grades, sleeping too little or too long, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, aggression, depression, anxiety, hating what they once loved or loving what they once hated, always wanting to be with friends away from home, or avoiding friends altogether and spending too much time alone). [___] Your teen is increasingly disrespectful and dishonest and no longer veils his or her feelings nor cares about the consequences of misbehavior. Seemingly a loss of a conscience or moral compass. [___] There is a blatant ignorance or profound rebellion toward the boundaries and rules of your home. This can be shown in passive aggressiveness or open defiance that is unusually excessive for your teen. Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
[___] Outright or veiled threats of suicide; participation in self-mutilation or eating disorders or cutting (Important: Get immediate professional help!) [___] Excessive risk-taking, running away, dangerous drug or alcohol use (confirmed by drug tests); blatant sexual promiscuity, or same-sex relationships. [___] Threatening or out-of-control treatment against people, pets, or belongings, or your teen exhibits a vengeful spirit and destroys things to “pay back” a perceived mistreatment by others. Disrespect for all forms of authority. [___] Your teen thinks he or she is the center of your family, while at the same time showing a growing hatred for the family, evidenced by a blatant disregard for their feelings, time and possessions. Demands for money or outright theft of money or family possessions, or using things without permission and then claiming they were lost. [___] You cannot keep your teen away from peers who are obviously leading a lifestyle counter to your beliefs, and your teen is buying into their destructive behavior and attitudes. SCORE: ______ (total of the numbers you entered)
If the score is 15 or more, there is probably more going on in your teen’s life than you can handle on your own or through the normal tools of parenting. Your child needs some professional help, and things have escalated to the point that it could even mean that your child needs to be treated for a time away from your home, at a therapeutic facility like our Heartlight program. If the score is less than 15, it doesn’t mean that you are off the hook. Things can escalate quickly and the errant behaviors will expand to other areas; so if you’ve written a “2” or “3” next to any of these warning signs, you need to work hard to do to get that particular area under control before it spreads. Keep in mind that misbehavior in teenagers is usually nothing more than a flag they are waving high in the air to tell the adults in their life that something is wrong. Their actions are likely being sparked by something in their past, like: abuse, a split in the home, a death of a loved one, a mental illness, or a chemical or hormonal imbalance. They could also be the result of hidden substance abuse, excessive feelings of guilt, or bullying by peers. Sometimes the causes are so tragic and personal that a child would never 36
think of telling anyone about them, but they bubble or explode to the surface through their actions instead. Or, they may not even know why they are acting the way they are. In those cases, it is best to get a professional counselor involved, who can deal with these issues privately and skillfully.
Some teens act out their issues and stresses in less apparent ways, but these are warning signs as well. Those include: frequent sadness, crying for no reason, withdrawal from friends and activities, refusal to eat or over-eating, sleeping too much, feelings of hopelessness, loss of energy, talk of death, suicide or ending it all are all signs of depression. A depressed teen may not be making a fuss in the family, but the issues and outcomes can be just as serious. Another type of warning sign is your own feelings. Pay attention to them. If you’ve caught yourself thinking: “Our family cannot live like this any longer,” or “I can’t put a finger on it, but something is wrong with that kid,” or “I can’t sit by and watch him destroy himself,” then you already know that something needs to change. And if you have the feeling that something is going on that you just can’t put your finger on, you’d be wise to put on your detective hat and get to the bottom of it, because your gut feeling is probably right. You may be able to stop the problem well before it gets out of control. Sadly, every day, I meet good kids from great families with wonderful parents who are dismayed by their teen’s journey down the wrong road. The stress of it has torn their family and even their marriage apart in the process. I trust you will not allow things to get that far before you deal with the problem, or seek the right kind of help, if that is needed.
Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.
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Day camps come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to a range of interests and ages. Here’s how to find a camp that invests in your youngster by creating an unforgettable experience where they’ll meet new friends, gain self-confidence and learn new skills --all while giving you peace of mind.
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Begin with basics. First determine your schedule needs. Some camps are only a few hours a day while others are structured to work well with a working parent’s schedule. Figure out if you’ll need to arrange before or after care. From there, seek a camp with “caring staff, fun programs and a dedication to the health and safety of the campers,” says DD Gass, a director of camps and school-age services for a faith-based community center. Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
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Match the camp with your child’s interests. From computer coding to robotics and sports, day camps offer kids the opportunity to try all kinds of new activities. If your child isn’t interested in a camp that specializes in one activity, choose a more traditional camp that offers a wide range of activities throughout the session. “Make sure there’s a healthy balance between structure and choice,” says Jim Spearin, senior vice president of Youth Development for the YMCA.
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family and friends.”Choose a camp that welcomes parents as partners in their experience,” Spearin says. “Parents should always feel welcome to come visit during camp. There should be planned activities for both parent and camper to enjoy together such as special events or campouts.”
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Seek qualified, organized staff. Camp employees should be licensed, certified and trained in sexual/child abuse prevention, first aid and CPR. Find out how camp leaders are supervised and how they plan for emergencies, including natural disasters, intruders and other threats. Also consider the child-to-staff ratio. Will your child feel lost in a group that’s too big, even if it meets state criteria? “It’s vitally important for staff to have child development knowledge and experience to ensure that appropriate, engaging and enriching activities are offered,” says Katrina Ball, a childcare resource and referral director.
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fair to find out what options exist in the area. Some organizations feature their own camp fairs and mini-camps during the spring for families to try. “As a parent you know your child best and what program would be best for them. Trust your instincts,” Ball says.
Calm butterflies. Many youngsters have a hard time adjusting to new situations and people and may feel scared or intimidated. Include them in the process of choosing a camp. Discuss the schedule of activities and what a typical day will look like. “Children can help pack their lunch (if needed) and pack their backpack with the items they’ll need for camp. This helps them know what they have in their backpack and know what they will need to bring home,” Gass says. Find out if one of your child’s friends would like to attend the camp with him. Attending orientations, visiting the camp site and meeting the staff prior to the beginning of camp can also help reduce any pre-camp jitters. GPP
Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two happy day campers. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.
Whether you want them to experience day or overnight camp, sports or fine arts, our listing has details on these and many more. It’s time to get your campers ready for summer fun! Art Camp Creatisphere- First City Art Center Art Camp ad on page 17
1060 North Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Creatisphere is a dynamic and unique art experience offering mixed-media, glass blowing, fiber arts, pottery, illustration, sculpture, photography, and more! In addition to 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. week long camps for age 7-12, the program is expanding to offer specialized camps for age 13-17. FCAC will partner with the Mess Hall for select weeks and campers will spend half the day at FCAC and half at the Mess Hall. Camp dates: May 29-August 10th. Late pick up (5:00 p.m.) and early drop off (8:00 a.m.) can be arranged for an additional fee. Sign up before March 31 and receive an early bird special! 850-429-1222 Firstcityart@gmail.com www.firstcityart.org/contact
1265 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Epoxy Glass Art camps and open studio camps. Visit our website for more information.
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2261 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 See our website for more details! 850-378-8665 firstname.lastname@example.org www.prodigiesonline.com
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407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 The PMA is hosting four weeks of camp from July 9 August 4. Ages 5 - 14 (divided by age). Each week we will explore a different theme and a different exhibition at the PMA: A Week of Warhol, July 9-July 13; E(art)h Art, July 16-20; Peruvian Art and Artists, July 23- July 27; and Pushing Proportions, July 30-August 4. Camp is held in two ages groups; ages 5-9 are in the PMA’s Art Studio and ages 10-14 are in Voices of Pensacola. Camp times are 9 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. with an aftercare option available. PMA Family Members $165 /non members $195.
Pensacola. Constantly renovating and evolving with time, the Starrstep staff works hard to not only provide the best possible training for students, but also strives to make the dancing experience fun and enjoyable. Contact us for information on our 6 Week Summer Classes! 850-438-2010 www.starrstepdancestudio.com
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1903 East Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Best of the Bay, Best Dance Studio 2017. Offering summer dance classes, princess camps and intensives. 6 week Summer Session is only $95. Classes offered include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acro, Baton. Princess Camps offered each week beginning June 4 with the last week beginning July 23 - Price is $125 per week. Summer Intensives - 2 different weekly camps begin June 11 and June 18 - Price is $150 per week. Ballet Technique - week long camp TBA in July. Space is Limited! Register Today! 850-484-0648 email@example.com www.fiveflagsdance.com
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6231 North W Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 “In HIS Steps” is a contemporary, Christian-based Dance Studio and Performing Arts Center offering professional instruction in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, Jazz, modern, contemporary, and all-boys classes. We also offer voice, piano, guitar; both private and group sessions, a summer dance Intensive for the experienced dancer, mini themed dance camps for ages 4-8 years, and a 4-6 week dance sample pack for ages 2.5-Teen. Call, visit our website or find us on Facebook for summer information coming soon. 850-474-4922 firstname.lastname@example.org www.inhisstepsinc.com
LaBelle Performing Arts ad on page 34
2895 W Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Starrstep Dance Studio is the oldest dance studio in
8253 Chellie Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 Strive: July 30 - Aug 9; Auditions for LPAC “Labelle Performing Arts Company”, the PAC, and lilPAC Aug 2 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. Part 2 of Auditions for LPAC are Aug 9 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.; Summer classes: July 3 July 26, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Summer classes are designed for the beginning to the intermediate/ advanced student. We will offer many genres of dance throughout the summer program. Summer classes are the perfect time to try different genres or just take class without the pressures of a show. It is a laid-back and fun atmosphere. Classes are great to keep the
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advanced dancer in shape or fun and exciting for the new dancer who is just experiencing the world of dance. Strive Summer intensive is designed to challenge the dancer in all genres of dance. Each week is focused on ballet or jazz depending on the week; students will however, take many disciplines during the intensive. Master teachers, who specialize in their genre, are brought in to give the students an opportunity to learn from a working professional. Students will also take class from our amazing staff. This intensive is intended for the intermediate to advanced dancer in hopes to inspire and motivate each individual. Our mission is to help students strive to be the best that they can be and open doors to the possibilities of their individual talent. Auditions for our 2018- 2019 companies (LPAC, lilPAC, and the PAC) All dancers who plan on auditioning for the LaBelle companies will need to attend our Strive summer intensive. Dancers will learn the material they will need to audition with during the summer intensive. They will perform their material in front of a panel of judges and go through an interview process. Company members will be announced on our website after the audition process is complete. 850-944-5650 firstname.lastname@example.org www.labelleperformingarts.com
Play Pensacola Ballroom Bootcamp
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A Ballroom camp designed for youth- not your average cotillion class. This fun, interactive class will teach you everything you need to know to be confident on and off the dance floor. A culminating performance will take place on the evening of Wednesday, June 27th, followed by a social dance. Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays in June; Time: 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Ages 10-18; Cost: $65 City residents/$75Non-residents. 850-494-7360 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Beach Party Dance Camp
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 This two week camp will include learning several dances, making beach party crafts and costumes and conclude with a mini recital and family party to showcase all that is learned Dates: July 9 – 20 ; Time: 9:00am-12:00pm; Ages: 5-13; Cost: $90 City Resident / $100 Non-resident 850-494-7360 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
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Play Pensacola Creative Dance Camp for Extraordinary Kids
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A camp that adapts to special need participants and their extraordinary talents. Creative movement, arts and crafts, dress up and more. Dates: June 25-29; Time: 9:00-11:00am; Ages: 5-13 Cost: $45 City Resident / $55 Non-resident 850-494-7360 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Hip Hop Camp
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 An intermediate, once weekly, month long camp to further develop skills and training in hip hop. Students will review the fundamentals of hip hop and expand their knowledge to include new techniques, movement and choreography. Dates: Tuesdays in June Time: 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.; Ages: 7-18; Cost: $55 City residents/$65 Non-residents. 850-494-7360 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Mini Hip Hop Camp
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A hip hop camp for little dancers who love music and
movement to a fast beat. Camp will include creative movement and hip hop exercises, dress up, arts and crafts and snacks. Dates: July 30-August 3; Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; Ages: 4-7; Cost: $45 City Resident/ $55 Non resident 850-494-7360 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Princess Dance Camp
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 This two week camp will include learning several dances, making princess party crafts and costumes, visits from special guests and conclude with a mini recital and family party to showcase all that is learned. Dates: June 11-22; Time: 9:00am12:00pm; Ages: 5-13; Cost: $90 City Resident / $100 Non-resident 850-494-7360 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Strength & Conditioning for Dancers Intensive Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A once weekly, month long intensive to train and
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develop intermediate and advanced dancers. A more thorough look at strength, stretching and technique exercises for dancers to apply to their independent practice during regular season. Dates: Thursdays in June; Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Ages: 6-18; Cost: $55 City residents/$65 Non-residents 850-494-7360 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Tiny Dancer Camp
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 A dance camp for the tiny dancers, complete with basic ballet technique, creative movement exercises, dress up, arts and crafts and snack. A great opportunity for first exposure to the world of dance. Ages 3 - 5. Dates: June 4-8; Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; Cost: $45 City resident/ $55 non-residents. 850-494-7360 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Children’s Sessions (ages 3-6) – Four educational and engaging week-long sessions include instruction in individual dance, group dance, character acting, mime work, and crafts. Attend just one week or all four, as each session provides new opportunities for growth: Week 1 (June 4-7), Week 2 (June 11-14), Week 3 (June 18-21), Week 4 (Aug. 6-9). 850-432-9546 email@example.com www.balletpensacola.com/camps
Pensacola School of Ballet
4806G Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 Pensacola School of Ballet will be offering summer sessions. Please visit website for updated information.
850-572-4712 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolaschoolofballet.com/
10,2018. 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fees: $100/week, one-time $20 registration fee and $50 activity fee. Bring a sack lunch; 2 snacks are provided. Bring a change of clothes. 850-476-1760 email@example.com www.campfirekidsfl.com
Camp Mojo – Mojo Elite Sportz Center ad on page 13
Time to Shine
4375 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 We have a host of wonderfully exciting and engaging classes, workshops and intensives for all ages and interests. Visit our website for a detailed listing of classes, camp themes, dates, and other details. June 25-July 27 is our summer camp session 850-994-5678 firstname.lastname@example.org www.timetoshineflorida.com
Day Camp Camp Fire WILD & WISE Nature Day Camp ad on page 49
1814 Creighton Road, Pensacola, FL 32504 WILD & WISE Nature Day Camp Join us this summer as Camp Fire Kids explore Florida nature and wildlife! The campers’ goal is to complete the Camp Fire Trail to Environment Emblem program. Through Camp Fire Wild and Wise program, children discover outdoor basics and learn about ecology and the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. Students learn about Florida flora and fauna though Project WILD hands-on activities from the Florida Game & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Additionally, campers complete a community service project to keep the earth healthy and give service to others. Also, Camp Fire will get the kids moving and therefore healthier, with the Wise Kids’® program. Through hands-on activities, kids will learn about energy balance, enjoy healthy snacks and explore more of the outdoors. Activities include: archery, nature, outdoor adventure, hikes, camp challenges, friendship building, special guests, movies, skits, conflict resolution & decision making, environmental learning, games, music, literacy and self-reliance projects, water fun and crafts. Ages K - 12 years, T-shirt included. Bring a sack lunch each day. Camp Fire Pensacola State College Child Development Center, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola 850-484-1524 Open to the Public. May 28-August 10,2018 Time: 6:45 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fees: $100/week, one-time $20 registration fee and $50 activity fee. Bring a sack lunch; 2 snacks provided. Bring a change of clothes. Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center, 6031 Industrial Boulevard, Century 850-256-0953 Open to the Public.May 28-August 10,2018 Time: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fees: $85/week, one-time $20 registration fee. Two snacks are provided. Bring your own lunch, drink and change of clothes. Camp Fire Milton Summer Camp, 5590 Byrom Street, Milton 850-564-1549 or 850-476-1760 (Main office) Open to the Public. June 4 - August Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
4400 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32506 Summer camp activities feature daily swimming, lots of fitness games and of course, Gymnastics! We also offer parkour and american ninja warrior. We will have outdoor water fun, as well as cool scientific experiments and crafts! We are limiting camp to only 30 participants to ensure a quality experience and a low camper to instructor ratio. Camp is available for children 5 and up and our new Preschool Camp for ages 3-4. Camp starts May 29. Hours for 5 and up are 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.with optional early and late pickup. $100 per week. Preschool Camp hours are 9:00a.m. - 12noon for $75/week. 850-733-3547 email@example.com www.mojosportz.com
Capstone Academy ad on page 43
5308 Stewart Street, Milton, FL 32570 850-626-3091 firstname.lastname@example.org
4901 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506 850-458-7735 email@example.com
Capstone Academy is an inclusive educational learning opportunity for all children, ages birth to five years, focusing on early intervention for children with developmental disabilities or who are at risk of delay. As part of our early intervention program, children attending Capstone Academy benefit from music, art, story time, computer, dramatic play, gross motor skills (outdoor play), fine motor skills (manipulative), and free exploration. Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies are offered at Capstone. Therapies are provided during each child’s scheduled classroom hours. Families are always welcomed and encouraged to come and take part in their child’s therapy session. Also offered are Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten for 4 year olds; After School Care for school aged children; and Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapies for infants and children. VPK offered.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Summer Day Camps ad on page 21, 39
101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Hands-on adventures introduce children ages 5 through 13 to Alabama’s ocean. Oceans Alive! (Ages 5-8) June 8, July13, and July 30 - This half-day adventure combines arts and crats with a beach walk adventure. BIO Blitz (Ages 10-13) June 15, July 12, and July 31 - Explore nature and discover coastal Alabama’s diversity with this day long camp. Survivor:Dauphin Island (Ages 8-10) June 14, July 13, and August 1 Will you survive on the island? During this day long camp learn how to cast a net, catch crabs, bait a hook, and filet a fish. 251-861-2141 (ext. 7515) firstname.lastname@example.org www.disl.org
Episcopal Day School ad on page 35
223 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 For rising 2nd Grade - 8th Grade students one week sessions will begin June 4th and will run through July 27th. Each camper will have the opportunity to pick a
morning and afternoon class to complete their schedule. Options will vary each week. Choices will include STEaM activities, arts and crafts, musical theater and percussion, and sports including flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Full and half day options are available. Full day cost is $195 per week, 1/2 day cost is $125 per week. Morning session is 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Afternoon session is 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Extended care is complimentary with registration and will be provided from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm.
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601 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 For rising PreK2 - 1st Grade students one week sessions will begin June 4th and will run through July 27th. We hope you’re ready to read! Over the course of the summer, we will explore the worlds of our favorite authors. Campers will be working their way through a different book series each week with science experiments, artwork inspired by the original illustrations, & yummy snacks to satisfy our campers’ tummies and minds! Full and half day options are available. Cost is $195 per week for full day. Hours are 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Cost is $150 a week for mornings only from 7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 850-434-6474 firstname.lastname@example.org www.edscc.org
Kids College ad on page 43
Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 28th year! Fun, hands-on activities that stimulate thinking and motor skills for children age 6-12 years; choose from three age-appropriate categories of classes and activities; one and two week sessions available; Just like in college, students can choose a schedule that includes one class per day or a full day of classes and activities. Pick from over 50 subjects including arts, languages, sports, computers, science, theatre, swimming writing, self-defense and fashion. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day. For more information contact Michael Listau 850-484-1797 or at email@example.com. Full schedule available in April 2018. 850-484-1797 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolastate.edu/ce
Kidz Pointe Summer Camp ad on page 31
Marcus Pointe Christian School, 6205 North “W” Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Camp Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fees are $125 weekly or $995 for the entire summer. Extended day from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is available for an additional $35 per week. Summer Field Trips (included in camp price) Gulf Coast Zoo, The Explorium, Oops Alley, Cecil Hunter Pool, Sam’s Surf City, NAS Museum, Chuck E Cheese, Dreamland Skate Center, Triple Play, and more! Weekly camp themes include Water Water Everywhere, Aargh Matey, Superheros, The Final Frontier, Nerd Explosion, Animal Antics, Under the Big Top, Happy Birthday America, and Vacation Bible School. Please visit our website for camp descriptions, dates, times and other details. 850-479-1605 email@example.com www.kidzpointe.com
Northeast YMCA ad on page 15
3215 Langley Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 The YMCA Summer Day Camps offer hands-on, interactive and engaging experiences. We build character and discover new skills through individual and group activities built around a weekly theme. Registration
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opens April 1st. Each day is filled with arts & crafts, sports & physical fitness, creative & dramatic play, science & nature, cooking projects, swimming and field trips. Summer Day Camps are open Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for ages 5-12 and our NEW! Teen Leadership Development Camps are for youth ages 13-16 (offered at Ensley location but transportation offered to/from Northeast location). For more information, please call Angela Stephens, Director at 850-478-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Play Pensacola Summer Camp
Vickery Resource Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, games and sports are just a few of the activities campers will enjoy every week! Dates: May 29-August 10; Ages 6-12 850-912-4056 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Summer Camp Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 850-494-7360 email@example.com
Fricker Resource Center, 900 North ‘F” Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 850-436-5195 firstname.lastname@example.org
E.S. Cobb Resource Center, 601 East Mallory Street, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Woodland Heights Resource Center, 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503 850-435-1750 email@example.com
Field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, games and sports are just a few of the activities campers will enjoy every week! Dates: May 29-August 10; Ages 6-12
PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information in its educational programs, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding Title IX and the college’s nondiscrimination policies, contact the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity/Title IX Officer at 850-484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.
Sports Center Day Camp
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Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL Youth Outreach Ministry will host Sports Center Day Camp this summer for children ages 6–12 and 5-year-olds who have already completed K5. The camp will use the PCC campus facilities, including the Sports Center, Swim Center, Field House, and dining hall. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in many activities such as swimming, waterslides, miniature golf, Ping-Pong, and ice skating. Those ages 8–12 may also go bowling. Children can enroll for a week, a month, or for the entire summer.
(850) - 378-3708 www.SportsDayCamp.com/SummerFun
Winshape Camp for Communities ad on page 17
Coastline Calvary Chapel, 1122 Oriole Beach Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Camp Dates: July 30-August 3, 2018 for children who have completed 1st - 9th grade. Hours are MondayThursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & Friday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Are you ready for the BEST.WEEK.EVER? This camp is brought to you by the WinShape Foundation, started by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. Whether you like soccer, science, art, gymnastics or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities! Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps for communities provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’ll find anywhere... right at home in your own community! The cost is $214, and registration begins March 4th. Visit our Facebook page (WinShape Camp Gulf Breeze) for updates and info. 850-932-8197 Rebecca@coastlinelife.com www.winshapecamps.org
4901 West Fairfield Dr., Pensacola, FL 32506 Phone: (850) 458-7735
5308 Stewart Street Milton, FL 32570 Phone: (850) 626-3091
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YMCA Summer Day Camp ad on page 15
Ensley Church of Nazarene, 8300 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 The YMCA Summer Day Camps offer hands-on, interactive and engaging experiences. We build character and discover new skills through individual and group activities built around a weekly theme. Registration opens April 1st. Each day is filled with arts & crafts, sports & physical fitness, creative & dramatic play, science & nature, cooking projects, swimming and field trips. Summer Day Camps are open Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for ages 5-12 and our NEW! Teen Leadership Development Camps are for youth ages 13-16 (offered at Ensley location but transportation offered to/ from Northeast location). For more information, please call Angela Stephens, Director at 850-478-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Dates: First Weekday after Santa Rosa County Schools let out til the last weekday before the following school year starts. The City of Gulf Breeze provides a summer day camp for boys and girls, ages 5-14. Children must have completed Kindergarten in order to attend camp. They are grouped ages 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, and 11-14; children may not be changed out of their age groups. We provide two drinks per day plus snacks, and there is a water fountain available. Bring Daily: Lunch, Backpack w/ Swimsuit, Towel, Sunscreen, and Tennis shoes. Cost is $20 per day 1st child, $15 each additional child plus additional cost of Field Trips. Hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. All field trips will be on Thursday of each week. There is a $10-15 charge for weekly field trips. *Some field trips are subject to change in price* Registration forms can be picked up at the office of the Community Center.
website for more information on our Summer STEAM Workshops, Kids Night Out program, and other classes throughout the summer. Be sure to stop by the museum and visit our exciting new exhibit, SMALLab! SMALLab will have you out of your seat in a groundbreaking experience that places YOU at the center of the action! 850-664-1261 email@example.com www.ecscience.org
Falbo’s Family Karate Summer Camp
3031 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Join us for Family Karate Summer Camp. We open daily at 7:30 am (extended hours available beginning at 6:30 a.m.) and pick up is after their karate class or by 6:00 p.m. Choose daily or weekly. Great fun including field trips, beach outings, swimming, IMAX, waterparks, Blue Angel show and much more. Daily field trips are: Mondays – swimming - $5. Tuesdays - movie $5. Wednesdays – bowling - $7 and includes Lunch. Thursdays – skating - $11 and includes CiCi’s lunch. Fridays – See Schedule. Space is limited. 850-934-7977 firstname.lastname@example.org www.falbosfamilykarate.com
Grace Lutheran Church
6601 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Amazing Grace Christian Preschool 2017-2018 VPK & Preschool Early Enrollment Now! Summer VBS: Shipwrecked. Dates: June 4th-8th, Grades: (Incoming) Kinder-5th (Outbound), Time: 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Faith, fellowship and fun every night! 850-476-5667 www.gracepensacola.org
Greater Little Rock Preschool
901 North A Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Greater Little Rock Preschool invites you to enjoy some summer fun! Summer session runs May 29 – August 10 for ages 5 through 11. Hours are 7:00 a.m.– 5:30p.m.
850-433-9476 email@example.com www.glrock. org
Kids 4 Fun Summer Day Camp
850-478-1222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ymcanwfl.org
John Duncan Plaza, 2258 Highway 87 South, Navarre, FL 32566
Argo Adventure Kids Camp
4062 Avalon Boulevard, Milton, FL 32583
11000 University Parkway, Building 72, Room 282A, Pensacola, FL 32514 Camp features activities for grade levels K-5th for the 2017/2018 school year. Campers enjoy daily access to our 36foot Climbing Wall and Aquatic Center, traditional and non-traditional sports and daily enrichment activities. Campers will experience state of the art facilities, professional staffing, and a safe, enriching environment. Camp opens 7:30am and pick-up is available until 5:30pm. Register for individual weeks or the whole summer. Dates and themes: Week 1 (May 29 - June 1)- It’s a Bug’s Life *Note: No camp Monday, May 28 due to Memorial Day, Week 2 (June 4 - June 8) - Mission Argonauts, Week 3 (June 11 - June 15) - Into Magic Kingdom, Week 4 (June 18- June 22) -Five Days of Summer, Week 5 (June 25 - June 29) - Everyday Heros, Week 6 (July 2 - July 6) - No Camp: Happy 4th of July!, Week 7 (July 9 July 13) - Show your Skills, Week 8 (July 16 - July 20) - Under the Sea, Week 9 (July 23 - July 27) - Wild Wild West, Week 10 (July 30 - August 3) - Farewell to Summer
850-474-2539 email@example.com www.uwf.edu/argokids
Blessed Star Montessori Christian School
9151 North Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Children’s Sessions (ages 3-6) – Four educational and engaging week-long sessions include instruction in individual dance, group dance, character acting, mime work, and crafts. Attend just one week or all four, as Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
850-530-6078 firstname.lastname@example.org 850-530-6078 email@example.com
Stonebrooke Plaza, , 5642 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 850-530-6078 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cokesbury Methodist Children’s Center
5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Join us for a summer of fun! Children ages K-5th grade (preschool summer program also available) Weekly themes and field trips. Breakfast, lunch and PM snacks provided. M-F, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Imagine spending your summer break in a fun, energetic, and positive setting learning the exciting sport of gymnastics and having tons of fun! Daily activities include trips to the bowling alley, skating rink, parks, movies, and much more and are included! And let’s not forget the GYMNASTICS! Every day a student attends camp, they will receive an extended, structured gymnastics class that fits their skill level and experience! We open bright and early at 6:30am and are available until 6pm for your convenience! “
850-476-5847 email@example.com www.cokesburychurch.com/childrens-center
Cub Scout Day Camps- Pensacola Bay
Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32526 We are looking forward to “Bug Hunter”, the theme for Pine Forest United Methodist’s Day Camp. Day Camp will be held June 4-7th , 2017 from 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. and Friday, June 8th from 8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. 850-476-6336 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfcoastcouncil.org
Emerald Coast Science Center
31 Memorial Parkway SW, Fort Walton, FL 32548 Join the Science Center this summer for fun and educational camps, workshops, and more! Visit our
2000 Toni Street, Pensacola, FL 32504 Summer Camp in the KinderWorld Kool Zone is fun! Our school-aged kids have their own building and playground. This space has video games, arcade games, art center, home living center, science center, block center, music center, and lots of fun activities including exciting field trips! This past summer we had Kids Zumba, swimming, movies, bowling, skating, and much, much more. Call or visit our website today for summer details. License C01ES0101 850-477-7080 email@example.com www.mykinderworld.com
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Malena’s Mini School
9318 Pensacola Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32534 We offer many weekly activity selections including swimming, cooking, crafts, movies, and field trips. Two camp levels offered: Junior Campers (4 and 5 year olds) and Senior Campers (Kindergarten through grade 5). Fees are: $135 weekly Tuition (4-5 year olds entering kindergarten); $115 weekly Tuition (school ages 5-12); $150 one-time activity fee. Enrollment in the day camp includes daily breakfast, lunch, and snack and a receive a FREE camp shirt! 850-478-5733 firstname.lastname@example.org www.malenasminischool.com
2275 East Johnson Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32514 We offer a fun filled summer schedule for your child. Going on field trips weekly, and playing outside on our playgrounds guarantees happy kids this summer. Field Trips include: the beach, bowling, movies, skating, Sam’s Surf City, and more.
850-479-6031 email@example.com www.misskathys.com
Montessori School of Pensacola Early Childhood Camp
1010 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 MSP offers summer camp for students currently in Preschool-Kindergarten. Camp is 8:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. Cost is $150/week. Themes alternate from week to week and include such creative and enriching topics as cooking, drama, “Around the World”, jewelry, and science. Students may attend all summer or pick and choose weeks. Non-MSP students are invited to attend camps. In addition to the 8:00a.m. to 11:30 a.m. camp time, there is also early morning and afternoon (8:00a.m. - 2:30p.m. or 7:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.) extended camp times. 850-469-8138 lsgodwin@montessoripen-
Pullum Family YMCA
2379 Pawnee Drive, Navarre, FL 32566 Ages 5-13 / Daily Activities, Swimming (twice a week), Field Trips (twice a week) / 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. / June 4th – August 10th
850-936-0049 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ymcanwfl.org
Super Summer Kid’s Camp – PTSDA Karate
2500 Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534 We offer a safe and exciting children’s program for the entire summer. Children love our karate classes, field trips and fun activities. Parents enjoy knowing that their child is safe and will sleep well from all the activities. Drop off is between 7:00a.m-9:00a.m. and pick up is by 6:00p.m. daily. Visit ptsda.com for more information. 850-478-0680 Terri@ptsda.com www.ptsda.com
Educational & Miscellaneous Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp ad on page 34
1750 Radford Boulevard - Ste B, Pensacola, FL 32508 Parents! What are your kids doing this summer? Launch your own rocket, build gliders, watch a Blue Angels practice (if available) and experience a Giant Screen movie and exciting flight simulators - all in one week! Sign up for the Flight Adventure Deck Summer Camp held at the National Naval Aviation Museum, located on NAS Pensacola. Taught by teachers, campers will learn the science and math of flight and expand their knowledge of naval aviation history with tours of
museum exhibits, aircraft and the National Flight Academy! The following one week sessions are available but fill up quickly: June 4-9, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30- Aug 3. Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Camp is open only to youth entering the 5th or 6th grade. Fees are $175 per Camper, per session. Campers must arrange their own transportation and bring their own lunch. To register go to: www.navalaviationfoundation.org/what-we-do/ fad-summer-camp/ 850-453-2389 email@example.com www.navalaviationfoundation.org
National Flight Academy ad on page 34
Naval Air Station, 1 Fetterman Way, Pensacola, FL 32508 The National Flight Academy offers one of the most exciting and immersive educational environments in the world, inspiring students to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an aviation-themed adventure aboard a simulated land-locked aircraft carrier. From six-day Deployments to one-day Adventures, the National Flight Academy ignites imagination and encourages learning. Six-day programs starting at $850. Discount offered for active duty or retired military. 850-458-7836 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nationalflightacademy.com
Pensacola Cooks Kitchen Summer Camp ad on page 16
3660 Barrancas Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32507 Learn essential skills to prepare recipes with varying themes! Please see website for age groups, hours and dates. Camp themes this year include Camp Jr. Pastry continued...
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Animals, Monsters and Beasts!
Chef: Baking 101; Camp Gardener Chef: Cooking Nature’s Colors from the PCK Garden; Camp Personal Chef: Cooking Fun, Flavorful Family Meals; Camp World Traveler Chef: International Dishes and Desserts; Camp Party Chef: Cooking & Styling Food For Year-Round Celebrations; Camp “From Scratch” Chef: Advanced Cooking & Baking, Building Flavor Profiles. Price: $200 per child per camp. 850-456-0743 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolacooks.com
Pensacola MESS Hall ad on page 22
116 North Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Engage your young scientist in a summer of discovery, with themes like: Robot Set Code, EcoQuest, Space Troopers, Anatomy Academy, and Girls Who Code (new for 2018). Most camps are week-long, half day, divided by age groups. Morning sessions are 9:0012:00pm, afternoon sessions are 1:00pm-4:00pm, with extended-day available. Two weeks of camps with our partners First City Art Center are full-day (themes: Inventor’s workshop, Materials Matter). Two weeks of Science Sampler offers single-day registrations with extended day options. For full camp descriptions, dates, times, and pricing visit our website. As always, members receive a 20% discount on camp registration. Space is limited, sign up today! 877-937-6377 email@example.com www.pensacolamesshall.org
4-H Day Camps
Langley Bell 4-H Center, 3730 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL 32533 Looking for interactive, fun, and educational activities? Join 4-H in our special interest day camps. Camp themes in the past have included Aerospace Planes and Rockets, Woodworking and Craftsmanship, Hay Day Hay Bailing Day Camp, Ecosystem and Forestry Prescribed Burning Day Camp. Closed-toed shoes should be worn at all camps and youth should bring a sack lunch. Dates: To be Announced at a later date, unless otherwise noted, Times: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day, Ages: 5-18 years old, unless otherwise specified. Please check our website (escambia.ifas. ufl.edu/4h/) or our Facebook Page (UF IFAS Escambia County 4-H) to keep up with information on these and other upcoming events! 850-475-5230 firstname.lastname@example.org www.escambia.ifas.ufl.edu
Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola FL 32504 Come create creatures of all sizes and shapes in this full day art camp! This camp offers a unique opportunity for in depth investigation into a theme through extended art making sessions and intimate class sizes in a Montessori environment. Projects include wearable art (think shirts, hats, and animal ears), stuffed creatures, printmaking, exploratory painting techniques (blown ink creations), collaborative art and more! The week culminates in a child-organized art show from 3-3:45 where artists get to share their unique creations with family and friends. Cost: $ 335 includes non-refundable $20 material fee due at sign up. June 4th-8th, 8am3pm, Ages: 7-13
850-469-8138 email@example.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/
Pensacola, FL Each spring, Autism Pensacola (API) offers a free training to the community on inclusion in youth recreation programs. API hopes to create more opportunities for children with disabilities to have the same recreational experiences as children without disabilities. Through training from the National Inclusion Project, as well as inclusion support from API, we hope to show parents new avenues of summer fun for their children with special needs. For more information about training and support, contact the office at (850) 434-7171. 850-434-7171 firstname.lastname@example.org www.autismpensacola.org/our-programs/kids-for-camp/
Explore Summer Camps
University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 University of West Florida’s Explore Summer Camps present awesome opportunities for incoming kindergarten to incoming 12th grade students to widen their horizons and discover new strengths. Taught by certified teachers and professionals, our programs are carefully designed to be engaging and fun. We are returning this summer with some old favorites including Code Kids, Explore Hogwarts, Marine Science and adding many soon-to-be new favorite camps like All about Bots, Hip Hop Dance, and SeaPerch Robotics! See our website for more details. 850-473-7468 ExploreCamps@uwf.edu www.uwf.edu/explorecamps
Recycle, Re-imagine, ReUSE
8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 The American Autism and Rehabilitation Center is proud to host a number of programs this summer. Camps available for ages 3-5 years, K-2nd grades,
Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Rediscover new uses for overlooked items in this eco-conscious class. This camp offers a unique opportunity for in depth investigation into a theme through extended art making sessions and intimate class sizes
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in a Montessori environment. During this full day art camp children will create up-cycled artwork that focuses on the functional. Create beads and bowls from paper, learn how to weave with plastic bags; breathe new life into an old clothing item through alterations, use tin cans to create beautiful candle holders, create wallets out of duct tape and so much more! The week culminates in a child-organized art show from 3-3:45 where artists get to share their unique creations with family and friends. Cost: $ 335 includes non-refundable $20 material fee due at sign up. July 29th – August 3rd, 8am-3pm, Ages: 7-13
850-469-8138 email@example.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/
The UWF Historic Trust and the Florida Public Archaeology Network
Museum of Commerce- Downtown Pensacola, 201 East Zaragoza Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Discovering Luna’s World : History and Archaeology in Colonial Pensacola. Cost: $115.00, Date: June 25-June 29, Grade: Upcoming 4th-6th grades. Led by Don Tristán de Luna, the first Spanish settlers in Pensacola braved the Gulf of Mexico and trusted their lives to an unknown land and future. Although Luna’s settlement was destroyed by a terrible hurricane shortly after it was founded, clues to this lost colonial past still surround us today! Campers will join professional historians and archaeologists from the University of West Florida to explore Pensacola’s colonial history and uncover clues about the lives of the many people who called this area home. Focusing on a real-life approach to uncovering the past, this downtown Pensacola-based camp draws from all STEAM disciplines to encourage curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving! Engaging and fun activities include experimental archaeology investigations, historical research, archaeological and historical site tours, and many other relevant hands-on activities. Discover the history and archaeology of the Pensacola area in engaging, hands-on ways. Learn what it takes to be a professional historian and archaeologist. Utilize critical thinking, inference, and deduction skills to conduct original research on historical and archaeological. 850-473-7468 firstname.lastname@example.org
WildNative ECO Camp
Offers educational and fun opportunities for upcoming 7th to 12th grade students. ECO stands for Exciting Coastal Opportunities because of the many activities the students get to experience. Participants will learn about the local environment, marine biology, ecology in a hands-on setting all while gaining experience for a career related field. We offer week long and weekend only camps with both day and overnight options. Find us on Facebook or to speak with someone please call 1-844-900-CAMP. 1-844-900-CAMP www.wildnativetours.com/wildnative-camps/
U.S. Space Camp & Aviation Challenge One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 More details under Overnight Camps. 800-637-7223 www.spacecamp.com
Gymnastics & Cheer Camp Mojo – Mojo Elite Sportz Center ad on page 13
4400 Mobile Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 Summer camp activities feature daily swimming, lots of fitness games and of course, Gymnastics! We also offer parkour and american ninja warrior. We will have outdoor water fun, as well as cool scientific
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The Little Gym ad on page 15
10437 Sorrento Rd, Unit #206, Pensacola, FL 32507 The Little Gym of Pensacola is opening soon and will offer a variety of classes and camps that will combine physical activity, gymnastics, games, and arts & crafts. We’ll help your child beat the heat of summer by staying cool at The Little Gym. 850-495-1734; www.thelittlegym.com/pensacolafl
First City No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Camp
65 East Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Join us for First City’s No Bummer Summer Gymnastics Camp! Our camps run weekly for ages 5 and up. We will have games, obstacle courses, gymnastics, ninja classes, field trips, arts & crafts and more. Check our website periodically for details. Hope to see you this summer. 850-474-1068 firstname.lastname@example.org www.firstcitygymnastics.com
Gulf Breeze Funplex
3123 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Please visit our website or find us on Facebook for upcoming camp dates and details. 850-932-2297 email@example.com www.gulfbreezefunplex.com
Gulf Coast Elite All-Star Cheer
4607 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526 Gulf Coast Elite is Pensacola’s newest competitive all star cheer and tumble gym. We are just finishing our first full season of All Star competition cheer and what an exciting season it has been! We are even expanding our gym to to make room for a second spring floor and a tumble track. We would love to introduce your child to the joy of competitive cheer or grow your child’s cheer experience. We also offer group and individual tumbling classes for all levels. 850-898-3366 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfcoastelitecheer.com
Gulf Coast Gymnastics
1844 Cowen Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Gulf Coast Gymnastics has a SUPER fun day camp that runs all summer long! Day camp includes MUCH movement, fitness, & fun! Each day the boys and girls will participate in some gymnastics, games, arts & crafts, and more! Gulf Coast Gymnastics Camp includes gymnastics class instruction, arts & crafts, games, & more! Summer Camps are for kids ages 5-13 and run Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Join us for a day, a week, or for all 9 weeks! Each week has a new & exciting theme! Your children will have a blast in our premium
air-conditioned facility located across from the Gulf Breeze Zoo! 850-934-3990 email@example.com www.gulfcoastgym.com
Salute Gymnastics Academy
9245 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32534 2018 summer camp dates to be announced soon. 850-969-9111 firstname.lastname@example.org www.salutegymnasticsacademy.com
Horseback Riding Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls ad on page 41
606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 30731 Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! A’top Lookout Mountain, for 50 girls, 8-17; 1 to 9 weeks, 600 acres, English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trails. CHA instructors teach beginner to advanced riders. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your OWN camp horse. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!
706-862-2231 email@example.com www.valleyviewranch.com
Aubrey Hill Summer Riding Camp
2729 Ten Mile Road, Pace, FL 32571 Campers will ride daily as well as learn all about how to take care of horses. We will have several
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Fly Away with Me
Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 This camp will focus on things with wings, especially birds and insects, incorporating scientific observations, creative movement exercises, and many hands-on project.Cost: $275, includes materials. June 11th-15th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12.
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crafts for the kids to enjoy while they take a break from the heat. The following three sessions are for beginner to intermediate riders from age 6-13. Camp will be held Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. We will also have a 4th session for younger riders. Cost is $300.00 per week. $75.00 deposit required. Session one – June 4-8, Session two – June 11-15, Session three – June 18-22. Session Four is our Unicorn Camp for ages 3-5. June 25 - 29 from 9am - 12pm. Cost is $250. 850-396-3102 email@example.com www.aubreyhill.com/summer-riding-camp-summer-camp
Crazy Acres Ranch Summer Horse Camps
3030 Highway 97, Molino, FL 32577 Summer horse camps with no experience necessary. Activities Include: grooming, tacking, riding, obstacle course, swimming, and arts & crafts. Saturday is family day with award ceremony and pizza & pool party. Camp session: June 18-23 for ages 5-17. Cost: $175. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00a.m-2:00p.m, Saturday 8:30a.m1:00p.m. (extended hours available upon request for additional charge) Camp session: July 23-28 for ages 5-17. Cost: $175. Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00a.m2:00p.m, Saturday 8:30a.m-1:00p.m. (extended hours available upon request for additional charge) 850-206-8113 Message on Facebook. Find us on Facebook!
Riverview Camp for Girls
757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 See listing under Overnight Camps for details 800-882-0722 www.riverviewcamp.com
Miscellaneous Comics 101
Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Campers will design characters, write stories, and create their cover and at least 1 finished page of their own personal comic. June 18th-22nd, Ages 5th-8th grades 850-469-8138 firstname.lastname@example.org www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/
Explorations in the 4 Elements
Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 This week will focus on the 4 elements: fire, water, earth, air with science experiments, craft projects, and musical instrument demonstrations that center around each of the elements (and some info on weird animals and world records). Cost: $275, includes materials. June 11th-15th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12
850-469-8138 email@example.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/
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Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 This camp will focus on outer space, planets/stars, stories of famous astronauts, and even some Star Wars fun! Cost: $275, includes materials. June 11th-15th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12
850-469-8138 firstname.lastname@example.org www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/
Visit the Enchanted Forest Week: Fairies and Fantastical Creatures
Montessori School of Pensacola, 4100 Montessori Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Campers will go on fairy hunts, make fairy gardens, learn dances and songs, and much more. Cost: $275, includes materials. June 11th-15th, 9am-3pm, Ages: 6-12
850-469-8138 email@example.com www.montessoripensacola.com/learning-at-msp/summer-camp/
Music and Theater Kindermusik by the Bay ad on page 49
Having fun is just the beginning! Our award-winning curricula and world-class educators provide engaging musical learning experiences during the years most critical to brain development. Visit our website for information on spring and summer opportunities! 850-292-0519 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bythebay.kindermusik.com
Piedmont Place Music & Art Studios ad on page 6
6706 N. 9th Avenue Suite B5, Pensacola, FL 32504 Piedmont Place Studios offers exciting, fun, and educational camps throughout spring and summer - Working with various mediums such as charcoal drawing or painting with acrylics and water, resin art, and much more. Please call us for details on dates, times, and more detailed information.
Gulf Breeze High School Drama CampOne or Two Week camp
675 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Experience a themed adventure each day in this fun day camp for rising Kindergarten through 9th grade. Over the course of both weeks drama camp activities include singing, dancing, acting, stagecraft, improvisation, stage combat, crafts and more. Choose week one, week two or both! Week one focuses on theatre fundamentals and week two focuses on putting the fundamentals into action for the show on June 22. Camp rates are $175 for one week or $325 for two weeks. Early bird registration discount by May 1 is $160 for one week or $295 for two weeks. Included in the camp fee are two snacks daily, dinner on show day (June 22) and a t-shirt. Campers bring their own lunch. Email email@example.com to request a registration form or for any inquiries. Dates/Times: June 11-15 & June 18-22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. Meet at GBHS Gym Lobby. firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook!
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Minds on Music
3206 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Minds on Music will again be hosting a fun summer filled with music camps. 850-420-6473 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mindsonmusic.net
Pensacola Children’s Chorus Summer Festival
46 East Chase Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 July 23 – 28 will be a fun week of skill development with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. This Summer Festival is open for students entering 3rd grade thru completing 8th. Hours are 9am – 4pm. Tuition is $175. 850-434-7760 email@example.com www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com
Pensacola Home School Band & Strings
Mcllwain Presbyterian Church, 1220 East Blount Street, Pensacola, FL 32503 Offering 3 one-week camps. Intro to Music – Students will have the opportunity to try out a variety of musical instruments from the woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion families. Intermediate Camp – Students with at least one year of music experience with a concert band or stringed instrument will enjoy engaging, multisensory instruction in the elements of music with the benefit of group participation. Students will learn music history and gain proficiency in music theory and technique. Advanced Camp – For current Wind Ensemble or Chamber Strings students. Students currently in an intermediate group may attend with director approval. Dates: June TBA
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5 Center Road, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 We have music for everyone! Camps offered in 3 different summer sessions. This summer we will offer Kindermusik (ages birth – 3 years); Preschool Music Camp (ages 3-5); Elementary Music Camp (ages 6-10, entering grades 1-5th); Private Lessons in piano, guitar, voice, percussion, woodwinds, and brass.
302-515-ARTS (2787) firstname.lastname@example.org www.piedmontstudios.org
Gull Point Resource Center, 7000 Spanish Trail, Pensacola, FL 32504 An introductory/beginner camp for students interested in the basic concepts of Musical Theater; singing, acting and dancing. Dates: July 24-27; Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.; Ages: 6-14; Cost: $55 City resident/ $65 Non resident
400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Summer Stars (Ages 10-16) PLT’s premier summer camp! This all-inclusive, 3-week day camp is perfect for young actors that have always wanted to perform on stage in a full-length play. From auditions to rehearsals to performances, experience the entire process of putting on a show. No previous performance experience required, this is a show where everyone is guaranteed a part!Improv Intensive (Ages 13-17) A 2-week day camp perfect for young actors who have always wanted to try their hand at improvisation .Other
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Pensacola Opera Summer Camp
75 South Tarragona Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Week long summer camp sessions introduce children and teens ages 8-18 to the magic of opera including vocal coaching, dramatic training, audition techniques, and set design. Each camp session culminates in a final performance by the campers, for friends and families. Teen Opera Camp (ages 13-18) June 25-29, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a final performance June 29th at 5:00 PM at the Pensacola Opera Center. $175 tuition. Youth Opera Camp (ages 8-12) July 9-13, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with final performance July 13th at 5:00 PM at the Pensacola Opera Center. $150 tuition. 850-433-6737 firstname.lastname@example.org www. pensacolaopera.com
SETSCO - Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company
1010 North 12th Ave, Suite 211, Pensacola, FL 32501 Camp dates and description will be announced at a later time. Please see our website for updates 662-278-8383 email@example.com www.setsco.org
Overnight Camps Camp Beckwith ad on page 28
10400 Beckwith Lane, Fairhope, AL 36532 Summer Camp Sessions begin June 2, 2018 - July 29, 2018. Join us for spiritual growth, and memoryfilled summers through Summer Camp. Our camp sits among sweet gum trees and beautiful grasslands alongside the shores of Weeks Bay in Baldwin County. Beckwith offers overnight camps, training camp, sailing camp, and family camp for grades 1st – 12th. For detailed descriptions of camp sessions, rates, photos, and registration information, visit our website under summer camps. 251-928-7844 firstname.lastname@example.org www.beckwithal.com
Camp O’ the Pines ad on page 14
10031 Highway 29 North, Molino, FL 32577 Set in the wooded hills of Escambia County, Camp o’ the Pines provides wholesome fun and recreation for campers ages 8–12. This one-of-a-kind overnight camp fills each week with countless opportunities for having fun and learning skills, offering swimming, volleyball, archery, marksmanship, table tennis, canoeing, paddleboats, water slides, and more. Campers can even get a bird’s-eye view of camp as they soar through the air on zip lines. Camp o’ the Pines also teaches Bible truths to lead youth to knowledge of Christ. Camp dates for 2018: Week 1 - June 17–22, Week 2 - June 24–June 29, Week 3 - July 1–6, Week 4 - July 8–13 and Week 5 July 15-20. 850-898-2170 Reservations@CampOPines.com www.campopines.com
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Summer Camp ad on page 21, 39
101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 The Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers hands-on adventures with the best educational staff around. Overnight campers, 5th through 12th graders, discover coastal Alabama habitats from the beautiful bay, to the fascinating marshes, and Dauphin Island’s sunny beaches. continued... See and do new things.
more! This summer also hosts some dynamic speakers. Youth Group rate is $130 per camper/sponsor and individual rate is $180/camper. Registration fee is $50 ($30 if registered by April 15). For more information or to register, visit our website. 850-969-1555 Reservations@teenextremecamp.com www.teenextremecamp.com
4-H Summer Camp – Camp Timpoochee
Overnight Camps: Barrier Island Explorer (rising 5th6th grade) June 3-6, June 10-13, July 8-11. Marine DeTECHtives (rising 6th-8th grade) June 20-22. Gulf Island Journey (rising 7th-9th grade) June 3-8, June 24-29, July 1-6, and July 22-27. Bay Voyager (rising 9th-12th grade) July 15-20. 251-861-2141 (ext. 7515) email@example.com www.disl.org
4750 Timpoochee Lane, Niceville, FL 32578 Providing outdoor adventures, trained camp staff, supervisory counselors, and a week of fun in a safe and positive environment full of games and challenges. Camp Timpoochee has access to both fresh and saltwater for fun and learning. Campers compete in daily and weekly competitions with an emphasis on developing teamwork, communication, and other life skills. Dates: June 4-8, 2018, There are only 40 spots available, and are on a first come basis. Cost: $230. This fee includes meals for 5 days, lodging, a t-shirt, snack every day, and all camp activities for the week. Times: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. each day. Ages: 8-18 years old. Please check our website (escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/) or our Facebook Page (UF IFAS Escambia County 4-H) to keep up with information on these and other upcoming events! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local 4-H office, The Escambia County 4-H Office (850-475-5230), or aschortinghouse@ ufl.edu. 850-475-5230 firstname.lastname@example.org www.escambia.ifas.ufl. edu/4h/4-h-summer-camp
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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Science Course ad on page 21, 39
101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Marine Science Course for High School Students (current 9th-12 grade) June 10 – July 6. Live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and immerse yourself in the world of marine science. Learn by doing in the field, in the lab, and on the boat. You’ll have the chance to connect with DISL researchers, aquarists, and faculty. This course also offers science credit to students. 251-861-2141 (ext. 7515) email@example.com www.disl.org
Teen Extreme Youth Camp
Pensacola Christian College, 250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 An exciting, affordable summer camp for church youth groups and teens on a Christian College Campus. Some of the exciting activities include rock wall climbing, basketball, music, paintball, water park fun, ice skating, racquetball, swimming, Segway tours and Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
5278 Camp Ascca Drive, Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Camp ASCCA is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and week long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, Camp ASCCA offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, accessible water slide, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a “splash pad”, outdoor adventure elements like the zipline, and much more. 256-825-9226 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campascca.org
29711 Josephine Drive, Elberta, AL 36530 Camp Dixie Lutheran Outdoor Ministry is a place where campers are able to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually, in a positive way by experiencing, reflecting and evaluating in an outdoorbased Christ centered program. Sessions run from June – July. We offer a special weekend Family Camp for 3yr olds thru 2nd grade with a parent. Week Long sessions are available for 2nd-12th Grade. Swimming, Kayaking, Bible study, archery, challenge course,
arts and crafts, campfires and more. Other activities may include large group games, sand volleyball and many more! Specialty camps including rocket and horse camp are also offered. Located on the beautiful Perdido Bay in Elberta, AL. Visit our website for more information and registration.
251-987-1201 email@example.com www.campdixieministries.org
1318 Fairview Boulevard, Fairview, TN 37062 For over seven decades Camp Marymount has provided the Nashville Diocese and families from all over the world a summer camp experience filled with community, faith, fun and simplicity on 340 acres of beautiful middle Tennessee land. We offer four overnight summer sessions – two for girls, and two for boys – to rising 1st graders thru rising 11th graders. Campers enjoy swimming and water sports, arts and crafts, horsemanship, archery, riflery, canoeing, drama and dance for girls, wrestling for boys, frisbee golf, working on the camp newsletter, and much, much more. Camp Marymount opens children’s eyes to nature and their surroundings. We give them time and space to try interesting hobbies, develop new skills and discover the beauty of the world around them. From sun up to , special friendships and great fun! 615-799-0410 firstname.lastname@example.org www.campmarymount.com
171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Camp Walkabout is the no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors for kids ages 8-16 years old. Overnight Walkabout Camp sessions begin June 10 and run through July 7, 2018! Campers will climb the world renowned Tennessee wall sandstone one day, explore the amazing underground world of a cave the next and paddleboard the mighty Tennessee River Gorge another. Camp Walkabout optimizes every day to find new adventures, leadership opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. Camp Walkabout truly is the most fun a camper can have in the summer! 423-267-8506 ext. 827 email@example.com www.baylorschool.org/summer
Riverview Camp for Girls
757 County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 Riverview is an all girl’s overnight camp in Mentone, Alabama, on top of Lookout Mountain. (45 minutes south of Chattanooga, 1.5 hours from Huntsville, Al and 2 hours from Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham!) Riverview offers both one and two-week sessions all summer long for girls ages 6-16 years. Horse riding, swimming, nature trails, ropes, sports, arts and crafts, and much more! There are also weekend retreats for mother-daughter adventures. Camp runs from end of May – August 2018. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 800-882-0722 firstname.lastname@example.org www.riverviewcamp.com
Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp & Space Camp Robotics
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 Space Camp is the ultimate unique camp experience where trainees train like astronauts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Aviation Challenge Camp immerses trainees in the fascinating realms of flight while learning about the basics of the military lifestyle. Space Camp Robotics trainees engineer and design robots for land, air and sea. Camp programs are offered from ages 7 – 100. Everyone from students, families, adults and educators can experience these exciting camps. For more information on programs, dates and other information, please visit www.spacecamp.com or call (800) 637-7223. 256-837-3400; 800-637-7223 email@example.com www.spacecamp.com/sc
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Sports Camp 39th Chip Boes Championship Basketball Camp 2018 ad on page
Malcolm Yonge Community Center, 925 East Jackson Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Group and individual instruction, league and tournament play with age appropriate goals and balls. Each camper receives a basketball, camp shirt and more. For Boys and Girls. Dates: June 4 – 8, June 18 – 22, July 16 – 20; Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:30p.m.; Ages: 7-13; Cost: $90 per week. 850-968 9299 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chipboes.blogspot.com
British Soccer Camp 2018
Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 Each camp will feature the 1,000 Touches Curriculum, packed with drills and practices designed to improve individual ball control, foot skills, fakes, moves, juggling and core technique. For Boys and Girls. Dates: June 11 – 15; Ages: 3-14; Cost varies. Register online 678-540-1591 email@example.com www.challengersports.com
Cordova Lanes Pins & Pals ad on page 45
2111 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 You’ll begin with bowling basics and end with a greater appreciation for bowling and a comfort level that’ll let you enjoy bowling more; all with your very own bowling ball. Coaches are available to help you develop a killer shot, or to just show you enough to allow you to enjoy the sport. Lunch is provided each day. Reserve a seat early, as they go quickly. Once you’ve reserved your seat and paid in full, you’ll be sent to the Pro Shop to
pick out the color of your ball and have it fitted just for you! Contact Us for more details. Pins & Pals Summer Camp runs June 4- August 3, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Ages 5 to 18; Cost: $130 (+tax) per week. Family Fun Night League starts June 5; 6:00 p.m., Cost: $9.00/ person 850-477-2300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cordovalanes.com
North Pensacola Optimist Club Soccer Camp 2018
Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Camp conducted by Joe Bartlinski - UWF Women’s Soccer Head Coach & Players. For Boys and Girls. Mail Registration to David Werdung, 793 Cedar Tree Lane, Cantonment 32533. Onsite registration available first day. Make checks Payable to Dave Werdung. Questionsemail@example.com Dates: July 16 - 20, Ages / Times: 6 – 9 / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 10 - 17/4:00 pm– 7:00 pm Cost: $ 75 firstname.lastname@example.org www.PensacolaYouthSoccer.com
Play Pensacola Girls Volleyball Camp ad on page
Malcolm Yonge Gym, 925 East Jackson Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Don’t miss this great camp conducted by Pensacola State College Head Volleyball Coach, Chris Laird. Mail registration to Exchange Park 3200 East Lakeview Ave. Pensacola 32503. Onsite registration available first day. Make Checks Payable to Chris Laird. Dates: June 12 - 15, Time: 9:00a.m. - Noon, Ages: 9 - 14, Cost: $85 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Summer Camp at Roger Scott Tennis
Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Arts and crafts, outdoor games, tennis instruction, fun tennis games, swimming at the Vickery Pool. Dates: Nine Weekly camps June 4-August 13. No camps July 2-6, Ages: 5-13, Days/Times: M-F, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m., see www.rogerscotttennis.com for application to print and turn into desk with payment. 850-912-4103 www.rogerscotttennis.com
Bazooka Soccer Camp
2 weeks in Pensacola Florida includes our extended Advanced, Quality, Competitive Soccer and Academic Program for players of all ages. Bazooka Soccer Academy accepts players of all levels to our camps. Our program focuses on technical and tactical development of a player which will help individual players to challenge themselves at O.D.P, State, Regional, National level and Beyond. For more details and registration information, visit our website and click on camps. Session 1. July 5-9, 2018. Session 2. July 10-14, 2018. 850-356-2996 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bazookasoccer.com
British Soccer Camp 2018
Shoreline Park (June 25 -29) & Tiger Point Park (July 30-August 3), Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada. Our experienced staff study the game at all levels and will help players improve their core techniques and become more confident on the ball. With programs for each age, the curriculum includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games and
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FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Instructional Clinic with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Blue Wahoos Stadium, 251 West Cedar Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 All skill levels between the ages of 6-14, boys and girls. Contact Amanda Helton at the contact number or email above for times and registration information. 770-401-9083 firstname.lastname@example.org www.baseball.youthsportsclinics.com
Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy
Location determined at a later date (check website), Gulf Breeze, FL Gulf Breeze Futbol Academy Camp with Full-time Dynamo Juniors staff including two former FC Barcelona academy coaches. 5 day, 3 hour camp designed to coach players and teams to play like FC Barcelona. Visit our website for updates on dates and location.
Cheerleading- June 6-10 & July 11-15. Ages 5-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost $100, Samantha Cook, email@example.com, 850-776-7871. Football - June 19-22. Ages 8 – 14. 5:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Cost $100, Greg Seibert, firstname.lastname@example.org, 436-6400 x130. Volleyball - July 24-27; Grades 5-7, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; Grades 4-6, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Grades 8-12, General Skill Camp 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., Hitting Camp 4:30 6:30 Cost per camp $100.00 ( 2 Camp Sessions $175.00), Please contact Giulio Simonelli, email@example.com, 206-9024. Dance Team- June 26-29. Ages 6-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost $100, Heather Smith, hsmith@pensacolachs. org, 377-7199. Girls Soccer- July 2629. Ages 7-14. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost $100, Mark Yepishin, myepishin@ pensacolachs.org, 418-3944. More info www.ladycrusaderssoccer.com. Boys Soccer- Check website for dates! Contact: Del Greatwood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 292-2205. LaCrosse- June 12-15 & July 17-20. 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Ages 7 – 14. Cost $100, Scott Bartkowski, email@example.com, 375-6622. Girls’ Lacrosse – June 18 – 21. Grades 3 – 8, 9:00 – Noon $100 Jenn Buer firstname.lastname@example.org. Boys’ Lacrosse – Check www.pensacolachs.org (Athletics) for dates & details or contact Kerry McDowell email@example.com. Boys & Girls Soccer – June 18 – 21, Ages 8-14, 9:00 – 11:00 (Early drop off at 8:30) $100 Del Greatwood 850-292-2205 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICE Soccer Camps at University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway , Pensacola, FL 32514 Run by UWF Soccer Coaches. Elite ID Camp July 21-22. Ages 13 and Up Overnight $275/ Day Camp $185. Indoor/Outdoor Day Camp July 23-27(9:00 am Noon). Ages 7-13 $155
850-474-3226 email@example.com www.WestFloridaSoccer.com
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850-291-7100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.acevolleyballcamps.com/Summer_Camp_Info.htm
Surf, Swim, Fishing, Boating Milestone Aquatic Club Summer Day Camp ad on page 18
35 New Market Street, Cantonment, FL 32533 Summer Day Camp runs May 29th - August 10th. Participants may register for any week of the summer of their choosing as camp consists of weekly sessions. All sessions must be registered for before the deadline. Full day - $125/week per child. Half day - $75/week per child. Sibling discounts are available. Camp hours are 7:30am - 5:30pm. Late stay is offered from 5:30pm-6:30pm for an additional $3 /day per child. Activities include recreational swim, outside activities, educational time, games, arts & crafts, Friday pizza parties, and movie day! Swim lessons are also available for an additional $30/ week Monday - Thursday. For the camp to be held, a minimum of 10 full day kids are required to be signed up before the following deadline: May 14th. If there are any questions, please call. We look forward to hearing from you! 850-637-1295 email@example.com
Pensacola Yacht Club Summer Sailing ad on page 37
850-602-7540 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfbreezefa.com
3043 West Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505 Baseball - Check website for dates or contact: Richard LaBounty, email@example.com, 436-6400 x112 or 696-9636. Boys’ Basketball- June 19-22 & July 17-20. Ages 8-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost $100 Jeff Gill, jgill@ pensacolachs.org, 829-5753. Girls’ Basketball Fundamentals- June 12-15. Ages 9-14. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost $100, Tommy Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 776-7959. Girls’ Basketball Shooting Camp - June 12-15. Ages 10-14.12:30-2:30 p.m. Cost $100 Tommy Williams, email@example.com, 776-7959.
$100 ($115 AFTER 6/25). Team Camp: July 10-12, Ages: High School Team- JV or Varsity ONLY, Cost: 7 Players or more: Resident: $330 per player ($360 after 6/17)/ Commuter: $270 per player ($300 after 6/17).
UWF Volleyball Camps
11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514 Youth Camp I: July 23-25, Ages: 4th-8th grade, Time: 5:30p.m-7:30p.m., $100 ($115 after 6/17). Youth Camp II: July 30-August 1, Ages: 4th-8th grade, Time: 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m., $100 ($115 after 6/17). General Skills Camp: July 16-18, Ages: 9th-12th grade, Cost for Residents: $325 ($350 after 6/17) / Commuter: $275 ($300 after 6/17). Positional Camp I: July 9, Ages: 9th-12th grade, Time: 12:00-2:30pm / 3:30-5:30pm, $100 ($115 AFTER 6/25). Positional Camp II: July 15, Ages: 9th-12th grade; Time:12:00-2:30pm / 3:30-5:30pm
1897 Cypress Street, Pensacola, FL 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 self-reliance. Participants will have the opportunity to experience remote control, windsurfing, Flying Scot, 420, Laser and Optimist sailing, depending on ability and desire. Camp fee is $345/week for non-members and $295/week for PYC members. Each camp session is one week, Monday – Friday from 9:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. There will be 9 weekly sessions offered this summer beginning June 4. For more information, contact Cesar Travado - sdpyc@outlook. com - www.pensacolayachtclub. org (Junior Sailing Label) 850-208-1705 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolayachtclub.org
Play Pensacola Beginning Fishing Camp
Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Your child will have fun learning how to fish and enjoy the outdoors. They will also receive a tackle box and fishing pole at the end of camp. Monday thru Thursday will be fun learning and fishing
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days and Friday will be the family fish fry. Dates: May 29-June 1, June 18-22 Time: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ages: 6-10, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac. cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Advanced Fishing Camp
Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 If your kid knows how to fish and wants to learn some places around our great City of Pensacola to fish this is the camp for them!!! This camp will take them fishing Monday thru Thursday learning and fishing along the way with a fish fry on Friday for the kids and their families. Dates: June 4-8, June 25-29, Time: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ages: 9-14, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola Adventure Camp Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 This is one of those camps your child will talk about for years!!! They will have fun kayaking, fishing, and shooting archery all week. Dates: June 11-15, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3, Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, Ages: 8-14, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non-residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 email@example.com www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Play Pensacola SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) Camp
Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 South I Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Instructor Leah Seacrest will teach your child the fundamentals of Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). Leah will teach the safety in a pool setting first before taking them to paddle on the open water. Dates: July 9-13; Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm, Ages: 9-14, Cost: $130 City residents/$140 Non residents. Registration for Outdoor Camps will begin April 2 at 7:30 a.m. online at webtrac.cityofpensacola.com. 850-516-9382 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playpensacola.com/940/Summer-Camps
Waterboyz Surf, Skate & Skimboard Camps ad on page 4
Pensacola Beach (Surf Camp and Skimboard Camp), Waterboyz skatepark (Skate Camp), 380 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501 Waterboyz Surf Camps are held on Pensacola Beach Mon. - Thur. from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.. Camp size is limited! Must be at least 7 years old and a good swimmer. Waterboyz Surf Camp is $170. Instruction includes Surfing, Paddleboarding, Ocean Awareness and Safety, Wave Knowledge and Etiquette. 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 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Each skater sets their own goal at the beginning of the week (how to drop-in, ollie, grind, etc.) and our instructors help continued...
Check out our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for swim news and updates. Please call for more information and registration instructions. 850-484-1312 email@example.com www.gpacswimteam.com
Innerlight Surf Camp
them get there. The Waterboyz Skate Camp is $120. Instruction includes Skating, Awareness and Safety, Skate Knowledge and Etiquette. Waterboyz Skimboard Camps will be held on Pensacola Beach from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mon-Thur. Camp size is limited per week! Must be at least 6 years old and a good swimmer. 850-433-2929 firstname.lastname@example.org www.waterboyz.com/camps
Greater Pensacola Aquatics Club Summer League Swimming
Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504 May 29, 2017 – July 21, 2018. The specific starting date depends on each location’s first practice date.
Pensacola Beach, Whether you’ve never set foot on a board, or just want to sharpen your skills, Surf Camp is a fun and unique experience. Quality instruction from top-notch surf schools selected by Billabong. Learn surfing etiquette, culture, training and techniques, ocean science such as info on waves, tides and marine biology. No worries if the surf is flat we will have other fun games and activities for the participants. Camp includes a surf camp t-shirt, stickers, coupons, and other goodies. Surf Camp is from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Participants must be at least 8 years old and a strong swimmer…we have had people from 8 – 78 $170 per session. Please see our website for dates and registration forms.
850-549-4011 email@example.com www.innerlightsurf.com
Junior Lifeguard- Pensacola Beach Lifeguards
Quietwater Beach Pavilions, The Pensacola Beach Junior Lifeguard program is an excellent way for young teenagers to learn what it takes to be a “Guardian of the Gulf.” Our program offers an alternative summer camp that promotes physical fitness, training in beach safety and education on the historical, ecological and economic significance of Pensacola Beach. Every Junior Lifeguard will become familiar with medical
equipment, learn all about our beaches and perform mock rescues. Age requirement is 13-15 years old. Upcoming Tryouts are June 9, Upcoming Program Dates: Monday - Friday June 18 - June 29 and the July session is Monday - Friday July 16 - July 28. The tryout to become a Pensacola Beach Junior Lifeguard will take place at the Quietwater Beach Pavilions and will consist of an approximately 400-yard swim in the sound in waist-deep water followed by an approximately one-mile run on the sand. Program cost is $200. For more information visit our website or email adjohnson@ myescambia.com. A parent/guardian must be present at the tryout. 850-554-4301 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolabeachlifeguards.com
Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre, FL 32566 Dolphin Discovery: Ages: Kids entering 3rd-8th; Dates: June 11-15, Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $275. Sea Turtles Mommy and me at the sea: Ages: 4 & 5 year olds, Dates: July 28, Time: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m, Cost: $75. Reefs & Robotics: Ages: Kids entering 5th-8th; Dates: June 18-22, Times: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m, Cost: $300. Guy Harvey Fishing Camp: Ages: 9-14 years old, Dates: July 9-13, Times: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Cost: $375. PaddlePalooza: Ages: Kids entering 3rd-5th grade, Dates: June 25-29, Times: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Cost: $300. Ocean Conservation Mini-Camp: Ages: Kids entering 1st-5th grades, Dates: July 2-3, Times: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, Cost: $100. Arts & the Sea: Ages: Kids entering K-3rd grades, Dates: July 16-20, Times: 8:00 am - 11:00 am, Cost: $175. Fins & Flippers: Ages: Kids entering 3rd - 8th Grade, Dates: July 30 - August 3, Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Cost: $275. 850-261-2141 email@example.com www.navarresciencestation.org GPP
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Goofy Games That Get in Your Head
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Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
Outside the regular rotation of traditional board games, there is a subset of brilliant games that thrive on the absurd. Tossing aside all decorum and dignity, these head-themed entertainments blaze their own trail into the realm of the ridiculous. Employing the tools of slapstick and physical comedy, players face hilarious challenges with no shame and all the exuberance of youth. Ideal for breaking the ice, party gaming or injecting family game night with fresh hilarity, the following games go to the head of the class for comic competition.
by Gerry Paige Smith
Speak Out: Kids vs Parents
Moustache Smash (Spin Master)
Selecting and memorizing your false moustache is just the beginning of this fast-paced match game, as players seek to smash their ‘stache onto the turning cards that duplicate the style or color of their own. If you’re first (and correct) on the smash, you keep the card. But when the Moustache Pass card turns, all players pass their moustache style to the left and that’s when things really get hairy. Despite having the answer right under your nose, keeping up with the changing style and color of your own moustache adds a farcical challenge to this fast-paced smackdown. The player with the most cards when the pile is gone, wins the smash. Keeping in mind that sudden and silly facial hair makes everything better,the mounting tension of this game make it an easy pick for fast fun from the gaming shelf!
Egged On: The Game of Egg Roulette
Pie Face Showdown
Dignity is the first thing to go in this popular game that challenges our most basic speech abilities. Wearing clear plastic mouthpieces players draw a phrase card and try to speak coherently enough to be understood by their teammates. Racing against a timer, the challenge to form words without the use of your lips takes on a desperation that is both maddening and hilarious. Designed for joint play between parents and kids, this version employs to delightful effect 200 doublesided phrase cards that echo the speech of parents (“This place is a pig sty”) and kids (What a bummer, brother”). There’s a fair amount of drool that comes along with the struggle to make yourself understood during game play. But the sheer physical comedy of this celebration of miscommunication is worth every single spoken word.
It takes a bit of bravery to offer up your own face as a target for pie. But the two-player Pie Face Showdown makes it a bit easier as the risk and reward is shared between two players. With two bright cut-outs for players’ faces, the ‘pie’ (watered sponge) is loaded on the throwing arm. Then each player, face exposed, begins frantic button mashing that will unpredictably launch the pie into one player’s face. The throwing arm is also adjustable so that young children can enjoy a more balanced game against faster, more advanced players. The game includes the pie sponge that can be moistened, but whipped cream (not included) is a sweet option, too. There’s no strategy, no long game, no sedate pacing here. Just the excitement and suspense of knowing a pie is incoming, and the destination face is a mystery...until it hits.
Ten eggs in a plastic carton and you must pick one. Some eggs are safe, but some are full of water. With a spinner to direct the choosing, the game play is simple. Players take turns picking plastic refillable eggs from the carton and smashing them on their head. Once you acknowledge that the players are enjoying a juvenile pleasure of smashing eggs on heads, the fun is free to flow. Best played with the under-ten set, this slapstick entertainment maximizes childlike glee as eggs are gently smashed, cracked and tapped on heads to reveal their secret. The amount of water is really small, so the mess is minimal. Ideal for the energetic kids who need an ‘active’ game to keep them engaged, this egg roulette offers up a cracking good time!
Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com
FamilyCalendar Sunday, February 25
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/flora-bama/. Pensacon: Pensacola Comic Con
10 a.m.6 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center and The Pensacola Grand Hotel hours for Celebrity Rooms, Panels, Artist Alley and Dealer floor. There will be additional venue hours for The Pensacola Saenger Theatre, The Rex Theatre, and The Pensacola Little Theatre. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or https://www.showclix.com/event/pensacon2018. Big Daddy Weave & Brandon Heath Concert 7 p.m. Hillcrest Church, 800 E. 9 Mile Rd, Pensacola. Big Daddy Weave is the second most-played artist at Christian AC-Monitored radio in 2014 and the recipient of multiple industry awards and nominations, including: Dove Awards, K-LOVE Fan Awards, Billboard Music Awards and ASCAP Awards. General admission tickets are $20. For tickets or more info, visit http://transparentproductions.com/events/bigdaddy-weave-pensacola. UWF Theatre Dept. Presents The Music Man 2:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the University of West Florida Pensacola campus. Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall. For tickets and info, call (850) 857-6285 or visit uwf.edu/cfpa.
Tuesday, February 27
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Fresh produce to local Lonestar Kitchen to jewelry and soaps. Come support local artists. For more info, visit www. facebook.com/pg/gbfarmersmarket/ or call (850) 867-7263. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
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Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. Featuring various jazz vocalists and musicians weekly through June 26. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit http://www.sevillequarter. com/. Breakfast & A Movie Series at National Naval Aviation Museum Doors open at 9 a.m. Presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a movie at 10 a.m. Enjoy Chick-fil-A breakfast and choice of beverage followed by a presentation and movie in the recently renovated, Giant Screen Digital Theater. Museum historian will present stories of naval aviation history as the Museum Curator and Museum Archivist share pieces of history from the museum’s extensive historical collection. $10 per person and tickets are available for purchase to the first 325 people at the Giant Screen Theater ticket counter. Today’s movie is Rocky Mountain Express. For more info, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ or call (800) 327-5002.
Thursday, March 1
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Looking to try something fun and competitive? Join us for a pick-up game of Pickleball. Spare paddles are limited, so please BYOP. Members play free and guests play for only $3. For more info, call Max at (850) 453-1534 or visit www.pacactive. com. RadioLive Concert Series 5 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. WUWF’s popular monthly acoustic concert series, RadioLive, returns to Historic Pensacola. Our featured artists are Martha’s Trouble, Dana Cooper, and Gurf Morlix. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at radiolive.org or at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts promptly at 6 p.m. For more info, visit wuwf.org/ radiolive or call (850) 473-7433.
Friday, March 2
2018 Round-Robin Tournament Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola. The 5th installment of the Cox Diamond Invitational. Game 1 @ 2 p.m. Nicholls vs. Ohio State (H); Game 2 @ 6 p.m. Southern Miss vs. Eastern Michigan (H). For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http:// pensacolasports.org/coxdiamondinvitational/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Roanoke Railyard Dawgs. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Preschool Art Time - Fabric Printing 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Make a printed wrap to keep or give away using collographs. Artists make their own collographs using foam paper to print on pieces of white fabric. Dress for a mess! Cost: $6/members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. 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. INXS Tribute: Kick- The INXS Experience 8 p.m. Vinyl Music Hal, 2 S. Palafox Place,
Pensacola. Admission: $12-$15. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/.
Saturday, March 3
Bayou Hills Run 10k/5k/ Kids Run Great views, challenging courses, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Fun-seeking families and serious runners alike take to the street of East Hill in Pensacola for the Bayou Hills Run, hosted by Creative Learning Academy. This event includes a 10k, 5k and a 1-Mile Kids’ Run. Register early for discounted pricing, guaranteed T-shirt and personalized bib. For more info and registration, visit www.bayouhillsrun. org. 30th Annual Lumberjack Festival 2018 Pensacola State College, 5988 HWY. 90, Milton. For more info, call (850) 484-4436 or visit www.pensacolastate.edu/lumberjack/. The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Rosa County Fair, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton. Admission: $10 adults/ $5 kids/ FREE for children 4 and under. Come out for two days of medieval fun. Eat, drink and be merry as you are enterained by jousting knights, magical wizards, the jester troup, jugglers, fire breathers, sword swallowers, gypsy dancers, pirates, blacksmiths, falconry, sword fighters, musical minstrels, puppetry, renaissance theater, petting zoo, food & drink, games of skill, merchants with wares and much more. For more info, call (850) 429-8462 or visit http://www.gcrf.us/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents 24 Hour Theatre: Spring 7:30 p.m. Six short oneact plays, cast, written, directed and performed within 24 hours. ESTIMATED RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are available at pensacolalittletheatre.com or by calling (850) 432-2042. Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run 8:30 a.m .- noon @ Englewood Park (Escambia County Park) FREE, one-day event for boys and girls ages 7-14.* Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week. PRIZES/ AWARDS: At each level of competition competitors will receive an item for their participation. Prizes at different levels of competition include certificates, medals, trophies and other awards. National Finalists receive a trip to MLB All-Star Week. * Competitors compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14. Age is determined as of July 17, 2018.
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Papa Haydn 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Explore the musical splendor of Haydn, the beloved and revered “Father of the Symphony” with this evening highlighting the orchestra, UWF Chorus on the effervescent Te Deum and the return of soloist Scott Kluksdahl on the Cello Concerto in C Major. Enjoy Haydn’s brilliance through the drama of “The Representation of Chaos” from
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Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola. The 5th installment of the Cox Diamond Invitational. Game 1 @ 11 a.m. Eastern Michigan vs Nicholls (H); Game 2 @ 3 p.m. Ohio State vs. Southern Miss (H). For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/coxdiamondinvitational/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs. Roanoke Railyard Dawgs. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Sunday, March 4
2018 Round-Robin Tournament Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola. The 5th installment of the Cox Diamond Invitational. Game 1 @ 10 a.m. Ohio State vs. Eastern Michigan (H); Game 2 @ 2 p.m. Southern Miss vs. Nicholls (H). For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/coxdiamondinvitational/. The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire and Pirate Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Rosa County Fair, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton. For details, see March 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 February 25 listing. Edwin McCain Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox Place, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/.
Monday, March 5
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.
Cat’s Seed to Table Cooking Class 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat McCreery for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. At the end of class, you can tour of our community garden, all of which Cat herself has grown from seeds. This cooking demonstration is free and participants will be able to try various samples during this class. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
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.
Tuesday, March 6
Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Children 4 and under must have adult supervision. Parents can drop older children off for only $20 per child for supervised play. Admission covers pizza and drinks also. Parents are welcome to stay and play for free if they choose. Open to the public; no membership required. Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail info@ mojosportz.com.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for Storytime featuring this classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a beautiful butterfly. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info. Escambia Education Association: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration 1 p.m. Barnes and Noble, 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with door prizes, music, read-alouds, birthday cake, and so much more! Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see February 27 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing.
Wednesday, March 7
Library Storytime at Pensacola Museum of Art 10:30-11:30 a.m. Visit the museum for a special storytime with our friends at the West Pensacola Public Library. Youth Librarian Shannon Bovis will lead library storytime and include stories, songs, and movement activities designed to cultivate future readers and art lovers. Library storytime is free with a WFPL Card; admission price for participants without WFPL. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. University of West Florida Department of Music Chamber Music Recital Noon-1:30 p.m. Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola at 405 South Adams St. The Chamber Music class presents a program of works by Bach, Handel,
Strauss, Brahms and more. A variety of pieces for voice, piano, harpsichord, flute and percussion will be performed.Every performance in the series is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Music lovers of all ages are welcome. For more info, call (850) 474-2147. Gulf Coast Beekeeping School Spring Classes 6-9 p.m. 18 North Palafox Street, Pensacola. Led by Becca of Little Green Bees and Becka of B’s Bees, you’re sure to receive a double helping to get you successfully started keeping bees. Gulf Coast Beekeeping School welcomes questions, encourages mentorship and is truly passionate about beekeeping. The basics of beekeeping class includes information about: Honey bee biology, Pests and problems honey bees face, Types and parts of hives, Gardening for honey bees and Great how-to tips. At the end of class, participate in an open hive demo. Classroom materials included. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/gulfcoastbeekeepingschool.
Thursday, March 8
Gulf Coast Science Festival Kicks Off Inaugural Year Discover the science in our community through engaging activities, special presentations and more. The Festival, through March 17, will find guests of all ages exploring science and technology at a variety of free events throughout our community. These include hands-on activities, special lectures, and even an opportunity to tour a research vessel. Kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun at the Festival! Several adult programs highlight current issues and tap science knowledge. UWF’s Great Minds Lecture Series features James Rea and Lydia Franco-Hodges of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science on March 8. More info available at gulfcoastsciencefestival.org. Rock Painting 101 4:30-6 p.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola. A local patron will guide you through the fun and creativity of painting rocks. All supplies are provided by Friends of Southwest Branch Library. Rocks donated by Earth Products! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Gulf Coast Beekeeping School Spring Classes 6-9 p.m. 18 North Palafox Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 7 listing. Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 1 listing.
Friday, March 9
Walking Cemetery Tour 4:30-5:30 p.m. St. John’s Historic Cemetery, 301 N. ‘G’ Street, Pensacola. Go Retro has teamed with Friends of St. John’s Cemetery Foundation to offer this fascinating walking tour of Pensacola’s largest historic cemetery. With graves dated back to the early 19th century, there are several stories to share. Some are chilling. Some will cause you to contemplate your own death. This tour is very entertaining and is the perfect way to experience the cemetery prior to dusk. Admission: $12/ Adult + Tax. For more info, call (850) 466-5220 or visit http://goretro.us/Tour/Walking_Cemetery_Tour_. Shoot To Thrill - All Female AC/DC Tribute w/ Palafoxx - Def Leppard Set, Rothchild -Tribute To Van Halen Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/. Gulf Coast Beekeeping School Spring Classes 6-9 p.m. 18 North Palafox Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 7 listing.
FamilyCalendar Saturday, March 10
Gulf Coast Science Festival of Flight Special demonstrations of drones will excite guests with the marvels of technology, while bird presentations will amaze with nature. Held at the Escambia 4-H Center, this free event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More info available at gulfcoastsciencefestival. org. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Letter Writing Noon-4 p.m. Cordova Mall on 9th Avenue. Wouldn’t you like to tell a kid he is absolutely incredible? Camp Fire’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is a national letter-writing campaign to encourage children and has been deemed an overwhelming success by child care experts, educators, celebrities, leaders, parents and kids everywhere. On March 10, we will have a table at Cordova Mall where YOU can come write a letter to a child in NWFL, encouraging and applauding someone who looks up to you. For more info, visit www.campfirekidsfl.com/absolutely_incredible_kid_day. Gulf Coast Beekeeping School Spring Classes 11 a.m. 18 North Palafox Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 7 listing. TAO: Drum Heart 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. TAO: Drum Heart is the latest production from TAO, internationally-acclaimed percussion artists. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com. Open Studio: Paper 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. What can you make with paper? A crown, trees, or an abstract sculpture? The possibilities are endless with paper! Free for PMA members and $6 for nonmembers. Drop in anytime from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! No registration required. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. McGuire’s Prediction Run 5K McGuire’s Irish Pub, 600 E Gregory Street, Pensacola. With more than 5,000 participants, this is Pensacola’s largest run and the nation’s largest prediction run. Awards to the fastest as well as the most accurate in predicting the time it will take them to complete the 3.1 mile course. For more info, call (850) 433-6789 or visit www.mcguiresirishpub.com/. Pensacola Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris 9 a.m. - noon @ Bayview Park. This is a FREE family-friendly walk/run raising awareness of diabetes, connecting the diabetes community, and an opportunity to make it possible for kids to attend Camp Seale Harris - the Gulf Coast’s leading organization serving children with diabetes. There will be music, free healthy snacks, a bounce house for kids, diabetes awareness info, team awards and prizes, and a 5K or 1-mile walk/run to support kids with diabetes. For more info, call (850) 712-7395 or visit http://pcolawalkforcsh.swellgives.com/.
battled cancer. Remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The theme “Phantom of the Opera” was chosen for the Ball in order to symbolize how little we know about the disease that is cancer - but through our efforts as a community we will be able to extend our knowledge on the road to finding a cure. Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival 2018 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Gulf Breeze High School Parking Lot, 675 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. The Festival is a juried fine arts and fine crafts festival that brings together quality local, regional, and national artists to Gulf Breeze. The two-day family event is free to the public and includes more than 140 artists. For more info, call (850) 529-2051 or visit www.gulfbreezearts.com/. Monster Jam at Pensacola Bay Center 1 and 7 p.m. performances. Truck lineup includes: Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Northern Nightmare, Scooby Doo, Stinger, Master of Disaster, Nitro Menace and Jailbird. For tickets or more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. Easter Bunny Photos 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (with breaks at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.) through March 31. Center Court Cordova Mall. Hop into Easter with a professional photo with the Easter Bunny. Visit simon.bunnyfastpass.com to reserve your time and skip the line. Package prices vary. Sponsored by Gymboree. Celebrate National Nutrition Month with YMCA Storytime 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Bear Levin Studer YMCA, 165 East Intendencia St., Pensacola. FREE family-friendly event. Author Krissy Bystrom Emery debuts her new book from the Suitable Fruitables Book Series, The Paw Paw Fruit Does The Cha-cha Scoot. Storytime, smoothies, activities & book signing, followed by kids’ movement class. Proceeds from book sales donated to the Y assistance program, giving everyone an opportunity to benefit from the Y experience. Books can be pre-ordered prior to event for a discount at suitablefruitablesbookseries.com (bring photo ID or reciept to event) Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 3 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 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 March 3 listing.
Relay for Life of Pensacola Masquerade Ball/ Silent Auction 7 p.m. 223 Palafox Pl., Pensacola. Relay for Life gives everyone in communities across the globe the chance to celebrate the lives of people who have
Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail oceanhourfl@gmail. com or BayBluffsCleanUp@gmail.com; visit www. facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message.
Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
The Magician’s Hat Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for this Storytime about kids who reach down into a magician’s hat and discover something better than they could ever imagine --- books that help them become whatever they want to be. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores. barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, March 11
Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival 2018 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gulf Breeze High School Parking Lot, 675 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For details, see March 10 listing.
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Monster Jam at Pensacola Bay Center 1 p.m. performances. For details, see March 10 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 February 25 listing. 2018 Maritime de Luna Du Youth Duathlon 8:30 a.m. As the first race of the 8th annual 2018 TriGulfCoast Youth Multisport Series, the Zarzaur Law Maritime de Luna Du Youth Duathlon will be held at Pensacola’s Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. The race will offer a scenic run-bike-run course for young athletes ages 6 to 15 (as of December 31, 2018). For more info, visit http://trigulfcoast.org/ duathlon/. Teen Volunteer “Auditions” 2-3:30 p.m. Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall, 116 N. Tarragona Street. We are looking for high schoolers who are enthusiastic about science and want to share that enthusiasm with others! Let us know you plan to attend (or if you are interested but can’t make it this time) by filling out the form online. For more info, call (877) 937-6377 or visit www. pensacolamesshall.org/.
Tuesday, March 13
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see February 27 listing. Gulf Coast Science Festival ArcheoCafe presents Greg Cook discussing the Elmina Wreck. More info available at gulfcoastsciencefestival.org.
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FamilyCalendar 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/.
Thursday, March 15
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 1 listing. 20th Annual Absolutely Incredible Kid Day 1814 Creighton Road, Pensacola. Hosted by Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc., our goal for 2017 is to increase the number of students who were touched by letters last year. We invite local businesses, organizations, colleges, high school students and faculty, churches, and individuals to write thoughtful and inspiring letters to children to be delivered in our local schools. Camp Fire Gulf Wind, Inc. will celebrate Absolutely Incredible Kid Day locally with The Pensacola Ice Flyers and their mascot, Maverick, as our spokespeople. For more info, visit www.campfirekidsfl.com/absolutely_incredible_kid_day. 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/. Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series the 3rd Thursday of every month. The series will explore local topics such as climate change, stormwater pollution, bats, and more. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 475-5230.
Friday, March 16
Gallery Night 5-9 p.m. Stroll through the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of local music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments. Visit downtownpensacola.com/ or call (850) 434-5371. The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at the Hampton Inn & Suites from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us for this time of non-traditional networking and education. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com. Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Cookoff Opens Friday: Noon-10 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. *FREE AD-
MISSION* Includes food, family fun, live entertainment, contests, and arts/crafts. For more info, visit www.smokininthesquare.com/. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Peoria Rivermen. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Pensacola Opera Presents Man of La Mancha 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, Man of La Mancha finds the author Miguel de Cervantes imprisoned and charged with treason. Assuming the guise of the Knight-Errant Don Quixote, he and his fellow prisoners dare to “Dream the Impossible Dream” as they begin their journey to the truth. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880. Preschool Art Time - Paper Sculpture 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Inspired by current exhibition “Cut Up / Cut Out”, artists are the architects of paper sculptures that twist, turn, and transform. For details, see March 2 listing.
Saturday, March 17
Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony Noon-12:30 p.m.The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors Ceremony every third Saturday, in Plaza Ferdinand, on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola’s 195th Birthday & Florida as a U.S. Territory. For more info, call (850) 466-5220. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Peoria Rivermen. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Gulf Coast Science Festival Expo Day Dozens of organizations presenting hands-on science activities for guests of all ages. Check our robots from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition or the technology used in bomb disposal. Explore life in the flood zone and the value of trees in our environment. Learn how you can get involved in making your own scientific discoveries through citizen science. Activities are suitable for a range of ages. This free event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. More info available at gulfcoastsciencefestival.org. Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Cookoff Saturday hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 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: email@example.com; visit www. facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. Music Under The Stars 7-8:30 p.m. From The Ground Up Community Garden, 501 North Hayne Street, Pensacola. We are ucky to present, for the first time in our garden, the Marlow Boys! What better way to spend your St. Patty’s day evening than jamming out to this fourpiece roots rock band? Don’t forget to bring your
cooler, chairs and to wear green. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the From the Ground Up Community Garden. Tickets can be purchased at https:// marlowboys.eventbrite.com or call (850) 934-3609. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 3 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 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 March 3 listing. Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Our art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. A mischievous leprechaun is causing all kinds of trouble at school, but Gingerbread Man is back to save the day! Join us for this special St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, with activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, March 18
Caring Easter Bunny Photos 10-11 a.m. Center Court Cordova Mall. For those who might need some “special” time with the Easter Bunny. We strive to create a peaceful, stress-free environment for our guests who might need that little extra time with the Easter Bunny. Go to our “Events” page at www.cordovamall.com and click on “Learn More” to reserve your special time. Sponsored by Gymboree and Austism Speaks and supported by the Pensacola Autism Society. Package prices vary. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see February 25 listing. Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Cookoff Sunday hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. For details, see March 16 listing. tobyMac Hits Deep Tour at Pensacola Bay Center 7 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. In addition to tobyMac, Christian performers include Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Ryan Stevenson and Finding Favour. For tickets or more info, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/.
FamilyCalendar Pensacola Opera Presents Man of La Mancha 2 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see March 16 listing.
Monday, March 19
Auditions for Short Attention Span Theatre at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Millie Fisher, Mnemosyne Heileman, and Sadie Hight. 7 performances May 4-6, May 10-13 (A Studio 400 Production). 18 parts for men and women of varying ages. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.
Tuesday, March 20
Auditions for Short Attention Span Theatre at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Millie Fisher, Mnemosyne Heileman, and Sadie Hight. For details, see March 19 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. Call (850) 452-3604 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ for more info. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see February 27 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing.
Wednesday, March 21
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see March 20 listing.
Thursday, March 22
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 1 listing.
Friday, March 23
Center Stage: A Benefit Concert Featuring Byron Stripling 6 p.m. at the Vinyl Music Hall. The Pensacola Symphony will present this new event featuring cabaret-style entertainment by the talented Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd. All of the funds raised at Center Stage will support PSO’s Beyond the Stage program for community engagement and education. For more info, visit www.pensacolasymphony.com/.
Saturday, March 24
Disney Family Programming - Muppet Babies Play Date Near Starbucks at Cordova Mall. No registration nec-
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essary! Activities and crafts on the Muppet Babies for kids. NO CHARACTERS WILL BE AT THIS EVENT! Justin Moore at Pensacola Bay Center 7:30 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Country singer Justin Moore has shared the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert. He performs in Pensacola with special guest Dylan Scott. For tickets or more info, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/. Ciclovia Open Streets Pensacola 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A large portion of downtown streets will be closed to motorized vehicles and open to bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, and more. You’ll be able to walk, run, bike, roller skate/blade, stroll, skateboard or just play in the streets! Road closures will include Palafox Place from Romana Street to Plaza De Luna, and Main Street from the Community Maritime Park to Bartram Park. There will be several free activities organized by Ciclovia. Ciclovia Open Streets is a worldwide movement where all ages, all backgrounds, and all skill levels gather on SAFE streets to have fun and show civic pride. For more info, call (404) 557-5479 or visit http://pensacolaopenstreets.com/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Cabaret: Midnight in Paris 7 p.m. Cabaret is the premier fundraising event for the Pensacola Little Theatre. Join us as we explore the culture and nightlife of Paris! A ticket grants you entrance into the event and includes an open bar, delectable food, dancing, a variety of live entertainment, and silent auction. YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD TO ATTEND. For sponsorship info, contact Sid Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 432-2042 ext. 108. Tickets are also available at pensacolalittletheatre.com. Play Pensacola Annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. @ Roger Scott Athletic Complex The Easter Bunny is coming to town! Join us for a day of FUN with Easter Egg Hunts, music, carnival games, bounce houses, photos with the Easter Bunny and more! Free with a donation for Manna Food Pantries. For more info, visit www.cityofpensacola.com/2637/Easter-Egg-Hunt. Spring Break Fest 2K18 2-5 p.m. @ Community Maritime Park. My Brothers and Sisters, along with Visit Pensacola, are organizing the first Reclaim Our Youth Spring Break Fest, celebrating Northwest Florida’s students and Spring Breakers. Reclaim Our Youth will host a concert featuring YazzThe Greatest, Nova, Miss Mullatto, Taylor Girls, and D-Low. We will also have some other performers from around the area. A weekend of great opportunity for the youth in our city. More info can be found on Eventbrite. A Round For The Kids at Emerald Bay Golf Club 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 4781 Clubhouse Drive, Destin. Benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. REGISTRATION for Individual Player – $100 Entry fees include green fee, cart fee, GPS and breakfast. Prizes and awards to follow play. Full Team (4 players) – $400 Entry fees include green fee, cart fee, GPS and breakfast. Prizes and awards to follow play. SPONSORSHIP Hole Sponsor – $100 Includes one tee sign on the golf course. Hole-In-One Sponsor – $175 Business sign placed on hole(s) of competition. For more info, visit https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/ Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 3 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 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 March 3 listing. Gumbo Cook-Off Hosted by Rotary of Gulf Breeze 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Gulf Breeze Recreation Center, 800 Shoreline Dr., Gulf Breeze. Sample gumbo from 20+ cooking teams. Enjoy live music, check out our silent auction and purchase a ticket for a drawing on a Big Green Egg and Gumbo pot. Beer, wine, soda, hamburgers and hot dogs are also available. $15 at the event. $10 in advance at Gulf Breeze City Hall or from Gulf Breeze Rotary Club members. Children 10 and under free. For more info, visit www.gulfbreezerotary.com/gumbo.html. Open Studio: Paints 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Watercolors, tempera and acrylic are some of our favorite paints! Join Open Studio and prepare to get messy as we experiment with paints and brushes. For details, see March 10 listing. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. School-aged children are invited to register for a 15-minute session to pick a book and read to one of the therapy dogs. Dogs and handlers are coordinated through Pet Partners and Cherry Point Dog Training, Inc. Preregistration is requested. For more info, call (850) 453-7780.
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck. Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, March 25
Easter Bunny Pet Photo Night 6-7 p.m. Center Court Cordova Mall. Bring your furbabies to visit with the Easter Bunny and take home a great professional photo to have as a keepsake! Package prices vary. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see February 25 listing.
Monday, March 26
Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880.
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FamilyCalendar Spring Break Art Camp: Creating and Curating or Youth Use Textiles 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through March 30. Tuition: $165 for PMA members / $195 for non-members. Aftercare options available from 3-5 p.m. What to bring: Clothes to get messy in, lunch, and a light jacket. For ages 5-9 (textiles) and 10-14 (creating/curating). Space is limited. Register at www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see March 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 March 3 listing. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Tuesday, March 27
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see February 27 listing.
Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see March 26 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see February 27 listing. FREE Couples Relationship Class 6-8:30 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County, 6263 Dogwood Drive, Milton. A University of Florida trained instructor will teach couples effective and proven skills to increase positive communication, manage stress, set financial goals, deal with differences, and maintain a happy and healthy friendship bond. This exciting workshop, called ELEVATE, will be held weekly for five weeks. A free light meal will be served at each class and each attendee will receive a free USB drive. You may also be eligible for gift cards. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. To register, visit http://smartcouples.ifas.ufl.edu/classesevents/ santa-rosa/ or contact Zee Osuigwe at (850) 6233868 or email@example.com. Registration closes Mar. 26 or when classes fill.
Wednesday, March 28
Sea Turtle Presentation 2 p.m. Visit Pensacola, 1401 E Gregory Street, Pensacola. Cathy Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, will have an informative presentation about the sea turtles in the Pensacola area. There will be a display board, sea turtle shells, skulls, handouts and wrist bands. For more info, call (850) 434-1234.
Thursday, March 29
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see March 1 listing.
Friday, March 30
Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. 201 E. Gregory St. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Birmingham Bulls. For more info, call (850) 4320800.
Saturday, March 31
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see March 3 listing.
Disney Jr. Dance Party 4 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! Tickets begin at $28. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880. The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. The Duckling asks for a cookie and gets it! How do you think Pigeon feels about that? Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Classes include: •Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training Professional and personal •Diabetes and Pregnancy offered weekly for women with Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes. Individual counseling is also offered for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. Please complete our Patient Questionnaire form and bring it with you to your appointment or e-mail to Diabetes-scheduling@ shhpens.org. •Insulin Pump Training Comprehensive training and Carbohydrate counting •Insulin Training Skills training on equipment use, an understanding of insulins and Hypoglycemia •Living Well with Diabetes course for adults with diabetes and their family members. •Pre-Pump Training Discussion of benefits of pump and insulin pump limitations.
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Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 3 to 4 p.m., at Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7439.
Prenatal & Childbirth
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 of labor & delivery unit,
Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 4167262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. Junior Tennis Clinic 4-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. E-mail Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more info. Junior Tennis Clinics are held for Pee Wees up to 8 years old 4-5 p.m.; Juniors ages 9-14 from 5-6 p.m.) Cost $10. Mojo Elite Gymnastics Parent/Toddler Classes 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we have a parent/toddler class for only $5. The first visit is free. Children walking to age 3 are welcome. This is a great way for toddlers to explore in a safe environment and meet new friends! Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Usually held first Saturdays of most months, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by understanding the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4567 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Monthly Series Package – $125 per couple and includes Prepared Childbirth (a four-class series or one all-day class), two Breastfeeding classes and two Baby Care Basics classes.
FamilyCalendar Sacred Heart Hospital offers a variety of prenatal education classes designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Next classes are offered Dec. 4 and 21 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple. 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 Free for pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/ service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series 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)
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494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/ childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Condensed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Free, very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.
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through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meetings will be held March 1 and April 5, 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.
Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group Supporting families of children with blood disorders and cancer. Anyone with a friend or family member who has been stricken with a form of childhood cancer or blood disorder is welcome. All meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. More details can be found at www. wingsofhopeinc.org. Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 4-5:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Prostate Cancer Support Group Meets 2nd Thursdays, from 5-6:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. 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.
GriefShare The Sacred Heart Palliative Care department provides a free, 13-week Grief Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one. The meetings are in the Palliative Care department, located in Suite 201 of the Bayou Tower on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus. The public may use the free valet parking at the hospital’s Bayou Tower entrance, which faces Bayou Blvd. For class dates and times and for registration information, call Kerri Riggs, LCSW, at (850) 416-7705. Grief Support Group for Adults Sacred Heart Hospital provides this free group for adults who have lost a loved one. For future classes and registration information please call (850) 416-7705. Grief Support at Baptist Health Care Next group meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. For more info, call (850) 469-7197.
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, March 8 & 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed
Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meetings will be held March 7 and 17, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/leaps-new-momsupport-group-3/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. A lactation consultant from the Sacred Heart Maternity & Women’s Center will be present to answer questions and offer advice. Baby weight checks are offered at each meeting. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for each class session. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.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. 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.
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Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www.chadd.org/. 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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Books to Save a Bad Day Families with kids often have a front row seat to the unwelcome surprises that can come out of nowhere to disrupt an otherwise normal day. When plans go awry and things spiral out of control, sometimes a lighthearted response is the best approach as we work to reassemble our expectations. The following titles recast catastrophe as comedy, taking readers through the mayhem toward hopeful and humorous outcomes on the other side of unexpected chaos!
Georgie’s Best Bad Day
by Ruth Chan (Roaring Brook / Macmillan) After getting up on the wrong side of the bed and slipping on a banana peel, George seeks out his friends to help turn his bad day around. Unfortunately, his friends are all having their own difficult mornings. They agree that doing their favorite things is guaranteed to turn the bad day around. But as they explore each friend’s choice hobby, gardening gets clipped, knitting knots up, and cooking becomes chaos. When the friends are about give up on the bad day, one final insult to their efforts lets them laugh at the chaos and make the most of what’s left. Delightfully illustrated slapstick moments in George’s Best Bad Day offer kids a bit of humorous perspective for the day that challenges them at every turn.
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by Michelle Robinson, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion / Houghton Mifflin) The discovery of a box launches an odyssey of catastrophic reactions as a versatile cast of characters try to restore the disassembled robot inside it. With so many hands on the repairs the result teeters between cascade failure or robot readiness, until one hand with a key turns the chaos around. Filled with fantastic sound effects, readers enjoy a mounting tension as switches flick, screws twist, and levers pull in the effort to put the robot back in action. This title also benefits from the repeating patterns of cumulative storytelling which support predictive thought, memorization, and speech therapy. Guaranteed to be a read-aloud favorite, And The Robot Went goes to the top of the bookshelf!
by Andrea Tsurumi (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When Lola ruins a chair with a massive juice spill, running away to the library (because books and bathrooms) seems like the best plan. In her dash away from the accident, Lola runs right into other friends’ messes. A broken swing and chopped water hose spur her frightened friends to join Lola’s escape. As the running entourage of unlucky friends swells, their frantic flight is surrounded by edge-to-edge illustrations of mistakes, mayhem, calamity, and errors throughout their community. Chaos follows the fleeing friends into the library and while they don’t escape the day’s catastrophe, they do find a single word in the library that can help them revisit their troubles and set them right. Filled with hilarious background imagery of everything that can go wrong, Accident is a cheerful reminder that not every misfortune happens on purpose.
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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B+ Violence: B Sexual Content: B Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Early Man PG for rude humor and some action. Using stop-frame techniques, Aardamn Animation sets out to prove what many Brits have believed all along: Football is in their blood because the history of their involvement with the sport goes back to prehistoric times. According to this account, the game kicked off after a meteor struck the earth (in the vicinity of present-day Manchester). It continued to evolve, and by the Bronze Age, both playing and spectating had become almost a religion. Unfortunately, a small tribe still stuck in the Stone Age is unaware of the wildly popular pastime. It isn’t until their metal-seeking neighbors trespass into their valley that the group discovers there is a more advanced civilization. The primitive band is promptly cast off their turf by the greedy Lord Nooth. After the foul treatment, they are unsure how to reclaim their valley. That’s when Dug accidentally stumbles into their modern city, discovers the football arena and witnesses the competitive sport. He challenges the home team to a high stakes game where the champions will win the right to the contested land. The comedy in the film comes from watching these unmatched rivals prepare for battle on the field, along with portrayals of ancient materials adapted into modern-day conveniences. It is all a bit silly, with a whole lot of slapstick thrown in. With the exception of some evil intentions and mild sports violence, the film will be appropriate for most ages of viewers. However, the humor will likely be best appreciated by audiences that are avid football fans and/or those who get it’s distinctly British nuances.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture. After the death of his father (John Kani), which was depicted in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) succeeds to the throne of a small, mysterious (and fictitious) African state called Wakanda. After defending his right to rule in a gladiator-style, ceremonial ritual, T’Challa also inherits the role as protector of the realm, along with some big moral decisions and deep rooted family baggage. But T’Challa has some help with these responsibilities. Thanks to a the powers of an indigenous herb, he is endowed with superhuman strengths as the Black Panther. And he will need these abilities to maintain the secrecy of Wakanda’s greatest treasure, a shiny metal called vibranium. T’Challa hopes to honor his father’s legacy by keeping Wakanda safely isolated from the unrest of the world surrounding it. Yet, a bad guy named Ulyssess Klaue is already aware of the secret resource. Klaue is determined to grasp more of the mighty metal and sell it to the highest bidder. From a parent’s perspective, Black Panther comes with ample violent portrayals. However, the complex ethical issues presented propel the script far above other superhero films too. When it comes to considering the needs of others first, the Black Panther sets a high bar. One that I hope continues in the many Marvel adventures sure to include this character in the future.
The 15:17 to Paris
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: CSexual Content: B Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated The 15:17 to Paris PG-13 on appeal for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language. Heroic events deserve to make the news but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the makings of a good movie. Sadly, that’s the situation with Clint Eastwood’s retelling of the quick spirited actions of three American men (Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler) after an armed terrorist began shooting on a French train in 2015. The first problem with creating a film about an actual conflict, that is barely five minutes long, is finding something to fill the other hour and a half of runtime. Perhaps it was wrong to feel a sense of “finally” when the pivotal action begins. But, at last, there’s a story to tell (albeit a short one) and Eastwood directs the bloody sequence with finesse. Spenser leads the charge to subdue the attacker and ends up with slashes across his neck and face. Alek and Anthony follow as backup. Moments later Spenser attends to another passenger, (Mark Moogalian also playing himself) who is shot in the neck, and uses his military medical knowledge to save the injured man’s life. Whether Eastwood is an artistic genius or a rushed director who didn’t anticipate that his movie would feel like a pilot for a reality TV series, is beside the point. The final destination of The 15:17 To Paris illustrates to teen and adult audiences that you don’t have to be someone special to do something that can make a powerful difference.
MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: B+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated Wonder PG for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language. It’s as plain as the nose on your face that Auggie Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay) is no ordinary ten-year-old. Born with a genetic defect, the boy has a face only a mother could love. Consequently, the youngster has been sheltered from the outside world and home schooled – until now. Auggie’s mother (Julia Roberts) has decided that he should attend a real institution as he begins the first year of middle school. She logics that most of the other students will be new too, so it should ease the transition. Despite all the pep talks, and the support of his father (Owen Wilson) and sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), the whole family is secretly quite concerned about how Auggie’s facial deformities will be seen by his peers. Much of this movie follows the quiet child as he tries to establish himself in a new environment that is less hospitable than the walls of his of own home. Watching Aggie navigate the challenges of his situation would provide enough material for a good plot, yet this thoughtful script takes the story into unexpected territory by examining the feelings of jealousy, neglect and isolation as the perspectives of his sister and other friends are shared. In a subtle way, it exposes the fact that we all carry scars – even if they aren’t as visible as the nose on Auggie’s face. And it demonstrates the power that’s unleashed when ordinary people doing kind things.
Greater Pensacola Parents I March 2018
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Published on Mar 7, 2018