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8 Living With Children John Rosemond

12 Kids Health Watch sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

The Picky Eater

Learn tricks for encouraging your child to enjoy new foods.

Back to School Tips

Find 15 genius tips to prepare your family for back to school.

15 Montgomery Education Matters by Superintendent Reginald Eggleston, Ed.D.

36 Autauga Education Matters by Superintendent Spence Agee



40 Elmore Education Matters by Superintendent Richard Dennis

45 The College Years by Lee Gonet

46 Growing Up Online Carolyn Jabs

When Kids Reject Sports

After School Activities

Ideas for keeping kids active when they avoid team sports.

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50 Parenting Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teens Mark Gregston

56 Get This! Gerry Paige Smith

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On The Cover Joshua (12) and Kenedee (8) Campbell are the son and daughter of Joshua and Alicia Campbell. Joshua is beginning 7th grade at St. James School and Kenedee will be in 4th grade at Halcyon Elementary. The siblings are photographed at United Gymstars and Cheer in Montgomery where Joshua has been competing for 3 years (current level-Junior Development) and Kenedee for 2 years (currently Level 4 Gymnast).


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Editor’sNote Well, there went the summer! How did it go by so fast is what I’m asking myself...and maybe you are too. Since we can’t slow down time, we might as well embrace the beginning of another school year and all that comes with it. Our Back to School Issue is sure to encourage your “school year” mind set, and we are excited to share many helpful articles and ideas with your family this month! Christa Hines shares 15 Genius Tips for Back to School to help get your children and your household ready for the transition; Lee Gonet explains how you can be your child’s best guidance counselor on page 45; and Sarah Lyons discusses ideas for keeping your kids active after school, even if they reject sports. Not all children enjoy team sports...that’s certainly been true in our home. Even after trying a variety, our older kids just never gravitated towards any team sports for the long term. Instead, Will was big into martial arts and Anna enjoyed dance for many years. Our 6-year-old daughter, Grace, has been steady with gymnastics for a couple years now, and just started learning tennis over the summer. Every child is different and it makes sense that they would have different leanings in terms of after school activities and enrichment. Here’s where our 2017 After School Activities Guide comes in! Our detailed listing of River Region activities gives you registration days and times if you already know what your child wants to participate in, but if you are just now in the exploration stage, why not flip through our guide with your child and let them see what sparks their interest? You may have no idea that they would like to take a stab at theater or horseback riding. Or maybe a child who hasn’t been interested in sports in the past will want to try something new like volleyball or cheerleading, if only because one of her friends liked it. Enjoy perusing the guide and pay close attention to our “after school” advertisers throughout this month’s issue! Finally, with September right around the corner, we’d love for you to “save the date” for the Montgomery Parents 2nd Annual Special Needs Expo. On September 16, from 10 am to 1 pm, exhibitors from across the River Region and the state will be on hand to assist you with the various needs and desires for your special needs child. To become a sponsor or have a booth at this event, please email me at the address below. For those of you who will be attending, your kids are invited too! There will be face painting, balloon twisting and other fun for them to enjoy, and you’ll get the resources you need for continuing to give them (and yourself) the best care possible. Here’s wishing you and your family a smooth transition back to school, and a successful year all the way around!

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LivingWithChildren by John Rosemond

Don’t Rush for Evaluation in Happy Child Q: Our 4-year-old prefers solitary play over play with other children. It’s been this way from early on when I began arranging play dates for him. When those really didn’t work, I enrolled him in pre-school but that didn’t help either. If firmly instructed to do so, he will join in and “play” with other children. I put the word in quotes because he doesn’t seem to really connect. He’s very imaginative and will spend hours in his room playing quietly on his own or even boisterously with various imaginary friends. At both home and school, he’s polite, obedient and sometimes can be very talkative with his older siblings or us. Everyone agrees that he seems happy and content. He’s in preK now and his teacher tells us he’s at least a year ahead of most of the kids in his class. Nonetheless, his school counselor called us in the other day and suggested he might have a mild form of autism—specifically, Asperger’s Disorder. Do you think we should have him evaluated?

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primary reason for recommending against an evaluation—for the present, at least. Based on your description, it sounds to me as though your son is on the cusp of qualifying for a diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder. Whether that occurred would depend on how liberally the therapist

in question interpreted the diagnostic criteria. In my estimation, those criteria (symptoms) should always be considered in light of the “big picture” which in this case includes the fact that your son is a happy, content, intelligent, well-behaved and imaginative little fellow who interacts


well with family members—the people with whom he is most familiar. That description is more significant than his social immaturity. We seem, collectively, to have forgotten that children are capable of being odd little creatures—some more than others. Most children eventually outgrow their oddness or learn the advisability of controlling it. For that reason, I’d hold off, for the time being, on an evaluation. At age four, the fact that a child is lagging in one developmental area is, in and of itself, no cause for alarm. One thing is certain: If people treat a child as if he has something wrong with him, the child is likely to become convinced there is something wrong with him and begin acting accordingly. Your son is a smart, imaginative, happy little camper who at this early point in his life doesn’t socialize well with other children. Given the positives, I am inclined to think that the best therapy is patient guidance from the people who love him the most. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at

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Lanark Holds Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

Summer Food Truck Takeover @ Hampstead

Friday, August 4, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. A variety of rotating Montgomery food trucks will assemble in the Hampstead Town Center to dish out street food and fun. Local food trucks may include: NYC Gyro, Southern Smokeshack, On A Roll, El Campesino’s Taqueria, Fire Meats Wood, Frios Pops and more. This is a free event and open to the public. Parking is available on Long Acre Street, Mercer Street, and in the two large Hampstead parking lots.

Montgomery Dragon Boat Race & Festival

Aug. 26 * 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Riverfront Park. Almost 80 teams will converge downtown to paddle and party on Race Day in the pursuit of the Grand Championship Trophy while supporting the missions of our two local beneficiaries, Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama. The Riverfront Park will be alive with music, entertainment, and 30+ local vendors, artists, and exhibitors while teams compete on the water in view of more than 8,000 spectators! NEW to the races this year: 10-person boat youth divisions; stand-up paddle boarding. For more info, call (334) 625-9411. Montgomery Parents I August 2017

August 5 * 7-11 a.m. Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook. Bring the kids, a few fishing poles, and a cooler and join us down at the catfish pond! Children 15 and under can catch and take home up to five catfish each (catfish only), but can catch and release all they want! Each child will receive a free T-shirt and a chance to win a door prize! Make sure to call ahead (334) 285-4550 and put your name on the list... space fills up quickly! Admission is free; snacks and drinks will also be available. For more info, visit www.

August 5, 12, 19 & 26 11 a.m. Old Alabama Town’s Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus St. Free to the public. Defend yourself against the dreaded doldrums of DOG DAYS! Spend every Saturday of August traveling the world in the cool confines of the auditorium in Old Alabama Town. Aug. 5: Caribbean Get Away, presented by Geoff & Toni Stough; Aug. 12: Sailing the Baltic: In the Footsteps of the Vikings, with Ann & Steve Linder; Aug. 19: Hiking California’s High Sierra Trail, with McDowell Crook; and Aug. 26: Riding Through the Rockies on Rails, with Steve Brickley & Jim Hodgson. For more info, visit or call (334) 240-4500.

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Dream Court Hosts ‘A Knight to Shine’

Mothers and sons, join us Friday, September 22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Country Club. Dress to the nines and celebrate at this Mother/ Son ball hosted by Drem Court. Tickets will sell out quickly and are available at Thank you for supporting Dream Court Montgomery!

Military Open House at the Art Museum

August 17 * 5:30-7:30 p.m. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited for a free evening of family fun dedicated to the military communities. Guests will enjoy artmaking activities in the studios, a light dinner in the Rotunda, and exhibitions in the galleries. For more info, call (334) 2404333 or visit http:// events/ militaryopenhouse-4/. 10

Legendary Coaches Pat Dye & Gene Stallings August 15 * 7 p.m. Tickets range from $22 to $47. All $47 tickets include a meet-and-greet starting at 6 p.m. (arrive by 5:45). The Black Jacket Symphony Presents The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band September 16 * 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $30.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise September 22 * 6 p.m. Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises. Tickets begin at $15

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Twilight Tuesdays at Montgomery Zoo

All Through August Hours are 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Last admission is at 6:30, major animal exhibits begin closing at 7, and everyone must exit the park by 7:30 p.m. Come see all your favorite animals under the stars. Enjoy a ride on the sky lift as the sun sets or hop on the train. Visit the giraffe encounter, petting zoo, parakeet cove or a casual dinner at the Overlook Cafe. Different special events take place each Tuesday between 3 and 7 p.m. Call (334) 240-4900 or visit Aug. 1: Wild Night - Dress up as a favorite zoo animal. Aug. 8: Book Night - Enjoy readings of treasured animal-themed children’s books. Aug. 15: Superhero Night - Dress up as a favorite superhero. Aug. 22: Zoo Tour Night - Follow a guided tour of the zoo and Mann Museum. Aug. 29: School Spirit and Game Night - Dress in favorite team’s colors and enjoy playing festive games.

Experience Creek Life

August 5 at Pratt Park in Prattville. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; event lasts until 11:15 a.m. Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council and Alabama Master Gardeners team together to offer educational FREE fun for kids ages 6-14! Kids will rotate among four stations including snakes, water testing, creek life and water-loving mammals. Please pre-register by calling (334) 5950800. For more info, call (334) 361-0576.

Gump City Con Debuts August 12

Multi-genre fan convention for the whole family celebrating all things geek at the Alcazar Shrine Center. Events include Cosplay Contest, Tabletop Gaming, Panel Discussions, Concert and After Party. Special guests include Walter Jones, Tiffany Grant and John Anderson. Tickets are $20, with discounts for military, first responders and seniors; children 6-11 are $5. Tickets available on For more info, call (334) 464-0191 or visit

NEW!! Aquatic Climbing Wall at the Bell Road YMCA

On July 14, the Bell Road YMCA held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Aquatic Climbing Wall! In order to use the wall, you must first pass a swim test. Each wall is 10 ft. high from the surface of the water and 6 ft. wide. One person is allowed on each wall at a time. The Aquatic Wall is a great physical challenge for kids and adults. Check it out soon!

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Let the Bed Bugs Bite! We protect our family outdoors with insect repellant and inspect everyone from head to toe for possible ticks, but how often do we worry about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blood Suckersâ&#x20AC;? inside our homes, vacation destinations or condos? Human bed-bugs (scientific name: Cimex Lectularius) are insect parasites that have existed among civilizations for thousands of years. Nearly eradicated in the 1940s with DDT they have made a major comeback with the banning of this insecticide. Since their return in the 90s they have been found in epidemic numbers in many of our major cities and suburbs. These parasites are visible with the naked eye being no bigger than apple seeds and possessing oval flat bodies enabling them to hide in the cracks and crevices in the bedding, mattresses, bed frames, headboards, wallpaper. They are excellent hitchhikers and will travel on your clothes in your luggage or in your furniture. Contrary to popular opinion they do not discriminate between the rich or poor homes; or the clean or dirty environments. Bed-bugs are found in many of our luxury hotels! They can sometimes spread through the acquiring of second hand clothing from yard sales or from used furniture picked off the curb or from refurbished items from stores. Once the bugs are in your home, they hide in the bedding or furniture upholstery where they are dormant during the day, but come out at night to feed on their sleep-

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ing victims. Just like mosquitoes and ticks, these parasites produce an anesthetic and anticoagulant. Sleeping victims rarely feel the bites when bed-bugs are feeding. Once bitten the spot develops a reddish welt that is very itchy and causes a great deal of irritation. These insect bites usually are present in rows of three or four welts usually appearing very close together in clusters. While the victim sleeps the bed-bug responds to small movements and pulls out of the skin continuing with another bite next to the first. Sometimes several of these insects may be feeding side by side. Each time the victim sleeps in the infested bed, he will awaken with a new set of bite marks. Although bed-bugs carry no life threatening diseases, complications such as secondary bacterial infections at the bite site or potential psychological complications such as anxiety may be substantial. Allergic reactions to the bites may result in a more severe hive reaction in certain individuals. Treatment of the bites includes washing the areas with antibacterial soaps to prevent infection especially if the skin is excoriated from intense scratching, and using a topical hydrocortisone cream or ointment as well as oral medications such as antihistamines to relieve pruritic symptoms. Always be observant for possible secondary bacterial infections which sometimes require a topical or oral antibiotic. What is the best way to prevent bed-bug bites and infestations? The best


prevention is avoidance. After arriving at a hotel or other lodging, inspect your room thoroughly before unpacking. Inspect the bedding for signs of bed-bugs: 1) fecal spots (small dark soil-like droppings occurring in patches on the mattress and pads); 2) Blood smears on sheets or mattresses; 3) empty molted bed-bug exoskeletons; 4) bug eggs found in mattress fabric seams; 5) and actual bed-bugs or their nests which may be harder to find in dark crevices or cracks in the mattress or bed frame. Demand a new room on a different floor or change lodgings. Some experts advice packing clothes in air tight sealed plastic bags in their luggage. Upon returning home all clothing worn during trip are removed from bag and placed in washer for at least 20 min. Bed-bugs die at temps 120 degrees F. or greater. If these tell-tale signs of bed-bug infestation are present in your home, especially if you have family members with chronic itchy rashes, it is necessary to seek the advice of a reputable pest exterminator as well as your physician. Dr. Drennen earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1975 and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He began his private practice of pediatric medicine in Loveland, Colorado. He then practiced in Ozark, Alabama before coming to Professional Pediatrics in 1998. He and his wife Rebecca have two sons. The entire family enjoys downhill skiing and beach activities.



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Forty Years of Love and Learning I can see myself standing in my classroom as teacher on the first day of school—a mere forty years ago. I was the person in charge of learning for every child that would walk (or be wheeled) through the doors. I can see parents peering through windows who were probably wondering if I was the one to be trusted to treat their children as I would want my own treated; wondering if I was the one to move their children to new academic, physical, social, emotional levels. Little did they know on that first day… I was wondering those same things. Some weeks passed and I realized that I had fallen in love with the children,

the teaching process, and the goal of helping students succeed. Months and years passed. I was sometimes frustrated with myself for not having the perfect solutions for one or more of my students or frustrated with them for not having on their minds what I had on mine; but I never fell out of love with the precious human subjects of my work. Even as I moved from one school to the next (Madison Park Hope Center, Bear Elementary, Forest Avenue Magnet), nothing changed; my heart was sold out to every student on the receiving end of my meager, but most sincere efforts. I carried a humongous desire to help develop geniuses using the genius seeds that were already inside each child. As a school and district administrator, and as superintendent, I treasured working with phenomenal colleagues in every setting through usual challenges and sometimes heart-wrenching eruptions that shook us to the core –student accidents and deaths, (reported) failures and factions. Through it all, we struggled,

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but we never quit or gave up hope for the students. There was always unbridled joy when students were successful through graduations, award winning performances, and through overcoming all kinds of feats. As I near the end of this phase of my journey, I am so very, very grateful that God gave me 41 years to practice giving my all and receiving so much more in my time with Montgomery Public Schools. As I look back at those first teaching days, and every day after, I am assured that He provided richly. To the thousands of students and families, teachers and administrators and community supporters with whom I have had the privilege to work, thank you for your trust.

Allen began working for Montgomery Public Schools as a special education teacher in 1976. She holds administrative certification from Alabama State University, a masters of arts in early childhood, a masters of arts in early childhood/handicapped, and a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and special education – all from Auburn University Montgomery.

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First Steps It is exciting to be in Montgomery again and gearing up for an opportunity to make positive changes in the lives of children. As the newly appointed chief education officer for Montgomery Public Schools, I am honored by the reception I have received from MPS employees and community members. While I have spent the last 10 years in Mobile as an assistant superintendent supervising principals, I was an administrator at Carver High School from 2000 to 2005. It is so wonderful to be back with Montgomery Public Schools. There are a number of elements of state intervention in Montgomery that we want to ensure our parents understand:

There will be an extra emphasis on students and student achievement. Additional resources are being gathered to provide help to the MPS schools that need it the most. We are looking at every element within each of these schools and working to provide a new focus on students. Everything is under the microscope. We are looking for new ways to solve old problems – from discipline and school culture, to the way teachers instruct and students learn. MPS is one school system. While there is an emphasis on the 27 lowest performing schools, the system is united. The staff and I will be working in every school to ensure the best possible education for every student. Intervention is expected to last about five years. The state plan suggests the intervention in MPS will last approximately five years. Every year we will take stock of our work and the results. Adjustments will be


made as we move along. When the system is functioning as it should, the state will begin to move the system back to local control. However, it is difficult to put an exact date on when that may happen. We need parents to be as involved as possible in their children’s education. While there are still a number of things that are being formulated, there is no doubt that student success is tied to parental involvement. From simply asking your child everyday to talk to you about school, homework and what they learned that day, to joining your school’s PTA, your involvement is the key to your child’s success. I am looking forward to our journey together as we work to make MPS the best it can be. Again, thank you for your warm welcome. It certainly is great to be back in Montgomery. Dr. Reginald Eggleston was recently named the new Superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools. He served as an assistant superintendent in Mobile for the last 10 years, and is happy to be back in Montgomery to serve its schools.

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Churchill Celebrates 2017 Senior Class

Churchill Academy celebrated the Class of 2017 on May 18 through a Commencement Ceremony held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. The Senior Class entered the room full of family, teachers and friends to Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp & Circumstance.” The group was then encouraged by School Director Lisa Hanlon Schroeder’s reading of Edgar Guest’s poem “It Couldn’t Be Done,” paying homage to the students’ collective tenacity and spirit. Reverend Paul Jay Sansom was the keynote speaker for the evening, commending class members on their hard work and inspiring them for the future ahead. He said that life is not easy, and there will be hardships; however, getting to life’s victories will require them to press through each of those. He reminded the senior class that similar to Edward Guest, the world will bear witness to the way they rise from difficulties and be inspired by the same. Each student was recognized individually by a member of Churchill Academy’s High School faculty also. The graduating class of 2017 included Luke Edward Ferrell, Tyreke Deondra Carter, Gavin Michael Gaines, Brenan Patrick Ream, Shandor Tex Rosenberg and Jonathan David Schaupp. Class valedictorian Luke Farrell, shown here, concluded the evening by addressing his classmates with parting words of wisdom, followed by the presentation of diplomas by Director Lisa Hanlon Schroeder and Instructor Gayle Jernigan Rogers. The evening began with a stage of Churchill Academy students who worked hard to earn their place in this dedicated group of learners. The evening ended as graduates filed out, diplomas in hand, as the song “I Hope You Dance” filled the air.

Trinity Cheer Teams Receive Multiple First-Place Awards at UCA Camp!

Trinity Presbyterian School’s varsity, junior varsity and middle school cheer teams received multiple first-place awards at UCA Cheer Camp at Auburn University this summer. Varsity received gold ribbons (highest rank) on all evaluations throughout camp, including 1st Place Sideline, 2nd Place Cheer, 1st Place Overall Game Day Championship, and the coveted Leadership Award, which is voted on by all the cheer squads at camp. Trinity’s mascot, “Wild Thing,” received the “Most Improved Mascot” award! Junior varsity received 1st Place Cheer, 1st Place Sideline, 1st Place Xtreme Routine, and 1st Place Overall Game Day Championship. Middle school received 1st Place Cheer, 1st Place Sideline, 1st Place Xtreme Routine, and1st Place Overall Game Day Championship. The entire Trinity cheer program received the “Banana Award” for School Spirit and an invitation to cheer for the pre-game performance of the Citrus Bowl in Florida. Those receiving All-American Awards were Wallace Bryan, Ensley Craven, Amanda Meadows, Emmalyne Phillips, Lizzie Sanders, Sydney Kate Welch and Caroline Wood (varsity); Caidra Owens (mascot); Anna Worth Craven, Kate Hall, Lauren LeGrand, Ellie Slawson, Rylee Tucker and Miller Williams (junior varsity); and Ansley Claire Addison, Allison Grant, Madysen Thornton and Ansley Tucker (middle school). Ansley Claire Addison was the Jump-Off Winner for the Middle School Division and overall Jump-Off finalists were Addison, McKenzie Parker, Phillips and Williams. Winning the Dancing Divas recognition were varsity cheerleaders Sanders and Wood. Cheerleaders “Pinned,” which exemplify why American needs cheerleaders were Liz Portis and Wood (varsity), Hall and Tucker (junior varsity), and Thornton and Anna McMillan (Middle School). All seven of the Trinity senior Cheerleaders were invited to try out for UCA staff: Bryan, Craven, Meadows, Phillips, Sanders, Welch and Wood.

Covenant Holds Homeschool Day

Covenant Academy, one of Montgomery’s oldest homeschool coverings, is holding a free Homeschool Day open to all Saturday, August 5, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 301 Dalraida Road in Montgomery, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There will be activities for the whole family, including seminars, FAQ sessions with veteran homeschoolers, displays and giveaways of homeschool resources and supplies, information about local home business opportunities, and free childcare with fun activities for all but the littlest ones. Door prizes will be given away to those who register. Participants are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch and spend the afternoon in fellowship over lunch with tea, water, and lemonade provided. Amid an afternoon of fun and games, plans will be announced for a support group offering field trips, classes and other opportunities to interact with other homeschool families on a regular basis. There is NO obligation to further participate in any of the things being planned. Advance registration is NOT required but will help to properly accommodate all those attending. To register, leave a voice message at (334) 356-5205 or e-mail covenanthomeschool@ For more info, visit Montgomery Parents I August 2017




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MA Junior Attends Leadership Conference

Montgomery Academy junior Hannah Soloff was nominated by the school to attend the National Student Leadership Conference Summer Medical Camp at Georgia Tech this summer. At the camp, among other things, Soloff performed clinical rounds, learned medical examination and surgical techniques, interacted with practicing physicians, scientific researchers and medical students, visited medical facilities and participated in a challenging medical outbreak simulation.


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Camp Eagle Soars at ACA

Camp Eagle at Alabama Christian Academy rocked all summer long! Every day campers went swimming at local pools or took field trips. This summer campers enjoyed Pump It Up, the Montgomery Zoo and Old Alabama Town, to name a few. Each day was filled with games, camp songs, friends, crazy contests and silly camp traditions. Camp Eagle is safe, God-honoring, and packed to the limit with good times. Visit next spring for a summer packed full of fun.

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Planetarium Offers Eclipse Training Session

Join the W.A. Gayle Planetarium Saturday, August 12, for a teacher’s training session for the August 21 eclipse. Learn how to share the experience with your students; views from different areas of the country; safe eclipse viewing practices; what causes an eclipse and why you should care; how much of the sun will be obscured when viewed from Alabama; and when to view the eclipse first through fourth contact. For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross North America from coast to coast on Monday, August 21. Over the course of 100 minutes, 12 states across the United States will experience more than two minutes of complete and total darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be viewable across the continent. A solar eclipse offers students a unique opportunity to see a natural phenomenon that illustrates the basic principles of mathematics and science taught through elementary and secondary school. Indeed, many scientists (including astronomers) have been inspired to study science as a result of seeing a total solar eclipse. Teachers can use eclipses to show how the laws of motion and the mathematics of orbits can predict the occurrence of eclipses. The use of pinhole cameras and telescopes or binoculars to observe an eclipse leads to an understanding of the optics of the devices. The rise and fall of environmental light levels during an eclipse illustrate the principles of radiometry and photometry, while biology classes can observe the associated behavior of plants and animals. It is also an opportunity for children of school age to contribute actively to scientific research – observations of contact timings at different locations along the eclipse path are useful in refining our knowledge of the orbital motions of the Moon and Earth, and sketches and photographs of the solar corona can be used to build a three-dimensional picture of the Sun’s extended atmosphere during the eclipse. (Fred Espenak, aka. “Mr. Eclipse”) The Planetarium will present a new show entitled: Eclipse; The Sun Revealed, a show packed with everything you need to know about the 2017 eclipse. Our facility seats 159 so we will run multiple shows throughout the day to accommodate educators. Show times will begin promptly every hour on the hour beginning at 8 a.m. and the last show at 8 p.m. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to show time. 19

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Future Pike Road Basketball Stars

Summer started with a bang for young Pike Road Schools learners interested in basketball. The Future Patriot Basketball Camp took place May 30-June 2 at PRS. This camp gave aspiring athletes an opportunity to learn and practice important skills, including sportsmanship. Guest speakers Dan Davis, Head Coach of the AUM Lady War Hawks, John Ed Mathison, former Head Pastor at Frazer United Methodist Church, and Patrick Quinn from Frazer United Methodist Church’s Pike Road Campus inspired and encouraged the Future Patriots.

Summer Library At Holy Cross

Summer library days are always fun at Holy Cross Episcopal School. This summer, students came by to get books that were on their summer reading lists and to take Accelerated Reader tests on books they previously read. In addition to enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the library and some quiet reading time on warm summer days, the summer reading selections kept reading skills sharp and added a bit of variety to spending the summer at home. Shown are Holy Cross triplets who are excited to be entering the 4th grade this coming school year: from left, Meg, Sam and Zoe Stough.

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Kind Neighbor Gives Dozier Basketball Nets

Good neighbors can make a big difference in the lives of students at neighborhood schools, and a recent encounter at Dozier Elementary was a good example of that. Dozier Principal Anne Spooner was leaving the school at the end of a long day this summer when she noticed a man she didn’t recognize standing on the back of a truck next to a basketball goal outside the school. As she moved in closer, she began to realize that the unknown man was adding a net to the rim of the goal. She introduced herself and thanked him for his kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. He introduced himself as Wes Davidson and said that he hoped she didn’t mind him adding the nets. Spooner assured him that she didn’t mind at all. He went on to explain that he drove by the school regularly and kept seeing kids playing basketball without any nets and was moved to do something about it. Spooner thanked him again, and with Davidson’s permission, snapped a photo of him in action.

ACA Student Selected Youth Exchange Club Student of the Year

Recent Alabama Christian Academy graduate and valedictorian Aly Nguyen was selected as the Youth Exchange Club Student of the Year. “I was honored to be awarded Youth of the Year and a $1000 scholarship from the Exchange Club of Alabama—a club devoted to Americanism, community service, youth programs, and the prevention of child abuse,” Nguyen said. “I’m also incredibly grateful to be appointed vice president of the University of South Alabama’s Exchange Club chapter. I was overwhelmed by the kindness we received and everyone’s dedication to bettering our nation.”


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Pike Road Students Participate July Parade

The Historic Town Center along Pike Road is home to the Pike Road Community Club’s 4th of July Parade, a tradition continuing from even before the Town was incorporated. Each year, community members of all ages decorate floats, bicycles, tractors, horses and more in celebration of our great nation. This year, Pike Road Schools students walked in the parade with banners celebrating the opening of the new school.

Montgomery Public Schools’ website has a brand-new look, a wealth of information and the added option of online registration for all schools in the district. The address is The homepage features a soundless video that plays in the background depicting the wide range of activities throughout MPS, including classrooms, bands, choirs, athletics and more. There are also listings of important events planned in the district as well as an “In the Spotlight” feature where you can find the latest news about MPS. The website has information about all the MPS departments as well as sections geared toward parents, students, employees and the community in general. Some of the useful features of the website include the iNow parent portal, the school calendar, a tool for finding what school you’re zoned for, steps for enrolling and school policies and procedures. To find the online registration portal, parents can look for the “For Parents” tab, which has a link titled “How to Enroll” on the dropdown menu. Or they can go directly to https:// to register. Parents who simply need to update their students’ information can visit or look for “Update Student Information” under “How to Enroll.” While online registration has been added as an option, parents still can register their children the old-fashioned way as well.

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Evangel’s Senior Class Graduates

Evangel Christian Academy’s graduation ceremony was held May 26, 2017. Parents, faculty and friends gathered together to mark this milestone in the students’ lives. Pastor Michael Rippy, senior pastor of Evangel Church and president of ECA, addressed the students and their guests. The valedictorian for the graduating class was Lauren Stehl and the salutatorian was Makenzie Whatley. During the ceremony, a video presentation was shown highlighting each graduate’s life. After the video, the graduates presented roses to their parents. Then a reception was held in the students’ honor.

Two Flowers Elementary teachers showed commitment, dedication and love toward their school this summer when they showed up on a rainy day with cans of paint, paintbrushes and other supplies. Saying they were “channeling their inner interior designers,” fifth-grade science and social studies teacher Erin Bankert and physical education teacher Summer Lewis painted and decorated the school lobby. The plan, they said, was to surprise Principal Ethel Barnes, who was due to return the following week. Bankert, the 2016-17 MPS Elementary Teacher of the Year, said they were inspired by their love of their students, co-workers and principal. “When you feel appreciated, you do more,” Bankert said. “That’s why we’re up here doing this. We love it here.” Both teachers said they were looking forward to the school year and couldn’t wait to see the kids again.

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Academy Athletes Compete in Track Championships

Montgomery Academy Track & Field athletes A.C. Sylvest and Isabella Baker qualified in their separate divisions to compete at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, July 24-30. Baker won the 15-16 age group while Sylvest placed fourth in the 17-18 age group.

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Cornerstone Prepares for New School Year

Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy is beginning its 11th school year with a record enrollment for the 2017-18 term. Much excitement has already started within the school facility in preparation for the return of the student body on August 9. “Christ, Our Sure Foundation” will be a schoolwide theme for both faculty and students and is based on Ephesians 2:19-20, which states, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.”

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ACA Spiritual Life Director Receives Honor

Trinity Faculty Members Attend Cumberland Program

Trinity Presbyterian middle school faculty members Alice Hill and Kasi Parsons and Alice Hill spent a week at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University attending the “We the People” program this summer, which is part of the U.S. Dept of Education’s James Madison Legacy Project. Civics and government teachers Parsons and Hill enjoyed listening to speakers, which included law professors from Vanderbilt University, the Dean of Students from the University of Illinois School of Law, and the director of the Center of The American Constitution in Wisconsin. The James Madison Legacy Project is a three-year nationwide initiative of the Center for Civic Education for middle and high school teachers. This program aims to provide an innovative course of instruction in U.S. constitutional democracy. Students use their knowledge gained through the program instruction, research of past Supreme Court cases, and digging through the U.S. Constitution in simulated congressional hearings where students “testify” before a panel of judges as members of Congress.

Churchill’s Therapy Dog Ready for New Year

Churchill Academy’s “Tyson” is ready to welcome students for the 2017-18 school year. The school received Tyson last year with help from Wind Creek Montgomery and Service Dogs in Alabama, and Churchill has been “Home Sweet Home” to Tyson ever since. His role at the school is that of a therapy dog, serving students within the school environment. Tyson travels from room to room to visit with students and is especially helpful during times where a student may be worried or sad and needs a friend.


Each year a group of Alabama Christian Academy students and Spiritual Life Director Howard Todd attend the Presidential Leadership Institute at York College. This year York College President Dr. Steve Eckman announced the creation of the “Howard Todd Servant Leadership Scholarship,” a four-year, full tuition award provided by York College. Dr. Nathan Mellor, co-founder of PLI, says the scholarship is a fitting recognition. “The fact this scholarship exists says a lot about both the leadership of York College and about Howard Todd. The leaders at York are committed to service and developing leaders of character. It makes sense that an institution committed to these goals would find a friend in Howard. He is a gifted communicator, a reliable friend and someone who genuinely seeks to serve.” The award is limited to participants in the Presidential Leadership Institute (PLI), which is hosted on the York College campus each July. PLI is a collaborative effort with schools throughout the United States affiliated with the National Christian School Association.


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Ezekiel Academy Leads Cheer Clinic

The Ezekiel Academy cheerleaders recently held a service project at the Nehemiah Center. The cheer clinic included stretching, jumps, cheers and stunting. It was a great opportunity to work with the kids and build relationships.

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Evangel’s Kindergarten Class Holds Graduation Ceremony

The K5 class at Evangel Christian Academy concluded the year with a program and graduation ceremony. The students began by sharing Bible verses and songs. The audience then enjoyed a visit from various Bible characters. The children also shared math skills, reading rules, and the process by which they learned to read through songs and skits. There was even an appearance from a superhero, “Super E.” When the students left to change into their caps and gowns, the parents enjoyed a video presentation celebrating the students from birth to graduation. The graduates later returned dressed in traditional caps and gowns. After awards were presented to the students, the guests were invited to a reception honoring ECA’s youngest graduates.

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Trinity Dance Teams Rock UDA Camp

The Trinity Presbyterian School Wildcat dance teams received several superior ratings while at UDA Dance Camp held at Auburn University. Varsity won second place overall on their Home Pom, all superior ratings on camp material with a superior trophy, along with a bid to Nationals in Orlando, Fla. The cheerleaders also received the Top Drill Down Team Award. The Drill Down runner-up was Lily Windham and Drill Down first place was Hannah McDaniel. The varsity team had six All-American dancers, including Katherine Albrecht, Madison Bowen, Sarah Howe, Mary Ann Pittman, Hannah McDaniel and Charlie Ward. The junior varsity team received first place in the Home Pom JV division, all superior ratings on camp material, with a bid to Nationals in Orlando. Katie Pope was the “Pin It Forward” recipient. The JV team had six All-American dancers, including Parker Dansby, Sarah Grace Daniel, Graci Foshee Linda Hill, Sarah Ruth Peavy, and Katie Pope. The Trinity varsity and junior varsity dance teams are shown with Aubie.

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Holy Cross Spotlights Community Outreach

Holy Cross Episcopal School, throughout the entire school year, showcases community outreach projects to benefit organizations and worthwhile causes in Montgomery, throughout the River Region and the Ronald McDonald House at UAB. One of the most popular annual events is the “Blessing of the Animals” held on the Holy Cross campus. Participants bring pet food and supplies which are blessed by the priests and sent to local animal shelters. Organizations with which Holy Cross has partnered in the past are the Montgomery Area Council on Aging, Montgomery and Elmore County Humane Societies, Footprints Ministry, the Family Sunshine Center, the Montgomery Area Foodbank, and “Back the Blue,” which raises awareness and support for our police officers and firefighters. Holy Cross students, families and faculty look forward to making a difference in the community to help those in need.

Parents Have Opportunities To Get Involved in Schools

Parents being involved in their children’s education is one of the most important factors in student success, but even those without children in Montgomery Public Schools can have a positive impact. Getting involved doesn’t just benefit the children; it enriches the adults as well. Lois Cortell, who has taken part in several activities at schools, including the Career Exploration Program at Bellingrath Middle, talked last year to students about her job as senior development manager for the City of Montgomery’s Department of Development. “I promise, you get as much out of it as you give,” said Cortell. There are dozens of ways to get involved, from mentoring to sharing your expertise to reading to kids. Whether you are giving an hour of your time or making a long-term commitment, it all makes a difference. “You can make an impact, even if it is small. If we were all making small impacts, think of how it could add up,” Cortell said. MPS Director of Community Schools Camille Finley has been working to open new avenues for individuals and organizations to get involved in the schools. One of those was launched last year and specifically targeted men in the community. Known as the Power of 10 Men, the program recruited men to spend one hour greeting students at several schools. The same is planned this year at Nixon, Davis and Floyd elementary schools; Bellingrath and Capitol Heights middle; and Lanier High. The program will be held again this year on the first day of school Aug. 10. To find out how you can get involved, contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement at 223-6735. To sign up for a Power of 10 Men first day of school greeting event at one of five schools, visit https://www.volunteersignup. org/94MHC. Montgomery Parents I August 2017


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Evangel’s Sixth-Grade Class Graduates

Cornerstone Student Participates in Summer Science Institute at Auburn

Evangel Christian Academy’s sixth-grade class was promoted to junior high in a promotion ceremony on May 25. The sixthgraders recited Bible verses and sang, presented their parents with personalized gifts and a special video presentation and also took time to thank and acknowledge the teachers who had helped them throughout their elementary years. Valedictorian Sarah Paterson and salutatorian Alyssa Thornton each gave speeches marking this milestone in the students’ lives. At the end of the ceremony, each student received a “Promotion to Junior High” certificate. Family and friends joined the students for a reception.

The summer of 2017 will be a memorable one for Olivia Horne, a senior at Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy. She received an elite invitation from a pool of students across the states of Alabama and Georgia to participate in the 2017 Summer Science Institute facilitated by the College of Sciences and Mathematics Department of Outreach of Auburn University. The students worked directly with AU professors to explore topics of biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology through various activities and discussions.


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More Families Take Advantage Of Virtual Schools

More and more people are discovering the virtual schools option MPS offers, based on the program’s expanding enrollment numbers. More than twice as many students are expected this year

than during the 2016-17 school year. The district has offered the virtual schools program for three years, and each year, it has grown, said Educational Technology Director Steve Blair, director of the program. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, 57 students were enrolled, and about 120 are expected for the 2017-18 school year. With virtual schools, high school students can complete necessary coursework online rather than attend classes each day. This option offers a nontraditional setting for students who don’t feel comfortable in a brick-and-mortar environment, Blair said. Students enrolled in virtual schools can do most of their schoolwork at home, although they do have to show up in person for tests. Students must sign in to the virtual schools site five days a week, but it doesn’t matter what time of day they do so. “This provides flexibility. So if I do my best work at 10 in the morning I can log on then,” Blair said. The first application period for virtual schools was in May. The number of initial applications was used to determine budgeting and how much equipment would be needed. Enrollment was reopened in July. Students can continue to apply until the end of the first semester. All applicants who meet the requirements will be accepted.

Pike Road Opens Historic School

This month, the original Pike Road Consolidated School, shown c. 1920 in this photo, will re-open 100 years after its initial construction. The newly renovated Pike Road Historic School will be home to Pike Road Schools students in grades 7-10, with remaining students at the Avenue of Learning campus. The Pike Road Consolidated School is located in the Historic Town Center along Pike Road, which was a bustling business corridor in the early 20th century. It was here that travelers had to pay a toll, or “pike,” giving the early community its name. Now, the area is home to the town’s Veterans Park, which holds a memorial pavilion, community ball field, Natural Trail trailhead, and a mural depicting the transformation of Pike Road from its very beginning to the town we know today. This October, the Town of Pike Road celebrates its 20th birthday. As part of the celebration, the town will host an open house at the Historic Campus for community members, many of which attended or have family or friends who attended the original Pike Road Consolidated School. Montgomery Parents I August 2017



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Montgomery Academy cheerleaders attended the UCA Cheer Camp at Auburn University this summer. The varsity squad placed first in Cheer and second in Extreme! Both the middle school and JV squads placed fourth in Extreme! The entire MA cheer program was awarded the prestigious “Banana” in the final awards ceremony.

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It’s back to school time, and Churchill Academy is equipping its students with two unique start dates. The first is for high school students on Friday, August 4. Upper school students are given a chance to reconnect with their teachers and peers, familiarize themselves with school’s summer updates, and dive into the first day of school together as a class. It also allows them a day to prepare for all of the new faces that will join them on Monday, August 7, as lower school students start their first day. On this day, many younger students will be starting at Churchill for the first time, and others will be returning for a new year. Two separate start dates for Churchill students allows for ultimate peer support, parent engagement, and individualized attention from the faculty and staff, as well as the school’s therapy dog, Tyson. Churchill can’t wait to begin a fabulous 2017-18 year!

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What’s New at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is looking forward to beginning the 2017-18 school year. Justin Castanza has been named principal at Montgomery Catholic’s Middle/ High School campus, a position he is familiar with after serving as interim principal for the 2016-17 school year. The High School campus will continue its new “Encounter” program, encouraging students to serve in the local community while developing peer relationships. Our Middle School campus will begin a revamped advisory program featuring daily opportunities for students to take leadership roles within the school and explore fun learning opportunities outside the traditional curriculum. Nancy Foley has been named the new principal at our Holy Spirit elementary campus. Our St. Bede elementary campus is excited to have a school Chapel on campus for students and teachers to access during the school day. We will continue our relationship with AUM’s Confucius Institute offering Mandarin Chinese I & II, and our Knight News Network Studio will be live for the second year, offering students the opportunity to learn more about broadcast media. Finally, we are proud to be finishing up our Capital Campaign - Building on Faith, Family & Tradition! and hope to move forward this year by breaking ground on a new gym and expanding our performing arts classroom space at our middle/high school campus. Catholic is moving into this year with much enthusiasm and gratitude for the prayers, love and support our community has shown as we continue to build for the future! GO Knights!

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Trinity’s Change 4 Change Donations Bring Clean Water to Zambia!

At the start of last school year, Trinity Presbyterian School’s Change 4 Change program set a lofty goal to adopt a village in Zambia and build a well there. The well would provide the village with clean water for the first time. Trinity students donated enough money during “Well Weeks” to build a well and supply Zambians not only with the well and access to clean water, but also to educate and instruct on maintaining the well for generations to come. Through the local organization, Choose Water (, the Trinity well has now been built! Trinity students are seeing firsthand that even the smallest gesture can make a big impact on the world around us.

Holy Cross Begins School Year With Opening Chapel Service

Holy Cross Episcopal School recently held its traditional Opening Chapel Service with Holy Eucharist celebrated in Melanie Kelley Hall. Excited families gathered with their children ready and eager to be entering Pre-K through 6th grade for the 2017-18 school year and to celebrate Holy Eucharist and receive a special blessing for the school year to come. Every morning, a chapel service is held as the school day begins with Holy Eucharist celebrated every Wednesday. Other special events will follow as the school year gets underway. In the fall, the school celebrates Grandparents Day, a fall festival, and Holy Cross Day. One of the most popular annual events, unique to the Episcopal Church, is “Blessing of the Animals,” which honors Saint Francis of Assisi. Third grade will perform a musical program celebrating Veterans’ Day and grades 4-6 will present a work of Shakespeare for the school and for families and friends. During winter, holiday musicals by the Holy Cross Show Choir take performances to local nursing homes and health facilities to cheer the patients and provide an opportunity for students to bless others. Firstand second-grade students present a Christmas Pageant and the entire school presents its global study museum. The school community also gathers for a delicious and delightful Winter Dinner. As spring gets underway, musical performances are held by prekindergarten and kindergarten classes, as well as the fourth-grade class. The Show Choir will again delight the school and community with another musical tour. The school year will draw to a close with a talent show followed by a meaningful Closing Chapel and Graduation on the last day of school. 33

Montgomery Catholic Students Selected as HOBY Ambassadors

Zoe Rutland and Austin Collett were selected to represent Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School as Ambassadors for HOBY (Hugh Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brian Youth Leadership) . The Seminar was held at Troy University, May 26-28, 2017. HOBY is the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost Youth Leadership Seminar that over 10,000 deserving high school sophomores from across the country attend each year. Their mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Montgomery Catholic is proud to nominate students each year who attend the conference, and look forward to encouraging these future leaders to make an impact on our community. Zoe Rutland is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Rutland of Wetumpka. Austin Collett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Collett of Montgomery.

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This is truly one of my favorite times of the year! The excitement of a new school year is hard to beat. Autauga County Schools had a fantastic, energy-filled Institute at Prattville High School on August 1st. It was wonderful to see old friends and commence what we are sure will be the best school year yet! I am thrilled to say our administrators, faculty, and staff members are always up for a new challenge. Every year I encourage them to strive to be the best and to raise the bar, and I know they will do just that. I hope everyone is settling into a routine because we are off to a great start!

Not only have our teachers been working to prepare for a wonderful school year but numerous capital improvement projects will greet our students when they return. Prattville High has a newly remodeled kitchen. New intercom systems have been installed at Prattville Elementary, Prattville High, and Autauga County Technology Center. Prattville Kindergarten has a new roof, and Prattville Elementary has a newly paved parking lot. Upgrades to the chiller systems at Prattville High will increase the comfort of the students and faculty this year, and Autauga County Technology Center, Prattville Primary, Autaugaville, and Pine Level Elementary students will notice new carpet or tile at their schools. As we strive to provide the best education for all our students, upgrading our facilities is very important. Attractive and safe schools are important components of a child’s educa-

tion and vital parts of Autauga County Schools’ plan for success. However, I also consider having a textbook paramount for maximizing academic achievement for our students. Over the last five years, we have been financially able to purchase textbooks, something we were not able to do in the past. After ordering science textbooks this summer, I am happy to report each student will have a math, language arts, history, and science textbook for the 2017-2018 school year. Here’s to an awesome year for all of our schools! I look forward to sharing their accomplishments with our community throughout this year!


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PCA Names Middle School Asst. Principal

Prattville Christian Academy has appointed Wade Brackins to middle school assistant principal, effective June 1. Brackins has been a part of the PCA family since 2006 and employed with the school since 2009. His many years of teaching in middle school classrooms, coaching various Termite and Pee Wee football and basketball teams and various administrative roles have equipped him to be a successful leader in this position. “As PCA continues to grow, we are always seeking out ways to support our students, parents and faculty members,” said Rachael Heartsill, PCA’s elementary and middle school principal. “The addition of Wade provides the structure needed during these critical and challenging years.” Brackins began his career in the Air Force and retired in 2009 with 20 years of service. During that time he earned a bachelor’s degree in math and English from Troy State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Florida State University. Brackins is married to Janet Sasser Brackins and together they have four children; one is a junior at Prattville Christian and the others have since graduated from the school. “Mrs. Heartsill has done a great job growing PCA’s elementary and middle schools, and I’ve had the honor of working for her as a teacher,” said Brackins. “I’m looking forward to helping her further partner with parents and students to take the critical middle school experience to even greater heights.”

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Prattville High School Football Players Get a Taste of Army Training

The Prattville High School football team had a real workout recently, thanks to the United States Army. Army soldiers visited with football players and got them moving with running drills and other exercises designed to give them a taste of “Army Strong” athletics. (Photos are courtesy of Stacy Mills, with the Prattville Alive site and the Prattville Lions Network.)


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PJHS Students Participate in National History Day

Prattville Junior High students participated in the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland. Three projects qualified for Nationals at the State level. Two students submitted an incredible website about Child Labor Laws. This website garnered the attention of many judges. They won the Best Junior Division project for the state of Alabama and placed fifth in the national competition. Thanks to sponsor Courtney Spencer for promoting history and for working diligently with students to corral their thoughts into a cohesive project! The girls are shown with, from left, Sen. Luther Strange and Rep. Martha Roby. 38

Prattville Jr. High Beta Club Competes in Orlando

Several members of the Prattville Junior High School Beta Club participated in the National Beta competition in Orlando, Fla. Five students represented PJHS as the state winners for the Quiz Bowl. One student also took the science test in the academics section and brought home top honors by winning first place. Other Autauga County winners include a second-place history win from Daniel Pratt Elementary and Marbury Middle School’s Technology team with a Top 10 finish.


Pine Level Kicks Off Year With Positive Approach

The theme at Pine Level Elementary for the 2017-18 school year is “Growth doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do CONSISTENTLY!” Faculty and students will continue to grow as they incorporate our motto: “Stay Positive, Work Hard, Make it Happen!” It is the goal of our faculty and staff to make learning meaningful, rigorous and relevant to all students in a positive and safe environment. This will be a year filled with anticipation, excitement, challenges, achievements, new friends and so much more!




Our students are back and we are in full swing in Elmore County Schools! From the youngest kindergarteners experiencing their very first “first day of school” to the oldest students entering their senior year and planning their futures, there is nothing quite like the first day of school! We are especially excited about two new technology-related initiatives in our system which began earlier this summer. First, we have implemented a new online registration process. This process replaced our paper registration form with an online form for students new to our school system. Parents of returning students will no longer have to complete a new registration form each year; they will simply go online and update the information for their child(ren). This process must be completed for all students and will require their State Student Identification Number (SSID) which was printed

on the final report card in May. If you have not already completed the online registration update for your child and need assistance, please contact your child’s school. The second initiative involves the deployment of over 3,250 new desktop and laptop computers in classrooms and offices throughout the district. The majority of these new devices have been delivered and installed, and we are thrilled to be able to provide these resources to our students. With the increased emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in particular, up-to-date technology is no longer optional in providing a relevant, high-quality education for the young people who will be the future leaders in our communities. Finally, our Virtual School Program is open for enrollment! This program provides an online pathway for students who are in grades 9-12. Students will receive an Elmore County Public School diploma and are eligible to play sports and participate in band. This flexible, innovative program is free and students are required to com-

plete four core classes and two electives. Students may choose to participate in electives online, at their base school, or at the Elmore County Technical Center. The Elmore County Virtual School Program utilizes ACCESS Distance Learning teachers. All teachers are certified in their content areas in accordance with the Alabama State Department of Education policy. For more information, please contact Dr. Stephanie Bostick at 334-567-1290 ext. 26007 or We are “full steam ahead” and looking forward to the excitement and challenges that a new school year brings. Most importantly, we are here to serve our students, and we will constantly seek ways to provide the best educational experience possible for every child in the Elmore County School System. Richard Dennis is the Superintendent of Education for Elmore County Schools. He is a 1983 graduate of Holtville High School. He completed his undergraduate degree in English and History Education at The University of Alabama, his Master’s degree in English at Troy University and his Administrative Certification at AUM. He served 21 years as a high school principal at Holtville High, Wetumpka High and most recently, Prattville High. He and wife, Leslie (also an educator) have three sons and a daughter.

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River Region Snapology Hosts Robotic Camp

Student-built and -programmed robots took over Redland Elementary School as students from around the county participated in two different Snapology Summer Camps. Students spent four hours a day in an enrichment class to enhance their science, technology, math and engineering skills, but the best part was they had a blast! Students lined up in the morning jumping up and down ready to start the day to see how they could build on to their existing robot and take their concepts to the next level. Snapology is a new learning concept that combines play with education. It provides a fun, interactive environment for children to learn science, technology, engineering, art, math, robotics and video game design concepts using Lego bricks, K’Nex and technology. The programs are very flexible and fit any need, ranging from age 4 through 12. For more information, visit www. or our facebook page at You may also contact Jill Corbin at (334) 303-5455.

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Elmore County Public School System New Bus Fleet Arrival

On August 4, the Elmore County Board of Education’s Transportation Department will celebrate the county’s new bus fleet. They will present 59 new bus keys to bus drivers from across Elmore County. 41

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Holtville Kids Keep Busy All Summer

The preschool and school-age children at Holtville’s Child Development Program kept busy enjoying summer enrichment activities such as indoor camping (which included a progressive campfire story and making s’mores!). The kids also participated in a breakfast food drive to benefit the Elmore County Food Pantry. They wanted to help kids who were not in school for the summer get a good breakfast.

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Wetumpka Elementary School’s open house will be held on Thursday, August 3, from 1 to 7 p.m.

SEHS Varsity Cheerleaders Bring Home Champion Title from Auburn

Millbrook Student Crowned National American Miss

The Stanhope Elmore High School varsity cheerleaders returned from the Universal Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp in Auburn as the 2017 Large Varsity Camp Champions. In addition, the girls placed first in extreme routine competition and timeout cheer competition and received second place in sideline competition. The outstanding team also brought home all gold ribbons in all evaluations for the week and were awarded the “Top Banana” on the first night for their enthusiasm and spirit for the day. Not only is this team an extremely talented cheer team, but the girls were also honored with the Varsity Leadership Award. The recipient of this award is nominated by the squads in attendance for the team that they felt inspired leadership on and off the field. Erin Williams, captain of the team, says, “The Leadership Award is particularly special to us because it is given to the squad that made the camp experience special for others... it says that if that squad was not at camp, camp just would not have been the same.” Other members of the team received individual awards. Three out of the four cheerleaders who made the finalists for the Jump-Off Competition included Ryan Floyd, Laina Sansom, and Aubrey Beyer with Ryan Floyd winning the overall competition. All seven of Stanhope’s senior cheerleaders were named to the All-American Team, including: Erin Williams, Laina Sansom, Ryan Floyd, Gracie Beyer, Jade Loyd, Mayora Berry and Nia Williams. Two members of the team were recognized with the “Pin It Forward Award” that is given to cheerleaders whom the UCA staff feels best exemplifies why America needs cheerleaders. The staff looks for leaderships skills, genuine spirit, commitment and Kindness. Mayora Berry and Ryan Floyd received this award.

Anna Grace Deason of Millbrook, 13-year-old daughter of Trent and Donna Deason and an upcoming 8th-grader at Millbrook Middle School, was crowned National American Miss Alabama Preteen on July 7 in Birmingham. Deason received numerous other awards at the pageant including the Miss Personality award, which was voted on by the other girls, 1st runner-up awards in talent and community service, Most Promising Model and photogenic. She was also 1st runner-up for Miss Spirit, voted on by the NAM staff. Deason will travel to Anaheim, Calif. in November to compete for the national title. Montgomery Parents I August 2017


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Friday, August 4 * 10 a.m.-noon Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville. This is a FREE event open to families from ANY county in the area that are homeschooling or interested in homeschooling. Light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome; we will have activity tables for their enjoyment. Come find out about our group and our upcoming activities. Local vendors that offer homeschooling goods/services/opportunities will be on site to distribute information and answer questions. For more info, contact co-Leaders Catherine Ray & Tanya Murphy at elmore. or visit You may also find us on Facebook.

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Victory Baptist School Prepares For New School Year

Victory Baptist School has been buzzing this summer! Our teens enjoyed a week at Pensacola Christian College for Teen Extreme and our Jr. High volleyball team had a one-day volleyball camp. Victory Baptist Church Vacation Bible School was held the week of July 10. Our K4 through 6th-grade students enjoyed the “Over the Moat” theme which included Bible time, crafts, games and a snack each evening. The 2017-18 school year will begin on August 14. Our football teams, volleyball teams and cheerleaders have been working hard this summer. Schedules are set and coaches are getting ready for a winning season. We are adding some exciting technology to the classrooms. Our first LED panel will be available for parents to see on orientation night August 10. High school computer students, along with their teachers, will be using Chromebooks this year. Alumni donations and technology fees are making this possible. Plans are underway to add more technology throughout the school year. Victory Baptist School’s mission is to “provide an accredited, Christian education in a safe environment at an affordable price.” We are offering $1,000 off our annual tuition fees for new families with students in grades 1-12, and $500 off for K4 and K5. 43



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Elmore County Students Win Alfa Foundation Scholarship

Two Elmore County students received $1,000 scholarships from the Alfa Foundation. The recipients are Blaire Landry of Deatsville, a graduate of Marbury High School and junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying criminal justice, and Julia McCall of Tallassee, a graduate of Prattville Christian Academy and sophomore at Auburn University studying nursing. They are among 100 students from across the state who will reap the rewards of an Alabama Farmers Federation membership when they pay their tuition fees this fall. In its fourth year, the Alfa Foundation has again distributed $100,000 in scholarships to 100 college students studying at Alabama technical schools, colleges or universities. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or supplies. The students represent 45 counties and 22 schools.

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TheCollegeYears Preparing Teens for Life Outside the Nest

by Lee Gonet

How to Be Your Child’s Best Guidance Counselor The school year has started for many, Unfortunately, many small private students; assisting high-risk students and and parents have spent hours buying schools have budgets too small to employ those with behavioral problems or learning school supplies and new uniforms, atany type of counselors, and many public disorders; lowering truancy and drop-out tending parent orientation meetings, and school counselors are too busy handling rates; controlling rumor spreading and bulsigning up for service hours. Students are other challenges. lying; and identifying depression, self-harm, finishing their summer reading and regisLast year, the American School Counsubstance abuse, and suicide risk. tering for extra-curricular activities. How selor Association published numerous naIf you do not have access to a college did the summer fly by so fast? tional research studies conducted between and career counselor, I suggest you read I know you my articles in the are thinking: “I June and July issues barely have time to of Montgomery 8-9th Grade 11th Grade accomplish what Parents where I ex• Practice setting and reaching goals. • CONTINUE THE ABOVE. is already on my • Create and annually evaluate a tentative class plained how to teach • Complete a Career Assessment test. plate, and now she plan. • Take the PSAT in October. your child educa• Take the most difficult classes you can • Gather college information and visit schools. wants me to add tional ownership, handle. • Attend college & financial aid events and ‘Guidance Counto create a detailed • Develop good study habits. workshops. Montgomery’s College & Career selor’ to the list? scholastic plan, and • Volunteer outside of church and school. Night is 9/18/2017. Doesn’t the school to record the fulfilling • Begin a resume and update it regularly. take care of these of these goals on a • Collect letters of recommendation. Summer things?” Actually, resume. • Explore internships and apprenticeships. • CONTINUE THE ABOVE. many do not, and The next step • Limit activities to those that accomplish your certainly not as well in completing a Summer goals. as you could as successful 8-12th • CONTINUE THE ABOVE. • Research private and institutional scholarships. your child’s parent. grade career plan is • Work a summer job. • Begin college applications. An article • Career shadow a family friend. • Write college essays. following a calen• Take an ACT or SAT prep class, and continue entitled “Identify• Keep a chart of deadlines and meet them! dar of tasks to help practicing and taking the test through the next Merit-based scholarships are not available for ing Exemplary students accomplish two years until you reach your goal score. late submissions. School Counseling their goals. In order Practices in Nationto keep children 10th Grade 12th Grade ally Recognized involved and • CONTINUE THE ABOVE. • CONTINUE THE ABOVE. High Schools” responsible, I have • Dual Enroll in college classes. • September-December: finish applications. and printed in the addressed the items January: complete and mail the FAFSA. ColJournal of School directly to them. Summer leges determine need-based scholarship Counseling reIn future issues, • CONTINUE THE ABOVE. awards using this form, and once the money is ported that schools I’ll be clarifying and • Look for and accept writing & speaking opgiven to others, it’s gone! with excellent providing detailed portunities. • March-April: final acceptance notices and college prepara• Practice the SAT in anticipation of taking the awards are mailed to students. Read carefully, information on Test PSAT in October to qualify for a National Merit compare, and ask if any more assistance is tion and placement Prep, FAFSA, ScholScholarship. available before you sign. records employ arships, Letters of college and career Recommendation, counselors who Applications, Eswork consistently with students, parents, 2009 and 2014 detailing such counselor says, Career Shadowing, and more. and administrators. tasks as focusing on improving basic study If your child’s school employs this type skills for underachieving students; narrowLee Gonet is an avid learner, speaker, educator, and world traveler. She loves challenging teenagers to excel beyond of excellent resource, and you have not yet ing differences in achievement between what society considers possible by teaching young peomet with him or her, I suggest you schedAfrican-American and White student ple to think deeply, learn intensely, and act purposefully outside the classroom box. For example, her daughter ule an appointment this year and work performance or between native English worked abroad by 16 and her son earned his Engineering together for your child’s benefit. speakers and non-English speaking Master’s by 20. Dreams do come true. 45

What to Consider Before Using GPS to Track Your Kid Sooner or later, most parents lose a kid—usually for only a few minutes. A toddler figures out how to open an unlatched door. A kindergartener heads off to investigate something in another grocery aisle. A school age child gets confused about the pick up location. Even if it’s brief, the experience is heart-stopping. And it’s given rise to a whole new industry--GPS tracking for kids. Some parents turn to GPS because the world seems scarier than it was when they were kids. Others want an electronic yenta who can keep an eye on children (and their caregivers) when parents can’t be there. Still others want a better way to supervise and enforce family rules about safety. For those who really can’t take care of themselves—very young children, kids with disabilities, even pets or elders with dementia—tracking devices may produce peace of mind. And, for children, that can be a problem. Experts point out that tracking devices can encourage both passivity and a false sense of security in children as well as parents. As parents find themselves counting on surveillance, they may be less intentional about helping kids anticipate and avoid risks. Instead of learning what they need to know to navigate confidently and safely in a risky world, kids depend on the panic button that summons Mom. That said, there are situations in which a tracker can be very useful—think amusement parks or kids who walk to and from school. Before purchasing the technology, consider these questions: What does it do? Some trackers, like Trax, do nothing but show location. They can be attached to children, elders, pets or even a laptop that tends to wander off. Many units resemble watches or function like flip phones. Montgomery Parents I August 2017

And some, like the Amby Gear Smartwatch, include games or virtual pets. For little kids, the extra bells and whistles may be distracting. For an older child, they may make the device more appealing. What’s the technology? Tracking units that use GPS depend on satellites and some provide coverage pretty much anywhere on the planet. Other devices use the cellphone network so they won’t work if the child wanders out of range. Still, other devices like My Buddy Tag use Bluetooth technology. Their reach is limited, though that may be just fine if you’re trying to keep tabs on a child in the backyard or your local park. The most accurate devices like the Wherecom Kidfit use a combination of technologies. What does it monitor? At the very least a tracking device should pinpoint a child’s location. Some send a signal at intervals; others allow continuous tracking though that may drain the battery. Many units make it possible to set up safety zones or geofences and send an alert if the child goes beyond those boundaries. Is it complicated? For very young children, simplicity is a virtue. Tinitell, for example, is a band with a button. If a child pushes the button, the device calls preprogrammed numbers until someone picks up. Check the app as well as the device. If it has lots of features, be sure customer support is readily available. Is the device secure? If you have to sign in to get information about your child’s location, it’s possible for other people to sign in too. What precautions has the company 46

taken to prevent hacking? What kind of alerts will you get if there is a security breach? What kind of communication is possible? Some units have a big panic button a child can press. Some allow one way communication. More expensive devices like the GizmoGadget, available from Verizon, provide two way communication similar to a cellphone. Is it kid-proof? Some kids can handle delicate equipment and some can’t. Choose a GPS unit accordingly. Pocket Finder, for example, is built out of plastic that’s almost indestructible. The Korex Babysitter claims to be waterproof. Be sure the clasp on any band is secure and easy to use. How much does it cost? Tracking devices range from $40 to $200. Many devices also require a monthly service contract that can cost from $4 to $40 per month. Before signing with a new service, check your existing cellphone provider to see if they offer a better deal on a device. Are there special features for special kids? AngelSense is designed to provide extra layers of protection for children with special needs that make them more vulnerable. Doki lets parents schedule reminders or deactivate the distracting features of the watch when the kid is supposed to be concentrating on other things. Of course, by the time a child is old enough for a cellphone, the tracking question is moot. Cellphones are trackers with a variety of apps that will monitor where children are and what they are doing. For older kids, parents need to think carefully and talk frequently about the intersection between privacy and trust. Some kids may benefit from additional supervision, but parents must keep their eyes on the ultimate goal—raising children who are responsible and confident enough to make their own decisions about staying safe in a complicated world. That, of course, can be done without a tracking unit. Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing the Growing Up Online column for ten year. She is also the author of Cooperative Wisdom: Bringing People Together When Things Fall Apart. Available at Amazon and Cooperative @ Copyright, 2017, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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Strike while the iron is hot. Tummies growling just before dinner? Set out a plate of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables with peanut butter, a low-fat dressing or yogurt-based dip for your hungry brood to munch on while you prep dinner. Cook together. Kids can tear lettuce leaves, wash fruits and vegetables and stir ingredients. “When they’re involved in the cooking process, they’re often more likely to try what they’ve helped create,” says registered dietitian Lynn Kistler. Ta-da! Present food in playful ways. Cut sandwiches into

stars with a cookie cutter. Offer “ants on a log” with celery, peanut butter and raisins. And, serve food on kid-sized plates and bowls featuring their favorite characters, suggests Dr. Joan Sechrist, RD.

Taste test. “Hey, what’s

that funny star-shaped fruit?” Take advantage of your child’s natural curiosity. Explore the produce section at the grocery store. Talk about the origin of different foods and suggest that your child choose something for the family try. “Make a game out of trying new foods. Encourage children to try at least one bite,” Kistler says. “Focus more on the color, shape, feel, texture or smell of the new food rather than the taste.”

Kids often prefer fresh fruits and veggies over heated. Try a few of these options: Fresh pineapple Watermelon Blueberries Strawberries Baby carrots Sugar snap peas Green bell peppers Apple slices Broccoli/cauliflower spears Green salad

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Do as I say...and as I do. Introduce small bites of new foods with those that your kids like.

When you dine out, invite them to try a bite of whatever you’re eating. “If children witness their parents eating a varied, nutrient-dense diet in a genuine way--not because they’re eating ‘diet food’ to lose weight--children will be more likely to follow through as well,” says Crystal Witte, a registered dietitian and nutritionist.

Be patient. Taste buds evolve over time. “Instead of expecting your child to eat all of her broccoli, ask her to try just one bite. Over time, your child is more likely to develop a taste preference for that food. Repeated exposure is key,” Witte says. Shhh....don’t tell. “As a last resort, you can sneak fruits and veggies into fun foods they like,” Kistler says. Add chopped up peppers or broccoli to quesadillas. Puree veggies like cauliflower or squash into mac and cheese or spaghetti sauce. Avoid power struggles. Experts agree, kids shouldn’t be forced to eat a food or clean their plates. “Keeping the dinner table a pleasant place will teach your child to associate eating with positive feelings,” Kistler says. mp

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her foodie husband are the parents of two growing boys who love to eat. Christa’s favorite part of the day is connecting with her family over dinner. She the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.



ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

How to Repair a Broken Relationship With Your Teen How’s your relationship with your teen? Do feel there is a distance between you and your child, and the space is only increasing everyday? Has your once happy relationship with your kid turned into open animosity with your teen? Maybe it feels like your sweet baby went upstairs one day, and came down a totally different person – someone who seems like a total stranger to you? You’re not alone. I get calls every day from parents just like you who say, “My relationship with my teen is disintegrating before my eyes. What can I do?” If that sounds like a call you could make right now, let me share some ways you can start mending your relationship before it is destroyed altogether. Consider implementing some of these relationship repairs:

Take Stock of the Relationship

Like going into your closet and getting rid of all the clothes that don’t fit us anymore or have simply gone out of style, we need to go into our parenting closet and take inventory. This requires an honest evaluation of the actions, beliefs, styles, and habits in our home and a willingness to toss out everything that doesn’t belong or doesn’t work. What are some areas that you can change and adapt as a parent? How can you accommodate the growing needs of your teenager? How can you grow alongside them as they learn to navigate the world? Like reaching back into the closet and taking out those corduroy bell-bottoms you haven’t worn since high school, take regular time to examine the ways you are connecting to your teen. See what is out of style, what needs to change and what keeps you stuck in the past. I realize that these are tough words to handle. It’s not easy to hear that maybe something we are doing as parents is hurting our kids. But we can all readily admit that we don’t have the parenting gig down pat. There’s always room for growth as moms and dads.

Start Asking Questions

Want to get your relationship with your teen back on track? Start asking the right kind of questions. Ask the kinds of questions that make them think about things, not just “yes” or Montgomery Parents I August 2017

“no” questions. Find out what they think, how they would do something, where they would go, and why. When a discussion leads to surprising expressions of wisdom from your teen, take advantage of the moment to reinforce their insights. Talk about controversial subjects as you would with a friend or co-worker for whom you have great respect. Never belittle their opinions about things. After all, did you know everything when you were a teen? Then, ask some more personal questions. “What could I do to improve our relationship?” or “What things would you like to see change in our family?” Let me warn you–if you ask these types of questions, you may not like what you hear. But don’t run from the answers. Hearing honest feedback from your child may open your eyes to areas that need to change. You’ll also be communicating to your child that you desire to do everything you can to restore and maintain a loving relationship.

Take Ownership for Mistakes

The statement “I was wrong” (when said by a parent) can do wonders for a broken relationship. If you handled a situation poorly, admit where you made a mistake. Never will your child respect you more than when you admit your faults and ask for forgiveness. Humble parents who admit their mistakes and apologize are building healthy, happy families.

Create the Proper Environment

Don’t let your family get emotionally stuck in the mistakes and tension of the past. Create an environment that welcomes and invites change. If you feel like it’s time to make some positive shifts in your family, sit everyone down and tell them, “We need to make some changes around here–me included. It’s not going to be the same-old, same-old. Let’s work together as a family to move forward.” I’ve spoken on this topic at seminars a few times. And afterwards, I always have parents and teens come up to me and say, “Thank you! We decided as a family that we needed to change, and it was one of the best decisions we made. Our kids are happier, and we feel happier as parents!” 50

Act On It

Once you decide to make some changes towards restoring broken relationships, it’s time to act! Maybe you’ve realized that as a mom or dad you have been too overprotective in certain areas. Apologize to your kids and show them that you are working on changing and releasing some control. Perhaps you’ve seen that much of your conversation with your children comes off as judgmental. Express to your family your desire to change, and work towards infusing your conversations with grace. Or maybe you’ve realized that you just haven’t spent the time you need with your teen. Drop that weekend golf game, or forgo that daily run, in order to spend time with your teen. Those visible actions convey your willingness to work towards a better relationship.

Stay With the Plan

We don’t wake up one day with the perfect marriage, perfect kids, or perfect home. Those relationships take time and effort. So if your connection with your teen is in trouble, and you are working towards making positive changes, don’t give up! Stay with the plan. In difficult transitions, your teen may push back. They may dig in their heels as you try to rebuild the relationship. But keep the mindset and attitude that says, “We’re not going backward, only forward.” Even if you get nothing but grief from your teen at first, keep up your weekly time together, week after week. Eventually they’ll come around. Remember, relationships thrive when unconditional love is delivered across a bridge of friendship that never stops — even if your teen doesn’t respond. He or she may secretly be testing your commitment! I want to challenge you today to commit to rebuilding a relationship with your child, and that starts with good communications. No matter how strained or difficult your relationship might be, there is always hope. It may take time and persistence, but keep at it.

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

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Every parent has that one trick up their sleeve that helps make life just a little simpler in the midst of a hectic school year. Read on for some of their best tips, clever tricks and genius hacks for back to school. Plan your meals.

Steer clear of the drive-thru on hectic evenings by taking 10 minutes each weekend to plan simple meals for the week. With a complete grocery list in hand, head to the store to purchase everything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need. To further simplify planning, Gina Nichols, a mom of four and a Wildtree freezer meal consultant, recommends prepping food when you get home from the store, filing favorite recipes for easy reference and maintaining a well-stocked

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pantry. Theme nights like pasta on Mondays, tacos on Tuesday, etc., can also help. Ask your family for their suggestions too.

Schedule grocery delivery. More grocery stores now offer online ordering and delivery services, helpful for families who dislike grocery shopping or struggle to stick to a budget when there. Stock the freezer. Stash your freezer

with healthy casseroles, soups, sauces and crockpot meals to make dinnertime a no-brainer on busy weeknights. “Try to make your cooking always do double duty. Make a little extra of everything and if you don’t want it right away, freeze it,” Nichols says.

Establish a snack/brown bag lunch station. Designate a

shelf in your kitchen or pantry for parentapproved snacks and lunch items. Tape a list inside the cupboard door with lunch ideas. On Sundays, pre-pack snacks that kids can easily grab like trail mix, pretzels, granola bars or cereal. Stock the refrigerator with fruits and veggies that have been pre-washed/cut, as well as cheese and yogurt sticks. To save time in the mornings, help your children make their lunches and pack their snacks the night before.

Share the daily action plan.

Laurie Loudenback hands her kids, ages 10 and 12, a clipboard each morning which

includes the day’s schedule, chores, and screen time limits. “This chart has been pretty life-changing,” says Loudenback, whose husband Scott designed it (see photo). “The first thing the kids say in the morning is ‘I need my chart.’”

Set up a master calendar. Post a white

board with the week’s calendar to help everyone in the family know what to expect in the coming week. Use color-coded dry erase markers for each family member’s activities and cold or hot lunch preferences.

Hold family meetings. Alexis Sanchez,

mom of four, says she gathers her family on Sunday nights to discuss the week ahead, including upcoming activities and “to brainstorm any kinks” that need to be worked out in the schedule.

Spruce up backpacks. Extend the

life of a much-loved backpack by giving it a back-to-school cleaning. Depending on the material, backpacks can generally be hand washed, spot cleaned or placed in a laundry bag or pillow case and run through the washing machine. Be sure to empty out all of the pockets and vacuum out crumbs


before hand. If you hand wash it, soak it in warm water for 15 minutes with a teaspoon of laundry detergent. Rinse well and air dry.

Manage paperwork. “Everyday

after school,” Sanchez says, “we have a mandatory ‘empty your book bag’ rule.” Her children file important documents like those that need to be signed by a parent into an office divider. Label a folder with the name of your child and school year to easily collect artwork and other keepsakes throughout the year. Sanchez keeps her folders in a plastic file box.

Create a homework station.

Designate a well-lit place in your home where homework can be completed without distractions. Create a homework caddy stocked with notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, and highlighters-anything your child might need to complete an assignment.

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child struggles with organization, go through their backpack together. Make a stack for the night’s homework and help your child prioritize what needs to be completed first. Use a calendar to help them plan long-term assignments.

Use a timer. If your child gets overwhelmed by lengthy math worksheets or other difficult assignments, try using a timer like the Time Timer app and set a goal. For example, after he completes 10 problems, take a break for a quick snack. “Frequent breaks are important in helping students and their parents with homework,” says Amber Dawkins, a former teacher and a mom to a four-year-old son. Attend back-to-school functions. Help your child get back into

the school groove by attending school orientations, ice cream socials or sneak-a-peeks. “Even reconnecting with one or two friends or meeting a teacher in person before the first day of school can make a difference to a child,” Dawkins says.

Connect in a memorable way. Be ready to meet a few new parents at back-to-school functions who you’ll want to reconnect with later. Mom of two, Kristal Ronnebaum suggests handing out a family calling card. “It’s a method of sharing your contact information in a fun and creative way,” Ronnebaum says. You can also hand the card to babysitters, carpool drivers and new neighbors (attached to a small housewarming gift).

Encourage rest. A successful school

year requires quality sleep. “Start edging those bedtimes back a week or two in advance of school starting,” Dawkins says. Maintain a regular evening routine that helps your child unwind before bed, such as a warm bath or shower and reading time. Also, build unstructured time into your child’s weekly schedule for playing with friends and pursuing creative endeavors. mp

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two school-age boys. She is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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Tonya Speed Celebrates Seniors

Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection celebrated its seniors with a party hosting more than 50 people! These dancers have won many awards through their years. From left are: Tonya Speed, Alice Busby, Maya Henderson, Jade Marcum, Laura Edwards, Malisa Ray, Ciasia Keyes and Zyria McGhee.

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Grace City Dancers Complete Ballet Exam

Grace Presbyterian Church honors several Grace City Dancers for successfully completing a Cecchetti Council of America Ballet examination this spring. Hannah Schaupp, Isobel Waring and Megan Montreuil danced before a Cecchetti Master Teacher and Examiner and received high marks for their theory, technique and style. Grace City Dance also held its year-end recital comprised of all the ballet, tap and creative movement classes that meet at the church weekly. For more information, visit discover or call (334) 272-4930.

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Cooking Up Kitchen Fun

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

The kitchen is often described as the heart of a home, the nexus of food and family that nourishes our bodies as well as our spirits. Kids are early inhabitants of this familiar space, first as passengers in our arms, later as diners in high chairs and eventually as explorers making their first forays into ‘helping’ with food prep. Children are eager to take an active role in the processes that bring their favorite foods to the table and, with supervision and patience, kids benefit socially and cognitively from inclusion in cooking tasks. From discovering measurement to learning basic chemistry, kitchen play is an ideal learning landscape for little ones to explore. The following items offer appetizing opportunities for junior chefs to cook up a versatile menu of food fun.



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Warming up for real cooking is a snap with the Kitchen Baking Set from MasterChef Jr. Complete with mixing bowl, liquid measuring cup, rolling pin, spatula, 4 silicone cups, and 4 dusting guards, this kit assembles all the tools kids need to get started with their first baking adventures. Parents provide the ingredients, children provide the enthusiasm and everyone tastes the rewards of freshly prepared warm food. With easy recipes for every appetite, kids can craft egg cups, mac and cheese, cupcakes or even develop their own recipes with adult guidance. Cooking up a host of delicious outcomes, the MasterChef Jr. Baking Set is an easy and versatile start for kids with culinary ambitions and a taste for the good stuff.

For parents of kids who really want to take a hand in the chopping and dicing of food, Curious Chef’s Nylon Knife Set provides the means for young chefs to safely take food prep into their own hands. This assemblage includes three (small, medium and large-sized) nylon knives that feature serrated cutting edges, blunt tips and ergonomically designed grips for smaller hands. With real cutting ability, children can lend a hand as they slice and chop real vegetables and fruit with cutlery made just for them. Dishwasher safe and made with food-friendly materials, these tools are ideal confidence builders for the youngest aspiring chef. Best for kids aged five years and up, Curious Chef’s Nylon Knife Set is the (safe) cutting edge in culinary exploration.

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Green Toys Tea Set Just the right size for little hands, Green Toys’ food-safe tea sets gives kids the perfect resources to host their own tea any time of the day. Less cumbersome than standard size cups and teapots, this scaled down version is not only easier to manipulate but also offers more opportunities for repeat pouring (the fun part!). While adult supervision is always recommended with any heated liquids, the fitted lids and sturdy construction of the Green Toys Tea Set offers the best tea time experience for young servers. Combining the pleasure of crafting an ancient beverage with the social benefits of sharing tea, this set rewards both body and spirit as kids explore the fine tradition of tea service.

Pretend play in the kitchen gets real with Melissa & Doug’s Stainless Steel Pots and Pans. Mirroring the metal cookware used by adults, these child-sized kitchen tools are solidly constructed and offer the look and feel of their grown up counterparts. Including a colander, a lidded pot, two pans, and two wooden utensils this set comes with its own rack which not only keeps it stored neatly between ‘cooking’ sessions, but also builds problem-solving skills as kids must discover the best way to hang and stow their chefs tools. While not geared toward real food prep, the stainless steel medium does allow for cold finger food contact (followed by the opportunity to teach kids about clean-up).

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Team sports are a great way to keep kids active but not all kids enjoy playing them. When kids avoid team sports, parents look for other ways their children can continue to be healthy and active. How can you get your kids moving around when they aren’t part of a sports team? Encourage lifelong activities Choose activities that have the potential for lifelong enjoyment such as biking, swimming, walking, and hiking. These activities are great because while they can be done individually, for a lifetime, they also can be enjoyed as a family. Encourage everyone to go on a walk or bike ride together, hike in a local park, or spend the day at the pool. Give your kid a camera and let him photograph the beauty of the outdoors. Get a step counter for each family member and create a friendly competition to see who can get the most steps.

Go outside Simply getting your kids outside can be a great way to sneak in exercise. Visit a local park, encourage them to climb trees, swing, or play tag. Have your child go on a “treasure hunt” in the backyard and col-

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lect items that interest them like sticks, rocks, flowers, or leaves. Catching fireflies in the summer, building a snowman in the winter, or raking leaves in the fall all help kids to be active while not playing a sport.

Individual sports Just because your child does not enjoy team sports does not mean they may not enjoy an individual sport. Gymnastics, swimming, track and field, wrestling, diving, archery, golf, or weight lifting are all good examples of individual sports where children compete against themselves.

Limit screen time When screen time is allowed, try to encourage them to move while they are watching television. If a song comes on, get up and dance or march along. If they are playing video games, encourage games that involve movement. If the child is sedentary while enjoying screen time, ask them to complete some sort of activity like chores or outdoor play before they turn the television or tablet on.

Set an example Children learn by example. If the parent has a low activity level the child will most likely see exercise as a low priority. Lead by example and get moving. Begin an exercise routine or a hobby that includes movement, like gardening, and invite your child to join you. Make the most of the time together.

Dance and theater Turn on the music and have a family dance party. There is nothing like a great song to get a body moving. Dancing is fun and it’s great exercise too. Some children may also enjoy trying dance classes, baton twirling, or cheerleading. All of these are a great source of exercise. If your child is drawn to music and theater get them involved in a theater production in school or your community.

Find a new hobby Encourage your child to find a hobby that encourages movement and activity such as skateboarding, fishing, bowling, and woodworking. If the child is doing something they enjoy they won’t even notice they are also exercising.


Play Leisure sports can be more fun for kids that don’t care for team sports because they are less competitive and therefore have less pressure to perform at a higher level. Encouraging kids to play gets them active. Playing frisbee or frisbee golf, tag, catch, shooting hoops, and duck duck goose all require kids to run around. They will be having so much fun they won’t notice they are exercising.

Chores Chores are a great way to get kids active and teach them the value of hard work at the same time. Ask your child to clean their room, vacuum, mow the lawn, or sweep. Consider paying them an allowance for more motivation. While team sports have many benefits, they are not for everyone. Kids who do not enjoy team sports don’t have to be less active. With these tips, kids will enjoy an active lifestyle that can be maintained for a lifetime. mp

Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and has been published in 20+ other parenting publications.

Art and Music Kindermusick of Montgomery ad on page 22

A unique experience for child and parent. Each Kindermusik class is a world of discovery and adventure. In every class, you’ll witness your child’s developmental evolution in language skills, literacy, listening, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem, and musicality. And it happens within a nurturing environment- full of energy, imagination, music, dancing, and playful delight. 18 to 3 years old. Singing, movement, instruments, and social interaction. Classes begins in August. Now enrolling for fall semester. Call today for registration. Sara Hall at (334) 271.3264

M.E.O.W. (Music Education on Wheels)

non-members for the series of 10 classes After School Art II (ages 10 to 13) Inspired by paintings, prints, and sculptures in the Museum by well-known artists, older students learn to improve their skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture in this informative series of classes. Projects include pen and ink, charcoal and conti drawings, acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media collages, clay and paper mache sculptures. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Instructors: Museum Education staff Time: 3:45-4:45, Thursdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2 and 9. Cost: $100 members/$160 nonmembers for the series of 10 classes (334) 240.4365

Abrakadoodle Art Education

Ignite your child’s imagination while developing their fine motor skills and art vocabulary. Let your child explore new art techniques and create their

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Montgomery Enrollment is open to all children who live in Montgomery County in grades K-6. They offer art, band, choral, dance, drama, guitar, piano and strings. Instruments are available for use through the school after proper paperwork is completed. Piano students must have an instrument upon which to practice. Registration is now going on. (334) 269.3625 or (334) 269.3874

Guitar & Music Lessons

Weekly, 45 minute, one-on-one guitar lessons.

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1 Museum Drive Montgomery Drawing and painting for preschoolers, children and adults. Afternoons and on weekends. Call for class, times, and cost information. Scholarships are available. Visit our website at www. and click on education tab for more fall classes. Young Artists (ages 3 – 5, with an adult partner) These popular classes offer an opportunity for parents and their preschool children to create art together and learn about basic elements of art (such as line, shape, texture, and color) drawing, and painting techniques. Art projects are connected with works of art on view in the Museum. Classes are limited to 10 children and their adult partners. Sign up for one class or the series of classes. Instructor: Laura Bocquin, Time: 3:45-4:30 Thursdays: September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 7 and 21 Cost: $8 members/$12 nonmembers for each class. After School Art I (ages 6 to 9) Students explore a different art technique, element of art or principle of design, based on art in the Museum galleries in this weekly class. During the series of ten classes, two-dimensional projects include drawing with graphite, ink, oil and chalk pastels, collage, and painting with acrylics and watercolors. Three-dimensional activities include sculpting with clay, wire and plaster. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 12 students. Instructors: Museum Education staff Time: 3:45 to 4:45 P.M., Wednesdays: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8th. Cost: $100 members/$160

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Art In the Courtyard 514 Old Cloverdale Road Montgomery We are an art gallery and studio in the Montgomery Cloverdale area that offers classes for adults and children. We are open Monday’s and by appointment. Elementary Classes: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 (register for individual classes) September 6 & 13: Large Paper Mache Bedazzled Microphones, #35 / September 20 & 27: Paint Your Pet, acrylic (Bring an 8x10 photo), $35 / October 4 & 11: Abstract Painting in acrylic and watercolor, $35 / October 18 & 25: Clay Bead Necklace, Clay Magnet,


Improvisation /theory lessons for any instrumentalist. Beginners to advanced. (13 and up) Chris Niel, (334) 354.0896

Montgomery Symphony Youth Orchestra

Montgomery Runs concurrent with the school year. Please call for audition date in September.

(334) 303.6526 or Robin Rawls at (334) 395.8370

Montgomery Youth Chorale

Montgomery Sing all types of music from classical and jazz to gospel and pop. Purpose is to build self-confidence and a love of beauty through artistic preparation of excellent music. (334) 265.3737

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138 W. Main St. Downtown Prattville Prattville Fall classes start September 5. Pick a day and time that fit your schedule. Classes meet once a week. $45 for the month. $20 supply fee per semester. This covers supplies for Sept. – Dec. After school and Homeschool classes available. (334) 354.1975

Piano Lessons by Summer Whatley

bowling with paid membership. Please call for more information. (334) 358.8600

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Brunswick Zone

1661 Eastern Blvd. Montgomery Youth Leagues will be starting up in the fall. You may come in and sign up anytime. (334) 819.7171

Private piano lessons offered to homeschoolers and adults year round. Lesson slots offered between the hours of 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Lessons are $80 a month, which includes four 30 minute lessons. Will be teaching lessons at a local studio or in the privacy of your home. Students have won several local and state awards.


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Bowling BAMA Lanes

3020 Atlanta Highway Montgomery Youth leagues on Fridays at 6:30. Ages 4-21. Free Youth Clinic August 18. Pre-registration with free bowling. (334) 272.5423

BAMA Lanes in Prattville

1734 East Main Street Prattville Youth leagues on Saturdays. Ages 4-20. Registration will be August 26th. Youth leagues start Sept. 2nd. Please call for more information. Free

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1965 Eastern Blvd. Montgomery We are a cheerleading training facility. All Star-Teams from ages 3-18 and tumbling for ages 4 and up.

Alabama Dance Theatre ad on page 41

1018 Madison Ave. Montgomery The Alabama Dance Theatre will be offering fall classes in classical ballet (pre-ballet to the professional level), pointe, modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and tap. Classes begin Monday, August 21st. Classes will be held at the Armory Learning Arts Center, home of the Alabama Dance Theatre located at 1018 Madison Avenue. (334) 241.2590

and up) 1 hour classes: Various afternoon class times Monday through Thursday. Tumbling (Ages 6 and up) 1 hour classes: Various evening class times Monday through Thursday. Please call for rates.

Armory Athletics Center ad on page 65

1018 Madison Ave. Montgomery Ongoing registration. Developmental (Ages 2-5) 45 minute classes: Various afternoon class times Monday through Thursday. Progressive Girls and Boys (Ages 6

Dance Generation ad on page 49

65 Ashburton Drive Montgomery Janice Ransom and Shawn Parker. Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Jazz, Baton, and Gymnastics. Ages 3 – 12th grade. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Open House Registration August 10 and August 14 from 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Registration going on now. Classes begin in September. To pre-register you can call (334) 283.5249 or (334) 283.2201. Cost depends on class. (334) 395.4300

Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection ad on page 55

3370 Harrison Rd. Montgomery Fall registration will be August 3rd & 10th from 3 until 6 p.m. Classes in Ballet, Tap, Tumbling, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Baton and Competitive dance. Ages 2 ½ to Adult (beginner and advanced) Please call for class dates and times. Preschool classes also available on site. (334) 277.1098

United Gymstars and Cheer, L.L.C. ad on page 27

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Academy of Dance

2620 East 3rd Street Prattville Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe and Lyrical. Classes for ages 3 through adult. Open House Registration August 29th from 3p.m. – 7 p.m. Tammy Rauch

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Bama Blaze Elite Cheer

6016 East Shirley Lane Montgomery All-star Cheer, Tumbling classes, Try-out prep, School and all-star choreography. Our coaches have extensive cheer and tumbling experience. From beginners to the experienced, we are the gym for you.

Registration: Thursday, August 10th 6 until 8 p.m., refreshments will be served. Preview costumes, shop dancewear and watch the The Nutcracker Ballet. Professional instruction offered in: Tippie Toes Pre Dance I Class (18 months- 3 year olds), Pre Dance II (ages 4-5 including afterschool hours), Basic Dance 5-9 year olds, Classical Ballet/pointe classes from beginner to pre professional, Jazz, Tap and Gymnastics~ Power Tumble (divided by both age and skill). We offer reasonable tuition with family discounts and tasteful, affordable costumes. Our instructors have college dance degrees and/ or professional dance experience. Classes are designed to encourage and stimulate the progress of each student’s mental and physical capabilities by teaching in a professional environment. Performance opportunities are available for all students. Join us for the Nutcracker Ballet, Saturday, December 9th for two performances, 2 o’clock and 7 o’clock. Open auditions will be Tuesday, September 11th. Please call for more informaiton.

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C.J.’s Dance Factory (home of the Prattville Ballet)

Centre of Performing Arts

145 S. Court St. Prattville Voted the Best Dance Studio in the River Region. Two locations now open to serve three counties, studios in Prattville and Marbury. Registration on Thursdays in Prattville 5:30-7:00. Fall Open House

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975 S. Memorial Drive Prattville Register now and classes begin in August 7. We focus on quality dance instruction by teachers with years of experience as we aim to provide superior training in various dance styles to children ages 2 years and up. Classes offered in Creative


Movement, Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Strength & stretch and Competitive Dance Teams. We are the #1 competitive dance studios in the State of Alabama.

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Lisa’s Dance Dimensions

2981 Main St. Millbrook Offer Parent/Tot, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Gymnastics. Class times vary according to age and level. Registration begins Thursdays, July 27, Aug. 3, 10 & 17 from 4 until 6 p.m. and Tuesdays, August 8 & 15 from 4 until 6 p.m. Registration will take place at Gym Location 101 A Penser Blvd., Millbrook. Classes start August 20th.(Ages 18 months through adult.) (334) 285.5515 or (334) 221.4622

Mann Dance Studio

422 Pratt St. Prattville The studio offers and excels in all forms of dance, offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Registration will begin at the beginning of August. Please call for dates. Classes will begin August. Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Pointe, Ballet, Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Baton and Jazz. Call for class times and dates. (Ages 2 1/2 and up) (334) 365.5154


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tive Artistic Director. Classes offered in Creative Movement (2 ½ – 3 years), Pre-Ballet (4-5 years), Beginning Ballet (6-7 years), Ballet PrePointe, Pointe, Jazz. Classes for different levels, (divided both by age and skill). Audition information for the Alabama River Region Ballet’s Youth Company will be announced on our website. (334) 356.5460

The Montgomery Ballet

2101 Eastern Blvd, Suite 223 (The Courtyard) Mr. Joey and Mrs. Laura Villalovos, Co-Artistic and Co-School Director. The Montgomery Ballet is the producer of Performance on the Green, Ballet and the Beasts and The Nutcracker. Training provided in Classical Ballet for children and adults of all ages (2 1/2 to adult). Classes for different levels, (divided both by age and skill). As the Official School of The Montgomery Ballet Company, we are committed to developing first class ballet artists through quality training by experienced professional dancers in a healthy, nurturing and disciplined atmosphere. Open House week will be the beginning of August. Please call for dates Classes begin in August and the annual School Performance will be held in May. Open enrollment. Classes offered in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Variation, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Contemporary. We also have a Civic Company.

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Next Dimension Gymnastics

101A Penser Blvd., Millbrook Classes offered: Parent/Tot Tumbling (ages 18mths-3), Tumble Tots (ages3-5), Super Hero Gymnastics (ages 3-5 boys), Junior Olympic Gymnastics (ages 5 and up), Cheer/Jump/Tumble (ages 7 and up). Class times vary according to age and level. Registration begins Thursdays, July 27, Aug. 3, 10 & 17 from 4 until 6 p.m. and Tuesdays, August 8 & 15 from 4 until 6 p.m. Registration will

take place at Gym Location 101 A Penser Blvd., Millbrook. Classes start August 20th.(Ages 18 months through adult.) (334) 285.5515 or (334) 221.4622

River Region Ballet

7981 Vaughn Road Montgomery Registration going on now. Classes begin August 7th. Priscilla Crommelin Ball, Founder and Execu-


Wetumpka Titans 10938 Highway 231 North Wetumpka TITANS Gymnastics and Cheer and The Flip Factory are here to provide gymnastics, tumbling, and cheer classes for youth in the River Region. We offer Preschool Gymnastics (Age 2 & up), Progressive Gymnastics, Beginner Tumbling (Age 6 & up), Advance Tumbling, Competitive Gymnastics and Cheer Squad Practices. Gym classes for homeschooled students.

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Drama Classes & Public Speaking Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Acting Academy ad on page 83

1 Festival Drive Montgomery These classes help students develop skills and confidence need for auditions or presentations. Fee: $200 ASF Acting Academy: Acting Classes for All Ages Fall Semester: Mondays, October 2-December 11 Rising Stars (Grades 3-5); 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Stage Door (Grades 6-8); 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Curtain Call Players for Teens; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Actor’s Workshop for Adults; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Spotlight Players: Our brand new program designed for actors and artists on the Autism Spectrum. Will be held on Tuesdays, September 19-December 19 from 6 until 8 p.m. Fee of $300. Spring Semester: January 16-February 2 Monday-Fridays from 4 until 7 p.m. Small troupe of actors from Academy classes for a performance February 2. Greta Lambert, (334) 271.5393

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Wetumpka Depot Players

Wetumpka The Depot Days Youth Theatre Academy, an educational outreach of the Depot Players, is accepting students who wish to explore and learn the basics of the craft of theatre. Young artists will work with instructors in a nurturing and creative environment to learn the basics of storytelling, character development, stage movement and other exciting skills all while having a great time! It will all culminate to a showcase program for parents and family. (334) 868.1440

independent riding skills to children with cerebral palsy, mental disabilities, autism, hearing impairment and other disabilities. Goals developed individually for clients. (334) 213.0909

Seven Oaks Equestrian Center

Located between I-85 and Vaughn Road, one mile south of The Waters Pike Road Riding lessons offered. Please call for information. (334) 260.7972 or (334) 657.1065


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566 Thornfield Dr. Millbrook Gentle, experienced horses, easy trail and knowledgeable staff to assist beginners. Call today for more information.

3447 Malcolm Drive Montgomery 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! With all memberships you receive a free uniform.

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Family Karate Center

8159 Vaughn Rd, Peppertree Shopping Center Montgomery Montgomery’s Christian Martial Arts. Mon.- Saturday (ages 2 and up): No enrollment fee, no contract. Specialize in ADD, LD, handicapped, mentally challenged, visually impaired, blind, autistic, deaf, overweight children, and children with depression anxiety disorder. Founders of the “Stranger Danger Child Abduction Prevention Program, ASK MOM FIRST Child Molestation Prevention, and the How to Handle Bullies and Aggressive People Program. Family Karate Center now also offers Japanese Martial Arts Training and Weaponry. Master Carole Smith, is a certified post-trauma rape counselor, one of the highest ranking female instructors in the Southeast, and has 45 years of experience in self defense and counseling. We are the only martial arts school that offers a Mommy and me program for ages 2-4. All ages taught every day. We have a fully equipped fitness center that is free to our parents six days a week. Our referral program pays you $20 for every enrollment you send us. Military discount offered. (334) 277.4911

Johnson Karate and Fitness Center

2801 Vaughn Plaza Rd. Suite J. Montgomery Classes for ages 3 to Adults. At Johnson’s Karate & Fitness Academy we teach Tae Kwon Do, SelfDefense, Private Lessons, Fitness Kickboxing, Pilates, and Sport Karate. We are now offering early morning Kick Boxing classes. We offer free trial lessons. Phil. 4:13. (334) 284.2344

Martial Arts Center

2055 Harmon Street Montgomery Martial Arts combined with discipline and etiquette. Martial Arts is good, clean fun for kids and a great way to give them a head start in life. Our primary focus is to teach children life skills. Because a

structure of respect, courtesy and honesty is built into KUK SOOL, children develop the ability to learn, listen and achieve within a highly regulated environment. Ages 6 yrs.-8 yrs and 9 yrs – 15 yrs. Call for times and prices. (334) 318.1892

NextGen Martial Arts, Prattville

698 Old Farm Lane N Prattville Tang Soo Do, Li’l Dragons (4-6 years) and XMA (Xtreme Martial Arts) offered.

Go Karting Montgomery

9033 Wares Ferry Road Montgomery GKM offers outdoor go carting, indoor laser tag, indoor bumper cars, indoor mini golf, mini ferris wheel coaster, mini roller coaster, chuck wagon ride, 80’s video game arcade, billiard tables, air hockey tables, foosball, skeeball, two party rooms and an eye clinic with free vision screenings. (334) 271.2020

JoAnn’s Fabric & Craft Stores

3125 Bell Road Montgomery Classes for everyone Ages 3 to adult.

Eastchase Market Center, 7951 Eastchase Pkwy Montgomery We offer a variety of classes in Cake Decorating, Crocheting, Food & Cooking, Knitting, Quilting and Sewing. Please visit your local JoAnn’s for description of classes offered at this time and pricing.

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US Yoshukai Karate

East Chase Market Center, 7991 Eastchase Pkwy Montgomery Learn crafting skills when and where you want with online classes from Creativebug, or sign up for in store classes in jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting, mixed media, floral design, cake decorating or knitting and crocheting. Please visit your local Michaels’ for class descriptions, times and fees.

(334) 657.2032

Recreational & Sports

2750 Bell Rd. Montgomery Classes offered for children ages 4-5 (Tiger Cubs), ages 6-11 (Junior Program) and 12-15 (Youth Class) and Adults 16 +. Please call us for more information regarding class times and schedules. (334) 244.1465

290 N. Burbank Dr. Montgomery Visit us on Facebook under US Yoshukai Karate for more details and classes offered. Ages 5 and up.

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Offering over 100 different programs for all ages. Including inside and outside youth and adult soccer, football (grades 1-6), basketball (year-round & all ages), track, soccer (ages 6 & up), mini-soccer (ages 4 & 5), aquatic program, cheerleading (grades 1-6), Leaders Club & Tri-Hi-Y (grades 7-12), and much more. Fees vary by activity and membership. Boys and girls can enjoy teamwork, sportsmanship and healthy competition. Contact your local YMCA branch. Cheerleading Cheerleading will build confidence and self esteem while developing social skills and healthy relationships with others. Ages 5-12 (no 7th graders allowed) Season: September-November. Games on Saturdays. Registration going on now until August 4th. Basketball for ages 4-15 Registration begins in September. Youth Tackle Football Season: September-November. Ages 6-12

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(No 7th grade players will be allowed.) Games will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Registration will be going on until Aug 4th. Late Registration from August 5th-13th. Mini Flag Football Ages: 4-7. Provide players the opportunity to learn the basics of football in a developmental environment. Registration will be going on until Aug 4th. Late Registration from August 5th-13th. Ice Hockey Ages 4-11. Children will learn the fundamentals of ice skating and begin to practice the skills needed to play ice hockey. This program will begin as an instructional program and evolve into a developmental league program. Please call for more information. Fall Outdoor Mini-Soccer for ages 3 & 6 Registration June 14 through August 12. Season begins in August and will end in October. LaCrosse The YMCA Montgomery Capitals will be formed as a competitive youth lacrosse Club. Our philosophy will be to allow all youth participants the opportunity to participate, develop a love for the game and continue to develop their skills and fundamentals. Please call for more information. Soccer Website: Email: Participants can sign up at any local YMCA. Recreational Soccer: Season- September-November and April-May. Ages 6-18. Games Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Registration is open now. Practice begins in August and games begin in September. Indoor Soccer Season December-January, February-March, JuneAugust. Ages 7-17. Games Monday, Tuesdays, Thursday, Friday and Saturday depending on age group. Registration TBA Barracudaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Competitive Swim Team The YMCA has a year-round competitive swim program based at the East YMCA. Contact (334) 272.3390. Tryouts will held in August. Please call for more information. They can also be contacted online at Indian Guide (Parent-Child Program) The Adventure Guides and Princesses offers activities for children K-3rd grade and their parents. Program that aids in the growth and development of families. Contact Jeff Reynolds at (334) 269.4362 for additional information. Starts in September. Soccer Branch, (334) 396.9754 or (678) 571-7605 Kershaw Center, W. Fairview Ave. (334) 265.1433 Cleveland Ave., Rosa Parks Ave. (334) 265.0566 Downtown, South Perry Street (334) 269.4362 East Y, Pelzer Avenue (334) 272.3390 Bell Road Y, Bell Road (334) 271.4343 Goodtimes Center, off Bell Road (334) 279.8666 Southeast Y, Carter Hill Road (334) 262.6411 Camp Chandler, Lake Jordan (334) 269.4362 Camp Grandview, Millbrook (334) 290.9622 James Wilson Jr, 1445 Wilson Park Dr., (334) 356.8471

Prattville YMCA ad on page 43

Registration going on now. Main After School Program, Kindergarten After School, Primary After School, Pine Level, and Daniel Pratt. Prepay first week at registration. Vans will pick up kids at public school and take them to the Main Site Program. Main Site cost is $50 for first child for members and $60 for non-members per week. Discounts for second and third children. Family discounts available. Other programs include Youth Legislature, grades 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12. Fall sports are as follows: Football for boys ages 6-12; Cheerleading for girls ages 6-12; Little Dunkers Basketball for ages 4 & 5, Mini-Basketball for ages 6 & 7, Basketball for kids ages 8-17. Also cheer, tumble, gymnastics and swim lessons available. Please call for fall sports registration dates. 972 McQueen Smith Rd. S, 600 E. Main Street 348 Hwy 82 West (334) 365.8852 or for the Prattville Bradford Branch call Betty Estes, (334) 358.1446.


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3067 Carter Hill Rd. Montgomery About 100 Cub Scout packs located in various private and public schools, churches, etc. August/ September, city wide Fall Recruitment night for Scouts, parents can enroll their child in a pack that night. Someone will be handing out brochures at all schools in August/September. Homeschoolers are welcome. (334) 262.2697

Doster Center, Prattville

101 West Main Street Prattville Various after school activities include Afterschool Recreation Club for grades K-6th. Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (After school transportation provided.), Vacation Club Day (for school holidays when children are out of school but parents are still working) Grades K-6, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (334) 361.3640

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Region

Patricia Hackett; Chisholm, (334) 265.2469, 2612 Lower Wetumpka Rd. Tobarie Burton; West End, (334) 263.3371, 220 Crenshaw Street Cheryl Myrick; Wetumpka, (334) 478.4904 499 Alabama Street Provides programs and opportunities, which encourage young people, particularly the disadvantaged, to maximize their potential and become caring productive citizens of our community. Activities include character and leadership development, health and life skills, education and career development, sports, fitness and recreation, and the arts. Clubs are open Mon-Fri from 3-9 p.m. during the school year and 9-5 on school holidays and in the summer. All locations serve children ages 6-18. $5.00 a year per child. Administrative Office, (334) 832.4288

Girl Scouts

145 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery Girl Scouts is a fun and exciting adventure in learning that encourages girls to be their best. Girls ages 5-17 may participate in girl scouting after school in traditional troops, during the school day through the in-school program, or through numerous outreach programs available throughout the area. Financial assistance is available to qualified girls for programs and events. Call for registration. (334) 272.9164


2325 Mill Ridge Dr., off Bell Road Montgomery Staffed from 2:30 to 6 p.m. After school programs are at the schools. Programs include snack and juice, homework time, music and language, storytelling time, outside activities, arts and crafts, projects, Science and Nature, multicultural activities, and creative time. Open registration. Also, before school programs at certain schools from 6:45 and 7 a.m. til school starts.(Ages 5 to 12) (334) 279.8666

Atlanta Hwy Montgomery Program available for girls 5 years through 9th grade and boys 5 years through 9th grade. Registration only during the month of October. Practice begins in December. Games begin in January. (334) 495.6459

Montgomery YMCA Goodtimes Center

Therapeutic Recreation Center

604 Augusta Street Montgomery For the mentally and physically challenged. Registration is in August. Various programs available. Classes run from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Transportation is provided for Montgomery public schools. Space is limited, so please register on time. Please call for more information about registrations dates and times. (334) 240.4595

Wetumpka YMCA

Wetumpka YMCA Goodtimes after hours for school age children (5 to 11 yrs.) pick up and keep them until 6 p.m. Have several programs, including: Summer Camp, Youth Sports, Football, Volleyball, cheer-

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Eastdale Mall Montgomery Montgomery’s Only Ice Skating School. Classes starting soon please call for dates and rates. Private Lessons Available. (334) 272.7225

Montgomery Skate Park

2390 Cong. W. L. Dickinson Dr. Montgomery New location! Revamped! We invite all skaters of all ages to come out, hop on their boards and smooth their skills while having some fun. Please visit us on Facebook under Montgomery Skatepark for more information and open date. (334) 240.4561

Skate Zone 2000

88 Red Eagle Pkwy Wetumpka After school program available. Monday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. We will pick children up from schools in the Wetumpka area and Redland area. Ages K-12 yrs old. We pick up from Redland Elementary School and Wetumpka Elementary and Wetumpka Intermediate. Please call for more information and rates. (334) 567.4434

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Capital City Sportsplex, 1555 Eastern Boulevard (indoor/air conditioned) Montgomery New this Fall 2017, in addition to our Indoor Local Futsal, we are expanding our Soccer program into an outdoor “US Club Soccer” Travel Team, too! We offer a Fall and Winter/Spring season which includes twice a week quality training with Coach Bruno together with his assistant coaches and interns after school hours. Indoor Futsal & Outdoor Soccer competitions are usually twice a month on Saturdays with very limited travel. Most of our games are local at our indoor Futsal facility on the Eastern Blvd. or at local outdoor Soccer fields. We also offer a Home School program. Registration is on going and the season starts August-November. Please check our website for our training and games schedule and team evaluation dates. Coach Bruno (Former pro & College coach – Masters Phy. Ed. (334) 207.5442

AYSO297 Fall/Spring Soccer

Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Registration opens in August.

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Atlanta Hwy. Montgomery Held at Frazer Soccer Fields will be held in the Spring.

St. James Upward Soccer

9045 Vaughn Rd. Montgomery K4 through 4 grade (boys and girls welcome)

YMCA Capital City Streaks

Montgomery Participants can sign up at any local YMCA. Season- September-November and April-May. Ages 6-18. Games: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Registration is open now. Practice begins August and games September. msanchez@capitalcitystreaks.or

Swimming & Scuba Adventure Sports Aquatic Center ad on page 18

1546 E. Ann Street Montgomery Heated indoor pool year round. Swimming Lessons, Scuba and Life Guard Classes. (334) 269.3483

YMCA Barracuda’s Competitive Swim Team

Montgomery The YMCA has a year-round competitive swim program based at the East YMCA. Tryouts in August. (334) 272.3390

Frazer Sonshine Soccer

(334) 495.6459

Registration begins in August. Practice begins the week of September 6th. First game is Saturday, September 9th

Tennis O’Connor Tennis Center ad on page 43

500 Anderson Street Montgomery After-school Tennis Clinics offered during the school

Because their faith in you brings them joy. And because they need to see who your faith is in, too.

At Frazer, we know that participating in a community of faith isn’t just something you do for yourself. It would be easy to sleep in on Sundays—or catch up on the million other things on your plate. But making space to encounter God in worship might just be worth the effort—for yourself, and for the people in your life who are watching you. Why not check us out this Sunday?

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year for all ages. Fall sessions begin August 10 and will run every school day through December 14. (334) 240.4884

Hampstead Tennis

Montgomery Tennis lessons open to both residents and visitors interested in enjoying the fun of tennis. Players welcomed from beginner to advanced level play of ages, and offer weekly organized private lessons (334) 207.9821, Jan Gelabert


Wynlakes Tennis

7900 Wynlakes Blvd. Montgomery Two classes available: Peewee’s (ages 4-8), Mondays from 5 until 6 p.m., and Excellence (ages 9-18), Tuesdays and Thursday from 4 until 5 p.m. Please call for class times and days. (334) 273.8425

Tutoring ASKIN Synergy House ad on page 85

3501 Whiting Avenue Montgomery Brain enhancement techniques, therapeutic tutoring

in reading and math, teaching children how to focus and develop a love for learning. F.S. Blalock, M.Ed., (334) 265.9155

ration. Also individualized tutoring. Diagnostic evaluation. Students improve skills, becoming more motivated and gaining in self-confidence. Certified teachers.


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3457 Taylor Road Montgomery We specialize in teaching kids math the way that makes sense to them. We provide: Expert tutors, Custom learning plans and personalized instruction, and Homework help.

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2328 Fairlane Drive Montgomery Tutoring available for any subject. Tutoring provided by Christian certified teachers. Please call for rates. (334) 213.0803

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2640 Zelda Rd. Montgomery Study skills, (courses for credit) writing/grammar, reading, math and SAT/ACT college prepa-

1738 West 3rd Street Montgomery Get a Head Start on Good Grades! Does your child have low grades, need to get ahead in school, need after school care or need to get ready for Kindergarten? “Bee”Smart offers tutoring in Reading and Math, a wonderful Pre-K program as well as Homework Assistance, Computer Skills and Life Skills.Family Guidance Accepted. Ask us about our excellent Summer Enrichment Program. (334) 303-2627


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Huntington Learning Center 3151 Malcolm Drive Montgomery Individual testing and tutoring in reading, study skills, writing, phonics, spelling, math and ACT/ SAT prep, GED and exit exam. Students ages 5 – adult. (334) 277.9200

Kumon of Montgomery-Central 1655 Perry Hill Rd Montgomery After school learning program for long term solution. We prepare your child to be a more independent learner in Reading and Math and developing their learning attitude. Kumon is one of the world’s largest afterschool programs. (334) 279.1400

Kumon Reading and Math Center 8125 Vaughn Rd Montgomery After-school academic enrichment program that helps children achieve success. The Kumon Math program develops necessary skills to help children progress from counting through calculus. The Kumon Reading program begins with basic phonics and progresses all the way through advanced reading comprehension. (334) 649.1178

MasterRead 2815-C Zelda Rd., Montgomery 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. (334) 271.6295

Montgomery City-County Public Library Montgomery Our Homework Assistance Program begins 9/12/17-5/10/18. It is a free program designed to be a supplemental resource to assist students in grades K-12 in all core subjects. The program will be held at various times at the branches below: Rufus Lewis Mondays 6:00-7:30 Coliseum Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 Morgan Library Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 E L Lowder Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 Governors Square 4:00-5:45 Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library’s Reference Department at 334-240-4999 mp


A Page in a Book Prehistoric Picks for Dinosaur Fans Almost every child goes through a dinosaur phase. While some enter and leave the window of saurian fascination, other kids really drill down into the topic. They learn every dinosaur name, they know the difference between theropods and sauropods, and their toy box is populated with multiple examples of each. Regardless of a child’s intellectual investment in dinosaurs, these prehistoric juggernauts retain a strong grip on every kid’s imagination. The following titles celebrate dinosaurs’ larger-than-life status in the landscape of our lives and our literature.


by Johnny Duddle (Templar / Candlewick) Before they strike out for a day of adventure, four young herbivores are warned by their parents of the greatest danger in their Cretaceous world...Gigantosaurus. As they make their way through the lush undergrowth, little Bonehead turns the elders’ warnings into a chance to frighten his playmates. His false shouts of ‘Gigantosaurus!’ and ‘Hide!’ send his companions scrambling for cover again and again. Tired of Bonehead’s pranks, the other dinosaurs go their own way, leaving their friend behind...until a crashing in the forest tests their bravery and their friendship. With a role call of creatures that will impress die-hard dino fans and comic illustrations that delight, this title offers gigantic fun for the littlest readers!

How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?

by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press / Scholastic) Highlighting the fearless aplomb that impulsive kids are famous for, Yolen and Teague are back with another burning question on how youthful dinosaurs will conduct themselves in a moment of decision. This new ensemble of dinosaurs answers the title question with a parade of unlikely candidates for pets. From exotic zoo animals to mythical beasts, readers will delight as each impossible pet suggestion appears. Traditional pets observe these choices from the background as they wait for calmer heads to prevail. A bright addition to the popular ‘How Do Dinosaurs’ series, this title doubles down on adorable with a brilliant range of outlandish pets to join their prehistoric counterparts.

Dogosaurus Rex

by Anna Staniszewski, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Henry Holt / Macmillan) After meeting all the pets available for adoption at the local shelter, Ben chooses Sadie, a bigger (more prehistoric) breed than his mother had envisioned bringing home. Sadie is so big that Ben uses a garden hose to craft her first leash. Eager to show off his new pet, Ben demonstrates the tricks that Sadie can do. But his commands to Sadie have unintended consequences. ‘Sit’ crushes a car, ‘Roll Over’ destroys a fruit stand and ‘Fetch’ brings back unhappy results. Just when it seems that Sadie’s size could be her undoing as a proper pet, her special tricks may be just the thing that saves the day. Celebrating the resilience of pet owners who worry they may have bitten off more than they can chew, Dogosaurus Rex turns disadvantage into the biggest of positive outcomes.

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Montgomery Biscuits Dollar Dog Night -- Also August 22 & 29 7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Enjoy $1 Hot Dogs every Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. For tickets or more info, visit or call (334) 323-2255. Montgomery Biscuits School Supply Drive Ticket Offer -- Through Aug. 3 Any fan that brings and donates school supplies to any of the Biscuits’ games through August 3 will receive $5 off the ticket of their choice. The Biscuits will have donation bins set up at the Riverwalk Stadium Box Office for fans to drop off their items. Items will be collected and donated to That’s My Child’s Back Pack Block Party on August 5 and to Brantwood Children’s Home. Items can be dropped off on any of the days anytime after 10 a.m. through the conclusion of the Biscuits game. Supplies may include pencils, notebooks, notebook paper, loose folders, folder dividers, erasers, computer paper and more. For more info, visit or call (334) 323-2255.


living history museum and experience an authentic 1850s Alabama summer. While you are here, participate in our scavenger hunt! The hunt will entertain all ages, and can be turned back in for a prize at the Museum Gift Shop. For more info, visit event/oat-2sdays1 or call (334) 240-4500. Brunswick Zone Summer Games Bowling Pass Through September 4 1661 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery. Bowl three games every day at Brunswick Zone Montgomery Lanes, all season long, for $29.95. For use by guests ages 15 and under. Ages 16 and up are $39.95. Shoes included! Visit https:// or call (334) 819-7171 for more info.

Wednesday, August 2

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Presents Night at the Museum 1-3 p.m. Kids and adults alike have enjoyed this film since its release. For the first time, we invite families to view

fantastic food staff creates a great menu of unique food you wouldn’t usually find at the ballpark! For tickets or more info, visit or call (334) 323-2255.

Thursday, August 3

Kids’ Summer Movie Series at New Vision Theatres (Formerly Prattville Promenade 12) Thursdays through August 3 10 a.m. Kid-friendly favorite movies are the perfect way to beat the heat. Admission is $4 and includes a small popcorn and a small drink. Today’s movie is Trolls. For more info, visit Promenade 12 Prattville on Facebook.

Friday, August 4

ECHO’s Open House 10 a.m.-noon. Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy., Deatsville. This is a FREE event open to families from ANY county in the area that are homeschooling or interested in homeschooling. Light

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Pike Road Celebrates National Night Out 6-8 p.m. at Pike Road Town Hall, 9575 Vaughn Road.Join us as Pike Road honors the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. There will be free food, music, games, safety demonstrations and more! National Night Out is a great time to come together with neighbors and friends, strengthen our community and show our local law enforcement officials our appreciation. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Mary Poppins -- Through August 6 Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she teaches the entire Banks family how to value each other again. Showcases some of the most memorable songs ever sung on the silver screen and stage including “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Jolly Holiday,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” Recommended ages four and up.  Visit or call 271-5353.

McWane Center Back to School Special Through August 6 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat; 12-6 p.m. Sun. McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street N, Birmingham. As the lazy days of summer wind down, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school. But before you completely forget about the summer, return to McWane for one final week of fun. Special discount: $10 combo tickets available all day! For more info, visit www. or call (205) 714-8300. Twilight Tuesdays at Montgomery Zoo - Also August 8, 15, 22 and 29 Hours are 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in August only. Last admission is at 6:30, major animal exhibits begin closing at 7, and everyone must exit the park by 7:30 p.m. Come see all your favorite animals under the stars. Enjoy a ride on the sky lift as the sun sets or hop on the train. Visit the giraffe encounter, petting zoo, parakeet cove or a casual dinner at the Overlook Cafe. Different special events take place each Tuesday between 3 and 7 p.m. Call (334) 240-4900 or visit Old Alabama Town 2sDays -- Also August 8, 15, 22 & 29 Keep the summer boredom at bay with OAT 2sdays! Tuesdays throughout the summer, we are offering 2 for 1 children’s admission! Bring your children to tour our

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Night at the Museum at the MMFA! If you haven’t seen this movie starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and a cast of familiar characters who reside in the Museum of Natural History, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Bring the whole family and enjoy a summer movie. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase. For more info, visit http://mmfa. org/ or call (334) 240-4333. Capital City Master Gardener Association Lunch and Learn Series Open to the Public The first Wednesday of each month, noon to 1 p.m. Sessions are held at the Armory Learning Arts Center, 1018 Madison Avenue, Montgomery, next to the Curb Market. Related handouts from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service are provided each session at no cost. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches to each event. Iced tea and water will be provided. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Special Sensory-Friendly Performance of Mary Poppins 2 p.m. This performance features a supportive environment for families with a loved one with special needs. Adaptations to the performance are slight, including lower sound levels, elimination of potentially startling special effects and lighting, and house lights on at about 50%. Patrons can anticipate: relaxed house rules–patrons will be free to get up, move around, and leave whenever as needed; electronics (tablets, etc.) permitted for therapeutic uses, (no photography or videography, please); volunteers scattered throughout the theater to assist and direct audience members as needed; quiet areas and activity areas in the lobby for taking a break; ear plugs available; and trained staff and ushers on hand for any required assistance. For more info, visit or call 271-5353. Montgomery Biscuits Military Wednesday -- Also August 23 & 30 7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Join us as we salute all current and former military personnel every Wednesday! All military personnel who bring their Military ID will receive special food and drink specials. Looking for some unique food? Each Wednesday, our


refreshments will be served. Children are welcome; we will have activity tables for their enjoyment. Come find out about our group and our upcoming activities. Local vendors that offer homeschooling goods/services/ opportunities will be on site to distribute information & answer questions. E-mail co-leaders Catherine Ray & Tanya Murphy at or visit You may also find us on Facebook. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Hollywood’s Greatest Game Shows Featuring Bob Eubanks 7:30 p.m. Hosted by nine-time Emmy Award Winner and Game Show icon Bob Eubanks, everyone in your audience has an equal chance to become a contestant. Whether chosen by ticket drum or randomly from the audience, each will experience what it’s like to be on a real TV game show. Someone will also have a chance to win a $1 million dollar grand prize. Tickets begin at $27. Visit www. or call (334) 481-5100. Summer Food Truck Takeover @ Hampstead 4:30-8:30 p.m. A variety of rotating Montgomery food trucks will assemble in the Hampstead Town Center to dish out street food and fun. Local food trucks may include: NYC Gyro, Southern Smokeshack, On A Roll, El Campesino’s Taqueria, Fire Meats Wood, Frios Pops and more. Plenty of outdoor park seating and live music to keep the party going. In addition, The Tipping Point, City Grill, and Hampstead’s latest addition, TASTE, will be open and serving regular menu items as well as craft beer, wine and cocktails. This is a free event open to the public. Parking is available on Long Acre Street, Mercer Street, and in the two large Hampstead parking lots. Find us on Facebook. Millbrook Community Theatre Presents Pat VanCor as Elvis -- Also August 5 7:30 p.m. To commemorate 40 years since the passing of a Legend - returning to the Millbrook stage for 2 shows. Tickets are $20 online. For tickets or more info, visit www. or call (334) 782-7317.

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FamilyCalendar Friday on the Green -- Also Aug. 11, 18 & 25; Sept. 1&8 6:30 p.m. Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin. Great outdoor event during the spring and summer months. Bring your family and friends – even your pup on a leash for a great time with lawn games and music. It’s free! So, pack your cooler and picnic basket, or stop by nearby Catherine’s Market. For more info, call (256) 496-4232 or visit Wetumpka Depot Presents Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cabaret -- Also August 6 7:30 p.m. August 4; 2 p.m. matinee August 6. Some of the River Region’s best singers and storytellers singing songs about love, home and food. For tickets, call (334) 868-1440 or visit Clay Classes with Anna Bastida -- Also August 11, 18 and 25 10:30 a.m.-noon. Prattauga Art Guild office in the Creative Arts Center, 342 Chestnut Street behind City Hall in historic Downtown Prattville. Learn to hand build and throw on a wheel with master potter and artist Anna Bastida. Class is good for all skill levels and for ages 15 and up. Price is $60 for four classes plus a $35 supply fee. To register or for more info, visit or call (334) 595-0854. Friday Night Hoops -- Friday nights through November 9 p.m.-midnight. Bell Road YMCA. For students in 5th through 12th grades. Students must be dropped off by 10 p.m. and cannot leave without being picked up by parent or guardian (unless students drove themselves). Must be playing basketball to be involved. Participants must have a photo ID (i.e. School ID). $3 for members; $7 for nonmembers. For more info, contact James Garvin at (334) 271-4343 or

Saturday, August 5

Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo 7-11 a.m. Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook. Bring the kids, a few fishing poles, and a cooler and join us down at the catfish pond! Children 15 and under can catch and take home up to five catfish each (catfish only), but can catch and release all they want! Each child will receive a free T-shirt and a chance to win a door prize! Make sure to call ahead (334-285-4550) and put your name on the list... space fills up quickly! Admission is free; snacks and drinks will also be available. For more info, visit www. Bark in the Park 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Riverwalk Amphitheater, 355 Coosa St, Montgomery. The event features a pet costume contest, Flying Hounds Frisbee Show, MPD K-9 demo, food and pet vendors and the splash pad will be open to pets. Entry is $2 and benefits the Montgomery Humane Society. The event is presented by the Special Events Department and the American Cancer Society. Sponsored by WSFA. For more info, find us on Facebook. Home Depot Kids’ Workshop 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5-12. Free workshop teaches children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. Today’s project is build a Penske truck. Once the project is built, your child can decorate it with stickers and paint. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. For more

info, visit kids-workshops. Experience Creek Life at Pratt Pond and Autauga Creek Pratt Park in Prattville. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; event lastst until 11:15 a.m. Autauga Forestry & Wildlife Stewardship Council and Alabama Master Gardeners team together to offer educational FREE fun for kids ages 6-14! Kids will rotate among four stations inlcuding snakes, water testing, creek life and water-loving mammals. Please pre-register by calling (334) 595-0800. For more info, call (334) 361-0576. Homeschool Day Sponsored by Covenant Academy 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Held at Cornerstone Christian Church, 301 Dalraida Road, Montgomery. Free event open to all. Activities for the whole family, including seminars, displays of homeschool resources and supplies, information about local home business opportunities, and panel discussion on homeschooling by those who have been there. Please bring a brown bag lunch with tea and lemonade provided by us. For details or to register, call (334) 356-5205 and leave a message; e-mail covenanthomeschool@gmail. com; or visit New York Dog Film Festival at the Capri Noon & 2 p.m. Short films celebrating dogs. Tickets are $10 per program; $15 for both. Proceeds beneft the Montgomery Humane Society. For more info, visit www. or call (334) 262-4858. Back to School Supply Drive at Montgomery YMCA Branches -- Through August 12 We are collecting school supplies for children around the Montgomery area. If you are interested in helping, bring the supplies to your local center and be a blessing to those in need.



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FamilyCalendar LEO Golf Academy Jr. Golf Camp for Boys and Girls Ages 4-14 -- Also August 12 & 19 10:30 a.m.-noon. Gateway Golf Course, 3800 Davenport Dr., Montgomery. For more info, visit www. or call (334) 721-4LEO (4536). Michael’s Kids Club -- Also August 12, 19 & 26 10 a.m.-noon. $2 per project. Supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Each session is 30 minutes. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. August 5 is Sprout Pencil Topper; August 12 is Kawaii Backpack Tags; August 19 is Embellished Art; and August 26 is Neon Personalized Art. For more info, visit Vicarious Vacation Series -- Also August 12, 19 & 26 11 a.m. Old Alabama Town’s Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus St. Free to the public. Defend yourself against the dreaded doldrums of DOG DAYS! Spend every Saturday of August traveling the world in the cool confines of the auditorium in Old Alabama Town. August 5: Caribbean Get Away, presented by Geoff & Toni Stough; Aug. 12: Sailing the Baltic: In the Footsteps of the Vikings, with Ann & Steve Linder; Aug. 19: Hiking California’s High Sierra Trail, with McDowell Crook; and Aug. 26: Riding Through the Rockies on Rails, with Steve Brickley & Jim Hodgson. For more info, visit or call (334) 240-4500. AUM Offers Free Mandarin Classes -- Every Saturday Auburn Montgomery’s Confucius Institute continues to offer free Mandarin classes to the community. To register, send the student’s name, age and contact information to Civil Rights Walking Tours -- Every Saturday and Sunday 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. start times. Tours start from The Village Gallery. Come explore Montgomery’s history walking from different historical sties and engage in profound moments from slavery, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. This tour highlights pioneers and unsung heroes who contributed to a new era. Cost: Adults - $10; 12 & under - $5; 4 & under FREE. Book your tour by calling (334) 595-9243. Prattville/Autauga Farmers Market -- Saturdays through September 16 7 a.m.-noon. At the grove on Doster Road across from Gillespie Senior Center and Pratt Park. Featuring fruits and vegetables from local growers, fresh baked goods, honey, handmade soaps, music and a chef creating something tasty from products from the local growers. For more info, call (334) 595-0854 or visit www. Farmers Market at the Shoppes at EastChase Saturdays through October 7 a.m.-noon. Several popular farms make their return with locally grown products, including Aplin Farms, Oakview Farms, Penton Farms and Leatherwood Nursery. For more info, call (334) 279-6046 or visit

Sunday, August 6

First Sundays at One -- Also September 3 1-2 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about the traveling exhibitions as well as the Museum’s Permanent Collection in these FREE docent-led tours the FIRST Sunday of each month. For more info, call (334) 240-4333 or visit Coffee House Event: Art, Music and Poetry 2-5 p.m. Doster Community Center., Prattville. The Prattauga Art Guild will present its 4th Annual “Wake

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Up And Smell The Coffee” event with live music, local art and readings by local authors. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee, snacks, soft drinks and water will be available for a small donation to the art guild kiln and special projects fund. For more info, contact the Special Events Office at (334) 595-0854 or visit Shindig at Winter Place 6:30-9 p.m. 454 S. Goldwaite St., Montgomery. FREE event in the heart of Cottage Hill Historic District featuring live music by Blue Yonder and Sea of Cities. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, family and friends, and join us for a fun summer afternoon with good music, food + drinks, art and more. Donations greatly appreciated, but not required. Benefitting Child Protect, Childrens Advocacy Center. Vendors: Fire Meats Wood LLC, NYC gyro, Frios Gourmet Pops and Blackfinn Ameripub. Sponsored by Shoppes at EastChase and Cottage Hill Foundation. For more info, call (334) 2621220 or find us on Facebook.

Monday, August 7

Movie Monday Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be played on the big blow-up screen down in Montgomery’s Riverfront Park starting at about 7:30 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Food vendors and a cash bar will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol allowed. Pets welcome. $5 tickets must be purchased online or at the gate. For more info, visit or call (334) 625-2100. Art Exhibit featuring works by Top Prattauga Art Guild Volunteers -- Through August 31 Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays or by appointment. Gallery is in the Creative Arts Center, 342 Chestnut Street behind City Hall in historic Downtown Prattville.These works will feature many different styles and a variety of art media. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more info, call (334) 595-0854 or visit

Wednesday, August 9

Central Alabama Master Gardener (CAMGA) Lunch & Learn Program Noon-1 p.m. Held at the Elmore County Extension (ACES) facility on Queen Ann Road in Wetumpka, these free events for the public are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and learn. Beverages are provided by CAMGA. For more info, call 567-6301 or visit www.

Thursday, August 10

Capri Theatre Presents Galaxy Quest 7:30 p.m. Every Star Trek fan’s favorite non-Star Trek Star Trek movie. For more info, visit www.capritheatre. org or call (334) 262-4858.

Friday, August 11

United Gymstars & Cheer Parents’ Night Out 6:30-10:30 p.m. Our first PNO of the school year! $25 for the first child/ $15 for each additional sibling. Pizza and drinks provided. Fun games, trampolines, rope swing, tumble tracks, foam pits and more! Call (334) 284-2244 to reserve your spot. Walk-ins welcome (until maximum capacity is reached). All participants must have waiver signed by parent. Visit for more info. Elmore County Homeschool Organization Meets Also August 25 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 typically 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. For details, visit

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Saturday, August 12

Dads and Daughters Saturday (D.A.D.S) Calling ALL Fathers and Daughters for storytimes, fun and laughs, 11 a.m.-noon every 2nd Saturday at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library. There will be singing, dancing and arts & crafts. So come visit us and have an enjoyable time! For more info, visit www. Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women Montgomery Country Club, Azalea Room, 3800 Narrow Lane Road. 9 a.m.-noon. 3-hour workshop that is offered monthly, designed to help participants explore the legal, financial, and emotional issues of divorce and gain a greater understanding of the process. Cost to attend is $20 per person and pre-registration required. For more info, please call or e-mail Sommer Morris at (334) 612-1086 or sommer.morris@morganstanley. com. You may also visit Summer Saturday Genealogy Workshop at the Ala. Dept. of Archives and History 9 a.m.-noon. African-American Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond will equip participants to effectively navigate potential research roadblocks and address challenges specific to African-American genealogical research. Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to conduct hand-on research in the Archives’ EBSCO Research Room. This workshop is suited for all levels of research experience. Registration for the general public is $30. Friends of the Alabama Archives members can register at $20. Spaces are limited and advance registration is required. For more info and to register, visit or contact Sarah at (334) 242-4364 or sarah.mcqueen@ Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Elvis: The Early Years 7:30 p.m. Starring nationally renowned tribute artist Scot Bruce, this performance features songs made famous by the King of Rock ‘n Roll, including “Hound Dog,” “Burnin’ Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Suspicious Minds” and more. This annual fundraiser for ASF has traditionally sold out, so get your tickets now! Visit or call 271-5353. Magical Creatures at Montgomery Zoo 10 a.m.-noon. Meet some of the magical animals that are featured in the movies like Harry Potter and The Hobbit. Get a chance to meet the animals up close, learn about them in their habitats, and take home some special prizes for yourself. Geared for boys and girls, ages 4-10. Advanced reservations are required. $25 per child (ages 5-12 years old), $18 for Zoo members. Accompanying adults fee (13 years old and older): $15, Montgomery Zoo members: FREE. Call (334) 240-4900 or visit Montgomery Biscuits Back to School Night 6:35 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Bring the family out for one last Biscuits game before the school year kicks in! Tonight features an AUM water bottle giveaway and post-game MAX Fireworks! For tickets or more info, visit or call (334) 323-2255. The Faces of Diabetes Golf Tournament 7 a.m.- 2p.m. Lagoon Park Golf Course, Montgomery.

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10 a.m. first pitch. Each two-player team will receive: guaranteed 5 games, catered breakfast, catered lunch, Coca Cola products, HoleBred Scoring. No professionals. Limit of 128 Teams. $100 entry fee per team. GRAND PRIZE: 2 rooms, 3 nights at the beautiful Perdido Beach Resort. Additional prizes for 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-place teams. For more info, find us on Facebook. More for Moms Expo 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. Join WSFA 12 News for this first More for Moms Expo featuring WSFA 12 News personalities, guest speakers, vendors, a fashion show, goody bags and more. Admission is free! Also includes a Kid’s Corner to entertain the little ones and a Man Cave to occupy significant others. Stormtracker and the First Alert Weather Team teach weather safety. For more info, call (334) 288-1212.

Sunday, August 13

Distinguished Young Women Orientation Tea 2 p.m. at Frazer United Methodist Church, 6000 Atlanta Highway. The 2018 Distinguished Young Women Program of Montgomery County invites high school senior girls to participate in a scholarship program designed to inspire them to develop their full, individual potential through a fun and transformative experience. Scholarships are awarded in five categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression. Participants must reside in Montgomery County, be a United States Citizen and be graduating in 2018. Prior to the tea, each interested senior girl may contact her counselor or the contact below to 1) Obtain a card to fill out and mail in 2) complete the information packet and forms (e-mailed to you once your information is received) and 3) register on-line at Be sure to complete the ACT or SAT and have your scores included on your transcript. Required information is

included in the packet. For more info, please contact Janet Coggins, president, at dywmontgomery@gmail. com or at (334) 549-5515. Montgomery Biscuits Bark in the Park/Kids Run the Bases/Kids’ Day -- Also August 27 5:35 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. All dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed. One dog per adult. All dog owners must sign a waiver at the RF Gate entrance. Kids ages 14 and under are invited to run the bases after every Sunday game at Riverwalk Stadium presented by Coca-Cola! Kids can also play catch on the field before the game and create some arts and crafts. For tickets or more info, visit www. or call (334) 323-2255.

Monday, August 14

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers 8 p.m. Donald Fagen, co-founder of Steely Dan and The Dukes of September, has a new special project taking to the road this summer: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers. Joining Fagen (keyboard, vocals) is an all-new band comprised of Connor Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Lee Falco (drums, vocals), Brandon Morrison (bass, vocals) and Will Bryant (keyboards, vocals). Tickets begin at $37. Visit or call (334) 481-5100. McWane Center Homeschool Day 9 a.m.-6 p.m. McWane Science Center, 200 19th Street N, Birmingham. Is your child a homeschool student looking for a fun and educational way to spend the day? On Homeschool Day, there will be special programs, live science demonstrations, giveaways and a discounted ticket price. For more info, visit www. call (205) 714-8300.


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Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Legendary Coaches Gene Stallings and Pat Dye 7 p.m. Gene Stallings coached at the University of Alabama for seven seasons from 1990-1996 and led the Tide to an undefeated season and national championship in 1992. Pat Dye is best known for his 12 seasons as coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1981-1992. He led Auburn to four SEC titles including 1983 and 1987-89. Tickets begin at $22. Visit or call (334) 481-5100. Joe Thomas, Jr. 3rd Tuesday Guitar Pull 7-9 p.m. Three or four regional songwriters perform original music on the Cloverdale Playhouse’s intimate stage. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 262-1530 or visit

Thursday, August 17

Capri Theatre Presents Strangers on a Train 7:30 p.m. In this Hitchcock classic, two men each have a problem. Guy wants to lose his wife, Miriam, and marry Anne. Bruno wants to kill his dad. It just so happens that the two are on the same train. For more info, visit or call (334) 262-4858. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Presents Film at the Museum: How to Steal a Million 5:30-8 p.m. Join us for the classic Audrey Hepburn film. The daughter of a wealthy Frenchman who creates counterfeit art learns her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She decides to steal the family’s forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts can examine it and enlists a society burglar to help her. Assistant Curator of Education Kaci Norman will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion following. The Museum will provide complimentary popcorn, and beverages will be available for purchase. For more info, visit http:// or call (334) 240-4333. Food For Thought The Alabama Dept. of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave. Noon-1 p.m. Bring lunch and and join us every third Thursday for these FREE lectures sponsored by Friends of the Alabama Archives. Drinks are complimentary. Today’s topic is “Thomas Goode Jones & the Quest for Racial Justice in the New South,” presented by Brent Aucoin. Call 353-4726 or visit www.archives. Wetumpka Depot Presents Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End -- Through August 20 7:30 p.m. August 17-19; 2 p.m. matinee August 20. One-woman show featuring Kristy Meanor and directed by Jeff Langham. For tickets, call (334) 868-1440 or visit

Friday, August 18

Manicures, Massages, & Merriment 5:30-8 p.m. Arrowhead Country Club, 50 Ocala Drive, Montgomery. On My Honor Alumnae Association presents a fun and relaxing evening of pampering, savory appetizers, exciting silent auction items and specialty cocktails inspired by Girl Scout Cookies. Local bartenders will create their best Girl Scout Cookie-inspired cocktail and cookie pairing. A panel of judges will choose the “Best in Show” Award winner, and guests will vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Tickets are $40. For more info, visit support-us/m3.html.

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Buckmasters Expo 2017 -- Through August 20 Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center, 201 Tallapoosa St. Friday: 3-9 p.m./ Saturday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m./ Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE admission with a can of food! Saturday night concert: Country Music Artist Craig Morgan - Limited number of FREE tickets for members. For more info, call (334) 215-3337 or visit

Saturday, August 19

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents ‘Benefit the Bard’ Featuring Gladys Knight 8 p.m. The star of this year’s “Benefit the Bard” fundraiser has seven Grammy Awards; Rolling Stone named her as one of the Greatest 100 Women of Rock; she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and she is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Wind Creek Hospitality and ASF present the one and only “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight! Tickets are on sale now. Balcony seating is $99 – $125 through the ASF Box Office. Please call 1-800-841-4273 for tickets. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Craig Morgan 8 p.m. Known as one of country’s best singers and songwriters since “Almost Home” put him on the map in 2002, Morgan served 10 years in the U.S. Army, where he traveled much of the world and took up performing and songwriting, winning military contests in both. He moved to Nashville after leaving the armed forces, as he pursued music. Tickets begin at $35. Visit or call (334) 481-5100. Third Saturday @ Art Museum 1-2 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about the works of art on view at the Museum in these FREE docent-led tours offered the third Saturday of each month. For more info, call (334) 240-4333 or visit GO Fishing at Millbrook’s Lanark 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Alabama Nature Center in Millbrook. Get Outdoors and fish for catfish and bream in one of ANC’s bountiful ponds. From bass to catfish, the ponds are stocked and ready for your line! A limited number of fishing poles will be available for $2 a day as well as a limited amount of bait for a small fee. Upper Pond is open for catch & release fishing every Saturday. For more info, visit or call (334) 285-4550.

Tuesday, August 22

Archives Hosts Preview Screening of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War 6 p.m. The Ala. Dept. of Archives and History (ADAH) hosts a special preview screening of excerpts from the new Ken Burns documentary in its Joseph M. Farley Alabama Power Auditorium. Presented in partnership with Alabama Public Television (APT), admission to the screening is free. No advance registration or tickets required. The documentary in its entirety is set to air on APT beginning September 17, 2017. Recently acquired artifacts and records related to the experiences of Alabamians during the Vietnam War from the ADAH collection will be on display at the event. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (334) 353-4689.

Thursday, August 24

Newcomers Club of Montgomery Monthly Luncheon The Newcomers Club of Montgomery invites all women of the River Region to attend our monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Country Club. Our August speaker is Barbara Witt, a Master Gardener since 2010, who will help us select sturdy plants that fit the conditions in your house. There will be photos of suitable plants for different conditions and advice on how to keep them living and


beautiful. Cost is $18 and reservations must be made by noon Monday, August 21, to Suzanne Lowry at (334) 396-5368 or Visit www. Military Open House at the Art Museum 5:30-7:30 p.m. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited to the Museum for an evening of family fun dedicated to the military communities. Guests will enjoy art-making activities in the studios, a light dinner in the Rotunda, and exhibitions in the temporary and permanent galleries. The event is free and open to all military families. For more information, call the Museum at (334) 240-4333 or visit Montgomery Biscuits College Spirit Weekend Through August 26 6:35 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. It’s time to dust off your favorite college shirt and join us for the best back-to-school college party, celebrate the River Region colleges, and pick sides between Auburn and Alabama. For tickets or more info, visit or call (334) 323-2255.

Saturday, August 26

8th Annual Little Miss River Region Pageant St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Prattville. The pageant is open to females, age 4 to 21 years, with seven age categories: Petite Miss: 4-6 years, Little Miss: 7-9 years, Pre-Teen Miss: 10-12 years, Jr. Teen Miss: 13-15 years, Teen Miss: 16- 18 years and Miss: 19-21 years. Required attire for this semi-glitz pageant is Casual Wear and Formal Wear. For all age divisions, formal wear is a long gown. Hair and makeup vendors will be on site. Applications can be downloaded from (from the menu click on Holiday/Charity Pageants) or at Prattville Bridal Shop, A Touch of Class in Wetumpka, Brenda’s Formals in Clanton, and Glitz and Gowns by Missy in Alabaster. For more info, also call (334) 313-5444. Confederate Memorial Park Summer Living History Program 437 Co Rd 63, Marbury. Members of the 33rd Alabama Infantry will be on duty at our Civil War Camp of Instruction site all day giving demonstrations and answering questions on soldier life during the war. For more info, call (205) 755-1990. Pike Road Observes Montgomery County CleanUp Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Georgia Washington School or County Lot Office (across from The Feed Lot on Meriwether Road). For more info, call (334) 272-9883 or e-mail You can also access our online calendar at Bulls, Bands and Barrels Tour 7 p.m. Garrett Coliseum. The format is as follows: 2030 of the best bull riders will tackle the rankest bucking bulls in the southeast, striving to make the 8-second buzzer. The cowgirls will take the dirt following the bull riding to see which of them can get the fastest time as they race around barrels in a figure 8 pattern. Post-event concert features country music artists Blane Rudd and Luke Combs. For more info, visit www.thegarrettcoliseum. com/bulls-bands-and-barrels/ or call (334) 356-6866. Montgomery Dragon Boat Race & Festival 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Riverfront Park. Almost 80 teams will converge downtown to paddle and party on Race Day in the pursuit of the Grand Championship Trophy while supporting the missions of our two local beneficiaries,

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FamilyCalendar Bridge Builders Alabama and Rebuilding Together Central Alabama. The Riverfront Park will be alive with music, entertainment, and 30+ local vendors, artists, and exhibitors while teams compete on the water in view of more than 8,000 spectators! NEW TO THE RACES THIS YEAR: 10-person boat youth divisions; stand-up paddle boarding. For more info, call (334) 625-9411. 3rd Annual “Stuff the Truck” Food Drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sturbridge Winn Dixie. In conjunction with Montgomery “Food For Kids” Backpack Program, Tie and Doll, Inc is hosting this event to collect nonperishable food to feed individuals and families in need in the River Region Area. All donations will be given to Montgomery Area Food Bank. For more info, find us on Facebook.

Friday, September 1

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Presents Pre-Labor Day Blues Show starring Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear & MC Lightfoot 8 p.m. Pre-Labor Day Blues show for Southern Soul and Blues lovers. Tickets begin at $29. Visit www. or call (334) 481-5100. Labor Day Golf Classic Noon-6 p.m. Lagoon Park Golf Course. The format of the event will be a two-person scramble format with awards being given for 1st and 2nd place Men, Mixed Couple, and Women teams. There will be a “ShotGun” start at 1 p.m. Dinner will be served immediately following the event during the awards ceremony. Golf Range, Cart Fee, and Green Fees are included with your registration. Single golfer is $100 with early bird price of $85. Tickets available on Eventbrite. For more info, visit

Sunday, September 3

Labor Day Weekend Concert The AMP at Lake Martin. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Bring everyone and enjoy the last big blowout of summer on the grassy Lawn at The AMP! For more info, visit www.theamponlakemartin. com/events.

Thursday, September 7

Capri Theatre Presents Men in Black 7:30 p.m. There really IS an organization that keeps track of alien life on Earth and keeps it covered up. Referred to as MiB, the agency has only the best agents, and it’s recruiting. A flying saucer has crashed, and the alien inside is willing to destroy the world. The Earth’s best bet is retirement-age K and his rookie partner, J. For more info, visit or call (334) 262-4858.

Ongoing Ala. Dept. of Archives & History Exhibit galleries include a children’s gallery and a reference room for genealogical and historical research. In Grandma’s Attic, kids can try on clothes, try an old typewriter, sit at an old school desk or experience making a quilt square. Also visit our History at Home web page to print off fun activities to do at home. In addition, there are FREE, guided tours of the Museum of Alabama EVERY Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, call 242-4435 or visit www.archives. Alabama River Region Arts Center in Wetumpka has weekly after-school Arts Clubs meeting on Thurs-

days 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. 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. (Bluegrass Jam is going on at the same time in another room.) 300 W. Tallassee St. (former Wetumpka Jr. High building). 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. Brain Pump is a group exercise class, targeting children 4-12 years old. The class is the collaboration of a physical therapist and a kinesiology professor combining traditional therapy and exercise concepts with the latest cutting edge research on movement and the brain. This is all done in a fun, energetic setting, that seems much more like playing





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FamilyCalendar than exercising. Brain Pump is taught at Metro Fitness on Saturdays from 11-11:45 a.m. Contact Tiffany Higginbotham at Body Logic PT & Wellness (334-3805920) 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. For event info, call Ernie Rains, CATA Community Coordinator, at 3241406 or e-mail 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. First White House of the Confederacy Open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The First White House of the Confederacy played a significant role during the Civil War and served as Jefferson Davis’ family residence from February-May 1861. Located at 644 Washington Avenue in downtown Montgomery, neighboring the Ala. Dept. of Archives and History. For more info or to tour the museum, call 242-1861 or visit Fountain City BMX Track 802 County Rd 4, Prattville. Friday practice $3. Free 1-day trial, fun for any age. Race on most Sundays. For more info, visit Fountain City BMX on Facebook or You can also e-mail: info@ or call (334)300-4328. Friday Night Hoops Students in 5th through 12th grades get together with friends for pick-up games of basketball every 1st and 3rd Friday at the Bell Road YMCA from 9 p.m.midnight. Students must be dropped off by 10 p.m. and cannot leave without being picked up by parent or guardian (unless students drove themselves). Must play basketball to be involved. Participants must have a photo ID (i.e. School ID). $3 for members; $7 for nonmembers. For more info, contact James Garvin at (334) 271-4343 or Friday Night Open Volleyball Students in 5th through 12th grades get together every 1st and 3rd Friday at the Bell Road YMCA from 6-9 p.m. Students cannot leave without being picked up by parent or guardian (unless students drove themselves). Free for members; $3 for non-members. For more info, contact James Garvin at (334) 271-4343 or jgarvin@ W. A. Gayle Planetarium Public Shows offered Mon.-Thurs. at 4 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. and first & third Saturdays at 2 p.m. Admission $6.50/person, children under 5 free, seniors $5.50/ person. 1010 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Call 625-4799 or visit or www.facebook/hisvesselministries.

Harriott II Riverboat Cruises Seasonal. Typical hours are 6:30-9 p.m. Live entertainment, cash bar and concessions available. For more info and available dates, visit www.funinmontgomery. com, call (334) 625-2100 or visit the Riverwalk Box Office at 200 Coosa Street. Montgomery Women’s Newcomers Group: Moving On After Moving In Thursdays from 9:15-11 a.m. beginning September 15. St. James UMC Cafe, Vaughn Rd. Childcare available. For more info, please contact pam.zavada@gmail. com or (256) 541-7888. Montgomery’s Freedom Rides Museum 468 South Perry Street. Learn how 21 young people helped change our nation’s history using nonviolent protest. Black and white, male and female, none of them were older than 21. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon -4 p.m. For more info, visit or call (334) 242-3184.

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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 or vist Prattville Movie Club (for Teens) Meeting twice a month on Fridays, current Prattville Movie Club members range from 14-18 years old and meet at the Carmike Promenade 12 on Cobbs Ford Road. There are no GPA requirements and no class requirements. We are friends who enjoy moviegoing and want to meet others who also enjoy watching movies. For more info, call (334) 224-7811 or e-mail Rosa Parks Museum 252 Montgomery Street. 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. For more info, call 241-8615 or visit Tales for Tots Join us for this FREE introduction to art in storybooks and in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts galleries for young children and their families. Each time a different work of art and special story will be presented. Next classes are August 23 from 10:30-11 a.m., and 11-11:30 a.m. Call 240-4365 or visit for more info. YMCA 7 to 11 Club Calling all children ages 7 to 11 for this fun, free event. While Mom and Dad are working out, join us for games, arts & crafts, service projects and more. Earn special beads for participation and try to break records for superior achievements. Monthly special events will be hosted as well. Check with your YMCA center or visit for more details.


Breastfeeding Class Designed to prepare the expectant mother for breastfeeding her newborn. Also includes trouble-shooting common problems to establish a successful breastfeeding experience. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $15. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 2938497 or e-mail to register or for more info. Breastfeeding Class This one-time class at Baptist Health provides expectant mothers with 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 IBLCE instructors. Partners are encouraged to participate. Class fee: $20. Registration is required. E-mail smallwonders@baptistfirst. org. A 10 percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. Caring For Your Newborn Taught by Baptist Health Newborn Nursery nurses, this one-time class helps new families become familiar with the basics of caring for your infant in the first six weeks after birth. This interactive class covers routine hospital newborn procedures along with bathing, diapering, swaddling and soothing, normal infant behavior, appearance and sleep patterns. Class fee: $20. Registration is required. Please e-mail for more info. A 10


percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. Childbirth Basics Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year at Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 by your 4th month of pregnancy to register. Childbirth Preparation (Four Sessions on Monday Nights) This four-session class is taught by Registered Labor and Delivery Nurses on the campus of Baptist South. This class for new mothers covers topics ranging from how your body changes during pregnancy to signs of labor to the benefits of breastfeeding and what to expect during your birth experience. This class is complimentary. To register, call (334) 286-3466. Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp (One Day Saturday Class) This fast-paced one day class taught by Baptist Health’s experienced Labor and Delivery Registered Nurses prepares families to welcome their new addition. All aspects of Labor and Delivery from our hospital admission process through postpartum care are covered during class. Additional topics include Cesarean sections, medication and anesthesia options along with coping and comfort measures. Breathing and relaxation techniques are also introduced. Maternity Area Tour is included as a part of this class. Class offered select Saturdays of each month. Fee: $60 per couple and includes lunch. Please e-mail smallwonders@baptistfirst. org for more info. A 10 percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. ID required. 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 info 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. Family Nutrition Classes Fun, hands-on 3 or 6-week in-person or online course developed by well-known pediatrician Dr William Sears. Classes focused towards parents of children age 3-12. The goal is to learn simple ways to improve the health of your child through lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition. Fee includes materials, activities and a snack. A 2-hour preview class is available. For more info, contact alissabethtaylor@ or visit Foster Parent Training Classes Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries sponsors foster care training classes in the Tri-County Area. For more information on foster care or to register for the classes, please contact Bobbi Olson, Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, at 334-430-7569 or e-mail Infant Safety/CPR This one-time class sponsored by Baptist Health will teach parents and grandparents the 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. This class will also help parents with creating a safe environment for their child. Classes are taught by certified CPR Instructors. This class is not a certification class. Fee:

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Baptist Health’s Maternity Area Tour is for parents not attending Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp. Tour is offered on select Saturdays of each month and is complimentary. Tour is for adults only. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please e-mail smallwonders@ for more info. Pre- and Post-natal Fitness Classes Includes water aerobics, step-floor aerobics and strength training. SportsFirst. Call 277-7130. Pregnancy Nutrition Classes Interactive 3-week series of classes developed by wellknown pediatrician Dr. William Sears. Classes focus on lifestyle choices, attitude, and exercise at any stage of pregnancy; optimal nutrition before, during and after pregnancy; transition from pregnancy to motherhood. Courses can be taken separately or as a series. Jump in any time! Materials and snack provided with fee. For more info, contact or visit Prepared Childbirth Class (Understanding Birth) Jackson Hospital. Preregistration required. Topics include: pregnancy, labor, birth, options for pain management, medical procedures, cesarean birth. Note: This class is a basic overview of the labor and delivery process and does not prepare someone for “natural” or unmedicated childbirth. Cost: $25 (covers mother and support person). Class size is limited. Please try to register by the 5th month of pregnancy for the best selection of available class dates. Call (334) 293-8497 or e-mail: Sibling Preparation Class 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 Slow Flow Yoga Classes are held at Old Alabama Town on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:30-12:15, and 12:30-1:15. Beginners welcome! No registration needed; just come to Molton South Building. Enter through the Rose House, located on Columbus St. between N. Hull and Decatur. Parking is available along Decatur and N. Hull. Drop in fee: $12; 5-class pass: $50 (exp. 60 days). Monthly unlimited: $65. Mat rental: $1. For more info, call (334) 240-4500 or (334) 207-0909 or e-mail

Services American Cancer Society Seeks Volunteers for Road to Recovery This program is designed to ensure that cancer patients have transportation to and from medical facilities for treatment. 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 info, or to volunteer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. Baptist Hospice Volunteers There are many 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 to our program. Please call Gloria @395-5018 to join our dynamic team. Baptist 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. 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 info, call (334) 286-3252 for Baptist Medical Center South and (334) 361-4335 for Prattville Baptist Hospital. Hospice of Montgomery Volunteer Opportunities 1111 Holloway Park, Montgomery. There is a current need for Patient Care and Family Support volunteers, Clerical volunteers, and Outreach/Fundraising volunteers. For more info, call (334) 279-6677 or e-mail Jackson Hospital Animal Therapy Program 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. Jackson Hospital Volunteer Services Jackson Hospital information desk 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. Call 293-8967 or visit 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. River Region Association of Doulas Doulas Traci Weafer, Rebekah Hawkins and Christina Clark provide prenatal counseling, labor and postpartum doula services, breastfeeding education, events and support groups. Contact or visit or https://www.facebook. com/RRADoulas/.




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Adoption Support

Divorce Care for Kids meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at Frazer Memorial UMC. Children of divorce or separation find hope, help, and healing. Call 495-6350 or e-mail jan@ for more info.

Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) This group provides education and social interaction for adoptive families. Montgomery Group meets 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Room 8114 at Frazer Memorial UMC. For more info, call Sonia Martin at 409-9477 or at smartin@ Birth Parent and Adult Adoptee Support Group Children’s Aid Society hosts a free support group for adult adoptees and birth parents. This group provides emotional support for people at all stages of the life-long adoption process. Meetings held at Children’s Aid Society, 2141 14th Avenue South in Birmingham. For class dates and times, call Kathy King at (205) 943-5331 or e-mail kking@ Panda Pals is a support group for families who have adopted or in the process of adopting children from China. We have playdates, family nights and get-togethers to talk about raising our children from China. If you would like to join our group, just e-mail PandaPals2005@yahoogroups. com or call Tracie Singleton at 395-8215.

Cancer Support

American Cancer Society, including Montgomery, Elmore & Autauga Counties: **To access or sign up for these programs, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. 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 1-800-ACS-2345 for more info. 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. 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. Cancer Patient and Caregiver Support Group 1-2 p.m., Tuesdays, Montgomery Cancer Center, 4145 Carmichael Road. The group is facilitated by professionally trained health care providers and other members of the support care team. It’s free and open to all cancer patients and their caregivers. Call (334) 273-7000. General Cancer Support Group held at Christ Church, 8800 Vaughn Road, Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m. This is an open group. For more information, please call Christy Holding at 531-1390 or Debbie Diemayer at 467-4578. Women of Hope Breast Cancer Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 2nd Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Room 8114. Provides education, awareness and mentoring for breast cancer patients/survivors, family or friends. For more info, call 220-4599 or e-mail

Divorce Support

DivorceCare meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at Frazer Memorial UMC. Join us for thirteen weeks of guidance and purpose as you move forward with life

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DivorceCare meets at Vaughn Forest Church on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. It fosters a weekly supportive and caring environment to heal the hurt of separation and divorce. The DivorceCare experience involves a dynamic video presentation, group share time, and personal workbook exercises. Facilitators for DivorceCare are Todd Smith, Wendy Timbie and Becki Harrison. To register or for more info, call 279-5433. DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4 Kids First Baptist Church Montgomery, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 (scholarships available). Contact Kathy Cooper at or 241-5125. Second Saturday Divorce Workshop for Women Montgomery Country Club, Azalea Room, 3800 Narrow Lane Road. 9 a.m.-noon. This is a 3-hour workshop that is offered monthly, designed to help participants explore the legal, financial, and emotional issues of divorce and gain a greater understanding of the process. The cost to attend is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. For more info, please call or e-mail Sommer Morris at (334) 6121086 or You may also visit

Gambling Support

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

Grief Support

Bereaved Spouses Support Group A new ministry of Cornerstone Christian Church, USA (Unavoidably Single Again) Ministries is designed to offer ongoing support, social events and fellowship to those who have lost their spouses to death. The group is open to ALL widowed individuals, regardless of age, religious beliefs, or length of marriage or widowhood. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays at the church’s building, 301 Dalraida Road. Please e-mail for more info. Bereavement Group, 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. For more info, call 279-6677. 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. For more information about the group, call (334) 284-2721. Grief Recovery Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 6000 Atlanta Hwy., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Rm. 3105. Call 4956350 for more info. GriefShare meets weekly at Vaughn Forest Church on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. This program is non-denominational and features biblical concepts for healing your grief. Three key parts make up your GriefShare experience: video seminar; support group time; and workbook study. GriefShare will be led by Howard and Carol Payne and Jim Williams. To register or for more info, call 279-5433.


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. 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 or call (334) 328-1202. Mourning to Morning is a Christian growth group for mothers who have lost a child, from before birth through adulthood. We normally meet the last Thursday night of each month at Grace Baptist Church in Wetumpka, 304 Old Montgomery Highway. For more info, contact Alice Scarborough at (334) 462-4775 or Gwen Ellis at (334) 567-8754 or e-mail us at Join us on Facebook--Mourning to Morning Group. River Region Survivors of Suicide Loss meets on second and fourth Thursdays (excluding holidays) at Cornerstone Christian Church, 301 Dalraida Road in Montgomery from 6:30-8 p.m. This is an open group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and welcomes anyone regardless of religious beliefs. Contact Cheryl Vinson at with questions or for more information.

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

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets 1st Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 3103 at Frazer Memorial UMC. For more info, call 272-8622. Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step-Christian process to help you cope with hurts, hang-ups, and habits on a weekly basis. Meets at Vaughn Forest Church on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. You will experience hope and strength for each day. “Celebrate Recovery” is led by Jeff McFarland. To register or for more info, call 279-5433. Christians Against Substance Abuse (CASA) is a 12step spiritual recovery program for overcoming addictions. Using the steps and the Bible, we help build self-esteem, responsible behavior, learning to make amends for destructive behavior, then fill the void in our hearts by developing a loving relationship with God. Class begins each Wednesday evening @ 6:30 p.m. Please contact the Prattville Church of Christ office, 344 East Main St. in Prattville (334-365-4201), for additional information. Diabetes Support Group Noon-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., fourth Thursdays, Jackson Hospital Park Place Building Suite 302. Are you interested in learning how to better manage your Type 2 diabetes? Would you like support from others as you work to control your diabetes? Sponsored by inpatient diabetes educator Michelle Carothers, this group offers clinical information, advice and tips to make living with diabetes easier for you and your family. Register today! Call (334) 293-8574 or e-mail Gluten Intolerance Group ( is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide support

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SupportGroups to those with any form of gluten intolerance. 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 (Turn on Berryhill Rd. by EastChase). Check the blog for special “alternate site” meetings (www. For more info, you may also e-mail dr.hetrick@charter. net or visit the group’s Facebook page. Montgomery Area Mended Hearts, First floor of Montgomery Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. For anyone who has experienced cardiac illness. Third Mondays, alternates between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Call 286-3410 for more info.

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. gives fathers and daughters an opportunity to read together to create fun, educational memories. This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dreamland Barbeque. For more info, call Ron Simmons at (334) 777-8596. La Leche League of Montgomery Area has served local mothers since 1984. Women who are pregnant, interested in breastfeeding and nursing mothers are invited to attend our free mother-to-mother support meetings or e-mail with breastfeeding questions. Join us with your babies. Children of all ages are welcome. We currently have morning and evening meetings. For more info, e-mail or visit groups/@llli*group*montgomery or “like” us on Facebook. Mom2Mom is a playgroup to connect mothers of children ages birth-5 years at Frazer United Methodist Church to share fun and inspiration in our journey together, with our children, and with Christ. E-mail for more information. Moms’ LIFE (Living In Faith Everyday) First Baptist Church, Prattville. Meets twice monthly from 8:30-11:45 a.m. in the chapel at First Baptist Church in Prattville August through May. For moms of all stages and ages of life. We offer a time of fellowship, Bible study, musical guests, special guest speakers and a lot of fun! Cost is $5 per meeting. Childcare provided by reservation. For more info and to reserve your spot, call Kelley Manning at 361-7919. The Montgomery Multiples Club is a non-profit organization offering support to the mothers and families of twins, triplets, and more in the Central Alabama region. They have a mom’s night out with dinner once a month. They also have a yard sale twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. For more info, visit https:// site/montgomerymultiples/home. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry St., Montgomery. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., September through May. Moms, need a little break? We have educational speakers, great conversation, and fun activities. Free childcare is provided. Visit or contact Tiffany Alewine at 241-5165. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Vaughn Forest Baptist Church, 8660 Vaughn Road, Montgomery. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Are you in need of a time-out? 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 or visit

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. Post-abortion Support Group, Saint James United Methodist Church. Do you have a secret you have promised yourself “you are taking to the grave?” Come and listen to stories of others who were scared to surrender their secret. Come and find healing and


SupportGroups peace that you never even knew you needed. Come and learn about the One who came to set you free. Join us in a study of “Surrendering the Secret” by Pat Layton and know that you are not alone! (Learner guide and digital download sessions.) For more info, e-mail annpemberton@ 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. “Take Heart,” Room 116 at Eastmont Baptist Church, first Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. Support group for women dealing with infertility and/or miscarriage. Contact Melissa at (205) 913-2667 for more information.

Single Parents Support

God Will Make a Way, Frazer UMC, Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn to follow God’s principles to thrive relationally, emotionally, and spiritually in 12 key areas of life and use God’s wisdom to cope with your most difficult problems. Call 495-6368 or e-mail for more info.

SWAK (Single with Amazing Kids), Maxwell / Maxwell Gunter AFB. This network is connecting and empowering single parents and their families through information, encouragement, and many family-oriented events throughout the year. We meet the last Wednesday or Thursday of each month. For more info, e-mail Join us on Facebook for daily restaurant specials, area kid-friendly events, and tips/ideas for families on a budget.

Special Needs Support

Alabama Angels Pageant, a nonprofit pageant for males and females of any age with special needs. Participation is free. 2016 pageant date TBA. Visit www. and look for us on Facebook! Central Alabama Autism Support Team (C.A.A.S.T.), St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Hwy. 31 in Prattville from 6-8 p.m. 3rd Thursdays quarterly (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.). Visit or e-mail for more info.

Single Moms Support Group, Landmark Church of Christ, Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom 118. For more information call 277-5800.

Montgomery Area Down Syndrome Outreach, Vaughn Park Church of Christ, 2nd Fridays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We have activities, speakers and special events throughout the year for the parents, siblings and children with Down Syndrome. Childcare provided. Visit or visit our Facebook page (MADSOG) for more information. Contact MADSOG at montgomeryareadownsyndrome@ for more info.

Single Moms’ Care and Support Group, Perry Hill United Methodist Church, 910 Perry Hill Road (corner of Perry Hill and Harrison Roads). Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:15-8 p.m. Free snack supper provided to moms and children. Child care for infants-16 years. Call 272-3174 for more info.

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

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and parents of children who would like to know more about hearing losses, its causes and its possible corrections. Refreshments at each meeting. For more info, contact A Parent’s Perspective A therapeutic and educational group for parents of children with physical/emotional needs that provides direct support through shared experiences and coordinated by a trained facilitator. For more info and a free consultation, contact Julie Cox, LMSW at (334) 310-1649 or You can also “like” A Parent’s Perspective on Facebook. 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 info, contact Holli at (334) 290-0646 or e-mail: Visit

Teens/Families Support

Call Family Guidance Center of Alabama at 2704100 for information about current classes. Support Group for Teens with difficulties communicating with parents and friends. Contact Felicia Pressley at Pressley Counseling by leaving a message at (334) 625-0159.

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Is Your Kindergartner Ready for Girl Scouts?

Is your daughter ready for kindergarten? Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) is inviting girls starting kindergarten this fall to register for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts gives girls of all ages a supportive space to take chances, try new things, and learn to succeed through failure—improving all aspects of their lives. The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) found the variety of activities offered through Girl Scouts—from planning and leading projects to participating in community service and outdoor expeditions—allows girls to gain skills and confidence that also help them do well in school. GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence. Through experiences like these, kindergartners can learn how to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader). For more information on how Girl Scouts can help navigate your girl through this new adventure, visit or text DAISY to 59618.

Pink and Pearls Holds Royal Court

Pink and Pearls for Girls recently held its Royal Court 2017. Five princesses were crowned as well as the 2017 queen at the 6th Annual Dedication Ball and Awards Night: Miss Jaisha (Little Pearl Princess), Miss Lyric Green (Pearl Drop Princess), Miss Kamiyah (Sugar Plum Princess), Miss Reyla Green (Sapphire Princess), and Miss Na’Shiya (Teen Diamond Princess). 2017 Pearl Queen is Miss Raiven Mayes. Stay positive, stay focused and remember to always keep Jesus Christ at the center of everything. For more info about Pink and Pearls, please call (334) 561-5091. Montgomery Parents I August 2017










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MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C+ Sexual Content: B+ Profanity: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: B+ The MPAA has rated Despicable Me 3 PG for action and rude humor. Gru, Lucy (voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig) and their adorable daughters may be moviegoers’ new favorite family. And for good reason. The villain-turned-virtuous dad adopted three orphans and then married his secret agent sweetheart. While Gru got the fatherhood thing figured out in the previous movies, Lucy still hasn’t found her footing when it comes to life as a parent. Meanwhile the minions have had it with Gru’s good guy persona and set out on their own. However, their reformed boss is soon tempted to return to the dark side. The invitation comes from his twin Dru (voice also by Carell), a sibling Gru didn’t know he had. Dru, also a villain, wants Gru to join him in a heist that will bond them as brothers. For audiences, it may be impossible to find three cuter characters than Margo, Edith and Agnes. But despite their big eyes and winsome personalities, this isn’t an entirely kid-friendly film, especially for younger children. Like so many animations, this one is packed full of cartoon-style punches, scuffles, guns, rockets and explosions. The script also introduces a mammoth-sized robot intent on destroying Los Angeles. Fortunately, this sequel comes with some sweet life lessons about dealing with those grown-up concerns. (Even little Agnes choses to face disappointment with a positive attitude adjustment.) But the messages most likely to charm audience members are those about families, in all their configurations. Because nothing could be better than someone who has your back.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: AViolence: CSexual Content: AProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated Dunkirk PG-13 for intense war experience and some language. In the early days of World War II, after the Germans had pushed the Allied armies into Northern France, the mainly British Expeditionary Forces, along with troops from France, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Canada, were surrounded at Dunkirk. The seaside community had been heavily shelled and water supplies cut off. Considering the massive numbers of German forces (estimated at 800,000), the Allies were convinced their fate was sealed. Moving to the beach, their only hope was to reach the safety of England. However, getting across the relatively narrow English Channel was more difficult than it appeared. The resulting massive evacuation process forms the backbone of Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk. If ever a movie had you yearning for a seatbelt (and possibly hearing protection), Dunkirk is it. Rather than drawing viewers into the fight with detailed character development, the director provides a virtual experience of what it might have been like to be in the middle of a conflict many historians believe was a contributing reason for Germany losing the war. The choice to keep the content well within the PG-13 rating allows this movie to be accessible to teen audiences. That doesn’t mean there isn’t violence. Yet Nolan wisely uses the stunning visuals and sound effects, as opposed to explicit graphic carnage, to convince us that we are blessed not to be part of the action.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Boss Baby (Rental) MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B Profanity: AAlcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated The Boss Baby PG for some mild rude humor. Tim Templeton (voice of Miles Bakshi) is a seven-year-old blessed with a wonderful family. Not only do his Mom and Dad (voices of Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel) engage in his imaginative play, but they also read him three stories, give him five hugs and sing him one song each night. However, that perfect life is shattered with the arrival of a little brother (voiced by Alec Baldwin). As Tim suspected, Boss Baby is not a normal kid. Instead he’s a manager from BabyCorp (that’s a heavenly place where babies come from) sent to investigate the dropping popularity of having children and stop the rising trend of raising puppies instead. When Tim figures out that Boss Baby will leave as soon as his earthly mission is complete, the boy agrees to help the little tike in order to get rid of his disruptive presence. Youngsters are sure to get caught up in the plot to rid the world of a manipulative corporate leader and his drag-dressing assistant. The slapstick antics, plentiful drool and potty humor, along with many depictions of barebottomed babies are definitely aimed at this demographic too. Still, moments of peril and some scary images may be a bit too frightening for the littlest ones. Despite how ridiculous the adventures portrayed here may be, the idea that working together leads to caring for each other, and that caring leads to loving, does apply to real life. It is that message which may make this zany animation a bundle of joy your whole family can enjoy.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: C Sexual Content: BProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: B The MPAA has rated Spider-Man: Homecoming PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Launching another version of this well-loved icon is a bit of a gamble because there is lots of room for disappointment from unsatisfied fans. But in the case, the risk pays off. We were briefly introduced to the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who already has his “spidey” powers in Captain America: Civil War, so this film wastes no time with backstory. The story plunges into the teen’s struggle to balance his time between school, family and stopping crime. We meet his friends and classmates, and these relationships form the core of the movie and add greatly to its humor. More than anything, Peter wants to reach his Spider-Man potential, and is impatiently waiting to be part of the Avengers team. Yet his mentor Tony Stark (Iron Man), as well as the other superheroes, feel the lad still has a lot of growing up to do. Frustrated, Peter wants to show them they are wrong, so he continually seeks out more and more dangerous situations in the hope of proving what he is made of. Rather than making that point, the fledgling champion soon discovers that having superpowers doesn’t necessary mean you are invincible. And it is this realization that sparks Peter’s journey to develop the discipline and maturity needed to help protect those he loves. Montgomery Parents I August 2017


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