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Living With Children John Rosemond

The TemperamentSavvy Parent

Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style

Helping introverted or highly sensitive kids thrive.

What is your child’s learning style and why is it important?

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A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith

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Homeschool Guide

Our listing shares local and national resources for your homeschooling journey.

11 Secrets to Happy Moms

Practices to help you stay positive and feel good.

On The Cover William Brandyburg (17), son of Mr. and Mrs. James (Mona) Brandyburg. Grandson to Mrs. June Brandyburg and the late Mr. Lawrence Brandyburg and Mr. Woodrow Wilson and the late Mrs.Willie B. Wilson. William is class Vice President at St. Luke’s, President of the Honor Council, a Student Ambassador, and a member of the National Honor Society, Hi Q and Scholars Bowl Teams. He lettered three years in football and two years in basketball and was a member of the track and field team. William is a member of the Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa League (2nd Vice President), Vice President of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Mobile Chapter 2018 LeBeautillion Militaire class, a recipient of a Spring Hill Scholar Award, Spring Hill College’s most prestigious academic scholarship and faithful member of Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church.

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Bits and Pieces 12

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Family Calendar 64

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On any given morning you can see men and women out for their daily run. They look so peaceful, as if they don’t have a care in the world. I want to be one of those people. When I see a sticker on a car commemorating the driver’s accomplishment of a half-marathon or even a marathon I can’t help but think, “How in the world did they do that?!” I have dreams of one day being able to put one of those stickers on my car, but for now, it is fun run city for this chic. In my daydreams I imagine I would start out strong with “Eye of the Tiger” playing through my head, running focused and determined past the spectators. Along the home stretch my family would be on the sidelines cheering me on, and eventually I would cross the finish line to the “Chariots of Fire” theme song. Yes, that is the dream. The reality I am afraid may look quite different. Sure, I may start out with the “Eye of the Tiger”, but the ending would be more like me gasping and crawling over the finish line to “Jesus Take the Wheel”. As we enter May, I think we all feel the struggle of getting to the finish line of another school year. We started strong, but the days, weeks and months of packing lunches, homework and the overall school routine has worn us all down. Whether you are a teacher, student or parent, I think we are all ready for summer break. Sure, we still have work and activities to schedule, but I do hope you will take some time for yourself this summer to rejuvenate. Don’t let the mom/dad guilt kick in either. Taking time for yourself will refresh you and make you a better parent, along with letting the kids see you as a person, not just Mom or Dad. This month’s article, 11 Secrets of Happy Moms, by Christa Melnyk Hines, focuses on just that. She gives moms (and dads) suggestions of ways they can de-stress from parenting exhaustion. Wrapping up the school year may also mean doing a little planning for the upcoming year. If you find yourself thinking about your child’s education experience, Karen Johnson has provided some helpful insights in this month’s article, Your Child’s Learning Style and Why It Is Important. Figuring out if your child is a tactile learner, a social learner or maybe one of the other seven styles can help you make educational decisions going forward. She even includes some examples to help you decide what style your child may lean more towards. Having a tool like this can help parents make more informed decisions when it comes to education. If part of that decision making process includes homeschooling, you may find our Homeschool Resource Guide on page 50 a helpful start. We also have a second resource directory for you this month! The annual Vacation Bible School Directory can be found on page 44. And don’t forget to check out the Family Calendar for family friendly activities happening this month. In addition to our other regular columns with Dave Ramsey, John Rosemond and Children’s Medical Group, Mobile Bay Parents is excited to announce a new column from Common Sense Media called Parenting, Media and Everything in Between. Common Sense Media is a resource I have personally used for years. My family refers to their website for information on movies, books, games and more. We hope you will enjoy this new monthly column! Congratulations Class of 2018! And to all the moms, Happy Mother’s Day!

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Getting started with physical activity can be challenging but is possible. If you’re not used to being active, talk with your doctor first.

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• Find a partner! Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, family member, or someone with similar goals.

• Find where physical activity fits into your daily routine and make time for it.

• Work with your partner to motivate and cheer each other on.

• Take small steps towards increasing activity.

• Find an activity that you want to do, not have to do. Choose an activity that’s fun!

• Start slowly. Change one habit at a time.

• Get up and move every hour.

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Any amount of physical activity is a good start! As your activity increases, remember:

Physical activity improves your health by increasing energy, relieving stress, controlling your weight, building strength, and reducing your risk of heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions.

• Aerobic activity increases your heart rate and gets you breathing harder like brisk walking or rolling, dancing, and swimming.

• Track your progress. Log what works best for you using tools like a journal, pedometer, calendar, or phone app.

• Adults need 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day. 10 minutes at a time is fine.

• Expect slip ups or setbacks and don’t give up!

• Work all major muscle groups at least 2 times a week. This includes using a stretch band, weight lifting, push ups, and yoga.

• Celebrate successes, no matter how small!

• Household chores, gardening, walking your pet, and taking the stairs all count as physical activity too.

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Child Easily Distracted in School Q: Our son, age 8, did fine in school in first grade, but has struggled in second. We’ve taken your advice and not helped much with his homework other than occasional and brief “consultations.” He’s making average grades but his second-grade teacher – she’s fairly young, by the way – tells us that he is actually slightly behind in both reading and math. We met recently with the school counselor, school psychologist, and his teacher, all of whom recommended that he be tested for ADHD (they told us that he’s easily distracted) and a learning disability. We really don’t want to go down that road, but they’re making it seem like that’s the only responsible thing for us to do. What are your thoughts on this?

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I agree. You really don’t want to go down that road. In the first place, the fact that an eight-year-old boy is “struggling” in school and “slightly” behind in reading and math, yet making decent grades does not, in my estimation, indicate a serious problem. The bell-shaped curve – which schools seem to have forgotten (or conveniently ignore) – predicts that some otherwise normal (problem-free) children will perform below the academic mean. Private schools try to weed out children who will bring down their test scores; public schools cannot. So, in public school, one is likely to find a greater proportion of kids who “struggle.” Fur-

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thermore, a disproportionate number of the kids in question are likely to be boys – and boys tend to be distractible. Two things jump out at me: first, that your son didn’t have problems in grade one; second, that the second-grade teacher is inexperienced. It may well be that your son’s struggles say more about her than they do him. I would be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt and simply recommend that you hire a tutor – ideally, an older, veteran teacher – to work with him during the summer and bring him up to academic speed before he goes back to school in the fall. The simplest and most obvious explanation for a problem of this sort is usually the correct explanation; furthermore, the simplest and most obvious solution is usually the best solution.

Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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A Night at the Races 2018 Join us at The Pillars of Mobile on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. for The Learning Tree’s annual “A Night at the Races!” Wear your biggest, wildest hat or break out your bowtie. Enjoy complimentary beer and wine (cash bar available), enjoy the gourmet delights of Clark’s Kitchen and have fun with live entertainment, a mobile video game truck, photo booth, horse shoes and corn hole. For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic silent auction. The highlight of the evening is the videoed horse racing. You don’t want to miss this exciting evening! Tickets are $65 and are available at learning-tree.org or by calling 251-331-2633. Make sure to like us on Facebook.

Ice Age Imperials Coming to the History Museum of Mobile

Step back in time and explore Ice Age Imperials, on display at the History Museum of Mobile starting Saturday, May 26 until August 26, 2018. 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. This story will be presented like never before, using two full-scale dioramas, a series of interactive displays, and other educational components, and through direct handling and interaction with real fossils from such ancient animals as the giant (five ton!) ground sloth, the cave bear, the largest breed of lion to ever live, and the herds of shaggy elephants that once covered North America. Ice Age Imperials explores how today’s animal life compares to its extinct Ice Age relatives, and about the way of life of the earliest peoples, the Paleo-hunters, that once inhabited North America. For more information on Ice Age Imperials or the History Museum of Mobile, please call 251.301.0266.

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The Big Walk 2018

The Big Walk 2018 is scheduled for May 5 at 9 a.m. at Bluegill on the Causeway. Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Walk is a familyfriendly event that unites the community by raising awareness and support for the important role mentoring plays in our community. The 2-mile walk along the beautiful Causeway will allow people to take a journey with friends and family while honoring the mentors in their lives and inspiring others to join our efforts. With children’s activities, entertainment, refreshments, and more-there is something for everyone to enjoy! The BIG Walk is Big Brothers Big Sisters newest fundraiser. It is a walking event with the goal of raising $130,000 to create and support hundreds of new matches. Because of The BIG Walk, more Bigs and Littles will be matched, more friendships can be created and improved outlooks on life can be started. Please visit www.bbbssa.org/BigWalk2018 for more information. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

Join us for the Inaugural Mobile Hobby Horse Races on May 6 starting at 1:00 p.m. in Cathedral Square. This event will be a fun competition for the whole family. Hop on your hobby horse, dress in your best race day costume, and compete to be top "dog" in Mobile. Proceeds will benefit Delta Dogs, a non-profit, community-supported organization that helps provide free spay and neuter and veterinary healthcare to the pets of people living below the poverty line in the Mobile. Please visit Eventbrite.com to register.

Cuban Festival – Mobile Museum of Art

Join us for the Mobile Museum of Art’s first ever Cuban Festival on May 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. celebrating the shared cultures of Mobile and our sister city, Havana, Cuba. With a day full of family activities, and special guest lecturer, Havana City Historian, Dr. Eusebio Leal, MMofA invites all ages to experience Cuban culture and enjoy COMMON GROUND: Photographs of Havana and Mobile. The MMofA special exhibition features photographs of shared characteristics seen in our sister cities, through the lens of photographers Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi. With free admission for all Mobile County residents offered all day, you can also check out some vintage Cuban cars that will be on display out front, tour the galleries with the artists themselves, enjoy lunch from a local food truck, learn to salsa, and end the afternoon with a film about the famous Buena Vista Social Club. 6

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Fuse Project Brings Back Annual Dragon Boat Festival for Fifth Year

Fuse Project is excited to announce that the Dragon Boat Festival is back for its fifth year on the waters of Mobile Bay. The festival will be held on Saturday, June 9, at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and an experienced steerer race 250 meters in 46-foot authentic Hong Kong style dragon boats. 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. Fuse Project is well on its way to secure 55 teams before the registration deadline on May 1st, making this one of the most successful festivals yet. If you are interested in participating or sponsoring the Dragon Boat Festival, please find more information on the website, www.FuseProject.org or contact Jessica Wofford at Jessica@FuseProject.org.

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Harvest Nights at Weeks Bay Plantation

Organic blueberry “pickin” season is here! Weeks Bay Plantation is delighted to announce the 2018 Harvest Nights family-fun series. The series will kick off with a Cinco De Mayo party, Saturday, May 5. Harvest Nights will run for seven consecutive weeks and will end on Saturday, June 16! Each event will offer organic blueberry picking, live music from area musicians, food trucks, a farmers’ market, area artisans, kid-friendly activities and more! Bring a blanket and your own cooler to enjoy an evening under the stars! Admission is free for berry pickers and a $5 charge for non-pickers 13 years of age and older. Delicious organic blueberries are $8 a pound. Please bring a non-perishable food item with you to donate to Prodisee Pantry. Weekly berry picking begins April 18 and is available to the public, Wednesday through Saturday 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information, call 251-279-8745, email info@weeksbayplantation.com or visit our website: www.weeksbayplantation.com.

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Creek Fest 2018

Join us for Creek Fest 2018 at Tricentennial Park at 2121 Lake Drive from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. This event will be a free, family-friendly celebration including a cane pole fishing tournament (16 and under), music, door prizes, kayak rides and educational exhibits. This is a celebration of Three Mile Creek, which was the city’s first source of drinking water.

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Environmental Center Spring Open House

On Saturday, May 5, the Environmental Studies Center will have its annual Spring Open House from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. Come enjoy many activities for the whole family. Activities will include: Environmental Fair, Nature Walks, Crafts, Wildlife Lectures, Exhibit Talks, Starlab Show, Animal Exhibits, Concessions Sales and more. We are located at 6101 Girby Road.

Playhouse in the Park Presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking”

With colorful costumes, lively music, and stupendous young actors and dancers, audiences of all ages will be delighted with this performance about a red-haired, freckle-faced girl and her monkey! A cast of local youth from ages 6 and up will fill the Playhouse stage. Don't miss the delightful musical, opening May 11, running through May 27 on weekends with Friday and Saturday night shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. For more information, please visit playhouseinthepark.org and for reservations call 602-0630.

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Publix Grandman Triathlon and Jubilee Kids Triathlon

Mobile Baykeeper is hosting the 14th Annual Publix Grandman Triathlon at the beautiful Fairhope Pier on Saturday, June 2 starting at 7 a.m. at Fairhope Municipal Pier. Racers begin the race with a jump off the pier into Mobile Bay and swim 1/3mile to the shore. Following the swim, racers bike 18 miles, beginning up a steep hill before riding through the streets of downtown Fairhope and miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line consists of a 3.1 mile run alongside scenic Mobile Bay. Registration is open to individual and team racers. Additionally, 150 volunteers are required to make the event run as smoothly as possible. To register or volunteer, visit www.thegrandman.com or call 251-433-4229 for more information. The Publix Jubilee Kids Triathlon will be held Sunday, June 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Fairhope Municipal Pier. It 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). To register or volunteer, please visit www.mobilebaykeeper.org/jubileekidstriathlon or call 251-433-4229 for more information. Proceeds for both events benefit Mobile Baykeeper and myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama.

Teach Them Diligently Convention Coming to Mobile

Teach Them Diligently Convention is thrilled to be coming to Mobile for the first time! Last year tens of thousands of people attended Teach Them Diligently conventions across the U.S. Families love the camaraderie, energy, and encouragement of this homeschool event. There is something for everyone— moms, dads, littles, and teens—and there are unique sessions and opportunities specifically designed for families with special needs. Teach them Diligently, a Christian homeschool event, will be held May 3 – 5, at the Mobile Convention Center. For more information or to register visit www.teachthemdiligently.net. Use discount code PARENTS10 to save $10 off your registration.

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KidsHealthWatch

Sponsored by Children’s Medical Group

What is Ringworm? There are many types of rashes humans can pick up, and this is especially true of children. Some rashes last a matter of hours and then disappear, whereas others can come and go for a lifetime. Some rashes are itchy or painful, whereas others aren’t bothersome at all. This month we’ll discuss one of the most common types of rashes, ringworm, what to expect if your child has it, and how to get rid of it. In medical terminology, ringworm is called “tinea” and no, it’s not an actual worm on your body, thank goodness! Ringworm is actually a type of fungus, and gets its common name because of how it looks: a round, raised, red circle with a slightly red or skin-colored center. This gives the appearance of a worm forming a ring. Ringworm can appear anywhere on your skin, and the specific medical term may vary based on its location. For example, ringworm on the scalp is “tinea captitis.” On the body, it’s known as “tinea corporis.” Ringworm of the face is “tinea faciei,” and so on. Regardless of

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location, the fungus is highly contagious and can spread easily from person to person– or even from animal to human. Ringworm thrives in moist areas like locker rooms and tanning beds. It’s so common and contagious, in fact, that at any point in time about 20% of the population has ringworm. How does one determine if a rash is ringworm– or something else? Eczema, Lyme disease, and types of alopecia (hair loss) can cause rashes that look similar, but a number of things make ringworm different: 1. Ringworm is usually itchy, although this isn’t always the case. 2. Ringworm is present for a long time. If left untreated, it can last for several months. 3. Ringworm is red and scaly– and as it gets bigger, the outer edges may look wavy. 4. If ringworm occurs on an area of your body that has hair– like the scalp– patches of hair loss may occur.

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5. Ringworm usually doesn’t cause other systemic problems like fever, headaches, or stomach pains. Over the counter or prescription topical antifungals will treat ringworm, but it can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks of use to eliminate the fungus. Depending on the severity and location of the ringworm, a stronger, oral medication may be necessary. If you’re questioning whether a rash is ringworm, see your doctor. Ringworm is a very common nuisance, and it’s important that parents know they haven’t done something wrong if their child contracts the fungus. Ringworm is not a reflection of poor hygiene; it’s just that common. Jennifer Adair, M.D., was born and raised in Mobile. She joined Children’s Medical Group in July 2013 and currently practices at their Airport office. Jennifer and her husband, Cory, reside in Mobile with their son, Finn, and their three dogs, Barkley, Fitz, and Roo.

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Autauga County Schools

MCPSS Holds First AP Competition

MCPSS recently held its first AP Competition. The competition was held at Blount High School on March 27th. All schools prepared and showed out. Vigor and B.C. Rain high schools tied for 1st Place – Overall. Students from Blount, LeFlore and Williamson were also category winners in Ciphering and Writing. Congratulations to all of the participants.

Homeschool Paint Party

This Class of 2018 Home School seniors, and siblings, had a paint party at Paint Party Studios! Pictured are Josh Dawsey. Dylan Thomas, Madi Sellers, Anna Wainwright, Caleb Lanford, Aidan Peach, Zelda Peach, Amanda Dawsey, Liz Wainwright, and Ellen Lanford.

E.R. Dickson Tech Team Participates in Southwest Computer Fair

Congratulations to the E.R. Dickson Elementary Tech Team! E.R. Dickson students developed and created technology projects for the recent Southwest Computer Fair held on March 15 at Coastal Alabama Community College. The tech team took home fifteen awards in the following categories: Hardware Modification, Multimedia Presentations, Video Production, Animation, and Internet Applications. Congratulations to the entire ERD Tech Team: Alexander Meola, Mason Pruitt, Jasmine Gross, Jacob Steele, Timothy Dinkins, Treyvonne Archie, Sophia Irby, Cydney Garrett, Alexis Thiry, Lexington Bush, Raylee Edwards, Madison Williams, Kennedy Washam, Josiah Cazalas, Aiden Ransom, LeCedric Craig, Garrett Steele, Zyrilyn McCants, Makiyah McDaneld, and Anthony Meola. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

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ASMS Junior Achieves Perfect ACT Score

Gwynneth McCallister, a current junior from Auburn, recently earned a rare perfect ACT composition score of 36 – only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Her standing as a junior makes this accomplishment an even greater achievement. “Once I found out about my perfect score, I felt overwhelmed and really proud of myself because all my studying paid off,” McCallister says. McCallister credits the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) for helping her better prepare for the ACT. Her math ACT score has increased from a 28 to 36 from sophomore to junior year at ASMS. McCallister admits that she did have trouble with certain sections of the ACT and gives advice to other students who will be taking the ACT. “Practice a lot, especially on the things you’re not as good at,” McCallister says. “For me, that’s geometry and the reading section. McCallister is the third ASMS student to achieve a perfect 36 on the ACT in recent years. Kimberly Chieh and Landon Dyken both scored a perfect 36 as juniors last year.

Mobile Christian School Announces New Head of School

Mobile Christian School is proud to announce that Dr. Billie J. McConnell has been chosen by the Board of Trustees to serve as the next Head of School. Dr. McConnell is currently chairing the Graduate School of Education at Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, WV, but he has spent many years in K-12 education as a teacher, administrator, and as a consultant. Board member Mark Erwin stated, “with the experience that Dr. McConnell brings, particularly in the area of coaching and training teachers in the integration of technology into the instructional space, we are confident that our overall educational experience from kindergarten through high school graduation will be greatly enhanced for our families.” www.mobilebayparents.com

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The Learning Tree’s Residential School Featured on “Today’s Homeowner”

Griggs Students Participate in Young Author’s Conference

Students from The Learning Tree’s Woody’s Song School and Residential School had the opportunity recently to work side by side with America’s Home Expert, Danny Lipford. Mr. Lipford and his team at “Today’s Homeowner” selected The Learning Tree as a community service project marking their 20th season on the air. Two homes were selected for outdoor and indoor improvements. The episode aired on April 28 and 29 on WKRG, in honor of Autism Awareness Month. We appreciate all of the community support that went into this project. The kiddos had a great time getting to know the entire “Today’s Homeowner” team and picked up some valuable home improvement skills as well.

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On, Saturday, March 17, W.C. Griggs Elementary Students participated in the Young Author’s Conference at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. They got to meet author Jerry Pallotta and were published in the Young Author’s Anthology. Mrs. Renee McManus, Reading Coach, and Mrs. Danielle Jones, 3rd grade teacher, both from Griggs, helped other volunteers teach a short poetry lesson. Pictured from left to right: Max Norris, Corbin Allbritten, Ella Allbritten, Mrs. Laura Hittson, Principal of Griggs, Izzy DeGregorio, Lillian Strange, and Daisy Taylor. Not pictured: Elouise Hays, Mrs. Renee McManus, Mrs. Danielle Jones.

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Autauga County Schools

UMS-Wright Middle School Drama Club Presents “Seussical, Jr.”

At UMS-Wright we are so fortunate to have an all-encompassing Arts Department that spans all disciplines – band, chorus, art, photography, publications, and theater. Its depth reaches far into our Middle School allowing them unmatched opportunities that were most recently showcased with the production of “Seussical, Jr.” This was a must see for all! Thank you to our sponsors Iberia Bank and Encore Rehabilitation as well as our talented and dedicated students: Ian Lynch, Mac McGinley, Breleigh Joiner, Mary Webster Burke, Reagan Jokerst, Isabella Rocconi, Caroline Corley, Mary Helen Marmande, Grace Lyons, Rebekah Chappell, Helen Delaney, Carlen Cook, McNeil Mostellar, Noah Siegel, Luke Lambert, C. J. Stuart, Harrigan Weston, Frances Brown, Eryn Tucker, Ava Harvill, Lawson Hamil, Sadie Norris, Edwin McCorquodale, Sydney Elder, Corinne Graddick, Shep Fountain, Henry Arras, Hunter Dabbs, Ryan Walton, Cate Courtney, Will Kaufman, Barclay McGinley, Rowen McMahan, Russ Arras, Chandler Taylor, and Callie Padgett.

Students Get Real-Life Look at Policy in Model United Nations

Over 400 students from ten different schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties participated in Davidson’s Invitational Model United Nations (DIMUN). Many global issues were discussed among different committees at this two-day event, held at the Mobile Convention Center. The event concluded with a General Assembly, bringing all the committees and students together in one final meeting to argue and pass resolutions.

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Homeschool Ballroom

These are some Homeschool Ballroom Dancers from David Miner Ballroom - They performed at the International Festival in November - this was the photo of them right after performing. They take class every Friday morning - the advanced class is from 10-11 a.m., then a beginner’s class is held from 11 a.m. til noon. They have learned the Waltz, Lindi hop, Cha-Cha, Swing and more. Their ages range from 10 to 18 years old.

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Covenant Christian Elementary Track & Field Team Competes at Satsuma

The Covenant Christian Elementary Track & Field team recently competed in the Mobile Independent Schools Elementary Track and Field Championships at Satsuma High School. Team members include, front row, left to right, Drew Revelle, Peyton Holderer, Elizabeth Martin and Graci Havens. Back row, Nathan Broome, Cade Horton, Morgan Fulford, Addie Hall, Paul Matthew Hii, and Coach Lisa Rush. (Not pictured-Elva Johnson, Howie Johnson, and Joshua Lange). Medal winners were Cade Horton (1st-400m); Paul Matthew Hii (1st-Shot Put); Nathan Broome (2nd-800m & 1600m); Elizabeth Martin (3rd-800m); Relay members Peyton Holderer, Cade Horton, Paul Matthew Hii, and Nathan Broome (1st4x400m relay and 3rd-4x100m relay). Go Eagles!

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Covenant Christian, Visual Arts Achievement

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Congratulations to Covenant Christian School's Junior High Art Students, Kimber Colyer and Haylie Gullitch! Kimber won first place (photography), and Haylie won Honorable Mention (Computer Images) in this year's Visual Arts Achievement Awards, District 1. In April, Kimber's 1st Place piece will be exhibited in the Professional Artist Gallery in Montgomery, and is now part of the state-wide competition! Pictured with Mobile Arts Council's Lucy Gafford, Kimber Colyer (striped top) and Haylie Gullitch (red top).

St. Mary First Graders Donate Coins to Pro-Life Shelter

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The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners voted unanimously to hire Chresal Threadgill as Mobile County Public Schools’ next Superintendent. Threadgill was selected over two other candidates who interviewed to replace Martha Peek, who is retiring at the end of June. The board will now work with Threadgill on a contract, and he will take office on July 2. “I am excited, anxious and maybe a little numb,” Threadgill said. “I’m going to do what I’ve always done, which is work hard and do what’s best for children.” A graduate of LeFlore High School, Troy University and Alabama State University, Threadgill has served as MCPSS’ Chief of Staff since September. Prior to that, he was Superintendent of Elba City Schools and Assistant Superintendent of Troy City Schools. While superintendent in Elba, Threadgill was able to raise the high school graduation rate by 30 percentage points and put the district – which was threatened with a state takeover – into good financial shape. At MCPSS, he has been working with the Chief Financial Officer on ways to save the school system money so it can build up its reserve account. He said during his interviews that he wants to work on “equity and equality” and WISE DESIGN, INC. that he wants to find ways to reduce teacher workloads. CLIENT ultimate goal is going to be to educate Debbie’s School“My of Dance people and try to change the perception of DESCRIPTION Mobile County Public Schools,” he said. “I want Summer Dance toCamps go out and bring other entities to the table and collaborate.” HALF PAGE Magazine Ad PUB Mobile Bay Parents BUILT AT 100%

Little Flower Student Named TIP Scholar

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St. Dominic Catholic School Students Compete in Technology and Computer Science Fair

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This is the day each year when students spend 1/2 of the day with teachers in the grade they will promote to the following year. It gives them an opportunity to hear what they can expect and to learn more about the fun and challenging activities they will experience. When asked about her time in the 4th grade classroom, Raychael Howze shared that she was able to see what it will be like, what types of things she will learn, and that she is excited about Moving Up!

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St. Paul’s Students Host Prom at Murray House Assisted Living Friday March 23rd marked the second prom date this year for Wilson Beaverstock, Mary Stirling Brown, Zackery Carmichael, Hayes D’Olive, Lacey Evans, Richard Graham, Joseph Hand, Kennedy Hendryx, Kelly Honkanen, Miles Ingram, Anna Ivey, Tyler Kendall, Lindsay Laycock, Wright Mullins, Harry Myers, Lily Myers, Jody Parker, Camille Perry, Victoria Pitruzzello, Carson Richey, Jake Richey, Jack Robinson, Jalyn Sirmans, Casi Weinacker, Warner Wiggins, and Margaret Winters, all members of St. Paul’s Service Leadership class. The students visited Murray House Assisted Living to host a dance for the residents. Dressed in their prom best the students decorated then danced and visited with the other Seniors.

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Students from “Failing” Schools Take Part in AP Academic Competition

Honors students from five high schools labeled as “failing” under the Alabama Accountability Act got together recently at Blount High School to show that the label doesn’t fit. Students from Blount, Vigor, B.C. Rain, LeFlore and Williamson High Schools took part in the AP Academic Competition, an academic skills challenge that included a written exam component and also allowed students to work in teams to answer questions in a variety of subjects. “This is an opportunity to showcase the excellence of students,” said D.H. Walton, School Improvement Administrative Officer for Mobile County Public Schools. “They’re not in failing schools. Did they have some hiccups on a test? Yes, they did. But they did not accept that title. What they’ve done is roll up their sleeves and started to work. “The principals are working hard, teachers, assistant principals, parents, everyone has bought into: We must take this label from our names and become the students and the schools that we know we are.” The Alabama Accountability Act requires that schools falling in the bottom 6 percent of schools statewide in scores on a single test – until this year, the ACT Aspire – be labeled as “failing.” It has been determined that the Aspire test does not align with the Alabama Course of Study and it was replaced this year with the ACT. Vigor (pictured) and B.C. Rain tied for top overall team honors at the competition. Students from Blount, LeFlore and Williamson were also among the category winners. 18

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St. Luke’s Elementary Archers Compete at State Championship

Congratulations to St. Luke's Elementary Archery team for placing 7th out of 18 teams at the State Championship Archery Tournament with a team score of 2974 points. Also, a big congratulations to Madelyn Audia for placing 3rd place individually out of 161 shooters in the Elementary Female division with a score of 276 points.

St. Ignatius Students Compete in State Science Bowl Competition The St. Ignatius Science Bowl team competed in the state competition this spring. They had a very successful year and placed 4th overall in the state competition. Pictured are Henry Bridges, Taylor Shirah, Isabelle Jouve, Beau Brechtel and Finn Tully.

Revelation Christian School joined hands and participated in the day of prayer for the Christian School Movement spearheaded by the Association of Christian Schools International. We are proud to be a school that prays!

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St. Pius X Catholic School Traveling Jump Rope Team Visits Covenant Christian

The St. Pius X Traveling Jump Rope Team visited Covenant Christian School to kick off their Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Schools like St. Pius X have joined other schools across the Gulf Coast in raising thousands of dollars for research and treatment for heart patients. Mrs. Sonia Nelson, P.E. teacher, has been moderating the St. Pius Jump Rope Team for over 15 years.

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Faith Academy is very proud to announce that Mrs. Tonya Digman, 5th grade teacher, was named 2017-18 AISA elementary teacher of the year! Mrs. Digman has taught at Faith Academy for 13 years. She is a talented and godly teacher that has touched many lives. Her love for her students is evident when you walk in her classroom. We are so proud of you Mrs. Digman!

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McT Student Wins Directors Award for 2nd Year at Alabama State Science Fair After winning 1st place in both the Physics and Astronomy division and Overall at the Mobile Regional Science Fair, Mary Alice Jouve went on to win the Director's Award and 1st place in Physics and Astronomy for the 2nd year at the Alabama State Science Fair. She also earned a scholarship to University of Alabama Huntsville and 8 other corporate awards!

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LeFlore High School Implements Public Safety Academy

On March 26th, The City of Mobile Police department and Mobile Fire-Rescue signed a partnership to team up with LeFlore Magnet High School to add an exciting new pathway to LeFlore’s Law Academy. Starting next school year, all incoming freshman will learn about careers in law enforcement as well as Fire & Rescue. At the end of their freshman year, they’ll decide whether to continue with the law enforcement or firerescue pathways. For more information, please contact Ms. Eubanks, Academy Specialist at (251) 221-3125 ext. 73036.

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MGM Competes in Optimist Club Oratorical

On Thursday, March 1, Jace Martinez, senior, competed in the Optimist Club boys’ oratorical. In his speech, Jace told how the Boys and Girls Club, his friends, and his faith serve as his roots of optimism. Jace’s delivery earned him a second place silver medal. The following Thursday,

Jessica Morgan, senior, competed in the Optimist Club girls’ oratorical. She spoke of her parents’ love and support and her teachers’ encouragement and assistance being the roots of her optimism. Jessica’s delivery earned her a bronze medal. Congratulations to both Jace and Jessica.

"It Starts with Me Award" at McDavid-Jones

Landon Mitchell is McDavid-Jones representative for the “It Starts with Me Award” for the 2017-2018 school year. During awards on March 8th Mr. Gammon Braiser, Retired Master Sergeant, presented him with the “It Starts with Me Award”. Landon was also elected by our students to be our schools “Red Ribbon” representative. For his “Red Ribbon” project he collected gift bags for the Wounded Warriors. Landon delivered the gift bags to the Wounded Warriors and other veterans at a reception held in Chatom, Alabama. Landon is collecting care packages to send to deployed soldiers. If you, would like to make a donation you may drop them off at McDavid-Jones Elementary School or call 251-221-1510. Landon is the son of Ed and Pat Turner of Citronelle. Pictured are Gammon Braiser, Retired Master Sergeant, Landon Mitchell and Ms. Jill Dickinson, Principal.

UMS-Wright Names Spirit Awards Winners

Every year, UMS-Wright awards six deserving students in each Middle and Upper School grade a distinguished “Spirit Award.” A Spirit Award is based solely on character and is voted on by the faculty. In addition to the recognition, the award winners receive a coveted Spirit pin to be worn on their blazers! Congratulations to the 2018 recipients - 5th Grade: Joe Bullard, Charlie Jeffery, Jack Blackerby, Josie Jaye, Hope Blaylock and LaLa Whiting; 6th Grade: Sarah Bolding Parker, Nancy Arendall, Maggie Howard, Shep Fountain, Jack Church and Jack Otts; 7th Grade: Paul Mayson, Paul Murray, Joseph Rice, Cate Courtney, Austin Watkins and Elizabeth Meador; 8th Grade: Jackson Williford, Jay Murray, Kara Beth Greene, Campbell Johnson, Loie Whiting and Clark Turner; 9th Grade: Brenda Ellis, Tianna Dixon, Megan Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Collin Burkholder and Tre Mitchell; 10th Grade: Anna Klien Lee, Mary Frances Wood, Will Breland, Palmer Whiting, Lauren Gilchrist and Keyshawn Woodyard; 11th Grade: Megan Hwang, Molly McNair, Skipper Snypes, Ben Heggeman, Conrad Inge and Virginia Dukes; 12th Grade: Will Chapman, Caroline Heggeman, Price Dukes, Ellen Ray Chitty, Ann Elizabeth Mulherin and Trey Hill.

Covenant Christian Soccer Team Undefeated!

Covenant Christian School would like to congratulate our JV Boys Soccer team on their undefeated season (with the exception of 1 tied game)! This took dedication, perseverance, and hard work from all players. Way to go, guys! Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

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LeFlore: “We Will Not Fail”

As students prepared for the upcoming district ACT test, they were reminded that they are more than a test score. Councilman Fred Richardson came out to motivate the LeFlore student body on being successful. He distributed buttons to all of the students and faculty to as a constant reminder that test scores do not make them failures.

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Bright Beginnings Academy’s 1st Annual VIP Social

BBA hosted a social event for some of the most influential leaders in Mobile. Teachers, parents, students, prospective BBA families, and community leaders assembled for this one-of-a-kind occasion. A brief presentation by founder, Gina Englund, defined dyslexia and the challenges a dyslexic student faces. We learned that several recognizable names in history, the world of sports, and the field of entertainment are dyslexic including Tom Cruise, Mohammad Ali, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Anniston, Tim Tebow, and the list appears endless. A handful of students dressed up as a famous dyslexic. Guests were encouraged to interact with the kids to learn more about their character. Adults and children alike enjoyed wonderful conversation. Thank you, Mayor Sandy, for joining our VIP Social. It was an honor to have you. A special thanks to some of the newest names in Mobile politics including George Zoghby, Brandy Hambright, and Janet Ogelsby. We wish all of you the best in the upcoming election.

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Griggs Tech Team Competes at Regional Technology Fair

Griggs recently competed and won 9 trophies and 3 honorable mentions at the Southwest Regional Technology Fair! 3rd grade: Ryker Hoppe, Annah Murray, Paisley Crigler, Ella Allbritten, Kendall Davis, Michael Howard- Blocker, Elouise Hays, Izzy DeGregorio, Max Norris. 4th Grade: Karen Douglas, Bella Brown, Catherine Stringfellow, Riley Davis, Hannah Coleman, Kyleigh McNeer, Courtland Brown, Nate Bechtol. 5th Grade: Kaleena Williams, Lallie Hays, Braelynn Cotton, Lilly Grace Bolton, Alex Langham, Brian Ward, Aiden Morgan, Mary Parker, Aidyn Batley, Jeremiah Duke.

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McGill-Toolen "Ingenium" Staff Earns Award Honors from ASPA

Ingenium’s “Mercy” issue was awarded both the state honor rating of ALL-ALABAMA by the Alabama Scholastic Press Association and the national honor rating of ALL-AMERICAN with Four Marks of Distinction by the National Scholastic Press Association. Special merit was awarded for Exemplary Work in Content, Writing & Editing, Photography, Art, & Graphics, and Design.

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Prichard Prep Students Participate in AISA Track and Field Championships

For the first time in the school’s history, PPS students participated in Track and Field events as part of the Alabama Independent School Association program. Several students excelled and earned a spot to compete in the Championship Event held at Satsuma High School. Go Eagles!

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Corpus Christi Catholic School Students Conduct Bottle Rocket Competition

Every year the 8th-grade students at Corpus Christi Catholic School conduct a bottle rocket competition as part of their science class. The students spend about a week constructing the rockets out of 2-liter soda bottles and other materials. The rockets are judged on the height that they achieve after launch as well as the length of time in the air. There is also a design competition--which bottle rocket is the most creative. The winners of this year's competition for rocket achievement were: Tucker Vallely and Cooper Hamilton. The winners of the design competition were: Jacob Daidone and Aiden Nguyen (boys division); Angelina Nguyen and Dylan Santa Cruz (girls division).

UMS-Wright Easter Parade

Our K4 and K5 students invited their grandparents and great-grandparents to campus on March 29th to watch them in the annual Easter parade. Each year, students decorate ties and bonnets and parade throughout campus spreading Easter joy! Some popular themes of ties this year were Star Wars, super heroes, and Alabama/Auburn. We love inviting family on campus to see all of the exciting things that are happening at UMS-Wright!

St. Luke’s Student Qualifies for State Geo Bee

St. Mary Middle Schoolers Focus on Holocaust

Congratulations to Connor Ferguson who qualified for the State Geography Bee!

St. Mary Catholic middle school students had the privilege to hear from holocaust survivor, Allen Hall and his wife, Lori Gold on April 11. In observance of this month’s learning focus on the holocaust, the Gulf Coast Shoah Commemoration poetry contest was held at Spring Hill Avenue Temple for area schools. St. Mary Catholic 7th grader Jackson Reece placed first in the poetry contest and Placed Best Of School with his piece, “The Star of David". St. Mary 8th grader Cameron MacRae placed 2nd in Prose with “Dear Diary”, and 7th grader, Sage Bentley placed 1st in Prose with “The Necklace”. The students are pictured with St. Mary teachers Sue Lyon and Jennifer Heisler.

Friendly Ladybugs at Little Flower

After the kindergarten students at Little Flower Catholic School enjoyed a book titled “The Grouchy Ladybug”, they used crackers, cream cheese, chocolate chips, and pretzels to make ladybug snacks. Making the snack incorporated lessons on counting, dexterity, and creativity. Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cathy Wagner, then helped the students make their own classroom book about a friendly ladybug.

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Several St. Dominic Catholic School Grade 8 students recently participated in the Providence Hospital Festival of Flowers art contest for Catholic Schools. The event marked its 25th anniversary with the theme, “A Celebration Promenade.” Ansley Jones designed a prom dress while Janie Dunwell created a cardinal, each using a single silk flower in their artwork. Ansley Jones (left) placed first and Janie Dunwell (right) placed second in the 6-8 grade division.

Unique Easter Egg Hunt Held for Students at School for Deaf and Blind

“Are you sad that you’re not the real Easter bunny?” asked kindergartner Kaiden Flowers, a student at the Southwest Alabama Regional School for the Deaf and Blind. Though he is visually impaired, Kaiden said it was obvious that the Easter Bunny he was visiting with in the school’s library wasn’t real. “I like the Easter Bunny. I like his nose and that he touched my nose,” Kaiden said. “But I could tell wasn’t real because he had a real neck and real hair.” Kaiden and his classmates had just finished the Regional School’s firstever Beeping Egg Hunt. The eggs beeped and chirped so that even fully blind students could listen for the eggs and find them. Teachers and volunteers helped guide the students as they searched for eggs in a grassy courtyard at the school on Burma Drive. Adaptive physical education teacher Kim Reusser organized the Beeping Egg Hunt to give her students an opportunity to participate in an Easter activity than many children who can see may take for granted. “It was thrilling to see our hard work come to fruition,” Reusser said. “It was a huge success. To be able to see my children physically active and having fun – it was a good day.” Besides the hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny, students also participated in a sensory-rich art activity. With help from the Eastern Shore Art Center, students used fruits and vegetables to paint pictures. And they showed visitors art work they had completed in class.

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St. Paul’s 2018 ACTE Tech Fair Winners

On Thursday, March 15, 48 students in grades 6-9 entered the 34th annual ACTE Regional Computer Fair held at Coastal State Community College. Over 1,400 students in grades 3-12 from Mobile, Baldwin and Washington County schools were entered, making this the largest regional fair in the state. The entire team received the SPIRIT award! Students who placed 1st or 2nd are eligible to compete in the State Computer Fair to be held April 27-28, at Auburn University Montgomery. To see a complete list of student winners visit: news.stpaulsmobile.net/2018/03/2018-acte-tech-fair-winners.

CHCA Participates in DIMUN

DIMUN 2018 was a success! Cottage Hill Christian Academy students had a great time taking on the role of representing their assigned countries. CHCA took home three awards: Olivia Moore won Best Security Council Parliamentarian for her role representing China. Carleigh White, Carter Sullivan and Bethany Garvin placed Second Runner Up for the flag competition for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and First Runner Up in the flag competition went to Nick Garvin, Tyler Lakeman and Matthew Givens for Cuba. CHCA looks forward to being a major power in DIMUN 2019.

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Allentown Elementary School GATOR Kids for March

Pre-Kindergarten – Second Grade, Front Row: Paisley Dixon, Bryce Ward, Colt Robinson, Shaylee Patterson, RaeLynne Latini, Liam Lineberry, Caleb Petersen. Middle Row: Kailah Schaaf, Bella Salazar, Olivia Weaver, Bryson Walley, Eric Dickson, Sean Turner, Seth Anderson. Back Row: Madelynn Riggs, Micah Howard, Victoria Reed, Colten Reed, Wyatt Metcalf, Alaina Bush. Third - Fifth Grade, Front Row: Huntley Hall, Shelby Burch, Melody McLean, Lilly Ann Thomas, Toluwa Ajomale, Tyler Ann Collard. Middle Row: Karis Singleterry, Jon McIlwain, Kylie Holelich, Gracie Wilson, Madeline Nurse, Landon Alford. Back Row: Hailey Hansen, Maria Gonzalez, Aulezaiah Hunter, Erica Barker, Ryan Hiscox.

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Griggs Students Perform in Elementary Honor Choir Concert

Griggs students performed at Mobile County Public School System's Elementary Honor Choir concert. Congratulations to Griggs Honor Choir members, Ella Reiman, Lilly Grace Bolton, Moriah Reasor, Autumn Bailey, Isabel Nunnery, Massey Miller, Haley Crocker.

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St. Ignatius SGA Serves at Food Bank

The St. Ignatius Student Government Association performed a service project at the food bank this spring. Service is an important part of what the SGA does during the year. Pictured are Julia Green, Gigi Smith, Maggie Jollit, James Mayhall, Eldon Porter, Stephen Hodges, Claire Taylor, Ben Sykes, Mimi Strain and Daiten Woodbury.

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Mobile Christian School Hosts Groundbreaking for New Elementary School

Mobile Christian School hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on March 14 to mark the beginning of construction on a new Elementary School complex. The event was held on the school’s west Mobile campus at 5900 Cottage Hill Road. Once complete the new facility will allow all K3-5th grade students to be in one building vastly improving the current situation that requires three separate buildings to house those classes. The new building will in turn allow Mobile Christian to renovate and re-purpose current elementary classroom space for a dedicated middle school hall as well as space for fine arts activities and athletic team needs. The school launched its “Vision 2020” capital campaign in September with a goal of raising 2.6 million dollars for this project and it has already generated pledges of approximately 2 million toward that goal. Mobile Christian board member and project engineer Scott Hardy said: “The groundbreaking represents a milestone we have been dreaming about for over a decade. The current success and pace of our “Vision 2020” program make us extremely confident that we can turn this dream into a reality for our current students and families as well as our future students within the next two years.” All parents, alumni, and friends of Mobile Christian were present for this event including City Council members: John Williams and Bess Rich and County Commissioners: Connie Hudson and Jerry Carl.

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CHCA Coach Wins 300 Games

Cottage Hill Christian Academy’s baseball coach, Chris Brazell obtains his 300th win as the Warriors defeat Bayside Academy on Saturday, March 31st. In an interview following the win, Brazell said, “The 300th win of my career is a tremendous blessing and a number of factors go into getting to this stage of my life as a coach. I truly know and believe that the Lord has me where he wants me to be. We have been extremely blessed with great kids, who have bought into the ‘Warrior Way’ of doing things on the diamond over the past 14 years. I firmly believe being loyal and committed to a cause, and I am appreciative of the administration, parents and players for allowing me to coach them while reaching this milestone all at CHCA.” We are proud of Coach Brazell and the Warrior baseball team. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

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Causey Middle School’s Scholars Bowl teams finished with an undefeated regular season and awards for best A and B teams. Top scorers, Will McCurley, Will Simm, Elijah Splitt, Cooper Taylor, and Isabella Watson represented Causey at the Bay Area Scholastic Challenge at the University of Mobile on March 9th. Winning the preliminary matches against Brewton, Bayside Academy, Covenant Christian, Phillips, and Alba Middle, Causey earned the second highest total score in the morning rounds, securing them a spot in the Super 8 and advancing to the quarterfinals. The Tigers went on to win against St. Paul's in the quarterfinals and against Bayside Academy in the semifinals. Causey fought hard in the final match, but lost to UMS-Wright, placing second overall. Congratulations to these students for their hard work and dedication. Go, Tigers!

St. Mary Catholic School 8th graders, Dillon Delaney and Bella Heyer participated in the Midtown Optimist Club Oratorical Contest with the theme, "Where are my Roots of Optimism?" The students competed against students in four fellow Mobile Catholic Schools. We are pleased to announce that Bella Heyer won first place in the contest and Dillon Delaney placed second. Bella will advance to the Zone Level at Heron Lakes Country Club and if places there, will move on to the Regional Competition.

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State-wide Hackathon for Middle Schoolers Held at ASMS

The First Annual DragonHack middle school hackathon was held March 17, at the Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) in Mobile. ASMS introduced more than 200 middle school students from across the state to a wide variety of computer science skills. During this event, middle school students (6-8 grades) were given a specific topic/issue within the community and address it by creating a mobile app. This year’s challenge: create a game-related app that can help middle school students study. The top 10 teams presented their ideas and apps during finals in the auditorium. The top three teams received trophies and medals. Middle school students represented the following cities: Alabaster, Ashford, Birmingham, Calera, Chickasaw, Chunchula, Creola, Daphne, Deatsville, Dothan, Eight Mile, Fairhope, Fayette, Foley, Fort Mitchell, Grand Bay, Greenville, Gulf Shores, Helena, Homewood, Huntsville, Irvington, McIntosh, Mobile, Montgomery, Mount Vernon, Orange Beach, Pell City, Prichard, Robertsdale, Russellville, Saraland, Semmes, Spanish Fort, Theodore, Thomasville, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, and Wilmer. More than 60 ASMS students served as leaders throughout the day. Roles included classroom instructors, team leaders, geek squad, and event coordinators.

Little Flower Students Participate in Oratorical Contest

Little Flower students, Gigi Gardner and Jim Pryor participated in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest by delivering speeches at the Crichton Optimist Club luncheon. The topic, "Where are My Roots of Optimism?", gave the students an opportunity to express their belief that good can be found even in the midst of hardship. The winning students, under the direction of their teacher, Miss Emma Solak, prepared and presented their speeches at the elementary school level and advanced to the Club Level. 29

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Dickson Elementary Students Perform at County-Wide Elementary Honor Choir Event

Congratulations to the E.R. Dickson Elementary Honor Choir! Our talented singers represented E.R. Dickson at the Elementary Honor Choir performance on March 27 at Mount Hebron Church! This was a county-wide event featuring over 130 of Mobile’s most excellent young singers! E.R. Dickson was represented by Cydney Garrett, Jaylen Johnson, Caroline King, Caiya Mitchell, Claire Nguyen, Alyssa Schwartz, and Mikayla Walton! They have worked hard, and they did an outstanding job showcasing their talents for E.R. Dickson Elementary School!

Faith Academy Holds Miss Ram Pageant

Faith Academy held the 2018 Miss Ram pageant on March 17th. The pageant is an opportunity for young ladies grades K3-12th to obtain interview skills, practice poise and appearance, and gain selfconfidence. Pictured are the winners for 2018: Blair Powell, Junior Miss Ram; Anna Catherine Fincher, Miss Ram; Salah Kate Skelton, Little Miss Ram; Ansleigh Wilkerson, Tiny Miss Ram; and Mary McKinley Dempsey, Young Miss Ram.

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Covenant Christian Team Wins 1st Place in Scholars Bowl Competition

Covenant Christian School would like to congratulate our “A” team for winning 1st place blue division regular season in this year’s regional Scholars Bowl competition! And a big congratulations to Nate Dillard for being awarded 1st place individual top scorer for blue division and 3rd place individual top scorer overall! Way to go Eagles!

3rd-8th Graders Participate in St. Ignatius Science Fair

The St. Ignatius Science Fair really got everyone's creative juices flowing. All students in 3rd-8th grade participated in the schoolwide fair. Each student group picked and research their own project. The top three projects from each grade were on display for final judging in the gym. Pictured here with Fr. Shields are 6th grade students Emmey Stewart, Emma Smalling, Anna Witt Cooke and Daiten Woodbury. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

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Davidson Students Take Top Honors at Science Fair

Hutchens Elementary students came together outside of regular school hours to participate in the Azalea Trail Run. The students and parents enjoyed a beautiful day “Sharpening the Saw�.

Davidson students took first-place honors in seven of the 11 high school categories at the Mobile County Science Fair, with Anthony Nguyen winning Best Overall in the high school division and Madeleine Forbes being named the MCPSS High School winner. Davidson students also took home seven second-place honors and two honorable mentions. Winners of this fair advanced to the regional science fair held at The University of South Alabama. Congratulations to all our students on a job well done!

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Corpus Christi Catholic School Teacher Named Outstanding Graduate Student

Corpus Christi Catholic School congratulates Ms. Martin for being selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student, Secondary Education, at the University of South Alabama - College of Education & Professional Studies. Ms. Martin was honored at a reception held at the end of March. Ms. Martin graduated in the spring of 2017 with a master's degree in Secondary Education and was president of Kappa Delta Pi. She joined the faculty at Corpus Christi Catholic School in August 2017 and is the junior high English teacher. Ms. Martin earned her bachelor's degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She majored in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

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ASMS Senior Receives Leadership Award for State of Alabama

Congratulations to an Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) senior Ian Bunker, who has been selected to represent Alabama by receiving the 2018 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award. The Billy Michal Student Leadership Award, given to one student from each state who demonstrates the American Spirit in his or her community, is presented annually at The American Spirit Awards. This particular award was created in honor of six-year-old Billy Michal from Zimmerman, La., who demonstrated that all students could contribute to the victory of the war. Bunker has demonstrated outstanding leadership, creativity, perseverance, and responsibility during his time at ASMS through his involvement teaching three STEM-based courses to 6th-10th graders during the Adventures in Math and Science summer camp, his various roles served in the ASMS student government association, his enthusiasm as a captain and member for ASMS Robotics, his academic honors and achievements, and much more. Bunker is greatly qualified for this award based on the leadership opportunities that ASMS has provided during his three years at the school. “Coming to ASMS was one of the best decisions I have made, being here has enabled me to grow both as a student, leader and a person,” says Bunker, who is from Tuscaloosa. “I decided to come to ASMS because academically, I was looking for a challenge, but I was also looking for an environment of like-minded students who loved to explore and learn as much as me. ASMS gives me leadership opportunities every day, not all of them have titles but they promote team work and leadership in class and through all the extracurricular [activities]. One of my favorites is the Brookley STEM initiative, where I learned leadership skills and got to apply it to my interest, aviation.”

Athletic Awards at St. Luke’s

Congratulations to Coach Davis and Mark Wilcox Jr. on their much-deserved awards! Mark Wilcox Jr. made 2A first team All-State as well as 1A-4A Optimist Club Player of the Year for Basketball, for the 3rd year in a Row! Coach Davis won 2A Coach of the Year, for the 3rd time, as well! We are so proud to have them represent St. Luke's.

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St. Elmo Teacher Named District 1 Elementary Teacher of the Year

Nadine Lynch of St. Elmo Elementary has been named the Alabama District 1 Elementary Teacher of the Year and is now one of 16 finalists for the statewide Teacher of the Year award. The state Teacher of the Year will be announced at a ceremony hosted by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education on May 9 at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery. Dawes Intermediate’s Chasity Collier is the current Alabama Teacher of the Year. “I feel so very humbled and blessed,” Lynch said of being named a finalist. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have teachers and administrators who supported me and pushed me towards my best. My only hope is that I can be that kind of advocate for my students. They are true rays of sunshine in my life and deserve nothing less than the very best!” Lynch teaches fourth grade language arts at St. Elmo, where she’s taught since 2015. She has made an impact in the short time she’s been at the school, collaborating with grade-level team members and administrators to develop inquiry-based lessons that encourage students to think critically, creating gradelevel reading and math assessments to track her students’ progress, serving on her school’s digital literacy and Leader In Me action teams, and implementing a schoolwide Student Advisory Survey program, which matches each student with an adult at the school who ensures that student feels safe, loved and supported. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

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St. Paul’s Student Wins Medal in 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations to St. Paul’s student Saja Hijaz for winning a Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, earning national recognition. Saja has been identified by a panel of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level. www.mobilebayparents.com


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E.R. Dickson Student Wins 1st Place at Hackathon

Congratulations to E.R. Dickson’s Nikaiya Nichols who won 1st place at the Hackathon held at the Alabama School of Math and Science! She was overall in graphic design and marketing for her group!

Prichard Prep 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Assembly

The assembly was to honor those students who had worked diligently to achieve A or AB Honor Roll or achieve AR (Accelerated Reading) goals for the 3rd quarter. Ms. Minor, PPS Principal, gave an ice cream party as the reward for students!

St. Pius X Students Attend “To Kill a Mocking Bird” Play in Monroeville The St. Pius X eighth grade traveled to Monroeville, Monday April 9, to see a live production of the play "To Kill a Mocking Bird." Monroeville was the home town of author Harper Lee, who has been a benefactor of St. Pius X School. The class is pictured with the cast of the play in the Monroeville Courthouse.

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Davidson HS Hi-Q Team Wins Championship

“In the third century B.C., a powerful ruler from the state of Qin in western China used brutal methods to crush his rivals and unify China. Then in 221 B.C., he bestowed upon himself the title Shi Huangdi. Give the English translation for this title.” Davidson High School’s Hi-Q team gave the correct answer: “First Emperor.” After a final math question went unanswered, it was this answer that gave the Warriors in the winning points to claim their third straight Hi-Q championship last month at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Davidson finished the match with 37 points to McGill-Toolen’s 34 and Citronelle’s 20. The three seniors on Davidson’s team, Derek Dang, Rohan Badve and Isabelle Bracewell, have been a part of all three of Davidon’s consecutive championships. The other members of this year’s team are juniors Isabel Bela, Sean Shelley-Tremblay, Anna Atchison and Peyton Emmertson, and sophomores Gabe DiQuattro and Parker Inman. “Hi-Q has been one of the most satisfying extracurriculars I’ve had the pleasure to take part in,” DiQuattro said. “The preparation for the matches can be rigorous but winning makes all of the work pay off. Our final match was close but served as proof of our dedication and chemistry as a team. I hope to be a part of Hi-Q for two more great years.” Unlike some other academic competitions, Hi-Q has a set curriculum, which students have an opportunity to study before the matches. That makes it as much a test of students’ study habits as their overall general knowledge. Davidson will receive a prize of $2,000 for winning the competition, sponsored by New Horizons Credit Union, and each team member will receive a scientific calculator. Second-place finisher McGill-Toolen will receive $1,500 and third-place Citronelle gets $1,000. They now have the honor of hosting the HiQ trophy permanently. In defending its local title, Davidson again moved on to compete in a national Hi-Q competition. Last year, Davidson competed against teams from Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin and placed second.

Interactive Robot Enables Hospitalized Students to Attend School Remotely

Through a partnership between Mobile County Public Schools and University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital, hospitalized students now can attend class remotely through the use of an interactive robot. The robot, designed by Double Robotics, looks somewhat like a Segway, with a rolling base and a vertical mast that holds a tablet. A student can control the robot from his or her hospital bed with another tablet, navigating around or between classrooms, adjusting the height of the tablet, and interacting with teachers and classmates through the cameras on the tablets. “They can actually participate in school in their classes in order to minimize the disruption in their education,” said Stephanie Maddox, MCPSS teaching administrator at USA Children’s and Women’s. “The child is able to fully participate in the class, not just sitting in front of a desk, but is able to move around the classroom, move up to the smartboard, participate in any of the activities that the children are doing in the classroom.” The first student to use the robot was Alton Edwards of Causey Elementary, who attended science and math classes at the school remotely from USA Children’s and Women’s during a temporary hospitalization there. “This is awesome,” said Edwards. “I get to see my teachers and my friends. … It’s easy to control. You can move through the crowd easily. I practiced at the hospital. It was actually very easy.” MCPSS has a staff of four teachers and paraprofessional at USA Women’s and Children’s to help students hospitalized there stay on track in their education. USA Women’s and Children’s currently has two of the robots available for use by MCPSS students, and David Akridge, MCPSS executive director of information technology, said he’s hopeful more can be added in the future.

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ASMS Student Receives Scholarship to Study Arabic Abroad

Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) junior Madeleine Dotson, who is from Spanish Fort, has been selected as a National Security Language Initiative Finalist. Dotson will receive a full scholarship to study Arabic abroad this summer through immersion and intensive learning. After an extensive application process, which began in September 2017, Dotson was chosen as one of the 670 students out of 3,300 to be selected as a finalist for 2018. She is the first student to have ever been selected from her congressional district (District 1 of Alabama) for this program. Dotson first found out about the National Security Language Initiative program during her freshman year at Daphne High School. Set to do the IB program at Daphne, she chose to complete a 4-year sequence of learning Arabic; however, the Arabic program was cancelled the following spring. Disappointed in the program cut, Dotson decided to learn as much as she could on her own. Upon being accepted to attend ASMS, Dotson started seeking out opportunities, such as taking a Middle Eastern Culture directed study at ASMS and interning with Dr. Richard Carter at the Global USA Department at the University of South Alabama. “Arabic is such a beautiful language,” Dotson says. “There is actually an entire art dedicated to turning Arabic words into these amazing images.” Since her freshman year, Dotson has not had many opportunities to formally study Arabic and felt like a summer abroad would be the perfect time to rigorously study the language. After spending the last two years on her own living at ASMS, Dotson’s parents knew that, if she was accepted to the program, she could handle the trip. In the future, Dotson sees herself combining her love for biology and international relations into a double major at MIT or Duke because of their amazing study abroad programs. Without her experiences at ASMS, Dotson says that she probably never would have applied for the program. “I don’t even think I would have applied without ASMS,” Dotson says. “I’ve gained so much confidence in myself and my abilities, partly because of living away from home and partly because of the supportive environment here…As for going overseas, I definitely feel more prepared than I think I would feel if I weren’t coming from ASMS.”

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Why Watching TV and Movies Is Better Together

Help Kids Dodge Cigarette, Vaping, and Pot Marketing

While the amount of time kids spend with screens is important, research shows that watching TV and movies with your kids can support early literacy skills, boost empathy, and even help manage aggression after exposure to violent media. How you interact is important, though. As this study of young Sesame Street viewers shows, kids whose parents asked them to name letters and numbers during the show learned better than when parents did the naming. Co-viewing is similar to the way many parents treat reading to kids, especially for preschoolers and other young children. It’s a time to cuddle, focus your attention together, and share the experience of seeing and hearing the same thing, just like story time. In a study of parents who applied the techniques of high-quality reading to watching videos, kids scored higher on comprehension and vocabulary measures than kids whose parents didn’t use the techniques. So how do you actually co-view and reap those benefits? Try these tips with young kids: Focus their attention. Help kids pick up story details by verbally pointing out specific parts of what you’re watching, whether it’s a strange new word, a confusing part, or just an interesting detail. Say: “Look at his shiny new shoes!” Encourage them to think about the order of events. This helps kids think about sequence and cause and effect. Either after watching the show or before watching something they’ve seen before, say: “Can you remember what happened after the dog got loose?” You can also pause the show and ask: “Tell me what’s happening now.” Strengthen their understanding. Ask who, what, when, why, where, and how questions to get your kids to use new words and think through what they’ve seen. Say: “Who is that? Where do they live? Why are they doing what they’re doing?” Make it relatable. Have children link what they see to their own lives. For example, “Wow, they’re angry. What did you do the last time you were angry?” This helps kids learn to express themselves, cope with feelings, and understand others better. Expand on what kids say. Rephrase information from the show or things your kids have said back to them, relate details to your own life, or add new information. These are all ways to improve conversation skills, teach kids about the world, and bolster your connection. Say: “Loud noises scared Daniel Tiger. I don’t like loud noises either. How do you feel when you hear loud noises?” Here’s a badly kept secret: Kids like to talk about media -- a lot. Take advantage of this, as it will open up all kinds of opportunities to find out about the things your kids are interested in, the things that are important to them, and even what’s happening in their lives. You may be surprised at where your conversations lead. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

Whether or not you smoke cigarettes or support legalizing marijuana, you probably don’t want your kids lighting up. But the rise of e-cigs, vaporizers like the Juul, and decriminalized pot may make your standard anti-smoking arguments -- “it causes cancer,” “it’s illegal” -- feel a little shaky. Add in celebrities posting pictures of themselves smoking various substances, and you might wonder: Is it possible to raise drug-free, smoke-free kids in the era of Smoking 2.0? If you’re feeling outspent, out-messaged, and out-cooled, take heart. There are plenty of ways to fight back: Traditional cigarettes Explain how bad smoking is for you. Kids think they’re immune and immortal. The death statistics could be eye-opening, even for the “it won’t happen to me” age group. Talk about how addictive nicotine is. Nicotine is really difficult to quit. Discuss the signs of physical addiction and the risk of getting addicted. Help them resist gimmicks. Traditional cigarettes are trying to capture smoker interest by using kid-friendly tricks -- for example, the Camel Crush cigarettes with a menthol ball inside. But the cigarettes still really are bad for you. Vaporizors and e-cigs Share the facts. E-cigarettes and vapes do reduce exposure to some of the harmful chemicals of tobacco cigarettes, but no one really knows the impact of these products on kids’ health. And studies show they contain formaldehyde. Talk about addiction. Kids can get hooked on nicotine but also on the physical habit of reaching for a pipe. Get your doctor involved. Have your pediatrician talk to your kid about the dangers of ingesting any chemical you don’t know much about. Marijuana Impart your values. Discuss what’s important to you: good character, solid judgment, and belief in a bright future -- all of which are compromised by smoking pot. Explain the health consequences. Study after study indicates that pot negatively affects a teen’s developing brain. Encourage waiting. For some kids, forbidding might backfire, so focus on preventing them from starting to smoke in the first place, delaying it as long as possible. Pull back the curtain on pot marketing. Kids and teens don’t like to be tricked, and advertising is full of sneaky ways to get people to buy a product, including branding pot products with names such as Bob Marley and Willie Nelson. Instead of lecturing, help your kids break down the ads to see how they try to influence emotions, choices, and behavior. 36

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A Page in a Book Perfect Picks for Pigeon Pals One of the most common birds in our everyday lives, pigeons move around our feet in parking lots, perch along power lines and flock above our heads in all seasons. Pigeons are one of the first birds that young children interact with as they allow closer proximity than most wild birds. This nodding acquaintance with pigeons expands when kids learn more about these amazing avian wonders. From carrying vital messages among the allies in World War II to understanding abstract math on a level with primates, pigeons lead the flock of feathered wonders. The following books celebrate the mighty pigeon with tales that will enchant the littlest bird-watchers!

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by Meg McLaren (Clarion / Houghton Mifflin) When a frantic little canary appeals to P.I. Pigeon for help finding her missing flock of friends, he reluctantly takes the case. While the eager canary wants to learn the ropes of detective work, Pigeon insists on working alone sending her on her way. But his client’s subsequent disappearance spurs an investigation that takes P.I. Pigeon to the seedy side of town as he plucks out clues that may crack the case like an egg. Rich with puns, this title offers hidden treats with each reading. The hard-boiled investigator-for-hire’s dialogue follows the style of a classic noir tale with wonderfully nostalgic results. Featuring end papers with charming tips on detective work this title deserves repeat investigation.

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by Leila Rudge (Candlewick Press) Gary lives, eats and sleeps with his flock of friends, a team of racing pigeons. But when the team hits the road for races, Gary doesn’t get to travel with them; he can’t fly. Instead, Gary collects souvenirs, he records the team’s discussions of the courses and follows their progress on maps. His home-bound status suddenly shifts when he and his scrapbook accidentally fall into the team travel basket. Transported across town, the basket lid lifts and his team bursts into flight, racing back to their roost. Left behind and unable to fly, Gary’s collection of souvenirs and notes reveal more than one way to get back home. Exploring the variety of ways that birds of a feather can flock together, Gary takes the prize for tenacity in the face of unique challenges.

by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Laura Carlin (Candlewick Press) Feeling out of place in a new land, the soft cooing of pigeons is one of the few things that reminds a young boy of his native home in Italy. The old man who keeps the racing birds shows the child how pigeons can travel great distances and still find their way back to the roost. When a big race sends the flock all the way to Rome, the true test of the birds’ drive takes form as they navigate thousands of miles through stormy skies. As the man and boy wait and watch, their faith becomes power as they look to the heavens for the flock to arrive home. Pairing the uncertainty of many immigrant journeys with the unswerving path of pigeons returning to their roost, King of the Sky gently transforms longing for where you were... into belonging where you are.

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Not as Bad, But Still Not Smart Q.

How do you feel about check cashing companies?

A. I’m not a big fan of check cashing companies. They’re not nearly as bad as payday lenders, but it still seems kind of silly to me there’s even a market for this kind of thing. If you want a place to cash your checks and store your money, all you have to do is walk into a bank and open an account. I realize there’s a small segment of the population that some people in financial circles like to call “the unbanked.” This means that, for whatever reason, they avoid banks. That’s their choice, but in the process, they leave themselves susceptible to bad deals. As I said, I don’t feel the same way about check-cashing companies as I do about payday lenders. But it’s still not a

financially smart move to regularly pay a storefront operation fees just to cash your checks.

Getting Rid of the Car Q. How do you sell a vehicle with a lien amount that’s higher than the actual value of the car? A. First, you need to find a way to cover the difference between the amount of the lien and what you can get for the car. Let’s say the car is worth $12,000, and you owe $15,000. That would leave you $3,000 short. The bank holds the title, so unless you give them the payoff amount of $15,000 you’re not getting the title. The

easiest and simplest way would be if someone buys the car for $12,000, and you had $3,000 on hand to make up the difference. If you don’t have the money to make up the difference, you could go to a local bank or credit union and borrow the remaining $3,000. I really hate debt, but being $3,000 in the hole is a lot better than being $15,000 in the hole. Then, you could turn around and quickly pay back the $3,000 you borrowed. You’d give the total amount owed to the bank, they would give you the title, and you would sign it over to the new owner. Hope this helps!

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These days my teenage daughter cheerfully refers to herself as an ambivert, meaning a person who possesses both introvert and extrovert qualities. But this was not always the case. When she was an infant and a toddler, my daughter was highly sensitive and shied away from strangers, did not embrace new situations, and had trouble making transitions. She showed all of the signs of not only being introverted, but also of being a highly sensitive person. She was picky about what she ate, showed an automatic resistance to new foods, and only adapted to anything new, whether food, people or situations, at her own pace. Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

Do you know where you and your children fall on the introvertextrovert spectrum? Keep in mind that while temperament is typically consistent for a lifetime, it is not a life sentence. Parents can and do make a difference in helping introverted and sensitive children acclimate themselves to the ways of the world. Don’t avoid learning about temperament because you fear what you will discover about your child. No one tendency is better than any other, even if it is more common. Knowledge is always power, especially when it comes to our family dynamics and our children’s development.

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Introvert: Historically considered a shy person, but this is not always true. An introvert prefers his own thoughts and feelings over attention to the external environment. Preferring his own company or favoring the company of one or a few people rather than exposure to many or a crowd of people. Estimated percent of population: 33-50% Ambivert: A person possessing the qualities of both an extrovert and an introvert. Estimated percent of population: 38-66% Highly Sensitive Person (HSP): According to Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet, The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking, an HSP processes information about the emotional and physical environment deeply. Tends towards philosophical and spiritual thinking rather than materialistic and hedonistic thinking. Observes carefully before taking risks. Describes self as creative or intuitive. Loves music, nature, art, and physical beauty and is highly empathic. Estimated percent of population: 15-20%

An Extroverted World According to introversion expert Susan Cain, we live in an extroverted world, where these qualities tend to be embraced and praised more than introvert qualities. Since introversion is not typically celebrated in children,

Some parents unwittingly pressure children to be more social than they wish to be out of a fear of children being left out or falling behind socially. An extrovert parent may not fully understand the temperament of an introvert child and may pressure a child to change behavior without considering the child’s point of view. you can imagine that a child who is introverted and highly sensitive might have an even more difficult time fitting in and finding a comfortable tribe. Some parents unwittingly pressure children to be more social than they wish to be out of a fear of children being left out or falling behind socially. An extrovert parent may not fully understand the temperament of an introvert child and may pressure a child to change behavior without considering the child’s point of view. Temperament is about how each person feels naturally, not merely about how they behave. Practice accepting each person for who they feel they are. Try to better understand the point of view of each family member by listening to what they want you to understand without trying to change anyone. More than any other desire, people usually wish to seen, understood and accepted for who they truly are.

Helping Children Thrive As They Grow Here are tips for helping any child adapt to an extroverted world as he or she grows: Babies need what they need. No mother is going to be praised for having a fussy, sensitive baby. But your baby is who she is and the first thing you can do to better bond with your baby is identify and accept what temperament baby you have. So if you have a fussy, sensitive baby, try to give her what she needs without expecting her to be a babbling, jovial baby. Pay close attention to your baby’s signals and learn how to respond by trusting your own instincts and applying reasonable trial and error. And don’t be surprised when your baby becomes more bouncy and bubbly once you start paying closer attention to what she needs rather than paying so much attention to what others project.

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Toddlers are born to stretch and explore. Your introverted and highly sensitive toddler may not be as adventurous as others, but don’t let this disappoint you. Be loving and encouraging and celebrate even the smallest of milestones with glee. Sensitives often reserve their hesitation for the company of strangers and may act like any other toddler while surrounded by loved ones. However, be careful not to confuse unmet milestones with introversion or sensitivity. If you have a milestone concern, be sure to discuss it with your physician. Pre-schoolers participate in structured activities. If getting your introverted and sensitive child through the door of the school is a challenge in and of itself, try scaffolding the transition. In her podcast for parents and educators, Cain suggests taking baby steps. First walk your child all the way into the classroom. The next day, stop at the door. The next day, stop down the hall a bit. You get the picture. If this strategy isn’t working, enlist the help of a welcoming, familiar presence to ease the way. I know my daughter always managed transitions best with a quick forecast of what was about to happen. Elementary-schoolers are finding friends and co-creating together. Recess might be torture for your little introvert or HSP, unless he can connect with some children in his class who share his temperament. Consult with the teacher or playground monitor to enlist assistance and brainstorm ideas. Many children at this age play group imagination games during recess rather than sports and other more physical games. Some kids may switch back and forth between groups depending on how they feel. Encourage your child to find the friends who are doing activities he enjoys most each day. Middle-schoolers are becoming aware of who they are in the social hierarchy. Bully-proofing your introverted and highly sensitive child is important, so don’t hesitate to discuss and even role-play how to handle socially aggressive situations. Bullying happens, and though it’s unclear whether introverts and highly sensitive children are bullied more, they certainly may take negative treatment more to heart. Above all, encourage your child to progress socially at her own pace. High-schoolers need to use their aptitudes and skills. By the time your introvert or HSP gets to high school, she will definitely want to find her tribes. Luckily many introverted options are usually available at the high-school level. Consider activities like fine arts, creative writing, martial arts, and robotics. Some introverts may even enjoy choir, band, and theater. As for sports, your sensitive child may prefer sports with less physical contact like swimming, softball, baseball, track, tennis or dance. Don’t be concerned if your child does not immediately find peer groups in high school. A little bit of shuffling of friend and activity choices is common when kids are learning to be more clear about what they like and want. MBP

Christina Katz is an introvert who was often confused as an extrovert when she was growing because of her strong verbal skills. She hopes to help parents understand that not all introverts are shy, and not all extroverts are highly verbal, but all people crave acceptance and appreciation just the way they are.

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Be on the lookout for SCAMS with the new Medicare card. Don’t give personal information to get your card. Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give personal information over the phone. Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card. Medicare will also never make a home visit. Don’t pay for your new card. If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or your Senior Medicare Patrol at your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-243-5463. Guard your card: Only give your new Medicare Number to doctors, pharmacists, other healthcare providers, your insurers, or people you trust to work with Medicare on your behalf. This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MP0238 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201 and the Alabama Department of Senior Services.

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First Baptist Church of Dawes

3941 Dawes Road Mobile, 36695 Dates: June 25 - 29 Times: 6:00pm-9:00pm 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

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

Government Street Baptist

3401 Government Blvd Mobile, 36693 Dates: June 4-8 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed 4K-5th grade Theme: Shipwrecked:Rescued by Jesus (251) 660-7444 www.governmentstreet.org

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Government Street Presbyterian – VBS at Baytreat

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

Bible Schools Christ United Methodist Church ad on page 15 6101 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Dates: June 25-29 Times: 9:00am12:00pm Ages: Completed K3-5th Grade

Theme: Rolling River Rampage 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

Snow Road Missionary Baptist Church

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Hope Chapel A.M.E. Zion 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

Chickasaw United Methodist Church

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

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 tressa@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 marty@covenantpresmobile.org

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

Dauphin Way Baptist

Ashland Place United Methodist Church

Dauphin Way UMC

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 atrue@apumc.com Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

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

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/ kat.brand@dauphinwayumc.org

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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

Redemption Church - North Campus

1251 Industrial Parkway Saraland, 36606 Dates: June 11-15 Times: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: Completed K5-6th grade Theme: Shipwrecked (251) 679-3266 www.goredemption.com

Redemption Church - West Campus 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! Join us for 4 exciting days of Bible adventures, games, crafts, music, and much more! Go to www. saralandumc.org and look for the VBS link to register. (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! Dinner served every evening. Kick-Off to VBS and Water Fun Day: June 16 at 2pm-4pm. (251) 649-7722 www.srfbc.com Carolina@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 Baptist

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Mary Catholic Parish

St. Pauls Episcopal School

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

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

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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ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

Modesty in a Seductive Teen Culture I live with 35 high school girls who fully understand the need for modesty, but are challenged to “fit in” to a culture that doesn’t exactly affirm the values they know to be true. I, as all our staff at Heartlight, face this issue on a daily basis. Remember the crazy fads in the late 60s and 70s? The tie-dyed shirts, the beads, headbands, and the peace symbols? When I was in high school my dad hated my bushy sideburns and long hair, my purple bell-bottoms and boots that came up over my knees. It was a fad to look like the rock idols of the day and that look was in. My appearance made no sense to my parents, but it made a lot of sense to me at the time. I bet there are things your parents didn’t like about the way you dressed as a teenager. Chances are, you don’t still dress that way, and when you look at those old pictures you may giggle, as I do, about how foolish you looked back then. Today, I mostly hear from concerned parents of teenage girls who want to dress too seductively. They wonder how to deal with the issue of seduction when it has become so pervasive in our culture. Teens today live in a world of sexual innuendo, where outward packaging and presentation is all important. The definition of modesty has changed for them, not so much because of the lack of values taught by parents, but because of the overwhelming exposure given to seductive lifestyles. For the most part, dressing seductively is just a fad, and all fads pass soon enough. If your teen wants to be in on the fad of the moment, it doesn’t mean much of anything about her character, other than that she is playing out a role on the stage Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

of adolescence. Generally speaking, she hasn’t gone off the deep end just because she wants to wear current fashions. This fad can be a challenge for parents to manage, since the Internet, coupled with magazines, television, music videos and movies, have all inundated our kids with seductive images and inappropriate suggestions. Highly sexualized lifestyles are touted as normal, so girls face extreme social pressure to look and act seductively as well. Girls from good Christian homes often tell me they are torn between doing what is acceptable by their peer group to “fit in,” and doing what is taught them by their families and church. More times than not, the social pressures for the teen to look and act like their peers will win out when they are in school or out with their friends. But they will soon realize that the end result of their seductive presentation — when guys do pay attention — is not always what they expected, or what they really wanted in the first place. My advice for parents is to not flip out when your daughter is just trying to fit in. Using harsh words that defame her character such as, “you look like a …” will only push her deeper into the negative behavior. Rather, calmly and regularly address the more important issue of modesty. Focusing on modesty, versus putting down the current fashion as our own parents did with us, will eliminate the perceived generation gap. And that way, when the next fad comes 46

along she’ll understand her boundaries within that fad as well.

KEY POINT: Make sure she understands that modesty is an important part of your family’s values and that’s not an area you’ll allow to be compromised, no matter what the current culture or fad says. Is maintaining modesty going to be easy? No. But by being diligent and also showing that you understand her need to fit in with the culture she lives in, you’ll be able to maintain a good relationship with your little princess as you navigate and struggle through these tough waters. In the long run, a strong and open relationship with your child, coupled with uncompromising values of modesty, will best insure that she maintains appropriate dress, even when you aren’t looking. “…have(ing) righteous principles in the first place…they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.” – Martin Luther Dressing seductively is a fad today for teenage girls… you think? Like any other fad, it will pass soon enough. Parenting teenage girls to be modest in their appearance in the midst of this fad is a tough place to be, and every concerned parent I know hopes it will pass a little quicker. But then again, who knows what the next fad will bring?

Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.

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Does your daughter tend to memorize information after simply reading it? Does your son enjoy building detailed lego kits? These behaviors are often indicators of learning preferences. It is important to identify a child’s learning style in order to ensure the best chance for academic success. The seven main learning styles are as follows: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, logical, social, and solitary. Visual and auditory learners have an advantage, as traditional classroom instruction is catered more towards them. Visual learners do well by reading, viewing lists, charts, images, reading their teachers’ facial expressions, diagrams, etc. Auditory learners benefit form verbal instruction, talking through problems, and using rhythm and music as memory aids.

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Tactile and kinesthetic learners may have had a more difficult time in classrooms years ago, but teachers today are fortunately much more willing to allow children to move about the room to engage in the lesson. Kinesthetic learners need to move their bodies as they learn, and tactile learners like to use their hands to comprehend the material. Both of these preferences are conducive to building 2D or 3D models with clay, play dough, or building materials such as legos. Kinesthetic learners might like to learn about the human body, for example, by jumping, running, stretching, and discussing which parts of the body are allowing them to do such things. Both tactile and kinesthetic learners might enjoy doing their writing assignments on large marker boards or butcher paper, so they are not confined to a desk and can immerse themselves more into the project. Also, a kinesthetic learner is more likely to memorize facts while playing catch, jumping rope, or clapping. Children in both of these categories would learn better though a hands-on science experiment rather than simply reading about a concept via text.

1. Your child was assigned a report on a wild animal. She asked to visit the zoo to see and touch stingrays in their natural habitat. Your child is most likely: A. a tactile learner B. a social learner C. a kinesthetic learner D. an auditory learner 2. Your daughter was told to create a project showing the water cycle. Which of the following would indicate that she is a logical learner? A. She immediately jumped on the computer to research water cycles after school. B. She created a step-by-step detailed diagram of the water cycle, complete with a color-coded key. C. She created a rain measurement tool and is leaving cups of water around the house to observe water evaporate. D. All of the above.

Another type of learning preference is logical. The logical learner enjoys mathematics, proving equations, and using reasoning and systems. This student will do well to write out lists of goals or steps to figure something out. He is likely to use the scientific method approach solve a problem, and he may become frustrated if he doesn’t know why something is the way it is. Quite often, logical learners excel with technology, providing them an advantage in more modern classrooms.

3. Your son’s foreign language teacher tells you that he most enjoys listening to translation activities via headphones and computer during class. Your son would be best described as a: A. social, visual learner B. tactile, kinesthetic learner C. auditory, solitary learner D. logical, social learner

The last two categories of learning preferences are social and solitary. Social students thrive by working in groups, while those who prefer solitary learning may not. These students will do better with self-paced learning and individualized study plans. It is important to find a niche of interest for a solitary learner and base lessons around that. For example, if you have a child obsessed with airplanes you can use this to teach about gravity, weather, physics, and movement. Fortunately for students who prefer to learn independently, there is a new community of online learning where these solitary learners can feel comfortable and succeed.

4. Which of the following is a helpful lesson for a teaching math to a kinesthetic learner? A. having him measure how far he kicked the soccer ball to determine the length of the field B. having him draw a soccer field and describe its measurements C. Watching the teacher draw the measurements on the white board D. Working in groups to draw a soccer field to scale on paper

So now that you know the basic learning styles, chances are you see your child in one or more category. A good age to begin identifying your child’s learning style is around 6-7, as by this point, his/her preferences are likely established. Once you and your child’s teacher know your child’s learning preference(s), it is recommended that he/she be taught using a variety of methods, and not just appeal to the identified style. While it is important to teach the most difficult lessons using that preference, it is also necessary to reinforce lessons using multiple other styles. To truly ensure the best chance of success, teachers need to provide learning tools to enhance and improve abilities in areas where students are weaker. An auditory learner should be taught using a kinesthetic lesson plan, but the teacher should aid that student in working through a lesson such as this, as it is not conducive to his natural abilities.

5. Your child can be identified as a visual, social learner. She was assigned a group project on The Civil War. What might be a good role for her within the group? A. creating a 3-D battle field B. re-enacting a battle scene for the class C. writing out a detailed synopsis of why the war occurred D. researching little-know facts about the Civil War and reporting her findings back to the group MBP Karen Johnson is a former English teacher turned writer and a mom of 3. She writes at The 21st Century SAHM—a cathartic mix of sarcasm, angry Mama Bear rants, and heartfelt confessions. You can follow Karen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as The 21st Century SAHM.

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Build Your Library

A literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular www.buildyourlibrary.com

Calvert Education School

Calvert Education is a Christian based, homeschool curriculum, that uses a blend of traditional textbooks and online learning. 888-487-4652 www.calvertschool.org/ home-school

Discovery K12

(Other options available, this is simply a sampling)

Broadchurch Academy

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Dayspring Academy www.dsacademy.org

Everest Academy

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HOPE Christian Academy www.HopeChristAcad.org

LifeGate Academy

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New Hope

www.newhope4kids.com/cover-school-information

Outlook Academy

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias Discover and teach to your child’s strengths. The Well Trained Mind - A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise Contains lots of resources. Understanding Mathematics by Keith Kressin From counting to calculus, this reference covers it all. They’re Your Kids by Sam Sorbo An inspirational journey from self doubter to homeschool advocate.

Curriculum Options

(Many options available, this is simply a sampling) A Beka Curriculum has a Christian and traditional approach to education.

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Guest Hollow

Guest Hollow features curricula stuffed full of great books, activities, videos, recipes, and more, as well as educational materials and printables designed to help make teaching and learning easier, while engaging both gifted and reluctant learner. www.guesthollow.com

Heart of Dakota publishes a Christ-centered homeschool curriculum that is easy to use, flexible, and educational. 605-428-4068 carmikeaustin@msn.com www.heartofdakota.com

Hoffman Academy Learn piano online.

Home School Share

Homeschool Share (HSS) is a on-line cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free but quality literature-based unit studies and resources.

All in One High School

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100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

All in One Homeschool (AKA Easy Peasy)

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macalay Repairing the Ruins by Douglas Wilson The Classical and Christian Challenge to Modern Education Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann This is a proven SRA Distar Reading program adapted for parent and child. 20mins per day. The Big Books of Home Learning by Mary Pride The Five Love Languages of Children by Chapman & Campbell The Homeschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith Making the Decision and Getting Started The Practical Home Schooling Magazine by Mary Pride Mobile Bay Parents I May 2018

Alpha Omega Publications

Alpha Omega offers a wide variety of Christian curricula for varying learning styles. www.aop.com

Ambleside

AmblesideOnline is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. www.amblesideonline.org

Apologia Educational Ministries

Apologia Educational Ministries offers biblical worldview and apologetic titles. www.apologia.com

Bob Jones Curriculum BJU

BJU Press Promotes academic excellence through the provision of K–12 educational materials and support services. 800-845-5731 www.bjupresshomeschool.com

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Math-U-See

Math-U-See is designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. www.mathusee.com

Moby Max

Moby Learning includes 27 complete subjects covering all grades between kindergarten and eighth grade. www.mobymax.com

My Father’s World

My Father’s World is Christian based and utilize hands on, unit studies with daily lesson plans that are easy to teach. 573-202-2000 info@mfwbooks.com www.mfwbooks.com

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Oak Meadow offers a complete curriculum for at home use or you can enroll online to receive academic credit.

802-251-7250 info@oakmeadow.com www.oakmeadow.com

Open Culture

Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More. www.openculture.com

Rod & Staff Curricula

Bible-based curriculum and character-building storybooks, helping build a solid Christian education for schools and homeschools.

800-761-0234 www.milestonebooks.com

Saxon Curriculum

Saxon teaches the foundational skills of math and reading. Christaianbook.com offers the Saxon curriculum series of textbooks and materials.

Getting Started/ State Laws

Potter School

Offering any course you need online through Belhaven University. Also check the website for information on Accredited vs. non-accredited.

800-788-1221 www.christianbook.com

Sonlight Curriculum

Sonlight uses a classical Christian approach to education. Please visit our website for more information, request a free catalog or take part in the forums. 800-903-1675 www.sonlight.com

Spelling City

VocabularySpellingCity empowers students to study independently through engaging game-based learning activities. www.spellingcity.com

Tapestry of Grace

Tapestry of Grace uses a Classical approach to education through a plan of study that helps parents provide Christian, education using a guided unit study approach. 800-705-7487 www.tapestryofgrace.com

Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks is designed to make learning math in a homeschool setting the best possible experience.

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CHEF – Christian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama

CHEF is Alabama’s official state home education organization. We are associated with the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership (NACHEL). We exists to connect, support and encourage church school admin., support group leaders and homeschoolers throughout the state for the glory of God. Our goal is to encourage and equip you. 205-699-0721 president@chefofalabama.org www.chefofalabama.org

Homeschool State Laws

Homeschool State Law is a resourceful website for new and veteran homeschoolers. you will see these 7 main categories: Required Age of Attendance, notify the district, qualify, hours of instruction, required subjects, keep records, and testing. www.homeschoolstatelaws.com

HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association)

Home School on YouTube British Movietone

British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 – 1986.

Crash Course Kids

This bi-weekly show from the producers of Crash Course is all about grade school science. We’ll look at Earth, Habitats, Space, Chemical Reactions, Engineering, and much much more with host Sabrina Cruz.

Free School

FreeSchool is a safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way.

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend the constitutional right of parents and to protect family freedoms. HLDSA gives families the freedom to homeschool without having to face legal threats alone.

Homeschool Pop

Kids Learning Tube

800-922-5082; 717-519-1974 info@veritaspress.com www.veritaspress.com

High School Helps & Transcripts/Testing/ Record Keeping

WinterPromise

ACT Testing

www.Teachingtextbooks.com

Timberdoodle Company

Timberdoodle offers Curriculum Kits containing our company’s favorite picks for each grade level. 800-478-0672; 360-426-0672 customerservice@ timberdoodle.com www.timberdoodle.com

Veritas Press

At Veritas Press we specialize in providing educational materials for a classical Christian education.

WinterPromise strives to provide activities that are exciting for kids and realistic for parents! 802-372-9200 winterpromise@gmail.com www.winterpromise.com

Educational Apps/Links Brain Pop/ Brain Pop Jr., Chalkdust.com, DIY. org, Happy Math, PBS Kids, Physics Monster, Presidents, Rocket Math, Smithsonian, Stack the Countries, Stack the States, Alabama Drivers Permit Test and Duolingo

540-338-5600 www.hslda.org

We are an early elementary learning video channel, focusing on curriculum based education for Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade students! Subscribe to our channel for more videos every week, and comment below for a chance to be featured on our next program! Kids Learning Tube educates both kids and adults through music and animation in a fun and unique approach to learning.

Math & Learning Videos 4 Kids

Faith Academy is a popular homeschool testing location. University of Mobile offers an “in house” ACT on very short notice. Visit www.homeschooltestingservices.com for hosted testing sites near you.

We provide Amazing Math and Learning Videos that teach Math and early learning concepts to Toddlers and Elementary Students. We use 3D animation to provide the students with a fun and engaging way to learn these skills necessary for older grades.

National Geographic Kids

www.act.org

Discover the very best of YouTube on Nat Geo Kids!

HomeschoolCounselor.com

SciShow Kids

www.homeschoolcounselor.com for web-based service offering supplemental essential tools for dads, moms and each homeschool student ages 13-20. Work on reading comprehension, time testing, deadlines, time management, and note taking. www.HomeschoolCounselor.com

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SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?”

TED-Ed

Within TED-Ed’s growing library of TED-Ed animations, you will find carefully curated educational

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4-H Clubs

Archery, Junior Master Gardener, Leadership, Sewing, Animal Sciences and more. 251-574-8445 sfb0010@auburn.edu www.offices.aces.edu/mobile

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videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website.

Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators

Homeschool Communities & Co-Ops

SAH University of Mobile Homeschool Alliance

www.ed.ted.com

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Classical Conversations

Classical Conversations is a national classical and Christian homeschooling program seeking to empower parents. Classical Conversations meets once a week, providing weekly accountability, encouragement, and structure that supplements and supports what is being taught at home. On a weekly basis, we offer Foundations, Essentials, and Challenge programs in local communities. Find out how Classical Conversations can help you redeem your own education so that you can do the hard, but rewarding work of teaching your own children. Several local communities available: West Mobile: Airport Blvd.- Grace Community Church, Dana Wooten - Mobile Area Support Representative, 281-995-9193, Dwooten@ classicalconversations.com West Mobile: Cottage Hill - Luke 4:18 Fellowship Dana Wooten (Foundations/Essentials) see contact info above. Sara Seale (Challenge A) - mommaseale@gmail.com Midtown/I-65: Dauphin Way Baptist Church, Jenny Hollingsworth (Foundations/Essentials) jennyglenn03@yahoo.com Keri Taylor (Challenge) - keriwtaylor@gmail.com Wilmer: Wilmer Baptist Church, Dana Wooten see contact info above Grand Bay, April Montgomery (Challenge) aprilmontgomery@bellsouth.net Rebecca McGallagher (Challenge) rmcgallagher@hotmail.com www.classicalconversations.com

Erin’s Gulf Coast Homeschool Adventures

Admin: Erin Wainwright, etw501@yahoo.com. Also found on Facebook. etw501@yahoo.com www.erinsgulfcoasthomeschooladventures.com

Moms Saturday School Admin: Deven Vasko

251-214-6084 momssaturdayschool@gmail.com www.Momssaturdayschool.com

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251-591-3800 NorthernGulfCoastHomeEducators@outlook.com www.northerngulfcoasthomeeducators.com

Admin: Erin Wainwright, etw501@yahoo.com. Also found on Facebook. etw501@yahoo.com

South Alabama Homeschooling, Support group on Facebook

Erin Wainwright and Jennifer Rogers, Group Administrators etw501@yahoo.com

Homeschool Teacher Discount Cards Office Max, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Joanne’s Fabrics, Scholastic.com, Photoshop (student edition) and www.homeschoolbuyerscoop.com.

Miscellaneous Classes, Clubs, Civic Opportunities Full Scale School Of Music ad on page 11

63 Midtown Park East Mobile, Al 36606 Full Scale is proud to have some amazing teachers for piano, guitar, strings, drums, and other instrument lessons. Our homeschool music classes are offered based on schedule and interest. Let’s make music! (251) 454-6591 fullscaleschool@Gmail.com www.fullscaleschool.com/homeschool-program/

Gulf Coast Exploreum ad on page 33

Offers science classes for the homeschool year. Classes fill quickly. Email Haley Freeman, hfreeman@exploreum.com, for more information. 251-208-6818 hfreeman@exploreum.com www.exploreum.com

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The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids serve as the city’s “Official Ambassadors” at many events, both locally and nationally.

mobileazaleatrail@hotmail.com www.azaleatrailmaids.com

Boy Scouts

2587 Government Boulevard Mobile, AL 36606 The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. 251-476-4600 www.bsamac.org

Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary

2295 Michigan Avenue Mobile, AL 36615 Scott Peters, Charter #SERAL005 Facebook Mobile CAP. 540-907-8055 www.gocivilairpatrol.com

Dancing Needles Designs Kathy Baldridge

Hand Sewing Classes, Beginner to Advanced Machine Sewing, Hand Embroidery Classes 251-454-5263

Distinguished Young Women

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. 251-438-3621 www.distinguishedyw.org

Girl Scouts

3483 Springhill Avenue Mobile, AL 36608 Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place! 251-344-3330 www.girlscoutssa.org

Hearts of Worship

6001-C Grelot Road Mobile, AL 36609 Dance, Tumbling, Drama, Art. Day classes available for homeschool families. Private and group lessons also available. 251-599-8571; 251-895-5380

Heritage Girls

American Heritage Girls is the premier national character development organization for girls ages 5-18 that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.

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History Museum of Mobile

Learning Lunches, 2nd Wednesday of every month

Junior Civitan is an organization of youth service clubs dedicated to making the world a better place.

Cottagehilljuniorcivitan@yahoo.com www.sites.google. com/site/cottagehilljuniorcivitan/home

MACH Robotics - Mobile Area Coalition of Homeschoolers

MACH is the Mobile Area Coalition of Homeschoolers. MACH Robotics is our local homeschool division of BEST Robotics. MACH Robotics is a student led-organization in which 6th-12th grade students participate in a 6-week competition in the fall of each year. machrobotics@hotmail.com www.machrobotics4.wix.com/mach-robotics

Mobile based, statewide cover. For more information contact OLG at olgschool.al@gmail.com. 251-219-4360 olgschool.al@gmail.com

4070 Wulff Road East Semmes, AL 36575 251-408-9057

Compass Point Christian Academy PO Box 690 Saraland, AL 36571

251-214-6084 compasspointhomeschool@gmail.com www.Compasspointhomeschool.com

Evergreen Christian Academy Cover/Co-op

brookedugganeca@gmail.com www.eca-shiloh.com

Heartwood Christian Academy Cover/Co-op www.heartwoodchristianacademy.com

Boykin Park (Theodore)

Baseball and Softball through 16yrs. Like the Facebook page for details.

David Miner Ballroom/Dancesport Academy

262 Azalea Road Mobile, AL 36609 Every Friday - Cost $5.00 Friday morning practice at 9;30 for all - Advanced from 10 - 11am then Beginners from 11 -12 noon. Find us on Facebook. 251-343-3339

Mobile Bay Area Homeschool National Honor Society www.lambdazeta.webs.com

Mobile Museum of Art

4850 Museum Drive Mobile, AL 36608 Classes are offered on Wednesdays or Thursdays every other week from 1-3 p.m. All classes introduce a variety of media and artistic techniques to create age-appropriate original pieces of art. The cost is $90 for the first student, then $25 for each additional sibling.

251-208-5200 www. mobilemuseumofart.com/ learn/children-families/homeschool

Oakleigh Belles

300 Oakleigh Place Mobile, AL 36604 The Oakleigh Belles are a group of young women who represent the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the community as ambassadors of southern history, culture, and hospitality.

251-432-1281 www.historicoakleigh.com

Teen Pact

Teen Pact was founded with a mission to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend the Christian Faith, and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things. 4 day event ages 13-18 in Montgomery during the legislative session. Hands on!! ½ credit for Civics for the 4 day class. Also available 1 day class for ages 8-12. peachmail@comcast.net www.teenpact.com

Trail Life

Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men. K-12. www.traillifeusa.com

U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

8501 Tanner Williams Road Mobile, AL 36608 Dunlap Division located at US Coast Guard Aviation Training Center www.seacadets.org

Dreamland Skate Center

Heritage Christian School Cover/Co-op

P.E. Classes every other Friday 10-12.

251-661-6997 www.dreamlandskatecenter.com

5660 Three Notch Road Mobile, AL 36619

Gulf Coast Parkour

251-751-2811 hcsfbtc@gmail.com www.eheritagechristian.net

Locations vary. Current classes are held at Cottage Hill (Medal of Honor) Park every Friday morning at 9 for kids under 9 and 10:15AM for bigger more experienced students. $10 per class or Punch Pass option. Birthday Parties and combined Ninja Warrior camps available as well!

Honor School of Alabama

6157 Airport Blvd. #310 Mobile, AL 36685

334-384-4619 HonorSchoolAlabama@gmail.com www.honorschoolalabama.com

www.Gulfcoastparkour.com

Moffett Road Christian School Cover/Co-op

Home School Bowling AMF Camellia Lanes

6159 Moffett Road Mobile, AL 36618

125 Schillinger Road North Mobile, AL 36608 $8.00 per person - each bowler gets 3 games and shoes for that day - Monday from 1-3pm

251-391-4663 www.mobilemrcs.org

Northside Bible Academy Cover/Co-op

251-639-1221

2700 North University Boulevard Mobile, AL 36618 Cindy Gipson Howard. 251-272 2604 admin@northsidebibleacademy.com www.northsidebibleacademy.com

Inner Strength Martial Arts

9120 Airport Boulevard Mobile, AL 36608 Home School class Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-12am $60.00 a month 2nd child $40.00 251-776-1978 www.ismartialarts.com

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Learning Things The Education Store

We carry products for Science, Math, History, Economics, Art, Bible Studies, career skills, English, computer skills, Geography and the list goes on and on! 678-679-1127 www.learningthings.com

Pandia Press

Pandia Press is committed to publishing comprehensive, secular, and engaging courses. Our products are utilized worldwide by home educators, co-ops, charter schools, and private schools. www.pandiapress.com

PBS Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia is THE destination for high-quality, trusted digital content and solutions that inspire students and transform learning. www.aptv.pbslearningmedia.org

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Lazer Zone

790 Schillinger Road Mobile, AL 36695 $10 Unlimited Laser Tag during school hours

Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention Mobile Convention Center, May 3rd-5th

Our Mission is to have the most engaging and effective educational game possible in order to improve educational standards worldwide!

www.teachthemdiligently.com

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Mobile Area Rugby Foundation

Homeschool Resources Resale - Saturday, May 19th at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. See Facebook for more information.

Rainbow Resource Center

rcorley@mobilerugby.org

Curriculum Petting Zoo - April 27th, 10am at Saraland First -907 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland, AL 36571.

251-639-7330 www.lazerzonemobile.com

Competitive on the weekends up to 18yrs. Youth flag rugby 12 and under. Also offering a homeschool P.E. with a focus on health/nutrition. www.mobilerugby.org

Planet Gymnastics

900 Schillinger Road South Mobile, AL 36695 Home school Classes Wednesday at 2pm 251-650-0699 www.planetgymnastics.com

Theodore Athletic Association (TAA) Baseball/softball ages 3-15.

Patrick.caine@aol.com www.TAAsportscomplex.com

YMCA Downtowner

951 Downtowner Boulevard Mobile, AL 36609 Offers $3 indoor free swim 1-3pm every Friday. 251-344-4856 www.ysal.org

(Other athletics also available through city and church leagues for younger children. These are additional options for homeschool families with older children who want to participate in sports.)

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Additional Resources 123 Homeschool 4 Me

www.123homeschool4me.com

Cathy Duffy Reviews

Cathy Duffy Reviews provides information on several different curriculum options. 714-849-9455 www.cathyduffyreviews.com

Chem4kids

We have information on matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions and biochemistry.

HSLDA High School

866-426-3701 www.handsofachild.com

www.Setontesting.com

What career is right for me

Most popular career aptitude test on the internet. www.whatcareerisrightforme.com

Upcoming Events Live online events covering home school related topics. Mamas helping mamas. www.momssaturdayschool.com

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www.scratch.mit.edu

Hands of a Child

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If you’re looking for some fun science experiments for kids then you’ve come to the right place. Check out our free experiments section, full of fascinating hands-on experiments that are a great way to enjoy the world of science.

805-542-9847; 800-889-1978 www.bfbooks.com

This site offers classic and historic works that nurture a love for reading.

HSLDA Elem/Middle School

Seton Testing

Science Kids

Scratch

www.chem4kids.com

www.hslda.org/highschool/testing.asp

888-841-3456 www.rainbowresource.com/index.php

Beautiful Feet History and Science Curriculum

www.academicrecords.net

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We currently carry over 40,000 quality educational products in all subject areas, for grades PK-12 and beyond!

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

The Great Courses Plus is a subscription VideoOn-Demand service brought to you by The Great Courses – the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. www.greatcoursesplus.com

The Homeschool Resource Roadmap Virtual Homeschool Group

Serving free ‘at your own pace’ (ayop) and live online courses for home school families for 12 years. www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.org

Zoom Kitchen Chemistry

Hearthsong

An age-appropriate, wholesome, quality playthings. What better way to help your children learn than having tons of fun through play! 800-533-4397 www.hearthsong.com

Explore the virtual kitchen and perform online experiments. Solve puzzles and get a reward! Choose from animated games and activities. www.pbskids.org/zoom/games/kitchenchemistry

Home Science Tools

We carry affordable Science tools and kits for hands on experimentation. 800-860-6272 www.hometrainingtools.com

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the lights allows the pupil to expand before the lid opens on darkness. The softer light of glow-in-the-dark materials will appear more vivid and distinct to a prepared eye.

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Crazy Forts! Glow-in-the-Dark

Glow-in-the-Dark Full Moon Wall Decal

Making a blanket fort comes with the understanding that a light source will be needed for the interior (that’s part of what makes blanket forts cool). But what if the fort’s construction materials include their own ambient light? The Crazy Fort kits feature round nodes that serve as the joins for sturdy rods. The node holes enable a range of versatile framing possibilities (dome, square, etc.). The Glow-in-the-Dark version offers an extra layer of awesome with nodes that render about two hours of gentle illumination inside a newly constructed tent. Whether kids are building from the ground up or crafting a blanket tent on the bed, these interior glowing orbs are just the thing to move a blanket fort to blanket fantastic!

The brightest object in our night sky, a full and radiant moon never fails to capture our imagination. It’s easy to bring this fascination indoors with Judek’s large moon decal that adheres to most flat, smooth surfaces. Under normal lighting conditions the phosphorescent material ‘charges up’ during the day so when the lights go out, the moon gently glows in the darkness. Highly detailed and larger that most decals (18” diameter), the moon’s mares, mountains and other lunar features offer additional appeal for watchful observers. Ideal for kids who need a bit of night light to fall asleep, the moon sticker provides a subtle and soothing illumination. The Judek Glow-in-the-Dark Full Moon Decal is a unique gift for sky-watchers, young and old.

SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop

Puzzle Doubles Glowin-the-Dark Dinos

Adding a bright twist to bedroom basketball, the SKLZ glow-in-the-dark hoop lights up the action. Exposed to normal lighting conditions, the backboard, ball and the eight-loop net store enough energy to illuminate basketball action after darkness falls. Featuring a shatter-proof 18” x 12” backboard this set includes door mounting hardware that helps minimize impact from game play. The springmounted steel hoop also allows for ‘break-away’ action when the dunk shots go hard. While young players may not need a nightlight anymore, the gentle illumination from the SKLZ Pro Mini Glow-in-the-Dark Basketball Set is guaranteed to spark new hoop dreams in kids long after the lights go out.

Puzzle play, dinosaurs and x-ray vision all come together in one fantastic resource that will light up play time in shining style. Extra large at 3’ x 2’ feet with 100 pieces, this prehistoric puzzle fosters focus and fine motor skills as little hands assemble the scene under normal lighting conditions. When the dinosaur puzzle is complete, the final surprise is revealed when the lights go down. Embossed with phosphorescent materials, the dinosaur skeletons hidden in the puzzle graphics emerge in darkness. It’s a single puzzle with double the reward! The Learning Journey also offers glow-in-the-dark puzzles with additional themes including sea life, outer space and wildlife so the illuminated puzzler journey can continue!

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Lean on community. Several moms polled for this article agreed that moms’ night outs with their friends help them feel more optimistic. And science proves it. Studies find that time spent bonding with friends boosts a woman’s level of oxytocin, a natural hormone that reduces stress. Check out mothers’ groups in your area if you are struggling to build a support network.

Commit to healthy living. Women who make time to care for their bodies, enjoy a stronger self-image

and feel more self-confident and energetic. Exercise, try to get adequate sleep, schedule regular massages and make healthy food choices to feel your best. “I know that when I am reasonably well-rested and happy, I am absolutely more patient, energetic and empathetic to everyone in my household,” says Erica Wilson, a mom of one.

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Take time for personal pursuits.

Whether you like surfing Pinterest, training for a 5K or simply taking a warm bubble bath, moments stolen throughout the week contribute to our overall sense of well-being. “I try to take at least a few minutes a day outside. I close me eyes, take deep breaths, and listen to the sounds,” says Melanie Werner, a mom of one.

Nourish yourself. During the rush of the week, most of us throw meals together just to get our hungry crew fed. If you enjoy cooking, find a day when you can slow down and relish the preparation. The process of chopping and measuring ingredients is meditative and soothing. Create a feast to delight all of the senses by serving your meal on a table laid out with your favorite dishes and cheerful flowers. Laugh. Family life can be funny. Kids say

hilarious things. Pay attention and write those gems down. Next time you need a lift, read them. Need more ideas? Look at funny family videos or photos, hang out with lighthearted friends, watch a silly movie or read a humorous book.

Follow a spiritual practice. Studies find that people who lean on an inner belief system are happier. You can feel a connection

to God through helping others, nature, yoga, music, art, personal meditation or journaling. Michelle Hovick, a mom of one, says the “Elevation” church app is one of her favorite spiritual gateways to a mood shift.

Practice gratitude. In a gratitude study at Eastern Washington University, researchers found a positive correlation between gratitude and happiness. “We have found that grateful individuals tend to be happy individuals and that grateful thinking improves mood,” the researchers report. Try writing down three things you are thankful for each day--small moments count too. Get a groove on. Whether she participates in a Jazzercise class or switches on upbeat dance tunes in her kitchen, Jessie Mallicoat, a mom of three, says, “If I’m in a bad mood, I put on some ‘dancy’ music and it usually helps.” In fact, studies find that dancing boosts the body’s feel-good endorphins. Dancing has even been found to reverse depression and increase self-confidence. Set boundaries. Moms who are happier make conscious decisions on a daily basis about who and what is allowed into their lives. Switching to this way of thinking is empowering. You don’t have to be harsh or hurtful to accomplish this goal. Politely decline invita-

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tions that don’t fit with your priorities and limit interactions with negative individuals.

Access good childcare. Seek reliable childcare in order to feel secure pursuing personal interests, maintaining routine health check-ups and for date nights with your partner. A positive marriage contributes to the overall emotional health and happiness of your family. Having trouble finding a sitter? Check out SitterCity.com, Care.com and ask other parents for references. Avoid comparison. Parenting philosophies

that work well in one family, may not work well in another. Thanks to the influx of information at our fingertips, parents have no shortage of advice. Decide which strategies make sense for your family. And beware of spending too much time on social media if you’re starting to feel like you don’t measure up. “Being happy with yourself and how you parent is key to accepting other moms and how they parent, which creates a more supportive parenting community all around,” says Mandy Yokim, mom of two. MBP

Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. She finds happiness in historical romance novels, sunny days and chocolate chip cookies. Christa is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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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, locallymade items to choose from. www.ncsmobile.org 2018 Infirmary Duathlon 8:00 AM Mobile Infirmary, 5 Mobile Infirmary Circle Mobile, 36607 This running and cycling combination race consists of a two-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and a two-mile run through the streets of midtown Mobile. The event will also include a post-party featuring a variety of local food truck vendors for athletes and spectators to enjoy. 251-435-2010 infirmaryduathlon.com Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run 8:00 AM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites runners, walkers and their furry friends to a fun event for a good cause: The Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. All runners and walkers who sign up for the Wiggle Waggle race events, a 5K and a 1-mile walk/run, will receive a discounted admission of $5 to the Gardens for the day. www.bellingrath.org 10th Annual Delta Woods and Water Expo (Free) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard Spanish Fort, 36527 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center and the City of Spanish Fort have once again teamed up for the tenth year to bring all the delta has to offer to you! This free, public event will showcase not only the educational aspect of the delta, but the recreational as well. 251-625-0814 www.deltawoodsandwatersexpo.com 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 craft stick harmonica. 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 hands-on projects. Classes are taught by local artists and trained professional educators. Ages 3-10. 251-208-5671 www.alabamacontemporary.org

Sunday April 29

Autism Society of Alabama: Sensory Friendly Exploreum Experience ($8)

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36602 The Gulf Coast Exploreum, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Alabama, invites you to a Sensory Friendly Experience in our great new exhibit, Permian Monsters: Life Before The Dinosaurs and IMAX film Galapagos. 251-259-5553 www.exploreum.com Free Military Child Day at USS Alabama (Free) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park , 2703 Battleship Memorial Parkway Mobile, 36602 Free Military Child Event at the USS Alabama. Come enjoy food, games and more. 4th Annual Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival

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A Night at the Races 6:30 PM The Pillars, 1757 Government Street Mobile, 36604 A night of fun, food and music is planned for Thursday, May 3rd at “A Night at the Races,” a Kentucky Derby-style party to benefit the children served by The Learning Tree in Mobile. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beverages, music and a large silent auction. The highlight of the evening will be video horse racing. 251-331-2633

Spring Spectacular 7:00 PM Redemption Church, 879 Snow Road Mobile, 36608 Alabama School of the Arts Center for Performing Arts presents Spring Spectacular. umobile.edu

Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conference Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 Teach Them Diligently Convention, a Christian homeschool event, is thrilled to be coming to Mobile for the first time! Last year tens of thousands of people attended Teach Them Diligently conventions across the U.S. Families love the camaraderie, energy, and encouragement of this homeschool event. There is something for everyone—moms, dads, littles, and teens—and there are unique sessions and opportunities specifically designed for families with special needs. For more information or to register visit www.teachthemdiligently.net. Use discount code PARENTS10 to save $10 off your registration. www.teachthemdiligently.net

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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Dog Pond, 2415 Venetia Road Mobile, 36605 April 29th marks the 4th annual Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival at the Dog Pond. This year’s event features Jimmy Hall & Friends with opener, Crowned Jewelz. Food from Smokin’ Gringos & Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream. Gates open at 2:00 pm with music at 3:00. Family Friendly. www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-mud-bottomrevival-music-festival-tickets-41391835093?aff=eac2

Bubble Guppies Live 6:00 PM Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive Mobile, 36602 What time is it? It’s time for Bubble Guppies! Jump into a bubbly world of learning and laughter with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock”. 251-208-7261 www.mobilecivicctr.com

Wednesday May 2

Brown Bag Concerts 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Bienville Square, Mobile, 36602 Catt’s Brown Bag Concerts - Excelsior Band www.ncsmobile.org

Thursday May 3

Gov’t Mule 7:30 Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 Gov’t Mule is back in Mobile at the Saenger Theatre with special guest Black Stone Cherry! www.mobilesaenger.com

Crawfish and Cornhole 5:00 PM Fort of Colonial Mobile, 150 S Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Join us at Fort Conde for a Cornhole Tournament & Crawfish Boil benefitting Dwell Mobile! Get your Cornhole team ready to compete or simply plan on enjoying the afternoon with crawfish and Haint Blue brews. www.dwellmobile.org

Little Discoveries with Mr Wayne (Free) 10:30 AM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Mr. Wayne from the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center presents lessons and projects fusing science and literature for preschool children. Ages 3-6. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

60th Annual Dauphin Island Race fairhopeyachtclub.com/event/60th-annual-dauphinisland-race

Mobile Museum of Art Night Market 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 MMofA hosts a monthly

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Night Market that showcases makers, artists, artisans, and craftsman who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink, and live music. 251-208-5200 www.mobilemuseumofart.com

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3rd Annual Autism Matters Conference 8:00 AM Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast , 2440 Gordon Smith Drive Mobile, 36617 The 3rd Annual Autism Matters Conference in Mobile, Alabama is scheduled for Friday, May 4th, 2018. This conference is co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Alabama and the University of South Alabama Regional Autism Network. 251-259-5553 www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annualautism-matters-conference-mobile-alabama-tickets41873438582?aff=es2 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival (Festival admission is Free)

2:00 PM 10:00 PM, Foley Soccer Complex, 18507 US HWY 98 Foley, 36535 The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is approaching its 14th year of flying! We are excited you are interested in coming to this year’s event that will feature more than 30 balloons from across the country! Come enjoy performances by the World-Famous Disc Connected Canines, musical entertainment, children’s activities and more amid retail, arts & crafts and food booths. Musical headliners follow balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) Friday and Saturday nights. gulfcoastballoonfestival.com May the 4th Star Wars Party (Free) 4:00 PM West Regional Branch Patio, 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 Come join us for Star Wars themed activities and snacks! Complete the Star Wars Scavenger

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FamilyCalendar Hunt and be entered into a drawing for a light saber. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character! Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 340-8671 or email westyou@ mplonline.org. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Domehead Science: May the Fourth be with You Edition (General admission is $10 for adults or chil-

dren. Member admission pricing is $8 for adults or children.)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street Mobile, 36602 “Jedi Physics” with Dr. Albert Gapud, Followed by a viewing of “Return of the Jedi” in the IMAX theater. Albert Gapud, Ph.D., University of South Alabama, Department of Physics. Costumes (family friendly) highly encouraged!

Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail, 2018 Griot Award Gala 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street Mobile, 36602 You are invited to the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail, 2018 Griot Award Gala. Join us as we celebrate our 2018 Griot Award Recipient, Pulitzer Prizewinning syndicated columnist and popular radio and television commentator, Cynthia Tucker! www.dffaaht.org Girls Nite Out ($40.00) 6:00 PM Spa Tea Da, 3938 Government Blvd #101 Mobile, 36693 Girls Nite Out is a drop off event so Mom can enjoy a little me time too! We serve dinner of pizza, chips and sprite and provide a snack/ dessert. The girls will have a blast singing, dancing, getting pampered and playing games! This month’s theme is Magical Unicorn. Ages 5 and up. 251-447-4846 www.spa-tea-da.com Seinfeld 7:00 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will return to the Port City to perform his signature stand-up routine at the Saenger Theatre. www.mobilesaenger.com Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conference Details Thursday May 3. www.teachthemdiligently.net

Saturday May 5

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 Lions Club Tunnel Vision 5K 8:00 AM Intersection of Washington and Government Streets, Mobile, 36602 Point to point 5K course. Participants will start at the Mobile Public Library on Government Street and finish at Cafe Del Rio on the Causeway. Proceeds from the Tunnel Vision 5K will benefit the sight programs of the Lions Club of Mobile. www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/mobileal Dumas Wesley Community Center’s Third Annual Plane Pull 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, 1891 9th Street Mobile, 36615 Can you handle the ultimate man versus machine challenge? Dumas Wesley is challenging the community to participate in this extreme and unique event that pits teams against an Airbus aircraft weighing 130,000 pounds. Teams compete to see who can pull the plane over

12 feet in the fastest amount of time. The event is open to the public and will also include entertainment, food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, and an awards ceremony. Spectators are strongly encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite team! This fundraiser raises both money and awareness for the Dumas Wesley Community Center. Spectators get in free! www.dumaswesley.org/2018-planepull/ Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Details May 4. The Big Walk 9:00 AM Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway Spanish Fort, 36527 Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Walk is a family-friendly event that unites the community by raising awareness and support for the important role mentoring plays in our community. The 2-mile walk along the beautiful Causeway will allow people to take a journey with friends and family while honoring the mentors in their lives and inspiring others to join our efforts. With children’s activities, entertainment, refreshments, and more-there is something for everyone to enjoy! www.bbbssa.org/BigWalk2018 2018 Semmes Heritage Day 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road Semmes, 36575 Semmes Heritage day will have music and entertainment, arts & crafts, vintage fashion show, Camellia Maids, exhibits and demonstrations and family fun. www.semmeschamber.org 69th Annual Blessing of the Fleet 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, St. Margaret’s Church, 13790 South Wintzell Avenue Bayou La Batre, 36509 St. Margaret’s Blessing of the Fleet will have Great Food, Music, a Gumbo Cook-off, an Arts & Crafts Show, a Decorated Boat Contest, Boat Cruises, Bingo, and more. www.fleetblessing.org Cuban Festival (Free)

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 Join us for the Mobile Museum of Art’s first ever Cuban Festival, celebrating the shared cultures of Mobile and our sister city, Havana, Cuba. With a day full of family activities, and special guest lecturer, Havana City Historian, Dr. Eusebio Leal, MMofA invites all ages to experience Cuban culture and enjoy Common Crowd: Photographs of Havana and Mobile. The MMofA special exhibition features photographs of shared characteristics seen in our sister cities, through the lens of photographers Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi. With free admission for all Mobile County residents offered all day, you can also check out some vintage cars that will be on display out front, tour the galleries with the artists themselves, enjoy lunch from a local food truck, learn to salsa, and end the afternoon with a film about the famous Buena Vista Social Club. 251-208-5200 www.mobilemuseumofart.com Environmental Center Spring Open House

(Free) 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Environmental Studies

Center, 6101 Girby Road Mobile, 36693 Come enjoy many activities for the whole family. Activities will include: Environmental Fair, Nature Walks, Crafts, Wildlife Lectures, Exhibit Talks, Starlab Show, Animal Exhibits, Concessions Sales and more. www.mcpsesc.com

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Help Me Grow Alabama Speaker (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Come meet Amelia Leonard, Help Me Grow Care Coordinator for Region 8/South Alabama, as she discusses the importance of developmental screenings and how they help with early detection of developmental delays that could indicate that a child may be on the autism spectrum. 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 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 ($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 May 5, 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 Hunting Heritage Event 5:00 PM The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North Mobile, 36608 Welcome to the Biggest Cinco de Mayo party. This is a Dinner & Fundraising Event. Dinner is provided by Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Margaritas and much more! We will have Live and Silent Auction Raffle Prizes and Games to play. events.nwtf.org St Mary Catholic School Casino: Steeplechase 6:00 PM St Mary School, 107 North Lafayette Street Mobile, 36604 Join us for our 28th Annual Casino Night featuring great food and entertainment, games with celebrity hosts, and live and silent auctions! This year’s theme calls for a Night at The Derby, Southern Steeplechase Style! Mingle with local celebrities at our blackjack tables (no exchange of money, all in the name of fun) and dine Derby style with some of your favorite Southern Dishes! Who’s Hat is Head’s above the rest? Don your best hat for a Simply Southern Chapeau Contest! 251-433-9904 form.jotform.com/70734532220143 Grand Pediatric Pentathlon Grand Hotel, 1 Grand Boulevard Point Clear, 36564 Get involved in a fun, family event happening at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort. On Saturday, May 5, the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics will host its fifth annual Grand Pediatric Pentathlon to benefit Reach Out and Read-Alabama. www.roralabama.org/grand-pediatric-pentathlon

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Sunday May 6

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Final Competition (Festival admission is Free)

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM, Foley Soccer Complex, 18507 US HWY 98 Foley, 36535 Come and watch as our pilots enjoy their final competition flight! Please note there are gulfcoastballoonfestival.com 69th Annual Blessing of the Fleet 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, St. Margaret’s Church, 13790 South Wintzell Avenue Bayou La Batre, 36509 Great Food, Music, Gumbo Cook-off, Arts & Crafts Show, a Decorated Boat Contest, Boat Cruises, Bingo, and more. www.fleetblessing.org Hobby Horse Derby 1:00 PM Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street Mobile, 36608 Join us for the Inaugural Mobile Hobby Horse Races! This event will be a fun competition for the whole family. Hop on your hobby horse, dress in your best race day costume, and compete to be top “dog” in Mobile. Proceeds benefit Delta Dogs. www.eventbrite.com Special screening of the PBS series, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama (Free) 1:30 PM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for a special screening of Episodes 3 & 4 of the PBS series, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama. Simon Schama discusses how for the Jews, enlightenment was a bright, hopeful moment. He travels to Eastern Europe to consider the Jews’ profound impact. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Mother Daughter Tea benefitting the Salvation Army’s Family Haven ($50 a pair and $15 for each ad-

ditional child 12 and under. $35 per adult. )

2:00 PM The Battle House Hotel , 26 North Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for a wonderful afternoon for the Mother Daughter Tea benefitting the Salvation Army’s Family Haven- the Gulf Coast’s only family shelter that accepts men, women and children as a unit. Enjoy arts and crafts as well as tea time refreshments. AND, some very special princess guests will join us on stage! So put on your Sunday dress and join us for tutu making, flower wreath making and more! 251-459-6144

Tuesday May 8

Reading Paws (Free) 3:00 PM West Regional Branch Patio, 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 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 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. 251-470-7770 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Wednesday May 9

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

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Thursday May 10

20th Annual Business Expo and Job Fair 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North Mobile, 36608 The 20th Annual Business Expo and Job Fair is the largest business expo and job fair in this region. 100+ companies/organizations are expected to participate. sarpc.org/jobs-fair-and-business-expo-exhibitorinformation-2/ Kids Studio (Free) 4:00 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 Girls Night Out at the Pillars 5:00 PM The Pillars, 1757 Government Street Mobile, 36604 Girls Night Out at The Pillars is a fun night out for you and your girlfriends. Come enjoy drinks, food, music, give-a-ways, shopping and more! www.thepillarsofmobile.com

Friday May 11

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 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 National Public Gardens Day ($13

for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger.)

Bellingrath Gardens and Home This is a day to recognize the importance of public gardens in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness. At Bellingrath, we’ll offer a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Production Greenhouses, conducted by our Horticulture Management Team. Find out how we grow the signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors each year. The one-hour tour will start at 10:30 a.m. 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org

Saturday May 12

Run Ride Scout 5K, Duathlon & Family Fun 7:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park The third annual Run Ride Scout 5K, Duathlon

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& 1-Mile Family Fun Run benefits local scouting programs at the Mobile Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Not a runner? Join us for scout activities in the field at Battleship Memorial Park - archery, bb range, rock climbing, Tomahawk throwing, Pinewood derby, Raingutter regatta, arts & crafts, dutch oven cooking demonstrations, monkey bridge, etc. www.bsamac.org/RunRideScout 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 Great Strides Walk 9:00 AM Providence Hospital Festival of Flowers field, 6701 Airport Boulevard Mobile, 36608 Great Strides provides a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together and make a difference in the lives of people with CF. The event harnesses the power of people with a shared vision and encourages collaboration, team building, and leadership, as we collectively take steps to find a cure. fightcf.cff.org Baldwin County Boss Babes present 1st Annual Spring Fling (Free Admission) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Road Robertsdale, 36567 Baldwin County Boss Babes presents our newest market, The 2018 Spring Fling Vendor and Craft Show! Say “Happy Mother’s Day” by allowing Mom to choose a gift from 150 vendors! We will also have those one of a kind wedding or baby shower gifts, father’s day gifts or even just a gift for yourself! While you are here, grab lunch from one of our multiple food vendors! The first 250 customers will receive a free shopping bag! All customers who complete our survey at the event will be entered to win an awesome gift basket full of goodies from our vendors! https://springfling.planningpod.com/ Creekfest (Free) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive Mobile, 36617 This event will be a free, family-friendly celebration including a cane pole fishing tournament (16 and under), music, door prizes, kayak rides and educational exhibits. www.creekfest.org Help Me Grow Alabama Speaker (Free) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Learning Disabilities - A Parent’s Guide to Getting Good Care Come meet Amelia Leonard, Help Me Grow Care Coordinator for Region 8/South Alabama, as she discusses how to determine if your child needs help and where to go for diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and other support. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Cornhole at the Fort to benefit Mobile Arc ($40 per team prior to April 30th $50 per team after April 30th)

11:00 AM Fort of Colonial Mobile, 150 S Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Cornhole at the Fort to benefit Mobile Arc. www.alabamacornhole.com/mobilearc.html

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Mother’s Day Saturday Crafts at the Archaeology Museum (Free) 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South Mobile, 36608 We’ll have supplies available to make paper flower crafts and cards at this month’s Mother’s Day-themed Saturday program, so stop by anytime between 11am and 2pm to come see us! 251-460-6106

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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

Saturday May 19

5K Race for Port City Pacers Scholarship Fund 7:30 AM Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road Mobile, 36609 Race to benefit Port City Pacers Scholarship Fund. www.pcpacers.org

Harvest Nights ($5 per adult if you don’t wish to pick

Playhouse in the Park presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” 2:30 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

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Weeks Bay Plantation, 12562 Mary Ann Beach Road Fairhope, 36532 Details May 5. www.weeksbayplantation.com

Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert ($13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger.)

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

Tuesday May 15

14th Annual Blue Star Salute - 5K Memorial 8:00 AM USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, 36603 Alabama’s 14th Annual Blue Star Salute & 5th Annual Memorial Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run for Alabama’s Fallen Heroes - A patriotic day honoring Alabama’s Veterans, Active Duty, and Fallen Heroes. A day full of enjoyment for families and children. www.eventbrite.com

berries and children 12 & under are free.)

2018 Mobile Rotary Draw Down 6:00 PM 3556 Halls Mill Road Mobile, 36693 Our annual cash bash to raise money for both our club Scholarship Fund as well as the Backpack program of the Feeding the Gulf Coast food bank. $5,000 prize to the winning ticket (top tickets can elect to split). Eventbrite.com 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 Three Dog Night 8:00 PM Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, 36602 www.mobilesaenger.com

5:30 PM Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present our annual Mother’s Day Concert at 5:30 p.m. Bring Mom to enjoy music in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens! Limited seating is available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch; beverages and snacks will be available to purchase 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org

Marc Cohn plus The Blind Boys of Alabama 7:00 PM The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Marc Cohn plus The Blind Boys of Alabama concert at The Steeple. www.thesteeplemobile.com

Wednesday May 16

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 17

Tracy Lawrence 7:00 PM The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street Mobile, 36602 Tracy Lawrence in concert at The Steeple. www.thesteeplemobile.com

5th Annual Sunset Car Show - Dauphin Island 9:00 AM Town Hall, Dauphin Island, 36528 If you are into classic & vintage vehicles, Dauphin Island is the place to be on Saturday, May 19 as dozens of makes and models will be on display at Green Park throughout the day. townofdauphinisland.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

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Friday May 18

21st Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook Off 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Cooper Riverside Park, 101 South Water Street Mobile, 36602 The Propeller Club – Port of Mobile will sponsor the 21st Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook Off at Cooper Riverside Park. Proceeds from this event will benefit GulfQuest (National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico). propellerclubmobile.club/events/21st-annual-rufus-blee-gumbo-cook-off

Thunder on the Bay 2:00 PM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Come celebrate the upcoming 154th Battle of Mobile Bay Sponsored by the 6th Alabama Cavalry and the Alabama Division of Reenactors. Saturday at 2:00 pm will be the Battle of Mobile Bay then at 3:30 a surrender ceremony, on Sunday at 1:00pm will be a Tactical. 251-861-6992 dauphinisland.org

Autism Friendly Day with the Mobile BayBears 2:00 PM Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard Mobile, 36606 The community is invited to join the Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) for Autism

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

Harvest Nights ($5 per adult if you don’t wish to pick berries and children 12 & under are free.)

Special screening of the PBS series, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama (Free) 1:30 PM Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Join us for a special screening of Episodes 3 & 4 of the PBS series, The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama. Simon Schama discusses how for the Jews, enlightenment was a bright, hopeful moment. He travels to Eastern Europe to consider the Jews’ profound impact. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

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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

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

Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, 36582 Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an enduring legacy of beauty in the Gardens and Home she created. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for the annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale! 251-459-8973 bellingrath.org

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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Sunday May 20

St. Vincent de Paul Parish Spring Festival 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, St. Vincent de Paul , 6625 Three Notch Road Mobile, 36619 St. Vincent’s is inviting the public to “Come out and join us on May 20, 2018 for some family fun. There will be games, music, food, prizes, and much more!! Come rain or shine, it will be an event to enjoy.” Thunder on the Bay 1:00 PM Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Come celebrate the upcoming 154th Battle of Mobile Bay Sponsored by the 6th Alabama Cavalry and the Alabama Division of Reenactors. Saturday at 2:00 pm will be the Battle of Mobile Bay then at 3:30 a surrender ceremony, on Sunday at 1:00pm will be a Tactical. 251-861-6992 dauphinisland.org Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 2:00 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 Children of the World Motherhood Tea and Children’s Fashion Show 2:00 PM Battle House Hotel, 26 North Royal Street Mobile, 36602 Held at the Historic Battle House Hotel, this will support Children of the World Adoption and Relief Agency. Showcasing “no matter how Motherhood comes to you, it is a blessing”, the event is open to all. Tickets are sold in advance and include three course tea experience, fashion show, and shopping with exclusive local boutiques in the vendor pre-function area. www.childrenoftheworld.com/events Spring Festival ad St. Vincent de Paul Church 11:00am - 4:00pm 4980 St. Vincent Drive, Mobile, AL 36619 Join in the family fun with food, games, silent auction, prizes, country store, needle in a haystack, escape game adventure and more! Playhouse in the Park presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” 2:30 PM Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive Mobile, 36608 Don’t miss the lively musical, “Pippi

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Mrs. Bellingrath’s Birthday Celebration ($13 for

adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for children ages 4 and younger.)

Reading Paws (Free) 3:00 PM West Regional Branch Patio, 5555 Grelot Road Mobile, 36609 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

Wednesday May 23

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 24

50’s Sock Hop & End of the School Year Party!

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street Mobile, 36602 Dance to the music of the 50’s, enter a Hula Hoop competition, make your own glitter reading glasses, and enjoy a special screening of the movie, Back to the Future. Root Beer Floats & Popcorn will be served. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Friday May 25

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

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

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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” Details May 25. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” Details May 25. 251-602-0630 playhouseinthepark.org

Sunday May 27

Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 2:00 PM Details May 25. 251-457-8887 cctshows.com Playhouse in the Park presents “The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” 2:30 PM Details May 25. 251-602-0630 playhouseinthepark.org Sunset Concert - Yo Jonsey & The Crowned Jewels 6:00 PM West End Beach, Bienville Boulevard Dauphin Island, 36528 Sunset Concert featuring Yo Jonsey & The Crowned Jewels townofdauphinisland.org

Monday May 28

DI Veterans Association 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 this patriotic and solemn event as the pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. townofdauphinisland.org

Wednesday May 30 Brown Bag Bienville Details May 23. 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

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Explore Mobile 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Mardi Gras Park, Mobile, 36602 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 CondeCharlotte Museum House, step back in time as they navigate the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail and more! exploremobile.org

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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 251-4602727 * 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 251281-7312. 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 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 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 251431-5100. 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 251-479-5700 to register. *The Responsible Fatherhood Program (RFP) classes are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 is pleased to offer a variety of classes on childbirth issues. All classes are located in Conference Room I (located just inside the main lobby doors of the hospital beside the Gift Shop) unless otherwise specified. To register for classes or for more information, you may call 639-2938 to speak with our Childbirth Educator, Kathy Wade RN, or email kwade@ providencehospital.org. For Daytime Breastfeeding classes only, you may call Marcia Ranew RN, our Lactation Consultant at 633-1749 or email mranew@ providencehospital.org.

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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 3407769 early to pre-register. • 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 of town or will be delivering soon. $25. Call 340-7769 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 ONLY. 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 340-7769 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 6:309 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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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Miracle Season

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: AViolence: BSexual Content: A Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: ASometimes a boy adopts a stray dog, other times the stray dog adopts the boy. The latter is the case for Robert Conroy (voice of Logan Lerman), a young soldier who shows a little kindness to a homeless, mix-breed bull terrier, and is then followed back to boot camp. Unable to shake the pup’s affection, Robert eventually accepts his offer of belonging and names the short-tailed mutt Stubby. Fortunately, the animal’s good nature, positive effect on morale, ability to perform military drills and even salute, also wins over Robert’s commanding officers at the Yale University training grounds for the Great War. It isn’t until the regiment reaches the front lines in France, on 5 February 1918, that Stubby’s real value is discovered. Unafraid of the loud shelling and gunfire, the little dog patrols the trenches, sniffs out trouble, and even rescues the wounded left for dead in the no-man’s-land between the opposing forces. Over time, Stubby’s acts of valor are recognized and he becomes the first pooch to receive the rank of Sargent. Based on a remarkable true story, this animation about the big accomplishments of a little dog provides a great way to introduce children to the history of World War I. Although the movie includes depictions of weapons use, gas attacks and the flu pandemic of 1918, along with resulting injuries and deaths, all of the violence is sanitized. These non-graphic and bloodless portrayals offer parents a family-friendly opportunity to discuss the serious nature of the challenges faced by those on the battlegrounds.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: A Violence: ASexual Content: A Profanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ Sean McNamara (the director of Soul Surfer ) helms yet another top-flight sports movie closely based on a true story. The Miracle Season delivers an entertaining experience to viewers of all ages, along with powerful messages of hope and determination. Coming off their first win as state champions, the girls on the Iowa City West High School volleyball team may be excited to be back on the court, but they also know how to have fun with their sport. The primary advocate of having a ball while playing the game is team setter Caroline Found (Danika Yarosh), better known simply as “Line”. The effervescent blonde excitedly begins her senior year bouncing about the school’s campus with her best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty), who also plays on the team. Contrasting Line’s unabashed enthusiasm is their coach, Kathy Bresnahan (Helen Hunt). Her serious demeanor keeps the girls focused. Then the unthinkable happens. Riding a borrowed moped, Line leaves a gathering of friends and has an accident that takes her life. Back on the court, Coach Bresnahan isn’t sure how to bring the team back together, let alone play a new season. Yet, she feels the game may be just what her grieving students need – as hard as it may be. Using Line’s legacy for motivation, Bresnahan convinces the girls to return and practice setting up the complicated plays that have made the coach one of the best in the country. One of the best family films we’ve reviewed in a while, Caroline Found, her teammates, coach and parents provide inspiring role models that, thanks to this cinematic adaptation, will continue to uplift lives for years to come.

Rampage

Truth or Dare

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: D+ Sexual Content: B Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: APark your brains at the door, grab a big popcorn and be prepared to suspend belief with this monster mayhem movie. With not one, but three, genetically modified beasts destroying downtown Chicago, it’s assumed violence will be the biggest issue for kids wanting to see Dwayne Johnson tame a 20 foot tall gorilla. Blood and some gory moments accompany lots and lots of shooting, most aimed at the gigantic creatures, using a slew of military weapons. Toss in a generous supply of scatological slang and other profanities, an ongoing finger gesture joke, and you have the makings of a PG-13 actioner. It’s intended to please those who are forgiving of a dumb story and sad acting – although Johnson does a fairly good job of squeezing lemonade from this sour script. The party begins when things go wrong with a science experiment orbiting the earth. One of the test samples crash-lands in George’s habitat, causing the gorilla’s appetite, temper and frame to grow faster than the national debt. Meanwhile, the audience also knows George isn’t alone. A wolf in Colorado and an alligator in Florida have also sniffed the DNA-modifying grow-gas and are waging their own threats. Very loosely based on an arcade video game from the days when gorilla’s looked like Donkey Kong, Rampage badly wants to be fun. Yet it gets bogged down in trying to convince viewers that the world really is in danger. For those who’ve already seen enough Kong-esque movies, this one’s just more of the same monkey business.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: D Violence: D Sexual Content: D+ Profanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: CPlaying a game of “Truth or Dare” during spring break (does anything good ever happen in movies during spring break?) a group of friends end up in a deadly exchange that is blamed on a spiritual force. In reality, the script is just an excuse to portray suicides, violence and sex because “the devil made me do it!” Of course, this game of Truth or Dare is going to have drastic real-world consequences, and the challenges are not controlled by the participants. Instead an evil spirit overtakes each player and all are forced to take a turn. Truths involve deeply personal and emotional revelations, and dares are a combination of highly dangerous, illegal, sexual and violent actions. Using the typically malevolent game, the story creates scenarios that would be unthinkable in any other circumstance. Physical harm toward others, self-inflicted wounds and deaths are had with guns, knives and other objects. Audiences with sensitivities for portrayals of suicide should be especially cautious. Characters are forced to have sex (which we see in more detail than necessary – including some brief female side nudity), streak (rear male nudity) and make out together (a “bi-curious” female with a non-willing female). Added to this are other sexual discussions with a penchant toward non-committal relationships involving all genders. Perhaps the best message we can extract from Truth or Dare is its exploration of honesty between friends. Yet you can find similar messages in far better media than this excuse for teen entertainment.

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Time to start planning for VBS and our 2018 VBS listing will help you with that!