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Contents May 2012

Volume 17 Number 5

Features 58 Bunking Up! Strategies for Shared-Room Success

Learn about the benefits that can come when your children share a bedroom, from creating a stronger bond between them to giving you more space in your home.

64 Best Summer Ever!

Your kids won’t be complaining about summer boredom when you explore these nine ways to amp up creative family fun.

66 Summer Activities Listing

Summer fun abounds in the River Region with special classes and camps for almost any age and interest.

Columns 6 From One Parent to Another DeAnne Watson

9 Living With Children John Rosemond

12 Kids Health Watch

86 Foster Parenting: Opening Your Home and

Your Heart

Discover why Auburn University athletic director Jay Jacobs, and wife, Angie, have such a passion for fostering children. And find out if your family might want to follow suit.

On The Cover

Departments 10 Bits and Pieces

sponsored by Professional Pediatrics

14 Education Matters

16 School Bits

Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson

56 Get This!

Paige Gardner Smith

60 The FlyLady

82 Library Storytimes

62 Page in a Book

90 Calendar/Support Groups

104 Movie Reviews

103 Advertiser Directory

Marla Cilley

Paige Gardner Smith

Parent Previews

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Charlie Bowden is 20 months old and the son of Chris and Savannah Bowden. He attends Mom’s Morning Out at Frazer Memorial UMC. Charlie is excited about summer as well as becoming a big brother in a few months. 5


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From One Parent to Another... What images come to mind when you think of your childhood summers? For me, a few would be catching fireflies at dusk and keeping them in jars topped with foil, waving down the ice cream man to get an Astro pop (you remember the red, white and blue popsicle shaped like a rocket), and staying outside until 8:30 at night playing while the sun was still up. As parents, we have fond memories about the days of old when technology was not so prominent and schedules weren’t so busy. Although I’m sure there were plenty of summer days I would utter the words, “I’m bored,” looking back, I appreciate the simpler times and wish my kids could experience them. These days many of us struggle with how we are going to keep our children entertained during the school break, plus today’s kids don’t seem to be able to handle a little boredom quite as well as we did. Their days are filled with constant ways to be fed entertainment, mainly through television and other technology, and sometimes I feel it has stolen their ability to be creative and come up with interesting things to do. If we want our kids to experience a great summer, we may need to help them out a bit with some planning and this month’s issue has all you need to get started! First, Christina Katz’s article, Best Summer Ever, shares ideas for summer activities at home that will amp up the creative fun for your family. And if getting your kids out and involved in the community through classes and day camps is what you need, our 2012 Summer Activities Listing is full of opportunities. Whether you are looking for a laid back summer at home or one that’s packed with variety and education for your children, you’ll find it here! If your kids tend to get on each other’s nerves during summer amidst all the togetherness, you may be thinking they could never share a bedroom (at least not while you keep your sanity). However, we have included an article to get you thinking about the reasons why having your kids room together can not only be wonderful for their longterm relationship, but also a way to get more space out of your home. In Bunking Up, Malia Jacobson shares strategies to help your kids have a successful shared-room experience. Maybe it’s time to give it a try! Finally, most of you know by now how close adoption is to my heart. Our family will be leaving to pick up our baby girl and bring her home from Russia on May 4th and we can’t wait! Well not only are we seeing adoption on the rise in our community and elsewhere, but also the idea of foster parenting. While adoption may be too much of a commitment for some families, fostering children temporarily while their parents get back on track is an option that may actually work. Auburn University athletic director Jay Jacobs and wife, Angie, have embraced foster care as a way their family can care for children in need, and in Christie del Amo Johnson’s article you’ll read what inspires them to do it. You may even discover that foster parenting is something your family could consider! Have a great month and don’t forget to check out the May Family Calendar because the River Region is packed with events for your family to enjoy!

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By John Rosemond

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racy pictures on my 13-year-old son’s smart phone. The women were not nude, much less participating in sex acts, but were wearing very revealing bikinis, short skirts, and halter tops. Their poses were very provocative as well. My husband says this is normal stuff and wants to completely ignore it. I say we should deal with it. What say you?

A: It is surely normal for a 13-year-old boy

to be attracted to females and to have sexual thoughts and feelings, but your husband is missing a great opportunity here. The fact that the pictures don’t constitute hard-core pornography and that this might be “normal” from a statistical perspective is beside the point. The door is open for your husband to sit down with his son and give him some fundamental instruction concerning the opposite sex: call it Women 101. He could begin this mentoring by helping your son begin to understand that thinking of women as mere sexual objects is a form of disrespect; that anatomical attributes are not the measure of a woman; that while good looks are not a bad thing, the real prize is a woman who is a wonderful wife and mother; a woman, in other words, whose beauty goes deeper than her skin. There’s an opening here for your husband to help his son begin the journey to valid manhood. He should seize it! Parents tell me their daughter is intelligent and did well in school up until the seventh grade, at which time she stopped doing the required work and her grades, consequently, went down the proverbial tube. My response: “Who cares?” Parents tell me their 8-year-old son still has four or five “accidents” per week in his clothing. The child’s pediatrician has determined that there is no physical problem (in which case, these stinky events are more accurately called “on purposes” or “lazies”). My response: “Who cares?” The parents of a 15-year-old want to know what to do about his refusal to keep his bedroom and bathroom neat and clean. His possessions are strewn everywhere, he doesn’t hang up his towels, he disposes of food by shoving it under his bed, and so on.

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My response: “Who cares?” Don’t mistake my meaning here. I am not trivializing these problems. In each case, the parents have a legitimate complaint. I am simply asking these parents to identify the person or persons who is/are upset by the problem in question, because it is a simple fact that the person or persons who is/are upset by the problem will try to solve it. In each case, I discover, it’s the parents who care. And in each case, the child does not care. The fact is, that the wrong people are upset. Therefore, the only people who can solve the problems have no reason to solve them. The simple fact is that not until these children are forced to become upset about these problems—not until they begin to care more than their parents care—will they solve them. So, the girl’s parents confiscate her most prized possession: her cell phone. She will get it back when her grades come back up to par and stay there for one entire grading period. When she is informed of this, she throws a tantrum like she hasn’t thrown since she was a toddler. Good. Now she cares. If any sense at all remains, she will solve HER problem. The boy’s parents tell him that his doctor says he’s having “lazies” because he’s not getting enough sleep. Until they have stopped for a continuous period of 28 days, the doctor says he has to go to bed right after supper— even if that means cancelling activities— seven days a week. He is very upset by this sudden turn of events. Good. Now he cares. And the teen comes home one day to discover that his parents have thoroughly cleaned his room. In the process, they threw away whatever they felt like throwing away and have stored his most coveted possessions in a storage locker to which only they have the code. They tell him to take a close look at the job they did because he must keep his room and bathroom to that standard for two straight months before they will return his stuff. And if he doesn’t clean his room, they will. At first, he is angry. When that doesn’t move his parents, he asks their forgiveness and promises to keep his room clean if they will return his stuff. His parents stand firm. He goes to his room and won’t come out for dinner. Good. Now he cares. In each case, the child quickly solves the problem. Amazing! Or not.

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Jubilee CityFest, Alabama’s premier family festival, has announced that its May 19 star-studded concerts will be FREE of charge thanks to a substantial donation made by one of its sponsors, Creek Casinos. The concerts, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will feature top performers including platinum-selling artists Sister Hazel, BRICK and Joseph Baldwin. They will be followed by Bama’s Big Bang – a pyro-music spectacular put on by Pyrotecnico, an internationally recognized fireworks company. “Bama’s Big Bang brings a lot of families to downtown Montgomery, and we feel it is important to support an event that brings great entertainment for families, supports local businesses, and has a positive economic impact on the region,” said Jay Dorris, president of PCI Gaming, Creek Casinos’ parent company, Bama’s Big Bang and Jubilee CityFest are held in downtown Montgomery at the Riverwalk and Amphitheater. Friday night’s “BrewFest” and a BBQ Cookoff start the festival. The following morning, the event continues with the Jubilee “Run for Cancer” sponsored by Poarch Creek Indians and ALFA Insurance. The event will feature runs for all levels and ages---8K, 2mile run/ walk, and “Jubilee’s Junior Jog” for children. Entry fees for the races are $25 for the 8K and 2mile, and $10 for the “Junior Jog” and will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s run will even feature a prize for the “wackiest running ensemble.” Continuing the fun will be the everpopular KidsFest from 1-5 pm. To beat the heat, KidsFest will take place in the Renaissance Convention Center and will feature more than a dozen inflatables, laser tag, and games. Tickets for KidsFest will be available at the door for $5. For more info, visit and

Wetumpka Depot Players present a fundraising event May 11-13, Broadway Our Way: A Musical Revue 32 Years in the Making! A cast of Depot veterans will celebrate some of the most memorable songs from three decades of Depot musicals. In addition, Wiley and the Hairy Man opens May 31, running through June 9. Drawn from an Alabama folktale, this is the story of a young boy named Wiley, who lives near the Tombigbee River with his mother and his faithful hound dogs. The clever and menacing Hairy Man also inhabits the mysterious swampland. He haunts Wiley’s days and invades his dreams. “Outwit the Hairy Man three times and he won’t scare you ever again,” advises Mother. So Wiley sets out into the swamp to confront the Hairy Man. For audiences young and young at heart! For tickets, visit or call (334) 868-1440. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival rolls merrily into its repertory season with William Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor through May 18, followed by Henry VIII and A Midsummer Night’s Dream through May 20. In addition to these three Shakespearean works, two hilarious comedies, The Thirty Nine Steps and Travels My Aunt, are open for the second half of their runs through May 19. ASF’s Extreme Weekends, in which theatre lovers can see all four repertory shows Friday through Sunday, are available May 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20. Tickets are available by calling, visiting or going to the ASF box office in Blount Cultural Park. All four shows are offered in the British Invasion membership discount package, which includes perks and benefits. Visit Millbrook Community Theatre for Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution May 17-26. Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending. A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect. For tickets, call (334) 782-7317 or visit Faulkner Dinner Theatre presents The Three Musketeers June 6-23. 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

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EastChase Farmers’ Market Opens With ‘Taste of EastChase’

The grand opening for the Shoppes at EastChase Farmers’ Market will take place Saturday, May 26, from 7 a.m. to noon in the parking lot between Dillard’s and Earth Fare Organic Grocer. Williams-Sonoma will kick off with the “Taste of EastChase” as employees provide cooking demonstrations featuring Alabama-grown produce. A bluegrass band will perform from 10 a.m. until noon and MANE’s miniature horse “Whinnie” will provide rides for the kids. Other kids’ entertainment includes face-painting and balloon characters from Magical Memories. The Shoppes at EastChase welcome tent will be set up on site and will include complimentary, reusable shopping bags filled with coupons from retailers. In addition, coffee will be served by Panera Bread from 7-9 a.m. and 32 degrees will provide yogurt samples at the booth. This is the eighth season for The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through August 25, from 7 a.m. until noon. Farmers’ Market producers and growers offer unique items such as organic meats and milk, goat cheese, natural bath products and handmade soaps, honey, sprout breads and fruit pastries all made from locally grown ingredients. For more info about The Shoppes at EastChase or its Farmers Market, call 279-6046. 10

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Shoppes at EastChase Summer Fashion Camps

The Shoppes at EastChase will host Fashion Camps for girls ages 6-12 during the months of June and July. The one-day camps will be separated into two age groups: ages 6-8 and ages 9-12. The sessions will take place two weeks in June and two weeks in July, and each fashion camp will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with the cost of $65 per child. Little fashionistas will learn about subjects such as Style 101, accessorizing, makeup, decorating and entertaining, with breakout sessions hosted by WilliamsSonoma, Claire’s, Earth Fare Organic Grocer, GAP, Anthony Vince Nail Spa, The Studio at EastChase and Dillards. The day also includes lunch, a $25 gift card to The Shoppes at EastChase, a special gift and an official graduation certificate. Space is limited. For more info, visit To register, stop by Guest Services located next to Ware Jewelers or call 279-6046.

Fun Outdoor Events May 12

Hampstead Institute Spring Food Festival Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm, 425 Moulton St., Montgomery. Festival celebrating the taste of local food in central Alabama. Noon-5 p.m. Admission charged. Call 422-9331 or visit Alabama All-Star Food Festival 3-7 p.m. Join chefs, farmers, breweries and musicians from across the state for the Alabama All-Star Food Festival celebrating the best in local cuisine. Enjoy tastings from featured restaurants using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, meet your favorite Alabama chefs, listen to the state’s best homegrown musicians, catch a variety of on-stage demos from guest chefs, farmers and producers and take part in hands-on gardening and nutrition workshops. Alabama food, drink and music at its finest! Tickets cost $35 if purchased in advance; $45 at the gate. Children 10-15 $15; no charge for children under 10. Commerce Street in downtown Montgomery. Visit Riverfront Park FREE Family Event Offered the second Saturday of every month from 5-8 p.m. Activities 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.

FLIMP Festival @ Art Museum

Saturday, May 5 *10 a.m.-2 p.m. Festivities include ART making projects, ARTist demonstrations, music, food and a lot of fun! Admission is $5 adults, $3 children, FREE to members and Active Duty Military Personnel and their immediate family. or call 240-4333.

Dora Exhibit Comes to McWane Center

The “Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore” exhibit will be open from May 26-September 4 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




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Sunscreen for Children Everyone knows that sunburn hurts, but a nice tan makes you look healthy, right? The correct answer is NO! Sun exposure (and tanning booths) cause premature aging of the skin and increase the risk of melanoma (skin cancer). The occurrence of melanoma is at an all time high with two million people diagnosed each year. So, what is it in sunlight that harms us? Two types of ultraviolet rays are the culprits: UVA, which causes year-round deeper skin damage; and UVB, which causes the visible summertime surface burns. (Both cause skin cancer.) A wide brimmed hat helps shade the face and neck but the best way to avoid sun damage is to stay out of the sun, under a roof. Even sitting under a shade tree can lead to a burn as the wind moves the leaves around and allows sun to shine briefly on the skin. The effect is cumulative and eventually leads to a burn. A cool cloudy day in the summer can also fool you because the UVA and UVB rays penetrate the clouds and still damage the skin. Most of us, though, will spend plenty of time in full sunshine. Sunscreen is your best tool to decrease skin damage. When purchasing sunscreen, select one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are true physical sunblocks that protect as soon as they are applied by forming a barrier on top of the skin against both types of rays. The SPF (Sun Protec-

tion Factor) applies only to UVB rays and should be at least 15, but you should not need higher than 30. An SPF of 30 protects against 96% of the burning rays. More than that and you only get smaller and smaller amounts of added protection. Chemical sunscreens absorb the UVA rays, some better than others. Look for those that contain avobenzone, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, Tinosorb or Mexoryl SX. Chemical sunscreens must be applied 15 minutes before going into the sun for full effective protection. Apply sunscreen thickly to coat every exposed part of your child’s body. Pay special attention to the ears, nose, back of the neck, shoulders and tops of feet. “Waterproof” sunscreens may last a little longer, but don’t believe the promise of “eight hour protection” unless your child stays perfectly still and doesn’t get in the water or sweat (very unlikely!). Sunblocks labeled “sports” usually are more waterproof. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after drying off with a towel. Apply lip balm with SPF of 15. Read labels and follow directions for full protection. Other important things to know about sunscreen: • The American Cancer Society logo does not mean the ACS endorses the product, but that the company has paid a royalty fee for the right to display it. • Many sunscreens are labeled for children (and priced higher), but an adult

sunscreen protects a baby’s skin and children’s sunscreen will protect adults. • New FDA guidelines require labels to clearly state the effectiveness of sunscreens made after June 18, 2012. Previously labeled products can remain on the shelf until sold. Sunscreens labeled “Broad Spectrum” will be effective against both types of rays. “Active ingredients” must be listed on the package. • If your child has sensitive skin or previous allergic reactions to sunscreen, apply a small amount to the inside upper arm a day before going into the sun and check for redness or rash over the next 24 hours. • Check our Facebook page for a list of good sunscreens. Make sunscreen part of your daily routine. It will save your skin! Dr. Allen White earned his medical degree in 1969 from Kentucky Medical School, Lexington, and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He began his private practice of pediatric medicine with an office in the Goode Medical Building of Jackson Hospital before moving to the Carmichael Road location in 1986. He and his wife, Diana, have 3 sons. For pleasure, Dr. White enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Graduations Bring New Beginnings The month of May brings a variety of color into our lives. Birds, flowers, and brightly colored clothing all herald the arrival of the season of the year when things grow and prosper. It is also a time when we gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and reward them with the fruits of their labors – a diploma. Some years ago United State Senator Orrin Hatch is credited with saying, “There is a reason they call these ceremonies commencement exercises. Graduation is not the end; it is the beginning.” While some of our students may view their last day of school as the end of something, I hope they will look beyond the present and find endless possibilities for their futures. Most of us remember our time as students in different ways. For some it was a time of joy and fun. For others it was a struggle. But one thing we can likely agree on is that the time between then and now has passed very quickly. There is an old story about an eulogy where the minister reminds us all that when you look at a tombstone it is not the

date of birth or of death that is so important, it is the dash in the middle. What do we do with the time between our birth and our death? As we take our first steps after graduation we start from different places. Some begin with resources at hand to help establish a foothold in the world. Others are starting with nothing more than what they can pack into a single bag and are armed with only their knowledge and their desires. But each graduate has the opportunity to find success and happiness. It is important for parents to help their children understand that each day we have is an opportunity to advance, to evolve, to grow. If we cannot find our place in this world, we have the ability to make a new one. We all start from where we are and can choose to live in the past or move forward and make our own futures. Encourage the graduates in your life to see this as an unbridled opportunity. Each graduate starts with a blank canvas, primed and ready for the colors of a new life – just like spring. As one of my favorite authors and philosophers Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened.” Graduation is a gateway to a child’s future. Help your graduates understand and embrace what is to come.

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Education Matters!


LAMP Teacher Named All American Teacher of the Year Loveless Academic Magnet Program High teacher Diann Frucci has been named a 2012 All American National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) Teacher of the Year by the A+ College Ready Program. The award is presented annually to outstanding Advanced Placement math, science and English teachers for their remarkable contributions to their students and the teaching profession. “I am so proud of Ms. Frucci. Being named a NMSI Teacher of the Year is an incredible honor because it recognizes the high-level of commitment a teacher has to their students’ academic growth and their ability to model teaching excellence for other educators,” said MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson. “The need for college preparatory curriculum that prepares students to compete on the world stage has never been greater. Teachers like Ms. Frucci are equipping our young people with the skills that they will need to succeed.” Frucci received the award for earning 89 qualifying scores in AP Language at LAMP High School in spring 2011, which ranked her and fellow LAMP teacher Kate Wilson fifth highest among all AP Language teachers in 228 schools in the six NMSI states. In addition, Frucci was recognized for providing outstanding leadership and mentoring for new Montgomery Public School teachers by serving as a lead English teacher and a Laying the Foundation program trainer. For the distinction of being named a NMSI Teacher of the Year, Frucci and 23 others will received a $2,000 cash award and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards dinner and visit to Capitol Hill on May 23 and 24.

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Eastwood Students Compete in Spelling and Math

ACA Holds Talent Show

A talent show was held recently for Alabama Christian Academy middle and high school students benefitting the ACA Chorus. Many brave students displayed their talents and at the end, a panel of three judges chose Ashby Kasarjian as the overall winner of the ACA talent show. Kasarjian won with a great rendition of the Beatles hit “Oh, Darling.” Second place was the singing band consisting of Luke Morris, Alex Ashcraft and West Churchwell, and third-place winner was Melanee Hester.

Duck, Duck, Cute!

AUM Early Childhood Center students Christopher Wang and Mia Fuller are delighted by baby mallards on a recent afternoon. Housed in the AUM School of Education, the accredited center is open to children ages 3-5, regardless of AUM affiliation. Learn more at 244-3772. ((Photo by Frank C. Williams))

How many math questions can you answer or words can you spell in one minute? That was the question, as Eastwood Christian School students competed in the fastpaced, worldwide competition of live games of spelling and math on their computers. In each race, the students competed against up to three other children from different countries around the world. Eastwood logged in more than 4,500 minutes in the competition this year. Winners in our Principal’s Challenge for World Maths Day and World Spelling Day were: first grade: Noah Davies, first place in World Maths Day and World Spelling Day; Rose Lucas, second place in World Maths Day; and Chase Lunsford, second place in World Spelling Day; second grade: Parker Ensminger, first place in World Maths Day and World Spelling Day; third grade: Trey Hawkins, first place in World Maths Day; Ruth Lucas, first place in World Spelling Day; and Micah Peavy, second place in World Spelling Day; and sixth grade: Will Bannister, first place in World Maths Day and World Spelling Day.

Jeff Davis FBLA Attends Birmingham Conference

The Jefferson Davis High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of AmericaPhi Beta Lambda, Inc (FBLA-PBL) provides students with travel opportunities, challenging competitions, scholarship opportunities, leadership development, community service experience, friendship and fun. Jefferson Davis FBLA students attended the 2012 FBLA Conference in Birmingham April 12-13 and were awarded the Gold Seal Chapter for completing the State Blue Print for Success; Outstanding Chapter District IV; $1,000 level for March of Dimes; 3rd Place ~ Local Annual Business Report; and 3rd Place ~ E-Business Team. FBLA-PBL is the oldest and largest national organization for students preparing for careers in business leadership. FBLA-PBL prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. Members gain the competitive edge for college and career successes. Students shown include Jaeshon Baldwin, LaKendra Brown, Peter Brown, Samantha Carr, Jade Carter, Toria Carter, Brandi Constant, Jerrod Fells, Joshua Gant, Andra Jackson, David Jones, Michael McCord, Ashley Morrell, Zandria Moss, Kaila Robinson, Khari Scott, Kandra Smith, Terrie Stinson, Jeremy Sutton, Briana Ford, Allison Williams and Jeremy Constant. 16

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At Trinity, we believe every student should have access to quality Apple laptops. That’s why Trinity is the first school in the River Region to implement a grade-wide laptop initiative. Combined with SmartBoards in every classroom and wireless internet school wide, our students are taking a bite out of the future every day.


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STJ First-Graders Mark Birthday of Dr. Seuss

First-graders in Sabrina Hubbard’s class at Saint James School celebrated the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss by reading The Cat In The Hat and dressing like the characters Thing 1 and Thing 2! Hubbard says it’s not only fun for the students to dress up and celebrate a birthday, but that activities like this also encourage the students to foster their LOVE of reading!

The Holy Cross Episcopal School fourth-grade spring musical was quite apropos just weeks before spring break! The class performed “I Need A Vacation” to students, family and friends on March 7, which was a wonderful segue to the upcoming vacation week. From the beginning of the storyline, teacher Sky Sparks and student Victoria Hall were in great need of a vacation. Through this wonderful performance, the students explored all of the possible fun that can be had over a long break from school! The family road trip, going fishing, hitting the beach, space camp, computer camp and fitness camp were all possible options that were part of the performance. Performers also had fun singing about summer’s favorite pastimes – baseball and amusement parks! Beth Harris is the Holy Cross music teacher. Soloists included Braxton Trest, Cole Pierce, Holland Mabry, Janie Roberts, Grace Scott, Amber Maddox, MaKayla Culpepper, Margaret Anne McNeill, Jada Jackson, Brody Day, Wyn von Gal and Kinley Tadlock.


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SUA Achievers Experiment With Molecules and Matter

The Achievement Class at Success Unlimited Academy has been studying water, matter and molecules in science. An experiment was done in class to show students how molecules, water and matter react with one another. The students measured one cup of water into two glasses, then added three teaspoons of sugar into one of them. Shelby Bullen stirred the sugar until it dissolved. Then, they observed both glasses. Jonathan Edwards said he observed that the glass with the sugar had more water in it than the other. They measured the water in each glass, and observed the one with the sugar in it had one-fourth more water. When asked what they had learned, Devin Garrison said that empty spaces between molecules could be filled with the sugar. Shelby Bullen, Iran Street, Johnathan Edwards, Devin Garrison and Juwan Taylor are shown.

MA Artists Featured in Red Cross Festival

Four Montgomery Academy Upper School students had their work featured in the American Red Cross 2012 fourth annual Paint the Town Red Festival! Julian Freeman, Layne Doctson, Rosalind O’Connor and Bentley Hudson all had pieces selected. A total of 26 artists from throughout the state of Alabama were selected for this year’s Paint the Town Red Festival. The works were projected onto the sides of downtown Birmingham buildings during the evening of April 14.

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Trinity Teacher Earns WSFA Class Act Status

Cindy Gibbons, a Trinity Presbyterian School third-grade teacher, received the Class Act Award for the week of April 9. WSFA anchor Judd Davis presented her with the award, which recognizes teachers who go that extra mile and inspire children to learn. Gibbons gets to know each student individually and then challenges them to dig deeper and apply themselves! She earned her degree in early childhood education from Auburn University, and is currently working on her Master’s in Library Media. Gibbons began teaching at Trinity in 2008. She enjoys sewing, biking and gardening. She is married to John Gibbons, and they have four children.

Catholic Key Club Hosts Party at Wesley Gardens

SUA Biology Students Assemble DNA Strands

Mrs. Blankinship’s biology class at Success Unlimited Academy assembled DNA molecules using candy. The students created a key for their base pairs and built the molecules using toothpicks and straws that twisted to form a double helix structure. “Using the candy and straws to make the DNA molecules made learning about this topic interesting and fun. Mrs. Blankinship teaches us in a way that we can understand, and we are really lucky to have her as our teacher,” said Bethany Odle. She is shown with Jean Flournoy.

Montgomery Catholic’s Key Club members hosted a St. Patrick’s Day party for the residents at Wesley Gardens Retirement Home in Montgomery. With residents and students dressed in green, everyone celebrated with green cupcakes, green grapes, green apples and of course, green drinks. The residents especially enjoyed the ‘50s music and the impromptu dancing of the students. There were lots of smiles and laughter in the room as the residents shared happy memories with the students. One of the happiest residents in attendance that day was none other than Mrs. Georgette Sadler, proud 1935 graduate of St. Mary of Loretto, the founding school of Montgomery Catholic, which was established in 1873. The 50 Montgomery Catholic Key Club members collectively have served more than 1,000 hours so far this year including doing yard work for the elderly through the Montgomery Area Council on Aging and serving the needy through Christmas Clearinghouse. The Key Club is a high school service organization sponsored by the Montgomery Kiwanis Club. Montgomery Catholic junior Kathy Edwards smiles with Mrs. Georgette Sadler, a 1935 Catholic graduate, during the St. Patrick’s Day party hosted by the Key Club at Wesley Gardens.


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Macon-East Gymnast Competes in State Meet

Taylor Knox, an honor student at Macon-East Montgomery Academy, competed in the Alabama Prep-Opt and Optionals Gymnastic State Meet recently. She had a very exciting outcome! Knox is the Alabama State Prep-Opt Gold Bars Champion (uneven bars); she won 2nd place All-Around for the State Prep-Opt Gold Division (placing in the top 3 of each event: bars, vault, floor, and beam); and she made the Alabama PrepOpt Gold Regional Team with the thirdhighest score of the meet to qualify. They only take six gymnasts in this category! Knox is shown on the beam.

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Eastwood Teacher Given WAKA’s Golden Apple

Eastwood Christian School third-grade teacher Stacy Baldwin recently received WAKA television’s Golden Apple Award. The award is given to outstanding teachers in the Montgomery area each school year, and Baldwin was nominated by a parent. Presenting the award is Jamie Langley of WAKA. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


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Heritage Participates in ‘One Day without Shoes’

Heritage Baptist preschool children recently participated in “One Day Without Shoes.” The TOMS shoe company designated a day to go without shoes to help bring awareness to the plight of children in other places that have no shoes to wear. Unnecessary diseases and injuries happen to children because they walk through sewage and debris with no shoes to protect their feet. While it is a fun day for us to “free our tootsies,” it is not fun that children in some countries are not allowed an education because they cannot afford to buy shoes to wear to school. This was Heritage’s third year to participate in “One Day Without Shoes.”

ECA Competes in State Weightlifting Competition

Evangel Christian Academy recently competed in its first AISA state weightlifting competition. The event was held at Pickens Academy and 15 students from ECA participated. James Truitt won fourth place in the 175-lb. weight class, Thor Kilgore won fourth place in 220-lb. weight class, and Richard Reynolds won third place in the 165-lb. weight class. Anthony McElheney was the State-Runner-up in the 242lb. weight class, Keiwan Lee was the State Runner-up in the 275-lb. weight class, and Anthony Williams was the State Champion in the 165-lb. weight class.

Saint James School seniors Madeline Pendley and Pierce Godwin were members of the State Senate in the YMCA’s Youth Legislative program recently. Pendley, who served as Assistant Secretary of State, sponsored a bill to provide a tax incentive to trailer parks and apartment complexes so they could build storm shelters. The measure was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law by the Youth Governor. Pendley and Godwin were both selected to be among 25 students to attend the Conference on National Affairs (CONA) in July. Godwin, who will be a second-year veteran at the event, also received the Jerry Harding Award for Outstanding Statesman in the Senate. Serving also as the Director of Public Safety and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Godwin sponsored a bill providing for a Public Political Awareness Test. Freshmen Cassie Sadie (who served as House Sergeant-at-Arms) and Win Woodson sponsored bills in the State House of Representatives. Their bills were the One-Year-Wait for Divorce Act and the School Tornado Protection Act. Freshmen Margaret Ann Kreher and Sadie Kean, honored as two of the Top Ten members of the First Year Youth Legislature, were invited to participate in a CORE Leadership Training weekend Apr. 27-28 at Camp Chandler. Kreher was also selected as an alternate to the Conference on National Affairs. Kreher and Kean, along with fellow freshmen Sadie Argo, Emma Matthews and Ramsey Webb, sponsored bills in the First Year House. Webb and Matthews had two bills, the Same Sex Marriage Act and a measure making it illegal to use handheld devices while operating a vehicle (a measure eventually signed into law by the Youth Governor). Kreher’s bill was an Act to Modify Joint Liability. Argo and Kean also sponsored bills, the School Garden Act and another bill creating tanning bed restrictions for teenagers. All but one of their bills passed in the First Year House. Sophomore Kaitlyn Theriot and junior Reed Chisenhall served as Judges on the Supreme Court. The young “court members” visited the Judicial Building Feb. 24 and met with current Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, himself a Youth Legislature alumnus. Parker swore the young justices in for their term of service. The youth judges stayed busy throughout the mock legislative weekend, ruling on the constitutionality of bills. Eleven Saint James students served as lobbyists during Youth Legislature, with one STJ student, Ashley Williamson, named Outstanding Lobbyist. The lobbyists were divided in firms, each consisting of three to four members. Lobbyist firms selected bills from the Senate, House and First Year to lobby either for or against. Juniors Williamson, Walker Woodson and Sydney Brasfield comprised one lobbying firm. Another student lobbying “firm” consisted of senior Taylor Poe, and sophomores Carlee Naftel and Abigail Dismuke. A third STJ lobbying firm included sophomore Alex Brashears and freshmen Abby Smith, Savannah Philips and Sydney Sampson. Brashears was selected as an alternate for the Conference on National Affairs. Kay McGaughey and Cindy Somerville served as advisors for the Saint James participants. Kneeling from left are: Sydney Sampson, Ramsey Webb, Alex Brashears, Emma Matthews and Margaret Ann Kreher; standing: Reed Chisenhall, Sadie Argo, Sarah Kean, Win Woodson, Abby Smith, Abigail Dismuke, Kaitlyn Theriot, Walker Woodson, Sydney Brasfield, Carlee Naftel, Ashley Williamson, Madeline Pendley and Pierce Godwin.

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Academy Seventh-Graders Travel to Chattanooga

The Montgomery Academy seventh-grade class spent an exciting and educational two days in Chattanooga, Tennessee, recently. The trip began with a picnic lunch at Cloudland Canyon State Park, followed by a hike to a waterfall. After that, it was on to the Hunter Museum of American Art, where docents taught students about perspective. The day ended with dinner and music on the lovely Southern Belle riverboat, where students got the opportunity to sit with the captain. Day two was just as eventful. It began with a river gorge cruise, where the captain and crew told the students about Chattanooga history and pointed out interesting nature, spotting wildlife from bald eagles to deer. Next, it was on to the top of Lookout Mountain, where the students visited Rock City, with its massive ancient rock formations, gardens with more than 400 native plants and breathtaking views. They then descended into the caverns to see Ruby Falls, a massive underground waterfall. Finally, the group headed to the Tennessee Aquarium, where students had the whole place to themselves and enjoyed a “sleep in the deep”–actually spending the night in the aquarium. The trip was filled with geology, history, biology and other enriching learning experiences! Students are shown at Rock City.

Catholic’s Dickerson Wins Essay Contest & Scholarship

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School junior Kenneth Dickerson penned the winning essay for the WSFA 12 News and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Alabama’s “Future Black Leaders of Alabama” essay contest. Students from across central Alabama submitted essays on “How can I, an African American youth, develop and promote leadership skills among my peers?” Ten finalists were recognized at a special ceremony held at the Cloverdale Playhouse and the top three essays were awarded cash scholarships by emcee and WSFA 12 News anchor Tonya Terry. Dickerson’s essay won the top prize of $1,200 and he was presented a plaque as the first-place winner. He is the son of Kenneth and Marie Dickerson of Tuskegee. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Cornerstone Enjoys Spring Fling Celebration

Parents, grandparents and friends of Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy enjoyed an extraordinary evening of songs, musical performances and recitations from the students at the school’s annual Spring Fling student showcase. The theme for this year’s program was “We Are His Workmanship,” taken from Ephesians 2:8-10. All grade levels of students presented memorized recitations from their year’s curriculum, demonstrating how the school presents the academic material from a Biblical worldview. Following the performance, students and guests enjoyed a reception honoring their teachers.

PCA Student Awarded AUM Scholarship

Aaron West, a senior at Prattville Christian Academy, committed to Auburn University Montgomery’s cross country team during a special signing ceremony held at PCA. West is the first cross country scholarship recipient in PCA history. He will join a team of runners led by AUM Coach Michael Gross this fall. Attending the ceremony were PCA Coach Jason Roberson and Athletic Director Sam Peak, AUM Coach Gross, PCA cross country team members, and West’s family and friends. West has been awarded full tuition to join the AUM cross country team, and will pursue a degree in visual/ graphic arts. Standing from left are Jill and Mike West (Aaron’s parents), and Sam Peak. Seated from left are Jason Roberson, Aaron West and Michael Gross.


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Hooper Academy’s Ellis Wins ACA Scholarship

Kristen Ellis of Letohatchee was presented with a “Tagged for Greatness” scholarship at the 69th Annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show. Ellis is the daughter of Frank and Linda Ellis from Letohatchee in Lowndes County. She will graduate from Hooper Academy with a 4.0 GPA and ACT score of 30. Some of her activities include president of the National Honor Society, Junior Beta Club, Student Government Association representative, Book Club and Spanish Club. In addition to her many activities, Ellis is active in her father’s cattle business. She assists with business planning, marketing and attends sales meetings. She will attend the University of Alabama and major in communications, with plans to pursue a career in public relations, communications or marketing. Each year, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Foundation awards Tagged for Greatness scholarships to deserving youth from Alabama’s livestock industry. These scholarships are funded through the sale of the “Cowboy Tag” which is available at your county’s tag office and is approved for vehicles up to 10,000 pounds. The beef industry is the second largest segment of Alabama’s farm economy representing a $2 billion industry with annual sales of cattle and calves exceeding $450 million. The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, founded in 1944, is one of the nation’s largest state cattlemen’s associations with an annual membership of 12,000. For more information, visit www. From left are ACA Vice President Woody Clark, Kristen Ellis and her parents, and 2011 ACA President Leo Hollinger. Montgomery Parents I May 2012

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MA Eighth-Graders Travel to D.C.

Holy Cross Kindergarten, Pre-K Easter Egg Hunts

The Montgomery Academy eighth-grade students had an exciting week visiting our nation’s capitol. The group spent the week of March 5-9 exploring the great resources the Washington, D.C. area has to offer, including landmarks such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Jefferson Memorial, Ford’s Theatre, the White House and Mount Vernon. Students also visited several museums including the Smithsonian, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The trip was highlighted by a visit with Alabama senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, as well as Alabama congresswomen Martha Roby and Terri Sewell. Shown, eighth-graders met with Alabama senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby after they toured the U.S. Capitol building.

Easter egg hunts are a wonderful tradition at Holy Cross Episcopal School. Students go to various places around Montgomery to hunt hidden eggs and have refreshments. This year the kindergarten classes were treated to the beautiful grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Other classes held hunts at the home of Mrs. Harold Nicrosi, and Grace Episcopal Church. Shown, Holy Cross kindergartners loved their Easter egg hunt at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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Cornerstone Classes Visit Fire Station

The kindergarten classes of Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy recently had the opportunity to visit their local fire station. Teachers Leann Lawrence and Michelle Blount, along with several parents, accompanied the classes. While at the fire station, students had a great time sliding down the firemen’s pole and trying on the firemen’s hats and coats. The students were also treated to a tour of the station and a lesson on fire safety. As a special treat, the Cornerstone students presented the firefighters with a basket of goodies and a note thanking them for serving our community.

Success Unlimited Basketball Players Receive Awards

Success Unlimited Academy basketball players Justin Hall and Anthony Thomas received recognition during the Alabama Christian Sports Conference (ACSC) basketball tournament recently. Hall, a junior power forward, was awarded First Team ALL Conference selection for his outstanding play throughout the 2011-2012 season. He averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game while often assigned defensive duties to the opposing team’s top players. Thomas, sophomore shooting guard, was awarded Second Team ALL Conference honors for his consistent scoring prowess and top defensive play throughout the season while starting for both varsity and junior varsity for SUA. In addition to his varsity recognition, Thomas received awards for First Team Junior Varsity ALL Conference and Outstanding Tournament Performance. Special permission was sought and received from the conference commissioner to allow Thomas to receive ALL Conference Honors for both varsity and junior varsity. “This was an unusual circumstance and a testament to Anthony Thomas’s outstanding skill and work ethic,” said Coach Channing Allen. “He certainly deserves and earned every bit of recognition this year. I look forward to being his coach and seeing just how far he can take the talent God gave him next year.” In fact, this was only Success Unlimited Academy’s second year of athletic programs and first as a member of the ACSC, making the school’s runner-up status in the JV division and win in the varsity basketball Omega division even more remarkable. “This season was one of tremendous growth for our Athletic Department, and I am very proud of all the boys that competed with our basketball program,” said SUA Athletic Director Jack Moody. “We made great strides in participation levels and the recognition our programs have received. The success we were able to achieve this year is a direct result of the dedication and hard work put in by players and Coach Channing Allen. I am especially pleased to see Anthony Thomas receive the recognition he deserves. This student knows the dedication it takes to compete at the top level and is always working to improve his skills. You couldn’t ask for better character from a student athlete.” Anthony Thomas is shown with Coach Channing Allen. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Ca V STJ’s Pendley Receives UA ROTC Scholarship

Saint James School senior Madeline Pendley has received the University of Alabama Air Force ROTC Leadership Scholarship, a four-year scholarship providing full tuition and fees to the University of Alabama and $900 per year for textbooks. In addition, Pendley will receive a $2,700 annual stipend scheduled to increase each year. “The ROTC commander at the University of Alabama chose Madeline to receive the scholarship based on her leadership, community service and resume,” said Pendley’s high school counselor, Samantha Pieper. “It’s definitely a high honor.” Pendley is president of the Student Government Association at Saint James, and is captain of the drum line in the award-winning Trojans band. She is also band president. Pendley plans to major in political science and minor in aerospace studies while attending school in Tuscaloosa. She will participate in a six-week field-training course during the summer between her sophomore and junior years. Upon completion of the course and graduation from the University of Alabama, she will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. After graduation from college, Pendley said she hopes to compete for a flight school slot to train as a pilot. She is also interested in law and serving in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. She is the daughter of Steve and Lisa Pendley, two Air Force veterans.

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Catholic Fourth-Graders Visit Civil Rights Sites

The fourth-grade students from Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School recently stepped back in time and visited many historic Civil Rights sites in Montgomery. The fourth-graders toured the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Dexter Parsonage Museum, the Rosa Parks Museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial Center in a quest for knowledge and understanding of the Civil Rights Movement as they study Alabama history. Megan Bourke, Josie Jolley, Annie Reed, Mary Ellen Vasquez, Nikki Walker and Hannah Vaccaro paused for a photo as they toured many historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery.

MA Seniors Earn National Art Awards

Montgomery Academy seniors Gibbs Lee, left, and Addison Tambling, right, are among 1,500 students whose artwork has been recognized on the national level by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. They will be honored in a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on May 31. Lee and Tambling were among 13 Academy Upper School art students who received gold, silver and honorable mention awards on the regional level in this year’s competition, making their work eligible for national adjudication. From these 13,000 gold key recipients, only 1,500 were chosen to receive national medals. Tambling received a national gold medal for an abstract painting on cardboard entitled “Collision.” His painting is part of his 12-piece AP Studio concentration series. Lee received a national silver medal for his watercolor and wax resist piece entitled “Max and the Clutter Creature.” This piece was also a favorite at the MMFA-juried corridor show celebrating illustration. Both students have been recognized for their inventive, original work in their four years at the Academy and both plan to pursue art on the collegiate level. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. To date, the Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the nation’s longestrunning, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Macon-East’s Mitchell Receives Volunteer Award Katherine Ann Mitchell, senior at Macon-East Montgomery Academy, has received the 2012 River Region Volunteer of the Year Award. The program is sponsored by the Junior League of Montgomery and Volunteer and Information Center, Inc. Each year the program recognizes individuals in several categories who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. Mitchell, who won the youth category, has actively supported her community serving as president and founder of her service organization, Bullock County Key Club Ambassadors. Mitchell also founded the Pennies for Puppies fundraising campaign which raised money for rural humane shelters. She also coordinated her school’s canned food drive, Operation Christmas Child, and Zoo Boo participation. Mitchell is SGA president and National Honor Society president. She was selected as Alabama’s Youth Council Delegate for the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative Association (AREA) and competed nationally to be selected to represent the NationalYouth Leadership Council for the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA). Mitchell has taken a stand against teen smoking and served on the Alabama Teens Against Smoking Ambassador program. She has served as a HOBY alumni, attended the Capstone Leadership Academy and is also an accomplished vocalist. She has received the Soroptimist Service Award, the President’s Community Service Award, HOBY Community Service Award, and was selected as 2012 Bullock County’s Distinguished Young Woman. She is involved at her church singing in Frazer’s Youth Worship Arts choir and attending mission programs throughout the United States working in Boys and Girls Clubs as well as retirement centers and nursing homes. An honor student, Mitchell will attend Birmingham Southern College, majoring in BioMedical Studies and Accounting. She is the daughter of Dr. Phil and Lauri Mitchell.

Eastwood Inducts New Beta Club Members

ACA Walk for Diabetes

Alabama Christian Academy held a walk for diabetes recently and raised almost $3,000 for this worthy cause. ACA has several students with diabetes and this walk was just one way for the school to raise money toward a cure. Many parents, friends and family came out and walked on the football field for a few hours. The students had a great time on the field singing, dancing and walking. From left are Carly Young, Hope Bruner (a diabetic), Mary Hall and Savannah-Rose Fonville.

Promoting academic achievement, building character, encouraging service, and developing leadership skills is what the National Beta Club strives to recognize in high school students. Eastwood Christian School’s Beta Club spring 2012 inductees are: Emily Chambers, Lydia Cobb, Josiah Collins, Emily Conoly, Jack Cox, Anna Eaves, Luke English, Victoria Foster, Mary Kathryn Gillis, Allan Gulley, Cody Harmon, Baxter Hodge, Ellie Hodge, Sam Hodge, Haley Hostetter, Justin Lunsford, Julie McDaniel, Cason McDermott, Sophia Minney, Emily Owen, Amelia Rhodes, Andy Russell, Elizabeth Sims, Suzanna Slawson, Harrison Street, Sam Street and Kendall Williams. Not pictured: Josiah Collins, Allan Gulley and Summer Collins.


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Catholic Holds Annual Mardi Gras Breakfast

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s junior class hosted the annual Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast for the entire high school student body and many special guests on Fat Tuesday. The day begins before dawn with members of the junior class transforming the Dolly Barranco Activity Center into a Mardi Gras-themed restaurant while cooking and serving a delicious pancake breakfast for nearly 400 guests. The Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast is hosted each Fat Tuesday by the junior class as a class retreat and service project for the school. The keynote speaker for the event this year was its founder Justin Castanza, a 2001 Montgomery Catholic graduate. Montgomery Catholic junior class officers Katherine Terino, Shelby Taff, Chad DuBois and Sarah Talbot pose with 2001 graduate and Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast founder Justin Castanza (center) at the 2012 Mardi Gras Prayer Breakfast.

Evangel Holds Annual Walk-a-thon

Evangel Christian Academy recently held its ninth annual walk-a-thon. Students from kindergarten through twelfth grade participated in the event. After the students walked the required amount of laps, the entire school was treated to a picnic lunch and the classes enjoyed games and field events.

Hayneville Road Holds First Collegiate Day

Hayneville Road Acceleration Academy recently held its first Collegiate Day. Students wore shirts, jackets and hats that represented their favorite college. The teachers and staff took time in class to discuss the importance of preparing for colleges, how to select a major and entrance requirements. Collegiate Day was planned by the school’s Student Congress, which meets twice a month to discuss issues concerning students and the school.

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MA Writers Place in National Contest

Montgomery Academy fifth-graders Hannah Soloff and Francie Hill won second and third place, respectively, in the state level of the “Letters About Literature” program. In addition, fifth-graders Tara Katz, Mary Jane McConnell, Sujin Lee, Bisola Adediji and Catherine Updegraff were semi-finalists for these awards. MA had seven of the 13 semi-finalists in the Level 1 competition. “Letters About Literature” is a national reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target, that challenges students to write a reflective, personal letter to an author telling how their work changed their view of the world or themselves. From left are Bisola Adediji, Catherine Updegraff, Sujin Lee, Francie Hill, Tara Katz, Mary Jane McConnell and Hannah Soloff.

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Catholic AP Biology Tours CDC in Atlanta

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Advanced Placement (AP) Biology class traveled to Atlanta to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. The students, along with their teacher Mary Kathryn O’Connor, toured the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. This educational facility is designed to teach about the CDC, public health, and the benefits of prevention. Montgomery Catholic AP Biology students are preparing to take the AP exam in May. From left are Ben Stevens, Ned Vaughan, Miller Clemmons, Jacob McAlpine, Tyler Parrish, Aidan Gilbert, Matt Donohue, Elizabeth Karst, Wheeler Ronan, Hayden Ellis, Daniella Hincapie, Barbara Bradley, Lexie Segrest and Forrest Phillips.



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Holy Cross Competes In Music March Madness

Holy Cross Episcopal School music teacher Beth Harris has again created quite a buzz among the student body with Music March Madness. To mimic the basketball fever, teams were chosen and assigned, consisting of Holy Cross fifth- and sixthgraders. Students were given collegiate team names borrowed from teams competing in the basketball tournament. To move ahead in the bracket, teams competed head to head. Students had to answer questions on music theory, music mechanics and composers. When students answered questions correctly, they earned points. The team with the most points moved ahead in the bracket. On April 4, the Final Four Competition was held. The four teams in the semifinals were Kentucky (Jacob Holston and Bradley Westhauser), Marquette (Hawthorne Ramsey, Jonathan Henderson and Gabe Lewandowski), Xavier (Jack Mozingo and Elliot Steinwinder) and Kansas (Rhys Holified and Hanson Jacobs). J.B. Ramsey was the announcer for the semifinal and final rounds. William Fritz interviewed the players before the rounds. The coin toss was held and the questions began to fly. In the semifinals, Kentucky beat Kansas, and Marquette beat Xavier in extremely close games to lead to the championship round. After seven music theory questions, the score between Kentucky and Marquette was tied. The game went into overtime! Overtime consisted of one question to each team – Marquette won a squeaker, 15-13. From left, finalists Jacob Holston and Bradley Westhauser (Kentucky team) celebrate with winners Jonathan Henderson, Gabe Lewandowski and Hawthorne Ramsey (Marquette team).

SUA Anatomy Students Assemble Skeletons

Mrs. Blankinship’s anatomy class at Success Unlimited Academy cut out and assembled skeletons as part of their skeletal system unit. The skeletons will be used in adding other systems and organs during the semester. “Building the skeleton was fun because it allowed me to be creative and it also helped me learn the anatomical features in a unique way,” Aleena Jackson said. She is shown with Brandon Alloway. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


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Academy Forensic Coach Earns National Award

The National Forensic League (NFL) has awarded its newest Diamond coach: Jay W. Rye of the Montgomery Academy. Rye is one of only four debate coaches in the country receiving the Fourth Diamond Award this year. An NFL Diamond Award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity. The NFL provides Diamond awards based on coach points received. A coach may receive 1/10th the points of every student coached and 1/10th of the points earned as a student member of the NFL. After attaining a total of 1,500 points, a member coach is entitled to wear a Diamond set key or pin; additional diamonds accrue at 3,000 points; 6,000 points; 10,000 points; and each 3,000 points thereafter. The minimum time between earning each Diamond is five years as an NFL member coach. On June 14, these coaches will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament in Indianapolis. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches and parents from across the nation. Top students will receive nearly $200,000 in college scholarships at the conclusion of the tournament, billed as the largest academic competition in the world.

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Kindergarten students in Mrs. Griffin’s class from Wilson Elementary visited Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley at the Governor’s Mansion to celebrate spring and the recent Easter holiday. Mrs. Bentley and members of her staff read books to the students, led arts and crafts projects, and helped the students search for eggs hidden on the mansion’s grounds.

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Trinity Coach Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Coach Ken Whittle of Trinity Presbyterian School was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame at the 22nd Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet on March 19. Whittle has been with Trinity since 1978, serving as a teacher and a coach for football, basketball and baseball. He is best known for his work as a baseball coach. He founded Trinity’s baseball program in 1981 and has since compiled a record of 570294. His teams have advanced past the first round in the state playoffs 19 times in the past 21 years. During his tenure, Coach Whittle’s teams have won three state championships and 15 area championships. He was named The Montgomery Advertiser’s Baseball Coach of the Year eight times, as well as the Alabama Sports Writers Association 3A Coach of the Year in 2009. Numerous friends, family members and past students of Coach Whittle attended the banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center, including Athletic Director James Tuley, who said: “The young men that came through this school are better because their paths came into contact with a man that showed them how to win with grace and love.” A 1994 Trinity graduate, Dr. David Stanley, said, “Coach Whittle loves his players and cares about preparing them for life more than he does about winning. This may not always come across because he’s such a competitor, but his style of coaching helps prepare you for life.” Coach Whittle and his wife Becky have two daughters, Ashley and Sarah, both Trinity graduates. Front row from left are Allen Wood, Chas Mitchell, Mark White, Zach Reid and Zach Walker; and standing from left are David Little, Ben Lott, Rory McKean, Ben Jones, Brock Stevens, William Stabler, Tatum Dean, Coach Ken Whittle, Tom Schmaeling, Wright Mathews, Ellis Pilgreen, Coleman Farrior, Jack Poundstone, Jake Farrior, Jon Shamburger and Ty Moore. 34

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Lighthouse Preschoolers Enjoy Outdoor Activities

STJ ThirdGraders Study Black History Inventions

While studying famous inventors recently, third-graders at Saint James School learned that Elijah McCoy developed an oildripping cup for trains (hence the phrase “the Real McCoy”), Garrett Morgan created the gas mask and Lonnie Johnson was responsible for today’s water gun. These three products are just a few of the African-American inventions detailed by Montgomery attorney Jaffe Pickett (mother of STJ third-grader Terry Pickett), in a presentation to the eight-year-olds about African-American inventors. Pickett is shown here with STJ’s assembled third-grade classes.

Lighthouse Christian Academy’s K2 class recently enjoyed a beautiful spring day! After a fun-filled morning learning songs, ABCs, counting and phonics, the children love to go outside to the playground.


Macon-East Students Take Easter Trip

The first- and second-graders at Macon-East Montgomery Academy enjoyed visiting Sweet P’s Eats and Treats before the Easter weekend. The students, parents and teachers enjoyed delicious lunches followed by an “egg-citing” Easter egg hunt. The trip was loads of fun and the students are hoping to go back again soon!

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SUA Presents Speaker For Black History Month

Anissa Clay, principal at Fitzpatrick Elementary School, spoke to students at Success Unlimited Academy in honor of Black History Month. She made an awe-inspiring presentation on celebrated African-Americans who have made huge impacts on the lives of all Americans and the world. Success Unlimited Academy elementary students performed a skit about Rosa Parks, as well as sang a special song.

The Holy Cross Episcopal School kindergarten and K4 classes performed their spring musical March 23. The program entitled “I Am A Promise: Discovering a Life of Obedience,” written by Rhonda Frazier and Craig Adams, was a wonderfully uplifting message by sweet voices. The children quoted scripture and sang songs such as, “Whaddya Gonna Be?” “Being Me,” “The Answer is ‘Yes,’” “I Surrender All,” “Yes, Lord, Yes,” and “He’s Still Workin’ On Me.” The program’s message was about the plan God has for each child in his/her life, as well as not being afraid to follow those plans. Beth Harris is the Holy Cross music teacher. Soloists included Kate Richie, Hunter Dailey, Cleo Washington, Ty Carter, Sam Roberts, Patrick Bozeman, BeBe Neeley, Kaden and Kameron Davis, Izzy Priori, Ellis Edmonds and Pajah Bryant. Front row from left are Ethan Scott, Kate Richie and Matthew Carter; and back row are Pajah Bryant, Cleo Washington and BeBe Neeley.

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PCA Students Take Mission Trip

Prattville Christian Academy students headed to New Orleans over spring break to help with the continuing efforts of recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. For the third year in a row, PCA students teamed up with Operation Nehemiah New Orleans and several service groups from around the country to help repair areas of the city that still need help. This year the students worked in the Treme district of New Orleans. What made this extra-special for some members of the group is that they returned to the site of the very first PCA mission trip to New Orleans, the McDonough 42 Elementary School. In 2010 the PCA group painted and helped with repairs in that very school, so they were happy to see the continued improvements. This year the trip was spent giving houses in the Treme neighborhood some new life with a little presure washing and a fresh coat of paint. PCA students also got to work alongside another group of high school students from Indiana. PCA Spiritual Director Baron Goins said, “It was nice getting to know them and even though we are miles and miles apart, we still share the same servant heart. These students did a great job and really honored God with their effort and attitude.” While PCA students did work hard, they also got to play while in New Orleans. Each night was spent around the riverwalk…watching the street performers, eating at the Blue Penguin, meeting celebrities at Café du Monde, and even seeing the traveling production of The Lion King. PCA students who participated were Molly Barnard, Rachel Brackins, Jordan Chapman, Alex Powell, Amber Gomez, Kaleb Grimes, Hugh Kennedy, Heather Campbell, Grant Thomas, John Michael Sweatt, Jake Williams, Emily Gore, Ansley Story, Katlyn Pouncy, Teah Shaw, Victoria Hill and Hunter Woodley.

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Catholic’s Sherman Chosen For UA Capstone Academy

Montgomery Catholic sophomore James Sherman was selected to attend the University of Alabama’s Capstone Leadership Academy this spring. The University of Alabama has many rich traditions, not the least of which is providing leadership opportunities for young people. For generations, many state leaders have honed their skills while students at the Capstone. In this spirit, the Capstone Council, an alumni group comprised of former SGA presidents, Crimson Girls and Capstone Men, the Office of the President, and Honors College hosts an annual Capstone Leadership Academy. One hundred outstanding high school sophomores who have shown an interest in leadership through service are selected to participate in this event to be held on The University of Alabama campus. Sherman is the son of Craig and Diane Sherman of Montgomery.

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ACA Second-Graders Grow a Garden

Spring is a time to grow, and at Alabama Christian Academy, there is a lot of growing going on! Ms. Brolund’s second-grade class isn’t just growing taller, but they are growing in their knowledge about plants and how they grow. They are reaping the benefits of strawberries that were planted earlier and they have planted tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Each child has a plant diary in which he keeps a record of how much the plants grow and change throughout the season. There are even plans to plant pumpkins to harvest in the fall!

The Montgomery Academy Girls’ Track and Field Team won the 2012 Capitol City Championship in April after scoring 168 points during the two-day meet. Surrounding their hard-earned championship trophy are: front row from left, Ashley Anthony, Elizabeth McGowin, Drake McGowin, Lindsey Sharman, Alex Pierce, Caroline Gallahar and Margaret McGowin; middle row, Taylor Gerard, Barbara Ann Trotman, Margaret Canary, Alice McGowin, Sallie Johnson, Margaret Ann Allen and Victoria Hughes; and back row, Gigi Staring, Krisie Stakely, Emily Pierce, Claire Rickard, Scotland Kemper, Rachel Warwick, Laurel Buettner, Corrie Tankersley and Jade Brooks.


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Bear Jump Rope Team Performs at AUM

Bear Exploration Center’s “Bear Feet” Jump Rope Team recently performed to the delight of basketball fans at Auburn University Montgomery. The students showed off a variety of technical moves using jump ropes and had an opportunity to meet AUM mascot Curtis the Warhawk. The team is sponsored by Bear teacher Sueanne Reynolds.

Catholic Students Give Back During Lenten Service Day

Serving others in our community is not only the focus of Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s annual Lenten Service Day, but has been a part of the school’s mission since 1873. More than 300 students and faculty members spent the morning of April 3 working at 18 locations around the River Region performing various tasks such as working at the Children’s Center of Montgomery, organizing food at The Montgomery Area Food Bank, spending time with elderly residents, and cleaning up trails at YMCA’s Camp Grandview and Camp Chandler, among many other works of service throughout the community. Senior Meghan Hodge reflected on her four years participating in the event. “Through serving others, I have come to realize that there’s more to life than just taking care of myself. It’s more about reaching out to the community and giving back because I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for the sacrifices of others along the way. To see the joy in faces of the kids today just gives me such joy and I receive so much more by giving back.” Among the organizations and agencies served by Montgomery Catholic high school students in the River Region were YMCA Camp Chandler, YMCA Camp Grandview, St. Bede Child Development Center, Montgomery Area Food Bank, Iron Men Outdoor Ministries: Hwy 331, Successful Living Center, Council on Aging: Newton, Council on Aging: Normandale, The Alabama Wildlife Federation, Iron Men Outdoor Ministries: Green Acres, The Archibald Center, Friendship Mission, The White Slough Restoration Project at Ida Belle Young Park, Council on Aging: Perry Hill, Habitat for Humanity, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, The Children’s Center, and Common Ground Ministries. Shown, Montgomery Catholic students cleaned the stream of debris and monitored the water quality at the White Slough Restoration Project at Ida Belle Young Park during the school’s annual Lenten Service Day. From left are Berkley Hall, Katherine Terino, Jarrett Mason, Lexie Segrest, Dom Godwin, Barbara Bradley, Hayden Ellis, David Norris, Giselle Sims, Kelly McGeehan and Andrew Taylor. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Catholic Students Win Youth Legislature Awards

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School middle school students were recognized for their efforts at the YMCA’s Junior Youth Legislature Program. James Sadie was elected as the Assistant Floor Leader while Cheyenne Hayes was named an Outstanding Statesman and Brian Anderson received the Most Outstanding Statesman Award. Students who participated in the program were Brian Anderson, Agnes Armstrong, Emily Barranco, Madison Bednarz, Kathleen Beesley, Courtney Brogden, Jennifer Doan, Ashley Donohue, Abaigeal Gilbert, Cheyenne Hayes, Steven Higgins, Kyle Hines, Haleigh Huggins, Emily Lafreniere, Aubrey Lenn, Zenia Mims, Lorie Moody, Ledariane Moore, Nadine Moussalli, James Sadie, Madison Searcy, Olivian Stephenson and Beth Vaughan. From left are Outstanding Statesman Cheyenne Hayes, Middle School Government Club Sponsor Michelle Vinson, Assistant Floor Leader James Sadie, and Most Outstanding Statesman Brian Anderson.

Macon-East Preschoolers Study Solar System

The K3 and K4 classes at Macon-East Montgomery Academy have completed their study of the solar system. They enjoyed learning about the planets, moon and the sun. To end their unit of study, they jumped in a moonwalk to see how it would feel to be weightless. They even had special snacks like Moon Pies, Capri Suns, and freeze-dried ice cream…just like the astronauts!

STJ Prom Royalty Reigns During Winter Wonderland

Saint James School’s students danced to the music of The Park Band during their 2012 “Winter Wonderland” themed Junior/ Senior Prom, held in the Swan Ballroom at Wynakes Country Club March 17. The junior class decorated for the festivities assisted by several STJ parents, including Jill Sampson of AG Lighting. Sampson donated her professional expertise to organize decorating for the event. White lanterns hung from the ceiling while snowflakes –illuminated by blue lights -- also adorned the ceiling as well as the walls. Four 15-foot white trees bordered the dance floor and further enhanced the winter wonderland motif. Seniors Carlyn Watson and Graham Norwood were voted the Class of 2012’s Prom Queen and King by their classmates. For the third straight year, Marquirette’s Jewelers honored the Saint James School Prom Queen by providing her a gift of jewelry. This year’s gift, an aquamarine pendant surrounded by diamonds, was presented to Queen Watson after she received her regal title.

Heritage Kidz Club Visits Bell Oaks

On April 6, several Heritage Baptist Kidz Club kids went to the Bell Oaks Retirement Community for an Easter egg hunt. Chris Anderson, the activity director at Bell Oaks, and several of the residents spent time hiding candyfilled eggs for the kids to hunt. They also hid several “golden eggs” for the kids to find.

Daughters of American Revolution Honor Lee ROTC Student

Cadet/1st Lt Gabriela Vazques-Valez, a member of the Air Force Junior Officers Training Corps program, was the recipient of a national leadership award sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was recognized at a luncheon at the Montgomery Country Club and received a bronze medal and ribbon. This prestigious award is presented to an outstanding student that ranks in the top 25 percent of his JROTC class and high school class. The recipient also must have demonstrated qualities of dependability, good character and possess leadership ability and fundamental, patriotic understanding of the importance of JROTC training. Cadet Vazques-Valez is the vice commander of her AS-II JROTC class, a member of the theater club, “One and Done” (students who completed all parts of the Alabama High School Exam, the first time around), is an A/B Honor Roll student, and plays the alto saxophone. Her plans after high school are to attend college, major in education, and minor in creative writing. She also plans to enroll in the college ROTC program, and receive a commission in the United States Air Force. She is pictured with her mother, Raquel Valez-Rodriguez.

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MA Junior Class Holds Career Day

On February 23, juniors at The Montgomery Academy participated in Career Day, where they shadowed a professional in a line of work that interests them. The brainchild of Upper School Guidance Counselor Alexis Wakefield, Career Day was first implemented in the 2010-11 school year and was received with enthusiasm from faculty, students and employers. “This experience is so critical for students because they are getting a chance to experience firsthand the profession they are interested,” said Wakefield. The students visited a wide variety of different professionals including veterinarians, photographers, teachers, writers, doctors, architects and many more. Savannah Bullard got the opportunity to shadow several employees at Seay, Seay and Litchfield Architecture. “It was really appealing to me because I have always been really interested in art and I got to see how much art is involved in being an architect and everything that goes along with it. I got to learn about all the different aspects of architecture and design,” she said about her experience. Drew Patterson had the exciting day of shadowing homicide investigators, spending time with both Lieutenant Kinney and Sergeant Myrick at the Montgomery Criminal Investigation Division. Patterson’s interest in crime scene investigation was sparked at a young age through television shows like America’s Most Wanted. He got to see all the different jobs that go into solving a crime, and it’s only fueled his desire to get into this field in some capacity in the future. “I really hope that in the future I can be like Lieutenant Kinney and Sergeant Myrick,” he said. Garrett Laurie and Lucy Hobbs shadowed Judge Truman Hobbs. They got to meet with Judge Hobbs and trial lawyers before sitting in on half a day of court. The two got to witness a plethora of different cases. “We saw everything from the possession of a controlled substance to murder,” said Laurie. “It was very interesting; I really enjoyed my day.” After a morning of court, Judge Hobbs took the two students to lunch, where they discussed what they had seen. Students appreciated the opportunity to shadow someone in a profession of interest. “Choosing this job from my Interest Inventory test helped reaffirm my passion for writing,” said April Shambo, when reflecting on her experience shadowing Bill Rice, editor for the Montgomery Independent. “I really appreciate this opportunity and I hope Career Day is on its way to becoming an MA tradition.” 40

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Sunnyside Visits Rosa Parks Museum

Sunnyside Child Care Center’s kindergarten class enjoyed a trip to the Rosa Parks Museum March 28. The students took a look at how black history influences them as African-Americans and society as a whole. Ms. Gwen’s class got the opportunity to ride the interactive tour bus that took them back in time to the days of great civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also, students learned about the brave acts of those of the Underground Railroad, as well as famous black inventors like George Washington Carver and Garrett Morgan. Furthermore, what would the Rosa Parks Museum be without learning about the sacrifices of Rosa Parks herself? “The Rosa Parks Museum was a fun and educating experience for the students as well as the teachers and parents,” said Center Director Deborah Cunningham. “We look forward to going back with the school-agers during the summer.” Other fun activities during summer months include: Skating, Horseback riding, Bowling, Swimming, Museum Trips, Picnics in the Park, Movie Days, Zoo Trips, Kite Flying in the Park, and the Ultimate Back to School Party. Also, Sunnyside Child Care Center and Ms. Gwen’s kindergarten class congratulate Ta’coreyah Hutchins, daughter of Keyera Foxhall, who was Top Seller in the school spring fundraiser. She received a $50 American Express gift card. Sunnyside also gives a special thanks to the employees at Koch Foods for helping to make the fundraiser a great success. Thanks to their contributions, Ms. Gwen’s class is able to receive a computer upgrade and classroom supplies.

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Evangel Christian Academy had a very special visitor on April 11. The Easter Bunny took time from his busy schedule to drop by and visit the elementary students. He brought each child a special treat and took time to pose for pictures. The students were excited by the visit and promised to leave carrots for him on Easter Eve.

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Forest Avenue Adopts Encouraging Motto

Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School adopted the goal “All 4s at 4est Avenue” to remind students to work to score all 4s on the ARMT+ (Alabama Reading and Math Test) this year. The student body wore bright-green T-shirts on testing days to remind each other to do their best!

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Eastwood Students Learn Passover Traditions

The third-grade students at Eastwood Christian School celebrated the Messianic Passover Haggadah (which means to tell). Using the Passover Seder plate, Mr. Geiger re-told the story of the exodus from Egypt which was the focus of this ritual meal. He spoke of God’s great redemption in bringing the nation of Israel out from bondage into freedom and how it symbolized God’s physical redemption of His people. Parents set the table and arranged the food according to tradition. This Messianic Passover Haggadah was prepared to show God’s redemptive grace in the Passover through the death, burial and resurrection of His Messiah, the Lord Jesus.

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VBS Third-Graders Visit Coca-Cola Plant


Mr. Nolin’s third-grade class at Victory Baptist School had an informative time at the Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling Company April 5. As the students arrived, they were taken to the conference room, where they learned about the history of Coke and the different products made at the factory. From the conference room, students were led into the factory. Students got to see machines that made plastic bottles and and machines that poured the liquid into the bottles. When a plastic bottle did not meet the inspection, it was automatically ejected by the machine. The class also saw the room where Coke products are made. Students learned about the different jobs at the factory. Everyone was interested in the Coke taster job. After the tour, the students were taken back to the conference room, where each child and parent received a gift bag and free bottles of Coke or Coke products bottled at the factory. After the tour, the class went to the Pratt Park to eat lunch. Students enjoyed their time at the park feeding the ducks and playing on the playground.


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SUA Junior High Classes Enjoy Zoo Day at School

Jennifer Hutchinson, curator of education at the Montgomery Zoo, brought a few of her “students” to the Success Unlimited Academy junior high classes. Attending were “Speck” the parrot, who was rescued via a paper towel tube and was the only survivor of an illegal bird smuggling ring. Also adding high interest were “Agro,” a bearded dragon lizard, two tiny fruit bats, “Toby” the chinchilla, a threebanded armadillo known as “Sheldon,” and an eastern owl called “Dusty.” The star of the class was “Shelia,” a carpet python from Australia. “Shelia” was greeted with the expected “ahs” and even a few shivers. A few of the SUA students impressed the curator with their responses and answers to follow-up questions.

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Eastwood Students Perform ‘Surgery’

During the first-grade study of contractions, students at Eastwood Christian School performed Word Surgery. First, they dressed the part with masks and gloves. They gathered tools such as scalpels (scissors), stitches (tape), and bandages (Band-Aids). They cut letters which they didn’t need from sentence strips and bandaged them back together with Band-Aids and tape. Shown with her contraction is Emma Kate Smith, who is in Mrs. Barganier’s class.

Trinity Presbyterian School students Molly Catherine Brown and Hannah Haynes were recognized April 17 as nominees for the 2012 River Region Volunteer of the Year in the Youth Division. Both girls were presented a certificate for their many hours of volunteer service. Brown is a junior and Haynes is a sophomore; they both serve as ambassadors for Trinity Presbyterian School as Wildcat Girls. Brown is active in Volunteers in Action and has assisted Chappy’s Deli on Thanksgiving Day in boxing meals for hundreds of less fortunate in the Montgomery area. She also assisted with Sport Day at a local YMCA for less fortunate children. She participated in a Live Healthy program for Harrison Elementary School students and helped with a beautification project at the Easter Seals building. Brown helped set up a Teen Forum for teens with difficult issues in their lives. At Trinity, Brown organized a fundraiser, “Annie’s Smile,” for dental hygiene products to be taken to an orphanage in Bulgaria. Haynes was the recipient of the “Discus Award” in the areas of faith, government and community service. She has a servant’s heart, which is evident by her volunteer service with Common Ground Ministries in Montgomery, where she tutors students weekly. Haynes has also volunteered at Kate’s Closet, Boys and Girls Club, and assisted in making care packages to be sent to Haiti. This past summer she participated in a mission trip to Peru with her church, First United Methodist. From left are Molly Catherine Brown and Hannah Haynes.


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A Rainforest Grows in Holy Cross Classroom

Science units in fourth grade at Holy Cross Episcopal School concentrate on the various ecosystems that exist. One of the favorites by classes, hands-down, is the rainforest. Science teacher Connie MacDonald has students create a rainforest in her classroom each year. Each student is given a particular animal which lives in this habitat to research and create. The students then work hard to create this extraordinary area within their classroom setting. This year presented some unique challenges. MacDonald usually hangs the forest from the ceiling in her room. After relocating to a new classroom this summer, she found that the ceiling in the new room was significantly higher than in previous years. Her solution? Create a frame of PVC pipe from which to hang the drawn flora and fauna! Inside the framed rainforest, visitors could find many examples of rainforest creatures. The students presented their great work for family and the other Holy Cross classes. Each student recited facts about not only the rainforest, but also the creature he/she researched and created. Throughout the presentation, there was a clear message about the need to preserve this amazing habitat because of its importance to our Earth.

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SUA’s PTA Announces Fundraiser Results

The PTA officers of Success Unlimited Academy held their February meeting to discuss opportunities and plans to help SUA progress and grow. The vision is to continue to be a bridge in our area for academic achievement and community service, while honoring Christ with our commitments. One of the high points of this meeting was to announce the results of our first official school-wide fundraiser. The SUA student body sold tubs of cookie dough over a ten-day period and earned $5,000. Since Mrs. Alred, SUA’s founder and principal, was celebrating her birthday, the PTA officers surprised her with –what else – a cookie! The school is very pleased with its team effort and thanks everyone for taking part in this project. These funds will be used to support the increasing growth of our student population in the area of technology. Kindles, iPads, laptops and other technology tools will be bought for student use.

East Memorial Artists Compete in State Show

East Memorial Christian Academy recently competed in the Alabama Independent School Association State Art Show. Winners that placed at the State level are, front row from left, Jake Atchison, third place; Sierra Clontz, second place; and Jenny Musiol, second place. Back row competitors are Emily Crisp, Deborah Dersch, Trey Crosby, Tori Arnold and Jordan Arnold.

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PCA Launches Aerospace Program

Prattville Christian Academy’s elementary and middle school launched the structured Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) Program April 3. An intensive two-week integration of this program followed for the almost 400 students in grades K-7. The ACE program uses the aerospace theme to promote academics, character education, and physical fitness for living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. The program is intended to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and future careers. This ACE Lift-off Event began with a welcome, followed by the landing on the school’s football field of two helicopters: the Army National Guard and Life Flight helicopters. The CAP’s ACE mascot, CAPPY, greeted students. Special speakers shared with the students the significance of learning important life skills to prepare them to be productive, responsible, and healthy citizens in the state’s future workforce. A Piper Cub flew overhead and a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane followed while flying two Prattville Christian Academy teachers in a CAP Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) Flight. The variety of aviation vehicles in the program was discussed by speakers from the AL National Guard Counter Drug Division, the Life Flight team, the Civil Air Patrol, and both general aviation and commercial pilots. Each speaker shared vocational and avocational opportunities associated with their aviation area, as well as the importance of academic and character preparedness to become productive community leaders for tomorrow. The ACE Program provides rigor and relevance to the core subjects, especially reading and STEM subjects, in an effort to instill an early interest in future STEM careers in industry and government, to include the military. The no-cost program also focuses on development of good character and physical fitness to live a healthy, ethical, and drug-free life, all traits we wish for our citizenry. Currently, the ACE Program is impacting 18,000 students nationwide. In Alabama alone, more than 4,000 students are ACE students this school year, with other schools in Boaz, Montgomery and Pike County. Co-sponsors of this program are the U.S. Air Force, the Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force Association, FLIR Systems, Inc., Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, and the Prattville Rotary Club. For more information about the ACE Program, contact and visit Montgomery Parents I May 2012


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Eastwood Christian School students in Mrs. Barganier’s and Mrs. Ames’ first-grade classes recently enjoyed touring the MOOseum. Each year, about 10,000 school children and adults tour the MOOseum, which opened in 1995 and offers a fun and interactive way for people of all ages to learn about Alabama’s $2 billion beef cattle industry. The students enjoyed having their picture taken with the newest attraction, “Dusty” the Texas Longhorn.

Forest Avenue Raises Funds for Diabetes

Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School students raised nearly $9,000 in support of juvenile diabetes research, walking during specialist times on April 13. Office staff offered to wear pink hair if the students exceeded last year’s donation. Top fundraisers also threw pies at the office staff. Shown with students Lily and Mekhia are Judy Glanzer, secretary; Suzanne Auerbach, nurse; and Brandi Moody, assistant principal.

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STJ High School Artists Win Scholastic Awards Competing in the “Region-At-Large” classification, Saint James High School artists won five Gold Key Awards, five Silver Key Awards, and nine Honorable Mentions in the area level competition of the Scholastic Art Awards. High School winners shown here are, standing from left, Taylor Duncan (Gold Key for painting), Hannah Roberts (Gold Key for painting), Hannah Ritter (two Silver Keys for printmaking and drawing), Branden Greenberg (Honorable Mention for Drawing), and Sammie Eiring (three Gold Keys for Painting and Drawing; a Silver Key for Painting; and 8 Honorable Mentions for Drawing, Painting and Printmaking), with, seated, Rosie Smith (Silver Key for Painting). The winning works of the Gold Key winners will now be considered for National Scholastic Art Awards competition.

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Holy Cross Sixth Grade Works With ASF Actor

In preparation for an April 28 production date, the Holy Cross Episcopal School sixth grade has been working with Alabama Shakespeare Festival actor Craig Hanson since late January. The sixth grade’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids was held in the Shakespeare Gardens of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The students have been working with diction, stage movement, stage fighting and other theatrical elements as they put the play on its feet. The Holy Cross “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” program is a three-year culmination of plays beginning in fourth grade. “The productions become increasing complex with each passing year, and the students have knowledge of three Shakespearean comedies by graduation,” says sixth-grade Language Arts teacher Kimberly Ramsey. During the fourth-grade year, the students performed Twelfth Night for Kids for parents and grandparents in their classroom, with their Language Arts teacher as the director. The fifth-graders work on Much Ado About Nothing for Kids, which they perform for the student body, friends and family in the Holy Cross chapel. The sixth-grade year is special as the students are under the direction of a professional Shakespearean actor. This year’s director, Craig Hanson, hails from New York City and is a part of the intern troupe performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ASF. In the ASF production, Hanson performs the characters of Demetrius and Peter Quince. He is also working with Merry Wives of Windsor. Holy Cross sixthgraders are shown with Craig Hanson.

Trinity’s Jackson Fendley Scores 100th Soccer Goal! Trinity Presbyterian School senior Jackson Fendley scored his 100th goal on April 17 during Trinity’s win against BrewTech. Fendley scored four goals and had two assists. He now has 102 career goals at Trinity and 96 assists. Fendley was named the Montgomery Advertiser 2011 Soccer Player of the Year and has been selected to the All-Metro Team for the past 4 years. Trinity beat BrewTech, 6-5, in a big area game that will go a long way to secure Trinity’s spot in the playoffs.

MA Spanish Society Inducts New Members

On March 13, the Marcelino Chapter of the Spanish Honor Society at The Montgomery Academy inducted eleven new members. The inductees are selected according to guidelines established by the National Chapter. They must have maintained an “A” average in their Spanish courses for three consecutive semesters, are chosen from the sophomore and junior classes, and are expected to continue their Spanish studies the following year. Candidates should also demonstrate a strong set of personal values and admirable conduct. This year’s inductees are: Jeong Hyun Ahn, Garrett Alexandra Barnes, Lee Ellen Bryan, Madeleine Harwood Flemming, William Braswell Haynes, Ann Mathews Hester, Elizabeth Nichole Kelly, Rachel Harrison Lee, Sarah Paige Massey, Rachel Ashlyn Warwick and Rachel María Yearwood. The induction ceremony was conducted by the following officers of The Montgomery Academy Marcelino Chapter: Julian O’Neal Freeman, president; Wylie Melton Hayes, vice president and Nini Rabsatt-Smith, secretary-treasurer.

Trinity’s AP Students Visit Dauphin Island

On April 11, Trinity Presbyterian School’s AP Biology and AP Chemistry students traveled to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where they went out into the Gulf of Mexico on a research vessel to study the chemistry of saltwater as well as the variety of lifeforms living in the Gulf. They also visited a salt marsh and an estuary where they were able to use seine nets to study the lifeforms that use the Mobile Bay estuary as a breeding/nursery ground. The students learned how to use a hydro lab to measure the salinity, temperature, depth and dissolved oxygen of the water. The students learned the importance of wetlands and how they benefit our environment. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Zelia Stephens Center Holds Career Day

Cornerstone Excels at State Latin Convention

Recently, Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy upper school students attended the American Junior Classical League State Latin Convention held at Samford University in Birmingham. Cornerstone students competed in the academic and athletic competitions and contests over the weekend convention. The following students added to the school’s reputation for academic excellence: Latin I: Matthew Taunton, 2nd place vocabulary; Latin II: Valerie Bula, 1st place Greek and Roman mythology; Andrew Graham, 2nd place Latin reading comprehension; Joy Scott, 3rd place Greek and Latin History; and Alyse Bloodworth, 3rd place Latin grammar; Art: CCCA, 1st place t-shirt; Nathan Mims, 2nd place watercolor; Sierra Elston, 3rd place watercolor; and Hailey Holliday, 3rd place acrylic; Contests: Valerie Bula, 3rd place Mythology stand down; Philip Stewart & Andrew Graham, 1st place egg toss; and CCCA, 3rd place tug-of-war. In addition, the school sponsored its first Certamen team. Preparing and chaperoning the students were their teachers, Lee Gonet and Brewer Ames.

Alabama State University’s Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center students and faculty participated in the annual Career Day on Wheels. The Montgomery Fire Department, sheriff’s department, Rolling Video Games, Care Ambulance and ASU Department of Public Safety made this an awesome event to introduce the pre-kindergartners through thirdgraders to the “World of Work.” First, students were asked to dress out in their career of choice. Then students were given a career presentation by different community representatives. Lastly, as a hand-on activity, teachers escorted students to all the different vehicles to inspect and learn further about some of the various career paths available in society today. Alabama State University’s WVAS FM Director Shedd Johnson and event coordinator Tracy Williams are pictured with the second- and third-grade class.

Evangel’s Kindergarten Class Enjoys Easter

Evangel Christian Academy’s kindergarten class enjoyed celebrating Easter. The students started the day by reading the Easter story. The children then decorated “Easter basket” cupcakes which they enjoyed eating during a party at lunch. After the party, the kindergarten students anxiously waited as their “Big Buddies” from the sixth-grade class hid plastic eggs filled with surprises. The kindergarten class then joined their buddies for an Easter egg hunt.

Eastwood Student Enjoys True Hero Book Series

Students at Eastwood Christian School were introduced to the Irene Howat book series recently and some took the reading challenge quite seriously. Gracie Kocher not only read one, but enjoyed it so much that she read the whole series. When asked about what she enjoyed about the books, she replied, “I enjoyed reading how God changed peoples’ lives and through them, how he changed many others’ lives.” Her favorite person was Mary Slessor, a pioneer for women in missions that lived and served in Africa. Slessor overcame many obstacles, battled malaria several times, and saved countless children, all while sharing the gospel. After reading these books, Kocher said that she would love to go back in time and meet all of these amazing people, but when she grows up, she would like to go to Africa and be a mission doctor to help save others just like Mary.


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Catholic Names New Principal for Middle/ High School Campus

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School has named Chad Barwick as principal for its middle and high school campus effective July 1. Barwick joins Montgomery Catholic from St. Anthony de Padua Catholic School in South Bend, Indiana, where he has served as principal for the past three years. “We welcome Chad back to the Catholic community that was a vital part of his life during his formative years,” said Anne Ceasar, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School President. “I look forward to working closely with him as we continue the mission set forth by the Sisters of Loretto in 1873. I applaud the work of the selection committee and ask for continued prayers for our new leadership as we look to the 2012-2013 school year.” In addition to his experience as a principal and high school teacher, Barwick has assisted in developing school curriculum, organized and sponsored extra-curricular student activities including the development of school-community partnerships, and was instrumental in working with a core staff to open San Juan Diego Catholic High School in Austin, Texas, where he served as acting principal for two quarters. Barwick was also recognized as the Georgia Independent Schools Association 2AAA Coach of the Year for both the girls’ team and for the boys’ team in 2007 where he coached cross country and track at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia. An alumnus of the Montgomery Catholic class of 1994, Barwick was selected as the school’s Leader of the Year as a senior. Barwick holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Auburn University, a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame through the Alliance for Catholic Education Program, and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Prattville Senior Awarded Scholarship

Prattville High School senior Brittany Hillman has been awarded an academic and talent scholarship to Oklahoma City University. Hillman, a competitive dancer, has been dancing for more than 15 years and aspires to dance professionally. Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacey School of American Dance and Arts Management is one of the top college dance programs in the nation and is known for producing Rockettes for Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The 18-year-old dancer was among several hundred high school seniors that recently traveled from all over the country to Oklahoma City to participate in dance auditions for acceptance into the renowned dance program. The Prattville senior was one of sixty dancers accepted into the program. Hillman was awarded a $6,100 dance scholarship and a $16,000 academic scholarship. In the fall, she also auditioned for acceptance into the University of Alabama’s dance program and was accepted as a dance major in that program and received a $4,000 academic scholarship. Hillman plans to attend Oklahoma City University in the fall as a dance management major, and she was also accepted into the university’s Honors College. She is a dance instructor and competitive dancer at the Centre for Performing Arts in Prattville and has danced all over the country. Hillman spent last summer dancing in Los Angeles and toured in the summer of 2010 with Dance Olympus/America as a VIP dancer. She is the daughter of Eddie and Michelle Hillman of Prattville.


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Redland Student Places In State Science Fair

Redland Elementary sixth-grader George Germanos won fourth place for his category in the state science fair. He won first place in his school fair, then third place and best in show for the county, then second place for regionals, and finally, fourth in his category in the state science fair. The state is as far as his age can go. Germanos was the youngest to win in his division. His project was titled “Tasting with Our Eyes,” as he wanted to determine the effects of appearance of food on perceived taste. He enjoyed this experience so much that he has already come up with an idea for his project for next year.

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Victory Baptist School Hosts Air EVAC Helicopter

The elementary students at Victory Baptist School in Millbrook received an airworthy award on April 9. Jayme Yarroch, an employee with Air EVAC, coordinated a special visit to VBS’s West Campus located on Highway 14. All the students and staff enjoyed watching the helicopter perform an approach and landing in the parking lot as well as a demonstration of the helicopter’s medical capabilities. The Air EVAC staff explained how they provide an important role when a “life-threatening” event occurs. When seconds matter, the Air EVAC program is second to none. Montgomery Parents I May 2012


Monsters Kids Will Love to Find Under the Bed

Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

To small children, ‘monsters’ are exciting and repellant at the same time. Imaginary creatures, monsters can seem pretty scary because there are no limits to a child’s imagination. Keeping monsters in their place is helped with reminders to kids that monsters are simply made-up things, figments of someone’s imagination – or of their own. The following toys and games add strength to the assertion that monsters are not real and have no power… by giving kids the power to create, role-play and rework monsters into a form that they control and are comfortable with. Get ready to bring out the little monster in your little ones!

by Paige Gardner Smith

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Go Away, Monster! (Gamewright)

The popular favorite at library story times, Go Away, Monster is a delightful children’s book that helps a child imagine wishing a monster away, bit by bit, until it’s completely gone. The Go Away Monster Game brings some of that monsterbanishing power right into every pre-school age kid’s personal domain. Using empty bedroom playing boards, players reach into a bag for furniture and gear for decorating their bedroom. But there are monsters in the bag, too. When a monster is drawn, kids get to throw it into the monster pit shouting “Go Away, Monster!” This simple premise allows kids to build their ‘safe environment’ AND put monsters in their place along the way. Also, children love an excuse to shout – and this time, it’s game approved!

(Creativity for Kids) Kids are in control with Shrinky Dinks Monster Lab, an expansive craft kit with everything needed to color, bake and shrink monsters down to size. Over 50 pre-cut plastic monsters are ready for coloring, cooking and casting as characters in the 3-D laboratory setting that’s included for display finished monsters. Colored pencils, wiggly eyes, jump rings and more decorations for the monster come with the kit. Everything you need to create monsters is included except the oven for baking and shrinking these bad boys down to size!

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Tickle Monster Laughter Kit

There is safety in numbers and never more so when you are moving through a graveyard at night trying to get your monsters in order. Interfering with your efforts to line up your four monsters, players must keep an eye out for skeletons and jumping spiders that can appear anytime. LEGO’s Monster Game is one of their buildable games series that creates a framework for gameplay, but allows for changeable rules and building different game boards (a la LEGO), offering kids the opportunity that keeps the game play fresh for players and builders alike. Great for a range of ages and ideal for children who already love building bricks, LEGO Monster is game for a monstrous good time!

Ideal for reading aloud (and tickling along) with young children, the Tickle Monster Laughter Kit includes the best-selling kids book, plus super soft fuzzy mitts for the tickle monster to wear as the story is acted out. As the Tickle Monster arrives on Earth, he explains how tickling is his favorite thing and the story provides helpful direction to all the ticklish places! The included oversized monster mitts take a lot of the scare out of the monster when the tickling commences and laughter pours out. Parents who assume they will wear the mitts – be warned. Plenty of kids like to be the mitt-wearer and act the part, so prepare to be tickled!



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Strategies for SharedRoom Success by Malia Jacobson

Corey and Katey Hage’s second son, Josiah, was destined for a shared bedroom from day one. The Hages wanted him to bunk up with his older brother, Ezra, to conserve space in the family’s modestlysized home and help the boys build a lasting bond. But reaching the goal wasn’t easy. Sleeping near a sibling took some getting used to for both boys, and the Hages spent several months moving Josiah in and out of Ezra’s room. In the end, it took three tries for the new sleeping arrangement to finally take hold. “There were times when I wondered if it would ever work,” says Katey. Their persistence paid off—Josiah and Ezra, now 3 and 5, have been happy roommates for two-and-a-half years. As bunkmates, the boys enjoy sharing a bedtime routine and chatting about their days as they drift off to sleep. They’ve learned to compromise and resolve conflict. Most importantly, they’ve learned to cherish their relationship, says Hage.

“The idea of each child having his or her own bedroom is a fairly recent phenomenon in history,” says James J. Crist, Ph.D., psychologist and co-author of Siblings: You’re Stuck With Each Other, So Stick Together. People have shared habitats forever, so parents shouldn’t feel bad if kids need to share bedrooms, he says. In fact, sharing a bedroom with a sibling can be an irreplaceable bonding experience. And the early childhood years can be a great time to try a shared-room arrangement, because young kids haven’t had time to get used to having their own bedroom. “The younger kids start sharing a bedroom, the more normal it feels,” he says.

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Shared bedrooms are the norm throughout much of the world, and a trend toward smaller homes is making shared bedrooms a reality for American families. The McMansions of years past are giving way to more economical, efficient abodes where affordability and energy efficiency 58

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are prioritized over square footage, according to a recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens. Room sharing is a fact of life for families choosing smaller houses, or those staying put in smaller homes as their family grows, like Anna and Aaron Petersen. The family hopes to eventually add a third bedroom to their 100-year-old bungalow. But for now, 5-year-old Ephraim and 2-year-old Shiphrah share a bedroom. Though many families put kids in shared bedrooms out of necessity, it’s not a matter of making do, says Crist. Shared bedrooms can be a benefit to siblings, helping anxious kids sleep better and fostering cooperation, negotiation, and close family bonds. Some children don’t like sleeping alone and would actually prefer a shared bedroom over a solo bedroom, he notes.

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brothers’ move to a shared room. Ezra is an early riser; Josiah still needed multiple daytime naps. Ultimately, the boys were able to bunk up after Katey worked to get their sleep routines in sync. Success was all about timing, she says. “We had to get them getting up, napping, and going to bed at the same time. Everything works much better that way.” When one boy goes to bed after the other, the Hages play a “quiet game,” getting him ready for bed and tucking him in as noiselessly as possible. To keep earlyrising Ezra from waking his brother before dawn, he has a special clock that tells him when it’s time to get up. To keep Ephraim from barging into the bedroom during Shiphrah’s naps, the Petersens moved the kids’ toys to the den. Aside from this small accommodation, having the kids in one bedroom has been remarkably easy, says Anna. “We thought they’d wake each other up, but they don’t— kids are deeper sleepers than we realize.”

Making it work

When kids share rooms, discipline requires some parental creativity. The time-honored tactic of sending each child to their bedroom for time-out doesn’t work in shared-room scenarios. But bedrooms aren’t the only place that kids can cool off

or take a break, notes Crist. Kids who need solo time can chill in the bathroom, the den, or even a parents’ room. What about opposite-sex bunkmates? Crist says the arrangement can work well in the early years, before kids approach puberty and develop a sense of modesty about their bodies. Kids who feel self-conscious can dress and undress in the bathroom or another room in the home. Opposite-sex room-sharing generally works better when siblings are close in age, he notes—kids at vastly different developmental stages may not feel as comfortable sharing close space with an opposite-sex sibling.

Siblings now, friends forever

After getting off to a bumpy start, room-sharing has been smooth sailing for the Hage family. It’s not about splitting the room down the middle or diving things up 50-50, says Katey. “We don’t want them to see this as an obligation— this something exciting that they get to do. This is their special time together, and it won’t last forever.” mp Malia Jacobson is a freelance writer who specializes in sleep topics. She’s in the process of transitioning her two children to a shared bedroom.

Happy Roomates: Making Shared Rooms Work Validate Feelings

Ask the child how they feel about sharing a room, and validate their feelings. Instead of telling kids “Too bad, you have no choice,” let them know that you understand this might bring up lots of feelings for them.

Prepare The Room

Before transitioning a sibling into a child’s bedroom, physically prepare the bedroom for its new inhabitant. Moving a crib or bed into the room in advance helps the older child get excited about the new arrangement.

Create Sacred Space

Give each child a private space within the a shared bedroom, whether it’s their own bed, a bookshelf, or a bulletin board. Let each child help decorate their private space, and designate it off-limits to sibs.

Pick Cool-Down Spots

Designate “cool-down” places in other rooms in the house where kids can take a solo break without their sib. Source: James J. Crist, Ph.D.


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Saving it for Good

by The FlyLady, Marla Cilley

Why do we save our good stuff for a special occasion? Make memories with your pretty things so your children will know they are special to you! 1. Good China 2. Nice glasses 3. Linen table cloths 4. Pretty night gowns 5. Good purses 6. New towels 7. Special bottles of bubble bath and soap 8. Cloth napkins 9. Candles 10.Good silverware 11.Fancy tea pots or silver tea services 12.Stationery cute notepads We all have some of these things stashed in our cabinets, linen closets and our dresser drawers. They are just sitting there unloved and collecting dust. We got them for wedding presents or our parents handed them down to

us. You may have purchased them for yourself. They are all waiting to we unpacked and used to bless us and our families. Let me tell you why I think they are unloved and why we don’t use them. We have put them in a place that we can’t easily get to them. They are in a box in the garage, on a shelf in the basement, stuck so far back under our cabinets that it would take two hours to pull them out, or they are on the very top shelf and you need a ladder to get to them. Then if you do get them out, they are filthy dirty and need to be washed. We don’t have time to enjoy our pretty things. So we hide them away. We don’t have to see them and feel guilt about not using them or we really don’t love them at all. If we will get rid of the clutter that is in our kitchen, our linen closets and our china cabinets, we will have more room for the things that we love. When we take the time to get them clean, they will be ready to use. There is another benefit. When we set a formal table, we can teach our children proper table manners. Many times we eat with our fingers, when we have sandwiches and pizza. Our children have no clue which fork to use first or how to use a butter knife or cut meat. If we are going to help our children feel comfortable in these types of situations, they need practice. This


is a good time to let them practice, setting the table and using their best table manners. This has become a lost art. They will need this one day, when a boss asks them over for dinner or at their own wedding. As for the other items you have stashed in dresser drawers, don’t wait until your family buries you in them; then is too late for you to feel sexy wearing them. Get them out and wear those pretty undies. You will be so surprised at how good you will feel, and no one will know. This goes for those night gowns you have stashed, too. If you are not going to use them, then you might as well give them to someone who will. If you never liked them, then release them and have no guilt about it. Give them away...someone will love them and you will be blessed by your gift. Make every day a celebration by treating your family like they are company! This is what FLYing is all about. Loving yourself enough to enjoy your pretty things now while you can.

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The BOOMing Sounds of Spring and Summer Your Pet’s Fear of Loud Noises

The spring, summer, and early fall herald the arrival of thunderstorms. They are also the seasons when fireworks displays and other noisy celebrations are common. Some pets, particularly dogs, can develop severe phobias to these loud noises. Left untreated, the phobias can become progressively worse or can generalize to all loud noises. Affected pets are capable of inflicting damage to themselves, to their surroundings, and in severe cases, to people who try to comfort them. If your pet is nervous about loud or unfamiliar noises, but has not yet developed a noise phobia, you should speak with your

veterinarian about the problem before it becomes worse. In the early stages, common sense solutions, such as avoiding exposure to the fearful stimulus or providing distraction to the pet to relieve some of the anxiety, may be helpful. Once the fear has progressed to a general noise phobia, the help of a trained animal behaviorist is usually necessary. Treatment of noise phobias often involves behavioral techniques such as desensitization and counter conditioning. If these techniques are done incorrectly, they can actually worsen the problem. Sometimes, especially for intense phobias, your veterinarian will prescribe strong sedatives or anti-anxiety medications. In these cases, the medication will be used in conjunction with a behaviormodification program, with the aim of the eventual withdrawal of the medication. The best treatment and solution for noise phobias is prevention. Pets that are

exposed to emotionally traumatic or stressful situations at the wrong time in their social development are more likely to develop irreversible or persistent phobias that can become more generalized as they get older. Dogs are most sensitive to development of fears between 2 or 4 months, while the most critical period for cats is between 1 and 3 months. Therefore, when you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home, it is very important that you book a consultation with your veterinarian to get specific advice on correct behavioral training and prevention of potential behavior problems. The advice you get from friends or some media sources such as television or the internet may have good intentions, but may not to be appropriate for the personality of your individual pet. Phil Mitchell DVM, has been practicing veterinarian medicine for over 20 years in the River Region. Dr. Mitchell is one of the founding owners of Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital where he currently practices. He and his wife have two human children and eight fuzzy ones. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family on their farm.


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A Page in a Book

by Paige Gardner Smith

Kids Who Want It All

When children are very small, we work hard to give them everything they want. Food, love, words, experiences…everything they need to grow into the amazing person we know they’ll become. But when kids get old enough to experience the ‘I want’ phase, the innocent greed for all the other things that aren’t important - but still very desirable – that’s when the give and take changes. Teaching children the difference between greed and need is an ongoing process. Cultivating an early understanding of ‘want’ and tempering a child’s greed impulse with the following titles can help young ones navigate their instinctual desire to get…well, everything.

Betty Bunny Wants Everything

by Michael B. Kaplan, Illustrated by Stephanie Jorisch (Dial Books for Young Readers) When young Betty Bunny goes to the toy store with her family, she’s told she can pick out one thing for herself. Her siblings each choose one item (her thrifty older brother, Bill, opts for the cash instead), but Betty piles the cart high with everything. When she’s told to choose only one item, she throws a tantrum in the store and has to leave. At home, Betty learns about limits and gets to return to the store later, with a small amount of money to spend. How she shops (and behaves) the second time, shows her beginning understanding of a budget – and self-control. Perfect for sharing with kids who have enthusiastic ‘I want’ tendencies, this title is an entertaining lesson in restraint.

All for Me, And None for All

by Helen Lester, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Gruntly is a pig with a greedy streak a mile long. Not only does he want everything for himself, he covets anything that his friends have, and isn’t shy about grabbing their goods as well. In short, he’s a hog. When Gruntly spies a sign advertising a treasure hunt in the park, it sounds perfect for him. But when his greed to beat his friends to the treasure causes him to miss important clues, Gruntly finds he’s the last to arrive at the treasure site. Will his friends leave any treasure for him or will he have to snatch their rewards? Benefiting from a lesson by his friends’ example, Gruntly gets more than he expected at the end of the hunt!


by I.C. Springman, Illustrated by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) With a centuries-old reputation for collecting shiny things, the magpie featured in ‘More’ is no exception to the acquisitive nature of his breed. Picking up every kind of odd object and curiosity, the magpie collects more and more ‘stuff’ to bring home to the nest. Marbles and pennies, keys and combs, his nest is soon overflowing with too many things. Reaching a breaking point, the magpie finally accepts help from a few small friends to lighten his load while keeping just enough to make a magpie happy. Beautifully illustrated with sparse text, this book shares the results of wanting too much – and getting it.

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Amp Up Creative Family Fun by Christina Katz

Are you simultaneously excited about and dreading the approach of summer? If so, you might want to start preparing now to make the most of all of the unstructured, non-scheduled time your kids will soon be spending at home...or the summer may not end up nearly as relaxing for you as it is for your kids! Take a cue from ‘The Artful Parent,’ blogger Jean Van’t Hul. She says, “When a child explores, learns, and creates, the side effect is often a mess. To say no to the messes inhibits the exploration and the creativity that can take place. That should take place. It’s a child’s job to explore the world around him, to experience it and learn as much about it as possible. If the adults in his world continually say, ‘Don’t make a mess, be quiet, sit down, be still, leave that alone, do it this way, color within the lines, don’t get your clothes dirty,’ that inhibits the exploration and the learning.”

To make sure you are ready for a summer that is as creative as it is easy, take a few tips from this list. You’ll be ready to squeeze as much fun as you can out of every lazy summer day.

Test-drive The Art Supplies: Where

do you keep your arts and craft supplies? If stored where they are easy to access, your kids will be more likely to use them. Give your arts and crafts storage area a quick overhaul before the vacation months arrive. Check markers. Sharpen pencils. Melt old crayons into new bigger ones. Restock your finger paint and drawing pads. Get enough clipboards or pads for each member of the family. Whatever kinds of projects your family likes to indulge in, make sure you’ve got all the supplies on hand and ready to roll!

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kneels in front of the one in her bedroom when she wants to draw picture after picture after picture. I use one in my office to catch ideas as they go flitting by or to jot down a few professional to-dos. And believe it or not, if I write down the family chores on the white board in the kitchen, I’m much more likely to get the cooperation from the rest of the family when I need it, so we can get back to playing.

Become Project-oriented: Creating a garden, a tree house, or a worm box are all examples of outdoor projects the family can undertake together this summer. If you have a rainy day or prefer to stay indoors, why not get a jump on next season’s holiday gifts or cards? If everyone in the house prefers to work on his or her own projects at his or her own pace, why not make sure that each person has their own craft area, where they can leave a project out while it’s in process, until its completed? You’ll find that projects are more likely to get finished when they are easily accessible. Montgomery Parents I May 2012





Bring On The Color: Painting your

walls, your furniture, your fence or your home is one of the cheapest and most fun ways to get a fresh look at home. Even a toddler can paint primer on a wall. Tweens and teens might enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from getting an entire house painted. Mom and Dad might be able to swing in a hammock and sip a cold drink while each school age child paints one piece of furniture from their bedrooms a favorite new hue.

Garden with Themes: Why have

a regular old garden when you could have a fairy garden or a pizza garden or a found objects garden? For ideas and inspiration, consult the illustrated gardening books for children by author Sharon Lovejoy: Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots (Workman 1999), Trowel & Error (Workman 2002), and Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars (Workman 2010). Why not give each member of the family their own garden plot so they can nurture the harvest of their choice?

Take an Unexpected Adventure:

When you set out as a family towards an unfamiliar destination, your senses come alive with all the possibilities. Instead of planning every summer family outing, consider just grabbing some snacks and water bottles, hopping in the car, and surprising yourselves. Perhaps there is a city nearby you can explore. Perhaps you are just an hour from a state park or wildlife sanctuary. Target a quaint small town you can traverse from end to end on foot. Keep an ongoing list of ideas on one of your whiteboards, take a quick family vote to decide on a destination, and you’re off!

Host A Backyard Extravaganza:

Older children might like to put on plays or puppet shows for younger children in the summer. Let them play the roles of producer, director, marketing spokesperson, etc. and get the whole neighborhood involved. Fun can really start to catalyze when you pool the neighborhood dressup clothes, create an impromptu story, and start casting parts...even if only to while away a long afternoon.

Get a Little Wild: Maybe during the school year you don’t welcome the extra mess that body paint, mud, glitter, bathtub crayons, clay, or temporary hair dyes can bring into your hallowed home. But during the summer months, why not? Kids experience a lot of pressure to conform when they are in school, so let them get wild while the days are long, the nights are short, and homework is nothing more than a distant memory. Make Multimedia Memories: Keep a camera or a video recorder handy so you can document your colorful, creative summer and share it with your distant friends and relatives. And don’t worry about what to do with all your images and film clips. The long cold winter is coming just as sure as you are fully enjoying every minute of your fleeting summer. You’ll be so happy making memories that neighbors you haven’t seen in ages may invite themselves over to join the fun. Happy creative summer, everyone! mp Christina Katz is a freelance writer who loves summer family fun. Her latest book is The Writer’s Workout from Writer’s Digest Books.




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• Alabama State University

(334) 229-4686 or (334) 229-4317 SKYCAP 2012; Session dates: Session 1: June 11-29; Session 2: July 9-27; Grades 1-9; Half and full-day programs. Academics, computers, arts and fitness. A variety of courses to expand and peak your child’s imagination, sharpen academic skills and introduce them to physical fitness activities.


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@ First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry Street. Call 241-5150 to register or for date information.

• ARTumpka

300 W. Tallassee St., Wetumpka, 578-9485. Painting, drawing, music, sculpture and pottery. Camp dates: June 4-8 and July 9-13 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Cost: ARRAC members $85 and non-members $95 each session. Please visit our website for more information and to view registration form. www.

• AUM Sports Camps

Girls Soccer (Age 5-12) June 11-15 and July 23-26 from 9 a.m.-noon; (ages 1318) June 11-15 from 5:30 a.m.–8 p.m., July 23-26 All Day camp for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. For info call Jamey Newsome 244-3141. Boys Soccer (Age 5-10) June 11-15 and July 23-26 from 9 a.m.-noon; (ages 13-18) June 11-15 from 9 a.m.–noon, July 23-26 All Day camp for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information call Wolf Koch at 244-3617. Girls Basketball (Gr.7-12) Dan Davis 244-3235; Dates TBA. Boys Basketball (Grades 3-9) Larry Chapman 244-3542;Dates TBA. Baseball (Ages 6-15) Marty Lovrich 244-3236; July 9-13 from 9:30 until 3 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Friday; Lunch will be provided Mon. – Thurs. Registration will be the first day of camp from 7:30-9:30. $125 for session. Tennis (Ages 6-16) Rolano Vargas 244-3448; Dates TBA. Visit our website at

• AUM Youth College

Rebecca Bloodworth, 244-3339 Dates: 6/18-22, 6/25-29, 7/23-27, 7/30-8/3.

Length: One week sessions; Ages: Gr. K-5 - 12th. Other: AUM’s summer Youth College offers over 150 classes for grades K-12 grade taught by certified teachers. Parents/students can pick and choose individual classes to meet their needs and schedules. Classes range from art, dance, science, math, reading even fishing! Call 244-3804 or visit for more information

• Barb’s Art Camp

(334) 269-2272; Summer 2012 for children 4 and up at Barb’s “Next Door”; 2 pm – 4:15 pm; $80 for 2 days. $40 Deposit Required with remainder due on first day of camp Session 1: Ages 5-10, June 5 and 6 (Tues/Wed) Session 2: Ages 5-10, June 12 and 14 (Tues/Thurs) Session 3: Ages 6 and up – Multi Media Workshop- 3 days – June 19, 20, 21 ($120) Session 4: Ages 5-10, July 10 and 11 One Day (1 hour) Art Class for 4 year olds, $20; Tues,


June 26 or Tues., July 24 at 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Private lessons on Thursdays at 2 p.m. for 1 hour ; $30 for one student OR $25 each for two students. Please call 269-2272 or visit our website at And be a Barb’s Fan on Facebook.

• Camp AUM

Rebecca Bloodworth, 244-3339 Dates: 7/9-13, Art & Movement Camp (K4 & K5), Culinary Camp (grades 1-5) and Drama Camp (grades 4-9). 7/16-20, Animal Adventure Camp (K4 & K5), Vet Camp (grades 1-5), and Technology Camp (grades 4-9) 8/6-10, Kinder College (K5) and Back to School Bash (grades 1-5) Camp AUM provides theme based camps for K4-9 graders taught by certified teachers. K4 and K5 camps are half day (9:00-12:00). Full day camps (9:00-3:00) are offered for grades 1-9. Youth Preview Night is Tuesday, April 24 from 4 p.m.

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– 7 p.m. at AUM’s Center for Lifelong Learning located at 75 Techna Center Drive. Preview night is FREE and a great way to see what all AUM offers, meet our instructors, receive detailed information and discount on our programs. Call 244-3804 or

• Camp Eagle at Montgomery Academy

Call 270-0183. Dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13 and July 16-29, from 8:30-3:00. Length: Four 1 week full day sessions for grades 1-6. Fee is $150 per session. Other: Each week has a different focus. Includes sports instruction, artwork, music, computer games, & more.

• Camp Grandview — YMCA

Shaun Carroll, 285-5381; Dates: May 29-August 10. Length: Weekly basis; Ages: 5-15 Other: Camp Grandview in Millbrook is a YMCA day camp for 5 to 15-year-olds, with pickup points at YMCA branches in Montgomery: East, Southeast the Soccer Branch, and the Goodtimes Center. Activities include horseback riding, water-balloon wars, nature, archery, swimming, sports and games, arts and crafts, canoeing, paddle boats, fishing, and archery. Friday is a special themed day camp-wide. The camp is located on 40 acres and has a six-acre lake and two miles of trails. The average age for counselors at Camp Grandview is 21. All are trained in CPR and first aid. Fees include lunch every day. Cost members $90/session; nonmembers $115/session. $10 discount for additional children. Website:

• Camp Hoopstar

Anthony McCall, 272-8210; At The Montgomery Academy. Basketball camp to develop skills through five-on-five team situations stresses sportsmanship, teamwork, hustle and discipline. Boys Sessions: Session 1 (grades 1-7) May 29-June 1 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Session 2 (grades 1-7) June 4-7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• Camp Shakespeare

Call 271-5345. Two 1-week sessions: 7/9 – 7/13 and 7/16 – 7/20; Age: Completed Grades 4-6 Work with real New York based actors as you learn to act, move and cross swords like the pros. You don’t know what cool is until you can sound like a Shakespearean actor! Cost: $300. Registration forms are available online at (education link). For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or

one week. Other: Boy Scout Camp. Emphasizing outdoor skills and leadership development. Week long experience with swimming, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor skills. or www.

• Faulkner Sports Camps

272-9164. Dates: June 11-15 Length: One week; Age: 7-10 Other: A five-day camp for girls from lower socioeconomic areas with one day at Camp Kiwanis. No cost to campers; call for application form

Call Debbie Reynolds or Brent Barker at 386-7148. Ages 6 – 17 Boys Baseball: Patrick McCarthy, 386-7980; July 16-19 and June 23-26 from 9a.m. – 2 p.m. Boys Basketball: Jim Sanderson, 386-7159; June 18-22 and/or June 25-29 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 6-11), June 18-22 and/or June 25-29 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (ages 12-18) Call or visit our website for cost and times. Soccer Camp: Brett Mitchell, 386-7162; Dates TBA Golf Camp: Brent Barker, 386-7231; Dates: Full day, 9a.m.-4p.m. June 16-20 and July 18-22. Camps will be held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Prattville. Volleyball Camp: Tori Bartels, 386-7149; Skills camp, June 9-12 from 9a.m.-noon. (grades 4th-8th) and Advanced Skills camp, June 9-12 from 9a.m.-12p.m. (grades 9th-12th) Football Camp: Greg Baker, 386-7671; Dates: June 11-15, Football Camp from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Please call for more details or go online. Girls Basketball Camp: Coach Reed Sutton, 386-7509; Future Stars (ages 6-11) June 11-15 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; Lady Eagle Basic Training (ages 12-18) June 11-15 from 1p.m. until 4 p.m.; Basketball University Overnight (ages 12-18) begins 5 p.m. June 15 until 4 p.m. June 17. Visit our website at

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• Camp Shakespeare Extreme

Grades 7-12, $300 for the week. One Week Only. June 25-29. It’s Camp Shakespeare but-extreme. Dig deeper into your character, move effortlessly around the stage, learn to project and enunciate! Don’t worry what enunciate means? You will when everyone is hanging on every word during your monologue. For information contact Greta Lambert at the ASF Education Department at (334) 271-5393 or

• Camp Sunshine for Boys

262-2697; July 16-20; Boys Age: 6-10. Other: Outreach program for less advantaged youth with a variety of outdoor activities. No cost but invitation only camp; may call for application.

• Camp Sunshine for Girls

Larry Colletta, 800-977-2688 Day and resident camps. Ages: By scout rank. Week 1: June 10-16, Week 2: June 17-23, Week 3: June 24-30 and Week 4: July 1-7; Cost: $240.00 for

3265 McGehee Rd.; Contact Yvonna Richardson, 281-3300; Theme: “PLANET EARTH”; Ages 12 months-12 years half day, full day, or flexible rates and hours available., Campers will have LEARN,




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• Huntingdon Basketball Camp

Coach Pugh, 833-4399; For Boys and Girls Ages 6 - 17; Dates: June 18-21 and July 23-26. Camper receives free t-shirt; discount for siblings.

• Huntingdon College Baseball Camp

Call DJ Conville for costs, 833-4501 1st session- June 4-6 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 5-15); 2nd session- June 11-13, 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 5-15); Visit our website at for more information.

• Junior Piano Camp

Carrie Edwards, 833-4457 Dates: July 9-13; Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 12:30. Please call for more information. Open to inter-

mediate and advanced students in ages 7-12. Students will attend courses in performance, music history, music theory, ear training, and the history of piano literature each day.

• Kinder Camp Eagle at the Montgomery Academy

Call 270-0183; Dates: 7/23 - 7/27 Times: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Half days for one week; Age: Gr. K. Fee is $95.00. Other: Designed for children who will be 5 by Sept. 1st and going into kindergarten, to explore science, art and music. Visit

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(Physical Education Complex) for grades 3rd-9th Please contact the basketball office at 334-244-3542 for more information and dates.

• Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

With summer quickly approaching, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is offering summer camp sessions for children ages six to 13. There is a camp schedule designed for everyone with week-long, half-day, and full-day options. Summer camp takes place during four weeks throughout the summer. The dates for camp are: June 25 through 29; July 9 through 13; July 23 through 27; and July 3- through August 3; 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Camp is designed with working parents in mind so extended hours are available with an early drop off at 7:45 a.m. and late pick up at 5:30 p.m. for an additional $50. The cost of the half-day camp is $120 for members and $180 for non-members. Fullday camp is $210 for members and $270 for non-members. These fun filled camps offer small group lessons in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. Each camp offers different themes, art activities, and techniques, so students are encouraged to sign up for more than one week! Famous works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection will inspire projects,


and students will explore many different media, such as clay modeling, mixed media sculpture, acrylic painting, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, pen & ink, printmaking, etc. Camp fee includes snacks and all materials used in the art making. Full day students must bring their own lunch. For more information, call the MMFA at 334.240.4333 or visit the website at www.

• Montgomery Zoo

“Zoo Camp”--Jennifer Murphy, 240-4900 Dates: half days for 5-6 yr old, 7/23-7/27, 7/30 -8/3; half day for 7-8 yr olds, 7/9 -7/13, full day 7-8 yr old 7/16 – 7/20; half day for 9-10 yr old, 6/18 – 6/22, full day for 9-10 yr old, 6/25 -6/29; full day for 11-12 yr old, 6/11 -6/15. Ages 5 - 12 (each week is for specific ages). Cost: Non- members; $170 for full day, $150 half day. Members; $153 for full day and $135for half day. Full day includes lunch and two snacks; one snack for half-day. Can include scavenger hunts, classroom educational tie, play time at the playground, live animal presentations, guest speakers, arts and crafts, games, behind the scene tours, keeper talks, museum tours, pedal boat rides, animals feedings (giraffe and deer), realm projects and much more. Monday, Desert/Savannah; Tuesday, Arctic/Tundra; Wednesday, Jungle/Rainforest; Thursday, Oceans/Rivers; and Friday, Forest/Tiaga.

• New Fashion Summer Camps @ Eastchase

Vicki Lawrence, 334-279-6046 The Shoppes at EastChase will conduct eight Fashion Camps for ages 6-12 throughout the month of June and July. The one day-camps will be separated into two age groups: ages 6-8 and ages 9-12. Each fashion camp will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will cost $65 per child. Little fashionistas will learn about subjects such as style 101, accessorizing, makeup, decorating and entertaining with the breakout sessions. The day includes lunch, a $25 gift card to the Shoppes at EastChase, a special gift

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• Prattville’s Performing and Visual Arts Camp for Kids

*MUSIC *ART *DANCE *DRAMA TWO WEEK LONG CAMPS FOR AGES 4-6, 7-9, AND 10-UP; JUNE 11-15TH “ON BROADWAY’ and JULY 16TH-20th, 9am-12pm. Call 334.361.0554.

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Saint James School will continue its summer tradition of providing a variety of sports and cheerleader camps for young people. Printed information will be available soon and will include cost, age groups and other pertinent information. Call Jerry Browning, athletic director, or the individual coaches at 277-8033, ext. 145. Keith Luckey, Baseball Camp; June 4-7, 1-5 grade 9a.m.-12p.m., 6th grade from 1p.m.-4p.m. Kellye Jordon, Volleyball Camp; June 18-21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.,. Girls entering 4th grade and above. Craig Duncan, Wrestling; June 27-29, Grades 6-8 from 8a.m. – 12 p.m. Katie Barton, Girls Basketball; June 4-7 from 9a.m.-12 p.m. (Grades 4th-10th)


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• Shade Tree Summer Horsemanship Day Camp

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

• St. Bede Summer Camp

3870 Atlanta Highway (Child Development Center) 334-277-8551, Dates: TBA Times: 7 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. Ages: 5-13 years. Each week has it’s own theme with activities that correlate with that theme. Cost: $100 per week with a non-refundable registration fee of $70.

• Stringfellows

Helen Steineker, 240-4004 June 17-23. Week long camp. Fee: $325 and partial scholarships available. Includes registration, room, board, snacks, meals, fees, t-shirt and other activities. For stringed instrument players in junior high school. Seven-day residential music camp held at Huntingdon College and sponsored by the Montgomery Symphony. Seminar/camp includes daily orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, music theory and history classes. Full range of social opportunities.

• SuCaro Ridge Riding Camps

Camps on demand, June and July. Dates available by request. SuCaro Ridge camps are designed to teach English riding, horsemanship, and camaraderie to boys and girls in a safe and fun environment. Those with


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

• Tutus and Tiaras

Summer Dance Camp for ages 3-8 years old Creative Movement-Crafts-Story Time June 4-8 from 9:30 until 12 p.m. Performance on the 8th Alabama Dance Theatre located at The Armory Learning Arts Center. Please call 334-241-2590 to register.

• Upward Summer Camps

Lighthouse Church, 3560 Bell Road Soccer Camp: June 18-22 (K5-4th grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and June 25-29 (grades 5-8) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Each child will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, poster and a soccer ball. Flag Football Camp: July 9-13 (K5-4th grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and July 16-20 (grades 5-8) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Each child will receive a T-shirt, water bottle, poster and flag belt with flags. Basketball Camp: July 30 – Aug. 3 (K5 – 4th grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and July 23-27 (grades 5-8) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Each child will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, poster and basketball. Cheer Camp: July 30-Aug. 3 (K5 – 6th grade) from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Each child will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, poster and poms. All camps have a cost of $50 per child per camp. For more information call 271-4200

• Wetumpka Depot Players Workshop

Kristy Meanor, 868-1440; The Wetumpka Depot Players will host a month long Acting Up Drama Workshop,

for the month of June. Please call Kristi for more details. Email

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• YMCA Belser

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Call 279-8833; Dates: June 11 – Aug 17 Stretch your child’s imagination away from video games and television in a true outdoor day camp experience. Facility includes a gym, outdoor pool, archery range, riflery range and a nature trail.

• YMCA Cleveland Branch

Call 265-0566. Dates: June 11-Aug. 17 Summer adventure; Ages 3-12 years..

• YMCA East Branch

Call 272-3390. Dates: June 11 – Aug. 17 Goodtimes program offered. Includes themed weeks, swimming, field trips, indoor and outdoor pool with two slides.

• YMCA Goodtimes

Call 279-8833; Dates: June 11 – Aug 17 Excellent facilities which include a cooperative summer academic enrichment program taught by certified teachers. The facility also includes a teaching pool, indoor gym, inflatables and a water park.

• YMCA Sports Central

Call 262-6411; Dates: June 11 – Aug 17 Sports Central is the perfect place for children to improve their sports skills. Facility includes a youth fitness center, 2 gyms and a swimming pool.

• YMCA Jr High Teen Leadership Program

Call 279-8833; Dates: June 11 – Aug 17 A new program designed to teach teens leadership skills. Teens will be involved in enrichment activities for the younger campers, service projects, fun excursions, a camp day with other YMCA Leadership

Call 265-1433, Summer Camp Dates: June 11 – August 17; Ages 5 – 15. Call for cost and registration details.

• YMCA Prattville

Smith Branch, 365-8852 East Bradford Branch, 358-9622 Main Day Camp, girls and boys ages 6-12. An outdoor program. Registration Date April 19th at 8 a.m. Bradford East YMCA. Begins May 29th – August 10. Mon. - Fri. Before and after care available at no extra charge. Must be picked up by 5:45. For more members only. For more information please call Betty Estes, 358-1446. • Daniel Pratt Camp Daniel Pratt School. Dates and ages the same as above. For members and non-members. Registration Date April 19th at 8 a.m. Bradford East YMCA. Begins May 29th –August 10 school starts. Mon. - Fri. • Pine Level Summer Camp Pine Level School. Dates and ages the same as above. For members and non-members. Registration Date April 19th at 8 a.m. Bradford East YMCA. Begins May 29th – August 10. Mon. - Fri. • Cheer Camp Grades 1-12, boys and girls; May 29-June 1; Times 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.; Please call for pricing. Call Bambi at 365-8852 for more information. Discount for multiple sign ups. • Gymnastics Camp May 29-June 1, Ages 6-18; Times 9 a.m. through noon; Please call for pricing. Includes t-shirt and camp refreshments. Call Bambi at 365-8852. If you choose to do both a discount will be offered. • East Bradford Branch – 358-9622 Sport Camps, Mon.-Thurs, 9 a.m. - Noon Girls basketball- TBA May 7

Soccer Camp, July- Aug. 2 (tentatively) Golf Camp-TBA May 7 Tennis Camp-TBA May 7 Boys basketball, TBA May 7 Fishing Camp-TBA May 7 Wrestling Camp-TBA May 7 Girls Volleyball, TBA May 7 Please call for pricing. Pricing is based on how many camps signed up for. Discounts are given for multiple camps and for multiple children in family. 2-22 Camp is a program for rising seventh thru ninth graders. Members ONLY. Registration is the beginning of March. The camp will cover character development, life skills, job skills, service learning and have activities such as board games, gym games, community service and field trips. Begins 1st day of school being out. Call Jeffrey at 358-9622 for more information.

• YMCA Southeast Branch

Call 262-6411 Summer Camp Dates: June 11 – August 17; Ages 5 – 15. Please call for cost and registration details.

• YMCA Wetumpka

Call 567-8282; Day camp, 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri. June 4 until beginning of school in August. Swimming, crafts, games, outdoor sports, field trips. Themed weeks. Entire day is planned. Call to register. Call for rates.

**Vacation Bible Schools throughout the area. Contact your local churches for dates and times or see River Region’s Journey magazine for a comprehensive listing. **Boys & Girls Clubs of Montgomery, 832-

4288 Trenholm Boys & Girls Club, 386-3055 Chisholm, 2612 Lower Wetumpka, 265-2469

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West End, 220 Crenshaw St, 263-3371 Focus on 5 core program areas: Education, Arts, Sports & Recreation, Health & Life Skills and Citizenship Leadership Development. Cost: $5 per child per year. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Call for school term schedule. www.

**Community Centers have various programs including arts & crafts, field trips and sports for children during the summer. Call your local Community Center for more information.

Day Trips • Callaway Gardens US Hwy 18, Pine Mountain, GA; 706-663-2281; 1-800-Callaway; Summer hours- 9:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Callaway Gardens is a great location for family vacations in Georgia. Your family will love hiking in our gardens, swimming in Robin Lake, exploring the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, golf, spa and more. Also, the Summer Family Adventure has partnered with The FSU Flying High Circus to provide a family camp experience that captivates all ages, interests and skills with expert-led programs the whole family will love. Our younger guests, age 3-18, are whisked away daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to participate in our children’s center and day camp activities, while our adults can spend the day as active or leisurely as they please. Sample activities available for children and adults include. (Activities vary based on age groups). Circus skills including acrobats, juggling and more, teen activities, tennis clinics, water skiing & tubing, camp crafts, nature and wildlife adventures, fishing, archery, beach fun, cookouts, and more! • Chewacla State Park 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy.

Auburn; 887-5621; 696 scenic acres are a delightful pause from nearby interstate traffic. Facilities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, a modern campground, picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters, and newly renovated cabins. Weekdays: $2 for Adults; Weekends: $3 for Adults; Children 6 to 11 years of age and senior citizens: $1

• DeSoto State Park 13883 County Road 89,

Fort Payne, AL; 256-845-0051; DeSotoResort; Nestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this 3,502-acre park provides Mountain Chalets, Log & Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, Meeting Rooms, and also has both Improved & Primitive campgrounds. Also features a picnic area with playground, Olympic-size swimming pool, nature center with interpretive programs and live animals, & over 19 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails. May 12 Annual Wildflower Saturday; May 18-20 Mentone Rhododendron Festival

• Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta,

GA; (404) 581-4000; With more than eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! Admission rates start $23.95 (toddlers 2 and under Free); annual, premium, combo, and group rates available

• Horseshoe Bend Military Park 11288 Horse-

shoe Bend Rd, Daviston, AL; (256) 234-7111; MondaySunday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Tour the free museum and view the 22 minute film, “The Battle of Horseshoe Bend”. Then enjoy hiking the trails, a picnic, canoe the Tallapoosa River, and go fishing. Children (6 to 12 years old) with families are encouraged to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. Program booklets are available free at the Visitor Center. Children completing the required activities will be awarded a Certificate and

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Junior Ranger Badge. The program must be completed while in the Park and is not available for groups.

• Imagine It! Children’s Hands on Museum

275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA; 404-659-KIDS [5437] Atlanta’s only children’s museum, is the perfect place for children age eight and under and their families to learn and explore together in a safe and fun hands-on environment.

the shores of scenic Lake Martin, that is a 41,000-acre clear-water reservoir perfect for fishing, swimming and boating. Park facilities include the largest state-operated campground in the United States with 626 sites.


• Enjoy 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.

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

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• Swayback Bridge Trail

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, reading, comprehension, phonics, spelling, writing, graduation exit exam, ACT and SAT. Certified, skilled teachers. Credit/debit cards accepted.


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

Academic Tutoring/ Summer School

• Stone Mountain U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8,

128, Alexander City, AL; 256-329-0845; www.alapark. com/WindCreek/ This park spans 1,445 acres along

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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.

• McWane Science Center 200 19th Street North, Birmingham; (205) 714-8300; Rates range $9.00-$17.00; Children under 2 Free; Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm Stone Mountain, GA; 1- 800-401-2407;; Park admission- $22.00- $28.00; Toddlers 2 and under Free, Discounts and annual passes available; Summer at the Rock! May 26- Aug. 5; 10:30 am -8:00 pm. Lots of fun and activities including laser shows, hiking, musical entertainment, kids’ foam pit, Summit Skyride, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure. June 14-16- Atlanta Fest- the South’s premier Christian music festival. Featuring Mark Richt, Toby Mac, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Lecrae, Red, Disciple, Skit Guys, Building 429, Jamie Grace, Tedashii, Tripp Lee, Down Here, Scot Dawson, Jay Strack, Dave Edwards and many more. Free camping at the event site available for all Atlanta Fest guests; contact Atlanta Fest at 800.783.8839 for additional details.

levels, one on one and small groups. Camp Success (grades K4-5th and Special Needs Children).

• Huntington Learning Center

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

• Success Unlimited

2328 Fairlane Campus, 213-0803. Summer School/Distance ED. Dates and Times to be announced. All grade


• Coosa River Adventures

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

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1018 Madison Ave., Montgomery 241-ARTS (2787)* Lot of Summer Programs to choose from. Dates and programs to be announced in May. Please call for more information. Athletics: June 4-August 24. Call for more info on class types and time.

• Artistic Expressions

Pottery studio in Prattville - 2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville 365-8990 or 285-7878. Story Hour @ Artistic Expressions: June 6 (Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand), June 13 (Poky Little Puppy), June 20 (Rumble in the Jungle), June 27 (Bad Kitty), July 11 (Babar’s ABC’s), July 18 (Rainbow Fish and Big Blue Whale) All classes will be on a Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

• Corks & Canvas Summer Camp

Peppertree Shopping Center. Vaughn Rd., Caroline Clark, 277-1041. Classes for children 8 and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Snack included. Cost: $30/per individual session or 4 session for $100. Register in advance online or by phone. To see the featured painting, visit

Bowling • ACE Bowling

334-819-7171, 1661 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery Wide array of entertainment: Bowling, Yogurt shop, Arcade, Cosmic Bowling, Pool tables, Lounge and Full service snack bar. Please call for Summer pricing or visit our website at

272-5423, 3020 Atlanta Highway EAT ‘n’ BOWL, While lane availability lasts, until 4 p.m. daily. Offered everyday until 4 p.m., (includes 3 games, shoe rental, and meal). Prices vary upon day and time.

• BAMA Lanes in Prattville

358-8600, 1734 East Main Street EAT ‘n’ BOWL, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (includes 2 games, shoe rental, and meal) Prices and times vary upon day.

• Brunswick Woodmere Lanes

270-1101, 5665 Carmichael Road Lunch-N-Bowl every day Monday thru Sunday, open 5 p.m for $6.95 - $8.49 plus tax. ( Includes two games, shoe rental and choice of meal package) Please call for weekend pricing.

Dance Lessons • Alabama Dance Theatre

1018 Madison Avenue, 241-2590 The Alabama Dance Theatre will be offering summer classes in classes in classical ballet (pre-ballet to the professional level), pointe and variations, pas de deux, dance history composition, modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and tap June 11 - June 29. Highlights of summer classes include classical ballet training to the professional level and creative movement classes open to ages 3 to 7. A new class “back to dance” will be offered for former dancers returning to classes. Classes will be held at the Armory Learning Arts Center, home of the Alabama Dance Theatre. For more information please call 334-241-2590 or visit


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• Centre’ for Performing Arts (Prattville)

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

• C.J.’S Dance Factory

334.467.8603; Summer Dance Classes Begin Thursday June 21st; Every Thursday *Pre Dance 3-5 year olds 2:00; *Ballet Technique and pointe 3:15-4:30; *Power Tumble (Beg/ Intermed. / Adv.) 4:30; *JAZZ 5:30 Summer Dance Performances in each class to follow!

• Dance Generation

65 Ashburton Dr.; 395-4300 Tap, ballet, jazz, baton, lyrical and gymnastics. Ages 3-adult, Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Cost depending on class. Call for more information.

• Lisa’s Dance Dimensions

2981 Main St., Millbrook, 285-5515 or 221-4622 Classes available include: Rhythm (3-5 yrs.), Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical & Gymnastics; Ages 3-Adult. Day and evening classes available. Registration going on now and classes begin in June.

• Mann Dance Studio

422 Pratt St., Prattville, 365-5154. Ages 3 - 18. Summer Classes – Classes will be in June and July. Class size limited so sign up today. Ages:3-5 years old classes include ballet, tap, gymnastics and Jazz. Ages 6-18 classes include ballet, tap, gymnastics, baton, Jazz/Hip Hop. Please call 365-5154 to enroll.

Alabama State University offers this unique opportunity for elementary through high school students to learn, grow and have fun over the summer! Choose from classes in Academics, the Arts, Personal Computing, Sports and Recreation and more.

Register online at or call 334-229-4686 for additional information.

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• Majorette, Baton, & Dance Studio of Prattville

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

• Montgomery Ballet

2101 Eastern Blvd. Suite 223, 409-0522. Fairytale Ballet camp (ages 4-8 years) beginning May 29-June 15, Mon, Wed., and Friday. from 9a.m. - 12 p.m. (ages 6-8) or Tues and Thurs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. (ages 4-5) This delightful camp gives young dancers a wonderful summer experience learning all about classical ballet and using the fairytale ballets for inspiration and creativity. Hourly classes for different levels, (according to age and skill) for boys and girls. Creative Movement, Ages 2 1/2 years - 4 yrs. Pre-ballet, Ages 4 - 5, Beginning ballet, Ages 5-6, Ballet 1 (7-10), Ballet 2 (10-13), and Adult Ballet. Summer classes will begin June. The Montgomery Ballet’s Intensive Summer Seminar will be conducted at The Montgomery Ballet studios June 18-July 15 for Advanced and intermediate levels. Students ages 12 and up who have at least two years of formal ballet training are encouraged to register for this two, three or four -week seminar. Please call the Montgomery Ballet to schedule an audition for the program. Scheduled classes include: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Pas de deux, variations, Modern, and both traditional and innovative repertory. You can also take specialty classes in nutrition, career management, and press/media relations. Prices vary. Please call for pricing. Please call 409-0522 for more information or visit

• Tammy’s Academy of Dance

265-JAZZ (5299), 2620 E. 3rd St. (behind Country’s Bar-B-Q on Zelda) Director: Tammy Rousse Ages 3 - Adult. June 11- July 24. Classes offered in ballet, tap, jazz, leap and turns, and pointe. Please call or visit

• Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection

3370 Harrison Rd., 277-1098; Summer camp dates are June 11-15 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for 3-12 years. Summer classes will begin June 18. Classes offered in ballet, tap, jazz, Lyrical, Gymnastics, Baton, Hip-hop, Praise dance, Ballroom and Swing (ages 2.5 to adult) Zumba classes offered. Day and evening classes. Call for registration. Visit their website for more info at

Football • Huntingdon College Youth Football Camp

Ages: 6 - 12 years old; Dates: June 25 - 27 Time: 8 am - 11:30 am; Location: Newly renovated Charles Lee Field at Samford Stadium on the campus of Huntingdon College. Surface: Synthetic Turf; Brochure may be downloaded at

• Montgomery YMCA

Summer Indoor Flag Football, Boys & Girls; Ages 6-14 Registration: May 1; James Garvin @ 271-4343.

Golf • John Sadie Golf Camp

Beginner and Intermediate Camp; Please call for dates, Beginner and Intermediate Camp; Ages 6-17; Boys and Girls. Call John Sadie at 240-4059 or e-mail at jsadie@

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2600 Constitutional Avenue, Prattville, 285-1114 Jr. Golf Camp, Date: June 11-15 and July 16-20. Pease call for information. Please call the Prattville YMCA, 358-9622. Dates to be announced. For boys and Girls, ages 8-17. Monday thru Thursdays at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Location: Robert Trent Jones Capital Hill.

Gymnastics/Cheering • Armory Athletics Center

1018 Madison Ave; 241-2789; Benjamin Morrow, Director. The Armory Gymnastics Center is the largest gymnastics center in the area. In fact, over 800 gymnasts take advantage of our top of the line facility each week. Summer Session at the Armory begins June 4-August 24, although, you can begin classes at any time. The tuition is $40 per month for 2 class per week. Each additional class may be taken at a rate of $20 per class. There is a 50% discount for each additional family member. We have classes as early as 9 a.m. in the morning and our last class is at 6:00 pm. Children may begin gymnastics as early as the age of two, and we have classes to fit your skill level - even for adults! Gymnastics includes the floor exercise, balance beam, vault, rings, uneven bars, and more. We also offer Cheerleading and Tumbling classes. We’re excited to announce that we have a discount for homeschooling families during the school year. Registration for Summer begins now! Register NOW as our classes fill up quickly.

• United Gymstars & Cheer Camp

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ing, crafts and more. Beginning June 4 through beginning of August ; Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ages: 5 – 12 years of age. Half Day offered for 3 and 4 year olds. Call for rates.

History • Old Alabama Town

240-4500; 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery Landmarks Foundation presents much more than a collection of 50 restored buildings in the heart of downtown Montgomery. Old Alabama Town is a tribute to our past, a magnificent setting where you step back in time. Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Children under 5 yrs. Free; students (ages 6 - 18) $5; adults $10. 10% discount offered to military, AAA and Seniors 55yrs and older.

Libraries • Autauga Prattville Public Library

254 Doster Street, 365-3396, Summer reading program, Activities every Tuesday in June at 10 a.m. Preregister at any Autauga Prattville Public Library Branch Today! The Summer Reading Program is to encourage reading throughout the summer months. Children going into grades preschool-6th grade are invited to participate. Registration begins May 1st. Please visit our website at

• Millbrook Library

3650 Grandview Road, 285-6688 Summer Reading Program, “Dream Big, Read.” Ages 5-12; Registration begins May 31st. End of Summer Party on July 25 at 10a.m. Family Day, Tues. mornings at 10 a.m. starting June 5. Movie Day, Wed. mornings at 10 a.m. starting June 6. Preschool story hour, Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning June 7.

• Montgomery Library

Check with local branches or check the library page in each month’s issue of Montgomery Parents for story time and video listings. Sign up for summer reading program.

• Wetumpka Library

567-1308, 212 S. Main Street “Dream Big, Read”, summer program for grades 1 - 6, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. beginning in June. Meeting at Wetumpka Civic Center. Registration starts in May. “Own the Night”, Summer program for grades 7-12. Thursday beginning in June at 1:30-2:30. Please call for more information.

Martial Arts • Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center

3179 Taylor Rd , Montgomery, 36117; 220-5835; Anne Docarmo. Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center offers an affordable family friendly martial arts program with no long-term contracts. Anti-abduction curriculum, Random Acts of Kindness Program, Academic Achievement Program and MORE all taught by nationally certified instructors...check us out! ***Ages 4 & older/ Lil’ Dragons (ages 4-5) offered during the school year! Special Summer program , 8 weeks for $99 included taekwondo uniform, two buddy passes, and a picture time with an Olympic team member with this Ad. Additional programs offered at Camp STJ for STJ students.

CALLING ALL DANCE MOMS! Come Dance in a Positive, Fun Learning Environment Without the Drama!!

Summer Dance Camp June 11-15 Regular Summer Classes Begin June 18 Call Now!

• Family Karate Center

Carole Coker, 277-4911; 8159 Vaughn Road. Next door to Jalapenos, Peppertree Shopping Center. Kids Karate camp for summer program. Ages 2 years old and up. The camp is free to all students at the Family Karate Center. Non-members get to try the Camp for one day free (any day they choose this summer). Please call for Camp rates

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for non-members. The camp will teach Stranger Danger Child Abduction Prevention and Awareness Programs, The Ask Mom First Program (Child Molestation Prevention), “I am not a target” Bully Busters program and tips to teach children about lures child abductors use. Also included in the Kids Karate Camp will be beginning and advanced karate skills and drills, relay races, Samurai Pool Noodle Challenge, Karate Freeze Tag, Ninja Dodge Frisbee, Power Ranger Relay Race, and many other fun games that make children test their coordination and balancing skills. The Family Karate Center is the ONLY karate center that offers a fully equipped fitness center for parents to use for FREE while children are in class. We are the ONLY school that teaches 2-4 year olds. We are also the only karate center that specializes in teaching special needs students- autistic, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome etc…. Call today for registration and information. We are the only Montgomery school with a Master degree Instructor who specializes in special need children. There is no extra cost for the special needs children. A FREE gift for all new enrollments.

• Fleming’s Martial Arts Institute

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

• Johnson Karate & Fitness Academy

3439-A McGehee Road, 284-2344 Please call for more information about our Summer program. Ages 3 and up. Registration now open.

• Life Quest Martial Arts formerly Chungs

Four locations: Bell Rd., - 277-2627. Ages 6 and up. Summer is the best time for children who have attention problems, no athletic background, or are shy to build selfesteem before the new school year.

• Montgomery Taekwondo Center

205 Perry Hill Rd at Goodwin Community Center. The Montgomery Taekwondo Center will teach classes all summer long on Mondays and Tuesday (and what a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together). Little Dragons Program (ages 4-6 years) offered from 5:45 6:15. Beginners Class (students ages 6 and above, including adults), 6 p.m. until 6: 50. Advanced Class begins at 6:30 until 7:30. Call Pam Smith at 334-220-5029 for more information.

• Tiger-Rock Taekwondo Academy

2750 Bell Road, 244-9139, Find Your Focus through traditional Taekwondo. Please call for more information regarding Summer Programs.


ticipants an active way to enjoy the summer, with daily devotions, swim lessons, a water park pool, organized indoor and outdoor games and creative activities. Ages 5 yrs. - 11 yrs. Non- members $115 and Members $80 and The Teen Leadership League for ages 12 yrs. - 15 yrs. $115 non-members; $90 members; $50 non-refundable registration fee for non-member and members.




• Eastdale Ice Rink/K Lynn’s Skating School

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

• Looney’s Skating Rink

• Doster Center

424 South Northington Street, Prattville, 361-3640 Summer Youth Camp, grades K - 6th , Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Swim lessons and swim team.

• YMCA Branches

Various activities including swimming. Call your local branch for more information. East YMCA, 3407 Pelzer Ave., 272-3390 Southeast YMCA, 3455 Carter Hill Rd.,262-6411 Kershaw YMCA, 2225 W. Fairview Ave., 265-1433 Bell Road YMCA, 2435 Bell Rd., 271-4343 Cleveland Avenue YMCA, 1201 Rosa Parks, 265-0566 Camp Grandview, 4700 Grandview Rd., Millbrook, 2855381. Prattville YMCA, 600 Main Street, 365-8852 Wetumpka YMCA, Red Eagle Drive, 567-8282.

• YMCA Goodtimes Center

279-8878, 2325 Mill Ridge Drive, Montgomery. The YMCA Goodtimes program is designed to give our par-


3541 McGehee Rd., 281-1032 Wide variety of summer skate programs available during the day and evening. Something for everyone! Prices vary due to day and event. Please visit us on facebook or call for more information.

• River Skate Montgomery

A skateboard, rollerblade, bike and scooter park. Membership is sold in seasonal passes. Protective gear is required. If you don’t have your own helmet, etc., you may rent them. Please call for Summer hours and prices. Call 240-4017 for more details.

• Skate Zone 2000 LLC

88 Red Eagle Pkwy, Wetumpka, 567-4434. Tuesdays, 12:30 - 3 p.m.. Friday, 7 - 11 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 2-5 p.m., and Sat., 7-10:30 p.m. Admission $4.50 on Tuesday and Saturday and Sunday afternoon, $6 for Friday and Saturday. Add $3 extra to admission for InLine and speed skates. Skates available for purchase.

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Summer Indoor Soccer, Boys & Girls, Ages 6-17; Registration: Dates to be announced Summer Indoor Mini Soccer, Boys & Girls, Ages 4 & 5. Contact Bryan Marchaund @ 396.9754 or email

• Wulf Koch Soccer Academy


Boys and girls soccer camps on the following dates: June 10th - 14th for premier player, 11-18 years of age June 11th - 14h for “little hawks” ages 5-10 July 22th - 26th for premier players, 11-18th years of age July 23rd - 26th for “little hawks” ages 5-10 Camp will be held at the Auburn Montgomery Soccer Complex, located on campus. For information go to or call at (334) 244-3617.


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• Adventure Sports

1546 East Ann St., Montgomery; 334-269-DIVE (3483) Have your child swimming before Summer. Private swim lessons offered for ages 9 months to adult YEAR round. Indoor and outdoor pool available. Heated indoor pool for year round lessons. Pool parties offered. Please visit us at or call for info.

• YMCA Branches

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

• Pratt Park, Prattville


361-3640; Swimming lessons. Ages 6months to 36 months and 3 and up. Please call for rates and session dates. Maximum of 20 kids. No makeup days due to weather unless the whole session is canceled.YMCA, Check your local branch for times and costs. mp


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Dance Generation’s 75th Anniversary Recital on May 12

Senior and Junior Companies from Dance Generation prepare for their 75th Anniversary Recital “Viva Las Vegas” to be held at the Davis Theatre on May 12th. Dance Generation of Montgomery was started in 1937 and is one of the oldest dance studios in the United States. Visit us at

AUM Hosts Healthy Spring Break Camp

AUM’s Division of Continuing Education hosted a spring break camp March 26-30 for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. The camp focus was on fitness and nutrition. Each day, campers were provided with ingredients and made their own healthy lunches and snacks. Campers also enjoyed zumba and martial arts lessons. To further enhance the experience, students took a field trip to the state farmers’ market, where they learned about locally grown fruits and vegetables. The week ended with good old-fashioned bike and scooter riding and homemade frozen fruit bars! For more information about youth programs offered by AUM’s Division of Continuing Education, call 244-3804 or visit

Tonya Speed Dancer Shines at Huntingdon

Several members of Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection DC Strutters entertained at the first Spring Dance Concert at Huntingdon College performed by the Huntingdon Dazzlers Dance Team. Huntingdon’s dance team featured senior Whitney Delashaw, who has been dancing on the team for four years. Delashaw started dancing at Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection at the age of three and has been on scholarship at Huntingdon with the Dazzlers. She is pursuing a degree in sports studies and plans to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy.


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Girls’ Clubs Participate In Leadership Workshop

The Pink Diamonds Teen Club and The Black Pearl Teen Volunteers enjoyed an enrichment workshop on leadership and teambuilding skills. Afterward, the girls celebrated with lots of giggles and laughs over pizza, cupcakes and soda. If you would like to join Pink and Pearls For Girls Inc., please contact Grace Smith at 561-5091.

Brazilian Futsal Offers Unique Spring Break

More than 30 children, ages 6-12, from all over Montgomery joined Coach Bruno Resende for the Spring Break Brazilian Futsal Training Camp. Brazilian futsal is a form of indoor soccer that is played on a basketball or volleyball court with a high-density futsal ball. The game of soccer is elevated because of its high speed, and its increased need for ball control, creativity and finesse. Futsal clinics cover the Brazilian methodology of footwork training including soccer speed and agility technical drills. The children participate in a fun 3x3 tournament and a competitive futsal world cup. Prizes are awarded to the winning teams, as well as leadership awards. Teamwork, sportsmanship and Christian leadership are also taught on a regular basis and the children are often treated with Nancy’s Italian Ice after their lessons from scripture on character and honor. The camps are held indoors at the Capital City Sportsplex (in the old Sam’s Club building) on 1555 Eastern Blvd. Not only has Resende played soccer professionally after his college career but he has also coached college, high school and club soccer for seven years in Montgomery. Since he has formed Team 1136 Sports Management LLC, he has been running weekly after-school group and private futsal lessons for children from a variety of schools and soccer clubs. He has been hosting soccer futsal clinics and camps for several years during school breaks, as well as the new Futsal College Cups for local universities. Resende is a licensed soccer and futsal coach with a Master’s degree in physical education. As an accredited teacher, he will also run general sports/health/nutrition lessons during the day for homeschool groups this fall. There will be several other opportunities this summer to join in this unique Brazilian soccer training opportunity. Interested parents and students can visit for more information or e-mail Resende at Upcoming dates include: June 4-8: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Futsal Training Camp, U-10 & Up June 11-15: Church Soccer Camps (ask us for details) June 18-22: 8 a.m.-noon U-8 & Up General Sports & Health Camp, AND Futsal Training Camp, noon-4 p.m. June 25-29: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Futsal Training Camp, Advanced U-12 & Up

ADT Represents Area at Regional Dance Festival

Thanks to the generous support of The JK Lowder Foundation, the Alabama Dance Theatre, celebrating its 25th anniversary season, will travel to Montreal, Canada, to represent the City of Montgomery and the State of Alabama at Regional Dance America’s National Festival, May 1-6. This prominent festival only takes place once every five years, bringing all five regions of the country together. Young dancers can attend classes with renowned faculty, perform as a company, audition and be seen by prestigious companies around the nation. At the festival, ADT dancers, along with 2,000 dancers throughout the nation, will have the opportunity to take ballet, modern and jazz dance classes from nationally recognized faculty. They will also attend performances featuring some of the nation’s finest dancers. ADT is proud to announce that Sara Sanford’s “The Way Of Grace” was selected to be performed for the 2012 National RDA festival performance by adjudicator Jon Cristofori. “The Way of Grace,” with music by Zbigniew Preisner, will be danced by Jason Bailey, Kaitlin Bundy, Taylor Jordan and McKenzie Middlebrooks with Angelica Burgher, Hope Gilmore, Safiya Haque, Amari Boswell, Ke’Yana Robinson and Savannah Walker. Other company members attending include: Aariona Boswell, Baylee Clark, Catherine Cobb, Jessica Russell, Eboni Gardner, Phoebe Hall and Lauren Taylor. Thirty-two Alabama Dance Theatre dancers, staff and chaperones will attend the National Festival. For more information on summer classes and performances, call 241-2590 or visit (photo taken by David Robertson, Jr.)


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Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library (Main Branch) 245 High Street 240-4991 Preschool Storytimes Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium May 3 Happy Mother’s Day Fancy Nancy’s Marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch Movie:”Dora’s Mother’s Day Party!”

May 14-18 @ 10 a.m. & 3 p.m Read! Read!! We hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives. For 1 hour, we will read to ourselves or to a child. Coliseum Branch 840 Coliseum Boulevard 271-7005 Preschool Storytimes Thursdays, 10 a.m. May 3 It’s nice to help others when they’re not feeling well. Bear’s Loose Tooth Llama Llama Home With Mama Craft – Bear masks

May 10 National Pet Week (May 6-12) Mary Hughes from the Humane Society will talk about pet care.

May 10 It’s fun to find new ways to play! Curious George: Dinosaur Tracks Monkey See, Monkey Do Craft – monkey masks

May 17 Get Caught Reading Month Dog Loves Books Lola Loves Stories

May 17 It’s best to be nice to others! Clifford and the Dinosaurs Clifford’s Best Friend Craft – dog masks

May 24 National Smile Month Smile Tiger-Tiger, is it TRUE? Four Questions to Make You Smile Again May 31 Library Manners Manners Matter in the Library Read It, Don’t eat It!

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

Morgan Memorial Library Young Adult Department May 5 @ 10 a.m. “Get Caught Reading Month” Ms. Quebe Bradford, author of the book In the Absence of My Father, will host a reading initiative program for teens in the Young Adult Department.

May 8 Children’s Book Week May 7-13 Special guest Wes Little, Children’s Librarian for Coliseum Branch There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Three Billy Goats Gruff Activity page.

May 5 @ 4 p.m. Teen Advisory Board Come out and help plan teen programs, displays and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation.

May 15 Transportation Day Sing transportation songs Wheels on the Bus Seals on the Bus Coloring page

May 7 @ 3 p.m. Book Club – Outrunning the Darkness

May 23 Nursery Rhymes: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” “Three Blind Mice” Signing “fall down”

Hampstead Branch Library 5251 Hampstead High St., Ste. 107 244-5770 Preschool Storytimes Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

May 30 Nursery Rhymes: “Little Miss Muffet” “Simple Simon” Signing “in” and “out”

May 1 Sports Curious George Race Day Martha Speaks Play Ball! Activity: Speed Puzzle

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

May 8 Dinosaurs Clifford and the Dinosaurs Dancing Dinos at the Beach Activity: Dinosaur coloring sheets

May 2 Crazy Alphabet Fun with Phonics: Learn the Alphabet with Azlo Beginning Sounds Worksheet

May 15 Friendship Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl Activity: Pasta “friendship” necklace

May 9 Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure Dear Mom, Thank You for Everything Let’s make Mother’s Day Cards

May 22 Counting Hippos Go Berserk! Christopher Counting Activity: Counting activity sheet

May 24 & 31 No Story Time Today

May 1 May Day Miss Flora McFlimsey’s May Day The Story of May Maypole craft

May 29 Favorite Flower Day The Trellis and the Seed A Rose in My Garden Craft

May 29 Dogs Bailey If You Give a Dog a Donut Activity: paper bag puppy Baby & Toddler Time Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. An early learning program for children ages 6 months to 3 years May 2 Nursery Rhymes: “Curly Locks” “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” Signing “up” and “down” May 9 Nursery Rhymes: “One, Two, Three, Four, Five” Whistle “Pat-A-Cake, Pat-ACake” Signing “want” May 16 Nursery Rhymes: “Three Little Kittens” Signing “where”

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May 30 Pete & Pickles Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore Let’s make Pig Puppets Storytimes with Ms. Stringer Mondays @ 10 a.m. Southlawn Special Ed. Group Thursdays @ 10 a.m. Rosa Parks Cultural Arts Center May 7 &10 Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? My Friend Bear The Three Bears and Goldilock Activity: Color and Make Bear Puppets May 14 & 17 Wild About Books Tiny Little Fly Curious George: The Boat Show Curious George Visits the Library Curious George Rides a Bike Activity: Make Monkey Bag Puppets Montgomery Parents I May 2012



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May 21 & 24 Dinosaur! Other Dinosaur Book Activity: Dinosaur Activity Sheets Make Dinosaur Head Bands E.L. Lowder Branch 2590 Bell Road 244-5717 Preschool Storytimes Fridays, 10:15 a.m. May 4 I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More Craft/Coloring Activities May 11 Happy Mother’s Day! Celebrating with special books and activities for all moms Craft/Coloring Activities May 18 Henry in Love Craft/Coloring Activities May 25 In Honor of Armed Forces DayMay 19 A Celebration for all Branches of Service with Special Guests: VIP Servicemen from Maxwell Air Force Base and Montgomery Fire Department Engine #13, Bell Road Station Come show our Heroes Love and gratitude with your special gifts (Cards, Goodies, etc.) Craft/Coloring Activities Rosa L. Parks Branch 1276 Rosa L. Parks Ave./240-4979 Storytimes Tuesdays, 10 a.m. May 1 Do you know your numbers? Let’s practice at Story Time! May 8 Do you know your alphabet? Let’s Practice at Story Time! May 15 Do you know the story of The Sun and The Wind? Come listen at Story Time! May 22 Do you get the grouches? Well, the Berenstain Bears do. Come find out what happens at Story Time! May 29 There are 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to do Anymore. Find out what they are at Story Time!

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May 1 The Berenstain Bears and the New Neighbors

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

May 8 The Berenstain Bears Report Card Trouble

May 7 We’re celebrating author and illustrator Mo Willems this month Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!

May 15 Berenstain Bears and the Mad Toy Craze

May 14 Mo Willems Month continues Watch Me Throw the Ball! I Will Surprise My Friend!

May 22 The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand

May 21 Mo Willems month concludes with two more Elephant & Piggie books.

May 29 The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need

Family Movie Time Thursday, May 17, at 4 p.m. – Hey, kids and grown-ups, come on over to enjoy a movie and some popcorn. The best part is the admission cost: FREE!


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 Pine Level Storytime group has combined with Pike Road. Pintlala Branch 255 Federal Rd., Hope Hull 281-8069

May 1 & 4: Pigs May 8 & 11: Knuffle Bunny May 15 & 18: Boats May 22 & 25: Zoo May 29: Wind

May 2 @ 11:20 a.m. Kindergarten Mommy, Where Are You? Craft: Plate Flowers

Coming Soon to Wetumpka! More info about the Summer Reading Program for rising 1st-6th grades, “Dream Big: READ!” and for rising 7th-12th grades, “Own the Night.”

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254 Doster Street, Prattville Call 365-3396 or visit Preschool Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for toddlers-5 years old Stories, craft and snack!! Children must be able to sit independently for 15-20 minutes. Parents/guardians must stay with the children at all times. P.A.W.S. dogs Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Come read to our furry, four-legged friends!


3650 Grandview Road Call 285-6688 or visit Pre-school Storyhour every Thursday at 10 a.m. Come join Miss Angie for stories, crafts, fun and snacks!

May 3 @ 11:20 a.m. Pre-K Pig Kahuna Craft: Picture frames May 8 @ 11:10 a.m. Kindergarten Mommy, Where Are You? Craft: Plate Flowers May 10 @ 1:30 p.m. 2nd Grade Craft: Mother’s Day Cards May 16 @ 11:20 a.m. Kindergarten Amanda & Her Alligator Craft: Make necklaces out of drinking straws May 17 @ 11:20 a.m. Kindergarten Wide-Mouthed Frog Craft: Paper Plate Frog May 22 @ 11:10 a.m. Kindergarten If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Craft: Mouse craft May 30 @ 11:20 a.m. Kindergarten Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House Craft: Bumblebee visors May 31 @ 11:20 a.m. Pre-K I Spy My Little Eye Craft: Pinwheels Ramer Branch Library 5444 State Highway 94 (334) 562-3364 Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 10 a.m. 83

Capital City Streaks Teams Soar at Beach Tournament The YMCA Capital City Streaks U-10 Boys team took home the Finalist medal at the Orange Beach Soccer Shoot Out March 17 and 18. This Soccer Shoot Out featured some of the best teams in the Gulf Coast area from Florida to Louisiana. The tournament is one of several that the CCS U-10 boys will participate in during their short spring season. The two new players, Bryan Shimm and Zack Pappanastos, joined

the fall team that included Femi Adediji, Kameron Devanier, Cobi Keel, Andrew & Austin Lin, Michael Russo and Austin Taylor. It was the boys’ first tournament in the highest competition bracket, but they did an excellent job under their new head coach, Henrique Rizzo, against a very seasoned, very large, Louisiana Chicago Fire team with 15 players. The CCS boys missed two of their players because of differ-

ent spring break holidays, but they still managed to pull off second place. The CCS U-12 boys also played at the Orange Beach Soccer Shout Out, and they also took home the Finalist medal. The rest of the season will include, at least, the Hoover Havoc, The TUSC Classic, and an Opelika 2-day. The U-10 team is pictured below left, and the U-12 team is below.

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Mann Dancer Wins National Scholarship

Riley Anne Clark, who dances with Mann Dance Studio in Prattville, has won the very prestigous VIP 2012 National Final Convention Scholarship. She has also been given a platinium award in Atlanta, Birmingham and Pensacola, coming in third out of 30 contestants!

The International Officer School on Maxwell Air Force Base is looking for volunteers to assist with two of their outreach programs. This is a great opportunity for members of the River Region community to interact with international families from various countries and experience different cultures. IOS provides education and training for international officers who will be attending the Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, or Air War College. The training focuses on enhancing the students’ understanding of the United States and preparing them to attend their individual college or school. Part of the IOS program is the International Family Orientation Program (IFOP). IFOP is a week-and-a-half program designed to help international officers’ families make the transition into American culture, society and language with the overall intent of reducing the anxiety and culture shock of living in a “foreign” country. This year’s program is scheduled from June 25-July 3. The program is held from 8 a.m. to noon each weekday. Volunteers are needed to organize, supervise and engage in various activities: classroom instruction, local field trips, and nursery care. The IOS Alabama Goodwill Ambassador (AGA) program is also in need of volunteers. AGAs sponsor international families on a long-term basis. Sponsorships last anywhere from eight weeks to a year, depending on which college or school the officer is attending. AGAs receive training prior to starting their sponsorship and assist international families in a variety of ways to include: social gatherings (dinner, sporting events, local activities); car & home searches; location advice; and information on schools. If you are interested in one or both of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Major Eric Reid, IOS, at (334) 953-1051.

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To say Auburn University athletic director, Jay Jacobs, is busy would be an understatement. Besides managing some of the top athletic teams in the nation, he is also a father of three. “Who’s not busy? Everybody is busy, but you do the things that are important to you,” he says. Jacobs and his wife, Angie, found that helping children was important to them. They decided becoming foster parents would be the best way to do that. “Until we got into this, I had no idea of the depth and the need for foster parents,” he says. “As soon as we got into it, we realized that there are so many children who need help.” In the last three years, they’ve fostered three children and have done short term respite care for another three. The children have varied in age from newborn to six-years-old. “This is our ministry as a family. Since February 2009 we’ve probably not had foster children for only four months,” says Angie Jacobs. It’s a ministry Wetumpka mother, Dawn Acosta, and her family have also taken on. While she doesn’t receive national exposure in her job, her duties


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as a parent of two girls, ages 12 & 14, is also demanding. But she’ll tell you, there’s always enough time to care about others. Today, the Acosta family is caring for three infants in the foster care system. “The thought of a parent and child being separated is difficult,” she says. “If this is encouraging the child’s parent to get their lives right and do what they need to do we’re glad to have been a part of that.” Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner, Nancy Buckner, says there are roughly 6000 children in state foster care right now. Which is why, she says, they need more people willing to care for them. “It is so important for them to go on with a normal life. This is a very traumatic thing for children. As much as we can do to normalize it, the better that child’s well-being is going to be,” Buckner adds.

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interest in foster parenting, two will end up taking it on. “Not everybody is cut out for it and that’s okay. We don’t want to force fit, we want people who are naturally inclined for it,” says Renahan. The state guidelines for becoming a foster parent are simple: • You are at least 19 years of age. • You can provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for the child. • Your home conforms to Alabama Minimum Standards for Foster Family Homes. • Your home has enough space for the child and his or her belongings. • All members of your family are willing to share their home with a child who needs care. • All members of your family are in good health. • All adults in the home are willing to undergo a thorough background check, including criminal history. • Once approved, foster parents are also required to complete a 30-hour preparation course and receive information to help prepare them for a rewarding family experience. Montgomery Parents I May 2012

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Alabama DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner says a great avenue for adoption is through foster care. There are several hundred children in Alabama’s foster care system waiting to be adopted. If someone is fostering a child that comes up for adoption, she says, foster parents do get priority. To see a list of children awaiting adoption in Alabama, visit or

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But, experts say it takes more than that to become SUCCESSFUL foster parents. You need to be: • Realistic: The families that do foster care and continue to do foster care have realistic expectations. They don’t think of saving the world or rescuing the child. “The foster families that go the distance say we’re having a positive impact by showing these children positive interactions. You have to go into it knowing that you may not see the end result. The foster families have said they feel that they are making a difference just by sharing their families and their lives with these children and knowing that one day they will have made a difference,” says Renahan. • Understanding: It’s a big adjustment having someone new come into your home, but remember this is a traumatic time for these children as well. Many chil-



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• Loving: Don’t be afraid to open your heart. They need more than just a place to stay. They need love and support. “I want to stress the importance of taking them in and making them a part of your family. If you plan a family vacation, take them with you. Seek to involve them and make them a part of your family life,” says Acosta. Buckner says, for someone who loves children and wants to help, it’s not a difficult process. She adds, “I truly believe it is one of the most rewarding things an adult can do. Children come into foster care through no fault of their own. They need someone who is going to be there and care for them. They’re just like other children.” The Jacobs and Acosta families couldn’t agree more. Dawn Acosta looks forward to the day her three babies are reunited with their families. ”In the time we have them, we want them to see an intact family that loves them,” says Acosta. “To have them see that this cycle, the one their family is completing, does not have to be the one they live in. I want to give them the opportunity to break that cycle and see that they can go on to be whole mothers and fathers and grow a family that’s intact.” Meanwhile, the Jacobs’ just finished an 18-month placement with a child who was adopted by someone in the community. “When I look at them, especially when they’re sleeping, and their little sweet innocent baby faces, it just warms my heart to know that for a time, they are in a safe place. They’re being nurtured, loved, and provided for,” says Angie Jacobs. “There is such a shortage, there’s such a need for foster families. It’s an easy choice for us. We can do this for someone for a little while.” Jacobs adds, “You don’t have to jump into the deep end. You can wade into the water and see what it’s like.” mp For more information on becoming a foster parent: Alabama Department of Human Services Agape of Central Alabama Foster Care: Change a Lifetime

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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,

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CATA Community Coordinator, at 324-1406 or e-mail Civil Rights Memorial A monument to those who died and/or risked death in the struggle for civil rights. 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery. For information, call 264-0286. Cloverdale Playhouse “Third Tuesdays” Montgomery’s singers and songwriters perform in our intimate theater space each month on the third Tuesday. Join us for a musical evening in Old Cloverdale. For details, call 262-1530 or visit Also contact us about volunteer opportunities, auditions, and the Playhouse School! Cool Kids Cook is a faith-based ministry with classes offered at different locations. Please call 220-3651 if you’d like to attend or volunteer with this ministry. First White House of the Confederacy Open on Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This year begins the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The First White House of the Confederacy played a significant role during the war and served as Jefferson Davis’ family residence from February-May 1861. Located at 644 Washington Avenue in downtown Montgomery, neighboring the Alabama Department of Archives and History. For more info or to tour the museum, call 242-1861 or Garden Tours Local gardens include Southern Homes and Gardens, Blount Cultural Park’s Shakespearean Garden at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Grace Episcopal Church, Prattville’s historic gardens in Old Pratt Village and the Wilderness Park, and Wetumpka’s arboretum at Ft. Toulouse. For more info in Montgomery, call 1-800-240-9452 or visit In Prattville, call 361-0961 or visit In Wetumpka, call 567-3002 or visit Other numbers are: Blount Cultural Park (274-0062 or www.; Grace Episcopal Church (2151422); Old Alabama Town (240-4005 or; and Alabama Garden Trail (1-800-ALABAMA or W. A. Gayle Planetarium Public Shows offered Mon.-Thurs. and Sun. Admission $3.50/person, children under 5 free, seniors $2.50/person. Mon-Thurs. at 3 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. 1010 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Call 241-4799. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a family-friendly space filled with interactive and educational hands-on exhibits for children age eight and under. Imagine It! also offers birthday parties, memberships and field trip tours. Museum hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $11 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above. Imagine It! is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more info, visit or call (404) 659-KIDS [5437]. 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 Toastmasters International is an organization that was founded in 1924. Its mission is to help individuals with their communication and leadership skills. Each club provides an atmosphere where individuals can speak without being criticized or judged, yet provide effective evaluations. We also offer the opportunity to take on leadership roles as club president, vice president, and other officer positions that teach planning, time management, organizing and parliamentary procedures. Anyone 18 years or older can join Toastmasters. We currently have six clubs in the River Region. Toastmasters is now starting a club named The River Region Toastmasters in the Prattville/Millbrook area. Meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Journey Church located at 2050 Commerce Street, just off I-65, exit 179. For more info, contact the interim president, Gene Ann Hildreth, at 361-6333 or Tales for Tots 10:30-11 a.m. May 9. Join us for this FREE introduction to art in storybooks and in the Museum galleries for young children and their families. Each time a different work of art and special story will be presented. Call 240-4365 or visit for more info.

Classes Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Classes

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Zink Chiropractic Clinic, Course includes pregnancy exercise and nutrition, body changes during pregnancy, the coach’s role in pregnancy and natural birth, the stages of labor, breathing and relaxation for labor, common interventions and how to avoid them, breastfeeding, basic newborn care, and more. Contact Lanette Tyler, 450-4605 or; or visit Breastfeeding Class Designed to prepare the expectant mother for breastfeeding her newborn. Also includes troubleshooting common problems to establish a successful breast-feeding experience. Usually the first Saturday of the month, from 9-11 a.m. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. FREE. Class schedule is subject to change, so please call 293-8497 to register or for more info. Childbirth Basics Class Provides childbirth information for those who choose to have pain relief during labor and delivery. Sessions are taught throughout the year but are often held on the first Saturday of the month, from noon-2 p.m.. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. Cost is $25. Call 293-8497 by your 4th month of pregnancy to register. Childbirth Preparation Class 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. 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.

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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.

Services American Cancer Society seeks Volunteers for Road

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

Support 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 UMC. For information, call 409-9477 or e-mail apac2@childrensaid. org. Autauga/Elmore Group meets 4th Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville. Childcare, children’s group and dinner provided. For info, call 4099477 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, e-mail PandaPals2005@yahoogroups. com or call Tracie 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

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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 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

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Family Calendar 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

Divorce & 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

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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 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” starts April 4 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 2796677. Facilitator: Lee Lowry, MSW 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 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 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. Contact Rev. Susan Beeson, 272-8622.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care, Frazer Memorial UMC, Thursdays, in Room 3101, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There is no charge, but registration is required. For more information, call the Congregational Care office at 272-8622. On the first Thursday of each month, the hours are extended to 12:30 p.m. while the Caregivers’ Support Group meets in Room 3103 beginning at 11 a.m. Only during this time will each participant need to bring a sack lunch. 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 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 begin Thursday, Nov. 3, and 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. Tourette Syndrome & Tic Disorder Support meets 2nd Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in Room 3101 at Frazer Memorial UMC. Meet others who are concerned about Tourette Syndrome, share experiences, ask questions, and learn more about the disorder. For more information, call 5460353 or e-mail 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.

Moms Support

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

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Family Calendar 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 Making Our Mothering Matter (MOMM), First Baptist Church, Prattville. Meets twice monthly from 8:30-11:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church in Prattville. We offer a time for fellowship, Bible study and special guest speakers. Cost is $5 per meeting to cover childcare expenses, crafts and operating expenses. Childcare reservations are required. For more info, call Stacie Pruitt at 361-3386. 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. Come join us on April 4 and on April 18. 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 9-11 a.m. MOPS is a non-denominational Christian organization open to all mothers of preschoolers, regardless of religious beliefs. The program does include childcare. For more info, please call Vaughn Forest Church at 279-5433 or e-mail

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

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 info about how to join the group, or if you plan to attend a meeting, e-mail Lyra at

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Pregnancy Loss/Infertility

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

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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.

Life is Fun Together (LIFT): A FREE Relationship and Marriage Enrichment Program providing different educational and fun-filled seminars to individuals and families. The LIFT Program is provided through Family Guidance Center of Alabama in partnership with the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative. Call Tonya Rogers at 270-4100 for class start dates or more info! “Relationship Smarts Plus” teaches teens in grades 7-12 about healthy relationships in a fun, interactive way. Six-week sessions are available throughout the year on Mondays from 4–6 p.m.


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“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. Youth Connection is a program offered through the Family Guidance Center of Alabama. It is an eight-week support group for teenagers ages 12-16 that meets on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Family Guidance Center, Building E. It is made possible to families free of charge through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama. Topics include building positive self-esteem, decision-making skills, resisting peer pressure, communication skills, anger management techniques, healthy relationships and goal-setting. In addition to the teen group, a parenting support group meets at the same time and location at no cost. Two counseling professionals facilitate these groups. For specific dates or to register, call Tammy Dozier at 269-0488, ext. 315, or e-mail

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Anthony Hamilton Performs with Ruben Studdard at Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 7 p.m. Call the MPAC Box Office at 481-5100 or visit to purchase your tickets.

Friday, May 4

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Pike Road The Waters. Charlene Rabren will serve as honorary chair for this year’s Relay For Life of Pike Road.Rabren was born and raised in the Pike Road community and has served as town clerk since the town incorporated in 1997. Her husband, Wayne, served as Pike Road’s first mayor. For information about joining the committee or about the event, call 612-8177 or visit www.relayforlife. org/pikeroadal. FLIMP Chalk Art Competition at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts -- Also morning of May 5 All day May 4 and the morning of May 5 before the FLIMP Festival begins. Chalk artists of all ages are

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Family Calendar invited to create vivid works of art on the Museum’s parking lot, and the MMFA provides materials to all who register on time. During FLIMP, visitors delight in the chalk creations, and local celebrity judges choose the winners. Please note, the Museum is adding a new “noncompetitive” category this year. Please contact edsecy@ or visit for details. Prattville Cityfest -- Also May 5 Downtown Prattville. Admission charged. Arts and crafts show with food, entertainment, children’s area and free concert. Fri., 7-11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 365-7392 or visit Late Night with YMCA Goodtimes Also May 11, 18 & 25 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. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents The Merry Wives of Windsor -- Through May 18 Women rule and the knight’s the fool in this hilarious Shakespearean yarn. Sir John Falstaff is down on his luck and concocts a scheme to woo two married women in an attempt to get their husbands’ money. The wives get wind of Falstaff’s intentions and hatch their own plan to thwart the wayward knight. Recommended for ages 13+ due to mild adult language. Call 271-5353 or visit for tickets. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents The 39 Steps -- Through May 19 Four actors play 140 roles in the double Tony awardwinning Broadway smash. Richard Hannay’s dull life becomes anything but when he meets up with a mysterious female spy. When she is murdered in his home, an organization called the 39 Steps goes hot on his trail. This

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comedy thriller – adapted by Phillip Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and inspired by film legend Alfred Hitchcock – is filled with fever-pitched gasp-a-minute fun. Recommended for ages 13+ due to mild adult language. Call 271-5353 or visit for tickets. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Travels with My Aunt -- Through May 19 Adapted from Graham Greene’s classic novel, Henry Pulling’s dull life is turned upside down at his mother’s funeral when he is reunited with his long lost and eccentric Aunt Augusta. The two begin an around-theworld adventure in which they encounter spies, thieves, smugglers, and a long-held family secret. Four actors play 20 roles in this comical tour de force. Recommended for ages 17+ due to mild adult language and adult situations. Call 271-5353 or visit for tickets. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents Henry VIII -- Through May 20 The conniving Cardinal Wolsey maneuvers money and power his way, and sends his rivals to the chopping block--all while keeping favor with the king. But when Henry VIII seeks to divorce his queen so he can marry the beautiful Anne Boleyn, Wolsey finds himself playing on both sides of the executioner’s axe. Recommended for ages 11+. Call 271-5353 or visit for tickets. Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream -- Through May 20 Uncertain love is in the air as two couples find themselves lost in a mystical forest on an unforgettable midsummer’s night. Caught in a tug of war between fairies and foes, the four become engaged in a delightful game of “she/he loves me, she/he loves me not.” Recommended for ages 9+. Call 271-5353 or for tickets. 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.

Saturday, May 5

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 planter box. 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. Frazer UMC Youth Missions BBQ & Flea Market 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for BBQ; 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Flea Market Location: Fellowship Hall & West Parking Lot. For more info, call the Youth Ministry Office at 495-6409 or call 495-6390 for the Flea Market. Also e-mail kathy.hiebert@ FLIMP Festival at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come and discover ART. Festivities include ART making projects, ARTist demonstrations, music, food and a lot of fun! Admission is $5 adults, $3 children, FREE to members and Active Duty Military Personnel and their immediate family. Visit www.mmfa. org or call 240-4333 for details. Breastfeeding Class Breastfeeding and lactation education designed for expectant mothers, fathers, and/or support persons. Class includes benefits, basic breastfeeding techniques, and prevention of common problems. 10 a.m.-noon. Jackson Hospital, Classroom 1. $15 covers mother and support person. Pre-registration required. Call 293-8497 or visit to register or for more info.


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Monday, May 7

Childbirth Preparation/Lamaze sponsored by Baptist Health -- Mondays through June 4 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.

Wednesday, May 9

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class sponsored by Baptist Health Provides expectant mothers with information about breastfeeding. Partners are welcome to participate. Class meets 6-8:15 p.m. in the classroom at the Baptist Breast Health Center, Winton Blount Blvd. $15 per family. 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.

Thursday, May 10

Taste of the Gardens 2012 5-8 p.m. Southern Homes & Gardens and the American Red Cross present Taste of the Gardens, a benefit for the American Red Cross held annually at SH&G on Vaughn Road, Montgomery. The event includes a silent auction featuring works from local artists; tasting from the River Region’s finest restaurants & caterers; wine and music with Henry Pugh. Also, during the Taste of the Gardens event, items purchased at SH&G will be discounted 20%. Event tickets are $20, and may be purchased from the American Red Cross. For more information, and to purchase tickets, contact Kelly Hodges at 260-4016; or e-mail BTW: Word and Image at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 6-7 p.m. Foster Dickson’s creative writing students will read their prose and poetry created in response to works of art in the Museum’s collection. This program will be held in the orientation circle. Visit or call 240-4333 for details.

Friday, May 11

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

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Family Calendar $15 per child for non-members. You must register by the Thursday prior. Call 567-8282 for more info. The Wetumpka Depot Players present Broadway Our Way-A Musical Revue 32 Years in the Making! Through May 13 A cast of Depot veterans will celebrate some of the most memorable songs from three decades of Depot musicals. Tickets are available online at or by calling 868-1440. Montgomery Biscuits Feature “Zooperstars” Watch as characters such as Clammy Sosa, Harry Canary, Alex Frogriguez and Bear Bonds get silly at the Riverwalk! For more info, visit www.biscuitsbaseball. com or call 323-2255. ECHO (Elmore County Homeschool Organization) Monthly Meetings -- Also May 25 ECHO is a support group for homeschooling families in the tri-county area. The group usually meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month year-round from 10 a.m. to noon at Coosada Baptist Church on Coosada Road, Coosada. Membership is free. For more info, please visit

Saturday, May 12

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 pre-pregistration 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. Capital City Master Gardener Association 6th Annual Plant Sale This free annual event at Old Alabama Town brings local master gardeners with plants from their gardens together with the public. CCMGA members will promote the fundraiser and answer any questions or concerns about your yard or garden. CCMGA also offers Rain Barrel workshops to the public. Contact Jane Martin at 2710636 for information. Hampstead Institute Spring Food Festival Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm, 425 Moulton St., Montgomery. Festival celebrating the taste of local food in central Alabama. Noon-5 p.m. Admission charged. Call 422-9331 or visit Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama, Inc. (HBDA) Fundraising Walk Union Station Train Shed in downtown Montgomery. Proceeds go toward Camp Clot Not, in addition to a family retreat weekend and an educational seminar each year. Those interested in participating in this walk can visit www.

May 2012 and register to be a team captain. You can contact the HBDA office at 277-9446 to get involved. Herb Day at Old Alabama Town Sponsored by the Old Alabama Town Herb Society (OATHS) 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Living Block of Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street. Enjoy demonstrations, expert gardeners, garden tours and vendors. Free admission. “Coming up Roses” is the theme of our 15th annual Herb Day. Herb Day is a fun-filled public educational event for the entire family. It will feature children’s activities, programs by experts on growing herbs, a cooking demonstration using herbs and a session that explores the medicinal properties of herbs. An open-air market will feature vendors selling crafts, books, food, herbal teas, garden wares and a huge selection of herbal plants. Visit or call Carolyn at 263-2707. Mayfest at The Montgomery Zoo Join Booker T. Washington School and the Montgomery Zoo for a day of fun-filled activities, live entertainment, food, games, gift items and 40 acres of Zoo wildlife. Visit Alabama All-Star Food Festival 3-7 p.m. Join chefs, farmers, breweries and musicians from across the state for the Alabama All-Star Food Festival celebrating the best in local cuisine. Enjoy tastings from featured restaurants using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, meet your favorite Alabama chefs, listen to the state’s best homegrown musicians, catch a variety of on-stage demos from guest chefs, farmers and producers and take part in hands-on gardening and nutrition workshops. Alabama food, drink and music at its finest! Tickets cost $35 if purchased in advance; $45 at the gate. Children 10-15 $15; no charge for children under 10. Commerce Street in downtown Montgomery. Visit www. Electronic Recycling Event in Prattville Pratt Plaza. 8-11 a.m. Recycle items such as vacuums, telephones, pagers, laptops, scanners, non-hazardous medical equipment, cameras and modems. $10 fee for televisions. Call John-Paul at 361-2466 or Scott at 3156420 for more info.

Sunday, May 13

Ronnie Dunn at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 8 p.m. Half of the former Brooks & Dunn duo. Tickets: $53, $43, $35. Call the MPAC Box Office at 481-5100 or visit to purchase your tickets. Kids Run the Bases at Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Games -- Also May 27 $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. For details, visit or call 323-2255.

Monday, May 14

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Montgomery Hosts “NAMI in Our Own Voice” Presentation Church Annex Building of the Dalraida United Methodist Church, 3817 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentation 6:30-8 p.m. Event is free and open to public. Presentation is by two mental health consumers discussing their journey on the road to recovery. Call Mary Jo Logan at 271-2280 for more information.

Tuesday, May 15

Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Presents: Artist in Residence Laura Usiskin, Cellist Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 7:30 p.m. Hear world-class musicians living in our midst.Tickets: Adults $17/ Students $12. Visit

Thursday, May 17

ArchiTreats: Food For Thought The Alabama Dept. of Archives & History, 624 Washing-


ton 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 “William Bartram in Alabama (Who is William Bartram and Why Should I Care?)” presented by by John Hall. Call 353-4726 or visit Millbrook Community Players Present Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution -- Through May 20 and May 24-26 Directed by Dean Kelly. All shows at 7:30 p.m. except for May 20 at 2 p.m. Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending. Please call (334) 782-7317 or visit for ticket information.

Friday, May 18

The Black Jacket Symphony presents Eagles “Hotel California” at the MPAC 8 p.m. Tickets: $34 (Orchestra & Loge), $27 (Mezzanine & Balcony). Black Jacket Symphony presents Eagles album “Hotel California” performed live in its entirety. The Black Jacket Symphony recreates memorable music moments from famous bands such as: Led Zeppelin, U2 and Pink Floyd. Call the MPAC Box Office at 481-5100 or visit to purchase your tickets. Jubilee Cityfest -- Also May 19 Riverfront Amphitheatre and other downtown areas. Jubilee Cityfest presents Bama’s Big Bang, the state’s largest musical pyro show. Activities include Kidsfest, 8K run, entertainment, culinary contest and riverboat rides. Call 834-7220 or visit for details.

Saturday, May 19

Dino Dig Education Program at Montgomery Zoo Dino Dig gives children and adults the opportunity to dig in the sand while learning about prehistoric creatures. Pre-registration required. Prattville Model Boat Club Demonstrates Remote Control Boats Bring the family and a picnic lunch and enjoy the show. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Pratt Park Pond. FREE!! Call (334) 361-3640. 5th Annual AUM School of Education Luau 6-11 p.m. Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. Get your grass skirts and flower leis ready! This event will feature live music and dancing, casting lessons, outdoor games, line dancing lessons, a live auction, and photo opportunities with Curtiss the Warhawk and Aubie. Admission is $75 and proceeds are used to fund scholarships and special programs in the AUM School of Education. Sponsorships are also available. Alabama Nature Center General Public Weekend Also May 20 Enjoy hiking five miles of scenic ANC trails while learning about the fascinating natural history of central Alabama. You can even add to the outdoor experience with a tasty picnic under or around the ANC pavilion. Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Call 285-4550 or visit

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The Newcomers Club of Montgomery Monthly Luncheon Women who are new residents in the area are invited to attend our monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Country Club. Cost is $15 and reservations must be made by noon Monday, May 21, to Sheila Thomas at or call 365-3463. Visit ARTtalk at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts 6-7:30 p.m. There is still time to join this fun program for artists and those interested in art, as there are four sessions remaining: Thursdays, May 24, July 26, September 27 and November 29. Each session, artists can bring a work of art to show for friendly feedback. Light refreshments are served, along with a lot of camaraderie. Cost: $20 members

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Friday, May 25

Free Jubilee Pops Concert by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra 7 p.m. Alabama Archives and History Building Lawn. The Montgomery Symphony will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a free outdoor concert. Come early and bring your friends and family. Picnic baskets, coolers, lawn chairs, and blankets are all welcome at this free concert. In the event of rain, the concert will be held on Saturday night, May 26, at 7 p.m. in the same location. Visit Memorial Day Weekend featuring the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens --Through May 28 Kickoff the Memorial Day Weekend by watching the world’s best water skiers and wakeboarders compete for the coveted title of “Masters Champion.” Soak up the sunshine, play in the water and around the beach, and peruse the latest in water sports equipment and techniques. (Tournament is over May 27). For more info, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.

Saturday, May 26

2nd Annual Birmingham Open Chess Tournament Hosted by Birmingham Bridge Club, 2112 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills. For more info, e-mail: The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers’ Market Kicks Off with The Taste of EastChase 7 a.m.-noon in the parking lot between Dillard’s and Earth Fare Organic Grocer. Williams-Sonoma will kick off with cooking demonstrations featuring Alabama-grown produce. A bluegrass band will perform from 10 a.m. until noon and MANE’s miniature horse “Whinnie” will pro-

vide rides for the kids. Other kids’ entertainment includes face painting and balloon characters from Magical Memories. The Shoppes at EastChase welcome tent will include complimentary, reusable shopping bags filled with coupons from retailers. In addition, coffee will be served by Panera Bread from 7-9 a.m. and 32 degrees will provide yogurt samples at the booth. The Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through August 25, from 7 a.m.-noon. 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. Dora Exhibit Coming to Birmingham -- 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.

Thursday, May 31

Wetumpka Depot Presents Wiley and the Hairy Man -- Through June 9 Drawn from an Alabama folktale, this is the story of a young boy named Wiley, who lives near the Tombigbee River with his mother and his faithful hound dogs. The clever and menacing Hairy Man also inhabits the mysterious swampland. He haunts Wiley’s days and invades his dreams. “Outwit the Hairy Man three times and he won’t scare you ever again,” advises Mother. So Wiley sets out into the swamp to confront the Hairy Man. For audiences young and young at heart! For tickets, visit or call 868-1440.

Friday, June 1

Coosa River Whitewater Festival -- Through June 3 Admission charged. Coosa Outdoor Center Campgrounds, Wetumpka. Whitewater event for competitors and spectators featuring a kayaking rodeo, sit-on-top events, stand-up paddle board events, river boarding, canoeing, big-air ramp event and more for beginners to pros, children and land lovers. All day and into the night on Fri. & Sat. with live bands. Call 800-874-3528 or visit

Saturday, June 2

Town of Pike Road Community Yard Sale In conjunction with the World’s Widest Yard Sale, the Town of Pike Road will host its annual community yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Town Hall. Individuals and businesses can reserve spaces for $25 until the day of the event. For more information, call Charlene Rabren at 272-9883.

Friday, June 8

Alexander City Jazz Fest -- Also June 9 Free. Strand Park, Alex City. Fri., 6 p.m. and at Lake Martin Amphitheatre (The AMP), Sat., 6:30-11 p.m. Call (256) 234-3461 or visit for details.

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RESOURCES M o n t g o m e r y P a r e n t s ’ Advertiser Directory

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, 70 Ace Bowling Center, Inside Back Cover Adventure Sports II, 19 Alabama Animal Alliance, 36 Alabama Army National Guard, 97 Alabama Christian Academy, 15, 53 Ala Dept of Public Health, Inside Front, 7 Alabama State University Acting Camps, 76 Alabama Tennis Academy, 77 Alfa Realty, Eddie McBrayer, Jr., 100 Amy Ann’s, 42 Arts in Motion, 77 ASKIN/Synergy House, 101 ASU Cont. Education Camp, 73 AUM Continuing Education, 65 Auditory/Visual Enhancement, 27 Baptist Health Services, 63 Bradford Health Services, 89 Cancer Care Center, 13 Carriage Hills Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, 43 Centre for Performing Arts, 70 Chantilly Veterinary Clinic, 85 Chapman Orthodontics, 97 Chris Neil Guitar Lessons, 72 Churchill Academy, 45 Club Z At-Home Tutoring, 47, 100 Dana Coats Mabry, Life Coach, 101 Dancewear, Etc., 101 Dentistry for Children, 65 Docarmo’s Taekwondo Center, 3 Donna Young, Supreme Landing, 101 Dr. A.W. Watkins Golf Tournament, 85 Dr. Bradley Willis-Dentist, 55 Dr. Kendall Dunn-Orthodontist, 59 Dynamite Magic & Balloons, 83 E & S Hobbies, Inc., 99 Eastdale Mall, 2 Edward Jones-Lane Easterling, 96 Evangel Christian Academy, 32 Evangel Temple VBS, 72 Family Karate Center, 67 Montgomery Parents I May 2012

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Lucky One MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: CSexual Content: CLanguage: C+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C The MPAA has rated The Lucky One PG-13 for some sexuality and violence. While on tour in Iraq, Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) escapes not one but several life threatening attacks that take the lives of his fellow soldiers. After one blitz, he finds a dust-covered picture of a beautiful blonde lying in the rubble. The only words inscribed on the back are “keep safe”. Through the rest of that tour and the next one that is exactly what the angelic figure seems to do for Logan. And he promises himself he’ll find her and thank her if he ever gets home. Retuning from a combat zone is harder than any of us who haven’t done it can imagine. But Logan decides to deal with his demons by walking from Colorado to Louisiana where he hopes to find his protector. He discovers her working in a family-run kennel outside of a small town. But he can’t come up with the words to thank Beth (Taylor Schilling) or even explain who he is. She mistakenly thinks he is there to apply for a job and before he knows it, Logan is walking dogs and cleaning kennels thanks to Beth’s grandma Ellie who offers him work. Beth hesitantly begins to accept his presence around the place although she remains cautious of his attempts at friendship. Orphaned as a young child and facing a new tragedy makes her keep to herself. But her former husband Keith (Jay R. Ferguson) has no qualms about expressing his dislike for the new hired help. Keith is the sheriff in a town where the law takes a backseat to personal interests and powerful politicians and the last thing he wants is someone building a relationship with his ex-wife or his son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart). Meanwhile Logan quietly goes about repairing things around the place without nary a nag or even suggestion. It endears him to the single women living in the house and likely most of the females in the audience. (Truly this is love!) However, once the characters are cast and the situation is established, the rest of the story is painfully predictable. While the Louisiana landscape offers a lovely backdrop for this romantic romp, some steamy moments of intimacy that lack chemistry, an excessively contrived ending and underwhelming performances all make this an unlucky choice for family viewing.

MPAA Rating: PG Overall: B Violence: C Sexual Content: BLanguage: B+ Alcohol / Drug Use: C+ The MPAA has rated The Pirates! Band of Misfits PG for mild action, rude humor and some language. Pirates, albeit clumsy amateurish ones, are the heroes in Aardman Animation’s film. Like so many new recruits who find themselves at the bottom of the career ladder, The Pirate Captain (voice by Hugh Grant) and his crew (voices of Martin Freeman, Anton Yelchin, Brendan Gleeson, Ashley Jensen and Al Roker) have aspirations to improve their status with their fellow plunderers. So despite years of dismal losses at the annual Pirate of the Year ceremony, the captain enters the competition again. And after being laughed out of the local watering hole, he and his crew vow to win the coveted skull trophy. His chief rivals, Black Bellamy (voice by Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (voice by Salma Hayek) have already acquired a fair amount of booty -- the essential element needed to be crowned the winner. In an effort to catch up with the other buccaneers, The Pirate Captain begins a disastrous ransacking rampage. Among the ships he attacks are a plague ship, a nudist ship and a scientific vessel occupied by Charles Darwin (voice by David Tennant). Darwin isn’t the only historic figure to appear in the fictitious film. His socially awkward character is madly, but remotely, in love with Queen Victoria (voice by Imelda Staunton). When Darwin comes upon the crew’s mascot Polly, he’s positive he has found a scientific finding that will win the affections of the crabby, pirate-hating monarch. Meanwhile Darwin’s discovery about the sailors’ pet puts The Pirate Captain in the uncomfortable position of alienating his close-knit crew or suffering another crushing defeat at the marauders’ awards event. For parents that may understandably mistake this animation as kid friendly, approach this adventure with caution. Some of the violence is surprisingly vivid for young viewers. As well, this romanticized portrayal of oceanic marauders is teeming with jokes that will swim over the heads of most children.

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Violence: Frequent fistfights break out. Characters are also stabbed, beaten, punched, threatened and hit with objects such as a kitchen pan and rolling pin. Other weapons include knives, swords, cannons, fish, a meat cleaver and barrels. Blood is seen on her sword after a woman stabs a man in the back without provocation. Blood splatters also appear on an axe that is about to be used to behead a man. A man discusses using babies as bait. Characters are hit in the face with pies. Others plan to eat endangered animals. Sexual Content: Brief drawings and other depictions of scantily clad mermaids are seen. The captain mistakenly boards a nudist ship -- no graphic nudity is shown. A female pirate wears a midriff revealing shirt. Language: Name-calling and other brief slurs are used. Alcohol / Drug Use: The captain becomes drunk. Other characters are frequently seen drinking in the bar and in other social settings.

Violence: Soldiers in a war zone are shot at and killed. One man’s blood splatters across a brick wall. Several explosions, some shown in slow motion, kill men. A soldier reacts aggressively to a violent video game and an innocent ambush by children. A man threatens his ex-wife and applies physical pressure to her arm. A drunken man pulls a gun on a man, threatening him and his dog. Characters face peril and death in a wild storm. Sexual Content: A couple kisses passionately. An unmarried couple is shown undressing and romping in bed in several extended scenes. Language: The script contains over a dozen mild and moderate profanities. Alcohol / Drug Use: A woman comes home inebriated after a church function. Characters are frequently shown with alcohol at social events and in home settings. A man says he is funnier after having a few beers. 104

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