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Columns 2 Publisher’s Note 4 Therapeutic Parenting

Therapeutic Parenting Why trust moves at the speed of relationship with your kids.

Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Go a Little Rogue for Thanksgiving

8 Kids Health Watch

Ideas to make it more gratifying.

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24 Parenting, Media & Everything in Between Common Sense Media

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How to Show Support for Local Businesses Creative ways to “shop” local.

Our guide shares what’s going on around town and nearby to fill the holidays with joy and memories!

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Departments On The Cover Nixon (13), Isla (12), Roman (10), Charlotte (Lottie) (8), and Rhys (2) are the children of Jared & Julia Cartee. Nixon plays tennis and basketball. Isla is part of the Mobile

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Ballet Jr. Company. Roman loves all things sports. Charlotte loves gymnastics and Rhys loves his daddy.




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As I have mentioned in years past, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is the one holiday a year that my parents, my family, my brothers and their families all get to spend together. As our families have expanded, we have had to be a bit flexible with this special day. Some years we spend the time together on Thanksgiving Day eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and some years we take a more laid back approach with BBQ and bowling. Who knew that our radical flexibility with the holiday would be preparing us for Thanksgiving 2020?! Maybe this year we will have a picnic outside, or maybe it will be a family game night over Zoom. Who knows? One thing I do know... whatever we do it will be full of laughs and great family time. What does your Thanksgiving look like? Are you looking at new options this year? Whether you are looking at alternatives to your traditional Thanksgiving due to the pandemic and travel limitations, or the kids just won’t eat cranberries and dressing, flip over to page 22 where Christa Melnyk Hines gives us some inspiration for changing things up in, Go a Little Rogue for a More Gratifying Thanksgiving. A big Thanksgiving tradition for many families is shopping on the days following. So much so that I have friends who spend weeks planning their shopping strategy. It is so festive getting out and hearing the holiday music and seeing all the decorations. While I am not really a Black Friday shopper, I do love the ambiance of strolling local shops. Not only are they are much less crowded, they tend to have wonderful holiday charm. As you start to plan your holiday list and shopping trips, I urge you to shop your local small businesses as much as possible. We have seen up close and personal how much the pandemic and Hurricane Sally have affected our area shops, and many are counting on the local support this holiday. As I have worked with and watched many of these businesses over the last several months, it is incredibly impressive how resourceful these resilient shop owners have become. Many who did not offer online shopping before now do, along with curbside pickup, and even gift wrapping! How awesome is that! Prefer to shop in person? Then you will love the personalized attention and unique gift items local shops offer. It is a win/win for everyone! Looking for more ways you can support your local businesses? Check out page 26 where Janeen Lewis expands on how we can show our appreciation in her feature, How to Show Support for Small Businesses this Holiday Season. As you are making your holiday plans, make sure you check out our annual Holiday Happenings event listing on page 30. In the guide, you will find ideas for outdoor activities like a Christmas tree farm and tree lightings, along with many other events, and even including virtual activities. As a reminder, please check with the venue before attending any event, as things may change from day to day due to the current circumstances. Most importantly, just remember to take the appropriate precautions to keep you, your family and your community safe. While the holidays may looks a little different this year, take some time to focus on your blessings and enjoy this beautiful season. Happy Thanksgiving!

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TherapeuticParenting by Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Trust Moves at the Speed of Relationship As a mother of many, I certainly do love it when the words, “Yes, Ma’am” come out of the mouths of my children. When they were young, that first time obedience, and their willingness to signal and show respect to me and to the entirety of the family, was important. And that is certainly still true. However, as they are now grown or nearly grown, I have realized that there are a handful of words that mean even more to me than “Ma’am?” followed by their immediate compliance. I was standing in the kitchen last week, cooking yet another casserole to feed a crowd, when one of them walked in and said, “I was thinking about what you said the other day…” And that was the moment. I put down the stirring spoon, turned around, looked him full in the face and let the impact of those words wash between us. “I was thinking about what you said…” That’s big. That’s powerful. And that’s exactly what we want to strive for as we seek to love, lead, guide, disciple, discipline and teach our children. In between the parental lectures on cleanliness and not driving above the

speed limit, in the midst of the day to day battles of chores and homework, we want the underlying current of our presence to have a lasting impact. Clearly we want our astute wisdom to begin to sink in and start to take root; we want them to “… think about what we said,” but it’s so much bigger than a “Go to your room and think about what I said” moment. It’s more foundational than that. It’s systemic, but above all else, it is relational. And I think that is where we miss the mark sometimes. We argue, we yell and we punish in the name of us being “right”, and often at the cost of the relationship. Should we discipline? Yes. Should we teach and train their hearts? Yes. Should we continually seek to point them in the way they should go? Absolutely, yes. But it is the way we do it that will either destroy the relationship or strengthen it. Because at the end of the day our kids have to trust us enough to understand that we are actually in their corner. It simply must be understood that trust moves at the speed of relationship.

Trust doesn’t move ahead, nor does it lag behind the relationship. They are one. They are concurrent and congruent with one another. Trust in friendship is essential. Trust in marriage is essential. Trust in parenting… yep, you guessed it – also essential. When our kids can get to the point wherein they trust that we are really for them, we can know we also have a healthy relationship, and so much good can come from that. It is through relationship that we get that obedience, it is through relationship that we get compliance, it is through relationship that we can share in the joys and sorrows of life together, both now and when they are 23, and 33 and 47. So hang in there, and remember that in the midst of all of the encouraging and correcting you will do today – they are actually listening. Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to mitigate negative behaviors. She is the Director of Central Alabama for Lifeline Children’s Services and is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of which were internationally adopted and she is a foster parent.

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Fall Events at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Fall is the perfect time to visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home. We’ve got an exciting lineup of events on tap! Here are details: Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, Nov. 1-30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily: Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 57th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season. The Gardens and Home will be festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border, in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. Beginning Nov. 1, the “Mum Watch” page on bellingrath.org will feature daily updates of the blooms. Christmas Masquerade Gala: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Magic Christmas in Lights at the Christmas Masquerade Gala on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 9 PM. This elegant evening is a preview of the 2020 season of Magic Christmas in Lights, and a brand-new scene created for the 25th anniversary will be “unmasked” at the event. The Gala will take place outdoors on Live Oak Plaza and will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is encouraged! The Gala is a fundraiser for the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation. Tickets must be purchased in advance; order from bellingrath.org, or call 251-459-8986. Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2020: It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s right here in south Alabama! The 25th Anniversary Season of Magic Christmas in Lights features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. The Southeast Tourism Society selected Magic Christmas in Lights as a Top 20 Festival & Event winner for November 2020. Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 27, and the show continues nightly from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine, through Dec. 31, 2020 (closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days). Purchase tickets on bellingrath.org, or at the door.



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Original Oyster House Honors Military with a Free Meal on Veteran’s Day

The Original Oyster House restaurants will serve a free lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 11 AM to close at the Gulf Shores and Mobile Causeway locations. Please show your military ID or wear your uniform so we can salute you in person and thank you for your sacrifice. “We want to thank all military personnel who served our country and who sacrifice so much in protecting our freedom. One way we can honor them is by providing a Gulf Coast seafood meal on Veteran’s Day. We also pay tribute to our service men and women with Military Mondays, providing military a 10% discount every Monday,” said Jim Harrison, general manager of the Original Oyster House on the Mobile Causeway. The Original Oyster House (OOH) has two locations, Mobile: 3733 Battleship Parkway, on the Causeway and Gulf Shores: 701 Gulf Shores Parkway on the Original Oyster House Boardwalk. www.originaloysterhouse.com

Mobile Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven & Blue Jeans

Join us November 14 & 15, 2020 at the Saenger Theatre to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with our ever-popular Beethoven & Blue Jeans casual concert. We’ll feature 22-year-old virtuoso Randall Goosby performing Beethoven’s violin concerto. As always, this concert brings a mixture of old and new, fresh and familiar, for all to enjoy. Please visit mobilesymphony.org/event/beethoven-and-blue-jeans for more information.

Children’s of Alabama’s Boots & BBQ Barn Bash

Children’s of Alabama’s Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off Sunday, November 15, 2020 to benefit the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music and dinner provided by Moe’s Original BBQ at O’Daly’s Irish Pub located at 562 Dauphin Street. Festivities start at 5:00 PM, with live music from Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats. Guests will enjoy live music and join us for award-winning barbecue and sides for dinner and are encouraged to wear their best pair of cowboy boots and come out to support a great cause for local children suffering from autoimmune disorders. http://give.childrensal.org/barnbash

4th Annual Wine & Wishes

Join us at our 4th annual Wine & Wishes benefiting Make A Wish Alabama on December 3! Our goal this year is to grant the wishes of 2 local wish kids with critical illnesses. Tickets will include gourmet heavy hors-d'oeuvres, an amazing open wine and beer bar, and live music to dance to all night long! Be prepared for another shot at our wine wall that has been a sellout every year! We will be taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including electronic bidding from your mobile devices. Many of the Make-A-Wish Alabama fundraisers had to be cancelled this year losing funds for wishes. Let's get out of quarantine to celebrate these brave kids and help support their wishes coming true! Wine and Wishes will be held at Ezell House Corporation at 407 Conti Street, Mobile, from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/ wine-wishes-2020-tickets-121729330705 for tickets and contact Laurel Flowers for partnership opportunities at Laurel@SFAgentFlowers.com.

Iron Bowl Legends Benefit Gala

Palmer Williams Group is hosting their fourth annual benefit gala on November 23, 2020, at the Battlehouse Hotel in Mobile. You will have the opportunity to meet and greet former Iron Bowl players from both Alabama and Auburn Universities such as Antonio Langham, John Copeland, Derrick Lassic, David Palmer, Sherman Williams and many more from Alabama and some tigers like Willie Anderson, Robert Johnson, Stephen Davis, Brent Fullwood, Gerald Donaldson, Angelo Wheeler and many others. During the event there will be a live auction performed by the former Legends and silent auction available throughout the event. A full course dinner will be served with a chance to hear encouraging words from a former NFL Iron Bowl Legend as the Keynote Speaker and cash bar is stocked with your favorite beverages. The funds raised will go towards our continuous efforts to offer free youth development programs such as LifeSync Academy life skills, financial literacy clinics and athletic youth camps. The funds also help supplement the costs of our organized youth baseball, basketball, football and soccer teams. To purchase tickets, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-bowl-legends-benefit-gala-tickets-115993978111. Mobile Bay Parents I November 2020




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Gulf Seafood Gala Showcases Coastal Cuisine

Enjoy outstanding Alabama Gulf seafood cuisine in the classic mid-century modern setting of the Isle Dauphine Club on Saturday, December 5, from 6-9 PM, when the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council presents the fourth annual Gulf Seafood Gala. This year’s event showcases the best of local seafood traditions with a nostalgic evening celebrating the coastal chic of the beachfront Isle Dauphine Club in its heyday. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Club made a bold architectural statement when it was built amidst the dunes overlooking the Gulf and opened for membership during early development of Dauphin Island as a resort destination in the late 1950’s. It is a rare example of the mid-century modern style in Alabama and a unique aspect of the Island’s colorful heritage. Join us at the Gulf Seafood Gala to enjoy an elegant sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Philip Patronas, owner of Pirate’s Bar & Grill at the Isle Dauphine. The menu includes Oysters Bienville, pan-seared flounder with cream sauce, and Shrimp Isle Dauphine, along with appetizers, salads, and desserts. A full cash bar will be available. Live music and a silent auction of original art will round out a memorable Dauphin Island experience. Due to the pandemic, table reservations for groups of friends or family will be required. The cost of the Gala is $100 per person, a portion of which may be tax-deductible. To reserve a table for your party of two, four, six or eight, send an email to info@dauphinislandarts.org. Seating is limited to 100 and tables will be assigned on a first come first served basis. Proceeds will be used to complete and equip the new Art Studio and teaching space owned and operated by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. For more information, visit www.dauphinislandarts.org.

11th Annual Turkey Trot for Hope 2020

Rapahope would like to invite you to join us in the area’s largest Thanksgiving Day tradition – Turkey Trot for Hope. Held at Battleship Memorial Park on November 26, the 5K and fun run ‘Gobble Wobble’ have quickly become a festive way to start the holiday season. In our 11th annual race, Turkey Trot is projected to have more than 1,700 racers, including virtual runners. You don’t want to miss out! We have in-person and virtual registration options. For more information, please visit raceroster.com/events/2020/32789/turkeytrot-for-hope.







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Mono: Not Your Average Virus Have you ever been so exhausted that you just can’t keep your eyes open at work– or in class? Or so tired that you slept for 24 hours straight? If you’ve experienced this sort of exhaustion without changing your daily routine, you may have infectious mononucleosis, or “mono,” as it is commonly called. Mono is currently affecting many students in the Mobile area, so it’s important to address some common questions and misconceptions about what to expect if you have mono. Can you only get mono from kissing someone? Mono is known as “the kissing disease” because it is spread through the saliva. This means that not only can you spread mono through kissing but also by sharing food or drinks or toothbrushes, or anything else that may have your saliva transferred onto it. What are the symptoms of mono? These symptoms can vary from fatigue and

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sore throat to pure exhaustion, fever, pus pockets or exudates on tonsils, enlarged spleen, and muscle pain. These symptoms are usually most severe the first week and then slowly improve over the next month. However, some teenagers feel fatigued until 3-6 months later. How do you treat mono? There is no medicine to treat mono. Your body will fight off the virus, but your body needs a lot of energy and nutrients to do this, so you will need to rest and stay hydrated to give your immune system the support that it needs to kill the virus. It is not uncommon to be so tired that you need to sleep for consecutive hours and days. Tylenol or Ibuprofen will help with some symptoms like headaches and muscle pain and fevers. Who is at risk of getting mono? Mono is most commonly seen in people between 15-25 years old but can be seen in children younger and adults older than this


age. You can also have mono more than once since there are multiple viruses that can cause mono. A person infected by one of these viruses is contagious 4-7 weeks before symptoms start and are contagious for several months after symptoms first appear. This is why the EBV virus spreads to almost everyone during our lifetime, and it is very hard to prevent the spread of mono. If you spot the symptoms of mono in your child, consult your pediatrician right away.



S 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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Cottage Hill Christian Academy Athlete Earns Four Player of the Week Awards In One Week

St. Paul’s Leadership Class Donates to Prichard Prep Students

Prichard Prep students came back to campus and were welcomed with masks and cards made by the Leadership Class at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Each student received a mask and card written just for them. PPS is blessed to have St. Paul’s as a partner and the Leadership Class that normally provides tutoring each week. We hope to have them back on campus in the near future! Pictured from L to R are Zac Lambrecht, with St. Paul’s Mrs. Portia Green, Principal at Prichard Prep, and Mrs. Leslie Lerner, Community Service Director at St. Paul’s and Prichard Prep board member.

Cottage Hill Christian Academy is very proud of the hard work our Warriors put in each week to give their best for the glory of the Lord. CHCA congratulates JD Pettaway for being awarded four player of the week awards after the Warriors’ win against Leflore in Ladd-Peebles Stadium! Pettaway was recognized by 105.5 WNSP Bryant Bank, WKRG 5 Friday Night Football Fever & Zaxby’s, Fox 10 with Greene and Phillips, as well as Crichton Optimist Club. JD, CHCA is proud of the hard work you put in every week and for the leadership you have shown on the team!

St. Ignatius Teacher Receives Golden Apple Award Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Hodges, 1st grade teacher, for receiving the Golden Apple Award. This award is given by WKRG News 5 in partnership with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, Riviera Utilities, Smart 911. Mrs. Hodges is pictured with a representative from the Sheriff's office, Mrs. Miller, Principal, Fr. Sheilds, her parents Janice & Barney Jerreau, Her husband Don Hodges, Mrs. Libby Little who nominated her for the award and her entire 1st grade class.

Corpus Christi Catholic School Class Has Fun While Leaning

Mr. Peter Stoyka, the middle school religion teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic School, uses the online game Gimkit as a learning tool in his class. "It’s always a fun day when we review lessons with Gimkit! It is a "game show" app for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win."

St. Luke’s Holds Multiple Pep Rallies for Homecoming 2020

St. Luke's cheerleaders performed 10 pep rallies in 2-days to allow all students the chance to celebrate Homecoming 2020! The theme this year was "Wipe Out". Senior, Dylan Hale won the title of "Mr. Wildcat 2020" after beating his competition at various rounds: catwalk, toe touches, dancing, flexing muscles and questions/ answers. Congrats, Dylan! 9


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St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ranked #1 in Best Christian High Schools in Alabama Niche just released their 2021 Best Schools in America and St. Paul's Episcopal School achieved the rank of #1 in Best Christian High Schools in Alabama! Go Saints!

St. Mary Eighth Grade St. FrancisAthon

St. Mary Eighth Graders raised $942 through the St. FrancisAthon Free Throw Challenge hosted by Father Victor Ingalls, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Mobile. Students attained pledges from family and friends for each free throw they could make. Proceeds from this special event benefited The Little Sisters of The Poor.

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St. Dominicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newest Honor Society Members

St. Dominic Catholic School is very proud of this exceptional group of students who were all inducted into our National Junior Honor Society. Students who are members of the National Junior Honor Society demonstrate the qualities of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character. Congratulations Mitchell Adams, Juliet Barber, Blane Barre (not pictured), Job Chachagua, Sarah Coy, Robert Gamper, Daniel George, Gabby Grant, Heaven Gray, Mary Linda Greenwood, Stephen Heim, Matthew Hites, Thomas Hunt, Noah Huynh, Joseph Johnson, Maria Kane, Payton McClarren (not pictured), Caroline Midgette, Maria Adelean Paneda, Cooper Patrick, Cameron Prine, Brianna Seiter, Keely Stapleton, Mia Stratas, Roman Tran, Justin Vu, Jonah Waits, Sophia Ward, and Kolin Wilson.

Lighthouse Baptist Academy off to a Great Start

Lighthouse Baptist Academy elementary students have started off the school year with strong academics, competitive athletics, and fun music training. Lighthouse Baptist Academy elementary students have enjoyed learning music in the school's new piano lab, and the third grade class has begun their weekly lessons on the recorder. The intramural soccer league is off to a great start, and the 5th-6th volleyball league has been practicing for their upcoming season. It's exciting to see all the teachers, parents, and administration strongly committed to the development of the younger grades.




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Prichard Prep K â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5th Grade Students Return to Campus

Staff and faculty were thrilled to welcome back our kindergarten â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5th grade students in September. Although everyone is wearing a mask and social distancing, spirits were lifted to have these precious children back on campus. Pictured are 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Kathy McHenry, and her students.

Math Opportunities at St. Ignatius

One of the things that allows the students from St. Ignatius to succeed are the educational opportunities that are available to the students. Academic excellence is in the foundation of everything we teach. One of those opportunities is the availability of advanced math, Algebra 1, for our students in 8th grade. These students test into this program that allows them to take Freshman level Algebra 1 as 8th graders. They will advance on to Geometry as Freshmen at McGill-Toolen. St. Ignatius is blessed with many students who move on to the St. Thomas Aquinas program at McGill-Toolen. Pictured are Jack O'Neil, Samantha Gerardi, Lee Vella Courtney, Andrew Murchison, Grace Greer and Jack Frazer.



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Studying the Pantheon at St. Dominic Catholic

St. Dominic Catholic School Students learned about Ancient Roman architecture and made colorful collages inspired by the Pantheon. They identified the geometric shapes of the Pantheon found in the dome, vestibule, pediment, frieze, and columns.

Williamson HS Assistant Principal Named Hero of the Month

Williamson High Assistant Principal Joseph Roberson was honored in September by the Mobile County District Attorney's Office as the Hero of the Month for the work he does with students, parents and the community. "We thank you for everything you're doing in our community," Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said. "It takes a very special person to not only do their job, but do their job well and go above and beyond the call of duty in doing extra special work for our young people." Roberson (pictured at center with Rich and Williamson Principal Kirven Lang) helped create a virtual Parents' Academy to help parents at the school join their students in transitioning to remote learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year. He also volunteered at a school cafeteria during the spring to help produce meals for MCPSS' feeding program. "I'm extremely humbled and honored," Roberson said. "I'm a hard person to surprise, so to be surprised and to be thought of in this capacity is truly a blessing."



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St. Luke’s Homecoming Court 2020

St. Luke's Homecoming Game was October 8, 2020. Headmaster, Dr. Pascavage escorted last year's Homecoming Queen, Shelby Windham. Shelby crowned Homecoming Queen 2020, Kennyde Williams. Homecoming Court 2020: Ella Halford, Cammie Waite, Chloe Gilmore, Charlie Ann Phillips, Anna Marie Bentley, Ella Ferebee, Jessica Choi and Taylor Smith.


Cottage Hill Christian Academy Senior Named Commended Scholar

On Thursday, September 24, Mrs. Richardson, West Campus Director, announced that Anna Olsen has been named a Commended Scholar in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program! A Letter of Commendation from CHCA and National Merit Scholarship Cooperation was presented to her when she was recognized. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Cottage Hill Christian Academy is proud of the commitment to academic excellence demonstrated by Anna Olsen! To celebrate Anna’s accomplishments, Mr. Sandefur treated her to lunch at Dauphin’s!

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Project Lead The Way to the rescue! Teaching STEM during a Pandemic

Going to school looks quite different in 2020. For many students, their bedrooms and kitchens have turned into make-shift classrooms, and their only interaction with their peers takes place over Zoom. It's requiring students, teachers and parents alike to adapt to these challenging circumstances. As a long-time funder of the STEM curriculum Project Lead The Way (PLTW), we checked in with two of our partner schools to see how they’re managing these unique times. The pandemic is completely changing the educational landscape this year. Zoom meeting rooms are the new classrooms! Principal Mary Divincenzo of Clark Shaw Magnet school near our AM/NS Calvert facility in Alabama, shares, “Problem-solving skills are very important in PLTW, and it’s something we work on in every module. Because we are in an unprecedented time of teaching, we’re really using those skills to figure out how to best teach our students, how to make sure they have what they need to understand and learn, and how to help each other. We must have the same 'don’t give up' attitude our students have when working through a PLTW course.” A major benefit of the curriculum is its real-world application. Students use the engineering design process as a thinking tool to apply to not just PLTW scenarios, but to other situations as well. In fact, they are having to use it while adapting to remote learning environments. Mary expressed, “Often we do not value change until we see how it affects our situations specifically. COVID has affected everyone, making us all realize the importance of collaborating, problem solving and fostering connection while being apart.” In response to the new educational landscape amidst COVID-19, Project Lead The Way released a full suite of resources for schools to enhance their distance learning efforts. It includes distance learning guides, trainings, webinars, course enhancements and more. And best of all, these resources are free for all active PLTW schools during the 2020-2021 school year.

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St. Dominic Students Create Lemonade War

St. Dominic Catholic School Students in Grade 5 recently read "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davis. Teachers brought the story to life by combining Literature and a Service project. Inspired by the book students had the great idea to create their very own lemonade war. Thanks to the generosity of our Eagle families $360 was raised and donated to a family battling cancer.

St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biology Class Solves Murder Mystery

St. Luke's pre-AP biology class recently worked to solve a murder mystery. Virtual students also participated in the lab. They used a sample of the contents from the "victim's" stomach to determine what he last ate. These results determine which restaurant and friend he spent his last night with. Which macromolecules will lead to his killer?

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Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Student Government Officers for St. Ignatius. These officers were voted up by their classmates to serve the school for this school year. Pictured with Mrs. Miller are President Andrew Murchison, Vice President Grayson Robinson, Treasurer Charlie Kidder, Secretary Madeline King, Historian Jack O'Neil and Religion Officer Austin Jackson. Also representing the school are homeroom representatives 5A- Michael Marshall, 5B- Mack Keaton, 6A- Kate Scot Hayes, 6B- Trip Cain, 7A- Brady Shirah, 7BBarrett Porter, 8A- Jack Frazer and 8B- Frances Katz.

Cottage Hill Christian Academy Continues to Love Where They Live...

Many families were impacted by Hurricane Sally in September. After receiving encouragement from CHCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head of School, students decided to serve the community and help those affected by the hurricane. Cottage Hill Christian Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cross-Country team gathered together to serve! The team worked to remove limbs, rake yards, and carry off debris from homes. The CHCA Cross Country team served the community around them with smiles on their faces and joy in their actions. CHCA is very proud of these students for being servant leaders and making the Lord known in the community by loving those around them!



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Barton Academy – Alabama’s First Public School – Set to Reopen to Students

Interior renovations underway; Principal named Barton Academy, originally constructed in Downtown Mobile in 1836 as the state of Alabama’s FIRST public school, will once again reopen its doors to students in August 2021. Mobile County Public Schools and the Barton Academy Foundation held an official ceremony in June to kick off the interior renovations for the new Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies. Since 2012, the Barton Academy Foundation has worked to secure funding needed to transform Barton’s interior – most recently used as administrative office space – into a technologically advanced, 21st century academic institution. The project began with $4.2 million in extensive exterior renovations completed by the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners to both Barton Academy and the adjacent Yerby building. The Barton Academy Foundation secured $14 million in donations and New Markets historic tax credits for the interior work. In July, the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners approved Superintendent Threadgill’s appointment of the new Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies’ first principal, Dr. Amanda Jones. Dr. Jones has been an educator for 19 years. Prior to her appointment at Barton, Dr. Jones has served as a teacher, achievement specialist, administrative intern, assistant principal, principal, and district coordinator for Mobile County Public Schools. Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies will enroll about 300 students in grades six through nine. This first-of-its-kind school will provide authentic project-based learning experiences integrating various subjects and challenging students to solve real-world problems. While Barton is an amazingly restored 1830s landmark on the outside, the interior will be a state-of-the-art learning environment rich in technology and innovations. Collaboration labs and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) labs will focus on activities relating to students’ real lives and future careers. Barton Academy will offer multiple foreign languages, fine arts and entrepreneurial learning with a strong global emphasis.

UMS-Wright Celebrates Homecoming 2020

The Parents' Association knocked it out of the park with Homecoming 2020! We are so thankful for this group of parents who tirelessly support our school and went over and beyond to give our students a Homecoming they will never forget! The week was filled with break parties, dress up days, door decorating contest, pep rally, parade and more! Tiana Dixon was named the 2020 Homecoming Queen and Edwin White was elected by the Lower School students as their Mr. Hero. As the alma mater says,...’’we have more than a school we have a home!”

Corpus Christi Students Study Ancient Writing In Social Studies class at Corpus Christi Catholic School, the 8th-grade students learned about Mesopotamia and the first writing system: Cuneiform. As part of the lesson, the students wrote in clay like the ancient Sumerians would have done. Aidan Flemming is pictured writing his name on a piece of clay.

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St. Mary’s Something Beautiful For God

St. Mary Catholic School held a school wide drive to collect items for the residents of The Little Sisters of The Poor through St. Mary's Something Beautiful For God Service Program. From preschool to eighth grade, each class was assigned a different item. Ranging from the basics of toiletries and hand sanitizers to party supplies to honor resident's birthdays, the students collected a multitude of items to bring happiness to this special home. Pictured are of some of St. Mary eighth graders delivering a carload of joy to The Little Sisters.


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Mary G. Montgomery Welcomes Class of 2024

On Monday, October 5, MGM welcomed the class of 2024 to campus for the first time. MGM’s firsts did not stop there, though. The class of 2034 also began their Viking Voyage as MGM’s inaugural pre-k class. MGM teachers, administration, staff, along with the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 welcome their newest crewmembers aboard and look forward to guiding you on your new adventure. Pictured, Kaylei Touchstone – freshman class of 2024.

The St. Paul’s 4th Grade Students Sponsors Eyeglasses Drive

The 4th grade sponsored an eyeglasses drive and collected 111 sunglasses, readers, and regular glasses! All of the glasses will be donated to the Lion's Club to help those visually impaired. Thank you for your support! 19


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St. Mary's Mrs. Ollis, Cheers to 20 Years!

St. Mary Catholic School welcomed Archbishop Rodi for his annual visit on a very special day this year, Mrs. Debbie Ollis's birthday! As this year marks her 20th year as Principal of St. Mary Catholic School, Archbishop Rodi gave Mrs. Ollis a very special blessing to mark this wonderful accomplishment.

St. Paul’s Faculty and Staff Participate in Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development

St. Luke's recently celebrated Senior Night by honoring the senior football players, cheerleaders and band members during a pep rally and before a home football game.



St. Paul's is committed to the principle that every member of our St. Paul’s community matters and that each of us, whatever our background, feels completely at home on our campus and are able to bring their whole self to school each day. During a recent faculty work day we engaged a highly-respected organizational consultant, Melanie Miller (melaniemilleratlanta.com) to conduct training for faculty and staff on this important topic.

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St. Dominic Students Receive Handmade Prayer Blanket

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St. Dominic Catholic School fifth grade students were each presented with a handmade prayer blanket and received a special blessing from Father Driscoll. May these blankets be a source of comfort to always remind them they are loved and the importance of prayer.

Hankins Middle Receives CLAS Banner Award

Last month, Hankins Middle School was presented with a District 1 CLAS Banner and check for its outstanding robotics and computer science program. The CLAS Banner award recognizes school programs that serve as outstanding educational models for other schools in Alabama. Pictured from left to right are: CLAS Executive Director Vic Wilson, HMS robotics and computer science teacher Bonnie Howard, HMS Principal David Diaz, and Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chresal Threadgill.


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All visitors are screened immediately for signs of illness and fever. We follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities. Our staff practices safe hand hygiene. We are wearing masks for your safety. Thank you for wearing your face covering. All visitors to campus are required to wear masks. Waiting rooms have been reconfigured to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

WNSP Game Day at Cottage Hill Christian Academy

The CHCA Warriors hosted WNSP 105.5 for their game day experience again this year! In celebration, several socially distanced pep rallies were held throughout the morning for all of the student body and their parents to participate in. During the event, Yellowhammer was there to join in the celebration and LifeSouth was present for donors to be able to give blood. The Warriors showed their pride throughout the event and into the football game that night as the varsity football team made a historic win over a 5A team for the first time in school history! 21



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absolutely one of our favorite holidays, especially in terms of food,” says Caroline King, a mom of six children, ranging in age between four and 16. But, no one in the family really liked turkey all that much. “We spent years making the traditional feast, but always had a second or third ‘main side’ for the kids and that was just silly,” she says. King says her husband Rich does most of the cooking and decided one year to punt the turkey and try a roast pork tenderloin with chipotle wine sauce instead. “Everyone loved it—the adults and the kids. Now, it’s our go-to for Thanksgiving,” she says.

Choose your own adventure.

Jocelyn Chilvers says she and her husband Jim enjoy being spontaneous and creative with the holiday. “It also helps that we like all kinds of food and find no appeal in eating the same dishes year after year,” Chilvers says. With families more far-flung than ever, not everyone is able to get together with extended family for the holiday. That’s one reason the Chilvers’ family chooses to surround themselves with good friends instead. For more than ten years, they’ve invited friends and neighbors over for a “Turkey Fry Open House” in their backyard from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. “We set up a turkey fryer on our lawn or driveway, away from any structures, and use a piece of drywall—pro tip!— as a base to catch any spills,” Chilvers says. The couple sends out invitations about two to three weeks in advance and friends can select a time when they’d like to fry their turkey—or, in some cases, their chicken, game hen or duck. Many guests just show up to socialize and enjoy beverages and light appetizers— often bringing their own foods to share. “This varies from cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit in the morning to stuffed jalapeños and bruschetta in the afternoon,” Chilvers says. “It’s a very fluid event with folks coming and going throughout the day.”

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competition in the form of board games and card games can bring generations of family members together. Anita Smith, a mom of two, says that she and her family like to play Texas Hold ‘Em each year after the big meal. Among the roughly 30 guests who attend the family’s annual Thanksgiving, around 10 like to circle around the card table to play a few hours of low stakes poker. “The big pot might be $3, but we act like it’s $500,” laughs Smith.

The conversation and camaraderie makes the game extra special. “It’s fun because it crosses all generations,” she says. “We have the 80-year-olds, those of us in our 40s, and the kids playing.” Smith’s sons Evan, 15 and Colin, 12, are the youngest players at the table. She says that the game offers a natural segue into conversations between the older family members and her children. “My kids get to know them, their personalities and stories from way back when.”

Fire up holiday spirit. Stacey Moorehead, a mom of six girls, says she and a group of families started the tradition of “Friendsgiving” five years ago on the day before Thanksgiving. The event is a fun way for the families to kick off the entire holiday season. The group gathers together with fall soups and foods, and the kids take part in a candy cane hunt. “Our many, many children all have a great time playing and running in our friends’ large backyard until the real show begins,” Moorehead says. The much anticipated “real show” is a fireworks event at a local lake. “We all load up, bundle up, pack hot chocolate and candy canes, and spend the evening watching fireworks,” Moorehead says. After that, the caravan drives through a holiday lights display set to festive music at a nearby campground. “What better way to start the holiday than with friends who truly are family!” she says. You rebel, you. Families change and

grow. Often what once worked well, no longer makes sense for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re sick of making candied yams that no one eats. Or you daydream of skipping the cooking and cleaning for a relaxing family vacation on the beach instead. “It seems that a lot of people live under unrealistic expectations, especially when it comes to holidays,” King says. “The focus needs to be on family celebrating what they are thankful for, not to be stressed out that the green beans aren’t up to snuff. Make food that makes you happy, make your own traditions. At the end of the day, you will remember the laughs and time spent together.” So go ahead and resist! Rather than running yourself into the ground chasing society’s prescribed picture-perfect holiday, create a meaningful Thanksgiving tailored just for your special crowd. You will be grateful you did. MBP

Christa Melnyk Hines loves spending Thanksgiving at home with her family. One year, she tried quitting the cranberry sauce that slides out looking like the can, but her husband rebelled. Holiday rogues must choose their battles wisely.



Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance

Scavenger hunts: For younger kids, parents can guide the hunt by choosing something to find. For example, “Find something blue!” Or, “Find five of the same object!” Or, “Find three things that start with the letter B!” Older kids might want to jointly come up with a list of items and then race to find them first.

Whether you’re trying to keep your preschooler busy while you take a work call, give your tween someone else to discuss Minecraft with, or host a neighborly game night, these ideas -crowdsourced from just about every parent we know -- will come in handy.

Show-and-tell: This can work with a small group of kids so long as an adult can facilitate. Each kid takes a turn showing something from their home and talking about why it’s special. For an ongoing activity, the group can choose themes (something given as a gift, something that makes you laugh, etc.) to focus on each day.

Little kids/Big kids video-chat activities

Story time: Parents, teachers, or reading-age kids can read aloud to a group. Picture books work well for younger kids, but older kids can choose to read chapter books -- try one chapter a day.

Board games (Battleship, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Sorry): Works best with two to four players who all have the same physical game at their home. For most games, each player will need to move the other players’ pieces simultaneously.

Tweens/Teens video-chat activities Board games (Balderdash, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit): Works best with two to four players. Older kids can play more sophisticated games, and not all require every kid to have their own gameboard.

Charades: Either use the traditional rules, or just act goofy and ask friends to guess what you’re doing.

DIY crafts: Whatever your kid’s into -- knitting, decoupage, Legos -- they probably have a friend with a similar interest. They can do it together, or one can teach the other.

Legos/Beyblades/other toys: Any toy that occupies your kid for a while can be played with alongside a friend or family member on the screen.

Play Heads Up! Like charades, but even more fun, this free app can be downloaded by both parties. Then players hold their phone up to their forehead, and the others give clues to help them guess from categories like “Pop Culture” or “Animals.”

Marshmallow/toothpick structures: Look for building challenges using household materials online. If you don’t have marshmallows, try pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, construction paper, or cotton swabs. A few kids can print out the same challenge and then work on it simultaneously. They can cheer each other on, offer tips, or even race to see who finishes first.

Social games and apps: These console and online games include social elements that can be fun for kids to play together or with family members, either in the same home or not. Some include text or voice chat. Dig into the reviews to figure out what makes sense for your family. (Draw Something, Fortnite, Jackbox Party Packs, Mario Maker 2, Minecraft, Roblox, Words with Friends)

Parallel play: Little kids may just enjoy playing side by side with an occasional glance to see that a friend is still there. You and the other parent can set up webcams for your kids and see how it goes.

Write plays: For those who want to skip the shooting and editing involved in filmmaking, a playwriting session can be a great creative outlet. One person can write the script on paper while video-chatting with friends about ideas, or multiple people can collaborate on a shared document.

Playdough or clay: Take out all the clay and any cutting or shaping tools and get started. Works well as parallel play or with specific goals (“Let’s all make animals,” or “Let’s each make something and then guess what the other friends made”). Mobile Bay Parents I November 2020





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nesses have connected with customers since social distancing began in March. Here are some ways you can support the small businesses you love while doing your holiday shopping.

Buy from the Moms and Pops.

If you need something, think twice before you start clicking away at big box store websites. They will weather financial storms better than smaller shops. If you are staying home this holiday season, give business to small stores that you would visit during more normal times.

Show up big for Small Business Saturday.

Since 2010, the small business counterpart to Black Friday has been Small Business Saturday. It falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and gives customers a way to support small businesses in their neighborhoods while getting great deals on merchandise and services. This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 28, but if you can’t dedicate your time to that day, discuss it with your family and make your own date to holiday shop from local, small businesses. Check in with your favorite businesses and see what deals they are extending past Small Business Saturday. Order merchandise online if the local store gets the sale. If you are limiting faceto-face shopping this year, buy online from your favorite small business. However, if the local store is part of a bigger chain, make sure the local proprietor gets the sale. If not, find another way to purchase items, such as curbside pick-up.


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Take advantage of delivery.

Some local stores are taking orders and payment over the phone, and then delivering to your doorstep. This not only stops face-to-face contact, but gives you a break from physically shopping during a season that is normally hectic.

Purchase gift cards for future use.

Purchasing gift cards is an easy way to support a small business. If there is a business that you frequent throughout the year, why not purchase more than you normally would for this season? It will give the business a boost, and save time for you later. Also, some businesses are able to send a gift card virtually to your email so there is no contact. 27


Check out merchandise using social media and electronic formats.

If a store is using social media and Face Time to give you a virtual tour, take advantage of that service. Call in or email your order to the store and then use curbside pick-up or delivery.

Reach out and request.

Want to do even more to support local small businesses? Call to find out ways you can give them your business during this unusual holiday season. Small business owners are getting creative, and they will probably be happy to share ways you can support them during this challenging time.

Take a virtual class.

Does your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite music instructor or sports coach offer virtual classes? Sign up for one now. Are there any virtual subscription services you can order that will support a small business? Try them out! Some business owners offer a discount if you buy several lessons in advance.

Leave a positive review.

If you purchase a product from a local small business and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing, leave a glowing review. If you get friendly, efficient customer service, talk it up on social media. People often make purchases because a trusted friend has recommended a business. Be that friend to small businesses this holiday season.

Contribute to Go Fund Me.

Some small businesses have started Go Fund Me pages to help pay employees and stay afloat. Consider donating to one of these to keep your favorite small business operating through this challenging season. In the spring, many small business owners were blindsided by the challenges social distancing created for their businesses. In the spirit of the season, support them during the holidays so they can remain a vibrant part of your local neighborhood. MBP

Janeen Lewis is a freelance journalist, teacher, and mom to Andrew and Gracie. She is a nationally published writer.

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Kelly has agreed to babysit Jacob on Halloween night - a job that gets significantly more difficult when Jacob is abducted by monsters. To get him back, Kelly teams up with a secret society of monster-hunting babysitters who exist to protect kids. The plot has holes big enough to drive a monster through and adults will spend the film rolling their eyes. For little kids, this film is nightmare fuel. But for tweens, this might hit the spot as a clean, relatively harmless, somewhat scary fantasy flick.

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The apocalypse happened seven years ago. All the creepy crawlies that call earth home mutated into giant, terrifying versions of themselves, covering the planet with monsters. Sundered from his girlfriend, Joel has finally discovered her whereabouts – a coastal compound 85 miles away. Now Joel’s going to take the dangerous journey and risk the monsters…all for love. This action film has a tongue-in-cheek tone and some surprisingly positive messages.

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This documentary follows Fox Rich and her campaign to have her husband, Rob, released from prison. Fox and Rob committed a desperate robbery in the early 90's in the hopes that they would be able to provide for their six kids, and though they were both caught, Rob got a 60-year sentence. Determined to free her husband from what she sees as an injustice, Fox struggles to raise a family while fighting the state. Photo ©Amazon Studios



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we showcase retailers in Saraland. Be sure to get your map/passport so you’ll know everywhere to go on the shopping route for savings and fun.

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tion Center. The Gulf Coast’s greatest holiday market features a variety of merchants from around the country under one roof for three exciting days of shopping! www.juniorleaguemobile.org/events/christmasjubilee/

(251) 675-4444 www.saralandchamber.com

November 20-22, 2020 Port City Craftsman Holiday Show

info@mobilefair.com www.greatergulfstatefair.com

November 14, 2020 2nd Annual Abby Fair Arts & Crafts Festival

Greater Gulf State Fair

@ The Grounds 1035 North Cody Road Mobile, AL 36608 The Fair offers fun and entertainment for the whole family! Theme-The Fair Goes Wild. Join us for the largest midway on the Gulf Coast.

November 7, 2020 Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride

@ USS Battleship Memorial Parkway 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, AL 36602 Toys For Tots will kick-off their holiday campaign at Battleship Memorial Park with the popular Motorcycle Ride. Registration begins at 8:00am. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

November 13 - December 24, 2020 Photos with Santa at the Wharf

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Ho Ho Holiday photo time in Santa’s Village! Fridays: 3pm - 6pm, Saturdays: 10am-6pm, Sundays: 12pm-6pm. December 21-23: 10am - 6pm, December 24-Noon-2 pm (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 13 - January 18, 2021 Ice Skating Rink

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Let us bring winter to you! Grab a pair of skates and glide, spin, or fall into the season! Hours: 4pm- 0pm Monday-Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm. Check online for Holiday times & changes. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 13-15, 2020

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@ Mobile Convention Center 1 South Water Street Mobile, AL 36602 Kick off your holiday shopping and support your community at Junior League of Mobile’s annual Christmas Jubilee located at the Mobile ConvenMobile Bay Parents I November 2020

(251) 288-8302 www.loblollyfarm.com

@ Abba Shrine Temple 7701 Hitt Road Mobile, AL 36695 2020 Port City Craftsmen Show-November 20, 21-9:00am-5:00pm and November 22-11:00am4:00pm. Admission is $3.00 or $2.00 with 1 can good which will be donated to Feeding the Gulf Coast, Children 13 and under-free.

Cloverleaf Baptist Church Fall Festival

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@ Loblolly Farm 9930 Stone Road Semmes, AL 36575 2nd Annual Abby Fair Arts & Crafts Festival from 10:30pm-3:00pm. Vendors, Music, Food, Entertainment and more.

@ Cloverleaf Baptist Church 6500 Three Notch Road Mobile, AL 36619 Join us for our Fall Festival from 1pm-3pm with fun, games and food. Free (251) 661-1883 www.cloverleafbaptist.net

November 14 - December 19, 2020 North Pole Express @ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Alllll aboooooard—choo choo! Put on your PJs and ride the Wharf North Pole Express each Saturday until Christmas, where every child will receive a candy cane, a coloring book, and a golden ticket sticker. Saturdays-10am-10pm.

(251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 15, 29 December 6, 13, 20, 31, 2020 Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Are you “saddled up” for the holidays yet? If not, then mosey on over to The Wharf and spend an evening under the moon in an enchanted horsedrawn carriage. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

November 19, 2020 Saraland Chamber Holiday Shop & Stroll

@ Various Locations in Saraland Saraland, AL 36571 Join us for our annual Holiday Shop & Stroll as


November 21, 2020 Family Farm Day 2020

@ Humming Star Alpacas 19700 Blueberry Lane Silverhill, AL 36576 Come visit and learn about alpacas, explore items made of alpaca fiber, shop with local vendors, participate in hands-on fiber arts, and have lunch. 10:00am-4:00pm. (251) 214-8224 www.facebook.com/Humming StarAlpacas

November 26, 2020 Turkey Trot for Hope 5K & Gobble Wobble Fun Run

@ USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park 2703 Battleship Pkwy Mobile, AL 36602 Come run the Turkey Trot for Hope certified 5k race and 1 mile Gobble Wobble fun run with us on Thanksgiving Day to benefit Rapahope! We have in-person and virtual registration options. raceroster.com/events/2020/32789/turkey-trot-for-hope

November 27 - December 25, 2020 Wales West Arctic Express

@ Wales West RV Resort and Light Railway 13670 Smiley Street Silverhill, AL 36576 Train rides, Santa visit with toy, millions of lights, potato cannon, hayless hayride, café & gift shop. Fri’s, Sat’s, Sun’s 4pm - 9pm. Daily, beginning December 11th. Reservations online. (888) 569-5337 or (251) 232-2322 enquiries@ waleswest.com www.waleswest.com


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@ Bellingrath Gardens and Home 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd Theodore, AL 36582 Join us for our 25th season! The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Open daily-5:00pm - 9:00pm. (251) 973-2217 www.bellingrath.org

November 28-December 23, 2020 Fish River Christmas Tree Farm

@ Fish River Christmas Tree Farm 13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East Summerdale, AL 36580 Choose & cut your own, pre-cut, flocked and container trees! Santa visits, live manger scene, camel rides, train and more! Open daily from 8am - 5pm. (251) 988-8114 fishrivertrees@gulftel.com www.fishrivertrees.com

November 30, 2020 SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Tree Lighting @ Tillman’s Corner Community Center 5055 Carol Plantation Road Mobile, AL 36619 SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held from 5:30-6:00p.m (251) 666-2488 info@swmcchamber.com www.swmcchamber.com

November 30, 2020–January 1, 2021 Mobile Christmas Night of Lights @ Hank Aaron Stadium 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd Mobile, AL 36606 See over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your own car stereo. 5:30pm-10:00pm. Cost-$8 per person, Children 3 & Under: FREE!


Weekends Only: November 29-December 15, 2020 Holiday Activities at the Farm

(251) 463-8280 www.alabamachild.org/tfh

December 3, 2020 The Prophecy Show

@ Saenger Theatre 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL 36602 St. Louis powerhouse The Prophecy Show will bring their signature and highly-energized Rock Opera to the Mobile Saenger Theatre at 7pm. www.mobilesaenger.com

@ Fish River Christmas Tree Farm 13982 Woodhaven Dairy Road East Summerdale, AL 36580 Choose a Christmas Tree. Holiday activities-Tannenbaum Express Tree Train, live manger scene, Camel/Pony Rides ($5 per ride) and Santa visits (10am-4pm) Nov.29-Dec.1, Dec.7-8, Dec.14-15. (251) 988-8114 fishrivertrees@gulftel.com www.fishrivertrees.com

December 4, 2020 Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra “Holiday Concert”

@ Foley Civic Center Foley, AL 36535 The child musicians are sure to move audiences with sounds of the Christmas season. 7:00pm (251) 943-1545 www.mobilesymphony.org

December 4-6, 2020 Holiday Market at the Pillars

December 1, 2020 Christmas Tree Lighting

@ The Pillars 1757 Government Street Mobile, AL 36604 3 Day Event-Shop Local Farmers, Crafters, Bakers and Makers, Hot Chocolate Bar & Sweet Treats and Special appearance by Santa

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Help us usher in the holiday season at 5:30pm with bulbs, garland, and glee. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

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@ Virtual Kick off the holiday season, browsing and bidding on wonderfully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and enjoying fun and fellowship, all while helping to support children and families in our

(251) 307-5382 www.classiceventsco.com/themarket

December 5, 2020 First Noel- Christmas at Cornerstone Gardens

@ Cornerstone Gardens 1066 Government Street Mobile, AL 36604 Join us for an afternoon of carols, live nativity &


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family friendly surprises and sweet treats. Stroll through the garden for the story of Christ’s birth as it comes alive! Donations suggested. 3pm-7pm www.cornerstonegarden.org

Mobile’s Singing Children Annual Christmas Concert

@ Cathedral of Immaculate Conception 2 South Claiborne Street Mobile, AL 36602 Mobile’s Singing Children Annual Christmas Concert. 7:00pm. Suggested donation at the door: $10.00 mobilesingingchildren@gmail.com www.mobilesingingchildren.org

SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 2020 Christmas Parade @ W.C. Griggs Elementary School 6001 Three Notch Road Mobile, AL 36619 Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Parade lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. at W.C. Griggs Elementary School on Three Notch Road in Tillman’s Corner. (251) 666-2488 info@swmcchamber.com www.swmcchamber.com

December 5 - 6, 2020

15th Annual St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar ad on page 5

370 South Section Street Fairhope, AL 36532 Silent auction with ONLINE BIDDING, vendor booths, bake sale, handcrafted gift baskets, and Christmas Cafe. Unique art and antiques for purchase. Kids activities and visit from Santa! Online auction preview-Friday,

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December 4 8:00am-8:00pm. Online bidding open-Saturday-8:00am-8:00pm, Sunday8:00am-3:00pm. Event open Saturday and Sunday-9:00am-3:00pm. Social distancing measures in place. (251) 517-5295 bazaar@stlawrencefairhope.com www.stlawrencechristmasbazaar.com

Christmas Boutique Bash

@ The Grounds 1035 North Cody Road Mobile, AL 36608 Join us for a fantastic day of shopping, food, and fun! We will have food trucks, shopping , photos with Santa for the littles, and so much more. www.whateverministry.com/christmas-in-july

December 6, 2020 Pet Photos with Santa

@ B&B Pet Stop 5035 Cottage Hill Road Mobile, AL 36693 Gather the furry, feathered, and 4 legged members of your family for a pet photo with Santa from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Benefits the Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter. (251) 661-3474 www.bbpetstop.com

December 11, 2020 Elf-A-Palooza

@ Downtown Mobile Mobile, AL 36602 December ArtWalk/Elfapalooza - This event will feature live content, prize giveaways, and more from local artists, arts organizations and businesses- including virtual tours, cooking demonstrations, musical performances, and educational talks! www.ncsmobile.org


December 11-12, 2020 The Pact Theatre Company presents “Christmas Magic”

Mobile, AL The Pact Theatre Company presents “Christmas Magic” on December 11-12. office@thepactmobile.com www.thepactmobile.com

December 12, 2020 Santa Run — Yo Ho Ho & A Bottle of Rum 5k

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Warm up your winter with a fun run at The Wharf! The Santa Run 5K is sure to be a good time for a good cause. Times: TBA (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

Saraland Mistletoe Market

@ Saraland Municipal Complex 939 Saraland Blvd S Saraland, AL 36571 Join us for the 3rd Annual Mistletoe Market from 9:00am–4:00pm, come shop, eat, and more! (251) 675-4444 www.saralandchamber.com

December 12-13, 2020 Mobile Symphony presents “A Bountiful Holiday”

@ Saenger Theatre 6 Joachim Street Mobile, AL 36602 Santa will unpack a bounty of musical gifts on our stage this year! We will celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned variety show with performances by various orchestral sections.






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December 18-20, 2020

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@ Arlene Mitchell Theater at Spring Hill College Mobile, AL 36608 Sunny Side Theater & Drama Camp Productions presents “Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. December 18-7pm, December 19-5pm & 7pm and December 20-5pm (251) 510-1808 www.azaleacityarts.org

December 31, 2020 Kids Confetti Drop

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Confetti Drop at noon, featuring tons of family friendly activities plus an early daytime countdown to the new year. 10am-2pm. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com

December 31, 2020 Reelin’ In the New Year NYE Street Party

@ The Wharf 23101 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 Reel in 2020 with us for our New Year’s Eve Street Party. DJ, Live music, family-friendly and adult-centered fun all rounding off at midnight with our marlin drop and fireworks. 4pm-12am. Admission is free. (251) 224-1000 info@alwharf.com www.alwharf.com MBP

Because of ever-changing circumstances due to Covid-19 and Hurricane Sally, please check with each venue prior to attending the event to verify the information provided is still accurate and up to date.



FamilyCalendar Sunday November 1

2020 Movie Series 3:00 AM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Frozen www.mobilesaenger.com

Thursday November 5

Early Learning with Your Baby Class 2:00 PM Virtual Event, Join the Mobile Public Library staff for a Zoom class designed to help you feel empowered with the knowledge and tools to help your baby’s brain grow and thrive. Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org 2020 Movie Series 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Ghost www.mobilesaenger.com The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” 7:30 PM The Pact Theatre, Mobile, AL, 36602 The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”. 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday (251)307-5056 thepactmobile.com

Friday November 6

The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” 7:30 PM The Pact Theatre, Mobile, AL, 36602 The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”. 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday (251)307-5056 thepactmobile.com

Saturday November 7

Stockton Sawmill Days 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Baldwin County Bicentennial Park, 51233 State Highway 225 Stockton, AL, 36579 Come celebrate the early logging and sawmill days of the South on the site of the first sawmill in the State of Alabama! A professional lumberjack show will take place in the morning and afternoon with log rolling, speed pole climbing, cross-cut sawing, spring board cutting, hot-sawing, wood chopping, ax throwing, and chainsaw carving. Live music will be performed all day. Exhibitors and folk artists will have booths throughout the park with fun kids’ activities. (251) 580-2572 www.stocktonsawmilldays.org Mobile Ballet - Inside the Studio Reserve a private safely-distanced performance for your small group inside the Mobile Ballet Studio - a rare exclusive behind the scenes opportunity including Q&A with the dancers. Call for more information. (251) 342-2241 The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” 7:30 PM The Pact Theatre, Mobile, AL, 36602 The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”. 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday (251)307-5056 thepactmobile.com

Sunday, November 8

Virtual Night at the Ballet: Ovation A ‘thank you’ for Mobile Ballet supporters -- enjoy

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an encore presentation of 2018’s audience favorite “Ovation”,shared with your family from the comfort of home. Email development@mobileballet.org for access details. The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical” 2:00 PM The Pact Theatre, Mobile, AL, 36602 The Pact Theatre Company presents “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical”. 7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday (251)307-5056 thepactmobile.com Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra 2:30 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra concert mobilesymphony.org

Thursday November 12

2020 Movie Series 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Jailhouse Rock www.mobilesaenger.com USA Flute Choir & Celtic Crue Fall Concert 7:30 PM Virtual Event, Mobile, AL, 36688 The USA Flute Choir & Celtic Crúe will perform their Fall Concert. This Musical Arts Series concert is closed to the public and will be accessible only as a live stream event. www.southalabama.edu/colleges/music/livestream. html

Saturday November 14

Beethoven & Blue Jeans 6:00pm; 8:30pm Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 We will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with our everpopular Beethoven & Blue Jeans casual concert. We’ll feature 22-year-old virtuoso Randall Goosby performing Beethoven’s violin concerto. 251-432-2010 mobilesymphony.org

Sunday November 15

Boots and Barbeque 5:00 PM O’Daly’s Irish Pub, 562 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Children’s of Alabama’s Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off Sunday, November 15, 2020 to benefit the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music and dinner provided by Moe’s Original BBQ at O’Daly’s Irish Pub located at 562 Dauphin Street. Festivities start at 5:00 p.m., with live music from Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats. Guests will enjoy live music and join us for award-winning barbecue and sides for dinner and are encouraged to wear their best pair of cowboy boots and come out to support a great cause for local children suffering from autoimmune disorders. //give.childrensal.org/barnbash Beethoven & Blue Jeans 1:00pm; 3:30pm Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 We will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with our ever-popular Beethoven & Blue Jeans casual concert. We’ll feature 22-year-old virtuoso Randall Goosby performing Beethoven’s violin concerto. 251-432-2010 mobilesymphony.org


Wednesday November 18

Toddler Storytime on the Patio 10:00 AM West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Rd Mobile, AL, 36609 Join us on the patio for stories and songs! Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. For more information or to register, please email westyou@mplonline.org. (251) 340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Preschool Storytime on the Patio 11:00 AM West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Rd Mobile, AL, 36609 Join us on the patio for stories and songs! Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. For more information or to register, please email westyou@mplonline.org. (251) 340-8555 www.mobilepubliclibrary.org

Thursday November 19

2020 Movie Series 7:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 2020 Movie Series – Footloose www.mobilesaenger.com

Friday November 20

Zoom Minute to Win It Game 4:00 PM Virtual Event, Register by November 16 to get a link to the competition and reserve a set of supplies. Then pick up your supplies from your choice of library locations. Use your supplies to play games and compete with other participants via a live Zoom link. Winner gets a fantastic, family strategy board game, Qwirkle. For more information or to register and receive your Zoom link, please call 251-340-1521. www.mobilepubliclibrary.org Christmas Masquerade Gala 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL, 36582 This elegant evening is an opportunity to get the first look at the 2020 season of Magic Christmas in Lights, including a brand-new scene created especially for the 25th anniversary. The Gala will take place on Live Oak Plaza and will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live entertainment. bellingrath.org Sunny Side Theater & Drama Camp Productions presents “Bring it On” 7:00 PM Spring Hill College Outdoor Stage, Mobile, AL, 36608 www.sunnysidedrama.com

Saturday November 21

Sunny Side Theater & Drama Camp Productions presents “Bring it On” 7:00 PM Spring Hill College Outdoor Stage, Mobile, AL, 36608 www.sunnysidedrama.com

Sunday November 22

2020 Movie Series 3:00 PM Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim Street Mobile, AL, 36602 The Bridge on the River Kwai www.mobilesaenger.com Sunny Side Theater & Drama Camp Productions presents “Bring it On” 5:00 PM Spring Hill College Outdoor Stage, Mobile, AL, 36608 www.sunnysidedrama.com



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FamilyCalendar Monday November 23

Iron Bowl Legends Benefit Gala Battle House Hotel, Mobile, AL, 36602 You will have the opportunity to meet and greet former Iron Bowl players from both Alabama and Auburn Universities. During the event there will be a live auction performed by the former Legends and silent auction available throughout the event. A full course dinner will be served with a chance to hear encouraging words from a former NFL Iron Bowl Legend as the Keynote Speaker and cash bar is stocked with your favorite beverages. www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-bowl-legends-benefitgala-tickets-115993978111

Thursday December 3

Wine and Wishes 6:30 PM Ezell House, 407 Conti Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Join us at our 4th annual Wine & Wishes benefiting Make A Wish Alabama! Our goal this year is to grant the wishes of 2 local wish kids with critical illnesses. www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-wishes-2020-tickets-121729330705

Saturday December 5

Living History Drill 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, USS Battleship Memorial Parkway, Mobile, AL, 36603 History comes to life when the living history crews board the USS ALABAMA and USS DRUM for drill time. These historical reenactors demonstrate life aboard our naval vessels during WWII. Call to battle stations is sounded at 1:00 p.m. as vintage airplanes attack the ship and the crew

defends her with guns blazing. www.ussalabama.com

locally harvested honey, handmade soaps, eggs and organic meats, fresh seafood, cut flowers and more!

Fourth Annual Gulf Seafood Gala 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Isle Dauphine Club, 100 Orleans Dr Mobile, AL, 36528 This year’s event showcases the best of local seafood traditions with a nostalgic evening celebrating the coastal chic of the Isle Dauphine Club. Gala proceeds will be used to complete and equip the new Art Studio / teaching space owned and operated by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council. (251) 490-0294 www.dauphinislandarts.org

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Online Storytimes 10:00 AM Mobile, AL Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. as youth specialists from Mobile Public Library share stories and songs. www.facebook.com/mobilepubliclibrarychildrens

First Sunday of every month

Free First Sunday - History Museum of Mobile


Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath Gardens and Home Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL, 36582 Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 57th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season. bellingrath.org

Through November 21

Market in the Park 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cathedral Square-Downtown Mobile, Mobile, AL, 36602 Local farmers market featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jellies and jams,

(Free) 1:00 PM History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal

Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Free admission for all visitors sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality every first Sunday of the month! www.historymuseumofmobile.com

Every 3rd Saturday

Ice Box Pop Up Market 2:00 PM Ice Box, 755 Monroe Street Mobile, AL, 36602 Every 3rd Saturday of the month, starting September 19th, we will be hosting local vendors for an afternoon Pop Up Market!

Because of ever-changing circumstances due to Covid-19 and Hurricane Sally, please check with each venue prior to attending the event to verify the information provided is still accurate and up to date.

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Saving for a Car

Q. I decided a couple of years ago to start following your plan. Part of getting out of debt for me included paying off my car. I’m taking your advice, and saving up to pay cash for my next vehicle. I know you like mutual funds, so should I put the money I’m setting aside for that purchase in a mutual fund?

A. I’m glad to hear you’ve decided to get control of your money. Mutual funds are great for long-term investing, and by long-term investing I’m talking about a bare minimum of five years—preferably 10. But I wouldn’t recommend them as a way of saving up for a vehicle purchase. The problem with mutual funds, in the type of short-term scenario you’re talking about, is they can go up, or down, in value. I’d suggest a simple savings or money market account when it comes to stashing the money you’re saving for a car. They don’t pay much in terms of interest, but your money will be safe, and you won’t have the ups and downs of the stock market to worry about.

Did you know the average monthly payment in America for a new car right now about $554 a month? It makes my head hurt to think about that much cash flying out the window every month on something that’s dropping in value like a rock. Even if you just stashed that kind of money in a shoebox you’d have over $6,600 saved in just a year. And despite what some people say, that’s enough to buy a dependable, pre-owned car.

Relationships and Giving


Do you have guidelines for giving when it comes to helping family members? My wife and I are both 52, we’re debt-free, and we have savings along with about $750,000 in retirement. We agree with you that it’s a bad idea to loan money to relatives, but we were hoping you could give us a little extra guidance.

A. I love that you have a helping and generous heart toward your family. Wanting to help is a noble and caring thing. Wanting to help

in the best way possible for all concerned in a sign of maturity and wisdom. The big thing is to make sure you’re helping someone get back on their feet, and make positive changes in their life. You’re not helping anyone when you give a drunk a drink, so you have to ask yourself if your generosity is really helping them or if you’re just enabling bad behavior. Also, you can’t give to a point where you’re putting your own household at risk. You have to continue to be responsible with your finances where your own family is concerned, as well. This isn’t about being a control freak. It’s about using the resources God has given you in a wise and responsible manner. In human terms, that means helping someone get out of a mess they’re in, while at the same time ensuring they’re working to make sure they never end up there again!

SUNDAY PUZZLES Whether a solo personal challenge or joint family effort, we make it easy for you to start solving—simply play on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Start solving at mmfa.org/ puzzles. Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, born Newfoundland, 1858–1924), Fall Foliage, ca. 1910–1913, watercolor, graphite, and pastel on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of Mrs. Charles Prendergast, 1985.12.2

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Moms who complete the PRAMS survey receive their choice of a cooler bag, diapers, or manicure set! Responses are kept confidential to the extent of the law. For more information, please call us at 334-206-2923 or go to alabamapublichealth.gov/PRAMS ADPH does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, religion, disability, genetic information, and other federal, state, or agency regulations and policies. Inquiries regarding 1 nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Civil Rights Coordinator: ADPH CRC, RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 1010, Montgomery, AL www.facebook.com/auburnopelika.parents 36104, Tel. 334-206-5226, or email crcomplaints@adph.state.al.us.



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