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Living With Children John Rosemond

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A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

It’s Time for Time Management

Practical advice for teaching your kids this valuable skill.

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Say Goodbye to Ghosts

Helping them overcome their childhood fears.

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Kids Health Watch

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Gerry Paige Smith

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Dave Says Dave Ramsey

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Family Time Mandy B. Fernandez

Fall Festivities and Halloween Fun

Our guide to all things “fall” in and around the community.

Parenting Teens

Find out one of the biggest mistakes today’s parents are making with their teens.

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Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

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Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

On The Cover Troi Robbins (age 4) and Tré Robbins (age 6) are sons of Tia and Fred Robbins II. These two boys love being creative with Legos, swimming, reading, playing baseball and piano.

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Greater Pensacola Greater Pensacola’s Foremost Parenting Source

Whenever I take a trip down memory lane, I often reflect on my childhood memories in Omaha, NE with my parents and two sisters. We had a wonderful childhood filled with excitement, love and happiness. It was important to my parents to create memorable experiences for us like family trips and fun outings together. Now that I’m a mother, I understand the importance of good quality family time. I want my boys’ childhood memories to be filled with the same excitement, love and happiness that I had growing up. Fall is here and it’s the perfect season for creating memorable family experiences and traditions together. Football, Halloween, Fall Festivals and Thanksgiving all scream “Fall Family Fun”. If you’re looking for local activities, make sure you check out the Fall Festival Guide on page 34. In our household, the children have absolutely no choice but to watch football on Sunday. After all their dad played 12 years in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the NY Giants, so they can’t escape it. This year is special because Tre and Troi are taking more interest in watching the sport. Now the boys recognize teams and like to guess who will win with Dad. These are traditions and memories I hope they will cherish. Halloween is a favorite for the “Robbins Boys”. They are super hero fanatics! They love to dress in costume and role-play at home. Halloween and scary doesn’t resonate with my boys until it’s time to make a trip to the Halloween store for costume shopping. I tried my best to explain to them that the scary Halloween decor is not real and encouraged them not to look. Before I knew it, one child was out the door while the other was holding on to me for dear life, terrified of the monsters that light up and make scary noises. Poor little Troi was scared to sleep by himself that night. I’m sure many parents can relate to my experience, so before you traumatize your kids like I may have, check out the article, Say Goodbye to Ghosts and Other Childhood Fears, by Heidi Smith Luedtke. Heidi shares some great tips on how to help your child tackle their fears. It’s Time! Teaching Kids Time Management, by Christa Hines, is another helpful article in this month’s issue. Today’s parents are busier than ever. I know I am. Being a wife, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Executive Director of Mr. Robbins Neighborhood, it’s tough to manage my own schedule and now my childrens’ schedules. Time management has always been a challenge for me and it’s extremely important to me that my children get a good head start. One of the article’s tips is giving your child their own calendar. My husband and I have already taken this step. My oldest son is tasked with writing down important dates on his calendar. I remind him to look at it when he wakes and before he goes to bed. She offers other great tips I will be utilizing too. Be sure to check it out on page 26. It’s truly an honor to be Mom of the Month for this issue of Greater Pensacola Parents. I just love this publication and all the resources it provides for parents. Parenting is not an easy responsibility. If you are reading this magazine, kudos to you for wanting to be the best parent you can be to your children. Cheers!

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Greater Pensacola Parents Magazine is founded on the principle that parenting is an exciting, diverse, challenging, and significant role in our community. Greater Pensacola Parents Magazine is a community advocate for families and the parenting process.

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Mandy B. Fernandez Mark Gregston Christa Melnyk Hines Carolyn Jabs Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D. Dave Ramsey Tia Robbins John Rosemond Gerry Paige Smith

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President Jason Watson Advertising Sales Lynn Knighton ads@greaterpensacolaparents.com (850) 426-6222 Ad Design Tim Welch Visit us at www.greaterpensacolaparents.com Greater Pensacola Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing, LLC. Mailing address: PO Box 6241 Pensacola, FL 32503. The phone number for voice and fax is (850) 426-6222. Greater Pensacola Parents is copyrighted 2017 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Opinions expressed in Greater Pensacola Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids Q. I get very frustrated with my children when they don’t obey me, even down to the simplest of instructions, and end up yelling. How does a parent stop yelling at her kids? A: Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking this very pertinent and timely question. Yelling is commonplace among today’s parents (as opposed to 60-plus years ago); therefore, almost everyone reading this column will benefit from it. And yes, that is a guarantee. If the reader does not benefit, then he or she only engaged in rote decoding of alphabetic symbols. Parental yelling occurs for two reasons, depending on the type of parent in question. As regards the sort of parents who read my column on a regular basis—parents, that is, who love their children unconditionally and want to be the best parents they can be—yelling occurs because they tolerate misbehavior. Tolerant parents repeat themselves, threaten, bluster and otherwise work themselves into a state of frustration that eventually expresses itself in yelling. Intolerant parents do none of that. They are mean. A parent who

qualifies as mean does not yell. Said parent is virtually unflappable, which is to say cool, calm, and collected. From a child’s perspective, a parent (or teacher) is mean if the child discovers that the parent says precisely what he means and means precisely what he says. No means no. It does not mean maybe. “I (parent) want you (child) to do thus and so” means the child is going to do it. It does not mean anything short of that. Mean parents do not negotiate, backtrack, equivocate or blow smoke. They do not threaten or give second chances. For example, if a mean parent tells a child to go straighten and clean his room and the child pushes back or fails to perform the task properly, mean parent might go clean the child’s room himself and then ground the child to the home for two weeks with early bedtime. Mean parent in this example gave the instruction once. The child had one chance to either obey or disobey. In the latter, mean parent did not repeat, complain, berate, bluster, give a second chance, threaten, jump up and down while flapping his arms, or

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yell. He was calmly intolerant; therefore, he did not yell. I have polled hundreds of audiences on the issue of yelling and discovered that the percentage of parents who frequently yell has at least tripled in the last fifty years or so. The percentage of children who do habitually disobey at first instruction has risen accordingly. During that time, the nature of the child has not changed. The increase in yelling is due to parents of two generations ago being generally more intolerant of misbehavior. Their intolerance expressed itself in several ways, including that they did not repeat themselves, did not give reasons and explanations, replied with “because I said so” if asked for a reason or explanation, and used consequences that instilled permanent memories. The payoff to children who grew up with these intolerant, mean parents was rarely if ever being yelled at. Sorry to disappoint, but if you yell at your children, you do so not because they are strongwilled or argumentative or can’t take no for an answer. You yell at your children because you are weak-willed, accept invitations to argue, and can’t say no and mean it. Stop trying to change your children. Change you. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Auditions @ Pensacola Little Theatre

Sea No Limits Offers Fishing Fun for Disabilities

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 Holsworth, Artistic Director, at (850) 432-2042 ext. 102 for more info.

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.

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Gospel & Gumbo Benefits St. Joseph Medical Clinic

Buskers Festivals have sprung up all over the world as familyfriendly events that draw thousands to watch buskers perform music and bizarre talents. The 2017 Pensacola 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.

The seventh biennial Gospel & Gumbo fundraising event to benefit the Michael E. Green Prescription Fund for St. Joseph Medical Clinic will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 511-Event Hosting in downtown Pensacola. The event raises money to help cover the prescription drugs and laboratory costs for Our Lady of Angels St. Joseph Medical Clinic. Participants in this year’s Gospel & Gumbo can sample gumbos donated by Erika Thomas of J’s Bakery & Café, Dan Dunn of H2O Cajun Asian Grill, Gus Silivos of Skopelos at New World, Greg Rodriguez of The Wine Bar, MariCarmen Josephs of Carmen’s Lunch Bar, Judy Lewis of Judy Lewis Catering, Blake Rushing of Union Public House, Jason Perry of Jackson’s Steakhouse, David Penniman of Classic City Catering and George Artisan Bakery and Bistro. Complimentary wine and beer will also be served, provided by Seville Quarter Wine & Gift Shoppe, Artesana, The Bottle Shop on Baylen, The Wine Bar, Apple Market, and Wine World. Enjoy familiar gospel hymns sung by the St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir. Plus, the Jeff Glickman Band and Infusion will both be adding their own blend of sounds to the Gospel & Gumbo pot. The event will also include a silent auction featuring everything from fine jewelry and artwork, to a Scott Clark fishing trip, to a ladies brunch at Teri Levin’s lovely Artesan home. Cost of the event is $100 per person, payable to Our Lady of Angels. $1,000 sponsorships are also encouraged and offer an opportunity to invite 10 friends or employees to join you at the event.

Bands on the Blackwater

Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at South Willing Street, Milton. Free performances. Oct. 6 is the Southern Fried Band; Oct. 13: The Blenders; Oct. 20: Swing Town; and Oct. 27: Bad JuJu. For more info, visit http://miltonlocal.com/2017/. 5

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Steps for Autism Honors Hometown Heroes

Celebrating Hometown Heroes is the theme for Autism Pensacola’s sixth annual Steps for Autism event September 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Blue Wahoos stadium. Honorary event chairs are Pensacola Police Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe and Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. In addition to the walk, activities will include facepainting, games, bounce houses, food, music, sensory friendly tents, Imagination Station and more! Sign up to participate in the walk by visiting autismpensacola.org. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the walk stay in our local area to support those living with autism.

J.A.K.E.S. (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge of Ethics and Sportsmanship) Event

September 30 * 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. * Community Maritime Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day of archery, taxidermy displays, hunting and fishing information, and skills practice. Also firearm safety and BB gun shooting range. Free event. For more info, find us on Facebook.

Bands on the Beach Concert Series

5210 Day of Play

Pensacola Beach’s popular outdoor summer concert series, Bands on the Beach, features a free lineup of performers for every musical taste and is held Tuesday nights, from 7-9 p.m., all the way through October 31. Featuring a lineup of regional artists, Bands on the Beach is located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Pets and glass are prohibited. Oct. 3 will feature Holly Shelton; Oct. 10: Bring on the Benjamins; Oct. 17: Category 4; Oct. 24: Touch of Gray; and Oct. 31: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers. For more info, call (850) 932-2257, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com or tune to Cat Country 98.7 for the latest updates.

September 30 * 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. @ Community Maritime Park The Worldwide Day of Play is a day to get up, get out and get active! We challenge families to shut off their computers, tablets and TVs, then head outdoors for some fun! Come check out the many ways families get moving. Join us for a day of exciting activities, games, sports, contests and physical challenges for the entire family. For more info, call (850) 436-5670 or visit 5210nwfl.com/dayofplay.

Run the Pensacola Marathon!

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. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2017

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents Opening Night!

October 7 * 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Start the season with a high-powered evening of favorites! This concert features Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and the virtuosity of guest Santiago Rodriguez performing Saint-Saens’ dazzling Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Egyptian.” For more info, visit www. pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. 6

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2017 Pensacola Mud Run

October 7 * 7:30 a.m. * St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3047 County Hwy 95A. Be part of the MUDDY MADNESS! Kids’ activities, music, food ... Five miles, 20+ obstacles. For more info, visit http:// pensacolamudrun.com/ or call (850) 435-9222.

Pensacola Seafood Festival September 29-October 1

The annual Pensacola Seafood Festival takes over Seville Square, Fountain Park and waterfront Bartram Park in Historic Downtown Pensacola each fall, attracting more than 100,000 attendees during the three-day event. At the festival, you’ll find local seafood favorites prepared in a variety of ways by top restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, traditional festival fair from the nation’s top vendors, arts and crafts vendors and live music. Admission to the festival is free. Additionally, the Children’s Area, located in Bartram Park, will feature fun activities for children of all ages including Water Walkers and face painting. Kids can learn more about our Gulf environment through the festival’s marine life educational program. With the help of local educators and Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, the Seafood Festival will offer a variety of free touch pools for children and families to experience live sea creatures for the ultimate hands-on experience. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more info, call (850) 4336512 or visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/.

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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.

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Winterfest 2017 Kicks Off Nov. 24 With Annual Elf Parade

Simon Youth Foundation Announces Scholarship Program

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.

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. The SYF community scholarship program is one facet of the Simon Supports Education initiative, launched earlier this spring at all Simon properties. As part of this initiative, visitors at Simon centers can now purchase SYF Simon VISA gift cards, redeemable wherever VISA is accepted. One dollar from the sale of each bright orange, SYF-branded card will go directly to support SYF and its mission. In addition to the community scholarships, 11 regional awards called “Awards of Excellence” will be given to top candidates. The regions eligible are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, Orange County (CA), Orlando, and Seattle/Tacoma. Additionally, one Award of Excellence will be awarded to an applicant from a Simon Premium Outlet. Students from these areas will have the opportunity to receive a $10,000 award ($2,500 for up to four years). 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. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2017

Pensacola Interstate Fair

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/. 8

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Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue Hosts 2nd Annual Dane-Toberfest

Greek Festival of Pensacola

Get ready for food, live music, arts and crafts, shopping, raffles —and plenty of dog slobber—as the Gentle Giants of Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue (NWFLGDR) take over Seville Square on Sunday, Oct. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. for the second annual Dane-Toberfest celebration and fundraising event. Dane-Toberfest 2017 is a dog-friendly event! We just ask that all dogs be friendly and up-to-date on vaccinations. No retractable leashes please. This year’s festival theme is “Until There Are None, Rescue One.” Adoptable Great Danes of all ages and colors will be on site to greet festivalgoers. More than 30 vendors will have tents set up selling their crafts—including everything from customized jewelry to woodworking to handcrafted candles and soaps to gourmet dog treats—and everything in between. In addition, a photographer will be on-hand for pet portraits and a booth will be set up to microchip your pet for a $20 donation. The goal for this event is to bring attention to the many incredible Danes currently available for adoption within the rescue; to increase awareness about the benefits of adopting and fostering in your community; to emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering pets; and to help raise $8,000 for the rescue to be used for veterinary expenses, medical supplies, food and general care expenses.

October 13-15 * 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; 12-5 p.m. Sun. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street. This three-day event draws upwards of 30,000 people from across the Southeast. Admission is always FREE. Live Greek music and traditional folk dancing will be among the entertainment highlights of the weekend. This year’s financial contribution will be given to Miracle League of Pensacola. Also collecting non-perishable food items for Manna Food Pantries in front of the hall. For more info, visit pensacolagreekfestival.com.

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/.

HALLOWEEN AT THE MUSEUM SATURDAY, OCT. 28 1O A.M.- 12 P.M.

Bring the family and enjoy a day of Halloween fun at the National Naval Aviation Museum in the Blue Angels Atrium. Event is free and open to the public. Visit http://bit.ly/2ykbAwa for more details! • Spooktacular Specials on Museum Attractions • Hands on Activity Stations • Mascot Meet-and-Greet with the Chick-fil-A Cow, Pensacola Ice Flyers’ Maverick and Smokey Bear

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Mending Fences with Friends Small children learn to make friends the same way that they master other childhood skills, through trial and error. Moving from the proximity play of toddlers toward actual engagement with other kids through shared interests, they are learning how to become friends. And while fun and fellowship can typify this early camaraderie, kids are also navigating the emotions and instincts that can cause fights between pals. The following titles gently explore friendly conflict while sharing solutions that can guide early relationships back toward their happy norm.

Are We Still Friends?

by Ruth Horowitz, Illustrated by Bianca Gomez (Scholastic) The relationship between Beatrice and Abel extends beyond just friendship. They share a fence between their yards with Abel growing apples trees on one side, and Beatrice raising bees on the other. They cross the wall and work together to harvest honey and pick apples, and even make apple butter in the winter. But when a simple misunderstanding blows up their friendship, it will take some work to bring down the wall that has been built between them. Highlighting the symbiosis that strengthens relationships, this title is an ideal start for conversations with kids about the shared interests and common grounds that make their friendships special.

Tiger and Badger

by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Farrar Straus Giroux) Even in the most solid of friendships, territorial disputes can lead to conflicts that take some extra effort to resolve. Badger and Tiger are enjoying a monumental play day, until the lines begin to blur over who gets the chair and the orange slices. But when a fight over the last ice pop results in a fight that launches their favorite toy into a tree, the friends recognize that they are stronger together as they mount a rescue. Familiar territory for kids experiencing fall outs with their pals from time-to-time, Tiger and Badger gently navigates the path from conflict to resolution with bright illustration and humor.

The Crayon

by Simon Rickerty (Aladdin / Simon & Schuster) Demonstrating their best scribbles, Red and Blue like to show off what they can do with their crayons. But when antics for attention between Red and Blue cross the line, a colorful competition ensues that leaves one crayon out in the cold. And just like how a fight takes two, it takes more than one to put a friendship back together again. Relationships aren’t simply black and white (or red and blue) and the addition of more color may brighten up the future for these two friends. With simple text and bold primary colored illustration, The Crayon explores how friendships can migrate outside of the lines, drawing bigger landscapes for relationships to explore.

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Most parents have heard it: “Mommy, my head hurts.” With the school year underway, we see more children in the office with headaches. Many parents don’t realize how common headaches are in children, and it can sometimes take us by surprise. It is important to understand that the majority of headaches are not from a serious cause. What I would like to do is remind parents of some of the more common contributing factors for headaches in kids, and talk about how to approach them, and what characteristics might indicate a more serious problem. The typical contributing factors are related to the basics – nutrition, hydration, and sleep – along with other common things like viral illnesses, allergies, and stress. Actually, viral illnesses are the most common culprit for headaches, and for those we need to just provide rest, fluids, and “TLC” to get them through the illness. For the cases where headaches are recurrent, other factors become more relevant. Talk to your child’s doctor, as they can obtain more specific history about your child’s headaches to try to determine possible or likely causes. One of the best tools which they may recommend is a “headache journal” or “diary.” This is where the parent and/or child jots down details about their headaches to try to determine possible causes. By tracking the headaches and associated details, often pat-

terns will emerge over time that can shed light on the triggers or causes of the headaches. Time of day and what the child was doing when it occurred, what makes it worse, and what helps make it better are all details that should be noted. Other factors to consider in a headache journal include: Nutrition: Good nutrition is very important for our overall health and well-being, and it’s especially important for children. Getting a good breakfast including protein is often very important for preventing “brain strain” headaches during school days. Hydration: Make sure to encourage (sometimes even require) your child to drink plenty of water every day. Most experts recommend 40 to 60 ounces of water daily. Avoid sugary drinks like juice, soda, and sweet tea. You should also avoid artificial sweeteners and caffeine. Water is best for kids to drink! Sleep Hygiene: Quality sleep is important for children for a lot of reasons. Have a bed time routine each evening and try to keep bed time consistent each night. Also remember that use of electronics and screen media (TV’s, tablets, smart phones, and especially video games) in the hour to two prior to bed time can interfere with getting good quality sleep! Allergies and sinus disease are conditions that can also cause headaches, and should be part of the discussion with your child’s doctor

as to whether there is evidence to suggest need to treat for those conditions. It is important to also remember some red flags for the possibility of something more serious. It is rare for headaches to represent anything dire, and the presence of these do not necessarily mean something bad, but be sure to discuss with your child’s doctor if you see: • Headache in a child under 3 years of age • Headaches that occur mainly at night and/or that wake them from sleep • Changes in behavior, personality, or level of alertness • Deterioration of school work or other abrupt changes • Associated symptoms such as pain in the neck or back Talk to your child’s doctor if your child has recurring or severe headaches. 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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Marcus Pointe Class Sponsors Texas Classroom

After seeing the destruction and heartbreak left behind by Hurricane Harvey, Mrs. Ward’s kindergarten class at Marcus Pointe Christian School felt compelled to “Sponsor a Classroom” that was destroyed. Ward’s students watched the news in class and discussed what was happening in Texas. They prayed for the people there and talked about how to help and love them like Jesus! The children saw that the 2nd-grade class at Creech Academy just outside of Houston lost everything and that the students will be out of school for the next six months or longer while they try and recover from the destruction of this storm. Ward’s class got to work and brought in supplies to send to Texas. “My classroom parents are AMAZING!” Ward said. “They always support my projects and ideas and they back me 100% and give 100%! They went above and beyond, not only with supplies for the students in Houston, but also for teachers!”

Gulf Breeze Middle Holds Book Fair

Gulf Breeze Middle School students rounded up some great books at the annual book fair. Volunteers organized a Westernthemed event complete with hitching posts and a General Store. Parents generously purchased SSYRA and relevant books for their children’s teachers.

St. John 8th Grade Witnesses Ordination

On August 22, St. John School’s 8th-grade class, along with teacher and parent chaperones, attended the Ordination and Installation of the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese’s new bishop, William Wack. The St. John 8th-grade students were wonderful representatives of the school, participating in Mass and taking an interest in the prayers, actions and material symbols of the Rite of Ordination. Our new Bishop was enthusiastic about blessing the students!

Little Flower Kindergarten Science

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Trinitas Soccer Team Starts Off New Year

Blessed Star Montessori Parents and Staff Celebrate Creativity

Blessed Star Montessori Christian School recently had dinner together. The staff and families had a great time fellowshipping with one another as they shared in the joy of the students’ dance and dramatic presentations .

The 2017 Trinitas Christian School Varsity Soccer Team is fighting hard and playing well this season with a 3-1-2 record thus far. The players have been victorious against Calvary and Santa Rosa Christian and had an intensely close game against Bayshore Christian, losing 1-0 in the final minutes of the game. With arguably some of the best passing in the conference and players getting stronger each game, the Trinitas Knights are in good position for conference competition. The Pensacola Christian Conference Regional tournament will take place October 13 and 14 at Calvary Christian School in Fort Walton Beach.

EDS Student Council Officers Announced

On September 15, with help from Episcopal Day School Supervisor of Elections David Stafford, parents and teachers, ballots were cast and counted for the 2017-18 Student Council Election. This year’s Student Council officers have already done an amazing job speaking in front of a large group. After hearing the enthusiasm in their speeches, the middle school students are looking forward to a great year.

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Montessori School of Pensacola’s 7th- and 8th-graders constructed their own robots from robotic kits. These kits allow for both hardware and program designs. Each group chose a goal to attain, such as constructing a robot that could chase its tail and bark like a dog. This hands-on project opened the students’ eyes to the world of intelligent machines.

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Little Flower Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

Little Flower Catholic School partnered with local Catholic schools in Trucks for Texas, Texas Disaster Relief. The PTO helped to organize the collection of items from the local community including water, diapers, pet food and many more supplies to send to help Texas. Thank you to all of those that donated not only supplies but your time to help load the trucks with supplies.

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Redeemer Lutheran Holds Annual Fall Festival

Friday, October 6 * 3-7 p.m. Every year in October we transform the school grounds into an exciting area where families can gather with their children of all ages, to help raise money for much-needed programs within this non-profit school. This year’s line-up includes bouncy houses, a guest appearance from Kazoo of the Blue Wahoos, tons of fun games (with kids winning tickets to cash in for fantastic prizes), vendors, face painting, sand art, gem mining, tie-dye, wood crafts, cake walk, a raffle, a real race car, an ambulance and a trolley, live mounted horses from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Bullwinkle from Sam’s Fun City, some fabulous food and more. Mention you read it in Greater Pensacola Parents Magazine and receive $5 off the purchase of a wristband! Great food, great fun for a great cause!

Girl Power: A Group for Middle Schoolers

Starts Wednesday, Oct. 4 @ 5-6 p.m. Perdido Counseling, 12385 Sorrento Rd. Ste. A3 This 8-week group will focus primarily on building self-confidence, improving communication, exploring body image, and developing peer relationships. Middle school can be tough, so this group can help girls build healthy ways to handle stressors and celebrate their unique selves! $30 per session. Group leader: Christine Abad, LMHC. E-mail christine@ perdidocounseling.com for more info. Call (850) 291-8983 to register.

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Autauga County Schools

Sea Cadets Learn to Sail

The United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps (USNCC) held its August Drill weekend on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Drill began with an inspection conducted by WWII veteran Jim Crumlish, who shared stories of WWII and life in America during that time with the young Sea Cadets. Other activities of the weekend included color guard presentation at the Blue Wahoos game and sailing certification instructions at the Bayou Grand Marina on NAS Pensacola. Sea Cadets is a program for young men and women in a drug- and gang-free environment that promotes teamwork, responsibility, respect and leadership skills. Graduates of the Sea Cadets frequently choose a career serving in our country’s Armed Forces but this is NOT a requirement to join. The skills learned in this program are useful in any life path the youth chooses. If a cadet does choose the Armed Services, he frequently will have earned early advancement in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard (E-3 after boot camp). As many as 12% of the graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy are former Sea Cadets. Visit https://www.facebook.com/usnsccindependencesquadron1/. If your child is interested in joining the Sea Cadets, call Instructor Bennett at (850) 698-8798 or the XO, Curtis Duncan at (540) 369-1690.

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Little Flower 7th-Graders Read to Buddies

Little Flower Catholic School’s 7th-grade class made a special visit into their Kindergarten Mass Buddies’ classroom. The older students joined their buddies to read to them. The kindergarten class loved spending time with their buddies.

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Workman Middle School’s Orchestra Holds Thank-You Jamboree for Supporters

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Montessori School of Pensacola’s elementary art lessons are off to an exciting start this school year. Lower elementary students are creating sculptures inspired by American artist Louise Nevelson. She changed the art world’s belief that making large sculptures was just a man’s job with her monumental, monochromatic, assemblage sculptures made from salvaged materials from construction sites. Upper elementary students are working on a unit studying proportions of the human figure. Their goal is to choose a pose that reflects emotion or shows a motion and then use their knowledge of color schemes/pattern and line to create emphasis!

After a fire destroyed the portable classroom that was the home of the Workman Middle School Orchestra, including about $20,000 in instruments and a priceless music library that had been collected more than 30 years, the students and their instructor were devastated. They knew they would have to rebuild everything from scratch. The media coverage that followed, and social media connections, resulted in community support beyond their wildest dreams. Other student orchestras across the country have sent well wishes and music! Donations have been received from friends, including other student musicians and their families, local foundations, musicians, music companies–– and there is one amazing story involving a local store manager connected to a national company with a foundation that believes in helping music programs. “The kids and I are so ready to celebrate, to say thank you, and to move forward,” said Workman Middle School’s orchestra instructor Christina Clark. “We are ready to look toward future performances and competitions. We are ready because of the amazing support we have received.” Workman Middle School’s orchestra hosted a thank-you jamboree Sept. 12 in the brand-new Workman Middle Gym. Workman orchestra instructor Christina Clark is shown wearing a pendant made by some of her students using a small sample of the burned sheet music after the fire. The students made them to sell to help raise money for the orchestra’s rebirth.

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H Take Stock in Children Announces 25 New Students Selected For Scholarship Program

Take Stock in Children recently introduced 25 new scholarship recipients at the annual Take Stock Kick-Off Dinner sponsored by the Studer Foundation and the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. There are now 126 students in grades 7-12 in Escambia County’s program. Students will receive a college scholarship upon graduation from high school, as long as they maintain good grades, attendance and citizenship, remain crime- and drug-free, and meet weekly with a volunteer community mentor. Take Stock in Children is a statewide non-profit organization that provides “scholarships, mentors & hope” to deserving young people selected through a need-based application process through the public middle schools at the end of their sixth-grade year. Scholarship donations from local foundations, organizations, businesses and individuals are matched dollar-fordollar when scholarships are purchased from the Florida Pre-paid College Foundation each year and are held until students successfully graduate from high school. The newly selected students include: Emili Campbell, Avery Leventhal and Kendall Poston from Bailey Middle; Ty’QuJuan Stallworth and Aiden Wilson from Bellview Middle; Kelsey Bolling, Michael Dorsey, Kiana Hollis and Efrain Escarfullett III from Brown Barge Middle; Johnnie Howell Jr. and Loghan Zellers from Ernest Ward Middle; Abbie Brunson, Rafeal Goodwin II, Jayla Rudolph and Trinity Weaver from Ferry Pass Middle; Calvin Brewer, Alonna Brown, Shelby Lewis and Kiara Mullins from Ransom Middle; Eunique Crosby and Kylie Williams from Warrington Middle; De’mayla Jenkins from West Florida High; Malik Williams and Stacey Miller from Woodham Middle; and Teddy Robinson from Workman Middle. For more information about the Take Stock in Children scholarship program in Escambia County, contact Sally Lee at 469-5458 or slee@escambia.k12.fl.us. Newest Take Stock in Children students at the August 31 Kick-Off Dinner are shown with Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.

St. John Views Solar Eclipse

Students of St. John School gathered outside on August 21 to view the solar eclipse together. Armed with special eclipse glasses, Principal Ann Williams, St. John teachers, students and some family members were able to experience the amazing natural wonder of the eclipse of the sun!

Gulf Breeze Middle Studies Digital Footprints

Seventh-graders in Gulf Breeze Middle School’s Research & Computers classes designed their own colorful digital footprints and learned to be aware of the actual digital footprints that they leave behind as they post on social media and surf the web. Computer teacher Mr. Specht explained that a digital footprint is a trail that can be seen, searched or tracked on the web, and students need to be very mindful of their online activity.

Blessed Star Montessori Students Participate in Graphic Organizer Day

At right, Blessed Star Montessori Christian School students used graphic organizers to begin their lesson on equilateral and scalene triangles The students presented how equilateral and scalene triangles are made and differ to their fellow students and parents. Equilateral is equal after all.

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MSP Fun Day Event Has Students and Staff Dressed as Animals

Montessori School of Pensacola invites students and staff to participate in Fun Days throughout the school year. The kick-off for this school year was “Dress Like An Animal� Day. Teachers Nikki Forgione and Gaylene Brotherton at the MSP East Hill 12th Avenue Campus got in on the fun and were quite a hit with the students. The Montessori Drive campus Fun Day was in conjunction with an early dismissal day for the annual back-to-school PTO potluck and meeting.

Little Flower Catholic Pre-K Science Fun

Pre-K students at Little Flower Catholic School enjoyed experimenting with their fingerprints during science class. The kids put their fingerprints on paper and studied them with magnifying glasses.

Marcus Pointe Collects Box Tops for Education

Ammani Edwards, kindergartner at Marcus Pointe Christian School, is excited about collecting Box Tops for her school to raise money to go towards education needs. Box Tops are tags that can be found on a great number of products including grocery items, school supplies, apparel and more. For a complete list of products, visit www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products. If you have Box Tops you would like to donate to Marcus Pointe Christian School, please mail to Ammani Edwards c/o Karen Amos, Marcus Pointe Christian School, 6205 North W Street, Pensacola, FL 32505. Make sure to check for expiration dates on your Box Tops, as we cannot receive credit for expired Box Tops! Thank you for your support.

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Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Luncheon

Members of the community joined members of the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation Board at the Pensacola Yacht Club to hear from one of last year’s Grants For Excellence Winners from Northview High. Navy Federal Credit Union donated $25,000 during the event! Others made donations as well... more news on their outstanding support later!

Gulf Breeze Middle Aids Hurricane Harvey Victims

Gulf Breeze Middle School students and teachers raised monetary donations to help the American Red Cross hurricane recovery efforts in Texas. First-period classes had a friendly competition that resulted in a generous donation for those in need after Hurricane Harvey.

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Blessed Star Montessori Eclipsed by the Moon

Blessed Star Montessori Christian School students spent two days prior to the solar eclipse learning all about the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse. The students also learned terms such as the Baily’s beads effect, the diamond ring effect, and a partial and total eclipse. During those two days, they really enjoyed working on fun activities, such as the Oreo cookie eclipse activity. On August 21, the students were excited to finally have an opportunity to view the eclipse through eclipse glasses, as well as an eclipse viewer that the students built. Afterwards, the students created an eclipse book to document this rare experience.

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St. John Cheers on the Blue Wahoos

Little Flower Holds Family Reading Night

On August 13, St. John School joined other Pensacola Blue Wahoos fans and Catholic schools from the Pensacola area for a fun day of baseball! Father John Licari, pastor of St. John Parish, joined St. John students and their families in cheering on our Blue Wahoos team and throwing one of the first pitches of the game!

Little Flower Catholic School hosted a Family Reading Night at the end of August. Pensacola Author Anna Whibbs Theriault joined parents and students for a night of reading. Each student took home her book, Goodnight Pensacola. After reading the book to our families, she was kind enough to do a book signing. It was a great night at Little Flower Catholic School.

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MSP Collects for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Montessori School of Pensacola contributed items needed by those in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey. MSP families and staff brought in clothing, pet foods, toiletries and more. One of the MSP staff members, who is a local equestrian, coordinated the donation effort to help fill a horse trailer being driven to the affected areas, particularly to help displaced horses. Upper elementary and middle school students have placed collection jars in each classroom, as well. In the aftermath of the recent hurricanes, MSP will see what other efforts can be made to assist those in need.

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Superintendent Malcolm Thomas stopped by Booker T. Washington High School to announce that Alisha Wilson has been selected as the 2017 Maker Hero by Scholastic and School Library Journal! The Wildcat Innovation Center is filled with puzzles, robots, a Makerspace/Spark Lab, computers, coding and the UWF Writing Lab.

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Local National Merit Semi-Finalist List Published

Pensacola High School and the International Baccalaureate program are pleased to share the news that nine students are included on this year’s list of 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. This year’s PHS IB Semi-finalists are: Kareem M. Bataineh, James Q. Henderson, George C. Hester, Lucas S. Liseth, LiAna N. Patterson, James T. Riggins, Brett T. Winter, Joshua R. Wood and Leo H. Zhang. Other area Semi-finalists include Trinitas Christian School student McKinley C. Traylor; Gulf Breeze High School students Milly C. Ladner and Fiama M. Mastrangelo; Milton High School students Rylee S. Fitzgerald and Joseph S.Pool; and Pace High School Student Logan L. Laird. To become a finalist, these students must submit an application and provide information about their academic record, school and community activities, leadership abilities and employment as well as their honors and awards. They must also submit an essay, be recommended by a high school official and achieve SAT results that confirm their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Shown, front row from left, are the 2018 Mertit Scholarship Semi-finalists from Pensacola High School: Kareem M. Bataineh, James Q. Henderson, George C. Hester and Lucas S. Liseth; back row: LiAna N. Patterson, James T. Riggins, Brett T. Winter, Joshua R. Wood and Leo H. Zhang.

St. John Participates in Trucks for Texas

On September 1, St. John School took part in Trucks for Texas, working with St. Paul and Catholic Schools and local businesses in the Pensacola area to gather supplies and donations for those who suffered from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. It was amazing to see the generosity of our students as teachers, volunteers and National Junior Honor Society students boxed up donations and filled almost three trucks with supplies!

Lipscomb Teacher Selected

Bonny Shiflett, a 3rd grade teacher at Lipscomb Elementary School was one of four teachers chosen nationally by Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh to be interviewed and videotaped at the EIB Network Studio in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 24th. Her interview will be part of an upcoming educational video about the children’s historical fiction series written by Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh called The Adventures of Rush Revere. “I have read this series of 5 books in my 3rd grade classroom the past 3 years to integrate literature and social studies standards in a fun, engaging way,” said Shiflett. Congratulations to Mrs. Shiflett for her selection and to her students for having this wonderful teacher who will soon be known nationally, perhaps even internationally, for her dedication to engaging her students in reading and history!

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Calling All Campers

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Moving beyond the familiar four walls of houses and hotels, the camping experience offers a whole new environment for kids to escape from the day-to-day. Packing for alternative methods of cooking, prepping new sleeping arrangements, and planning outdoor adventures add unique advance excitement for children on a camping mission. For kids and families who are increasingly immersed in high-tech living, there’s never been a better time to answer the call of camping. Both the ultimate getaway and the best of back-to-nature family outings, the following items making camping a cool new adventure for kids.

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Wise Owl Hammock

Regalo Kids Cot (Regalo)

Sometimes a little elevation makes all the difference between a kid’s restless sleep on the ground and restful campsite slumber. The Regalo cot recreates a bit of the familiar bed for a child while retaining the sense of a camping adventure. Crafted with strong canvas and reinforced stitching, the cot is 48” long and supports up to 75 pounds. With a cot cover that’s washable and liner that wipes down easily, this bed is a snap to restore to camp readiness after every use. Folding easily into its travel case and weighing in at just four pounds, the Regalo cot answers the camping call of ‘conserve space and pack light’. Sure to enjoy extra use for sleepovers and beach trips the Regalo cot is a sound investment in recreational rest.

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A soft and silky alternative to ‘sleeping rough’, the Wise Owl hammock presents a simple way to swing into comfort. Made with parachute nylon, the slinky lightweight fabric gives the hammock surprising strength and durability for the rugged outdoors. Ease of assembly is important when considering the limited patience of excited youth and this hammock meets that need. Complete with the rope and carabiners for hanging, campers are just a few knots away from instant outdoor relaxing. Saving space during travel, the hammock bundles easily into its storage bag which is no bigger than a grapefruit. Kick off your camping adventure as you scout out the perfect space between two trees to hang your Wise Owl hammock and hang out in style.

Kelsyus Canopy Chair

Wonder Lake Dome Tent

For every parent who struggles to keep sunscreen on their child, the Kelsyus Canopy Chair offers little kids an extra measure of passive protection from the sun. Modeled after adult-sized quad-style camp chairs, the Kelsyus retains all the same look and functionality while scaled down to accommodate a small child. Portability is a snap as the canopy transforms into the carry bag with backpack straps. The whole assembly weighs only 5 pounds so the chair is easily toted hands-free by kids to their camping, beach, or sporting destination. Providing struggle-free shade, the Kelsyus Canopy Chair is the perfect rest and retreat for small children enjoying outdoor adventures.

Letting children stake their campground claim with their own dedicated lodging fosters their sense of independence on an outdoor adventure. With a 7’ by 4’ footprint, the Wonder Lake tent offers enough sleeping space for two little ones or a single pre-teen needing their own elbow room. Inverted seams, welded floor and included rainfly can repel wet weather while the domed shape redirects wind issues. Easily constructed with continuous pole sleeves and a simple pin-and-ring system, the whole kit packs easily into its carry bag. Compact, cool and camp-ready, the Wonder Lake Dome Tent lets kids carve out a comfortable space of their own in the wide open world.

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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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Q. My husband and I have been saving, and we’re ready to buy our first home. We found a place we both love and can afford if we do a 30-year mortgage instead of a 15-year mortgage. Should we wait and save more for a down payment so we can afford a 15-year mortgage, or go ahead and do the 30-year deal? A. Good financial

decisions can be defined as things that help you win with money over the long-term. Thirty-year mortgages are a trap. They don’t help you build wealth, and they keep you in debt. On the other hand, 15-year mortgages get you out of debt a lot faster, and being out of debt frees up your largest wealth-building tool — your income. I would never take out a home loan where the payments are more than a

fourth of your monthly take-home pay on a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage. My advice is to either wait and save more money, or maybe look for a less expensive home in a different area. I know you want a home. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your own house. But I don’t want your home to have you. When you get house fever, it’s easy to lock yourself into a bad deal that will follow you around and drain your wallet for decades!

Q. My brotherin-law moved in with us several months ago. He’s 32, and he doesn’t have a job or contribute anything in terms of helping around the house or with bills. I think he needs to move out, but my wife is hesitant to say anything. She complains about the situation to

me, but she knows her family will be upset if we do anything. How can we handle this?

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bums, and I don’t care what the rest of the family thinks. This issue is between you and your wife. You two are the only ones dealing with this, so it’s easy for others to chime in about what should happen. You shouldn’t just kick the guy out, but you do need to get busy formulating a plan that will allow him to get back on his feet. Have a gentle talk with him about the situation and his future, and tell him things aren’t going to continue on the same path. Let him know he must have a job within 30 days, and 30 days after that he has to move into his own place. Write it down on the calendar, if it will help, but make sure he understands why you’re doing this and the date he must move out. I know these things can be difficult, but sometimes you’ve got to take the bull by the horns and make something happen. It’s what’s best for him – and both of you – in the long run.

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“What are you doing?!” I say to my son. “I told you five minutes ago to get dressed. We’re leaving for your baseball game!” Even in my apparent state of frustration, my 6-year-old refuses to be rushed along as he reluctantly tosses his toy plane onto the floor and slowly begins pulling one sock on and then another. His inner clock shows no urgency. And no amount of lecturing about dilly-dallying is going to expedite my dawdler. So begins another frantic dash out the door. Although some of us may be inclined to consider punctuality, or the lack there-of, as a personality trait, experts say that time management is a skill that can be taught and is just as important to academic and long-term success as learning the three Rs. “Time management skills for children are linked to ‘school survival skills’ when mastered young and become ingrained habits for later in life,” says Dr. Stephanie Mihalas, a nationally certified school psychologist and clinical instructor, department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. “Starting too young is never too early!” Time management includes executive functioning skills like organization and planning, reviewing work for quality and accuracy and staying focused.

Ask your child to estimate how much time he needs to finish his math assignment and then time him. With practice, he’ll start to realize how long each task actually takes. “A great tool is TimeTimer (http://www.timetimer.com/) which is like a kitchen timer (either a stand alone tool or an app) that shows time in stopwatch fashion with the time remaining in red,” says Cindy Sullivan, a productivity, time management and professional organization expert. “As the red shrinks you are getting closer to the end time. It works great with homework or when doing a ‘beat the clock’ to tidy up or work on other tasks.” Timers can also work well to keep parents on track, says Dr. Jane Sosland, clinical assistant professor, department of Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center. “A lot of times we’ll say, ‘I need you to brush your teeth. I’ll be back in five minutes.’ Then we get busy with other children,” Sosland says. Use your microwave or your phone timer to help remind you when it’s time to check on your child.

Schedule weekly family meetings. Use Sunday evenings to discuss the family’s upcoming schedule. Give each child her own calendar that she can fill out. Hang up a master schedule with each person’s activities in a different color of ink.

Create a chunked to-do schedule Divide the day into chunks of time on a dry erase board or laminate a task list. For example, the morning routine might say: Get

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Offer incentives. “More checks can be linked to a natural reward like time with the family, helping to create the meal for the evening or play time with friends,” Mihalas says. Fewer checks results in natural consequences like less time to play with friends or watch a favorite TV program before school.

Use visuals. For children who aren’t reading yet, photographs or pictures can help cue them. “I helped my son take responsibility for his morning routine as a kindergartner by drawing pictures on post-it notes of school clothes, eating breakfast, and driving to school and stuck them on an analog clock,” says mom of two Sherlyn Pang Luedtke, author of The Mommy Advantage. Luedtke says that the day her son was still sitting in his pajamas when it was time to go, she calmly put him in the car with his clothes and shoes next to him. “He got dressed while the car was in the driveway with the engine running,” she says. If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. Changing old habits can take at least a month, and kids don’t usually share the same sense of urgency as adults do. “If a morning goes poorly, rather than being furious and upset on the way to school, try and problem solve to decide what to do tomorrow so this doesn’t happen again. Maybe that’s waking up a few minutes earlier,” Sosland says.

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*Looking for additional resources? Check out Smart but Scattered by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., and Richard Guare, Ph.D. *Poor executive functioning can be a sign of ADD/ADHD. If you are concerned, consult with your family physician. GPP Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines, is a mom of two boys and the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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Encourage Mental, Physical & Spiritual Activities During a routine visit to the doctor this summer, my children’s new primary care physician asked me what types of leisure activities I had my kids involved in. He then asked me how I was encouraging growth opportunities in the areas of mental, physical and spiritual leisure. I was taken aback by the question, but I really appreciated his interest in my children’s overall health. Was I doing enough for my children and did their activities offer them chances to develop fully in each area? I gave further thought to these notions for several weeks to ensure I had all components covered.

1. Mental Growth

My children’s mental growth happens at home and in school. On weekdays I know my girls are receiving an education in their classroom and we reinforce learning at home too. But I also know that mental growth happens beyond solving math equations and spelling words correctly. A big part of mind growth is goal setting. At the beginning of the school year, I asked my kids what they wanted to improve in their lives and how they could perform better. Each of my daughters set goals for themselves. Then we talked about the steps to take toward achieving those aspirations. We also discussed how we can help others and find mentors who assist with our goals. Like adults need networking and peer groups to further Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2017

career and education, children need social interaction as well. Because of this, I routinely foster friendships for my kids with companions they enjoy and who help them be difference-makers.

2. Physical Growth

For physical growth, our children may select from any activity that helps them move and groove. Yet that doesn’t have to be a baseball game or gymnastics. At times my kids join me in stretching or performing exercises around the house. My daughters and I will stand in yoga poses or count out 50 jumping jacks. I encourage them to accompany me in walking the dog around the neighborhood. My children enjoy dancing and swimming so we most often shake our bodies to music or visit the indoor, community pool every Saturday. These are physical activities that I hope my children will continue throughout their adult life to keep them fit, strong and feeling their best. We also place emphasis on adequate sleep to aid in physician health. My spouse and I adhere to a regular bed time of 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends because we know our little ones’ bodies need rest.

3. Spiritual Growth

Areas of mental and physical activity often intersect with spiritual growth, another important aspect in a child’s life. When we are outside, exploring nature with family, we cannot help but be in awe of the beauty and creations surround28

ing us. Our Gulf Coast region has many churches and religious organizations to visit or join for deeper discussion. In addition, there are schools and camps dedicated to spiritual growth. There are simple ways to be more spiritual at home too. I pray with my children each night before bedtime. We also practice daily gratitude and say aloud things we are thankful for having and the people we are grateful for knowing. Our family recognizes the blessings in each day. When I find myself worried or tense, I take a few moments to breathe deeply or be still. I’ve shared this relaxation technique with my children as well. Doing these practices regularly has helped our family bond. We remember how fortunate we are and this strengthens our relationships with each other.

Live A Balanced Life

What are some ways that you and your family include mental, physical and spiritual components into your routine? Could you add extra to your list? Our family is doing more than I realized with developing balanced activities of leisure fun. Yet I continue to include more of these purposeful moments in our lives. More importantly, I strive to discuss them with our kids and share why each of them is important. By embracing the mind, body and spirit, our family can live a healthier, more complete life.

Mandy B. Fernandez is a writer living in Pensacola, Florida with her husband and two children. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Technical Writing. She writes on topics such as business, education, creative arts, health, family life, parenting and natural foods. In addition she loves sharing humorous stories, poetry and essays about womanhood and motherhood. Her first children’s book, Kazoo Makes The Team, was just released. Visit her at www.writtenbymandy.com.

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Where Fears Come From

Kids’ fears are as unique as their personalities. Many young kids are afraid of animals and insects (dogs, snakes, spiders), characters in costumes (beware Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny), and things that go bump in the night. Others fear loud noises or believe they’ll be sucked down the toilet when it flushes. Even kids who don’t believe in the boogeyman may fret about schoolyard bullies. “Some kids are more fearful than others because they are born with a predisposition to worry,” says San Diego, Calif., clinical psychologist Joanne Wendt, PhD. Other fears grow in response to trauma. For example, a child may start to fear bees after being stung himself or seeing a classmate get stung on the playground. A little information can be dangerous: Kids who learn about killer bees may believe backyard bumblebees are mini-mercenaries. Adult role models can also fuel kids’ fears. A mom who is deathly afraid of escalators may pass along her anxieties by telling kids moving stairs are slippery and insisting the whole family take the elevator. “Kids look to parents for cues about whether a situation is safe,” says Tamar Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. “Parents need to be mindful of the signals they send so they don’t send fearful messages about objects or situations that are basically safe, or can be managed,” she says.

Identify the issue. When your child comes to you for help with a fear, engage in some critical thinking. Questions like “Why are you afraid of this spider?” and “Have you been hurt by a spider in the past?” encourage your child define her fear more clearly. Once she’s defined her fear, she can start to question its legitimacy. Teach kids to think twice. First, ask your child what worry is telling him about the situation, using a funny voice or puppet to represent worry. “Then, using his ‘smarter mind,’ ask your child what he really thinks will happen,” Chansky says. A worry might be saying, “The 6th-grade bully will toss me in the trash can,” but your child’s smarter side knows, “The trash can has a locked cover.” Fight scary with silly. Have your child draw a picture of the thing that scares her. Then, do a goofy makeover. The hairy monster in your daughter’s closet will look a lot less frightening wearing a ballet tutu and hair curlers. Coach your child to imagine the monster slipping on a banana peel or falling off a cliff. “This allows her to take charge of her fear and her imagination,” Chansky says. Practice self-soothing. Kids can learn breathing and muscle relaxation techniques to calm themselves. The easiest strategy is to breathe in slowly while counting to four and breathe

Fight Fears Together

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out while counting to seven. This focuses your child’s attention and puts him back in control. “Repeating a special word, phrase or affirmation, such as ‘I can handle this,’ also eases anxiety,” Wendt says. Practice these calming behaviors every day so they become automatic.

Outsmart Anxieties Research and logic can help kids shrink fears down to size. “Have your child write down three facts about his feared situation to put it in perspective,” says licensed professional counselor Neil McNerney, LPC, of Reston, Va. A child who is afraid of thunder storms might note:

When your child feels overwhelmed, allow him to step back and observe the scary situation from a distance. Before long, he’ll probably be ready to reengage.

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All kids have occasional worries, but some suffer from intense and persistent fears. called systematic desensitization “Anxiety disorders are the most to approach the feared situation 1) Thunder makes a loud boom, common psychiatric disorders, gradually. “Make a simple drawing but it can’t hurt me. affecting between 10 and 17 of a stairway from the side view 2) I can keep myself safer by staying inside percent of children and teens,” and put your child’s goal at the during a storm. Chansky says. “They are also the top,” Chansky says. Then start at 3) The odds of being struck by lightning most treatable.” Using cognitivethe bottom and write in steps from are only 1 in 700,000. behavioral therapy, kids can learn the least to most threatening. For to turn down their over-reactive example, a child whose goal is to Bottom line: Fear is a healthy response to a emotion systems and teach their pet a dog might start by looking brains new tricks. at pictures of dogs, visiting a pet dangerous world. Encourage your child to If your child’s fears keep her store or animal shelter and letting learn from it. from enjoying everyday activia dog sniff her hand. Remind your ties at home and at school, reach child to take deep breaths as anxiout to your pediatrician or school eties escalate. psychologist. A professional fear-buster can help your child say “Boo!” to ghosts and other childhood anxieties. GPP Be patient. Forcing kids to confront their fears when they aren’t ready will only increase their anxiety. Talk about your own Heidi Smith Luedtke is a personality psychologist and mom. She is the author insecurities and model a courageous approach to the unknown. of Detachment Parenting: 33 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Kids Melt Down.

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Are We Addicted to Cell Phones? How much time did your kids spend with their cellphones yesterday? When was the last time you checked yours? If contemplating these questions makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Cellphones dominate our lives in part because they are designed to do precisely that according to Tristran Harris, a tech entrepreneur who worked for a while as Product Ethicist at Google. He now runs TimeWellSpent, a non-profit that points out how cellphones and their apps hijack our attention. Some researchers have noted that brains scans of people who spend a lot of time online are disconcertingly similar to those of people with substance abuse problems. Here are a few consequences you may recognize in yourself or your kids: • Time – Devoting more and more time to cellphone activities, partly because the person looses track of time and partly because it takes longer to feel satisfied. • Obsession — Thinking about being online even when the person is offline. Failure to cut back despite resolutions. • Mood – Feeling anxious, restless, irritable or even angry when online activities are interrupted or when the person has to be offline. • Social – Withdrawal from friends and real life social activities. The feeling that online relationships are more significant and genuine. • Interference – Spending time online even when it interferes with other important activities including employment, schoolwork, chores, exercise, family time and sleep.

• Deception - Lying to oneself or others about how much time is spent with the phone. For most people, of course, cellphone use doesn’t rise to the level of addiction. Still, many parents have the uneasy feeling that phones take too big a chunk of family life. In contemporary culture, total abstinence isn’t realistic for adults or teens but there are ways to become more deliberate about when and how we use our phones. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Evaluate activities. Pay attention to what you and your kids are doing on your phones. Some activities—games, social media, news—are designed to be endless. Others—gambling, shopping, looking at porn—are associated with off-line addictions. Identify activities that are productive and/or enjoyable. How much time should be allotted to each? Develop a budget that guides how you spend your online time. Use the timer on your phone--or ask other family members—to hold you accountable. 2. Create an essential home screen. Harris suggests sorting apps into three categories: Tools to help you complete essential tasks—calendar, camera, etc. Bottomless Bowls are apps that encourage you to binge. Aspirations are things you’d like to do. Create a homescreen that includes ONLY indispensable tools and realistic aspirations. Hide other apps in folders where you won’t see seductive icons. Having a folder called News, Games or Social forces you to think, even briefly, about whether you really want to engage in that activity. 3. Identify triggers. Addictive behavior often starts with uncomfortable feelings such as depression or anxiety. Talking about feelings helps children and adults recognize their emotions and make more conscious decisions about how 33

to manage them. If a family member is upset because of something that happened at school or work, he or she may get temporary relief from playing a game or binge-watching YouTube. That’s not necessarily a problem—if the person eventually thinks through the basic problem and comes up with ideas about how to address it. 4. Customize notifications. The ding from a cellphone is like a slot machine. Most of the time it’s meaningless, but occasionally there’s a big payoff. Assign special ringtones to family members and other people so you won’t miss genuinely important messages. Then turn off notifications from everything else. You won’t know everything about everybody all the time, so put an end to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out.) 5. Create rich off-line lives. Seek out tech-free experiences that are rewarding for family members. Take every opportunity to be physically active, outdoors if possible. Ride bikes, take walks, play sports. Invite friends and extended family over for meals or game nights. Collect cellphones at the door. 6. Get an alarm clock. Using a cellphone as an alarm makes it the last thing you see before you fall asleep and the first thing you check in the morning. It may even interrupt sleep with notifications that matter much less than being rested. Claim the luxury of thinking your own thoughts as you drift off to sleep. Take a little time in the morning to wake up fully before engaging with whatever is on your phone. Finally, appreciate what’s good about cellphones. Some researchers, for example, have noted that use of drugs and alcohol among teens has declined over the same period that smartphone use increased. They speculate that interactive media may satisfy adolescent cravings for independence, risk-taking and sensation seeking without the devastating consequences of other addictions. In other words, cellphones like so many other technologies, can make lives better or worse. It’s up to parents to pay attention to that uneasy feeling about phones, so we can gently take corrective actions that restore them to their proper place. 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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Sonshine Family Farm 6270 Oglesby Road Milton, FL 32570 Come join us at Sonshine Family Farms for our Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. We are open on Saturdays from 9:00am-9:00pm and Sundays from 9:00am-6:00pm. Sonshine Family Farms is a locally owned farm. We have a corn maze attraction as well as a pumpkin patch, hay ride, playground area, equipment exhibit, games and concession stand. Cost - $8.00 and Children under 2 are Free. (850) 418-5897

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September 23 - November 4

Holland Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Holland Farm 2055 Homer Holland Road Milton, FL 32570 Join us at Holland Farms for our pumpkin patch and maze. We are open Monday-Saturday from 8:00am-6:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am6:00pm. Cost - $12 wristband per person for pumpkin patch (includes 1 pumpkin), hayride, and all other activities. Activities include- spider web, sand box, swings, horse tire swings, pedal tractor cart racing, train ride, slides, petting zoo, corn box, zip lines and corn maze. If you choose not to do the $12 wristband here is the price for individual items: $6 for single pumpkin. General admission- $8.00 per person. Includes admission to the playground, hayride, and maze. Kids 2 and under are free to activities. (850) 675-6876 hollandfarms@gmail.com www.hollandfarmsonline.com

September 29 - October 31

Wales West Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train ad on page 7

Wales West Light Railway 13650 Smiley Street Silverhill, AL 36576 All Aboard the 2017 Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train at Wales West. Ride an authentic Steam Train to the Haunted Barn Maze and KiddieFriendly Pumpkin Patch, decorate a Free Pumpkin, enjoy the Mini Train Ride, Hayride, Refreshments, Bounce House and T-Rex Jr.; Exciting Pumpkin Cannon, Petting Zoo/Pony Rides, Cafe and Gift Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2017

Shop available for slight fee. Day Trains - KiddieFriendly. Scary Trains begin at 7 pm. Open Fri’s, 5 to 9 PM; Sat’s and Sun’s, 1 to 9 PM. Starting October 24, open every day: 5 TO 9 PM Weeknights, 1 TO 9 PM Weekends. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at railroad. $15 per person, plus tax, 2 and under, FREE.

(251) 232-2322 enquiries@waleswest.com www.waleswest.com

September 30 – October 31

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Magnolia Farms 15275 County Road 49 Summerdale, AL 36580 Come get lost in one of our 2 Eight Acre Corn Mazes. Magnolia Corn Maze offers Fun for the whole Family! Come enjoy our Hayride, Cow Train, Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Pig Races, Corn Cannons, Jump Pad, Paintball Shooting Gallery, Camp Fires, and much,much more! We also have Bazooka and Knocker Ball. Magnolia Corn Maze is a great place to host your next Birthday Party or Group Outing! (251) 605-7216 magnoliacornmaze@gmail.com www.magnoliacornmaze.com

September 30 - November 4 Seward Farm

10836 Tanner Williams Road Lucedale, MS 39452 Come to the border of Mississippi and Alabama on Tanner Williams Road, and you’ll find tons of family fun, fresh air, twisting corn maze, fantastic food, and an evening by a crackling fire! Hours of operation: Open Saturdays 10:00am-9:00pm Closed Fridays & Sundays. Monday thru Thursday: field trips by reservation. NOTE: Cash Only, No Credit Cards, No Personal Checks. (228) 641-3936

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September 30 - November 5

Bakers Corn Maze - Hallows Hill

5899 Buck Ward Road Baker, FL 32531 Gum Creek Entertainment would like to invite you to Hallows Hill offering haunted and non-haunted attractions. These include: The 2017 Baker Corn Maze -Open on Saturday’s from 9:00am-6:00pm and Sunday’s from 11:00am-6:00pm. Cost - $10 which includes corn maze, corn cannon (2 shots), hay ride, kiddie train & petting zoo. Last ticket sold at 5:00pm (weather permitting). We will offer a $1.00 discount to Military and Senior Citizens. The

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September 30 - November 5 Sweet Seasons Farms

2260 Horn Road Milton, FL 32579 9th Annual Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival is now open! Families can join us for exciting activities like hayrides, corn popper jumping pillow, corn cannon, barnyard ball, pumpkin bowling, Sunflower Speedway, the cow train, our amazing corn maze, barnyard animals and much more! Hours are Friday (October only) 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday 11:00am 5:00pm. Field trips during the week by reservation only. Visit our website for package pricing and additional information. (850) 675-3573 ssfcornmaze@aol.com www.sweetseasonfarms.com

September 30 - October 30 Hillcrest Farms

30497 Hixson Road Elberta, AL 36530 Hillcrest Farm’s 6th Annual Corn Maze will be open everyday but Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00am-6:00pm. Cost - $5/person. Children under 3 years- Free (251) 962-2500 hillcrestfarmupick@yahoo.com Find us on Facebook

October 6

Redeemer Lutheran SchoolFall Festival

333 Commerce Street Pensacola, FL 32507 Bounce Houses, Face painting, music, vendors, Loads of games and prizes, tie dye, sand art, gem mining, wooden crafts, cake walk, raffles, Hair painting, meet Kazoo from the Blue Wahoo’s & Bullwinkle from Sam’s Fun City, see a real race care, climb aboard a trolley and a real ambulance, Escambia Co Sheriff’s horse mounted unit will be there too! Great food and fun for everyone and kids of all ages. Come make some memories! Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (850) 455-0330 redeemerschoolpensacola@gmail. com www.redeemerschoolpensacola.org

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Opening October 6 Creep Town

7771 Parker Road Milton, FL 32583 $10 donation= all day ticket includes haunted town walkthrough, Sunflower maze, kiddie train ride and/ or big kids hayride to pumpkin patch and  Saturday night outdoor movie with guest appearance of the Headless Horseman (begins at 8pm every Saturday weather permitting, BYOBOC -bring your own blanket or chair ). $3 with purchase of entrance ticket to pick your own pumpkin (pumpkin included while supplies last). $3 parking donation. Fridays 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays - 11am to 10pm, Sundays - 11am to 5pm and ALL HALLOWS EVE -6pm to 10pm. (850) 418-0507 info@creeptownusa.com Find us on Facebook

October 6 - October 31

Christ United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

5983 Dogwood Drive Milton, FL 32570 Our Pumpkin Patch will be open everyday through October 31st from 11:00am – 7:00pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, we will offer hayrides for everyone. We have a Decorated Haystack for pictures if you want to bring the entire family. (850) 623-8820 christunitedm247@bellsouth.net www.christumcmilton.com

October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 31, November 3-4 Creepy Hollow Woods

2251 Wade Road Jay, FL 32565 This years haunt is going to be something special. Opening day is Sept 29th. We are insanely excited to add Flashlight Night to our haunt this year on

Thursday nights after our opening date. Normal Experience: $15 (bring canned food item and receive $5 discount). Insanity Experience (18+ ID Required): $20. Flashlight nights: October 5,12, 19 and 26

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Resurrection Lutheran 6305 North Blue Angel Pkwy Pensacola, FL 32526 Resurrection Lutheran Church invites you to join us for free family fun from 10:00am - 1:00pm. There’s something for everyone: bounce house, games, obstacle course, Magic Man, balloon guy, face painting, hayride, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, food and more! Did we mention it’s all free? We hope to see you there!

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St. Luke UMC Pumpkin Patch

1394 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL 32514 Pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Saturday, October 7. Call or visit our website for details on the hours and dates of the pumpkin patch.

Whispering Pines Haunted Hayride Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm 1603 Penton Road Milton, FL 32570 The 2017 Haunted Hayride is almost here! Get ready to get your spook on!

St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 6451 Park Avenue Milton, FL 32570 St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival will have international food, carnival rides, farmer’s market, vendors, music, raffles and more. (850) 623-3600

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October 13 - 31

Cokesbury UMC Pumpkin Patch

5725 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 Pumpkin Patch to benefit our Youth Programs will be held from 10:00am-dark.

(850) 477-3145 philip@stluke-umc.org www.stluke-umc.org/page/youth-ministries

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October 7 & 8

28th Annual Gulf Breeze Community Expo

2017 Pumpkin Party Strong Street Studio

109 North A Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Join us for our 2017 Annual Pumpkin Party. Featuring One of a Kind, Hand-Blown glass pumpkins by Scott Novota. Also including metal furniture and artwork by Ben Bogan. Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm. (850) 417-8218

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First City Art Glass Pumpkin Patch

1060 North Guillemard St Pensacola, FL 32501 The Annual Pumpkin Patch is First City’s biggest fundraiser of the year! The Pumpkin Patch Preview Party will be held October 13 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. (Members get in an hour early at 5:00pm). Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music, art demonstrations, raffles and more! This year, attendees will have over 4,000 hand-blown glass and handthrown clay pumpkins to choose from. Attendees will be allowed to purchase 1 pumpkin and one fall item the night of the preview party. Member Price: $20, Non-Member Price: $25. *Children must have a full price ($20-$25) admission ticket to purchase an item. *Children under 12Free admission, but will not receive a ticket to purchase an item. The Pumpkin Patch Saturday Sale is October 14th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Come and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces that are guaranteed to be “picked” quickly. Prices for pumpkins begin at $20. (850) 429-1222 firstcityart@gmail.com www.firstcityart.org

October 14

First Church of the Nazarene Fall Festival

3475 Pine Forest Road Cantonment, FL 32533 Join us from 1:00pm - 6:00pm for bounce houses & slides, games, food, crafts and free popcorn & cotton candy. We have separate games & bounce houses for toddler & smaller children. We also have a Charlie Brown photo booth. (850) 479-1010

October 15

Trunk or Treat

Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church 100 Andrew Jackson Trail Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 See our website for details. Time: 6-8 pm (850) 932-3625 gbpresyouth@gmail.com www.gbpresbyterian.org

October 19 - October 29

Pensacola Interstate Fair

6655 West Mobile Highway Pensacola, FL 32526 Amazing food, thrilling rides and great musical acts to entertain you, there are also many other things to see and do at the Fair including many exhibits. (850) 944-4500 dondi@pensacolafair.com www.pensacolafair.com

October 20

Pensacola Beach Elementary School Fall Festival

900 Via De Luna Dr Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Join us for a night of family fun complete with a costume contest for the kids, games, haunted house, inflatable slide & obstacle course, bounce house, and special appearances by Dancingly Yours School of Dance. There will be a silent auction complete with great prizes & several awesome raffle prizes. Festival hours are 5:30pm - 8:30pm. (850) 934-4020

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October 20 - October 22

29th Annual WSRE Wine & Food Classic

Hilton Pensacola Beach 12 Via de Luna Drive Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Please join WSRE for this salute to 50 years of public television, featuring a gourmet presentation

straight from Lidia’s Kitchen! Tastes Through the Decades: Break out the tie-dye and bell-bottoms for this annual walkabout tasting as area top chefs seek to earn your vote for the Earl Peyroux Culinary Legacy Award, and bring home a signed copy of Chef Lidia Bastianich’s brand new cookbook. MILESTONES & MEMORIES- Black Tie Gala: Celebrate 50 years of WSRE with an evening of dancing, distinguished guests, Silver Oak wines and a special presentation of dinner courses from Emmy-winning PBS host, best-selling author and restaurateur, Chef Lidia Bastianich.

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October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, and 31 Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company - Asylum

Sacred Heart at 12th and Gonzalez 1010 North 12th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32501 The old Sacred Heart hospital at 12th and Gonzalez in East Hill enjoys a reputation for being haunted. For the second year in a row, First City Shakespeare and the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company present a Halloween performance event in this historical landmark. But don’t expect a haunted house with jump scares. This is part historical tour and part live performance. “Imagine going to the theatre to see a Halloween cabaret with music, scenes from classic horror flicks, poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, and classic literature brought to life,” said director Michelle Hancock, “only instead of sitting in front of a stage, you tour the hospital and view each piece in different locations of varying creepiness. We are not manufacturing the creepiness. It’s already there.” Guests -- in groups of sixteen -- are taken on the tour from the back parking lot on the hour beginning at 7:00pm. Families are warned that some content may not appropriate for children. Ticket prices are $5 through age 12 and $20 for ages thirteen and up. Hancock

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October 21

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Roger Scott Athletic Complex 2130 Summit Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32503 Join us for a night of Egg Haunts, hayrides, carnival games and costume contest! Ages 0 - 12. Free admission with donations for Manna Food Pantries. The fun begins at 5:30pm and ends at 8:00pm. (850) 912-4056

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Dixon Primary Bounce-O-Rama

Dixon Primary School 4560 Pace Patriot Boulevard Milton, FL 32571 Join us for Bounce-O-Rama from 10:00am-4:00pm. We will have 12 inflatable bounce houses, basket raffles (with over 80 baskets), concessions for sale and more. Cost: $10 per child. Adults and children under 2 are free. Children 12 and under bounce all day with wristband. (850) 995-3660

Films on the Field

Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Popcorn, Soda & Candy at concession. Kona Ice Trunk will be selling snowballs. Blankets, Lawn chairs & Picnic Baskets Welcome. Free Admission (850) 934-5140 www.gulfbreezerecreationcenter. com/upcoming-events/

October 21, 22, 28 and 29

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Gulf Breeze Zoo 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Designed for a younger audience, Boo at the Zoo offers 4 days of scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kidfriendly fun around every corner. Trick-or-Treat Trail includes 20+ candy stations, face painting, bounce house, animal encounters and more! 10am-4pm, with admission ending at 3pm. (850) 932-2229

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October 21, 27, 28

Annual Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours

117 East Government Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Take a tour and hear haunting stories at some of Pensacola’s famous homes while helping to raise funds for the Pensacola Historical Society. This is a great opportunity to learn some of Pensacola’s history and perhaps have a chance to see a ghost. (850) 595-5985 wdavis4@uwf.edu www.historicpensacola.org

October 21, 22, 28, 29

Pumpkin Festival - Santa Rosa

Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides 613 Cty Rd 393 S Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 The 7th annual Pumpkin Festival is taking place at Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables in Santa Rosa Beach during two weekends in October just in time for Halloween, pumpkins and fun on the 20 acre ranch. Time: 11am to 4pm. (850) 208-3114 gulfsidetrailrides@gmail.com Find us on Facebook

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October 26

Haunting Halloween

Century Branch Library 7991 North Century Boulevard Century, FL 32535 Goblins and ghouls all around- a place to hide can’t be found. Wear your costume and haunt the library for lots of frightening fun and goodies. 5:30 pm (850) 256-6217

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St. Ann’s Trunk or Treat

100 Daniel Street Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Come out and join us for an evening of fun at our annual “Trunk or Treat”. Time: 5:00pm. Afterwards, join us in the Parish Hall for a movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” starting at 6:30 pm (850) 932-2859

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CAP Head Start - Trunk or Treat

Gibson Center 710 North C Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Families are invited to come out for a festive Trunk or Treat from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. (850) 432-2992

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Woodland Heights Resource Center 111 Berkley Drive Pensacola, FL 32503 Are you brave enough to enter the Haunted Hallway at Woodland Heights? All children must be accompanied by an adult. 6:00pm - 8:00pm. A dmission is free. (850) 435-1751

4:30pm – 8:00pm, and will have many fun things to offer. We will also have a DJ, bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, game booths, and many basket drawings.  Papa John’s pizza, and Thompson’s sausage dogs cooked by our local Beulah Volunteer Fire Department, cotton candy, popcorn, nachos, and ice cream are some of delicious food that will be available. In addition, we are incorporating a coat drive to benefit one of our local schools. Each family who brings a new or gently loved coat will receive 5 free punches.. All are welcome to come dressed in their favorite costume. 

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CAP Head Start - Trunk or Treat

Molino Center 6450 North Highway 95A Molino, FL 32577 Families are invited to come out for a festive Trunk or Treat from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. (850) 499-2622

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Beulah Elementary Fall Festival

6201 Helms Road Pensacola, FL 32526 Each year Beulah Elementary PTA holds a Carnival to raise funds for the needs of our school. This year the profits will be used to fund programs for our 1,000 students, such as, Accelerated Reader and Red Ribbon Week. It will also fund $200 teacher grants for each of our 100 plus teachers. Our castle quest themed carnival will be held at Beulah Elementary School on Friday, October 27, 2017 from

Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium 5151 North 9th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 Junior League and Sacred Heart Hospital are teaming up to offer children and families a HEALTHY and SAFE option for celebrating Halloween. This free, fun family-friendly event is open to the public. Families will enjoy 20 different themed booths with activities, games and/or “healthy treats” for the kids. Healthy Halloween hours are 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. info@juniorleagueofpensacola.org Find us on Facebook-Healthy Halloween Party

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Naval Aviation Museum 1750 Radford Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32508 Bring the family from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and enjoy a day of Halloween fun at the National Naval Aviation Museum in the Blue Angels Atrium. Event is free and open to the public. Atendees will enjoy Spooktacular Specials on museum attractions, Hands on activity stations. mascot meet-and-greet with the Chick-fil-A Cow, Pensacola Ice Flyers’ Maverick and Smokey Bear! (850) 452-3604

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The Pace Studio 4634 Lori Lane Milton, FL 32571 Come dressed in costume for music making, crafts, and snacks. $25 per family (cost includes instrument and CD). Pre-register required at:  www. bythebay.kindermusik.com. Time: 3:00pm (850) 292-0519 kmbythebay@gmail.com www.kindermusik.com/studio/56201

Barktoberfest

Seville Square, Pensacola, FL Barktoberfest will be held in Seville Square from 9:00am-4:00pm. Games, Demonstrations, Costume Contests, Fun, Adoptions, and Dogs, Dogs, Dogs! (850) 898-3385 jeff@pensacolahumane.org www.pensacolahumane.org/barktoberfest

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Shoreline Park & Recreation Center 800 Shoreline Drive Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 This community event will give the families of Gulf Breeze a free family-focused day in the park, while sharing the love of Jesus Christ through big toys & games, skateboarding, basketball, food, and fellowship. Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (850) 932-8197

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Gulf Coast Science Spooktacular

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station 8638 Blue Heron Ct Navarre Beach, FL 32566 Our Science Spooktacular will be boo-koos of fun! From creeps of the deep and the endangered species cemetery to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you! Explore seathemed stations for tricky-treats and experience science by some of your favorite teachers. Puppet shows, dissections by Dr. Spookfish, and a haunted beach walk all are included in this kid-friendly, oneof-a-kind event. Come dressed to impress as your favorite animal from the sea. $5 per person. Pay at the event. Children two and under are free. Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm (850) 261-2141

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It Happened One Night at the Molino Library

6450-A Highway 95A Molino, FL 32577 Join us for a spooktacular good time. Come dressed in your favorite costume. Trick-or-Treat through the library and tour the Spooky Museum, if you dare. (850) 435-1760

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Little Flower Catholic School Fall Carnival

6495 Lillian Highway Pensacola, FL 32506 Little Flower Catholic school invites families to the Fall Carnival. The Fall Carnival will have games and activities sponsored by each grade level along with goodies, silent auction, bobbing for dangling apples, jail, cake walk, live music, a large slide as well as a haunted house. The public is welcomed. There is a $3 admission fee to the carnival so that you can participate in the activities. There will be an additional cost for Haunted House and Dinner Plate. LFCS families with PTO membership and their families admitted free. Carnival hours are 5:00pm - 9:00pm (850) 455-4851 phughes@pensacolalfs.org www.pensacolalfs.org

Miles Antique Mall’s Annual Trunk or Treat in Pensacola

5109 Bayou Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32503 Miles Antique Mall will be your ghostly host in Florida’s largest indoor Trick or Treat event. 65,000 square feet of hauntingly decorated gallery business space for your little ghouls to TRICK or TREAT! Come in costume and enjoy a safe and fun Halloween experience with us! Many of our vendors will be dressed in costume and handing out goodies to any trick or treaters during the event! This event is FREE and fun for the whole family! Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (850) 607-6560 milesgalleries1@gmail.com www.milesantiquemall.com

Murder Mystery at WFPL

Pensacola Library 239 North Spring Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Join us as we celebrate Agatha Christie’s iconic masterpiece “Murder on the Orient Express”. Help WFPL discover who is responsible for the body in the library, and enjoy a viewing of the 1974 adaptation starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Sean Connery. Time: 2:00pm (850) 436-5060

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Special Needs Trunk or Treat

Harvest Village 7552 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 Join us for some fall fun at our first ever Special Needs Trunk or Treat! All ages of special needs children and their families are invited. Admission is free with one non-perishable food item to be donated to Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Costumes are optional but encourages. Sponsored by Spectrum House Autism Center, Navarre and Across the Board Therapy Group. Find us on facebook

St. Luke UMC Trunk or Treat

1394 East Nine Mile Road Pensacola, FL 32514 Annual Trunk or Treat, Saturday, 4:00 – 6:00 PM (850) 477-3145 esther@stluke-umc.org Find us on Facebook-

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest

Come out and join us for our Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest. All carving will be done underwater. Join us later in the afternoon for awards and social event. (850) 456-8845 kevin@florida-divepros.com www.florida-divepros.com

Wahooloween

Blue Wahoos Stadium 351 West Cedar Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Wahooloween at Blue Wahoos Stadium, a new tradition beginning this year that is fun for the entire family. Wahooloween will include community-sponsored trick or treating on the concourses. Families will have this opportunity to enjoy this evening at this fun, family-friendly

event. Local community sponsors (like Levin Rinke Realty) sponsor the event and the proceeds go to charity. We hope you’ll wear your best costumes, come get some candy, and make this free family-friendly event a success for the entire community! (850) 934-8444 info@bluewahoos.com Find us on Facebook

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October 31

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Fricker Resource Center 900 North “F” Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Join us for a safe and fun night of trick-or-treating in our parking lot! Ages 0 - 14. 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Free candy and prizes while supplies last! (850) 436-5195

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Five Flags Dance Academy 1903 East Olive Road Pensacola, FL 32514 Come dressed in costume for music making, crafts, and snacks. $25 per family (cost includes instrument and CD). Pre-register required at:  www.bythebay.kindermusik.com. Time: 3:00pm (850) 292-0519 kmbythebay@gmail.com www.kindermusik.com/studio/56444

October 30

University of West Florida Halloween Hike

Pensacola, FLUWF will host goblins, ghosts, games, and spooktacular fun on the family-friendly twilight hike at the boardwalk, followed by a scarier night-hike into the woods using only glow sticks for light! All ages welcome for a night of fun scares. Bring closed-toed shoes and courage. Cost: Free. (850) 474-2061 recreation@uwf.edu www.uwf. edu/offices/recreation-and-sports-services/outdooradventures/trips/

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Halloween Night Guessing Game

Tryon Branch Library 1200 Langley Ave Pensacola, FL 32504 Drop by the library anytime between 4-6 p.m. to try guessing what is in the box. Every guesser wins a treat. Costumes are a treat for us, so feel free to show up in your get-up. (850) 471-6980

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Sam’s Spooky City

Sam’s Fun City, 6709 Pensacola Boulevard Pensacola, FL 32505 Sam’s Spooky City offers family friendly Halloween fun for kids of all ages! This gated admission event offers activities the whole family can enjoy, including unlimited Go-Karts, Amusement Rides, Miniature Golf and so much more! Sam’s Spooky City will also feature Trick-or-Treating at every ride, and Costume Contests for children of all ages! Time: 5pm-8pm. Cost: $10

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Teen Halloween Party

Pensacola Library 239 North Spring Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Join us for treats, open wound face painting and a costume competition. Time 6:00 pm (850) 436-5060 www.mywfpl.com

Woodbine UMC Fall Festival 5200 Woodbine Road Pace, FL 32571 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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November 3 - 5

Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival

Seville Square Pensacola, FL The family-friendly art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best artists. Gobs of great art projects for kids to get their hands on are provided free of charge. www.ggaf.org

Pensacola Buskers Festival

30 E Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Throughout the three-day Buskers Festival, acts from the southeast and beyond are expected to fill historic Intendencia Street in downtown Pensacola, where visitors can shop, dine and enjoy the one-of-a-kind entertainment under the shade of hundreds of colorful umbrellas. The event is completely FREE and will feature a world of unique entertainment and music! (850) 434-5371

November 4

33rd Great Pumpkin 5K Race

Sacred Heart Cathedral School 1603 North 12th Avenue Pensacola, FL 32503 Save the first Saturday of November for the 33rd Great Pumpkin 5K Race! Come run with us, get a bite of our famous Pumpkin Bread and then hang around for our fabulous door prizes. Register on-line at runsignup.com or pick-up registration forms at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. All registered runners are eligible to win an I-pad mini to be given away after the race. Need not be present to win. School team and non-school teams are welcome. Please contact us for special pricing and details. We’re proud to be thought of as our area’s favorite family 5-K. We strive for excellence in every aspect of our event and past participants have told us it shows. (850) 436-6440 pumpkinrun@shcs.ptdiocese.org www.shcs.ptdiocese.org/pumpkinrun.html

2017 Fall Craft Show & Sausage Festival

First Baptist Church of Beulah 5805 Beulah Church Road Pensacola, FL 32626 Annual craft show and Sausage Festival. Beulah sausage dogs available. 40+ craft booths, live music, and bake sale. Free admission and kid friendly. (850) 944-2143 beulahbaptist4u@gmail.com www.firstbaptistofbeulah.org/ GPP

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FamilyCalendar Sunday, October 1

Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Bring your family, bring your pets! 1.5 mile walk with 12 trivia questions will be posted. Ballots are $2 each and all proceeds are donated to the Community Center After School Program and local animal shelters. For more info, call Cissi at (850) 393-4605. Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit www.visitperdido.com/events/ worship-on-the-water. 7th Biennial Gospel & Gumbo Fundraiser 4-7 p.m. at 511-Event Hosting in downtown Pensacola. Benefits the Michael E. Green Prescription Fund for St. Joseph Medical Clinic. Participants will be able to sample gumbos donated by various restaurants and enjoy familiar gospel hymns sung by the St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir. Plus, the Jeff Glickman Band and Infusion will both be adding their own blend of sounds to the Gospel & Gumbo pot. The event will also include a silent auction featuring everything from fine jewelry and artwork, to a Scott Clark fishing trip, to a ladies’ brunch at Teri Levin’s lovely Artesan home. The cost of the event is $100 per person, payable to Our Lady of Angels. Pensacola Seafood Festival Seville Square Park, Pensacola. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, October 2

Cat’s Cooking: Seed to Table 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Join our gardener Cat McCreery for a cooking class featuring fresh harvest from our community garden. You can learn to prepare and sample a salad with or without animal protein, utilizing fresh from the garden herbs and flowers. For dessert, Cat will share a black bean brownie recipe. At the end of class, you can tour of our community garden, all of which Cat herself has grown from seeds. This cooking demonstration is free and participants will be able to try various samples during this class. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

Tuesday, October 3

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 Holly Shelton. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Fresh produce to local Lonestar Kitchen to jewelry and soaps. Come support local artists. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/pg/ gbfarmersmarket/ or call (850) 867-7263. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf

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Beach Highway, Pensacola. Stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.

Wednesday, October 4

9th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 15 stages; 90+ songwriters; 200 performances within a mile radius. Family friendly and encouraged. For more info, call (850) 341-0889 or visit http://pensacolabeachsongwritersfestival.com/.

Thursday, October 5

9th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival For details, see October 4 listing. Saenger Theatre Presents Craig Morgan 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. For 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. 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. 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 info, call Max at (850) 453-1534 or visit www.pacactive.com.

Friday, October 6

Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Osceola Golf Course, 300 Tonawanda Dr., Pensacola. Join us for this benefit tournament for the First Tee of Northwest Florida. 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. 9th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 15 stages; 90+ songwriters; 200 performances within a mile radius. For details, see October 4 listing.

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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 for October 5 are Caroline Aiken, Sally Barris and Buddy Mondlock. Tickets are $10 and available in advance at radiolive.org or at the door on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. Show starts promptly at 6 p.m. Ballet Pensacola’s Mixtape 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Mixtape compiles three of our fans’ favorite ballets into a single performance! and so...The Millions, Thunderstruck, and In the Upper Room feature the artists of Ballet Pensacola at their very finest. and so...The Millions is a thought-provoking, Orwellian piece showcasing modern movement. Thunderstruck’s stark beauty, neoclassical lines and contemporary music is artfully juxtaposed to the revival style of In the Upper Room, choreographed to the music of Mahalia Jackson. For more info and tickets, call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com. Bands on the Blackwater

Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at South Willing Street, Milton. Free performances. Oct. 6 is the Southern Fried Band. For more info, visit http://miltonlocal. com/2017/.

Preschool Art Time - Mixed Media 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/ non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.

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Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see September 30 listing. Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see September 30 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 September 30 listing. STEAM at the Southwest Branch Library 10 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Come learn about fire safety as we build Legos and Cubelets. Special guest firefighting personnel will be sharing about fire safety. Come build a firehouse, fire trucks and other firefighting contraptions. Answer the challenge to build a fire-detecting robot with Cubelets. We will have Lego, Duplo and Lego Friends sets to build. For more info, call (850) 453-7780. University of West Florida Home Football Game 6 p.m. kickoff. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 474-3003 or visit http://goargos.com/. 9th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 15 stages; 90+ songwriters; 200 performances within a mile radius. For details, see October 4 listing. 2017 Pensacola Mud Run 7:30 a.m. St. Matthews Baptist Church, 3047 County Hwy 95A, Pensacola. Be a part of the MUDDY MADNESS! Kids’ activities, music, food… it’s an event you

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Bras Across the Bridge 8-9 a.m., register at The Grand Marlin; 9 a.m., Bras Across the Bridge; 9:30 a.m.-noon, The Grand Marlin after-party. Registration is $20, plus a donation of a new bra. First 300 people registered receive a free event T-shirt. Breast cancer survivors, their loved ones and the community join together to increase breast cancer awareness. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Baptist Health Care Foundation Mammogram Fund, which provides free mammograms to women in our community who are unable to receive one on their own, as well as awareness and support for early detection. To register or for more info, visit www. baptisthealthcarefoundation.org.

Pensacola Walk to End Alzheimer’s 8 a.m. Bayview Park, 223 W. Gregory Street, Pensacola. Your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. For more info, call (850) 462-5410 or visit http://act.alz.org/site/ TR?fr_id=10256&pg=entry.

Ballet Pensacola’s Mixtape 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 6 listing. Medical Mission -- at Home 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Pensacola High School, 500 West Maxwell St. Free admission. Medical Mission at Home is designed to deliver healthcare, social and support services to those who might not otherwise have access to these services and in locations where individuals are physically located like places of worship, schools, community centers, homeless shelters and food pantries.  All services are FREE and NO insurance is needed. We

Santa Rosa Island Triathlon 7 a.m. Casino Beach, Pensacola. A sold-out field of 1250 athletes is expected to compete in this nationallyrenowned sprint triathlon event. The race distances are a 600 yard swim, an 18 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit www.santarosaislandtriathlon.com/. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents Opening Night! 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Start the season with a high-powered evening of favorites! This concert features Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and the virtuosity of guest Santiago Rodriguez performing Saint-Saens’ dazzling Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Egyptian.” For more info, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. Oktoberfest at Flora-Bama Noon-6 p.m. 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola. Brats, sauerkraut, and a variety of German beer and food will flow during this festival. German style musical acts perform while party goers chicken dance. The party will go all day and night at all three locations: Flora-Bama, Flora-Bama Yacht Club, & Flora-Bama Ole River Bar. Children are welcome during this family-friendly event. After

6 p.m. a modest cover will be charged for those 18 years and older. For more info, call (850) 492-0611. Milton Food, Wine & Brew Festival Noon-5 p.m. Day featuring Florida wineries, local craft breweries, top notch food trucks and a mix of fine artists from the region. Enjoy an all-day program of live music on the Blackwater stage and entertaining performers throughout the festival.  Cost is $20 for an all-inclusive passport to sample from our various connoisseurs and enthusiasts. There are activities and offerings for individuals, groups and families! Tickets may be purchased at the Guy Thompson Community Center (5629 Byrom Street, Milton) prior to the event or the day of at the event location. For more info, call (850) 983-5466. 28th Annual Peanut Festival 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on the Gabbert Farm south of Jay, off Highway 89 (3604 Pine Level Church Road). Admission, parking, contests and entertainment are free. This is a family festival. There will be peanuts for sale (green, boiled, roasted, fried, candied), arts, crafts, antiques, foods, pony and horseback rides, rock wall, bungee jump, train ride, wagon ride, face painting, children’s art activities, and more. There will be a pig chase (2 p.m. Saturday) and pet dress-up parade and contest (2 p.m. Sunday). For more info, call (850) 675-6823. 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

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The Poky Little Puppy Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy is the story of a curious puppy who digs holes under fences and has to go to bed without any dessert. This iconic book has delighted families for generations. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2926 for more info. LEGO Make & Take Activity Featuring LEGO Ninjago at Barnes and Noble 4 p.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Calling all LEGO Ninjago fans! Join us to celebrate the new movie and build a LEGO Ninjago Movie Green Dragon Mini Model to take home with you. While supplies last. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble. com/store/2926 for more info. 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 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/.

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Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. See October 1 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 1 listing. Ballet Pensacola’s Mixtape 2:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 6 listing. 28th Annual Peanut Festival 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on the Gabbert Farm south of Jay, off Highway 89 (3604 Pine Level Church Road). For details, see October 7 listing. 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. Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue Hosts 2nd Annual Dane-Toberfest Noon-5 p.m. at Seville Square. Get ready for food, live music, arts and crafts, shopping, raffles — and plenty of dog slobber — as the Gentle Giants of Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue (NWFLGDR) take over Seville Square. Dane-Toberfest 2017 is a dog-friendly event and you can bring Fido along! We just ask that all dogs be friendly and up-to-date on vaccinations. No retractable leashes please. Adoptable Great Danes of all ages and colors will be on site. In addition, a photographer will be on-hand for people to take pet portraits with their furry best friends and a booth will be set up to microchip your pet for a $20 donation.

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9th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 15 stages; 90+ songwriters; 200 performances within a mile radius. For details, see October 4 listing.

Monday, October 9

Fishing and Archery Day Camp 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $20 city residents, $25 non-residents. Limited to the first 25 kids to register. For more info, call (850) 436-5678 or e-mail tland@cityofpensacola.com. Save Underdogs Golf Tournament 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Lunch at 11 a.m.; noon shotgun start. Perdido Bay Golf Club, 1 Doug Ford Drive, Pensacola. Proceeds to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome our 4-legged friends in our community. To date, 5500 sick, abused and unwanted animals have been rehomed. Team entry $75 per player/$300 per team. For more info, call Cynthia at (850) 723-2662.

Tuesday, October 10

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is Bring on the Benjamins. For details, see October 3 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 3 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing.

Wednesday, October 11

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. 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, October 12

Women’s Night Out 5:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. This West Florida Hospital-sponsored seminar will feature Kathrine Switzer, first female to run the Boston Marathon.  There will be valuable door prizes. Registration is required for this free seminar. Please RSVP by calling (850) 4943212. For more info, visit www.westfloridahospital.com. 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. For details, see October 5 listing.

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Wishin’ I was Fishin’ 9-11 a.m. Bayview Park, 2001 East Lloyd Street, Pensacola. Free admission. Fishing Day with Tim Land! Bring your own rod and reel or use one of ours. Bait, hooks, weights, and corks will be provided. For more info, call (850) 436-5188.

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Greek Festival of Pensacola 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street. This three-day event draws upwards of 30,000 people from across the Southeast. Admission is always FREE. Live Greek music and traditional folk dancing will be among the entertainment highlights of the weekend. This year’s financial contribution will be given to Miracle League of Pensacola. Also collecting non-perishable food items for Manna Food Pantries in front of the hall. For more info, visit pensacolagreekfestival.com. Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival 5-10 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 6451 Park Avenue, Milton. Free admission. International food - Polish, Filipino, Italian, American, Cajun, plus BBQ, Cajun, Fish and more! 5K Run/Walk, Live Entertainment all weekend feat Chloe Channell! ..also Raffle, Games, Vendors, Car & Indian Motorcycle Exhibit, Arts & Crafts! Fun for the whole family! For more info, call (850) 6027495 or visit Arrogant Steak Cook Off 6-10 p.m. at Seville Quarter. Tickets $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Team registration is $300. Steaks are provided at the event. For tickets and registration, please visit sevillerotary. com. Bands on the Blackwater Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at South Willing Street, Milton. Free performances. Oct. 13 is The Blenders. For details, see October 6 listing. Gulf Breeze Community Expo 5-8:30 p.m. Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. This premier community event draws more than 1,200 people and includes area businesses, restaurants and children’s activities. For more info, call (850) 934-5140. Pensacola Bay Center Presents Thomas Rhett, Dan & Shay, and Walker Hayes 7:30 p.m. For more info or to buy tickets, visit www. pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call 1-800-745-3000.

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FamilyCalendar Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. For more info, see October 7 listing. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 7 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 7 listing. Gulf Breeze Community Expo 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 13 listing. University of West Florida Home Football Game 4 p.m. kickoff. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 7 listing. Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival 10 a.m.-9 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 6451 Park Avenue, Milton. For details, see October 13 listing. Bay Bluffs & Chimney Park Cleanups 9 -10 a.m. Come join the Pensacola Scenic Highway Foundation, Earth Ethics and Ocean Hour for a two-location clean-up on Scenic Highway the second Saturday of every month. Location one is Bay Bluffs Park on Scenic Highway at Summit Blvd. Second location is two miles north at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway at Langley Ave. Buckets, grabbers, gloves and trash bags supplied. Sign-in at 8:45. Please dress for the weather and bring water, bug spray and sunscreen as needed. E-mail oceanhourfl@gmail.com or BayBluffsCleanUp@ gmail.com; visit www.facebook.com/oceanhourfl or

www.oceanhourfl.com. Or call (850) 207-9326 and leave a message. 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. For details, see October 7 listing. Greek Festival of Pensacola 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street. For details, see October 13 listing. First City Art Center’s Glass Pumpkin Patch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1060 N. Guillemard Street (on the corner of Guillemard & Gonzalez Street). The unique pumpkins come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Prices begin at $20. The event will also feature glass demos 12-2 p.m. and a kids’ activity area 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more info, call (850) 429-1222 or visit FirstCityArt.org. Bridge to Bridge 5K 7:30 a.m. Wayside Park, 1401 E Gregory Street, Pensacola. The 5K will start at the base of the 3 mile Bay Bridge on the Pensacola side and will run over the Bay Bridge into Gulf Breeze, finishing at The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge. The post race party & awards will take place immediately following the race. There will be music, refreshments, plus a beautiful view! Buses will

transport runners post race from Gulf Breeze back to Pensacola. *Note: The LAST bus will leave Gulf Breeze at 10 a.m. Call (850) 435-9222 for more info.

After the Fall Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. Humpty Dumpty is an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall --- that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can no longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Sunday, October 15

Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 1 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 1 listing. Greek Festival of Pensacola Noon-5 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street. For details, see October 13 listing. Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival 12-5 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 6451 Park Avenue, Milton. For details, see October 13 listing. Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake 6 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Full-length classical

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Tuesday, October 17

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is Category 4. For details, see October 3 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 3 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing.

Wednesday, October 18

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing.

Thursday, October 19

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 ctsteven@ufl.edu or call (850) 475-5230. 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/. Through October 29. Cirque du Soleil - CRYSTAL at Pensacola Bay Center 7:30 p.m. Crystal will follow a young woman who shatters through reality to reach a surreal world filled with possibility. Beneath the surface, she pursues the life that has been glistening within. Sometimes, we must first leave solid ground to find our true footing. For more info or to buy tickets, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call 1-800-745-3000. 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. For details, see October 5 listing.

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Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see October 5 listing. Veterans’ Meeting 4-6:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. These free monthly meetings focus on veteran services in our community. Call Evelyn Coleman at (850) 543-2258 or visit http://everman.org/.

Friday, October 20

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. Gulf Breeze High School Middle School Fundraiser Dance 7-10 p.m. Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze. Proceeds will benefit Gulf Breeze Middle’s cheerleading and football departments. For more info, call (850) 934-5140.

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. Bud Light Charity Tennis Tournament All day. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. Men’s and Ladies Doubles. Silent Auction. Prizes awarded. Hosted by Pensacola Sports. All proceeds benefit ARC Gateway. Must be 21 & up. For more info, call (850) 912-4103 or visit www.rogerscotttennis. com/.

Saturday, October 21

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. Cirque du Soleil - CRYSTAL at Pensacola Bay Center 3:30 p.m. For details, see October 19 listing. Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours 8 p.m. Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. For details or tickets, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880. 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. 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. 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 wdavis4@uwf.edu. Halloween Egg Haunt 5:30-8:30 p.m. Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. Free admission with a nonperishable item. Join us for a spooky night of tricks and treats with Egg Haunts for ages 12 and under, a Spooky Trail, carnival games and more! Dress to impress for our Costume Contest also! For info, visit playpensacola.com. 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 20 listing.

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Bands on the Blackwater Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at South Willing Street, Milton. Free performances. Oct. 20 is Swing Town. For details, see October 6 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. For details, see October 7 listing.

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FamilyCalendar 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. Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 7 listing. Films on the Field at Gulf Breeze Community Center 800 Shoreline Dr. Today’s movie is Matilda. 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. Bud Light Charity Tennis Tournament All day. Roger Scott Tennis Center, 2130 Summit Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 20 listing. 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.

Boo at the Zoo - Trick or Treat Trail Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. For details, see October 21 listing.

Pickleball at PAC! 6-8 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. For details, see October 5 listing.

Tuesday, October 24

Natural Healing/Cancer Study Group 6-8:30 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 12 listing.

2017 Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is Touch of Gray. For details, see October 3 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 3 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing.

Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing.

Trunk or Treat 4 -5:30 p.m. E.S. Cobb Resource Center, 601 East Mallory Street, Pensacola. Cost: free for after-school participants.

Wednesday, October 25

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/.

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing.

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Cirque du Soleil - CRYSTAL at Pensacola Bay Center 1 p.m. For details, see October 19 listing.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead 3 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 20 listing. Art & Wine Fest on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wine tastings noon-3 p.m. Amazing foods, delicious wines, and local artwork on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk! For more info, call (850) 346-6525 or visit www.pensacolabeachboardwalk.com/.

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 20 listing.

Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing.

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. For details, see October 7 listing.

Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see October 1 listing.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 20 listing.

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.

Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music 7:30 p.m. Pensacola’s Saenger Theatre. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. For details or tickets, visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/ or call (850) 595-3880.

Good Day, Good Night Storytime at Barnes and Noble 11 a.m. 1200 Airport Boulevard, Pensacola. In this previously unpublished picture book by Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon, readers will take comfort in the reassuring world of the little bunny and delight at the attention to detail and hidden surprises on every page. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow. Call (850) 969-9554 or visit https:// stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2926 for more info.

Friday, October 27

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 20 listing. Heroes Among Us ~ Veteran Speakers Series 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park (Bayfront Parkway near 9th Avenue), Pensacola. Representing those who have distinguished themselves in combat from every generation and branch of the Armed Services. Tonight’s theme is First Responders Night with Guest of Honor Chip Simmons, Chief of Police (Ret), City of Pensacola. Call (850) 434-6119 or visit http://pensacolamcleague.com/ for more info. 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. For details, see October 5 listing.

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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 Fridays from 7-9 p.m. at South Willing Street, Milton. Free performances. Oct. 27 is Bad JuJu. 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 21 listing. Ice Hockey at Pensacola Bay Center 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Ice Flyers Vs. Mississippi Riverkings. 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola. (850) 432-0800.

Saturday, October 28

Parents’ Night Out at Mojo Elite Gymnastics 6-10 p.m. 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. For more info, see October 7 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 7 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. 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 20 listing.

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FamilyCalendar 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 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. For details, see October 21 listing. 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. For details, see October 7 listing. 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. 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 21 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

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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.

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 20 listing. Boo at the Zoo - Trick or Treat Trail Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway. For details, see October 21 listing. Trivia Trek 10 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday, at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For more info, see October 1 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 1 listing.

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. Located at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Today’s performer is Emerald Coast Blues Brothers. For details, see October 3 listing. Halloween Havoc 6:30-8 p.m. Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street, Pensacola. Free candy and prizes while supplies last. 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 20 listing. Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. For details, see October 3 listing. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing. Blue Angels Practice 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing.

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Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 3 listing.

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. 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. 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) 4341234. Through Nov. 13. 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. For details, see October 5 listing.

Friday, November 3

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Wedding Singer 7:30 p.m. For details, see November 2 listing. Preschool Art Time - Paper Shape Art 10-11 a.m. First and third Fridays for ages 3-5 years old. For details, see October 6 listing. 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. 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. Great Gulf Coast Art Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seville Square Park, Government & Alca-

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Saturday, November 4

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.

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 toymaking 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. 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 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.

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.

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Mojo Elite Gymnastics Parent/Toddler Classes 6890 W Fairfield Dr., Pensacola. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we have a parent/ toddler class for only $5. The first visit is free. Children walking to age 3 are welcome. This is a great way for toddlers to explore in a safe environment and meet new friends! Call (850) 733-3547 or e-mail info@mojogymnastics.com.

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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

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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 Department at (850) 416-7264. This class is an orientation to CPR and is not a certifying or credentialing course. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their www.facebook.com/greaterpensacolaparents


SupportGroups 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

video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.

Support Groups Cancer

Gulf Coast Wings of Hope, Inc. Support Group Supporting families of children with blood disorders and cancer. Anyone with a friend or family member who has been stricken with a form of childhood cancer or blood disorder is welcome. All meetings will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. More details can be found at www.wingsofhopeinc.org. Patient and Family Cancer Support Group Pensacola Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 4-5:30 p.m. Baptist Towers, Tower 3, Suite 233, 1717 North E St., Avery Street Entrance. For more info, call (850) 469-7372. 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.

formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

West Florida Hospital understands that giving

birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368. Breastfeeding Classes For pre-delivery parents. Topics include: How breastfeeding works (How the Breast Makes Milk), Latch & Positioning, When to Feed Your Baby, How to Know Baby is Getting Enough Milk, Breast Care, Pumping, Storing and Bottle-Feeding with Breastmilk. This is a 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

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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

GriefShare The Sacred Heart Palliative Care department provides a free, 13-week Grief Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one. The meetings are in the Palliative Care department, located in Suite 201 of the Bayou Tower on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus. The public may use the free valet parking at the hospital’s Bayou Tower entrance, which faces Bayou Blvd. For class dates and times and for registration information, call Kerri Riggs, LCSW, at (850) 416-7705. Grief Support Group for Adults Sacred Heart Hospital provides this free group for adults who have lost a loved one. For future classes and registration information please call (850) 416-7705. Grief Support at Baptist Health Care Next group meets 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 26 through Oct. 31. For more info, call (850) 469-7197.

Illness Support

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/.

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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.

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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, October 12 & 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meeting will be held October 5, from 10 a.m.-noon.For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/la-leche-league-9/. LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Guest speakers and self-care activities will be provided and are free of cost. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Free. Next meetings will be held October 4 and 21, and 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-support-group-3/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. 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.

Special Needs

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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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

A Great Teen Parenting Mistake Well-intentioned parents, doing as they have always done to protect their children when they were young, often circle the wagons and marshal control when their teenager makes a mistake in judgment. Others keep their wagons circled all the time, never giving up any control to the teenager in the first place. Such parents then wonder why their teenager rebels against them or lacks maturity. It’s natural for parents to believe that trouble can be avoided by keeping their teenager always in sight, by fixing their every problem, and by generally keeping them under their control. But I’ve learned that teens mature quicker when parents take steps in the early teen years to give up some of the control they have over their teen’s life.

Learn to Let Go!

Do you have the habit of picking up the slack, covering all the bases, answering all the questions, solving all the problems, and making everything easy for your teen? If so, you might not be doing your teenager any favors. Instead, you may just be keeping your teenager immature, dependent and powerless. If you want your child to grow up, and he’s reached the teen years, you may have to learn to let go. You may have to get out of the way. It boils down to one very simple concept — the best way to empower your teenager is to share the power you’ve always had over him, allowing him more and more power and responsibility for making his own decisions.

Hold Them Accountable

Responsibility becomes an internal life force when parents empower a child to make decisions, line out their options, define the consequences, and then let them choose. If your teenager is fully capable of doing well, communicate that belief to him by giving him more freedoms. Fortunately, most teens want to take control of things in their life — so let them. As you back off, let your teenager know they will be given even more freedoms if they handle the first steps well. And make it clear that you will remain in the role of the enforcer of consequences, should they break the rules. Such consequences could include losing some of their newfound freedoms and losing some of your trust. Then, let them make their own choices, and also let them bear the full responsibility for

those choices. Line out their options, define the consequences for bad decisions, and then let them choose. Don’t rescue them by not enforcing consequences for their poor choices. And equally as important, don’t forget to congratulate and reward them for making good choices!

The Power of Empowerment

As you learn to let go, your teen’s expectations will shift away from leaning on you to run their life and fix everything for them (including their mistakes), to the understanding that they are the ones responsible for how things turn out. They’ll surely make many mistakes before they begin to understand what good decisionmaking looks like. And they may even try every trick in the book to get you to rescue them out of their poor choices. But don’t do it! Hold them responsible, just as they will some day be held accountable as an adult.

Give Them Something to Be Responsible For

Teenagers don’t become responsible or learn to think more maturely by accident. They learn from being in situations where responsibility and maturity is expected and modeled. That’s why I highly recommend to parents that they get their child into a part-time job throughout the teen years, and particularly one that is service-oriented. Probably the biggest mistake of schools today is when they keep kids so busy with after school activities, that there is no time for a job in which teens can learn responsibility. Outside of what Mom and Dad are expecting of them, nothing can teach a teenager about life and making a livelihood than a job can. Kids who get their first job after they graduate from high school are at a disadvantage and have a lot of catch-up to do in the area of maturity. The right job for just a few hours each week can be a perfect training ground for a teenager, teaching people-skills, moneymanagement, time-management, and even helping the teenager determine what she does or doesn’t want to do after high school.

When to Take Back Parental Power

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or is addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, or other harmful substances or behaviors. This situation is entirely different. In this day and age, a child choosing to self-destruct or to live a dangerous lifestyle could end up in serious trouble, or could even die. In this case, empowerment shifts back to the parent, who must intervene and retake decisive control, since the teen’s lifestyle is actually controlling the teenager at this point. Take whatever measures are necessary to ensure his safety and do it now. It is up to you to create a solution, such as counseling or substance abuse treatment. Then, with a plan in hand and with all the power you can muster, communicate this message: “Honey – we love you. Nothing you do or say will make us love you any less, and nothing you do or say will make us love you any more. But we are not going to live like this anymore. Since you are not making the right choices on your own, here is what will change in your life, as of today…” And then stick to your plan. There’s nothing that will ruin your future ability to get such a teen back on track than to not follow through the first time.

Small Bumps Are Temporary

Maybe you are just having some small bumps in the road with your teenager. Let me assure you, most immature behavior is just that — immaturity. They will grow out of it as they mature and as they come up against the consequences for wrong decisions. And they’ll mature more quickly if you empower them to take on more responsibility for their own life. Give them ample opportunity to make errors in judgment early on, when you still have some control over them in your home. Letting go doesn’t mean backing off completely. It simply means allowing the teenager to make more and more decisions on their own, and to have more and more freedoms. When they make mistakes, or overstep your household boundaries, it is still a parent’s responsibility to dole out the consequences as a means of discipline, which will prevent them from making the same mistake again and again. For that is how teenagers learn.

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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Home Again

Leap!

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: B Sexual Content: C+ Profanity: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: CThe MPAA has rated Home Again PG-13 for some thematic and sexual material. A middle-aged fantasy for women, Home Again offers separated-butnot-divorced Alice Kinney (Reese Witherspoon) the “problem” of dealing with a bevy of men. An evening out with the girls to celebrate her 40th birthday (a non-event that has kept her in tears all day) leads to an all-nighter of binge drinking with three twenty-something guys that are homeless, wannabe filmmakers. We can only assume an inheritance or Alice’s husband Austen (Michael Sheen), who is distracted with his music business in New York, is paying the bills for the ongoing party. But when he discovers the three amigos cavorting with his wife and daughters, he has a moment of sensibility and comes to Los Angeles. Yet his renewed presence only adds to the ongoing alpha male competition and does nothing to suggest Rosie and Isabel are going to have any hope of a stable family outcome. Shot in a beautiful neighborhood with a cast of vanilla characters who look way too good to be stressed about jobs, money and life, Home Again is the antitheses of those many male-dominated movies with lusty women romping by the pool. If you can buy into the script’s subtle argument that if her father could roam the Hollywood hills looking for young women to bed, there’s no reason his daughter can’t do likewise, this romantic comedy may offer enough laughs to keep you interested.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated Leap! PG for impolite humor and action. Dreams are often the powerful motivating force in a movie’s script. And when the aspirations are those of a couple of parentless children, the ambitions are unstoppable. It’s the late 1800s in France and young Félicie (voice of Elle Fanning) has attempted so many elaborate escapes from her surprisingly comfortable orphanage that she has become an endearing counterpoint to the institution’s otherwise humdrum activities. However, when her good friend Victor (voice of Dane DeHaan) provides his services as a creative accomplice, both manage to break free and make their way to Paris where each plan to pursue their dreams. The cliché plot holds few surprises, although it requires some great imagination (or plain naivety) to believe a girl with no classical training will be able to work her way through the complicated and demanding rigors of this art form, and have a chance of being chosen to dance a lead role in an upcoming show. Content concerns include mild potty humor, slapstick antics, mean-spirited competition, bullying and an over-the-top antagonist whose jealousy turns to murderous intents and threats with a sledge hammer. Still, this Canadian/ French co-production does boast some impressive visuals. It may also have young viewers with similar dreams happily doing pirouettes for a while to come. With that payoff in mind, perhaps sitting through this film won’t be tutu painful for parents.

Captain Underpants

Wonder Woman (new to home video)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: CSexual Content: BProfanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated Wonder Woman PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and suggestive content. World War I is raging. Everyone is aware of the horrifying conflict. Everyone, except those who live on the remote island of Themyscira. In the too-beautiful-to-be-true land dwells a community of women, members of the Amazon tribe from Greek mythology. All are adept fighters and continually train for an impending battle. The only child amongst them is Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta, the ruler of the island. Diana soon discovers war among mortals is a complex scenario. Arriving on the front lines she witnesses the horrific effects of the political confrontation. Men, women and children, many of whom are civilians, are seen with bloody injuries -- some with missing limbs. Frequent battle scenes depict shootings, stabbings and bombings, however the violence falls short of gratuitous. Perhaps more disconcerting are scenes depicting the German military’s experiments with poisonous gas mixtures. Amid this chaos, Wonder Woman stands as the voice of reason, most likely echoing the sentiments many of us feel when we see hate and anger lead to bloodshed and the killing of innocent victims. Determined to find a way to stop the slaughter, her deft skills at dodging bullets with armored bracelets and a blast-proof shield demonstrate a desire to utilize defensive tactics. Wonder Woman stands tall above other recent movies with comic book pedigrees.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie PG for mild rude humor throughout. George and Herold (voices of Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) are elementary-aged kids who have been friends since kindergarten. Sharing the same sense of humor, the pals combine their separate talents for writing and art, to make hand-drawn adventure stories featuring a bald action figure in tighty-whities. The pair also likes to play pranks on their teachers as a way to cheer up their fellow students at their penitentiary-like school. Their mischief has made them regular visitors to the office of Principal Krupp (voice of Ed Helms). Fed-up, the administrator threatens to put the hooligans in separate classrooms. To prevent him for carrying out the threat, George attempts to hypnotize him -- and it works. With a suggestion, Principal Krupp believes he is Captain Underpants, and the boys take control of his actions. As is to be expected from the film’s title, this script is full, full, full of potty humor. Yet despite the fixation on toilets and a blatant disrespect for authority figures, the story does allow its characters to reconsider their motives, feel remorse for their mockery, and redeem their actions. While these positive moments won’t flush away all the shenanigans, they will likely provide enough charm to amuse older children and tweens. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2017

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