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Contents March 2013

Volume 18 Number 3

Features 64

A Staycation Spring Break for Tweens & Teens

If travel isn’t an option for your family this spring break, consider following this schedule for seven fun-filled days right here at home.

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Preparing Happy Campers

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2013 Summer Camp Preview

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You Can Do This Yourself

Choosing the right type of camp for your child will make all the difference in a successful experience. Find advice for making the “camp” decision.

Columns 6 From One Parent to Another

Our annual summer camp listing offers details on local day camps, overnight camps nearby and everything in between.

DeAnne Watson

8 Living With Children John Rosemond

Help your child gain greater autonomy with these practical ideas.

12 Kids Health Watch sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

14 Montgomery Education Matters

On The Cover

by Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson

10 Bits and Pieces

44 Autauga Education Matters by Superintendent Spence Agee

15 School Bits

50 Elmore Education Matters by Superintendent Jeffery E. Langham

60 The FlyLady

94 Calendar/Support Groups

Marla Cilley

62 Get This! Paige Gardner Smith

68 A Page in a Book Paige Gardner Smith

88 Relocating with Kids Julie Steed Montgomery Parents I March 2013

Departments

Pictured are Scout, Dill and Jem from ASF’s upcoming play, To Kill a Mockingbird. From left to right: Abbie Salter, 12, Fort Dale Academy Tapley Cronier, 9, Saint James School Reese Lynch, 12, Trinity Presbyterian School

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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.

Founder

Marty Watson (1950-2006)

Editor DeAnne Watson deanne@montgomeryparents.com

Associate Editor Alison Rouse

Research Editor Wendy McCollum

Contributing Writers Spence Agee Marla Cilley Christa Hines Dr. Jeff Langham Pam Molnar Michele Ranard, M.Ed. John Rosemond Paige Gardner Smith Julie Steed Barbara W. Thompson C. Allen White, M.D.

Cover Photography David Robertson, Jr.

Ad Design Tim Welch

Publisher Jason Watson jason@montgomeryparents.com

Advertising Opportunities

From One Parent to Another... I didn’t grow up going to summer camp. I went on the occasional church trip for a few days as a teenager, but the experience of spending a week, or two, or even a month at summer camp was not part of my childhood. With that in mind, Jason and I have enjoyed giving the gift of camp to our kids. Our oldest, Will, spent a whole month at camp when he was about 12 years old. And last year, our then 11-year-old Anna, spent her first full week at a nearby residential camp. While she was a little concerned about homesickness, and even had a bout with it the first night, she ended up loving camp so much that she didn’t want to be picked up to come home on the last day, and immediately exclaimed that she wanted to go back next summer for two weeks. Summer camps, whether residential overnight camps or local day camps, offer a variety of activities, education and social growth for our kids. The River Region and surrounding areas offer so many options for your kids this summer from sports camps, art or dance camps, even academic and special needs camps. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Moving into summer and out of the school year is always exciting for our children, but often stressful for parents as we try to figure out how to keep them entertained for 2-3 months while still getting our work, chores and other daily activities accomplished. In our 2013 Summer Camp Preview you are sure to find a camp to suit your family’s needs. Maybe you’ll sign them up for a one or two-week adventure at an overnight camp, or maybe a few different weeks of local day camps would suit your needs better. Whatever route you take, our guide will get you started with all the details including age requirements, cost, and registration dates. Many camps are beginning registration this month so you can get your summer planned as much as possible before it catches you off guard at the end of May. Although many of us are already planning summer, Spring Break is sneaking up on us this month, too. And while your kids may want a trip to the beach or Disney World, it may not be in your budget this year. This month’s feature A Staycation Spring Break for Teens & Tweens offers some creative and fun ideas for a truly memorable week at home. Aside from summer camps and Spring Break ideas, this issue is also packed with highlights about your children and their schools, a calendar full of family events in the River Region, plus other articles that will come alongside and assist you in areas of parenting that often raise questions and concerns. Happy (Almost) Spring & Happy Parenting!

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Living With Children

By John Rosemond

Suspend Privileges for Underachieving Child Q: Our 17-year-old

is a highly spoiled underachiever. As a junior in high school, he’s failing two classes and borderline in the rest. We know that his problems are largely due to our parenting style. We read your book on teens and have made some progress, but we’re feeling a sense of urgency. We’re ready to do some drastic things. Where do you think we should start?

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dire need of a major wake-up call. Start by stripping his room down to bare essentials, taking away any and all electronic devices, and suspending all of his privileges, including driving. Inform him that his normal life will be restored when he has improved his grades to no less than what he’s capable of and sustained the improvement for eight weeks. Anything less will invite cursory improvement, then backsliding. You could get stuck in that sort of manipulative back-and-forth forever.

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Unfortunately, this is an eleventhhour action. Obviously, the earlier parents intervene in a problem, the better the prognosis. On the other hand, it’s better to do something late than to never do anything at all. At this point, there’s a lot of history (and momentum) behind your son’s motivation issues. Getting him to turn himself around is going to require a unified front and calm, purposeful resolve. Don’t expect to see consistent progress for at least six weeks. Keep the faith, stay the course, and be fully prepared for things to get worse before they begin getting better. When parents finally pull the rug of over-indulgence out from under an underachieving child, the typical reaction is full collapse along with complaints from the child to the effect that since he has no privilege, he now has nothing to care about; therefore, he is not going to do anything to bring up his grades until certain privileges are restored. Believe me, this is nothing more than manipulative self-drama, soap opera, with a heavy dose of attempted hostage-taking thrown in. It’s an attempt to get the parents to question their judgment and begin negotiating.

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“Will you give me my cell phone back if I bring my grades up for a week?” or “If you give me my cell phone and driving privileges back, I’ll bring my grades up, I promise.” Don’t do it! If your son begins making promises of that sort, don’t believe a word he says. Simply smile and tell him that if he can bring his grades up for a week, he can surely bring them up for two weeks, then three, then eight. Keep reminding him that you’re not asking him to do any more than he is capable of. If you give him even the proverbial inch, he will think he can make you give up the proverbial mile. In no time, you’ll be right back where you started from, but he will know that he can beat you at your own game. So, don’t play games. Go into this fully prepared for backlash of one sort or another. His reaction is likely to include anger, self-pity, and threats of running away or other equally silly things. This is your golden opportunity to get control of your relationship with your son. Given that he’s 17, it may be your last opportunity. Don’t blow it. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at www.rosemond.com.

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bits & pieces Upcoming Events at the Renaissance Montgomery

Clean City Commission Announces Funky Junk Rules

The Funky Junk Art Contest is one of the most creative events Montgomery Clean City Commission sponsors. The contest is an annual citywide competition for artists and imaginative dreamers of all ages. Every student and adult is challenged to create an original work of art composed of used materials and recycled goods. Entries must be original designs – no copies or purchased items; only one entry per participant. Group contestants may participate in more than one group. DEADLINE: All art must be brought in April 2-5. Entries must arrive after 8 a.m. and before 4 p.m. Entries must be easily transportable: Maximum total weight – 25 lbs; maximum size – 3’ by 3’. MCCC is not responsible for art that falls apart. Entries must be delivered to Montgomery Clean City Commission at 1 Dexter Plaza (formerly 1 Court Square); Montgomery, AL 36104. Categories are as follows: K-2 grades, 3-5 grades, 6-8 grades, 9-12 grades, Group, Adult Group, and Adult. There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize and two Honorable Mentions awarded in each category. A Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all entries. Winning entries will be on display at MAX Credit Union @ 400 Eastdale Circle from April 24 through May 7. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 7, at MAX Credit Union. For questions, contact Cynthia Jancaterino, education coordinator, at 6252175 or cjancaterino@montgomeryal.gov www.montgomeryparents.com

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, please visit www.cancerwellnessfoundation.org. For ticket information, call (334) 481-5100 or visit wwww.ticketmaster.com. Faulkner University will host an appearance from Si and Willie Robertson, stars of Duck Dynasty, at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Renaissance Montgomery. The A&E Network reality show follows the adventures of the Robertson family, which made duck calls into a multimillion dollar enterprise, in the Louisiana bayou. Si Robertson is known on the show for his wild storytelling while Willie Robertson is the prankster of the group. “We’re very excited about this event,” said Billy Camp, Faulkner University’s associate vice president for development. “The thing that impresses us the most is that they’re true to their faith and their family values.” Tickets for the appearance are available online as well as at the Renaissance Montgomery box office. Fans may also purchase additional tickets to get their photo taken with the Robertsons or attend a limited seating dinner with the duo. All proceeds from the event benefit Faulkner University. Visit www.faulkner.edu or call (334) 386-7257 for tickets or more information.

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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. 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 MatthewGivens@knology.net. Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents Harper Lee’s Alabama classic To Kill a Mockingbird March 8-24 and May 12-18. Recommended for ages 8 and up. William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be performed March 28-30; April 23 & 30; and May 9. This performance is recommended for ages 12 and up. For ticket info, visit www.asf.net or call 271-5353. Millbrook Community Players present Drive-in Rock and Roll Oldies Show March 21-24, with 7:30 p.m. performances except for March 24 @ 2 p.m. Relive a time when life was simpler and Rock and Roll was new. Revisit songs and dances from 1954 to 1968. Call (334) 782-7317 or visit www. millbrooktheatre.com for ticket information. 10

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Special Needs Pageant Held In Prattville

The Alabama Angels Pageant is a pageant specifically for individuals with special needs, both male and female of any age. The pageant will be held Saturday, April 6, at Hunter Hills Church in Prattville. Anyone with a medically diagnosed physical or intellectual impairment is invited to participate. Registration is free. Our theme is Hollywood Stars, and participants will receive free hair and makeup and then enjoy a short ride in a limo before being dropped off at the red carpet premier. This is not your typical pageant; it is non-competitive. There are no judges, which means there are no losers. All participants will receive a crown, sash, T-shirt, and goodie bag. This pageant is about making everyone who participates feel beautiful both inside and out. The pageant is being coordinated by Renee Lantz and Tanya Murphy. The goal is to make this pageant completely free of charge to participants, which means community support is needed. It only takes $25 to sponsor one participant. Anyone who sponsors at least four participants will have his name or business name listed as a sponsor on the back of the pageant T-shirt, as well as have their name printed in the program and mentioned throughout the pageant. There is also a need for items to be donated to fill 100 goodie bags for the participants. Anyone willing to donate items for goodie bags will listed as a sponsor. Donations can be made by mailing a check or money order to Alabama Angels, 2680 Lakeview Circle, Millbrook, AL 36054. Donations can also be made via Paypal to alabamaangels@hotmail.com. More than 100 volunteers will be needed on pageant day. The deadline for registration is March 6. Registration can be made online at www.angelspageantsystem.com. For information on donations, registration, or volunteer opportunities contact Renee Lantz at (334) 300-9238 or Tanya Murphy at (334) 799-7119 or by e-mail at alabamaangels@hotmail.com.

Montgomery Zoo Weekend April 6-7 * 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Plan to join us for this fun-filled family event. The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum are transformed into a festival-like environment complete with games, inflatable slides and bouncy houses, horse trail rides, giraffe encounter, live animal presentations, zookeeper talks, a variety of food, drinks and snacks, live entertainment and much more. Zoo Weekend is an annual fundraiser for the Zoo and Museum. Funds from this event go directly into the general fund allowing the Zoo to continue to grow and expand. Future projects coming aboard soon include the new Alligator exhibit, Stingray Bay and Butterfly House. For more info, visit www.montgomeryzoo.com or call 240-4900.

Elton John & His Band

Friday, March 22 * 8-10 p.m. Garrett Coliseum Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000, Coliseum office and Publix on Vaughn Road or Zelda Road.

Fountain City Arts Festival

March 23 * 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The City of Prattville will hold this free, family-friendly annual event at Pratt Park. Artists from throughout the Southeast will exhibit fine arts and crafts in a variety of styles and media. There will be paintings and photography, clay and wood sculpture, custom handmade jewelry, and lots more. The Children’s Creative Pavilion will have free hands-on art projects, and children will be able to meet internationally known artist Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas and Birmingham folk artist She She. Also, children and adults can paint with Russell Everett of Troy University and awardwinning artist Kellie Newsome under the shade tree in the Artist Village. In addition, there is a play area with bouncy houses, slides, and other fun activities at a small charge. Children can climb and play for free in the Park’s “A Child’s Place” play area. For more info, call (334) 3580297 or visit www.prattvilleal.gov.

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Kids Heal h Watch

Sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

Too Sick for School? Your child wakes up with a runny nose and a cough or he’s just thrown up. As you’re getting ready for a day of errands or that big meeting at work, you can’t decide: Should he stay home from school? These tips will help you decide. Ask yourself the basics: 1. Does your child have a fever? Fevers of 100.4° F indicate illness, so no school. 2. Is your child well enough to participate in class? If too tired, sleepy or too quiet to get much out of school, keep them home. 3. Is this illness possibly contagious, like the flu or pink eye? If so, no school until they’re no longer infectious. Here’s a run-down on some common symptoms, what might cause them, and advice on what to do. Coughs and Colds Mild cough and cold symptoms should not keep kids home from school. Children with runny noses (even if yellow or green) belong in school or daycare, as long as there is no fever. A serious cough could indicate contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, croup, RSV, or pneumonia (or non-contagious, like asthma or allergies). Kids with bad coughs need to be checked, so call your doctor’s office and explain the symptoms. Your doctor will likely tell you that it isn’t necessary to wait until the cough is entirely gone to send her back to school.

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Fever helps the body fight germs and is a common symptom of infections. Wait until children are fever-free for 24 hours before they return to school. This can be tough if they don’t act ill. Ugh! Your child may experience one or both of these as the result of infection, food poisoning or a side effect of antibiotics. They are messy to deal with, but are often over and done with faster than a cold. With diarrhea, keep children home until stools are soft and under 3 per day. (Remember, diarrhea can cause dehydration, so encourage liquids throughout the day.) Vomiting relieves the body of the stress of digesting food and allows it to focus on healing. Vomiting two or more times in 24 hours means stay at home – and stay there until they’ve been “vomit-free” for another 24 hours.

Sore throats

Sore throats can be a symptom of infection. Mild sore throat pain isn’t usually a problem, but severe pain could mean strep or even mono. (Note: It can still be strep even without fever or swollen tonsils – or even if tonsils were removed.) A strep diagnosis means - home for 36 hours after starting antibiotics.

Pink eye is contagious. Look for redness of the white part of the eye. If the eyes are crusty and draining yellow or green pus - no school for 36 hours after beginning treatment or cleared by the doctor. Rashes with fever can occur with contagious conditions such as chickenpox or bacterial meningitis. Eczema, allergies or dry skin can cause rashes, but without fever. If the rash occurs with fever, keep your child home until diagnosed or given the okay by your doctor. Keep your children home if they appear really sick. They may bounce back quickly, but don’t return them to school too soon in case they’re still contagious. If you’re not sure, trust your instincts and call the doctor. Dr. Allen White earned his medical degree in 1969 from Kentucky Medical School, Lexington, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He began his private practice of pediatric medicine with an office in the Goode Medical Building of Jackson Hospital before moving to the Carmichael Road location in 1986. He and his wife, Diana, have 3 sons. For pleasure, Dr. White enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Humorist Will Rogers once quipped, “Things aren’t as good as they used to be … and they never were!” We all have selective memory about the good old days. In fact, many of those memories are not exactly perfect and, while there is much to do, the good old days may not have been. Despite popular belief, education in America is better than it has ever been. In the “Good Old Days” the graduation rate seemed rosy, but many students never went to school or dropped out before they were in the mix. Education was the “factory” model and not everyone was expected to or encouraged to graduate. Students with handicaps or special needs were generally not served. Research in a recent article in eSchool News reveals that graduation rates are up

and dropout rates are down. Reading and math performances on national tests are at their highest. More students are attending college, and if you think the curriculum has been dumbed down, try helping your high school student with math homework. In Montgomery County, Forest Avenue Elementary was named a national Blue Ribbon School and the top elementary school in Alabama. Loveless High School was named the 13th best in America and the best in the state. Booker T. Washington and Brewbaker Technology high schools have been recognized as among the nation’s best. It is not only magnet schools earning accolades. Carver High School was named one of the top in America by a national news magazine. Traditional schools including Highland Avenue, E.D. Nixon, and T.S. Morris have all been awarded Torchbearer status by the state. Students have been recognized with increased scholarship offerings from colleges and universities. In 2011 students received $15 million in scholarships. That number grew to $23 million in 2012. We are working to provide businesses graduates who are ready to work. The new

MTEC High School and the academies in each of our traditional high schools offer students the opportunity to earn industry certification and college credit before graduation. Classes include robotics, engineering, information technology courses, as well as advance medical and business models. We are a different society than we were in the middle of the 20th century. There are different family structures, a different economy, and very different definitions from businesses and higher education of what makes a successful graduate. Perfect? No. But we have made great strides. We are confident that working in partnership with parents, our children will be ready for whatever the future brings. Hopefully our brighter future will replace reminiscing about the past. 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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A number of Alabama Christian Academy band students were recently selected as members of Alabama Honor and AllState Bands: Heather Barsukoff, Middle School District Honor Band; Wesley Faulk, High School District Honor Band / All-State Alternate; and Dalton Beasley, High School All-State Red Band. Faulk and Beasley, along with Drew Tanner, were also selected to perform in the University of Alabama Honor Band in Tuscaloosa. From left are Dalton Beasley, Andrew Tanner, Wesley Faulk and Heather Barsukoff.

The Trinity Presbyterian School EnviroBowl Team placed first in the regional competition January 11 at AUM. The team was undefeated in this double-elimination style tournament. The students will compete in the state playoffs on March 15. Team members are Nina Smith (captain), Kristian Duraski, Jake Singleton and Blair Davis. EnviroBowl is a double-elimination, question and answer competition played between two high school teams consisting of four students each. The questions are designed to test the students’ knowledge of the environment and related fields, such as forestry, wildlife, chemistry, waste management, ecology, geology and pollution. From left are Jake Singleton, Nina Smith, Kristian Duraski and Blair Davis.

BrewTech Students Win Awards at HOSA Event

Twenty Brewbaker Tech Medical Academy students recently participated in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference and won several awards in their respective events. Katelyn Purvis won first place in Veterinarian Medicine; Hannah Vanderhey won first place in Dental Spelling; Lesli Cooper won third place in Biotechnology; and Geordan Stapleton, Brandon Keodouangdy, April Gilbert and Javarus Humphries won second place in Health Education. These students will go on to represent BrewTech and Montgomery Public Schools at the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Nashville in June. They are sponsored by their medical academy teachers, Diane Young and Niki Duncan.

Forest Avenue Students Win Poster Contest Awards

STJ Students Attend AU Leadership Conference

From left, Saint James High School students Zach Taylor, Channing Glenn, Laura Catherine Clark, Rebecca Williams and Jeremy Frasher attended the Auburn University High School Leadership Conference Jan. 29-30. The junior and senior class members met with other teen leaders from across the state at the conference, listening to speakers identify different ideas the students could use to provide leadership in their schools and communities. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

Several Forest Avenue students received awards for their Farm-City Poster Contest entries. Winning at the school level were: Kaylyn Zhong (2nd grade), Esther Shon (3rd grade), Paul Choi (1st grade), Chris Yang (4th grade), Kiersten Cobb (5th grade), and Jenny Baek (4th grade). Several of these students also placed at the County level judging: Zhong (3rd at County), Shon (2nd at County), Yang (1st at County), Cobb (3rd at County) and Baek (2nd at County). Also pictured are Principal Jan Hill and their teachers: Christy Weatherill (2nd grade), Tanika Mumpfield (3rd grade), Gina Thomase (1st grade), Barbara Viars (4th grade), Starly Lowery (5th grade) and Nelly Hall (4th grade). 15

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ASF Actors Work with Holy Cross

Montessori Academy Kids Celebrate Chinese New Year The pre-primary class at Montessori Academy celebrated the Chinese New Year by making colorful dragon masks and having a steam dumpling tasting. The students completed the celebration with a Chinese New Year parade complete with red Chinese lanterns.

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival apprentices David Umansky and Chris Pappas are directing the Holy Cross Episcopal School sixth-graders in their performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. On May 4, the sixth-graders will adorn the Shakespeare Gardens with their performance, something they have looked forward to for many years. Umansky and Pappas began working with them a month earlier doing everything from acting exercises to having them read play lines. The kids were then cast and quickly began blocking their parts. Sixth-grade teacher Amber Wright has loved having Umansky and Pappas help out with the play. “The kids are mesmerized by them and are really taking this play seriously!” The kids were able to see the two perform in the ASF production, Tom Sawyer, and look forward to seeing them perform in Twelfth Night later in the school year. “It makes the plays that much more exciting for them when they can say they personally know some of the actors,” says Wright. Shown, ASF actors Chris Pappas and David Umansky read play lines with the sixthgraders at Holy Cross.

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Best Resume Equals Job At Success Unlimited

Success Unlimited Academy students in Mrs. Vandervort’s computer technology class have been working on writing résumés. As part of the learning process, students wrote and refined résumés, requested five references and then submitted their work to Principal Susan Alred. Alred read and evaluated the résumés and references. She then chose three students to interview in front of the entire class. She explained what she looks for during interviews: a firm hand shake, good eye contact, correct posture, body language, grammar skills, and proper dress. Alred explained procedures in the follow-up after the interview. She allowed everyone in the class to ask questions about the interview process. The next day Alred hired Kaleb Giddens for the position of teacher’s aide in the Achievers Class. Giddens, a senior at SUA, eagerly worked for an hour in the Achievers Class the following Thursday as a teacher’s aide for Xavier Jacobs. For a job well done, she earned a pay check of $20 along with the valuable skills of how to apply for a job.

Flowers Participates In M.A.N.E. Classes

Flowers Elementary students in Ms. Bailey’s classroom recently participated in the winter session classes at M.A.N.E. ─ Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians. M.A.N.E. is a non-profit organization that provides safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to Montgomery and tri-county area children and adults with emotional, physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. MANE’s new 30-acre site is located in east Montgomery and includes an outdoor riding ring, office, 12-stall barn with indoor riding area, and a three-acre sensory integration trail.

Eastern Hills K5 Celebrates 100 Days

Kindergarten students at Eastern Hills Childcare celebrated their 100th day of school recently. Each child was asked to dress like an old person. Even teacher Kim Baker dressed the part. Each child also brought goodies to count out 100 pieces for a fun 100th day special snack. The children even had a parade down the hall.

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Hooper Academy Recognizes A/B Honor Roll Students

Hooper Academy recognized elementary, junior high, and high school students who received A/B Honor Roll for the second nine weeks of school. The students received a special lunch for achieving such high honor on their report cards. In left photo below, high school students shown are John David Watts, Morgan McLean, Morgan Maxwell, Abby Watts and Dylan McKinney. In right photo below, Elementary students shown are Kent Findley, Cadence Ward, Mr. Ward (Cadence’s father), Vrag Patel, Clay Slagle and Peyton Baker.

Lighthouse First-Graders Hold Formal Tea Party

First-grade students at Lighthouse Christian Academy studied English culture by participating in a formal tea party. Students enjoyed fresh-brewed hot tea with tasty cookies and baked goods. First-grade teacher Mrs. Price brought in fine china, including antique bone china made in England for the students to examine.

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Academy Middle School, JV Basketball Win Championship Montgomery Academy athletics continue to set the pace as the junior varsity and Middle School teams just wrapped another great basketball season. Coach Mark Eubanks and the JV Boys, below, won the Capital City Conference tournament. Jimmy Massey was chosen MVP. Top row from left are: Cody Jones, George Sellers, Jack Crompton, Tomi Adediji, Barton Lester, Will Sahlie, Jimmy Massey and Sidney Mims; bottom row: Matthew Allen, William Chandler, Bates Herrick, Jack Anderson, John Adams and Sam LaPlatney.

Coach Barry Fencher and the JV Girls, at right, won their CCC tournament as well. Holland Griffin received MVP honors, and Elizabeth McGowin nailed a game-winning shot at the buzzer of the semi-finals that sent the JV Lady Eagles to the tournament final. Top row from left are: Elizabeth McGowin, Olivia Rush, Margaret Canary, Anabel Roth, Holland Griffin and Elizabeth Crenshaw; bottom row: Gracie Trulove, Logan Doctson, Lucy Massey and Shelton James. Coach Robb Mc-

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Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School seniors Giselle Simms and Zachary Hulcher are National Merit Scholarship Finalists. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, students must fulfill several requirements and about one-half of the Finalists are selected as Merit Scholarship winners, earning the Merit Scholar title. As finalists, Simms and Hulcher have both maintained outstanding academic records throughout their high school years, have been endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and have earned SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance. Both also had to submit a detailed scholarship application, including a self-descriptive essay and information regarding their participation and leadership in both school and community activities. Simms and Hulcher both plan to attend MIT in the fall.

Cornerstone Students Visit CiCi’s Pizza

As the kindergarten students from Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy travel the world through their literature books, they enjoy experiencing something of the culture of the country they are studying. During their focus on Italy, the students visited CiCi’s Pizza. Store manager and Cornerstone dad Santiago Gonzalez allowed students and their teacher Leann Lawrence to tour the restaurant. They then made and ate their own pizzas. Several parents joined them.

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Trinity Fourth-Graders Live Like Pioneers!

Lighthouse Students Create Dioramas

The second-graders at Lighthouse Christian Academy were assigned to read the book “No Longer a Nobody,” and then choose their favorite part of the book and create a three-dimensional scene in a shoe box. The students created their dioramas and displayed them at school for everyone to enjoy. Students are taught to read using the ABEKA reading curriculum beginning in the two-year-old class through the third grade.

The fourth-graders at Trinity Presbyterian School experienced what it was like to live as a pioneer. The teachers produced a hands-on learning environment where the students compared and contrasted life in the early 1800s to their own lives, i.e. education in a one-room schoolhouse, entertainment, living conditions, food, transportation and clothing. The students dressed in period clothing, read from the McGuffey’s Fourth Reader, used slates instead of paper, had a spelling bee, used the Bible as a textbook for several different subjects, learned about music, played games, learned to square dance, jumped rope before school waiting for the teacher to ring the bell, had special pioneer treats, cleaned cotton, and had two guest speakers. The entire week culminated in a visit to the Grange Hall School at Old Alabama Town.

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ASU Football Player Reads at Carver

Alabama State University star running back Isaiah Crowell volunteered his time during Random Acts of Kindness Week in February to read to kindergarten students in Diane Edwards’s kindergarten class at Carver Elementary. Crowell talked to students about the importance of doing well in school and shared his football experiences as an ASU Hornet.

Eastwood Students Qualify for Duke TIP

Eastwood Christian School recently had 15 fourth-graders, 16 fifth-graders and 13 sixth-graders qualify for the Duke University Talent Search Program. Through the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search, thousands of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students in the U.S. are identified based on standardized test scores, recognized for their achievements, and provided with academic opportunities. Participants in the talent search receive challenging opportunities through online lessons, publications, contests, the Duke TIP Book Club, and the opportunity to register for the above-level EXPLORE test. Shown are fourth-graders Jack Coley, Abby Duggar, Trey Hawkins, David Hixon, Sarah Johnson, Katelyn Kreitz, Evan Leary, Ruth Lucas, Micah Peavy, Cole Segura, Thomas Treadwell, Austin Vick, Ashton White and Rachel White; fifthgraders Asa Button, Rebecca Copeland, Elizabeth Cowden, Elle Foxx, Colton Fuller, Aubrey Grace, Emily Gwin, Helen Ann Herndon, Millie Hodge, Thomas Ladner, Amy Parker, Hayden Pritchett and Clara Slawson; and sixth-graders Addelae Boyd, Amy Collins, Harrison Estes, McKenzie Higginbotham, Adelaide Howard, Celeste Keil, Gracie Kocher, Ashlyn Lovelady, Michael Parker, Lindsey Pinkham, Claire Segura, Anna Watson, and Mark White. Not pictured is Elizabeth Claxton. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Holy Cross Kicks Off Russian Study

Holy Cross Episcopal School is putting on a Russian Museum this year. Every year, Holy Cross teachers choose a country for the whole school to study. For fourth-grader Ellie Pool, this study hit home. She was adopted from Russia as a baby, and the chance to study her native country was very exciting. Pool was even able to bring the passport she was given as a baby to come to the United States. To kick off the study, Holy Cross enrichment teachers planned a morning full of activities. Students were able to drink tea and eat Russian blinis (thin pancakes), listen to and sing a Russian children’s song, listen to the book Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco, learn about a samovar, and look at many amazing Russian artifacts. Russian native Natasha Holland brought several items from Russia and showed a cartoon to teach students Russian children’s songs. The Russian kick-off was a huge success and inspired students to work really hard for the Russian Museum. Each class has picked one aspect to study and showcase during the Museum, held on Grandparent’s Day. Visitors will see everything from Russian dancing to famous Russians at the Wax Museum. They will even have the chance to taste traditional Russian food. Shown, Russian native Natasha Holland asks pre-K student Meg Stough to point out Russia on a map. www.montgomeryparents.com

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Macon East Student Wins District VI Spelling Bee

STJ Pre-K Dresses As 100-Year-Olds! Saint James School preK4 students celebrated the 100th day of school in late January, by dressing up like they were 100 years old. The children are students of Becky Dickens.

Evangel’s Lions Roar to Victory

Evangel Christian Academy’s Boy’s Jr. Varsity Basketball team finished with a triumphant season. The team ended the year undefeated. As a result, the team was invited to participate in the AISA Invitational Tournament which was held at Lee Scott Academy. The boys advanced to the championship game late that evening. The lions emerged victorious, clinching the 3A State Title. ECA’s championship team was coached by Kerwin Washington and Keegan Sanders.

Lane Johnson won the fifth-grade Spelling Bee at Macon East Academy, which earned him a place at the AISA District VI Spelling Bee. He then won first place at the District Bee by successfully spelling the words “adios” and “beige.” Johnson competed in the school spelling bee in fourth grade, but this was his first time competing at the district level. He said he enjoys learning new and challenging words. The word “haiku” was the most difficult word he was asked to spell, he said.

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Academy Sixth-Graders Travel to Medieval Times

The sixth-grade class from Montgomery Academy recently traveled to Lawrenceville, Georgia, to experience Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament as part of their study of the Middle Ages. The class got a unique insight into what it was like to live in the medieval time period. They enjoyed a seminar on medieval times, a medieval meal and the ever-exciting tournament of knights! In the classroom, Carole Quallio has been teaching the kids calligraphy and has incorporated it into the Middle Ages study by having the students create their own ornamented initials, or illuminated versals. Students drew their monogram and decorated with symbols that represent their interests. In conjunction with Quallio’s Middle Ages social studies unit, English teacher Kitty Sheehan has chosen two different books for the students to read: Crispen and Canterbury Tales.

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Success Unlimited Presents 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

The Elementary Campus of Success Unlimited Academy congratulates the Honor Roll students for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. The students celebrated with a cupcake and juice party. They also received an honor roll ribbon. “A” Honor Roll students are Caroline Moody, Tyler Scott and Jaleacia Harris. “AB” Honor Roll students are Nevaeh Jenkins, Hillard Williams, Xavier Scott, Eli Granata, Gabe Stallworth, Sydney Manning, Trey Foshee, Jonathan Lowe, Jose Chavez, Alexandria Anglin, JaMayla Broaden, Devonte Bailey and Mike Soden. Their teachers are Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Brown, Ms. Gibson, and Ms. Felder.

Catholic’s Petters Wins County Spelling Bee

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School seventh-grader Henry Petters was named the Montgomery County Spelling Bee winner after correctly spelling the adjective “tyrannical.” Petters competed against nineteen other Montgomery County students in grades four through nine on February 4 at Frazer. He brings home a check for $300 for being the Montgomery County Spelling Bee champion. He moves on to the state level contest in Birmingham on March 9. www.montgomeryparents.com

MPS Students Unite for Teens for Jeans Campaign

Students from LAMP, BTW and Jeff Davis High teamed up for the joint clothing drive “Teens for Jeans,” which is sponsored locally by Aeropostale. The students collected 380 pairs of jeans. Since January, students from the three schools have been collecting new or gently worn jeans that will be donated to teens in homeless shelters and are served by various agencies in Montgomery. LAMP junior Sophie Williams spearheaded the project. She also coordinated the collection efforts among student council leaders at Jeff Davis and BTW. From left, Kenya Shavers, Morghan Hill and Latarius Oliver, Jeff Davis High; Sofie Wiliams, LAMP High; and Tyra Robinson, BTW Magnet High.

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ACA Participates in Model United Nations

In late January a team of eleven students from Alabama Christian Academy’s Model United Nations club traveled to downtown Montgomery to compete in the 26th annual LAMP High School Model United Nations Conference, known as LIMUN. The students from ACA posed as representatives from two countries, The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and Iran. While at the conference, they debated solutions to threats to the international community with MUN students from other schools, including various topics such as the Israeli-Palestine issue and the mysterious illness in Colombia. At the end of the conference, the ACA team won an award for the best delegation of the entire conference for the United Kingdom. Many individual awards were won, including best delegate by Ivey Best, Mitch Moody and David Swayne; outstanding delegate by Morgan Baker; and Honorable Mention by Dalton Beasley and Brigham Schellinger.

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Catoma Second-Graders Hold Canned Food Drive

Second-grade students in Loree Fulton’s classroom at Catoma Elementary recently held a schoolwide canned food drive for Project Hope. The students donated 399 cans of food!

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Holy Cross Episcopal School third-grader Andy Barkalow starred as a purple flying monkey in Tallasee’s theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. This was his first year to be a part of the Tallassee production, but he said he plans to try out for another role next year. He says that his favorite part of the production was singing “Raspberry Muffins and Caraway Bread.” Holy Cross has a big emphasis on theatre and next year, Barkalow will get to be a part of the Shakespeare play that is put on by the fourthgrade class.

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The Trinity Presbyterian School Forensics Team competed in a tournament January 11-13 at Grady High School in Atlanta. Trinity was the only school from Alabama among the 33 schools who attended from Georgia, Tennessee, South Caroline and North Carolina. Junior Caroline Stewart placed third in “Poetry/Prose”--her personal best. Senior Abby Betts placed in the top 10 in “Poetry/Prose” in a field of 35 individuals. Senior Sam Hansen placed in the top 10 in “Impromptu Speaking” in a field of 45 individuals. Hansen and Stewart placed fifth in “Duo Interpretation” in a field of 19 teams. From left are Caroline Stewart, Sam Hansen and Abby Betts. www.montgomeryparents.com

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ACA Announces Grade-Level Spelling Bee Winners

For the ninth year in a row in recent years, Alabama Christian Academy conducted its grade-level Spelling Bees during the first of December. Across grades five through eight, ACA had 57 contestants competing this school year (19 in fifth grade, 21 in the sixth, 11 in the seventh, and six in the eighth). Grade-level winners were: Madison Davis, fifth grade; Baylee Perkins, sixth grade; Stone Crowson, seventh grade; and Keely Nguyen, eighth grade. ACA’s schoolwide spelling bee was held in the secondary school’s library on January 9. At the conclusion of this contest, Perkins, shown, was declared the schoolwide champion. She moved on to compete in the county spelling contest on February 4 and placed second. For her efforts, Perkins won a check for $200.

Cornerstone Visits Wells Printing

The fifth-grade class of Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy was treated to a field trip at Wells Printing in Montgomery. After completing a study on the invention of the printing press and Johann Gutenberg, the students and their teacher, Wanda Purvis, enjoyed the day learning about the history of printing and the modern technology that is now employed in the industry. Irvin Wells, owner of Wells Printing and a board member at Cornerstone, led the tour of the facility. Wells even presented each student with a personalized pad of paper featuring the school logo at the conclusion of the tour.

Academy Fourth-Graders Present ‘American Voices’

Under the direction of Lower School Music Director Cliff Huckabee and fourth-grade teachers Amy Ashley, Jane Crenshaw and Kay Yarnell, fourth-grade students at The Montgomery Academy presented American Voices. American Voices celebrates the American Century and the character of a nation who had become a world power and defender of freedom and liberty. By the beginning of the 20th Century, America was turning into a place where everybody wanted to be. World War I had ended and patriotism reached new highs. Whether at war or peace, during the Great Depression or abundant harvests, America rolled up its sleeves and got to work. This musical revue featured eight original songs, including: American Voices; Americana Medley; Won’t You Come Do the Charleston?; The New Deal Jump; I’ll Be Home Real Soon; We’re on a Rock and Roll; This Little Light and Peace, Love and Brotherhood. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Catholic MathCounts Team Advances to State Contest

For the fourth year in a row, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s MathCounts team advances to the state competition. MathCounts is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MathCounts competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th- through 8th-grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Montgomery Catholic’s MathCounts team finished second at the Montgomery Chapter competition and will advance to the state competition in Birmingham on March 9. At the chapter level competition, one team of four students and six individuals represented Montgomery Catholic. The team consisted of Henry Petters, David Bender, Nic Homsher and Jordan Steele. Individuals who also competed were Jacob Flowers and Katie Lawrence. Montgomery Catholic MathCounts team members fared well at the chapter competition. Petters won third place, and Bender placed seventh. The top ten scorers competed in a countdown speed round. Montgomery Catholic’s MathCounts team is sponsored by Julie Flowers. Shown are Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s MathCounts team and individual competitors David Bender, Jordan Steele, Nic Homsher, Henry Petters, Katie Lawrence, Jacob Flowers and Mrs. Flowers. www.montgomeryparents.com


MEA Students Enjoy Learning about Penguins

Success Unlimited Class Studies ‘30s Radio Play

The eighth-grade literature class at Success Unlimited Academy read the 1930s radio play, “The Hitch-hiker” by H.G. Wells. The students were surprised to learn that families gathered around the house radio, instead of a television or computer, for their nightly entertainment. The students enjoyed reading the play and learning about life in the 1930s.

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Macon East Academy first-graders welcomed winter with an exciting unit on penguins. The students helped teach the unit. Each student was assigned a specific type of penguin to research using their iPads. They each completed a written report about their type of penguin and then presented informative oral reports to the class. Students performed experiments in class to demonstrate how penguins keep warm. They created penguins using a glyph as a guide. Students listened intently to Mr. Popper’s Penguins and had fun making rookeries. Students ended the penguin unit with a Penguin Party which included olive penguins, Oreo penguins, penguin crackers, penguin sandwiches, and blue ocean water with Cool Whip icebergs.

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STJ’s CJ Duncan Signs with Vandy

Saint James School standout Trojan quarterback CJ Duncan signed his National Letter of Intent with Vanderbilt University, signifying he has accepted the school’s offer to play college football for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Duncan is Saint James School’s first football player to sign with a Division I school. He received a full four-year scholarship to attend the school, which includes tuition, room and board and other incidentals. Duncan said he expects to be a slot receiver for the Commodores, play a little in the backfield, and also be a part of special teams, like kick and punt return. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in the SEC,” Duncan said. “I remember when we’d go to watch college football games, I could picture myself out there -- but now it’s actually going to happen. It’s a pretty cool feeling.” Also a standout baseball and basketball player, Duncan is the son of Clarence and Helena Duncan.

Lighthouse Preschool Holds Career Day

The preschoolers at Lighthouse Christian Academy wore their favorite career attire to school. They chose the medical profession, a mommy, police officer, military personnel, fashion model, school teachers and preacher. They spent the week hearing from a surgical nurse, firefighter, Montgomery county sheriff and a bank employee. Lighthouse includes grades K2-eight. For more information, call 271-4200.

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Evangel Christian Academy cheerleader Meagan Oliver was recently named an AISA All-Star Cheerleader as part of the AISA East Team. Oliver, who is a senior at ECA, competed for a position during the AISA cheer clinic held at Huntingdon College during the summer. The judges at the clinic chose the top cheerleaders at the competition for this prestigious honor. Oliver was invited to cheer at the AISA All-Star Football game which was held at Stanley Jenson Stadium in Prattville. She has been a cheerleader for two years and currently holds the position of co-captain of the ECA cheer squad. Oliver has attended ECA for three years and plans to attend the University of Montevallo in the fall.

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C Forest Avenue Students Record Song for Ethan

Forest Avenue fifth-grade music students recently wrote and performed a song for Ethan, the young boy who was held captive in Midland City. Produced by music teacher Mrs. Whiting, a copy of the lyrics and a CD were sent to him.

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Flowers Students Collect Books for Children’s Hospital

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, students at Flowers Elementary School collected 27 new books in memory of each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. These books were donated to the oncology department at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

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Catholic Schools Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School celebrated Catholic Schools Week January 28-February 1. The 2013 theme was “Catholic Schools Raise the Standard.” K4-12 students participated in special events throughout the week celebrating Community, Nation, Vocations, and Faculty. The week kicked off with a special guest speaker at each campus, Savannah Maddison. The 11-year-old founder of Savannah’s Soldiers, a letter-writing campaign for soldiers deployed overseas, Savannah traveled for the first time with her best friend Wilson. Wilson’s father was deployed and in an effort to help her friend heal, Savannah and Wilson decided to adopt all 700 soldiers that deployed with Wilson’s father. The campaign has grown and Savannah visited each class at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s two elementary campuses on January 28 to collect the letters Catholic students wrote for her campaign. She also visited the Middle School Campus on January 29. Grandparents were invited to the elementary campuses for Grandparents’ Day (the St. Bede campus celebrated on January 28 and the Holy Spirit campus celebrated on January 31). The Holy Spirit campus held a book fair all week. The St. Bede campus art show “Is it art, or is it dinner?” was on display in the main hallway all week. Middle School campus students invited family members to lunch on January 31. The High School campus had daily reflections on “What Catholic School Means to Me” by leaders in the Catholic community. The MCPS PTC treated students, faculty and staff to several special events throughout the week. Above, Miss Emily Younker’s first-grade class gives their letters for soldiers in Afghanistan in support of Savannah’s Soldiers letter writing campaign as part of celebrating Community during Catholic Schools Week. Pictured far left is Miss Emily Younker. Back center are Savannah Madison, her friend Wilson and band members from Savannah’s Soldiers. At right, first-grader Ella Castanza celebrates with greatgrandparents Mike and Barbara Deep and great-great grandmother Dorothy Thomas.

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Floyd Students Visit Washington, D.C.

Several Floyd Elementary fifth-grade students took a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the inauguration of President Barack Obama. While in the nation’s capital, students also visited the Martin Luther King Memorial, the National Mall, and several museums. Here students pose in front of a famous quote made by King.

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Evangel Holds 100th Day Party

Evangel Christian Academy’s K4, K5, first and second-grade classes recently celebrated the 100th day of school. The children participated in many math, language and art activities. The classes made special hats and glasses to wear for the event and even enjoyed a special “100 Day” snack. The children had fun making a portrait of themselves at 100 years of age.

Trinity Presbyterian School first-grader Mary Massey McCulloch heard that the Montgomery Humane Society might have to close due to lack of donations. She presented a plan to her teacher, Mrs. McNelley, and Lower School Principal Tami Shelley to collect donations for the animal shelter. At first it was just the first grade participating and soon the entire lower school was involved. The Trinity Lower School brought in supplies as well as monetary donations. In fact, there were so many supplies that a moving truck was needed to transport it all! Everything from pet food, chew toys, dog beds and cleaning supplies were donated.

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BrewTech Seniors Receive Montevallo Scholarships Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School seniors Brinkley Jones, Camille Sanford and Lorrie Sanford were recently awarded scholarships from the University of Montevallo! From left, Sanford received the Academic Recognition Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 per year; Jones received the Montevallo Ambassador Program Scholarship, which covers full tuition, room and board and books for four years or about $64,000; and far right, Sanford received the Academic Recognition Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 per year. www.montgomeryparents.com

Twelve Saint James School choral students have been selected to participate in Alabama’s 2013 All-State Choirs. The honor provides an opportunity for students with outstanding ability and initiative to receive public recognition, to sing under the direction of nationally recognized choral clinicians, and to perform choral literature of the highest quality. Selection for the high honor is based on student auditions. The selected students will unite to form mass choirs at the All-State Music Festival in Birmingham on March 6-9, on the campus of Samford University. The threeday event culminates in a professionally recorded concert. Saint James choral students are, front from left, Catherine Bradwell, Emily Prim, Emma Colson and Riley Pugh; back, Madison Smith, Tatyana Webb, Emma Frakes, Hayden Ergenbright, Blake Sanders, Zach Taylor, Jay Spivey and Mikal Webb. 32

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Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School announced its top students during an Honors Assembly on January 24. Students who attained A Honor Roll and A-B Honor Roll during the first semester were called to receive their certificates during this special ceremony. A Honor Roll students for first semester 2012-2013 are: Ivy Bach, Carrie Belsterling, David Bender, Lita Blackburn, Jessie Clark, Jade Farah, Katie Fischer, Ryne Herbek, Audrey Kim, Morris Lottinger, Jenny Morgan, Anna Nutting, Lauren Oates, Henry Petters, Megan Revor, Dylon Riley and Annabel Starrett. A-B Honor Roll students are Amy Azar, Tyler Barranco, Lauren Beverly, Adam Bristol, Cameryn Brown, Kaeleen Brunson, Mary Katherine Brunson, Trinity Carter, Briana Chavez, Caleb Cobb, Luke Craig, Christopher DeJesus, Danny Do, Trey Downes, John Faulkner, Kylie Frank, Madison Gaston, Frank Gonzalez, Hannaley Haigler, Nic Homsher, Marie Rose Johnson, Emily Jones, Devin Kelly, Katie Lawrence, Gabe Lewandowski, Ashleigh Little, Lizzie Londell, Taylor Lin, Kayanna McKenzie, Kamryn Morris, Hyunjoo Rho, Ethan Ronan, James Sadie, Cameron Searcy, Katie Smith, Lauren Smith, Nathan Smith, Katelyn Stark, Jordan Steele, Iyana Tate, Matthew Taylor, Zach VanAlst and Hugh Wakler. Montgomery Catholic A Honor Roll students are shown at the First Semester Honors Assembly.

Holy Cross Parent Describes Inauguration

Cleo Washington, father of Holy Cross Episcopal School first-grader Cleo Washington, shared his recent visit to Washington, D.C. for the presidential inauguration with Ms. Mann’s first-grade class. Washington gave each student a copy of his invitation to the inauguration and the inaugural ball. The class enjoyed his visit and had many questions about President Obama, his family, and Bo, the President’s dog.

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M ACA Kindergartners Visit Planetarium

On January 31, the kindergarten class from Alabama Christian Academy took a field trip to the W.A. Gayle Planetarium. This was the conclusion to a month devoted to learning about our Solar System. The children learned the nine planets in order from the sun with a fun song that their teachers taught them. The teachers awarded them with a “Milky Way� candy bar for a special surprise.

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Eastwood Senior Chosen Achievement Semifinalist

Eastwood Christian School twelfthgrader Beth Minney has been selected as a semifinalist in The National Achievement Scholarship Program and has met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in this academic competition. She is the daughter of Lt. Col John Minney, USAF, Retired and Lt. Col Lisa Minney of Mathews. Shown are Upper School Principal Bob Maruna, Lisa Minney, Beth Minney, John Minney and Assistant Upper School Principal Denise Brassell.

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MA Donates to Cancer Society Through Coaches vs. Cancer

Every year, the Montgomery Academy Eagles host the Trinity Wildcats for the Coaches vs. Cancer game, with the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society to help in the fight against cancer. The Eagles have donated a total of $23,000 over the past six years and collected more than $5,000 this year. “I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way,” said Montgomery Academy Coach Anthony McCall (shown). “Either a parent, a friend, a relative ... everybody’s been impacted. I lost my mother a few years ago. It gives me a way to give back to that fight and do something I love, coaching basketball. Every year, we have a cancer survivor speak before the game, just for three or four minutes, to share their experience and why this is so important.” Montgomery Academy associate head of school Vivian Barfoot spoke before this year’s game. “The American Cancer Society asks that the hosting school donates 20 percent of admissions,” McCall said. “We give 100 percent.”

Evangel Student Wins District Spelling Bee

SUA Student Makes Fort Morgan Project

The District 5 Alabama Independent School Association Spelling Bee was recently held at Hayneville Baptist Church. In order to participate, each student must have won first place at their local school. Austin Gray represented Evangel Christian Academy at the event. He successfully defeated all of the opponents from other schools and became the AISA District 5 Spelling Bee champion in the Upper Elementary Division. Gray later represented ECA at the state level, coming in third place.

The fourth-grade students at Success Unlimited Academy’s Elementary Campus have been studying Native Americans in their social studies class. As part of their curriculum, the students had to choose a fort that played an important role in the history of Alabama. Alexandria Anglin chose Fort Morgan as her project. Fort Morgan, located near Gulf Shores, was an important stop for the Creek Indians on the Trail of Tears. Anglin used many forms of media for her artwork, which earned her an A for a job well done.

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On January 23, the Hooper Academy senior class traveled to Alabama Shakespeare Festival to attend a performance of William Shakespeare’s famous play Macbeth. For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to visit ASF, which is one of Montgomery’s cultural treasures. They were accompanied by their English teacher Candice Foster, Headmaster Mike Petite, Coach Jeremy Arant and Coach Bobby Hughes.

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Trinity Students Attend Engineering Scholarship Dinner

Seventeen Trinity Presbyterian School students attended an engineering scholarship dinner and tour at International Paper Mill December 13. Students heard from Dr. Jacobsen, a lecturer in the engineering department at Auburn University, about the various careers and scholarships available in the different fields of engineering. Students were also able to hear about co-op experiences from several Auburn students who are currently working at the paper mill. Neal McDevitt, a Trinity graduate and a chemical engineer at International Paper, organizes this event every year for all area high school students who want to attend.

STJ Wrestlers Enjoy Successful Season

Saint James School wrestler Matt Murray won first place in the 134-pound class in Wetumpka’s Barry Mask Invitational held over the Jan. 25-26 weekend. Overall, STJ’s team placed third in the area wrestling event. In addition to Murray’s first-place win, four STJ wrestlers placed second in their weight classes, including Geoffrey Murray (115 pounds), Stephen Kwan (128 pounds), Chase Collins (140 pounds), and Arthur Frawley (222 pounds). STJ’s Coleman Adams received third place in the 147-pound class, while teammate Brad Murray placed fourth in the heavyweight class. “The whole team wrestled well,” said STJ Wrestling Head Coach Craig Duncan. “And I’m very proud of how they all represented Saint James School in a very positive manner.” On January 24, STJ wrestlers received two big wins when the team bested Central Phenix City and Tallassee. While only filling eight weight classes out of 14 (due to injuries) and giving up forfeits in six weight classes, team members won every match in which they competed, except one individual event that was lost by two points. STJ’s wrestling team defeated Central 44-36 and won on a tiebreaker against Tallassee, with a 39-39 score.

Bear Students Make Bowls For Food Bank Fundraiser

The National Elementary Honor Society students from Bear Exploration Center made bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Montgomery Area Food Bank as one of their service projects this year. They started with a slab of clay, shaped it, fired it, painted it, and made a wonderful work of art! The Empty Bowls Luncheon is March 14 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For a $25 advance donation to the Montgomery Area Food Bank you receive lunch and a bowl of your choice made by local artists. For tickets or more information contact emptybowls1@gmail.com. www.montgomeryparents.com

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Catholic’s Van Alst Claims State Wrestling Title

Last season, Zachary Van Alst became the first wrestler at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School to claim a state title in the sport; recently, he became the first wrestler at the school to win back-to-back state titles as he claimed the 106-pound weight class championship. Van Alst, an eighth-grader, entered the tournament with only one loss on the year and breezed through his first two matches to reach the championship match. Van Alst made quick work of Weaver’s Nick Souder, pinning his opponent just 28 seconds into the match in the quarterfinals. Later in the day, he defeated Dylan Trice of Fultondale, 12-2 to advance to the championship round. In the championship round, Van Alst improved to 49-1 as he claimed his second consecutive title by defeating Matt King of Walter Wellborn. Van Alst was joined in Huntsville by senior David Norris for the second consecutive year. Norris won his first match of the tournament, defeating Mario Heard of Butler with a pin just 2:37 into the match. That set Norris up in the championship semifinals with Josh Hardin of St. Clair County who had lost just one match during the season. Norris pushed Hardin to the brink before falling 7-5 to fall into the consolation bracket. From there, Norris defeated Charlie Nelson 10-6 to reach the consolation finals match against his first round opponent. Norris defeated Heard once again, this time pinning his opponent 4:01 into the match. Norris finished the year with a record 31-10. With just two wrestlers competing in the tournament, the Knights were able to finish 10th overall with a total 36 points. Shown, Montgomery Catholic senior David Norris finished 3rd in the state and eighth-grader Zach Van Alst brought home the 106-pound weight class State Championship.

MEA Students Use iPads At Pike Road Library

Second-graders from Macon East Academy visited the Pike Road library. The librarian read them stories by author Jan Brett. The students used their iPads to find books in the library in their Accelerated Reader zone. Students enjoyed checking out books from the library. They also learned how to check out e-books using their iPads.

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E ACA Hosts Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Alabama Christian Academy hosted Elementary Grandparents and Special Friends Day on February 14. Many grandparents braced the cold and spent time with their grandchildren. The day started with breakfast in the Multi-Purpose Room after which they visited the classrooms. They also got the chance to make a visit to the book fair and treated their grandkids to books and small gifts. The proceeds of the book fair will go toward the purchase of more SMART boards for Elementary. Around mid-morning the program was moved to the gym where the students entertained the grandparents and special friends with the following songs: 5th grade: You’re Beautiful To Me and American Patriotic Medley; 4th grade: Family Reunion and Alabama State Song; 3rd grade: My Family, It Starts In the Heart, and One Small Voice; 2nd grade: We Appreciate You and Christ Accepts Us All; 1st grade: Memories and Count By 5s; K4 and K5: Because You Say You Like Me, Skinnamarink, The Vowel Song, The Opposites Song and Humpty Dumpty; and All: Happy Grandparents’ Day. Elementary Principal Doug Black concluded the program by sharing his special memories about his grandfather and how important it is to have grandparents involved in your lives, no matter the age of the grandchild.

Lighthouse Kindergartners Enjoy Break from Work Mrs. Abner’s five-year old kindergarten class enjoyed a nice day of recess after a morning filled with learning fun. The class is learning to read smoothly, write and lots more. For info on this class or any other grade, call 271-4200.

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Evangel Students Chosen For All-Metro Team

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Recently, four football players from Evangel Christian Academy were chosen for the Montgomery Advertiser AISA All-Metro Team. Jay Grice was chosen for the offense and Zach Bruce, T. J. Harris and James Thomas were chosen for the defense. The football players were chosen by the Montgomery Advertiser based on each athlete’s stats for the football season. Grice, a wide receiver, caught 19 passes for 447 yards and had four touchdowns for ECA. Harris, a defensive lineman, finished the year with 53 tackles which included 2 sacks and seven that resulted in loss yardage. Defensive back Thomas had 64 tackles which included seven resulting in loss yardage and was recognized as ECA’s Defensive Most Valuable Player. Bruce, a defensive back who was also chosen for the AISA All-Star team, ended the year with two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Bruce also had 20 tackles and ran 510 yards setting a team record.

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Academy Upper School Presents Shakespeare

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Montgomery Academy Upper School Theater produced William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at The Montgomery Academy’s James W. Wilson, Jr. Theater. This play, one of Shakespeare’s earlier comedies, combines the word-play of Elizabethan court humor with the low, comic clowning of the common characters. Under the direction of Scott Bowman, the production featured twenty MA students, including seniors Sarah Ross Adams, Caroline Elliot, Sarah Catherine Hook, Neill McCorvey, April Shambo and Parker Turner in this romantic comedy with a most surprising ending. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Catholic’s Terino Commits To University of Montevallo

Lighthouse Preschoolers Write in Shaving Cream Ms. Nelson’s K3 class at Lighthouse Christian Academy enjoyed writing Oo in shaving cream. To join Faith, Dylan, Geethika and John in the learning fun, call 271-4200.

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory held a signing ceremony on February 11 for senior cross country and track team member Katherine Terino. Terino committed to run for the University of Montevallo. She is a two-time top five finisher at the AHSAA cross country championships and a multiple-time state medalist in track. Terino received both an athletic and an academic scholarship. Katherine is the daughter of John and Sue Terino. John has helped coach the MCPS track team since 2007, and Sue is celebrating eleven years as a teacher at Montgomery Catholic. Ed Wright has been Terino’s coach since the eighth grade. Except for two years overseas, Terino has been a student and Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School athlete since kindergarten. Terino is shown with her parents, John and Sue Terino, after she signed to run for the University of Montevallo.

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SUA Hires Librarian

Success Unlimited Academy set a goal to add a library media center and hire a librarian as part of its five-year accreditation improvement plan. By the opening of this school year, SUA had completed the addition to house the new library. Now only four months later, the school has hired experienced librarian Ellen Hughes. Hughes brings 11 years of educational experience to the SUA staff. She is the former librarian at Macon East Academy. The SUA library is stocked with books purchased from the school closure of Taylor Road Academy and additional books have been purchased each year. Hughes plans to organize research groups, start book clubs, and focus on improving reading scores through outside reading. She will travel to the SUA Elementary campus as well to expose those students to Accelerated Reader enrichment activities and new bilingual books for enjoyment.

Resurrection Catholic Holds Family Fitness Day

Resurrection Catholic School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a Family Fitness Day. This fun-filled day included a Let’s Move Fitness Expo where students, their parents and special guests enjoyed indoor and outdoor physical fitness activities, food demonstrations, a wellness walk, health fair and nutrition presentation. A partnership between the school, the Alabama Cooperation Extension System (ACES) and consulting company B. Jones and Associates coordinated the event as a kick-off for a health and wellness initiative designed to motivate students to stay active and eat healthy now and in the future. Planned activities include planting a community garden to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for in-school food demonstrations and food donations to families in need within the community. In addition, students will attend a healthy lifestyle series called CHAMPION that will provide them with an action plan to achieve and maintain better health. The Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Holy Cross Celebrates 100th Day of School

STJ’s Jackson Named National Merit Finalist

Saint James School senior Josef Jackson has progressed to the finalist level of the National Merit Scholarship Program competition, a prestigious honor awarded to only 15,000 students nationwide, from one-and-a-half million program entrants. All Finalists will be considered for national Merit Scholarships to be offered in the spring. Jackson is a Saint James honor student with a 4.39 grade-point average. He also served as Drum Major in the award-winning Saint James School Marching Trojans Band. Jackson said he hopes to study medicine and become a physican, but he is still deciding where he will attend school next year, giving strong consideration to Vanderbilt, the University of Georgia, and Sanford University. “The scholarship money would certainly be a help, since I’m looking at out-of-state schools,” Jackson said. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

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The students at Holy Cross Episcopal School recently marked the 100th day of school. There were many different festivities going on throughout the building. Mrs. Armagost’s kindergartners had to walk through a piece of butcher paper that had a huge 100 cut-out just to get into the classroom. Later in the day, they were able to build structures using 100 pieces of different items. Some of the kindergartners had a blast building a tower out of 100 plastic cups. Possibly the best kindergarten activity was being able to make their own snack using 100 pieces of different foods like goldfish or gummy bears! Other classes decorated and wore crowns saying, “I am 100 days smarter!” The second-graders wrote about what they would do with $100 and even drew what they think they will look like when they are 100 years old. The fifth- grade class also had a writing activity where they used the introductory sentence, “If I was 100, I would…” The responses were very creative! From left, Reese Braun, Pajah Bryant and Steadman Meadows are excited to celebrate the 100th day of school at Holy Cross.

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Eastwood Classes Perform At School’s PTF Program

Eastwood’s sixth-grade classes were the narrators in an original play written by sixth-grade teacher Ann Gulley. The play, The Great Cloud of Witnesses, was all about the digestive system and was performed at the annual Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) program which also showcased all the other elementary grades. Parents and friends were delighted to see and hear what the children have been learning. The presentations included “Building Blocks” by kindergarten, “Verbs and Long Vowels” by first grade, the Second Grade “Veritas History Song,” “The Capitalization Song” by third grade, the Fourth Grade “Veritas History Song” and Patrick Henry’s Speech by fifth grade. Shown as “Cellular Respiration Corps of Energyneers” are sixth-grade students Benjamin Johnson, Michael Parker, Emily Jones, Elizabeth Claxton and Anna Watson. 42

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Catholic Lady Knights Finish Season Undefeated

The Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School middle school girls’ basketball team capped off a perfect run through the regular season and against the Capital City Conference (CCC) by claiming the championship February 2. The Lady Knights defeated Montgomery Academy in the semifinals and Saint James in the championship game. MCPS eighth-grader Iyana Tate was named Most Valuable Player and MCPS seventh-grader Carrie Belsterling was named All-Tournament. Montgomery Catholic finished the season with a record of 16-0, including a perfect 10-0 against CCC competition. The Lady Knights are: # 10 Marie Rose Johnson, #14 Carrie Belsterling, #15 Lauren Beverly, #21 Katherine Fischer, #22 Emily Tolar, #23 Alex Jolley, #24 Jessie Clark, #32 Iyana Tate, #40 Sara Beth Littrell, #42 India Richardson, and Head Coach Hollis Johnson.

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I am pleased to report that our recent visit by the AdvancED team resulted in Autauga County’s receiving accreditation for the next five years. The visiting team gave Autauga County Schools a glowing review during the out briefing. The visiting team stated the teachers of Autauga County are truly amazing. They commented that our teachers are the most determined and dedicated group they have ever observed. I’ve been an educator in Autauga County for 17 years, and I am honored to be a part of such an outstanding group of educators. I would like to thank all the members of the Prattville Service League for what they do for our community. These individuals give their personal time to give back to the community. The Service League organization is a service-based organization that

conducts fundraising events during the year to raise money to give back to the community through grants. The Service League has always been very supportive of the Autauga County Public Schools, and this year is no different. They gave $4,200 in grants to our schools for various projects that would not have been funded without the efforts of these dedicated individuals. Thank you Prattville Service League! Employees who received grants this year are: Janice Stockman, Pam Frederick, Courtney Creel, Susan Kuzma, Deleigh Kelly and Neal Murfree, for PHS; Kenneth Childree, PJHS; Ruby Marks and Tammy Boykins for DPES; Teresa Calhoun, PIS; Celeste Minor, PES; Denise Syslo, PPS; Billy Hollon, MHS; and Dawn Grooms, Technology Center. The Central Alabama Electric Cooperative also provides grants each year for educators in our area. I would like to recognize and thank the following educators for their outstanding service and dedication to the students of Autauga County: Susanne Davis for Second Chance Garden; Pam Frederick, Janice Stockman, and Cindy Hines for The Power of the P; Rita Goldman for Is there

an App for that?; Deryl Hunt for Strings for Kids; Janie Mohajerin, Karen Cannon, Valarie Hughes, Kathryn Fuller, and Donya Wood for Poetry Publication; Rebecca Wingo, Denise Syslo, Emily Mills, Kristi Cook for Can you dig it indoors? I would like to thank the citizens of the county who have supported our schools for many years. With your help and support, we can and will ensure that our students receive the best education possible. I want to provide your children and grandchildren the type of educational experience that other educational entities will want to emulate. I am proud to be the superintendent of the Autauga County School System. I assure you that working together we can face all challenges while providing a world-class education for our children and grandchildren. 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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PCA Senior Sets New Track Record

Prattville Christian Academy senior Shane Parks broke the 1A-4A Indoor Track High School 60 meter dash record on January 26 at the Last Chance Track Meet at the Crossplex athletic facility in Birmingham. The previous record was 7.34 seconds, and Parks is the new owner of the record with a time of 7.31 seconds.

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East Memorial Christian Academy recently participated in the Alabama Independent School Association Can-a-thon. Shown here is Mrs. Simpkins’ kindergarten class, who won a pizza party for donating the most food items. They collected 651 cans of the 2,966 total. All of the food was given to the Autauga Interfaith Care Council.

Art students from Marbury made cards for Midland City’s “Ethan.” The students were excited to make the cards and were eager to wish him happy birthday and “welcome home.”

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PJHS Students Are Given Creative Writing Assignment

Marbury Beta Club Receives Smithy Award

The Louise M. Smith Development Center has presented the Marbury High School Beta Club with the Smithy Award. The Smithy Award represents all of the different types of services Marbury Beta Club has helped the Smith Center accomplish. Club members have participated in the Smith Center’s annual fishing trip, their prom, and many other occasions. Marbury Beta Club enjoys helping the Smith Center every year, and this award recognizes the Center’s gratitude towards the MHS Beta Club.

Recently in Katie Fuller’s Language Arts 7 class at Prattville Junior High School, students learned that writing is not only about having something important to say, but it is also about the relationship the writer creates between the author and the audience. In an assignment focused on role, audience, format and topic, also called RAFT, students learned that the writer can take on any role from a paper clip to a private investigator and still write for a designated audience, using a specific format, on a specific topic. In the picture shown, students took on the role of a paper clip, with the general public acting as their audience. The composition was written in a diary format, and their topic focused on sharing a true personality trait of the student writer through the character of the paper clip. This assignment gave students the opportunity to stretch their writing skills and compose in various writing modes, as well as giving them the chance to apply mechanics in writing. During the presentations, the teacher and students, acting as the audience, took on the role of evaluators, providing feedback on the strengths of each student’s presentation and suggestions on ways to improve. After presentation day, students shared their feedback with their fellow students to improve and strengthen the presentations for the next RAFT assignment.

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Prattville High School Educator Authors Book on The Beatitudes

Prattville High School Spanish teacher Marlin Harris published a book with WestBow Press in August 2012, entitled, Let the Beatitudes BE My Attitude in You. The book presents an in-depth study on each of the eight Beatitudes. “The Beatitudes are a God-given quest which cries out to every believer to bring us into a fuller relationship with God, become the “who” He created us to be, and be made more beautiful before Our Lord,” explains the author. The book uses a variety of tools to present each Beatitude, such as narrating a strategic “Beatitude moment” in the lives of key biblical figures, sharing stories from the mission field, presenting powerful lyrics from contemporary Christian music, illustrating the Land of the Beatitudes, and concluding with a novel depicting how the Beatitudes remade the life of a young complacent Christian. The book is available on Westbowpress.com, Amazon.com. BarnesandNoble.com. Harris may also be contacted via Facebook—Marlin J Harris—Let the Beatitudes, Marlin.Harris@acboe.net, or at (334) 328-2377.

Marbury Students Play Roman Soldiers for a Day

Students in Josh Dozier’s World History class at Marbury Middle School have been studying ancient Roman civilization. They recently experienced a bit of what life was like in the Roman army, an institution which played a key role in Rome’s history. Students were taught about equipment, drills, the daily life of a soldier, and even tried some Roman bread. The students constructed and decorated their own shields, and participated in a mock battle. The mock battle was followed by several rounds of gladiator fights, with the students playing the roles of gladiators.

Prattville Intermediate Club Encourages Recycling

Prattville Intermediate School teamed up with SABIC Plastics to build an outdoor classroom learning area. This area contains a covered learning pavilion with picnic work tables, raised garden beds and native Alabama plants. The raised garden beds are used to grow food that has been served in the school’s cafeteria. One of the school’s clubs, Prattville Intermediate Eco-Recycling Squad, or PIERS, works hard to encourage recycling and smart environmental practices at the school. For its activities, the club was awarded an honorable mention in the Alabama PALS Governor’s Award Clean Campus Program. PIS Principal Angela Landry and PIERS Club Sponsor Teresa Calhoun accepted the award for PIS. Shown, Club Sponsor Kim Roeten helps PIERS members recycle paper collected weekly from each classroom. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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PCA’s Debate Team Competes in Birmingham

Prattville Christian Academy’s Panther Speech and Debate Team competed in the Betty Gunn Tournament at Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham in early February. Team members proudly swept all of the speech events they entered and placed third overall in the School Sweepstakes. Senior Chris Searcy won first place in Original Oratory; sophomore Hannah Cherry and junior Jordan Graham placed first in Duo. Cherry also placed first in individual Dramatic Interpretation, and Amber Gomez, a sophomore, placed first in Humorous Interpretation. Junior Luke Demarco placed second in Humorous Interpretation. From left are Luke DeMarco, Hannah Cherry, Chris Searcy, Amber Gomez and Jordan Graham.

Prattville Class Creates History Book

Students in Mrs. Bingham’s thirdgrade gifted class became published authors when they created a class book featuring Alabama history. Each student chose an aspect of Alabama to focus on and then researched their topic. They used that information to write a paragraph and draw an illustration that was published in their class book. Front row from left are Katy Jo Cahoon, Isabella Woodley, Grayson Cannon, EJ McGreevy, Zac Harrill and Madison Tatum; and back row, Jacob Hall, Dakota Hobbs, Caroline Mills, Wesley McQuiston and Leighanna Kelly. www.montgomeryparents.com


PCA Seniors Reach 1,000 Basketball Career Points

Prattville Christian Academy seniors Jake Newcomb and Adam Roberson each hit the 1,000-point mark in their high school basketball careers within minutes of each other in the PCA vs. Reeltown game on January 22. The gymnasium went wild with cheers when they were each presented with a personal commemorative basketball and recognized for this achievement. The two have played together six seasons at PCA, starting in the seventh grade on the junior varsity team, transitioning to varsity in eighth grade. Coached the entire time by PCA Head Basketball Coach Jason Roberson, Newcomb currently holds the school record for most rebounds in a career with 920 and counting, as well as the school record for most steals in a career with 211 and counting. Roberson has the school record for most threes made in one game (12), most threes made in one season (114), and most threes made in a career (274 and counting).

The Montgomery Academy Announces New Upper School Director The Montgomery Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Billingslea as the new Upper School Director, effective July 1, 2013. His appointment was the result of a nationwide search that took into consideration critical input from The Montgomery Academy school community. Mr. Billingslea has significant academic and leadership experience having spent the past thirteen years as a teacher, coach, Guidance Counselor and Dean of Students at the distinguished Lovett School in Atlanta, GA. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling from Alabama State University and completed an educational leadership program at the University of Georgia. “I am excited and humbled to serve The Montgomery Academy in my role as Upper School Director. As I strive for excellence as a servant leader I look forward to working with the Academy in advancing the mission of the school ‘the Pursuit of Excellence,’” said Billingsley. www.montgomeryparents.com

Technology Van Visits Prattville High School

The S.T.E.M. van recently visited Prattville High School, providing students an opportunity to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The S.T.E.M. service is sponsored by the U.S. Army and the van travels across the United States to visit various school settings. In this hands-on experience featuring a variety of interactive video equipment, the students were able to understand how their school academics will assist them with future career choices.

EMCA Drama Team Participates In Regional and State Competitions

At the Alabama Independent School Association Regional Drama Competition on January 16, students from East Memorial Christian Academy placed in every acting component. They were the only school to do so. Tyler Burns and Cameron Christensen placed first in Duet Acting and the ensemble placed second in Ensemble Acting. The Girls Chorus placed third in Musical Drama and Anna O’Neal placed third in Monologues. At the AISA State Drama Competition on January 25, Tyler Burns and Cameron Christensen placed first in the state in Duet Acting. Anna O’Neal, Tyler Burns and Cameron Christensen were named to the All State Drama Cast. Sponsors of the Drama Team are Emily and Jason Hunley, Stefanie Nelson, and Angie Mitchell. From left are Tyler Burns, Anna O’Neal, Tori Arnold, Kaylee Christensen, Bronwyn Arnold, Grace Moore, Annelise Baker and Cameron Christensen. 48

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PHS Junior Civitans Help Prepare for SACS Visit

Various members of the Prattville High School Junior Civitans Club pitched in to help prepare the campus for the SACS accreditation visit on February 5. Students pruned bushes, cleared out leaves, and beautified the most visible patio area in the building.

Pratville High Students Make Work Portable

Students from Prattville High School are taking technology to the streets. Students were caught working on assignments all over town for group projects. These two were caught at McDonald’s.

PHS Science Olympiad Competes in Tuscaloosa

The Prattville High School Science Olympiad Team competed at the University of Alabama on February 9. Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization striving to increase the interest of students in science as well as to improve the quality of science education through rigorous, standards-based challenges to more than 6,400 teams in 50 states. The ultimate goal of this program is to develop a science and technology-literate workforce emphasizing problem solving, basic understanding and application of science principles. The PHS team competed against thirteen local teams including LAMP, the Alabama School of Math and Sciences, Demopolis and Holy Spirit. Katie Anderson and Jacob Dennis brought home first place in Write It/Do It; William Mitchell received first place in Circuit Lab; Alia Pease and Jacob Dennis were awarded second place in Rocks and Minerals; and Gyeong Kim received third place in Experimental Design. Front row from left are Katie Anderson, Elana Grove, Stephanie Alvord, Brittany Straughn, Kameron Seward and Alia Pease; second row, Marissa Akers, Jacob Dennis, Gyeong Kim, Brittany Pease, Svetlana Koroleva and Jason Cook; and back row, Madison Newberry, Alec Anderson, Adam Smith, William Mitchell and Austin Barnett. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Prattville High Displays School Vision on Table

The AdvancED accreditation team came to Autauga County in early February to review the schools’ academic quality standards. Each school designed a table to represent the tenants of its vision statement and the ideals of the school. Prattville High School’s table well represented “Every Student a Graduate; Every Graduate a Success.” Displayed are various academic achievements, a scrolling screen of student pictures and a cap and gown with honor cords. A new focus at Prattville High School is to more frequently honor students with academic achievements.

Prattville High Hosts New Student Orientation

Prattville High School Counselor Mrs. Thigpen sponsored a reception for “new to PHS” students recently. More than 100 students participated in the program. Student Ambassadors gave the students an overview of clubs and organizations at PHS while Mrs. Thigpen answered academic and social questions from the students. Students were allowed time to mingle and get to know fellow “new” students. This provided an excellent opportunity for students to get to know one another and to realize they are not alone in transferring schools during the year. www.montgomeryparents.com


It is been my honor and privilege to represent Elmore County and the state of Alabama as the 2013 Alabama State Superintendent of the Year. By the time you read this article, I will have returned from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Conference in Los Angeles, California after representing our state and my local school district on the national stage. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the transcript of a speech that I gave at our recent School Superintendents of Alabama Winter Conference regarding this recognition: First, I want to thank Classworks and the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) for providing this award.

I am thankful especially to the daily service of SSA for the enrichment, encouragement, and empowerment that this organization provides statewide each and every day to all of us school leaders as we seek to serve our communities. Thank you to my neighboring 19 school districts that join me as a part of District 4 for putting me on the path in the first place to be eligible for this honor. I am only standing here before you today because of the Elmore County School System Family members who serve as my teammates each and every day as we serve our students. I have the good fortune of working with remarkable people who provide invaluable assistance to me daily. When I reflect on the last year, I feel like the opening lines of Charles Dickens’s classic A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times....it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.” As many of you know, my “worst of times” occurred only a few months ago

when I faced life threatening heart issues. Unquestionably, God has blessed me with a second chance. I feel doubly blessed with the network of support and encouragement that has been provided by faith, family, and friends as I begin my ninth year as superintendent. In addition, my “best of times, the season of light” occurred with the receipt of this wonderful award. When I think of my fellow nominees and even many others of you sitting in this very room today, I will say again that personally I was not my first choice for this award. To receive this kind of validation from colleagues that I admire and respect so much has encouraged me exponentially. Thank you for your role in making a difficult year end on such a high note with great promise for the future. 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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Wetumpka Elementary Celebrates DIBELS with Karate

Karate Nonsense was a motivational tool created by first-grade teacher Kim Deem of Wetumpka Elementary to help students with the nonsense word fluency portion of statewide DIBELS testing. Every student set three personal goals to reach. After a student reached a goal, he earned a “belt” – with the ultimate goal to get his “black belt,” meaning he had benchmarked. Every student had a personal karate doll that displayed his belt in the hallway. Natasha McMillan’s class took part in this program as well. Ultimately, 100 percent of students in both classes benchmarked, not only in nonsense word fluency, but oral reading fluency as well. Both classes are shown with Michael Bateman, chief instructor at Bateman Taekwondo in Montgomery, who provided a special demonstration.

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Edgewood Academy Announces Elementary Science Fair Winners

Millbrook Middle Class Holds ‘Organ Social’

Elementary students who placed in the biological category of the Science Fair at Edgewood Academy include, from left, Sydney Brown, third place; Katie Roberts, first; and Alex Hodge, second. Those placing in the physical category include, from left, Grayson Laney, third place; Tyson Tubbs, first place; and Sydney Reeves, honorable mention. Blane Guthrie is not pictured.

Mrs. Millican’s Special Needs Unit at Millbrook Middle School has been studying the human body, body systems, and organs during the month of January. Students have been doing all sorts of activities to reinforce their understanding. This study culminated in an “Organ Social” February 1. The students made organs from various foods and presented them to their classmates. They were privileged to have Dr. Pearson from HealthStar Chiropractic in Prattville as a guest speaker. At the end of the program, everyone had the opportunity to sample the “organs.”

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WHS Envirobowl Team Competes Regionally

Wetumpka High School’s Envirobowl Team placed second in regional competition recently. The competition is a double elimination quizbowl sponsored by Legacy. The team’s captain is Jonothon Segars. Other team members are Jonathan Oliver, Jared Baggett, Joel Levins and Thomas Lockamy.

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Coosada Celebrates Hundredth Day

On February 1, the students at Coosada Elementary School celebrated their 100th day in school. The students proved they were “100 days smarter” by creating projects with 100 as the central theme. On this day one could find posters using cereal, candy, pennies, matchsticks and a variety of other materials to display the number 100. Many students also chose to dress as if they were 100 years old. In the physical education classes, each exercise was increased from ten to 100 for the day. Coach Jones and crew took it easy on the pretend centenarians by allowing them to count by tens (whew!!). Even though the day’s activities were fun and exciting for all participants, the teachers maintained a solid focus on learning, showing once again that “Coosada Elementary School strives to build a strong foundation upon which our students become lifelong learners.”

Wetumpka’s Lindsay Signs with Faulkner

Wetumpka High School’s Alex Lindsay signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Faulkner University beginning with the fall 2013 season. In addition, these WHS softball players recently signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate softball: Alexis Strickland will play at Chattahoochee Valley, Jamaica Williams will play at Lurleen B. Wallace in Andalusia, Kaitlyn Butt will play at MMI, and Sydney Dixon will play at Pensacola State Community College. (Photo courtesy of Wetumpka Herald)

Millbrook Middle Recognizes January Bucket Filler Winners

Millbrook Middle School is continuing its character-development program called “Bucket Filling.” Bucket Filling is an easy-to-understand concept: Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds their good thoughts and feelings. When their bucket is full, they feel happy and when their bucket is empty, they feel sad. Throughout the school year, teachers are encouraging, reminding, and recognizing everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at school. Back row from left are Simon Wilson, Taylor Jackson, Thomas Killingsworth, Gregory Agee, Will Allen and Trent Rivenbark; and front row, Makayla Groulx, Hannah Pate, Zayda Faraj, Taylor Roland and Scarlet Lankford. The homeroom winner for the fifth grade was Mrs. Hick’s room with 352 bucket tickets. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Holtville Middle Names Students of the Month

Each month, Holtville Middle School honors a special group of students that are voted on by their teachers as the Student of the Month. These students are focused and driven. They demonstrate respect and responsibility. They are willing to help others and demonstrate compassion. The following students were named Student of the Month for January: fifth grade, Tristan Bullard and Elizabeth Mills; sixth grade, Trey Gober and Tucker Jones; seventh grade, Jamese Cain; and eighth grade, Brylie White. Back row from left are Brylie White, Jamese Cain and Elizabeth Mills; and front row, Tristan Bullard and Trey Gober. Not pictured: Tucker Jones www.montgomeryparents.com


W ECHS Club Purchases Panther for School

FTA (Future Teachers of America) purchased a panther for the front of Elmore County High School. FTA is a service organization that performs projects outside of the classroom. Through a series of supervised projects, students show their growth in communication skills, ethics, problemsolving, and employment skills. Members demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills through participation in organized activities. Pictured with the panther are Marilyn Nipper (organization sponsor), Edward Calhoun, Ashley Watts and Rebecca Wilson.

Holtville Elementary Group Sponsors ‘Pennies for Pets’

Holtville Elementary Student Council sponsored the event “Pennies for Pets” and encouraged students to bring in their pennies to help the Elmore County Humane Shelter. The students at HES outdid themselves by raising $490 in two weeks to donate to the shelter. They also brought in items to help.

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Airport Road Takes Montgomery Field Trip

Montgomery, known as the “Cradle of the Confederacy” and “Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement,” hosted Airport Road Intermediate School fourth-graders in January. Students toured the Capitol Building with a guide and learned about Alabama history. They enjoyed lying down on the marble floor and looking up at the rotunda while viewing historic murals. Some classes elected to walk between the Capitol and Rosa Parks Museum and also took in the sights of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, downtown Montgomery, and the RSA Plaza. At the Rosa Parks Museum, students were transported back to 1955 and the Montgomery Bus Boycott through a “time machine” which included a re-enactment of Rosa Parks’s famous defiance of a segregation law.

CAEC Employees Assist Redland Students with Egg Drop

Michael Kelley and Clay Walker of Central Alabama Electric Cooperative assisted the fifth-grade students at Redland Elementary School with this year’s Egg Drop project. Students had to create a capsule that could hold an egg inside and prevent the egg from breaking. The drops were set at 20 and 40 feet. Students have been studying forces such as gravity, friction, acceleration and velocity.

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WMS Fifth-Grader Wins County Bee, Moves to State

Eleven rounds and the word “stenographer” were the winning combination for Wetumpka Middle School fifth-grader Zachary Grindle, who came in first place among the ten contestants in the Elmore County Spelling Bee for fifth- through eighth-grade students held February 6 in the school board meeting room. It took four more rounds and the word “gelato” to determine a second-place winner, Redland Elementary sixth-grader Katie Ford. Each of the ten participants had already won spelling bees at their respective schools, garnering them a place among the county’s top spellers. Representing Eclectic Middle School were sixth-grader Austin Slay and eighthgrader Nathan Whorton; from Holtville Middle were sixth-grader Kennedy Grier and eighth-grader Austin Lankford; from Millbrook Middle were sixth-grader Kolby Walker and seventh-grader Samantha Baker; from Redland Elementary were fifthgrader Kody Wingard and sixth-grader Katie Ford; and from Wetumpka Middle were fifth-grader Zachary Grindle and seventh-grader Trinity Richardson. Retired Elmore County superintendent Roberta Pilcher was the pronouncer for the County Spelling Bee, while Elementary Curriculum Supervisor Glenda VanErmen served as coordinator. River Bank and Trust donated trophies for the winners and participants. Grindle will now represent Elmore County at the State Spelling Bee Finals, which will be held in Birmingham at Oak Mountain High School on March 9. The State Spelling Bee is sponsored by The Birmingham News. Front row from left are Austin Slay, Kolby Walker, second-place winner Katie Ford, first-place winner Zachary Grindle, Samantha Baker and Kody Wingard; back row are Austin Lankford, Nathan Whorton, Trinity Richardson and Kennedy Grier.

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On January 29, fifth-grader Pierson Waite and sixth-grader Hunter Johnson became the top two winners of the third annual Redland Elementary School Mental Math Challenge. Two representatives were chosen from each fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classroom to compete against each other in complex math equations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Principal Dan Aude was the caller as the contestants performed in front of their classmates and parents. The rounds became increasingly complicated and fast-paced until there were only two contestants remaining. Waite, a student in Britney Fureigh’s homeroom, was the top winner, and Johnson, from Ken Burdett’s homeroom, was the second-place winner. From left are Johnson, Principal Aude and Waite following the presentation of trophies.

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The third- and fourth-grade bee, also held at the school board meeting room on the same day, lasted 17 rounds. Winner was Richie Burleson, far right, a third-grader at Holtville Elementary School, and alternate was Kamille Cain, a fourth-grader at Airport Road Intermediate School. (photo courtesy Wetumpka Herald) Other participants were: Chloe Andress, fourth grade, Holtville Elementary; Stephen Barrett, fourth grade, Redland Elementary; Deonna Benson, third grade, Wetumpka Elementary; Jekarion Daniels, third grade, Eclectic Elementary; Matthew Glass, third grade, Redland Elementary; Michael Blake Jones, fourth grade, Eclectic Elementary; Ryan Pribulick, Montgomery Parents I March 2013

Elmore County HIPPY Families Celebrate

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On December 18, the Elmore County HIPPY Program held its 5th annual Holiday Celebration. Families were fed a delicious meal, and children participated in several fun learning activities. Santa brought each HIPPY child an educational game to take home. For more info about this free program which is offered to Elmore County preschoolers, e-mail maryann.forelle@ elmore.k12.al.us www.montgomeryparents.com


W Ch Performing Arts Succeed At Wetumpka High School

Five Wetumpka High School band members were accepted by audition into the Alabama Bandmasters District VI Honor Band. The students are Caitlin Sweeney, Kelci Lewis, Zachary Smith, John Thomas Roller and Thomas Ulrich. In addition, Sweeney, Smith, Lewis and Roller were accepted to the Alabama All-State Honor Band, the highest honor a band student in Alabama can achieve. The WHS Tomahawks Show Choir brought home first place in the Festival Division of the Capitol City Classic at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center recently. This was the choir’s first time competing in this competition! Members will compete again on March 2 at the Southland Classic in Enterprise. The school’s Musical Theatre Department is currently preparing for its spring production of “Legally Blonde,” which will run May 2-5, 10 and 11.

ECHS Recognizes Students of the Month

Februrary Students of the Month at Elmore County High School include, from left, Kayla Jerrell, Ashley Purcell, Jordan Olds, Anton Yefremov, Kayla McDonald and Sean Schulte.

ARIS Students Visit Internet Cafes

Before the morning bell rings, students at Airport Road Intermediate School visit Internet cafes located in the computer lab or the library. In the computer lab, students log on and brush up their math or reading skills with interactive games. Students of the Week participate in the Reading Café located in the library. In that location, students have a choice: practice research skills with an Internet scavenger hunt or read a book related to the theme of the day. Themes could be about penguins, Antarctica or sports. One way or another, students are given daily opportunities to increase their math, reading and research skills.

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ECHS Student Participates In Community Awards Program

Nikki Headley, a student at Elmore County High School in Eclectic, was a participant in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. This is a program to recognize and celebrate the volunteer work of deserving young students and hold them up as role models for other young people. Headley was selected as the local honoree. www.montgomeryparents.com

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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 blackmon1996@yahoo. com for more information.

Humane Shelter Director Visits Holtville Elementary Rea Cord, director of the Elmore County Humane Shelter, visited Holtville Elementary School recently. While there, she accepted a donation from the Student Council’s project, “Pennies for Pets.” She also spoke to students about important safety rules to follow around pets.

Airport Road Employs AMSTI Techniques

In Alicia Whitlock’s fourth-grade classroom at Airport Road Intermediate School, the students marvel at the live fiddler crabs that crawl over their hands and sometimes get loose. Whitlock is a certified AMSTI teacher, although all teachers at ARIS use AMSTI techniques. AMSTI is the acronym for the Alabama Math and Science Technology Initiative. Whitlock goes a step further and gets the kits that bring live frogs, sound exploration, or graphing model car “mileage.” Students are very much “handson” with testing and observing and then, making conclusions. In the fiddler crab kit, students created an environment in which the crab (arriving live through UPS) lives. The crabs and frogs are shipped back to AMSTI when the lessons are over.

Eclectic Community Collects Pennies for Patients

Students in the Eclectic community schools have been busy collecting pennies for the Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This effort was coordinated by Marilyn M. Nipper, ECHS Chapter advisor for Future Teachers of Alabama (FTA). Eclectic Elementary School brought in $1,567.86; Eclectic Middle, $327.40; and Elmore County High School, $756.55. First-place winning classes will receive a pizza & soda party (EES Kelly with $156.94; EMS Keel with $181.40; and ECHS Eller with $280.30); second-place classes will have a snack cake and soda party (EES Patterson with $108.61; EMS Wells with $84.37; and ECHS Jackson with $129.44); and third-place classes will have a chips and soda party (EES Kelley with $100.17 and Davis with $100.21; EMS Hanson with $68.99; and ECHS Hughes with $ 39.14). One classroom, for donating more than $200, will receive a silver P4P pennant: ECHS Eller. Classrooms donating more than $100 will also get a bronze P4P pennant: EES Davis, Kelly, Kelley, Patterson; EMS Keel; ECHS Jackson.

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Holtville Middle Names Teachers of the Year

Jonathan Carlisle and Sue Mercer have been chosen by their colleagues as Teachers of the Year at Holtville Middle School. Carlisle is in his first year at Holtville Middle, and although new to HMS, he is not a stranger to Elmore County Schools. Following graduation from Auburn University Montgomery in 2001, he taught eighth-grade history at Wetumpka Junior High School (now a part of Wetumpka Middle). He completed his master’s degree at AUM in 2007. Carlisle also served as head coach of the Wetumpka Junior High football and basketball teams as well as an assistant baseball coach. He led student council trips to San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, Washington D.C., and New York City. Carlisle and his wife, Brandi, live in the Holtville area, and their son, Jack, is in first grade at Holtville Elementary. Mercer was chosen to represent the fifth-grade faculty. As the daughter of John C. Whatley, former principal of Holtville High School and former superintendent of Elmore County Schools, Mercer grew up in a home right next door to Holtville High School. She has been with Elmore County Schools since 1987, and she has taught in the Holtville community since 1993. In addition to teaching, Mercer has sponsored groups such as the yearbook and student council. She served as cheer coach and is very active with the Twenty-first Century Community Learning Center hosted each afternoon at Holtville Middle School. www.montgomeryparents.com

Airport Road Learns About Internet Safety

Elmore County has asked that each school cover the topics of Internet safety, including terminology, cyber security, intellectual property, cyber bullying, and participating in “cyber citizenship.” Four sessions with every student at Airport Road Intermediate School meant that personnel from PE, library, Elmore County Resource Center, and the counselor’s office participated in this education about Internet Safety. School counselor Irene Wong coordinated the effort. Instructional videos warned of the dangers of the anonymity of the Internet. Media specialist Diann Bennett presented the lesson about intellectual property and plagiarism with posters and worksheets. Counselor Wong finished the unit with a Power Point presentation that emphasized that whatever is posted on the Internet is forever in cyberspace. She quoted from the movie Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” The students finished the quotation for Wong. Students are shown watching a video presentation about Internet Safety during PE class.

All Med Funds Project at Eclectic Elementary

All Med Physicians and the Montgomery Biscuits awarded Eclectic Elementary School with a grant to fund a school project through All Med’s Pitch a Project program recently during a school assembly at Eclectic Elementary. All Med’s Pitch a Project is a grant program in conjunction with River Region schools, kindergarten through fifth grade, aimed at empowering and encouraging teachers to “Pitch a Project” based on their specific needs relating to health and life sciences that would benefit their class and curriculum. One teacher’s classroom is awarded up to $500 to fund his/her project per month until April. “We have a steadfast commitment to serving our community, and the Pitch a Project program allows us to give back in a way that directly benefits the children,” stated Joseph Herrod, CEO of PriMed Physicians. All Med selected a project submitted by Angela Cooper, a fourth-grade teacher and leader of the outdoor classroom at Eclectic Elementary. Cooper plans to use the funds from All Med to purchase materials for 10 raised garden beds, in which students from kindergarten through fourth grade will construct, plant and harvest vegetables. By participating in the project, students will learn about measurement, health and nutrition, cooperation and teamwork. The winning teachers and their families will join the Biscuits and All Med Physicians representatives on the field before a Biscuits home game at Riverwalk Stadium during the 2013 season. All Med plans to fund more grants before April. For more information about All Med’s Pitch a Project, call the Montgomery Biscuits at 323-0361 or visit biscuitsbaseball.com. 58

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A Recipe for Pie by Marla Cilley • Shine your sink and clean up after dinner • Put things on your launch pad so you won’t forget them • Brush your teeth • Wash your face • Go to bed at a decent hour and sleep

We all start each day with a whole pie to call our own. During the day we make the choices that give away our pieces of Peace Pie. This is a special pie that nourishes you as well as feeds your soul. I am going to give you the recipe for this pie! It starts with the desire to have a “Peace” of Pie! This peace has to come from a whole pie. Every pie I have ever made has a crust. This pie has a top crust and a bottom crust! This crust is made from the finest ingredients for a great foundation. These are the habits you put together to make up your routines. We start this pie the night before we want it with our before bed routine. This is the bottom crust that holds our Pie of Peace together. It only takes a few minutes to make this crust. • Lay out your clothes for tomorrow • Check your calendar

This crust is a pleasure to make when you think about the joy it is going to give you tomorrow morning when you put together the rest of this glorious Pie of Peace. That alone is a great incentive. The top crust we will put together when we first get up in the morning. It starts with getting up a few minutes before the flow of the rest of the family. This enables you to get dressed in peace. The rest of your morning routine of checking your calendar, putting on your shoes, seeing what’s for dinner on your calendar, making your bed, eating breakfast and starting a load of laundry help to make this top crust fit with the bottom crust. Now we have to put together the most luscious filling for this Pie of Peace. This filling is made of our basic weekly plan and having the ingredients readily available each day we start our pie. A weekly home blessing, staying on top of Mount Washmore, planning our meals, grocery shopping, getting rid of our clutter 15 minutes at a time and taking time for YOU

are the ingredients that make this pie melt in our mouths. Without them the crust is very hard to put together. Think about this. You can’t lay out your clothes if you have no clean laundry. You can’t pull out something for dinner in the morning if there is no plan and you have not gone shopping. Your habits put this Pie of Peace together every day. Your lack of effective habits makes it impossible to sit down and enjoy this pie. You have a choice...build your pie and enjoy it or give away the ingredients. Once your pie is made then you have the ability to share this peace with others and not feel deprived. This pie is dusted with granulated sugar that is your attitude of love. You no longer feel that someone is stealing your pie when your buttons get pushed by family or a simple mistake. You find yourself enjoying the day instead of dreading what’s next. This Pie of Peace becomes the nourishment for your body and soul. It blesses all around you and you made it with your own two hands!

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Spectacular Sandestin Has All You Need To Spring Into Action for a Great Spring Break Getaway

Enjoy sunny skies this spring break and a FREE night with the purchase of four at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The month of March marks the first of many great opportunities to enjoy all that Sandestin has to offer including some of the best golf, tennis, shopping and beaches in the south. Now is the time to plan for spring and summer and take advantage of great deals including Sandestin’s free night offer or “hot” dates with special rates. Sandestin has long been a favorite getaway destination for travelers during spring because of the beautiful white sandy beaches, endless activities and fun-filled events. Featured events during the upcoming season include: • FREE Wednesday Night Concerts- Great music and fun for all ages • St. Patty’s Day Delight – March 17 • Easter Explosion – March 30 • 26th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival – April 18-21 Don’t miss this very popular event in April, featuring celebrity guest, Paula Deen! A picture perfect event complete with white tents, flowing wine, food, ladies strolling in hats, and live music. The Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the best of the year and draws thousands. Affectionately called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” the 27th annual Sandestin event this year is scheduled for April 18-21, 2013. Discount for advance tickets and accommodations are available (Code: WINE13). Visit www.SandestinWineFestival.com. • Sandestin Beach Bicycle Tour – May 17-19 Soak in a scenic bike ride alongside pristine beaches including a rest stop in charming Seaside and also enjoy post-ride activities. About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 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 pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. For more information on Destin, Florida beach special offers, accommodations and events, visit www.sandestin.com or call 1-866-91-BEACH. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Taking to the Air

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

Things are looking up in kids toys! From remotecontrolled flight vehicles to airborne toys that catch air and waft on the wind, taking to the air has never been easier (or more affordable) for little hands! Just as man has always eyed the skies for the next step in innovation, children are among the first to feel the desire to defy gravity and look toward the sky as their next avenue of exploration. Get ready for lift-off with the following toys and gear that let little ones test their wings in flight!

by Paige Gardner Smith

The AFO Flash Flyer

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(Daydream Toys) Unlike many airborne vehicles that must be retrieved, the AFO (Alien Flying Object) disc flies like a boomerang! Using its retractable whip cord, one strong pull sends the disc spinning and lifting from its base and toward the sky before it wends its way back home. The spinning action activates LED lights in the vehicle so it can be enjoyed in the evening skies as well. With a smooth, rounded axis on the top center of the disc, this toy can be enjoyed indoors as well, skimming walls and ceilings without leaving marks or damage. Super easy to use and always fun for kids and adults alike, the AFO Flash Flyer is top flight, day or night!

(Kid Galaxy) With enough wide open space, all you need is the will to fly and the Backyard Flyer Classic Race Ace. This plane needs only tenseconds of charging time on the hand-held base before a young “air traffic controller” can aim for the skies and launch their own plane. Constructed with ultra-light EPP foam, the biplane design extends the flight time to around 45 seconds. The charging base and launcher are one and the same, so there’s a minimum of gear needed to get out into the open air of fields and playgrounds, aim for the wild blue yonder and launch a plane skyward on an airborne adventure!

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(Air Swimmers) One of the coolest toys to take to the air recently is the Air Swimmers line of dynamically designed inflatable Mylar balloons that are directed with radio control! Mimicking the sedate, graceful motion of fish underwater, the lofty moves of these Air Swimmers make it easy for young pilots to direct and guide these dynamite dirigibles through an ocean of air. The frustrations that sometimes accompany trying to maneuver speeding remote-controlled cars, disappears as kids enjoy plenty of time for aeronautical corrections. Whether you’re guiding a slivery shark, a boss bass or colorful clownfish, kids will take to an Air Swimmer just like a fish takes to water!

(Stomp Rocket) One of the most popular time-tested flight toys just got better! With a more stable tripod base, a bigger capacity blast pad, kids can get a cleaner launch with just a heavy flat foot on the blast pad. The harder kids stomp, the higher the flight. Approaching dusk is not a problem with the Glow-in-the-Dark Stomp Rockets. The luminous foam material makes after dark tracking easy as these rockets pierce the night. No batteries or special fuel required – all kids need to get to launch are open skies and an enthusiastic stomping foot!

Paige Smith is a freelance writer and syndicated columnist living in Alabama. More on GET THIS! at www.PageBookMedia.com.

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My 12-year-old daughter came from school and announced that she was the ONLY one staying home for spring break this year. She went on to tell me how bored she would be, how lucky her friends were and how she would be stuck at home doing NOTHING. Poor girl! Contrary to what your teens and tweens think, not everyone goes on a spring break vacation. Finances, parent’s vacation time and recent holiday travel are some of the reasons that a second vacation is not possible. In order to keep your teen www.montgomeryparents.com

or tween from driving you crazy, plan a week’s worth of activities that you can do around your own town. Enjoy a fun and relaxing week at home with a different theme for each day.

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teen or tween is well rested, start your staycation by helping others. Preplan a day of volunteerism and spend the day with those in need. Start with a morning at the homeless shelter preparing breakfast or cleaning up from overnight. Move on to walking dogs at the animal shelter in the afternoon or play board games with the residents at an assisted living home. Your choice of volMontgomery Parents I March 2013

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Adventure Day – Plan to do something you have never done before. Enroll your teen in an adventure day camp in your area to try kayaking or scuba diving. For less sporty teens, try a theater camp, cooking class or sing at an open mic night. Encourage your kids to try something new – even if it scares them a little. You are building their confidence for the next adventures in their lives. Party Day – Have an Unbirthday Party like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Invite all your teen’s friends who are home for spring break. Plan something as simple as a gathering place for multiple friends to hang out. Order pizza and plug in the iPod. Consider including some the parents to stay for a while. Socializing with other parents is a great opportunity for you to get to know your children’s friends better. See the Local Sights Day – There are probably a few spots in your hometown that you have never been to before. Get suggestions from your friends and neighbors. Visit your town’s website for tourist attractions as if you were visiting for the first time. Check out your local historical society, museum or a store that you have never gone into. Take your camera along and snap silly pictures of your family visiting the sights. Share with friends on Instagram. Today’s the Day – How many times has your tween asked if they could do something and your answer is “Maybe another time”? Well, today’s the day! Go to the pet store and take out a puppy to play with. Take your teen to the mall to get her ears double pierced. Stop for ice cream before dinner and spoil your appetites. Let your kids have a sleepover and stay up as late as they want. Show your kids that they cannot always predict what their parents’ answer will be. Ticket Day – End your week on a good note. Get tickets to an event your tween or teen would love. Whether it is a concert, theatre performance or a sporting event, you can find something to do that your child will always remember. Better yet, they will have something to share at the lunch table when the vacationers ask what he did over spring break. mp

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Docarmo’s Participates in Community Events

Alabama Kidney Foundation Moves Walk-a-thon To April The Alabama Kidney Foundation will host its annual “Make a Difference… One Step at a Time” Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, April 13, at Baptist Health’s DeBoer Building in Montgomery. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone: food, fun and fabulous prizes! If you are interested in leading a team and helping thousands of Alabamians suffering from kidney disease, please contact Amy at (334) 241-0003 or amy@alkidney. org to register today.

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Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center, a local Korean-style martial arts school, held a Promotional Food Drive during the months of November and December. The promotion allowed new students in the area to try a month of Taekwondo with a free uniform for bringing in only 15 canned good items. In addition to the promotion, existing members of the school, known as a dojang, also contributed to the worthy cause. The DTC Cares program was able to donate 568 pounds of food to the Montgomery Area Food Bank. “With budgets stretched in both households and government programs, we are happy to provide this opportunity!” said Anne Docarmo, the dojang owner/operator. “This promotion allowed us to collect much-needed food for those that rely on the Montgomery Area Food Bank, and it also provided an opportunity to introduce new families to Taekwondo.” In other school news, Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center hosted 7th Degree Master Karen Mitchell from Pelham, Ala., as a guest instructor for the NEW Monthly Black Belt Continuing Education Class. The hour-and-a-half-long class pushed not only the limits of the black belt students, but the instructors of DTC as well. Instructors Andrew Jackson, Kharaun Campbell and Anne Docarmo traded in their leadership positions for that of students. “It is important that we as instructors also improve on our skills and abilities. Many people feel that Black Belt is the endgame, when in fact that is when the real training begins. Being able to stand alongside our students as a student ourselves shows them we have not stopped learning,” says 3rd Degree Chief Instructor Kharaun Campbell. Next month, the Black Belt class will delve into a different martial art, as they begin to learn the Filipino stick fighting art, known as Escrima.

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Local Group Helps Female Student-Athletes Shine

The Montgomery Heat Athletic Association (MHAA) is gearing up for another season of producing bright and extremely talented young female student-athletes from the River Region. MHAA is a 501(c) (3), inner city, youth enhancement-based organization designed to help female student-athletes ages 12-17 get the most out of their athletic ability by using it to further their education. This is also the only non-profit educational/athletic organization in the region that is managed entirely by the parents of the student-athletes who are participants in the program. MHAA was established as a response to the lack of specialized athletic programs available to female basketball players in the River Region and surrounding areas. “Identifying, Exposing and Providing Opportunities through Basketball” is what they do and they are very proud of their student-athletes’ athletic accomplishments, but more importantly, their educational accomplishments. *Each year hundreds of talented athletes fall short of academic requirements that prevent them from graduating high school and being able to participate in collegiate sports.* MHAA officials seek to help parents develop a solid educational foundation for their child/student/athlete by educating them on critical academic standards and resources such as: core course GPA requirements, high school graduation exam preparation, ACT/SAT preparation, and NCAA eligibility requirements. We anticipate the outcome to be that more participants will have succeeded in finalizing their academic eligibility requirements prior to their senior year in high school which gives them the opportunity to accept a college scholarship during the NCAA early signing period. For more information about the program, e-mail Mike Thomas at mtgheathoops@aol.com or visit us on Facebook and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/montgomeryheat1. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

Getting a Grip on Graphic Novels

With the immense popularity of the Wimpy Kid, Big Nate and Captain Underpants graphic novels, it’s no surprise that middle-grade readers and pre-teens are looking for more graphically illustrated book series with enthusiasm. Not just for comic-book compilation anymore, publishers are producing a much larger variety of graphic novels to suit the tastes of these growing readers as their reading skills and tastes mature. The following titles are highly recommended for readers who are ready to move up into more advanced reading coupled with the play-by-play illustration that characterizes the best of graphic novels.

Amulet: Book One: The Stonekeeper

by Kazu Kibuishi (Scholatic) When their mother is kidnapped and carried away by a creature not-of-this-world, siblings Emily and Navin cross a fantastic hidden threshold into that world to try and rescue her. Armed only with an amulet that dispenses some degree of advice and help, Emily strives to protect her brother as they venture further afield in this foreign land to save their Mom. As they discover allies (and enemies) along the way, they also find mysteries that multiply with each answer they secure. Compelling, inventive and beautifully illustrated in full-color, the Amulet series offers a continuing story with additional novels that will keep readers hooked and always on the lookout for the next Amulet!

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The Stickman Odyssey: An Epic Doodle

by Christopher Ford (Philomel / Penguin) If you imagine Homer’s Odyssey as the spring board for a graphic novel idea…then lose the spring board, drain the pool and turn it into a skateboard park… you’ll have the beginnings of ‘The Stickman Odyssey.’ With only a passing nod to the original tale, Ford’s take on the Greek saga introduces Zozimos who is banished from his home in Sticatha, condemned to sail upon stormy seas, slay monsters, and pursue quests – all in an effort to get back home. The stick-figure illustrations are stunningly comedic and expressive, and don’t miss a beat of real character development in this book. Irreverent, irrepressible and on-target for middle-grade readers, this laugh-out-loud graphic novel will convince every reader that there’s more to stick men than meets the eye!

Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever

by Stephen McCranie (Philomel / Penguin) Mal’s a brilliant kid, a genius, with a talking dog named Chad. But no one knows it. He’s flying under the radar, coming across as simply a dorky kid to those around him, including Megan, the girl he’s crushing on (just a little). The upside to being so smart is that when you’re tasked with an assignment for school, you may have the extra talent and tools to score big. With his (man’s) best friend, and advisor, Chad by his side Mal takes on time-travel itself to look into his future by going into the past! With shades of “Calvin and Hobbes” and elements of “Dexter’s Laboratory”, the ‘Mal and Chad’ series are ideal next-step books for reluctant readers and for graphic novel fans!

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The Hornets 12- and 13-year-old basketball team (out of the Southeast YMCA) won the City of Montgomery YMCA championship after finishing the year with a 10-0 record. Members of the team include, front row from left: Duwaun Davis, Kaleb Thomas, Jackson Taylor and Ben Johnson; and back: Coach Tommy Dismukes, Casey Whitt, Thomas Dismukes, Jan-Mikael Johnson and Desmond Williams.

Family Karate Center students have been busy again as they pledged to stick to their New Year’s resolutions made at their January belt testing. Children, teens, and adults decided they would make a New Year’s resolution that other students would help them keep! The Tiny Tiger Program (Montgomery’s only 2-4 year old martial arts class) students pledged to listen to their day care teacher and brush their teeth each night without being asked. The five to seven year old Dragon class had goals to make the A & B honor roll and have training wheels taken off their bicycles by May. Eight to eleven year olds pledged to help mom more with their younger siblings and read more books this year. Many teens and adults pledged to take off weight at the FamIly Karate Center and to get in better shape. Two teens that made a resolution to learn a new language are well on their way to speaking Spanish now. “I am very proud of each student making these resolutions,” said Chief Instructor Carole Smith. “Each student has an accountability partner helping them keep their goals for 2013.” The students and parents of the Family Karate Center were proud to host a self-defense seminar January 20 for Master Allison of the World Hopkito Federation. Students learned how to take down opponents from an attack situation, how to defend themselves from the ground, and many new joint lock and pressure point quick release techniques. Everyone had their picture taken with Master Allison and he promised to come back to teach this seminar again. Call 277-4911 for two free classes of our Bully Buster and Kids Quick Release Program. The Family Karate Center is open six days a week.

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Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your child’s camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish.

“I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at camp...about how they seem older and more mature,” says Doug Berkel, senior program director of Youth Development Services with the Kansas City YMCA.

S’more Than Just Fun

Avoid Camp Run Amok

by Christa Melnyk Hines

According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. Camp also enhances a child’s physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities. www.montgomeryparents.com

First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain and choose a camp that fits her needs and interests, as well as your family’s values. Check out safety guidelines in the camp’s parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). “ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program,” Berkel says. 70

Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication and safety procedures, behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness), and child abuse prevention.

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Day camps are a practical way to introduce children, ages five to 12, to the camp experience. Most center on a theme, like sports, science, nature, technology and the arts. Ann Bowley says that when her stepson, Trevor, was younger, he enjoyed planning out the day camps he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week. Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Camp Ability

Specialty camps center around one activity like music, art, sports or science. These camps provide children the space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them.

Camp Starlight

Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages 7 and up. If you aren’t sure your child is ready, allow him to spend the night at friends’ houses occasionally. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the fall and spring to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff.

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Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she will need. Pack a physical connection to home like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal or pillow. Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing her camp stories, but avoid saying how much you miss her which can trigger homesickness and worry. Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band and weeklong scout camps. Initial nervousness isn’t unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation, but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time. “Tell him ‘Yes, today was hard, but I think it will be better tomorrow’ and usually tomorrow is better,” he says. While your child may struggle at first, chances are he’ll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories and a passel of new friends to boot. Camp neophyte and freelance writer, Christa Melnyk Hines, expects the camp experience will be easier on her children than it will be on her.

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• Art-Standing (Art Camp)

The Montgomery Academy; (334) 272-8210 Rising 5th – 8th Grade; Session 1: June 3-7 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.; Fee: $100, $25 non-refundable deposit which is due at registration. Space limited to 15 participants. Early registration recommended.

• Barb’s Art Camp

(334) 269-2272; Summer 2013 for children 5 and up at Barb’s on Mulberry from 2 pm – 4 pm; $80 for 2 days. $40 Deposit required with remainder due on first day of camp Session 1: Ages 5-up, June 11 and 12 Session 2: Ages 5-up, June 18 and 19 Session 3: Ages 6 and up – Multi Media Workshop- 3 days – July 16, 17, and 18 ($120) Session 4: Ages 5-up, July 23 and 24 One Day (1 hour) Art Class for 4 year olds, $20; Tues, June 13 or Tues., July 25 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Please call 269-2272 or visit our website at www. barbsonmulberry.com. Classes taught at Nancy’s Italian Ice-cream every Thursday at 5:30 for $15 with a free ice treat. Be a Barb’s Fan on Facebook at www.facebook. com/barbsonmulberry.

• Behind the Curtain: Technical Theatre

(grades 9-12), July 29 – Aug. 2; When directors and actors need sets, lights, sound and costumes so they can look good, who do they turn to? You! Learn from the best master theatre artists and designers in the business! For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or glambert@asf.net.

• Broadway South Musical Theatre

(grades 9-12), July 29 – Aug. 2; If you’re a triple threat just waiting to happen-you need to come to camp! Sing, dance and act side by side with real live professional actors on the ASF stage. At the end of the week they might be asking you for your autograph! For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or glambert@asf.net.

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Bear Exploration Center, Dates: 5/28to 5/31 from 8:00 to 4:00; Cost: $215. A day at the Camp Invention program is packed with hands-on activities, brainstorming, experimentation, and unbelievable action! Please visit www. invent.org or email us at campinvention@invent.org.

• Camp Grandview — YMCA

Local Day and Overnight Camps • AUM Summer Youth Programs

Rebecca Bloodworth, 244-3339 Dates: 6/3-7, 6/10-14, 6/17-21, 6/24-28, 7/8-12, 7/15-19, 7/22-26 and Camp CEO – 6/16-21. Length: One week sessions; Ages: Gr. K-5 - 12th. Other: AUM’s summer Youth College offers over 150 classes for grades K-12 grade taught by certified teachers. Parents/students can pick and choose individual classes to meet their needs and schedules. Classes range from art, dance, science, math, reading even fishing! Youth Preview Night is Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at AUM’s Center for Lifelong Learning located at 75 Techna Center Drive. Preview night is FREE and a great way to see what all AUM offers, meet our instructors, receive detailed information and discount on our programs. Call 244-3804 or visit www.aum.edu/coned.

• Alabama State University

(334) 229-4686 or (334) 229-4317 SKYCAP 2013; Session dates: Session 1: June 3-28; Session 2: July 8-Aug. 2 Grades 1-12; Half and full-day programs. Academics,

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computers, arts and fitness. A variety of courses to expand and peak your child’s imagination, sharpen academic skills and introduce them to physical fitness activities.

• Alabama Tennis Academy presents 19th Annual Future Champ Camp

Held at The Montgomery Academy for ages 6 - 9. Dates to be announced. Professional instruction plus fun games, crafts and snacks. Please call John McWilliams at 396-4253 or 202-4235. Email: jmcwill3@aol.com.

• Alabama Wildlife Federation

3050 Lanark Road, Millbrook, 285-4550 Expedition Lanark Day Camp, Ages: 6-14 Co-ed Dates: June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21 24-28, July 8-12, 15-19, 22-26. 7-one week sessions. Nature Navigators, ages 6-8. Get ready to experience Alabama’s water, plants, wildlife and even geology firsthand while getting down and dirty with daily nature adventures. Heritage Explorers, ages 9-11. Learn how to conserve our natural and cultural resources through fun, hands-on, and minds-on activities. Survivor Week, ages 12-14. Think you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Put yourself to the test to see what you’re really made of. Visit www.alabamawildlife.org.

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Shaun Carroll, 285-5381; Dates: May 28-August 16. Length: Weekly basis; Ages: 5-15 Other: Camp Grandview in Millbrook is a YMCA day camp for 5 to 15-year-olds, with pickup points at YMCA branches in Montgomery: East, Southeast the Soccer Branch, and the Goodtimes Center. Activities include horseback riding, water-balloon wars, nature, archery, swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, canoeing, paddle boats, fishing, and archery. Friday is a special themed day camp-wide. The camp is located on 40 acres and has a six-acre lake and two miles of trails. The average age for counselors at Camp Grandview is 21. All are trained in CPR and first aid. Fees include lunch every day. Cost members $95/session; nonmembers $120/session. $10 discount for additional children. Website: www.ymcamontgomery.org

• Camp Shakespeare

Call 271-5345. Two 1-week sessions: 7/15 – 7/19 and 7/22 – 7/26; Age: Completed Grades 4-6 Work with real New York based actors as you learn to act, move and cross swords like the pros. You don’t know what cool is until you can sound like a Shakespearean actor! Registration forms are available online at www.asf.net (education link). For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or glambert@ asf.net.

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Grades 7-12, One Week Only. July 8-12 It’s Camp Shakespeare but-extreme. Dig deeper into your character, move effortlessly around the stage, learn to project and enunciate! Don’t worry what enunciate means? You will when everyone is hanging on every word during your monologue. For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or glambert@asf.net.

• Camp Sunshine for Boys

262-2697; July 15-19; Boys Age: 6-10. Other: Outreach program for less advantaged youth with a variety of outdoor activities. No cost but invitation only camp; may call for application.

• Camp Tukabatchee

Leith Wilson, 800-977-2688 Day and resident camps. Ages: By scout rank. Week 1: June 2-8, Week 2: June 9-15, Week 3: June 16-22 and Week 4: June 23-29; Other: Boy Scout Camp. Emphasizing outdoor skills and leadership development. Week long experience with swimming, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor skills. www. camptuk.org or www.tukabatcheebsa.org

• Centre’ for Performing Arts (Prattville)

Dance Classes: Month of July, Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Gymnastics. Competition team tryout in the month of July. Ages 2 and up. Call 491-1192 or www.centreforperformingarts.com.

• C.J.’s Dance Factory

334.467.8603; SUMMER DANCE CLASSES BEGIN June 13th, Every Thursday *Pre Dance 3-5 year olds 2:00 *Ballet Technique and pointe 3:15-4:30 *Power Tumble (Beg/ Intermediate / Adv.) 4:30

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• Cub Camp

800-977-2688; Session 1: June 1-2; Session 2: June 29-30; Scout Registration (includes all meals, activities, t-shirt and patch) is $60.00 per scout. Please visit http:// www.tukabatcheebsa.org for more information.

• Cub Scout Webelos Resident Camp, Camp Hobbs

800-977-2688; June 6-9 or June 13-16 and June 20-23 ; Cost: $105.00; ($120.00 if submitted after May 17th) www.tukabatcheebsa.org

• Family Karate Center

Carole Coker, 277-4911; 8159 Vaughn Road. Next door to Jalapenos, Peppertree Shopping Center. Kids Karate camp for summer program. Ages 2 and up. Camp is free to all students at the Family Karate Center. Non-members get to try the Camp for one day free (any day they choose this summer). Please call for rates for non-members. The camp will teach Stranger Danger Child Abduction Prevention and Awareness Programs, The Ask Mom First Program (Child Molestation Prevention), “I am not a target” Bully Busters program and tips to teach children about lures child abductors use. Also included in the Kids Karate Camp will be beginning and advanced karate skills and drills, relay races, Samurai Pool Noodle Challenge, Karate Freeze Tag, Ninja Dodge Frisbee, Power Ranger Relay Race, and many other fun games that make children test their coordination and balancing skills.

• Fort Faith/Brigadoon Retreat Center

315 Brigadon Way, Ramer, Alabama Please call 1-334-288-1188, ext. 210 All ages; Open year round Hire facility out to churches for Summer Camps Activities: canoeing, paintballs, volleyball, ping pong, foosball, video games, game room, swimming pool, climbing wall, Lake Blob, archery and much, much

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Painting, Sculpting, Mosaics, etc.: July 29-Aug. 2nd, Fee: $100.00. Visit www.mcbriendesign.com

• Majorette, Baton, & Dance Studio of Prattville

With summer quickly approaching, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is offering summer camp sessions for children ages six to 13. There is a camp schedule designed for everyone with week-long, half-day, and full-day options. Summer camp takes place during four weeks throughout the summer. The dates for camp are: June 24-28; July 8-12; July 22-26; and August 5-9; 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the half-day camp is $100 for members and $160 for nonmembers. Full-day camp is $190 for members and $250 for non-members. These fun filled camps offer small group lessons in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. Each camp offers different themes, art activities, and techniques, so students are encouraged to sign up for more than one week! Famous works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection will inspire projects, and students will explore many different media, such as clay modeling, mixed media sculpture, acrylic painting, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, pen & ink, printmaking, etc. The camps are designed for working parents in mind, as extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students and fill up quickly, so enroll today! Full day students must bring their own lunches. For more information, call the MMFA at 334.240.4333 or visit the website at www.mmfa.org.

Every Tuesday in June; Ages 3-16 Students will learn baton, dance team, ribbon team, rifle twirling, and flags in a Christian learning environment. Participate in parades and recitals. Cost is $62 for the session with a $20 registration. Space limited. Registration begins in April and runs through May. Call Inga Yarboro 361-0563 for more information or to register. Taught by Majorettes Baton Twirling Studio in Prattville.

• McBrien Design Art Studio

(334) 361-2238 Frances McBrien Email: mcbriendesign@charter.net Morning and afternoon sessions plus 3, 4 and 5 day camps to choose from. Each session features different themes, art activities, and techniques, so be sure to sign up for more than one session. Prepayment required to insure your child’s reservation. Ages 6-17 for camps except the ink drawing camp. Fee includes snack and supplies. Afternoon sessions, Time: 1:30-4:00 pm: 4 day-Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Watercolor, Splatter Painting etc. June 3-6, June 10-13, June 17-20 Fee: $80.00. 5 day-Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Watercolor, Splatter Painting, Sculpting, Mosaics, etc.: June 24-28, Fee: $100.00. 3 day-Exploring Acrylic painting techniques July 1-3, Fee: $90.00. Morning sessions, Time: 9:30 am-12:00 pm: 3 day-Exploring Acrylic painting, techniques July 15-17, Fee: $90.00. 5 day-Drawing & Ink Drawing with various techniques July 22-26, Fee: $95.00.(ink camp open for 5th-12th graders). 5 day-Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Watercolor, Splatter

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• Montgomery Zoo

“Camp Safari”-- 240-4900 Dates: half days for 5-6 yr old, 7/15-19, 7/22-26; half day for 7-8 yr olds, 7/24-28, full day 7-8 yr old 7/8-12; half day for 9-10 yr old, 6/10-14, full day for 9-10 yr old, 6/17-21; full day for 11-12 yr old, 6/3-7. Ages 5 - 12 (each week is for specific ages). Cost: Non- members; $180 for full day, $140 half day. Members; $162 for full day and $126 for half day. Full day includes lunch and two snacks; one snack for half-day. See daily live animal presentations; get up close and personal with some of the Educational animals at the Montgomery Zoo; enjoy

scavenger hunts; craft times; classroom time; playtime, splash time and games at our playground; rides on our horse trail rides, pedal boats, and sky lift; participate in animal encounters with the giraffes, river otters, deer and parakeets; see behind the scene tours and visits with our zookeepers and other staff members. Monday, Birds; Tuesday, Mammals; Wednesday, Reptiles and Amphibians; Thursday, Fish; and Friday, Insects.

• New Eagle Day Camp at Montgomery Academy

Call 270-0183; Eagle Day Camp is a fun-filled day camp for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Offered for nine weeks over the summer, May 28 to July 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a half-day option available (7:30 a.m. to noon). Open to all children in the River Region, the camp will offer wholesome and funfilled activities for your child including arts and crafts, science magic, sports, gardening, a brand new SPLASH PAD and more! The camp will be led by the wonderful faculty of The Montgomery Academy. May 28-July 26 Hours 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with a half-day option available (7:30 a.m.-noon) *Closed May 27 for Memorial Day *Closed July 4 for Independence Day Open to Boys and Girls in rising Kindergarten-6th grade $200 a week for full day $150 a week for half day

• P’zazz Art Studio

138 W. Main St. Downtown Prattville Weekly Art Classes- Every Tuesday in June and July. Make the fun last all summer long! We will be exploring a variety of mediums and art techniques including drawing skills, acrylic painting, watercolor, pastels, and more! Ages 6-9 , 4:00-5:00, Every Tuesday in June and July (Cost: $45 per month); Ages 10-13 5:15-6:15 Every Tuesday in June and July (Cost: $45 per month)

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• Prattville Dept. of Leisure Summer Youth Program

Weekly Field Trips, Games, Crafts and Swimming Begins May 28th until the Friday before school starts, 7a.m. until 6 p.m. ; Ages 5 going into K-6th grade. Registration begins April 1st at the Doster Center. Parent Orientation: May 21 at 6 p.m. . Registration Fee – Nonrefundable $70 per child; $60/week or $20/day. Call for Information - 361-3640.

• Prattville’s Performing and Visual Arts Camp for Kids

Music, Art, Dance and Drama Two Week Long Camps for Ages 4-6, 7-9, and 10-up June 17-21 “ON BROADWAY’ and July 15-19 9:00am-12:00. For more information call:334.361.0554.

• St. Bede Summer Camp

3870 Atlanta Highway (Child Development Center) 334-277-8551, Dates: TBA Times: 7 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. Ages: 5-13 years. Each week has its own theme with activities that correlate with that theme. Please call for rates.

• Stringfellows

Helen Steineker, 240-4004 June 16-22. Week long camp. Fee: $325 and partial scholarships available. Includes registration, room, board, snacks, meals, fees, t-shirt and other activities. For stringed instrument players in junior high school. Sevenday residential music camp held at Huntingdon College and sponsored by the Montgomery Symphony. Seminar/ camp includes daily orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, music theory and history classes. Full range of social opportunities. Visit www.montgomerysymphony.org for applications.

• Summer Fashion Camps offered at The Shoppes at EastChase

Vickie Lawrence, 279-6046 June 10-13 (ages 6-8), June 17-20 (ages 9-12), July 8-11 (ages 6-8) and July 15-18 (ages 9-12) The Shoppes at EastChase will host Fashion Camps for the third year in a row, offering more dates and time for girls ages 6-12. The one-day camps will be offered in June and July from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and separated into two age groups: ages 6-8 and 9-12. The cost is $75 per child. Little fashionistas will study camp subjects such

as Accessorizing 101, Model Behavior, Lights, Camera, Fashionista and Runway Ready, with the breakout sessions hosted by Claire’s, Earth Fare Organic Grocer, GAP Kids, Just for Girls, Versona Accessories, Anthony Vince Nail Salon, The Studio at EastChase, Cupcakes by Tish and Dillard’s. The day also includes lunch, a $25 gift card to The Shoppes at EastChase, Williams Sonoma and more. For more information please visit www.theshoppesateastchase.com . Online registration will be available April 1 or parents can also stop by Guest Services to register.

• Tonya Speed Dance Connection

3370 Harrison Rd., 277-1098; Summer camp dates: June 10-14 and July 8-12 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.(3-12 years). Fun activities include: Dance classes everyday, Water Play, Games, Spa Day and Movies. Cost: $150. Summer classes will begin in June. Classes offered in ballet, tap, jazz, Lyrical, Gymnastics, Baton, Hip-hop, Praise dance, Ballroom and Swing (ages 2.5 to adult) Zumba classes offered. Day and evening classes. Call for registration. www.tonyaspeedsdanceconnection.com.

• United Gymstars & Cheer Camp

Call 284-2244; 10 week Summer Camp, Weekly themed activities, gymnastics, trampoline, rope climbing, crafts and more. Beginning June 3 through beginning of August ; Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ages: 4 and up. Half Day offered for 3 and 4 year olds. Call for rates.

• Weekend Warrior Camp

(grades 7-12), July 26 and 27 Do you want to learn to fight without killing or maiming someone? Your personal fight master will teach you the secrets of hand to hand combat techniques as well as the use of various weapons. Best of all--at the end of the weekend--everybody lives—guaranteed. For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or glambert@asf.net.

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• YMCA Belser

Call 279-8833; Dates: May 28 – Aug 16 Stretch your child’s imagination away from video games and television in a true outdoor day camp experience. Facility includes a gym, outdoor pool, archery range, riflery range and a nature trail.

• YMCA Cleveland Branch

Call 265-0566. Dates: May 28-Aug. 16 Summer adventure; Ages 3-12 years..

• YMCA East Branch

Call 272-3390. Dates: May 28 – Aug. 16 Goodtimes program offered. Themed weeks, swimming, field trips, indoor and outdoor pool with two slides.

• YMCA Goodtimes

Call 279-8833; Dates: May 28 – Aug 16 Excellent facilities which include a cooperative summer academic enrichment program taught by certified teachers. The facility also includes a teaching pool, indoor gym, inflatables and a water park.

• YMCA Junior High Teen Leadership Program Call 279-8833; Dates: May 28 – Aug 16 A new program designed to teach teens leadership skills. Teens will be involved in enrichment activities for the younger campers, service projects, fun excursions, a camp day with other YMCA Leadership Leagues and a trip to North Carolina to participate in the Junior High Christian Values Conference.

• YMCA Kershaw

Call 265-1433, Summer Camp Dates: May 28 – August 16; Ages 5 – 15. Call for cost and registration details.

• YMCA Prattville

Smith Branch, 365-8852 East Bradford Branch, 358-9622

Main Day Camp, girls and boys ages 6-12. An outdoor program. Registration Date April 18th at 8 a.m. Bradford East YMCA. Begins May 28th – in August. Mon. - Fri. Before and after care available at no extra charge. Must be picked up by 5:45. For more members only. For more information please call Betty Estes, 358-1446. • Daniel Pratt Camp Daniel Pratt School. Dates and ages the same as above. For members and non-members. Registration Date April 19th at 8 a.m. Bradford East YMCA. Begins May 28th –August school starts. Mon. - Fri. • Pine Level Summer Camp Pine Level School. Dates and ages the same as above. For members and non-members. Registration Date April 19th at 8 a.m. Bradford East YMCA. Begins May 28th – August. Mon. - Fri. • Cheer Camp Grades 1-12, boys and girls; May 28- 30 or Aug 6-8; Times 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. or Gymnastics and Cheer camp from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Please call for pricing. Call Bambi at 365-8852 for more information. Discount for multiple sign ups. • Gymnastics Camp May 28-30 or Aug. 6-8, Ages 6-18; Times 9 a.m. through noon or both Gymnastic and Cheer from 9 a.m. until 4; Please call for pricing. Includes t-shirt and camp refreshments. Call Bambi at 365-8852. If you choose to do both a discount will be offered. • East Bradford Branch – 358-9622 Sport Camps, Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - Noon Girls basketball- TBA April 1st Soccer Camp, TBA April 1st Golf Camp-TBA April 1st Tennis Camp-TBA April 1st Boys basketball, TBA April 1st Fishing Camp-TBA April 1st Wrestling Camp-TBA April 1st Girls Volleyball, TBA April 1st Please call for pricing. Pricing is based on how many

register now! Each session is four weeks, Monday-Friday with the option of full-day or half-day enrollment.

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camps signed up for. Discounts are given for multiple camps and for multiple children in family. 2-22 Camp is a program for rising seventh thru ninth graders. Members ONLY. Registration is the beginning of March. The camp will cover character development, life skills, job skills, service learning and have activities such as board games, gym games, community service and field trips. Begins 1st day of school being out. Call Jeffery at 358-9622 for more information.

• YMCA Southeast Branch

Call 262-6411 Summer Camp Dates: May 28 – August 16; Ages 5 – 15. Please call for cost and registration details.

• YMCA Sports Central

Call 262-6411; Dates: May 28 – Aug 16 Sports Central is the perfect place for children to improve their sports skills. Facility includes a youth fitness center, 2 gyms and a swimming pool.

• YMCA Wetumpka

Call 567-8282; Day camp, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri. May 28 until beginning of school in August. Swimming, crafts, games, outdoor sports, field trips. Themed weeks. Entire day is planned. Call to register. Call for rates.

Alabama Residential Camps • Alpine Camp for Boys

P. O. Box 297, Mentone, AL 35984, (256)634-4404 Website: www.alpinecamp.com email: summer@alpinecamp.com Call for CD-ROM with video Junior Camp: (Grades 1-5) July 27-Aug. 6, $2,500.00;

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• Camp Alamisco

Dadeville, AL 334-272-7493 (call for free brochure); Adventure Camp, June 2-9, ages 7-9. Junior Camp, June 9-16, ages 10-12. Teen Camp, June 16-23, ages 13-16. Fees: $300 per week. Some discounts offered. Camp fees cover your lodging, food, and activities (there will be an extra charge for some creative arts projects Other: ACA accredited. Traditional camp activities including water sports, horsemanship, and climbing wall, plus program for advanced campers. Located on beautiful Lake Martin near Stillwater. Website: www.gscsda.org

• Birmingham YMCA - Camp Cosby

Alpine, AL, (800) 852-6729 Eight different sessions ranging in many different age groups. Camp dates begin on Sunday, June 2nd and end on July 27. Ages 6-16. Other: ACA accredited. Water skiing specialty camp, equestrian camp, mini-bikes, climbing and so much more. Please visit our website for all ages, sessions, dates and prices. Many to choose from. Costs ranging from $405 to $920 depending on camp and session. Website: http://www.campcosby.org E-mail: cinfo@campcosby.org

• Camp Chandler - YMCA

Jeff Reynolds, Program Director, 269-4362 Rangers (8-14 Year Olds) Session 1, June 2-8; Session 2, June 16-22; Session 3, June 23-29; Session 4, July 7-13; Session 5, July 14-20; Session 6, July 21-27 and Session 7, July 28-Aug. 3 Members $540 and Non-Members $590. Scouts (5-8 Year Olds) Session 1, June 2-4; Session 2, June 23-25; Session 3, July 28-30 Cost: Members $235 and Non-Members $260 Explorer Program (7-9 Year Olds) Session 1 June 5-8; Session 2 July 12-15; Session 3 June 26-29 and July 31-Aug. 3. Cost: Members $290 and Non-Members $320 Pioneers (13-14 year olds) Sessions 1 June 16-22; Session 2 July 7-13; Session 3 July 21-27. Cost: Members $690 and Non-member $740 Wranglers (10-14 years old) Session 1 June 2-8; Session 2 June 16-22; Session 3 June 23-29; Session 4 July 7-13; Session 5 July 14-20; Session 6 July 21-27; Session 7, July 28-Aug. 3. Cost: Members $640, Non-members $690 Extreme (10-14 Year Olds) Session 1 June 2-8; Session 2 June 16-22; Session 3 June 23-29; Session 4 July 7-13; Session 5 July 14-20; Session 6 July 21-27 and Session 7, July 28-Aug. 3. Cost: Members $640 and Non-Members $690 Fishing Camp (10-14 Year Olds) Session 1 June 2-8; Session 2 July 23-29; Session 3 July 14-20 and Session 4, July 28-Aug.3. Cost: Members $640 and Non-Members $690 Leaders in Training (LITs-15 yrs) Session 1 June 9-29; Session 2 July 7-27; Cost: Members $540 and Non-Members $590 Ski Venture (10-14 Year Olds) Session 1 June 2-8; Session 2 June 16-22; Session 3 June 23-29; Session 4 July 7-13; Session 5 July 14-20; Session 6 July 21-27 and Session 7, July 28-Aug 3. Cost: Members $640 and Non-Members $690 Website: http://www.campchandler.org/ Email: staff@campchandler.org

• Camp Cottaquilla, Anniston, AL

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3-Aug. 2, Resident camp (Ages 6-14). Open House is March 16 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Other: ACA accredited. Swimming, paddleboats, canoes, hiking and nature exploration, cook-outs, campfires, songs, sports and games, arts and crafts and skits. Optional special programs. There is the opportunity for Counselors in Training, 11th and 12th grades in the fall. Website: www.girlscoutsnca.org Email: bgable@girlscoutsnca.org

• Camp Kiwanis

Location: Eclectic Phone: 1 (800) 239-6636 Website: www.girlscoutssa.org Dates: Week 1: June 30-July 5; Week 2: July 7-July 12 Grades: 2nd – 12th grade Price: $300 - $450 All girls invited to enjoy a week at summer camp on beautiful Lake Martin. Girls will participate in activities such as archery, canoeing, crafts, sailing, hiking and swimming. All activities are designed to emphasize teamwork and leadership and promote girls of courage, confidence and character. There is a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for girls in grades 10-12. Swimming lessons are taught by a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Kamp Kiwanis is accredited by the American Camp Association.

• Camp Laney, Mentone, AL

Call 1-256-634-4066 or 4067 Length: 1 & 2 week; Age: Boys 8-14 Junior Camp – Boys finishing 2nd grade only. Session A: June 23-29; $1,225; 2 week sessions – Boys (completed second grade-14); 1st session: June 9-21; 2nd session: June 23-July 5; 3rd session: July 7-19; 4th session: July 21-August 2; $2,475 Other: ACA accredited. Website: www.camplaney.com Email: info@camplaney.com

• Camp Mac Summer Camp for Boys and Girls 2671 Cheaha Road, Munford, Alabama (256) 362-7449; Ages: 2nd grade – 9th grade; Dates: Junior Term (2nd-5th) 6/3-15 ($1975); 1st Senior Term (3rd – 9th grade) 6/17 – 7/13; $3400; 1st Intermediate session – (3rd – 5th grade) 6/17 – 7/8 ($2950); Second Senior Term (3rd-9th) 6/16-Aug. 10 ($3300); and 2nd Intermediate Session (3rd-5th) 7/16– 8/5; ($2950) With the benefit of three generations of summer camping experience, we have developed a unique program which is both fun and challenging. The many details of this plan work together toward our primary goal–to help develop strong bodies, keen minds and strength of character through a dedication to Judeao-Christian values. Email office@campmac.com or visit www.campmac.com.

• Camp Marannook

334.864.7504; www.marannook.com Lafayette, Al. From sunrise to after sunset, every camp day is packed with fun. Campers will swim, shoot archery, make crafts, eat s’mores around the campfire, and play games on the game field. They explore a huge maze, ride the cable car and crazy swing and are challenged by various rope and climbing activities. And there is a one-of-a-kind Bible Time with skits and drama. When the campers arrive, the counselors are ready to build relationships and to share the love of Christ through these relationships. June 9-Aug. 2; 1st – 9th graders; Residential and Day Camps.

• Camp Scoutshire Woods, Girl Scout Camp

Citronelle, 1 (800) 239-6636, www.girlscoutssa.org Dates: Week 1: June 9-14; Week 2: June 16-21; Week 3: June 23-28; Grades: 2nd – 12th grade; Price: $325 - $400 All girls invited to enjoy a week at summer camp on the sand hills surrounded by pines and magnolias. Girls can participate in activities, such as horseback riding, archery, canoeing, crafts, hiking and swimming. All activities are designed to emphasize teamwork and leadership and pro-

mote girls of courage, confidence and character. There is a Counselor in Training (CIT) program for girls in grades 10-12. Swimming lessons are taught by a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Camp Scoutshire Woods is accredited by the American Camp Association.

• Camp Skyline Ranch

Mentone, AL. Call (800) 448-9279; Dates: 6/9 -8/2 Length: Four 2 wk. sessions, for girls ages 6-16; Three 1 wk. Sessions for girls ages 6-8. Other: ACA accredited. Member of Christian Camping International. Choice of 20 camp activities including horseback riding, circus, ropes course, canoeing and more. Located on top of Lookout Mountain. Adventure and fellowship in a safe environment. Rates and discounts: One week mini-sessions $1,627. Two-week session $3034. Website: www. campskyline.com. Email: nfo@campskyline.com

• Camp Victory, Samson, AL

Call (334) 898-7948 Dates: Weekly sessions, May 26 – July 27; Ages: grades 3 – 12; coed camp. Air conditioned cabins. Activities include Bible Classes, Singing, Missionary Presentations, Volleyball, Riflery, Horseback Riding, Ping-Pong, Swimming Pool, Tetherball, Good Food, Archery, Mini Golf, Canoeing, Basketball, Foosball, Crafts, Carpet ball, Outdoor Education, Boating, Fishing, Tournaments, Low Ropes Challenge Course and Climbing Wall Trained Christian staff who live in cabins with campers; evening chapel. Affiliated with the Children’s Bible Mission. $225 per week; Website: www.campvictoryal.org Email: office@campvictoryal.org

• Camp Wheeze Away

Brenda Basnight, 244-7811 June 2-7; Kids ages 8-12 suffering from moderate to severe asthma can apply for this FREE summer camp program offered at YMCA Camp Chandler. Kids experience all the fun of summer camps while learning

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• Kanawahala Program Center, Chelsea, AL

205-678-8843 or 800-734-4541, Owned and operated by Cahaba Girl Scout Council. June 24- Aug. 2 resident camp; Length: 1 weeks with some smaller sessions available; Age: Girls, Gr. K-12 Other: Rope course and climbing. Resident and day camp programs offered. Open house March 10, 2-4 p.m. Please call for more information. Website http://www.girlscoutsnca.org, E-mail: tknowles@girlscoutnca.org

• Museum Expedition Archaeology Camp 35

Tuscaloosa, AL Phone: (205) 348-7550 E-mail: museum.expedition@ua.edu Discover Alabama’s diverse natural history by participating in the 35th Annual Museum Expedition Camp! Participants will have the fun and unique opportunity to work with scientists in the field of archaeology as part of actual scientific research to examine Alabama’s intriguing natural heritage. Students, teachers, and adults will spend a week at the Expedition field camp working with scientists to learn excavation techniques, laboratory procedures, and specimen identification.The Museum Expedition combines real exploration, with real science to create a unique experience and lasting friendships. THIS IS NOT YOUR ORDINARY SUMMER CAMP! Middle School Camp (6th, 7th, 8th grade) – June 17-22 High School Camp (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade) – June 24-29; Course Credit: Students can earn elective high school credit through advance arrangements with their school and the Expedition staff. Teachers can earn University of Alabama continuing education units or professional development hours Registration: Space is limited to 20 participants, so contact us soon to reserve your spot. To register for the program, please complete a registration form (click and print the document below) and return it along with a $50 deposit to reserve a space to participate in the Museum Expedition 35. Cost: Program tuition is $350 per week ($325 for Museum Members). Accommodations, food, and scientific equipment will be provided; a detailed list of what to bring is included in the registration packet. For more information or to become a member of the Museum, call 348-7550. Website: http://amnh.ua.edu

• Ponderosa Bible Camp, Mentone, AL

(256) 634-4397; Dates: 6/9- 7/12; Length: One week; Ages: 7-17 and Leadership Training Program for 11th and 12th graders; Other: ACA accredited. For a Blast and a Blessing! Members of CCI. Co-ed camp for boys and girls ages 7-17. Website: www.ponderosabiblecamp.com Email: ponderosabible@pkfamily.com

• Riverview Camp for Girls

Mentone, AL; (800) 882-0722 Dates: Short Term – (ages 6-16) 6/2-7, (ages 6-12) 6/914, 6/16-24, 6/23-28, 6/3--7/5, 7/21-26, 7/28-8/2; Cost: $1,375. Long Term – (ages 6-16) 6/10-6/22, 6/24-7/6, 7/8-7/20, 7/22-8/3; Cost: $2375.00. Other: ACA accredited. Free video and catalog. Nondenominational Christian camp. More than 15 activity choices available, including riding, climbing tower and ropes course. New pool and new tennis courts. www.riverviewcamp.com

Regional/National Camps • Adventure Treks (Alaska, Blue Ridge, North West, Colorado, Utah, California, British Columbia and New England); Call (888) 954-5555. Each 16–29 day Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Adventure includes a wide variety of exciting wilderness activities such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, mountaineering, and backpacking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in western Age: 12-19. Other: Designed to teach teamwork, self responsibility, community living, and outdoor skills while building self-confidence. Website: www. adventuretreks.com; E-mail: info@adventuretreks.com.

• Athens YWCO Camp for Girls

Clarkesville, GA, (706) 754-8528: Four 1 week sessions 6/3-8, 6/10-15, 6/17-22, 6/24-29, ($690 early bird registration) Two 2 week sessions 6/3-15, 6/17-29, ($1,240 early bird registration); Horseback Specialty Camp: ages 10-15, Dates: 6/3-15, 6/17-29 CIT Leadership Program: 6/2-29 Length: 1-2 weeks. Girls ages 6-16 Other: ACA accredited. Horseback riding, Basketball, drama, dance, creative arts, hiking and backpacking. Tennis & golf packages available. White water rafting available. Website: www.athensywcocamp.com or email us at info@athenywcocamp.com

• Broadreach

Raleigh, NC; (888) 833-1907; Dates: 6/16-8/11 Length: 10-27 days; Grades 7-12+ Other: Adventure programs in Africa and Egypt, Asia, Australia and Pacific, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North America and South America. Cost: $2,980 to $6,880. Sailing, scuba, rafting, rain forest exploration, marine biology, sea kayaking, back country hiking, international travel and more. Website: www. gobroadreach.com. E-mail: info@gobroadreach.com

• Camp Cheerio

Glade Valley, NC; (336) 363-2604; (800)226-7496; Ages: 7-15; Dates: 6/9- 8/16 One week and two week sessions. 8 total sessions available.

Rates: Depending on which session you choose prices range from $850 -$1800. During the three weeks of girls camp or the five weeks of coed camp, Cheerio offers campers the chance to participate in over 35 different activities that help them explore and develop their potential and their lives as young Christians in an environment that is safe and supportive. Camp Cheerio Extreme: Ages 10-15; Dates: June 9 – August 10; Two week sessions. 4 total sessions available. Rates $1800. The EXTREME experience is a combination of Traditional Camp and Cheerio Adventures. Other: ACA accredited. Please visit website for rates, dates and registration information at www.campcheerio.org. Email: cheerio@aol.com

• Camp Dixie, Clayton, GA

(706) 782-3717; Length: 1, 2 , 3, 4, 6 & 7 weeks; Ages 6-15 Dates: 6/9-7/27 Rates: Range from $745 to $4895 depending on which session you choose. Other: Traditional camp activities w/ limited enrollment, including horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and overnights. Website: www.campdixie.org . E-mail: info@ campdixie.org

• Camp Gwynn Valley

Brevard, NC; (828) 885-2900; Dates: 6/7 – 8/11 Rates ranging from $1475 - $3900; Length: 8 Days to 3 weeks; Age: Gr. K-8th Other: ACA accredited. Located in Blue Ridge Mts. with focus on creative and nature-oriented activities, with working farm and grist mill. Website: www.gwynnvalley.com. Email: mail@gwynnvalley.com

• Camp Hollymont for Girls

Asheville, NC; (828) 686-5343; Dates: 6/16 – 8/9 Length: 7,13, 20 or 27 days; Age: Girls 6-15 Christian girls camp located in the mountains of Western North Carolina just outside of Asheville.

Other: ACA accredited. Wide variety of recreational opportunities including arts & crafts, horseback riding, tennis, swimming, cooking, high adventure trips & much more. Basic Camp Fee: $1520 for 6 days, $1590 for 13 days and $5990 for 27 days Website: www.hollymont. com. E-mail 4info@hollymont.com

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• Camp Merri-Mac

Black Mountain, NC; (828) 669-8766; Dates: 6/9-8/10; Length:1 (starter camp for first time campers only), 2, 3, 4, & 5 weeks; Rates: 1 week session $1,300, 2 week session $2850; 3 week session $3900; 4 week session $4900; and 5 week session $5500; Age: Girls 6-16; Other: ACA accredited. Offers a fun-filled growing experience with an outstanding staff and riding program. Website: www.merri-mac.com. Email: info@merri-mac.com

• Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer

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• Camp Stanislaus

Bay St. Louis, MS; (228)467-9057; Boarding camp. Dates: 6/9 – 7/6 ; Rates $650 - $2300 for Residential Length: 1, 2, 3 and 4 week sessions; Ages: boys 8-15. Other: A fun camp revolving around water activities and more. On the beach. Driver’s Ed and scuba offered. Website: www.campstanislaus.com Email:camp@ststan.com

• Camp Timberlake

Black Mountain, NC; (828) 669-8767; Dates: 6/9-8/10; Length:1 (starter camp for first time campers), 2, 3, 4, & 5 weeks; Age: Boys 6-16; Rates:$1300 for starter camp, $2850 for two weeks, $3900 for three weeks, $4900 for four weeks and $5500 for five weeks. Other: ACA accredited. Offers a fun-filled growing experience w/ wilderness program. Christian leadership. Website: www. camptimberlake.com.Email: info@camptimberlake.com

• Camp Widjiwagan

Nashville, TN; 615-360-2267 Dates: 5/27-8/2: Seven sessions. 5 Day, One week and Two Week options. Summer Camp for Boys and Girls from 3rd grade to 9th grade. Located on the shores of Percy Priest Lake, in Antioch, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville. Camp Widjiwagan sits on 320 acres and 4 miles of shoreline at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center. Offering day, overnight and family retreats. Co-ed programs for rising 1st-9gth graders. Activities include team building, leadership, swimming/splash park, lake sports, horseback riding, team adventures, sports, zip line, and ski and equestrian schools and more! Call or visit www.campwidji.org.

• Camp Woodmont

Cloudland, GA; 706-398-0833 Dates: 6/2-7/26: Five –one week sessions and Three-2 week sessions. Summer Camp for Boys and Girls 6 14. ACA accredited. Traditional activities - swimming, horseback riding, archery, sports, arts & crafts, drama/ dance, cheerleading, nature activities, canoeing, fishing, hiking, challenge course, climbing wall, and more. Limited enrollment, caring counselors and close family-like atmosphere makes campers feel secure, welcomed and re-assured. Cabin living atop breezy Lookout Mountain. Two generations of family management. Extremely close supervision of campers, staff, and activities. Call or visit www.campwoodmont.com.

• Eagle’s Nest Camp

(a division of Eagle’s Nest Foundation) Call (828) 877-4349; Summer address: 43 Hart Road, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768; (828-884-2788) Winter address: P.O. Box 5127, Winston-Salem, NC 27113; (336-761-1040) Dates 6/8– 8/11; Length: 8, 14 and 20 day sessions; Grades: K-9th . Other: Traditional activities with added adventure and extended wilderness options. Rock climbing, backpacking, white water canoeing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, drama, music and athletics. Website: www.enf.org. E-mail: promotions@enf.org

• Experiment in International Living

(800) 345-2929. Motivated high school students engage in cross-cultural living as members of host families in Africa, Asia, Pacific, the Americas and Europe. Must have completed 9th grade. 3, 4 or 5 week programs. Foreign language studies a prerequisite for most sessions. Please visit our website for more information, session dates and rates at www.usexperiment.org

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• Falling Creek Camp for Boys

Tuxedo, NC; (828) 692-0262 Boys Camp, ages: 6-16; 1 week sessions to 4 week sessions; Camp Dates: 6/2– 8/9; Rates: One week session, $1285; Two-week session, $2985; Three-week session, $4125 and Four-week session, $5125. Other: Wilderness adventure camp. Includes archery, riflery, sailing, riding and much more. Website: http://www.fallingcreek.com. E-mail: mail@fallingcreek.com

• Moondance Adventures

Atlanta, GA; (800) 832-5229 Dates: 6/18 - 8/3; Length: 14,18, 21, 22, 23 and 24 days; Age: 12-18. Other: Includes backpacking, rafting, canoeing, surfing, mountaineering, scuba, and climbing in California, Colorado, Yosemite, Wyoming, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Kilimanjaro, Alps, Washington state, plus much more. Call or email for prices or request a catalog. Website: www.moondanceadventures.com. Email: getinfo@moondanceadventures.com

• North Carolina Outward Bound

Asheville, NC; toll-free 888-756-2627 Dates: Year Round Programs; Length: 4-78 days; Age: 14 and up; Other: North Carolina Outward Bound offers wilderness leadership courses in backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater canoeing, sea kayaking and mountaineering for teens and adults. Website: www. ncoutwardbound.com. E-mail: challenge@ncobs.org

• Sail Caribbean

Northport, NY; (800) 321-0994; Length: Programs range from 14 to 21 days Grades 6th – 12th.; Other: Activities include sailing the Caribbean plus courses in scuba, and marine biology. Many sessions available. www.sailcaribbean.com Email: mike@sailcaribbean.com

• Twin Lakes Camp

Florence, Mississippi; 601-845-6858 5-Sessions: Session 1: June 3-8; Session 2: June 10-15; Session 3: July 1-6; Session 4: July 8-13; Session 5: July 15-20. Overnight camps for ages 6-12. Monday thru Saturdays. Biblical teachings are woven into a week filled with exciting adventures waiting around every corner. Twin Lakes is located on waterfront property and offers Sling Shot Paintball, Challenge Course, Dirt Biking, Swimming, Horses, Riflery and Archery, Rock climbing, Super fun games and Wild Wilderness Adventures. Please visit us at www.twinlakescamp.org or call us at (601) 845-6858.

• Cushing Academy Summer Session

Ashburnham, Mass.; (978) 827-7700 Dates: 7/1 -8/2; Length: 5 weeks; Age: 12-18 Other: In just five weeks, you’ll make tremendous academic or artistic progress while also enjoying arts and athletic electives, organized excursions around the region, and amazing new friendships that will last a lifetime.. Website: www.cushing.org. E-mail: summersession@ cushing.org

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Ocoee, TN; (423) 338-5538; Dates: 6/2 – 8/3 Ages: Ranger 7-15; Teen Leadership and Specialty Camps, 16-17. Other: ACA accredited. Kayaking, climbing, water-skiing and more. Special Appalachian field trip. Strong Christian emphasis. Website: www. campocoee.com. E-mail: ocoee@ix.netcom.com

Lisa Schroeder, 270-4225 Tutoring available for summer. Grades K-12. One-on-one tutoring. Call for rates. Times at parents’ convenience.

• All Arts & Sciences Camp

Greensboro, NC; (866) 334-2255 July 21-26; Rates: $449 - $749, depending on which session and boarding or not; Age: 7-15. Other: Emphasis on arts and sciences. Includes recreation, values exploration and citizenship components. Web site: http://allarts.uncg. edu; E-mail: allarts@uncg.edu

Savannah, GA; 800-869-7223 Dates: June 22-July 27 Five-week session; Open to students who completed junior year of high school and are interested in a career in the visual and performing arts, design, building arts, or the history of art and architecture. The course carries 10 hours of college credit, which may be applied toward a degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design or other colleges. Contact Fran Jones in Montgomery for additional information at 324-1412. Website: www.scad.edu/risingstar Email: admissions@scad.edu

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Tuscaloosa, AL; (205) 348-8849, The University of Alabama has a wide selection of Baseball camps during the months of June and July. Age ranges for these camps are K-12th grade. 1,2,3 and overnight camps available. Please visit their website for dates, applications and more information. Website: www.bamabaseball.com

• Alabama Football Camp

Tuscaloosa, AL; (205) 348-0808 Youth Camp (Ages 8-14), June 9-12 Kicking-Long Snapper Camp, (Grades 9-12) June 8 High School Camp (Grades 9-12), Two sessions: June 2-5 and July 14-17 O-line/D-Line Camp, (Grades 9-12) June 15 Other: Taught by Alabama Crimson Tide Football Staff to enhance football skills, weight training and speed. Website: www.rolltide.com. There are many summer camps available through Alabama Athletics. You can obtain information on dates and costs as well as enroll online.

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334-844-9657 June 4-7 (9th birthday through high school graduate) The camp is open to golfers of all skill levels, ages eight through high school seniors. For information contact: (334) 844-9657. Please visit www.auburntigers.com

• Auburn Tiger Softball Camp

Steve Johnson, 334-844-9564 June 9-12 – Elite Camp – Grades 8th-12th July 7-9 - Fundamental Camp –Grades 3rd-9th. Some of the nation’s top collegiate and scholastic coaches explain, demonstrate, and organize a unique learning environment through creative and innovative teaching methods. Visit www.auburntigers.com.

• Auburn Tiger Swim Camp

Session I, May 26-May 30 , Resident $690, Commuter $640;Session II, June 2-6, Resident $690, Commuter $640; Session III, June 9-13, Resident $690, Commuter $640;. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through the website or at auswimcamps@ gmail.com and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. Please visit our website at www. auburnswimcamps.com.

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• Auburn University Baseball Camps Auburn, AL; Call 334-844-4975 Team Camp, June 14-16 and June 18-20 High School Exposure Camp, July 21-24 Youth Camp, (ages 7-12) July 12-14 Elite Camp, July 14-18 Website: www.auburnbaseballacademy.com

• Auburn Volleyball Camp

Volleyball Position Camp, TBA Volleyball All-skills Camp, TBA Volleyball Positions Camp, TBA Volleyball Team Camp, TBA Volleyball Team Tournament, TBA Both Team Camp and Team Tournament, TBA Please visit www.auburntigers.com, tab Fans and camps.

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• AUM Sports Camps

Dates to be announced at the end of March Girls Soccer (Age 6-17) Jamey Newsome 244-3141 Girls Basketball (Gr.7-12) Dan Davis 244-3235 Boys Basketball (Grades 3-9) Larry Chapman 244-3542 Baseball (Ages 6-15) Clay Booth 244-3236; July 8-12, tentatively Tennis (Ages 6-16) Rolano Vargas 244-3448 Please visit our website at http://www.aumathletics.com

do not prepare meals. Although we are a week-to-week program, we will also offer a special rate for those who can commit to the majority of the summer. You will be able to roll over into our convenient after school program with transportation provided from your school or transfer to our traditional taekwondo evening classes at the end of the summer. First come, first serve only; sign up now to get on the waiting list! Camp size is limited. Camp includes t-shirt, uniform and belt. Visit wwwtrytkdfree.com

• Baseball Camp at Montgomery Academy

• Faulkner Sports Camps

(334) 272-8210; June 10-June 13, 2013 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Open to Boys in rising 4th-7th grades; $95 Registration Fee.

• Camp Hoopstar

(334) 272-8210; June 3-June 6, 2013; 8:00-12:00 p.m. Open to Boys & Girls in rising 1st-7th grades $150 Registration Fee

• Camp Sylvest at Montgomery Academy (334) 272-8210; July 22-July 25, 2013; 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Open to Boys and Girls in rising 2nd-6th grades $95 Registration Fee

• Docarmo’s Summer Karate Camp

3179 Taylor Road; 220-5835 11 – 1 week Karate Camp Sessions from 7:30 until 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; Summer Karate Sport Camp students participate in Taekwondo, Padded Weaponry, and Sports Martial Arts training. Emphasis on martial arts training is what makes us different from other summer camps…our program offers discipline, structure as well as FUN! Camp also includes lots of games, field trips that include swimming, pizza, roller skating, ice skating, movies, museums, parks and more! Not to mention arts in crafts, games, video games, reading time, board games, character development, and movies in house. Your child will have to pack a lunch every day as we

Call Debbie Reynolds or Brent Barker at 386-7148. Ages 6 – 17 Hal Wynn, 386-7285, softball camp; Dates TBA Patrick McCarthy, 386-7980, baseball ; Dates TBA Jim Sanderson, 386-7159, basketball camp; TBA Kyle Beard, 386-7162, soccer camp; Dates TBA Tori Bartels, 386-7149, Volleyball Camp; Dates TBA Brent Barker, 386-7671, Football Camp; Dates TBA Please visit our website at www.faulkner.edu.

• Huntingdon College Baseball Camps

Call DJ Conville for costs, 833-4501 1st session- Pitchers & Catchers Camp, Dates TBA (ages 8-15); 2nd session- Dates TBA (ages 5-15) 3rd Session- Dates TBA (ages 5-15)

• Huntingdon College Women’s Basketball Camps

Girls 6th -12th grade JV Team Camp: June 10 and 11 Varsity Team Camp: June 12 and 13 Call Paige Huff at 833-4244 for more details .

• Huntingdon College Basketball Camps Boys and Girls ages 6-17 2 Sessions: June 17-20 and July 15-18; 9 am to 4 pm Lunch provided. $170 for the week; sibling discount Call 833-4399 or 652-4465.

• Huntingdon College Youth Football Camp Ages: 6 - 12 years old; Dates: TBA; Time: 8:00 am 11:30 am; Location: Newly renovated Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium on the campus of Huntingdon College; Surface: Synthetic Turf. Brochure may be downloaded at www.huntingdonhawks.com or call 833-4322

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•Pass, Set, Boomdaddy! Volleyball Camp @ Montgomery Academy

(334) 272-8210; June 3-June 6, 2013; 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.; Open to Girls in rising 4th-8th grades; $95 Registration Fee; Limited to 60 participants

• Saint James Sports Camps

Saint James School will continue its summer tradition of providing a variety of sports and cheerleader camps for young people. Printed information will be available soon and will include cost, age groups and other pertinent information. Call Jerry Browning, athletic director, or the individual coaches sponsoring these camps, at 277-8033, ext. 145.

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Boys and girls soccer camps on the following dates: TBA - 14th for premier player, 11-18 years of age TBA - 14h for “little hawks” ages 5-10 TBA - 26th for premier players, 11-18th years of age TBA - 26th for “little hawks” ages 5-10 Camp will be held at the Auburn Montgomery Soccer Complex, located on campus. For information go to www.aumathletics.com or call at (334) 244-3617.

Specialty Camps • Alabama School of Math & Science Summer Fun Camp

It is time to saddle up for MANE’s annual Unified Summer Camp which is open to riders with or without disabilities! Though MANE’s focus is therapeutic riding, the unified summer camp allows riders with disabilities and able-bodied riders to learn about adaptive activities, acceptance and horses! The Unified Summer Camp program encourages the sport of riding and horsemanship in a safe setting for all children of the Tri-County Area. MANE’s Unified Summer Camp will be held the following weeks: July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26. Classes are conducted daily, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Each camper will participate in riding lessons, horsemanship skills lessons, snack/social time and horse related crafts. Each week concludes with a Friday morning horse show where all participants can show off their new skills to friends and family. Tuition is $250 per week per rider. Receive a $25 discount when you sign up multiple riders or multiple weeks. Each week is limited to 12 riders and applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. MANE must receive all mandatory paperwork and registration fees for a camper’s slot to be reserved. Deadline for application is June 1, 2013. Please contact Audrey Adamson at (334) 213-0909 for more information.

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• Shade Tree Summer Horsemanship Day Camp

Shade Tree Riding Stables, Millbrook Summer sessions available. Ages 8-15. Our day camp will introduce campers to the challenges and responsibilities of riding and caring for horses. Our program provides extensive riding, hands on learning and lesson time. Call 290.3727 or 546.3964 for dates and reservations.

• SuCaro Ridge Riding Camps

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riding, horsemanship, and camaraderie to boys and girls in a safe and fun environment. Those with their own horses are encouraged to bring them to camp and will be provided with a stall or paddock. Days include riding lessons, un-mounted horse care lessons, swimming, and crafts, with movies at night before retiring to the air conditioned bunk house. Weekly camps offered. Instructors are Judy Pirtle and Christine Prescott. Contact Christine Prescott at 334-328-4553. Located 30 minutes east of downtown Montgomery.

• U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge Huntsville, AL; (800) 637-7223 Dates: Runs year round; Summer Program is May 26-August 31, call for pricing. Ages: 9-up. Other: ACA accredited. Parent/child ages 7-11 weekend camps also. US Space Camp is oriented towards astronaut training. Aviation Challenge is oriented towards fighter pilot training. Website: www.spacecamp.com

Spring Break Camps McWane Science Center 200 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL 205-714-8414 Spring Break Camp, March 18-22. Morning and afternoon sessions available for 4K-6th grade. Full day: $80 (Members save $20), Half Day: $40 (Members save $10) Reservations are required. All camps include lunch. Please visit our website at www.mcwane.org

Paint and Clay’s Spring Break Camp 66 Dalraida Rd.; 334-819-4450 Dates: Two sessions offered; March 25-27 and April 1-5 Mornings, 9:15am – 12:00pm (noon) Cost: $100 per child
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United Gymstars Spring Break Day Camp 6100 Brewbaker Blvd.; 284-2244 March 25-29 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; Ages 4 and up Please check our website for rates. www.unitedgymstarsandcheer.com

YMCA Branches and Goodtimes Center March 25-29; Check with the East Y for swim camp. Sign up for Healthy Kids Day at the Goodtimes Center, Cleveland Ave. or Kershaw Branch. Please call 279-8878 or visit www.ymcamontgomery.org.

YMCA Camp Chandler Monday March 25-29; YMCA Spring Break Camp offers kids a fun and exciting camping experience for their week-long vacation from school. A perfect solution for families that cannot take a Spring Break vacation. At four nights, it’s a perfect introduction to overnight camping. Campers, both old and new, will participate in a wide range of activities including fishing, archery, riflery, canoeing, games on the green, pedal boats, putt putt, climbing tower, arts & crafts, high ropes, a campfire, and more!!! Cost: $270 per child for YMCA members; $295 per child for non members. *price includes a t-shirt and a visit to the camp store. Located 30 minutes north of Montgomery off of U.S. 231 N in Wetumpka on Lake Jordan. To register for Spring Break Camp or for information, call (334)269-4362 or email jsmith@ ymcamontgomery.org.

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Jackson Gap, AL; (800) 843-2267 Length: 1 week; Age: 6 and up; Reduced rates available based on income. Camp ASCCA Main Campus Jackson’s Gap; June 23-28, Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. Camp; Session 1: June 30 – July 5, Child physically disabled (6-21 yr.) and Child intellectually disabled (6-21 yr.); Epilepsy Camp (6-18 yr.); Session 2: July 7-12, Adult intellectually disabled (19+ years); Session 3: July 14-19, Physically disabled “Teen Week” (15-22 years), Sports Camp (Physically disabled 8-18 years) Session 4: July 21-26, Sickle Cell Camp, Child physically disabled (6-21 years) and Child intellectually disabled (6-21 years); Session 5: July 28-August 2, Camp Mobile Rotary (Mobile area residents); Session 6: August 4-9, Adult intellectually disabled (19+ years) and Adult physically disabled (19+ years); Session 7: August 11-16, Adult physically disabled (19 + years Website: www.campascca.org. info@campascca.org • Camp Seale Harris ACA accredited camp for individuals with diabetes. Camp sessions are held at Camp ASCCA on Lake Martin near Jackson Gap, Alabama. (205)402-0415 Junior Camp (ages 6 - 11), June 9-14; Senior Camp (ages 14 - 17), June 2-8; Summer Family Camp (ages birth - 17), May 28-31. Other: Children and their families meet others who live

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Chelsea, AL. Call (205) 638-5750; Dates: 6/2-6/8 Week long session for weight management, now celebrating our 4th year. The camp is for current and new patients ages 12-15. Campers learn healthy eating habits while preparing meals. Campers also have opportunities to participate in swimming, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, dance and many other activities. Campers must apply and pay a $100 deposit by April 15, 2013 with the balance due on May 15, 2013. Limited number of campers accepted; apply early to secure your spot. Camp location/activities at Hargis Retreat made possible through a partnership with the Birmingham YMCA. Rates and discounts: $650.00. Website: http://weight.ChildrensAL.org

• Squirrel Hollow Learning Camp

East Point, GA (770)774-8001; Betsy Box, at The Bedford School; Dates: June 17-July 11; Age: 6-16 Other: For children with learning disabilities. Website: www.thebedfordschool.org. bbox@thebedfordschool.org

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Course Sampling Photoshop, So You Want to be an MD?, Math Games, Marine Biology, Robotics, Alchemy of Harry Potter, Codes and Ciphers, Smart Phone Apps, CSI: Mobile, Labs of Doom, Geometry, Cyber Security, Weird Food Science, The American West through Film, ACT Prep, Painting, Field Biology for Beginners, American Sign Language, PHUN Physics, Amazing Mazes, Rocketry, Engineering the Future, Etiquette for the Modern Girl, Psychology, Rock ‘N’ Roll History, Jewelry Design, & many more...

What is ASMS?

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It’s Your Move!

Relocating with Kids

Get Moving on Summer Camp Plans If you’re relocating soon, I encourage you to go ahead and consider summer camp options for your kids right now. We moved to our current home in the summer, and my daughters were anxious to get out into the community and begin making friends. Since we were all new in town, I wasn’t sure where to turn. Luckily, I found the perfect venue for socialization when I read about a day camp in our new community. The small day camp was the perfect spot for my girls to make a few friends before the beginning of the school year. I also met other parents and was able to find out more about other activities available in our new town. I was lucky to secure a spot for each of my girls. Many organizations open camp registration in the spring, and slots can fill quickly. We missed out on several other opportunities because we were too late to register. Choosing a summer camp for your child may be the last thing on your mind right now, especially if you’re preparing to move, but this is one case where it pays to think ahead. How do you find a camp for your child from afar, and why is summer camp even important for kids? Read on to find the answers to both.

Benefits of Summer Camp

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--Continue and extend the learning process, decreasing the summer learning gap. --Instill the joy of learning without the pressure of grades, benchmarks or tests. --Motivate kids to learn. Bloodworth says that camps can be particularly helpful if you’re new in town, “[Summer camps] help [new kids] meet friends, learn about their new community and give Mom and Dad a chance to meet other parents.”

-Recreation departments -Schools and school-sponsored camps -City or town websites -Museums -Churches -Scouting organizations -Youth organizations

Vet Your Choices You can begin to learn more about specific camps after you find options that look appealing. Bloodworth recommends parents:

Finding A Camp Finding a camp in a town where you don’t yet live is often easier said than done. Narrow your search based on your childrens’ ages and interests. Consider: --What hours work best for your schedule and for your child’s schedule. --Whether you want a day camp or a sleep away camp. --How much of a financial commitment you’re willing to make. --What your child expects to get out of her camping experience. --What expectations each of you have for camp. Once you clearly define the needs and expectations of both you and your child, you can begin searching for appropriate options. Friends and school officials in your new area are often the best source of information, but if you don’t know anyone in the community, you can start your camp search on the computer. Start your online search by checking out: 88

--Read online testimonials from students, parents and teachers. --Request camp brochures and catalogs. --Sign up for email lists to receive current and updated information. You can also speak with the camp director, and ask questions about the program. Find out how long he or she has served as camp director, ask how the counselors or other camp employees are screened and trained and find out how the camp will accommodate any special needs your child might have. You can even request references from other parents and campers. The benefits of a fun summer camping experience are plentiful and can be a great jump-start to your child’s experience in a new location. Begin your summer camp search now so that your kid doesn’t miss out on the fun. Julie Steed is preparing for move number 11. She is already checking out summer camping opportunities in her future hometown.

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You Can Do It Help Your Child Develop Greater Autonomy

by Michele Ranard, M.Ed. “Children who have everything done for them and are consistently rescued from the consequences of their bad decisions grow to be unreliable and irresponsible adults.” ~Dr. Elisa Medhus We want our children to develop self-reliance and independence, yet if we are not mindful in our parenting, we may hinder their ability to do so. Frequently we do too much, we fail to step aside, or we overprotect and hover in the name of love. For autonomy to develop, parents must be intentional about providing opportunities. As children gain experience and successfully (or unsuccessfully) practice independence, they learn personal responsibility. They figure out how to negotiate bumps in the road, bullies, stressful circumstances, and everyday frustrations. www.montgomeryparents.com

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Early Childhood Autonomy Builders

Founder of The Conscious Parenting Alliance, expert Shelly Birger Phillips believes autonomy building can begin simply with a home inventory. She suggests the following tips to help preschool-aged kids develop a sense of autonomy at home: 1. Do kids have an easily accessible place to put their coats and shoes when they get home? (The easiest place to put a coat is on a low hook near the front or back door.) 2. Is there a place (such as a kid-sized bench) for putting shoes on and off? 3. Can toys and books be reached in the living room? 90

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Autonomy Builders for Older Children

It is likely that these ideas for increasing independence are already a part of your parenting repertoire. However, it never hurts to take stock. Embrace the Future is an organization in Australia working with teachers, families, and schools to increase resiliency in children. The program Montgomery Parents I March 2013

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Avoid Overprotecting

Author Nadine Descheaux writes, “Parents often tend to do things for their children in order to help them, to hurry things up or because they are under the misconception that their child will not be able to accomplish the task alone.” Descheaux identifies attitudes and behaviors which may be detrimental to the development of autonomy: • Overprotecting your child • Constantly repeating instructions • Constantly attending your child’s extracurricular activities • Constantly supervising your child’s group activities • Having difficulty letting your child work in his own fashion • Having a tendency to solve problems between your children • Worrying when your child is away from you Bear in mind, children make many mistakes on the road to developing autonomy. Parents must also be mindful of how to respond when these wrinkles happen. Author of Raising Children Who Can Think for Themselves (2001), Dr. Elisa Medhus reminds us “To never nag, threaten, or label when they don’t come through on their responsibilities” and to be sure to remark when they do so successfully. mp

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Public Library Events MONTGOMERY CITY-COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Storytimes Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library (Main Branch) 245 High Street, 240-4991 Preschool Storytime Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium March 7 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Green Eggs and Ham We will have a craft. March 14 I want you to be happy! Teletubbies: The Happy Day Think Happy! We will have a craft. March 21 An Elephant and Piggie Book I Broke My Trunk! Elephant Cannot Dance! We will have a craft. March 28 The Wheels on the Bus Wheels on the Bus The Wheels on the Race Car Morgan YA Department March 4 @ 3-4 p.m. Morgan Teen Book Club - The book we will be discussing is In the Absence of My Father by Quebe Bradford. Teen Advisory Board – We need your ideas! Be a part of the Morgan Library Teen Advisory Board! Help plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Members enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation. Teen Tech Week theme: “Check In @ Your Library” March 20 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Living Library - Library visitors will be allowed to check out any of the six people for up to 30 minutes. The hope is that library patrons will learn something about the culture and beliefs of other people, erasing stereotypes in the process. March 27 @ 3-4 p.m. Book Swap Party - Stop by after school and join us for a fun afternoon of trading gently used books. Bring in your books to swap and leave with a different book. Coliseum Branch 840 Coliseum Blvd, 271-7005 Preschool Storytime Thursdays, 10 a.m. www.montgomeryparents.com

March 7 I’m sad when I don’t feel well. The Sick-in-Bed Birthday What Shall We Do With the BooHoo Baby? Craft – Baby masks March 14 We will try not to get lost! Fly High, Fly Guy! Waiting for Mom Craft – Hippo masks

Nursery Rhymes: “One, Two. Three, Four, Five;” “Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake” Signing “want”

March 4 Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday (movie) “Cat In The Hat” (Popcorn will be served)

March 20 Nursery Rhymes: “Three Little Kittens” Signing “where”

March 7 & 11 The Foot Book Green Eggs And Ham The Cat In The Hat Activity: Make Paper Hats

March 27 Nursery Rhymes: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star;” “Three Blind Mice” Signing “fall down”

March 21 We’ll always need a friend! Cock-a-Moo-Moo A Place for Ben Craft – Rooster masks

Pre-School Story Time Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Children 3 and up March 5 Singing/Music (National Sing with Your Child Month) Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes If You’re a Monster and You Know It Activity: Didgeridoo or Paper Plate Tamborine

March 28 Easter is near! Thomas & Friends: Easter Engines The Dumb Bunnies’ Easter Craft – Easter Bunny masks Governor’s Square Branch 2885-B E. South Blvd. 284-7929 Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

March 12 Olivia Olivia Forms a Band Olivia Activity

March 5 Super Seuss Day Fox in Sox One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Coloring page activity

March 19 Spring The Tiny Seed Peek-a-Bloom Coloring Sheets March 26 Alphabet Fun LMNO Peas Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity: ABC Signs video

March 12 Irish Magic Day Special guest reader will read Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow That’s What Leprecauns Do Craft activity

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

March 19 Spring Surprises Day Movie “Springtime for Max & Ruby” Special treats

March 6 Out of Sight The Shape of Me and Other Stuff Counting Shapes Activity

March 26 Kites Fly High Day Henry and the Kite Dragon The Berenstain Bears Fly a Kite Coloring page activity

March 13 Show Me the Honey Oh, the Places You’ll Go Color places you would like to go

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March 20 Catch the Wind! All About Kites The Wind Blew Craft – Easy Origami Kites

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

March 27 It Looked Like Spilt Milk Little Cloud Craft – Let’s Make Cloud Puppets

March 6 Nursery Rhymes: “Curly Locks;” “One, Two. Buckle My Shoe” Signing “up” and “down”

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

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March 18 When The Rooster Crowed Not Now Mrs. Wolf Wait And See Activity: Coloring Sheets March 25 Easter Hunt The Tale Of Peter Rabbit Splat The Cat: Where’s The Easter Bunny? E.L. Lowder Branch 2590 Bell Road 244-5717 Preschool Storytime Fridays, 10:15 a.m. March 1 Green Eggs and Ham We will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with green eggs and ham!

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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://www.facebook. com/MCLMCCPL for more information or to join. Pike Road Branch 9585 Pike Rd. / 244-8679 Story Time for ages 3-7 Mondays at 4:15 p.m. March 4 Magical Creatures Month Not Your Typical Dragon March 11 The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day March 18 Dragons Love Tacos March 25 Spring Break. See you in April!

March 5 @ 11:25 a.m. K5 My Name is Not Isabella Celebrate Women in History with this book Craft: Colorful Paper Butterflies March 7 @ 11:15 a.m. Pre-K The Spaghetti Party Craft: Spaghetti Craft

March 19 @ 11:25 a.m. K5 Pearl and Wagner Three Secrets Craft: Easter Baskets March 21 @ 11:25 a.m. Pre-K Pearl’s New Skates Craft: Make Easter Baskets Song: “Good Morning, Let’s Stretch” Ramer Branch Library 5444 State Highway 94 (334) 562-3364 Preschool Storytimes Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

Family Movie Time Thursday, March 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!

March 5 Arthur Goes to Camp Craft- coloring a picture

Pine Level Branch 20 Kohn Dr., Pine Level 584-7144

March 19 Arthur’s Computer Disaster

Pintlala Branch 255 Federal Rd., Hope Hull 281-8069 National Women’s History Month “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” Pintlala Elementary School March 1 Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Read Across America Day

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March 14 @ 1:30 p.m. 2nd Grade The Easter Egg Treat

March 12 Arthur’s Pet Business

March 26 Arthur’s Teacher Trouble Homework Assistance Rufus A. Lewis, Mondays (6-7:30 p.m.) Juliette Hampton Morgan, Tuesdays (6-7:30 p.m.) Coliseum Blvd. Library, Tuesdays (5-6:30 p.m.) E. L. Lowder Library, Wednesdays (6-7:30 p.m.) Governors Square Library, Thursdays (5-6:30 p.m.)

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3650 Grandview Road, Call 285-6688 or visit www.library.cityofmillbrook.org/ Pre-school Storyhour, Thursdays at 10 a.m.

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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 www. archives.alabama.gov. 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 www.arrac.org 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 garnet2@bellsouth.net. 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 Celtic.traditions@gmail. com for more info. The Central Alabama Tennis Association (CATA) is a volunteer-based tennis organization formed to provide programs which promote and develop the

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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 individuals 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 3241406 or e-mail www.centralalabama.usta.com. 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 Monday-Friday 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) 3494235 or visit www.chomonline.org. 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 www.cloverdaleplayhouse. org. 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 FebruaryMay 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 www. firstwhitehouse.org. 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 www.VisitingMontgomery.com. In Prattville, call 361-0961 or visit www.prattville.com/visitor/history. In Wetumpka, call 567-3002 or visit www.wetumpka.al.us/features. Other numbers are: Blount Cultural Park (274-0062 or www.blountculturalpark.org); Grace Episcopal Church (215-1422); Old Alabama Town (240-4005 or www.oldalabamatown.com); and Alabama Garden Trail (1-800-ALABAMA or www.touralabama.org). W. A. Gayle Planetarium Public Shows offered Mon.-Thurs. and Sun. Admis-

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sion $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 www.imagineit-cma.org or call (404) 659KIDS [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 www.freedomridesmuseum.org or www.montgomerybusstation.org 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 www.bamabeef.org. 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 SeptemberMay at 10 a.m. at the YMCA on McQueen Smith Road. For more information, contact Nancy Schrull at (334) 356-5026 or nschrull@theschrullgroup.com 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 OneDay All Attractions Pass is $24 (plus tax) for ages

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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) 4985690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com. 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@aol.com. Tales for Tots 10:30-11 a.m. March 13. Join us for this FREE introduction 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 240-4365 or visit www.mmfa.org for more info.

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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 lanette.tyler@ gmail.com; or visit www.bradleybirth.com 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 smallwonders@baptistfirst. org to schedule your class. Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp An abbreviated version of Childbirth Preparation

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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 smallwonders@baptistfirst.org 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 ama@aum.edu 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 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 smallwonders@baptistfirst.org 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 smallwonders@baptistfirst.org 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 smallwonders@baptistfirst. org 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@baptistfirst.org to schedule. Your Amazing Newborn One-night class taught by a pediatrician and nursing staff usually one Tuesday a month. This class presents new concepts in newborn care and helps alleviate parenting jitters often experienced by soon-

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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 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 www. jackson.org/patients_volunteers.html 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 3614335 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 handlers have undergone extensive

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Family Calendar 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.

Support Groups Adoption Support

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 apac2@childrensaid.org. 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 PandaPals2005@yahoogroups.com or call Tracie Singleton at 395-8215.

Cancer Support 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 612-8162 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 www.cancer.org. Information anytime and trained specialists at 1-800-ACS-2345

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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 womenofhope@charter.net.

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 kcooper@ montgomeryfbc.org 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 farauthor@aol.com for more information. “Big Leap!” Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., Hospice of Montgomery office, 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

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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 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 5:306:30 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 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 needsbased financial assistance for burial. Visit www. honoringangelslikeowen.org or call (334) 328-1202.

Homeschool Support ECHO (Elmore County Homeschool Organization), Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy, Deatsville. 2nd and 4th Fridays yearround 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 http:// www.onlineecho.com PEAK of Montgomery Homeschool Group Parent Educators and Kids (PEAK) of Montgomery is an inclusive, member-led group of homeschool-

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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 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 dbsamontgomery@yahoo.com 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 (www.gluten.net) 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 (www.glutenfreemontgomery.blogspot. com) For more info, you may also e-mail dr.hetrick@ charter.net 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

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Family Calendar 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 (2712280) 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. Traumatic Brain Injury Support, cafeteria at HealthSouth on Narrow Lane in Montgomery. 2nd Thursdays at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Alabama Head Injury Foundation for anyone with a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or related disability. For more information, contact Holli at (334) 290-0646 or e-mail: ahif_montgomery_auburn@yahoo.com. Visit www.ahif.org 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 Edwards, Caregiver Support Coordinator at CAVHCS, (334) 727-0550 ext. 5350.

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(356-3547), or Heather (LLL_heather@yahoo.com). Moms’ LIFE (Living In Faith Everyday) First Baptist Church, Prattville. Meets twice monthly from 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. For more info, visit http://montgomerymultiplesclub.org. 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.montgomeryfbc.org. 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 VFCMOPS@gmail.com.

Pregnancy Loss/Infertility 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 sandy@frazerumc.org 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

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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 www.easysite.com/ caast or e-mail casst50@yahoo.com 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 www.montgomeryareadownsyndrome.com for information. Montgomery Area Hearing Loss Support Group meets monthly at the Wesley Building of the First

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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 local 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 HearingInfo@earthlink.net 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: chenderson41@yahoo.com 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! “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. familyguidancecenter.org/ Remember, LIFT has FREE programs for singles, couples, stepfamilies, parents, teens, and now parents of teens! Call 270-

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This Month Friday, March 1 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 www.landmarkchurch.net/missionsconsignment-sale. 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. The Millbrook Community Players Present The Wizard of Oz -- Through March 2 7:30 p.m. performances except. 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 www.millbrooktheatre. com for ticket information. 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 www.asf.net or call 271-5353. 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 may be purchased at the Armory Learning Arts Center or by calling ADT at 241-2800. For more info, visit www. alabamadancetheatre.com. *Following the matinees on Sat. and Sun. children may go on stage to “Meet the Princesses” for an additional $10. The chance to win an American Girl Doll is included. Late Night with YMCA Goodtimes -- Also March 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. 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 MatthewGivens@Knology.net. Etiquette, Manners & More -- Saturdays through March 23 10–11:30 a.m. Upper Kingston Community Center, Prattville. For grades 1-6. Class taught by Felicia Tyus. $30 per month. Sessions include: Etiquette in Public Places, Proper Introductions, Social and Communication Skills, Posture, Dining Do’s and Don’ts, Place setting, Communicating 101 & More. Class session ends with a field trip to a restaurant, a certificate and picture in the newspaper. Min./ Max.: 10/25. Registration at the Doster Community Center. Call (334) 361-3640.

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Family Calendar 10 a.m.-noon. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. $15 covers mother and support person. Pre-registration required. Call 293-8497 or visit www.jackson.org/ events to register or for more info. AUM Offers Free Mandarin Classes Auburn Montgomery’s Confucius Institute continues to offer free Mandarin classes to the community on Saturdays this spring. To register, send the student’s name, age and contact information to ama@aum.edu. Home Depot Kids’ Workshop Free workshop teaches children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. This month’s project is build a race car (with stickers available to decorate the car). In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin. 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5-12. Free. Santuck Flea Market An outdoor flea market with more than 450 booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques, novelties, imports, food, and more. The Santuck Flea Market is open the first Saturday of each month March - December from daylight until 2 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Free admission, free parking available. Call 567-7400.

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

Thursday, March 7 Bazaar d’Art at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 7-10 p.m. Enjoy socializing over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on gift packages and fabulous works of art from some of Montgomery’s finest homes. Visit www.mmfa.org or call 240-4333 for more info. 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 www.slerodeo.com or call 1-888-2RODEO2. Against the Odds: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and Mildred Carter -- Through April 30 Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Wing Exhibit Hall. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Call 241-8701 or visit www. troy.edu.

Friday, March 8 Jerry Seinfeld Live at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit www. foxtheatre.org or call (404) 881-2100 . 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 5678282 for more info. Sonshine Soccer Registration Deadline Frazer UMC Soccer Fields. Leagues are open to boys and girls ages 4-12 (as of March 1, 2013). Mandatory evaluations will be March 7 or 8 from 4-6 p.m. Games begin April 6 with the season ending May 18. All games will be played Saturday mornings. Cost is $40 per child. If you do not have a jersey from last year, please add $25. If you need shin guards, please add $10. Register in the JEMAC Activity Center by March 8 or call 495-6459 for more information.

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents To Kill a Mockingbird -- Through March 24 and May 12-18 Written by Christopher Sergel; adapted from the novel by Harper Lee. Set in Depression-era Monroeville, and told through the voice of the beloved tomboy Scout, this Pulitzer Prize-winning tale embodies the life-long lessons of childhood, fairness and the courage to stand up for what is right, no matter the cost. Recommended for ages 8+. Appropriate for most audiences. For ticket info, visit www.asf.net or call 271-5353. Elmore County Homeschool Organization Meets -- Also March 22 Elmore County Homeschool Organization is a nonprofit 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 tricounty area. ECHO has field trips, park days, holiday parties, enrichment activities, and a yearly awards ceremony. For details, visit http://www.onlineecho.com Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center -- also March 9 6 p.m. performance; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. performances March 9. For ticket information, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

Saturday, March 9 Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic -- Also March 23 Free to the public on select Saturdays 10-11 a.m. Online registration opens a few weeks before each clinic’s date. March 9 project is Monster Jam, featuring Monster Mutt truck. March 23 project is The Croods: Piranhakeet Chomper. For more info, visit www.lowesbuildandgrow.com or call your local Lowe’s. 2013 Gump Games Benefitting the Arts Council of Montgomery, this one-day event consists of a 5k run, three CrossFit workouts, and a Jiu Jitsu tournament. Spectators are also welcome! To register or for more information, please visit www.thegumpgames.com/home/

Friday, March 15 Wetumpka Middle School Holds Charity Golf Tournament Quail Walk Country Club in Wetumpka. 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 blackmon1996@yahoo.com for more information. An Evening with Eli Manning at the Montgomery Renaissance Convention Center Baptist Health will sponsor this event benefiting the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. 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 Eli Manning. For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call the Cancer

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Wellness Foundation at (334) 273-2279. Deadline to Accept Scholarship Nominations for Kohl’s Kid Volunteers Kohl’s Department Stores will accept nominations for outstanding young volunteers for the 2013 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted at kohlskids.com, 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. Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka Open for the Season -- Weekends through June 30 “Alabama’s Little Corner of Greece” now features more than 20 acres of year-round floral beauty and classical sculpture, including new statuary honoring Olympic heroes. The Olympian Centre welcomes visitors with a video presentation of Jasmine Hill’s history and a display of Olympic memorabilia from the Games of past years. A tour of Jasmine Hill, now completely accessible to visitors with disabilities, offers spectacular and ever-changing views, including our full-scale replica of the Temple of Hera ruins as found in Olympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Flame. For more info, visit www.jasminehill.org or call (334) 263-5713.

Saturday, March 16 Irish Voices at the Cloverdale Playhouse Theater 7:30 p.m. An evening of readings from some of the glorious writing of Ireland. From Friel to Heaney to McCourt to O’Casey to Yeats, the wit and wisdom, poetry and power of this grand isle will make for an enchanted night well-spent. For more info, call 2621530 or visit www.cloverdaleplayhouse.org Junior League of Montgomery Shamrock Shuffle 10K Edward Thompson Ball Fields located at 1655 Ray Thorington Road. Shuffling starts at 7:30 a.m. In addition to the 10K race, the Shamrock Shuffle will consist of a 2K Fun Run. A standout feature of this race is the inclusion of adaptive sports for persons with disabilities. Registration is still open! To sign up for the race visit www.active.com or sign up at the Junior League office, located at 3570 Carter Hill Road. This family-friendly event will have many activities going on throughout the morning. For more information, contact Amy Godsoe at (334) 430-8716 or amygodsoe@hotmail.com

Sunday, March 17 Family Art Affair at 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! Visit www.mmfa.org or call 240-4333 for more info.

Monday, March 18 Complete ACT Review -- Through April 11 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 2443804 or visit www.ce.aum.edu to register. Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

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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 Rise and Fall of Alabama’s Textile Industry,” presented by David Seagraves. Call 353-4726 or visit www.archives. alabama.gov. 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, scanners, 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). There’s an App for That: Make Movies with Photos and Videos at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts You can use your photos and videos to create fun home movies by using apps made for the iPhone and iPad. Join us for a two-hour workshop that will guide you through a step-by-step process for creating your own video. No video editing experience is required. Cost: $15 members/$25 non-members. Visit www.mmfa.org or call 240-4333 to register of for more info. The Millbrook Community Players Present Drivein Rock and Roll Oldies Show -- Through March 24 7:30 p.m. performances except for March 24 @ 2 p.m. Relive a time when life was simpler and Rock and Roll was new. Revisit songs and dances from 1954 to 1968. Call (334) 782-7317 or visit www. millbrooktheatre.com for ticket information.

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Elton John & His Band Perform at Garrett Coliseum 8-10 p.m. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, the Coliseum office or the Publix locations on Vaughn Road or Zelda Road. Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts -- Through March 23 Free. Old Alabama Town. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 2404500 or visit www.alabamafiberarts.com

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Fountain City Arts Festival Free. Pratt Park 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (334) 358-0297 or visit wwww.prattvilleal.gov Cottontail Express at Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum -- Also March 24 & 30 Calera. 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sunday. Fee for attractions. Call (205) 757-8383 or visit www.hodrrm.org

Sunday, March 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 www.mmfa.org or call 240-4333.

Monday, March 25 Babysitting Training Workshop Doster Community Center, Prattville. Ages 11-15. This course covers safety, first aid, professionalism, leadership and care-giving skills. Also includes tips for getting baby-sitting jobs. These courses covers certification I baby-sitters’ training. Hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Bring your lunch.) Fees are $85 (includes baby-sitter’s handbook, baby-sitter’s pin, class material and baby-sitter’s backpack). Check payable to: American Red Cross. Call 361-3640 to pre-register! Spring Break Camp at the Alabama Nature Center Though March 29 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There’s no better way to spend your spring break than exploring the wonderful world of nature at the Alabama Nature Center! While parents work, students will be fishing, hiking, canoeing, playing games, creating nature crafts, and probing the forest floor for creatures of the deep (in the soil, that is). If the weather is warm, campers may also get a trip into Still Creek to explore aquatic habitats! Ages

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Tuesday, March 26 Spring Break Celebration at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts -- Through March 28 2:30-3:30 p.m. During this special week of FREE activities, children of all ages and their parents can join in the fun, with treasure hunts in the Museum and art making in the studios! Each day offers a different project, but space is limited, so call ahead for reservations: 240-4365. Also visit www.mmfa.org

Thursday, March 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 Dr. Robert Kane, director of history from Maxwell Air University. Cost is $15 and reservations must be made by noon March 25 to russell.cynthia98@yahoo.com or call 300-4949. Visit www.newcomersmontgomery.com ARTtalk at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 6-7:30 p.m. Get an up-close look at artists, their artwork and the creative process in this unique program, designed for artists in the area as well as those interested in art. Six times a year artists have the opportunity to bring a work of art to the Museum, show it to other artists and participants, and have friendly feedback about the work. There is a cost. Visit www. mmfa.org or call 240-4333. Troy Symphony Band Salutes Dr. Johnny Long 7 p.m. Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Join the Troy University Symphony Band and Conductor Dr. Mark Walker for this tribute to the founder of the

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Tuesday, April 2 “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 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 www.jackson.org/events.

Saturday, April 6 Prepared Childbirth Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Topics include stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of the coach, and proper care of mother and baby after delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year, from 9 a.m.-noon. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 or e-mail liz.owen@jackson.org.

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Family Calendar Miss Bright Star of America Scholarship Pageant Auburn University at 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.missbsa.com. Alabama Angels Special Needs Pageant Hunter Hills Church in Prattville. The Alabama Angels Pageant is a pageant specifically for individuals with special needs, both male and female of any age. Anyone with a medically diagnosed physical or intellectual impairment is invited to participate. Registration is free. There are no judges, which means there are no losers. All participants will receive a crown, sash, T-shirt, and goodie bag. There are only 100 spots available. The deadline for registration is March 6. Registration can be done online at www. angelspageantsystem.com. For information on donations, registration, or volunteer opportunities contact Renee Lantz at 334-300-9238 or Tanya Murphy at 334-799-7119 or by e-mail at alabamaangels@hotmail.com 9th Annual Autism Crawfish Boil 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The boil will feature all you can eat crawfish, potatoes, conecuh sausage, baby mushrooms and corn along with live music from Federal Expression, Honey Tree and Electric Toad. All proceeds are donated to assist with autism programs provided by Easter Seals Central Alabama for families in the River Region. These programs include autism diagnosis, which is costly and difficult to receive.

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A limited number of early bug tickets will be available at a reduced price of $25 until March 22. In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $50. These tickets include early admission, priority seating, cocktail service, a 2013 Mudbug Ball koozie and sponsor goody bags. Regular admission tickets will be $35. Tickets are available online as well as the Easter Seals Central Alabama office and Rock Bottom American Pub. Montgomery Zoo Weekend -- Also April 7 Admission charged. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mark your calendar today to make plans to join us for this fun-filled, family event at the Zoo. The Zoo and Museum are transformed into a festival-like environment complete with games, enflatable slides and bouncy houses, horse trail rides, giraffe encounter, live animal presentations, zookeeper talks, a variety of food, drinks and snacks, live entertainment and much more. Funds from this event go directly into the general fund allowing the Zoo to continue to grow and expand. Call 240-4900 or visit www.montgomeryzoo.com Free Guided Walking Tours -- Also April 13, 20 & 27 Begin at 10 a.m. In Montgomery, meet at the Montgomery Area Visitiors Center. In Prattville, meet at the Autauga County Heritage Center.

Thursday, April 11 Faulkner Dinner Theatre Presents Pride and Prejudice -- Through April 13; 18-20; and 25-27 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, call 386-7190 or e-mail boxoffice@faulkner.edu. Cloverdale Playhouse Theater Presents The Clean House -- Through April 21 A Play by Sarah Ruhl. A whimsical and poignant look

at class, comedy and the true nature of love by one of America’s most exciting new playwrights. A wildly funny finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. For tickets or more information, call 262-1530 or visit www. cloverdaleplayhouse.org Theatre AUM Presents Doubt a Parable Through April 21 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 www.aum.edu/theatreaum.

Saturday, April 13 The Alabama Kidney Foundation Walk-a-Thon Baptist Health’s DeBoer Building, in Montgomery. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone: food, fun and fabulous prizes! If you are interested in leading a team and helping thousands of Alabamians suffering from kidney disease, please contact Amy at (334) 241-0003 or amy@alkidney.org to register a team today. Riverfront Park FREE Family Event Offered the second Saturday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Activities will include: live entertainment, interactive activities for all ages, food vendors and cocktails served from the SandBAR! For more information, call 625-2100 or visit www.funontheriver.net.

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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, 66

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Montgomery Zoo, 82

Adventure Sports II, 17

Evangel Christian Academy, 35

Mrs. Sandy’s House, 104

Alabama Army National Guard, 79

First Baptist, Montgomery, Inside Back

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Alabama Behavioral Health Assoc., 104

First Baptist, Prattville, 29

My Kids Attic Women’s Consignment, 19

Alabama Christian Academy, 9

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Frazer UMC Easter, 50

Pediatric Cardiology, 51

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 93

Greengate School, 89

Petrunic Orthodontics, 44

Arts in Motion, 37

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, 26

Professional Pediatrics, 12

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Holy Cross Episcopal School, 28

Pump It Up Party, 65

ASU Acting Camps, 79

Hooper Academy, 41

River Region Straw, 97

ASU Continuing Education, 76

Huntington Learning Center, 80

Riverview Camp, 74

AUM Continuing Education, 73

Kids Carousel, 26

Rolling Video Games, 85

Auditory/Visual Enhancement, 43

Kids Upscale Resale, 16

Saint James School, 19

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Kindercare, 39

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Shark Tooth Creek, 69

Catoma Baptist Church Preschool, 69

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Smiles Galore Parties, 99

Centerpoint Fellowship Church, 46

Learning Tree Child Care, 52

Southlawn Childcare Center, 97

Chapman Orthodontics, 101

Lori Mercer Photography, 43

Spacewalk of Montgomery, 86

Children’s Clothing Overstock Sale, 8

Macon East Academy, 21

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Children’s Hospital of Alabama, 71

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Spotless Cleaning Services, 11

Churchill Academy, 77

Mathnasium, 34

Success Unlimited Academy, 31

Community of Christ Church, 77

Memorial Presbyterian Childcare, 16

Sylvan Learning Center, 57

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Montessori @ Hampstead, 2

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Taylor Road Baptist Church, 33

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Montessori Academy, 91

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Montgomery Catholic School, 25

The Little Language, 30

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Montgomery Christian School, 33

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Montgomery Humane Society, 60

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 78

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B Violence: CSexual Content: ALanguage: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Jack the Giant Slayer PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy violence, some frightening images and brief language. With moviemakers trying to sell tickets in international markets, it’s getting harder and harder to find someone to play the bad guy. Maybe that explains the resurgence in fairytales. They offer antagonists like ogres, giants and evil stepmothers who aren’t nationality specific. In the case of Jack The Giant Slayer, the enemies are huge (computer animated) giants who are eager to return from exile and exert control over the tiny humans who live on the earth below. Their opportunity comes when Jack (Nicholas Hoult) makes a bad trade in the market after he is sent into town to sell his uncle’s (Christopher Fairbank) horse and cart. The farm boy is easily distracted by the sights and sounds inside the castle walls and before long finds himself defending the honor of a woman he discovers is the princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) in disguise. The intrigue continues when a monk (Simon Lowe) surreptitiously hands Jack a bag of beans and instructs him to take it to the monastery before absconding with the boy’s horse and racing off. When Jack returns home with the pouch of seeds, his uncle is furious and throws them on the floor of their little farmhouse. We all know what happens when beans get wet. But in this adaptation, the runaway princess shows up at Jack’s home just in time to take a wild ride up the sprouting beanstalk. Jack wakes from a stupor the next morning to find himself lying at the base of the vine holding the princess’ bracelet and surrounded by the king’s guard. After discovering his daughter is somewhere in the clouds, King Brahmwell (Ian McShane) orders his officers, Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and Crawe (Eddie Marsan), to mount a rescue mission. And Jack begs to climb the vine with them -- despite his fear of falling. Unlike tamer, child-friendly versions of this tale, Jack the Giant Killer resembles more of a Brothers Grimm telling of the story than a Disney adaptation. However for teens yearning for some Lord of the Rings kind of action, Jack the Giant Slayer may offer just the right amount of spirited adventure without the unnecessary inclusion of other content.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: AViolence: CSexual Content: ALanguage: C Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated Snitch PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence. If you have kids you’ll find yourself saying, “Don’t do it!” for the first 15 minutes of this movie. Sadly Jason Collins (Rafi Gavron) doesn’t heed that advice when a buddy asks if he can accept for him a package that contains illegal drugs. Upon opening the box Jason is immediately arrested by narcotics agents and faces ten years in prison under minimum sentencing laws. His father, John (Dwayne Johnson), runs a trucking company and is a prominent businessman in their Missouri city. He is determines to find a way to get his son out of jail sooner, especially as the young man has no prior criminal record. However his meeting with the local DA (Susan Sarandon) is akin to hitting a brick wall. The only hope for a reduced sentence is if Jason snitches on another acquaintance and secures a conviction. Refusing to do what his friend did to him, Jason begins his decade of incarceration. Unwilling to accept the situation, and further motivated after seeing his son’s bruised and lacerated face from a prison scuffle, John offers the DA a deal she can’t refuse: He will lead her to a major dealer and in return she will free his son. The problem is this father doesn’t have a clue about how the drug trade operates, let alone knows how to integrate into the system as an undercover informant. For help he turns to Daniel (Jon Berthal), an employee at his company, who was convicted for a similar offense and is now in the midst of putting his life back in order. After John offers him a large cash incentive the ex-con reluctantly accepts and the pair begins the dangerous mission. What this movie does best is putting the audience in a nearly continual state of anxiety while watching this father trying to undo his son’s stupidity. It aptly demonstrates how simply agreeing to participate in a drug exchange can destroy not only one life but also an entire family. Whether this moralistic agenda is the primary focus of Snitch is debatable. The film appears to be critical of minimum sentencing legislation too, and how a young person’s life can be destroyed by a single foolish blunder -- especially after being setup by a friend who is desperate to have a sentence commuted. Yet no matter your opinion, the story is bound to stimulate conversation and provide an opportunity for parents to explain the heady consequences attached to illegal drugs. Marketed as an action film Snitch delivers the goods with excellent performances (this may be Johnson’s best role yet) and an intelligent script with an important message.

What Parents need to know about Jack the Giant Slayer...

Violence: Characters practice dark arts to control the giants. Men are eaten, stabbed, crushed, punched, electrocuted and pushed to their deaths. A pile of human skulls is seen on the ground as well as several dead bodies. Animals are impaled and eaten. A giant succumbs to a lengthy death after being stabbed in the back. The giants attack a castle using burning trees, a huge metal bell and a slingshot as weapons. Numerous characters inside the castle are killed. A character falls into a moat covered with burning oil. Another has his eyeballs squeezed out of his head. A character’s tongue is speared. A plant grows out of a man’s stomach. Sexual Content: A couple kisses. A golden statue with a bare bust is seen in the treasure room. A woman wears a low cut dress in one scene. Language: The script contains a handful of mild cursing and brief crude expressions. Alcohol / Drug Use: A pair of drunken men begins badgering a woman. www.montgomeryparents.com

What Parents need to know about Snitch...

Violence: Violent confrontations involving guns and fists. Characters are punched, beaten, and shot -- sometimes fatally (with some blood shown). Vehicles are driven in a dangerous way on public roads and are deliberately crashed into each other causing accidents that involving other innocent people. A young man, assaulted while in prison, is seen with wounds on his face. Sexual Content: A man is seen without a shirt -- his body covered in tattoos. Language: About two-dozen profanities are used, including scatological curses and terms of deity. Alcohol / Drug Use: The plot is centered on illegal drug use, but drugs are portrayed as a negative choice and serious consequences are included for those who participate in trafficking them. One scene shows a man being forced to sniff a small amount of cocaine from a knife. 108

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Montgomery Parents March 2013  

Let's go to CAMP! This month's issue is full of all the best camp resources for children both locally and regionally from art, music, drama...

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