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Contents August 2012 Volume 17 Number 8

Features 48 Don’t Leave Me!

When your child’s separation anxiety has you down, these 10 tips for an easier drop off will help!

54 Tools of the Grade

Make sure your student has what he needs to build knowledge as the school year begins... tools like organization, planning, study skills and more.

56 After School Activities Guide

It’s time to register your child for after school fun, exercise and education. Our listing of River Region opportunities gives you details and registration dates.


74 FEAR in the Classroom

Anxiety about test taking and even attending school is very real for some children. These tips will help you reduce their stress.

6 From One Parent to Another DeAnne Watson

8 Living With Children John Rosemond

12 Kids Health Watch

On The Cover

Departments 10 Bits and Pieces

sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

46 Get This!

Paige Gardner Smith

18 School Bits

50 The FlyLady Marla Cilley

66 Page in a Book

72 Library Storytimes

68 Relocating with Kids

82 Calendar/Support Groups

Paige Gardner Smith

Julie Steed

96 Movie Reviews Parent Previews

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Khamani Driver (8) is ready to head back to school at Bear Exploration Magnet School where he will enter 3rd grade. His parents are Kenyatta and Tiffany Driver. Khamani is proud to have a new baby brother, Caleb (one month old). 5

95 Advertiser Directory


The River Region’s Foremost Parenting Source

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


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Editor DeAnne Watson

Associate Editor Alison Rouse

Research Editor Wendy McCollum

Contributing Writers Spence Agee Marla Cilley Susanne Estes, M.Ed. Dr. Jeff Langham Phil Mitchell, DVM Rachael Moshman Michele Ranard, M.Ed. John Rosemond Paige Gardner Smith Julie Steed Barbara W. Thompson

Cover Photography Savannah Bowden Photography

Ad Design Tim Welch

Publisher Jason Watson

Advertising Opportunities 334.213.7940 Member Montgomery Parents magazine is published monthly by KeepSharing LLC, P.O. Box 230367, Montgomery, Alabama, 36123. The phone number for voice and fax is (334) 213.7940. Montgomery Parents is copyrighted 2012 by KeepSharing LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. opinions expressed in Montgomery Parents magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the owners, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products and services herein.

From One Parent to Another... Every May I am excited about the school year coming to an end, and every July I’m ready for it to start back up again! Summer is fun, but with it comes a lack of routine and structure that I crave. When the kids don’t have a set daily schedule, I naturally don’t have much of one either. Whether your children start back to school early this month or toward the end, we are all mentally gearing up for the new school year. That’s why we bring you our Back to School Issue each August. Our goal is to help prepare you and your kids for a successful year, both in the classroom and after school. First up is Tools of the Grade, written by Susanne Estes, M.Ed., of Club Z! Home Tutoring. While good grades come easily for some kids, others have to put forth much more effort. No matter which category your child falls under, having good study, organization and planning skills will make a big difference in her getting the best education possible. Susanne offers great ideas you won’t want to miss! Next, while some children really enjoy school, others struggle with what’s called “school anxiety,” from test taking fears to feeling uncomfortable in large social settings. In FEAR of the Classroom you’ll not only discover the many reasons that can cause kids stress in school, but how you can help. As our older kids are starting school, some of us have younger ones beginning daycare or mom’s day out this fall. Separation anxiety is certainly difficult on children, but it’s also hard on parents when our children cry for us not to leave them. I’m experiencing this again now with our new daughter, Grace. After keeping her home full time for two and half months, we’ve now enrolled her for a few hours a day in mom’s day out. The first week she didn’t cry at all when I left her, but by the second week she became upset when I would say goodbye and walk out of the room. One day, the director went to check on her for me about a minute later and reported that she was already walking around the room playing and her tears were history. While that’s often the case, it’s still hard on every parent when it is happening. Be sure to read Please Don’t Leave Me! to find out how to make the drop off transition run as smoothly as possible. We’ve also included our After School Activities Guide as we do each August so that you can be informed of all the opportunities available to enhance your child’s afternoon...from sports to dance to martial arts, and much more! Registration is taking place now for most of these activities so be sure to call or visit the websites listed to reserve your child’s spot. Finally, I want to draw your attention to a new column beginning in this month’s issue. The River Region draws many newcomers in the summer and throughout the year due in large part to our military bases and also other job transfers. Moving to a new community can be difficult on a family, as parents and children seek to make connections with new friends in a new place. With this in mind, military mom Julie Steed is contributing a monthly column called It’s Your Move: Relocating with Kids. Her first installment, New School...No Problem, offers parents advice on how to help children transition into their new school early in August before classes start. Each month Julie will share helpful ideas for getting new-to-the-area families connected to the River Region. Summer may be coming to an end, but that brings the promise of cooler weather right around the corner. And that’s something we can all look forward to! Have a wonderful month!

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When Sibling Conflict Becomes Sibling Bullying Q:

The younger of my two boys, 10 years old, has started cutting himself when his 13-year-old brother picks on him. His older brother is also verbally abusive to him and at times to me. I’m not sure what to tell the 10-year-old. He’s a very sweet boy who does great in school and has nice friends. I’ve told him he needs to express his anger in a positive manner. Meanwhile, my husband and I have told our 13-yearold that we will not tolerate this behavior. In the past I would tell them to solve it on their own, or I would punish them both. Any suggestions?

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dren who are engaged in run-of-the-mill sibling conflict to solve it on their own. But this is not sibling conflict. This is sibling bullying. The fact that your 13-year-old is verbally abusing both his younger brother and you is clear indication that he’s gotten more than a tad too big for his britches. This is budding narcissism, and the bud needs immediate nipping. Children your younger son’s age tend to worship older brothers, especially if their age ends in the suffix “teen.” For a 10-yearold boy, nothing equals being accepted by an older brother. Likewise, there is nothing so devastating as being rejected by an older brother other than being rejected by one’s father. The devastation felt by your younger boy can’t be over-exaggerated, and the very unfortunate fact is that for many of today’s kids, cutting has become the response of choice to feelings of worthlessness. Telling your younger son to “express his anger in a positive manner” is well-intentioned, but that requires more emotional maturity than is possessed by your average 10 year old. More important is what you tell his older brother. I recommend that you and your husband inform your older son that the next time he physically intimidates, harasses, or verbally abuses either his younger brother or you, he will spend all of his discretion8

ary time for one month in his room, which you will strip of any and all entertainment. During his confinement, his lights will go out at 8 p.m., seven nights a week. If, upon his release, any such incident occurs again, his confinement will be increased to two months and you will either throw or give away everything he owns that is not absolutely essential. Your older son’s behavior is serious stuff, but it is the beginning of even more serious stuff. It requires an equally serious response from you and your husband.

From John: A reader in Buffalo resonated with a recent column in which I opined that a punishment is worthless unless it establishes a permanent memory. When said reader’s son began kindergarten, he would work himself into a tantrum every morning. His “problem with transitions” caused him to miss the bus, so Mom ended up driving him to school. To her credit, Mom did not allow emotion to drive her response to the problem. Realizing that her son’s morning meltdowns needed to be nipped in the proverbial bud, she considered her options and came up with a game plan. She sat her son down and calmly told him that he was free to throw morning tantrums, but for no longer than fifteen minutes. When a tantrum started, she was going to set a timer. When it rang, he had to stop, compose himself, and proceed cooperatively to the bus stop. If a morning meltdown lasted past the bell, Mom was going to confine him to his room after school and put him to bed immediately after dinner. If he missed his bus because of a tantrum, he would spend a week in his room, during which time he could join the family for meals, family outings, and school. Mom writes: “The next day he threw a tantrum and missed the bus. I drove him to school, came home, and cleaned his room of anything and everything entertaining, including books. He spent the full seven days in there. He never missed his bus again and he never threw another tantrum.” Family psychologist John Rosemond answers parents’ questions on his website at

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Thursdays & Fridays Through August 10 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. All tickets are $1. Antz (PG) August 2-3 How To Train Your Dragon (PG) August 9-10

Saturday, August 11: Summer Olympics Night Opening and closing ceremonies led by Big Mo, with in-game promotions geared toward the different sports featured at the Summer Olympics in London. Medals will be awarded for each game, so everyone feels like an Olympic champion! MAX fireworks spectacular immediately following the game! Sundays, August 12 & 26: Sunday Kids’ Day $5 all-you-can-play wristbands give kids unlimited inflatable time at Big Mo’s Dugout! Kids can also create custom posters, megaphones and baseball fans for free. August 26 is also “Splash Day,” featuring slip and slides, baby pools and other aquatic adventures. Be sure to dress in swimsuits! After the game, kids have the opportunity to run the bases courtesy of Coke. For details, visit or call 323-2255.

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Military Open House at the Art Museum

Thursday, August 16 * 5:30-7:30 p.m. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 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 info, call the Museum at 240-4333 or visit

Upcoming Theatre

Mondays & Thursdays at 10 a.m. Through August 9 Inkheart July 30 & August 2 Happy Feet August 6 & 9

National Night Out In Pike Road

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will host National Night Out Tuesday, August 7, at 6 p.m. at Pike Road Town Hall. National Night Out is a time to bring communities together to raise awareness of crime prevention. The town and MCSO invite and encourage all families to take part in this annual event. Guest speakers will include the Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department, alarm companies and other security specialists to discuss safety concerns and prevention tips. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served, so come on out, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Pike Road!

Opening August 10 and running until September 2, Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This Tony Award-winning musical comedy follows six hilarious and quirky prepubescent bookworms and their adult counterparts as they journey through the torments of teen life while spelling strabismus, capybara, and phylactery. The audience even gets into the act in a show that really puts the “comedy” into “musical comedy.” Recommended for ages 13+ due to adult themes and language. Tickets are available by calling 271-5353, visiting or going to the ASF box office in Blount Cultural Park. What could possibly bring together a rich socialite and a broken-down fry cook? Panache! This tender comedy performed by the Wetumpka Depot Players reminds us that love doesn’t mean that both peas have to be from the same pod. Award-winning director Tom Salter leads the cast. Set in a small, cluttered New York apartment, the play was written by Don Gordon. Show dates are August 2-4 and August 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and August 5 at 2 p.m. Reserve your seats now at or by calling (334) 868-1440. Prattville’s Way Off Broadway Theatre presents Jack Heifner’s Patio/Porch through August 12. The script explores the relationships between sisters in Patio and mothers and daughters in Porch. Both are set in a small Southern town in the heat of summer and have a mixture of humorous and dramatic elements. For more info, visit or call the Cultural Arts Office at (334) 358-0297. Faulkner Dinner Theatre presents Oliver August 2-4; 9-11; 16-18; and 23-25. Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:15 until 7, with the show beginning promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and the show. Members of the military can purchase tickets for just $20. Reservations must be paid in advance. For reservations or more information, call 386-7190 or e-mail 10

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‘Double Victory’ at Old Alabama Town

On August 7 at 6 p.m., Old Alabama Town hosts a screening of “Double Victory,” a moving documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first all-black aerial unit that fought during WWII. This film offers a rare opportunity to hear the Airmen themselves talk about their unprecedented military success as well as their struggle to fight oppression both abroad and at home. “Double Victory” will be presented by special guests Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels and Daniel Haulman, authors of The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949. After the screening, they will be available to talk about the Airmen and answer any questions. Copies of their book will be available for purchase in the gift shop. The event takes place in the Loeb Reception Center at 301 Columbus Street. Admission is free; seating is first come, first served. For details, visit or call 240-4500.

Dragon Boat Races at Riverfront Park

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring your family and friends to the river and watch local participants paddle their way to the finish line. This event is FREE to the public. For more info, visit or call 625-9411.



AUM Hosts ‘Get Inspired’ Concert

Friday, August 17 * 6-8 p.m. Bring the kids to celebrate on the quad and enjoy food, games and a family-friendly band. Today’s event is the last installment of the third annual AUM Summer Concert Series and features musical inspiration from Clint Darby, with a prelude by the BTW Magnet High School Chorus. Outdoor games and activities will be offered, including sidewalk chalk, bubbles, coloring pages, Frisbees, and hula-hoops. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Montgomery Food Bank. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Outside food is welcome, but Boomer T’s Barbecue will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, loaded nachos, drinks and snacks (credit cards and cash accepted). In case of inclement weather, festivities will be moved inside the AUM Physical Education Complex. Learn more at

Cancer Society Holds Blackout Party @ AlleyBAR

The Junior Executive Board of the local American Cancer Society will hold the second annual Blackout Cancer Party on Friday, August 10, at AlleyBAR in Downtown Montgomery from 7 until 11 p.m. Tickets will be a $35 donation prior to the event and $40 at the door. Each ticket includes two drink tickets and hors d’ oeuvres from some of Montgomery’s best restaurants. Live entertainment will be provided, as well as an opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring items from various businesses throughout the River Region. Attendees are asked to “Dress up, dress down, just wear all black” as an effort to make the statement we are “Blacking Out Cancer.” All the proceeds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www. or visit the local American Cancer Society office. For more information, call Suzanna Wasserman at (334) 6128178, visit the BlackOut Cancer Party Facebook page at http://www. or visit



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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! School may be starting, but the summer weather is still here in full swing with all types of outside activities for the whole family. The question now is how we keep those pesky uninvited guests away. From mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, and fleas keeping biting bugs away is difficult, but here are a few ways to help. First, make sure the environment around your home doesn’t encourage insects to congregate. Make sure stagnant water is not sitting around, keep grass cut and bushes trimmed, and make sure your pets are not housing any of these pests. Some pests can catch a ride on your pets and get inside your home and on you. If possible, try to avoid being outside during the times that bugs are most active. Next, wear light clothing that covers exposed areas and prevents the insects from reaching your skin. Be sure to avoid bright colors and flowery patterns as they can attract insects, too. Clothing needs to be thick enough to prevent bites but thin enough that you are not going to get overheated in the summertime heat. Finally, there are bug deterrents that you can use to keep pests away. The most popular types are sprays

that contain deet, picaridin, citronella, lemongrass, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years. If using deet, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that a concentration of 30% or less is safe to use on infants and children ages 2 months and older, if used correctly. All products should be applied to exposed skin and on clothing, making sure to avoid the mouth and eyes. To apply it to their face, spray it on your hands first and rub it on their face. Be sure to apply it in an open area so you do not breathe it in as you apply it. They only need to be applied once daily so try to avoid combination sprays. If you need both sun and bug protection you can apply the combination for the first application, but then use just sunscreen for later protection from the sun. Be sure to wash your child’s clothes and skin with soap and water when you are done outside. Mosquito, flea, and chigger bites cause intense itching and some swelling. Contrary to popular belief, chiggers do not burrow into your skin and stay. They make a bite and are usually knocked off the skin leaving a red, itchy area with a central red spot. Applying some

anti-itch cream or hydrocortisone cream and an appropriate dose of Benadryl by mouth if needed will help with the itching. Try to keep your child’s fingernails cut short and clean to help prevent infection and scarring. If your child has a tick that needs removing, use a pair of tweezers to grab the tick at the head and remove it. Make sure that the entire tick has been removed. Inform your physician of the bite if a rash develops or if your child is acting strangely since some ticks and other insects can transmit disease. Despite our best efforts at prevention, bugs usually bite us anyway so knowing proper care is important. Dr. Hoy was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and earned her medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia in 2007. She completed her Pediatrics Residency in Detroit, Michigan at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Malissa is happily married to Jade and they have one son.

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The beginning of the school year is eagerly anticipated by some and cause anxiety for others. Ready or not … here it comes. In an effort to help both parents and children prepare for the new school year, here are a few ways for you to help support your children as they get ready for the first school day. Establish a Routine: A week or so before school begins on August 20, get back into the school routine. Set an age appropriate bedtime and clear expectations about times for homework and study. Begin reading to younger children, and ask your older children to read on their own or, even better, read aloud to you. Look at the School Year: Head to the Montgomery Public Schools Website, www. Start with the calendar. At the top of the page click on School Calendar. You

will see the list of holidays and report card dates and get some idea as to how the year will be structured. Then choose Schools and find your child’s school. Review the site and note any information you might need. Establish Goals for the Coming Year: Make it clear to your children what your expectations are for the year. Set goals for reading additional books, family field trips to reinforce lessons, or research on college scholarship applications and taking ACT preparation and practice tests for high school students. Let your children know what you expect and how you will support them this year. If they begin to fall behind in any subject, you can work with them and their schools to get them the help they need, including taking advantage of the credit and grade recovery programs. Register for STI Home: Every MPS school uses an online system called STI Home. With a password you can get from your child’s school, you can access student grades, attendance and discipline records, and even the homework from his teacher’s lesson plan online. There is no cost. Just bring your photo ID to your children’s schools and sign up.


Communicate With Your Child’s Teachers: Teachers and parents are partners in educating students. It is important that you communicate with teachers anytime you have a question about your child’s progress. Teachers have email addresses and you can leave messages with the school secretary if you have a question for a teacher. Also stay in touch by attending PTA meetings and open houses. While some parents are looking forward to the start of school, and others may dread it, all parents should realize that a little “homework” before school starts will help start the school year right. Be sure to help create a sense of excitement about school and help your child know to get ready for the best school year yet! Barbara W. Thompson is Montgomery County Schools’ superintendent. She has served children as a teacher, curriculum leader, elementary principal, and supervisor of secondary alternative and at-risk programs. Superintendent Thompson’s skill as an educator has garnered her several professional honors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of School Administrators and the Board of the School Superintendents of Alabama.

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The buzz of excitement surrounding the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games could be compared to the anticipation and enthusiasm that is experienced as we prepare to open the 2012-2013 school term in Autauga County. Just as the Olympic athletes have trained tirelessly behind the scenes for months, our teachers have worked diligently over the summer to prepare for an outstanding performance in the upcoming year. Before attending any Olympic game or sporting activity, the first order of business is to acquire a schedule of events. Therefore, the schedule for the upcoming school term is a significant topic that I would like to address for the parents and citizens of our community.

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The Alabama Legislature passed the School Calendar Act in May. This law states that the first day for student instruction can be no earlier than two weeks prior to Labor Day and the last day of student instruction must be no later than the Friday immediately preceding Memorial Day. In addition, the state superintendent’s office has recommended that students attend school 180 days as usual and that teachers continue to work 187 days. In order to be in compliance with this law and recommendation, some changes had to be made to the 2012-2013 academic calendar of the Autauga County School System. We explored numerous options for the new calendar which included extending the hours in the school day. After careful consideration of legal and financial issues we decided that students will begin school on August 20, 2012 and that their last day of attendance will be May 24, 2013. A copy of the school calendar with specific holidays is available at each school and included in each handbook as students begin enrollment or attendance. There is also a copy of the calendar available


on our school system website which is www. The Autauga County School System continues to exceed state and national averages in test scores, to excel in academics as well as athletics, and to rank as one of the top school systems in Alabama. As the 20122013 school year opens, we encourage family and community involvement in our efforts to excel. We value you as a partner in your child’s educational journey and want to keep the lines of communication open. School administrators, teachers, parents, students, local businesses, and county citizens should collaborate to achieve greatness. Together as a team, we will strive for excellence in our school system with the continuing perseverance of Olympic athletes who are “going for the Gold”! Spence Agee is the Superintendent of Education for Autauga County Schools. He is a third generation educator with an ED.S. in Educational Leadership. He has 16 years of experience in the education field as well as 25 years of military experience. Agee is an active member at First Baptist Church in Prattville. He and his wife, Cesily, who is also an educator, have two daughters, Abby and Addison.

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is when I have the opportunity to share the “good news” stories of the Elmore County School System. I welcome opportunities to convey the successes as well as challenges that are present in our district. With this in mind, I want to offer my deepest thanks to Montgomery Parents Magazine for providing a monthly opportunity for me and my fellow River Region superintendents to share the latest updates and insights from the world of education. Where did the summer go? It seems like just yesterday as we were waving goodbye to students in May. While our children enjoy the proverbial “lazy, crazy days of summer”, our school district crackles with activity in preparation for the coming school year. Yes,

excitement is in the air, and the start of the school term holds the promise of new beginnings and new opportunities for all members of our school system family. What’s ahead for the Elmore County Schools for the 2012-2013? Two words will drive us throughout the district over the next several months… “District Accreditation”. The Elmore County School System was the first district in the River Region to participate in this complex process five years ago. Later this school year, a visiting team will arrive for our five year review. My leadership team and I, along with our individual schools, have been preparing for this visit for the past several months. We have to balance this intense preparation with seamlessly carrying on the day to day work of our school system. In a sentence, District Accreditation is basically a systems approach to improving student performance results over time. This process recognizes that student achievement is more than improving instruction. It is a result of how effectively all parts of the education system – the district, school and classroom – work together to meet the needs of students.

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District Accreditation applies three cornerstones of accreditation – high standards, continuous improvement, and quality assurance – to the entire school system to ensure alignment and support between and among all departments and operating units of the system and its schools. The District Accreditation process provides a comprehensive framework for continually improving student learning and system wide effectiveness. What’s the bottom line in this process? District Accreditation serves as a powerful stamp of approval. It can provide instruction and insight to help chart our present and future directions here. With all of this in mind, I welcome you, the readers, to our 2012-2013 school year. Join with us to share the promise and excitement of new beginnings! Dr. Jeff Langham is the Superintendent of Education for Elmore County Schools. Now in his eighth year as the system’s leader, he has a total of 27 years of experience in the field of education. Langham is an active member at Landmark Church in Montgomery. He and his wife, Ginny, a nurse educator, have one daughter, Weldon.


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Success Unlimited Hosts First Vacation Bible School

ALOHA! Time to take an “Adventure to Promise Island!” Join us August 6-9, Monday-Thursday, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Success Unlimited Academy, 2328 Fairlane Drive, Montgomery. This exciting week is for grades K-8. Students from all over the River Region are invited to attend this thrilling four days of fun, festivities and learning about the Promises of God. There will be arts and crafts, great music, Bible lessons, skits, outdoor games, and refreshments (not lunch). Come by and register today. You can reach the pastor and camp director, Peggy Henderson and Jack Moody, at 213-0803 for more information. There is no cost for this event!

AUM Pre-schoolers Enjoy Plane Talk

More than 60 children in kindergarten through sixth grade enjoyed a miniature air show at Auburn University at Montgomery recently, courtesy of the Radio Aero Modelers of Montgomery club. Held as part of the AUM School of Education’s Aviation Summer Camp, the children were able to examine remote-controlled airplanes, helicopters and jets up close. Photo by Frank C. Williams

When seven Saint James debate students left for Indianapolis in early June, they couldn’t know that in just a few short days they’d be returning to Montgomery with a National Semi-Finalist in their midst. Junior Carolyn Byrd, participating in the Storytelling Event at the national competition, was named one of the Top 15 students in the entire country for this specific event. “To give some perspective,” says STJ Debate Coach Dr. Ian Turnipseed, “approximately 120,000 students compete in forensics in a year. To be in the Top 15 in any event is quite an honor.” The Saint James debate team includes, front row from left, Debate Coach Ian Turnipseed, Abigail Greenberg, Carolyn Byrd, Jessica Bozeman and Alex Pattie; and back, Branden Greenberg, Pierce Godwin, and Hayden Cavanaugh.

MA Cheerleading Squads Earn Top Honors at UCA Camp

The Montgomery Academy cheerleading squads recently attended UCA Camp at Auburn University. All three squads­—Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity— earned top honors from the UCA staff, including the Tradition Plaque that is given to only one program from the whole camp. The MA program also received the Top Banana Award, which is given to the team that shows the most spirit and enthusiasm throughout camp. Varsity: Small Varsity Dance Champions for Home Pom; First Place in the Extreme Routine competition; Gold Superior ribbons in Cheer, Extreme Dance, Fight Song, and Home Pom; Superior ratings in all evaluations; Spirit Stick every night of camp; AllAmerican Cheerleaders: Jennie Austin and Megan Thompson Junior Varsity: Superior ribbons in all evaluations and Spirit Stick every night of camp Middle School: Second Place in the Extreme Routine Competition; one Excellent ribbon and three Superior ribbons during evaluations; Gold Superior ribbon for Home Pom; Spirit Stick every night of camp; All-American: Anna Kate Lindsey 18

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Summertime is Library Time at Holy Cross

AUM Pre-schoolers Focus on Global Studies

Four-year-old Marley Sharpless of Montgomery locates China on a globe during a lesson at the Auburn Montgomery Early Childhood Center. The center has been focusing its lessons on different world cultures. Housed in the AUM School of Education, the accredited center is open to children ages 3-5, regardless of AUM affiliation. Learn more at 334-244-3772. Photo by Frank C. Williams

At Holy Cross Episcopal School, the halls are quiet in the summer except for Wednesdays. Children and their parents provide chatter and laughter to the halls on Library Days. On Wednesdays, Librarian Kathy Taylor provides children with the opportunity to check out new books, take Accelerated Reader tests and enjoy each other’s company. Students enjoy being able to get their summer reading AR tests out of the way and move on to reading just for fun! The Holy Cross Library is home to more than 7,000 books and 2,000 pieces of other media types. It has computers available to browse Destiny, the school’s library management program, or take AR tests. All students at Holy Cross have Library class every week to help them learn how a library operates and how to use the tools provided in the library correctly and effectively. Taylor also provides opportunity for the students to shine with their ever-improving reading skills. Students set quarterly goals for themselves throughout the school year. Students who reach their self-appointed goals know that they have a wonderful surprise awaiting them at the quarter’s end. One quarter, Taylor had a cupcake-decorating party in the library for students who successfully reached their goals. “All of the reading students do over the summer helps them to keep their comprehension skills sharp for the upcoming school year. So, I want to help provide them with easy access to plenty of reading materials over the summer,” says Taylor.

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EastChase Hosts Second ‘Stuff the Bus’ Event

The Shoppes at EastChase will join with EMERGE Montgomery, Touch of Class Limousine, Clear Channel and Costco to host its second annual “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive on Saturday, August 4. School supplies will be collected in a school bus next to Dillard’s between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Montgomery County School Board will distribute the supplies to needy schools and children in Montgomery County. “We are excited to be a part of Stuff the Bus for the second year in a row,” said Jeff Branch, property manager for The Shoppes at EastChase. “It’s great to be a part of something that benefits Montgomery schools that are in need. We were able to donate thousands of supplies last year, and we expect to donate even more supplies this year.” For details, visit or find us on Facebook at

STJ Parents, Grands Go High-Tech!

Saint James School offered its first class in a series of three free technology classes for parents/grandparents of students attending the school. The classes are held in the school’s Faculty Technology Lab, the only dedicated independent school teacher training lab in the area, where STJ teachers regularly learn new tips and are updated on the latest tech ideas. The parent/grand class is using iPads and Macbooks to become familiarized with the technology their students are also learning. Parents and grandparents were thrilled at the opportunity to learn some of the new tech tools.

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SUA Class Conducts Community Project

Ms. Gibson’s elementary class at Success Unlimited Academy raised money for cancer research. The boys and girls in the class decorated a box for collecting money. Each morning, two students from her class went around to all of the classrooms, including elementary, junior high and senior high classes and collected money. They explained what the money was being used for and urged the students to give up their snack money for one or two days a week to donate for the cause. A form was placed inside the box for teachers of those classes to put their names with the amount of money their class donated each day. When the cancer research money drive was over, the class that collected the most money enjoyed popsicles.

Montessori at Hampstead Expands Classrooms After a successful first year in the Hampstead community, the Montessori School at Hampstead is expanding to accommodate increased enrollment demand for all students in time for the 2012-2013 school year. Montessori at Hampstead announced details surrounding the all-new elementary classrooms conveniently located in the Town Square next to Hampstead’s Public Library Branch and Y’s Up facility, just two doors down from the school’s main location. Set to open in August, the expansion will allow Montessori at Hampstead to double in size for its primary and elementary programs serving three- to 12-year-olds and increase innovative programs for students ages six to 12. “In our expanding, we are celebrating and focusing on our elementary program as a proven educational approach,” said Betsy Hosp, Montessori at Hampstead head of school. “With a mission to ‘grow tomorrow’s leaders by empowering today’s child,’ Montessori at Hampstead

elementary students benefit from top-notch classrooms and materials, experienced Montessori teaching staff, unique neighborhood amenities, specialty curriculum and innovative education methods.” The Montessori School at Hampstead follows the curriculum established by famed educator Maria Montessori characterized by an emphasis on independence and discovery, freedom within limits and respect for a student’s natural psychological development. In addition to exceptional core curriculum and extra-curricular programs, Montessori elementary students are guided through independent studies that foster leadership, creativity and selfconfidence. New elementary classrooms at the Montessori School at Hampstead are being equipped with all-new materials, furniture and supplies. The school’s location also allows for a unique opportunity to incorporate outdoor programming with an array of on-site amenities including Hampstead

Farms, parks and preserves, playgrounds, a public library branch and new nature outdoor classroom – all located just outside the classroom. Through a partnership with the Hampstead Institute non-profit organization, students of all ages have the opportunity to plant seeds, study soil composition, harvest and prepare all-natural produce through weekly farm classes. Registration for lower elementary programs (ages six to nine) and upper elementary (ages nine to 12) are now open and filling fast for the 2012-2013 school year. Waiting list submissions are currently being accepted for toddler programs. For registration details or to schedule a tour, call (334) 356-1969 or e-mail info@ All interested families are invited to a special Meet & Greet at Hampstead Farms Thursday, August 2, at 6 p.m. to meet with Montessori School at Hampstead and Hampstead Institute staff and teachers.

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Macon-East Cousins Attend Conservation Workshop

Rising Macon-East Montgomery Academy seniors Jonathan Kyser and Justin Kyser (cousins) spent their first week of summer on the host campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. The Kysers attended the 50th Anniversary of the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop sponsored by Georgia Association of Conservation, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation, ABAC, and 20 other state sponsors. The week long camp gave participants a chance to learn about conservation, wildlife, forestry, soil, water resources, and mining industries, speakers from Law Enforcement and Wildlife Divisions, USDA Agricultural Service, and U.S. Forest Service. The idea is to help students interested in those areas of study to gain knowledge, and plant seeds for future careers. The week ended with $20,000 in college scholarships being given out.

SUA Faculty Member Attends Kentucky Derby

Success Unlimited Academy faculty member Julie Beard recently traveled with floral designer Jennifer Riley and her staff to the Kentucky Derby. Beard, who teaches history at SUA, helped Riley design more than 700 floral arrangements for the derby. Riley was selected as the premier floral designer. Beard incorporated the history of the famous horse race into her lesson plans and brought pictures back to share with her students. Montgomery Parents I August 2012



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Academy Students Inducted into French Honor Society

The French Honor Society inducted three new members on April 25 in a traditional initiation ceremony led by President Hannah Trachy. The French Honor Society, Société Honoraire de Français, is an honor society for secondary students of French sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. The goals of the organization are to promote the study of French, encourage high standards of scholarly achievement, and create understanding of the Francophone world.

Students may be selected for membership as early as the second semester of level two, or at any time during their subsequent study of French. In order to be considered for selection, a student must demonstrate high levels of achievement in French, and meet high standards for character and academic achievement in general. This year’s new members, welcomed by the president and the current members, are Elizabeth McGowin, Emily Pierce and Justine Reighard. Middle School Director John McWilliams spoke to the gathering about his personal experience of learning French and shared his travel diary from his first trip to France when he was an MA student. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments prepared by the members.

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SUA Achievers Visit Zoo

The Achievement class at Success Unlimited Academy took an end-of-the-year trip to the Montgomery Zoo. Several wonderful chaperones went with them to help. Their trek started out in the Asian section of the zoo. They stopped for a short respite at the large playground. When they started out again, they went to the African portion of the zoo. They stopped once again at the lookout tower to have a snack and rest up before they continued on to see the reptiles. Everyone had a great day and was ready to go home and tell of their great adventure at the Montgomery Zoo.

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STJ Promotes Two Current Staff Members

Saint James School has tapped Dr. Bryan Oliver to serve as High School Principal, replacing retiring administrator John Tatum. Dr. Oliver has been a Saint James High School guidance counselor since 2010. The school has also named Larry McLemore to the position of high school counselor/dean of student programs. McLemore, an STJ graduate, has been teaching AP American History at Saint James and will continue to do so. “Both of these gentlemen are admired and respected among the students, faculty, and parents,” said Melba Richardson, Head of School. “The new roles for these men will move Saint James School to an even higher level of achievement.” A native Montgomerian, Dr. Oliver received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in August 2011. Prior to his STJ employment, Oliver served as the University of Alabama’s assistant director for regional recruitment, as well as the assistant director for alumni and volunteer recruitment. Oliver’s professional experience also includes tenure as a career counselor, an undergraduate admissions counselor, and a course instructor, all at the University of Alabama. Oliver received his undergraduate degree in finance in 2002, and a master of arts degree in higher education administration in 2004. Both degrees were issued from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “I am extremely honored to be moving into the position of high school principal,” Dr. Oliver said. “Saint James is a wonderful place that provides a family atmosphere and a variety of educational opportunities. My goal as principal will be to assure we continually improve the quality of education we offer, the variety of our course offerings, and the technology we use in the classrooms. It is also important that we teach our students a sense of pride and integrity and produce well-rounded individuals who will take what they have learned at Saint James and carry it forward to college and beyond.” McLemore, an Auburn University Ph.D. candidate (degree expected December 2012), holds a M.Ed. degree in secondary education from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Auburn University. A lifelong Montgomerian, he received his undergraduate degree in history and political science from Huntingdon College, where he was president of the SGA. In addition to teaching history at Saint James School, McLemore has taught history at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, coached football at both schools, and served as a Washington, D.C. intern for both The White House and U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. “As dean of student programs in the high school, I am looking forward to working with student leaders and our advisory program, with teachers in supporting classroom enrichment, and with students in college advising,” McLemore said. “I’ve spent more than twenty years of my life at Saint James, as a student, a coach, a teacher, and now an administrator.” From left are Bryan Oliver, Melba Richardson and Larry McLemore. Montgomery Parents I August 2012

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Sutton, Lopez Receive Charlie Harbin Award

Liz Sutton and Jerry Lopez were recently honored by Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School as the 2012 Charlie Harbin Distinguished Service Award winners for their volunteerism to the school. The Charlie Harbin Distinguished Service Award was established by the Harbin family and awarded by the school to recognize those selfless individuals who have significantly served Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School and exemplified its values in their lives. Sutton and Lopez are certainly the model of selfless giving for their tireless work and volunteerism at Montgomery Catholic. Sutton, a 1977 graduate of Montgomery Catholic and parent of alumni, founded Partners In Catholic Education (PICE) in 1995 as a way to bring together business leaders with a mission to support Catholic education at her Alma mater. A successful business leader in our community, Sutton is the owner of Alabama World Travel and Sutton & Associates in Montgomery. A retired United States Air Force colonel, businessman and parent of Montgomery Catholic alumni, Lopez has been an active leader with Partners In Catholic Education since it began. His leadership has been the driving force of PICE’s success in all of their projects, which ultimately benefit the school and students. Sutton and Lopez have co-chaired the Partners In Catholic Education (PICE) annual golf tournament since it began in 2000. Together they are a formidable team, with the golf tournament raising more than $600,000 to date and still going strong. The 12th annual PICE Golf Tournament will be September 28 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville.


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Year-End Lock-In Means Big Fun at Holy Cross

One of the annual traditions that younger Holy Cross Episcopal School students look forward to is the fourth-grade lock-in. Teachers Nancy Stankard and Connie Macdonald plan all year for the big day. It is held on the last Friday of the school year. Students arrived that day in their regular uniforms to complete needed schoolwork during the morning hours. But, come lunchtime, students began to change into play clothes brought from home. The afternoon was spent watching movies and eating popcorn. Once 3 p.m. rolled around and the other students headed home, the really rambunctious fun began. The late afternoon was filled with silly string, shaving cream, foot races and watergun fights outdoors. Dinner was pizza and soft drinks. After dark, ghost stories and dance contests were enjoyed inside the school. The fun continued to 11 p.m., at which time parents picked up their exhausted fourth-graders. “This is a tradition that we love at Holy Cross,” stated Connie Macdonald. “The students have worked so hard all year, and this is a time for pure fun!” Below, Kinley Tadlock loves silly string fights.

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STJ Middle School Presents Awards

Saint James Middle School Students were recognized for their outstanding achievements at Awards Day in mid-May, an annual event set aside to honor hardworking students in the middle school. STJ’s Head of School Melba Richardson and Middle School Principal Cathy Pearson made several special presentations: the Leadership Award was given to eighth-grader Ty Deemer; Reid Woodson was given the Principal’s Award, for embodying the spirit of Saint James; Adi Amitai was named as the school’s Outstanding International Student; and Daeun Lee was named the school’s Exceptional International Student. A special thank-you was given to seventh-grade English teacher SuSu Draper. After many years as a part of the Saint James family, Draper is retiring, leaving behind a legacy of excellent teaching and very competent students. The Outstanding National Junior Honor Society Community Service Award was awarded to Lexie Larson. Erika Aho

was awarded an Honorable Mention in the same category. Students qualifying for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, which honors students maintaining a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average since sixth grade, were also recognized. Students receiving this recognition were Erika Aho, Russell Beck, Jessica Biggs, Mason Blackwell, Shayla Boyd, Jacob Bradwell, Jeronne Carter, Caroline Cochren, Davis Daniel, Caitlyn Decker, Ty Deemer, Sam Edwards, Hayden Ergenbright, Tessa Evans, Hayden Gambacurta, Greyson Hammock, Taylor Holman, Austin Johnson, Jason Karnes, Lexie Laron, Brant Lyons, Carly Mattow, Taylor Meadows, Emma Moody, Caroline Mullikin, Geoffrey Murray, Will Oakley, Caton Oswalt, Taylor Oswalt, Charles Painter, Sagar Patel, Mason Pattie, Gabrielle Pohlman, Will Prater, Karlee Teel, Margaret Thompson, James Walker, Clayton Waring, Bradley Wascher, Gabe Wiggins, Richard Williamson, Chase Woodard, and Reid Woodson.

In addition to these honors, departmental awards were presented to several students for outstanding scholastic achievements in English, grammar, history, science, math, Language Arts, Science Olympiad, chorus, drama, band, art, speech and debate, physical fitness, and the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Below, eighth-grader Brant Lyons received the inaugural Kay Newman Musicianship Award. The award is named after elementary music teacher Kay Newman and is given to an exemplary music student. Lyons also received a small stipend as part of the award.


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Success Unlimited Holds First Annual Sports Banquet

On May 5, Success Unlimited Academy held its first-ever sports banquet to honor its student athletes for a great sports year. The event took place in the fellowship hall of St. James United Methodist Church and featured guest speaker, Jim Sanderson, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Faulkner University. “Coach Sanderson did an outstanding job,” said Jack Moody, SUA Athletic Director. “He spoke words of wisdom to the students and parents alike.” Trophies were awarded to the following recipients: JV Mustang Development Award Basketball-LaMorris Stanley, JV Mustang Heart Award Basketball-D’Allen Moore, JV MVP Basketball-Anthony Thomas, Varsity Basketball Development Award-Brandon Bryant and Danny Reese, Varsity Heart Award Basketball-Caleb Womack, Varsity MVP Award BasketballJustin Hall, Mustang Development Award Baseball-Tyler Woodfin, Mustang Heart Award Baseball-David Anderson, Mustang MVP Baseball-Johnny Hoke, Cheer Most Improved-Shequinta Blue, Cheer Most Courageous-Bethany Odle, Cheer Best All Around-Jean Flournoy, Mr. Mustang (Top Athletic Department Award)-Desmond Reed. “The night was a great success and we had almost 200 in attendance,” said Coach Channing Allen. “The athletic department continues to grow as we add new sports each year. The addition of baseball this year was a great success and plans are being made to add volleyball and football soon.” Shown at right are winners of the cheerleading awards, Shequinta Blue, Bethany Odle and Jean Flournoy.

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Seven MA Students Earn State Recognition in Duke TIP This year, seven seventh-grade students at The Montgomery Academy qualified to receive state recognition at the 32nd annual Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). The seventh-grade students who qualified for state recognition were Sean Choi, Kate Dockery, Dora Eskridge, Anna Kate Lindsey, Kate Moore, Griffin Payne and Talya White. These students were invited to attend the State Recognition Ceremony at the University of Alabama in June. The Duke University Talent Identification Program serves 16 states of the Southeast and is committed to identifying and serving academically talented young people, providing students with information about their abilities, academic options and resources, as well as sponsoring challenging educational programs. Seventh-graders are invited to participate in the SAT or ACT if they score at the 95th percentile or above in one of the following areas on the ERB: verbal ability, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, mathematics, writing mechanics or writing concepts and skills. Students took either the SAT or the ACT during December 2011, January or February 2012. Of the students who received state honors, two students qualified with the ACT and five qualified with the SAT. Forty-six Academy seventh-graders qualified to participate in the Duke TIP program this year.


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STJ Boys’ Varsity Tennis State 4A Runners-Up

The Saint James School Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team was named the State 4A Runner-Up at the Division 4A State Tennis Tournament in Mobile April 26-27. The STJ boys competed against nine other teams from around the state. Entering the final day of play, the Saint James Boys’ Varsity team was in the lead. At the end of the day the Trojans, with 55 points, were awarded the runner-up tournament trophy. In addition to the team win, Aaron Skier was a Singles Semi-Finalist. Michael Azar, Duncan Blackwell, Mason Blackwell, Ricardo Rios and Kevin Varghese made it to the finals for Singles, and were all State Runners-Up. Mason Blackwell/Kevin Varghese and Duncan Blackwell/Aaron Skier were Doubles Semi-Finalists. Michael Azar/Ricardo Rios played in the finals and were named Doubles State Runner-Up. The STJ Varsity Girls’ Tennis Team was awarded Third Place at the State Tournament, out of 11 teams competing, with a total of 45 points. Lady Trojans members Anne Banks Blackwell, Ellyn Livings, Caroline Mathews and Cassie Sadie were all Singles Semi-Finalists. Charlsie Rampy competed in the finals for Singles and was named Singles State Runner-Up. Anne Bank Blackwell/Ellyn Livings and Caroline Mathews/Scotlyn Patterson were Doubles Semi-Finalists. Charlsie Rampy/Cassie Sadie competed in the finals and were named Doubles State Runner-Up. One week earlier, both the STJ Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Teams competed in the Sectional Tournaments April 18-19 in Montgomery at O’Connor Tennis Center. Both STJ teams swept the tournament, winning all six lines of Singles and all three lines of Doubles. The 2012 Varsity Boys’ Team consisted of Kevin Varghese (Team Captain), Michael Azar, Channy Blackwell, Duncan Blackwell, Mason Blackwell, Jared Hunter, Jungwon Lee, Ricardo Rios, Aaron Skier and Carson Traff. The 2012 Girls’ Varsity Team was made up of Anne Banks Blackwell (Team Captain), Ellyn Livings, Caroline Mathews, Scotlyn Patterson, Charlsie Rampy, Cassie Sadie and Clayton Waring. Both Anne Banks Blackwell and Kevin Varghese recently graduated. STJ Varsity Boys are State Runners-Up in 4A Division. From left are Carson Traff, Jared Hunter, Mason Blackwell, Michael Azar, Kevin Varghese, Aaron Skier, Duncan Blackwell, Channy Blackwell, Ricardo Rios & Coach Geoff Waring. Not Pictured: Coach Cheris Sherlin and Jongwon Lee

SUA’s Spring Fling a Success

On May 10, the faculty and students of Success Unlimited Academy celebrated the ending of the 2011-2012 school year with an action-packed field day and Spring Fling. The students were treated to Nancy’s Italian Ice, popcorn and other concessions, as well as all sorts of outside fun. From face-painting to sidewalkpainting, karaoke and more, the students capped off the year with lots of smiling faces and friendly competitions. The juniors showed the sophomores what they were made of during the flag football game and the basketball team reminded us all how they worked their way to the championship game by putting on an awesome exhibition game. The faculty even showed how they could still “bring it,” during the student-faculty kickball challenge. The faculty kickball team was headed up by Principal Susan Alred and teachers Joseph Schaub and Beth Royal. In the end, the faculty team won with a final score of 7 to 2. The SUA juniors have vowed to rise to the challenge next year, as they are already planning the 2nd annual SUA Mustang Field Day! Pictured here are Bethany Odle and Lauren and Jean Flournoy.

Keeping Skills Sharp at Holy Cross At Holy Cross Episcopal School, summer is also a time to make sure young minds stay sharp in anticipation of another great school year! To that end, several teachers at Holy Cross offer Summer Skill Builder classes during the summer weeks. To further the reading skills of all students, reading is an encouraged activity all summer long. Students in grades 1-6 have required summer reading lists which keep young minds active and engaged. Montgomery Parents I August 2012

During the Summer Skill Builder courses, teachers Charlene Daughtery and Nancy Stankard help students review math and reading skills from the previous school year, as well as begin working with some of the skills needed to begin the next grade. The teachers work with the students in small groups for more individual attention to needs. In the older grade groups, the teachers even work with the required summer reading 31

to aid the students in comprehension and better vocabulary skills based upon the novel. “Structured work in the summertime to keep math and reading skills sharp is a way to make sure students have the best start possible in the next grade,” Stankard says. “We make the reviews and novel studies entertaining for a smaller group which reinforces the concept that learning can indeed be fun!”

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SUA Life Skills Class Enjoys Guest Speaker

Renee Williams came to talk to Mrs. Gwin’s Life Skills class at Sucess Unlimited Academy. The students were very fortunate to have Williams come because she is known throughout the state about her wonderful presentations on abstinence and sex education. She does this presentation in the Birmingham Public Schools. The students really enjoyed her and learned so much that they did not know about STDs, AIDS and how God’s way is the only way that truly works.

Calling it an “Extraordinary Event for Extraordinary You,” Saint James School hosted a luncheon for grandparents at the Wynfield Estate, thanking them for their help throughout the school year and highlighting significant activities taking place at the school. STJ’s Development Director Kim Hendrix welcomed grandparents to the estate, reaffirming significance of the school’s grandparents. During the event in the breath-taking conservatory, grandparents were entertained with stunning vocals by senior Wesley Carpenter and intricate guitar solos by senior Wyatt Edmondson. Head of School Melba Richardson detailed the long-range vision for the K3-Grade 12 school and highlighted many of the exciting events taking place at STJ. The featured speaker, high school Principal John Tatum, shared insights about being a grandparent, as well as his love for Saint James. The invited guests were treated to lunch and encouraged to tour the beautiful grounds of Wynfield, once the home of Wynton and Carolyn Blount.


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AUM’s English as a Second Language Program Receives National Recognition Those looking to master the English language have an excellent resource in Auburn University at Montgomery’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. AUM has been named Alabama’s only test center for the International English Language Testing System. The program also recently became the only institution in Montgomery awarded membership to the American Association of Intensive English Programs. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s top English test for international higher education and migration. In the U.S. alone, more than 3,000 institutions accept IELTS scores as proof of English language skills. AUM is the only site in Alabama that has been approved to offer the exam. “We are happy that, starting August 2012, we will be able to offer this service not only to our students but to all international students and immigrants in the state,” said Gokhan Alkanat, senior program manager of Auburn Montgomery’s ESL program. AUM was announced as an IELTS site on June 26, following on the heels of another prestigious accomplishment for the program: membership into the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). The

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AAIEP promotes and supports ethical and professional standards for intensive English programs in the U.S., championing the value of English language study across the globe. Membership to the organization is open only to accredited programs that comply to its high standards in the areas of program administration, curriculum design, teaching, admissions and student services. “It is such an honor to become a member of the AAIEP,” said Alkanat. “This membership is a national recognition of the quality of our certified teachers, the updated academic ESL curriculum, and other services we offer to our students.” The Auburn Montgomery ESL program provides English language training to nonnative speakers, including students who live abroad and want to improve their English language proficiency before entering an American university. Courses are designed to help students master the English language and succeed in their academic, professional and personal lives. AUM ESL offers a number of program options for students of various ages and proficiency levels. The ESL Community Program offers classes in seven-week terms throughout the year to local residents of all ages, with


flexible course schedules for those who need to fit the program around work or school demands. The Intensive English Program is geared toward international participants, ages 16 or older, willing to commit 22 hours per week for eight weeks of rigorous study. AUM also offers an English Language Academy each summer for youth in grades K-12. It is designed to meet the needs of children residing in homes where English is the second language, helping them develop the language skills needed to succeed in school. For 2012, the academy was held June 18-July 26 at Blount Elementary School. “As a non-native speaker of English, language proficiency is a vital element for the well-being of my new life,” said Ying Huo of China, who is studying information systems at AUM. “I enrolled in the AUM ESL program last year. The program helped me greatly in improving my vocabulary, understanding the language, and building my confidence.” For educators who want to teach English to non-native speakers, AUM ESL offers a certificate program in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). The program is available in traditional and fully online formats. For more information on the AUM ESL program, visit

H STJ Choir Hits High Note with Carnegie Hall Performance Center, shopped on Fifth Avenue, took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, and paid homage to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center by visiting “Ground Zero.” “I also really enjoyed just walking in Central Park,” said junior Emily Prim. “It was fun to see that side of the city as well as Broadway and the bustling business section of New York.” The students are shown ice-skating at Rockefeller Center.

The Saint James School Choir headed to New York City on February 17 to perform at Carnegie Hall, in an event hosted by American Idol veteran Clay Aiken. Invited to perform at the renowned facility by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), the STJ singers took the stage on Feb. 20 as part of a multi-generational performance conducted by well-known ASCAP composer and arranger Greg Gilpin. The performance marked the premiere of a new composition by the awardwinning Gilpin, who has hundreds of publications to his credit. “Some performers wait all their lives to perform on that stage,” said STJ Choral Director Lis Donaldson. “For me to take 31 students between the ages of 14-18 and have that experience was breath-taking.We participated in the premiere of a piece of music that no one had ever publicly sung. And to top that off, some of the students had never performed with a live orchestra – and the musicians we worked with are some of the best players New York City has to offer.” When they weren’t at rehearsals, the STJ students took the opportunity to explore the Big Apple’s many one-of-akind attractions. The group attended two Broadway shows, The Lion King and Mary Poppins, skated at Rockefeller

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SUA Eighth-Graders Make Creation Projects

The eighth-grade class at Success Unlimited Academy was assigned a literature project to illustrate the “7 Days of Creation.” Needless to say, they arose to the occasion and created some fabulous depictions of this amazing Biblical story of creation.

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SUA Students Enjoy Spelling Bee

Success Unlimited Academy elementary teacher Debbie Gibson gives her students a spelling bee activity each Wednesday. The actual spelling test is given on Thursday, so this spelling bee is designed to give the students extra practice for the spelling test. The winner is given a dollar to buy a snack from the snack cart that day. Three weeks in a row, Caroline Moody was the third-grade spelling bee winner! Moody is a wonderful speller and reader. She won “Best Speller” and “Best Reader” awards at the Awards Ceremony. “Caroline is a model student dedicated to doing the best she can do every day. She has been a joy to teach,” said Ms. Gibson.

PICE Golf Tournament Tees Off September 28

Partners In Catholic Education (PICE) will host its 12th annual charity golf tournament at the Capitol Hill Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Prattville on September 28. Sponsorship packages are available from $250 to $5,000. These packages offer great promotional opportunities for businesses in the form of pre- and post-event publicity, event banners, golf tee signage, golf cart logos, as well as players in the tournament. The registration fee is $150 per player. Entry fee is $600 per foursome. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start, on both the Senator and Legislator courses, will be at 1 p.m. Format will be best ball. The registration fee includes lunch, green fees, cart, range balls, gift bags for each player, golf shirt, refreshments on the course, post-tournament food and beverages, and many door prizes. Also, all par three holes will have a prize, plus four Hole-In-Ones consisting of a new car or $35,000 cash prize for a car. There will be a $5,000 putting contest between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the top three net and gross teams will receive superb prizes. For more info about sponsorships or playing in our tournament, contact Liz Sutton at 260-2488, ext. 1311, Mary Kelley at 272-7221, ext. 32, or Jerry Lopez at 224-6607. PICE is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. More information can also be located at

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to earn a college degree than non-AP students. In 2012, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.4 million AP Exams. In the event she attended, Eichelberg said approximately 60% of the Readers came from colleges and universities, and 40% were high school calculus teachers. “There were about five or six teachers from Alabama in Kansas City,” Eichelberg added.



know that I know, from experience, what I’m talking about.” AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between high school and college educators is both fostered and encouraged. This marks the eighth year in a row the College Board has honored Eichelberg in this way. The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely



Saint James School’s Math Department Head Vicky Eichelberg was selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading of the AP Calculus exams. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. Eichelberg travelled to Kansas City, Missouri, for the grading event, and was sequestered, along with other graders for seven days, as they read exams from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. At night, the readers were invited to participate in professional development sessions with other instructors. “The experience is invaluable,” Eichelberg said. “Not only does it provide me insight into the writing of questions, how they’re framed, and the grading rubric that’s used, but I also know exactly the kinds of things the College Board wants students to know, and in what form. The knowledge I’ve gained from these sessions gives me more credibility with the students because they



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Academy Sixth-Graders Create Digital Photo Books

Success Unlimited Attends Funky Junk Art Awards

The Achievement class attended the “Funky Junk Art” Awards Ceremony at the Max Federal Credit Union Bank on March 8. They made a bear out of a large empty container, coffee cans, paper towel and toilet paper holders, a Styrofoam cup, Sprite can, canned pop tops, and lots of real dog hair. They named their project “Boo Boo Bear Honey Hunting” and won third place in the youth group category. Some class members are shown above with surprise guest speaker Mayor Todd Strange.

For the fifth consecutive year, each sixth-grade student at The Montgomery Academy was involved in building a one-of-a-kind digital book of his or her school year. In order to accomplish this project, students and teachers took pictures throughout the year of events such as field trips, class parties, project presentations and daily activities. Their pictures were downloaded on school computers and each student put his book together as the year progressed. In April, the books were ordered, and everyone anxiously awaited their arrival at school. Each student received a history grade (history of the sixth grade) on their book based on several categories including proper grammar, well-formed sentences, spelling and following instructions. Carole Quallio, sixth-grade social studies teacher, said, “I am excited about this project and think that both the building of the books and the books themselves have been a fun adventure for us all!”

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STJ Seniors Mentor Freshmen in Peer Leadership Program

Saint James School’s senior “peer leaders” attended a special retreat June 29-30, to train the senior students on the best ways to mentor ninth-graders. The school’s Peer Leadership program pairs seniors with freshmen advisory groups, enabling the older students to help freshmen make a successful adjustment to high school and navigate the many academic and social pressures the new students will face over the next four years. Larry McLemore, high school counselor and dean of student programs, is coordinating the program. The retreat, held in Auburn, trained the STJ seniors through team-building exercises and established goals and topics for their work with the ninth-grade advisory groups. The students also practiced facilitating group discussions. McLemore said he was extremely pleased with the energy and commitment that the peer leaders demonstrated at the retreat. “These exceptional young leaders will be excellent role models for the incoming freshman class,” he said. “They bring a diverse set of talents and skills in academics, music, performing arts, athletics, and community service to the peer leadership program. Together, the senior peer leaders bring a creative energy to our high school that sets the example for the culture of excellence that is the hallmark of Saint James.” The eight student leaders were selected last spring, from a pool of more than twice as many applicants. In addition to helping freshmen, the new Peer Leadership program affords significant leadership opportunities to senior students. Saint James Peer Leaders are, from left, Josef Jackson, Hakan Sahinoglu, Chase Ritter, Amelia Hanan, Emily Prim, Ashley Williamson, Kelly Joyner and Reed O’Mara, with Counselor/Dean of Student Programs Larry McLemore. Montgomery Parents I August 2012

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Children Enjoy AUM Summer Vet Camp

Lauren Taylor of Montgomery shows off her cat, Twinkie, a friendly 18-year-old feline her mother rescued as a stray. Taylor was one of more than 20 children in grades 1-5 who participated in Vet Camp at Auburn University at Montgomery recently. Organized by the AUM Division of Continuing Education, Vet Camp offered aspiring veterinarians the opportunity to explore the world of veterinary medicine – from using stethoscopes on live animals to practicing their surgical skills on stuffed ones. They enjoyed learning from local veterinarians and other animal care professionals, as well as taking a field trip to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. The week came to a close with a pet parade on Friday, where each child was welcome to bring a family pet for show and tell. Twinkie was a big hit with the crowd – tamely lounging in a red wagon as Taylor pulled her lifelong friend through a crowd of dogs, cats, lizards and other critters.


STJ Elementary Students Display Good Citizenship

Nine Saint James Upper Elementary students were named the Leu Elementary’s Third Quarter “Good Citizens.” Citizens of the Quarter is a program for grades 3-5, which teaches children basic character skills and lessons in cooperation with others. The students selected for the honor are, front row from left: Makenzie Corley, Tapley Cronier, Claire Murray and Alexander McHorne; back row: Bennett Blankenship, Virginia Morris, Sydney Hart, Kylie Eng and Christopher Ward (not pictured). Upper elementary teachers choose students who demonstrate kindness, thoughtfulness, don’t call names, share with others and don’t leave other children out of games and activities.


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Catholic’s Norris Attends Boys State

David Norris was selected as Montgomery Catholic’s representative to the 75th annual American Legion Alabama Boys State, one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. Students from across the state are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, motivation in school, and community activities. Boys State Week is a full and active week held on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. At Boys State, student delegates have the opportunity to build new friendships, participate in a mock government, and hear from and meet a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, civic leaders, and others. Delegates have the opportunity to join interest groups that focus on their individual areas of interest such as law school, Fire College, law enforcement academy, aerospace academy, lobbyists, city government, county government, constitutional convention, engineer/computer academy, and environmental interest group. Delegates also have activity time during which they can participate in recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, academic bowl, etc. While at Boys State, Norris was elected to the House of Representatives, where he wrote and debated bills of importance for all Alabama citizens. Alabama Boys State is a leadership program for young men who have completed their junior year of high school and are expected to be campus leaders during their senior year. It provides delegates with a working knowledge of our government functions on the city, county, and state levels. Acceptance into Alabama Boys State is a privilege and granted by invitation only. Delegates are selected by their school faculty and community leaders. Alabama Boys State is directed by the retired Judge Pete Johnson of Birmingham. Assistant directors are Judge Joel Laird of Anniston and Ted Copeland of Carrolton.

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SUA Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

The Achievement Class helped celebrate “Teacher Appreciation Week” at Success Unlimited Academy by showing each teacher and staff member how much they were appreciated. Each student donned plastic caps, gloves and masks to measure and mix chocolate pudding. Then, they measured out the pudding into small plastic flower pots, crushed Oreo cookies in a Ziploc bag, and spooned it over the pudding. Then, they put a plastic flower into the pudding and the final decorations, gummy worms, were put on top of the cookies. A thank-you sticker was also placed on each pot. The students said they really enjoyed doing this for the teachers, and the teachers were surprised to receive their gift. Featured in the photo is Mrs. Clinton and treasured students, Shelby Bullen and Devin Garrison.

M STJ’s Pendley Chosen Alabama Youth of the Year

AUM Pre-schoolers Celebrate with Parade

AUM’s youngest students – the preschoolers of the university’s Early Childhood Center – celebrated Independence Day with a parade through campus on July 3. Dressed in red, white and blue, the tots rode bikes and trikes decked out in American flags, ribbons, streamers and balloons through campus. They also enjoyed relay races, face painting, and other outdoor fun. Photo by Buffy Lockette

Saint James School Class of 2012 member Madeline Pendley has been selected to represent Alabama as the state Exchange Club’s Alabama Youth of the Year. She will now compete for the title of National Youth of the Year. Pendley, a fall 2012 University of Alabama freshman, received a $1,000 scholarship from the state Exchange Club. If she is successful at the national level, she wins an additional $10,000 scholarship. The award “spotlights an outstanding young person who excels in leadership, citizenship and scholarship.” The purpose of the Exchange Club program is to honor the high achievements of young Americans at the community, district, and national level. This year’s theme for the competition process is “All Aboard: Today’s Youth, Strengthening America One Community at a Time.” “Madeline exemplifies this theme,” says STJ High School Counselor Samantha Pieper. “She is a compassionate young woman, and she is very deserving of this honor.” Pendley, who was SGA president during her senior year at Saint James School, also received the University of Alabama Air Force ROTC Leadership Scholarship, a four-year scholarship providing full tuition and fees to the University of Alabama, $900 per year for textbooks, and an annual living stipend. In addition to her SGA duties in 2011-12, Pendley was captain of the drum line, as well as band president.


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Montgomery Academy Students Earn Math Accomplishments

The Montgomery Academy Upper School Math Department recently had students participate in the national math exam, The American Mathematics Competition. Two student winners and four students qualified as team members. Emily Hou ranked winner in the AMC 12 and received a medal. Rachel Warwick ranked winner in the AMC 10 and received a medal. Team members included Audrey Woika, Stephen Scott, Michael Choi and Yeawon Yoon. Twenty-two students were invited by The Montgomery Academy mathematics department to join Mu Alpha Theta, a mathematics honorary society for students in grades 10-12. Presently, The Montgomery Academy has 40 members. Each member must have earned an eighty-five or higher average in each of his or her mathematics courses for the previous two years. To remain a member of this society, the student must maintain at least an eighty-five average in his current math class. The 2011-2012 Mu Alpha Theta officers were: President: Erin Katz; Vice-President: Julian Freeman; Secretary: Anne Saunders; and Treasurer: Audrey Woika. New members are: Brittany Marie Briddell, Katherine Elizabeth Broadfoot, Lee Ellen Bryan, Abi Lorraine Capouya, Caroline Elliott, Emily Katherine Garcia, Benjamin Carter Goodwyn, Morgan Beth Heumann, Emily Yi-Fei Hou, Won Jin, Andrea Grey Jones, Mary Elizabeth Massey, John Neill McCorvey, Sophie Ann Odom, Margaret Cashion Price, Lillian Rebecca Roth, Krisie Carolyn Stakely, Corrie Hill Tankersley, Henry Farrell Toohey, Joseph Parker Turner, Sara Elizabeth Walker and Aidan Patrick White.

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SUA Junior High Students Celebrate

The 2012 Junior High School Honors and Recognition Program of Success Unlimited Academy was held on May 22 in the school’s auditorium. With family and friends watching, the twenty-six seventh- and eighth-graders entered the auditorium with broad smiles. Principal Susan Alred addressed the students, many of whom have been with her at SUA since they were young and small. Each student was recognized and given a framed certificate as his proud family stood in honor. Recognized for perfect attendance were Cody Paul and Sara Davis. The Top Scholar Award was presented to seventh-grader Toni Russell and eighth-grader Sara Davis. Mrs. James and Ms. Clinton, junior high teachers, had the honor of selecting the recipients of the 2012 SUA Christian Character Award---Sarah Diane Moody, Kennedy Thompson and Jeremiah Jones. Seventeen of the students who entered left as high school students. The families, friends and staff at Success Unlimited Academy salute you and celebrate your successes.


Montgomery Academy Students Discover Philanthropy 101 The Montgomery Academy students have been learning about non-profit organizations this summer thanks to the Philanthropy 101 class. The Philanthropy 101 class is funded by the W. James (Jimmy) Samford Jr. Foundation directed by Lucinda Samford Cannon, Preston Barnett and Race Cannon. The class is a three-week course comprised of 12 rising Montgomery Academy seniors: Hendrick Adams, Abby Crawford, Laura Katherine Crum, Morgan Heumann, Lizzie Hobbs, Sarah Catherine Hook, Cameron Jones, Marshall Lee, Alex Long, Drew Patterson, William Speaks, and Hayes Vinson. This year’s program was organized by Academy faculty members Mandy Poundstone, John Tracy and Denise Wentworth. Each participant must apply in late February by submitting an essay conveying the reason they are interested in being a part of this program. The students must also obtain two teacher recommendations and are then interviewed. Throughout the course, students learn about every aspect of philanthropy from the religious, health, environmental, social, and the arts. They listen to a variety of speakers that cover topics including the legal, financial, and day-to-day running of a non-profit organization. Through classroom learning and hands-on experience, Philanthropy 101 helps the student question his or her ability to make a difference and learn various ways to give. The students visit a variety of nonprofit agencies and foundations and hear speakers from a number of charitable organizations. In addition, students visited or did community service projects with these nonprofits: Adullam House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Brantwood Children’s Home, Child Protect, Common Ground Montgomery, Community of Hope, Family Sunshine Center/Exodus Community, Father Purcell’s Memorial Children’s Center, Mary Ellen’s Hearth at Nellie Burge, Medical Outreach Ministries, Montgomery Area Food Bank, and Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrian (MANE). Josh Cirulnak of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits presented information on 501(c)(3) designation, evaluation of a nonprofit’s 990 reports and grant writing. Students also researched

not-for profits using and For the second year, Brad Armagost of the Young Bankers Leadership Initiative presented a session on financial literacy. While the students earn no school credit for completing the course, they are given a stipend, of which they are required to donate a percentage to one nonprofit organization of his or her choice. During a luncheon at the end of the course, each student invites the recipient of the donation and gives a presentation about the organization he or she chose. The following organizations were chosen as recipients by the students to receive a stipend: The Autism Society of Alabama, Brantwood Children’s Home, Child Protect, Cloverdale Playhouse, Common Ground Montgomery, Lifeline Children’s Services, Mary Ellen’s Hearth at Nellie Burge, Montgomery Area Food Bank, Salvation Army, and Therapy Dogs on Call. Class of 2012 Philanthropy 101 Course members are, back row from left, Lucinda Cannon, Marshall Lee, Hayes Vinson, William Speaks, Drew Patterson and Alex Long; and front row, Hendrick Adams, Abby Crawford, Laura Katherine Crum, Sarah Catherine Hook, Cameron Jones, Lizzie Hobbs and Morgan Heumann.

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The Bus Back to School

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

The bright yellow bus is one of the first vehicles that children learn to recognize coming down the street. It’s big, yellow, and often full of wiggling, waving kids – hard to miss out on the open road. The bus is one of the rare vehicles that almost everyone can claim to have ridden at some time, regardless of age and geography. When they’re older, many children will ride the bus to and from school, or ride buses on field trips, church excursions and vacations. The following items introduce the big yellow bus to little ones approaching their first bus ride to school…and they can also reacquaint veteran riders with the on-road adventures of the bus to school…and back!

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Mass transit makes sense. Saving time, energy and resources are just part of the benefits that bus riding supports. And now, there’s a toy school bus that makes another kind of good Earth sense. The Green Toys Bus is a super-sturdy, heavy gauge vinyl toy made from 100% recycled milk containers. With no toxic paints or dyes, it’s printed with soy ink and dishwasher safe! Infinitely ‘playable’ with an open top for little hands to load and offload passengers and gear, the Green Toys Bus serves as an additional lesson on the importance of making the maximum use of resources with the minimum effect to the environment. Kind of like…riding a bus!

Unlike the real bus, it’s okay to crawl, lie down or jump in the Playhut School Bus. The soft-sided pop-up tent features the shape and exterior design of a school bus, but this ride is custom-made for straight-up pretend play. Big enough for two kids to play inside, yet small enough to erect in any bedroom, den or hallway, the Playhut Bus uses “Twist N Fold” technology to set-up and fold away in an instant. Whether children are driving the bus or hiding inside with a book and more toys, this bus playscape will take them to places only they can imagine.

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Kids can enjoy the last gasps of summer on a school bus of a different kind! This huge inflatable covered raft is big enough to float four or five kids as they stay cool in pool school. Measuring up at 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and assembled with heavy-gauge PVC, this middle-ofthe-pool mass transit has a 400 pound weight capacity. The most buoyant bus on the blue, this wonder of the waves will have kids scrambling for the best seat every time it hits the water. Adults are sure to be pulled into the bus as well, and should just relax as they are chauffeured around the pool when the kids take the wheel!

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Based on the popular kids’ science series, The Magic School Bus, this chemistry experiment kit puts kids on the road to brain-power. The bus-shaped kit is a chemistry lab for budding young scientists, containing the materials and components for a host of experiments inside. Colorful cards guide young inquiring minds through simple kid-friendly (and sometimes messy) experiments. Lessons on litmus paper and chromatography mix with projects to create sticky ice, fungus and slime. Like riding a bus to an unknown destination, these experimental adventures will open up exciting new avenues for kids with an interest in chemistry who are ready to get on board with science.

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“Don’t leave me! NO! Please! Mommy! Mommy, don’t go!” Sound familiar? Separation anxiety is a normal part of child development. Babies and toddlers will often scream when it is time for Mommy or Daddy to hand them off to the caregiver, even if it is a familiar routine. It is also normal for preschoolers or young school age children to become tearful or clingy when starting a new school or returning after a break. Seeing their child so upset often results in a very guilty and stressed out parent. Many parents make the separation even more upsetting to their child without realizing it. I have worked with young children and families for over twenty years and have witnessed thousands of drop offs. Here are some tips for making drop off less stressful for everyone.

Build familiarity.

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before their first day. Let them see the caregivers or teachers, other children, play areas and materials. Arrange for them to visit several times, if possible, with the duration increasing slightly with each visit.

Tell your child what to expect.

Read storybooks about children who go to a babysitter, daycare or school. Let your child know where you’ll be while you’re away and when you’ll be back. Make sure they know who will be looking after them. Walk them through the day. For example, “After I walk you to your classroom I am going to go to work. I packed you ham and cheese for lunch today! After nap, you’ll go on the playground and I’ll be back to pick you up at 3:00.”

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even more upset than they were originally and it takes longer to calm them down. Let your child know you’re leaving instead of sneaking away.

Be quick.

Don’t prolong the goodbye. This doesn’t mean you should push them out of the car and drive off either! Establish a routine, such as you leave after you help your child hang up their backpack. Then give them a cheerful hug, kiss and goodbye and head out.

Keep going.

Say goodbye and then go. Tara, a mom of three, says, “I was a mess when I first sent my oldest child to daycare. I would listen outside the door and if she was still crying after thirty seconds, I headed right back in to comfort her. We’d do this half a dozen times or more some mornings. After several months the director urged me to wait longer. She stood with me and urged me to be patient. My daughter screamed for three Montgomery Parents I August 2012

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Your child senses when you’re upset. If you are feeling guilty, frustrated or sad, they will feed off of your emotions. Stay calm and upbeat at both drop off and pick up times.

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Stay consistent. Routines help children feel safe. Try to stick to the same schedule every morning.

Be patient.

Don’t throw in the towel if your child is still crying after a week. If you are happy with everything else about the caregiver or school, give it some time. It can take several weeks for a child to adjust to a new situation. However, trust your instincts. If your child’s reluctance to part from you is very out of character, there could be a situation with the caregiver, teacher or environment causing them stress. Remember that like most childhood phases, this too shall pass. However, if drop off causes your child intense and prolonged emotional distress, they may be suffering from separation anxiety disorder. According to kidshealth. org,separation anxiety disorder is rare, but can last into elementary school and beyond. Characteristics include a reluctance to sleep alone, loss of appetite, nightmares and panic attacks. If your child is excessively fearful of being separated from you, talk to their pediatrician. mp


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Permission to Dream! by Marla Cilley

Would you like to know what keeps us from following our dreams? It is perfectionism! We give up before we ever start because we don’t think we have time or all the ducks are not in a row first. That perfectionism keeps us stuck in the mire of a life that is unfulfilled. The hopeless feeling that we have can and will be eliminated if we would just dream a little; then take those dreams and do something each day to realize them. We are so good at day dreaming. We have all been accused of this. Let’s use our day dreaming creativity to put a little joy back into our lives.

We get so caught up in our day to day activities that we forget where our passion lies. Many times we have allowed that passion to slip out of our mind’s eye and we don’t even know what it is any more. How do we rekindle that passion without allowing our perfectionism to take over and defeat us once again? The first thing we need to think about is how that perfectionism manifests itself. This is in our all or nothing thinking. This is why our dreams have been pushed to the back burner. When we don’t have any hope we give up before we ever get started. This is what happens in our homes and in our lives. Let’s face it; we want what we want and we want it now. When now doesn’t feel doable we give up. Eventually we quit thinking about it because of the pain we feel. We don’t have to do this to ourselves another day. We really can have our cake and eat it, too...if we will just allow ourselves the joy

of dreaming. So how do we accomplish this? I am going to put it out there in some simple baby steps. Figure out what that dream is: Was it to write a novel, own a cabin in the woods, get a college degree? You have to sit down and allow yourself the luxury of thinking about this without throwing in the towel when it seems too hard. After all, anything worth doing is worth doing wrong. I am quoting a high school math teacher of my husband’s. For we perfectionists this is hard to stomach, but if we will just go with it for now and not think it to death, we will begin to see how profound that statement is. What is a dream anyway, but a desire that is unfulfilled?! We can give ourselves permission to dream and why not dream big in the process. You never know where those dreams may take you unless you put up your sails and allow them to propel you into your future in the here and now. Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong. Say it again! Once you rekindle that dream I want you to put it in front and center in your daily life so that it can pop up at random moments during the day. This means you need a visual image that represents your dream. I have my dream as a screen saver on my computer and on my cell phone. You can put it on your refrigerator, you can blog about it, you can talk to others about your dream. Dream big! Each day give yourself a few moments to think about this dream. Imagine yourself living the dream and don’t allow your perfectionism to stop you from enjoying the process. The journey is half the joy. When we stuff our feelings we set ourselves up for addictions. This is our perfectionism beating us up because we don’t think we can. Please don’t allow perfectionism to hurt you another day. We have spent our lives being everything to everyone. Now is the time to take a few moments for yourself. This is not being selfish, but a loving gesture that fills up your cup so that you have more to give. Let’s put some joy back into our lives by dreaming big!

For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, check out her website at or her book, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2012 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.


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Pike Road Fire Dept. Holds 9/11 Ceremony at Town Hall

The Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department will host a 9/11 ceremony on Tuesday, September 11, at Town Hall, 9575 Vaughn Rd. (Pike Road Station). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. The event is to raise community awareness and support for firefighters, first responders and law enforcement while remembering and honoring the lives of those firefighter/first responders and law enforcement lost on 9/11/01. This year’s event will feature speakers, bagpipes, Montgomery County Honor Guard, trumpet player, refreshments and commemorative items. Bradley Roberson, a rising country music artist, will also perform. The event concludes with a candlelight vigil. For additional information on Pike Road Fire Department, visit www.

Tonya Speed of Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection taught a tap workshop in Luverne, Alabama, recently to dancers who are involved on competition teams. The girls studied tap technique, learned combinations and completed a routine during the workshop.

Wetumpka Cub Scouts Hold First Raingutter Regatta

Wetumpka Cub Scout Pack 429, based in the Redland area, held its first-ever Raingutter Regatta event at Mulder Church recently. Boys decorated wooden boats with paper sails and then raced against each other by blowing the boats through drinking straws. One hand remained behind their backs at all times. The races were for fun and no one was recognized for being the overall winner. After everyone had at least one chance to compete, the group moved outdoors to enjoy snowcones.


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Local Taekwondo Students Train with Olympian

Students of Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center (DTC) participated in an Olympic Training Seminar conducted by Terrence Jennings recently. Jennings is a member of the United States Taekwondo Olympic Team and will compete in this year’s Olympics in London. During the seminar, students learned some of the drills that have helped him become an international caliber athlete. They also learned the importance of nutrition, exercise and recovery. It was not only an intense workout, but also a major motivation boost for those in attendance. Among the students at the seminar were members of Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center competition team, the DTC Elite! Eight of these students were in training with their eyes set upon Gold of their own. They previously had successful bids to compete in the USA Taekwondo Junior and Senior Nationals, also known as the USAT Junior Olympics, while qualifying at an event in Kennesaw, Ga. in May. This year, the national event was in Dallas from June 28-July 4. The USAT is the official governing body of taekwondo in the United States under the United States Olympic Committee. More than 3,000 taekwondo students from across the United States were in attendance at this event. While DTC had not competed on the national level in over three years, DTC Elite team members rose to the challenge to represent their school and Alabama. There were no other schools or students representing Alabama. Competing in 16 events overall, the team medaled in seven. Those seven medals included three Gold, one Silver, and three Bronze. All three of the Gold medals were in Olympic-style Sparring, using the same equipment competitors in London will use. The team’s sole Black Belt competitor, Jyasi’ Davis, was in for a surprise when he and his coach, Kharaun Campbell, stepped into the ring for the Gold Medal match for his division. The opposing student’s coach was none other than Jean Lopez, Head Coach of the U.S. National and Olympic Teams. In a hardfought match that came down to the wire, Montgomery Parents I August 2012

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Davis was able to pull off victory with a 3-point head kick with three seconds remaining in the match. While in Dallas, some members of the team had the chance to run into Jennings and the entire Olympic team. “It was great to know that he remembered our students from the seminar, and engaged them. Several bystanders were asking, ‘how do they know him?’” recalls Coach Campbell. DTC Elite Members who had the opportunity to go to Dallas for this national event were Moleik Campbell, Kahle Cox, Jyasi Davis, Derrick Long, Justin Mahoney, Amanda Nguyen, Andrea Nguyen and Ayden Reese. The team was 53

led by DTC Coach Kharaun Campbell. Now that the tournament season has culminated, the students are receiving a slight reprieve from training. However, with the new season beginning in August, they will all be back in the dojang with aspirations of improving and bringing home more Gold medals. Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center is operated by Master Anne Docarmo, a World Taekwondo Federation 6th degree Black Belt, who has been teaching in Montgomery for more than eight years. Those with interest in FREE lessons at Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center can call 220-5835 or visit

Tools of the Grade Help Your Student Build Knowledge with These Ideas

by Susanne Estes, M.Ed.

A carpenter needs a variety of tools to build a house. He needs a saw to cut and shape wood. He needs a measuring tape to make sure all the parts are the right size. He needs to hold the walls together with nails or wood screws. These tools are called, “tools of the trade”. A carpenter needs the right tools to be a successful builder. Your child also needs tools. Motivation, organization, time management, information-gathering, studying, and writing are some of the academic tools he’ll need to build knowledge. These are “tools of the grade”. Your child needs these tools to be a successful student.

Learning is a skill. Just as a carpenter can learn to be a better builder, your child can learn how to be a better student. Learning is also a process. Knowledge is built from the ground up, just like a house. Organization and time management act as blueprints for where and when you will study. Listening, reading, note-taking, and participation allow you to gather the materials you need to learn. Concentration, memorization and studying build the information you gather into a solid house of knowledge. Your child needs motivation to work hard in class and complete assignments on time. As a parent, you can 54

help him succeed in school by establishing effective study skills at home. Some effective ways to encourage study habits are: • Make a homework schedule with your child. Consider when your child concentrates best. • Make studying a daily habit, whether your child has homework or not. Middle school and high school students should spend at least one hour daily on reviewing classwork and materials. • Emphasize that school is your child’s job and part of their job is doing some work at home every day. Organization and time management skills are additional vital components that must be utilized when establishing helpful study skills. To begin this process, help your child clean out his backpack, desk and locker. For each item, ask your child, “When will you use this?” If he answers now, he should keep it wherever it’s most useful. If he answers later, he should store it in his room. If he answers never, throw it out. One way to improve time management skills is to introduce simple checklists. They will help your child strategize tasks and organize his time. They also model the idea of writing down homework assignments. Beginning in upper elementary school, your child should use a homework planner as their daily to-do list. With your child, create a monthly calendar to keep track of deadlines and social activities. Every day in school, your child gathers information to study by listening, reading, note-taking and participating in class. The best way to build your child’s information-gathering skills at home is by building a lifelong love of reading. Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) is an activity for the whole family. Set aside one hour every week that is just for reading and writing. For that hour, turn off the television, computer and other media devices. Another way to involve the entire family is through oral reading. Reading aloud isn’t only for young children. Set aside two or three nights per week to read aloud to your children. The choices can be anything of interest: Montgomery Parents I August 2012

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classics, contemporary juvenile fiction, outdoor magazines, and the Bible. It’s alright for the level to be above your child’s reading level. You can explain difficult vocabulary and passages. If your child expresses interest in a movie, get her the book before you go to the movie. Talk about how the movie differs from the book and whether or not you like the way the director interpreted the book. Reading information over and over is not studying. The best way to learn information is to use it or make something with it. Try these ideas to help your child study actively: • Make graphic organizers. A graphic organizer is a chart, diagram or illustration that shows how facts and details are related. A timeline is one type of graphic organizer—it shows how events fit together in chronological order. • Study with a voice recorder. Try making a news broadcast or silly song about the information your child is studying. • Get a marker board and play school. Have your child play teacher and

explain the concepts she is studying to you. Ask questions that prompt her to review important details. • Take math into the kitchen. Many children understand math concepts more easily if they have a tangible demonstration. For example, you can cut an apple into pieces to help explain fractions. Your child will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in writing throughout her school years. After your child finishes a writing assignment, ask her if she would like to critique the piece with you. Point out parts of the writing that you like and offer suggestions. Use C.U.R.E.S. to improve the piece. Is the writing Clear? Read the piece of writing out loud. Listen for places where the writing is difficult to read or hard to understand. Address these awkward areas. Is the piece Unique? Every child is an expert in his own experiences. The piece he wrote should be uniquely his – you should see his personality in it. Have you met all of the teacher’s Requirements? Make sure you’ve

answered all the parts of the question and meet any standards for length and formatting. Is the writing Enjoyable? What makes this piece a joy to read? Is it supposed to be funny, clever, elegant, or powerful? Teachers reward writing that makes them laugh, smile, or nod in sympathy. Does the writing use Specific details? Good writing paints a picture in the reader’s mind. Encourage your child to replace general words such as “person”, “everyone”, and “thing” with specific details. Effective study and organizational strategies are tools that your child will use throughout her school years and into adulthood. The parenting strategies discussed in this article will help you support and encourage your child as she takes steps to bring these better study habits into daily practice. mp Susanne Estes, M.Ed., is a teacher-librarian and the area director of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services. She may be reached at (334) 356-1490. Club Z! offers a free study skills seminar to interested parent groups (PTA, MOPS, homeschool groups, etc.). Please contact Club Z! if you’re interested in learning more about this community service.

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After School Activities Guide Bowling ACE Bowling Center: 1661 Eastern Blvd., 334-819-7171. Youth Leagues will be starting up in the fall. You may come in and sign up anytime. Please visit us at www. BAMA Lanes: 272-5423, 3020 Atlanta Highway. Youth leagues on Saturdays. Ages 4-21. Free Youth Clinic dates will be announced in August. Pre-registration with free bowling. BAMA Lanes in Prattville: 358-8600, 1734 East Main Street. Youth leagues on Saturdays. Ages 4-21 . Registration will August 25th at 9a.m.. Free bowling with paid membership. Please call for more information. Brunswick Woodmere Lanes: 270-1101, 5665 Carmichael Road. Youth leagues on Saturdays. Ages 4-21. Dates for Open House September 8th at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and Homeschool Open House will be September 6th at 1:15 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Drama Classes & Public Speaking Tree Theatre Co: 411 C & D Twain

Curve, 356-6025. Tree Theatre is designed to serve the needs of all people interested in furthering education for a gift/talent. We are available to very serious students ages 4 and up who are seeking to be trained, nurtured and exposed in their talent. We offer year round operation and classes are held weekly which allow you to jump in at any point to begin. Fall enrollment is August 8 and 10. Please call or visit us at www. for more information. Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Greta Lambert, 271-5393, Website:, these classes help students develop skills and confidence need for auditions or presentations. ASF Acting Academy: Acting Classes for All Ages Fall Semester: Mondays, starting in October Winter Semester: Mondays, starting in January For Students: Rising Stars (Grades 3-5); $200 (Ten Sessions) Fall session: Mondays, October 8 - December 10 Time: 4:00-6:00 PM Stage Door (Grades 6-8); $200 (Ten Sessions) Fall session: Mondays, October 8 - December 10 56

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Time: 4:00-6:00 PM For Teens: Curtain Call Players; $200 (Ten Sessions) Fall session: Mondays, October 8 - December 10 Time: 7:00-9:00 PM For Adults: Actor’s Workshop; Cost: $200 (Ten Sessions) Fall session: Mondays, October 8- December 10 Time: 7:00-9:00 PM

Recreational Activities Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Region: Administrative Office, 832-4288 Patricia Hackett; Chisholm, 265-2469, 2612 Lower Wetumpka Rd., Tobarie Burton; West End, 263-3371, 220 Crenshaw Street Cheryl Myrick; Wetumpka, 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 Montgomery Parents I August 2012


summer. All locations serve children ages 6-18. $5.00 a year per child. Boy Scouts: 3067 Carter Hill Rd.; Bill Morgan; 262-2697 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. Please visit our website www. Churches: Check local churches for programs. AWANA Programs are popular. Website: www. Daycares: Please check with local daycare centers for the option of after school care. Check out Montgomery Parents on the web at and use our archived April Child Care Directory to get started. Doster Center, Prattville: 361-3640, 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.,

Frazer Sonshine Soccer: 495-6459, Atlanta Hwy. Held at Frazer Soccer Fields will be held in the Spring. Please call for more information or visit our website at for more information. Frazer Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading: 495-6459, Atlanta Hwy. Program available for 1st – 6th graders. Registration is going on now and will end August 10. Spaces are limited. Practices begin the week of August 27th. Games begin September 15 and will run until November 3. Please call or visit our website at Frazer Upward Basketball: 495-6459, Atlanta Hwy. Program available for girls 4 years through 12th grade and boys 4 years through 9th grade. Registration only during the month of October. Practice begins in December. Games begin in January. Please call for more information or visit our website at www. Girl Scouts: 272-9164, 145 Coliseum Boulevard. 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.

Someone will be handing out brochures at all schools in August/September. Please visit our website at Montgomery YMCA: 28 after school sites. 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 & TriHi-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. Fall Outdoor Mini-Soccer for ages 4 & 5 Fall Season: September/November. Games Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. Registration begins July 21st. Season begins in August and will end in October. Football for ages 6-7, 8-9, 10, or 11-12 Season: September-November. Ages 6-12 (No 7th grade players will be allowed.) Games on Saturdays. Registration will be going on until August 5. Saturday from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Cheerleading for ages 6-12 (no 7th graders allowed) Season: September-November. Games on Saturdays. Registration going on now until August 5th. Barracuda’s Competitive Swim Team The YMCA has a year-round competitive swim program based at the East YMCA. Contact Nikki Cashwell at 272-3390. Tryouts will held the week of August 20th. Please call for more





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information. They can also be contacted online at Soccer WebSite: Email: Participants can sign up at any local YMCA. Recreational Soccer: Season- SeptemberNovember and April-May. Ages 6-17. Games Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Registration is open now. Practice begins August 20th and games begin September 1st. Indoor Soccer: Season December-January, February-March, June-August. Ages 7-17. Games Monday, Tuesdays, Thursday, Friday and Saturday depending on age group. Registration TBA 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 269-4362 for additional information. Starts in September. Other contact numbers: Soccer Branch, 396-9754 Kershaw Center, W. Fairview Ave. 265-1433 Cleveland Ave., Rosa Parks Ave. 265-0566 Downtown, South Perry Street 269-4362 East Y, Pelzer Avenue 272-3390 Bell Road Y, Bell Road 271-4343 Goodtimes Center, off Bell Road 279-8666 Southeast Y, Carter Hill Road 262-6411 Camp Chandler, Lake Jordan 269-4362

Camp Grandview, Millbrook 290-9622 James Wilson Jr, 1445 Wilson Park Dr., 356-8471 Montgomery YMCA Goodtimes Center: 2325 Mill Ridge Dr., off Bell Road, 279-8666. Ages 5 to 12. 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. till school starts. O’Connor Tennis Center: 500 Anderson Street, 240-4884. After-school Tennis Clinics offered during the school year for all ages. Please call or visit www.oconn0rtenniscenter. com for more information. Prattville YMCA: 365-8852 or for the Prattville Bradford Branch call Betty Estes, 358-9622. 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 - 12. Fall sports are as follows: Foot-


ball 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. Wetumpka YMCA: Scot Patterson, 567-8282. 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, cheerleading, basketball, karate, T Ball, Swim Team and soccer. Open registration. The following sports are available beginning in the fall: Football for boys’ ages 6-12, cheerleading for girls’ grades 1-6, Mini-soccer for ages 4-5. Therapeutic Recreation Center: Fredrick Thomas, 240-4595, 604 Augusta Street 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 from Montgomery public schools. Space is limited, so please register on time. Please call for more information about registrations dates and times.

Art and Music Arts in Motion: Diana Gray-Williams,

1803 West Bird St., Montgomery, 657-7685 or 593-3419. Music lessons offered after school.

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269-3874. Enrollment is open to all children who live in Montgomery County in grades K-6. They offer piano, classical guitar, strings (violin, viola, cello and bass), visual art, drama, choral music, instrumental music and dance. 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. Classes will begin on the 20th of August. Please call for more information about registration dates and times.

Guitar & Music Lessons: Chris Niel, Teacher. Call 354-0896 or email cniel24@ Weekly, 45 minute, one on one guitar lessons. Improvisation /theory lessons for any instrumentalist. Beginners to advanced. Kindermusik of Montgomery: First Baptist Church School of Fine Arts. 305 S. Perry St. A unique experience for child and parent. Each Kindermusik class is a world of discovery and adventure. In every class, you’ll

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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. Birth to 7 years old. Singing, movement, instruments, and social interaction. Classes begins in August. Now enrolling for fall semester. Call today for registration. Contact Sara Hall at 271-3264.

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Studio Programs: 244-5700, 1 Museum

Drive, Email: or call Donna Pickens at 240-4370. 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 and click on education tab for more fall classes. After School Art I: (ages 6 to 8) During these weekly classes, students will explore different art techniques, elements of art and principles of design, related to art in the Museum. They will use a variety of art materials to create drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculpture, including oil and chalk pastels, colored pencils, acrylic, watercolor, and tempera paint, clay and mixed media sculpture. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 12 students. Instructors: Donna Pickens and Education Staff; Time: 3:45 to 4:45 P.M. Wednesdays: September 19, 26; October 10,


17, 24, 31; November 14, 28; December 5 & 12. Cost: $125 members/$185 non-members After School Art II: (ages 9to 13) This series of weekly classes for upper elementary and junior high students offers more advanced art techniques and principles of design in connection with works of art and exhibitions in the Museum. Lessons will include a variety of art materials and techniques, such as drawing with pen and ink, colored pencils, oil and chalk pastels; painting with acrylics and watercolors; creating mixed media and collage works of art; sculpting with clay and mixed media. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students Instructors: Donna Pickens and Education Staff Time: 4 to 5 P.M. Thursdays: September 20, 27; October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 15, 29; December 6 & 13 Cost: $125 members/$185 non-members

Montgomery Youth Chorale: 2653737, 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. Please email info@ to schedule your child’s audition for membership. Please visit us at for more information. Abrakadoodle Art Education: Ignite your child’s imagination while developing their fine

motor skills. Let your child explore new art techniques and create their own unique masterpieces. We offer classes for ages 20 months- 12 years. Registration begins August 1st. Call Susan Parker @ 265-5758 for more information or visit our website Allegro School of Fine Arts: First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry St., 241-5153. Enrollment is now in progress for fall semester, which will begin in Aug. Orchestral instruments, guitar, piano, and voice. Class instruction in art and cooking, as well as Kindermusik, for the young is available!. Monday - Friday at scheduled times. Please call for more information. Please visit and click link for ministries and then music. Armory Learning Arts Center: 241-2787, 1018 Madison Avenue. A variety of classes including art, dance, piano, photography, gymnastics, glass fusing, fencing, acting and pottery classes. Please call for dates and times. Scheduling in progress. Please call for more information. Montgomery Symphony Youth Orchestra: 240-4004. Runs concurrent with the school year. Auditions Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 9:45 a.m. Ages 13 and up. Orchestral Instruments. Call the Dory Hector at 279-6575 for information. Paint and Clay: 819-4450, 66 Dalraida Rd., Montgomery. We offer after school art classes

at participating schools. Please call for list of schools or visit our website at Piano Lessons by Summer Whatley: 5462699, Private piano lessons offered to homeschoolers and adults year round. Lesson slots offered between the hours of 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Lessons are $72 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. Please call for more info.

Dance and Gymnastics Alabama Dance Theatre: 241-2590,

1018 Madison Ave., Montgomery. The Alabama Dance Theatre will be offering classes in classical ballet, pointe, pre-ballet (beginning at age 3), modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and tap beginning August 20th. Company auditions for the Alabama Dance Theatre will be held Sunday, August 19th. Classes will be held at the Armory Learning Arts Center, home of the Alabama Dance Theatre. Website: www.

Centre of Performing Arts:

975 S. Memorial Drive, Prattville: 491-1192 Register now and classes begin in August 6. We focus on quality dance instruction by teachers

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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 Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and gymnastics. We are the #1 competitive dance studios in the State of Alabama. Please visit the website

Dance Generation: 65 Ashburton Drive,

395-4300, 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 6-7 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.. Classes begin in September. To pre-register you can call 334-283-5249 or 283-2201. Cost depends on class. Please visit us at www.

Laura’s School of Dance: 47 N. Burbank Drive, 315-5636 or email: lfaile@ Offering Montgomery a Christian approach to the art of dance using Christian music to honor Him. Classes in ballet, tap and jazz. Ages 3 and up. Please call Laura for more information. The Montgomery Ballet: 2101 Eastern

Blvd, Suite 223 (The Courtyard), call 4090522 for information on classes. Priscilla Crommelin-Ball, Executive School Director and Darren McIntyrre, Artistic 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. Classes begin August 6th and the annual School Performance will be announced. Open House Registration is August 1st -4th. Creative Movement (2 1/2 - 4 year); Pre-Ballet (4 - 5 years); Beginning Ballet A (5-6 years); Beginning Ballet B (6-7years); Beginner Ballet 1(ages 7-9); Beginner Ballet 2 (10-13 years); Adult Basic Ballet, Adult Beginner Ballet, Adult & Teens/Adv/Int/Beg-Jazz; Modern. Please visit us at

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Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection:

3370 Harrison Rd., 277-1098. Fall registration in August 7th and 8th from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Gymnastics, Baton, and ballroom. Ages 2 ½ to Adult (beginner and advanced) Please call for class dates and times. Dance Connection is the home of the award winning dance team-The DC Strutters. Preschool classes also available on site. Please visit our website at www.

United Gymstars & Cheer, L.L.C.:

284-2244, 6100 Brewbaker Blvd. Offer Baby-

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gym for infants to 1 & 2; KinderGym ages 3-4. Junior Gym ages 5 & 6 yrs. yrs. Progressive ages 7 and up. Full range of cheer classes ages 8 and up. Tumbling and trampoline 5 and up. Boys preschool (ages 3 to 5), Boys progressive (6 & up). Please call for times and prices. Family discounts available. Registration on a monthly basis. Parents night out offered. Visit website at Armory Athletics Center: 1018 Madison Ave., 241-2789. School session begins August 20. Ongoing registration. Developmental (Ages 2-5) 45 minute classes: Various afternoon class times Monday through Thursday. Progressive Girls and Boys (Ages 6 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. 2 classes per week $40 per month. Additional classes at a $20 per class. 50% discount for every second or third family member. CJ’s Dance Factory and The Prattville Ballet: 145 S. Court St., Prattville, 361-0554. Fall Registration/ open house every Tuesday and Thursday in August 5:30-7:30 p.m. Offering professional instruction in: Classical ballet, jazz, tap, gymnastics, and preschool dance. Beginner to pre professional, we offer gymnastics, Preschool dance, Beginner to preprofessional, we offer reasonable tuition with family discounts and affordable tasteful recital costumes. Our instructors have college dance

degrees and/or professional experience. Classes are designed to encourage and stimulate the progress of each student’s mental and physical capabilities by teaching the art of dance in a professional environment. Be part of the NUTCRACKER BALLET this winter! Other performance opportunities available as well. Lisa’s Dance Dimensions: 2981 Main St., Millbrook, 285-5515 or 221-4622. Ages 18 months through adult. Offer Parent/Tot, Rhythm, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, and Gymnastics. Class times vary according to age and level. Fall registration begins August 1st. Please call for registration time and dates. Please visit our website at Mann Dance Studio: 422 Pratt St., Prattville, 365-5154. The studio offers and excels in all forms of dance, offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. Registration will be Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on July 10, from 5:00 to 7:30. Classes will begin in August. Tap, Lyrical, Pointe, Ballet, Gymnastics, Baton and Jazz. Call for class times and dates. Ages 3 and up. Maya’s Dance Studio: 136 Mendel Parkway in Montgomery. Maya’s offers Belly dancing and Zumba . Please call 356-6552 for details. Next Dimension Gymnastics: 101A Penser Blvd., Millbrook, 285-5515 or 221-4622. Ages


18 months through adult. 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. Please call for registration times and dates. Please visit our website at Tammy’s Academy of Dance: Tammy Grubbs Rauch, 2620 East 3rd Street, 265-5299. Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Classes for ages 3 through adult. Please call for registration times and dates. You may get registration forms off of their website at

Horses Shade Tree Riding Academy: 2903727 or 546-3964, 566 Thornfield Dr., Millbrook. Gentle, experienced horses, easy trail and knowledgeable staff to assist beginners. Call today for more information. Seven Oaks Equestrian Center: Located between I-85 and Vaughn Road, one mile south of The Waters, in Pike Road. Website: www.; Call 334-260-7972. Riding lessons offered year round. Private lessons and groups of up to four. Ages 6 and up. Call for pricing. Lessons run one hour.

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Martial Arts Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center: 2179

Taylor Rd., Montgomery, 36116; 220-5835; Anne Docarmo. Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center offers an affordable family friendly martial arts program with no long-term contracts. Anti-abduction curriculum, Random Acts of Kindness Program, Academic Achievement Program and MORE all taught by nationally certified instructors... check us out! ***Ages 4 & older/Lil’ Dragons (ages 4-5) offered during the school year! With all memberships you receive a free uniform. Please visit our website at

Family Karate Center: 8159 Vaughn Rd, Peppertree Shopping Center. 277-4911. 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. Coker’s now also offers Japanese Martial Arts Training and Weaponry. Master Carole Coker, is a certified post-trauma rape counselor, one of the highest ranking female instructors in the Southeast, and has 39 years

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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. Visit our website at www.

Fleming’s Martial Art Institute: 4315 Atlanta Hwy, 277-KICK (5425). Family rates available. Free uniform with all programs. Taekwondo (3 and up), Tia Chi (10 and up) and Brazilian Jia Jitsu (7 and up). Develops self-confidence, teaches self-defense, improves grades, develops coordination, promotes fitness and is fun. Specialized program for ages 3-5 (Karate Cubs). Call for times and prices. Please visit our website at Montgomery Taekwondo: Goodwyn

Community Center on Perry Hill Rd., 2205029. Classes offered for Lil’Dragons (4-6 years), Beginner (6 to adult), Advanced (6 to adult). Open registration. Call for two FREE lessons. Please find us at Montgomery Taekwondo Center on Facebook. Chung’s Taekwondo: 3125 Bell Road, 2772627. Fall special 4 weeks for $79 and includes a free uniform. Free registration. New students welcome anytime. Ages 6 and up.


Martial Arts Center: 420 Coliseum Blvd., 271-2228. 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 4 yrs. - 12. Call for times and prices. Tiger Rock Taekwondo Plus: 244-9139, 2750 Bell Rd. Classes offered for children ages 4-5 (Tiger Cubs), ages 6-12 (Junior Program) and 13-adult. Please call us for more information regarding class times and schedules.

River Skate Montgomery: 301 Bibb St., in downtown Montgomery. A skateboard, rollerblade, bike and scooter park. Membership is sold in seasonal passes. Call 240-4017 for more details. Skate Zone 2000: 567-4434, 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. Please call for more information and rates.


US Yoshukai Karate: 290 N. Burbank Dr., David or Adrienne Coda, 657-2032. Website: www., Email: yoshukai1@knology. net or visit us on Facebook under US Yoshukai Karate. Ages 5 and up. Call for details.

Adventure Sports Aquatic Center:


YMCA Barracuda’s Competitive Swim Team: The YMCA has a year-round competitive swim program based at the East YMCA. Contact Nikki Cashwell at 272-3390. Tryouts will held the week of August 20th. Please call for more information. They can also be contacted online at

KLynn Skating School at the Eastdale Mall Ice Rink: 272-7225. Montgom-

ery’s Only Ice Skating School. Classes starting soon please call for dates and rates. Private Lessons Available. Call for more details or visit

1546 E. Ann Street, 269-3483. Heated Indoor Pool Year Round. Swimming Lessons, Scuba and Life Guard Classes. Visit www.



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Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services: Susanne Estes, M.Ed., is a teacher-


librarian and the area director of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services. She may be reached at (334) 356-1490. Offering ACT/ SAT Test Prep, Study Skills, Reading, Math, Writing. Affordable Rates with Qualified Tutors. Club Z! also offers a free study skills seminar to interested parent groups (PTA, MOPS, homeschool groups, etc.). Please contact Club Z! if you’re interested in learning more about this community service.

Huntington Learning Center: 2800 Zelda Rd., 277-9200. Individual testing and tutoring in reading, study skills, writing, phonics, spelling, math and ACT/SAT prep, GED and exit exam. Students ages 5 - adult. Kumon Reading and Math Center: 8125 Vaughn Rd, 649-1178. 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

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Kumon Central: 1655 Perry Hill Rd,

279-1400. 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. Please call or visit us at

Success Unlimited: 2328 Fairlane

Drive., 213-0803. Aftercare available now from 12pm until 3 p.m. Tutoring available for any subject. Tutoring provided by Christian certified teachers. Please call for rates. Call 213-0803 to register. Class size limited.

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

Ascend Tutoring: 239-0652. Ascend Tutoring Services, provides home tutoring in the following cities & towns: Montgomery,

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Millbrook, and Prattville. We offer: Affordable one-on-one tutoring, Professional dedicated tutors, Comfort of your own home, Use your school curriculum. Please call us of visit our website for more information. Enjoy Learning Center: 2500 Fairlane Dr., Bldg 2 Suite 203 (in Executive Park, east of Montgomery Mall) 270-0234. One-on-one tutoring for ages 4 to adult. Math, science, chemistry, reading, comprehension, phonics, spelling, writing, graduation exit exam,

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ACT and SAT. Certified, skilled teachers. Credit/debit cards accepted. MasterRead: 2941A Zelda Rd., 288-8547. 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. Please contact us if you know of children’s activities not listed. Email

Come Dance in a Positive, Fun Learning Environment Without the Drama! Fall Fall Registration! Registration! August August 7 7& & 8, 8, 4-6 4-6 p.m. p.m. Birthday Birthday Parties Parties Available Available New New Hip Hip Hop Hop & & Cheer Cheer Classes Classes

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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

The Case for Books on Canines There’s a reason we call them ‘man’s best friend’. Since ancient times, dogs have hunted beside us, guarded our flocks, defended our homes, and been stalwart and loyal companions through the ages. Maybe it’s the historic bond we share with them, or perhaps their ability to communicate through expression and behavior, that we regard them as ‘almost human’ friends and family. Anyone who’s ever loved a dog will love these tales of hounds who face challenges (real and absurd) with dogged determination, and triumph with flying furry colors!

Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic

by Monica Carnesi (Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin) When people along the icy shore of a Baltic seaside town spy a dog trapped on a block of ice floating swiftly toward the sea, the saga begins of an unlikely rescue. Unreachable from shore despite the efforts of firefighters, the pup’s chances of survival almost disappears until a ship catches sight of him two days later. Can the ship’s crew reach him before he falls into the ocean? The unexpected connection between a freezing pup heading into unimaginable danger and the warm hearts of the people who strive to save him will melt every heart!

Dog in Charge

by K.L. Going, Illustrated by Dan Santat (Dial Books / Penguin) Dog can do SO many things! He can sit, stay and even dance! Surely it will be no problem for him to keep five cats in order while the family runs a few errands. Dog is left in charge, but his charges have other ideas. When Dog’s head is turned for only a moment, the cats are on the move and wreaking havoc from room to room. Chasing the cats and trying to boss them into submission is getting Dog nowhere – and it’s exhausting. When he finally falls asleep, too tired to chase them anymore, too tired to fix the mess – the cats emerge one by one and decide to take charge before the family returns. Hilariously illustrated from cover-to-cover, kids will delight in the ‘babysitting’ mayhem and the redemption that follows.

Magritte’s Marvelous Hat

by D. B. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin) On a bright day in the dark of night, Magritte, the gentleman hound and painter, spies a marvelous hat in the store window. But when he tries it on, it won’t fit on his head, instead floating inches above it. Disturbing, yet delightful to others who see his floating hat, it’s none-the-less a perfect fit for him as it doesn’t pinch his ears or muss his hair. But the hat is also prone to escape and take off on flights of fancy that lead Magritte to see and explore the world with a new eye. Illustrated with plentiful nods to the original (non-canine) Magritte’s surrealist paintings, this title is a marvelous introduction to the artist’s iconic style as well as an enchanting tale of a dog and artist finding the style that best suits him. Find more A Page in a Book recommendations at


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It’s Your Move!

Relocating with Kids

New School? No Problem. by Julie Steed

The moving boxes are unpacked and summer is winding down. Soon your child will be starting school in a new, unfamiliar location. Before the first day, schedule a visit to the school to help calm his nerves – and yours, too. Tom Salter, Senior Communication Officer for Montgomery Public Schools, agrees that a visit to the school is a great way to ease fear of the unknown. “First, both the parent and child should visit the school (if possible) at least once before the first day of school. Depending on how nervous the child (or parent) is, a couple of visits might be in order,” says Salter. Call the school office to arrange a tour and use this checklist to help you make the most of your visit. Ask for a guided tour. When you call the school office, ask if a staff member will be available to give you a guided tour. This is a great time to ask questions about drop-off and pick-up locations, bus routes, extra-curricular activities and after school programs. The more confident you feel as a parent, the better you can prepare your child. Explore alone. After your guided tour, request some time to explore the school alone with your child. Walk through the path she will take to get from the morning drop-off point to her homeroom. Make sure she knows where to go if she arrives at school early – do the children congregate in the gym, the lunchroom, the auditorium – or does she go

straight to her classroom? Knowing how to ask school administrators if they will assign get from the drop-off point to her classroom your child a buddy on the first day. will boost her confidence and ease nerves on Listen to your child. Ask your child the first day. what he’d like to know about the first day of Meet the teachers. A well-scheduled tour will Tom Salter, Senior Communication Officer allow your child an opfor Montgomery Public Schools, offers portunity to say hello to his new teacher. A face-to-face these tips for new students and parents: greeting is more useful than • Visit the school before the first day. Depending on a rushed introduction on how nervous the child (or parent) is, a couple of back-to-school night. If you or your child has any spevisits might be in order. cific concerns, address them • Children take “cues” from how nervous the parent at this time. might be. Parents should talk about positive experiRequest a schedule. ences he or she had when in school. They should Get a copy of the classroom also talk about learning and making new friends. schedule so your child will • If a parent anticipates an issue, a conversation know what to expect on the first day. If she enjoys recess, with the principal may help set up a special welcome for the child, or the principal may be able or wants to know when she to assign a “student buddy” to help with the new will get to eat snack, a school transition. class schedule will answer her questions. You • Remember that staff members have years of can keep a schedule experience working with students (and parents) posted in your house so who are nervous about starting school. that you can both refer to it as needed. If possible, pick up schedules for school. Allow him to ask questions during your middle or high-school age child the school tour, and consider his personality before the first day. If he’s concerned and individual needs. If he’s confident and about finding different classrooms, it outgoing you may not need to request as will be helpful to have a copy of the many details during your visit. schedule in hand during your school It’s possible that you are a lot more visit. concerned about the first day of school than Ask about buddy programs. Many your child is. Get a tour scheduled as quickly schools offer student ambassador or buddy as possible and then relax. With your help, programs for new students. These programs your child will survive (and maybe even pair an existing student with a new student to enjoy) her first day. assist with everything from social integration Julie Steed is an Air Force spouse with 10 moves to navigation around campus. If no program under her belt. Her children have attended 4 schools exists and your child is particularly anxious, in the last 4 years. 68

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Kazoo Toys Opens New Franchise in Montgomery

Kazoo Toys, based in Denver, has opened its first franchise in Montgomery. The new store is located at the corner of Vaughn and Taylor Roads next to Stein Mart. “We’ve been gratified with the reception we’ve received here,” said investor Rick Letner. “Folks here in Montgomery have been extremely welcoming of the store and the concept.” Kazoo Toys stocks a wide variety of merchandise with emphasis on “toys that play with the imagination,” says Letner. “No violent video games are carried.” Braden Lee, the other investor in the venture, said that, “Kazoo Toys offers discerning parents and children an alternative to mass retailers. Demand remains strong for educational and engaging toys and games that challenge and entertain young minds, and we’ve got well-trained, highly knowledgeable sales people who are here to advise kids, parents and grandparents in the selection of appropriate items.” Lee and Letner have invested in the franchise rights for three states. The Montgomery location will serve as the pilot store for the region with other locations to quickly follow. The recent grand opening featured a ribbon-cutting by the Chamber of Commerce, an appearance by a children’s book author, a live remote broadcast, hourly door prizes and face- painting. General manager of the store, Ryan Wales, said there were hundreds of people in the store during the day. “We were packed,” he said, “and it was great to see so many people taking an interest in our new concept for Montgomery.” Shown welcoming customers to the grand opening are, from left, investors Braden Lee and Rick Letner, General Manager Ryan Wales, Chamber Ambassador Bud York and Paul Redhead, vice president, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. For more info, contact Braden Lee at (334) 221-8500 or Rick Letner at (334) 657-8698. Also visit kazooandcomontgomery.

Alabama Dance Theatre dancers, students and faculty continue to win acceptance, scholarships and awards at some of the nation’s most selective dance institutions and festivals. Artistic Director Kitty Seale is proud to announce that the following dancers have received acceptance and/or scholarships to the following programs: Awards: ACES 1st place senior high: McKenzie Middlebrooks; ACES 2nd place senior high: Jason Bailey; and ACES honorable mention senior high: Angelica Burgher; ACES 2nd place junior high: Ana Clare Wolfe; and ACES honorable mention junior high: Anita Burgher; Project Tier Choreography Award at RDA’s National Festival: Sara Sanford; Monticello Scholarship for Emerging Choreographer at RDA National Festival: Ashley McQueen Scholarships and Acceptances: Alabama Ballet: Catherine Cobb (full scholarship) and Angelica Burgher; Alabama Dance Academy: Phoebe Hall; Alabama Youth Ballet: Catherine Cobb (full scholarship); American Ballet Theatre: McKenzie Middlebrooks; Bolshoi Exchange Program: McKenzie Middlebrooks; Cincinnati Ballet: Jason Bailey (full scholarship); Dance Canvas: Kindred Obas; Evidence Ballethnic:Kindred Obas; Grebel Dance: Eboni Gardner (full scholarship); Houston Ballet: Taylor Jordan (full scholarship) and Jason Bailey; Joffrey Ballet: McKenzie Middlebrooks; Julliard: McKenzie Middlebrooks; Louisville Ballet: Savannah Walker (full scholarship); North Carolina Dance Theatre: Safiya Haque (full scholarship); and North Carolina School of the Arts (College): Amy Hargroves. ADT is located at the Armory Learning Arts Center, 1018 Madison Avenue. To register for classes or for more info, call 241-2590 or visit

High Heel Boot Camp Offers Pageant Preparation

High Heel Boot Camp, a pageant preparation workshop, will be held on Saturday, August 11, at Prattville Jr. High School. The event is open to moms of babies through age 17 years. The workshop offers the perfect opportunity for young ladies to practice pageant techniques and learn tips in preparation of any upcoming pageants, including Little Miss River Region and Teen Miss River Region, a preliminary to Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen Pageant. Instructors will be past titleholders, Miss Alabama contestants, and local business owners. Two classes are available on that day: Mom with babies to age seven (7) will be held from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Girls will be divided up by age in small class sizes and will rotate round- robin style between classes focused on stage presence, modeling, headshots, and pageant wear. They will also have an introduction to on-stage question practice with a microphone. Mom must accompany the contestant during the workshop. Girls should bring pageant shoes for walking practice. Price for this age group: $25 per person. Girls ages 8-17 will meet from 1:30 to 4 p.m. They will be divided up by age in small class sizes and will rotate round-robin style between classes for stage presence, modeling, makeup and hair, pageant wear, interview, and talent/community involvement. Girls should bring pageant shoes for walking practice. Price for this age group: $35 per contestant. Registration is due by August 6 but early registration is advised, as space is limited. Walk-up registration will not be accepted the day of the event. For more information, call (334) 313-5444 or visit Applications are also available at Prattville Bridal Boutique, in downtown Prattville.

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Host Families Needed for International Students

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Clean City Commission and MAX Announce Funky Junk Art Winners The Montgomery Clean City Commission and MAX Credit Union are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Funky Junk Art Contest. In its 14th year, the Funky Junk Art Contest is an annual citywide competition for artists and imaginative dreamers of all ages. To qualify, contest participants were required to create an original work of art composed only of used materials and/or recycled goods. More than 100 pieces of art were entered in this year’s competition. Participants ranged from age 5 to adult, with both individuals and groups submitting entries. The winners of this year’s competition include: Kindergarten–2nd Grade Division: First Place– Payden Smith, whose piece, USS Bear, is shown at right; Second Place–Sebastian Sayegh; Third Place– Melina Taylor; and Honorable Mentions–Phoenix Lucio and Luke

Taylor; 3rd–5th Grade Division: First Place–Mc’Kaya Carter; Second Place– Jean Ryu; Third Place–Morgan Daniels; and Honorable Mentions–Kirsten Jones and Jahrad Jackson, Jr.; 6th–7th Grade Division: First Place–Emily Wells Kent; Second Place–Emma Murray; Third Place–Eric Rice; and Honorable Mentions–Sarah Bryars and Chris Martin; 8th–9th Grade Division: First Place–Gabbi Pohlman; Second Place–Tiffany Veith; Third Place–Susannah Olm; and Honorable Mentions–Tiffani Neal and Kelsie Geddings; Adult Division: First Place– Diana Sayegh; Second Place–Evelyn Shoults; Third Place–Arlusta Taylor; and Honorable Mentions–Kyron Wyatt and Mona Dunson; Group Division–Youth: First Place–Brett Bonikowski, Lauren Bonikowski and Mary Bonikowski (Bear Exploration Center); Second Place–Kasey Edwards, Christian Lancaster, William Osborne, Taylor Pemberton and Corey Search (Three Rivers Academy); Third Place–Samuel Alexander, Shelby

Bullen, Malik Crum, Jonathan Edwards, Devin Garrison, Chris Kinard, Iran Street and Juwan Taylor (Success Unlimited Academy); and Honorable Mentions–Alexus Lucas, Jasmine Norman, Tiana Sanders and Brandei Smith (Capitol Heights Junior High School) and Sydney Brashears and Reagan Brieret (St. James School); Group Division–Adult: First Place–McInnis School, Adult Activity Center; Second Place–Montgomery Association for Retarded Citizens, Burgess Center; Third Place–McInnis School, Room 3; and Honorable Mention– McInnis School, Room 6; and Grand Prize Winner– Joy Meininger, whose piece, Beach Babe, is shown at right.

Gospel Sing Capital City

First Baptist Church Sunday, August 26 6:15 pm | Main Sanctuary

An evening of Southern Gospel music that you will not forget! Come hear soloists, trios, quartets and choirs share timeless gospel music and sing along with treasured favorites in old-fashioned homecoming style. 305 S Perry Street | 334.834.6310 | Montgomery Parents I August 2012




NOTE: Most Montgomery Public Library branches are taking a vacation from Storytime during the month of August. All will resume their normal schedules in September. Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library (Main Branch) 245 High Street 240-4991 August 6 Book Club 3-4 p.m. Teen Advisory Board 4-5 p.m. August 15 Gaming in the Teen Zone 2:30-5 p.m. Coliseum Branch 840 Coliseum Boulevard 271-7005 Governor’s Square Branch 2885-B E. South Blvd. 284-7929 Hampstead Branch Library 5251 Hampstead High St., Ste. 107 244-5770 Galaxy Readers Book Club (Grades 4-6) Tuesday, August 7, at 4 p.m. We will discuss City of Lies by Lian Tanner, Book II of The Keepers Trilogy. Hampstead Adult Book Club Saturday, August 25, at 10 a.m. Author Stephanie Lawton will join us to discuss her book, Want. Rufus A. Lewis Branch 3095 Mobile Hwy. 240-4848 After 5 Book Club August 6 @ 6:30 p.m. A Wish and A Prayer by Beverly Jenkins. Anyone worried that living in a small town could be boring certainly hasn’t lived in

Henry Adams, Kansas. The fourth book in Beverly Jenkins’ Blessings series.

BOOK CLUBS Thursday, August 2, at 4:30 p.m. The Young Adult book club will meet and discuss Liar by Justine Larbalestier. The ultimate unreliable narrator takes readers on a thrill ride in this highly acclaimed novel. Prepare to grasp for truth until the very last page.

Orthopedics Services August 21 @ 10 a.m. Topics To Be Discussed: Hip Replacement, Joint Problems, Knee Replacement, Arthritis and Fractures Kathy Morgan, Physical Therapy Director, Rehab Select Center for Rehabilitation

Wednesday, August 8, at 11 a.m. Rosa Parks Page Turners book club will meet and discuss A Wish and A Prayer by Beverly Jenkins. Anyone worried that life in a small town could get boring certainly hasn’t lived in Henry Adams: With a pig on trial, the town’s foster children still trying to find their place, and new love blossoming...there is plenty to occupy our favorite residents.

E.L. Lowder Branch 2590 Bell Road 244-5717 No Calligraphy, Creative Writing or Storytime in August. Check back in September for starting dates. Ms. P J’s Breakfast Book Club begins Sat., August 4, at 10 a.m. Our guest reader will be Peggy (PJ as she prefers to be called) Brice-Means, a retired Associate Professor of English from Tennessee. She has also taught AfricanAmerican Studies, and has served as guest lecturer of Multicultural Studies. P J loves reading all types of books, loves Children’s Literature, and appreciates the energy and enthusiasm of children.

Pintlala Branch 255 Federal Rd., Hope Hull 281-8069 Ramer Branch Library 5444 State Highway 94 (334) 562-3364 Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. 72


D.A.D.S. Event Encourages Love for Reading

September 12 Leaving Gee’s Bend by Ivene Latham

Rosa L. Parks Branch 1276 Rosa L. Parks Ave./240-4979 No Storytime during the month of August -- See you in September!


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

Pike Road Branch 9585 Pike Rd. / 244-8679 Story Time, Family Movie Time and Book Clubs for Tweens and Teens will resume in September.

Pine Level Book & Bagel Club August 8 The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. the Lowder Young Adults (YA) will hold their first book club discussion

P.A.W.S. dogs Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

212 S. Main St. (next to Wetumpka Depot) Call 567-1308 or visit Preschool storytimes Tuesdays & Fridays at 10 a.m.

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

Young Adult Gaming Event Second Tuesday of each Month Starting August 14 at 4 p.m. Must have a permission slip on file signed by parents at Lowder before being able to play. Call Stacie at 244-5717 for more info.

254 Doster Street, Prattville Call 365-3396 or visit Preschool Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

FUN FOR ALL AGES! Thursdays, August 2-16 @ 10 a.m. Join ECHO for Summer Fun! Learn while having fun! There will be giveaways and door prizes!

Pike Road Bookies Thursday, Aug. 16, at 11:15 a.m. The Bookies will discuss The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. .

Ladies of High Tea First Tuesday of each Month Tuesday, August 7, at 3 p.m. The Ladies of High Tea visit Botswana and Mma Ramotswe, proprietress of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

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A celebration of father and daughter companionship, D.A.D.S. ­­­­—Dad and Daughter Saturdays­­­­—kicked off its first event Saturday, July 14, at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library in downtown Montgomery. D.A.D.S. is the vision of local resident and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce staff member Ron Simmons and his five-year-old daughter Erin. They wanted to give fathers and daughters an opportunity to read together to create fun, educational memories. D.A.D.S. will continue every second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. All fathers in the River Region are invited to bring their daughters to the library to read, laugh and have fun. This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dreamland Barbeque. For more information, call Ron Simmons at (334) 777-8596. Montgomery Parents I August 2012



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Chocolate is a Known “No No” But What Other Foods Are Toxic to Our Pets? Every year I treat pets who are experiencing some type of gastritic signs, the most common being diarrhea. There are many factors that cause gastric flares in our companion pets. In some cases, pets ingesting foods that are toxic are the culprit. Although many pets owners are familiar with the dangers associated with chocolate ingestion, most owners have no idea other basic staples we eat and share with our pets can cause severe problems. I recently noticed my wife offering our dog a sample of a cranberry raisin cookie. When I mentioned raisins can be toxic, she was surprised and had no idea raisins could pose a problem for our little friend. Hopefully this “What not to feed your pet” advice will provide pet owners with information about the problems some foods can cause their pets. Avocado. The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin. Although Persin is not usually fatal, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia Nuts. A common staple in many southern baked goods, macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs. Although large amounts would need to be ingested to cause serious problems, allergic reaction to these nuts could be fatal.

Milk. Because pets do not possess significant amounts of the enzyme lactase, needed to breakdown lactose in milk, feeding your pet milk can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal upsets. Kittens and puppies need milk provided by their mothers. If bottle-feeding is needed, a special milk formula can be purchased at your veterinarian’s office or pet store. Our older pets, six weeks and older, need water. Salty Treats (potato chips and other related products). Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination and, if enough is ingested, sodium ion poisoning. Signs your pet may have eaten too much are vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, and elevated body temperature. The occasional chip is not going to cause a severe reaction, but if you come home and notice your pet has consumed an entire bag, a call to your veterinarian would be advised. Different breeds react in different ways.

Chocolate. I saved chocolate for last, because most pet owners are familiar with the potential danger caused by this product. Chocolate contains substances called methylxanthines. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, and excess thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and in severe cases, death. Baking chocolate contains the most methylxanthines, followed by dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. White chocolate contains the least amount of toxin. It is normal for pet owners to assume our food taste better than any pet food or pet treat. I have found in my twenty plus years of practice, it is not the “treat” that means so much to our pets but the “attention” given to our pet when the “treat” is offered. If you must feed your pet table food, clear the treats you are providing through your veterinarian first. Dr. Mitchell has been practicing veterinarian medicine for over 20 years at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, a full service veterinary practice offering comprehensive veterinary care. He and his wife own seven furry friends.

Grapes and Raisins. A snack that seems like it would be “good for your pet” in reality, is not. It is unknown what toxin exists in grapes and raisins that can cause the severe reaction in dogs. However, raisins can cause kidney failure. For pets already suffering from medical problems, the reaction could be more severe. Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones. Raw meet and eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and Ecoli, which could be harmful to your pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that can causes decreased absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). Biotin deficiencies can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet bones can be very dangerous as well. Problems that I see regularly with dogs and cats is choking and bone splintering. Once the bone is lodged in your pet’s digestive track the problem can be fatal if not treated immediately. Montgomery Parents I August 2012


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Help Kids Manage School Anxiety by Michele Ranard, M.Ed. “Anxiety becomes a problem when it causes emotional pain and suffering and disrupts your child’s ability to function well at school and in daily life.” (Diane Peters Mayer) All children occasionally feel butterflies during the school day. Nervousness may spring up while waiting to be called upon to give a speech on Rosa Parks. And if dancing is not their forte, that hip hop unit in P.E. class just may trigger a stomach ache.

When Is Worry Excessive?

A measure of anxiety is normal. But some children experience persistent and excessive worry at school or while thinking about school at home. They may experience anxiety attacks and feel ill. School anxiety can interfere with academic work, behavior at home, emotional health, and socializing.

Psychologist and educator Marie Hartwell Walker likens school anxiety to a phobia of dogs. She writes, “For some kids, going to school is like confronting a vicious dog everyday. For them school is a place where they can’t succeed, where they feel bad about themselves, where they constantly fall short.”

What’s So Scary About School?

Social worker and author of Overcoming School Anxiety (2008), Diane Peters Mayer writes that over 6 million school children have school anxiety—a mindbody reaction ranging from butterflies to blanking out or having a panic attack. Kids may report feeling sick because their emotional and physical symptoms confuse them. Symptoms of school anxiety can include: a pounding heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, headache, tense muscles, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Kids may feel overwhelmed, out of control, helpless, or embarrassed. Parents 74

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sometimes mistake a child’s suffering for manipulation. Mayer describes various reasons for school anxiety: • Feeling overwhelmed by demands. Standards within the school curriculum are higher than ever. Kids who aren’t great test takers may feel the pressure of high stakes assessment and competition. Sometimes heavy homework loads and falling behind will create the anxiety. • Genetics and modeling. Many anxious children have anxious parents or may be sensitive to their parent’s fear and anxiety. When a parent projects excessive worry onto the child, anxiety may be exacerbated. • Household stress. The burdened economy is but one factor increasing the stress within families. Due to unemployment and financial hardship, many kids may Montgomery Parents I August 2012


be struggling along with their caregivers. Other children may be over-scheduled and lacking sufficient time for free play. • Social issues. Kids who have trouble fitting in at school are at risk for school anxiety. Mayer says tweens are especially vulnerable. Bullying at school may also be a contributing factor.

Symptoms of school anxiety can include: a pounding heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, headache, tense muscles, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

• Lack of support at school. Not all schools have programs in place to help kids with anxiety. This makes treatment and success there more difficult.

tant for you to keep your own worry and anxiety in check. To make things better for her, stay calm in spite of what she may say or do.

How Parents and Loved Ones Can Help

• Partner with school. Brainstorm with your child’s teachers and counselors on behalf of your child. Sometimes it is necessary to see a child therapist or a doctor outside of school. Emphasize with your child that this help is HONORABLE and not a sign of weakness or failure.

• Hear them and exude confidence. Mayer says to listen to your child describe the anxiety. “Reassure your child that together you are going to solve the problem and make things better.” Since your child may be feeling out of control, it is impor-

• Relaxation techniques. Various deep breathing, meditation, and relaxation exercises can help. A pediatrician, school counselor, or psychologist can be a helpful resource for suggestions.

Mayer’s book touches on the following tips for overcoming school anxiety.

• Reduce stress at home. This is a tough one! It’s extremely important to become a role model of good coping skills when it comes to stress and managing problems. Take good care of yourself and watch others around you benefit.

• Don’t be afraid to hope. “I believe in you” are powerful words for your child to hear from you. Talk about how you are confident she will overcome this rough patch and emerge stronger. Discuss how learning something new is never a waste of time and a critical part of development.

More Help for Anxiety

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America ( provides information and checklists for parents to find professional help for their children or to find a therapist who treats anxiety disorders in your area. mp Michele Ranard helps children deal with school anxiety as an academic tutor. She has two children, a master’s in counseling, and blogs at and








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Kidney Foundation Hosts Walk-a-Thon August 18

The Alabama Kidney Foundation hosts its annual “Make a Difference… One Step at a Time” Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, August 18, at Baptist Health’s DeBoer Building, in Montgomery. The Alabama Kidney Foundation (AKF) is Alabama’s only state-based organization dedicated to serving kidney patients. The Foundation’s programs, which are provided free to Alabama’s kidney patients in need, provide tangible solutions to real and, oftentimes, crucial needs. One of the ways AKF is able to provide these services is through the money raised from their annual Walk-a-Thons. The Alabama Kidney Foundation serves kidney patients by providing financial assistance, education and support services. The Foundation promotes public education to prevent kidney disease and raise organ donation awareness. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone: food, fun and fabulous prizes! If you are interested in leading a team and helping thousands of Alabamians suffering from kidney disease, please contact Amy at (334) 241-0003 or to register today.

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Pearl Girls Learn Proper Tea Etiquette

Pink and Pearls for Girls, Inc. had an enchanted afternoon tea recently. The Pearl Girls learned about etiquette and table manners, how to properly greet guests and how to be a hostess at a tea. Afterward, the girls chatted while sipping on tea and nibbling on tea cakes. For more information on how to become a member of Pink and Pearls for Girls, Inc., please call Grace Smith at 561-5091.


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The Capital City Streaks U10 boys finished their spring season with a wide variety of difficult competition from Tennessee and Georgia at the Atlanta Peach Classic May 19-20. The CCS U-10 boys came in second place overall in the Gold division. Throughout the season, the CCS U-10 boys placed first in two tournaments, and second in two tournaments, with 87 goals scored, 26 against. CCS U-10 team members pictured include: Zack Pappanastos, Femi Adejiji, Andrew Lin, Michael Russo, Coach Henrique Rizzo, Austin Lin, Bryan Shim, Cobi Keel, Thomas Rizzo and Austin Taylor.

During the May board meeting of the Jackson Hospital Foundation, eleven outstanding high school seniors received $1,000 scholarships to further pursue a career in healthcare. The Foundation recognizes a great need for the training of new healthcare professionals in the River Region. These scholarships were awarded to students interested in careers in nursing (registered nurse or licensed practical nurse), imaging, medical technology or related fields. The money for the scholarships was raised through the “Say Thanks to Your Doctor” program in March to honor Doctor’s Day. 2012 scholarship recipients included: Ellis Baxter, Trinity Presbyterian High School; LeCourtney Bibb and Sommer Jones, Prattville High School; Adrienne Bolan, Elmore County High School; Ceara Bryson, Booker T. Washington High School; Ashtyn Clark, Wetumpka High School; Brandon Hughes, Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School; Kirsten Missildine, Hooper Academy; Mariah Russell, Robert E. Lee High School; Haleigh Wallace, Higher Ground Academy; and Jason Winslow, Holtville High School. From left are Sommer Jones, LeCourtney Bibb, Haleigh Wallace, Mariah Russell, Jason Winslow, Ashtyn Clark, Adrienne Bolan, Brandon Hughes, Kirsten Missildine, Ellix Baxter and Ceara Bryson.



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Family Spiritual News Harvest Family Church Holds 20th Anniversary Celebration

Harvest Family Church invites the public to its 20th Anniversary Celebration Campmeeting Sunday, August 5- Friday, August 10. The church is celebrating a new season of Faith, Fire and the Favor of God. Sunday services will be at 8:45, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday services will be at 7 p.m. Special guest speakers will be Kevin and Anne Durant, Phillip Slaughter, Joe Morris and Shekinah Glory. Childcare will be provided. Nightly at 7 p.m. there will be SKY VBS for the Kinderchurch and elementary-aged children. The church is located at 7245 Copperfield Drive in Montgomery. For more information about the meetings, visit or call (334) 277-1156.


Frazer Presents Go Fish Live in Concert

Dove-award winning Christian Children’s music performers Go Fish will be in concert at Frazer’s Wesley Hall on Saturday, August 11, at 4 p.m. The group strives to create music with solid scriptural content to help kids learn the Bible and have fun doing it. Parents may find themselves tapping their feet and singing along too, though, since the Go Fish mission statement is “to make great music for kids that won’t drive parents bonkers”! Go Fish created the Bible curriculum that was used in this year’s Vacation Bible School, so many Frazer children will already be familiar with their music and videos. Tickets are available for $10 plus handling fees at or in the Frazer Bookstore ($12 at the door). Children two and under are free. Call 272-8622 or e-mail for more info.

Alpha Course Invitation Dinners

Montgomery’s First United Methodist Church and Frazer United Methodist Church are hosting separate, free dining events to introduce the fall 2012 ALPHA course to be held at both campuses. After dinner, guests will receive specific information about the course at the respective campus and will be treated to a short video titled “Is There More To Life Than This?” Nursery provided. Both dinner and nursery reservations are required. To reserve a seat for the Invitation Dinner, contact Frazer UMC at 272-8622 or First UMC at 834-8990 by August 19. The Frazer UMC Invitation Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. August 27. The First UMC Invitation Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. August 28.

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The Alabama Dance Theatre opens its 26th Season with two free performances of “Stars on the Riverfront.” Bring the entire family and a picnic and join the Alabama Dance Theatre as the sun sets at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. These performances are the culmination of ADT’s two-week Summer Dance Seminar and will be held Sunday, August 5, and Monday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Gates open at 6 p.m. on August 5 and 6 for picnicking. Chick-Fil-A will be on site Monday. The performances will feature 2nd Act Giselle staged by Shawn Black as well as contemporary works by Resident Choreographers Sara Sanford and Janie Alford. Alford’s work will be accompanied by live music from the “Hotheads,” an Alabamabased string band that plays “old-time music.” Professional guest artists from around the southeast will collaborate and perform with the ADT dancers. The performances will also feature the up and coming talent of the company in “Etudes” under the direction of Artistic Director Kitty Seale. This is an audience favorite as young and talented dancers exhibit their expert training. Call 241-2590 or visit for more information. (photo by David Robertson, Jr.)

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Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years With Cookbook

When you think of Girl Scouts, you think of delicious Girl Scout cookies, but Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is taking delicious to a whole new level. Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama has published a 100th Anniversary Cookbook with plenty of Girl Scout favorites. In addition to crowd-pleasing recipes, the cookbook features artwork from current Girl Scouts within the council. The GSSA council cookbooks are $12 and are available for purchase at GSSA council shops and online at Add sugar, spice and everything nice to your recipe collection. The 100th Anniversary Cookbook is filled with recipes for family favorites, fun appetizers, and delectable dishes. Contents featured in the cookbook include everything from beverages to outdoor cooking. There’s even a section for “Girls in the Kitchen” and “Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies.” “The cookbook is a result of the collective efforts of our girls, volunteers, friends in the community and staff from the 30 counties we serve,” said Karlyn Edmonds, Chief Operating Officer at GSSA. “More importantly, it celebrates the special legacy of Girl Scouting in southern Alabama.” Funds raised from cookbooks sold are going toward purchasing new outdoor cookware, such as Dutch ovens for camp facilities. One included recipe is “Awesome Banana Pudding with Shortbread Cookies,” submitted by Willa Traylor, 702: 1 box of Girl Scout Shortbread Cookies 4 bananas 2 c. milk 5 oz. banana pudding mix 8 oz. softened cream cheese 1 can sweetened condensed milk 12 oz. whipped topping Line 13”x 9” inch casserole dish with 1 sleeve of Girl Scout Shortbread Cookies and sliced bananas. In medium bowl, blend milk and pudding mix. In another medium bowl, beat cream cheese and condensed milk until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Add to pudding mixture, stirring until well blended, then pour over cookies and bananas. Top with remaining cookies around the edge of dish. Refrigerate.


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Enter Your Favorite Award- Winning Family Now! Call the Family Guidance Center at 270-4100 for entry forms for the 2012 Families of the Year Awards. Traditional families, step- families, single-parent families and adopted families are eligible for nomination. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m., August 31, 2012. All nominees receive certificates of recognition. Awards will be presented on November 11, 2012, at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts with a reception following.


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Nominations are now being accepted for the 24th annual Families of the Year Awards. This awards program was initiated in 1989 by the Family Guidance Center, a private agency that has provided counseling and other family services for families and individuals since 1959. Family Guidance Center, a River Region United Way agency, created this program as a way to bring positive recognition to families in our communities. The importance of family and the effort needed from all members to keep a family strong is the focus of this prestigious award. Joining Family Guidance Center in sponsoring the 2012 Families of the Year Awards are Sterling Bank, Aronov, The Colonial Company, WSFA-TV, Mix- 103, WLWI, and Montgomery Parents magazine. Traditional families, step-families, single-parent families and adopted families are eligible for nomination. Criteria include family teamwork, encouraging individual growth and family involvement in community activities. Nominated families must live in Central or South Alabama. Nomination forms are available by calling the Family Guidance Center in Montgomery, (334)270-4100, or in Dothan, (334)712-7777, or 1(800) 499-6597. Nomination forms will also be available to download at

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Family Calendar Ongoing Ala. Dept. of Archives & History

Exhibit galleries include children’s gallery and a reference room for genealogical and historical research. Hands-On Gallery includes Granny’s Attic where you can try on clothes, uniforms, shoes, try an old typewriter, sit at an old school desk or experience making a quilt square. Discovery Boxes are filled with all kinds of Alabama history. Numerous handouts, videos on Selma to Montgomery March, Helen Keller, Mardi Gras and more. Photographs of Helen Keller on display. The Archives museum galleries are FREE to the public. Hours are Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please note: The Research Room is only open the 2nd Saturday of each month. 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery. Call 242-4435 or visit Alabama River Region Arts Center in Wetumpka has weekly after-school Arts Clubs which meet on Thursdays from 4-5 & 5-6 p.m. There are three clubs: Guitar (acoustic), Clay (polymer, ie “sculpy”) and Painting/Drawing. Each Club is $20 a month. Students for Guitar Club must be 10 years old, but 7-year-olds are welcome for the other two. Clubs are limited to the first 10 students, for one month. While children are in Arts Clubs, parents are welcome to stay and browse our Gallery or Resource Library, or just wait in the kitchen with a soda! Studio space is also available on a lease basis. The Pottery Studio is available to ARRAC members trained on the wheel. First Saturday of every month is a free Sit & Sew, from 9 a.m.-noon. Bring your hand-sewing project or sewing machine for a morning of sewing with the ladies. (Bluegrass Jam is going on at the same time in another room.) 300 W. Tallassee St. (former Wetumpka Jr. High building), Wetumpka, AL 36092. Visit or see us on Facebook: Alabama River Region Arts Center, or call 578-9485 for more information. Artists In Action: 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of EVERY month at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts from noon-2 p.m.. Local and regional artists at work. For more info, call 240-4333. “Artworks,” a hands-on children’s exhibit. FREE. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Blount Cultural Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Open until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Closed Mondays. For more info, call 240-4333. Bama Brushstrokes Art Club Meets 9 a.m., 2nd Saturdays of each month, Messiah Lutheran Church, 6670 Vaughn Road, Montgomery. Club members include beginners, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Activities include seminars with well-known artists. Classes are taught by our members or guest artists. We share our talents with our community in various programs, such as the Memory Box Project for hospice patients through sponsorship by the Society of Decorative Painters. Our chapter creates finished paint projects and murals for various hospitals, libraries, and community-based organizations. For more info, contact Diana French, president, at The Central Alabama Tennis Association (CATA) is a volunteer-based tennis organization formed to provide programs which promote and develop the growth of tennis throughout central Alabama. The CATA has four essential charitable and educational purposes: (1) to promote and develop the growth of tennis in central Alabama area by providing a variety of educational and charitable tennis programs and services; (2) to educate the community concerning the importance or tennis and the benefits that can be derived from tennis; (3) to expand the opportunities in the community for learning tennis and to offer opportunities for learning tennis to individuals who do not have access to tennis; and (4) to provide programs and services in the community that teach participants scholarship and fair play and that permit access to volunteers and instructors who can serve as positive role models and mentors. For event info, call Ernie Rains, CATA Community Coordinator, at 324-1406 or e-mail Civil Rights Memorial A monument to those who died and/or risked death

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in the struggle for civil rights. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery. For information, call 264-0286. Cloverdale Playhouse “Third Tuesdays” Montgomery’s singers and songwriters perform in our intimate theater space each month on the third Tuesday. Join us for a musical evening in Old Cloverdale. For details, call 262-1530 or visit Also contact us about volunteer opportunities, auditions, and the Playhouse School! First White House of the Confederacy Open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year begins the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The First White House of the Confederacy played a significant role during the war and served as Jefferson Davis’ family residence from February-May 1861. Located at 644 Washington Avenue in downtown Montgomery, neighboring the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For more info or to tour the museum, call 242-1861 or visit Garden Tours Local gardens include Southern Homes and Gardens, Blount Cultural Park’s Shakespearean Garden at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Grace Episcopal Church, Prattville’s historic gardens in Old Pratt Village and the Wilderness Park, and Wetumpka’s arboretum at Ft. Toulouse. For more info in Montgomery, call 1-800-240-9452 or visit In Prattville, call 361-0961 or visit In Wetumpka, call 567-3002 or visit features. Other numbers are: Blount Cultural Park (2740062 or; Grace Episcopal Church (215-1422); Old Alabama Town (240-4005 or; and Alabama Garden Trail (1-800-ALABAMA or W. A. Gayle Planetarium Public Shows offered Mon.-Thurs. and Sun. Admission $3.50/person, children under 5 free, seniors $2.50/person. Mon-Thurs. at 3 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. 1010 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Call 241-4799. Montgomery’s Freedom Rides Museum Road to Equality: The 1961 Freedom Rides yearlong exhibit features works of art from top Alabama artists and offers unique interpretations of one of the most pivotal desegregation events in the nation’s history. Located in the capital city’s recently restored 1951 Greyhound Bus Station, the exhibit will remain open every Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment throughout the year. For more info, visit or MOOseum, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Children’s educational center featuring past, present and future in agriculture and the cattle industry. Free. Group tours should be pre-scheduled. Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m. -noon and 1-4 p.m. Last scheduled tour of the day starts at 3:30 p.m. 201 Bainbridge St., Montgomery. For info, call 265-1867 or visit Old Alabama Town 19th and early 20th century outdoor history museum. Tours Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for students ages 6-18. Under 6 free. 301 Columbus St., Montgomery. For information, call 240-4500. Rosa Parks Museum 252 Montgomery Street, 241-8615. Hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Sundays and holidays, closed. Admission 12 years and under-$5.50/Over 12-$7.50. Alabama college students with a valid student ID: $6.50; discount price for both Museum & Children’s Wing: adults: $14, children $10 Tales for Tots 10:30-11 a.m. August 15. Join us for this FREE introduction to art in storybooks and in the Museum galleries for young children and their families. Each time a different work of art and special story will be presented. Call 2404365 or visit for more info.

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Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Zink Chiropractic Clinic, Course includes pregnancy exercise and nutrition, body changes during pregnancy, the coach’s role in pregnancy and natural birth, the stages of labor, breathing and relaxation for labor, common interventions and how to avoid them, breastfeeding, basic newborn care, and more. Contact Lanette Tyler, 450-4605 or; or visit Breastfeeding Class Designed to prepare the expectant mother for breastfeeding her newborn. Also includes troubleshooting common problems to establish a successful breast-feeding experience. Usually the first Saturday of the month, from 9-11 a.m. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. FREE. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 293-8497 to register or for more info. Childbirth Basics Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year but are often held on the first Saturday of the month, from noon-2 p.m.. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 by your 4th month of pregnancy to register. Childbirth Preparation Class This five-week class meets once a week to learn ways to prepare for labor, birth and early parenthood experiences. Monday or Tuesday class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Baptist Medical Center East, $60. Call 273-4445 for dates and to register. Chinese Language Classes Auburn Montgomery’s Office of Far Eastern Initiatives offers Saturday classes for children and adults. The one-hour weekly courses are provided free-of-charge as a service to the community. For more information or to register, contact April Ma at 244-3018 or CPR & First Aid The American Red Cross offers classes in adult and infant/ child CPR as well as first aid and babysitting classes monthly. Call 260-3980. Diabetes Education --Prattville Baptist Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education services available Wednesdays by appointment at Prattville Medical Park. Call 213-6360 for more information. Diabetes Education --Baptist Outpatient Nutrition and Diabetes Education services available weekdays by appointment. Call 213-6360 for more info. Grandparent Class This program presents new concepts in newborn care to grandparents who need a refresher course. Usually one Tuesday per month. FREE. Call for schedule. Jackson Hospital. Call 293-8497. Pre- and Post-natal Fitness Classes Includes water aerobics, step-floor aerobics and strength training. SportsFirst. Call 277-7130. Your Amazing Newborn One-night class taught by a pediatrician and nursing staff usually one Tuesday a month. This class presents new concepts in newborn care and helps alleviate parenting jitters often experienced by soon-to-be parents. Grandparents also welcome. Jackson Hospital. FREE. For more info, call 293-8497.

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Services American Cancer Society seeks Volunteers for Road

to Recovery This program is designed to ensure that cancer patients have transportation to and from medical facilities for treatment. Road to Recovery volunteers can be individual drivers with time to help others or even local companies who allow employees to provide transportation on company time in company cars. Anyone who has a driver’s license, a safe driving record, personal automobile insurance, owns a car or has access to one, and can spare as little as one morning or afternoon a month is encouraged to volunteer. For more information, or to volunteer, please call Luella Giles at 612-8162 or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. Hospital Volunteers Volunteers are needed at Baptist Medical Center East,

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Baptist Medical Center South and Prattville Baptist Hospital. Duties vary by facility but include delivering mail and flowers, transporting patients, staffing waiting rooms and information desks, and furnishing coffee for visitors. Volunteers work one four-hour shift per week. For more info, call 286-2977. Hospice Volunteers Through volunteering at Baptist Hospice, the opportunities to help are endless. Our volunteers are an important part of the patient’s care and are the heart of the hospice family. There are many other ways to help, such as special projects and events or providing administrative support for the staff, that are essential. Volunteers often have special talents and innovative ideas that add so much to our program. Please call Gloria @395-5018 to join our dynamic team. Volunteer Services Jackson Hospital is looking for volunteers to work in key areas of the hospital. Volunteers provide an invaluable service to the hospital while making new friends and experiencing a fulfilling activity. Volunteers must be at least 19 years old and are asked to work 4 hours a week. They must complete an application and pass a background check and health screening. If you are interested in volunteering, call Linda Dean, Dir. of Volunteer Services, 293-8967. Baptist Sleep Disorders Centers Baptist Medical Center South and Prattville. Both centers have the ability to diagnose up to 84 different sleep disorders. There are four board-certified physicians and a clinical psychologist on staff between the two centers. For more information, call 286-3252 for Baptist Medical Center South and 361-4335 for Prattville Baptist Hospital. Jackson Sleep Disorders Center Jackson Hospital houses a sleep disorders center on the third floor of the Goode Medical Building to monitor those who are suffering from sleep disorders. For more information, contact your physician or the Sleep Center at 293-8168.

Jackson Hospital Offers Animal Therapy Program to Pediatric Unit Jackson Hospital’s Animal Therapy Program is a vital part of its patient care. Animals in the program are limited to dogs, and no other animals are allowed to participate. Currently, there are 10 dogs in the program. Their handlers have undergone extensive training and orientation, and visit the hospital weekly. For more information, please call 293-8894. Nolan Research Pays Kids for Toy Testing Nolan Research, 2569 Bell Road in Montgomery, conducts toy tests that pay $20 in cash to each child ages 4-12 that participates. Testing takes place usually between 5 and 7 p.m. and only takes about 30-45 minutes. Results are used to help toy manufacturers decide whether or not to bring new toys out on the market. Please call 284-4164 to sign your child up.

Support Groups Adoption Support

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

Cancer Support

American Cancer Society, including Montgomery, Elmore, Autauga, & Macon Counties:

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

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Family Calendar Divorce Support

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

Grief Support

Bereaved Spouses Support Group A new ministry of Cornerstone Christian Church, USA (Unavoidably Single Again) Ministries is designed to offer ongoing support, social events and fellowship to those who have lost their spouses to death. The group is open to ALL widowed individuals, regardless of age, religious beliefs, or length of marriage or widowhood. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the church’s building, 301 Dalraida Road. Please e-mail Lynda Coats at for more information. “Big Leap!” start date TBD Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is designed to meet the needs of children who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. This group will provide a hands-on, safe space for age-appropriate expression of grief. These sessions will aim to increase feeling identification, decrease self-blame or guilt, and build coping skills. Through music, art, and play we will meet your child or grandchild on their level. We will encourage your children to hold tight to their memories as they make a “big leap” into their new future. This group is open to children ages 7-11. Space is limited to 6 participants so call 279-6677. Start date will be determined once reservations are confirmed. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW “Comfort and Conversation,” Wednesdays at 11 a.m., Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is intended to address those affected by a recent loss (0-12 months after death). This group will offer you a safe place to bring your thoughts and emotions. Through meeting with others who are walking a similar journey, you will be encouraged to work through the complications of your loss, understand your pain, and adjust to your new reality. Space is limited, so please call 279-6677. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW Compassionate Friends, Eastmont Baptist Church, 4505 Atlanta Hwy, first Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Compassionate Friends is a national self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child. Please call 284-2721 for more info. “Connect,” Fridays at 11 a.m., biweekly, Hospice of Montgomery office, 1111 Holloway Park. This group is for those who have already walked through the initial grieving process but still desire to connect with others who share similar experiences. This group will allow you to meet new people, stay active in the community, and look ahead to a bright future. We will share lunch, visit museums, volunteer, attend movies, and participate in area events. We even have a fishing trip on the agenda! This group is ongoing and does not have a participation limit. It’s time to have fun again, come join us! For more info, call 279-6677. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW Grief Recovery Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 6000 Atlanta Hwy., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Lobby. Call 272-8622 for more info. Grief Recovery After Suicide, Frazer Memorial UMC, 6000 Atlanta Hwy., first Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 3102. This group is open to family members and friends who have lost a loved one as the result of suicide. Group offers a confidential environment in which to receive support, hope and information. Contact Rev. Susan Beeson, 272-8622. Grieving With Hope, St. Mark UMC, meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. The group offers a place to share, care and heal from the losses of life. Facilitated by Dr. Lennie Howard and Marie Parma. Contact 272-0009.

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HALO organization offers grief counseling for parents and siblings suffering the loss of a child from 20 weeks gestation up to the age of 2. Not only do they offer counseling, but also offer free photography services and help with funeral expenses as well as many other things. More information is available at This faith-based organization was started by two parents grieving the loss of their own child.

Homeschool Support

ECHO (Elmore County Homeschool Organization), Coosada Baptist Church on Coosada Road, Coosada. 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 http:// PEAK of Montgomery Homeschool Group Parent Educators and Kids (PEAK) of Montgomery is an inclusive, member-led group of homeschooling families who meet regularly for field trips, park days and other social and educational activities. We welcome all local home educators who enjoy sharing and learning within a diverse community. To join us, visit us at

Illness Support

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care, Frazer Memorial UMC, Thursdays, in Room 3101, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, but registration is required. For more information, call the Congregational Care office at 272-8622. On the first Thursday of each month, the hours are extended to 12:30 p.m. while the Caregivers’ Support Group meets in Room 3103 beginning at 11 a.m. Only during this time will each participant need to bring a sack lunch. For the support group, call the church at 272-8622. This new series is for all patients with congestive heart failure and their caregivers. This series is FREE for all participants. Below is the information: Cardiolife, a new educational series for congestive heart failure patients and their caregivers, meets 4th Thursdays of each month, 10-11 a.m. Diabetes Center classroom, Jackson Hospital. For more info, call 279-6677. Topics include: Lifestyle Changes, A Heart Healthy Diet, Proper Fluid Intake, Importance of Daily Weights and Exercise Tolerance. Support for this program provided by River Region Supportive Care – a Division of Hospice of Montgomery. Facilitated by Arla Chandler, RN, BSN, MBA. Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance, Room 3101 at Frazer UMC, 1st Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for those with depression and bipolar illness and their families. For more info, call 272-8622 or visit Meetings also available 3rd Saturday afternoons from noon-2 p.m. at Dalraida UMC, 3817 Atlanta Highway. For more info, call 652-1431. Depression & Bipolar Support, Montgomery Public Library Main Branch, 245 High Street downtown, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 3rd Saturdays, Noon-2 p.m.; OR 1609 West Street, north off Carter Hill and Narrow Lane, 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 201-9638 or 652-1431 for more info. Fibromyalgia Support, Room 8114 at Frazer UMC, 3rd Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. This group is for those that have fibromyalgia and for their family members and friends. For more info, please call 272-8622. Gluten Intolerance Group ( is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide support to those with any form of gluten intolerance. GIG-Montgomery assists with awareness of diverse potential symptoms, which can range from fatigue and headaches to nausea and intestinal problems. Guidelines are provided on how to eat safely both at home and eating out. Another objective is to facilitate more effective communication between the local gluten-free community and stores, restaurants and the medical community. Meets 4th Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., at Taylor Road Baptist Church, Fellowship Suite (faces entrance of EastChase-NE. Turn on Berryhill Rd by Eastchase). For more info, e-mail

84 or visit http://gfmontgomery. or the group’s Facebook page. Montgomery Area Mended Hearts, First floor of Montgomery Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. For anyone who has experienced cardiac illness. Third Mondays, alternates between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Call 286-3410 for more info. NAMI Montgomery is offering “Family to Family,” a FREE 12-week education course open to all caregivers of adults with mental illness. Classes meet weekly from 6-8:30 p.m. at Montgomery Public Library’s Lowder Branch, 2590 Bell Road. Registration required. Call Mary Jo Logan, 271-2280, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous, Unity of Montgomery, 1922 Walnut St., Saturdays from 3-4 p.m. Contact Misty at 324-9568 or Carol at 467-5742. Parkinson’s Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 8114. Group is for Parkinson’s patients and their family members. For more info, call 272-8622. PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsey) Support meets 2nd Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 3104 at Frazer Memorial UMC. This group is for family members of patients suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsey. The group focuses on personal experiences and sharing, provides information and resources, and helps family members deal with the struggles that accompany PSP. For more information, call 272-8622. Sjogren’s Support, Frazer Memorial UMC, meets 3rd Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. in room 3104. This group is for those with Sjogren’s disease and the family members of those affected by this disease. For more info, call 272-8622. Veterans OEF/OIF Caregivers Support Group meets 3rd Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 3108 at Frazer Memorial UMC. This group provides support and understanding to those caring for OEF/OIF Veterans. For more information, contact Joy Germanos, LCSW, PIP, Caregiver Support Coordinator at CAVHCS, (334) 725-2542.

Parent Support

D.A.D.S. (Dad and Daughter Saturdays) Second Saturdays at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library in downtown Montgomery at 11 a.m. D.A.D.S. is the vision of local resident and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce staff member Ron Simmons and his five-year-old daughter Erin. It gives fathers and daughters an opportunity to read together to create fun, educational memories. All fathers in the River Region are invited to bring their daughters to the library to read, laugh and have fun. This free event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dreamland Barbeque. For more information on this event, call Ron Simmons at 334-777-8596. iConnect, Frazer Memorial UMC, 3rd Thursdays from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Share life, encourage and be encouraged by other women. We meet for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. Advance reservations are necessary for breakfast and preschool nursery. Cost is $5 per meeting. For more info or to make reservations, call Frazer’s Women’s Ministry at 495-6391 or e-mail Sandy Boswell at La Leche League of Montgomery, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2810 Atlanta Hwy., 3rd Fridays, 10 a.m. Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have completed an accreditation program and are familiar with breastfeeding management techniques as well as current research. Meetings are free and open to all women. Expecting moms, babies and children also welcome. If you need information before the next scheduled meeting, please call or e-mail Bridgit (569-1500 or 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 (beginning August 27). For moms of all stages and ages of

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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. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry St., Montgomery. Moms, are you looking for a good excuse to get out of the house? MOPS is a great opportunity to hone your mothering skills, meet new friends, and learn new things while deepening your relationship with God. Free childcare is provided. For more info, call Andrea McGregor at 799-7847, Laura Forman at 306-0352 or visit MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Vaughn Forest Baptist Church, 8660 Vaughn Road, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Are you in need of a time-out? Then have we got the place for you! MOPS joins mothers together by a common bond, to be better wives, moms and friends along this journey in the trenches of motherhood. Childcare is provided. For more info, e-mail

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


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Special Needs Support

Central Alabama Autism Support Team (C.A.A.S.T.), St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Hwy. 31 in Prattville from 6-8 p.m. 3rd Thursdays quarterly (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.). Visit or e-mail casst50@ for more info. Down Syndrome Support, Vaughn Park Church of Christ, 1st Fridays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare provided. Call 356-9048 or visit for information. Montgomery Area Hearing Loss Support Group meets monthly at the Wesley Building of the First Methodist Church in Montgomery on 2nd Thursdays at 4 p.m. It is affiliated with the nationally recognized non-profit advocacy group, Hearing Loss Association of America. The purpose is to bring together all adults and parents of children who would like to know more about hearing losses, its causes and its possible corrections. Licensed audiologists make brief presentations explaining their local programs, their offices and the availability of hearing tests, of possible medical corrections, and/of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Refreshments at each meeting. For more info, contact Parents of Special Needs Children, Saint James UMC, 9045 Vaughn Road, 1st Sundays, 5-6:30 p.m. Please notify Chris Henderson if you plan to come. (Home: 215-0427; e-mail: River Region Autism Support Group, Cafe Louisa (in Old Cloverdale), 1036 E. Fairview Ave. We meet on 1st Saturdays from 4-6 p.m. This group is comprised of parents whose children are on the autism spectrum. We also welcome others involved with autistic children, such as grandparents, friends, teachers, therapists, etc. For more info about how to join the group, or if you plan to attend a meeting, e-mail Lyra Stephens at


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Family Calendar gram providing different educational and fun-filled seminars to individuals and families. The LIFT Program is provided through Family Guidance Center of Alabama in partnership with the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative. Call Tonya Rogers at 270-4100 for class start dates or more info! “Relationship Smarts Plus” teaches teens in grades 7-12 about healthy relationships in a fun, interactive way. Six-week sessions are available throughout the year on Mondays from 4–6 p.m. “Smart Steps for Stepfamilies” is a six-week session that helps stepfamilies learn strategies to strengthen and stabilize their families. Parents and children ages 8 and up meet in their own groups, then meet up at the end of each session for a fun family activity! “Together We Can” gives non-married parents the skills they need to maintain healthy relationships between themselves and their children. “How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk (or Jerkette)” teaches single adults how to get the most out of dating. “Mastering the Magic of Love” is a communication class for all couples. Bring your spouse, fiancé, or that special someone in your life with you to learn new communication techniques and enhance your skills as a team of two. All adults are welcome, including graduates looking for a refresher! Also…. LIFT has a brand-new program just for parents of teens!!! “Bridging the Great Divide: Parents and Teens Communicating About Healthy Relationships” is perfect for parents or guardians who want open lines of communication with their teen. Topics include “Principles of Dating & Healthy Relationships,” “Sensitive Topics,” “Rules & Boundaries,” and more!!! Building D of Family Guidance Center, 2358 Fairlane Drive. This workshop lasts only three weeks, so call TODAY to reserve your spot! You can look at a calendar of LIFT classes & events online by visiting our LIFT web page: http://www. Remember, LIFT has FREE programs for singles, couples, stepfamilies, parents, teens, and now parents of teens! Call 270-4100 or e-mail if you didn’t see your class listed so we can contact you when the next one starts. Support Group for Teens with difficulties communicating with parents. This group began March 29 using the life skills training. Contact Felicia Pressley at Total Life Connection, 244-5061.

August 2012

This Month Wednesday, August 1

Human Rights Activist Helen Suzman Exhibit at Troy University Rosa Parks Museum Through August 27 Explore the life and legacy of South African human rights activist Helen Suzman. Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament from 1953-1989 and was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibit explores nearly four decades of Suzman’s life and vision through photographs, personal letters, quotations from speeches and news articles. For more info, please contact Viola Moten at 241-8701 or Dora Exhibit at Birmingham’s McWane Center Through September 4 “The Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore Exhibit” will be at the McWane Science Center in downtown Birmingham. The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for children to explore as they learn and play along. Visit for details. Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museums Open in Wetumpka -- Weekends Through October 27 Japanese cherries, bulbs and many flowering shrubs are in bloom when the 20-acre Jasmine Hill Gardens opens for the season. Stroll through Greek statuary and enjoy the outdoors. Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Call 567-6463 or visit for info.

Thursday, August 2

Wetumpka Depot Presents Panache -- Also August 3-5; and 9-11 We often find that when we search for one thing, we find something unexpected and much more important. That is just one of the themes woven through Panache, a tender comedy that revolves around two very different people who ultimately discover they are much more alike than they are different. Written by Don Gordon and directed by Tom Salter. For tickets, visit or call 868-1440. Faulkner Dinner Theatre Presents Oliver Through August 4; Also August 9-11; 16-18; 23-25 Theatre doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:15 until 7. The show begins promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and the show.

Members of the military can purchase tickets for just $20. Reservations must be paid in advance. Make reservations or for more information, call 386-7190 or e-mail Prattville-Autauga Farmers Market -- Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays through August 31 Pratt Square Shopping Center on Memorial Drive in Prattville. Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays: 7-11 a.m. McQueen Smith Road Farmers Market (next to Gilmore Ford). For more info, call Yvonne Thomas at 334-201-5209 or the Autauga County Extension office at 334-361-7273.

Friday, August 3

Prattville’s Way Off Broadway Theatre Presents Jack Heifner’s Patio/Porch -- Also August 4-5 & 10-12 The script explores the relationships between sisters in Patio and mothers and daughters in Porch. Both are set in a small Southern town in the heat of summer and have a mixture of humorous and dramatic elements. For more info, visit or call the Cultural Arts Office at (334) 358-0297. Late Night with YMCA Goodtimes Also August 10, 17, 24 & 31 A weekly Parents’ Night Out program for parents of five-to 12-year-olds offered at the YMCA Goodtimes Center on Bell Road. Time is 6:30-11:30 p.m. and supper is included. Cost is $15 per child and no reservations are required. Child to staff ratio is 15:1. Call 279-8878 for more info.

Saturday, August 4

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop Free workshop teaches children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. This month’s project is “build a cork bulletin board.” In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin. 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5-12. Free. The Shoppes at EastChase Host Second Annual Stuff the Bus Event for Montgomery Public Schools The Shoppes at EastChase join with EMERGE Montgomery, Touch of Class Limousine, Clear Channel and Costco to host its second annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. School supplies will be collected in a school bus next to Dillard’s between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Montgomery County School Board will distribute the supplies to needy schools and children in Montgomery County. Visit or follow us on Facebook at

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Wetumpka AYSO Soccer Sign-Up 9 a.m.-noon, Wetumpka High School. $75 for these early registration dates, still includes uniform for fall and spring playing season. For more info, visit or call 514-0992. Prepared Childbirth Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Topics include stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of the coach, and proper care of mother and baby after delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year, from 10 a.m.-noon. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 or e-mail Family Fun Night at Eastdale Mall Eastdale Mall’s Family Fun Nights provide families in the River Region with an exciting evening filled with hands-on activities, story times, performances presented by area attractions and discounts from participating mall merchants. Family Fun Nights are scheduled between 5 and 7 p.m. Children 10 and under will be able to ice skate for free and ride the carousel for half price during Family Fun Nights. Santuck Flea Market -- Also September 1 An outdoor flea market with more than 450 booths featuring arts, crafts, antiques, novelties, imports, food, and more. The Santuck Flea Market is open the first Saturday of each month from March - December from daylight until 2 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Free admission, free parking available. Call 567-7400 or visit The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers’ Market Every Saturday through August 25 7 a.m.-noon in the parking lot between Dillard’s and Earth Fare Organic Grocer. The Farmers’ Market producers and growers offer unique items such as organic meats and milk, goat cheese, natural bath products and hand-made soaps, honey, sprout breads and fruit pastries all made from locally grown ingredients. For more information, call 279-6046. MainStreet Alexander City Farmers’ Market Through October 29 At the Fountain on Broad Street, Alex City. Local farmers, craftsmen and craftswomen present fruits, vegetables, honey, butters, plants, bird houses and more. 7-11:30 a.m. Call (256) 329-9227 or visit for details.

Sunday, August 5

Alabama Dance Theatre Presents “Stars on the Riverfront” -- Also August 6 Free performances featuring a unique array of classical and contemporary works. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. For more info, call 241-2590 or visit Harvest Family Church 20th Anniversary Celebration Campmeeting -- Through August 10 We are celebrating a new season of Faith, Fire and the Favor of God. Sunday services will be at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday services will be at 7 p.m. Special guest speakers will be Kevin & Anne Durant, Phillip Slaughter, Joe Morris and Shekinah Glory. Childcare will be provided. Nightly at 7 p.m. there will be SKY VBS for the Kinderchurch and elementaryaged children. We are located at 7245 Copperfield Drive in Montgomery. For more information about the meetings, visit or call (334) 277-1156.

Monday, August 6

High Heel Boot Camp Pageant Workshop Registration Due Pageant slated for August 11, but no registration will be accepted that day. High Heel Boot Camp, a pageant preparation workshop, will be held at Prattville Jr. High School. The event is open to moms of babies through age 17 years. This event offers the perfect opportunity for young ladies to learn pageant tips, practice pageant techniques and learn tips in preparation of any upcoming pageants, including Little Miss River Region and Teen Miss River Region, a preliminary to Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen Pageant. Instructors will be past titleholders, Miss Alabama contestants, and local business owners. Two classes are available on that day: Mom with babies

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Calendar to age seven (7) will be held from 9:30 –11:30 a.m. Girls will be divided up by age in small class sizes and will rotate round- robin style between classes focused on stage presence, modeling, headshots, and pageant wear. Mom must accompany the contestant during the workshop. Price for this age group: $25 per person. Girls ages 8-17 will meet from 1:30 to 4 p.m. They will be divided up by age in small class sizes and will rotate between classes for stage presence, modeling, makeup and hair, pageant wear, interview, and talent/community involvement. Price for this age group: $35 per contestant. For more info, call (334) 313-5444 or visit Applications are also available at Prattville Bridal Boutique, in downtown Prattville. O’Connor Montgomery Junior Tennis Camps Through August 9 O’Connor Tennis Center. Ages 4-6, from 9-10 a.m. Ages 7-17, from 9-11 a.m. For more info, call 240-4884 or visit Infant Safety/CPR Sponsored by Baptist Health Also August 7 Childproofing methods, care of the choking infant, infant rescue breathing and infant CPR skills are covered with hands-on practices using ACTAR CPR doll for class participants. Class meets at 6 p.m. on designated Mondays or Tuesdays in the classroom at the Baptist Breast Health Center, Winton Blount Blvd. $10 per person. A 25 percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. ID required. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. For more info, call 273-4445.

Tuesday, August 7

Old Alabama Town Hosts Double Victory, a documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen 6 p.m. in the Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus Street. Free admission, seating is first come first served. America’s first all-black aerial unit fought during WWII. This film offers a rare opportunity to hear the Airmen themselves talk about their unprecedented military success as well as their struggle to fight oppression both abroad and at home. “Double Victory” will be presented by special guests Joseph Caver, Jerome Ennels and Daniel Haulman, authors of The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949. After the screening, they will be available to talk about the Airmen and answer any questions. Copies of their book will be available for purchase in the gift shop. For details, visit www.oldalabamatown. com or call 240-4500. “Your Amazing Newborn” Class Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE. One-night class taught by a pediatrician and nursing staff. Presents new concepts in newborn care and helps alleviate parenting jitters by soon-to-be parents. Grandparents welcome. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 293-8497 or visit www.jackson. org/events. National Night Out in the Town of Pike Road Hosted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 6 p.m. at Pike Road Town Hall, National Night Out is a time to bring communities together to raise awareness of crime prevention. The town and MCSO invite and encourage all families to take part in this annual event. Guest speakers will include the Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department, alarm companies and other security specialists to discuss safety concerns and prevention tips. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening!

Wednesday, August 8

Sizzling Summer Studio Series at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts -- Also August 9 1-2 p.m. Join us in the studios to create a different art project each day. Explore a variety of art media, including watercolors & “bubble” painting, tissue paper collage, oil pastels resist, printing and more! Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members for one class. Visit or call 240-4333. Prenatal Breastfeeding Class sponsored by Baptist Health Provides expectant mothers with information about breastfeeding. Partners are welcome to participate. Class


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Thursday, August 9

There’s an App for That at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 6- 8 p.m. The iPad has become a great device for sharing photos with friends and family. Join us for a two-hour workshop and learn how to edit and modify your photos by using various tools such as filters, color and saturation, cropping, blur, resizing, working with layers, adding text and metadata, and a whole lot more. Cost: $15 members/$25 non-members.Visit or call 240-4333. Music and Storytime for Toddlers (16 mths-3 yrs) At the Beach at 10 a.m. Allegro School of Fine Arts for Preschoolers at First Baptist Church Montgomery hosts a 45-minute theme-based music class filled with singing, music and movement, instrument play, dancing, storytime and an art activity. The cost is $8 per child. To register or for more info, contact licensed Kindermusik educator Sarah Hall at or 271-3264. Music and Storytime for Babies (Newborn-15 mths) Let’s Play at 11:15 a.m. Allegro School of Fine Arts for Preschoolers at First Baptist Church Montgomery hosts a 45-minute themebased music class filled with singing, instrument play, scarf play, dancing, bubbles, and storytime. The cost is $8 per child. To register or for more info, contact licensed Kindermusik educator Sarah Hall at Hallhome96@aol. com or 271-3264. Music and Storytime for Preschoolers (3-5 years) Sounds Galore at 12:30 p.m. Allegro School of Fine Arts for Preschoolers at First Baptist Church Montgomery hosts a 45-minute themebased music class filled with singing, instrument play, scarf play, dancing, bubbles, and storytime. The cost is $8 per child. To register or for more info, contact licensed Kindermusik educator Sarah Hall at Hallhome96@aol. com or 271-3264. Thirsty Thursdays at at the Montgomery Biscuits Also August 30 Join us for FREE post-game concerts in the Club Car Bar. $2 soda specials throughout the concert. August 9 will feature karaoke; August 30 is College Night featuring the hits of today by the band, The Regulars! For details, visit or call 323-2255.

Friday, August 10

Parents’ Night Out at the Wetumpka Family YMCA A monthly Parents’ Night Out program for parents of kids 12 years and under offered the 2nd Friday of each month from 6-10 p.m. Games, arts and crafts, a movie and hot dogs are offered. Cost is $10 per child for members and $15 per child for non-members. You must register by the Thursday prior. Call 567-8282 for more info. American Cancer Society Holds 2nd Annual Blackout Cancer Party AlleyBAR in Downtown Montgomery from 7-11 p.m. Tickets will be a $35 donation prior to the event and $40 at the door. Each ticket includes two drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres from some of Montgomery’s best restaurants. Live entertainment will be provided, as well as an opportunity to participate in a silent auction, featuring items from various businesses throughout the River Region. Attendees are asked to “Dress up, dress down, just wear all black” as an effort to make the statement we are “Blacking Out Cancer.” All proceeds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at www. or visit the local American Cancer Society office. For more info, call Suzanna Wasserman at 612-8178, visit the BlackOut Cancer Party Facebook page at or visit Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- Through September 2

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Family Calendar Can you spell FUNTASTIC? This Tony Award winning musical comedy follows six hilarious and quirky prepubescent bookworms and their adult counterparts as they journey through the torments of teen life while spelling strabismus, capybara and phylactery. The audience even gets into the act in a show that really puts the “comedy” into “musical comedy.” Recommended for ages 13+ due to adult themes and language. Visit or call 271-5353 for tickets.

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Saturday, August 11

State Farmers Market Day Free. State Farmers Market, 1655 Federal Drive. Watermelon eatin’ and corn shuckin’ contests, hot air balloon, pony rides, auction. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 242-5350 for more info. Go Fish in Concert at Frazer United Methodist Church 4 p.m. Wesley Hall. Tickets are available for $10 plus handling fees at or in the Frazer Bookstore ($12 at the door). Children two and under are free. For more info, call 272-8622 or e-mail Baby Boot Camp Sponsored by Baptist Health An abbreviated version of the Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze Class offered by Baptist Health. Registered nurse instructors discuss birthing methods (including Cesarean), comfort measures for labor, medications and anesthesia options (including epidurals), postpartum care and baby care basics. Coping techniques (including Lamaze) are included in this class. This class meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baptist Breast Health Center Classroom, Winton Blount Blvd. The fee is $45. A 25 percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. ID required. Class sizes are limited and pre-pregistration is required. For more info, please call 273-4445. Maternity Area Tour @ Baptist Medical Center East A tour of the Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR), Postpartum and Nursery areas is offered to those not attending the Childbirth Preparation Class (a tour is provided as part of that class). Please meet in the main lobby of Baptist Medical Center East, 400 Taylor Rd., 10 minutes before the scheduled tour. The tour is at 10:30 a.m. Tour sizes are limited and prepregistration is required. For more info, call 273-4445. Riverfront Park FREE Family Event Offered the second Saturday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Actvities will include: live entertainment, interactive activities for all ages (bocce ball & more), food vendors and cocktails served from the SandBAR! Vendors include: iCantina, Dreamland, Peppertree Steaks and Wines, Cheezie’s Pizza, Nancy’s Italian Ice, Spacewalker, Bruster’s Ice Cream and Nathan’s Hotdogs. For more information, call 625-2100. Summer Olympics Night at the Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Game Opening and closing ceremonies led by Big Mo, with in-game promotions geared toward the different sports featured at the Summer Olympics in London. Medals will be awarded for each game, so everyone feels like an Olympic champion! MAX fireworks spectacular immediately following the game! For details, visit or call 323-2255. Old Alabama Town Saturday Jam Sessions; Also August 25 9 a.m.-noon at the 1840s Rose House. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and join the fun! Admission to the jam sessions is free; tickets to tour Old Alabama Town are available at the Reception Center. For more info, call 240-4500 or visit www.

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Sunday, August 12

Sunday Kids’ Day at Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Games -- Also August 26 $5 all-you-can-play wristbands give kids unlimited inflatable time at Big Mo’s Dugout! Kids can also create custom posters, megaphones and baseball fans for free. August 26 is also “Splash Day,” featuring slip and slides, baby pools and other aquatic adventures. Be sure to dress in swimsuits! After the game, kids have the opportunity to run the bases courtesy of Coke. For details, visit or call 323-2255.

Monday, August 13

Upward Flag Football & Cheerleading Evaluations Begin at Frazer United Methodist Church Practices start August 27. Games from Sept. 15-Nov. 3. Open to rising 1st-6th graders. For information, call 495-6459 or e-mail Craig McKissick at Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze sponsored by Baptist Health -- Mondays through September 10 Registered nurse instructors discuss birthing methods (including Cesarean), comfort measures for labor, medications and anesthesia options (including epidurals), postpartum care and baby care basics. Coping techniques (including Lamaze) are included. Expectant couples participating in this comprehensive class series will attend class once a week for five consecutive weeks. This class meets 6-8 p.m. in the classroom at the Baptist Breast Health Center, 6880 Winton Blount Blvd. Fee is $60. A 25 percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. ID required. Class sizes are limited and pre-pregistration is required. For more info, call 273-4445.

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Thursday, August 16

ArchiTreats: Food For Thought The Alabama Dept. of Archives & History, 624 Washington Ave. Noon-1 p.m. Bring lunch and a drink and join us every third Thursday for these FREE lectures sponsored by Friends of the Alabama Archives. Today’s topic is “The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera,” presented by Hardy Jackson. Call 353-4726. Military Open House at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 5:30-7:30 p.m. All active, reserve and retired military personnel and their families are


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Friday, August 17

AUM Hosts “Get Inspired” Concert Bring the kids to celebrate from 6-8 p.m. on the quad and enjoy food, games and a family-friendly band. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Montgomery Food Bank. Today’s event is the last installment of the third annual AUM Summer Concert Series and features musical inspiration from Clint Darby, with a prelude by the BTW Magnet High School Chorus. Outdoor games and activities will be offered, including sidewalk chalk, bubbles, coloring pages, Frisbees, and hula-hoops. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Outside food is welcome, but Boomer T’s Barbecue will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, loaded nachos, drinks and snacks (credit cards and cash accepted). In case of inclement weather, festivities will be moved inside the AUM Physical Education Complex. Learn more at www. Buckmasters Expo -- Through August 19 Free. Montgomery Convention Center. This yearly hunting show is one of the largest, with more than 300 exhibitors and plenty to see and do. The event includes the Buckmasters Top Bow Indoor Championship, Young Bucks activities, deer scoring, a hunter education course, a concert and more. Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 800-240-3337 or visit

Saturday, August 18

Alabama Kidney Foundation’s Annual Walk-a-thon Baptist Health’s DeBoer Building, Montgomery. The Alabama Kidney Foundation’s programs, which are provided free to Alabama’s kidney patients in need, provide tangible solutions to real and, oftentimes, crucial needs. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone; food, fun and fabulous prizes! If you are interested in leading a team at this year’s Walk-a-Thon and helping thousands of Alabamians suffering from kidney disease, please contact Amy at (334) 241-0003 or amy@alkidney. org to register a team. Clay Walker at Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 and $20. Country star Clay Walker first topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1993 with “What’s It to You” and followed with his second consecutive No. 1 hit, “Live Until I Die.” Since then he’s placed 31 titles on Billboard’s singles chart including such additional chart toppers as “Dreaming with my Eyes Open,” “If I Could Make Living,” “This Woman and This Man,” and “Rumor Has It.” For tickets or more info, visit www. or call 481-5100.

Sunday, August 19

Alpha Course Invitation Dinners Deadline Montgomery’s First United Methodist Church and Frazer United Methodist Church are hosting separate, free dining events to introduce the fall 2012 ALPHA Course to be held at both campuses. After dinner, guests will receive specific information about the Course at the respective campus and guests will be treated to a short video titled “Is There More To Life Than This?” A nursery will be provided. Both dinner and nursery reservations are required. To reserve a seat for the Invitation Dinner, contact Frazer at (334) 272-8622 or First UMC at (334) 834-8990 by August 19. Frazer UMC Invitation Dinner Date: August 27 at 6 p.m. First UMC Invitation Dinner Date: August 28 at 6 p.m.

ery Symphony Orchestra. Cost is $15 and reservations must be made by noon Monday, August 20, to russell. or call 300-4949. Visit www.

Friday, August 24

Elmore County Homeschool Organization Open House ECHO is a support group for homeschooling families. Our Fall Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at a NEW location: Harvest Fields Community Church, 4280 Deatsville Hwy, Deatsville. We will be here to answer your questions about getting started, as well as homeschooling multiple children, etc. There will be door prizes. Children are welcome! ECHO is open to all homeschoolers in the tri-county area. Membership is FREE! For details, visit Black Jacket Symphony Presents AC/DC “Back in Black” at Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 8 p.m. Tickets: $34, $29. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked–the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. For tickets or more info, visit or call 481-5100.

Saturday, August 25

Millbrook’s Got Talent! Talent show sponsored by Millbrook Theatre at 7 p.m. Cash prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place along with trophies. Entry fee is $20; admission to the show is $5. For more info, call 782-7317 or visit AUM Yard Sale The AUM Green Alliance will host a campus-wide yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, on campus in Taylor Center rooms 221-223 and 230. Student clubs and organizations will sell pre-loved items to raise funds for their projects. Admission for shoppers is free and open to the public. For more info, call 244-3642 or visit Dragon Boat Races at Riverfront Park 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring your family and friends to the river and watch local participants paddle their way to the finish line. This event is FREE to the public. For more info, visit or call 625-9411. ABCs of Bats Education Program at Montgomery Zoo 10 a.m. - noon. Learn more about these winged creatures that fly about in the darkness of the night. (Advanced reservations required, fees apply.) Visit or call 240-4900 for more info.

Monday, August 27

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED for the Layperson Sponsored by Red Cross -- Also August 28 5:30-8:30 p.m. (must attend both evenings). 5015 Woods Crossing, Montgomery. Cost: $90. Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include 2-year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details.

Thursday, August 30

Prattville-Autauga Character Coalition Hosts the 2nd Annual Champions of Character Event 6-8 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Clubhouse in Prattville. The Character Coalition works throughout the region to emphasize good character traits and their importance in the community. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite team colors as they prepare for the start of another season. Photos will be offered with both local and state mascots. Chad Anderson, Prattville High School’s head football coach, will be a special guest speaker. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, children 12 and under are free with paying adults; tickets must be purchased in advance. Admission includes dinner and entertainment, and there will also be a silent auction and a “Chinese” auction. All proceeds will benefit the Prattville-Autauga Character Coalition. For more info, call 365-7392 or e-mail pacharacter@prattvillechamber. com.

Sunday, September 2

Callaway Gardens Fitness Series: Triathlon This event is ranked as one of the best triathlons in the nation and is the longest-running triathlon in the continental United States. Participants compete in a 1k swim, 30k bike ride and 8k run in a beautiful setting. Register at This is the fourth of six events in the annual Callaway Gardens Fitness Series. Bark in the Park at Montgomery Biscuits Baseball 2:05 p.m. Dogs are welcome to roam the stadium with their owners as well as enjoy the doggy play area with treats and watering holes. There is also a pre-game parade for owners to walk their dogs around the field and various contests to enter, such as owner/dog lookalike, best trick and best in show! For more info, visit or call 323-2255.

Saturday, September 1

Kids Adventure Labor Day Fly-In (Also Sept. 2) Historic Moton Fields with free plane rides starting at 9:00am. Contact Sylvester Williams at (334) 727-6485.

Monday, September 3

Jazz on the Grass in Pike Road WVAS 90.7 FM public radio and the Alabama Jazz & Blues Federation are bringing “Jazz on the Grass” concert and festival to Rolling Hills Estates in the Town of Pike Road. Watch for more info on

Friday, September 7

Ballet and the Beasts at the Montgomery Zoo 6-10 p.m. Join us for a wonderful evening under the stars with the Montgomery Ballet. Admission is FREE. Visit or call 240-4900 for info.

Saturday, September 8

Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale Sponsored by Millbrook Community Theatre 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sell your treasures in a cool, comfortable space. 5720 Main Street, Millbrook. Call 334-7827317 for more info or to reserve your space.

Thursday, August 23

The Newcomers Club of Montgomery Monthly Luncheon The Newcomers Club of the Greater Montgomery Area invites women who are new residents in the area to attend our monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Country Club. This month will feature Thomas Hines, director and conductor of the Montgom-

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Welcome to the Montgomery Parents’ Advertiser Directory. This section was created to help our readers easily access advertising information in our magazine. We know that readers consider our advertisers as valuable a resource as the editorial content in Montgomery Parents. We hope this directory saves you time as you refer to the magazine throughout the month. Page numbers follow the advertiser’s name. A Great Start Learning Academy, 71 Ace Bowling Center, 3 Adventure Sports II, 65 Alabama Army National Guard, 87 Alabama Christian Academy, 23 Alabama Dance Theater, 61 Ala Dept of Public Health, Inside Front, 9 Arts in Motion, 63 ASKIN/Synergy House, 92 Auditory/Visual Enhancement, 29 Baptist East Hospital, 51 Bradford Health Services, Inside Back Cover Brandi McNew-Counselor, 42 Bruster’s Ice Cream, 41 Carriage Hills Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, 24 Carver Arts After School Program, 60 Catoma Baptist Church Preschool, 77 Centre for Performing Arts, 64 Chapman Orthodontics, 79 Children’s Clothing Exchange, 78 Chris Neil Guitar Lessons, 64 Churchill Academy, 47 Club Z At-Home Tutoring, 55, 92 Cottage Rental Agency, 4 Dance Generation, 57 Dancewear, Etc., 92 Dentistry for Children, 40 Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center, 1 Dr. Bradley Willis-Dentist, 26 Dr. Kendall Dunn-Orthodontist, 38 Dynamite Magic & Balloons, 55 E & S Hobbies, Inc., 92 Eastdale Mall, 13 Edward Jones-Lane Easterling, 83 Embellish, 50 ERA Lake Martin, Mike Langston, 87 Evangel Christian Academy, 36 Family Guidance Center, 81 Family Karate Center, 7 Faulkner University Paralegal Degree, 34 First Baptist Church, Montgomery, 71 Montgomery Parents I August 2012

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The Dark Knight Rises

Ice Age: Continental Drift

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: BViolence: D+ Sexual Content: B Language: B Alcohol / Drug Use: AThe MPAA has rated The Dark Knight Rises PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language. It has been about eight years since Batman (Christian Bale) graced the streets of Gotham. After accepting the blame for crimes committed by the late Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart in the prequel, The Dark Knight), in order to preserve the two-faced man’s more honorable image, the caped crusader determined it was best not to show his own mask in the angry metropolis. Bruce Wayne (Batman’s true identity) has likewise retreated, dropping out of the city’s social scene. But events are about to transpire that will cause the Dark Knight to rise again. The first is the intrusion of a cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) who seems more interested in him than just the contents of his safe. Another is the insight of a bright young cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that sees right through Wayne’s conflicted character. And the last, and perhaps most compelling reason, is the discovery of a new threat to Gotham’s peace: A disfigured mercenary named Banes (Tom Hardy) who shares the same training and subsequent disfellowship from The League of Shadows, the brotherhood that taught Batman his skills. (This fraternity figures prominently in the first movie of this trilogy, Batman Begins). So despite the pleadings of his faithful and concerned butler Alfred (Michael Caine), the recluse (and his suppressed rage) comes out of retirement. Of course, the super hero is in for more than he originally suspects. Although he arms himself with high-tech tools, courtesy of Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), he isn’t quite prepared for the hatred of his fellow citizens that still believe in Batman’s guilt, the witch-hunt of a police force determined to hold him accountable, the betrayal of assumed friends, or the attack on the personal and finical affairs of Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile Banes proves to be a very formidable foe, with connections to numerous nefarious doings, and greater brute strength than the returning champion has to give the challenge. The writers of this latest DC comic adaptation (Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer) deserve credit. They have created an intricate script with tangled plot lines that weave in threads from both of the proceeding films.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: BSexual Content: B+ Language: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: A The MPAA has rated Ice Age: Continental Drift PG for mild rude humor and action/peril. In the late 1980s, filmmakers Don Bluth, George Lucas and Steven Spielburg combined forces to produce the children’s animation The Land Before Time. The movie, which told the story of a group of young dinosaurs, sparked the creation of 12 more direct-to-video releases. None of them involved the big name trio. The Ice Age franchise may not be at the double digits yet, but with the release of this fourth film in the series, these prehistoric creatures could be lining up for a long chain of appearances. Like the previous three movies, this one sandwiches two storylines together. The first is about the acorn-obsessed Scrat who constantly tries to accumulate the little nut. When the squirrel-like creature poises the tip of his acorn on the icy landscape, it causes a crack that divides the landmass into the continents we know today. Meanwhile Manny (voice by Ray Romano), Diego (voice by Denis Leary) and Sid (voice by John Leguizamp) are separated from the rest of the animals when they are caught on a chunk of ice that breaks off from the shifting terrain. Calling out to his wife Ellie (voice by Queen Latifah) and his daughter Peaches (voice by Keke Palmer) as he floats away, Manny promises to find his way back to them. However what the trio and Sid’s tag-a-long grandma (voice by Wanda Sykes) don’t expect to encounter on their journey is a nefarious band of pirates led by the ape Captain Gutt (voice by Peter Dinklage). While some of the humor in the past productions has had a decidedly adult overtone, most of the jokes in this story are aimed directly at the under ten crowd. Pre-chewed prunes, slapstick antics and rude bodily humor are among the subjects mined for jokes. However, the film’s frequent portrayals of comedic violence and moments of peril may frighten younger children -- especially when characters are repeatedly hit, squashed, poked, tossed and put at risk. Promoting an alternative definition of family, Ice Age: Continental Drift brings out the best in this group of friends who commit to watch each other’s backs. If your children enjoyed the previous films, they will likely be ready to float away on this oceanic adventure.

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What Parents need to know about Ice Age: Continental Drift

Violence: Pervasive violence includes depictions of hand-to-hand fighting, beatings, shootings, explosions, choking, neck snapping, back breaking and stabbing. These portrayals are detailed, although little blood is shown. High tech and nuclear weapons are employed, causing loss of life and property damage on a mass scale. Characters are betrayed, threatened with death and in constant peril. Criminals and murderers target innocent citizens and the police. Physical and physiological torture is applied. Multiple corpses are shown. Sexual Content: Sexual relations between an unmarried man and woman are implied: His naked chest and her bare shoulders are shown. Passionate kisses are exchanged. Mild sexual references are made. Language: Infrequent mild and moderate profanities are used. Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink at social occasions.

Violence: Characters are repeatedly slapped, squashed, poked and tossed. Little creatures are enslaved and threatened with a whip. An animal is burned by a hot geyser eruption. Characters fall off a cliff. Numerous characters experience moments of peril and threats. Characters engage in swordplay. A character is swallowed by a fish. An animal burns his paws. Sexual Content: Seductive sirens tempt the characters while at sea. Two male characters mistakenly kiss one another. Brief rude jokes revolve around anatomy and other bodily functions. Mild, veiled sexual innuendo is included. Language: Name-calling and some rude terms are used. Alcohol / Drug Use: A character eats a berry that paralyzes him. 96

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