to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito bites. DRAIN standing water in and around your home: • Check flower pots, garbage cans, buckets, toys, tarps and boat or vehicle covers, and other large and small items.
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On any given morning you can see men and women out for their daily run. They look so peaceful, as if they don’t have a care in the world. I want to be one of those people. When I see a sticker on a car commemorating the driver’s accomplishment of a half-marathon or even a marathon I can’t help but think, “How in the world did they do that?!” I have dreams of one day being able to put one of those stickers on my car, but for now, it is fun run city for this chic. In my daydreams I imagine I would start out strong with “Eye of the Tiger” playing through my head, running focused and determined past the spectators. Along the home stretch my family would be on the sidelines cheering me on, and eventually I would cross the finish line to the “Chariots of Fire” theme song. Yes, that is the dream. The reality I am afraid may look quite different. Sure, I may start out with the “Eye of the Tiger”, but the ending would be more like me gasping and crawling over the finish line to “Jesus Take the Wheel”. As we enter May, I think we all feel the struggle of getting to the finish line of another school year. We started strong, but the days, weeks and months of packing lunches, homework and the overall school routine has worn us all down. Whether you are a teacher, student or parent, I think we are all ready for summer break. Sure, we still have work and activities to schedule, but I do hope you will take some time for yourself this summer to rejuvenate. Don’t let the mom/dad guilt kick in either. Taking time for yourself will refresh you and make you a better parent, along with letting the kids see you as a person, not just Mom or Dad. This month’s article, 11 Secrets of Happy Moms, by Christa Melnyk Hines, focuses on just that. She gives moms (and dads) suggestions of ways they can de-stress from parenting exhaustion. Wrapping up the school year may also mean doing a little planning for the upcoming year. If you find yourself thinking about your child’s education experience, Karen Johnson has provided some helpful insights in this month’s article, Your Child’s Learning Style and Why It Is Important. Figuring out if your child is a tactile learner, a social learner or maybe one of the other seven styles can help you make educational decisions going forward. She even includes some examples to help you decide what style your child may lean more towards. Having a tool like this can help parents make more informed decisions when it comes to education. This month you will also find our annual Vacation Bible School Guide detailing local VBS opportunities for summer! Can’t wait for summer and looking for some family friendly activities to participate in this month? Make sure you check out the Family Calendar! In addition to our other regular columns and school news, Greater Pensacola Parents is excited to announce a new column from Common Sense Media called Parenting, Media and Everything in Between. Common Sense Media is a resource I have personally used for years. My family refers to their website for information on movies, books, games and more. We hope you will enjoy this new monthly column! Congratulations Class of 2018! And to all the moms, Happy Mother’s Day!
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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond
Child Easily Distracted in School Q: Our son, age 8, did fine in school in first grade, but has struggled in second. We’ve taken your advice and not helped much with his homework other than occasional and brief “consultations.” He’s making average grades but his second-grade teacher – she’s fairly young, by the way – tells us that he is actually slightly behind in both reading and math. We met recently with the school counselor, school psychologist, and his teacher, all of whom recommended that he be tested for ADHD (they told us that he’s easily distracted) and a learning disability. We really don’t want to go down that road, but they’re making it seem like that’s the only responsible thing for us to do. What are your thoughts on this?
I agree. You really don’t want to go down that road. In the first place, the fact that an eight-year-old boy is “struggling” in school and “slightly” behind in reading and math, yet making decent grades does not, in my estimation, indicate a serious problem. The bell-shaped curve – which schools seem to have forgotten (or conveniently ignore) – predicts that some otherwise normal (problem-free) children will perform below the academic mean. Private schools try to weed out children who will bring down their test scores; public schools cannot. So, in public school, one is likely to find a greater proportion of kids who “struggle.” Fur-
thermore, a disproportionate number of the kids in question are likely to be boys – and boys tend to be distractible. Two things jump out at me: first, that your son didn’t have problems in grade one; second, that the second-grade teacher is inexperienced. It may well be that your son’s struggles say more about her than they do him. I would be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt and simply recommend that you hire a tutor – ideally, an older, veteran teacher – to work with him during the summer and bring him up to academic speed before he goes back to school in the fall. The simplest and most obvious explanation for a problem of this sort is usually the correct explanation; furthermore, the simplest and most obvious solution is usually the best solution.
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May 19 * 1-4 p.m. Seville Square Park. Attendees can taste an assortment of ice cream flavors, top them with the best fixins’ and try out other sweet snacks. There will be fun, games and activities for everyone in the family! This is a pet-friendly event. Tickets are $10 each, and proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Children under three get in free! Call (850) 433-5437 or visit www.bbbsnwfl.org/events/big-scoop/.
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St. Ann’s 5K Run/Walk
May 19 * 8 a.m.-noon. St. Ann Catholic Church, 100 Daniel Dr., Gulf Breeze. A percentage of the profits from this event will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, ministries at St. Ann includ-ing the St. Ann Youth’s Grenada Mission Trip, and other local charities. All donations will be used to produce this event and then the proceeds will be donated to the stated charities. HUGE AFTER-PARTY includes two bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, Disney Store providing kids activities, Bishop Wack giv-ing his blessing, The Modern Eldorados entertaining, Kazoo appearance, Maverick appearance, silent auc-tion, and more. For more info, visit www.stanns5k.com/ or call (850) 932-2859.
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Pensacola Little Theatre Holds Auditions for Summer Kids’ Shows
June 1 * 7:50 p.m. Community Maritime Park’s Hunter Amphitheater. Bring your blankets and chairs and spread out on the lawn to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars. Movies begin at sunset and FREE event parking is available at Community Maritime Park and City Hall. Concessions are available from local food trucks. Picnic baskets are welcome too, but no pets or glass containers please. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/ events/1378260622277746/.
Pensacola Little Theatre will hold auditions for The Snow White Variety Show, written by Brian D. Taylor and directed by Debi Dunkerley & Bill Whalen, May 14 & 15 at 6:30 p.m. There will be 8-10 performances of this show, from July 13-22, for our youngest actors and youngest audiences. All shows are matinees and include 2-4 summer daycare performances. Auditions will include improv, theatre games, and cold readings from the script, which is available at the PLT office to read during business hours. We are looking to fill the following roles: large cast of children and young actors ages 8-18, including dwarves, Snow White, various fairy tale characters, TV hosts, etc. Pensacola Little Theatre will also hold auditions for Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical, on May 21 & 22 at 6:30 p.m. It is directed by Stephen Lott, with music directed by Tom Baroco, and choreographed by Roxie Alyssa Smith. There will be 11 performances from July 27-August 12. Auditions will include singing, dancing and cold readings from the script, which is available at the PLT office to read during business hours. Prepare 16-32 bars (one verse and a chorus) of a song in musical theatre style. Bring sheet music or a CD and CD player for accompaniment. You will take part in movement or dance auditions, where the choreographer will ask you to learn a few steps, so wear shoes you can dance in (no flip flops or bare feet). Please no a capella auditions. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.
Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Free weekly concerts each Thursday through June 7. Bring your lawn chair and beverage of your choice to enjoy the 2018 concert series featuring top Gulf Coast musical performers. Our concession has weekly specials, water or soda for $1, hot dogs $2, fresh popcorn $1, potato chips $0.50 and ice cream sandwich or drumstick $1. For more info, visit www.scpen. org/christophers-concerts.html or call (850) 433-0074. 5
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Resources for Autism
Pensacola Museum of Art will hold a Family Sensory Morning April 29 from 9-11:30 a.m. It is open and free to families with children on the autism spectrum or with related sensory processing disorders. Registration is required and limited to 25 registrants. Family Sensory Morning is a way for families to actively engage with the museum through participation in art and movement activities in the galleries. The galleries will have various artmaking experiences designed by local art therapist Anne-Marie Collins, drop-in yoga with Christa Soonier from Breathe Yoga, a movement story time from West Florida Public Library, and gallery tours by PMA docents. A Sensory Break Room will be available for those who may need it and our resident therapy dog Washaki will also be walking around and providing assistance. Open to all ages and abilities. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
May 4-6 * 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A jam-packed concert filled with music from every genre, from clas-sical to country and patriotic to musical theatre. There is something for everyone to enjoy! This variety show showcases the individual and corporate talents of PCC’s outstanding singers. Tickets are available at www. pensacolasaenger. com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880.
Enroll Your Child in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-K Program
Have you been waiting for your child’s first day of school? 2018 could be the beginning of an amazing experience for you both. Voluntary enrollment in a high quality early learning program for ages 3 and 4 can establish strong habits and secure many skills that put children ahead of the game upon entering kindergarten. In order to participate in a voluntary pre-kindergarten program for the 2018-19 school year, a child must have been born between September 2, 2013 and September 1, 2014. The VPK enrollment process is completed by applying online at https:// familyservices@floridaearlylearning. com, where an account is created and activated. Parents need two of the following documents before they can complete the application: * One document as PROOF OF BIRTH: child’s Florida birth certificate; up-to-date shot record or physical (signed by doctor or nurse); US passport; valid child’s military ID; certified copy of child’s baptism certificate; or life insurance policy for child within 2 years. * One document as PROOF OF FLORIDA RESIDENCY: current utility bill; current pay stub; current property tax; military orders; rental lease (must have landlord’s signature); or a valid driver’s license or state ID card with current address. If eligible, parents will receive an e-mail that includes instructions on how to print the Certificate of Eligibility. The printed certificate can then be taken to the parent’s choice of VPK Program Providers where the enrollment process will be completed. The Early Learning Coalition’s walk-in hours are MondayThursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3300 North Pace Blvd., Suite 200. Contact Hope Wilson at (850) 607-8556 or by e-mail at hwilson@ elcescambia.org. A complete list of Escambia VPK Program providers may be found at www.elcescambia.org. Greater Pensacola Parents I May 2018
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sundays
Bring out the whole family so kids can enjoy running the bases. Dates are May 6 beginning at 1:05 p.m. vs. Mississippi. May 20 at 5:05 p.m. vs. Jackson. May 27 at 6:05 p.m. vs. Tennessee. June 3 at 5:05 p.m. vs. Biloxi. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Pensacola Market InBloom
May 26-27 * 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street, Pensacola. Pop-up shops, makers and shakers allow you to support small local business on Memorial Day weekend. Sip and savor in amongst the historic backdrop while browsing selected locally handmade goodies, and more. Play lawn games, so-cialize and shop to the tune of live music. Free entry & family friendly. For more info, visit https://downtownpensacola.com/. 6
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Fairways to Freedom Golf Tournament
May 11 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This annual Military Appreciation Month event honors active duty military personnel and veterans. Honorary teams representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard compete against each other for the Fairways to Freedom Cup and bragging rights. Tournament is open to the public and welcomes all teams. Call (850) 932-7888 Visit www.gulfbreezechamber.com/pages/fairways-tofreedom for more info.
Santa Rosa Island Authority’s Bands on the Beach Returns
Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, is back! The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., through October 30. Located at the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. Upcoming performers include on May 1: Twang Gang, May 8: True Blue Band, May 15: Mass Kunfuzion, May 22: Deception; May 29: I’magene; June 5: Tyler Mac; June 12: Elvis Remembered; June 19: Moderate Chop; and June 26: Category 4. For more info, call the SRIA at (850) 932-2257, visit www. visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s Music for Families
May 19 * 9:30 a.m.-noon. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. Instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, science and other pre-concert hands-on activities start at 9:30 a.m. Special performance with the symphony begins at 11 a.m. $5 general admission. For tickets or more info, call (850) 435-2533 or visit www.pensacolasymphony.com/.
Burger Battle by the Bay Sizzles
The Rotary Club of Pensacola Suburban West will hold its third annual Burger Battle by the Bay from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. Burger Battle by the Bay is the only burger grilling contest of its kind in Pensacola. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Sub-West Rotary Foundation and Take Stock in Children, an organization that provides college scholarships to low-income academically qualified students. The 2018 Burger Battle will feature teams of civic organizations, backyard novices and restaurants from the greater Pensacola area who will present their most mouthwatering burgers. Some participating restaurants are Miller’s Ale House, The Burger Factory, Tin Cow, Black Law Catering and defending champion South Paw Grill. Come and sample, or come and cook. Admission to the event is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Tasting times are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and you’ll get the chance to sample burgers with completely different flavors, ingredients and toppings. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.burgerbattlebythebay.com or call (812) 360-7856.For entry info and to sign up, visit the web site or call (850) 712-4039.
Get Down and Dirty at the 2018 Warrior Challenge Mud Run
The 2018 Warrior Challenge Red Canyon Mud Run April 28 offers a rigorous day of fun trekking through more than 18 man and nature-made obstacles in the Florida Panhandle. Located on a section of land on the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds (8604 Bobby Brown Rd., Milton), the Warrior Challenge gives participants the opportunity to race, climb, crawl and jump through muddrenched obstacles. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Military and Veterans Resource Center at UWF and the Santa Rosa County Kid’s House. Warrior Challenge offers a competitive individual division as well as open divisions. For the first time in any local obstacle course race (OCR), the Challenge is also offering a competitive 4-person military team division with a $1,000 grand prize. The event is open to everyone from competitive athletes to families and groups of friends or co-workers. For more info or to sign up, visit www.warriorchallengemudrun.com
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Fiesta of Five Flags 34th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival
Friday-Sunday, May 4-6 in Bartram Park, downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass (children 12 and under get in free). Join us before 3 p.m. on Friday and admission is free! Admission for active duty military with ID on Friday is also free. Friday’s hours are noon-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Great food, live entertainment, and activities for all ages await you! This year’s festival features 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish provided by the Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya, and Cajun pasta will also be available in addition to traditional festival fare. How many pounds of crawfish can you eat? Come take part in the 12th annual Cat Country 98.7 Crawfish Eating Contest. Contestants may participate in the kids, adults, or CrawDADDY division. Kids’ entry is free, adult entry is $5 and CrawDADDY entry is $10. Registration starts 30 minutes prior to each competition, and prizes are presented after each competition. The Children’s Area, sponsored by COX, will be open on Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) offering cost-friendly arts and crafts, face painting, wands, balloons, games, and the popular NASCRAW crawfish races. Pets, coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed. For more info, visit www.fiestapensacola.org/pensacolacrawfish-festival.
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen
May 11-13 * Pensacola Bay Center Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award-winning songs like “Let It Go” and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney princesses. For tickets, call (850) 432-0800 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com.
A Page in a Book
Perfect Picks for Pigeon Pals One of the most common birds in our everyday lives, pigeons move around our feet in parking lots, perch along power lines and flock above our heads in all seasons. Pigeons are one of the first birds that young children interact with as they allow closer proximity than most wild birds. This nodding acquaintance with pigeons expands when kids learn more about these amazing avian wonders. From carrying vital messages among the allies in World War II to understanding abstract math on a level with primates, pigeons lead the flock of feathered wonders. The following books celebrate the mighty pigeon with tales that will enchant the littlest bird-watchers!
by Meg McLaren (Clarion / Houghton Mifflin) When a frantic little canary appeals to P.I. Pigeon for help finding her missing flock of friends, he reluctantly takes the case. While the eager canary wants to learn the ropes of detective work, Pigeon insists on working alone sending her on her way. But his client’s subsequent disappearance spurs an investigation that takes P.I. Pigeon to the seedy side of town as he plucks out clues that may crack the case like an egg. Rich with puns, this title offers hidden treats with each reading. The hard-boiled investigator-for-hire’s dialogue follows the style of a classic noir tale with wonderfully nostalgic results. Featuring end papers with charming tips on detective work this title deserves repeat investigation.
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by Leila Rudge (Candlewick Press) Gary lives, eats and sleeps with his flock of friends, a team of racing pigeons. But when the team hits the road for races, Gary doesn’t get to travel with them; he can’t fly. Instead, Gary collects souvenirs, he records the team’s discussions of the courses and follows their progress on maps. His home-bound status suddenly shifts when he and his scrapbook accidentally fall into the team travel basket. Transported across town, the basket lid lifts and his team bursts into flight, racing back to their roost. Left behind and unable to fly, Gary’s collection of souvenirs and notes reveal more than one way to get back home. Exploring the variety of ways that birds of a feather can flock together, Gary takes the prize for tenacity in the face of unique challenges.
King of the Sky
by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Laura Carlin (Candlewick Press) Feeling out of place in a new land, the soft cooing of pigeons is one of the few things that reminds a young boy of his native home in Italy. The old man who keeps the racing birds shows the child how pigeons can travel great distances and still find their way back to the roost. When a big race sends the flock all the way to Rome, the true test of the birds’ drive takes form as they navigate thousands of miles through stormy skies. As the man and boy wait and watch, their faith becomes power as they look to the heavens for the flock to arrive home. Pairing the uncertainty of many immigrant journeys with the unswerving path of pigeons returning to their roost, King of the Sky gently transforms longing for where you were... into belonging where you are.
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Summer Safety Tips The weather is getting warmer, and if your house is anything like mine, the kids want to be outside. Here are a few reminders to help keep them safe and healthy when outdoors:
Being a strong swimmer does not mean a child can’t get into trouble, but it is still one of the most important aspects of fun in the water. I recommend parents seek out formal swimming lessons for younger children, and making sure kids of any age that spend time in the water know how to handle themselves in water over their heads is very important. Remind kids to have a buddy or friend along when they are in the water whenever possible, and teach them to recognize their limits. Kids who are cold, tired, or worn out from too much sun are at higher risk to get in trouble. Keep close watch on children in or near water, important for all ages but especially the younger ones! Swim in supervised areas, and every child should ALWAYS where a Coast Guard approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device or “life jacket”) while on a boat, skiing, rafting, or paddling.
Usually this is pretty obvious, but remember the weather can change quickly and it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on weather reports, local radar, and even just an “eye on the sky” when outdoors. It’s great to be curi-
ous about nature, but it’s important to respect it! Take the time to educate yourself and your kids on the local wildlife where you are. This can include larger animals like bears, but more commonly the smaller stuff like snakes, insects, spiders, bees/wasps. Remind kids not to approach wild animals, and to seek adult supervision when they are curious about something they see outdoors.
Require your child to wear a helmet when riding anything with wheels. (Bikes, scooters, skates and skateboards, hoverboards, etc.) Head injuries are not the only kind of injuries children can have, but they are potentially the most serious. I personally also recommend wrist protection when riding scooters, skates, or hoverboards. Falling onto an outstretched hand/arm is a common way to break a wrist.
Insects and bugs
Insect bites can be a frustrating source of irritation and discomfort, and uncommonly also a source of certain infections. It is recommended to avoid playing outside in early morning and late evening hours when mosquitoes are most active, and to dress your child in loose fitting comfortable long sleeves and pants to help protect from bites. Insect repellents can be used on the cuffs of clothing and on hats or collars if desired in order to discourage bites without nec-
essarily having to put it on their skin. Although typical repellents are generally considered safe, some natural repellents are available as alternatives to DEET, but effectiveness may vary. Remember to check your child for ticks at the end of the day when they have been outside.
It is important to try to prevent sun damage to the skin. This is particularly important for the younger children. Babies and toddlers should be kept in the shade and protected with clothing, using sunscreen as a backup method but not the primary method of protection from sun. Make sure the kids are drinking plenty of water and taking periodic breaks in the shade when playing in the hot sun! Enjoy the warm weather and the outdoors, just remember to be safe and practical about it! Have fun! 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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Escambia High Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Candidate
Escambia High School senior Ashton Floda has been named a Career and Technical Education candidate as part of the selection process for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. A news release from the U.S. Department of Education states, “The Career and Technical Education candidates were nominated by their chief State School Officers based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the 161 Scholars in May. Of these, up to 20 will be selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.” Floda has also been selected Escambia County School District’s High School Career Academy Student of the Year. Floda is shown below with Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas at the 2018 Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties’ Career Academy Awards Luncheon, held April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola.
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Foster Grandparents Make a Difference In Our Schools Every Day
C.A. Weis Elementary School has so many wonderful things going for it, and one more is a treasure in Mrs. Okrochkov’s classroom. The room is filled with lots of flexible seating, but “the best seat in the house” is at a center rotation stop in the back of the room in front of “Granny!” Also known as Elizabeth Randolph, she is part of the Foster Grandparents program coordinated between the Escambia County School District and the Council on Aging of West Florida. While the contract with ECSD covers their lunch, the program’s federal funding covers the cost of background checks and an annual physical and pays these wonderful people a small stipend for the many hours they devote each week in our classrooms. While it would be a shame if those funds were cut, these people are obviously not doing it for the money. They do it to have a purpose each day, because they love kids and maybe their own children are all grown up. Granny Elizabeth’s children are grown up and she now has grandkids to watch and cheer for - one grandson is on the basketball team at B.T. Washington High and she is one of his biggest fans! Foster grandparents help teachers in so many ways like helping students learn new words or guiding them as they practice their new math skills. Granny Elizabeth has been with this teacher and most of these children for two years and the children know she will make every holiday special. But, she also helps the classroom environment by giving the children one more person to keep an eye on them and redirect them as necessary, and the kids have one more person to love and to be loved by! Thank you, Granny!
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Oakcrest Theatre Troupe and Drumming Group Perform
The Oakcrest ENCORE! Theatre Troupe and Drumming Group performed their plays and songs recently entitled “Fun with Folklore.” The three African folk tales and two songs from Africa were performed with excellence. The drums and other instruments, costumes, props and scenery were all purchased with a $5,000 grant from the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation “Grants for Excellence” Program. Thanks to those who invest in public schools and allow students to experience a variety of learning opportunities. Greater Pensacola Parents I May 2018
Trinitas Christian Holds Medieval Day
The walls of Trinitas Christian School were surrounded with kings, queens, lords, ladies and peasants as 4th-, 8th- and 11th-grade students enjoyed a bountiful feast and celebration while learning all about medieval times and traditions. The authentic outdoor marketplace was open for all in attendance. Participants enjoyed earning beans to purchase food from the market by doing good deeds, acting chivalrously, chopping wood, writing a specific virtue in calligraphy, or discovering home remedies at the apothecary. Unique spices were available for them to bottle up and try at their feast. With quivers full of arrows, the knights and ladies tried their hand at archery with hopes of piercing an apple clean through the heart. The jousting competition brought forth a valiant hero whose reward was the select opportunity to dine with the king and queen as a great celebration ensued. Thank you to all that helped organize and serve during the day.
Blessed Star Introduces Geometry for All Ages
All shapes and sizes are important in the Montessori learning style. Taking time to sit with children to teach them the basics are quintessential to the growth and development of the next generation. Here you see a 9-year old from Blessed Star Montessori participating in a geometry lesson on different types of triangles and circles. Montessori methods allows students of all ages to be introduced to geometry on their level, and even Blessed Star’s 3-year-olds had a chance to participate in a similar lesson.
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MSP Students Learn about Argentina Through Global Corner Visit
The Global Corner provides opportunities for the children of northwest Florida to learn about world languages, cultures, and geography through innovative educational programs. This year, the destination for students to learn about was Argentina. Montessori School of Pensacola is visited yearly by this exciting and informative local, non-profit. This year, the visit was April 3 and 4 for kindergarten through 6th grades. The students love learning about children living in another country, and about food, traditions, artwork, and more. Global Corner has brought virtual adventures to more than 51,000 in northwest Florida.
Little Flower Buddies and Bible Stories
Little Flower Catholic Schoolâ€™s 8th- graders enjoyed time with their pre-K Mass buddies reading Bible stories and coloring pictures about the story. It is great to see the older students enjoy time with their younger buddies mentoring them not just in Mass but during activities too!
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St. John 3rd-Graders Master Multiplication
St. John Schoolâ€™s 3rd-grade students were challenged by their teacher, Erin Kimbell, and Principal Ann Williams to grow in their multiplication skills. The winners of the challenge, who were most improved in their multiplication scores, were rewarded with a Multiplication Mastery lunch. These hard-working students were treated to a pizza lunch with Mrs. Williams.
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Special Olympics Holds Successful Event
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Lincoln Park Hires New Campus Security Officer As a step toward increasing security on all of our elementary school campuses, Lincoln Park Primary met its new Campus Security Officer recently. WEAR TV News stopped by to see what the reactions were to this new development.
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St. John Middle School Serves Others
Each quarter, St. John’s Middle School students complete five service hours. These students have been awesome at finding creative ways to serve God, our community, and their families. One group of 6th-grade girls decided to give up their morning recess time to volunteer with thr pre-K3 class! K3 was so excited to have the “big kids” read to them!
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Little Flower Pre-K Makes Gifts for Birds
Spring is in the air in pre-K at Little Flower Catholic School. Ms. Laurel’s class made bird feeders with peanut butter and birdseed. The students were very excited to take home their feeders and hang them outside for the birds.
St. Paul Catholic School art teacher Julie Fink began a STREAM unit for her middle school sculpture elective by showing students the documentary, Wasteland, with the intention of taking waste and making a collaborative sculpture in time for Earth Day on April 22. It was a journey that helped the students learn so much more about the creative process and pressing themes that they face in the 21st Century. Fink had the students begin with the simple question: “What happens to our waste when we roll it out to the curb every week (if it makes it there) and who is in charge of handling it?” They used this simple question as a platform to begin exploring everything that goes into the waste we produce and the bigger themes that connect. The students learned that some waste doesn’t go away just because we roll it out to the curb. It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to biodegrade and that, if it is not recycled properly, it can end up in our soil or oceans. Currently, there are an estimated 80,000 metric tons of garbage swirling out in the Pacific Ocean. We even have a name for it, “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” and it’s decimating marine life and coral reefs. This led the class into discussing larger themes, connecting the degradation of the natural environment to the disregard with which we treat human life. Pope Francis has coined the term “the throw-away culture.” We cast aside things/people that we decide are not worthwhile, convenient, or useful to us anymore. Even though we can’t solve these problems alone, we can do our part by raising awareness about the issues our world faces. Inspired by the work of Victor Muniz, Nick Cave, John Grade, Chihuly, and Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the class sculpture project came to life. Thank you to everyone who supported the project and thanks to all who supplied the students with plastic bottles in order to make it happen. The school community was able to collect more than 300 bottles and transform them into this giant jellyfish sculpture that is looming in the back corner of the cafetorium.
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Montessori School Sponsors Gulf Coast Science Festival
Montessori School of Pensacola sponsored the first Gulf Coast Science Festival, which was a celebration of science discovery and the importance of math, engineering and science in the Pensacola community. Part of MSP’s commitment is to support community programs and family-friendly events, so the science fest was a perfect fit. MSP families and staff attended the expo day on March 17 to experience the exciting exhibits and support the event. In addition, MSP students attended the field trip day on March 16.
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GBMS Sharks & ESE Students Take the Lead in Basketball
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Little Flower Creates Sound Lab
Eighth-grade students at Little Flower Catholic School enjoyed a sound lab in science class. They used different means to create sound waves and recorded their results.
By Molly Clark, GBMS Dolphin Echo staff writer Some students in Ms. Leonard’s ESE class had a blast getting to play with the 8thgrade Sharks basketball team at the Rec Center recently. During this basketball season, one of Leonard’s students, Turner Small, would go to the gym during the Sharks practices, so the team decided to make him their honorary assistant coach. One day after practice, Coach Hepworth and Carson Hepworth were thinking of things they could do as a good community service project. They came up with the idea of inviting their friends in ESE to come play with them. Coach Hepworth talked to the ESE teachers to ask if they were interested in the idea. Leonard’s group was very excited to be a part of this. The team decided to hold a basketball clinic over two days. The first one was March 7. Everyone on the Sharks team matched up with someone from Leonard’s class. They worked on drills such as stretching, passing, dribbling and shooting. On March 12, they split the students up to play in a game-like experience. They met in Leonard’s classroom, then walked together to the GBSA recreation center. This was the first time many of the ESE students were able to have this experience. Canon Reeder, 8th grade, says the best part was “seeing the happy smiles on the kids.” Their main goal was to develop relationships with Leonard’s class. They also wanted to give the ESE students a chance to take part in something that they would not normally be able to do. The entire team took this very seriously and helped as much as possible. The Sharks were helpful to their teammates and made Coach Hepworth proud. “They are all very talented basketball players, but the way they genuinely interacted with Ms. Leonard’s class showed me what great young men that they have grown into,” she said.
Sacred Heart Fourth-Graders Become Historcial Figures
Sacred Heart Cathedral School is always engaging in project-based learning. Recently 4th-graders in Mrs. Garland’s class participated in a first-person biography project. Shown here is George Washington himself studiously posing before recounting his life story. Greater Pensacola Parents I May 2018
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Tate Students Win State Horse Judging Title
These five young ladies from Tate High School just took home the State Title in Horse Judging. In the Future Farmers of America world, this is a huge feat and a gigantic honor. Some teachers wait their entire career and never have the opportunity to see their students win a title like this!
Trinitas Rewards Students with Shaved Ice Treat
There was a bee hive of activity at Trinitas Christian School recently. Family and friends came out to support a great cause and have a little fun too! The One Blood truck accepted 44 units of blood from generous donors which included several students. After “giving life” via giving blood, rainbows of shaved ice invaded the school from every side. The students relished this unusual treat from the Kona Ice truck as they prepared for the great house tournament. The trivia tournament was a resounding success as House George took home the first-place prize. The George students are steadily gaining on House Augustine, who currently holds a slim lead of only 30 points.
Montessori School Holds Historical Fun Day
Montessori School of Pensacola’s recent Fun Day invited students and staff to dress as a book character/historical figure. Outfits ranged from astronauts to famous queens. Teachers dressed as famous figures such as Frida Kahlo, Pippi Longstocking and Amelia Earhart. Students love to celebrate the early dismissal days with these special costumed events. The last Fun Day will be Sunglasses Day in May.
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Marcus Pointe Kindergarten Class Fills Chemo Care Bags for CanHope Ministry
Mrs. Wardâ€™s K5 class at Marcus Pointe Christian School filled 46 Chemo Care Bags and presented them to Brent French to give to cancer patients through the CanHope Ministry at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church. We are so proud of our students and their families for their support and care for others!
Pine Meadow Fifth-Graders Visit Exploreum
For fifth-grade students, a traditional field trip destination is the Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Ala., for a chance to try the many hands-on STEM activities. The weather was so beautiful during the most recent trip that the students from Pine Meadow Elementary School stopped by Battleship Park for a picnic lunch.
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St. John Store Raises Money for Rice Bowls
St. John Schoolâ€™s third-grade class created a store in its classroom during the Season of Lent. Students created products and advertisements for their creations. Students from other grades came to visit the store and purchase handmade goods, such as beaded and woven bracelets, paper airplanes, paper cranes, and more. Together, the students were able to raise $213.27 for Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Projects.
Trinitas Christian School Celebrates Immigration Day
The 6th-grade class at Trinitas Christian School celebrated an Immigration to America Day. Students had the opportunity to travel back in time and become early 1900s European immigrants to America coming through Ellis Island. The students chose and studied a country and wrote a summary on the life and culture of that particular country. To share their research, each student dressed up as an immigrant, brought a dish and/or drink from their country, and a suitcase filled with the belongings they would have brought with them to America. Some of the countries and dishes shared included shepherdâ€™s pie from Scotland, pretzels from Germany, smoked salmon and potatoes from Scotland, and baklava from Greece. The day was a wonderful time of feasting and fun while learning about other cultures and their history.
Blessed Star Learns About Fire Safety
Sherwood Enjoys Edible Science
Ms. Seitz’s 5th-grade students at Sherwood Elementary won’t soon forget their “chemical change pancake challenge!” Who says learning the standards has to include paper and pencils?
Blessed Star Montessori would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the Escambia County Public Safety Department for coming to educate its students about fire safety. In this safety lesson you see the children practicing a drill on how to safely get out the building and how to avoid smoke inhalation. These lessons are not only important for the students at school, but at home as well. The students also learned about how important it is for their family to have a fire safety plan, so they will know what to do if there is ever an emergency at their home. Take some time today to talk with your family members about what to do and where to meet if there is ever a fire at your home.
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Blessed Star Students Maintain School Garden
Creating a love for a variety of foods and a healthy diet is of vital importance to teaching a well-balanced Montessori child. Blessed Star Montessori School has a beautiful organic garden that the children help to plant and maintain every season. Not only are they learning gardening, they are learning to appreciate their food, and the process that comes with it. This season they will care for and harvest bell peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe, cabbage and onions.
Little Flower Math Class Sets Up Store Lab
Mrs. DeGruccio’s 7th-grade math class from Little Flower Catholic School had a store stations lab. Students set up stores with discounted and marked-up items. Their classmates went from store to store figuring out the selling prices. Math is so much fun at LFCS!
Montessori 3rd-Graders Help the Hungry
Montessori School of Pensacola’s Lower Elementary 3rd-grade students went on an enriching community service field trip. Each student had $5 to shop for fruit at Bailey’s Farmer’s Market that was then taken to donate to Manna Food Pantries. The students heard about the problems of hunger in the local Pensacola community, toured the new Manna facility, and saw how the process works when families visit to receive assistance. With the donations given, 50 people were fed and the students were thrilled to help.
St. John Classes Host Lenten Walk
Each year St. John School hosts a Lenten Walk for students, parents, and community members. Each class decorates its classroom to reflect a different event in the life of Jesus, leading up to Easter. Students and guests then walk through each classroom with guided meditations. The 2nd-grade students, with teacher Dana Donahoo, decorated their classroom in remembrance of Palm Sunday. Each student traced and illustrated an image of themselves, which were posted on the wall reminding walkers of Jesus’ joyful entrance into Jerusalem.
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Artists with their families and many Escambia County School District art teachers filled the Hall Center recently. The words, “Here’s mine!” could be heard right and left. Many gathered in Room 160 afterward for the presentation of ribbons to those who placed in their middle and high school competition categories.
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Tate High’s Orchestra Performs at National Orchestra Festival
On March 9, the Tate High School String Orchestra traveled to Atlanta to perform in the National Orchestra Festival, an annual festival held in conjunction with the American String Teachers Association’s National Conference. In order to qualify, last spring the Tate High String Orchestra submitted a video recording of two contrasting pieces of music, as well as professional references from leading musicians who had worked with the Tate High Orchestra. “This was a significant step for us and something I always wanted to do,” said Catherine McConnell, the Tate High Orchestra director. “So, we were ecstatic when we found out that we qualified, and started practicing hard and raising funds right away!” The orchestra also worked with members of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra who, through the Tate Orchestra connection with their “Behind the Scenes Partnership,” offers professional feedback and musical details to the students during sectional rehearsals throughout the year. The orchestra prepared a program of seven pieces and performed for a panel of three nationally renowned and esteemed orchestra adjudicators. The judges commented on the orchestra’s high level of preparation and energy, awarding both Excellent and Superior ratings. While at the National Orchestra Festival, orchestra students were able to attend a variety of professional sessions focusing on different aspects of string performance and education, and see another top orchestra perform. Following Tate’s concert performance, the orchestra was able to participate in a 45-minute clinic by a leading orchestra professor. “It gave me a brand-new perspective of our orchestra. Before we went, I thought it would be just local orchestras from around our region,” said senior concert master Caroline Bruns. “I found out when we arrived that we would be observing an orchestra from Honolulu perform. This made me realize that we’re not just a little orchestra from Florida, but one that is good enough to perform at the same festival as those from across the country. My favorite part was seeing people from all over the United States who love orchestra as much as I do.” The Tate High Orchestra will perform next on May 7 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Booker T. Washington High for the Ransom and Tate Orchestra String Pops Concert. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 25
2018 State Science & Engineering Fair News
Student scientists and engineers attended the 2018 Florida State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida, March 27-29 in Lakeland, at the RP Funding Center. The event was administered by the FFFS – Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, a statewide, nonprofit organization to discover scientific and technical talent in our schools and encourage careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). According to the Fair’s program, “More than 950 SSEF Finalists from 67 districts throughout Florida have been selected from among more than 11,000 students who exhibited in one of 37 Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fairs (RSEF). The number of projects displayed at 2017-2018 sub-regional events and science research competitions leading up to the affiliated RSEFs exceeded 140,000.” The results for Escambia County students are: Claira Han from Brown Barge Middle – 2nd place – Environmental Engineering – Junior Division; Kaley Hammock from Brown Barge – 3rd place – Biomedical Health Sciences – Junior Division; Margo Mason from Brown Barge – Recognition – Physics & Astronomy – Junior Division; Alexander Pope from Pensacola High – 3rd place – Engineering – Senior Division; and Virginia Beall from Pensacola High– Honorable Mention – Behavioral & Social Sciences – Senior Division. Competing in the SSEF also means an opportunity for students to win scholarships and special opportunity awards. The West Panhandle Region results were: Animal Sciences – Junior winners were Mariah Golson and Marina Deubler from Brown Barge Middle for their team project. They won a $25 cash award sponsored by the Osceola Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Animal Sciences – Senior winner was Dana Amin from Pensacola High. She won a $25 cash award sponsored by the Alachua Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Environmental Engineering – Junior winner was Claire Han from Brown Barge Middle and she won a $75 gift card from the Florida Society of Environmental Analysts; a Certificate and Medallion for the NOAA’s Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award”: and a certificate and nomination packet from the Broadcom MASTERS (see Note). Physics & Astronomy – Senior winner was Amy Zhang from Pensacola High. She won a certificate and Laptop Backpack package from the United States Air Force. Also recognized from the West Panhandle Region, from Holley Navarre Middle in Santa Rosa County, were: Donovyn Ray – Recognition – Systems Software – Junior Division; and Gavin Unterreiner – 2nd place – Chemistry – Junior Division. He also won a certificate and nomination packet from Broadcom MASTERS (See Note). Note: A nomination from Broadcom MASTERS (*) means an opportunity to compete for additional awards and prizes and the designation of semi-finalists. Then finalists will be announced in September and will receive an award of $500 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in Finalist Week. For more info, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-faq. For more info about FFFS programs, including the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, visit www.ssefflorida.com.
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GBMS Dolphins Earn Career Academy Awards
By McKell Spring, GBMS Dolphin Echo staff writer Gulf Breeze Middle School won two Career Academy awards recently. GBM Home Economics teacher Pam Lord and 8th-grader Isabelle Houghton were recognized on April 5, along with other winners in the county. Lord won the Middle School Teacher of the Year award, and Houghton achieved Middle School Student of the Year. A career academy is defined as a “small learning community where students receive academic instruction towards certain careers,” such as home economics. The awards have been going on for the last decade and are done to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of students, teachers, staff and business partners of each school. “We provide a nomination link a few weeks ahead of the event and send out to all district staff, students, teachers and business partners,” said Santa Rosa Director of Workforce Education Charlin Knight. A selection committee reviews the nominations and makes the final decision. Houghton was nominated by Lord, but she wasn’t aware of the awards before her name was put in. Lord said she searched throughout her home economics classes to find her nominee and looked for the hardestworking student with the best attitude. Houghton fit the criteria and ultimately was chosen. Lord was nominated by Principal Michael Brandon in an e-mail, with a statement about her work ethic in her classes. She was also unaware of the award before being nominated. Lord’s classes work toward a ServSafe license, “a five-year certification that allows the person to work in the Food Service Industry.” Students study ten chapters, then take the certification test. If the student passes, he/ she will receive a high school math or science credit. The goal is to educate food service workers about food safety. All winners from Santa Rosa County received both a physical award and a cash award. www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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While the amount of time kids spend with screens is important, research shows that watching TV and movies with your kids can support early literacy skills, boost empathy, and even help manage aggression after exposure to violent media. How you interact is important, though. As this study of young Sesame Street viewers shows, kids whose parents asked them to name letters and numbers during the show learned better than when parents did the naming. Co-viewing is similar to the way many parents treat reading to kids, especially for preschoolers and other young children. It’s a time to cuddle, focus your attention together, and share the experience of seeing and hearing the same thing, just like story time. In a study of parents who applied the techniques of high-quality reading to watching videos, kids scored higher on comprehension and vocabulary measures than kids whose parents didn’t use the techniques. So how do you actually co-view and reap those benefits? Try these tips with young kids: Focus their attention. Help kids pick up story details by verbally pointing out specific parts of what you’re watching, whether it’s a strange new word, a confusing part, or just an interesting detail. Say: “Look at his shiny new shoes!” Encourage them to think about the order of events. This helps kids think about sequence and cause and effect. Either after watching the show or before watching something they’ve seen before, say: “Can you remember what happened after the dog got loose?” You can also pause the show and ask: “Tell me what’s happening now.” Strengthen their understanding. Ask who, what, when, why, where, and how questions to get your kids to use new words and think through what they’ve seen. Say: “Who is that? Where do they live? Why are they doing what they’re doing?” Make it relatable. Have children link what they see to their own lives. For example, “Wow, they’re angry. What did you do the last time you were angry?” This helps kids learn to express themselves, cope with feelings, and understand others better. Expand on what kids say. Rephrase information from the show or things your kids have said back to them, relate details to your own life, or add new information. These are all ways to improve conversation skills, teach kids about the world, and bolster your connection. Say: “Loud noises scared Daniel Tiger. I don’t like loud noises either. How do you feel when you hear loud noises?” Here’s a badly kept secret: Kids like to talk about media -- a lot. Take advantage of this, as it will open up all kinds of opportunities to find out about the things your kids are interested in, the things that are important to them, and even what’s happening in their lives. You may be surprised at where your conversations lead. Greater Pensacola Parents I May 2018
Whether or not you smoke cigarettes or support legalizing marijuana, you probably don’t want your kids lighting up. But the rise of e-cigs, vaporizers like the Juul, and decriminalized pot may make your standard anti-smoking arguments -- “it causes cancer,” “it’s illegal” -- feel a little shaky. Add in celebrities posting pictures of themselves smoking various substances, and you might wonder: Is it possible to raise drug-free, smoke-free kids in the era of Smoking 2.0? If you’re feeling outspent, out-messaged, and out-cooled, take heart. There are plenty of ways to fight back: Traditional cigarettes Explain how bad smoking is for you. Kids think they’re immune and immortal. The death statistics could be eye-opening, even for the “it won’t happen to me” age group. Talk about how addictive nicotine is. Nicotine is really difficult to quit. Discuss the signs of physical addiction and the risk of getting addicted. Help them resist gimmicks. Traditional cigarettes are trying to capture smoker interest by using kid-friendly tricks -- for example, the Camel Crush cigarettes with a menthol ball inside. But the cigarettes still really are bad for you. Vaporizors and e-cigs Share the facts. E-cigarettes and vapes do reduce exposure to some of the harmful chemicals of tobacco cigarettes, but no one really knows the impact of these products on kids’ health. And studies show they contain formaldehyde. Talk about addiction. Kids can get hooked on nicotine but also on the physical habit of reaching for a pipe. Get your doctor involved. Have your pediatrician talk to your kid about the dangers of ingesting any chemical you don’t know much about. Marijuana Impart your values. Discuss what’s important to you: good character, solid judgment, and belief in a bright future -- all of which are compromised by smoking pot. Explain the health consequences. Study after study indicates that pot negatively affects a teen’s developing brain. Encourage waiting. For some kids, forbidding might backfire, so focus on preventing them from starting to smoke in the first place, delaying it as long as possible. Pull back the curtain on pot marketing. Kids and teens don’t like to be tricked, and advertising is full of sneaky ways to get people to buy a product, including branding pot products with names such as Bob Marley and Willie Nelson. Instead of lecturing, help your kids break down the ads to see how they try to influence emotions, choices, and behavior. 28
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Gearing Up for Glow-in-the-Dark Fun There’s a natural sense of enchantment that comes along with finding light in the darkness. From the full moons to fireflies, our eyes are drawn to the marvel of illumination emerging from the night. Children are especially entranced by these contrasts, fascinated by things that glow among the dark. The following items deserve glowing recommendations for bringing a bit a brilliance to play time. Tip for observing glow-in-the-dark materials: Closing your eyes for a moment as you drop
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Making a blanket fort comes with the understanding that a light source will be needed for the interior (that’s part of what makes blanket forts cool). But what if the fort’s construction materials include their own ambient light? The Crazy Fort kits feature round nodes that serve as the joins for sturdy rods. The node holes enable a range of versatile framing possibilities (dome, square, etc.). The Glow-in-the-Dark version offers an extra layer of awesome with nodes that render about two hours of gentle illumination inside a newly constructed tent. Whether kids are building from the ground up or crafting a blanket tent on the bed, these interior glowing orbs are just the thing to move a blanket fort to blanket fantastic!
The brightest object in our night sky, a full and radiant moon never fails to capture our imagination. It’s easy to bring this fascination indoors with Judek’s large moon decal that adheres to most flat, smooth surfaces. Under normal lighting conditions the phosphorescent material ‘charges up’ during the day so when the lights go out, the moon gently glows in the darkness. Highly detailed and larger that most decals (18” diameter), the moon’s mares, mountains and other lunar features offer additional appeal for watchful observers. Ideal for kids who need a bit of night light to fall asleep, the moon sticker provides a subtle and soothing illumination. The Judek Glow-in-the-Dark Full Moon Decal is a unique gift for sky-watchers, young and old.
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Adding a bright twist to bedroom basketball, the SKLZ glow-in-the-dark hoop lights up the action. Exposed to normal lighting conditions, the backboard, ball and the eight-loop net store enough energy to illuminate basketball action after darkness falls. Featuring a shatter-proof 18” x 12” backboard this set includes door mounting hardware that helps minimize impact from game play. The springmounted steel hoop also allows for ‘break-away’ action when the dunk shots go hard. While young players may not need a nightlight anymore, the gentle illumination from the SKLZ Pro Mini Glow-in-the-Dark Basketball Set is guaranteed to spark new hoop dreams in kids long after the lights go out.
Puzzle play, dinosaurs and x-ray vision all come together in one fantastic resource that will light up play time in shining style. Extra large at 3’ x 2’ feet with 100 pieces, this prehistoric puzzle fosters focus and fine motor skills as little hands assemble the scene under normal lighting conditions. When the dinosaur puzzle is complete, the final surprise is revealed when the lights go down. Embossed with phosphorescent materials, the dinosaur skeletons hidden in the puzzle graphics emerge in darkness. It’s a single puzzle with double the reward! The Learning Journey also offers glow-in-the-dark puzzles with additional themes including sea life, outer space and wildlife so the illuminated puzzler journey can continue!
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Not as Bad, But Still Not Smart Q.
How do you feel about check cashing companies?
A. I’m not a big fan of check cashing companies. They’re not nearly as bad as payday lenders, but it still seems kind of silly to me there’s even a market for this kind of thing. If you want a place to cash your checks and store your money, all you have to do is walk into a bank and open an account. I realize there’s a small segment of the population that some people in financial circles like to call “the unbanked.” This means that, for whatever reason, they avoid banks. That’s their choice, but in the process, they leave themselves susceptible to bad deals. As I said, I don’t feel the same way about check-cashing companies as I do about payday lenders. But it’s still not a
financially smart move to regularly pay a storefront operation fees just to cash your checks.
Getting Rid of the Car Q. How do you sell a vehicle with a lien amount that’s higher than the actual value of the car? A. First, you need to find a way to cover the difference between the amount of the lien and what you can get for the car. Let’s say the car is worth $12,000, and you owe $15,000. That would leave you $3,000 short. The bank holds the title, so unless you give them the payoff amount of $15,000 you’re not getting the title. The
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These days my teenage daughter cheerfully refers to herself as an ambivert, meaning a person who possesses both introvert and extrovert qualities. But this was not always the case. When she was an infant and a toddler, my daughter was highly sensitive and shied away from strangers, did not embrace new situations, and had trouble making transitions. She showed all of the signs of not only being introverted, but also of being a highly sensitive person. She was picky about what she ate, showed an automatic resistance to new foods, and only adapted to anything new, whether food, people or situations, at her own pace. Greater Pensacola Parents I May 2018
Do you know where you and your children fall on the introvertextrovert spectrum? Keep in mind that while temperament is typically consistent for a lifetime, it is not a life sentence. Parents can and do make a difference in helping introverted and sensitive children acclimate themselves to the ways of the world. Don’t avoid learning about temperament because you fear what you will discover about your child. No one tendency is better than any other, even if it is more common. Knowledge is always power, especially when it comes to our family dynamics and our children’s development.
Temperament Definitions Let’s look at commonly accepted definitions of important words when it comes to identifying temperaments of you and your children. The estimated percentage ranges come from recent expert opinions. Extrovert: An extrovert is typically considered an outgoing, gregarious person. Extroversion means the act of directing one’s attention outward or to things outside the self. Extroverts typically prefer the external environment over exploring their own thoughts and feelings. Estimated percent of population: 50-74% 32
Introvert: Historically considered a shy person, but this is not always true. An introvert prefers his own thoughts and feelings over attention to the external environment. Preferring his own company or favoring the company of one or a few people rather than exposure to many or a crowd of people. Estimated percent of population: 33-50% Ambivert: A person possessing the qualities of both an extrovert and an introvert. Estimated percent of population: 38-66% Highly Sensitive Person (HSP): According to Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet, The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking, an HSP processes information about the emotional and physical environment deeply. Tends towards philosophical and spiritual thinking rather than materialistic and hedonistic thinking. Observes carefully before taking risks. Describes self as creative or intuitive. Loves music, nature, art, and physical beauty and is highly empathic. Estimated percent of population: 15-20%
An Extroverted World According to introversion expert Susan Cain, we live in an extroverted world, where these qualities tend to be embraced and praised more than introvert qualities. Since introversion is not typically celebrated in children, you can imagine that a child who is introverted and highly sensitive might have an even more difficult time fitting in and finding a comfortable tribe. Some parents unwittingly pressure children to be more social than they wish to be out of a fear of children being left out or falling behind socially. An extrovert parent may not fully understand the temperament of an introvert child and may pressure a child to change
Some parents unwittingly pressure children to be more social than they wish to be out of a fear of children being left out or falling behind socially. An extrovert parent may not fully understand the temperament of an introvert child and may pressure a child to change behavior without considering the child’s point of view. behavior without considering the child’s point of view. Naturally, overly fearful concern can be detrimental to a child’s development. The first thing parents need to do when it comes to identifying their own and their children’s temperaments is relax. Temperament is not something that typically changes throughout a person’s life, so it is important to detach from judging your own temperament as well as the temperament of your spouse and children. Temperament is about how each person feels naturally, not merely about how they behave. Practice accepting each person for who they feel they are. Try to better understand the point of view of each family member by listening to what they want you to understand without trying to change anyone. More than any other desire, people usually wish to seen, understood and accepted for who they truly are.
Helping Children Thrive As They Grow Let’s talk about ways parents can help an introverted child and highly sensitive child cope with living in an extroverted world as they grow up. Here are some tips for helping any child adapt to an extroverted world as he or she grows: Babies need what they need. No mother is going to be praised for having a fussy, sensi-
tive baby. But your baby is who she is and the first thing you can do to better bond with your baby is identify and accept what temperament baby you have. So if you have a fussy, sensitive baby, try to give her what she needs without expecting her to be a babbling, jovial baby. Pay close attention to your baby’s signals and learn how to respond by trusting your own instincts and applying reasonable trial and error. And don’t be surprised when your baby becomes more bouncy and bubbly once you start paying closer attention to what she needs rather than paying so much attention to what others project. Toddlers are born to stretch and explore. Your introverted and highly sensitive toddler may not be as adventurous as others, but don’t let this disappoint you. Be loving and encouraging and celebrate even the smallest of milestones with glee. Sensitives often reserve their hesitation for the company of strangers and may act like any other toddler while surrounded by loved ones. However, be careful not to confuse unmet milestones with introversion or sensitivity. If you have a milestone concern, be sure to discuss it with your physician. Pre-schoolers participate in structured activities. If getting your introverted and sensitive child through the door of the school is a challenge in and of itself, try scaffolding the transition. In her podcast for parents and educators, Cain suggests taking baby steps. First walk your
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child all the way into the classroom. The next day, stop at the door. The next day, stop down the hall a bit. You get the picture. If this strategy isn’t working, enlist the help of a welcoming, familiar presence to ease the way. I know my daughter always managed transitions best with a quick forecast of what was about to happen. Elementary-schoolers are finding friends and co-creating together. Recess might be torture for your little introvert or HSP, unless he can connect with some children in his class who share his temperament. Consult with the teacher or playground monitor to enlist assistance and brainstorm ideas. Many children at this age play group imagination games during recess rather than sports and other more physical games. Some kids may switch back and forth between groups depending on how they feel. Encourage your child to find the friends who are doing activities he enjoys most each day. Middle-schoolers are becoming aware of who they are in the social hierarchy. Bully-proofing your introverted and highly sensitive child is important, so don’t hesitate to discuss and even role-play how to handle socially aggressive situations. Bullying happens, and though it’s unclear whether introverts and highly sensitive children are bullied more, they certainly may take negative treatment more to heart. Above all, encourage your child to progress socially at her own pace. High-schoolers need to use their aptitudes and skills. By the time your introvert or HSP gets to high school, she will definitely want to find her tribes. Luckily many introverted options are usually available at the high-school level. Consider activities like fine arts, creative writing, martial arts, and robotics. Some introverts may even enjoy choir, band, and theater. As for sports, your sensitive child may prefer sports with less physical contact like swimming, softball, baseball, track, tennis or dance. Don’t be concerned if your child does not immediately find peer groups in high school. A little bit of shuffling of friend and activity choices is common when kids are learning to be more clear about what they like and want. College-aged kids are practicing becoming adults. Your college-aged sensitive needs balance. He may embrace the usual college social situations like class rites of passage, fraternity rush, and themed dances, but find he needs more down time between social events than his peers. Try to choose a college that honors the needs of more introverted students. Your student would likely prefer one roommate to three, a large library with designated quiet rooms and lots of nooks and crannies for hiding away, and scholarly programs that honor the way he learns best. GPP Christina Katz is an introvert who was often confused as an extrovert when she was growing because of her strong verbal skills. She hopes to help parents understand that not all introverts are shy, and not all extroverts are highly verbal, but all people crave acceptance and appreciation just the way they are.
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I live with 35 high school girls who fully understand the need for modesty, but are challenged to “fit in” to a culture that doesn’t exactly affirm the values they know to be true. I, as all our staff at Heartlight, face this issue on a daily basis. Remember the crazy fads in the late 60s and 70s? The tie-dyed shirts, the beads, headbands, and the peace symbols? When I was in high school my dad hated my bushy sideburns and long hair, my purple bell-bottoms and boots that came up over my knees. It was a fad to look like the rock idols of the day and that look was in. My appearance made no sense to my parents, but it made a lot of sense to me at the time. I bet there are things your parents didn’t like about the way you dressed as a teenager. Chances are, you don’t still dress that way, and when you look at those old pictures you may giggle, as I do, about how foolish you looked back then. Today, I mostly hear from concerned parents of teenage girls who want to dress too seductively. They wonder how to deal with the issue of seduction when it has become so pervasive in our culture. Teens today live in a world of sexual innuendo, where outward packaging and presentation is all important. The definition of modesty has changed for them, not so much because of the lack of values taught by parents, but because of the overwhelming exposure given to seductive lifestyles. For the most part, dressing seductively is just a fad, and all fads pass soon enough. If your teen wants to be in on the fad of the moment, it doesn’t mean much of anything about her character, other than that she is playing out a role on the stage
of adolescence. Generally speaking, she hasn’t gone off the deep end just because she wants to wear current fashions. This fad can be a challenge for parents to manage, since the Internet, coupled with magazines, television, music videos and movies, have all inundated our kids with seductive images and inappropriate suggestions. Highly sexualized lifestyles are touted as normal, so girls face extreme social pressure to look and act seductively as well. Girls from good Christian homes often tell me they are torn between doing what is acceptable by their peer group to “fit in,” and doing what is taught them by their families and church. More times than not, the social pressures for the teen to look and act like their peers will win out when they are in school or out with their friends. But they will soon realize that the end result of their seductive presentation — when guys do pay attention — is not always what they expected, or what they really wanted in the first place. My advice for parents is to not flip out when your daughter is just trying to fit in. Using harsh words that defame her character such as, “you look like a …” will only push her deeper into the negative behavior. Rather, calmly and regularly address the more important issue of modesty. Focusing on modesty, versus putting down the current fashion as our own parents did with us, will eliminate the perceived generation gap. And that way, when the next fad comes 35
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KEY POINT: Make sure she understands that modesty is an important part of your family’s values and that’s not an area you’ll allow to be compromised, no matter what the current culture or fad says. Is maintaining modesty going to be easy? No. But by being diligent and also showing that you understand her need to fit in with the culture she lives in, you’ll be able to maintain a good relationship with your little princess as you navigate and struggle through these tough waters. In the long run, a strong and open relationship with your child, coupled with uncompromising values of modesty, will best insure that she maintains appropriate dress, even when you aren’t looking. “…have(ing) righteous principles in the first place…they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.” – Martin Luther Dressing seductively is a fad today for teenage girls… you think? Like any other fad, it will pass soon enough. Parenting teenage girls to be modest in their appearance in the midst of this fad is a tough place to be, and every concerned parent I know hopes it will pass a little quicker. But then again, who knows what the next fad will bring?
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.
5820 Montgomery Avenue Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:15pm Ages: 4 years - teens Join us for Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus this summer! Lots of awesome music, crafty crafts, fun snacks and amazing lessons on how Jesus rescues. Online Registration begins May 13, 2018. Visit our website and register under VBS. (850) 944-5520 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charitychapel.org
18 West Wright Street Pensacola, 32501 Theme: Wizards and Wonders: A Hero’s Journey with Harry Potter Dates: June 11 - 14, 2018 Times: 9am - 12pm Registration is available online or printed forms are available in the church lobby. (850) 432-5115 www.christ-church.net
Cokesbury United Methodist Church
5725 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Times: 6:00 pm 8:30pm Ages: 3 years - 5th grade Registration opens May 13, 2018. Register early to secure your spot. Children must be 3 years old by June 1, 2018 and potty trained. (850) 476-5818 Dawn@cokesburyUMC.org www.cokesburychurch.com
East Brent Baptist Church
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115 Saint John Street Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Camp Moose on the Loose: Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness Dates: July 10 - 13, 2018 Times: 6:15pm - 8:30pm Ages: K4 - 6th grade Come to Camp Moose on the Loose for a camping-themed experience at Campus Church! Discover the freedom God offers through His forever forgiveness when we follow the “trail map” of God’s Word. Don’t miss out on the fun as we bring the great outdoors inside each evening! VBS will be held in the St. John Building. Visit http://www.campuschurch.com/vbs/ and print the registration form. Bring this form with your child the first night of VBS. (850) 378-3404 email@example.com www.campuschurch.com
Hillcrest Baptist Nine Mile Campus
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800 E Nine Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Game On! Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game Dates: June 18 - 22 Times: 8:30am - 12:00pm Ages: Completed K - 5th grade Join us for our 2018 VBS! We’ll be spending a whole week in Bible study, missions, worship, crafts, and so much more. T-shirts for leaders and learners will be available at Hillcrest Kids desk. Be sure to register your kids at our website under the Ministries tab. (850) 476-2233 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hillcrestchurch.com Greater Pensacola Parents I May 2018
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3960 Spanish Trail Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Game On! Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game Dates: June 25 - 28, 2018 Times: 6:00pm 8:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Come spend the week with us as we learn about God and His ultimate playbook for the best game you’ll ever play! Registration will be available on our website. Please call the church office if you have questions. (850) 476-2233 MMadison@hillcrestchurch.com www.hillcrestchurch.com
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1220 East Blount Street Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Genesis 1: SPACE PROBE “Seek Out the Lord of the Universe!” Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:30pm Ages: Completed K4 - 5th grade VBS at McIlwain Presbyterian Church is Free! Guidebook, T-shirt, Crafts, and Snacks are included. Registration will begin at 8:30am on Monday morning. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/McIlwainPresbyterianChurch/). (850) 438-5449 x 226 email@example.com www.mcilwain.org
4801 North Davis Highway Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 8:30am - 12:00pm Ages: 5 years (by September 1st) - 5th grade At Time Lab kids will discover Jesus from eternity past to eternity future through songs, crafts, games, goodies, and God’s Word! Your kids won’t want to miss a nanosecond of the fun, so set your watches and make plans to joins us at Time Lab?! (850) 477-5812 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eastbrent.com/vacation-bible-school.html
Faith Baptist Church
3600 Creighton Road Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future Dates: July 16 - 20, 2018 Times: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Ages: 4 years - 6th grade Faith Baptist Church is thrilled to announce this year’s VBS, Time Lab! With games, snacks, crafts, music, teaching and more, your child is sure to have a memorable week with us! Transportation is available. Please contact the church office for questions or to sign up for a ride. We look forward to seeing you here! (850) 476-8496 www.fbcpensacola.org
First Baptist Church
500 North Palafox Street Pensacola, 32501 Theme: Game On! Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 8:30am 12:30pm Ages: Pre-K - 5th grade Grab your megaphones, lace up your cleats, and tune up your instruments. Game On!™ takes off in full swing as we look to God and His ultimate playbook for the best game you’ll ever play. Registration is available online at https://kideventpro.lifeway. com/myChurch/?id=45359. (850) 433-5631 email@example.com www.fbcp.org
First Pentecostal Church
6500 North W Street Pensacola, 32505 Dates: July 24 - 27, 2018 Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Ages: 5 years(by September 1st) - 11 years Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6pm for all VBS
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First Presbyterian Church
33 East Gregory Street Pensacola, 32502 Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:00pm Ages: PreK - rising 5th grade Pre - K children must be 4 years old by 9/1/18. Please call the church office to sign up for VBS. (850) 438-9619 email@example.com www.fpcpensacola.com
245 Brent Lane Pensacola, 32503 Dates: July 29 - August 1 Ages: 3 years - 6th grade (850) 476-4466 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gatewaycoc.org
Grace Lutheran Church
6601 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 Times: 5:30 - 8:00pm Ages: Rising Kindergarten - 11 years Dinner will be served each evening for VBS families at 5:30pm. We will also offer a parent hospitality room during VBS each evening with light snacks, fellowship and devotion discussions. (850) 476-5667 email@example.com www.gracepensacola.org
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
7979 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Game On! Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 9am - 11:30am Ages: K4 - completed 5th grade Game On!™ takes off in full swing as we look to God and His ultimate playbook for the best game you’ll ever play. (850) 477-8596 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holycrosspensacola.org
Klondike Baptist Church
7201 Klondike Road Pensacola, 32526 Please check our Facebook page and website often for specific VBS dates and registration info to be announced soon! (850) 944-6776 www.lovepensacola.org
Little Flower Catholic Church
6495 Lillian Highway Pensacola, 32506 Theme: Splash Canyon Dates: June 25 - 29, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:30pm Ages: 4 years - rising 6th grade Little Flower Catholic Church VBS Fee is $25 per child and $45 for two or more per immediate family. Please call for registration. (850) 455-5641 email@example.com www.pensacolalfs.org/
Marcus Pointe Baptist Church
6205 North W Street Pensacola, 32505 Theme: Time Lab! Discovering Jesus Through Time! Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018 Times: 9:00am-Noon Ages: 4 years old through 5th grade (850) 479-8337 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolachurch.org
Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church
1030 North 57th Avenue Pensacola, 32506 Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church will be hosting VBS again this year. Please visit the website to follow updates on dates and times. (850) 456-7463 email@example.com www.mgumc.org
Olive Baptist Church - Main Campus
1836 East Olive Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Game On! Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:00pm Ages: K5 - 5th grade Grab your megaphones, lace up your cleats, and tune up your instruments. Game On!™ takes off in full swing as we look to God and His ultimate playbook for the best game you’ll ever play. Registration starts online Wednesday, March 21st! Please choose the campus you would like to register for. (850) 476-1932 firstname.lastname@example.org www.olivebaptist.org/kids
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103 W Winthrop Avenue Pensacola, 32507 Theme: Game On! Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game Dates: June 4 - 8, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: K5 - 5th grade Grab your megaphones, lace up your cleats, and tune up your instruments. Game On!™ takes off in full swing as we look to God and His ultimate playbook for the best game you’ll ever play. Registration starts online Wednesday, March 21st! Please choose the campus you would like to register for. (850) 476-1932 email@example.com www.olivebaptist.org/kids
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2920 Bellview Avenue Pensacola, 32526 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 25 - 29, 2018 Times: 8:30am 12:00pm Ages: Rising 1st grade - 5th grade Registration will available online or at the door. Please call the church office for questions. (850) 944-2888 email@example.com www.pinesummitbaptist.org
3351 Creighton Road Pensacola, 32504 Theme: Incredibles: God made me Incredible! Dates: June 12 - 15 Times: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Ages: 3 years - completed 5th grade Tues - Thursday VBS times will be from 6pm - 9pm. We will have games, music, light snack, crafts and Incredible fun! Friday evening we invite all parents and families for a Family Fun Night from 6pm - 7:30pm. Games, music, bounce houses and a chance to win 4 tickets to see the Incredibles movie! Registration will be available online. (850) 549-3880 Alyssa.firstname.lastname@example.org www.potentialchurch.com
Smyrna Baptist Church
7000 Pensacola Boulevard Pensacola, 32505 Theme: Quest for Truth Dates: July 23 - 26, 2018 Times: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Visit our website or call the church office for registration instructions. (850) 477-0998 email@example.com www.smyrnabaptist.org
St. Luke United Methodist Church
1394 East 9 Mile Road Pensacola, 32514 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: July 16 - 20, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:00pm Ages: 4 years (by September 1st) - rising 6th grade Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. Registration is available online at https://vbspro. events/p/stluke. (850) 477-3145 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stluke-umc.org
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3400 Bayou Boulevard Pensacola, 32503 Theme: Rolling River Rampage Dates: June 25-29, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 2:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5 years VBS registration will be available in the church office and on our website. (850) 432-3505 www.trinitypcola.org
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Coastline Calvary Chapel
1122 Oriole Beach Road Gulf Breeze, 32563 Theme: Jungle River Adventure Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: 3 years - completed 3rd grade VBS registration is available online. There is a $20 fee for each participant. Please call or email for more information. (850) 932-8197 Rebecca@coastlinelife.com www.coastlinelife.com
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4115 Soundside Drive Gulf Breeze, 32563 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 25 - 29, 2018 Times: 9:30am 12:30pm Ages: 4 years - 6th grade Shipwrecked VBS is offered at no charge but donations are gladly accepted. Volunteers are needed! Students who are entering 7th grade through adults of all ages can register to volunteer. Registration is available at www.vbspro.events/p/clc2018. (850) 916-1660 email@example.com www.clc.life
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, 32563 Theme: Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future Dates: July 9 - 13, 2018 Please check our website and the church office for specific information to be announced. VBS participant space is limited so check back often for registration. (850) 932-3263 firstname.lastname@example.org www.goodshepherdlutherangulfbreeze.org
Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church
100 Andrew Jackson Trail Gulf Breeze, 32561 Theme: Renew Dates: July 9 - 12, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Kidz Ministry program will have VBS Monday Thursday and registration is available online. Older siblings are welcome to volunteer for service hours. Please call or visit our website for questions. (850) 932-3625 email@example.com www.gbpresbyterian.org
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church
75 Fairpoint Drive Gulf Breeze, 32561 Theme: Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Dates: June 18 - 22, 2018 Times: 9:00am 12:00pm Ages: 4 years (by September 1st) completed 5th grade VBS at Gulf Breeze UMC is Free! We will have crafts, games, worship and music. Please register by clicking on VBS at our website. (850) 932-3594 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gbumc.org
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6451 Park Avenue Milton, 32570 Dates: July 9 -13, 2018 Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: Kindergarten - 5th grade Please check our website for a link to registration or call the church office for assistance. (850) 623-3600 email@example.com www.srolparish.org/ GPP
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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” - Dalai Lama We know that happiness is an emotion that can come and go. But how do we recapture that bubbly feeling amid the challenges and stresses of parenthood? Here are a few tips from moms for staying positive and feeling good.
Lean on community. Several moms polled for this article agreed that moms’ night outs with their friends help them feel more optimistic. And science proves it. Studies find that time spent bonding with friends boosts a woman’s level of oxytocin, a natural hormone that reduces stress. Check out mothers’ groups in your area if you are struggling to build a support network.
Commit to healthy living. Women who make time to care for their bodies, enjoy a stronger self-image
and feel more self-confident and energetic. Exercise, try to get adequate sleep, schedule regular massages and make healthy food choices to feel your best. “I know that when I am reasonably well-rested and happy, I am absolutely more patient, energetic and empathetic to everyone in my household,” says Erica Wilson, a mom of one.
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Whether you like surfing Pinterest, training for a 5K or simply taking a warm bubble bath, moments stolen throughout the week contribute to our overall sense of well-being. “I try to take at least a few minutes a day outside. I close me eyes, take deep breaths, and listen to the sounds,” says Melanie Werner, a mom of one.
Nourish yourself. During the rush of the week, most of us throw meals together just to get our hungry crew fed. If you enjoy cooking, find a day when you can slow down and relish the preparation. The process of chopping and measuring ingredients is meditative and soothing. Create a feast to delight all of the senses by serving your meal on a table laid out with your favorite dishes and cheerful flowers. Laugh. Family life can be funny. Kids say
hilarious things. Pay attention and write those gems down. Next time you need a lift, read them. Need more ideas? Look at funny family videos or photos, hang out with lighthearted friends, watch a silly movie or read a humorous book.
Follow a spiritual practice. Studies find that people who lean on an inner belief system are happier. You can feel a connection
to God through helping others, nature, yoga, music, art, personal meditation or journaling. Michelle Hovick, a mom of one, says the “Elevation” church app is one of her favorite spiritual gateways to a mood shift.
Practice gratitude. In a gratitude study at Eastern Washington University, researchers found a positive correlation between gratitude and happiness. “We have found that grateful individuals tend to be happy individuals and that grateful thinking improves mood,” the researchers report. Try writing down three things you are thankful for each day--small moments count too. Get a groove on. Whether she participates in a Jazzercise class or switches on upbeat dance tunes in her kitchen, Jessie Mallicoat, a mom of three, says, “If I’m in a bad mood, I put on some ‘dancy’ music and it usually helps.” In fact, studies find that dancing boosts the body’s feel-good endorphins. Dancing has even been found to reverse depression and increase self-confidence. Set boundaries. Moms who are happier make conscious decisions on a daily basis about who and what is allowed into their lives. Switching to this way of thinking is empowering. You don’t have to be harsh or hurtful to accomplish this goal. Politely decline invita-
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tions that don’t fit with your priorities and limit interactions with negative individuals.
Access good childcare. Seek reliable childcare in order to feel secure pursuing personal interests, maintaining routine health check-ups and for date nights with your partner. A positive marriage contributes to the overall emotional health and happiness of your family. Having trouble finding a sitter? Check out SitterCity.com, Care.com and ask other parents for references. Avoid comparison. Parenting philosophies
that work well in one family, may not work well in another. Thanks to the influx of information at our fingertips, parents have no shortage of advice. Decide which strategies make sense for your family. And beware of spending too much time on social media if you’re starting to feel like you don’t measure up. “Being happy with yourself and how you parent is key to accepting other moms and how they parent, which creates a more supportive parenting community all around,” says Mandy Yokim, mom of two. GPP
Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. She finds happiness in historical romance novels, sunny days and chocolate chip cookies. Christa is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.
Take time for personal pursuits.
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Does your daughter tend to memorize information after simply reading it? Does your son enjoy building detailed lego kits? These behaviors are often indicators of learning preferences. It is important to identify a childâ€™s learning style in order to ensure the best chance for academic success. The seven main learning styles are as follows: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, logical, social, and solitary. Visual and auditory learners have an advantage, as traditional classroom instruction is catered more towards them. Visual learners do well by reading, viewing lists, charts, images, reading their teachersâ€™ facial expressions, diagrams, etc. Auditory learners benefit form verbal instruction, talking through problems, and using rhythm and music as memory aids.
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The last two categories of learning preferences are
Tactile and kinesthetic learners may have had a
social and solitary. Social students thrive by working in groups, while those who prefer solitary learning may not. These students will do better with self-paced learning and individualized study plans. It is important to find a niche of interest for a solitary learner and base lessons around that. For example, if you have a child obsessed with airplanes you can use this to teach about gravity, weather, physics, and movement. Fortunately for students who prefer to learn independently, there is a new community of online learning where these solitary learners can feel comfortable and succeed. So now that you know the basic learning styles, chances are you see your child in one or more category. A good age to begin identifying your child’s learning style is around 6-7, as by this point, his/her preferences are likely established. Once you and your child’s teacher know your child’s learning preference(s), it is recommended that he/she be taught using a variety of methods, and not just appeal to the identified style. While it is important to teach the most difficult lessons using that preference, it is also necessary to reinforce lessons using multiple other styles. To truly ensure the best chance of success, teachers need to provide learning tools to enhance and improve abilities in areas where students are weaker. An auditory learner should be taught using a kinesthetic lesson plan, but the teacher should aid that student in working through a lesson such as this, as it is not conducive to his natural abilities.
more difficult time in classrooms years ago, but teachers today are fortunately much more willing to allow children to move about the room to engage in the lesson. Kinesthetic learners need to move their bodies as they learn, and tactile learners like to use their hands to comprehend the material. Both of these preferences are conducive to building 2D or 3D models with clay, play dough, or building materials such as legos. Kinesthetic learners might like to learn about the human body, for example, by jumping, running, stretching, and discussing which parts of the body are allowing them to do such things. Both tactile and kinesthetic learners might enjoy doing their writing assignments on large marker boards or butcher paper, so they are not confined to a desk and can immerse themselves more into the project. Also, a kinesthetic learner is more likely to memorize facts while playing catch, jumping rope, or clapping. Children in both of these categories would learn better though a hands-on science experiment rather than simply reading about a concept via text. Another type of learning preference is logical. The logical learner enjoys mathematics, proving equations, and using reasoning and systems. This student will do well to write out lists of goals or steps to figure something out. He is likely to use the scientific method approach solve a problem, and he may become frustrated if he doesn’t know why something is the way it is. Quite often, logical learners excel with technology, providing them an advantage in more modern classrooms.
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Quiz: What type of learner is your child?
4. Which of the following is a helpful lesson for a teaching math to a kinesthetic learner?
1. Your child was assigned a report on a wild animal. She asked to visit the zoo to see and touch stingrays in their natural habitat. Your child is most likely:
A. having him measure how far he kicked the soccer ball to determine the length of the field B. having him draw a soccer field and describe its measurements C. Watching the teacher draw the measurements on the white board D. Working in groups to draw a soccer field to scale on paper
A. a tactile learner B. a social learner C. a kinesthetic learner D. an auditory learner 2. Your daughter was told to create a project showing the water cycle. Which of the following would indicate that she is a logical learner?
5. Your child can be identified as a visual, social learner. She was assigned a group project on The Civil War. What might be a good role for her within the group?
A. She immediately jumped on the computer to research water cycles after school. B. She created a step-by-step detailed diagram of the water cycle, complete with a color-coded key. C. She created a rain measurement tool and is leaving cups of water around the house to observe water evaporate. D. All of the above.
A. creating a 3-D battle field B. re-enacting a battle scene for the class C. writing out a detailed synopsis of why the war occurred D. researching little-know facts about the Civil War and reporting her findings back to the group GPP Karen Johnson is a former English teacher turned writer and a mom of 3. She writes at The 21st Century SAHM—a cathartic mix of sarcasm, angry Mama Bear rants, and heartfelt confessions. You can follow Karen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as The 21st Century SAHM.
3. Your son’s foreign language teacher tells you that he most enjoys listening to translation activities via headphones and computer during class. Your son would be best described as a:
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FamilyCalendar Thursday, April 26
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. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Free weekly concerts each Thursday through June 7. Bring your lawn chair and beverage of your choice to enjoy the 2018 concert series featuring top Gulf Coast musical performers. Our concession has weekly specials, water or soda (Coke & Sprite) $1, hot dogs $2, fresh popcorn $1, potato chips $0.50 and ice cream sandwich or drumstick $1. For more info, call (850) 433-0074 or visit www.scpen.org/christophersconcerts.html. Today’s band is The Blenders.
Menopause the Musical 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 16 years! Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger.com/, or by calling (850) 595-3880.
Friday, April 27
Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Follow the adventures of Aladdin as he attempts to win Princess Jazmine’s affection while staving off the evil sorcerer Jafar. This tale of love, trickery and triumph is perfect for all ages to enjoy! For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com. University of West Florida Film Music Concert 7:30 p.m. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West Florida. The UWF Department of Music will present its Symphonic Band concert titled “Lights, Camera, Musicals and More!” and will feature soundtracks from Oklahoma!, Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera. In addition to the musicals, the band will present a special performance of music from the original Star Wars trilogy. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more info or to reserve tickets, call (850) 857-6285 Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party 10 a.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. What started as just a reason to party has become one of the biggest beach parties on the coast. Those who participate in the Mullet Toss will throw a dead mullet over the state line of Florida and Alabama to see who gets the farthest. For more info, call (850) 492-6838. DeLuna’s Beach Games 5-7 p.m. Casino Beach, Pensacola. Brand-new event on Pensacola Beach which features an open water swim and beach volleyball tournament. The goal is to add events each year to make a fun family-oriented sports festival. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/delunasbeachgames/.
Saturday, April 28
Warrior Challenge 5K Mud Obstacle Course Run 8 a.m. Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton. This is a 5K mud run with obstacles that include but are not limited to mud, climbing, mud,
crawling, mud, jumping etc. The obstacles are manmade, nature-made, and a combination of both. Many will encourage team effort, so call on your buddies and sign up today! Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come cheer on all participants, listen to our DJ and enjoy our food and beverage tent. For more info, visit www.warriorchallengemudrun.com/. University of West Florida Film Music Concert 7:30 p.m. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West Florida. For details, see April 27 listing. Kindermusik Superhero Play Date at The PACE Studio 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. Bring your little superhero in costume to celebrate National SuperHero Day with us as we make music, sing and dance! $25 per family (ages birth to 5) includes lesson, CD, craft and take-home instrument. Reservations required online at: www.bythebay. kindermusik.com or call (850) 292-0519 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Woolly Bugger Beach Fest Quietwater Beach/Gulfside Pavilion and volleyball area, all day. First City Shakespeare Presents Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 plays in 60 minutes) by Greg Allen Doors open at 9:17 p.m. Swan Neck Meadery, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. You choose the order of the plays; sometimes you play along with the actors, sometimes you just laugh. Advance tickets for VIPs are $16. Get your mead and seat first. Grab the flight attendant’s butt and get a complimentary drink thrown in your face! At The Door Craps tickets are $10-$15. For more info, visit http://setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383. DeLuna’s Beach Games 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Casino Beach, Pensacola. For details, see April 27 listing. Open Studio: Inventor Space 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Stretch your imagination! Participants are challenged to build and develop imaginary inventions. Free for PMA members and $6 for non-members. Drop in anytime from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome! No registration required. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Sub-West Rotary Burger Battle by the Bay 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. Funds raised from the event will benefit the SubWest Rotary Foundation and Take Stock in Children, an organization that provides college scholarships to low-income academically qualified students. The 2018 Burger Battle will feature teams of civic organizations, backyard novices and restaurants from the greater Pensacola Area who will present their most mouthwatering burgers. Participating restaurants include Miller’s Ale House, The Burger Factory, Tin Cow, Black Law Catering and defending champion South Paw Grill. Come and sample, or come and cook. Public admission is $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the gate. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.burgerbattlebythebay.com or call (812) 360-7856. Paws on Palafox 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Plaza De Luna, 5 North Q Street, Pensacola. Hundreds of animal lovers take to the streets of historic downtown Pensacola for a family-friendly 3K dog walk to support the Barbara Grice Memorial Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at the Pensacola Humane Society. The route will take you past Pensacola landmarks and under the shady live oak trees of Seville Square. Once into Historic Pensacola Village, the walk makes its way down the waterfront to return to Plaza De Luna for an after-party of epic proportions. Admission: $30. For more info, call (850) 466-3945 or visit https://secure. qgiv.com/event/pawsonpalafox2018/.
Full Moon Party at LandShark 6 p.m. LandShark Landing, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. Fire dancers, face painting, live music and fun! The event is free and open to the public. For more info, call (850)916-9755 or visit www.margaritavillehotel.com. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Symphonie Fantastique 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A stirring performance featuring Berlioz’s composition of “Symphonie Fantastique,” and ethereal works by Nielsen and guest composer Chris Rogerson. This concert is all about music that tells a story. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasymphony. com/, or by calling (850) 595-3880. Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party 10 a.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. For details, see April 27 listing. Ballet Pensacola Presents Aladdin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see April 27 listing.
Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Full of rhyming fun, Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? features appearances by some of the world’s greatest scientists. Young readers will enjoy learning about scientists and how they changed the world. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. Our free beginner ukulele classes are designed to get you familiarized with the ukulele, including parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, how to tune it, basic chord shapes, basic strumming patterns and chord changes for your first song! The intermediate class focuses on learning songs and playing while singing along. For more info, call (850) 457-7557. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza. 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) 7333547 or e-mail email@example.com. 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.
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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/. 2018 Pensacola Triathlon 6:15 a.m. Maritime Park, 301 W Main Street, Pensacola. Start your race with a swim in the refreshing Pensacola Bay, bike along the scenic out-and-back course, and run through Historic Pensacola neighborhoods and past cheering spectators. The event concludes with a festive waterfront awards party featuring music, great food, and cold beer. For more info, call (850) 435-9222 or visit http://werunwild.com/events/ event/2017-pensacola-triathlon/. Junior Iron Chef Healthy Kids’ Cooking Competition 1-3:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 350 W Garden St., Pensacola. 16 children aged 7-12 have been selected to participate in the competition. Participants are from the monthly after-school Kids in the Kitchen program hosted by the Junior League of Pensacola. They have 1 hour to cook a healthy meal, as well as develop their own menu, grocery list, and go shopping at Ever’man using the nutritional and cooking knowledge from their year in the Kids in the Kitchen program. Free to the public; family-friendly. Healthy snacks and activities planned for audience members, including face painting and a photo booth. Featuring local celebrity chefs and judges. For more info, visit juniorleagueofpensacola.org. Woolly Bugger Beach Fest Quietwater Beach/Gulfside Pavilion and volleyball area, all day. Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party 10 a.m. Flora-Bama Lounge, 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. For details, see April 27 listing. Family Sensory Morning at Pensacola Museum of Art 9-11:30 a.m. Open and free to families with children on the autism spectrum or with related sensory processing disorders. Registration is required and limited to 25 registrants. Family Sensory Morning is a way for families to actively engage with the museum through participation in art and movement activities in the galleries. The galleries will have various art-making experiences designed by local art therapist Anne-Marie Collins, drop-in yoga with Christa Soonier from Breathe Yoga, a movement story time from our friends at West Florida Public Library, and gallery tours by PMA docents. A Sensory Break Room will be available for those who may need it and our resident therapy dog Washaki will also be walking around and providing assistance. Open to all ages and abilities. Register at www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Tuesday, May 1
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. 2018 Bands on the Beach Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series returns! The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., running through October 30. Organized
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by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. May 1 band is Twang Gang. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www. visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. 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) 4346211 or visit http://www.sevillequarter.com/. 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.
Wednesday, May 2
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 1 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Wahoo Wednesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Mississippi. For tickets or more info, visit www. bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Thursday, May 3
p.m. For more info, visit wuwf.org/radiolive or call (850) 473-7433.
Friday, May 4
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 7:30 p.m. A Studio 400 Production. A change in theme this year, we will explore parenthood and moms in sixone-act plays. A PLT favorite. Tickets are available at pensacolalittletheatre.com or by calling (850) 432-2042. Preschool Art Time - Watercolor Monoprints 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Artists use watercolors to create a series of small scale prints. All prints are collected and sewn into a monoprint booklet for artists to take home. Dress for a mess! Cost: $6/ members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Showtime! 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A jam-packed concert filled with music from every genre, from classical to country and patriotic to musical theatre. There is something for everyone to enjoy! This variety show showcases the individual and corporate talents of PCC’s outstanding singers. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger. com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880. 34th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass (children 12 and under get in free). Join us before 3 p.m. on May 4, and admission is free! Admission for active duty military with ID on May 4th is also free. Great food, live entertainment, and activities for all ages await you! Friday hours are noon-11 p.m.; Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Children’s area, sponsored by Cox, will be open on Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) offering cost-friendly arts and crafts, face painting, wands, balloons, games, and NASCRAW crawfish races. Pets, coolers and outside food and beverages are not allowed. For more info, visit www. fiestapensacola.org/pensacola-crawfish-festival. 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.
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see April 26 listing.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Star Wars Night 6:35 p.m. vs. Mississippi. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is Still Standing. For details, see April 26 listing.
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Little Women 7:30 p.m. Written by John Ravolo and Louisa May Alcott; directed by Jennifer Godwin. A Treehouse Production. A story that never will grow old for its treatment of a mother’s love for her children and their appreciation for the love of friends and family. This play will charm audiences of all ages and will be our feature for school children. For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball 6:35 p.m. vs. Mississippi. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. 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 Beth Wood, The Arcadian Wild, Ben de la Cour, and Callaghan. 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
Saturday, May 5
Palafox Market 11th Anniversary Celebration 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For our anniversary celebration, Pensacola Celebrity Chefs will host a cooking demonstration and tasting that will include ingredients from Palafox Market. We’ll also have live music
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Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 7:30 p.m. For details, see May 4 listing.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Mississippi. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
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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.
Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Showtime! 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. A jam-packed concert filled with music from every genre, from classical to country and patriotic to musical theatre. For details, see May 4 listing. University of West Florida Spring Commencement Ceremonies Pensacola Bay Center. Morning Ceremony @ 10 a.m. for College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and College of Education and Professional Studies; Afternoon Ceremony @ 1 p.m. for College of Business, Usha Kundu, MD College of Healthand Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering; and Evening Ceremony @ 5 p.m. for Graduate School. For more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com. Fiesta 10K & 5K Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. The Annual Fiesta 5K and 10K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. 10K participants will begin at Pensacola State College, while the 5K runners will start from Scott Street and 12th Avenue. Both races will finish at Seville Square. Those who run in the race will receive free admission to the Pensacola Crawfish Festival May 5. For more info, call (850) 433-6512 or visit http://pensacolarunners.com/. Curiosity Day - AstronoMay 1-4 p.m. Pensacola M.E.S.S. Hall, 116 N. Tarragona Street, Pensacola. Celebrate International Space Day with us by exploring astronomy, planetary science, and more. Activities are suitable for a variety of ages. Admission: $8 adults and kids over age of 3. For more info, call (877) 937-6377 or visit www.pensacolamesshall.org/. 29th Annual Sawmill Day & Car Show 8:30 a.m. Century’s Historic District. The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society invites you to its celebration at Century.
Our car show, organized by the Bad Boys Car Club, last year exhibited more than 50 vintage and custom cars. Our heritage festival will again feature exhibits of the NW Fla. Living History Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans and other history displays. Local arts and crafts booths will be in our park and the ASHS Museums will be open for tours. A variety of local live entertainment is scheduled for the entire day and fresh Boston butt sandwich meals will be available. Parking and entrance is free. Flag raising ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. and car show awards at 2 p.m. For more info, call (850) 256-3980. 34th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. Admission is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass (children 12 and under get in free). For details, see May 4 listing.
Llama Llama Loves to Read Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Llama Llama is becoming a reader and can’t wait to show his mother everything he’s learned. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, May 6
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see April 29 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 3 p.m. A jam-packed concert filled with music from every
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Monday, May 7
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/.
Tuesday, May 8
Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see May 1 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. 2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. May 8 band is True Blue Band. For details, see May 1 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 1 listing.
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Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 8 listing. Naval Aviation Symposium 2018 National Naval Aviation Museum. Call (850) 453-2389 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ for more information. Story Seedlings
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2:45-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Story Seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter books. Lessons are geared for 4- to 7-year-olds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. 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.
Thursday, May 10
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see April 26 listing. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is Dr. Breeze. For details, see April 26 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 7:30 p.m. For details, see May 4 listing. Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series the 2nd Thursday of every month. Tonight’s topic is Backyard Wildlife/Butterflies, presented by Carrie Stevenson, UF IFAS Extension. Join us as we discuss the top 10 ways to attract beneficial native wildlife (including birds and butterflies) to your home. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 475-5230. 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. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Presents As You Like It 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera Center, 75 S. Tarragona St. Directed by Michelle Hancock. Tickets $15. For tickets or more info, call (662) 278-8383 or visit http://setsco.org/.
Friday, May 11
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 7:30 p.m. For details, see May 4 listing. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Presents As You Like It 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera Center, 75 S. Tarragona St. Directed by Michelle Hancock. For details, see May 10 listing. Fairways to Freedom Golf Tournament 8 a.m.-2 p.m. This annual Military Appreciation Month event honors active duty military personnel and veterans. Honorary teams representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard compete against each other for the Fairways to Freedom Cup and bragging rights. Tournament is open to the public and welcomes all teams. For more info or to register, visit www.gulfbreezechamber.com/pages/fairways-to-freedom or call (850) 932-7888.
An Evening of Luther Vandross - Starring Ruben Studdard 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Ruben Studdard, the Grammy-nominated R&B, gospel and pop singer, was the winner of American Idol’s second season. He has recorded six studio albums, appears frequently on TV, toured extensively and has sold more than 2 million albums worldwide. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award-winning songs like “Let It Go” and discover true love is the most powerful magic of all. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. For tickets, call (850) 432-0800 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Ft. Pickens) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Ft. Pickens Battery Worth parking lot. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible largescope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-stargazing/.
Saturday, May 12
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see April 28 listing. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen 2 and 6 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see May 11 listing. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Presents As You Like It 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera Center, 75 S. Tarragona St. Directed by Michelle Hancock. For details, see May 10 listing. HeyDay Pro Watercross National Tour, Round Two 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pensacola Beach Pier. Visit http://prowatercross.com/ for more details. Open Studio: Exploring Color 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Inspired by current exhibition Andy Warhol: Myth/Maker, participants will produce multiples in all colors from yellow to pink and explore a world of paint, pastels, markers, and more. For details, see April 28 listing. The Black Jacket Symphony Presents The Eagles’ Hotel California 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880. Walking Cemetery Tour
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FamilyCalendar 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. For more info, call (850) 466-5220 or visit http://goretro.us/Tour/Walking_Cemetery_Tour_. Music Under the Stars with Will Kimbrough 7-9 p.m. From The Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St., Pensacola. Raised on the Gulf coast, Will’s audience will hear the sounds of his coastal roots embedded in his music. His bluesy, country sound is borrowed from many different genres. He is a member of Willie Sugarcapps with Grayson Capps, Sugarcane Jane and Corky Hughes, whose 2013 self-titled album was critically acclaimed and received the Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album. For more info, call (850) 934-3609 or visit www.fromthegroundupgardenpensacola.com/. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see April 28 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 7:30 p.m. For details, see May 4 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 April 28 listing.
Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail email@example.com or BayBluffsCleanUp@ gmail.com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. Cordova Mall Ladies’ Day Event 1-3 p.m. Center Court. FREE. Fashion, food, music, door prizes and fun. Sponsored by Virginia College. Repticon Pensacola Reptile & Exotic Animal Show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. Repticon Pensacola is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! For more info, call (863) 268-4273 or visit http://repticon.com/florida/reptiday-pensacola/. Fiesta Children’s Treasure Hunt Bayview Park in East Hill. This FREE event is a timehonored tradition and gives children the opportunity to learn about Pensacola’s rich history. For more info, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.com/fiesta-family-weekend or call (850) 433-6512.
Mother’s Day Storytime featuring I’ve Loved You Since Forever and Everything Is Mama at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Special Mother’s Day Storytime features books by best-selling authors Hoda Kotb and Jimmy Fallon. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, May 13
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see April 29 listing. Disney on Ice Presents Frozen 2 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see May 11 listing. Blues Angel Music’s Blues on the Bay - Not Quite Fab & Still Standing 6-8 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Pack your coolers and bring your lawn chairs and join us at the Hunter Amphitheater for the concert series presented by Audi Pensacola. Concerts are free and open to the public. For more info, visit https:// www.cityofpensacola.com/1161/Blues-Angel-MusicBlues-on-the-Bay or call (850) 457-7557. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Short Attention Span Theatre 3 p.m. For details, see May 4 listing. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Presents As You Like It 2:30 p.m. Pensacola Opera Center, 75 S. Tarragona St. Directed by Michelle Hancock. For details, see May 10 listing.
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FamilyCalendar Mother’s Day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring your mom to meet our animal moms on Mother’s Day! All moms receive a FREE train ride. For more info, call (850) 932-2229 or visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org/.
Monday, May 14
Auditions for The Snow White Variety Show at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Debi Dunkerley & Bill Whalen. 8-10 performances July 13-22 for our youngest actors and youngest audiences. All shows are matinees and include 2-4 summer daycare performances. Auditions will include improv, theatre games, and cold readings from the script which is available at the PLT office to read during business hours. Large cast of children and young actors ages 8-18. Dwarves, Snow White, various Fairy Tale characters, TV hosts, etc. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 or visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.
Tuesday, May 15
2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. May 15 band is Mass Kunfuzion. For details, see May 1 listing. Auditions for The Snow White Variety Show at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Debi Dunkerley & Bill Whalen. 8-10 performances July 13-22 for our youngest actors and youngest audiences. For details, see May 14 listing. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see May 1 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 1 listing.
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focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http://everman.org/. Guitarist Joe Bonamassa 8 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa is hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is Not Quite Fab. For details, see April 26 listing. Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide, Freedom Dance uses contemporary movement to depict historical protests stemming from events such as the Wounded Knee Massacre, Kent State shootings, Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech, Tiananmen Square and more. This theatrical performance is set to music and speeches from the 1890s to the 1970s. Directed by Richard Steinert, choreography by Donna Corry. For tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball 6:35 p.m. vs. Jackson. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Red, White & Birdies Spring Classic 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Perdido Bay Golf Club. Appreciation to all retired and active members of the military along with their families, who are such a large part of our community. The Spring Classic is $100 per player and $75 for active or retired military. That registration fee includes your lunch, green fee, cart, range balls and numerous drink holes! Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and a shotgun start promptly at 10. Players can also register for mulligans: 2 for $10 per individual and try for a chance to win at a 50/50 raffle! Register online at visitperdido.com or call (850) 492-4660 for more info.
Friday, May 18
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. Blue Angels Practice 9 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 1 listing. 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.
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see April 26 listing.
Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing.
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 1 listing.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. vs. Jackson. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Veterans’ Meeting 4-6:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings
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Endangered Species Day at the Gulf Breeze Zoo 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A fun and educational way to learn about the 16 species of endangered, and critically endangered, animals at the Zoo, and what you can do to help them
survive. From 9 a.m.-noon, visit conservation biofact stations around the Zoo for a hands- on learning experience. At 2 p.m., meet a species that has come back from the brink of extinction, the American alligator. At 3 p.m., join a team of zookeepers for a python interaction and a message on invasive species. For more info, call (850) 932-2229 or visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org/. Preschool Art Time - Altered Books 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Artists use reclaimed board books to draw, glue, and decorate with your own stories and illustrations. For details, see May 4 lsiting. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. Volunteers will set up nearly 20 telescopes ranging in strength and size from duplicates of Galileo’s original telescope to today’s incredible large-scope devices for the public to take a peek at wonders such as Jupiter, the Milky Way and other galaxies. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 450-7767 or visit http://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-star-gazing/.
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Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see April 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see April 28 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 April 28 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Jackson. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see May 18 listing. 2018 Walk the Talk for Epilepsy 9:00a.m. at the Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park at 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Registration begins at 8:00. This is a fun, family event to raise awareness and to support The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. For more information, please visit www.efof.org/walkthetalk. We hope you can join us! Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s Music For Families 9:30 a.m.noon. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. Instrument petting zoo, arts and crafts, science and other pre-concert hands on activities start at 9:30 a.m. Special performance with the symphony begins at 11 a.m. $5 general admission. For tickets or more info, call (850) 435-2533 or visit www.pensacolasymphony. com/.
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FamilyCalendar The Big Scoop 2018 Presented by Pen Air Federal Credit Union 1-4 p.m. Seville Square Park. Attendees can taste an assortment of ice cream flavors, top with the best fixins’ and try out other sweet snacks. There will be fun, games and activities for everyone in the family! This is a pet-friendly event. Tickets are $10 each, and proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Children under three get in free! Call (850) 433-5437 or visit www.bbbsnwfl.org/events/big-scoop/. 2nd Annual Running for HER 5K/Walk 7-9 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 6150 W. Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. The HER (Honor, Empower and Rebuild) Foundation, Inc. event will raise awareness to the raising number of homeless women veterans not only in Northwest Florida, but across the United States. HER is a professional foundation that is dedicated to serving our women veterans, who have served this country with dignity and honor. For more info, call (850) 530-2917 or visit www.active.com. Gulf Breeze Optimist Family Fishing Rodeo 2 p.m. Shoreline Park South, 1374 Whisper Bay Blvd Suite 35, Gulf Breeze. Fun for the whole family and you could possibly take home a $1,000 grand prize! Kids under 9 are free with paid adult. Catch any of 22 fish species and you may be a category winner. This year there is a new kayak fishing category. Fish inshore, offshore, from land or pier. Tickets are $20 before May 12, and $25 thereafter. Your support is tax deductible and supports youth programs in our community.
For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/gboptimistclub/ or call (850) 261-3731. 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. Project Greenshores & Bartram Park Cleanup 9-10 a.m. Wayside Park West. Come join Ocean Hour’s clean up at Project Greenshores, also know as Wayside Park West, the third Saturday of every month. Project Greenshores is at the Three Mile Bridge on Bayfront Parkway, 745 Bayfront Parkway. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags will be supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. The second location is Bartram Park located at 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola (Behind the Fish House). E-mail: oceanhourfl@gmail. com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 450-1112 and leave a message. Star, Spangled Salute: Festival in Appreciation of Military Families 3:30-8:30 p.m. Bayou Grande Marina, at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Free and open to active duty and retired military, DOD and their family members. The festival will host a day of games and activities, food and entertainment for both kids and adults. Sponsored by the Perdido Key community of organizations, businesses, and volunteers. For more info, call (850) 492-4660 or visit http:// business.visitperdido.com/.
St. Ann’s 5K Run/ Walk 8 a.m.-noon. St. Ann Catholic Church, 100 Daniel Dr., Gulf Breeze. A percentage of the profits from this event will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, ministries at St. Ann including the St. Ann Youth’s Grenada Mission Trip, and other local charities. All donations will be used to produce this event and then the proceeds will be donated to the stated charities. HUGE AFTER-PARTY includes two bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, Disney Store providing kids activities, Bishop Wack giving his blessing, The Modern Eldorados entertaining, Kazoo appearance, Maverick appearance, silent auction, and more. For more info, visit www.stanns5k.com/ or call (850) 932-2859. Pensacola Museum of Art Academy for Autism 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-13. For details, see May 5 listing.
Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. In celebration of the Royal Wedding, Fancy Nancy helps out the bride in this wonderful book about weddings big and small, and attends a fabulous party. Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, May 20
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see April 29 listing.
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FamilyCalendar Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 5:05 p.m. vs. Jackson. For details, see May 6 listing. Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing.
Thursday, May 24
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see April 26 listing. Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is Al Martin. For details, see April 26 listing.
Monday, May 21
Auditions for Mary Poppins at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Stephen Lott, with music directed by Tom Baroco and choreography by Roxie Alyssa Smith. 11 performances July 27-August 12 (A Mainstage and Treehouse Production). Auditions will include singing, dancing and cold readings from the script which is available at the PLT office to read during business hours. Prepare 16-32 bars (one verse and a chorus) of a song in musical theatre style. Bring sheet music or a CD and CD player for accompaniment. You will take part in movement or dance auditions, so wear shoes you can dance in (no flip flops or bare feet). Several parts are available for children ages 10 and up. Please no a capella auditions. Call Kathy Holsworth, artistic director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Give Back/ Military Monday 6:35 p.m. vs. Jackson. First Command Financial Services and the Blue Wahoos are honoring those who served and are still serving our nation’s military every Monday night. Active and retired military can enjoy a $1 off on Monday game day tickets at the box office. The Blue Wahoos will have special recognitions, an American flag presentation and on field activities. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Tuesday, May 22
2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. May 22 band is Deception. For details, see May 1 listing. Auditions for Mary Poppins at the Pensacola Little Theatre 6:30 p.m. Directed by Stephen Lott, with music directed by Tom Baroco and choreography by Roxie Alyssa Smith. 11 performances July 27-August 12. For details, see May 21 listing. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see May 1 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing.
Wednesday, May 23
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Wahoo Wednesday 6:35 p.m. vs. Tennessee. Out of school fireworks! For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
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Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing. Escambia County High School Graduation at Pensacola Bay Center 11 a.m. Booker T. Washington High School, 2:30 p.m. Pensacola High and 6 p.m. Escambia High. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com or call (800) 745-3000. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball 6:35 p.m. vs. Tennessee. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444.
Friday, May 25
Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball FANtastic Friday 6:35 p.m. vs. Tennessee. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Escambia County High School Graduation at Pensacola Bay Center 11 a.m. Pine Forest High, 2:30 p.m. West Florida High and 6 p.m. Tate High. For more info, visit ww,w.pensacolabaycenter.com or call (800) 745-3000.
Saturday, May 26
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Fireworks Saturday 6:05 p.m. vs. Tennessee. For tickets or more info, visit www.bluewahoos.com or call (850) 934-8444. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 1:30-3:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. FREE. A group that studies the illness of cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http:// everman.org/. Santa Rosa County High School Graduation at Pensacola Bay Center 11 a.m. Pace High School, 2:30 p.m. Navarre High and 6 p.m. Gulf Breeze High. For more info, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com or call (800) 745-3000. Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see April 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see April 28 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 April 28 listing. Pensacola Market InBloom 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street, Pensacola. Pop-up shops, makers and shakers allow you to support small local business on Memorial Day weekend. Sip and savor in amongst the historic backdrop while browsing selected locally handmade goodies, and more. Play lawn games, socialize and shop to the tune of live music. FREE ENTRY & FAMILY FRIENDLY. For more info, visit https://downtownpensacola.com/. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see April 28 listing.
An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Elephant and Piggie are back to celebrate 10 years of friendship in this special collection featuring five classic Elephant & Piggie stories Activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, May 27
Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see April 29 listing. Pensacola Market InBloom 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragoza Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 26 listing. Ballet Pensacola Presents Freedom Dance 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. The history and legacy of non-violent protest worldwide. For details, see May 17 listing. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Family Sunday 6:05 p.m. vs. Tennessee. For details, see May 6 listing.
Tuesday, May 29
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see May 1 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. FREE. For details, see May 1 listing. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. 2018 Bands on the Beach The free concert series features performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, from 7-9 p.m., at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. May 29 band is I’magene. For details, see May 1 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing.
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Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see May 1 listing.
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For details, see May 30 listing.
Wednesday, May 30
Christopher’s Concerts 6-8 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola. Today’s band is 13th Hour Glass. For details, see April 26 listing.
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love. Tickets are available at www.pensacolasaenger. com/ or by calling (850) 595-3880. Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon Fiesta Days Celebration 7-10 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street, Pensacola. Historic Seville Quarter comes alive with entertainment, decorations and delicious food in five rooms, each saluting our history under the flags of the five governments that have flown over our city. Join the Surrender of the City in Phineas Phoggs at 7:15 p.m. as local dignitaries such as the Mayor, Fire Chief, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County Sheriff and Pensacola Naval Air Station Commanding Officer surrender the City of Pensacola and its citizens to DeLuna and his Queen for the Fiesta Season. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit http://fiestaoffiveflags.com/.
Thursday, May 31
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see April 26 listing.
Friday, June 1
Hill-Kelly Free Movies in the Park 7:50 p.m. Community Maritime Park’s Hunter Amphitheater. Bring your blankets and chairs and spread out on the lawn to watch a family-friendly movie underneath the stars. Movies begin at sunset and FREE event parking is available at Community Maritime Park and City Hall. Concessions are available from local food trucks. Picnic baskets are welcome too, but no pets or glass containers please. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/ events/1378260622277746/. John Fogerty & ZZ Top with Ryan Kinder: Blues and Bayous Tour 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. As co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty’s career spans 50 years and he is hailed as one of the most influential musicians in rock history. ZZ Top holds the distinction of being one of the longest-running bands with the original line-up. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Keith Richards calling the band’s relationship to the blues, “the heart of
the matter.” For tickets, call (850) 432-0800 or visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com. Preschool Art Time - Concentric Circles 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Circles are everywhere! Artist use mixed media circles to create 3-D artwork of concentric circles to take home. For details, see May 4 lsiting. Music Under the Stars with Sugarcane Jane 7-9 p.m. From The Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St., Pensacola. For details, see May 12 listing. Grand Fiesta Parade 7 p.m. Downtown Pensacola. For more info, visit www. fiestaoffiveflags.com/parade or call (850) 433-6512.
Saturday, June 2
14th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon 7 a.m. at Fairhope, Ala. Municipal Pier. Hosted by Mobile Baykeeper. Racers begin with a jump off the pier into Mobile Bay and swim 1/3-mile to the shore. Following the swim, racers bike 18 miles, beginning up a steep hill before riding through the streets of downtown Fairhope and miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line consists of a 3.1-mile run alongside scenic Mobile Bay. Registration is open to individual and team racers. Additionally, 150 volunteers are required to make the event run as smoothly as possible. Proceeds benefit Mobile Baykeeper and myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama. To register or volunteer, visit www.thegrandman. com or call (251) 433-4229 for more info. DeLuna Landing Ceremony 3 p.m. Quietwater Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach. Under orders from King Phillip II of Spain more than 450 years
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SupportGroups ago, Conquistador Don Tristan de Luna sailed into the beautiful waters surrounding what is now Pensacola. He claimed the land he found in the name of Spain, and Pensacola became the first European settlement in the United States. The DeLuna Landing Ceremony is a lighthearted parody of what might have happened when Don Tristan de Luna landed on Pensacola Beach. Free & open to the public. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.com/. Fiesta Prayer Service 10:30 a.m. Old Christ Church, 405 S Adams St., Pensacola. Begin the Fiesta celebration with the traditional ecumenical service. The public is invited to attend. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.com/. Centennial Imports Fiesta Boat Parade 1 p.m. Pensacola Bay; boats depart from the mouth of Bayou Chico Bridge and make their way to the Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Decorate your boat and come be a part of one of the largest boat parades on Pensacola Bay. Free & open to the public. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit www.fiestaoffiveflags. com/.
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.
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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.
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see April 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see April 28 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 April 28 listing. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see May 18 listing.
Sunday, June 3
Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon 7:30 a.m. at Fairhope, Ala. Municipal Pier. Mobile Baykeeper is partnering with Eastern Shore Triathlon Club and Altaworx to co-host. Race is open to children ages 7-15 and features four different categories according to age group: Mullets (Ages 13-15), Flounders (Ages 11-12), Crabs (Ages 9-10), and Shrimps (Ages 7-8). Proceeds benefit Mobile Baykeeper and myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama. To register or volunteer, visit www. mobilebaykeeper.org/jubileekidstriathlon or call (251) 433-4229 for more info. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7:30 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see May 18 listing.
Classes Community Education
Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. Junior Tennis Clinic 4-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. E-mail
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Prenatal & Childbirth
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tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www. ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth. Baby Care Basics – Two-class series walks you through what to expect in the hospital and at home. A key milestones guide will be given to monitor baby’s growth and needs and how to meet them. $20 per couple. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Held first Fridays of most months, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to 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.
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/. 54
Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368. Breastfeeding Classes Free for pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/ service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Join us for a PowerPoint presentation with videos on the subject of: understanding pregnancy, understanding labor, a birth story, understanding comfort techniques/ options for pain control, understanding medical procedures, understanding cesarean birth, understanding newborns, understanding postpartum, and tour of the labor unit/suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirth-preparation. 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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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, May 10 and 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement,
information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meetings will be held May 3 and June 7, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/la-leche-league-9/. LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meeting will be held May 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http:// everman.org/event/leaps-new-mom-support-group-3/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. A lactation consultant from the Sacred Heart Maternity & Women’s Center will be present to answer questions and offer advice. Baby weight checks are offered at each meeting. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required for each class session. For more info about this class or your parenting experience, please call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850-416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacred-heart.org/ childbirth. Pensacola Parents of Multiples Meets the second Thursday of every other month at Sacred Heart Women’s and Children’s Hospital Meeting
Room C/D down the hallway next to the cafeteria. (Next meeting June 8 from 7-8:30 p.m.) Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. We offer a support network, social activities for children and parents, library and more. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.
Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www.chadd.org/.
Core4 Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. Weight-Loss Support Group Meets Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baptist Tower 3, Ground Floor, Baptist Weight-Loss Center, 1717 North E St. For more info, call (850) 437-8746.
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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
MPAA Rating: PG Overall: AViolence: BSexual Content: A Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: ASometimes a boy adopts a stray dog, other times the stray dog adopts the boy. The latter is the case for Robert Conroy (voice of Logan Lerman), a young soldier who shows a little kindness to a homeless, mix-breed bull terrier, and is then followed back to boot camp. Unable to shake the pup’s affection, Robert eventually accepts his offer of belonging and names the short-tailed mutt Stubby. Fortunately, the animal’s good nature, positive effect on morale, ability to perform military drills and even salute, also wins over Robert’s commanding officers at the Yale University training grounds for the Great War. It isn’t until the regiment reaches the front lines in France, on 5 February 1918, that Stubby’s real value is discovered. Unafraid of the loud shelling and gunfire, the little dog patrols the trenches, sniffs out trouble, and even rescues the wounded left for dead in the no-man’s-land between the opposing forces. Over time, Stubby’s acts of valor are recognized and he becomes the first pooch to receive the rank of Sargent. Based on a remarkable true story, this animation about the big accomplishments of a little dog provides a great way to introduce children to the history of World War I. Although the movie includes depictions of weapons use, gas attacks and the flu pandemic of 1918, along with resulting injuries and deaths, all of the violence is sanitized. These non-graphic and bloodless portrayals offer parents a family-friendly opportunity to discuss the serious nature of the challenges faced by those on the battlegrounds.
MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: ASexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ Sean McNamara (the director of Soul Surfer ) helms yet another top-flight sports movie closely based on a true story. The Miracle Season delivers an entertaining experience to viewers of all ages, along with powerful messages of hope and determination. Coming off their first win as state champions, the girls on the Iowa City West High School volleyball team may be excited to be back on the court, but they also know how to have fun with their sport. The primary advocate of having a ball while playing the game is team setter Caroline Found (Danika Yarosh), better known simply as “Line”. The effervescent blonde excitedly begins her senior year bouncing about the school’s campus with her best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty), who also plays on the team. Contrasting Line’s unabashed enthusiasm is their coach, Kathy Bresnahan (Helen Hunt). Her serious demeanor keeps the girls focused. Then the unthinkable happens. Riding a borrowed moped, Line leaves a gathering of friends and has an accident that takes her life. Back on the court, Coach Bresnahan isn’t sure how to bring the team back together, let alone play a new season. Yet, she feels the game may be just what her grieving students need – as hard as it may be. Using Line’s legacy for motivation, Bresnahan convinces the girls to return and practice setting up the complicated plays that have made the coach one of the best in the country. One of the best family films we’ve reviewed in a while, Caroline Found, her teammates, coach and parents provide inspiring role models that, thanks to this cinematic adaptation, will continue to uplift lives for years to come.
Truth or Dare
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: B Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: APark your brains at the door, grab a big popcorn and be prepared to suspend belief with this monster mayhem movie. With not one, but three, genetically modified beasts destroying downtown Chicago, it’s assumed violence will be the biggest issue for kids wanting to see Dwayne Johnson tame a 20 foot tall gorilla. Blood and some gory moments accompany lots and lots of shooting, most aimed at the gigantic creatures, using a slew of military weapons. Toss in a generous supply of scatological slang and other profanities, an ongoing finger gesture joke, and you have the makings of a PG-13 actioner. It’s intended to please those who are forgiving of a dumb story and sad acting – although Johnson does a fairly good job of squeezing lemonade from this sour script. The party begins when things go wrong with a science experiment orbiting the earth. One of the test samples crash-lands in George’s habitat, causing the gorilla’s appetite, temper and frame to grow faster than the national debt. Meanwhile, the audience also knows George isn’t alone. A wolf in Colorado and an alligator in Florida have also sniffed the DNA-modifying grow-gas and are waging their own threats. Very loosely based on an arcade video game from the days when gorilla’s looked like Donkey Kong, Rampage badly wants to be fun. Yet it gets bogged down in trying to convince viewers that the world really is in danger. For those who’ve already seen enough Kong-esque movies, this one’s just more of the same monkey business.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: D Violence: D Sexual Content: D+ Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: CPlaying a game of “Truth or Dare” during spring break (does anything good ever happen in movies during spring break?) a group of friends end up in a deadly exchange that is blamed on a spiritual force. In reality, the script is just an excuse to portray suicides, violence and sex because “the devil made me do it!” Of course, this game of Truth or Dare is going to have drastic real-world consequences, and the challenges are not controlled by the participants. Instead an evil spirit overtakes each player and all are forced to take a turn. Truths involve deeply personal and emotional revelations, and dares are a combination of highly dangerous, illegal, sexual and violent actions. Using the typically malevolent game, the story creates scenarios that would be unthinkable in any other circumstance. Physical harm toward others, self-inflicted wounds and deaths are had with guns, knives and other objects. Audiences with sensitivities for portrayals of suicide should be especially cautious. Characters are forced to have sex (which we see in more detail than necessary – including some brief female side nudity), streak (rear male nudity) and make out together (a “bi-curious” female with a non-willing female). Added to this are other sexual discussions with a penchant toward non-committal relationships involving all genders. Perhaps the best message we can extract from Truth or Dare is its exploration of honesty between friends. Yet you can find similar messages in far better media than this excuse for teen entertainment.
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