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Volume 2 Number 8
Living With Children John Rosemond
Gerry Paige Smith
Video Game Addiction John Rosemond discusses the worsening of this problem with American teens.
Let It Go!
Kids Health Watch
Explore seven of the most common worries parents have and why you should stop.
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Mandy B. Fernandez
Parenting Todayâ€™s Teens Mark Gregston
Dave Says Dave Ramsey
A Meaningful Thanksgiving
Family traditions to help your children count their blessings.
From parades to tree lightings to musicals and more, these events make your season bright!
A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith
Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs
On The Cover
Lucy Barrow is the daughter of Jennie and Scott Barrow and little sister to Ben Barrow. Proud grandparents are Delores and Monty Barrow and Gail and Jim Baer. Lucy is a senior at Gulf Breeze High School where she is Student Body President and a member of the Latin and Science National Honor Society, National Honor Society and Rho Kappa (History Honor Society). She is a member of numerous clubs, the tennis team manager and on the weightlifting team. Lucy is on the executive board of Kids Unlimited Summer Camp for underprivileged children. Lucy is a founding member of Echo Life Church serving on the Launch Team and Dream Team. In her desire to serve others, Lucy has logged over 900 service hours since her freshman year.
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This time every year I start to work on my Thanksgiving meal preparations. You know what I am talking about. Should you try new recipes? How are you dividing up the meal preparation? Will there be room at the table for our ever-expanding family? Is there anyone we know who needs a family to eat with? No matter what all the planning brings, we all ultimately end up at the same place…gathered around the table. When I think about the thousands of meals I ate at my parents’ table and the countless number of meals I have shared at my own table with my immediate family, I am overwhelmed by emotion – not by the meals themselves, but by the conversations that take place there. Think about it. After numerous meals together, your table has become an icon of goodness and grace. Your tables have been surrounded by the people you love the most. Not only have you shared meals, you have told stories, confessed sins, laughed and cried together. You have reminisced about where you have been and dreamed of life’s adventures still waiting to be experienced. You have taken a respite from life’s busyness and been wholly present with those gathered around you. Why? Beyond the obvious sustenance that food supplies, we all need the fellowship of others. We need connectedness. In this month’s issue, you will find a great article entitled Make This Thanksgiving Meaningful. This piece offers a number of activities centered around gratitude – whether personal or found by serving others. I particularly like the idea of family members making a list of blessings and sharing them at meal time. My family does this yearly at our Thanksgiving gathering. Not only do we share our blessings from the current year, we also share the collected blessings from previous years. Something I am always grateful for is the variety of festive holiday activities our area has to offer. Greater Pensacola Parents magazine has compiled a Holiday Happenings Guide that is filled with holiday concerts, tree lightings, Santa sightings and many more events for your family to enjoy this season. I hope and pray that your Thanksgiving is filled to over-flowing with authentic connections with the people you love. After the whirlwind of meal preparations, I hope you will steal a moment at the table surrounded by those you love the most. And in that moment, I pray that your heart will be filled with gratitude for all that life has given you, and a hope and promise of what is to come. Be blessed and be a blessing!
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Video Game Addiction Worsening Responding to my recent columns on video games and smart phones, a reader asks what the problem is, thus proving that these devices can and do cause serious harm to one’s cognitive hardware. He, the father of two boys and a gamer himself, in effect claims that parents are imagining things and researchers are not finding what they are finding. He proposes that video games and smart phones do not make people play them or stare at them obsessively; rather, that some parents are simply not providing proper supervision. That’s true, as far as it goes. He then offers that nothing is bad in moderation, which is one of the stupidest adages ever conceived. The list of things that are bad/evil in moderation include pornography, heroin, cocaine, arsenic, assault, murder, rape, armed robbery, lying, cheating, child abuse, and cruelty to animals. Need I go on? Furthermore, if an addiction is defined as a self-destructive obsession over which an individual seems to lack control, then video games and smart phones do indeed “make” some people play them and stare at them as if their very lives depended upon it. Furthermore,
the force of that effect appears to be inversely proportional to the age of the individual in question. As such, what a 40-year-old may be able to do—that is, fit playing video games into an otherwise responsible and richly varied life—a 13-year-old boy may not be able to do. One of my grandsons is a case in point. After I expressed concern to his parents that his obsession with playing video games bordered on unhealthy, they took his game controller away. A year later, at age 14, he told me that he realized in retrospect that he had indeed been addicted. If his parents had not stepped in, he said, his adolescence would have been a disaster. I’ve lost count of the number of parents who have asked me what to do about unemployed 20-something male children who live at home, sequestered in the slums that are their rooms, playing online video games day and night. Most of said adult children do not engage in meaningful conversations with their parents, participate in family meals, or even leave the house unless there is no option but to do so. A few years ago, a convention center manager told me that many of the young males who
participated in a gaming convention at his facility wore adult diapers so they would not have to get up from their consoles to use the bathroom. To get them to eat and drink, he had to threaten to unplug them. The mother of a 25-year-old man-child who fits the above description recently asked if there are “resources for parents” who are dealing with adult video game addicts. I have figured out that in this context the word “resources” is a euphemism for “stuff we can read or meetings we can attend to convince ourselves that we’re doing something when we have no real intention of doing anything but complaining endlessly to anyone who will listen.” When I suggest the “resource” of involuntary emancipation, these parents come up with one excuse after another, demonstrating that where there is an addict, there is often an enabler or enablers. Would that these parents had employed the very resourceful word “no” when these males first asked for a video game console. What America is discovering, and most painfully so, is that a lost adolescence often precedes a lost life.
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Family Christmas Theatre
Do the Busy Holidays Put Stress On Your Autistic Child?
Elf The Musical will be performed at Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre November 9 at 7:30 p.m. Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. For details or tickets, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. The University of West Florida will perform A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts December 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. This spirited retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic pushes the fantastical elements of the beloved holiday story into the spotlight. A chorus of ghosts dance and carol their way in and out of this timeless tale of redemption, magic and hope as Ebenezer Scrooge learns to embrace true holiday spirit. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and active military, $12 per for non-UWF students and UWF faculty and staff, and $6 for high school students. UWF students are admitted free with their Nautilus cards. Tickets can be purchased at the CFPA Box Office, Building 82, (850) 857-6285 or online at uwf.edu/cfpa.
Santa arrives at Cordova Mall on November 3 from 6-8 p.m., but the live entertainment, free face painting, photo booth, and parade might be too much for some children. To help with this, Cordova offers Caring Santa for those who need a little “quiet time” with Santa, on Sunday, November 19, from 9-11 a.m. at the Center Court of the mall. Held prior to mall opening, we turn down the music and our staff pays extra special attention to details in providing a calming environment. Reservations are encouraged to help alleviate wait time. For more info, visit www. simon.com/mall/cordova-mall. Also, Autism Pensacola will share “Autism and Holiday Travel Safety Tips” on November 9 at 6 p.m. at the Arc Gateway Pollak Training Center, at the corner of Fairfield Drive and 10th Avenue. Community friends and all Steps teams and sponsors are invited. Childcare will be available (by reservation only). For childcare reservation info, visit http://autismpensacola.org/news-events/ or contact the API office at (850) 434-7171.
Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
The Blue Angels will close the 2017 season at the annual Homecoming Air Show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11. Scheduled for both days will be extraordinary aerobatics by performers such as the Vertigo Air Shows Jet Glider, the world’s only jet-launched sail plane, flown by Bob Carlton; an A-4 Skyhawk flown by Paul Wood; the Mig17 piloted by Randy Ball; the Super Stearman flown by Greg Shelton with Wing Walker Ashely Shelton; and John Klatt will fly the Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco. The Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team will jump in to the show and Chris Darnell will drive the 300+ mile per hour Shockwave Jet Truck plus many more acts. Along with incredible flying demonstrations, dozens of military and civilian aircraft will be on display. These static displays will include a variety of aircraft ranging from the present-day, state-of-the-art fighters to aircraft from the 1930s. In addition to the scheduled Friday and Saturday shows, there will be a special night show from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 10 only. Aircraft will light up the sky with full afterburner and pyrotechnics, and will end with one of the largest fireworks shows in the Pensacola area. Gates open both days at 8 a.m. and admission and parking for all shows are free. Areas will be reserved for the physically challenged. Food and memorabilia will be available at numerous concession stands. Pets and coolers are not permitted. Security personnel and signs will direct spectators to parking areas near the show site. For more info on the show and reserved seating, visit www.naspensacolaairshow.com/.
Scouting is Alive In Pensacola
The Pensacola Bay District of the Gulf Coast Boy Scout Council held its Fall Camporee September 22-24. The theme of the Camporee was “Back to Scouting.” It was attended by 10 Boy Scout troops and two Venturing crews with a total attendance of 150 Scouts and Scouters. The Fall Camporee was a weekend filled with fun and competition. Each troop and crew competed by patrols. Competitions included gateway competition, campsite set-up, pioneering, chariot race, two mystery events, fire starting with no matches or lighters allowed, cooking competition, trivia quiz, tug-o-war, first aid and tomahawk throwing. Saturday evening ended with a campfire featuring skits and songs and a special reenactment from the founder of Scouting ...Baden Powell. Troop 3 earned the Top Troop Award. To learn more about Boy Scouts and to join Boy Scouting, visit BeAScout.org to find the closest troop to where you live. Boy Scouts are open to all boys between the ages of 11 and 18. Venturing crews are open to all boys and girls between 14 and 21. 5
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Sunday, November 12, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Combine Veteran’s Day weekend, historic Pensacola, sugar white sandy beaches, and a route atop the bluffs overlooking Escambia Bay where runners greet the sunrise and you have the perfect recipe for the 13th Annual Pensacola Marathon! The starting line for both the marathon and the half marathon will be near Admiral Mason Park in Downtown Pensacola, near the intersection of 10th Avenue and Colfax St. The finish line for both races will be near the intersection of 10th Ave and Romana St., next to the Vietnam Wall Memorial. The course time limit for the full and half marathon is 6 hours. The half marathon utilizes much of the same course as the full, so the entire course closes at 12:30 p.m. For details, visit pensacolasports.org.
SETSCO and First City Shakespeare Present
Tour dates: October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 and 31 Tour the historic Sacred Heart Hospital and meet some peculiar characters. Get ready for scares, musical numbers, poetry from Edgar Allan Poe, scenes from classic horror films and more! Only 16 guests per tour. Buy tickets beginning October 1. Ages 12 and under: $5; ages 13 and up: $20. For more info, visit http://setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383.
Sea No Limits Offers Fishing Fun for Disabilities
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Sea No Limits Fishing Clinic, hosted by Gulf Breeze Masonic Lodge No. 347, is a free event offered to children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities requiring supervised care. This year’s clinic will be held Saturday, October 28, from 8 a.m.-noon at Vince J. Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park. This event is limited to the first 250 applicants (plus up to two additional family members/guardians/care takers). Pre-registration is required. The free event also includes rod and reel to keep (limited to the first 250), grilled lunch with beverages, T-shirt (limited to the first 250), optional child ID program, fish identification booklets, fishing instruction and Escambia Search & Rescue Demonstration. For more info, visit www. seanolimits.com or call (850) 341-5036.
October 19-29. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. Hours of operation vary from day to day. Please check the daily schedule to see opening and closing times for each day. For more info, call (850) 944-4500 or visit www.pensacolafair.com/.
Auditions @ Pensacola Little Theatre
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat November 13 & 14 at 6:30 p.m. Directed by Mario D Cieri; music directed by Ginger Caro; Choreography by Michael Dennis 11 performances January 26-28, February 1-4, 8-11. (A Mainstage Production) With the exception of Joseph, the Narrator and Jacob, everyone will have two roles. All singing roles require the ability to sing harmonies. While dance is integral to the show, proficient dance ability is not required for all roles. Please come have fun at the auditions and give it your best try. Children’s Ensemble: Need twelve actors of stage ages 9-12; ability to sing harmonies desired. The children–referred to as the ‘Choir’ in the script and music–add a unique sound to the overall show. While not singing in every song, they are involved in much of the show. Call Kathy at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 for more info. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
The Pensacola Christmas Gift Show
November 3-5 * 9 a.m. Fri. & Sat.; 11 a.m. Sun. Pensacola Bay Center. More than 100 vendors with a variety of gifts to fulfill any Christmas wish list. Have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/. 6
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Winterfest 2017 Kicks Off Nov. 24 With Annual Elf Parade
In Pensacola, a month-long festival has helped to ring in the holiday season for almost 20 years. The city’s historic downtown streets—lit up during the holidays with more than half a million white lights—form a magical backdrop for Winterfest, an iconic celebration that kicks off on Black Friday with an Elf Parade and ends Christmas Eve, offering up a daily supply of live performances, trolley tours, cascades of “snow,” visits with Santa and more. Generations of families in and visitors to Northwest Florida have made a tradition of enjoying live re-enactments of some of their favorite holiday scenes during the Christmas season at Winterfest. From A Charlie Brown Christmas to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and many more, Winterfest brings to life classic holiday stories on the streets of downtown Pensacola. The Trolley Performance Tours have garnered national recognition. Riders are welcomed by singing conductors aboard decorated trolleys in the heart of downtown Pensacola. From there, riders are transported from scene to scene where amateur and professional local actors present classic holiday scenes from beloved Christmas stories and interact with the guests throughout the hour-long tour. The performance tours have become extremely popular and routinely sell out each year. For more info, visit pensacolawinterfest.org.
Buskers Festival November 3-5
Buskers Festivals have sprung up all over the world as events that draw thousands to watch buskers perform music and bizarre talents. The 2017 Buskers Festival is one of many events going on during Pensacola’s annual 12-day Foo Foo Festival. Family-friendly street performers of all types are invited to submit applications to perform during this inaugural event on Florida’s Gulf Coast Nov. 3-5! Hours are November 3 (6 p.m.); Nov. 4 (10 a.m.) and Nov. 5 (noon). Selected performers will be offered a travel stipend and performance date options. Friends of Downtown Pensacola will provide the venue space and promote the event! Download the application at www.downtownpensacola.com/About.
Family Fun at Trivia Trek
10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Bring your family, bring your pets! 1.5 mile walk with 12 trivia questions will be posted. Ballots are $2 each and all proceeds are donated to the Community Center After School Program and local animal shelters. For more info, call Cissi at (850) 393-4605 or find us on Facebook.
PENSACOLA GYMNASTICS at Pensacola State College Now offering Gymnastics Birthday Parties and Parents Night Out Preschool Recreational Gymnastics For more information www.PensacolaState.edu/ce 850-484-1319
PENSACOLA STATE COLLEGE Pensacola State College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender/sex, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information in its educational programs, activities or employment. For inquiries regarding Title IX and the college’s nondiscrimination policies, contact the Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity/Title IX Officer at 850-484-1759, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32504.
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Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents
First Taste of Tailgating Supports Gulf Coast Kid’s House
November 9 * 7 p.m. Pensacola Yacht Club. Highlights include Italian cuisine and live music provided by PCC’s own Alex Gartner and Martin Tate with dueling pianos, solos and duets. Live vocal performances from some rarely heard voices; laughs and entertainment led by emcee and comedian T. Bubba Bechtol; live auction items; wine pull; and cash bar. Advanced reservations are required! Individual tickets for $75. For more info, visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/italiano or call (850) 434-7760.
Union Public House (UPH) has supported Gulf Coast Kid’s House (GCKH) in many ways since opening in 2015. Taste of Tailgating will take its support to the next level by mixing some of everyone’s favorite things, from gridiron games to craft cocktails. On Sunday, November 5, from 11:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m., UPH will host the inaugural Taste of Tailgating featuring local NFL games and tailgating food, activities and beverages. Tickets are $50 each and include food and drinks; a VIP whiskey-tasting add-on is available for $20. Get yours today by calling or visiting UPH and speaking with Carey Stabenau at (850) 607-6851 or (850) 607-6320. Similar to its Wine and Swine events, the Taste of Tailgating will be a fun benefit focused around great food, tasty drinks and good company. Saints vs. Bucs and Falcons vs. Panthers games begin at noon and GCKH will host games and festivities throughout the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available through GCKH at (850) 595-5783 and seating will be limited at this exclusive event.
Santa’s Puppy Party
December 2 * 1- 4 p.m. Escambia County Government Building Plaza, 223 South Palafox Place, Pensacola. Many children ask Santa for a puppy, so he’s decided to bring the puppies to Winterfest. Children will have the opportunity to pick a puppy courtesy of the Escambia County Animal Shelter. For more info, call (850) 583-1365.
Pensacola Civic Band: Salute to Veterans
November 11 * 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. Pensacola is honored to be the Cradle of Naval Aviation as well as the home of the Blue Angels Flight Squadron. This Veteran’s Day, in partnership with the FooFoo Festival, we would like to pay tribute to our veterans. Join us for “Pensacola’s Salute to Veterans,” a concert event featuring all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and music by the Pensacola Civic Band. All veterans are invited to attend this concert free of charge. Free ticket must be picked up at Saenger Box Office. All seats general admission. $10 adults/$5 children 15 and under. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com or call (850) 595-3880.
4th Annual FooFoo Fest November 2-13
Variable locations. FooFoo Fest is a 12-day celebration of culturally creative happenings, events and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Fla. FooFoo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication. One example is the Pensacola Umbrella Sky Project. The sky over historic Intendencia St. in downtown Pensacola will be transformed as hundreds of colorful umbrellas take flight. The three-month art project kicks off during FooFoo Fest. For more info, find us on Facebook or call (850) 434-1234. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
Simon Youth Foundation Announces Scholarship Program
Simon Youth Foundation is offering to help a graduating senior living near Cordova Mall with the next step on his or her educational journey. Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to a Simon Mall, Mills, or Premium Outlets center. The application period has begun and ends on February 15, 2018. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/ scholarships. Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2018 and lives in the designated community surrounding a Simon property is eligible. Applicants can check their eligibility by entering their ZIP code at syf.org/scholarships. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 toward tuition and other educational expenses at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary education will also be given close consideration. Winning recipients will be notified in May 2018.
Christmas Parades on the Beach
On Saturday, December 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Lighted Boat Parade on Pensacola Beach boasts some of the most beautiful and bright ocean vessels in the Gulf. View parade procession in Little Sabine at 6:30 p.m. View from Quietwater Beach area at 7 p.m. Look for Santa on the lead boat! Fireworks with Santa will begin Soundside at 8 p.m. For more info, call (850) 932-1500 or visit www.facebook.com/events/1460450667375553. Beginning Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach to see Santa Claus making his way down Via De Luna Drive atop a Pensacola Beach fire truck at the annual Surfing Santa Beach Parade. Starting from Avenida 10, the parade will make its way down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and end at the Gulfside Pavilion. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ events/401429546921619/.
Cooking Up Kitchen Fun
Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
The kitchen is often described as the heart of a home, the nexus of food and family that nourishes our bodies as well as our spirits. Kids are early inhabitants of this familiar space, first as passengers in our arms, later as diners in high chairs and eventually as explorers making their first forays into ‘helping’ with food prep. Children are eager to take an active role in the processes that bring their favorite foods to the table and, with supervision and patience, kids benefit socially and cognitively from inclusion in cooking tasks. From discovering measurement to learning basic chemistry, kitchen play is an ideal learning landscape for little ones to explore. The following items offer appetizing opportunities for junior chefs to cook up a versatile menu of food fun.
by Gerry Paige Smith
MasterChef Jr. Baking Set
3-Piece Nylon Knife Set
Warming up for real cooking is a snap with the Kitchen Baking Set from MasterChef Jr. Complete with mixing bowl, liquid measuring cup, rolling pin, spatula, 4 silicone cups, and 4 dusting guards, this kit assembles all the tools kids need to get started with their first baking adventures. Parents provide the ingredients, children provide the enthusiasm and everyone tastes the rewards of freshly prepared warm food. With easy recipes for every appetite, kids can craft egg cups, mac and cheese, cupcakes or even develop their own recipes with adult guidance. Cooking up a host of delicious outcomes, the MasterChef Jr. Baking Set is an easy and versatile start for kids with culinary ambitions and a taste for the good stuff.
For parents of kids who really want to take a hand in the chopping and dicing of food, Curious Chef’s Nylon Knife Set provides the means for young chefs to safely take food prep into their own hands. This assemblage includes three (small, medium and large-sized) nylon knives that feature serrated cutting edges, blunt tips and ergonomically designed grips for smaller hands. With real cutting ability, children can lend a hand as they slice and chop real vegetables and fruit with cutlery made just for them. Dishwasher safe and made with food-friendly materials, these tools are ideal confidence builders for the youngest aspiring chef. Best for kids aged five years and up, Curious Chef’s Nylon Knife Set is the (safe) cutting edge in culinary exploration.
Stainless Steel Pot and Pans
Green Toys Tea Set (Green Toys)
Just the right size for little hands, Green Toys’ food-safe tea sets gives kids the perfect resources to host their own tea any time of the day. Less cumbersome than standard size cups and teapots, this scaled down version is not only easier to manipulate but also offers more opportunities for repeat pouring (the fun part!). While adult supervision is always recommended with any heated liquids, the fitted lids and sturdy construction of the Green Toys Tea Set offers the best tea time experience for young servers. Combining the pleasure of crafting an ancient beverage with the social benefits of sharing tea, this set rewards both body and spirit as kids explore the fine tradition of tea service.
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Pretend play in the kitchen gets real with Melissa & Doug’s Stainless Steel Pots and Pans. Mirroring the metal cookware used by adults, these child-sized kitchen tools are solidly constructed and offer the look and feel of their grown up counterparts. Including a colander, a lidded pot, two pans, and two wooden utensils this set comes with its own rack which not only keeps it stored neatly between ‘cooking’ sessions, but also builds problem-solving skills as kids must discover the best way to hang and stow their chefs tools. While not geared toward real food prep, the stainless steel medium does allow for cold finger food contact (followed by the opportunity to teach kids about clean-up).
Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com
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What’s Catching? The Flu! It’s fall, and that means the kids are back in school, the air is getting a little more crisp, the rakes are coming out of the garage, and (for some anyway) the fishing gets better. But, alas it also means it’s flu season! Influenza, or “flu,” is a virus. It goes around every year, typically between October and April with the peak in the middle of winter. This year we are already seeing at least one flu strain begin to show up in our offices here in the Florida panhandle, so here is some information about this bug that causes so much hubbub. Flu affects up to 20% of the population in the U.S. Typical symptoms are fever, congestion, cough, body aches, headache, and fatigue. Some people experience nausea or even vomiting, as well. It takes 1 to 4 days for the virus to incubate once exposed, which means a person can start feeling sick for up to several days after catching the flu. Since flu is a virus, antibiotics will not treat or help the flu. However, there are antiviral medicines that can shorten the duration of the flu by a couple of days if taken early in the illness. Most people with flu will be sick for a good solid week, and they are potentially contagious for about that long, as well. Fortunately most people with influenza will recover on their own
without lasting problems, and the best treatments are still rest, plenty of fluids, and ‘tincture of time.’ It is important to watch out for complications of flu, however, and those include ear infections, pneumonia, and triggering of asthma attacks in people with asthma. Other more serious complications are possible, but fortunately less common. Flu is particularly dangerous for pregnant women as well as young infants and the elderly, so it should be taken seriously. According to the CDC, the best thing a person can do to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Stay clear of people who have flu-like illnesses (and stay home if you yourself do!). Good handwashing helps, but flu can be spread by droplets as people cough or sneeze, so handwashing doesn’t always prevent its spread. Vaccines are widely available, and if you haven’t gotten one for yourself or your child, now is the time! A few myths about flu and the flu vaccine: MYTH: You can catch the flu from the flu vaccine – this is actually not true. Really! The flu shot vaccine is made from killed virus that can’t replicate in the body. It can cause you to generate antibodies against the flu (which is how the vaccine protects you), but it can’t replicate itself and cause you to develop flu. Those who get sick around the time they get
the vaccine most likely happened to catch an illness around that same time. MYTH: Healthy people don’t need to be vaccinated. It is true that it’s especially important for people at highest risk for complications from flu to get vaccinated, but the vaccine is recommended for nearly all children age 6 months and up. Your child’s pediatrician can talk to you about the very few cases where it is not recommended. It’s almost the holiday season. Have fun, enjoy family and friends and the cooler weather, but don’t forget to take care of yourselves. Don’t forget to get yourself and your children vaccinated; it may not always keep you from getting the flu, but it’s still your best chance to minimize your risk! If you want to read more, the CDC has good information about the flu on its website, www.cdc.gov/flu/index. Happy holidays! Dr. Samuel Ravenel, Board Certified Pediatrician, is a native of Greensboro, NC and joined Pediatric Associates, PA, in June of 2016. After completing his undergraduate work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he completed medical school at Medical University of South Carolina and did his residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Ravenel practices at our Cordova and Pace locations.
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Gulf Breeze Middle Students Make Tasty Science Experiment
Lincoln Park Receives Grant from Dollar General
Escambia County School District is pleased to share the news that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded to Lincoln Park Primary School a $3,200 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $4 million the organization awarded to more than 960 recipients in September 2017. Awarded annually at the academic school year’s inception, youth literacy grants help support teachers, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves. “This grant will allow Lincoln Park Primary to continue our ‘Scooting to Bright Futures Through Literacy’ project,” said Melanie Haupt, administrator on special assignment. “We greatly appreciate community support that allows us to enrich the learning environment for our students.” Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than nine million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education as part of its commitment to helping increase the literacy skills for individuals of all ages. “Through our mission of serving others, we are excited to support literacy and education across the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “We hope the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s youth literacy grants help strengthen literacy programs, expand library collections, inspire a love of reading in students and make a distinct impact to enhance the lives of children.” The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports individuals in the communities that Dollar General stores serve who may be interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online or a postagepaid reply card that can be mailed in for information is available at the cash register of every Dollar General store. Send Your School News by the 12th of each month to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gulf Breeze Middle School students Will Kemp and Ethan Matthews enjoyed a cool experiment and an even cooler sweet treat in Mr. Fearon’s 8th-grade science class. The students used simple ingredients to make ice cream and learned about the properties of liquids, solids and gases, measurement, temperature, properties of solutions, and how heat transfers. They also learned about a common science misconception: it is not ice that makes ice cream mix cold; the truth is that ice cream mix makes the ice warm, thus giving up some of its energy and lowering its temperature below its freezing point. Ice Cream Lab ingredients include: 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (chocolate syrup works too but you need more than half a teaspoon), 1 tablespoon sugar, crushed ice, 4 tablespoons salt, 1 quart-size Zip-loc bags and 1 gallon-size Zip-loc freezer bag. Combine the milk, vanilla and sugar in the quart-size bag. Seal the bag. Keep it sealed until it is frozen. Place ice in the gallon-size bag. Wait two minutes and measure the temperature of the ice. What is the temperature of the ice? Place the bag with the ice cream mixture in the bag containing the ice. Seal the bag of ice. Shake the bag for 2 minutes. What happens when you shake the ice cream mixture in the bag of ice? Open the bag of ice. Put 4 tablespoons of salt into the ice bag. Seal the bag of ice. Shake the bag for 2 minutes. Measure the temperature of the ice. What is the temperature of the ice and salt? Compare the temperature of the ice with the temperature of the ice and salt mixture. Continue to shake the bag until the ice cream mixture reaches the consistency of ice cream. After you added salt to the ice, what happened when you shook the ice cream mixture? Why is it necessary to add salt to the ice to make ice cream?
Episcopal Day School Welcomes Home Alumni, Artist Sarah Soule Webb
While the rest of Pensacola patiently waited for the Fiesta of Five Flags Seafood Festival to begin, this year’s featured artist and Episcopal Day School alumni Sarah Soule Webb brought the festival to EDS! For the second year in a row, Webb’s beautiful artwork was chosen by Fiesta to be the featured work on all of its merchandise, including posters, which many locals collect year after year. She is the first artist in the festival’s history to be selected more than once. During her visit, Webb encouraged the students to continue to believe in themselves as they grow older. She is living proof that it’s completely possible to have multiple gifts, talents and interests to enrich our lives, all of which can be used to glorify God.
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Trinitas Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist
In October 2016, approximately 1.6 million juniors from across the country, including Trinitas, entered the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSQT) by way of participating in the Preliminary SAT Examination, also known as the PSAT. Earlier this year Trinitas student McKinley Traylor, based on her performance on the PSAT exam, reached the next level of the National Merit competition. Of the entrants, 16,000 were recently selected as semifinalists and will continue in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Trinitas administrator Ron Gilley presented Traylor with a certificate designating her as a National Merit Semifinalist. They are shown below with Traylor’s school professors. In the twelve years that juniors from Trinitas have entered the NMSQT competition by taking the PSAT, four graduates have been named National Merit Finalists with two accepting scholarships and thus becoming National Merit Scholars, and seven have been named Commended Scholars. That amounts to an outstanding eleven percent of our graduates who have been awarded the distinction of any National Merit title, six percent commended scholars and five percent finalists.
Marcus Pointe Studies Fossils
After learning about how paleontologists discover and excavate fossils, Mrs. Harrison’s 5th-grade class at Marcus Pointe Christian School dug up “fossils” of their own. Different classroom items such as erasers, beads and even candy were buried in dirt in a plastic cup. Each student was able to experience first hand how a paleontologist does his job by using paint brushes and tweezers to find and excavate each “fossil” from his cup. Students had to record where they found the fossil (top, middle or bottom layer of dirt) and describe the fossil in detail. Mrs. Harrison’s students were able to take their learning from science and put it into a hands-on learning activity in the classroom.
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Blessed Star Watches Sea Turtles Go Home
Blessed Star Montessori students attended the Ft. Walton Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center Loggerhead Sea Turtle release at Fort Pickens on September 26. The students were very excited to see the turtles trek their way across the sand and swim away into their familiar home. The students were surprised to learn that some of the turtles were repeat offenders. They also enjoyed meeting some of the dedicated staff at the Gulfarium.
Cordova Park Elementary Helps Hurricane Victims
When your county is lucky and has horrible storms stay to the west and the east and the south, you could all sit back and take a “better them than us” attitude, or you can get out and show kids how to help those who lost so much. Two truckloads of donations of school uniforms, school supplies, teacher supplies, library books and more for schools in Texas and south Florida were driven by teacher heroes, one to the west and another to the south!
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GBMS Celebrates Freedom Week
Gulf Breeze Middle School students learned proper flag etiquette and practiced folding the flag in their civics classes during Celebrate Freedom Week. Celebrate Freedom is a special week that emphasizes teaching our countryâ€™s origins, its founding documents and the founding principles of our nation.
Trinitas Teams Prep for Winning Seasons
Trinitas Christian Schoolâ€™s volleyball and soccer teams have spent plenty of time practicing and making preparations this season. With a great deal of kindness and generosity on behalf of devoted parents, each team has enjoyed a special lunch complete with delicious food and the wonderful company of its coaches. Thanks to the parents, coaches and players for making this athletic season at Trinitas such a memorable time for everyone.
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East Hill Christian Welcomes Animal Tales
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The gym was filled with all kinds of exotic animals and a lot of excitement when Animal Tales made a visit to East Hill Christian School. As a reward for meeting the school’s fundraising goals, Animal Tales shared a presentation about God’s creation and design of animals. Students from 4 years old up through high school seniors saw amazing creatures and learned about their design. The animals included: Burmese Python, African Spurred Tortoise, Chaco Tarantula, Prairie Dog, Kinkajou and Von der Deken’s Hornbill.
Little Flower Catholic 7th-Graders Take Field Trip to University of West Florida
Miss Ryan’s 7th-grade literature class went to see The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, The Monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, The Necklace by Guy Maupassant, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain performed by Chamber Theater Productions, a touring theater troupe, at the University of West Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
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GBMS Spanish Class Makes Learning Fun
Gulf Breeze Middle School students in Señora McCoy’s Spanish class played a fast-paced game of “Slap” to help them learn the days of the week in Spanish.
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Trinitas K5 Joins with Seniors in Bone Study
The foot bone connected to the leg bone, the leg bone connected to the knee bone, the knee bone connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone connected to the back bone, the back bone connected to the neck bone, the neck bone connected to the head bone; Oh hear the word of the Lord! The kindergarten class at Trinitas Christian School learned the shape and names of the bones in the human skeleton with a little help from school seniors. Cutting, pasting and hands-on assembly helped the young ones enjoy learning the beauty of the human frame and some sweet time with the “big kids.”
Escambia County School District Receives $1 Million Grant
Episcopal Day School Dedicates Outdoor Classroom
On September 22, Episcopal Day School dedicated Shelley’s Space, a multipurpose outdoor classroom created in memory of Shelley LeCroy, an EDS mom and volunteer who touched the lives of everyone she met. Shelley’s children and her husband, Dr. Chris LeCroy, were present at the ribbon cutting celebrating the space she would have loved – a modern outdoor venue for lunch, study and group work. “Shelley was a very special person to everyone she came in contact with,” said Chris LeCroy. “We just want to make sure we do what we can to remember her and make her proud of us all.” The LeCroy family has always been very generous to EDS. Active in the Parent Service Organization, Shelley was a huge supporter of both the school’s students and its programs. After collaborating at length with her friends and family, school leadership determined the best way to honor Shelley would be to create a beautiful, yet functional and fun space that will inspire students for years to come. Construction of Shelley’s Space was completed by Ellis Bullock of Outerspaces, with design and concept by students and staff of EDS and signage by Ben Bogan Designs. “There’s a movement in education based on the idea that the learning environment is the third teacher in the classroom,” said fifth-grade teacher Laura Boyles. “When our spaces at school reflect our beliefs that the world outside of our classroom is important, and our gifts and talents gained in the classroom are intended for the world outside, students have a sense of their purpose beyond the four walls.” Shelley LeCroy’s purpose was always to help others. Now, Shelley’s Space will help EDS students discover the world outside the classroom – and what they can do to make it a better place, just as she did. To learn more about Shelley’s Space or to make a gift to the Shelley LeCroy Memorial Fund benefiting EDS, please contact Alyssa Tucker at (850) 434-6544 or email@example.com. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
A five-year $1 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has been awarded to the school district that will increase K-12 military/ federal affiliated student access to industry certifications in computer science beginning at the elementary school level. This grant will provide teachers from 3rd grade through high school with focused professional development that will deliver research-based instructional strategies. Teachers will leverage new computer science software and technology hardware tools provided by the grant to prepare students at all levels to achieve a College and Career Ready industry certification. High school students will also be afforded the opportunity for Advanced Placement Credit as well as college credit for successfully completing the course and exam. While the grant targets increasing military student accomplishment, all students at the participating schools will benefit. Students at all levels will also participate in field trips to local technology focused businesses, college campuses and summer camps for robotics, coding and other computer-related activities. “This is the sixth grant received by the Escambia County School District from the Department of Defense Education Partnership Grant Program since 2010,” explained contact Sandra Harwood, ECSD’s coordinator of grants. “We are honored to be chosen for this new grant opportunity.” The participating schools are Blue Angels Elementary, Hellen Caro Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Jim C Bailey Middle and Escambia High. Each of these schools qualified for inclusion in the grant based on the percent of military/ federal connected students enrolled at the school. The percent is determined by the response given by parents on the “Federal Cards” which are distributed to the entire student body at each school at the beginning of each school year. For more info regarding the DoDEA Grant Program, or to comment on this or any other grant funded initiative, please contact the DoDEA Education Partnership and Resources Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (571) 372-6026. Shown are the grant recipients at the Foundations’ Grants for Excellence reception.
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Montessori Students Sing Peace Around the World
St. John Panthers Hold Pep Rally
On September 29, St. John Catholic students showed their Panther Pride at the school’s first Pep Rally of the year! Cheerleaders led the entire school in cheering on the volleyball, flag football and football teams (made up of St. John and Redeemer students). St. John students enthusiastically rallied around the athletes, offering support and encouragement for all of their weekend games.
Children from across the planet came together to sing for peace on Thursday, September 21, to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. The singing commenced on the shores of New Zealand and continued from country to country until it reached the shores of the Hawaiian Islands 24 hours later. Shelley Murley wrote the song eight years ago when she had the idea of Sing Peace Around the World. Murley said, “I believe that music is one of the most powerful ways to help children learn new ideas, strengthen their memories of old ideas and inspire creativity, movement and imagination.” Montessori schools around the world register for free for a designated singing time, so that the song is sung continuously for 24 hours. Montessori School of Pensacola has taken part for several years and love watching videos of Montessori students across the globe singing for peace. In 2016, “Sing Peace” involved more than 150,000 children from some 65 different countries. The hope was to reach a quarter of a million children singing for the 2017 event. Shown are some of the kindergarten students on UN International Day of Peace.
Escambia County Helps Sister School Recover from Irma
Eight Escambia County School District Thinking Maps schools joined forces to help a sister Thinking Maps school in Florida recovering from Hurricane Irma. Thinking Maps is a language of learning that connects people and ideas through patterns and visual representation. Students, staff, families, PTAs and district staff helped Jim Allen, Brentwood, Cordova Park, Ensley, Global Learning Academy, Molino Park, Scenic Heights and Navy Point elementary schools contribute hundreds of uniforms, socks, schools supplies, blankets and other clothing items for Bonita Springs Elementary. The generous donations of Escambia County students and families will help Bonita Springs return to thinking, learning and rebuilding its community. Thanks to thinkingmaps.com and Ryder Truck Rentals for helping with the transportation of the donations. Shown are some of the Cordova Park Elementary students.
Blessed Star Harvests Sweet Potatoes
Blessed Star Montessori students recently harvested organically grown sweet potatoes from their above ground garden. This was the last crop to be harvested from the spring planting. Students and parents raved over the wonderful taste of the potatoes.
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Ransom Middle Student Takes Inspirational Ride
Peniel Otabil and his father, Eric, rode to Ransom Middle School this morning on a ladder truck and then got to climb up in the basket and go for another ride, UP! When he grows up, Peniel plans to be an engineer. He loves to design cars. Maybe today will inspire him to at least paint them fire engine red!
Montessori Hosts World Habitat Day
In 1986, the United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns. Montessori School of Pensacola (MSP) partnered with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity to celebrate this day with a special showcasing of the United Nations event. Representatives from the local community, as well as MSP students and families, set up tables with different countries represented at this informative open house event. The event took visitors from country to country exploring the sights, sounds and tastes from various regions around the world. Some of the countries showcased included Panama, Guatemala, Nepal and Ethiopia. Most are places that Habitat for Humanity visits for its Global Village build trips. MSP was excited to have this event to help bridge cultural appreciation and heritage of its school families. 21
East Hill Observes See You At the Pole 2017
Little Flower Students Making Maps
Eighth-grade social studies students in Mrs. DeGruccio’s class at Little Flower Catholic School enjoyed making physical maps recently. This hands-on activity helped them create what they had been learning about in class.
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On September 27, East Hill Christian School’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Council (STUCO) sponsored their Annual See You at the Pole event, where many students and faculty gathered together to pray for our nation’s leaders, the community and the EHCS family. This year’s theme was “Fix Our Eyes on Jesus!” Hebrews 12:2. Special thanks to senior Ryan Obray for heading up the devotions this year. After the Pledge to the American Flag, the students led devotions by reading from the Bible and then declaring our dependence on God for our nation’s needs. They also thanked God for the freedom we have to pray every day, share Scripture, and talk about God at East Hill Christian.
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SJS Honors Johnny Appleseed
Second-grade students at St. John Catholic School honored the birthday of Johnny Appleseed on September 26. Led by teacher Dana Donahoo, the students sliced and prepared apples to be made into applesauce, while learning about the history of Johnny (Chapman) Appleseed. Of course, they also got to taste the yummy fruits of their labor!
MSP Helping Rebuild Montessori Schools
On September 29, Montessori School of Pensacola (MSP) was proud to donate $1,500 to the American Montessori Society (AMS) Rebuild Our Schools Campaign. This campaign was created to provide assistance to Montessori schools that were affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. To help contributions triple, Rebuild Our Schools was able to triple the value of each dollar donated because AMS, along with Nienhuis Montessori USA/Heutink USA (a company that makes Montessori educational materials) matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000. MSP posted thermometers tracking donations in each classroom and on the school website. The school gave the first $500 and set the goal of $1,000 total. With the help of families, MSP exceeded the goal and was able to donate $1,500. Middle School students sold T-shirts to help raise additional funds that will be disbursed to qualified schools later this fall.
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Little Flower Welcomes Pensacola Opera
The Pensacola Opera performed for the students at Little Flower Catholic School recently. Primary grades enjoyed the performance of the Three Little Pigs. After the performance, students were able to talk to the performers and learn more about being a part of a traveling opera group.
SJS 7th Grade Travels to Ancient Rome
Seventh-grade history at St. John Catholic School has been exploring the life and times of the ancient Romans. Students showed their teacher, Erica Malloy, what they had learned through group projects about different aspects of Roman culture.The class held a Roman fashion shop, drew a mural of a typical landscape in ancient Rome, created a diorama of a Roman town, and even held a game show entitled “Cupid’s Connection,” in which Roman emperors were matched with the Roman gods and goddesses they would have worshipped!
Sherwood Elementary Has GRAND Day
When grandparents were recently invited to Sherwood Elementary School, they helped the students have a GRAND day! Third-grade classes also began to help animals affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, by collecting pennies (and all other coins) to send to other parts of Florida and Texas.
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Blessed Star Studies Painter
Blessed Star Montessori students learned about artist Joni Eareckson Tada, who became a quadriplegic at the age of 17 after a diving accident. During her rehabilitation, she learned to paint by holding paintbrushes between her teeth. Her perfected painting technique produced highly sought-after paintings. The students gained a much greater understanding of the difficulties Tada overcame through trying the technique themselves. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
The 8th-grade students of East Hill Christian had a great time with their Huddle Group leaders at Camp Baldwin in Elberta, Ala. Students participated in the low ropes challenge course, ziplining and paddle boats on Wolf Bay. They also played games organized by their Huddle Group leaders, including a shaving cream fight! During the evening, Huddle Group leaders held a time of worship through leading the students in praise songs and sharing their testimonies with the students around the campfire. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job mentoring our 8th-graders! www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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McMillan Center Hosts Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott
Workman Middle Teacher Receives Supply Award
Sixth-grade mathematics teacher Velvet Kalber from Workman Middle IB MYP World School was recently awarded $1,000 in classroom supplies through Adopt-a-Classroom.org. Burlington Coat Factory is sponsor of the program. Kalber is excited about the technology she plans to purchase to enhance her students’ learning!
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First Lady Ann Scott has visited schools in all 67 Florida counties and she plans to continue visiting schools around the state to get kids excited about reading. “I think it’s important to introduce kids to reading at a very early age, even as soon as they’re born,” she said. “Read to them every night... that’s how they learn language. They’ll get curious about reading also. Read them books about things they are interested in. Some kids say they don’t like reading but if you ask them what are you interested in, you can find books on topics that they’re interested in and sit down and read with them. Even when they start reading on their own, they still love to be read to but you can also sit there and be a good role model and read right along with them.” She added that she hopes visiting schools and sharing her passion for reading will help inspire kids to read more, especially the ones who think they do not like reading before her visit. “I love to see kids get excited about reading; it makes it fun for me, too. I like to try to engage them with the books that I read to them. I think that if you get excited about reading, they’ll get excited about reading, too, and hopefully you can keep their interest.”
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East Hill Attends Apologetics Conference
Little Flower Catholic Pre-K Fall Fun
On September 29, East Hill Christian students in grades 9-12 participated in a conference along with several other local Christian schools. Evangelist Ben Schettler and Creation Today President Eric Hovind led the conference that challenged teens to “have an answer for the hope that lies within us.” Both speakers shared Biblical truths that allow Christians to defend the faith. Students were challenged to be bold, and with love and compassion for others, share the truth.
Fall is in the air at Little Flower Catholic School. Pre-K classes enjoyed painting pumpkins for their class pumpkin patch. They also learned some graphing skills while they compiled the results from their Apple Taste Test.
Marcus Pointe Class Encourages Indian Pen Pals
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SJS Students Have Tasty Moon Lesson
St. John Catholic School 4th-grade students have been studying the phases of the moon with their teacher, Renee Lett. Using Oreo cookies as a delicious and creative scientific illustration, students were able to exhibit the waxing and waning of the moon cycles by adding and taking away cream filling from the chocolate cookie!
Montessori Family Night is ‘Wheelie’ Fun
Montessori School of Pensacola’s first Family Night of the year was a car-themed, fun-filled event. The Pensacola Police brought a motorcycle and their mobile command unit, Pensacola Fire Department brought a fire truck, and ECUA brought a trash truck. In addition, Hobby Central used the MSP tennis courts for a remote-control car area and the Panhandle Cruisers displayed many hot rods and vintage cars. Students went through a human car wash, raced cars with the Boy Scouts pinewood derby racetrack, ran cars through shaving cream, and more. MSP Middle School families sold chili dinners as a fundraiser for their class trips. The event was a successful opportunity to support the Middle School, socialize with teachers and other families, and enjoy fun activities.
Trinitas Class Holds Wacky Willy Wonka Chocolate Day
Mr. Allen’s fourth-grade class at Trinitas Christian School created some chocolate culinary deliciousness to celebrate the annual “Chocolate Day” at Trinitas. After reading Roald Dahl’s 1964 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the students were inspired to make everything from hair toffee to square candies that look round to Wonka’s Wipple Scrumptious Fudge Delight. They took a ride in the pink candy boat (around the grand hall) and had a quick run through the chocolate factory with Wonka! It was a huge success and there was no shortage of treats to enjoy.
EDS Celebrates Episcopal Schools Week
Beginning with the first Sunday in October, nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools across the country, including Pensacola’s Episcopal Day School, celebrated Episcopal Schools Week. EDS used this time to give thanks and to highlight different aspects of their Episcopal Identity and mission. Although there were many activities throughout the week, one highlight included the 6th-graders’ visit to Temple Beth-el, which complemented their study of the Old Testament and world religions. Learning about other faiths strengthens the school’s Episcopal identity and lvisiting downtown neighbors strengthens the community. Episcopal Schools Week isn’t restricted to the human members of our community; it is also a time to celebrate the special pets in our lives! Members of the EDS family, including dogs, rabbits and even a chicken, joined in and participated in a “Blessing of the Animals” service as a reminder that everything that has breath can praise the Lord.
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Tate High National Merit Scholars
Tate High School’s Class of 2018 Commended National Merit Scholars include, from left, Rosemary Smyth, William Jones, Ashlyn Adams and Hannah Huggins, shown with Counselor Renee Willis.
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Teach Children to Be Gracious Hosts and Guests While we live in a modern, technologydriven world, being a gracious host or hostess is a timeless tradition that will never go out of style. My family is often gathering at or being invited to other people’s homes or designated locations. How do I ensure that our guests will be comfortable and that my children will be kind and accommodating? Here are a few tips that have helped my children and me be thoughtful in our time and memorable in the experiences we share with people.
1. Offer Options to Guests – Find out preferences ahead of time
If you are having guests over, find out the types of food attendees like or prefer best. Ask if individuals have any allergies or intolerances when it comes to food. As a hostess, plan the meal ahead of time and share your ideas to be sure that guests will like something from the choices offered. Have your kids join in the planning and find out what their friends and the parents like too. This will avoid any awkward situations later on when it’s too late to put together a separate meal. If you notice a child visiting isn’t eating his or her food at your home, ask why or see if they’d prefer something else or if they are just too distracted by opportunities to play. When you or your child is a guest going to another home, be courteous and offer to bring a dish or help out in some way.
2. Take Turns – All guests should take a turn at choosing an activity or game
When my children have friends over, I remind them before each play date that it’s necessary that each person take turns in selecting a game or activity. I strongly encourage my kids to let their friends make their option first. After all, if people are over at our home, my kids can continue playing with the games or activities they want after their pals leave. If we are entertaining other adults, we do our best to find out their interests and likes so we can incorporate that into the event. We have board games, darts, lawn games, a trampoline, gaming devices, movies and a hot tub that we can offer guests. By asking how others want to spend leisure time, we can be better hosts and put people at ease and help them have a fun time.
3. Practice Good Manners – Please, thank you and gratitude
The best way to be a good host and guest at a gathering is to have sincere gratitude about the invitation. Instruct your children to use good manners while visiting others or hosting friends in your home. My children are always so happy to have 29
pals over so we always say as soon as friends arrive, “We are so glad you are here. We’ve been looking forward to your visit.” Then we follow step two and find out what our guests want to do after arrival. Kids can get a bit wild when they are not in their own homes and under the normal house rules. I see it with my children when we go to other places. But I remind them, I know you’re excited but ask for things you want with kindness and when you have them, express gratitude. This can be achieved with phrases like “please” and “thank you.” My kids’ friends have excellent manners and when I see and hear them being generous, I take the opportunity to reinforce their good behavior in front of my children.
Start small and work up to longer gatherings
When you are hosting new friends or families, it’s best to start small and keep it simple. Give a window of two or three hours with smaller children and go longer with older kids. This goes for being guests at others’ homes too. Observe how everyone is getting along and then work up to longer play dates and potential sleepovers. These hostess tips of offering options, taking turns and practicing manners will help your family in the upcoming hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Your children and you can practice them all year too. Mandy B. Fernandez is a writer living in Pensacola, Florida with her husband and two children. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Technical Writing. She writes on topics such as business, education, creative arts, health, family life, parenting and natural foods. In addition she loves sharing humorous stories, poetry and essays about womanhood and motherhood. Her first children’s book, Kazoo Makes The Team, was just released. Visit her at www.writtenbymandy.com.
ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston
Someone to Look Up To Who are the worst role models for teens right now? One website recently asked around 2,500 parents that exact question. For girls, moms and dads claimed that Miley Cyrus was the worst role model for teen girls, followed closely by Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Amanda Bynes, and Rihanna. On the boy’s side, parents shared that Chris Brown was the worst role model for their young men. Also included were Kayne West, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, and Charlie Sheen. But these celebrities might not be as influential as you think. As parents, I think that we often believe that the rich and famous are the primary role models our children respect. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to read a study by The Barna Group. Barna asked a wide range of teenagers who they see as their primary role models. Guess what? It wasn’t celebrities. And it wasn’t athletes. It wasn’t even youth ministers or friends. It was you! Overwhelmingly, 13-to-17-year-olds identified their parents as the people they look up to the most! Though it might be daunting to be in that position, aren’t you glad to hear that you’re the main role model, rather than some random, and not-too-upright, celebrity? Teens need healthy role models, and they’re looking to mom and dad to fill that role in their lives. Here are some tips on how to be a good role model for your kids:
pulled back, and we get an inside peek into the private lives of stars, we often don’t like what we see. That’s why teens are looking to imitate people they interact with on a daily basis. They are searching for models that can show them how to have a good marriage relationship, how to handle finances, ways to deal with stress and difficult circumstances, and how to talk with other people. They need models of faith and good character. Here’s the truth; you may have a lot of qualities your teen can respect, but they cannot see those qualities play out in your life if you don’t have a solid relationship with them. For teens, wisdom is gathered through observation, reflection, and experience. In that sense, as we strive to be good role models for our kids, there are three questions we must ask:
Ask Questions / Discover Answers
In that same Barna Group study, the large majority of teens polled indicated that the people they most admire are those with whom they maintain a personal connection to, or have a relationship with. Sure, our kids may envy people with the talent to hit a baseball out of the park, or act in a blockbuster movie, but the people dominating the headlines are really just strangers. For the most part, teens realize that the stars of stage, screen, and stadium are simply names and faces. They can see what these people do, but teens don’t really know what these people are like. Unfortunately, when the curtain is Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
What do my teens see me doing on a daily basis? (observation) What am I asking my kids to think about regularly? (reflection) What am I exposing to my kids consistently? (experience) It’s only within the boundaries of a secure and healthy relationship that your kids can look up to you as a model to follow. So if there is distance between you and your teen, dedicate some time to closing that gap. A good role model is someone that your teen is comfortable with – someone he can ask any question that’s on his mind. Now, if you’re like most parents, a question free-forall scares you! We may be nervous about answering questions from our teens about delicate issues like drugs, sex, or suicide. The topics and subjects that we whispered about in dark corners when we were growing up are no longer taboo conversation pieces. The questions we wouldn’t dream of bringing up to our parents are now being openly asked by our teens. And they deserve an honest responses from us. 30
But maybe it’s not the awkwardness of the questions that bothers you. Maybe it’s the fear of not having the answers your teens are looking for. Look, being a role model is not about having all the answers. Because you won’t. You can’t! However, your kids will respect you for not shying away from those tough questions. Work on finding an answer with them. Don’t worry about always having the perfect response. If your teen stumps you, say, “You know, that’s a really good question. Let’s see if we can find the answer together.” A role model hears and responds to the tough questions in a way that engages teens.
When asked one of the reasons why they choose a particular person as a role model, many teens in the Barna Group study said, “because they help me be a better person” and “they are really interested in my future.” Makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s because encouragement plays a key part in being a role model. It starts with supporting your son and daughter when they try new things, or explore new areas of life. It continues as you help and guide your teen towards maturity and solid character qualities. Being a model of encouragement also means praising your teen when she gets it right, and not shaming her when she makes a mistake. A good role model would never say, “I’m not surprised you messed up in this area. I could see that coming before you even started.” Nor would they ignore a child’s achievements. Instead, a role model intentionally points out a teen’s gifts and abilities; “This dinner is excellent! You really know what you’re doing in the kitchen.” Or “You really care about people, and I love that about you.” Encourage your child, and they will, in turn, look up to you. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.
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He’s becoming a man Q. My son is about to go off to college, and I’m concerned about how he’ll handle his money when he gets there. We’ve taught all our children how to use your envelope system, and to save and give, but I’d like some advice on how he can safeguard his finances a little better. A. If you haven’t already covered it, he needs to learn to utilize a debit card and reconcile a checking account. Set the account up in your name and his, so you can follow what’s going on in the account. If there’s an issue, this gives you easy access so that a minor incident doesn’t become a huge problem. Right now, the best way for him to learn is to make educated, informed decisions
on his own and to stand on his own two feet. You’re there for guidance at this point — not control. I’d let him use a debit card, cash, and have a few simple envelopes for expenses. Also, he needs to report back to you monthly what’s going on with the budget. What I’m talking about here isn’t control; it’s a simple, regular review and coaching session on finances. This is an exciting time in your lives. You’ve laid a foundation, and it’s time for this little one to spread his wings a bit. Together, you can make sure he’s learning and living the way a young man should!
Where do I put the money? Q. I have a savings account for my twoyear old that has $5,000 in it, and about half of that is in gold. I’m going to save
for his college separately, and give this to him to help start his life after school. Is there a better place to put this other than a traditional savings account? A. First of all, you should not invest in gold. Gold is a very volatile, very dangerous investment. I don’t have a dime invested in gold, and I would strongly suggest that you not invest in it, either. If you take a look at the life-long track record on gold it will scare you to death. For the time being, you can leave it all in a traditional savings account. But if he’s not going to use it for many, many years you could move it into a conservative mutual fund. In fact, you started when he was at such young age, a nice, conservative mutual fund might be a really good idea. When he gets a little older, he can start adding to it himself from the money he makes from odd jobs and chores and such. After 15 years or so, thanks to your foresight and his contributions, he’ll probably wind up with a pretty nice chunk of cash.
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Worrying, it’s something all parents do. I am guilty of it, especially when I lie awake at 3 am, with the silence of the house ringing in my ears. I worry about what I forgot to do, what I need to do, what I should have done, and what I already did. Parenthood is hard. There is always something to be done, someone who needs assistance, and multiple things to worry about. The list is endless but may include everything from feeding your kids healthy foods, to your child’s friendships, to what others think about your choices. Some worries are valid, but many are not worth the time and effort. What if we could learn to let them go?
Before I became a parent, I had high expectations for myself as a mother. I had things I wanted to do and things I declared I would never do. After my first child was born, I quickly realized that I would change my perspective on most pre-child declarations. “Let go of the idea that you will be the perfect parent because it won’t happen.” says twin mother Aly Ridgeley of Kansas City. When parents accept that they are doing the best they can, at that moment, for their kids, they will be able to cross this worry off their list.
Do you worry that you don’t spend enough time with your child? Do you feel guilty you were not able to breastfeed your child or that you missed a soccer game? Do you feel bad you forgot to remind your son to grab his lunch on the way out the door? The guilt of these things and more can weigh heavily on a parent but you have permission to let it go. It is okay if you miss a game or a school party. We all have to make choices and sometimes those choices cause unnecessary guilt. Once a decision is made, move forward and let go of the feelings of guilt. They will only rob you of enjoying the present. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
A tidy house, a perfectly decorated home, an amazing wardrobe, all organic, home-cooked meals, the perfect marriage, smart, athletic, creative children, and a partridge in a pear tree. We want it all and we want it to be perfect, or at least appear that way. This picture is lovely but it is not a realistic, reachable goal. It is easy to get caught up in what our families looks like to others. It does not matter if your children wear perfectly coordinating outfits. Is your child dressed in weather appropriate clothing? Great. Does it match? It’s your lucky day. Social media puts so much pressure on us to keep up with what we believe others are doing. I have a secret for you, Pinterest is not real life and what is posted on Facebook is typically the best of what is going on in reality. Embrace the fact that no one is perfect and nobody’s expecting you to be.
Parents often worry about things that haven’t even happened yet. What if he gets sick? What if she falls and gets hurt? What if I forget something important? What
if he doesn’t make the team? What if’s are not worth the energy they use. Acknowledge they are unnecessary and decide not to waste time on them. Face the problems in front of you rather than worrying about issues that do not exist.
“Don’t compare yourself to other parents. Your family is unique. Your circumstances are unique. It would be like comparing apples and oranges.” says Lacey Rodriguez of Leavenworth, KS, “Do the best you can for your family and forget the rest.” Comparing yourself to other parents is never a good idea. Your parenting style for your children will always be different from others, but that doesn’t mean it is bad. Another pitfall is comparing your children to their siblings or other children their age. Each child has their own unique personality and will develop at their own rate. If you feel your concerns are valid, consult your child’s doctor for peace of mind.
Every parent makes mistakes and it is easy to spend time worrying about what should have been done differently. The
past cannot be changed and although not easy to do, we must let go of things we cannot change. We can learn from our mistakes and continue to do our best in the future. Parents have permission to let go of past mistakes and teach their children to do the same.
I am a recovering control freak. With each child we added to our family, I was worn down a little more. When our triplets arrived, it finally dawned on me that I am not in control. Once I realized (and accepted) this fact, a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Yes, my husband and I are still in charge of the household, but I cannot control what happens in life. It’s a roller coaster, instead of trying to steer, throw your arms up in the air and enjoy the ride. Learning to let go of these worries usually leads to feelings of relief. Remember that each family is unique and each parent handles situations differently, it is easier to relax and enjoy your family more. GPP Sarah Lyons, mother of six, has learned to let go of many things over the years to maintain a happy and functioning household.
A Page in a Book Prehistoric Picks for Dinosaur Fans Almost every child goes through a dinosaur phase. While some enter and leave the window of saurian fascination, other kids really drill down into the topic. They learn every dinosaur name, they know the difference between theropods and sauropods, and their toy box is populated with multiple examples of each. Regardless of a child’s intellectual investment in dinosaurs, these prehistoric juggernauts retain a strong grip on every kid’s imagination. The following titles celebrate dinosaurs’ larger-than-life status in the landscape of our lives and our literature.
by Johnny Duddle (Templar / Candlewick) Before they strike out for a day of adventure, four young herbivores are warned by their parents of the greatest danger in their Cretaceous world...Gigantosaurus. As they make their way through the lush undergrowth, little Bonehead turns the elders’ warnings into a chance to frighten his playmates. His false shouts of ‘Gigantosaurus!’ and ‘Hide!’ send his companions scrambling for cover again and again. Tired of Bonehead’s pranks, the other dinosaurs go their own way, leaving their friend behind...until a crashing in the forest tests their bravery and their friendship. With a role call of creatures that will impress die-hard dino fans and comic illustrations that delight, this title offers gigantic fun for the littlest readers!
How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?
by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press / Scholastic) Highlighting the fearless aplomb that impulsive kids are famous for, Yolen and Teague are back with another burning question on how youthful dinosaurs will conduct themselves in a moment of decision. This new ensemble of dinosaurs answers the title question with a parade of unlikely candidates for pets. From exotic zoo animals to mythical beasts, readers will delight as each impossible pet suggestion appears. Traditional pets observe these choices from the background as they wait for calmer heads to prevail. A bright addition to the popular ‘How Do Dinosaurs’ series, this title doubles down on adorable with a brilliant range of outlandish pets to join their prehistoric counterparts.
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by Anna Staniszewski, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Henry Holt / Macmillan) After meeting all the pets available for adoption at the local shelter, Ben chooses Sadie, a bigger (more prehistoric) breed than his mother had envisioned bringing home. Sadie is so big that Ben uses a garden hose to craft her first leash. Eager to show off his new pet, Ben demonstrates the tricks that Sadie can do. But his commands to Sadie have unintended consequences. ‘Sit’ crushes a car, ‘Roll Over’ destroys a fruit stand and ‘Fetch’ brings back unhappy results. Just when it seems that Sadie’s size could be her undoing as a proper pet, her special tricks may be just the thing that saves the day. Celebrating the resilience of pet owners who worry they may have bitten off more than they can chew, Dogosaurus Rex turns disadvantage into the biggest of positive outcomes.
Find more reading recommendations at www.PageBookMedia.com.
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Tech Gifts -- For People Who Truly Need Them These days gift-giving holidays are all about gadgets—cellphones, educational toys and smart devices for the home. Families lucky enough to take technology for granted have a big advantage. Not only do they have the fun of giving the latest techno-gizmos, they are also more comfortable figuring out how things work, navigating virtual spaces and doing the inevitable problem-solving. Since technology plays such a big part in education as well as adulthood, it would be great if everyone had easy, early access. Instead, we face what’s often been called a digital divide. Families that don’t have ready access to technology often fall behind, creating a bigger gap between haves and have nots. During the holidays, when people who have more look for opportunities to share with people who have less, it’s worth thinking beyond warm mittens and turkey dinners. Consider participating in one of these efforts to make the digital divide less of a chasm.
1. Donate money. The simplest way to get technology into the hands of kids who wouldn’t otherwise have it is to donate to wellrun organizations. • One Laptop Per Child has an ambitious goal—get a rugged, connected low-cost computer into the hands of every child in the world. The laptops weigh less than a lunchbox and come equipped with simple software that allows children to read, write, record, measure and make music. With partners around the world and in low-income regions of the US, they have already distributed over 2.5 million computers. (one.laptop.org) • The Rural Technology Fund was founded by a tech executive who had limited access to computers when he was growing up in rural Kentucky. His organization helps out-of-the-way schools get equipment and books that will ignite a “spark” for studying electronics, programming
or engineering. The organization also gives scholarships to students from rural communities who hope to pursue careers in technology. (ruraltechfund.org)
2. Adopt a classroom. Public schools are another way to give kids access to technology. Teachers usually know what would make a difference in their classrooms, and playing Santa can be very rewarding. • Your local school district. Find out if teachers at your child’s school have technology on their wishlists. Or make a gift to your local school foundation. If your district is affluent, consider reaching out to a school in a community that has more challenges. • Donors Choose is one of several websites that give teachers a chance to explain how they would use specific pieces of equipment. The site makes it possible to search by location or curriculum. In many cases, a relatively modest donation will put current technology in the hands of teachers eager to use it with their students. (donorschoose.org) 3. Donate Equipment. If family members get tech gifts during the holidays, you may have used equipment to donate. Or share the joy by giving another child a game your child loves. • The Non-Profit Locator helps donors identify local organizations that might need equipment they aren’t using anymore. Enter a zip code to get a list of local agencies and detailed information about the kinds of equipment they could use. (www.donatetechnology.com) • Child’s Play gets video games to children’s hospitals and shelters for kids who have experienced domestic violence. A map on their website shows the organizations in their network. Each group has an Amazon wishlist 35
which usually features popular video games and systems. The website also includes a helpful guide to “therapeutic games” that help children cope with pain, boredom and anxiety. (childsplaycharity.org)
4. Volunteer. The holidays are also an excellent time to make resolutions about doing good in the new year. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a geek, there are ways to help children learn about technology. • Code.org hopes to make computer science a standard part of the curriculum just like biology or chemistry. The group provides lesson plans for grades K-12 and organizes an annual Hour of Code campaign which has reached 10% of all students in the world. They actively recruit volunteers to help with the Hour of Code and equip them with a helpful toolkit. (code.org/ volunteer/guide.) • Community Corp identifies volunteer opportunities for people who have more technical expertise. Their search engine allows you to find virtual or in-person projects in a variety of areas (communitycorps.org)
5. Set up passive donations. Perhaps the easiest way to support these (and other) charities is registering with a site that makes a microdonation every time you do something simple like searching or shopping online. • Goodsearch is an ordinary search engine powered by Yahoo that makes a tiny donation to a chosen charity each time you search. For families that do a lot of research, the numbers add up. Their sister site, GoodShop, makes it easy to donate a fraction of every of every online purchase to good causes. • Giving Assistant is a coupon marketplace that offers discounts from big retailers like Best Buy, Kohl’s and Bed Bath and Beyond. A percentage of what you save goes to the charity you designate. Whatever you decide to do, involve your kids as much as possible. Encouraging them to imagine life without their beloved devices may very well be the gateway to a lifelong habit of empathy and generosity. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative Wisdom.org. @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.
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Make a list One way to remember your blessings is to acknowledge them. Go around the dinner table and have each person name something they are thankful for. This could be done each night at dinner during the month of November or for the week leading up to it. On Thanksgiving Day, have all your guests do the same. It is heartwarming to give thanks for the blessings we have. Looking for a more concrete idea? Have everyone write down or draw a picture of what they are thankful for. After everyone shares their paper, place them all in a three ring binder. Each year add to the binder and reflect on all the blessings of the past. “We do a Thankful Tree throughout November.” says Stephanie Loux, mom of three. “I draw a tree to tape on our pantry door and the kids cut out leaves from construction paper. Each night we all write one thing we are thankful for on a leaf and tape it to the tree. Kids can be grateful for a variety of things from butterflies to Elsa. We look forward to this tradition every year.”
food, football, and getting together with family and friends come to mind. The original purpose of Thanksgiving was to show gratitude and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Now as we celebrate Thanksgiving it is easy to get caught up in distractions like football games, Black Friday shopping, and the quest to create the perfect meal and table setting. We tend to forget all about stopping to give thanks for all of our blessings. Make this Thanksgiving meaningful by starting some family traditions that help everyone in the family stop and count their blessings. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
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Christmas is right around the corner and many kids will receive new items as gifts. In anticipation, have the kids help clean their closets and toy boxes and set aside items they no longer need. Donate gently used toys and clothing to a local charity or family in need. This process will not only reduce clutter around the house but it will teach the kid to be generous to those who are less fortunate than they are. In the same spirit, talk with your kids about how some people may not have coats, hats, and gloves to keep them warm during the cold winter months. As a family, collect hats, coats, scarves, gloves, and blankets to donate to a homeless shelter. Gather items you may have in your home that you are no longer using and ask friends and family to do the same. Go to the store and have the kids pick out items they would like to give to another child their age.
Take a break
Have each family member take a break from a luxury they enjoy. Ideas may include dessert, manicures, coffee, soda, or a favorite video game or TV show. This exercise reminds us to be grateful for the luxuries that are otherwise taken for granted.
Family service project
Set aside time to do a service project as a family. Ideas may include cleaning up trash in a local park, raking a neighbor’s leaves, working at a food pantry, purchasing items for a Thanksgiving meal and delivering them to a family in need, organizing a book drive for a local children’s hospital, or adopting a family for the holidays. When you volunteer as a family, kids see you helping others and are more likely to continue serving as an adult. Serving in an area that your children are already interested in helps create excitement for the project. If your child loves singing, go caroling at a senior center. If your child loves to play at the park, plant flowers or pick up litter to help maintain it’s beauty. If they love crafts, make blankets for a homeless shelter. There are many possibilities for children of any age and skill level.
Encourage the kids to think of friends and neighbors who may not have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving and invite them to come over for dinner. Discuss the importance of hospitality and welcoming others into your home. If you are not hosting Thanksgiving, consider hosting a brunch the following day and opening your home to friends and family.
Thanksgiving dinner preparation is a lot of work. Having the kids help prepare dinner and clean up for company will teach them how much work really goes into preparing a large meal like Thanksgiving dinner. This will teach them appreciation for the work that goes into a holiday meal and also encourages a good work ethic at a young age. This Thanksgiving take time to remember what Thanksgiving really means. It’s not about Black Friday deals or endless football. It’s about giving thanks for what we have, sharing with and serving others, and celebrating with those we love. GPP Sarah Lyons is a busy mom of six kids, including two year old triplets. Her family enjoys doing service projects together.
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Santa’s Arrival Parade at Cordova Mall
November 3 @ Cordova Mall 5100 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 Festivities begin at 6 p.m. from Dillard’s to World Market entrance with live DJ, face painting, photo booth, Hill-Kelly Dodge, Pensacola Fire Department, Five Flags Dance Academy, Fishbein Orthodontics and much more. Parade line-up begins at 7:15 p.m., and will run from Dillard’s to the World Market Entrance and into the mall ending at Center Court where we will have a NEW SURPRISE waiting for Santa. Visits with Santa are free. Photo prices vary; please see Santa Set for more details. 850-477-7562
43rd St. Simon’s Arts and Craft Fair
November 3, 4 @ St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW Fort Walton, FL 32548 Join us Friday, November 3rd from 9am-5pm and Saturday, November 4th from 9am-3pm! Unique finds for everyone: jewelry, pottery, soaps, textiles, metalwork, fine art painting and photography, repurposed/upcycled items, FAMOUS CAJUN PICKLES, bake shop, and much more! Lunch and dessert available on-site. 850-244-8621
November 4 @ St. Paul Lutheran Church & School 1407 John Sims Parkway East Niceville, FL 32578 Shop early for holiday presents from talented local vendors. This fundraiser benefits the St. Paul Christian School. Spread the word and stop in to shop and have a great time! Every type of Arts, Craft, and direct sales vendor welcomed! Hours are 9am - 2pm. 850-678-1298
November 8 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center- Main Hall 100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578 ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true spirit of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. 850-729-6000 www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
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Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Holiday Open House
November 9 @ Chrisoula’s Cheesecake 236 West Garden St Ste 2A Pensacola, FL 32502 It’s time for another tasting of Holiday Flavored Sweet Cheesecakes and our Savory Appetizer Cheesecakes. Take Advantage of Discounts on your Holiday Orders. Open 5pm - 7pm. 850-438-5650
Elf- The Musical
November 9 @ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 ELF the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. 850-595-3880 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolasaenger.com
Pensacola Civic Band Salute to Veterans
November 11 @ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 Pensacola has a rich history when it comes to our military. We are honored to be the Cradle of Naval Aviation as well as the home of the Blue Angels Flight Squadron. This Veteran’s day, in partnership with the FooFoo Festival, we would like to pay tribute to our veterans. Join us for “Pensacola’s Salute to Veterans,” a concert event featuring all branches of the US Armed Forces and music by the Pensacola Civic Band. We invite all veterans to attend this concert free of charge. Free ticket must be picked up at the Saenger Box Office. 850-595-3880 email@example.com www. pensacolasaenger.com
The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent
November 13 @ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 Broadway/TV star Adam Trent is bringing his signature brand of magic and illusion to Pensacola in a 90-minute stage spectacle. Produced by the creative team behind The Illusionists, the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT ADAM TRENT
(AdamTrent.com) is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music designed to entertain the entire family. Showcasing his “futuristic” brand of magic, Trent has mesmerized live audiences around the globe, in person and as a featured guest on America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, the Travel Channel and Disney Channel among countless other TV appearances. The 31-year-old also stars in his own recently launched 10-episode TV series The Road Trick on Red Bull TV.
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Escambia County All County Band
November 16 @ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 This event is free and open to the general public 850-595-3880 email@example.com www.pensacolasaenger.com
November 17-18 @ First UMC of Pensacola 81 East Wright Street Pensacola, FL 32501 The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, Florida will hold the 40th Annual Christmas Creations arts and crafts sale on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 2017. The event will open at Friday from 10am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 2pm. Lunch will be available for purchase on Saturday. There is no charge for admission. Proceeds from this will go to ministries benefitting women and children. 850-476-8857
NWF Ballet Presents the Nutcracker
November 17-19 @ Mattie Kelly Arts CenterMain Hall 100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578 In its 38th year, The Nutcracker is set in a small German town in 1835 to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by celebrated Artistic Director Todd Eric Allen. All public performances will feature live music performed by the Northwest Florida Ballet Symphony Orchestra led by David Ott. Performances of The Nutcracker will feature the international ballet stars Joseph Michael Gatti and Andrea Harvey in the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince. Several other international guest artists, the NFB Company and over 100 local children round out the cast. Box office prices for adults are $38 each and $18 for children 12 & under. The 2017-2018 production of The Nutcracker is presented by VIE Magazine. 850-729-6000 www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
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Bear Says Thanks Storytime
November 18 @ Barnes & Noble 1200 Airport Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32504 Join us for this special Storytime in celebration of Thanksgiving. When Bear decides to throw a feast to thank his friends, they show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow. 850-969-9554
Pancakes with Santa
November 18 @ Gulf Coast Kid’s House 3401 North 12th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32503 Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a morning of holiday fun with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves, Saturday, November 18th from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The 8th Annual “Pancakes with Santa” is hosted by the Cordova Rotary Club with support from many area businesses. Proceeds of the event will benefit Gulf Coast Kid’s House, a nonprofit organization that facilitates the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and promotes child abuse prevention awareness through community education. Tickets are $10 and include a pancake breakfast and children’s activities. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit website. Tickets can also be purchased from any Cordova Rotary Club member or at Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm. 850-595-5800 www.gulfcoastkidshouse.org
Winterfest- Santa’s Photo Party
November 18 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Children may bring drawings to the party or do the artwork on site. The winner will be Santa’s special guest in his sleigh. 850-583-1365 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org/photos-with-santa
Winterfest- Let it Snow
November 18 - December 24 @ Downtown Pensacola Snow falls every night of the Winterfest celebration 850-583-1365 email@example.com www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Alyssa’s Holiday Market
November 18-19 @ Alyssa’s Antique Depot 4586 Chumuckla Highway Pace, FL 32571 Get a head start on your Christmas lists with our Holiday Market! Find unique handcrafted (and not) items to fill up the stockings! Find the perfect hostess gifts for your holiday visiting! Shop inside the store, on the front porch and in the outfield! 850-994-9114
Caring Santa at Cordova Mall
November 19 @ Cordova Mall 5100 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 Cordova Mall is pleased to present our Caring Santa Event designed for those who might need a little “extra” care when visiting with Santa. Before we open our doors to shoppers we open for those with special needs. We turn off our music, keep the lights low, and provide a minimally stimulating environment to help ease the visit. Registration is encouraged by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caring-santatickets-37943780870.
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Winterfest - Reindeer Games
November 19,24,25 and December 1,2,8,10,15-24 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 A stage show with Santa’s team of reindeer, along with
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dancing Christmas trees and snowflakes greet every trolley. Children can join the Penguin as he leads the karaoke Christmas chorus. Paul Morrell, master storyteller, will entertain with songs and stories. There is a letter writing corner for those important letters to Santa. 850-583-1365 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Winterfest - Performance Tours
November 19,24,25 and December 1,2,8,10,15,16,17 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 The tour features 16 performances along a 60 minute trolley ride through downtown Pensacola. Singing guides accompany passengers into a world of wonder with scenes from your favorite holiday memories. 850-583-1365 email@example.com www.pensacolawinterfest.org
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November 20-22 @ E.S. Cobb Resource Center 601 East Mallory Street Pensacola, FL 32503 Ages 5 - 12 from 7:00am to 6:00pm 850-436-5192
@ Fricker Resource Center 900 North F Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Ages 5 - 12 from 7:00am to 6:00pm 850-436-5195
@ Gull Point Resource Center 7000 Spanish Trail Pensacola, FL 32504 Ages 5 - 12 from 7:00am to 6:00pm
November 23 - December 18 with full service. After December 18 it is self service.
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Winterfest- Elf Parade
November 24 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Elves join the Winterfest characters for a walk through the downtown Historic District. Before the parade begins, contests are held for the following categories; best costume, best ears,best wagon, and best stroller. elfparade.com 850-583-1365 email@example.com www.elfparade.com
Holiday Ice Skating
Announcing Dates Soon! Visit our website @ Pensacola Bay Center 201 E. Gregory Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Come out and bring your friends and family to enjoy ice skating while you are entertained by holiday music. Great experience for everyone! Each session is 1 hour; 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm and 6:30pm Tickets required: $ 12.00 Adult/Child (includes skate rental) $ 9.00 Adult/Child (must provide own skates). Contact Pensacola Bay Center for more information. 850-432-0800 www.pensaolabaycenter.com
Country Pines Tree Farm
5001 Still Road Century, FL 32535 Tree varieties include Virginia Pines, Leylend Cypress and Carolina Sapphires. Open 9:00am - 5:00pm 850-327-4600
@ Vickrey Resource Center 2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32503 Ages 5 - 12 from 7:00am to 6:00pm 850-912-4056
@ Woodland Heights Resource Center 111 Berkley Drive Pensacola, FL 32503 Ages 5 - 12 from 7:00am to 6:00pm 850-435-1750
7th Annual Pensacola Beach Turkey Trot 5K
November 23 @ Pensacola Beach 2200 Via De Luna Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Hosted along Pensacola Beach, Turkey Trot 5k will be held on Thanksgiving Day. This is a fun, family friendly event with a variety of activities for all ages. 844-486-5165 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolabeachturkeytrot.com
Pensacola Turkey Trot
November 23 @ Seville Square 301 Alcaniz St Downtown Pensacola , FL 32502 Downtown Pensacola’s original Turkey Trot is a 5k starts and finishes at Seville Square on Thanksgiving Day.
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November 24 - December 23 @ Summerdale 13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East Summerdale, AL 36580 Fish River Trees is a choose & cut Christmas Tree Farm. In addition to the trees they grow, they offer fresh-cut fir trees. They also specialize in producing container-grown Living Christmas Trees that can be decorated, then planted. Customers enjoy Santa, new Manger Scene with live animals, a free tour aboard their tree train, and a great atmosphere to enjoy a wonderful family Christmas tradition. Free visits with Santa on November 24-26, December 2-3, December 9-10. Camel and pony rides are available for a small fee. Hours are 8am - 5pm. 251-988-8144 email@example.com www.fishrivertrees.com/
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November 23 - December 18 @ Milton 1603 Penton Road Milton, FL 32570 Virginia Pine, Florida Pine, Cedar, Frazier Fir and Leyland Cypress Christmas trees. Great family activities such as hay rides, photo props, Santa visits, movies nights, light displays and more! Open 10am - 5pm
November 24 – December 24 @ Wales West Light Railway 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, AL 36576 All aboard the Arctic Express at Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway. Great holiday fun for the whole family! Ride an authentic Steam Train through a wonderland of lights, snow, and decorations to the North Pole. Children visit with Santa in the Winter-wonderland barn and receive a free wooden toy. Our staff can take your family photo with Santa. Free Refreshments, MiniTrain Ride, Hayride, Playground, and Bounce House. In addition, Petting Zoo, Pony Ride, and Snowball Cannon are available for a slight fee. Try our Cafe’s new menu options, and a Gift Shop full of train items ideal for Christmas presents! Hours: WEEKENDS: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 4 to 9 PM; Beginning Dec. 11, open NIGHTLY, 4 to 9 PM. Admission is $15/person, plus tax. 2 and under are free. Group rates, field trips, and parties can be booked in advance. Located on Co. Rd. 9 between Fairhope and Silverhill. For information
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November 23 @ The Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Join us at The Flora-Bama for a Thanksgiving Potluck, bring a covered dish to share and take the stress out out of holiday cooking. Event begins at 12 noon. 850-492-0611
Christmas Tree Farm- Whispering Pines Tree Farm
call 888-569-5337 or go to www.waleswest.com. Experience the wonder! Register on website for coupons early in the season and tickets may now be purchased online.
Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
November 24- December 3112401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL 36582 Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 22nd year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2017! Stroll through a dazzling display, with more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. The Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and open for evening tours. Magic Christmas in Lights includes choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home Sundays through Thursdays. Guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to warm the heart and soul. Santa will be on hand nightly for photos through Dec. 23, and the Magnolia Cafe’ will serve hot meals from 4 to 8 p.m. Magic Christmas in Lights is open daily from 5 to 9 p.m. with tours of the Bellingrath Home every hour and half hour until 8:30 p.m. 251-973-2217 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bellingrath.org
Wreaths of Joy Gala
November 30 @ Skopelos at New World 600 South Palafox Street Pensacola, FL 32502 The Arc Gateway Foundation is organizing the anticipated Wreaths of Joy Gala, our largest annual fundraising event. Every year businesses, organizations and individuals gather at this highly regarded affair to enjoy a three course dinner, entertainment, auctions, and more! Proceeds support programs at The Arc Gateway, a Pensacola area non-profit who provides services and support to over 850 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Time: 5:30 850-434-2638 email@example.com www.arc-gateway.org
The Christmas Carol
November 30, December 1, 2 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center- Sprint Theater 100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578 The classic Charles Dickens tale takes a delightful twist in this original adaptation by NWF State College -- a drama that combines vibrant song & dance along with period costumes, to bring to life the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the spirits of Christmas! Includes Victorian style desserts & beverages! 850-729-6000 www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org
December 1, 2 @ First Presbyterian Church 5203 Elmira Street, Milton, FL 32570 First Presbyterian Church of Milton is pleased to be hosting our 5th Annual Holiday Faire! This event will be held on Friday, December 1, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year’s event will benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center in Milton. We will have a wide variety of vendors as well as story times and crafts with Mrs. Santa! Cookies and cocoa and other treats - fun for the whole family!We are currently seeking craft vendors for this event. If you are a crafter or you know a crafter who would be interested, please email fpcmiltonspecialevents@gmail. com for vendor info. www.fpcmilton.org
The Nutcracker - Pensacola Youth Ballet December 1, 2 @ Booker T. Washington Theatre 6000 College Parkway Pensacola, FL 32504 Pensacola Youth Ballet, a youth-focused training and performance ballet company under the direction
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of Michael Wardlaw, is proud to present the annual holiday tradition of, The Nutcracker! This beautifully choreographed and set spectacular will be held Friday and Saturday at 7pm. When you support Pensacola Youth Ballet’s performance, your dollars support multiple scholarships used to take our students across the nation for elite and professional ballet training with top choreographers and companies, such as Austin Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. Your patronage also supports other non-profit organizations, PYB partners with, who support and facilitate services for children in the Pensacola area. PYB has helped donate over $26,000 to these organizations in the last 4 years alone!! This years partner organization is Dixon School of the Arts. Support your community. Support the Arts. Support the children in your area by kicking off your holiday season with this delightful production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Adult tickets are $30 Children 17 and under $20. Purchase your tickets through this link https://m.bpt.me/event/ Michael/3104733 850-944-5650
Winter Art & Craft Fair
December 1, 2 @ St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 6849 Oak Street Milton, FL 32570 Join St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Winter Arts and Crafts Fair to celebrate the season and do some holiday shopping. Multiple vendors from woodcraft, candle makers, bake goods, and more. December 1 noon to 7pm & December 2 from 9am to 2:30pm. 850-623-2905
South Baldwin Community Theater “A Christmas Story”
December 1-3, 8-10 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralph Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact. December 1, 2, 8 & 9 @ 7:30 pm. December 3 & 10 (Sunday) @ 2:00 pm 251-968-6721
Autism Pensacola: Holiday Party and Visit with Santa
December 2 @ Sensational Friends 3219 Maplewood Drive Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Holiday Party and Pictures with Santa on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- for those families who would like an opportunity to visit with Santa in a quieter atmosphere. The event will feature light refreshments, arts and crafts, and a quiet room for those who need a break from the party atmosphere. API is partnering with Sensational Friends to host the event at their location, 3219 Maplewood Dr., Gulf Breeze. Registration is encouraged by going to autismpensacola.org/events or calling the office, (850) 434-7171. www.autismpensacola.org
Choral Society of Pensacola Presents: Handel’s Messiah
December 2 @ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 Welcome the holiday season with the Society’s annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece reflecting on the birth, death and resurrection of Christ, featuring the stirring “Hallelujah” Chorus. This year, the 60-voice chorus will be joined by soloists from Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence program, as well as the Choral
Society Orchestra. First performed in 1741, Messiah holds a place as one of the best-known and most beloved works in the classical repertoire. It has played an important role in the history of the Choral Society, which grew out of a performance of selections at a meeting of the Music Study Club of Pensacola in 1935 and which has presented the work, at least in part, every year since. Audiences never fail to respond to the wide range of emotions expressed in the work’s varied solos and choral sections, including the familiar and inspiring “Hallelujah” Chorus. 850-595-3880 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolasaenger.com
Craft Fair- Navarre First Assembly of God
December 2 @ Navarre First Assembly of God 9594 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 Come find those special and unique Christmas gifts. Craft Fair from 9am - 1pm. email@example.com Find us on Facebook
Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade
December 2 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 The Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade is scheduled at 10am. The parade route will proceed down Shoreline Drive and end at First Baptist Church on McLane Street. Entry forms available at Gulf Breeze City Hall or the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce. For additional questions, please call 850-932-7888. 850-932-7888 www.cityofgulfbreeze.com
Milton Christmas Parade
December 2 Highway 87 (Stewart Street) Milton, FL 32570 Rolls out of the Guy Thompson Community Center at 6pm. 850-623-2339
Navarre Christmas in the Park
December 2 @ Navarre Park Navarre, FL 32566 Coming to you on December 2, 2017. Details to be announced at a later date. 850-939-3267 Find us on Facebook
Navarre Jingle Bell Run
December 2 @ Navarre Main Fire Station 8618 Esplanade Street Navarre, FL 32566 Family Event for all Ages. Non-competition. Race Start: Navarre Main Fire Station (behind McDonald’s), 8:00 am start, one hour course limit. Course: Run/ Walk through the residential streets of the Town Center for a 5k (3.1 miles) or several shorter distances. Long sleeve t-shirts for the first 200 registrants. Participants are encouraged to dress up for the season. firstname.lastname@example.org www.navarrechamberfoundation.org/jingle-bell.html
Winterfest- Santa’s Puppy Party
December 2 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Many children ask Santa for a puppy so he’s decided to bring the puppies to Winterfest. children will have an opportunity to pick a puppy courtesy of the Escambia County Animal Shelter. (1:00 - 4:00 p.m) 850-583-1365 email@example.com www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Lighted Boat Parade
December 2 @ Pensacola Beach 7 Casino Beach Blvd Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 4-6pm: Kid’s pre-show party, 6:30 pm – Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk - View parade procession in Little Sabine at 6:30pm. View from Quietwater Beach area at 7:30pm. Greater Pensacola Parents I November 2017
Look for Santa on the lead boat! Fireworks with SantaSoundside- 8pm 850-932-1500
An Evening in Bethlehem
December 2, 3 @ Gonzalez UMC 2026 Pauline Street Cantonment, FL 32533 Make coming to An Evening in Bethlehem at Gonzalez United Methodist Church a Christmas tradition for your family! Walk through the town of Bethlehem and get a glimpse of what life was like at the time of the birth of Christ. This is a great way to start the Christmas season-all ages are welcome. 850-968-6006
Surfing Santa Parade
December 3 @ Via de Luna to Casino Beach Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach on Sunday to see Santa Claus making his way down Via De Luna Drive atop a Pensacola Beach fire truck at the annual Surfing Santa Beach Parade. Cat Country radio personality Brent Lane will be this year’s parade Grand Marshal. Starting at 2 p.m. from Avenida 10, the parade will make its way down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and end at the Gulfside Pavilion, where kids will be able to meet and greet with Santa until 3 p.m www.visitpensacolabeach.com
Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Pops”
December 8 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center- Main Hall 100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578 The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 31st season as the Emerald Coast’s premier professional orchestra continues at 7:30 pm in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville with the popular annual “Holiday Pops” concert.
kiddos as well. Make it a family affair and join us! Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade
December 9 @ Downtown Pensacola Pensacola, FLCome join the fun beginning at 5:15pm. You will not want to miss this event that draws over 50,000 people each year, including nearly 90 entries, and eight bands from Escambia County, New Orleans and Mississippi. The parade also features the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team and a host of organizations from around the region. email@example.com www.coxpensacolachristmasparade.org
Seabreeze Presents Norman Brown Joyous Christmas
December 9 @ Mattie Kelly Arts Center- Main Hall 100 College Boulevard East Niceville, FL 32578 Seabreeze Radio (Smooth Jazz 106.6) presents Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows, presented by Resort Quest and Wyndham Vacation Rentals at 7:30 pm in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this Guest Event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center’s Box Office. 850-729-6000
December 9 @ The Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Kick-off the Christmas season with the annual Santa Drop. See Santa skydive onto the beach followed by photo opportunities. Enjoy kids’ arts and crafts in the Flora-Bama tent. Santa drop begins at 12 noon.
Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Christmas on the Coast
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December 8-10 @ Saenger Theatre 118 South Palafox Place Pensacola, FL 32502 Presented by The Pensacola Children’s Chorus, celebrate the best time of the year. We will transform the sunny weather into a winter wonderland while experiencing all the sights and sounds of the season. 800-745-3000 www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com
Billy Claus visits Lulu’s!
December 9 @ LuLu’s 200 East 25th Avenue Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Billy Claus Oh Billy Claus how we love you... Poor Billy is allergic to snow so what better place for him to come and celebrate the holidays but LuLu’s. Come enjoy as this delightful children’s book, written by none other than the talented Lucy Buffett. Enjoy a full day of arts & crafts, live music and get your picture taken with Billy Claus and his LuLubelle’s. Make sure to leave Billy your Christmas list so that he can personally deliver it to his brother (you may have heard of him) Santa Claus. What a better way to kick off the holiday season than a day here with all of your friends and family at LuLu’s. 251-967-LULU (5858) www.LuluBuffett.com
Boat Parade Activities at The Wharf
December 9 @ The Wharf Orange Beach, AL Want a front row seat for all the illuminated action? The Wharf is the place to be! Watch as boats, large and small, glide through the Intracoastal Waterway in all their festive glory. Head down early to avoid traffic and grab a bite to eat or catch up on some holiday shopping. There will be plenty of fun activities for the
Begins December 15 @ Gulf Breeze Zoo Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Zoo Lights will begin December 15 this year and will be filled with an exciting lineup of events. Enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Breeze Zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling holiday lights, Santa nights and other special events that will vary throughout the season. Please visit our website for further details and the complete event lineup. www.gbzoo.com
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December 16 @ Seville Square 399 South Alcaniz Street Pensacola, FL 32502 It’s that time again! onBikes Pensacola is proud to announce it’s 2nd Annual Winter Wonder Ride. Join us this December for our second annual scenic slow ride from Seville Square through beautiful downtown Pensacola before returning to Seville Square, where you and your friends can enjoy our post Ride celebration featuring music, games, thirst quenching beverages and tasty food trucks! Proceeds raised are used to purchase new bikes and helmets for children in need in the Northwest Florida area. Time: 12:00 pm
December 17 @ Marcus Pointe Baptist Church 6205 North W Street Pensacola, FL 32514 Marcus Pointe Baptist Church presents the 2017 Kidz Praize Musical, Jingle Bell Beach! Join us for this fun night at 6 PM. Come celebrate the Christmas season with the kids of Marcus Pointe!
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Winterfest - Letter’s to Santa/ Visit Santa
December 17-24 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Santa gets lots of interesting letters in his special mailbox at Winterfest. He reads some of them on Facebook every week. Santa’s favorite letter writer will be awarded the first gift of Christmas at the “Santa Sendoff” on December 24. https://pensacolawinterfest. org/photos-with-santa 850-583-1365 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Winterfest - Polar Express Tour (mini tour)
December 18-24 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 The trolley departs on a Polar Express journey with a reading from the book. Children may dress in pajamas. The best dressed boy and girl on each trip will receive 2 free tickets for the Grinch Tour. Everyone receives a bell and cup of hot chocolate. 850-583-1365 email@example.com www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Winterfest -Grinch Tour (mini tour)
December 18-24 @ Downtown Pensacola 226 East Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Mayor Matthew leads the trolley tour. The Cat in the Hat and the Things will entertain, along with Cindy Lou and the Grinch. The trolley travels to the home of the Who’s where the famous crooked Christmas tree decorates a special corner at the accounting firm of Brown, Thornton & Pacenta. The best dressed Who child on each tour wins 2 free tickets for the Polar Express Tour. 850-583-1365 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolawinterfest.org
Santa Pet Photo Night at Cordova Mall
December 19 @ Cordova Mall 5100 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 Sit, stay and pose for a photo with Santa as Cordova Mall presents Pet Photo Night with Santa. Santa will be waiting at the Center Court and welcomes all fur babies to come for a visit. Pet Photo Night is from 6-8pm and registration is encouraged by going to https://www. eventbrite.com/e/pet- photo-night-tickets-37943771843 Photo prices vary; please see Santa Set for more details. 850-477-7562
Make it to the Line 4-Mile Run/Walk & 1-Mile Fun Run
December 30 @ The Flora-Bama 17401 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507 Run, jog, walk or crawl to the line at our 4-mile run/ walk and 1-mile fun run. Individuals and families up to three members can compete. Participants will receive run packets that include t-shirts and other goodies. Trophies will be awarded three deep for all age groups in both the run and the walk. Special awards will be also given. A portion of the proceeds from this race will benefit the Secret Santa program. It helps local families in need with gifts at Christmas, clothing, food, etc. 850-492-0611
4901 West Fairfield Dr., Pensacola, FL 32506 Phone: 850.458.7735
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration!
December 31 @ Lulu’s 200 East 25th Avenue Gulf Shores, AL 32542 Join us for a day of fun as we drop the beach ball at our annual Noon Year’s celebration! Noon Year’s is a FREE family event for all ages to enjoy. We will have kid friendly “fireworks,” a massive beach ball drop when the clock strikes NOON, and more! 251-967-LULU (5858) www.LuluBuffett.com
5308 Stewart Street Milton, FL 32570 Phone: 850.626.3091
• free charter school for ESE pre-K • child care center • speech, occupational & pediatric therapies • low student-teacher ratio
FamilyCalendar Friday, October 27
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. A Studio 400 Production written by Bert Royal and directed by Denley Messerly. The unauthorized further adventures of the Peanuts gang as they go through puberty, and experience life beyond their traditional six-year-old selves. For more info and tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Co. and First City Shakespeare Present Asylum Tour the historic Sacred Heart Hospital and meet some peculiar characters. Get ready for scares, musical numbers, poetry from Edgar Allan Poe, scenes from classic horror films and more! Only 16 guests per tour. Buy tickets beginning October 1. Ages 12 and under: $5; ages 13 and up: $20. For more info, visit http://setsco.org/ or call (662) 278-8383. L9 Juniors Tennis Tournament 4-8 p.m. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. This is a great way for youth tennis players to gain competitive experience on the court. Using the red, orange, green and yellow balls, kids can play in a no-pressure environment. Register at usta.com, select Tennislink, select Tournaments, type 32503, select All Juniors. For more info, call (850) 380-5458 or visit http://tennislink.usta.com. Trunk or Treat 4 -5:30 p.m. E.S. Cobb Resource Center, 601 East Mallory Street, Pensacola. Cost: free for after-school participants. Halloween Mixer With Paul 6-9 p.m. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. Music, door prizes and lots of fun tennis! Food and drink specials provided. For more info, call (850) 912-4103 or visit www.rogerscotttennis.com/. Cost: $20 for members; $25 for non members. www.rogerscotttennis.com/. Woodland Haunted Hallway 6-8 p.m. Woodland Heights Resource Center, 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola. Are you brave enough to make it to the end of the Hallway? Free admission. Bands on the Blackwater 7-9 p.m. at South Willing Street, Milton. Free performance. Oct. 27 is Bad JuJu. For more info, isit http://miltonlocalv. com/2017/. Annual Haunted House Walking & Trolley Tours 6:30-9 p.m. Voices of Pensacola, 117 E. Government Street. Ghoulish guests may choose from among three walking tour routes including the Seville Spirits, Murder and Mayhem, and the Adult-Only Redlight Tour. The Seville Spirits and Murder & Mayhem tours depart every thirty minutes between 7 and 8:30 p.m. The Adult Only Red-Light tour departs at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The walking tours, led by volunteer guides who share the haunted history of Pensacola, last an hour and 15 minutes. The Trolley of the Doomed tour is offered at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Participants do not get off the trolley. Little ghouls and goblins are welcome. All tours depart from Voices of Pensacola. Tickets are available at www.historicpensacola.org or on the nights of the tours at the Voices of Pensacola presented by Gulf Power. For more info, contact Wendi at (850) 595-5985 ext. 111 or email@example.com.
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Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Mississippi Riverkings. 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Stargazing on Pensacola Beach 6 p.m. Pensacola Beach Pavilion. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association offers free stargazing at the Gulfside Pavilion starting at sunset. The times listed are approximate. 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-happeningstar-gazing/. Science Spooktacular By the Sea 5-9 p.m. Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, 8638 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre Beach. From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you. For more info, visit http://navarresciencestation.org. 17th Annual Ghost Walk Downtown Milton 6-9 p.m. 6866 Caroline St., Milton. Tours will begin at the Imogene Theatre in Milton at 6 p.m. and will leave approximately evey 15 minutes until around 9 p.m. For more info, call (850) 324-2875 or visit www.santarosahistoricalsociety.com. Pensacola Interstate Fair Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. Hours of operation vary from day to day. Please check the daily schedule to see opening and closing times for each day. For more info, call (850) 944-4500 or visit www.pensacolafair.com/. Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze 2055 Homer Holland Road, Milton. Enjoy a farm hayride that will take you around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin of your choice. Activities include spider web, sand box, swings, horse tire swings, pedal tractor cart racing, slides, petting zoo, corn box, zip lines, rat racers, knocker balls and corn maze. Sit back and relax on our farm market porch. Follow us on Facebook Holland farms or instagram Hollandfarmsonline. For details, call (850) 675-6876 or firstname.lastname@example.org or hollandfarmsonline.com. Through November 4. Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival 2260 Horn Road, Milton. Visitors can spend time navigating their way through a corn maze, playing on different types of fun farm-themed equipment, hayrides, farm animals and more. For additional information and tickets, please call (850) 675-3573 or visit www. sweetseasonfarms.com. Through November 5.
Saturday, October 28
Stargazing on Pensacola Beach 6 p.m. For details, see October 27 listing. 17th Annual Ghost Walk Downtown Milton 6-9 p.m. 6866 Caroline St., Milton. For details, see October 27 listing. 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. 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.
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Science Spooktacular By the Sea 5-9 p.m. Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, 8638 Blue Heron Ct., Navarre Beach. For details, see October 27 listing. Pensacola Interstate Fair Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. For details, see October 27 listing. Coastline Calvary Fall Festival Sunset Kids’ Park, corner of Shoreline Drive and Sunset Ave. For more info, call (850) 932-8197 or e-mail info@ coastlinelife.com.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 27 listing. Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Co. and First City Shakespeare Present Asylum Tour the historic Sacred Heart Hospital and meet some peculiar characters. For details, see October 27 listing. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Yard Sale 7 a.m.-noon. 850 S. Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola. Choose from Christmas and Halloween decorations and lights, jewelry, art, home goods including linens and lamps, small electrical appliances, vintage and collectible knick knacks, dishes, utensils, printers, television, books including an extensive selection of cook books. Coffee and breakfast items available for purchase. For more info, visit www.holytrinitypensacola.org or call (904) 377-3382. Boo at the Zoo - Trick or Treat Trail Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Children are invited to don their costumes and enjoy the zoo decked out for Halloween in a not-so-scary environment. The event features a Halloween Hay Maze, Monster Foam Play Party, animal encounters and face painting. A trick or treat trail features stations for children to enjoy toys, treats and treasures. Businesses are encouraged to help sponsor the stations. For details, call (850) 932-2229 or visit www.gulfbreezezoo.org. Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site Hosts 7th Annual Lecture Series, Secrets of Santa Rosa: History and Archaeology in Your Backyard 11 a.m. on Saturdays in October. Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site at 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton. Topics relating to archaeology at the Scott Site in Milton, the Bagdad Historical Maritime Heritage Trail, the Civil War in West Florida, and the Benson property in Gulf
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FamilyCalendar Breeze. This free lecture series will occur every Saturday in October followed by a free site tour. For more info, visit www.historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill/ calendar-of-events/. Paws for Veterans 5K 8-11 a.m. Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Hwy., Pensacola. Help raise funds for Paws for Veterans, a non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them for rehabilitation of veterans who experience PTSD and other psychiatric disorders post war. Registration fee: $25 until race day. Race day: $30. Race Day registration and packet pick up: 7:30 a.m. Race Start: 8 a.m. Call (850) 477-2194 for more info. 16th Annual Barktoberfest
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Seville Square. Largest dog-focused event in the community. Games, prizes, contests and entertainment are provided throughout the day. More than 100 dog-friendly vendors participating. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Pensacola Humane Society, but it also helps to support about 25 other dog and cat rescues from the community that use the event as one of their fundraisers. For more info, call (850) 898-3384. Spooky Movie on the Lawn 2-9:30 p.m. Marina Lawn at The Wharf. Trick or Treating: 2 p.m.; Kids’ Activites: 4 p.m.; Hayrides: 5-7 p.m.; Movie screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Come down before the movie and enjoy a hayride provided by Kutter’s Landscaping or any of the family-friendly activities available. Also, wear a costume and trick or treat at one of our participating shops beginning at 2 p.m. Bring a blanket or some chairs and get comfy with your crew. Viewing of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone. Admission is free; pony rides are $5 and face painting is $5-$7 with complimentary popcorn by AMC Theatre and free hot chocolate from The Southern Grind. For more info, visit http://alwharf.com. Rescheduled: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents Opening Night! 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Start the season with a high-powered evening of favorites! This concert, originally scheduled for October 7, features Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and the virtuosity of guest Santiago Rodriguez performing Saint-Saens’ dazzling Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Egyptian.” All October 7 dress rehearsal tickets will be honored on October 28. For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pensacola 5K Fundraising Walk Dick’s Sporting Goods (Cordova Mall). Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8 a.m. For more info and registration, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/ pensacolafl or call (850) 266-2274. Blue Wahoos Celebrate Wahooloween Blue Wahoos Stadium. A new tradition beginning this year, Wahooloween will include community-sponsored trick or treating on the concourses. Families will have this opportunity to enjoy the evening. More information about this fun event will come out in future weeks. Annual Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours 6:30-9 p.m. Voices of Pensacola, 117 E. Government Street. Ghoulish guests may choose from among three walking tour routes including the Seville Spirits, Murder and Mayhem, and the Adult-Only Redlight Tour. For details, see October 27 listing.
Trick or Treat - Indoor Haunt 1-5 p.m. Miles Antique Mall, 5109 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola. 65,000 square feet of hauntingly decorated gallery business space for your little ghouls to TRICK or TREAT while you shop! Come in costume or just as yourself and enjoy a safe and fun Halloween experience with us! This event is FREE and fun for the whole family! For more info, call 850) 607-6560. Sea NO Limits Fishing Clinic 8 a.m.-noon at Vince J. Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park. Free event offered to children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities requiring supervised care. Limited to the first 250 applicants (plus up to 2 additional family members/guardians/caretakers). Pre-registration required. Includes rod and reel to keep (limited to the first 250), grilled lunch w/beverages, t-shirt (limited to the first 250), optional child ID program, fish identification booklets, fishing instruction and Escambia Search & Rescue Demonstration. Sea NO Limits is hosted by Gulf Breeze Masonic Lodge No. 347. For more info, visit www.seanolimits.com or call (850) 341-5036.
at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/ flora-bama/.
Monday, October 30
Halloween Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8-9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse.org/ or call (850) 393-1561.
Tuesday, October 31
2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. The free concert series features a lineup of performers for every musical taste and is held each Tuesday night, through Oct. 31. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, spectators are encouraged to take their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. Organized by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. For more info, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or call (850) 932-2257. Today’s performer is Emerald Coast Blues Brothers.
Mary McScary and Creepy Pair of Underwear! Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for a special Halloween Storytime! First, in Mary McScary, bestselling authors R.L. Stine and Marc Brown join forces again in a funny story featuring a fearless anti-heroine that will have kids and their parents cheering. Then, in Creepy Pair of Underwear!, Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown team up for a hilarious and creepy story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble. com/store/2926 for more info.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. 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.
2nd Annual Spooktacular for Autism! 5-7 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. The PMA will be ghoulishly dressed to feature interactive Halloween-themed games including an eyeball relay race, tarantula toss, Frankenstein’s nose surprise and more! Come dressed in costume and bring a bag. Enjoy games, art, and light refreshments. Be sure to stop by our Creative Laboratory to paint your own Halloween-themed rock, plaster cast skull, and pastel pumpkin. Each station will have prizes and candy. This event is included in the price of admission to the museum! There is also a special low-sensory time from 2:30-4:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
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/.
Sunday, October 29
Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Co. and First City Shakespeare Present Asylum Tour the historic Sacred Heart Hospital and meet some peculiar characters. For details, see October 27 listing.
Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Co. and First City Shakespeare Present Asylum Tour the historic Sacred Heart Hospital and meet some peculiar characters. For details, see October 27 listing. Pensacola Interstate Fair Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. For details, see October 27 listing. Boo at the Zoo - Trick or Treat Trail Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. For details, see October 28 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Bring your family, bring your pets! 1.5 mile walk with 12 trivia questions will be posted. Ballots are $2 each and all proceeds are donated to the Community Center After School Program and local animal shelters. For more info, call Cissi at (850) 393-4605. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent
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.
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/. Halloween Havoc 6:30-8 p.m. Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street, Pensacola. Free candy and prizes while supplies last.
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, November 1
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing. Chamber Music Recital Noon-1:30 p.m. The University of West Florida Department of Music will present an afternoon of chamber
FamilyCalendar music at Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola, located at 405 South Adams St. Every performance in the series is free and open to the public with no tickets required. For more info, call (850) 474-2147 or visit http://uwf. edu/cfpa/.
Thursday, November 2
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. Directed by Billy Buff and Tina Buran. Based on the 1998 film of the same name, the story revolves around Robbie, who sings at weddings, his failed relationship with his former fiancee’ and his romance with a new love, Julia. Full of ‘80s pop and all your wedding favorites. For more info and tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com. 2017 ECSD School Choice Expo 6-7:30 p.m. Come out and learn about the many academies offered throughout the middle and high schools in the Escambia County school system, as well as N.B. Cook and Brentwood elementary schools. Parents and students can meet representatives of the academies they are considering, even if they are at schools that are across town from one another, by walking across the room. School Choice staff members will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process and computers will be available for those wishing to enter their application while at the event. For more info, call (850) 469-5580. Cubed Gulf Coast Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox St. between Wright St. and Garden St., Pensacola. Cubed Gulf Coast will harness the talents of 16 artists during a 12-day public art installation and live mural painting performance on Palafox Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown Pensacola. From Nov. 3-5, each side of the four 8-foot by 8-foot cubes will be transformed into a unique mural while visitors observe the process. 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.
advance at radiolive.org or at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts promptly at 6 p.m. For more info, visit wuwf.org/radiolive.
Friday, November 3
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing. The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 1st Friday of every month at the Gulf Coast Kid’s House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www. powerfulwomengulfcoast.com. Santa’s Arrival at Cordova Mall 6-8 p.m. 5100 9th N. Ave., Pensacola. Pre-parade festivities will be in the front of the mall from Dillard’s to World Market/water fountain area. Parade begins at Dillard’s, extends to the water fountain entrance and into the mall ending at Center Court. Festivities begin with live entertainment, FREE face painting and photo booth, and more. Parade begins at 7:15 and includes the Pensacola Fire Department, Hill Kelly Dodge, Fishbein Orthodontics, bands, local dance school and more. Preschool Art Time - Paper Shape Art 10-11 a.m. First and third Fridays for ages 3-5 years old. Introduce your littlest artists to the world of art through fun and engaging projects. Artists will manipulate a variety of materials, and practice their fine motor skills while encouraging their creative explorations. Remember, always dress for a mess! Cost: $5/members and $8/nonmembers, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum. org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Pensacola Umbrella Sky Project Intendencia St. between Palafox and Jefferson, Pensacola. The sky over historic Intendencia St. in Downtown Pensacola will be transformed as hundreds of colorful umbrellas take flight for the Pensacola Umbrella Sky Project. The three-month art project is part of Pensacola’s annual Foo Foo Festival. For more info, find us on Facebook.
4th Annual FooFoo Fest Variable locations. Foo Foo Fest is a 12-day celebration of culturally creative happenings, events and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to beautiful Pensacola, Fla. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication. More information tbd. For more info, call (850) 434-1234. Through Nov. 13.
Pensacola Buskers Festival 6-9 p.m. 30 E Intendencia St., Pensacola. Local and traveling buskers of all sorts will perform along historic Intendencia St. during the inaugural Pensacola Buskers Festival Nov. 3-5. From musicians to magicians, visitors will experience it all during this free family-friendly event. For more info, call (850) 434-5371 or visit http://bit. ly/2vYSEUV.
Teen Art Studio at the Pensacola Museum of Art 4-5:30 p.m. Students will explore a broad range of media, artistic styles, and participate in guided gallery talks and critiques in the studio. Enjoy learning new skills, experimenting with materials, meeting new people, and find your own aesthetic every Thursday at the PMoA. Open to all skill levels. Ages: 14-18 years old. Cost: $10/ members and $15/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Great Gulf Coast Art Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seville Square Park, Government & Alcaniz Streets 1401 E Gregory Street, Pensacola. Admission to the festival is free. Pets are not allowed at the Festival. Children’s Festival: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All children’s art activities are free, fun, and geared toward children toddler age and older. From traditional treats at the Heritage Festival to lo-
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. The scheduled performers are Grace Pettis, John Common & Jess Denicola, and Patchouli. Tickets are $10 and available in
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The Pyramid Players Present Go Big Red! Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola. Family-friendly musical fable with a twist. 5:30 art show/silent auction/hors d’ oeuvres; 7 p.m. curtain. Admission: $5 or $10. For more info, call (850) 453-3341 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
cal favorites and regional festival fare, there are delicious dining and drink choices for every taste at the Festival! The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. For more info, call (850) 434-1234 or visit www.ggaf.org/. Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8-9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse.org/ or call (850) 393-1561. The Pensacola Christmas Gift Show 9 a.m. Pensacola Bay Center. The Pensacola Christmas Extravaganza will showcase more than 100 vendors with a variety of gifts to fulfill any Christmas wish list. This fun-filled weekend of Christmas shopping will have something for everyone, including special events, drawing and giveaways! Have your picture taken with Santa in Candy Cane Lane, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Concessions will be open for all the hungry shoppers to stay full while shopping for the perfect gift. For more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/. ECPS Foundation Hosts Enhancing Education Auction 5-7 p.m. at The Wright Place, 80 East Wright St. in Pensacola. The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation is raising funds to support local schools and teachers as they plan activities and projects to enhance students’ educational experiences. To donate an item, gift certificate, etc. to the auction, call (850) 469-5354. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance education in Escambia County by investing in our children’s future to ensure they graduate on time and are college or career ready.
Saturday, November 4
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing. Saturday Workshops at the Pensacola Museum of Art Alternating Saturdays. Ages 5-9: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; ages 10-13: 2-4 p.m. Saturday Workshops are centered on our current exhibitions and will use the PMoA’s galleries as studio. All classes include a tour of the exhibitions and group discussions about selected artworks. Students engage with art history, art fundamentals, and are free to explore artistic materials, and utilize the museum as a creative laboratory. Join us for one or all of the featured workshops. Cost: $10/members and $15/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Pensacola Buskers Festival 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 30 E Intendencia St., Pensacola. For details, see November 3 listing. The Pensacola Christmas Gift Show 9 a.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see November 3 listing. Tennis Marathon 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. Create a team and outlast the completion in Pensacola’s only tennis marathon! 10 hours of competitive team tennis to raise money and food for Manna Food Bank. For more info, visit www.rogerscotttennis.com/ or call (850) 912-4103. Great Gulf Coast Art Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seville Square Park, Government & Alcaniz
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Sand Dollar Saturday & Local Marketplace 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 1900 Hwy. 87, Navarre. Sand Dollar Plaza’s monthly celebration and outdoor marketplace. Come by and shop the great deals and have a bite to eat. Don’t forget to register for our fabulous monthly door prize. Email email@example.com, call (850) 368-9500 or visit www.facebook.com/sanddollarsaturdays.
The Pensacola Christmas Gift Show 11 a.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see November 3 listing.
2017 Sasquatch Trail Run At Bear Lake 8 a.m.-noon. Bear Lake in Milton. $35 for adults and $15 for kids age 14 and under. Foster kids and their families run free. Run or walk the Bear Lake trail (approximately 4 miles) through the woods, but be careful! There have been reports of Sasquatch in the area. Pancake breakfast following race! ($5 donation for guests not registered in race.) All proceeds will benefit My Father’s Arrows. It is our mission to help improve the lives of foster kids in our community. My Father’s Arrows will recognize the Overall Male Winner and Overall Female Winner. For more info, call (850) 675-4403 or visit http://myfathersarrows.org/. The Great Pumpkin Race Sacred Heart Cathedral School, 1603 N 12th Ave., Pensacola. 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. For more info, call (850) 4366440 or visit www.shcs.ptdiocese.org/pumpkinrun.html. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Awakenings 7:30 p.m. Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre. A stunning sensory experience as pictures from Pensacola’s celebrated past and present are projected just above the orchestra to create a visual concerto choreographed to the music of American Composer Joseph Curiale’s vivid piece, Awakening. For details or tickets, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. University of West Florida Home Football Game 4 p.m. kickoff. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Last home game of the season. For more info, call (850) 474-3003 or visit http://goargos. com/. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see October 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 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 October 28 listing.
Bruce’s Big Move Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Our favorite curmudgeonly bear now shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice, too! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. As usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. Join us for this hilarious Storytime that is sure to keep kids giggling. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https:// stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, November 5
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 3 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing. Pensacola Buskers Festival Noon-2 p.m. 30 E Intendencia St., Pensacola. For details, see November 3 listing. Great Gulf Coast Art Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Seville Square Park, Government & Alcaniz Streets 1401 E Gregory Street, Pensacola. Pensacola
Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 29 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see October 29 listing. Taste of Tailgating Benefit for Gulf Coast Kid’s House 11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Union Public House, 309 S. Reus Street. General Admission is $50 per person; $60 day of. Fun benefit focused around great food (ALL YOU CAN EAT), tasty drinks, and good company. Saints vs Bucs and Falcons vs Panthers games begin at noon and Gulf Coast Kid’s House will host games and festivities throughout the event. Tickets are available by calling or visiting UPH and speaking with Carey Stabenau at (850) 607-6851 or (850) 607-6320.
Tuesday, November 7
Pensacola Futures Championship All day. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. Pensacola Sports is pleased to partner with the USTA. This USTA Pro-Circuit event features a wild card tournament, a qualifying tournament, and a main draw tournament. Over 100 world ranked players, from 20 nations will be competing for $10,000 in prize money and world ranking points. The entire event is free for spectators and runs through Nov. 19. For more info, call (850) 912-4103 or visit http://pensacolasports.org/ pensacolafutures/. Raffle Party 2017 at Pensacola Little Theatre 6-8 p.m. Food, drinks and door prizes! East Coast vs. West Coast! Which will you choose? Grand Prize will be a trip to New York City, Los Angeles, or $4,000 in cash. $50 per entry. Attendance not necessary to win. For more info and tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 31 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing.
Wednesday, November 8
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing. Story Seedlings 2:45-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Story Seedlings builds on the foundations begun in Sprouts with emphasis on chapter
books. Lessons are geared for 4- to 7-year-olds, but siblings under 10 are welcome to join and participate as they like! Cost: complimentary. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Thursday, November 9
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing.
Elf The Musical 7:30 p.m. Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre. Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. For details or tickets, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing. Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see November 2 listing. 33rd Annual Frank Brown Songwriters Festival Various venues and show times on Perdido Key. The granddaddy of Gulf Coast songwriters festivals with more than 200 Grammy award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars heading to the key to perform their original songs and talk about the stories behind the music. Admission: Free at most venues, small cover at others. Through November 19. For more info, call (850) 492-7664. Pensacola Children’s Chorus Presents Italiano! 7 p.m. Pensacola Yacht Club. Highlights include Italian cuisine and live music provided by PCC’s own Alex Gartner and Martin Tate with dueling pianos, solos, and duets. Live vocal performances from some rarely heard voices; laughs and entertainment led by emcee and comedian T. Bubba Bechtol; live auction items; wine pull; and cash bar. Advanced reservations are required! Individual tickets for $75. Call (850) 434-7760 or visit www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com/italiano for more info. Jazz Guitarist Gene Bertoncini 7:30 p.m. Pensacola State College Ashmore Auditorium 1000 College Blvd. Bldg. 8. Gene Bertoncini’s fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the Segovia of Jazz. Admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors 60+ and children; free for PSC students. For more info, call (850) 484-1847 or visit http://www.pensacolastate.edu/. Autism Pensacola Annual Meeting Shares Autism Holiday Travel Tips 6 p.m. at the Arc Gateway Pollak Training Center, at the corner of Fairfield Drive and 10th Avenue. Community friends and all Steps teams and sponsors are invited. We will also announce board of directors election results and have an informational presentation on Autism and Holiday Travel Safety Tips. Childcare will be available (by reservation only). For childcare reservation info, visit http://autismpensacola.org/news-events/ or contact the API office at (850) 434-7171.
FamilyCalendar Friday, November 10
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing. Ice Hockey 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs Fayetteville Marksmen. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show The Blue Angels will close the 2017 season at their annual Homecoming Air Show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11. Gates open both days at 8 a.m. and admission and parking for all shows are free. Scheduled for both days will be extraordinary aerobatics by performers such as the Vertigo Air Shows Jet Glider, the world’s only jet-launched sail plane, flown by Bob Carlton; an A-4 Skyhawk flown by Paul Wood; the Mig17 piloted by Randy Ball; the Super Stearman flown by Greg Shelton with Wing Walker Ashely Shelton; and John Klatt will fly the Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco. Along with incredible flying demonstrations, dozens of military and civilian aircraft will be on display. In addition to the scheduled Friday and Saturday shows, there will be a special night show from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 10 only. Areas will be reserved for the physically challenged. Food and memorabilia will be available at numerous concession stands. For more info, visit www.naspensacolaairshow.com/. Strut Your Putt! Annual Perdido Key Chamber Fall Golf Tournament 2017 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Perdido Bay Golf Club, 1 Doug Ford Drive, Pensacola. A portion of our proceeds will go toward the Frank Brown International Foundation for Music. This Foundation sends songwriters into schools to make presentations where students are introduced to the wonders of songwriting. The Foundation awards scholarship funds to college-bound Baldwin and Escambia County high school students who display a serious interest in music and supplies instruments to schools in an effort to support their music programs. Admission: $100 per player/ $75 military player/ $400 per team/ $300 military team. For more info, call (850) 492-4660.
Saturday, November 11
Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or BayBluffsCleanUp@gmail. com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or www. oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. Ice Hockey 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers, 201 E. Gregory St. Ice Flyers vs Fayetteville Marksmen. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show The Blue Angels will close the 2017 season at their annual Homecoming Air Show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11. For details, see November 10 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing. Veteran’s Day Parade in Downtown Pensacola 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/ events/142805316319101.
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Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see October 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 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 October 28 listing. Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast Golf Tournament 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Emerald Bay Golf Club, 4781 Clubhouse Drive, Destin. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. Fees/admission: individual: $100; team: $400. Entry fees include green fee, cart fee, GPS, breakfast, prizes, and tailgate party and awards following play at Seascape Town Center. For more info, visit https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/golf-tournament/. 28th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola. The day features more than 160 arts, crafts & other vendors, food, children’s activities, live music and door prizes. Free admission. Free parking. For more info, visit www.pineforestumc.org or call (850) 479-9329. Pensacola Civic Band: Salute to Veterans 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 118 South Palafox Place. Pensacola is honored to be the Cradle of Naval Aviation as well as the home of the Blue Angels Flight Squadron. This Veteran’s Day, in partnership with the FooFoo Festival, we would like to pay tribute to our veterans. Join us for “Pensacola’s Salute to Veterans,” a concert event featuring all branches of the US Armed Forces and music by the Pensacola Civic Band. We invite all veterans to attend this concert free of charge. Free ticket must be picked up at Saenger Box Office. All seats general admission. $10 adults/$5 children 15 and under. For more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com. ReptiDay Pensacola Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Navarre Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Parkway. ReptiDay Pensacola is a one-day 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! Admission: adults - $10, children (5-12) - $5, under 5 - free. For more info, call (863) 268-4273 or visit http://repticon.com/florida/reptidaypensacola/.
A Loud Winter’s Nap Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. From the author of the best-selling book Too Many Carrots, this charming picture book features the fun of winter and the heartwarming benefits of friendship. Will Tortoise sleep through another winter, or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, November 12
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 3 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing.
Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 29 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see October 29 listing. 13th Annual Pensacola Marathon 5-6 a.m. Race Day Packet Pick-Up (NO REGISTRATION); 6:10 Line up on starting line; 6:30 Start of the Pensacola Half and Full Marathon; 6:45 Start of the 5K; 12:30 p.m. Subway Kids Fun Run begins. The race begins and ends at Veteran’s Memorial Park on the bayfront, then winds its way along a 13.1 mile circuit of the city for the half marathoners and a full 26.2 loop for the full marathon. The course features running through historic neighborhoods, the downtown district, bands, and cheering Pensacolians. The finish line is next to the only replica of the National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Pensacola Marathon is also a Boston Qualifier. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/pensacolamarathon/. American Girl Club at Barnes and Noble 2 p.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for fun, crafts, samples of cookies and drinks from our Barnes & Noble Cafe as we discuss a selected American Girl with Stephanie. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https:// stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Monday, November 13
Auditions for Pensacola Little Theatre’s Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 6:30 p.m. Directed by Mario D Cieri; music directed by Ginger Caro; and choreography by Michael Dennis. 11 performances January 26-28, February 1-4 and 8-11. With the exception of Joseph, Narrator and Jacob, everyone will have two roles. All singing roles require the ability to sing harmonies. While dance is integral to the show, proficient dance ability is not required for all roles. Please come have fun at the auditions and give it your best try. Twelve actors of stage ages 9-12 are needed; ability to sing harmonies desired. While not singing in every song, children are involved in much of the show. Call Kathy at (850) 4322042 ext. 102 for more info. An Evening of New Orleans Jazz 6:30-9 p.m. at Phineas Phogg’s, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Featuring Hal Smith’s On the Levee Band -- Hal Smith, Clint Baker, Joe Goldberg, Alex Belhaj, Ben Polcer, Kris Tokarski and Joshua Gouzy. These stellar jazz musicians are presenting a tribute to the music of Edward “Kid” Ory (1886-1973). All tickets are $20. Purchase tickets at Jazz Pensacola events, at the door, or by calling (850) 433-8382. The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Broadway/TV star Adam Trent is bringing his signature brand of magic and illusion to Pensacola in a 90-minute stage spectacle. An immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic,
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Preschool Art Time - Jet Packs 10-11 a.m. First and third Fridays for ages 3-5 years old. For details, see November 3 listing.
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Saturday, November 18
Auditions for Pensacola Little Theatre’s Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 6:30 p.m. Directed by Mario D Cieri; music directed by Ginger Caro; and choreography by Michael Dennis. 11 performances January 26-28, February 1-4 and 8-11. For details, see November 13 listing.
Films on the Field at Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Dr. Today’s movie is Despicable Me. Bounce house and concession stand available. Free admission. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets welcome. For more info, find us on Facebook or call (850) 934-5140.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 31 listing.
24 Hour Theatre: Fall at Pensacola Little Theatre 7:30 p.m. Six short oneact plays cast, written, directed and performed within 24 hours. Estimated running time: 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. For more info and tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com.
Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing.
Thursday, November 16
Science Hour 6-7:30 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension will host a new educational series the 3rd Thursday of every month. The series will explore local topics such as climate change, stormwater pollution, bats, and more. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at email@example.com or call (850) 475-5230. Escambia County All County Band 7 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. This event is free and open to the general public. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Teen Art Studio at the Pensacola Museum of Art 4-5:30 p.m. Students will explore a broad range of media, artistic styles, and participate in guided gallery talks and critiques in the studio. See November 2 listing. Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see October 5 listing.
Friday, November 17
Gallery Night 5-9 p.m. Stroll through the charming brick walkways of downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of local music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments. Visit downtownpensacola.com/ or call (850) 434-5371. The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at the Hampton Inn & Suites from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us for this time of non-traditional networking and education. The program includes education segments, presentations by local business women and is designed to provide women with the resources and connections they need to help them grow personally and professionally. Lunch provided. Visit www.powerfulwomengulfcoast.com. Pensacola City Clay Court Championship All day. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. Ladies Singles and Doubles. Men’s Singles and Doubles. Players will also be able to watch the Men’s Pro Futures Tournament’s Semi-finals and the finals! For more info, visit www.rogerscotttennis.com/ or call (850) 912-4103.
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see October 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Sportz Center 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 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 October 28 listing. Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony Noon-12:30 p.m.The Jacksonian Guard is a Pensacola re-enactment group of Jacksonian era and Spanish soldiers, fifers, and drummers who perform a Colors Ceremony every third Saturday, in Plaza Ferdinand, on Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola. The ceremony commemorates Pensacola’s 195th Birthday & Florida as a U.S. Territory. For more info, call (850) 466-5220. 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. Covenant Care Walk for Alzheimer’s 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. The three-mile Covenant Walk begins at Seville Square located in the heart of downtown Pensacola. Proceeds from this event stay in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to help fund the Alzheimer’s and dementia services programs of Covenant Care. For more info, call (850) 438-9714 or visit https://choosecovenant. org/event/walk-for-alzheimers/. Heron Trot 5K 7-9 a.m. Big Lagoon State Park, 15500 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola. Join us for our nature-inspired 5K, to support your local state parks! Proceeds go to Friends of Pensacola State Parks to continue and create in-park projects. Walkers and runners of all ages welcomed. Kayaks available for attendees after the race! Possible Yoga Session at 8:30 a.m. Nature trails open for explor-
ing. Admission: $20 registration; $25 day of registration. For more info, call (850) 776-9747. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers Vs. Huntsville Havoc. 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 432-0800. White Tie Rock Ensemble Presents: A Tribute to the Royalty of Rock 8 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The White Tie Rock Ensemble presents a tribute to the Royalty of Rock, David Bowie, Queen, The Who and a little EPIC Led Zeppelin. Featuring the unparalleled White Tie Sound, this full rock band, along with the Tied Up String Quartet, will recreate all your favorites from this classic era of rock and roll. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Saturday Workshops at the Pensacola Museum of Art Alternating Saturdays. Ages 5-9: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; ages 10-13: 2-4 p.m. For details, see November 4 listing. Tamale Making with Pat Johnson 2 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Bear Says Thanks Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Join us for this special Storytime in celebration of Thanksgiving. When Bear decides to throw a feast to thank his friends, they show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.
Sunday, November 19
Caring Santa at Cordova Mall 9-11 a.m. 5100 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola. Center Court of the mall. For those who need a little “quiet time” with Santa, we offer our Caring Santa. Held prior to mall opening, we turn down the music and our staff pays extra special attention to details in providing a calming environment. Reservations are encouraged to help alleviate wait time. For more info, visit www.simon.com/mall/ cordova-mall. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 29 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see October 29 listing.
Thursday, November 23
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see November 2 listing.
Friday, November 24
Winterfest Begins with Elf Parade 4:30 p.m. Create unforgettable Christmas memories during the month-long Winterfest celebration in Downtown Pensacola amid the glow of more than 400,000 dazzling white lights. Join the Elf Parade, talk with Santa, play Reindeer Games, and ride the Winterfest Trolley along a two-mile route that loops historic Seville Square and
FamilyCalendar Palafox Street as The Grinch, Elvis, Charlie Brown and other entertainers pop aboard the trolley and mingle with passengers. Through December 24. For more info, visit http://pensacolawinterfest.org.
Saturday, November 25
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 October 28 listing. Ghost Hunt at Pensacola Lighthouse Museum 8-9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.pensacolalighthouse.org/ or call (850) 393-1561. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see October 28 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 28 listing.
ocean vessels in the Gulf. View parade procession in Little Sabine at 6:30 p.m. View from Quietwater Beach area at 7 p.m. Look for Santa on the lead boat! Fireworks with Santa- Soundside at 8 p.m. For more info, call (850) 932-1500 or visit www.facebook.com/ events/1460450667375553. Merry Marketplace Retail & Business Expo 1-7 p.m. Versailles Event Center, 1504 W. Intendencia St., Pensacola. The Greater Pensacola Chamber is kicking off the holiday shopping season with this event that showcases the area’s boutiques, shops and organizations. The public is invited to shop for unique and personalized gifts, learn more about area organizations, take selfies with Santa, and socialize at the Gingerbread Cafe. This event is free admission with the donation of one non-perishable food item. Become a vendor! Contact Caitlin Okrzesik at (850) 438-4081 for a vendor application or visit http://pensacolachamber.com/events/ merry-marketplace/ for more info. Santa’s Puppy Party 1- 4 p.m. Escambia County Government Building Plaza, 223 South Palafox Place, Pensacola. Many children ask Santa for a puppy, so he’s decided to bring the puppies to Winterfest. Children will have the opportunity to pick a puppy courtesy of the Escambia County Animal Shelter. Fore more info, call (850) 583-1365.
Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Huntsville Havoc. 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Sunday, November 26
Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 29 listing. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. For more info, see October 29 listing.
Tuesday, November 28
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 31 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 31 listing.
Wednesday, November 29
49th Annual Snowball Derby Five Flags Speedway, 7451 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola. Five Flags Speedway has evolved into the largest short track stock car race in the USA. Drawing drivers from California to Maine and Canada, in 7 classes of competition on a banked half mile paved oval. Camping at nearby fairgrounds with free daily shuttles. Several hotels nearby. Events through December 3. For info, call (850) 944-8400 or visit http://5flagsspeedway.com/.
Thursday, November 30
Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see November 2 listing. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers Vs. Macon. 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 432-0800.
Saturday, December 2
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas 7:30 p.m. Center for Fine and Performing Arts, University of West Florida. For details, see December 1 listing. Lighted Boat Parade on Pensacola Beach 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Lighted Boat Parade on Pensacola Beach boasts some of the most beautiful and bright
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Choral Society of Pensacola Presents: Handel’s Messiah 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. This year, the 60-voice chorus will be joined by soloists from Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence program, as well as the Choral Society Orchestra. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880.
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. 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. Junior Tennis Clinic 4-6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. E-mail Brandon@PacActive.com to receive a FREE tennis level evaluation for proper placement. Call (850) 453-1534 for more info. Junior Tennis Clinics are held for Pee Wees up to 8 years old 4-5 p.m.; Juniors ages 9-14 from 5-6 p.m.) Cost $10.
Sacred Heart’s Diabetes Education Program offers individual and group instruction to help patients gain knowledge to control their disease, avoid complications
and teach or enhance skills for a healthier life. Our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) include registered nurses and registered dietitians. For more information or to register for a class, please call (850) 416-7261. Classes include: •Continuous Glucose Monitor Application and Training Professional and personal •Diabetes and Pregnancy offered weekly for women with Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes. Individual counseling is also offered for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes. Please complete our Patient Questionnaire form and bring it with you to your appointment or e-mail to Diabetesemail@example.com. •Insulin Pump Training Comprehensive training and Carbohydrate counting •Insulin Training Skills training on equipment use, an understanding of insulins and Hypoglycemia •Living Well with Diabetes course for adults with diabetes and their family members. •Pre-Pump Training Discussion of benefits of pump and insulin pump limitations.
Prenatal & Childbirth
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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 and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Usually held first Saturdays of most months, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning Breastfeeding – Two-class series teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth – This class prepares you and your partner for the labor and delivery journey by understanding the process and offering coping skills. $90 per couple. All-day or four-class series available. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4567 to reserve your tour time. Tours are available Mondays and Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Monthly Series Package – $125 per couple and includes Prepared Childbirth, a four-class series or one all-day class, two Breastfeeding classes and two Baby Care Basics classes.
Sacred Heart Hospital offers a variety of prenatal education classes designed to help parents-to-be prepare for their special day and for the days that follow back home with the new baby. Registration is required for all classes and is offered online. For any questions, please call (850) 416-6378 (NEST) or visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Breastfeeding This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital’s lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Cost is $20 per couple. Offered monthly on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Infant/Child CPR Course Class is open to new parents, family members and friends who will be caring for a baby or young child. Classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $22 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Sacred Heart Education Departwww.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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ment at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experienced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Next classes are offered Oct. 2 and 19 from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacredheart.org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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.
birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368. Breastfeeding Classes For pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a Power Point, Videos, and Question/Answer Class. Mom, Dad, and caregivers are welcome. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/ childbirth-preparation. Understanding Birth - Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Join us for a PowerPoint presentation with videos on the subject of: understanding pregnancy, understanding labor, a birth story, understanding comfort techniques/options for pain control, understanding medical procedures, understanding cesarean birth, understanding newborns, understanding postpartum, and tour of the labor unit/ suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/ childbirth-preparation. Understanding Birth - Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Condensed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Very interactive
Support Groups Cancer
Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group Supporting families of children with blood disorders and cancer. Anyone with a friend or family member who has been stricken with a form of childhood cancer or blood disorder is welcome. All meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. More details can be found at www. wingsofhopeinc.org. Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 4-5:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Prostate Cancer Support Group Meets 2nd Thursdays, from 5-6:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. Prostate Cancer Self Help Group This group sponsored by the American Cancer Society is designed to educate and support men facing prostate cancer. Meets the first Saturday of the month at Sacred Heart Hospital, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call (850) 438-4491. Sacred Heart Cancer Center Sacred Heart provides emotional support and education for cancer patients and their families through a variety of support groups. For more info, visit the Cancer Center Support Groups website or call (850) 416-2679.
Grief Support 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 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 26 through Oct. 31. For more info, call (850) 469-7197.
Alzheimer’s Support Group West Florida Hospital - West Florida Rehab - Community Rooms A & B, 8383 North Davis Highway, Pensacola. For meeting dates and times, call (850) 494-3212 or visit https://westfloridahospital.secure.ehc.com/calendar/index.dot. Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Support Group Next meeting is October 2 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Ever’man’s in the community education room. Complimentary. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
offers a local support group where patients, family members, and caregivers can connect to others living with these digestive diseases in order to discuss the latest in research, offer educational resources, seek emotional support, exchange disease management tips, and enjoy a sense of solidarity with people in the community who also suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. For more info, visit http://everman.org/event/ccfa-the-crohns-andcolitis-foundation-of-america-support-group/. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group West Florida Hospital - West Florida Rehab - Community Rooms A & B, 8383 North Davis Highway, Pensacola. Refreshments will be served. Usually held second Fridays, 1-2 p.m. To verify meeting dates and times, call (850) 494-3212 or visit https://westfloridahospital.secure.ehc. com/calendar/index.dot.
Baptist Mommy & Me Play Group Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Free support group for moms with babies up to six months old. Next meetings are Thursdays, November 9 & 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. 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 November 1, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/leaps-new-mom-supportgroup-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 meetings will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on October 12. We normally have a family holiday dinner in December. Parking is available in the 9th Avenue Parking garage and in the lot in front of The Children’s Hospital. If you are expecting or already blessed with multiples, you are encouraged to get free, helpful information. We offer a support network, social activities for children and parents, library and more. For more info, visit pensacolamultiples.com or call (850) 449-4208.
Children With Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) Support Group For families of children with attention deficit disorders. To find a local group, please visit www.chadd.org/.
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My Little Pony
Happy Death Day
MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated My Little Pony: The Movie PG for mild action. Our hero is Princess Twilight Sparkle. Tasked with planning the kingdom’s all important Festival of Friendship, she is understandably stressed out. In this land of energetic ponies, there’s apparently nothing to pass the time besides impromptu musical numbers and snacking on a wide selection of baked goods. No wonder her peers are brimming with excitement; it’s about time someone broke up the monotony. With her reputation riding on this, Twilight comes close to panic over the event. Fortunately, her loyal friends have her back. But as preparations for the big day continue, the happy herd is delivered a rude awakening. An airship descends out of nowhere and an army is deposited in their peaceful city. From thence, the tireless team embark on a quest to find help in throwing off their oppressors. While the team may be tireless, the audience isn’t. As our protagonists journey across deserts, oceans and mountains, acquiring new friends through the charm of lengthy song and dance numbers, the tedium is only punctuated by the occasional pun. More concerning for families are the frightening bad guys and their minions who lock helpless citizens in cages and force them to pull heavy loads like... well, ponies. All the while, the main characters face perils of their own. This will only be troubling to the very youngest of viewers. For all its faults, the movie is full to bursting with moments of trust and friendship. Not half bad messages for kids to hear.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: D+ Sexual Content: C+ Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Happy Death Day PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity. She wakes up in a guy’s dorm room. She can’t recall how she got there. Pulling on her pants and sequined tank top, Tree (Jessica Rothe) says goodbye to Carter (Israel Broussard) -- although she can’t quite recall his name -- and makes a hasty retreat across campus. Today is Tree’s birthday, and the narcissistic young woman does her best to ensure the remainder of the day revolves around her. She heads out for the evening’s festivities, walking alone in the dark and wearing a skimpy white dress. It’s a moment that screams, “something bad is about to happen”. And it does. Murdered by a person dressed in black whose face is covered by a bizarre baby-face mask, Tree’s horrifying end is brief. Then in a moment she awakes, back in Carter’s room, and back at the start of her birthday. It seems this is a day she will live again, and again, and again. Her hope for escaping the daily grind lies in her ability to uncover the murderer’s identity. And the process of eliminating the suspects provides ample opportunities for Tree, and the audience, to relive her horrible demise over, and over, and over. Adding to the reasons to reconsider this film as a choice for teen viewing is Tree’s reputation for using her womanly ways to get what she wants from men, including a married professor. As well, a female is seen naked in public (partially seen from the rear). Also featured are infrequent profanities and crude anatomical terms.
Only the Brave
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: BSexual Content: BProfanity: D Alcohol / Drug Use: CThe MPAA has rated Only the Brave PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug. During June of 2013 a lightning strike started a wildfire. With winds whipping the flames toward the community of Yarnell, Arizona, various fire crews were called upon to bring it under control and to protect civilians. One of these was the Granite Mountain Hotshots. This elite group of firefighters held the unique certification of hotshots, meaning these men and women are trained to meet demanding physical standards and to undertake complex fire mitigation methods. Even though they worked within the fire department of the City of Prescott, Arizona, they are considered an “interagency” resource, and could be called to serve anywhere in the US. Only The Brave takes a great deal of time introducing many of the twenty members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on a personal basis. Being a memorial film (yes, this is a true story with a very tragic ending), this approach is not only appropriate but also provides an effective dramatic backdrop. An exceptional film that uses its long running time effectively, Only the Brave also unleashes a torrent of profanities in what seems to be an attempt to convince us the men we see on the screen are the real deal. Although it would be unrealistic to believe their language wouldn’t include a variety of four-letter words, the generous peppering of profanity and sexual remarks may cause parents to rethink this title for family viewing -- and that’s unfortunate.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated Geostorm PG13 for destruction, action and violence. In the year 2019, Earth’s increasingly extreme weather conditions reach such a severe state that the leaders of the world are forced to come together to find a solution. Using the best scientific minds available, a large network of satellites is created to control the environment. The miraculous machine is a collaboration of 17 countries and managed from the International Space Station. But the US leads the effort and an American named Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) heads up the team of experts. Instead of willingly transferring The Dutchman over to a multi-national council, it appears the US Senate wants to stay in charge of the device. Fast forward two years and 49 weeks. With 21 days left before the US hands over their administration of The Dutchman, a malfunction occurs. Worried about passing on damaged goods, the US President (Andy Garcia) gives the problem to the Secretary of State (Ed Harris), who enlists Max, who in turn recruits Jake to give the complex system a check-up and cure whatever is ailing it. Yet once onboard the Space Station he stumbles into something more suspicious than a mechanical failure. Meanwhile Max untangles some Washington red tape that appears to be covering up a sinister plot. And at the same time, various freak weather incidents are killing unsuspecting civilians. Parents should be aware that this may be too much for young children. All in all, Geostorm offers everything a disaster film is supposed to.
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