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contents

July+August 2013

5 12 Articles

Family Fun Guide Calendar of Events

5 37 Becoming a High-Energy Mom! 6 12 Discover Family Camp Resource Directory Enrich a Life: Volunteer 33 45 Family Builders 15 Raise a Water-Confident Kid

Tips for helping reluctant swimmers with swim lessons and the best ways to ease water fears.

Expert advice on how to get—and sustain— the physical and emotional energy you need!

Your family’s opportunity to deepen the bonds between each other and enjoy the outdoors!

Discover the importance and benefits of volunteering.

Get to know the people, places and things that make this coast special!

Camps�������������������������������������������������������������������38 Seasonal Events���������������������������������������������������41 Volunteer��������������������������������������������������������������41 Sounds Fun�����������������������������������������������������������42 The Arts�����������������������������������������������������������������43 Runs, Walks & More�������������������������������������������43 Recurring Local��������������������������������������������������� 44

Community resources offer a wide range of information and services for you and your family!

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Families are important. Spend time enjoying life together at home and on the go.

The Family Chatter Challenge���������������������������������� 16 That’s Good to Know!—Information You Can Use�����18 Show Her You Care, Show Him You Care��������19, 20 Special 4th of July Snacks & Crafts������������������������ 22 Snacks—Recipes for Tasty Get-Togethers����������������� 24 Crafts—Get Creative with Your Kids������������������������� 26 Teach Your Kids Something New���������������������������� 28

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Emerald Coast

parent It’s Your MagazineTM

This is your magazine! Welcome to Emerald Coast Parent magazine. We like to consider this your magazine. We look forward to hearing from local readers like you on a regular basis. Let us know how we might be able to participate in the continued improvement of this beautiful area where we all live and work. As busy parents ourselves, we place a high value on spending quality time with our children and are always looking for fun crafts, recipes, events and outing opportunities to add to our family calendars. If you have fun, easy and cost-effective ideas that you'd like to share with our community of readers, please feel free to email them to us at info@itsyourmagazine.com. Your ideas might just end up being featured in an upcoming issue! Here's a list of things we'd love to receive from you: • Personal stories and pictures of you and your family out and about, enjoying a favorite local attraction, restaurant or event • Recommendations and endorsements of local stores, services and restaurants • Ideas for fun crafts • Your family’s favorite recipes Let’s make this a great local magazine, together! Thanks, The EC Parent Team To advertise in Emerald Coast Parent, contact Nathan Wilson: nathanwilson@itsyourmagazine.com Phone: 503-710-1720 Publisher  Nathan Wilson Creative Director  Rob Williams Snacks & Crafts Editor  Tasha Williams Contributing Writer  Kristen J. Gough Contributing Writer  Heidi Smith Luedtke Contributing Writer  Rob Stringer Contributing Writer  Kim Seidel Contributing Writer  Joanna Nesbit Contributing Writer  Jan Udlock Photography  InsideOut Creative Arts © 2013 It’s Your Magazine. All rights reserved. Emerald Coast Parent content may not be used or reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopy, without the express written permission of the publisher. Emerald Coast Parent is not responsible for the loss of or damage to unsolicited manuscripts, unsolicited artwork, or any other unsolicited material. Unsolicited material will not be returned. It’s Your Magazine and its affiliates, contributors, writers, editors, and publisher accept no responsibility for errors or omissions with information and/or advertisements contained herein. It’s Your Magazine’s liability in the event of an error is limited to a printed correction. It’s Your Magazine does not assume liability for products or services advertised herein and assumes no responsibility for claims made by the advertisers.

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Note on flotation aids:

Avoid water wings because they move the center of buoyancy to the arms, and noodles can slip out from under a child. Never leave your child unattended even with a flotation aid.

Go to the pool often

By Joanna Nesbit

Raise a WaterConfident Kid When my daughter, Leah, was 6, I signed her up for a month of swim lessons, every day for half an hour, because, well, it worked for another mom’s kids. This mom had told me her kids’ skills didn’t progress until the third week, and a four-week block was the only way to go. Leah had taken lessons in previous summers but with little obvious success, and I fell for the mom’s advice. What I didn’t account for was my daughter’s persistent (read: stubborn) temperament and her willingness to wage silent battle by simply not getting into the pool. Oh, sure, some days she did, when the planets were aligned, but other mornings she sat on a deck chair and watched her toddler brother dabble with his perky swim teachers. Even when she did get in the pool, Leah steadfastly refused to dunk. Indeed, she didn’t dunk until a year later while in a hotel pool during a summer vacation. The key? It was her own idea. Swim lessons often feel non-negotiable to parents because we care about our children’s safety. And there’s that pesky idea that because all our friends’ kids love swimming, ours should, too. But not all kids take to water like dolphins. Keep in mind the following tips for developing water confidence in even the most reluctant youngsters, and chances are you’ll avoid poolside battles.

Taking your kids early and often to the pool is the single biggest factor for helping them love water, says Ken Erickson, general manager of Bayside Swim Club, a Washington-based organization. Regular visits make water normal. Sign up for parent/baby classes or plan to take your toddler to your local pool to play.

Play with them Young children progress quicker when parents interact with them in the pool, so make water play a family experience (and, moms, don’t worry about what you look like in your bathing suit). A warm pool, 85 degrees or more, is especially important for reluctant swimmers and will help kids relax.

Confront your own fear If you’re a reluctant swimmer yourself, you may convey to your kids that water is something to be afraid of, even if you try to hide your fear. Consider taking lessons so you can comfortably join your children in the pool (you’re never too old to learn to swim), says Lance Romo, program director at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.

Don’t pressure kids Avoid pressuring or tricking your kids into skills they’re not ready for. Praise their baby steps and trust they will progress when the time is right. If your child is fearful or timid, try a swimsuit with a built-in flotation device for extra fun and buoyancy. She’ll move beyond it when she’s ready, says Erickson. Continued on page 9

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Becoming a

High Energy Mom By Heidi Smith Luedtke

You hurry all day, tackling your too-long to-do list. By mid-afternoon, you want to collapse on the couch or get a quick fix of caffeine and carbs. Don’t. We have expert advice on how to get – and sustain – the physical and emotional energy you need.

Eat 

You’ll be tired and cranky if you’re low on fuel, says Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, a health fitness specialist and registered dietician in Washington, DC. Decide when to eat by attending to your body’s hunger signals, not based on the clock or your moods, she says. Eating when you’re not hungry causes weight gain, and extra weight weighs you down. Manage energy levels by eating a balanced plate of high-quality foods at each meal. Make it simple: Aim for one third fruits and vegetables, one third starchy carbohydrates (like beans, brown rice, or pasta) and one third lean protein. Don’t cut out fats and sugars, Scritchfield says; they’re important. Sugars give you energy and fats keep you fuller longer. When you combine them, the fats slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream, so you don’t get a sugar rush and a subsequent drop in energy. The key is to choose the right sugars and fats, says Scritchfield. Fruit, whole grains, and dairy products are smart sugar sources for your diet. Eat omega-3 fats, too. Found in salmon and walnuts, omega-3 fats help repair damaged cells and protect against inflammation. Unsaturated fats in olive oil and avocados also protect your heart.

Manage energy levels by eating a balanced plate. Bottom line: If you want energy, focus on nutrition not restriction.

Move 

 When you’re tired, exercise may feel like drudgery. “It’s counterintuitive,” says Kara Thom, an endurance athlete and co-author of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom. “Exercise helps frazzled moms save their sanity. It is both calming and energizing.” If you’re tired, get moving. You don’t have to run a 5K; commit to a 10-minute walk. When you put on your workout clothes and start walking, you’ll get some quiet time

If your tired, get moving . . . start walking

and a change of scenery. Bonus: You’ll feel so good that you’ll likely walk farther than you planned. Take the kids along for a ride or a run. “Me time” gets lost when you’re a mom, Thom says. If you feel like you have to hire a sitter to get a good workout, you’re wrong. “Once I opened myself up to exercising with my kids, being a mom didn’t restrict my workouts,” says Thom. “It gave me new options.” She rides her stationary bike in the driveway while her kids cycle around the cul-de-sac. In the winter, she pulls them on a sled while she snowshoes. The opportunities are endless if you think creatively. Commit to fitness. Soon the kids won’t be able to keep up with you.

Work 

As moms, we don’t just want energy; we want to feel focused. When you jump from task to task, productivity plummets, according to Dave Crenshaw, author of The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done. What we call multitasking is really switching back and forth between two (or more) tasks that require our attention, notes Crenshaw. The costs of switchtasking are high. Constant stops and starts drain your mental and emotional energy and decrease your efficiency. When you’re unproductive, you feel frustrated. To preserve your positive outlook, do one thing at a time. Schedule time for each task and use a timer to stay

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Sustain your energy with these cutting-edge resources. Track your nutrition with a food diary online or on your smart phone

http://www.mynetdiary.com Get fit

Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom Laurie Kocanda and Kara Thom Block online distractions while you work

http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2011/06/ block-facebook-twitter-email Sleep enough but not too much

http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/ how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need

focused. Turn off your cell phone or close your email to avoid distraction. It is a myth that women are better at multitasking, Crenshaw says; juggling work and family is especially challenging. When you don’t give people your full attention, they

Constant stops and starts drain your mental and emotional energy and decrease efficiency. notice. Be present, Crenshaw advises. Make sure you meet kids’ needs before moving on to other tasks. Giving minimal attention to

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people you love leaves everyone – including you – dissatisfied.

Sleep 

If you want to bounce out of bed in the morning, get 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Keep a consistent bedtime. Don’t work or clean house until you crash, says Janet Kinosian, author of The Well-Rested Woman; your body and your brain need time to unwind. Take advantage of your body’s natural circadian rhythm. A drop in body temperature signals it’s time to sleep. Mimic this natural occurrence by taking a warm bath or shower 90 minutes before bed, Kinosian suggests. Bedtime routines are good for grownups, too. Enjoy a cup of herbal tea or warm milk. Snuggle with your partner or read a good book. These rituals help you switch gears before sleep. Even if you’re exhausted, you

may have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Clock watching reminds you how little time

Bedtime routines are good for grownups, too. you have left for sleep and how tired you’ll feel tomorrow, says Kinosian. Turn your clock away to keep from obsessing over the time. v

Heidi Smith Luedtke is a personality psychologist and writer, who uses her energy to chase kids and dreams. Get more psychology lessons for life at www.heidiluedtke.com

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Shopping for lessons Once your child is confident with pool play, he’s ready to try lessons. For any child, but especially the reluctant child, swim experts offer the following suggestions for a successful experience.

• Look for a pool with a high ratio of instructors to stu-

dents, as well as instructors skilled with working with kids.

• Look for a pool that provides a non-threatening envi-

ronment, emphasizes fun, and doesn’t force skills such as dunking or jumping off the diving board. • Find out how instructors engage reluctant swimmers. Interaction should be positive and fun. • Ask whether instructors allow goggles. For some kids, goggles can make all the difference for going underwater.

When lessons begin • Prepare

your child for lessons by describing what to expect (check the pool’s Web site or talk with instructors in advance). • Allow your child to interact with the instructor without hovering to distract her (but don’t force separation). • Keep in mind that not all kids progress at the same rate. It’s normal for kids to repeat lessons at the same level multiple times and then suddenly leap ahead. • Try private lessons if your child isn’t progressing due to the group setting or her own fear. Some kids experience performance anxiety in a group and do better in a one-onone scenario. • For age 6 and under, take time off between sessions to avoid burnout.

For age guidelines on lessons, talk to the pool staff or refer to their Web site for recommendations but keep in mind each child’s individuality. My daughter was one of the oldest children in her level primarily because she wasn’t willing at a younger age to follow directions. Most importantly, keep it light. Once your child gets past his reluctance, he will be splashing across the pool with the rest of the kids. v Joanna Nesbit is thankful she isn’t trekking to swim lessons anymore. She told her younger child last summer that he could quit after he passed Level 5.

4th of July Fun! It’s a day of celebration, and along with fireworks, parades, and BBQs, why not have a little more fun by teaching your kids songs for the 4th of July? We came across a few songs that can be sung to the tune of many childhood favorites! Thanks to childfun.com for these great suggestions:

On the Fourth of July (London Bridge) It’s our country’s birthday, Birthday, birthday. It’s our country’s birthday, On the Fourth of July! On Independence Day (Mary Had a Little Lamb) Fireworks go snap, snap, snap! Crack, crack, crack! Zap, zap, zap! Fireworks make me clap, clap, clap On Independence Day! Way Up in the Sky (Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Wave, wave, wave the flag, Hold it very high. Watch the colors gently wave, Way up in the sky. March, march, march around, Hold the flag up high. Wave, wave, wave the flag, Way up in the sky.

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This summer instead of Family camp is also a time for you and kids to meet other families. Discuss sending just your kids to your with your kids that it is a different social camp, why not head to camp arrangement. “Parents also need to recognize are at camp with other families and as a family? Family camps they be open to social engagement and meeting are an opportunity for you diverse people,” says Tipograph. You can talk your kids about diversity and listen to their and your family to deepen toquestions about how families are alike and the bonds with each other different from your family. You and your kids and enjoy the outdoors. can start new friendships with new families. Your family can take part Activities and Services need to be well informed on what in a wide variety of activi- Parents the camp provides. “Parents should make ties planned at camp. And sure they understand clearly about living and facilities, to manage their expectations if needed, adults can find food and realize they are not at a luxurious resort some alone time too. with staff or chefs preparing customized Time Together With crammed-full lives, you race around checking off the activities that are on your to-do list and rarely ever slow down to enjoy each of your kids. You eat in front of the TV and have to be reminded to read your kid a bedtime story. You try to slow down and enjoy the moment but it doesn’t seem to work. Getting away from your home collectively can help you concentrate on each other. “The benefits of a camp experience include developing independence, selfconfidence and a sense of accomplishment, giving everyone a chance to unplug from the world around them and plug in to each other,” says Peg Smith, CEO of American Camp Association.

food,” says Tipograph. “Sometimes there are special activities for spouses, at other times it is doing something more adventurous with an older child, and then there is a time to do something creative and fun with the younger children,” says Brian Brandt of Texas, father of three and family camp attendee for three years.

Cost of Camp

Fees are set up differently at every camp; however, most fees include lodging, meals and a variety of preplanned activities. A week at camp is comparable to a week’s rental at the mountains or beach. Check with each camp’s policy as to whether the fee is per person or per group.

Family camps are an opportunity for you and your family to deepen the bonds with each other and enjoy the outdoors.

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Unplug from the world around you! Camp also offers the unique opportunities for kids to develop intergenerational relationships and a sense of community. A love for the outdoors and the appreciation of nature can develop, too. Another great benefit of family camp is that cooking and cleaning is done for you so everyone can rest and the burden is not on one parent. “Families can try new or different activities and discover new attributes or interests about one another,” says Jill Tipograph, CEO of EverythingSummer.com. ItsYourMagazine.com • Emerald Coast Parent Magazine July+August 2013 • 13

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Family

Builders Putting Family Time First!

Summertime can be an endless roller coaster of fun and excitement from one day to the next. Many families keep just about as busy during the summer months as they do during the school year. Being out-andabout every day, however, can wear a family down. Schedule some time alone with your children. Put aside the sleepovers and outings with friends every once in a while to enjoy a summer day with just your family. You don’t even need to go out of the house or spend lots of money. Spend a little time talking at the craft table or in the kitchen. Ejoy life—it’s happening all around you every day!

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The

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Years ago, as I was about to become a new father, my mother gave me one particular word of advice that has always stuck with me: “Eat at the dinner table as often as possible.” This section is dedicated to my mother—whose advice at the time seemed like such a simple “no-brainer.” Nevertheless, as time went on (and our lives began to get scary busy), I realized that her words of wisdom were starting to look more like a challenge than simple advice. My wife and I decided to accept her challenge and do our best to carry on the “simple” timehonored tradition of eating dinner at the family table. So how have

Keep track of which questions you and your family have answered by marking them off as you go.

Who did you sit with at lunch? What did you talk about?

we done? Well, I have to admit that sometimes our family calendar blows away any and all attempts of establishing a “normal” dinner time and routine. In fact, just a few weeks ago, as the family all sat down for dinner, it dawned on my wife and me that it was nearing 9:00 at night! Was it a little later than normal? Sure, but we still took the time to talk to each other about our day and ask a few probing questions like the ones on this page. Take the challenge and try them at your dinner table. Enjoy!

If you could learn how to do something new next week, what would you choose? Why?

What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?

Who is the kindest person you know? Why?

Where is your mom’s family from? Where is your dad’s from?

What person in history would you like to visit?

Who is your hero? Why? What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

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What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

Chatter Challenge Tips: Here are a number of places you can use these questions to spur on great conversations with your family!

What do you like to spend your allowance on?

At the Kitchen Table In the Family Room During Commercials

What’s the coolest thing you saw someone do today?

In the Back Yard On Road Trips in the Car Yell them out loud—out of the blue—just for fun!

Who did you sit with at lunch? What did you talk about?

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

What is your favorite thing to study at school?

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?

What is your favorite TV show?

Live Laugh Love and Talk Together Who is your best friend?

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That’s Good to Know! Information You Can Use!

This Edition: B y K i m S e i d e l

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Manners Help to Instill Respect Good manners help kids learn respect for themselves, for each other and adults. However, few kids today could pass their grandparents’ test for appropriate manners, says Aaron Cooper, a clinical psychologist and educator. Why? “Many modern parents declare it old- fashioned and turn up their noses at the importance of teaching manners—an antiquated ritual, super uncool,” says Cooper, co-author of I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy: Why You Shouldn’t Say It, Why You Shouldn’t Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead. “What well-intentioned moms and dads forget is that acquiring manners is one of the earliest ways to help kids develop self-control. And self-control, experts agree, is a key element in paving the foundation for a happy life.” Another roadblock to teaching good manners is lack of time. With today’s busy family lifestyles, it’s common to let courtesy slide, says Fran Swift, a parent educator. “I hear from parents about their children’s rudeness and disrespectful behavior,” Swift says. “This can be connected to lack of common courtesies, which respect is a huge part of.” It makes the kids unhappy when parents insist on manners – and today, parents just want their kids to be happy, Cooper says. “After one or both parents have worked all day, it’s harmony they’re looking for, not the inevitable struggle when they insist on manners,” he says. Parents would rather be “friends” with their kids than authoritative limit-setters, and friends don’t insist on manners, he says.

Role Modeling Respect Many parents often feel hurried, so they may have unknowingly fallen into a pattern of speaking rudely to their children, Swift says.

“I do believe that good manners are caught, not taught,” she says. If it’s not an emergency (teach your children what constitutes an “emergency”), children need to learn to wait their turn in conversation. Acknowledge them when you sense they have something to say, then invite them to speak when it’s appropriate.

“I believe that good manners are caught, not taught.” The tone of your voice becomes part of good manners as well, Swift says. If a parent is always in a rush, their voice may sound overly demanding. Set standards in the family—no name-calling and no insulting one another. When the children are in school, those expectations have been set. Hopefully, the good manners will carry into their classrooms and other public settings. Create a sense of sharing in the home, Swift says. Invite friends over to have popcorn and to watch a movie, and tell your children that there are plenty of snacks to go around for everyone. Enjoy family dinners at least once a week and model good table manners together, Swift says. “Parents say they want their kids to be happy, but without the capacity for self-control, few kids can ever enjoy real happiness,” Cooper says. “Teaching manners is one way parents can put their money where their mouth is.”

Everyday Courtesies As parents go through the day with their children, it’s the little courtesies that can be practiced to make a big difference, Swift says. From holding doors open to helping one another with chores, parents can model and encourage good manners in their children every day – in and out of the home. Set the standard high for proper language used in your home, Swift says. Although swearing has become more common in public and in media, that doesn’t mean it should be an acceptable manner of speaking. Other everyday courtesies include displaying good sportsmanship when competing in games together. Help children to understand that it’s okay to lose and to feel upset, but that they can try again, Swift says. In addition, help them learn respect by taking care of one another’s property. If your child borrows something from a friend, make sure they care for it and return it in a timely manner, she says. “Set expectations, start early, and remember good modeling matters,” Swift says. “Manners make up the way we treat each other. You do need to look at what’s happening as a society, and then decide what you believe and how you want your children to behave.” v

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Cut out this page. Then, cut it down the middle. He takes his half, she takes her half. Now it’s time for you both to do your part. Keep it simple. Don’t keep score. Just enjoy life and each other—as often as you remember!

Let’s face it, most of us could use a little jump-start now and then when it comes to relationships. That’s why we’ve included this section. Simple acts of kindness are a great way to say “I care about you.” Date nights are great, but when life gets busy, sometimes all that’s necessary are little reminders!

10 WAYS to sh w

R E H y u care Listen to her concerns and don’t be quick to fix. Send her out with a friend to get a manicure, pedicure or facial. Start each day by telling her you love her. Tell her something that makes her laugh. Volunteer to run an errand for her. Ask her for a list of 3 things she’d like help doing around the house. Show affection for her in front of friends. Ask her opinion frequently.

Challenge yourself to complete all 10 ideas each issue. Don’t just focus on the easy ones!

Work on getting rid of one habit that annoys her. Ask her what her top five fears/ concerns are in life.

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Cut out this page. Then, cut it down the middle. He takes his half, she takes her half. Now it’s time for you both to do your part. Keep it simple. Don’t keep score. Just enjoy life and each other—as often as you remember!

Let’s face it, most of us could use a little jump-start now and then when it comes to relationships. That’s why we’ve included this section. Simple acts of kindness are a great way to say “I care about you.” Date nights are great, but when life gets busy, sometimes all that’s necessary are little reminders!

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M I H y u care Cook him his favorite meal. Wear his favorite dress tonight. Encourage him to follow his dreams. Let him know he’s important to you. . ive him special time with you G apart from the children. Don’t overcommit yourself. Leave time for him. Email him when he’s at work, telling him how much you love him. Tell him 3 things you specifically appreciate about him. Work to get rid of one of your habits that annoy him.

Challenge yourself to complete all 10 ideas each issue. Don’t just focus on the easy ones!

Give him the benefit of the doubt when he mis-speaks.

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Snacks & Crafts What do glue, glitter, sugar and fruit all have in common? Spend a little time in the kitchen or at the craft table and you’ll find out quick—they’re all you need for a little family fun!

See pages 22-23 For Some Great Red, White and Blue Crafts to Help You Celebrate the 4th of July! As featured in our May+June Edition.

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Patriotic Watermelon Centerpiece Ingredients • Watermelon • Thin Popsicle Sticks • Cookie Cutters • Knife Directions • Cut your watermelon in half. Set one half aside to become your base. • Cut remaining halves of watermelon into thin slices, approximately ½” thick. • Using cookie cutters, cut stars out of the watermelon. • Place the stars on the thin popsicle sticks and put into watermelon base. • Put your centerpiece in the refrigerator until it is time to show off your Memorial Day snack.

A healthy, simple snack that’s perfect for hot summer days!

Oreo® Cookie Pops Ingredients • Double Stuff Oreo® Cookies • Lollipop Sticks • White Melting Chocolate • Red, White & Blue Sprinkles • Paper Plate • Waxed Paper Directions • Push lollipop sticks carefully into Oreos. • Melt melting chocolate in the microwave according to directions on the package. • Dip Oreos into melting chocolate. Place lollipop over a paper plate and sprinkle with sprinkles. You can reuse the sprinkles that fall onto the plate. • Place completed cookie on waxed paper to harden.

One of your favorite treats just got even better!

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Patriotic Clothes Pin Wreath Materials • Clothespins • Red, White & Blue Spray Paint • Wire Wreath Frame • White Star Stickers Instructions • Spray paint clothespins red, white and blue. • Spray wire frame white. • Clip clothespins to frame in sections of five pins. There are 4 wires that circle the wreath. Clip clothespins to the center two wires. Pins are not clipped to either innermost or outermost wire. • Stick white stickers onto blue clothespins to resemble a flag.

Patriotic Wind Socks Materials • Medium-sized Metal Coffee Can • Red and White Streamers • Double-Sided Sticky Tape

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Instructions • Spray paint the cans blue. Be careful to cover all surfaces first. Let dry. • Cut white paper into 4 star shapes. • Lay out a layer of waxed paper and squeeze a large dot of glue onto it. • Using a sponge brush, spread a layer of glue onto each white star, then place it on the can. Push star down with fingers, making sure that the star follows the indents of the can and is securely attached. • Using a hammer and punch, poke two holes into the base. • Cut a 40” piece of twine. Tie a knot on one end and thread the twine through the can and back down through the second hole. Tie another knot. • Cut streamers into 12” segments: 5 red, 5 white. • Attach streamers to the inside of the coffee can with double-sided sticky tape.

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Jellomelon Ingredients • Small Seedless Watermelon • 2 Small (3 oz.) Boxes of Strawberry Jello • 2 Envelopes of Knox Original Unflavored Gelatine • 2 Cups Hot Water • Large spoon or melon baller • Large bowl • A Sharp Knife Directions • Remove most of the watermelon flesh using a large spoon or melon baller. It is best if the inside of the watermelon is smooth when watermelon is removed. We left a small layer of red flesh on the inside of the semi-circle. Put aside and eat separately. • Combine the envelopes of Knox with the hot water. Make sure that all the lumps have been dissolved. The Knox will make the jello thicker. • Add Strawberry Jello powder to the mixture and mix until smooth. • Pour into the melon semi-circle and place in refrigerator until hard. Approximately 3 hours. • Slice into wedges using a sharp knife.

Idea: Watermelon works great. But don’t stop there. You can create an amzaing summertime picnic platter by trying out an array of different fruits and colors. What’s your favorite fruit? Try other combinations of fruits and jellos—orange, lime, lemon, cantaloupe and more!

Ice Cream Cookies Ingredients • Chocolate Chip Cookies • Ice cream in various flavors • Sprinkles • Ice cream scoop • Knife Directions • Scoop ice cream onto cookies and press into shape using the ice cream scoop. • Place the second cookie on top, being careful not to crack the cookies. • Use the knife to smooth the ice cream all the way around. • Sprinkle the sprinkles around the outside edge as desired. • Cookies can be placed on wax paper and put in the freezer to get firm.

If you’re an ice-cream lover and enjoy a good chocolate chip cookie, then this little treat will make your day!

Tip: You can pre-make the chocolate chip cookies or purchase them from the store. Tip: Slightly softened ice cream is easier to work with.

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Palm Tree Fruit Plate Ingredients • Kiwis • Bananas • Tangerines • Plate • Knife Directions • Slice bananas lengthwise and place on the plate as palm trees. • Slice bananas crossways to give trees a segmented look. • Peel kiwis with a paring knife. Cut kiwis lengthwise to look like palm fronds. Place on the plate at the top of the trees. • Peel tangerines. Pick apart the tangerine sections and place on plate to look like sand.

Enjoy eating your Palm Tree Fruit Plate or bring to a Hawaiian Get-Together.

Rainbow Kabobs Ingredients • Raspberries • Oranges • Pineapple • Kiwi • Blueberries • Grapes • Bamboo Skewers Directions • Cut Fruit into bite-sized pieces. • Place on skewers in rainbow order- raspberry, orange, pineapple, kiwi, blueberry, grape. • Eat and enjoy.

Tailor these kabobs to your family’s taste. Try adding a variety of different and exotic fruits.

If you’re looking for a fun yet simple snack that’s also healthy, these kabobs will do the trick. Perfect for any summertime get-together!

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Glass Jar Lanterns or Vases Materials • Glass Jars in varying shapes and sizes • Large Brush • Mod Podge • Food Coloring • Measuring Teaspoons • Tealights • Heavy Black Floral Wire Instructions • In a disposable bowl, mix 1 Teaspoon of Mod Podge with a few drops of food coloring until desired coloring is achieved. A little goes a long way. • Use large brush to apply Mod Podge over entire jar. Then use bristles to stipple a design over the jar or even twist to get swirls over the entire jar. • Put aside to dry. • Repeat with additional jars, colors and designs. • When dry, twist wire securely around the lip of the jar to hang on the fence. • Fill jars with a tealight or flowers from the garden.

Tip– Use Outdoor Mod Podge if you want to hang your lantern in the garden.

Sponge Balls Materials (For One ball) • 3 sponges • Strong String • Ruler • Scissors Instructions • Cut each sponge lengthwise into 5 strips, these will be approximately ½ inch wide. • Stack sponge pieces into a rectangle that is 3 strips high and 5 strips wide. It looks delightful if you vary the colors throughout the rectangle. • Tie a piece of strong string around the entire rectangle and pull tightly. Double-knot the string and trim the ends. • Pull and tug on the sponge until it is in the circular shape desired. • Dunk the sponge into a bucket or pool and throw it at your favorite person.

This fun and easy craft will make your family pool time a real blast!

Tip: Create sponge-war teams and single-colored sponge balls for each team and have an all-out water war! Let your kids mix colors just for fun.

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Homemade Playdough Materials • 1 Cup of Flour • ½ Cup of Salt • Food Coloring or Gel • ½ Cup of Water • Plastic or Latex Gloves • Zippered Plastic Bags

Tip: We highly recommend Wilton’s Gel Food Colors.

Instructions • Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Put on gloves if you do not want your hands to get messy or colored from food coloring. • Add water and mix thoroughly with your hands until a smooth dough is formed. • Add Food Coloring. We added from 5- 25 drops or blobs of gel depending on the color and richness we desired. Add drops in small amounts. Thorough mixing is required to get a smooth look and feel. • Store in the refrigerator in zippered plastic bags. • Have a fun time playing with the dough as a family. It is okay for Mom and Dad to play too.

Sand Handprint Keepsake Materials • Sand from Your Local Beach • Plaster of Paris • Measuring Cup • Bucket

Hang this keepsake on your wall as a reminder of your great family time at the beach! Tip: You can transport some of the beach sand home and do this entire project in a safer environment.

• Soft Paintbrush • A Collection of Shells and Rocks • A Box for Transporting Home

• Wooden Plaque • Stain • Glue

Directions • Find clean, damp sand at the beach (brush away any debris). • Prepare plaster of paris in a bucket with water according to the directions on the package. (Do not use salt water.) • Have your child press their hand into the sand (deeper impressions make stronger molds). Lift hand straight out of the sand. • Pour plaster of paris into the hand-mold and use a stick to gently smooth the top surface. Allow handprint to dry according to directions of the package (approx. 30-60 min.). • When dry, lift handprint carefully out of the sand and place into a box to transport home. • Collect small shells and rocks while you are at the beach. • When home, remove handprint from box and brush off excess sand carefully with a soft paintbrush. • Stain wooden plaque with desired color. Allow to dry. • Arrange handprint and shells on wooden plaque. Glue down each item. Be sure there is enough glue under handprint to hold it securely.

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Teach Your Kids Something New!

This Edition: B y K r i s t e n J . G o u g h

LearntoDive Little Lessons: Learning to Dive Nothing evokes summertime bliss like hurling yourself into the pool, with legs pulled into your chest and your arms holding the rest of your body tucked into a perfect cannonball – the bigger the splash, the better!

Some kids can master diving into the pool in an afternoon! Children are often naturals at the cannonball (it usually helps that their friends are cheering them on). Yet the more complex dive into the water, with a swimmer’s hands gliding them headfirst into the water, doesn’t come so naturally. With a little help from a swim instructor or parents, some children can master diving into the pool in an afternoon, while others may take the whole summer – or longer – to learn.

Water worries Until your child reaches about 7 or 8, she’s probably not ready to start diving into the pool, says Chris Bergere, a diving coach in the Ann Arbor area. “Kids need to be able to comprehend what’s going on,” says Bergere, who in 2000 was awarded the Junior Olympic Diving Coach of the Year for his efforts with the U.S. team. As a parent, you need to be able to talk your child through the process of diving. Children also need to have developed enough muscle structure and coordination. Along with physical and mental readiness, Bergere explains that children need to overcome one of the greatest obstacles to diving—fear. “Children have a conditioned reflex to pick their heads up and put their hands out when they feel like they’re falling,” Bergere explains. “As children start walking, they learn that if they don’t, they get hurt.”

For children, water seems like a solid object, so they tend to ready themselves as they would for a fall. Working against this instinct can be difficult when it comes to teaching children to dive. When your children are younger, you can help them work through their fears of diving into the pool by helping them get comfortable just jumping in. Even if they aren’t yet ready to dive, have them jump into your arms from the side of the pool.

Taking a dry run Before you even take your child poolside, talk about the process of diving – on land. Bergere suggests going to a grassy area near the pool and walking your child through what’s going to happen: “Explain to your child that the water is soft and that they should never lift their chin up.” First, the child should place her arms straight above her head with her ears snug against biceps. Her chin should tuck in toward her chest, but not to the point that her neck is uncomfortable or overextended. Her hands should be flat and placed one on top of the other, not clasped with palms together. Continued on page 31

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For beginning divers, a child should practice starting the dive in a crouched position, which makes it seem more like they’re rolling into the water with proper form: With one knee on the ground, the foot flexed to move forward and the other knee up toward the chest and stomach, with that foot flat on the ground. In this position, the child is ready to move forward and into the dive. Practice this forward motion a few times on the grass before taking the lesson to the water.

The right support Before your child attempts to dive into the pool, make sure the pool is deep enough. Ask the pool’s lifeguard what areas are OK for diving. Do not dive into a pool – or allow your child to dive into a pool – if you’re unsure whether it’s the right depth for dives. Diving in shallow water can lead to serious injuries and even death.

Some kids can master diving into the pool in an afternoon! Once you’ve been given the go-ahead to practice diving, bring your child to the edge of the pool with his lead foot over the rim. Bergere suggests supporting your child by placing one hand on his hip and the other on his arms so you can help glide him into the water. Explain to your child that as his front foot flexes and pushes forward, the motion will also push him into the pool, hands first (as long as he stays in the right position). At first, this feeling might seem like he’s falling into the pool. Be careful that when you’re supporting your child, you don’t push him into the pool, but rather, gently guide his movements so that he feels more confident diving in. As your child gains confidence, go ahead and let him practice without your hands to support the movement.

Giving up Sometimes, despite your best efforts, children just don’t respond to parents’ lessons. Or maybe you don’t feel quite confident in your own diving, so you’re not ready to instruct your child. Either way, you might look into having a swim or diving instructor teach your child how to dive instead of making the lesson an unpleasant experience for you both.

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Camps can be held at various times of the year. Many are held during off seasons as weekend getaways for families.

Find a Camp

So how easy is it to pick a camp that everyone will enjoy? “Family camps offer activities that are appropriate for all ages, allowing everyone from the very young to the young at heart to have a positive camp experience,” says Smith.

The camp experience is as unique as every family member. “From mountain biking to jet skiing, to communal meals with nice families (without the stress of shopping, cooking, and cleaning) to swimming in the pool or boating in the lake—we enjoyed it all,” says Joyce Friedman of New York, single mom of twins. Family camp is the beginning of building lifetime memories. v

Some camps do the shopping, cooking and cleaning for you! It’s important to do your research to find a camp that matches your family and their interests. Investigate the camp’s philosophy and talk with the director. Make a list of questions, such as: What is included in the cost of camp? What activities are planned for younger children and older children? Inquire about staff training and check out if the camp is accredited by American Camp Association. Sleeping accommodations and bathroom facilities vary from camp to camp so ask questions and read the camp material. Additional childcare options are also available. Families can check out ACA’s family resource site at www.CampParents.org to search for camps with specific programming, in specific regions, and by budget.

Jan Udlock is a freelance writer and virtual assistant. She can be contacted at janudlock.com.

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Sandra smiled when she heard her 10-year-old daughter say, “Mom, that man said I did a good job serving the pancakes.” Sandra replied, “Yes, you did. You gave him a smile, too.”

Enrich a Life:

Volunteer!

As parents, when you volunteer, not only are you receiving a variety of benefits ranging from health benefits to psychological benefits but you are helping out another individual and modeling positive behavior for your children. “Numerous studies done over the past twenty to thirty years indicate that volunteering on a regular basis (just one to two hours a week) results in real health benefits for the one giving,” says Gail Johnston, author of The Social Cause Diet: Find a Service That Feeds Your Soul. By Jan Udlock

Benefits Are Numerous Parents often volunteer at their child’s school. They are asked to help out in their child’s classroom in a variety of ways ranging from cutting out paper shapes to heading the newest fund raiser. Moms and dads help out the teacher by reading with kids, supervising the playground, organizing parties, chaperoning at field trips, and other tasks to help the teachers. Volunteering can result in lower rates of depression to longer lifespan, according to Johnston. Moms and dads often volunteer as sports coaches for their child’s team. This volunteer position can include long hours and times of frustration, but gives you special one-on-one time with your child. This investment of time builds relationship with her and creates longlasting memories. Sue Finnigan, mom of 6, shares about one night at a Muscular Dystrophy Camp where she volunteers. Young adult campers in wheel chairs and volunteers performed karaoke. “That evening provided a time for them to be able to sing their hearts out and feel ‘normal’ for a time. One young man told me he never wanted this evening to end,” shares Sue. “There are subtle benefits to volunteering such as an attitude adjustment when you experience the magnitude of someone else’s needs in comparison to your own,” says Johnston. Volunteering allows you to meet people that you would not necessarily have a chance to meet. It gives you an opportunity to find a new strength or area of interest. When your child volunteers, this enhances your child’s social skills. With an older child, volunteering is an important area that colleges are always looking for on college applications. Continued on page 34

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Volunteer Opportunities for Families Families can volunteer at the local food pantry and can help deliver meals to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels. A family can adopt a road in their community and keep it clear of trash and debris. Elderly people love to talk to children so families with young children can also visit convalescent homes. Children can read stories to the residents. “I learned that even if you aren’t getting paid for something, you can still reap benefits,” says Preston Devine, George Fox University Junior. As a parent, talk with your kids about the need for volunteering. Talk about why you think it is a good idea to volunteer and how important it is to think about other people and their circumstances. “Remind yourself daily that growing in your ability to love unconditionally and give sacrificially is actually the best thing for you,” says Johnston.

Service at Home

Volunteering does not always mean you have to leave home. Teaching your kids to serve at home is an important part of parenting. When family members serve each other, it gives the child a chance to look beyond his needs and to the needs of his siblings. When your older child tries out a new recipe or rubs your neck because you’re tired, applaud her efforts. “Children grow in selfesteem and confidence by learning at a young age how to be a contributing member of their family,” says Johnston.

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Older children can help babysit a child for a young couple who needs a night out. Families can bring a meal to an elderly couple in their neighborhood. If you or your spouse have a financial or mechanical talent, you can help out another family with budgeting advice or help them fix a faucet.

Check Out More Opportunities

Local newspapers and regional parenting magazines often have lists of volunteer opportunities in your area. Hospitals have volunteer coordinators that can be contacted for further information.Volunteer Match (http://www.volunteermatch.org) has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that your family can investigate. Kelsey, a 20-year-old college student, shares that when she was in first grade, she was assigned a seventh-grade volunteer buddy in school and her class visited a nursing home. “I was extremely shy at that age and would basically cling to her hand the ENTIRE time. But she never complained, never let go and didn’t try and force me to talk.” Kelsey, who now volunteers with young people, explains that “now I have young girls who run up and give me a hug or who jump up and want to be on my team. It makes me want to be a better person for them.” What can be better than that? v

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July 8th - July 12th, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

SummerWILD Children’s Summer Camp

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - Movie Making 101 2nd – 5th grade

Weekly, Mon., Fri., July 1st - August 2nd, (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village

July 8th - July 12th, (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.) Okaloosa STEM Center, Valparaiso

Summer goes WILD at HarborWalk Village with Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Children 1st-6th grade can spend an exciting week on the Destin Harbor learning about exotic animals and their natural habitats. Children will talk with a real marine biologist, do arts and crafts, and encounter actual animals like owls, tortoises, gray foxes, and raccoons! Learn about dolphins, sharks, seashells, sandcastles, and more! Contact Susan Leveille at 850-650-1880 to register. Cost is $150 for the week; family discounts are available.   

Trash to Treasure - All Ages

July 1st - July 3rd, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center Let’s dig in the recycling bin and see what we can make with what we find. From mobiles and ornaments to flowerpots and stepping stones – let’s get crafty AND help the planet! This short week camp is for all ages. Cost is $60 ECSC members, $72 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Independence Week – Ages 5 -12

July 1st - July 5th, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost Is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

Camp YOLO for Kids - Ages 6 -12

Every Tues. & Thurs., July 2nd - Labor Day, (9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center Every Tuesday and Thursday kids ages 6-12 have the chance to join the fun at Camp Yolo from 9am to 12:30pm. This includes a snack, drink and a t-shirt. Pricing is $65.00 per child. For more information call 850-267-7877 or visit www.sandestin.com/yolo.

Summer Art Camp with Abrakadoodle Ages 4 -13 Every Mon. & Fri., July 3rd - August 2nd, (4 p.m. - 7 p.m.) - Emerald Grande

Join us for a night of art and FUN with Abrakadoodle! Let mom and dad enjoy the “boring adult” stuff while you get

your hands dirty making a masterpiece! Cost is $30 per child, which includes all art supplies and a light snack. For more information call 850-424-0613.

Messy Science - 1st – 3rd grade

July 8th - July 12th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center Messy Science is one of our most popular camps and it is messier than ever! Ooblek, check! Slime, check! Worm painting (worm painting?), check! As long as your child isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty we guarantee they will have a great time! Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

LEGO Deep Space Terraformers & Gross Science - 4th – 6th grade

July 8th - July 12th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) & (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center Morning Camp: Go to the edge of the universe on a mission to make a distant planet habitable for humans. Campers will build robots, learn programming, tackle challenges, and hone their robotics and project-planning skills. Afternoon Camp: This is the ooiest, gooiest, slimiest and grossest camp EVER! There are no words to describe it except AWESOME! Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Lights, cameras, LEGO® action! Use LEGO® bricks to tell YOUR story, complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO® mini-figure characters! Students will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation. Working as a team, students will use LEGO® components to build the set and props, then shoot their movie using a camera. Teams will use movie-making software to add special effects, titles, credits and more. Don’t miss your chance to be a movie producer! – BRICKS 4 KIDZ® camps are a highenergy, fast-paced setting where kids discover, explore, invent and create. . Participants will receive a mini-figure at the end of the week and a white Bricks4Kidz® T-shirt as well as a snack each day. For camps which run from 9-3, students will need to bring a sack lunch. For more information call 850-729-0096 or visit www.bricks4kidz.com. Cost is $180 for the week.

Birds - 2nd – 6th grade

FRIDAY ONLY, July 12th, (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center No one does summer FUN better than the Emerald Coast Science Center. We have been FUN-sizing our best ideas to put together some FUN-tastic camps that your child is going to love! It’s going to be a Summer of FUN! Cost is $20 ECSC members, $25 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

LEGO’s in Motion - Play Soccer and Amazing Mechanisms - 1st – 3rd grade July 15th - July 19th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center

Campers will be introduced to robotics as they build moving models and learn to program using the LEGO WeDo robotics system. Activities include: Goal Kicker, Goal Keeper, Cheerful Fans, Dancing Birds, Smart Spinner, and Drumming Monkey.Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

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Marine Biology & Tiny Science - 4th – 6th grade July 15th - July 19th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) & (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center

Morning Camp: What lives in the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico? We will be getting out the nets and microscopes to see what we can find! Afternoon Camp: The science of small things can be fascinating! We will be using microscopes, hand lenses, and close observation to give a whole new meaning to “It’s a Small World!” Cost is $200 ECSC members, $240 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Healthy Habits Week – Ages 5 -12

July 15th - July 19th, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost Is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

Kids’ Fine Art

July 15th - July 19th, (1 - 3 p.m.) ADSO Art Center The Arts and Design Society again offers the opportunity for children to participate in creating visual arts in its summer “Kids’ Fine Art Camp.” Classes begin on Monday with the ancient skills of clay artistry and feature a different medium each day, including drawing, painting, and printmaking. There are 4 sessions of the camp, organized by age groups. Session 4: Ages 6-11, July 15 - 19, 1 pm-3 pm. The cost for each of the week-long sessions is $60 per child ($50 for the children of ADSO members). Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 12, for July Sessions. Classes will be at the ADSO Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, FWB. For further information or to register, call 850-244-1271, or visit www.artsdesignsociety.org.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - Extreme Expedition 2nd – 5th grade July 15th - July 19th, (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Okaloosa STEM Center, Valparaiso

Face forces of nature, and construct transportation equipment to bring your team together from around the globe to complete your mission to rescue a team member from a natural disaster each day. This camp is designed for those students who have experience with

Camps Bricks4Kidz® models. We’ll visit a new continent each day and explore landmarks, geography, and animals using Google Earth and virtual field trips! Each of our camps will provide at least 20 hours of fun and educational activities. Participants will receive a mini-figure at the end of the week and a white Bricks4Kidz® T-shirt as well as a snack each day. For camps which run from 9-3, students will need to bring a sack lunch. For more information call 850-729-0096 or visit www.bricks4kidz.com. Cost is $180 for the week.

Mammals - 2nd – 6th grade

FRIDAY ONLY, July 19th, (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center No one does summer FUN better than the Emerald Coast Science Center. We have been FUN-sizing our best ideas to put together some FUN-tastic camps that your child is going to love! It’s going to be a Summer of FUN! Cost is $20 ECSC members, $25 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp A production of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company Sun., July 21st - July 27th - Destin Elementary School

Group Auditions Sun. July 21, 3 - 4 p.m. Camp - Mon.-Frid., 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. & Sat. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Ticketed Performance - Sat. 6 p.m. ($5/adults, children under 12 free). Cost: $125 per student, Age - 2nd-12th Grade in the Fall of 2013 A very spectacular dramatization of Scheherazade’s most wondrous tale filled with the magic and mystery of the Arabian nights and a touch of comedy. Students will experience auditions and casting (everyone gets a role), acting and theatre games, and scenic and prop construction in a positive team building environment. For more information call 850-650-2226.

Space Explorers - 1st – 3rd grade

July 22nd - July 26th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center Explore the solar system and discover the planets. We’ll build rockets and shoot them into the sky and create models of satellites. Learn about constellations as you make your own with glow-in-the-dark paint and beads. Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

LEGO Robotics & EC Explorers - 4th – 6th grade July 22nd - July 26th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) & (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center

Morning camp: This is an introduction to building and programming LEGO Mindstorm Robots. In small teams, you will use your new skills to meet such challenges as beating your opponent at Sumo wrestling or finding your way around an obstacle course. Afternoon camp: We will learn how to use a compass, look for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig, use nets to see what we can find living in the Santa Rosa Sound, and more! Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Career Week – Ages 5 -12

July 22nd - July 26th, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost Is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - Remote Control Mania 2nd – 5th grade July 22nd - July 26th, (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Okaloosa STEM Center, Valparaiso

Kids will love to see their creations in motion using LEGO® wireless remote controls. Each day, campers will use fascinating and challenging LEGO® components to create dynamic vehicles, inventions, machines and more. As they enjoy the fun of building, campers will understand the basic working principles of many ingenious devices that are part of our everyday lives. Campers will also learn how to magnify, diminish and redirect force to move objects at different speeds and in different directions. This camp is loads of fun and learning for budding builders. Each of our camps will provide at least 20 hours of fun and educational activities. Participants will receive a mini-figure at the end of the week and a white Bricks4Kidz® T-shirt as well as a snack each day. For camps which run from 9-3, students will need to bring a sack lunch. For more information call 850-729-0096 or visit www.bricks4kidz.com. Cost is $150 for the week.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - Advanced Movie Making 2nd – 5th grade

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onion skinning and chroma key. You should have completed Movie Making 101 before enrolling in this session. Participants will receive a mini-figure at the end of the week and a white Bricks4Kidz® T-shirt as well as a snack each day. For camps which run from 9-3, students will need to bring a sack lunch. For more information call 850-729-0096 or visit www.bricks4kidz.com. Cost is $180 for the week.

Bugs & Spiders - 2nd – 6th grade

FRIDAY ONLY, July 26th, (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center No one does summer FUN better than the Emerald Coast Science Center. We have been FUN-sizing our best ideas to put together some FUN-tastic camps that your child is going to love! Cost is $20 ECSC members, $25 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Grossology - 1st – 3rd grade

July 29th - August 2nd, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center Grossology—the study of really gross things. What’s funny is that things that initially make you say “Oh gross!” are actually pretty amazing once you know what’s going on. Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

CSI: Fort Walton Beach & Young Engineers 4th – 6th grade July 29th - August 2nd, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) & (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center

Morning camp: Use your sleuthing skills to solve crime! Will you be able to solve the mysteries and crimes we come across during the week? Afternoon camp: Spend the week taking on all sorts of engineering challenges involving toothpicks, paper, sugar cubes, gumdrops, eggs, popcorn – you name it! How tall can you make a tower? How much weight can your bridge design hold? Let’s see! Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC nonmembers. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Nature Around Us Week – Ages 5 -12

July 29th - August 2nd, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost Is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - Extreme Expedition 2nd – 5th grade July 29th - August 2nd, (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Okaloosa STEM Center, Valparaiso

Face forces of nature, and construct transportation equipment to bring your team together from around the globe and rescue a team member from a natural disaster. This camp is designed for those students who have experience with Bricks4Kidz® models. We’ll visit a new continent each day and explore landmarks, geography, and animals using Google Earth and virtual field trips! Each of our camps will provide at least 20 hours of fun and educational activities. Participants will receive a mini-figure at the end of the week and a white Bricks4Kidz® T-shirt as well as a snack each day. For camps which run from 9-3, students will need to bring a sack lunch. For more information call 850-729-0096 or visit www.bricks4kidz.com. Cost is $180 for the week.

Endangered Species - 2nd – 6th grade

FRIDAY ONLY, August 2nd, (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center No one does summer FUN better than the Emerald Coast Science Center. It’s going to be a Summer of FUN! Cost is $20 ECSC members, $25 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Messy Science - 1st – 3rd grade

August 5th - August 9th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Emerald Coast Science Center Why do we offer it twice? Because the camp is so popular! Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

Crazy Chemistry & Forces of Nature 4th – 6th grade

August 5th - August 9th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) & (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) - Emerald Coast Science Center Morning camp: What does Ms. Melanie do in her spare time? She makes things pop, fizz, change color and explode and she’s going to share her discoveries with you! Afternoon camp: Nature’s fury at its finest! Find out about hurricanes, thunderstorms,

earthquakes and other extreme natural phenomenon! Cost is $100 ECSC members, $120 ECSC non-members. 10% discount available for siblings. 10% discount for 3 or more camps. For more information call 850-664-1261 or visit www.ecscience.org.

HISTORY ROCKS!

August 5th - August 9th, (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida announces HISTORY ROCKS! Summer Camp with a different theme each day. - History Through the Eyes of a Child. Space is limited (ages 5-12) $60 or $50 Museum members (Pre-registration Required). For more information call 850-678-2615 or visit www.heritage-museum.org

Game Day Week – Ages 5 -12

August 5th - August 9th, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) - YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost Is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ - Extreme Expedition 2nd – 5th grade August 5th - August 9th, (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Riverside Elementary, Crestview

Face forces of nature, and construct transportation equipment to bring your team together from around the globe to complete your mission to rescue a team member from a natural disaster each day. This camp is designed for those students who have experience with Bricks4Kidz® models. We’ll visit a new continent each day and explore landmarks, geography, and animals using Google Earth and virtual field trips! Each of our camps will provide at least 20 hours of fun and educational activities. Participants will receive a mini-figure at the end of the week and a white Bricks4Kidz® T-shirt as well as a snack each day. For camps which run from 9-3, students will need to bring a sack lunch. For more information call 850-729-0096 or visit www.bricks4kidz.com. Cost is $180 for the week.

Color Me Bright Week – Ages 5 -12

August 12th - August 16th, (6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) - YMCA FWB / Shalimar Elementary / Walker Elementary, Crestview Camp includes breakfast and lunch. Cost Is per week; $85 for members, $105 non-members. For more information call 850-689-2999.

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S eason al A Celebration of Independence Golf Cart Parade Thurs., July 4th - (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) - Tennis Center to The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Celebrate the beginning of summer by scoring some major deals. Shop the Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Silver Sands Premium Outlets and get extra discounts on top of everyday savings of 25%-65%. For more information on this free event, call 850-654-9771.

Freedom Festival

Thurs., July 4th, (6 -9 p.m.) - First United Methodist Church, FWB Families are invited to join the Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Church (FWB FUMC) for it’s annual Freedom Festival, Thursday, July 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. The festival will be outdoors, on the lawn of the church located in Fort Walton Beach. There will be free food, fellowship, a gigantic water slide, and activities for all ages. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring bathing suits and towels for the kids and folding chairs for the entire family. The festival will conclude by watching the Fort Walton Beach fireworks which are fully visible from the church grounds. Attendees enjoy the city’s fireworks without having to fight the traffic and milling crowds. For more information visit www.fwbfumc.org or call the church office at 850-243-9292.

4th of July Extravaganza on the Harbor

Thurs., July 4th, (6 -11 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village Celebrate Independence Day with a special fireworks show at HarborWalk Village! For more information call 850-424-0600.

Red, White and Baytowne

Thurs., July 4th, (6 - 10 p.m.) - The Village of Baytowne Wharf Join Sandestin for its spectacular 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun, an evening that lights up the sky and family activities. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a host of kids activities from 6-10 p.m., including kids’ crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting. Live music will be performed from 6-9 p.m. Grab your boogie shoes and join in the fun. We will light up the sky over the lagoon with our 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at 9:15 p.m. For more information visit www.sandestin.com/events or call 866-912-3224.

SunQuest Cruises / SunVentures Dolphin, Sunset & Fireworks 4th of July Cruise

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County’s only family cruise excursion, the SunVenture I Catamaran. Skip the traffic and park at the Sandestin Resort to cruise the beautiful waters, see the playful dolphins and have the best seat in the house for the 4th of July fireworks. The ultimate memorable experience! For more information and reservations, visit www.sunventurecruises.com or call 850-424-6465.

4th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Sat., July 6th, (7 - 9 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village Watch hungry competitors go head to head in the 4th Annual HarborWalk Village Hot Dog Eating contest sponsored by Dave’s Dogs. Then enjoy Departure: the Journey Tribute Band rocking the docks starting at 7pm! For more information call 850-424-0600.

The Back-to-School & Fall Preview Sale at Silver Sands Premium Outlets Thurs., August 1st - Mon., August 5th - Silver Sands Premium Outlets

Get ready to head back to school in style with Silver Sands Premium Outlets special Back-toSchool & Fall Preview Sale. From Aug. 1 - 5, enjoy extra discounts on top of the center’s savings of 25%-65% off every day. Center hours are Monday - Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For more information please visit www.premiumoutlets. com/silversands or call 850-654-9771.

Labor Day Weekend Celebration

Thurs., August 29th - Sun., September 1st HarborWalk Village Summer 2013 ends with a weekend of family activities, free concerts, and fireworks! Rock the Docks Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, one last time with live concerts in the Village. The event will begin and end with a spectacular fireworks display over the Harbor. For more information please call at 850-424-0600 or visit www.emeraldgrande.com/event.aspx.

Smoke on the Coast benefiting the Fisher House

Tues., July 2nd, (4:30 - 9 p.m.) - Destin Commons We need your help staffing the BBQ booths and ticket sales. Also needed is someone to decorate our Fisher House booth. It’s always HOT, but it’s a fun, patriotic event. Questions? Email: nhussong@co.okaloosa.fl.us or phone 850-651-7131.

Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Tues. - Sat., (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - At Museum

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is seeking responsible community volunteers to assist with greeting and reception in the Museum’s Gift Shop. Volunteers are needed for shifts 10a-1p or 1p-4p Tuesday – Saturday. Interested individuals may call 850-678-2615 or stop by the Museum 115 Westview Avenue in Valparaiso, during regular business hours, Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Have fun, make friends and help “Save History!” Volunteer at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida!

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Fri., July 5th, (7 - 11 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village Rock the Docks with a FREE public concert on the HarborWalk Village stage with Departure: the Journey Tribute Band rocking the docks starting at 7pm! For more information call 850-424-0600.

The Big Dig

Wed., July 3rd, (7 - 9 a.m.) - The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa See highlighted area for details.

City of Destin’s Independence Day Celebration & Bike Parade

Wed., July 3rd, (7 - 9 a.m.) - Morgan Sports Complex The City of Destin will host its 5th Annual Independence Day Celebration & Bike Parade on Wednesday, July 3rd, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Morgan Sports Center. The event is for the whole family with tons of fun activities for children of all ages. The Bike Parade will start the celebration at 6:30 p.m. Children ages 14 and under are asked to decorate their bike, scooter or wagon with patriotic decorations for the parade. Decoration awards will be given for different categories and ages. Parade check-in will begin at 5:45 p.m. next to the concession stand located in the middle of the softball fields at Morgan Sports Center. Following the parade will be live music, kickball, moonwalks, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and much more. And, be sure to stick around for the fireworks show! Bring your chair, blanket and snacks. Sorry, no pets allowed. For more information, please call 850-650-1241 or email recreation@ cityofdestin.com.

July 4th - Free Admission to the Heritage Museum

Thurs., July 4th, (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida Bring your family and friends to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida on Thursday, July 4, and receive free admission from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historic exhibits include Native American, Panhandle Pioneers, early 19th century transportation and industries such as turpentine, boat building and fishing. Other exhibits include a hands-on Discovery Room for children, a military exhibit with artifacts from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War and a temporary exhibit commemorating 500 years of Florida history that showcases Okaloosa County’s Time Capsule. All guests will receive a free American flag while supplies last. For more information visit www.heritage-museum.org or call 850-678-2615.

Parents - Scurvy Dog’s Adults Only Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

of giving to the youth of Crestview. We want to express that there are other alternatives to drugs, alcohol, sex and other addictive lifestyles. We would like to communicate that there are wholesome ways to give back to the community. For more Information please call Riky Edwards at 850-682-1776 or visit www.calvaryunited.net.

Sat., July 6th, (9 - 10:30 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village Guests in costume will receive a complimentary wine or beer. Call 850-269-0896 to book your reservation.  

Destin Girls Night Out

Thurs., July 11th, (6-8 p.m.) - Designer Consigners Enjoy door prizes & refreshments. New York City Jewelry Designer Melody McEnaney will be the featured artists for a trunk show from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information call 850-654-7227.

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN (formerly Jr. Miss)

Sat., July 27th, (7 p.m.) - FWB City Auditorium DYW is a scholarship program when upcoming SENIOR girls in OKALOOSA COUNTY compete in 5 categories for scholarship awards. (GRADES, FITNESS, TALENT, INTERVIEW, & Self-Expression - actually Public Speaking). They are evaluated/scored by out of state judges, & there is a minimum of 10 scholarship awards made, in addition to a few colleges who present tuition scholarships as well. Scholarship awards come largely from the TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donations from successful businesses & individuals in the county. The winner advances to the STATE competition, & the STATE winner advances to the well-known NATIONALS held in Mobile every June. We have confidence in the people of the county to help fund these awards, & we have confidence in our winner to represent Okaloosa County strongly at both the STATE & NATIONAL level! For more information call 205-886-5552.

8th Annual Back to School Bash

Fri., August 16th, (12 - 3 p.m.) - Old Spanish Trail Park Calvary United Church will be once again hosting their 8th community wide Annual Back to School Bash at Old Spanish Trail Park in Crestview on Friday, August 16th. Free food and drinks will be given away and we will also be giving away back packs and school supplies and about $1500 in prizes and gifts! Thousands of young people attend this event every year. Our focus for the Back to School Bash will be on creating goodwill and spirit

The Big Dig

Wed., July 3rd, (7 - 9 a.m.) - The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa On July 3, Hilton Sandestin will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people buried in the sand simultaneously. It’s called “The Big Dig” and we want 750 people to participate and break the standing world record of 684 set earlier this year in Ecuador. There is no cost to participate and an approved digging tool will be provided. For more information visit www.sandestinbeachhilton.com/the-bigdig or call 850-267-9500.

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Run, walk or wheelchair for the house rain or shine, and a free kids run after the 5k. Expo, Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration: Friday, July 5 from 12 to 7 p.m. at Running Wild, Saturday, July 6 from 6 to 7 a.m. at Seville Quarter. After the Race: Awards Ceremony, Refreshments, Music, Giveaways and More! To register, visit: www.werunwild.com/events/event/firecracker-5k or call 850-477-2273.

“Paddle for the Promise” to Benefit Covenant Hospice

Sat., August 3rd, (9 a.m.) - FWB Yacht Club

“Beyond the Flat Plane: 3-D” Art Show Tues., July 2nd - Fri., August 2nd The Art Center Gallery

Opening reception for the Arts and Design Society’s “Beyond the Flat Plane; 3-D” show is scheduled for Friday, July 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibition is limited to three-dimensional art, which sometimes takes surprising turns. The show begins July 2 and runs through August 2. Gallery hours are 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday-Friday, and 1 pm - 4 pm, Saturday. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public. The Art Center gallery is located at 17 First Street, SE, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-244-1271 or visit the Website at www.artsdesignsociety.

Les Miserables

Wed., July 17th - Sat., July 20th & Thurs., July 25th - Sat., July 27th, (7:30 p.m.) - Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College The play is based on a novel written by Frenchman Victor Hugo and published in 1862. Set in early 19th-century France, it tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who violates the terms of his parole but finds redemption in the ensuing years through a series of virtuous and philanthropic deeds. Mahle, a theatre professor, is not only overseeing the set, but also playing the role of Javert, a lawman and long-time nemesis of Valjean, who Javert is determined to see punished for his crimes. For more information or tickets, visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 850-729-6000.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp A production of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Sat., July 27th, (6 p.m.) - Destin Elementary School A very spectacular dramatization of Scheherazade’s most wondrous tale filled with the magic and mystery of the Arabian nights and a touch of comedy. Students will experience auditions and casting (everyone gets a role), acting and theatre games, and scenic and prop construction in a positive team building environment. For more information call 850-650-2226.

Baytowne Wharf Art Walk

Fri., August 30th - September 1st, (5 - 10 p.m.) The Village of Baytowne Wharf The Village of Baytowne Wharf welcomes the fresh fall season under the moonlight with a weekend good for the art and soul with world-class art and live music in the Village Events Plaza. For more information visit www. sandestin.com/events or call 866-912-3224.

The Fort Walton Yacht Club will host the inaugural “Paddle for the Promise” stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race to benefit Covenant Hospice. This event will be held at the yacht club located on Choctawhatchee Bay, Saturday, August 3. Participants can choose between the 5-mile elite or 1-mile recreational course, as well as a three-person team relay race. A separate 1-mile race will be offered for youth aged 12 and under. Awards will be offered in various categories for each event, including best costume for jousting competitors. For more information visit www.eventsatcovenant.org/ paddle or call Jenny Perkins at 850-598-5003.

Emerald Coast Redfish Classic

Sat., August 17th - Baytowne Marina Registration Friday August 16 starting early morning with fishing starting at first light until 3pm. Weigh ins at 3pm. The Emerald Coast Redfish Club was founded by local anglers with the desire to promote “artificial only” catch and release redfishing in a fun and competitive atmosphere. Weekend novices to full time professionals, all will enjoy our events. The Club is an excellent opportunity for anglers to not only learn how to catch redfish, but to test their skills against other anglers in our club tournament series. For more information visit www.theredfishclub. com or contact Mike Pattison 850-377-0195 or Jim Whitaker 850-419-5775.

27th Annual Sandestin Triathlon

Sat., August 24th - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

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The 27th Annual Destin Triathlon (formerly the Elephant Walk Triathlon) will lure 700 participants for a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a 4-mile run through Sandestin’s beach and bayside community. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast. For more information visit www.sandestintriathlon.com.

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Free American Sign Language Course

Every Mon., July 1st - August 26th, (6 - 7 p.m.) Crestview Public Library The Crestview Public Library presents an American Sign Language Course free for middle school age to adult. It is a basic course which will include the ASL alphabet, numbers, colors, people, travel, transportation, family & relationships, clothing, animals, seasons, food, feelings, occupations and more. For more information call instructor Janet LaRoche at 850-689-2591 or the library at 850-682-4432.

Baytowne Block Party

Every Mon., July 1st (7 - 9 p.m.) - The Village of Baytowne Wharf Shake a leg with DJ Glen at the Baytowne Live Stage on Cannery Row. He will be spinning your favorite tunes for kid’s to dance to. Stop for some cotton candy or popcorn. Create your piece of the puzzle for our Baytowne Mural Project! Show us your favorite part of Baytowne, and help us complete our summer mural. Join us on Mondays for an adventure of fun!

Pre-School Story Time

Every 1st & 3rd Tues. of each month, (1:30 p.m.) Fort Walton Beach Library Let your child explore the magic of books: 3-5 year olds (includes 6 year olds in the summer).

Marine Life of Northwest Florida

First Tues. Series - July 2nd, (10 a.m.) - Crestview Public Library Brooke Saari, Marine Science Extension Agent with the University of Florida and Florida Sea Grant Extension Program, will present “Marine Life of Northwest Florida” at the July 2nd First Tuesday Series program at the Crestview Public Library. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. with coffee, cookies, and juice served starting at 10 a.m. For more information call the Extension Office at 850-689-5850 or email bsaari@ufl.edu.

Familyies - Cruise with us at the Pardi Gras Parade with Buccaneer Pirate Cruise Every Tues., July 2nd - Labor Day, Before the parade, (3:30 p.m.) - HarborWalk Village

The most spirited family aboard the cruise wins an opportunity to ride with us at the Pardi Gras Parade on our float. Call 850-269-0896 to book your reservation.  

Pardi Gras Parade

Every Tues., July 2nd - August 27th, (6 - 10 p.m.) HarborWalk Village Who wants some beads?! Join us all summer long as HarborWalk Village transforms into “The Big Easy.” Enjoy dazzling floats, beads, the Village Brass Band, stilt walkers, jugglers and excitement around every corner during this FREE PARADE through HarborWalk Village! For more information call 850-424-0600.

Tattoo Tuesdays

Every Tues., (6 - 9 p.m.) - Toys & Treasures in The Village of Baytowne Wharf Join us at Toys and Treasures, located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf this summer for Glitter Tattoo Tuesdays. $5 a piece every Tuesday night from 6-9 p.m. For more Information, visit us in person or call 850-267-6550.

Thursday Night Concert Series - Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Concerts in the Village Wed., July 3rd Concert Finale, (7 p.m.) Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, Destin

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is proud to announce the 18th Annual Concerts in the Village Held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in the heart of Destin. The Picnic Supper Club is a benefit to sponsors and available MKAF members who wish to purchase a season table to host friends, family or clients in a cultural atmosphere. Local featured restaurants alternate weekly serving fresh, affordable cuisine prepared on-site, and even offer a kid’s menu. Admission is $8 per adult and children under 12 and MKAF members are free. For more information visit, www.MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call 850-650-2226. 

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Every Wed. night, (7 - 9 p.m.) - Village of Baytowne Wharf We’ll be tantalizing your musical taste buds with an array of musicians to entertain all of our guests.

Red, White, and Blue Celebration Kick-Off – Hero Reunion on the Harbor Every Thurs., July 4th - August 29th, (6 - 9 p.m.) HarborWalk Village The Red, White, and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village is a weekly honoring of a local hero. The celebrations highlight the efforts of people who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, free kids’ crafts, and a WWII replica flyover. The evening is topped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the Destin Harbor. For more information call 850-424-0600.

Rock the Docks

Every Sat., July 6th - August 24th, (7 p.m.) HarborWalk Village Rock the Docks with a FREE public concert on the HarborWalk Village stage every Saturday night! For more information call 850-424-0600.

Parents - Scurvy Dog’s Adults Only Buccaneer Pirate Cruise

Every Sat., July 6th - August 3rd, (9 - 10:30 p.m.) HarborWalk Village Guests in costume will receive a complimentary wine or beer. Call 850-269-0896 to book your reservation.

Pirate Pete and the Case of the Missing Fisherman

Every Fri., July 7th - Labor Day, (6 - 7 p.m.) HarborWalk Village Join the cast of this interactive children’s show from Emerald Coast Theatre Company as they search the area for Fisherman Fred. You might even get picked to be part of the crew of Pirate Pete’s ship! This family friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information call 850-424-0600.

Twin Hills Drum Circle

1st & 3rd Sun. of each month, (4 - 6 p.m.) Twin Hills Park on Hwy 90, Crestview This is a fun music-filled group for the community out at the park every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. All are welcome, including the kids. For more information call Tiffany at 772-323-6029.

Poetry & Music Jam

Every 2nd Tues., July 9th & August 13th (6 - 7:45 p.m.) - Crestview Public Library Poets and musicians are invited to bring their work and instruments to a free-form openmic poetry reading and jam session. For more information call Esther at 850-682-4432 or Rick at 850-585-6399.

Stargazing Basics

Every 3rd Tues., July 16th & August 20th, (6:30-8 p.m.) - Crestview Public Library The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will be at the Crestview Public Library every third Tuesday to answer astronomy questions and help beginners get started stargazing. For more information visit www.nwfastro.org

Talk to the World with Amateur Radio First Tues. Series - August 6th, (10 a.m.) Crestview Public Library

“Talk to the World with Amateur Radio”— August 6th First Tuesday Series program at the Crestview Public Library. For more information call the Sandra Dreaden at 850-682-4432.

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Directory Planes, trains & automobiles . . . and everything else in between! The Emerald Coast has a wealth of attractions for all those who visit or call the coast home. It's amazing just how much there is to do if you embrace your adventurous spirit and simply explore your own backyard. Whether you're looking to plan a field trip or just a fun family outing, there's always something to look forward to on the Emerald Coast. Here are just a few ideas for places to visit. And don’t forget to send us your favorites! info@itsyourmagazine.com

Wesley Mansion Welcome to Eden Gardens State Park The focal point of this 161-acre park is the beautifully renovated, two-story Wesley house with its elegant white columns and wrap-around porch. The moss-draped live oaks and ornamental gardens inspire visions of hoop skirts and landed gentry. Named after a wealthy Florida timber family, the park is part of the family's estate. The house holds the second largest known collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States. Visitors can also take a stroll along the grounds and enjoy the picnic area. 181 Eden Gardens Road Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 850-267-8320 w w w. f l o r i d a s t a t e p a r k s . o r g / EdenGardens/

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Emergency Numbers Sheriff & Police Okaloosa County Sheriff�������������������� 850-651-7400 www.sheriff-okaloosa.org

Walton County Sheriff������������������������� 850-892-8186 www.waltonso.org

Bay County Sheriff���������������������������������850-747-4700 www.bayso.org

Escambia County Sheriff�������������������� 850-436-9580 www.escambiaso.com

Santa Rosa County Sheriff����������������� 850-983-1100 www.santarosasheriff.org

Ft. Walton Beach Police���������������������� 850-833-9546 www.fwb.org

Panama City Beach Police����������������� 850-233-5000 www.beachpolice.org

Florida HWY Patrol������������������������������ 800-665-2794 www.flhsmv.gov/fhp

Florida Poison Control������������������������ 800-222-1222 www.fpicn.org

US Coast Guard���������������������������������������850-244-7147 www.uscg.mil/d8/stadestin

Fire Department Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-8413 www.destinfire.com

Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-833-9565 www.fwb.org/fire

South Walton�������������������������������������������850-267-1298 www.swfd.org

Navarre����������������������������������������������������� 850-939-5236 www.hnfd.org

Niceville����������������������������������������������������850-897-3689 www.northbayfd.org

Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-6121 www.crestviewfl.org

Panama City Beach������������������������������ 850-872-3053 www.pcbfire.com

Medical Centers & Hospitals Destin Emergency Care�����������������������850-837-9194 www.fwbmc.com/our-services/destinemergency-care-center.dot

Ft. Walton Beach Medical������������������ 850-863-7610 www.fwbmc.com

N. Okaloosa Medical Center�������������� 850-689-8100 www.northokaloosa.com

Libraries Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-8572 www.readokaloosa.org/details_destin.html

Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-833-9590 www.readokaloosa.org/details_destin.html

Walton��������������������������������������������������������850-267-2809 www.focbl.com or www1.youseemore.com/ walton/about.asp?p=22

Navarre����������������������������������������������������� 850-981-7323 www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries

Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-4432 www.cityofcrestview.org/library.htm

Niceville��������������������������������������������������� 850-279-4863 www.cityofniceville.org/library.html

Chambers of Commerce Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-6241 www.destinchamber.com

Navarre������������������������������������������������������850-939-3267 www.navarrechamber.com

Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-244-8191 www.fwbchamber.org

Walton County����������������������������������������850-267-0683 www.waltonareachamber.com

Niceville��������������������������������������������������� 850-678-2323 www.nicevillechamber.com

Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-3212 www.crestviewchamber.com

Pensacola������������������������������������������������� 850-438-4081 www.pensacolachamber.com

Panama City Beach������������������������������ 850-235-1159 www.pcbeach.org

Museums Air Force Armament����������������������������� 850-651-1808 www.afarmamentmuseum.com

Destin History & Fishing��������������������850-837-6611 www.destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org

Indian Temple Mound Museum����������� 850-833-9595 www.trailoffloridasindianheritage.org

Heritage Museum of NW FL�������������� 850-678-2615 www.heritage-museum.org

Walton County Heritage����������������������850-951-2127 www.waltoncountyheritage.org

Wesley Mansion������������������������������������� 850-231-4214

White Wilson Medical-Destin������������850-837-3848 White Wilson Medical-Ft. Walton��������� 850-863-8100

Post Offices

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Sacred Heart������������������������������������������� 850-278-3000 www.sacredheartemerald.org

Emerald Coast Urgent Care��������������� 850-654-8878 www.emeraldcoasturgentcare.com

Niceville Twin Cities���������������������������� 850-678-4131 tchospital.com

Navarre Baptist�������������������������������������� 850-939-4888 www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/BMPNavarre

Experience the feeling of swimming in the Gulf of Mexico with an awardwinning exhibit of fish caught in Destin. View a large collection of antique fishing rods and reels. The most unique is constructed of split bamboo with an original Penn Reel that belonged to Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy vintage photographs of early Destin settlers, boat captains and much more. Tuesday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wednesday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Thursday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday  10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday   10:00 am – 4:00 pm Admission Fees: Adults $5 Seniors & Military $4 Children $3; Children under 6 are Free Destin History & Fishing Museum 108 Stahlman Ave. Destin, FL 32541 850-837-6611 www.destinhistoryand fishingmuseum.org

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Emerald Coast Science Center��������� 850-644-1261

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Destin History & Fishing

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Destin���������������������������������������������������������850-837-6312 Ft. Walton Beach����������������������������������� 850-244-2625 South Walton������������������������������������������ 850-269-1186 Navarre����������������������������������������������������� 850-939-0381 Niceville��������������������������������������������������� 850-678-2021 Crestview������������������������������������������������� 850-682-2634

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Public Transportation

Delta���������������������������������������������������������� 800-221-1212

Okaloosa County Transit���������������������850-833-9168 www.rideoct.org

Mid Bay Bridge���������������������������������������850-833-7562 www.mid-bay.com

United Airlines��������������������������������������� 800-864-8331

Movie Theaters

AMC Destin Commons 14�������������������850-650-4579 At the Destin Commons Mall

Cinema Plus���������������������������������������������850-302-0129 Downtown FWB

Lively 10���������������������������������������������������850-654-2992 Off of Hwy 98 in Destin

Regal Sun Plaza�������������������������������������850-244-4252

Air Force Armament Experience the aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today's high tech planes and bombs. Inside, you'll find an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays that will amaze and intrigue. Outside displays include vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built - the SR-71 Blackbird! Admission is FREE and all are welcome! Monday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Wednesday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Thursday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Friday  9:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday   9:30 am – 4:30 pm Sunday Closed Air Force Armament Museum 100 Museum Dr. Eglin AFB, FL 32542 850-651-1808 www.afarmamentmuseum.com

www.delta.com Service may be provided by Delta or a Delta Connection carrier. Provides nonstop service daily to Atlanta, GA (ATL).

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UA Santa Rosa 10����������������������������������850-243-5260 At the Santa Rosa Mall in FWB

Radio Stations 1120 AM – Progressive Talk 1260 AM – Fox News Talk 1340 AM – ESPN Sports 91.1 FM – Contemporary Christian 92.1 FM – Oldies 93.3 FM – Adult Contemporary 95.3 FM – Talk Radio – Local Crestview 98.1 FM – Country 99.5 FM – Rock 102.1 FM – Classic Rock 103.1 FM – Adult Contemporary 105.5 FM – Country 106.3 FM – Smooth Jazz 107.3 FM – Classic Rock

www.united.com Express Jet provides nonstop service to Houston, TX (IAH).

US Airways���������������������������������������������� 800-428-4322 www.usairways.com Provides non-stop daily service to Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Washington, DC (DCA).

Southwest���������� 1-800-I-FLY-SWA / 800-435-9792 www.southwest.com Provides non-stop flights daily to and from Baltimore, MD (BWI), Houston, TX (HOU), Nashville, TN (BNA), and Orlando, FL (MCO) with connecting service to international destinations.

AirTran��������������������������800-Air-Tran / 800-247-8726 www.airtran.com 3 Daily Flights to Atlanta with 351 seats.

Rental Cars

Avis�������������������������������������������������������������800-331-1212 Enterprise�������������������������������������������������800-261-7331 National���������������������������������������������������� 877-222-9058 Budget������������������������������������������������������� 800-527-0700 Hertz�����������������������������������������������������������800-654-3131

Airports NW Florida Regional Airport – VPS�����850-651-7160 www.flyvps.com

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport–Panama City Beach���������������850-763-6751 www.iflybeaches.com

Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional���������850-436-5000 www.flypensacola.com

Destin Airport������������������������������������������850-651-7160 www.flydts.com

Crestview Airport – Bob Sikes�����������850-651-7160 www.flycew.com

Airlines American Eagle��������������������������������������800-433-7300 www.aa.com Provides non-stop service to Dallas, TX (DFW).

It’s our goal to make this guide as useful and complete as possible. If we have omitted any resource you feel could be useful to our community of readers, please feel free to send us your recommendations at: info@itsyourmagazine.com

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Emerald Coast residents truly enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the rest of our country. Our beautiful, clean and uncluttered beaches ar...

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Emerald Coast residents truly enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the rest of our country. Our beautiful, clean and uncluttered beaches ar...