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Therapeutic Parenting Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP
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Common Sense Media Advice for parents on discussing “sexting” with their teens.
The Expressive Child
Help them understand their emotions and express them in a healthy way.
Everything in Between Common Sense Media
Parenting Today’s Teens
Dave Says Dave Ramsey
Pumpkin Decorating Made Easy Ten no-carve approaches for Halloween.
Fall Festivities and Halloween Fun
Our guide to all things “fall” in and around the community.
Get This! Gerry Paige Smith
On The Cover Piper (3) and Emmalynn (9), daughters of Dustin and Brenna. Piper loves playing at the park, hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa, eating candy, playing with her sister and drinking chocolate milk. Emmalyn loves making friendship bracelets, playing the harp, painting, learning to crochet, playing with her dogs (Charlie and Ava) and playing volleyball.
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It is officially fall! I have been anxiously waiting for the day I get to pull out my boots and load up my pantry with pumpkin spice everything! Unfortunately, when I walk outside I get smacked with the reality that it is still really warm. Don’t get me wrong, the heat probably won’t stop me from wearing my favorite boots and enjoying my latte, but I sure would enjoy it a little more if it were cooler. Because let’s face it, iced pumpkin spice lattes are just not the same as the warm deliciousness known as the signature fall beverage. And nobody wants to see me traipsing around town in boots and shorts. Regardless of what the temperature is outside, the fact remains, it is officially fall. One of my favorite things about this season is decorating my front stoop. I love shopping for all kinds of interesting pumpkins in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Brad, on the other hand, only has one goal in mind, and that is to find the biggest, fattest pumpkin in town. The girls just want good symmetrical pumpkins to decorate. “Pumpkin Carving Night” at our house is definitely a fun tradition. The girls always get really creative with their pumpkin crafts. Last year they asked to borrow Brad’s drill and drilled their creations. What they came up with was really cool and very easy. If you are like me and don’t love the idea of using knives to carve pumpkins (visions of ER visits run through my head every time!), check out Christina Katz’s ideas in Pumpkin Decorating Made Easy: 10 No-carve Approaches For Halloween on page 30. Once you have your pumpkins carved it is time to pack up the family and head out for some outdoor fun. The month of October is packed with festivals, fairs, pumpkin patches, trunk-or treats and more. To help you plan out your month, we have put together a Fall Festivities Guide on page 34. Here you will find events for all ages and a huge variety of activities. But don’t stop there. Flip over to the Family Calendar for even more happenings your family will enjoy. Have you ever been out on what you thought was the perfect fall outing when all of a sudden you witness your child turn from the perky little pumpkin you started out with into Dr. Frankenfussy? This is unfortunately a common response when kids become overtired, over-stimulated and over-sugared. This combination can lead to some nasty tantrums and unwanted behavior. Or maybe your child is going through a stage where they are having difficulty expressing when they are disappointed, frustrated or angry, and they act out in ways you do not approve of. All parents experience terrible tantrums at one time of another and Sarah Lyons has some guidance for us during these situations in Raising an Expressive Child on page 26. I do hope that everyone enjoys the October issue and that you fill your calendars with lots of fun fall activities (hopefully tantrum free!). Now go put on your boots, pick up an iced pumpkin spice latte and have a happy fall ya’ll!
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THRILL, THEN CHILL.
TherapeuticParenting by Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP
The “Air Traffic Controller” Phase I had a revelation the other day as my back door was endlessly opening and closing, with a constant stream of children and their friends and the dog and the dog’s friends coming in and out and in and out. Requests and updates were flying through the air: “Mom, can my friends come in?” “Mom, when is dinner?” “Mom, if we put a mattress on the ground can we jump off the carport roof?” I had a brief moment of realization and that is this: I am an air traffic controller. At this phase of parenting – with 2 kids in college, 2 seniors in high school, and 3 other high schoolers right behind them, I realized how much of my life doesn’t actually resemble traditional mothering anymore, but more and more resembles that of an air traffic controller. I have spent the last 22 years intentionally leading, loving, disciplining, teaching, and correcting all of these children, and now I feel like I spend most of my time just making sure the planes run on time, that they don’t crash into one another, and certainly that they don’t jump off the carport roof. Essentially – I am here to help them arrive safely to their destination. And I’m okay with that. It’s gratifying really. They are nearly grown and they do things like drive to high school in the morning and then go to their
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college classes in the afternoon. They have jobs, they play baseball, they have (gasp!) friends that are girls. It is fun and busy and chaotic and feels like life is barreling down the runway at 150 knots. But back in the days of toddler tantrums, sleepless nights/weeks/months/ years, when my days were consumed with snack time and Teletubbies (which… hello. Let us all be thankful that phase is long done and over), I could never have imagined that I would arrive at this place of chaotic peace. And though I would never be so bold as to tell mothers in a hard phase to “enjoy it, because it goes by so fast,” I will say this...have perspective. The very definition of perspective is: to have a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something. So my encouragement to you, tired momma, is to summon the strength to pull back from the situation you are struggling with and see if you can view it from a different vantage point, because our perspective can so often determine our attitude. Essentially, our thoughts determine our feelings which then direct our actions. It’s a 1-2-3 step process. (1) Thoughts come into your head, (2) that activates a feeling response which then (3) dictates your actions. If you think your teenager is being defiant
because he just didn’t do what you asked – you will feel disrespected – then you will be inclined to lash out at him. But hang on, let us shift perspective. Maybe your teenager is struggling with an issue or is so consumed with the stressors of high school life and navigating social norms and academia and the lunchroom that he truly forgot what he was told to do. In this instance, we may feel compassion for him and be more apt to handle the situation with grace and a bit of empathy. So take heart, there is often more than one way to look at a particular parenting problem. By exploring and taking the time to think through some of those options, we are able to adjust our responses to more effectively meet the needs of our children. I have more to say on this, but I have to go peel children off of the roof now. Fly high fellow parenting warriors, fly high. Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to mitigate negative behaviors. She is the Director of Central Alabama for Lifeline Children’s Services and is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of which were internationally adopted and she is a foster parent.
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Sea NO Limits for Special Needs
Baby Shark Live!
Sea NO Limits is a free event offered to children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities requiring supervised care. The fishing clinic will be held Saturday, October 12, 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/caregivers). Preregistration required. The event includes rod and reel to keep, grilled lunch w/ beverages, T-shirt, optional child ID program, fish identification booklets, fishing instruction and Escambia Search & Rescue Demonstration. Sea NO Limits is hosted by Gulf Breeze Masonic Lodge No. 347. For more info, visit www.seanolimits. com or call (850) 341-5036.
October 8 * 6 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one-of-a-kind concert experience, young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and friends go on fun adventures to learn and meet new friends! Tickets begin at $30. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.
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Pensacola Interstate Fair
October 17-27 Pensacola’s biggest and longest-running annual agricultural and entertainment tradition returns for its 85th season Thursday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 27, bringing with it the excitement of attractions and screams from exhilarating rides, exhibits, fair food, fun and shows for the whole family. Musical entertainment includes the Cat Country 98.7 BIG Lip Sync Battle Finals; White Tie Rock Ensemble in a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd; Northwest Florida’s only Beatles Tribute Band, Not Quite Fab; Thane Dunn’s “Elvis on Tour” and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the public is invited to the 4-H Youth and FFA Livestock Auction at 7 p.m. from the Livestock Arena. New to the Fair this year is the “Sea Lion Splash,” a sea lion show that will perform two to three times daily. Back by popular demand, fairgoers can also experience an interactive, hands-on exotic animal zoo at the Eudora Farm’s “Animals from Around the World” station. The petting zoo is open daily from fair open to close. Entertainment shows at the Pensacola Interstate Fair are free with the price of admission. For more info, call (850) 944-4500 or visit PensacolaFair.com.
Bands on the Beach Update
7-9 p.m. Tuesdays April-October * Gulfside Pavilion Casino Beach Bring your lawn chair and join us for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit https://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-bands-on-beach/. Sept. 24: Mass Kunfuzion; October 1: Knee Deep Band; Oct. 8: Southern Breeze; Oct. 15: Holly Shelton; Oct. 22: Rhinestone; and Oct. 29: Emerald Coast Blues Brothers.
Pensacola Humane Society’s Barktoberfest
October 27 * 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Community Maritime Park See your favorite Pensacola rescues along with Gulf Coast animal sanctuaries, preserves, and shelters. PHS will have the Humane Express full of adoptable animals looking for families, non-profit organizations of all shapes and sizes will be out sharing their important missions, and local businesses will host prize drawings and giveaways throughout the day! Local eateries and food trucks will keep you full, and the ECUA Quench Buggy will make sure everyone stays hydrated. Always a huge hit are the costume contests on the main stage in the pavillion. Owners and their pets will go paw to paw in a heated competition to see who has what it takes to become one of contest winners! Silent auctions and prize drawings! For more info, visit www.pensacolahumane.org/ events or call (850) 466-3945.
Foo Foo Fest
is a 12-day celebration, from Oct. 31-Nov. 11, of existing and new culturally creative happenings, events and moments under one banner, attracting visitors to Pensacola. Foo Foo Fest is big fun, with events of high artistic and cultural caliber, delivered with a hefty dose of Southern sophistication. For details, visit https:// www.foofoofest.com/. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
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Children’s Hospital Invites Community Artists to Create Kid-friendly Murals
October 5 * 8 a.m. This free kids’ fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. First 300 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole and T-shirt. Event includes free bait and fishing instruction. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at takeakidfishingnavarre.com.
Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is inviting community artists to create kid-friendly murals on a larger-thanlife blank canvas. Located outside the Pediatric Emergency Department, the 30-ft. by 8-ft. Studer Children’s Mural Wall is modeled after the iconic Graffiti Bridge and other mural walls around Pensacola. “These murals can be used to raise awareness for pediatric health issues, spark conversations or project a positive, vibrant environment for the families who visit us,” said Cat Outzen, director of community relations and children’s programs at Children’s Hospital. Washington High School senior Lauren Bonner was the first community artist selected to feature her artwork on the Mural Wall. She typically draws watercolor portraits of people and pets, but this was her first largescale project. To get it right, she turned to Pensacola artist Ashton Howard, whose sea life murals are displayed throughout Children’s Hospital, for advice. Over two days in late August, Bonner worked eight-hour days to execute her vision. Outzen said each mural will stay up for three months before it’s painted over to create a clean slate for the next artist. To be considered, artists need to submit a draft of the mural for approval. Artwork must be child-friendly (no religious or political themes). Limited funds are available for non-profit organizations for supplies. Preference will be given to children’s organizations. E-mail email@example.com or call (850) 416-4713.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
Nov. 8 & 9 * Gates open at 8 a.m. * NAS Pensacola Day shows both days ~ Night air show on Friday, Nov. 8 In addition to the Blue Angels, there will be a variety of other performers, static displays, and a kids’ zone. * General admission and parking are FREE! Paid seating is optional. * For more info and schedule, visit www.naspensacolaairshow.com/.
Halloween at the Museum Saturday, Oct. 26 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
You’re invited to Halloween at the Museum, a Spooktacular fun-filled, family-friendly event on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Blue Angels Atrium. There will be hands-on activities, candy for the kids and even a mascot meet-and-greet. The event is free and open to the public. Visit http://bit.ly/2mj2E8N for event details.
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West Gate located off Blue Angel Parkway OPEN 9–5 DAILY ON NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION • 850-452-3604 • 800-327-5002 NavalAviationMuseum.org • 1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival
October 12 * 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Bayview Park Free admission and open to the public. Donations benefit Gulf Coast Kid’s House & Junior Achievement of NW Florida. The Festival includes 40+ teams composed of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steerer. Food and drinks will be on sale. Visit https://pensacoladragonboatfestival.com/.
Local Non-Profit Works to Save Historic Coca-Cola Building
Keep Pensacola Beautiful has taken up the challenge to purchase and save the Historic Hygeia Coca-Cola bottling facility on North Palafox. The goal is to transform the building into a community space with a 20,000 square-foot community and learning garden, an event space with a large capacity of both indoor and outdoor space, classroom space and other community meeting spaces. Office space not used by Keep Pensacola Beautiful will be available for other businesses and nonprofits. This building was constructed in 1936 and was the home of the Hygeia Bottling Works until 1967. Since then it has switched owners several times and has been vacant for the last decade. The goal will be to restore the building over the next five years and have it listed on the National Historic Register. To donate, please visit www.DoMorePensacola.org.
Taste of the Beach
October 18-19 * 5:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Casino Beach directly south of the only traffic light on Pensacola Beach. The 12th Annual Taste of the Beach will start with a special VIP dinner on Friday night, and the fun will continue Saturday with cookoffs, cooking demonstrations, a chef challenge, sample tastings and live concerts along Pensacola Beach. For more info, visit www.tasteofpensacolabeach.com/ or call (850) 932-1500.
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SANTA’S ARRIVAL Friday, November 8, 2019 6pm – 8pm Front of Cordova Mall
Face Painting, Entertainment, and More! If your organization or business would like to participate in Santa’s Arrival call 850.477.7562
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Ballet Pensacola Presents A Nightmare Before Christmas
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
October 30 * 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center Parking $10 cash only; tickets begin at $21. Pre-show meet and greet tickets are $25. Learn new songs and sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby’s magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies; and move to the rhythm with Rosita. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter. com/ or call (800) 745-3000.
October 18-20 & 25-27 * Pensacola Little Theatre Join Jack, Sally, the Mayor and the characters from Halloweentown in this epic romp showcasing Richard Steinert’s critically acclaimed production. The show is more spooky than scary and will be appropriate for children. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/.
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Pensacola Greek Festival
October 18 * 6:30 p.m. Pensacola Greyhound Track, 951 Dog Track Road, Pensacola. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce presents a FREE family fun movie night! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars! Concessions available. For more info, call (850) 492-4660 or visit http://www.perdidochamber.com.
October 11-13 * 5-9 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola. Admission is FREE. Youth dancers dressed in traditional costumes, representing various regions of Greece, will perform throughout the weekend, and the dance floor is open to everybody between youth sets. The popular Kostas Kastanis band will be back to play traditional and modern Greek music throughout the weekend. For more info, visit www.pensacolagreekfestival.com.
Autauga County Schools ECSD Schools Receive Awards for Heart Challenge Fundraising
New Year, New Uniforms for St. Paul
The students at St. Paul Catholic School have a new look this year! Last year, students, staff and parents voted on several new uniform options. Our Spartans are looking sharp.
The American Heart Association (AHA) traveled to Escambia County School District to recognize the effort our schools put forth in conducting the Kids Heart Challenge and the American Heart Challenge. Meghan Austin, youth market director for AHA, provided awards to the top fundraising schools for 2018-2019, which included the following: Holm Elementary raised $1,635; Molino Park Elementary raised $1,701.83; Bratt Elementary raised $2,449; N.B. Cook Elementary raised $2,491; and the top fundraising school, Bellview Elementary, raised $2,825. One other award, the Participation Excellence Award, recognized two schools for substantial participation numbers and those recipients included Beulah Elementary and Blue Angels Elementary. “The American Heart Association is an incredible resource for our schools. They provide opportunities for physical education programs to earn equipment vouchers, educate youth about heart health and tobacco usage, and provide grants for a variety of additional programs,” said Casandra Waller, specialist for the PE, health, wellness and driver education department. “We are thankful for their ongoing support to our schools and I am also proud of our physical education teachers for their hard work educating our youth how to live healthier lives.” Austin also publicly thanked all of last year’s participating schools: A.K. Suter Elementary, Bellview Elementary, Bellview Middle, Beulah Elementary, Beulah Middle, Blue Angels Elementary, Bratt Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Byrneville Elementary, Hellen Caro Elementary, Holm Elementary, Lincoln Park Elementary, Lipscomb Elementary, McArthur Elementary, Molino Park Elementary, N.B. Cook Elementary, Oakcrest Elementary, O.J. Semmes Elementary, Pine Meadow Elementary, Ransom Middle, Warrington Elementary, and West Pensacola Elementary Schools. For more info on the Kids Heart Challenge, please contact Meghan Austin at meghan. firstname.lastname@example.org or Casandra Waller at email@example.com.
R. C. Lipscomb Class Enjoys Third Day of Third Grade
Mrs. Shiflett’s third-graders at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary celebrated the “Third Day of Third” by participating in numerous engaging activities with the number 3 such as math (place value, addition, and multiples of 3), word building with the letters in the words “Third Grade Class,” reading Three by the Sea about three friends, writing their own stories about three friends, making lists of groups of three, decorating Third Day in Third Grade folders, and even eating Three Musketeers candy bars for a snack! Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
Blessed Star Students Study Close Neighbor
During this geography lesson, Blessed Star Montessori students began learning about Alabama. The students used a map to identify where Alabama is located. They began working on a booklet which they will fill up with interesting facts all about Alabama as they continue to learn about our neighboring state. 10
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Beulah Elementary Class Awarded For PE Accomplishments
Beulah Elementary second-grade teacher Mrs. Burgess’s students won the first ever AulgPata Award for best PE Class for the month of August. The class had full participation each week. Students wore proper attire for PE, took care of their equipment and were good sports throughout their activities.
East Hill Seniors Take Local Retreat
This past month, Mr. Roper and Mrs. Yount led East Hill Christian School’s 17 seniors on a two-day local retreat. On the first day of the retreat, the seniors participated in three pastoral sessions led by Pastor Dan Brake. He challenged each senior to live with an eye toward eternity, to be “light houses” for their generation, and to pursue authentic Christian community with each other as the body of Christ. The next day, the seniors spent the day learning the basics of sailing and had an absolute blast. In addition to enjoying a sunny, perfectly breezy day of sailing and splashing in the water, they also received their Class A sailing certifications and are now able to rent and sail Sunfish on their own. All in all, the seniors enjoyed a meaningful and fun-filled retreat that will undoubtedly be a crowning memory of this year.
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Little Flower Catholic School’s thirdgrade class of Readers and Writers Workshops is producing independent and engaged learners that are self-motivated and happy to work!
GBMS Students Earn Perfect FSA Scores
N.B. Cook Teacher Receives Honor Medal
The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge has chosen N.B. Cook Elementary teacher Jean Odom to receive the George Washington Honor Medal in the Teacher Division! This award honors teachers and administrators who go above and beyond the call of duty for their students and America’s youth. These educators also instill in their students a sense of the importance of community involvement, responsible citizenship and patriotism. Since 1991, Odom has written and produced plays in conjunction with the arts department at N.B. Cook about Veterans’ Day, Ellis Island, patriotism and other civic subjects. She works with and encourages every fifth-grader through History Fair each year, and beyond N.B. Cook, she helps other schools with props, costumes and plays so their students can have similar experiences. Beyond schools, she works with others in the community, including a drama ministry with local prisoners. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
The following Gulf Breeze Middle School students earned perfect scores on the 2019 Florida Standards Assessment exams. GBMS Principal Michael Brandon presented the students with their certificates. English Language Arts: Caroline Smith and Blakely Barry; Science: Liam Davidson, Ana Uszok, Madison Howland, Joshua Khan and Alaina Phillips; Math: Hunter Duncan, Jacob Dorsch, Stephen Hancy, Dmitry Webber, Elijah Jones, Ava McCall, Gavin Quenneville, Collin Boudreaux, Peyton Underhill, Battle Alberson, Bria Aylstock, William Curran, James Dannreuther and Alaina Phillips; and Civics: Cooper Carlock, Maria Clark, Nicholas Collins, James Hewette, Charlotte Jagar, Vincent Rosa, Samantha Sherman and Elizabeth Hagy.
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Redeemer Lutheran Holds Patriot Day Service
Redeemer Lutheran School held its annual Patriot Day Service to thank our military and first responders who so bravely serve our nation. The service opened with the Presentation of the Colors by U.S. Navy NATTC Performing Unit from Pensacola Naval Air Station, and CDR Henry L. Phillips IV, U.S. Navy, presented the message. Redeemer’s elementary students performed “Grand Old Flag” and “Armed Forces Medley.” Students were encouraged to invite their friends and family who are patriots to come to the service. More than 250 were in attendance, and 60 first responders and military personnel were honored and treated to a reception. 12
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St. Paul 6th-Graders Visit Pre-K Buddies
St. Paul Catholic School’s sixth-grade students love to spend time with the little Spartans in pre-K4. They recently visited the class and read the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Each month they choose a new story and have an activity for the younger kids to participate in.
Episcopal Day School Hosts Special Guest
Prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year, the teachers and staff of Episcopal Day School were honored to host Dr. Janet Zadina for a professional development workshop funded by generous gifts to Episcopal Day School’s annual fund. Zadina, an educational neuroscientist and current president of Brain Research and Instruction, taught high school and community college for more than 20 years. She has conducted awardwinning research on the neuroanatomy of dyslexia through MRI brain scans at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she was also assistant professor in the department of neurology. Throughout her time on the EDS campus, Zadina worked to disprove various myths that are common in education; for example, the belief that “listening to music while working is constructive.” According to Zadina, the only music that should be played in a classroom setting is classical music that students do not have any type of lyric association with. During multiple scenarios, she was able to show teachers actual video footage of how the brain fires synapses and develops dendrites as it works to absorb new information. 13
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Hellen Caro Becomes Certified Safe Kid Zone Hellen Caro Elementary is the first school in Escambia County School District to step up and become a Certified Safe Kid Zone with a new training offered by Gulf Coast Kid’s House. “Our students’ well-being is our top priority,” said Principal Sandy Moore. “We believe this training is a valuable resource for our community.” Safe Kid Zone is a 30-minute web-based training that is used to educate anyone above the age 18 on how to recognize, report and reduce child abuse in our local community.
This training was created by GCKH in partnership with the Greater Pensacola Chamber Leadership Class of 2019. Since its launch in early May, more than 30 businesses/organizations have become certified Safe Kid Zones, and more than a thousand individuals have completed the training. Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County. As a children’s advocacy center, it combines all the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one
child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at their center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so that they can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families they serve. If your business would like to receive complimentary child abuse prevention education or become a certified Safe Kid Zone, please contact Gulf Coast Kid’s House at (850) 595-5783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pleasant Grove Establishes New Year Routines
The first weeks of school were filled with establishing routines and setting the stage for deep learning. Teachers and paraprofessionals at Pleasant Grove Elementary School were working with students in small groups, modeling evidence-based reading strategies, testing for baseline data, teaching how to use Thinking Maps to make connections and better understand text, providing opportunities for show and tell or to share STEAM or other projects, modeling the use of journals to show understanding, building classroom communities through collaborative learning activities and centers, establishing daily sustained silent reading time, and SO MUCH MORE! Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
St. Paul Faculty Treat School to Dance Routine
This year our focus at St. Paul Catholic School is showing love to one another. So what better way than to kick off our first full week of school than with a surprise dance routine starring our faculty and staff and choreographed by our amazing Principal Blair Hodge! Students were definitely feeling the love! www.greaterpensacolaparents.com
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Escambia County Public School’s Foundation Selects New Executive Director
MSP Crazy Sock Day Brings in 349 Pairs
Montessori School of Pensacola hosts “Fun Days’ for students throughout the school year. These days invite students to wear something specific, such as crazy socks, which was the theme for the kick-off Fun Day of the year. In line with the MSP mission and the community outreach component of Montessori education, Fun Days are tied to collections of needed items for local charities, or some type of service project. So, this time, families had the option to donate new pairs of socks. The 349 pairs donated will be divided between Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Favor House and Waterfront Rescue Mission.
The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation has selected Kristie Kelley to serve as the Foundation’s executive director. Kelley served on the ECPS Foundation Board for the past seven years and held numerous positions, including board chair from 2017-2018. She also has two sons attending schools in the county. Her support of Escambia County’s public schools began more than 22 years ago as a science teacher at Pine Forest High. Even after transitioning to Gulf Power as a chemist, she maintained her connection with the district. Kelley volunteered to teach “I Love Science” labs to fifth-grade students and valued the opportunity to share with students the importance of STEM and encourage them to pursue careers in industry. As a business leader, Kelley continued to engage and support education and training efforts of the district through sponsorship of the Gulf Power Academy and partnership with the Workforce Education department. “I am so excited about giving back to my community as a native of Pensacola and product of Escambia County public schools myself,” Kelley said. “During my career, I visited schools and saw the dedication of the teachers and the excitement of their students when someone was able to bring additional experiential learning activities into the classroom. This involvement drove my interest in serving on the Foundation’s Board and growing programs such as the Foundation’s annual Grants for Excellence.” The grants program provides funds for either collaborative groups or individual teachers to enhance education at the classroom level. The Foundation’s board of directors is comprised of 24 volunteer community leaders and professionals who value education and bring unique perspectives from business, industry, and education. The board strives to increase opportunities and improve outcomes for children in our school district and to ensure that students graduate on time and are college or career ready. Since 1986, more than $12.5 million has been raised and distributed to help reach these goals.
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Sherwood Elementary Receives Support from Navy Federal Credit Union
Tisha Nickerson and Nadia (last name withheld at her request), both employees of Navy Federal Credit Union in Pensacola, had an idea that grew into a project with amazing impact on the teachers at Sherwood Elementary School. Last spring, Nickerson met with Sherwood Principal Kristen Danley and toured the school and peeked into classrooms. When she heard teachers talk about feeling like Sherwood was invisible to the community, she knew they had found what they were looking for! Then the two women worked to anonymously survey the teachers to ask what they spend their own money on for their classrooms. Many answered the same items you might see on a school supply list, but there were other items requested as well, such as cleaning supplies, room decorating supplies, and paper products – LOTS of paper products! Nickerson took a turn at becoming Johnny Appleseed. She “grew” an apple tree in the NFCU work spaces and each “apple” had a teacher’s supply list on it. They even included brand names if a teacher took the time to be specific. Chris Dunning, Nickerson’s supervisor in NFCU’s fraud department, explained that she was a very new employee and that her idea didn’t catch on at first. “But,” he said, “what impressed me was that she didn’t give up and support came from individuals in a long list of NFCU departments.” On Aug. 9, the women packed up approximately $7,000 worth of supplies for Sherwood Elementary. They tucked everything away on the stage and arranged many items for the reveal, and then set out breakfast items and more than 20 items donated to serve as prizes. Teachers were invited to the cafeteria for a surprise breakfast and to hear messages of support. Nickerson told the teachers that one thing that really connected with her was that people felt no one knew where Sherwood was or who their teachers were and she wanted them to know that members of the community had found them and wanted to support and celebrate them. She shared stories and examples she had gathered. “We see you,” she said to the teachers. She included a story of a kindergarten teacher who, for a reason she never knew, was moved to fifth grade for just one year of her entire career. Years later, one of those fifth-graders came back to tell her she “was a safe haven and a beacon of light” for that kid. That child made a point of telling her that when she was in fifth grade, she had been going through a lot that no child should ever have to go through. The child had never told her teacher any of this, so she had not known how important it was that she had been moved into that child’s life for one year. Nickerson later shared that she was that fifth-grade student 28 years prior, and it was that experience, with that teacher, that helped drive the passion to organize this special project. Another NFCU employee spoke next. She introduced herself and explained that this wasn’t her first visit to Sherwood. She had actually gone to school there from pre-K to fifth grade. “Hi, I’m Alexa. When I heard we were visiting Sherwood, I had to come to tell my story and why teachers mean so much to me. My lifetime love of learning started here with preschool, and I took it with me when I left after 5th-grade graduation.” Another member of the team that came out from NFCU spoke from his experience as a teacher’s spouse. Tom Woodard, a supervisor in NFCU’s fraud department, explained to the teachers, with great emotion, that he has seen where they have been, and he has experienced it. He remembers noticing changes to their bank account (which got a good laugh) and added that he never questioned it, because he knew exactly where the money had gone. Woodard asked them to remember to think of one student at a time and to remember that student will one day become a doctor, a lawyer, a social worker, or somebody that works at Navy Federal. And then the stage curtains were opened and the teachers were amazed to see the apple tree and the NFCU employees’ labor. Along with school supplies, there were boxes of name brand snacks and cereal, packages of paper towels, bottles of cleaning spray, cases of copy paper and so much more they couldn’t see from their seats! But, while the $7,000 in supplies were greatly appreciated, what mattered most that day was learning that there are people in the Pensacola community who see the value of teachers and know the sacrifices they make every day and every year. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
Little Flower Uses STEMscopes
Little Flower Catholic School’s science classes are using STEMscopes this year to build science, technology, math, and engineering knowledge. Students love the challenge and the depth of understanding that they’re building.
Blessed Star Students Work on Place Values
During this math lesson, Blessed Star students were given various Montessori number cards which they were required to place under the proper place value on the mat. The students were also required to use the Golden Beads to represent that number in the appropriate spot. This hands-on lesson helped many of the students that were having difficulty with place values to understand the concept better. They were so excited when they were able to come up with the correct answer on their own.
EDS Provides ClearTouch Boards For Both Campus Classrooms
Always striving to provide cutting-edge technology and engaging instructional tools, Episcopal Day School is proud to be the first school in Pensacola to offer interactive displays to classrooms on both campuses! To accommodate large groups of students and encourage hands-on classroom instruction, ClearTouch Boards feature smart, multitouch technology that allows for 20 points of simultaneous touch on a cool, responsive, smooth-glide surface that is extremely accurate. Eight to ten people can easily use the panel at the same time, creating a better, more collaborative experience. A crystal-clear, anti-glare LCD display with 4K True HD Resolution ensures an optimal viewing experience with extreme clarity from any angle, even with the room lights on. Teachers of all grades had an amazing time learning tips and tricks for everyday classroom use!
Redeemer Celebrates a Century of Lutheran Service
On Sunday, August 25, Redeemer Lutheran Church and School celebrated the golden anniversaries of two men who have each been serving the Lord for 50 YEARS! Reverend Robert Rupp and Warren Paul both became commissioned ministers in 1969. As the Apollo mission blasted off to the moon, these two men began their journey as servants of the Lord. Redeemer presented both Pastor Rupp and Warren Paul with a crystal flame plaque commemorating their service. After the service, the church and school hosted a dinner in their honor. Both men continue to bless those around them.
St. Paul Kicks Off Fall Sports Season
St. Paul Catholic School kicked off its fall sports season with a pep rally and jamboree. Principal Blair Hodge energized the crowd dressed as the school mascot. Kids from 1st through 8th grades represent SPCS on the field and on the court. Good luck to all of our Spartan cheerleaders, volleyball players, and flag and tackle football players this season. Our goal is to play like champions and live like saints!
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Little Flower Artists
Future artists in training at Little Flower Catholic School are thrilled about all of the new art projects theyâ€™re doing with Mrs. Cutting, our new art teacher!
East Hill Inspires First-Grade Scientists
First-graders at East Hill Christian School used their senses in discovering many things in Godâ€™s creation when they went on a nature walk, and then wrote about what they saw. They also enjoyed observing bacteria, an ant, different plants, and parts of a grasshopper under a microscope. We serve an amazing God! Send Your School News by the 12th of each month to: email@example.com.
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Beulah Builds STEM Project
Mrs. Chancey’s 1st-graders and Mrs. Neal’s gifted students at Beulah Elementary participated in STEM activities recently. They read Nerdy Birdy and designed and built him a new house, changing the setting.
Montessori Middle Schoolers Fly!
Montessori School of Pensacola’s 7thand 8th-graders spend the first week of school at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, Ala., to start off each new school year. The experience challenges the students to face fears, as well as support each other in multiple types of teambuilding games and experiences. The camp’s website describes the challenge course as “fun with a purpose.” The students as a group (and the students as individuals) accomplish goals. This trip has become part of the MSP Middle School tradition, as it helps the group feel more of a cohesive unit and helps them form relationships for the coming year. 19
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Blessed Star Prepares for Yard Sale
St. Paul Catholic School announces a new partnership between the Diocese and the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. The Catholic schools in our area will now have a dedicated school nurse who will travel to each school and can quickly respond to any medical event the children may need. Welcome to the Spartan Family, Nurse McCammon!
Blessed Star Montessori School will hold a Yard Sale at the school Saturday, October 26. Families have already begun donating some great items, such as this box of books. We need the support of the community to make this a success, so please check our Facebook page for more details and visit the Yard Sale!
East Hill Holds College Fair
East Hill Christian School held its second annual College Fair recently. Representatives from numerous regional colleges met in the gymnasium to promote their schools. Sophomores, juniors and seniors, along with their parents, were able to spend some time asking college admissions counselors about financial aid, college majors, and campus life.
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Take Stock in Children Announces New Students for Scholarship Program
Take Stock in Children recently introduced 34 new scholarship recipients and their mentors at the annual Take Stock Kickoff Dinner—29 new 7th-graders, and five alternates from 8th or 9th grade. There are now a total of 138 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 drugfree; and meet weekly with a volunteer community mentor. Take Stock in Children is a statewide non-profit organization operating locally under the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. Take Stock provides “scholarships, mentors and hope” to deserving young people selected through a needbased 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 dollarfor-dollar when scholarships are purchased from Florida Prepaid College Foundation each year and are held until students successfully graduate from high school. The newly selected students include: Bailey Middle – Dewey Cushing Jr, Jacquelynn Davis, Landon Green, Xandria Smith and Gabriella Soto; Bellview Middle – Allison Banks, Raven Falzone and Bethany Gurley; Beulah Middle – Izaiah Cubias and Andrew Moles; Brown Barge Middle –- Lana Carter, Tyrin Joiner, Elizabeth Mendiola (8th grade) and Kenya Wadley (8th grade); Ernest Ward Middle – Jackson Davis, Laura Laborde, Jared Long and Genesis Scott-Johnson; Ferry Pass Middle – Retag Abdelhamid, Jayden Brown, Kyleigh Cox, Azarria MGhee, Amiya Rudolph, Alysa Sutton, Mary Kaitlyn Johnson (8th grade) and Catherine Wester (8th grade); Ransom Middle – Jayda Fillingim, Adrianna Middleton, Ceth Morris and Kaylyn Weiss; Warrington Middle – Shynia Bowie, Nyking Curry and Christian Stone; and West Florida High – Patrick Delcour (9th grade). For more info about the Take Stock in Children program in Escambia County, contact Sally Lee at 469-5458 or slee@ escambia.k12.fl.us. In Santa Rosa County, contact Angie Brown at 712-2264 or email@example.com Photo Credit: Rodney Cammauf Photography 21
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Talking About “Sexting”
by a sexting scandal involving hundreds of students. In 2009, Cincinnati teen Jesse Logan committed suicide after a nude photo she’d sent to a boyfriend was circulated widely around her high school, resulting in harassment from her classmates. Fortunately, networks with large teen audiences -- MTV, for example -- are using their platforms to warn teens against the dangers of sexting. And the website ThatsNotCool.com uses teen-speak to help resist cyber peer pressure. Even the movie Eighth Grade reveals the ambivalence kids feel about the pressure to join the trend. Hopefully, these messages will get through.
Sexting among teens may not be the epidemic parents have been warned about. But despite education efforts and cautionary tales, it’s still, unfortunately, pretty common. While experts differ on statistics, a research report in the June 2019 edition of JAMA Pediatrics found that at least one in four teens receive sexually explicit texts and emails. At least one in seven teens send “sexts.” Why do they do it? To show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, or to prove commitment. Or even as a joke. Teens’ developing interest in sex, an impulse to experiment, and apps that make sexting easy -- and acceptable -- create an environment that some teens find irresistible. Though some experts tell parents not to “freak out,” sexting is associated with sexual risks, such as using drugs and alcohol, having more sexual partners, and not using contraception. Another big risk is kids’ personal privacy. As far too many teens have found out, the recipient of these messages is in possession of a highly compromising image or message that can be easily posted on a social networking site or sent to others via email or text. In a technology world where anything can be copied, sent, posted, and seen by huge audiences, there’s no such thing as being able to control information. The intention doesn’t matter -- even if a photo was taken and sent as a token of love, for example, the technology makes it possible for everyone to see your child’s most intimate self. In the hands of teens, when revealing photos are made public, the sexter almost always ends up feeling humiliated. Furthermore, sending sexual images to minors is against the law, and some states have begun prosecuting kids for child pornography or felony obscenity. There have been some high profile cases of sexting. In 2018, a sexting scandal ensnared several Virginia middle school students. In 2015, a Colorado high school was rocked Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
Advice for parents • Don’t wait for an incident to happen to your child or your child’s friend before you talk about the consequences of sexting. Sure, talking about sex or dating with teens can be uncomfortable, but it’s better to have the talk before something happens. • Remind your kids that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved -- and they will lose control of it. Ask teens how they would feel if their teachers, parents, or the entire school saw the picture, because that happens all the time. • Talk about pressures to send revealing photos. A study by Michigan State University found that many teens are sexually harassed online by their peers. Let teens know that you understand how they can be pushed or dared into sending something. Tell them that no matter how big the social pressure is, the potential social humiliation can be hundreds of times worse. • Teach your children that the buck stops with them. If someone sends them a photo, they should delete it immediately. It’s better to be part of the solution than the problem. • Check out Common Sense Education’s Sexting Handbook at www.commonsense.org. This resource gives families the language and support to take texting and cell phone power back into their own hands. It’s also a great resource for parents who are uncomfortable dealing directly with this issue. 24
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Does your child throw temper tantrums when things don’t go their way? Does he hit siblings when he is mad? Does she throw toys across the room when she is frustrated? Kids often don’t understand how to appropriately express strong feelings like anger, frustration, or disappointment causing them to act out. This is totally normal and the good is, parents can help kids understand their emotions, express themselves in a healthy way, and even learn to cope with their feelings.
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It is important to not only give your child the words to express their own feelings, but to also notice and label the feelings of others. When you arrive home to a dog that greets you at the door and a wagging tail, explain that the dog is excited to see you. If they notice someone crying talk about how they are sad and why. Teach feeling words
The biggest obstacle toddlers have when expressing their feelings is the simple fact that they do not have the words to explain what is going on. When your child has worked hard to build a tower of blocks only to have it topple down over and over again, they feel frustrated. Simply stating “You are frustrated with your blocks aren’t you? Can I help?” acknowledges your child’s feelings and give words to identify them in the future. If a sibling took their toy away and they begin to cry, acknowledge that they are sad and come up with a solution together to work it out. In the future, give your child the opportunity to express how they are feeling and listen. This will help them show their feelings through words rather than actions (like hitting or throwing a tantrum). For an older child, ask them what they are feeling and listen to the answer without criticism. If they are having trouble coming up with feelings words to express themselves, give them a couple that you feel may fit the situation. Ask if they feel there is a better way they could handle the situation and talk it out together.
Talk about feelings often
It is important to not only give your child the words to express their own feelings, but to also notice and label the feelings of others. When you arrive home to a dog that greets you at the door and a wagging tail, explain that the dog is excited to see you. If they notice someone crying talk about how they are sad and why. If your child acts out toward someone else, try to explain the feelings involved. “You were mad at your sister and so you told her you didn’t like her anymore, that hurt her feelings and now she feels sad.” Help your child to notice the cues and body language of others and guess their emotions. You can also play a game where you make faces at each other. First make a happy face, then a mad face, then a sad face. As you read books try to guess the feelings of the characters. Parents can also find many books and videos about feelings at their local library
Model appropriate expression
It’s okay for kids to know that parents have feelings of sadness, excitement, frustration, and anger just like they do. During these emotional moments, we can model a positive way of dealing with our feelings to our kids. When a parent gets mad, they have the opportunity to yell or get physical or they can calmly say they need to take a walk and excuse themself until they can cool down. When we are frustrated with a task let kids know what you are feeling and that you have decided to take a break or ask for help. Feelings of sadness are normal and we can show kids it’s okay to feel down once in awhile. Spending time with people we care about, exercising, or doing something we enjoy is a great way to lift a mood.
Teach appropriate ways to deal with emotions
Once kids can express how they feel with words, we can help them come up with appropriate ways to express their feelings. For some kids this may be simply talking about it. For others they may need extra snuggles or hugs. For another child, having time to be alone to sort out their thoughts and feelings or cool down gives them time they need to process their emotions so they can discuss them. When my daughter gets mad she finds it helpful to go to her room, shut the door and turn up the music. I often hear her singing as she looks at books, plays or even cleans. When she joins us again she is calmer, happier, and able to talk and interact with others calmly. My son prefers to take a walk when he is upset. The exercise and fresh air helps him settle down. Depending on the child, their current emotion, and the situation the coping skills may look very different. As kids begin to learn to express their feelings using words and appropriate coping skills, it is important to give them positive feedback. This will help encourage them to continue to express themselves as they mature. GPP Sarah Lyons is a Midwestern mom of six kids, including three year old triplets.
ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston
Teens in a Performance Driven Culture We live in a performance driven culture. Remember when baseball and football were sports you played in the empty sandlot at the end of the street? Nowadays, parents spend thousands of dollars to make sure even their middle-school kids have all the right equipment and privatized training to be bigger, faster and stronger. A high school diploma used to be enough to ensure you a decent job. And if you went on to a trade school and learned a skill like welding or mechanics, you were guaranteed a solid career. You can see the effect this performance driven culture has on teens when you step into the world of social media. Hop onto Facebook on a random Thursday, and you see friends and acquaintances reporting on what they’re doing, where they’ve been, who they’re hanging out with and what they know. Teens use photo-sharing apps like Instagram to display pictures of themselves with nice clothes, nice cars, nice vacations, and nice and notable friends. It’s a highly competitive digital world, in which our kids feel the pressure to “perform” as well, or better, than the other kids they see. Of course, moms and dads don’t want this performance attitude to permeate their own relationship with their kids. We don’t want our teens to feel they have to perform in order to win our affection. But sometimes the way we communicate with them says the exact opposite. When our teens exhibit bad behavior or don’t live up to our expectations, we may pull away from them, express our disappointment, or punish them by withholding time or attention. Yet, when our son or daughter excels or accomplishes something noteworthy, we heap praise, tell them how proud we are of them, and how much we care. This almost subconscious reinforcement that achievements bring love, and mistakes bring rejection, further drills into our teens this need to perform. So what are some of the lies our teens are hearing that we need to combat? Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
Performance Driven Lies
In today’s culture, teens are hearing that people will only love them if they perform up to a certain high standard. Approval and accolades will be theirs when they are running on all cylinders. But should there be a drop in their performance, teens believe that others’ affections will correspondingly plummet. It’s one reason guys are conditioned not to show weakness, and to display the bravado of power and strength. It’s one reason young ladies develop eating disorders, or turn into mean girls and try to cut other people down. In a performancedriven world, teens are being conditioned to be tough guys and drama queens. The second lie teens are buying into is that if they make a mistake, no one will love them. It’s what leads many teens to act dishonestly or in secret. They’re worried that if anyone finds out who they really are, or what they’ve done, they’ll lose the relationship. Lastly, the lie of performance-driven culture says that we are valuable in our good years, but not valuable in our bad years. Teens think that if they’re behaving properly they have more worth to parents and family than when they are misbehaving. But I believe in the sanctity of life in all stages. An unborn baby is just as valuable and worthy of love as that bratty 14-year-old or that Rhodes Scholar student! With so many lies, untruths and misrepresentations flying around, how can we combat these performance-driven myths? Let me share a few options.
Relationally Driven Truth Communicate love in various ways when your teen does something bad. This is not a recommendation to gloss over the mistake, or forgo the due consequences. But in the midst of the punishment, verbalize your love to your child. Let him know that his behavior doesn’t negate your relationship with him. Give her a hug. Share an encouraging word. Be creative 28
about how you relay your care and compassion, even when they blow it. Also, allow your teen to make mistakes without shaming him or her. I’m sure you’ve seen or read articles about parents punishing their children by having them hold signs proclaiming their guilt in front of busy streets, or posting pictures and humiliating them on social media. I understand the motivation behind those methods, but shaming kids is never a good solution. All it does is reinforce their own insecurity and push them deeper into performance-driven behavior. When our toddler falls off their tricycle, we don’t run up and point and let them know what a stupid mistake it was to keel over. No, as parents we come alongside, brush the child off, and put them back on the bike. We have to treat our teens the same way. We brush them off and encourage them to keep going and try again. Also,it can help for teens to hear about mom and dad’s mistakes. I know it might be uncomfortable, but those stories let teens know that if mom and dad made mistakes, and still turned out all right, then maybe they don’t have to be perfect either. Let your kids have their own opinions. You don’t have to be correcting your teen 24/7. Let some discussions simply be about communicating. There may be times when you have to share the truth with your kids, but most of the time conversations should revolve around getting to know your teen as a person. Ask them what they enjoy, and why they enjoy it. Don’t tear them down. They are already facing pressure to like the “right” things from all of their peers; home should be a safe place for them to be who they are. Lastly, affirm your teen’s value regularly. Let your child know they have intrinsic worth. Show your kids that you appreciate them for who they are, and you’ll destroy that performance-driven mentality and foster a healthy teenager. 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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Transfer My Credit Card Debt? Q. I’ve got about $3,000 in credit card debt. Would it be a good idea to transfer the balance from my credit card to another one that has a much lower interest rate?
A. A lower interest rate will help you save a little money in the short-term, but the drawback is it can also make you feel like you’ve addressed your problem with debt when you really haven’t. You’ve got to change the behavior and the mindset that put you in that situation in the first place. I discovered long ago that personal finance is only about 20 percent head knowledge and 80 percent behavior. Emotion is a key element to getting out of debt and staying out of debt. You’ve got to get really mad at debt, the impact it has on your financial life, and attack it with a vengeance. Think about how many times debt has been a negative influence on your life. My guess is there were many occasions in the past when you could have done great stuff—I’m talking about meaningful, important things— if you hadn’t had to send a bunch of money to those bozos at the credit card company every month. How about this? First, cut up your credit card and close the account. Then, sell some stuff and take a part-time job nights or weekends for just a little while. You could wipe out all your debt in less than a year by doing that and starting to live on a strict, written, monthly budget. If you don’t get mad about it and take a stand against debt, and become determined you’re never going to fall into that trap again, you’re liable to find yourself back in the same situation or worse!
good vehicles for building wealth in the long term, and are there any major drawbacks to these types of services?
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there’s anything really wrong with Acorns or Betterment, but they do different things. Acorns is more of an invest pennies, round-up kind of program, where Betterment is kind of a
robo-investing deal. Here’s the thing. Micro investing is going to create micro wealth. And the big
downside is you’re going to feel like you did something important. The way you end up with money is by investing money. The way you end up with more money is by investing more money. You can argue all you want that using things like these create extra money. Yeah, but not really. The returns are still micro. An app doesn’t make two dollars turn into twenty dollars. It’s okay to use apps like that. I’m not mad at them, and I don’t think they’re a rip-off or anything like that. What worries me about these kinds of things, in an investing sense, is they give the illusion that you’ve done something significant with your money.
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Maybe you grew up carving Jack-o-lanterns and you want your kids to follow in your footsteps. Who could blame you? Carving pumpkins is a gooey-messy-blast for the whole family. For many of us, it’s a time-honored tradition. But exploring other options isn’t about turning pumpkin-carving into a Pinterest-perfect art form it’s about having fun decorating in a variety of ways. Why not try mixing things up this year? Select pumpkin color and size according to taste and embellish away! You’ll be amazed at how many looks a simple pumpkin can pull off. For best results, choose a pumpkin with a smooth, unblemished surface. Wash your pumpkin gently with mild soap and water and allow it to dry overnight before you begin decorating. Most of these looks work best for medium-sized to smallish pumpkins.
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1. Polk-a-dots Galore. Give very young children a pumpkin and a pile of sticky felt circles. Show them how to adhere them to their pumpkin, and they will be happily entertained for quite some time. Polk-a-dots are the simplest approach for the youngest in your clan, but you can also create a more traditional look using black felt shapes on an orange pumpkin.
2. The Glittering Globe. Coat pumpkin in a layer of Mod Podge or white glue, then sprinkle entire pumpkin with glitter. Or mix a few glitters in advance for a multi-color look. If you want to do a variety of colors, coat only a portion of the pumpkin, then sprinkle glitter over just that portion. Catch extra glitter on newspaper and pour it back into container. Let sections dry between applications of new colors for best results.
3. The Painted Lady. If you want your painted pumpkin to last, coat it with a layer of varnish or sealer first in a well-ventilated area. Flip pumpkin over onto a bowl or jar while you paint the bottoms first. When dry, flip it over to
paint the rest. Apply a couple of coats of acrylic paint. Chalkboard paint works well on pumpkins. Apply another coat of varnish to painted pumpkins for longest-lasting results. Leave chalkboard painted pumpkins unvarnished.
When dry, coat fabric with glow-in-thedark craft paint.
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4. The Glitter-paint Combo. If you want to mix things up a bit, follow instructions for painting your pumpkin. Then, when completely dry, apply glitter to the pumpkin stem only. Or use blue painterâ€™s tape to create designs on pumpkin. Then apply glue and glitter for added sparkle.
and up who enjoy drawing will relish the opportunity to create temporary works of art on pumpkins using Sharpie markers. Supply them with a rainbow of colors or an array of black markers in various thicknesses. Sharpie art using black and colored markers works especially well on white pumpkins. And black markers of various thicknesses look great on orange pumpkins. Varnish afterwards for a longer-lasting work of art.
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7. The Drippy Look. Spread out
pumpkin into a spider web by wrapping it randomly all over with thick white twine. Then hot glue a large black spider onto the web to finish the look. For a mummified look, cut cheesecloth into long, wide strips. Fold strips to double thickness and spray with fabric stiffener. When dry, wrap strips around pumpkin, leaving top and bottom clean. Secure strips with hot glue. Hot glue googly eyes and wrap with a few more strips so eyes are peeking out. Cut away a thin mouth and dab inside with black paint.
newspaper or brown bags to catch any excess. Unwrap crayons in assorted colors. You can either do a spectrum of colors or mix things up. Consider autumn colors on an orange pumpkin or ghoulish colors on a white pumpkin. Glue down crayons (just the top half) with points facing out and tipped slightly down around the pumpkin stem with a thick white nonflammable glue. Let dry. Set hair dryer to high and work your way around the crayons one at a time until they are melted to your satisfaction.
stem, work your way down the sides of the pumpkin with gem stickers. Create an evenly spaced over-all pattern or a dripping-with-gems look. Combine gems with an adhesive letter sticker, if you like, for a monogrammed look. Leave gems off the bottom so pumpkin stands flat.
10. Stamp-a-pumpkin. If you wish
8. The Collaged Gourd. Mod Podge works well for applying paper or fabric to pumpkins. Paint the stems ahead of collaging, if you want a more polished look. Then choose tissue paper, old book pages, hand-made paper, printed paper napkins, or fabric quilting scraps for best results. Cut material into squares or
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strips. When using strips, cut the ends into points so they will smooth easily. Apply a layer of Mod Podge under and over material. Smooth materials with fingers as you go. Add embellishments like ribbon on dried pumpkin as you wish.
9. Bling-kin. Paint pumpkin with two coats of paint. Then, starting at the
to change the color of your pumpkin, paint your pumpkin first, as described above. You can also paint your stem, if you like. To achieve a stamped look on your pumpkin, donâ€™t try to stamp directly on the surface. Instead, take white tissue paper and stamp it using archival quality ink with the image or images of your choice. Allow ink to dry thoroughly and then Mod Podge your tissue carefully to your pumpkin. Add additional collage elements to the top and bottom of the pumpkin to frame your stamp, if you like. Try using matching tissue paper or paper napkins around the top or bottom of pumpkin for a complimentary look. GPP Author, journalist and writing coach, Christina Katz enjoys the results of carving pumpkins but the messy process not-so-much. This year, she is looking forward to turning her front porch into a gallery of pumpkin art with the help of the whole family.
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Dates: Saturdays & Sundays through November 3, 2019 Location: OWA, 1501 South OWA
Dates: October 17 - 31, 2019 Location: Cokesbury United Methodist Church,
ad on page 3
Boulevard, Foley, AL 36535 Join us Saturdays & Sundays inside The Park at OWA for a variety of kid-friendly events and activities like pumpkin painting contests, arts & crafts, trick-or-treating and more! From 5pm - 7pm. Visit website for specific activities and times. (251) 923-2111 email@example.com www.visitowa.com/explore/events/parkafterdark
Death and Mourning in the Victorian Era ad on page 39
Dates: October 1 - 31, 2019 Location: Dorr House in Historic Pensacola Vil-
lage, 311 South Adams St, Pensacola, FL 32502 A 30 minute Living History tour illuminating the traditions and superstitions surrounding death and mourning in the Victorian Period. Open to all ages beginning at 3:00pm Tuesday - Saturday. Admission to Historic Pensacola is required. (850) 595-5985 (Ext. 108) firstname.lastname@example.org www.historicpensacola.org
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5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 This is a huge fundraiser to fund our Youth Programs. Hours: Monday - Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturdays 8am - 8pm, Sundays 10am - 8pm. Come see us at the Patch! (850) 476-5818 email@example.com www.cokesburychurch.com
Fear in the Forest ad on page 31
Dates: October 18 - 19, 25 - 26 & 31, 2019 Location: Magnolia Farms, 15275 County Road
49, Summerdale, AL 36580 Fear in the Forest, such a fright, come and have a Haunted Night! Only $20 Bones per Person, and includes the Corn Maze’s and most activities while you wait. From 7pm - 11pm. (251) 605-7216 firstname.lastname@example.org www.magnoliacornmaze.com
Haunted House Walking & Trolley Tours
Magnolia Corn Maze
ad on page 39
Dates: October 5 - November 2, 2019 Location: Magnolia Farms, 15275 County Road
Pensacola, FL 32502 Explore Pensacola’s haunted history while helping to raise funds for Historic Pensacola. Walking Tours at 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm. $15/adult, $8/child 12 and under. Trolley Tours at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm. $20/adult, $10/child 12 and under. Tickets available for purchase online.
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49, Summerdale, AL 36580 Come get lost in our 2 Eight Acre Corn Mazes. Come enjoy our Hayride, Cow Train, Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Pig Races, Corn Cannons, Jump Pad, Paintball Shooting Gallery, Campfires, Bazooka Ball, Mag’s B Line and more! Saturdays 11am - 9pm and Sundays 12pm - 5pm. Oct 5 – Grandparents day, October 12 -American Hero Day, Oct 19 – Scout Day and Oct 26-Trick or Treat. (251) 605-7216 email@example.com www.magnoliacornmaze.com
Boo at the Zoo ad on Back Cover
Dates: October 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2019 Location: Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze
Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Halloween Fun at the Zoo! Trick-or-treat trail with candy, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, a critter touch zone and the entire Zoo! 10:00am - 5:00pm. (850) 932-2229 www.GBZoo.com
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Dates: October 19, 25, 26, 2019 Location: 117 East Government Street,
(850) 595-5985 firstname.lastname@example.org www.historicpensacola.org
Sensory Friendly Trick or Treat ad on page 5
Dates: October 25, 2019 Location: American Autism Rehabilitation Center,
8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 FREE Trick-or-treat from 4:30pm-6:30pm while touring the facility for an evening of fun! Parents or care providers must accompany children. Bags will be provided! Mapped-out indoor route, no flashing lights, wagons are welcome, well lit, no scary decorations, no scary costumes, costumes are optional, non-
candy options available. Contact us for sponsorship opportunities!
(251) 210-1632 email@example.com www.AmericanAutismCenter.com
Woodland Haunted Hallway ad on Inside Back Cover
Dates: October 25, 2019 Location: Woodland Heights Resource Center,
111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503 Join us for a scary fun night of ghosts, scary noises, darkness and lots of screams! Candy treats for those brave enough to enter! All ages welcome (children under 12 years must be with an adult). Cost: Free. 6:00pm - 8:00pm. (850) 435-1751 www.playpensacola.com
Halloween at the Museum ad on page 7
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Naval Aviation Museum,
1750 Radford Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32508 Bring the family and enjoy Halloween fun from 10:00am - 12:00pm in the Blue Angels Atrium. Featuring “spooktacular” specials, hands-on activity stations and even a Mascot Meet-andGreet. The event is free and open to the public.
(800) 327-5002 firstname.lastname@example.org www.navalaviationmuseum.org
Halloween Egg Haunt ad on Inside Back Cover
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Roger Scott Athletic Complex, 2130
Summit Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32503 Ghostly Greetings! We would like, if we may, to take you on a strange and spooky journey. Join us from 5:30pm – 8:00pm for a fang-tastic night of FREE treats, chills, and thrills! There will be five haunting Egg Haunts for children stroller age - 13 years, fun games, costume contests, a selfie booth, bounce houses, and a Haunted Hayride! (850) 912-4056 www.playpensacola.com
Spooktacular: A Low Sensory Halloween Party ad on page 39
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Pensacola Museum of Art,
407 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, Fl 32502 Individuals on the Autism Spectrum are invited to participate in low-sensory activities inspired
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by Classics such as Dracula, Jaws, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and more! Costumes are encouraged. Bring a bag for treats! Games, art, light refreshments, prizes and candy. $5 for ages 3 and up. Tickets are available online. 4:00pm 7:00pm. (850) 432-6247 email@example.com www.pensacolamuseum.org
Trick or Treat on the Farm ad on page 31
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Magnolia
Farms, 15275 Cty Rd 49, Summerdale, AL 36580 Join Us for Trick or Treat on the Farm from 1pm 4pm. Wear your Costume and Trick or Treat!!
(251) 605-7216 firstname.lastname@example.org www.magnoliacornmaze.com
Saint Therese Little Flower Festival ad on page 21
Dates: October 27, 2019 Location: Little Flower Catholic Church, 6495
Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL 32506 Join us after 10:30am Mass. Taste cuisines from around the world, enjoy the children’s area (hosted by Little Flower School), Silent Auction, Live Music and Little Flower’s got Talent competition. (850) 455-4851 email@example.com www.ptlittleflower.org
Cokesbury Trunk or Treat ad on page 17
Dates: October 30, 2019 Location: Cokesbury United Methodist Church,
5725 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Join us from 5pm - 7pm. Cokesbury’s annual
Trunk or Treat is a free and safe trick or treating experience. We also have free refreshments available to the first 400 people. The children always love to play in all of the inflatables and fun activities. This is a safe, fun, family event. (850) 476-5818 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cokesburychurch.com
Fricker’s Halloween Trunk or Treat
ad on Inside Back Cover Dates: October 31, 2019 Location: Fricker Resource
Center, 900 North F Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Join our Halloween extravaganza filled with candy, games, and FUN! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Candy and prizes available while they last! Ages 3 - 12 years. 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Cost: Free. (850) 436-5195 www.playpensacola.com
Potential Church Trunk-or-Treat ad on page 11
Dates: October 31, 2019 Location: Potential Church, 3351 Creighton
Road, Pensacola, FL 32504 Potential Church invites families to join in on the fun at our annual Trunk-or-Treat from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. (850) 549-3880 www.potentialchurch.com
OWA’s Fall Festival ad on page 3
Dates: Friday - Sunday through
November 3, 2019
Location: Downtown OWA, 100 North OWA
Boulevard, Foley, AL 36535 Pick a pumpkin, ride a camel, explore the corn mazes, eat delicious food and more in OWA’s family-friendly Fall Festival. Plus, get handson experiences with the Poarch Creek Tribal Exhibitions every Saturday located on the festival grounds. Free event every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this fall. Select activities may require purchase. Check our website for specific times and prices. (251) 923-2111 email@example.com www.visitowa.com/explore/events/fallfestival
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Family friendly, haunted & non-haunted activities and fun for all ages. Main attractions: Baker Corn Maze and the haunted trail. Hours: Fridays 7pm11pm; Saturdays 9am-11pm; Sundays 12pm6pm; Halloween night 7pm-11pm.
5983 Dogwood Drive, Milton, FL 32570 Hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays. A decorated haystack will be on display for you to take pictures. Pets are also welcome. 11:00am – 7:00pm.
Dates: Now - November 2, 2019 Location: 5899 Buck Ward Rd, Baker, FL 32531
(850) 803-2367 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hallowshill.com
Holland Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Dates: Now - November 3, 2019 Location: Holland Farm, 2055 Homer Holland
Road, Milton, FL 32570 Corn maze, pedal tractor carts, petting zoo, zip lines, rat racers, knocker balls and more. Visit our website for pricing. Monday - Saturday 8am 6pm, Sundays 10am - 6pm. (850) 675-6876 email@example.com www.hollandfarmsonline.com
Sonshine Pumpkin Patch
Dates: Now - November 3, 2019 Location: Sonshine Family Farm , 6270 Oglesby
Road, Milton, FL 32570 Open Saturdays 9am - 9pm and Sundays 9am - 6pm. Corn maze, playground, fish pond (pond closes at dark). Admission is $10.
Dates: October 4 - 31, 2019 Location: Christ United Methodist Church,
(850) 623-8820 firstname.lastname@example.org www.christumcmilton.com
Pumpkins and Praise Fall Festival
Dates: October 5, 2019 Location: Resurrection
Lutheran Church, 6305 North Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32526 Join us from 10am - 1pm and enjoy games, obstacle course, bounce house, magic, face painting, hayride, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, food and more! Free admission.
(850) 944-3777 Find us on Facebook! www.resluthpns.com
The Original Pumpkin Patch
Dates: October 5 - 27, 2019 Location: St. Mark United Methodist Church,
2203 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503 Come get your pumpkins! Bring your family and your camera for fall photo opportunities. Hours of operation: Weekdays and Saturdays from 9am 6pm, Sundays from 12pm - 6pm.
(850) 418-5897 email@example.com www.sonshinefamilyfarms.com
(850) 432-7777 www.stmarkpensacola.com
Sweet Season Farms
Dates: October 5 - 6, 2019 Location: Gabbert Farm, 3604 Pine Level
Dates: Now - November 3, 2019 Location: Sweet Seasons Farms,
2260 Horn Road, Milton, FL 32570 Corn maze, hayrides, jumping pillow, cow train, and much more! Public hours are Friday nights 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm. Reserved school field trips weekdays. Website for details! (850) 675-3573 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sweetseasonfarms.com
Creepy Hollow Woods
Dates: Fridays & Saturdays - November 2, 2019
2251 Wade Road, Jay, FL 32565 Gates open at 6pm, Haunt opens at dark! INSANITY (Hands on) NOT offered during opening night. Fridays & Saturday 6pm - 12am. Find us on Facebook for pricing and more.
(850) 380-8292 www.facebook.com/CreepyHollowWoodsFL
Pumpkin Patch Express & Scary Night Train
Dates: September 27 - October 31, 2019 Location: Wales West RV Park & Railway,
13670 Smiley Street, Silverhill, AL 36576 All Aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express and Scary Night Train! Enjoy Pumpkin Decorating, Hay Ride, Petting Zoo/Pony rides, Mini Train, Pumpkin Canon, Café and Gift Shop. Open Now Fridays (5pm - 9pm), Saturdays & Sundays (1pm - 9pm). Open nightly beginning October 24th Monday - Friday (5pm - 9pm), Saturday & Sunday (1pm - 9pm). Order tickets online or at the station. (888) 569-5337 or (251) 232-2322 www.waleswest.com
Bellview UMC Pumpkin Patch
Dates: September 29 - October 30, 2019 Location: Bellview United Methodist Church, 4945
Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 Come to the little patch on the west side for pictures, memories and pumpkins! Pumpkins sold support the church youth program. Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:30pm, Sunday 11:30am - 6:30pm
(850) 456-4828 email@example.com www.bellviewumc.org
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Annual Jay Peanut Festival
Church Road, Jay , FL 32565 Live entertainment, food, crafts, antiques, inflatables, pony rides, and Peanut Venders. 9am 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Visit us on Facebook for festival updates. (850) 675-6823 Find us on Facebook
First City Art’s Pumpkin Patch Preview Party
Dates: October 11, 2019 Location: First City Art Center, 1060 North
Guillemard Street, Pensacola, FL 32501 Live music, art demonstrations, raffles, and more. Be the first to purchase a pumpkin! $20 for Members, $25 Non-members. 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Ages 12 and under free. (850) 429-1222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.firstcityart.org
Pensacola Beach Elementary School Fall Festival
Dates: October 11, 2019 Location: Pensacola Beach Elementary School,
900 Via De Luna Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Family fun with kids costume contest, games, haunted house, inflatables, bounce house, and entertainment from Dancingly Yours School of Dance. There will be a silent auction and raffles. 5:30pm - 8:00pm. (850) 934-4020 www.pbes.org
Pensacola Greek Festival
Dates: October 11 - 13, 2019 1720 West Garden
Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Greek culture, traditions, heritage, faith, food, music and the spirit of Greece! Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 9:00pm and Sunday Service 9am 11am and festival from 12pm - 5pm.
(850) 433-2662 email@example.com www.pensacolagreekfestival.com
Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company - Halloween Tour Dates: October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31, 2019 Location: Historic Sacred Heart Hospital, 1010
North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503 Guests take guided tours and are entertained by unusual and peculiar persons. Tours run
from 6:00pm - 11:15pm and last thirty minutes. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets available online October 1st.
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(662) 278-8383 firstname.lastname@example.org www.setsco.org
4th Annual DaneToberfest (Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue)
Dates: October 12, 2019 Location: Seville Square Park, 311 East
Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Join us from 11am - 4pm for live music, food, vendors, and adoption event for the Danes of Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue! (850) 438-4015 NWFLGDR@gmail.com www.nwflgdr.com
Cantonment Arts & Crafts Festival
Dates: October 12, 2019 Location: Pine Forest
Assembly of God, 3125 Pine Forest Road, Cantonment, FL 32533 Join us for the 6th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival from 9am -3pm. Admission is free. Food and merchandise available for purchase.
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First City Art’s Pumpkin Patch
Dates: October 12, 2019 Location: First City Art Center, 1060 N Guil-
lemard St, Pensacola, FL 32501 Hand blown glass & ceramic pumpkins, acorns, gourds and more. This fundraiser supports FCAC, a nonprofit center for the arts, providing education and outreach programs. 10am - 2pm. (850) 429-1222 email@example.com www.firstcityart.org
Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 13, 2019 Location: Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, 100
Andrew Jackson Trail, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563 Come Trunk or Treat on the church campus from 5pm - 7pm. Visit our Facebook page for more details. (850) 932-3625 www.gbpresbyterian.org
St. Luke UMC Pumpkin Patch
Dates: October 12 - 31, 2019 Location: St. Luke United Methodist Church,
1394 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Monday through Saturday 10am - 7pm and Sundays 11pm - 7pm. Prices are based on the size of the pumpkin. Follow us on Facebook at St. Luke United Methodist Church for event updates. (850) 477-3145 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stluke-umc.org
Whispering Pines Fall and Halloween Activities
Dates: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 25 26, 27, 2019 Location: Whispering Pines Christmas Tree
Farm, 1603 Penton Road, Milton, FL 32570 Get your spook on! Open from 7:30pm 10:30pm. Parental discretion. Have some spooky fun with our following Halloween activities: Hayride, Zombie Bus Paintball Shoot, Bonfire, Venders, Live Music and Concessions. (850) 304-1559 www.floridachristmastree.com
Pensacola Interstate Fair
Dates: October 17-27, 2019 6655 West Mobile
Highway, Pensacola, FL 32526 Amazing food, thrilling rides and great musical entertainment. Come see us at The Fair! Entertainment schedules are listed on our website.
(850) 944-4500 email@example.com www.pensacolafair.com
Gallery Night Spooktacular Halloween Event
Dates: October 18, 2019 Location: South Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502
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5:00pm - 9:00pm. Featuring costume contests, spooky events and dozens of artists! Gallery Night is a free, public event for all ages. firstname.lastname@example.org www.gallerynightpensacola.org
Pinelands Fall Festival
Dates: October 19, 2019 Location: Pinelands
Nursery, 8365 Highway 90, Milton, FL 32583 Please come join us for our Fall festival from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Free food, sno cones, face painting, petting zoo, hayrides and more!
(850) 623-0602 email@example.com www.pinelandsFL.com
St. Luke Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 19, 2019 Location: St. Luke
United Methodist Church, 1394 East Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32514 Trunk or Treat will be in front of the church in the paved parking lot. To reserve a parking space and decorate your car, contact Esther Felt. 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
(850) 477-3145 firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/stlukepensacola
St. Mark Arts & Crafts Show
Dates: October 19, 2019 Location: St. Mark
UMC, 2203 North 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503 Join us from 8am - 4pm for handmade arts & crafts, pumpkins for sale in the Pumpkin Patch, bake sale treats, chili, hot dogs, chips, and drinks.
(850) 432-7777 www.stmarkpensacola.com
Dates: October 25, 2019 Location: Pensacola
Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola, FL 32561 Bring the family for a Spooktacular Halloween on the Boardwalk. Trick-or-treating, karaoke, photo opportunities, inflatables, cotton candy and more.
The event is free to the public. Costumes encouraged! 4pm - 8pm.
(800) 635-4803 www.visitpensacolabeach.com
30th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Shoreline Park, 800 Shoreline Drive,
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Carving is done underwater in 1 hour or less. $40 per team. Prizes, Costume Party, Food, Beverages. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Research. More information on Facebook. Registration 12pm, Carving 1pm. (850) 456-8845 email@example.com www.florida-divepros.com
Coastline Calvary Chapel - Fall Fest
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Shoreline Park, 800 Shoreline Drive,
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 A free family fun day open to the community of Gulf Breeze! Big toys & games, skateboarding, basketball, food, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ through fellowship. 11am - 4pm. (850) 932-8197 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coastlinelife.com
Films on the Field
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800
Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 This Free family event begins at 6pm with a bounce house, games, prizes, cake walk and concessions. Bring a lawn chair/blanket to watch “The Greatest Showman”. Sponsored by Jenny Rushing with Re/Max on the Coast. (850) 934-5140 email@example.com www.gulfbreezerecreationcenter.com/upcomingevents
Halloween Comic Fest
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: TBS Comics Pensacola, 6895 North
9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 Come in your favorite costume or character and enjoy cosplay contests, creator signings, photo opportunities with costumed characters, candy, prizes and raffles. 10:00am - 8:00pm. (850) 474-1419 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tbscomics.com
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Seville Square, 311 East Government
Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Trick or Treating, Pumpkin Patch and costume contests, Face Painting, Food Trucks, Holiday Gifts, live entertainment, and Breast Cancer Walk. A portion of the proceeds benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 9:00am - 5:00pm. (850) 376-9350 email@example.com www.orangebeachbreeze.com
Healthy Halloween Party
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Studer Family Children’s Hospital at
Ascension Sacred Heart, 1 Bubba Watson Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504 Bring your ghouls and goblins for some spooky games, face painting, crafts, and healthy trick-ortreating! Presented by the Junior League of Pensacola to promote children’s health and wellness. This event is FREE from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. (850) 433-4421 firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook!
It Happened One Night at the Molino Library
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Molino Branch Library, 6450-A
Highway 95A, Molino, FL 32577 Join us at 6:00pm for a spooktacular good time!
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(850) 444-9299 email@example.com www.zarzaurlaw.com
Bellview UMC Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 31, 2019 Location: Bellview United Methodist Church,
4945 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 Join us from 6:00pm - 7:30pm with trunks full of goodies and surprises. Bring the family for a night of fun. Free hot dogs for the family as well! (850) 456-4828 www.bellviewumc.org
Fall Family Festival
Dates: October 31, 2018 Location: Ensley Church of the Nazarene,
8300 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 A safe, family-friendly, alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. Join us for hot dog dinners, carnival games, family photos, and LOTS of treats. Everything is FREE. (850) 476-4458 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ecnaz.org
Dates: October 31, 2019 Location: Century
Come dressed in your favorite costume. Trickor-Treat through the library and tour the haunted house. (850) 435-1760 www.mywfpl.com
Monster Maze and Hayride
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Sonshine Family Farm, 6270 Oglesby
Road, Milton, FL 32570 Activities from 7pm - Midnight. Live band,costume contest, candy and bonfire (weather permitting).
(850) 418-5897 www.sonshinefamilyfarms.com
Pine Forest United Methodist Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Pine Forest United Methodist Church,
2800 Wilde Lake Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32526 Families are invited to Trunk or Treat from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Navarre
Beach Marine Science Station, 8638 Blue Heron Court, Navarre Beach, FL 32566 Explore sea themed stations and experience science by some of your favorite teachers. Gooey slime and dissections by Dr. Spookfish, haunted beach walk and more. Come dressed to impress as your favorite animal from the sea. $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. 5pm - 9pm.
(850) 261-2141 www.navarresciencestation.org
Special Needs Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
Our special needs community and their families are invited to a non-scary, allergy-sensitive, handicapped accessible event. Admission free with one non-perishable food item for Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Costumes are welcome! 4pm - 6pm.
(850) 396-1008 email@example.com www.emeraldcoastexceptionalfamilies.org
Trick or Treat Yo’self
Dates: October 26, 2019 Location: Palafox Mar-
ket, North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Wear your costumes and get treats instead of tricks! The market offers fresh produce, plants, baked goods, art, and antiques. Open 9:00am 2:00pm.
(850) 434-5371 (Ext. 1) firstname.lastname@example.org www.palafoxmarket.com
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Dates: October 27, 2019 Location: Community Maritime Park, 301 West
Main Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 Pet and family friendly festival and fundraiser. Costume Contests, Canine Square Dancers, howl off, agility demonstrations, food trucks, Disney Princesses/Mermaids, Kazoo, Adoptions, and all things DOGS! 10:00am - 4:00pm. (850) 466-3945 email@example.com www.pensacolahumane.org
Branch Library, 7991 North Century Boulevard, Century, FL 32535 Put your costumes on and have fun at the library! There will be scary music, crafts and goodies. 6:00pm.
(850) 256-6217 www.mywfpl.com
Sam’s Spooky City
Dates: October 31, 2019 Location: Sam’s Fun City, 6709 Pensacola
Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505 Enjoy Trick or Treating, the park and Attractions from 5pm - 9pm. Tickets purchased online are $11(plus tax). Purchase at the gate for $14.99(plus tax). Under 2 years Free.
Gateway Church of Christ Fall Festival
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Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 Enjoy the fun at our Fall Festival. Festivities start at 6pm and end at 8pm.
Woodbine Church Fall Festival
Dates: October 27, 2019 Location: Gateway Church of Christ, 245 Brent
St. Ann’s Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 27, 2019 Location: St. Ann’s Catholic Parish, 100 Daniel
Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 Come out and join us in the back parking lot for an evening of Trunk-or-Treating, games, face painting and a cake walk! 4:30pm - 6:00pm. (850) 932-2859 email@example.com www.stanngulfbreeze.org
St. Mark Trunk or Treat
Dates: October 27, 2019 Location: St. Mark United Methodist Church,
2203 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503 Come join us from 3:00pm - 5:00pm for Trunkor-Treat! We will have live music, candy, games and more! (850) 432-7777 www.stmarkpensacola.com
Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
Dates: October 27, 2019 Location: Friendship Baptist Church,
5300 Berryhill Road, Milton, FL 32570 Everyone is welcome to come! We will have a car decorating contest, a costume parade, bake sale, chili cook-off, hay rides, inflatables and much more! 5:00pm - 7:00pm. (850) 983-2494 www.friendshipchurch.org
Dates: October 30, 2019 11 East Romana Street,
Pensacola, FL 32502 Zarzaur Law Firm presents a downtown event from 4pm - 6pm. Candy, games, fire truck, K-9 unit, arts & crafts, kid’s costume contest (5pm);
Dates: October 31, 2019 Location: Woodbine
Church, 5200 Woodbine Road, Pace, FL 32571 This is a Free family event open to the public from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Trunk or Treating, kids games, face painting, hayrides, candy corn bowling, hot dogs and family fun.
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35th Great Pumpkin 5K & Fun Run
Dates: November 2, 2019 Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral School,
1603 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32503 A Fall Tradition, the Great Pumpkin 5k and Fun Run winds through historic East Hill. 8:00am 5K Run/Walk and 9:00am Fun Run.
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Beulah Craft and Sausage Festival
Dates: November 2, 2019 Location: First Baptist
Church of Beulah, 5805 Beulah Church Road, Pensacola, FL 32526 Families are invited to come out for crafts, sausage dogs, funnel cakes, live music and even more family fun! From 8:00am - 3:00pm.
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Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
Dates: November 1 - 3, 2019 Location: Seville Square, 311 East Government
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Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress 7:30 p.m. Written by Alan Ball and directed by Maureen McNeill. Weddings have a way of bringing out the best and worst in their guests. These five bridesmaids band together to survive a wedding party full of landmines like ex-boyfriends, overbearing mothers, and having a bit too much to drink. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/ for more info. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel by Shirley Jackson; directed by Bob Monson. A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror when a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will.” For more info, call (850) 221-7599 or visit http://panhandlecommunitytheatre.com/.
Friday, September 27
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress 7:30 p.m. Written by Alan Ball and directed by Maureen McNeill. For details, see September 26 listing. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing. Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival 4-9 p.m. 6451 Park Avenue, Milton, Fla. International & Festival Food including Filipino, Polish and Italian, BBQ, Cajun, funnel cakes and much more! Many new rides, live music, indoor bingo, crafts, farmer’s market, 40+ vendors, raffle and more! Call (850) 623-3600 or visit https://srolparish.org/fall-festival-1. 2019 Vettes At The Beach Car Show 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Casino Beach Parking Lot, Pensacola. 300 Corvettes from all over the country, vendors on site, great music, and Deep South Focus Photography. Registration after August 10 is $50 (Includes Friday Welcome Dinner for 2, Dash Placque and Corvette Car Show). Visitors are welcome to walk around and look at the Corvettes, talk and share stories, no charge for visitors. For more info, call (850) 375-6993. 40th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. Seville Square Park, Pensacola. Sample a variety of seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park. Arts and crafts vendors will display their unique wares, many items reflective of our area’s unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children’s area is filled with activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies. For info, call (850) 433-6512 or visit www.pensacolaseafoodfestival.com/.
Saturday, September 28
2019 Vettes at the Beach Car Show 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Casino Beach Parking Lot, Pensacola. For details, see September 27 listing. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing.
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Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. FREE. A group that studies the illness of cancer. Presentations are done through DVDs or by live speakers who share personal insights and experiences. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/.
Pensacola Seafood Don McCloskey 5K 7:30- 11 a.m. Seville Quarter, Downtown Pensacola. Hosted by the Pensacola Runners Association, this is a flat, fast certified 5K course through downtown Pensacola and eat some of the best seafood around at the Pensacola Seafood Festival after the race! For more info, visit https://pensacolarunners.com/ or e-mail PensacolaRunnersAssociation@gmail.com.
Open Studio: Found Poetry 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. Participants are invited to drop in anytime between 11:30 and 3:30 to explore and experiment with a variety of media and art forms. Admission: $6 per participant, free for PMA members. All supplies provided; all ages welcome! Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress 3 p.m. Written by Alan Ball and directed by Maureen McNeill. For details, see September 26 listing.
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress 7:30 p.m. Written by Alan Ball and directed by Maureen McNeill. For details, see September 26 listing.
Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 2:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing.
Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 6451 Park Avenue, Milton, Fla. For details, see September 27 listing. Saturday morning includes 5K run/walk.
Annual St. Rose of Lima International Fall Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 6451 Park Avenue, Milton, Fla. For details, see September 27 listing.
Pensacola Rip the Runway 5 p.m. Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S. I Street, Pensacola. It’s a night of epic fashion and star-studded runways. This event is put on by fashion mogul, online boutique owner and plus-size model, Alexus Rackley. The stage is shared with many designers and fashion stylists as they display their fiery, fierce styles and designs, along with models walking the catwalk dressed in the clothes created by designers from all over. Admission: $25. For more info, call (850) 346-1803 or visit www.pensacolaripsrunway.com/. Arcadia Kids’ Crafts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Arcadia Mill, 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton. Free kids’ crafts featuring spray bottle nature art. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For details, visit historicpensacola.org/explore-arcadia-mill or contact Arcadia Staff at email@example.com. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10:15 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. School-aged children (ages 5-12) are invited to register for a 15-minute session to pick a book and read to one of the therapy dogs. Dogs and handlers are coordinated through Pet Partners and Cherry Point Dog Training, Inc. Preregistration requested. For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Sonshine Family Farms Corn Maze and Mini Golf Opening Day Saturdays 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. 6270 Oglesby Road, Milton, Fla. Two mazes in one with games to play inside the mazes. Playground area with swings, slides, kiddie train ride, zipline, horse and pony rides, tether ball courts, 9-hole mini golf course, corn toss boards, picnic tables under shade trees and a concession stand. Hayrides and a fish pond. Call (850) 418-5897 or visit SonshineFamilyFarms.com. Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and Fall Fun Festival Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday nights 6-10 p.m. 2260 Horn Rd., Milton. Enjoy a day on a working Santa Rosa County farm. Visitors can spend time navigating through an eight-acre corn maze, playing on more than 20 types of fun farm- themed activities, including a cow train, beeline zipline, corn popper jumping pillow, hayrides, barnyard ball, playground and more! For more info, call (850) 675-3573 or visit www.sweetseasonfarms.com.
Dane Cook - Tell It Like It Is 8 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Dane Cook is known as one of the most prolific stand-up comedians and a versatile actor, recognized in significant film and TV projects. He has been featured in numerous Comedy Central and HBO specials. Tickets begin at $40. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com/.
Sunday, September 29
Carnival for a Cure 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Community Maritime Park, 301 West Main Street, Pensacola. Fishbein Orthodontic is teaming up with Rally Pensacola to put on an exciting event to raise awareness and proceeds towards the fight against childhood cancer. Carnival for a Cure will exhibit fun vendors, interactive games and attractions, entertainment, food trucks and more! For more info, visit https://rallyfoundation.org/rally-pensacola/ or call (404) 847-1270.
Wednesday, October 2
Sunday’s Child Kicks Off 2019-2020 Membership Drive 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Urban Objects. The local nonprofit organization invested in diversity and inclusion welcomes residents of the Greater Pensacola Bay Area to pledge membership from now through December 31. New and potential members, as well as returning members are invited to attend a membership mixer to learn more. Register at http://www.sundayschild.org/.
Thursday, October 3
Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival More than 100 songwriters perform on 15 stages across Pensacola Beach. Most events are free and open to the public. Some special events require tickets. For ticket info, visit www.pensacolabeachsongfest.com. WUWF’s RadioLive Concert Series 6 p.m. Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street. Our featured artists are Amy Speace, Grant Peeples, Roman Street, and Kipyn Martin. 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. For more info, visit wuwf.org/radiolive or call (850) 473-7433. Yoga in the Galleries 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S Jefferson St. Art and yoga have complimentary and intrinsically valuable benefits and the museum gallery provides the perfect space to awaken your imagination. All levels welcome. Bring towel, yoga mat, water bottle. PMA members are free; non-members free with admission to museum ($7). Visit www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing.
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Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art Academy for Autism: Adult 4-5:30 p.m. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for those on the autism spectrum. Our art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. Registration required. For more info, visit pensacolamuseum.org or call (850) 432-6247.
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Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For more info, call Dewey Barker at (850) 4507767 or visit http:// visitpensacolabeach. com/whats-happen-
The Pensacola Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Meets the 1st Friday of every month. 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 https://powerfulwomengulfcoast.com/ or call (850) 529-0908. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing. Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival For details, see October 3 listing. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck 7:30 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. We all know the story of Dracula and the legends of the great vampires, but what if that is just what they wanted us to think? This original comedy thriller goes to the heart of the matter. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/ for tickets. PLT’s Spookeasy Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre 5:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. In conjunction with our performance of Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck. Tickets are $75 and include an open bar, dinner by Culinary Productions (Oct. 4) and Four Seasons Catering (Oct. 12), dinner theatre performance by Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre on the Mainstage Theatre, and ticket to Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck at 7:30 in the M.C. Blanchard Courtroom Theatre. All seats general admission. If you have already purchased a seat for Dracula, please call (850) 432-2042 for more info. Godsmack & Halestorm Live in Concert Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Parking $10 cash only; concert tickets begin at $52. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000.
Saturday, October 5
Stargazing on Pensacola Beach (Gulfside) 7 p.m. The Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association will offer free star gazing at the Gulfside Pavilion. For details, see October 4 listing. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 7:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing.
Tom Petty Tribute - The Wildflowers Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/. Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art Academy for Autism: Youth 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-15. Art Academy for Autism is an arts education initiative designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Our program focuses on nurturing artistic development and abstract thinking skills within a group environment. Our art educators believe that self expression can help students build personal connections, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and learn a wide variety of artistic skills. Free program, sponsored in part by Autism Pensacola. For more info, visit pensacolamuseum.org or call (850) 432-6247. Northwest Florida Heart Walk 7-11 a.m. Seville Square. For more info, visit https:// www2.heart.org/. St. Francis Day Family Celebration & Bazaar 10 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 1 St. Francis Drive, Gulf Breeze. Free Blessing of the Animals, Bake Sale & Arts ‘N Crafts Bazaar. Inside and outside exhibits. Fish fry with grits & fixings ($8 per adult & FREE for kids under 10). Hot dogs & hamburgers too! Police dog demos, dog adoptions and $10 rabies shots. Face painting, balloon animals and more for the kids. For more info, visit www.stfrancisgulfbreeze.org. Take a Kid Fishing Navarre 8 a.m. This free kids’ fishing pole giveaway and clinic is staged at Navarre Beach Pier, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. First 300 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole and T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at takeakidfishingnavarre.com or if available, day of event. Event includes free bait and fishing instruction. Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo Tournament competition opens 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday. Fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier! Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in is at Juana’s on Navarre Beach Causeway and scales close promptly at 4 p.m. on both days. Junior anglers 12 and under can compete in the Junior Division for free. Proceeds benefit the Navarre Beach Marine Park. Call Sandi Kemp at (850) 939-1900 or visit www. navarrefishingrodeo.com. Bras Across the Bridge
8 a.m.noon. The Grand Marlin Pensacola Beach, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd. The crowd will make its way across the bridge as a show of awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. In addition, an after-party celebration at The Grand Marlin will include live music, activities, drink specials and a silent auction. Funds raised will benefit the Baptist Health Care Foundation’s Mammogram Fund. The bras will be donated to local organizations that help women and girls in need. For more info, call (850) 4697906 or visit https://baptisthealthcarefoundation.org/. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Opening Night 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre. From the first notes of Dvorak’s spirited “Carnival Overture” to the last notes of Debussy’s powerful “La Mer,” the energy and exhilaration of Opening Night are incomparable. For more info, call (850) 435-2533 or visit www.pensacolasymphony.com/. Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck 7:30 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. For details, see October 4 listing. Ministry Village at Olive Clay Shoot Fundraiser 7:30 a.m. Santa Rosa Shooting Center, 6950 Quintette
Road, Pace. Lunch is included and will immediately follow the shoot. Cash prizes will be awarded, with special recognition given to individual shooters with the highest and lowest scores as well as the best Junior Shooter. All shooters must provide their own shotgun and shells. This is a fundraiser for the Charis House, a faith-based residential recovery program helping women gain freedom from addiction. For more info, visit MinistryVillage. org/ClayShoot or call (850) 475-1112. Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival For details, see October 3 listing. Santa Rosa Island Triathlon 7 a.m. Gulfside Pavilion, 20 Casino Beach Blvd. A great sports competition for the regional triathlon community and a significant event for Pensacola Beach. An awesome Finisher’s medal will be awarded to all who complete this legendary race. The destination weekend also features the Pensacola Beach Songwriters’ Festival and the Sea Turtle Kids’ Triathlon. For more info, call (850) 434-2800 or visit www.santarosaislandtriathlon.com/. Preschool Art Time: Witch and Warlock Hats 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. Cost: $6/ members and $8/non-members, per class. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Sunday, October 6
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck 3 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. For details, see October 4 listing. Panhandle Community Theatre Presents The Haunting of Hill House 2:30 p.m. 4646 Woodbine Road, Milton. For details, see September 26 listing. Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival For details, see October 3 listing. Fallapalooza 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Pensacola Airport/ Medical Center, 1144 Airport Boulevard. A day of shopping, fun and food! Come out and support local vendors and small business owners. This is a great opportunity for some early holiday shopping! Manna Food Pantry Donation List will be provided. For info, call (850) 291-4496. Free Yoga Class - Breathe Yoga and Wellness 10 - 11 a.m. Community Maritime Park. Classes are held the first Sunday of each month and are open to all ages and levels of experience. For more info, visit www. cityofpensacola.com/.
Monday, October 7
Yoga & Art at Pensacola Museum of Art with Nancy LaNasa 5:30 p.m. Enhance your creative focus and flow. All levels welcome. Bring towel, yoga mat, water bottle. PMA members are free; non-members free with admission to museum. For more info, visit pensacolamuseum.org or call (850) 432-6247.
Tuesday, October 8
Baby Shark Live! 6 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! Tickets begin at $30. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.
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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 10
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck 7:30 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. For details, see October 4 listing. Science Hour 6-7 p.m. Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Pensacola. UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension hosts this educational series meeting most months. Tonight’s topic is “Harmful Algae Blooms (red tides, etc.),” presented by Dr. Matthew Schwartz of UWF, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and interim assistant VP of research administration. Each session is free to the public. For more info, contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 475-5230. Stories Under The Stars: Spooky 6-8 p.m. Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N Hayes St., Pensacola. Modeled after The Moth Stories, this event invites individuals to share their own stories with the community. Popcorn, drinks and garden merchandise will be sold before and during the event. While the event is free, donations are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit From The Ground Up Community Garden, a project of The Hive, Innisfree Hotels corporate social responsibility program. For info, call (850) 934-3609 or visit https://storiesunderthestarsspooky.eventbrite.com. Anjelah Johnson: Technically Not Stalking 7 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Mexican and Native American comedian and actress Anjelah Johnson-Reyes has become a favorite with both audiences and critics alike. Her comedy reaches across platforms from the stage to online to TV to film. Tickets begin at $40. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com/.
in traditional costumes, representing various regions of Greece, will perform dance throughout the weekend, and the dance floor is open to everybody between youth sets. The popular Kostas Kastanis band will be back again to play traditional and modern Greek music throughout the weekend. For more info, visit www. pensacolagreekfestival.com.
Saturday, October 12
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck 7:30 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. For details, see October 4 listing. Open Studio: String Art 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. For details, see September 28 listing. White Tie Rock Ensemble: Guitar Heroes! 8 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Come experience an evening of rock and roll as the White Tie Rock Ensemble presents a tribute to: Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Slash, Angus Young, Jeff Beck and more! Tickets begin at $28. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see September 28 listing. Pensacola Greek Festival 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing. PLT’s Spookeasy Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre 5:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. In conjunction with our performance of Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck. For details, see October 4 listing.
David Allan Coe w/ Mama Lucky Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/.
Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Bayview Park, 2001 Lloyd St., Pensacola. Sponsored by NE Pensacola Sertoma, founded in 1988 for the purpose of contributing to the Pensacola community by raising money and supporting many community charities. Free admission and open to the public. Donations benefit Gulf Coast Kid’s House & Junior Achievement of NW Florida. The Festival includes 40+ teams composed of 20 paddlers, a drummer & a steerer. The Festival will include vendors and food and drinks will be on sale. For more info, visit https://pensacoladragonboatfestival.com/.
For King & Country Live in Concert Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Parking $10 cash only; concert tickets begin at $25. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000.
Danetoberfest 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Seville Square. Live music, great food, amazing vendors, and featuring the Danes of Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue! For more info, find us on Facebook.
First City Shakespeare Presents 4th Annual Tour of the Old Sacred Heart Hospital in Haunted East Hill Visit http://setsco.org/first-city-shakespeare.html or call (662) 278-8383 for more info.
“Sea No Limits” Fishing Clinic 8 a.m.-noon. Community Maritime Park. Offered to children and adults, with physical or intellectual disabilities requiring supervised care. Strictly limited to the first 250 applicants. This FREE event includes: fishing rod & reel, grilled lunch w/ beverages, T-shirt, child ID program (optional), fish identification booklets, fishing instruction and bait. For more info, visit www.seanolimits.com/.
Friday, October 11
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Dracula: A Real Pain in the Neck 7:30 p.m. Directed by Brandi Lane and written by Stephen Lott. For details, see October 4 listing.
Pensacola Greek Festival 5-9 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola. Admission is FREE. Youth dancers dressed
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Run for the Reef 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run 6-7 a.m. race day registration; 7:30 a.m. race start time. Benefiting Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary – Snorkeling and Diving Reefs. 5K Course: Beautiful Out and Back 5K (3.1 mi) along Gulf Blvd. Start near the boat ramp parking lot. 10K Course: Similar course to
the 5K with start near boat ramp parking lot. 1-Mile Fun Run (for children 12 & under): starts at Sea Turtle Center on Park Nature Trail after 5K course closes. For more info, visit http://www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.com/.
Sunday, October 13
Pensacola Greek Festival Noon-5 p.m. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1720 West Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 11 listing.
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Jeanne Robertson: The Rocking Chair Tour 3 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Tickets begin at $32. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Restoring Beauty: God’s Plan for Health & Marriage 10:30 a.m. Mass and 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. presentation at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Parish Hall, 6451 Park Ave., Milton. Dr. Damon Cudihy will present on fertility awareness. Childcare and lunch will be provided. RSVP to email@example.com. Pensacola Half Marathon & 5K 7 a.m. - noon @ Community Maritime Park. You will loop through the historic North Hill community just before crossing the Bayou Chico bridge capturing marina views of both Bayou Chico and Pensacola bay. Next, the course takes you to Pensacola’s downtown through the Historic District before returning to Maritime Park. There is a 4-hour course limit to complete the half marathon race (~18/mile pace). For more info, visit https://runpensacola.com/events/pensacola-half-marathon/.
Tuesday, October 15
Cookie with a School Resource Officer 5:30-7 p.m. Chick-fil-A on Nine Mile Road, Pensacola. Join your Escambia County Sheriff’s Office school resource officers (SRO), neighbors and classmates for cookies, fun and conversation. Complimentary cookies. For more info, call (850) 436-9940.
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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. WSRE presents country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic album The Pilgrim. Tickets begin at $32. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.
Wednesday, October 16
Sunday’s Child Kicks Off 2019-2020 Membership Drive 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Cabaret. For details, see October 2 listing. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony 3-4 p.m. Community Maritime Park. The Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition will remember the infant lives lost in 2018. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For info, call (850) 530-1955 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Day 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. Today is also an autograph day at the National Naval Aviation Museum following the practice. Call (850) 452-3604 or visit www. navalaviationmuseum.org/ for more info.
Thursday, October 17
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Veterans’ Meeting 4-7 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/.
The Gulf Breeze Chapter of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Meets the 3rd Friday of every month at Beef O’Brady’s, 344 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze. 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 is not provided. Call (850) 529-0908 or Visit https://powerfulwomengulfcoast.com/.
Friday, October 18
Taste of the Beach 5:30 p.m. Casino Beach directly south of the only traffic light on Pensacola Beach. The 12th Annual Taste of the Beach will start with a special VIP dinner on Friday night, and the fun will continue the following day with cook offs, cooking demonstrations, a chef challenge, sample tastings and live concerts along the sugar-white sands and emerald green waters of Pensacola Beach. For more info, call (850) 932-1500 or visit www.tasteofpensacolabeach.com/. 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. 2019 Bud Light Charity Challenge Tennis Tournament 8 a.m. Pensacola Sports partners with The Lewis Bear Company for this event to benefit Arc Gateway, an organization that provides the best possible life experiences for more than 800 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Pensacola Sports, a private not-for-profit agency that focuses on education, inspiration and participation in various team, individual, amateur and professional sports activities. For details, visit https://pensacolasports.org/budlighttennis or call (850) 434-2800. Flicks on the Field: Hotel Transylvania 6:30 p.m. Pensacola Greyhound Track, 951 Dog Track Road, Pensacola. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce presents a FREE family fun movie night! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars! Concessions will be available. For more info, call (850) 492-4660 or visit http://www. perdidochamber.com. Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art Academy for Autism: Adult 4-5:30 p.m. For details, see October 4 listing.
Black Jacket Symphony Presents Prince’s Purple Rain 8 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. Tickets begin at $30. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 7:35 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For tickets or more
Pensacola Children’s Chorus 3rd Annual “Italiano!” 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program. Sander’s Beach Corinne Jones Resource Center, 913 S I St., Pensacola. “Italiano!” offers a unique fundraising experience benefiting PCC’s Tuition Assistance Program. Sing along with our dueling pianists and savor Italian fare provided by the Pensacola Fish House. Live entertainment will be provided by current members of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Business formal attire. Tickets: $85, table of 10: $750. For more info, visit www.PensacolaSings.org. Festa Italiana 2019 11 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church, 140 W Government Street, Pensacola. Purchase food like shrimp scampi, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, sausage and pepper sandwiches, and tiramisu. Italian dancers and music, prize drawings and a silent auction are all part of the event. Visitors are able to find out about their Italian heritage and purchase Italian souvenirs. Fun for the entire family. Public welcome; free parking and admission. For more info, visit https:// soibuonafortuna.org/home/festa-italiana/. Ballet Pensacola’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Join Jack, Sally, the Mayor and the characters from Halloweentown in this epic romp showcasing Richard Steinert’s critically acclaimed production. The show is more spooky than scary and will be appropriate for children. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/ for more info.
Saturday, October 19
Ballet Pensacola’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 18 listing. Taste of the Beach 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Casino Beach directly south of the only traffic light on Pensacola Beach. For details, see October 18 listing. ZOSO -The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 South Palafox Street, Pensacola. For more info, call (850) 607-6758 or visit www.vinylmusichall.com/. 2019 Bud Light Charity Challenge Tennis Tournament 8 a.m. Pensacola Sports. For details, see October 18 listing. Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art Academy for Autism: Youth 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-14. For details, see October 5 listing.
Miranda Sings! 7 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Colleen Ballinger is an actor, comedian, trained vocalist, writer and executive producer. Best known for portraying her character, “Miranda Sings,” a personality that is her polar opposite, Ballinger has amassed more than 20 million followers across social media and passed 2 billion views on YouTube. Tickets begin at $40. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Pensacola Ice Flyers vs. Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. Festa Italiana 2019 11 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church, 140 W Government Street, Pensacola. For details, see October 18 listing. Parents’ Night Out: An Art Class for Kids 5:30-8 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. For ages 5-12. Cost $20 per student. Students will experiment with various media to create 3D and 2D works to take home. Light snacks are provided but you may pack a dinner if desired. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247. Walk to End Alzheimer’s Registration at 8 a.m.; ceremony at 9 a.m.; walk at 9:30 a.m. Community Maritime Park. The world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Sign up at act.alz.org/pensacola or call (850) 462-5410. Bridge to Bridge 5K 7:30-11:30 a.m. Starts at the base of the 3 Mile Pensacola Bay Bridge on the Pensacola side. A portion of every entry will go back to the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club as our official charity to help support their local scholarship foundation. Finish line is at the other end of the bridge in Gulf Breeze, right next to The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge. There will be food, refreshments, live music and a beautiful view. For more info, visit https:// runpensacola.com/events/bridge-to-bridge-5k/. Preschool Art Time: Monster Puppets 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. For details, see October 5 listing.
Sunday, October 20
Ballet Pensacola’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 2:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 18 listing. Family Sunday at Pensacola Museum of Art: Homemade Halloween Decorations 1-4 p.m. Bring your family to the museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Afterwards enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibitions. Cost: $6/ participant over the age of 3, includes day admission into the PMA. Register at www.pensacolamuseum.org/ or call (850) 432-6247.
Wednesday, October 23
Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Day 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For other details, see October 16 listing.
Thursday, October 24
Improvable Cause Happy Hour 7 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. Pensacola’s only professional improv comedy troupe! Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different. IC shows are edge-of-your-seat theatre where anything can happen (and usually does!) Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre. com/ for more info.
FamilyCalendar Movies Under The Stars: Aliens 6-9 p.m. From the Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N Hayes St., Pensacola. Popcorn, drinks and garden merchandise will be sold before and during the event. While the event is free, donations are encouraged. Please RSVP to save your seat, https://alien2019.eventbrite.com. Call (850) 934-3609 for more info. Cirque du Soleil - Axel Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Parking $10 cash only; show tickets begin at $34. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000.
Friday, October 25
Cat & Nat #MOMTRUTHS Tour 7 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. With seven kids between the two of them, Cat & Nat know just how lonely and isolating motherhood can be. So, they set out on a mission to bring women and moms together by hosting dinner parties and events—with wine and without babies. The events garnered huge success, leading Cat & Nat to break into the online world to reach more people and connect women and moms everywhere. Tickets begin at $30. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Cirque du Soleil - Axel Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see October 24 listing. Ballet Pensacola’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 18 listing.
Saturday, October 26
Ballet Pensacola’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 18 listing. Pet Partners: Read With Me 10:15 a.m.-noon. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. For details, see September 28 listing. Natural Healing/Cancer Study 2-4 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 315 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. For details, see September 28 listing. Rumours of Fleetwood Mac 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac has a brand-new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac. Tickets begin at $41. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www. pensacolasaenger.com/. Cirque du Soleil - Axel Shows at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see October 24 listing.
await you. Explore science stations led by outstanding Santa Rosa County teachers. The family-friendly event features glow in the dark science demonstrations, spine chilling dissections, haunted beach walk, hands-on activities, and crafts for children. Visit https://navarresciencestation.org/ or call (850) 261-2141. Breastival Noon-9 p.m. 3130 Barrancas Ave., Pensacola. All-day concert to benefit the Pink Pirates of Navarre, a nonprofit organization based in Navarre dedicated to raising awareness and funds to assist with early detection of breast cancer. This group was established to help promote awareness of the importance of regular mammograms. $5 suggested donation. For more info, call (850) 378-1324. Faces of Domestic Violence Benefit Show 7-10 p.m. Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola. American Idol finalists Jess Meuse and Wade Cota perform for the FavorHouse of Northwest Florida’s Faces of Domestic Violence Benefit Show! $40 general admission. For more info, call (405) 315-7444. Halloween at the National Naval Aviation Museum 10 a.m.-noon. Featuring “spooktacular” specials, handson activity stations and even a Mascot Meet-and-Greet. The event is free and open to the public. Includes FREE giant screen movie for kids in costume with paying adult; Motion-Based simulator ride + Dog Tag = $8 (Normally $11 Value); and FREE ride for kids in costume to the *NEW* Apollo 11 Virtual Reality and Blue Angel 4D experience with paying adult. For more info, visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org/ or call (800) 327-5002. Open Studio: Día de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. For details, see September 28 listing. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk 8 a.m.-noon @ Community Maritime Park. Raise awareness and money to fund research, support services, and early detection. For more info, visit https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=strides_msabc or call (800) 227-2345.
Sunday, October 27
Ballet Pensacola’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 2:30 p.m. Pensacola Little Theatre. For details, see October 18 listing. Cirque du Soleil - Axel Shows at 1 and 5 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. For details, see October 24 listing. An Evening of Worship with Chris Tomlin 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Chris Tomlin is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world. He has 12 albums, 16 #1 radio singles, a Grammy and an American Music Award, three Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award with two platinum and five gold albums to his credit and over eight million albums sold. Tickets begin at $28. For tickets or more info, call (850) 5953880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.
2019 Orange Beach Breeze Harvest Market 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seville Square. Vendors from across the region exhibit and sell fine art, holiday decorations, holiday gifts, handcrafted furniture and jewelry, stained glass, and personal care products. There will also be numerous activities throughout the day including live entertainment, kids’ Halloween trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch and a costume competition. Portion of proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more info, visit https://orangebeachbreeze.com/.
Pensacola Little Theatre Holds Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street Directed by Mark Core-Noel. Mainstage play. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www.pensacolalittletheatre.com/auditions for more info.
Science Spooktacular by the Sea 5-9 p.m. Navarre Marine Science Station, Navarre. From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures
Pensacola Little Theatre Holds Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street Directed by Mark Core-Noel. Mainstage play. For details, see October 28 listing.
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Wednesday, October 30
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Parking $10 cash only; tickets begin at $21. Pre-show meet and greet tickets are $25. Learn new songs and sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby’s magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies; and move to the rhythm with Rosita. For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Day 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum - viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd., Pensacola. For other details, see October 16 listing.
Friday, November 1
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Savannah Sipping Society 7:30 p.m. A Curtain Call Production. In this laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Directed by Kathy Holsworth. Call (850) 432-2042 or visit www. pensacolalittletheatre.com/ for more info. Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon Plaza De Luna, 900 S Palafox St., Pensacola. Includes a Mile Dash and a 5K, all set to take place the weekend of November 1-3. For more info, visit http://pensacolasports.org/pensacolawomenshalf/ or call (850) 434-2800. Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art Academy for Autism: Adult 4-5:30 p.m. For details, see October 4 listing.
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Pensacola Museum of Art’s Art Academy for Autism: Youth 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 5-9; 1:30-3 p.m. for ages 10-14. For details, see October 5 listing. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: O hlsson Plays Brahms 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Known for his unfailing musicality and infallible technique, Garrick Ohlsson is a regular guest with the leading orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and London Philharmonic. Tickets begin at $23. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/. Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon Plaza De Luna, 900 S Palafox St., Pensacola. For details, see November 1 listing. STOMPFEST 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center. Free parking; tickets begin at $20. Some of the finest performance steps/
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FamilyCalendar strolls from various fraternities, sororities, and organizations from across the nation! The event will draw college students from the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, and alumni from across the region! For tickets or more info, visit www.pensacolabaycenter.com/ or call (800) 745-3000. Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Seville Square Park, 311 E Government St., Pensacola. For details, see November 1 listing. Preschool Art Time: Thankful Plates 10-11 a.m. Pensacola Museum of Art. First and third Fridays for ages 2-5 years old with caregiver. For details, see October 5 listing.
Sunday, November 3
Pensacola Women’s Half Marathon Plaza De Luna, 900 S Palafox St., Pensacola. For details, see November 1 listing. Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Seville Square Park, 311 E Government St., Pensacola. Pensacola Symphony Orchestra performs at 1:30 p.m. From pops tunes to patriotic favorites, this free outdoor concert is a casual affair. For details about the festival, see November 1 listing. Free Yoga Class - Breathe Yoga and Wellness 10 - 11 a.m. Community Maritime Park. For details, see October 6 listing.
Monday, November 4
MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Saenger Theatre. The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is proud to feature the extremely talented Franca as one of its star performers. Tickets begin at $34. For tickets or more info, call (850) 595-3880 or visit www.pensacolasaenger.com/.
Thursday, November 7
Yoga in the Galleries 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S Jefferson St. For details, see October 3 listing.
Friday, November 8
NAS Pensacola Homecoming Air Show Gates open each day at 8 a.m.; shows begin at 9:30 a.m. The Blue Angels fly around 2 p.m. Admission, parking and blanket seating are FREE. In addition to the air show, spectators can enjoy a collection of aircraft on display, virtual games and other attractions/displays at vendor booths, food booths, souvenir booths, and a kids’ fun-zone! For more info, visit https://www.naspensacolaairshow.com/.
Saturday, November 9
Pine Forest United Methodist Church 30th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pine Forest United Methodist Church, 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola. More than 180 arts, crafts & other vendors, food, and live music. Free admission. Free parking. For more info, call (850) 479-9329.
Sunday, November 10
Art & Wine Fest 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. Spend the afternoon sampling wines and perusing the works of some of the Gulf Coast’s most talented artists. Wine tastings will begin at noon and last until 3 p.m. The fes-
tival is free to the public; however, to participate in the wine tastings, festival goers must purchase a ticket and receive a wristband. For more info, call (850) 932-1500
The jazz concert will start in the Lili Marlene room. For more info, call (850) 434-6211 or visit www.sevillequarter.com/.
Pensacola Little Theatre Presents The Savannah Sipping Society 3 p.m. A Curtain Call Production. For details, see November 1 listing.
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Worship on the Water 9 and 11 a.m. weekly church services held in the tent at the Flora-Bama. The service always draws a large and friendly crowd. Visit http://www.centralonline.tv/ flora-bama/. Family-Friendly Improv at Pensacola Library 2:30-3:30 p.m. 239 N. Spring St. Come learn basic improv techniques and games like those in the comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Improv is storytelling without a script. All ages welcome, but parents must accompany younger children. For more info, call (850) 436-5060.
Every Monday This Month
Pickleball at PAC! 6-9 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Looking to try something fun and competitive? Join us for a pick-up game of Pickleball. Spare paddles are limited, so please BYOP. Members play free and guests play for only $3. For more info, call Max at (850) 453-1534 or visit www.pacactive.com.
Every Tuesday This Month
Bands on the Beach 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Bring your lawn chair and join us every Tuesday night for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. Artists include: Mass Kunfuzion September 24; Knee Deep Band October 1; Southern Breeze October 8; Holly Shelton October 15; Rhinestone October 22; and Emerald Coast Blues Brothers October 29. For more info, call (850) 932-2257 or visit https://visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-bands-on-beach/.
Pickleball at PAC! 6-9 p.m. Pensacola Athletic Center, 7700 W Highway 98, Pensacola. Looking to try something fun and competitive? Join us for a pick-up game of Pickleball. Spare paddles are limited, so please BYOP. Members play free and guests play for only $3. For more info, call Max at (850) 453-1534 or visit www.pacactive.com.
Every Saturday This Month
Palafox Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more info, visit www.palafoxmarket.com. Santa Rosa Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 4587 Woodbine Road, Pace (in front of The Pace Presbyterian Church). Providing local goods, including produce, baked breads, canned preserves, cooked meats and even wood-fired pizza. Free Beginner and Intermediate Ukulele Class 9:30-11 a.m. Blues Angel Music, 657 N. Pace Blvd., Pensacola. Our free beginner ukulele classes are designed to get you familiarized with the ukulele, including parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, how to tune it, basic chord shapes, basic strumming patterns and chord changes for your first song! The intermediate class focuses on learning songs and playing while singing along. For more info, call (850) 457-7557.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday evening, Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive. Fresh produce to local Lonestar Kitchen to jewelry and soaps. Come support local artists. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/pg/ gbfarmersmarket/ or call (850) 867-7263. Preschool Story Time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. Join us for stories, songs and movement designed to build future readers! We have fun with many books from our collection. For more info, call (850) 453-7780. Story Sprouts 10 a.m.-noon. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Children ages 3-5 are invited to do arts & crafts, make a snack and have story time. The classes are creative and have an organic, environmental and local twist. Price: Complimentary. Call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Funky Flow Yoga 6-7 p.m. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Free. Funky Flow is a creative hour with fun postures and music, combining yin and yang postures. Please wear comfortable clothing. All you need is yourself, a mat if you have one and an open mind. Call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Tuesday Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 East Government Street. Featuring various jazz vocalists and musicians weekly.
Classes Community Education
Babysitter Class This class is open to youth from ages 11-15 for $30 (lunch is not provided). All participants receive an American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR Card, plus a Sacred Heart Hospital Babysitting Certificate. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5051 Carpenter’s Creek Drive in Pensacola at our Population Health Building. Pre-registration is required. Call (850) 416-7262. Course provided by Sacred Heart Education. SNAP, which stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN, is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral model powered by the minds at Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP helps troubled children and their parents learn how to effectively manage their emotions and “keep problems small.” SNAP services are completely free to youth and their families! SNAP Boys and SNAP Girls program is designed for children ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. The parent group meets at the same time as the SNAP Boys/SNAP Girls groups. Parents learn effective child management and SNAP strategies.
SupportGroups The group also provides parents with an opportunity to make connections with other parents facing similar challenges. For more info or to participate in a program, call (850) 453-2772.
CDAC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. offers a variety of parenting programs specific to the age of the children (from infants to teens) and needs of the parents. They are offered free to the community and meet in different locations in Pensacola. Please contact Medena Williams at email@example.com or (850) 449-4315 or (850) 439-5626 for more info.
Prenatal & Childbirth
Baptist Women’s Center offers you choices to tailor your experience from early pregnancy to months following your baby’s birth. Our experienced team of nurses and educators are specially trained to make your birthing experience one of a kind. To register or for more info about our classes, call (850) 434-4567 or visit www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/birth. Baby Care Basics – Select Saturday classes (9 a.m.13:30 p.m.) walk 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 series. Baptist Birth Experience – Overview of the Baptist Women’s Center, tour of labor & delivery unit, and epidural video. FREE. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Held third Fridays odd months, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Breastfeeding – Two-class series (select Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.) teaches how breastfeeding works, the best way to start, and what choices will result in a rewarding breastfeeding experience. $20 per series. 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 series. Classes are offered each month as a five-class series from 6-8:30 p.m. Sibling Class (Ages 3 to 8) – This class helps you prepare your children for the arrival of the new member of the family! Select Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. $10 per child per class. Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Tours of Baptist Hospital, 3rd Floor, Labor and Delivery Unit Please call (850) 434-4874 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 (850) 416-7264. “My Family’s Growing” Sibling Class Class prepares soon-to-be siblings (ages 3 through 10) for the arrival of a new baby in their family. Our sibling class includes a complete tour of the Maternity & Women’s Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Cost is $10 per child. Newborn Parenting This class strives to prepare parents in caring for their new bundle of joy, from birth through the first few weeks at home. Newborn Parenting is taught by experi-
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enced nurses from Sacred Heart Hospital’s mother-baby unit, and a local pediatrician will be available to answer questions during a portion of the class. Cost is $20 per couple. Prepared Childbirth Classes Designed to help prepare you and your partner for the birthing process – including tips to make you more comfortable during labor – Prepared Childbirth Classes are taught by experienced obstetrics nurses and include a tour of the Maternity and Women’s Center. Cost is $50 per couple. This course is offered in two different formats to meet your scheduling and educational needs: •As a four-week series, especially designed for first-time moms. •As a one-day class, ideal for moms who have had children before and are looking for a refresher course in the delivery experience. To see a list of upcoming dates, visit www.sacred-heart. org/SHHP/Childbirth/Main/Guidance/. Tours Tours of Sacred Heart Hospital’s Maternity & Women’s Center will give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to go, where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
West Florida Hospital understands that giving
birth is a family affair, and we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the birth process. For more information about The Family Birthplace or childbirth classes at West Florida Hospital, call (850) 494-4368 or visit https://westfloridahospital.com/ service/family-birthplace. Breastfeeding Preparation Class Classroom 5 & 6 on the 7th Floor of the Ancillary Building at West Florida Hospital located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Free for pre-delivery parents. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - 4-Week Series Classroom 1 on the 7th Floor in the Ancillary Building located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Join us for a PowerPoint presentation that will discuss: what to expect in labor, vaginal delivery, c/s delivery, pain control options, post partum care, newborn care, and we will tour the labor unit/suite. This 4-week course goes into a little more detail than the intensive 4-hr course. For more info, call (850) 494-4368 or visit http://westfloridahospital.com/service/childbirth-preparation. Childbirth Preparedness Class - Express Classroom 1 on the 7th Floor in the Ancillary Building located at 8383 North Davis Hwy, Pensacola. Condensed version of our 4-week Childbirth Preparation class into one day, has many great topics, features and video clips including: understanding pregnancy, labor, medical procedures and cesarean birth. Free, very interactive and we finish with a tour of the Family Birthplace. Please call (850) 494-4368 for any additional questions.
Parent Support Baptist Mommy & Me Play Group Baptist Hospital, Prenatal Classroom, 3rd Floor. Free support group for moms with babies up to six months old. Call for next meeting dates. For more info, call (850) 434-4567. 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/. La Leche League Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Our mission is to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Free. Next meetings will be held October 3 and November 7, from 10 a.m.-noon. For more info, call (850) 433-5353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/event/ la-leche-league-9/.
LEAPS New Mom Support Group Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. LEAPS (Love, Encouragement, and Postpartum Support) is a self-care support group focused on helping moms connect and engage in activities that promote balance, stress management, and overall wellness. Free. Next meeting will be held October 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. For more info, call (850) 4335353 ext. 10 or visit http://everman.org/. Mommy & Me Support Group The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of most months from 10 a.m. to noon in Classroom C/D of Sacred Heart Hospital, located at 5151 N. Ninth Ave. in Pensacola. This free support group provides mothers with an opportunity to share experiences, gain support and develop friendships. A lactation consultant from the Sacred Heart Maternity & Women’s Center will be present to answer questions and offer advice. For info, call The Nesting Place Women’s Boutique at 850416-6378 or visit www.sacred-heart.org/childbirth. MOMS Club of Pensacola-Northeast Non-profit organization whose mission is to support stay-at-home mothers and their children. We offer age-specific playgroups, member-only activities and participate in philanthropic efforts within our community. We strive to provide a supportive, caring atmosphere during every stage of motherhood. Member meetings are held near the end of each month. Visit us at www.momsclubpensacolane.weebly.com or find us on Facebook. MOMS Club of Pensacola-Southwest We are “MOMS Offering Moms Support.” Our non-profit organization aims to meet the needs of West Pensacola and Perdido Key mothers who have chosen to stay at home with their children. Public member meetings are held on 4th Wednesdays. Visit https://momsclubpensacolasw.weebly.com/ or find us on Facebook. Pensacola Parents of Multiples 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. Also e-mail PensacolaParentsofMultiples@hotmail.com. Salvation Army Community Center Afterschool Care 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday for ages 5-17; 18 if still in high school. Through this program, we offer homework help, a basketball gym, playground, ping pong table, pool tables, and an indoor swimming pool. We teach the kids in our afterschool care the basics of swimming; we swim Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more info, call (850) 432-1501 ext 3 or 4. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.
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Toys That Tie It All Together
Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids
While we keep string and rope away from toddlers for safety reasons, once kids approach the ‘dress themselves’ stage, they are usually ready to experiment with the manipulation of these versatile materials. Learning to tie knots and twist rope can be an important part of children’s development. For the little ones, experimenting with lacing, knots and weaving promotes discipline, focus and problem-solving (ability). String work also enhances hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. In addition to being a functional part of work, craft and construction, knots and manipulated string have been used for art and design works for thousands of years. The following items explore knotting and string work in ways that are forever fun and functional!
by Gerry Paige Smith
Knot So Fast
Weaving is kind of the undiscovered hero behind so much of our everyday experience. From clothing to seatbelts, from backpacks to baskets, weaving exponentially multiplies the strength of ordinary materials. The Loopdeloom weaving kit puts this power into the hands of craftspeople, young and old. With its innovative spinning peg loom, this weaving tool is simple to set up, easy to use, and produces quick results. As the weaving methods become familiar to users, string and yarn projects can evolve from small potholders to large complex items with intriguing patterns. This versatile tool can combine with additional looms to create larger projects and it can also be used to weave recycled materials (plastic bags, t-shirt strips). The winner of multiple design awards for toys and crafting, Loopdeloom is an easy intro to the world of weaving with expanding potential for creative textile exploration.
It’s easy to get roped into the fun with the Knot So Fast game that combines dexterity and visual problem solving into a string of knotty contests. With colored ropes, rings, card base and a nifty ‘tugof-war’ scorekeeping rope, this twoplayer game is great for camping, scout meetings, or a friendly challenge between friends. The game features a variety of knots, sorted by their functions such as stopper, binding, bends, hitches, loops, and decorative knots. While the cards provide knot images only (no step-by-step instructions), players are challenged to use visual cues and experimentation to duplicate the knot before their opponent does. The cards also show interesting facts about each knot. Ideal for kids and adults who have an inclination toward sight-solving, Knot So Fast is a fast and fun introduction to the twists and turns of knot tying.
Paracord Bracelet Making Kit
String Art Kit Space Edition
A study stand-out among bracelet kits, this strong paracord kit jig is ideal for making functional arm wear that is as hardy as it is fashionable. The wooden weaving base is designed to be adjustable to desired length, to anchor the work in progress, and to hold up as young crafters expand their abilities with variable cordage and new designs. In addition to the building base, this paracord bracelet kit includes 4 bundles of paracord in different colors and styles, enough clips to complete 4 bracelets and instructions to guide them along the craft journey. Once kids pick up the skill, they can easily find additional paracord types, clips and ornaments to customize their future work. From bracelets to beyond, this kit from 3 Bees & Me is a great starting point for young crafters pondering a string of new projects!
Blending graphic design with string manipulation and knotting, String Art Kits from Craft-tastic offer young artists everything they need to tie into the string art world. Choosing from the included patterned foam canvases, kids simply push anchor pins into the outlines and the canvas is ready to string (no hefty tools needed). With detailed instructions and 40 yards of thread, string artists quickly pick up the skills of stretching and winding the colored thread across the core of the image as the pictures gain depth and shape. The Space Edition kit features templates for a rocket ship, a planet and a star, as well as everything needed to get right to work. For young artisans discovering how easy it is to create layered looks with string, similar kits from Craft-tastic featuring everything from unicorns and animals to desserts and symbols are available to keep the artwork coming!
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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
MPAA Rating: PG Overall: AViolence: B Sexual Content: B Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: C+ It’s 1927 and Downton Abbey is about to enjoy a great honor – a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and his American-born wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) bring the family together to prepare for the royal visit. And their loyal staff determine to do their best to uphold the Abbey’s finest traditions. The monarch’s trip to Yorkshire makes for a thin plot, but it provides a good background for the many subplots that swirl through the film. Over the film’s somewhat bloated two hour runtime, audiences will get answers to numerous questions, large and small. Frankly, none of the questions leave the audience in suspense for long – if at all. There are, after all, only two questions that matter. First, will fans of the TV show like it? And, second, can the movie be enjoyed by those of us who don’t have years of exposure to the characters? The answer to the first question is definitely in the affirmative. Downton Abbey is a chance for fans to sit back, watch their favorite characters on the big screen, gaze wistfully at the glorious costumes, and laugh out loud at the Dowager Countess’s acerbic one-liners. The second question can also be answered positively. I am not a Downton fan, but I managed to enjoy the film’s quasi-historical escape with lovely period detail, a relaxing story, and only minor content issues. Downton Abbey is the cinematic equivalent of an English high tea. It isn’t terribly filling, but it looks lovely, tastes delicious is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: AViolence: D+ Sexual Content: A Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: A Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) has been working for United States Space Command his whole adult life, to the exclusion of all else. Following a massive power surge originating from Neptune which threatens life on Earth, he is ordered on a secret mission. Space Command believes that the surge is coming from a former project of their own, titled Project Lima, and led by Roy’s late father, Clifford McBride. Roy is sent to Mars to send a secure communication to determine who may be responsible for these devastating events. Ad Astra leans comfortably on the traditions of science fiction film and benefits from it. That’s not to say that the movie is unoriginal or clichéd, far from it. It is just familiar enough to be accessible, but unique and brilliant in new ways which prevent it from feeling tired or played out. There is so much to love here, but what especially stands out are the strengths in writing and acting. The script is personal, wasting little time with plodding exposition and leaving it to the camera to show you all the background information you need to understand the plot. The dialogue is instead used to develop characters and advance the emotional core of the film - which is where Brad Pitt comes in. As the film goes on, he becomes more and more emotive, and the contrast between beginning and end is incredible. Parents trying to decide if they want to take their teens to Ad Astra will want to be aware of the film’s violent content. Otherwise, there is remarkably little profanity, and no sexual content or drug/alcohol use. As both a sci-fi nerd and a movie critic, this has been one of my favorite movies of the year.
This Changes Everything
The Peanut Butter Falcon MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Profanity: DAlcohol / Drug Use: D The Peanut Butter Falcon is a perplexing movie. Is it a heartwarming Huck Finn tale of two renegades on the run, figuring out if they’re the good guys or bad guys in their own stories? Or is it a modern attempt to tackle how we relate to, communicate with, and treat people with disabilities? I think the response is subjective – and you’ll need to decide for yourself. Zak (Zack Gottsagen) is a twenty-two year old man with Down Syndrome. He has no family and has been warehoused in a nursing home because the state lacks an appropriate facility. Not surprisingly, Zak decides to escape and pursue his dream of becoming a pro wrestler. He’s even picked his own stage name - The Peanut Butter Falcon. Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) is a crab fisherman who steals other fishermen’s catches. This is risky and, having been trapped in a sticky position, he commits an unplanned act of arson, putting him on the run from the law. When Tyler and Zak cross paths, they pair up as they try to avoid their pursuers on their journey towards freedom. Thankfully this rich relationship is supported by excellent performances by the lead actors, particularly Zack Gottsagen’s. Having a person with Down Syndrome actually portrayed by an actor with Down Syndrome makes the film more authentic. The most difficult part of going to see this film is watching people mistreat and abuse Zak. The sheer cruelty was enough to make me recoil in empathetic pain and disgust – and parents will want to keep this in mind as they consider this movie for family viewing.
MPAA Rating: Unrated Overall: B+ Violence: B Sexual Content: B Profanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: B “Media has the power to educate; to shape people’s thoughts. It also has an incredible power when you see someone like you on screen.” So says Shonda Rhimes, successful screenwriter, when discussing the problems of gender disparity in the entertainment industry. Fifty-one percent of the population is female, but for the past 80 years, there have been three times as many male actors on the big screen as there have been female actors. And the male actors have two-thirds of the speaking parts. How extensive is the problem of female under-representation in Hollywood and what effect does it have on the people who consume the media? These are some of the questions tackled in the documentary, This Changes Everything. Drawing on interviews with highly successful women in the industry – Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Oh, Shonda Rhimes – director Tom Donahue delves into issues like sexual harassment, objectification, the camera’s male gaze, gender stereotypes, and male-centered stories. This Changes Everything is a solid documentary with interesting anecdotes and a solid grasp of the facts, however it isn’t for everyone. Kids will likely be bored with it but older teens and adults who are interested in learning about and discussing topics related to entertainment, gender, diversity, discrimination, and similar topics will find it challenging or even changing their perspectives on the media they consume. Greater Pensacola Parents I October 2019
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