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Baptist Medical Center South By registered appointment only. Your heart is complex. You may eat healthy and exercise regularly, but unless you show recognizable signs and symptoms of an abnormal heart condition, you may never know if you have a problem until it’s too late.

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Contents February 2013 Volume 18 Number 2

Features 58

10 Indoor Activities for Winter

Don’t let the cold weather keep you and the kids in hibernation. Use these fun ideas to make winter lively around your home!


The (New) Parent Trap

Find advice for adjusting to a new baby, which includes accepting help from others and avoiding isolation, among other important tips.



New & Expectant Parents Guide

Our local guide directs you to all things “baby” in the River Region, from pediatricians to clothing and much more!

6 From One Parent to Another DeAnne Watson

8 Living With Children


Save Big on Baby Gear

Learn easy and practical ways to cut costs when caring for your new baby.

John Rosemond

12 Kids Health Watch sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

On The Cover

14 Montgomery Education Matters by Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson

Departments 10 Bits and Pieces

46 Autauga Education Matters by Superintendent Spence Agee

15 School Bits

50 Elmore Education Matters by Superintendent Jeffery E. Langham

54 The FlyLady

76 Calendar/Support Groups

Marla Cilley

56 Get This!

91 Advertiser Directory

Paige Gardner Smith

62 A Page in a Book Paige Gardner Smith

71 Relocating with Kids Julie Steed Montgomery Parents I February 2013

Gabrielle Davis was born November 18, 2012. She was only two weeks old for her first modeling job. Parents are Adam and Becky Davis of Wetumpka.


92 Movie Reviews

MontgomeryParents The River Region’s Foremost Parenting Source

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


Marty Watson (1950-2006)

Editor DeAnne Watson

Associate Editor Alison Rouse

Research Editor Wendy McCollum

Contributing Writers Spence Agee Marla Cilley Karen Doles, M.D. Sandra Gordon Dr. Jeff Langham Kerrie McLoughlin John Rosemond Heidi Luedtke Smith Paige Gardner Smith Julie Steed Barbara W. Thompson

Cover Photography Lori Mercer Photography

Ad Design Tim Welch

Publisher Jason Watson

Advertising Opportunities

From One Parent to Another... You only have to take a second look at this month’s cover to see why everybody LOVES babies! They are tiny little humans with tiny little features and the softest skin we’ve ever touched. And don’t forget about how good they smell...that mix of baby shampoo and baby lotion is to die for! But let’s face it, while babies are adorable, they also bring with them sleepless nights, countless dirty diapers, what sometimes seems like never ending crying and a loss of freedom you once enjoyed as a couple who could go and do whatever you wanted whenever you wanted. And while no one would deny the difficulties babies bring, the rewards far outweigh the hardships. Having children, I believe, makes us better people...people who have to sacrifice what we want for the sake of another. Having children strips us of our selfishness probably as much as anything else as we constantly give of ourselves to raise these little ones into adulthood. The love we give our children and receive in return from them is like nothing’s a gift from God. But, since it IS such hard work, we have devoted our February issue to BABIES and helping new parents. First, in The (New) Parent Trap, you’ll find advice for the first months of motherhood, as it pertains to letting others come alongside and help you. Many new moms make the mistake of trying to do everything alone and they wear themselves out physically and emotionally. I was somewhat guilty of that myself, needing to prove to myself that I could do this “mommy” thing. If I could go back I would probably have accepted more offers for help and even asked for it a few more times. Next, we have included 6 Ways to Save Big on Baby Gear. You’ll find obvious cost cutters like breastfeeding and considering cloth diapers, but the author also discusses why generic formula is just as beneficial as name brand, when to shop for the best bargains for babies and renting baby gear for travel. Also don’t miss our New & Expectant Parents Guide which lists River Region businesses offering infant clothing, prenatal and pediatric services, support groups, classes and more! While we can’t fully prepare for the changes a baby brings to our lives, we can learn as much as possible to make the transition easier. We hope this BABY issue helps you do just that. Finally, check out this month’s Bits & Pieces and Family Calendar for fun local events you can enjoy alone as a couple or with the kids in tow. Activities start picking up this time of year with the promise of spring right around the corner. Get out and about and make as many memories as you can with your kids, because our babies do grow up so fast!



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Living With Children

By John Rosemond

Supporting Irresponsible Adult Delays Maturity Q: We have an

arrangement, one that you should not participate in. She isn’t going to learn how to deal with life’s realities if you make it possible for her to be both irresponsible and care-free. Decisions of this sort are riddled with guilt and self-doubt. They are the toughest of parental decisions, in fact. Hang tough, and remember that life’s most valuable lessons are learned the hard way.

adult child who doesn’t want to grow up. She quit college after two years and moved across the country. As we anticipated, she’s having difficulty supporting herself. In fact, she doesn’t have a job and seems to have no real motivation to get one. Her mother, my husband’s ex-wife, thinks we should be sending her a monthly allowance to help with her rent and food. We have kept her on our health insurance, but feel that sending her money would equate to approving her poor choices and unacceptable lifestyle. What would you do?

Q: My 10-year-old daughter is having thoughts about other girls. She says she’s worried because she notices and admires other girls’ figures. I know this is normal, but I’m not really sure what to say to her. She seems to be obsessing about it. What’s your advice?

A: I’d do what you’re doing. Legally,

A: You should tell her what you

you are under no obligation to support an adult child, and supporting an irresponsible adult child will only further delay her maturity. It may be what she wants, and it is surely going to make her life temporarily more comfortable, but it is not what she needs, not in the long run. Her mother is obviously addicted to enabling, and the girl is obviously addicted to entitlements. This is a toxic

already know to be true: It’s perfectly normal for a pre-teen girl to admire other girl’s bodies. Point out to her that adult men admire other men’s bodies and adult women admire other women’s bodies. Admiration and sexual attraction are two entirely different things. It’s also fairly normal for pre-teens to experience a moderate amount of obsessive thinking about one thing or


another. Their tendency to worry about themselves probably has to do with changes going on in brain chemistry and cognitive abilities as well as related changes in self-concept. In that regard, it’s important that you not make this a topic of frequent conversation. The more you talk with her about it, no matter how understanding and reassuring you are, the more obsessing she’s likely to do. Say what you have to say, and then tell her something along these lines: “This is not something we need to keep talking about. In fact, the more we talk about it, the more you’re going to think about it, and the more you’re going to worry about it. I’ve said all I have to say, so let’s make an agreement that this is the last conversation we’re going to have about this.” She’s looking to you for indication of whether this is important or not. If you act like it’s not worth talking about, she’ll eventually stop worrying about it—eve¬ntually being the operative word. At that point, because she’s a pre-teen, she’ll probably start worrying about something else.

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bits & pieces Order of the Cimarrón Mardi Gras Parade February 9 * 1 p.m. until Downtown Wetumpka The parade will include vibrant floats featuring all that is Mardi Gras with plenty of colorful beads and other Mardi Gras-related throws. This year’s theme to the Order’s parade is “A Journey Through the French Quarter.” This event is free to attendees and participants. Call (334) 300-7583or e-mail

Montgomery Quidditch Tournament & Festival February 23 * 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Blount Cultural Park Quidditch is a fictional sport created by British author J. K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series of novels. It is described as a rough, but very popular semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches around the world. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals three on each side of the Quidditch field. In the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch holds a fervent following similar to the position that soccer holds as a globally popular sport. The sport has been adapted to the real world and its players are referred to as muggles. Since at least 2003, Harry Potter fans have played ball games resembling the Harry Potter sport. In the United States, teams from more than 200 colleges are affiliated with the International Quidditch Association and play tournaments. A spectacular Opening Ceremony will kick off a magical day. Attendees can stroll through Diagon Alley, a showplace where merchants and organizations are showcased in Harry Potter themed displays. Food and drink inspired by the books will also be available for purchase. To register or for more information, visit

Upcoming Events at the MPAC

For tickets or more info on any of the following, visit or call 481-5100.

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this classic musical love story is filled with dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band Saturday, February 9, at 8 p.m. This power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. Kenny Rogers February 15 at 7:30 p.m. Singer, musician, writer, actor, and photographer who enjoys enormous success on both the country music and pop music charts. Hair February 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Broadway musical live on stage is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America! Little Big Town (shown at left) February 20 at 7:30 p.m. This country music group has top ten singles that include “Boondocks,” and “Bring It On Home.” Comedian Rodney Carrington February 22 at 8 p.m. Comedy acts combined with original songs! Black Jacket Symphony Presents “The Doors” February 23 at 8 p.m. Live performance of the classic songs!

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeare’s Macbeth through February 9; also May 10 and 18. A thrilling new staging of this ultimate quest for power. Recommended for ages 13+. For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353. Faulkner Dinner Theatre presents The Drowsy Chaperone February 7-9; 14-16; and 21-23. Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:15 until 7. The show begins promptly at 7:30. Reservations must be paid in advance. For reservations or more information, call 386-7190 or e-mail Wetumpka Depot presents A Southern Exposure through February 9. This hilarious and heartbreaking comedy is set in small-town Kentucky and centers around the relationship between Callie Belle, her cantankerous grandmother and her two eccentric aunts. For tickets, visit or call (334) 868-1440. Cloverdale Playhouse Theatre presents Cabaret February 14-24. This classic of the American musical theatre takes place in the Kit Kat Klub of Berlin as the 1920s draw to a close. For tickets or more information, call 262-1530 or visit Millbrook Community Players present The Wizard of Oz February 21 through March 2. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination! Please call 334-782-7317 or visit for ticket information. Prattville’s Way Off Broadway Theatre presents Cookin’ with Gus February 21-March 10. Gussie Richardson is a famous food columnist and cookbook author. Her agent comes to tell her she’s been offered her own daily network television show. The taping turns into a comic nightmare concluding in an all-out food fight that almost ends the show and her marriage. Fun for the performers and a great evening for the audience. For more info, call 334-358-0297 or e-mail 10

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Alabama Dance Theatre Presents ‘The Princess Ballets’

Montgomery Miracle League Registration

The Alabama Dance Theatre’s spring season will feature an unprecedented event, “The Princess Stories” which will include excerpts from “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” and “Sleeping Beauty.” “The Princess Ballets & more!” will be performed March 1-3 at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. The performance will also include “C’est la Vie” choreographed by Resident Choreographer Sara Sanford and last performed at the 2007 National Festival in Pittsburgh. Foye DuBose’s popular “HHV101” merges the styles of classical ballet with modern day hip hop. Kitty Seale’s delightful and playful ballet “Invitation to the Dance” depicts the hilarious antics of young girls preparing for their first dance at a nearby military school. Performances are Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m. at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale February 11 and range in price from $15 to $30. Reserved and general admission tickets are available at the Armory Learning Arts Center by calling ADT at 2412800. For more information, visit * After the shortened children’s matinee on March 2, and after the full performance on March 3, children are invited to come on stage and meet Cinderella, Jasmine, and Sleeping Beauty for a $10 donation. Each ticket to “Meet the Princesses” includes a chance to win an American Girl Doll. Drawings will be held Saturday and Sunday following the performances. Two American Girl Dolls will be given away. (photo by David Robertson, Jr.)

Elton John & His Band Friday, March 22 * 8-10 p.m. Garrett Coliseum Buy tickets at, by phone 800-7453000, Coliseum office and Publix on Vaughn Road or Zelda Road.

Saturdays, February 9 & 16 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Both Saturdays) The Miracle Field (Field 8) located at the Ed Thompson Complex on Ray Thorington Road, Montgomery (Across the street from Blount Elementary) Registration: $30 (covers uniform & trophy) PLEASE NOTE!! While there is a registration fee, many scholarships ARE available! PLEASE do not let the registration fee hinder your decision to allow your child to play! The Miracle League provides an opportunity for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to play baseball on a special field with a soft, synthetic covering to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and those a little unsteady on their feet. There are players with autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, deafness, blindness, and brain injury, to name a few. The Miracle League also needs volunteers for Coaches and Buddies (to help the players). If you or someone you know would like to come out and be a part of this awesome program, please come to the registration and fill out a Volunteer Application and join the fun! We will have coaches and buddies at the field on the days of registration, so bring your players and they can practice while you fill out the paperwork. If you have any questions or need any other information, please e-mail or find us on Facebook at Montgomery Miracle League


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Treating Vomiting at Home Ugh. The dreaded throw up bug. As a sufferer of emetophobia (the intense fear of vomit), I understand not wanting to put a vomiting child in your car if you don’t have to. So, if one of these nasty viruses attacks your home, what do you do? The typical story of most stomach bugs is the vomiting comes first, and often with a vengeance. Diarrhea typically starts 12-24 hours later. Many children get fever, headache, and body aches as well. Many will throw up over and over for a few hour period. If the episodes start to spread out quickly, hopefully your child will get by with little intervention. If the vomiting spell is lasting more than a few hours, call your pediatrician to see about a medicine to help control the vomiting. Once the vomiting starts to subside a little, it is a good time to start trying to get fluids in your child. Offering them in the midst of the vomiting phase is likely to result in more vomiting. The best drink for the vomiting child is an oral electrolyte solution, such as Pedialyte. Babies under one year need to have the premixed solution. Older children may prefer the packets that are added to water which tend to have a better taste. If your child doesn’t like it, try something

else. The goal is to get them to drink, not to give them something that they are refusing or gagging down in disgust. Sports drinks are a good option and offer some electrolyte value, however, they are full of sugar, which can make diarrhea worse. If they don’t like sports drinks, try watered down lemonade or juice. Flat, decaffeinated soda is also an option. Plain water can be a bit nauseating for someone with the stomach bug, however, it is fine to try if that is what your child desires. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to 4 oz of water or 1 tsp of flavored gelatin to 4 oz of water. If your child has been throwing up a lot, he or she will likely be very thirsty and want to gulp down a drink. Don’t let them, unless you want to see it back! A large amount will likely just be vomited back up. Start with a sip or two every 10-15 min. If your child throws this up, wait 30 minutes before trying again. If your child is sleeping or refusing, put a teaspoon or two of Pedialyte in a syringe and give it to them like you would medicine every 10 minutes. If you are by the television, a guide is to give a sip every time a commercial break starts! If your child is tolerating these small amounts after two hours or so, allow him to have an ounce or two at a time, every 20

minutes. If he can tolerate this for a few hours, let him drink at will. Avoid solid foods for about 24 hours. It is time to call your child’s pediatrician if you have tried oral rehydration and your child is still vomiting. If you are not able to keep up with the fluid loss and your child is listless and sleepy, crying without tears, or is not urinating or having wet diapers, he needs to be seen. Some children will require IV fluids to get back on track. If your child is complaining of severe or localized abdominal pain, this may be an indication that there is something besides the stomach virus going on, and you should notify your pediatrician. And wash your hands constantly. These viruses are highly contagious! Dr. Karen Doles is a board certified pediatrician practicing at Professional Pediatrics in Montgomery, Alabama. She completed her medical degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and her residency at State University of New York in Buffalo. She lives in Montgomery with her husband and active 3 year old son.

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Kindergarten is a wonderful place. Young children learn the basics that will be the foundation for their formal education. However, modern research has discovered that 90 percent of a child’s brain has developed before he or she begins kindergarten. It is important to begin teaching your child with exposure to music, colors, art, shapes, and language as soon as she arrives home. Reading to your child every night not only helps to build language skills, it also provides an opportunity for you to share a few minutes at the end of the day and to hold him or sit by her bedside and be together. It doesn’t matter if the child is not old enough to understand the words, show him the pictures...but it is the sound of your voice and the time together that is important.

As children grow older, they should begin to learn their colors and shapes. Counting the number of blue cars along the highway or the number of apples in a bag at the grocery store is a great exercise for young children. Teaching her to count to 10, then 20, then to 100 is a wonderful introduction to the world of math. Before a child enters kindergarten, it is important that he know the basic colors, basic shapes, and has learned his full name, address and telephone number. Being able to read a few words and reciting the alphabet are also great skills to know as a child begins school. It is also very important for parents to continue to teach as children grow. Many children develop a love for history by listening to family stories about the past. Grandparents and older family friends are great resources to help children understand our recent history. Research and reading on other topics are another way to ignite that curiosity. If your child sees an airplane and marvels at its speed, suggest you work together to find out how airplanes work. Reading about the Wright Broth-

ers and the history of aviation in Montgomery and aviation pioneers like Amelia Earhart, Charles Limburg, John Glenn and the barnstormers of the 1920s bring history to life in an exciting way and help a child understand how transportation has evolved. It is important to know that a parent’s job as a teacher never really stops. How to make a budget, do laundry, and volunteer in the community to help others are all lessons that best come from a parent. Maintaining communication and providing guidance will help strengthen the bonds that began as readings at their bedside before they could talk. A school teacher’s job is important, but it is the parents who give the most important lessons from the very first day. Barbara W. Thompson is Montgomery County Schools’ superintendent. She has served children as a teacher, curriculum leader, elementary principal, and supervisor of secondary alternative and at-risk programs. Superintendent Thompson’s skill as an educator has garnered her several professional honors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of School Administrators and the Board of the School Superintendents of Alabama.

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Success Unlimited Forms Consumer Science Club Success Unlimited Academy has formed a new Consumer Science Club which allows students opportunities to cook, bake, sew, research careers, and understand the basics of living as an independent adult. “After our first meeting students were stopping me in the hallway to ask when we would have our next meeting,” said Lissa Blankinship, the club’s sponsor. The third Wednesday of each month is set for club meetings. In September, the students made pillows with a sewing machine and handstitched to close. They also made pancakes from scratch with real maple syrup.

ECA Kindergarten Classes Celebrate Jesus’ Birthday The K-4 and K-5 classes at Evangel Christian Academy had been learning about the birth of Christ in Bible class. Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Lomeli and Mrs. Cole, wanted to help the students focus on the true reason for Christmas and decided to host a birthday party for Jesus. Each student decorated his/her own special cupcake for the event and sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. Montgomery Parents I February 2013

Trinity Presbyterian School had six teams participate in the Alabama Youth Judicial Conference in Montgomery on November 10-12. Three teams placed in the top 10 for their division. One was selected as a Top 10 Plaintiff Team for the state. Members included Annelise Patterson, Caroline Lee, Jessica Griffin, Felicia Long (team legal advisor), Mary Grace Burks, Emily Stone and Cassie Felder. Senior Lauren Kingry served as Chief Justice and presided over the entire Alabama Youth Judicial Conference. The majority of the “Media Team” was made up of Trinity students, including Kristian Duraski (editor), Jacqueline Morris (social media editor), Abby Betts and Sam Hansen. The “Media Team” put out 20 editions of the Alabama Youth Judicial newspaper, Tomorrow Today, throughout the weekend, as well as maintained the Tomorrow Today Facebook page and Twitter feed from the Federal Courthouse. From left are Annelise Patterson, Caroline Lee, Jessica Griffin, Felicia Long (team legal advisor), Mary Grace Burks, Emily Stone and Cassie Felder.

Montgomery Catholic Jingles for Arthritis Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School supported the Arthritis Foundation by participating in the Jingle Bell Run on December 1. The Montgomery Catholic Racing Knights 37-member team raised more than $3,545 for the Arthritis Foundation, finishing as the third-highest fundraising team. Led by Team Captain and MCPS parent volunteer Tracie Colvin, the Racing Knights team was made up of students, faculty, staff, administrators and family members. The Montgomery Catholic’s 2012 Jingle Bell Run team members were Brennan Binns, Carson Binns, Christie Binns, Ethan Binns, Matt Binns, Anne Ceasar, Charlie Colvin, MacKenzie Colvin, Vicki Dickson, Dan Downes, Jacob Downes, Nathan Downes, Sloan Downes, Trey Downes, Valerie Downes, Ruth Glenboski, Tony Glenboski, Kay Hassett, Vickie Hulcher, Anna Lee Ingalls, Mary Kelley, Sarah Beth Littrell, Andrea McOmber, Kate McOmber, Nathan McOmber, Kristen Piatek, Josh Stark, Katelyn Stark, Sharon Stark, Annabel Starrett, Audra Starrett, Eli Starrett, Mary Regan Starrett, Hunter Walski, Mindy Walski and Julie Wood. The team’s top fundraiser was Sloan Downes, who raised a total of $1,905. Mrs. Downes is passionate about the cause because of the impact Rheumatoid Arthritis has had on her own family. Like her team, Downes was the third-largest individual fundraiser for the Jingle Bell Run this year. 15

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Lee ROTC Color Guard Recognized By Maxwell AFB

BrewTech Classes Collaborate on Project

BrewTech’s carpentry and art classes recently collaborated on an Adirondack chair project. The junior carpentry classes constructed the chairs as one of their major projects this year and the art classes painted them in a variety of imaginative designs. These attractive and comfortable chairs will now be offered to the BrewTech family for a donation to support future projects. Wayne Walters is the Building Science Academy instructor and Tara Jarrett is the art instructor.

The members of the Robert E. Lee High School AFJROTC Color Guard Team and their instructor SMSgt Dunlap were recently presented with a plaque and certificate of appreciation from the members of the 908th Air Lift Wing/25TH APS, Maxwell AFB. They were recognized for their outstanding performance during a flag-folding ceremony for the retirement of CMSgt Adriel. From left are Director of Operations Lt Col Jonathan Flanders, LoJay Daniels, Dari Thornton, SMSgt (Ret) JoDell Dunlap, Jonathan Mosely, Adam Fabacher, William Thornton and CMSgt (Sel) Del Brian McNutt.


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Macon East Academy Holds Spelling Bee

Students in fourth through eighth grades competed in a school spelling bee at Macon East Academy. The first-place winner from each grade represented MEA on January 22 at the District 6 Spelling Bee. Grade-level winners pictured are as follows: First Row: Emma Kate Holley (4th grade winner), Justin Reynolds (4th grade alternate), Lane Johnson (5th grade winner), Trent Watson (5th grade alternate) and Claire Donaldson (6th grade winner); Back Row: Emily Magda (7th grade alternate), Hannah Johnson (7th grade winner), Laura Vickery (8th grade winner), Ty Grant (8th grade alternate) and Cooper Gouge (6th grade winner)

Nurse Speaks with Hooper High School Girls

Callie Lawhon, R.N. was a guest speaker to Hooper Academy’s high school girls’ physical education class. She has more than five years’ experience in OB/GYN nursing and has volunteered as a nurse at River Region Pregnancy Center for the past two years. The pregnancy center is a Christian-based facility that ministers to young women facing unwanted pregnancies, offers parenting classes, post-abortion counseling, and STD teaching. Lawhon delivered a presentation focusing on young women’s health. Students were given the opportunity to learn more about their bodies and making good choices related to maintaining optimum health. Discussions included STDs and consequences of such diseases, in addition to the emotional ramifications of choosing sex before marriage. Students learned that abstinence is the best way to protect their physical and emotional well-being.

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Eastwood Students Dig for Archaeology Lesson Eastwood Christian School’s third-graders participated in an archaeological dig in their classroom. They were studying the city of Troy with its 4,000 years of history, and learning how it is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The students in Mrs. Lee’s and Mrs. Owen’s classes painted pottery weeks before their dig, buried it and built layer upon layer of sand, earth, etc. The pottery was broken and the children had to excavate, find and recreate their masterpieces. Shown with their completed work are Lani Moore and Lillie Grace Pene.

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Holy Cross Spreads Christmas Cheer at Jackson Hospital Holy Cross Episcopal sixth-graders were given the opportunity to spread the joy of Christmas to the patients at Jackson Hospital. Rather than buying gifts for each other, they painted ornaments at their school Christmas party. The students called them prayer ornaments, hoping they would remind the patients that they had people praying for them. They were given the chance to go in a few of the patients’ rooms and sing their favorite Christmas carols to them. For patients who could not have visitors, students stood right outside their rooms and sang their hearts out, making sure the patients could hear them. Once the students handed them an ornament, they would also say a prayer for the patient, asking God to give them a bright and joyful Christmas. “I think it touched the nurses and parents watching, as much as it touched the patients,” said teacher Amber Wright. “The students learned a lot about giving this Christmas, which is more than we could have asked for during our trip to Jackson.” Nurse Cathy Griffith showed the students and their parents around the hospital. The kids loved getting to see the newborn babies, one being only an hour old. Left, Maddie Jarman shows off her prayer ornament she made for the patients at Jackson Hospital.

MA Upper School Chorus Performs at AMEA Conference

The Montgomery Academy Upper School Chorus was chosen to perform at the 2013 Alabama Music Educators’ Association State Convention, held at The Montgomery Performing Arts Center. The Upper School chorus was selected as one of only two high school age groups. An invitation to perform at this convention is one of the most prestigious invitations a choral director can receive in the state. The Montgomery Academy’s Upper School Chorus is comprised of 75 students who are not auditioned. Under the direction of Damion Womack, the chorus performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance to contemporary and consistently receives “Superior” ratings at District, State, and National Festivals. Choruses at The Montgomery Academy have been invited to perform at State Conventions of The American Choral Directors Association and State and National Conventions of The Music Educators National Conference. They have also been featured with the New England Symphonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The chorus has had successful tours in South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, New York, California and Florida. Recently, the Upper School Chorus has been invited to perform at The Alabama ACDA Invitational Choral Festival and has been invited to present solo performances at Mississippi State Choral Colloquium Honor Choir, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Southern Invitational Conference and The University of Alabama’s Honor Choir Festival. In order to improve as an ensemble, the Upper School Chorus has participated in choral clinics with David Childs, Kenneth Fulton, Lynne Gackle, and Larry Wyatt and Ron Staheli, Eric Nelson, Z. Randall Stroope, and Andre Thomas.


ACA Students Nominate Teachers for Technology Alabama Christian Academy students were asked to think of the teacher who has done the best job integrating technology into class. Then, students were to vote by describing what that teacher has done, using the iPad, to make the classroom experience amazing. The best responses were selected and shared with the staff. Sarah Golden, ninth-grader: “I believe that Mrs. Solar has done the best with integrating the technology provided here at ACA. She gives us notes to upload from Blackboard and then transfer to Notability so that writing notes is much easier. We use almost everything on our iPads including homework and notes to get all of us used to this new equipment. It’s almost easier to use the iPad for schoolwork because you don’t need to bring all your books home.” Dalton Beasley, senior: “Mrs. Mitchell is doing a fantastic job at integrating technology in the classroom both with our iPads and with her integration with the Smart Board. She has already assigned two Keynote presentations, which we were to present using our iPads and plugging them into her Smart Board. By using the iPad, she has made AP English much more enjoyable.” Laura Lambert, senior: “Mrs. Dickson’s class runs so much more smoothly with the iPads being available. We get to look up information on whatever scene/song/monologue that is due. When we have to perform, the music is instantly available during class.” Winners shown above were Mrs. Solar, first place, and honorable mentions, Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Dickson. Montgomery Parents I February 2013

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STJ Wrestlers Win Tourney in Weaver Saint James varsity wrestlers won the December Gene Taylor Classic wrestling tournament, at Calhoun County’s Weaver High School, with eight students placing in their events. Seven wrestlers were in the finals of their individual weight classes. At tournament end, STJ finished with five champions, as well as two runner-ups, and one fourth-place finisher. All of the school’s wrestlers contributed to the winning achievement, said STJ Wrestling Coach Craig Duncan. “Most importantly, all the wrestlers represented Saint James School very well,” he added. Individual Saint James School champions in the Gene Taylor Classic Tournament were: Stephan Kwan (126 lbs.), Matt Murray (132 lbs.), Coleman Adams (145 lbs.), Arthur Frawley (220 lbs.), and Brad Murry (285 lbs.) STJ Tournament runners-up were: Austin Johnson (106 lbs.) and Chase Ritter (182 lbs.). Sophomore Robert Griggs was a fourth-place finisher in the 160-lb. class. From left are STJ wrestlers Matt Murray, Arthur Frawley, Stephan Kwan, Brad Murry and Coleman Adams.

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Fitzpatrick Principal Reads To Group at DADS Event


Dr. William Milledge, principal of Fitzpatrick Elementary, shared his talent and love for children by being “Dad of the Day” for the January meeting of DADS (Dad and Daughter Saturdays). Milledge read The Jacket I Wear in the Winter, followed by a craft. The fun-filled hour ended with the dads looking at and reading other library books with their daughters.


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Evangel Holds Polar Express Day

The K-4, K-5, and first-grade classes at Evangel Christian Academy held a special “Polar Express” day. The students came to school dressed in their favorite pajamas to board the imaginary train. The teachers read special Christmas books to the students and the children were treated to a special movie presentation. The classes enjoyed popcorn and hot chocolate. At the end of the day, the students took home a special train ornament.

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s St. Bede Elementary Campus fifth- and sixth-grade students enjoyed the Holly Ball on December 2 at the Montgomery Country Club. The Holly Ball is the Christmas Ball for the National League of Junior Cotillions. Junior Cotillion is designed to give young people instruction and practice in etiquette, manners and character education including having and treating others with honor and dignity. It also teaches respect for relationships with family, friends, and business associates later in life, while engaging children by teaching and practicing ballroom dance. Front row from left are: Marie Bristol, daughter of Drs. Doug and Caterina Bristol, Natalya Villa, daughter of Maj. Jamie and Dr. Margarita Cardensa-Villa and Michael Hodges, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hodges. Back row from left are: Maddy Losik, daughter of Ms. Cheryl Losik, Chole Smith, daughter of Col. and Mrs. Michael Smith, Isabelle Saliba, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Saliba, Thomas McLaughlin, son of Dr. and Mrs. James McLaughlin, and Donovan Wyatt, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wyatt.

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Hooper Students Qualify For Duke TIP Participation

Several fourth- through sixth-grade students from Hooper Academy performed well on their most recent SAT-10 standardized test scores and have qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. This means that each child scored at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest of the SAT-10. Front from left are Vraj Patel, Trevor Haney, Jacob Vinson, Alex Newell and Kadence Ward; back are Josie Hussey, Stephanie Wright, Peyton Baker, Avery Newell and Ella Bowman. Jessica Hobbs is not pictured.


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River Region Realtors Host Benefit for Children’s Center

The Montgomery Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) and its affiliates will host a “Community Collection” of cleaning supplies and other needed items to benefit the Children’s Center School. Anyone who wishes to donate one or more of the items listed below can drop them off at the MAAR office at 4280 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, or at various member company offices that will have drop boxes available for donors. The Children’s Center School is a Montgomery Public School that provides services for special needs students in Montgomery County. It is a very unique school serving grades Pre-K-12. Most of the students are multi-disabled, non-verbal and in wheelchairs. Other disabilities represented are intellectual disability, autism and traumatic brain injury. To learn more about Children’s Center School visit their website at http://www. A list of items needed and drop box locations includes: laundry detergent, Clorox wipes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Lysol spray (linen crisp or unscented), and kitchen sized garbage bags. Drop box locations in Montgomery: ALFA Realty, 8191 Seaton Place; Aronov Realty, 7027 Halcyon Park Drive; Capital Realty Group River Region, 6739 Taylor Circle; PrimeLending, 6773 Taylor Circle; Re/MAX Properties II, 4215 Carmichael Road; Residential Mortgage, 6845 Halcyon Park Drive; Sandra Nickel, 1044 E. Fairview Avenue; Prattville: ALFA Realty, 503 Greystone Way, Suite D; Aronov Realty, 678 McQueen Smith Road; RE/MAX Properties, 669 Summit Parkway; and Wetumpka: ALFA Realty, 4826 US Highway 231. Montgomery Parents I February 2013


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Mathnasium Learning Center, an international chain offering math-only, afterschool educational programs, has opened in east Montgomery. This new center provides a safe and supportive setting for gradeschool and college students to develop much-needed math skills and to build confidence in their math-related abilities. The east Montgomery center has been open since September 3, 2012, and enrollment is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once enrolled, children can attend the center’s after-school programs as often as they like, for one low monthly fee. With locations across the United States and around the world, the Mathnasium curriculum is based on more than 35 years of hands-on experience with thousands of children. “Mathnasium curriculum has been designed to provide a challenging, engaging and dynamic learning experience that costs a fraction of the cost of private tutoring,” said Peter Markovitz, Mathnasium founder and president. “Mathnasium was created to give all students an opportunity to dramatically increase their test scores, while developing the broad-based reasoning skills that are critical to ongoing academic success.” The Mathnasium Method is designed to address the individual needs of children of all ages and skill levels. As part of its proprietary and proven learning model, Mathnasium students are first assessed to identify their strengths and weaknesses. This baseline testing is then used to create a customized learning program tailored to strengthen weak areas and build on strengths. The Mathnasium Method uses a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile and written techniques to help children understand math. The comprehensive curriculum also addresses attitude and self-esteem, with the goal of helping students to become better problem solvers and to develop a long-term understanding of mathematical concepts. For enrollment or more information, contact Monica Virgil, center director, at 356-1570 or visit eastmontgomery@ Montgomery Parents I February 2013

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STJ Student Wins City’s Photo Competition Saint James School junior Hayley White received First Place in the City of Montgomery’s 2012 “Your Best Shot” citywide photo competition. White received a $500 cash award for her winning piece. The picture hung in the Dexter Plaza lobby after the award was made. Twelve finalists were chosen by a panel of professional photographers, architects, and other city officials from more than 50 submissions. Judging concluded on Dec. 13. “I liked the picture because you could see the train shed and also Biscuits Stadium in the background,” said White, who shot the winning photo from atop the Montgomery Intermodal parking deck. “I just like that you can see so many parts of Montgomery in the picture.” From left are Hayley White and STJ photography instructor Evelyn Shoults at the awards reception. White’s photo is in the background.

Montgomery Catholic Athletes Named All-Metro

The following Montgomery Catholic Knights have been named to The Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro Teams for the fall sports season: Cross Country Boys - Jarrett Mason, Skip Martin and Timothy McOmber; Cross Country Girls - Katherine Terino, Honorable Mention Kylie Frank; Football - James Sherman, Honorable Mention Conner Preston, Honorable Mention Dean Rodopoulos, Honorable Mention Cole Dixon; Football - First Team All-State (ASWA) James Sherman; Football - Second Team All-American James Sherman; and Volleyball - Honorable Mention Callie Wilkinson.

Trinity’s Pendleton Stars in ASF Play

Trinity Presbyterian School fifthgrader Den Pendleton starred in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival throughout the month of December. Pendleton played the part of Ignorance, a young orphan boy, who has a twin sister named Want. Dickens used the orphans to represent the uneducated and needy children of old London. They appeared during the play from under the cloak of the ghost of Christmas Present. The ghost made the comment when they appeared to “be especially careful of the boy...for he has ‘doom’ etched across his brow”-a statement about public education in Dickens’ time. Pendleton said he really enjoyed his first role and is looking forward to performing in more plays!

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STJ Fourth-Graders Learn About Freshwater Fish

“Alabama is one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to aquatic biodiversity,” Doug Darr told fourth-graders at Saint James School on a recent classroom visit. Darr is the Aquatic Education Coordinator with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Darr visited the STJ fourth-graders to teach them about the relationship between the state’s five geographic regions and the types of freshwater fish that inhabit those regions, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. During his presentation, Darr told the children Alabama has the greatest number of freshwater species of mollusks and fish in the United States, including 308 species of fish, 203 aquatic snail species, and 182 species of mussels. Elaine Boland, a fourth-grade teacher at Saint James, invited Darr to speak with her students during their study of Alabama’s geography, rivers and state symbols. “The presentation added so much to our lesson by showing the many different types of fish that we have in our state,” Boland said. “The children were enthralled by the presentation. They especially enjoyed the pictures of the unusual fish Doug presented.” Above, STJ students Nehal Patel and Carson Howard spoke with Darr after his presentation.

The junior high and high school students of Success Unlimited Academy joined their hands, hearts and resources to make Christmas morning jolly and bright for a local family of three. What began as a community service project of the SUA Builders Club, soon multiplied into a schoolwide act of kindness. The SUA staff and students wanted to provide Christmas for some kids who were their age, teenagers. With the help of the Family Sunshine Center, SUA adopted a 13-year old girl, her 15-year old brother, and their grandmother. After sharing the names, ages, sizes and “wish lists” with each SUA club and faculty sponsor, the shopping began. Many groups went on a shopping spree, while others collected monies and donations. It became evident very quickly that students were committed and determined to make Christmas happen for this family. After checking every item off the list and adding many more “surprises,” each gift was lovingly wrapped and labeled. Clothes, shoes, books, games, stockings, candies, and gift cards were among the items given. The students also included Bibles for each. Of course, they insisted on blessing the grandmother, too. Four of the Junior High Builders Club members were selected to take the gifts to the Family Sunshine Center, along with club sponsor Sue James. Kierra Williams, Trent Royal, Ben Murdoch and Khori Davis proudly represented the “Giving Spirit” of Success Unlimited Academy.

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ACA Representatives Attend Sports Month Proclamation Day Each year the Governor recognizes the need for physical activity in the school setting. This year, students from Alabama Christian Academy were invited to attend the signing of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month Proclamation. Students and faculty that attended the signing included Jordan Wilson, Drew MidKiff, Savannah Fonville, Jacque Hagan, Mr. Black and Mrs. Turner. The signing took place at the Capitol.

Cornerstone Students Turn Classroom Medieval! As part of their history study on the Middle Ages, students in Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy’s second-grade class turned their classroom into a scriptorium at the monastery. Students entered their classroom and, upon taking a vow of silence, completed a handwriting assignment by candlelight. Their writing assignment included writing their names in the medieval manuscript and experimenting with illumination of letters. During the course of their study, the students also made a family coat of arms and listened to Gregorian chants.


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Character@HEART Forms Performing Group

Character@HEART has formed the “Character Singers and Players.” Under the direction of Cami Culpepper, the auditioned group is made up of musically talented fourth- and fifth-graders from elementary schools in Montgomery County. The group performed at The Junior League’s Holiday Market, at Wesley Gardens and recently on WSFA’s Alabama Live! They are enthusiastic representatives for Character@HEART throughout the year, and may be contacted to sing at meetings of civic organizations in Montgomery by calling 272-4276. Members of the group are: Parker Allen, Veronica Conely, Zoii Cook, Chris Crimes, Mary Olivia Dudley, Anslee Glasgow, Bryce Hampton, Eliana Hataway, Hope Johnson, Shriya Katari, Sarah Lowery, Emily Frances Marshall, Shaniece McGhee, Taylor Miles, Madison Ann Morgan, Jahmila Muhammad, Matthew Parker, Leanne Porterfield, Angel Robinson, Alysia Rogers, Jasmine Russell, Josie Severance, Mary Austin Stabler, Faith Stanford, Nichelle Thompson, Madison Walker, Breanna Williams, Demya Williams, Jayla Williams and Elycia Woodham.


Lee ROTC Names New Cadet Commanders


Robert E. Lee High School’s Air Force JROTC cadets Gabriela Vazquez Valez and Andrew Xiengsen have been named the unit’s new cadet commanders. These students are the two top cadets in the program and are instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the unit. The students were selected based on academic performance, having distinction in JROTC, and their community service.

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Holy Cross Students Perform Christmas Pageant

Holy Cross Episcopal School first- and second-graders put on a Christmas pageant entitled “On Our Way to Bethlehem.” As students walked into the school’s beautiful chapel dressed as angels, wise men, shepherds and animals, parents and teachers knew they were in for a treat. Every student had either a solo or a speaking part, and they all did an amazing job. The message portrayed through the singing and acting left the audience with a sense of joy and peace, thankful for the birth of baby Jesus.



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Academy Art Students Selected for MMFA Exhibit Montgomery Academy AP sculpture student April Shambo and artist journal students Miso Kim, Christine Hong, Elizabeth McGowin, Claire Rickard and Claire Sikes have been selected to exhibit their work in the upcoming MMFA juried Corridor Show celebrating “Art That Transforms,” a tribute to the work of primitive artist Thornton Dial. The show opened on January 17 at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. For this exhibition, there were 124 entries from ten schools, including some from Tuscaloosa, Eufaula and Selma. MMFA selected 49 works of art; six of them were Montgomery Academy students’ work. Elizabeth McGowin’s work, The Coy Coi, is shown above.

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Lighthouse Christian Academy’s K2 class enjoyed making snow out of shaving cream and school glue. They then painted it on their snowflakes to look like real snow! To join in the learning fun, call 271-4200!

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Catholic Announces Spelling Bee Winners Will Gooslin, Katherine O’Connor and Henry Petters are the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Spelling Bee winners. They will represent Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School at the Montgomery County Spelling Bee in February. Gooslin, a fourth-grade student at the Holy Spirit Campus, won the bee by correctly spelling “transfixed.” O’Connor, a fifth-grade student at the St. Bede campus, won by spelling the championship word “diverge.” Petters, a seventh-grade student at the Middle School, won by correctly spelling “ advantageous.” Alternate delegates for the Montgomery County Spelling Bee are: Connor Frank, a Holy Spirit campus sixth-grade student; and Will Holderfield, a St. Bede campus fourth-grade student. Competing in the Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School elementary spelling bee were fourth-grade students Spencer Bach, Noelle Burtschi, Harrison Downes, Angela Gier and Will Holderfield. Fifth-grade students were Ansley Dean, Lainie Doyle, Michael Hodges, Sean Moore and Eric Shin. Sixth-grade students were Jacob Flowers, Reagan Herbek, Thomas McLaughlin, Drew Smith, Jenice Stephenson, Emily Claire Talbot and Melody Taylor. Below left, Holy Spirit Campus Spelling Bee winner, fourth-grade student Will Gooslin and MCPS President Anne Ceasar. Below right, St. Bede Campus Spelling Bee top speller Katherine O’Connor and alternate Will Holderfield.





Come join us at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 23, on the beautiful campus of Saint James School for a fun-filled 10K, a 5K run-walk, and a 1-mile fun run, all organized by Montgomery Multisport. The race will be chip timed with the awards being presented based on a gun start. Awards will be for Top Male and Female in the 10k/5k 10 and Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, to 70 +etc. Runners will compete three deep per age group per gender per race. 1-Mile is a fun run and no formal placement awards will be presented. Long-sleeve custom cotton T-shirts for all participants that register prior to February 15. There will also be activities for the family, including inflatables, food and entertainment. Register at Race Prices INCREASE at midnight February 15, so sign up early. Current pricing is $25 for 10K and 5K, $15 for the 1-Mile. For more information, call 273-3017.

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Trinity Presbyterian senior Brock Stevens signed a baseball scholarship with the University of South Alabama on November 14. Stevens was a part of Trinity’s 2012 Class 3A Baseball State Championship Team. As a sophomore in 2011 Stevens was the ace of the Trinity pitching staff going 8-1 with a 2.13 ERA with 7 starts in 13 total appearances. He limited opposing hitters to a .211 batting average and struck out 75 in 49.1 innings. In between the 2011 and 2012 season, Stevens had surgery to repair his right (pitching) elbow. He spent all of the 2012 regular season hitting for Trinity, but he was able to earn a save in the Wildcats’ series clinching the semi-final game against Montevallo. Stevens struck out the only two batters he faced to close out the game and the series sending Trinity to the class 3A state finals where they won the state championship. He closed game one of the finals recording the final five outs. From left are Athletic Director Harold Hilliard, Slay Stevens, Brock Stevens, Sarabeth Stevens, and Head Baseball Coach Ken Whittle


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ACA Sophomore Finishes Equestrian Program

Alabama Christian Academy sophomore Lauren McGlon recently completed the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s High School Equestrian Athlete Program. This means that McGlon successfully completed 100 hours or more of training AND participated in three equestrian competitions.

Holy Cross Announces New Head of School

Snow -- What Fun!

The children at Frazer Preschool and Kindergarten had a fabulous time “building” a snowman during extended day. Messy, creative fun is always a hit on a chilly January afternoon!

Holy Cross Episcopal School has announced that Melissa Coumanis has accepted the position as Head of School beginning June 1, 2013. Coumanis is currently serving as the academic dean at Bayside Academy in Daphne, Alabama. “We are very excited to have Melissa as the new leader for Montgomery’s premiere elementary school. We welcome her family to the River Region and look forward to the next chapter for Holy Cross,” said Brad Armagost, chairman of the board of trustees. Melanie Kelley, former Head of School, is retiring after 14 years at Holy Cross. “We are all upset to see Melanie retire, but are excited to see what God has in store for this new chapter at Holy Cross,” said fifth-grade teacher Connie MacDonald. Coumanis received her Specialist in Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently working towards her doctorate of philosophy, educational administration, (A.B.D.) at Southern Mississippi. She holds a master of science in biology from the University of South Alabama and a bachelor of science in biology-psychology from Birmingham-Southern College.


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BrewTech, Lee Join Together To Adopt Families for Christmas

Students in BrewTech’s Advertising Design Magnet and Lee High School’s Air Force JROTC unit adopted families in December as a kick-off effort for other charitable activities they’ve planned in 2013. Lee cadets adopted four families in December and provided them with toys, clothing, games and gift cards. Advertising Design students at BrewTech adopted two families through the Montgomery Christmas Clearing House and collected educational games and clothing for them. The students hope to plan other activities that will provide resources for those in need in our community. BrewTech Advertising and Design students (top photo) and Lee High Air Force ROTC cadets (bottom) collected toys, clothing and games for local families.

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Cornerstone Students Receive Archery Lesson

In conjunction with their study of ancient history and literature, students from Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy received some special instruction from Bennett’s Archery. The students read and discussed Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey. Upon completion of their study, teacher Lee Gonet arranged and accompanied the students for archery lessons and target practice at the local archery shop. The knowledgeable staff at Bennett’s provided information on modernday bows as well as more antiquated ones. The students enjoyed the opportunity to try to string the long bow in characteristic Odysseus fashion. For students studying this time period, Bennett’s Archery has become a most-anticipated field trip.

SUA Elementary Students Enjoy Fall Festival

Success Unlimited Academy’s elementary campus enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities at the school’s Fall Harvest Festival. Hosted by the faculty and parents, the students enjoyed the beautiful weather, food and games. An old-fashioned hot dog stand with all the trimmings, fresh-popped popcorn, and candy was enjoyed by the students. Activities included horse shoes, basketball and bowling. Shown here are some students in front of the hot dog stand: Sydney Manning, Wes Steward, Alexandria Anglin, Jonathan Lowe, Mike Soden and Deniro Sanders.

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Santa Visits ACA’s Pre-K Students

Santa found time in his busy schedule to visit the pre-K students at Alabama Christian Academy shortly before the holidays. While there, he showed the children his naughty and nice list, Mrs. Claus’s apron, Rudolph’s bell, and read The Night Before Christmas to the students. Much to the relief of all of the pre-K students, no one’s name was on Santa’s naughty list! He had a present in his big red bag for each child. Shortly before his take off back to the North Pole, he reminded the children to leave him cookies and milk...especially chocolate chip cookies, and to go to bed early on Christmas Eve! All the pre-K students had individual pictures made with Santa prior to his departure.

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Hooper Classes Collect Donations for Christmas

Mrs. Moncrief’s first-grade class and Mrs. Fleming’s secondgrade class from Hooper Academy collected blankets, gloves, socks, and scarves to donate to the Baptist Family Resource Counseling Center. The children decided not to exchange gifts between themselves and wanted to help other children in need.

Catholic Elementary Choir Performs for Crump Center The Montgomery Catholic Preparatory Elementary Choir took a field trip to The Crump Senior Center in Montgomery December 6. Thirty-seven students from the MCPS St. Bede and Holy Spirit campuses spread Christmas joy by singing Christmas Carols in Santa hats for a group of seniors at the Center. The program included these Christmas favorites: O Come All Ye Faithful, Angles We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, Jingle Bells and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Led by teachers and choir leaders Ellie Burden and Mary Pears, the students were accompanied by piano and guitar played by Sharon Stark. The Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School Elementary Choir members are: third grade - Emily Klinger and Auburn Wilcoxson; fourth grade - Matthew Barranco, Cameryn Cool, Devan DeRamus, Angela Gier, Ines Gonzalez-Ansaldi, Kade Hampton, Patrick Hess, Connor Lee, Barrett Miller, Maren Manning, Veronica Masters, Alexis Meshok, Emily Riggles, Alex Snowden and Cacey Williams; fifth grade - Megan Bourke, Sarah Rose Burden, Bobby Crawford, Libby Duke, Savannah Johnson, Scott Nation, Katherine O’Connor, Anne Sadie, GiGi Sarris, Eric Shin, Elizabeth Speirs, Kyla Stinson, Nikki Walker, Easton Wilcoxson and Clare Wilson; and sixth grade - Annamary Gilbert, Mari Caitlin Riggles, Chloe Smith, Virginia Speirs and Chris Waring. Montgomery Parents I February 2013


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Famous Americans Visit Evangel The third-grade students at Evangel Christian Academy recently read biographies about famous Americans. After reading their books, each child dressed up to represent his or her character and shared the information they learned with the class. In attendance that day were Laura Ingalls Wilder who brought her lantern and books; Martin Luther King Jr. who brought his Nobel Peace Prize; Johnny Appleseed who brought his Bible and apples; and George Washington, who wore his favorite white wig. Also visiting that day were Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, Sacagawea, Mae Jemison, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks.


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Trinity Physics Students Test Spaghetti Bridges Physics students at Trinity Presbyterian School have been studying forces in one dimension and were assigned the task of designing and constructing truss bridges of nothing more than uncooked spaghetti and hot glue. To help them get started, they tested paper bridges and learned how arches, and particularly triangles, could provide so much more support force than an ordinary flat bridge. All the finished pasta bridges competed within dimensional perimeters and a constant bridge span. The bridges were tested with how many rolls of pennies they could support. The winning design was produced by engineering extraordinaire Daniel Green. His bridge had a mass of 215.39 grams and supported a whopping total 10,331 grams (10.3 kg, 22.8 lbs) -- that’s 48 times its own mass! The class ran out of rolls of pennies and had to resort to masses, fishing sinkers, and a science book before the bridge even began to crack. Other top contenders were Jacqueline Morris, whose bridge supported 40.5 times its own mass; Colton Bassett, whose bridge supported 36 times its own mass; and Stephen Neu, whose bridge supported 33 times its own mass. From left are Colton Bassett, Dalton Bopp and Daniel Green testing a bridge. Montgomery Parents I February 2013

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Academy Science Club BLASTS Off!

The middle school at Montgomery Academy is excited to add the Science Club to its list of extracurricular activities this year. The club, open to children in grades five through eight, is designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in science activities not available during regular classes. The first big event for club members was held the day of Homecoming when they raced sailboats against each other that they had designed and built from a list of specified supplies and dimensions. Held on the football field, the participants and the middle school student body enjoyed cheering on the different boats in the competition. “The boat races were a huge success,” said seventh-grade life science teacher, Denise Tinney.“All the students – the ones participating and the spectators – were so excited! It’s just wonderful to be able to show the kids that science can be fun.” The Science Club is run by the middle school science teachers, with eighth-grade earth science teacher, Jennifer Grant, as the club coordinator. Upcoming major activities for the year include building and launching model rockets and a LEGO robotics project. Mrs. Grant will also take a group of club members this spring on a field trip to Auburn University for the College of Veterinary Medicine’s open house. “One of our goals for the middle school this year is to increase the after-school club and activity offerings available and I’m thrilled at how the science teachers have embraced this objective,” said Middle School Director John McWilliams. “It’s been very encouraging to have so many students excited about the Science Club and to observe their academic interaction extend beyond the classroom.”

Hooper First-Graders Drop Everything and Read!

Mrs. Moncrief’s first-grade class from Hooper Academy participated in D.E.A.R. Day on December 19. D.E.A.R. means “Drop Everything and Read!” The firstgraders wore their pajamas and brought sleeping bags. Moncrief used this day for her students to work on their reading skills independently and asked Mrs. Richardson’s sixth-graders to pair with them as mentors.




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C MEA Students Enjoy Month-long Birthdays

During the month of December, Macon East Academy students studied birthdays, focusing specifically on Jesus’ birthday and their own birthdays. Each week students received three gifts in remembrance of the gifts given to Jesus by the Magi. Students learned about the traditional Mexican holiday called La Posada which commemorates Mary and Joseph’s long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Students learned to sing “Feliz Cumpleanos,” which is the “Happy Birthday” song in Spanish. They also enjoyed singing “Las Mananitas,” a traditional Mexican birthday song. The students created birthday books using their iPads and shared them with the class. They ended the month enjoying a birthday fiesta.

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Mrs. Tiffany’s K2 class at Lighthouse Christian Academy loved learning about Koalas, Kangaroos and Kookaburras while exploring the letter Kk and Australia! Cody Stevenson is shown. To join in the learning fun, call 271-4200.

Holy Cross Kindergartners Learn About Polar Bears

Kindergartners at Holy Cross Episcopal School have been studying a unit about polar bears and have found out that a polar bear can weigh 1,000 pounds. Their teacher, Grace Anne Armagost, decided to turn this abstract concept into one students could understand. She weighed all of her students to see if the class, as a whole, weighed as much as a polar bear. When they found that the entire class, put together, still did not weigh as much as a polar bear, Gabe Krause decided that maybe they at least weighed as much as a teenage polar bear. There is a display in the hallway depicting how long a polar bear can be. The kindergartners found that a polar bear is about as tall as two kindergartners stacked on top of each other. To further enhance the study, students have been learning the body parts of the polar bear as well as the habitat in which polar bears live. Shown, Elijah Virgil gets weighed by teacher Grace Anne Armagost to see if he can help the class weigh as much as a polar bear.

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Nursery Rhyme Characters Come to Life at Evangel

Evangel Christian Academy’s K-4 Class participated in a charming nursery rhyme parade. The students memorized numerous rhymes and songs which they recited for their parents. Each child portrayed a character from a children’s poem or nursery rhyme. Among those present were the Queen and Knave of Hearts; Jack be Nimble; the Three Little Kittens; the Baker from Pat-a-Cake; Little Miss Muffet and her Spider; Jack and Jill; the star from “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”; and a pumpkin from the “Five Little Pumpkins” poem. After the play, Mrs. Lomeli, the K4 teacher and Mrs. LeMaster, the K4 assistant and art teacher, invited the parents to a reception honoring the young performers.


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Cornerstone Participates In Community Service

On January 21, Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its annual Community Service Day. This year the older students served at SavA- Life, The Salvation Army, Friendship Mission and assisted in a building project with Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. Younger students visited Crowne Nursing Home, senior adults from Morningview Baptist Church and made craft projects that will be sent to retirement homes and the Veteran’s Hospital. Parent Leanne Parsons organized this year’s Community Service Day with assistance from other school parents. “I was personally blessed in seeing our students and their parents embrace the opportunity to participate in this school event,” said Principal Priscilla Stewart. “So many in our community serve sacrificially. These service opportunities allow our students a tangible opportunity to serve others as Jesus Christ served us.”

Eastwood Students Compete In School Geography Bee Seventh-grader Carli Culpepper, center, has been named the 2013 Eastwood Christian School Geography Bee champion! Culpepper competed against 13 other contestants on January 18 to win this year’s Bee. Second place went to eighth-grader Sara Cate Stakely and eighth-grader Jan-Mikael Johnson won third place. All three winners were awarded gift cards from Academy Sports. On January 22, Culpepper took a written test to qualify for a place in the state-level Geography Bee which will be held in April.

ACA Students Enjoy Christmas Program

The Alabama Christian Academy first- and second-grade students performed “The Littlest Christmas Tree,” which teaches that the real meaning of Christmas is all about love. They got to dress up as trees or elves and performed a couple of Christmas favorites as well as several original songs. Shown are some of the first-graders getting ready before the show.

SUA Christian Praise Band Begins New School Year The Success Unlimited Academy Christian praise band Warrior has been practicing and performing for the 2012-2013 school year. This year’s lineup includes Stancy Turner on keyboards, Artisia Peagler on lead vocals, Caleb Womack on drums, guitar and vocals, Collin Oliver on lead guitar, Tyler Woodfin on bass, Anthony Norman on guitar, Austin Lee on guitar and vocals, Sarah Moody on vocals, and Candace Shorter on vocals. “This year’s band promises to be the best one yet,” said Jack Moody, fine arts director. “The talent these students bring to the plate continues to amaze me. We are excited this year to explore new genres to bring relevant music to the River Region’s youth. If your church or youth group is interested in booking a versatile and dynamic praise band for a party, concert, or worship service, please contact Success Unlimited Academy, 213-0803.” Warrior is scheduled to perform every Thursday morning at the SUA Fairlane campus. In addition, the band has performed at Judgment House and other community showcases at the Zoo, Christmas parade, SUA winter and spring concerts, and New Year’s Eve. Students interested in auditioning for Warrior should contact the fine arts director of Success Unlimited Academy. Montgomery Parents I February 2013


Catholic’s Van Alst Named Outstanding Wrestler

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Zachary Van Alst was named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Julian McPhillips Invitational wrestling tournament held in Montgomery. The tournament was hosted by St. James School on January 11 and 12. This is the second year in a row Van Alst has taken home the honor. David Norris, a senior, finished second in his weight class, and John Haynes, a junior, finished 3 and 2 for the weekend. The Knights finished the year hosting Carver and Wetumpka for their final home game of the season on January 24 before heading to Birmingham for a tournament.

Academy Interpersonal Relations Class Serves at Salvation Army The Montgomery Academy has offered interpersonal relations as a part of the curriculum since the early 1990s. Taught by Teresa Pittman for the last ten years, this elective gives seniors the opportunity to participate in different service activities and personal development exercises. During the first quarter of the school year, the students participate in classroom activities that strengthen their self-confidence, self-esteem, cooperation, and communication skills. They also engage in exercises that allow them to develop their team and leadership skills. The students are even assigned two books that they discuss throughout the first and third quarters of the year. It gives students a chance to give back to the community and develop their own leadership and team building skills. Recently, the seniors in the Interpersonal Relations class served the noon meal at the Salvation Army. They enjoyed all aspects of the project: greeting the guests at the door, preparing the plates, serving the meals, decorating the dessert cake, and cleaning up.

Hooper Students Qualify as Duke TIP Nominees Hooper Academy seventh-graders were recognized as Duke University Talent Identification Program nominees for their exceptional scores on the most recent SAT10 test. Each student scored on or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest of total battery for the SAT-10. Front from left are Grace Keel, Lakin Whatley and Haley Reynolds; middle row are Elizabeth Kelley, Kelly Moseley, Madison Boone and Carrie Sharpe; and back row, Wilson Ellis, Trae Seithalil, Wyatt Barnett and Mason Hill.

St. Bede Gymnast Competes In Statewide Contest Natalie Scoggins, a second-grader at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s St. Bede campus, competed in the USA Gymnastics, Alabama State Compulsory Championships at the Montgomery Metroplex on Nov. 30. Competing against 64 girls from all over the state, she won a gold medal for her floor routine. Scoggins had the highest score of all 65 competitors, making her the Level 1 state champion for floor exercise. She finished fifth in her group overall in four events. The Prattville YMCA Level 1 team was the overall state champion. This is Scoggins’s first year of competition and her second gymnastics meet. She has been taking gymnastics for one year at the Prattville YMCA.

Saint James School thespians competed at the State Trumbauer Theatre Festival, on the University of North Alabama campus in early December. Each of the STJ actors placed on the Top Ten list in their event, with STJ junior Maya Smith receiving the first place in “Solo Acting Female, Contemporary Dramatic” category. Seventy-three schools with more than 2,000 competitors showcased their talents in the statewide event. In addition to Smith’s first-place award, STJ sophomore Caitlin Hick brought home a second-place trophy, also in the “Solo Acting Female, Contemporary Dramatic” event. Other Saint James students participating in the event were Zach Jeffcoat, Emily Prim, Hayden Ergenbright, Catherine Bradwell and Emma Colson. Front from left are Emma Colson, Zach Jeffcoat, Emily Prim, Maya Smith and Hayden Ergenbright; and back, Caitlin Hicks and Catherine Bradwell 36

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MEA Second-Graders Study Animal Types Macon East Academy second-graders visited Petland and learned more about the different types of animals. Students used their iPads to photograph mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. At school, the students added text to the photos and compiled the photos into a fact book demonstrating the different animal types.

Evangel Student Chosen For All-Star Volleyball Team Emily Berg, a senior at Evangel Christian Academy, was recently chosen as a member of the AISA All-Star Volleyball Team. Berg was chosen from senior athletes who attend AISA schools in Alabama and was selected to play in the positions of middle hitter and outside hitter. She has been on the volleyball team at ECA for five years and has attended the school for nine years. The Alabama Independent School Association All-Star Volleyball game was played at Kingwood Christian Academy in Alabaster. The teams were divided into players from the East and the West. Berg was part of the AISA East team and helped lead her team to victory. Each team only has 12 members. Montgomery Parents I February 2013

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ACA Senior Donates Time To Fix Up Basketball Courts During the Thanksgiving holidays, Alabama Christian Academy senior Will Clack donated his time to paint new “4 Square” games on the blacktop and mark the basketball courts on the elementary playground. Clack is working on earning his Eagle Scout badge and has donated his time to do several projects at ACA and in the community. He will attend the University of Alabama after his graduation from ACA.

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School has a long history of family volunteers that make the school great. Jerril Scoggins is continuing that tradition. In Christmases past, Scoggins would decorate his home with lights, more than 25,000 of them. While he has given up the grand displays at his home, he thought he could put those lights to use at his granddaughter’s school. His granddaughter is Natalie, a secondgrader at St. Bede. This year, Scoggins volunteered to turn the MCPS St. Bede Campus art gallery into a winter wonderland forest of Christmas trees. The display featured students’ holiday artwork and included a fabulous light display complete with a fireplace and lights dancing to Christmas Carols. Scoggins spent Thanksgiving weekend installing the winter wonderland. The display was open for all to enjoy, from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

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Montgomery Academy Students Participate in Youth Judicial Twenty Montgomery Academy Upper School students attended Alabama Youth Government’s Youth Judicial competition in November. Three teams from MA competed: one defense team and two plaintiff teams. “What makes the weekend so rewarding is simultaneously what makes it so challenging: the competition, where six-man teams of attorneys and witnesses try the same case over and over again, attempting to outwit their opponents and advance in the competition to find the best overall team, is entirely student-run,” said Academy Youth Judicial Sponsor, Stephanie Hill. Montgomery Academy SGA President Laura Katherine Crum was selected to serve as one of the 14 judges for the mock trial and junior William West served as her bailiff. Since her freshman year, Crum has been the primary organizer for the Academy’s Government Club. She and West spent a weekend at Camp Chandler learning the rules of the competition, the rules of the court and the best techniques for handling this year’s case which was about a high school student’s soccer injury and money damages.

Hooper Seniors Make All-Metro Volleyball Team Kayla Cantey, Morgan Boone and Amanda Hobbs have made the AISA All-Metro Volleyball Team. All three were seniors on the Hooper Academy Varsity Volleyball team for the 2012 year.

Trinity Seniors Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Trinity Presbyterian seniors Caroline Cooper and Lauren Kingry performed with the Spirit of America Productions in the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This group consisted of captains and co-captains from dance/cheer teams from across the nation. They were awarded this honor at the Universal Dance Association Camp that the Trinity Wildcat Paws Dance Team attended this past summer in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Lighthouse Preschoolers Enjoy Riding with Santa

Builders Club Spruces Up SUA Front Entrance

Lighthouse Christian Academy preschool students enjoyed a bus ride with Santa. Santa drove them around town on the school’s bus, while the elves led the students in Christmas carols.

The Builders Club of Success Unlimited Academy chose to have a morning of sweeping, cleaning and shining of the school’s front entryway so that everyone who visits will feel very welcome. The finishing touch was the planting of fresh Kimberly Queen ferns in the terracotta planters. The students were filled with pride for their contributions and suggested that they should do this every month. Sponsored by the Montgomery Kiwanis Club, the SUA Builders Club is learning that one of the components of service is to do things for your school.

Catholic’s Wilkinson Earns AllMetro Honor Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School senior Callie Wilkinson became the 10th member of the school’s athletic department to be honored for their play this fall season. The senior earned Honorable Mention honors from The Montgomery Advertiser in volleyball, earning the honor December 28. The team featured all area teams in AHSAA Class 1A-6A.


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Holy Cross Teachers Participate In ASF Teacher Seminar

Holy Cross Episcopal School teachers Nancy Stankard, Connie MacDonald, Monette Stuart and Amber Wright were able to practice their acting skills while attending a teacher seminar at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The workshop focused on ASF’s upcoming performance of Macbeth. Teachers were able to meet the director, set designer, and a few actors who will star in the performance. They were even able to go on a tour of ASF. Holy Cross places a huge emphasis on liberal arts. Grades 4-6 put on Shakespeare plays every year and the sixth grade even has the opportunity to perform at Shakespeare Gardens. Sixth-grade teacher Amber Wright took an exercise from the seminar back to her students. During the seminar teachers played an altered version of the game “Would You Rather?” where they were asked to decide what you would do when faced with a moral decision. Would you make what seemed to be the “morally right” decision? Or, would you pick what benefitted yourself the most? Once you made your decision, groups were formed, and each group was to pick a spokesperson that would then debate the spokesperson from the other side. The goal was to try and win members from the other group to your side. The sixth-grade class at Holy Cross held a debate depicting a decision the book character in their novel study was facing. “The kids did much better with the debate than I thought they would, and I really feel that it got many of them thinking about right and wrong,” says Wright. “I’m really glad we went to the seminar. Not only did it spark my interest in seeing the play, I came away with a lot of ideas to take back to the classroom. The kids are very excited to begin working on their Shakespeare play.” From left are Amber Wright, Nancy Stankard, Connie MacDonald, Monette Stuart

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S STJ Students March in Rose Bowl Parade

Montgomery Catholic Plans Monte Carlo Night

Saint James Band students Alexander Chung, Madison Smith and recent graduate Dewey Davis (’12) participated in the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Honor Band of America on New Year’s Day. They were selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band. The BOA Honor Band is a 325-piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team. The band students spent an entire week rehearsing in the Los Angeles area and performed at Bandfest and in Disneyland on Dec. 30. The 5.5-mile Rose Parade themed “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” was broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFDTV and Univision. The Parade was also seen in more than 220 international territories and countries. Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands and talented equestrian units anchored the traditional, two-hour spectacle along Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard. “To be selected for this unique opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” said Eric Martin, Music for All President and CEO. “Each student is one of only 325 members chosen to be part of the Bands of America Honor Band, and their participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in their community. The Rose Parade is one of our country’s national pageantry treasures, and the 2013 Honor Band members will be ambassadors of America’s bands, and of their states and communities.” Seven other Alabama students, from the Birmingham and Huntsville areas, also participated. Shown, STJ junior Madison Smith warms up for the Bandfest performance in Pasadena California.

Trinity Senior Competes in State Poetry Competition Trinity Presbyterian School senior Caroline Stewart placed second in the District Anthology “Poetry Out Loud” Competition. She placed fourth in the Original Poetry Competition and will compete in the state competition at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in February. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. After successful pilot programs in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud (POL) was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. POL has grown every year with more than 365,000 students competing in 2011-2012. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a schoolwide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runnerup in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.


Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Mardi Gras Monte Carlo Night will be on Saturday, February 9, at the Dolly Barranco Activity Center at the Middle and High School campus, located at 5350 Vaughn Road. Join MCPS for an adult-only evening of wonderful food, fantastic casino-style games (with professional dealers), 50/50 raffle, fabulous silent and live auction, and loads of FUN! Tickets are $50 per person and include $1,000 of “funny money” for the games. NEW THIS YEAR is the “VIP Holy Rollers” table. Fr. Linn Harbour, (former Vegas dealer) will be the professional guest dealer. 40 minute sessions at the VIP Holy Rollers table are available for a $50 donation. Sessions will begin on each hour beginning at 7 p.m. Look for the “VIP Holy Rollers” table under the tent. Event tickets are available in each MCPS campus office and reservations for the “VIP Holy Rollers” table can be made by contacting Bonnie McClure at or (334) 272-7221 ext. 13. We also invite game sponsorships (business or individual). Game sponsorships are $300 and include two event tickets. Sponsors will be recognized in our program, listed on the game table, as well as posted in the Dolly Barranco Center during the event. Sponsorships can be purchased by contacting Bonnie McClure as well. Visit for more information.

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SUA Students Visit Old Alabama Town The Junior High students of Success Unlimited Academy went back in time as they made a visit to Old Alabama Town. Accompanied by their teachers, Sue James and Recenah Clinton, and supportive parents, the group began their adventure on foot. Visiting the house where a typical Alabama family might have lived portrayed how labor-intensive life really was for early settlers. Growing cotton, picking and cleaning it, spinning it into thread and then later into material, was only part of creating

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a wardrobe. Weaving the cloth into a pattern, stitching the pieces together by hand, and hoping that the garment would fit was the next step. The students were in disbelief about the simple style of the clothing. They were shocked to learn that most family members had only two outfits. “I just could not do this and survive with just one outfit for every day and one for special occasions,” said eighth-grader Destiny Dillard. A visit to the cotton gin, print shop, church, pharmacy, shotgun house, and one-room schoolhouse completed the tour. The SUA students were reminded of how blessed we are to have “so much” and how easy life has become for seventh- and eighth-graders today. They all agreed that this was an amazing trip back in time, but they would really rather continue to live in present day!

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Holy Cross Students Rewarded for Reading

Lighthouse Preschoolers Enjoy Counting Fun Mrs. Tiffany’s K2 class at Lighthouse Christian Academy enjoyed counting six bananas to feed Mickey Monkey as they learned the letter Mm and number 6. To join in the learning fun, call 271-4200.

Holy Cross Episcopal School is implementing a “30 Minutes a Day Reading Challenge.” This reading challenge is getting students motivated and eager to read every day! At Holy Cross, students in grades two through six whom meet their reading goal for the nine weeks get to eat lunch in the library. This lunch always involves a surprise as well. For the second nine weeks, students who met their goal were able to go to a “wrap party.” Students were given a brown paper bag and asked to select three prizes to put in their bag. They were then asked to seal the bag with paper clips and set it back on the table in the center of the room. Students had to look to the front of the room while Mrs. Taylor swapped the bags around. Students chose a bag and they all opened their new bag at the same time. Students were allowed to swap items with each other, so there was a lot of bargaining after the big reveal. They had a blast during the “wrap party” and are already anticipating what the party will be next nine weeks. In the meantime, they are reading more and more books, trying to reach their goals for the next party! Shown, Minjae Kim and Mrs. Kathy Taylor having fun at the “wrap party.”

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Montgomery Catholic’s James Sherman Named All-State Kicker Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School kicker James Sherman was named First Team All-State released on December 26 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). The 5-10, 170-pound Sherman handled all the kicking duties for the Knights this season, and averaged 38 yards per punt with five downed inside the 20 yard line. Of his kicks, 85 percent went for touchbacks and he was rated as the top-rated kicker in the nation as a junior. Sherman was 9-of-13 on field goals with a long of 48, and was 21-of-21 on extra points. He was one of eight underclassmen named to the First Team in Class 3A, and was the only underclassman kicker on the team. In all six classes, Sherman was the only underclassmen kicker to be named All-State. He was just one of three underclassmen all-purpose kickers to be named All-State, joining sophomore punter Tripp Burnett (Prattville) in Class 6A and sophomore punter Jake Smith (Holy Spirit) in Class 1A. Sherman was also named All-Metro by The Montgomery Advertiser on December 24 as a punter. He is the top-rated kicker in the nation for the Class of 2014 by Chris Sailer.

Montgomery Academy’s Harris Wins Geography Bee

Seventh-grader Andrew Harris has won the 2013 Montgomery Academy Geography Bee. He will take a written exam for possible qualification for the state bee. Sixth-grader Catherine Updegraff was first runner-up and Mary Ellen Sellers, fifth grade, was second runner-up. Each year thousands of schools participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible.

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The Alabama High School Graduation Exam, which has been in place for many years, will soon be a thing of the past. The AHSGE is currently used to determine if a child has met the academic standards necessary to be successful in the future. Students have been required to take and pass all five subject areas of this test in order to receive a high school diploma in Alabama. Current high school juniors and seniors will still be held to this testing standard and diploma requirement. Now, the Common Core State Standards Initiative has allowed schools to implement a different method of assessment and accountability, which involves ACT’s College and Career Readiness System. Students who are currently high school sophomores will be the first group to use this testing system to measure mastery of the new standards. The


Autauga County School System has phased in this program over the past two years, using two standardized tests: EXPLORE for 8th graders and PLAN for 10th graders. These examinations are designed to introduce grade specific content within the college test format, consequently preparing students for the ACT. EXPLORE prepares 8th and 9th graders for their high school coursework and their post–high school choices. EXPLORE includes four multiple choice tests covering English, mathematics, reading, and science. It also contains a Career Planning Inventory. EXPLORE tests have similar content to the PLAN and the ACT. PLAN serves as the midpoint check of academic progress in high school. It is designed to improve students’ preparation for education, training, and work after high school while they still have time to adjust their high school courses. PLAN has content similar to the ACT. The ACT is America’s most widely accepted college entrance examination. It assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to

complete college level work. The multiple choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. ACT scores are accepted by ALL four-year colleges and universities in the United States, including Ivy League schools. During the 2013-2014 school term, a free ACT plus Writing will be administered to all 11th graders at their local high schools. Parents are encouraged to visit the ACT website for helpful information and resources. Other websites of interest include and There is a monthly newsletter, which includes tips to help your child, that you may register to receive by email. The World of Work Map online can also assist in choosing a career path. Spence Agee is the Superintendent of Education for Autauga County Schools. He is a third generation educator with an ED.S. in Educational Leadership. He has 16 years of experience in the education field as well as 25 years of military experience. Agee is an active member at First Baptist Church in Prattville. He and his wife, Cesily, who is also an educator, have two daughters, Abby and Addison.

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Autauga County Tech Center Hosts New IT Academy Launch

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Billingsley Teacher Publishes Novel

Wayne Martin, technology instructor at Billingsley School, has written a book that was published in October 2012. It is available through, and Martin’s novel is the story of four youth and their lives in a small town called Dragonfly Valley. The story contains the positive characteristics of the youth as well as their social interaction between themselves and the adults that call Dragonfly Valley home. They go on adventures and find themselves in challenging predicaments. Through cooperation and working together they are able to overcome many trials.

Alabama Electric Coop Announces Grant Recipients for Autauga County

The Alabama Electric Cooperative recently announced its 2012-13 Bright Ideas Grant recipients. Prattville High School was awarded $500 for a grant entitled “The Power of the P.” The grant was submitted by Pam Frederick, Janice Stockman and Cindy Hines. Studies have shown an inverse relationship between the decrease in behavior problems and an increase in students’ successful classroom performance by promoting positive behavior supports. The program will increase the use of positive reinforcements to decrease behavior problems that hinder classroom performance. Activities funded include Honor Roll parties, perfect attendance parties, student of the week, PRIDE drawings and rewards such as school shirts and gift cards.



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Prattville High AP Calculus Spreads Holiday Cheer Gerald Miller’s AP Calculus class at Prattville High School took a day off to share holiday cheer with special needs students from Mrs. Larkin and Mrs. McKee’s classes on December 17. Principal Richard Dennis read The Polar Express to the captive audience while students enjoyed hot chocolate. Following the story, students decorated sugar cookies, visited with Santa and made picture frames. Each student had a picture taken with Santa (Blair Gornto), which they placed in their frames. Above from left are Perry Hindi, Elizabeth Schloss, Allison Johnson, Gerald Miller, Austin Barnett, Blair Gornto, Poco Smith, Elliott Wheaton, Austin Bass, Jake Sustarich, Lavannya Bhagwat and David Butts. Immediate left, Kendra Bennett visits with Santa (Blair Gornto) and Jennifer Reeves.

Students Accomplish Much at Second Chance School Students and staff members are excited over the changes, activities and accomplishments of Prattville’s Second Chance School. The long-term male students “dress for success” wearing khaki pants, navy blazers, and ties to school. In addition to working hard academically, the long-term students have enjoyed growing vegetables in the new outdoor classroom which includes two gardens and picnic tables. Students also visited Lanark for team-building exercises and volunteered to read stories to Prattville Elementary School children. Christmas was a special time for the students and staff to reach out to others by donating to “Toys for Tots.” They also visited the Prattville Health and Rehabilitation Facility to sing Christmas carols and deliver gifts to the residents. The Second Chance School has received grants from the following companies and organizations: The Central Alabama Electric Cooperative- $750; The Prattville Service League-$250; and The Southern Companies$4,000. These grants are very much appreciated and will help the students achieve success in all areas. Academic, behavioral and social skills have improved already this year, but students and staff anticipate even greater success in the future.


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PJHS Shares Spirit With Community The students and staff at Prattville Junior High School are well known for their spirit. Weekly pep rallies during football season, staff and student volleyball and kickball games, honor roll parties, and spirit weeks give students frequent opportunities to show off pride for their school. However, in January students had an opportunity to share their school spirit with the community as they combined their basketball spirit week with a charity drive to benefit local organizations. The PJHS student council decided to add to their tradition of BOP (Basketball Our Pride) Spirit week, when students show their pride for the school basketball team, by combining it with a drive to raise supplies for local charities. For example, when students wore a hat on Monday, they were asked to bring in a travel-sized bottle of shampoo or tube of toothpaste to donate to the local homeless shelter. Other spirit days included “Crazy Sock Day,” when students were asked to bring in a pair of socks to donate to the local homeless shelter, “Be All You ‘Cam’ Be Day,” when students wore camouflage and donated a can of food to the food bank, and “Crazy Cat Spirit Day,” when students donated a can of dog or cat food to the animal shelter. Students had the extra incentive of a Chick-Fil-A breakfast for the homeroom that accumulated the highest number of donations for the week. Montgomery Parents I February 2013

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Prattville Debate Team Wins Major Tournaments

Billingsley 5K Raises Funds For New Walking Trail

Billingsley School’s Running Wild 5K, which was held on January 5, turned out to be a successful event! A total of 60 participants started in front of the new gym and went for a stroll along County Road 37 – a total of 3.1 miles. Families and groups of friends participated in this event together. Funds raised from the 5K will benefit the construction of a quarter-mile walking trail behind the school. The path will be located in an area that is part of the school’s outdoor classroom. Jade Glass and Jason Mattox were overall winners of the Running Wild 5K. Glass completed her run in 24 minutes 24 seconds and Mattox finished in 21 minutes 37 seconds.

The first half of debate season has been a successful one for the Prattville High Debate team. With a collective eight returning seniors and 18 novice and underclassmen members, the team has already won both of the two major Alabama tournaments this year. Competing at the Raymond B. Furlong tournament at Saint James School October 5-6, Prattville won against 15 other schools from across the Southeast and brought home the Individual Events Sweepstakes trophy in addition to the Overall First Place Sweepstakes trophy. Individual Saint James tournament champions from Prattville are Josh Hillman, Steven Tice, Grayson Webster and Garrett Wilson. Charlotte Boles and Austin Halverson advanced to the final round of Public Forum debate. Most recently, the Prattville team competed at the Spain Park Rubicon Tournament on November 9 and 10. Once again the squad garnered the Individual Events Sweepstakes trophy as well as the Overall First Place Sweepstakes trophy. The Spain Park individual champions from Prattville are Andrew Edwards, Josh Sloan, Blake Sowers and Garrett Wilson. Bo Furlong advanced to the final round of Lincoln Douglas Debate finishing second. The team then began preparing for a major Southeastern tournament in Tuscaloosa in January. The Prattville team is the defending champion of the Hall of Fame tournament which is hosted by the University of Alabama Forensics Counsel and hopes to return the first-place trophy to Prattville. The team is coached by Katy Olienyk. Prattville students from left are Grayson Webster, Madison Darling, Dylan Renfrow, Charlotte Boles, Andrew Edwards, Trevor Debardeleben, Blake Sowers, Austin Halverson, Dallis Johnson and Josh Hillman.


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The recent tragic event at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut has been a sobering reminder to school systems throughout our nation about all matters related to school safety measures. Here in the Elmore County School District, my leadership team and I have assembled to reaffirm and reassess our safety plans and procedures. As a school superintendent, I want to assure our parents that school safety is a major priority for our school system each day. We have school safety plans in all of our schools across the district and conduct regular drills so we are as prepared as possible in the event such a tragedy should ever occur. We have revisited our school safety plans to ensure all who have responsibility for successful implementation are up-to-date and prepared.

Additionally, meetings have taken place with representatives from law enforcement both community and county wide. These meetings have been invaluable in providing insights into next steps that we may want to take to enhance safety measures here. School resources officers are members of our local law enforcement who patrol many of our campuses in the district. Their watchful eyes and presence on our campuses serve to strengthen our school safety efforts. Speaking of watchful eyes, we are fortunate that our school system is an active participant in an exciting program called Virtual Alabama. This program provides quite a boost to our school safety procedures. Among the numerous benefits of Virtual Alabama, it empowers our sheriff’s department in conducting emergency drills on our school campuses. Virtual Alabama also provides our first responders the situational awareness to protect lives and safeguard citizens before, during, and after man-made natural disasters. Virtual Alabama fosters teamwork among the state and our local agencies thus decreasing duplication of efforts in emergency situations.


School safety has been a key component in our capital planning over the past several years. As new schools have been built and remodeling projects have taken place in our facilities, we have worked to provide additional security to several of our campus entrances. In our most recent capital planning, we are continuing to explore additional safety measures. We have been blessed over the past few years with our use of School Messenger, a multi-stage, multi-purpose notification system. Within minutes, an emergency message from my office or any campus , can be sent to the cell phones, landlines and In-boxes of every employee and parent/guardian in our district. We must never assume that the heartbreaking events that unfolded at Sandy Hook could not happen here in Alabama. I am sure you all join me in continuing to express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of that senseless shooting. Dr. Jeff Langham is the Superintendent of Education for Elmore County Schools. Now in his eighth year as the system’s leader, he has a total of 27 years of experience in the field of education. Langham is an active member at Landmark Church in Montgomery. He and his wife, Ginny, a nurse educator, have one daughter, Weldon.

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A sea of science projects covered every table in the Redland Elementary lunchroom January 23 as fourth- through sixth-graders participated in the school science fair. Winners in the earth/physical sciences category were: fourth-grader Claire Sims, “Going the Distance;” fifth-grader Alex Rouse, “Moon Over Redland;” fifth-grader Andrew Burns, “Riding on Air;” sixth-grader Josh Hunt, “The Effect of Mass on an Arrow’s Penetration Ability;” sixth-grader Tanner Colquitt, “Battle of the Band-Aids;” and sixth-grader Noah Taylor, “Which Metal Conducts Heat Best?” In the life sciences category, winners were: fourth-grader Jasmine Faulkner, “Flower Power;” fifth-grader Peyton Cox, “Does Age Affect Memory?”; fifth-grader Travis Griffin, “Fresh Flowers;” sixth-grader Evelyn O’Donahue, “Can You Feel the Beat?”; sixth-grader Madelyn Carswell, “Effect of Color on Memory;” and sixth-grader Nathan Burns, “Optical Illusions: Do You See What I See?” These students will go on to compete with other school winners in the Elmore County science fair February 5. Sixth-grade teacher LaDedra Gray is the Redland Elementary science fair coordinator. Front row from left are Jasmine Faulkner, Peyton Cox and Claire Sims; middle row are Madelyn Carswell, Alex Rouse, Andrew Burns and Travis Griffin; back row are Evelyn O’Donahue, Noah Taylor, Nathan Burns, Tanner Colquitt and Josh Hunt.


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Wetumpka Middle Holds Charity Golf Tournament Wetumpka Middle School presents the first 2013 Indian Open golf tournament at Quail Walk Country Club in Wetumpka on March 15. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., lunch served at 11 a.m. and Tee Time is 1 p.m. It is an 18-Hole Scramble. Cost is $300 for a four-man team or $75 for an individual golfer. The golfer registration fee includes: green fees, cart rental, goody bag and a Boston Butt BBQ lunch. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Sponsorships are also needed. Please contact Cammie Blackmon at 324-5998 or at for more information.

Airport Road Students Place in Science Fair

Wetumpka High Students Win Theatre Honors A group of Wetumpka High School students brought home honors from the Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 on the campus of the University of North Alabama in Florence. Three students were individual trophy winners – Karen Teel, second place, novice comedic solo; Blair Caton, third place, varsity pantomime; and Emily Thomas, third place, varsity comedic monologue. “Two senior WHS students, Meagan Evans and Taylor Finch, auditioned for college scouts and received a total of nine callbacks that could very well lead to scholarships,” said Jeff Glass, Wetumpka High theatre arts teacher. “We had the most successful individual performances in our program’s history. Of 23 performances by our students, 17 were rated Superior.” Teel, a senior, said she was surprised to be recognized at the contest. For her performance she sang “The School Nurse Song.” Teel said she hopes to find opportunities to continue her theatre experience next year when she attends college at Samford University. Caton, who is a sophomore at Wetumpka High, has been involved with theatre productions since early childhood. Her entry in the competition was “about a little kid sneaking into a cookie jar and turning it into being a spy.” She added that she plans to continue in the school drama program until she graduates. From left, Karen Teel and Blair Caton are shown following their awards at the Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival. Emily Thomas (not pictured) also received an individual award. (Article and photo courtesy of Peggy Blackburn, Wetumpka Herald)

Students asked scientific questions and got answers in the Airport Road Intermediate School Science Fair. First-place in Life Science was Emily McElvaine with the question, “Will seeds grow when watered with different liquids?” Second-place Alexus Milford asked, “Do flowers drink warm water faster than cold water?” In the Earth/Physical Science category, firstplace Marcus Coleman asked, “Which battery brand lasted longer?” Second-place Abbi Jones asked, “Which liquids melt hard mint candies the fastest?” Thirdplace Emma Harrison wondered, “How much do certain Wii exercise games affect blood pressure and heart rate?” Two honorable mentions were Hailey Whitlock, who asked, “Does temperature affect the bounce of a ball?” and Gary Hood, who asked, “Which methods transfer heat fastest to cool a can of soda?”

Redland Participates in National Geographic Bee The National Geographic Bee was held on January 11 in the Redland Elementary School media center. Nine students representing fifth and sixth grades were chosen through a preliminary geography bee held in their classrooms. Parents were in attendance, with Pastor Craig Carter from Mulder United Methodist Church serving as moderator and Glenda VanErman, elementary curriculum supervisor from the Elmore County Board of Education, as judge. Fifth-grader James Borrelli came in third place; fifthgrader Kaylee Erneston came in second; and sixth-grader Andre Bordlee came in first. Bordlee will now take a written test that will be sent to the National Geographic Society to be scored. If he finishes in the top 100 in the state, he will attend the state competition in April. Shown front from left are fifth-grader Cooper Jones, sixthgrader Colton Greene, fifth-grader Kaylee Erneston, fifth-grader James Borrelli and sixth-grader Andre Bordlee; back row are sixth-grader Payne Watts, fifth-grader Jaleel Johnson, sixth-grader Peyton Ledbetter and sixth-grader Tyson Wilson. 52

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Elmore County Teachers Receive Bright Ideas Grant Money With all the video games, cable TV, and Internet connections to keep students inside, it is refreshing that three Airport Road Intermediate School teachers—Daniel Taylor, Lynne Evans, and Natalie Tucker—try to bring the students outside into the fresh air. These three have been given monetary support through the Bright Ideas Program sponsored by Central Alabama Electric Cooperative. The outdoor classroom begins with a raised bed garden. Students will learn the fundamentals of gardening, conservation, and meteorology. In partnership with 4-H ARIS club members, all ARIS students will be given the opportunity to visit and enjoy the garden area. The $1,000 grant will purchase lumber, potting soil, mulch, a pole aneomometer, a rain barrel, gardening tools, flower and vegetable seeds, a wheel barrow, garden hoses and other necessities for a garden. Other Bright Ideas Grant Award Winners from Elmore County include: Coosada Elementary: Danna Beale, Judy Holder, Janice Weekley, Elizabeth Jackson, Emilie Johnson, Tracy Smith, Heather VanderHey and Kayla Milam; Millbrook Middle: Vivian Crosby and Mary Gibbs; Eclectic Elementary: Jessica Quinn, Tish Hill and Kittie Roberts; Eclectic Middle: Joe Creamer; and Holtville High School: Carolee Lindsey, Kim Miller and Keith Powers. From left are ARIS winners Daniel Taylor, Lynne Evans, Principal Marcia Stephens and Natalie Tucker.




Airport Road Students Take Reading Challenge At Airport Road Intermediate School, students challenge themselves and others. In the reading challenge between third and fourth grades, the third-graders excelled. A school bulletin board also challenged Alabama fans and Auburn fans in reading. It turns out that Alabama fans outnumbered Auburn fans two to one and easily took the lead. Alabama student fans cheered the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to victory in the SEC win over Georgia (32-28) and the BCS win over Notre Dame (42-14). Although there are twice as many Alabama fans as Auburn fans at ARIS, all students were Alabama fans for the BCS triumph. Roll Tide! Montgomery Parents I February 2013


Everything Has a Place by Marla Cilley

We want a home that hugs us! But where do we start? This has been the underlying question that causes us to procrastinate. I have an answer. We start with shining our sink. That is the absolute first habit to establish is keeping our sinks clean and shiny. Then we declutter. That’s when the question comes up again, “Where do I start?” I have been thinking about this and sometime we put the cart before the horse. Here is the reason we have to address our clutter issues. 1. Clutter waste time 2. Clutter makes our house look messy 3. Children pull out everything; less to pull out = less mess. 4. Too many clothes makes laundry hard to do and to put away. 5. Clutter causes us to feel overwhelmed and tired. It zaps our energy. 6. We want peace in our lives and with clutter around there is no peace.

Back to the question of the day: Where do I start? Chicken or the egg syndrome once again; do I declutter the flat surfaces or the cubby holes. I have the answer. BOTH! Now don’t get upset! We are not going to do it all at once. I am going to walk you through this one baby step at a time. The reason your flat surfaces are piled high is because you do not have a place for the items in your hotspot. The easiest way to save time is to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Didn’t your Granny teach you that? Our problem is that we don’t know where to put anything because all of our storage places are cluttered. Here is my story...I had telephone and computer stuff in lots of places. When I needed something I spent a lot of time searching for it. I had to decide where I wanted to keep my geek toys. For me, they had to be easily accessible when I wanted something. I decided that I would keep them in a Rubbermaid sweater bin that would slide under my extra bed. But wait! My memorabilia was in one of those bins and the other one was full of tote bags and zipper bags. Here is what to I had to do. I chose my cedar chest to hold my keepsakes. It had a pillow, two sweaters, a small comforter and other memorabilia; the pillow got donated along with the two sweaters and the comforter is being washed to give to a precious little girl. That made room for

the bin of keepsakes. I picked up the bin and just poured it into the cedar chest. I didn’t get sidetracked by sorting this box of magazines and other papers. That was not my goal. Now the bin was empty. I was still collecting all the geek toys into one place. I took the other Rubbermaid sweater bin and pulled out all the totes and zippered bags, put them all in one bag and decluttered the ones I didn’t like. I placed that in the top of my closet with my other tote bags and purses. Now I had two bins empty. I took the declutter items to the car and put the trash in the garbage can. Now I was ready to start sorting my geek toys into one bin, with my trusty declutter kit right beside me--Give away, Put Away and Throw away. Now the laundry basket is empty. The Rubbermaid bin is labeled and ready to roll under the bed and I have one empty one. As a result of just collecting my geek toys, I have consolidated my memorabilia, my purses and tote bags and I have one empty storage container. Everything having a place and everything in its place makes for a peaceful home. For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, see her website and join her free mentoring group at www. Also check out her books, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2013 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.

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Spring to the Beach This Year with Great Offers and Fun for All Ages

At Florida’s Top Rated Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort For generations, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has been the destination of choice for families and couples wanting to enjoy the beautiful weather, sugar white sand beaches, golf, tennis, biking, spa and all of the other great things to do from the Beach to the Bay. Voted “Best Resort” by various publications, Sandestin has more than 2,400 acres of deluxe waterfront accommodations, recreational activities and scenic areas to enjoy. For 2013, this luxury beach destination in Florida is making it easy by offering flexibility and options for today’s timestarved travelers. Guests have choices between three popular spring deals: • A FREE Night with the purchase of four (promotion code: FREE5) • 25% off weekly rates for families and individuals who love to soak up the sun and the fun for a full week’s getaway (promotion code: WEEKLY) • Hot Dates and Rates for people who want to make a last minute decision and are interested in off-peak spring times. (promotion code: HOT) If you’re planning ahead and looking forward to summer, Sandestin is offering a free night with the purchase of six with use of the code FREE7. Sandestin also offers the Club KZ program, providing an opportunity for children to have fun while providing a well-deserved break for Mom and/or Dad. Children can enjoy a fun filled day camp or a “Kids Night Out” on the weekend. The Village of Baytowne Wharf features the exciting Adventure Zone, which includes a Euro-Bungy; expanded Montgomery Parents I February 2013

three-level, 50foot high Ropes Course; Climbing Wall; and its trademark Zipline, for guests to have a bird’s eye view of the Village and glide over the Lagoon. New in 2013 is the expanded Sandestin Wine Festival April 18 through the 21, which will feature a culinary pavilion and the tasting of more than 600 wines from around the world. Celebrity guest, Paula Deen will also be joining the 27th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival. Sandestin is different from other destinations because of its wide variety of choices from the Beach to the Bay and options for people of all ages. Long standing traditions have included golf on one of Sandestin’s immaculate four championship golf courses offering the best in Destin, Florida golf. For individuals who want a special treat of a private club experience, Sandestin guests can enjoy the Burnt Pine Golf Club, with beautiful lockers and dining privileges the day of play. Children can also accompany mom, dad, or any paying adult free on the course at the Baytowne Golf Club any day after 12 noon. Tennis players can enjoy round robins, individual play or tennis lessons with pros that make Sandestin one of the top three resorts in the country for tennis instruction. 55

For many, the perfect spring break means R&R on Sandestin’s beautiful sugar white sand beach, enjoying the resort’s full beach services including umbrellas, chairs, YOLO stand up paddle boards, and of course complimentary kayak or boogie board rental. Speaking of complimentary, Sandestin offers its guests four hours of free bicycle rental a day, and for adults, free fitness center access. For more information on this Destin, Florida beach destination, accommodations and events, visit or call (866) 779-5593. About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina,

a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

Boats Go With the Flow

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

In a world that’s mostly water, it makes sense that children want to explore and navigate the waterways. From discovering how cups float in their first bath to watching a paper boat rush away in a flooded street gutter, kids have a natural fascination with water and the crafts that move upon it. Whether they want to power-up a fast ship creating wakes of wonder or just go with the flow, the following watercraft are ideal ways for your children to explore whatever floats their boat!

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Ideal for hitting the water in the ‘old school’ way, the classic My Toy Boat is a water-worthy flat-bottomed boat that replicates those used by New England fishermen in the 19th century. Handcrafted from sturdy buoyant pine and painted with real boat paint to weather the effects of maritime action, these are ideal boats for the wading set who like to wander shallow creeks and inlets. These boats come in two sizes, a two-foot red and a 14” long blue, so skippers can choose the best vessel for their voyages. Designed to be a lasting heirloom toy, My Toy Boat is built to withstand years of shore-side play and sailing the inner seas.

Pretend-play hits the imaginary high seas as the Sprig Dolphin Explorer sets sail. With its own wee captain (whose hat and backpack are removable), a durable dinghy, and dolphin figures (who can join the journeys), the Sprig is waterproof and ready to ride the waves in the bathtub or swimming pool. As a play set the Dolphin Explorer is ideally suited for land lubber adventures as well. Crafted from Sprigwood, which is made from re-purposed plastic from milk jugs, the Sprig Explorer is also the ‘greenest’ boat to voyage upon the ‘big blue’. This is the boat that will have kids looking forward to bath time as they cast away the anchor lines on their imagination and embark on fresh journeys in the water!

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One of the coolest things that children can discover about boats is how important they are in our everyday lives. We see truck and trains carrying goods every day, but it’s the often out-of-sight big container ships and barges that move the bulk of our freight from place-to-place. The Tug Boat and Barge demonstrates boats as transportation, moving about lightweight foam blocks that can be used to build floating piers, towers and bridges in the bath. The water tension on the blocks helps them “stick” together when wet. The flat barge is big enough to carry plenty of constructible blocks, while the tug moves the barge around the bath, so the youngest sailors can build their own waterways and navigate the world they create!

For the older maritime adventurer (ages 10 and up), the Double Horse remote-control speed boat takes the action to broader outdoor waterways like pools, small ponds and freshwater lakes. It’s almost a perfect scale model of a real racing craft, with slick speedboat design in a range of colors. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the controls allow for forward, backward, stop, left and right turn direction for the launched boat on the water. This very responsive RC speedboat flies across the water with a range of about 100 feet and makes sharp turns with ease. The balance is good, too, so it doesn’t flip easily. The high-power takes a toll on the battery, so the run-time is limited until the battery re-charges, but WOW, the waves and wakes are worth it!

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Family Karate Center News

The students, instructors and parents of The Family Karate Center wanted to show instructor Mark Chandler that they missed him and were proud of him in a special way. Master Carole Smith, owner of the Center, asked the students to fill a box with cards, letters and homemade treats that he would not be able to get on his base in Afghanistan. “The youth color belts and teen black belt team drew pictures and added chocolate treats and homemade cookies that he could enjoy while thinking of them and the karate training he would catch up on when he got home,” said Smith. In addition, the students found out through Chandler that there is an orphanage in Afghanistan where children are in need of clothing and warm coats. “We have all decided to bring in at least one warm coat we have outgrown for these children,” said Smith. “Also donated were socks, shoes and warm clothing.” Smith said she has received many phone calls and letters about how much Family Karate Center kids do in the community for their Goodwill Project Program. “This class teaches all of our students to reach out to those in need and to give of themselves in a compassionate manner,” she said. “Whether we are volunteering at a local animal shelter, cutting an elderly person’s grass, running errands for a shut-in,or just making a nice phone call to someone, the children just beam with pride that they were important enough to make someone smile!” Do you need help with a community project? Call the Family Karate Center at 467-5762 or 220-9319 today and tell us about it! TWO FREE classes for anyone that calls at any time!

Redland Cub Scouts Hold Pinewood Derby Cub Scout Pack 429, based in the Redland area of Wetumpka, held its third annual Pinewood Derby races January 12. Participants built and decorated wooden cars from kits, then raced them against each other down a sloped track in the fellowship hall of Mulder Church. From left are overall winners Ethan Hamil, 3rd grade; Dylan LaPorte, 2nd grade; Austin Dondrea, 4th grade; and Tanner Cauthen, 3rd grade. All are students at Redland Elementary School.




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by Kerrie McLoughlin I’m guilty of it, and I admit it. When I’m too overwhelmed or busy or tired to think up an activity to keep my kids busy while I cook dinner, fold laundry, do dishes or those other 1,000 things it takes to keep a household running, I turn on the TV. While that’s fine sometimes, I don’t want them watching TV all day during the cold winter months! Here are some ideas I’ve found for keeping kids happy indoors when it’s too cold (or too hot, or just plain rainy) to send them outside.

1. Have a carpet picnic or tea party. Grab a blanket to lay on the

floor (makes it seem like a real picnic plus you save the carpet or floor!). If you have a play tea set, that would work perfectly. If not, just use small cups and

plates. We like to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that we cut into small pieces or make chocolate chip cookies just for the tea party. You could have the carpet picnic for lunch or dinner for something different and also do a tea party on the same day!

2. Build a fort or set up an indoor tent. Fort-building is a blast! Find some parent-approved sheets and blankets and start scouting out the perfect spot. Drape sheets over a large table for a simple fort or get crazy using chairs, other furniture, couch cushions and more. For easier cleanup, of course, the indoor tent is a good choice and is just as much fun. The kids feel all hidden and cozy and may even want to sleep in there for naptime or bedtime. 58

3. Draw pictures, create crafts, write or tell stories. This is the perfect time to drag out the craft box full of pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, markers, glitter, glue and more. Older kids might want to make up their own story, illustrate it and – voilá – they have their very own book!

4. Write out plays to act out later or have a talent show. The kids might want to write up a play of their own creation or something mimicking a movie. They’ll have fun coming up with costumes and props and running their lines. They can open up the box office to “sell” tickets, set up the theatre and put on their play for you and your video recorder!

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on some music and get goofy. Dance around the house to any kind of music at all. Go up and down the radio dial looking for new songs to move to, or use music you already have loaded onto a computer or iPod set to “shuffle.”

6. Play “store”. Have the kids make their own play money or buy some at a dollar store. Each child can make their own store, and they buy items from each other. Items can include toys they no longer want, trading cards, pictures they have drawn, anything. 7. Set up a cardboard box village. Grocery and other stores often have lots of leftover boxes in all shapes and sizes. Grab a bunch and you have an afternoon of entertainment for the kids. They can decorate the boxes however they like then set them up as homes or stores or let their imagination run wild!

8. Play hide-and-seek. Simple, but it always works. Kids just love hideand-seek and can play one-on-one or in teams or one-on-everybody-else. There’s even reverse hide-and-seek, where everybody else hides and one person goes to find them all. The first person found is the next “it”. 9. Bake away the boredom. Whip up a batch of sugar cookie dough and when it’s time to roll those babies out, you know the kids will come runnin’! Cut them out in all shapes and sizes, bake them and later the kids will enjoy frosting and decorating their own creations to take pictures of and eat.

10. Play school. Another classic, but kids always love this one. They can all sit at the dining room table or drag smaller tables out to make desks. The kids take turns playing the teacher, and assignments are given using old worksheets or workbooks or just simply by having the kids draw something for the teacher. If all else fails, put on one of your exercise DVDs and attempt to work out with the kids in the room. They will get a good laugh and you all might get some exercise indoors! mp Kerrie McLoughlin writes about all things kid at

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Butch Speed Teaches Art Appreciation at Success Unlimited Academy Success Unlimited Academy elementary students had a fun fall art class with Mr. Butch Speed. Bringing his love of art and painting, “Mr. Butch” discussed the colors of fall and how they could bring their pictures to life. After sharing the history of art and some of his personal paintings, Speed took the students through the step by step process of painting a pumpkin. First, he taught the students how the pumpkin resembled a round circle incorporating shapes into the art lesson. Then, he allowed the students to select their paints. Using the autumn tones of orange, brown, yellow, and green, the students learned about brush loading and how to make various brush strokes. The finished project had the verse, “In all things, give THANKS,” written on the canvas. Speed returned to the class in December to paint Christmas trees. The kids had a blast as they celebrated art appreciation!

Spend an Evening with Eli Manning

The Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama announces “An Evening With Eli Manning,” presented by Baptist Health on Friday, March 15, at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center. The two-time Super Bowl MVP will be the featured speaker. The VIP reception will occur at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m., with a live auction during the event. WSFA Sports Anchor Jeff Shearer and WAKA Sports Anchor Dee Jackson will lead a Q&A session with Manning. Tickets will be in demand and seating is limited, so early ticket purchase is encouraged. Since its incorporation in 1997, the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama has provided support and educational services to address the needs of cancer patients and their families in a 33-county area of central Alabama. For more information about the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama, please visit For ticket information, contact the MPAC Box Office at 334-481-5100 or visit

Kohl’s Accepts Nominations For Young Volunteers

Kohl’s Department Stores will accept nominations for outstanding young volunteers February 1-March 15 for the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted at, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,300 young volunteers more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who have made a positive impact on their communities. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card. More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for postsecondary education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. To learn more about last year’s winners, visit


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Miss Bright Star of America Scholarship Program (MBSA) participants met with Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange recently. The girls were able to ask questions and tell the Mayor about services that they have been doing in the community. This year’s Miss Bright Star of America Scholarship Pageant will be held on April 6 at Auburn University of Montgomery. Miss Bright Star of America (MBSA) provides young ladies ages 3-21 years with a vehicle to further their personal, professional and community goals. Selected delegates will undergo professional training in a personality development and grooming workshop, which includes: setting educational goals, public speaking, confidence building, pageant walking and stance, posture, grooming, social graces, and wardrobe coordination. Applications will be accepted until March 15. For more information on how to compete, call 221-8779 or visit www. From left are Rasheda Means (MBSA Queen) from McKee Middle School, Lillie Johnson (MBSA Ambassador Queen) from Lighthouse Christian Academy, Mayor Todd Strange, Stephanie Greene (National Queen) from Success Unlimited Academy, Rae Anna Thomas (MBSA Queen) from Maxwell Elementary, Danielle Pettway (MBSA Ambassador Queen) from Southlawn Middle School, and Ilan Victoria (MBSA Ambassador Queen) from Peppermint Hill Learning Academy.

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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

Princesses of Every Kind Every little girl is entitled to her measure of royal treatment as a little princess, but not all young ladies are cut from the same royal purple cloth. Some may want to wear the ermine-trimmed gown, while others prefer to chase the ermine through the woods, catch it and tame it. The following titles introduce princesses who break the mold (a bit) from the gently-reared stereotypes of pampered, gently-spoken damsels in distress. Introduce your young reader to princesses who cut through the princess fluff and make their own way, on their own terms with royal flair!

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson and Sue deGennaro (Peachtree Publishing) Prince Henrik knows he must someday marry a princess, but he doesn’t know how to find the right one. His married brother suggests placing a pea under layers of mattresses and inviting candidates to sleep upon them. He says only the most sensitive and delicate of princesses will detect the pea underneath. But Henrik’s brother’s princess wife appears to be merely thin-skinned and touchy. Henrik wants to find someone who is just the opposite; a princess who likes camping and hockey, a girl who smiles and is resourceful and kind. So Henrik tries his own variation on the “pea” method on visitors to the castle. With a thin sleeping bag and a packet of frozen peas, Henrik hopes his test may just weed out the ‘delicate’ princesses from the one who is tough enough to be a real princess. Whimsically illustrated with collage, gouache and pencil, this light-hearted approach to match-making will delight princes and princesses alike.

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You Can’t Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson and Sarah McIntyre (Price Stern Sloan / Penguin) Every kind of amazing chocolate dessert is being laid out for Princess Spaghetti’s party when she discovers that her father, the King, has been abducted by aliens from outer space! She asks for the royal guards to help with a rescue mission, but they are not brave enough to go. The princess takes matters into her own hands, going after her father with a plan to get him back before he becomes the aliens’ main course. Using every bit of the authority and diplomacy that comes with her role, Princess Spaghetti takes the lead on the King’s rescue, finding a sweet solution that will keep him off the aliens’ menu in the future. Putting the lie to the damsel in distress, ‘You Can’t Eat a Princess’ is a delicious addition to every little girl’s book menu.

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by Dashka Slater, Illustrated by Valeria Docamp0 (Dial / Penguin) From pet scorpions and brakeless bicycles to her collection of broken glass and daggers, Princess Amanita’s tastes are a bit edgy among young royalty. Her garden is lush with stink lilies, swinging mace vines (look out!) and needled cacti. But when young Prince Florian rolls by on his bike, he’s not put off by her dangerous garden. He wants to make friends, so he gifts her with a lovely bouquet of roses from his own garden. Without a terrible odor or razor-sharp leaves, Princess Amanita puzzles over the roses… until she discovers the thorns. She asks Prince Florian for rose seeds to plant in her own garden, but instead of roses, Princess Amanita gets a crop of ‘noses’ that sniffle, snore and disturb the whole castle. Hitting the road to return the troublesome blooms to Florian, Amanita gets lost and only something that ‘smells good’ can help her find her way. With lush and capricious illustrations, ‘Dangerously Ever After’ is a delightfully unconventional princess story! Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at


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Montgomery Public Library Announces 2012 Roxie Lancaster Children’s Holiday Writing Competition Winners Second-place winners include Ian Kim, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, first grade (not shown); Ava O’Donell, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, second grade; Merritt Lee, Eastwood Christian, third grade; Lily Windham, Trinity Presbyterian, fourth grade; and Emily Gwin, Eastwood Christian, fifth grade.


First-place winners include Richard Li, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, first grade; Kendall Miller, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, second grade; Jackson Beaulieu, Eastwood Christian, third grade; Peyton Courson, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, fourth grade; and Owen Emerson, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, fifth grade. First- and second-grade Honorable Mentions went to: Lakin King, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet; Sean Michael Gary, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet; Olivia Jacobs, Cornerstone Classical Christian; Gracie Phillips, Eastwood Christian; Sebastien Sayegh, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet; and Lily Boyd, Eastwood Christian.

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Third-place winners include Maia McKinney, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, first grade; Kaylyn Zhong, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, second grade; Ansley Claire Addison, Trinity Presbyterian, third grade; Cate Stewart, Trinity Presbyterian, fourth grade; and Mat Mathison, Trinity Presbyterian, fifth grade. Fifth-grade Honorable Mentions went to: Morgan E. Illman, Eastwood Christian; Sarah Middleton, Eastwood Christian; and Emma Janye Albritton, Eastwood Christian.




Third- and fourth-grade Honorable Mentions went to: Tori Meldrum, Trinity Presbyterian; Kaitlin Phenix, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet; Ryan Shin, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet; Thomas Treadwell, Eastwood Christian; Shriya Katari, Halcyon Elementary; and Jenny Baek, Forest Avenue Academic Magnet. Montgomery Parents I February 2013


The (New) Parent Trap by Heidi Smith Luedtke Feed baby. Change diaper. Shop for groceries. Wash laundry. Feed baby. Pay bills. Change diaper. Wash laundry. Feed baby. Start dinner. Google “cradle cap.” Change diaper. Feed baby. Call pediatrician. Drive fussy baby around (and around) the block. New parents have endless to-do lists. Just feeding, burping and changing a newborn is enough to fill up your calendar. And you’d like to feed, bathe, and dress yourself, too! The tremendous workload of parenthood can leave you exhausted and shorttempered. Interrupted sleep isn’t very restful and it’s hard to relax when you’re focused on getting things done during the day. Recalling your pre-baby productivity only makes you feel like a failure. You used to conquer long lists of tasks before noon. Now you struggle to remember whether you brushed your teeth today. Or yesterday. If you long for the days when you felt well-rested and effective, you’re not alone. And it doesn’t mean you aren’t a good parent or that you don’t love your baby enough. Parenthood is a tough gig and there is little time off for rest and relaxation. It’s completely normal to feel trapped in Babyland with no visible means of escape!

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Caught in an Invisible Trap It is hard for new parents to ask for help. It’s your responsibility to care for your child and asking for help can feel like you’re shirking your duties. You’re especially likely to feel this way if you’re at home with the baby while your spouse heads out to work each day, says Donna Genett, PhD, author of Help Your Kids Get it Done Right at Home and at School (Quill Driver Books, 2005). Personality matters, too. For some go-getters, “it feels good to be on top of things, to be firing on all cylinders,” Genett says. You may thrive on the adrenaline produced by a never-ending list of “to

dos.” And it seems like taking care of baby should be easy. After all, washing bottles and changing diapers isn’t exactly rocket science. Asking for help with such simple tasks can make a new parent feel inadequate. 64

When you ask for help, you put yourself out there and take a risk. But when you don’t ask for help, you miss opportunities to connect with others. Feeling isolated only compounds the stress of new parenthood and can allow unhealthy habits like Montgomery Parents I February 2013



overeating or alcohol use to get out of control, Genett warns. When your sensitive infant picks up on signals that you are stressed, their cranky, irritable response increases your stress even more.

Free Yourself Letting others pitch in allows you to regain a sense of personal balance and wellbeing. And sharing the load is good for others, too. When you give family and friends a chance to help you, they feel good. Free yourself from these common parent traps and you’ll find new baby bliss once again.

Disorientation. As a new parent, you may be so focused on the baby’s needs that you forget your own. “Your needs are important for the same reason that a flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first and then to see to your child in the case of an emergency,” reminds Claudine Wolk, author of It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers (AMACOM, 2009). “You need to be cared for in order to be able to care for your child.” Resentment. Moms often feel an enormous sense of responsibility for infant

care. This is compounded for women who breastfeed, especially when baby wants to nurse long and often. Resentment will grow if you feel you’re doing all the work. Fight back by becoming a “yes” mom. Say yes to offers of assistance, even if you don’t need help. Your little bundle will be so much more joy-provoking when she is spitting up on someone else’s shoulder.

Inequality. Don’t be trapped by the notion that fairness and equality are the same thing. Even if both parents work outside the home, it is unlikely you will share parenting and household duties 50/50. If your spouse can’t stomach diaper duty, that’s okay. He can fluff and fold the mountains of laundry your little one makes. Divvy up chores in a way that suits you both and rotate responsibility for tasks no one likes. That way no one gets stuck with them forever. Ambiguity. Misunderstandings and frustration occur when we assume others know our expectations. “Maybe the biggest help would be to have someone help clean the house or provide you with a dinner,” suggests Wolk. “Granted it’s tough to ask for such things, but if someone close to

you sincerely offers help, take them up on it.” If your mother-in-law offers to pick up some groceries for you, give her the list! Although you might feel like a taskmaster, being specific about what you need sets others up for success, says Genett.

Perfectionism. When you let others pitch in, they may not do things the way you would. Let go of your need to have things done just right. Others will not always meet your standards. On many days you won’t meet your own standards either! Good enough is good enough. Appreciate the help you receive even if it falls short of what you wanted. The pressure to know, be, and do everything yourself can be overwhelming, but letting go isn’t easy. Asking others for help will allow you to take care of yourself and pursue personal interests. (Remember, you aren’t just a parent, you’re a person, too!) So, surround yourself with helpful others and be grateful for the many loving influences on your new baby. Freedom is really sweet. mp Heidi Smith Luedtke, PhD, is a personality psychologist and reformed do-it-herselfer. Read her blog at



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New & Expectant Parents Guide Retail-Montgomery


Dr. Cheryl Zimmerman and Dr. Victor Pena Offers services in Gynecology & Obstetrics

Baby Gap

Kids Furniture N More

The Montgomery Women’s Primary Care

7064 Eastchase Parkway, Montgomery, 395-5703 Sweet knit booties, cozy bundlers and adorable extras for that special baby. Wide selection for infants and toddlers.

3180 Wetumpka Hwy, 1-800-510-8325 We have everything you need for your son, daughter, or grandchild! The perfect place to find kids gifts for any child and quality kids furniture in almost every style or theme. Visit

356-4873, 8134 Seaton Place, Montgomery Dr. Roosevelt McCorvey Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics

Barb’s on Mulberry 1923 Mulberry St., 269-2272 Children’s fashions, Original Art, Gifts and Toys Please visit us at

Born Children’s Boutique 3014 Zelda Place (Next to Publix), 215-9140 Clothing, gifts, diaper bags, burp clothes, cribs, crib and toddler bedding and much, much more.

Maternity Motherhood Maternity 7052 Eastchase Parkway (The Shoppes at EastChase) 409-0969. We offer a large selection of maternity clothes at affordable prices. Something for every occasion.

Prenatal Physicians

Children’s Place

Central Alabama Ob-Gyn Associates PA

7044 Eastchase Parkway, 215-8888 Anything to cover your newborn, baby girl or baby boy. Large selection of fashionable clothing for your little one. Please visit us at

265-3543 or 215-3400 2024 Chestnut Street and 440-B St. Lukes Dr., Montgomery Specialize in Gynecology & Obstetrics, Female Infertility and Surgery

Namedropper / Storkland 7107 East Chase Parkway, 277-7118 or 277-BABY The Name Dropper carries all your favorite children’s designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Storkland sells the finest in baby furniture, care seats, strollers, clothing and unique gifts.

The Shoppes at My Kids Attic 401 Coliseum Blvd., Eastbrook Shopping Center, 270-1456. Gifts for all occasions. Engraved & monogrammed gifts, Children’s couture and much, much more.

Dent Williams, M.D. 409-9550, 7040 Sydney Curve, Montgomery Specializes in Obstetrics, including 4-Dimensional Ultrasound Technology, Gynecology and Infertility.

279-9333 (for both locations) 495 Taylor Rd., Montgomery 630 McQueen Smith Road, Prattville Gregory Waller, M.D.; Allen Dupre, M.D.; Keith Martin, M.D.; Joseph Desautels, M.D.; Mathew Phillips, M.D.; Benjamin Griggs, M.D.; Paula Sullivan, DO; Michele Conner, M.D.; William Thomas, M.D.; Robert Beaird, M.D.; Vicki Brooks, CNM; Lisa Blount, CNM; Tracey Mendelsohn, CRNP; Della Fuller, CRNP Specialize in Gynecology, Obstetrics, 4-D Ultrasound and High Risk/Low Risk pregnancy.

Physicians for Women 290-4200, 287 Mitylene Park Drive, Montgomery 491-4200, 635 McQueen Smith Rd., Prattville R.M. Garrard, M.D., FACOG; Byron P Lawhon, M.D., FACOG; Winston M Ashurst, M.D., FACOG; William A Newman III, M.D., FACOG; Dr. Jennifer J Logan; McCain Ashurst II, M.D., Martha Eskridge, CRNP Gynecology & Obstetrics, Female Infertility and Surgery;

Patricia Elliott, M.D. 356-7749, 1357 Carmichael Way, Montgomery Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics

Glen Saucer, M.D. FACOG 264-2422, 1722 Pine Street, Montgomery Services offer in Gynecology & Obstetrics

Jason Gentry, M.D. FACOG 263-3630, 1758 Park Place, Montgomery Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics, Infertility and Low/High Risk

Cecile Walker, M.D. FACOG

Henry Johnson, M.D. FACOG

Kim Whittington, M.D. FACOG

288-3400, 2601 Woodley Park Drive, Montgomery Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics

263-3630, 1758 Park Place, Montgomery Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics, Infertility and Low/High Risk

Babies R Us (inside Toys R Us) 5484 Atlanta Highway, 272-6706 Large selection of baby clothes, baby accessories, bedding, baby furniture and equipment.

Ob/Gyn Associates of Montgomery PC

288-3400, 2601 Woodley Park Drive, Montgomery Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics

David Kouri, M.D. FACOG

Retail-Prattville Fanci Free 146 W Main Street, 358-1524 Wide selection of children’s clothing and accessories.

263-3630, 1758 Park Place, Montgomery Services offered: Gynecology & Obstetrics, Infertility and Low/High Risk

Montgomery Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates 284-2355, 2173 Normandie Drive, Montgomery


Pediatric Care-Montgomery All About Kids 277-5431, 2921 Zelda Rd., Montgomery Diagnose and treat children for illnesses, injuries, conditions and developmental issues.

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Montgomery Pediatric Associates PA 260-9129, 420 Cotton Gin Road, Montgomery John Sumners, M.D., James Rabon, M.D. Provide primary health care for infants, children and adolescents.

Partners in Pediatrics 272-1799, 8160 Seaton Place, Montgomery 136 E. Main Street, Prattville Catherine Woods, M.D., Susan Brannon, M.D., Cheryl Outland, M.D., Lamenda Blakeney, M.D., Elizabeth Diebel, M.D., Rama Mukkamala, M.D. Services offered: Sick and well care visits, pediatric and adolescent medicine, Vaccinations, “On-Call” service each night and on weekends for urgent medical matters, “Nurse line” service for minor illness and general well being, “Blue Slip” service and a prescription line.

Dr. Gillis Payne 244-7209, 7006 Fulton Court, Montgomery Provide quality health care for sick visits, newborn care, well child visits, immunizations and more.

Pediatric Healthcare 273-9700, 4700 Woodmere Blvd. Martin Glover, M.D., David Morrison, M.D., Den Trumbell, M.D., Jeffrey Simon, M.D. Provide quality care for infants, children, adolescents and to assist parents in the endeavor of rearing their children to reach their optimal physical, emotional and spiritual development.

Pessoa Vilma, M.D. PA 262-2092, 1710 Norman Bridge Rd., Montgomery Health care for infants, children, adolescents, sick visits, well visits and more.

Physician’s to Children 293-5033, 470 Taylor Rd., Suite 210, Montgomery J. Robert Beshear, M.D., Cheryl Fekete, M.D., Alicia Hughes, M.D. and Dina Winston-Doctson, M.D., Kendra Gillis Colvin, M.D. Services provided: Infant, child and adolescent health care, Sick and well visits, Developmental problems and immunizations.

Professional Pediatrics 271-5959, 4154 Carmichael Rd., Montgomery Dr. C Allen White, Dr. Robert L. Coggin, Dr. David W. Drennen, Dr. Malissa K. Hoy, D.O., and Dr. Karen Doles Provides physical, mental and social health care for infants, children, and adolescents. We offer the following services: X-rays, Medical Laboratory, Surgical of minor lacerations, routine newborn immunizations, Health maintenance exams for older children and teenagers, Sports and camp physical exams, Pre-college exams and forms, Blue slips for school admission, In office Emergency Care on week nights, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons, Pulmonary function testing, Hearing testing and tympanometry, Vision screening, Evaluation of Attention Deficit Disorder and Nebulizer treatments for asthma.

William E. Sumners, M.D. 288-8222, 2161 Normandie Drive, Montgomery Quality health care for newborn, child and adolescent. Sick and wellness visits, immunizations, child development, sport and camp screenings and more.

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Pediatric Care-Prattville

cence, sick visits, child development, well visits, immunizations and more.

Partners in Pediatrics

Doulas and Midwives

272-1799, 8160 Seaton Place, Montgomery 136 E. Main Street, Prattville Catherine Woods, M.D., Susan Brannon, M.D., Cheryl Outland, M.D., Lamenda Blakeney, M.D., Elizabeth Diebel, M.D., Rama Mukkamala, M.D. Services offered: Sick and well care visits, pediatric and adolescent medicine, Vaccinations, “On-Call” service each night and on weekends for urgent medical matters, “Nurse line” service for minor illness and general well being, “Blue Slip” service and a prescription line.

Prattville Pediatric Associates 361-7811, 645 McQueen Smith Rd. N, Prattville John Sumners, M.D., James Rabon, M.D., Daria Anagnos, M.D., Provide sick and well child visits, immunizations, child development, sports screenings and more.

Ob/Gyn Associates of Montgomery, PC 279-9333, 495 Taylor Rd. Midwives: Vicki Brooks and Lisa Blount

Mommy, Milk, & Me, Inc. 782-9816, Antepartum doula services For more information call Tangela Boyd at 334-7839816 or visit

Lactation Consultants Baptist Medical Center South 334-286-2829 Offers breast feeding classes, Information on pump rentals and Lactation consultants

Baptist Medical Center East

Pediatric Care-Wetumpka

334-244-8360 Offers breast feeding classes, Information on pump rentals and Lactation consultants

Happiest Baby on the Block classes. Handmade breastfeeding greeting cards and breast pump rental services also available. For more information please call Angela Boyd at 334-783-9816 or visit www.

Parenting Programs Alabama Department of Public Health- All Kids- Children’s Health Insurance Program. www.; 1-888-373-5437. A low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for children under age 19. Benefits include regular check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, mental health and substance abuse services, and much more. Women, Infants and Children (WIC), 1-888-942-4673, a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who had a baby within the last six months, infants, and children under the age of five. One must meet income requirements and have a nutritional risk that proper nutrition could help to improve. Plan First Family Planning for Women1-888-737-2083, Alabama’s Plan First Program is a family planning program for women ages 19 to 55. Family planning can help you and your family have a better life.

Carlile Pediatrics 78 Cambridge Court, 567-6915 Provide complete and personal health care services for infants, children and adolescents.

Jackson Hospital Mom & Baby Center

Wetumpka Pediatric Clinic

Mommy, Milk, & Me, Inc.

815 Jackson Trace Rd., 567-2882 Provide neonatal care, care for newborn - adoles-

782-9816, Provides breastfeeding education, antepartum doula services, childbirth education, and

1725 Pine Street, 334-293-8600 Offers breast feeding classes and pump rental information.

Baptist Health Childbirth and Parent Education Classes 273-4445 Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze Class: Class offered one time a week for five consecutive weeks. You will learn ways to prepare for your labor, birth and early parenthood experiences. Fee for class Baby Boot Camp: Is an abbreviated version of the

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Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze Class. You will learn ways to prepare for your labor, birth and early parenthood experiences. Fee for class Sibling Preparation Class: Fun one-hour class is designed for expectant “big brothers and sisters” ages 3-8. They will learn about the arrival of their new baby through an introduction to the hospital experience and the early days at home. Fee for class Prenatal Breastfeeding Class: Class provides expectant mothers with information about breastfeeding. Fee for class Infant Safety/CPR Class: is designed to help parents create a safe environment for their child. Fee Maternity Area Tour, Baptist Medical Center East: A tour of the Labor and delivery area and Recovery, Postpartum and Nursery Areas. Please call 334-2734445 for more information.

Jackson Hospital Mom & Baby Center 1725 Pine Street, 334-293-8600 PreNatal Tours: Free Prepared Childbirth Class: Focus on preparation – so you will understand the role of the labor support person, the process of labor and delivery as well as coping with the pain of labor. Sessions taught throughout the year. Fee per class Your Amazing Newborn Class: One night class, a pediatrician and members of our nursing staff will tell you exactly what to expect in the first few days, weeks, and months of your baby’s life. FREE Breastfeeding Class: Breastfeeding instruction, taught by a certified lactation consultant. Fee Lactation Support: You may encounter problems during your breastfeeding. We make lactation support available to you after delivery by phone of appointment. FREE Infant CPR: Taught by a certified instructor, so you have peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared for any situation. Fee for class Please visit or call 334293-8497

La Leche League of Montgomery Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2810 Atlanta Hwy Meets 3rd Friday of the month at 10 a.m. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have completed an accreditation program and are familiar with breastfeeding management techniques as well as current research. Meetings are free and open to all women. Expecting moms, babies and children are welcome. If you need information before the next scheduled meeting, please call or email Bridgit at 569-1500 or

The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) 1-866-962-3030. A collaborative service of the University of Alabama Child Development Resources and the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund. When callers call the toll-free number, a parenting resource specialist will answer the phone, listen to you, then offer helpful information and support .Parenting is tough! Call for FREE confidential help. Parent Resource Specialists are available from 8:00am-8:00pm Monday- Friday.

Infant Classes and Play Groups Kindermusik of Montgomery @ First Baptist Church 271-3264, Music and Movement classes for children Newborn -5 years. Visit

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YMCA Tot Swim classes 2435 Bell Rd., 271-4343, Montgomery 3407 Pelzer, 272-3390, Montgomery; 6 months to 3 years Parents and tot swim classes offered year round.

Support Groups /Services Footprints Ministry A 501(C) 3 organization that assists families with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They serve Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville. Footprints distributes gift bags to NICU families that contain many items to provide hope and comfort. Footprints also assists with hotel stays, gas cards and funeral expenses. Footprints walks alongside NICU families during their child’s stay in the NICU and encourages them on their difficult journey. If you know a NICU family that needs to be ministered to please contact Kim Wilson at 334-391-1594. You may also visit for more information.

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Honoring Angels Like Owen, Inc. (HALO) (334) 328-1202 Halo offers family-oriented, Christian-based grief support groups that meet monthly. These groups are for families who have lost a child from 20 weeks gestation up to the age of 2 years old. Our parents’ group is for mothers and fathers. Our siblings’ group is for children ages 6-15. Both groups meet at the same time and place. These groups offer faith-based healing through sharing and emotional support. Meetings offer an outlet for sharing your child’s memory and your day to day struggles, while receiving support of others who have been in similar situations. Please feel free to bring photos of your child to share. HALO also offers free professional photography for families facing the loss of a child up to the age of 2 years old and needs-based financial assistance for their burial. Visit www.

Consignment Sales Children’s Clothing Exchange Sale February 6-10th Consignment sale held twice a year with quality items at bargain prices. Children’s used clothing, furniture, equipment, toys and accessories.

Doodlebugs Consignment Sale 334-546-4722, Dates February 14-23 Seasonal consignment sale featuring gently worn children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment and so much more! Located at 10938 Hwy 231, Wetumpka

Kids Carousel 272-5263; Montgomery’s original and largest children’s semiannual consignment sale with over 400 consignors and thousands of square feet of GREAT bargains to be found.

My Kids Attic 270-1456, 401 Coliseum Blvd (Eastbrook Shopping Center) Children’s clothing, toys, furniture, learning aids and everything you need for the little one. Public sale begins February 9th-16th mp


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Relocating with Kids

Relocating With An Infant --Tips from a family who’s been there and done that. On moving day the packers are in and out of the house constantly. Often the door is open for long periods, and the temperature in the house reflects the temperature outside. It’s busy, loud and sometimes chaotic. When packing is complete, there’s often a long road trip to a new house, with move-in day being almost identical to move-out day (see above). Where, with all of this activity, does an infant fit into the chaos? No doubt, moving with an infant can be an exercise in patience. But it can be done – it just requires extra thought. The Woodruff family moved half way across the country when their third child was only five months old. The family planned their move with the needs of their baby at the forefront. I asked mom, Lesley Woodruff, to share her tips for moving with an infant, and here’s what I learned.

Create Portable “Safe” Areas

While the movers are working inside your home, you can create safe places for your infant to nap or play. “The pack-andplay, swing and infant carrier were extremely helpful while trying to keep our infant on a nap schedule and while the movers were in and out of the house,” says Woodruff. These portable items can be moved from one location to another within your house while the movers are working in different parts of the house. “Before the movers arrived, we had the baby temporarily set up in the guest room with her pack and play, suitcase of clothes and diaper changing area,” says Woodruff. “While she was napping in the guest room, the movers were Montgomery Parents I February 2013

able to move the crib, dresser and boxes into her room.” The Woodruffs tow a small trailer when they move, and this allowed them to have a plenty of baby gear available for their move. If you’re tight on space, ask friends to loan you a pack-and-play on moving day (keep your own port-a-crib sheets out of the moving boxes), and use your infant carrier, a sling, or a front pack as a safe place to position your child while movers are working.

Pack Accordingly

Woodruff recommends keeping close track of your infant’s routine before moving day arrives. “Think about your baby’s routine and what items your baby uses on a daily basis,” says Woodruff. “Out of those daily needs, what are essential? (How many diapers are needed for a day, how much food or how many bottles are required for a day, etc.).” Pack enough supplies to get your child through the entire move with a few extras in case of emergencies. If you don’t have space for all of the needed supplies, study your travel route carefully and work in time to stop along the way for shopping. Woodruff also recommends easy-tochange outfits that are weather-appropriate. “We moved in the summer, so I packed a lot of one piece, easy-on/easy-off outfits.”

Plan Your Trip Carefully

If you’re making a long road trip between homes, you’ll need to carefully consider your travel plans to make sure you’ve given yourself plenty of time for frequent stops. “Our baby was underweight and needed to be fed fairly often. So we knew frequent stops were a must,” says Woodruff. “And [our baby] was nursed, so no one else could feed her but me.” 71

To calculate how many stops you will need to make, consider your child’s premove routine. -How frequently does your child eat? -How long does it take for your child to finish feeding? -How soon after feeding does your child typically require a new diaper? Add in the time required to locate a place to stop, the needs of yourself and your other children and extra time for unanticipated situations. The Woodruffs planned their entire drive around the needs of their infant. “My husband studied the map to figure out where we would stay on each night of our trip and noted the larger towns/cities in-between for the stops that we would make for baby feedings and meals [for the rest of the family],” says Woodruff.

Extra Help In The Car

As the parents of three children, the Woodruffs decided to place their oldest child next to their infant for the long car ride. “My husband and I decided that our oldest would be most helpful with the keeping the baby entertained and that our two oldest children would do better separated. It worked great,” says Woodruff. If you have an older child who can help entertain your infant, or at least send messages from the backseat, your trip will go more smoothly. Another option is asking an adult friend or family member to join you on your trip to help you with your infant’s needs in the car. Julie Steed, mom of two, is preparing her family for their 11th move in 15 years. She blogs about relocation at

6 Ways to SAVE BIG on

Baby Gear

by Sandra Gordon Those calming breaths you may have practiced in childbirth class? They’ll come in handy in the baby superstore aisle, too. That’s because baby products are a 9.8 billion industry in the U.S. with hundreds of new products added to the line-up each year. With an increasing range of choices and seemingly endless options of baby gear online and in stores, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, buy more than you need and overspend. Keep in mind, though, that you can get good value and buy high-quality, safe products for your baby without bruising your bank account—or feeling deprived. For starters, breast-feeding will save you $2,000 during your baby’s first year, which is the money you’d otherwise spend on infant formula. You’ll shave another $2,000 off the tab by using cloth, a.k.a. “reusable” diapers, compared to the cost of disposables. These days, reusable diapers are almost as easy to use as disposables and, of course, they’re great for the environment, too. Skip the designer clothes. Sure, they’re cute. But it’s silly to spend $75 on a super-stylish romper if your baby will outgrow it in a month or two. Want other ideas? Here are six more smart ways to save on baby.

Go with store-brand infant formula. Of course, breast is best. But if you want or need to use infant formula for whatever reason, definitely go with the store brand. Store-brand infant formulas, labeled with the names of retail-store brands, such as Target (Up & UP), Wal-Mart (Parent’s Choice), CVS (CVS brand), Babies R Us (Babies R Us), Sam’s Club (Simply Right), Toys R Us (Babies R Us), and Walgreen’s (W), have to be as nutritionally complete as national brand formulas as per FDA regulations, yet cost up to 50 percent less, which can add up to a savings of $1,000 or more per year if you formula feed your baby without supplementing with breast milk. Skeptical? Compare nutrition information on the labels of brand name and store-brand infant formula and see for yourself.

Stock up November through January. The fall and early winter are when baby product retailers slash prices on inventory to make room for next year’s merchandise. So what if you buy a 2012 stroller? Chances are it’s not much different than the 2013 model, aside from a fabric update. If you’re in a store where there’s room to haggle, such as your local baby boutique, be sure to ask: “Is that your 72

best price?” or “Would it be possible to mark this down even more?”

Meanwhile, shop mid-week. Shoppers tend to flood stores on the weekends due to work schedules. But you’ll often find the best deals on baby gear during the week because retailers want to generate consumer traffic. Get on the e-mail list of your favorite baby stores, such as Babies R Us, and keep your eyes peeled for notices of cyber and in-store sales. Like grocery shopping, though, stick to your list. Impulse buys on stuff you really don’t need can wipe out your savings. Do the legwork. Don’t just register online, products unseen. Go to stores and get familiar with strollers, car seats, cribs and gliders so you really know what you’re selecting. Be sure to list practical items too, like diapers in the upper size, wipes, infant formula, breast shields and refills for the Diaper Genie. They may not seem gifty, but they can save lots moola down the line. For an idea of baby brands and products to avoid, check out There you’ll find reports from other parents about baby products they’ve had bad experiences with, which can be helpful. Montgomery Parents I February 2013


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Use a stroller frame for your baby’s first stroller. Instead of shelling out hundreds for a stroller, snap your baby’s infant car seat into a bare-bones stroller frame, such as the Baby Trend Snap ‘n Go (around $50). The carrier frame will do the job until your baby outgrows his infant car seat (at about a year). It’s compatible with most brands of infant car seats. A stroller frame will buy you time, saving you from having to pair your baby’s infant car seat with a traditional coordinating stroller from day one. You’ll know so much more about your stroller needs once you’ve got some parenting experience under your belt.

Rent baby gear for travel. Instead of lugging a car seat, stroller and play yard or making Grandma shell out for her own set of baby gear, why not rent everything you need to keep you and your little one safe and content? These days, you can lease a crib, play yard, high chair, booster chair, car seat, stroller and even toys at a weekly rate that’s typically less than it would cost to check them at the airport. A basic Pack ‘n Play, for example, which can multitask as a crib, changing table and play pen, typically costs around $60 new to buy and $100 to $130 to check at the airport. To rent one, you can expect to pay around $7 per day or $35 per week, though fees vary per rental agent. Besides the cost savings, renting is a sanity saver. It takes the hassle out of traveling, which is difficult enough for adults these days. But as you may know, when you’ve got little ones and all their stuff, it can be a nightmare. Before renting baby gear, ask about safety and cleanliness. How have the products been cleaned? How old is the car seat? What happens if you lose or break something? Most rental contracts will stipulate that if the product is damaged, lost or stolen, you’re responsible for replacing it. To rent baby equipment and have it go smoothly, coordination is key. It’s great if the rental agent can meet you at your car rental or at the airport or pre-assemble the products where you’ll be staying, such as a vacation rental. Check Baby Travel Pros for links to baby gear rental companies in the U.S. and Canada as well as Mexico, France and Argentina. Baby Travel Pros members are committed to cleanliness, quality, and safety and follow the industry best practices. Rental prices, products and rental agreements vary per vendor. mp Sandra Gordon is an award-winning writer who delivers expert advice and the latest developments in health, nutrition, parenting and consumer issues. Gordon’s most recent book is Save a Bundle: 50+ Ways to Save Big on Baby Gear. She also blogs about baby products at

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Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library (Main Branch) 245 High Street 240-4991 Preschool Storytime Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium February 7 Happy Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) Wake Up Groundhog! The Mitten We will have a craft. February 14 Happy Valentine Chocolate Lovers Happy Valentine’s Day Betty Bunny Love Chocolate Cake We will have a craft February 21 Pioneers of Change In Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change February 27 Library Lovers Month Lola at the Library & Lola Loves Stories We will have an activity. Morgan YA Department Celebrating Black History Month February 13 @ 10 a.m.-noon The Good Old Days- Comparing modern technology vs. old day technology February 20 @ 10 a.m.-noon Kory Ward from the Southern Poverty Law Center will speak on the Cvil Rights movement. Colonel R. J. Lewis, USAF (RET) Tuskegee Chapter-TAI-Col. Lewis has researched, written on and done Airman interviews for some time and one of his favorite projects is to pass on the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy to others. Morgan’s Circulation/Media February 21 @ 10 a.m.-noon At the Crossroads of Freedom Milton Shirdan – Jazz Musician Doris Dehaney – Healthy Soul Food Preparation

February 7 It’s nice to help others! Baa! Moo! What Will We Do? Helping Bugs Craft – Spider masks

February 12 My Furry Valentine Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine Make Valentines

February 12 Be My Valentine Day Clifford’s Valentines The Valentine Bears Craft

February 14 It’s Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day Craft – Valentine’s Day cards

February 19 More Mo Willems Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Can I Play Too? Games with Friends

February 19 Honor George Washington Day George Did It George Washington and the General’s Dog Coloring page activity

February 21 It’s nice to know someone loves you! Shawn and Keeper and the Birthday Party What! Cried Granny Craft – Granny masks

February 26 Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration (March 2) Green Eggs and Ham Watch cartoon “Horton Hears a Who” Party hats, coloring sheets

February 26 Tooth Care Day Special guest Kim McAllister, dental hygienist for Dr. Sansom and Dr. Patel, will read teeth stories and teach the children about caring for their teeth.

February 28 It’s fun to play make-believe! King Jack and the Dragon Dancing Dinos at the Beach Craft – Dinosaur masks

Hampstead Library Celebrates Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 14 @ 1:30 p.m. Music throughout African American culture. All ages welcome

Hampstead Branch Library 5251 Hampstead High St., Ste. 107 244-5770

Coliseum Branch Library Black History Programs Adult Programs

Baby & Toddler Time Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. An early learning & literacy program designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years

Adult Book Club February 14 @ 3 p.m. Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. Carrie McGavock and her former slave strive to build their lives together after the Civil War ravages their home, their people, and their lives.

February 6 Nursery Rhymes: “Little Robin Redbreast”; “Ring Around the Rosie” Signing “cookie”

February 20 @ 10 a.m. Dr. Richard Bailey will present insight into the lives of interesting African-Americans who have contributed to the betterment of all Americans.

February 13 Nursery Rhymes: “Pussycat, Pussycat”; “There Was a Little Girl” Signing “bread”

February 27 Nursery Rhymes: “Wee Willie Winkie”; “Little Boy Blue” Signing “again”

Coliseum Art Gallery Various art will be exhibited displaying the influence of African Americans.

February 6 Stephanie’s Ponytail Hattie & The Fox The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity: Make Bag Puppets (Hattie the Hen)

February 27 “GUESS WHO” Preschool Black History Game

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Rufus A. Lewis Branch 3095 Mobile Hwy. 240-4848 Preschool Storytime Wednesdays, 10 a.m.









February 20 Famous Black Inventors

Pre-School Story Time Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Children 3 and up

Governor’s Square Branch 2885-B E. South Blvd. 284-7929 Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

Hampstead Adult Book Club Saturday, Feb. 23 @ 10 a.m. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.

February 13 My Crayons Talk Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Shades of Black Activity: How to Make a Color from All the Rainbow Colors

February 20 Nursery Rhymes: “This Is the House That Jack Built” Signing “monkey”

Book displays for children, YA, and adults containing books describing the lives and accomplishments of African Americans.


I am Invited to a Party Leonardo the Terrible Monster Activity sheets

February 5 African–American History Day Special guest Cynthia Sankey, media specialist at Floyd Elementary School, will read exciting African folktales to the children, followed by a craft.

Coliseum Branch 840 Coliseum Boulevard 271-7005 Preschool Storytime Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Rufus A. Lewis Library Ms. Stringer’s Storytime Hour Mondays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.

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February 4 & 7 Nettie Jo’s Friends Tiger Soup The Tale of John Henry Activity: Make John Henry Medallions

Tuesdays, 10 & 11 a.m. FUN FOR ALL AGES! Mondays (February 4, 11, 25) 3:30-4:30 p.m. “Art in the Afternoon” with Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

February 11 & 14 The Lion’s Whiskers Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Activity: Lion Arts and Crafts

Black History Month February 16 @ 10 a.m. Local artists will discuss their art and the African-American experience. Artists include: William Ford, WSFA art director; Jay Crawford, master woods craftsman; and Milton Sheridan, artist/ WVAS radio personality

February 18 Presidents’ Day—All Locations Closed February 21 Stories by Virginia Hamilton Activity: African Arts & Crafts February 25 & 28 African Customs & Dances Black History @ Rufus A. Lewis Adult Program February 12 @ 10 a.m. Dr. Keith Krawczynski, Scholars Without Walls, Auburn University Montgomery, will discuss The Modern Civil Rights Movement in Alabama Rufus A. Lewis Library Black History Celebration Children & Teen Programs

E.L. Lowder Branch 2590 Bell Road 244-5717 Preschool Storytime Fridays, 10:15 a.m.


February 1 Amelia Bedelia’s 50th Birthday Amelia Bedelia will be signing autographs at her party! For more information, please contact Shirley Toston


February 8 I’m Not Moving, Mama! Art/ Craft Activities


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Tween and Teen Book Clubs The Angry Dragons: A Book Club for 4th-6th Grade Wednesday, Feb. 27 @ 4:15 p.m. The Angry Dragons will discuss Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey. Teen Book Club: For 7th grade and up Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 4:15 p.m. The Teen Book Club will discuss Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

The Bertha Pleasant Williams Library has a reading group for tweens and teens on Facebook! Books are tween and teen centered, but adults are welcome! Book discussions will begin on the first day of each month. Send a message to or post on the our Facebook page at MCLMCCPL for more information or to join.

Pine Level Branch 20 Kohn Dr., Pine Level 584-7144 Pintlala Branch 255 Federal Rd., Hope Hull 281-8069 Feb. 5 @ 11:25 a.m. Kindergarten Be My Valentine! Song & Treat

Writing Out Loud The Bertha Pleasant Williams Library has a writing group on Facebook! Writing Out Loud provides a safe environment for self expression with positive feedback and encouragement. Send a message to or post on our Facebook page at https:// for more information or to join.

Teen Book Club presents a Play “Bullying” February 20 @ 3:45 p.m. Preschoolers “Guess Who” Black History Game with Southlawn Middle & Ms. Blair’s Preschool February 27 @ 10 a.m.

on-one and small group assistance. Let us help you save time and effort by guiding you to the best resources for your student’s research.

Feb. 7 @ 1:30 p.m. 2nd Grade Slugs in Love Craft: Love bug cups February 12 Mardi Gras Celebration Pre-K Mardi Gras Parade Time will be announced later

Pike Road Branch 9585 Pike Rd. / 244-8679 Story Time for ages 3-7 Mondays at 4:15 p.m.

Feb. 14 @ 11:15 a.m. Pre-K Happy Valentine’s Day Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink Craft: Make Paper Roses Treat

February 4 Mo Willems, Mister Matt’s favorite children’s author, was born on February 11, 1968. In honor of his birthday, we’re declaring February to be Mo Willems Month at the library! Each story time will feature two books by Mo.

Feb. 19 @ 11:25 a.m. Kindergarten Bean Thirteen Craft: Tootsie Roll Butterflies Feb. 28 @ 11:15 a.m. Pre-K Biography of Garret Morgan Craft: Make Traffic lights out of graham crackers Game: Red light, Green light

February 11 Mo Willems Month, Part 2 February 18 Library closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Ramer Branch Library 5444 State Highway 94 (334) 562-3364 Preschool Storytimes Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

February 25 Mo Willems Month, Part 3

February 15 The Snow Day Art/ Craft Activities

Family Movie Time Thursday, February 7, at 4 p.m. Hey, kids and grown-ups, come on over to enjoy a movie and some popcorn. The best part is the admission cost: FREE!

February 22 How Do You Know? Art/ Craft Activities Bertha Pleasant Williams Library (formerly Rosa L. Parks Branch) 1276 Rosa L. Parks Ave./240-4979 Pre-School Story Time

Black History Month School Project Assistance Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout February Do your kids have Black History Month assignments for school? If so, Mister Matt will provide one-

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February 5 Huff and Puff on Ground Hog Day Craft: making ground hog puppets February 12 Henry and the Valentine Surprise Craft: Coloring paper hearts February 19 Marty and the Million Man March February 26 George Washington Carver, Plant Doctor 75


212 S. Main St. (next to Wetumpka Depot) Call 567-1308 or visit Preschool storytimes Tuesdays & Fridays at 10 a.m. February 1 Animals Not So Wild February 5 and 8 Birthdays February 12 and 15 Valentines February 19 and 22 Cats February 26 and March 1 Kites and Wind Awesome Readers Homeschool Book Club Every 3rd Tuesday at 1 p.m. during the school year. The assignment February 19 is The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster.

AutaugaPrattville Library 254 Doster Street, Prattville Call 365-3396 or visit Preschool Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a.m. P.A.W.S. dogs Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Reading Clubs for 1st-6th grades Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Writing Club for Preteens/Teens (5th-12th grades)!! Ever want to write a novel? Come join us!! Each session we will break down certain parts of a novel and how to write them!! Every other Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (please check calendar/registration sheet for dates). C.L.U.E Club!! For homeschoolers 4th grade and up. The group meets on Fridays from 10 a.m-noon. We are reading the “Kingdom Keepers” series.

Millbrook 3650 Grandview Road Call 285-6688 or visit Pre-school Storyhour Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Family Calendar Ongoing Ala. Dept. of Archives & History Exhibit galleries include children’s gallery and a reference room for genealogical and historical research. Hands-On Gallery includes Granny’s Attic where you can try on clothes, uniforms, shoes, try an old typewriter, sit at an old school desk or experience making a quilt square. Discovery Boxes are filled with all kinds of Alabama history. Numerous handouts, videos on Selma to Montgomery March, Helen Keller, Mardi Gras and more. Photographs of Helen Keller on display. The Archives museum galleries are FREE to the public. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please note: The Research Room is only open the 2nd Saturday of each month. 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery. Call 242-4435 or visit Alabama River Region Arts Center in Wetumpka has weekly after-school Arts Clubs which meet on Thursdays from 4-5 & 5-6 p.m. There are three clubs: Guitar (acoustic), Clay (polymer, ie “sculpy”) and Painting/Drawing. Each Club is $20 a month. Students for Guitar Club must be 10 years old, but 7-year-olds are welcome for the other two. Clubs are limited to the first 10 students, for one month. While children are in Arts Clubs, parents are welcome to stay and browse our Gallery or Resource Library, or just wait in the kitchen with a soda! Studio space is also available on a lease basis. The Pottery Studio is available to ARRAC members trained on the wheel. First Saturday of every month is a free Sit & Sew, from 9 a.m.-noon. Bring your hand-sewing project or sewing machine for a morning of sewing with the ladies. (Bluegrass Jam is going on at the same time in another room.) 300 W. Tallassee St. (former Wetumpka Jr. High building), Wetumpka, AL 36092. Visit or see us on Facebook: Alabama River Region Arts Center, or call 578-9485 for more information. Artists In Action: 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of EVERY month at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from noon-2 p.m.. Local and regional artists at work. For more info, call 240-4333. “Artworks,” a hands-on children’s exhibit. FREE. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Blount Cultural Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Open until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Closed Mondays. For more info, call 240-4333. Bama Brushstrokes Art Club Meets 9 a.m., 2nd Saturdays of each month, Messiah Lutheran Church, 6670 Vaughn Road, Montgomery. Club members include beginners, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Activities include seminars with well-known artists. Classes are taught by our members or guest artists. We share our talents with our community in various programs, such as the Memory Box Project for hospice patients through sponsorship by the Society of Decorative Painters. Our chapter creates finished paint projects and murals for various hospitals, libraries, and community-based organizations. For more info, contact Diana French, president, at Celtic Dance Classes Fridays at Montgomery Ballet from 4-5 p.m. We welcome boys and girls ages 6 to adult. Call Amanda at (706) 457-9254 or e-mail for more info. The Central Alabama Tennis Association (CATA) is a volunteer-based tennis organization formed to provide programs which promote and develop the growth of tennis throughout central Alabama. The CATA has four essential charitable and educational purposes: (1) to promote and develop the growth of tennis in central Alabama area by providing a variety of educational and charitable tennis programs and services; (2) to educate the community concerning the importance or tennis and the benefits that can be derived from tennis; (3) to expand the opportunities in the community for learning tennis and to offer opportunities for learning tennis to individu-

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als who do not have access to tennis; and (4) to provide programs and services in the community that teach participants scholarship and fair play and that permit access to volunteers and instructors who can serve as positive role models and mentors. For event info, call Ernie Rains, CATA Community Coordinator, at 324-1406 or e-mail The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa A private, non-profit, community-based organization located at 2213 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa, next to City Hall. Current hours are MondayFriday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed most holidays. Special programs are held for preschoolers weekly. Admission is $5 per person, with no charge for museum members or children under the age of 1 year. Special discounts are available to schools. For info, call (205) 349-4235 or visit Civil Rights Memorial A monument to those who died and/or risked death in the struggle for civil rights. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery. For information, call 264-0286. Cloverdale Playhouse “Third Tuesdays” Montgomery’s singers and songwriters perform in our intimate theater space each month on the third Tuesday. Join us for a musical evening in Old Cloverdale. For details, call 262-1530 or visit Also contact us about volunteer opportunities, auditions, and the Playhouse School! Cool Kids Cook is a faith-based ministry with classes offered at different locations. Please call 220-3651 if you’d like to attend or volunteer with this ministry. First White House of the Confederacy Open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year begins the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The First White House of the Confederacy played a significant role during the war and served as Jefferson Davis’ family residence from February-May 1861. Located at 644 Washington Avenue in downtown Montgomery, neighboring the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For more info or to tour the museum, call 242-1861 or visit Garden Tours Local gardens include Southern Homes and Gardens, Blount Cultural Park’s Shakespearean Garden at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Grace Episcopal Church, Prattville’s historic gardens in Old Pratt Village and the Wilderness Park, and Wetumpka’s arboretum at Ft. Toulouse. For more info in Montgomery, call 1-800-240-9452 or visit In Prattville, call 361-0961 or visit In Wetumpka, call 567-3002 or visit Other numbers are: Blount Cultural Park (274-0062 or www.; Grace Episcopal Church (2151422); Old Alabama Town (240-4005 or; and Alabama Garden Trail (1-800-ALABAMA or W. A. Gayle Planetarium Public Shows offered Mon.-Thurs. and Sun. Admission $3.50/person, children under 5 free, seniors $2.50/person. Mon-Thurs. at 3 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. 1010 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Call 241-4799. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a family-friendly space filled with interactive and educational hands-on exhibits for children age eight and under. Imagine It! also offers birthday parties, memberships and field trip tours. Museum hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $11 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above. Imagine It! is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more info, visit or call (404) 659-KIDS [5437]. Montgomery’s Freedom Rides Museum Road to Equality: The 1961 Freedom Rides yearlong exhibit features works of art from top Alabama artists and


offers unique interpretations of one of the most pivotal desegregation events in the nation’s history. Located in the capital city’s recently restored 1951 Greyhound Bus Station, the exhibit will remain open every Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment throughout the year. For more info, visit or MOOseum, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Children’s educational center featuring past, present and future in agriculture and the cattle industry. Free. Group tours should be pre-scheduled. Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m. -noon and 1-4 p.m. Last scheduled tour of the day starts at 3:30 p.m. 201 Bainbridge St., Montgomery. For info, call 265-1867 or visit Old Alabama Town 19th and early 20th century outdoor history museum. Tours Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for students ages 6-18. Under 6 free. 301 Columbus St., Montgomery. For information, call 240-4500. Prattville-Millbrook Newcomers Club A non-affiliated social club geared to new people moving into the area AND to those looking to form new friendships or just learn more about the area. We will also have interest groups that meet during the month at various times and locations. They could be groups such as canasta, bridge, lunches, movies, etc. General meetings are second Tuesdays September-May at 10 a.m. at the YMCA on McQueen Smith Road. For more information, contact Nancy Schrull at (334) 356-5026 or Rosa Parks Museum 252 Montgomery Street, 241-8615. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Sundays and holidays, closed. Admission 12 years and under-$5.50/Over 12-$7.50. Alabama college students with a valid student ID: $6.50; discount price for both Museum & Children’s Wing: adults: $14, children $10 Stone Mountain Park, Georgia Enjoy the outdoors together, while experiencing a variety of attractions, entertainment and recreation. Visit the 1870s town of Crossroads and enjoy live entertainment, skilled craft demonstrations, shopping, dining and more. Additional attractions include: the 4-D Theater, The Great Barn, Paddlewheel Riverboat, Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, Pedal Boats, Mini-Golf, New Camp Highland Outpost and Treehouse Challenge, Discovering Stone Mountain Museum and the Antique Car & Treasure Museum. The Regular One-Day All Attractions Pass is $24 (plus tax) for ages 12 and up, and $19 (plus tax) children ages 3-11. For an additional fee, guests can also “Ride the Ducks” sightseeing tour. Required parking permit is $8 for one day or $35 for an annual permit. Call (770) 498-5690 or visit Toastmasters International is an organization that was founded in 1924. Its mission is to help individuals with their communication and leadership skills. Each club provides an atmosphere where individuals can speak without being criticized or judged, yet provide effective evaluations. We also offer the opportunity to take on leadership roles as club president, vice president, and other officer positions that teach planning, time management, organizing and parliamentary procedures. Anyone 18 years or older can join Toastmasters. We currently have six clubs in the River Region. Toastmasters is now starting a club named The River Region Toastmasters in the Prattville/Millbrook area. Meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Journey Church located at 2050 Commerce Street, just off I-65, exit 179. For more info, contact the interim president, Gene Ann Hildreth, at 361-6333 or alabamasoupgirl@ Tales for Tots 10:30-11 a.m. February 6. Join us for this FREE introduc-

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tion to art in storybooks and in the Museum galleries for young children and their families. Each time a different work of art and special story will be presented. Call 2404365 or visit for more info.

Classes Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Classes


Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Zink Chiropractic Clinic, Course includes pregnancy exercise and nutrition, body changes during pregnancy, the coach’s role in pregnancy and natural birth, the stages of labor, breathing and relaxation for labor, common interventions and how to avoid them, breastfeeding, basic newborn care, and more. Contact Lanette Tyler, 450-4605 or; or visit Breastfeeding Class Designed to prepare the expectant mother for breastfeeding her newborn. Also includes troubleshooting common problems to establish a successful breast-feeding experience. Usually the first Saturday of the month, from 9-11 a.m. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. FREE. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 293-8497 to register or for more info. Childbirth Basics Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year but are often held on the first Saturday of the month, from noon-2 p.m.. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 by your 4th month of pregnancy to register. Childbirth Preparation Class Comprehensive four-week series covers all aspects of the labor and delivery experience, admission process, medication and anesthesia options including epidurals, cesarean sections, coping and comfort measures including breathing and relaxation techniques. Postpartum care and baby care basics are also included. A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class. All of our classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education.Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule your class. Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp An abbreviated version of Childbirth Preparation Class offered in a one-day format. A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule your class. Chinese Language Classes Auburn Montgomery’s Office of Far Eastern Initiatives offers Saturday classes for children and adults. The one-hour weekly courses are provided free-of-charge as a service to the community. For more information or to register, contact April Ma at 244-3018 or CPR & First Aid The American Red Cross offers classes in adult and infant/ child CPR as well as first aid and babysitting classes monthly. Call 260-3980. Diabetes Education --Prattville Baptist Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education services available Wednesdays by appointment at Prattville Medical Park. Call 213-6360 for more information. Diabetes Education --Baptist Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education services available weekdays by appointment. Call 213-6360 for more info. Grandparent Class This program presents new concepts in newborn care to grandparents who need a refresher course. Usually one Tuesday per month. FREE. Call for schedule. Jackson Hospital. Call 293-8497. Infant Safety/CPR Class Teaches parents and grandparents American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR for infants and children, including care of the choking infant, infant rescue and breathing with hands-on practice using ACTAR CPR dolls for class participants. Class will also


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help parents with creating a safe environment for their child. Classes are taught by certified CPR instructors. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule. Maternity Area Tour Maternity area tour for expectant mothers and families not attending Childbirth Preparation Class/Boot Camp. Baptist Medical Center East. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule. Pre- and Post-natal Fitness Classes Includes water aerobics, step-floor aerobics and strength training. SportsFirst. Call 277-7130. Prenatal Breastfeeding Class Provides expectant mothers information about breastfeeding including various factors influencing lactation, advantages of breastfeeding, basic anatomy and physiology of milk production, specific techniques to promote a successful breastfeeding experience and breastfeeding equipment and supplies. Classes are taught by IBCLC instructors. Partners are encouraged to participate in this class. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule your class. Sibling Preparation Class Fun one-hour class is designed for expectant “big brothers and sisters” ages 3 to 8. They will learn about the arrival of their new baby through an introduction to the hospital experience and the early days at home. Parents should plan to attend with their child. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail smallwonders@ to schedule. Your Amazing Newborn One-night class taught by a pediatrician and nursing

have special talents and innovative ideas that add so much to our program. Please call Gloria @395-5018 to join our dynamic team. Volunteer Services Jackson Hospital is looking for volunteers for the information desk. These volunteers are needed for the evening shift, 5-8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers must be friendly and eager to offer information to those visiting the hospital. With this position, a free meal will be given as well as a parking spot next to the lobby. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are asked to work 4 hours a week. They must complete an application and pass a background check and health screening. If you are interested in volunteering, call 293-8967 or visit and fill out the application. Baptist Sleep Disorders Centers Baptist Medical Center South and Prattville. Both centers have the ability to diagnose up to 84 different sleep disorders. There are four board-certified physicians and a clinical psychologist on staff between the two centers. For more information, call 286-3252 for Baptist Medical Center South and 361-4335 for Prattville Baptist Hospital. Jackson Sleep Disorders Center Jackson Hospital houses a sleep disorders center on the third floor of the Goode Medical Building to monitor those who are suffering from sleep disorders. For more information, contact your physician or the Sleep Center at 293-8168. Jackson Hospital Offers Animal Therapy Program to Pediatric Unit Jackson Hospital’s Animal Therapy Program is a vital part of its patient care. Animals in the program are limited to dogs, and no other animals are allowed to participate. Currently, there are 10 dogs in the program. Their han-

staff usually one Tuesday a month. This class presents new concepts in newborn care and helps alleviate parenting jitters often experienced by soon-to-be parents. Grandparents also welcome. Jackson Hospital. FREE. For more info, call 293-8497.

Services American Cancer Society seeks Volunteers for Road

to Recovery This program is designed to ensure that cancer patients have transportation to and from medical facilities for treatment. Road to Recovery volunteers can be individual drivers with time to help others or even local companies who allow employees to provide transportation on company time in company cars. Anyone who has a driver’s license, a safe driving record, personal automobile insurance, owns a car or has access to one, and can spare as little as one morning or afternoon a month is encouraged to volunteer. For more information, or to volunteer, please call Luella Giles at 612-8162 or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. Hospital Volunteers Volunteers are needed at Baptist Medical Center East, Baptist Medical Center South and Prattville Baptist Hospital. Duties vary by facility but include delivering mail and flowers, transporting patients, staffing waiting rooms and information desks, and furnishing coffee for visitors. Volunteers work one four-hour shift per week. For more info, call 286-2977. Hospice Volunteers Through volunteering at Baptist Hospice, the opportunities to help are endless. Our volunteers are an important part of the patient’s care and are the heart of the hospice family. There are many other ways to help, such as special projects and events or providing administrative support for the staff, that are essential. Volunteers often


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American Cancer Society, including Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga, & Macon Counties: **To access or sign up for these programs, call the American Cancer Society’s Montgomery office at 6128162 or call 1-800-ACS-2345 and you will be connected to the Montgomery office. Look Good…Feel Better is an American Cancer Society program in which trained volunteer cosmetologists help female cancer patients deal with the side effects of treatment. Patients are taught beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self image during or after treatments, including ways to disguise hair loss and skin changes. Call Luella Giles at 612-8162 for more info. Man to Man is an American Cancer Society support group for men who are battling or have survived prostate cancer. It offers them education, discussion and support. Please call for next meeting dates at the American Cancer Society Office in Montgomery. OTHER PROGRAMS/SERVICES OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Reach to Recovery matches newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors on a one on one basis. College scholarships to cancer survivors Free wigs and other supplies for cancer patients Free rides to treatment through our Road To Recovery program (where volunteer drivers use their cars and time to take in need cancer patients to treatment) Free lodging through the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge in Birmingham (if patients are sent to Birmingham for treatment) On-line cancer information classes and support group through Information anytime and trained specialists at 1-800ACS-2345 General Cancer Support Group held at Christ Church, 8800 Vaughn Road, Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. This is an open group. For more information, please call Christy Holding at 531-1390 or Debbie Diemayer at 467-4578. Women of Hope Breast Cancer Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 2nd Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Room 8114. Provides education, awareness and mentoring for breast cancer patients/survivors, family or friends. For more info, call 220-4599 or e-mail

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Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC), This group provides education and social interaction for adoptive families. Montgomery Group meets 3rd Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Room 8114 at Frazer Memorial UMC. For more information, call Kai Mumpfield at 409-9477 or the church office at 272-8622. Autauga/Elmore Group meets 4th Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville. Childcare, children’s group and dinner provided. For more info, call 409-9477 or e-mail Panda Pals is a support group for families who have adopted or in the process of adopting children from China. We have playdates, family nights and get-togethers to talk about raising our children from China. If you would like to join our group, just e-mail or call Tracie Singleton at 395-8215.

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dlers have undergone extensive training and orientation, and visit the hospital weekly. For more information, please call 293-8894. Nolan Research Pays Kids for Toy Testing Nolan Research, 2569 Bell Road in Montgomery, conducts toy tests that pay $20 in cash to each child ages 4-12 that participates. Testing takes place usually between 5 and 7 p.m. and only takes about 30-45 minutes. Results are used to help toy manufacturers decide whether or not to bring new toys out on the market. Please call 284-4164 to sign your child up and spread the word to any other families who may be interested in allowing their children to participate.





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Divorce Support Divorce Care, Grief Share, Divorce Care for Children, All three groups meet Sundays at 5 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church, 1849 Perry Hill Rd. Call 279-9976. Divorce Care and Divorce Care 4 Kids First Baptist Church Montgomery, Wednesdays starting August 22 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 (scholarships available). Contact Kathy Cooper at or 241-5125. Divorce Recovery Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 6000 Atlanta Hwy., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Lobby. Call 272-8622 for more info.

Gambling Support Gamblers Anonymous meetings in the River Region Area: Saturdays @ 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 5375 U.S. Hwy. 231 (Directly across from the Winn-Dixie shopping center), Wetumpka. Call (334) 567-7534.


Sundays @ 5 p.m., Mental Health Association, 1116 South Hull Street, Montgomery. Mondays @ 6 p.m., St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4475 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery. Gamblers Anonymous Hotline: 334-541-5420

Grief Support Bereaved Spouses Support Group A new ministry of Cornerstone Christian Church, USA (Unavoidably Single Again) Ministries is designed to offer ongoing support, social events and fellowship to those who have lost their spouses to death. The group is open to ALL widowed individuals, regardless of age, religious beliefs, or length of marriage or widowhood. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the church’s building, 301 Dalraida Road. Please e-mail Lynda Coats at for more information. “Big Leap!” Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., Hospice of Montgomery office,

Family Calendar 1111 Holloway Park. This group is designed to meet the needs of children who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. This group provides a hands-on, safe space for age-appropriate expression of grief. These sessions aim to increase feeling identification, decrease self-blame or guilt, and build coping skills. Through music, art, and play we meet your child or grandchild on their level. We encourage your children to hold tight to their memories as they make a “big leap” into their new future. This group is open to children ages 7-11. Space is limited to 6 participants so call 279-6677. Start date will be determined once reservations are confirmed. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW “Comfort and Conversation,” Wednesdays at 11 a.m., Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is intended to address those affected by a recent loss (0-12 months after death). Through meeting with others who are walking a similar journey, you will be encouraged to work through the complications of your loss, understand your pain, and adjust to your new reality. Space is limited, so please call 279-6677. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW Compassionate Friends, Eastmont Baptist Church, 4505 Atlanta Hwy, first Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Compassionate Friends is a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child. We have an annual special event on Tuesday, Dec. 4. We will hold a Candlelight Ceremony in memory of our children at 7 p.m. at Eastmont Baptist Church. Registration is encouraged and may be made by calling (334) 284-2721. We will also collect Toys for Tots for anyone interested in participating. “Connect,” Fridays at 11 a.m., biweekly, Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is for those who have already walked through the initial grieving process but still desire to connect with others

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who share similar experiences. This group will allow you to meet new people, stay active in the community, and look ahead to a bright future. We will share lunch, visit museums, volunteer, attend movies, and participate in area events. We even have a fishing trip on the agenda! This group is ongoing and does not have a participation limit. It’s time to have fun again, come join us! For more info, call 279-6677. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW Grief Recovery Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 6000 Atlanta Hwy., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Lobby. Call 272-8622 for more info. Grief Recovery After Suicide, Frazer Memorial UMC, 6000 Atlanta Hwy., first Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 3102. This group is open to family members and friends who have lost a loved one as the result of suicide. Group offers a confidential environment in which to receive support, hope and information. Contact Rev. Susan Beeson, 272-8622. Grieving With Hope, St. Mark UMC, meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. The group offers a place to share, care and heal from the losses of life. Facilitated by Dr. Lennie Howard and Marie Parma. Contact the church at 272-0009. Honoring Angels Like Owen, Inc. (HALO) offers family-oriented, Christian-based grief support groups that meet monthly. These groups are for families who have lost a child from 20 weeks gestation up to the age of 2 years old. Our parents’ group is for mothers and fathers. Our siblings’ group is for children ages 6-15. Both groups meet at the same time and place. These groups offer faithbased healing through sharing and emotional support. Meetings offer an outlet for sharing your child’s memory and your day to day struggles, while receiving support of others who have been in similar situations. Please feel free to bring photos of your child to share. HALO also offers free professional photography for families


facing the loss of a child up to the age of 2 years old and needs-based financial assistance for burial. Visit www. or call (334) 328-1202.

Homeschool Support ECHO (Elmore County Homeschool Organization), Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy, Deatsville. 2nd and 4th Fridays year-round from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a support group for homeschooling families in the tri-county area. Membership is free. For more info, please visit PEAK of Montgomery Homeschool Group Parent Educators and Kids (PEAK) of Montgomery is an inclusive, member-led group of homeschooling families who meet regularly for field trips, park days and other social and educational activities. We welcome all local home educators who enjoy sharing and learning within a diverse community. To join us, visit us at

Illness Support Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care, Frazer Memorial UMC, Thursdays, in Room 3101, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, but registration is required. For more information, call the Congregational Care office at 272-8622. On the first Thursday of each month, the hours are extended to 12:30 p.m. while the Caregivers’ Support Group meets in Room 3103 beginning at 11 a.m. Only during this time will each participant need to bring a sack lunch. For the support group, call the church at 272-8622. This new series is for all patients with congestive heart failure and their caregivers. This series is FREE for all participants. Below is the information: Cardiolife, a new educational series for congestive heart failure patients and their caregivers, meets 4th Thursdays

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of each month, 10-11 a.m. Diabetes Center classroom, Jackson Hospital. For more info, call 279-6677. Topics include: Lifestyle Changes, A Heart Healthy Diet, Proper Fluid Intake, Importance of Daily Weights and Exercise Tolerance. Support for this program provided by River Region Supportive Care – a Division of Hospice of Montgomery. Facilitated by Arla Chandler, RN, BSN, MBA. Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance, Room 3101 at Frazer UMC, 1st Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for those with depression and bipolar illness and their families. For more info, call 2728622 or visit Meetings also available 3rd Saturday afternoons from noon-2 p.m. at Dalraida UMC, 3817 Atlanta Highway. For more info, call 652-1431. Depression & Bipolar Support, Montgomery Public Library Main Branch, 245 High Street downtown, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 3rd Saturdays, Noon-2 p.m.; OR 1609 West Street, north off Carter Hill and Narrow Lane, 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 2019638 or 652-1431 for more info. Fibromyalgia Support, Room 8114 at Frazer UMC, 3rd Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. This group is for those that have fibromyalgia and for their family members and friends. For more info, please call 272-8622. Gluten Intolerance Group ( is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide support to those with any form of gluten intolerance. GIG-Montgomery assists with awareness of diverse potential symptoms, which can range from fatigue and headaches to nausea and intestinal problems. Guidelines are provided on how to eat safely both at home and eating out. Another objective is to facilitate more effective communication between the local gluten-free community and stores, restaurants and the medical community. Meets 2nd Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., at Taylor Road Baptist Church, Fellowship Suite (faces entrance of EastChase-NE. Turn on Berryhill Rd. by EastChase). Check the blog for special “alternate site” meetings ( For more info, you may also e-mail or visit the group’s Facebook page. Montgomery Area Mended Hearts, First floor of Montgomery Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. For anyone who has experienced cardiac illness. Third Mondays, alternates between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Call 286-3410 for more info. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Montgomery offers General Membership meetings on 4th Mondays (beginning January 28, 2013) at the Dalraida UMC annex building at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone who is interested in issues concerning mental health. The NAMI Montgomery Family Member Support Group continues to meet on 2nd Mondays, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dalraida UMC annex building. Call Mary Jo Logan (271-2280) for directions/details. Beginning in February, NAMI Montgomery will offer the 12-week “Family To Family” education program (free) on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Bell Road Lowder Regional Library. Call 271-2280 to register. Overeaters Anonymous, Unity of Montgomery, 1922 Walnut St., Saturdays from 3-4 p.m. Contact Misty at 324-9568 or Carol at 467-5742. Parkinson’s Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, meets 4th Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Room 8114. Group is for Parkinson’s patients and their family members. For more info, call 272-8622. Sjogren’s Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, WILL NOT MEET in FEBRUARY. Monthly meetings will resume 3rd Tuesdays in March from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 3104. This group is for those with Sjogren’s disease and the family members of those affected by this disease. For more info, call 272-8622. Veterans OEF/OIF Caregivers Support Group meets 3rd Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 3108 at Frazer Memorial UMC. This group provides support and understanding to those caring for OEF/ OIF Veterans. For more information, contact LaQuana

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Parent Support D.A.D.S. (Dad and Daughter Saturdays) Second Saturdays at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library in downtown Montgomery at 11 a.m. D.A.D.S. is the vision of local resident and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce staff member Ron Simmons and his five-year-old daughter Erin. It gives fathers and daughters an opportunity to read together to create fun, educational memories. All fathers in the River Region are invited to bring their daughters to the library to read, laugh and have fun. This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dreamland Barbeque. For more information on this event, call Ron Simmons at 334-777-8596. iConnect, Frazer Memorial UMC, 3rd Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Share life, encourage and be


encouraged by other women. We meet for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. Advance reservations are necessary for breakfast and preschool nursery. Cost is $5 per meeting. For more info or to make reservations, call Frazer’s Women’s Ministry at 495-6391 or e-mail Sandy Boswell at La Leche League of Montgomery, East Imaging Center on Winton Blount Blvd., Montgomery, 3rd Fridays, 10 a.m. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have completed an accreditation program and are familiar with breastfeeding management techniques as well as current research. Meetings are free and open to all women. Expecting moms, children and grandmothers also welcome. If you need information before the next scheduled meeting, please contact Bridgit (569-1500), Amy (356-3547), or Heather (LLL_heather@yahoo. com). Moms’ LIFE (Living In Faith Everyday) First Baptist Church, Prattville. Meets twice monthly from

Family Calendar 8:30-11:45 a.m. in the chapel at First Baptist Church in Prattville August through May. For moms of all stages and ages of life. We offer a time of fellowship, Bible study, musical guests, special guest speakers and a lot of fun! Cost is $5 per meeting. Childcare provided by reservation. For more info and to reserve your spot, call Kelley Manning at 361-7919. The Montgomery Multiples Club is a non-profit organization offering support to the mothers and families of twins, triplets, and more in the Central Alabama region. They have a mom’s night out with dinner once a month. They also have a yard sale twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. Visit MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry St., Montgomery. Moms, are you looking for a good excuse to get out of the house? MOPS is a great opportunity to hone your mothering skills, meet new friends, and learn new things while deepening your relationship with God. Free childcare is provided. Meetings are 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Oct. 3 & 17) Call Kristi Gay at (334) 233-8989 or visit www. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Vaughn Forest Baptist Church, 8660 Vaughn Road, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Are you in need of a time-out? Then have we got the place for you! MOPS joins mothers together by a common bond, to be better wives, moms and friends along this journey in the trenches of motherhood. Childcare is provided. For more info, e-mail

Pregnancy Loss/Infertility Hannah’s Prayer, Prattville First United Methodist Church, 2nd Thursdays and 3rd Sundays. Support group for women dealing with pregnancy loss/infertility issues. Call (334) 365-5977.

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Sav-A-Life conducts a HOPE GROUP for women who have experienced the emotional aftermath of an abortion. Groups meet eight consecutive Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. and are facilitated by women who have experienced abortion. The “Forgiven and Set Free” Bible study is used. Confidientiality is assured. Please call Kathy at 260-8010 for information.

Single Parents Support Singles’ Small Groups, Frazer Memorial UMC, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Lobby. Call 272-8622 for more info. TNT (Tuesday Night Together) for Singles, Frazer Memorial UMC, Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Bldg. 7000. A meal ($5) and program are provided. For reservations, call 272-8622.

Special Needs Support Central Alabama Autism Support Team (C.A.A.S.T.), St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Hwy. 31 in Prattville from 6-8 p.m. 3rd Thursdays quarterly (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.). Visit or e-mail casst50@ for more info. Down Syndrome Support, Vaughn Park Church of Christ, 1st Fridays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare provided. Call 356-9048 or visit for information. Montgomery Area Hearing Loss Support Group meets monthly at the Wesley Building of the First Methodist Church in Montgomery on 2nd Thursdays at 4 p.m. It is affiliated with the nationally recognized non-profit advocacy group, Hearing Loss Association of America. The purpose is to bring together all adults and parents of children who would like to know more about hearing losses, its causes and its possible corrections. Licensed audiologists make brief presentations explaining their lo-

cal programs, their offices and the availability of hearing tests, of possible medical corrections, and/of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Refreshments at each meeting. For more info, contact Parents of Special Needs Children, Saint James UMC, 9045 Vaughn Road, 1st Sundays, 5-6:30 p.m. Please notify Chris Henderson if you plan to come. (Home: 215-0427; e-mail: River Region Autism Support Group, Cafe Louisa (in Old Cloverdale), 1036 E. Fairview Ave. We meet on 1st Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. This group is comprised of parents whose children are on the autism spectrum. We also welcome others involved with autistic children, such as grandparents, friends, teachers, therapists, etc. For more info about how to join the group, or if you plan to attend a meeting, e-mail Lyra Stephens at LyraStephens@yahoo. com

Teens/Families Support Life is Fun Together (LIFT): A FREE Relationship and Marriage Enrichment Program providing different educational and fun-filled seminars to individuals and families. The LIFT Program is provided through Family Guidance Center of Alabama in partnership with the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative. Call Tonya Rogers at 270-4100 for class start dates or more info! “Relationship Smarts Plus” teaches teens in grades 7-12 about healthy relationships in a fun, interactive way. Six-week sessions are available throughout the year on Mondays from 4–6 p.m. “Smart Steps for Stepfamilies” is a six-week session that helps stepfamilies learn strategies to strengthen and stabilize their families. Parents and children ages 8 and up meet in their own groups, then meet up at the end of each session for a fun family activity!

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“Together We Can” gives non-married parents the skills they need to maintain healthy relationships between themselves and their children. “How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk (or Jerkette)” teaches single adults how to get the most out of dating. “Mastering the Magic of Love” is a communication class for all couples. Bring your spouse, fiancé, or that special someone in your life with you to learn new communication techniques and enhance your skills as a team of two. All adults are welcome, including graduates looking for a refresher! Also…. LIFT has a brand-new program just for parents of teens!!! “Bridging the Great Divide: Parents and Teens Communicating About Healthy Relationships” is perfect for parents or guardians who want open lines of communication with their teen. Topics include “Principles of Dating & Healthy Relationships,” “Sensitive Topics,” “Rules & Boundaries,” and more!!! Building D of Family Guidance Center, 2358 Fairlane Drive. This workshop lasts only three weeks, so call TODAY to reserve your spot! You can look at a calendar of LIFT classes & events online by visiting our LIFT web page: http://www. Remember, LIFT has FREE programs for singles, couples, stepfamilies, parents, teens, and now parents of teens! Call 270-4100 or e-mail if you didn’t see your class listed so we can contact you when the next one starts. Support Group for Teens with difficulties communicating with parents. This group began March 29 using the life skills training. Contact Felicia Pressley at Total Life Connection, 244-5061.

This Month Friday, February 1 Late Night with YMCA Goodtimes -- Also February 8, 15 & 22 A weekly Parents’ Night Out program for parents of five-to 12-year-olds offered at the YMCA Goodtimes Center on Bell Road. Time is 6:30-11:30 p.m. and supper is included. Cost is $15 per child and no reservations are required. Child to staff ratio is 15:1. Call 279-8878 for more info. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Macbeth Through February 9; also May 10 and 18 Written by William Shakespeare. Recommended for ages 13+. For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353. Wetumpka Depot Presents A Southern Exposure Through February 9 “A Southern Exposure follows young Callie Belle Hurt, whose idea of love is so unrealistic it could be lifted from the pages of a romance novel” said director Kristy Meanor. “Raised by Hattie, her cantankerous, Biblethumping grandmother with a cast-iron will and her two eccentric, doting aunts who could give The Golden Girls a run for their money, Callie takes a journey to adulthood in this charming comedy.” The play is the winner of The Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Performances are at 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. February 3. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Depot at 334-868-1440 or by visiting The Rosa Parks Series by Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Through February 28 Artist/Printmaker Amos Kennedy has donated an entire series of his work based upon the life and wisdom of Rosa Parks and her pivotal stance against racist policies to the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University, Montgomery in honor of the celebration of Ms. Parks’s 100th birthday. Posters will also be offered for sale in the Museum Shop, with all proceeds going to support the ongoing mission of the Rosa Parks Museum. For more info, visit or contact Daniel Neil at 241-8701.

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Black Heritage Tours at Old Alabama Town Through February 28 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 240-4617 or visit www.

Saturday, February 2 Millbrook Mardi Gras Festival & Parade The parade will begin at noon on Main Street from Southgate Shopping Center/Smokehouse Restaurant to the parking lot in front of “Climate Control Storage” just past City Hall. Our fun parade is totally family oriented. Come grab some beads, toys and moon pies as the parade rolls by. Live entertainment begins at approximately 9 a.m. on the Village Green and continues throughout the day. Vendors will be doing business until 3 p.m. For parade info contact Art Elsner at (334) 285-6847 or

Monday, February 4 Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Wishes Project


Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Call 241-8615 or visit

Tuesday, February 5 IHOP Offers Free Pancakes To Guests Nationwide for National Pancake Day During National Pancake Day, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children. For more information, visit “Your Amazing Newborn” Class Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $ 15 fee covers cost of mother and support person. One-night class taught by a pediatrician and nursing staff. Presents

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new concepts in newborn care and helps alleviate parenting jitters by soon-to-be parents. Grandparents welcome to attend for free. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 293-8497 or visit Foundation Community-Wide Women’s Bible Study -- Tuesdays through February 26 Saint James United Methodist Church. 9:30-11 a.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Do you feel like things are shaking all around you? Come join us as we encounter the Rock of Ages and establish a sure Foundation through the word of God. Free Bible study. Childcare available by reservation, $5 per week. To register, contact Sarah at 277-3037 or solsen@

support group for homeschooling families. We provide a positive socialization environment for homeschooled children & support and encourage their parents in the homeschooling process. We meet the second and fourth Friday of every month year-round from 10 a.m. to noon at Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy, Deatsville. Membership is free and is open to all homeschoolers in the tri-county area. ECHO has field trips, park days, holiday parties, enrichment activities, and a yearly awards ceremony. Visit Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Ethel Through March 3 Come hear “Stormy Weather,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Heat Wave” and “Am I Blue” from the sultry voice of Terry Burrell as she portrays legendary Ethel Waters in this mesmerizing musical. Recommended for ages 15+ . Contains adult language and situations. For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353.

Wednesday, February 6 Montgomery Performing Arts Centre presents Beauty and the Beast 7:30 p.m. The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smashhit Broadway musical, is coming to the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre! Based on the Academy Awardwinning animated feature film, this classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Tickets: $73, $68, $63, $58, $33. Group discounts available for 10 or more people, 10% off ticket prices. For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100.

Thursday, February 7 Wild Game Dinner at Frazer UMC 6 p.m. Fellowship Hall. Enjoy a delicious wild game dinner, an evening of fellowship, and an inspiring talk from John Croyle, legendary Alabama football player, avid outdoorsman, and founder of the Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children who need a chance. Cost is $5 and guests are

encouraged to bring a wild game dish to feed 8-10. Call (334) 451-2967 or e-mail Faulkner Dinner Theatre Presents The Drowsy Chaperone -- Through February 9; 14-16; and 21-23 Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:15 until 7. The show begins promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and the show. Members of the military can purchase tickets for just $20. Reservations must be paid in advance. Make reservations or for more information, call 386-7190 or e-mail

Friday, February 8 Parents’ Night Out at the Wetumpka Family YMCA A monthly Parents’ Night Out program for parents of kids 12 years and under offered the 2nd Friday of each month from 6-10 p.m. Games, arts and crafts, a movie and hot dogs are offered. Cost is $10 per child for members and $15 per child for non-members. You must register by the Thursday prior. Call 567-8282 for more info. Southern Studies Conference -- Also February 9 Whether it’s “Hee Haw” or Zelda Fitzgerald, there is something to interest all audiences at Auburn University at Montgomery’s annual Southern Studies Conference. The program will offer a variety of perspectives on Southern culture, covering the areas of literature, history, art, journalism, popular culture, urban planning, gender studies, photography and more. AUM’s Goodwyn Hall. For information or to register, visit Clefworks Chamber Music Festival Concerts Also February 9 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated City Auditorium.Call 546-2529 or visit Elmore County Homeschool Organization Meets -- Also February 22 Elmore County Homeschool Organization is a non-profit


Saturday, February 9 Montgomery Performing Arts Centre presents Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band 8 p.m. This power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, it is also the only one to predate his untimely passing. For tickets or more info, visit www. or call 481-5100. Order of the Cimarrón Mardi Gras Parade Downtown Wetumpka. 1 p.m. until. The parade will feature vibrant floats with plenty of colorful beads and other Mardi Gras-related throws. This year’s theme is “A Journey Through the French Quarter.” Prices: Free to attendees and participants. Call (334) 300-7583 or e-mail for more info.

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Montgomery Miracle League Registration Also Februrary 16 10 a.m.-1 p.m. both Saturdays. At the Miracle Field (Field 8) located at the Ed Thompson Complex on Ray Thorington Road, Montgomery (across the street from Blount Elementary and Carr Middle School). Registration fee of $30 covers uniform and trophy. Scholarships ARE available! The Miracle League provides an opportunity for children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to play baseball. They play on a special field with a soft, synthetic covering to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, and those a little unsteady on their feet. They have players with autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, deafness, blindness, and brain injury, just to name a few. The Miracle League also needs volunteers for coaches and buddies (to help the players). If you or someone you know would like to come out and be a part of this awesome program, please come to the registration and fill out a Volunteer Application and join the fun! NOTE: We will have coaches and buddies at the field on the days of registration, so bring your players and they can practice while you fill out the paperwork! If you have any questions or need any other information, please e-mail:

Sunday, February 10

Deadline for Nominations for 2013 River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards Established in 2009, the program honors businesses, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and community leaders that exemplify the highest ethical standards in Montgomery’s tri-county area. Nomination forms are available at For more information, contact the Samaritan Counseling Center at 334-262-7787.

Monday, February 11

American Spiritual Ensemble at Auburn Montgomery 6 p.m., Goodwyn Hall 109. FREE. The American Spiritual Ensemble has performed around the world,

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delighting audiences with dynamic renditions of classic spirituals, jazz tunes and Broadway numbers that highlight the African-American experience. In honor of Black History Month, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will host the ensemble for a free public concert. Learn more at Complete ACT Review -- Through Feb. 28 AUM’s Center for Lifelong Learning. 6-8 p.m. Learn how to approach standardized tests in terms of accuracy, timing, what to study and how to reduce test anxiety. Review covers mathematics, reading and language arts, and science reasoning. All materials are included. Fee for this course is $202. Call 244-3804 or visit www.ce.aum. edu to register.

Tuesday, February 12

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 6 p.m. Church of the Holy Comforter, 2911 Woodley Road, under the water tower off the Southern Bypass. Shrove Tuesday is the traditional last day of Mardis Gras, the day before Lent begins. Believe it or not, Episcopal churches have traditionally celebrated with pancakes! The choir will serve up pancakes, sausage, bacon and all the trimmings for a delicious time together! Tickets will be $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. Maximum $10 per family. Guests and families who bring this Montgomery Parents ad eat FREE. For more information, call 281-1337.

Thursday, February 14

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents The Love Songs of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly One night only! Hearts will flutter and hips will shake when Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly return to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. for a special Valentine’s Day concert featuring the love songs of two Rock‘n Roll giants. Elvis


will be performed by Scot Bruce and Buddy will be performed by John Mueller. This show sells out year after year! Don’t miss it! For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353. Love on the Harriott II -- Also February 15 Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. and the boat will cruise from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $149/couple (One ticket is good for one couple). A full meal is included, as well as champagne (Couples Only) and a Valentine’s drink special. Live Entertainment provided. To purchase tickets, call 6252100, visit Cloverdale Playhouse Theatre Presents Cabaret Through February 24 Directed by Randy Foster. This classic of the American musical theatre takes place in the Kit Kat Klub of Berlin as the 1920s draw to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, “Here, life is beautiful” and whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. Filled with memorable songs such as “Maybe This Time,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” It Couldn’t Please Me More,” and a cast of unforgettable characters, this evening at the Kit Kat Klub will make you leave your troubles at the door. A winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, by the writers who gave us Chicago. **Contains adult themes and language not suitable for children under 15 years of age.** Call 2621530 or visit Theatre AUM Presents The Normal Heart Through February 24 Tony Award-winning play written by Larry Kramer about the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to AUM students, employees and alumni with Warhawk ID; $10 for general audiences and $5 for seniors, military and non-AUM students. For more information, call 244-3632 or visit theatreaum.

Family Calendar Friday, February 15 AUM Alumni Homecoming Reception 6:30-9 p.m., Ida Belle Young Library Tower, 10th floor. AUM alumni and friends are invited to the university’s annual alumni reception, to be held the evening before the Homecoming basketball games vs. University of Mobile. The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a fireworks show. The event is free for members of the AUM Alumni Association, $20 for non-members. RSVP by Feb. 8 to 244-3369 or Montgomery Performing Arts Centre presents Kenny Rogers 7:30 p.m. Singer, musician, writer, actor, and photographer. In 1978, Rogers released “The Gambler.” The title track became a huge country pop hit and gave Rogers his second Grammy Award. He is a crossover artist, enjoying enormous success on both the country music and pop music charts. For tickets or more info, visit www.mpaconline. org or call 481-5100. 14th Annual Black History Program in Prattville 6 p.m., Doster Community Center. FREE entertainment and history for the entire family. Special Guest: Tonya Terry, WSFA TV Anchor. For more information, call (334) 361-3640.

Saturday, February 16 Animal Enrichment Day at the Montgomery Zoo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Discover new facts on some animals that may be your favorite. Enjoy observing the animals having a good time with their treats. Admission charged. For more info, call 240-4900 or visit www. AUM Homecoming 2 p.m., AUM Physical Education Complex. Come cheer on the Warhawks at their Homecoming doubleheader against the University of Mobile. The women’s basketball

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team will tip off at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s team at 4 p.m. Homecoming festivities – including the crowning of homecoming king and queen – will take place between the two games. Third Annual Alabama Nature Center Critter Crawl 5K 9 a.m. at Lanark, Millbrook. Pull on your running shoes and enjoy Alabama’s forests and fields with your family. A one-mile race begins at 10 a.m. Pre-registration cost is $25 (5K) or $20 (1 Mile). There will be prizes for male and female overall, Masters (40+) and Grand Masters (50+). Also, three deep in the following age groups: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+. We encourage all runners to dress up as a “critter” or something related to the outdoors. Runners must wear the costume during the run and the committee will judge participants for the winner. The contest winner will receive a prize and will be announced during the awards ceremony following the 1 mile race. Contact Elizabeth Johnson at for more information.

Sunday, February 17 Beasley Allen Law Firm Presents The Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show Benefiting Brantwood Children’s Home 4 p.m. Saint James School Gym. Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, high-flying slam dunks, and hilarious family comedy as the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show comes to Montgomery! They will take on the Brantwood Blazers, a team of celebrities and representatives from our local community. The team brings a drugfree message to youth and it is a show not to be missed! Sponsorships still available! Tickets are $10. Children under 5 get in free! To purchase tickets, call (334) 2650784 or e-mail

Tuesday, February 19 New Shanghai Circus 7 p.m. Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Internationally renowned troupe of Chinese acrobats, aerialists and athletes combine entertaining acrobatics with show-stopping choreography, spectacular costumes and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Call 241-9567 or visit for ticket information.

Wednesday, February 20 Montgomery Performing Arts Centre presents Hair 7:30 p.m. The Broadway musical live on stage is at once both a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960s America! This exuberant musical about a group of teenagers searching for truth, peace and love in a Vietnam War era America has struck a resonant chord with audiences of all ages. For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100.

Thursday, February 21 ArchiTreats: Food For Thought The Alabama Dept. of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave. Noon-1 p.m. Bring lunch and a drink and join us every third Thursday for these FREE lectures sponsored by Friends of the Alabama Archives. Today’s topic is “The Civil Rights World in Alabama, 1961-1963: Reflections,” presented by Fred D. Gray. Call 353-4726 or visit Montgomery Performing Arts Centre presents Little Big Town Live in Concert 7:30 p.m. Little Big Town have charted twelve songs on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts. This country music group has top ten singles that include “Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home.” For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100.

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Prattville’s Way Off Broadway Theatre Presents Cookin’ with Gus -- Through March 10 Gussie Richardson is a famous food columnist and cookbook author. Her agent comes to tell her she’s been offered her own daily network television show. She wants to do it, but her husband Walter is dead-set against it and Gussie discovers she has stage fright and can’t open her mouth in front of a camera. Cookin’ with Gus brings together four unlikely characters in a stew of hijinks and hilarity. Fun for the performers and a great evening for the audience. For more information, please call (334) 358-0297 or e-mail The Millbrook Community Players Present The Wizard of Oz -- Weekends through March 2 7:30 p.m. performances except for February 24 @ 2 p.m. Written by L. Frank Baum and adapted by Frank Gabrielson. Directed by A. John Collier, Musical Direction by Skye Meadows Jenkins and Choreography by Daniel Harms. Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Call (334) 782-7317 or visit for ticket information. Autauga County PALS Electronic Recycling Event Autauga County PALS and C E & E Solutions of Prattville host a Monthly Electronic Recycling Drop-off third Thursdays at Pratt Plaza, from 3-6 pm. Recycle your old, broken, or obsolete TVs ($10), cell phones, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, cameras, toaster ovens, microwaves, vcrs, remotes, printers, pagers, tape recorders, vacuums, irons, hair driers, keyboards, monitors, projectors, video games, speakers, server hubs, turntables, CD/DVD players, etc. Divert old electronics from the landfill, free up storage space, & create jobs by recycling. ($10 fee for TVs). CE&E (568-9621) is registered with ADEM as an electronic recycler. For details, call John-Paul (358-6749).

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Montgomery Performing Arts Centre presents Comedian Rodney Carrington 8 p.m. Stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist often combines his comedy acts with original songs. He has released six major-label studio albums and a greatest hits package on Mercury Records and Capitol Records. For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100.

Nominations Open from December 01, 2012 through February 10, 2013 The annual River Region Ethics in Business Awards recognize finalists and recipients in five different categories for their commitment to the highest ethical principles in the workplace.

The awards are presented by The Samaritan Counseling Center, Inc. in collaboration with Auburn University Montgomery’s Schools of Business and Sciences. To nominate a deserving business or individual visit 2012 recipients included Seay, Seay and Litchfield, Up and Running, GKN Aerospace, Family Sunshine Center, and Sieu Tang Wood. For more information, contact Alice Williams at 262-7787, ext. 200.

Saturday, February 23 Saint James Trojan Trek for the Track Come join us at 8 a.m. on the beautiful campus of Saint James School for a fun-filled 10K, a 5K run-walk, and a 1-mile fun run, all organized by Montgomery Multisport. The race will be chip timed with the awards being presented based on a gun start. Awards will be for Top Male and Female in the 10k/5k 10 and Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, to 70 +etc. Runners will compete three deep per age group per gender per race. 1-Mile is a fun run and no formal placement awards will be presented. Long sleeve custom cotton T-shirts for all participants that register There will also be activities for the family, including inflatables, food and entertainment. Register at Race Prices INCREASE at midnight February 15, so sign up early. Current pricing is $25 for 10K and 5K, $15 for the 1-Mile. For more information, call 273-3017. The Black Jacket Symphony presents “The Doors” at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 8 p.m. The Black Jacket Symphony prides itself on bringing to the live stage some of the greatest classic albums ever made. Don’t miss this live performance of “The Doors” as The Black Jacket Symphony plays this album note for note. For tickets or more info, visit www. or call 481-5100. Montgomery Quidditch 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Working in partnership with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of

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Sunday, February 24 Jazz Jams at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 2-4 p.m. Enjoy the Museum and a little jazz on a Sunday afternoon. This event is a partnership with Alabama Roots Music Society. Admission is free. For more info, visit or call 240-4333. Family Art Affairs at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 2-4 p.m. Bring the entire family to the Museum for these special FREE fun days, combining music, art and more!


For more info, visit or call 240-4333. Tenth Annual Jewish Food Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy the Jewish Food Festival, including sampling the food and visiting the Treasure Market that promises something for everyone. Stop by the Temple Beth Or Gift Shop, which has a wonderful selection of jewelry and other gifts. New this year are activities for children, including face painting. You can also take the opportunity to attend a short session in the Temple’s sanctuary with Rabbi Elliot Stevens to learn about Jewish customs. The central attraction, of course, is the food that may be purchased and most of which has been handmade by Temple members. Included are pastries such as rugelach, strudel and mondel bread, hot plates of brisket or pastrami, matzo ball soup, potato latkes and quajado (spinach pie). “Imported” from New York are New York cheesecakes, direct from the famous Carnegie Deli and sold by the slice or cake. Temple Beth Or is located at 2246 Narrow Lane Road, Montgomery. Visit

Monday, February 25 Representative Greg Wren Town Hall Meeting 6:30 p.m., Mulder Memorial United Methodist Church, 3454 Firetower Road, Wetumpka.

Wednesday, February 27 The Fitzgerald Gala F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. Call 264-4222 or visit

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Thursday, February 28 Newcomers Club of Montgomery Monthly Luncheon The Newcomers Club of the Greater Montgomery Area invites women who are new residents in the area to attend our monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Country Club. This month’s luncheon will feature Mike Breedlove from Alabama Department of Archives & History. Cost is $15 and reservations must be made to or call 300-4949. Visit Landmark Church Missions Consignment Sale Through March 2 6 p.m. to the public Thursday and Friday. Half-price sale on Saturday ends at noon. This sale is for everyone! Items sold include kids’ clothing and toys, home decor, sports equipment, electronics, furniture of all kinds and more. Proceeds from this sale contribute to the Landmark Church short-term mission teams fundraising. Items may be consigned with 1/3 of sales going to the mission teams and 2/3 of sales goes back to the seller. There is a $6 consignor fee. Consignors may register at Registration is open until Friday, February 22. Receiving begins on Sunday, February 24, at 4 p.m. More dates and times can be found on our website.

Friday, March 1 Alabama Dance Theatre Presents The Princess Ballets & More! -- Through March 3 Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. “The Princess Stories” will include experts from the beloved ballets “Cinderella,” “Aladdin,” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Join the Alabama Dance Theatre as these magical fairy tale stories come to life on stage. Performances will be held on March 1 at 7:30 p.m., March 2 at 2:30 p.m.* (shortened children’s matinee), and March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Performance tickets are $15-$30 and go on sale February 11. They may be purchased at the Armory Learning Arts Center or by calling ADT at 241-2800. For more information visit *Following the matinees on Sat. and Sun. children may go on stage to “Meet the Princesses.” Tickets for the onstage parties are $10 and include a chance to win an American Girl Doll.

Saturday, March 2 Breastfeeding Class Breastfeeding and lactation education designed for expectant mothers, fathers, and/or support persons. Class includes benefits, basic breastfeeding techniques, and prevention of common problems. 10 a.m.-noon. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. $15 covers mother and support person. Pre-registration required. Call 293-8497 or visit to register or for more info.

Tuesday, March 5 MAX Capital City Classic Riverwalk Stadium. 7 p.m. Call 323-2255 or visit

Thursday, March 7 Southeastern Livestock Exposition Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum -- Through March 9 Justin Moore and John Michael Montgomery will perform in concert, For more information or tickets, visit or call 1-888-2RODEO2.

Friday, March 8 Jerry Seinfeld Live at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit or call (404) 881-2100

Saturday, March 9 Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. performances. For ticket information, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.

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Centerpoint Fellowship Church’s Half Marathon, 5K, and Fun Run Begins at Prattville YMCA. Half Marathon starts at 7 am, 5K starts at 7:30 am, Fun Run at 10 am. Registration is available online at or you can print out a form here. We HIGHLY encourage (and prefer) online registration! Additionally, for inquires about Centerpoint Fellowship Church or any other inquires not addressed above, please contact the Centerpoint Office at (334) 356-3070.

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Welcome to the Montgomery Parents’ Advertiser Directory. This section was created to help our readers easily access advertising information in our magazine. We know that readers consider our advertisers as valuable a resource as the editorial content in Montgomery Parents. We hope this directory saves you time as you refer to the magazine throughout the month. Page numbers follow the advertiser’s name. A Great Start Learning Academy, 57

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Evangel Christian Academy, 39

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Family Karate Center, 9

O’Connor Tennis Lessons, 38

Alabama Dance Theater, 19

First Presbyterian P’ville Kindergarten, 22

Party Ponies by Renfroe & Daughters, 89

Alabama Museum of Natural History, 19

First UMC, Montgomery, 88

Pediatric Cardiology, 30

ASU Acting Camps, 16

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Pediatric Nephrology of Alabama, 84

Arts in Motion, 80

Fleming’s Martial Arts, 51

Petrunic Orthodontics, 49

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Professional Pediatrics, 12

AUM Continuing Education, 20

Greengate School, 13

Pump It Up Party, 81

AUM Dixie Baseball/Softball, 14

Holy Cross Episcopal School, 28

River Region Ethics, 87

Auditory/Visual Enhancement, 53

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Southlawn Childcare Center, 37

Catoma Baptist Church Preschool, 45

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Chapman Orthodontics, 43

Macon East Montgomery Academy, 21

Spotless Cleaning Services, 54

Children’s Clothing Exchange, 1

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Memorial Presbyterian Childcare, 65

Sylvan Learning Center, 25

Churchill Academy, 37

Montessori @ Hampstead, 38

Taylor Made Gaming, 46

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Taylor Road Baptist Church, 85

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Montgomery Catholic School, 8

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Montgomery Christian School, 44

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Montgomery Humane Society, 11

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 78

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Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry/Orthodontics, 65

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Montgomery Uniforms Plus, 26

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: AViolence: BSexual Content: C Language: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated The Impossible for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity. On December 26, 2004 an earthquake in the Indian Ocean spawned a tsunami that struck South Asian coastlines with an incredible wall of water, leaving over 200,000 people dead in its wake. Around the world, people watched the news reports with a sense of dismay. But for those at the center of the disaster, the horrors only grew after the water receded. The Impossible, directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona and based on the real life experiences of Maria Belon and her husband Henry, tells the story of just one of the thousands of families swept up in the events of that day. Henry and Maria (played by Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts) arrive at an idyllic shoreline resort in Thailand for a relaxing Christmas vacation with their boys Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast). Then, without warning, a tidal wave of churning, dirty, debris-filled water crashes down on the resort battering the guests and employees as it plunges over them. When she finally fights her way to the surface, Maria is cut, bruised and partially unclothed from the force of the water. In the distance she catches sight of Lucas rushing along in the current. Finally, the two of them latch on to the trunk of a floating tree. But the rest of their family is nowhere to be seen. Rescued by locals, the pair eventually ends up in an overrun hospital where Maria’s injuries worsen each day as the staff deals with an evergrowing patient load. Meanwhile, a shoeless and blood-covered Henry, still in a state of shock, leaves Thomas and Simon in the care of a stranger (Nicola Harrison) and begins searching for his missing wife and son. Because many of the extras in the film are actual survivors of the tsunami, there is a sense of authenticity to the emotional shock that follows the watery event. Still in the middle of unbelievable devastation and mayhem are incredible moments of courage and compassion. These heroic moments become the redeeming elements in this story of incredible survival. While the terrifying depiction of the tidal wave and the resulting devastation make this movie inappropriate for young viewers, adults and the oldest of teens will likely be inspired by the tenacity of the human spirit that still surfaces in the face of unimaginable calamity.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: CViolence: CSexual Content: B Language: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: BThe MPAA has rated Mama PG-13 for violence and terror, and some disturbing images and thematic elements. Maybe it’s the arrival of the post spending spree credit card bills, or the lack of sun or a shortage of general goodwill after the holidays. Whatever it is, January can be a dismal time of year even in movie theaters--unless of course you like horror movies. Five years after disappearing, two young girls (Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse) are found living in a deserted cabin in the forest. It’s evident a 5-year-old and baby couldn’t have survived on their own, so the only question is: Who else was in the cabin? Behaving like wild animals when they are rescued, the siblings are put under Dr. Dreyfuss’ (Daniel Kash) care until he deems them fit to live with their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Aunt Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Lucas eagerly commits to raising his dead brother’s children. But, Annabel, a tattooed guitarist in a rock band, isn’t so sure she is ready to exchange life on the road for motherhood. She is even less sure when Lucas is rushed to the hospital after inexplicably falling down the stairs. Left alone with the two feral children, Annabel begins to see fleeting shadows and hear strange noises coming from her nieces’ bedroom. Jessica Chastain and the two young actresses (who scurry around the house on all fours, gorge on moths and grunt out inarticulate sounds) do their part to create the eerie atmosphere in the opening scenes of this film. But like so many movies in this genre, the fright factor plummets once we see the ghastly and ghostly Mama. The script also wanders off on unresolved tangents introducing storylines that it fails to follow up. Along with the mandatory jump scenes introduced with screeching stringed instruments are the-to-beexpected elements of dark rooms, flickering lights and blood oozing from the wall. However the depiction of a distraught father readying himself to shoot his child is a disturbing portrayal of domestic violence, especially in a fictional film created strictly for entertainment. Given the dearth of choices in theaters right now, Mama will likely lure in more than a few viewers. But don’t expect any redeeming qualities from this obsessive maternal apparition. She makes Snow White’s evil stepmother look like a fairy godmother.

What Parents need to know about The Impossible...

Violence: Sounds of a gunshot are heard. A man points a gun at himself and later at his child but is stopped before he can kill her. A character is in a coma after being pushed over a railing and falling down a flight of stairs. A woman repeatedly stabs another woman in the chest. Blood injuries are depicted several times. Characters are chased and attacked by a ghost like character. Blood runs down the wall. Numerous moments of peril and jump scenes occur. Sexual Content: A couple becomes amorous and begins kissing. A woman is relieved to discover she is not expecting after taking a pregnancy test. A woman wears low cut tank tops. Language: The script includes numerous profanities, terms of Deity and one strong sexual expletive. Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters are briefly shown drinking. A man is distraught after running out of his prescription medicine.

What Parents need to know about Mama...

Violence: A dirty, churning wave of water engulfs the guests and employees of a resort. Debris in the water causes serious injuries. Numerous bloody wounds, bruises, gashes and cuts are depicted. Dead bodies and large-scale destruction caused by a tsunami are shown. An injured woman is dragged through debris by her rescuers. Women choke, coughing up blood and refuse from their lungs. Bloody or injured characters search for their missing loved ones. Other scenes of death and devastation are portrayed. Sexual Content: A woman’s breast and nipple are exposed as she changes clothes. Later her breast is exposed when her shirt is torn off during her struggle in the water and when her clothes are cut off in the hospital. Language: Contains only a handful of mild profanities and terms of Deity.


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