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1. Learning disabilities 2. Behavior issues 3. Diminished motor skills 4. Lower intelligence

Using a lead-safe certified renovation contractor is the law. Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk. Make sure you renovate right with a contractor that is Lead-Safe Certified.

5. Hearing loss 6. Brain damage 7. Memory loss 8. Headaches

For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov/lead or call 1-800-819-7544


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From the Publisher Ashton Wright


Therapeutic Parenting Sonia Martin, LMSW

Thanksgiving Games

Holiday-themed games to keep the family interacting all day.

Holiday Happenings

Parades, lights, musicals and more...to brighten your season.


A Page in a Book Gerry Paige Smith



Get This!


Gerry Paige Smith

22 Parenting, Media & Everything in Between Common Sense Media


Dave Says Dave Ramsey

Creating Thankful Kids Parenting Teens Ideas for encouraging children to be grateful all year long.

Find 10 steps toward maturing your teen boy.


Parenting Today’s Teens Mark Gregston

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Caiden Hanna (age 6) is in kindergarten at Heard Elementary School in Dothan. He plays soccer, tball, basketball and is in the children’s choir and RAs at church. Caiden is the son of Breeann Baz (seen on cover) and Steve Hanna. This year Caiden is thankful for his school, friends, and the park.



Teacher of the Month School Bits 31

Movie Reviews 36

Family Calendar 44

Mom to Mom www.facebook.com/wiregrassparents

FromThePublisher The Area’s Go-To Resource for Families

‘Tis the season to be thankful. My family has much to be appreciative of this year. Other than some minor damage and inconveniences, we came through Hurricane Michael unscathed, but so many others did not. When our power came back on, we opened our home to our family members who had no electricity or hot water. It was a small gesture, but it felt good to give back. It never ceases to amaze me how the Wiregrass comes together for those in need, especially during this season. As the holidays approach, you can see the heart of the Wiregrass grow as we work to make sure no family goes without a meal or something under the tree for their little ones. Over the past several years I’ve been involved in a number of holiday service projects. One of my favorite organizations to partner with is the Wiregrass Area Food Bank. The non-profit always sees an increase in need around the holidays, and in the wake of a major hurricane, I expect this year’s need will be even greater. You can learn about how you can volunteer with their Brown Bag Program, as well as other ways to give back locally, in our Holiday Activities Guide. The guide also includes the area’s holiday events including light displays, dance and theater performances, and shopping! And be sure to check out our monthly calendar for lots of other fun things to do in the Wiregrass this month. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Each year my family literally travels over the river and through the woods to my grandparents’ home in northwest Florida. We all eat too much and catch up on things that have happened since the last time we all met. Once the table has been cleared and the leftovers put away, we typically take a walk down to the lake. It’s become a sort of tradition over the years. Another yearly tradition - my birthday! I get to share it with my mom whose birthday is two days later. Instead of buying gifts, we go to the movies. One of us buys the tickets; the other buys the snacks. This year is no exception, and I can’t wait to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald. Throughout this month’s issue you’ll see common themes of thankfulness and holiday spirit. Our two feature articles, How to Create Thankful Kids This Thanksgiving and 7 Family Games for All the Turkeys at Your Thanksgiving, serve up plenty of ideas to make your holiday get-together more meaningful and memorable. As we move into the holiday season, I hope your thoughts and prayers remain with those affected by Hurricane Michael. Recovery is only just beginning and could take months, but as in past disasters I’m confident the Wiregrass will stand tall once again. I think Aesop said it best: “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”

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

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A Different Approach to Lying Few behaviors want to make a parent’s head explode more than lying. The very concept of a child standing before you faced with your inquisition, while they simultaneously and unapologetically lie without ceasing, is an affront to our common sense of social decency. So, what do you do? You’ve tried it all. You have threatened, yelled, cajoled, you’ve taken away the PlayStation for the 14th time this month, their iPhone now permanently resides in your pocket, yet still...they lie. Well, let me first assure you that if you have a child with a proclivity towards lying they are not necessarily destined for an orange jumpsuit. Lying is commonly a simple survival tactic that our kids will utilize in an effort to avoid a negative engagement. Their experiences have taught them – when you mess something up, avoid taking responsibility at all costs, because if you do, something will happen to you. It is no wonder they often will instinctively and reflexively lie in an attempt at self-preservation. Due to the immaturity level of our kids they don’t necessarily have that capacity to pause, really think through the situation and be vulnerable enough to admit truth. So, understanding that, let me give you a couple of tips: First, stop asking questions. If you have a child with a proclivity towards lying,

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stop phrasing things in the form of a question. For example, if your child has just poured themselves a cup of milk and you notice there is now spilled milk all over the counter, instead of saying something to effect of, “Why did you make such a mess?” or “Why didn’t you clean up that milk after you were done?” which inevitably will provoke a denial from your child; instead try phrasing things in the form of a statement like, “Hey, sweet girl, I need you to grab that rag for me really quick and clean up that milk, thanks for your help!” When your child then comes back at you with, “But it wasn’t my mess!” or “It wasn’t me!” you can respond with an assurance that you are not looking to blame, you are simply looking to address the issue at hand. “No worries, it doesn’t matter who it was, I just appreciate your help,” and move on with your day. Second, since we understand that lying can oftentimes be reflexive - meaning your child hasn’t really processed the entirety of the conversation or the question you are asking – you can give them an option for an “out”. “Dude, I’m not sure that’s what really happened. Can you try that again for me?” or “Let’s come back around to this later; I would love to know what really happened.” Effectively, when you give them an option for a do-over it prompts them to come out of that survival portion of their brain


and re-engage with their frontal cortex, which will allow them to respond much more appropriately to your question. Overall, understand that lying is a common childhood behavior that in no way will define the complete trajectory of a child’s life. Breathe, and remind yourself that your child is in a learning process called childhood. As we love, teach, train, disciple, serve and care for them in every little day to day engagement, we are effectively coloring who they grow up to be...so keep your eye on the long game. You got this! Do you have a behavior or parenting question? Shoot me an email at sonia.kidstolove@yahoo.com. I will answer your question in an upcoming issue of Montgomery Parents! *Therapeutic parenting is parenting in a highly structured, highly nurturing way. This form of intensive parenting is often a key to progress in dealing with children who have trauma and attachment challenges, but has also proven beneficial with any child.

Sonia is a licensed social worker and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior, and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to help mitigate negative behaviors. She travels the state speaking at various conferences on behavior and parenting and is a therapist for Kids To Love Foundation. Sonia is a mother to 7 sons, 3 of which were internationally adopted, and is also a foster parent. She spends her free time cooking, drinking coffee, cleaning, cooking, sweeping infield baseball dirt off of the kitchen floor, cooking, and cleaning up after the cooking in an effort to keep all those boys full while avoiding the appearance that she lives in a fraternity house.


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November 5-30 Soldier Service Center Bldg. 5700, Ft. Rucker Family and MWR is holding a Handmade Ornament Contest for children ages 3–11. Ornaments may be turned into the Youth Center, Child Development Center, or to MWR Central (Bldg. 5700, 1st Floor). Prizes awarded to first-place entries in the following categories: 3–5 years old, 6–8 years old, and 9–11 years old. Awards will be presented at this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30 and the Overall winner will light the tree. All handmade ornament entries will be displayed on the Post Christmas Tree. Label your entry with the child’s name, age and guardian’s name and contact info. For details, call (334) 255-1749 or visit https:// rucker.armymwr.com/calendar/event/ornament-contest/2109498/20129.


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November 5-December 12 Fostering Hope, 1004 Montezume Ave, Ste. 1, Dothan Businesses, individuals, church groups, etc. are encouraged to help sponsor children and buy Christmas gifts for them this year. Wish lists will be announced on November 5 for people to sponsor foster children in Houston and Henry counties for their Christmas gifts. The agency is also collecting Christmas cards for foster families that will be given out at their annual Christmas party. Gifts will be due by Wednesday, December 12 and can be dropped off at Fostering Hope during office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, call (334) 589-0805 or visit www.fosteringhopewiregrass.com.


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Dinner Downtown

Scarecrows in the Garden

October 25 * 6-8 p.m. Downtown Ozark Tickets: $30 Enjoy a delicious meal under twinkling string lights in the streets of downtown Ozark! All proceeds benefit the Wiregrass United Way. Cash bar and live music. Menu includes delicious pulled pork, Les Perault’s famous baked beans, slaw, rolls and blueberry delight for dessert. Tckets available at the Ozark Civic Center. Call (334) 7742618 or e-mail taylor@wuw.org. Seating is limited. Childcare available upon request at time of ticket purchase.

Through October 31 Dothan Area Botanical Gardens 5130 Headland Ave., Dothan Admission: Free Come see the ‘crows every day in October! Bring your friends for an enjoyable stroll through the park and see the imaginations of our Gardens area friends as their ‘crow talents are put on display. The theme this year is “Historical Events & People.” No entrance fee is required, but a gate donation is appreciated. Cash prizes are awarded to the top five overall winners and to the best school entry. For more info, call (334) 7933224 or visit https://www.dabg.com/.

First Saturday Family Day

November 3 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan Saturdays are the perfect day for children and families to explore WMA together! A FREE come-and-go art activity for kids of all ages is offered the first Saturday of every month. During November’s event, visitors will learn how to create a circle weaving on a reed loom. All supplies are provided and no pre-registration is required. Each First Saturday will feature a different project. Special additional activities included some Saturdays. Gallery and garden activities are available, too! For more info, call (334) 794-3871 or visit www.wiregrassmuseum.org.

An Evening in Shanghai

November 3 * 6 p.m. EST The Sound Stage 263 Phillips St., Colquitt, Ga. CMAC presents the fall affair, an annual fundraising event supporting the projects of the Arts Council. This year’s event, An Evening in Shanghai, will feature a delicious prime rib dinner, exciting live and silent auctions, and dancing with the Tobacco Rd. Band. Tickets are just $35 and include dinner and entertainment. This event is open to patrons 18 and older. To purchase tickets, call (229) 758-5450 or visit www.swampgravy.com.

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75th Annual National Peanut Festival

Brown Bag Volunteer Days

Wiregrass Area Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd., Dothan November 1 - Decorate Thanksgiving Bags November 7 - Pack Pallets November 9 - Pack Boxes November 16 - Pack Bags November 21 - Pick up Bags 8-11 a.m. If you’d like to help out, call (334) 794-9775 and let us put you on the calendar. You are welcome to come as an individual and see if it’s a good fit for you, or to bring a group so you can serve together. You must be 16 years old to volunteer at the Food Bank without a parent or guardian. You will need to wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, be able to stand for about 1.5 to 2 hours, and do some light lifting. Let us know if we can put you on the schedule! Wiregrass Parents I November 2018

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November 2-11 NPF Fairgrounds in Dothan Kickoff is November 2 at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Denim Days and Diamond Nights.” Popular daytime events like Kindergarten Day, Special Citizens’ Day, and Senior Citizens’ Day return. The popular Calf Scramble and Greased Pig competitions will be Monday, November 5, at 7 p.m., and the Demolition Derby will be November 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. The Dream Big Food Drive benefiting the Wiregrass Area Food Bank is Wednesday, November 7. The Peanut Parade will be Saturday, November 10, at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Dothan. This year’s musical entertainment includes Tamela Mann & Mann’s Family World Tour, Morris Day and The Time, and Granger Smith. Midway entertainment includes Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, the High Roller Ed Henry, and Eudora Farm’s Petting Zoo. General gate admission is $7. Visit www.nationalpeanutfestival.com for daily admission and ride armband specials. 6


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Kids Coat Drive @ Fostering Hope

Enterprise Boll Weevil Festival

October 27 * 9 a.m.-3 p.m. * Downtown Enterprise Explore our amazing retail shops and restaurants or visit one of the many vendors lined up and down Main and College Streets. There will be a costume contest for kids up to 12 years of age, live music, entertainmment from our local community performers, delicious street fare, kids activities and more! To set up a booth, call (334) 347-0581 or e-mail chamber@ enterprisealabama.com.

November 1-30 1004 Montezume Ave, Ste. 1, Dothan November finally starts to get a little chilly! We want to collect NEW coats & jackets for foster children to prepare them for the winter months and we need YOUR help! Fostering Hope is collecting NEW coats of all sizes from newborn through junior sizes for children in foster care. Coats can be dropped off during office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesday 1-5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Coats can also be dropped off Saturday, November 17, between 9 a.m. and noon. For more info, call (334) 589-0805 or visit www.fosteringhopewiregrass.com.

Haunted Maze

October 29-30 * 6-8 p.m. October 31 * 6-9 p.m. Soldier Service Center Bldg. 5700, Ft. Rucker Step into your nightmares and navigate your way through heart-pounding frights as creatures of the night come out to play. You never know just who – or what – will be around the corner in this Haunted Maze. For the younger kids that don’t want to go through the haunted maze, we’ll have some friendly ghosts handing out candy! The Haunted Maze will be at the Youth Center. Admission is free. Please note that there will be strobe lights and fog machines present and this event is not recommended for people with seizures, asthma, and anyone under the age of 8. Children ages 12 and under require adult supervision. For more info, call (334) 255-1749 or visit https://rucker. armymwr.com/calendar/event/haunted-maze/2669362/32233.

Barre After Dark

November 8 * 6 p.m. Lawn Next to KBC Downtown Dothan Get your cardio on with our first-ever Empower pop-up! The class is FREE but we are asking that everyone bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots. As always, we will walk to KBC after class for food and drinks.

Write Night @ WMA

November 15 * 6-8 p.m.Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan Join us in WMA’s galleries four times a year for a FREE evening of spoken word and an opportunity for members of our Wiregrass community to present original work! “Write Night: Open Mic Night” provides an open platform to share original poetry, prose, skits and more. Works can be individual or collaborative and should not exceed five minutes in length when presented. For more info, visit www. wiregrassmuseum.org or call (334) 794-3871.

Come Home, It’s Suppertime

November 8-10 and 15-17 * 6:30-9 p.m. We Piddle Around Theater 102 N. Main St., Brundidge Perhaps you’ve heard your grandma tell stories about sittin’ up with the dead, about beatin’ the blackberry bushes to run off snakes or meetin’ the rollin’ store. Maybe you’ve heard your grandpa talk about hog killin’ time or fightin’ the demons of the cottonfield, plowin’ behind a stubborn ol’ mule or makin’ moonshine whiskey. Well, when you “Come Home” to supper at the We Piddle Around Theater, you can pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. The stories told in Come Home, It’s Suppertime are 100 percent true and performed as told by real-life characters who milled around our hometown during the days of the Great Depression and strowed around stories that have endured with time. The characters are composite characters — ­ a little of one and a bit of another so they mix and blend to tell the story of the rural South during “Hard Times.” These are their stories, shared so they might be carried in your minds and hearts, as in ours. Tickets are $25. For more info, call (334) 344-9427 or (334) 670-6302 or visit www.piddle.org.

Victorian Christmas

December 2 * 1-4 p.m. Landmark Park, Dothan Spread some holiday cheer at the Holiday Decorating Workshop in the Ag Building. Create wreaths, garlands and swags out of natural materials and decorate Landmark Park for Victorian Christmas and make some decorations to take home! Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. This event is supported by the Wiregrass Master Gardeners. Admission is FREE, but guests are encouraged to bring gloves and wire pliers. For more info, visit www.landmarkparkdothan.com.



A Page in a Book A Collection of Books for Young Collectors If you have a kid, you probably have a collector. Most children gather and assemble examples of their favorite items as an expression of their interests. The act of collecting things also guides a child’s thinking skills as they learn to classify and group items based on similarities as well as diversity. The ability to identify distinctions between similar things is another benefit that young collectors gain. Parents who have been lectured by a child on the minute (but critically important) differences between various Pokemon or pebbles, can verify this emerging cognitive talent in young collectors. The following titles explore the nature of collecting and the one of a kind thrill that comes along with it.

Hector the Collector

by Emily Beeny, Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin (Roaring Brook Press) On the way to school, Hector picked up an acorn from the sidewalk. It was smooth, brown and had a knobby cap. Hector decided to keep it. At recess, he discovered two more acorns, each slightly different from the first. As the days passed, Hector’s collection of acorns grew until it filled his school desk. When his classmates discovered his desk full of acorns, their first response was to laugh. But when the teacher allows Hector to show the differences among his acorns, the kids begin to see similarities with the things that they each collect. A warmly expressed celebration of collecting, both private and public, Hector the Collector is an inspirational read for every child assembling their own collection of favorite things.

Old Hat

by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster) Harbet’s hat was knitted for him by his Nana and it’s been his favorite since he was little. When his friends, wearing the latest style in fruity headgear, mock his old hat, Harbet adds a new fruit cap to his ensemble. By the time he wears it, however, the newest style of chapeau has moved on and his friends are still one step ahead of Harbet’s hat game. His hat collection grows out of control as he tries to keep up with the changing styles. Finally, when Harbet decides to let his head do its own thing, it may be his unique bold style that inspires new collections. A brilliantly illustrated cautionary tale about following fads, Old Hat offers a sweet hat tip to staying loyal to your individual style.

The Word Collector

by Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books / Scholastic) Some kids collect rocks, comics, stamps or coins. Jerome collects words. Sometimes the word he collects on a scrap of paper was one he’d seen or heard. Some words were short and sweet, others multi-syllable and melodic. One day, his paper word collection spills out of its organized binders, jumbling the words in unusual combinations. Viewing his favorite words paired in new ways, Jerome discovers new lyricism within his collection that has the power to move and delight others. Featuring Jerome’s word snippets throughout, this powerful title offers readers ample opportunities to explore both new and unfamiliar words, taking delightful side journeys with each new romp through the pages.

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Teaching is without a doubt one of the hardest jobs there is, but Haley Johnson says anything worth doing will be. “If your career is to be meaningful and impactful, it will not be easy. It will actually be the hardest, most stressful thing you will ever do.” Johnson teaches kindergarten at Newton Elementary School in Dale County. She’s been teaching for 13 years, and spent 11 in kindergarten. This year, she’s teaching Holly Rollins’ daughter, Amelia. “Mrs. Johnson goes above and beyond to make each child feels loved and valued,” Rollins says. “She makes each day fun and engaging while the kids learn.” Rollins nominated Johnson for the Wiregrass Parents Teacher of the Month. Johnson was chosen from more than 50 nominees. Johnson calls the award humbling. “I try to live my life by the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This award validates that rule. It means that someone thought I was doing the very best for their child and that means the world.” Johnson’s desire to become a teacher started when she was in grade school. She says her teachers instilled in her a desire to care, love, and guide others who weren’t her own or who were different from her. “I had some really great teachers,” she says. “My third grade teacher, Ms. Barbara Stokes, was

one of the most influential. Every time I stepped into her classroom, I felt special. She was funny, took her job seriously, and treated us like we were her own.” You can see that influence in Johnson’s classroom today. Once a child enters her room, Johnson says she considers them her own and expects great things. According to Rollins, it’s working. “My daughter has learned so much. She enjoys school and has a love for learning, thanks to Mrs. Johnson.” “I love for my students to get excited about what they are learning, engage with their friends, and understand what they are being taught,” Johnson says. “You know you have made an impact when you hear a student tell another student: ‘I love school! I am not ready to go home!’” Johnson says the learning is reciprocal in her classroom. She says her students have taught her empathy and that unselfishly giving her all has great dividends. “I want each of my students to know I love them. I love them not because of how much money they have, not because of who their parents are, not because of the color of their skin, but because they are a creation of God that he has chosen to put in my path to teach.” Haley has a Masters in Elementary Education from Troy UniversityDothan. She is married to Benjamin Johnson. They have two children, Alden and Alyssa Grace.



Autauga County Schools

Carver Magnet Students Read to Faine Students

Carver Magnet School students visited Faine Elementary on September 28. The 21st century grant Carver received was used to purchase books, donate the books to Faine, and then CMS students deliver and read the books once per month.

Montana Magnet School Kicks Off Community Service Project Montana Magnet School students kicked off their Alabama Bicentennial community service project by visiting Aunt Katie’s Garden September 11. Throughout the year, students will have opportunities to help plant, tend and harvest a variety of vegetables and plants grown in the garden.

Montana Magnet 2nd Grader’s Poster Wins

Selma Street Holds Open House

PTO/Open House at Selma Street Elementary was a huge success! Thank you to our student participants, our Bright Key Ambassadors and Chorus. In addition, we thank our PTO officers who were present (president Essie Richardson and treasurer Jameka Oates) for their updates on important information. Lastly, we appreciate our parents for their participation in tonight’s event. #StrongerTogether

Montana Magnet second-grader Dixon Davis’s poster was chosen to represent his school in the Dothan Fire Department Fire Prevention Poster Contest. “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” Davis worked on his poster for three hours - hard work pays off! #montanamagnet #fireprevention #dothanfiredepartment

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Area Peanut Queens Visit Grandview

Miss Coffee County, Miss Marianna and Miss Sneads visited Grandview Elementary School on International Literacy Day. The queens read to students and made a book donation to the Media Center.

Please email news and photos to schoolnews @wiregrassparents. com by the 8th of each month!

Faine Elementary Students Enjoy Good Conduct Dance

Faine Elementary students enjoyed dancing at the September Good Conduct Celebration! At the end of each month, students who have earned an 80 average or above in conduct will be invited to a celebration for being respectful, responsible and resourceful “Fainetastic� students. 11


Montana Magnet Studio 1001 Day

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Studio 1001 Day is one of the most exciting days of the year! Montana Magnet School turns into an art studio for the last hour of the day. All students in all grades learn about various artists and styles of art. Teachers lead them through the steps to recreate those artistic styles and it is so much fun!


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Grandview Names September Good Citizens

Shown above are Grandview Elementary School’s September Good Citizens! Way to go, young leaders!


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Congratulations to fifth-grader JaDavion Potter on being selected as our Selma Street Elementary junior fire marshal! Potter will represent Selma Street in the National Peanut Festival Parade November 10.

Former Auburn Football Coach Visits Providence

“What’s your championship and what are you willing to do to get it?” Providence Christian School students had the recent opportunity to hear these words of motivation from Gene Chizik, former head football coach for Auburn University. Chizik also encouraged students that you get what you earn and for them to enjoy the time that they have now. We are grateful for his words today and the impact they made on our students! Wiregrass Parents I November 2018




You earned it! Rehobeth’s Little Free Library Up and Running

Rehobeth Elementary is excited about the Junior Beta Club’s newest service project for the school and community! The Little Free Library opened October 1. Please check it out and be a good steward of the books. We hope that The Little Free Library #74759 will encourage you and your student to read more books!

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Emmanuel Christian Gets New Kindergarten Playground

Thank you to the Emmanuel Christian School Parent Organization for providing new playground equipment for our kindergarten students! Thank you to all our students and parents who participated in the ECSPO fundraisers to make this possible!



Autauga County Schools

Ashford High School Students Volunteer at Fishing with Angels

Ashford High School Junior Civitans attended the Fishing with Angels event at Mr. Joe Phillips’ pond. Every year, Phillips opens his property to area special needs students for an unforgettable day of fishing, fun and friendship. Our Junior Civitans enjoy this trip every year, and we hear stories of students who went to lend a hand to those with disabilities, but returned having received more joy and blessings than when they left. #jrcivitan #fishingwithangels #jacketnation Like this story and seeing what’s going on at AHS? Visit www.hcboe.us/ahs for all things Ashford High School!


Providence Christian Sells Commemorative Bricks

Pave the way for years to come by leaving a legacy set in stone at Providence Christian School. Few opportunities allow such a personalized celebration of your child or grandchild’s educational experience. The price of the bricks are $100, $300, or $500. Order forms can be found on RenWeb or pcsdothan.com.

Please email news and photos to: schoolnews@wiregrassparents.com!

Rehobeth Elementary Observes ‘See You at the Pole’ Thank you to Rehobeth Elementary’s Junior Beta Club, GAP leaders, and student officers who led the student body for See You at the Pole 2018! Thank you RES students, administrators, staff and parents for your attendance and support! #SYATP See You At The Pole

Ashford High Wants Your Pop Tabs

Ashford High School’s Jr. Beta is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. Send your tabs to school with any Jr. Beta member, or drop them by and we will get them to Mr. McCardle or Mrs. McArdle. Feel free to share so all of your friends can start saving for us too! Wiregrass Parents I November 2018



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Northside Methodist Academy Holds Auction Event

Rehobeth Elementary Learns Alabama History

Rehobeth’s 5th-grade students are learning about the early settlers in our state while studying Alabama history. Some students in Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Outlaw’s classes made these models to show what they’ve learned. We are proud of these students for going the extra mile!

Friday, November 16, Northside Methodist Academy will be holding a live and silent auction called “Northside Knight,” held at the Windmill Station starting at 6 p.m. We have great items to be auctioned including vacation getaways, jewelry, luggage pieces, toys and baked goods. All monies will go toward a chartered bus for Northside Methodist Academy to help transport students to and from events safely. We will also kick off the 30/30 gun raffle that night. We have a Kimber 9 mm, Sig Sauer P220 with a Black/FDE night sights, Rugers, SCCY, and Taurus. Also, a Diamondback DB15 AR Pistol. Our rifles consist of Ruger American Stainless, Savages, Mossberg, and Remington. Shotguns are CZ Drake Over and under, Remington, Stevens. All guns are coming from Tim Black, owner of Performance Machine Works. With food vendors and music, make plans to come join the fun and shop early for Christmas!



Harrand Creek Recognizes August Leaders

Harrand Creek Elementary is a “Leader in Me” school and is teaching seven habits to the students. At the end of the month, each teacher will pick a student who has shown good leadership in the habit of the month. During August, our leaders showed how to be proactive as they took responsibility for their choices and behaviors at school.

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Petting Zoo at EEEC

The Enterprise High School Future Farmers of America and Coffee County Farm City Committee put on a petting zoo at Enterprise Early Education Center September 25. Students got to see goats, pigs, cows and other farm animals. There were also hay rides, tractors and a bee demonstration.

Mixon Intermediate Supports Local Student During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

September was National Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. Our theme was “Be Bold, Go Gold.” Mixon Intermediate in Ozark raised money for a local student and his family in order to help with expenses and to show our support. Students donated money for gold shields and they were placed in the foyer to honor this student.

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Elba Recognizes Students for Perfect Attendance Elba Elementary students celebrated having perfect attendance for the ENTIRE month of September. These students were not absent, late to school, nor did they check out the ENTIRE month of September! We can’t wait to see how many students will have perfect attendance throughout October. Wiregrass Parents I November 2018

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Coppinville Junior High School Elects Beta Officers

Shown below are Coppinville Junior High’s newly elected Beta Club officers: president David Best, vice president D’Ajhia Thompson, secretary Riley Stewart, chaplain Hayden Hudson, 8th-grade reporter Hannah Wood, and 7th-grade reporter Kara Druilhet. #BETAFuelingTheFuture

Community Helpers Week at Midland City Elementary

Midland City Elementary School students learned about local jobs that give back to the community. During Community Helpers Week October 1-5, the students were visited by representatives from different career fields including nursing, law enforcement, farming, and mail carrying.



Abbeville Christian Observes See You at the Pole

One of the greatest privileges that we have in this country is being able to express the freedom of religion and praying in public. We are so proud of our students and faculty at Abbeville Christian for coming together to pray during See You at the Pole September 26. #pra ytogetherstaytogether#syatp18 #acafcs

Slocomb Inducts New Jr. Beta Members

The Slocomb Elementary Jr. Beta club recently inducted its new members for the 2018-19 school year. Students who maintained a 92 overall grade-point average at the end of third and fourth grades were asked to join. They also had to have positive teacher recommendations. These students must strive to maintain the overall 92 average throughout the school year. Officers were elected for the school year as well. They are Isabel Mendoza, president; Ella Chase, vice president; Addison Thomas, secretary; Georgia Segrest, reporter; and Kimberly Martinez, treasurer. The new inductees are shown with current members.

Harrand Creek’s September Leaders Contribute to School Mission

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Slocomb Receives State Funds For Improved Reading Scores

Slocomb Elementary was awarded a $20,000 check from the Alabama Department of Education for being one of the 50 schools in the state whose third-grade reading scores showed significant gains on last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment. We are so proud of our third-grade teachers, Kari Dawkins and Felicia Tharp, and of course our third-grade students of the 2017-18 school year. Thanks for all your hard work!

Abbeville Supports Childhood Cancer Cures

Abbeville High is going GOLD in support of finding a cure for childhood cancer! Shown are Coach Darryl Brooks, principal of AHS. Standing by the yellow ribbon is childhood cancer survivor, A’Niyah Warren, and her sister, Shakyra.

Slocomb Participates in County DHR Fundraiser

Slocomb Elementary students are participating in a fundraiser for Geneva County’s Department of Human Resources. Students bring in their loose change to help raise money for Christmas gifts that will be given to the foster children and elderly of Geneva County. It is a great feeling to give back and help others! Send Your School News to: schoolnews@wiregrassparents.com.

Headland Elementary Holds Board Walk

Headland Elementary will host its fifth Walk-a-thon on November 16 for the one and only school-sponsored fundraiser. The theme will be HES Board Walk. The funds raised will be used to purchase supplies and materials to support student learning and the arts. In addition, technology will be purchased for the classrooms. We are requesting support from our parents and community stakeholders to help make this event a success. Visit www.headlandelementary.org/ to read more about the event! All donations are due to HES by November 9. Wiregrass Parents I November 2018



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Early County School System Honors Be Inspired Winners

Early County School System celebrates two winners for the Be Inspired award for September! Early County Elementary Principal Dr. Matthew Cullifer was nominated for “always doing something that is not in his job description.” Most people in his position would think it was beneath them to help in the lunchroom when they are short of staff. Cullifer does not think this way. He is willing to help with anything. He will sweep, take trays, wipe off tables, and anything else that is needed. Cullifer is an inspiration to all because he treats everyone with respect. He is never in his office because he is interacting with his students and teachers. He is a visible presence in our school, willing to do anything to ensure that our students receive a quality education—even if it means directing traffic in the pouring down rain. What’s more inspirational is the fact that he goes out of the way to form relationships with our students and teachers. He inspires us all to be better people. New to the ECSS family, but already making a great impression, is Director of Student Services Lorie Clenney. She is working to ensure that all of our students have the support they need and is planning activities for special days like “no one eats alone” and others. Another employee remarked, “Lorie’s passion for supporting students is immense. She brings a wealth of mental health knowledge that we could all use to support our students.”

Early County Senior Recognized For Academic Achievement

Bobcat senior Kaitlyn Hanks attended the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists this summer. She was nominated by former principal David Ferry. Candidates had to meet the following criteria: to aspire to become physicians, scientists, or technologists; possess leadership potential; and have a GPA of 3.5 or above. Hanks had the experience of a lifetime because she had the opportunity to be taught by some of the greatest minds in medicine and young geniuses who are leading the world as young adults. She was presented an award of excellence from the academy by Principal Anthony Yarbrough. 19


Planet Fundraiser App Helps Geneva County Elementary

ECMS Students Give Back on Game Days

Early County Middle School students raised more than $600 during football season. Students participated in “Giving on Gameday” by bringing in donations in exchange for wearing blue jeans and Bobcat shirts. In September, the students raised $155 plus the supplies shown below for the Blakely Animal Shelter. In August, students donated $252.80 to buy new books for the school library and $215.80 for the Anchor house of Hope.

Download the Planet Fundraiser app and help support Geneva County Elementary! You can scan receipts from participating merchants and the school will receive money.This is an easy way to help our school. Please remember to choose Geneva County Elementary to support in the drop-down box on the app.

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Congratulations to Destiny Miskimen and Sabryna LeRoy, two Early County High School Lady Cats who have committed to play softball at Andrew College.



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Recommending the Best Toys and Products for Kids

When kids get ready to play outside games, for a time they are taking ownership of a sacred space of land. It may be their own yard, a neighbor’s field, the local grassy mall or any green expanse that’s available for them to plant their flag. Marking out their boundaries for the temporary field of play, the shape of the game can be as freeform as tag or as formal as football. The following items encourage something in between. Recommended for engaging kids outdoors, these games and activities offer ground rules for competitive fun while presenting plenty of options for expanded, alternative or solo yard play.

by Gerry Paige Smith

Flickin’ Chicken Game

Kick Croquet Outdoor Game

Undeniably entertaining, the Flickin’ Chicken Game launches floppy fowls into the realm of yard games. Complete with a target, two score pads and four rubber chickens, aim is key as players flick their featherless fowl toward the bullseye. More challenging than it appears, the comic bounce and roll of the chickens keeps the gameplay moving in unexpected and hilarious directions. Combining the low score goal of miniature golf with the unpredictable landings of rubber chickens, this fowl free-for-all is a plucky addition to the outdoor game shelf. Loaded with laughter for children, and just absurd enough to steal the heart of college age kids, Flickin’ Chicken wings to the heights of outdoor poultry play.

Croquet, when it’s all grown up, can be an exacting competition that demands concentration and patience. For the younger set, with a surplus of enthusiasm, Kick Croquet from Hearthsong offers a less restricted and more energetic introduction to the normally staid lawn game. Featuring seven oversized wickets that plant in the ground, two inflatable canvas-covered kickballs, and two finish flags, Kick Croquet expands the footprint of the game for young learners. Notably, the hoop targets are flexible to absorb the errant aim of young learners. Ideal for teaching a traditional lawn sport while encouraging outdoor exercise, this child-friendly game kicks the old game of croquet into high gear!

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Two-in-One Game Set

FlyDay Flying Hoop (FlyDay)

Part frisbee and part kite, the Flyday Flying Hoop can sail up to 100 feet with the flick of the arm. With LEDs incorporated into its balanced body, this super-sized disc can light up in the modes of illumination while soaring through darkened skies. Crafted from flexible ring framing and durable lightweight spandex fabric, this hoop won’t leave a mark when it occasionally crash lands into siding, cars or foreheads. The disc comes with a smart, compact carrying case that makes it the ideal addition to vacation luggage and outdoor outing totes. Large and bright enough to easily see and retrieve, the Flying Hoop supports improved hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor development, and healthy outdoor activity, day or night.

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Featuring the basic net game components of tennis and badminton, the Two-in-One Game Set is an easy and fun introduction for little kids who’d like to try out racquet sports. Included in the set are two racquets, an oversized badminton birdie, a big tennis ball and volleyball, plus a lightweight five-foot wide stand-alone net. The racquets feature an extra large hitting surface and are lightweight, perfect for little hands to wield. Before kids’ fine motor skills evolve to connect with small fast-moving targets, the Two-in-One Game Set lets them learn the basics through play and experience success on their way to bigger games.

Gerry Paige Smith is a syndicated columnist recommending the best products for kids and their families. Discover more at www.PageBookMedia.com




What Teens Really Think About Their Social Media Lives

Managing devices is hit or miss. Many turn off, silence, or put away their phones at key times such as when going to sleep, having meals with people, visiting family, or doing homework. But many others do not: A significant number of teens say they “hardly ever” or “never” silence or put away their devices. • What you can do. If your teen is the kind who can manage their own use, keep encouraging them. If not, set specific screen rules for around the house. Establish screen-free times (such as during homework) and areas (such as the bedroom). Have devicefree-dinner nights -- and make sure to follow the rules yourself.

What teenagers look like they’re doing and what they’re actually doing can be two totally different things -- especially when it comes to social media. A bored-looking ninth-grader could be majorly bonding with her new BFF on Snapchat. A 10th-grade gamer may complain loudly when you cut off his internet, but be secretly relieved. An awkward eighth-grader may be YouTube’s hottest star. To find out what’s really going on in teens’ social media lives, we polled more than 1,100 13- to 17-year-olds. The new study updates our 2012 study on teens and social media with surprising new findings that address many of parents’ most pressing concerns about issues such as cyberbullying, depression, and even the popularity of Facebook (spoiler alert: It’s not). Why now? Today, 89 percent of teens have their own smartphones (compared with 41 percent in 2012). They grew up right alongside Instagram and Snapchat. They do research papers on Google Classroom, find emotional support on teen forums, share poetry on Tumblr, and are more likely to text “I love you” before they’d ever say it to your face. But concerns over the negative consequences of social media have grown in tandem with its popularity among teens. Grim reports on teen suicide, addiction, cyberbullying, and eroding social skills have caused many people, from parents to teachers to the tech industry itself, to look at social media as a potential contributor -- if not the cause -- of these issues. This survey clarifies some of those concerns and draws attention to the reasons some kids are deeply affected by -- and connected to -- their digital worlds. Here are some of the key findings from the report, what they mean for you and your teen, and what you can do.

Snapchat and Instagram are where it’s at. In 2012 Facebook utterly dominated social networking use among teens. Today, only 15 percent say it’s their main site. • What you can do. Familiarize yourself with your teen’s favorite social media by reading reviews or downloading it yourself and playing around with it. Friend your teen and make time for regular check-ins when you can ask what’s new on Snapchat and Insta and share your feeds with them. Less talking, more texting. In 2012, about half of all teens still said their favorite way to communicate with friends was in person; today less than a third say so. But more than half of all teens say that social media takes them away from personal relationships and distracts them from paying attention to the people they’re with. • What you can do. This is where your guidance and rolemodeling of healthy online habits is really important. Put down your own phone (better yet, set it to Do Not Disturb) when you’re with your kids. Encourage them to be more self-aware about their device use, especially when they come away from interactions feeling like they were distracted. And if you think they need a break, prompt them to go phone-free for a while. Exposure to hate speech in on the rise, while cyberbullying is less common. Only 13 percent of teens report ever being cyberbullied. But nearly two-thirds say they often or sometimes come across racist, sexist, homophobic, or religious-based hate content in social media. • What you can do. Talk to your kid about being a force for good on the internet. Explain that it reflects poorly on them if they like, share, or otherwise support messages of hate -- even as a joke. If your kid knows the person spewing hate speech, then encourage them to block, report, or simply unfriend that person. Practice how to disagree with people respectfully and constructively. Encourage them to stand up for people who’ve been denigrated -- without getting into an ugly flame war.

They can’t stop. They won’t stop. Seventy percent of teens use social media more than once a day (compared to 34 percent in 2012). Interestingly, most teens think technology companies manipulate users to spend more time on their devices. Many of them also think that social media distracts them and and their friends. • What you can do. They know it’s getting in the way of important things, but they have a hard time regulating their own use. So, help them! Encourage them to be mindful of how they feel before, during, and after a social media session. If a certain friend or topic bugs them or brings them down, they can block that person or mute the thread. Challenge them to do a task with focused concentration and without getting distracted for longer and longer periods. Wiregrass Parents I November 2018




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Planning and Success Q. I’m stuck in a dead-end job, and I only have a high school diploma. I’ve never minded long hours and hard work, but I’ve begun to realize I need to have a better career, so I can spend more time with my kids. I feel like I’m missing out on their lives, because I work 65 to 70 hours every week. Any advice? A. Asking questions and exploring your options like this is a much smarter move than simply walking away from an unsatisfying job situation — especially when you have a family to think about. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to improve yourself in terms of education or your career. But before you do any of that, you’ve got to have a definite direction in mind. You need an in-depth, detailed game plan for the next three or four years that’s designed to put you where you want to be. It may involve going back to school for some classes, additional training in your field, or even getting a full-blown degree. If you identify your long-term goals

in detail, it will lead you to some of the short-term goals that will help you arrive at your final destination. Have you tried talking to your boss about your goals and your situation? See if you can have a sincere conversation with him or her, and discuss your feelings about your career and what’s going on with your family, too. Your company may be very receptive to the idea of increasing your value in the workplace. A good leader will also understand the importance of family. Also, there’s a great book by Dan Miller that addresses this topic. It’s called 48 Days to the Work You Love. In this book, he lays out the steps to discovering what you really love to do and how to get there.

Forgive the debt? Q. Recently, I loaned some money to a good friend. He’s going to help me

with a big home project over the next few weekends, so do you think I should pay him for the work or forgive the debt instead?

A. First, I don’t recommend loaning money to friends or family. Once in a while, things may work out and everyone ends up happy. But in most cases, it changes the dynamic of the relationship. The big question is whether you’ve already agreed to pay him for the work. Another consideration is how he views the situation. He may be looking at this as just helping a buddy, and he still owes the money. Ask him what his expectations are before you guys start the job. Just talk to him, and figure out what seems fair to you both. If you’ve already agreed on a certain amount, and the value of the work is close to what you loaned him, you might discuss the idea of paying back the debt that way. But in the future, if someone close to you really needs financial help — and you’re not enabling bad behavior in the process — just make the money a gift.






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Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather – up until dinner is over, that is. When their bellies are full, the men retire to watch football, the kids scatter to empty rooms and the women are often left with kitchen duty. Avoid the after dinner segregation and keep them together with these Thanksgiving games and activities. Wiregrass Parents I November 2018



Leaf Blower: Split the group into two teams. Each team needs to blow a leaf from Point A to Point B using a straw in a relay race style. The next player will blow it back from Point B to Point A until everyone has had a turn. First team to finish wins.

I Was So Hungry:

This memory game is a fun way to get the party laughing. The players sit at the table or in a circle. The first player starts, “I was so hungry that I ate a juicy drumstick for Thanksgiving.” The next person adds something like, “I was so hungry that I ate a juicy drumstick and a mound of mash potatoes for Thanksgiving.” Keep repeating and adding until the whole party is stuffed.

Stuffed Turkey: Wrap a piece of candy in brown box tape. Continue to wrap the tape in a ball, adding additional pieces of candy as you go. The size of the ball will depend on how many players and how much candy you have.

(This is a great way to use up the rest of your Halloween candy.) To play, place the ball in the center of the table. Using a pair of dice, each player takes a turn rolling for doubles. If you get doubles, you can start unwrapping the ball to get candy for as long as it takes the next player to get doubles. The ball is then passed to that player and so on until the ball is completely unwrapped.

Pass the Cranberries: Using a turkey baster, pick up a cranberry and bring it to a bowl on the other side of the room. The first team to pass all their cranberries from one bowl to the other is the winner.

Fill Your Plate: This is a two part Toss & Tell: All players sit in a circle. game. Use free printables of ThanksgivStart by tossing a small turkey stuffed animal or small football to a player and ask a question like, “Who do you think will make it to the Super Bowl this year?” or “What is your favorite memory from elementary school?” This multigenerational game will be a hit!

Dress the Turkey:

Select a volunteer from the family to be the turkey. Using brown crepe paper streamers, wrap up the turkey until he is covered. Decorate the turkey with a yellow beak, feet and colorful feathers made from

ing meal items – drumstick, cranberries, potatoes, stuffing, corn and pie. Have the kids color and cut out their dinner items. When everything is colored, pass out a paper plate to each player. The game is a spin off of the Cootie game, but instead of building a bug, we are filling our plate. Assign each meal item with a number and each time a player rolls the die, he gets to put that item on his plate. Whoever fills their plate first is the winner. WP Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at her house without games! Follow her on Etsy at Pam’s Party Printables for more party and game ideas.

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Enterprise Holiday Festival Downtown ad on page 5

December 1 @ Downtown Enterprise, AL 36330 Arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, entertainment and more! Time 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Free admission. www.enterpriseal.gov

Decorating Workshop ad on page 13

December 2 @ Landmark Park 430 Landmark Dr. Dothan, AL 36303 Create wreaths, garlands and swags out of natural materials. Decorate Landmark Park for Victorian Christmas and make some decorations to take home! Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but registration required. Time 1:00-4:00 p.m. (334) 794-3452 www.landmarkparkdothan.com

Mother Daughter Tea ad on page 3

December 2 @ Windmill Station 1369 Headland Ave Dothan, AL 36303 This event is designed to stimulate, honor and enhance the relationships between girls and the women in their lives. The participants will enjoy a tea-style lunch; making a Christmas ornament; visiting with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and other special guests; cookie decorating with elves; craft activity; candy buffet and taking pictures in the Photobooth to remember the day. Proceeds from this event will benefit Girls Inc.’s after school program. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $60/couple & $25 Each Additional Daughter, $35 for each additional adult. (334) 793-2321

SEADAC’s The Nutcracker ad on page 11

December 6-9 @ Dothan Civic Center 126 N. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 This performance will be full of surprises as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. The magic of the holiday season begins with the tradition of The Nutcracker. Tickets $25

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Victorian Christmas ad on page 13

December 9 @ Landmark Park 430 Landmark Dr. Dothan, AL 36303 Sip hot apple cider or hot chocolate while listening to Christmas carols and visiting with Santa. Enjoy old fashioned desserts, arts and crafts, music, wagon rides and handmade decorations. A circuit riding preacher will deliver a holiday message in the Headland Presbyterian Church. Time 1:00-4:00 p.m. (334) 794-3452 www.landmarkparkdothan.com

Thankful Thursday

November 1 @ Dove Christian Supply 3112 B Ross Clark Circle NW Dothan, AL 36303 Join us in supporting a local fund that helps cancer patients in our community. When you shop with us on this day, we will be donating a portion of our sales to the Good Samaritan Cancer Fund. We will also have God Has This bracelets available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the fund. Time: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (334) 793-5691 dove@dovechristiansupply.us www.dovechristiansupply.us

Brown Bag Volunteer Days

November 1, 7, 8, 16, 21 & December 5, 6, 14, 19 @ Wiregrass Area Food Bank 382 Twitchell Rd. Dothan, AL 36303 Decorate holiday meal bags. Pack pallets, boxes and bags. Pick up bags. Open to individuals or groups. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes recommended. You should be able to stand for 1.5-2 hours and do light lifting. Call ahead to schedule. (334) 794-9775 www.wiregrassfoodbank.com

Turkey Thanksgiving Meal Drive

November 1-14 @ Fostering Hope 1004 Montezuma Ave, Suite 1 Dothan, AL 36303 Provide a Thanksgiving meal to a foster family in Houston, Henry, or Dale County or the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home for only $40. Each meal includes a turkey, two sides, rolls, and a pie. Donations can be made via PayPal or mail, or dropped off during office hours. (334) 589-0805 fosteringhope334@gmail.com www.fosteringhopewiregrass.com


Operation Christmas Child

November 12-19 @ Heritage Baptist Church 1951 Westgate Pkwy Dothan, AL 36303 Donate shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in need. Shoeboxes may be dropped off at the main Wiregrass collection site or one of 12 others. This year’s goal is 31,700 boxes. Visit the website for information on what to pack in a box. wiregrassteam@gmail.com www.samaritanspurse.org


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Kids Coat Drive

November 1-30 @ Fostering Hope 1004 Montezuma Ave, Suite 1 Dothan, AL 36303 Fostering Hope is collecting NEW coats of all sizes from newborn through junior sizes for children in foster care. Coats can be dropped off during office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesday 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Coats can also be dropped off Saturday, November 17, between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (334) 589-0805 fosteringhope334@gmail.com www.fosteringhopewiregrass.com

Toys for Tots

November 1-December 21 Collecting new, unwrapped toys. Visit website for drop-off locations. Events: November 3 - DSL Merry Market, November 8 - Barre After Dark, November 17 - Harley Davidson Poker Run, November 30 - Downtown Dothan Bike Parade, December 1 - Collection Drive at Southside Walmart, December 8 - Toys for Tots Tailgate at Folklore, & December 15 - Southern Social Tacky Christmas Party. (334) 316-6839 wiregrasstoysfortots@gmail.com thewiregrass.toysfortots.org

Ft. Rucker Community Spouse’s Club Annual Bazaar

November 2 & 3 @ Yano Hall Ft. Rucker, AL 36362 Start your holiday shopping with unique gifts. There will be food, fun and shopping galore! Friday 12:006:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $5.

Christmas Open House

November 2-3 @ Initially Yours 408 E. Lee St. Enterprise, AL 36330 Discounts, surprise giveaways and refreshments! Time: 1:00-6:00 p.m. (334) 348-2303 initiallyyoursal@gmail.com www.initiallyyoursgifts.com


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Dothan Service League Merry Market

November 3 @ Downtown Dothan, AL 36301 A holiday vendor market located in downtown Dothan that benefits the Dothan Service League’s annual programs, including its scholarship program and charity initiatives. Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. rain or shine. Advance Tickets: $10; Day of Tickets: $15; Children Under 12 FREE. dothanserviceleague@gmail.com

Toddler Tales

November 3 & December 1 @ All About Art 100 S. Main St. Enterprise, AL 36330 Class is designed to be a family experience with story time and a related art project for toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 15 months to 4. Sign up in store, online, or by phone. November: “Run Turkey Run” / December: “The Night Before Christmas” Time 10:00-11:00 a.m. Cost: $20 per child.

Jerusalem Project

November 5-December 12 @ Fostering Hope 1004 Montezuma Ave, Suite 1 Dothan, AL 36303 Wish lists will be announced on November 5th for people to sponsor foster children in Houston and Henry counties for their Christmas gifts. Gifts will be due by Wednesday, December 12. Businesses, individuals, church groups, etc are encouraged to help sponsor children and buy Christmas gifts for them this year. Also collecting Christmas cards for foster families. (334) 589-0805 fosteringhope334@gmail.com www.fosteringhopewiregrass.com

Santa for Seniors

November 6-December 8 597 Westgate Parkway Dothan, AL 36303 Help bring Christmas joy to Wiregrass seniors. Common requests include groceries, household repairs, and basic necessities. Gifts are collected at the old National Guard Armory in Dothan. SARCOA case managers and volunteers deliver them to the seniors before Christmas. Wish lists released November 6. Gift drop off December 6-8, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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Ornament Contest

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November 5-30 Ft. Rucker, AL 36362 Handmade Ornament Contest for children ages 3-11. Ornaments may be turned into the Youth Center, Child Development Center, or to MWR Central. Awards will be presented at the Christmas Tree Lighting. Overall winner will light the tree. All ornament entries will be displayed on the Post Christmas Tree. (334) 255-1749 rucker.armymwr.com

November 8 @ Dothan Civic Center 126 N. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 Doors open at the Civic Center at 6 o’clock on November 8th. The Gala auction event will feature professionally decorated Christmas trees and many other smaller items. Ketchum’s of Hartford will provide dinner for all of our guests. Tickets to this year’s event are $65/ea and a table of 8 are $500. (334) 726-4511 rosie@wiregrasschildrenshome.org www.wiregrasschildrenshome.org

High Cotton 65-Mile Yard Sale

November 10 @ Calhoun, Clay, Baker, & Mitchell County Shopping starts at 7 AM and lasts all day, rain or shine! Find great bargains and your treasures along our route, Georgia Highway 37 in southwest Georgia from Fort Gaines to Camilla, and all spots in between. swgahighcotton@yahoo.com

Holiday Extravaganza

November 10 @ Washington Co. Ag Center Chipley, FL 32428 We’re hosting our first ever Holiday Extravaganza! We will have several local vendors on site so come out and get some of your Christmas shopping taken care of! Vendors will have products on hand for you to purchase. We will charge $1 for entry, and that money will go towards our local Relay For Life of Washington Holmes event! Avon, Monat, Redneck Candles, Premier Designs, and more will be in attendance! Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cookies and Canvas

November 10 & December 8 @ All About Art 100 S. Main St. Enterprise, AL 36330 Ages 17 and under. Designed to be a family experience, but kids ages 10 or older can participate individually. Sign up in store, online, or by phone. November - “Northern Lights” / December - “Gingerbread House” Time 1:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: $20 Per 11x14 Canvas; $30 Per 16x20 Canvas (334) 348-2738 www.allaboutartstudio.com

Holiday Open House

November 13 @ Cotton Blossom Sweets and Gifts 4370 W. Main St. Dothan, AL 36301 All-day event. Door prizes, finger foods, and more.

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Holly Fair 2018

Christmas at the Fort

The shop will be filled with everything Christmas. Free gift wrap. Located inside Flowers Hospital.

November 15-18 @ Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort 11212 Front Beach Rd. PCB, FL 32407 Northwest Florida’s Southern Holiday Upscale Shopping Event! Thousands of shoppers visit Holly Fair each year for a one stop shop to fulfill their holiday checklist. Not to mention, 100% of the proceeds of this event go to support the Junior League of Panama City’s mission of developing positive community change.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

November 15-December 10 @ Wiregrass Commons Mall 900 Commons Drive Suite 604 Dothan, AL 36303 Help provide Christmas for low-income children. Typical needs and wants range from clothes to a bicycle. Angels are available for adoption at Wiregrass Commons Mall. The tree is near the food court. (334) 792-1911

Fantasy in Lights

November 16 - January 5 @ Callaway Gardens 17800 US Hwy 27 Pine Mountain, GA 31822 8 million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. 1 magical getaway. Tickets available for Jolly Trolley or personal vehicle rides with timeslots hourly. No ticket required to visit the Christmas Village which features photos with Santa, unique gifts shipped to us from the North Pole, and the Village Cafe. (800) 898-4868 info@callawaygardens.com www.callawaygardens.com

2nd Annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar

November 16 & 17 @ Daleville Area Chamber 750 S. Daleville Ave. Daleville, AL 36322 Vendors that have one of a kind arts and crafts to purchase for yourself or a gift for Christmas. (334) 598-6331 chamber@dalevilleal.com www. dalevilleareachamber.com

Holiday Market

November 16 & 17 @ Be Inspired Marketplace 2976 Pennsylvania Ave. Marianna, FL 32448 Holiday Shopping for a cause, benefitting local families in need for Christmas. We are passionate about helping others and are excited for the benefit this will have for local families for Christmas. We will have a variety of unique items available as well as several well-known products as well. (850) 526-2611

The North Pole Express

November 16-18, 23-25, 30 & December 1-2, 7-9, 14-15 @ Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum 1919 9th St. Calera, AL 35040 “All Aboard!”, calls the conductor, and your family’s magical journey to the beautiful North Pole begins! On the way, you’ll listen to a whimsical Christmas story, sing your favorite holiday carols, and watch out the windows for the bright lights of the North Pole to appear. The elves, Santa, and Mrs. Claus will all board the train to visit your family and to take photos with every child. (205) 757-8383 www.hodrrm.org

Trawick’s Christmas in the Woodlands November 16-December 28 Corner of Highway 84 & Boll Weevil Circle Enterprise, AL 36330 Drive-through Christmas light display. Train rides Wiregrass Parents I November 2018

November 17 @ Frontier Village Ft. Gaines, GA 39851 Arts & crafts, basket weaving, syrup making, woodwork, knife sharpening and jewelry and lots of homemade crafts and clothing. All kinds of Christmas decor, blacksmith demos. Time 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Christmas Bazaar

November 17 @ Pike Co. Cattlemen’s Park 231 South Troy, AL Arts, Crafts, Clothing, and Food Vendors. Or come just to meet Santa!

Ladies Who PRIMP Holiday Bazaar

November 17 @ Essence House of Jewels Dance & Events Studio 1000 W. Main St., Suite 120 Dothan, AL 36301 This unique and entertaining Vendor event showcasing awesome vendors, impressive dessert pros and an all-glam holiday fashion showcase! Drawing door prizes throughout the event AND a complimentary gift to the 1st 30 ppl in attendance. Time 12:00-5:00 p.m. (334) 390-0221 primpagency@aol.com

Thanksgiving Meal & Fellowship

November 18 @ The Bridge Church 1063 Geneva Hwy. Enterprise, AL 36330 Friends and family , community all welcome. This meal will take place of our normal service. Instead of starting service at 10:00 a.m. we will begin serving a meal around 10:30a.m. Please be prepared to bring you pot luck dish prior to that time so we will be ready to serve our loved ones. (334) 393-8225 www.bridgechurchenterprise.com

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 22 @ Tarrer Inn 155 S. Cuthbert St. Colquitt, GA 39827 We are taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day! We will be serving from 11:00-2:30, with 1 hour seating. Let us do the cooking and cleaning, so you can enjoy the day with your loved ones. Reserve your table today! (229) 758-2888 tarrerinnevents@yahoo.com

Christmas on Oakwood

November 22-December 31 @ Westbrook Subdivision Oakwood Drive Dothan, AL 36303 Tune your radio to 98.1fm to listen to the lights and dance to music. Please be mindful of neighbors and others enjoying the lights. Please do not liter or block driveways, and please remain in your vehicles.

7th Annual Tour of Lights

November 23-December 25 @ Seminole State Park 7870 State Park Rd. Donalsonville, GA 39845 Special visit from Santa & Mrs. Clause, food vendors, fun for the kids, Merry Mile & Frosty 5K runs. There will even be a golf cart parade. See you there and remember there is a $5 parking fee unless you have an annual pass. Time 4:00 p.m.

Gardens Aglow

Fridays between Thanksgiving and Christmas @ Dothan Area Botanical Gardens 5130 Headland Ave. Dothan, AL 36303 Stroll through the Gardens between 5:00-8:00 p.m. and enjoy the many festive lights and displays. Have a cookie and hot chocolate. Visit with Santa Claus. Enjoy seasonal music and entertainment. Pets on a leash are welcome. Cost is $5 per person over 5 years of age. Flashlights are recommended especially for children who will want to find all of the hidden objects.

(334) 793-3224 www.dabg.com

Enterprise Christmas Parade

November 27 @ Downtown Enterprise, AL 36330 Largest Christmas parade in the Southeast. This year theme is “Light Up Main Street.” Time 6:009:00 p.m. Entry deadline: November 13. Entry Fee: $30 www.enterprisealabama.com

Headland Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 27 @ Downtown Square Headland, AL 36345 Headland will launch the holiday season with the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree in the downtown square on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The event will begin at 6:00pm with Headland Elementary School’s Kindergarten’s Holiday Sing at the gazebo. Strolling carolers and HHS band ensembles will also entertain with Christmas music during the evening. Time 6:00-7:00 p.m.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 28-December 1 @ Cultural Arts Center 909 S. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas with the help of his Peanuts friends. Time: 7:00 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $15 (334) 435-8884 info@sparktheatercompany.com www.sparktheatercompany.com

A Merry May-Haw Christmas

The Allison Christmas Spectacular 2018

(850) 509-0400 allisonchristmasspectacular.com

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Beach Home for the Holidays

Santa’s Workshop

November 23-24 @ Aaron Bessant Park 600 Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, FL 32413 Holiday fun for the entire family, with carol-themed concerts, s’mores, an appearance by Santa, live entertainment, shopping and more. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com




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November 29 & 30 and December 1, 2 & 8 @ Cotton Hall Theater 166 Main St. Colquitt, GA 39837 ‘Tis the season for Colquitt’s favorite Christmas tradition! Come enjoy light-hearted comedy with your favorite Christmas tunes in this heartwarming production that will put your entire family in the Christmas spirit. Tickets just went on sale July 1st, and already we have at least one performance close to selling out – don’t miss your chance, reserve your tickets today!

November 22-January 1 240 Sandy Creek Rd. Havana, FL 32333 Celebrating 11 years with more than 200,000 lights, dancing to six songs. There is no charge to see the lights, and the display is a drive-by.

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November 29-December 1 @ Dothan Civic Center 126 N. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 Patti Rutland Jazz is proud to announce its annual production of Santa’s Workshop will be returning in 2017! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, fantastic music, and hilarious characters, Santa’s Workshop is an unforgettable story of Jessica



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Granny’s Christmas Vacation

Nov. 29-30 & Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 @ Southern Broadway Dinner Theater 104 N. Main St. Enterprise, AL 36330 Granny Goodson returns to the stage with her son and some of her favorite servants as she decides to travel to Europe for Christmas. 3 Course Meal served.


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November 30 @ The Landing 113 Novosel St. Ft. Rucker, AL 36362 Ladies, get ready for a fun night of Christmas Shopping! An evening full of fashion, fun, and prizes. Tickets are $10 and include one complimentary drink. Open to the public, women ages 18+. Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. (334) 255-0769 rucker.armymwr.com

Midnight Madness

November 30 @ Court Square Blakely, GA 39823 Kick off the holiday shopping season in downtown Blakely. Stores will stay open late with great deals ahead of Christmas on the Square.

(229) 723-3741 info@blakelyearlycountychamber.org www.blakelyearlycountychamber.org

A Christmas Murder Mystery The Ugliest Sweater Party Ever

November 30 & December 21 @ Black Cat Bakery 120 S. Main St. Enterprise, AL 36330 This is an interactive Murder Mystery brought to life by YOU, our guest! Event is BYOB and Ugly Sweaters encouraged but no required! Traditional Ham Dinner. Tickets $35 per person. (334) 803-4064 blackcatbakeryal@gmail.com www.blackcatbakeryal.com

Christmas on the Square

December 1 @ Court Square Blakely, GA 39823 Entertainment--arts, crafts, car show with prizes, lots of fun for the kids. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EST Parade at 1:00 p.m.

(229) 723-3741 info@blakelyearlycountychamber.org www.blakelyearlycountychamber.org

Christmas Tour of Homes

December 1 Eufaula, AL 36027 An enchanting tour of the South’s finest homes draped in holiday cheer! 1:00-6:00 p.m. (334) 687-3793

Downtown Christmas

December 1 @ Downtown Dothan, AL 36301 Santa Claus is coming to town and he is bringing with him a pile of SNOW! Join us at our Dothan Downtown Christmas Festival for a day of family fun including sledding, s’mores, caroling, arts & crafts and much, much more! Time 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. www.dothandowntown.org

Frosty 5K & Merry Mile

December 1 @ Seminole State Park 7870 State Park Rd. Donalsonville, GA 39845 Join the Friends of Seminole State Park as we celebrate the start of the Tour of Lights! Be the first to see the light displays while you run. Come dressed

The Nutcracker

December 1 & 2 @ Alabama Theater 1817 3rd Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203 This production features elaborate costumes and sets along with the ambience of the “Showplace of the South” all dressed up for the holidays. Dramatic special effects are woven together with heartwarming moments to carry you along on the magical journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Dazzling moments include an elegant flying angel floating gracefully high above the stage and elegant snowflakes twirling while Jack Frost flips merrily 20 feet overhead. Now in its 23rd season, this Magic City Holiday Tradition is classic entertainment for your entire family. www.birminghamballet.com

Holiday Spectacular Park

December 1-31 1768 Hubbard Rd Newton, AL 36352 Enjoy a spectacular light display and take in a host of other activities. This is a family-friendly park you will enjoy bringing your children to during their Christmas vacation from school, because it is free from profanity, drugs and alcohol. Times: 5:30-9:30 p.m. (334) 790-5112 info@holidayspectacularpark.com www.holidayspectacularpark.com

An Afternoon at Santa’s Workshop

December 2 @ Tanta’s Little Dessert Boutique 135 S. Court Square Ozark, AL 36360 Kids Christmas Party. Desserts, shopping, and pictures with Santa. Each child will receive a goody bag. Time 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets: $10. Limited space. (334) 379-5573 tantas_treats@outlook.com

Santa on the Square

December 1, 8, 15, 22 @ Court Square Andalusia, AL 36420 Join Santa in the big Candyland Sleigh for beautiful take-your-own photo opportunities. Free admission. Enjoy a snow show and check out the Candyland Cottages, imaginative play houses built just for kids. Be sure to check out Springdale on Ice for ice skating, snow tubing, an arctic maze and more Candyland Cottages. 2:00-4:00 p.m. www.christmasincandyland.com

Every Christmas Story Ever Told / Holiday Dinner Theater

December 10-15 @ Cultural Arts Center 909 S. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. Contains mild adult language and content. Tickets include dinner and dessert. Cash bar available. Not included with Season Tickets. www.seact.com

Walk Thru Bethlehem

December 11-16 2864 S Brannon Stand Rd. Dothan, AL 36305 Come and take a walk through Bethlehem during the time of Jesus’ birth. Led by a tour guide, you will interact with the people of Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus’ birth. Through their stories and lives you will learn about the one true God, and His Son who walked this earth 2,000 years ago, and lives victorious over sin forever. Do you know Him? Do you want to know more about Him? Then come.

Christmas Lights Corner

December 1-31 @ Halloween Corner 107 Maxwell St. Enterprise, AL 36330 Holiday yard haunt featuring homemade decorations. Open to all ages. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 6-9 and Friday and Saturday 6-10. If it is RAINING we will NOT BE OPEN. (334) 447-8046 eprisehalloweenhouse@gmail.com

Country Christmas Village of Lights

December 1-31 Highway 52 Webb, AL Hand and chain-carved scenes, with thousands of beautiful Christmas lights. You can enjoy all the beauty from the comfort of your car, as you drive through. Come out and experience a wonderful family Christmas event. Times: 5:00-9:30 p.m. Cost: $3


Ft. Rucker Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3 Ft. Rucker, AL 36362 A delightful evening of music, hot chocolate, the lighting of the Post Christmas Tree, and a very special visitor from the North Pole. Complimentary photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus at The Landing. Winner of the ornament decorating contest will be announced. This event is free and open to the public. EFMP friendly. Time: 5:00 p.m. (334) 255-1749 rucker.armymwr.com

Dothan Christmas Tree Lighting

December 4 @ Dothan Civic Center 126 N. Saint Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 Mayor Mark Saliba and members of the Dothan City Commission along with other special guests will be on-hand to welcome the beginning of this joyous season. The Montana Magnet School Fifth Grade Chorus will entertain with Christmas carols. Santa Claus will be on-hand for photos and to spread holiday cheer. Time: 6:00 p.m. (334) 615-3700

Ashford Christmas Parade & Festival

December 7 Ashford, AL 36312 Family-friendly event. Arts and crafts, food vendors, and Santa Claus. Parade entry $10. This year’s theme is “Whoville.” Time 6:00 p.m. ashfordareachamber@gmail.com

Lighting Up the Season Night Christmas Parade

December 7 Blakely, GA 39823 Floats covered in Christmas lights will parade down Columbia Street to the square. Christmas tree lighting to follow. Time 6:30-7:30 p.m. EST (229) 723-3741 info@blakelyearlycountychamber.org www.blakelyearlycountychamber.org

Starry Nights Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 7 Daleville, AL 36322 Santa Claus is coming to town in the Starry Nights Christmas Parade. Floats will line up at Windham Elementary School before winding down Daleville Avenue to Warhawk Drive. Tree lighting ceremony to follow on Daleville High School Lawn. (334) 598-6331 chamber@dalevilleal.com www.dalevilleareachamber.com


Concerts and Carols

Sounds of the Season Concert


December 8 @ Ozark Civic Center 320 E. College St. Ozark, AL 36360 The Carroll Symphonic Band and Jazz band will be participating in the 2nd Sounds of the Season Concert hosted by the Dale County Performing Art’s Council. Time 7:00 p.m.

32nd Annual Christmas Parade

Wild Adventures Christmas

December 7, 8, 14, 21, 22 505 E Three Notch St Andalusia, AL 36420 Enjoy the magic of Candyland while hearing your favorite Holiday tunes performed live at the Springdale on Ice Stage. Free Admission. 6:00-9:00 p.m.

December 8 @ Downtown Fort Gaines, GA 39851 Get in the mood for the holidays. After the parade there is a raffle drawing for cash prizes and lots more! Along downtown Hancock Street. 2:00-4:00 p.m. (229) 254-0183

A Classic Chipley Christmas

December 8 @ Spanish Trail Playhouse 680 2nd St. Chipley, FL 32428 Performed in an elegant setting, a “Classic Chipley Christmas” features vocalists and dance which gives the audience a nostalgic return to many of your favorite Christmas carols and songs. Time 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

December 8 @ The Landing 113 Novosel St. Ft. Rucker, AL 36362 From 9 a.m. - noon, enjoy a delightful breakfast including favorites like Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Hashbrowns, Fruits and more. Kids get to meet Santa too! Reservations are highly recommended. (334) 255-0769 rucker.armymwr.com

Charity Ball

December 8 @ Dothan Elks Lodge 3041 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL 36301 Annual charity ball for Christmas to benefit children in the Wiregrass! Time 6:00 p.m. (334) 792-9167 info@dothanelks.org

Christmas at the Farmers Market

December 8 @ Enterprise Farmers Market 521 N. Main St. Enterprise, AL 36330 A fun day for all ages. Produce and arts and crafts vendors. Kids can visit with Santa Claus and make an ornament for the tree. (334) 348-2668 www.enterpriseal.gov

Christmas High Tea

December 8 @ Tarrer Inn 155 S. Cuthbert St. Colquitt, GA 39837 Soup, Finger Sandwiches, Petit Fours, Homemade Scones, Fruit, and other savory sweets. We’re planning on combining with local vendors to host a fashion show! Tickets are $24 a person. Seating is limited. (229) 758-2888 tarrerinnevents@yahoo.com

Church Wide Christmas Party

December 8 @ Cool Springs Baptist Church 3004 C.R. 708 Enterprise, AL 36330 Dinner, Fellowship and Christmas fun for all ages. Time 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Headland Christmas Parade

December 8 @ Downtown Headland, AL 36345 The Grand Marshal will lead the Headland Christmas parade through the downtown area followed by bands, floats, queens, dignitaries, horses and Santa Claus. The parade line-up will be at Douglas Park starting at 8:45am. Santa Claus will visit with children on the front porch of the Library at the town square when the parade is over. Time 10:00 a.m. (334) 693-3303 www.headlandal.org

Wiregrass Parents I November 2018

December 8-30 @ Wild Adventures Theme Park 3766 Old Clyattville Road Valdosta, GA 31601 Experience the joys of the season with activities like visits with Safari Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoying s’mores by the fire, live shows like The Miracle of Christmas and Tinker the Talking Christmas Tree, a ride on the Candy Cane Express and more!

Performances by Grammy nominee, storyteller and acoustic musician Josh Goforth. Tickets go on sale November 1st. (334) 344-9427 or (334) 670-6302 www.piddle.org

Ole Time Christmas

December 14-15 @ Pioneer Museum 248 U.S. Highway 231 North Troy, AL 36081 Imagine walking down the lane in the cold December air and seeing the candles in the windows of your dear neighbors, all of whom you know, gathering with friends by a fire in a lantern-lit cabin to roast marshmallows while sipping hot apple cider. Ole Time Christmas brings these memories to life as we celebrate Christmas of days gone by. Time 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission $12


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Natalie Grant & Danny Gokey Celebrate Christmas

Hot Cocoa and Characters

December 12 @ Dothan Civic Center 126 N. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 Award-winning artists Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey ring in the holiday season together for the third year in a row as they co-bill their popular Celebrate Christmas Tour, presented by Compassion International. Time 7:00-10:00 p.m. (334) 615-3175 www.dothanciviccenter.org

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 15 505 E Three Notch St Andalusia, AL 36420 Meet and Greet with Mickey, Minnie, Santa, Princesses, Superheroes, and other favorites at the Hot Cocoa and Characters event at Christmas in Candyland. Free Admission. 4:00-6:00 p.m. www.christmasincandyland.com

Screen on the Green: A Muppet Christmas Carol

December 20 @ Wiregrass Museum of Art 126 Museum Ave. Dothan, AL 36301 Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy “A Muppet Christmas Carol” in WMA’s garden. Free popcorn, food trucks, and a cash bar. Time 7:30 p.m. In case of bad weather, the movie will move inside.

December 14 @ The BJCC 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Birmingham, AL 35203 Your favorite Peanuts characters come to life in this all-new touring stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s classic award winning animated television special, all set to the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi. Join the gang as they put on their own Christmas play and discover the true meaning of the season. Time 7:00 p.m.

(334) 794-3871 www.wiregrassmuseum.org

Christmas Songs and Stories with John Berry

(844) 765-8432 www.birmingham-theater.com

Christmas at the Chapel

December 14 @ Old Providence Foundation 88 Providence Lane Daleville, AL 36322 Join us for a wonderful evening of music featuring Jeremy Elrod, hear the story of the first Christmas, visit with Santa Clause, and enjoy festive food. Pose for a photo in the beautiful chapel or with Santa himself. This is a free community event. Time 6:00-7:30 p.m.

A Chili Country Christmas

December 14-15 @ We Piddle Around Theater 102 N. Main St. Brundidge, AL 36010 The 2018 Chili Country Christmas Storytelling Event will follow past shows with renowned performances with your meal of a chili supper with all the fixin’s and a holiday dessert. Come early and enjoy a wagon ride through historic downtown Brundidge.


December 21 @ Dothan Opera House 115 N. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL 36303 John Berry’s annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands as does his electrifying rendition of “O’ Holy Night.” This show in Dothan has become a holiday tradition and we hope you will join us again this year. Time 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $26-$26. VIP Experience (separate ticket) $21 (334) 615-3175 www.dothanciviccenter.org

New Year’s Eve Countdown

December 31 @ Downtown Dothan, AL 36301 Ring in the New Year with us at our Dothan Downtown New Year’s Eve Countdown! The street festivities will take place on Foster Street and will include live entertainment, a midnight countdown and more. Time 7:00 p.m.-Midnight www.dothandowntown.org

Christmas in Candyland

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MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: A Violence: BSexual Content: AProfanity: CAlcohol / Drug Use: B In 1962, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) reads an unusual job posting: NASA, the United States’ fledgling space program, is looking for astronauts. With their counterparts in the Soviet Union making enormous progress, it’s time for the USA to get serious if they intend to beat the Russians to the ultimate goal-- landing a man on the moon. For Neil, the opportunity comes at the perfect time. Shattered after losing a two-year-old daughter to cancer, this quiet and intensely private man is struggling to maintain emotional calm in front of his concerned wife Janet (Claire Foy) and their remaining children. A change of scenery and the challenge of a new workplace offers tempting relief, and Neil accepts an offered position. Already emotionally distant, Neil’s reluctance to share his experiences with Janet pushes their marriage to its limits. Things reach a breaking point when Neil is selected to lead a team of astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission-- if he succeeds, he’ll accomplish one of the most extraordinary feats in human history. If he fails, there’s no possibility of rescue.  We may know how this story’s going to end, but what we seldom think about in a society saturated with touch screens and pocket-sized computers, is how it must have felt to not know. The film portrays this uncertainty with sincerity and emotion-- we see the terrible price exacted on the astronauts and their families as they risk everything. Some of these moments are disturbing; all are powerful, and they offer a fitting tribute to those whose lives were forever changed (or lost) in the name of scientific progress. Although we’ll never know exactly what Neil thought and felt at the moment he made history, First Man offers tender and thought-provoking access to his experience.

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Venom MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: C Violence: CSexual Content: B Profanity: DAlcohol / Drug Use: B+ “The world has enough heroes.” The official tagline for Venom should tell you most of what you need to know about the latest, highly mediocre offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Really leaning into the white male anti-hero, and even taking it to new heights, the film follows Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) on an incredible journey from a career in journalism to unemployment and then back to journalism – but this time he’s host to an alien parasite. The parasite, which is known as a symbiote (I would call it a monster), gives him superpowers but is threatening to eat him about half the time. As incredible as all that sounds, it’s minor compared to the journey that the monster, named Venom, goes on. That one goes something like this: “I’ve come to destroy Earth. No, wait - I think I’ll save it and betray my species instead.” Venom feels like it is consciously trying to move the superhero genre beyond Marvel’s usual clean do-goodery. Pushing the PG-13 rating as far as it can go, the movie has over two dozen instances of profanity, including scatological curses, names of deity, and one sexual expletive. Violence is probably an even bigger concern for parents: it is difficult to overstate the disturbing and gruesome nature of the many violent scenes. Probably not appropriate for younger teens, mid to older teens might enjoy this scarier, edgier, anti-hero. I would be hard pressed to find some real uplifting moments in the film. It does explore what is ethical in the pursuit of truth or science, especially when that imperils others. The highlight of the film is Tom Hardy’s performance.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 Overall: B+ Violence: ASexual Content: AProfanity: A Alcohol / Drug Use: B A tale as old as time, or as old as 1868, this remake of a movie that was a remake of an old book strives to bring the March sisters and their charming story to life in the modern era. An era, we expect, that should dramatically change the plot of the original (cell phones, teenage partying, and antibiotics for example). But despite this, the film remains relatively faithful to the original plot. We follow the March sisters, Jo (Sarah Davenport), Beth (Allie Jennings), Meg (Melanie Stone), and Amy (Elsie Jones/Taylor Murphy) throughout their adolescence and adulthood, often jumping between past and present. An updated plot has Beth plagued by lymphoma as opposed to scarlet fever, and Jo shaves her hair as a sign of solidarity as opposed to selling it as she does in the original. A Little Women for the modern age. The main goal of the film is to see each of the sisters reach their “castle” - a reference to literal castles their mother, Marmee (Lea Thompson), made for them as children that articulated their perfect futures. We watch the sisters struggle to reach their own goals, and endeavour to understand and support each other attaining their own castles. Along the way they encounter social pressures, love lost, love found, disappointment and even death. This version does not do justice either to the original book or the 1994 film adaptation. However, the cast do their best to take these well known and loved characters and bring them to life with as much authenticity as the script allows. 31



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As Thanksgiving approaches it is nice to reflect on and appreciate our blessings. In our family, each member writes down something they are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day and we read them aloud at Thanksgiving dinner. This is a fun exercise that teaches our children to show gratitude for things otherwise taken for granted. We enjoy that daily pause to remember what we are grateful for; but, what about every other day of the year? How do we teach our kids to be grateful all year long? Wiregrass Parents I November 2018




Model gratefulness. Let your

children hear you talk about the things you are thankful for. “I am so grateful for this beautiful day today so that we can go to the park,” or “I am so thankful for a great job to pay for our home and our food.” You can also do as we have on Thanksgiving Day and go around the table at dinner and name something you are thankful for any night of the year. When kids acknowledge the blessings they have in their lives, they will begin to take note and appreciate them.

vide kids the opportunity to thank someone for the gifts they receive and the time it took to purchase them. Encourage a “It’s the thought that counts” policy and explain that it isn’t the actual gift itself but the thought behind the purchase that we are grateful for.

Take care of property. Teach

kids the value of their property by showing them the importance of caring for their belongings. Clothes cost money so they should not be on the floor in piles. Toys cost money so if one is broken due to misuse, do not rush to replace it.

Serve as a family. Families who do service projects together tend to be families who appreciate what they have more. When children see that some are less fortunate, they will develop a desire to help others and make a difference. Not only do they become more aware of others and the blessings in their own lives, but they are more likely to give of their time and treasures for a lifetime.

Say no. An answer of “no” or “not right now” teaches children both the value of delayed gratification and encourages gratefulness for occasional treats. If a child is allowed to purchase a toy every time he visits the store, this will become expected. If the toy is purchased as a special reward or with their own money, the child will appreciate it more.

Teach them to say thank you. From a young age, teach children to

Teach them the cost of things. Parents know everything costs

say thank you. Encourage kids to say thank you for any acts of service or gifts. Even toddlers can be taught to sign “Thank you”. Writing thank you notes is a great way to pro-

money and it adds up fast. Allow your child to come along to the grocery store and have them help you find the best deal on food they would like to purchase, or allow them to bring


their own allowance and purchase something they would like. Point out how much it costs when you go out to eat as a family or make a large purchase of groceries or other items the family needs. Take care to avoid blaming or anger when discussing the cost of items and use the opportunity to teach. When children understand the true cost of items, they are more likely to appreciate the purchase in the first place.

Give them chores. When children have chores and responsibilities to their family, they begin to understand how much work goes into cleaning, yard work, or other household tasks. Some families may choose to give an allowance for tasks completed which can help kids learn to budget and understand the value of hard work, and in turn, develop gratitude for the work that others do. The main thing to remember as you encourage gratefulness in children is to model the behavior. Thank them for their hard work, acknowledge and thank others for their acts of service, help kids understand the value of items, and give them responsibilities that teach them hard work. We don’t have to eat turkey every day to be thankful for the blessings that surround us all year. WP Sarah Lyons is a wife and stay at home mom of six children, including two year old triplets. She writes from her home in Kansas City.


ParentingToday’sTeens by Mark Gregston

10 Steps Towards Maturing Teen Boys Fifteen is the age when a boy moves into manhood while still holding on to the boyish ways of childhood. It is a time when parents need to be extra vigilant to help him make it through the transition smoothly, and therefore not get stuck at this stage for several years. Age 15 is when the your son’s thoughts and his expectations crash like ocean waves amidst a sea of change. It’s the end of one tide and the beginning of another. At the very least, it’s an awkward season. Increased hormones, growth spurts, voice changes, muscles, and moving from concrete to abstract thinking all tend to make a young man feel a jumble of both invincibility and vulnerability. And as a first step toward making up his own mind about life, everything you’ve taught him will be questioned. This is a “convenient” time for a mom and dad to detach and drift alongside their teen as he is busier with extra-curricular activities at school and spends more time away from home. But this is no time for parents to back off. It is a critical and pivotal point of time where a parent can steer a son away from childish thinking and move him toward more mature thinking. Your son needs to learn from you how to be respectful during a conflict, to be honest in the face of confusion, and to remain obedient in times of disagreement. It’s a time for some serious character-building. Sailing these waters can be a tough time for parents… but more than ever it is the right time to be available and to be firm. So how do you go about making a smooth transition? First, determine the “state of your child.” If things are already getting strained in your relationship, move toward them out of compassion, not frustration. Approach the harshest situations with humility, but carry a big stick. I don’t mean a big stick in relation to punishment, but I’m referring to your Wiregrass Parents I November 2018

authority as a parent to set the agenda and to say “No” when you need to. Parents today strive to be a friend of their children more than a parent. But as most soon find out at about age 15 when conflict erupts, they’ll wish that they had more of a “parent role” than a “friend role.” I’m here to tell you from years of experience that it is never too late to jump into the parental role, and trust me; there will never be a better time for boys than at age 15. If you’re seeing behavioral problems, it is important for your son to know that you will stop at nothing to change the inappropriate direction he is headed. If you don’t know what to do, find help from others who have been there. Or, contact our on-call coaches for more help. Just call our Family Crisis Helpline at 866-700-3264 or visit www.heartlightministries. org/crisiscoaching for more information about that service. A parent will do well to start with the following list to-do’s beginning on your son’s 15th birthday: 1. Ask your son to begin making more of his own decisions. “Where should we go to eat tonight? What would be good for us to do on our vacation? What movie should we get this Friday? What charities do you think would be good to support?” 2. Ask for his input or point of view. How would you respond in this situation? How would you discipline differently? What you do think about what’s happening at school? 3. Give him an opportunity to respond correctly. He may not respond to your giving him more responsibility appropriately at first. So give him another opportunity to get it right. Display empathy rather than judgment. The way you go about it is sometimes more important than the message itself. Remember, a gentle answer turns away wrath. How you respond to him will determine how he will respond to you. 4. Set clear boundaries. In times of trouble, don’t move away from your child, 34

move toward him. Immaturity demands that you place boundaries around his inappropriate behavior. You may be thinking, “Well, you don’t know my kid and how he mistreats me.” I admit, I don’t. However, I do know that if you do nothing to rein in the bad behavior you see in your 15-year-old son, it’s only going to get worse, not better. 5. Help your son learn how to say “No” by honoring it when he says “No.” This is another boundary issue. Honoring his boundaries will help him learn to honor others’ boundaries. 6. Admit when you are wrong. Admitting when you are wrong will help your son understand that everyone makes mistakes, and models how to behave when mistakes happen. 7. Shift control before you think he is ready for it. Yes, he will blow it, but he will also learn some valuable lessons from doing so, but only when you… (see number 8). 8. Force him to take responsibility for his decisions. Don’t say, “I told you so,” or, “I should have made that decision instead.” Allow him to figure out what he should have done instead, and force him to own up to the consequences of his choices. 9. Encourage him in his good decisions. Point your comments toward his successes, not his failures. 10. When your son responds with maturity and responsibility, then move him up to the next level. Expand the limit and expectations and expect him to meet new requirements. For instance: “Honey, I think it’s great that you have a job now. If you are willing to save your money, I will match it and help you buy your first car.” I encourage you to take advantage of this time to help your son make a strong transition to the smoother waters of responsible adulthood. Thankfully, he won’t be 15 forever. Mark Gregston is an author, speaker, radio host, and the founder of a residential counseling center for struggling teens located in Longview, Texas. Mark’s passion for helping teens can be seen in his 40 years of involvement with families as a youth pastor, Young Life area director, and now, as the Executive Director of Heartlight, where he has lived with and helped over 2,700 teens. To find out more about Mark and his ministry to parents and teens, you can visit www.HeartlightMinistries.org or www.ParentingTodaysTeens.org.


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FamilyCalendar Saturday October 27

Characters 4 A Cause ($5) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wiregrass Commons Mall, 900 Commons Drive Suite 604 Dothan, AL, 36303 Come visit with some of your favorite characters. Don’t forget your cameras. Wiregrass Commons Mall center court. Trick or Treat with mall stores to follow. Benefit for childhood cancer. Fall Farmers Market 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Hwy. Dothan, AL, 36303 Local produce and other custom made products. Two classes offered: Healing Through Healthy Eating at 10, and Food Preservation Workshop at 12. (334) 794-6774 www.marketatdothan.com Halloween Carnival ($5 or 5 Canned Food Items) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 600 Monumental Dr. Dothan, AL, 36301 Presented by the Krewe of Kolosse and the Order of the Black Dress. Fun Run at 11:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Wiregrass Food Bank’s Brown Bag program. DFC’s Children’s Indoor Trunk or Treat 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Dothan First Church of the Nazarene, 1081 Honeysuckle Rd. Dothan, AL, 36305 Kids age 0-11 and their families are invited to join us for indoor trick or treating, pizza, and cookies. A costume contest will take place at 12:00pm! (334) 792-6974 www.dothannaz. com


Flashback to the ‘50s Dance ($5 per child, $10 per

adult, $15 per couple)

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., St. John Catholic Church, 123 Heath Street Enterprise, AL, 36330 Bring your best dance moves, your leather jackets, and your poodle skirts to our Flashback to the 50’s Dance sponsored by our St. John Youth Group. Twist and Shout around the dance floor, stop by for photos with a few classic cars, enjoy some refreshments and support our amazing youth! Halloween Costume Party ($5 at the door and/or 5 school supply items upon entry)

7:00 p.m. The Collective, 145 S. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL, 36301 Join the Krewe de Fête for our 1st Annual Halloween Costume Party! Come out in your best costume and help local teachers stock up on school supplies for their classroom! (334) 405-0043 Make a Difference Day 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Ozark, AL, 36360 A community-wide service day dedicated to doing good in Ozark and its surrounding areas. Invite your neighbors, coworkers, and friends to participate. Together we can “Make A Difference”! Begins at Ozark Baptist Church. Ends with lunch at Sardis Baptist Church.

all events | $10 per event | $5 for Spectators)

Local Legends Hayride and Fall Festival ($5

Admission + $5 Park Pass)

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Seminole State Park, 7870 State Park Dr. Donalsonville, GA, 39845 Games for all ages. Costume contest. Hayride featuring local ghost stories and live action. Halloween-themed movie. Concession stand. Live music. (229) 861-3137 The Great Pumpkin Adventure ($5 Arm Band + $5 Parking Pass)

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 US Highway 280 W Cordele, GA, 31015 Join us for The Great Pumpkin Adventure. Great event for Elementary age children, with Hay ride Story Time, Bouncy House, Carnival Style Games and Candy, and pumpkin chunk’in. (229) 276-2371 Trunk or Treat (Adults $8; Active Military & Dependents with ID $7; Children $6; 2 & Under FREE)

5:30 p.m. Continental Drive In, 14200 West US 84 Wicksburg, AL, 36352 All ages welcome. Showing Goosebumps 2 and Hocus Pocus. Prizes for top 3 best displays. (334) 692-3595 www.continentalcinemas.com Dinner Downtown ($30) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Downtown, Ozark, AL, 36360 Enjoy a delicious meal under twinkling string lights in the streets of downtown Ozark! Cash bar and live music. All proceeds benefit the Wiregrass United Way.

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Trunk or Treat 5:00 p.m. Crossroads Church, 501 Plaza Dr. Enterprise, AL, 36330 Come meet us at the Crossroads parking lot for some fun! Dress up your kids, yourselves, and your trunks! The youth group is hosting this event and will set up our own trunks. We are also collecting candy donations for this Trunk or Treat! www.crossroads.buzz

Tuesday October 30

Spook-Tober (Admission: $2 ages 8 and under and $3 ages 8 and up!)

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Blakely Civic Center, 70 Rose Ave. Blakely, GA, 39823 Come enjoy an evening of fun. We will watch Hotel Transylvania. Doors open at 4:30 with the movie beginning at 5. Candy will be given out and there will be concessions. Please bring a lawn chair or towel to sit on. Proceeds to benefit the Pataula Center for Children. (229) 723-2468 Haunted Library ($1) 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library, 164 S. Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Come join us for a night of scares! Walk through our Haunted Library...if you can! Family friendy. All ages. (334) 735-2145

FallOut 2018 ($40 weekend pass 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Fun Zone Skate Center, 465 Westgate Parkway Dothan, AL, 36303 The day starts with a skating workshop. Competition includes 1v1s, Obstacle Course, Hot Floor, and 90 seconds. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

creative and non-scary costumes. Vehicle trunks will be decorated with various themes or stories and filled with lots of candy and other treats! We hope that you will join us for a safe, family oriented evening full of FUN! (334) 793-7963

Pumpkins on the Square (Free) 6:00 p.m. Courthouse Square, Elba, AL, 36323 Candy, haunted hayride, jumpy houses, free boiled peanuts, costume contest and more! (334) 897-3125

Harloween Party ($10) 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., Live at Harlow’s, 190 West Reynolds Ozark, AL, 36360 Get your costumes on and party with the best bands in the Wiregrass! It’s the Harloween extravaganza! Costume prizes, rock n roll, cold beer and drinks! It’s going to be EPIC! www.liveatharlows.com

Coffee Co. Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Forum 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Enterprise City School Service Center, Highway 84 Next to Mitchell Nissan Enterprise, AL, 36330 The very latest information from local and national experts. Free lunch, entertainment, and educational sessions. Free CEU’s for nurses and social workers. (334) 393-8538 director@coffeecountyfsc.org

Sunday October 28

Wednesday October 31

Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., St. Columba Catholic Church, 2736 West Main St. Dothan, AL, 36301 Trunk or Treat will be in the parking lot of the gym. We will have games and bouncy houses in the gym. (334) 944-6523 City Fest 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., City Church, 836 West Selma St. Dothan, AL, 36301 Trunk or Treat, Food, Games, Hayride, Inflatables, Family Fun. Costumes Welcomed. PBC Fall Festival 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Providence Baptist Church, 10 Providence Lane Daleville, AL, 36322 Join us for a time of fun and fellowship for the whole family! There will be food, games, trunk or treating and more. Come dressed in your best family friendly costume and let’s have some fun in Jesus’ name! (334) 598-4987 Trunk or Treat 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 416 Bethlehem Rd. Midland City, AL, 36350 Children 12 and under are invited to come dressed in their


Halloween Board Game Night ($5) 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Fanatix, 2970 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL, 36301 Candy and Halloween games for you to play! A Fanatix staff member will be here to teach you how to play the games if you are unsure. Costumes encouraged. Ages 16+. Also at the Enterprise location. (334) 446-0178 www.dothanfanatix.com Halloween Trick or Treat 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Westgate Shopping Center, 621 Boll Weevil Circle Enterprise, AL, 36330 Come by and see your favorite merchants at West Gate Shopping Center for a safe and friendly place to bring the kids. Trunk or Treat 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Eufaula, AL, 36027 Main Street Eufaula and The Eufaula Police Dept. would like to invite our community to participate in the 2nd Annual “Trunk or Treat”. We are in need of “Trunkers” and of course Treaters! Trunkers participate by having a trunk decorated and hand out candy to our Eufaula children or by all means bring your child to participate in a safe environment that will be well attended by our very own Eufaula Police Depart-


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FamilyCalendar ment. Click on picture to find out details on how to participate! (334) 687-7099 Fall Festival 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Greystone United Methodist Church, 4401 Fortner St. Dothan, AL, 36305 Join us for games, candy, food, and fun at Greystone United Methodist Church for the Fall Festival! We will have lots of games to play for candy, Cake Walk, Chili Cook-off, hotdogs and chili, and great fellowship! We look forward to seeing you there! (334) 794-6725 The Great Pumpkin Adventure ($5 Arm Band + $5 Parking Pass) 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 US Highway 280 W Cordele, GA, 31015 Join us for The Great Pumpkin Adventure. Great event for Elementary age children, with Hay ride Story Time, Bouncy House, Carnival Style Games and Candy, and pumpkin chunk’in. (229) 276-2371 City Wide Fall Festival 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Slocomb Recreation Park, E. Cox St. Slocomb, AL, 36375 Please join us for a fun night of fellowship. There will be plenty of fun for all. Kids can also enjoy games, bounce houses, candy, and more. Door prizes will be given away. Presented by New Teamon, First Baptist, New Hinson, and Pleasant Hill. Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sylvan Grove United Methodist Church, 4495 C.R. 14 Midland City, AL, 36350 Please plan to come and decorate your trunk and stay for the Fall Festival afterwards. We will serve chicken nuggets, ham sandwiches, chips, desserts, and drinks for supper. We will have games and fun for kids of ALL ages. (334) 791-3464 HBC Trunk or Treat Extravaganza 6:00 p.m. Hartford Baptist Church, 105 E. Burch St. Hartford, AL, 36344 Come and enjoy fellowship and goodies! (334) 588-2236 Let’s Make a Deal Halloween 6:00 p.m. - 9:50 p.m., Center Stage Alabama, 11295 Hwy 231 South Cottonwood, AL, 36320 Our game floor will be transformed into a live game show. To play you must be dressed up in your favorite costume. We will be giving away lots of free play, prizes and 2 big deals of the night. If you like the game show, you will love this event. (334) 803-8108 www.centerstage.info Trunk or Treat 6:00 p.m. Kinsey Baptist Church, 6745 Walden Dr. Kinsey, AL, 36303 Ages up to 6th grade. Participating children can register to win one of two National Peanut Festival mega passes. Trunk or Treat 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 167 E. Broad St. Ozark, AL, 36360 All are invited to this year’s Trunk or Treat hosted by Ozark FUMC. Invite your friends and family to have fun and be in fellowship with one another. (334) 445-1329 www.ozarkfumc.org Fall Festival (Free) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., First Baptist Church Headland, 301 E. Church St. Headland, AL, 36345 First Baptist Church invites you to come and enjoy games, Trunk-or Treat and so much more at our annual Fall Festival. We will be collecting canned food for our local Food Bank. Bring a Friend! (334) 693-3220

Trunk or Treat (Free) 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Downtown, Ft. Gaines, GA, 39851 Costume contest, hayride, and scary house. Cash prizes will be awarded to most creative car decorations. (229) 254-0183

Thursday November 1

Lego Builders Club (Free) 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Daleville Public Library, 308 Donnell Blvd. Daleville, AL, 36322 Come join us for some fun build challenges or you can enjoy some easy going freestyle building. (334) 503-9119 www.dalevillepubliclibrary.com First Thursday (Free) 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Court Square, Blakely, GA, 39823 The kids can enjoy fun and games on the Square, including free ice cream, popsicles, corn hole games, races, etc. Great vendors with homemade items, face painting, stylish clothing and jewelry, jellies, jams, cakes, etc. (229) 723-3741 www.blakelyearlycountychamber.org Fitness Bootycamp ($5) 6:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Clean Eatz, 560 Westgate Pkwy. Dothan, AL, 36303 Bring a yoga mat, friends, & your A-game for 30 minutes of fun booty burning workouts with Saje Cox! You can get your workout in then eat a healthy meal! The class is open to the first 30 participants. (334) 714-9909 Brown Bag Volunteer Day: Decorate Bags 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wiregrass Area Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd. Dothan, AL, 36303 Open to individuals or groups. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes recommended. You should be able to stand for 1.5-2 hours and do light lifting. Call ahead to schedule. (334) 794-9775 www.wiregrassfoodbank.com

Friday November 2

National Peanut Festival (Gate Admission $7)

4:00 p.m. NPF Fairgrounds, Dothan, AL 75th annual National Peanut Festival opens. The fair runs through Sunday, November 11th. Midway rides and entertainment, food and vendors. Events include the Greased Pig and Calf Scramble, Tamela Mann & Mann’s Family Wold Tour, Dream Big Food Drive, NPF Parade, and Demolition Derby. www.nationalpeanutfestival.com Mom Tribe Parents Night Out ($10 per Child ($25 max per family))

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Barbour St. Eufaula, AL, 36027 We would love to have your kiddos (6 months -12 yrs) while you have a date night, girls night, alone night ??, whatever! Dinner, snacks, and fun included. (724) 272-7612 Barbour Co. Farm City Breakfast and Contest 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Eufaula Barbour Co. Chamber of Commerce, 333 East Broad St. Eufaula, AL, 36027 The Barbour County Farm-City Committee is excited once again to offer a multiple Contest for elementary, middle and high students. The 2018 theme for all three contests is “200 Years of Alabama Agriculture.” Winners will be announced at the Farm City Breakfast November 2 at the Chamber of Commerce. (334) 687-5688


Friday Night Lights ($12.99 & Up) 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Axtion Air, 3525 Ross Clark Circle Suite 315 Dothan, AL, 36303 The only place to be after the big home game! Neon dodgeball tournaments, the Latest hit music, and fabulous prizes. Wear your school spirit colors or logo for a discount. (334) 446-5175 www.axtionair.com St. Columba Catholic Church’s First Friday Mother’s Group (Free) 9:00 a.m. St. Columba Catholic Church, 2700 W. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36301 On the first Friday of each month, moms and kids are invited to come to the 9 a.m. Mass. After Mass, moms and kids are invited to the gym afterward for story time and crafts for kids, and coffee and fellowship for moms. All moms and children are welcome. (334) 944-6523

Saturday November 3

Southeastern Miss Royalty Pageant of Dothan 1:00 p.m. Girard Middle School, 600 Girard Ave. Dothan, AL, 36301 More than 30 contestants will compete in the first annual Southeastern Miss Royalty of Dothan pageant. The theme is “Blinging it Like Royalty.” Infant, Babies, Toddlers, Tiny, Mr., Little, Preteen, and Junior Miss categories. (334) 655-3052 Charity Auction 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Encore Fine Arts Studio, 1504 W. Magnolia Ave. Geneva, AL, 36340 Charity Auction to be held to benefit Purpose and Promise Ministry in Geneva. Proceeds from the auction will benefit our missionary from Israel and victims of Hurricane Michael. Pre-register for chance to win a one-year family membership to Wiregrass Archery. (334) 248-3956 or (334) 723-2711 First Saturday Family Day (Free) 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wiregrass Museum of Art, 126 Museum Ave. Dothan, AL, 36303 A come-andgo art activity for kids of all ages is offered the first Saturday of every month. During November’s event, visitors will learn how to create a circle weaving on a reed loom. (334) 794-3871 www.wiregrassmuseum.org Rock Aid - Hurricane Relieve Concert ($10) 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., Live at Harlow’s, 190 West Reynolds Ozark, AL, 36360 Great music, good food and drinks, commemorative t-shirts and cups, silent auction, and much more. Accepting donations to benefit Hurricane Michael victims in Florida and Georgia. Ages 18+ www.liveatharlows.com An Evening in Shanghai ($35) 6:00 p.m. The Sound Stage, 263 Phillips St. Colquitt, GA, 39837 CMAC Presents the fall Affair, an annual fundraising event supporting the projects of the Arts Council. This year’s event will feature a delicious prime rib dinner, exciting live and silent auctions, and dancing with the Tobacco Rd. Band. Open to patrons 18 and older. (229) 758-5450 www.swampgravy.com ATV & Dirt Bike Trail Ride ($20) 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Outdoor Recreation Service Center, Bldg 24235 Ft. Rucker, AL, 36362 Open to the public. Ages 16+. Must provide your own ATV/ dirk bike and protective gear. Drivers must pass Safety Driving Test through Outdoor Recreation. Preregistration required. (334) 255-4305 rucker.armymwr.com Homeless Stand Down 7:00 a.m. Wiregrass 2-1-1, 545 West Main St., Suite Dothan, AL, 36301 A meal and much needed


FamilyCalendar supplies will be delivered to homeless areas, camps and individuals. Donations including warm clothing, personal hygiene items, bedding, and non-perishable food can be dropped off at the 2-1-1 office through November 2. Volunteers are needed to sort and pack the supplies as well as deliver. 2-1-2001 Thompson Square Concert ($17.55-$160.76) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., The Landing, 113 Novosel St. Ft. Rucker, AL, 36362 Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. This is event is open to the public, ages 18 and over. (334) 255-0767 or (334) 255-0769 Melissa Gilliland “Ladies Intro To Precision Rifle Training” ($275 (includes lunch)) 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Arena Training Facility, 200 Sherman Rd. Blakely, GA, 39823 Class designed specifically for ladies who want to compete or use their long-range skills for hunting. Course covers a number of topics and will help you become more proficient and confident. Cabins available on site. Join us Friday evening for a bonfire of fellowship, adult beverages and gun talk. www.arenatrainingfacility.com Young Eagle Autumn Rally (Free) 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Enterprise Municipal Airport, 867 Aviation Blvd. Enterprise, AL, 36330 Join volunteers fromt he Enterprise chapter of the EAA for a fun-filled day of learning about aviation. Ground School, safety briefing, and displays will prepare Young Eagles for their qualification flight with a professional pilot. Ages 8-17. Contact Aubri Hanson for more details at acbarnet@hotmail.com. Adult & Kids Dodgeball League Sign-Up ($40 per player (teams of 4))

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Xtreme Air Trampoline Park, 441 Nypro Lane Dothan, AL, 36305 Sign up for our dodgeball league. Kids League Ages 8 - 12. Teen League Ages 13-16. Adult League Ages 17 and older. This is a four week league. Games will be every Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm. Sign up individually or as a team. (334) 797-5867

Sunday November 4

Dungeons & Dragons - Learn to Play! (Free) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Come learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons! All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Ages 13-19. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org Reptile Feeding ($4 for adults, $3 for kids) 4:00 p.m. Landmark Park, 430 Landmark Dr. Dothan, AL, 36303 Meet Indie our Eastern Indigo snake, along with our Corn snake and Grey Rat snake, and learn why these animals are important to the environment. (334) 794-3452 www.landmarkparkdothan.com Run for the Water-Global Run/Walk ($30) 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Ft. Rucker, AL, 36362 An easy course, water station at the half way point, and refreshments at the finish. T-Shirts will be provided at the race. Proceeds benefit The Gazelle Foundation.

Monday November 5

Save the Rack Day 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Rituals Day Spa, 1408 Westgate Pkwy. Dothan, AL, 36303 Rituals Salon and Day Spa in Dothan and Enterprise will be open from 10A-4P by appointment only with a limited menu of hair, massage, facials, pedicures and sensory tours. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Compas-

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sion That Compels! (334) 792-7546 Smoke and Mirrors: Exposing Vaping (Free) 5:30 p.m. Enterprise First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Main St. Enterprise, AL, 36330 Exposing the health risks and deceptive marketing tactics of vaping. Join us as we explore the dangers of vaping with an expert panel presentation and discussion. This is an event you do not want to miss. (334) 347-3467 www.efumc.com Axtion Air Sensory Night ($9.99 for the VIPs, and

bring a Buddy for FREE)

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Axtion Air, 3525 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL, 36303 Make some new friends at Sensory Night, a special evening for children and families living with Downs, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other sensory disorders. (334) 446-5175 HIPPY Field Trip (Free) 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., National Peanut Festival, 5622 Hwy 231 South Dothan, AL, 36301 Tag along with HIPPY at the National Peanut Festival’s Kindergarten Day! Children must be 5 or under. Fair rides will not be open. Some vendors are open but feel free to bring snacks or a sack lunch. (334) 792-6255

Tuesday November 6

Mystery at Main: Book Club/Discussion Group


1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Our Mystery Book Club/Discussion group meets once a month on the first Tuesday of each month. November’s book is “Florida Roadkill” by Tim Dorsey. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org Story and Craft Time @ Main (Free) 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Stories and crafts are designed for ages 2-6. Registration is not required, however supplies are limited and will be available on a first come basis. If you are bringing a group, please for more information. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org Slime Lab (Free) 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch, Recreation Road Dothan, AL, 36303 Join us each month for a different squishyicky type of gelatinous goo! All supplies will be provided. Registration is REQUIRED! Ages 5-12. Plan to arrive on time. Those who arrive late, may not be allowed in. (334) 699-2950 www.dhcls.org THT Book Club - Little Fires Everywhere (Free) 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Herbal Toad, 120 N. Court Square Ozark, AL, 36360 Join us to discuss Celeste Ng’s novel, Little Fires Everywhere. THT’s Book Club is open to everyone. Snacks and drinks served. (334) 714-9503 www.theherbaltoad.com

Current short stories being discussed are from the Collection, “Growing Up in the South: An Anthology of modern Southern Literature.” This weeks story will be, “Thomas Vincent Sullivan” by Ernest J. Gaines. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org Brown Bag Volunteer Day: Pack Pallets 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wiregrass Area Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd. Dothan, AL, 36303 Open to individuals or groups. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes recommended. You should be able to stand for 1.5-2 hours and do light lifting. Call ahead to schedule. (334) 794-9775 www.wiregrassfoodbank.com Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car Show Aaron Bessant Park, 600 Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, FL, 32413 November 7-10. The South’s Best Blast from the Past family fun event. Thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom cars and trucks make way to beautiful Panama City Beach. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

Thursday November 8

2018 Fall Fest Health Fair 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., LifeBrite Community Hospital, 6530 Chancey Mill Rd Blakely, GA, 39823 Health screenings, information booths, giveaways and drawings, car seat safety checks, fingerprinting, and kids activities. Free cotton candy, popcorn, and snocones. (229) 723-4241 www.lifebriteearly.com Tail Waggin’ Tutors (Free) 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch, Recreation Road Dothan, AL, 36303 Therapy Dogs International’s Tail Waggin’ Tutors program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and a furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to the them and enjoy the story being read to them. (334) 699-2950 www.dhcls.org Barre After Dark

(Toys for Tot Donation)

6:00 p.m. Green Space Next to KBC, Dothan, AL, 36301 Come get your cardio on with our first ever Empower pop-up! The class is FREE but we are asking that everyone bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots! As always we will walk to KBC after class for food and drinks. Foster Moms Night Out (Free) 6:00 p.m. Fostering Hope, 1004 Montezuma Avenue, Suite 1 Dothan, AL, 36303 Foster moms from all surrounding counties are encouraged to attend, bring a finger food, and come fellowship with other foster moms! Childcare is not provided. (334) 589-0805 www.fosteringhopewiregrass.com

Story and Craft Time @ Westgate (Free) 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch, Recreation Road Dothan, AL, 36303 Stories and crafts are designed for ages 2-6. Registration is not required, however supplies are limited and will be available on a first come basis. If you are bringing a group, please for information. (334) 699-2950 www.dhcls.org

Geneva Co. DU Rescue Our Wetlands Dinner and Charity ($25-$1000) 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., American Legion, 393 East C.R. 4 Geneva, AL, 36340 Rescheduled October event. BBQ, music, raffles, silent and live auctions, and other chances to win or bid on some awesome art work, guns and other items. All tickets purchased for our skeet shoot, and October event will be honored at this event. (334) 494-4575

Short Story Reading Group (Free) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303

Come Home, It’s Suppertime ($25) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., We Piddle Around Theater, 102 North Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Pull up a

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FamilyCalendar chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. (334) 344-9427 www.piddle.org Grease The Musical

($15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military, & Students)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Spanish Trail Playhouse, 680 2nd Street Chipley, FL, 32428 Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hotrodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gumsnapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. (850) 638-9113 www.spanishtrailplayhouse.com Brown Bag Volunteer Day: Pack Boxes 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wiregrass Area Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd. Dothan, AL, 36303 Open to individuals or groups. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes recommended. You should be able to stand for 1.5-2 hours and do light lifting. Call ahead to schedule. (334) 794-9775 www.wiregrassfoodbank.com

Friday November 9

Hand-Painted Birdhouse Auction 2:00 p.m. Early Memorial Nursing Home, 11740 Columbia St. Blakely, Ga, 39823 Featuring 30-40 hand-painted birdhouses made by ECHS students, door hangers, and some surprise items. Proceeds go into the residents activity fund. (229) 724-4246 Come Home, It’s Suppertime ($25) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., We Piddle Around Theater, 102 North Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. (334) 344-9427 www.piddle.org Bluegrass & More ($20) 7:00 p.m. The Ozark Warehouse, 105 N. East Ave. Ozark, AL, 36360 Great music, light music and a cash bar. Presented by Warehouse Live. Tickets available at Barefields, El Palacio, and the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. (334) 701-1549 Grease The Musical ($15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military,

& Students)

Details Thursday, November 8. Concert Supporting Our Veterans ($10 General

Admission; $15 VIP)

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., VFW Post 6020, 434 Hwy 84 East Daleville, AL, 36322 A Concert to Support Our Local Veteran Organization! VIP Tickets will get you in for the Meet and Greet at 7:00 p.m. Special Guest DAY DRNKRZ! (334) 598-6211

Saturday November 10

Fall Farmers Market 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Hwy. Dothan, AL, 36303 Local produce and other custom made products. Two classes offered: Water & Milk Keifer at 10, and Dealing with Stress in Crisis Mode at 12. (334) 794-6774 www.marketatdothan.com

FXT Snatch Olympic Weightlifting Seminar 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., FXT CrossFit, 111 South Conner St. Enterprise, AL, 36330 Spend time with Michael Cohen and learn from an Olympian! If you want to break your lifting records, this is the place to be. Enhance your current training experience. Appropriate for all ages and levels of athlete. (334) 797-5129 www.crossfitfxt.com 6th Annual Veterans Appreciation Pheasant Hunt (Sponsorships $850) 11:00 a.m. Shiloh Kennels and Shooting Preserve, 13822 Hwy 84 Elba, AL, 36323 European-style Pheasant Tower Shoot. Dogs used to retrieve birds. Those wishing to bring dogs must register them prior to event. Sponsorships through Wiregrass Wounded Veterans Committee. (334) 726-4361 Popcorn and a Movie (Free) 12:45 p.m. Ozark Dale Co. Public Library, 416 James St. Ozark, AL, 36360 Showing “Peter Rabbit.” Rated PG. Enjoy popcorn and a refreshing beverage! (334) 774-5480 www.odcpl.com 3rd Annual Seafood Fest ($25 in Advance; $29 Day Of)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, FL, 32413 Sample a variety of seafood dishes from local restaurants. (850) 236-9974 Wild About Art Auction and Fundraiser 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary, 1034 C.R. 445 Enterprise, AL, 36330 Bid on beautiful pieces of art donated by local artists. Proceeds benefit BBWS wildlife rehabilitation program. (334) 447-8110 Come Home, It’s Suppertime ($25) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., We Piddle Around Theater, 102 North Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. (334) 344-9427 www.piddle.org

Saturday November 11

Pelvic Floor Rehab Workshop ($15) 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., The Nature Gallery, 156 N. Foster St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Join Mama’s Friend Birth Services and Emily Sasser, DPT for an interactive workshop where you will learn to prevent and treat pelvic floor dysfunction through pelvic floor physical therapy and exercise. Space is limited to the first 30 women. 100% of proceeds from this event will go toward fundraising a CuddleCot for the Southeast Health (SAMC) Family Birth Center. (334) 618-8884

Tuesday November 13

Story and Craft Time @ Main (Free) 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Stories and crafts are designed for ages 2-6. Registration is not required, however supplies are limited and will be available on a first come basis. If you are bringing a group, please for more information. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org

Wednesday November 14

Story and Craft Time @ Westgate (Free) 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch, Recreation Road Dothan, AL, 36303 Stories and crafts are designed for ages 2-6. Registration is not required, however supplies are limited and will be available on a first come basis. If you are bringing a group, please for more information. (334) 699-2950 www.dhcls.org

Thursday November 15

Lego Builders Club (Free) 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Daleville Public Library, 308 Donnell Blvd. Daleville, AL, 36322 Come join us for some fun build challenges or you can enjoy some easy going freestyle building. (334) 503-9119 www.dalevillepubliclibrary.com

Grease The Musical ($15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military,

& Students)

Details Thursday, November 8. Rodney Carrington LIVE ($44.75-$179.75) 7:00 p.m. Dothan Civic Center, 126 N. St. Andrews St. Dothan, AL, 36303 This show is for mature audiences only. VIP Package includes premium seat, meet and greet, and merchandise. All seats are assigned, no refunds, no exchanges unless the show cancels. For accessible seating needs, call the box office. (334) 615-3175 www.dothanciviccenter.org 17th Annual Veterans Day Poker Run ($20/rider, $10/passenger, $5 additional hand)

is limited. All ages. (334) 699-2950 www.dhcls.org

Lego Club (Free) 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch, Recreation Road Dothan, AL, 36303 Registration is not required, but space

Write Night: Open Mic Night 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Wiregrass Museum of Art, 126 Museum Ave. Dothan, AL, 36303 Join us for an evening of spoken word. An open platform to share original poetry, prose, skits, and more. Works can be individual or collaborative and should not exceed five minutes in length when presented. (334) 794-3871 www.wiregrassmuseum.org

9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Two High Saloon, 3042 West State Hwy 92 Clayhatchee, AL, 36322 RV & Tent Camping, Vendors, Live Band, Bonfire, Food, Refreshments and A GREAT TIME for a GREAT CAUSE! Prizes for best and worst hands, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, and auction. (334) 470-9255 or (334) 447-8112

Come Home, It’s Suppertime ($25) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., We Piddle Around Theater, 102 North Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. (334) 344-9427 www.piddle.org

Shrimp, Crab & Oyster Festival Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Dr. Panama City Beach, FL, 32413 Guests can sample a variety of shrimp, crab and oyster dishes from Pier Park restaurants while enjoying live music. www.visitpanamacitybeach.com

Symphonic Band Fall Concert 7:00 p.m. Carroll High School Gym, 141 Eagle Way Ozark, AL, 36360 Featured in this concert will be music by Frank Ticheli, Clare Grundman, Brant Karrick and Larry Blocher. We will also be joined by special guest conductor Dr. Larry Blocher.



FamilyCalendar HIPPY Group Meeting 9:30 a.m. Wiregrass Boys & Girls Club, 457 S. Alice St. Dothan, AL, 36301 Join HIPPY at our monthly group meetings! Children will engage with home visitors in developmentally appropriate character development activities while parents attend a Parent Cafe to discuss and learn. Snacks are provided before activities begin. All counties are welcome. (334) 792-6255

Friday November 16

Habitat for Humanity Charity Golf Tournament 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Highlands Golf Course, 208 Stonehaven Ct. Dothan, AL, 36305 Swing a club, swing a hammer, tee it up for things that matter!! Four person scramble with handicap. Box lunches will be available! (334) 792-8453 www.wiregrasshabitat.org First Annual Northside Knight (Tickets: $5 before

November 13th; $10 after November13th)

6:00 p.m. Windmill Station, 1369 Headland Ave. Dothan, AL, 36303 “Northside Knight” will be taking the place of the Chili Cookoff. The event includes a live and silent auction, 30/30 gun raffle, food, music, and more! All proceeds go toward the purchase of a charter bus for the entire school to use! (334) 794-7273 www.nmacademy.net Come Home, It’s Suppertime ($25) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., We Piddle Around Theater, 102 North Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. (334) 344-9427 www.piddle.org Brown Bag Volunteer Day: Pack Bags 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Wiregrass Area Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd. Dothan, AL, 36303 Open to individuals or groups. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes recommended. You should be able to stand for 1.5-2 hours and do light lifting. Call ahead to schedule. (334) 794-9775 www.wiregrassfoodbank.com Newcomers’ Welcome (Free) 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., The Landing, 113 Novosel St. Ft. Rucker, AL, 36362 Active Duty, Spouses, Foreign Students, DA Civilians, and Family Members are all encouraged to attend. Free light breakfast and Starbucks coffee will be served. For free childcare, register your children at the Child Development Center. Reservations must be made 24 hours prior to the Newcomer’s Welcome. (334) 255-3161 rucker.armymwr.com

Saturday November 17

Dothan Survivor’s Day 2018 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Church at the Crossing, 208 TV Road Dothan, AL, 36301 People affected by suicide loss gather to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. This year’s gathering will include a screening of “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” and “The Journey Revisited.” Children over 12 years can attend with an adult. afsp.org/survivor_day/dothan-alabama/ Toys for Tots Poker Run (1 Unwrapped Toy or a $10 Donation)

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Harley Davidson of Dothan, 2418 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL, 36301 Registration is at 10:00 a.m. with the first bike out at 11:00 a.m. We are focusing on ages 0-2 and 10-12 Years. Toys and money raised from this event will be used for children in the Wiregrass Area. (334) 792-0063

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Fall Harvest Festival (Free) 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1916 S. Park Ave. Dothan, AL, 36301 Hot Dogs, Games, Inflatables. Everyone is invited! Come join the fun and fellowship. (334) 792-8870 End of the Year Celebration 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., P.A.S.S. Academy, 201 E. Wilson St. Dothan, AL, 36303 End of the Year Celebration for Rabbit Football Camp. Music, Food, Fun. Any donations and volunteers are appreciated! Special Guest Curtis Mcgriff American defensive line-backer for Alabama University and NY Giants. (334) 200-3198 or (334) 547-5120 Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Basin Baptist Church, 9757 Hwy 189 Elba, AL, 36323 Games, prizes, inflatables, hot dogs and chili, hayride, and lots more. You will not want to miss out! (334) 897-3828 Fall Festival at the Grove (Free) 5:00 p.m. Hickory Grove FWB Church, 939 Hickory Grove Rd. Abbeville, AL, 36310 Come enjoy a family night of fun, food, games, hayrides, and fellowship. (334) 797-9335 Come Home, It’s Suppertime ($25) 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., We Piddle Around Theater, 102 North Main St. Brundidge, AL, 36010 Pull up a chair, grab a chicken leg and a baked sweet tater and listen to a bushel of stories and tap your toes to the music ‘til they’re just about too tired to walk you on home. (334) 344-9427 www.piddle.org Turkey Trot 5K ($20/person

or $50/family)

8:00 a.m. Bonifay First United Methodist Church, 202 N. Oklahoma St. Bonifay, FL, 32425 The course will weave through the streets of Bonifay and begin and end at the church parking lot. Family friendly. All ages welcome. Stroller-friendly streets. Refreshments and prizes afterwards. Feel free to dress up in Thanksgiving themed costumes and attire to get your wobble on! (850) 547-3785 Henry Co. Explosion Basketball Camp ($45 per Child) 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Herndon Ward Gym, 100 Armory Dr. Abbeville, AL, 36310 Boys and girls ages 6-14. Pre-register by November 7 to get a t-shirt. (334) 648-0629 or (334) 632-0472 South Alabama Air Show (Free) 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., South Alabama Regional Airport, 21861 Bill Benton Ln. Andalusia, AL, 36421 Live music, food vendors, arts & crafts, and children’s activities will be available all day. Gates open 9:30 a.m. Aerial performances begin at noon.

Sunday November 18

Dungeons & Dragons - Learn to Play! (Free) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Come learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons! All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Ages 13-19. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org


Henry Co. Explosion Basketball Camp ($45 per


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Herndon Ward Gym, 100 Armory Dr. Abbeville, AL, 36310 Boys and girls ages 6-14. Pre-register by November 7 to get a t-shirt. (334) 648-0629 or (334) 632-0472

Tuesday November 20

Slime Lab (Free) 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Join us each month for a different squishy-icky type of gelatinous goo! All supplies will be provided. Registration is REQUIRED! Ages 5-12. Plan to arrive on time. Those who arrive late, may not be allowed in. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org

Saturday November 24

2nd Annual Dash Beauty Show ($40 VIP; $15 Early Bird (Sale ends Oct 24); $20 General Admission)

6:00 p.m. McEachern Auditorium, 1857 Main Street Louisville, AL, 36048 All beauty professionals are invited and this show is open to the public. There will be a Salon Show Case, Fashion Show, Musical Performances, and Poetry. (334)-367-8952

Sunday November 25

Special Needs Sunday ($15) 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Xtreme Air Trampoline Park, 441 Nypro Lane Dothan, AL, 36305 The last Sunday of every month we will open the park for Special needs kids and adults. Free socks. (334) 797-5867 xtremeairtrampolinepark.com Adult Skate Night ($10 admission; $2 standard skate rental; $3 speed/inline rental)

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Fun Zone Skate Center, 465 Westgate Pkwy Dothan, AL, 36303 Dust off your old skates (or borrow ours) and join us for Sunday Funday! DJ Smoke on deck. Laser Tag, Arcade & Pizza Zone Cafe open during event. (334) 678-7529 www.funzoneskatecenterdothan.com

Tuesday November 27

Story and Craft Time @ Main (Free) 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 Stories and crafts are designed for ages 2-6. Registration is not required, however supplies are limited and will be available on a first come basis. If you are bringing a group, please for more information. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org Wildlife Habitat Educational Program Informational Meeting 5:30 p.m. Barbour Co. Extension Office, 525 School Street Eufaula, AL, 36027 Informational meeting for WHEP 4-H Club to begin in January. WHEP is a hands-on natural resources program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior 4-H’ers and FFA youth. (334) 687-5688 visit www.whep.org.

Wednesday November 28

Story and Craft Time @ Westgate (Free) 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch, Recreation Road Dothan, AL, 36303 Stories and crafts are designed for ages 2-6. Registration is not required, however supplies are limited and will be available on a first come basis. If you are bringing a group, please for more information. (334) 699-2950 www.dhcls.org



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Xtreme Lock-In Party ($30) 12:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m., Xtreme Air Trampoline Park, 441 Nypro Lane Dothan, AL, 36305 The last Friday of every month. Ages 8 to 18 are welcome. Police Officer will be present at each lock-in. (334) 797-5867 xtremeairtrampolinepark.com 2018 Pediatric Mental Health Conference 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Troy University-Dothan Campus- Sony Hall, 500 University Dr Dothan, AL, 36303 Each year, the staff at Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic strives to present quality continuing education to the mental health community in the Wiregrass and beyond. Rather than focus on one subject as with many single-day conferences, the Pediatric Mental Health Conference showcases various speakers presenting on a wide array of topics pertinent to clinicians working with pediatric populations. Conferences provide CEUs for LPC’S, Social Workers, and Educators and Nurses. (334) 702-7222 dbmcadmin.wixsite.com/pmhc2018

Every Tuesday in November

Toddler Tales (Free) 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library, 11880 Columbia St. Blakely, GA, 39823 Story time with music and crafts for children under the age of 5. (229) 723-3079 GP Quilters (Free) 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Grace Place Church, 5730 Shellfield Rd Enterprise, AL, 36330 Get together with other quilters of ALL skill levels, male and female, to create and construct colorful quilts for infirmed and homebound members or friends who will enjoy them. Just bring your sewing machine or willingness to help! (334) 347-5214 www.mygpchurch.com

Every Wednesday in November Club STEAM Powered (Free) 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Daleville Public Library, 308 Donnell Blvd. Daleville, AL, 36322 After school science program for grades 5-8. Learn about different fields of science and engineering through hands-on experiments. (334) 503-9119 www.dalevillepubliclibrary.com

Every Thursday in November

Story Time (Free) 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Ozark Dale Co. Public Library, 416 James St. Ozark, AL, 36360 Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a story, craft and a snack with a theme each week! (334) 774-5480 www.odcpl.com

Every Friday in November

Far Out Friday (Free) 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library, 11880 Columbia St. Blakely, GA, 39823 Science for children ages 6-12. (229) 723-3079

Every Saturday in November

Pokemon League (Free) 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Ozark Dale Co. Public Library, 416 James St. Ozark, AL, 36360 Pokémon players of all ages and skill levels are

invited to come battle and trade with your friends! If you’re new to Pokémon, don’t worry! We have a Pokémon Professor who can teach you everything you need to know to play! (334) 774-5480 www.odcpl.com

Every Sunday in November

Chess Club (Free) 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Dothan-Houston Co. Library Main Branch, 445 N. Main St. Dothan, AL, 36303 All chess boards and pieces provided. (334) 793-9767 www.dhcls.org

Classes Art

Adult Art Classes 5:30-7:30 p.m. November 8, 15 and 29. Wiregrass Museum of Art, 126 Museum Avenue, Dothan. Want a creative end to your work day? This three-class series is held once a quarter (February, May, August, November). Each month’s series will focus on an artist through the in-depth study of a piece by that artist on display at WMA. November’s classes will study Frank Fleming’s sculpture Unlikely Landing, and students will learn to construct hand-built clay vessels. Cost: $35 members; $45 non-members. Call (334) 794-3871 or register at www.wiregrassmuseum.org. Art Club First and last Saturdays of the month, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. at Ozark-Dale Co. Library. Miss Alden Delaney will give art lessons for children ages 5 years and up. All skill levels are welcome, we provide the art supplies, and there is no charge for the lessons. Artist Escape @ Rudd Art Center (Ozark) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. come-and-go on Wednesdays. Dowling Museum Ann Rudd Art Center, 144 E. Broad Street, Ozark. No cost and all skills are welcome. Pack up your art materials and join us! If you need technique or inspiration, advice is free too. We paint draw, cut and paste, share ideas, stories and artsy odds and ends. For more info, call (334) 445-6526 or visit www.ruddartcenter.org/. Arts & Crafts Weekly Classes Ft. Rucker Arts & Crafts Center offers a variety of classes for all ages. For more info, call (334) 2559020 or visit https://rucker.armymwr.com/programs/ arts-crafts-center. Cookies and Canvas 1-3 p.m. 2nd Saturdays. All About Art, 100 South Main Street, Enterprise. For kids, teens and parents. Class is designed to be a family experience for parents and children; however, kids 10-17 may be signed up to participate independently. Refreshments served as a part of the creative experience. $20 per 11x14 canvas; $30 per 16x20 canvas. Sign up in store, at www.allaboutartstudio.com or by calling (334) 348-2738 and paying over the phone. Private party times available. Min. of 10 people required. Cultural Arts Center Visual Art Classes 909 S. St. Andrews Street, Dothan. Children’s and Adults’ exploratory art classes will be held in the Messy Space building at the Cultural Arts Center. Registration is open online at www.theculturalartscenter.org or in person at the box office of the Cultural Arts Center. For more info, call (334) 699-2787.


Folk Art Lessons @ Rudd Art Center (Ozark) 4-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24 & 25. Dowling Museum Ann Rudd Art Center, 144 E. Broad Street, Ozark. For ages 6-13. Supplies are furnished for $10 fee. Purchase tickets ahead of time at www. eventbrite.com since there are only 8 available spots each date. For more info, call (334) 445-6526 or visit www.ruddartcenter.org/. Renaissance Art Lessons @ Rudd Art Center (Ozark) 4-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 & 2. Dowling Museum Ann Rudd Art Center, 144 E. Broad Street, Ozark. For ages 6-13. Supplies are furnished for $10 fee. Purchase tickets ahead of time at www. eventbrite.com since there are only 8 available spots each date. For more info, call (334) 445-6526 or visit www.ruddartcenter.org/. Teen Painting Classes 2-4 p.m. November 3. Dothan-Houston County Main Library – Community Room. Ages 13-19 learn how to do an abstract painting. Registration required. Visit www.dhcls.org. 2-4 p.m. November 17. Westgate Branch Library – Community Room. Ages 13-19 learn how to paint beautiful mandalas. Registration required. Visit www. dhcls.org. Toddler Tales Art Classes 10 a.m. 1st Saturdays. All About Art, 100 South Main Street, Enterprise. For kids 15 months to 4 years and their caregivers. Class is designed to be a family experience, with story time and a related art project for toddlers and their caregivers. Light toddler-friendly refreshments will be provided. Cost is $20 per child. Sign up in store, at www.allaboutartstudio.com or by calling (334) 348-2738 and paying over the phone. Private party times available. Min. of 10 people required. Private party groups can pick any painting from our archives or current paintings. “Wine” Down with Art (Canvas Painting Class) 7-9:30 p.m. November 2, 3, 9 & 10. All About Art, 100 S. Main St., Enterprise. Step-by-step class for all experience levels. You must pay in advance to reserve your spot for the evening. We accept walkins as space is available. Must be 18 years or older. Cost: $30 per person. Bring your own beverages and refreshments and we will provide everything else. For more info, call (334) 348-2738 or visit www. allaboutartstudio.com/. Youth Art Classes 4-5:30 p.m. November 6, 13 and 27. Wiregrass Museum of Art, 126 Museum Avenue, Dothan. Join us for three classes that focus on artwork on display in the galleries. Students will learn about a new work of art each week by discussing the artist and how it was created, as well as sharing thoughts on the work in a sketchbook made by each student. Pre-registration required by the first Saturday of the month. Cost: $35 members; $45 non-members. Call (334) 794-3871 or register at www.wiregrassmuseum.org.

Bible Journaling

6 p.m. Wednesdays at Enterprise First United Methodist Church, 217 South Main Street, Enterprise. Ladies’ class led by Regena Lacey in the Gathering Room. Participation fee is a ONE-TIME $10. Please register online at EFUMC.com, through the church office at (334) 347-3467 or e-mail regenalacey@gmail. com to confirm your participation.

Choral Classes

Una Voce is a community choir for children in grades 5-8,that is in residence at the Cultural Arts Center on St. Andrews St. in Dothan. Membership in Una Voce is a commitment to faithful, consistent



Support Groups & Classes and punctual attendance. It is expected that both rehearsals and performances will take a very high priority in each child’s life. Cost is $20 a month or $100 for fall session. Please visit www.theculturalartscenter.org for details.

Computer & Technology

Free Basic Computer Classes Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. at Ozark-Dale Co. Library. You’ll learn the basics of using your computer, the internet, e-mail, Microsoft Office and more! Registration is not required. Free Tech Classes Fridays from 2-3 p.m. at Ozark-Dale Co. Library. We can help you with your smart phone, tablet or your e-reader! Please bring your device to the class. Registration is not required.


Aqua Zumba 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center. Low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise. Participants do not need to know how to swim. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles. Classes are open to authorized patrons only, ages 14 and up. For more info, call (334)2559162 or (334)255-2672. Cultural Arts Center Dance Classes 909 S. St. Andrews Street, Dothan. Registration is open online at www.theculturalartscenter.org or in person at the box office of the Cultural Arts Center. Dance and choral classes are held in the CAC Dance Studio and Choreography Studio. For more info on the classes below, call (334) 699-2787 or visit www. theculturalartscenter.org. CREATIVE MOVEMENT CLASS FOR PRESCHOOLERS at Dothan Cultural Arts Center Ages 3-4, potty trained, and able to leave Mom to be in class. Meet 3:45-4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through December 11. $20 a month for class ($100 for the session). Students learn coordination, listening skills, movement skills, basic hand and foot skills related to ballet positions, and have fun moving and dancing with props. Wear basic black leotards, white tights and ballet shoes (black or pink). Contact info listed above. DANCE 1 at Dothan Cultural Arts Center Ages 5-9 (school age). Meet 4:15-5:15 p.m. Tuesdays through December 11. $35 a month for class ($175 for session). Students spend 30 minutes learning basic ballet positions, movement, vocabulary and choreography for recital, then swap and spend remaining 30 minutes learning tap with basic foot positions, shoe positions, vocabulary and choreography. Wear black leotards, white tights and ballet shoes. (Also need black tap shoes.) Contact info listed above. DANCE 2 at Dothan Cultural Arts Center Ages 10-14. Meet 5:15-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through December 11. $40 a month for class ($225 for session). Students spend 40 minutes learning advanced ballet/lyrical positions, movement, vocabulary and choreography for recital and then swap for 35 minutes and learn TAP with basic foot positions, shoe positions, vocabulary and choreography. Wear black leotards, white tights and ballet shoes. (Also need black tap shoes.) Contact info listed above. Line Dancing at Dothan Cultural Arts Center 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. A great class for beginners who want to learn MORE about line dancing. Come 10 minutes early to sign in and pay and wear shoes that slide easily on the floor. No partner needed. $5 per person per night. For more info, call (334) 701-5261

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Dale County Lunch & Learn Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Dale County 4-H/Extension Office, 202 S Highway 123, Ste. D, Ozark. The topic this month is holiday decor. For more info, call (334) 774-2329 or e-mail zcf0005@ auburn.edu.

is limited. For more info, call (334) 699-2950 or visit https://www.dhcls.org/.


Art of Yoga 9-10 a.m. First Fridays. Wiregrass Museum of Art, 126 Museum Avenue, Dothan. In partnership with Mesuva Yoga Studio, the Art of Yoga combines the

Master Gardener Training Course 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Dale County Extension Office. Classes are taught by Auburn University and extension specialists, regional extension agents, and certified Master Gardeners. Subject matter includes: plant nutrition, plant id, turf grass, landscape management, landscape design, entomology, plant diseases, vegetable gardening, home fruit production, and more. Fifty hours of volunteer service is required to become a Certified Master Gardener. Cost of the course is $150. For more info, call (334) 774-2329. Wiregrass Master Gardeners: Lunch & Learn Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Dothan-Houston County Main Library, Community Room. Join the Wiregrass Master Gardeners Association as they present on a variety of seasonal topics each month. Don’t forget to bring a bag lunch! November’s topic is Fruit and Citrus Trees. For more info, visit http:// wiregrassmga.org/.

Science & Engineering

Club STEAM Powered for Grades 5-8 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Daleville Public Library, 308 Donnell Blvd, Daleville. A fun and free afterschool science program. Learn about different fields of science and engineering through fun hands-on experiments. Program funded by a grant from the Wiregrass Foundation. Please register at the Daleville Public Library. Call (334) 503-9119 or e-mail dalevillepubliclibrary@troycable.net.


Quilts of Valor Workshops 9 a.m.-2 p.m. November 16. Fort Rucker Arts & Craft Center. Join us as we endeavor to piece together quilts under the instruction of experienced Quilts of Valor quilters. Finished quilts will be presented to Wounded Warriors, as a show of honor and comfort. Any skill level can participate as various tasks of the quilting process will be needed. Free workshops are open to the public, ages 16 and over. Please RSVP at least two days prior to workshop date. For more info or to register, call (334) 255-9020. Yarn It Darn It 5-6 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Fort Rucker Center Library. Grab your needles, yarn and thread as we create projects for every skill level from beginner to expert. This free event is open to authorized patrons ages 10+ and is EFMP friendly. Children ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call (334) 255-3885.

Sign Language

Wiggles and Giggles 10 a.m., first Thursdays and fourth Mondays at Enterprise Public Library, 101 E Grubbs St., Enterprise. FREE baby signing class. Come sing and sign! For more info, call (334) 347-2636 or e-mail director@ enterpriselibrary.org. Sign Language Class 5:30-7:30 p.m. October 29. Dothan-Houston Co. Library - Westgate Branch Community Room. Join us for another class to learn sign language basics. This class is being hosted by the Alabama Institute For Deaf and Blind. No registration necessary but space


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therapeutic nature of art with the healing properties of yoga under the instruction of certified yogi Melissa Vair. Participants will be guided through an all-levels appropriate class held in the museum galleries. Please bring your own water bottle, yoga mat, and towel (if needed). For more info, call (334) 794-3871 or visit www.mesuva.org. Weekly Evening Yoga 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays. The Herbal Toad, 120 North Court Square, Ozark. Certified yoga instructor, Alexandra Locklear. $5/class. Bring your own mat and bottled water, and a yoga block if you have one. For more info, call (334) 714-9503 or visit Theherbaltoad.com.

Support Groups


I’m 2 Young 4 Breast Cancer 6-7:30 p.m. Third Tuesdays each month. Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Women’s Center, third floor. For more info, contact Ladonna Danford at (334) 699-8111, ext. 8459. The Pink Ambassadors 11 a.m.-1 p.m. First Fridays (except January, July and September) Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Doctors Building, 7th floor Conference Room. For more info, call (334) 712-3336 or 1-800-735-4998. US-TOO Prostate Cancer (Wiregrass Chapter) 6 p.m. First Thursdays, except July and January. Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) 7th floor Doctors Building. For more info, call (334) 793-8107.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Survivors Called group meets on Thursdays from 9-10:30 a.m. The Exchange Center, 102 Morgan Street, Dothan. This is an open group, for survivors of domestic violence. For more info, call (334) 671-1966 or visit www.exchangecap.org or find us on Facebook (ExchangeCAP).

Grief Support

Grace Group Noon, first Wednesdays. Living Waters Counseling, 2130 County Road 125, Headland. This support group offers encouragement for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. For more info, call (334) 693-3380 or visit www.lwcounseling.net/.


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Support Groups & Classes Grief Goup 10 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays. Living Waters Counseling, 2130 County Road 125, Headland. Grief Group is for those who have lost loved ones and need help moving on and learning to cope with their loss. For more info, call (334) 693-3380 or visit www.lwcounseling.net/. Life In the Blood Group 6 p.m. first Mondays. Living Waters Counseling, 2130 County Road 125, Headland. This grief support group offers hope for those who have lost a child. For more info, call (334) 693-3380 or visit www. lwcounseling.net/.

Illness Support

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) 3 p.m. first Tuesdays. Newton Baptist Church, Newton. For more info, contact Melissa Enfinger at (334) 3123328 or Melissa@alsalabama.org. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Meetings 7 p.m. first Mondays of each month. First United Methodist Church, Dothan. Marie Flowers Room. Park in the front left parking lot. Enter through the door on the left behind the circular driveway (behind the rose garden). Facilitator: Will Coggins. For more info, call (334) 7022273 or (334) 794-7965. **Please note: This support group meets regardless if it is a holiday or not. Sometimes the holidays are the hardest for caregivers.**

Pain Management

AMPed Up Amputee Support Group Noon, 1st Thursday. Southeast Alabama Medical Center Rehab Services building, Neurobalance Center, 1480 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan. For more info, call (334) 712-3726. Pain 10-11 a.m. Last Tuesdays each month. Southeast Pain Management Center. For more info, call Sonya Jordan at (334) 796-1732.


Breastfeeding 10 a.m.-noon. 1st & 3rd Thursdays. Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Women’s Center, 2nd floor Conference Room C. For more info, call (334) 673-4141. Dothan First Friday Mother’s Group St. Columba Catholic Church, 2700 W. Main St., Dothan. On the first Friday of each month, moms and kids are invited to come to the 9 a.m. Mass. After Mass, moms and kids are invited to the gym for free story time and crafts for kids, and coffee and fellowship for moms. All moms and children are welcome. For more info, call (334) 944-6523 or visit www. stcolumbacatholic.com/.

Better Breathers 10 a.m. Third Tuesdays each month (except summers). Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Doctors Building, 7th floor Conference Room. For more info, call (334) 793-8025.

Crowns of Glory (formerly Hang In There) For parents of children with disabilities and illnesses. 6 p.m. on 4th Saturdays, every other month (Feb, April, June, August, Oct, Dec) Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Auditorium Conference Room. For more info, contact Lisa Patterson at (334) 793-1044. Diabetes Support 3-4:30 p.m. Quarterly 3rd Tuesdays. Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Women’s Center, 1st floor-Diabetes Treatment Center Classroom. For more info, call (334) 793-8854 or 1-800-223-0843. Dothan Patient & Family Support Volunteer Training Workshop 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, December 19. 1512 W Main St., Dothan. Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will give you a sense of purpose and worthwhile work? Support hospice patients & families; serve bereaved family members; provide administrative & clerical support; assist with fundraising or community outreach efforts; give loving support to Covenant Care Kids; honor veteran patients; and care for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers. For more info or to register, contact Donna at (850) 482-8520 or e-mail to donna. meldon@choosecovenant.org.


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services include: pregnancy testing ultrasound (limited to 1st trimester); pre-natal and parenting education programs; nutrition classes; childbirth classes; breastfeeding classes; newborn care; life skill classes; fatherhood program; pregnancy loss; abortion recovery care; and adoption referral. To make an appointment for a pregnancy test, an ultrasound, or to find out any other info, please call (334) 793-0002 or e-mail appointments@wiregrasshope.com. Also visit www. wiregrasshopepregnancycenter.com.

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)

PTSD Group Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Fort Rucker Spiritual Life Center in Bldg. 8939 on Red Cloud Road. The group follows the Veterans Affairs protocol PTSD Recovery Program and is for anyone interested in learning more about PTSD. For more info, call (334) 255-3903.

Recovery from Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. For more info on meetings near you on a day that works with your schedule, visit www.aadothan.org/ or call (334) 792-3422. ALANON Dothan Hope Family Group Noon Wednesdays. Covenant United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 3610 W. Main St., Dothan. This group is for family members and friends troubled by someone’s drinking. For more info, call (334) 798-1688. ALANON Dothan Hope Family Group 6:30 pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Covenant United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 3610 W. Main St., Dothan. This group is for family members and friends troubled by someone’s drinking. For more info, call (334) 798-1688.

Caring Hearts Meets quarterly on 3rd Wednesdays of these months: March, June, September, December. Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Doctors Building, 7th floor Conference Room. For more info, call (334) 793-8025.

Parkinson’s Support Noon, 3rd Tuesdays each month (except summers). Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) Rehab Services building, 1480 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan. For more info, call Haley McNeal at (334) 793-8961.


Doctors Building, 7th floor Conference Room. For more info, call Sharon Bidwell at (334) 793-8726, ext. 5.

Dothan Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) 10:30-noon mostly 1st and 3rd Tuesdays (November 6 & 20). Harvest Church, 2727 Fortner St., Dothan. For more info, visit www.harvestdothan.com/mops or e-mail dothanmops@gmail.com. Fort Rucker’s Mom & Me: Dad Too 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays (November 5) at The Commons in the Soldier Service Center Bldg. 5700, Rm. 371G. The FREE playgroup is for families with children ages birth to 16 months. For details, call New Parent Support Program at (334) 255-9647 or (334) 255-3359 or (334) 255-9805. Fort Rucker’s Tot Time 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays (November 7) at The Commons in the Soldier Service Center Bldg. 5700, Rm. 371G. The FREE playgroup is for families with children ages 17-36 months. Registration and proof of immunization required. For details, call New Parent Support Program at (334) 255-9647 or (334) 255-3359 or (334) 255-9805. Wiregrass Hope Group Pregnancy Resources Wiregrass Hope Pregnancy Center offers compassionate care and practical support to women and families facing a planned or unplanned pregnancy. All of our services are provided at no cost to our clients. We provide confidential care and attention through our trained staff. Our Pregnancy Center will serve you with kindness and compassion, provide you with accurate information and listen to your concerns. Programs and


Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Thursdays. Covenant United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, 3610 W. Main St., Dothan. This is a free 12-step program for any hurt, hang-up or habit you or your family may be facing (anger management, divorce recovery, sexual abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography addiction). Snack supper at 5:45 p.m. Excellent childcare (for ages 12 and under). For more info, call (334) 793-4440 or e-mail info@ covenantdothan.org. Celebrate Recovery 7 p.m. Fridays. Harvest Church, 2727 Fortner St., Dothan. Free program and all are welcome. For those with children, age-specific children’s program is available. For more info, call (334) 702-6555 or e-mail celebraterecovery@harvestdothan.com.

Special Needs

Autism Support Group For meeting location and time, call Fran Heisner at (334) 793-8714 or e-mail fcheisner@samc.org. Enterprise Autism Social Group Meets at Enterprise Public Library, 101 E Grubbs St., Enterprise. Parent groups meet Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. and Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. For more info, call (334) 4774686 or e-mail sdipilla.bcba@gmail.com.

Please send your calendar events to ashton@wiregrassaparents.com. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.


Kendell: With kids you learn really fast the art of not taking yourself too seriously. If you didn’t have a sense of humor before you had kids, you sure do once they’re here. Kids have a way of humbling you to the lowest denominator and that in itself can be hilarious. In my 20s, doing my hair and makeup before leaving my house was a priority. Now I pray every day I’m taking my kids to school that I won’t get pulled over or have a wreck because I literally drive to school barefoot in a full-on nightgown with coffee stains down the front. I have no pride. I remember seeing a mom at a store wearing Spongebob slippers before I had kids and I totally judged her for it... and now I’m like, “Makes sense.”

Kendell Shows

WP: Any advice for new moms? Kendell: I had a hard time as a new mom because I was so unsure of myself. I never felt like I knew what I was doing. I second guessed everything. And I remember thinking, “I should have gone to medical school before having this kid. How am I supposed to know all this stuff?” And I didn’t love every minute of being a new mom - just being honest. And that made me feel alone, like there was something wrong with me or I wasn’t a good mom. So my advice is, if you’re not loving every second you’re up at 2:30 a.m. with a screaming baby or you have to psych yourself up just to take a trip to the grocery store with your little one, it’s okay. It doesn’t mean you don’t love your child. It just means you’re adjusting to being a mom in a different way than some and that’s totally fine. I love being a mom so much, but those first few months with my first child were some of the hardest of my life. No one really talks about that much.

WP: What are you most thankful for and why? Kendell: I’ve always tried to be consciously grateful for my children’s relatively good health. On the rare occasion they have the stomach bug, I’m always reminded how minor that is compared to children with major health problems. Thinking about children being poked and spending their days in a hospital is a surefire way to bring you back to reality. You quickly realize a little vomit in the middle of the night is really no big deal.

WP: Being a working mom can make it difficult to find balance between your professional, family and personal lives. What do you do to make sure you don’t get mom burnout? Kendell: I go in my room, close my door and scream into my pillow for three minutes every night. Just kidding. If you can make it happen, go on a mini vacay with your husband once a year, even if it’s an hour away for the weekend. It’s so important to reconnect and be the people you were before you had kids. Recharging the batteries is important for you and them. I’m also very pro girlfriend’s weekends. Just having to only take care of yourself is refreshing. I’m very grateful my husband does his part to make sure I can go every now and then. Dads and kids should spend time together without mom. They need a chance to miss you.

WP: How are you teaching your children to be grateful/thankful? Kendell: I talk about it. I bring it up all the time. Like, whenever I can. In prayers or just when we talk on the way to school. You have to verbalize it. We cover a lot of heavy things on the way to school. I’m sure my kids have, in a way, become immune to it. Like, eye roll, “Mom’s talking about third world country kids again.”

WP: What is something you hope your children are learning from you, even if it’s not a direct lesson?

WP: Does your family have any Thanksgiving traditions?

Kendell: I am active in community theatre and have been their whole lives. So they’ve grown up coming to rehearsals with me, hanging out backstage and seeing the shows. I like that they see me actively engaged in something I love that doesn’t directly involve them. I think it’s important for moms to have their own thing. Even if it’s something small that they do every once in a while. Find your thing.

Kendell: Yeah, our tradition is I cook a lot of stuff and they just eat rolls. Just kidding, even though that’s not too far from the truth. We spend our Thanksgiving with family at Lake Martin then go see Santa Claus the next day at an outdoor market. My mother-in-law does most of the heavy lifting in the kitchen, and I’ll swoop in with a few weirdo sides I want to try that no one else will eat. WP: How would you describe your parenting style?

WP: What is the best piece of advice your mom ever gave you?

Kendell: I’d like to think I’m pretty consistent and on the firm side. I do yell when the occasion calls for it, and resort to threats and bargaining, because I’m human. Even though I love my kids, I’m not trying to be their best friend. With that said, I do try to say “yes” more than I say “no” if I can.

Kendell: Be kind. Just be kind to others. It’s not hard. So our family motto is “Work hard. Be kind.” Also, eyebrows are like frames for your face so fill them in and shape them. That’s pretty important. Kendell Shows is the social media manager at Whittaker Marketing. She’s been married to Brian for 18 years. They have two children, Grant (11) and Olivia (8), and a schnauzer, Lottie.

WP: Do you find that humor makes some parenting situations better? Wiregrass Parents I November 2018



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Wiregrass Parents November 2018  

How to create thankful kids, fun Thanksgiving games, Holiday Guide and SO MUCH MORE in this issue!

Wiregrass Parents November 2018  

How to create thankful kids, fun Thanksgiving games, Holiday Guide and SO MUCH MORE in this issue!