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June 3-4 | Rising 1st-6th grade girls

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Contents May 2013

Volume 18 Number 5

Features 64

Mom’s Toolbox of Summer Sanity Savers


2013 Summer

Beat any kid’s summer boredom with these creative ideas for having fun, teaching life skills and enlisting their help around the house.

Fun Guide

Activities for your kids are plentiful around the River Region this summer. Our guide gives you all the details!


6 From One Parent to Another DeAnne Watson

8 Living With Children John Rosemond


20 Reasons Why Playing Outdoors Makes Kids Smarter

Discover why the great outdoors is so beneficial for your children in a multitude of ways.


The Buzz on Teens and Alcohol

Every parent wonders and worries about their teen experimenting with drinking. Find helpful talking points and warning signs to look for.

12 Kids Health Watch

sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

14 Montgomery Education Matters by Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson

On The Cover

Departments 10 Bits and Pieces

46 Autauga Education Matters by Superintendent Spence Agee

50 Elmore Education Matters

15 School Bits

60 The FlyLady

96 Calendar/Support Groups

by Superintendent Jeffery E. Langham

Marla Cilley

62 Get This!

111 Advertiser Directory

Paige Gardner Smith

82 Relocating with Kids Julie Steed

84 A Page in a Book Paige Gardner Smith

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Katelyn Mercer is 7 years old and finishing 2nd grade at Edgewood Academy. Her younger brother, Owen (4), also attends Edgewood. Proud parents are Bart and Lori Mercer. The family lives in Holtville on Lake Jordan.


112 Movie Reviews


The River Region’s Foremost Parenting Source

From One Parent to Another... One of the most enjoyable things about having a two year old again is watching her explore the outdoors. Jason and I absolutely love being outside, and after being stuck indoors quite a bit during the winter months, we are now back on the patio almost daily. And I think Grace loves it as much as we do! While our older kids are harder to entice to come out, Grace leans on the back door at some point every day saying, “Outside!” From jumping on the trampoline to watching the birds overhead to looking at the lizards on the wall, her mind and body are being stimulated in so many ways. We’ve all heard that young children are sponges, learning constantly in every environment, and being outside is certainly up high on the list! In this month’s feature, 20 Reasons Why Playing Outdoors Makes Kids Smarter, you will be encouraged to make time for nature and see how your children

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.


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Editor DeAnne Watson

Associate Editor Alison Rouse

Research Editor Wendy McCollum

Contributing Writers Spence Agee Marla Cilley Robert Coggin, M.D. Sandra Gordon Lara Krupicka Dr. Jeff Langham Stacey Loscalzo John Rosemond Paige Gardner Smith Julie Steed Barbara W. Thompson

Cover Photography Lori Mercer Photography

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thrive. With summer break upon us at the end of this month, we know many of you will struggle to keep your kids entertained while they are home from school. I’m in the same boat and am already trying to think through what chores I’ll assign daily, what activities I can plan and which of my friends might possibly want to do some play date trade-offs with our kids. For a unique look at planning your summer, check out Mom’s Toolbox of Summer Sanity Savers. The author suggests ideas not only for fun, but also for teaching your kids important life skills. For things to do away from the house, look to our 2013 Summer Fun Guide for a detailed listing of classes, camps, day trips and other fun activities that will give your kids a productive and enjoyable summer! Another important article we’ve included this month will be of particular interest to parents of teens. The social pressures our teenagers face, along with their increasing desire to be independent, can sometimes be the triggers leading them to “try out” certain behaviors we have taught them to avoid. Experimenting with drinking alcohol is more common with teens than we would like to believe, but knowing the facts empowers us to have a confident approach in discussing the subject with them. Sandra Gordon’s article, The Buzz on Teens and Alcohol, gives you signs to look for if you think your teen might be drinking, plus talking points to help you have those difficult conversations. If there’s one thing I’ve learned while raising kids ranging from two to sixteen, it’s that parenting each age comes with specific challenges. And every time we think we won’t make it through a tough phase, we somehow do. While definitely tiring at times, consistent discipline and intentional parenting is key...topped off with a whole lot of prayer. May we all continue to fight the good fight for our kids’ futures and for their hearts!

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Living With Children

By John Rosemond

To Solve Multiple Discipline Issues, Focus on One First Q: We have two

boys, 8 and 7. They are completely, and I mean COMPLETELY, out of control. They constantly argue, fight, and tattle. If they’re not fighting, they’re playing chaotically. Homework is a constant battle, and getting them to bed takes over an hour. To top it off, they completely ignore us when we give them instructions, and one boy’s disobedience seems to make the other boy worse. It’s driving me absolutely nuts, but they don’t seem to care. We can’t go out in public or have people over to our house because their behavior is at its worst when other people are around. They love an audience. PLEASE HELP!!!


When unresolved discipline problems have piled up to this level, parents begin acting frustrated, frazzled, and frantic, all of which simply makes matters worse. No discipline approach is going to work when parents are at wits’ end. And when, under these circumstances, some method doesn’t work, the defeat results in a greater feeling of despair,

greater frustration, and yet another haphazard approach that’s bound to fail. To begin solving the numerous problems you’re experiencing with these wild boys, you’re going to have to focus on one problem, and one problem only. While doing so, you will need to let the others “fall by the wayside.” Just muddle through them as well as you can, the important thing being that you stop losing your cool. How do you stop losing your cool? By experiencing some success, and by realizing that these problems are not insurmountable. You are in desperate need of some optimism, and I’m going to do my best to help you acquire it. I’m going to recommend that you focus on the sibling conflict. Remember, even though the other problems are as big or bigger, you’re just going to let them go for the time being. After all, they’re not going to get any worse. I know it’s hard, but you need to take a deep breath and accept that if you try to solve more than one of these problems at a time, you’ll end up solving none. Create a “three strikes, you’re out” rule. A strike occurs whenever the sibling conflict, regardless of what form it takes, disturbs you in any way, even a small way, and that most definitely includes tattling. A strike, no matter which boy


causes it, applies to both boys, and means they have to sit in separate chairs, in separate places in the house, for 30 minutes. Use a kitchen timer to signal when the time is up. If either of the boys so much as stands up before the timer goes off, re-set it, and keep re-setting it until they’ve sat for an entire 30 minutes. The third strike of the day means they sit in their designated chairs for the rest of the day, which you shorten by putting them to bed immediately after supper. During this time, give them 5 minutes an hour to go to the bathroom. If they have separate rooms, you can put them in their rooms at the third strike, but for this to be effective you have to first remove anything they can use for entertainment. If you can keep your cool and simply enforce the “Do Not Disturb Mom and Dad’s Peace” rule dispassionately, you should begin seeing significant improvement in a couple of weeks. Give it two more weeks for the progress to “harden,” then add a second problem to the list. In relatively little time, these wild boys are going to realize that their wild days are over. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at

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Run for a Mom!

The third annual Agape Run For A Mom 5K and Fun Run will be Saturday, May 11. Proceeds from the run benefit women facing crisis pregnancies, foster children, domestic adoptions and soon-to- be-added international adoptions. Dedicate your run to your mom, birthmother, adoptive mom, foster mom, or any special woman in your life. For information and registration for this year’s run, please visit

Summer Kids’ Matinees

$1 admission. Sodas and popcorn available for $.50 apiece. May 30-August 2 Thursdays & Fridays 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Visit or call (334) 262-4858 for more info. The Muppets Take Manhattan (G) May 30-31 Madagascar 3 (PG) June 6-7 The Lorax (PG) June 13-14 Puss In Boots (PG) June 20-21 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs(PG) June 27-28

Saturday, May 11 Massive gathering of vendors, performers and artists of all types, modeled after the original Street Fair held in 1899. Put on by the civic group Helicity, founder Johnny Veres promises that the Fair will be even bigger and better than last year which attracted more than 2,500 people and featured acrobats, fire breathers, belly dancers, musicians, all types of vendors and more. The day will be filled with plenty to see and do for everyone! Face painting, craft-making, storytellers, play areas, and much more will be available for children’s entertainment. All of this will be taking place while aerialists, jugglers, dancers, and musicians are dispersed among the crowds. Night activities will focus on live musical performances. Visit for more info.

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Also Saturday, May 11 * 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Just in “thyme” for Mother’s Day, enjoy this free event featuring an open-air market with plants and gardening items, children’s activities, and special programs and speakers. For more info, visit www. or call 240-4500.

Upcoming Theatre

Cloverdale Playhouse Theater presents Androcles and the Lion May 3-5. On May 7, Southern Voices presents a mix of readings and music celebrating a great American treasure. From Capote to Welty, the list is impressive and memorable. Come spend an evening that will wrap you in the warmth of great words and songs. For tickets or more information, call 262-1530 or visit As The Fantasticks draw to an end May 4, Wetumpka Depot brings back the fabulously original Wedding from Hell May 30-June 8. This Bridezilla vs Redneck wedding returns with all the bridesmaid drama and canned spam audiences can handle. Bad weather and a nude volleyball tournament force the Miller-Light nuptials to be moved indoors. Filled with fluster, bluster, Twinkies and Cheez Wiz, The Wedding From Hell was created in 2009 as a homegrown fundraising piece to benefit The Depot Players, and was so wildly successful that it broke all Depot box office records to date. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Depot at 334-868-1440 or by visiting www. Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents God of Carnage through May 19; Around the World in 80 Days through May 19; Twelfth Night May 9; Macbeth May 10 & 18; and To Kill a Mockingbird May 12-18. For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353. The Millbrook Community Players present Hee Haw Revisited June 6-9 7:30 p.m. performances except for June 9 @ 2 p.m. Take a trip back to the cornfield with some of your favorite Hee Haw characters. This show is filled with plenty of music and cornball comedy. Tickets are $22 and include dinner and the show. Call (334) 7827317 or visit for ticket information. Faulkner Dinner Theatre Presents The Good Samaritan June 6-8; 13-15; and 20-22 Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:15 until 7. The show begins promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and the show. Members of the military can purchase tickets for just $20. Reservations must be paid in advance. Make reservations or for more information, call 386-7190 or e-mail 10

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Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series

Sundays Through May 26 4-6 p.m. Cloverdale Road, Montgomery The admission is free! Everyone is welcome, so bring all your friends and family. Leashed dogs are also welcome, so bring your furry babies as well! This year’s concert series is being funded by a grant from BONDS (Building Our Neighborhood for Development and Success). May 5, Caribbean Chrome, a steel drum band that runs the gamut from Caribbean music to the Beatles; May 12, Matt Morgan, a special gift to your mom on this Mother’s Day; May 19, Blackbird Pickers, some rock, some folk and a hint of bluegrass; and May 26, Ed Pickett, a little on guitar, a little on mandolin, some folk, some country blues, and some old standards. Visit for details.

Montgomery Biscuits Introduce ‘Freebie Fridays’

The Montgomery Biscuits are introducing a new promotion for the 2013 season called Freebie Fridays – “Free items every Friday.” The first Freebie Friday took place on April 5 when the Biscuits distributed 3,000 Matt Moore Alfa Bobbleheads. A “kids eat free” night will take place on June 7, and on three separate Fridays, the Biscuits will give away eight flat-screen TVs each night for a total of 24 flat-screens given away. Other Freebie Friday offers will include two-for-one food deals, a free concert provided by Faith Radio, a Back-toSchool giveaway presented by AUM, and seniors eat free. “Freebie Fridays were designed to reward our customers and attract new ones from the region with amazing values. The deals are unbeatable and make the fun environment at Riverwalk even more affordable,” said Sherrie Myers, Montgomery Biscuits Owner. Myers was inspired by the idea of Freebie Fridays during the planning of the Biscuits 10th Anniversary Season. For more information about Freebie Fridays, a complete list of free items or tickets to any home game this season, call the Montgomery Biscuits at 334-323-2255, or visit

Eating Disorders Seminar

Tuesday, May 21 * 6:30-8:30 p.m First Christian Church on Taylor Road Free and open to anyone who has an interest in this topic. Therapist Christy Holding from Samaritan Counseling Center and dietician Racheal Laughlin from Jackson Hospital will conduct the meeting. Please call 531-1390 or 262-7787 for information.

28th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival

May 31-June 2 in Wetumpka A weekend full of fun, fellowship, competition, and whitewater! Register online at

2nd Saturday Riverfront Festival

May 11, 5-8 p.m. The fun includes live entertainment, games for all ages (bocce ball and more!), food vendors and adult libations at the SandBAR at the Silos. Free admission. **NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGE, FOOD OR COOLERS PERMITTED!** Visit www. for more info.



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Obesity in Children The battle with being overweight in children and teenagers is one of the most troublesome and frustrating problems for both the parent and child, as well as their physician. It is estimated that approximately one in three children is overweight. This is a statistic that has been steadily increasing in the last 20-30 years. First of all, how do you tell if your child is really overweight? The standard definition of being overweight is having a Body Mass Index (BMI) above the 85th percentile. A BMI over the 95th percentile to is considered obese. Although the BMI for adults and children are calculated the same way, they are interpreted differently to take into account the normal growth of children and difference of normal body fat between boys and girls. You can make these calculations for yourself online by using BMI calculators specific for children at This information is important in order for you to know if your child is at risk for developing consequences of being overweight. Most people know the most common consequences of obesity including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes. But, there are other less obvious complications including sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, many types of cancer, fatty liver, vitamin D deficiency and the social and psychological impact of dealing with weight problems. So, what can you do to help your child maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if

necessary? The answer is very simple and very complicated at the same time. It is very simple in that to lose weight you must consume fewer calories than what the body uses. To implement a weight control plan and do it consistently is very difficult. The idea to keep in mind when implementing a weight control plan is not to focus on a “diet”, but rather, focus on healthy eating and proper nutrition. Many of the calories children consume come from high calorie non-nutritious foods. These foods include chips, candy, pre-sweetened cereals, and any sugary drink, especially soft drinks. Often these are foods that are easily accessible at home; so one way to avoid overeating of these foods is simply not to buy them to avoid even the temptation. Sometimes children control weight by not snacking between meals or eliminating soft drinks. Watching what you eat is the most important factor in weight control but it is much easier said than done. Below are ways that may help achieve successful weight control: 1. Include the whole family – You are more likely to be successful if you are not alone, have encouragement from others, and everyone is eating the same healthy foods. 2. Understand that this usually involves a life-style change and changing the habits that have lead to weight problems. 3. Eat only while sitting at the dining table – This will discourage snacking on unhealthy foods while watching TV, on the computer, or while riding in the car.

4. Eat breakfast – High fiber cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and fruit, bagel, or other healthy choices. This will give energy to get through the morning and avoid snacking on unhealthy food if breakfast is skipped. 5. Limit screen time – The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting TV, computer, and video game time to no more than two hours a day. First, this may help reduce exposure to marketing of unhealthy foods, and second, will allow more time for healthy activities. 6. Get active – It is important that children have at least 30 minutes of activity every day. This may be involvement in organized sports, but it can also just involve walking or riding bikes with your child. Much more information is available online at and www.kidshealth. org. Of course, you may always discuss these issues with your child’s pediatrician for more guidance in raising a healthy child. Dr. Coggin received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and did his pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He began private practice in Mississippi and has been in Montgomery since 1983. He has two married daughters, one in Montgomery and one in Telluride, Colorado. He enjoys college sports with his wife, Cathy, who is an attorney.

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Student safety is a top priority for Montgomery Public Schools. Since about half of our students ride a school bus everyday, transportation safety is paramount. We are very excited about a new pilot program implemented this year by Montgomery Public Schools that provides an added layer of safety. Bus Guard, a Texas based company, has installed advanced video and tracking equipment on four MPS buses at no cost to us. The equipment includes cameras that not only cover the entire interior of the bus, but the primary purpose is to help stop drivers from illegally passing a bus that is loading or unloading...a time that can be the most dangerous part of the ride for students. We can’t predict what the drivers of cars near stopped buses will do. Students have

lost their lives around the state and the nation because a driver of another vehicle was in a hurry and disobeyed the law, passed a bus and hit and killed a student. This new equipment will help reduce these tragedies by ticketing those who break the law. In addition, the technology features a GPS tracker that allows transportation personnel to track the location, direction and speed of every bus. Exterior cameras offer documentation during accidents and allow staff to check for a vehicle that may be following or stalking a bus. There is also a “panic button” that a driver can quickly activate to notify staff and give the location of a bus in case of an emergency. This includes calling for help instantly in case of situations like what occurred in Dale County when an intruder on the bus might keep the driver from using his or her radio to call for help. Our transportation system has an excellent safety record. Our drivers and mechanics work very hard to ensure children are safe as they ride our buses. The issue is the traffic around the bus. This new system adds extra tools for our work to keep students safe.


The Alabama Legislature is considering a bill that will allow this technology to be used much in the way red light cameras are used around the state. However, in Montgomery we don’t have to wait for state action. By using existing laws in Montgomery, the video of a potential violation is sent to the police who would verify the infraction and send the diver a citation through the mail. A portion of the fine could be shared with the school system. We expect to have these resources on all the buses that run regular routes before the beginning of the new school year. I hope you will encourage your Alabama legislator to move forward by supporting this effort to implement this program statewide to make all school buses even safer. 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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Trinity Senior Wins Bryant-Jordan Award

Catholic Middle Schoolers Collect Donations for COPE

Middle school students at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School spent the last four weeks of Lent collecting donations for COPE. Counseling Outreach for Pregnancy Emergency is a non-profit organization in the River Region offering free services for women facing crisis pregnancies which provides women with alternatives to abortion, pregnancy testing, adoption information, and parent education training. Each homeroom was responsible for collecting different items, including diapers, bottles, baby blankets and clothes, wipes, shampoo and baby lotion. Lorie Mullins, executive director of COPE, accepted the donations on March 28 and thanked the students for their generosity. Front row from left are: Caleb Cobb and Daniel Reeves. Back row: Daphne Hardy, Lorie Mullins, Will Couey, Trey Wilkinson, Emily Jones and Alex Jolley.

Forest Avenue Students Grow Courtyard Potatoes Forest Avenue first-graders planted potatoes in the school courtyard garden. Students will harvest the potatoes the last week of school and eat French fries! Brenda Overby is the science lab teacher.

Trinity Presbyterian School senior Tanner Cox is the Bryant-Jordan ScholarAthlete Award Winner for 3A Region 3! All 96 regional winners were recognized and honored and the 12 class winners and the two state winners were announced at the 2013 banquet on April 8. Cox has a cumulative grade-point average of 4.30 and is an outstanding scholar-athlete. He has lettered in basketball and soccer for the past four years. As a junior, Cox was the leading scorer for Trinity’s varsity basketball team scoring 472 points last year. In addition, he was the leading junior scorer in Class 3A and was the sixth-highest junior scorer for the state in all classes. Cox is currently a co-captain on Trinity’s Varsity Basketball Team and thus far this year has scored 58% with field goals and 68% with free throws. He was named as an Honorable Mention member to the Montgomery Advertiser’s All Metro 1A-3A team and the All Tournament Team in the Capital City Conference Christmas Tournament. He is also a defender with Trinity’s varsity soccer team. Cox was named to the Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Soccer Team and named First Team All-Metro by the Montgomery Advertiser in soccer his junior year. Cox is currently the president of Trinity’s Student Government Association and served as vice president of the Student Government Association last year as a junior. He was president of his class both his freshman and sophomore years. He is a member and vice president of the National Honor Society and is a member of the National French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (honorary math society), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is an Advanced Placement (AP) National Scholar and has taken six advanced placement courses at Trinity. He was named a Furman and Wofford Scholar. Ninety-six Bryant-Jordan scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school seniors from schools that are members of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The program has grown from an $8,000 award program to now awarding more than $800,000 in scholarships.

STJ Golfers Compete at Auburn Invitational

Saint James School’s golf team competed in the Auburn Invitational on February 19 at Indian Pines in Auburn, placing third out of 14 teams with a 314, and placing first of all the of 4A and local teams. The outing was Saint James School’s second-best finish in the Auburn tourney. In addition, the event marked the addition of Brooke Sansom to the team, making her the first female to compete on the Saint James Varsity Golf team. Top row from left are Slade Methvin, Walker Wise and Nick Farmer; middle: Coach Jeff McIntyre, Walker Carr and Parker Usry; and bottom: Cooper Sharp and Brooke Sansom. 16

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Lighthouse Students Compete in Fine Arts

Elementary students from Lighthouse Christian Academy recently participated in Fine Arts competition with several schools in the Alabama Christian Education Association in March. The concert band, under the direction of Nikia Nelson, won first place, while the large choral group under her direction won third place. Students Zaria Akins, Tate Harris,Trajan Jackson, Lillie Johnson, Faith Oliver, Andy Nguyen and Taylor Sharpe won first place in Choric Speaking, with an enthusiastic rendition of Moses’s “Let my people go” speech. Fourth-grader Mia Ellington won first place in woodwind solo. Students at Lighthouse Christian Academy compete annually in the area of fine arts where they can display their talents in the areas of art, music, singing and acting.

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Chisholm Participates In Career Days

Students at Chisholm Elementary recently participated in the school’s annual “Career Days.” Community volunteers representing careers in law enforcement, emergency medicine, fire safety, Air National Guard and engineering talked to students about what it takes to succeed in their career fields. Students dressed in their preferred careers, toured booths and exhibits, and received a special visit from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department’s D.A.R.E. truck.

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Sesame Street Puppeteer Teaches Holy Cross Sixth-Graders About Puppetry

The sixth-graders at Holy Cross Episcopal School have been in full swing rehearsing for their upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. ASF actors David Umansky and Chris Pappas are directing their performance, and they had a special treat for the class one day during rehearsal. They surprised students with a visit from master puppeteer Jenn Barnhart from New York. Barnhart has been on Broadway and currently stars on the children’s hit TV shows, “Between the Lions” and “Sesame Street.” The sixth-graders are planning to use puppets in two scenes of The Tempest as the spirits. Barnhart taught the students puppetry skills, such as making puppets look as if they are focused and breathing. Holy Cross art teacher Kathy Albree will be helping students design and create the puppets for the show. The ASF art department will also be finalizing the design of the puppets. Sixth-grade teacher Amber Wright showed her enthusiasm about the performance stating, “It’s not every day students get to meet professional actors, much less get trained by them; but to meet a master puppeteer as well, it’s an experience they will remember forever!” Shown, master puppeteer Jenn Barnhart helps guide sixth-grader Bradley Westhauser as he learns the fundamentals of being a puppeteer.

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Local Homeschoolers Visit State Capitol

Academy Days Co-op students Luke Lemire of Calera, Lynn Nelson of Deatsville and Cameron Mercer of Holtville learned firsthand about the legislative process in Montgomery during TeenPact in March. The three high school students met state legislators and worked with other homeschoolers around the state to write their own bill and pass it in a mock legislation using parliamentary procedure. Every year, students in Academy Days Co-op in Millbrook participate in TeenPact, a Christian nonprofit organization that offers students a hands-on way to learn about state government. Visit or for more information.

Eastwood Participates in DAR Poster Contest

Evangel Adds New Technology

Evangel Christian Academy has added some new technology into the classrooms. The school recently purchased the latest version of SMARTBoards to enhance learning for the elementary students. Evangel’s teachers are really excited about this big technology upgrade and are looking forward to putting the SMARTBoards to good use to enrich the students’ learning experience.

Eastwood Christian School had one student place winner, three honorable mention student winners and one teacher place winner for the 2012 DAR Constitution Week Poster Contest for sixth-grade students. Gracie Kocher won third place for private schools and Linda Joki was the third-place teacher winner. Honorable mentions went to Josie Hinrichs, Michael Parker and Bobby Thorington. The annual poster contest is sponsored by the Anne Phillips Chapter and the Peter Forney Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Department of Fine Arts, School of Liberal Arts at Auburn University Montgomery. The posters depicted some fact concerning the United States Constitution, its Framers, History, Preamble, the first ten amendments or “What the United States Constitution Means to Me.” The poster contest began in 1981 as a means for Montgomery students to reflect on and appreciate in a creative way the importance and uniqueness of our great Constitution. Gracie Kocher is shown with teacher Linda Joki.

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ACA Holds Random Acts of Kindness Day

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Mrs. Morris’s 11th and 12th grade girls’ Bible classes performed “Random Acts of Kindness” to encourage Alabama Christian Academy’s faculty, staff and students. The first period girls made breakfast for all secondary faculty and staff and delivered it to those who were unable to come by. The fourth period girls made a Valentine goody bag for each sixth-grade student. The fifth period girls made snacks and refreshments for the Elementary teachers. The sixth period group had a special Valentine party for Ms. Norton. The girls enjoyed the opportunity to give and serve.

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Montgomery Academy senior Sarah Catherine Hook, under the direction of Damion Womack, was selected as the 2013 Female Outstanding Choral Student by The Alabama Vocal Association. Hook has been an active member of The Montgomery Academy Choral Department since the fifth grade and has served as soprano section leader of the Upper School Chorus for two years. All candidates who compete for this impressive award prepare an extensive resume, vocal solo, and interview. The Montgomery Academy boasts three Outstanding Choral Student winners in the past six years. Montgomery Parents I May 2013


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Trinity Senior Signs Troy Football Scholarship

Trinity Presbyterian School senior David Gross signed a football scholarship with Troy University on February 6 in a signing ceremony held in the Trinity gym lobby. Gross will play offensive lineman (left tackle) for Troy. Local media, including representatives from WSFA, WAKA and the Montgomery Advertiser were present as well as many friends and family. Gross said he “wanted to be close enough where my family could come watch me play. My whole family went to Auburn and that was a possibility, but I prayed about it and felt like Troy would be the best fit.” Gross’s family is no stranger to playing at the next level. His first cousin is former Auburn quarterback and retired Major League baseball player Gabe Gross and his uncle, Lee Gross, played center for Auburn and in the NFL. Both attended the signing ceremony. Troy is graduating four offensive linemen, so Gross is hoping to see some early playing time.

ACA Golfer Wins Arrowhead Tournament

Alabama Christian Academy’s Hannah Sager won the Greater Montgomery Open Golf Tournament at Arrowhead Country Club on April 8. She won medalist honors with a new tournament record score of 73. Additionally, Sager placed ninth at the Highland Hills two-day tournament in Birmingham out of 93 golfers April 1-2.

Eastwood Christian School students recently participated in World Maths Day and World Literacy Day, which are international competitions with students online. Each competition is conducted over a 48-hour period and students are able to earn points for correct answers. World Maths Day involves participants playing 60-second games, with the platform heavily based on “Live Mathletics” found in Mathletics. The contests involve mental math problems appropriate for each age group which test the accuracy and speed of the students as they compete against other students across the globe. The list of winners includes: Kindergarten First Place World Maths Day, Abbie Ensminger; Kindergarten First Place World Literacy Day, Andrew Ensminger; First Grade First Place World Maths Day, Molly Katherine Mauney; First Grade First Place World Literacy Day, Hannah DeBoer; Second Grade First Place World Maths Day, Kaleb Kirkland and Rose Lucas; Second Grade First Place Literacy Day, Kaleb Kirkland; Third Grade First Place World Maths Day, Parker Ensminger and Mary Elisabeth Mauney; Third Grade First Place World Literacy Day, Benjamin DeBoer and Parker Ensminger; Fourth Grade First Place World Maths Day, Ruth Lucas and Rachel White; Fourth Grade First Place World Literacy Day, Micah Peavy. Participants also included Jonathan DeBoer, Andrew Ewald, Jack Hawkins, Kathryn Kirkland, Noah Davies and Trey Hawkins. These students spent 4,960 minutes competing in this year’s events.

Catholic Science Olympiad Competes at State Contest Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s budding scientists competed in the State Science Olympiad competition on March 16 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. The team composed of students from grades nine through twelve came away with three first-place and three third-place finishes. The team as a whole finished fifth out of 53 High School Science Olympiad teams in the State of Alabama. Earning individual honors were: Baines Deal: 1st in State for Genetics - Designer Genes and 3rd in State for Materials Science; Zach Hulcher: 1st in State for Genetics - Designer Genes, 1st in State for Dynamic Planet, 3rd in State for Materials Science and 3rd in State for Remote Sensing; Maddie O’Mara: 1st in State for Gravity Vehicle and 3rd in State for Magnetic Levitation; Patrick O’Mara: 1st in State for Gravity Vehicle and 3rd in State for Magnetic Levitation; and Leo Petters: 1st in State for Dynamic Planet and 3rd in State for Remote Sensing. These finishes earned a combined total of approximately $350,000 in scholarships for these students. From left are Montgomery Catholic Science Olympiad Team Sponsor and teacher Mary Kathryn O’Connor, Leo Petters, Patrick O’Mara, Maddie O’Mara, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Zach Hulcher, Baines Deal and Montgomery Catholic Preparatory 7-12 Principal Chad Barwick. 22

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Montgomery Academy Announces Hitchcock Nominees

The following Montgomery Academy students have been nominated for the 2013 Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award: Hollan Smith (tennis), Krisie Stakely (cross country, track & field), Mary Elizabeth Massey (volleyball, tennis) and Lee Ellen Bryan (basketball, volleyball, tennis). When their coaches were asked about these student athletes, two common characteristics stood out: outstanding character and leadership on athletic teams. “In a time when many of her peers (and adults) will jump at the opportunity for success at any and all costs, Krisie gives me hope that individuals can be both successful and have a profound impact on others through honor,” said Kevin Weatherill, MA Cross Country and Track & Field Coach. “For the past six years, Hollan, Mary Elizabeth and Lee Ellen have been on the girls’ varsity tennis team. Beginning in 2008, all three girls have been a valuable part of the five consecutive state championships,” said Tennis Coach Denise Tinney. “Starting in the seventh grade, Hollan, Mary Elizabeth and Lee Ellen have played in the top six spots in both singles and doubles. Each has won individual championships either in singles and/or doubles. Their collective (and individual) spirit and desire to do well embodies the MA mission statement: The Pursuit of Excellence. Elected captains beginning in the 10th grade, Hollan and Mary Elizabeth earned their teammates respect because of their work ethic, sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the court. While following her peers’ leadership, Lee Ellen, too, has led the team by example. She is always impeccably honest both on the court and off and demonstrates the heart of good sportsmanship. All three embody a Christ-like servant’s heart and are leaders who put their team first.” The Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial award recognizes Christian leadership in athletics and encourages and inspires others to emulate the man whose memory is perpetuated by this award. Each year the respective coaches of each senior high school athletic team in Montgomery County nominate an athlete who has displayed outstanding qualities of Christian leadership. From this group of nominees, one female and one male are chosen to receive the coveted Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award which will be presented on May 2.

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MEA Recycles

First-graders at Macon East Academy have been studying natural resources. They learned how important it is to protect and care for all the natural resources God has given us. Reduce, reuse and recycle are words being put into action by the students. They “reduce” paper usage by using iPads as much as possible in the classroom and Macon East makes it easy for their students to recycle with receptacles located throughout the campus. Montgomery Parents I May 2013



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Hooper Names Prom King and Queen

Hooper Academy seniors Austin Morgan and Ashley Guy were named Prom King and Prom Queen at this year’s Junior/Senior Prom on April 5.

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SUA Parent Volunteer Shares Artistic Talents

Tiffany Turner, a Success Unlimited Academy parent volunteer, shared her artistic talents and love for God with the junior high students using the art medium of acrylic painting. Turner provided each student with a canvas, paints, and brushes and lots of creative freedom. Yet, the unique part of the art class was the reminder that God loves us and uses good and bad experiences in our lives to share His love for us. After a few moments of quiet reflection, the students began painting while listening to praise music. The motivation of quiet time and worshipful music led each student to create a painting that was “soulful and spiritual.” Shown here are Rebekah Jones and Jamal Johnson.


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Catholic Art Students Volunteer for Charity Project

Art students from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School participated in the 6th Annual Empty Bowls Project, a fundraiser for the Montgomery Area Food Bank. The event was held on March 14 at Church of the Holy Spirit on Vaughn Road. Tickets were $25 and included your choice of a hand-crafted bowl filled with homemade soup for lunch. Empty Bowls began many years ago as an art assignment at a high school in Michigan to raise money for a local food bank through the crafting of ceramic pottery bowls. From there, the project caught on in communities across the country. Montgomery artist and potter Margaret Barber was asked to contribute her works to an Empty Bowls project in another community for several years. Barber began Montgomery’s Empty Bowls Project for the Montgomery Area Food Bank six years ago and it continues to grow each year. Art students from several high schools in the area created and donated hand-crafted bowls for the event. Montgomery Catholic students have participated for several years. This year, in addition to their artistic donations of twenty-five unique hand-crafted bowls, nine students also volunteered to serve at the event with their art instructor, Joane Grant. It has become a Lenten tradition for the Montgomery Catholic high school art department to give their time and talents to Empty Bowls each year. Shown, Montgomery Catholic students Beth Vaughn, David Norris, JoAnne Spotswood, Beth Wyatt, Callie Wilkinson, Greg Rickels, Maggie Starr, Sarah Talbot and Michaela Armstrong.

STJ Math Team Solves Puzzles

Saint James School’s Mathematics Team won First Place at the Auburn Mathematical Puzzle Challenge, the only participating team to solve eight of the nine puzzles assigned on March 2. The puzzles required an assortment of math and science skills and a strong determination to keep plugging away. Logic and teamwork were vital as well. STJ Math Team members are, from left, Heewon Son, Carson Traff, Stewart Ippolito, John Kim, Hannah Ritter, Brad Murry, instructor Vicky Eichelberg, Robby Bradford and William Setzer.



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Food, Fit n’ Fun Teaches Students to Live Healthy

Macon East Students Show Off Manners

K3 students at Macon East learned about the importance of manners recently. Miss Prudence Pennypack visited the class and shared about perfectly proper manners. To celebrate all they learned, the students had a tea party and showed off their manners. Debbie Mills is shown with her class.

On March 21, students at Johnson Elementary School learned while they laughed as they watched Food, Fit n’ Fun, a comedic, interactive theatre show sponsored by Sensa Health and Wellness. For 40 minutes, teachers chuckled and students cheered as two professional actors – touring on behalf of The National Theatre For Children – delivered an important message about healthy eating, proper portion control, physical activity and how to make them part of everyone’s daily routine. The Food, Fit n’ Fun tour is part of Sensa’s Healthy Weight & Wellness Initiative that traveled to 40 schools in California and Alabama and played for more than 25,000 middle school students. The kickoff event in Montgomery was hosted by Ferlisa Ross, principal of Johnson Elementary. Michael Briddell, Montgomery’s Health and Fitness Czar, appeared as a special guest and spoke passionately to students about the importance of growing up to become healthy and productive citizens of Montgomery.

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Alabama First Lady Visits Hooper

Montgomery Teacher Named as Finalist

Montgomery Public Schools teacher Lauren Breeding is one of 16 top teachers around the state to be named as a finalist for the Alabama Teacher of the Year. Breeding is a language-impaired special education teacher at Wilson Elementary and has worked with students with special needs for more than 10 years. She has a passion for helping students with autism and deeply believes that each child has his or her own learning style and personality. In her application for the program she said her goal is to increase the community’s awareness of autism spectrum disorders and she wants to help create a community in which children with autism are respected, given equal opportunities, and are equally valued through education.

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Alabama’s First Lady, Diane Bentley, recently visited the Hooper Academy Library. She read a Dr. Seuss book to students in grades K5 through six. Afterward, she told them about life in the governor’s mansion and then answered questions from the students.

STJ Student Y Club Helps Child Protect

On Valentine’s Day, Saint James School’s Student Y Service Club collected $1,258 and 178 new teddy bears for Child Protect, a community organization helping children from abused homes. The cash raised was also used to purchase more teddy bears for the Montgomery group. Every child going to Child Protect receives a teddy bear to help them as they begin their journey of separation from an abusive situation. As a result, the organization is always in need of new teddy bears. Everyone in STJ’s Y Service Club worked together to make and distribute posters for the service activity, and to collect the money and bears on the morning of Valentine’s Day. The school’s Student Y Service Club is sponsored by senior English teacher Jamie Fields and elementary faculty member Cindy Sommerville. Kay McGaughey is also a club sponsor. Officers are President Jared Hunter, Vice President Caitlin Cobb and Secretary/Treasurer Hayley White. Lizzie Kean is the club’s service director while Hayley White and Sahil Patel worked together to head the project. Shown, Saint James School students Caitlin Cobb and Hayley White, both juniors, along with senior Jessica Bozeman, freshman Taylor Meadows and senior Sahil Patel, organized a campaign to collect money and new teddy bears for Child Protect. 26

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Holy Cross Creates Russian Museum

Each year, Holy Cross Episcopal School participates in a schoolwide global study. This year, classes studied Russia. Each class selected a different topic to study and created its very own exhibit for the Russian Museum. In honor of Grandparents Day, students invited friends and family to come see all of their hard work. The pre-K and kindergarten classes studied foods in Russia and found that beets and cabbage are two main staples there. They were also able to taste Turkish Delight candy, jelly rings, sesame crunch and potato treats. Firstgraders shared important Russian facts, dressed in Russian-style clothes, and performed a Russian lullaby. The second-grade class did their exhibit on endangered animals in Russia. Students worked together in art class to paint beautiful pictures of these endangered species. The third-graders bundled up in thick winter clothes and taught museum visitors how to play a famous Russian children’s game, “Ting a Ling.” They also spoke about the history of the bells in Russia. Fourth-graders dazzled guests with their skit of a news program entitled “Today in Russia.” During their skit, students included a weather report, an interview with a famous Russian hockey player, and a broadcast about beautiful Russian architecture, such as Catherine’s Palace. The fifth-graders illustrated and shared Russian fairy tales and made Russian lacquer art, developed from the art of icon painting which came to an end with the collapse of Imperial Russia. Lastly, the sixth-graders held an incredible Wax Museum. Guests walked down the hallways to find frozen Russian icons who would come to life if you pressed their light-up button. You could meet anyone from Ivan the Terrible to current Russian President Vladimir Putin. A grandfather of a sixth-grade student at Holy Cross who was walking amongst the Wax Museum stated, “I never knew Russia could be so interesting!” Shown, Tate Holifield poses as Ivan the Terrible at theHoly Cross Russian Wax Museum.

Catholic Students Chosen for Essay Publication

Sixth-grade teacher Lori Riggles from Montgomery Catholic’s St. Bede campus encouraged her students to write an essay for a contest held by Creative Communication, a company devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student expression. The intent of the student contest is to motivate creative writers and artists. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the insights of today’s most creative students. Students are selected from the United States and Canada. There are 50 selected from each regional area for a grand total of 500-600 for the published anthology. Nine of Riggles’s student essays were selected for publication! The students were: Anna Catherine Barranco, Annie Bach, Ricky Treloar, MariCaitlin Riggles, Ethan Macchia, Melody Taylor, Jacob Flowers, Hunter Vaccaro and Isabelle Saliba.

MEA Students Win Awards at District Art Show


Macon East Academy students were awarded 36 ribbons in the 2013 AISA District 6 Art Show for first through twelfth grades. Out of five “Best of Show” awards available, two were awarded to MEA students. Senior Eun Park earned “Best of Show” in the Color Drawing category for the 10th-12th grade division. Third-grader Gavin Justice earned “Best of Show” in the Photography category for the 2nd-3rd grade division. The following students were awarded first-place ribbons and will represent MEA at the AISA State Art Show: Gavin Justice (Photography), Rachel Major (Printmaking), Anna Dickson Beck (3D), Emma-Kate Holley (Printmaking), Savannah Driver (Painting), Jem Stubblefield (Water-base Painting), Jesi Garrett (Non-Color Drawing), Jordan Shoults (Printmaking), Eun Park (Color Drawing, Water-base Painting, Non-Color Drawing), and Jessica Gulsby (Printmaking, Collage/Mixed Media).


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ST Trinity Soccer Player Scores 100th Goal!

Trinity Presbyterian School junior Janie Hampton, center, a varsity soccer player, scored her 100th goal on March 19 in a 10-0 Wildcat win over LAMP.

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Evangel Student Chosen All-Metro Basketball MVP

Taylor McNeil was recently chosen as this year’s Montgomery Advertiser’s All-Metro AISA Girls’ Basketball Most Valuable Player. Evangel’s girls’ varsity team ended the year with a successful 20-8 season in AISA’s 3A division. McNeil, a sophomore who plays in the position of guard for the ECA Lions, averaged 12.2 points per game this season. She was a key factor in helping her team advance to the AISA state semifinals for the second year in a row setting a school record. She has been selected as an All-Metro player three times. During her freshman year, McNeil scored more than 1,000 career points. In addition to basketball, she also enjoys playing on ECA’s volleyball and softball teams. Her favorite memory for this year was playing at the Atlanta Hawks Philips Arena.


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STJ Students Excel at Y’s 65th Youth Legislature

One of the most significant benefits of the YMCA’s Youth Legislative program is in teaching students that they can make a difference. From passing bills in legislative chambers, to serving as a Supreme Court Judge, to playing a major role in the way legislation is passed in each house, Saint James School participants excelled in every aspect of the mock legislative program. Freshman Ty Deemer was selected as outstanding Statesman of the First Year House, while junior Alex Brashear served as a Supreme Court Judge in this year’s event, which took place Feb. 22-24. Jared Hunter, an STJ junior, served as Chief Clerk of the House, and grade classmate Caitlin Cobb served as the Assistant Floor Leader in the House. Debate and consideration of legislation is a key responsibility of the state Legislature, and Saint James students participating in the mock student process that mimics legislative process took their roles very seriously. Senior Reed Chisenhall’s bill passed in the House, while Deemer and Gabbi Pohlman and authored and promoted a bill that passed in the First Year House. In addition, Cobb, Chisenhall, Deemer and Margaret Ann Kreher were all selected as alternates to the prestigious Conference on National Affair to be held over the summer. Already preparing for next year’s Youth Legislature, Cassie Sadie, a Saint James sophomore, was elected as next year’s Secretary of State. Sadie served as Assistant Secretary of State in this year’s event. Students who participated in the 2013 Youth Legislature from Saint James School are: Reed Chisenhall, Jared Hunter, Ty Deemer, Jon Smithart, Nolan Fields, Coleman Taylor, Caitlin Cobb, Haley White, Alex Brashears, Channing Glenn, Anna Eargenbright, Ramsey Webb, Gabbi Pohlman, Deanna Bruner, Brooke Engles, Sadie Argo, Cassie Sadie, Margaret Ann Kreher, Sarah Kean, Win Woodson and Sydney Sampson. Kay McGaughey and Cindy Somerville serve as advisors. The YMCA’s State Youth Legislature is held in February each year and meets at the State House in Montgomery. Several hundred students from across the state participate yearly in the mock-legislative process. Front row from left are Brooke Engles, Sadie Argo, Sydney Sampson, Win Woodson, Haley White, Margaret Ann Kreher and Caitlin Cobb; middle: Sarah Kean, Emma Matthews, Ramsey Webb, Cassie Sadie, Deanna Bruner, Anna Ergenbright, Channing Glenn, Gabbi Pohlman, Jared Hunter and Reed Chisenhall; and back, Coleman Taylor, Nolan Fields, Ty Deemer and Jon Smithart.

Lee Band Students Chosen for ASU Honor

The students at Success Unlimited Academy’s Elementary Campus enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a special visit by the main character from the book The Cat in the Hat. Jason Morgan, dressed as the Cat in the Hat, gathered the students to listen to many of the favorite books written by child author Dr. Seuss. And what birthday party would be complete without party favors? The students were treated to Dr. Seuss gear such as cups, bags and snack containers. What a celebration! James Coleman, Wes Steward, Jose Chavez, Nevaeh Jenkins and Racquel Barner stop and pose with the Cat in the Hat for a photo.

Lighthouse Students Visit Montgomery Zoo

Lee High School students Ladarron Brown and Raven Townsend were recently selected to perform in Alabama State University’s High School Honor Band Program. Students were nominated based on their musicianship, character and dedication to band. They had an opportunity to learn under the direction of ASU Band Director Dr. James Oliver and perform with the ASU Concert Band. Montgomery Parents I May 2013

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Ryan and Cody Stevenson, both of Lighthouse Christian Academy, enjoyed a scavenger hunt with their Poppy at the Montgomery Zoo. The students all enjoyed finding animals from hints given and having lunch at the zoo. 29

T Montessori @ Mulberry Makes Birthdays Special!

Eastwood Kindergartners ‘Travel’ Around the World Eastwood kindergarten students went around the world without ever leaving their classrooms! The students presented an entertaining program for parents and friends, which included speaking parts, songs and chants to share what they had learned about other countries. Emma Hawkins, Maddie Smith, Abbie Ensminger and Ella Moore are shown. Awaiting their turn in the background is Davis Brewer, Andrew Ensminger and Nate MacDonald.

Montessori at Mulberry celebrates each child’s birthday with a special ceremony once they enter the Primary classroom. Each child has a memorable moment to glow in the spotlight. Families are invited to attend on this special day and stay to watch their child work. The ceremony starts with a review of our planet’s orbit around the sun and how long it takes Earth to make a single orbit – one whole year! We light the special sun candle and then begin reading the unique story of each child’s life. As the story is read, the child walks around once for each year of his/her life and the teacher lights a candle for each year. At the end of the story, we sing “Happy Birthday” and he blows out the candles. The family creates a picture board of the child’s special events over the years and he gets to share his view of those events. Then he goes to each child and receives a birthday hug and at the end of the ceremony gets to pick out a present from the treasure box. Shown, Reade blows out the “sun” candle at the end of his birthday story.

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Trinity Lady Wildcats Area Champions!

For the first time since 1999,Trinity Presbyterian School Lady Wildcats clinched the Class 3A, Area 5 championship in a 57-45 win against B.B. Comer. Junior Claire Wilder led the Wildcats with 17 points. She was followed by juniors Janie Hampton with 16 and Leeanne Phillips with 10. “A lot of these girls have worked hard for a long time for something like this,” said Trinity coach Blake Smith. Front row from left are: Janie Hampton, Marley Sport, Leeanne Phillips and Emily Eagerton; and back row, Joy Funderburk, Clair Wilder, Anna Lee Curls, Hannah Green, Regan Goocher, Sophie Burks and coaches Blake Smith and Megan Smith.

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Macon East Academy students competed in the school science fair. Numerous topics and experiments were on display. The first-place winners were Rachel Sargent, Caroline Williams, Emma-Kate Holley, Jack Loftis, Christian Ivey, and Tanner Moore. The second-place winners were Griffin Robinson, Drue Fett, Logan Hurley, Mary Frances Barrontine, Bailey Williams, Isabella Fagan, Christian Moody, Trent Watson, Brentson Cox and Zack Kitchens. The third-place winners were Jordan Hicks, Dylan Cox, Katherine Kirk, Justin Domingo, Jake Wyrosdick, Brian Majors, Wilson Butler, Anna Grace Tompkins, Jackson Little and Emily Brooks.

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Hooper Senior Places In Essay Contest

Hooper Academy senior Travis Crane submitted a moving essay to the Central Montgomery Optimistic Club’s annual essay contest, and placed second in our area. He was honored at a breakfast on March 20 at the Capital City Club, and there received a medal and monetary reward.

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Holy Cross Collects Pop-tops for Charity

Holy Cross Episcopal School continues to shine with its service projects! Students delivered 81 gallon jugs of pop-tops to the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham on Friday. Collecting pop-tops for the Ronald McDonald House has been a yearly outreach project for the school for the past eleven years. This is a record year, surpassing their previous record of 58 jugs. The students, faculty, and staff are anxiously waiting until the end of April to see if they won this year’s contest,” Pop-Tab Pandemonium.” Shown, Holy Cross students and faculty celebrate collecting 81 gallon jugs of pop-tops for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham.

Hooper Girls Take Bowling Alley Trip


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Hooper Academy’s ninth- through twelfth-grade girls took a trip to the bowling alley to learn more about the game of bowling. While learning about the game, how to keep score, and the proper mechanics, the girls also worked hard to receive the incentive for making an A in physical education for the third nine weeks of school.

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NASA Engineer Visits Eastwood Classes

Eastwood Christian School third-grader Josie Powe was proud to introduce her grandfather, who is a NASA engineer in Huntsville, to her classmates. Matthew McGrath is an electromagnetic effects subject matter expert and shared his knowledge and work at NASA with the students during their study on our solar system. Through a scientific and biblical perspective, students learned many interesting facts about our amazing space and further explorations. Students learned, among many other interesting facts, that it takes 8 to 10 minutes to leave the Earth’s surface and enter orbit. They also learned it takes three days from the Earth’s orbit to get to the Earth’s moon. McGrath is currently working on a NASA robotic prototype lander called the Mighty Eagle that will be used for future planetary landers. Students from Mrs. Owen’s and Mrs. Lee’s classes are shown with McGrath.

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Leadership skills are a part of the curriculum that is taught in the classroom at Success Unlimited Academy. Combined with academics, being able to help others is a life lesson. Not only does it teach the student responsibility, but it also builds selfconfidence. At the SUA Elementary Campus, located on Harrison Road, the upper elementary students often partner with the lower elementary students as tutors. Third-grader Caroline Moody enjoys helping first-grader Eli Granata with his language skills. “When a student is given an opportunity to tutor at SUA it is a win-win situation,” says Assistant Principal and teacher Mrs. Morgan. “Students are encouraged at our school to always make time for others. Service plays an important role of our curriculum, no matter how great or small.” Moody and Granata have formed a friendship that not only provides encouragement to Granata, but also builds a love for learning. “Thanks, Caroline, for helping me with my sentences. You rock!” he exclaimed. Montgomery Parents I May 2013

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Donned in pirate gear, Alabama Christian Academy’s second-graders loaded up the buses and traveled to Davis Theatre to see Pirate Steve Fite. Pirate Steve is an educational musician that utilizes fun music and rhythms to help children learn foundational concepts. And, of course, the children loved the fact they had seen a celebrity!

For the past 19 years, The Montgomery Academy Lower School faculty has incorporated an annual culture study into the academic curriculum. Each year, Lower School students kick off the study by creating ornaments that pertain to the country of study and placing them throughout the school for the holiday season. This year, gingerbread men were created in honor of the study of Germany. In the weeks leading up to the Culture Study Festival which is held the last days of the three-week study, students enjoyed special activities in their enrichment classes such as creating flags in computer, making catapults in science, language comparisons in Spanish, and a special castle project in art. Students also attended assemblies on German storytelling, puppeteering, and a special presentation by “Rex the Rocketman” where rocket launches, physical science and hot air balloons were all displayed. The highlight of the German study was the festival where students made German apple pancakes, gingerbread houses, Scherenschnittes (paper cutting artwork) and enjoyed a dance celebration with Tonya Speed where they learned the German classic of Polka dancing. The Culture Study has become a beloved and much anticipated tradition at the Academy Lower School. Excitement begins building with the creation of the ornaments and the transformation of the library, which was turned into the Black Forest this year. Next year, Lower School enrichment teachers are adding Brazil to the rotation of cultures - the first South American country to be a part of the program.

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Catholic Students Watch New Pope’s Introduction

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory students were actively involved as the Church welcomed a new Pope. All classes K4 - 12 were able to stop and pray as Pope Benedict stepped down on February 28 and as the Conclave began on March 12. The excitement on March 13 as Pope Francis was announced as the 265th Successor of St. Peter was contagious! As history unfolded, MCPS students were praying and actively participating in a wonderful time in our history. Students in Tina Rutland’s firstgrade class watched from their classroom as Pope Francis was introduced on March 13. They include: Miles Adams, Mally Barranco, Tate Bartgis, Mary Barwick, Trey Bosch, William Bush, Ella Castanza, Dalton Deramus, Karson Franklin, Ariyn Gilbert, Nick Montelara, Sarah Souriya, Tom White and Kathryn Wille.

Evangel Christian Student Places at District Science Fair

Ann-Ware Knockemus recently won second place in Evangel Christian Academy’s annual science fair. She then went on to compete at the AISA District V Science fair. Knockemus competed against the winners from other schools in her area and placed second at district. She recently represented Evangel Christian Academy and District V at the AISA State competition.

Read Across America Week Successful at Holy Cross

As schools around the country took part in Read Across America week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, students at Holy Cross Episcopal School celebrated in many different ways! Reading at Holy Cross is a fundamental aspect of learning. Teachers strive to instill a love of reading from pre-K on into sixth grade. In conjunction with Read Across America week, Dr. Seuss could be found everywhere at Holy Cross. Seuss books adorned the library for students to enjoy, kindergartners dressed up as star-bellied sneetches, and second-graders tried their hand at writing Seuss-inspired stories. Students wore silly socks one day, and third-graders were able to make oobleck with their kindergarten buddies. They were later asked to describe the oobleck and children came up with descriptive words such as gooey, gooshy and weird. The first-graders had the sixth-grade teacher as a guest reader, as they listened to the story, “Do You Know How Lucky You Are?” They later made a class book telling all of the things that made them lucky. Every class studied Dr. Seuss in the library during this week. Older students learned about his life and work through facts and pictures while younger students listened to his books and visited to learn more about him. Between the pre-K students eating green eggs and ham, students playing Dr. Seuss games in computer class, and the kindergartners making a “foot” book, it was a fun-filled week at Holy Cross. Shown, Holy Cross kindergartners became starbellied sneetches in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Montgomery Parents I May 2013


Local Homeschoolers Hold Medieval Feast

Local junior high world history students dressed in typical medieval garb for the Medieval Feast held at Academy Days Homeschool Co-op recently. In addition to dressing in costumes, Windsor Joye of Deatsville, Kanijah Brown of Montgomery, Sarah Phillips of Millbrook, Callie Littlefield of Elmore, Caleb Brailsford of Montgomery and other co-op students watched sword fights and various other medieval demonstrations led by skilled members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. While watching the re-enactors, the homeschoolers enjoyed eating roasted chicken, various tarts and custards, all served medieval-style -- without forks! The feast, presided over by a student king and queen, culminated weeks of study on the Middle Ages. The Academy Days Co-op, held Thursdays during the school year at Coosada Baptist Church, is designed for homeschoolers to learn subjects difficult to teach at home or best taught in group settings. For more information about the co-op, visit

MEA Students Report On Presidents

Macon East Academy sixth-grade students studied the Presidents of the United States. As part of their study, they each dressed as a president and presented an oral report detailing both personal and professional facts about their selected president. Claire Donaldson became William Harrison for a day and DJ Davis became John Adams.

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Kali Kubiak of Lighthouse Christian Academy presented a report on France. She served hot chocolate and croissants, a favorite of the French children. Each Friday a student in Mrs. Price’s room presented a different country to the class.

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MA French Honor Society Welcomes New Members

The French Honor Society inducted three new members on April 2 in a traditional initiation ceremony led by President Caroline Elliott. The French Honor Society, Société Honoraire de Français, is an honor society for secondary students of French sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. The goals of the organization are to promote the study of French, encourage high standards of scholarly achievement, and create understanding of the Francophone world. Students may be selected for membership as early as the second semester of level two, or at any time during their subsequent study of French. In order to be considered for selection, a student must demonstrate high levels of achievement in French, and meet high standards for character and academic achievement in general. This year’s new members, welcomed by the president and current members, are Taimoor Arshad, Krista Grant and Nora Newcomb. Caroline Elliott sang “La Vie en Rose” in French. Middle School French teacher Katherine Taylor, introduced by Vice President Parker Turner, spoke to the gathering about the tribulations and joys of learning French, and shared stories about her teaching experience in France. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments prepared by the members.

Eastwood Classes Study Colonial Days

Eastwood Christian School secondand fifth-grade students recently went back in time when they dressed the part of colonial day students. The fifth grade partnered with second grade to learn about life in colonial times including hands-on experience in writing with quill and ink, stenciling a pineapple and sampling foods which children might have eaten during the colonial period. Front row from left are Kaleb Kirkland, Jacob Wilson, Riley Caver and Chase Lunsford; back row: Kyle Fuller, Gerald Wilson, Virginia Puckett and Colton Fuller.

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Trinity Students Perform ‘Music Man’ to Capacity Crowds

More than 125 students participated in Trinity Presbyterian School’s production of the classic musical, The Music Man. The play was a grand success, performing to a capacityfilled Willett Hall on all three nightly performances February 28-March 2. The Music Man, directed by Mala Kelley and produced by Laura Williams, was the 19th musical produced by the Trinity Drama Department. Trinity’s annual musical is a unique opportunity for students. Any 10th-12th grader can be in the play and it is completely student-run—including the set design, lights, sound, props, makeup and choreography. It is a culmination of their work during classes taken at Trinity.

ACA Inducts New Members For National Junior Honor Society

On March 17, the Alabama Christian Academy Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society held its induction ceremony. Membership is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Students were selected for membership by a five-member faculty council and those selected were found to be exemplary in all areas of the membership criteria. New members are Ashlee Allen, Blakeley Barrow, Emma Beasley, Lily Mae Benson, Jameela Broadie, Lucy Crosby, Madison Davis, McKenzie Farricker, Blakely Gamble, Phelps Griffin, Karlie Hughes, John Wilson Jarrett, Emily Jones, Campbell Mock, Anna Grace Murphy, Jacob Pulse, Colby Rives, Carli Schofield, Kelly Smith, Kaitlin Tatum, Micah Williams, and Coston Wright. Newly elected officers are President Madison Davis, Vice President Blakely Gamble, Secretary Carli Scholfield and Treasurer McKenzie Farricker. Lynne Smith serves as the club advisor and Kasey Ivey is the co-advisor.

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STJ Headed to State For Science Olympiad Finals

The Saint James Science Olympiad team travelled to Mobile on March 2 to compete in the Spring Hill College Regional Science Olympiad tournament. The STJ team won Second Place overall and qualified for the State Competition on March 16. Saint James medaled in 14 events: six 1st Places, four 2nd Places and four 3rd Places. Students participating in the event were, from left, Matthew Garnett (10), Kathleen Cunningham (11), Justin Lee (10), Ryan Townsend (10), Justin Peifer (11), James McNeill (11), Jeremy Frasher (12), Amelia Hanan (12), Keith Pendley (12), instructors Dr. Amanda Ousley, Dr. Michael Gaylor and Courtney Whigham, Grayson Rutherford (12) and Sahil Patel (12). In the front row with the trophy is instructor Jeremy Turner.

MA Eighth Grade Visits Washington, D.C. Montgomery Academy eighth-grade students and faculty had an exciting week in March visiting our nation’s capital. Their week was filled with American history, art and the touring of pivotal United States landmarks. They visited iconic American sites such as Mt. Vernon, Monticello, the Arlington National Cemetery and Ford’s Theater, as well as prestigious museums including the Smithsonian and the Holocaust Museum. The group also toured the White House where they got to meet Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressional Representatives Martha Roby and Terri Sewell.


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Catholic Band Judged Excellent at MPA

The Montgomery Catholic Preparatory Band got results at the Alabama Bandmasters Association District Six Music Performance Assessment (MPA) on March 12, held at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City. The event contained two judged competitions: a stage performance and a sight-reading performance. MCPS received all “Excellent” ratings for the stage performance and scored “Superior” in the sight-reading performance, which is the highest score attainable. Led by band director Alex Johnson, the thirty-five Montgomery Catholic middle and high school students that participated at MPA were: Ashley Kim, Peter Nguyen, Jennifer Doan, Lacy Herbek, Audrey Kim, Christina DeVries, Mary Katherine Brunson, Mary Reagan Starrett, Logan Stevens, Asheigh Little, Kristina Vanella, Beth Vaughan, Kenneth Bell, David Fulton, Patrick Wood, Gavin Gaines, Roberto Calixtro, William Russell, Katie McDaniel, Michael Ester, David Bender, Adam Bristol, Will Brunson, Kaleb Libby, Alex Pierce, Joseph Thrash, Delohn Wyatt, Stone Miller, Joanne Spotswood, Berkeley Hall, Eric Crenshaw, Skye Alexander, Briana Chavez, Francisco Gonzalez and Henry Petters.

Eastwood Sixth-Graders Enjoy Tasty Pi Day

What a yummy day for Eastwood Christian School sixth-graders when they celebrated the wonders of the math constant Pi! Pi equals 3.14, so on March 14 (3.14), they celebrated Pi Day by bringing their favorite pies to school for all to sample. Students in Mrs. Gulley’s and Mrs. Joki’s classes are shown.

Success Unlimited Purchases Van

Success Unlimited Academy was recently blessed with the purchase of a 15-passenger van. “This has been a goal of our school for a long time,” says Athletic Director Jack Moody. “I am thrilled we are now able to include students in various after-school programs that would not have been possible without transportation being provided.” Junior Varsity basketball players Jonah Hoke and Brad Cherry commented on the new van. “We love it! It gives our team a chance to be together off the court and to build teamwork and character.” The van is also used to transport after-care students from the Harrison Road campus to the Fairlane Drive campus.


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Evangel Holds Annual Art Show

Evangel Christian Academy recently held its annual art show in conjunction with PTF. Students from kindergarten through high school were invited to participate. In the Kindergarten and First Grade Division there were several winners in various categories. These included: Bailey Cunningham, Ja’Nya Boyd, Bryanna Andrews, Curstyn Jackson, Jailyn Dixon, Khristen Cantlow, Heidi Rothermel, Khaliyah Kendrick and Holly Haynes. In the Second and Third Grade Division the winners were: Rebecca Peters, T.J. McGough, Janaya Wheeler, Sarah Paterson and Kendall Hardaway. The Upper Elementary Division winners were: Zoe Watkins, Bailey Houser, Bryan Burleson, Ethan Britt, Lorren Pharrams, Jake Allison, Brandon Martin, Hannah Tolbert, Taisja Williams, Ahsha Gray, Corryne Blanks and Haley Champion. In the Jr. High School Division the winners were: Auri Garcia, Taylor McWilliams and Xavier Lane. In the High School Division the winners were: Megan Carmack, Sarah Baxley, Breonna Walker, Marybeth Peters, Allison Berg, Madolyn Mayberry, Rachael Gilbert and Emily Berg. Evangel Christian Academy’s “Best in Show” Award was presented to Megan Carmack.

ACA Students Enjoy Spiritual Retreat

In February, about 90 Alabama Christian Academy students loaded up the new ACA buses and traveled to Camp Chandler. Howard Todd and 18 SALT members led the freshman and sophomore LIGHT members through a pretty intense eighteen hours of spiritual leadership training. The theme of the retreat was 1 Timothy 4:12. Each small group discussed how members could use their speech, lives, love, faith and purity to spiritually lead the student body at ACA.


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Hooper Anatomy Students Attend Atlanta Exhibit

Dental Magician Visits Holy Cross

The students in Mrs. Slover’s anatomy and physiology classes at Hooper Academy have been learning about the human body and its many intricate organ systems this year. Recently, they were able to experience seeing these systems in person while on a field trip to “Bodies: The Exhibition” in Atlanta. During the trip, students were able to see actual specimens up close, bringing what they have seen and read about in their textbooks to life.

February was “Dental Health” month. To celebrate, Montgomery’s Dental Magician visited the first-grade and kindergarten classes at Holy Cross Episcopal School to speak about dental health practices. Wearing his top hat and performing special magic tricks, the students were all ears as the Dental Magician talked about the importance of brushing, flossing, and eating healthy foods and snacks. He also encouraged the students to visit their dentist twice a year. Each child was given a toothbrush, toothpaste, and stickers to take home. Kindergartner Reese Braun is shown.

Success Unlimited Holds Moving Chapel Services

The Junior High and Achievers of Success Unlimited Academy were shouting, “One Way, Jesus” after a recent chapel service. Teachers Recenah Clinton, Sue James, Kay Smith and Crystal Williams joined right in! “There is no greater joy,” said chaplain Peggy Henderson, “than to be able to teach Bible to a hungry group like this.” Each Wednesday the students in this chapel service worship to current contemporary Christian music and hear an in-depth teaching from the Word of God. Two students asked Jesus into their hearts recently and are on their way to a wonderful walk with the Lord. SUA is a non-denominational Christ-centered school offering all students individualized education. For more information, please call (334) 213-0803.

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Trinity Recognized with Distinguished School Award

Trinity Presbyterian School celebrated being named an Apple Distinguished School on March 11, with a recognition assembly in Willett Hall. Leaders from Montgomery, including Mayor Todd Strange, as well as visitors from the Apple Corporate Headquarters in Cupertino, California, were on hand to offer congratulations to students, faculty and parents. Dr. Allen Clark, former board president, gave a historical account of how Trinity was initially linked to Apple leading to the implementation of the 1:1 program. After hearing from Dr. Clark, Adair Caperton of Apple, Inc., and Head of School Bob Neu, parents and guests were ushered into the Media Center to view firsthand how students and teachers are using technology in the classroom. Trinity is the only school in the River Region boasting this distinction and only one of four in the state of Alabama. Trinity’s 1:1 program provides sixth through twelfth-graders with 24/7 access to a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro while other classes benefit from rolling MacBook labs, iPad centers and iPod centers. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. “Technology is not the end. It is a means to an end,” said Bob Neu, Trinity’s Head of School. “It is a tool to equip students with the skills requisite to be successful in the 21st century world. The real stars are the teachers who accepted the challenges of incorporating new technology and methods into the ways they teach. Trinity is leading our community in 21st century learning, but we know that while technology supports learning, it is the teachers that make it all work.”

The second-graders at Flowers Elementary received a visit from the Dogs on Call Program. These therapy dogs are certified to help provide therapeutic services for children with disabilities. The handlers spoke with students about the services these dogs perform and how they are trained.


STJ Wrestling Champs Lauded by City

The Saint James School State 1A-4A Championship Wrestling team was recognized on March 5 by the City of Montgomery and Mayor Todd Strange in a ceremony at City Hall. All of the school’s varsity wrestlers and coaches received a Certificate of Commendation for the state championship, the first state wrestling title for a school in the City of Montgomery since 1992.

BrewTech Students Compete at TSA State Conference

More than 35 Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School students recently competed at the 34th Annual Alabama TSA State Conference which was held on the campus of the University of Alabama. Victoria Houlton was elected as Alabama TSA president, Sydney Parker was elected state treasurer and Taylor Bowles was elected state sergeant-at-arms. BrewTech had three first-place winners, four second-place winners, four third-place winners and 14 top-ten winners. In addition, Kaitlyn Beans was named Alabama TSA High School Student of the Year. TSA is sponsored by Steve Ballard, Engineering Academy Instructor.


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MTEC Students Place in ACE Competition

Several students at MTEC placed during the recent Academic Competition for Excellence (ACE) held at Wallace Community College in Selma. MTEC students competed in both the academic and technical divisions. The MTEC Science Team placed fourth and sixth out of 14 teams.

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The Montgomery Catholic St. Bede campus kindergarten completes a family project each month. For April, the project was to construct a kite using a plain sheet of copy paper. On April 9, each student in Debbie Redden’s class tested his kite project. Every student’s kite flew! This was an introduction to the Space Unit, which the class will begin in the coming weeks. Redden’s students are: George Allison, Sydney Bass, Cooper Beesley, Ben Chitlik, Ryan Coker, Harper Howell, Amedeus Kayisavera, Avery Langan, Cameron Livingston, Lucas Macchia, Anya Montelara, Harrison Rogers, Maddie Sanderson, Maggie Sasser and Jackson Wright.


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MEA Students Visit Museum of Fine Arts

Third-grade students at Macon East Academy enjoyed a field trip to the art museum. After touring the museum, they participated in an art activity in the studio. As they created their artwork, they learned that artists never make mistakes. The students brought their artistic masterpieces back to campus for display.

ECA’s Kindergarten Class Enjoys Easter

Evangel Christian Academy’s kindergarten class enjoyed celebrating Easter. The students started the day by reading the Easter story. After learning about the true meaning of this holiday, the students painted stained glass crosses. The children then decorated “Easter Basket” cupcakes which they enjoyed eating during a party at lunch. After the party, the kindergarten students anxiously waited as their “Big Buddies” from the sixth-grade class hid plastic eggs filled with surprises.


Holy Cross Kindergartners Practice with Play Dough

Kindergartners at Holy Cross Episcopal School practiced spelling sight words with play dough and cookie cutters. Mrs. Armagost provides fun and stimulating ways for her students to practice their sight words. Reece Little is shown using play dough to spell out her spelling sight words.

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MA Spanish Honor Society Inducts New Members

The Spanish Honor Society Marcelino Chapter inducted new members at Montgomery Academy on March 20. Induction into the Society recognizes students’ accomplishments in the study of the Spanish Language and Culture at Levels III and IV. The freshly renovated Eagle Room’s inviting surroundings showcased the traditional ceremony attended by students and family members. The ceremony was conducted by this year’s officers: President Emily Katherine Garcia; Vice President William Braswell Haynes, and SecretaryTreasurer Rachel Ashlyn Warwick. After the ceremony, the new inductees enjoyed the welcoming and camaraderie of the Chapter’s sponsors and senior members of the society. The members inducted this year are: Jack Walter Anderson Jr., Danielle Wilson Berlin, John Taylor Dockery, McEachern Elise Foy, Hayoung Christine Hong, Cody Jones, Miso Kim, Samuel LaPlatney, Daeyoung Brian Lim, Christopher Scott Simmons, William Mitchell Spain, Patrick Galen Thackston, William West, and Yea Won Yoon.

St. Bede Kindergartners Visit Art Museum

On April 10, all three kindergarten classes from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s St. Bede Campus attended a puppet show at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts focused on shapes and colors. The kindergarten classes are completing a math unit on two- and three-dimensional shapes and the field trip enriched the students’ current study in math. The classes toured the museum after the puppet show and concluded the field trip by feeding bread crumbs to the fish, turtles and ducks. Debbie Redden and her kindergarten class are shown.

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I have completed my first year as your Superintendent. It has been a great experience. I want to thank each citizen for the opportunity to lead such a great school system. I have never considered being an educator to be a job. I jump out of bed every morning ready to try and make a difference in the lives of the children of Autauga County. I have some good news! On April 2 the board voted unanimously to purchase math textbooks for all 8th grade students in Autauga County, and on April 11 the board voted unanimously to purchase algebra textbooks for all students. We are moving toward one of my goals, to put a math textbook in every student’s hand. On April 11 the board approved the purchase of a bus routing software called

Transfinder. This program will reduce overlap between buses, balance the number of students riding the buses, make routes more cost efficient, and create safer stops by reducing the number of students crossing in front of the bus. With transportation not being fully funded by the legislature, Autauga County spent $628,815 from the general fund in fiscal year 2012 to cover transportation expenses. Our total 2012 fiscal year transportation expenditures were $4,841,784. I feel Transfinder will make our transportation operations more efficient and cost effective. I am predicting significant savings that can be directed to technology and textbooks in the future. On March 29 we conducted an active shooter drill at Marbury High School in conjunction with the Autauga County Emergency Management Agency and Sheriff’s Department. I would like to personally thank both the EMA and Sheriff’s Department for partnering with the Board of Education to provide the safest environment for the children in Autauga County. Prattville High School students participated in the Model United Nations Confer-

ence at the University of Alabama last month. Congratulations to the three students who were recognized in the Conference: Andrew McMillan received an Honorable Mention, Ken Levens was named Outstanding Delegate, and William Mitchell was named Best Delegate and awarded the committee gavel. Our state testing is coming up in May. The testing window will be May 6 through 13. Please encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep the night before the test, eat a healthy breakfast, and do his or her very best on the test. Autauga County has always produced great academic results, and with great students, great parents, and great teachers working together, I feel we can academically out-perform any district in the state. Please encourage your child to be the very best he or she can be.

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Prattville Freshmen Take Teambuilding Trip

In March, 100 freshmen (50 girls and 50 boys) went to Lanark Nature Center in Millbrook to learn about teamwork and professional development. Students were nominated by teachers and randomly selected, being separated into male and female groups. Then the students participated in activities that taught teamwork. The trip was the brainchild of Assistant Principal Janice Stockman, who is also administrator for the Freshman Academy. Freshman year is the starting point of high school where good and bad habits are made. The day out of school turned into a great learning experience. Students played games to promote trust and took part in the low ropes course. They had to learn each other’s names, help each other across a “dangerous” stream, move logs, and climb through a “spider web” without touching the string. Students quickly took on the challenge. Not caring if they knew each other or not, they found ways to accomplish each activity. Guest speakers also provided encouraging words of wisdom of how to grow into the person they wanted to be. The boys heard from Davis Lewis, director of the YMCA, and Clay Slay, a Secret Service agent, who discussed making good choices. The girls heard from Yvonne Thomas from AUM and Kasey Hope, business owner of P’zzazz Art, who shared how to prepare for future careers and “tools” that might help them in life.

PCA Student Wins State National Geographic Bee

Prattville Christian Academy seventhgrader Chris Lough has won the National Geographic Bee for the state of Alabama. He will now compete in the national bee in Washington, D.C. This bee will be hosted by Alex Trebeck and will air on National Geographic sometime after May 22.

Prattville High Begins Peer Mediation Program

Prattville High School is working toward a new, helpful program: peer mediation. Mediation is a process where conflicts are resolved using a third person to help dissolve the issue. Mediation lets the conflicting parties calmly work out their dispute in order to reach an agreement and prevent further conflict. In peer mediation, the mediator is a high school student. Peer mediation is helpful because the mediators and the disputants are the same age, and they understand the issues better than an adult might. Also, someone might feel more comfortable speaking to a student about their issues, instead of an adult, who they fear might judge them or get them in trouble. This program will be implemented to resolve disputes, improve school environment, decrease office referrals, increase student participation, and improve relationships. Everything brought into mediation is purely confidential, and will not be told to anyone. Although student mediators do not have any authority, they can help resolve conflicts. If the conflict involves weapons, drugs, or abuse, it cannot be mediated by a student. At the school, twelve students were chosen by administrators to participate in a program to mediate their peers. These students included four freshman, four sophomores, and four juniors. These students were chosen according to their strong people skills, leadership abilities, respectful and honest tendencies, and good listening and verbal skills. The school has not implemented this program yet, but it is in the making. Montgomery Parents I May 2013


Prattville Eighth-Grader Wins Essay Contest

PHS Seniors To Play Baseball for Huntingdon

Two Prattville High School seniors, Blair Gornto and Chandler Kemp, recently accepted scholarships to play baseball for Huntingdon College next year. Coaches are JR Myers, Martin Jackson and Joseph Colvin.

Elizabeth Dudle, an eighth-grade student in Ms. Bruce’s advanced English class at Prattville Junior High School, has placed second in the statewide Alabama Peace Officers’ Essay Contest. For her winning essay, Dudle received $200. The organization has sponsored the contest for the past 21 years, with the topic: “Why I Will Say No to Alcohol and Drugs!” “We have created an essay contest that we hope will encourage our children to reflect upon the dangers of drugs in our society by putting their thoughts in writing and, hopefully, making the decision to ‘just say no’ to drugs,” said J.D. Davis, president of the Alabama Peace Officers Association. This is the eighth year in a row that Prattville Junior High School has produced at least one state winner. “I’m very proud of Elizabeth. She’s a wonderful writer and a very deserving student,” said her teacher, Ms. Bruce. From left are teacher Elizabeth Bruce, Sgt. Bryan Davis, parents Mrs. And Mr. Dudle, Elizabeth, Principal Ken Childree, 11th District Vice-President of APOA Debby Yarbrough, and Chief Thompson.


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PCA Student Honored for Volunteer Service

Prattville Christian Academy seventh-grader Rachel Graham has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Graham has served the community by helping with children’s church at Coosada Baptist Church, working in a homeless shelter in Montgomery, the welcome center in Millbrook, and playing bingo with seniors at the Merrywood Lodge nursing home. “The recipients of these awards vividlydemonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.

Prattville Christian Academy seventhgrader Kara Green was recently selected as a winner in the Alabama State Bar’s Law Day 2013 contest. Green placed first in the contest for seventh- to ninthgraders, and will receive $200 as a prize. A ceremony to recognize all winners will be held on May 1 at the Supreme Court courtroom in the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building in Montgomery.

Prattville Seniors Accept College Scholarships


Three Prattville High seniors signed scholarships to different schools for Cross Country and Track. Josh Hahn and Lucas Culpepper signed with Huntingdon College, while Mike Bulger signed with Auburn University at Montgomery.


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Springtime is a time of great excitement in school systems! Of course, some of the greatest excitement stems from the wrap up of the school year. Springtime is also awards season as celebrations of scholarship awards occur throughout our district and numerous awards programs will continue through the close of the school year. Last month, students from Elmore County competed in the Alabama State Science Fair held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. They competed with their 19 projects against 239 projects from students across the state. These students were chosen from the Regional Science Fair that took place in early March in Auburn. Similar to the Regional Science Fair competition, students at the state competition had to present their projects to judges. This year, Elmore County students

received 18 special awards-- almost double last year’s total! Two of our students, Tanner Knight and Audrey Pinkston, were chosen to attend at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposia May 1-5 in Dayton Ohio. When it comes to awards, one of the highlights of the school year in early May is the Joe Sewell Memorial Award Program. The award was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding high school senior athletes in Elmore County who have consistently represented the highest ideals of Christian leadership. Each year, one male and one female senior from Elmore County high schools are chosen for the top honor – the Joe Sewell Memorial Award and $2500 John Sewell Scholarship. Male and female category winners are also selected for academics, athletics, leadership, and church, community, and character, with each student receiving a $750 scholarship. The Joe Sewell Memorial Award is the only program of its kind in the River Region that presents scholarship money in conjunction with the awards to overall and category winners. Additionally, the award serves to honor the legacy of Joe Sewell, a native of the Titus

community who established a very successful baseball career in the Majors from 1920-1933 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Sewell’s athletic skill is apparent as he holds two of Major League Baseball’s records including the lifetime record for fewest strikeouts in his 14 year career with only 114 in 7,132 at-bats. The outstanding character and leadership that he demonstrated serve as foundations of this award. His cousin John Sewell, for whom the top scholarships are named, loved sports and spent much of his free time coaching and helping young people. Both men left a legacy in Elmore County that youth and adults alike can emulate. These are just two of the awards programs where our students get the opportunity to shine for their varied talents in academics, in athletics, and in leadership. Students, we are proud of you! 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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David Smith of Alabama Power visited Airport Road Intermediate School with a display about electrical safety. All fourthgraders attended a presentation by Smith, who demonstrated the dangers of live electrical wires in “Safe-t-opolis, a “toy” model of situations in which live electrical wires spark. Smith followed with a video of how to be safer around situations where water and electricity are in proximity. Electricity is looking for a way to the ground and Smith warned the students not to be the object that comes between the electricity and the ground because the electricity will pass through the body to the ground and the body will be badly hurt. Students learned that you cannot tell if a bare wire is live (which can hurt) or not, but to act as if it were live. At the end of the presentation, Smith distributed “The Shocking Truth about Electrical Safety” and a back sack to all students.

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Holtville Kindergartners Show Off Easter Hats

The kindergarten students at Holtville Elementary made Easter bonnets and hats for the HES “Express Yourself” art fair. The kindergartners paraded their hats the night of the art fair.

Edgewood Students Place In Speech and Writing

In the present year alone in speech and writing, Edgewood Academy has boasted competition winners in the high school division. Sophomore student Kristianna Corbin received first place in the local chapter of the Optimist Club International Essay Contest with sophomore Hunter Woodruff placing third. Senior Chandler Thornton placed first in the local Rotary Club speech contest, with senior classmate Nancy Anne Turner claiming second. Tricia Ward, another member of the senior class, took first place in the AISA speech contest during early December. Top left are Hunter Woodruff and Kristiana Corbin; below are, from left, Nancy Anne Turner, Chandler Thornton and Patricia Ward, all senior class speech competition winners. Montgomery Parents I May 2013

WES Holds ‘Pink Out’ Day To Raise Charity Funds

Wetumpka Elementary School students had a “Pink Out” day April 12. They also wore hats in an effort to “put a cap on breast cancer.” Students and teachers at Wetumpka Elementary raised $384 that was donated to the Joy to Life Foundation to help women in underserved counties receive mammograms.


Wetumpka’s Faculty Follies Enjoys Another Year

Wetumpka Elementary hosts “Faculty Follies” as a school fundraiser each year. Many teachers and staff members participated by dressing up and performing for students and parents. Shown are a group of Kung Fu Panda performers.

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Langham Visits Redland During Read Across America

Elmore County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Langham read to Misty Trussell’s third-grade class during Read Across America Week at Redland Elementary.

Holtville Middle Announces Students of the Month

Each month, Holtville Middle School honors a special group of students that are voted on by their teachers as Students of the Month. These students are focused and driven, demonstrate respect and responsibility, are willing to help others and demonstrate compassion. The following students were named Student of the Month for the month of January: 5th grade: Brendan Carney and Alex McClurg; 6th grade: Laura McCullough and Hannah Westbrook; 7th grade: Dalton Barnett; and 8th grade: Julianne Turner. Back row from left are: Dalton Barnett, Julianne Turner and Alex McClurg; and front, Brendan Carney, Laura McCullough and Hannah Westbrook.

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Students from Wetumpka Elementary School recently enjoyed a visit from the “Strength Team, “ who offered a special presentation about handling bullies.

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Wetumpka Middle Students Compete in ACES Contest Several Wetumpka Middle School band students recently competed in the River Region’s annual Artistic Competition for Exceptional Students (ACES). The students had to perform a prepared solo for a panel of judges. Zaylah Anderson, a seventh-grade flute player, was awarded third place and received a $50 scholarship to use toward enhancing her music education. Hannah Geno, an eighth-grade clarinet player, and Clay Simonton, a seventh-grade percussionist, both received Honorable Mention Awards for outstanding solo performances.



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Holtville Students Win Farm-City Poster Contest

Elmore County Farm-City Poster Contest winners for grades 4-6 included Overall County winners, from left, Ella Forbus, second place, and Whitney Culverhouse, first place, with their teacher, Brenda Wiggins. Both girls are Holtville Elementary fourth- grade students. Culverhouse’s poster will represent Elmore County at the state contest. Each student was honored at an awards dinner at the Catfish House in Millbrook with their family and teacher. This year’s poster theme was “Grown Safely and Extra Tasty.” Montgomery Parents I May 2013


Airport Road Intermediate Welcomes Seussville!

Holtville High Joins HES During Read Across America

On March 4, the Holtville High School Book Club participated in Read Across America with the students at Holtville Elementary School. Along with the Book Club sponsor, Lana Pratt, students went to several classrooms to read and discuss books written by Dr. Seuss. The event went so well that the HHS students have been invited back soon for other reading activities with the elementary students.

Airport Road Intermediate School transformed itself into Seussville with a cast of colorful characters from Dr. Seuss books. The week-long celebration of all things Dr. Seuss included a Read-A-Thon and a PTO family night. Each pod decorated its hallways with a theme from a Dr. Seuss book. You could find The Lorax, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, The Cat in the Hat, Circus McGurkus, Green Eggs and Ham, And to Think I Saw it On Mulberry Street, My Many Colored Days, The Foot Book, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. During the PTO family night, drawings were held for Dr. Seuss books and whole pizzas. Then the students and parents visited Seussville for various activities, including listening to a story, making a Lorax tree, or solving a puzzle. Students could also participate in the AEA Read Across America Read-AThon by taking multiple Accelerated Reader tests in 24 hours and contributing to the 3 million-plus tests taken nationwide. Students had fun trying to identify the more obscure characters that students chose on dress-up day. Although there were many “Things” and “Cats in Hats,” there were a good number of “Mary Lous,” too. Spotted also were characters from There’s a Wocket in My Pocket and Hop on Pop. In an informal survey, fourth-graders chose Horton Hears a Who! and third-graders chose The Lorax as their favorite books.


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Wetumpka Middle Band Receives Excellent Ratings

Redland Students Place in Farm-City Poster Contest

Redland Elementary third-grade students Christopher Dell’Aria and Drew Bray won first and second place in the first-through third-grade division of the Elmore County Farmers Federation FarmCity Poster Contest. This year’s poster theme was “Grown Safely and Extra Tasty.” Dell’Aria’s poster went on to the state contest. Each student was honored at an awards dinner at the Catfish House in Millbrook with their family and teacher. From left are Bray and Dell’Aria with their teacher, Misty Trussell.

The Wetumpka Middle School Band had an outstanding performance at the Alabama Music Performance Assessment (MPA) March 12 in Alexander City. Band members received ratings of “Excellent” from all three judges for their stage performance. The second portion of the assessment, sight-reading, required the students to perform a piece they’d never seen after only seven minutes of instruction. The band received the highest rating possible, Superior, for this performance. 54

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WES Students Help Heart Association

Shown are some recent participants in Jump Rope for Heart at Wetumpka Elementary School. Proceeds from this event go to help the American Heart Association.



Holtville Students Virtually Visit Author

On March 1, a selected group of Holtville Elementary fourth-graders experienced a virtual author visit with Carole Marsh, an awardwinning children’s author of mystery fiction and non-fiction. After she read a short chapter from her new book, the students asked questions. This virtual field trip took place in the Holtville Elementary library and was orchestrated by Media Specialist Natalie McLemore. McLemore’s inspiration was the fourth grade’s Unit 4 Reading Theme, “Puzzles and Mysteries,” which ended with the selection Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander.

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Victory Baptist Students Win Ribbons for Fine Arts Victory Baptist School attended the ACEA Fine Arts Competition March 15. Victory’s Choral Group took first place. Participating students, shown below, were Ryan Allen, Macie Beeler, Joshua Carlisle, Anna Cole, Jared Corbitt, Anna Dickson, Jake Groff, Sam Groff, Hayden Harrison, Tyler Rigby, Chloe Smith, Kaitlin Smith, Abby Taunton and Tori Trucks. Individual students brought home three first-place ribbons, five second-

place ribbons, and four third-place ribbons. First-place winners were James Johnson in Declamation Interpretation, Vanessa Craig with her Historical Poster and Joslyn DeBonis with her Oil Painting. Second-place winners were Anna Cole and Tori Trucks in Small Vocal Ensemble/Duet, Macie Beeler in Sculpture, Chloe Smith in

Animal Photography, and Austin Meads in Woodworking. Third-place winners were Micah Smith in Dramatic Interpretation, Tori Trucks in Acrylic Painting, Anna Cole in Female Vocal Solo, and Austin Meads in Landscape Photography.

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Millbrook Middle Announces March Bucket Filler Winners

Umbrellas Create Shade In Airport Road Courtyard

The beautification of Airport Road Intermediate School continues with the idea of a grassy courtyard between the gym and the main building. Providing shade like an oak tree, huge and cheerful red umbrellas anchored to picnic tables create a delightful place in which to eat lunch. Principal Marcia Stephens had ordered eight custommade table/bench combinations and four independent benches for the courtyard, enough to accommodate a fourth-grade class or two third-grade classes. In addition, nearby air-conditioning units were protected with open lattice fences, lending a finishing touch to the outdoor scene.

Millbrook Middle School has completed a great year of “Bucket Filling.” Counselor Mrs. Law says that any fifth-grader can easily explain that Bucket Filling is when 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. The faculty and staff at MMS hope that this idea will continue to guide students throughout life. During the school year, teachers have encouraged, reminded, and recognized everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at school. The faculty used monthly competitions, bucket tickets, and certificates to cheer on the students’ bucket filling. Back row from left are: Kyleigh Culotta, Sage Gibson, Anna Mitchell Clark, Aiden Adams and Payton Williams; front row: Makayla Groulx, Crache Denman, Simon Wilson, LaRicka Parks and Jordan Reeves. The homeroom winner for the fifth grade was Mrs. Myers’s room with 233 bucket tickets. 56

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WES Students Win Coloring Contest

These are the winners from Wetumpka Elementary School’s coloring contest sponsored by Wetumpka Health and Rehab.


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Redland Student Attends National Geographic State Bee

Andre Bordlee, a sixth-grade student at Redland Elementary, attended the National Geographic Bee at the state level on April 5 at Samford University in Birmingham. In order to go to state, Bordlee had to win the National Geographic Bee at Redland first. He also completed a written test and scored in the top 100 in the state. Although Bordlee did not place at the state level, he achieved an outstanding accomplishment in getting to state and represented Redland Elementary School with pride. Andre is shown with his mom, Vanessa; dad, Stephen; and brother, Seth. Montgomery Parents I May 2013


Victory’s Senior High Choir Places First in State

Victory Baptist School’s senior high choir went to ACEA State Competition on March 15 and placed first. The students are directed by Ashley Galloway, who is a graduate from VBS and has a degree in music. VBS also had several other competitors in different categories that placed : Mike Haynes, 2nd piano; Emily Carlisle, 3rd violin; Danae Todd, 2nd sacred piano; Hannah Quates and Morgan Barnes, 2nd in duet acting, and Andy Cole, Victoria Craig and Nathan Byrd, 2nd in small ensemble.

Holtville Celebrates Seuss with Silly Socks

Holtville Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss the week of March 4. Some firstgraders dressed in crazy socks for “Fox in Socks” day!

Airport Road Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day

Airport Road Intermediate School students in several classrooms understood the genetic disorder better after celebrating World Down Syndrome Day March 21 in the library with their classmates who have Down syndrome. Teacher Stephanie Selvage dispelled myths about Down syndrome such as its rarity (one in 800 births), its hereditary status (sporadic, chance event), and life expectancy of a child (80% reach age 55). That extra chromosome (47 instead of 46) may slow a child’s progress, but many children with Down syndrome can learn to read and write. Children with Down syndrome grow up and some can participate fully in life activities, such as working, driving a car, voting, getting married, and living on their own. Children with Down syndrome have feelings that can get hurt just like any other child who is teased or bullied. The afternoon ended with home-baked goods and refreshments from the teachers.


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Lessons from a Spider by Marla Cilley

This morning while I was taking my bath I noticed a little feathery spider crawling across my ceiling. I have been watching this spider since last fall. It is a happy living thing and I have become protective of it! For many months it lived in the corner over my tub. When I first noticed the spider, I thought it was dead. When I started to clear the cobweb it moved! I was shocked. I had no idea that it was alive. What was it eating? One evening I started my bath water and notice it was in the bottom of the tub; I rescued it and put it behind a basket. That brings me to this morning. I had been gone for a week and had forgotten about the spider. Then I look up and see her. I like to think of the spider as a she! I watched her crawl across the ceiling toward the light over the sink, I saw her

fall every few steps. I was standing ready to catch her if she fell into my bath water, but she did not fall very far. She had built herself a safety net. Every few steps she would anchor her web. Then if she slipped she would only fall a few inches. This was how she could defy gravity. Her web gave her sure footing and security if she did fall. I pondered this while I was meditating in the tub. What lessons could I learn from watching her? Build yourself a safety net was the first one I thought of. I do this in lots of ways. 1. I have a $20 bill on my key ring in a capsule. 2. I have a hand bar to help me get out of the tub. 3. I have an emergency kit in my truck. 4. I have friends I can call. 5. I have backup chargers and wifi. 6. I have my keys on a lanyard so they don’t get lost. 7. I put my purse in the same place when I get home. 8. I have my routines.


The second lesson that came to mind was her patience. She did not get in a hurry! Each step was slow and steady! So many times we miss out on the fun because we are too rushed to stop and be in the moment. I have enjoyed living in peace for many years. I was in no rush to get out of the tub. The time I spent watching her journey sparked this essay. The third lesson I saw was to follow your instincts! She already knew how to spin her web. She was true to who she was! She was a spider, doing what spiders do best! Many times we get caught trying to be who everyone else thinks we should be and we don’t follow our own path. Our routines become our safety nets, they allow us to take baby steps to get our homes in order and then they free us to be who we were meant to be. Are your ready to FLY?

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On the Ball for Summer

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

It’s time to get on the ball for summer! Before children get hooked on an endless stream of videos, before the video console becomes a critical part of the daily routine – get them up and active with games and toys that will get the ball rolling. The curve of a ball always means movement when properly deployed as they bounce, roll, spin and rock. Before your kids get bowled over with the lure of the couch and electronics, check out the following recommendations that will generate active play as summer rolls up!

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Teeter Ball

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See-saws and teeter-totters are the first go-to destination for kids at almost every playground. Now you can up the action at home with the Teeter Ball. This clever design not only allows kids to teeter (and totter) the traditional way, but also includes a ball maze at the top of the fulcrum which adds an additional challenge for kids. The Teeter Ball is essentially a see-saw on a ball base which allows for rotation and tilting in addition to the up and down motion – so kids can explore a variety of moves as they work to direct the ball around its track. Portable, lightweight and indoor-friendly, the ups and downs of the Teeter Ball completely rock!

It’s easy to get outdoor play up and running in an instant with the Nerf Flag Football set. Nerf’s reputation for creating toys that encourage movement gets extra props for this collection of gear that makes teamwork (and taking sides) part of safe low-contact play. The set comes with Nerf’s Water Blitz coating that protects the football from absorbing moisture while retaining its superior grip texture for the long pass (or the fake, depending on the game plan). Add in the easy-clip flags (two color teams of eight) and you’ve got the makings of an epic moment in backyard sports. The Nerf Flag Football set is complete with everything kids need to get their running game on – fast.

Grow-to-Pro Basketball Set

YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball

Ready to meet kids of all sizes on the court, the Grow-toPro Basketball Set is equipped for take the youngest basketball player from tot-to-tall with simple adjustments as their skills improve. With a starting goal height of three feet, the beginner basketball player can take his first shots with confidence. There’s even a removable ball-return to reduce the frustration of chasing wayward balls. As the hoopster improves (and grows), the goal height can rise to a height of four, five and eventually six feet – so the challenge keeps up with the child. While the set is okay for indoor use, outdoor set-up is recommended so the base can be weighted with water or sand, stabilizing it for no-holds-barred dunking. Durable and versatile, the Grow-to-Pro Basketball Set gets kids in the game for the long run.

Nothing heralds the true arrival of summer like homemade ice cream. But if there’s going to be enough ice cream for everyone, everyone needs to lend a hand in its creation. With an adult to measure the simple ingredients into the ball – it’s simply a matter of screwing the cylinder shut and passing the ball around. The ball needs to be rolled, rocked and shaken for about ten minutes (for the pint size) – simply keep it in motion. After a mid-chill open, scrape and stir, the ball is ready another round of movement. Ten minutes later, it’s time to bust out the bowls for ice cream! Ideal for picnics, camping and any gathering with kids who all want to “help”, the YayLabs Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball lets small hands join in the production of a chilly summer treat.

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Mom's Toolbox of Summer

Sanity Savers

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“I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do!” Moms dread to hear these two refrains, especially in the weeks after the school year ends. Between keeping the house running smoothly, and ensuring a good balance of entertainment, education and relaxation, it can be an overwhelming time. But with preparation and the right tools, you can save your sanity and make it a summer to remember. Here are a few proven summer-ready tools any mom can use:

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You know those tasks that always fall to the bottom of the list? Summer can be a great time to have the kids help you complete them. Breaking them into short, 15-minute jobs and setting up a lottery system for assigning them (where everyone has a chance of drawing a “day off”) can make chores less like work. Create your own job jar by designating an empty container to fill with slips of paper containing the chores to be done (along with some free day slips). Include tasks such as: wiping down kitchen cabinet fronts, dusting slats on wood blinds, or cleaning out the silverware drawer. Make the jobs simpler for younger children or plan on assisting, should they draw a more difficult job. Also, keep jobs brief enough to be easily completed in 15 minutes You can put an entire summer’s worth of jobs in the jar and have children draw slips daily until the jar is empty. Or you can fill it weekly with enough chores for children to draw one apiece each day. Then make note of small jobs around the house as you notice them, to be added to the job jar later.

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of your favorites, now’s your chance). There are plenty of reading lists available for kids of all ages. If your school gives out a summer reading list, start with that. Some kids enjoy the challenge of reading all the recent award-winners. And occasionally schools offer rewards for those who complete a list. Book awards include the Caldecott Medal (for picture books), Geisel medal (beginning reader), Newbery, and Coretta Scott King (African American authors and illustrators). Many states also have their own young readMontgomery Parents I May 2013

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-wipe down fronts of kitchen cabinets -wash out insides of all household wastebaskets -wipe down baseboards (in one or two given rooms) -clean fingerprints from door jams (in one room) -vacuum off couches and chairs and under cushions -wipe down chair rungs in dining room -pull weeds in one flower bed -dust off fan blades of all ceiling fans ers’ book awards, in which students can participate by reading a minimum number of books from the list of nominees before voting for their favorites. As a parent, you can also create your own reading list to target specific goals you have for your children. Kara Haas requires her two sons to read three different types of books each summer: one Christian biography, one historical fiction and one fiction. Then she asks them to answer questions she and her husband have created.

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Every mom should have a master plan for fun. Decide when you’ll make local excursions and where you’ll go. Some moms, like Emily Neal, make the outings a weekly event and invite friends to join them. This makes planning ahead important. Involve your children in brainstorming destinations. You could include nearby water parks, new-to-you playgrounds, ice cream shops, museums, zoos, and gardens. Don’t forget to have both indoor and outdoor options so you can flex with the weather. Even a trip to the party store to buy zany masks for at-home fun can make a difference, Neal points out. “Sometimes the simplest things are the coolest,” she says. Having a plan for fun ensures that you won’t be stuck at home wondering what to do. And you won’t finish the summer regretting not visiting places you’d hoped to. “It’s important to be deliberate about it,” says Neal. “It’s fun to look back and have all those memories.”

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The Life Skills Drill

School is for learning the three R’s. Home is where our children should be mastering life skills that enable them to navigate the everyday world. Starting with the basics such as cleaning a bathroom and then progressing in their tween and teen years to such skills as balancing a checkbook and changing the oil on a car. Haas has made skill development a priority for her boys’ summers. “Every summer since they were ten they have learned a new skill that will help them when they own their own home or manage their homes. Some years it has been painting, placing sidewalk pavers, basic con-

Life Skills Options -Making an emergency phone call -Cleaning pet cages and food bowls -Cooking a simple meal -Laundry, including folding and ironing -Basic bicycle repair and maintenance -Lawn mowing -Replacing a fuse on circuit breaker -Balancing a checkbook -Painting walls and trim -Basic vegetable and fruit canning

struction, and even sewing,” she explains. “I’d watch their life and think, what are they old enough to do? Or what am I tired of doing for them?” Choose one or two new skills you’d like to see your child master. Then create a plan. How often will they practice the new skill - once a week, once a month, or repetitively for a short time during the course of a single longer project? Who will teach them the skill and how will the child demonstrate he has mastered it? Using these tools you’ll be keeping your children active mentally and socially. And they’ll be helping you out and developing abilities that will last long after the summer is over. mp Lara Krupicka is a freelance writer and mom to three girls. She loves using a Job Jar and is always amazed at how her daughters can read their way through entire lists of award-winning books over the course of a summer.


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• Coosa River Adventures 415 Company Street, Wetumpka 514-0279. Available all days (weather permitting). Scheduling is required. Cost is $49 per two-person canoe, $45 per sit-on-top, two person kayak and $29 per sit-on-top, one-person kayak. Cost includes transportation to the launch site, paddles and life jackets. Shuttle rate for those owning their own equipment is $10 per kayak or canoe. Try out tote-n-float Program. Simply tote one of our boats and float your favorite waters. Canoes are $49 a day. Discounts are available for 8 or more boats paid in advance Monday - Friday. Please add tax to prices listed. Please visit us on the web at Call for appointment and scheduling.

• Armory Learning Arts Center 1018 Madison Ave., Montgomery 241-ARTS (2787)* Lot of Summer Programs to choose from. Dates and programs to be announced in May. Please call for more information.

• Swayback Bridge Trail Hiking/Biking approximate 8-mile trail with arrows and 1/4-mile markers so you can turn back when you reach your limit. Or the looping nature of the trail allows for crossover at several points to shorten your trip. Trail has views of creek and the Swayback Bridge, which is part of the old Hwy. 231. No charge, but do accept donations to help maintain the trail. No motorized vehicles or horses allowed. Trailhead is on Jordan Dam Road in Elmore County. Art.

Diana Gray-Williams, 1803 West Bird St., Montgomery, 657-7685 or 593-3419. Each summer we offer enrichment programs which include music, arts and crafts, reading, math, creative writing, and field trips. Music Camps - Featuring Piano, Dance, Voice, Art June 10th-14th: Ages 3-5; June 17th-21st: Ages 6-10 July 11th-15th: Ages 11-15; Register Today! Limited Spaces. Ask about our Home School Music Program and After School Arts Program. Please visit our website for more information

• Artistic Expressions Pottery studio in Prattville - 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 365-8990 or 285-7878. Tile Tuesdays and Story hour offered during the summer. Dates and times to be announced. Please visit us at or check out our facebook page https://www.

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• ARTumpka 300 W. Tallassee St., Wetumpka, 578-9485 Painting, drawing, music, sculpture and pottery. Camp dates: June 17-20 and July 15-18. Times to be announced. Please visit our website for more information and to view registration form. • 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. 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.

• Camp Shakespeare

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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 (education link). For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or

• Camp Shakespeare Extreme

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 • McBrien Design Art Studio (334) 361-2238 Frances McBrien Email: 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 dayExploring 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 Painting, Sculpting, Mosaics, etc.:

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• Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

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

• P’zzaz Art Studio

354-1975, 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)

Mini Monet: This camp is designed especially for 4-5 year olds! We will study famous artist, explore acrylic paint, watercolor, drawing, and more! June 4-6, 10:0012:00, Cost: $70 Texture Time: What fun we will have as we explore the many ways to create art using texture! In addition to learning ways to add texture we will also be learning to use a palette knife, make mosaics, and how to use found objects in our paintings! Students will complete really ‘wow’ type pieces in this class! June 4th-6th, 12:30-2:00 Ages 10-13, Cost: $150 P’zazz-5 Day Art Camp: This camp is one of our most popular camps. It blends art history and the finer side of art with the fun and funky side of art as well. We explore it all... Acrylic paint, pastel, watercolor, splatter paint, t-shirts, and more! Ages 6-9, June 10-14, 1:00-3:30 Ages 10-13, July 15-19, 1:00-3:30; Cost:$125 P’zazzy Zazz Art Camp: This camp explores the fun and funky side of art as we splatter paint, make t-shirts, glue art, paper quill, printmaking, recycled art, and soooo much more! June 18-20, Ages 6-9, 10:00-12:30 Ages 10-13, 1:00-3:30, Cost:$90; July 23-25, Ages 6-9, 10:00-12:30, Ages 10-13, 1:00-3:30, Cost: $90 Please contact Kasey Hope to register 334.354.1975 and visit our website at for more information.

• Trinity Summer Art Camps

1700 East Trinity Blvd., 334-213-2100 Art Camp: Rising 1st-3rd and 4th -5th, June 11-13 (Session 1) Art Camp: Rising 1st-3rd and 4th -5th, July 16-18 (Session 2); You can register online by going to www. For more information please call Nicole Yohn at 213-2155. • Wetumpka Depot Players Workshop “Acting Up!” Is your child a future Broadway star? Join us this summer for theatre training in a fun, supportive

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environment. The program this year will be “Disney 101 Dalmation Kids”; Sign up dates: June 1 at 2 p.m. and June 2nd at 5 p.m. Please pick one of these dates… you do not have to attend both. First rehearsal & Mandatory Parent’s Meeting will be Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. Music Rehearsals: Wednesdays, June 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. Camp Week: Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Performances will be Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m.; Cost: $150, Ages: rising 3rd graders and above. Accepting registrations now through May 20. Please call Kristy Meanor, 868-1440 for more information or email

Bowling • BAMA Lanes 272-5423, 3020 Atlanta Highway EAT ‘n’ BOWL, while lane availability lasts, until 8 p.m. daily with the exception of Friday, where it ends at 4 p.m. (includes 3 games, shoe rental, and meal). Prices vary upon day and time. • BAMA Lanes in Prattville 358-8600, 1734 East Main Street EAT ‘n’ BOWL, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (includes 2 games, shoe rental, and meal) Prices and times vary upon day. • Brunswick Bowling 334-819-7171, 1661 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery Wide array of entertainment: Bowling, Arcade, Cosmic Bowling, Pool tables, Banquet areas available. Lounge and Full service snack bar. Please call for Summer pricing or visit our website at

Dance/Gymnastics/Cheer • Alabama Dance Theatre

1018 Madison Avenue, 241-2590 The Alabama Dance Theatre will be offering summer classes in classes in classical ballet (pre-ballet to the professional level), pointe and variations, pas de deux, dance history composition, modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and tap June 3-21 and July 1-19. Highlights of summer classes include classical ballet training to the professional level and creative movement classes open to ages 3-7. There will also be a “Tutu’s and Tiara’s” camp for ages 3 to 8 from June 24-28. The Alabama Dance Theatre Summer Seminar for intermediate and advanced dancers will be held July 22nd-August 5th. Classes will be held at the Armory Learning Arts Center, home of the Alabama Dance Theatre. For more information call 334241-2590 or visit • Armory Athletics Center 1018 Madison Ave; 241-2789; Benjamin Morrow, Director. The Armory Gymnastics Center is the largest gymnastics center in the area. In fact, over 800 gymnasts take advantage of our top of the line facility each week. Summer Session at the Armory is from June 3 until August 2, although, you can begin classes at any time. The tuition is $45 per month for 2 class per week. Each additional class or each additional child is a rate of $30 per class. $40 Annual per family fee. We have classes as early as 9 a.m. in the morning and our last class is at 6:00 pm. Children may begin gymnastics as early as the age of two, and we have classes to fit your skill level - even for adults! Gymnastics includes the floor exercise, balance beam, vault, rings, uneven bars, and more. We also offer Cheerleading and Tumbling classes. We’re excited to announce that we have a discount for homeschooling families during the school year. Registration for Summer begins now! Register NOW as our classes fill up quickly.


• 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 • C.J.’S Dance Factory 334.467.8603; Classes in Ballet/ Tap/ Jazz/ Preschool Dance and Power Tumble. Inspiring young children to express themselves and develop self esteem while making them better dancers! Classes meet every Thursday beginning June 20th-July 25th. No registration fee. For more information call: 334-467-8603 or visit: or on facebook. • Dance Generation 65 Ashburton Dr.; 395-4300 Tap, ballet, jazz, baton, lyrical and gymnastics. Ages 3-adult, Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Cost depending on class. Call for more information. • Lisa’s Dance Dimensions 2981 Main St., Millbrook, 285-5515 or 221-4622 Classes available include: Rhythm (3-5 yrs.), Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Gymnastics; Ages 3-Adult. Day and evening classes available. Registration going on now and classes begin in June. • Mann Dance Studio 422 Pratt St., Prattville, 365-5154. Ages 3 - 18. Summer Classes – Classes will be in June and July. Class size limited so sign up today. Ages:3-5 years old classes include ballet, tap, gymnastics and Jazz. Ages 6-18 classes include ballet, tap, gymnastics, baton, Jazz/Hip Hop. Please call 365-5154 to enroll. • Majorette, Baton, & Dance Studio of Prattville Every Tuesday in June; Ages 3-16

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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.

• Montgomery Ballet

2101 Eastern Blvd. Suite 223, 409-0522. Fairytale Ballet camp: (ages 3-5) June 10-14 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.; (ages 5-7) June 17-21 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.; (ages 6-8) June 24-28 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. This delightful camp gives young dancers a wonderful summer experience learning all about classical ballet and using the fairytale ballets for inspiration and creativity. Summer camp is offered for dancers of all ages and levels, who desire the best training available and who are up for the challenge of refining their technique whilst making new friends and having some creative fun. There are a wide variety of classes offered during Summer camp. Participants in the Summer camp will have the opportunity to perform at the end of camp in the studio showcase on Friday, June 28. The Montgomery Ballet’s Intensive Summer Seminar will be conducted at The Montgomery Ballet studios June 30-July 27 for Advanced and intermediate levels. Students ages 12 and up who have at least two years of formal ballet training are encouraged to register for this two, three or four -week seminar. Please call the Montgomery Ballet to schedule an audition for the program. Scheduled classes include: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de deux, variations, Modern, and both traditional and innovative repertory. You can also take specialty classes in nutrition, career management, and press/media relations. Prices vary. Please call for pricing. Please call 409-0522 for more information or visit

• Prattville’s Performing and Visual Arts Camp The camp is all arts, encompassing: Art, Dance, Music and Drama. The camp’s professional instructor are Kasey Hope, owner of Pzazz (art instructor), C.J. Martin (owner of C.J.’s Dance Factory and dance instructor) and Judy Ritchie (voice and drama) from Texas. Two week long camps for ages 4-6, 7-9, and 10-up; June 10-14th “On Broadway’ and July 15-19, 9am-12pm. Please visit us at Call 334.361.0554.

• Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection

3370 Harrison Rd., 277-1098; Summer dance camp and summer dance classes available. Dates to be announced. 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.

• 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.

Day Camps • 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 fullday programs. Academics, 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.

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 for more information. **Boys & Girls Clubs of Montgomery, 832-4288 Trenholm Boys & Girls Club, 386-3055 Chisholm, 2612 Lower Wetumpka, 265-2469 West End, 220 Crenshaw St, 263-3371 Focus on 5 core program areas: Education, Arts, Sports & Recreation, Health & Life Skills and Citizenship Leadership Development. Cost: $5 per child per year. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Call for school term schedule. www. • Camp Activate Camp Activate is for students who would like to improve their social functioning in a fun and exciting environment. Camp is designed to help students through the use of direct instruction, role playing, discussion, modeling, and participating in outdoor and indoor group games and activities. Session 1 June 17-20, Session 2 June 24-27. Hours: 9 am to 12 pm each day. For ages K-2nd grade. Location: 141 1st Street, Prattville, AL. Cost: $175 per session or $300 for both. For more info contact Jennifer Venable-Humphrey, MSW, LCSW, PIP. Social Work


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• Camp Grandview — YMCA 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:

• Eagle Day Camp at The Montgomery Academy

• 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. or www. **Community Centers have various programs including arts & crafts, field trips and sports for children during

Call 270-0183. Dates: May 28-July 26, from 7:30-5:30. A fun filled day camp for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Offered for nine weeks over the summer. Half day option is available from 7:30 until noon. Open to all children in the River Region, the camp will offer wholesome and fun-filled activities for you 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. Half Day is $150 and Full Day is $200 a week. Full Day Campers must bring a lunch. Snack will be provided. Please visit our website for more information.

• Kinder Camp Eagle at The Montgomery Academy

ing 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 . Online registration will be available April 1 or parents can also stop by Guest Services to register. • 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..

Call 270-0183; Dates: 7/22 - 7/26 Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Half days for one week; Age: Gr. K. Fee is $95.00. Other: Designed for children who will be 5 by Sept. 1st and going into kindergarten, to explore science, art and music. Visit

• YMCA East Branch Call 272-3390. Dates: May 28 – Aug. 16 Goodtimes program offered. Includes themed weeks, swimming, field trips, indoor and outdoor pool with two slides.

• Summer Fashion Camps 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 Accessoriz-

• 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

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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. Please 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 refresh-

ments. 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- June 10-13 Soccer Camp, August 5-8 Golf Camp-June 17-20 Tennis Camp-July 15-18 Boys basketball, June 10-13 Fishing Camp-July 29-August 1 Wrestling Camp-July 8-11 Girls Volleyball, June 3-6 Please call for pricing. Pricing is based on how many 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.

Day Trips • Callaway Gardens US Hwy 18, Pine Mountain, GA; 706-663-2281; 1-800-Callaway; Summer hours- 9:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Callaway Gardens is a great location for family vacations in Georgia. Your family will love hiking in our gardens, swimming in Robin Lake, exploring the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, golf, spa and more. Also, the Summer Family Adventure has partnered with The FSU Flying High Circus to provide a family camp experience that captivates all ages, interests and skills with expert-led programs the whole family will love. Our younger guests, age 3-18, are whisked away daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to participate in our children’s center and day camp activities, while our adults can spend the day as active or leisurely as they please. Sample activities available for children and adults include. (Activities vary based on age groups). Circus skills including acrobats, juggling and more, teen activities, tennis clinics, water skiing & tubing, camp crafts, nature and wildlife adventures, fishing, archery, beach fun, cookouts, and more! • Chewacla State Park 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy. Auburn; 887-5621; 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins. Weekdays: $2 for Adults; Weekends: $3 for Adults; Children 6 to 11 years of age and senior citizens: $1 • DeSoto State Park 13883 County Road 89, Fort Payne, AL; 256-845-0051;; Nestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this

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3,502-acre park provides Mountain Chalets, Log & Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, Meeting Rooms, and also has both Improved & Primitive campgrounds. Also features a picnic area with playground, Olympic-size swimming pool, nature center with interpretive programs and live animals, & over 19 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails. May 4 Annual Wildflower Saturday. • Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA; (404) 581-4000; www.; With more than eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! Admission rates start $23.95 (toddlers 2 and under Free); annual, premium, combo, and group rates available • Horseshoe Bend Military Park 11288 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Daviston, AL; (256) 2347111; Monday-Sunday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Tour the free museum and view the 22 minute film, “The Battle of Horseshoe Bend”. Then enjoy hiking the trails, a picnic, canoe the Tallapoosa River, and go fishing. Children (6 to 12 years old) with families are encouraged to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. Program booklets are available free at the Visitor Center. Children completing the required activities will be awarded a Certificate and Junior Ranger Badge. The program must be completed while in the Park and is not available for groups. • Imagine It! Children’s Hands on Museum 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA; 404-659-KIDS [5437] Atlanta’s only children’s museum, is the perfect place for children age eight and under and their families to learn and explore together in a safe and fun hands-on environment. • McWane Science Center 200 19th Street North, Birmingham; (205) 714-8300;; Rates range $9.00-$17.00; Children under 2 Free; Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm • Stone Mountain U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, GA; 1- 800-401-2407;; Park admission- $22.00- $28.00; Toddlers 2 and under Free, Discounts and annual passes available; Summer at the Rock! June 1-August 1; 10:30 am -8:00 pm. Lots of fun and activities including laser shows, hiking, musical entertainment, kids’ foam pit, Summit Skyride, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure. June 12-15- Atlanta Fest- the South’s premier Christian music festival. Featuring Toby Mac, The Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Crowder, LeCrae, and many more artists. Free camping at the event site available for all Atlanta Fest guests; contact Atlanta Fest at 800.783.8839 for additional details. • Windcreek State Park 4325 Alabama Highway 128, Alexander City, AL; 256329-0845; This park spans 1,445 acres along the shores of scenic Lake Martin, that is a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. Park facilities include the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites.

Educational Camps • Camp CEO 334-244-3642 June 16-21; AUM’s Division for Continuing Education and School of Business will host a new residential summer camp focused on business leadership this summer. The camp will give teens a sneak peak into what college

life is like. They will make new friends and get a chance to decide if business is the right major for them when they enroll I college. Attendees will: Experience what it is like to be on a college campus, Meet local business leaders, Receive instruction from the AUM School of Business, Gain business etiquette training, Improve communication and leadership skills, Discover the components of a successful business model and what it takes to be successful in business, Work with peers from across the state, Enjoy group work and team building activities, Have FUN! Activities include: Attend a council meeting, Work with city officials on city planning, Tour the new and old Montgomery, Business etiquette training dinner at The Capitol City Club, Workout and swim in AUM’s Wellness Center, Game night in Warhawk Alley, Cookout and Scavenger Hunt in the Grove; Week-long Residential Camp on AUM Campus; Check in Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. Camp ends after lunch (1 p.m.) on Sunday, June 21 Fee: $495, fees include meals, housing, activities, materials and field trips.

• Green Gate School

3265 McGehee Rd.; Contact Yvonna Richardson, 281-3300; Theme: “ASTRONAUT CAMP”; Ages 12 months-12 years. Monday- Friday, flexible rates and hours. 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Green Gate has designed our astronaut camp so different aged students will focus on different program components. Each component is age appropriate. Our goal is to both entertain and educate. Students can attend one or all nine programs. We promise you will not hear your child say “I am bored at camp! and “We do the same stuff everyday!” Forty one summer programs have taught us children love to explore rather than sit and listen or read, find pretending they are someone else, somewhere else is exciting, and enjoy self-directed, hands-on activities opposed to teacher instructed. Students of all ages 12 months to 12 years love adventure. Our experienced summer staff is comprised of Green Gate teachers eager

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to explore the universe with your astronaut (child). Programs include: Labeling the Stars and Mapping the Heavens, Designing and Building a Space Station, and Building and Launching Rockets. For the nine weeks of summer, students will be encouraged to think like an astronaut while snacking on astronaut treats. Campers will enjoy visits from a USAF Pilot, an Astronomer, and an Aeronautical Engineer, and take field trips to see a real Moon Rock, our Planetarium, and Maxwell AFB. Our certified elementary teachers will continue to lead spelling bees and math bingo games and build writing skills by encouraging Astronauts to journal. We will continue to use our vintage game room including foosball, air hockey, Ping-Pong, and others. Call Yvonna Richardson at 281-3300 today for registration information or email:

• 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. • 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 it’s own theme with activities that correlate with that theme. Please call for rates. • S.T.E.M. with Arduino UNO Montgomery, Al; William A T Bottger, 334-221-7703 Full week of S.T.E.M. activities for 70 above average students who serious about learning, programming, electronics, robotics, and math. Classes offered every day of week for 3 hours a day. Morning sessions start at 9 a.m. and afternoon sessions start at 1 p.m. Multiple weeks available in June and July 2013 with maximum class size of 5. Minimum age is 13 years. Fee is $330.00 for student for 15 hours of class time. Payment required at time reservation is made. Reservations need to be made prior to May 31st. No refunds can be made for any reason.

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• Trinity Summer Educational Camps

1700 East Trinity Blvd., 334-213-2100 Science Camp: Rising 1st-3rd and 4th -5th, June 10-13 Reading, Writing & Arithmetic for First Graders: Rising 1st grade, July 16-18 Reading, Writing & Arithmetic: Rising 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th -6th, 7th-8th, July 29-Aug. 1 You can register online by going to www.trinitywildcats. com. For information call Nicole Yohn at 213-2155.

History • Old Alabama Town 240-4500; 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery Landmarks Foundation presents much more than a collection of 50 restored buildings in the heart of downtown Montgomery. Old Alabama Town is a tribute to our past, a magnificent setting where you step back in time.

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Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Children under 5 yrs. Free; students (ages 6 - 18) $5; adults $10. 10% discount offered to military, AAA and Seniors 55yrs and older.

Horseback Riding Camps • 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 Camps on demand, June and July. Dates available by request. SuCaro Ridge camps are designed to teach


English 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, unmounted 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.

Libraries • Autauga Prattville Public Library 254 Doster Street, 365-3396, Summer reading program, Activities every Tuesday in June at 10 a.m. The kickoff date will be May 28. Preregister at any Autauga Prattville Public Library Branch Today! The Summer Reading Program is to encourage

reading throughout the summer months. Children going into grades preschool-6th grade are invited to participate. Please visit our website at • Millbrook Library 3650 Grandview Road, 285-6688 Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading.” Ages 5-12; Registration begins May 22nd. End of Summer Party on July 24 at 10a.m. Family Day, Wed. mornings at 10 a.m. starting May 29. Movie Day, Tues. mornings at 10 a.m. starting May 28. Preschool story hour, Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning May 30. All of these will wrap on the 18th of July. • Montgomery Library Check with local branches or check the library page in each month’s issue of Montgomery Parents for story time and video listings. Sign up for summer reading program. • Wetumpka Library 567-1308, 212 S. Main Street “Dig Into Reading”, summer program for grades 1 - 6, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. beginning in June. Meeting at Wetumpka Civic Center. Registration starts in May. “Beneath the Surface”, Summer program for grades 7-12. Thursday beginning in June at 1:00-2:00. Please call for more information.

Martial Arts • Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center 3179 Taylor Rd , Montgomery, 36117; 220-5835; Anne Docarmo. Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center offers an affordable family friendly martial arts program with no long-term contracts. Anti-abduction curriculum, Random Acts of Kindness Program, Academic Achievement Program and MORE all taught by nationally certified instructors...check us out! ***Ages 4 & older/

Lil’ Dragons (ages 4-5) offered during the school year! Special Summer program , 8 weeks for $99 included taekwondo uniform and two buddy passes. Additional programs also offered at Camp STJ for STJ students.

• 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 years old and up. The 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 Camp 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. The Family Karate Center is the ONLY karate center that offers a fully equipped fitness center for parents to use for FREE while children are in class. We are the ONLY school that teaches 2-4 year olds. We are also the only karate center that specializes in teaching special needs students- autistic, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome etc…. Call today for registration and information. We are the only Montgomery school with a Master degree Instructor who specializes in special need children. There is no extra cost for the special needs children. A FREE gift for all new enrollments.

• Fleming’s Martial Arts Institute

4315 Atlanta Hwy, 277-5425 Please call for variety of programs offered throughout the year. Children’s programs offered. Adult and teen pro-

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

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grams offered. Please call for more information. Please visit us at • Johnson Karate & Fitness Academy 3439-A McGehee Road, 284-2344 Please call for more information about our Summer program. Ages 3 and up. Registration now open.

• Montgomery Taekwondo Center

205 Perry Hill Rd at Goodwin Community Center. The Montgomery Taekwondo Center will teach classes all summer long on Mondays and Tuesday (and what a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together). Little Dragons Program (ages 4-6 years) offered from 5:45 6:15. Beginners Class (students ages 6 and above, including adults), 6 p.m. until 6: 50. Advanced Class begins at 6:30 until 7:30. Call Pam Smith at 334-220-5029 for more information. • NextGen Martial Arts, Prattville Hunter Hills Church, 330 Old Farm Lane N, Prattville 334-590-3759; Classes starting at $40 a month for one class per week. Many programs available. Free trial class offered. Please visit us at • Tiger-Rock Taekwondo Academy 2750 Bell Road, 244-9139, Find Your Focus through traditional Taekwondo. Please call for more information regarding Summer Programs.

Music • Allegro School of Fine Arts @ First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry Street Call 241-5150 to register or for date information.


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Diana Gray-Williams, 1803 West Bird St., Montgomery, 657-7685 or 593-3419. Each summer we offer enrichment programs which include music, arts and crafts, reading, math, creative writing, and field trips. Music Camps - Featuring Piano, Dance, Voice, Art June 10th-14th: Ages 3-5; June 17th-21st: Ages 6-10 July 11th-15th: Ages 11-15; Register Today! Limited Spaces. Ask about our Home School Music Program and After School Arts Program. Please visit our website for more information • Junior Piano Camp Sarah Cheetham, 334-462-1741 Dates: 6/24-28; Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.. Please call for more information. Open to intermediate and advanced students in ages 7-12. Students will attend courses in performance, music history, music theory, ear training, and the history of piano literature each day. Email: • 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 for applications.

Recreation • Doster Center 424 South Northington Street, Prattville, 361-3640

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Swim lessons and swim team (enrollment limited). Two week sessions: June 3-14, June 17-28, July 1-12 and July 15-26, 10:15-11 a.m., 11:05-11:50 a.m., 5:40-6:25 Please call for more information. • YMCA Branches Various activities including swimming. Call your local branch for more information. East YMCA, 3407 Pelzer Ave., 272-3390 Southeast YMCA, 3455 Carter Hill Rd.,262-6411 Kershaw YMCA, 2225 W. Fairview Ave., 265-1433 Bell Road YMCA, 2435 Bell Rd., 271-4343 Cleveland Avenue YMCA, 1201 Rosa Parks, 265-0566 Camp Grandview, 4700 Grandview Rd., Millbrook, 285-5381. Prattville YMCA, 600 Main Street, 365-8852 Wetumpka YMCA, Red Eagle Drive, 567-8282 • YMCA Goodtimes Center 279-8878, 2325 Mill Ridge Drive, Montgomery. The YMCA Goodtimes program is designed to give our participants an active way to enjoy the summer, with daily devotions, swim lessons, a water park pool, organized indoor and outdoor games and creative activities. Ages 5 yrs. - 11 yrs. Non- members $115 and Members $80 and The Teen Leadership League for ages 12 yrs. - 14 yrs. $115 non-members; $90 members; $50 non-refundable registration fee for non-member and members. Nonrefundable registration fees as above.

Skating • Eastdale Ice Rink/K Lynn’s Skating School Eastdale Mall, 277-2088. Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 1 - 3 p.m., 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m., Sunday 1 - 3 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. All skating sessions $8 (includes skate rental). Call KLynn’s Skating School after 5 p.m. for lesson rates and schedules.


• Looney’s Skating Rink 3541 McGehee Rd., 281-1032 Wide variety of summer skate programs available during the day and evening. Something for everyone! Prices vary due to day and event. Please visit us on facebook or call for more information. • River Skate Montgomery A skateboard, rollerblade, bike and scooter park. Membership is sold in seasonal passes. Protective gear is required. If you don’t have your own helmet, etc., you may rent them. Please call for Summer hours and prices. Call 240-4017 for more details. • Skate Zone 2000 LLC 88 Red Eagle Pkwy, Wetumpka, 567-4434. Tuesdays, 12:30 - 3 p.m.. Friday, 7 - 11 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 2-5 p.m., and Sat., 7-10:30 p.m. Admission $4.50 on Tuesday and Saturday and Sunday afternoon, $6 for Friday and Saturday. Add $3 extra to admission for InLine and speed skates. Skates available for purchase. Call for Party Information.

• Wonder World Family Fun Center

127 North Memorial Drive, Prattville, 365-6600. Rollerskating, Arcade, Laser Tag, Snack Bar, Inflatables, Birthday Parties. Please call Debbie Brooks for details.

Special Needs Special Needs Summer Enrichment Camp May 28 – August 9; Held at: Have-A-Heart- 4 Children; 1900 Brooks Street, Montgomery; Open House: April 25th (space is limited to 30 children, grades 6-12) Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekly themed activities: Sports, cooking, arts and crafts, In house field trips, and so much more. Weekly fee includes lunch and two snacks; Registration fee: $50 (includes a

t-shirt) Please call Lisa Kirkland at 334-651-1292 for more information.

Sports Camps • 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: • AUM Sports Camps Girls Soccer (Age 5-12) June 10-13 and July 22-25 from 9 a.m.-noon; (ages 13-18) June 10-13 from 5:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m., July 22-25 All Day camp for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. For info call Jamey Newsome 244-3141. Boys Soccer (Age 5-10) June 10-13 and July 22-25 from 9 a.m.-noon; (ages 13-18) June 10-13 from 5:30-8:30, July 22-25 All Day camp for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. For more information call Wolf Koch at 244-3617. Girls Basketball (Gr.7-12) Dan Davis 244-3235; Dates TBA. Boys Basketball (Grades 3-9) Larry Chapman 244-3542;Dates TBA. Baseball (Ages 6-15) Marty Lovrich 244-3236; July 8-12 tentatively Tennis (Ages 6-16) Rolano Vargas 244-3448; Dates TBA. Visit our website at

• Camp Hoopstar

Stephanie Hoskin, 273-7132; At The Montgomery Academy. Basketball camp to develop skills through five-onfive team situations stresses sportsmanship, teamwork, hustle and discipline. Boys Sessions: Session 1 (grades 1-7) June 3 through June 7 from 8 a.m. to noon • Faulkner Sports Camps Call Debbie Reynolds or Brent Barker at 386-7148. Ages 6 – 17

Boys Baseball: Patrick McCarthy, 386-7980; Dates TBA Boys Basketball: Jim Sanderson, 386-7159; June 17-21 or June 24-28 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 6-11), June 17-21 or June 24-28 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (ages 12-18) Call or visit our website for cost and times. Soccer Camp: Brett Mitchell, 386-7162; Dates TBA Golf Camp: Brent Barker, 386-7231; Dates TBA Volleyball Camp: Tori Bartels, 386-7149; Dates TBA Football Camp: Brent Barker, 386-7671; Dates: June 24-28, Football Camp from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Please call for more details or go online. Girls Basketball Camp: Coach Reed Sutton, 386-7509; Future Stars (ages 6-11) June 10-14 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; Lady Eagle Basic Training (ages 12-18) June 10-14 from 1p.m. until 4 p.m.; Basketball University Overnight (ages 12-18) begins 4 p.m. June 14 until 4 p.m. June 16. Visit our website at www.

• Huntingdon Basketball Camp

Coach Pugh, 833-4399; For Boys and Girls Ages 6 - 17; Team Camp will be June 7-8. Individual Camp will be June 17-20 or 22-25. Please call for more information or you may email for more info. • Huntingdon College Baseball Camp Call DJ Conville for costs, 833-4501 1st session- May 28-30 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 5-15); 2nd session- June 3-5, 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 5-15); Visit our website at http://www.huntingdonhawks. com/sports/bsb/HCbaseballcamp for more information.

• Huntingdon College Youth Football Camp

Ages: 6 - 12 years old; Dates: June 3-6, Phone: 833-4322 Location: Newly renovated Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium on the campus of Huntingdon College. Surface: Synthetic Turf; Brochure may be downloaded at www.


• John Sadie Golf Camp Beginner and Intermediate Camp; Please call for dates, Beginner and Intermediate Camp; Ages 6-17; Boys and Girls. Call John Sadie at 240-4059 or e-mail at jsadie@ •Larry Chapman Boys Basketball @ AUM (Physical Education Complex) for grades 3rd-9th Please contact the basketball office at 334-244-3542 for more information and dates. • Montgomery YMCA Football, Boys; Ages 6-14 Registration: May 1; James Garvin @ 271-4343. • Montgomery YMCA Summer Indoor Soccer, Boys & Girls, Ages 6-17 Registration: Dates to be announced Summer Indoor Mini Soccer, Boys & Girls, Ages 4 & 5 Contact 396.9754 or email

• O’Conner Tennis Camp

240-4884 May 29-May 31 at Lagoon Park June 10-June 13 at O’Connor June 17-June 20 at O’Connor June 24-June 27 at Lagoon Park July 8-July 11 at O’Connor July 15-July 18 at O’Connor July 22-July 25 at Lagoon Park August 5-August 8 at O’Connor Ages 4-6 years: 9 a.m until 10 a.m. Ages 7-17 year: 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Please visit then click events. • Robert Trent Jones/Capitol Hill Golf Trail 2600 Constitutional Avenue, Prattville, 285-1114 Jr. Golf Camp, Date: June 17-20 and August 5-8. Times: 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Pease call for information.

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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 at 277-8033, ext. 145. Keith Luckey, Baseball Camp; Dates TBA Kellye Jordon, Volleyball Camp; Dates TBA Craig Duncan, Wrestling; Dates TBA Katie Barton, Girls Basketball; Dates TBA Nigel Card, Boys Basketball; Dates TBA Coach Perry, Football, Camp will be in July 29-July 31.


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• Trinity Summer Sports Camps

1700 East Trinity Blvd., 334-213-2100 Volleyball Camp – Rising 1st -6th grade, June 3-4 Girls Basketball Camp – Rising 1st -6th grade, June 4-7 Softball Pitcher/Catcher Camp – Rising 2nd -7th grade, June 5 Softball Camp – Rising 2nd -7th grade, June 11-13 Speed and Agility Camp – Rising 6th – 7th grade, June 10-14 (Session 1) Speed and Agility Camp – Rising 3rd – 5th grade, June 24-28 (Session 2) Tennis Camp – Rising 5th – 6th grade, June 17-21 Boys Basketball Camp – Rising 3rd – 8th grade, June 17-21 (Session 1) Boys Basketball Camp - Rising 3rd – 8th grade, July 16-20 (Session 2) Twirler Camp- Rising 1st – 6th grade, July 9-11 Wildcat Football Camp – Rising 4th – 6th grade, July 29-31 Cheer Camp – Rising K-5th grade, TBA Dance Camp – Rising K-5th grade, TBA For more information call Nicole Yohn at 213-2155.

Alabama Dance Theatre

Proceeds will benefit Stella’s Voice, Frazer’s mission partner in the Eastern

Summer Dance Classes • June 3-21 & July 1-19

European nation of Moldova, fighting human trafficking (modern day

Age 3 to Professional Level • Now Accepting Registrations

slavery) by providing a home and a hope to orphaned girls and boys.

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C A M P S O N S H I N E June 10-12 rising 1st–3rd graders

C A M P C H A L L E N G E June 10-14 rising 4th–6th graders

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• Upward Summer Camps Lighthouse Church, 3560 Bell Road Soccer Camp: June 17-21 (1-8 grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and June 25-29 (grades 5-8) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Flag Football Camp: June 24-28 (1-8 grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Basketball Camp: July 8 (1-8 grade) 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Cheer Camp: July 8 (K5 – 8th grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information call 271-4200 • Wulf Koch Soccer Academy Boys and girls soccer camps on the following dates: Little Warhawks (boys and girls ages 5-12); Two sessions: June 10-13 and June 22-25 from 9 a.m. until noon. Positional Camp (boys and girls ages 13-18); June 10-13 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Premier Academy (boys and girls ages 13-18); July 22-25; 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. College Prep Camp – Overnight (Boys ages 15 and older); July 18-21 Camp will be held at the Auburn Montgomery Soccer Complex, located on campus. For information go to or call at (334) 244-3617. • YMCA Jr. Golf Clinic Please call the Prattville YMCA, 358-9622. June 3-27 and July 8-August 1. For boys and Girls, ages 8-17. Monday thru Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. Location: Robert Trent Jones Capital Hill.

Swim • Adventure Sports

1546 East Ann St., Montgomery; 334-269-DIVE (3483) Have your child swimming before Summer. Private

swim lessons offered for ages 2 years old to adult YEAR round. Indoor and outdoor pool available. Heated indoor pool for year round lessons. Pool parties offered. Please visit us at or call for info.

tutoring for ages 4 to adult. Math, science, reading, comprehension, phonics, spelling, writing, graduation exit exam, ACT and SAT. Certified, skilled teachers. Credit/debit cards accepted.

• YMCA Branches Summer Swim Leagues; Registration: Now until August 1st. YMCA Goodtimes Center 279-8878, 2325 Mill Ridge Drive, Montgomery. East YMCA, 3407 Pelzer Ave., 272-3390 Southeast YMCA, 3455 Carter Hill Rd.,262-6411 Kershaw YMCA, 2225 W. Fairview Ave., 265-1433 Bell Road YMCA, 2435 Bell Rd., 271-4343 Cleveland Avenue YMCA, 1201 Rosa Parks., 265-0566 Prattville YMCA, 600 Main Street, 365-8852 Wetumpka YMCA, Red Eagle Dr., 567-8282.

2800 Zelda Rd., 277-9200 Individual testing and tutoring in reading, study skills, writing, phonics, spelling, math and ACT/SAT prep, GED and exit exam. Students ages 5 - adult.

• Pratt Park, Prattville 361-3640; Swimming lessons offered for 3 years and up. Please call for rates and session dates. Maximum of 20 kids allowed. No makeup days due to weather unless the whole session is canceled. Please call for information.

• Huntington Learning Center

• MasterRead 2941-A Zelda Rd., 271-6295 Grades K-12 individual tutoring. Sessions for reading, comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, math, composition, spelling, study skills and ACT/SAT preparation and Exit Exam preparation.

• Success Unlimited

2328 Fairlane Campus, 213-0803. Summer School/Distance ED. Dates and Times to be announced. All grade levels, one on one and small groups. Camp Success (grades K4-5th and Special Needs Children).

• Sylvan Learning Center

Tutoring • Churchill Academy

Lisa Schroeder, 270-4225 Tutoring for summer. Grades K-12. One-on-one tutoring. Call for rates. Times at parents’ convenience • Enjoy Learning Center 2500 Fairlane Dr., Bldg 2 Suite 203 (in Executive Park, east of Montgomery Mall) 270-0234. One-on-one


2640 Zelda Rd., 262-0043. Study skills, (courses for credit) writing/grammar, reading, math and SAT/ ACT college preparation. Also individualized tutoring. Diagnostic evaluation. Students improve skills, becoming more motivated and gaining in self-confidence. Certified teachers.

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It’s Your Move!

Relocating with Kids

Summertime for the New Kid in Town --Five fun places to find friends – for you and your kids. If you’ve just relocated your family, you’re likely looking for friends – both for yourself and your children. While it does take time to build relationships, you can start meeting people as soon as you arrive at your new home. It’s easy to use resources (many are free) that are readily available in your new area. Best of all, you can find friends of your own in the very places your kids will be happiest. Remember, local residents are a great resource. Asking them about the area is a good way to initiate a conversation and get to know somebody new.

Peruse the Pool

Find the local pool or water park and head out for an afternoon of sun, fun and friendship building. It may take a few tries to figure out where the most kids are likely to swim, or the most popular time of day for families, but don’t give up. Take pool toys along and encourage your children to share them with others or use them to start a game so that your child can get to know a few kids in a fun environment. Start poolside conversations with the other parents, too.

Cruise the Neighborhood

Saddle up the strollers, bikes, scooters or skateboards, and check out your new neighborhood together. Head out of

the house in the evenings or on weekends when others are out doing yard work. Introduce yourself. As the new family in town, you don’t need any other excuse to stop and chat. Neighbors with kids the

folks week after week makes friendship blossom much more quickly.

Jump Into Sports

If you’ve got an athlete in your home, you’ve got a ready-made peer group waiting to be tapped. Signing your child up for a summer sports team, camp, or lessons will help them gain instant access to peers with similar interests. Attending meets, games and practices with your child will also provide an opportunity for you to meet other parents.

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same ages as your children deserve a second glance. Can you schedule a play date, ask the family to join you for drinks or dessert, or find another way to get together as a group?

Check Out Worship Programs

Vacation Bible School programs offer a chance for kids to spend several hours a day together for an entire week. VBS organizers typically need willing volunteers, so consider helping out as a way to meet others in the community. Beyond summer programs, churches offer many small-group opportunities for kids (and adults) of all ages. Active participation at a chosen place of worship is an easy way to find people with common interests and beliefs. The consistency of seeing the same 82

Teachers recommend kids read every day during summer break to reduce the summer learning slide. Tackle two projects at once by joining the summer reading program at your local library. Seeing the same kids and parents on a consistent basis (at summer reading programs) will offer more opportunities to strike up conversations and nurture possible relationships. Goaloriented reading will motivate your child to stay interested in books. Call before your first visit to find out what information is required to obtain a library card. It may take a while to develop friendships in your new town, but if you go about it with a positive attitude, you’ll find that your entire family can meet new people while having a lot of fun.


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Alabama Dance Theatre Represents State at SERBA Festival

Alabama Dance Theatre, in its 26th Season, will travel to Jackson, Miss. May 1-5 to represent Montgomery and Alabama at this prominent festival bringing the Southeast together. Young dancers can attend classes with renowned faculty, perform as a company, audition and be seen by prestigious companies around the nation. At the festival, ADT dancers, along with 700 dancers throughout the Southeast, will have the opportunity to take ballet, pointe, hip-hop, modern and jazz dance classes from nationally recognized faculty as well as seminars on relevant subjects such as auditioning for professional companies and choosing a college dance program. They will also attend performances featuring some of the nation’s finest dancers. In addition, Sara Sanford’s “C’est la Vie” was selected to be performed on the Saturday evening Gala by adjudicator Thom Clower. “C’est la Vie,” with music by Artie Shaw, will be danced by Taylor Jordan, McKenzie Middlebrooks and Raul Peinado, along with Angelica Burgher, Anna Gentry, Haley Gentry, Hope Gilmore, Safiya Haque, and Ke’Yana Robinson. Forty-seven Alabama Dance Theatre dancers, staff and chaperones will be attending the Festival. ADT, an Honor Company in SERBA (Southeastern Regional Ballet Association), is based at the Armory Learning Arts Center which is located at 1018 Madison Avenue. Classes are offered from age 3 to the professional level. The Alabama Dance Theatre is under the direction of Kitty Seale. For more information on summer classes and performances call 334-241-2590 or visit Below photo was taken by David Robertson, Jr.





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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

The Complaint Department When they are young, kids don’t always understand why they “shouldn’t”, “must not” and “can’t” do certain things. Because they don’t have power to control circumstances and haven’t grown mature enough to understand the “why” of “not”, they sometimes act out or complain about their lot in life. The following titles explore the necessary restrictions that many children experience in lighthearted ways that may help them move past the complaining, and on toward the rewards that follow patience, positive attitudes and proper perspective.

I Can’t Do Anything!

by Thierry Robberrecht, Illustrated by Annick Mason (Magination Press / American Psychological Association) There’s a veritable laundry list of things that a spirited little girl can’t do. It seems so unfair. She looks around the animal kingdom and sees behaviors that are perfectly normal and accepted for them. Chameleons stick out their tongues, but she can’t. Hippos have bad breath, bur she has to brush her teeth every morning. Llamas spit on others to express their displeasure, but when spits on her friend Leo, she gets time-out. Is there any time for her when she can just do anything? Kids will love learning about animal habits and perhaps discover their own opportunity to be a little wild in the right setting.

This Monster Cannot Wait!

by Bethany Barton (Dial Books for Young Readers / Penguin) Young Stewart is going camping for the first time in just one week – but he simply cannot wait! His excitement is overwhelming – and his patience, nonexistent. Stewart tries everything he can think of to make it happen faster. Changing the clocks, building a time machine and acting out are some methods he tries until his final stunt gets him into trouble with his parents. Will the camping trip ever come? A subtle homage to the classic book “Monster at the End of this Book” with a nod to the “Monsters, Inc.” movie, this book is filled with delightful illustrations and hilarious asides that parents will appreciate as this read-aloud charmer is enjoyed again and again!

My No, No, No Day!

by Rebecca Patterson (Viking / Penguin) Sometimes, it’s just not your day. When Bella wakes up to her baby brother Bob, in her room and licking her jewelry, she starts her morning screaming at him. And her day goes downhill from there as her complaints stack up and her unhappiness multiplies. She won’t eat her breakfast, she won’t wear her shoes, and she screams at her mom as she tries to wiggle out of the shopping cart. Simply everything is making her uncomfortable, unhappy and loud about it. With scenarios that are all too familiar to kids (and parents), Patterson touches on the moments when kids are just tapped out, and losing their self-control. Her illustrations include priceless expressions from by-standers that parents will recognize from their own public tantrum moments. Exploring the moments that can trigger a “No” day, this title offers hope for kids and parents that tomorrow is another chance to get to “Yes”. Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at


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20 Reasons Why Playing Outdoors

Makes Children Smarter

by Stacey Loscalzo

Author and clinical psychologist, Kay Redfield Jamison, writes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” It is through unstructured, open-ended creative play that children learn the ways of the world. While playing outside, children explore with all their senses, they witness new life, they create imaginary worlds and they negotiate with each other to create a playful environment.

2. Playing outside brings together informal play and formal learning. Children can incorporate concepts they have learned at school in a hands-on way while outdoors. For example, seeing and touching the roots of a tree will bring to life the lesson their teacher had taught about how plants get their nutrients. 3. Playing outdoors stimulates creativity. Robin Moore, an expert in the design of play and learning environments, says, “Natural spaces and materials stimulate

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5. Playing in nature reduces anxiety.Time spent outside physiologically reduces anxiety. Children bring an open mind and a more relaxed outlook back inside when they are in more traditional learning environments.

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6. Outdoor play increases attention span. Time spent in unstructured play outdoors is a natural attention builder.Often children who have difficulty with pen and paper tasks or sitting still for longer periods of times are significantly more successful after time spent outside.

1. Outdoor play is a multi-sensory activity. While outdoors, children will see, hear, smell and touch things unavailable to them when they play inside. They use their brains in unique ways as they come to understand these new stimuli.

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7. Outdoor play is imaginative. Because there are no labels, no pre-conceived ideas and no rules, children must create the world around them. In this type of play children use their imagination in ways they don’t when playing inside. children’s limitless imagination and serve as the medium of inventiveness and creativity.” Rocks, stones and dirt present limitless opportunities for play that can be expressed differently every time a child steps outside. 4. Playing outdoors is open ended. There is no instruction manual for outdoor play. Children make the rules and in doing so 86

8. Being in nature develops respect for other living things. Children develop empathy, the ability to consider other people’s feeling, by interacting with creatures in nature. Watching a tiny bug, a blue bird or a squirrel scurrying up a tree gives children the ability to learn and grow from others. 9. Outdoor play promotes problem solving. As children navigate a world in which they make the rules, they must learn to Montgomery Parents I May 2013







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understand what works and what doesn’t, what line of thinking brings success and failure, how to know when to keep trying and when to stop.

the tree or create the fairy house? Children must learn to question and clarify for understanding while simultaneously making themselves understood.

10. Playing outside promotes leadership skills. In an environment where children create the fun, natural leaders will arise. One child may excel at explaining how to play the game while another may enjoy setting up the physical challenge of an outdoor obstacle course. All types of leadership skills are needed and encouraged.

14. Outdoor play encourages cooperative play. In a setting where there aren’t clear winners and losers, children work together to meet a goal. Perhaps they complete a self-made obstacle course or create a house for a chipmunk. Together they compromise and work together to meet a desired outcome.

11. Outdoor play widens vocabulary. While playing outdoors, children may see an acorn, a chipmunk and cumulous clouds. As they encounter new things, their vocabulary will expand in ways it never could indoors.

15. Time in nature helps children to notice patterns. The natural world is full of patterns. The petals on flowers, the veins of a leaf, the bark on a tree are all patterns. Pattern building is a crucial early math skill.

12. Playing outside improves listening skills. As children negotiate the rules of an invented game, they must listen closely to one another, ask questions for clarification and attend to the details of explanations in ways they don’t have to when playing familiar games.

16. Playing outdoors helps children to notice similarities and differences. The ability to sort items and notice the similarities and differences in them is yet another skill crucial to mathematical success. Time outdoors affords many opportunities for sorting.

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17. Time spent outdoors improves children’s immune systems. Healthy children are stronger learners. As children spend

Stacey Loscalzo is a freelance writer and mother of two girls living in Ridgewood, NJ. She and her girls have been getting outside to play for nearly a decade.

more and more time outdoors, their immune systems improve decreasing time out of school for illness. 18. Outdoor play increases children’s physical activity level. Children who play outdoors are less likely to be obese and more likely to be active learners. Children who move and play when out of school are ready for the attention often needed for classroom learning. 19. Time spent outdoors increases persistence. Outdoor games often require persistence. Children must try and try again if their experiment fails. If the branch doesn’t reach all the way across the stream or the bark doesn’t cover their fairy house, they must keep trying until they are successful.


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Giggle, Giggle, Quack! Craft – Duck masks May 23 No Story Time Today May 30 No Story Time Today

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library (Main Branch) 245 High Street 240-4991 Preschool Storytime Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium

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

May 2 It Looked Like Spilt Milk There Was a Crooked Man Activity: There was a Crooked Man has three puzzles to solve about the story.

May 7 Moms Matter Day Clifford’s Mother’s Day Fancy Nancy’s Marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch Craft for moms

May 9 Happy Mother’s Day T. Rex and the Mother’s Day Hug Craft

May 14 Children’s Book Week—May 13-19 Special guest will delight the children with librarian stories, followed by a bookmark craft.

May 16 Get Caught Reading Month Lola at the Library We Are in a Book! Activity May 23 Play & Sing-a-long Day Tanka Tanka Skunk Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Activity May 30 Wheels on the Bus The Wheels on the Race Car Coliseum Branch 840 Coliseum Boulevard 271-7005 Preschool Storytime Thursdays, 10 a.m. May 2 I love surprises! Crictor Yay, You! Craft – Snake masks May 9 I love to ride in the car! Day Out With Daddy Let’s Go for a Drive Craft – Pig masks May 16 Animals have rights, too! Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

May 22 Nursery Rhymes: “Hey, Diddle, Diddle” ; “Old Mother Hubbard” Signing “help.”

May 3 Ms. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile Activity: Coloring Sheet

May 29 Nursery Rhymes: “Jack Sprat” ; “For Want of a Nail” Signing “hurt.”

May 10 T. Rex and the Mother’s Day Hug Activity: Mother’s Day Craft

Pre-School Story Time Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Children 3 and up May 7 Counting Hippos Go Berserk! Christopher Counting Activity: Counting activity sheet May 14 Dogs Bailey If You Give a Dog a Donut Activity: Puppy cards May 21 Sports Curious George Race Day Martha Speaks Play Ball! Activity: Coloring sheets

May 21 Transportation Movie Day Sing transportation songs, then enjoy watching “The Little Cars in the Great Race” Special treat

May 28 Animals Tiny Little Fly Flip, Flap, Fly Animal masks

May 28 Favorite Flowers Day The Trellis and the Seed A Rose in My Garden Craft

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

Hampstead Branch Library 5251 Hampstead High St., Ste. 107 244-5770 Baby & Toddler Time Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. An early learning & literacy program designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years

May 1 Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure Dear Mom, Thank You for Everything Let’s make Mother’s Day Cards

May 1 Nursery Rhyme: “Little Bo-Peep” Signing “more.”

May 8, 15 & 22 Collaborative Effort Ms. Blair & Ms. Stringer May Pole Dance Practice

May 8 Nursery Rhymes: “Pop Goes the Weasel” ; “The Grand Old Duke of York” Signing “water.”

May 29 May Day Celebration and Culmination of the May Pole Dance E.L. Lowder Branch 2590 Bell Road 244-5717 Preschool Storytime Fridays, 10:15 a.m.

May 15 Nursery Rhymes: “Ladybird, Ladybird” ; “Rock-A-Bye Baby” Signing “cracker.” 88

May 17 Adventures of the Itty Bitty Spider and the Itty Bitty Mouse Activity: Coloring Sheet May 24 Help! A Story of Friendship Activity: Friendship Craft



May 31 Not Now Mrs. Wolf Activity: Coloring Sheet Bertha Pleasant Williams Library (formerly Rosa L. Parks Branch) 1276 Rosa L. Parks Ave./240-4979 Pre-School Story Time Tuesdays, 10 & 11 a.m. with Mrs. Stringer and Community Leaders.


Pike Road Branch 9585 Pike Rd. / 244-8679 Story Time for ages 3-7 Mondays at 4:15 p.m. May 6 No story time today. May 13 The Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department will join us for a special event next week so we’ll read two stories featuring firefighters to get excited for their visit – Chief Rhino to the Rescue and Firefighter Ted May 20 Special Event: The Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department will bring Freddie the Fire Truck, their Fire Safety House, and a real fire truck to the library. May 27 No story time today because the library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Family Movie Time Thursday, May 2, 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! Montgomery Parents I May 2013





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

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May 14 The Berenstain Bears and the New Neighbors

254 Doster Street, Prattville Call 365-3396 or visit


212 S. Main St. (next to Wetumpka Depot)

Pintlala Branch 255 Federal Rd., Hope Hull 281-8069

May 21 The Berenstain Bears and the Mad Toy Craze

May 2 @ 11:15 a.m. Pre-K One by One Craft: Mother’s Day Craft

May 28 The Berenstain Bears Think of Others

Preschool storytimes Tuesdays & Fridays at 10 a.m.

May 7 @ 11:25 a.m. K5 Miss Marlarkey Leaves No Reader Behind Craft: Mother’s Day

Preschool Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a.m. P.A.W.S. dogs The last Tuesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Book Clubs

Join us for our first 5k run and fun run!!! Saturday, May 11 8 a.m. - 5k Run/Walk 9 a.m. - 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Chip Timing Run! Results posted immediately! All proceeds will go to the library’s Summer Reading Program as well as funding for new books, materials and special events! All pre-registered participants will receive a Dri-Fit t-shirt!

Register now for our Summer Reading Programs!

May 8 @ 2 p.m. 3rd Grade Craft: Mother’s Day May 9 @ 1:30 p.m. 2nd Grade More Parts Craft: Mother’s Day Ramer Branch Library 5444 State Highway 94 (334) 562-3364 Preschool Storytimes Tuesdays, 10 a.m. May 7 The Berenstain Bears Report Card Trouble Craft- coloring a picture

Many branches hold monthly book clubs for teenagers and/or homeschoolers. If you’d like more information, please contact your local library branch. Homework Assistance Monday, Rufus Lewis Regional Library 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Coliseum Blvd. Branch Library 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, E. L. Lowder Regional Library 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Governors Square Library 5-6:30 p.m.


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

Call 567-1308 or visit

May 3: Ducks and Geese May 7 & 10: Mother’s Day May 14 & 17: Turtles May 21 & 24: Feelings May 28 & 31: Summer

“Dig Into Reading!” Program for 1st-6th graders Tuesdays @ 2 p.m. Wetumpka Civic Center June 11-July 23 “Beneath the Surface” Program for 7th-12th graders Tuesdays @ 1 p.m. Jeanette Barrett Civic Room June 13-July 25

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Dirtbags Baseball Team Named Capital City Champs The Dirtbags baseball team rebounded from a loss to take home the Championship of the Capital City Global Slugfest at Fain Park on April 13. The Dirtbags won game 1 of pool play 8-2 against the Montgomery Rebels. Caison Long threw three innings, giving up only three hits and striking out three to get the Dirtbags off to a good start. Cole McWhorter had three hits, including a double, to lead the Dirtbags at the plate. Jackson Blair came on in relief and pitched two innings of no hit baseball to seal the win. In game 2, the Dirtbags jumped out to a 3-0 lead versus the Southeast Thundersticks but a costly error in the fifth inning allowed the Thundersticks to tie the game at three. The Dirtbags lost 4-3 in six innings. McWhorter threw three innings, allowing only one hit in the first three innings. The normally big bats of the Dirtbags could only muster four hits in the game. In the semi-finals, the Dirtbags cruised past the Rebels 10-2. The Dirtbags put together 12 hits in just four innings. Blair had three hits, including a double

and Will Aaron, Copeland Hilyer and Long each contributed with two hits. Aaron pitched all four innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out three. In the championship game, the Dirtbags swung their bats as they pounded out 16 hits against the Thundersticks in a 9-5 win. Payne Griffin surrendered three runs in the first inning on four Thunderstick hits but settled down after that. Griffin gave up just five hits the rest of the game. Griffin threw five innings and did not walk a batter. Zak Haynes, Blair and Hilyer each had three hits in the game. Ty Singleton came on to pitch the sixth inning to seal the win.



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Dance Generation Wins State!

Students from Dance Generation Studio won big at state competition in Birmingham. Five teams competed in tap, jazz and lyrical. They all received platinum and double platinum awards. They were also awarded high point overall trophies for their division. Dancers ranged in age from 8 to 18 and are Alabama State Champions. Instructors are Shawn Parker, Janice Ransom and Katelynn Hightower. Visit them at Photo: Dance Generation Pirates win Platinum and State!

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Pink and Pearls For Girls toured the Montgomery Humane Society recently. The girls were studying animals and how to take care of pets. They learned how animals are received and adopted to loving families. The girls had a chance to play around in the Cat Room and participate in some of the animals’ daily routine. If you would like to become a member of Pink and Pearls For Girls, please call Grace Harvey at 334-561-5091.

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Teens & Alcohol by Sandra Gordon

When Kerri Zane gave her then 16-yearold daughter, Rachelle, the go-ahead for a New Year’s Eve party at their house, Zane made it clear--no alcohol. Still, one underage teen found a loophole. Unbeknownst to anyone, he stopped at a liquor store and gave a passerby money to buy beer for him. After guzzling it in Zane’s neighborhood gazebo, the teen arrived at the party so intoxicated he had to be rushed to the hospital before he even went to the party. Zane learned about the incident from the boy’s father, who called her in a rage, accusing her of supplying his son with the alcohol that nearly killed him. “It scared all of us,” says the single mom of two. The boy never even made it to her house. Still, she was implicated nonetheless and shaken. “I felt terrible that this kid almost died from alcohol poisoning,” she says. Zane hasn’t had a party at her house since. It’s just too risky.

The Sober Reality

You can’t blame her. Twenty-one may be the legal drinking age, but the law hardly deters teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol is

the most commonly used and abused drug among young people in the U.S., more than tobacco and illicit drugs. In fact, 12 to 20 year olds drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed. And, they tend to imbibe through bingeing multiple drinks in a short period of time. Teens who drink are more likely to have problems in school, be involved in alcoholrelated car crashes, participate in unwanted, unplanned and unprotected sex and abuse other drugs. And, there are other long-term effects. The teenage brain is still developing, and teens who drink are five times likelier to abuse later. “Consuming alcohol at such a vulnerable time can permanently alter the brain’s circuitry,” says Joseph Shrand, M.D., a psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered) at High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, Massachusetts. Moreover, teens are temporarily hardwired for risk. “In adolescents, the amygdala-the part of the brain that’s responsible for impulses, feelings, memories, pleasure and addiction--is more in control than the prefrontal cortex, the part that’s responsible for thinking, problem solving and anticipating the 92

consequences of decisions,” Dr. Shrand says. “With a brain like that, it makes perfect sense that a teen would say, ‘Wow, I think I’ll just drink because feeling drunk feels great.” Still, because alcohol is easily accessible and drinking is legal after age 21, it doesn’t seem so bad. Some parents may even feel that way. “My kids have gone to parties at friend’s homes in which the parents are drinking along with everyone,” says Carol Barash, Ph.D., a mom of two who counsels high schoolers on the college application process. But experts say this sends the wrong message. A better idea? Discourage your teen from drinking period. Here’s how to get that message across, even if you drink yourself, without sounding like a hypocrite. Tailor your alcohol talk. Developmentally, teens need to break away from their parents. But, they don’t cut all ties. They’re still listening even though they don’t seem to be. So, start talking about alcohol if you haven’t been already. What you should say will depend on your DNA. If you have a personal or family history of alcohol problems, Joseph Lee, M.D., medical director of the Hazelden Youth Continuum in Plymouth, Minnesota Montgomery Parents I May 2013

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Listen up. To help your teen cope with the peer pressure to drink, you should listen and ask thoughtful questions without judgment. For example, if your teen says, “I saw this kid at school get so drunk at a party that he threw up on someone,” you might say, “What was that like for you?” instead of “Why did you go to that party?” “Be nonreactive and expect the worst of news,” says Rick Meeves, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services for Adolescents at CRC Health Group in Orem, Utah. Letting your teen use you as a sounding board with a little guidance thrown in, such as “Yes, that’s what happens when you drink way too much,” can help your teen come to his own conclusion about how to conduct himself and curtail the urge to rebel, Meeves says. An additional bonus is that your teen may feel comfortable coming to you with future problems.

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Have a no-questions-asked policy. If your child drinks anyway, have an unwritten contract that she will call you and you’ll go get her, no questions asked, instead of drinking and driving or getting in a car with someone who has been drinking. “It has to be crystal clear that you’re not going to pick up your kid angry or punish her for doing the right thing, like calling you,” Dr. Shrand says. “You can have the conversation about the drinking part later. But first, keep your kid safe.”

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Meddle in your child’s social life. You never want to host a teenage drinking bash at your house because it sends the message that underage drinking is okay. You’ll also be held legally liable for anything bad that happens. But, why not host sober soirees? “Just because our kids are teens doesn’t mean we can’t be involved in their play dates, just like we did when they were little,” Dr. Shrand says. Collaborate with the parents of your teen’s friends and make it clear to everyone that drinking will not be tolerated. “We have a rule that if you’re drinking, we’ll call your parents and you’re going home,” Dr. Shrand says. mp

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Family Karate Center News

The Family Karate Center youth and Teen Team were busy last month volunteering for as many good causes as they could fit in. A Great Day of Service has been a project with the school members since 1986, and the children and teens joined together to help those less fortunate. Items donated to storm victims included soap, shampoo, socks, shoes, clothes, food and toys for many children. Chief Instructor Master Carole Smith said her students never fail to impress her with the compassion they show to the many people they volunteer to help each month. At the annual Joy to Life Walk on April 20, the Family Karate Center took a team out to show their compassion and admiration for those that had been fighting breast cancer. Several students ages two and up have experienced death and survival in their own families from breast cancer. “This is such an important cause for so many women that just can’t afford mammograms!” said Smith. “The money raised today will help so many have these very important exams!” ANY proof that you participated in the Joy to Life event will qualify you for a $25 gift certificate just for stopping by The Family Karate Center in May. The Family Karate Center is located in The Peppertree Shopping Center, 8159 Vaughn Rd. next door to Jalapeno’s and close to Chappy’s Deli. Call 277-4911.

Eastdale Mall Introduces Parental Escort Policy

Eastdale Mall has announced plans to implement a Parental Escort Policy (PEP) designed to provide all of its shoppers and retailers with a comfortable, pleasant shopping experience. The new policy—enforced beginning April 26—requires all mall visitors 17 years of age and younger to be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is 21 years of age or older on Friday and Saturday nights after 6 p.m. The Parental Escort Policy is intended to curtail the rising number of unsupervised youth gathering at Eastdale Mall and related disturbances occurring there on Friday and Saturday nights. Eastdale Mall management is implementing the policy in response to feedback from government and business leaders, school officials, members of the faith community and citizens of Montgomery. “We have been able to initiate a dialogue about the community-wide issue of unsupervised youth and the need for alternative activities for young people,” said Eastdale Mall General Manager David Schloss. “Through feedback from dozens of community leaders and groups, shoppers and retailers that have voiced concern about inappropriate behavior on weekend nights, we have designed a policy that will allow Eastdale Mall to address unsupervised youth issues and provide all of our shoppers with a pleasant shopping experience.” The conduct of unsupervised youth at Eastdale Mall has created an uncomfortable atmosphere for mall visitors and an increasing safety challenge. Many of the issues over the past few months are a result of unsupervised youth. “Teens are welcome to shop at the mall on Friday and Saturday nights,” said Schloss. “We are only asking that these young people shop with a parent or guardian who is 21 years of age or older during six of the total 72 shopping hours the mall is open each week.” Teens employed at the mall will be allowed to work after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and Eastdale Mall will issue identification to those 17 years of age and younger for ease of access to work during these times. Realizing the issue of unsupervised youth is not just an Eastdale Mall issue but a community-wide challenge, Schloss and his management team have also engaged in discussions with community groups regarding the need for alternative, supervised youth programs in the area. “Eastdale Mall will continue to partner with the community and participate in solutions-oriented discussions that address appropriate, supervised activities for youth,” Schloss said.


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

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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 324-1406 or e-mail The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa A private, non-profit, community-based organization located at 2213 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa, next to City Hall. Current hours are MondayFriday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed most holidays. Special programs are held for preschoolers weekly. Admission is $5 per person, with no charge for museum members or children under the age of 1 year. Special discounts are available to schools. For info, call (205) 349-4235 or visit Civil Rights Memorial A monument to those who died and/or risked death in the struggle for civil rights. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery. For information, call 264-0286. Cloverdale Playhouse “Third Tuesdays” Montgomery’s singers and songwriters perform in our intimate theater space each month on the third Tuesday. Join us for a musical evening in Old Cloverdale. For details, call 262-1530 or visit Also contact us about volunteer opportunities, auditions, and the Playhouse School! Cool Kids Cook is a faith-based ministry with classes offered at different locations. Please call 220-3651 if you’d like to attend or volunteer with this ministry. First White House of the Confederacy Open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year begins the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The First White House of the Confederacy played a significant role during the war and served as Jefferson Davis’ family residence from February-May 1861. Located at 644 Washington Avenue in downtown Montgomery, neighboring the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For more info or to tour the museum, call 242-1861 or visit Garden Tours Local gardens include Southern Homes and Gardens, Blount Cultural Park’s Shakespearean Garden at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Grace Episcopal Church, Prattville’s historic gardens in Old Pratt Village and the Wilderness Park, and Wetumpka’s arboretum at Ft. Toulouse. For more info in Montgomery, call 1-800-240-9452 or visit In Prattville, call 361-0961 or visit In Wetumpka, call 567-3002 or visit Other numbers are: Blount Cultural Park (274-0062 or www.; Grace Episcopal Church (2151422); Old Alabama Town (240-4005 or; and Alabama Garden Trail (1-800-ALABAMA or W. A. Gayle Planetarium Public Shows offered Mon.-Thurs. and Sun. Admission $3.50/person, children under 5 free, seniors $2.50/person. Mon-Thurs. at 3 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. 1010 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Call 241-4799. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a family-friendly space filled with interactive and educational hands-on exhibits for children age eight and under. Imagine It! also offers birthday parties, member-


ships and field trip tours. Museum hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $11 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above. Imagine It! is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more info, visit or call (404) 659-KIDS [5437]. Montgomery’s Freedom Rides Museum Road to Equality: The 1961 Freedom Rides yearlong exhibit features works of art from top Alabama artists and offers unique interpretations of one of the most pivotal desegregation events in the nation’s history. Located in the capital city’s recently restored 1951 Greyhound Bus Station, the exhibit will remain open every Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment throughout the year. For more info, visit or MOOseum, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Children’s educational center featuring past, present and future in agriculture and the cattle industry. Free. Group tours should be pre-scheduled. Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m. -noon and 1-4 p.m. Last scheduled tour of the day starts at 3:30 p.m. 201 Bainbridge St., Montgomery. For info, call 265-1867 or visit Old Alabama Town 19th and early 20th century outdoor history museum. Tours Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for students ages 6-18. Under 6 free. 301 Columbus St., Montgomery. For information, call 240-4500. Prattville-Millbrook Newcomers Club A non-affiliated social club geared to new people moving into the area AND to those looking to form new friendships or just learn more about the area. We will also have interest groups that meet during the month at various times and locations. They could be groups such as canasta, bridge, lunches, movies, etc. General meetings are second Tuesdays September-May at 10 a.m. at the YMCA on McQueen Smith Road. For more information, contact Nancy Schrull at (334) 356-5026 or River Region Contra Dancing Everyone, school-age through adult, is invited for a little exercise and a lot of fun. Singles, couples and families are welcome. All levels of experience – including no experience. Dancing is on 1st & 3rd Fridays at 7 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 5260 Vaughn Road. For more info, visit or call Katherine Thomas at 334-361-6572. Robert E. Lee High School Class of 1973 is planning its 40th class reunion to be held in July. If you are interested in helping, please call (334) 269-0959. 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, shop ping, 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

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Regular One-Day All Attractions Pass is $24 (plus tax) for ages 12 and up, and $19 (plus tax) children ages 3-11. For an additional fee, guests can also “Ride the Ducks” sightseeing tour. Required parking permit is $8 for one day or $35 for an annual permit. Call (770) 498-5690 or visit Toastmasters International is an organization that was founded in 1924. Its mission is to help individuals with their communication and leadership skills. Each club provides an atmosphere where individuals can speak without being criticized or judged, yet provide effective evaluations. We also offer the opportunity to take on leadership roles as club president, vice president, and other officer positions that teach planning, time management, organizing and parliamentary procedures. Anyone 18 years or older can join Toastmasters. We currently have six clubs in the River Region. Toastmasters is now starting a club named The River Region Toastmasters in the Prattville/Millbrook area. Meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Journey Church located at 2050 Commerce Street, just off I-65, exit 179. For more info, contact the interim president, Gene Ann Hildreth, at 361-6333 or alabamasoupgirl@ Tales for Tots 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. 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; or visit Breastfeeding Class Designed to prepare the expectant mother for breastfeeding her newborn. Also includes troubleshooting common problems to establish a successful breast-feeding experience. Usually the first Saturday of the month, from 9-11 a.m. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. FREE. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 293-8497 to register or for more info. Childbirth Basics Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year but are often held on the first Saturday of the month, from noon-2 p.m.. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 by your 4th month of pregnancy to register. Childbirth Preparation Class Comprehensive four-week series covers all aspects of the labor and delivery experience, admission process, medication and anesthesia options including epidurals, cesarean sections, coping and comfort measures including breathing and relaxation techniques. Postpartum care and baby care basics are also included. A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class. All of our classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education.Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule your class. Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp An abbreviated version of Childbirth Preparation Class


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Family Calendar offered in a one-day format. A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule your class. Chinese Language Classes Auburn Montgomery’s Office of Far Eastern Initiatives offers Saturday classes for children and adults. The one-hour weekly courses are provided free-of-charge as a service to the community. For more information or to register, contact April Ma at 244-3018 or CPR & First Aid The American Red Cross offers classes in adult and infant/ child CPR as well as first aid and babysitting classes monthly. Call 260-3980. Diabetes Education --Prattville Baptist Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education services available Wednesdays by appointment at Prattville Medical Park. Call 213-6360 for more information. Diabetes Education --Baptist Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education services available weekdays by appointment. Call 213-6360 for more info. Grandparent Class This program presents new concepts in newborn care to grandparents who need a refresher course. Usually one Tuesday per month. FREE. Call for schedule. Jackson Hospital. Call 293-8497. Infant Safety/CPR Class Teaches parents and grandparents American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR for infants and children, including care of the choking infant, infant rescue and breathing with hands-on practice using ACTAR CPR dolls for class participants. Class will also help parents with creating a safe environment for their child. Classes are taught by certified CPR instructors. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule. Maternity Area Tour Maternity area tour for expectant mothers and families not attending Childbirth Preparation Class/Boot Camp. Baptist Medical Center East. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule. Pre- and Post-natal Fitness Classes Includes water aerobics, step-floor aerobics and strength training. SportsFirst. Call 277-7130. Prenatal Breastfeeding Class Provides expectant mothers information about breastfeeding including various factors influencing lactation, advantages of breastfeeding, basic anatomy and physiology of milk production, specific techniques to promote a successful breastfeeding experience and breastfeeding equipment and supplies. Classes are taught by IBCLC instructors. Partners are encouraged to participate in this class. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail to schedule your class. Sibling Preparation Class Fun one-hour class is designed for expectant “big brothers and sisters” ages 3 to 8. They will learn about the arrival of their new baby through an introduction to the hospital experience and the early days at home. Parents should plan to attend with their child. Baptist Medical Center East. Registration is required. Call 273-4445 or e-mail smallwonders@ to schedule. Your Amazing Newborn One-night class taught by a pediatrician and nursing staff usually one Tuesday a month. This class presents new concepts in newborn care and helps alleviate parenting jitters often experienced by soon-to-be parents.

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Grandparents also welcome. Jackson Hospital. FREE. For more info, call 293-8497.


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 and fill out the application. Baptist Sleep Disorders Centers Baptist Medical Center South and Prattville. Both centers have the ability to diagnose up to 84 different sleep disorders. There are four board-certified physicians and a clinical psychologist on staff between the two centers. For more information, call 286-3252 for Baptist Medical Center South and 361-4335 for Prattville Baptist Hospital. Jackson Sleep Disorders Center Jackson Hospital houses a sleep disorders center on the third floor of the Goode Medical Building to monitor those who are suffering from sleep disorders. For more information, contact your physician or the Sleep Center at 293-8168. Jackson Hospital Offers Animal Therapy Program to Pediatric Unit Jackson Hospital’s Animal Therapy Program is a vital part of its patient care. Animals in the program are limited to dogs, and no other animals are allowed to participate. Currently, there are 10 dogs in the program. Their handlers have undergone extensive training and orientation,


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

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 Panda Pals is a support group for families who have adopted or in the process of adopting children from China. We have playdates, family nights and get-togethers to talk about raising our children from China. If you would like to join our group, just e-mail or call Tracie Singleton at 395-8215.

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 6128162 or call 1-800-ACS-2345 and you will be connected to the Montgomery office. Look Good…Feel Better is an American Cancer Society program in which trained volunteer cosmetologists help female cancer patients deal with the side effects of treatment. Patients are taught beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self image during or after treatments, including ways to disguise hair loss and skin changes. Call Luella Giles at 612-8162 for more info. Man to Man is an American Cancer Society support group for men who are battling or have survived prostate cancer. It offers them education, discussion and support. Please call for next meeting dates at the American Cancer Society Office in Montgomery. OTHER PROGRAMS/SERVICES OFFERED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Reach to Recovery matches newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors on a one on one basis. College scholarships to cancer survivors Free wigs and other supplies for cancer patients Free rides to treatment through our Road To Recovery program (where volunteer drivers use their cars and time to take in need cancer patients to treatment) Free lodging through the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge in Birmingham (if patients are sent to Birmingham for treatment) On-line cancer information classes and support group through Information anytime and trained specialists at 1-800ACS-2345 General Cancer Support Group held at Christ Church, 8800 Vaughn Road, Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. This is

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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

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

Gambling Support

Gamblers Anonymous meetings in the River Region Area: Saturdays @ 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 5375 U.S. Hwy. 231 (Directly across from the Winn-Dixie shopping center), Wetumpka. Call (334) 567-7534. Sundays @ 5 p.m., Mental Health Association, 1116 South Hull Street, Montgomery. Mondays @ 6 p.m., St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4475 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery. Gamblers Anonymous Hotline: 334-541-5420

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Bereaved Spouses Support Group A new ministry of Cornerstone Christian Church, USA (Unavoidably Single Again) Ministries is designed to offer ongoing support, social events and fellowship to those who have lost their spouses to death. The group is open to ALL widowed individuals, regardless of age, religious beliefs, or length of marriage or widowhood. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the church’s building, 301 Dalraida Road. Please e-mail Lynda Coats at for more information. “Big Leap!” Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is designed to meet the needs of children who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. This group provides a hands-on, safe space for age-appropriate expression of grief. These sessions aim to increase feeling identification, decrease self-blame or guilt, and build coping skills. Through music, art, and play we meet your child or grandchild on their level. We encourage your children to hold tight to their memories as they make a “big leap” into their new future. This group is open to children ages 7-11. Space is limited to 6 participants so call 279-6677. Start date will be determined once reservations are confirmed. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW “Comfort and Conversation,” Wednesdays at 11 a.m., Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is intended to address those affected by a recent loss (0-12 months after death). Through meeting with others who are walking a similar journey, you will be encouraged to work through the complications of your loss, understand your pain, and adjust to your new reality. Space is limited, so please call 279-6677. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW Compassionate Friends, Eastmont Baptist Church, 4505 Atlanta Hwy, first Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Compassionate Friends is a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child. We have an


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Family Calendar 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 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 3102. This group is open to family members and friends who have lost a loved one as the result of suicide. Group offers a confidential environment in which to receive support, hope and information. Contact Rev. Susan Beeson, 272-8622. Grieving With Hope, St. Mark UMC, meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. The group offers a place to share, care and heal from the losses of life. Facilitated by Dr. Lennie Howard and Marie Parma. Contact the church at 272-0009. Honoring Angels Like Owen, Inc. (HALO) offers family-oriented, Christian-based grief support groups that meet monthly. These groups are for families who have lost a child from 20 weeks gestation up to the age of 2 years old. Our parents’ group is for mothers and fathers. Our siblings’ group is for children ages 6-15. Both groups meet at the same time and place. These groups offer faithbased healing through sharing and emotional support. Meetings offer an outlet for sharing your child’s memory and your day to day struggles, while receiving support of others who have been in similar situations. Please feel free to bring photos of your child to share. HALO also offers free professional photography for families facing the loss of a child up to the age of 2 years old and needs-based financial assistance for burial. Visit www. or call (334) 328-1202.

Homeschool Support

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

Illness Support

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care, Frazer Memorial UMC, Thursdays, in Room 3101, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, but registration is required. For more information, call the Congregational

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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 Meetings also available 3rd Saturday afternoons from noon-2 p.m. at Dalraida UMC, 3817 Atlanta Highway. For more info, call 652-1431. Depression & Bipolar Support, Montgomery Public Library Main Branch, 245 High Street downtown, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 3rd Saturdays, Noon-2 p.m.; OR 1609 West Street, north off Carter Hill and Narrow Lane, 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 2019638 or 652-1431 for more info. Fibromyalgia Support, Room 8114 at Frazer UMC, 3rd Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. This group is for those that have fibromyalgia and for their family members and friends. For more info, please call 272-8622. Gluten Intolerance Group ( is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide support to those with any form of gluten intolerance. GIG-Montgomery assists with awareness of diverse potential symptoms, which can range from fatigue and headaches to nausea and intestinal problems. Guidelines are provided on how to eat safely both at home and eating out. Another objective is to facilitate more effective communication between the local gluten-free community and stores, restaurants and the medical community. Meets 2nd Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., at Taylor Road Baptist Church, Fellowship Suite (faces entrance of EastChase-NE. Turn on Berryhill Rd. by EastChase). Check the blog for special “alternate site” meetings ( For more info, you may also e-mail or visit the group’s Facebook page. Montgomery Area Mended Hearts, First floor of Montgomery Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. For anyone who has experienced cardiac illness. Third Mondays, alternates between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Call 286-3410 for more info. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Montgomery offers General Membership meetings on 4th Mondays (beginning January 28, 2013) at the Dalraida UMC annex building at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to anyone who is interested in issues concerning mental health. The NAMI Montgomery Family Member Support Group continues to meet on 2nd Mondays, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Dalraida UMC annex building. Call Mary Jo Logan (271-2280) for directions/details. Beginning in February, NAMI Montgomery will offer the 12-week “Family To Family” education program (free) on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. at the Bell Road Lowder Regional Library. Call 271-2280 to register.


Overeaters Anonymous, Unity of Montgomery, 1922 Walnut St., Saturdays from 3-4 p.m. Contact Misty at 324-9568 or Carol at 467-5742. Parkinson’s Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, meets 4th Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Room 8114. Group is for Parkinson’s patients and their family members. For more info, call 272-8622. Sjogren’s Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, WILL NOT MEET in FEBRUARY. Monthly meetings will resume 3rd Tuesdays in March from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 3104. This group is for those with Sjogren’s disease and the family members of those affected by this disease. For more info, call 272-8622. 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: Visit www. 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.

Parent Support

D.A.D.S. (Dad and Daughter Saturdays) Second Saturdays at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library in downtown Montgomery at 11 a.m. D.A.D.S. is the vision of local resident and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce staff member Ron Simmons and his five-year-old daughter Erin. It gives fathers and daughters an opportunity to read together to create fun, educational memories. All fathers in the River Region are invited to bring their daughters to the library to read, laugh and have fun. This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dreamland Barbeque. For more information on this event, call Ron Simmons at 334-777-8596. iConnect, Frazer Memorial UMC, 3rd Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Share life, encourage and be encouraged by other women. We meet for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. Advance reservations are necessary for breakfast and preschool nursery. Cost is $5 per meeting. For more info or to make reservations, call Frazer’s Women’s Ministry at 495-6391 or e-mail Sandy Boswell at La Leche League of Montgomery, East Imaging Center on Winton Blount Blvd., Montgomery, 3rd Fridays, 10 a.m. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have completed an accreditation program and are familiar with breastfeeding management techniques as well as current research. Meetings are free and open to all women. Expecting moms, children and grandmothers also welcome. If you need information before the next scheduled meeting, please contact Bridgit (569-1500), Amy (356-3547), or Heather ( 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 meet-

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ing. 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 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 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

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Pregnancy Loss/Infertility

Hannah’s Prayer, Prattville First United Methodist Church, 2nd Thursdays and 3rd Sundays. Support group for women dealing with pregnancy loss/infertility issues. Call (334) 365-5977. Sav-A-Life conducts a HOPE GROUP for women who have experienced the emotional aftermath of an abortion. Groups meet eight consecutive Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. and are facilitated by women who have experienced abortion. The “Forgiven and Set Free” Bible study is used. Confidientiality is assured. Please call Kathy at 260-8010 for information.

Single Parents Support

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

Special Needs Support

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

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

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. Remember, LIFT has FREE programs for singles, couples, stepfamilies, parents, teens, and now parents of teens! Call 2704100 or e-mail if you didn’t see your class listed so we can contact you when the next one starts. Support Group for Teens with difficulties communicating with parents and friends. This group begins March 19 using the life skills training model. Contact Felicia Pressley at Pressley Counseling by leaving a message at (334) 625-0159.

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This Month Thursday, May 2

The Addams Family at Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts 7 p.m. Musical comedy featuring Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch. Come meet the family! For more info or tickets, call 241-9567 or visit shows.html National Day of Prayer Event Noon-7 p.m., Shoal Creek Baptist Church, 13214 Holtville Rd. (Al. Hwy.111), Deatsville, Ala. Event sponsored by the Library Team. Everyone is invited! Join us for prayer anytime between. Light refreshments in the Library after a time of prayer. Montgomery Prayer Breakfast 7-8:15 a.m. RSA Activity Center, 201 Dexter Ave. in downtown Montgomery. Hosted by the City of Montgomery and County of Montgomery. Tickets are $12 per person, available in the Frazer Bookstore, downtown at His Vessel prayer ministry located in Union Station, or by calling 334-356-4478. Call Jo Hancock at 334-356-4478 or e-mail Arthritis Foundation Walk Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Alley Station in downtown Montgomery, 130 Commerce Street. For information, visit or call Lisa Hemphill at (334) 557-1577 or (334) 244-1179 x 4121. Wetumpka Depot Presents The Fantasticks Through May 4 Come see why this play is the longest continuously running theatrical production in the world! At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle sophistication is a purity and simplicity that speaks to audiences of every age, gender and background. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Depot at 334-868-1440 or by visiting

Friday, May 3

Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall 7:30-9:30 p.m. Garrett Coliseum. Buy tickets at, Publix on Vaughn Rd., Zelda Rd. and the Garrett Coliseum Office. For more info, visit www. Pink Out Day to Benefit Joy to Life 5:30-6:30 p.m. in downtown Montgomery at Court Square. The events surrounding our Pink Out Day activities, in collaboration with the Joy to Life Foundation, will bring awareness to and will support breast cancer research. We will celebrate Pink Out Day with a walk from Court Square to the Corner Park. Carriage rides will be available this day. Call 334-652-2629 for more details. Prattville Cityfest -- Also May 4 Historic downtown Prattville. 7-11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more info, visit www.prattvillecityfest. com or call (334) 365-7392. Cloverdale Playhouse Theater Presents Androcles and the Lion -- Through May 5 Adapted by Aurand Harris and directed by Sam Wootten, Androcles and the Lion is a delightful play that has been performed around the world! Featuring six young actors, Aesop’s fable skyrockets with comedy and glows with the warmth of friendship. For tickets or more information, call 262-1530 or visit Late Night with YMCA Goodtimes -- Also May 10, 17, 24 & 31 A weekly Parents’ Night Out program for parents of five-to 12-year-olds offered at the YMCA Goodtimes


Center on Bell Road. Time is 6:30-11:30 p.m. and supper is included. Cost is $15 per child and no reservations are required. Child to staff ratio is 15:1. Call 279-8878 for more info. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents God of Carnage -- Through May 19 Tony Award winner written by Yazmina Reza. Two couples meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly disintegrates into a laugh-out-loud train wreck of an afternoon among savages. This raucous smash hit comedy about adults behaving badly was hailed as a “four-way prize fight” by The New York Times. Marriage, decorum – and the funny bone – take a direct hit in this ebullient Tony Award winner. Recommended for ages 16+. For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Around the World in 80 Days -- Through May 19 Written by Mark Brown based on the novel by Jules Verne. The classic adventure is brought to vibrant life in this fun-filled adaptation. Charging elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains challenge Phileas Fogg in his race against time. Will he circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or will the cunning Detective Fix dash his hopes? Recommended for ages 7+. For ticket info, visit www. or call 271-5353. 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 or call (334) 263-5713.

Saturday, May 4

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 Southern Makers Festival 2-7 p.m. Union Station Train Shed downtown. Southern Makers is a one-day event celebrating Alabama creativity and innovation by bringing together highly curated, handpicked top talent (artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen, designers) for one fantastic gathering to explore the contemporary side of Alabama’s heritage of textiles, music, craftsmanship, and food. Visit 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 an herb planter and use stickers featuring “EPIC” and Team ENERGY STAR! 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 from daylight until 2 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Free admission, free parking available. Call 567-7400.

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Frazer Youth Missions BBQ and Singles Ministry Flea Market 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. BBQ; 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Flea Market. Location: Frazer Fellowship Hall and West Parking Lot. The 23rd annual BBQ will help Frazer send students on mission around the world. You can do your part by purchasing your tickets for only $8 a plate or $6 a sandwich bag. Tickets will be available in the Crave Student Ministry office throughout the week or the atrium on Sundays, or order online. We will once again make free deliveries to businesses wanting to treat their employees. $30 minimum. Be sure to drop by the fellowship hall to grab a tasty treat at the Women’s Circle bake sale. For more info about the BBQ, call 495-6409. For the Flea Market, call 495-6390 or e-mail Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Randy Houser with Special Guest Skyler Foster 8 p.m. Houser was named Country Aircheck’s No.1 New Country Artist in terms of airplay for “Anything Goes” in 2009. He was also a presenter and nominee at both the ACM Awards (Video of the Year for “Boots On”) and the CMA Awards (New Artist of the Year Music Video of the Year) as well as earning a nomination for the 2010 CMT Music Awards. Opening for Houser will be “hometown” vocalist Skyler Foster. From Larry Puckett Chevrolet to Nashville, this up-and-coming country singer and his band are on their way to stardom! For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Flimp Festival Begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are $3 for children; $5 for adults; free for members. Enjoy art-making, music, treasure hunts, chalk art, Quidditch and more. Visit or call 240-4333. Breastfeeding Class Breastfeeding and lactation education designed for expectant mothers, fathers, and/or support persons. Class includes benefits, basic breastfeeding techniques, and prevention of common problems. 10 a.m.-noon. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. $15 covers mother and support person. Pre-registration required. Call 293-8497 or visit to register or for more info. Dino Dig at the Montgomery Zoo 10 a.m.- noon (advanced registration required). Participate in an archaeological dig and learn about prehistoric creatures. For more info, call 240-4900 or visit www.montgomeryzoo. com. Central Alabama Master Gardeners’ Association (CAMGA) Annual Spring Plant Sale On the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church, 5375 U.S. Hwy. 231 in Wetumpka, just across from McDonald’s. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Introduced at the 2011 Sale and expanded this year will be a wide selection of “Garden Art” created by CAMGA members. Utilizing odds and ends of decorative dinnerware, glass containers, figurines and more, these art pieces make great highlights and conversation makers in the landscape, on the patio or porch and more. In addition to plants and Garden Art, the Plant Sale will include the “Potting Shed” where customers may purchase new and/or recycled flower pots and containers that may then be planted with their new plants. Funds raised at the CAMGA Spring Plant Sale are used to support the group’s community service projects to residents of the River Region throughout the year. For more info, call the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s (ACES) Wetumpka office at 334-567-6301. The Elmore County Historical Society and Museum Hosts a Tour of Historic Wetumpka 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ever want to take a peek inside one of Wetumpka’s antebellum homes or treasured landmarks? Now is your chance. $10 admission includes eight sites. Tickets may be purchased from any Elmore County Historical Society member or the following locations: The Prissy Hen at 104 North Bridge Street or the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce at 110 East Bridge Street.

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Sunday, May 5

Old House Expo 1-5 p.m. Various locations in residential historic districts. Call 834-1500 or visit 2013 Cloverdale-Idlewild Spring Concert Series Sundays Through May 26 4-6 p.m. Cloverdale Road, Montgomery. The admission is free! Everyone is welcome, so bring all your friends and family. Leashed dogs are also welcome, so bring your furry babies as well! This year’s concert series is being funded by a grant from BONDS (Building Our Neighborhood for Development and Success). May 5, Caribbean Chrome, a steel drum band that runs the gamut from Caribbean music to the Beatles; May 12, Matt Morgan, a special gift to


your mom on this Mother’s Day; May 19, Blackbird Pickers, some rock, some folk and a hint of bluegrass; and May 26, Ed Pickett, a little on guitar, a little on mandolin, some folk, some country blues, and some old standards. Visit for details. Photographer Teenie Harris: An American Story Through June 28 Free exhibit at Rosa Parks Museum and Children’s Wing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 241-8701 or visit www.

Tuesday, May 7

Cloverdale Playhouse Theater Presents Southern Voices 7:30 p.m. The Playhouse presents a mix of feadings and music celebrating a great American treasure. From Capote to Welty, the list is impressive and memorable. Come

Family Calendar spend an evening that will wrap you in the warmth of great words and songs. For more information, call 2621530 or visit

Thursday, May 9

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Twelfth Night Drink in the festive spirit that intoxicates Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Shipwrecked in Illyria, Viola abandons her station in society and dresses as a page to serve in Orsino’s court. Love ensues, foolery abounds, identities cross and laughter swells. An abridged adaptation. Recommended for ages 12+. For ticket info, visit www.asf. net or call 271-5353. Taste of the Gardens 2013 5-8 p.m. Southern Homes & Gardens and the American Red Cross present Taste of the Gardens, a benefit for the American Red Cross, held annually at SH&G on Vaughn Road, Montgomery. The event includes a silent auction featuring works from local artists; tasting from the River Region’s finest restaurants & caterers; wine and music with Henry Pugh. Also, items purchased at SH&G will be discounted 20%. Event tickets are $20, and may be purchased from the American Red Cross. For more info and to purchase tickets, contact Kelly Hodges at 2604016; or e-mail

Friday, May 10

Parents’ Night Out at the Wetumpka Family YMCA A monthly Parents’ Night Out program for parents of kids 12 years and under offered the 2nd Friday of each month from 6-10 p.m. Games, arts and crafts, a movie and hot dogs are offered. Cost is $10 per child for members and $15 per child for non-members. You must register by the Thursday prior. Call 567-8282 for more info. Freebie Friday at the Montgomery Biscuits 7:05 start time. Seniors eat free, plus MAX Fireworks Spectacular. Visit or call 3232255 for details. Relay for Life of Montgomery-Pike Road Begins at 6 p.m. at The Waters. Relay For Life is a celebration of survivorship – an occasion to express hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. For more info, contact Lucy Sims at (334) 612 8170 or e-mail lucy.sims@ Annual Greek Food Festival -- Also May 11 Grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Mt. Meigs and Capital Parkway. For more information, call 334-462-7285. Friends For Faulkner’s Annual Yard Sale Also May 11 Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothes and shoes (for men, women and children), furniture, housewares, collectibles, holiday items, linens, toys, games, books, garden items, etc. Under the tents on the Faulkner University Campus, 5345 Atlanta Highway. Ice cold drinks, snacks and baked goods will also be sold. All monies raised go toward unbudgeted items for departments and student scholarships. Donations are tax deductible. Call Wanda Warmack at 546-7151 if you have items you would like to donate. Southern Writers’ Project at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival -- Through May 12 Experience the diverse and varied heritage of the South during the Southern Writers’ Project, an event that gives modern-day storytellers a chance to develop their stories by working with actors, directors, dramaturges and an audience. Visitors who attend the weekend’s events will become part of the creative process by having the opportunity to give the playwrights feedback on their

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work as it is brought to life on the stage. For information about tickets to the Southern Writer’s Project, visit www. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Macbeth Also May 18 Written by William Shakespeare. Recommended for ages 13+. For ticket info, visit or call 271-5353. Elmore County Homeschool Organization Meets -- Also May 24 Elmore County Homeschool Organization is a non-profit support group for homeschooling families. We provide a positive socialization environment for homeschooled children & support and encourage their parents in the homeschooling process. We meet the second and fourth Friday of every month year-round from 10 a.m. to noon at Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy, Deatsville. Membership is free and is open to all homeschoolers in the tri-county area. ECHO has field trips, park days, holiday parties, enrichment activities, and a yearly awards ceremony. For details, visit http://www.

Saturday, May 11

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic Free to the public on select Saturdays 10-11 a.m. Online registration opens a few weeks before each clinic’s date. This month’s project is a Sweetheart Frame for Mother’s Day. For more info, visit or call your local Lowe’s. Agape’s Run for a Mom 5K and Fun Run 5K starts at 7:30 a.m.; Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Vaughn Park Church of Christ. Help us assist women facing crisis pregnancies and families of foster children, domestic adoptions and soon to be added international adoptions. Dedicate your run to your mom, birthmother, adoptive mom, foster mom, or any special woman in your life. For more information, contact Emily at 5K@ or call (334) 272-9466. Register online at Miltary Appreciation at the Montgomery Biscuits 6:35 start time. Plus MAX Fireworks Spectacular. Visit or call 323-2255 for details. Montgomery Street Fair Revival Massive gathering of vivacious vendors, performers and artists of all types, modeled after the original Street Fair held in 1899. Put on by the civic group Helicity, founder Johnny Veres promises that the Fair will be even bigger and better than last year which attracted more than 2,500 people and featured acrobats, fire breathers, belly dancers, musicians, all types of vendors and more. The day will be filled with plenty to see and do for everyone! Face painting, craft-making, storytellers, play areas, and much more will be available for children’s entertainment. All of this will be taking place while aerialists, jugglers, dancers, and musicians are dispersed among the crowds. Night activities will focus on live musical performances. Visit for more info. Mayfest at the Montgomery Zoo with BTW 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Held in partnership with Booker T. Washington Magnet School, Montgomery. For more info, call 240-4900 or visit Herb Day at Old Alabama Town 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Just in “thyme” for Mother’s Day, enjoy this free event featuring an open-air market with plants and gardening items, children’s activities, and special programs and speakers. For more info, visit www. or call 240-4500. Preview of Young Life for Middle Schoolers Deer Creek Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. Young Life is a non-profit, adolescent Christian outreach ministry that


is in more than 80 countries around the globe and has been in Montgomery since 1970. Throughout its rich history here in the River Region, a specific strategy for reaching Middle School kids has been a part of that 43 years and we are bringing it back. WyldLife is fun. WyldLife is chaos. WyldLife was created for middle school kids. Come join us as we share about WyldLife and our vision for its growth. A parents’ info meeting will follow the preview of WyldLife. For more info, visit or call Chris Campos at (334) 218-3224. 2nd Saturday Riverfront Festival 5-8 p.m. every second Saturday through September. The fun includes live entertainment, games for all ages (bocce ball and more!), food vendors and adult libations at the SandBAR at the Silos. Free admission. **NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGE, FOOD OR COOLERS PERMITTED!** Sponsored by Stivers Ford, Bama Budweiser and PNC Bank. Visit for more info.

Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day at the Montgomery Zoo All moms receive FREE admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. For more info, call 240-4900 or visit Montgomery Youth Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free concert at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. For more info, visit or contact the MSO at 334-240-4004 or Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents To Kill a Mockingbird -- Through May 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 or call 271-5353.

Thursday, May 16

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 “Longleaf Pine: The Tree That Made Alabama” presented by Bill Finch. Call 353-4726 or visit www. 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 (3586749).

Friday, May 17

Relay for Life 6 p.m. start time. Cramton Bowl, downtown Montgomery. Contact Lucy Sims at, or call (334) 612-8170 for more info or to sign up.

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Montgomery River Jam Begins at 5 p.m. FREE admission. The finalized lineup of River Jam 2013 is: Jess Meuse (Local Singer/Songwriter); the John Bull Band featuring Sheffield Walker (Local Blues Band); Roman Street (Latin Jazz); Nine Days (Rock/Top 40); Rosco Bandana (Hard Rock recording artists - Rock/Country); Sunpie Barnes and the Sunspots (Zydeco); Alvin Youngblood Hard (Grammy Winning Blues Guitar); and Ana Egge (Brooklyn-based singer Alternative & Folk singer/songwriter). Visit www. or call 625-2300 for more info. “Cruise de Caliente” Mystery Dinner Theatre at Callaway Gardens Detective skills – and an appetite – will be necessary. Guests will enjoy a delicious Latin-inspired meal and an exciting evening of interaction with a professional cast to figure out the culprit in a lively “who-dun-it” mystery. Guests selected just before the show will receive reading parts and will be cued to deliver their award-winning performances. Expect a few surprises and activities to add to the fun; plus, solving the mystery comes with token prizes for the winning team. Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 30 minutes north of Columbus. For more info, call 1-800-CALLAWAY or visit French Colonial Weekend -- Through May 19 Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson State Historic Site, Wetumpka. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (334) 567-3002 or visit www.

Sunday, May 19

Jazz Jams at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 2-4 p.m. Enjoy the Museum and a little jazz on a Sunday afternoon. This event is a partnership with Alabama Roots Music Society. Admission is free. For more info, visit or call 240-4333.

Tuesday, May 21

Eating Disorders Seminar First Christian Church on Taylor Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free and open to anyone who has an interest in this topic. It is estimated that 1 in 4 college-age girls struggle with an eating disorder. Therapist Christy Holding from Samaritan Counseling Center and dietician Racheal Laughlin from Jackson Hospital will conduct the meeting. Please call 531-1390 or 262-7787 for more information. Little Miss Firecracker Pageant Entry Deadline The 2nd annual Little Miss Firecracker Pageant of the River Region will be held on Saturday, June 1, at the RiversEdge Church, located at 181-F Eastern Blvd. in Montgomery. The pageant is open to young girls, ages 1 month to 17 years, who live in Alabama. Applications for the pageant are due no later than May 21. Early bird registration- take $5 off the registration fee, if received by Monday, May 13. There will be seven age categories for the pageant: Baby Miss: 1 month–11 months, Tiny Miss: 1-2 years, Petite Miss: 3-5 years, Little Miss: 6-8, Young Miss: 9–11, Pre-Teen Miss: 12–14 years and Teen Miss: 15 –17 years. The contestant must be that age by the date of the competition. Division groups Babies to Petite Miss will compete at 10:30 a.m. and Little Miss to Teen Miss at 2:30 p.m. Additional times may be added as needed. This is a semi-natural pageant where age-appropriate attire and a “natural” look are stressed. Registration fee for the pageant is $35, plus any optional categories in which the contestant chooses to participate. Optional categories in each age division are $5 each. Winners and alternates will be awarded in each age category. To download an application and see the pageant rules, please visit and click on the “HOLIDAY PAGEANT” tab and then the Little Miss Firecracker application link. You

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Thursday, May 23

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 our 17th Mad Hatters Luncheon and installation of officers. Cost is $15 and reservations must be made by noon May 20 to russell.cynthia98@ or call 300-4949. Visit 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 or call 240-4333.

Friday, May 24

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Crosby, Stills & Nash 8 p.m. More than four decades since CSN played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times-once with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They have also been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, with the honor recognizing both CSN as a group, and each member as individual solo artists. For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100. FREE Pops Concert by Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Bring your friends and family to this FREE outdoor pops concert as the MSO celebrates Memorial Day weekend on the steps of the Alabama Archives and History Building. This concert is sponsored by the J K Lowder Family Foundation. For more information, contact us at 2404004 or

Saturday, May 25

35th annual Jubilee Run For Cancer Sponsored by Alfa Insurance to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Runners, walkers and supporters will attend the events at Old Alabama Town to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and honor those lost. The Run For Cancer includes an 8K, a 2-mile run/ walk and a Jubilee Junior Jog. Montgomery Multisport will coordinate the races. Old Alabama Town will serve as the starting and finish lines and the location for children’s activities, live music from the band Blackbird Pickers and a wellness expo sponsored by Baptist Health. The family-friendly event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels. The awards ceremony will include prizes for top runners and the winners of the Wackiest Costume Contest. Printed registration forms will be accepted through May 13, and online registration is available through May 23 for $25. Late registration on May 24 is $30. On-site registration is $35. Participants will receive goodie bags, and the first 600 registered receive tech shirts. Junior


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joggers will be given T-shirts. For additional information, including registration, visit For the latest updates, follow Jubilee Run on Twitter and like Jubilee Run on Facebook. For sponsorship information, contact Kathy Wood at (334) 558-6587. Dreamgirls at Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts 7 p.m. Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. This Tony and Academy Awardwinning musical sparkles like never before! For more info or tickets, call 241-9567 or visit community/davistheatre/shows.html Berry Picking Begins at Barber Berry Farm in Millbrook Pick your own pesticide-free blackberries and blueberries now through June 30 and pesticide-free muscadine and scuppernongs from mid-August through late September. Contact Ken Barber at 334-549-4710 or e-mail

Tuesday, May 28

Summer Camp for Special Needs Students in the Tri County Area -- Through August 9 Grades 6 through 12. Full-day Camp (7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) running May 28-August 9. $50 registration fee will be applied to the first week’s tuition. Weekly tuition is $80 and includes lunch and two snacks. Contact Lisa Kirkland at (334) 651-1292 for more info. Millbrook Farmers Market -- Through August 27 The Village Green. 3-6 p.m. Visit or call (334) 285-0330.

Thursday, May 30

Wetumpka Depot Presents The Wedding from Hell Through June 8 This Bridezilla vs. Redneck wedding returns with all the bridesmaid drama and canned spam audiences can handle. Filled with fluster, bluster, Twinkies and Cheez Wiz, The Wedding From Hell not only punctures the air of bourgeois Southern respectability, it steals the tires. The Wedding From Hell was created in 2009 as a homegrown fundraising piece to benefit The Depot Players, but it was so wildly successful that it broke all Depot box office records to date. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. June 2. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Depot at 334868-1440 or by visiting

Friday, May 31

Black Jacket Symphony Presents “Some Girls” by The Rolling Stones 8 p.m., Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience by recreating classic albums in a live performance setting with a first-class lighting and video production. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album. Following the album and a brief intermission, the Black Jacket Symphony returns to the stage to perform a collection of greatest hits by the evening’s artist. For tickets, visit or call 481-5100. 28th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival Through June 2 Weekend full of fun, fellowship, competition, and whitewater! Wetumpka and the Coosa River below Jordan Dam. Register at www.

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Saturday, June 1

Annual Pike Road Community Yard Sale Pike Road Town Hall from 7 a.m. to noon. Deadline for reserving booth space is May 29 at 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Pike Road Lions Club and Lions Club charities. For more information, call 495-4109 or e-mail This yard sale is part of the World’s Widest Yard Sale. Visit www.widestyardsale. com for more info. 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


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 lawnmower pencil holder perfect for Father’s Day. 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.

Tuesday, June 4

Sizzling Summer Studio Series at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Ages 5 and older) -- Also June 6, 11 & 13 2:30-3:30 p.m. Join us in the studios to create a different art project each day. Explore a variety of art media, including painting with tempera and watercolors, tissue paper

Family Calendar collage, printing and more! Tuesdays and Thursdays: June 4 and 6; June 11 and 13. Cost: $2 members/$5 non-members for each class. Visit or call 240-4333 for more info. “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

Thursday, June 6

Bearden and Jazz at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 5:30-6:30 p.m. Romare Bearden’s love of jazz is reflected in his improvisational compositions, evocative of his Southern roots and Harlem life. Join Tim Brown, Curator of Education and former Romare Bearden Fellow, as he explores Bearden’s work as a visual corollary to modern jazz. Visit or call 240-4333 for more info. The Millbrook Community Players Present Hee Haw Revisited -- Through June 9 7:30 p.m. performances except for June 9 @ 2 p.m. Take a trip back to the cornfield with some of your favorite Hee Haw characters. This show is filled with plenty of music and cornball comedy. Tickets are $22 and include dinner and the show. Call (334) 782-7317 or visit www. for ticket information.

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Faulkner Dinner Theatre Presents The Good Samaritan -- Through June 8; 13-15; and 20-22 Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:15 until 7. The show begins promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and the show. Members of the military can purchase tickets for just $20. Reservations must be paid in advance. Make reservations or for more information, call 386-7190 or e-mail

Saturday, June 8

Run for Autism (5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/ Walk)! Hosted by the Center for Child and Adolescent Development (CCAD), proceeds from this event will be used to assist with start-up costs for CCAD’s new program for children on the autism spectrum: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. Sponsors are needed as well as participants for the event. Registration fee is $25 and pre-registration may be done through For more information on how to become a sponsor or how to register for the race, please visit www. or call 334-262-5744. Cool technical shirts will be provided to those registered. Water, drinks and snacks will be available at the finish line. Trophies will be awarded in each 5K Run age group. River Region March for Babies Union Station Train Shed. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Opening Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. 2.5mile walk. Family-friendly activities and a great

celebration. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten our babies and work on preventing them. For more information, call 277-6910 or visit www.

Sunday, June 9

Montgomery Performing Ars Centre Presents Aaron Lewis in Concert 7:30 p.m. This Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter is one of the most versatile artists of modern times. From his rockin’ roots to his country boots, come see Aaron Lewis like you have never seen him before. For tickets, visit www. or call 481-5100.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C+ Violence: C Sexual Content: C+ Language: D+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Oblivion PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity. Jack Harper (Cruise) is part of a two-person mop up team left on Earth. He and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are only a couple of weeks away from finishing their assignment as security monitors and drone repairman on a planet that has been almost entirely decimated after years of battling aliens. The war was won, if you can call it that considering the horrific devastation caused by nuclear bombs, but resulted in the remaining humans being shuttled off to live on one of Saturn’s moons. Jack and Victoria’s job is to ensure the aliens don’t return while the last of Earth’s resources are harvested. Unfortunately pockets of Scavengers (that resemble and sound a lot like Darth Vader) still haunt the planet, blowing up the flying drones that patrol the borders and causing havoc for Jack and Victoria. But Jack is plagued by more than just these marauders. Even though his memory has been wiped to prevent valuable information from falling into the wrong hands, fleeting recollections of a dark haired woman and a time he never lived in intrude upon his dreams. When he discovers the woman in a shuttle pod that crashlands on Earth, his world, as he knows it, begins to unravel. While Tom Cruise’s reputation as an action actor in Jack Reacher, the Mission: Impossible movies, Minority Report and War of the Worlds holds up in this story, the film’s content, much like the content in his other movies, pushes Oblivion outside the realm of general family viewing. Although explosions and brawls are relatively bloodless, weapon use and a sense of peril frequent the storyline and one character bleeds profusely after being shot in the stomach. Brief scenes of sensuality and female buttock nudity are also seen when Victoria strips off her dress and dives into the pair’s swimming pool. The transparent walls of the pool allow for a clear though distant view of what happens after she pulls Jack in to join her. While most parents won’t be trekking with their kids to see this film, ardent sci-fi fans likely won’t be too disappointed with Oblivion, especially if they think of it as homage rather than groundbreaking.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Time: 128 min. Overall: A Violence: B Sexual Content: C+ Language: C Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated 42 PG-13 for thematic elements including language. Director and screenwriter Brian Helgeland hits one out of the ballpark with his movie 42. The tale of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson scores across the bases with strong messages and stellar performances by an impressive cast. While 42 isn’t suitable for all family members, the historical drama will play well to both baseball fans and general movie audiences. Veteran actor Harrison Ford stars as the pioneering, cigar-chomping general manager Branch Rickey who signs Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. John C. McGinley portrays Red Barber, the team’s colorful commentator with a bat bag full of sporty colloquialisms. Both performers create convincing characters that are a far cry from Hans Solo or Dr. Perry Cox. But it is small screen actor Chadwick Boseman that rockets this script into orbit like a squarely hit pitch. Without the distraction of other big theater roles on his resume, Boseman brings a fresh face to this sound depiction of the famous rookie. Following the details of the true story, the trail-blazing Branch questions the Major League Baseball’s color barrier during a shameful period when African American soldiers returned from fighting in World War II only to face racial discrimination and Jim Crowe laws at home. Luckily for Robinson, the audacious executive is willing to challenge this prejudice on the ball diamond. While capturing the virulent hostility Jackie faces on the field, the movie also shows the support he receives from his wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie), African American sportswriter Wendell Smith (Andre Holland) and teammates Eddie Stanky (Jesse Luken) and Pee Wee Reese (Lucas Black). The script includes a deluge of racial slurs, infrequent profanities and a tirade of offensive sexual comments along with racial discrimination. Bullying and an adulterous relationship also rack up errors against this film’s content. However for older teens and adults, number 42’s journey to the big league is more impressive than even his stats. Credited with helping to spark the civil rights movement, his stance against racial barriers continues to serve as an example today. Choosing to deal with his agonies in private, his gentleman demeanor and unwavering love of the game in public inspires even his Dodger teammates to face their prejudices and become a real team. In a current era where various sports leagues are confronted with labor disputes, bloated egos and performance-enhancing drugs, Jackie Robinson remains a role model to young players ready to pick up the bat and play ball.

What Parents need to know about Oblivion...

Violence: A man’s foot is caught in a bear trap after being ambushed by attackers who shoot at him. A rope breaks while he tries to escape and he falls to the ground far below. Scenes of post-apocalyptic devastation are seen. A man is hit in the head with a gun butt resulting in a bloody facial injury. Characters throw punches, grapple and fire at one another on numerous occasions. A man is choked until he passes out. Drones fire on and kill humans, blowing their bodies to bits. A man holds a gun to a woman’s head. She is later shot in the stomach. Numerous explosions occur. Sexual Content: Partial male and female back nudity is seen in a shower scene. Female buttock nudity is shown when a woman undresses and dives into a swimming pool. Brief suggestive scenes of sexuality are included. Unclothed characters are seen in a state of stasis. Couples kiss and embrace. Some brief crude content and innuendo is also included. Language: The script contains infrequent scatological slang, vulgarities, profanities and one use of the sexual expletive.

What Parents need to know about 42…

Violence: Black characters are bullied and discriminated against throughout the film. A man is intentionally hit in the head with a baseball bat and slashed on the leg with cleats. Characters receive threatening letters and hate mail. A group of men’s verbal argument escalates into pushing and shoving. Sexual Content: A couple, engaged in an adulterous relationship, is shown in bed together. A man makes crude and offensive comments about sexual activity to another character. Brief kissing and embracing are portrayed along with brief and mild sexual references. Language: The script includes numerous racial slurs in a historical setting, as well as scatological slang, terms of deity and mild and moderate profanities. Alcohol / Drug Use: A character is frequently shown smoking a cigar.


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