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Homemade Italian For The Whole Family

Connecting You To The Capital City

A Word from Our Mayor Winter Storm 2014: Pulling Together To Stay Safe There's no doubt about it, good luck plays a huge role in how well a community fares during a winter storm. Two other important factors are having good people and having a good plan. While the ice and snow Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange of this winter will be in our memories for many years to come, I hope that we remember the great work that many of our City employees performed when the weather conditions were at their worst. Our City-County EMA professionals closely monitored forecasts, kept us informed and activated our Emergency Command Center to ensure resources were efficiently directed to meet citizen needs. EMA Director Calvin Brown joined us last year. He worked in New Orleans during Katrina and the aftermath. His experience was evident during our winter storm. Employees in our Streets Maintenance and Sanitation departments worked tirelessly to keep our roadways as safe as possible. Nearly 1,900 tons of sand were spread on streets,


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bridges and overpasses. Our motto of, "sand early and sand often" was effective. Our Police and Fire/Rescue personnel worked many hours of overtime responding to snow-related and regular emergencies. The new South Central precinct in the former Montgomery Mall had its grand opening just several days earlier and was a major asset in the City's response to the storm. Our 911 and 311 call takers were a precious line of communication between our citizens and agencies tasked with serving the public. Some calls had to be answered by department heads like Rob Spivery, the director of Parks and Recreation and others who left their areas of expertise to support the storm effort. The media performed their job superbly. They worked long hours and had frequent reports to keep the rest of us informed. Finally, our citizens deserve loads of credit for their role in minimizing the storm's impact. We took the unprecedented step of closing City streets; a hard decision that likely caused inconvenience and monetary losses for some businesses. But, by staying home, accidents and crises were avoided and lives were saved. When Old Man Winter was at his worst, the Capital of Dreams pulled together to weather the storm.



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Virginia Saunders Amelia Strickland Frank K. Rho

Editor/Creative Director Emily Hillman Cobern Operations Manager Allie Manzari Advertising Representatives Virginia Saunders Donna Ellis copy & features director Whitney Wall-Williams Front Cover PhotograpHY Nick Drollette Photography Contributing Photographers Nick Drollette Photography Pet Pawtography by Diana Bunch Adrian Freeman Photography Dreamers Photography by Adrienne Quick Contributing Writers Dr. Wendy R. Coleman Geri Cronier Rebekah Edwards Corey & Donna Ellis Henry Hernandez Kasey Hope Dr. Frederick Jackson, O.D. Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM Dr. Kalai Mugilan Dr. Frank K. Rho JT & Leanne Geoff Stough


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Welcome to Carrabba's Italian Grill! The fabulous team featured on the cover is from left to right: Dan Magner, Regional Food Tech; Thomas Owens, Manager; Ruben Holguin, Managing Partner; Kellie Kissinger, Joint Venture Partner; Candice Richards, Catering Manager and Alondise Horne, Kitchen Manager. Are you in the mood for some cuisine inspired by the beauty and culture of Italy? Then Carrabba’s Italian Grill is the place for you! Carrabba’s was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas over 27 years ago out of a desire to create a familystyle restaurant experience that made guests feel as though they were dining in a friend’s home. Carrabba’s Italian Grill offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere featuring a unique dining environment for their customers. Dining experiences range from an intimate Family Table in the main dining room, where families and friends can share quality food and time, to a more intimate, social experience, where mature guests can meet-andgreet at the bar and sip some Italian or Californian vintages. Many of the recipes on the menu here at Carrabba’s are those of Damian’s mother, Grace and sister, Rose. Damian travels the world in search of the best ingredients and the most unique Italian dishes to ensure that the food at Carrabba’s tastes authentic and delicious!

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Carrabba’s is best known for its wood-burning grill. Signature dishes such as Chicken Bryan, Pollo Rosa Maria and Marsala are enhanced with flavor imparted by this grill.

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Signature Pastas sauces are made from scratch every day. Not only does Carrabba’s cater to the palate of an older crowd, but the little ones will also find something to satisfy their taste on the Bambini Menu.

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Carrabba’s offers a list of seasonal cocktail specialties such as peach, red, white and blackberry sangria to perfectly complement many of Carrabba’s flavorful dishes. A premium selection of domestic and imported beers is also available. Carrabba’s Italian Grill features Carside Carry-Out, Call-Ahead Seating and Handicap Accessibility. They cater to guests who manage their gluten intake by providing a Gluten-Free Menu. Delivery for catering orders is another service of the restaurant. Carrabba’s is located at 1510 Eastern Blvd.

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In This Issue


2 What's New in the City? 4 A Word from our Mayor 8 Sights To See 10 Health & Fitness 16 Life Lessons 20 workforce 24 Good Taste 32 Faith 34 Education Station 40 Kid’s Corner 42 Meow Woof & Chirp 44 Insurance 101 46 Shopping Spree 56 Worth A Look 58 Datebook 62 Map It Out


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Alabama News on CBS & ABC 59 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 4 Alabama State University Theatre 61 American Forest Management 21 Artistic Expressions 41 Auburn University Montgomey 39 Cafe Louisa 29 Carrabba's Italian 31 Chris' Hot Dogs 27 Churchill Academy 38 Cronier's Fine Jewelry 47 Deramus Hearing Aid Centers 33, Back Cover DoubleTree by Hilton 9 Doug's 2 Salon 57 Eastside Grille 25 Filet & Vine 30 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 55 Fitzgerald Museum 55 Golf Charity Tournament 16 Green Gate School 36-37 Holy Cross School 34 Hue Studio 56 Jones Law Foundation 15 Lee & Lan Florist 19 Looney’s SuperSkate 40 Lush Makeup Art 57 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 20 Mela's Boutique 55 Montgomery Humane Society 58 Montgomery Medical Supply 10 Moses & Moses Accounting 21 Nick Drollette Photography 50 Oak Grove Inn 11 Old Alabama Town 39 Pediatrics at Twilight 10 Pet Pawtography by Diana Bunch 41 Phoenix Salon & Spa 15, 51 Primary EyeCare 7 Prissy Paws 16 Quite the Pair 49 RezFIT 14 River Region TV 18 Riverfront Park/Harriott II 54 State Farm, Henry Hernandez 45 Steak ’n Shake 27 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 43 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 51 The Space Walker 39 Tomatino's 29 Tonya Speed Dance Studio 40 Two Blessings Gift Boutique 53 UPS Store 23 Walker 360 35 WCOV / Fox 20 52 Wilson Shaw IT 22

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b y G e o f f S to u g h Religion has always played an important role in Montgomery. From the time the city was founded in 1819, various denominations began forming, sharing a common building until an individual structure could be completed or meeting in homes. One of the early churches in Montgomery was St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. It was the first Catholic Church built in Montgomery on the corner of Lawrence Street and Adams Avenue. The land for the new church was donated by Mr. Edward Hanrick and would remain the permanent location of St. Peter’s Church. In 1834, a small frame church was completed and dedicated by Bishop Michael Portier of Mobile. The first priest of St. Peter’s was a cousin of Bishop Portier by the name of Gabriel Chalon. Father Chalon served the parish for three years and his hard work solidified a strong, though small Catholic presence in Montgomery. After three years at St. Peter’s, Father Chalon was transferred to Mobile.

By the mid 1840s, the population and wealth of Alabama was moving south and with it came the state capital. In 1850, the parish of St. Peter’s was given a full-time resident priest. Under his leadership, the current structure was built. The church was constructed in the Spanish style and completed in 1852. It was dedicated on September 10, 1853 by Bishop Timon of Louisiana, assisted by Bishop Portier of Mobile.

In 1881, a 25-foot enlargement was made along the front of the church, towers added and major changes to the interior of the church were completed. Ten years later, a new pipe organ was installed. The organ was reportedly one of the oldest in the area. It served the parish until the 1950s, when mechanical problems caused it to shut down. St. Peter’s has also played an important role in education and medicine in Montgomery. The Sisters of Loretto began the first Catholic schools for boys and girls. The school was eventually moved to Vaughn Road, where it remains as Catholic High School. The Daughters of Charity came to Montgomery and founded St. Margaret’s Hospital, which was in operation until 1988. St. Peter’s has successfully served the Montgomery community since its founding in the early part of the 19th century and continues to serve the area today. It started St. Andrew’s in Cottage Hill, St. Bede’s on Atlanta Highway and Our Lady Queen of Mercy on Narrow Lane Road.


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Health & Fitness



Do you know the feeling of having a dry mouth? You know, when you wake up in the morning after you had been sleeping for hours with your mouth open. Your tongue feels like a disgruntled puffer fish and your gums and cheeks burn. Your teeth feel like they are covered with a thin film of tar. It’s hard to swallow, and you know it is not the time to get up close to breathe on anyone. Except on maybe your dog... dogs don’t judge. Now imagine what it would be like to deal with this feeling all the time. That is what it is like for millions of people who deal with dry mouth syndrome. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is when your salivary flow is stunted or stopped. There are many reasons why this can happen. Many medications cause dry mouth as well as some medical conditions such as Sjogrens disease and diabetes. It is uncomfortable and annoying. It can also cause tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva is your mouth’s natural bathwater. It’s like a cool rush of clean water hosing away the post mardi gras funk on Bourbon Street. It provides and delivers disease fighting substances throughout your mouth. It neutralizes acids and washes away food and other debris. When saliva is stopped or restricted, the natural balance of your mouth shifts. It becomes more acidic and the bacteria and fungus that lives in all of our mouths becomes more concen-


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trated and potent. Some other irritations include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or dry nasal passages. It is difficult to appreciate how uncomfortable it can be until one has experienced it his or herself.. If you’re one of the many people who suffer from dry mouth, talk to your dentist and physician about what you can do. Your physician can diagnose the source of it and your dentist can help you cope with and prevent any dental and oral problems it can cause. I came across a fantastic webpage with information about coping with dry mouth. It’s a lot to type in, but its worth it: symptoms/dry-mouth. Have a great March and don’t forget to smile big and often!

Dr. Frank K. Rho received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University in 1997. He has worked with numerous dentists and specialists and has lectured in communities on the subject of dental care throughout the United States. He is an active member of a number of organizations composed of dentists who keep abreast of the latest trends and techniques in dentistry. Dr. Rho practices general dentistry in Prattville, Alabama.

Protecting Your Eyes f ro m E l e c t ro n i c D e v i c e s

The bright side of electronic devices has a dark side, and that is Blue light. Adults and children alike have developed an insatiable diet for electronic devices and their content. Children as young as two years old use electronic devices and some parents use these devices as surrogate baby sitters to appease children. Many children get their first smartphone and gaming device by age 6, and now schools are turning in textbooks for tablets. Blue light emitted by our electronic devices including television has started a tsunami of potential harm for our eyes and general health. There is a solution, so keep reading…..

The Problem with Blue Light When we are exposed to electric light (especially tablets, PCs, smart phones, LED lights and TVs) after dark there is suppression of melatonin, a hormone that controls our circadian rhythms which increases alertness causing sleep deficiency. Light at night and especially Blue light is bad for your health says Dr. Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School. Teens have a lot of distractions to disturb sleep. Being very social, they don’t want to sleep because of the allure of texting and social media. 12

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Teens should get 8-9 hours of sleep at night and it’s not happening. Teens normally have delayed sleep phase syndrome where they stay up late and get up late on weekends. Doctors at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami say this lack of sleep triggers obesity, headaches, sleep disorders and a general inability to concentrate. Some 40% of people in the United States report that their sleep is insufficient, with 25% reporting difficulty concentrating secondary to fatigue. The US Institute of Medicine estimates that between 50 million to 70 million people in the United States suffer adverse health consequences from sleep disorders and sleep deficiency, including greater risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and stroke. When children lose sleep they become hyperactive instead of sleepy which may artificially inflate the prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Czeisler of Harvard says, “the more we light up our lives the less we seem to sleep.”

The second problem with Blue light emanating from sunlight or electronic devices is the damage to the retina increasing the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in adults over age 55. The wavelength of blue light causes oxidative damage from a lifetime of exposure that is seen by your optometrist when he or she carefully inspects the retina/macula in your eye examination. There are special instruments like OCT used to follow this oxidative damage. One in four adults over age 65 will develop AMD. It is predicted that the number of people developing AMD will triple in the next decade because of increased exposure to Blue Light. The reason to prevent this condition is that it destroys an individual’s independence by affecting our ability to read or drive a car. Vision impairment has been shown to be associated with more falls and hip fractures, depression and worst of all increased mortality. These lenses contain ocular pigments and melanin in the optimal ratio to filter Ultraviolet and harmful blue light while preserving natural color perception. - Parents need to promote healthy habits for their kids such as plenty of structured sleep, time for exercise, eating fruits and vegetables and putting aside electronic gear, including TV and smartphones, after dinner.

A Practical and Fashionable Solution - Schedule a comprehensive eye examination to assess current eye health and discuss this serious problem with your eye doctor. - Ask about specialty eyeglass lenses (medical eyeglasses) that filter harmful blue light. There are indoor and outdoor lenses. The only brand that effectively blocks both the wavelength that damages the retina and suppresses melatonin is BluTech.

To learn more about protecting your eyes and enhancing your vision for life, call Dr. Jackson at Primary Eyecare Associates, 334-271-3900. Dr. Fredrick Jackson received his undergraduate degree from Huntingdon College, and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of AL-Birmingham 1984. He has practiced in the Montgomery area for over 27 years and his areas of specialty includes treatment of dry eye syndrome and nutritional eye care, and management of refractive surgery patients. The Pride of Montgomery


Health & Fitness

Persistence is Ke y

by Corey & Donna Ellis

When you strive to commit to a healthier lifestyle, you must stay consistent with a routine. It gets tough, but the key to success is to continuously focus on your initial lifestyle goals. We often start the journey, but then some interruption occurs. It could be as simple as having to pick the kids up from school at the time your regular workout is scheduled. And for some individuals, it only takes one day of derailment to initiate the spiral affect. You must put the last day behind you and get back on track immediately. You control the situations that come before you. So if you allow interruptions to continue to set you back from your journey, you'll forever complain about how tough it is for you to change your lifestyle. Surround yourself with positive thinking people, even if that positivity isn't coming from inside your home. A support group is vital, but persistence is the key. Maintain focus and success will come!!!


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The article I wrote on hope in the January issue received a lot of attention. So I thought I would continue the series on hope. At the time, I wrote that hope does not rely on empirical data. Hope is an emotion and an attitude. Even in the face of a negative ending, we should continue to hope. If you lived hopeful and died hoping, someone may notice the hope you breathed. It can be apparent not just in you, but in all those around you. And when others see it, the fire of hope does not extinguish, but flames anew. That is how humans have not only learned to fly, but visited the moon and are pondering a trip to Mars. Let us not forget, many died in the process,

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but they all hoped for a successful venture. The only thing that can defeat and demoralize fear is hope. Any form of fear can be vanquished by the light of hope. Doctors are baffled when they find their patients healed of cancer and heart disease reversed. Hope allows for these outcomes. Hope is why we pray every day. The act of praying is simply a testament of hope. I say to remain hopeful no matter what. Even when circumstances are dire, hope nevertheless. It gives energy to you and all around you. Hope feeds the motivation to act for the betterment of our lives.

Dr. Kalai Mugilan received his Doctorate of Health Promotion/Medical Sociology. He is an Assistant Professor at South University and the co-founder of Varietas LLC Diversity Training, Certification, Staff Augmentation, which is located in Montgomery. He had workshops in New Orleans after Katrina and currently works with local veterans. To contact him, please call 205-243-7747.


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dogs on several levels of certification designed to work in specific venues, such as hospitals, cancer treatment centers, youth detention facilities, nursing homes, schools and children’s therapy centers. Their services have proved to be invaluable to the many lives they touch. DOC has 52 certified volunteer teams that provide services to Volunteers Diane Bradford and her dog, Annabelle over 25,000 adults and children each year. They are a recognized therapy dog certifying organization with the American Kennel Club. Dogs On Call begins a new training class on April 7 at Petco. Classes are free and run for six consecutive Monday evenings. Visit their website for more information at www.

Dogs On Call works with children with disabilities in therapy sessions that are designed to stimulate motivation and target the specific needs of each child. K-9s 4 Kids awards trained service dogs to children who need a 24/7 working partner. Both organizations are programs of Easter Seals Alabama. Dogs On Call (DOC) provides training and certification for therapy dogs. They train and test

K-9s 4 Kids is a service dog program dedicated to finding the right dog for the right job for the right child. They train service dogs for children with disabilities who need a full-time trained partner to live the most independent, productive and happiest life possible. K-9s 4 Kids service dogs are trained for balance, panic intervention, fall alert, wheelchair assistance and diabetic alert, then awarded to children in Alabama free of charge. For more information and an Application, visit Easter Seals Alabama is the largest national provider of services to children and adults with disabilities. To find out more, or to make a donation, please call 334-395-4489.

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JT & Leanne: Married with Microphones! Out of Our Comfor t Zone... Every once in a while, you have to leave your comfort zone to experience new things. And this past February, we did just that. We had never been on a ski trip before. As a matter of fact, we had never even really watched skiing until the Winter Games on NBC this year. After much thought and little consideration for our lack of skill, we decided to book a vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado, or as they call it there, "ski country.� With the kids in good hands, we flew to Denver then drove about an hour up to a mountain resort for a fast paced 4-day adventure on snow and ice! The first indication that we had no idea what we were doing was when we arrived at Budget Car Rental to pick up our subcompact vehicle with no horsepower and 2-wheel-drive. Luckily, the attendant realized what was happening and helped us into a Kia Sportage 4WD SUV. Nice! Day one of our private ski lesson started with 4 in the group. Only 3 came back after lunch! If you've never been on skis before, imagine heading down a hill at a pretty fast pace with little or no control. You make the decision to bail out by falling on your rear end or hitting the person or object directly in front of you. That's how it feels until you learn to balance and turn correctly. Then it's a lot less hazardous to yourself and those around you! We had a blast! And between the lessons and great hills at Breckenridge and the night skiing and "schoolyard" hills at Keystone, our experiences proved to be exhilarating! We had the time of our lives. It's something we had never done before and will remember for a long time to come! Most importantly, it gave us a break and a time to connect with each other as a couple, which is rare with the crazy lives we lead on the air and with our 3 teenage girls.


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Most businesses today rely on technology, but technology is not always reliable. That's where Wilson Shaw Information Technology comes in! When computers are down, so is your company's time and money. Wilson Shaw IT offers managed services and the highest level of support so that you have time to focus on growing your business. The dedicated technicians can identify areas of improvement and make recommendations to help achieve maximum availability and reliability of your technology infrastructure. Wilson Shaw IT will construct a unique business plan that works best for you, your employees, and your organization as a whole. Founded by Hanan Wilson and Brad Shaw, Wilson Shaw IT has forged loyal relationships with customers and put together a great team of employees. These relationships and a world class team have lead to their continued steady growth. Wilson Shaw IT is passionate about their customers and the ability to help them succeed by offering a unique business model. This business model has been a large part of the growth and success Wilson Shaw IT has seen. All of the highly trained and certified technicians come from various IT backgrounds, and each one has a specialized skill set to make them uniquely qualified to work with your environment.

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A Tasteful Experience For Over 11 Years

Eastside Grille's Signature Drink, "A Tasteful Experience"

Eastside Grille provides excellent food and atmosphere and offers a dining experience you will want to enjoy over and over again. It was founded February 21, 2003, by Eric Duggan and Mitch Johnston. Having worked in the restaurant business for many years, they wanted to take the best parts of what they have learned to create a unique restaurant. Eric and Mitch started Eastside Grille with a strong goal and philosophy, “To combine food, service and atmosphere into a ‘Tasteful Experience.’” From start to finish, Eastside Grille provides a unique experience worth repeating. Many factors distinguish Eastside Grille from other restaurants,

Owners Mitch Johnston and Eric Duggan including a 2,000-square-foot patio, early live outdoor entertainment, catering for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and their unique combination of a classy but casual atmosphere. Eastside Grille’s secret of success is the hands-on operation by the owners who are really involved in our community, serve on many committees and boards, and participate in worthwhile fundraisers. Eastside Grille's primary menu includes: steaks, pasta, seafood, a homemade lunch special, and their signature house salad dressing - apple vinaigrette. Eastside Grille is the only restaurant in Montgomery who offers this dressing! The restaurant has been nominated and received many awards over its 11 years of successful business. Some of the awards include: Best Sunday Lunch by the Montgomery Advertiser, Restauranteur of the Year by the Alabama Restaurant Association, best appetizer, best cocktail, best soup and best entree by the Taste of the River Region. 6667 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334-274-1200

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Good Taste American/Deli American Deli 971 Ann St 334-262-6122 Chappy’s Deli 1611 Perry Hill Rd 334-279-7477 2055 E South Blvd 334-286-9200 8139 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1226 Chick Fil A EastChase 6921 Eastchase Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334-271-1095 Chick-Fil-A at RSA Tower 201 Monroe St. Montgomery, AL 36104 334-293-4773

Chris’ Hotdogs 138 Dexter Ave 334-265-6850 Courthouse Café 100 S Lawrence St 334-832-1684 El Paso Chili Company 539 N Eastern Blvd 334-244-0118 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 7220 EastChase Pkwy 334-239-7220 Flames Grill 142 Montgomery St 334-264-0100 Flips Uptown Grill 3900 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8833 7900 Vaughn Rd 334-270-5559 Guthrie’s 5376 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-8300 7216 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-3331 Hamburger King 547 S Decatur St 334-262-1798 Honey Baked Ham 2816 E South Blvd 334-284-9100 Jason’s Deli 1520 Eastern Blvd 334-409-9890


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Lunde’s 201 Montgomery St 334-265-3663

Tenda Chick 5951 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-8547

Kabuki Steakhouse 7834 Vaughn Rd 334-273-8885

Mama’s Sack Lunch To Go 21 S Perry St 334-265-5554

Wings Xpress 5780 Woodmere Blvd 334-244-7898

King Buffet 2727 Bell Rd 334-273-8883

Wishbone Café 61 Bridge St 334-356-4175 7028 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-7270

Korean Garden 2891 Vaughn Plaza Rd 334-277-5685

MiMi’s Café 6814 EastChase Pkwy 334-271-0124 Momma Goldberg’s Deli 7960 Vaughn Rd 334-517-1071 Montgomery’s Café at Embassy Suites 300 Tallapoosa St 334-269-5055 Panera Bread 2998 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-0064 7224 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-9170 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 7005 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1078 Ruddle’s Pub Grill 3133 Bell Rd 334-277-8710 Schlotzsky’s Deli 5055 Carmichael Rd 334-409-9993 Scott St. Deli 412 Scott St 334-264-9415 Shoney’s 850 Eastern Blvd 334-396-8533

Steak ’n Shake Prattville 2313 Cobbs Ford Rd. 334-290-0036 Steak Out 3271 Malcolm Dr 334-270-0747 2930 Carter Hill Rd 334-269-1800 Stop & Sip Coffee 981 Adams Ave 334-230-9989 Sundown East 3416 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-0501

Zaxby’s 3130 Taylor Rd 334-481-0406 6453 Atlanta Hwy 334-277-8066 2923 Eastern Blvd 334-420-3500 2675 Zelda Rd 334-293-9933

Asian/Indian Ala Thai Classic 963 Ann St 334-240-2549 Ala Thai East 6663 Atlanta Hwy 334-271-3141 Asia Bistro & Seafood 7839 Vaughn Rd 334-213-3628 Bombay Masala 109 Eastern Blvd 334-272-8510 Buffet City 5461 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1678 Choices Restaurant 80 Commerce St 334-262-0888 East China 8153 Vaughn Rd 334-279-1779 Green Papaya 409 Coliseum Blvd 334-395-7654 Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 6561 Atlanta Hwy 334-260-7799 181D Eastern Blvd 334-260-6111 India Palace 3007H McGehee Rd 334-281-1200

Lek’s Railroad Thai at Union Station 300 Water St 334-269-0708 Lek’s Taste of Thailand 5421 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-8994 Midori 5824 Woodmere Blvd 334-593-1754 Ming’s Garden 1741 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8188 Miyako Japanese 8173 Vaughn Rd 334-215-2275 Saigon Deli 2323 Eastern Blvd 334-279-5921 Satsuki 6534 Atlanta Hwy 334-239-7450 Shilla 3526 Eastdale Cir 334-354-3026 Shogun Japanese 5215 Carmichael Rd 334-271-6999 St. Café 2777 Eastern Blvd 334-396-2232 The Super Buffet 5831 Atlanta Hwy 334-215-0055 Sushi Café 3004 Zelda Rd 334-819-7060 Sushi Yama 2070 Eastern Blvd 334-612-7800 Thai Gratiem 8868 Minnie Brown Rd 334-215-9960

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Bakery Cupcakes by Tish 1940 Mulberry St. 334-625-0999

Louisa's Bakery 1039 Woodley Road 334-356-1212 Barbeque Country’s Barbecue 2610 Zelda Rd 334-262-6211 5761 Atlanta Hwy 334-270-0126 Dreamland BBQ 101 Tallapoosa St 334-273-7427 Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q 6415 Atlanta Hwy 334-213-0046 K&J Rib Shack 4255 S Court St 334-356-1368 Sam’s Bar-B-Que 3510 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-0008 Sophia’s BBQ 1055 Adams Ave 334-269-1177 Varsity BBQ 5471 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-5444

Café Café Louisa 1034 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241 Café M One Museum Dr 334-240-4333 Cool Beans at Café d'Art 115 Montgomery St 334-269-3302 Shashy’s Fine Foods 1700 Mulberry St 334-263-7341

Casual Dining All City Coney Island 701 Madison Ave 334-819-4100 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar 3001 Carter Hill Rd 334-264-9064 3195 Taylor Rd 334-274-0009 6601 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-1902 California Yogurt Kraze 3010 Zelda Rd 334-356-3716 7730 Vaughn Rd 334-215-9135 Chili’s 7355 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-1973 City Limits Bar & Grill 3585 McGehee Rd 334-239-9130 Dreamz 511 E Edgemont Ave 334-239-7303

Eastside Grille 6667 Atlanta Hwy 334-274-1200 The Exchange at Renaissance Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5165

Filet & Vine 431 Cloverdale Rd 334-262-8463 Island Delights 323 Air Base Blvd 334-264-0041 Nancy’s Italian Ice 7976 Vaughn Rd 334-356-1403 True 503 Cloverdale Rd 334-356-3814 Ruby Tuesday 1310 Eastern Blvd 334-396-0224 6970 EastChase Loop 334-215-2285

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Quality Pizza Prepared Daily With Fresh Organic Ingredients Located in the historic neighborhood of Old Cloverdale is a funky little restaurant serving up an American favorite! Tomatinos Pizza and Bake Shop features a unique selection of delectable Italian pizza. Since its debut in 1995, Tomatinos has been known for serving quality pizza prepared daily with the freshest organic ingredients. Browne and Missy Mercer purchased Tomatinos in 2004 with the goal of maintaining quality and ingredients, while taking service and selection to another level. Since purchasing the eatery, Missy has refined some ingredients to make everything taste delicious, inlcuding their homemade pesto! All the desserts on the menu are made from scratch by Louisa's Bakery, and another unique feature is that Tomatinos offers a gluten-free pizza crust option for their guests.

Chef & Owner Missy Mercer

The focus at Tomatinos is to serve the best pizza Montgomery has to offer in an eclectic atmosphere that you can experience by dining inside, outside or by carry out. Pick from a menu that includes the guest favorite Mediterranean and combo pizzas. Come to Tomatinos to sample the beer/ wine of the month. Their lunch special is also very popular and includes a slice of pizza, house salad and soda. Although small in size, this eatery garners a regular following of those who enjoy its rustic charm.

Sinclair’s 1051 E Fairview Ave 334-834-7462 7847 Vaughn Rd 334-271-7654 Smoothie King 7026 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-5621 Smoothies & Things 109 S Court St 334-241-0770


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Sommer’s Grill 9188 EastChase Pkwy 334-274-0275 Sommer’s Place 7972 Vaughn Rd 334-279-5401 32 Degrees Yogurt Bar 7030 EastChase Pkwy 334-272-4773

The Tipping Point 5015 Hampstead High 334-260-9110

Fine Dining Central Restaurant 129 Coosa St 334-517-1155 Chophouse Vintage Year 405 Cloverdale Rd 334-264-8463

City Grill & Next Door 8147 Vaughn Rd 334-244-0960 Garrett’s 7780 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-9950 Ham & High 5251 Hampstead High 334-239-9982

The House Restaurant at Renaissance Montgomery Hotel 201 Tallapoosa St 334-481-5166 La Jolla Restaurant & Bar 6854 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-2600 Michael’s Table 2960 Zelda Rd 334-272-2500

Greek Mr. G’s 6268 Atlanta Hwy 334-356-4662 Zoe’s Kitchen 7218 EastChase Pkwy 334-270-9115 Zoe’s Kitchen 2960C Zelda Rd 334-395-4698

Italian Carrabba’s Italian 1510 Eastern Blvd 334-271-7500 Cheezie’s Pizza 8125K Decker Ln 334-244-9496 2762 Bell Rd Bldg B 334-365-5423 1113H Perry Hill Rd 334-239-9263 CiCi’s Pizza 981 Ann St 334-386-3086

Corsino’s Italian 911 S Court St 334-263-9752 Hungry Howie’s Pizza & Subs 1712 Carter Hill Rd 334-262-8988 Marco’s Pizza 3171 Taylor Rd 334-356-6000 Mellow Mushroom 7915 Vaughn Rd 334-213-6443 Midtown Pizza Kitchen 2940 Zelda Rd 334-399-0080 Olive Garden 2700 Eastern Blvd 334-260-9220 Pizza Perfect 428 Coliseum Blvd 334-244-7721 Sa Za’s Serious Italian 130 Commerce St 334-495-7292

Stevi B’s Pizza 5411 Atlanta Hwy 334-279-3112

Tomatinos 1036 E Fairview Ave 334-264-4241 Mexican Cuco’s 11123 Chantilly Pkwy Suite A 334-271-3528 Cuco’s Express 31 S Court St 334-832-0081 El Rey Burrito Lounge 1031 E Fairview Ave 334-832-9688 Ixtapa Bar & Grill 7157 EastChase Pkwy 334-277-7600 Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant 6132 Atlanta Hwy 334-272-5232

Jalepenos Restaurant 8157 Vaughn Rd 334-277-2840 La Zona Rosa 2838 Zelda Rd 334-274-1153 Las Salsas Mexican 7921 Vaughn Rd 334-260-9096 Los Cabos Cantina 1801 Eastern Blvd 334-277-7571 Los Ranchos 127 Eastern Blvd 334-270-1509 Los Vaqueros 2195 Eastern Blvd 334-277-8339 Moe’s Southwest Grill 2900 Zelda Rd 334-273-9198 7028 EastChase Pkwy 334-356-3333

No Way Jose 5338 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-2222 8844 Minnie Brown Rd 334-819-7363 Salsaritas 8015 Vaughn Rd 334-356-5430 San Marcos Mexican 61 N Burbank Dr 334-279-6680 Santa Fe Express 15 Commerce St 334-262-7676 Taqueria El Cantaro 1130 Ann St 334-356-7361 Tipico De Mexico 3441 Malcolm Dr 334-356-0459

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Good Taste Seafood Bonefish Grill 7020 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-1770 Capitol Oyster Bar at The Marina 617 Shady St 334-288-4217

Southern Style A Social Event/Bandanas 301 Jefferson St 334-265-911 Blue Moon Café 7725 Averritt Dr 334-356-0543

Jubilee Seafood 1057 Woodley Rd 334-262-6224

Cornerstone 5336 Atlanta Hwy 334-386-0449

Red Lobster 300 Eastdale Cir 334-277-0780

Cracker Barrel 9191 Boyd Cooper Pkwy 334-244-1085

Ric & Mos 3150 Watchman Dr 334-517-1140

Davis Café 518 N Decatur St 334-264-6015

Wintzell’s Oyster House 105 Commerce St 334-262-4257

Eastbrook Café 520 Coliseum Blvd 334-272-2438

Young Barn Pub 5331 Young Barn Rd 334-819-7423

Farmers Market Café 315 N McDonough St 334-262-1970


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Farmhouse Kitchen 5251 Hampstead High St 334-284-8989

Piccadilly Cafeteria 2610 Eastern Blvd 334-271-6189

Fried Tomato Buffet 6050 Atlanta Hwy 334-244-6162

Red’s Little School House 20 Gardner Rd 334-584-7955

Gail’s Down the St. Café 2739 Zelda Rd 334-279-1009

Wagon Wheel Café 1961 Maxwell Blvd 334-265-9979

Golden Corral 1480 Eastern Blvd 334-532-0020 Isaiah’s Restaurant 135 Mildred St 334-265-9000 Martin’s Restaurant 1796 Carter Hill Rd 334-265-1767 Odessa’s Blessings 726 Forest Ave 334-265-7726 Peyton’s Place 5344 Atlanta Hwy 334-396-3630

Pub & Restaurant

Wingers Sports Grill 2773 Bell Rd 334-277-3379

Steakhouse Charles Anthony’s Restaurant at the Pub 10044 Chantilly Pkwy 334-281-3911 Longhorn Steakhouse 4095 Eastern Blvd 334-613-7555

Baumhower’s Restaurant 2465 Eastern Blvd 334-271-1831

Outback Steakhouse 1040 Eastern Blvd 334-270-9495

Irish Bred Pub & Restaurant 78 Dexter Ave. 334-834-7559

Texas Roadhouse 7525 EastChase Pkwy 334-396-7774

Key Largo Bar & Grill 1343 Dalraida Rd 334-272-1402 Rock Bottom American Pub 2430 Eastern Blvd 334-239-7625

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S tay i n g i n t h e B l e s s e d P l ac e


by Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman

When I was a little girl, I remember my sisters and me sitting in our front room talking about where we were going to live when we grew up. We were discussing it with such enthusiasm that you would have thought we had crystal balls or had been allowed to peek into the future and see it for ourselves. One of my sisters said New York or California would be her home. Another said Texas for one reason or another. I, unlike my siblings, played it safe. My proclamation was that I’d always live in Mississippi. As a matter of fact, my house would be right across the field from our parents so I could see them anytime I wanted to. Yes, I would be the one who stayed close to home . . . Well, needless to say, all of us were wrong! The sister who was going to live in Texas now resides in North Mississippi near Tupelo. The one who would make the Big Apple or Hollywood’s state her home now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. And what about me? I had to be more wrong than either of them. Not only did I not stay at home after graduating from high school, I’ve lived in 3 different states and have only just moved close enough to my parents to see them quite often. But it’s still not right across the field! My sisters and I were like most of us. We usually envision our lives manifesting a certain way, going in a certain direction and having particular results. We create marvelous visions involving what we’ll accomplish, who we’ll marry (or not), the beautiful home we’ll live in, the fabulous cars we’ll drive . . . we dream of the best, most blessed outcomes simply because the human spirit is wired that way. But sometimes when life doesn’t follow the path we dreamed it would, we have to regroup. When the marriage doesn’t last… When the job comes abruptly to an end... When death slips in like a thief and carries a loved one away unexpectedly… When the house we worked so hard to make a home is swept away in seconds under nature’s wrath called a tornado. For most if not all of us, there comes a moment when we find ourselves standing with tear-filled eyes wondering, “What happened to my dream?” Those are the moments, my dear friends, when the Holy Spirit, God’s presence in the earth, leaps into action! With swift and unwavering precision, the Spirit of God begins to work showing us that despite how hard it is to remember the sweetness of the dreams we created for our lives, despite how much pain the current moment might hold for us, despite the difficulty we might have in just returning a genuine smile, the Holy Spirit comes to whisper in our spiritual ear, “You are still in the blessed place . . .” Even though it’s not where you thought you would be, “You are still in the blessed place.” Even though others have walked away from you, “You are still in the blessed place.” Even though you can’t see what The Father is doing, “You are still in the blessed place.” If God’s Spirit is with you, wherever you are is . . . the blessed place. Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman serves as Pastor of First Congregational Christian Church, UCC, and as Chair for the Department of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University.


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The Miracle Band has been proven to improve your strength and balance RIGHT when you put it on. The process begins with a base metal (gold, silver, brass, copper). The metal is first polarized and then electronically charged at the same frequency your body naturally has. When the processed metal comes into contact with your body, your atoms INSTANTLY mimic the atoms in the metal and all resonate in the same direction. This results in all your atoms rotating together instantly, and with your entire body working together you achieve a significant improvement in balance and increase in strength from head to toe! Daily functions such as getting up out of your chair, walking, lifting, ANYTHING requiring strength and balance becomes easier.

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Beverly Bell, Montgomery, AL I had disk problems in my back, arthritis and rotator cuff problems that made housework and gardening uncomfortable and hard to do. Now, with Miracle Band, I am pain free and I’m able to do all the things I couldn’t do everyday. Carl Schmidt, Montgomery, AL Within hours of using the band I noticed the nagging spot of pain in my shoulder was so much less. The pain usually distracted me from staying on task and caused me to not do things that I wanted. The pain kept me from doing some very light exercises and if I would push myself that pain was more intense for days. I have to highly recommend the New You Miracle Band.

Education Station Public Schools Montgomery Public Schools 334-223-6700 Private Schools Alabama Christian Academy 334-277-1985 Calvary Christian 334-281-9633 Churchill Academy 334-270-4225 Eastwood Christian School 334-273-1164 Evangel Christian Academy 334-272-3882 Frazer Memorial 334-279-0271 Green Gate 334-281-3300 Holy Cross Episcopal School 334-395-8222


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Lighthouse Christian Academy 334-271-4200

Seventh Day Adventist 334-272-6437

Faulkner University 334-272-5820

Macon-East Academy 334-277-6566

Success Unlimited Academy 334-819-8005

Fortis College 334-272-3857

Montessori Academy 334-262-8685

Trinity Presbyterian School 334-213-2100

Huntingdon College 334-833-4497

The Montgomery Academy 334-272-8210

Special Needs Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind 334-262-0824

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School 334-272-7220 SafetyNet Academy 334-277-1334 Saint James School 334-277-8033 St. Bede 334-277-8551 St. Jude Educational Institute 334-264-5376

Sylvan Learning Center 334-262-0043 Universities Alabama State University 334-229-4100 Amridge University 334-387-3878 Auburn Montgomery 334-244-3000

Jones School of Law 334-386-7495 Prince Institute of Professional Studies 334-271-1670 South University 334-395-8800 Trenholm State Technical College 334-420-4200 Troy University 334-241-953 Virginia College 334-277-3390

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Don’t want to be a face in the crowd at one of those giant universities? At Auburn Montgomery you’ll find an easy campus vibe that promotes friendship and getting to know one another. And smaller classes with hands-on learning mean you’ll get to know your professors better too. So why compete for attention when you don’t have to? Call us today and plan your campus visit to see why AUM is a better choice.

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Kid's Corner

Mod Podge Collage! We love easy pictures that look super cool! This one can be adapted to any subject matter. 1. Simply use mod podge to glue down fun paper scraps. Remember to put the mod podge under the paper and on top of the paper. 2. Draw your design and paint the background solid. 3. Add an outline and details! Super easy, super fun, super cool!

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Meow, Woof & Chirp

Is Your Pet “Itching” for S pring? COM M ON ALLE R GY P R OBLE M S I N P E TS

by Dr. Phil Mitchell, DVM

Just like in humans, spring brings allergy problems for pets. Living in the south certainly doesn’t make dealing with allergies easier. In fact, pet allergies are the most common problem veterinarians see year round. Diagnosing and treating pet allergies can be complicated for veterinarians, especially if pet owners have made the problem worse by seeking advice from Dr. Google, Nurse Yahoo, or Professor Bing. Although the Internet has its place, it cannot diagnose the ROOT of your pet’s allergy problems. In fact, the advice can often make the problem worse, more complicated to diagnose, and even more expensive to treat. Veterinarians must first rule out possible secondary infections caused by bacteria, yeast or parasites…. then the real “allergy” hunt begins. Types of Pet Allergies If your pet’s itching, licking or coughing problem was not caused by bacterial, yeast or parasitic infections, allergies are likely the culprit. The most common allergies in pets are inhalant (atopy), food or contact allergies.




Atopy, (inhaled) is the most common form of allergy in dogs and cats. Atopy is often seasonal. If your pet is allergic to ragweed, his/her symptoms will occur in the fall. Pets allergic to spring tree pollen will show signs in March, April and May. If your pet is allergic to dust mites, the symptoms may flare up more in the winter, when your pets is spending more time inside. Signs of atopy can include:

Food allergies represent about 10-15% of all allergies in dogs and cats. Making diagnosis even more complicated is that food allergies can also show up concurrently with allergies associated with pollen, dust and other environmental exposure. And, food allergy symptoms are also similar to atopy’s which include:

Less common but just as annoying are allergies caused by contact dermatitis, which include allergies to carpets, cleaners or plastics. The most common symptoms being:

• chewing at the feet

• ear problems, often yeast-related

• constant licking • rubbing of the face • inflamed ears or recurrent ear infections • recurrent hot spots • asthma-like wheezing and respiratory problems

• itching, especially face, feet, trunk, limbs and anal area • skin infections that respond to antibiotics, but then recur as soon as antibiotic therapy ceases

• red itchy bumps or blisters in places that come in contact with the allergen ( belly, feet or muzzle) • intense scratching • hair loss So what’s a pet owner to do? There are many new treatment options and diagnostic tests available to help your pet enjoy an “itch-free” spring. If you feel your pet is suffering from allergies, seek the help of a trusted veterinarian and be patient. Identifying the root of your pet’s allergy problem is the first step to finding relief.

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Insurance 101

Know the Costs of Home Ownership by Henry Hernandez, State Farm™ Insurance Agent

As with many major purchases, there can be hidden costs when buying a home. But these buried expenses don't stop once the papers are signed and you have the keys. You also need to think about how much it's actually going to cost to live in your new home. Mortgage payments are only one part of your expenses. You also need to budget for taxes, insurance, maintenance, utilities, yard work, repairs and other costs. Be realistic when calculating for these expenses as they can really add up.

Fixed Costs • Utilities. Consider gas, electricity, water and sewer, trash pickup, phone, internet and cable. The cost for an entire house can be significantly higher if you're moving from a smaller place. While it's hard to estimate the cost of utilities, you may want to request the present homeowner's utility bills for the past 12 months to get an accurate picture of energy costs throughout the year. Also, keep costs down by making your home more energy efficient. • Property taxes. Property taxes are based on the value of your home, so the more expensive your house is, the more you'll have to pay. Although taxes vary widely across the country, you can use a property tax estimator to get a rough idea of what to budget. • Insurance. Insurance premiums vary depending on where you live and a variety of other factors, including the size, type and age of your house. It's up to you to choose the coverages and limits that meet your needs, but it's best to insure your home for at least 100 percent of its estimated replacement cost (the cost of repairing or replacing your home to restore its original condition). • Homeowner fees. Many townhouses or condos have homeowner association (HOA) fees. Some of the costs covered can include exterior and interior maintenance, landscaping, water, sewer, garbage, parking lots and courtyard sidewalks and lawn care. One-time special assessments may also be levied to pay for emergency repairs or extensive improvements. Henry Hernandez State Farm Agency Find us on Facebook and let us know what other topics Henry can help you with! 44

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VARIABLE Costs • House repair and maintenance. This can include anything from minor touch-ups to major repairs. Cleaning and repairing of gutters and chimneys, interior and exterior painting, roof repair, fixing electrical systems and plumbing and pest control are a few of the tasks to consider. While expert opinion varies, estimate spending between one to four percent of your home's value annually on maintenance and repairs. You should budget for items like water heaters, which on average last only 8-12 years. When they fail, they can cause major water damage. They need to be replaced before a catastrophic water loss occurs. For a $200,000 home, you may want to budget $2,000–$4,000 a year. If you need to hire someone to do the work for you, be aware of possible home repair scams. • Yard care. Mowing, edging, seeding, trimming, fertilizing, watering, weeding, planting flowers and shrubs, re-sodding and removing snow can all add up whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. • Appliances. Chances are most major appliances will come with the house, but this is not always the case. You may have to provide (or replace) the refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher or washer and dryer. • Remodeling. Redoing floors, opening up rooms, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, or adding square footage can improve the quality and value of your home, but the costs can add up quickly. You may want to prioritize the most important updates and budget for them over several years. Be sure you select a reputable home contractor to help you.

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Henry Hernandez State Farm Agent 3574 Quad Parkway Montgomery, AL 36116 Office: (334) 271-6000 Fax: (334) 271-6202

Open an IRA by April 15. An IRA could reduce your taxes and it's a great way to invest in your future. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.速 CALL ME TODAY.

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Shopping Spree

Chocolate Diamonds Makeover Magic at Cronier’s Jewelry

by Geri Cronier

Graduate Gemologist, Jewelry Designer, and VP Croniers Fine Jewelry

When mixing color into a jewelry wardrobe, chocolate diamonds, also known as cognac or brown diamonds, are a fabulous tool. They add depth to design, and just like your man’s khaki pants, brown goes with everything! The dark golden brown color also bridges and connects yellow gold and white or platinum pieces. If you have both white gold and yellow gold pieces, these darker diamonds can make these pieces of differing gold colors make more sense together. Cognac diamonds are usually less costly than their white cousins and have much more sparkle and brilliance than smoky quartz (the only other brown stone you see in fine jewelry). So consider a pair of chocolate diamond studs or dangles with a chocolate diamond as the centerpiece, or perhaps surrounding diamond halo for an artistic yet heirloom feel. The use of these brown beauties is not new in jewelry design. Most people simply did not know that they were diamonds. In the last few years, all colors of diamonds have been in the news, in celebrity engagement rings and in design more than ever. Rose gold is an incredible backdrop for the brown and white diamonds. The copper colored metal is used in design with white and yellow metals as well. These are all fun elements to mix in design with fine pieces and can help your “fancy” or “cocktail” pieces to seem more up to date and relevant when mixed and worn together.


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The Big Sale...40% OFF Only at Cronier's Fine Jewelry! This is our way of saying "Thank You" for over 30 years of Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries and more! Some pieces have been reduced more than 40%. Many styles and pieces on sale. . . platinum, handmade one-of-a-kind, white gold, yellow gold! Come in while supplies last!

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We provide our clients with the highest level of customer service in the industry and we are committed to always having a team of passionate and knowledgeable representatives. This sale is possibly one of our largest Reduced Sales we've ever had. Come in and get what you've always wanted. Thank you for your business. Jerry Cronier, Owner Cronier's Fine Jewelry The Pride of Montgomery


Shopping Spree

Mother and Daughter Duo Become Quite the Pair Adrienne Norton Bell and daughter Rebecca Bell Hall had discussed for years how Montgomery was missing something. When decorating their homes and helping family and friends do the same, they could never find a place to shop that met all of their needs. After consulting with Adrienne’s mother, Jo Ann Norton, the two hatched a plan for what is now Quite the Pair. In early 2013, the mother daughter team decided that they were both at a place in their lives that allowed for this dream to become reality. Their business goal was to bring unique, affordable home decor to Montgomery so that you, your neighbor and best friend did not all

Adrienne Norton Bell and Rebecca Bell Hall, owners of Quite the Pair

have the exact same things! They wanted to create a place of comfort, a fun and inspiring store that delivers a personal shopping experience.

finally happening! With the support of family, friends and Facebook, their first 6 months have been an amazing success.

After months of searching, they found THE spot! The McLemore Plantation building offered a perfect place to call home! This space allowed for the addition of a women’s boutique, as well as room for custom furniture painting and classes. When August rolled around, the doors were open for business. Their dream was

When we asked Adrienne her favorite part of the business, she was quick to respond, "Making new friends and sharing my love for unique and beautiful things." Rebecca really enjoys "working with my mother, the challenge of bringing different items to QTP, helping customers find that special piece and our custom furniture painting service." Quite the Pair 15 Mitylene Park Lane Montgomery, Alabama 36117 334-356-8745 334-356-8746 fax Facebook: Quite the Pair Monday, Thursday & Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


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furniture • home accents • art • purses • clothing • jewelry

Quite the Pair Hours Monday, Thursday & Friday 10 am-6 pm Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am-4 pm Saturday 10 am-2 pm

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A Unique Shopping Experience Offering Gifts for Home, Holidays, Weddings or any Occasion

Find Us On Facebook! Monday: 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 10am-5pm

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KICK OFF OUR SPRING SCHEDULE THIS MARCH with Friday Night Dinner Cruises, Saturday Getaway Cruises, and our Sunday Blues Cruises starting in April. For more information, call 334-625-2100 or visit! The Pride of Montgomery


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Worth A Look

Makeup 101 Many people ask me what is my number one service in the beauty industry. While it is usually weddings, feeling fabulous about your appearance should be a priority for everybody. Getting your makeup professionally applied isn't always reserved for weddings, balls or parties. It can be a great option for any occasion that is special to you. I recommend professional makeup lessons to help you put your best face forward on a daily basis. You can learn new tips and tricks with new or existing makeup and skincare products. It is invaluable to know the proper care for brushes, makeup and, of course, your skin. Makeup lessons can range from teaching a preteen how to use makeup products to caring for mature skin. There is valuable information for anyone at any age!

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Datebook Twenty Seven February 14-March 2


Alabama Shakespeare Festival 1 Festival Dr., 334-271-5353 Twenty Seven is by Edward Morgan and adapted from "Old Man" by William Faulkner. A great storm has caused the levees to burst on the mighty Mississippi resulting in a flood of biblical proportions. A prisoner from a penal colony is entrusted to pilot a small raft into the heart of the mayhem to save whom he can. When he pulls a young pregnant woman from the limb of a tree, the unlikely pair embarks on a seven-week journey in which they face the perils of the Big Muddy and others who would do them harm.

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The New Princess Stories February 28; March 1, 2 Davis Theatre for The Performing Arts 251 Montgomery Street; 334-241-2590 See excerpts from the beloved ballets “Swan Lake,” “Aladdin,” and “Pocahontas.” Performances will be held on Friday, Feb 28 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1st at 2:30 p.m.* (shortened children’s matinee), and Sunday, March 2nd at 2:30 p.m.* Tickets $15-$30 on sale February 10 and can be purchased at or call 334-2412590. *Following the matinees on Sat. and Sun. children may go on stage to “Meet the Princesses,” Odette the Swan Queen, Princess Jasmine, and Pocahontas. Tickets for the onstage parties are $10.00 and include a chance to win an American Girl Doll.

Volunteer Appreciation Day March 1; 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum 2301 Coliseum Parkway; 334-240-4900 Brunch and banquet celebrating and awarding the Zoo’s loyal and dedicated volunteers. All Montgomery Zoo volunteers are welcome to join in this event allowing the Zoo staff and boards members the opportunity to say thank you for all their hard work during the year. After the brunch, volunteers spend the day in the Zoo with friends and family.

Getaway Cruise March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 4:30 -7:00 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 The Getaway Cruise boards at 4:30 pm, departs at 5 pm and returns to dock at 7 pm. Live entertainment, cash bar and concessions. 58

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Montgomery Humane Society

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20th Annual Culinary Caper March 2; 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Alabama Activity Center 201 Dexter Avenue; 334-263-0532 Local chefs from the area’s finest restaurants will donate their delicious fare to the fortunate guests at this reservations-only event. The MACOA Culinary Caper guests can participate in a live Fund In Need donation opportunity, to raise enough money to pay for the expenses of an existing Meals On Wheels delivery route. A Silent Auction begins at noon MACOA will also raffle off chances to win a $1,000 VISA gift card! For reservations and more information, call the MACOA Development Department (334) 263-0532 or Karen Allen Green at

Makeover Mondays! March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Hue Studio 501 Cloverdale Road; 334-239-8884 Each Monday we will have a voucher for a mini make over item if you spend at least $100 in Welle!! Each week item will vary, stay tuned for item announcements!

Makeover Mondays! March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Welle Studio 127 Broad Street; Selma, AL; 334-407-8995 Each Monday we will have a voucher for a mini make over item if you spend at least $100 in Welle!! Each week item will vary!

Oak Grove Inn’s Annual Mardi Gras Resident Celebration March 3; 3:00 p.m. Oak Grove Inn 3801 Oak Grove Drive; 334-215-8881 Join Oak Grove Inn with their Annual Mardi Gras Resident Celebration at 3:00 p.m. The Residents will enjoy King Cakes, Moon Pies, Beads, Fellowship, Food and Fun listening to “The Dixielanders,” a Dixie Jazz Band. Seating is limited. Please RVSP to 215-8881.

The MAX Capital City Classic March 4; 6:30 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosa Street; 334-323-2255 The 6th Annual MAX Capital City Classic featuring the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide will take place at the Riverwalk Stadium. Come out for one of the biggest rivalries in athletics! For more information, visit

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Datebook Scenic Lunch Cruise March 5; 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 This cruise will board at 11 a.m. and cruise from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Dinner Cruise March 7, 14, 21, 28; 6:30 -9:00 p.m. Montgomery Parks and Recreation 200 Coosa Street; 334-625-2100 The Harriott II Dinner Cruise boards at 6:30 pm, departs at 7 pm and returns to dock at 9 pm. Live entertainment, cash bar and concessions.

The Piano Lesson March 12-16 Alabama State University Leila Barlow Theatre at The Tullibody Fine Arts Complex 845 S. Jackson Street; 334-229-6929 Alabama State University Department of Theatre Arts presents “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson. Directed by Brian Martin, “The Piano Lesson” is a Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a family’s struggle over their most cherished heirloom, a 137 old piano and the spirits attached to it.

Women’s & Home Décor Consignment Sale Receiving Dates March 13-16 The Shoppes of My Kid’s Attic 401 Coliseum Boulevard; 334-270-1456 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic’ Women’s & Home Décor Consignment Sale Event is coming up! Receiving dates are March 13th-15th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and March 16 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3rd Annual BID FOR JUSTICE Dinner Auction March 13; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Hangar in the Alley Downtown Montgomery Please save the date for the 3rd Annual Bid for Justice Dinner Auction hosted by Jones Public Interest Law Foundation at the Hangar in the Alley in Downtown Montgomery. There will be music and heavy hors d’oeuvres with live and silent auctions. Tickets are available now.

Taming of the Shrew March 14-March 30 Alabama Shakespeare Festival 1 Festival Dr., 334-271-5353 60

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Loose objects and sparks fly in what may be the most hilarious battle of the sexes ever written. No man is a match for the wild-tempered and seemingly unmarriable Kate. That’s a problem because until Kate is married, her father won’t let beautiful and desirable younger sister Bianca tie the knot with one of her hot to trot beaus. But things change when Petruchio swaggers into town and turns his eye toward Kate—with explosive results.

Edna Birthday Discount on Favorite Product March 15 Hue Studio 501 Cloverdale Road; 334-239-8884 Celebrate Edna’s Birthday with Hue Studio on March 15th by receiving a discount on your favorite product!

Edna Birthday Discount on Favorite Product March 15 Welle Studio 127 Broad Street; Selma, AL; 334-407-8995 Celebrate Edna’s Birthday with Welle Studio on March 15th by receiving a discount on your favorite product!

Swing Into Spring Featuring The Capitol Sounds Concert Band and The Montgomery Recreators March 20; 7:00 p.m. Taylor Road Baptist Church 1685 Taylor Road; 334-224-4424 Spend the evening at this free concert with two fantastic bands on stage for one night! If you love great music, you will love what these bands have to offer.

Women’s & Home Décor Consignment Sale Event March 22-29; 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The Shoppes of My Kid’s Attic 401 Coliseum Boulevard; 334-270-1456 Amazing consignment sale event starts March 22nd-29th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sunday. Half price starts Wednesday, March 26th.

Ron White March 22; 8:00 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 201 Tallapoosa Street; 334-481-5100 Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon.

Disney Live- Pirate and Princess Adventure March 27; 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 201 Tallapoosa Street; 334-481-5100 Children ages one and older require a ticket. Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.

Rays at Riverwalk March 29; 2:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium 200 Coosa Street; 334-323-2255 In conjunction with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Montgomery Biscuits are proud to announce Rays at Riverwalk, a once-in-a-lifetime event, presented by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka. On Saturday, March 29, 2014 the Rays will play an exhibition game against the Biscuits at Riverwalk Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM. This game will mark the first time a Minor League team has ever played their Major League affiliate in the capital city of Montgomery.

The Fitzgerald Museum 25th Anniversary May 3 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum 919 Felder Avenue; 334-264-4222 Mark your calendars! The Fitzgerald Museum’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the 20th annual Gala and Silent Auction. Tickets to this flapper party will go on sale March 3- you don’t want to miss this fantastic affair!

8th Annual Rev. Dr. A. W. Watkins Charity Golf Tournament May 24; 8:30 a.m. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capitol Hill 2600 Constitution Avenue; Prattville, AL Save the DATE! The 8th Annual Rev. Dr. A. W. Watkins Charity Golf Tournament will be on Saturday. May 24 and will start at 8:30 a.m. There is a 4 Person Captain Choice. Sponsors include: Adams Drugs, State Farm Agent Willie Durham, Capitol Chevrolet, and The Pride of Montgomery Magazine. For information contact Yolanda Watkins-Bailey at 334-5383961 or at, CSM (Ret) Earnest Watkins at 256-457-6874 or at, or Dwight Watkins at 703-869-4153 or at dremy944@

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival 16 Alabama State University Theater 18 American Forest Management 2 Artistic Expressions 3 Auburn University Montgomery 36 Biscuits Baseball 4 Cafe Louisa 35 Carrabba's Italian Grill 38 Chris' Hot Dogs 51 Churchill Academy 47 Cronier’s Fine Jewelry 7 Deramus Hearing 52 DoubleTree Hotel 55 Dougs 2 Salon 8 Eastside Grille 9 Filet & Vine 10 Fine Line Engravers & Gifts 11 Fitzgerald Museum 12 Green Gate School 13 Holy Cross 14 Hue Studio 43 Lee & Lan Florist 17 Looney’s SuperSkate 19 Louisa’s Bakery 35 Lush Makeup Art 8 Macon East Academy 6 McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP 20 Mela’s Boutique 24 Montgomery Humane Society 21 Montgomery Medical Supply 37 Moses & Moses CPA 49 Old Alabama Town 46 Oak Grove Inn 48 Pediatrics at Twilight 5 Phoenix Salon & Spa 56 Primary EyeCare 45 Prissy Paws 50 Quite the Pair 33 Resolution Camps 26 Riverfront Facilities 27 State Farm - Henry Hernandez 41 Steak ’n Shake 29 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital 30 The Shoppes of My Kids Attic 32 The Space Walker 34 Tomatino's Pizza and Bake Shop 35 Tonya Speed Dance Studio 40 Troy University Montgomery 53 Two Blessings Gift Boutique 39 Wilson Shaw IT 54

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March 2014 Pride of Montgomery  

The March issue of The Pride is full of great articles about local businesses and people making a difference in our community!

March 2014 Pride of Montgomery  

The March issue of The Pride is full of great articles about local businesses and people making a difference in our community!