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Living With Children John Rosemond

Simplest Love for Father’s Day

Making Dad feel special when you’re wiped.

Banish Boredom This Summer

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Parenting Today’s Teens Finding hope for the “me” generation!

2018 Summer Fun

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Parenting Today’s Teens

Give your kids a summer to remember with these local and nearby activities!

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A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

On The Cover Emma Tew (5), daughter of TJ and Angie Tew and sister to Jacob Clark (24), Adam Clark (who passed away in the Dauphin Island Regatta in 2015 at age 17), and Thomas and Mabel Tew (age 5 months). Proud grandparents are Tommy and Emoline Tew; Karl and Nita Seel; Ben and Peggy Adams. Emma loves dance, gymnastics, soccer, playing with her neighborhood friends and taking care of her baby brother and sister...and of coarse collecting LOL surprise dolls. Special thanks to Oak Hill Tree Farm and Produce for the beautiful photo setting.

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School is out and summer vacation is finally here! I am definitely ready for the summer schedule where we are not ruled by the clock. Sure, I still have to work during the week, but not having to stress over homework and the nighttime school routine will be a welcomed break. I do, however, struggle with how loose a schedule we should have during the summer. Now that the girls are older, how late should I let them stay up? How late should I let them sleep in? Should I require they be dressed by a certain time or is it okay to hang out in their pajamas until lunch? We have had years where we overbooked and needed a break to recover from summer. We have had other summers where the girls were claiming boredom three weeks in. How do you find that balance? Well, in our house we have learned to schedule the most anticipated “can’t miss” activities, then we make a list of other spontaneous activities we can do to keep ourselves active. To help you prepare for summer break, we have filled this issue with some helpful resources like our Summer Fun Guide on page 44. Here you will find an extensive list of area amusement parks, bowling alleys, skating rinks, libraries, and many more family outing suggestions. If your family is like mine and loves VBS, or maybe has never been and would like to check it out, turn to page 38 for our Vacation Bible School Guide. Laura Lane has some great ideas in her article Banish Boredom This Summer: Inspire Your Child to Volunteer. You don’t have to stick to her list for volunteer opportunities either. Ask you children what they are passionate about and try to find an opportunity for them to make a difference. If all of these suggestions are not enough to keep you busy, just turn to the Family Calendar where you will find even more to fill your June schedule. Not only are we celebrating summer this month, but we are also celebrating Dad. Maybe the dad you are celebrating would enjoy a day kayaking with the family, or he may just be looking forward to a nice, peaceful day napping in a hammock. However he would like to spend his day, recognize him for all of his contributions. It does not have to be anything elaborate, in fact, if “Dad” is anything like mine, he really doesn’t need or want a big celebration. A simple, yet special, day of recognition is often all dads desire. Laurie Zottmann shares some ideas in her article, Simplest Love for Father’s Day: Making Dad Feel Special When You’re Wiped. Speaking of special, I want to thank my husband, Brad, for all he does for us each and every day. His love and support for me and our girls means the world to me. Happy Father’s Day, Brad! And to ALL the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day to you!

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Are Some Kids Naturally More Sensitive? Q: My 4-year-old daughter, when I do something that upsets her, like reprimand her for something, begins to cry and tell me that I don’t love her anymore. (She’s actually very obedient and well-behaved, so the incidents in question are quite small.) When I’m finally able to calm her down, I reassure her of my love and explain that Mommy getting stern about something she has done doesn’t mean I don’t love her. This began about six months ago, shortly after she turned four, and despite my reassurances, it’s getting steadily worse. Are some children just more naturally insecure than others? Is there something else I need to be doing? A: It may be that some children are naturally at the high end of the “sensitive” scale and therefore more thin-skinned than most when it comes to being reprimanded. I’m not aware of any research on this issue, but enough parents like yourself have testified

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to having emotionally-delicate children to convince me that there’s some innate quality at work here. Then there’s the bell-shaped curve, which predicts that relative to a “sensitivity norm,” a minority of children will be hypersensitive and a somewhat equal minority will be hyposensitive. Regardless, children – all of them – if given the opportunity, will produce great drama, and it would appear to me that you are certainly giving your daughter the opportunity. In the first place, you obviously take your daughter’s operatic outbursts seriously enough to think they warrant equally serious reassurances. In my experienced estimation, these comforting conversations you have with her are why her “sensitivity” to your discipline has become more and more of an issue over time. In short, she has an audience for her drama, so she puts on bigger and bigger productions. Not that it is her conscious intention, but her drama also serves to distract attention

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away from her misbehavior and focus it on the rather silly issue of whether or not you truly love her. Granted, it’s not silly to her, but little does she know you would give up your seat in a lifeboat for her. It is axiomatic that if one wants to raise up a child into emotionally-sturdy adulthood, one must treat said child as if he or she is, in fact, already emotionally sturdy. Children rise (or sink) to expectations. Therefore, my advice to you is to stop allowing yourself to become sidetracked by your daughter’s drama. The next time you discipline and she begins to cry and claim emotional orphanhood, simply say, “We’re not having that conversation again…ever. You misbehaved, I reprimanded you, end of story. Now, if you need to cry, you may go to your room until you can get control of yourself.” Children need equal amounts of love and leadership. Love is not your problem. You obviously need to begin working on strengthening your leadership muscles. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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Kids Days in Bienville Square

Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and Fire-Rescue Departments and much more! Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 10:00 AM 1:00 PM. Free! For more information, please call (251) 208-1550.

Explore Mobile 2018

The city of Mobile’s tourist attractions have come together to celebrate, again! Join the local attractions for the second annual Explore Mobile! Explore Mobile is Sunday, June 3, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM in Downtown Mobile in Mardi Gras Park. Enjoy live music, food, activities, as well free/discounted admission to the city’s tourist attractions. Attendees will be able to explore 300 years of Mobile History inside the History Museum of Mobile, experience Colonial life inside the walls of the Colonial Fort of Mobile, gaze upon the period rooms of the Conde-Charlotte Museum House, step back in time as they navigate the Dora Franklin Finley AfricanAmerican Heritage Trail and more! Please visit exploremobile. org for more information.

Jazz & Cocktails… A Rx for a Cause

Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy is pleased to announce that we are hosting “Jazz & Cocktails… Rx for a Cause” on June 21, from 5:30-9:00 PM at the Mobile Arts Council. Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit pharmacy that provides free prescription medications to uninsured patients in Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia Counties. The event will feature a silent auction, delicious appetizers and live jazz music performed by local talents. Proceeds will benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy programs and services. Tickets are $35 in advance / $40 at the door. You may purchase tickets on Eventbrite.com or at Ozanam Pharmacy, 109 S. Cedar St., Mobile. For more information, please contact 251-721-0458.

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Distinguished Young Women 2018

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. Each year the 51 state representatives, including Washington DC, travel to Mobile, the June after their high school graduation to take part in the DYW National Finals. They spend two weeks getting to know girls from around the country, enjoying fun events, volunteering in the local community, developing Life Skills for college and beyond, rehearsing for the final showcase and performing on stage during our National Finals webcast. National Finals for the Class of 2018 will be on June 28, 29 and 30th at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. For more information, please visit www.distinguishedyw.org.

Just for the Mud of It 5K

Join us Saturday, June 2 for Just for the Mud of It starting at 7:30 AM at 12251 Tanner Williams Road. There will be a Competitive Run, NonCompetitive Run and a Kids Run. Just for the Mud of It is an approximate 5k mud run and obstacle course. Our mud run was created with the average person in mind. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to complete our event. After the run, enjoy food, music, raffles, and an awards presentation. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Mobile Police Department S.W.A.T. Team in order to send team members to specialized training schools. Please visit www.justforthemudofit.org for more information. Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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2018 Summer Reading Celebration Join us Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Ben May Main Library and West Regional Branch as we officially kick-off our 2018 Summer Reading Program. The free program, which runs from June 2 - July 28 features 8 weeks of fun with special guest performers, storytimes, movies, crafts, games and more at all library locations. Children can sign up any time during the eight weeks and are encouraged to set reading goals for the summer. Please visit our website, mobilepubliclibrary.org, for details.

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Kids Gulf Discovery Day is June 13 at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Plan a day of summertime fun for the family! Come to Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Wednesday, June 13, for Kids Gulf Discovery Day, an opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast. A wide variety of environmental organizations will be on hand for activities and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to noon. Scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will introduce children to the creatures of Mobile Bay, and the Environmental Studies Center will present an exciting Raptor Road Show on the Great Lawn, featuring rehabilitated hawks, owls and other birds of prey. Guests may also take a 45-minute guided cruise along the beautiful Fowl River with our friends from Wild Native Delta Safaris! Cruise times are 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM, weather permitting. Fees are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruise; to register, call 251-459-8864. Kids Gulf Discovery Day admission, which includes entrance into the Gardens for the day, is $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12. There is no admission fee for Bellingrath members or for ages 4 and younger. For details, visit our website, bellingrath.org.

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The Palmer Williams Group Second Annual Gala

The Palmer Williams Group is hosting its Second Annual Gala fundraising event, Dinner with Cornelius Bennett on June 22, from 6:00-9:00 PM, at the Battle House Hotel. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support our efforts in offering free youth development programs that include LifeSync Academy life skills programs, financial literacy clinics, and athletic youth and cheer camps, football and soccer teams. Please visit http://palmerwilliamsgroup.org/dinner-with-cornelius-bennett for more information. The Palmer Williams Group, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded by David Palmer and Sherman Williams, former University of Alabama and NFL football players, was created to provide youth development programs to assist and guide disadvantaged youth to overcome interpersonal obstacles, embrace family values, education and avoid life’s pitfalls.

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The Girls Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) is providing a special offer to first responders and military to stock up on their favorite Girl Scout cookies such as Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, and Shortbread, plus new additions like the S’mores cookie. GSSA will provide Girl Scout Cookies for $25 a case, a discount of $23 off the regular price. Individual packages of cookies will be sold for the regular price of $4. Cookies are available for purchase at GSSA’s Montgomery Service Center located on Coliseum Blvd or the Mobile Service Center located on Spring Hill Ave. To find cookie varieties, location hours, or to learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit www.girlscoutssa.org.

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Sheffield School of the Dance Celebrates 75 Years!

Mary Lou Sheffield-Noletto, founder and director of Sheffield School of the Dance, is celebrating an anniversary very few dance studio owners around the world can match, 75 years of dance excellence. Sheffield is personally inviting you to join the celebration! On June 8-9 (7 PM & 5 PM respectively) the Mobile Civic Center Theater stage will come to life with nearly 500 Sheffield students, faculty and guests performing in “Showtime 2018." One of the most anticipated moments in this year’s show will be the "75th Anniversary Finale" featuring decades of Sheffield Alumni coming back to rock their “home stage” one more time alongside the current Sheffield Faculty, the National Champion Sheffield Dancers and Miss Mary Lou, herself! The Sheffield name is known globally for excellence in technique and explosive performances, and this year’s show will be full of electrifying routines from all ages and some very special surprises! “The quality of dance and the overall production that Sheffield puts on stage every year at “Showtime” is unmatched… we truly go above and beyond the traditional dance recital”, says Colby Shinn, director at Sheffield. Tickets are available at all 3 Sheffield locations (West Mobile, Dauphin St. & Eastern Shore) and at the box office on the nights of the show - $16.00 general admission. This is the dance event of the year in Mobile. Come see the Sheffield Legacy at it’s finest! Pictured, a moment in history! Miss Mary Lou strikes a glorious final pose alongside her faculty, students and decades of alumni at their 70th Anniversary celebration, “Showtime 2013.”

Taste of the Bayou

Join us Wednesday, June 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the Bayou La Batre Community Center for the 4th Annual Alabama Seafood Cookoff, which will be in conjunction with the redesigned 30th annual Taste of the Bayou. You will have the opportunity to sample 4 varieties of Fresh Seafood while watching the chefs prepare their winning dishes! Tickets will be $10 and are limited. For more information, call 251824-4088 or email info@bayoulabatreareachamber.org.

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Safe Sleep for Infants We’ve made great strides as a country toward keeping our kids safer. One of the biggest improvements is the decrease in infant mortality nationwide. The education to lay infants to sleep on their back has reduced SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) dramatically. But where are we now in terms of recommendations on infant sleep safety, and what do we need to do to continue to improve it? (An infant is any child younger than one year old.) 1. Lay infants to sleep on their backs. If an infant turns to the side or stomach– usually around 4 months or older– that’s okay and completely safe. But only if they’ve done so on their own accord. 2. Be sure infants are sleeping on a firm, flat surface. Sofas and adult mattress are often too soft. Additionally, they have

pillows, blankets, and crevices that can potentially trap infants and cause suffocation, even when you feel like you have an eye on them. An infant mattress is a worthwhile investment. 3. Avoid stuffed animals, pillows, loose blankets, or soft bumpers around an infant’s sleep area. Don’t get me wrong: it’s perfectly fine to swaddle your baby. In fact, the new zipper and velcro swaddles are great; it’s hard for an infant to wriggle out of them and there is a very low risk of suffocation. Aside from that, an infant’s crib should be free of stuffed animals, pillows, blankets, and bumpers– no matter no cute they are. Specifically, the AAP recently began recommending against crib bumpers, as they can trap an infant’s face against the mattress. Loose ties from bumpers have also been shown to be a choking hazard.

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Autauga County Schools

Allentown Elementary School GATOR Kids for April

Pre-K – 2nd Grade, Front Row: Kylar Bosarge, Weston Richardson, Avery Carlisle, Colton Barry, Connor Andress, Jonathan Vargas. Middle Row: Basilio Lopez, Noah Morris, Jorden Torres, Avery Card, Jude Singleterry, Brayden Burford. Back Row: Heaven Hacker, Kylie Rowell, Taraji Williams, Larry Fairchild, Angelina Diego-Andres, Dylan Crenshaw. 3rd – 5th Grade, Front Row: Carson Blair, Karsen Voloshik, Zane Roberts, Kaylee Munson, Kinley McDuffie, Bre English. Middle Row: Jaiden Warren, Brady Dobbs, Sarah Freeny, Kensley Dunagen Alyssa Hembree, Regan Kelly; Back Row: Terrance Gray, William Knox, Gabriel Brooks, Emilee Perry, Avalea Richardson, Kinlee Tillman.

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Two Davidson HS Juniors Earn Perfect Score on ACT

Earning a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam is rare. For two students from the same class at the same school to do so in the same year is almost unheard of. Davidson High juniors Isabel Bela and Joseph Stauter each scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, an accomplishment that typically helps students secure acceptance in their choice of colleges. Davidson also had a student earn a perfect score last year, giving the school three in the past two years. Both students credited the education they’re getting at Davidson for their achievement. “I really feel like Davidson High School, and even my educational experiences before that at Phillips and E.R. Dickson Elementary, really prepared me to know the material it would take to make a 36,” Stauter said. “The first time I took the ACT, it was my sophomore year and I made a 35, so I already knew I had a strong educational foundation.” Stauter said he was surprised he got a perfect score, and said he focused on time management — answering questions quickly — in his preparation. Bela, a member of Davidson’s championship Hi-Q team, credited her coursework in Davidson’s International Baccalaureate program. “I would say the IB classes at Davidson are by far the best preparation for the ACT,” Bela said. “Through these classes, we learn so much in our math, English and science curriculum that I felt like everything we covered in class was setting me up for the 36. We did a little bit of ACT practice, but just the general day-to-day learning in class is what really helped.” Both students have an impressive list of college choices. Bela said she is choosing between Rice, Texas A&M, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State, and plans to major in something relating to biology. Stauter said he expects to major in chemical or civil engineering at Rice Georgia Tech, Columbia or UAB.

Cottage Hill Fine Arts Presents Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

The Cottage Hill Christian Academy Disney “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Dinner production opened at Cottage Hill Baptist Church on Thursday, April 28 with an outstanding show. Under the direction of Susan Sanders, the cast performed the story of Alice’s adventures while engaging the imagination of all in attendance. It was a whimsical rendition of the Lewis Carroll story performed in true warrior fashion. From greetings, glittery top hats, teacups, saucers, enchanting characters, to the delicious cuisine, it was a night of great food, fun, fellowship, and entertainment. The Solid Rock Jazz Band played as guests dined on a fabulous meal catered by Tyner's Catering, Meat Boss or Chef Leah Lott’s Catering, according to the performance.

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MCPSS Students Participate in Driving Road-E-O

Student drivers tested their skills recently in the Calvin Crist Driver’s Education Road-e-o at LaddPeebles Stadium. Among the challenges were a slalom course, backing into a parking space, a three-point turn, changing lanes and other tests. Rules of the road were observed and graded throughout. Jonathan Rowe of Williamson took first place in the student competition, with Mary G. Montgomery’s Bea Lindquist placing second and LeFlore’s Jaboris Raine finishing third. A handful of celebrity drivers also tackled the course and were judged like the students, with Superintendent Martha Peek winning the celebrity division. Peek, who is retiring at the end of June, was also honored before the competition for her support of the event. The Road-e-o was started 14 years ago by former MCPSS Supervisor of Athletics, Driver’s Education, Health and Physical Education Calvin Crist. Last year, it was renamed in honor of Crist, who passed away in 2016.

Griggs State PTA Reflections Winners

Congratulations to Griggs STATE level PTA Reflections Winners! They attended the State PTA Reflections Ceremony in Montgomery! Kindergartner Garrett Bolton placed 1st in Primary Photography, Jason Davis placed 2nd in Intermediate Photography, Riley Courtney placed 2nd in intermediate Dance. Not Pictured: Special Artist Winner Nicholas Tarantole.

Semmes Elementary’s “It Starts with Me” Finalist

Congratulations to Joshua Evans for being named the “It Starts With Me” finalist at Semmes Elementary. Joshua is a fifth grader at Semmes Elementary. He is an A-Honor Roll student and a member of the National Elementary Honor Society, Robotics Club, STEM club, and the Millionaire Word Club. Joshua is a member of Cub Scout Pack 90 and was a part of Coastal Clean-Up. He volunteers with Mobile Area Special Olympics, Westside Buddy Ball League, and has been on Mission Trips with his church to help build churches, feed the homeless, and bring people to new church plants. Joshua has been involved with making blessing bags for the homeless and care boxes to send to tornado and hurricane victims.

Pie-In-the-Face at Taylor-White Elementary

The Taylor-White Dance team thanks Officer Jeremy March, Mr. Terry McMullen, and Mrs. Lisa Meeks for participating in the PieIn-the-Face fundraiser for Relay-for- Life!

Dodge Competes in Mobile County STEM Competition

Dodge students had a blast competing at the first MCPSS/AMSTI Elementary STEM competition. Teams from local elementary schools competed in four different STEM challenges. The Dodge team placed first in the penny boat challenge and third in the egg drop! Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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Government Street Christian School Advances to the National History Day Contest

Jessie Guy and Cady Shaw, two Ninth grade students at Government Street Christian School, recently were awarded first place for their exhibit at the Alabama History Day competition at Auburn University’s Montgomery campus. Their exhibit, No More Walls, No More War, tells the story of the lives of East and West Berliners and the effects of nearly thirty years of imposed separation due to Communism and the 27 mile wall that separated Berlin. As first place winners, Jessie and Cady advance to the National Day History contest held at the University of Maryland from June 10 through June 14. According to NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn, “To make it to the National Contest is a remarkable achievement. Less than 1% of all projects make it to this level.” Congratulations Cady and Jessie!

Mary B. Austin Annual Geography Bee Winners

Mary B. Austin’s fourth annual Geography Bee was held on May 3, in the school’s cafeteria. Fourth and fifth graders competed with questions about the location of places in the world. The winners were: First place, Olivier Whitman; Second place, Andrew White; Third place, Elizabeth Fischer; Judges: Dr. Lois Silvernail, Mrs. Mary Jane Blanchette, Ms. Kim Turnipseed. Program Coordinator: Mrs. Margaret Martin.

St. Luke’s Students Win State Tennis Tournament

St. Luke's student, Whitney Novak, placed 1st in the State Tennis tournament in singles. Anna Marie Bentley and Whitney Novak won 1st in State in doubles. Another state doubles tennis championship for these two! Way to go ladies.

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St. Dominic Holds NJHS Inductions

St. Dominic Catholic School recently inducted 21 students into the National Junior Honor Society. Membership has been earned by the successful demonstration of the five qualities held in high esteem by the Society scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character. Congratulations to (front row, l – r) Hayden Bailey, Janna Bender, Natalie Burt, Camryn Cate, William Coym, Kasey Eccles, Lauren Fridley, Russell Ginn, Isabella Hansen, Chris Harrison, (middle row, l – r) Anthony Hantouche Annabelle Hosemann, Christopher Hunt, Maggie Kohnen, Cora Johnson, Colton McEachern, Bryan Roza, Megan Trinh, (back row, l – r) Addison Whigham, Heath Whigham and Ella Wilson.

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Top 10 Students Named for Davidson’s Class of 2018

Davidson recently announced the top 10 students for the class of 2018. These students represent the top of their class, having taken some of the hardest courses and receiving the highest grades. Pictured are Kelly Blacksher, Jossellyn Vieyra-Sanchez, Derek Dang, Tanvi Bhadkamkar, Sydney Eiland, Madeleine Forbes, Brittany King, Rohan Badve, Nandita Dey, and Darby Short. Congratulations to these students for their hard work and accomplishments!

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Covenant Christian School's Junior High Music Outreach group, J 1:7, performed for the residents and staff at The Mobile Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Their performance included a wide variety of music featuring vocals, fiddle, and guitar. Students also handed out book markers made by Covenant Art Students. In photo from left, are Chloe Dees, Cole Venatta, Maggie Blassingame, Haylie Gullitch and Anne Elise Sherrod.

Little Flower Catholic School Celebrates Spring

Game booths, bingo, face painting, cake walk, a giant inflatable slide, and more helped Little Flower Catholic School ring in the new season. The Knights of Columbus manned the grill, and members of the PTO helped serve the crowd. Sixth graders Bailey Larson and Mary Baker sparkle behind their glitter paint.

Mary G. Montgomery Teacher Receives STEM Grant

Congratulations to Mary G. Montgomery’s Dr. Karla McInnis for receiving one of twenty-six STEM grants awarded to Mississippi and Alabama teachers by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Dr. McInnis’ students will utilize equipment such as a microplate reader and gel docking station to quantitatively measure molecules such as proteins, sugars, DNA and many more chemical products with the $5,000 received. This is the second year Dr. McInnis has received this grant.

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Autauga County Schools St. Vincent de Paul Holds Quinceañera

The middle school students at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School were able to celebrate in their Spanish class by holding a Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl's coming of age - her 15th birthday.

St. Mary Catholic Newest NJHS Members

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St. Mary Catholic School congratulates the newest members of their National Junior Honor Society! Kane Angle, Brooklyn Berggren, Tristen Bower, Tucker Byrne, Audrey Ehlert, Asa Evans, Sarah Finnorn, Mallory Giardina, Avery Gray, Clara Heinz, Nicholas Hewitt, King Johnson, Oliver Largue, Jack McCarron, Mallory McCorkle, Anna Reed McNeese, Kennedi Proffitt, Jackson Reece, Maddie Sansbury, Mimi Smith, Timothy Talbott, Emma Walker, and Elle Zimlich!

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MCPSS State Science Fair Winners

Madeleine Forbes and Kelly Blacksher of Davidson High School (pictured) were first-place category winners at the state science fair held last month at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Forbes won first place in chemistry for her project: “The Synthesis and Testing of Potent Yet Selective Inhibitors of Protein Phosphatase 5.” Blacksher placed first in biochemistry for her project: “The Ocean Acidification Problem.” Forbes also earned a special award from the American Chemical Society and was named an ISEF Finalist, while Blacksher’s project earned a special award from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Forbes and Blacksher also placed first in their respective categories at the regional science fair at South Alabama, and Forbes was the overall high school winner at the district level. Claude Hall, also of Davidson, won special awards for the Alabama Modeling and Simulation Council and NASA for his project, “Simulation of Modes in Matlab and Simulink,” which placed second in the robotics and intelligent machines category. Dustin Brown of Mary G. Montgomery received a special award from the Association of Energy Engineers for his project, “Slowing Down the Burn Speed of Gasoline.” Vanessa Siggers of Murphy won a Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her earth and environmental sciences project, and Louisa Forbes of Clark-Shaw School of Math & Science won a special award from U.S. Army Science and Engineering for her project in the environmental category. Samuel Godwin of Clark-Shaw, who earned honorable mention in chemistry on the state level, had won Best in Fair in the junior division at the regional science fair for his project, “Effects of Acid Rain on Metals,” while Aisling Finnegan of Murphy High placed fourth in Best In Fair in the senior division of the regional event for her project: “Caffeine and Sugar vs. Focus.”

St. Dominic Students Participate in Mock Legislative Session

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A delegation of St. Dominic Catholic School Grade 8 students were chosen by their teachers to represent the school at a mock legislative session held at St Mary's. Mia Ginn, Janie Dunwell, Stone Nguyen, Simms Stokes, Gaines Bowlus and Abi Bolton (l – r) participated in proposing, debating, and voting on bills. Congratulations to Janie Dunwell for being 1 out of 15 students named as an OUSTANDING Delegate! Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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St. Mary Catholic Alumni Serve in SGA at McGill-Toolen Catholic

CHCA’s Patrick Morris Named AISA Secondary 3A Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Morris for being named as the Alabama Independent School Association’s (AISA) Class 3A Secondary Teacher of the Year. Mr. Morris has taught English and invested in Cottage Hill Christian Academy for 9 years. He goes above and beyond as a member of our staff and his students know that he truly cares for them in every area of their life. CHCA is blessed to have a group of faculty and staff who truly care about our students and their education. Mr. Morris was recognized by AISA at the state level at the SGA convention in Montgomery in late April.

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St. Mary Catholic Alumni are taking their leadership skills to the next level at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Each year, SGA Officers are elected by their classmates to serve in officer positions. St. Mary Alumni also serve in faculty positions as SGA Moderators. Pictured left to right are St. Mary Alumni ranging from the St. Mary Class of 1973 to the Class of 2016: John Repoll, McGill-Toolen SGA Moderator; Brendan Reilly, Junior Class Vice President; Mattie Naman, Senior Class President; Addison Baucom, Senior Class Treasurer; Owen Kilpatrick, Sophomore Class President; Adele Baucom, Sophomore Class Vice President; and Mark Tenhundfeld, SGA Moderator.

As part of St. Luke's annual 3-D prosthetic hand project, they collaborated with Covenant Christian School to build prosthetic hands. These hands will be shipped to third-world countries for children with Amniotic Band Syndrome.

Viking Daily Takes Home Two MCPSS Film Festival Awards

Congratulations to the Viking Daily staff for winning two MCPSS Film Festival awards in their inaugural year. MGM’s broadcast journalism staff worked diligently this year learning how to create news packages and work together as a team. Their hard work paid off with wins in both the News and How-to categories in the MCPSS Film Festival. In addition to Viking Daily’s wins, MGM senior Rebecca Thompson won the art competition, and her artwork served as the cover of this year’s program. Special thanks to MCPSS and especially Dr. Joe Gaston for sponsoring this annual competition. Congratulations to all participants. Pictured: Film Festival – Kaleigh Tolbert, Jessica Morgan, Mya Johnson, Lexi Hughett, and Mrs. Skelton (broadcast journalism teacher) accept the awards for Viking Daily. Art Winner – Dr. Gaston, Mrs. McNellage (MGM art teacher), Mr. Firle (MGM principal), and Rebecca Thompson.

Congratulations to E.R. Dickson’s 2017 – 2018 Science Fair Winners!

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Taylor-White Dance Team Raises Money for Relay-for-Life

Covenant Christian School Alumni Returns for a Visit

Covenant Christian School got a special visit from an Azalea Trail Maid, who just so happens to be a CCS alumni! We are so proud of you, Ellie! Thank you for choosing our school for your final appearance.

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Bible Times Day at Mobile Christian

Each year third graders at Mobile Christian School participate in a traditional Bible Times Day event. Bible Times Day is an entire day devoted to Bible activities which enables them to get a glimpse into what it would have been like to have lived during the time of Jesus. Students attend a Marketplace with such places as a Carpenter’s Shop, Mosaic Shop, Jewelry Shop, Bake Shop, Scroll Shop, and a Pottery Shop. Students also choose a Bible character to write a report about, dress up as, and complete a project. Bible Times Day is a very special and memorable event in the heart of Mobile Christian students.

Author Gordon Korman Visits UMS-Wright

Gordon Korman is a Canadian-American author who has written over 80 children's and young adult fiction books. Korman has sold more than 28 million books over a career spanning three decades and has appeared at number one on “The New York Times” Best Seller list. Korman spoke to the UMS-Wright Lower and Middle School students about how he wrote his first novel when he was only twelve years old. During class one day, his seventh grade English teacher required the students to write a book report as an assignment. Not wanting to read any of the books available at the library, Korman created his own and then wrote a report on it. This became the manuscript for his first book, “This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall”, the first book in his Macdonald Hall series. During his time at UMS-Wright, he also talked about research, brainstorming, character development, dialogue, and revision.

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Autauga County Schools St. Pius X Aqua Robotics Places at Regional Competition

St. Pius X Aqua Robotics Team participated in the Northern Gulf Coast Regional Competition on Dauphin Island, Saturday, May 5. The St. Pius X Cardinal team consisted of students from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The team placed second in Presentation, fourth in Product Demonstration and seventh overall in the Scout division. St. Pius X was one of two Catholic schools participating in the event and the only school from Mobile County. Among other events, the team had to complete specific tasks underwater.

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J. L. Newton’s cafeteria superheroes show off their letters of appreciation from Mrs. Norton’s Kindergarten class. The kindergartners were celebrating School Lunch Hero Day. Pictured from left to right: Mitch Barnard, Norvelle Sanders, Heather Boehman, Karla Bishop, and Lisa Cushman.

Pillans Students Attend Engineering and Innovation Conference in Germany

Three Palmer Pillans Middle School students who participated in the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge program left for Munich, Germany, recently to participate in an engineering and innovation conference with students from five countries. The students – AlLandria Jackson, Nicole Goodwin and Alexis Vander – will represent their school and Mobile in the Flying Experience Day in celebration of the Airbus Foundation’s 10th Anniversary. Engineers with Airbus have been mentoring these and other students at Pillans all year. Last month, the school participated in the Flying Challenge, which culminated with science activities at the Gulf Coast Exploreum. All three students – who were selected for their grades, leadership and interest in the Airbus Flying Challenge Program – said they now want to go into science or engineering careers when they graduate from high school. The students’ itinerary in Munich included a tour of the city, networking with other students, a 10th Anniversary Cake celebration, and an Airbus airshow featuring parachute jumpers and vintage Airbus aircraft. In Mobile, the goal of the Airbus Flying Challenge is focused on enhancing the life options and academic success of Pillans students beyond high school. It’s a community effort which works in partnership with United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA), the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (Exploreum), the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF), and Mobile County Public Schools (MCPSS). Together, these organizations provide a team-based mentoring platform from which they offer STEM-based learning and character development activities.

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Mobile Christian Service Club Students Help with Special Olympics

Mobile Christian Service Club was excited to be able to assist with Special Olympics again this year. Our students love getting to work with the students with special needs that participate in the field events at Special Olympics. MCS students find this trip very rewarding for not only themselves but those they help. The smiles we see on their faces are priceless. Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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First Place Artist at North Mobile Christian

North Mobile Christian School’s 7th grader Kaylie Moody has always loved art. Her teachers describe her as artistic and creative. On April 18, Kaylie won the district AISA art competition allowing her to move forward onto state competition. The annual 2018 AISA State Art Show was held at Faulkner University in Montgomery on April 27. In grade competition 7-9, Kaylie won first place for photography. At the State Show, all participants received certificates of Merit for their work. In addition, first, second, and third place winners were presented ribbons in each category of each division. AISA supports students in their efforts to express themselves through art. North Mobile Christian School's Headmaster, Christopher Reed, along with Kaylie’s parents, teachers, friends, and schoolmates are proud of Kaylie’s recognition at the school, AISA district, and AISA state art shows. Congratulations on a job well done.

Dodge Students Shine at School Talent Show

Several Dodge students showed their talent as they sang, danced, told jokes, or performed card tricks or kung fu. Congratulations to the Talent Show

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Griggs Tech Team Wins at State Tech Fair

Career Day at Allentown Elementary Allentown Elementary School recently hosted a Career Day for students in Pre-K through 5th grade. Students were able to acquire career information by interacting with representatives from 41 different businesses and organizations. Prior to Career Day, students were taught career lessons by the counselors and classroom teachers. During career day, students had the opportunity to learn about exciting careers from people who actually work in those fields. This encouraged children to begin thinking about what they might want to be when they grow up. Pictured here: Aubreigh Nicholas with Lieutenant Michael Greene on the left and Firefighter Steve Alexander is on the right.

Griggs Tech Team competed at the STATE ACTE Technology Fair on April 28. Griggs had teams and individuals place at the STATE LEVEL: 4th Grade STAR TV Team placed 1st in level 1 video production, (Courtland Brown, Kyleigh McNeer, Riley Courtney, & Braelyn Cotton). 5th Grade STAR TV Team placed 2nd in level 2 video production, (Mary Parker, Lilly Grace Bolton, Lallie Hays, & Alex Langham). Max Norris place 2nd in level 1 Animation and Annah Murray placed 2nd in level 1 Multimedia Applications!

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MCPSS/AMSTI Elementary STEM Competition

Nearly 200 students from throughout Mobile County took part in the first MCPSS/AMSTI Elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition, held recently at the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative education center. Students competed in STEM-based challenges such as the egg drop, where contestants had to select something edible in which to protect an egg as it was dropped from a high platform; penny boats, where contestants tried to build the aluminum foil boat that would hold the most pennies; and Barbie bungee, where students had to calculate how many rubber bands they’d need to drop a Barbie doll closest to the ground without hitting it. There were also robotics stations and judging for the best banner and most school spirit in the competition, which is planned as an annual event. “The students blew all of us away with their problem-solving skills, creativity and enthusiasm,” said Stephanie LeGrone, MCPSS science supervisor. “It really shows that STEM is a way to truly engage students in the classroom and connect what they are learning to real-world situations. The events made them work collaboratively and think quickly on their toes. This is definitely an event that I see growing more and more over the next few years.” Pictured are students from Dawes Intermediate who competed in the event.

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Davidson Student Presented with First Cartagena Scholarship

Jamie Newsome was presented with the very first Stephanie H. Cartagena Scholarship at the DHS Band Banquet. The scholarship is in honor of former Warrior color guard member Stephanie Cartagena. Stephanie went on to perform in the University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band Color Guard and fought a brave battle against brain cancer. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a senior in the band or color guard who has been accepted into the band of the university they attend.

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MGM Wins Science Awards at State Competition

Dustin Brown, MGM freshman, was one of four MGM science fair team members awarded a slot at the State Science Fair at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Dustin represented MGM well winning 3rd place in Energy/Chemical Engineering and 1st place in a special award given by the Association of Energy Engineers for “the project that exhibits an outstanding example of the complex integration of all fields of science and engineering that make up our focus on the future of World Energy.” Dustin received a framed plaque, a ribbon, and $100 cash. Congratulations, Dustin! Pictured, Dustin with science fair team sponsor Mr. Mutchnick. 23

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Covenant Christian 4th Graders Visit Montgomery

St. Dominic 5th Grade Wax Museum

Covenant Christian School’s fourth graders went on their annual field trip to Montgomery to visit the capitol, the AL Department of Archives, Old Alabama Town, and the Governor’s Mansion!

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Order of St. Ignatius Inductions

St. Ignatius 8th grade students and 8th grade Religious Education students were inducted into the Order of St. Ignatius on April 29. The Order of St. Ignatius is the beginning of the process of Confirmation which will happen in the 11th grade for these students. Pictured here are the 2018 Order of St. Ignatius with Fr. Bry Shields and Anthony Tobin.

The St. Mary Great Debate!

St. Mary Catholic School hosted the first Annual Great Debate on April 20. This Junior Legislature included 8 schools including St. Mary Catholic, Christ the King Catholic, Corpus Christi Catholic, Little Flower Catholic, St. Dominic Catholic, St. Ignatius Catholic, St. Paul's Episcopal, and St. Vincent De Paul Catholic for a 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. day-long session. Over 70 students learned how to write and debate a bill workshop. Presiding officers and clerk positions were elected through a student-run process by their peers. Students gained critical thinking skills and worked collaboratively to develop an original idea and to problem-solve issues facing Alabama today. The event closed with an Awards ceremony. The event was organized by St. Mary Faculty Members Will Hester and LePret Williams. Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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Burns Middle School Students Place in Alabama History Day Competition

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During Spring Break, many students from Mobile traveled to Auburn University at Montgomery to compete in the Alabama History Day. The competition has many levels with the final competition being held this June at the University of Maryland. Students that place first or second at the state level of competition earn a place to compete at the National competition. Burns Middle School has four qualifying students this year. This will be our 5th year to compete in Maryland. We are very proud of all of our students and the work they put into their projects. The theme this year was Conflict and Compromise in History. Our winning projects were: 1st place in Junior Group Website: Kirah McCarty and Breylan Colley for their website The Great Migration: Escaping Discrimination. Our 2nd Place in Group Documentary winners were Gregory Watson and Christopher Davis, Jr. for the documentary entitiled Conflict and Compromise of the 1863 New York Draft Riots.

Mobile County Public Schools recently honored its students, teachers and partners of the year during its annual It Starts With Us awards ceremony, held at Murphy High School. Among those honored during the ceremony were Teachers of the Year Nadine Lynch of St. Elmo Elementary and Laurin Tew of Mary G. Montgomery High School; student It Starts With Me winners Cecilia Archer of O’Rourke Elementary, Caroline King of E.R. Dickson Elementary, Isabelle Reimer of Phillips Prep and Mya Nobles of Baker High School; and Partner of the Year Austal USA. The system also recognized Teachers of the Year and It Starts With Me honorees from each of its 88 schools, along with other awards for the following valued business and community partners: Greer’s Markets, City of Semmes, Drug Education Council, Dr. Julie Cwikla and the University of Southern Mississippi, Barton Academy Foundation, Mobile Retired Educators Association, University of South Alabama College of Education and Professional Studies, Daughters of the American Revolution and United States Daughters of 1812, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama. Entertainment was provided by the Murphy Four Arts Club, the Murphy Dynamics Dance Company, and the Alma Bryant High School Jazz Band. In addition, three scholarships were awarded this year to graduating seniors in honor of retiring Superintendent Martha Peek. The three recipients were (pictured from left, with Peek): Kyla Ellis of Baker High School, Kamryn Pigg of Alma Bryant High School and Jayuanna Harris of Murphy High School.

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St. Luke’s Boys Win Sportsmanship Award at Tennis State Finals

Covenant Christian’s Middle School Track Team participated in meets at UMS, St. Paul’s, McGill, and Bayside. Congratulations to team members who participated in events including hurdles, relays, javelin, discus, shot put, long jump, and running events (100m to 1600m). Top row, left to right, Coach Lisa Rush, Kathy Hacker, Mya Hall, Sophie Lynch, Rebecca Hii, Kyndall Waller, Ella Grace Meaux, Amorette Garcia and front row, Brandon Wolfe and Jonathan Rush. Go Eagles!

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Congrats to the St. Luke's Varsity Boys tennis team on winning the Sportsmanship Award at the State Tennis Tournament. We're proud to have you guys representing St Luke's in such an outstanding way.

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Literature at Little Flower School

Students in Ms. Emma Solak's English Class at Little Flower Catholic School were asked to consider points of view when reading “To Kill a Mocking Bird”. To experience different points of view, they put on skits, taking the part of differing views. Cameron Irby, Bruce Davis, and Zenno Tunstall played the parts of parents explaining to their children why they could not attend a particular concert.

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St. Vincent de Paul Student Named Runner Up in Statewide Contest

Congratulations to 7th grade student, Peyton Lee, from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School! Peyton was the runner up in the Knights of Columbus "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest for the state of Alabama.

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UMS-Wright Science Students Travel to Disney World

Holy Week at St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius celebrated a school-wide retreat day on Holy Thursday. This was an opportunity for our students to focus on Holy Week. Many of our upperclassman had the opportunity to partner with their school buddy for the day and help teach them about Holy Week. Pictured here is 8th grader Julia Green with 1st graders Hastings Weavil and Amberleigh Tindle.

C i A group of UMS-Wright 10th-12th grade students who are enrolled in Physics, Chemistry, and Environmental/Marine Science visited Walt Disney World along with faculty members from the UMS-Wright Science Department for an educational trip where learning came to life! The students experienced an insider’s view of the innovative ways that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is providing excellence in animal care while addressing the conservation challenges facing many animals today. Future World in Epcot was a showcase for design, technology communications, transportation, and more offering students an opportunity to explore the influences that affect the developmental process of technology. Best of all, Disney's Hollywood Studios became the backdrop for students' exploration of self-awareness by inviting students to think of themselves as a brand. This highly personal journey explored life markers that provided an introspective look at skills and interests, as well as the impact of personal appearance and personal publishing. Overall, it was a MAGICAL experience!

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St. Ignatius Students Enjoy a Great Yearly Retreat

Each class at St. Ignatius has a yearly retreat that they do together. Our 6th grade students recently had their retreat with a visiting NET Team who spends some time with the students in small groups and as the entire class. Pictured here with the NET Team volunteers are London Hill, Cameron Ward, Michael Crocker, Wells Brewster, Matthew Paragone, Edward Vulevich and Will Green.

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Mobile Christian Students Win Local Art Competition

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Davidson Student Wins Reflections at National Level Nandita Dey recently earned a silver medal in the National PTSA’s Reflections Contest. Nandita submitted an entry in the music composition category. She received a $200 scholarship and her work will be part of a travelling exhibit.

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Cottage Hill Recognizes Top Ten

Each year Cottage Hill Christian Academy is eager to recognize student scholars from 10th -12th grades at the annual Top Ten Chapel. We were honored to have returning CHCA Alumnus, entrepreneur and founder of YellowHammer Coffee Truck, Jeff Roberts as guest speaker. Jeff encouraged students to step up to the challenge, seize the opportunity, and let the Lord direct their steps. These student scholars exemplify a spirit of excellence through their academic endeavors. The 2017-2018 Top Ten are listed in alphabetical order: Sophomores: Hannah Elizabeth Barbour, William Thomas Barbour, Elizabeth Anne Bryson, Katelyn Nicole Johnson, Alison Juliann Lindsey, Ryan Matthew Maples, Anne Morgan Swearingen, Sarah Katherine Taylor, RaSean Zentenic Thomas, and Joshua Bailey Turner. Juniors: Katherine Grace Allred, Mariajose Alvarez, Michael Forrest Evans, Andrew Caleb Hanenkrat, Noah Alexander Landry, Ian M. Lewis, Lilli Claire Neff, Carter Thomas Sullivan, Ryan David Sweatt, Brinson Micah Thompson. Seniors: Catherine Elaine Bryson, Siew Andrew Philip Hii, Sara Elena Hilbun, Ella Gay Kendall, Sarah Elizabeth Lawrey, Olivia Jayne Moore, Emma Catherine Newell, Ian Giles Singley, Scott Alan Smith, and LinhAn Jasmine Vo.

MCPSS Students Participate in State’s National History Day Competition

About 70 middle and high school students from seven Mobile County Public Schools went to Auburn University at Montgomery recently for the statelevel National History Day competition. Incorporating this year’s theme of “Conflict & Compromise in History,” students developed projects to compete in the following categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Website, Performance, or Documentary. Students from Murphy, Blount and Mary G. Montgomery high schools, Phillips Prep and Burns Middle qualified as state-level winners to compete at National History Day in June at the University of Maryland at College Park. Also participating at the state-level event were students from Dunbar Magnet and Grand Bay Middle. Local students earning first-place honors in their respective categories were: Daisy Ferrell of Blount; Tithalia Lockett and Dakeya Chambers of Murphy; Kirah McCarty and Breylan Colley of Burns Middle; and the following students from Phillips Prep: Starlyn Fistein, Jamya James, Essence Carter, Thomas Carmichael, Alli Merryman, Delana Nassar, Jazell Knight, Cameron Knowles and Peter Sherman.

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Congratulations to the Dodge robotics team for a wonderful showing at the state technology competition held in Montgomery on Saturday, April 28. The students qualified for the state competition by placing 1st or 2nd at the regional competition held earlier in March at Coastal Community College. Students built and programmed robots to complete a challenge. They also had to create a detailed notebook explaining the entire process. Level 1: 1st Place - Mariah and Melody. Level 2: 1st Place - Dillon and Jonathan, 2nd Place Braxton and Jonah.

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St. Pius X Catholic School held its 3rd annual Color Run on Friday, April 27. The run was a culmination to the school's Field Day. The morning was filled with class field events followed by a Sing-along and the Color Run. Pictured here are a group of eighth graders after the run.

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Elementary and Middle Schoolers. At this age, kids love TV shows, games, movies, and online videos. They begin to explore more and hear about new shows and games from friends. Because they can access these things by themselves, it’s crucial to continue to supervise their activities and help them stick to your rules.

How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

Start with an endpoint. Use whatever tools you have -- your DVR, Netflix, OnDemand -- to pre-record shows, cue them up, or plan ahead to watch at a specific time. That way, one show won’t flow into the other, and you can avoid commercials. If your kids are into YouTube, search for age-appropriate videos, and add them to a playlist to watch later. Because most games don’t have built-in endings (and are, in fact, designed to make kids play as long as possible), set a timer or some other cue that says “time to stop.” Help them balance their day. Kids this age need guidance from you on a daily plan that includes a little bit of time for everything. And staying involved works. Kids whose parents make an effort to limit media use spend less time with media than their peers do, according to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study. Use the American Academy of Pediatrics’ worksheets to create a family media plan. Practice what you preach. It’s tempting to keep reaching for your phone to check email, texts, Facebook, or the news. But your kids will be the first to call you out for not “walking the talk.” Plus, they’ll pick up habits from you. Model the media behavior that you want your kids to emulate.

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or quit YouTube can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins. When it comes to screen time, every family will have different amounts of time that they think is “enough.” What’s important is giving it some thought, creating age-appropriate limits (with builtin flexibility for special circumstances), making media choices you’re comfortable with, and modeling responsible screen limits for your kids. Try these age-based guidelines to create screen rules that stick.

Preschoolers. There are lots of great TV shows, apps, games, and websites geared for this age. But too much time spent in front of a screen can interfere with activities that are essential for growing brains and bodies. Go for quality and age-appropriateness. Not everything for preschoolers needs to be a so-called “brain-builder,” but there’s a difference between mindless and mindful entertainment. Our reviews can steer you toward titles that help preschoolers work on developmental skills like sharing, cooperation, and emotional intelligence. Sit with them, and enjoy the discovery process. There will always be moments when you need to rely on the TV or an app to distract your preschooler while you get something done. But as much as you can, enjoy media together. Little hands and developing brains really benefit from your company (and guidance!). Begin setting limits when kids are little. Habits get ingrained early, so try to establish clear screen-time rules when your kids are young. For games, apps, and websites, you may need to set a timer. For TV, just say “one show.” Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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RAISING AWARENESS OF THE THREAT OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF APPROPRIATE ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIBING AND USE IN THE COMMUNITIES, IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES, AND ON THE FARM

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The Attraction of Magnets

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Children are wonderfully observant and are quick to make mental connections about how things work. Manipulating levers, scoops, and wheels demonstrate the mechanical ways that objects move and perform. Concepts that involve invisible forces like gravity and magnetism are more mysterious and easier to grasp when introduced through play. Exploring unseen forces moves a child’s thinking beyond obvious mechanical power and toward an expanded understanding of other marvelous forces. The following items are recommended as ideal introductions to the powerful attraction of magnets.

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With brightly colored, environmentally friendly blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes, kids can explore the power and versatility of magnets as mortar for an endless stream of construction. The Magfun set includes thirty-two pieces that feature squares, wheels, balls, caps and more 3D shapes. The strong diversity of elements will quickly inspire small hands to craft their own masterpieces. The magnetic connections on all sides make quick assembly easy and intuitive. Whether children are taking their lead from the included instructions or designing their own builds, creating the shape of things to come is a magnetic snap with this Magfun set.

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As a destination of every important document, photo or artwork related to your child, the refrigerator remains a central feature in the home. Gearation magnets are an intriguing opportunity to turn the kitchen’s crossroads into a site for play/ learning experience. This set comes with one central magnetic gear with a switch that starts rotation, and five accessory gears that can be placed in a variety of combination. One flip of the switch and the interlocking gears begin to turn with a mesmerizing effect. The pieces are sturdy and the magnets are strong enough to hold the gears in place as they move. Combining the strength of magnets with the mechanical marvels of gears, this Gearation set will set young minds in motion as well.

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With the goal of channeling magnetic attraction through multiple objects to collect a player’s designated bell colors, the simple elements of this game camouflage real dexterity and strategy challenges. Players must choose which end of the magnetic wand (strong pull or weak) to use as they attempt to lift their color from the game surface without attracting other player colors. Delicate manipulation and forward thinking come into play as kids and adults navigate the wand among forty bells of various colors and sizes to gather their own. Neatly gathered in a zippered pouch that opens up to become the playing surface, the challenge of manipulating magnetic force can go anywhere.

Combining the basic shapes of plane geometry with the powerful pull of magnetic connections, Brain Power’s Magnetic Blocks open a wide vista of tactile play and mental exploration. The sixty-five translucent tiles not only support three-dimensional thinking as the build progresses, but also add a colorful artistic aesthetic that keeps kids engaged with their construction. Much like tangram shapes, the tiles’ basic elements of geometry encourage mathematical thinking and problem-solving as little fingers manipulate the pieces into structures of their own design. Whether kids are making architecture or art, these beautiful elements all come together through the invisible power of magnetism.

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Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com

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Help Them Help Themselves Q. My parents have always been bad with money, and recently they lost their home to foreclosure. They found another place to live, and they both work, but since the foreclosure my dad has been asking me for money on a regular basis. He tries to make me feel guilty, and he calls or asks me to come over to talk about it when my mom isn’t home. He even asked for half of the bonus I received at work the other day. I know they need help, but I’m not sure what to do.

A. I can tell you love your parents, because you’re looking for the best way to help them. I think your brain knows what to do, but your heart is having a hard time doing it. The first thing you’re going to have to accept is your father is being very

manipulative right now. Put an end to these private meetings and phone calls once and for all. If he wants to talk, make sure he understands it will only happen with your mom in the room. Second, understand there’s nothing wrong with helping your folks get back on their feet. However, any financial help you give them should be temporary in nature, and it should be a gift. Don’t get involved in giving them money every month just because they raised you. That’s not how this works. When you permanently subsidize

someone, you take away their dignity. You also change their status, and compromise their ability to stand on their own two feet. In return, you should let them know you expect them to work toward changing their financial behaviors with the help of a quality financial counselor — one with the heart of a teacher. It’s often difficult for parents to accept advice and suggestions from their own children, but it’s for their own good. Sit down with them, and gently let them know how much you care, and how much you want better, happier lives for them.

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I gave my husband the gift of a play at the park with our daughter while I took a nap. How is that a gift to him? It worked on two fronts. First, it gave him a chance to bask in our baby’s undivided attention, something he rarely got while I was around. I think he felt like his daughter’s hero for the first time. Second, it changed the balance of our parenting partnership. We both realized he was capable of doing more with the baby, and it dissolved a leaden ball of resignation I didn’t realize I had been dragging. I saw new possibilities for taking breaks from my demanding role. It made me calmer, happier, and more hopeful. Planning a simple play for Father’s Day changed the outlook for our marriage. I saw that I could lean on my partner, and realized how much he already held me up. Relief and gratitude reawakened the fun chick inside me. Tell me that was not a gift to him. If you are running on empty, use Father’s Day as a chance to reconnect with the pleasure of your husband’s presence. Here are some easy, fun ways to celebrate his power to light up your life.

Effortless Family Fun Plan a low-overhead outing where you enjoy the extra set of hands while Dad enjoys his amazing family. • Grab the stroller for an after-dinner walk with a stop for dessert. • Get outside for twenty minutes with a Frisbee, a bottle of bubbles, or a bugcatcher.

• Go somewhere you have a membership: the zoo, the science center, or the gym with babysitting. • Go to the mall. Grab a snack and daydream about how you would splurge if you won the lottery. • Establish a weekly Family Outing Day and let Dad choose the first destination.

• Write it On the Wall: Think of one thing about your husband that you appreciate, and scribble it on a note board or the bathroom mirror. Once a week, replace the message. With only a few minutes’ worth of thought and preparation, you can begin a routine that helps both of you appreciate your partnership.

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Give your husband a chance to shine by planning an easy Daddy date.

Restorative Couple Time If you miss cuddling and connecting, you can bet your husband does too. Give in to that worn-out feeling and grab a quiet, stress-free moment together. • Lazy Massage Hour: one person controls the TV remote while they massage the other’s feet, shoulders, or head for 30 minutes. Then, switch roles. • Wine and Cheese on the Couch: After the kids go to bed, raid the pantry and lay out a grown up buffet with wine, cheese, olives and fruit, or beer, nachos, and guacamole. Use whatever feels like an indulgence. • 90 Minute Jail Break: If your kids are very little and you can’t be away too long, book a babysitter for a micro date. Have apps at your old dating hang-out, or spend a handful of coins at the arcade. • Bicker-Buster: Skip the stressed-out squabbles with a quiet walk. Bring a tasty drink to keep your mouth busy, and relax together in the outdoors with no pressure for conversation.

• Send the gang to the park or pool with prepacked necessities. • Set out a project, like a recipe, puzzle, or build-your-own-birdhouse kit. • Plan a backyard campout and let them set up the tent, cook hotdogs and marshmallows, and tell stories with spooky flashlight face. Or, let them build forts and play with flashlights all evening in the living room. • Send them shopping for snacks and have a Netflix movie night. • Commission them to produce a video that captures the essence of Dad. If you are facing Father’s Day with a frown, consider an effortless celebration. Free your mind, surrender to a welldeserved break, and give your husband a chance to bask in your warm appreciation of his Superdad powers. MBP Laurie is the mom of two energizer bunnies, and the wife of a willing and wonderful Superdad.

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First Baptist Tillman’s Corner

5660 Three Notch Rd Mobile, 36619 Dates: July 9-13 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed K-6th grade Theme: Game On (251) 661-0114 www.fbtc.org

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3941 Dawes Road Mobile, 36695 Dates: June 25 29 Times: 6:00pm9:00pm Ages: Completed 5K-6th grade Theme: Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity Pre-register at

www.vbspro.events/p/bf320f (251) 633-7331 fbcd.amyk@outlook.com

Ashland Place United Methodist Church 15 Wisteria Avenue Mobile, 36607 Dates: June 11-15 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed PreK3 - 5th Grade Theme: Shipwrecked. $20/child (251) 478-6356 www.apumc.com

Bayou Sara Baptist Church

1644 Wolf Ridge Road Whistler, 36612 Dates: June 25-29 Times: 5:00pm-8:00pm Ages: 3 years old-Adults Theme: Glow for Jesus Matthew 5:16. (251) 456-7638

Cost is $15 per child until June 1 and $20 after June 1. Visit christumcchildren.com/vbs to register. (251) 342-0462 www.cumcchildren.com

Corpus Christi Catholic Church

6300 McKenna Drive, Mobile, AL 36608 Dates: June 18 - 22 Times: 8:30am - 12:00pm Ages: Kindergarten through rising 5th graders Theme: Shipwrecked. $45/child (251) 342-5474 www.school.corpuschristiparish.com

Cottage Hill Baptist

4255 Cottage Hill Road Mobile, 36609 Dates: June 18-22 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed K4 – 5th grade Theme: AMPED – Live Fully Alive. Register online. (251) 660-2439 www.cottagehill.org

Covenant Presbyterian Church

2651 Spring Hill Avenue Mobile, 36607 Dates: July 23-25 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: 4-5th Grade Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 298-7055 www.covenantpresmobile.org

Dauphin Island Baptist Church

Chickasaw United Methodist Church

Dauphin Way Baptist

6101 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Dates: June 25-29 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed K3-5th Grade Theme: Rolling River Rampage Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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Hope Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

910 Chaumont Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 Dates: June 18-22 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: 3 – 6th Grade Theme: Game On (251) 767-6185 www.dibaptist.org

Christ United Methodist Church

Government Street Presbyterian – VBS at Baytreat

2421 Lott Road, Eight Mile, AL 36613 Dates: June 4-8 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: Children and Adults Theme: Game On (251) 452-4601 highpointbc.org

12 Bayou Sara Avenue, Saraland, AL 36571 Dates: June 10-14 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: All Ages Theme: Game On (251) 675-1770 www.bayousarabaptist.org 108 Lee Street Chickasaw, 36611 Dates: June 3-7 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: PK-6th Grade Theme: Shipwrecked Dinner served at 5:30 pm for kids - please register for dinner. (251) 452-3461 www.chickasawumc.org/media/ gallery/vbs-shipwrecked

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Kingswood United Methodist Church

5200 Perin Road Mobile, 36693 Dates: June 4-7 Times: 5:30pm-8:30pm Ages: PK-5th grade Theme: Rolling River Rampage (251) 661-0420 www.cokesburyvbs.com/kingswoodumcvbs

Lighthouse Baptist Church

6905 Nan Gray Davis Road Theodore, 36582 Dates: June 11-14 Times: 6:00pm-8:00pm Ages: K3-6th Grade Theme: Arctic Adventure (251) 653-6542 www.lbctheodore.com

Little Flower Catholic Church

2053 Government Street Mobile, 36606 Dates: June 4-8 Times: 8:30am-11:30am Ages: PK-8th Grade Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 478-3381 www.littleflower.cc

Luke 4:18 Fellowship

2664 Sollie Road Mobile, 36695 Dates: June 25-29 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: K5–5th Grade Theme: Star Voyage: The Next Generation (251) 281-1418 www.luke418fellowship.org

Mt. Hebron Church Ministries

2501 East Service Road North Mobile, 36617 Dates: June 18-22 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: 2 years old-Adult Theme: “Superheroes” (251) 457-9900 www.mthebroncm.org

3661 Dauphin Street Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 25-29 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed K4-6th Grade Theme: Game On (251) 342-3456 www.dwbc.org

Redemption Church - North Campus

Dauphin Way UMC

Redemption Church - West Campus

1507 Dauphin Street Mobile, 36604 Dates: July 16-19 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: 4 yrs by 9/1/17-3rd grade Theme: Jesus Is My Superhero (251) 471-1511 www.dauphinwayumc.org/

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300 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Dates: June 18-22 Times: 8:30am-1:00pm Ages: 3 years olds–5th grade (and those that just completed 5th grade) Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 432-1749 www.gspcmobile.org

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879 Snow Road North Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 10-14 Times: 5:30pm-8:30pm Ages: Completed K5-5th grade Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 679-3266 www.goredemption.com

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415 McKeough Avenue Saraland, 36571 Dates: July 9-12 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed K4-5th Grade Theme: Rolling River Rampage - Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God! (251) 675-2728 www.saralandumc.org

Semmes First Baptist Church

4070 Wulff Road East Semmes, 36575 Dates: July 16-20 Times: 8:00am-12:00pm Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 649-2319 www.semmesfirst.church

Snow Road First Baptist

2370 Snow Road North Semmes, 36575 Dates: July 9-13 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: 4 years old-6th grade Theme: Game On! (251) 649-7722 www.srfbc.com

Sonrise Baptist Church

140 Snow Road North Mobile, 36695 Dates: June 17-21 Times: 5:30pm-8:00pm Ages: 3 yrs-Completed 5th grade Theme: Shipwrecked:Rescued by Jesus (251) 776-7473 www.sonrisebc.net

Spring Hill Presbyterian

10 Westminster Way Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 25-28 Times: 9:00am-11:30am Ages: 4 years-5th Grade Theme: Abundace Orchard Registration Closes June 1 (or when full). (251) 342-1550 www.springhillpresbyterian.org

St. Dominic’s

4051 Old Shell Road Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 25-28 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Rising 3K-Rising 5th Grade Theme: Conquer the Day Mega Sports Camp (251) 342-8521 www.stpaulschurchmobile.com/vbs Stpmobilevbs@gmail.com

The Baptist Chapel

4156 Burma Road Mobile, 36693 Dates: June 11-15 Times: 8:45am-12:00pm Ages: PK4 - Entering Grade 5 Theme: Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus (251) 661-5130 www.stdominicmobile.org bchristian@stdomincmobile.org

St. Ignatius Catholic Church

3704 Springhill Avenue Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 18-22 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: PK-4th Grade Theme: Cracking the Code: God’s Mission for me Must pre register at stignatius.org. $30 for 1st child and $15 for each additional child. (251) 342-9221 www.stignatiusmobile.org seiterm@stignatius.org

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Snow Road Missionary Baptist Church

809 Snow Road North Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 4-8 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: 4 years-12th Grade Theme: Jungle River Adventure (251) 649-0030 www.snowroadbaptistchurch.com

1050 Azalea Road Mobile, 36609 Dates: June 11-15 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: K5–5th grade Theme: Rolling River Rampage: Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God (251) 666-2990 www.stlukesepiscopalchurch.org church@stlukesmobile.org

Spring Hill Baptist

St. Mary Catholic Parish

2 McGregor Avenue South Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 3-6 Times: 5:30pm-8:00pm Ages: Completed 4K-6th grade Theme: Game On! (251) 342-5320 www.shbc.cc

St. Pauls Episcopal School

10431 Old Pascagoula Road Grand Bay, 36541 Dates: June 11-15 Times: 8:30am-11:30am Ages: 5 years old - 12 years old Theme: Jungle River Adventure We are excited to announce the greatest adventure your children will take this summer! Grab a paddle, point your canoe down the river and Join us on the Jungle River Adventure! We will have snacks, games, music, crafts and much more! (251) 510-8220

West Mobile Baptist

7501 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 Dates: June 10-14 Times: 6:00pm-8:30pm Ages: 4-6th grade Theme: Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus (251) 639-9952 www.wemochurch.org

Westminister Presbyterian

2921 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36606 Dates: June 18-22 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: K5-Grade 5 (finished) (251) 471-5451 www.wpcmobile.org

Woodridge Baptist Church

107 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36618 Dates: July 23-27 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: entering K5 with a limited number of entering PK4 spots Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 432-8679 www.stmarymobile.org

2700 Schillinger Road Mobile, 36695 Dates: June 25-29 Times: 8:30am-12:00pm Ages: Completed Kindergarten through 6th Grades Theme: Game on: Gearing up for life’s big game (251) 633-6000 www.woodridgebc.com MBP

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My daughter’s Girl Scout troop recently spent a Saturday morning stocking and organizing shelves at the local food pantry. Afterward, the girls were happy and tired in a good way. Many of them asked how they could help out again. Children often bring a fresh perspective and creative ideas to solving problems, and they reap many positive benefits from volunteering, too. “Volunteering builds a young person’s leadership skills, broadens their worldview, develops their sense of empathy towards others, and teaches a young person that he or she really can make a difference. This kind of experiential esteem-building is incredibly powerful and builds life skills that carry over into adulthood,” says Karen Daniel, Vice President of Engagement at Youth Service America. Mobile Bay Parents I June 2018

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Children who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behaviors and more likely to volunteer as adults and engage in civic activities such as voting, according to Daniel. “Children who volunteer grow up to be adults who volunteer, so there’s great incentive to have kids start solving community issues now,” she says. What better time for your child to volunteer than in the summer when the days are long, and they complain that they’re bored or they have nothing to do? Begin by chatting with your child about their interests and skills and how they could put their talents to use as a volunteer. “Talk to your kids about what they love,” Daniel says. “Volunteering becomes fun and meaningful when it’s connected to something they already care about, and parents can help make those connections.”

Kids can help animals through the Humane Society’s “Mission: Humane!” program. To learn more, visit the program’s action guide at http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/parents_educators/mission_humane_action_guide_kids.pdf. Also check out volunteer opportunities at your local Humane Society Chapter. You can find your local chapter at http://www.humanesociety.org/ about/state/.

Make Blankets for Shelter Animals

In 2001, the Compassion Action Institute started a “cage comforter program” when it enlisted volunteers to make small comforters for homeless cats, kittens and dogs. The comforters eased the animals’ stress at the shelter and boosted adoptions since the animals were happier lying on their cozy beds. When they were adopted the animals took their comforters with them, which made for smoother transitions from the shelter to their new homes. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they have a cage comforter program. If not, check out the Compassion Action Institute’s guide on how to start one at http://www.pleasebekind.com/ccp.html#start.

Here’s a list of ideas to get the conversation started: Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Alex Scott was just four years old when she decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. She had been battling cancer for three years herself, and when word about her lemonade stand got out, she and other children raised $1 million for the cause before she passed away at age 8. Since then, children have continued to set up lemonade stands and have raised $50 million for Alex’s cause. For more information about how to set up your own lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, go to http://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/kids-corner/how-have-lemonade-stand.

Collect Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Families often travel long distances when seeking medical care for a critically ill child. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home away from home” for families, so they can stay close to their hospitalized child. To raise money, many Ronald McDonald Houses collect and recycle pop tabs.

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One chapter raises almost $30,000 each year through its pop tab collection program. Contact your local Ronald McDonald House to see if it participates in the program. You can find your local chapter at http://rmhc.org/who-we-are/chapter-search/.

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Host a Bluebird House Bluebirds lose their nesting habitats when trees are cut down to make way for houses, buildings, malls, and other developments. You can help bluebirds find a home in your backyard by building and setting up a bluebird house. Your backyard will need perch sites such as tree branches, wires or fences where bluebirds can perch and look for food. If you don’t have a suitable backyard space, ask for permission to set up a bluebird box in a wide, open grassy area such as a park, pasture, or golf course. For information on how to build, set up, and monitor your bluebird house, visit the North American Bluebird Society at http://nabluebirdsociety.org/Fact/bluebirdfacts.htm and click on “Getting Started with Bluebirds.”

Start a Letter Writing Campaign Writing e-mails or letters engages your child’s critical thinking and research skills and allows them to experience democracy in action. Pick a cause your child feels passionate about and have them research the issue and possible solutions. Then have them e-mail the appropriate elected officials explaining why the issue is a problem and asking for their help in solving it. For more information on how to e-mail or write President Obama, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. To e-mail or write a member of Congress, check out http://www.congress.org/news/ communicating-with-congress/. If the issue is best addressed at the state level, visit your state’s website to look up the elected officials in your area.

When you engage your child’s enthusiasm and imagination, the list of volunteer possibilities is endless. Other options include organizing and stocking shelves at a food pantry, participating in community clean up days, or volunteering at a community garden. With many of these projects, your child will need your help and supervision, which is time consuming, but it’s also a great way to spend time with your child working side by side and showing them that you value their contributions to the world. MBP

Begin a Terracycle Collection Terracycle is a company that collects hard to recycle items and turns the waste into new products. As you collect and send in waste, you earn points that can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or for a payment of $0.01 per point to the nonprofit organization or school of your choice. Each waste collection program is called a “brigade,” and you can sign up for as many brigades as you like. There are more than 40 brigade programs that cover food packaging, office supplies, and personal products. To get started, go to http://www.terracy-

As a freelance writer and mother of two children, Laura Lane is inspired by the good works and acts of kindness she sees children doing on a regular basis.

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Hope for the “Me” Generation The “Baby Boom” generation was so anxious to have good relationships with their children that they tended to set aside their primary role as parents. Their desire to be their child’s best friend nurtured the advent of a self-centered, demanding, “Me Generation” who believes the world revolves around them. But there’s hope!

Parenting in Past Generations — Too Rigid

As I’ve grown older, I see more with the eyes of my heart than I do with those on each side of my big nose. And the aging process has brought me to a greater understanding of my own mom and dad’s parenting style. I’ve learned that things really weren’t as bad as I used to think they were. My dad, like yours, was less than relational; his focus was on providing for his family. Working at the same job for 38 years; providing was his way of showing love for his family. He demanded respect. He taught us to be responsible because that’s the way he was taught, and he wanted us to live the same way. My father worked hard because he grew up during the Great Depression, and he knew first-hand the challenges of having little to live on. He also saw to it that our family was protected. Food was always on the table, a roof was always over our head, we all went to college, and the enemy he fought in the South Pacific never marched on our homeland.

Parenting in Today’s Generation — Too Relational Then, the 60’s and 70’s came along. Some called it a revolution. Millions of “Baby Boomers” fell head over heels toward relationships and feelings of love for all mankind. Our music and lifestyle expressed our desire for universal peace and love. We swooned to lyrics like “all you need is love,” and there

was a “whole lotta’ love” going around. And we “showered the people we love with love… showing them the way that we feel.” Then we took our desire for peace, love and affection right into our parenting style. Baby boomers as parents focused on maintaining peace and love, at all costs. We were determined to have better, stronger relationships with our kids than we had with our parents; carrying out these normally good and healthy desires to an extreme. Out of financial abundance, we gave our kids everything they ever wanted, and more. Modern conveniences allowed for more free time and less responsibility. Soccer moms equipped with minivans shuttled kids from one event or activity to another, with stops at McDonald’s in-between. We indulged, spoiled and provided too much “stuff” as misguided expressions of our love.

But Good Relationships Are Good, Aren’t They?

What’s wrong with too much love? Nothing! But there is something wrong with it if it is our only focus. To put it bluntly, placing kids on a pedestal and focusing our lives on them created feelings of entitlement. Kids began equating our love with our pocket book and our willingness to do things for them. Their thrills in life came from getting new toys, new clothes, new honors, and new excitements. They became demanding, selfish, adrenalin junkies, searching daily for new thrills. When the excitement ended or the money train slowed, they became angry. We wanted to be the best parents ever, but the more we focused our attention and our money on our kids, the more they fell into anxiety, depression, and outright defiance. After all, they wouldn’t admit it, but deep down they were terrified for what they would do after they left the comforts and indulgences of home. Perhaps you have a teenager fitting this description living in your home now? I’ve had the privilege of getting to know over 3,000 such teenagers in our Heartlight counseling program over the past 20 years. These are kids whose parents loved them 43

greatly and gave them every convenience and materialistic advantage in life, yet they developed so many emotional problems that they had to be taken out of their homes. So, I’ve seen this phenomenon thousands of times; and we continue to receive dozens of pleas for help from parents of out of control teenagers every day. The crux of the matter is that it is hard to be a good parent when our focus is on having peace, love and friendship with our children. So, the big question is this: How do parents establish their position of authority, while also maintaining their relationship with their teen? Tell your teenager…“I desire to stand beside you and walk with you in life… but make no mistake; I will stand in front of you when I need to.”

Parenting the Right Way – Balanced

A simple answer is to say things like “No” and “Maybe” more often; and we need to apply boundaries and consequences when our kids cross over the line. Balanced parenting is applying strength when needed; and tenderness at the same time. It is not just one or the other, it is both. The essence of balance in parenting is to stand beside our children and walk with them through life, while also determining to stand in front of them when we need to stop them from their foolish ways. Our goal should be to help our kids get to where they want to be, and keep them from going to a place they really don’t want to end up. But since they are too immature to know any better, we need to remain in control, no matter how upset it makes them temporarily. Then, as they mature in their thinking, the reins can be gradually released. Believe me, your kids will express their appreciation when they are older for holding them in line as teenagers. 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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1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535 OWA is a world-class entertainment destination located just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches that is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians The name OWA, which translates to “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language, was inspired by the 14-acre lake at the center of this unique development. Stay close to the action with OWA’s 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites. The Park at OWA amusement park features more than 20 rides, in-park dining, and a variety of midway games. Enjoy retail and dining amenities admissionfree in Downtown OWA. Check VisitOWA.com for full details and the latest events. (251) 923-2111 VisitOwa.com

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906 Gulf Shores Pkwy Gulf Shores, 36542 Join the family fun with the Waterpark, Flowrider, Mini Golf, Bounce House, Go-Karts, Arcade, Rollercoaster and much more! For park dates and times please visit watervilleusa.com. Waterpark opens May 19 for 2018 and daily starting May 26. (251) 948-2106 wville2@gulftel.com www.watervilleusa.com

Weeks Bay Plantation Harvest Night ad on page 35

12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation offers tasty organic blueberries for you to pick! Throughout the year we host a Harvest Night Series, live music events, seasonal celebrations, farm-to-table events, summer camps and more! Come see us at the farm and teach your kids the importance of fresh foods and health eating. Weeks Bay also offers locations for Weddings, Corporate/Non-Profit gatherings, and Field Trips. Want to spend a night, a weekend or even longer with us out on the farm? Check out our three Air BnB properties located right on our plantation grounds! Visit our website and Facebook often for the latest news on upcoming events. (251) 279-8745 info@weeksbayplantation.com www.weeksbayplantation.com

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 600 exotic animals including lions, tigers, macaws, reptiles, kangaroos, lemurs, sloths to name just a few. The Zoo features a petting zoo along with seasonal animal encounters, a new mining sluice and interactive animal shows during the spring and summer months. The admission fee is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors 55+, $8 for kids 3-12 and kids age 2 and under are free. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. (251) 968-5732 info@algulfcoastzoo.org www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org

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Bob’s Paintball

3428 Dawes Road Mobile, 36695 One of the Gulf Coast’s premier spots for fun, safe paintball! Whether you like to play recreational paintball in the woods or you want to step up your game to the tournament level, there’s something for everyone. Hours: Saturdays – 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday – 12:00pm – 5:00pm. (251) 639-8245 bobspaintball@bellsouth.net www.bobspaintball.com

Bow-Tag

Mobile Bow-Tag is a safe and friendly combat archery sport that can be played indoors or outdoors. Players wear masks and use recurve bows to shoot ultra-safe foam-tipped arrows at opposing team members on the field. It’s paintball without the pain! The minimum age limit is 10 years old. Call today to book your event and get specific event and group pricing. (251) 895-5714 cole@bow-tag.com www.bow-tag.com

Ferris Wheel & Mini Golf at The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, 36561 The Wharf is home to one of the largest ferris wheels in the Southeast standing over 112 feet tall. The ferris wheel is $5.00 per ride (3 years and under are Free). Play a few rounds at our all new 18-hole Mini Golf Course. Be prepared “fore” a swinging good time! Mini golf is $7 per person (4 years and under are Free). (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

Global Wildlife Center

26389 LA-40 Folsom, LA, 70437 Enjoy a one and a half hour guided Safari Wagon tour over 900 acres of beautiful Louisiana countryside complete with 12 ponds and a lake. During the tour you’ll come face to face with bison, giraffe, zebra, camels, eland, and much more! The animals roam free. Adults and children alike experience the excitement of feeding the animals during the safari

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while remaining safe and secure in our custom-built covered wagons with padded seating. Group tours and private tours available. Open year round, 7 days a week. Check our website for safari check–in times and availability. (985) 796-3585 fieldtrips@globalwildlife.com www.globalwildlife.com

Hummingbird Zipline Course/ Gulf Adventure Center

4700 Main Street Unit G-114 Orange Beach, 36561 The Gulf Adventure Center is proud to announce the opening of our new Hummingbird Zipline course at The Wharf entertainment district in Orange Beach, AL. The new course consists of eight ziplines ranging from 300-1600 feet in length and towers as high as 115 feet. Guests must be at least 10 years old, and weigh at least 70 pounds and no more than 250 pounds. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. (251) 948-9494 social@gulfadventurecenter.com www.gulfadventurecenter.com

Kids Days in Bienville Square – Thursdays

150 Dauphin Street Mobile , 36607 Kid’s days in Bienville starts on Thursday, June 7. Bring the kids out for some summertime fun in Bienville Square each Thursday and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and Fire Departments and much more! Free. Thursdays June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10:00am-1:00pm. (251) 208-1550

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Mobile Skate Park

2301 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36606 Grab your skateboards and join us at Skatepark of Mobile. Open dawn til dusk. (251) 208-1650

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Amped Up Pirate Spectra Night, Mondays - Sparks After Dark Fireworks Display, Tuesdays - Kids Night, Thursdays- Circus Night, Fridays and Saturdays - Dancin’ In The Streets DJ Night. Please check our online calendar for more information on these fun events (check online calendar because some nights we will not be having these events).

July 29 - Mojazz at 6:00pm, August 12 – Reggae Theme Ja’rhythm at 5:45pm, September 2 – Ryan Balthrop & Eric Erdman at 5:30pm and October 14 – Roman Street at 4:30pm at Fort Gaines. Bring a beach chair, blanket, sunscreen and bug spray and come enjoy! All concerts approximate time & weather permitting!

Southern Alabama Paintball

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4901 Montee Road Theodore, 36582 At Southern Alabama Paintball, we pride ourselves in providing a safe, family oriented paintball field for all players. We are Mobile County’s largest scenario, woodsball field on 15 acres of land located in Theodore, AL near Mobile, AL. As a scenario field we provide our players with new field layouts and new objectives each weekend. We also have laser tag and airsoft games. (251) 301-6004

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The Putting Place

5103 Girby Road Mobile, 36693 Miniature golf in Mobile is back!!! 36 holes of fun and challenging golf for all to enjoy! Before or after the round stop in to our game room! Hours: Monday – Wednesday – Closed (available for parties and special events), Rates to play the course are $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (4-12yrs), tax included. (Children under 3 are free with adult purchase). We also have an $11 unlimited option per person! (251) 375-1490 theputtingplace@gmail.com www.theputtingplace.com

The Track

3200 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 The Track is your Family Fun and Recreation Center in Gulf Shores, Alabama! Go Karts, Bumper Rides, Mini Golf, Thrill Rides and More! Go-Karts, Mini-Golf, Bumper Rides, and lots of family fun! Summer hours; Open 7 days a week from 10am - 10pm. Visit our website for tickets and package pricing. Group and party packages available. Like us on Facebook for coupons and discounts. (251) 270-0209 gulfshores@funatthetrack.com www.gulfshorestrack.com

Town of Dauphin Island Free Family Movie Nights

End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendors will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating. Admission is free. Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia, July 12 - Storks, July 13 - Moana, July 19 - Home, July 20 Rio, July 26 Finding Nemo, July 27 Sing, August 2 Angry Birds, August 3 Finding Dory, August 10 ET, August 17 Up, August 24 Secret Life of Pets and August 31 Cars 2. townofdauphinisland.org

Town of Dauphin Island Sunday Sunset Concerts

End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Join the fun at the West End Beach (end of Bienville Blvd). Admission is $5 per person. Concert schedule: May 27– Yo Jonsey & The Crowned Jewels at 6:00pm, June 24 - Lisa Mills at 6:15pm,

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13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, 36576 Wales West Light Railway and RV resort offers a unique family Summer Fun experience! Come and enjoy our Water Slide, Waterfall, fresh lake Sandy Beech, Swimming, Fishing, shady Deck overlooking lake, Indoor Pool, Playground, Bounce House, and Train Rides at 2 and 4 PM. Shaved Ice and Floats available at Train Station Café. Open daily, 9 to 5 pm. Day Pass: $14.95 plus tax, 2 and under Free. Train Rides Exclusively: $8 Big Diesel, $3 Minitrain. (888) 569-5337; (251) 232-2322 www.waleswest.com

900-A Schillinger Road South Mobile, 36695 We offer open play and private groups. Xtreme Paintball has over 25 years of experience in hosting fun and safe paintball games for the Mobile area. Our minimum age for play is 10 years old, and everyone must have a waiver on file to participate. Rental equipment, 500 paintballs, and taxes included is $35/person for walk on play. Groups start with a minimum of 6 people at $32/player. Hours of Operation: Saturday-10:00am-6:30pm, Sunday12:00pm-6:30pm. www.xpb.us

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Mobile Museum of Art

4850 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 The museum has numerous programs and happenings. Art Classes, Art Blast, the Museum’s summer art camp, Live at the Museum, Night Market, Film Series and more. Join the Mobile Museum of art each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. Open Tuesday- Sunday 10:00am5:00pm, Thurdays 10:00am-9:00pm Free admission for Mobile County residents (with proof of Mobile County residence). Adults: $12, Seniors: $10 Students: $8. Children under 6: Free (Members are free). (251) 208-5200

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Classes and Camps offering arts, crafts, sports and much more. Call 666-6404 or 666-6053 or visit www.cityofmobile.org/parks or www.communityactivitiesprogram.com. (251) 460-2421

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Paint Party Studios

15 Upham Street Mobile , 36607 Paint Party Studios has been in business since 2008 helping bring art and whimsy to the Gulf Coast region with paint classes, birthday parties for all ages, summer camps, memorable office parties and employee team-building events and more. (251) 343-2423 info@paintpartystudios.com www.paintpartystudios.com

Arts and Crafts Alabama Contemporary Art Center ad on page 21

301 Conti Street Mobile , 36602 Alabama Contemporary Art Center is a nonprofit contemporary arts center located on Cathedral Square in the heart of Mobile’s historic downtown district. Along with touring our exhibition, we also offer a full range of classes and workshops for all skill levels, summer camps, public conversations and more. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Artwalk – 2nd Fridays 11:00am-9:00pm) and Saturday 11:005:00pm. Admission: $5 for adults and Members and children under 14 are free. (251) 208-5671 info@alabamacontemporary.org www.alabamacontemporary.com

Home Depot

Bowling/Skating Movies/Indoor Fun Get Air ad on page 26

842 Schillinger Road South Mobile, 36695 Wall to wall trampolines, dodge ball, foam pits, basketball dunk, toddler jump area and birthday parties. We also have summer camp in July from Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm - come explore the benefits of exercise and good nutrition while being lead through a series of games, crafts and learning. Kids ages 5 to 12 can take part in the fun and bounce off the walls during this four-day camp! Snacks and crafts are included. Get Air Hours: Monday - Thursday – 12:00pm-10:00pm, Friday – 12:00pm-12:00am, Saturday – 10:00am- Midnight and Sunday 10:00am-8:00pm. (251) 241-3101 mobile@getairsports.com getairmobile.com

Home Depot offers free workshops for children AND adults. For project details, dates and times visit www.homedepot.com/workshops.

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LoDa Artwalk

Downtown MobileSecond Fridays in downtown have become quite a popular time and place to be! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors. Fun for the whole family! In the Cathedral Square Art District from 6-9pm. (251) 208-1550

3250 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36606 Kids Summer Crafting! Embrace your creativity with Michael’s. With our exciting array of classes there’s always something new to learn and do.

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109 Upham Street, Mobile, AL 36607 Little girls’ beautification zone. We offer mini manicures, pedicures and mini makeup sessions. We also offer birthday parties and summer camps. Summer Walk-in Hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am - 4pm. Open other days by appointments. 251-721-8968 www.splattypatty.com

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Altitude Trampoline Park

3659C Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 Trampoline Park. Come Jump with us! Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-8:00pm, Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-11:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm (251) 725-0171 jump@altitudetrampolineparkmobile. com altitudetrampolineparkmobile.com

AMF - Camellia Lanes

125 North Schillinger Road Mobile, 36608 With the Summer Games, you can bowl 3 games every day this summer for one low price—and save over 90%. Shoes are included with your pass, making the summer’s best deal on bowling even better! (251) 639-1221 amf@email.amf.com www.amf.com/camellialanes

AMF Skyline Lanes

4120 Government Boulevard Mobile, 36693 With the Summer Games, you can bowl 3 games every day this summer for one low price—and save over 90%. Shoes are included with your pass, making the summer’s best deal on bowling even better! (251) 661-1221 amf@email.amf.com www.amf.com/skylinelanes

Arena-The Next Level Laser Tag/ Bazookaball

4720 Main Street Orange Beach, 36561 Great entertainment for all ages, and perfect for birthday parties, civic outings, and family vacations. We offer Laser Tag, Bazookaball and arcade games. Please call or check our website for pricing and times. (251) 224-5297(LAZR)

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Breakout Mobile

3090 Dauphin Square Connector Mobile, 36607 You have one goal: escape the room in under 1 hour. You’ll work together to solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items, and more in order to escape! Each game is a real life escape room adventure for a small group. It’s great for groups of friends, family, or coworkers. Take team building to a whole new level! (251) 460-1284 info@breakoutgames.com breakoutmobile.com

Chuck E. Cheese’s

710 Downtowner Loop West Mobile, 36609 Watch your kids have a blast at the best place for family fun! We provide games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment for the whole family. Toddlers, big kids, and parents will all see why Chuck E. rocks. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday-11:00am10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm. (251) 342-8142

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Dreamland Skate Center

Lazer Zone

790 Schillinger Road North Mobile, 36608 We have a multi-level laser tag arena that features state-of-the-art laser tag gear and a challenging maze. We also have bumper cars and glow in the dark mini golf. Whether you are looking for a place to have fun this summer, host your birthday party, church lock-in, school field trip, or business office retreat, LazerZONE Mobile has what you need for a fun, entertaining event! (251) 639-7330 info@lazerzone.co www.lazerzone.com

Pete’s Party Castle

2040 Schillinger Road South Mobile, 36695 Pete’s Party Castle is Mobile’s favorite place to sit back and let the kids play. Enjoy great food, arcades, and a dragon playground. Even the little ones can play, too, in our toddler soft play area. We recently added a precious Crooked House to our toddler area which is very popular. (251) 281-1990 petespartycastle@aol.com www.petespartycastle.com

Pump It Up

741-A Hillcrest Road Mobile, 36695 Summer Open Play: Begins May 25. Monday - Friday all summer long! Our hours will vary depending on our Field Trip schedule. To view our open jump times, and to purchase tickets in advance please visit our online calendar at www.pumpitupparty. com/mobile-al/calendar. Join us for our Little Tikes Jump, General Open Jump, Jump N Art, Glow Jump and Buddy Jumps! Also now booking for our camp! We will have 4 weeks of camp this summer for only $79.99 for the WEEK! (251) 342-3940 pumpitupmobile@gmail.com www.PumpItUpParty.com/mobile-al

Regal Movie Stadium 18 2018 Summer Movie Express

1250 Satchel Paige Drive Mobile, 36606 Summer Movie Express 2018 - Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00am for the summertime! Movies start June 5 and run through August 1. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. www.regmovies.com

Skateland of Saraland

531 Saraland Blvd South Saraland, 36571 Skateland is your premier party and family fun center. Come check us out! (251) 675-6601

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Spa-Tea-Da

5672 Three Notch Road Mobile, 36619 Dreamland Skate Center is Mobile’s premier roller skating rink. Its hickory wood floor is the only one of its kind in Mobile. Check our online calendar for upcoming summer skate times!

3938 Government Boulevard Mobile , 36693 Spa-Tea-Da! is a quaint day spa just for girls and a boutique party spot in Mobile. We have many fun activities planned throughout the summer sure to cure a girl’s summer boredom blues. Check our events on our website for more information.

Gulf Coast Exploreum

Sunshine Skate Center

(251) 661-6997

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65 Government Street Mobile, 36604 8,500-square-foot, hands-on discovery playground with IMAX theatre where learning about science and nature is nothing but fun for children and adults of all ages! The Exploreum also offers amazing Summer Science Camps! Week-long camps are hands-on, age-appropriate with make-and-take activities. Summer Hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm. (251) 208-6893

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Sunshine Sue’s Playgarden

1108 Dauphin Street Mobile , 36604 Play Place, Drop off Service, Birthday Parties, Classes, Summer Camps and More! Check our website for dates, rates, summer camps and special classes coming up. (251) 421-2434 hello@sunshinesuesplaygarden.com sunshinesuesplaygarden.com

Urban Air Adventure Park

3100 Bass Pro Drive Spanish Fort, 36527 Wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, Dodgeball Courts, Stunt Airbag, Slam Dunk Tracks, Runway Tumble Track, The TUBES Obstacle Course, The Urban Warrior Course™ and Warrior Battle Beam. Guests may also go head-to-head in our state-of-the-art arcade or sit down and share a meal at the Urban Cafe. JUMPEROO Program for ages 5 & under Coming Soon! (256) 269-3213 parties@urbanairspanishfort.com www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/spanish-fort-al/

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101 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats. Through beautiful visual exhibits and engaging interactive exhibits, the Estuarium will leave you with a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States. Our summer excursions and camps take you into the salt marsh, across the beach and into the maritime forest for a hands-on learning experience. Bring your friends and family. Summer hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm6:00pm. Estuarium Admission: Adults $11, Children 5 years - 18 years (with a Student ID) $6, seniors $9. Group rates available. Summer camp information and registration online at www.disl.org. (251) 861-2141

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950 Hillcrest Road Mobile , 36695 Summer Fun at Sunshine begins June 5! Summer Schedule: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4pm $7, Thursday 6pm-9pm $3, Friday 7pm-10pm $9, Saturday 12pm-3pm or 4pm-7pm $7, Saturday night (Family Fun Night) 7pm-10pm $7 and Sunday 2pm-5pm $7. Please visit our website and special events page for more information on upcoming events. (251) 639-1704 info@sunshineskate.com www.sunshineskate.com

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ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

For more information about hunting, fishing, programs, events, canoe trails, outdoor activities and regulations please call or visit our website. Wildlife And Freshwater Fisheries Division: (334) 2423465; Marine Resources Division Offices (saltwater fishing): Dauphin Island: (251) 861-2882 or Gulf Shores: (251) 968-7576. (251) 626-5474 or (334) 242-3465 www.outdooralabama.com

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Alligator Alley

19950 Highway 71 Summerdale, 36580 Start your guided adventure with a walk to the elevated viewing platform, where you can see over 450 alligators now from hatchlings to mature adults, relaxing, sunbathing, courting and nesting. Come during feeding times and you can see the feeding crew walk right out to the alligators to feed them! After a breath taking view, continue your adventure with a nature walk on the elevated boardwalk and see alligators in their natural habitat along with other natural inhabitants such as turtles, ospreys, owls and bull frogs only a couple feet away. In our gift shop area, we also display other amphibians, reptiles, and rare species. Open 7 Days a Week – 10:00am-5:00pm. Feedings 11:00; 1:00; 4:00. Cost - Adult-$12 (plus tax), Children-$10 (Ages 4-12) (plus tax), Seniors-$10 (65+) (plus tax) and 3 and under are free.

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mental education. Each park facility offers a variety of programming. Visit our website for specific information on all activities the park has to offer. (251) 861-3607 scaindipbb@outlook.com or parks@ dauphinisland.org www.dauphinisland.org

Birding Trails

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is a birder’s paradise. Our sun-drenched coast is a popular resort area for a variety of feathered visitors and year-round residents. Also visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary at Dauphin Island. It has been named one of the top four locations in North America for viewing spring migrations! The Sanctuary (213 Bienville Blvd.) consists of 137 acres of maritime forest, marshes and dunes, including a lake, a swamp and a beach. Meanwhile, the Sanctuary’s 3-mile

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Environmental Studies Center

6101 Girby Road Mobile, 36693 Featuring over 500 acres of rich woodlands, the Center affords teachers, students and the general public an opportunity to experience firsthand the natural environment and the interrelationships governing our living world. Natural resources include pine and bay forests, swamps, freshwater streams, carnivorous plant bogs, and a twenty-acre lake. Man-made facilities include numerous nature and hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, covered pavilions, a weather station and STARLAB Planetarium, live animal exhibits, native plants garden, and multipurpose instruction building. (251) 221-5000

Back Country Trail

Orange Beach, 36561 Explore the beauty and diversity of the Back Country Trail! Seven trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 15 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and the Gulf State Park. Experience the beautiful Butterfly Garden, rock climb in the Boulder Park, view Freshwater Marshes and the Coastal Hardwood Swamps. Capture adventure while biking, jogging, walking, plant and tree identification, wildlife, geocaching, Eco tours and much more! For trail maps, pictures, locations and for tour information please visit our website. Campsites, Geocaching, and Eco tours are only a few of the many exciting activities. Open 7 days a week from 6am - 7:30pm. (251) 981-1180 or (251) 981-1063 backcountry trailoba@gmail.com www.backcountrytrail.com

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Highlights along the 2 miles of walking paths include the Great Lawn, the Bayou Boardwalk on Fowl River, Mirror Lake, the Rockery and the Asian Garden. Tour the Bellingrath Home, complete with its original furnishings and Mrs. Bellingrath’s extensive collections of antiques, silver and china. Located just 30 minutes southwest of Mobile. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. Gardens: Open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm. The Bellingrath Home: Guided tours begin at 9:00am., with the last ticket sold at 3:30pm. (251) 973-2217

www.bellingrath.org

Bicycle Trails – Mobile County

Trail maps for Mobile and Baldwin County areas. Interested in finding a Specialty ride or joining a weekly ride, please visit www.bicyclemobile.org. (251) 432-1638

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Bicycling in Mobile

BicycleMobile.org is a an advocacy website devoted to every aspect of bicycling in Mobile, AL.

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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

trail system was designated recently as a National Recreational Trail. For detailed individual trail maps, visit www.alabamacoastalbirdingtrail.com. www.alabamacoastalbirdingtrail.com

Bon Secour National Wildlife Reserve

12295 State Highway 180 Gulf Shores, 36542 The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and many other wildlife species in our area. The refuge has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama. Brochures and maps are available at trailhead kiosks and outside the refuge office. The refuge is open to visitors year-round, during daylight hours only. The Visitor Center is open from 9am - 2pm Monday – Friday and closed on Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays. The refuge is open year round during daylight hours. Please visit our website for specific activity information. (251) 540-7720 bonsecour@fws.gov www.fws.gov/bonsecour

Dauphin Island Park & Beach

109 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Dauphin Island Park & Beach offers many activities to choose from such as the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Fort Gaines, Kayaking, Public beach access, Trails and so much more! The Park & Beach Board has around 265 acres of parkland and in that we have 10 park facilities. The park offers 265 acres of parkland with 10 facilities to encourage outdoor recreation, environ-

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30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Learn and explore “America’s Amazon” - our own Mobile-Tensaw Delta! Visit the Apalachee Exhibit Hall and Little Bateau Learning Center for live animals and handson exhibits. Watch a movie in the state-of-the-art Tensaw Theater about Alabama’s ecology and history, or maybe your favorite type of animal. Reserve your spot on a boat tour of the lower delta, rent a kayak to paddle Sardine Pass and Justin’s Bay, or stay overnight at one of our new kayak/canoe campsites! Walk the nature trails, climb a tree, have a picnic, or enjoy some of the area’s best bird watching. Open 7 days a week, FREE admission, 8am - 5pm.

(251) 625-0814 Shonda.Borden@dcnr.alabama.govor info@5rds.com www.Alabama5Rivers.com

Gulf Quest

155 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 With 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, displays and theaters, GulfQuest is a place you’ll want to visit often. The exhibits are housed on multiple decks of a life-sized replica of a container ship, so come ready to walk and browse and take your time. There are many places to sit and enjoy the view, both inside the museum and outside overlooking the beautiful Mobile River and the busy of Port of Mobile. (251) 436-8901

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Mobile Botanical Gardens

5151 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 100-acre site of cultivated gardens and woodland trails. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature, see in one place the largest collection of plants on the Gulf Coast, and learn about the diversity of our local plant and wild life. MBG Marketplace Saturdays 9-12:00pm until the end of June. Also offering classes and events. Admission: Members: Free, Adults $5, Children 12 and under free. Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays from 9:00am-4:00pm and Thursdays from 9:00am-7:00pm. Check website for more information. (251) 342-0555 mbg2@bellsouth.net www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org

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Oyster Trail

The Oyster Trail is a fun, educational and public art treasure hunt throughout coastal Alabama. Each oyster has a fact plaque that includes important information about the oyster’s ecological and economic benefit to Mobile Bay. Trail Maps can be found in hotels, shops, visitor centers, etc. or from our website. Remember to complete the scavenger hunt form and return it to win Oyster Trail Prizes! (251) 438-5690 oystergardening@auburn.edu www.theoystertrail.com

Weeks Bay Reserve

11300 U.S. Highway 98 Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Reserve encompasses over 9,000 acres of land and water around Weeks Bay and Mobile Bay. The Reserve offers the public opportunities to learn about coastal habitats through its exhibits, live animal displays, and collections of animals and regional plants. We have a free educational visitors center and two self-guided boardwalks. (251) 928-9792

www.weeksbayreserve.com

WildNative Delta Safaris Gulf Shores/Orange Beach

4159 County Road 6 Gulf Shores, 36542 Tours available 7 days a week. Experience the waterways of Gulf Shores, Alabama on our unique “backstage” tours. We’ll take you down waterways less traveled on our cozy 22 passenger pontoon boat or perhaps a kayak tour is more your style. Explore the Bon Secour River, Bon Secour Bay, Oyster Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway watching for and learning about a variety of wildlife including Dolphins, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, and Pelicans. (251) 272-4088 info@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com

WildNative Delta Safaris Mobile/Spanish Fort

30841 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 Office open 7 days a week 8am-5pm. Tours available year round. Prepare to be amazed, inspired and relaxed with friends and family as you are introduced to America’s Next Eco Hot Spot! The Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Experience the Delta on our highly rated tours. Most popular tours include: Delta Eco Tour (Boat), Delta Wildlife Tour (Kayak), Secretly Awesome Harbor Tour (Boat), Gators after Dark Tour (Boat) and Champion Cypress Adventure (Kayak). (251) 259-8531 info@wildnative.com www.wildnativetours.com

Farmers Markets & Open Air Markets Blue Moon Farm

13620 Tom Gaston Road Mobile, 36695 U-Pick Blueberries and Blackberries-Blueberry Plants-Cut Flowers-U/Pick Flowers- Specialty Plants-Organic Vegetables-Farm Fresh Eggs-CSA Farm Shares. Come out and enjoy the country. Visit our website for more information. (251) 865-0252

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Christ United Farmers’ Market

6101 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Sponsored by the Christ United Missions CommitMobile Bay Parents I June 2018

tee, the market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, seafood, baked goods, and home produced craft items. Tuesdays from May 8-July 10, 3:00pm-6:00pm. christumcmobile.com

Flea Market Mobile

401 Schillinger Road North Mobile, 36608 If you love to shop, Flea Market Mobile is the place for you. We host vendors from all over the world with items you won’t find anywhere else at prices you can’t beat. Rain or shine! Saturday-Sunday, 9am – 5pm. (251) 633-7533

www.fleamarketmobile.com

Market in the Park

300 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 Local farmers market featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jellies and jams, locally harvested honey, handmade soaps, eggs and organic meats, local artisans and more! Every Saturday from April 28-July 28 from 7:30am-12:00pm. (251) 208-1550

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Market in the Park - Lavretta Park

Parkway Street West Mobile, 36608 Local farmers market featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jellies and jams, locally harvested honey, handmade soaps, eggs and organic meats, local artisans and more! Every Thursday May 31July 26 from 3:00pm-6:00pm. (251) 208-1550

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Admission Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm. Cost - Children (5-12) - $4.00, Adults (Ages 13+) - $8.00. (251) 861-6992

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Fort of Colonial Mobile

150 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 In this immersive, interactive exhibit in the heart of Historic Fort Conde, visitors can learn about the people who colonized early Mobile. While visiting the Fort be sure to visit the Colonial Cafe, Trading Post, Colonial Photo Booth, Breakout Room, and shooting gallery. You will also have a chance to tour the interactive exhibits that highlight the history of the Fort. Don’t miss the Fife and Drum band, cannon firing, and live action characters representing real people who lived in Colonial Mobile. Open Wednesday - Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm.We are occasionally closed for special events. Admission – Adults - $8, Kids - $5. (251) 802-3092

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Historic Blakeley State Park

34745 State Highway 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 Explore the park through more than 16 miles of walking, biking and horseback riding trails. Join us for one of our many boat cruises into the rivers of the delta or through attending our numerous educational programs. The park has cabins, RV and primitive camping facilities, as well as facilities available for rental for a variety of special events. Bring the whole family and enjoy the great outdoors! Adults: $4; ages 6-12: $3; ages 6 and Under are Free.

Historical Sites

(251) 626-5581 or (251) 626-0798 blakeleypark@aol.com www.blakeleypark.com

USS Alabama Battleship

Partake in an engaging and personalized tour of historic Mobile with your guide, L. Craig Roberts, Architect, AIA. Choose from three informative and interesting outings tailored to you and your group: Seven Historic Districts Tour, Historic Village of Springhill Tour or Downtown Mobile Historic Walking Tour. Please visit the website for more information.

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2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 At Battleship Memorial Park you’ll walk the decks of the Mighty A, our WWII battleship. Explore the decks and see how sailors lived aboard this floating city. It’s periscopes up in the USS DRUM, the oldest submarine on public display. You’ll also see 28 historic airplanes, vehicles, tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a super-secret spy plane . It’s all here waiting to be discovered! Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (April-September) 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (October-March) last ticket sold one hour prior to closing. Ages 12 and up $15, Ages 6 – 11 $6, Under age 5 and active military is free. Ages 55+ is $13. Ask about our Overnight Program for scouts, school and church groups. (251) 433-2703

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Dora Franklin African American Heritage Trail Tours

MobileHistory comes alive on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail! Tours enlighten Mobile’s culturally diverse heritage by linking historic contributions and events with significant locations. Forgotten chapters of history are remembered through the stories of courage and contributions from Mobile’s ethnically diverse past. Book your tour today at 251-725-2236 or email eric. finley@att.net. Cost: $10 per person, $5 for Seniors (62 and up) and Students (17 and under). (251) 725-2236

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Fort Gaines

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51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Fort Gaines was the battle site of the famous Battle of the Bay in August 1864. See the battlements and soldiers’ living quarters, which were used from the 1800’s to 1946. Lots of fun for families and kids!

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Meaher State Park

5200 Battleship Parkway East Spanish Fort, 36527 Meaher State Park is situated in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, and is a day-use, picnicking and scenic park with modern camping hook-ups for overnight visitors. Meaher’s boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. A self-guided walk on two nature trails includes a boardwalk with an upclose view of the beautiful Mobile Delta. Visit us on Facebook for photos and updates. (251) 626-5529

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Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government Street Mobile , 36602 See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs. Discover the art of costume design and float construction. View videos of parades and balls. Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations. Browse a pictorial gallery of historical photographs dating back to 1886. Experience a behind the mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float. Become a costumed youth rider in the Little Mystics Den. (251) 432-3324

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Mobile Mardi Gras Trail

1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 A walking or driving route that recreates the birth

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Oakleigh Historic Complex

350 Oakleigh Place Mobile, 36604 Step back in time to the antebellum South with a visit to Mobile, Alabama’s most popular attractions – the Historic Oakleigh House Museum! A beautiful example of a pre-Civil War, southern home, the Historic Oakleigh House Museum in the Oakleigh Historic Complex is considered one of the rarest examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States. Beyond the architecture and grounds, one of the draws to Historic Oakleigh House is its vast collection of decorative and fine art, one of the largest in the South. (251) 432-1281

www.historicoakleigh.com/

Phoenix Fire Museum

203 South Claiborne Street Mobile, 36602 The Phoenix Fire Museum is in the restored home of the Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company No. 6. This building houses turn-of-the-century horse-drawn steam engines and early motorized vehicles. The gallery on the Second Floor recounts the history of the volunteer fire companies of Mobile from their organization in 1838. Open Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-4:30pm and Fridays from 9:00am-12:00pm. (251) 208-7508 fire-museum

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600 Government Street Mobile, 36602 We offer tours of new and old landmarks and attractions in Mobile. Experience the best parts of this 315-year-old city with fun for the whole family! (251) 752-9868 info@secrethistorytours.com secrethistorytours.com

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Mobile Public Library

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Many of the local libraries have very exciting events and activities during the summer. Summer Reading Program, Movies, Activities, Art Projects, Clubs and more! We encourage you to visit your local library’s website for details! 2018 Summer Reading Program kick-off will be held at the Ben May Main Library and West Regional Branch on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00am-12:00pm. Join us as we officially kick-off our 2018 Summer Library Program! The FREE program, which runs from June 2 – July 28, features special guest performers, storytimes, movies, crafts, games and more at all Library locations. Children can sign up any time during the eight weeks and are encouraged to set reading goals for the summer. Please visit our website, mobilepubliclibrary.org, for all the details on the fun activities planned at your favorite Library location! www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Plays/Performances

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6052 USA Drive South Mobile, 36608 The Archaeology Museum showcases artifacts from the Gulf Coast and covers over 12,000 years of prehistory and history. Artifacts are contextualized using a series of life-size scenic representations depicting archaeologists at work and glimpses into the ways of life of ancient Woodland cultures, mound-building Mississippian peoples, early French settlers, and an African American family after the Civil War. Open Tuesday – Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm. General visits are self-guided and free of charge. (251) 460-6106 www.southalabama.edu/org/ archaeology/museum

5751 USA S Drive Mobile , 36608

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Things To Do Sports Azalea City Golf Course

1000 Gaillard Drive Mobile, 36608 Azalea City Golf offers golf lessons for all golfers. We have various skill level lessons offered from the novice student to advanced lessons for more experienced golfers. Contact our office for more information for private lessons. (251) 208-5150

www.azaleacitygolfcourse.com

City of Mobile Parks & Recreation

Summer sports offered at many locations. Please check the Community Activities Program at our website for summer listings. (251) 208-1650

www.cityofmobile.org/parks

City of Mobile Swim Association

11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606

We have a history of being one of the finest competitive swim teams in Southeastern Swimming and have been serving the Gulf Coast since 1979. Our swimmers, coaches, and parents are all proud of our past accomplishments and we are looking forward to an even brighter future. Our team is comprised of a variety of practice groups ranging from the entry-level swimmer to the Senior National and Olympic Trials qualifier. CMSA’s team goals are to develop the character, skills, and desire necessary for each child to maximize their potential.

Mobile Chamber Music

D1 Sports Training

Mobile Civic Center

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Secret HIstory Tours

111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 As you explore the museum’s galleries, interesting artifacts and fascinating stories will appear around every corner. The museum also boasts audio and interactive exhibits that engage visitors as they learn. May 26, 2018 – August 26, 2018 Exhibit Ice Age Imperials - Imagine traveling 20,000 years into the past to a period in our planet’s history when the environment was dramatically different than we know it today. Fierce cats, enormous mastodons and wooly mammoths, six-feet-tall beavers, and other giant creatures roamed the land, and every day was a struggle for survival.

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Library Story Times

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Joe Jefferson Players (251) 471-1534 (251) 476-8794

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401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 (251) 208-7261

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Mobile Opera

257 Dauphin Street Mobile, 36602 (251) 432-6772

Mobile Pops (251) 679-6036

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Mobile Saenger Theatre

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3309 Old Shell Road Mobile, 36607 Summer Classes for Adults and Kids ages 7-18.

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Heisler Heat Baseball Academy

4623 Springhill Avenue Mobile, 36608 Looking to take your child’s baseball career to the next level and have fun in the process? Private hitting/pitching instruction for baseball AND softball athletes, Speed and Agility classes -Strength development classes and more. (251) 581-1556

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6 South Joachim Street Mobile , 36602

Mobile Bay Bears Baseball

Mobile Symphony Orchestra

(251) 479-2327

(251) 432-2010

Mobile County Aquatic League

(251) 208-5600

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257 Dauphin Street Mobile , 36602

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755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard Mobile, 36606 Minor League Baseball at its best! www.mobilebaybears.com

14 North Lafayette Street Mobile , 36604

Summer fun… here we come! Don’t miss out, join a MCAL club today and start swimming! For leagues and meet information visit our website.

The Playhouse in the Park

Mobile Sailing School

Mobile Theatre Guild (251) 433-7513

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4851 Museum Drive Mobile , 36608 (251) 602-0630

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The Steeple

251 St Francis Street Mobile , 36602

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4295 Marina Drive North Mobile, 36605 The Mobile Bay Sailing School, has been teaching sailing and basic seamanship skills to kids between the ages of 8 and 18 since 1982. This program is open to anyone who has an interest in learning about this wonderful sport. (251) 709-4102

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Mobile Tennis Center

851 Gaillard Drive Mobile, 36608 Largest municipal tennis complex in U.S. with 60 Courts. Summer Tennis Clinics offered. (251) 208-5181

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The Ballpark Mobile

14061 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 We offer lessons in baseball, softball, soccer fast speed and agility and camps and clinics. Call us or check our website for more information. Find us on Facebook. (251) 694-2888

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Water Fun, Sailing, Cruises and Tours Waterville USA

the State’s unique natural resources while providing paddlers with opportunities for both day and overnight trips. There are 170+ miles of trail located along the Bartram Canoe Trail in the MobileTensaw Delta and Perdido River Canoe Trail. The Bartram Canoe Trail offers the option of camping on reserveable floating platforms and pile supported camp shelters or primitive land-based sites with trail access starting from the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center or at one of many local landings. (251) 625-0814

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Bay City Tours

Daily sightseeing tours include Historic Mobile – 1 Hour Tour, USS Alabama Memorial Park - 3 Hour Tour, Mobile’s Own Ghost Stories: 1 hour. Other tours available. Please call for reservations or more information. (251) 479-9970

www.baycityconventions.com

Delta Explorer

34745 State Highway 225 Spanish Fort, 36527 Nobody knows the waters of the scenic and historic Mobile-Tensaw Delta better than the licensed

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906 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, 36542 Join the family fun with the Waterpark, Flowrider, Mini Golf, Bounce House, Go-Karts, Arcade, Rollercoaster and much more! For park dates and times please visit watervilleusa.com. Waterpark opens May 19 for 2018 and daily starting May 26.

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Gulf Coast Tours

Step aboard our new, air-conditioned historic trolley and visit over 20 homes, museums, attractions, and more, including 12+ hop on/hop off locations! This tour lasts about 90 minutes and allows you to take advantage of our hop on/hop off privileges for the day. You will learn about Mobile’s history, hear the stories of our ancestors, and much more!

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Mobile Sailing School

4295 Marina Drive North Mobile, 36605 The Mobile Bay Sailing School, has been teaching sailing and basic seamanship skills to kids between the ages of 8 and 18 since 1982. This program is open to anyone who has an interest in learning about this wonderful sport.

Airboat Express

30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 The Alabama State Lands Canoe Trails offer canoeists and kayakers alike the ability to explore

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Alabama State Lands Canoe Trails

150 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Quack! Quack! Get ready to SPLASH with us during the most entertaining tour in America! We will always seek to exceed your expectations every time you join us for one of our unique land/water tours!This hilarious yet informative adventure covers over 3,000 years of local tales (some tall) as well as exciting stories about the USS ALABAMA, Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Bay, the Port of Mobile, and much more!

Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours. The trip between Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan at Mobile Point provides wonderful views of the two historic forts that have long guarded the entrance of Mobile Bay. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes and is a great way for passengers to view birds, sea life and other boats and ships. For fares and other information, visit the website.

650 LeMoyne Drive Dauphin Island, 36528 Action Outdoors offers boat trips into the waters surrounding Dauphin Island. We offer a safe comfortable trip. If you are looking for an adventure with Dolphins, planning a school field trip/eco tour, romantic cruise, or to do some inshore fishing, we can accommodate your needs. “Built in touch tanks provide personal experiences with many kinds of fish and other animals found in our waters. The Duke”- Action Outdoor’s boat “The Duke” is a 44 foot Bonner can carry 42 passengers along with her crew in bays and coastal waters within 3 miles of shore.

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3733 Battleship Parkway Spanish Fort, 36527 Take a tour with us and experience a treat for the Whole family! Learn about the wildlife in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta while having an educational, fun airboat ride that the whole family will enjoy! Tours depart from the Original Oyster House on The Causeway. We are open for reservations 7 days a week. Must call for reservations. Please call or visit our website for hours and rates.

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captains of Historic Blakeley State Park’s Delta Explorer ! The park is the lower Delta’s longestrunning boat tour operator and offers regular excursions into what is referred to by many as one of America’s Natural Wonders. We invite you to journey with us by boat through these tranquil waterways and discover this incredibly diverse ecosystem. Here you will find a variety of wetland habitats that are home to the state’s largest population of alligators, black bears, the rare red-belled

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FamilyCalendar Saturday May 26

Market in the Park for Spring 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cathedral Square , 300 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo and location. The Spring Market is in Cathedral Square, with not only the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org Something Special for Saturday (Free) 10:30 AM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Visit with friends and make your own tennis ball grabbers. Ages 5 and up. 251-470-7770 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Kids Studio ($5 or Free for members) 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 Kids Studio is a weekly program that encourages children ages 3-10 to explore contemporary art. Activities are designed to stimulate young minds while offering cross-curriculum learning opportunities with handson projects. Classes are taught by local artists and trained professional educators. Ages 3-10. 251-208-5671 www.alabamacontemporary.org Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 7:30 PM Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street Mobile, 36611 Familiar, funny favorite — Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of how Joseph rose from slave to savior, rescuing his people from famine. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” 7:30 PM Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 Don’t miss the lively musical, “Pippi Longstocking”, opening May 11th , running through May 27th on weekends. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2:30. 251-602-0630 playhouseinthepark.org

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Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 2:00 PM Details May 26. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” 2:30 PM Details May 26. 251-602-0630 playhouseinthepark.org Sunset Concert - Yo Jonsey & The Crowned Jewels 6:00 PM West End Beach, Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 townofdauphinisland.org

Monday May 28

DI Veterans Assoc. Memorial Day Ceremony 11:00 AM Water Tower, Dauphin Island, 36528 The DI Veterans Association will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Memorial Wall located in front of the Water Tower Plaza. Join the group for

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Wednesday May 30

Brown Bag Bienville 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Bienville Square, 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Spring has sprung in downtown Mobile! Come out and listen to the soothing sounds of live jazz as you lunch in Bienville Square around the historic Ketchum Fountain. Catt Sirten sets up live musicians and the City sets up tables for your enjoyment each Wednesday in the Spring. www.ncsmobile.org

Thursday May 31

Market in the Park for Summer 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Lavretta Park , 200 Parkway West Mobile, 36608 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo. The Thursday Market in Lavretta Park has the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org

Cat & Dog Days of Summer 9:00 AM Semmes Municipal Park, 8145 Morris Hill Mobile, 36575 Local pet adoption groups participate in partnership with the City of Semmes to assist with this worthwhile community event. Attendees will enjoy vendors with wares to sell, snow cones and drinks to cool their thirst, food, and cooling off activities to include water slides and the splash pad. The best part is that at the end of this fun day, you just might just have a new “forever” friend to take home. cityofsemmesal.gov Saturday Disney Classic Movie (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Saturday Disney Classic Movie - Honey I Shrunk the Kids 251-470-7770 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Reading Paws (Free) 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Come meet the Pet Therapy dogs and their owners. Learn all about the dogs and the services they provide the community. Practice your reading skills with a four-legged friend. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Harvest Nights

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Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Free Family Movie Night (Free) 8:00 PM West End Beach, End of Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Free Family Movie Night at the West End Beach. Movies start at dusk (around 8pm). Snack vendor will be on site during movies. Bring your own folding chairs or beach towels for seating and bug spray, just in case. Admission is free, but please no pets, grills or glass allowed. Weather permitting! Movie Schedule - May 31 Furry Vengeance, June 1 A Dog’s Purpose, June 7 Little Mermaid, June 8 Pirate’s of the CaribbeanDead Man’s Chest, June 14 Hidden Figures, June 15 Coco, June 21 Paddington 2 , June 22 Smurf’s The Lost Village, June 28 Jaws, June 29 Trolls, July 5 Frozen, July 6 Zootopia townofdauphinisland.org

Saturday June 2

Publix Grandman Triathlon 7:00 AM Fairhope Municipal Pier, Fairhope, 36521 Mobile Baykeeper is hosting the 14th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon at the beautiful Fairhope Pier. Racers begin the race with a jump off the pier into Mobile Bay and swim 1/3-mile to the shore. Following the swim, racers bike 18 miles, beginning up a steep hill before riding through the streets of downtown Fairhope and miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line consists of a 3.1 mile run alongside scenic Mobile Bay. 251-433-4229 www.thegrandman.com Market in the Park for Spring 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cathedral Square , 300 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo and location. The Spring Market is in Cathedral Square, with not only the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org

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4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation will kick off Harvest Nights on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m., the series continuing every Saturday through June 16. These family-friendly events feature blueberry picking (cost is $8 per pound), market vendors, food trucks and live music under the stars. www.weeksbayplantation.com Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 7:30 PM Details June 1. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Just for the Mud of It 5K - Competitive Race and Noncompetitive Race 7:30 PM 12251 Tanner Williams Road Mobile, 36608 Just for the Mud of It 5K - Competitive Race and Noncompetitive Race - Mobile Police Department S.W.A.T. Team for training and equipment www.justforthemudofit.org

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Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon 7:30 AM Fairhope Municipal Pier, Fairhope, 36521 Mobile Baykeeper is partnering with Eastern Shore Triathlon Club and Altaworx to co-host the Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon. The race is open to children ages 7-15 and features four different categories according to age group: Mullets (Ages 13-15), Flounders (Ages 11-12), Crabs (Ages 9-10), and Shrimps (Ages 7-8). Proceeds benefit Mobile Baykeeper, myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama, and Delta Bike Project. 251-433-4229 www.mobilebaykeeper.org/jubilee kidstriathlon Explore Mobile 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Mardi Gras Park, Mobile, 36602 Explore Mobile is Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm in Downtown Mobile in Mardi

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Tuesday June 5

Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 2:00 PM Details June 1. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com

Tuesday Teen Matinees (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Tuesday Teen Matinees - The Black Panther movie www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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Summer Movie Adventure (Free) 10:00 AM Parkway Branch, 1924 Dauphin Island Parkway Mobile, 36605 Summer Movie - Coco www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Monday Funday - West Regional Branch (Free) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come to the Library for games, crafts and so much more! 251-340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org LEGO My Library Storytime (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Families with young children are invited to listen to great books, and then build LEGO (Duplo) creations inspired by the stories. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

DIY Musical Instruments (Free) 10:00 AM Parkway Branch, 1924 Dauphin Island Parkway Mobile, 36605 Fun! Fun! Fun for the Family! Make your own xylophone using tasty snacks. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Terrific Tuesday Matinees @ Main (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Movie - Toy Story www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Libraries Rock Musical Matinees (Free) 10:30 AM Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop Saraland, 36571 Movie - Mulan www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Teen Tuesdays (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Love music and art? Combine your love of both by creating unique art work using guitar picks. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Family Bingo Night (Free) 6:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Calling All Families! Come play Bingo at the Library! Prizes will be awarded and lemonade and popcorn will be served. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Wednesday June 6

The Big Show (Free) 10:00 AM Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road Mobile, 36617 Movie - Despicable Me 3 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 10:30 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Join Bellingrath’s Horticultural Management Team for a guided tour of the Gardens to see our wonderful summer displays, floral borders and new additions. Stay for lunch in our Magnolia Café and check out our new merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org Summerflix (Free) 1:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Movie - Despicable Me 3 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Matinee @ the Library (Free) 2:00 PM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Movie - The Lego Batman Movie www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org Summer Movie Time (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Movie - Despicable Me www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Sing-a-Long Matinee in the Library (Free) 2:00 PM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Join us to watch and sing-a-long to Beauty and the Beast. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Teen Art Space (Free) 2:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Join artist Jaime Lee and other guest presenters, to explore and create unique projects using different art forms each week. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Market in the Park for Summer 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Lavretta Park , 200 Parkway West Mobile, 36608 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new nameMarket in the Park -along with a new logo. The Thursday Market in Lavretta Park has the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locallymade items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org Free Family Movie Night (Free) Details June 1. townofdauphinisland.org

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Coping with Stress: Mindfulness Meditation

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Road Mobile, 36609 Do you feel stressed? Do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get your work done? Join us for a guided mindfulness meditation with introduction and stretching 251-340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Rock Out at the Library! (Free) 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop Saraland, 36571 Find your inner Rock Star at the Library! A karaoke machine and costumes will be provided. All ages. 251-675-2879 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Feature Fridays (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Movies Based on Books & Crafts Too! Movie - Wonder www.mobilepubliclibrary.org LoDa Artwalk 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Downtown Mobile, Lower Dauphin Street, Mobile, 36608 LoDa ArtWalk takes place every second Friday of the month from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the Lower Dauphin (LoDa) Arts District. On this evening, local art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops open their doors for the public to come inside to view beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods, and hear the music of Mobile. This free family-friendly event is a staple of Mobile’s arts and culture. 251-208-1553 Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 7:30 PM Details June 1. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Free Family Movie Night (Free) Details June 1. townofdauphinisland.org

Saturday June 9

Dragon Boat Festival 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial , 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 We are thrilled to be back for our fifth year as we present one of the largest Dragon Boat Festivals in the nation,” said Jessica Wofford, Director of Operations for Fuse Project. The family friendly festival includes children’s activities, all of the exhibits of the Battleship and a number of wonderful local food trucks and vendors. www.fuseproject.org

Reading Paws (Free) 11:00 AM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Meet, Greet & Read! Come meet the Pet Therapy dogs and their owners. Learn all about the dogs and the services they provide the community. Practice your reading skills with a fourlegged friend. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Market in the Park for Spring 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cathedral Square , 300 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo and location. The Spring Market is in Cathedral Square, with not only the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org

Boredom Busters (Free) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come by the Library Fridays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.and check out our weekly boredom buster. We’ll be crafting, building, creating and so much more! www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show ($2.00) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road Mobile, 36695 We will have amazing crafts, vendors, antiques and attic items for sale. Something for everyone. Bring a new toy for a chance at a door prize. One chance per toy donated. concessions available. 251-895-3821

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Gulf Coast Amateur Piano Contest 9:00 AM Broussard’s Piano Gallery, 1541 East Interstate 65 Service Road South Mobile, 36606 Broussard’s Piano’s announces it’s first Gulf Coast Amateur Piano contest. Registration is open to all pianists ages 14 and up. You must not be employed by a symphony or university as a pianist or piano teacher. No other musical gig is excluded.The competition will take place at Broussard’s Piano Gallery. Please register via email to broussardspianos27@ gmail.com. We need your name, age, contact info, and city of residence. You will receive a confirmation email. 251-344-8856 broussardspianos.com 3rd Annual Worldwide Knit in Public Day @ the Library (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Bring your latest knitting project, needles and yarn, for a special time of fellowship and love of knitting at the Ben May Main Library. For the beginners, experienced knitters will be available to help you with your projects. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Sunday June 10

Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show ($2.00) 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road Mobile, 36695 We will have amazing crafts, vendors, antiques and attic items for sale. Something for everyone. Bring a new toy for a chance at a door prize. One chance per toy donated. concessions available. 251-895-3821 The Market at The Pillars (Free) 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, The Pillars, 1757 Government Street Mobile, 36604 A fun afternoon of local makers, bakers, crafters and artists! Live music and

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Monday Funday - West Regional Branch (Free) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come to the Library for games, crafts and so much more! 251-340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org LEGO My Library Storytime (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Families with young children are invited to listen to great books, and then build LEGO (Duplo) creations inspired by the stories. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Tuesday June 12

Terrific Tuesday Matinees @ Main (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Movie - The Lion King www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Tuesday Teen Matinees (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Tuesday Teen Matinees Superheros - Justice League www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Summerflix (Free) 1:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Movie - Sing www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Thursday June 14

Garden to Pantry - A Home Gardening & Canning Workshop ($10) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1070 Schillinger Road North Mobile, 36608 Learn how to grow tomatoes and make salsa at home. Call to register 251-574-8445 Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org

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Summer Movie Time (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Movie - Despicable Me 2 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Family Bingo Night (Free) 6:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Calling All Families! Come play Bingo at the Library! Prizes will be awarded and lemonade and popcorn will be served. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Flag Day Arts & Crafts Story Time (Free) 2:00 PM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 It’s Flag Day! Join us to celebrate Flag Day with a red, white and blue themed story time and craft. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 A wide variety of environmental organizations will be on hand for activities and demonstrations from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests may also take a 45-minute guided cruise along the beautiful Fowl River with our friends from Wild Native Delta Safaris! Cruise times are 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Fees are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruise; to register, call 251-459-8864. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org

Friday June 15

Taste of the Bayou ($10) 6:00 PM Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road Irvington, 36509 The 4th Annual Alabama Seafood Cook off will be in conjunction with the redesigned 30th annual Taste of the Bayou. You will have the opportunity to sample 4 varieties of Fresh Seafood while watching the chefs prepare their winning dishes! www.tasteofthebayou.org

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Kids Studio (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Join staff from the Alabama Contemporary Art Center to explore contemporary art and music through hands-on and minds-on activities that stimulate and deepen their understanding of art. Ages 8-13 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

The Big Show (Free) 10:00 AM Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road Mobile, 36617 Movie - Sing www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Rock Out at the Library! (Free) 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop Saraland, 36571 Find your inner Rock Star at the Library! A karaoke machine and costumes will be provided. All ages. 251-675-2879 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Free Family Movie Night (Free) Details June 1. townofdauphinisland.org The Fab Four Concert 8:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute! thefabfour.com

Saturday June 16

Teen Art Space (Free) 2:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Join artist Jaime Lee and other guest presenters, to explore and create unique projects using different art forms each week. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Market in the Park for Summer 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Lavretta Park , 200 Parkway West Mobile, 36608 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo. The Thursday Market in Lavretta Park has the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org

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Boredom Busters (Free) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come by the Library Fridays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.and check out our weekly boredom buster. We’ll be crafting, building, creating and so much more! www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Ride Yellow 7:00 AM Halliday Park, Bay Minette, 36507 RIDEYELLOW is an Infirmary Health charity bike ride held annually on the Saturday before Father’s Day. The ride begins at Halliday Park in Bay Minette, Alabama, with a 6-mile tribute ride. Individuals can choose to participate in only the tribute ride or continue by pedaling the 10, 20, 37 or 62 mile route at their leisure. Rest stops are available along the way and food, beverages and vendor booths are available when riders return to the park. rideyellow.racesonline.com

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FamilyCalendar Market in the Park for Spring 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cathedral Square , 300 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo and location. The Spring Market is in Cathedral Square, with not only the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org Saturday Disney Classic Movie (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Movie - Angels in the Outfield www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Harvest Nights ($5 per adult if you don’t wish to pick berries and children 12 & under are free.)

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Weeks Bay Plantation will kick off Harvest Nights on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m., the series continuing every Saturday through June 16. These family-friendly events feature blueberry picking (cost is $8 per pound), market vendors, food trucks and live music under the stars. www.weeksbayplantation.com Cedric the Entertainer

7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 An Evening with A King of Comedy”, Cedric the Entertainer. www.mobilesaenger.com

Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 7:30 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session” 7:30 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Reptile Extravaganza B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road Mobile, 36609 Come to the Reptile Extravaganza to get up close and personal with lots of reptiles that make good pets. It is a great opportunity to learn which snake, lizard, or spider is the right one for you and your family. www.bbpetstop.com

Street Mobile, 36604 Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session”. 251-433-7513 www.mobiletheatreguild.org Reptile Extravaganza B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road Mobile, 36609 Come to the Reptile Extravaganza to get up close and personal with lots of reptiles that make good pets. It is a great opportunity to learn which snake, lizard, or spider is the right one for you and your family. www.bbpetstop.com

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Summer Movie Adventure (Free) 10:00 AM Parkway Branch, 1924 Dauphin Island Parkway Mobile, 36605 Summer Movie - Wonder www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Monday Funday - West Regional Branch (Free) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come to the Library for games, crafts and so much more! 251-340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org LEGO My Library Storytime (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Families with young children are invited to listen to great books, and then build LEGO (Duplo) creations inspired by the stories. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Tuesday June 19

Terrific Tuesday Matinees @ Main (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Movie - The Incredibles www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Tuesday Teen Matinees (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Tuesday Teen Matinees - Superhero - Spider-Man: Homecoming www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Libraries Rock Musical Matinees (Free) 10:30 AM Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop Saraland, 36571 Movie - Libraries Rock Musical Matinees www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Teen Tuesdays (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Express yourself! Using existing text in pages of old books, black out segments to make new words and poetic phrases. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Family Bingo Night (Free) 6:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Calling All Families! Come play Bingo at the Library! Prizes will be awarded and lemonade and popcorn will be served. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Closed Session” 2:00 PM Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette

Summerflix (Free) 1:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Movie - The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Joe Jefferson Players present “Ragtime” 2:00 PM Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street Mobile, 36606 Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. 251-471-1534 joejeffersonplayers.com

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The Big Show (Free) 10:00 AM Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road Mobile, 36617 Movie - The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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Matinee @ the Library (Free) 2:00 PM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Movie - The Adventures of Milo and Otis www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org

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Summer Movie Time (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Movie - Despicable Me 3 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Sing-a-Long Matinee in the Library (Free) 2:00 PM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Join us to watch and sing-a-long to Frozen. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Market in the Park for Summer 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Lavretta Park , 200 Parkway West Mobile, 36608 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo. The Thursday Market in Lavretta Park has the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org

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Saturday June 23

Market in the Park for Spring 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cathedral Square , 300 Conti Street Mobile, 36602 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo and location. The Spring Market is in Cathedral Square, with not only the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org Babypalooza Tour 10:00 AM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Babypalooza Tour is coming to the bay area on Saturday, June 23 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama. Hosted by Springhill Medical Center, Babypalooza is a one-day parenting conference and maternity fair. If you’re thinking of having a baby, just found out your expecting, or have had or adopted a child in the last twelve months then Babypalooza is for you. babypalooza.com Something Special for Saturday (Free) 10:00 AM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Visit with friends and make your own Spray Bottle Art. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Saturday Disney Classic Movie (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Movie - The Cat from Outer Space www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Sunday June 24

Sunset Concert - Lisa Mills 6:15 PM West End Beach, Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Sunset Concert featuring Yo Jonsey & The Crowned Jewels townofdauphinisland.org

Monday June 25

Monday Funday - West Regional Branch (Free) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come to the Library for games, crafts and so much more! 251-340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org LEGO My Library Storytime (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Families with young children are invited to listen to great books, and then build LEGO (Duplo) creations inspired by the stories. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Tuesday June 26

Building with Mrs. Gillespie (Free) 10:00 AM Parkway Branch, 1924 Dauphin Island Parkway Mobile, 36605 Mrs. Gillespie will show us how to build geodesic domes and towers. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Terrific Tuesday Matinees @ Main (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Movie - Finding Nemo www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Teen Art Space (Free) 2:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Join artist Jaime Lee and other guest presenters, to explore and create unique projects using different art forms each week. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Tuesday Teen Matinees (Free) 10:00 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Tuesday Teen Matinees - Superhero - Superhero - Wonder Woman www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Market in the Park for Summer 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Lavretta Park , 200 Parkway West Mobile, 36608 The City of Mobile’s Certified Alabama Farmers Market has a new name- Market in the Park -along with a new logo. The Thursday Market in Lavretta Park has the vendors you’ve come to love, but with new vendors as well! Now you have more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org

Libraries Rock Musical Matinees (Free) 10:30 AM Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop Saraland, 36571 Movie - Enchanted www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Teen Tuesdays (Free) 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Learn the basics of Zentangle. Create beautiful images from using repetitive patterns. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Art After Hours 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street Mobile, 36602 The public can learn more about Mobile’s thriving arts community at Mobile Arts Council’s newest event: Art After Hours! This month’s event is hosted by Mobile Carnival Museum. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine and light appetizers as they learn more about Mobile arts and culture. mobilearts.org Family Bingo Night (Free) 6:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Calling All Families! Come play Bingo at the Library! Prizes will be awarded and lemonade and popcorn will be served. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Wednesday June 27

Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home Details June 6. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org

Matinee @ the Library (Free) 2:00 PM West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Movie - The Lion King www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Boredom Busters (Free) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come by the Library Fridays between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.and check out our weekly boredom buster. We’ll be crafting, building, creating and so much more! www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Free Family Movie Night (Free) Details June 1. townofdauphinisland.org

Kids Days in Bienville (Free) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bienville Square , 182 Saint Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts and visits from The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and FireRescue Departments and much more! 251-208-1550 www.ncsmobile.org

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Friday June 29

Distinguished Young Women 61st National Finals Second Preliminary 7:00 PM Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Join us at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre for Distinguished Young Women’s Second Preliminary Competition of the 61st National Finals as the Class of 2018 competes in fitness, talent and self-expression! www.distinguishedyw.org

Summerflix (Free) 1:00 PM Semmes Branch, 9150 Moffett Road Semmes, 36575 Movie - The Emoji Movie www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Family Dance Party! (Free) 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, West Regional Branch , 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Boogie Down at the Library! Bring the whole family to the Library to explore all kinds of music and movement. 251-340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Free Family Movie Night (Free) Details June 1. townofdauphinisland.org

Rock Out at the Library! (Free) 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop Saraland, 36571 Find your inner Rock Star at the Library! A karaoke machine and costumes will be provided. All ages. 251-675-2879 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

The Big Show (Free) 10:00 AM Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road Mobile, 36617 Movie - The Emoji Movie www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Thursday June 28

Distinguished Young Women 61st National Finals First Preliminary 7:00 PM Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Join us at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre for Distinguished Young Women’s First Preliminary Competition of the 61st National Finals as the Class of 2018 competes in fitness, talent and self-expression! www.distinguishedyw.org

Saturday June 30 Children’s Studio - Family Ceramics

(Members: free, Non-members: $20 for a family of 3 + $5 for each additional family

member) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 Bring the whole family for artistic fun at MMofA. Together, you will create a clay masterpiece while learning different handbuild-

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Mobile...best of all celebrate the 242st birthday of our nation! Schedule-7 p.m.- Mobile Pops .m.Fireworks www.ncsmobile.org

personnel can answer general questions. All are welcome, even if you haven’t delivered yet. Spouses and other support partners are also welcome. Every Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (Except major

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Tiny Tales & Playtime Storytime! (Free) 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Families with young children are invited for a time of stories, crafts and play. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Saturday Disney Classic Movie (Free) 1:00 PM Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue Mobile, 36608 Movie - Pete’s Dragon www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Distinguished Young Women 61st Annual National Finals 7:00 PM Civic Center Theatre, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 Join us as we celebrate 61 years of inspiring young women! The 61st Annual National Finals will feature eight finalists from the Class of 2018 as they compete in fitness, talent and self-expression. Thousands of scholarship dollars will be awarded before one participant is named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2018. www.distinguishedyw.org

Tuesday July 3

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 10327 Taylor F. Harper Grand Bay, 36541 The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is open on July 3rd from 3 to 7 pm and on July 4th from 8 am to 4 pm. An annual family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon you can eat, but only on the 4th. (The watermelons will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. grandbaywatermelonfestival.org Semmes Freedom Celebration 4:00 PM Mary G. Montgomery, 4275 Snow Road North Mobile, 36575 This event iss a family-friendly event for the community designed to provide a place for everyone to celebrate what Americans hold dear to their hearts, “faith, family. and friends”. www.orchardassembly.com/sfc

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Grand Bay Watermelon Festival 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 10327 Taylor F. Harper Grand Bay, 36541 Details July 3. grandbaywatermelonfestival.org 4th of July - Mobile (Free) 7:00 PM Cooper Riverside Park, Mobile, 36602 Come out listen to patriotic songs performed by the Mobile Pops, enjoy a picnic, enjoy scenic Downtown

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4th of July on the Fantail (Adults: $50. Children: $25) 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM, USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Pkwy Mobile, 36602 Enjoy an evening aboard the USS ALABAMA as we celebrate July 4th. Live music, barbeque, specialty cocktail, ice cream buffet and more. Children receive an autograph copy of our children’s story book “Hooray for the Mighty A.” 251-433-2703

Classes/Meetings APAC - Mobile County Adoptive Family Group Meets the 4th Friday of each month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, 445 Azalea Road. Parent, Youth/Teen Group and Childcare Is Provided. Topic Discussions & ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information please call 251-460-2727 * 1-800-489-1886 * or estokes@childrensaid.org. Autism Support Group in North Mobile We have a social play room for higher functioning children (4 and up) to engage and relate. The idea is to have a safe place for parents of Autistic children in our community to link up and network with other families. 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Ave., Saraland. For more info or to RSVP contact Chris Gibson. Email Chrisgibson4149@gmail.com, or 251-281-7312. Breast Feeding Friendly Group (The BFF Group) A place where new moms can get one-on-one breastfeeding help. Get to know other moms within the same community and possibly become a mentor. Breastfeeding professionals are able to provide newborn weight checks before and after feeding to help you to know if your baby is getting enough to eat. Nurses and other medical

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holidays). We meet at The Allen Cox Building Conference Room, 205 Lambert Avenue, Mobile. Bridge Support Group The Bridge support group is a place where parents with similar experiences come together to share stories, advice and love. These families have had babies who: were stillborn, born with a lethal anomaly (such as Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, skeletal dysplasia, anencephaly) or had a baby that only lived in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our families are from all over the Gulf Coast and all have beautiful stories to tell. 1st Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm-until. Dinner is served. Meets in 1st floor conference room of Strada Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Contact information: Rene Sprague RN, MSN rgilstrapsprague@health. southalabama.edu 251-610-5264. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Circle Of Hope, Sexual Assault Support Group Group meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Call Lifelines Counseling Services to schedule a 30 minute appointment before attending the group 251-431-5100. COH is a support group for victims of sexual violence to share in their struggles and learn ways to begin to cope with the pain and daily stressors that trigger the hurt. This group is free to attend. Call for times and locations. The Family Center The Family Center’s classes in Mobile and Daphne are free and offer free childcare WITH minimum 24HOUR RESERVATION. Night class includes supper and giftcards. All classes provide a certificate of completion. The Family Center of Mobile *Nurturing Parenting course teaches parenting skills such as teaching cooperation and peaceful bedtimes. Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Call 251479-5700 to register. *The Responsible Fatherhood Program (RFP) classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Support Groups & Classes from 6-8 p.m., but REQUIRE ADVANCE INTAKE APPOINTMENT. See daily listings for class topics. *Mondays: Together We Can, a cooperative parenting course, 8 weeks. *Tuesdays: Quenching the Father Thirst, (Four things every dad needs to know), 12 weeks. *Thursdays: Chill Skills Stress/Anger Management training, 4 weeks.251-479-5700 for information on all Family Center classes. All held at 601 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 100, Mobile. www.familycentermobile. org or www.Facebook.com/FatherhoodMobile. La Leche League Mobile Bay Area Breastfeeding support meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Meetings are free and open to all women with an interest in breastfeeding. Babies and children are welcome. For information or support contact a leader. 251-689-2085, amandaLLLmobile@yahoo.com, meghanLLL@yahoo.com, or michelleLLLmobile@ yahoo.com. Facebook: La Leche League Mobile Bay Area. Survivors of Suicide Support Group Meets the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lifelines Counseling Services, 705 Oak Circle Drive, Mobile. SOS is here to provide a supportive and judgement-free environment for you to express yourself and share your story. What can you expect? •A place to find support •A comfortable environment to express yourself •A judgement free environment •Resources for grieving Mobile Infirmary Hospital For complete information about class dates, times, and locations, or to schedule a tour of our maternity center, please call childbirth education office at (251) 435-2000. • Birthing Basics Class This course is for parents who either have already experienced childbirth or who prefer to attend just one class because of time constraints. The four-hour weekend session (with breaks) includes a tour and all birthing information. The fee is $30 for patients delivering at Mobile Infirmary. Pre-registration is required; call 435-2000. Every last Sunday of the month. 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. • Cancer Support Group Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. • Gastric Band Support Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m. • Gastric Bypass Support Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m.

• Preparation for Childbirth Series This series of classes includes all aspects of labor including natural coping skills and epidural anesthesia. Class participants will practice comfort measures and learn about post-delivery and newborn care. Providence Hospital: www.providencehospital.org Providence Hospital offers a variety of classes on Childbirth Preparation. All classes meet in Conference Room 1, (located just inside the front doors in the main lobby of the hospital by the gift shop), unless otherwise specified. Preregistration is required for all classes, and fees are collected in class. To register for classes, please visit our website at www.providencehospital.org, Women’s Services and click “Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes. If you have any questions, please email us at maternityservices@ascension.org or call 251266-1749. Spring Hill Medical Center: www.springhillmedicalcenter.com • Better Breathers Support Group Meeting For people with pulmonary disorders. Meets on the fourth Monday of each month. 2-3 p.m. Gerald Wallace Auditorium. For more information, call 461-2438. • Breastfeeding Class One Wednesday per month. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Family Center. Benefits of breastfeeding, getting

started, going back to work and FAQs are covered. Call 340-7770 early to pre-register. • Childbirth Preparation Classes Four consecutive Mondays (6:30-9 p.m.) at The Family Center. Register early. The class covers onset of labor, inductions, Cesarean sections, relaxation, anesthesia and postpartum. Includes a tour of the maternity units.Cost: $25 if delivering at Springhill Hospital. Call 340-7769 early to preregister. • Childbirth Preparation: Accelerated Course: One Saturday per month. 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Family Center. Ideal for those who live out

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of town or will be delivering soon. $25. Call 3407769 early to pre-register. • Me, Too! A Tour for Siblings: Noon on the First Sunday of the month. Join us for an individualized tour and instruction for siblings ages 9 and younger. The event includes a tour of the maternity areas and tips on helping parents with the new baby. Parents must remain with their children. By Appointment. Call 340-7769. • Infant CPR: Learn this potentially life-saving technique while you are pregnant or soon after your baby’s birth. Covers infant CPR and choking. $5 if delivering at SMC. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Family Center (Bldg. 2, Fourth Floor). Call 3407769 early to pre-register. • Resolve Through Sharing: For parents who have lost a child before or immediately after birth. Meets the fourth Monday of every month, 7-8 p.m. Gerald Wallace Auditorium. Call 460-5323. USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital www.usahealthsystem.com/usacwh Classes: Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 415-1069. No children at classes, please. Class size is limited. Advanced payment required to secure your reservation. If you are expecting multiples or having a c-section, please call for additional class information. • Preparing for Childbirth: All-day Saturday class for the expectant mother and her support person (coach). Topics include: pregnancy changes, labor, role of the support coach, relaxation and breathing techniques, vaginal and cesarean births, postpartum care, and a tour of the maternity areas. Fee per couple: $30. You should plan on beginning the 3-week series when you are approximately 28 weeks pregnant. Class will meet in the CWEB2 Building behind the hospital. Every other month, 9-2. • Childbirth in a Nutshell: This class includes a brief overview of labor and a tour of the maternity areas. Class meets first Tuesday every other month from 6:30-9 p.m. in the CWEB2 Building behind the hospital. Fee per couple: $15. • Breastfeeding: This one-night class is for expectant and newly delivered mothers and their support persons who want to learn about breastfeeding. Class meets second Thursday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the CWEB2 Building behind the hospital Fee: $5. Registration Information: Credit card payments are accepted by calling 415-1685. Mail payments for classes to: University of South Alabama, Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Education Department, 1700 Center St., Mobile, AL 36604.

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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: CViolence: B Sexual Content: D Profanity: B Alcohol / Drug Use: A Fish out of water scenarios are a frequent source of comedy in movies. In Show Dogs, the fish is a dog. Max (voiced by Ludacris), a gruff and aggressive member of the NYPD canine unit, goes undercover as a contestant at the fictional Canini dog show in Las Vegas. He is paired with Frank (Will Arnett), a clueless human FBI agent, whose first meeting with Max involves jurisdictional disputes, reckless driving, and a bite on the buttocks. Over the course of the film, Max and Frank learn to work together in a common cause. Respect for diversity and the need to work together are the best messages in the film. However, parents need to be aware that this movie raises the topic of sexual consent, in both positive and negative ways. The most alarming message for parents and inexcusable in a children’s movie is part of the finale where each animal receives a thorough examination, including genital palpation. Max has already had a bikini wax treatment, which has only increased his resistance to having his backside touched. Whenever Frank tries to practice the exam and gets close to Max’s posterior, Max bites or gets angry. This is played for laughs. Philippe insists it is a necessary part of being a competitor and tells Max to be calm and “go to your happy place”. During the final event when the judge comes, hand extended towards Max’s testicles, the dog “goes to his happy place”. Parents who have taught their children that they have the right to control their bodies and say “No” to unwanted touching will be very disturbed by this scene. Even Hollywood glitter can’t disguise this rotten message.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: BProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: B+ Gabrielle Union plays Shaun Russell, a focused and resourceful woman who gets trapped in a situation where four bad dudes have her children locked inside a home. While she doesn’t have any formal fight training, she manages to make use of a few objects she finds lying around, along with her toned body and desperate determination to eventually make these guys wish they would have picked another house to rob. Needless to say, parental concerns here are all about violence, with lots of fist-to-fist and feet-to-face sparring that results in a few bloody moments and fatalities. The script flips the usual scenario of having a cast of innocent characters available to be picked off, one by one, by the menacing antagonist. Instead this quartet provides the targets for an enraged woman who will stop at nothing to get her kids back. Rising to the occasion, Shaun begins to put together a strategy that turns the extended conflict into one of mouse versus cats. Included with the aforementioned violence are gun and weapon threats, another murder with a character’s throat slit, a second vehicle run-down and a stabbing using a glass shard. Profanities include a single sexual expletive, with some scatological terms and profanities. Finally, sexual content is limited to a teen girl in slightly revealing clothing and a brief moment when a man forcibly holds her down with the intent of sexually assault. I call this movie template “Mother Bear”. What viewer wouldn’t root for a mother trying to protect her little ones, even if the concept isn’t breaking new ground?

Life of the Party

Black Panther

MPAA Rating: PG 13 Overall: C Violence: C Sexual Content: C Profanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: D Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) put her dream of an archaeology career on hold when she married Ben (Matt Walsh), became pregnant with Maddie (Molly Gordon), and dropped out of university. Fast forward twenty plus years and Matt tells Deanna he wants a divorce – “an upgrade in my life”. He has a new girlfriend and has already begun the sale of their home. With her world turned upside down, Deanna decides to return to school, complete the remaining year of her degree, and achieve her goal. The only catch is that daughter Maddie is a senior at the same institution. The movie’s most positive messages stem from Deanna’s personality and her relationship with Maddie. She is irrepressibly cheerful and consistently kind to others, including her morose roommate. Her courage, enthusiasm, and determination inspire the sorority girls. Although Deanna faints while giving an oral presentation in class, she tries again and succeeds. The mother-daughter relationship is warm and affectionate. Deanna is devoted to her daughter and Maddie loves her mom enough to forgive some very poor behavior. Parents will be concerned about the number of reckless activities Deanna engages in, particularly her sexual promiscuity. Deanna and other characters also drink heavily in social situations. The movie’s depictions of drug use, rampant alcohol consumption, sexual promiscuity, and criminal activities (vandalism and fraud) are the type of education most parents do not want their children to receive.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: AProfanity: C Alcohol / Drug Use: B After the death of his father (John Kani), which was depicted in Captain America: Civil War, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) succeeds to the throne of a small, mysterious (and fictitious) African state called Wakanda. After defending his right to rule in a gladiator-style, ceremonial ritual, T’Challa also inherits the role as protector of the realm, along with some big moral decisions and deep rooted family baggage. But T’Challa has some help with these responsibilities. Thanks to a the powers of an indigenous herb, he is endowed with superhuman strengths as the Black Panther. And he will need these abilities to maintain the secrecy of Wakanda’s greatest treasure, a shiny metal called vibranium. T’Challa hopes to honor his father’s legacy by keeping Wakanda safely isolated from the unrest of the world surrounding it. Yet, a bad guy named Ulyssess Klaue is already aware of the secret resource. Klaue is determined to grasp more of the mighty metal and sell it to the highest bidder. From a parent’s perspective, Black Panther comes with ample violent portrayals. However, the complex ethical issues presented propel the script far above other superhero films too. When it comes to considering the needs of others first, the Black Panther sets a high bar. One that I hope continues in the many Marvel adventures sure to include this character in the future. 60

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Mobile Bay Parents June 2018  

Summer is well on the way! The Summer Fun Guide is in this issue as well as helpful articles, movie reviews and much more!

Mobile Bay Parents June 2018  

Summer is well on the way! The Summer Fun Guide is in this issue as well as helpful articles, movie reviews and much more!